RACISM DECOLONISATION, UNIVERSITIES
Cambridge university 'decolonisation' row spreads as students target several courses, documents
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
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
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
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
Can you prove you're not a racist?
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
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
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
... This commonplace code for 'not one of us' is
morphing into a meaningless playground taunt, just as forgettable as
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Almost 75% of young children in Belgium's second largest city have migrant backgrounds
Voice of Europe, 31
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.
IMMIGRATION GERMAN VIEW
Major German Newspaper: 1960s Anti-Immigration Firebrand Enoch Powell Was Right
Oliver JJ Lane
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
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
RACISM SOUTH AFRICA
Many Indians racist, says former ConCourt judge
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.
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. ...
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."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD GERMANY
Horror on streets of Germany: State of emergency declared as 80 men brawl with MACHETES
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Is Stopping Them
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
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.
A culture of secrecy is undermining our police and criminal justice system
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. ...
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
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
BORDER CONTROLS EXIT CHECKS
No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog
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.
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
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. ...
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.
POLITICS FREE SPEECH
Why can't we speak plainly about migrant crime?
Spectator blog, 29 March
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.
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? ...
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.
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose
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
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.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
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
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
"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
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."
IMMIGRATION MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT
Immigration: how much is too much?
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.
report, published on Tuesday, is big on the opinion of business,
acknowledging that the final report will have to balance that with other
"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
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
The evidence is patchy, but suggests that average pay has
not been much depressed by migrant workers. ...
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
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.
CRIME SHAM MARRIAGES
Sainsbury's gang who made over £500,000 by arranging sham marriages between Asian immigrants and Eastern European brides face
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.
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.
Jihadi who plotted attack on 30 targets has TWO council flats one for his 'independent' wife and one for
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. ...
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.
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.
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
"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
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:
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
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.
BIAS FREE SPEECH
University withdraws job offer because of candidate's 'abhorrent' right wing views
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.
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
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
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.
MULTICULTURALISM NATIONAL IDENTITY
Fake British Citizens
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
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD LANGUAGE, INTEGRATION, DENMARK
Danish minister tells migrants: Learn the language or YOU pay for an interpreter
Express, 27 March 2018
A Danish minister has told migrants who come into the country:
"Learn the language or pay for your own interpreter".
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.
Støjberg was responding to the provision of free language services
for migrants in Denmark - which strains the public purse and disincentives
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."
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
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.
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"
She added: "Freedom of speech within the law
should mean just that - and it is vital in universities."
DISEASE MISUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS
Global antibiotic consumption soars feeding spread of UK 'super-bugs'
Claire Newell, Callum Adams and Paul
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EXTREMISM, SCHOOLS, GERMANY
ISIS beheading videos increasingly popular among migrant school children in Germany
Voice of Europe, 27
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'.
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
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 1]
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. ...
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. ...
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 2]
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. ...
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
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing
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
... 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.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
After Brexit, We Must Address Voters' Immigration Concerns With A Bespoke
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. ...
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). ...
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.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Attitudes to immigration have softened since referendum but most still want to see it reduced
Ipsos MORI, 26
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
CRIME SLAVERY, PEOPLE-SMUGGLING
From child drug mules to migrant smuggling, reports of slavery soar in Britain
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
"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." ...
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.
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.
MULTICULTURALISM RELIGION, ISLAM
Atheist Richard Dawkins Warns Christianity Could be Replaced by 'Something Worse'
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. ...
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
"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.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LANDLORDS
Landlords still house illegal immigrants with impunity
Conservative Woman, 26 March
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
... 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
... 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.
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.
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
MailOnline, 25 March 2018
A sex gang of seven 'predatory' men have been convicted of abusing
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. ...
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.
Islam Poised to Pass Anglicans as Preferred Religion of Britain's Young Adults
Thomas D. Williams,
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
London Homeless DOUBLE After Deportations Blocked by EU Free Movement Rules
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.
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.
began in 2015 to target the sharply rising numbers of European migrants
camped on London's streets, and successfully reduced homelessness in the
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
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.
POPULATION PRESSURE TRAFFIC SPEED
Cars to travel slower than bicycles on England's clogged-up roads within a decade
Christopher Hope and
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.
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. ...
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.
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
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.
TERRORISM CHILD REFUGEES
Parsons Green terrorist is jailed for at least 34 years after the judge rules he lied about only being
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). ...
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
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."
IMMIGRATION NUMBERS, EAST EUROPEANS
The migrant map of Britain: Figures reveal where more than 2million former Eastern Europeans have settled in the
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.
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.
European Union the biggest people-trafficking scam in history
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
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: ...
IMMIGRATION EUROPE, PUBLIC OPINION
Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?
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
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.
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. ...
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.
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
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.
crime groups from the country, which has a population of just 2.9 million,
now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the UK. ...
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.
Hope Not Hate: anti-fascist authoritarianism
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
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'. ...
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.
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
TERROR WARNING: 30,000 people in Europe may be in terrorist networks, Europol chief warns
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". ...
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, GERMANY
Asylum seeker who claimed to be a child refugee jailed for rape and murder
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
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
IMMIGRATION SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
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
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.
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.
Exodus from Romania: How free movement looks at the other end of the EU
Between 2007, when the country joined the EU, and 2017 around 3.4m
Romanians emigrated, two-thirds of them aged 18-39. ...
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.
Hate-speech laws help only the powerful
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.
EXTREMISM POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of
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.
Britain's flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble
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.
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.
Soros's HOPE Not Hate Sees Massive Backlash over Book Ban List
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."
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from immigrant backgrounds, international think tank
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
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.
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
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
IMMIGRATION ABROAD SEXUAL CRIMES, GERMANY
Germany: Migrant Rape Crisis Still Sowing Terror and Destruction
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
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
"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
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."
POLITICS HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME, FREE SPEECH
London Police Edit 'Thought Crime' Threat After Ridicule Online
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.
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
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.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY, PUBLIC OPINION
The curious case of the missing immigration debate
Conservative Woman, 19
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,
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 ...
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CANADA
How Trump's policies made Canada spend $131 million more on border patrols after its refugee system was
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.
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.
northward migration has overwhelmed Canada's system for processing asylum
claims, leading to the worst delays in years. ...
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. ...
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
Kurdish Afrin Falls to Turkey
Gatestone Institute, 19 March 2018
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
"/.../ Make five children
not just three. For you are the future of Europe."
Albanian police arrests 39 suspected human traffickers for illegally smuggling 1,000 people into Britain and the United
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.
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
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018
School PE lessons are racist, according to an astonishing
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. ...
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'
The report also states that PE is 'constructed as
a predominantly white, unmarked space'.
EXTREMISM NATIONALISTS, FREE SPEECH
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
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
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
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.
EXTREMISM FREE SPEECH
The 'patriotic' thought police came for Corbyn. You are next
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
Now, several nasty trends have come together. ...
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.
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, ISLAM
As a Rotherham grooming gang survivor, I want people to know about the religious extremism which inspired my
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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". ...
major world religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, have also at some
time been associated with extreme human rights abuses against men, women
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".
SOCIAL COHESION HORMONE TREATMENT
Brave New Europe: German Professors Want to Drug Europeans so They'll be More "Accepting" of Muslim
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.
Cambridge college holds dinner for 'self-defining black and ethnic minority students' to allow non-white people to 'reclaim
Daily Mail, 17 March 2018
A Cambridge University college held a formal dinner for
'self-defining black and minority ethnic students' that excluded white
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
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. ...
after the Daily Mail contacted the university, the Facebook page
advertising the event was taken down.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, GERMANY
Survey: Three Quarters of Germans Say Islam Does Not 'Belong' in Germany
Thomas D. Williams,
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.
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."
percent responded that Islam "definitely" belongs in Germany and another
14.9 percent answered, "probably yes." Of those polled, 4.4 percent
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
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
TERRORISM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM
Ahmed Hassan found guilty of attempted murder on Parsons Green Tube
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
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. ...
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.
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.
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
Since her speech in Parliament, Ms Allan told the
BBC she had been "inundated with e-mails saying, 'This has happened to
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.
clear this has been going on for many years and a significant number of
girls have been affected."
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
"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
"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
Ross Kemp wore the same body armour from Syria 'on the streets of Birmingham'
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.
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
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".
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.
POPULATION PRESSURE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Secondary school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 due to baby boom driven by
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.
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. ...
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.
POLITICS HATE CRIME, HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME
London Police Issue 'Hate Crime' Guidelines. Think Twice Before You Open Your Mouth.
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
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?
the British think so.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
How mass immigration drives the housing crisis
The Spectator, 17 March
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. ...
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.
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
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
Child abuse lawyer Dino Nocivelli slammed West Mercia
Police for the way they investigated the case. ...
Mercia Police Supt Tom Harding has 'significantly disputed' claims that
1,000-plus children may have been groomed over four decades in the
He said: 'I don't believe Telford is any worse
than lots of places across England and Wales'. ...
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
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
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." ...
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.
MULTICULTURALISM ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Sajid Javid: 770,000 people in England unable to speak English well
The Guardian, 14
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
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.
highlighted "deeply regressive religious and cultural practices, especially
when it comes to women".
We are sleepwalking into an increasingly segregated country it's time to ignore 'racism' fears and act to stop Britain falling
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
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
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.
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
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. ...
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
'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.'
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
The U.S. will become "minority white" in 2045, Census projects
William H. Frey
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
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.
Police smash human trafficking ring smuggling people into UK for £17,500 each: 155 arrests
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. ...
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
Pew: Sub-Saharan Africa Is Fastest Growing Region for 'Exporting' Migrants
Thomas D. Williams,
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
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, HYPOCRISY
Telford girls: the wrong kind of victims
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.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BELGIUM, UK
Belgian citizens shelter 500 migrants each night. Police could soon start raiding their homes.
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.
EXTREMISM FREE SPEECH
Britain Says 'Yes' to Jihadists, 'No' to Free Speech
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
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
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:
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"
No more, apparently.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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."
BENEFITS AND COSTS EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
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.
BENEFITS AND COSTS EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
The Sun, 11 March
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4 billion a year in
Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare than
the average UK citizen and paid less income tax.
run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were
But the cost of open doors migration has now been
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.
were not broken down by country.
But if they followed a similar
distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY
Jeremy Corbyn likened to Nigel Farage by senior members of his own party after vow to curb foreign
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
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
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.
DIVERSITY SCOUT ASSOCIATION
Scouts to rebrand because current fleur-de-lis logo is 'old-fashioned'
Daily Telegraph, 10
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
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
"That's potentially a huge step forward for us as a
movement committed to inclusivity," he said.
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
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
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.
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
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.
convention, any country which fingerprints an immigrant has to take
responsibility for them.
Italy's election result shouldn't be a shock. The populist revolution has just begun
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
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
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.
Christian refugee returns to Syria because Europe is flooded with ISIS supporters
Voice of Europe, 9 March
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
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
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.
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
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
Parsons Green bomb suspect admitted being 'trained to kill' by Islamic State, court hears
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.
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.
Is it now a thoughtcrime to hate Islam?
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'.
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
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:
CRIME EU CITIZENS
EU citizens in Bristol will use 'tick-box' to say if they are criminals or not
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.
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
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
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
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".
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in
MailOnline, 7 March 2018
The vegetables you eat with your Sunday roast may soon be picked by
Farmers in Cornwall are testing a machine invented using
European funding that picks cauliflowers from the field without bruising
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. ...
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. ...
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.
harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the
Immigration: Who should we let in after Brexit?
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.
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.
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
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." ...
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.
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
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
Gorgeous Portraits Show Britain's Diverse Future
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."
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD BERLIN, GERMANY
Hatred against Germans is increasing in Berlin, says city's interior minister
The Local [Germany], 7 March
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
"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
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.
Munroe Bergdorf: L'Oreal model resigns from Labour party LGBT+ board
Independent, 6 March
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
Hundreds of foreign criminals waiting to be deported fall off the radar: Home Office loses track of 500 offenders after they are let out
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.
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
However, the numbers could be even higher.
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD AUSTRALIA
Housing report says migration may need to be cut to preserve quality of life
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
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.
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.
POLITICS LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Migration and the liberal dilemma
Lord William Wallace
Liberal Democrat Voice, 5 March
[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.
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.
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
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
Many of the newcomers are jobless and so rely on state
benefits, and hang around with nothing worthwhile to do.
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.
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'. ...
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.
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.
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
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'.
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5
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
... 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.
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ITALY
Italian election: Italy's Trump Matteo Salvini IS serious about migrant crackdown - expert
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. ...
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
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
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD VIOLENCE, SWEDEN
Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden's Middle Class
Ellen Barry and Christina Anderson
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. ...
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
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. ...
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."
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
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.
MULTICULTURALISM UNIVERSITY COURSES
University ditches course on the British countryside after claiming black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely to visit rural
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
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'
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY
Former Minister: Italy Must Be Guided in Its 'Change of Population' Due to Immigration
Thomas D. Williams,
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
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.
EMPLOYMENT WAGES, RACISM, POLITICS
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
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: ...
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
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.
The word 'extremist' has lost all meaning
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'.
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
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
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
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
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
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."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CZECH REPUBLIC
New Czech PM Stands Firm Against Migrant Quotas: No Way Will Brussels Dictate Who Lives Here
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.
CRIME FRAUD, MEDICINE
Hospital trust which hired rogue surgeon in huge pay-out to families of five dead patients
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
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.
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.
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
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
It means thousands of EU nationals could qualify for the
permanent right to live in Britain even if they arrive after Brexit.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD POLITICS, ITALY
Italians aren't fascists. They're angry about immigration
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
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
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
... 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
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
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
They have been banned from using phrases and words
including 'ethnic minority'; 'afro-Caribbean' and 'transsexual'
while a postman should become a 'postal operative'.
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 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
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.'
DIVERSITY OFCOM, BBC
BBC audit to ensure gay and black screen talent
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD REPATRIATION, GERMANY
Voluntary Repatriation: 10,000 Migrants Joined German Subsidised Deportation Scheme in 2017
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
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.
RACISM WHITES, RACISTS
Munroe Bergdorf: Model who said 'all white people' are racist appointed to LGBT+ board by Labour MP
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
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
"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
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
POLITICS NEW POLITICAL DIVIDE
New political divide in UK is over openness to the world, polling finds
The Guardian, 28
British politics is no longer as simple as left against right,
according to research highlighted by senior Conservative and Labour
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,"
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
'Germany changed the rules' Why Eastern Europeans are FURIOUS at Angela Merkel
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
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
And he warned the EU's failure to agree a long-term
solution to rehoming refugees and asylum seekers was only making the
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. ...
"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. ...
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."
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY
Labour 'weaponises' Brexit to win votes from EU migrants
Sam Coates and Oliver Wright
The Times, 27
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
Feds Provide Almost $2 Billion in Subsidies to Hire Alien Grads Rather than U.S. Grads
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
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
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
IMMIGRATION ABROAD GERMANY
Merkel Finally Acknowledges German "No-Go" Zones, Vows To Eliminate
ZeroHedge, 27 February
... 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
In an article entitled "Ghetto Report Germany," Bild
describes these areas as "burgeoning ghettos, parallel societies and no-go
"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.
Immigration is the cause of our problems not the solution
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
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
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
"Welcoming strangers to our country and integrating them is
important," he declared, adding stridently that "we must never crush the
The prattling prelate has certainly had his wish in
"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
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
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.
IMMIGRATION BORDER CONTROLS
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Sunday Express, 25
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
In other words, last year alone saw the equivalent of an
entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in Britain.
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.
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
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
And as for illegal immigration: the situation is getting worse,
I've been using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal
immigration but that's simply a commonly accepted estimate.
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
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
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.
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:
authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually
abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;
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. ...
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
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
There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why
girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...
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. ...
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.'
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, SHARIA LAW
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian
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.
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.
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
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
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
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
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.
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
Mohammed, who fled Islam, and hasn't seen his family for 30
years, told Andrew it was time to "call a spade a spade".
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
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. ...
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.
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
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
The operation identified about 700 victims in total
across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...
Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from
Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
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". ...
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
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.
migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same
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.
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
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.
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).
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
The year to June 2017 saw the largest decrease in net
long-term migration in any 12-month period since records began in 1964.
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott says Labour will let MORE immigrants into Britain if they get into Number
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.
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.
DIVERSITY TEACHERS, CANADA
Teacher education must rise above political correctness
Rodney Clifton and Alexandra
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.
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.
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY
Labour calls for young illegal immigrants to be allowed to stay in UK permanently and scrapping of migrants
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."
EMPLOYMENT WAGES, ECONOMY
U.K. Wages Pick Up as Fewer Foreign Workers Take Jobs
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
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FRANCE
Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority
Julie Carriat and Ingrid
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
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.
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FRANCE
France considers jailing illegal immigrants for up to five years for fake ID
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
IMMIGRATION ABROAD AFRICANS, AUSTRALIA
'Tribal divisions' delay African gang taskforce
The Australian, 21 February
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. ...".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD SCHOOLS, FRANCE
French Children Taught Migration Is a Human Right, 'We're All Africans'
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.
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".
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
A report published in 2014 estimated 1,400 children were
abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.
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.
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
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
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
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.
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
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
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.
'We must act before another child is killed': Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in
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
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
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
"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
"There are a number of ways that an adult will try to
rid the child of the evil they believe is within them.
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD AUSTRALIA
Tony Abbott repeats claim immigration cut will improve quality of life
The Guardian, 19
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.
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. ...
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."
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.
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.
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
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
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." ...
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.
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." ...
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.
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.
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD JAPAN
Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year despite almost 20,000 applications
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
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 some time, asylum seekers with valid visas were
able to work in Japan while their applications for refugee status were
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. ...
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD JAPAN
The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan
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. ...
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.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD JEWS, MUSLIMS, FRANCE
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Institute, 16 February 2018
In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.
are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart.
Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...
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
... 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.
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
Without the Jews of France, France would no longer
be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not
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
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
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
Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are
now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...
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".
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018
The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on
hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the
former head of Ofsted has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack
of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children
should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.
He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the
country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that
"the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very
conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.
It follows a
public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was
banning children from wearing hijabs but was forced to reverse the decision
after complaints from parents. ...
Asked if a fear of being
politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a
national policy on hijabs in schools, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a
reticence, and it's leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, ISLAM
Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters 'return home with high-tech
Josie Ensor and Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2018
The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year, experts
have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home with "high
tech" weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield.
jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the continent,
bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as the
weaponising of drones and the industrialised manufacture of car bombs and
IEDs, according to a new report from defence analysts Jane's Terrorism and
Insurgency Centre (JTIC).
"Foreign fighters returning to Europe
will provide critical skills that will help an increasing number of
operational Islamist networks conduct more complex attacks," Otso Iho, the
report's author, said. ...
Several recent attacks on European soil
have involved crude "low-capability" weapons, but the successful use of
drones or car bombs by Islamist militants would mark a notable increase in
the threat level, they say. ...
In addition to the immediate and
direct security threat posed by returning foreign fighters, the report
concluded that significant risk is likely to emerge through their potential
to transform and radicalise existing Europe-based Islamist networks.
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, ISLAM
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, report
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 14 February 2018
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two
years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, an alarming report
Many extremists who are currently in jail across Europe
for supporting and fighting for Daesh will be released between 2019 and
At the same time, the number of British jihadis returning
home from Syria and Iraq will spiral as the terror movement is finally
squeezed out of its remaining homelands.
On their return, jihadis
are predicted to mushroom the threat again by going on to radicalise
existing but currently non-violent Islamist networks here.
disturbing analysis comes from Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and
IHS Markit. ...
Britain is particularly at risk from jihadis,
Jane's also found, having the highest number of returned militants in
UK border and immigration system unprepared for Brexit - report
Reuters, 14 February 2018
Government delays, uncertainty and under-resourcing have left the
British borders and immigration system unprepared for Brexit, according to
a parliamentary report on Wednesday.
Lack of clarity over
immigration intentions is creating anxiety for EU citizens in the UK and
putting already overstretched immigration officials in an impossible
position, it added.
"The government does not seem to appreciate the
immense bureaucratic challenge they are facing or how much time and
resources they need to plan on Brexit," it said.
The report by the
House of Commons Home Affairs Committee criticised delays in publishing a
so-called White Paper outlining the government's post-Brexit immigration
Failure to set out detailed plans for the registration
of foreign nationals and the transition period soon will make it impossible
for immigration and border officials to do their job properly, it warned.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY, SPAIN
Mediterranean migrant crossings to Italy double in a month
Daily Express, 14 February
The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy doubled
in a month to reach 4,800 in January, latest figures show.
near departure points in North Africa and poor weather were blamed for a
dip in people-smuggling activities in December.
But the overall
rate of arrivals is now in line with last year.
Data on "irregular
border crossings" released by European border agency Frontex yesterday
revealed Eritreans made up the largest group of migrants on the route,
followed by Pakistanis and Tunisians. ...
In Spain the 1,300
arrivals detected last month was more than 20 per cent higher than a year
Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds illegally helping asylum seekers enter UK
Birmingham Mail, 14 February 2018
A Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds by illegally helping
Iranian asylum seekers enter the UK using bogus papers. ...
Tuesday Mahmoodi-Esfanjani, from Birmingham, was jailed for three years at
Newport Crown Court.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD SWEDEN
Swedish pro-migration party admits: Costs of migrants are too high and will skyrocket
Voice of Europe, 14
Sweden's Moderate Party wants a survey on the costs of immigration
as they seem to spiral out of control.
The party, known for its
pro-migration ideas, implicitly admits the costs are too high: "We have had
a tendency not to talk about immigration costs. However, we wouldn't let
another area increase in costs so dramatically without following up on it,"
Moderate Party member, Elisabeth Svantesson, said to Dagens Nyheter.
Sweden's total immigration costs for 2018 are estimated at 40
billion Swedish crowns (4 billion). That's more than double the
amount it spends on culture (1.5 billion) and an amount close to how
much the country spends on its military (5.4 billion).
Svantesson said the costs of immigration could skyrocket in the
future because the country's migrants have a "lower level of education".
Earlier Sweden's Moderate Party strongly supported migration.
Sweden's former prime minister and then leader of the party, Fredrik
Reinfeldt, said last year that immigration is "one of the best things that
has happened to Sweden".
IMMIGRATION POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018
... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the world's
population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On average,
African countries look like doubling their populations very quickly indeed.
Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million population today is
expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.
Add to this a similar
trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates elsewhere in
the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are entering an age in
which most of the youngest and poorest people in the world will live close
to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current political paralysis was
largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a million refugees, and
that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people in Africa and the
Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications. If we don't think
ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and ethnic tensions
across Europe in response to what is potentially the greatest migration
humanity has ever known. That would severely affect Britain, even after we
leave the EU.
Effective development aid is not the whole answer to
this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial part of it. The
near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare, vaccination,
and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good education and
a strong role for women in work and society can have a similar effect.
These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CHINESE, USA
The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US and that Americans must step up to defend
Business Insider, 13 February 2018
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday reiterated a commonly held
view among US intelligence officials that China is seeking to become a
global superpower through unconventional means but he framed it as
both a governmental and a societal threat to the US.
before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US
intelligence agencies, Wray said that to undermine the US's military,
economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was
using methods relying on more than just its state institutions.
"One of the things we're trying to do is view the China threat as
not just a whole-of-government threat, but a whole-of-society threat on
their end," Wray said. "And I think it's going to take a whole-of-society
response by us." ...
Wray pointed to China's use of unconventional
intelligence sources as an example of its reach.
"collectors" what the intelligence community calls people who
collect intelligence on behalf of agencies or governments had
infiltrated US universities. ...
"They're exploiting the very open
research-and-development environment that we have, which we all revere, but
they're taking advantage of it," Wray said, adding that there was a
"naiveté" among academics about the risks posed by foreign nationals
at US universities.
The Institute of International Education found
that US universities admitted more than 1 million international students in
the 2015-16 school year, nearly 329,000 of which were Chinese students.
IMMIGRATION REGISTRATION, EU CITIZENS
Home Office chiefs fear they can't create a new immigration system by March 2019 as Theresa May overrules officials to insist free
movement ends on Brexit day
MailOnline, 12 February 2018
Home Office chiefs fear a new immigration system to track EU
citizens for the first time will not be ready by March 2019.
alarm comes after Theresa May overruled officials to insist free movements
ends on Brexit Day.
The decision means that after March 29, 2019,
the Home Office must be able to both register EU citizens already here for
permanent residency and separately track new arrivals during the Brexit
Sources admitted to The Times the work on the
new system had 'barely begun' and would 'almost certainly' not be ready in
14 months time. ...
Unpicking how to guarantee the status of three
million people who already live in Britain before Brexit takes place has
been a major headache in Whitehall.
In the negotiations, Britain
has promised anyone who wants to stay will be allowed, subject to the same
offer to Britons in Europe.
Last year the Home Office managed to
issue 164,000 work visas to non-EU nationals. This figure will have to rise
to around 400,000 when EU citizens need visas.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
Migrant ghettos will become 'a nuclear bomb in the future' a top EU official warns
MailOnline, 12 February 2018
A top European Union official has warned that migrant ghettos could
become a 'nuclear bomb' of unrest and has urged the European Union to
tackle the problem.
The EU has a war chest of £310 billion to
spend by 2020 on its so-called cohesion policy as it tries to reduce
inequality across the union.
European Commissioner for regional
policy Corina Cretu says that the money is crucial to stop the segregation
of migrants in harsh and dangerous ghettos.
Despite decades of
spending on infrastructure in the poorer parts of Europe, the European
Union is aiming to reduce inequality by pumping more money into countries
in eastern and southern Europe.
Ms Cretu said that this is
important for 'social integration'.
She told the Thomson Reuters
Foundation this week at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
'Social integration will be crucial in the years to come.
allow ghettos or segregation of migrants, this will become a nuclear bomb
in the future.'
ASYLUM ASYLUM SYSTEM
'A lottery': asylum system is unjust, say Home Office whistleblowers
Kate Lyons and Kirstie Brewer
Guardian, 12 February 2018
The British asylum process is a lottery and many asylum interviews
are rushed, biased and resolved by "cut and paste" decisions by overworked
Home Office staff, whistleblowers have told the Guardian.
staff employed in deciding asylum claims said some colleagues had a harsh,
even abusive, attitude towards applicants, mocking them to one another and
employing "intimidation tactics" during interviews.
As a result,
the whistleblowers said, the asylum system was in effect a lottery,
depending on the personal views of the decision-maker who picked up the
file. They said some staff took pride in rarely, if ever, granting asylum.
The latest revelations come a month after Home Office staff
told the Guardian that the asylum directorate was in a "constant state of
crisis" because of overworked staff and a huge backlog of around 50,000
The Guardian spoke to three former decision-makers or
caseworkers. Each was employed at different regional offices and stopped
working in these roles in 2016 or 2017.
All said they had tried to
do their jobs fairly but struggled owing to productivity targets that one
described as "ridiculously unrealistic".
required to complete 225 interviews or decision reports a year.
affects the quality of the decisions," said one whistleblower. "By the time
you have been through the photos, the file, the news reports, it's three
o'clock and then you have to draft a report [a decision on someone's claim,
which can often be more than 20 pages long]. Can you do that in two hours?"
The high turnover rate among staff made work difficult, all
three told the Guardian.
A report published in November by the
chief inspector of borders and immigration in November said the number of
asylum decision-makers had fallen from 319 in January 2016 to 228 in July
2016. Numbers increased back to 352 by March 2017, but the report said more
than a quarter of staff had quit over a six-month period.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD GERMANY
'Unaccompanied Minor Refugees' Costing Germans $70,000 Per 'Child' Annually
The monumental costs of providing for migrants in Germany who claim
to be 'unaccompanied minors' have been revealed in a new report by
Welt - just months after the German government admitted that nearly
half of these so-called children are actually adults.
federal figures, the expense per 'child' migrant averaged approximately
50,000 ($61,000) nationally in 2017, with social services agencies in
certain regions detailing that they had invested much more - over $70,000
per case. ...
It should be noted that the federal government,
which has transformed Germany into a veritable beacon for economic migrants
from the Third World under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, only
covers a small portion of these expenses, leaving states and municipalities
to come up with the lion's share. ...
The German government has
disclosed that nearly half of 'unaccompanied minors' admitted into the
country are actually over the age of 18. ...
'unaccompanied minor refugee' used for young migrants should not be taken
literally; 43 percent are already grown according to official information,"
Leubecher reports. ...
The vast majority of migrants remain
unemployed, and the German Federal Employment Agency recently admitted that
at least 74% of 'refugees' are only fit for 'menial labor,' having no
formal training or professional experience - or ability to communicate in
Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and
integration told the Financial Times that he expects three-quarters of
migrants to remain unemployed for at least five more years, and "for many
others we will need up to 10."
Bristol scout leader expelled after comparing Muslim colleague to Star Wars villain Darth Vader
Bristol Post, 12 February 2018
A senior scout leader who was expelled for criticising a Muslim
colleague for wearing a niqab has launched a law suit against the Scout
Brian Walker, an assistant Explorer Scout leader from
Bristol, wrote to Scouting magazine to complain after it featured a Muslim
leader who was also a scout leader. ...
Mr Walker told the
Bristol Post he believed the scouting movement was "moving away from
its Christian roots" and that it had become "fluffy".
association said "inclusivity is at the heart of modern scouting" and an
important value to them.
The editor of the official magazine wrote
back to say he disagreed with the letter, and Mr Walker was dismissed from
the association four days later.
The district commissioner for
Bristol South also told Mr Walker his views "did not reflect the inclusive
nature of scouting" and that his membership would be cancelled with
immediate effect. ...
Mr Walker, who served for 12 years in the
military, said the association was "embracing everything except
Death of Democracy? - Part II
Gatestone Institute, 12 February 2018
A blanket refusal to listen to serious concerns about Islam as an
ideology and political enterprise stems from what is in many ways the most
dangerous, yet unwitting, position taken by the middle ground. One loses
track of the number of Western politicians and church leaders who blithely
maintain that "Islam is a religion of peace" or who, when faced with jihadi
terrorism, maintain that it "has nothing to do with Islam". A sort of
paralysis engendered by a fear of being thought an "Islamophobe" makes it
hard if not impossible for people in the public eye to admit that there is
another truth, that has, unfortunately, been well known for centuries. ...
It is time for some home truths. Islam has been at war with the
West for some 1,384 years, with very little respite. When Muslim Arab
armies invaded Syria in 634, went on to destroy all but a rump of the
Christian Byzantine empire (which it finally defeated when the Ottoman
Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453), took control of Spain, Portugal,
Sicily and other lands on the north Mediterranean coast, it was the start
of endless jihad wars. These wars did not end during the centuries of the
Barbary slave trade during which Christians were routinely snatched by
Muslim pirates and sold in markets in Algiers and elsewhere on the North
African coast. ...
Unfortunately, concluding that modern terrorism
"has nothing to do with Islam" or that "Islam is a religion of peace"
visibly contradicts the historical record. ...
Over the past three
decades, Western societies have been rendered all but impotent in the face
of ideologies that challenge their most basic values. ...
here we go, led by a politically correct intelligentsia, churches, and
political parties, effectively handing over our civilization to people who
hate it. ...
... If we are ever to save Western civilization and
democracy, we must urgently rally our forces to stand up to all those who
seek to trash it.
UK plans video campaign to deter African migrants
The Observer, 11 February 2018
A viral video campaign using the testimonies of migrants in Libya
to discourage others from making the perilous journey to the north African
country and then on to Europe is to be launched by the Home
Office as part of official attempts to tackle migration from "source"
Vox pop interviews with migrants from countries
including Eritrea, Nigeria and Sudan will be filmed in Libya before the
material is used at events in east and west Africa and distributed online.
The UK's foray into using this tactic follows the example of
Denmark, which placed advertisements in Lebanese newspapers aimed at
deterring potential migrants, and Germany, which paid for billboards in
Afghanistan with a similar message.
However, an expert on migration
at the UK's leading development thinktank said evidence suggests that
"awareness campaigns" have little or no impact on the decision-making of
would-be migrants and are more about being able to tell voters at home: "We
are doing something."
"The information just does not filter through
because people decide on the basis of what they hear from family and
friends people they trust rather than foreign governments,"
said Jessica Hagen-Zanker, research fellow for migration at the Overseas
Development Institute. ...
She said that a better approach would
be to make the journeys safer and open up paths for legal migration. ...
More than 180,000 people attempted the crossing to Europe from the
Libyan coast in 2016, representing 50% of all attempted crossings. Although
numbers fell back to 120,000 in 2017 there has been a sharp rise in numbers
since the new year.
POLITICS PUBLIC OPINION, BREXIT
What the public think about immigration
Professor John Curtice
The UK in a Changing
Europe, 10 February 2018
Immigration was a key issue in the EU referendum.
was held against the backdrop of, by historical standards, relatively high
levels of net inward migration. Polls suggested that well over half thought
that immigration would fall if the UK left the EU, and that around 70% of
those who held that view voted Leave. ...
... But eighteen months
on, do voters still expect immigration to fall, and do they want freedom of
movement to end?
There is little sign that voters' expectations of
what will happen to immigration have markedly changed.
... on the
four occasions a survey instigated by this author using NatCen's mixed mode
random probability panel has addressed the issue, around two in five have
consistently said they expect immigration to be lower as a result of
leaving the EU. Other readings suggest that expectation is even more
In six polls conducted by YouGov since the June 2017
general election, on average 52% have said they expect less immigration as
a result of Brexit, not far short of the 56% registered on average in five
polls conducted during the referendum campaign itself. ...
Remain voters are not necessarily uninterested in proposals to reduce EU
... in the most recent NatCen survey,
three-quarters of Remain voters said the UK should be willing to accept
free movement in return for free trade, while two-thirds of Leave voters
took the opposite view.
Although many Remain voters might ideally
like to see an end to freedom of movement, they do not necessarily regard
it as a priority.
But in so far as the UK government is seeking in
the Brexit talks to reflect the views expressed by the majority who voted
to Leave, it seems there are still good reasons why ending freedom of
movement should remain one of its negotiating priorities.
BENEFITS AND COSTS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished not tinkered with
Conservative Home, 9 February 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers". This
week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute rescue
plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure of its
Cost Recovery Programme.
... a report commissioned by the
Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in
the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...
But, of even greater
risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as
would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance
I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an
obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It
has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access
NHS care. ...
In response to this policy failure, last June's
Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to
£600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new
Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health
announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later
this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as
£470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI
in 2013. Really?
In truth, neither of these estimates is
By April, the IHS will have been law for three
years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been
given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the
taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that
must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be
abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of
British citizens travelling abroad.
MULTICULTURALISM CIVILISATION, IDEOLOGY, ISLAM
'The Fight of Our Lives': New Documentary Examines the Threats Facing the West
Truth Revolt, 9 February 2018
"Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast.
Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should be
very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of the
early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually."
That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and
the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating
the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z.
... her latest documentary, which features
compelling observations and insights from well-known historians,
journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson,
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce Thornton, Raymond
Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many more respected
commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and think tanks.
The Fight of Our Lives addresses the various internal
and external threats facing Western civilization today, and cautions that
if we don't recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves to resist
and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we know
it will come to as Ferguson warned a swift and inexorable
The film groups topics into seven "chapters": "Utopian Masks"
(about the subversive internal threats of cultural relativism and
multiculturalism), "Crumbling Towers" (on the political radicalization of
the university), "Weaponizing Identity" (on the gender and race conflicts
that have sprung up with the rise of identity politics), "Breaching the
Gates" (on the threat of global Islamic supremacism in the West, whether
through terrorism or subversion), "People of the Book" (regarding the
Islamic persecution and genocide of Christians and Jews), and "Durable
Values" (on the assaults against the values that have made the West great,
such as the freedom of speech). It concludes with a chapter on "Standing
Up," which exhorts us, the heirs of the Western tradition, to push back
against our enemies and defend our heritage and our future.
Ferguson speaks on the cultural consequences of the recent tsunami of
migrants and purported refugees from Muslim countries into Europe, the
heart of what used to be called Christendom. That civilization, he claims,
may not be around by the end of the century or it may have changed
so much that it's unrecognizable. ...
But we are facing a more
significant threat by way of a subversive ideological assault. "The threat
from within comes from the people who want to undermine the basis of
Western civilization," says journalist Melanie Phillips. ...
influence of multiculturalism, as historian Victor Davis Hanson and The
Lawfare Project's Brooke Goldstein point out, has resulted in a moral
relativism and a chilling effect on free speech, as any criticism of
non-Western cultures is now deemed to be hate speech. ...
Hoover Institution's Ayaan Hirsi Ali and TBN host and terrorism expert
Erick Stakelbeck, among others, discuss the danger of refusing to identify
Islam as a supremacist ideology intent on destroying the West and
establishing a worldwide caliphate in its place.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD VIOLENCE, SWEDEN
Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?
Spectator, 10 February 2018
January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. ...
Swedes, this has become a familiar theme. Gun violence is on the rise, with
daylight shootings and without regard for bystanders. In the past nine
years, reported and attempted murders involving guns have almost doubled.
According to Swedish police, hand-grenade attacks (which were virtually
unknown until a few years ago) are without parallel in countries not at
... Stockholm police recently put a figure on it: less than
£890 can buy you five automatic weapons and ammunition with 64 hand
grenades as a sweetener. ...
Yet it's still hard for Swedish
authorities to be frank about what's going on. It's widely known that gang
members are mainly first- and second-generation immigrants, and problems
are rampant in what police euphemistically refer to as 'vulnerable areas'.
Thus the gang wars serve as a constant reminder of Sweden's failed
migration and integration policies. This is a problem for the government
(and even the opposition) in a country that prides itself on being a
'humanitarian superpower'. And yet politicians, in government and
opposition, seem particularly concerned that violence in immigrant suburbs
is a PR problem, a threat to the image of Sweden, and that the remedy is
Paramedics and firefighters are not the only ones who
have to take precautions before entering 'vulnerable areas'. The Stockholm
suburb of Tensta had free parking for months, after the area was deemed too
dangerous for traffic wardens to enter. The Swedish Postal Service has for
periods of time not been delivering packages to a crime-ridden
neighbourhood in central Malmö. A number of public libraries have had
to reduce their opening hours or even close temporarily in response to
harassment by gangs of youths. ...
The Prime Minister's wavering
shows what happens when you fail to integrate immigrants and instead
tolerate the creation of a society within a society: the police are unable
to protect or to gather proper knowledge of these new communities full of
people who tend not to speak the language. ...
... Dan Eliasson,
departing head of the national police, complains that investigations are
made difficult because no one will talk to the police. The kind of social
contract between state and society that leads citizens to help the
authorities is not working in those parts of Sweden where police are seen
as the enemy.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MURDER, NETHERLANDS
Price tag on Amsterdam assassinations as low as 3,000: police chief
NL Times, 8
The Amsterdam police are very concerned about the type of
perpetrators involved in assassinations in the city. They often involve
young amateurs, who will kill someone for as little as 3 thousand euros,
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to local broadcaster
AT5 while discussing a recent shooting in which 17-year-old Mohammed
Bouchikhi was killed at a community center on Grote Wittenburgerstraat.
"In the 80's and 90's, professional hitmen from abroad came here
for 50 thousand euros. In recent years we see young boys from Amsterdam.
And that could well be the case in this case." the police chief said. "We
sometimes now hear amounts of between 3 thousand euros and 5 thousand euros
for an assassination. And with that, the amateurism, the uncontrollability
and the brutality of the violence are a new concern for us." ...
Aalbersberg also said that gang-related assassinations take up a
lot of the Amsterdam police's capacity, leaving them little time for other
cases. "We are dealing with assassinations for 60 to 70 percent, and for
the rest mainly with radicalization and terrorism investigations."
This leaves little time for tackling large-scale drug trafficking,
IMMIGRATION ABROAD PUBLIC OPINION, ITALY
Vast Majority of Under-35 Italians Now Oppose Mass Migration
Breitbart, 8 February 2018
A poll has revealed that 65 per cent of Italians under the age of
35 are against mass migration with some wanting to limit the number of
migrants flowing into the country while others want the rate reduced to
The poll, conducted by polling firm Ixè, shows that
Italian youth are less and less positive about mass migration into the
country with only 35 per cent saying they approved of it. Forty per cent of
the respondents said that they wanted much stricter controls on migrant
flows while 20 per cent claimed to want migration stopped entirely, La
President of Ixè Roberto Weber said that
the results in the older age groups are even more starkly against mass
MULTICULTURALISM BIRTH DEFECTS
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Nation, 8 February 2018
Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they
have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word
The resurgence of these birth defects is due to
the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community,
particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in
Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the
children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the
practice virtually vanished. ...
Pakistani parents in Britain are
responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for
30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the
acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In
Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.
Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford's population,
Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and
Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to
have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St.
Luke's Hospital in Bradford.) ...
There are no quick fixes, which
means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to
In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage
rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe
and 0.2% in the U.S.
Death of Democracy? - Part I
Gatestone Institute, 7 February 2018
For many complex reasons, Europe is in an advanced state of
decline. In recent years, several important studies of this condition have
appeared, advancing a variety of reasons for it: Douglas Murray's The
Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, James Kirchik's
The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age,
as well as Christopher Caldwell's ground-breaking 2010 study,
Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the
Countless polls and investigations reveal that
refusal to integrate is no figment of the supposedly "Islamophobic"
political "right". A 2006 poll carried out by ICM Research on behalf of the
Sunday Telegraph, for example, presented worrying findings: 40% of
British Muslims polled said they backed introducing shari'a law in parts of
Britain, and only 41% opposed it, leaving another 20% unclear. ...
Polls carried out in other countries across Europe showed similar
or worse results.
Those are only one half of a more complicated and
disturbing picture. While Muslims find it hard to abandon the prejudices,
doctrines, and outright hatreds (for Jews, for example) that they have
imported from their home countries or developed as young men and
women while living in European states where they were born and raised
vast numbers of non-Muslims, including politicians, church leaders,
civil servants, policemen and women, and many well-meaning people bend over
backwards to accommodate them and the demands they make on their host
It would take a book to summarize all the episodes in
which Western officialdom, notably in Europe, has abandoned its own
historical values in order to protect Islam and radical Muslims from
criticism and rebuke. ...
Last October, it was reported that
Queen's Counsel Max Hill, who acts as the British government's independent
reviewer of terrorism legislation, argued that British fighters for Islamic
State, who had returned or planned to return to the UK, should not be
prosecuted but reintegrated into society on the grounds that they had acted
"naively". This lenience extended to hate preachers who had given sermons
and lectures exhorting Muslims to take direct action that has in the past
led to actual terrorist attacks. ...
We now therefore use double
standards: one for Muslims and one for the rest of our population. On
January 16, 2018, in England, Daniel Grundy, was jailed for six months on a
charge of bigamy. However, Muslim men in polygamous marriages are rewarded
by the state: ...
Actually, British Muslim men do not even have to
go abroad to find wives. At least one Muslim dating site run from the UK
offers contact with Muslim women who are eager to enter into polygamous
marriages. It has not been closed down. The British government has shown
itself incapable of enforcing its own laws when it comes to its Muslim
citizens or new immigrants. ...
Rather than stand up to our
enemies, both external and internal, are we now so afraid of being called
"Islamophobes" that we will sacrifice even our own cultural, political, and
religious strengths and aspirations?
IMMIGRATION ABROAD HERITAGE, ISDLAM, SWEDEN
Sweden Appoints Pakistani Muslim Head of National Heritage Board
FrontPage Mag, 7 February 2018
Qaisar Mahmood, a Muslim born in Pakistan, is the new head of the
Swedish National Heritage Board. This is an extremely anomalous
appointment, since he readily admits that he has not read anything about
Sweden's cultural heritage. But his new job is not really about preserving
and protecting Sweden's cultural heritage and historical sites at all.
... He says he doesn't want simply to alert people to Viking
artifacts and the like, but to use Sweden's history to "create the
narrative" that will make Muslim migrants "part of something."
have already seen how that works. Remember the fake news story about the
Viking burial cloth bearing the word "Allah"? ...
Viking burial cloth propaganda offensive was one manifestation of what
Qaisar Mahmood and others like him are doing. ...
as a Pakistani, of course has no Swedish heritage of his own. His admitted
lack of knowledge of Swedish heritage and history ought to have
disqualified him from his position, but this is how Sweden is obliterating
itself and committing cultural and national suicide. ...
must be remembered in connection with Qaisar Mahmood's role as head of the
Swedish National Heritage Board that the Qur'an suggests that ruins are a
sign of Allah's punishment of those who rejected his truth: ...
This is one of the foundations of the Islamic idea that pre-Islamic
civilizations, and non-Islamic civilizations, are all jahiliyya the
society of unbelievers, which is worthless. Obviously this cuts against the
idea of tourism of ancient sites and non-Muslim religious installations
such as are found all over Sweden.
University to spend $121 million on diversity efforts and maybe more in two years
The College Fix, 7 February 2018
Last fall, Columbia University pledged to spend an extra $100
million on diversity efforts over five years.
Not content to play
second fiddle on diversity spending, American University is spending even
more, even faster.
The private university in Washington, D.C.,
plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on its "Plan for
That includes a mandatory full-year course
for all freshmen starting this fall, The American University Experience.
AUx is part of a pot of $7 million in funding for fiscal year
2018 that also covers academic centers, faculty development and programs
"specifically designated to advance access, equity, and inclusion,"
according to the plan.
The other $53 million this fiscal year will
go toward diversity-oriented institutional scholarships. Next fiscal year's
$61 million is less specified. The plan simply says it will cover
"investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion." ...
the curriculum goal includes the ongoing work of the new Antiracist Policy
and Research Center /.../ and the buildout of the new African American and
African diaspora major.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, GERMANY
Former open-border activist denounces mass immigration
Free West Media, 6 February 2018
In 2015, Rebecca Sommer "wanted to help everyone and truly believed
that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete
distress", she told the Polish weekly magazine Do Rzeczy.
The refugee aid association Arbeitsgruppe Flucht +
Menschen-Rechte (AG F+M) [Working Group Asylum + Human Rights] she
founded in 2012, had almost 300 volunteers who were giving German courses
to the new arrivals in 2015.
..."I thought their medieval view was
going to change with time... but after having seen these situations occur
repeatedly and observing what was happening around me, as a volunteer, I
have had to recognise that the Muslim refugees have grown up with values
that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood
on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our
values. Worse, they regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance."
She also speaks of her great disappointment when she realized how a
group of "refugees" she had personally helped and believed to be her
friends practiced taqqiya with her. ...
Sommer says she is not the
only one confronted with the open-border reality, and said that many other
volunteers also ultimately had to face the obvious.
There are now
far fewer volunteers ready to work with the new arrivals in Germany. She
warned that these Muslim immigrants posed a threat to the German way of
life, and that this will get worse with family reunification as it would
further inflate their numbers.
According to her, many Germans she
knows, now want to emigrate to Poland because they had have enough. ...
In her interview for euroislam.pl, the former pro-refugee activist
says that contempt for Western lifestyles and for women are not expressed
only by practicing Muslims, but the majority of those who grew up in Muslim
Political Islam is present everywhere, including in
the government, in political parties, in the police and schools, she
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY
Former Italian PM Berlusconi calls immigration a 'social bomb ready to explode in Italy' as he pledges to deport 600,000 illegal migrants
if he's re-elected
MailOnline, 6 February 2018
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to
deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he is re-elected.
Warning of a
'social time bomb ready to explode', the 81-year-old said in a TV interview
his centre-right coalition would remove those who 'do not have the right to
'Immigration has become an urgent question, because after
years with a leftwing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don't have
the right to stay,' he said.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DEPORTATION, ITALY
Italian right's election promise to deport migrants will be hard to keep
The leaders of Italy's right-wing parties have pledged to deport
hundreds of thousands of migrants if they win the March 4 parliamentary
election, a promise that may win votes but will be hard to keep.
centre-right coalition that includes former prime minister Silvio
Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) and the anti-immigrant League is
leading in opinion polls, in part because of their hardline on immigration.
Surveys show Italians are increasingly uneasy after more than
600,000 migrants reached Italian shores by boat in four years. ...
But the reality is that deportations are expensive, time consuming
It would take years to repatriate those irregular
migrants already living in Italy and thousands continue to arrive each
month, mostly by boat from North Africa. ...
"If we wanted to
repatriate 600,000 irregular migrants, and we could send 200 per working
day, it would take more than 15 years," said Senator Luigi Manconi, a
member of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) who next month will take charge
of the country's anti-racism office.
The cost of deportations is
high. Forced returns require that migrants be put in detention centres
before departure, planes must be chartered and wages paid - two guards for
In 2016, the repatriation of 29 Tunisians from Italy
cost 115,000 euros (£102,049). On average, repatriations conducted
jointly with EU border agency Frontex cost 6,500 euros each, an EU observer
study found last year.
Italy has bilateral agreements with 24
non-European countries allowing for returns, but migrants often avoid being
identified or countries refuse to recognise them as citizens.
POPULATION PRESSURE TRAFFIC JAMS
Britain among world's worst for traffic jams
The Times, 6 February 2018
Britain has been named among the ten most gridlocked countries in
the world with motorists spending 31 hours a year stuck in peak-time
A study of congestion found that traffic in the UK was
growing worse compared with other countries, costing the average driver
£1,168 per year in fuel and lost time.
Britain is the worst
country for traffic in western Europe and the tenth most congested
globally, up one place from last year.
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
National Review, 6
In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration,
David Brooks writes:
What about the rise of
social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study
finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they
are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh
its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow
more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost
Putnam made the same
"distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year.
It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is
the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal
speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of
his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day
To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an
analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that
ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling
for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and
valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us
whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether
we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam
never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data
although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics and
he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether
"diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data
analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity,
with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the
implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between
misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in
the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a
"valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic
diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam
offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage
among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the
challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term no hard
evidence, just speculation.
BENEFITS AND COSTS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Telegraph, 5 February 2018
Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under plans
which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the
Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six
months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them
from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.
today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say
more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...
"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual
costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra
£220 million a year to support the NHS."
pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.
Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for
temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had
Latest figures show £358 million was
collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the
immigration health surcharge.
The surcharge is paid when
immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS
charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...
The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS
spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge
IMMIGRATION ABROAD VIOLENCE, GERMANY
German Politicians 'Alarmed' at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
Breitbart, 5 February
Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm,
as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100
attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.
Published by the Funke
media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be
officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed
attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97
At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum
seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert
by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the
BKA to record "anti-Christian crimes" separately for the first time.
Ansgar Heveling, interior policy spokesman for Angela Merkel's
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, called the figures "alarming" and
argued that the state "has a responsibility to punish these attacks
severely and consistently... [as] anti-Semitic attacks are rightly being
Berthold Löffler, a political science professor
at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, ...
Stating the BKA
figures are likely "only the tip of the iceberg" with regards to the number
of anti-Christian attacks taking place in Germany, Löffler writes:
"One can confidently assume that the mainstream media would much rather
report on Islamophobic incidents and xenophobic crimes committed by ethnic
MISCELLANEOUS FREE SPEECH, UNIVERSITIES
The new blasphemies on campus
Spiked, 5 February 2018
Today spiked launches the Free Speech University Rankings
2018, our fourth annual analysis of campus censorship in the UK academy,
and it makes for grim reading: 55 per cent of the 115 universities and
students' unions we survey are this year ranked Red under our traffic-light
rankings system, meaning they actively censor speech and ideas.
This marks a dip in Reds from last year. But policies dictating
what can and can't be said on campus are still becoming more severe in many
... We also found that 48 per cent of institutions have
policies which warn against insulting faith groups or offending religious
What's more, when it comes to who is being
censored on campus, it isn't even just provocateurs, coming to campus to
stir up controversy it's students themselves. ...
fracas at the University of the West of England in Bristol on Friday night,
in which anti-fascist protesters tried to disrupt a speech by Tory MP Jacob
Rees-Mogg, shouting 'no platform for fascists' and scuffling with his
supporters, reminds us that student activism remains thoroughly intolerant.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, LONDON
Islamic London: "Run, Hide, Tell"
Gatestone Institute, 5 February 2018
To understand the development of Islam in Western countries, I make
a habit of visiting Muslim-majority areas such as Lakemba in Australia,
Lodi in California, and Lunel in France. But London, England, is unique in
the extent of its Islamic impress.
Muslim-majority areas typically
consist of poor, unattractive housing projects, remote from the city
center, which long ago were abandoned by their original indigenous,
working-class populations. They often feature men sitting around cafes and
women cooped up at home. They suffer from a range of social pathologies,
including unemployment, criminal gangs, and drug-trafficking.
London too has such areas, and they are very large; ...
the Muslim presence is implicit in the intense, pervasive, and depressing
security measures installed against jihadi threats of violence. These range
from signs urging "Run, Hide, Tell," to bollards, barriers, and gates.
Especially evident are the many protective measures installed in
March 2017, immediately after a violent Islamist, Khalid Masood, killed
five people on Westminster Bridge. ...
Nor are bollards, barriers,
and gates unique to London. In Birmingham, for instance, the Christmas
Market featured the familiar yellow gates (complete with helpful entrance
and exit markers). ...
More than any other major Western city,
London bears an Arabic, Middle Eastern, and Islamic impress, from its mayor
to its commercial real estate market. I wish I were optimistic about the
outcome of this experiment, as the majority of the English population
remain even today.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CALAIS, FRANCE
Border treaty blamed for Calais migrant surge that has led to violence
The Observer, 4
A sudden surge of refugees arriving in Calais is stoking new
tensions between migrant communities and led to the mass brawl and multiple
shootings that shocked France last week.
There has been a 25%
increase in the number of migrants heading for the French port, placing
pressure on food handouts and increasing competition for routes into the
Migrants and charities blamed the rapid increase on a recent
border treaty between France and the UK, which raised "false hopes" that it
would be easier to reach Britain.
The treaty, signed by President
Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May a fortnight ago, promised to accelerate the
processing of migrants in the port city and was heralded as "a more humane
Griffiths said that following the border treaty
announcement the charity recorded the arrival of 200 migrants entering
Calais from surrounding locations in northern France and Paris, bringing
the total within the port to around 800.
vice-president of the Calais charity L'Auberge des Migrants, said the
UK-France border agreement had caused chaos.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, ANGLICANS
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018
Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration
than the general population.
But those who describe themselves as
Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly,
are more negative about the current levels of immigration.
research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC
Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per
cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK
should be reduced.
According to the research, from an analysis of
British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of
Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current
levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number
is 86 per cent.
This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no
religion who think immigration should be cut.
Government is set to delay release of VITAL immigration document
Daily Express, 3
The Government is set to delay publication of a crucial document
outlining its immigration policy until months before the country officially
leaves the European Union in March 2019.
Originally scheduled to be
published last summer, the document's release date will now be pushed back
even further while the Government seeks advice from the Migration Advisory
Committee on how best to overhaul the country's immigration system. ...
Mrs May is also handling the contentious topic of whether or not to
include the number of overseas students in the UK's net migration figures.
So far, she has made it clear that she will continue to resist
pressure to remove overseas students from immigration figures.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD BELGIUM
Belgian Senator: Multiculturalist Elites Manipulated Stats to Transform Society with Mass Migration
Breitbart, 3 February 2018
Elites brought about a "profound transformation" of Belgian society
without any public debate by manipulating immigration figures as more than
one million migrants poured in, a liberal senator has alleged.
Writing in Le Figaro, Alain Destexhe said the realities of
demographic change are being concealed across Europe by "the
multiculturalist lobby which dominates universities, NGOs, public
institutions and the media".
"Like France, Belgium has changed
dramatically in a relatively short time, and was transformed into a mass
immigration nation without any public debate," he said, noting that its
population rose from 10.2 million to 11.3 million in a relatively short
period as a result of mass migration. ...
"Yet this statistical
reality has been concealed from the population," writes Destexhe, a doctor
who spent a decade serving regions struck by war and natural disaster, and
was appointed Médecins Sans Frontières's first
In his essay for the French broadsheet, the
Reformist Movement senator details a number of methods by which he says
immigration data is manipulated to keep Belgians in the dark, and thereby
prevent any open debate over the "exponential consequences" migration is
having on the small country's demographics.
"Even Eurostat, the
EU's official statistics agency, blithely mixes data and ideology," he
said, pointing to its annual immigration reports, which claim mass
migration is "good for Europe" and that the continent needs more of it.
Already one of Europe's most densely populated nations,
Belgium's population is set to grow by another couple of million in the
coming decades yet this phenomenon is never publicly linked to mass
migration, Destexhe points out, asserting it is only ever presented as a
"demographic boom". ...
Declaring it urgent that Europeans "at
least become aware of the gravity of the situation", Destexh ends his essay
with a call for "the unvarnished presentation of statistics and a debate on
Why "Open Borders" is a Dangerous Idea
Quillette, 3 February 2018
From my point-of-view, mass migration is the singular challenge of
the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect our
response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass
migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations'
cultures and political economies. ...
While we do not yet know the
vector, the titanic, high velocity migration the West is currently
experiencing will cause profound changes. ...
The open borders
philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past
century, it doesn't account for unpleasant facts about human nature and
society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer
self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss
is that human societies are tribal.
The fundamental human social
skill is the formation of groups that act with shared intentionality. The
skill to coordinate intentions is what enabled our ancestors to form
sophisticated social coalitions that outcompeted lower primates. ...
The challenge of heterogeneity is that it pre-loads divisions into
society. Sometimes those differences can be overcome through inter-communal
dialogue and good government. But, all too often when intentions differ,
and tribes inevitably rise, differences in religion, language, and custom
are the contours around which factions organize.
This is not to say
that ethno-racial or cultural difference is the sole cause of factionalism.
Since human beings are so quick to form factions, it should be
the goal of government policy to ameliorate division and ward off for as
long as possible the demon of sectarianism. Our current public policies and
cultural products seem aimed at doing the exact opposite. I think this is
because the designers of these policies hold at least two mistaken
assumptions about diversity and migration.
Many elite Westerners
have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not
always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. ...
There is also a faulty assumption that diverse societies become
more tolerant and inclusive over time. ...
demonstrated innumerable times that at-scale diversity doesn't create
utopia but tension. ...
Of the top ten most diverse countries in
the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence
since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious
socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a
mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about
redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may
bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those
of you who think this isn't a major issue or that the worst has passed,
please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD VIOLENCE, CALAIS, FRANCE
Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl
BBC, 2 February 2018
At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between
Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials
A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a
queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a
Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area
in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK. ...
Minister Gérard Collomb said the violence had reached a new level
and accused gangs that try to smuggle migrants to the UK of instigating the
This is the worst outbreak of violence between migrants
in Calais for months, and the use of firearms is a worrying escalation of
the tensions, the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.
is not yet clear but an initial fight on the city's southern outskirts
broke out on Thursday afternoon, where migrants had been queuing for food
Around 100 Eritreans and some 30 Afghans were caught up
in the violence, which lasted almost two hours after the shots were fired.
The four critically injured were shot in the neck, chest, abdomen
and spine, AFP news agency reported.
A second melee erupted shortly
afterwards at an industrial site around 5km (three miles) away, when
between 150 and 200 Eritreans armed with iron rods and sticks clashed with
about 20 Afghans, the local prefecture said.
ASYLUM UN POLICY
The United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in, claims David Miliband
Alessandra Scotto di
Daily Express, 2 February 2018
David Miliband called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take in more
refugees and share the burden with the rest of the EU following UN
recommendations, claiming the United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees
LBC's Iain Dale asked the former Labour politician if
Britain was accepting enough refugees in the country.
replied: "No. The Cameron Government said it would take 4,000 a year, which
equates to more or less six per parliamentary constituency." ...
"We did a calculation. We looked at the UN figure and the UN say
that the western world should take over five years about eight percent of
the world's refugee population.
"If you make that for Europe that's
540,000 and if you then do a calculation over five years it's 108,000 a
He added: "If you look at the UK, you're looking between
20,000 and 30,000 a year, rather than the 4,000 or 5,000 that the Cameron
"So I would be saying six per parliamentary
constituency is not going to overwhelm you.
"If there is a fair
sharing of the burden, Britain will be taking about 25 per parliamentary
Top counter terror officer warns of threat posed by jihadi children returning to UK
Justin Davenport and
Evening Standard, 2 February 2018
A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the
threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry
Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's
counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to
safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.
"A child in a war
zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things," he told the Standard.
But he warned: "Some terror groups are training children to commit
atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but
the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case
basis and they may be arrested."
Commander Haydon added: "We have
no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to
commit atrocities in the UK."
He also revealed that police are
DNA-testing children who have been brought to the UK after being born in
the so-called IS caliphate to establish their identity and whether they
have the right to live here. ...
Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We have
to consider that these children could be living timebombs. There is a
danger that these children come back brainwashed with a mission to carry
Children carried out three of five Islamist attacks
in Germany in 2016. A 12-year-old boy was also detained after trying to
bomb a Christmas market. ...
Mr Haydon said police had identified
all 850 or so Britons who travelled to Syria in the past three years.
About half have returned and 15 per cent were killed in the
EXTREMISM ISLAM, EUROPE
Lessons from the East for the West
Breitbart, 2 February 2018
Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the
Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against
the West and Me. ...
... In Hungary, there are barely any signs
of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it
that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe
in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...
originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so
because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out,
even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is
the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the
courage to publish it.
A German publisher, who was interested,
backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without
transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...
Islamism but Islam itself preaches the political submission of the
whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to
fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.
The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there
is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in
verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and
Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse
8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the
order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...
... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present
trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20%
Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while
Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.
This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be
moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated
many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad
and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany
that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine
themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the
Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the
Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is
more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our
TERRORISM TUNISIANS, ITALY
Interpol circulates list of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy
Lorenzo Tondo and Piero
The Guardian, 1 February 2018
Interpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State
fighters who it believes have recently landed in Italy by boat, and may be
attempting to reach other European countries. ...
listed are all Tunisian nationals, some of whom were identified by
officials when they landed in Italy. The document shows their first names,
surnames and dates of births. ...
Four of the suspected Isis
fighters on the Interpol list are already known to European intelligence
agencies. One of them "may have already crossed the Italian-French border,
to reach Gard, a department in southern France, in the Occitanie region,"
the agency says. ...
Tunisians, many of who are economic migrants,
are packed on the small boats and mainly disembark on the beach at night,
20 or 30 at a time. ...
Local authorities call these arrivals
"ghost landings" and believe more than 3,000 Tunisians have secretly landed
on the coast of Agrigento since July. Of these, the police managed to block
and identify only 400 people.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD GERMANY
REVEALED: Why Angela Merkel REALLY opened the borders to Germany - and Europe
Express, 1 February 2018
Angela Merkel welcomed more than one million refugees into Germany
during the European migrant crisis to save Berlin from losing millions of
euros from a Greece bail out deal, a politics expert has claimed.
Bremen-based political scientist Philip Manow said "cheesy ideas of
Merkel's Mother Teresa moment" live on, but Germans should not be fooled.
He said the real reason for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's
widely-criticised open-door refugee policy was to save Germany from losing
billions if its eurozone neighbour collapsed into economic ruin.
Writing for German newspaper FAZ, Mr Manow said: "The opening of
the border was the almost inevitable protection of the Greece deal."
Germany invested tens of billions in the rescue of its eurozone
neighbour Greece in the face of bankruptcy.
At the same time, after
the closure of the Balkan route, Greece was overwhelmed by a growing number
of asylum seekers entering its country.
Mr Manow warned billions
from the EU countries might have been lost had the institutions in Greece
He said bailing out Greece "would quickly have
become obsolete if Greece had in fact been left to its own devices with the
refugee crisis because of the domino effect of the border closures of
Hungary, via Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Macedonia".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY
In new EU sea mission, ships not obliged to bring migrants to Italy
Reuters, 1 February
The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new
Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation
of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.
Italy has repeatedly lamented a lack of EU solidarity in managing
immigration. The previous Frontex operation, called Triton, required all
those rescued at sea to be brought to Italy even if another EU country,
such as Malta, was closer. ...
Since Italy coordinates the vast
majority of sea rescues between North Africa and its southern coast, the
new rule is unlikely have a large impact on arrivals, though it does send a
political message to Mediterranean neighbours like Malta. ...
more than 600,000 migrants landing on Italian shores in the last four
years, a popular backlash is building ahead of a March 4 national election,
and the centre-left government is under pressure to show it has the
situation in hand. ...
The one-year mission will be re-evaluated
every three months and will, unlike Triton, include Italy's southern
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 1 February 2018
The diversity bureaucracy has finally swallowed an entire college.
San Diego State University has just named to its presidency a vice
chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity, hired from the
University of California, Davis. The new SDSU president, Adela de la Torre,
is a peerless example of the intersection of identity politics and the
ballooning student-services bureaucracy.
As vice chancellor of
student affairs and campus diversity at UC Davis, de la Torre presided over
a division made up of a whopping 28 departments not academic
departments, but bureaucratic and identity-based ones, such as ...; the
Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Center for Chicanx and
Latinx Student Success; the Native American Academic Student Success
Center; the Middle Eastern/South Asian Student Affairs Office; ... This
gallimaufry of identity-based fiefdoms illustrates the symbiosis between an
artificially segmented, identity-obsessed student body and the campus
bureaucracy: the more that students carve themselves into micro-groups
claiming oppressed status, the more pretext there is for new cadres of
administrators to shield them from oppression. ...
university is becoming an appendage of the identity bureaucracy and
identity studies. If the mission of higher education is no longer
knowledge, but social justice, an emphasis on diversity, and indoctrination
in "anti-racism," then SDSU has made the ideal hire.
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018
A record one in 10 families given council or housing association
homes last year were foreign nationals, according to new figures yesterday.
The numbers showed that of just under 200,000 heavily subsidised
family homes in England allocated to new tenants, 19,197 went to a
household headed by a non-British citizen.
The share of social
housing going to foreign families has been rising since the mid-2000s, when
foreign nationals took up around six in 100 new lettings, and Labour MPs in
some cities began to register concern over discontent among
long-established local voters. ...
Among people moving into social
housing for the first time as opposed to those moving from another
council or housing association home 12 per cent were foreign
There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for
social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DEPORTATION, PUBLIC OPINION, ISRAEL
Poll: Majority of Israelis back deportation of African migrants
Middle East Monitor, 31 January 2018
A majority of Israelis back the planned deportation of non-Jewish
African migrants, according to a new poll conducted by Israel Hayom
and New Wave Research.
As reported by Arutz Sheva, 58 per
cent of Israelis polled agreed that Israel needs to deport Eritrean and
Sudanese migrants, compared to 23 per cent who disagreed.
also found that 51 per cent of respondents believed the migrants to be "job
seekers", while 37 per cent believed them to be asylum seekers.
Meanwhile, 59 per cent of Israelis do not believe that Israel has a
"moral obligation" towards the non-Jewish African migrants, compared to 24
per cent who believe Israel does.
The Israeli authorities' policies
towards African migrants have attracted widespread international
condemnation, with criticism that the policies are motivated by a desire to
protect Israel's Jewish majority.
ASYLUM FRAUD, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
U.S. asylum system facing rampant 'fraud and abuse' from illegals
Washington Times, 31
Homeland Security has reached a "crisis" in the asylum system with
illegal immigrants gaming the system, the department said Wednesday,
announcing new changes to try to speed things up so undeserving applicants
can be deported.
The backlog reached 311,000 cases as of Jan. 21,
"making the system increasingly vulnerable to fraud and abuse," said U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency within Homeland Security
that handles legal immigration.
To try to make headway, USCIS said
it will prioritize the latest applications for the fastest review.
"Delays in the timely processing of asylum applications are
detrimental to legitimate asylum seekers," said USCIS Director L. Francis
Cissna. "Lingering backlogs can be exploited and used to undermine national
security and the integrity of the asylum system." ...
Those who are
applying for asylum are granted work permits, giving them a foothold in the
U.S. while they await cases that can take years to complete. ...
The asylum program has become strained in recent years as illegal
immigrants, coached by smuggling cartels and relatives who've already made
it to the U.S., have learned the "magic words" to game the system.
The situation is so extreme that illegal immigrants are now coached
to cross into the country and actively seek out a Border Patrol agent, to
whom they can make their asylum claims.
Britons Who Have Been Fighting With ISIS "Potentially Very Dangerous" Says Watchdog
Forces Network, 30
Britons who return after fighting alongside Islamic State should be
regarded as "potentially very dangerous", a former terror laws watchdog has
David Anderson QC suggested security agencies should take a
"sceptical" approach towards UK nationals who have been living in territory
controlled by the group for several years.
His remarks come amid
fierce debate over how battle-hardened extremists should be managed if they
seek to come back.
Mr Anderson told MPs that where possible
returnees should be prosecuted - but noted there are difficulties securing
convictions for offences committed in Syria.
On those who cannot be
pursued through the courts, the barrister said: "All these people need to
be looked at very carefully indeed.
"My first reaction would not be
to look at them in a particularly generous spirit.
"I think the starting point has to be that these are potentially
very dangerous people."
EMPLOYMENT CITY OF LONDON
Number of European workers in the City hits highest level on record
City A.M., 29 January
The number of European workers in the City has hit its highest
level on record.
Data from the Office for National Statistics,
published by the City of London Corporation, shows nearly a fifth (18 per
cent) of the City's workers came from the European Economic Area (EEA) in
2016, the highest ever recorded.
The City of London requested the
data to inform its response to the government's consultation on
The data shows the proportion of EEA workers in the
Square Mile has more than doubled in the 10 years to 2016. Europeans made
up just eight per cent of the workforce in 2006.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018
If you didn't know anything about our immigration system an
accurate description of our political class you'd think that we take
in few immigrants from the Third World or from anywhere outside Europe and
that our "racist president" wants to stamp out the last vestiges of the few
brave and unique immigrants coming from subpar conditions, yearning for
freedom and American values. This distortion could not be farther from the
Here is a list of the top 30 countries of origin among the
immigrants who received green cards in 2016. These 30 countries supplied 76
percent of our immigration pool: ...
A couple of immediate
observations are in order:
Notice how Mexico dominates our
legal immigration system in addition to sending us most of our illegal
immigrants. Mexican nationals were the recipient of twice as many green
cards as the second country on the list. And this has been the case pretty
much for every year over the past few decades. Indeed, since 1965, 50
percent of all immigrants came from Mexico and Latin America, 29 percent
from Mexico alone. ...
Not a single European or western
country is among the top 20. ...
Seven Islamic countries,
several of which are on Trump's moratorium list, are on this list, and
they've been moving higher every year.
From watching the
trends over the years and having some background on this issue rather than
solely from the chart numbers, it's clear that the top source countries of
our immigration are not dictated by merit, but primarily by chain
migration, diversity lottery, refugees, asylum, and quasi-amnesty policies
that allow certain illegal immigrants to obtain green cards. This is not
the immigration system America voted for; nor is it the one that was
promised to us in 1965, 1980, and 1990. ...
If nothing is changed,
our country will be flooded with millions of chain migrants that are coming
here solely based on family ties, doubling down on the existing backward
system. As of November 2017, there were 4.367 million people on the visa
waiting list, 97.5 percent of whom are applying based on family ties to
existing immigrants, who themselves largely came here based on family ties.
The solution to all of this is to immediately move to a
merit-based system in which we bring in only people who love America, won't
be a security problem, speak English, and will not be on welfare
irrespective of country of origin. ...
This used to be part of the
commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly,
demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed
discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important,
policy issue of our time.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HUMAN TRAFFICKING, CALAIS, FRANCE
Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron's immigration deal branded 'a gift for human traffickers'
Sunday Express, 28 January 2018
Rioting youths bringing terror to Calais could soon be heading for
Britain as a deal struck between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron was
branded "a gift for human traffickers".
Full-scale riots broke out
on an industrial estate near the site of the so-called Jungle camp last
week with more than 100 migrants pelting police with rocks and stones.
The violence has raised tensions in the French port after residents
felt the situation had been brought under control.
This week social
workers and agencies trying to care for the migrants are expected to start
selecting youngsters who will be sent to Britain under the deal worked out
between French President Macron and Mrs May this month.
Philippe Mignonet, the deputy mayor of Calais, says the new arrangement has
made the situation much worse on the ground.
Under the deal the
British Government will give £44 million towards improving security at
Calais and has agreed to take an unspecified number of young migrants.
Mr Mignonet said: "What they said has been a gift for the human
traffickers and criminals in Calais. They are now saying to those in their
networks to bring more migrants to Calais because eventually you will go to
"We think hundreds more have arrived since the two leaders
met and hundreds more are on the way. This has not been a deterrent
it is encouraging more to come to Calais."
After the jungle camp
was razed to the ground, numbers dropped dramatically with migrants
spreading out across northern France.
Many young migrants came to
Britain two years ago but questions were raised because some of the
"children" looked more like men in their 20s, even early 30s.
Numbers of migrants in Calais, many from Eritrea, Ethiopia and
Afghanistan, are expected to reach 1,000 by the end of February. ...
Mr Mignonet said pro-migration group No Borders has been
encouraging migrants to camp there: "They think they are helping but they
are not because they are making the situation worse."
IMMIGRATION BREXIT, LIBERALS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Brexit has made us more relaxed about immigration
The Guardian, 28
What impact did the Brexit referendum have upon attitudes to
immigration? When Manchester University academic Rob Ford polled his
Twitter followers, most were pessimistic, fearing attitudes had hardened.
The reality, as Ford pointed out, is that on almost every measure,
people have become more positive. The number who think immigration is the
most important political issue has fallen since the referendum and is at
its lowest level since the 2008 crash. ...
One of the strongest
predictors of views on immigration is education level those with
more qualifications tend to be more open. This is still the case. But
people have become more positive about immigration, whatever their
educational attainment. The same is true of Leavers or Remainers. This, as
Ford observes, raises a number of questions. What has made people more
positive? And why do many liberals seem reluctant to accept that the public
has become less anxious about the issue?
Those more critical of
immigration may feel that they have won the argument. It may also be that,
before the referendum, politicians were more eager to finger immigration as
a social ill. Today, there seems less need to stir such anxieties. The
second question is probably easier to answer. There is a widespread
perception among liberals that those who voted Leave were mainly bigots.
The referendum result led many to fear that the bigots have been let off
the leash and many cannot see beyond that fear.
Ah, the irony:
liberals often claim that those hostile to immigration ignore the facts.
But many of the same liberals seem equally unwilling to accept the facts
when they contradict their perceptions (even prejudices) about why people
feel anxious about immigration.
RACISM FREE SPEECH
Tory Government REJECTS Petition for a Free Speech Act
The British government has rejected a petition calling for a Free
Speech Act and an end to laws against so-called 'hate speech'.
several years now the government has been infringing people's most basic
rights to speak freely on matters, by deeming their speech 'offensive' or
'hateful. and declaring that such speech, even online, warrants being fined
or jailed," the petition suggests.
"We demand the legal right to
Free Speech, in an Act which will bring an end to the ludicrous notion that
'hate speech' and 'offensive speech' deserves people be imprisoned or
charged ... Ideas must be fought with other ideas, not with force." ...
The Home Office, led by Amber Rudd MP, responded on behalf of Prime
Minister Theresa May's administration as the Free Speech petition reached
around 16,000 signatures rejecting it out of hand.
IMMIGRATION POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018
The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee,
Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus, was released
earlier this week. It makes many helpful suggestions, including the idea of
an annual migration report, streamlined immigration processing and the
importance of balancing competing interests. However, it draws misleading
conclusions about public opinion and policy due to its reliance on
focus-groups, which suffer from social acceptability bias.
result, it makes two assumptions. First, that citizens who oppose
immigration do so mainly because of their perceptions of its effects on
prosperity or public services. If so, immigration is an issue that can be
addressed by the traditional approach of directing financial resources to
areas affected by migration and detailing the economic contribution
immigrants make. The second assumption is that voters are primarily
concerned about control, not numbers. If they are reassured that things are
under control, and migration is being connected to economic needs, they
will be content with higher numbers.
Yet, as behavioural economists
repeatedly caution, 'people aren't rational, they rationalise'. So too with
immigration attitudes. The reasons people say they oppose immigration are
those they are aware of, or they feel to be socially acceptable. This is
doubly the case in focus groups, where peer pressure is strong. ...
Now, however, work by British Future, which is widely cited in the
Committee's report, indicate that skills are the most important
consideration for people when they think of a desirable immigrant. ...
... As we show, people are sensitive to the skill level of the
immigrant intake, but this is trumped by their concern for the cultural
impact of a larger inflow.
To illustrate, we draw on data from a
new Yougov-Birkbeck-Policy Exchange survey of 1,643 individuals from 5-6
November 2017, of which 1,450 are of White British ethnicity. ...
This shows that a majority of White British respondents want
reduced immigration even if skill levels fall, but when the question is
worded, /.../ as new skilled immigrants coming from 'outside Europe' and
when the decline in White British share is not mentioned, it's possible to
get almost 45 percent of White Britons to back the high skill mix-with-high
levels of immigration option. Mention 'Asia and Africa' as the source for
new skilled immigrants and support slips ten points to 35 percent. More
importantly, mentioning the ethno-cultural impact of higher numbers on the
long-term share of White Britons in the population drops support for
current immigration levels by 17-22 points to just 18-25 percent. ...
To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and
psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee
suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
POLITICS BREXIT, EU MIGRANTS
EU immigration to continue until 2021 reveals David Davis - despite Downing Street claims that free movement will end when Britain leaves
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018
The free movement of EU citizens in Britain will continue in all
but name until at least 2021, David Davis said yesterday as he set out
details of a two-year Brexit transition.
Downing Street has
repeatedly insisted free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU in
March next year, saying European citizens arriving after that date will
have to register.
But Mr Davis said yesterday the registration
scheme would have 'no bearing on people's ability to work or visit' and
that it would simply 'allow us to better plan for our future public
services and prepare for our future immigration system'.
CRIME ACID ATTACKS, LONDON
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Express, 27 January 2018
There has been a record number of acid attacks in London in 2017,
Metropolitan Police data has revealed after a freedom of information
request, as street gangs are increasingly using acid to target people.
Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years.
The figures show that there were 465 acid attacks in London
recorded in 2017, up from 395 the previous year. ...
from the first 11 months of 2017 also shows that the acid attacks are
predominantly a problem among young males.
More than 75% of
suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10
CRIME FAKE DOCUMENTS
Gang sold fake British passports and University degrees for up to £800 each
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018
Seven men were jailed yesterday for making fake British passports
and degrees which they sold for up to £800 each.
The gang were
selling the counterfeit documents to immigration offenders to help them
live illegally in the UK, a court heard.
But the racket unravelled
after an undercover officer placed orders with gang leader Steven
Kanaventi, 39. ...
From late 2015 to June 2017, Immigration
Enforcement officers uncovered the wide-scale manufacture and distribution
of the fake documents by the London and Midlands gang. ...
Azeeza, an ex-professional footballer, was sentenced to four years in jail
after the court heard the documents were made at his home. ,,,
Alfred Adekoya, 47, also of Walworth, was sentenced to 40 months
and two weeks after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a fake
CRIME BIAS, POLITICS, RACISM, POLICE
Theresa May ignored the evidence on stop-and-search. The effect has been criminal
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2018
A few years ago, Theresa May set out to make a hard-hitting speech
about how too many law-abiding black men were being stopped and searched by
the police. Her officials got to work on it, but soon hit a problem: the
only in-depth study showed that, if anything, white men were the ones being
singled out. There was no evidence to suggest any kind of racial
It was all a bit embarrassing, so reference to this
study was removed from the draft of the speech and the then home
secretary went ahead anyway with her spirited j'accuse. Black men, she
said, are up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched. It
Politically, the speech was a great success. It
was a potent charge, and it helped to establish Mrs May as a reformer with
a social conscience. Her figure was technically correct: when compared with
the general population, young black men are far more likely to be searched.
It's just that if you look at those on streets of an evening (as the Home
Office had done), the bias vanishes.
Not that the police dared
point this out: they heard and obeyed. The number of stop-and-searches
conducted by police more than halved, but this raised an awkward question:
what effect would this have on knife crime?
The latest figures
arrived yesterday. Recorded knife crime rose 21 per cent in the last year
across England; the number of murders in London rose 19 per cent. Cressida
Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has admitted that her officers
might have become fearful of stopping and searching suspects. They wonder
whether, if accused of racism, they'd be supported by their bosses. ...
Peter Neyroud, a former chief constable now at Cambridge
University, has been working with officers in 40 forces to develop a "harm
index". The aim is to judge crime by the harm done, rather than adding up
all kinds of offences to make a misleading total. He says this index, now
being used by forces to help focus on the worst crimes, has been rising
fairly steeply for the past two years in many forces. ...
again, out politicians talk about "evidence-based policymaking" where
facts, not ideology, shape the agenda. But Tories are beginning to look
guilty of policy-based evidence-making: using whatever statistics suit them
It was wrong of Mrs May to pretend that the police
were singling out ethnic minorities for stop-and-search and it would
be wrong for Mrs Rudd to be in denial about rising crime now.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, UK
Mohammed is rapidly becoming one of the most popular names in Germany, figures show
MailOnline, 26 January 2018
The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby boy
names in Germany. ...
Within three years, Mohammed could rank in
the top ten, according to the head of the Society for German Language.
According to the latest data from the society (Gesellschaft
für Deutsche Sprache - GfdS), statistics for 2016 reveal that Mohammed
(or Muhammed) rose from 41st place in 2015 to 26th position the following
However, this does not take into account all the
variant spellings, including Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and more.
it did, Mohammed would be far higher up the ranking.
newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, recently compiled data using all of the variants
and discovered that Mohammed rocketed from 5th overall to 3rd most popular
name among baby boys born in Vienna, Die Welt reported. ...
Ewels, GfdS managing director, said: 'The development is, of course,
related to the wave of immigration.'
She expects Mohammed to be in
the top 10 names by 2021 or 2022.
Muhammed was the most popular
baby boy name in London, a UK survey revealed last May.
It was also
the second most popular nationwide in Britain.
RACISM POLICE, HATE CRIME
Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, But Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying 'Hate Crime'
Breitbart, 26 January 2018
Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded crime on falling police
numbers but figures show the annual decline could be plugged by
redeploying 'hate crime' officers from London alone.
mayor has suggested that the crime wave overtaking England and Wales
and Britain's multicultural capital, in particular is a consequence
of falling police numbers, in an opinion piece published by the
Figures reported elsewhere in the newspaper
do show a fall of some 930 officers over the last 12 months, to 121,929
overall but this represents a reduction in total manpower of less
than 1 per cent.
Meanwhile, recorded crime rose by 14 per cent
overall across 44 police force areas in England and Wales including
a 32 per cent rise in domestic burglary, a 29 per cent rise in robbery, a
23 per cent rise in sex offences, a 21 per cent rise in knife crime, and a
20 per cent rise in gun crime.
In fact, with London alone boasting
over 900 police officers "dedicated to investigating hate crime" one
of Khan's top priorities as mayor it seems likely that the annual
fall could be more than adequately compensated by redeploying existing
Evidence suggests that pressure from Khan and
politically correct police chiefs is leading to significant resources being
redirected towards offences most members of the public would not consider
priorities in a time of rising violent crime.
For example, figures
obtained through Freedom of Information requests revealed that some 3,395
people across 29 police force areas 13 refused the requests, two
released unusable data were arrested under section 127 of the
Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause
annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
This represented a massive increase from previous years, with
police forces increasing arrests for "offensive" communications
largely social media posts by up to 877 per cent compared to 2014.
The authorities' determination to focus on such crimes
despite a fall in actual prosecutions suggesting the arrests are largely
fruitless shows no sign of letting up, with Khan setting aside
millions of pounds for an "online hate crime hub".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, ARIZONA, USA
Illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native-born: Study
Washington Times, 26
The crime rate among illegal immigrants in Arizona is twice that of
other residents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday, citing a new
report based on conviction data.
The report, from the Crime
Prevention Research Center, used a previously untapped set of data from
Arizona that detailed criminal convictions and found that illegal
immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state's
population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population.
crimes they were convicted of were, on the whole, more serious, said John
R. Lott Jr., the report's author and president of the research center. ...
Among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions,
undocumented immigrants accounted for nearly 13 percent
significantly higher than their percentage of the population. Legal
immigrants, by contrast, were less than 1 percent of convicts. ...
Undocumented immigrants also accounted for five times the rate of
convictions for money laundering and kidnapping, and were three times more
likely to be convicted of drive-by shootings.
The data covered from
1985 to 2017.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD GREECE, ITALY, EUROPEAN UNION
Greece and Italy demand EU takes more immigrants and gives aid in 'Marshall Plan' for Africa
Daily Telegraph, 25 January 2018
EU members must share migrants and refugees, rather than expecting
the Mediterranean nations to deal with the influx alone, the Prime
Ministers of Italy and Greece have insisted in a forceful presentation to
the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Richer nations should also
address the root cause of the migrant crisis by committing to a major
development aid programme in the form of a Marshall Plan for Africa, Paolo
Gentiloni and Alexis Tsipras said. ...
The Italian leader
predicted that it may take decades to improve the African economies, which
will reduce the flow of migrants, and that an important first step is to
shift migration from smugglers and into legal routes. ...
absolutely possible. You have to disrupt the networks of criminals, to
strengthen structure of the almost-failed African states which are not able
to control their own territories, and to gradually accept - through human
corridors and systems of quotas - a regular flow of migrants from Africa to
BORDER CONTROLS HUNGARY, EUROPEAN UNION
EU court bars 'gay test' for asylum seekers
Reuters, 25 January 2018
Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian
asylum seeker through psychological tests to determine whether he was
telling the truth that he was gay, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday.
The man based his claim on the fact that, as a homosexual, he
faced persecution in his home country.
The EU court ruled: "The
performance of such a test amounts to a disproportionate interference in
the private life of the asylum seeker." The Luxembourg-based judges noted
that the EU executive has disputed the reliability of such tests. ...
In responding to the Hungarian court which referred the case, the
ECJ said it was acceptable to seek expert opinion but this must be obtained
in ways consistent with human rights and should not be the sole basis of a
ASYLUM EUROPEAN UNION
Commission: Mass Third World Migration Central to EU Values, Refusing Quotas 'Unacceptable' -
Breitbart, 25 January 2018
Refusing refugee quotas is "unacceptable", Brussels has said,
stating that migration from Africa and the Middle East is "directly linked"
to values on which the European Union (EU) was built.
commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said asylum seekers arriving in Europe
must be shared out across the bloc, and dismissed the idea that nations
opposed to compulsory quotas could show "solidarity" with financial
contributions and means other than resettling third world migrants within
their borders. ...
The Greek commissioner said the refusal of some
countries to take in African and Middle Eastern migrants on Brussels'
orders threatens to tear the bloc apart. ...
Avramopoulos was "unrepentant" over comments made in December when he
denounced European Council chief Donald Tusk's call for Brussels to scrap
the "ineffective" and "highly divisive" migrant quota scheme as
BORDER CONTROLS BREXIT
Guy Verhofstadt claims UK will not be able to fully take back control of its borders until 2021 at the
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2018
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator,
today insisted that Britain will not be able to take back control of its
borders until 2021 at the earliest.
Mr Verhofstadt warned there
could be no limits on the free movement of EU citizens into Britain during
the proposed transition period, meaning an extra two years of unlimited EU
Warning that the transition period would not allow
"cherry-picking", Mr Verhofstadt said any changes to immigration rules
"would only apply after the Withdrawal Agreement and the transition
That would push back the cut-off date for EU citizens to
qualify for special residency status allowing them to live and work in
Britain indefinitely to just under two years after 29 March 2019.
The former Belgian prime minister's comments backed demands made by
EU-27 diplomats in draft instructions for Michel Barnier, the EU's chief
RACISM LABOUR PARTY
Cheaper tickets for minority groups to see Jeremy Corbyn withdrawn from sale
Echo, 24 January 2018
Cheaper tickets for minority groups to a Loughborough Labour
conference have been withdrawn from sale.
On Monday, the party was
offering a £10 discount for BAME members on its East Midlands Labour
website, with ticket prices for visitors costing £40 and BAME members
Last night (Tuesday, January 23) the tickets were
taken down from the website.
A spokesperson from the Labour Party
told the Echo that they are now taking advice on "other ways we can
increase the representation of BAME members at East Midlands Regional
Conference in February."
RACISM REVERSE RACISM, RACE, LABOUR PARTY
A Labour BAME discount is no "racial surcharge" it's the start of a more inclusive party
New Statesman, 24 January 2018
The "reverse racism" devotees are out in force again and they are
not happy with the Labour party. The source of their rage: the party
offering discounted tickets to black and minority ethnic members for an
event in the East Midlands.
... A Conservative MP, Andrew Bridgen,
took it upon himself to complain to the Equalities and Human Rights
Commission and now the watchdog is looking into whether Labour broke the
The subsidised passes were to be paid for by Labour's National
Executive Committee, out of its democracy and diversity fund. /.../ When
people of colour face institutional racism and are more likely to be in
poverty, it makes sense to think of ways to make it easier for people to
get involved. ...
This is not a "racial surcharge", and nor is it
"reverse racism". Indeed, those claiming "reverse racism" misunderstand
what race is. Race is, as academic Alana Lentin put it, "a technology of
power". It was created and used to order people: to legitimate the
rapacious, bloody colonial project. And though they are not static, these
hierarchies continue to shape society.
Racism isn't just a question
of individual views, as it's so often believed. It's far more productive to
understand race as a tool through which populations are ordered. Then it is
clear why reverse racism is a complete fallacy. There is not and has never
been a global hierarchy based on anti-whiteness - so while white people can
experience all forms of prejudice, they can't experience racism.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, ITALY
Italian politician pledges to kick out half a million illegal migrants if elected prime minister
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2018
A Right-wing politician who hopes to be the next prime minister of
Italy has pledged to expel half a million migrants if his party wins the
Matteo Salvini, the head of the Eurosceptic
Northern League, said he aimed to repatriate 100,000 migrants in his first
year in power, followed by another 400,000 during the rest of his five-year
term in office.
"There are half a million irregular migrants in
Italy. All of them need to be sent home," Mr Salvini told La Repubblica
Mr Salvini dismissed suggestions that his party was
xenophobic, arguing that he was trying to prevent the rise of racism by
tackling the problem of illegal immigrants.
"The only antidote to
racism is to control, regulate and limit immigration. There are millions of
Italian in economic difficulty. Italians are not racist, but out-of-control
immigration brings with it far from positive reactions. We want to prevent
that," he said.
Whether the League, even if it won power, would be
able to expel so many migrants is open to question, given the legal and
logistical difficulties that past governments have wrestled with.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION MORALITY
We've a moral obligation not to let in Calais migrants
24 January 2018
The reality is that the exact opposite is true: we have a moral
obligation not to accept individuals from Calais. Leftist open-door
policies do nothing but produce death and misery. ...
migrants from France creates perverse incentives and 'moral hazard' in a
number of different ways.
It encourages African parents to send
their 'children' (who frequently turn out to be adults) to Britain in the
hope that the whole family may be granted residency. ...
admitting Calais migrants, we essentially ask would-be immigrants to run a
death-defying obstacle course which only the fittest and wealthiest could
possibly hope to complete. Not only is this fundamentally unjust, it also
means those left behind are in an even worse position as the world's
poorest countries become bereft of their most economically active citizens.
The Third World will never lift itself out of poverty if its best and
brightest are allowed to flood into Europe.
Britain also impacts the least well-off in this country far more than it
affects the champagne socialists petitioning for their entry. ...
Moreover, a recent study also found that our huge immigration
numbers have fuelled a 23 per cent rise in rent prices. This has made it
almost impossible for people on low incomes to save to buy a home. Figures
show that 33 per cent of all renters in the UK are now foreign-born. The
'housing crisis' therefore may just as accurately be termed the
'immigration crisis'. ...
But of course, the Left aren't actually
interested in helping the poor. They just want to make themselves feel
morally superior to everyone else.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, OSLO, NORWAY
The Islamization of Oslo
City Journal, 24 January 2018
... Groruddalen is home to more than a quarter of Oslo's
population. /.../ For a few decades now, the valley has been associated in
the Norwegian mind with Islam. ...
... From 2008 to 2010, more than
6,000 ethnic Norwegians moved out of Groruddalen, while almost twice that
number of immigrants mostly Muslims moved in. In 2009, fully
67 percent of the children born in Stovner, a borough at the far eastern
end of the valley, had non-Western mothers. ...
Aftenposten broke the prevailing media silence on the topic by reporting on
the experiences of ethnic Norwegians living in Groruddalen. "It has been
difficult to be an ethnic Norwegian in Groruddalen," ... a schoolteacher
who had lived in the valley all his life, told the newspaper. "It's about
huge language problems, plus a pressure to adapt to norms that feel totally
alien to those of us who have a Western lifestyle and mind- set."
Åserud said that at some schools in the valley, "children are
threatened with beating for having salami in their packed lunches. Girls
are harassed for being blond, and dye their hair to fit in. ...
years later, in 2013, a remarkably candid SSB report acknowledged that
1,000 ethnic Norwegians were leaving Groruddalen annually, with an equal
number of non-Western immigrants moving in to replace them. During that
year alone, muggings in Groruddalen rose by nearly 80 percent. The great
majority of perpetrators arrested were teenagers with immigrant backgrounds
and Muslim names ...
In 2015, sociologist Halvor Fosli published
Fremmed i eget land (A Stranger in One's Own Country), a book based on
interviews with 20 ethnic Norwegian residents of Groruddalen. /.../ In
short, a place where people had once lived without fear and treated one
another with respect and friendliness had become charged with tension,
dread, and bigotry not anti-Muslim bigotry, mind you, but
anti-Norwegian bigotry. ...
On March 11, 2017, to many viewers'
surprise, the nightly news program on government-run NRK television ran an
honest segment on the dramatic rise in crime in East Oslo, with a focus
principally on Groruddalen where, as journalist Anders Magnus
reported, about 50 percent of the population now had non-Western immigrant
backgrounds. Twelve-year-olds were selling drugs; 15-year-olds were
carrying guns, knives, and baseball bats; Muslim youth gangs were
assaulting adults in the open street; ...
... But the fundamental
problem remains the traditional Scandinavian approach to crime: seeking out
root causes, treating offenders as victims of society, and seeing
compassion as a cure for criminality. This approach may work with some
wayward ethnic Norwegian youths, but it makes no headway with their Muslim
counterparts, whose cultural conditioning leads them to see such kid-glove
treatment as a sign of weakness and to exploit it. ...
August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the
new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing
hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the
future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did,
too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward
anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the
hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen
upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD BELGIUM
How to Manipulate Migration Data? Take Belgium...
24 January 2018
It should probably not come as a shock that statistics can be, and
often are, presented and manipulated by elites. In Belgium and in
all of Western Europe except Austria they form an informal
multiculturalist lobby, which dominates universities, NGOs, public
institutions and the media, in order to promote a pro-migration agenda.
In a relatively short time, Belgium has changed dramatically.
Without any public debate, it has become a massive migration state. In just
15 years, Belgium has seen an increase of one million in its population
from 10.2 million in 2000 to 11.3 million in 2015. ...
2000 to 2010, net immigration was nine times greater than in the
Netherlands; four times greater than in France or Germany and even greater
than in the United States, a country historically open to immigration. ...
With the help of official forecasts, the media regularly note that
the Belgian population is growing, and that this increase will continue.
However, no one seems to be linking this rise in population to migration,
even if, since 2000, that has been the driving factor. ...
projected increase in population is never emphasized or presented in
relation to the number of Muslims in Belgium, which is expected to double
(to 1,250,000, meaning 11.1% of the population) or even triple (to
2,580,000, meaning 18.2% of the population) before 2050, according to the
Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life. ...
... Social issues are
prominent. For instance, 90% of the people claiming social welfare benefits
in Brussels have a migrant background. /.../ Moreover, the related costs
are never debated or addressed. Those topics are just swept away as if they
were totally disconnected to migration. ...
In Belgium, around 50%
of immigration is linked to family reunification. That number represents a
higher level than those of our European neighbors and more than for most of
Europe, even though all of western Europe has been hit by mass migration.
/.../ There are marriages in name only, polygamy, marrying only within
one's community for many Turkish and Moroccan weddings, and apparently
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CALAIS, FRANCE
May's £44 million migrant deal 'will NOT fix Calais crisis' as migrants strive to enter UK
Daily Express, 23 January 2018
Theresa May's £44 million new deal on Calais will have no
effect on the crisis across the Channel as refugees refuse to be processed
by immigration officials, campaigners in the region have claimed.
The Prime Minister vowed to pay the huge sum to improve security
around the port while taking in more child refugees to ease the numbers of
people displaced following the dismantling of the 'jungle' migrant camp.
But experts have claimed it will do nothing to help solve the
situation as hundreds of refugees refuse to be processed through official
channels in France. ...
Some 75 percent of the 500 refugees in the
region reportedly refuse to be processed in immigration centres according
to French government figures leaving constant police evasion or
desperate and dangerous attempts to enter Britain as their only options.
Panorama White Fright: Divided Britain review the people let down by a decade of policy
The Guardian, 23 January 2018
Blackburn, Lancashire: a town with about 100,000 white British
people and 40,000 Asian or British Asian people, many of whom are Muslim.
Ten years ago, Panorama went to find out how Blackburn's two biggest ethnic
groups were getting along. The answer, in short: they weren't. ...
The experts and the numbers say it. Prof Ted Cantle who wrote the
report on the race riots of northern England in 2001, and who featured in
the original programme, returns. "Segregation in Blackburn is increasing,
in residential terms, in school terms, probably in social terms as well,"
he says. ...
And, of course, it's not just about Blackburn. The
polarisation of populations is increasing in towns all over the country.
The government hasn't helped much either. Dame Louise Casey was
commissioned to write a review of integration policy. The government
ignored it because it mentioned immigration; the pace and scale of it. "Too
difficult ... too hot to handle," says the Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
House of Commons Library, 23 January 2018
Asylum seekers were around 6.0% of immigrants to the UK in 2016.
The number of asylum applications to the UK peaked in 2002 at
84,132. After that the number fell sharply to reach a twenty year low point
of 17,916 in 2010, before rising again to reach 32,733 in 2015. The number
fell in 2016, to 30,747.
The percentage of asylum applicants
refused at initial decision reached its highest point at 88% in 2004. After
that, the percentage of applicants refused at initial decision fell to 59%
in 2014, before increasing to 66% in 2016.
In the period from 2004
to 2016, around three-quarters of applicants refused asylum at initial
decision lodged an appeal, but only around one quarter of those appeals was
In 2016, 37% of asylum applicants were nationals of Asian
countries, 29% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 23% were
nationals of African countries, and 7% were from Europe.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CALAIS, FRANCE
Immigration SCANDAL: French border guards are 'turning off migrant monitors' at Calais
Daily Express, 22 January 2018
Highly sensitive equipment for detecting migrants hiding in
UK-bound trucks has been deliberately turned off by French border guards in
Calais, it was claimed last night.
Security insiders said heartbeat
monitors, which can identify stowaways in seconds, had not been used at the
port for up to six months.
The revelation has sparked accusations
that French officials are deliberately passing the buck and have no
intention of apprehending immigrants heading for the UK. ...
Richard Burnett of the Road Haulage Association said: "The French
don't want migrants to stay in France. They don't want to provide asylum
in fact, they don't want to deal with the issue at all.
is hard to justify spending another £44.5 million to boost security at
Calais when we have it on good authority the heartbeat monitors already in
place... are not even switched on." ...
A source at the French
interior ministry confirmed it was "entirely at the discretion of
officials" when to use heartbeat monitors, adding: "Not everybody can be
checked that would be an impossibility."
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PEOPLE SMUGGLING, MEDITERRANEAN
Britain's strategy to target smugglers sending migrant boats across Mediterranean doomed to fail, study
Independent, 22 January 2018
Britain's strategy to tackle people smugglers sending migrants
across the Mediterranean is doomed to fail, a new Cambridge University
study has suggested.
Wiretapped telephone conversations between
gangs show there are no "kingpins" who can be removed and that arrests only
cause other groups to take control of the lucrative human market.
The study, entitled Out of Africa: The organisation of migrant
smuggling across the Mediterranean, concluded that UK-supported sea
operations to push refugee boats back to Libya will be ineffective.
The author, Dr Paolo Campana, said the crisis cannot be stopped
without addressing the demand driven by conflict, instability and poverty
in African countries. ...
Dr Campana called for sea operations to
be replaced with a wider set of policies to "reduce the demand for
"The adoption of schemes that resettle
refugees directly from conflict zones would be a step in this direction,"
he added. ...
Widespread conflict and lawlessness since the
UK-backed ousting of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the ensuing civil
war have led to a thriving human trade culminating in open-air slave
Libyan gangs have linked up with groups in Niger, Chad and
Sudan to the south to create trafficking networks stretching across Africa.
Dr Campana's study found that on the other side of the
Mediterranean, they also extended to the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and
countries including Israel, Canada and Turkey. ...
published in the European Journal of Criminology, found that each
stage of transnational migration routes via Libya had "independent and
autonomous" smugglers, militias and kidnappers competing over vulnerable
Engineering giants pledge to attract more diverse staff
Daily Telegraph, 22 January
A group of Britain's biggest employers of engineers, including the
bosses of BP, Shell, BAE and Rolls-Royce, has pledged to tackle the
profession's lack of diversity.
In a letter to The Daily
Telegraph, a coalition of major technical employers said "we must
address a lack of diversity in a workforce that is currently 92pc male and
The signatories include BP chief executive Bob Dudley,
Shell's UK chairman Sinead Lynch and BAE's new chief executive Charles
Woodburn. The call, led by Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan, is also
backed by the heads of Network Rail and Transport for London, amid mounting
concern that Britain is not training enough engineers to renew
infrastructure. "It is crucial to the country's success that more people
and a more diverse group of people join the profession,"
their letter said.
RACISM LABOUR PARTY
Labour Racism: Police Decline to Investigate Party Charging White People Extra to Attend Corbyn Rally
Breitbart, 22 January 2018
Leicestershire Police have declined to investigate the Labour Party
singling out white people to pay extra to attend a Jeremy Corbyn rally in
Thousands of people contacted Leicestershire
Police, the force responsible for Loughborough, via email and Twitter, to
ask them to investigate the charge, as Britain's equality and race
relations legislation appear to outlaw providing goods, facilities, or
services on less favourable terms or conditions to someone based on their
Many social media users have criticised both
Leicestershire Police and the EHRC for their apparent indifference to the
case, suggesting there is no question that they would have acted rapidly
and forcefully if a major political party was attempting to charge any
other racial or ethnic group higher prices to attend events.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ITALY
Video shows migrants in Italy expelled - but only in writing
Reuters, 22 January 2018
A video shot over the weekend on the southern coast of Sicily shows
some 50 North African migrants who have been expelled from Italy instead
joining Europe's army of irregular migrants as authorities look on. ...
On Saturday, the migrants were put on a ferry bound for Porto
Empedocle on the Sicilian coast. Upon arrival, asylum seekers were bussed
to shelters, while those not seeking asylum were given an expulsion order
requiring them to leave the country within seven days, and then sent on
While the procedure is in line with Italian law, it has
rarely been documented. Unable and unwilling to return home, most migrants
simply ignore the expulsion order and move on towards their destination,
often in Northern Europe. ...
In the video, the migrants are seen
carrying their expulsion order in one hand as they are handed a packed
lunch. Then police watch them as they set off walking down a busy road.
Almost a half million irregular migrants are estimated to be
living in Italy, while in 2016, almost a million irregular migrants were
found to be living illegally in the European Union. The actual number is
likely to be much higher since irregular migrants seek to avoid being
Italian political leaders of all stripes say that
irregular migrants should be immediately sent back home, but this is
difficult to put into practice.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD PUBLIC OPINION, USA
Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration
Washington Times, 22 January
A Harvard-Harris poll taken in the run-up to the shutdown found
Americans strongly support granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant
Dreamers. But they also back Mr. Trump's three demands for a border wall,
limits to the chain of family migration and an end to the Diversity Visa
Most striking of all is the public's demand for lower
overall legal immigration a position that has little traction on
Capitol Hill but one that is overwhelmingly popular across the country.
The poll found that most Americans want annual legal immigration
capped at 500,000 a year or less far lower than the current annual
rate of 1.3 million.
Those findings challenge what many lawmakers
say is the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that while illegal
immigration is to be discouraged, high levels of legal immigration are
necessary for the nation's image and its economy. ...
may see the issue differently, according to the Harvard-Harris poll of
American adults, taken Jan. 17-19.
The survey asked respondents
what level of overall legal immigration they would like to see.
stunning 35 percent said the level should be fewer than 250,000 a year,
while another 19 percent said it should be 250,000 to 500,000. Combined,
they make up a majority looking for a cut of at least 50 percent over
current annual levels. Another 18 percent said they want to see 500,000 to
Just 19 percent of respondents said they want an
increase over 1 million.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD PUBLIC OPINION, ISLAM, BELGIUM
7 out of 10 Belgians say they are living through the "Muslim conquest of their country"
Geller Report, 22 January 2018
Belgians know it, but do nothing about it. They know it, but elect
the same politicians who sold them down the river. ...
On a side
note, the statistic concerning Judaism reflects a bit on their ignorance
and antisemitism. I am just so sick of everyone dumping on the Jews. 38% of
Belgians say that Judaism is intolerant. How so? They never kill in the
cause of Hashem or force non-Jews to convert. ...
... A study,
published last week and carried out at the initiative of RTBF and the
newspaper Le Soir, concluded that seven out of ten Belgians have the
impression of living through the Muslim conquest of their country.
This poll, carried out on a panel of 4734 people, indicates that
74% of the people questioned consider Islam to be an intolerant religion
(compared to 38% for Judaism and 14% for Catholicism). 71% judge it to be
incompatible "with the values of [their] society".
Two-thirds of Belgians feel "more and more invaded" and think "there are
too many immigrants". By contrast, only 13% see the Muslim community as "a
cultural enrichment factor" for their country.
RACISM LABOUR PARTY
Jeremy Corbyn faces race row for making white people pay more than ethnic minorities to hear a speech
Walters and Brendan Carlin
Mail on Sunday, 21 January 2018
Jeremy Corbyn faced a race row last night for making white people
pay more than ethnic minorities to hear him deliver a speech.
dispute erupted over a decision by Labour chiefs to charge black and ethnic
minority activists £10 less per ticket than white activists to attend
a rally next month. ...
A Labour spokesman said: 'The basic price
of a conference pass is the same for all members but, at the request of our
East Midlands Regional Board, the party will subsidise part of the cost of
this year's conference pass for BAME members to encourage attendance and
Macron warns Britain it will lose trade access after Brexit unless it allows free immigration
Business Insider, 20 January 2018
Britain will see its trade with Europe restricted after Brexit
unless it agrees to continued payments into EU budgets and open migration
from the continent, President Macron has warned.
President said that while it was possible for the British government to
negotiate a bespoke deal, which allowed full access to European markets,
such a deal would be dependent on maintaining all current EU rules.
Police so swamped with Romanian trafficked prostitutes they close 'one brothel a week'
Express, 20 January 2018
Prostitution has become so rife in one London borough, that police
are having to close down around one brothel per week, it today emerged.
Redbridge, in east London, has become a magnet for vulnerable young
women illegally trafficked by organised crooks, largely from Romania and
other eastern European countries, who are then forced to sell their bodies
on the streets and in "pop-up" brothels.
Parked vehicles with
mattresses in the back have even been used as mobile brothels, police said.
Prostitutes from Romania have become a major problem across UK
towns and cities, with brothels raised up and down the country.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD WAGES, GERMANY
German wage STAGNATION: EU immigration to blame for low level, top banker claims
Express, 20 January 2018
Germany's top banker has blamed immigration from the European Union
for wage stagnation, suggesting the national economy would otherwise be
German unemployment levels are at their lowest since
reunification, leading to skills shortages that would ordinarily push wages
up in many industries.
However, wages are barely rising above
long-term averages, in part due to wage pressure from immigration, the head
of the Bundesbank has said.
The president of Germany's central
bank, Jens Weidmann, has pointed to the institution's research suggesting
that "migration from other EU member states partially accounts for dampened
wages pressures in Germany".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MULTICULTURALISM, FRANCE
French Leftists Complain Their Children Cannot Succeed in 'Diverse' Paris District Schools
Breitbart, 20 January 2018
Leftist parents living in the heavily-migrant populated 18th
arrondissement of Paris are finding themselves conflicted, as they want
"diversity" yet complain that the schools in their "diverse" district are
For many years, leftist couples have moved from the
expensive centre of Paris to the heavily-migrant populated district, and
now that they have children they have found the "mixed" schools in the
areas to be substandard.
Indeed, schools in the area have become
known as "ghetto schools" and many French now attempt to move their
children elsewhere, French newspaper Liberation reports.
paper, which conducted an investigation into the issue, claims that leftist
parents do not want to "sacrifice" their child to their beliefs and many
parents are putting the success of their children above their multicultural
Julien Grenet, a teacher at the Paris School of Economics,
said: "You cannot blame them for saying no. What is shocking is that some
parents, very intellectually armed, are blind and deny segregation with
false arguments." ...
Grenet said that the segregation of schools
along cultural and ethnic lines is unlikely to change. "We have reached
such a gap between some schools, it is difficult to go back and reintroduce
the mixture," he said.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD UNEMPLOYMENT, GERMANY
Even refugees with a university degree have an IQ of only 93
Voice of Europe, 20 January 2018
The EU and mainstream media said Europe's ageing population needed
migrants to rejuvenate its workforce.
If their statement was
correct, then the results of the migrant crisis would've been great:
Hundreds of thousands of migrant should have been gainfully employed by
The reality, however, is totally different. For example in
Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands between 80 and 99 percent of
migrants are unemployed after sometimes more than a year.
A lot of
migrants don't have the skills required to compete in Europe's modern
workforce. But according to Professor Rindermann of the German University
of Chemnitz there is also a problem of intelligence.
Psychology Heiner Rindermann, already caused a minor controversy when he
stated in Oktober 2015 that refugees (migrants) have a lower average
intelligence than Germans and gave evidence for his claim. ...
Rindermann went on to claim that the often cited "language problem"
is only partly to blame for this discrepancy and more important are
weaknesses in basic skills. He adds that the problem is exacerbated by the
"more frequent consanguineous marriages (i.e. first cousin marriages) in
Muslim communities and in Africa with [their] corresponding impairments".
IMMIGRATION UK, FRANCE
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May
and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake up
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018
Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new
plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the
Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will
have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to
wait for six months.
Children will see their waiting time slashed
from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...
Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and
by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...
France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais,
especially unaccompanied children.
BORDER CONTROLS COST
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
Daily Express, 19
British taxpayers have forked out more than £360 million since
2010 tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, it can be revealed today. The
£850,000 every week has been spent trying to stop tens of thousands
sneaking into the UK from northern France.
The eye-watering total
includes the £44.5 million Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday gifted
French President Emmanuel Macron to beef up security at UK border controls
on the Continent.
But critics said the figure was actually a gross
underestimate of the UK's financial contribution to solving a problem
created by the EU's open border Schengen zone.
Steven Woolfe said: "This is an absolute disgrace. The UK has gifted
£360 million but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
real cost of the UK's contribution to protect the EU's borders is much
"We have contributed millions of pounds to programmes in
Greece and Italy to protect the borders there, and we have given millions
more to Turkey to resettle economic migrants."
The overall cost to
the UK is likely to be double or even quadruple the £850,000-a-week on
the Calais crisis, he said.
Home Office figures obtained by this
newspaper reveal Britain stumped up £111.7 million to secure the
border at the height of the chaos in Calais in 2015-16, up from £48.8
million in 2014-15. ...
In addition, since October 2015, the UK
has allocated more than £175 million of humanitarian assistance,
including a three-year £75 million programme to meet the "urgent
humanitarian needs of migrants".
Problem of over population
Chichester Observer, 19 January 2018
[Letter to the Editor]
The UK does not have a shortage of housing. Our country is,
however, grossly over-populated. ...
Not widely disclosed to the
public is a report issued by the University College, London, that, between
1995 and 2011, immigrants cost the UK taxpayer between £144 billion
and £159 billion. With the huge increase in the number of immigrants
since 2011 the financial burden on taxpayers must have increased
No doubt, many immigrants do contribute to the
nation's wealth and sustain, for example, the NHS but, on the downside,
immigrants have brought us terrorist attacks, a massive rise in crime and
the sight of armed police on our streets.
In London, where the
indigenous population is now below 50 per cent, the year on year crime rate
rose by 27.1 per cent. Youth homicides increased by 70 per cent. Serious
youth violence is up 19 per cent. Robbery is up 33.4 per cent, while home
burglaries rose by 18.7 per cent. Thefts increased by over 10,000 incidents
in a year, up 33.9 per cent, Alarmingly, there were more than 4,000
additional knife crime incidents, a rise of 31.3 per cent. Rape in the
capital rose by 18.3 per cent, and there were 2,551 incidents of gun crime,
a rise of 16.3 per cent on the previous year.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, SWEDEN
Soldiers in Swedish Streets?
Special Ops Magazine, 19 January 2018
The spread of violent crime and gangland violence in Sweden's
numerous no-go zones has become so dramatic that even Prime Minister Stefan
Löfven, a staunch defender of the so-called "Swedish model," suggested
that using the military to uphold law and order in the Nordic nation's most
troubled areas may be necessary. ...
"This is not my first-hand
action, but we need to see additional authorities collaborating to crack
down on crime," Löfven told the Aftonbladet daily.
Löfven's stance received no support from party colleagues. Justice
Minister Morgan Johansson argued that army support in the fight against
gangland crime was not relevant, maintaining that the police's forces were
Jerzy Sarnecki, a professor of criminology and the
country's leading expert on crime, argued that the deployment of military
personnel into Swedish suburbs could mean a form of civil war no less. ...
The initiative, however, was welcomed by Czech-Swedish writer and
debater Katarina Janouch, who made national headlines last year after
speaking about the rampant crime in Swedish ghettos on Czech TV. ...
Following the public outcry, however, Löfven backtracked and
clarified in a Facebook post that the armed forces should not take over the
police's duties, but rather opt for an enhanced cooperation between the
IMMIGRATION EU MIGRANTS, BREXIT
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Express, 18 January 2018
Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle in
Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands, a
report warned last night.
Research from the population pressure
group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for
unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two
year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers
allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.
A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that
EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the
UK's departure from the bloc.
They want EU citizens to continue to
be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the
The status would give European migrants the
right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent
relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This
EU demand is absolutely absurd.
"We will have left the EU - that
must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer
enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...
past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for
less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the
prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UK, FRANCE
UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
Guardian, 18 January 2018
Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France
to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or any other Channel
port, Theresa May is to announce.
The extra cash will go towards
fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais and other ports,
possibly including Dunkirk. It will also be used to help relocate migrants
from the port towns to other parts of France.
To be announced as
part of the Anglo-French summit at Sandhurst military academy on Thursday,
the money brings total British funding for security and policing in Calais
since the "Jungle" camp was bulldozed in 2016 to more than £150m. ...
As well as pressing for an increased contribution to such costs,
the French government has been urging the UK to set up a joint operation to
process asylum seeker claims in Calais. ...
Under the new, legally
binding treaty, Britain will agree to accelerate procedures for accepting
legitimate asylum seekers currently blocked in Calais, including
unaccompanied children and those seeking to join their families in the UK,
and will pay more for transport, security and border maintanence in the
IMMIGRATION ABROAD PUBLIC OPINION, BELGIUM
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Breitbart, 18 January 2018
The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the
country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is
being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.
sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey
aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and
refugees to an invasion.
Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people
polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per
cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did
before [mass migration]".
Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017,
the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal
newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute
Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.
Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of
French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey
was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is
growing "increasingly xenophobic".
"The results raise many
questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the
rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.
Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to
tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo
"permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the
development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has
taken on a pathological dimension".
According to 74 per cent of
people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said
the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its
identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of
enrichment" for Belgium. ...
"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that
immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes
disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the
400 Muslims surveyed in the study.
These included 33 per cent of
Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent
asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and
34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system
inspired by the Quran".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, ITALY
Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution
Business Insider / Reuters, 18 January
Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of
running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution, and drugs
and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.
The group's base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile
industry where many factories are owned and run by Chinese, police said in
But the network had members in other parts of Italy
and across Europe, with arrests sought in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid
and Neuss, Germany, the statement said. ...
Italy has a long
history of home-grown organized crime, including the Sicilian Mafia and the
Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, but immigration to Europe has opened the way for
foreign crime groups to take root, including the Nigerian and Chinese
IMMIGRATION ABROAD PARTY POLITICS, USA
Hostility to immigration used to be found in both parties
The Economist, 18 January 2018
In both parties, fundamental forces have shaped this political
change. Only a decade ago, Republican leaders such as George W. Bush
enthused about immigration. Yet they were out of touch with the nativism of
many Republican voters. That sentiment, which Mr Trump divined and has
exacerbated, has now infected the party to such a degree that hostility to
immigration is the surest indicator of Republican support. The arrival of
many Hispanics in Republican states which had previously seen little recent
immigration, such as Alabama and Arkansas, is one reason for this. Another
is the electoral migration of working-class whites from the Democrats
bringing with them the left's traditional fear for the effect of
immigration on native workers' wages. In addition, Republicans' fears are
driven, opinion polling and Mr Trump's rhetoric suggests, by ethnocultural
anxiety which, in a country turning rapidly browner, cannot easily be
Meanwhile, the Democrats, who until a decade or so ago
were similarly divided on immigration, are now all for it. In 2006, 40% of
Democrats were in favour of a border wall; now less than 10% are. This is
in part because the party has to some degree replaced its lost whites with
Hispanic voters. It also represents a more profound cultural shift, driven
by a cosmopolitan relish for diversity and zeitgeisty aversion to
chauvinism, such that even white Democrats now feel markedly less chary
towards immigration than they did. To be pro-immigrant is becoming even
more inherently Democratic than to be agin immigration is Republican.
IMMIGRATION ECONOMY, WAGES
Drop in foreign workers may drive up wages but dampen productivity, says BoE's Saunders
Telegraph, 18 January 2018
Record low unemployment may start to drive wage growth as companies
are increasingly becoming less able to hire foreign workers amid Brexit,
according to the Bank of England.
In a speech on Wednesday, Michael
Saunders, a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, said that a
fall in immigration levels seen since the vote to leave the EU and the
resultant fall in the value of sterling, may soon lead companies to raise
Mr Saunders, a former economist at Citibank, said
that easy access to foreign labour may have, until recently, limited "the
extent to which pay growth responds to low UK unemployment".
remarks come as wage growth has failed to keep pace with inflation, putting
pressure on households incomes.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
'African gangs' debate polarises Australia
BBC, 18 January 2018
Melbourne is a place of stunning architecture, celebrated laneways
and tree-lined boulevards, of major cultural and sporting events. ...
For many months, and particularly in recent weeks, this reputedly
serene city has witnessed sporadic eruptions of so-called gang violence
involving youths. Many of those involved have been Australians of African
Last October, a parliamentary inquiry on migrant
settlement heard from Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency (VCSA) that around
1.4% of criminal offenders in the state were Sudanese-born, though Sudanese
and South Sudanese communities comprised just 0.14% of the state's
On charges of riot and affray, people born in
Sudan comprised 6% of offenders. ...
Mr Monoah, a member of
Victorian Police's new taskforce, said the issue had to be addressed in a
responsible way, "without obviously mixing them with politics or without
mixing them with any other messaging".
Fellow community leader
Richard Deng also criticised politicians for using the term "African
gangs", saying: "The majority of these kids are born here, they're bloody
Australian. Let's call them that way."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, GERMANY
A Girl's Killing Puts Germany's Migration Policy on Trial
New York Times, 18 January 2018
The death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has
traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because
both the suspect and the victim were only 15 years old and went to the
local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl
was German. ...
But the case of the two teenagers, Abdul D. and
Mia V., has struck a special nerve because the killing happened in such a
quiet and provincial setting and the two people involved were so young.
When Abdul arrived in Germany in April 2016, he said he was 14,
and apparently none of the officials registering him raised serious doubts
about his age. ...
There is an incentive for migrants to be listed
as under 18. Government benefits, access to German lessons and job
opportunities are better for minors. In Saarland, more than a third of the
migrants who were tested appeared to be over 18.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD POLITICS, ITALY
Immigration thrust to fore of Italy's election campaign as politician says 'white race' could face
Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2018
Immigration has been thrust to the fore of Italy's election
campaign after a politician from a right-wing party warned that "the white
race" was in danger of dying out. ...
Attilio Fontana, a prominent
politician from the Right-wing Northern League, said the "white race" in
Italy could face extinction unless the number of migrants entering the
country was drastically reduced.
"We have to decide if our
ethnicity, if our white race, if our society continues to exist or if it
will be canceled out," said Mr Fontana, who is the League's candidate to
become the next governor of Lombardy, the wealthy northern region that
An unwillingness to take in "all" migrants was not
"a question of being xenophobic or racist, but a question of being logical
or rational," he said.
His remarks were condemned by the
centre-Left, but he received the endorsement of Matteo Salvini, the leader
of the National League, who said that Islam and the migrant "invasion"
posed a grave threat to Italian society.
"We are under attack. Our
culture, society, traditions and way of life are at risk," Mr Salvini said.
"The colour of one's skin has nothing to do with it, but the risk is very
real. Centuries of history risk disappearing if Islamisation, which up
until now has been underestimated, gains the upper hand." ...
Matteo Renzi, former premier and the head of the ruling Democratic
Party, accused the Northern League of pandering to racism and whipping up
fear of migrants.
"We look to the future, not to fear," he said.
Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, who is also from the
Democratic Party, said that opposition parties who said they would stop the
influx of migrants entirely were giving false promises.
is how to manage flows, because our country will need these people," he
said last week.
MULTICULTURALISM LIBERALISM, NATIONALISM
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
Washington Post, 17
The return of the discussion of tribes is a metaphorical
recognition of the shallowness of much of modern liberalism, with its
awkwardness about the human need for recognition, belonging and group
attachment, along with its implicit claim that society is just a random
collection of individuals. ...
Value tribes are an unavoidable but
often fragmenting reality of the modern world. A gulf has opened between
the two big, loose value tribes that dominate western liberal societies.
"Anywhere" people, about 25 percent of the population, tend to
be educated and mobile; they value openness, autonomy and individual
self-realization. They tend to have careers rather than jobs and "achieved
identities" based on academic and professional success.
"Somewheres," about half of the population, are by contrast more
rooted and less well-educated; they tend to value security, familiarity and
group attachments (national or local) that Anywheres often don't feel or
respect. Somewheres generally have "ascribed identities" their sense
of themselves is more likely to come from the place they come from and the
local ways of life they are attached to, which means that they are more
likely to be discomforted by rapid social change.
... In real life,
the story is less binary than it sounds, and there is a big group of about
25 percent of the population who share almost equally the two loose
It is also important to remember that both of these
worldviews are, at least in mainstream form, perfectly decent and
... most forms of group attachment are compatible
with the main liberal values of individual rights and human moral equality.
To put it another way: the human desire to belong does not require
hostility to outsiders. ...
Neither militant liberals, who fear the
masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism,
nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to
accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course,
it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate
nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies,
reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD POLITICS, FRANCE
The Jungle camp is a squalid monument to France's cowardice and Europe's failed border policy
Daily Mail, 17 January 2018
The Jungle camp at Calais is a squalid monument to Europe's failed
border policies. ...
There was a much-trumpeted clearout in 2016,
but, all too predictably, many are back, in swelling numbers. ...
In the absence of anything like a sufficiently resolute approach,
French politicians have resorted to their traditional strategy of heaping
the blame on Britain. ...
But the French government's demands are
not only profoundly unjust, they are also unworkable. Britain has poured a
fortune into beefing up security at Calais more than £120
million in the past three years.
Moreover, any transfer of the
border to southern England would do nothing to stop the migrant problem at
The truth is that the Calais nightmare has been
allowed to fester because of France's political cowardice. ...
Calais farce is a metaphor for a wider lack of political will to defend
Europe's borders or the traditional concept of nationhood. The result is
that ordinary people throughout Europe are becoming deeply worried about
migration's effect on their culture, heritage and nationhood. ...
The migration-fixated, diversity-obsessed cadre of the EU,
epitomised by Macron, have no answers to the problem of migrants.
POLITICS BREXIT, EU
EU plots to delay border crackdown AFTER Brexit: Bloc to ignore Theresa May's wish for control of borders and insist the UK remain open
for two years after the split
Daily Mail, 16 January 2018
EU migrants would be handed the right to travel to the UK until the
end of 2020 and then stay on indefinitely, under Brussels demands for a
Brexit transition period.
The bloc will ignore the Prime Minister's
wish to 'take back control' of Britain's borders and instead say that the
UK should remain open for two years after the split.
seek to block the UK from creating its own post-Brexit immigration system
and delay a previously agreed 'cut-off' point for new arrivals. ...
Theresa May has previously acknowledged that a two-year transition
period is necessary to avoid a cliff edge Brexit and to provide certainty
to the business community. ...
Under the landmark first-phase deal
agreed between the UK and the EU last year, Britain set out plans to start
implementing a 'citizens rights' regime on Brexit day in March 2019.
This will involve many of the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the
UK being able to apply for 'settled status', while tough border laws would
also be applied to new arrivals.
But in draft negotiating
'directives' setting out the EU's demands for the transition period, seen
by the Financial Times, Brussels will instead seek to delay the landmark
change in UK immigration.
The EU will insist that the previously
agreed 'cut off' - the point when new EU arrivals to the UK are guaranteed
citizenship rights - does not take effect until the end of the transition.
'In particular, the provisions of the citizens' rights part of
the withdrawal agreement should apply as from the end of the transition
period,' the paper is reported to say.
ASYLUM FRANCE, UK
Emmanuel Macron's migrant demands to UK are indefensible
Daily Express, 16
It is reported that the French President is determined to use talks
with Theresa May as an opportunity to try to persuade Britain to take
migrants from the Jungle camp in Calais.
If we agree, it's been
suggested, France will back Britain's case for a favourable free trade deal
between Britain and the EU.
It is clear that the Jungle camp has
been a headache for French authorities. It has already been cleared once
yet that hasn't stopped migrants continuing to gather there.
what makes Emmanuel Macron or anyone else think that the problem will go
away if Britain gave in and agreed to accept migrants?
contrary, nothing would better guarantee the arrival of even more migrants
in Calais. ...
Some migration is good but uncontrolled flows of
people around the world create havoc with social policy, undermining
It is for this reason that the asylum system has
rules, foremost of which is the demand that anyone wanting to claim asylum
does so in the first "safe" country in which they arrive. ...
follows that unless refugees are fleeing from persecution by the Macron
regime which I suspect applies to very few there is no excuse
for trying to reach Britain before claiming asylum. ...
ago Bradford-based charity Human Relief Foundation withdrew from its work
in Calais after coming to the conclusion that most migrants there had "no
valid reason" for leaving their home countries other than the search for a
better life. ...
According to the charity War Child it costs at
least 10 times as much to feed, clothe and house a refugee in Britain than
it does to help one living in a camp close to that country's borders. In
other words, for every economic migrant who plays the system and makes it
to Dover we could have helped 10 people genuinely fleeing for their lives.
Missing: A beefed-up plan for Africa's population explosion
Europe, 16 January 2018
Lack of media attention doesn't diminish the importance of planning
to cope with the population explosion under way in Africa. Over the next 25
years, the number of Africans will double to some two and half billion
people, far more than Africa's backward farms can feed or its struggling
European governments seem lulled into a sense of
security by a fall-off in migrants. ...
No one can tell how many
Africans may try to make the perilous journey to Europe in the years ahead.
The demographics suggest they will be in their millions, and perhaps their
tens of millions. A report to the World Economic Forum, organisers of the
annual Davos event, has warned that by 2050 there will be 800 million new
working age people in sub-Saharan Africa. ...
... An enormous
effort is needed to stabilise and perhaps reverse Africa's ebbing economic
and social fortunes.
At the same time, Europe's steadily ageing
workforce is going to require more African manpower to cover snowballing
pension costs. The elements are present for a mutually beneficial Grand
Strategy, so where is the EU's imaginative leadership with the political
courage to tell Europeans and Africans they cannot do without each another?
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ASYLUM, GERMANY
German asylum numbers fall, but still too high, minister says
Reuters, 16 January 2018
The number of new arrivals in Germany seeking asylum fell 33
percent on the year to 186,000 in 2017, data from the Federal Interior
Ministry showed, down from 280,000 the previous year and 890,000 in 2015,
when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.
Immigration is one of the most sensitive topics in the talks
between Chancellor Angela Merkel conservatives and the Social Democrats
(SPD) on renewing the 'grand coalition' that governed Germany from 2013 to
In a deal signed on Friday, the two camps agreed a soft
target of 180,000 to 220,000 immigrants a year, to be achieved not via a
formal cap but by interventions to manage flows. ...
presenting the new figures on Tuesday, interior minister Thomas de Maiziere
said the number of asylum seekers was still too high, adding that Germany
still had much work to do to integrate new arrivals into society and
address higher levels of criminality among asylum seekers.
it is still the case that those who decide whether someone will come to
Europe or to Germany are criminal people smugglers. This is the most
inhuman selection committee," de Maiziere said on Tuesday. ...
De Maiziere, a conservative, said that while family reunification could
help refugees integrate, it could also encourage more people to send their
children on the hazardous journey to Germany.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EXTREMISM, PRISONS, FRAMCE
'We risk our lives for 1.5k a month': French prisons on edge over radicalised inmates
[France], 16 January 2018
Assaults by inmates linked to Islamic extremism prompted a second
day of strikes by prison guards across France on Tuesday, casting a
spotlight on the challenges of handling radicalised prisoners.
attacks come as French officials test a range of preventive measures after
a string of jihadist attacks over the past two years that have left more
than 240 people dead.
Some of those responsible were involved in
Islamist networks in jail. ...
"The thing that keeps coming up is,
'We're putting our lives on the line for 1,500 euros a month'," said
Martial Delabroye, a Force Ouvriere union official at the Reau prison near
France's prisons house about 500 people charged with
terrorism activities, and about 1,200 inmates are identified as having
IMMIGRATION CONCERNS, BREXIT
Numbers alone don't explain the British obsession with immigration
Statesman, 16 January 2018
[Seamus Nevin is head of policy research at the Institute of Directors]
In the build up to the EU referendum, as questions about
immigration took over the airwaves and newspapers, I asked the Labour MP
Margaret Hodge what she had done to tackle anti-immigrant sentiment that
had engulfed her constituency just a decade previously. ...
have the concerns she faced in her constituency become so prominent across
Britain today? ...
As Hodge's experience shows, for most Britons,
the concern is not with immigration in itself, but with successive
governments' failure to adequately prepare public services for the effects
this may have. ...
Poor planning by successive governments can
also, ironically, translate into higher immigration. Cuts to domestic
training budgets, for example, mean we need more workers to come from
The best way to reduce British businesses' need to
recruit staff from overseas is to increase the supply of British workers
willing and able to do the jobs those employers are creating. ...
More stringent visa rules and a wider number of nationalities that
are subject to them will automatically increase resource requirements. Yet,
despite being just 14 short months away from leaving the European Union,
the signs are that government has still not put in place measures to build
the infrastructure or recruit the estimated 7,400 staff we will need to
manage immigration and customs at our ports and borders.
monitoring of inflows and outflows is also needed, and will be crucial to
ensuring government policy remains timely and responsive to future
... The government may have begun planning to
leave the EU, but it has yet to start seriously planning for what comes
IMMIGRATION ABROAD AFGHANS, REPATRIATION, PAKISTAN
Afghan refugees in Pakistan face mass deportation
Masood Saifullah and Riaz Sayed
Deutsche Welle, 16
There are now an estimated 2.7 million registered and undocumented
Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
Afghanistan's failure so far to emerge
as a stable and peaceful country means there is no safe place for these
refugees to return to.
Notwithstanding the security situation in
its volatile neighbor, the Pakistani government wants to accelerate refugee
repatriation. At the start of January, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi's cabinet decided to extend Afghan refugees' stay in the country
only for 30 days.
This is the sixth extension given to the refugees
by the government. ...
The decision comes as surprise for the
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), which is undertaking a
repatriation program for 1.4 million Afghans, most of them living in
Pakistan since their country was invaded by Soviet Russia in 1979.
There are also hundreds of thousands of undocumented Afghans
residing in the country. ...
"Unfortunately the issue of Afghan
refugees in Pakistan is being politicized from time to time," said Abdul
Hamid Jalili, an Afghan consulate official in Peshawar.
understands, Jalili stated, that deporting over two million Afghan refugees
in less than a month will not be possible, but the deadline is still set to
create a mechanism for all Afghans to return.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NUMBER, PUBLIC OPINION
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018
The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal
immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the
country, a report claimed last night.
MPs said fears about the
impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a
lack of official information.
They said many perceive the
'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference'
on a matter of huge public interest.
Members of the Home Affairs
Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the
issue is being taken seriously.
In a wide-ranging report, they said
illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and
nature' of the problem is identified.
And they called for exit data
and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers
who have breached immigration rules.
They also stressed the
importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of
foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
POLITICS MPS' COMMITTEE
MPs call for immigration target to be scrapped
Financial Times, 15 January 2018
Britain should scrap its immigration target and instead draw up a
three-year plan setting out the country's needs and goals, MPs have said,
in an effort to influence post-Brexit immigration policy.
a report as the government prepares to set out its own views in a white
paper, the House of Commons home affairs committee also said that, "at a
minimum", students should be taken out of the target.
also suggested that the independent Migration Advisory Committee be
appointed to oversee the government's immigration plans and to set out the
three-year plan and report on progress. ...
Yvette Cooper, the
Labour MP who chairs the committee, said the government had a
responsibility to build "consensus and confidence" on immigration, rather
than allowing the issue to be a "divisive debate".
migration target isn't working to build confidence and it treats all
migration as the same," Ms Cooper said. ...
The recommended new
migration system should be accompanied by efforts to train British workers
to fill the gaps that are leading employers to look overseas, the MPs said.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION HEALTH TOURISM
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
The Sun, 15
A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million a
Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free
healthcare across Europe with Britain picking up the bill.
probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health
Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then
claim the cost back from the UK government.
The NHS has paid out
more than £1 billion over the past decade an average of
£20 for every card issued.
Around £200 million, the cost
of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.
service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.
We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in
the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President
Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
Figures show that
the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.
according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based
in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.
He said he
had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not
to waste time on checks. ...
Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of
the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious
loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."
secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system
that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their
healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
Albanian thief kicked out of UK after string of burglaries sneaks back in only to be caught wearing designer watch he'd stolen in raid
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018
An Albanian criminal deported for carrying out a string of
burglaries has been jailed after sneaking back into Britain and being
caught wearing a designer watch he had just stolen.
23, was originally jailed for nine months in 2016 and then deported for
attempting to break into a property ...
Experts said the case made
a mockery of Britain's border controls. David Green, of think-tank Civitas,
said: 'This shows there is something going wrong with the immigration
system if someone who has been deported can just come straight back into
'The curious thing is, how did he get back in? There
is supposed to be a database on deported offenders but they clearly don't
use it properly.'
Home Office worker 'was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay': Employee is accused of falsifying records that could have seen
Christian Gysin And David Churchill
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018
A gang including a Home Office worker masterminded a conspiracy to
allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country, a court has heard.
Shamsu Iqbal was allegedly the lynchpin of the group that used his
'trusted' Home Office position to falsify documents with
investigators identifying 437 potential cases over five years.
61-year-old changed the records of migrants who had permission to stay in
the UK, giving their identities to people who were in Britain illegally,
Iqbal's co-accused lawyers Sheikh Muhammad
Usman, 45, Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 47
would then allegedly contact the Home Office to 'straighten out' the
status of 'impostors' who had taken on another identity.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MELILLA, SPAIN
Police attacked as 200 migrants storm Spanish border to claim EU asylum
Daily Express, 15
More than 200 African migrants stormed the Spanish border in a bid
to claim asylum, regional officials have said.
breached the gates leading into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the border of
Northern Morocco. ...
The 209 migrants who managed to make it
across the barrier have since been taken to a migrant detention centre.
POLITICS MPS' COMMITTEE
Government stands by immigration targets despite calls for revision
Daily Express, 15
The Government yesterday stood by its immigration reduction target
as a "direction of travel", as senior MPs called for it to be dropped
because repeated failure to meet it just damaged public faith in the
... publication overnight of a report by the House of
Commons' Home Affairs Committee calling for an overhaul of immigration
policy to find "consensus" on the way forward.
The MPs called for
the "tens-of-thousands" target to be replaced with an "evidence-based",
annually reviewed system.
The rules should also reflect the
public's belief that migration for study, work, family reunion and asylum
should be treated differently and as a "minimum", foreign students should
be removed from the target.
The committee said the last Labour
government's underestimate of likely immigration from new Eastern European
EU countries, and the Tories' tens-of-thousands target which had never been
met had both undermined public trust. ...
Alp Mehmet, vice
chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:"This is a superficial report. "It is
critical of government failures but tacitly accepts the current level of
immigration, with policy recommendations that would see mass immigration
continue indefinitely, contrary to very strong public opinion.
call for students to be removed from the net migration target is undermined
by recognition of the additional pressure that the arrival of international
students can place on local resources and overlooking that numbers of
students do stay on after completing their studies - very good reasons for
keeping arrangements as they are."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CITIZENSHIP, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
100,000+ New Irish Citizens
Metro Éireann, 15 January 2018
More than 100,000 immigrants have naturalised in Ireland following
the introduction of citizenship ceremonies in June 2011.
to the Department of Justice, the number includes over 79,000 adults who
took part in 128 citizenship ceremonies and over 21,000 minors, who are not
obliged to attend the ceremonies often held during school hours.
Justice said the new Irish citizens since 2011 come from 178
different countries, and that half of the top 10 nationalities are from
Asia: India, the Philippines, Pakistan, China (including Hong Kong) and
The remaining five nationalities include two from the
African continent, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as three from eastern
Europe Poland, Romania and Ukraine.
In an end-of-year review
published by his department, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was
"delighted to congratulate the 6,850 new Irish citizens who were formally
conferred with citizenship over the course of 2017.
RACISM FREE SPEECH, POLICE
Police Hunt Down Facebook Users Who Made 'Offensive' Comments About Muslim Grooming Gangs Online
Breitbart, 13 January 2018
Northumbria Police have warned that "offensive" comments on the
Internet will not be tolerated, tracking down users who made "potentially
criminal" posts on social media about grooming gangs.
launched an investigation into comments left on its Facebook page in
response to articles about the Operation Shelter scandal, in which young
white British girls in were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by
mostly Muslim men of South Asian descent in Newcastle.
made a review of every comment on the page after a member of the public
complained that a number of posts referred to the race and religion of the
18 people convicted following the operation.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD WALLS, USA
This town is proof that Trump's wall can work
New York Post, 13 January
When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback
argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply
"won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents
of El Paso, Texas. ...
In fact, the number of deportable illegal
immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89
percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence
was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the
project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by
2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out
into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to just 12,251.
They hit a low of 9,678 in 2012, before slowly ticking back up to a
total of 25,193 last year. But they're still well below pre-fence levels,
and the Border Patrol credits the fortified barrier dividing El Paso from
Mexico for the reduction in illegal flows.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BANK ACCOUNTS
Home Office gets banks to check immigration status of account holders
The Guardian, 12 January 2018
Banks and building societies have started immigration checks on
holders of millions of current accounts under a government crackdown.
... It requires banks and building societies to check the
immigration status of all current account holders against details of known
illegal migrants held by authorities.
Where an illegal migrant is
found to be operating an account, this will be flagged to the Home Office.
After checks, officials will instruct the bank or building society on what
action to take, which could include shutting the account.
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said the measures would "make
it more difficult for people with no right to live or work in the UK to
remain here." ...
The Home Office said it was only sharing details
of illegal migrants who are liable for deportation from the UK, or who have
absconded from immigration control.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BANK ACCOUNTS
Theresa May could REMOVE 6,000 illegal migrants who 'break the rules' using bank checks
Daily Express, 12 January 2018
Theresa May could be about to remove 6,000 illegal migrants who
"break the rules" as banks have begun checking immigration statuses of
account holders, The Home Office declared.
The Home Office has
declared that an estimated 70 million accounts will be subject to checks.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRIME
'None of this should have happened': Judge lashes Home Office for failing to deport illegal immigrant, 53, who swindled £32,000 in
benefits after using a fake letter to stay in the UK for 16 years
MailOnline, 12 January 2018
A judge has criticised the Home Office for failing to deport an
illegal immigrant who entered the UK on the back of a lorry and illegally
claimed £32,000 in benefits.
Kerim Koroglu pocketed handouts
he was not entitled to collect for more than six years after he sneaked
into the country in a lorry on 30 August 2002.
The 49-year-old used
a fake 'leave to remain' letter to swindle £32,549 in housing and
council tax benefits from Hackney Council.
The false document,
described by prosecutor Will Martin as 'very convenient', purported to
grant Koroglu asylum in 2004, enabling him to claim the welfare and bring
his wife and two children over from Turkey. ...
But he was
convicted of benefit fraud by an Old Bailey jury and jailed for 30 months.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MULTICULTURALISM, POLICE, GERMANY
Germany: Berlin's Police Problem
Gatestone Institute, 12 January 2018
Berlin's local government has come under fire after reports of
frequent, habitual and sometimes criminal misconduct by Berlin's police
cadets. According to the reports, such misconduct, especially by those with
a migrant background, is rampant in the Berlin-Spandau police academy. ...
At the same time, it emerged that Berlin's police commanders and
the Senate had been aware of problems with cadets "of migrant background"
long before this exposé.
The newspaper Die Welt
quoted from the leaked minutes of a high-level police meeting, according to
which the staff of the police academy complained about problems that
"developed in the course of hiring officers with a migrant background
(currently 30%)." ...
He also spoke of conflicts between different
ethnic groups within the police. "It is only a question of time until
someone fires the first shot at a colleague," he said.
LKA official warned about the danger of criminal clans infiltrating the
police and administration: "This has already begun".
IMMIGRATION DEBATE, ENOCH POWELL
Newspaper to stage debate marking 50 years since 'Rivers of Blood' speech
11 January 2018
A regional daily is set to hold a debate on the legacy of Enoch
Powell to mark the 50th anniversary of the controversial politician's
'Rivers of Blood' speech.
The Express & Star, Wolverhampton,
will host the event later this month, with former Birmingham Post editor
Nigel Hastilow among the panelists.
Nigel was selected as a
Conservative parliamentary candidate in 2007, but resigned his candidacy
following criticism of a column he wrote for the Express & Star in
which he suggested Mr Powell had been correct to warn that uncontrolled
immigration "would change our country irrevocably."
Nigel wrote at
the time: "He was right. It has changed dramatically." ...
the panel will be UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, Labour MP Eleanor Smith, who
holds Mr Powell's former Wolverhampton South West constituency, historian
Dr Shirin Hirsch, political commentator Nick Jones and Wolverhampton-born
political activist Patrick Vernon. ...
Readers are being asked to
submit their questions for the discussion, which will be held during the
second annual Wolverhampton Literature Festival on 27 January.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD POLITICS, GERMANY
Lead Europe? Berlin can't even lead Germany
politics.eu, 11 January 2018
It was only recently that Germany seemed like a rock of stability
in an otherwise unpredictable world, a country to which other EU members
turned desperately for leadership and direction.
couldn't be more different. /.../ Never mind trying to lead Europe. It's
not clear that Berlin can even lead Germany. ...
only thing on which the winners and losers of the September 2017 election
can truly agree is that "business as usual" can't go on. ...
outcome of the elections was strongly influenced by the twin issues of
refugees and migration. As is increasingly becoming apparent, the "welcome
culture" of mid-2015 has been replaced with debates about limiting the
number of arriving refugees, curtailing family reunification and expediting
deportations, as well as linking crime statistics to refugees and migrants.
... And indeed, Germany's judicial system, municipal
administrations and regional authorities are at breaking point. They do not
have the capacity to handle the sheer volume of asylum seekers.
POPULATION BRITISH ARMY
Did British Army chief admit native Brits are being replaced?
Shy Society, 11 January 2018
The British Army heroic, a source of national pride, our
last line of defence and traditionally the last organisation you would
associate with political correctness.
And yet, didn't the head of
the British Army Sir Nick Carter just effectively admit, though not in so
many words, that white native Britons are being gradually replaced? And, by
implication, that British society is being Islamised? ...
Nick, Chief of the General Staff, was speaking on BBC Radio 4 yesterday
(Wednesday) about the Army's controversial new recruitment campaign.
He said: "What this campaign is about, frankly, is a recognition
that we don't have a fully manned Army at the moment, that the demography
of our country has changed, and that we need to reach out to a broader
community in order to man that Army with the right talent.
traditional cohort would have been white, male, Caucasian 16 to
25-year-olds and there are not as many of those around as there once were,
and our society is changing and I think it's entirely appropriate for us
therefore to try and reach out to a much broader base to get the talent we
need in order to stay in that combat effectiveness." ...
is entirely correct of course in stating that "our society is changing" and
it is no coincidence either that Islam is the religion depicted in the
promotional video and not Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism.
According to the 2011 census, the White ethnic group fell to 86 per
cent in Britain (down 8.1 per cent since 1991) whereas those listed as
Muslim almost tripled over the same period.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FREE SPEECH, GERMANY
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018
Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its
commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the
constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant
movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of
Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it
deems "hate speech". ...
Reconciling these two convictions
for free speech and against hate speech is becoming harder,
particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening
Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise
of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and
sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist
immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the
number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by
50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are
anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom
of expression is tricky.
The most prominent example of the
balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20
things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to
hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a
social-media firm has 24 hours extended to a week in complex cases
to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a
50m ($60m) fine. ...
Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of
incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of
Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by
the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in
calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper
Publishers is also opposed. ...
All of which points to a broader
truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more
settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since
2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, SWEDEN
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Nima Gholam Ali Pour
Gatestone Institute, 11 January 2018
While many Swedes are eager to expose celebrities who have sexually
assaulted or sexually harassed women, Sweden is still a country where
sexual assaults and rapes by newly arrived and illegal migrants is denied
and concealed in the most vicious ways by parts of the official
If you are sexually assaulted by an illegal
migrant in Sweden it is hard to say "Me too": there are many activists and
supporters of migrants who will accuse the victim of lying even when
the victim is only 14-years-old and needs all the support she can get.
That Swedish media conceal sexual assaults by migrants is not
exactly a secret; it has happened quite a few times. ...
narrative of official Sweden declares that all migration enriches Sweden.
Another part of this official narrative is that Sweden is filled
with racists. ...
... Sweden is, after all, a country where rapists
often get away with their crimes. In September 2017, the Swedish media
reported that the police have no time to investigate rape cases because of
the many murders.
RACISM NUMBERS, STATISTICS, WHITE RACIAL INTERESTS
Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'
Campus Reform, 11 January
Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that
statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither
objective nor color-blind." ...
Led by David Gillborn, a professor
at the University of Birmingham, the professors argue that math serves
white interests because it can "frequently encode racist perspectives
beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity."
to popular belief, and the assertions of many quantitative researchers,
numbers are neither objective nor color-blind," Gillborn and his team
assert in their article for the journal Race, Ethnicity, and
To address the racism numbers reinforce, the
professors advocate for the adoption of "QuantCrit" a portmanteau
for "quantitative analysis" and "critical race theory." Quantcrit, they
say, has five key tenets, including that "numbers are not neutral." ...
In the postmodern tradition, Gillborn and his team also argue that
racism can be reinforced through numbers because they are social
"Numbers are social constructs and likely to embody the
dominant (racist) assumptions that shape contemporary society," they write.
As a consequence, they assert that "in many cases, numbers speak for White
racial interests." ...
Despite the purported danger of statistics
being used to reinforce white privilege, they predict that if used
properly, statistics can "expose and delegitimize the racist (and sexist,
classist, hetero-normative, and ableist) assumptions, policies, and
practices that are currently supported by the uncritical use of
The article was co-authored by Paul Warmington,
who teaches at the University of Warwick, and Sean Demack, a Senior
Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The article was published in the
latest issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Education, which Gillborn
As Campus Reform has reported, Gillborn is also the managing
editor for the journal Whiteness in Education, ...
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Majority of Scots want to end freedom of movement post-Brexit
The Scotsman, 10 January 2018
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a separate Scottish
immigration system has been dealt a blow by a poll showing that most people
in Scotland believe in a common policy across the UK.
the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) report also found a
majority Scots would prefer to see an end to freedom of movement.
The report by Sir John Curtice was conducted for NatCen's What UK
Out of 859 Scots surveyed, 63 per cent thought
that, post-Brexit, the rules on immigration should be the same in Scotland
as in the rest of the UK. ...
A majority appeared to reject freedom
of movement, with 59 per cent of voters in Scotland believing that
potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply to come here.
That was slightly behind the 64 per cent of voters across Britain
who thought potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply.
But 63 per cent of people in Scotland would accept free movement if
it were the price that had to be paid for free trade, compared with just 53
per cent across Britain as a whole.
The Scottish leg of the survey
was done in parallel with a similar exercise done with 2,168 people across
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CALAIS, FRANCE
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Daily Express, 10 January 2018
Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais,
Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.
There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in
Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016,
Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...
He said: "What
we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus
operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road,
even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.
"In order to
create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing
this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...
"We set up a
helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for
those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five
or six attacks.
"We know the numbers are far higher than that and
the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis
Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area
where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
POPULATION PRESSURE URBAN GROWTH
Driverless cars 'demand overhaul of major cities', says Ford
Daily Telegraph, 10 January
Ford has called for major cities to be rebuilt to cope with the
rise of driverless cars, taxi apps and booming urban populations, warning
that city centres will grind to a halt otherwise.
Jim Hackett, the
American carmaker's chief executive, warned of "overwhelming pollution and
paralysing congestion" if cities continue to grow as they are today. ...
Urban traffic is expected to triple by 2050, and two thirds of the
world's population will live in cities, compared to 54pc today, according
to the United Nations.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ASYLUM, FRANCE
Emmanuel Macron is tightening immigration rules
The Economist, 10 January 2018
In 2017 a record 100,000 people asked for asylum in France. /.../ A
surge of applicants, led by Albanians, Afghans, Haitians and Sudanese, is
putting fresh pressure on the processing system and on the unity of
President Emmanuel Macron's governing party.
... Yet in office he
seems to have hardened his line. A new immigration and asylum bill,
designed to tighten the rules, is due to be unveiled next month. ...
Edouard Philippe, France's centre-right prime minister, says that
the bill will help to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in
reception centres and "strengthen the efficiency" of rules on illegals. ...
... If asylum-seekers are to be treated humanely and efficiently,
says the government, it needs to sift out the bogus ones and enforce the
rules. In a new-year message, Mr Macron spoke of France's "moral and
political duty" to act as a land of refuge for those fleeing persecution.
But, he added, "we cannot welcome everybody."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, USA
Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16
Steven A. Camarota
Immigration Studies, 10 January 2018
Many immigration advocates argue that immigrants have much lower
crime rates than natives /.../. While there are other issues, the biggest
problem with studying immigrant crime is that states and localities do not
systematically track the country of birth, citizenship, or legal status of
those they arrest, convict, or incarcerate. But the federal government does
track the citizenship of those it convicts. New data from the U.S.
Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes
between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens 21.4
percent, if immigration crimes are excluded. In comparison, non-citizens
are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4
percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, GERMANY
Tens of Thousands of Migrants in Germany Unable to Read or Write
Breitbart, 10 January
The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has
released new figures showing that around 43,000 individuals engaged in
integration courses are unable to read or write at all.
migrants were placed into special courses meant to help them learn how to
both read and write but many have been totally unable to learn how to speak
German in the language component of the courses, Westdeutsche Allgemeine
Zeitung reports. ...
Less than a fifth, or 17 per cent, of the
migrants, engaged in the programme were able to speak German at an
intermediate level which is required for basic labour jobs. ...
vast majority of the migrants who arrived during and since the height of
the migrant crisis in 2015 are unemployed with a report from late 2016
claiming that only three per cent had managed to find work.
result of not being able to find a job, many migrants have ended up on the
German benefits system. Last year the German Federal Agency for Employment
(BA) announced that there were half a million asylum seekers living on
POLITICS BREXIT, EU
Farage says Britain and the EU have NOT discussed immigration in the Brexit talks and says Barnier STILL does not understand why Britain
voted to leave the bloc after their private showdown in Brussels
MailOnline, 9 January 2018
Nigel Farage today said Britain and Brussels have still not
discussed immigration in Brexit talks nearly a year after negotiations
The ex Ukip leader said it was 'clear' Michel Barnier
still does not understand that the EU's 'open door' strategy was the main
driver behind the decision to quit the bloc.
Mr Farage tore into
the 'disappointing' state of affairs after he held private talks with the
EU's chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels today.
Speaking after the
hotly-anticipated meeting, Mr Farage said: 'What he really didn't
understand at all is that open door immigration within the European Union
has been an absolute key driver of all of this. He really doesn't see that.
'And to be honest with you the most disappointing thing if
I'm speaking on behalf of 17.4 million people, most of them anyway
is that it's pretty clear that in the talks that have happened so far
immigration frankly hasn't even been discussed.
'We haven't even
begun to talk about how we are going to put some proper controls in place.'
Italian Archbishop: Uncontrolled Immigration Will 'Crush' European Society
Thomas D. Williams,
Breitbart, 9 January 2018
Immigration must be "rational," says the fiery Italian archbishop
Luigi Negri, because uncontrolled immigration leads to the "crushing and
extermination of our society."
"You can't just open the doors, as
if it were a party," Negri states in an interview with Italian media
Tuesday. It is essential to "highlight the economic, human and cultural
costs of immigration," since failing to do so means caving into "ideology."
"I am a Catholic and therefore I believe in welcoming diversity,"
said Negri, the recently retired archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio and a
close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, "but this cannot be unmeasured
because otherwise it leads to a crushing and extermination of our society."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ANTI-WHITE RACISM, USA
Our Kids Are Being Taught They're Flawed if They're White
MomZette, 9 January
In my new book, "Tyranny of the Minority," I warn that "a Hillary
Clinton victory might have placed us closer to a political inquisition in
which conservatives would be given the chance to confess and recant. In
that scenario, unrepentant conservatives would be deported."
that so far-fetched? I don't think so. Why? Because an inquisition aimed at
white people is already underway. ...
The school in West Bend is
brainwashing adolescent children to confess they are flawed if they happen
to be white and male. If this is not an inquisition what is? ...
"The Left," says author Ben Shapiro, "wants to portray America as
'an incurable mass of bigoted whites.'"
One of the most popular
forms of anti-white discrimination is the "indoctrination" forced by many
colleges on white freshmen. The purpose, says Greer, is to make whites feel
badly about their skin color. Whites should "sit down, shut up, and allow
their moral superiors to berate them." ...
The payoff for the
Left's diversity and multicultural agenda is stoking racial discord.
Minority special-interest groups are using the banners of "equality,"
"diversity," and "social justice" as a power grab. The intention is to
impose their agenda on the white majority. It is a fight for equality only
in the Orwellian sense. /.../ We are observing a grab for power by vocal
minority groups that want to be more equal than others. Look out. If they
succeed, they will institutionalize the inquisition.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018
Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to
Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel
Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people
seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if
granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.
The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first
batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and
Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to
help manage the flow. ...
The process is referred to as
"humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders
civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to
their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to
their home country. ...
The plan resembles the one adopted by
Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped,
hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since
then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if
managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if
the media covers the topic correctly. ...
Merkel's attempt to
quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has
not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly
unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EU, CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech president BLASTS EU migrant policy & warns 10 million refugees could come to Europe
Daily Express, 8 January 2018
More than 10 million refugees could come to Europe from Africa if
the European Union fails to change its migrant policy, Czech President
Milos Zeman has warned. ...
He also claimed an influx of refugees
from Muslim countries posed a threat to European culture.
said: "If the European Union does not reach the courage to strengthen its
external borders, for which it constantly chatters but does nothing, we
will have 10 million refugees from Africa in the course of several years.
"The culture of these refugees is not compatible with European
culture, which is what immigrants themselves understand."
president is a longstanding opponent of accepting refugees and said the EU
should provide financial aid to the countries from which the refugees
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
Mass Migration: The European Commission's New "Norm"
Institute, 8 January 2018
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration,
Home Affairs and Citizenship, recently published a startling opinion,
advocating for more immigration as an inescapable reality to which European
citizens should just adapt without any further discussion. ...
is very clear, from survey after survey, Eurobarometer after Eurobarometer,
election after election, that a huge majority of European citizens are not
only worried about immigration but want if not to stop it to
reduce it drastically, and regain the lost control over borders and over
who is allowed to get inside Europe and who is not. ...
normal democratic process, every country should, ideally, be able to
decide, through national parliaments, its migration policies. At a European
level, the willingness of the majority of citizens should be taken into
account. But Avramopoulos could not care less. According to this unelected
Greek Commissioner, this is because "at the end of the day, we all need to
be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm". ...
... In his book Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World,
Oxford Professor Paul Collier explains that he has reviewed all the major
scientific articles supporting the claims that migrants will be able to pay
for the social benefits of aging Europeans, only to conclude that he was
absolutely not convinced at all. First of all, many of the migrants are not
qualified; and second, they receive social benefits, so there is little or
no incentive for them to work. ...
But what about the almost four
million young unemployed citizens already inside the European Union? The
unemployment rate for them has actually been between 15-20% in recent
Alain Destexhe is a Senator in Belgium, Former Secretary
General of Médecins Sans Frontières and Former President of
the International Crisis Group.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ASYLUM, FRANCE
France registers record asylum requests in 2017
Reuters, 8 January 2018
France registered a record number of asylum requests in 2017, when
Albanians topped the list despite far slimmer prospects of obtaining
refugee status than people from war-torn places such as Syria or
... Official asylum requests rose 17 percent to exceed
100,000, the highest "in at least four decades", according to Pascal Brice,
head of France's refugee office (Ofpra). ...
Asylum requests from
Albanians rose 66 percent from 2016 but the acceptance rate was low, at
just 6.5 percent, Ofpra figures showed.
By comparison, the
acceptance rate was 95 percent for Syrians, 85 percent for Afghans and 59
percent in the case of people from Sudan, Ofpra said. ...
French number precisely 100,412 asylum requests in 2017 - compares
to 140,000 asylum requests recorded in the first nine months of 2017 in
neighbouring Germany, where limits on the inflow are one key issue in talks
where Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to forge a governing coalition.
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourist racks up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS bill after saddling hospital with £530,000
MailOnline, 8 January 2018
A health tourist has racked up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS
bill after leaving a hospital with a debt of more than £530,000.
The unnamed patient, who is from outside the EU, received treatment
from a Manchester hospital last year.
It comes as health tourism
continues to cost the NHS around £2 billion a year after doctors up
and down the country provide treatment for non-EU residents.
latest incident means the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust was left with a debt of £532,498.
Information laws has revealed that the figure is £30,000 more than the
previous highest health tourist debt.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD POLITICS, VOTES, USA
LEAKED MEMO: DREAMers Are 'Critical' To Dems 'Future Electoral Success'
Daily Caller, 8
The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a
memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age
so-called "Dreamers" a "critical component of the Democratic
Party's future electoral success."
The memo, co-authored by former
Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to
allies calling on Democrats to "refuse to offer any votes for Republican
spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate
funds to deport them." ...
CAP Action's memo says protecting DACA
is not only a "moral imperative" for Democrats, it also key to getting
"The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral
imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's
future electoral success," reads Palmieri's memo, obtained by The Daily
Caller News Foundation.
"If Democrats don't try to do everything in
their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats' electoral
chances in 2018 and beyond," reads the memo.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MARRIAGE BAN, BANGLADESH
Bangladesh court upholds Myanmar Rohingya marriage ban
BBC, 8 January 2018
A court in Bangladesh has upheld a law which bans Rohingya Muslims
from getting married in the country.
The 2014 law forbids
registrars from officiating at unions with Bangladeshi nationals and
between Rohingya couples, after the government said it was being abused to
More than half a million Rohingya fled to
Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017. ...
Explaining the law in 2014,
government officials said they believed wedding certificates were being
used to try and claim legal documents including Bangladeshi passports.
Under it anyone found to have married a Rohingya can be sentenced
to seven years in prison.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD HUNGARY
Hungary's Orban tells Germany: 'You wanted the migrants, we didn't'
8 January 2018
In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime
Minister Viktor Orban defended his country's refusal of an EU-wide refugee
resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are "Muslim invaders."
"We don't see these people as Muslim refugees. We see them as
Muslim invaders," he told the German daily Bild newspaper. ...
believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel
societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite," Orban
told the paper.
"Multiculturalism is only an illusion," he added.
When asked by a Bild reporter why it was fair that Germany
accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary
accepted none, Orban responded: "The difference is, you wanted the
migrants, and we didn't."
RACISM TEACHING, WHITENESS, MATHEMATICS
Meritocracy is a 'tool of whiteness,' claims math professor
Campus Reform, 8 January 2018
A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent
academic article that "meritocracy" in math classes is a "tool of
Laurie Rubel implicates both meritocracy and
"color-blindness" as ideological precepts that hold back racial minorities
from succeeding in math classes in an article for the peer-reviewed
Journal of Urban Mathematics Education.
Rubel, who taught
high school math for nine years before becoming a professor, argues that
while meritocracy is commonly linked to hard work and talent, it also
"functions as a tool of whiteness" because it "ignores systemic barriers
and institutional structures that prevent opportunity and success."
Color-blindness, too, can be an issue for math teachers, according
to Rubel, who asserts that "Teachers who claim color-blindness that
is, they claim to not notice the race of their students are, in
effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial
stratification on students and their families.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MELILLA, SPAIN
More than 200 migrants storm Morocco-Spain border
MailOnline / AFP, 7 January 2018
More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence
between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials
said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured.
A total of
209 people from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to get to Europe forced their
way across the fence in the afternoon, the central government's
representative office in Melilla said in a statement. ...
increasingly targeted by people desperate to reach Europe from Africa, with
the number of migrants reaching the country in 2017 hitting a record high
of nearly 22,900, according to EU border agency Frontex.
more than double the previous record set in 2016.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MUSLIMS, USA
No denying U.S. Muslim population explosion
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 7 January 2018
A recent study reveals that migration and high birthrates are
increasing America's Muslim population by 100,000 annually, with nearly 3.5
million Islamic adherents currently residing in the United States.
Even though some figures show that only 1.1 percent of the total
U.S. population is currently Muslim, Pew Research Center notes that the
3.45 million Muslims in the U.S. up from 3.31 million in 2016
is quickly surpassing and catching up to other religious groups. ...
Since around the time pro-Muslim/pro-immigration former President
Barack Obama took office a decade ago, the Muslim population in the U.S.
has grown by leaps and bounds. ...
One American Muslim
organization that has been reported to have deep ties to Islamic terrorism,
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argues that the numbers
provided by Pew greatly underrepresent America's actual Muslim population,
which it claimed nearly three years ago was twice (6-8
million) Pew's current estimate. ...
It is also reported that as
the Muslim population increases in any nation, so does anti-Semitism.
"France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. have all seen
increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and Jewish properties since
they began importing mass numbers of Muslim migrants," WND's Leo Hohmann
reported. "It has gotten so bad in France and Germany that many Jews have
been quietly migrating out of those countries in recent years." ...
"Another indicator of the rapidly increasing U.S. Muslim population
is the explosive growth in the number of mosques being built," Hohmann
added. "There are more than 3,200 mosques now in the U.S., and more than 70
percent of them have been built since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
on New York and Washington."
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Daily Telegraph, 6 January
Hundreds of British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East to
fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist
groups have fallen off the radar, the security minsiter has admitted.
Ben Wallace said that around half of the estimated 850 people from
the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but ministers "don't
know where" the rest of them have ended up. Up to one in five are thought
to have been killed in the fighting, with a small number crossing the
border into Turkey, but a "significant number" remain unaccounted for.
POLITICS VOTING RIGHTS, SCOTLAND
Refugees and asylum seekers could be given right to vote in Scotland
The Scotsman, 6 January
The Scottish Government is considering whether to give refugees and
asylum seekers the right to vote in national elections, in what would be a
Holyrood was granted new powers over the running of
elections under the 2016 Scotland Act and ministers are set to make major
changes to the country's electoral system.
A public consultation
launched last month suggested that the voting franchise for Scottish
Parliament and council elections should be extended to "everyone legally
resident in Scotland". ...
But Green MSP Ross Greer, the party's
external affairs spokesman, said refugees and asylum seekers who have
chosen to come to Scotland should not be denied a democratic voice. ...
Mr Greer said a simple "residency test" should apply, allowing
asylum seekers to vote while they lived in Scotland even if their
application to remain in the UK was still pending.
The idea was
welcomed by the Scottish Refugee Council, which said many of the people it
supported would relish the chance to have a say on the future of the
MULTICULTURALISM WHITE WORKING CLASS
White working class boys left behind because of 'negative impact' of focus on ethnic minorities and women, Labour's Angela Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2018
White working class boys are being left behind because of the
"negative impact" of a focus on ethnic minorities and women, a member of
Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet has said.
Angela Rayner, the shadow
education secretary, said cultural change is needed among Britain's white
working class to encourage more young people to strive to succeed.
She told The Spectator magazine white working class boys had been
left "at the bottom of the heap".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, AUSTRALIA
More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living under the radar in Australia - most of whom are tourists and students refusing to leave the
country after overstaying visas
Daily Mail Australia, 4 January 2018
More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living Australia, the vast
majority of whom are visa overstayers.
Officials from the new
Department of Home Affairs are calling for tougher screening to enable them
to detect people living in the country illegally.
staff believe illegal migrants view the department as 'toothless', and are
demanding harsher fines and better visa screening. ...
quarters of the 62,900 illegal migrants entered the country on tourist
visas, and another 15 per cent were students.
One third of the
total have been hiding out for at least 10 years, and 18,750 have been
living in Australia for 15 year or more.
China or Malaysia account
for a quarter of the illegal migrants, and there are 5170 Americans and
3680 from the UK.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
The acting ICE director said politicians who run 'sanctuary cities' should be charged with crimes
Business Insider, 4 January 2018
The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
agency said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that politicians in
so-called "sanctuary cities" should be charged with harboring and smuggling
He said he has asked the Department of
Justice to look into whether such jurisdictions are violating federal law.
He added that the local officials should be held "personally accountable"
for crimes committed by immigrants living in the US illegally. ...
Homan also vowed in his interview with Fox News to ramp up
immigration enforcement in California, which recently implemented a
statewide "sanctuary" law limiting police cooperation with ICE and
forbidding officers from asking people about their immigration statuses.
IMMIGRATION SOCIETAL CATASTROPHE
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]
No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the
nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those
nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...
central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a
trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages.
But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and
finally a torrent to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a
minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from
48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point,
received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.
Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and
imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised
questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then
as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of
spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an
unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides,
argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the
European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public
opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans
harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.
journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their
lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real,
or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in
the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own
A key point of the book, reinforced through
anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not
assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent.
Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more
British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces.
There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to
retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in
Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip
Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France,
and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime
against humanity." ...
Reading Murray's book, one gets an
understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The
continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically
aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their
cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the
fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an
extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation.
Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a
Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what
is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the
views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal."
... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a
societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
BENEFITS AND COSTS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
As Britain's Health Care System Nears Collapse One Brave Doctor Speaks Out About the Real Reason: Migrants Gaming the
Hopkins World, 4 January 2018
Britain's nationalized Health Service, the NHS, is close to
collapse. You've seen the headlines over recent days the service is
desperately sick. ...
They blame the elderly. They talk about how
the population is ageing, and of the increasingly complex needs of the
ageing (which, of course, is perfectly true). ...
The brutal truth
is this: uncontrolled immigration is killing our NHS. ...
Is it any
wonder? If you invite the Third World to the U.K., expect your emergency
rooms to fill up with the world's waifs and strays.
championed welcoming refugees and open borders and now refuse to
acknowledge that sheer numbers are the issue. Pro-migration news channels
refuse to even challenge the medical establishment consensus that
pensioners are to blame and staff have been bullied into silence by the
hard left and the politics of health.
But one brave GP is
determined to speak out. Deluged by new patients, inundated with demands
for sick notes, threatened with physical violence, his service used
shamelessly to game the welfare and healthcare system, he has had enough of
He speaks to me in confidence, refuses a photo; he
tells me if his peers identify him they will force him from his job.
We will call him Jo.
We've been working together over the
last few months. He has helped me unravel what it is that is crippling our
NHS, and diagnose the sickness that the BMA, the Royal College of General
Practitioners, senior medics and political insiders refuse to acknowledge.
On the front line of healthcare, frustrated by his daily routine,
this general practitioner sees a very different truth to the one that is
publicly peddled. He is overwhelmed by new arrivals and their demands.
Not in a medical sense. He stresses repeatedly, if anyone is sick
he is there to treat them, no matter what. ...
Jo is overwhelmed by
the fact that new arrivals into the UK have worked out the welfare and
immigration system in advance, and shamelessly use GPs to play it.
He looks at his work diary, filled back-to-back with people
demanding sick notes formalizing reasons they cannot work. These people are
clear about the time-period the note must cover and quick to anger if Jo
fails to comply.
He tries to limit these sick notes to three
months, but most insist on longer and refuse to leave until he gives them
what they expect permission not to work, or look for work.
He tells me he has been threatened repeatedly, both inside and
outside work. ...
Jo tells me this kind of story is repeated in
doctors' offices up and down the country wherever migrants live.
Migrants are gaming the immigration system by logging illnesses and
conditions. They believe the more illnesses they accumulate on file, the
stronger their claim to residence in the UK and the less likely they are to
be turned away.
ASYLUM CHILDREN, COSTS
Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach
Ian Drury and Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018
Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly
£70,000 a year with the bills continuing to land until they
The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560
unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March a
rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.
Costs to local authorities
for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a
year. The Home Office provides £3.35 million leaving a
shortfall of £3.4 million.
When a child claims asylum in the
UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which
they came forward. ...
It costs £67,634 per year to care for
each of them, according to the Association of Directors of Children's
That includes £50,716 for residential placement and
linked care costs, £4,805 for education, £3,915 for healthcare
and £3,826 for social workers.
For each lone child migrant,
councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates,
£480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free
The Sun, 3 January 2018
Record numbers of health tourists are flying into Britain to have
their babies delivered for free on the NHS, a Sun investigation has found.
At least 2,631 ineligible women gave birth on English maternity
wards last year then failed to pay, leaving a bill of £10 million.
Cases are up more than a fifth in the past 12 months, from 2,167.
Only 84 trusts that provide maternity services responded to our
Freedom of Information request around two in three. It means the
real figure may be closer to 4,500 and NHS losses £16 million. ...
Ministers claim stricter checks are helping to detect more
ineligible patients. ...
The biggest NHS trust, Barts in London,
is seeking 438 mothers for unpaid maternity care totalling £1.75
million. Trusts admitted most would be written off.
from Patient Concern, said: "These figures prove the NHS is clearly seen as
a soft touch."
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 3 January 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant
Surgeon in the NHS]
The true cost of health tourism is unknown, but on 1st February
2016, during a House of Lords debate, Lord Bates, then Secretary of State
at the Home Office, estimated that according to 2013 figures, the total
cost to the NHS of treating visitors and migrants in England alone was
£2 billion per year.
The Government's flagship Cost Recovery
Programme, effective from April 2015, was meant to collect a modest
£500 million annually from health tourists by 2017-2018, but the
National Audit Office report to the Public Accounts Committee in October
2016 predicted that only £346 million would be recovered by this
This deficit prompted the Department of Health to
issue a revised policy. /.../ As of 23rd October 2017, all NHS Trusts in
England would have a statutory obligation to identify health tourists and
to demand payment upfront before any investigation or treatment was
... Vital infrastructure is not in place to support
the new policy.
Despite these facts, the lack of intent by the
Department of Health is best displayed in paragraph 13.80 of the Guidance:
"If a patient does not have sufficient funds, can they pay by instalments?"
The answer given is "yes", despite confirmation from previous research
commissioned by DH that of invoices raised to health tourists, only 16 per
cent are paid.
The new 2017 policy, however, does have some good
points. For the first time NHS staff, including doctors, will have the
responsibility to report patients they think may not be entitled to free
NHS care. Also of great importance, the guidance makes it clear that NHS
staff facilitating health tourism may be committing fraud. Nevertheless,
overall, the policy is flawed.
The British taxpayer continues to
contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite
powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led)
governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the
NHS from health tourism abuse.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY, EUROPE
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018
In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000 migrants
and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who were
transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...
rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission
codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six
ships to rescue migrants. ...
Commenting on the latest figures,
Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the
navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.
The former Chief of
the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue
people in danger.
'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has
done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their
efforts, which must continue.
'But the aim of Operation Sophia was
to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to
He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the
smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the
southern coast of Europe.
'They can now just push them out to sea
in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will
rescue them and take then onwards.'
POLITICS POLITICAL PARTIES
Do centre-right parties win back votes from the far right by talking about immigration?
Downes and Matthew Loveless
LSE / European Politics and Policy, 3 January 2018
What has driven the resurgence of the far right in Europe? The
broad consensus is that this 'political earthquake' can be explained by
three key issues: concerns about immigration, dissatisfaction with the EU
project and a lack of trust in mainstream parties.
At the same
time, it is often assumed that the far right has monopolised and laid claim
to the immigration issue from mainstream parties on both the left and
right. But recent research by Sergi Pardos-Prado has demonstrated that, in
fact, some centre right parties may have shifted their stances on
immigration too, adopting a more anti-immigrant stance in order to
counteract the threat from far right parties.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, GERMANY
Germany: Migrants 'may have fuelled violent crime rise'
BBC, 3 January 2018
Migrants may be responsible for most of a recent rise in violent
crime in Germany, research commissioned by the government suggests.
The study used data from Lower Saxony, a state where more than 90%
of the rise was attributed to young male migrants.
say the findings are not surprising because many migrants who arrived in
Germany in recent years are single males aged 14-30.
This group is
most likely to commit crime, irrespective of nationality.
researchers also said that migrants were twice as likely to be reported to
police for alleged violent crimes as German nationals. ...
said that migrants with little hope of being giving asylum in Germany were
much more likely to commit violent crime than those from war zones like
Syria whose asylum was guaranteed.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPE
Facebook helps the African exodus to Europe
GEFIRA, 3 January 2018
In Europe, social media like Facebook and Twitter are removing
posts and blocking authors opposing mass migration from the Third World as
hate speech. The hostile attitude to literally hundreds of thousands of
Africans from Nigeria, Morocco or Ghana flooding Italy, Sweden or Germany
is considered extremist behaviour by them. At the same time Facebook and
Twitter are instrumental in the biggest human exodus in modern history.
Social media have not been limited to a communication or marketing function
for a long time. /.../ Social networks have also become a channel that
helps to organize the transfer of Africans to Europe.
In 2017 a
quarter of the people on the Earth have a Facebook account, of which 68%
are under 35 years of age. Also in North African countries, this portal is
very popular among almost half of the population, above all among people
below 35 years of age. ...
Facebook has become the smugglers'
channel for reaching out to people interested in getting from Africa to
Europe. How does it happen? Firstly, smugglers create accounts and pages on
Facebook where they advertise their services and give their phone number,
as well as recommend contacting them by WhatsApp application, which
guarantees the encryption of messages. Secondly, in order to authenticate
their message, they publish pictures showing preparations for the journey.
Thirdly, they publish photos and reports of people who made it to European
countries, which is supposed to build trust on the side of potential
clients. Important information is also contained in comments under posts.
The ads inform about the participation of battleships or NGO
vessels in "rescue" actions. Several times there was also information that
the only thing smugglers had to do was reach the place where the navy ships
would appear in a few hours. Such messages leave many questions about the
involvement of NGOs or naval forces of European countries. ...
People smugglers, the European Union, NGOs and Frontex are making a
mockery of the law of the sea, and for that they should be held
responsible. The massive transport operation that already brought six
hundred thousand people from Libya to Italy since 2014, promoted and
coordinated by modern communication tools like Twitter and Facebook, can
hardly be regarded as genuine rescue operations.
IMMIGRATION FRAUD, CHILDREN, DEPORTATION
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent
MailOnline, 2 January 2018
Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age in a
bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been
Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught
trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an
'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.
However, only 580 of these
people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a
bid to cheat their way into the UK.
Statistics for 2017, from
January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date
of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.
investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the
amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the
infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.
Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006
males and 170 females made such applications.
Figures for 2016
showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to
be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.
Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that
the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth
taking for migrants.
IMMIGRATION STUDENTS, STATISTICS
Theresa May left isolated in Cabinet and facing Commons defeat over counting students as immigrants
Independent, 2 January 2018
Ministers are braced for a defeat that would force Theresa May to
abandon her much-criticised policy of counting foreign students as
immigrants in official statistics.
A new Immigration Bill to be
brought forward this year will allow MPs to force and almost
certainly win a vote on the controversy, the Home Office believes.
The Independent and Open Britain, which is pressing for a soft
Brexit, are running a Drop the Target campaign against the policy of
reducing overall annual immigration to "tens of thousands", which includes
calling for overseas students to be omitted from the statistics.
There are about 438,000 foreign students currently studying in the
UK, so changing the policy could make a significant difference to the
headline immigration numbers.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD NETHERLANDS
Netherlands population rises to 17.2 million on immigration, Dutch re-patriation
NL Times, 2
The population of the Netherlands hit 17.2 million officially
registered residents at the turn of the new year, an increase of 100
thousand from a year earlier. That gain is similar to figures released at
the beginning of 2017, government office Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said
About 82 thousand more people settled or re-settled in
the Netherlands last year than the 139 thousand people who left the
country. Roughly ten percent of the 220 thousand people who immigrated to
the Netherlands in 2017 had a Dutch passport at the time of registration,
according to a data table provided by the CBS. ...
population growth came from natural population increase calculated by the
number of births against the number of deaths.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD SPAIN
'Saving lives is not a crime' - the Spanish activist taken to court for rescuing migrant ships
Daily Telegraph, 2 January 2018
The rafts arrive daily now, in fair weather or foul, dozens of
migrants crammed on to small inflatable dinghies more suitable for a
pleasure lake than the open sea. ...
Arrivals to Spain by sea
almost tripled in 2017, making the so-called Western Mediterranean route
from Morocco the fastest growing gateway to Europe, as the EU clamps down
on entries elsewhere.
The arrivals have left Spain's holding
centres overflowing. ...
... a prominent Spanish refugee activist,
Helena Maleno Garzón, who since 2012 has worked with migrants
through her Tangier-based NGO, Walking Borders. The Spanish coastguards
work so closely with Ms Maleno that she has become their primary alert
system for departing boats. ...
Embarrassed and under pressure,
Moroccan authorities have set their sights on Ms Maleno. Next week, amid
outrage from human rights groups, she will appear in court in Morocco to
face allegations that she is collaborating with people traffickers. ...
By December 20, 21,468 people had arrived in Spain on migrant
boats, compared with 7,490 in 2018 and 4.408 in 2015.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ASSAM, INDIA
Indian state leaves 13 million citizens off register
MailOnline / AFP, 2 January 2018
Around 13 million people living in northeastern India's largest
state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released
Monday by authorities, who are under pressure to identify and expel illegal
Assam has long struggled to curb immigration from
neighbouring Bangladesh and is the only Indian state to compile a register
The latest draft list includes only 19 million of the
state's more than 32 million residents. It was prepared on the orders of
the Supreme Court, which is hearing a series of claims to Indian
citizenship from undocumented residents of the state. ...
Political leaders have vowed to deport anyone staying in the state
illegally, although it is far from clear that Bangladesh would accept them.
The BJP won elections in the state in 2016 after promising to root
out illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh and protect the rights
of indigenous groups.
Migrants have long been accused of illegally
entering the state from Bangladesh and taking land, causing tensions with
local people and sporadic outbreaks of communal violence.
living in Assam must now prove that their forebears appeared either in the
state's only previous register of citizens, compiled in 1951, or on any
electoral roll published before March 1971 to be eligible for citizenship.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISRAEL
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2018
The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African
migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.
will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90
They will be given the option of going to their home country
or third countries. ...
The order exempts children, elderly
people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC
there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420
were being held in detention facilities. ...
Many of the migrants
- who are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek
asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard
them as economic migrants.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could
threaten Israel's Jewish character.
IMMIGRATION STUDENTS, STATISTICS
Foreign students 'will be cut' from immigration figures by ministers despite opposition from Theresa
Daily Mail, 1 January 2018
Minsters are preparing to take foreign students out of the
immigration figures, despite opposition from Theresa May.
Minister has blocked the move for years, arguing it would undermine
confidence in the UK's immigration statistics.
But Home Secretary
Amber Rudd has warned Mrs May that growing support for the measure in
Parliament means it is now 'inevitable'. The Home Office believes there is
no way of preventing MPs from forcing a parliamentary vote on the issue
when the new Immigration Bill is brought forward this year. ...
About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying here.
Removing them from the statistics could make a significant difference to
headline immigration figures. ...
Miss Rudd is now asking the
Office for National Statistics (ONS) to back a change in the definition of
immigration, which would exclude most foreign students.
The Islamization of Britain in 2017
Gatestone Institute, 1 January 2018
Reports of alleged links between Islamic charities and
terrorism or extremism surged to a record high, according to the Charity
Commission, a charity watchdog.
Azad Ali, an Islamist who
has said that he supports killing British soldiers, was named a director of
Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), a controversial Muslim pressure
group which advises the British government. Ali said that the jihadist
attack at Westminster on March 22, 2017 was not an act of terrorism. ...
The British government refused to say whether telling people
about Christianity could be a hate crime. ...
The Muslim population
of Britain surpassed 4.1 million in 2017 to become around 6.3% of the
overall population of 64 million, according to a recent study on the growth
of the Muslim population in Europe.