IMMIGRATION CONCERN

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

Quotations of news and views in date order - latest first


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


2018

RACISM – ASYLUM SEEKERS
Housing ban on asylum seekers gives the far right a veto on where they live
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 30 September 2018

In June, the Labour MP for Sunderland East, Julie Elliott, wrote to the Home Office demanding "a temporary stop... on any new asylum seekers being allocated to the city of Sunderland". A halt was necessary to ease "tensions" and so that "everyone can feel at ease in their neighbourhood and homes".

The deputy leader of Sunderland city council, Michael Mordey, had previously written to the Home Office making the same demand. Both worry about the rise of the far right and of problems with "social cohesion". There is some evidence that the Home Office has acceded to their demands.

It is true that grievances about housing and fears about crime rates can be transposed into anger towards asylum seekers. It is true, too, that locals have to be won over to defending asylum seekers' rights. Yet, by preventing asylum seekers from coming to the north-east, Labour politicians and the Home Office are effectively giving the far right a veto on where they can be housed. Worse, they are using the far right as an excuse for their failure to challenge prejudices, and indeed for their adaptation to such prejudices.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – DEPORTATION
UK: Over 100,000 Pounds of Onions Destroyed After Illegal Migrants Found in Delivery Lorries
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 30 September 2018

British authorities were forced to destroy over 100,000 pounds of onions which were "contaminated" by illegal migrants discovered hiding in delivery lorries.

Border Force officials discovered more than twenty illegal migrants who identified themselves as being from Afghanistan, Albania, Iran, and Iraq – all Muslim-majority countries – in two separate incidents in the Port of Poole, the Dorset Echo reports. ...

The high street value of the destroyed onions was estimated at over £35,000.

The fate of the illegal migrants is not entirely clear.

A Home Office spokesman told the Dorset Echo that they has been "dealt with by the Home Office in line with the immigration rules" and that "Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, action is taken to remove them".

However, EU rules which require member-states to deport illegal migrants to the very first EU country they entered, rather than the last one they come from – usually France, in Britain's case – mean that very few are removed, so long as there is no record of their point of entry and they will not reveal it.

In 2014, for example, only 49 out of several thousand illegal arrivals from France could be sent back across the English Channel.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Girl raped by up to 70 Telford sex gang paedos from age of 12 saw just ONE convicted over vile crimes
Lauren Fruen
The Sun, 30 September 2018

A girl raped by up to 70 Telford grooming gang members from the age of 12 saw just ONE of the men convicted over the vile crimes.

The victim was pregnant at 13 and suffered four years of abuse and faced death threats from the network of paedophiles in the town.

The girl – whose ordeal only ended when she fled Telford aged 16 – told The Sunday Mirror the men 'stole her childhood' and said all she wants "is justice". ...

The now 19-year-old said she bumps into her abusers 'every time she goes home'.

Balraj Singh, 23, was the only man convicted of abusing her. ...

A campaign now means the teenager has been told she has grounds to take others to court.

Lawyer Laura Farris, of Littleton Chambers said there was a "decent" chance of persuading the CPS to reverse its decision not to prosecute key suspects. ...

At least 1,000 children – some as young as 11 – are feared to have been drugged and abused by perverts in Telford, Shrops, since the 1980s.

But their nightmare ordeal went on for decades as authorities repeatedly failed to stamp out a network of paedophiles in the town.

Telford and Wrekin Council say they will hold a public inquiry.
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RACISM – DATING APPS
Why is it OK for online daters to block whole ethnic groups?
Chris Stokel-Walker
The Observer, 30 September 2018

Racism is rife in society – and increasingly dating apps such as Tinder, Grindr and Bumble are key parts of our society. Where we once met people in dingy dancehalls and sticky-floored nightclubs, now millions of us look for partners on our phones. Four in 10 adults in the UK say they have used dating apps. Globally, Tinder and Grindr – the two highest-profile apps – have tens of millions of users. ...

Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression, a book detailing how search engines reinforce racism, says that the way we communicate online doesn't help, and that in person there are more social conventions over who we choose to talk to, and how we choose to talk to them: "In these kinds of applications, there's no space for that kind of empathy or self-regulation." ...

All dating apps' algorithms are proprietary black boxes that the companies are wary of sharing with the public or competitors. But if they include some requirement of user self-definition by race (as Grindr does), or preference for interracial relationships (as sites such as OkCupid do), then with every swipe or button press the matchmaking algorithm is learning what we like and what we don't. Likewise, Tinder's algorithm ranks attractiveness based on previous swipes; therefore, it promotes what is considered "traditionally" beautiful (read: white) people. Crucially, no app is likely to deliberately dumb down its algorithm to produce worse matches, even if it may help prevent racist behaviour.

Bumble hopes to change user behaviour by example. "Whether it's subconscious or unintentional, lots of people in the world are ingrained with racist, sexist or misogynistic behaviour patterns," says Troen, adding that "we are more than happy to ban people". ...

Grindr's decision has been applauded by some, but is undercut by the fact it is still possible to filter out entire ethnicities. ...

Zumwalt said Grindr had carefully discussed removing the ethnicity filter, but were hesitant to get rid of it. "We decided before we were ready to pull the plug on that, it was a conversation we wanted with our user base," he says. "While I believe the ethnicity filter does promote racist behaviour in the app, other minority groups use the filter because they want to quickly find other members of their minority community."
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Jihad Roadshow: Banned Islamist group is using children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombing and jihad in Britain
Sami Quadri And Glen Keogh
Daily Mail, 29 September 2018

An extreme Islamist group banned in more than a dozen countries is using children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombing and jihad in Britain.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which wants to establish an Islamic state with Sharia law, has been holding a series of 'roadshows' across the country.

An undercover reporter who attended a number of the meetings was sold books suggesting suicide strikes are acceptable, and others saying jihad was 'compulsory' to spread the message of Islam.

The group allowed a 13-year-old to sell pamphlets comparing Westerners to animals over their 'filthy promiscuity' and urging followers to shun British culture. ...

Last night the Government's new anti-extremism tsar Sara Khan told of her fears that the 'Islamist extremists' were recruiting children and students to help spread 'supremacist ideology'.

Terrorism experts also called on the Government to ban the group for 'radicalising children' and spreading the ideology of Islamic State 'into the heart of England'. ...

Two serving prime ministers have tried to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir. But despite being outlawed in Pakistan, Russia and most Arab countries, it remains legal here. ...

Hizb ut-Tahrir wants to establish an Islamic state stretching from north Africa to the Philippines and has produced articles promoting martyrdom in Israel.
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DIVERSITY – TELEVISION
UK Regulator Finds Ethnic Minorities Over-Represented on TV, Demands More Diversity Anyway
Virginia Hall
Breitbart, 29 September 2018

White people and heterosexuals are underrepresented in the British television industry, an Ofcom audit has found – but the watchdog still insists there is "much more to do on diversity".

The report came a couple of days after Ofcom declared increasing representation of minority groups was "a priority" for the regulator, warning broadcasters would face "disaster" without making diversity central to their work. ...

Ofcom's Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Television 2018 report was published on Thursday, a year after the watchdog ordered broadcasters make a serious effort to monitor and record workers' 'protected characteristics' in order to "identify under-represented groups and help tackle a lack of diversity in UK television". ...

According to the analysis, 13 percent of TV industry employees are from an ethnic minority compared to 12 per cent of the British labour market, with the figure rising to 15 per cent amongst workers at Sky, 18 per cent at Channel 4, and 19 per cent at Viacom.

White people were revealed to be underrepresented in the data, which showed they comprise 71 per cent of the UK-based TV industry compared to 88 per cent of the wider labour market – however, this was not considered a problem by Ofcom, which praised efforts by all five of the main broadcasters focused on "improving representation of employees from minority ethnic backgrounds".

Lamenting that certain ethnic groups including Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are "significantly underrepresented" in TV careers, the report urged broadcasters to develop policies which would "target and tackle under-representation of specific ethnic groups in order to achieve a workforce which truly reflects the UK population and audiences."

While claiming the push for greater "diversity" is so TV companies have a workforce which "reflects modern Britain and the lives and experiences of their whole audience", the regulator says broadcasters "should be aiming" to have a workforce more closely matching London's population, where 36 per cent of workers are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the demographics are not representative of the country at large.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Orban: Europe needs change or we won't recognise our cities and countries anymore
Hungary Journal
Voice of Europe, 29 September 2018

Next year's European Parliamentary elections should bring about a change in the community's policy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a radio interview on Friday, and warned that "the battle between pro-migration and anti-migration MEPs has not yet been decided".

Speaking on public Kossuth Radio, Orban said that "pro-migration forces now have a sweeping majority" both in the EP and the European Commission, and "pose a serious democracy issue as they represent something European people do not want."

European voters want their leaders "to make a clear breast and declare if they consider migration right or wrong", Orban said. He added his position that "migration is bad because it actually means replacing the population".
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RACISM – ANTI-RACISM, EDUCATION, SCHOOLS
Schools must feature anti-racist messages across the curriculum, MSP says
ITV, 29 September 2018

The need for anti-racist education in schools is becoming more urgent than ever, teachers' leaders have insisted.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan argued the rise of the far-right in politics made challenging prejudice an "important task" for all educators.

He spoke out as teachers and lecturers from across Scotland headed for Glasgow to take part in a special event to discuss what they can do to combat racism through education.

Labour's Anas Sarwar, chair of Holyrood's Cross Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, will use his speech at the event to call for anti-racism education to be embedded across the school curriculum.

The MSP, who has spoken out about the racist abuse he has received, also wants changes to teacher training, to make equality a more mainstream issue and for more heads and deputy heads to come from ethnic backgrounds. ...

Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney said: "Our education system is already designed to help tackle racism at every level, just as we are committed to tackling all forms of bigotry, prejudice and discrimination. ..."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CONVICTION
People-Smuggler Who Brought Hundreds of Illegal Migrants to Britain Jailed in France
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 28 September 2018

A people-smuggling kingpin responsible for bringing hundreds of illegal migrants into Britain had been imprisoned in France following a cross- border criminal investigation.

Rekawt Kayani, a 36-year-old migrant granted British citizenship seven years ago, had reportedly built an extensive network of contacts in migrant encampments across France, Greece, and Iraq.

He was arrested at his home in Derby, northern England, in May 2016, following a joint Anglo-French investigation, and extradited to France to stand trial.

A court in Lille heard how Kayani organised smuggling operations running from Dieppe, in northern France, to Newhaven, in East Sussex. ...

The court sentenced Kayani to seven years and imposed a 100,000 euro fine, as well as a lifetime ban from France which will go into effect after his release.

Seven other people-smugglers said to be part of his gang were given sentences of between 18 months and seven years.
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EMIGRATION – MOROCCO, ALGERIA, TUNISIA
New exodus in the making as 91% of Moroccans want to come to western countries
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 28 September 2018

An alarming article shows that 84 per cent of Algerians, 91 per cent of Moroccans and 53 per cent of young Tunisians want to come to western countries.

Studies on the three north African countries show a growing desire of their populations to leave their countries and joining a western country for a better life, news outlet Oumma reports. ...

According to a study performed by job agency Rekrute, 91 per cent of Moroccans want to leave their country. And another one done by the European Commission shows that 53 per cent of young Tunisians want to emigrate.

Finally, a study by the Boston Consulting Group found that 84 per cent of Algerians are willing to do a "professional exile".
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DIVERSITY – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Diverse labour force central to Limerick's economic future
Cathy Halloran
RTÉ, 28 September 2018

A diverse multilingual and skilled labour force will make Limerick a more attractive location for global investment, according to a new five year integration plan for the region, published today.

A principle aim of the report - 'Belonging to Limerick: Limerick City and County Integration Plan 2018-22' - is that voices of migrants who have made Limerick their home is at its heart.

The report compiled by the Limerick Integration working group identifies asylum seekers and refugees, EU and non EU migrant workers and international students as the migrant population.

It identifies equality of access to education, language resources, and public services like welfare, health, housing and policing, as well as cultural awareness and anti racism as strategic themes to develop diversity and multiculturalism for migrants over the coming years. ...

Limerick internationally is now an intercultural city and the University of Limerick has become a University of Sanctuary, and there is a bigger population of international students attending its third level colleges.

The report says the city needs to focus on the advantages and opportunities of diversity. ...

The Chair of the Limerick Integration Working group and National Director of the Jesuit Refugee service in Ireland said the focus now needs to be on diversity advantage rather than cost.

Eugene Quinn said that too often the narrative focuses on the challenges and costs of integration, but migrants perceive themselves as assets.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM, REPATRIATION, SWITZERLAND
Swiss parliament accepts plan to strip asylum rights from those travelling home
Le News, 27 September 2018

A proposition put forward by the Swiss people's party (UDC/SVP) to strip asylum from those travelling to their home country was accepted by 129 members of the National Council and rejected by 57.

The UDC argued that returning home for a holiday or to visit parents proves the refugee is not threatened or persecuted there and should should lose their asylum rights. In addition, it said that this would make it easier to identify false refugees and other economic migrants, while reducing the attractiveness of Switzerland as a destination.

The proposition will now pass to the Council of States, Switzerland's upper house, for consideration.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, BREXIT
Immigration from EU to PLUMMET 80 percent after Brexit new figures show
Daily Express, 26 September 2018

Immigration from the EU to Britain will be slashed by up to 80 percent after Brexit, experts said today. Numbers of migrants coming the UK from EU countries has already fallen dramatically since the 2016 Brexit referendum – from 200,000-per-year to around 86,000-per-year.

But that figure is set to fall much further after Britain leaves the European Union following yesterday's Cabinet agreement on tough restrictions on the number of EU nationals being allowed into Britain.

Ministers backed a system which would end the EU-promoted system of free movement and subject EU migrants to the same rules as those from anywhere else in the world. ...

If a deal is agreed with the EU the new rules would be enforced by 2020 – but some experts believe the plan could be used as a bargaining chip in larger negotiations with the EU and thus subject to change and even scrapping.

It is understood that pro-Remain Chancellor Philip Hammond was fiercely against the proposals.
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CRIME – FRAUD, THEFT
Scammer who stole £113 million from High Street bank customers - thanks to corrupt employees who sold their details for £250 a time
Guy Adams
Daily Mail, 26 September 2018

They called him 'The Voice', and Feezan Choudhary certainly knew how to profit from his gift of the gab.

By the age of 24, the son of Pakistani immigrants from Pollokshields, a diverse and relatively affluent neighbourhood of Glasgow, had already acquired all the trappings of turbo-fuelled wealth. ...

... For Feezan Hameed Choudhary was subsequently exposed as a criminal mastermind: Britain's biggest ever bank transfer fraudster. As the leader of an audacious gang, with members across the UK, in just two-and-a-half years he managed to preside over the theft of an astonishing £113 million from 750 hapless victims.

Choudhary's career, which ended when he was jailed in 2016, offers a chilling insight into not just the slick modus operandi of Britain's growing army of financial scammers, but also the myriad failures of major banks and law-enforcement agencies that allow them to get away with it. ...

Against this sorry backdrop, two precious resources allowed Choudhary to build his ill-gotten fortune.

Firstly, he controlled a network of corrupt junior bank staff who were prepared to steal statements on his behalf. And secondly, he developed a priceless ability to sweet-talk the ordinary men and women named on those statements into revealing their internet banking details over the telephone. ...

These accounts, where the stolen money was deposited, were known as 'mule' accounts.

Some of them had been opened under fake names by the corrupt bank staff (again for a small fee). Others had been purchased from overseas students who'd finished studying at UK universities and had no further need for their British current accounts.

Soon after the stolen money landed, it was then either withdrawn from UK cashpoints in small tranches or transferred on to accounts in Dubai and Pakistan where large volumes of cash could be more easily laundered. ...

While no two criminal gangs are identical, Feezan Choudhary and his team have several key features in common with other crooks who are profiting from Britain's bank fraud epidemic. Police sources say almost every leader of the gangs currently active are believed to have personal links to Pakistan, a lightly regulated country where cash can be easily laundered, but which is nonetheless part of the IBAN (international banking) network, meaning money can be wired there at the drop of a hat. ...

'At the top end, they are almost all being run by British Pakistanis. The gangs have links between each other, and we believe they share the same laundering networks and in some cases are being taught how to carry out the crime by the same individuals,' he says. ...

Bringing them down would be 'perfectly possible', he adds, provided political will was mustered to target them.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN
Lord Dubs tells Labour conference: UK should welcome 10,000 more child refugees
Jewish News, 26 September 2018

A former minister who arrived in the UK having fled from the Nazis has suggested a further 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be welcomed to the UK.

Lord Dubs, who escaped on a Kindertransport from Prague in the summer of 1939 when he was just six years old, urged a future Labour government to implement a new scheme over a five-year period. ...

After praising Labour's policy toward refugees, he also asked if the party could go further. ...

This comes after Barnet Council pledged to take in vulnerable young people fleeing conflict following a campaign run by Finchley Progressive Synagogue alongside Middlesex University Students Union and Citizens UK.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
Barts Health Trust scraps immigration checks for patients following wide scale protests
Anisha De
Eastlondonlines, 26 September 2018

A letter signed by more than 600 activists has stopped an immigration check being carried out by the Barts Health Trust in east London.

Barts Health, which is the largest NHS Trust in London and operates five hospitals, received widespread criticism after it introduced identity checks on patients who were unable to convince the staff that they are UK residents eligible for free treatments. ...

They have also stopped asking all maternity patients at Newham Hospital, and all renal patients at the Royal London Hospital for two forms of ID, including photo ID. ...

Previously, hospital chiefs had said that they had no option but to implement new national rules cracking down on "health tourism"; the legitimacy of the claim has not been ascertained.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants – because they're mostly white and Christian?
Archbishop Cranmer
Archbishop Cranmer, 26 September 2018

We're all used to hearing about those xenophobic fruitcake Kippers and those anti-Christian racist and extremist Brexiteers who hate all immigrants, but Remainers are all liberal and tolerant, aren't they? They're all fair, impartial and completely unbiased and unprejudiced, aren't they? At least (or especially) when it comes to skin colour and ethnicity, aren't they?

No, not quite.

The LSE research was published last year, and originally entitled: 'UK voters including Leavers care more about reducing non-EU than EU immigration'. It has been archived under the rather niftier title: 'British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants'. The first of these headings betrayed an ever-so-slightly biased presentation of the researchers' findings, simply because the stats also suggested that UK voters including Remainers care more about reducing non-EU than EU immigration, and we can't have that, can we? Essentially, whether Remainer/Remoaner or Leaver/Brexitremist, Britons prefer EU migration to non-EU migration, because...

Well, feel free to complete the sentence (or paragraph). ...

Everyone's a little bit racist (as the song goes), but what is absent from this EU/non-EU immigration discussion is the 'Why?' hypothesis. ...

Could it simply be that UK voters prefer EU immigration to non-EU immigration because they are 'more like us'? Could it be an innate preference for whiteness? Perhaps for a shared understanding of Western Christianity and the homely residues of a common cultural heritage? Could it be a natural desire for homogeneous community and fraternal values? ... EU citizens across the Channel (and the Irish Sea) are our immediate neighbours, hungry and thirsty for those same values which give Britons meaning to our lives. They aspire to the same freedom and affluence; the same civility and political society; the same morality and religious identity. In all the fragmented pluralism, divisive relativism and arid logical positivism of the age, might it be that most UK voters find deep comfort in the echoes of a continental unity, based historically on reconciliation with God but now more concerned with securing and maintaining peace? ...

This point almost never gets the attention it deserves.
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DIVERSITY – USA
Cornell thrusts $60 million at faculty diversity plan
Celine Ryan and Kenny Nelson
Campus Reform, 26 September 2018

Cornell University announced in late September that it will be throwing $60 million toward acquiring and maintaining a more diverse faculty.

The Ivy League school's provost, Michael Kotlikoff, announced the new expense in a late September news release, saying that the initiative would cost $60 million over a five-year timespan. A portion of the funds will go towards hiring 60 faculty members "who diversify their departments" over the five-year period. ...

Kotlikoff emphasized not only support for diverse hires but also retention of diverse faculty, something he says will be a major focus for the university during the 2018-2019 academic year.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, BREXIT
UK immigration: No preference for EU workers after Brexit, cabinet agrees
BBC, 25 September 2018

People from the EU should face the same immigration rules as those from elsewhere, once the UK has completely left the bloc, the cabinet has agreed.

The agreement in principle follows a recommendation of the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which was also backed by Labour.

The cabinet unanimously supported a system based on skills rather than nationality, a source told the BBC.

But some fear that a bar on low-skilled EU migrants may damage business.

The prime minister has repeatedly vowed to end unlimited immigration from Europe after Brexit. ...

However, one cabinet source told the BBC the agreement did not constitute a firm decision and a government source said there could be "light touch migration" rules for EU nationals as part of any wider Brexit trade deal.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, BREXIT
Brexit: Theresa May backs new immigration system that allows some low-skilled workers into UK
Joe Watts
Independent, 25 September 2018

Theresa May has signed off plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that accepts the need for low-skilled workers to come into the UK after it leaves the EU.

Under plans set out at cabinet by home secretary Sajid Javid the new system would create a specific route for low-skilled workers to come into the country and work in sectors like agriculture, social care and hospitality.

The presentation given by Mr Javid also appeared to confirm that he had won a reported tussle with chancellor Philip Hammond, over the home secretary's intention not to give EU citizens preferential treatment in a future system.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
IDS says Tories MUST take control of immigration or be PUNISHED by the British people
Sorcha Bradley
Daily Express, 25 September 2018

Arch-Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith has said that Theresa May's government must get a handle on immigration controls or risk being punished by the British public at the next general election.

The former Conservative Party leader made the comments as the Prime Minister Theresa May and her Home Secretary Sajid Javid prepared to tough new plans on post-Brexit migration.

But the pair are expected to meet fierce resistance from Chancellor Phillip Hammond over plans to end preferential treatment for EU citizens after the UK officially departs from the EU.

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith said he felt the plans were "moving in the right direction" but that questions still remained over key issues such as caps on the number of migrants allowed to settle or work in the UK. ...

When asked if by not controlling immigration it would cost the Conservatives at a General Election, he replied: "Yes, I absolutely agree about that and I do think that's why we need to get out there a strong policy that gives an indication of how we would control migration."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, GERMANY
German Parliament President Expresses No Hope in Deportations
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 25 September 2018

German parliament president Wolfgang Schäuble doubts that failed asylum seekers will be deported and claims that instead, they should stay in Germany and integrate into society.

"We should realise how difficult it is to deport in individual cases," the former federal finance minister and member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said, according to Die Welt.

"That's why we should not foster too much hope that we can send back the majority of these people. Rather, we should all muster the strength to integrate them into our society," he added.

Schäuble also defended the mass migration policies of Chancellor Merkel in 2015 stating: "On September 4, 2015, with the thousands of refugees at the train station in Budapest, the Chancellor's decision was the right one. But what failed after that is to limit the communicative consequences."

While serving as finance minister in the previous coalition government, Schäuble allocated the entire federal government surplus toward migrant costs in 2016. He also caused controversy that same year after making a statement in which he said closed borders could lead to Germany degenerating through inbreeding. ...

Since the height of the migrant crisis, Germany has had enormous difficulty deporting failed asylum seekers with up to 21,000 planned deportations having failed last year.

In June, an investigation into the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) found that even convicted career criminals were rarely deported.

In one case, five Somali nationals convicted of piracy in a German court were even allowed to remain in the country on government handouts.
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POLITICS – ECONOMIC RATIONALISM
The economic rationalists don't get the immigration debate
Ben Cobley
UnHerd, 25 September 2018

There is something missing from our debate on immigration. As articulated by our elites, it lacks an understanding and sympathy for human beings as we are. It sees us instead as defective calculating machines that need to be re-engineered in order to make the correct choices.

The latest Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on EEA migration is in many ways an admirable piece of work. But, in its assumptions and way of proceeding, it is cut largely from this technocratic cloth. ...

By any measure, the changes in our communities and increase in population over the past 20 years have been more significant than a small adjustment in prices brought on by exchange rates. This, though, is the level of elite discourse on immigration. It focuses on 'data' and 'evidence', but in an abstract way, directed towards business interests and removed from the lived experience of people. The MAC itself acknowledges there may be dangers to this approach – but only deep into the report, far from its headline statements.

It is an approach characteristic of that behemoth which dominates British government and wants to keep the tap of mass immigration firmly on – the Treasury. George Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, articulated this when he attacked Theresa May's immigration targets as "economically illiterate": "If I had a regret," he said, "it's not that we didn't manage the immigration system properly... we were, I think, too intimidated to make the arguments about the benefits of immigration." ...

It's fair and reasonable to make the economic rationalist argument that maximising the economy is best achieved by a liberal migration regime. The trouble is that this view is often pushed forward as rational in an absolute sense, with any dissenting views denounced as "irrational" – and often worse. ...

This informal alliance between free market liberalism and the politics of diversity over mass immigration is, as I say in my book, "one of the political stories of our time". It has given technocratic liberals some moral authority for free market policies, while also allowing the liberal-left to claim economic credibility and support from business for their advocacy of increased diversity. ...

For while the tabloid treatment of the immigration question often plays on fear, unjustifiably and stupidly politicising migrants (at least in headlines) as negative and dangerous, the economic rationalist approach also reduces modern immigration to a lot less than it is. Specifically, it tends to rule out any consideration of the existential aspects: of how we experience and interpret the world, often treating such aspects as illegitimate: as 'subjective' and 'irrational', as not based in facts and evidence, and therefore to be ruled out of consideration and banished from politics itself.

But the feeling of loss that someone experiences when their world becomes less familiar, and their connections into it die off, is real and important. ...

The economic rationalists are making a political choice when they dismiss these concerns as trivial or describe them as 'necessary' sufferances in order for the modern world to progress. It's the same with their accusations of racism or 'nativism'.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, BREXIT
Britain could keep letting in unlimited numbers of EU citizens for two years under a no deal Brexit
Thomas Colson
Business Insider, 24 September 2018

• The UK could grant limitless access to European migrants for more than two years after a no-deal Brexit, according to a report.

• Home secretary Sajid Javid will propose a plan to Cabinet which sees EU citizens granted unlimited access to the UK for 30 months if there is no deal.

• Javid believes the plan is necessary to protect the economy.

• The news also comes amid concerns that the Home Office, which is responsible for Britain's borders, simply does not have the capacity to begin processing every inbound citizen coming to the UK. ...

The move would essentially see the UK retain the EU freedom of movement policy, which allows European citizens to move freely around member states without having to apply for a visa.

Javid will outline his plans at a critical Cabinet meeting today on post-Brexit immigration policy. He will reportedly argue that EU citizens should ultimately receive no preferential treatment – in favour of a global system – once the 30-month unlimited access period ends.
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MULTICULTURALISM
A Month of Multiculturalism in Britain: August 2018
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 24 September 2018

August 2. British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad and are therefore effectively raped and often impregnated while the Home Office "turns a blind eye" by handing visas to their husbands, according to The Times. Officials received dozens of reports last year that women wanted to block visas to the UK for men they had been made to marry in countries Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates. In almost half of the cases, records show, the visas were approved. /.../ Experts believe there are thousands of victims in Britain, but that the vast majority are too afraid to come forward.

August 3. Safaa Boular, 18, of Vauxhall, London, was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum 13-year term, for plotting a jihadi attack on British soil. Alongside her mother and sister, who were imprisoned in June, Boular was part of Britain's first all-female ISIS cell. ...

August 4. A police officer phoned a charity to ask whether it was "culturally acceptable" for an Iraqi pedophile to have a 12-year-old girlfriend, according to an investigation carried out by The Times. The officer had arrested the 26-year-old man but wanted to be "culturally sensitive" after the suspect said the relationship was acceptable in his community. /.../ The charity, which works with victims of forced marriage, said the case showed the danger of officers whose professional judgment was clouded by fear of being called racist. ...

August 6. The Daily Mail removed a report from its website that described the French capital as "Powder Keg Paris" after a French activist, Marwan Muhammad, complained that the report was Islamophobic. The article reported that 300,000 illegal migrants were living in the suburb of Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where drug dealing, crime and poverty were rising due to "immigration on a mammoth scale." ...

August 7. Ishaq Al-Noor, a 21-yer-old Sudanese asylum seeker, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for raping a 17-year-old student in a cemetery in Spring Bank in Hull, East Yorkshire. When the rape charge was put to him, Al-Noor, through his interpreter, told Hull Crown Court: "Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?" Al-Noor, of West Hill, needed the services of one of the few interpreters in Britain who could speak his particular Sudanese dialect. ...

August 10. Lewis Ludlow, a 26-year-old convert to Islam from Rochester, Kent, pled guilty to plotting a terror attack on London's Oxford Street. Ludlow, who also used the name Ali Hussain, planned to rent a van and hit pedestrians. /.../ Ludlow said that he had hoped to kill up to 100 people.

August 11. Liam Bradley, a 48-year-old motorcycle instructor, accused a Shell gasoline station in Blackburn of "racism" after he was told to remove his helmet while a woman in a burka was refueling her vehicle next to him. ...

August 15. Thirty-two members of a Muslim sex gang were charged with offenses including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sex crimes against children in Huddersfield. /.../ A further 12 men who were not named for legal reasons were charged with "numerous offenses in connection with the same investigation."

August 22. Abdul Jalil, a 64-year-old migrant from Bangladesh, was found guilty of cheating the British welfare system out of £28,000 ($37,000; €32,000) over a period of eight years.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES, USA
Race and Gender Studies Kick Shakespeare Out of Class
Sumantra Maitra
Minding the Campus, 24 September 2018

Until 2011, UCLA students English had to take a course in Chaucer, a couple in Shakespeare, and one in Milton as the fundamental works of English literature. Some junior faculty revolted, and UCLA promptly changed its course to studying compulsory papers in "Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability, and Sexuality Studies; Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies; Genre Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Critical Theory; or Creative Writing."

According to the course catalog, giants of English literature were irrelevant. but students must study "alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class." UCLA's undergraduates, therefore, had to choose among courses like, "Women of Color in the U.S., Women and Gender in the Caribbean, Chicana Feminism, Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures, and Feminist and Queer Theory." ...

These are some of the episodes described in Heather Mac Donald's new provocative book, "The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture" (St. Martin's Press, 2018), which chronicles the hollowing out of Western Universities and the coup that took place in academe. This isn't the first attempt to chart the decline of Western education. Victor Davis Hanson and Roger Kimball touched upon this Gramscian revolution in "Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education," "Tenured Radicals," and "The Rape of the Masters" respectively, as Peter Hitchens talked about it in "The Abolition of Britain." But Mac Donald's is an unusually strong, data-rich chronicling.

Mac Donald connects the diversity bureaucracy, the race and gender departments acting as Soviet commissars and arbiters of acceptable debate in campuses, the treatment of students as consumers with universities catering to their well-being rather than their intellectual maturity and knowledge, campus feminism, the effects of the 60s social revolution, and how they all "increasingly infuse business, government, and civil society." Put simply, a handful of people are changing society through educational institutions, based on their ideologies. ...

It's all an existential struggle against conservative thought, a war that if you don't win, you perish. ...

The result? Research is being used from Silicon Valley to universities to discriminate against the truly talented, to "diversify" the workforce by admitting half-wits and ideologues. ...

This is fundamentally the same 70s radical strategy of Rudi Dutschke who coined the 60s slogan "The Long March through the Institutions."
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BORDER CONTROLS – BREXIT
Home Secretary claims Britain is powerless to control border if we leave the EU with no deal
Glen Owen
Mail on Sunday, 23 September 2018

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that Britain will be powerless to restrict EU immigrants if we leave the EU without a deal.

Mr Javid told Cabinet colleagues last week it would be impossible to have 'preventative checks' at airports and ports because of the sheer volume of passengers.

He said that to avoid gridlock, EU citizens would still go through electronic passport gates and avoid questioning by Border Force officials. ...

It takes an average of 45 seconds to check an EU passport but four minutes for other countries. Non-EU visitors already face delays of more than three hours at Heathrow because of staff shortages.

Brexit is meant to signal the end of freedom of movement, with new arrivals from the EU losing their automatic right to reside. But Mr Javid's comments raise questions about how that will be policed.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, POLITICIANS
Time to listen on migrants
Nick Ferrari
Sunday Express, 23 September 2018

The findings could not have been more devastating. In the biggest consultation of its kind, just 17 per cent of people said they trusted politicians to tell the truth concerning immigration.

Equally as damaging was the fact that even fewer people, just 15 percent, believe the Government has shown competence in managing the thorny issue.

Unsurprisingly, more than half said public services had come under strain as a result. The survey, entitled the National Conversation on Immigration, sought the views of 20,000 respondents, so don't allow any critic to blithely write it off as the posturing of a bunch of intolerant racists.

The very opposite is true, as 65 per cent of those asked said migrants bring vital skills to the economy and to the public sector and almost the same thumping majority, this time 59 per cent, agree diversity benefits our national culture.

However, even greater numbers come into play when asked questions about those arriving on the shores, with 88 per cent believing migrants should learn English and 85 per cent saying they should share British values.

Enough with the blitz of statistics; here's what these figures actually mean.

They reinforce the fact that we are a superbly tolerant nation. So many of us have seen our cities and towns transform out of all recognition.

While much has been positive, you'd have to be clinically insane if you didn't accept there have been tensions and challenges, many of which have not been met in any way, shape or form.

Since 2001, the population has risen by 6.6 million people and in a 12-month period up to March 2018 the number of migrants who settled here was 614,000.

To put that into context, that is roughly equal to the population of Bristol, which is the tenth biggest city in the land.

Government after government failed to build enough homes, schools or hospitals to cope and anyone who dared to question what was happening around them was initially dismissed as a clueless "Little Englander" and if that failed to deter them, they were deemed racists.

This report shows Britain is anything but a racist nation and what is so wrong about wanting new arrivals to learn the language? ...

Instead, signs on roads, in hospitals, courts and other public buildings, were translated into various languages popular in the relevant area.

A leaflet sent to me recently about a change in rubbish collection (naturally it is being reduced!) was in EIGHT languages and there was even a phone number if you needed it translated into something else.

Every day, the NHS, our police and our courts shell out thousands of pounds on translators' fees.

This is what has fuelled our wholly justified distrust of politicians.

They lied to us and refused to even listen let alone accept justifiable misgivings and, with virtually no exception, now drop into prepared platitudes when challenged over soaring immigration and its impact. ...

The people have spoken. While we are rightly tolerant and welcoming and are perfectly at ease about allowing any group that arrives to pursue its faith or individual culture, multiculturalism does not work.

The question is: what chance politicians will listen?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CULTURE, POLITICS, DENMARK
Something inspiring in the state of Denmark
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 23 September 2018

The Danish Ministry of Culture has just issued Danish Radio its official government contract for 2018-2023, which announces some pretty significant budget cuts entailing the loss of approximately 400 jobs. But that is not the most significant aspect of the contract.

The public broadcasters have been given a new set of guidelines. Their programming is now required to bolster Denmark's native cultural heritage, as well as emphasise the foundational role of Christianity in Danish society. Danish Radio are now contracted to make clear that Danish society is based on the principles of democracy, which have their roots in Christianity.

The contract issued by the Danish Ministry of Culture on 18th September includes proposals such as: ...

'DR must give all citizens free access to a diverse and versatile content that impartially supports the citizens' ability to act in the Danish people's government and strengthens Danish culture and language.'

This contract has also conspicuously dropped the previous contract's emphasis on multicultural 'integration', a decision which has angered Left-wing Danes such as the Socialist People's Party. ...

Even the traditionally Left-wing parties in Denmark are turning Right when it comes to immigration. /.../ The Social Democrats have changed their stance on immigration and now advocate tight border security and immigration controls.

Responsible for this change of emphasis from 'integration' to 'Christian heritage' was the conservative populist Danish People's Party, (Dansk Folkeparti, DF), the second-most popular party in the country. ...

This new government contract is remarkably explicit about its more conservative priorities, unequivocally stating that 'DR must put particular emphasis on its role as initiator of and mediator of Danish art and culture and the Danish cultural heritage, including the Christian heritage'. ...

The Danes recognise that simply closing the borders and halting immigration is not enough. If there is to be any safeguard against multiculturalism and demographic change it is necessary to recover their culture and traditions, the things which make them Danes.
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BORDER CONTROLS – SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND
What our useless border guards should learn from the Swiss
Janice Davis
Conservative Woman, 22 September 2018

According to a 2017 EU report, Sweden has the worst border control in Europe, a finding which was allegedly hushed up to prevent the country's electorate being unduly influenced when they went to the polls this month. Its key criticisms are that the Swedish border agents get rubbish training, don't know how to detect a duff document, and can't even recognise a returning jihadi.

How very ironic, from a political union obsessed with its four unshakeable freedoms, including free movement across the Schengen area – the technically borderless vision of the EU. Borders? Who needs borders? they used to shout, until Frau Merkel unilaterally opened the doors to over a million unchecked/undocumented 'refugees' and ushered in unplanned-for consequences. So that now, the EU is calling for effective external border control.

The Swedish Evening Post has published a leaked part of this report, dealing with external borders. It found a lack of skills at the border, new recruits having a mere nine weeks of training but no knowledge of immigration law, an inability to check for validity or terrorist association, and poor manning. In short, 'there is no actual border control'. Meanwhile, experienced officers claimed the report was 'an understatement'.

Sweden is not alone in this regard. ...

How do Sweden and the UK compare in this respect with Switzerland, where I live? The Swiss Border Guard is uniformed and armed, and its members are subject to military criminal law. ...

The training documentation is a must-read. There are three years of intensive basic training. On completion of Year 1, which includes border guard and customs service, law and criminology, document verification, shooting and security techniques, psychosocial skills, ... ...

With the EU now admitting to the massive future problem of illegal migration from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as challenges from existing immigrant numbers to high-welfare societies, on housing, health, education etc, what hope for individual states who have taken their eye off the ball, or even dropped it altogether?
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
We ignore migration backlash at our peril
Matthew Parris
The Times, 22 September 2018

For all the talk of an open door from Europe, what really alarms people is the cost to the country of non-EU arrivals.
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MULTICULTURALISM – HIJAB, CRIME, AUSTRIA
Police hunt bank robber who disguised himself as a Muslim woman in a hijab in Austria after cops caught another man doing the same thing last month
Charlie Moore
MailOnline, 22 September 2018

Austrian police are hunting a copycat crook who dressed as a Muslim woman in a hijab to rob a bank just weeks after another man did the same thing.

Detectives have offered almost £2,000 as a reward for any clues about the identity of the second robber who raided a DenizBank in Linz, Upper Austria. ...

It comes after police last month arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of robbing a Turkish bank in Vienna also dressed in a hijab and carrying a golden pistol.
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MULTICULTURALISM – PUPILS, DATA
Delete pupil nationality data or face legal action, campaigners warn ministers
Freddie Whittaker
Schools Week, 21 September 2018

The Department for Education faces being reported to the Information Commissioner if it does not agree to delete data collected on pupils' nationality and country of birth over the past two years.

More than 20 human rights and privacy campaign groups have signed a letter to Damian Hinds, the education secretary, urging him to destroy the information collected under controversial changes to the school census, introduced in 2016.

The requirement on schools to record information on the nationality and country of birth of their children was scrapped earlier this year following a massive U-turn by the DfE. ...

It followed attempts to challenge the data collection in the courts, and after the government was forced to admit it had failed to obtain data on around a quarter of pupils, either because parents refused to provide it, or because schools did not submit it in their census returns. ...

Now the letter, coordinated by campaign group Against Borders for Children and signed by organisations like the National Education Union, Liberty, Defend Digital Me and Migrant Voice, want the data collected since October 2016, when the collection was first added to the census, to be deleted. The DfE has previously said it intends to keep the data. ...

Under current rules, limited information from the national pupil database can be supplied to the Home Office if it is requested for a specific pupil. The Home Office cannot request batch data about certain groups, and is not allowed to see nationality or country of birth data.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Yale Study Finds Twice as Many Undocumented Immigrants as Previous Estimates
Mohammad Fazel-Zarandi, Jonathan S. Feinstein and Edward H. Kaplan
Yale Insights, 21 September 2018

Generally accepted estimates put the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States at approximately 11.3 million. A new study, using mathematical modeling on a range of demographic and immigration operations data, suggests that the actual undocumented immigrant population may be more than 22 million. ...

Even using parameters intentionally aimed at producing an extremely conservative estimate, they found a population of 16.7 million undocumented immigrants.

The results, published in PLOS ONE, surprised the authors themselves. They started with the extremely conservative model and expected the results to be well below 11.3 million. ...

Jonathan Feinstein, the John G. Searle Professor of Economics and Management at Yale SOM, adds, "There's a number that everybody quotes, but when you actually dig down and say, 'What is it based on?' You find it's based on one very specific survey and possibly an approach that has some difficulties. So we went in and just took a very different approach." ...

The approach in the new research was based on operational data, such as deportations and visa overstays, and demographic data, including death rates and immigration rates. "We combined these data using a demographic model that follows a very simple logic," Kaplan says. "The population today is equal to the initial population plus everyone who came in minus everyone who went out. It's that simple."

While the logic is simple – tally the inflows and outflows over time – actually gathering, assessing, and inserting the data appropriately into a mathematical model isn't at all simple. Because there is significant uncertainty, the results are presented as a range. After running 1,000,000 simulations of the model, the researchers' 95% probability range is 16 million to 29 million, with 22.1 million as the mean. ...

Kaplan and Feinstein have worked on this type of problem for many years. "The analysis we've done can be thought of as estimating the size of a hidden population," Kaplan says. "People who are undocumented immigrants are not walking around with labels on their foreheads. Neither are populations of homeless people, neither are populations of drug users, and neither are populations of terrorists. Yet for policy, it is very important to know the size of these hidden populations because that sets the scale of the problem in each of these different policy areas."
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Muhammad Names are Top For Baby Boys in England and Wales Sixth Year Running
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 21 September 2018

Muhammad was the most popular name for baby boys in English regions London, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017, government statistics show, with spelling variations in the name taking it to first place across England and Wales.

Officially Oliver remains the most popular name for newborn boys across the country, with 6,259 born last year. However, it is pushed into second place by Muhammad when slight spelling variations including Mohammed and Mohammad are included, which achieve 6,510 newborns between them. ...

Taking the three English translations of the same Arabic name as one has left Muhammad the most popular boy's name in England and Wales every year since 2011, as previously reported by Breitbart London.

The official top name Oliver also has a contraction, Ollie, listed at number 86. Counted together, Oliver and nickname Ollie account for 7,047 boys in 2017. ...

While Muhammed didn't feature at all in the top ten places in much of the country, it was outright the most popular even without spelling variations in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands, and London. It came second-place outright in the North West.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Macron Vows Punishment for States Refusing Third World Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 21 September 2018

Emmanuel Macron has said funding should be withdrawn from pro-sovereignty nations reluctant to hand more power over to Brussels, and that countries which refuse to welcome third world migrants must be thrown out of the Schengen area.

"Europe is not a menu à la carte, it's a political project," the French president declared, speaking at the end of an EU mini-summit on migration in Salzburg Thursday evening.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
An "army" of illegal immigrants is arriving in the UK every year
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018

The illegal immigrant population of the UK is rising by 70,000 per year – nearly equivalent to the size of the full-time British Army. That is the conclusion of a new paper (Illegal immigration - What can be done?) being issued by Migration Watch UK.

The paper estimates the gross annual rise in the illegal immigrant population to be 105,000 per year while only about a third (or 35,200) of this annual total is either being removed or is departing voluntarily each year. Hence a net rise of 70,000 people per year, or 700,000 over the course of a decade.

Meanwhile, the controversy arising from the Windrush Affair has masked the continued and serious failure of the authorities to remove hundreds of thousands of people who have no right to be here.

Effective removal mechanisms are essential to the credibility of border controls. Over three-quarters - 77% - of the public consider illegal immigration to be a serious problem facing the country.

The best estimates, including two by former senior Home Office officials, suggest that there may be over one million illegal immigrants in the UK - equivalent to the population of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. ...

Our estimate of the number of people who overstay their visas stands at 83,600 per year. Added to more than 12,800 detected clandestine entrants and an annual average 8,500 failed asylum seekers who do not depart, that gives a gross figure of 105,000 more illegal migrants each year.

At the same time, removals and departures have averaged 35,200 since 2009 (excluding returns of foreign criminals). Removals of failed asylum seekers nosedived from 2005 onwards, from 16,000 to just over 5,000 in 2017. Over the last 14 years, less than half of those whose asylum claims were refused have departed the country. Meanwhile, returns of immigration offenders have dropped by a third since 2013. This decline in removals is troubling.

Illegal immigration to the UK is a major public concern. Yet the situation is considerably worse than the government admits and very little is being done about it.

Furthermore, a number of those who have remained have been able to regularise their status as a result of routes that allow those here illegally to stay on. These routes should be closed because they encourage the flouting of the law and are grossly unfair to those who take the care and time to follow the rules. ...

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"The scale of illegal immigration to Britain is a scandal that has gone on for too long. It undermines public acceptance of genuine refugees and is damaging to community relations generally. The government must not cave in to opposition attempts to 'weaponise' Windrush against legitimate and effective measures to tackle overstaying. These measures are supported by nearly 80% of the public, and rightly so."
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MULTICULTURALISM – STUDENTS, LONDON
Three in four London students 'from ethnic minorities by 2030'
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 20 September 2018

Almost three quarters of university students from London will be from ethnic minorities by the end of the next decade, say researchers.

The analysis, based on demographic changes and university entry rates, shows 27% of students from London will be white - down from 37% at present.

White students will still be the biggest ethnic group - followed by 21% from African backgrounds, up from 17%. ...

The report - from Access HE - reflects a growing ethnic minority population in the school system and says young people from black and Asian families are more likely to apply for university.

"We are witnessing hyper-diversity among the student body in London, where diversity is the norm and not the exception," says the report.

"Based on existing evidence, we can expect a significant increase in the number of young students entering higher education by 2030, and an increase in the diversity of these students... nearly 75% being non-white."

There is a forecast of a particular growth in Londoners from African and mixed-race backgrounds going to university. ...

This means about a quarter of students from London will be white, a quarter black, a quarter Asian and a quarter from other groups or from a mix of backgrounds. ...

Graeme Atherton, head of Access HE, says that as well as London's student population changing, this demographic trend is going to "drive diversity" in universities in other parts of the United Kingdom.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Immigration could make or break the Tories
Andrew Green
Conservative Woman, 20 September 2018

The government need to be extremely careful how they respond to the report of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published on Tuesday. As one might expect, it addresses immigration from a strictly economic, even academic, point of view. However, it is also tone deaf to the wider concerns of the public, not about the technicalities of economists, but about a deeply held concern that the scale of immigration has got out of hand and is changing the whole scale and nature of our society at an unacceptable pace.

The MAC seem to have lost sight of the bigger picture. They acknowledge that nearly two-thirds of the public want immigration reduced, only in effect to ignore these concerns in drawing up their proposals. ...

The committee mention pressure on social housing and recognise that indigenous British people are waiting longer than they otherwise would. However, there is no reference even to the government's own projections that we will have to build nearly 300 homes every day for the indefinite future just to house new migrants. /.../ What the public does not realise is that half of the demand is a result of immigration. ...

This situation just cannot be allowed to continue, whatever the economic arguments. We cannot have such changes to the scale and nature of our society without public consent, indeed in the teeth of clear public wishes to the contrary.

The immigration lobby make much of the net contribution of immigrants to the Exchequer. However the committee, in one of their more useful paragraphs, point out that the net contribution in the last financial year of £4.7 billion works out at £1.70 per week per head of the UK-born population. It follows that, from a fiscal point of view there is, as the chairman of the MAC Professor Alan Manning put it, little effect and little benefit. Even more strikingly, the net contribution from the one and a half million working-age Eastern Europeans in the UK comes out at little over ten pence per head averaged across the adult UK population. In other words, peanuts, and certainly not worth the strains associated with hugely increased congestion on our roads, trains, buses and in hospitals and schools (not to mention integration and cohesion). ...

It is also concerning that the committee have recommended abolishing the present key requirement for an employer to check whether there is a suitable UK applicant before hiring someone from abroad. Our research has found that there are four million people who would like to work or would like more working hours than they currently have. It would be a major error for the government to abolish protections for UK applicants in this way.

The combination of the widening of the skill level, opening the route to the whole world, removal of safeguards for UK workers and abolition of the cap on highly-skilled work permits may well be seen in the future as a very serious mistake. We have the precedent of New Labour who deliberately eased the immigration system in 1997, some say for political reasons, only to find that net migration trebled in the space of a couple of years.

We could yet see something similar if these proposals are introduced. ...

If the outcome of this government's stewardship were to produce a very difficult exit from the EU combined with a massive increase in immigration, the Conservatives could say goodbye to office for many years to come.
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POLITICS
We must stop trying to 'manage' immigration and simply cut it
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2018

Before the Brexit referendum, two pro-immigration campaigners used Twitter to discuss free movement. "Whatever the outcome, it will be absurd to claim that people never get to have their say about immigration," said one. The second declared: "Remain is a vote?... for free movement. Leave for significant change. Clear choice and mandate."

Both campaigners have had a hand in reports published this week. The first, Sunder Katwala, helped to organise the National Conversation, an exercise in testing public opinion on immigration.

The second, Jonathan Portes, an advocate of high immigration, contributed to a report recommending post-Brexit immigration policies to the Government. Both reports are case studies in why Britain finds it so hard to control immigration and why the public is so frustrated by politicians who fail to reduce the numbers.

The National Conversation was described by its organisers as "the biggest ever public engagement on immigration". ...

One question it did not ask, however, was whether immigration ought to continue at its existing pace, go up or come down. This might have been an accident, but it looks more likely like a deliberate omission. ...

This brings us to this week's second report, by the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's independent advisers. ...

And who contributes towards these assessments? Well-meaning officials with liberal beliefs and partisan campaigners masquerading as neutral experts, like Mr Portes.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
The foreign-born population in the U.S. has reached its highest level since 1910 – and 41% are coming from Asia
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 20 September 2018

Nearly 14 percent of people living in America are foreign-born – the highest proportion in more than a century, according to U.S. Census data.

The foreign-born population totaled 44.5 million, or 13.7 percent in 2017.

And now more than ever, those foreign arrivals are coming from Asia and bringing a college education with them, according to an analysis of Census data by the Brookings Institution.

Brookings researchers found that 41 percent of new arrivals since 2010 came from Asia and about 45 percent had graduated from college – a 30 percent increase compared to arrivals from 2000-2009. ...

In fact, 2.6 million people came to the U.S. from Asia since 2010, compared to 1.2 million from Latin America, according to the Brookings analysis.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
ONS household projections for England
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"This is a hopeless underestimate. The ONS are projecting annual net migration 25% lower than seen in the last ten years. Their high migration scenario is much more plausible and in line with the previous decade's flows. That would mean a new home every three minutes for England as a whole, of which about half would be for migrants."

Note to editors

• The ONS says that the number of households in England is projected to increase by 4 million (17%) over the next 25 years, from 22.9 million in 2016 to 26.9 million in 2041. This equates to 159,000 additional households each year on their principal projection (based on net migration to England of 152,000 per year).

• Their 'zero migration' scenario foresees a total rise in households of 2.52 million over the period 2016-2041, while the high migration scenario (based on net migration to England of 214,500) foresees a total rise of 4.74 million (a difference of 2.22 million, or 88,800 households per year as the result of the arrival of migrants).

• The high migration scenario is a more appropriate measure because net migration to England has averaged 208,000 per year over the past decade and was 218,000 in 2016.

• The 88,800 homes per year that are projected to be due to immigration alone between 2016 and 2041 are equivalent of 243 per day, or one new home every six minutes.

• 90% of the additional households created in England 2005-2014 were headed by a person born outside the UK, according to previous ONS figures.
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RACISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, POLICE
The PC police, literally
Tom Slater
Spiked, 20 September 2018

'PC police' may have become a tired phrase. But it seems it can now be taken literally. Last week news broke that a senior Scotland Yard officer is under investigation for using the phrase 'whiter than white' in a briefing to colleagues. He was discussing the importance of police officers being 'above reproach' in how they conduct themselves. But nevertheless a complaint was made and now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating him for 'the alleged use of language deliberately intended to be offensive and that had racist undertones'. He has been placed on restricted duties and has reportedly been warned that the inquiry may take up to 12 months to complete.

This is a story so thoroughly insane that even the most fulminating anti-PC warrior among us would have to do a double take. But a spokesman for the IOPC has indeed confirmed that not only is the investigation into the officer under way, but that it is part of a broader investigation into 'allegations of serious corruption and malpractice'. ...

That the British police not only have incredibly easily hurt feelings, but also systems in place to protect those incredibly easily hurt feelings, is one thing. The problem is that they are also becoming more and more interested in imposing their speech codes on the rest of society. A few weeks ago, South Yorkshire Police started a campaign called 'Hate Hurts', calling on people to report 'non-crime hate incidents' to what was swiftly nicknamed the 'hurty-feelings helpline'. In 2016, Greater Glasgow Police ran a similar campaign telling the public to 'Think before you post, or you may receive a visit from us this weekend', accompanied by a nifty graphic, spelling out the word 'think' thusly: 'T – is it true? H – is it hurtful? I – is it illegal? N – is it necessary? K – is it kind?'

Britain's insane laws around online hate speech have sparked international attention recently. ...; as a Times investigation found last year, as many as nine people a day are arrested for what they post online. But the police's activities recently remind us that this is not just a matter of what's on the statute book, but also of how the police are choosing to enforce it. ...

This is chilling. It is bad enough that the armed wing of the British state is required by law to police our speech, but now it seems to be taking it upon itself to quasi-criminalise speech it deems 'hurtful' or even just 'unkind'. /.../ This is especially strange at a time when the police are coming under increasing criticism for failing to pursue actual criminals: Home Office figures suggest just nine per cent of crimes now end with a suspect being charged. If resources are as squeezed as many police forces say they are, why are they spending so much time patrolling our tweets?

... Whatever is driving the ignoble rise of the literal PC police, it seems there's never been a better time to get the boys in blue out of the censorship game for good.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
EU to talk with Egypt, north Africans to curb migrants
Lachlan Carmichael
Yahoo News, 20 September 2018

EU leaders have agreed to open talks with Egypt and other north African countries as "an important further step" to curb migration to Europe, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Thursday. ...

The EU has previously sealed cooperation deals with Turkey and Libya that have sharply cut migration to Europe since a 2015 peak, but wants to expand work with all north African countries. ...

"I believe that this will be an important further step in the fight against illegal migration, but above all also in the fight against the business of traffickers," Kurz said. ...

Kurz, whose government takes a harder line on migration, said more EU leaders realise that tougher external borders rather than "sharing refugees" is the solution.
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IMMIGRATION – AFRICANS, EUROPE
Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa
The Economist, 20 September 2018

Today's waves of African migration are merely a prelude. Of the 2.2bn citizens added to the global population by 2050, 1.3bn will be Africans – about the size of China's population today. And more of them will have the means to travel. Those Africans risking the trip north across the Mediterranean today are not the poorest, but those with a mobile phone to organise the trip and money to pay smugglers. Few of the Nigerians who attempt the crossing are from their country's poor north, for example; almost all are from its wealthier south. As African countries gradually prosper, migration will surely increase, not decrease. Emmanuel Macron raised these points in a recent interview. The French president was recommending a new book, "The Rush to Europe", published in French by Stephen Smith of Duke University, which models past international migrations like that of Mexicans into America to show that the number of Afro-Europeans (Europeans with African roots) could rise from 9m at present to between 150m and 200m by 2050, perhaps a quarter of Europe's total population. ...

EU leaders met in Salzburg on September 19th and 20th to discuss new border controls and north African "disembarkation platforms" where migrants from the south could be processed and sent back. The summit epitomised a strategy that Mr Smith dubs "Fortress Europe", which involves reducing migration from north Africa at almost any human cost, letting in merely a trickle of approved African migrants, bickering over who should accommodate them and then, as recompense, funnelling modest aid into Africa. Angela Merkel promotes a "Marshall Plan for Africa", as a means of reducing migration. That reckons without the fact that economic development will raise migration numbers.

There is an alternative "Eurafrica" strategy, writes Mr Smith. This is to accept the integration of Africa and Europe. Alex de Waal, an Africa expert at Tufts University, agrees that is the only realistic course. "The logic of history is a European-Mediterranean market that will cross the Sahara, too," he says. "The challenge is to recognise that reality and make it a mutually beneficial and regulated one. Building walls will not work." ...

It also means creating regulated routes for migrants travelling in both directions. Over the century, European districts that today have a Eurafrican character – parts of Barcelona, Marseille, Brussels and London, say – will become more the norm than the exception. ...

The two options, Fortress Europe versus Eurafrica, may one day end up as a choice between denial and reality. Europe cannot insulate itself from the dramatic long-term shifts in its continental neighbour. Like it or not, Eurafrica is part of Europe's demographic and cultural destiny. It is better, surely, not to ignore or reject this but to work out how to make it a success.
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CRIME – STOP AND SEARCH
Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds
Ben Quinn
The Guardian, 19 September 2018

The police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless checks sometimes multiple times a day.

Based on in-depth interviews with young Londoners named on the Metropolitan police's controversial list of gang suspects – the gangs matrix – the report (pdf) also raises concerns about how the police's "gang nominal" assessment has an impact on the lives of those listed.

The report for the charity StopWatch, a coalition of legal experts, civil liberties campaigners and others, heavily criticises the multi-agency approach in which information about those on the matrix is shared across public services, including education and housing providers. Concerns were raised about a lack of transparency and the sharing of information without the consent of the young people in question.

StopWatch's report, Being Matrixed, draws on the testimonies of 15 Londoners aged between 17 and 32 who are on the matrix – which gives suspected gang members a score assessing how dangerous they are believed to be. ...

A report this year by Amnesty International alleged the matrix violated the human rights of the predominantly black youngsters on it. Amnesty found that of those on the list, 78% were black and 9% were from other ethnic minorities.

The Met said it constantly reviewed and updated the processes involved in maintaining the matrix, as well as the individuals listed. It said the threshold for inclusion was high and inclusion happened only where the force had at least two corroborated pieces of tested intelligence. While the number of people listed had remained at about 3,500 since 2012, more than 4,000 people had been removed from the list.

Scotland Yard said it had altered the stop and search tactic, making it more intelligence-led, and that the arrest rate had risen from 8.4% to 18.5%. The force said an individual would not be stopped and searched purely and only through being on the matrix.
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RACISM – MEDICINE
The NHS is 'subconsciously racist', says head of doctors' union
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2018

The NHS is "subconsciously racist" and routinely overlooks ethnic minority doctors for senior posts, the head of the British Medical Association has said.

Chaand Nagpaul, the first non-white doctor to lead the BMA, said patients were being deprived of the most skilled clinicians because of an entrenched bias in the system.

In an interview with The Telegraph, he said a culture of "inequality" had stalled the careers of BME (black and minority) doctors in favour of less qualified white colleagues.

His intervention follows the publication of figures showing that only seven per cent of senior clinical posts in the health service were filled by BME doctors, despite them making up a third of the workforce.
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POLITICS – GOVERNMENT
Immigration: Will someone in the Government listen?
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 19 September 2018

The Government has published the much-anticipated report on migration it had commissioned. ...

Yesterday The Times led its front page with the story, giving the apparently encouraging news that there would be no need for low-skilled workers after Brexit. It suggested, however, that this was 'likely to be criticised by some business figures because it rejects the automatic need for a new route for low-skilled workers from the EU or around the world to come in after Brexit'.

In other words that its recommendations were too restrictive.

However Sir Andrew Green of the independent think tank MigrationWatch has arrived at a rather different conclusion: 'This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth. With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on. These proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world. The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it.'

Will someone in the Government listen to him, please?
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IMMIGRATION – MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
EU nationals MUST face same rules as rest of the world when immigrating to the UK – report
David Maddox
Daily Express, 19 September 2018

EU nationals must face the same rules to be allowed into the UK as people from the rest of the world with an end to uncontrolled free movement, a Government-commissioned report has concluded.

The Migration Advisory Council (MAC)'s 132-page report, published on Tuesday, said that a migrant's impact must be judged on "skills, employment, age and use of public services, and not fundamentally on their nationality."

The recommendations which include making it easier for high skilled migrants to come to fill vital roles and harder for low skilled labour to flood the UK market, mark a generational change in the view of migration in the UK.

However, there was criticism of the report for controversial conclusions that immigrants pay more in taxes than they take in benefits and that there was no evidence the massive influx of unskilled labour has driven down wages.

Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth.

"With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on."

He also warned that the loose definition of high skilled labour in the report means "these proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world".

He added: "The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
One in five US prison inmates is a 'criminal alien'
Sharyl Attkisson
The Hill, 19 September 2018

New, little-reported statistics seem to prove two competing points in the illegal immigration debate.

First, it's true that most illegal immigrants are not imprisoned for committing additional crimes (beyond coming here illegally) in the United States. One might fairly deduce that most are otherwise law-abiding. But "criminal aliens" – those who engage in other criminal acts – do make up a disproportionate number of inmates in our prisons and jails. Seeing the numbers, one might fairly deduce that they commit serious crimes at a significantly higher rate than those in the U.S. legally.

Here's how the latest numbers break down.

The U.S. population is around 328 million. It's estimated that about 11 million – or one in 30 – are illegal immigrants. Yet criminal aliens account for more than one in five federal prison inmates. Even assuming a pretty radical margin of error for the sake of argument, that would still mean illegal immigrants are drastically over-represented among the criminal population.

And the actual picture may be worse, since the government says it has no way to be notified of all imprisoned illegal immigrants. So, instead, it counts a subset of them that it learns about through identifiers such as an FBI number.

The latest information is included in a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). ...

For starters, 91 percent of federal criminal aliens were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia or Guatemala.

There were more than 730,000 criminal aliens in U.S. or state prisons and local jails during the period measured. They accounted for 4.9 million arrests for 7.5 million offenses. ...

The arrests include allegations of more than 1 million drug crimes, a half-million assaults, 133,800 sex offenses and 24,200 kidnappings. Even more serious, the imprisoned illegal immigrants, over a five-year period, had been arrested for 33,300 homicide-related offenses and 1,500 terrorism-related crimes.

In terms of cost, federal taxpayers shelled out more than $15 billion during the period studied – or $2.5 billion a year – to keep criminal aliens behind bars in federal, state and local facilities.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FOREIGN LANGUAGES, USA
Almost Half Speak a Foreign Language in America's Largest Cities
Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 19 September 2018

Newly released Census Bureau data for 2017 shows nearly half (48.2 percent) of residents in America's five largest cities now speak a language other than English at home. Overall, the number of U.S. residents speaking a foreign language at home reached a record of nearly 67 million. The total number is up seven million since 2010 and has increased by nearly 35 million since 1990.

Among the findings:

• In 2017, a record 66.6 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) ages five and older spoke a language other than English at home. The number has more than doubled since 1990, and almost tripled since 1980.

• As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home – roughly double the 11 percent in 1980. ...

• Of languages with more than 400,000 speakers in 2017, the largest percentage increases from 2010 to 2017 were among speakers of Telugu (up 86 percent); Arabic (up 42 percent); Hindi (up 42 percent); Urdu (up 30 percent); Chinese (up 23 percent); Gujarati (up 22 percent); and Haitian Creole (up 19 percent). Hindi, Telugu, and Gujarati are spoken in India, and Urdu is the national language of Pakistan.

• The largest numerical increases from 2010 to 2017 were among speakers of Spanish (up four million); Chinese (up 653,000); Arabic (up 363,000); Hindi (up 254,000); Telugu (up 192,000); Tagalog (up 173,000); Haitian Creole (up 140,000); Bengali (up 128,000); Urdu (up 118,000); and Vietnamese (up 117,000). Telugu and Tamil are spoken in India, Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines, and Bengali is spoken in India and is also the national language of Bangladesh.

• Languages with more than a million speakers in 2017 were Spanish (41 million); Chinese (3.5 million); Tagalog (1.7 million); Vietnamese (1.5 million); Arabic (1.2 million); French (1.2 million); and Korean (1.1 million).
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – CONTRIBUTIONS
EU migrant workers contribute £2,300 more per year to UK than average British citizen, study reveals
Rob Merrick
Independent, 18 September 2018

Taxes will have to rise if Brexit brings strict curbs on EU workers because they pay far more to the public purse than British-born residents, a study warns today.

Migrants from the EU contribute £2,300 more to the exchequer each year in net terms than the average adult, the analysis for the government has found.

And, over their lifetimes, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in public services and benefits - while the average UK citizen's net lifetime contribution is zero.

Oxford Economics, which carried out the assessment, said this meant the value of EU citizens to the economy was the equivalent of slapping 5p on income tax rates.

"When it comes to the public finances, European migrants contribute substantially more than they cost, easing the tax burden on other taxpayers," said Ian Mulheirn, the lead researcher.

"What's more, this strongly positive average contribution persists over a lifetime: most migrants arrive fully educated, and many leave before the costs of retirement start to weigh on the public finances.

"If the UK's new relationship with Europe involves reduced migration, this analysis suggests the tax burden on others will have to rise."

The conclusions were published as ministers received a long-awaited report on the impact of EU migration on Britain and were a submission to it.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to measure migrants' contributions and costs, to help steer a decision on how to replace freedom of movement rules after Britain leaves the EU. ...

Mr Mulheirn said the Oxford Economics study, requested by MAC, was the first measure of the total contribution of the "class of 2016" migrants who arrived in the UK over the entirety of the expected stay.

It calculated that non-European migrants will make a positive net contribution of £28,000 - £50,000 less than the £78,000 for EU arrivals – when the budget is balanced.

In total, the net benefit from the class of 2016 was expected to be £26.9bn, with £19.3bn coming from EU migrants and the remaining £7.5bn from migrants from the rest of the world.

On an annual basis, while EU migrants contribute £2,300 more than the average, each non-European migrant contributed £800 less than the average – and each UK-born adult £70 less.
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MULTICULTURALISM
British people have spoken about multiculturalism – so it's time to stop giving immigrants a free pass
Leo McKinstry
The Sun, 18 September 2018

Britain is going through one of the biggest social revolutions in our history.

Mass immigration is transforming the size and the nature of our population.

Between 2001 and 2016, the number of people living in the UK increased by 6.6 million to 65.7 million. And the influx continues.

Latest statistics show the number of migrants who settled here in the year to March 2018 was 614,000, equal to a city bigger than Bristol. Net migration was around 270,000.

Yet the revolution has been imposed by the ruling elite without any consent. No British citizen was ever asked to vote for this upheaval. No major party ever sought a mandate to open our doors.

This helps to explain why the British public has such profound distrust in MPs on the question of immigration, as revealed in a major new opinion survey published this week.

In the biggest consultation of its kind, involving 20,000 interviews, just one in six people showed any faith in the Government to tackle migration, while only 13 per cent felt that politicians are "open and honest" about the issue. ...

But British decency has been exploited by the political class to implement its agenda, with the result that disillusion is now widespread.

People are rightly fed up with politicians who indulge in denial and deceit about the reality of mass immigration. ...

Even worse has been the attempt, particularly by the Left, to suppress open discussion by hurling accusations of racism against critics of mass immigration.

A climate of censorship now prevails where public figures are expected to parrot the fashionable orthodoxy, and ordinary citizens are afraid to voice their concerns.

Yet the anxieties of the public are all too genuine. Immigration has imposed more strain on our civic infrastructure, reflected in the shortage of affordable housing, the never-ending NHS crisis, the growth in the welfare burden and difficulties for parents in finding school places for kids.

The import of cheap foreign labour has meant lower wages and job insecurity. Just as disturbing is the erosion of solidarity because of this upheaval.

Social cohesion cannot exist without real integration, as the public recognised in the survey. ...

The consequences of multi-culturalism are seen at their most corrosive in the failure by the state to tackle serious crimes perpetrated by ethnic minorities, such as the organised abuse of girls by mainly Asian gangs in places like Rotherham and Derby.

More concerned to uphold the illusion of cultural diversity's success than to protect victims of crime, the police and other authorities indulged in a cover-up. It was only exposure of the abuse by journalists that finally forced them to act.

That mix of official dishonesty and paralysis only undermines our society.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Swedish Message [part 1]
Christopher Caldwell
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018

Malmö, with 300,000 residents, is Sweden's third-largest city and, thanks to a 20-year-old bridge that crosses the sound to Copenhagen, its most international. After decades of unbroken mass migration, culminating in a record intake of refugees from the Muslim world in 2015, it is also the least ethnically Swedish. In Scania, as that part of southern Sweden is called, the transformation has gone poorly, bringing more welfare payments and lots more crime. ...

More than any other Western land, Sweden has allowed immigration to escape its control. Its experience started with labor migration from Yugoslavia in the 1960s, but that was mostly temporary. /.../ But after the anti-American Olof Palme took over the Social Democratic party in the late 1960s, Sweden lost the habit of saying no. It accepted Somalis and Bosnians in the 1990s and Iraqis and Afghans in the new century, along with any family members who cared to join them. After the turn of the century, a steady 110,000 people were coming year-in, year-out. ...

In 2015, when refugees from the war in Syria and more opportunistic migrants from around the Muslim world began marching overland to Europe, the Scandinavian countries were especially open-hearted. Denmark received 21,000 asylum applications, Norway 31,000, Finland 32,000. Sweden took in 162,000. Now Sweden is in a situation that no modern country in the West has ever found itself in. ...

... In much of Europe there is talk about how, if migration isn't slowed down, this or that country will lose its traditional culture. In Sweden, it is too late to do anything about that. Sweden's Muslim population is now 8.1 percent. According to the Pew Research Center, Sweden will be 30 percent Muslim by 2050 if refugee flows continue and 21 percent Muslim in the unlikely event that they stop altogether. Already, the part of Sweden's population that is of foreign origin is 31.7 percent, and more than 30 percent of its babies are born to foreign mothers.

It has been a conspicuously unsuccessful immigration. Unskilled labor from what used to be called the Third World is a poor match with the Swedish economy, which revolves around collaborative brainwork. After eight years, most migrants are still not in a job. After 15 years, only 60 percent are. Generous welfare means they do not seek jobs as household helpers or landscape gardeners, the way migrants to less egalitarian societies do. /.../ Shootings have doubled since 1997, and hand grenades have become a signature weapon of Swedish gang warfare, with a hundred incidents between 2014 and 2016. ...

Westerners, it is now clear, lost sight of something important during the long heyday of ethnically homogeneous nation states. They are learning belatedly how much public order and safety depends on the knowability, the legibility, of a society's various subcommunities. If a society is relatively homogeneous, this legibility can be maintained with practically zero intrusion into citizens' private lives. But once a society grows more diverse, the state must become hands-on – appearing inquisitorial and intrusive to those who remember the old days and granting a privileged level of privacy to those whose customs remain too "exotic" to decipher. ...
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Swedish Message [part 2]
Christopher Caldwell
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018

Nowhere is groupthink more prevalent than among journalists. In a country with a nine-party system, 41 percent of journalists vote for the tiny Green party. ...

The determination of what is the proper subject matter for politics rests with the right-minded. How do we have to change Sweden to make it possible for immigrants to integrate into it? is deemed a legitimate question. Why should we change Sweden in the first place? is not. ...

The most extraordinary attempt to rattle the familiar debate over immigration came from a young economic researcher, Tino Sanandaji. An immigrant himself, born in Iran to Kurdish parents, Sanandaji sought in 2016 to make a cost-benefit analysis of migration to Sweden. The title of his book, Mass Challenge, was a bit of a gag – it referred to Swedes' tendency to cast any negative outcome not as a "problem" but as a "challenge."

Mass Challenge is a rich book, with a set of original heuristics that can be applied to the study of migration anywhere and a fine-grained focus on certain Swedish communities, like Södertälje and Botkyrka, in which Swedish Swedes now make up a minority, and Malmö, where they are getting close. Sanandaji found Sweden accepted four times as many migrants as the average European country. The population of Swedes of Swedish origin (a figure that includes those who have one foreign parent) is stable at 7.7 million, Sanandaji found, but the country as a whole, now with a population of over 10 million, is growing at a rate as fast as Bangladesh. ...

Sanandaji's statistics are reliable – weighing statistics is what he does for a living – but not alarmist. They certainly understate the immigration-related disruptions to Swedish life because they do not include the numbers from 2015. Sanandaji showed that arguments about the "enrichment" of migration tended to employ certain tricks – using total GDP instead of per capita GDP to pass off population growth as economic growth, for instance. Every serious study shows that migration to Sweden since the 1980s has imposed a net cost, economically and socially, and Sanandaji even measured it: about 760,000 SEK ($85,000) per migrant. The book has everything – except a respectable Swedish publisher. Although Sanandaji was armed with a doctorate in public policy from the University of Chicago and is the brother of a prominent Swedish consultant and author, no one would put his book out. He decided to self-publish. It rose to the top of bestseller lists and sold out in six days. ...

None of this changes the essential predicament in which Sweden finds itself. Ethnic relations are worsening. The delegation of 63 Sweden Democrats in the Riksdag is going to make rising crime and the deteriorating economic position of the Swedish working class harder to ignore, just as the Alternative for Germany has done in the Reichstag in Berlin.
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POPULATION – AFRICA
Africa's rapid population growth puts poverty progress at risk, says Gates
Kate Kelland
Reuters, 18 September 2018

Rapid population growth in some of Africa's poorest countries could put at risk future progress towards reducing global poverty and improving health, according to a report by the philanthropic foundation of Bill Gates. ...

"Population growth in Africa is a challenge," Gates told reporters in a telephone briefing about the report's findings.

It found that poverty in Africa is increasingly concentrated in a few countries, which also have among the fastest-growing populations in the world. By 2050, it projected, more than 40 percent of world's extremely poor people will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria. ...

According to U.N. data, Africa is expected to account for more than half of the world's population growth between 2015 and 2050. Its population is projected to double by 2050, and could double again by 2100.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Four in 10 think British culture is undermined by multiculturalism
Robert Booth
The Guardian, 17 September 2018

A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and that migrants do not properly integrate, according to some of the broadest research into the population's attitudes to immigration.

The study, conducted over the last two years, also reflects widespread frustration at the government's handling of immigration, with only 15% of respondents feeling ministers have managed it competently and fairly.

On balance, the UK population appears to be slightly more positive than negative about the impact of immigration; however, 40% of respondents agreed that having a wide variety of backgrounds has undermined British culture.

More than a quarter of people believe MPs never tell the truth about immigration and half the population wants to see a reduction in the numbers of low-skilled workers coming into Britain from the EU.

The study was based on a survey of 3,667 adults carried out in June by ICM, as well as 60 citizens' panels carried out on behalf of the thinktank British Future and the anti-racism group Hope Not Hate. ...

Panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam, with participants repeatedly mentioning Rotherham and Rochdale, where child sex abuse scandals were uncovered among groups of Asian men.

However, 63% of people felt migrant workers supported the economy by doing the jobs British workers did not want to, and a similar number said they brought valuable skills for the economy and public services such as the NHS. Fifty-nine percent believed that the diversity brought by immigration has enriched British culture, but half said public services were under strain from immigration and that migrants were willing to work for less, putting jobs at risk and lowering wages.

The study found that people in large cities were the most likely to be positive about immigration, with scores declining as settlements became smaller, with rural residents the least positive. ...

The report's authors are calling for an official "national conversation" about immigration that would give people a chance to express their concerns "so anxieties are not driven underground or exploited by those seeking to stoke division".
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MULTICULTURALISM – SURNAMES
What surnames have boomed in UK since the Second World War?
Sabrina Barr
Independent, 17 September 2018

As a result, the prevalence of certain surnames in Britain has risen dramatically since 1939, as revealed by research conducted by Ancestry.co.uk.

The researchers used the 1939 England and Wales Register to explore how surnames from countries including Poland, Spain, China and India made their way to the UK during the wartime period.

They then compared the extent to which these surnames have continued to endure in Britain over the past 80 years.

In 1939, there were only 60 people registered in Britain with the surname Patel.

Cut to 2018, and there are now more than 100,000 people in the country with that surname.

In 1939 there were only seven people in the country with the surname Hussain, which has now risen drastically to more than 50,000.

The beginning of the war saw many people from Poland come to the UK as they fled the Nazi regime in Europe.

This led to various Polish surnames, including Wisniewski, Nowak and Kaminski, appearing for the first time in the country in 1939 and increasing in number over the years.

Other surnames on the list from Ancestry that have proliferated since the Second World War include Miah, Wang, Nowak, Sanchez and Hernandez.

Russell James, a family history and DNA expert at Ancestry, explains how the war sparked a surge in immigration which led to Britain becoming the diverse country that we recognise today.

"This research shows how much of the diversity we know and value began during the war period," he says. ...

A study led by the University of the West of England in Bristol calculated how many people with the aforementioned surnames are currently living in the UK.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CULTURE
Here's the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump's rise
Michele Gelfand
The Guardian, 17 September 2018
[Michele Gelfand is a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland]

What is the essential dividing line between human beings around the world? The one between the haves and the have-nots? East and west, rural and urban, secular and religious? Or maybe globalists and nationalists – a split purported to explain Putin, Brexit and the rise of Trump? ...

My research across hundreds of communities suggests that the fundamental driver of difference is not ideological, financial or geographical – it's cultural. Behaviour, it turns out, depends a lot on whether the culture in which we live is a "tight" or "loose" one.

This is simply a way of describing the strength of social norms and the strictness with which those norms are enforced. All cultures have norms – rules for acceptable behaviour – that we take for granted. ...

Social norms are the glue that holds groups together; they give us our identity, and they help us coordinate in unprecedented ways. Yet cultures vary in the strength of their social glue, with profound consequences for our worldviews, our environments and our brains.

Tight cultures have strong norms and little tolerance for deviance, while loose cultures are the opposite. ...

A discovery I and my team published in Science is that the strength of a culture's norms isn't random. Though they were separated by miles, and in some cases centuries, tight cultures as diverse as Sparta and Singapore have something in common: each faced (or faces) a high degree of threat, whether from Mother Nature – disasters, diseases, and food scarcity – or human nature – the chaos caused by invasions and internal conflicts. Strong norms are needed in these contexts to help groups survive. And when we look at loose cultures, from classical Athens to modern New Zealand, we see the opposite pattern: they enjoy the luxury of facing far fewer threats. This safety is used to explore new ideas, accept newcomers, and tolerate a wide range of behaviour. In contexts where there are fewer threats and thus less of a need for coordination, strong norms don't materialise. ...

This tight-loose logic also applies to regional differences within countries. /.../ This helps explain why those on low incomes have consistently told us they desire strong rules and leaders. /.../ These preferences arise early: in our lab, three-year-olds from low-income families were more visibly upset than peers from wealthier homes when they saw puppets violate clear rules.

Is tight better, then, or loose? The answer is, neither are. Both confer different advantages and liabilities, depending on your vantage point. Tight groups have cornered the market in social order: they have lower crime and tend to be cleaner and more coordinated. They also exhibit higher self-control: they tend to have fewer problems with obesity and debt, and lower rates of alcoholism and drug abuse. Loose groups are comparatively more disorganised and experience a host of self-regulation failures; yet they excel at openness. They're much more tolerant, creative and flexible. Tight groups, by contrast, are far less innovative, more ethnocentric, and more resistant to new ideas. This is what I call the tight-loose trade-off; advantages in one realm coexist with drawbacks in another.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
Faith minister suggests school mosque trips as answer to Islamophobia amongst parents
Marcus Jones
Premier, 17 September 2018

The faith minister says he wants more schools to take pupils on trips to mosques.

Lord Bourne said in The Times on Monday that he hopes it will hopefully stamp out Islamophobia among mums and dads.

"Occasionally you find that parents are saying, 'We're not sure we want our kids to go to the local mosque'," he said.

"They are then persuaded by the school that it's a good idea and the kids come back and tell them about it and the parents then say, 'Oh, that's interesting, perhaps we'll visit ourselves'."

Islamic affairs expert, Dr Antony McRoy told Premier's News Hour he's unconvinced.

"It's rather bemusing to think that taking pupils to any religious institution will affect the feelings of their parents.

"Instead, we need to ask what has caused Islamophobia amongst the parents."

Another suggestion from Lord Bourne is a twinning system which helps churches and mosques work together.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Ex-Muslim Mona Walter: "Swedes will lose Sweden in 50 years"
Ingrid Carlqvist
Ingrid & Maria, 17 September 2018

Leila Ali Elmi, a 30-year-old Somali woman, took a seat in the Swedish parliament last Sunday without uttering one word in Swedish during her campaign.

– Why don't Swedes understand that the Somalis and other Muslims are here to take over your country, says ex-Muslim Mona Walter.


For hundreds of years Sweden has been unique in its refusal to have anything to do with nepotism. The super individual Swedes have always taken an honor in never helping friends and family get jobs or other advantages – because that would be unfair to other qualified people.

This morality is so deeply rooted, that most ethnic Swedes refuse to believe that we are the weird ones. In most parts of the world people see it as a moral obligation to help family members, clan members and compatriots to key positions. However, a majority of the Swedes still believe that everyone who comes to Sweden will adopt Swedish values and are eager to become part of our society, embracing all things Swedish and calling themselves Swedes. While we believe or pretend that everything will work out for the best, Muslims are slowly gaining more and more ground.

It came as a total surprise even to her own party that Leila Ali Elmi snatched one of the two parliamentary seats on the Gothenburg list. The Green Party had put her 21st on the roster, which would normally mean no chance of being an MP. But Leila Ali Elmi lives in the no go-zone of Hammarkullen, where thousands of Somalis live, and ran her entire campaign in Somali. From nowhere she got 1 467 people to check her name om the ballot, making her the most popular Green politician in Gothenburg. ...

Mona Walter is a Somali woman who came to Sweden in the 90's. In Somalia, she had never been religious, but here she was more or less forced to go to the mosque and wear a hijab. After a couple of years she rebelled, left Islam and became an atheist. Eventually she came to believe in Jesus and converted to Christianity.

– For many years I have tried to get the Swedes to understand what the Muslim goal is – to take over your country. The first thing they will do is demand sharia courts, just like in the UK.

But the mainstream media does not want to listen to Mona Walter. They call her controversial and most Swedes turn away from her message, which they perceive as too frightening. ...

... But no one seems scared by the fact that we now have approximately one million Muslims in the country, of which many have infiltrated the political parties to promote their own interests.

The question is when Muslims will form their own party in Sweden. In Belgium the Islam Party has been very successful over the last few years, with political goals like making the country a "100 percent Islamic state" and introducing Sharia law.
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TERRORISM – TERRORISTS OUT OF PRISON
FURY as it's revealed one convicted terrorist released from prison EVERY WEEK in UK
George Cook
Sunday Express, 16 September 2018

New figures released by the Government show a convicted terrorist is being released from prison nearly every week in the UK, with renowned hate preachers among those freed.

Home Office data indicates 46 prisoners who were arrested for terrorism offences were released between March 2017 and March 2018.

Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: "These people are bloody dangerous.

"If you're going to release hardened terrorists onto the streets then you have to expect chaos.

"How on earth can police and security services be expected to manage all this with the resources they've got?"

Next month, renowned hate preacher Anjem Choudary will also be released, sparking outrage online.

He will become one of more than 500 terrorists to be freed in Britain since the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001. ...

According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph, at least 22 of Choudary's acolytes have been freed from prison since 2001.

Five more are also set to be released in the coming months.

Choudary headed up the banned terrorist organisation, al-Muhajiroun, which had a large following.

Among its followers was Khuram Butt, who was part of the terror cell who murdered eight people on London Bridge last year.

The group's followers also included the killers of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolago and Michael Adebowale. ...

Further data released by the Government shows there are 218 terrorists in prison - a record number.
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POLITICS – LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Lib Dems green light policy to give migrant spouses benefits from day one
Belfast Telegraph, 16 September 2018

The Lib Dems have signed off on a policy to give migrant spouses an entitlement to benefits from their first day in the UK – without any form of means testing.

The move was voted through at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton despite opposition from party HQ and warnings from activists that the party would be "slaughtered" on the doorstep as a result.

The demand was tagged on as an amendment to a major new policy which outlined the Lib Dems' approach to immigration issues.

In practice it would mean, under a Lib Dem government, migrant spouses and legal partners can claim "without any form of means testing or prohibition on seeking support from the state".

The party's home affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey urged delegates to reject the proposal, saying the policy had "already captured the spirit of the amendment".

Louise Morales, a local Lib Dem councillor in Woking, also urged members to vote against the measure, telling the conference hall the party would be "slaughtered" for it.

She added: "For the average knocking on doors I cannot go to the public and say, oh we're going to give people a visa and they are instantly going to be able to claim benefits."

The policy paper, which faced some opposition for not going far enough in reforming the immigration system, also calls for the abolition of the net migration target, closure of eight detention centres, allowing asylum seekers to work while their claims are decided and removing responsibility for visas and asylum from the Home Office. ...

Former party leader Tim Farron brought people to their feet with his advocacy of the proposals, saying: "There is an urgency to this debate – we are perhaps a few weeks away from an immigration bill coming to this Parliament.

"If we pass this paper today we will have the most liberal, compassionate tool kit to take on the Tories, to shame Labour and help the people who need it most, if we delay we will not."
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY, PUBLIC OPINION
Andrew Green: Labour's new immigration policy is a recipe for serious social tension
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 15 September 2018

Diane Abbott was in ranting mode for her speech on Labour's immigration policy last week. ...

The public have a much more sensible view. Between 74 and 82 per cent of the public (and 90 per cent of Conservatives) support these policies and think it is only fair that everyone should have to show documents proving their right to be here when renting a place to live, opening a bank account, registering with a GP, or accepting a job (YouGov, April 2018).

Next was Abbott's bizarre claim that the purpose of the Conservative immigration target was to "allow a permanent campaign against migrants and immigration in general" so that they could be blamed for the economic crisis (yes, really). The hostile environment measures, she alleged, were the policies of Enoch Powell.

In reality, the term 'hostile environment' was widely used under the last Labour Government. Far from being aimed at migrants in general, the policies were and are aimed at tackling illegal immigration, a serious problem which over 80 per cent of the public would like to see dealt with more firmly than at present.

It is difficult to take Abbott's words seriously, but the underlying purpose of her speech was clear. The aim is to discredit the Government with the immigrant community in a bid for their votes. This was followed up by an undertaking to abolish the minimum income restrictions on "families" – presumably she means spouses and fiancé(e)s. Such a move would open the floodgates for migrants the world over to come to Britain and be subsidised by the taxpayer. It would certainly go down well with those from the Commonwealth who, incidentally, get to vote in general elections within months of their arrival.

Her other main proposal was to widen work permits to virtually all jobs, skills and professions, not just the highly-skilled. If a vacancy could not be filled by a resident worker, a permit would automatically be issued to a worker and his family. Indeed it seems that there would be no limit to the numbers involved. The increasingly vocal employers lobby could hardly ask for more.

... Net migration reached a peak under Labour of 268,000 in 2004 (about the current level) but, of course, rose to another all-time record of 332,000 under the Conservatives in 2015.

The wholesale weakening of the immigration system, of the type Abbott proposes, would surely take this figure to another record high. Indeed, her proposals all but guarantee it.

It is already incredibly high as it stands. Since 2001 immigration has been adding about one million people – roughly the population of Birmingham – to our population every three years. This is placing huge strains on our schools, on the NHS, and on housing. Indeed, according to government household projections, we will have to build nearly 300 homes a day just to provide for new migrants.

Meanwhile, nearly two thirds of the public wish to see a substantial reduction in immigration. Indeed, around half (49 per cent) of 2017 Labour voters say immigration levels have been too high over the past decade. Many people are increasingly concerned that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed against their will. That might not concern the Labour leadership and its supporters in the media and the academic establishment, but the wider public have had enough and we now run the risk of serious social tensions.
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EXTREMISM – FREE SPEECH
Britain Turns Offensive Speech Into a Police Matter
Brendan O'Neill
Reason, 15 September 2018

Which country's police force just called on its citizens to report offensive speech? Not libelous speech or death-threat speech, just plain old insulting speech. Speech that is merely hurtful or hateful. Which nation's cops instructed the citizenry to snitch on haters?

North Korea? China? Maybe Turkey?

It was Britain. Yes, Britain has become a nation in which offensive speech can become a police matter. ...

This birthplace of John Stuart Mill, this nation that gave the world John Milton and his Areopagitica, still one of the greatest cries for the "liberty to utter," is now at the forefront of shutting speech down.

The latest Orwellian invitation to rat out offensive speakers was issued by the South Yorkshire Police. ...

"In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents," they pleaded. These non-crimes include "things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing." ...

Even more perversely, these non-crimes really just mean "insulting comments." So if you're in Yorkshire and someone on Facebook calls you a fat slob, call the cops. If you wear a niqab and a work colleague tells you – a la Boris Johnson – that you look a little bit like a mailbox, phone the police.

In essence, South Yorkshire Police want people to report on everyday conversations. This is Stasi territory. Coppers asking citizens to file reports on things they have read or overheard really should have disappeared from Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet here it still is, this GDR-style instruction to eavesdrop and squeal, though now it's happening on the other side of the old Iron Curtain.

It is testament to how entrenched censorship has become in 21st-century Britain that a police force can so casually call for reports about speech.

This is a country whose communications laws and public-order legislation can be, and regularly are, used to punish hateful expression. Last year The Times reported that British police are arresting nine people a day for posting "offensive messages online." In 2016, 3,300 people were detained and questioned for things they said online. In some parts of Britain the arrest rate for offensive speech has risen by nearly 900% in recent years. We Brits are sleepwalking into a police state.

Not content with punishing people for the offensive things they say on public online platforms, now there are moves afoot to punish them for what they say privately too. This week the Labour MP Lucy Powell put forward a Bill in parliament that would ban private online discussion forums because, she says, hate speech can fester in these "echo chambers." ...

We have laws that criminalize hate. We have laws against being grossly offensive. We have hate-crime laws, which mean that if you commit a crime with hatred in your mind, then you might get a stiffer punishment. Punch a Buddhist because you hate Buddhism, and you could get a longer sentence than if you punch him simply because you dislike that particular Buddhist.

This is the policing of thought. The policing of ideology.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, FRAUD, GREECE
Greece: "Humanitarian Aid" Organization's People-Smuggling
Maria Polizoidou
Gatestone Institute, 15 September 2018

On August 28, thirty members of the Greek NGO Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) were arrested for their involvement in a people-smuggling network that has been operating on the island of Lesbos since 2015. According to a statement released by Greek police, as a result of the investigation that led to the arrests, "The activities of an organised criminal network that systematically facilitated the illegal entry of foreigners were fully exposed."

Among the activities uncovered were forgery, espionage and the illegal monitoring of both the Greek coastguard and the EU border agency, Frontex, for the purpose of gleaning confidential information about Turkish refugee flows. ...

In spite of its stated mission and non-profit profile, however, ECRI – according to Greek authorities, has earned considerable sums of money from its serving as a conduit for illegal activities. ECRI evidently received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece. In addition, its members created a business for "integrating refugees" into Greek society, granting it 5,000 euros per immigrant per year from various government programs (in education, housing and nutrition). ERCI has reportedly abetted the illegal entry into Greece of 70,000 immigrants since 2015, providing the "non-profit" with half a billion euros per year.

This revelation, however, does not begin to cover the extent of the illegal activities surrounding the entry of migrants into Greece. In 2017, for instance, Greek authorities arrested 1,399 people-smugglers, some under the cover of "humanitarian" operations; and during the first four months of 2018, authorities arrested 25,594 illegal immigrants.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
East London health trust drops racist ID checks after protest
Tom Tengely-Evans
Socialist Worker, 14 September 2018

Health campaigners are celebrating after east London's biggest trust hospitals trust partially backed down over checking patients' immigration status.

The climbdown followed a dozens-strong lobby of Barts Health NHS Trust annual general meeting outside Mile End Hospital on Wednesday. It was organised by North East London Save Our NHS and supported by Docs Not Cops and Stand Up To Racism.

The lobby followed revelations that Barts Health was making up to 100 enquiries a week to the Home Office about patients. This involved passing on "demographic data"–name, date of birth and address. ...

The Home Office could then use this information to hunt down people it is trying to deport.

Now the trust has agreed to stop asking patients for ID, remove posters and is "reviewing" a patient pre-attendance form. ...

Barts Health was part of a three-month pilot alongside 20 other NHS trusts that were asked to carry out the checks. Bosses agreed to continue with the checks even after the pilot ended in October 2017.

Under the Tories' racist immigration rules many migrants from outside of the European Union cannot access free healthcare. ...

The partial victory at Barts Health shows that campaigning can force bosses to back down over racist immigration rules.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Anti-Islam book becomes German bestseller less than two weeks after release
RT, 14 September 2018

A new book highly critical of Islam and Muslims has been flying off the shelves in Germany to become a non-fiction bestseller. Mainstream media panned it for a simplistic approach to the religion.

The controversial book titled "Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impedes Progress and Threatens Society" reached the number one spot on Der Spiegel's non-fiction list after being on the market for less than a fortnight. It's a critique of Islam as a religion, which the author sees as detrimental to people sharing it, based on a literal reading of the Koran.

Written by one-time SPD politician and former member of the executive board of the Bundesbank, Thilo Sarrazin, the work comes eight years after Sarrazin's previous take on Muslims titled "Germany Abolishes Itself". Focusing on what he called a failure of multiculturalism policies, that book accused Arab and Turkish immigrants of "dumbing down" the German society, and shifted 1.5 million copies.

Speaking ahead of the release of his latest work last month, Sarrazin proclaimed that "everything has been worse than I predicted eight years ago." ...

Calling Islam an "ideology of violence in the guise of a religion," Sarrazin's latest work had a somewhat bumpy path to the shelves. US-based publisher Random House, which signed a book deal with Sarrazin in November 2016, refused to print in in May, leading to a lawsuit from the author. The manuscript was eventually picked up by Munich-based FinanzBuch Verlag, a publisher that usually specializes in non-fiction books dealing with business and trading subjects. ...

The criticism hasn't stopped the book from becoming a best seller on online retailer Amazon, however, receiving an average 4.3 stars out of 5 from the 264 reviews made by online purchasers.
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IMMIGRATION – TARGET
Immigration target out of reach, warns ex-Home Office mandarin
ITV, 13 September 2018

Theresa May's target to cut immigration to below 100,000 is out of reach, a former Home Office mandarin has claimed.

Brexit is unlikely to lead to a reduction in the number of migrants moving to the UK, Sir David Normington suggested.

The former permanent secretary said it would be "very difficult" to keep track of who comes into and leaves the country without introducing identity cards. ...

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it is fine for the Government to signal that it wants to reduce immigration over a period if that's what it decides to do.

"Targets get discredited if they are never met. I'd say to the Government, if you are going to have a target it would be better that you set one that is achievable to begin with, and that what we don't have is one that is out of reach.

"I really do think that for the moment a target which is below 100,000, which is what they have always said, is out of reach."
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
May plans tough new immigration policy to bolster her support among Tory activists as ministers claim EU states 'know curbs are needed' on free movement rules
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 13 September 2018

Theresa May is preparing to unveil a tough new immigration system to bolster her support among Tory activists, it was claimed today.

The Prime Minister is said to want to launch a new policy in her keynote speech to party conference next month.

The proposals are expected to involve ending preferential treatment for EU nationals - an idea backed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

The move looks designed to quell unrest among the Conservative grassroots about her 'soft' Brexit plans.

The post-Brexit immigration blueprint is likely to be discussed at a Cabinet meeting on September 24, according to The Times.
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CRIME
Judge slams UK Immigration after Lithuanian man with 24 previous convictions strolls into Britain to become a drug dealer who tried to shift £200,000 worth of cannabis
Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 13 September 2018

A judge has condemned authorities after a Lithuanian criminal with a string of convictions was allowed to enter the country only to start dealing drugs.

Nerijus Jukknevicius had more than 24 previous offences on his record in his home country, including crimes of dishonesty.

But he was allowed to walk across the UK border 'unchallenged' and was last month caught trying to shift cannabis worth £200,000. ...

The dealer, from Newham, East London, was given a 16-month jail sentence at Nottingham Crown Court this week after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge James Sampson told him: 'It is outrageous that a man with your extensive criminal history can just walk across our borders unchallenged and then engage in serious criminal activity in this country. ...

'I am told you will be deported in due course – we will see.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
'EU must deal with migrants!' Conte hits out at EU over Italy's migrant crisis
Latifa Yedroudj
Daily Express, 13 September 2018

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has lashed out at the EU over the bloc's migrant crisis, insisting Brussels should be held responsible.

Mr Conte declared Italy will no longer "indiscriminately" accept new migrants as he blasted EU officials for not taking sufficient action towards curbing the problem, which he said now "weighs on each member state". ...

Following his speech, the Prime Minister was met with a long applause from members of Italy's coalition government: Matteo Salvini's far-right League party, and anti-establishment M5S, led by Luigi Di Maio.
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ASYLUM – DALAI LAMA, EUROPE
The Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans' and refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them
Bhvishya Patel and Afp
MailOnline, 13 September 2018

The Dalai Lama, told an audience that 'Europe belongs to the Europeans' and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.

Speaking at a conference in Sweden's third-largest city of Malmö on Wednesday, home to a large immigrant population, the Tibetan spiritual leader, said Europe was 'morally responsible' for helping 'a refugee really facing danger against their life'.

The 83-year-old Tibetan, who fled the capital Lhasa in fear of his life after China poured troops into the region to crush an uprising said: 'Receive them, help them, educate them... but ultimately they should develop their own country.

'I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,' he said, adding they should make clear to refugees that 'they ultimately should rebuild their own country'. ...

The exiled spiritual leader, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, has also made similar comments concerning refugees in Germany in 2016.

Speaking to German reporters in 2016 he said: 'Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country.

'Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.

'From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily.'
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – PENSIONS
Immigrants Won't Pay for Our Pensions – We'll Pay for Theirs
Spencer P. Morrison
American Greatness, 13 September 2018

Ask any Democrat why they support open borders and invariably they will respond with one of two pre-packaged answers: because "diversity is our strength" or "we need immigrants to pay for our pensions."

The first argument is a sham: if liberals valued diversity they would welcome conservatives to college campuses and tolerate them online. They don't. ...

For Democrats, diversity means intellectual and political homogeneity – with a smattering of ethnic restaurants. ...

The second argument – that immigrants will pay for our pensions – is far more persuasive. Most people instinctively defer to the "experts" when it comes to economics: ...

On this point the data are conclusive: immigration will not save America's welfare system, it will bleed it dry. ...

The preponderance of data show that immigration and socialism are incompatible.

A 2017 study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that although America's immigrant population is (theoretically) revenue-neutral, most immigrants are actually a drain on the system. The economic impact of immigrants follows a Pareto Distribution – commonly known as the 80-20 Rule, this just means that a hyper-productive few immigrants provide most of the economic gains, while the majority of immigrants contribute (less than) nothing.

Specifically, half of all immigrants actually receive more in government handouts than they pay in taxes, while another third contribute roughly as much as they receive. Only around 15 percent of immigrants contribute to the economy in a meaningful way. ...

Other major studies in other Western countries reach similar conclusions. For example, a study conducted by Denmark's Ministry of Finance found that immigrants were a net drain on the nation's welfare state. In fact, non-EU immigrants, and their descendants, consumed 59 percent of the tax surplus collected from native Danes. This is not surprising, since some 84 percent of all welfare recipients in Denmark are immigrants, or their descendants. Immigration is a net burden on Denmark.

Another major study from the University College of London found that immigrants in the U.K. consumed far more in welfare than they paid in taxes. The study looked at the Labour government's mass immigration push between 1995 and 2011. The researchers found that immigrants from the European Economic Area made a small, but positive net contribution to the British economy of £4.4 billion ... during the period. However, non- European immigrants (primarily from South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa) cost the British economy a net £120 billion ...

Together, these studies show that mass immigration undermines domestic welfare systems for the simple fact that most immigrants take more than they give. ...

Unlike immigration, which grows the economy in a linear way, technology can result in exponential growth. Consider the Industrial Revolution: Edmund Cartwright's power loom increased the productivity of British textile weavers by a multiple of 40. To grow the economy an equal amount via immigration, Britain would have needed to import 39 additional weavers for every British weaver. Clearly technology is the better option ...
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POPULATION – GROWTH FROM IMMIGRATION
Is 82% of population growth driven by migration?
Joël Reland
Full Fact, 13 September 2018

Population growth is driven by two things – net migration, and "natural change" (the difference between the number of births and deaths). From 2001 to 2016, migration accounted for 58% of this change in the UK.

However, the think tank Migration Watch has asked what percentage of natural change is itself caused by migration – i.e. how much population change is driven by births to immigrant parents.

It estimates that, from 2001 to 2016, 82% of population change was "linked" to migration – meaning it was driven either by net migration (roughly 50% of the overall change, once accounting for deaths of immigrants), or births to immigrant parents (roughly 35%, after accounting for deaths of people with immigrant parents).

So it's important to bear in mind these headlines aren't just talking about the direct impact of net migration – they're factoring in an estimate of the indirect impact of children of immigrant parents.

This calculation is broadly accurate, and fits with wider demographic trends – net migration picked up significantly in the late 1990s, as did the number of children born to immigrant parents.

However, the calculations rest on some uncertain assumptions – for instance, recordings of deaths don't state whether someone is the child of an immigrant, so the deaths of people with immigrant parents has to be estimated using other data. There have also been recently highlighted issues with the accuracy of net migration data. This means that we should not treat the 82% figure as exact, but rather broadly accurate, and indicative of wider demographic patterns.
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DIVERSITY – STRENGTH
The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website, 13 September 2018

Our diversity is our greatest strength.

After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, "How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you've made this our new national motto, please be specific."

Reaction to Carlson's question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.

Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?

From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration.

Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of which – Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia – have since split further along ethnic lines.

Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had done.

Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven separate nations.

And even as we proclaim diversity to be our greatest strength, nations everywhere are recoiling from it.

The rise of populism and nationalism across Europe is a reaction to the new diversity represented by the Arab, Asian and African millions who have lately come, and the tens of millions desperate to enter.

Center-left and center-right parties are losing ground in European elections because they are seen as feckless in meeting what more and more indigenous Europeans believe to be an existential threat – mass migration from across the Med. ...

Again, where is the evidence that the more Americans who can trace their roots to the Third World, and not to Europe, the stronger we will be?

Is the Britain of Theresa May, with its new racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a stronger nation than was the U.K. of Lloyd George, which ruled a fourth of mankind in 1920? ...

Empires, confederations and alliances are multiethnic and multicultural. And, inevitably, their diversity pulls them apart.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Islamist extremism caused 84,000 deaths worldwide in 2017, new report says
Olivia Gazis
CBS News, 13 September 2018

A new report tracking the roots, spread and effects of violent Islamist extremism found that 121 groups that share elements from a common ideology are now operating worldwide. Their activities resulted in the deaths of 84,000 people – nearly 22,000 of them civilians – in 66 countries in 2017, the report found.

In remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday that Islamist extremism is "global and growing."

"It didn't begin with al Qaeda; nor will it end with the defeat of ISIS," Blair said.

The "Global Extremist Monitor," which was produced by Blair's eponymous non-profit, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, drew on hundreds of English-language news sources that reported on incidents of violent extremism in 2017. There were a total of 7,841 attacks – an average of 21 per day – in 48 countries, it said, with war-torn Syria topping the list of countries most affected by violent extremism. Overall, Muslims were the most frequent victims of deadly attacks.

Twenty-nine violent Islamist groups were actively engaged in conflict in Syria in 2017, the report said, with ISIS responsible for 44 percent of all attacks. Half of all civilian fatalities recorded globally were documented in Syria.

A separate, recent UN report said there are between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters still operating across Iraq and Syria, though its self-proclaimed physical caliphate has been all but eliminated. ...

The report identified 181 female suicide bombers in 2017.

In his call for global commitments, Blair stressed the importance of investment in public and private education systems to promote religious tolerance and literacy.

"The essential thing, in my view, is to deal with the ideology," Blair said, "and not just the violence."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Juncker: EU will send additional 10,000 guards to borders
BBC, 12 September 2018

The EU plans to send 10,000 more border guards to tackle unlawful immigration by 2020, the European Commission's president Jean-Claude Juncker said in his annual state of the union address.

He called for more solidarity, rather than "ad-hoc solutions" for people on migrant ships. ...

He also proposed a new Africa-Europe alliance, based on co-operation rather than charity, leading to a continent-to-continent free trade agreement.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, ITALY
Italy migration CRISIS: Salvini warns expelling illegal migrants will take 80 years
Latifa Yedroudj
Daily Express, 12 September 2018

Italy's deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has insisted it will take 80 years to expel migrants to their countries of origin due to a lack of progress over repatriation efforts between states.

Mr Salvini, leader of Italy's far-right anti-immigration League party, promised to repatriate 100,000 immigrants during his first year in office, but retreated his pledge today.

He told Italian radio station RTL: "The way things are today we'll need 80 years to expel them all."

The deputy Prime Minister has declared plans to deport majority of migrants trying to enter Italy - with or without the EU's help - insisting Rome "only has room for migrants fleeing war".

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "Brussels has been promising us help and assistance for years and has been doing nothing." ...

Italy's coalition government has not established repatriation deals with many countries, making it difficult to ship immigrants back to their countries of origin.

Up to 80 migrants a week are flown back from Italy to Tunisia, as the North African state remains one of the few countries on a successful repatriation deal with Rome.
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IMMIGRATION – STUDENTS, STATISTICS
Britain's 438,000 foreign students should not be excluded from immigration figures, report warns after finding no other 'practical' method
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 11 September 2018

Foreign students should not be taken out of immigration figures, a major report will warn today.

A year-long study by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides evidence for Government immigration policy, will conclude that it is right that students should be counted in the same way as other migrants moving to the UK.

The finding is a vindication for Theresa May, who has spent years resisting pressure to soften her stance on immigration.

The report was commissioned last year by then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who was leading the campaign in Cabinet to persuade Mrs May to back down.

But Whitehall sources said the study had found that the UK's system for recording the number of foreign students was 'very much in line with other English-speaking countries'.

The report is expected to say: 'Many of the respondents argued that students should be taken out of the government's net migration target. None suggested a practical way that this might be done.

'We cannot see a reliable method. Even if a method were to be found, it would be unlikely to make much difference to the migration statistics.'

The study also notes that the number of foreign students in the UK has risen by almost 30 per cent over the last decade, despite claims that the existing rules act as a disincentive. ...

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying in the UK – up from 342,000 a decade ago.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM
Muslim Groups Call For UK To Stop Famous Evangelical Preacher's Visit
Carol Kuruvilla
The Huffington Post, 11 September 2018

Leading Muslim organizations are calling on the U.K. to prevent a prominent Donald Trump-supporting American preacher from visiting the country to speak at an evangelistic rally.

Franklin Graham, who once called Islam a "very wicked and evil religion," is planning to headline at the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool, England, this month. The three-day evangelistic rally, similar to the "crusades" once led by his father, Billy Graham, has for months received heated backlash from British pastors, politicians, queer activists and Muslims.

The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella group of over 500 Islamic organizations and mosques, said Graham's past remarks clearly demonstrate "a hatred for Muslims and other minorities." The group is calling on the U.K.'s Home Office, which is in charge of immigration and entry to the country, to refuse to grant Graham a visa. ...

Graham is the president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. For years he has teamed up with local churches to hold Festivals of Hope around the world, with the goal of energizing local faith communities and converting people to Christianity.
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CRIME – HATE CRIME
Hate crime squads gobble up the cash as knife robbers roam free
Janice Davis
Conservative Woman, 11 September 2018

How does the CPS define a hate crime? According to its website, hate crime describes a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by, or demonstrates, hostility towards the victim in relation to his or her protected characteristic(s) – see the Equality Act 2010 and the Nine Protected Characteristics. ...

The problem here is the definition, or rather lack of it, of the concept of 'hostility'. So, says Saunders, 'we use the everyday understanding of the word', which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, and dislike. I assure you I am not making this up. It's there on the website. Unfriendliness and dislike are being equated with criminal behaviour. And if any of these attitudes are perceived and reported, the CPS can apply to the courts for a 'sentence uplift'.

Given that there are 900 police personnel specifically allocated to dealing with these crimes, just how significantly do they figure in the overall picture? ...

According to the CPS report, hate crimes accounted for 2.5 per cent of the CPS caseload in 2016/17. The overall conviction rate is 83.4 per cent of cases prosecuted.

Nine hundred officers just for that? ...

It seems to me that there is a vast bureaucracy in search of sensational data. It all looks even more insubstantial when you look at the actual numbers – after all, you can't prosecute a percentage. ...

,,, But we need to look at the mainstream crime figures to get a sense of proportion. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales the police recorded 5.3 million offences in the year to September 2016, an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year. ...

... The fact is that crime prevention and punishment does not lie at the heart of this legislation. Many studies have shown that this sort of law- making is counterproductive and only worthy of repeal. Indeed, US law researchers James B Jacobs and Kimberley Potter concluded in 1998: 'Certainly crime is a problem today. But the crime problem is not synonymous with the prejudice problem. Indeed there is very little overlap between the two. With the important exception of crime against women, most crime is intraracial and intragroup. Hard-core ideologically driven hate crimes are fortunately rare. Teasing out the bias that exists in a wider range of context-specific crimes that may occur between members of different groups serves no useful purpose. To the contrary, it is likely to be divisive, conflict-generating, and socially and politically counter-productive.'
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Raped at gunpoint: Telford child abuse victims speak out
Jason Farrell
Sky News, 11 September 2018

Child abuse victims in Telford, including one raped at gunpoint, say they are still struggling to get justice.

Sky News has spoken exclusively to victims and parents caught up in the scandal to reveal the sordid secrets of the Shropshire town where child abuse was rife for years.

One woman told Sky News how, as a teenager, she was raped with a gun to her head.

Girls as young as 11 had their phone numbers sold and were coerced into sleeping with dozens of men after being plied with alcohol or threatened with violence.

Several say their abusers are still walking free in their hometown and may never be prosecuted. ...

Sky News also spoke to a victim who claims to have been abused by more than 100 men in Telford.

She says none of them have been prosecuted.

Speaking about one encounter with a restaurant owner, Louise (not her real name), said: "He would take me around the corner of the restaurant and he would have sex with me.

"Then he would pin me down so all the rest of the restaurant workers could do it to me."

Louise did not report anything to the police until she was much older. She added: "I didn't think about going to the police back then because I was too scared because of what they used to say to me.

"They said they would blow my house up and would kill my mum and dad. They said they would rape my mum if I told anyone.

"And after what happened to Lucy Lowe, they said I would be next."

Louise's friend Lucy Lowe was 16 when she was killed in a house fire alongside her mother Eileen and sister Sarah, 17, in 2000.

Azhar Ali Mehmood, a taxi driver from Telford, was jailed for life after he was found guilty of their murder. ...

Telford MP Lucy Allan has been campaigning for the authorities to do more. ...

The MP said: "We know there is still child sexual exploitation going on in Telford today, and we don't want to send the wrong message that we don't care.

"It is really important that we are seen to be taking this seriously and get to the bottom of what has happened here.

"We don't want any people in post - whether that be in the police or the council - that aren't taking this seriously."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ELECTIONS, FRAUD, SWEDEN
Head of Sweden's Electoral Authority: "No Control Mechanism to Prevent Voter Fraud"
Ingrid Carlqvist
Ingrid & Maria, 11 September 2018

Two days after the Swedish election social media is overflowing with hundreds of reports of suspected electoral fraud. However, sporadic mistakes in the voting system are not the problem – what is way more dangerous is politically initiated election fraud. Is there a risk that the parties who have ruled Sweden for a long time have created a system that completely misses or ignores systematic election fraud? Today, Ingrid & Maria can reveal that Sweden completely lacks a system that can detect such cheating.

The outcome of the Swedish election differed hugely from the many polls the weeks before election day September 9. The polls suggested that the Sweden Democrats would be the largest or second largest party with 25-30 percent of the vote and that the Social Democrats would fall from 31 to 23-24 percent. When the votes were counted Sunday night the Sweden Democrats only got 17,6 while the Social Democrats lost only 2,8 [2.8] percentage points and got 28,4 [28.4].

Many Swedes became suspicious – how could the result differ so much from the polls? ...

To most Swedes, the idea that the once safe and correct democracy of Sweden could be corrupted is almost impossible to fathom. Everyone understands that mistakes can be made, but they are always blamed on human error – that election fraud could be organized and widespread is dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Because it just cannot be, this is Sweden for God's sake!

But Sweden is not what it used to be. ...

Anna Nyqvist is the Chief Executive of the Electoral Authority. After first trying to get us to call the press secretary, she agrees to answer the important question of how her agency goes about making sure that organized political electoral fraud does not occur.

Does the government have a system for identifying politically initiated electoral fraud?

– No! The answer is no.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, FRAUD
Nine asylum seekers a week are found to be lying about being children in desperate bids to stay in Britain
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 10 September 2018

Adults posing as children to claim asylum in Britain are being exposed at the rate of nine every week, according to official figures.

Over the past three years three out of five asylum seekers whose age was checked after they claimed to be under 18 were found to be adults.

The Home Office statistics revealed 2,336 cases where the claims to be a child were disputed and then checked. Of these, 1,403 turned out to be over 18.

More than seven out of ten unaccompanied Vietnamese child asylum seekers whose ages were investigated – around 100 in all – were actually adults. A similar percentage of child claimants from Iran and Iraq whose cases were checked were also discovered to be adults.

Concerns about exploitation of child migrant rules have been growing for the past two years, since the admission of applicants from Calais refugee camps who appeared to be older than children.

Child migrants who have been found after sneaking into Britain aboard trains, lorries or ships are treated differently from adults.

They are taken into local council care and are then offered places in schools or with foster families. ...

Earlier this year a report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, said that Home Office staff 'did not feel confident about making initial age assessments of applicants posing as children – particularly judging whether the claimant was "significantly over 18" and should be entered into the adult process.'

Mr Bolt added: 'They received no training to help them make such judgments. Some local authorities were concerned that the Home Office applied its benefit of the doubt policy too readily.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, FRANCE
'Afghan knifeman with child immigration papers' STABS SEVEN in Paris rampage
Matthew Robinson
Daily Express, 10 September 2018

An Afghan knifeman carrying child immigration documents left two British tourists injured after going on the rampage in Paris.

The attacker, believed to be in his 30s, left SEVEN people wounded in total. ...

A source close to the investigation said: "... he was carrying immigration documents issued to an Afghan minor.

"It may be that he is an adult Afghan or Pakistani using the documents illegally. ..."

Police say the attack seemed to target random strangers but they were not calling the outrage a terrorist incident.
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POLITICS – EUROPEAN UNION
From Sweden to Brexit, immigration is the issue dividing Europe
Simon Jenkins
The Guardian, 10 September 2018

The message is glaring from Sweden's election result. There is one dominant issue in Europe's politics at present, and it is immigration. It rules in Italy and Germany. It rules in Hungary and Austria. It rules from Serbia to Scandinavia. It dominates every meeting of the leaders of the EU. ...

Europe's swing to the far right – or rather a surge in emotional xenophobia – was inevitable from the moment the European Union raced towards a single market in the 1980s, including an open market in people across the continent. Of the four freedoms of movement – in goods, services, capital and people – the first to fail was always going to be people.

An open border and the Schengen agreement on passport-free travel came in before the mass movement of low-cost labour from eastern Europe, and before the youth migration from Asia and Africa. Since geography renders Europe's southern border porous, there is no way Europe's governments, democratic or autocratic, will any longer tolerate unrestricted borders within the EU.

The one thing that will be catastrophic will be to pretend otherwise. ...

It is tragic that the outcome of this debate – greater European migration control – would almost certainly have negated Brexit. In the minds of most British voters, migration has nothing to do with economics or tariffs or trade regulation, except at the margin. This argument is not over trade, but over people being able to control their community's character and pace of change. We can dismiss such control as licensed bigotry, intolerance and nasty identity politics. That will not stop people voting. To them, such rights are a cry for self-respect and values they hold dear.

Either way, the debate cannot be ignored. Yet Britain's government has still not set out its Brexit migration policy, beyond a palpably "hostile welcome" to all incomers. Instead, Westminster warbles on about tariffs, trade and Boris Johnson. The place has gone mad.
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CRIME – POLICE, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Delingpole: Police in UK Rape Gang Heartland Wage War...on Hurty Tweets
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 10 September 2018

The UK police department on whose watch 1,400 girls were raped by Muslim gangs in just one town alone has tweeted out a message urging the public to report "non-crime hate incidents".

The message has infuriated the public – prompting over 3,500 replies, most of them angry, from people wondering why South Yorkshire Police doesn't have better things to do than encourage snitches to bleat about hurty stuff people have said on social media.

And also why, if South Yorkshire Police is so keen to put a stop to "hurt" it has done so little over the last two decades to prevent many thousands of white and Sikh girls, many of them underage, being groomed, drugged, trafficked, and raped by gangs of Muslims. ...

An official 2015 report conducted into the Rotherham incidents by Louise Casey was scathing about the failure of the authorities to prevent these rapes happening. ...

No heads in South Yorkshire Police rolled for this failure and – though it is currently the subject of an internal disciplinary investigation – it seems highly unlikely that any will.

One reason given in the various official reports for this failure by South Yorkshire Police and other local authorities was their politically correct reluctance to be seen criticising actions by Muslims lest they be seen as "racist" or "Islamophobic".

Apparently, that political correctness is still fully entrenched in South Yorkshire Police.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Why are the Swedes so disgruntled?
Margaret Wente
Globe and Mail, 10 September 2018

Car burnings are not a rare sight in Sweden these days. Last month, a masked gang ran amok in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, and set 80 cars alight. ...

Over the past decade, the number of car arsons has steadily risen, reaching 1,457 last year. The fires are typically in heavily immigrant neighbourhoods. While Sweden remains a low-crime country, certain types of crime are on the rise. Gang and gun crime are prevalent in immigrant districts. Sexual assault has soared. Ambulances are attacked in some neighbourhoods. Innocent bystanders get blown up with grenades left over from some forgotten war. All that helps to explain why immigration and crime figured so heavily in Sunday's election – and why the far-right Sweden Democrats made their best showing yet. ...

Ten years ago, Swedes were proud of their status as the most humanitarian, refugee-friendly country on the planet. Polite society and the mainstream media avoided any criticism of immigration policy or problems, for fear of being called racist. And so, as in other countries throughout Europe, when popular unrest broke out over immigration, the elites were caught flat-footed.

In Sweden, the watershed was 2015. That was the year the country took in a record 163,000 refugees – more than any other European country on a per capita basis.

In all, about 400,000 newcomers came in to Sweden in the past six years, largely from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – the equivalent of 4 per cent of the population. In Canada, the equivalent number would amount to more than 1.4 million people.

"The year 2015 was a turning point for the debate in Sweden," Prof. Sannerstedt says. "After that, things were said that had been taboo before." ...

In response to popular pressure, the government has overhauled its immigration policies dramatically. It introduced border checks, restricted family reunification, denied asylum to many applicants and imposed strict new volume limits. /.../ This year the intake of refugees is down to around 24,000. ...

... Despite the strong economy, a whopping 73 per cent of Swedes think the country is going in the wrong direction, according to one poll.

One reason for the discontent may be the new, and growing, class divide between ordinary Swedes and newcomers. This is a distressing subject in a society that prides itself on being egalitarian.

"Sweden's experiment with large-scale immigration from the Third World to a welfare state has been unique in its scale but has in many ways failed," writes Tino Sanandaji, an economist with the Stockholm School of Economics. "Sweden's social problems are becoming more and more concentrated in that part of the population with an immigrant background."

No wonder the Swedes are feeling a bit insecure these days. "No country cares more about its reputation," Mr. Sanandaji says in an interview,
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, SWEDEN
Sweden leaders' debate shows how far language over immigration has moved
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 9 September 2018

Sweden's general election campaign ended with the Sweden Democrats in a huff and boycotting SVT, the state broadcaster, because it issued a statement distancing itself from comments made by Jimmie Åkesson in the leaders' debate that it broadcast. Having a supposedly neutral state broadcaster pass judgement is the perfect gift for Åkesson, who said it demonstrates an establishment stitch-up and institutional bias.

But actual debate itself offered a fascinating glimpse into how much the debate has shifted in Sweden – with leaders of all parties offering immigration-related facts that make a British listener gasp.

We had seven party leaders, most of whom expressing views that they'd have denounced as racist not so long ago. The Sweden Democrats has certainly lost its monopoly on discussing immigration-related problems. ...

Kristersson (who may well soon be prime minister of a minority government) said that Sweden is not a racist country but a lot of Swedes can see all around them the consequences of a failed integration policy: gangs, criminality and welfare dependency. Look at the suburbs, look at the shootings: 320 casualties last year and 32 dead (yes, dead) so far this year. /.../ Time was when no one would mistake the populists for anyone else. Now, they have pretty decent imitators. ...

The bottom line is that for much of the past ten years, most party leaders have been attacking Åkesson as neofasict. Now, they are coming up with different variations of his message. ...

Had his opponents changed tack earlier, and realised how much Swedes are worried about the 'honour repressions' and Islamist free schools, Åkesson would not have had this territory to himself for so long. His rivals were thinking too much about him, and not enough about the legitimate concerns of the Swedes supporting him.
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CRIME – POLICE RESOURCES
Police are 'very close to losing the streets', top officer admits
Tom Herbert
Metro, 9 September 2018

A top police officer has warned we are 'very close to losing the streets' as government funding cuts continue to bite.

Sergeant Simon Kempton, operation policing lead for the Police Federation, blamed a fall in officer numbers for being behind a rise in violent crime.

He called on the government to focus protecting its citizens and said the future looked bleak if officials continued their 'gross underfunding of the police service'. ...

The Institute for Fiscal studies said that in the last eight years, central government funding of the police has fallen by around 20%. ...

Figures have shown that 606 police stations have closed since 2010, leaving some cities, such as Bath and St Albans, with no station at all.

Gloucestershire has lost 21 out of 28 stations while 100 stations in London have shut in the past eight years – a move which could mean a rise in criminal behaviour, according to Sgt Kempton. ...

There were 21,331 fewer police officers in England and Wales as of March this year compared with the same point in 2010, according to the Home Office.

Total officer numbers across the 43 police forces were at 122,404 as of March, the lowest number since comparable records began in 1996. ...

Sgt Kempton said: 'Knife crime in large cities is right on the brink of being out of control.

'There's not one way to tackle knife crime but one of them is having enough police officers who are properly trained, properly equipped and right in the middle of our community.'
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RACISM – BLASPHEMY, FREE SPEECH, SCOTLAND, AUSTRALIA
The new blasphemy law – only gays and Muslims need complain
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 9 September 2018

The SNP government intends to abolish Scotland's blasphemy law, introduced in 1690 and unused since 1843. ...

The SNP would have an acceptable argument if it were not clear that, whilst eager to abolish its Christian blasphemy law, the Scottish government has in effect allowed a new blasphemy standard to emerge. Expressing disagreement with Islam or with political correctness and its results can land you in a Scottish court.

Scotland's Christian street preachers are being targeted in an attempt to silence them. Activists ask them questions regarding Islam or LGBT rights, and wait eager to be offended. When the preachers repeat what the Bible says, no matter how respectfully, the activists have their feelings hurt, make a complaint to the police and the preachers are arrested. ...

The use of 'hate crime' legislation to silence reasoned and biblically based criticism of Islam or politically correct orthodoxy, no matter how respectfully expressed, should alarm all who value freedom of speech and belief. Under our SNP government one blasphemy law protecting Christianity is being replaced by what is in all but name a new blasphemy law. ...

The Australian State of Victoria's 'Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001' is extensively cited. This law was enacted shortly after 9/11 and was immediately used by the Islamic Council of Victoria to target a church seminar on Islam. Two seminar speakers had supposedly 'vilified' Islam. This 'vilification' consisted of quoting verses from the Quran concerning the treatment of non-Muslims.

Islamic organisations around the world have cited this as a landmark case in 'protecting Islam' in the West from any form of criticism. It was seen that it could be used as an Islamic blasphemy law.

The two speakers, Pakistani pastor Daniel Scot and Sri Lankan pastor Danny Nalliah, faced up to six months in prison. The ensuing court case and appeals dragged on for five years before both pastors were finally acquitted.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, EUROPEAN UNION
French leader says Brussels being 'CRUSHED' by its own bureaucracy
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 8 September 2018

The European Union is paralysed by its own bureaucracy and it is at risk of "deconstruction" according to the President of the French Senate Gérard Larcher. The bloc faces an existential crisis as the European elite is out of touch with citizens' concerns, he said.

In a speech to right-wing senators, Mr Larcher denounced the failings of a "Europe in crisis, at risk of being deconstructed, and crushed by the weight of its technostructure, its inability to reinvent itself and by the widening gap it has created between itself and its citizens".

The conservative MP also criticised Europe's failure to manage the migration crisis, accusing its leaders of "turning a blind eye to the immigration problem and shirking their responsibilities" towards migrants and refugees.

Singling out Europe's wait-and-see attitude towards mass migration, Mr Larcher said Italy had been "left alone for more than four years" to cope with the flow of migrants from North Africa because of Brussels' "lack of solidarity and courage".

The senator also denounced Europe's "perverted" asylum laws and called for the bloc's leaders to "urgently" agree on sustainable measures to deal with the migration crisis "with humanity and courage".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
German intelligence chief at odds with Angela Merkel as he says no evidence foreigners were attacked in Chemnitz
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2018

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service set off a major political row on Friday when he directly contradicted Angela Merkel over last week's far-Right protests in Chemnitz.

Hans-Georg Maassen said he had seen no evidence to support claims neo-Nazis had hunted foreigners through the streets during the protests. ...

Video which appears to show non-Germans being attacked during the protests has been widely circulated on social media. But Mr Maassen said he believed the video could be a fake distributed as "targetted misinformation". ...

The row centres on what exactly happened during protests over the suspected killing of a German-Cuban man by two migrants last week.

Neo-Nazis were filmed giving the Hitler salute during the protests and witnesses claimed people of non-German appearance were chased through the streets.

"We have video footage showing very clearly there was targeted harassment, there was rioting, there was hate on the streets," Mrs Merkel said at the time, while her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, used the word "hunt" to describe what happened.

But Michael Kretschmer, the regional prime minister of Saxony, disputed those accounts this week and accused the media of exaggerating events. "There was no mob, not hunt and no pogrom," he said.

"I share the skepticism about the media reports far-Right hunts in Chemnitz," Mr Maassen told Bild newspaper. "There is no reliable information that such hunts took place." ...

But Mrs Merkel's main coalition partners, the centre-Left Social Democrats (SPD) reacted furiously. "We saw pictures, we heard witnesses. We saw people showing the Hitler salute openly on the street," Thomas Oppermann, the deputy speaker of parliament said. ...

But Horst Seehofer, the interior minister, who is locked in a bitter dispute with Mrs Merkel over migrant policy, backed Mr Maassen and said the intelligence chief had his "full confidence".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, CRIME, ITALY
Salvini to Present Deportation Plan: 'More Immigrants Equals More Delinquents'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 September 2018

Populist Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has revealed he will be presenting his deportation plan in the coming days after noting the massive recent increase in migrant criminal suspects.

The League (Lega) leader is expected to announce new decrees in the coming days that will first seek to eliminate the 'humanitarian residency' permit, which is given to asylum seekers who do not qualify for full asylum but are allowed to remain in the country anyway, Il Giornale reports.

The second major change Salvini is looking to put forward is shifting the amount of money spent on asylum seeker reception and moving it toward voluntary and forced repatriation.

For 2018 Salvini is hoping to provide 500 thousand euros toward a repatriation fund, which will be followed by an increase to 1.5 million in 2019 and 2020.

Migrant crime has also been a rising problem in Italy and Salvini highlighted recent Interior Ministry data that showed that more than half of the people arrested by police in the last week were migrants.

"More immigration means more delinquency, the numbers are clear," Salvini said, adding: "to have managed to reduce so many landings and arrivals, despite threats and complaints, is a reason for pride for me."

Another Interior Ministry report released last month indicated that migrants make up close to one-third of all criminal suspects nationally, despite only making up around eight percent of the population in total.

Migrant criminal gangs, particularly Nigerian gangsters, have also become a major problem in some areas of the country in recent years. In the town of Castel Volturno near Naples, Nigerian gangs have largely taken over the city, dealing drugs and pimping out women.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITY DEGREES
Universities must give more top degrees to black students, under new proposals by regulator
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2018

Universities could be punished unless they give a higher proportion of top degrees to black students, under new proposals drawn up by the regulator.

The Office for Students (OfS) has announced plans to overhaul its guidelines for boosting diversity in higher education, in what it says is the "biggest shake up" since 2004.

If institutions fail to comply with the regulator's new "tougher" national targets for increasing the number of disadvantaged students, they could be penalised through a fine or even de-registered.

Chris Millward, the OfS director for fair access and participation, said that universities will no longer be able to "mark their own homework" on their plans to up their intake of 18-year-olds from poor backgrounds. ...

These will not be limited to targets for admitting more school leavers from deprived households, but will also include addressing the gap in degree attainment between black and white students, according to OfS proposals.

There has been an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of black and ethnic minority students in England between 2007 and 2016.

78 per cent of white students graduated last year with a first class of upper second class degree, compared to just 53 per cent of black students.

Qualifications before attending university, although a key factor in degree outcomes, do not explain the differences between ethnic groups, according to data analysed by Universities UK. ...

Mr Millward said that universities have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on measures aimed at diversifying their intake of students, but have paid little or no attention to whether their schemes were effective. ...

Last year, universities spent a total of around £800 million on projects to increase access and around half of this was spent on bursaries for students from poor households.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
On non-EU immigration, the government is asleep at the controls
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018

The question is often asked as to why non-EU net migration has risen to 235,000 for the year to March 2018. That represents an increase of more than 50,000 on the previous year and is 36,000 higher than in the spring of 2010, when the Conservatives took office at the head of the coalition government.

All this despite a 2017 Conservative manifesto commitment to 'bear down on immigration from outside the EU' and repeated pledges to reduce overall net migration to the tens of thousands (from more than 270,000 currently).

A paper issued by Migration Watch UK, How to deliver a significant reduction in non-EU net migration, argues that the Government has failed to make serious efforts to reduce non-EU immigration despite having powers to do so.

A number of factors have been in play:

Despite strenuous efforts by Mrs May when Home Secretary, she faced firm opposition from the Treasury, which has long favoured continued immigration simply to boost the overall size of the economy regardless of the impact on wider society and despite the absence of evidence for the UK of any significant benefit to GDP per head. ...

• During the coalition years the Liberal Democrats had no desire to restrict immigration control from anywhere in the world.

• Meanwhile those who were benefiting financially, such as business and universities, pressed for continued high levels of immigration to their own sectors.

• Since the election in 2017 Amber Rudd, as the Home Secretary, preferred to kick the can down the road, partly because she believed that immigration was good for the economy.

• The present Home Secretary Sajid Javid has so far not demonstrated any willingness to tighten immigration policy; in fact his decisions since taking office have had the effect of loosening controls. ...

Nearly two-thirds of voters still consider the level of immigration to have been too high over the past decade. That YouGov poll also showed that more 18-to-24-year-olds say immigration levels have been too high than the combined share who say the level has been 'about right' or 'too low'. Other research by the London School of Economics has shown that voters are particularly concerned about reducing the level of immigration from outside the EU.

The Migration Watch UK paper indicates steps that could and should be taken to reduce the level of non-EU net migration. ...

Illegal immigration – The government should devote a great deal more political will and energy towards toughening up border controls and ensuring the departure of those with no right to be here. Former senior officials in the Home Office have estimated that there may be more than a million illegal immigrants in the UK.

Resources – An increase in resources for border control will also be essential, particularly given the need to divert resources to register about three million EU citizens under the Withdrawal Agreement.

It is clear that the government has taken its eye off the ball, indeed it has been asleep at the controls, when it comes to non-EU immigration.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
'Migration is the mother of all problems': Germany's interior minister defends Chemnitz protesters and says demonstrating 'doesn't make you a Nazi' as he sympathises with locals
George Martin
MailOnline, 7 September 2018

German interior minister Horst Seehofer has defended the Chemnitz protesters by calling migration 'the mother of all problems'.

Seehofer, who was instrumental in nearly bringing down his own coalition partner Angela Merkel last month with his criticism of her immigration policy, emphasized that not all the Chemnitz protesters were far-right activists as he defended their actions. ...

Seehofer also called for a 'pan-European solution to the migrant crisis' adding that he believed 'the migration issue is the mother of all political problems'.

Thousands of people took part in protests organized by far-right groups in the eastern German town of Chemnitz last week, following the fatal stabbing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two refugees.
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CRIME – HATE CRIME, THOUGHT CRIME
All you need is hate
David Kurten
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018

The content of most newspapers and the speech of the presenters on most mainstream media television news is drenched in the ideology of hate. There appears to be a genuine belief in the validity of the concepts of 'hate crime' and 'hate speech' – the belief that some crimes are worse than others if they are committed against members of certain protected groups, and and that saying anything which even faintly affects their 'mental health' is beyond the legal pale.

To normal right-thinking people a crime is a crime, and all crime is bad. Crimes have different motivations, but it is the action which is to be punished, not the motivation. That you cannot attribute motivation is why the criminal justice system must be kept as objective as possible. Only then are all equal before the law. This is true equality, and has been built up in our nation since the days of Magna Carta. ...

In the new paradigm of 'hate crime', however, people become more guilty if they belong to an oppressor group, and more of a victim if they belong to a group with protected characteristics. This utterly undermines the principle of equality before the law and leaves it in an asinine state, with motivation rather than action as the more important element of a crime. When some groups are entitled to superior justice and other groups are punished more harshly for the same action, then the whole system becomes flawed. ...

To compound the problem, the definition of hate crime requires no prima facie evidence of motivation. A hate crime is defined as 'criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity'. Thus the 'hate' element of a hate crime is based in the perception of the person who makes the accusation, or a third party who makes the report. Perception can be entirely subjective, so crimes which are flagged as hate crimes may be no such thing at all. ...

The whole ludicrous idea of hate crime and hate speech should be dropped now, and we should revert to the sensible and objective notion that a crime is a crime. All crime is bad – yes, it has different motivations, but the crime should be punished, not the motivation. Otherwise, we will end up punishing a motivation even if there is no crime. Just such a frighteningly Orwellian definition of Hate Crime was suggested in a now-deleted tweet by Khan and Dick's Metropolitan Police, which stated: 'Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to charge them with a crime.' This is thought crime incarnate. ...

Today police are forced to prioritise crimes, often only investigating those considered 'high priority'. Yet if a crime is flagged as a hate crime it is automatically prioritised, even if it is petty in nature. If you are a straight, white male and you want the police to investigate criminal damage or car crime, you may as well forget it. But if you are a BAME, LGBT, disabled Muslim trans-woman, your multiple protected characteristics will boost you to the top of the queue if you report the same incident as a hate crime.

... Crime should be investigated and punished equally, and there should be the same sentence regardless of whether the criminal is a man or a woman, black or white, rich or poor, indigenous or immigrant.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, GERMANY
Germany's radical left is fueling anti-immigrant sentiment
Matt Qvortrup
CNN, 7 September 2018

Sahra Wagenknecht, the leader of Germany's far-left Die Linke party, has launched a new movement. It is called Aufstehen (literally translated, "stand up"). This in itself is not exceptional. Many other countries in Western Europe have left-wing parties of varying extremes.

... Aufstehen is something altogether different. The movement is unashamedly populist – and hostile toward immigration and other liberal causes. ...

Her ambition is to create a realignment; to found a movement that appeals to disgruntled working-class voters who feel betrayed by big business, globalism and the low wages in the gig economy.

Her message is not one founded upon hope and solidarity. It is based on an ill-disguised opposition to foreigners. Her analysis is that a message of resentment chimes with low-wage workers. ...

Wagenknecht's analysis is not entirely unique. In Denmark, the nominally center-left Social Democrats have rebranded themselves as a party that defends the welfare state, while it has lurched to the right on immigration issues.

But unlike the Danes, Wagenknecht has fused opposition to immigration with populist economics. That is a dangerous mix.

She cannot be accused of naïveté. Like Angela Merkel, she grew up in Communist East Germany. But unlike the current Chancellor of Germany, the far-left firebrand is unapologetic about her membership of the Communist Youth Movement FDJ.

She has described the East German communist dictatorship as "the most peaceful and most philanthropic polity that the Germans created in all of their previous history."

Just for the record, the regime killed 327 people who tried to escape.
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TERRORISM – ASYLUM
Chinese Former Guantanamo Terror Suspects Handed UK Passports
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 7 September 2018

Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners suspected of terror links have been given asylum and effectively granted British citizenship, despite having no links to the UK.

The four Chinese Muslim Uyghur fighters were arrested after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and transferred to the camp in Cuba, and are thought to be linked to a banned militant Islamist group.

Nine years ago, they were given asylum and moved to the island of Bermuda, an overseas British territory, in a secret deal pushed by former U.S. President Barack Obama as he tried to close Guantanamo Bay.

Now, they have been granted British Overseas Territories citizenships by Bermuda, handing them the right to get British passports and live in the UK, the Royal Gazette reports.
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CRIME – GANGS, LONDON
Twenty five gangs behind London crime wave, says top Met officer
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 7 September 2018

Around 25 major organised crime groups with international links are operating in London and fuelling the violence on the capital's streets, according to a senior Scotland Yard officer.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher said there were also "hundreds and hundreds" of smaller street gangs. The crime groups were "destabilising communities" with a "direct correlation" between their activities and the stabbings and shootings taking place in some of London's more impoverished districts.

Mr Gallagher, who leads the Met's serious and organised crime command, also suggested that the extremes of poverty and wealth in London could be helping to drive offending, with violent robbers targeting shops and individuals to steal expensive jewellery. ...

"Because of the nature of London you will regularly come across people who come from other countries, but a lot of them are domiciled here."
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EMPLOYMENT – SEASONAL WORK
FIRST post-Brexit immigration plans REVEALED: Theresa May relaunches non-EU workers scheme
Martina Bet
Daily Express, 6 September 2018

Theresa May will re-launch the non-EU workers scheme, after axing it five years ago, to meet the post-Brexit demands for fruit pickers, Whitehall sources have revealed.

The scheme, which allows 2,500 non-EU workers to register for seasonal work, will effectively be the first post-Brexit immigration plan put forward by the Government.

It comes after farmers have been increasingly pressuring Theresa May to relax VISA rules to ensure British farms are able to recruit seasonal workers in the face of a post-Brexit labour shortage.

The farming industry employs 67,000 seasonal workers, with 95 percent coming from countries in the trade bloc under the right of freedom of movement. ...

The non-EU farmer scheme was scrapped by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary following growing fears that it could result in a surge in migrants, as workers from Romania and Bulgaria gained the automatic right to work in the UK in 2014.

However, official figures show EU migration has fallen to the lowest levels in six years.

While 226,000 EU citizens arrived in the UK in the year leading up to March 2018, 138,000 decided to leave.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EXTREMISM, GERMANY
German media admits: Man who made Hitler salute at Chemnitz rally is actually a Leftist infiltrator
Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch, 6 September 2018

It has long been charged that Antifa operatives enter the crowds of pro-freedom rallies and say and do things in order to discredit those rallies. In the protests in Chemnitz against mass Muslim migration, this man made a Hitler salute, which was picked up by the international media as proof that the rallies were full of neo-Nazis. But this man has now been unmasked as a supporter of the Red Army Faction, a Communist terrorist group. Even the German media is admitting it. But it is unlikely there will follow any retractions from the media outside the country, which is too invested in the mass migration imperative to take notice of inconvenient facts.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CENSORSHIP, SWEDEN
Professor fired for tweeting FACTS on gang rapes in Sweden
Victor Laszlo
The Rebel, 6 September 2018

Dr. Bilyana Martinovski explains what led to her firing from the position of Associate Professor of Human-Machine Interaction at the University of Stockholm, after she began a research project about ways to assist gang rape victims with PTSD. [video]

After finding that the state did not keep official statistics of rape cases in Sweden, she found an American website, GangRapeSweden.com which listed the verdicts of all gang rapes from 2012 to 2017.

She contacted the 43 district courts involved in these cases requesting verdicts and other details, and was shocked by the volume of information she received.

Her troubles began when she noticed a report from the website on Twitter, and retweeted it, confirming the veracity of the court cases listed on the site.

Activists began a letter writing campaign against her, calling her a "Nazi." The university, with no due process, informed her that she had been removed from her position.
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EMPLOYMENT – STUDENTS
Immigration campaigners have warned ministers not to reopen the floodgates by caving in to demands by university bosses
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 5 September 2018

Migration crusaders urged ministers not to bring back foreign student two-year visas.

Universities and Boris Johnson urged a restart of the scheme to let them stay after courses end.

But Migration Watch's Alp Mehmet warned of an unskilled influx. He said: "There's no reason they should stay on, even to stack shelves.

"The last time ministers investigated, only one in four had skilled work."
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IMMIGRATION – NON-EU IMMIGRANTS
Brexit will not help us curb immigration
Max Hastings
The Times, 5 September 2018

Our failure to limit the number of non-EU migrants shows that leaving the EU is no panacea.

During the summer a large canine has slunk unnoticed across the British political landscape, failing to bark. Figures released last month by the Office for National Statistics show net migration from the European Union fell to 87,000 in the year to March, while net migration from outside the EU rose to 235,000 in the same period.

This raises questions that some of us deem important, but which no leading politician has dared to ask. After Brexit, Britain may gain powers to exclude EU nationals: Polish plumbers, Romanian car-washers and pickpockets. But what new weapons will the government secure to reduce legal immigration from outside the EU?
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POLITICS – LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
The immigration system is broken. Here's how we'll fix it
Edward Davey
Liberal Democrats, 5 September 2018

In an interview with The Guardian, I set out our ambitious plan to fix the UK's broken immigration system, end the Conservatives' hostile environment and celebrate the positive impact immigration has had on the United Kingdom.

Our policy paper, A Fair Deal for Everyone: Prosperity and Dignity in Migration, will be debated this month in Brighton. It calls for a new right to work for refugees and asylum seekers, major reform of the Home Office - giving control of work permit policy to the Business Department and student visa policy to the Education Department, policies to make family reunification easier and scrapping the net migration target.
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DIVERSITY – COVENTRY
Revealed: The multi-cultural make-up of Coventry
Alice Cachia and Laura Hartley
CoventryLive, 5 September 2018

Coventry is more diverse than ever, but numbers in Warwickshire are saying the complete opposite.

The number of people from an ethnic minority in Coventry has risen by more than 18,000 in the past six years.

The number equals one in every 3.6 people in the area in 2017 was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority. ...

Overall there were 100,969 people in Coventry from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 82,920 in 2011.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 51,599 in 2011 to 60,643 in 2017.

The number of black people also rose, from 17,759 to 22,162, as did the number of mixed race people (up from 8,221 to 11,631).

There were 6,533 people from other ethnicities in Coventry in 2017 - more than the 5,341 in 2011. ...

Overall in Warwickshire one in every 6.4 people was from an ethnic minority, up from the one in 7.0 in 2011.

North Warwickshire, though, had the worst level of ethnic diversity in the area.

Just one in every 44.3 people was either black, Asian, or from another ethnic minority in 2017.
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CRIME – FRAUD, THEFT
Fraudsters posed as police officers to con £200,000 from vulnerable and elderly
Kristian Johnson
LeedsLive, 5 September 2018

Eight men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 30 years at Leeds Crown Court for a 'large scale conspiracy' in which they conned vulnerable and elderly people out of more than £200,000. ...

They focused their 'tenacious' operation on people in vulnerable situations all over the country, including here in West Yorkshire, and some of the victims had their entire life savings stolen away from them. ...

"The actions of this group have had a devastating impact on the lives of the victims. The group abused the often trusting nature of people to defraud them out of large sums of money – often their life savings. Some of the victims have not had all of their money back." ...

The eight men were jailed for a total of more than 30 years for the following offences:

Mahbub Aziz, 24, ...

Shahidur Ali, 24, ...

Mohammed Hadi, 34, ...

Mohammed Noor, 23, ...

Mohammed Naahe, 50, ...

Syed Ahmed, 35, ...

Mohammed Haque, 43, ...

Shah Abdal, 46, ...

A ninth man, 21-year-old Ismail Hoque, ... admitted acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months, with 16 hours unpaid community work.
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DIVERSITY – BIRMINGHAM
The figures proving Birmingham is more diverse than ever
Alice Cachia and James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 4 September 2018

Birmingham is more diverse than ever - with the number of people from an ethnic minority rising by nearly 95,000 in just six years.

Exclusive analysis of Office for National Statistics data reveals that one in every 3.1 people in our area was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority in 2017.

That's up from the one in every 3.3 people in 2011 - the most recently available Census data.

Overall there were 829,822 people in Birmingham from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 735,168 in 2011.

That's the biggest rise seen across the country.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 463,890 in 2011 to 516,809 in 2017.

The number of mixed race people also rose, from 88,024 to 112,450, as did the number of black people (up from 146,480 to 158,767).

There were 41,796 people from other ethnicities in Birmingham in 2017 - more than the 36,774 in 2011.

Birmingham's ethnic diversity is greater, too, than the national average.

Across England and Wales, one in every 6.6 people is from an ethnic minority - a fairly marginal rise from one in every 7.1 people in 2011.

Solat Chaudhry, CEO for the National Centre for Diversity, said: "As a country, becoming more ethnically diverse has been a great thing for the UK. ..."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, GERMANY
German far right fuels Muslim 'takeover' fears
Matthew Karnitschnig
Politico.eu, 4 September 2018

Can Germany survive Islam?

That question is once again at the center of the country's public discourse amid the violent protests that followed last week's brutal killing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two Muslim refugees, and the publication of a new book titled "Hostile Takeover, how Islam halts progress and threatens society." ...

Despite Germany's growing prosperity, its society is seething as the negative consequences of taking in more than 1 million asylum seekers since 2015 sink in. ...

Thilo Sarrazin, the former Bundesbank official and provocateur who wrote "Hostile Takeover," has tapped into Germany's unease about the refugee influx with a dystopian prediction of what lies ahead.

Describing Islam as "an ideology of violence disguised as religion," Sarrazin argues that if Europe doesn't take swift action to halt Muslim migration into the EU, European society will ultimately be enveloped and destroyed by Islam.

"Hostile Takeover" debuted last week at No. 1 on German Amazon's bestseller list. ...

Last year, refugees were suspects in about 15 percent of homicides in Germany, according to official statistics, though they account for only 2 percent of the population.

Many of the suspects, including the Iraqi accused of stabbing the Chemnitz victim and the terrorist who drove into a Berlin Christmas market in 2016, enjoy an immigration status classified as a Duldung, or "tolerance." That means that even though the individual's asylum application has been denied, the government is allowing the person to remain in Germany and in many cases seek employment. The reasons for such a ruling vary, but can be as mundane as a lack of a passport, making it difficult to confirm the migrant's nationality.

About 170,000 migrants enjoy "tolerated" status in Germany. A further 350,000 reside in the country with no official immigration status at all, many of them waiting for a ruling on an asylum application.

Critics say the presence of so many migrants without a bona fide legal right to remain in the country proves that Germany's asylum system is a sham. History suggests that a denied asylum application presents little more than minor delay to a migrant's quest to acquire legal immigration status in Germany. About 233,000 people whose asylum applications were rejected are currently in the country. All but 60,000 of them enjoy "tolerated" status. ...

Under Germany's federal structure, its 16 regional states are responsible for deporting migrants. Last year, they carried out about 24,000 deportations, far fewer than the potential pool. The problem is that if a migrant doesn't agree to leave the country, the cost of removing him or her can be prohibitive due to the extra security involved.

Considering the large number of refugees and that most of them are young men, it's inevitable that some of them will commit crimes. ...

Amid the neo-Nazi attacks in Chemnitz, Merkel's coalition has succeeded in steering the debate away from refugee violence to the dangers of the extreme right. For now. If the last few months are any indication, that tactic won't work for long.
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POLITICS – MULTICULTURALISM
If we fret about the "far Right" without curing the ills that fuel them, we're doomed
Tim Stanley
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2018

Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, says Europeans have a habit of talking about the hideous reaction to a problem rather than the problem itself. Why? Because it's easier. It's easier, for instance, to discuss how awful Tommy Robinson – the anti-Islamist campaigner – is than the child-grooming gangs that sparked the backlash that made Robinson famous. Yes, Robinson is very easy to talk about. We've seen home-grown thugs like him come and go for decades, and we know why they're wrong and what words to use about them. The problem with migrant criminals, however, is harder to articulate. How do we address that without sounding like ... well, Tommy Robinson? ...

... If nationalists do well enough in next year's EU elections, they could form a powerful coalition in the European parliament.

We could draw a picture of a black web spreading slowly across the continent, but we should resist superficiality. In a new book, Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin argue that these movements vary in character but that most of them are not Thirties-style fascists: they are national populists. ...

Delegitimizing debate about immigration smacks, as Murray warns, of focusing disproportionately on the outcome of a social tension rather than the source of the tension itself. /.../ What is more likely to radicalise British opinion isn't the burka: it's Westminster and the media trying to compel voters to pretend they love the burka. Indeed, a critical component of the new national populist narrative is that the establishment is providing a special protection for immigrants. ...

I suspect they believe it is the state that is dangerously authoritarian, not they – more interested in forcing through its ideological project of multiculturalism than, say, enforcing the law.
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POLITICS – WAGES, LABOUR MOVEMENT, LEFT LEADERS
Labour's conspiracy of silence on immigration
Paul Embery
UnHerd, 4 September 2018

One of the characteristics of the modern Left is its obstinate refusal to accept inconvenient truths, its unwillingness to look hard facts in the eye and adopt honest arguments in response.

Nowhere is this more apparent than on the question of the consequences of mass immigration in working-class communities.

To argue that the impact has been deep and profound, and not always to the good, is to incite in a wide layer of Left-wing activists an unbridled fury. Emotion, boilerplate and cliché are elevated above evidence, logic and reason.

The bull-headed intractability of Left leaders in resisting any sort of candid debate on mass immigration and its effects on those for whom they claim to speak borders on the criminal. Take the recent publication of a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which highlighted that a tighter labour market, caused in no small measure by a slowdown in the rate of EU-born workers coming to the UK, had forced over half of employers to increase wages.

Did the leaders of the labour movement have anything to say about this? Was there any sense of mea culpa for having spent years attacking those of us who argued that EU free movement laws depressed wages? Was there hell.

They ignored this publication just as they ignored all previous research that established a link between higher immigration levels and worse outcomes for the lowest-paid workers, such as a Bank of England study which concluded that for every 10 percentage point rise in the proportion of immigrants, the pay of those working in semi- or unskilled services is reduced by 2%, and other research showing that UK immigration levels have had a significant effect on wage distribution, with medium- and higher-paid workers gaining and the poorest losing out.

There can be little doubt that, were the research to drill down specifically into those industries where the over-supply of labour was most acute, the effects would be found to be even more striking. ...

It isn't rocket science. Just as a surplus of anything reduces its cost, so most reputable economists, from Karl Marx to Milton Friedman, have agreed that an over-supply of labour depresses wages. A handful of us in the labour movement have been pointing out this simple truth for years, only to be regularly assailed by unthinking colleagues labelling us as 'bigots' and worse.

There was a time when support for open borders was a fringe position on the Left, for most mainstream socialists and trade unionists understood that, while properly-managed immigration could be a good thing, having absolutely no control over the numbers of people entering your country was inimical to socialist planning around employment, housing and welfare. ...

There is a conspiracy of silence among labour movement leaders on the real impact of unrestricted immigration in working-class communities. ...

They ought to take a long hard look at themselves. Because, in the end, their support for open borders, far from bringing about the unity of the international working-class and breaking down social and cultural barriers, has served instead to entrench a system that commodifies humanity, atomises communities and allows big business to cut wages in the quest for greater profits. How could any representative of working people be proud of that outcome?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
Finland: Most 'Migrant Crisis' Arrivals Not Refugees, Are Economic Migrants
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 September 2018

The majority of people who travelled to Europe in 2015 at the height of the continent's Migrant Crisis had made the journey seeking better material living standards and did not fit the criteria to be refugees, Finland's Prime Minister has said.

Speaking during an interview with Finnish public broadcaster YLE at the weekend, Juha Sipilä asserted that the mass influx of immigrants seen in 2015 and 2016 following Angela Merkel's suspension of EU Dublin rules has "caused the recent unrest in Europe", highlighting protests in Germany's Chemnitz over murders by migrants.

"What made the situation so difficult is that the majority of these people are on the move because of economic reasons – not because they are fleeing war or personal persecution," he argued, prompting outrage from Finland's left. ...

Pro-open borders NGOs including Save the Children were among voices calling the claim false along with "immigration researcher" Erna Bodström, who argued that around half of asylum claims made in European Union (EU) nations during 2016 and 2017 were successful after taking into account negative decisions which were eventually overturned by appeal. ...

Rather than recanting his statements, however, the Finnish leader penned a blog post saying he was justified in drawing attention to the large proportion of economic migrants amongst those drawn to Europe who are claiming to be refugees, stating that while "helping one's neighbour" is a duty close to his heart, "the task of the asylum system" is to help the people in most need.

Claiming immigrant communities "enrich our culture" and that they constitute "an important part of Finland's vitality and success", the Centre Party politician said the nation "has a responsibility" to help refugees.

But "the fact is that the majority of those who arrived in 2015 and during the crisis did not meet the criteria for asylum in Finland", he continued, noting: "According to the statistics of the Finnish Immigration Service, approximately one third of asylum seekers entering Finland for the period 2015-2017 received a positive asylum decision.

"Approximately 44 per cent of the asylum seekers who came to Europe received a positive decision. That is, most of the respondents did not have grounds for obtaining asylum in Europe," he said. ...

"... But the role of the asylum system is to help people who are vulnerable to particular oppression and disadvantage," wrote the Finnish politician, who in 2015 demanded the whole country mobilise to show "solidarity" to the arriving third world migrants.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – TAXES, WELFARE BENEFITS
Swiss Study Reveals Immigration Produces Long Term Economic Harm
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 3 September 2018

A study from the University of Basel has concluded that while immigration may have short-term economic benefits for Western nations, in the long term it could heavily strain a country's welfare system.

The study examined the long-term effect of mass migration and concluded that while new migrant households in Switzerland pay around 729 francs per household per month more in taxes than they receive in benefits, that number becomes a 405 francs loss in the long term, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The driving factor behind the long-term loss is that migrants, like native Swiss, age and often pay less overall in taxes before retirement. Another factor is higher unemployment rates among migrants, which is twice as high as native Swiss or foreign EU nationals and four times as high for migrants from outside of the European political bloc.

Just over 70 percent of unemployment insurance money comes from native Swiss taxpayers, but they only take out 55 percent of the total unemployment benefits. ...

One of Germany's top economists Hans-Werner Sinn has also warned Germany and other countries that many low-skilled migrants are attracted by generous welfare state programmes, as opposed to the high-skilled workers often demanded by governments.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Ireland used as backdoor into UK via reunified family ploy
John Mooney
Sunday Times, 2 September 2018

The immigration services and the gardai have opened an inquiry into the abuse of an EU directive that allows foreign nationals to sponsor their families to live in Ireland under a reunification scheme.

The immigration authorities are encountering scores of applications from non-EU nationals who have already obtained residency rights in Britain, but claim to have moved to Ireland and wish to sponsor visas for their spouses, children and parents to move here.

Investigations by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have established multiple sponsors used similar addresses to lodge applications – indicating that criminal gangs and white-collar criminals are involved.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at UK border hits record levels
Michael Hamilton
The Sun, 2 September 2018

The number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at ports and airports trying to enter Britain is at record levels.

Figures show 34,146 were apprehended last year – almost 100 a day and three per cent up on the 33,026 the year before, we can reveal.

Most were caught at Channel ports with border officials using carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and sniffer dogs to find them in vehicles.

Others have tried to enter the UK in the wheel casings of aircraft.

Some are allowed to stay, often after lodging a claim for refugee status.

The Home Office said the figures, obtained under Freedom of Information rules, show "our approach to securing the UK's border is working". ...

Migration Watch UK said the figures do not show how many failed asylum claimants are removed.

It claimed there were more than a million illegals in the UK.
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CRIME – CHILEANS
Why can't we stop convicted criminals flying in from Chile to go on burglary rampages across the home counties?
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 1 September 2018

This week, it emerged more than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the past two years in some 200 burglaries in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, the South-West and Wales.

... Jewellery, watches and designer clothes worth millions of pounds have been stolen with the intention of shipping them back to South America.

Detectives believe the 'burglary tourists' are not acting alone and that their activities are being co-ordinated by a 'Mr Big' in South London. All those arrested pleaded guilty at once – and every single one has refused to comment in interviews with police.

Questions are now being asked as to how these individuals were allowed into the UK.

The Mail can reveal that many have criminal records for robbery, burglary and other crimes in Chile and elsewhere in the world.

At least one was known to Interpol, having previously been deported from Spain for a similar crime. Another had been deported from Italy and Holland just two years before flying into Britain.

Yet still they were allowed to waltz into the country and terrorise British citizens. 'How many more gangs from other countries are doing this?' asked the victim from Kent. ...

The Met's investigation, known as Operation Genie, has led to a total of 36 Chilean nationals being arrested. Sixteen have been convicted of burglary-related offences. Of the remaining 20, eight have been deported and 12 left the country after being released under investigation. ...

'They all plead guilty because they want to spend as short a time as possible in prison in Britain,' said the source.
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TERRORISM
Fear terrorists go free as suspects are sent back to UK without warning
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 1 September 2018

Terror suspects are being deported back to the UK without the knowledge of the British authorities, the Daily Express can reveal today.

Some countries fail to disclose if a UK national is linked to terrorism when sending them home, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes admitted. This means they could be free to walk the streets unless they are already known to the police or being monitored by British intelligence. ...

Ms Nokes said: "The Government does not hold a complete data set relating to individuals deported to the UK since UK nationals are not as a matter of course subject to immigration controls on arrival.

"In addition, not all countries will disclose that they are deporting an individual to the UK or that there is a terrorism concern relating to them."
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DIVERSITY – POLICE
UK Police to Treat Diversity Promotion Like 'Critical Incident', Forces Set to 'Embed Equality into All Activities'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 1 September 2018

Police will soon adopt a raft of "enhanced inclusivity" measures including celebrating "culturally-focused events like Black History Month" as forces across Britain are ordered to treat minority representation like a "critical incident".

According to Police Oracle, a plan set to be launched next week will see every force create a "gold group at chief officer level focused on diversity", with identity politics to be made a major priority.

Senior officers, staff associations, and members of various "communities" will work together towards meeting so-called diversity targets, the law enforcement news outlet said. ...

Committing police chiefs to "embedding diversity, equality and inclusion" into the heart of their forces' every activity, the strategy comes with a "toolkit" of actions to increase minority representation, including making "emotional health and happiness" a priority and bringing in "reverse mentoring" schemes in which lower ranked officers will train their seniors in so-called "emotional intelligence".

Forces will also be told to introduce flexible working practices enabling time off for cultural or religious observance, as well as launching initiatives celebrating "culturally-focused events such as major religious festivals and Black History Month".
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
On non-EU immigration, the government are asleep at the switch
Migration Watch UK, 31 August 2018

It is increasingly clear that immigration was a major factor in the Referendum result. Net EU migration has now fallen from about 200,000 to just under 90,000 (although it could well increase again).

Meanwhile, the question is often asked as to why non-EU net migration has risen to a record 235,000 for the year to March and now accounts for nearly three-quarters (73%) of total non-British net migration. ...

Nearly two-thirds of voters still consider the level of immigration to have been too high over the past decade. Other research has shown that voters are particularly concerned about reducing the level of immigration from outside the EU.

According to a paper issued by Migration Watch UK today, the short answer is that the Government has failed to make serious efforts to reduce it despite having powers to do so.

A number of factors have been at play:

• Despite strenuous efforts by Mrs May when Home Secretary, she faced firm opposition from the Treasury who have long favoured continued immigration simply to boost the overall size of the economy regardless of the impact on wider society and despite the absence of evidence for the UK of any significant benefit to GDP per head.

• Other government departments also opposed restrictions, often as a result of special interests. For example, where the NHS had shortages of staff even when, as the government's own Migration Advisory Committee has pointed out, this was due to a failure to invest sufficiently in training.

• During the coalition years the Liberal Democrats had no desire to restrict immigration control from anywhere in the world.

• Meanwhile those who were benefitting financially, such as business, universities etc, pressed for continued high levels of immigration to their own sectors.

• Since the election in 2017 Amber Rudd, as the Home Secretary, preferred to kick the can down the road, partly because she believed that immigration was good for the economy. The present Home Secretary has so far not demonstrated any willingness to tighten immigration policy; in fact his decisions since taking office have had the effect of loosening controls.

Any serious attempt at reducing immigration can only be achieved by bearing down on each visa category.

The Migration Watch UK paper ('How to deliver a significant reduction in non-EU net migration') indicates the steps that could and should be taken. ...

An increase in resources for border control will also be essential, particularly given the need to divert resources to register about three million EU citizens under the Withdrawal Agreement.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, GERMANY
German author Thilo Sarrazin 'is fuelling fear of Muslims'
David Crossland
The Times, 31 August 2018

Critics say a new book by the controversial German writer and politician Thilo Sarrazin could further embolden the far right and fuel an upsurge in neo-Nazi violence.

Called Hostile Takeover: How Islam Obstructs Progress and Threatens Society, it warns that Muslims will be the majority group in Germany within two or three generations and calls for an immediate end to immigration. The birth rates among Muslim immigrants are "demographic dynamite", Mr Sarrazin writes.

A former member of the Berlin city government and of the Bundesbank's board, Mr Sarrazin said at the book launch in Berlin that Islam was not a religion of peace "but a violent ideology cloaked as a religion".
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BIAS – FACEBOOK
Facebook staff fear sack for expressing right-wing ideas
Mark Bridge
The Times, 31 August 2018

Facebook employees work in an intolerant left-wing "monoculture" and fear losing their job if they express dissenting views on topics such as immigration, it has been claimed.

More than 100 employees joined an online group called "FB'ers for Political Diversity" founded by a Facebook engineer to encourage free expression.

Brian Amerige wrote a blog post on Facebook's internal message board, titled "We Have a Problem with Political Diversity", which was obtained by The New York Times. He wrote: "We are a political monoculture that's intolerant of different views. We claim to welcome all perspectives but are quick to attack, often in mobs, anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology ..."
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POPULATION PRESSURE – DEVELOPMENT
If you're pro-immigration you can't be anti-development
Peter Franklin
UnHerd, 31 August 2018

Did you know that the UK government is planning to build a £3 billion expressway between Oxford and Cambridge? ('Expressway' being a fancy word for a programme of upgrades to the roads that currently link the two university towns.)

Opposition to the scheme – which supports a wider plan to build a million more homes in communities along the route – is growing. The core arguments are articulated by George Monbiot in the Guardian:



"A recent study by the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows that, far from relieving congestion, new road schemes create new traffic – a tendency first noted in 1925 and ignored by transport planners ever since. But the treadmill must keep turning. The bypasses must be bypassed with new bypasses, new jobs must be created to match the new housing, and new housing must be built to match the new jobs. Growth must continue, until it destroys everything it claims to enhance."



Put that way, it all sounds absurdly pointless – a gargantuan make-work scheme powered by circular logic. Except that it's not circular at all. Development is justified by a very real external input: people.

Something like a quarter of a million people migrate to the United Kingdom every year. That's a net figure (i.e. immigration minus emigration) – and there's quite a lot of variation from year to year. ...

I'm not sure that one should describe an increase of somewhere between two and three million people per decade as any kind of exodus; but whatever you call it, these are people who need jobs, homes and access to transport. Oh, and unless we expect them to live in total indolence and absolute poverty, they will cause economic growth – human beings tend to do that, given the chance.

Amazingly, many of those who object to new development – and, in some cases, to the very concept of economic growth – have no problem with mass migration, indeed they may well actively favour open-door immigration policies. ...

So where are these extra millions going to live? ...

It strikes me that we are having a debate about where we don't want new development (i.e. anywhere near us), but avoiding the debate about where we do want it.

So, if not the Oxford-Cambridge corridor, then where? Should we allow London to sprawl outwards until it reaches Oxford and Cambridge anyway? Bulldoze every public park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South East? ...

One thing is for sure: Building absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone (BANANA) is not an option – not when the population is growing at its current rate.
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EMPLOYMENT – EU CITIZENS
Study estimates 500,000 EU workers are in low-skilled UK jobs
Lisa O'Carroll
The Guardian, 30 August 2018

An estimated 500,000 EU citizens are working in low-skilled jobs in the UK such as picking fruit, cleaning offices, working in warehouses and food factories, a report by leading academics has found.

The report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that employers could struggle to find workers after Brexit and the risk of labour exploitation might be heightened under the two main options available to companies to find staff willing to do the work once freedom of movement ends.

In the most extensive analysis of the jobs EU nationals are filling, Migration Observatory found 132,000 in elementary cleaning jobs, 120,000 in basic hospitality jobs such as coffee shops, 96,000 in warehouses, 91,000 in factory plants and 26,000 on building sites.

Another 89,000 were truck, van and taxi drivers; 82,000 worked in care services; 74,000 working in food processing; 68,000 as shop assistants and 54,000 in other administrative jobs.

The vast majority of the estimated 3.6 million to 3.8 million EU citizens in the country were in skilled jobs with 537,000 in "high-skilled jobs" with degree or equivalent qualifications.

Another 616,000 were in upper- to middle-skilled jobs with school plus substantial training with 781,000 in lower-middle skilled jobs defined as those involving school qualifications and "some training". ...

The government has said it wants to extend an existing youth mobility scheme for Australians, Canadians and other specified non-EU countries including Japan and Monaco to allow them work in these low-skilled jobs.

But Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory, said this would not be sufficient.

"There's no guarantee that youth mobility can provide staff for unpalatable roles in out-of-the-way places.

"That's because the scheme gives workers lots of options, and people with options often prefer to work in shops and bars rather than muddy fields or food processing plants."
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, BLACKS
Let's talk about gang culture's elephant in the room: absent black fathers
Tony Sewell
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2018
[Dr Tony Sewell is CEO of the charity Generating Genius]

I used to be a member of the Youth Justice Board and one of my tasks was visiting youth offending units. These spaces were teeming with young men who looked like me – I could have been their father or even grandfather. Many were locked up because of knife crime violence. I wanted to know the reason why.

So-called experts were telling me that it was all about austerity and a lack of youth facilities, while others claimed it was a dearth of suitable role models. In a new report, Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative Party leader, argues for a tougher line with gangs, particularly a policing policy unafraid to get tough on black communities, where there is a disproportionate amount of knife crime. ...

Every boy said that their problems started when their fathers left the home, while others were haunted by the father they never knew. /.../ According to official statistics, black children are significantly more likely to grow up in single-parent families. ...

The worrying thing about crime in black communities is that it is now happening in a second generation. A culture of black masculinity has taken hold in Jamaica, the big cities of America and the UK where black men produce children without feeling the need to take responsibility for them.

Policy makers and politicians in the UK will not touch this area. Even sociologists, who should know better, have run to the mantra of institutional racism to explain the realities of black family breakdown. ...

It is not only Afro-Caribbean communities that face this horror. Talk to women from the Somali community, for example, and they will say that the absence of a male figure in their homes has meant their boys have gone "wild".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
'This has to STOP!' Czech leader demands EU action plan to end migrant crisis
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 29 August 2018

The European Union must draw up a comprehensive action plan to stop illegal migration, according to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

Mr Babis said EU member states had to show a united front or the crisis which has gripped the bloc for more than three years will never be resolved.

The billionaire businessman said: "If Italy and Malta won't welcome the migrants, then Spain will.

"And so we're sending the message to migrants that it's possible to come to Europe, from Morocco via Spain.

"This has to stop. Otherwise we'll never stop the migrant influx.

"I plan to discuss this with EU leaders and take part in implementing a comprehensive action plan." ...

"We need to begin co-operating in a serious way to find a solution because we needlessly lost three years to an inane debate on migrant quotas." ...

The Czech leader restated his position that the Czech Republic would welcome "no illegal migrants".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VENEZUELANS, SOUTH AMERICA
Venezuela crisis: Brazil to send army to safeguard border
BBC, 29 August 2018

Brazil says it is sending its army to the Venezuelan border to "guarantee law and order" amid an influx of migrants fleeing the crisis-hit country.

President Michel Temer said in a televised address on Tuesday that Venezuela's "tragic" situation threatened peace across South America.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country due to hyperinflation, and food and medicine shortages. ...

"The problem of Venezuela is no longer one of internal politics. It is a threat to the harmony of the whole continent," Mr Temer said. ...

Meanwhile, neighbouring Peru has declared a 60-day health emergency in two provinces on its northern border, after health authorities expressed concerns of the spread of diseases from migrants.

Venezuela is in its fourth year of an economic crisis, ...

Some 2.3 million citizens have fled the country since 2014, sparking the worst migration crisis in Latin American history, according to the United Nations. ...

There are more than a million Venezuelans in Colombia, more than half a million in Ecuador, more than 400,000 in Peru and some 60,000 in Brazil.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Theresa May pledges UK aid budget funding to help slash immigration into Europe as she heads for Nigeria
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 29 August 2018

Theresa May will pledge to use the UK aid budget to slash immigration into Europe as she visits Nigeria tomorrow.

The Prime Minister is to unveil a series of commitments to cut 'illegal and unsafe' inflows from West Africa.

Nigeria is believed to be the fifth-largest country of origin for victims of modern slavery in Britain - a cause that Mrs May has championed for years. ...

'Today we are stepping up our partnership with Nigerian authorities to find traffickers and bring them to justice.

'And because this is an international problem which needs international response, we are also launching a new project with France to strengthen border cooperation to prevent trafficking along key migration routes towards Libya and Europe.

'But as well as targeting the smugglers and traffickers that cruelly exploit people for financial gain, it's vital that we support the victims who have suffered enormous trauma and are at high risk of being re-trafficked, and that is an important part of the support we are announcing today.'
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DIVERSITY – ETHNIC FRAGMENTATION
Actually, evidence shows 'diversity' makes countries weaker – not stronger
Jack M. Mintz
Financial Post, 29 August 2018
[Jack Mintz is the president's fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy]

Most immigrants coming to Canada want to build a new life in a free and democratic society, escaping tyranny, prejudice or poor economic circumstances. Their local ethnic communities help them get adjusted to their new home. But it is nonetheless true that Canada faces a real test in maintaining national identity when so many people come from disparate backgrounds, and in avoiding problems that occur with ethnic conflict.

In principle, diverse populations can be economically rewarding. They provide more product and service choices. Immigration brings workers with a greater variety of backgrounds. Immigrants can even spur more innovation since people with different perspectives combine ideas in ways that would not happen with homogenous societies.

However, the flipside is fragmentation – when citizens identify more strongly with a social group rather than the nation as a whole, potentially leading to conflict. Conflict itself erodes trust in institutions and encourages corruption.

Canada is among the most ethnically diverse, or fragmented, countries in the world /.../. Only Sub-Saharan African countries and some Latin American countries are more so. This fragmentation impacts voting behaviour. It can also bring civil strife. ...

What researchers have found is that voters who identify more strongly with the "nation" rather than their particular sub-group, are more cognizant of the country's overall well-being. This has been supported by recent empirical studies looking at OECD countries and Belgium.

Social-identity theory has also led researchers to examine more carefully the impact of fragmentation on economic growth, quality of government institutions, centralization of political decision-making and conflict. Harvard political economist Alberto Alesina and his colleagues have painstakingly measured ethnic, religious and linguistic diversification for roughly 200 countries in the past two decades. Overall, the most fragmented societies were found to have lower growth in per capita GDP and poorer quality public institutions: fewer years of schooling, worse infrastructure, higher fiscal deficits, lower credit liquidity and higher black-market premiums. ...

When ethnically fragmented populations are associated with high degree of income inequality, the risk of social conflict grows. Since inequality is less severe in Canada, we avoid the conflicts of Nigeria and Bolivia. ...

It's wise not to overplay these conclusions since fragmentation is highly linked with other factors as well (particularly, distance from the equator). Legal history also matters. What is critical to note, though, is that there is no evidence to support the political hypothesis that ethnic and linguistic fragmentation – a.k.a. "diversity" – leads to higher growth. Only religious fragmentation has been correlated with improved growth.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Islam's Thousand Year War on Christendom
William Kilpatrick
Crisis Magazine, 29 August 2018

I just finished reading Raymond Ibrahim's Sword and Scimitar, a history of fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West, ...

In short, the violent conflicts between Muslims and Christians were primarily religious wars, not, as many modern historians suggest, wars for resources or national interests. /.../ By contrast, Ibrahim, who reads both Arabic and Greek, lets the Muslim and Christian witnesses to past events speak for themselves. ...

One of the recurring themes is that of world conquest commanded by Allah. Muslims justified all of their wars and depredations during this immense stretch of history by referring to the Koran and to the words and deeds of Muhammad. Muslim leaders did not look upon their conquests as simply local affairs, but as stepping stones to subjugating the earth. ...

Still another constant was slavery. One modern historian observes that "the Islamic jihad looks uncomfortably like a giant slave trade." The number of the enslaved was astronomical. It was not unusual for a campaign to result in the enslavement of 100,000 people. Between 1530 and 1780, the Barbary Coast Muslims enslaved at least a million Europeans. Some three million Slavs – Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, and Ukrainians – were enslaved between 1450 and 1783. Millions more were taken captive by the Muslim conquerors of Spain. ...

Slaving raids were also carried out in Ireland, England, Denmark, and as far away as Iceland and Scandinavia. Slaves were used for labor, as soldiers, and as concubines. /.../ Although few Americans are aware of the fact, the Arab and Ottoman slave trade lasted far longer than the Atlantic slave trade and resulted in the loss of many more lives. ...

Sword and Scimitar puts to rest several important myths. One of these myths is that Christians were the aggressors in this long and bloody conflict. This is decidedly not the case. For example, the modern idea that "the crusades were unprovoked wars of conquest" is demonstrably false. As Ibrahim points out, the crusades were a very belated response to 400 years of Muslim conquest. Two-thirds of the Christian world had already been devoured by Muslim armies before Pope Urban II made his appeal to the knights of Christendom. Many regions which are now solidly Muslim were once Christian. All of the twenty-two nations which now comprise the "Arab world" in the Middle East and North Africa were Christian. ...

Perhaps the major lesson of Ibrahim's timely book is that little has changed over the centuries. One of the misleading myths of our time is that al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, and other major terrorist groups have perverted the meaning of Islam. They are variously described as having "hijacked," "distorted," or "misunderstood" the true message of Islam. History says otherwise. /.../ "Muslim hostility to the West," he observes, "is not an aberration but a continuation of Islamic history." Against today's wishful thinking about Islam's peaceful intentions, Sword and Scimitar documents "what Muslims have actually done to and in the West for centuries." ...

... As Sword and Scimitar ably demonstrates, what has happened over and over in the past is very likely to happen again.
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CRIME – STOP AND SEARCH
Increase use of stop and search to beat rising gang violence, says Iain Duncan Smith
Jamie Merrill
Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2018

Police chiefs should dramatically increase the use of controversial stop and search power to tackle rising gang violence, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith demanded last night.

Mr Duncan Smith's comments came as his think-tank released a new report warning that drug dealers operating "with impunity" across the country are to blame for a "toxic cycle of serious violence", the Mail reported.

The 148-page document, which is likely to increase the pressure on the government to get a handle on violent crime, comes just days after the number of killings in London this year reached 100. ...

But, the report, by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), dismisses the "racial disparity" and calls for additional funding for community policing as well as a new order to allow convicted gang leaders to be stopped and searched when they are released from prison, even if there is no evidence against them.

Among its finding the report details how a gun is fired illegally in London every six to nine hours, almost half of residents in the capital say there are "no-go areas" and that nearly three-quarters support police stop and searches.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, ITALY, EU
Italy's anti-immigration rhetoric is paying off for the populists
Daniel R. DePetris
Spectator blog, 28 August 2018

Italy is now "the troublemaker of Europe."

Nowhere is this more the case than Europe's perpetual migration headache. In Berlin, Paris, and Brussels, the talk about illegal immigration is about finding a unified European solution that is as durable as it is humane. In Rome, the discussion is far more polarising. The question is less about finding solutions favourable to the European Union as it is about finding a way to send a lightning bolt through the EU's stony exterior in order to get its attention.

For most politicians in the West, forcing dozens of poor, tired, and desperate migrants to stay on a rescue ship off the coast of Sicily until the EU agrees to adopt them would be a career suicide. Decency, virtue, charity, and morality are supposed to be what Europe is all about. When people running from war, torture, or political persecution risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean, the Europeans are expected to come to the beaches with outstretched hands. To not assist the tens of thousands of hungry people fleeing Africa, the Middle East, and Asia – or worse, to block these vulnerable men, women, and children from landing on European shores – is to violate the theory that Europe is a universal beacon for life, liberty, democracy, and opportunity.

Italy, however, is a different story. /.../ The Italian people are fed up with their country being asked to manage Europe's migration crisis on the one hand while being criticised for insufficient loyalty to the EU on the other.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, GERMANY
Migrant suspected of 542 crimes can't be deported from Germany as he doesn't have PASSPORT
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 28 August 2018

A migrant facing hundreds of criminal investigations cannot be deported from Germany – because officials have no idea where he is from.

The man, who came to Germany in 1998 without a passport, claims to be from various North African countries including Algeria and Morocco.

He has allegedly been using legal loopholes to stay in Germany despite having a staggering 542 criminal investigations against him.

He was recently arrested by police but authorities have clue what the man's name is nor where he comes from.

As a result, they are unable to deport him to his country of origin. ...

The only information German authorities have on him are his fingerprints but database searches have yielded no matches.

Police have since had to release the man.
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CRIME – BURGLARY, CHILEANS
Rise of 'burglary tourists' flying in from abroad to ransack British homes in raids worth millions of pounds
Greg Wilford
The Sun, 27 August 2018

A gang of Latin American thieves has been ransacking houses across the home counties in a spate of "burglary tourism", it was reported last night.

They have swiped jewellery, watches and designer clothes in a series of multimillion-pound raids across England and Wales.

Scotland Yard has launched a manhunt for the British-based leaders of the Chilean network after burglaries across southwest London, the Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent and as far afield as Somerset and north Wales.

More than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the UK over the past two years and the gang is known to be active in Spain and other European countries, according to The Times.

The crime spree will raise questions over the lack of background checks at the British border after it emerged thieves have moved back and forth between the UK and Chile with relative impunity.

Citizens from Chile and most Latin American countries do not need visas to visit the UK for up to three months.
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CITIZENSHIP – CANADA, UK
Why does Canada automatically give citizenship to people born here?
Tristin Hopper
West Elgin Chronicle, 27 August 2018

At their weekend convention in Halifax, the Conservative Party of Canada approved a resolution to "enact legislation which will fully eliminate birthright citizenship in Canada unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada." In a subsequent statement, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the measure was designed to "end birth tourism."

This, more than almost any other Tory proposal, spurred immediate condemnation from opponents. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, for one, called it a policy of "division & hate." ...

If a French woman goes into labour while changing planes at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, the child automatically receives lifetime Canadian citizenship. Canada extends unconditional citizenship to anyone born within its borders under a legal principle known in Latin as "jus soli" (law of the soil). Conversely, if a Canadian woman goes into labour while changing planes at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport, the child gets nothing except perhaps a decorative French birth certificate. This is generally the law across all of Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania: A child's nationality is determined based on the citizenship or residency of its parents rather than the flag flying over the maternity ward at the time. There are exceptions. Germany introduced qualifications into its citizenship law after whole Berlin neighbourhoods started to fill with German-born Turks unable to obtain citizenship. ...

... All across North and South America, jus soli is the recognized law of the land. There are clerical reasons why this is probably the case: The Americas are full of immigrants and it saves a lot of paperwork if the only prerequisite for citizenship is a birth certificate. The United States didn't explicitly recognize jus soli until the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, when it was adopted largely as a means of extending citizenship to millions of slaves freed by the Civil War. Even if the U.S. and Canada dwell in a hemisphere where jus soli is the norm, however, they remain unique among developed countries in that they're the only ones to confer automatic citizenship. ...

When John A. Macdonald's family moved from Scotland to Upper Canada in 1820, they didn't need any special immigration papers. At the time, the rule was that anybody born on a British ship or on British-controlled soil was a "subject" of Queen Victoria and could thus travel anywhere that flew the Union Jack. This policy remained in place well into the 20th century, when the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act ascribed de facto citizenship to "any person born within His Majesty's Dominions" – which then included Canada, Australia and New Zealand, among others. /.../ In 1981, the U.K. did away with jus soli, decreeing that even children born in the British Isles couldn't be British without at least one parent who was a U.K. permanent resident.
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DIVERSITY – USA
Diversity Studies: Your Path to a 6-Figure Salary
Robert Weissberg
Minding the Campus, 27 August 2018
[Robert Weissberg is a professor emeritus of political science at The University of Illinois-Urbana]

Universities face a serious dilemma in their quest for diversity and inclusion. ...

Here's the solution: "Diversity Studies," a major that will provide both the diploma and a well-paid career.

This solution arrived as a Eureka moment when I read how the University of Michigan employed some 93 full-time staff charged with promoting diversity. All had high sounding titles – diversity administrator, directors of diversity, vice-provosts, Deans, investigators, executive assistants, and consultants. More than a quarter of these functionaries earned more than $100,000 plus generous fringe benefits worth about 32.5% of salary. Indeed, salaries at the top here far exceed salaries of well-paid distinguished professors. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, takes home $396,550; David Brown, Michigan's Associate Dean Office of Health Equity & Inclusion earned some $220,000.

Add dozens of positions that may not receive the big bucks but are nevertheless respectable at a prestigious university where job security is the norm. ...

Further, add how diversity mania has become ubiquitous and, as the old Soviet Union installed political commissars everywhere, every corner of the campus must now have its very own diversity specialist, so prospects for yet more positions are excellent. ...

The University of Michigan is hardly unique in this hiring frenzy. Heather Mac Donald has documented similar efforts elsewhere while Yale, Columbia and Brown (among others) have pledged tens of millions to upgrade campus diversity at a time when universities often struggle financially (Columbia, has allocated 100 million over the next five years). ...

Many of these positions are presently unfilled suggesting a bonanza for those who will earn degrees in diversity management. Even better, these campus jobs are just a tiny fraction of the possibilities in the private sector, philanthropy, and governments at all levels. Hard to imagine any field of employment with a greater unmet demand for new hires.

There is more good news. Getting campus-based diversity majors up and running could be done quickly given that the underlying philosophy of diversity – "it is wonderful" – is well known, and this new academic discipline requires no expensive facilities or equipment.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
French right-wing chief claims migration a threat to European civilisation
Philippe Desmazes
RFI, 26 August 2018

The leader of France's mainstream-right Republicans on Sunday called for migrant-rescue boats to be banned from all European ports in a hardline speech on immigration that declared it was a "cultural threat to European civilisation". Laurent Wauquiez accused a "small milieu" of inventing the word "populism" so as to censor "all those who don't think as they do".

"How can anyone not see that we are at the limits of our capacity of integration and that mass immigration is a cultural threat to European civilisation today," Wauquiez told a meeting of 1,500 people, including a number of MPs, in central France. ...

"The French refuse to become foreigners in their own country," he told an enthusiastic audience, adding that "something must be done to ensure that there is some civilisation left". ...

Just over 60,000 people applied for asylum in France in the first six months of this year, up 16 percent on the same period last year.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIMINALS, GERMANY
Yazidi refugees flee Isil captors in Iraq - only to encounter them walking free in Germany
Josie Ensor
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2018

There was no mistaking him, the man standing just a few feet away. Ashwaq Ta'lo could never forget the smell of his breath, his wiry beard, that distinctive gait. She had spent three months as his slave after all.

The man was one of the Islamic State commanders who kidnapped Ashwaq, her four sisters and five brothers back in the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar in northern Iraq that sweltering summer of 2014.

But there he was in front of her in 2018 on a street in rainy Stuttgart, Germany - the country which had offered her refuge. A country where she had come to feel safe. ...

At least 10 others have reported seeing their tormentor in similar circumstances in the last two years, says Dr Jan Kizilhan, a psychologist ...

Aghiad al-Kheder, co-founder of Sound and Picture, the anti-Isil activists, fled his hometown of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria after it was overrun by the jihadists. ...

He said he knows dozens of Isil members are in Germany. Activists like him have flagged them up to the police, but they have been told that little can be done. ...

He said that many victims, particularly those who had been imprisoned or tortured by Isil back in Syria, do not report sightings as they are too afraid to talk. ...

Prosecutors are in a bind. Ignore the problem and it could come back to bite them. Try to bring a case to court and it could fail for lack of evidence. ...

"We assume that some of these perpetrators have blood on their hands, but often we can't prove it," said Peter Frank, one of Germany's top prosecutors. "Our problem is what proof can we get from a war zone where all state structures have collapsed? Cooperation in terms of legal help doesn't work, either in Syria or Iraq."

Guido Steinberg, a leading expert on Islamic extremism at the Berlin-based Institute for International and Security Affairs, said there were about a dozen suspected Isil operatives and other jihadists being tried across the country; some of the small number that authorities had managed to identify and bring to justice.

"Germany's open-door policy was a catastrophe, and I say this as someone incredibly sympathetic to the refugee cause," he said. ...

Mr Steinberg, who testifies on the political and security situation in Syria and Iraq in the cases that do reach court, said police may never find the suspect in Ashwaq's case because it is likely he used false documents to enter the country, as thousands of others were thought to have done.

"Germany still doesn't know who some of these people that came in are; they are unaccounted for," he said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
German President Declares There are 'No Native Germans, We are a Nation of Immigrants'
Virginia Hall
Breitbart, 25 August 2018

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has declared Germany "is a nation of immigrants and will remain so", asserting: "There are no half or whole Germans, no biological or 'new' Germans".

Speaking at Berlin's Bellevue Palace, where a small group of people with Turkish heritage had been invited to share their views on immigration, integration, and xenophobia in Europe, the German president strongly denounced "exclusion of and discrimination against people with foreign roots". ...

"Racism and discrimination violate human dignity and damage our democracy," he continued, claiming: "Immigration has taken place because we have repeatedly asked people to come – a situation which will continue to be true in the future." ...

"No one should have to deny their roots," he stressed, adding he wished "for a Germany in which we can win together and lose together" in a nod to Özil – an ethnic Turk whose resignation came after he was criticised for his performance in the World Cup, and for being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May.
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DIVERSITY – SCIENCE, SCIENTISTS
It's not science I don't trust – it's the scientists
James Delingpole
The Spectator, 25 August 2018

Where are the peer-reviewers who are supposed to vet these things? Well, it turns out they're generally willing to give a free pass to any thesis that accords with the liberal narrative. For example, over the course of more than a decade, Diederik Stapel 'published dozens of sensational papers on such topics as how easily Whites or men can be prompted to discriminate against Blacks or women'. When exposed as a fraud, Stapel explained that he was merely giving social scientists what they were 'waiting for'. ...

If the evidence doesn't accord with the correct 'woke' narrative then right-thinking social scientists tailor it till it does. This is what happened to a 2007 study showing racially diverse communities are more suspicious, withdrawn, ungenerous, fractured and fractious. Such an incendiary refutation of the well-known truth that 'diversity is strength' could not go unedited. So it didn't. Publication was delayed until the author could 'develop proposals to compensate for the negative effects of diversity'. To publish the facts on their own would be 'irresponsible'.

Eventually, the author published it with a disquisition on how increasing diversity would lead to 'significant benefits in the medium or long term'.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BIRTHS, PARENTS FROM ABROAD
The streets where 3 in 4 babies have migrant mothers: Percentage of births to foreign women reaches record high, with Polish and Pakistani parents topping the list
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 24 August 2018

Record numbers of babies were born to foreign mothers last year, official figures showed yesterday.

A steadily growing share of births in England and Wales are to immigrant mothers.

In 2017, 28.4 per cent of births were born to mothers from outside Britain, up from 28.2 per cent in 2016. In some parts of Britain it was as high as three children in four. ...

The proportion has risen every year since 1990, when the level was 11.6 per cent. This had grown to 19.5 per cent in 2004 – the year Tony Blair's Labour government threw open the doors to migrants from Eastern Europe.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were 192,651 births to foreign mothers in 2017 - down 1.8 per cent on the previous year.

In total, there were 679,106 babies born last year in England and Wales - a decrease of 2.5 per cent.

Poles topped the list for new mothers born outside Britain, with 20,779. This was a six-fold increase on the 3,403 children born to Polish mothers in 2005.

It was followed by Pakistan (17,099), while Romania (13,717) moved into third place for the first time, fuelled by a surge in adults from the Eastern European arriving in the UK after the employment restrictions were lifted in 2014. It overtook India, which was on 13,476.

Some 71,472 babies were born to mothers from the EU in 2017 - up from 44,022 in 2008, or 62 per cent.

Including foreign-born fathers, around 1 in 3 babies had at least one parent from overseas. Pakistan was the most common country of birth for fathers born outside the UK with 18,513, followed by Poland (15,610) and India (13,715). ...

In some parts of the UK, 75 per cent of children were born to foreign mothers in 2017. In Brent, North-West London, it was 75.7 per cent while in the East London borough of Newham, the proportion was 74.1 per cent.

Slough in Berkshire had the highest percentage outside London at 62.8 per cent followed by Luton with 59.3 per cent.

However, the ONS paper also revealed that the Total Fertility Rate - which predicts how many children a typical woman would have in their lifetime on current patterns - fell to 1.71 children per foreign-born woman, the lowest level since 2005.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Four-fold rise in illegal migrants caught at border
Joe Duggan
Daily Express, 24 August 2018

The number of illegal migrants found trying to sneak into the UK has quadrupled in four years, an investigation has fond. In 2013, 204 migrants were found at UK ports attempting to reach Britain, with the figure rocketing to 835 in 2017, said the BBC.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, EUROPEAN UNION
EU calls emergency migration meeting as Salvini threatens to quit
Jacopo Barigazzi
Politico, 24 August 2018

The European Commission said Thursday it has called an emergency meeting on migration as Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini suggested he could resign in a dispute over migrants held on a coast guard ship.

Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, is in a standoff with Italian President Sergio Mattarella over whether 177 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean should be allowed to disembark from the Diciotti ship, docked in a Sicilian port for the last three days.

Salvini insists the migrants should only be allowed onto Italian soil if other EU countries agree to share responsibility for them. Mattarella favors letting the migrants disembark for humanitarian reasons. The head of state made a rare intervention in day-to-day politics to end a similar dispute last month by letting 67 migrants disembark from the Diciotti after another rescue operation.

But Salvini has declared he will not let Mattarella do the same thing this time. ...

Only 29 unaccompanied minors have been allowed to leave the boat so far. ...

Alexander Winterstein, a European Commission spokesman, said the EU executive has been "in intense contact" about the Diciotti case since Sunday.
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CRIME – SLAVERY
Doctor who kept a slave is struck off
Court News UK, 24 August 2018

A family GP who was jailed with her her husband for enslaving their nanny is continuing to blame others as she is struck off from the profession. Dr Ayodeji Adewakun, 45, and Abimbola Adewakun, 49, lured the woman from Nigeria with promises of £500 a month which she hoped would support her family following the death of her mother. But the couple confiscated her passport as soon as she arrived in February 2007 ...
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POPULATION – GROWTH
The true impact of immigration on UK population growth
Migration Watch UK, 23 August 2018

New calculations from Migration Watch UK have demonstrated that about 82% of the UK population increase between 2001 and 2016 was the result of the arrival of migrants, their children and their subsequent children born in the UK.

The ONS annual mid-year population estimates state the proportion of annual growth due to net migration and to natural increase (births minus deaths). However, they do not go further and attempt to attribute a proportion of the natural increase to immigrants.

... Migration Watch UK has adjusted the ONS calculation of the immigration contribution to past population growth to take into account the contribution to annual population growth made by the annual births of children of immigrants.

The grandchildren and great grandchildren of immigrants have not been included in these calculations. Such data are unavailable for the UK. In any case, most people would assume that such persons should be regarded as members of the indigenous community.

Despite frequent media coverage of pressures on school places, the NHS, transport infrastructure, housing and the green belt, it is remarkable how seldom people are willing to point towards population growth as a principal factor driving these problems.

Accordingly, the paper shines a light on this elephant in the room and demonstrates that it is simply not possible to discuss the state of our public services without considering immigration as a major factor.

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"The government have been remarkably coy about the true impact of immigration on our public services over the past sixteen years. This has meant that very few people realise that over 80% of our population increase in recent years has been due to immigration. The government must now get serious about reducing numbers. Immigration on the current scale is rapidly changing the size and nature of our society."
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS, INACCURACY
Reality Check: Do we really know the scale of UK migration?
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 23 August 2018

Figures just out have revealed the significance of immigration and emigration in the past year - but how are the numbers gathered, and how reliable are they?

The system the UK uses to estimate long-term migration is now, in the words of the Office for National Statistics, "stretched beyond its purpose".

The system's critics are a little harsher. They say it offers at best an educated guess - and at worst is deeply flawed.

Every three months the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes a migration update. And at the heart of that report is the International Passenger Survey (IPS). ...

So how does the IPS come up with its figures, and why is it so controversial?

For 362 days a year, IPS staff leap in front of travellers at 19 airports, eight ports and the Channel Tunnel rail link. They ask them for a bit of their life story: where they're from, why they're in the UK and how long they might be staying.

Up to 800,000 people a year take part and about 250,000 of those results are put through the statistical mixer to come up with an estimate for the number of people either arriving to live in the UK, or leaving the UK for at least a year - the internationally-agreed definition of a long-term migrant.

But the IPS doesn't cover all the ports, all of the time. Take Dover, for example. There are up to 51 ferry arrivals a day - and the IPS only covers four days' worth of them over an entire year. The nationwide sample works out at just over 1% of Heathrow's annual traffic of 78 million people.

Within the sample, the number of known migrants is about 5,000. So they are an incredibly small group, within an already small sample, upon which statisticians are expected to give ministers some big answers. ...

Here's how it works. Last July the ONS estimated net migration to be 282,000 a year. But there is a large margin of error. The figure could be wrong by 47,000 either way. So net migration could be as low as 235,000 or as high as 329,000.

That is the statistical problem with surveys the world over. And two parliamentary committees in just over a year have concluded that the IPS is now next to useless, on its own, for what ministers need it to do. ...

Last year the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee was more scathing still, saying the statistics were so poor that ministries were "formulating policy in the dark". ...

A lot of the UK's peers are more advanced in how they come up with migrant counts. New Zealand makes travellers fill in entry and exit cards - including their own nationals - which gives a precise measure of who's where. You can't get in or out of the country until you fill in the card. The UK had a similar system until it was scrapped in the 1990s. ...

The UK's long, long delayed electronic replacement for exit and entry checks is now operational - although the immigration watchdog recently found the Home Office guilty of "wishful thinking" in suggesting it was delivering all it was claimed to do.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
Net migration of EU citizens to UK falls to lowest since 2012
Reuters, 23 August 2018

Net migration of European Union citizens into Britain fell to its lowest level since 2012 during the year to March, official data showed on Thursday.

The Office for National Statistics said 87,000 more EU citizens moved to Britain than left it during the year to March 2018, down 36,000 from a year ago and marking the smallest net migration figure since the year ending in December 2012.

Overall net migration into Britain rose to 271,000 in the year to March, up 28,000 on a year ago.
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POLITICS – GOVERNMENT
It is a betrayal of Britain that the Government has not coped with mass migration
The Sun, 23 August 2018
[Leading article]

It is a staggering betrayal of Britain that successive Governments gave no thought to how we would cope with a sudden population explosion caused by mass migration.

Their only concern was providing cheap workers to fuel the economy and, in Labour's case, to "diversify" the country.

So our borders were flung open. And since 2000 our population has soared by more than seven million – more than 80 per cent of it directly due to immigration, according to Migration Watch.

The Sun is not criticising the migrants themselves. Quite the reverse. The vast majority come for a better life and a decent job and integrate perfectly.

Our objection is to short-sighted politicians who failed to foresee the cost.

Now wages are depressed, houses and rents unaffordable, schools overcrowded, the NHS and our transport system under massive strain.

Migrant numbers should be tied to our economic need – but it is vital, with the annual net increase still at 280,000, that we build the infrastructure to match.

What's being done? Precious little.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CEUTA, SPAIN
Acid hurled at police as hundreds of migrants storm border of Spanish enclave in North Africa to gain access to Europe
Associated Press and Sara Malm
MailOnline, 23 August 2018

Around 300 migrants have stormed fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco – with 116 of them making it onto European soil.

Seven policemen were burned by acid and quicklime, a skin irritant, allegedly thrown by some of the migrants as they over-ran border defences, Spanish police said. ...

More than 3,800 migrants have crossed the border into Ceuta and Melilla so far this year, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.

The route accounted for 14 per cent of the total 27,600 who arrived, mainly by sea, between January and July, a 130 per cent increase on the previous year.
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POPULATION – NUMBERS OF IMMIGRANTS
Migration statistics: The number of migrants in the UK
Georgina Sturge
House of Commons Library, 23 August 2018

It might be assumed that we know how many migrants live in the UK. It may also seem safe to assume that we should know the size of the UK population or the population of a local area, at any given point in time.

The fact is, we know neither of these for certain and our official statistics of both are carefully calculated estimates.

The UK does not maintain a central list of everyone who is resident in the country at a given time. Only in Census years (usually every tenth year), when the whole population is counted and their nationality or country of birth recorded, do we know how many people live where and which countries they migrated from. In between Census years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) makes official estimates of the number of migrants in the population.

In statistical terms, a migrant is someone who changes their place of usual residence. An immigrant is someone who has come to the UK, as opposed to emigrants who have left the UK. What sets migrants apart from the rest of the population is that they either:

1. Were born in a different country or

2. Have the nationality of a different country.

However, the ONS uses the UN's definition of a migrant as a 'long-term' resident, so migrants to the UK are people who come to live for 12 months or more. This 12-month residence definition is widely used, for example by the EU statistics agency, Eurostat.

Neither of these definitions perfectly reflect the complexity of how people define themselves. People who were born abroad to British parents and automatically acquired British nationality would be classified as migrants under the 'country of birth' definition. Nationality can change, for example if someone lives in a country long enough to apply for citizenship, which means that some people identified as migrants in the data may have since become British citizens.

The Census is a survey of the entire population so, in theory, it can tell us exactly how many migrants live in the UK. In reality, of course, some people will be missed from the Census for various reasons, but for statisticians, this is about as precise as data on people can get.

At the 2011 Census, there were 63.2 million people living in the UK, of whom 8 million were born abroad.

The Census did not ask about people's nationality but about their country of birth and the passports they held. In 2011, 17% of the population of England and Wales did not have a passport, so this is not a perfect indicator of the proportion who are migrants.

The ONS produces annual estimates of the UK's population by country of birth and nationality which is based on data from the Annual Population Survey (APS).

The APS, which began in 2004, collects data on around 112,000 households containing 320,000 individuals per year.

Around 80% of the sample comes from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the remainder is from 'sample boosts', which survey additional people in areas with small populations. The idea behind the boosts is to pick up sub-groups within the population, such as migrants.

The latest ONS estimate, for 2017, is that there were 9.4 million foreign-born people in the UK (14% of the population) and 6.2 million non-UK nationals (10%) of the population.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Belgium lets asylum seekers into Britain
Bruno Waterfield and Richard Ford
The Times, 22 August 2018

Belgian police are waving through migrants who are trying to travel to Britain illegally via sea ports in Belgium or northern France because they cannot be deported and cost £180 a day to hold in detention centres.

Under European Union rules the Belgian authorities cannot deport asylum seekers who have travelled through France to Belgium from Italy or Greece, which is usually where they entered Europe.

Areas of the Flemish west coast of Belgium have become a key route for migrants seeking to enter Britain via a Belgian sea port and local police forces have said that they are overwhelmed.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Downing Street 'slaps down Liam Fox' over hint migration target could end
Emilio Casalicchio
PoliticsHome, 22 August 2018

Downing Street has slapped down Liam Fox after he suggested the target to slash net migration to the tens of thousands could be dropped after Brexit, it has been reported.

The International Trade Secretary said the Government was committed to getting the figure below 100,000 a year "at the moment".

But a Downing Street source said ministers were "committed to bringing net migration down to sustainable levels - the tens of thousands".

Theresa May re-committed to the target in the 2017 Tory manifesto but critics argue it would be impossible to reach the desired figures - even after Brexit.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
UK immigration policy should favour those with job offers, says Fox
Dan Sabbagh
The Guardian, 22 August 2018

Liam Fox has said a post-Brexit immigration policy should favour those who want to come to the UK because they have a job offer, as he sought to talk up the country's economic prospects after leaving the EU.

The international trade secretary said the 2016 referendum result demonstrated the British public had rejected free movement but said any future plans had to take into account the UK's employment needs.

"I think the public can differentiate between people who come here with a job and will be contributing to the economy and those who under free movement were able to come to the United Kingdom and use our public services without ever having contributed to them," Fox told LBC radio.

"We need to look in the future at how we match our employment opportunities with our migration policy," he said, suggesting he favoured a two-tier system.

Britain is yet to spell out what sort of migration policy it wants to introduce after Brexit, and a much-delayed white paper on the topic is due to be published at some point in the autumn.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, RAPE, SWEDEN
Sweden rape: Most convicted attackers foreign-born, says TV
BBC, 22 August 2018

About 58% of men convicted in Sweden of rape and attempted rape over the past five years were born abroad, according to data from Swedish national TV.

Public broadcaster SVT said it had counted all court convictions to present a complete picture in Sweden.

But Sweden had thousands more reported rapes, and there is no ethnic breakdown for those. ...

"We are very clear in the programme that it is a small percentage of the people coming from abroad who are convicted of rape," chief editor Ulf Johansson told the BBC.

He pointed out that the number of reported rapes in Sweden was far higher, so no conclusions could be drawn on the role of immigrants in sexual attacks. ...

The SVT programme revealed that in cases where the victim did not know the attacker, the proportion of foreign-born offenders was more than 80%.

A former police officer born in Afghanistan told the programme that some young Afghans who had come to Sweden in recent years had views that differed significantly from Sweden's idea of sexual equality. ...

In May, Sweden changed its laws, to make sex without consent rape. Until then prosecutors had to prove that violence had been used or the victim had been exploited in a vulnerable condition.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Belgian Police Gave Up Trying to Control Migrant Arrivals, Waved Through Illegals to UK
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 22 August 2018

Local police in west Belgium have been told to wave through third world migrants seeking to travel to Britain, as authorities said that trying to deal with the massive illegal immigration influx was putting "basic policing" at risk.

Attempts to search for and intercept migrants in transit have kept officers in Kruibeke very busy since the Flemish town became a major "hub" for migrants seeking to break into Britain after the Calais 'Jungle' was dismantled, according to police chief Wim Pieteraerens.

After consultation with the town mayor, officers in Kruibeke will no longer engage in proactive efforts to stop illegal immigration, Pieteraerens told local media, explaining that policing migrants in transit took up too large a proportion of the force's capacity. ...

Moreover, the police chief added that officers' efforts appeared to have little impact, asserting that "95 to 99 percent of the individuals we arrested were then just released by the Immigration Office with an order to leave the area, [meaning] almost every day we were being confronted with the same people." ...

Commenting on the news, Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, said: "The British public are completely fed up with EU police forces and immigration authorities effectively waving through illegal immigrants to continue on their way to Britain."
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CRIME – RAPE, SLAVERY, ISLAM
'White Whores': Islam's Unwavering View on Western Women
Raymond Ibrahim
Raymond Ibrahim, 22 August 2018

What explains the ongoing victimization of European women by Muslim men – which exists well beyond the UK and has become epidemic in Germany Sweden, and elsewhere?

While these sordid accounts are routinely dismissed as the activities of "criminals," they are in fact reflective of nearly fourteen centuries of Muslim views on and treatment of European women. ...

For starters, Muslim men have long had an obsessive attraction for fair women of the European variety. This, as all things Islamic, traces back to their prophet, Muhammad. In order to entice his men to war on the Byzantines – who, as the Arabs' nearest European neighbors came to represent "white" people – told them that they would be able to sexually enslave the "yellow" women (an apparent reference to their hair color).

For over a millennium after Muhammad, jihadi leaders – Arabs, Berbers, Turks, Tatars – also coaxed their men to jihad on Europe by citing (and later sexually enslaving) its fair women, as copiously documented in my new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West. ...

That the sexual enslavement of fair women was an aspect that always fueled the jihad is evident in other ways. Thus, for M.A. Khan, an author and former Muslim, it is "impossible to disconnect Islam from the Viking slave-trade, because the supply was absolutely meant for meeting [the] Islamic world's unceasing demand for the prized white slaves" and for "white sex-slaves." ...

... Thanks to Ottoman support for the slave-raiding pirates of North Africa, the so-called "Barbary States," by 1541, "Algiers teemed with Christian captives [from Europe], and it became a common saying that a Christian slave was scarce a fair barter for an onion."

According to the conservative estimate of American professor Robert Davis, "between 1530 and 1780 [alone] there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast," of which Morocco was one. ...

It was the same elsewhere. /.../ In Crimea – where some three million Slavs were enslaved by the Ottomans' Muslim allies, the Tatars – an eyewitness described how Christian men were castrated and savagely tortured (including by gouging their eyes out), whereas "The youngest women are kept for wanton pleasures."

Such a long and unwavering history of sexually enslaving European women on the claim that, /.../, they are all "nothing more than a slut, a white whore," should place the ongoing sexual abuse of Western women in context – and offer a dim prognosis for the future.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – VISA CONTROLS
Tight visa controls encourage illegal immigration, say researchers
Rod Austin
The Guardian, 21 August 2018

The use of visa restrictions to control global migration is "counterproductive and ineffective", pushing people who want to stay within the law towards illegal channels, research has suggested.

The study by academics from University of Central London (UCL), Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, found that increased visa restrictions on migrants creates a greater need for enforcement. Researchers suggested governments should consider the wider impacts of controls, and take into account the aspirations of the individual in order to stem illegal immigration.

Only a small minority of migrants will consider entering a country illegally, said study co-author, Dr Cassilde Schwartz of the University of London. ...

In the year to March 2017, the UK Home Office received 2.98m visa applications; 400,000 were refused and of the 2.55m granted – 299,000 were for study, 47,000 for family/dependants, 164,000 related to work and 1.96m were visitors.

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study looked at why and how people migrate, based on varying levels of restriction. Researchers focused on four categories controlled by the visa immigration system: families, students, low and high skilled applicants.

Their findings suggest that restrictions on high skilled visa applications and students had little impact on controlling numbers.

In contrast, restrictions imposed on the entry of families (in particular around unification) and the low skilled, which appear to reduce migrant flow, only served to divert a significant number of "aspirational" applicants towards illegal entry.

"The largest reorientation towards unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed ... When restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal migration," said UCL's Miranda Simon, lead author.

Where minimal achievable visa restrictions could easily be met, researchers found that 44% of aspiring applicants moved through legal channels. Adding further restrictions such as work permits and sponsorship caused a reduction in those seeking legal methods of entry. The same test applied to families and low-skilled applicants, and found that immigration reduced by 32% and 21% respectively, but increased unauthorised immigration by 24% and 14%.

The report found that 80% of those entering illegally would need to be apprehended in order to offset the effect of legal restrictions, rendering this "solution" inefficient whilst placing significant strain on resources. ...

ONS statistics are used by the UK government to decide policy, but true numbers are hard to ascertain. Human trafficking and smuggling, and the use of false documents, are facilitated by organised criminal gangs who prey on migrants fleeing conflict, severe economic pressures or those who fail the visa system. ...

... Camps see a constant flow of migrants trying to reach the UK. With sources reporting to the Guardian that the smuggling gangs operate with a near 100% success rate, the number of migrants who are in the UK unlawfully is likely to be significantly higher than ONS figures suggest.
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RACISM – MEDICINE
This had nothing to do with racism
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 21 August 2018
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted in 2015 of gross negligence manslaughter, after Jack Adcock, a six-year-old boy, died in hospital while under her care. Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled that she be allowed to resume her career as a doctor. That decision came after a prominent campaign had alleged that Bawa-Garba, of Nigerian heritage, had been a victim of racism by the medical hierarchy. The facts suggest otherwise, and point, on the contrary, to how the accusation of 'racism' was used to obscure reality in this case.

The facts that resulted in Bawa-Garba's manslaughter conviction were truly shocking. In her four-week Crown Court trial the jury was advised to deliver a guilty verdict only if they felt Bawa-Garba had committed negligence that was 'truly exceptionally bad'. Despite this high bar, she was convicted. She then attempted to appeal her conviction, but the Court of Appeal dismissed her arguments as meritless. It noted that 'this jury was left in no doubt as to the truly exceptional degree of negligence' in this case. ...

... But the case was given a further lease of life by a campaign that accused the GMC of having racially discriminated against Bawa-Garba. ... None of these campaigners was able to refer to a single fact that supported the charge of 'racism'. Indeed, by failing to address the truth, the ghastly truth that resulted in a boy's avoidable death, these campaigners showed that they were more interested in hurling racially charged brickbats at the medical hierarchy than in learning lessons from what had happened. ...

... Contrary to what campaigners have alleged, the GMC's actions and the High Court's acceptance of its stance had nothing to do with Dr Bawa-Garba's race, religion or wearing of a headscarf. It was the reasonable consequence of her own incompetent treatment of a boy who died in her care.

The GMC, the NHS, the press, the courts and the public at large should always seek out the truth. Instead of hitting the 'racism' button, those making excuses for Bawa-Garba ought to have done a little research into why she was convicted and struck off in the first place.
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CRIME – DRUGS
Jailed: Whitechapel drugs gang sentenced to 49 years in prison following 'explosion' in heroin and cocaine supply
The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 21 August 2018

Judge Nigel Peters QC handed the men prison sentences ranging from two years to 56 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court for possession and supply of class A drugs. ...

Sentenced on Friday were: Habibur Rahman, 22, of Swaton Road; Raja Miah, 23, of Trafalgar Gardens; Jamile Hussain, 24 of Shadwell Garden; Oliur Rahman, 23, of Chapman Street; Rakib Uddin, 19, of Tarling Street; Soliman Rabie, 18, of Hoover Tower; Abu Taher Siddiki, 24, of Galsworthy Avenue; Rohel Ahmed, 31, of Commodore Street; Imthiaz Islam, 21, of Beccles Street; Mohammed Ahmed, 25, of Bacon Street; Rashiq Uddin, 26, of Hazledene Road; Ilford; Enamur Rahman, 22, of Ordell Road; Mohammed Mohibur Rahman, 22, of St Paul's Way; Ahmadur Rahman, 21, of no fixed address; Abdul Aziz, 39, of Miah Terrace and Akbor Hussain, 24, of Halley Street. ...

The court heard how the gang operated five phone lines with addicts using BT phone boxes which don't charge for the first few minutes of calls to arrange deals. ...

Before Friday's sentencing three boys aged 15, 16 and 17 were sentenced after pleading guilty to supplying cocaine and heroin. Abdul Hasnath, 42, of no fixed address, was sentenced to seven years six months for supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

Another 14 men will be sentenced on August 23 while Atefur Rahman, 18, of Cable Street; Mohammed Chowdhury, 18, of Sidney Street and Muhammed Ali Hassan, 25, of no fixed address, will be sentenced at a future date.
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CRIME
One in five people arrested in Britain are foreign: Crime tourism spikes as police figures reveal an overseas suspect is seized every three minutes
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 19 August 2018

Almost a fifth of all crime suspects arrested by the police are foreigners, shocking figures reveal.

Statistics obtained by The Mail on Sunday show a suspected criminal from overseas was detained on average every three minutes last year.

And the figures, secretly compiled by the police, graphically illustrate how Britain has become a lucrative target for sophisticated gangs of foreign criminals.

In total, 172,732 – 19 per cent – of the 931,155 people arrested in 2016-17 were foreign nationals.

That represented a sharp increase from 16 per cent the previous year, according to internal figures collated by the ACRO Criminal Records Office from police forces around the country.

In London, as many as a third of all suspects are from overseas and foreign nationals now comprise 11 per cent of the prison population in England and Wales. ...

In response, police are developing the first national strategy for dealing with the 'growing threat' of FNOs – foreign national offenders.

Every force has undergone a 'health check' to assess how well they are dealing with problems such as establishing a suspect's identity or criminal record.

Tactics to improve their response will include recording nationalities in every case, increasing use of international systems to share data and even the recruitment of 'agents' in immigrant communities to supply crucial intelligence.
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CRIME – GANGS, ETHNICITY, RACE
Race is a part of knife crime and we must speak the truth even if media avoids mentions of ethnicity
Trevor Phillips
The Sun, 19 August 2018

The skies are darkening over our island for boys like the teenager who was disembowelled in this week's knife attack in Camberwell, South London.

This attack is the latest in a senseless war between gangs – almost all comprised of black or Asian youngsters.

If the toll had included white teens, I suspect there would be a national outcry.

It is time to recognise that what started as a grim fight for territory between hardened criminals is turning into a massacre of the innocents.

This year three of the killings have taken place within ten minutes of my doorstep.

My own affluent North London street is surrounded by estates populated in part by the ethnic groups whose names feature in virtually every report of the violence: Somalis, Ethiopians, North and Central Africans, Afghans.

The media scrupulously avoids mentioning ethnicity. I understand the fear of stigmatising these groups, but nothing could be more relevant.

Race is part of the picture, and failing to point this out impedes the fight against these crimes – and imperils yet more children of colour.

Met Police boss Cressida Dick made one of the few intelligent contributions by pointing out that much of the apparently random violence isn't random at all: It's the consequence of the war to supply middle-class parties with drugs.

But even if we could reduce the demand, it will take time, and these children don't have time. They are in mortal danger now. ...

And we need a new deal with police. I don't entirely buy claims their hands are tied by political correctness.

Nonetheless, we should stop obsessing about disproportionality in the use of stop and search, even perhaps removing legal inhibitions to focusing on particular high-crime areas.

But in turn, the police must accept the roll-out of body-worn cameras. ...

Our children's lives depend on it. And their (black) lives matter.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – AMERICA
Remember how Brazil, Ecuador and Peru condemned Arizona over illegal immigration in 2010?
Monica Showalter
American Thinker, 19 August 2018

Remember how Arizona Governor Jan Brewer got piled on by 17 Latin American nations in 2010, condemning her state for attempting to enforce federal immigration law based on the reality that Arizona was being overrun by illegals and the Obama administration was doing nothing? It was bad enough that the Obama administration sued her state to end the law, something it only did with partial success. But then Latin states such as Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador joined the fun, piously weighing in to sign on to a highly questionable Friend of the Court brief led by Mexico, condemning Arizona for trying to enforce U.S. immigration law.

Scroll forward to 2018. Now the shoe is on the other tootsie.

Because right now, those are the very nations pulling up the drawbridge to illegals as their own countries get inundated by vast human waves of Venezuelans flooding over their borders without papers.

Ecuador has announced that anyone entering its country is going to need a passport. No more entries without papers, given that 500,000 of them have already gotten in. "This is going to skyrocket," said one Ecuadoran official. After that, Peru, which just recently saw 5,000 Venezuelan border crossings without papers in one day, announced the same bid to enforce borders. It follows from Colombia tightening its passport requirements, and both Colombia and Brazil just plain sealing their borders to make the human waves stop. Chile, too, tightened entry rules after it got flooded. The latest news is that Brazil is now deploying troops to fight the migrants.

Comically, Colombia, which has pretty much let all comers in and expected them to fan out across the continent, says it is upset about Peru's and Ecuador's new passport requirements, because, well, they now get to keep the million or so people who had been ready to move onward. ...

While I pity the plight of these sick Venezuelan refugees from socialism and fully support the U.S. mercy mission, there is also the main issue of why these countries don't want to be overrun. Like the illegals who rolled into Arizona that Colombia and the others had such tough words for, quite a few of these people are criminals who have wrought havoc on the countries they invaded. ...

Their hypocrisy is now evident in their new passport requirements and desperate efforts to halt the human waves, even with border shutdowns and troops.

What's more, it's compounded by the fact that for years, they defended the 'sovereignty' of Venezuela's socialist hellhole even as it was ever more obvious that human waves would be the final result.
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TERRORISM – ASYLUM
We can't leave terrorist asylum seekers free to maim and kill
Charlie Jarman
Conservative Woman, 18 August 2018

On the morning of September 15 last year a botched 'bucket bomb' partially exploded on a rush-hour train at Parsons Green tube station, injuring about fifty passengers.

The perpetrator, Ahmed Hassan, who claimed to be 18, had arrived illegally in the UK in October 2015 from Iraq via Calais, using a similar route through the continent to – among others – the 2015 Paris bombers. In order to be granted asylum, Hassan lied about his age and claimed to be a minor, taking advantage of a recent decision by the UK Government to admit more unaccompanied child migrants from Europe. During an interview with immigration officials in January 2016, Hassan confessed to having been trained by ISIS. Undeterred, officialdom promptly placed him in the care of an unsuspecting elderly couple. He carried out the attack while his asylum application was being processed.

This was – to date – the most preventable terrorist attack in memory. The authorities knew Hassan had arrived from a safe country. They knew he had used a route known to be infiltrated by terrorists. They knew his first act upon setting foot in this country was to break the law by virtue of entering illegally. And once here, apart from being an ISIS associate, they could not ascertain who he was. In short, the Parsons Green bombing was a national scandal: an act of gross negligence by the state.

Hassan was jailed for life with a 34-year minimum term in March. However, there was no public inquiry into the Parsons Green bombing. In fact, there was no statement or utterance from the government at all. Granted, no one died in the attack, but that does not take away from the rank incompetence that allowed it happen. ...

At present, prospective refugees – irrespective of any transgressions, it would seem – are normally given temporary right to remain, and are not subject to any loss of liberty or monitoring while their application is evaluated. Furthermore, it is now demonstrably clear that the vetting process of applicants is, to put it mildly, not up to standard.

In future, all asylum seekers should be held in secure reception centres upon arrival. Here, cases involving those who travel through safe countries should be dismissed and the applicants deported. All other applicants should be subject to comprehensive screening before their right to remain and freedom of movement is granted. Those whose identity cannot be verified and cannot be deported should be held in comfort and dignity until further action is possible. These would be equitable, proportionate and lawful measures for our country to take.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, CHILDREN, SCOTLAND
Two-thirds of Scots teenagers don't want immigration to rise
Chris Green
The Scotsman, 17 August 2018

Almost two-thirds of Scottish teenagers think immigration levels should be cut or remain the same as they are now, according to official research.

The views of secondary school children emerged in a study commissioned by the Scottish Government, which sought their opinion on one of the biggest political issues in the UK.

The Young People's Attitudes to Immigration report is based on research carried out by pollsters Ipsos Mori, who spoke to more than 1,700 secondary pupils in state schools across Scotland.

It found that 30 per cent of pupils in S1 to S6 – covering an age range of 11 to 18 – believe that immigration should be "decreased" or "stopped completely".

More than a third (35 per cent) felt that immigration should be kept at the current level, meaning that a total of 65 per cent of teenagers think it should stay the same or fall. Only 15 per cent of those surveyed said they thought immigration should be increased, while the remaining 20 per cent said they did not know or would rather not answer. ...

The survey of young people also showed that older pupils were more likely to feel positive about the impact of immigration in Scotland than those in other year groups.

Almost 30 per cent of those in S6, who are generally aged 16 or older and can vote in Scottish Parliament elections, felt that the impact of immigration had been "mostly good".

However, this dropped significantly among younger pupils, with only 12 to 14 per cent of those in S1, S2 and S3 agreeing. Girls also perceived the impact of immigration less negatively than boys.

Much like among adults, attitudes to immigration varied depending on people's economic background, with wealthier students more positive than those from more deprived areas.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Barcelona, one year on: Why people still aren't taking violent Islamism seriously.
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 17 August 2018

Rarely has the hypocrisy of the West's ostensible liberals and leftists been as violently exposed as it was this time last year. Between Charlottesville and Barcelona, between the killing of one protester by a white neo-fascist in a car and the killing of 13 people by radical Islamists in a van, we gained a glimpse into today's extraordinary double standards over extremists who loathe liberty, democracy and swathes of mankind. ...

The Barcelona attack took place a year ago today. A van driven by an ISIS-inspired radical Islamist rammed into crowds of people and killed 13, including a young child. A few days earlier there had been the disturbances in Charlottesville, during which a right-wing extremist murdered a female anti-racist protester by driving into the crowd of protesters.

Even before the Barcelona attack happened, the discussion about Charlottesville had come to be blown out of proportion. ...

... Yes, there are extremists in the West who have declared war on our fellow citizens, our liberties and our democracy. But they aren't American Nazis – they are radical Islamists, who increasingly think little of slaughtering anybody whose values run counter to theirs, whether it's French cartoonists, Berlin Christmas shoppers, British pop fans, or crowds in Nice celebrating Bastille Day and the birth of modern mass democracy.

These people's violent misanthropy makes America's white-nationalist movement look like a hippy outfit in comparison. ...

And yet after Barcelona, as is the case after every Islamist attack, there was an awkward, shuffling silence in left and liberal circles. There was media coverage, of course. Lots of it, as there should be. There were condemnations and offers of solidarity with Barcelona. That was all good. But politics? Anger? A demand that we recognise the gravity of the threat posed by radical Islamists and get together to do something about it? ...

On the contrary, we are encouraged to be sad about Islamist attacks but never active in relation to them. /.../ ... we are always invited to 'move on' because dwelling on such extremist violence would raise too many awkward questions.

... This urge to moralise small neo-Nazi protests in the US while de-moralising, depoliticising and fundamentally defusing the problem of Islamist extremism has to be explained. What drives this double standard?

It is fear. Cultural fear. ...

It is hard to escape the conclusion that many in the Western left have declared a self-flattering war on neo-Nazism precisely as a distraction from the real problems facing Western society today, to which they have no answers, and are uncomfortable even with the questions.
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DIVERSITY – FILMS
Why Dev Patel in Dickens could change film for ever
Cath Clarke
The Guardian, 17 August 2018

On dustjackets and on screen, David Copperfield has been pale and posh ever since Charles Dickens published the novel he called his "favourite child" in 1850. /.../ But, in a landmark instance of "colour-blind" casting, Dev Patel, a Londoner of Indian heritage, is to play Copperfield in a new film by Veep's Armando Iannucci. ...

But it is not just Patel. The cast of The Personal History of David Copperfield resembles the top deck of a bus in any big British city. Benedict Wong is Mr Wickfield. Rosalind Eleazar plays Copperfield's true love, saintly Agnes. Dastardly Steerforth is portrayed by a white Welsh actor (Aneurin Barnard) with a Nigerian-born Brit, Nikki Amuka-Bird, as his mother, Mrs Steerforth. ...

David Copperfield might be a blip, or perhaps we will look back and say it redefined the casting status quo in British film. Theatre audiences have been happily watching actors who don't match the ethnicity of their characters for years, although not without controversy. ...

On stage, "colour blind" has often been used to describe casting that ignores ethnicity. But it is a term that many actors of colour reject, since it is impossible for audiences to suddenly become blind to race, as the Shakespearean actor Debra Ann Byrd explained in a Guardian interview last year. ...

Colette, a new biopic of the French writer starring Keira Knightley and directed by Wash Westmoreland, features two actors of colour playing historical figures who were white in real life: Asian-Brit Ray Panthaki and the black actor Johnny K Palmer. ...

At the same time, however, Hollywood whitewashing has become toxic. Last year, Ed Skrein pulled out of playing an Asian-American character in the Hellboy reboot. Scarlett Johansson was criticised for playing a character in the Hollywood version of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell. Double standards? Not when you consider how few opportunities there are for actors of colour without white actors coming along and hoovering up the decent parts.

Not everyone is 100% behind colour-blind casting. Critics argue that while it addresses the need for diversity, it fails to address the shortage of films that represent the lives, experiences and histories of people of colour.
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IMMIGRATION – SCOTLAND
Book review: New Scots: Scotland's Immigrant Communities since 1945, by TM Devine and Angela McCarthy (eds)
Allan Massie
The Scotsman, 17 August 2018

In most parts of the world, the idea of ethnic purity is a myth or an illusion. This is certainly the case in Europe. Few can trace their family tree more than a few generations back, but even this limited span is likely to reveal an immigrant or foreign-born ancestor or two. All European nations are mongrels. ...

People still leave Scotland, but since 1945 there has been a surge of immigration, and the pattern of this has changed. Its nature is examined in this interesting and one may think necessary collection of essays edited by Sir Tom Devine and Angela McCarthy. ...

In general none of the immigrant groups described here –English, Jews, Pakistanis, Indians, Poles, Chinese and Africans – has experienced great hostility and discrimination – far less than immigrants in some parts of England, far less than the Irish suffered in 19th and early 20th century in Scotland. This isn't, as these studies show, because we Scots are more tolerant and moral than the English, or indeed our own ancestors. It is first of all a question of numbers, and secondly of location. If large numbers of immigrants from England have been easily accommodated it is, first, because differences from the host nation are few and superficial. If other immigrants have been equally fortunate it is because there has seldom been a huge and disruptive concentration of them in a particular place where fears that they were undercutting native labour or taking jobs from "our people" have made them unpopular.

... Now that Scotland can no longer be called a Protestant country, may even scarcely be a Christian one, except in the broadest sense, tolerance, which might more properly be termed indifference is more easily extended to incomers.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EMPLOYMENT, GERMANY
Germany looks at easing immigration laws to fill skilled labor gaps
Reuters, 17 August 2018

The German cabinet will soon decide on a proposal to make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European Union to move to Germany to take a job, a paper seen by Reuters shows, as Germany seeks to alleviate chronic labor shortages. ...

A lack of skilled labor and a shortage of young people willing to commit to on-the-job training for up to 3-1/2 years have become big concerns for managers in Europe's largest economy.

Germany bet on more than a million refugees who arrived in 2015 to fill workforce gaps, but a lack of German-language skills and the inability of most refugees to prove any qualifications has slowed the process.

A record 1.2 million jobs remain unfilled in Germany, the Federal Labour Office said earlier this month. ...

Germany already has a "blue card" system that makes it easier for companies to hire foreign academics and professionals.

The paper proposes that the government will no longer insist that companies give preference to German citizens in filling vacancies before looking for non-EU foreigners.

Graduates and workers with vocational training will have an opportunity to come to Germany to look for a job within a certain period of time if they meet qualification and language requirements.

They will not have access to social welfare benefits during that period but will be allowed to work in jobs for which they are overqualified so they can earn some money, the paper added.

Qualification recognition procedures in Germany will become faster and easier, the paper said, adding that the government is planning an advertising campaign in selected countries.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, POLITICS, AUSTRALIA, UK, USA
Republicans and Democrats are more polarized on immigration than parties in the U.K. or Australia. Here's why.
Glenn Kefford and Shaun Ratcliff
Washington Post, 16 August 2018

For several years now, immigration has been roiling politics all over the world. /.../ while debates continue to rage over whether immigration boosts the nation's economy or strains its infrastructure and identity.

Of these three countries, our recent survey suggests, U.S. public attitudes about immigration are by far the most polarized by party. ...

This conclusion comes from a series of studies we conducted in late June and early July in the United States, Britain and Australia. ...

As part of this larger study into populism and the radical right, we asked three questions about immigration. We have used these as a proxy to measure nativist attitudes.

The questions asked whether, first, immigrants take jobs away from people born in the country; second, things would be worse if all immigrants who wanted to come were allowed in; and third, migrants' assimilation to local culture and traditions was important. We define as "nativists" those individuals who agreed to all three of these statements.

Overall, the level of nativism in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia were virtually identical: 23 percent of U.S. respondents, 22 percent of U.K. respondents, and 24 percent of Australian respondents.

But when we looked at which parties the nativists support, we found very different patterns. ...

... according to our calculation, 55 percent of Republican voters are nativists, while just 3 percent of Democrats are. Republican voters were especially likely to view immigrants as an economic threat and to oppose the idea that all migrants who wished to come to the United States should be free to do so.

Meanwhile, Democratic voters support immigration even more strongly than center-left party voters in either the U.K. or Australia. This may be at least partly a backlash against Trump's strong anti-immigration positions, as Democrats have become more pro-immigration since Trump took office.

... British and Australian center-left voters included a larger proportion of nativists than did U.S. Democrats. In Britain and Australia, we calculated that 11 and 16 percent of the major center-left party's supporters are nativist, respectively.

Meanwhile, nativists made up a smaller proportion of British and Australian center-right voters than we found among the Republican Party's voters, making up 35 percent of the U.K.'s Conservative voters and 28 percent of Australia's Coalition supporters.

In fact, the level of nativism in the Republican Party looks more like that among radical-right parties in the U.K. and Australia, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and One Nation, with 65 and 62 percent nativists, respectively.

Trump's anti-immigrant sentiment reflects attitudes among the majority of Republican voters. And it also suggests that, since the United States lacks viable third parties, anti-immigrant sentiment has been channeled into the Republican Party.

The U.K. and Australia have seen a different pattern. Those with strong anti-immigrant views have drifted away from the mainstream parties, instead supporting radical-right parties.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Manchester mosque sermon 'called for armed jihad', say scholars
Ed Thomas and Noel Titheradge
BBC, 16 August 2018

A sermon at the mosque where the Manchester bomber worshipped called for the support of armed jihadist fighters, according to two Muslim scholars. ...

The imam, Mustafa Graf, says his sermon did not call for armed jihad and he has never preached radical Islam.

The recording the BBC obtained is of Friday prayers at the mosque six months before Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May 2017.

Abedi and his family regularly attended the mosque and his father sometimes led the call to prayer.

The family's whereabouts on the day of the sermon are unknown but the BBC has been told that Abedi bought a ticket for the concert 10 days later.

The bomb killed 22 people and the attacker, as well as injuring hundreds of others.

It is also understood at least five men who have attended Didsbury Mosque have either travelled to Syria or have been jailed for terrorism offences.
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TERRORISM
Sudanese immigrant Salih Khater named as Westminster 'attacker'
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Metro, 15 August 2018

The man believed to be behind yesterday's Westminster terror attack has been named as Salih Khater.

The Sudanese immigrant from Birmingham was identified by the Daily Mail as being the man who was arrested after a car was deliberately driven at cyclists and then a barrier at the Houses of Parliament.

Houses in the West Midlands are being searched following the crash which saw two police officers diving for cover as he drove at them.

Fortunately nobody was killed in the incident and only one person was seriously injured.

Police said that the 29-year-old, who was a UK citizen but of Sudanese origin, was not co-operating with them, however when he was arrested he seemed to go peacefully.
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TERRORISM
UK security services have 676 'live' terror investigations ongoing and foiled 13 Islamist extremist plots over the past 18 months
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 15 August 2018

The security services are conducting 676 'live' terrorism investigations and have foiled 13 Islamist plots over the past 18 months, it was revealed today.

Evidence of the scale of the threat to the UK came as Theresa May urged the public to be 'vigilant' and defy the extremists. ...

The PM's spokesman said that over the past 18 months 13 Islamist terrorist plots had been foiled, and four far-right plots.

There are 676 live terrorism investigations in progress, he said. The previous figure given in March was that there were 'over 500'.
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RACISM – THEATRE
Theatre bosses ban West End star from singing Dream Girls hit because 'she isn't black' as Brian May brands it an 'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 15 August 2018

A British singer was told she could not perform a song from Dreamgirls at the Royal Albert Hall because she is white, it is claimed.

Mazz Murray was due to perform in October, with the highlight being her rendition of a ballad from the musical.

But the 45-year-old West End star is said to have been barred from singing it because she is not black and the song is part of an 'African American musical'.

Rock star Brian May said the apparent decision displayed an 'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'. ...

May claimed that when the show's producers, Seventh Sense, approached the musical's owners to ask permission to use the ballad they replied that it was not 'appropriate' for a white woman to sing it.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Fraser Anning: MP's full speech on Muslim immigration ban
Fraser Anning
news.com.au, 15 August 2018

Fifty years ago Australia was a cohesive, predominantly Anglo-Celtic nation. ...

A key part of this great pre-Whitlam consensus was bipartisan support from both Liberal and Labor for a European based immigration program. The great Labor statesmen Ben Chifley, John Curtin and Arthur Calwell all strongly supported an immigration program that actively discriminated in favour of Europeans.

Australia's greatest conservative, Sir Robert Menzies himself, said: I don't want to see reproduced in Australia the kind of problem they have in South Africa or in America or increasingly in Great Britain.

... This continued until 1973 when Whitlam and his hard Left cronies adopted Soviet inspired UN treaties on discrimination and banned preferential selection of migrants based on their ethnicity.

Yet the end of the pre-Whitlam consensus between the Labor and Liberal Parties has been much more than a political sea change. It has allowed the cultural conquest of our nation. A tectonic shift has occurred in which the previously agreed social and political order has been overthrown in an insidious silent revolution. ...

... The next critical problem that we need to address is immigration. Australia currently has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world. Last Tuesday, Australia's population hit 25 million – 22 years ahead of previous government predictions. That means that since 1971 the population of Australia has doubled, with immigrants now around one-third of our population.

The huge numbers of people allowed to flood into Australia in recent years are unsustainable, with immigration quotas apparently set by successive governments on a whim and without any regard for the necessary infrastructure that these people would require or the ability of those that came here to assimilate. Ethnocultural diversity, which is known to undermine social cohesion, has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs. In direct response, self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has become the norm.

I believe that immigration to our country should be a privilege, not an obligation-free right provided to anyone from the Third World who demands it. ...

Fifth, but most important of all, diversity should be managed to remain compatible with social cohesion and national identity. We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European Christian composition of Australian society and embrace our language, culture and values as a people.

In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most similar to the mainstream majority in terms of ethnicity, culture, language and values most readily do so. Historically, however, the one immigrant group here and in other Western nations that has consistently shown itself to be the least able to assimilate and integrate is Muslims. ...

Whitlam didn't ask the Australian people whether they wanted wholesale non-European migration when he introduced it and neither has any subsequent government.
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EMPLOYMENT – FOREIGN WORKERS
More Romanians and Bulgarians working in UK despite fewer EU employees overall
MailOnline / Press Association, 15 August 2018

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen to a record high, in contrast to a sharp drop in employees from other eastern European countries.

Official statistics show there were 391,000 Romanian and Bulgarian workers from April to June this year, an increase of 54,000 compared to the same period of 2017.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, and restrictions on migrants from the two countries working in Britain were lifted in January 2014. ...

Between April and June, there were 880,000 nationals from the so-called EU A8 nations – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. This was down by 117,000 from 997,000 a year earlier.

The number of nationals of 14 long-term EU member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France working in the UK also fell year-on-year, decreasing by around 23,000 to just below one million.

Overall, there were 2.28 million EU nationals working in the UK in the latest three-month period – 86,000 fewer than 12 months earlier and the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997. ...

Data on employment levels by nationality have come under sharp focus since the EU referendum in June 2016.

Separate net migration figures have sparked claims of a "Brexodus", but statisticians stressed that the estimates published on Tuesday do not measure flows of recent migrants to the UK. ...

Meanwhile, the new figures show a rise in the number of workers from the rest of the world.

There were 1.27 million non-EU nationals working in the UK in April to June, 74,000 more than a year earlier.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "Cries of woe at the departure of EU workers as a result of Brexit are clearly out of place.

"There are more EU nationals in our workforce now than there were just before the 2016 referendum."

He said the number of non-EU workers is now at the highest level for nearly 10 years, adding: "The need for the Government to get a grip on immigration grows ever stronger."
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Islamist terrorism is not some medieval cult, it is a hyper-modern threat
Matthew D'Ancona
Evening Standard, 15 August 2018

The risk is that stoicism morphs into amnesia. We forget too quickly and fail to draw the necessary lessons from these ugly incidents. The pathetic individuals who are usually responsible for these attacks are too readily dismissed as impressionable loners, rogue figures who seized upon the grotesque injunctions of Islamism to carve an infamous niche for themselves in history. All of which is often true. What is missing from this narrative are the connections – digital, personal, financial, ideological – that give the threat of Islamist terrorism a coherence that is as elusive as it is deadly.

The fact that counter-terrorism officers have foiled 13 Islamist plots in the past 18 months (and four by far-Right extremists) is both impressive and chilling. As Downing Street disclosed yesterday, the number of live cases of suspected terrorist conspiracies rose from more than 500 in March to 676 by the end of June. It has become lazily orthodox to claim that fundamentalist terrorism is now in decline, and, more perniciously, to suggest that the West's gradual retreat from liberal interventionism since the Iraq War has diminished the threat. The data suggests quite otherwise.

As Andrew Parker, the director-general of MI5, warned in October, there has been a "dramatic upshift" in Islamist activity, which he described as "multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we've not seen before." As one Westminster figure familiar with such operations says: "The vast majority of these cases are never publicised because they involve ongoing investigations. The gap between public awareness of the threat and its true level is a real concern."

A geopolitical analogy is provided by the general misapprehension that Islamic State is in more or less irreversible decline. True, its ambitions to found a proto-caliphate have been thwarted for now, and it has suffered serious setbacks in the field. But new studies by the Pentagon and United Nations suggest that up to 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain active in Iraq and Syria – 10 times as many as previously thought by the US military.

No less significant is the enduring success of Islamist ideology as a deadly software that can be downloaded – literally – on a tablet or smartphone. Terrorist cells are still formed around radical mosques and so-called "community centres" and "bookshops". /.../ It is the opposite of the truth to describe Islamist terror as a medieval phenomenon: it is the pathological face of hyper-modernity. ...

If those who represent us in the Palace of Westminster still need reminding of the dangers that we face daily, they need only heed the deadly screech of tyres and look out of the window.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SPAIN
IMF: Spain Needs Five Million Migrants to 'Pay Pensions' Despite 34% Youth Unemployment
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 15 August 2018

Spain must open its borders to more than five million migrants over the coming decades in order to fund the pension system, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared.

According to the organisation, which is led by arch-globalist Christine Lagarde, the Mediterranean nation must welcome 5.5 million migrants before 2050 in order to ease dependency ratio woes which can result from an ageing population.

This claim comes despite data that shows 3.5 million Spaniards are presently unable to find work, and that the country's youth unemployment rate is stuck at 34 per cent. Even though Spain already has that huge wealth of untapped human potential suffering from unemployment, the IMF insisted that mass migration is the solution, by "increas[ing] the number of contributors to the pension system".
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EMPLOYMENT – IT WORKERS
IT companies exploit gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system
Migration Watch UK, 14 August 2018

A gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system is revealed in a paper released by Migration Watch today.

This paper (MW451 - Distortion of the ICT visa system) shows that a small number of multinational IT companies have exploited a system intended for posting senior executives to and from the UK in order to bring in thousands of migrant workers to fulfil contracts with private and public sector organisations.

This is known as third-party contracting and usually involves an international IT company, typically based in India, obtaining a contract to deliver a project or support services to a UK entity and then staffing it with workers from the company's home country.

Tens of thousands of such workers have entered the UK by being sponsored under the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) route.

This route has no cap on numbers and does not require the sponsoring company even to try to source its workforce within the UK.

This has enabled these companies to undercut British competitors while reducing the opportunities for British computer scientists, graduates and IT professionals to obtain work and to develop their skills.

At a time when the focus has been on the 20,700 cap on Tier 2 (General) visas for skilled workers from outside the EU, this paper reveals that the Tier 2 (ICT) route has been gradually developed into a significant source of immigration.

Since 1992, the number issued has increased eightfold and now constitutes over 60% of all work permits. In 2017, 58,000 of 94,000 Tier 2 work visas issued to migrants and their dependants, were via the ICT route - the majority of which were for third-party contracting.

The Government has shied away from effectively addressing this route despite the fact that its own Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that it should be thoroughly reviewed with the aim of curtailing its use. Use of the route for this purpose is very much against the spirit in which the system was originally devised.

We recommend significant changes to ensure that it is no longer used as a means to by-pass Tier 2 (General) or seen as a mechanism by which to bring unlimited migrant labour into the UK.

If the UK is to protect its IT workforce and ensure that it keeps its place in the front rank of advanced industrialised economies then this use of ICT visas must be strictly limited.

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK:



"Many people are asking why non-EU migration has not been reduced. Here is part of the answer. ..."


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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – INDIANS
India rejects U.K. proposal on DNA tests for 'illegal migrants'
Vijaita Singh
The Hindu, 14 August 2018

India rejected a proposal by the U.K. to use DNA sampling to establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there citing "privacy issues".

Although a Memorandum of Understanding on return of illegal migrants was initialled after due approval of the Union Cabinet in January by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, India refused to sign the final pact during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to U.K. in April. ...

"In one of the meetings, the U.K. authorities suggested that the nationality of document-less illegal migrants suspected to be Indians could be established by matching DNA samples of their family members living here. We raised objections that this was a breach of privacy and unethical. How do we know that the document-less person is an Indian," said a senior Home Ministry official who attended the meeting.

According to the British government's estimates, there are around 1,00,000 Indians overstaying their visa in the U.K.

India has contested this and said that as per their estimate, the number will not be more than 2,000.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, VANDALISM, SWEDEN
Youths in Swedish towns burn and vandalize scores of cars
Yahoo News / Reuters, 14 August 2018

Youths torched and vandalised scores of cars in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and surrounding towns and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Tuesday the disturbances looked organised "almost like a military operation". ...

Police said that up to 100 cars were either set fire to or vandalised in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-biggest city located in the western part of the country, and in nearby towns such as Falkenberg and Trollhattan, an industrial area with high unemployment. There were no reports of injuries. ...

Police said gangs were involved but gave no details. ...

Law and order is a key issue ahead of the election after a spike in gang violence saw more than 40 people shot dead last year.
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EXTREMISM – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Top Tory Attended Corbyn Terror Conference
Guido Fawkes, 14 August 2018

The Tories are going in hard on Corbyn over his attendance at a 2014 conference linked to various Palestinian terrorists. Sajid Javid has called for the Labour leader to resign. Writing in the Mail today, Brandon Lewis describes Corbyn's attendance at the conference in Tunisia as "beyond the pale". Which doesn't bode well for top Tory peer Lord Sheikh...

Sheikh, the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, declared in his 2014 register of interests a trip to a conference in Tunisia on the same date: ...

In a post on his website from the time, Sheikh confirms the conference was about Palestine. The conference was addressed by Hamas and other extremist speakers who gave anti-Semitic speeches. Given Lord Sheikh's other links to various extremists, surely CCHQ will have to act against him?

... Will the Tories be taking action? Pretty big double standard if not...
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NETHERLANDS, GERMANY
Professor: Native Dutch Need To Get Used To Being a Minority
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 14 August 2018

Dutch professor Maurice Crul has said that with the ever increasing number of migrants and migrant background people living in the Netherlands, that the native Dutch should just get used to being a minority.

A professor at the Free University in Amsterdam, Crul says that in the larger cities in the Netherlands white Dutch are already a minority and that such trends will follow in smaller cities and towns as well, Dutch newspaper Trouw reports.

"In Amsterdam the time has come: there this group is a minority. Only one in three young people under the age of fifteen is of Dutch descent," Professor Crul said and added, "If you want to know how the integration is going, you also have to look at that group. Who adapts to whom if there is no majority anymore?"

"The first guest workers were a small migrant group in a dominant culture. With the second and third generation that is an outdated idea. Integration now works in two directions," he said adding, "This way a Turkish Dutch person can become your new manager. Or your child is in the minority at school. That is the new reality that the old 'dominant majority' will be confronted with."

Crul, along with a team of eight researchers, recently received 2.5 million euros from the European Research Council to conduct studies on the subject in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Antwerp, Malmö and Vienna.

The remarks echo those made by German politician Barbara John last week who wrote that Germans should not be worried about becoming minorities in their own cities.

Professor John, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), wrote, "The trend towards the rapidly growing proportion of migrants is irreversible." ...

Other academics, like Professor Angelika Redder, have even advocated that Germans should learn Arabic rather than expect new migrants to simply learn German saying, "we can do something that shows us as being open to other languages. This may be enriching for both sides."
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – LOCAL ELECTION
[Electoral fraud]
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2018

In 2015, Lutfur Rahman was convicted for one of the most severe electoral frauds in the era of universal suffrage. The mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty by the Election Court of vote-rigging, partly by using "spiritual influence" via mosques, and banned from office for five years. The petitioners' legal costs were awarded against him.

In November 2015, however, Rahman had himself declared bankrupt. The petitioners were not some big pressure group or party, but just four local citizens. The wheels of the law turn slowly, so only now do they face preposterous legal bills of about £1 million.

Part of the scandal is that the public authorities were so feeble in the first place. Andy Erlam, the lead petitioner, was shocked by the "Oh well, that's they way we do things here" attitude. Bengali women were intimidated and even spat at if they did not follow the elctoral line of their elders. He suspected that the delivery of housing was related to the delivery of votes. Tower Hamlets really was a rotten borough.

At the count for the 2014 mayoral and local elections, Mr Erlam noticed intimidation of tellers and a large, threatening crowd outside the town hall. Unauthorised people were entering via the fire escape unchallenged. The integrity of the count was compromised. Six days before the Election Court hearing, Mr Erlam had police knock on his door at 7am, with a threat to arrest him for "perverting the course of justice". They later admitted they had no evidence to justify this. The police have not followed up Rahman's conviction with criminal investigations of the fraud. In two years' time, the man will be free to stand again.

Mr Erlam also found the Electoral Commission evasive and torpid, seemingly irritated that members of the public were asking it to do its job.

Far from perverting the course of justice, the petitioners were fighting to uphold it, with no official help. They did a public service, but are being made to suffer for it.
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CRIME – EUROPEAN UNION
New book reveals the EU cover-up of the migrant crime wave
Laura Cat
Voice of Europe, 13 August 2018
[The book is free to download]

The Migrant Crime Wave is a book written by Janice Atkinson, MEP and VP of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group. ...

Ms. Atkinson and her staff have compiled hard to obtain official EU statistics in this hard hitting look at the migration fraud. As a MEP, Janice has the unique position and privileged access to information normally remaining unattainable.

Crime statistics are changing to reflect a new Europe. With violent crimes on the increase and the number of prisoners having a migrant background having risen sharply, the numbers deserve the attention Janice gives in her book.

Violent crimes, human trafficking, sexual assaults and rapes, drugs trafficking, all increased significantly in virtually all countries with migration.

As you read the book of carefully and thoughtfully constructed statistics, you will see just how much has been carefully hidden from us by politicians and the media, who refuse to report honestly on the crimes and who is committing them.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BURKA, ISLAM
Bishop calls for burka ban: Pakistani-born Church of England cleric voices support for outlawing veil in public
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 12 August 2018

A senior Church of England bishop last night called for a near-total ban on the wearing of burkas in public.

The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said burkas and niqabs should be outlawed in a wide range of situations where people interact, including in hospitals, GP surgeries, universities and schools.

The cleric said a ban should also extend to areas where there were legitimate security and safety concerns, such as at airports or while driving a car. However, he said it was acceptable for women to wear face veils at home, while in the street and at prayer.

The controversial call from the Pakistani-born bishop, who led the Diocese of Rochester between 1994 and 2009, drew support last night from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Lord Carey said 'oppressive' veils should not become 'normalised'. ...

Bishop Nazir-Ali told The Mail on Sunday: 'We have all seen how even male terrorists have escaped arrest by donning a burka and making an effective getaway.

'For reasons of national security, there will be places like Parliament or Whitehall or town halls and council chambers where the burka should not be allowed.'

He said institutions including universities and schools were justified in wanting to know the identities of visitors or those who worked or studied there.

Staff at airports and courts also needed to see people's faces.

Perhaps more controversially, he added: 'Many professions require personal interaction with the client. In business, both the trader and the customer should be able to see one another's face and to interpret expressions if the transaction is to be mutually beneficial. This is even more true of doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics.'

Warning of the threat posed by the wearing of veils, he said: 'It is true that some women choose to wear the burka or niqab because they feel it makes them more observant Muslims...

'It is also true, however, that the burka or niqab is being weaponised by Islamists to impose what they consider to be "Islamic" character on communities, neighbourhoods and even nations.

'In Britain, this has serious implications for the freedom of women, but it also has implications for integration and social cohesion. Where there is widespread use of the face veil, there will be greater isolation from one another and a sense of segregation will grow.'

Lord Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, said he 'strongly supported' the position taken by Bishop Nazir-Ali.
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DIVERSITY – THEATRE LIGHTING
'Traditional' theatre lighting and stage design discriminates against black and Asian actors, warns Shakespeare's Globe
Patrick Sawer
Sunday Telegraph, 12 August 2018

The increasing use of black and Asian actors has led some in British theatre to congratulate themselves on the growing diversity of the British stage.

But experts have warned that casting ethnic minority actors without paying attention to the way they are lit, or what colour costumes they wear, puts them at a disadvantage to white performers.

An academic at London's Globe Theatre says that black and Asian actors can be obscured by the dark costumes and furnishings and gloomy lighting traditionally associated with the staging of works by Shakespeare and other period dramatists. ...

The Globe is staging a workshop tomorrow to explore some of the issues raised by the welcome casting of more black and Asian actors in theatre productions.

The event, part of the theatre's Shakespeare and Race season, poses the question of whether traditional choices about costume, set and lighting privilege discriminate against black and Asian actors in favour of white actors.
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
Douglas Murray heads to Australia alongside Dr Cornel West
Nick Whigham
news.com.au, 11 August 2018

Douglas Murray thinks Europe is committing suicide.

He declares as much in the opening line of his latest book, in which he laments that the leaders of western Europe are allowing the cultural flame of the continent to be extinguished through mass migration, in particular from the Muslim world.

The controversial assertion underpins the book, The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity And Islam, but he sees nothing particularly controversial about the claim. ...

Murray, who is the associate editor of the Spectator and founder of the right-leaning Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, is highly critical of the far left side of politics for denying or diminishing the problems that come with a sudden large increases in immigration, when those migrants come from different, distinct and strong cultures.

"In one year alone, Germany and Sweden for instance took between two and three per cent addition of their entire population, so this is one of the most significant movements into Europe ever," the British commentator said of the height of the migrant crisis a few years ago.

For western Europe, he identifies Muslim immigration as the most destructive force and a problem for the social cohesion of the West.

From his perspective, Islamic migrants – a portion of whom have particularly strict religious beliefs – are clashing with a Europe that is tired from history, guilt-ridden, increasingly faithless and overrun with the notion of political correctness.

If allowed to continue, Murray asserts, the result will ultimately be the Islamisation of the continent and the end of European cultural civilisation.

One of the people Murray often cites in his book is German historian and philosopher of Syrian origin Bassam Tibi who in the past has made similar warnings on this topic.

In an interview more than a decade ago he told German magazine Der Spiegel: "Muslims stand by their religion entirely. It is a sort of religious absolutism. While Europeans have stopped defending the values of their civilisation. They confuse tolerance with relativism."

Murray's book has been called "brilliant" by The Sunday Times; "compelling, fearless and truth-telling" by the Evening Standard and labelled as "gentrified xenophobia" by The Guardian. ...

Murray says his book is about finding a solution to migration that is "liberal, humane and sustainable" but is also cautious about blindly embracing the pursuit of multiculturalism, which many Western governments are quick to celebrate.
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MULTICULTURALISM – FREE SPEECH, OFFENCE, ISLAM
Do Britain's Muslims Have a Right Not to be Offended?
Claire Fox
Quillette, 11 August 2018
[Claire Fox is the Director of the Academy of Ideas]

Religious freedom is one of the core principles of any modern liberal society. As a secularist, I defend the right of religious people to send their children to faith schools, have their children circumcised, or wear the burqa. This does not mean I approve of any of these practices; they should be permissible but not protected from criticism. We should be free to ridicule, lampoon, chastise, critique, etc. every aspect of religious belief that we tolerate.

This is, more or less, what the U.K.'s former Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wrote in his now infamous newspaper column in the Telegraph last week. Yet all hell has broken loose. It was greeted by near-hysterical outrage and shrill denunciations of Johnson's alleged dog whistle racism; reports of civil war in the Tory Party over the matter; the now ubiquitous demands for an apology for causing offence (or else), which was backed in this instance by the Prime Minister. ...

... He rightly notes that being opposed to a ban should not be interpreted as approval and goes on to say – albeit in a somewhat crass manner – that "Muslim head-gear that obscures the female face... looking like letterboxes... like a bank robber... is absolutely ridiculous". ...

Are Boris's critics demanding respect for all religious practices regardless of whether they consider them backward, wrong-headed, or oppressive? Should we bite our lip in case we offend? We seem to have forgotten that we once all declared #JeSuisCharlie – a brief but inspiringly unapologetic defense of free speech after cartoonists for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were brutally butchered in Paris for daring to publish cartoons deemed offensive to Islam. Should they have shut up until they learned to become more tactful? ...

To be honest, the festishisation of burqa-wearing from critics and even supporters is often a proxy for a range of other issues. ...

There is something cowardly and self-defeating about the cross-party condemnation of Johnson. With no sense of irony, former Tory chairman Lord Pickles warns that Johnson's "illiberal language," risks "closing down" debate. But the real threat to liberalism and open discussion is Pickles et al endorsing a backlash that deems any criticism of Islam off-limits. And if liberal, if sometimes crass, criticism is off-limits because it is interpreted as being illiberal, then the only "acceptable response" – and the end result of this Boris-bashing episode – is to close down free speech and fair comment.

What hope is there that we – the public – can have a frank, open-ended discussion about some of the huge societal challenges we face – such as problems of fractured communities and cities in which inhabitants live segregated lives – if even one of the U.K.'s most powerful men gets denounced as a pariah for writing a provocative column about religious dress? We are effectively telling ordinary citizens who may, for example, want to explore through open discussion what drives British-Asian youth to blow their peers to smithereens, or trek to Syria and film themselves beheading fellow Westerners: "You can't discuss that."

If questioning a fringe religious practice is assumed as evidence of bigotry against all Muslims, surely that implies that any and all Islamic practices and beliefs should be surrounded by a 'do-not-criticise' barrier?
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POPULATION PRESSURE – AUSTRALIA
The door to racism in the name of patriotism
Crispin Hull
Canberra Times, 11 August 2018

The big business lobbies must be licking their lips over the out-pouring of racially motivated calls for lower immigration – in the very week that Australia's population hit 25 million.

It means that sensible people arguing for lower immigration on economic and environmental grounds will now also have to run the gauntlet of being branded as racist.

Meanwhile, property developers, big retail, the banks and others revel in making short-term big profits from high population growth to the long-term detriment of everyone else.

It took just 14 years for the most recent five million to be added from 20 million to 25 million. It took 23 years to add the five million before that from 15 million to 20 million. This is an exponential, unsustainable trajectory. It causes congestion, out-of-reach housing, more pollution, conversion of agricultural land to urban, and more imported food and less exported food.

The population crisis has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with what News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt calls a threat to Australian identity. It is a matter of economics and environment. ...

The calls for lower immigration by Bolt, Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and others mixed with statements about African gangs, loss of identity and calls for white South African farmers to get special treatment is doubly appalling.

First, it makes intelligent discussion about the economics and environmental implications of high population almost impossible. Secondly, it opens the door to racism under the guise of patriotism and nationalism. ...

The threat from any tidal wave of immigrants is not to national identity. People coming here become Australian quickly enough. ...

Very few countries have five cities with more than 1 million people, like Australia, not even the UK, Germany, Russia, France, Italy or Brazil. The trend in Australia is for greater centralisation and high immigration is making it worse. ...

As for infrastructure, the equation is too hard. On average, infrastructure lasts 50 years. It means you have to replace two per cent of it every year, just to keep up. If you add a further 2 per cent in population, therefore, you have to double your infrastructure effort. Australia has been falling behind ever since we increased the immigration intake from around 70,000 a year to more than 150,000. The answer is not a fanciful unaffordable wish for more infrastructure, but for fewer people.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CRIME, BURKA
[Burkas]
ER Dring
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

Mr Johnson was not in error in saying that people wearing the burka or full face veil look like bank robbers.

Has everyone forgotten that people wearing such an outfit raided Selfridges in daylinght a few years ago?
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ASYLUM – USA
A Lower Refugee Ceiling Is Better for Most Refugees, the Host Countries, and America
Mark Krikorian
National Review, 11 August 2018

None of the arguments for raising the number of refugees to be resettled holds water. The humanitarian argument is the weakest; in fact, as I've argued on these pages, large-scale refugee resettlement is immoral. Because the taxpayer funds expended on settling a single refugee in the U.S. could help twelve refugees in the country where they've found shelter, advocacy for resettlement amounts to little more than virtue signaling. ...

Nor is there a good foreign-policy argument for increasing refugee admissions. Countries hosting large numbers of refugees, such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, get no benefit from having a handful of them relocated with great fanfare to America's hard-pressed Rust Belt while millions remain. As my colleague Nayla Rush has written of resettlement, "Even if these numbers were to double, triple, or more, the reality is that the effect of resettlement – both real and symbolic – on host countries is minimal, akin to rain drops in the ocean."

Finally, and most absurdly, some argue that refugee resettlement is a fiscal and economic boon. Jason Richwine has shown that the educational level of new refugees has deteriorated dramatically over the past 20 years, both in absolute terms and relative to the native-born. Consequently, most are on welfare. As he's written, "Given their low education levels and high rates of welfare use, today's refugees cannot be net fiscal contributors by any plausible analysis." Of course, we don't take refugees for economic reasons, but to pretend that they're not costly is a fairy tale.

Considering that fewer than 10 percent of the refugees referred in 2017 by the U.N. for resettlement in developed countries were "emergency" or "urgent" cases, amounting to fewer than 6,000 people, the FY 2019 ceiling could be reduced significantly and still accommodate all such cases worldwide.
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DIVERSITY – BIAS, DISCRIMINATION
Male, pale and stale university professors to be given 'reverse mentors'
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018

Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given "reverse mentors" to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government funded scheme.

Under the project, white males in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at Birmingham University, said he hopes the scheme will allow eminent professors to confront their own biases and leave them "feeling quite uncomfortable".

"What is understood about unconscious bias is that we have all got it, but the more you learn about it and become conscious of it, the more you can act," he told The Daily Telegraph. ...

The mentor scheme is one element of a broader project aimed at challenging bias, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Prof Rowe, who is director of research at Birmingham University's College of Engineering and Physical Science, said he hopes to interrogate the "underlying causes" that lead to the underrepresentation of female and ethnic minority academics at the top of academia. ...

Staff from Birmingham will work with researchers from Aberystwyth University and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The EPSRC, a government agency, is funding eleven "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" projects as part of an £5.5 million anti-discrimination drive in engineering and physical sciences.
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TERRORISM – FOOTBALL
Fans warned to expect 'overt' anti-terror measures at football stadiums
Sky News, 10 August 2018

Police are seeking the help of football fans in tackling terrorism and are asking them to be vigilant at matches.

Officers say stadiums could be targeted as extremists seek out crowded places to attack.

Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: "We know from what we've seen on the ground, and also from terrorist rhetoric, that they are interested in attacking crowded places generally, and that would include stadia.

"We want (fans) to think about what they might do in the event of an attack and we want them to be really, really vigilant.

"And not to be inhibited about reporting stuff to us. If it's trivial to you, it might be significant to us. Don't worry about it - just tell us and leave it to us to sort it out." ...

The request for help was issued on the day before the Premier League season kicks off and forms part of efforts to encourage all members of the public to be "counter-terror citizens".
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EMPLOYMENT – INDUSTRY
CBI calls for UK to abandon immigration targets after Brexit
Laura Hughes
Financial Times, 10 August 2018

The UK government must abolish all immigration targets and ensure its Tier 2 visa system for skilled migrants is not extended to EU citizens after Brexit, the CBI employers' organisation has said.

Josh Hardie, its deputy director-general, said on Friday that companies favoured "blunt targets" being scrapped so they could hire the staff they needed after Brexit. He added that "putting migration" on the table in trade talks would secure the UK a better deal with the EU. ...

The government's immigration white paper, originally scheduled to be published last year, has been postponed until October this year. ...

The CBI said on Friday that it had spoken to 24,000 companies across 18 industries to provide the Migration Advisory Committee, which advises the government on immigration policy, with a detailed breakdown of the kind of Brexit sought by business leaders.
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EMPLOYMENT – TAX CREDITS, CHILD BENEFITS, BREXIT
Iain Duncan Smith puts forward BRILLIANT proposal for post-Brexit immigration system
Aurora Bosotti
Daily Express, 10 August 2018

Iain Duncan Smith put forward his proposal to ensure Britain has a fully functional immigration system in place following Brexit, suggesting EU citizens should be required to have a job lined up in the UK before moving.

Former Tory leader and Brexit supporter Iain Duncan Smith suggested the UK could "extend the work permit process" after Brexit to ensure Britain has an effective immigration system. ...

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith put forward his proposal: "I think the best thing to do is work with what we have got and make it work for everyone around the world.

"You basically extend the work permit process across the EU and the rest of the world. People can come here for work but they need to have work to come to and that work needs to have been agreed and accepted that there isn't a person in the UK that could do that work and has the skills to do that work."

Mr Duncan Smith also insisted the Government should make sure to reduce the alleged "pull factors" driving European Union citizens to relocate to Britain.

He continued: "In the last year figures were available, and this is important, more than £4.1 billion was spent on people from the EU who have come over here getting tax credits, child benefits, housing benefits. That's one of the great pull factors.

"Leaving the EU, we should not be offering for people to come over here just looking for work and to claim benefits.

"We need a living wage that does not require people to come over here and claim benefits to top up."
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
[Double standards?]
Professor Colin Harrison
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

For years jokes have been made about those good people nuns looking like penguins – but no outrage.

Boris Johnson says that Muslims should be free to wear what they like but "he thinks" they look like letter boxes – and the world falls upon him.

Double standards or what?
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MULTICULTURALISM – BURKA, OFFENCE
The art of taking offence
Roger Scruton
Spectator blog, 10 August 2018

It is still possible to laugh at the absurdity of it all, if you sit at home, avoiding contact with ignorant and malicious people, and getting on with real life – the life beyond social media. Unfortunately, however, ignorant and malicious people have discovered a new weapon in their unremitting assault on the rest of us, which is the art of taking offence.

I was brought up to believe that you should never give offence if you can avoid it; the new culture tells us that you should always take offence if you can. There are now experts in the art of taking offence, indeed whole academic subjects, such as 'gender studies', devoted to it. /.../ As with the puritans of the 17th century, the need to humiliate and to punish precedes any concrete sense of why.

I recall the extraordinary case of Boris Johnson and the burka. ...

It was obvious to anyone with a smattering of intellect that Johnson had no intention to give offence. However, there was political mileage in taking offence – so at once offence was taken. /.../ Virtue-signalling was the order of the day. A kind of hysterical fear swept away all the important considerations that Johnson was putting before his readers, so that everyone, friend and foe alike, ran for shelter. We are not guilty, was the collective cry of the time-servers and wimps that govern us.

In reaction to this madness I ask myself who it is, in the matter of the burka, that habitually gives offence, and who it is that strives not to take it. We live in a face-to-face society, in which strangers look each other in the eye, address each other directly, and take responsibility for what they say. This custom is not just a fashion. ...

... I cannot easily accept that people should appear in public ostentatiously concealing their face from me. /.../ I certainly feel awkward in the presence of such people, and suspect that they are abusing the trust that we spontaneously extend to strangers. ...

No sensitive person, however ignorant he might be of the Muslim faith, would fail to take off his shoes when entering a mosque – not because he feared the reaction of the worshippers, but because he knew that long-standing custom requires this, and that not to observe that custom is to show disrespect for a sacred space. Somehow we are supposed to forget that principle when it comes to long-standing customs of our own. For us too there are sacred spaces, and the public square is one of them: it is the space that belongs to others, not to you, and where you meet those others face to face. When we encounter those who refuse to accept this we are supposed to think that the entitlement to take offence rests entirely with them, and the tendency to give offence entirely with us.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASSAM, INDIA
In northeast India, the politics of citizenship flares anew
Rishi Lekhi
Business Insider / Associated Press, 10 August 2018

Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants.

"India is for Indians. Assam is for Indians," said Sammujjal Bhattachariya, a top official with the All Assam Students Union, which has been in the forefront of pushing for the citizenship survey. "Assam is not for illegal Bangladeshis."

"We need a permanent solution," he added.

On Friday, some of the 3.9 million residents left off Assam's draft list of citizens began picking up forms to file their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or years in limbo. ...

For decades, fears of widespread movement across the porous border with Bangladesh have triggered tensions between the state's majority ethnic group, Assamese-speaking Hindus, and its Bengali-speaking Muslims. ...

Assam has a population of roughly 33 million, with a little over one-third of them Muslims. ...

Few deny there has been widespread illegal migration into Assam, often by poor Bangladeshis in search of work as farm laborers. The state's demographics have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the percentage of Bengali-speakers jumping from 22 percent in 1991 to 29 percent in 2011, and the percentage of Assamese-speakers declining. Many analysts, however, say those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims. Estimates on the number of illegal immigrants vary wildly, from a few hundred thousand to many millions.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Think it's right to build houses on our green spaces – maybe you should just belt up
Rod Liddle
The Sun, 9 August 2018

The Government is planning to rip up our green belts and pave them over ready for housing.

If it goes ahead with this, it will be the greatest act of vandalism against the British countryside in 200 years. ...

This is a crowded country and becoming ever more so. We're losing more and more of our natural wildlife. Our open spaces diminish daily.

And now the Government is being forced into building countless millions of homes. Why?

We're told we have a housing crisis. You might find this puzzling when you consider the birth rate in Britain has been dropping, not rising.

The answer, of course, is immigration. We've been letting in half a million people every year for almost 15 years.

The politicians try to tell you it's nothing to do with our housing crisis – but they are lying. Lying to themselves and to you.

One top academic expert, Oxford demographer David Coleman, reckons immigration is 85 per cent responsible for the rise in the UK's population between 2000 and 2015.

And the other figures you might find a bit chilling.

Did you know, for example, that a whopping 28 per cent of all births in the UK are to foreign-born women? And the figure in London is a staggering 60 per cent. ...

It's not just that. The birth rate for British people is 1.75. The birth rate for immigrants is 2.06. That's a very big difference.

So not only do we let in half a million per year, but they have more kids and so doubly contribute to population growth and the need for new houses.

Oh, and the need for lots of other very expensive stuff, such as schools, hospitals, welfare benefits and so on.

We MUST call a halt to immigration. The overwhelming majority of the population thinks we need much tougher controls.

And there are many people who think that immigration has not made the country any better, but actually made it worse.

Cut the numbers coming in to 10,000 per year and our housing crisis would begin to lessen, given that 300,000 or so people emigrate every year.

A net decrease in the population would massively reduce the need for new housing.

Because unless we do that, the bulldozers will be moving in. The fields, hedges and woodland will be ripped up. The roads will be laid and the peace and quiet shattered.

And this will not be a green and pleasant land for much longer.
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM, ISLAM
Who's really racist – Boris or his critics?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 9 August 2018

Here's the strange thing about the Boris/burqa controversy: the very people who constantly kick up a fuss about repressive male behaviour are now up in arms at Boris for talking about repressive male behaviour. ...

The double standards are staggering. A chattering class that sees patriarchal bullying in everything – from the man who sends a tweet suggesting that a female politician has made a factual error (mansplaining) to the fact that young boys think girls aren't very good at football (ingrained male entitlement) – refuse to see it in the culture of the burqa. Or at least they refuse to allow an open, frank discussion of the possibility that there is a culture of repression in some Muslim communities. The demonisation of Boris, and the authoritarian efforts to extract a public apology from him for his blasphemy against the burqa, is not driven merely by a distaste for his description of niqab- and burqa-wearers as looking like 'letterboxes'. It is an effort to chill all strong commentary on this garment and on the question of whether it is a good thing that in 21st-century Britain there are some women – not many, but some – who wear such archaic, anti-social clothing.

... If another community was treating women like this, there would be uproar. But when it is the Muslim community our feministic elites turn away. 'The burqa's great. It is part of their culture. Shut up.'

Is it racist to criticise an entire ethnic or religious group? It can be. /.../ But here's the thing: it can also be racist to refuse to criticise certain groups. To hold back your criticisms out of sensitivity or pity. For that is truly to treat these groups by a double standard, and to imply that they are lesser than us somehow, weaker, less reasoned, and therefore incapable of coping with scrutiny. This is the thing: there is more racism in Boris's detractors than there was in Boris's comments. It is the racism of relativism, the idea that it is wrong to criticise misogynistic or backward behaviour if it occurs among certain groups.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MULTICULTURALISM, DIVERSITY, NETHERLANDS
A feeling of apartheid in Holland
Karl Kemp
Spiked, 9 August 2018

One overcast day in the first week of my move to the majority-immigrant Kolenkitbuurt in Amsterdam, labelled by authorities less than 10 years ago as the most 'problematic' neighbourhood in the country, ... ...

There were 2.1 million people with a non-Western migration background living in the Netherlands as of 2017 – about 11 per cent of the total population. In relative terms, these numbers are nothing special in our globalised world. It is when you factor in that these groups are clustered together extremely densely that the real picture emerges. ...

... The migration crisis is merely adding fuel to a fire that has been burning for decades, and has been either ignored or misunderstood by persons outside of Europe, like myself. The ideas that certain political groups outside Europe (and sometimes in Europe) have of the situation is one of active strife. This is not the case – except perhaps in the most extreme situations, such as Molenbeek in Brussels. Rather, the strife manifests as silent resentment backed up by self-imposed borders. ...

... I have not hosted a single South African visitor in my time here who has not picked up on the similarities to our racially charged, spectacularly dysfunctional homeland. They are shocked that there are other countries with specific communities for specific cultures. The division of Muslims to the west and east, Africans, Antilleans and Surinamese to the south-east, and European expats in the centre, resembles the grouping of Apartheid-era Cape Town into coloureds to the Cape Flats, blacks to the townships, and whites to the suburbs.

The vision of a globalised society, wherein Moroccans, Persians, Eritreans, Scandinavians and Latin-Americans or what-have-you live in the same street, shop at the same stores, and drink at the same bars, presumably in a land of perpetual sunshine is a fantasy so flawed, so objectively failed, that one would have to spend one's days in an ivory tower, locked away from reality, in order to believe it.

The harsh reality in Holland now is that people have their own barbers, their own shopping markets, their own foods, their own places to socialise, their own worlds. They are not comfortable living around one another, and where they are forced to do so by the rental market, they are not comfortable sharing the space. This is not an opinion – this is a fact backed by government research. The latest findings by the Dutch government explicitly state that feelings of mistrust and loss of identity rise in parallel with an increase in societal diversity.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, PLOT, SCHOOLS
It's a fiction to suggest that there was no plot by Islamist hardliners to take over state schools
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2018

The imagery could not be clearer. A schoolgirl looks startled. A white hand grabs at her jumper. Another pulls at her hijab. Well integrated – she wears pink nail varnish – and hard working – she clutches her exercise book – she is none the less under attack by a powerful, white adversary.

This photograph, published by the Guardian and the BBC, and used to market a play shown this week at the Edinburgh Festival, conveys exactly the message the writers of Trojan Horse want. The Trojan Horse affair, they suggest, was no plot by hardline Muslims to convert secular state schools into austere Islamic faith schools, but a government campaign, motivated by "institutionalised racism", that "demonised" Birmingham's Muslim community.

This is a fiction, and a fiction that has been contradicted by multiple investigations. ...

Helen Monks, one of Trojan Horse's writers, says she hopes to overcome the "assumed truth".Instead, the play appears to be nothing more than an attempt to rewrite history. ...

There is plenty more evidence that proves Trojan Horse involved a campaign to transform, illegally, secular schools into austere Islamic faith schools. Telling the affected communities – poor, isolated and vulnerable to extremism – that it was instead an Islamophobic plot by government is wrong. /.../ Deliberate or not, Left-wingers in the arts and media risk playing the extremists' game.

Any attempt to rewrite the history of Trojan Horse must not be allowed to succeed.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, AUSTRIA
Austria: Over Half of Criminal Suspects in Vienna Are Foreign, Rape and Murder Up
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 August 2018

Despite an average decline in crime across Austria, foreigners now make up nearly half of the suspects in criminal cases, and more than half of suspects in the capital city of Vienna. ...

What has become alarming to some is that foreigners now make up 40 percent of all criminal suspects in Austria, with the city of Vienna having the most foreign suspects at some 51.4 percent, reports Kronen Zeitung. ...

The largest foreign suspect group, Afghan nationals, rose from 64 suspects in 2014 to 263 in 2017. ...

Knife crime is also becoming a concern for Austrian police, who say the number of stabbings, especially during inter-ethnic conflicts, are becoming more and more common.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CRIME, BURQA, ISLAM
How Criminals Use the Burqa to Get Away with Rape, Robbery, and Terrorism
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 9 August 2018

While the debate over the place of Islamic face veils in Western society has been reignited after Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson criticised the garment, three robbers were convicted of killing a jewellery store owner after robbing him whilst disguised in a burqa. ...

On the other side of the world in Afghanistan just days ago, 29 Shia Muslim worshippers were killed and at least 80 injured when two Islamist Sunni suicide bombers entered a mosque in the Khwaja Hasan area of Gardez during Friday prayers. Provincial police chief General Raz Mohammad Mandozai said that the pair had worn the burqas – a one-piece veil that covers the face and body, leaving just a mesh screen over the eyes – to hide their explosives and weapons. ...

Breitbart London has compiled a list of the most notable murders, rapes, assaults, robberies, and even child molestation cases in the past few years where the perpetrator hid behind the veil, taking advantage of liberal societies and Islamic cultures alike: ...

While defenders of the burqa in the West will claim it is not a security threat, countries in Africa have opted to ban the burqa and the niqab, with Muslim majority Chad banning them in the same year it suffered the aforementioned attack.

Fellow African nations Gabon, Congo, and parts of Cameroon also banned the burqa in the same year, also for security reasons, and in 2017, North African nation of Morocco banned the production and manufacture of the clothing over fears of terrorism, and to crack down on Islamic extremism. ...

Another terror conspirator, Yassin Omar, had left London for Birmingham disguised as a veiled Muslim woman the day after he made a failed attempt to detonate a bomb on a London Underground station in the attempted 21/7 London terror attacks, evading counter-terror surveillance.

While motorcyclists are expected to remove their helmets before entering banks and jewellery stores, the same is not expected of those wearing Islamic face veils, with criminals taking advantage of liberal laws in Western countries to commit armed robbery.

In May 2017, an armed gang was jailed after using Islamic burqas to hide their identities as they stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in raids across Manchester, northern England, with similar robberies in Australia in 2017, the U.S. in 2015, and Canada in 2014.
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RACISM – DISCRIMINATION
Thomas Sowell's 'Discrimination and Disparities' Is The Book About Racism That America Needs
David Marcus
The Federalist, 9 August 2018

Sometimes the slim volumes are the most deadly. Such is the case with Thomas Sowell's "Discrimination and Disparities," which in fewer than 200 pages lays bare the grave faults and assumptions of people on both sides of the political divide about outcomes for racial groups. In a long, storied career, Sowell has been a beacon of reason and evidence-based thinking. In this book, he makes the fruits of his labors accessible to almost anyone. Anyone who wishes to think, speak, or write on race in America would be remiss in not reading it.

Sowell takes aim at two typical explanations for differences in the success of racial groups. One, most associated with the Left, is that discrimination by racial groups in power is the primary force creating bad outcomes for the groups out of power. The other, most associated with the Right, is that racial groups have inherent abilities or disabilities based on factors such as IQ distribution that lead to unequal outcomes.

Not only does Sowell argue that neither of these explanations is sufficient, he also effectively shows that the truth does not lie in some simple combination of the two. In fact, the issue is vastly more complicated than merely finding which balance between these two competing ideas best tells us the truth about why outcomes are what they are.

In a theme Sowell opens with and refers to throughout, he discusses how in any area or endeavor, success is the result of meeting multiple and myriad prerequisites. Lacking even one of these, even if others are in abundance, can prevent success.

This locates the causes of success closer to the individual than to the group. It also shows that there really is no reason we should assume that under equal situations racial groups will see equal outcomes, because there are no equal situations and cannot be.

Through portraying a litany of empires, peoples, and corporations that rose and fell throughout history, Sowell shows that shifting conditions in society and the economy make assigning the blame for failure extremely complicated. ...

In area after area in American life where we see disparate outcomes among racial groups, such as higher education, housing, and income, Sowell calmly shows how well-intentioned approaches too focused on discrimination do more harm than approaches that address the total underlying causes for disparity, specifically what prerequisites may be lacking.
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RACISM – ACADEMIA
Academia Doesn't Get to Define 'Racism' for the Rest of Us
Robert VerBruggen
National Review, 9 August 2018

The latest controversy stems from a deep confusion about how language works. ...

Some academics who study racial matters use the word "racism" to mean not "dislike of people on the basis of race," which is how most people use it, but rather something like "prejudice plus power" or what is more clearly called "institutional" or "systemic" racism – meaning, conveniently, that members of minority groups by definition cannot be racist. And as Scott Alexander noted at Slate Star Codex back in 2014, parts of the Left are no longer willing to admit that this is a departure from standard usage by saying something along the lines of, "I suppose a group of black people chasing a white kid down the street waving knives and yelling 'KILL WHITEY' qualifies by most people's definition, but I prefer to idiosyncratically define it my own way, so just remember that when you're reading stuff I write."

Instead, as Alexander writes, "we have a case where original coinage, all major dictionaries, and the overwhelming majority of common usage all define 'racism' one way, and social justice bloggers insist with astonishing fervor that way is totally wrong and it must be defined another." /.../ When called on it, many simply point to academic definitions, as though academia had the power to redefine words for the rest of society; that, of course, is not how language works.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EXTREMISM, ISLAM, GERMANY
Islamist children pose real 'threat' to Germany, spy chief warns
Deutsche Welle, 8 August 2018

Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that children growing up in Islamist families in Germany may pose a risk to society. ...

Children from Islamist households in Germany represent a "not insignificant potential threat," the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence service, Hans-Georg Maassen said Monday.

In a new report cited by the Funke media group, the BfV said there were signs the "radicalization of minors and young adults" was becoming more likely and happening faster and earlier.

The BfV document estimated that some 300 children in Germany were affected. Children in some of these families are "educated from birth with an extremist world view that legitimizes violence against others and degrades those who aren't part of their group," the report said.

It expressed concerns about families who had traveled to war zones in the Middle East, as well as those who had remained in Germany.

Maassen warned that what he described as the ongoing jihadist socialization of children was "alarming" and would pose a significant challenge to authorities in the coming years. ...

The state lowered its age limit for surveillance from 16 to 14 in 2016.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BURKA, ISLAM, RACISM
Don't ban Boris... ban the burka!
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2018

Most British people don't think Boris went far enough. Most British people agree with Manuel Valls, former French prime minister, that the burka and other ghastly life-restricting humanity-obliterating shrouds are based on "the enslavement of women".

Two years ago, a YouGov poll found that 57 per cent of the public supported a ban on wearing the burka in public in the UK, with just 23 per cent against. That view was held even more vehemently by women than men. ...

People feel uneasy when a person in a burka enters a Tube carriage. (Failed 21/7 bomb suspect Yassin Omar tried to make his getaway wearing one.)

People intuit that the burka is the hardline Islamists sticking two fingers two fingers up at our way of life, but it has become difficult to say so because of a combination of hardline Muslims and soft Corbynistas squealing "racist" every time legitimate concerns are raised. ...

Where has all this abject tolerance and nervous silence got us? Consider the shocking reports recently that British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad, raped and impregnated, as the Home Office "turns a blind eye" by handing visas to their "husbands". ...

This cruel phenomenon was first exposed by Ray Honeyford, a Bradford middle-school head teacher, who challenged the forces of "anti-racism", which preferred diversity to integration and signing up to British values. Mr Honeyford, as Roger Scruton said on his death, "was branded as a racist, horribly pilloried and sacked for saying what everyone now admits to be true". That was almost 35 years ago. ...

It was exactly the same institutional terror of calling out Muslim misogynist behaviour that allowed child grooming to go unchecked in Rotherham and Rochdale. ...

I see that the Labour MP Naz Shah joined the Boris Bashers yesterday, saying she had written to Brandon Lewis "to ask what action will be taken against Boris Johnson for his ugly and naked Islamophobia". This is the same Ms Shah who, not long ago, shared a tweet that said: "Those abuse girls in Rotherham ... need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity."

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The policy of our complicit institutions, our Home Office, cringing politicians and liberal elite.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – INDIA
Disastrous Consequences of Illegal Immigrants
R K Sinha
Afternoon Voice, 8 August 2018

The writer is a member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament

Migrating population from one country to another is a global problem. Not only India but some developed countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada are facing the heat of migration, particularly from Asian countries. ...

In India, our story is slightly different. Our population growth is already high, 17.19 per cent in a decade according to the last Census of 2011. At more than 125 crores of the population, our resources are overstretched; infrastructures are bursting to the seams. There are water shortage and fewer works for hands. The trains and roads are overcrowded. While there is an urgent need of curbing our growth rate of population, the influx of illegal migrants from bordering countries like Bangladesh is adding to our problem.

... The presence of a large number of illegal immigrants is not confined to West Bengal and Assam but it is there right in the national capital Delhi and in many other parts of the country. The migrant population from across the border is not only eating into menials, semi-skilled and skilled jobs depriving the Indian citizens of livelihood but it is also creating law and order problem. When the illegal immigrants fail to get work they resort to crime.

Ever since the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, there has been a continuous influx of Bangladeshis into India from our Eastern Border. The illegal immigrants pose a serious threat. Assam is worst hit. ...

In August 2008, the Delhi High Court dismissed a petition by a Bangladeshi national against her deportation. The High Court ruled that the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants "pose a danger to India's internal security".

Many social scientists have expressed concern over illegal immigration of Bangladeshi in Assam. According to a research paper published a few years ago, "Illegal migration into Assam from Bangladesh has been posing a serious security threat to the identity of Assamese people. It adversely affects the social, economic and political environment of Assam, creating law and order problems where immigrants are present in large number. /.../ The data provided in the study indicates that if necessary steps are not taken immediately, Assam, the elder sister of North-East India would lose its identity from the map of India very soon. The illegal migration is one of the major reasons for social and ethnic violence in Assam. ...

Illegal migration has generated a host of destabilizing political, social, economic, ethnic and communal tensions. Politically, the Bangladeshi migrants are in a position to influence the results of the elections in a large number of constituencies in the North East (about 32 per cent of the constituencies in Assam). Economically, increased pressure on land, resulting in depletion of forest wealth, undercutting of wages of unskilled jobs, forcible occupation of Government land by the migrants and a host of other such issues, generate a ripple effect in the entire North East.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY, SPAIN
Germany reaches first deal with Spain to return migrants
Reuters, 8 August 2018

The German government has agreed with Madrid that it can send back to Spain migrants who have already applied for asylum there, a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said on Wednesday, in what is the first deal of its kind.

The move comes after a dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Bavarian allies over returning migrants that nearly split them and brought down the government. ...

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

More than 1.6 million migrants have arrived in Germany since mid-2014, provoking tensions and propelling the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) into the national parliament. ...

Germany is seeking similar deals with Italy and Greece. The discussions with those countries are still going on, Petermann said, adding that both Italy and Greece had made counterdemands.
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CRIME – ASYLUM
Muslim Refugee Dragged Screaming Rape Victims to Graveyard in UK 'City of Sanctuary'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 8 August 2018

A Sudanese refugee has been sentenced to 16 years jail for rape and attempted rape after he lay in wait for victims before dragging them into a graveyard in Hull, which was named a City of Sanctuary last year.

Ishaq Al-Noor raped one woman in a "vicious" attack in June last year, which Hull Crown Court heard caused his 17-year-old victim to attempt suicide, before launching an "almost identical" assault in November on a mother, in the same cemetery.

The 21-year-old, who is believed to have entered Britain three years ago to seek asylum, "thinks of himself as a peaceful man, a Muslim who prays and fasts and is not a bad person", said Claire Holmes, mitigating. ...

According to the Daily Mail, Al-Noor admitted, "Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?" in response to the rape charge, speaking through one of only a handful of interpreters in Britain with the skills to translate his particular Sudanese dialect. ...

In June last year, Hull was declared a City of Sanctuary at an official ceremony celebrating its designation as a "recognised place of welcome and safety" for "refugees and asylum seekers".

Speaking at the event in Hull Minster, campaigner Steve Ibbetson said: "The positive contribution refugees have made to our city cannot be overstated. The vibrancy that increased diversity has brought to the city has contributed greatly to our current high profile."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – VISA RESTRICTIONS
Strict government visa restrictions drive up illegal immigration, study finds
Benjamin Kentish
Independent, 7 August 2018

Strict government controls on immigration drive up the number of people entering a country illegally, a new study has found.

While visa restrictions cut overall migration, academics said they can be "ineffective and counterproductive" because they force more people to find unlawful ways to cross borders.

The study also found that restricting the number of visas granted to students and highly-skilled workers does little to cut overall migration.

Tighter restrictions on low-skilled workers does appear to reduce migration, but also leads to a "significant portion" of prospective immigrants turning to illegal ways to enter a country, it said.

The study was conducted by academics at University College London (UCL), in conjunction with colleagues at the Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, and was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings are likely to be seized on by campaigners demanding the government relax its immigration rules. ...

The new study found that restrictions on family migration were especially unhelpful, leading around a quarter of people who would have moved country legally to instead do so via illegal channels.

UCL academic Miranda Simo, who led the study: "We show that even minimal visa requirements can significantly reduce immigration, but this comes at the cost of reorienting aspiring migrants towards unauthorised channels.

"The largest reorientation towards unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed, because it is the most easily accessible out of those considered.

"When restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal migration." ...

The study found that restrictions on low-skilled and family migration cut total immigration by 21 per cent and 32 per cent respectively but also drove up illegal immigration by 14 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

The authors said taking action against illegal immigration was "not efficient" because 80 per cent of all illegal migrants would need to be caught in order to offset the increased number resulting from stricter immigration rules.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EATING OF DOGS
Theresa May considers banning the eating of dogs in Britain after The Sun reveals fears sick practice is on the rise
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 7 August 2018

Theresa May is looking into banning the eating of dogs in Britain, in a major boost for The Sun's fledgling campaign.

Downing Street announced this morning that the PM will "look closely" at drawing up a new law to outlaw the sick practice after The Sun highlighted fears it is on the rise in the UK.

An international canine welfare group fears immigration from the Far East is spreading it across Europe.

Despite widespread public revulsion with the habit in countries like China, neither killing dogs to eat nor consuming their meat is illegal in Britain.

A full ban on dog meat is being introduced in the US next month to curb its rise in America. ...

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Most are stolen off the street. ...

The World Dog Alliance (WDA) is set to launch a campaign in the UK for a full ban on any activity relating to the eating of dogs.

The WDA's Kike Yuen told The Sun: "In the US, people who eat dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia. With three million immigrants from East Asia in the UK, we cannot deny this situation exists here too.

"We also believe legislation against dog meat in the UK would provide us with strength to continue our work in Asia, as the UK could influence other countries to stop dog meat consumption.

"Most of them usually refused to do so with the excuse that there is no such law in Western countries."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PARIS, FRANCE
Daily Mail removes 'Powder Keg Paris' report after complaints
Jim Waterson
The Guardian, 7 August 2018

The Daily Mail has removed a report from its website that described the French capital as "Powder Keg Paris" following accusations that its reporting contained inaccuracies and misrepresentations about the impact of migration on one suburb.

The piece described a "devastating report" that suggested 300,000 "illegal migrants" were living in the suburb of Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where drug dealing, crime and poverty were rising due to the "quite simple" explanation of "immigration on a mammoth scale".

The article, by the journalist Andrew Malone, first appeared as a double-page story in the Daily Mail's Saturday edition on 28 July. But it was removed online following criticism from the French activist Marwan Muhammad, a former director of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, in a lengthy Twitter thread that raised more than a dozen issues with the piece.

In addition to criticising the overall depiction of Saint-Denis and disputing suggestions that it was a "parallel state" where no one would shake hands with "an infidel" reporter, Muhammad pointed out that it would be difficult for 300,000 illegal migrants to live there, given the official population is 110,000.

However, a Daily Mail source insisted the article had only been taken off the site temporarily and the "the intention is to restore it" after considering the complaints and correcting where necessary. The source admitted it may have confused the population of Saint-Denis with that of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, where 1.6 million people live.

"The article is a very strong article written by somebody who has reported from the Middle East, a student of Arabic," said the source, who said the newspaper stood by the overall thrust of the reporting. "He obviously spent a period of time there and it's about the journalist's experience on site." ...

The Daily Mail's reporting was prompted by a publication by France's National Assembly, which had raised concerns about the impact of migration on Seine-Saint-Denis. It concluded that "the only thing we are sure about is that the state doesn't know how many illegal immigrants there are" in the area, while noting that unofficial estimates ranged from 150,000 to 400,000.
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BIAS – BBC
BBC Withdraws Immigration Film With South Asian Characters Following Complaints
Little India, 7 August 2018

The BBC has pulled an educational video about immigration after it received complaints over the way it portrayed the issue. The film on immigration, part of a series called Don't Hate The Debate, showed South Asian characters such as men clad in turbans and women in saris, and said that Britain was "multicultural long before curry and carnival."

The documentary film was aimed at spreading awareness among students aged 14 to 16 years about the issue and create more scope for informative discussions.

The BBC, which withdrew the video from circulation and also removed it from YouTube, said it would be re-edited, PTI reported. "While we believe the film did convey the broad elements of the immigration debate, we accept further efforts could have been made to involve contributors with a more diverse range of opinions, so we removed the video," it quoted a BBC spokesperson as saying.

The film was released in May, and received complaints that it lacked objectivity, and breached impartiality rules.

The animated video depicted a group of South Asian characters, with the voice-over saying, "Think immigration is a recent thing? Think again." It went on to say, "Because you see, you got the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings, the Normans, the Flemish, the Irish, black Britons and Jewish people.

"Yep, we were multicultural long before curry and carnival – it's in our DNA."

It added: "There is no such thing as pure Briton. Despite what some flag wielders would have you believe, the average Briton is only 36 percent Anglo-Saxon."

The claim was disputed by the think tank Migration Watch UK, which said, "The average British person's DNA is at least 90 percent European."

It added that the video lacked balance and consisted of a number of factual inaccuracies.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING, BREXIT
A shortage of affordable housing is linked to EU freedom of movement
Sir Julian Brazier
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

There seems to be a Chinese Wall between discussion of the EU and of housing shortages.

Whatever trade-off the Government makes between the near-desperate shortage of affordable housing in much of England and the wish to protect the countryside, the equation is bleak indeed if the population continues to soar.

That growth is fed by net migration equivalent to the population of the city of Liverpool every year. Almost half of net migration over the past decade has been from the EU.

That is why ending free movement of people within the EU is the most important aspect of our current negotiation. It seems Brussels will not budge on access to the customs union unless we concede free movement.

If that proves to be the case, we should settle for a Canadian-style free-trade agreement, or even WTO rules, to retake control of our borders. The alternative is to chew up more and more of our countryside each year to accommodate population growth, before building a single house to ease the plight of our own aspirant homeowners and tenants.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
Boris's burqa-bashing is not 'Islamophobic'
Fraser Myers
Spiked, 7 August 2018

For an illustration of just how kneejerk accusations of Islamophobia have become, look no further than the row over Boris Johnson's latest column. ...

Yet while Johnson is against banning the burqa, he is nonetheless critical of this garment. It is 'oppressive... to expect women to cover their faces', he says. He adds that it looks ridiculous and its wearers sometimes 'look like letterboxes' and 'bank robbers'. ...

The Muslim Council of Britain has accused him of 'fanning the flames of the far right. /.../ Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi labelled the article a 'dog whistle' – unwittingly revealing her own prejudices about the supposedly animalistic voters who respond to such Pavlovian cues. ...

That questioning this rare and obscure religious practice is deemed off-limits is telling. Criticism is forbidden merely because of the burqa's association with Islam. Today, all aspects of Islam have come to be ringfenced from open debate. /.../ If passing judgement on aspects of Islamic culture is deemed beyond the pale, heaven forbid anyone questions the more fundamental tenets of the religion. ...

... True tolerance means allowing the expression of ideas and practices that you don't like. Today, however, tolerance has been replaced by multiculturalism – an ideology which insists that all beliefs and cultural practices are equal and we should withhold judgement. /.../ The message is clear: you must approve of this practice or be quiet. While it would certainly be intolerant to ban the burqa, it is equally intolerant to prevent people from criticising it.
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
The UK's immigration stats may be very wrong. A new project is trying to fix it
Jay Lindop
apolitical, 7 August 2018
[The author is Deputy Director of migration statistics - Office for National Statistics]

Since David Cameron became UK prime minister in 2010, the British government has capped skilled migration, become more sceptical of student visa applicants and introduced its infamous "hostile environment". All were policies adopted with one eye on the net migration statistics, on the back of Cameron's pledge to reduce immigration into "the tens of thousands".

In the midst of those dramatic changes, the survey which underlies that official net migration number was tweaked. A simple new question introduced in 2012 was meant to garner more detail on the different kinds of immigrants coming to the UK.

Instead, in the years that followed, it exposed problems in the UK's immigration statistics. They could mean the overall net migration figure has been repeatedly overestimated by tens of thousands of people. ...

The UK's quarterly statistics on long-term international migration are drawn from a survey introduced in the 1960s primarily to track tourists' spending. The new ONS project aims to supplement that survey with administrative data created in the course of running government programs.

That's because of problems with counting emigrants, highlighted by the new question. The 2012 change meant that foreigners leaving the UK would be asked what their original reason for coming had been.

It was meant to allow the ONS to produce finer-grained data on the movement of different types of immigrants. But the new figures immediately raised eyebrows, because they suggested that the number of international students leaving the country was much lower than the number arriving. ...

The ONS says that it thinks the overall net immigration number is still reliable, because the overcount of students is balanced by undercounting in other groups. Marley Morris, an expert on immigration at the Institute for Public Policy Research, was sceptical. "It's arguable that the overall figures might be right," he said. "But it would be a fluke." ...

Australia, by contrast, has been able to avoid many of the difficulties of combining different data sources thanks to the comprehensive information it gathers at the border.

That kind of system is unlikely to be possible in the UK, where there are minimal immigration checks for EU citizens or anyone coming to or from the Republic of Ireland.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Dominic Raab's new aide called for continued freedom of movement after Brexit
Emilio Casalicchio
PoliticsHome, 7 August 2018

Dominic Raab's new aide said freedom of movement should continue after Brexit and blasted her new boss's claim that immigration pushes up house prices, PoliticsHome can reveal.

Stephanie Lis, who has been appointed Mr Raab's special adviser, made her comments in a 2016 video for the Institute of Economic Affairs, where she was director of communications before landing her new job.

She said concerns about immigration which had led to the vote for Brexit were "understandable" because "politicians have done an astonishingly poor job of making the case for free movement".

"As a result, migrants have found themselves blamed for all sorts of problems - from rocketing house prices to unemployment," she said.

"But many of these criticisms are based on exaggerations or are just fundamentally wrong." ...

Just this year Mr Raab said house prices had gone up by 20% over the past quarter of a century due to immigration. The then-housing minster was forced to publish official figures backing up his claims.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CENSORSHIP, EXTREMISM
How the left made Tommy Robinson
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 August 2018

The idea driving this demand of 'No Platform for Robinson!' is that the Tommy Robinson phenomenon is a product of too much freedom of speech. ... This argument is about as wrong as it is possible to be. /.../ It is the cultural elite's cowardly instinct to chill open discussion about issues like Islam, multiculturalism, mass immigration and social tensions that created Tommy Robinson and his various movements, through allowing him to present himself as a seer in a time of silence. ...

He has benefited directly from a climate in which critical discussion of Islam and British values is demonised. And he has been successful because people aggrieved at the lack of openness around Britain's cultural difficulties see in him someone who will speak on their behalf. ...

Tommy Robinson, the political persona, is only possible in an era in which it is tantamount to thoughtcrime to be mean about Islam. In which criticism of Islamic values can be written off as 'Islamophobia'. ...

He is only possible in a society in which officials refused for years to be open about the fact that largely Pakistani gangs were abusing mostly white working-class girls. In which a Labour politician, Sarah Champion, can be hounded out of her job for suggesting we be honest about such gangs. In which the liberal media continually tell us to panic about far-right extremism when the evidence of our eyes tells us Islamist extremism is a far greater threat: more than 450 Europeans have been slaughtered by Islamist terrorists in the past five years.

He is only possible in an era in which commentators mock people who raise concerns about cultural tensions in Sweden even as Jews are attacked in Malmo. An era in which even to say the word Islamist when talking about Islamist terrorism can win you hisses and boos. ...

This chilling of discussion about Islam, about new cultural tensions, about the abandonment of the ideal of integration and its inevitable replacement by frayed communal relations, reveals how central censorship is to the ideology of multiculturalism.

If multiculturalism represents an official unwillingness to elevate any one value system over any other, to promote a specifically British way of life, then its attendant creed of 'progressive censorship' represents an official unwillingness to permit honest discussion about the consequences of multiculturalism's divisive worldview. What we've learned in recent years – from the rise of hate-speech legislation to the refusal of politicians in Cologne to say women were being harassed by newly arrived Muslim migrants – is that censorship is the handmaiden of multiculturalism. ...

And into this fray comes Tommy Robinson, and others, who say: 'We'll tell the truth.' Every atom of their stardom comes from the fact that certain ideas are now off-limits in public life. The cowardice of the elites give them life. In the absence of other, more progressive voices raising concerns about the divisive and censorious ideologies of the new ruling class, these right-wingers can clean up. They can claim the moral highground and present themselves as the daring utterers of things you aren't meant to say. And here's the thing: this isn't entirely a pose; this really is the role they play, courtesy of our silencing elites.

It isn't freedom of speech that is dangerous. It is censorship. Censorship is the midwife of extremism.
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IMMIGRATION – DEBATE
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 1]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018
[A book excerpt from "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Noah Harari]

The European discussion about immigration often degenerates into a shouting match in which neither side hears the other. To clarify matters, it would perhaps be helpful to view immigration as a deal with three basic conditions or terms:

Term 1: The host country allows the immigrants in.

Term 2: In return, the immigrants must embrace at least the core norms and values of the host country, even if that means giving up some of their traditional norms and values.

Term 3: If the immigrants assimilate to a sufficient degree, over time they become equal and full members of the host country. 'They' become 'us'.

These three terms give rise to three distinct debates about the exact meaning of each term:

Debate 1: The first clause of the immigration deal says simply that the host country allows immigrants in. But should this be understood as a duty or a favour? ...

Anti-immigrationists stress that one of the most basic rights of every human collective is to defend itself against invasion, whether in the form of armies or migrants. The Swedes have worked very hard and made numerous sacrifices in order to build a prosperous liberal democracy, and if the Syrians have failed to do the same, this is not the Swedes' fault. ...

Moreover, say the anti-immigrationists, a country can have whatever immigration policy it wants, screening immigrants not just for their criminal records or professional talents, but even for things like religion. ...

As long as this debate isn't settled, it is extremely difficult to answer all subsequent questions about immigration. Since pro-immigrationists think that people have a right to immigrate to another land if they so wish, and host countries have a duty to absorb them, they react with moral outrage when people's right to immigrate is violated, and when countries fail to perform their duty of absorption. ...

Debate 2: The second clause of the immigration deal says that if they are allowed in, the immigrants have an obligation to assimilate into the local culture. But how far should assimilation go? /.../ Anti-immigrationists tend to place the bar high, whereas pro-immigrationists place it much lower.

Pro-immigrationists argue that Europe itself is extremely diverse, and its native populations have a wide spectrum of opinions, habits and values. ... Anti-immigrationists agree that tolerance and freedom are the most important European values, and accuse many immigrant groups – especially from Muslim countries – of intolerance, misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism. Precisely because Europe cherishes tolerance, it cannot allow too many intolerant people in. ...

Other anti-immigrationists go much further. /.../ By allowing them in, the local culture is taking upon itself a big risk and a huge expense. There is no reason it should destroy itself as well. It offers eventual full equality so it demands full assimilation. ...

The two key issues of this debate are the disagreement about immigrant intolerance and the disagreement about European identity. ...
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IMMIGRATION – DEBATE
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 2]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018

This will still leave open, however, the question of Europe's unique national identities. Tolerance is a universal value. Are there any unique French norms and values that should be accepted by anyone immigrating to France, and are there unique Danish norms and values that immigrants to Denmark must embrace? As long as Europeans are bitterly divided about this question, they can hardly have a clear policy about immigration. ...

Debate 3: The third clause of the immigration deal says that if immigrants indeed make a sincere effort to assimilate – and in particular to adopt the value of tolerance – the host country is duty-bound to treat them as first-class citizens. But exactly how much time needs to pass before the immigrants become full members of society? ...

Pro-immigrationists tend to demand a speedy acceptance, whereas anti-immigrationists want a much longer probation period. ...

The root issue of this debate concerns the gap between personal timescale and collective timescale. From the viewpoint of human collectives, forty years is a short time. It is hard to expect society to fully absorb foreign groups within a few decades. Past civilisations that assimilated foreigners and made them equal citizens – such as Imperial Rome, the Muslim caliphate, the Chinese empires and the United States – all took centuries rather than decades to accomplish the transformation.

From a personal viewpoint, however, forty years can be an eternity. For a teenager born in France twenty years after her grandparents immigrated there, the journey from Algiers to Marseilles is ancient history. She was born here, all her friends have been born here, she speaks French rather than Arabic, and she has never even been to Algeria. France is the only home she has ever known. And now people say to her it's not her home, and that she should go 'back' to a place she never inhabited?

As long as we don't know whether absorption is a duty or a favour; what level of assimilation is required from immigrants; and how quickly host countries should treat them as equal citizens – we cannot judge whether the two sides are fulfilling their obligations.

An additional problem concerns accounting. When evaluating the immigration deal, both sides give far more weight to violations than to compliance. If a million immigrants are law-abiding citizens, but one hundred join terrorist groups and attack the host country, does it mean that on the whole the immigrants are complying with the terms of the deal, or violating it? If a third-generation immigrant walks down the street a thousand times without being molested, but once in a while some racist shouts abuse at her, does it mean that the native population is accepting or rejecting the immigrants? ...

Whatever your answers to these questions, it should at least be clear that the European debate about immigration is far from being a clear-cut battle between good and evil. It would be wrong to tar all anti-immigrationists as 'fascists', just as it would be wrong to depict all pro-immigrationists as committed to 'cultural suicide'.
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RACISM – POLICE, FEAR
Forced marriage: Officer asked if Iraqi man could date a 12-year-old
Paul Morgan-Bentley
Sunday Times, 5 August 2018

A police officer phoned a charity to ask whether it was "culturally acceptable" for an Iraqi paedophile to have a 12-year-old girlfriend.

The detective had arrested the 26-year-old man but wanted to be "culturally sensitive" after the suspect said the relationship was acceptable in his community. Karma Nirvana, the charity that took the call, told the officer to deal with the man as he would any other suspected child abuser.

The charity, which works with victims of forced marriage, said that the case showed the danger of officers whose professional judgment was clouded by fear of being called racist.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Shoreham raid: Nine illegal immigrants caught cockling
BBC, 5 August 2018

Nine illegal immigrants have been caught in a raid on a group harvesting cockles, the Home Office has said.

Immigration Enforcement officers found the group at Brighton Road in Shoreham, West Sussex, at about 12:20 BST on Saturday.

Checks were carried out on a group of 11 people, nine of whom were found to be illegally present in the UK.

Five men were detained "pending removal from the UK", while four others - including two minors - were bailed.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Police night-time swoop on boat heading for Kent beach find 'illegal migrants'
Sunday Express, 5 August 2018

Police smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring as they waited under cover of dark to intercept a speedboat packed with illegal immigrants last night.

Officers swooped on the boat, carrying illegal migrants form Vietnam, as it landed on a Kent beach under the cover of darkness.

The group were caught in the early hours of the morning as their speedboat landed on the beach in Walmer.

The eight arrests were part of a joint operation involving Kent Police, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Border Force.

A 35-year-old man from Eyeworth, Bedfordshire, and a 34-year-old from Oxford were also arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration to the UK.
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CRIME – FORCED MARRIAGE
Forced marriage: Police 'turn a blind eye' to child brides
Paul Morgan-Bentley
The Times, 4 August 2018

Police forces have been accused of failing thousands of victims of forced marriages by charging a suspect in only one in 38 cases.

Officials at the Home Office received more than 3,800 reports of forced marriages or victims being at risk of forced marriage in the past three years. Hundreds of the victims are children, with the youngest only four years old.

However, The Times surveyed police forces and found that fewer than 80 suspects had been charged in this time. It became illegal to force someone to marry in 2014 but only three cases have resulted in convictions.
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CRIME – ROBBERY
Moped robbers jailed for over 30 years after targeting elderly victims and stabbing man for his bible
Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard, 4 August 2018

The pair "hunted people down and made a sport of it" in south London, police said, and targeted vulnerable people in Croydon, Lambeth, Kingston, Sutton, Hammersmith and Fulham and Merton.

Mikelle Alexander, 21, of Sutton, and Karim Hussain, 20, of Romford were jailed for a combined 22 offences, including robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Police say the crimes occurred last year, between September and December, and the robbers "attacked vulnerable people - often women – and left their victims afraid to be in the neighbourhoods they had lived in for years." ...

Hussain has been jailed for 15 years for his crimes, with Alexander handed 17 years.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – INDIANS
India ignores citizens overstaying in UK, US but wants to declare 40 lakh in Assam illegal
Jyoti Malhotra and Avishek Jha
ThePrint, 3 August 2018
[A lakh is 100,000 (written in India as 1,00,000)]

The BJP-led Centre that claims credit for the completion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) aimed at detecting illegal immigrants in Assam seems to be turning a blind eye to the issue of thousands of Indians who are staying illegally in several western countries such as the UK or the US.

In April, during his visit to the UK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused, at the last minute, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal immigrants because Indian authorities differed with London's definition of an "overstayer". ...

The UK authorities say there are between 75,000 and 1,00,000 illegal Indian immigrants in the UK. India claims the figures are far fewer, around 2,000.

In the US, the figure is 5 lakh people as of 2014, according to data collected by the Pew Research Centre in 2016. ...

According to an Indian diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the home secretaries of India and the UK had even hammered out a "package deal" in May 2017, agreeing that the Indian government would take back illegal immigrants if Indian students were given clear benefits in the UK university system on a par with China and other foreign countries.

But in June, India was left out of such a streamlined UK university process. UK secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox had then directly linked India's absence on the list to Delhi's refusal to resolve the question of "overstayers" or illegals. ...

Meanwhile, the India-UK spat over illegals refuses to go away, despite the fact that junior home minister Kiren Rijiju had signed an MoU on returns of illegal Indians within 30 days of their detection by British authorities.

The MoU that was to be signed by PM Modi in April reduced the number of days from 30 to 15 – a clause that was rejected by the Indian side. ...

The truth, as always, lies in between. Indian officials conceded that they are not terribly worried about Indians immigrating to western countries, arguing that most of this is due to economic reasons.

An India diplomat said, "When we were confronted with Indian illegals, we would request an interview with them in private. Then we would ask this so-called illegal immigrant, in Hindi or some other Indian language, if he or she wanted to stay in that country or not."

"If they said yes, we would then shrug our shoulders with the authorities of that country and tell them that processes back home would take much longer, and that it would be better to integrate them here itself," the diplomat added.
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BIAS – BBC
BBC withdraws educational film about immigration that claimed Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' after bias complaints
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 3 August 2018

The BBC has withdrawn an educational film about immigration following complaints that it was biased.

The film, aimed at GCSE pupils, contained claims that Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' and that debate over immigration had fuelled a 'huge rise' in support for far-Right politics.

It was pulled from circulation and removed from YouTube after complaints that it broke impartiality rules.

Among other assertions by contributors to the film, part of a series called Don't Hate the Debate, was: 'Multiculturalism is a powerful tool for survival and possibly the only way to survive, so let's embrace it.'

Another speaker suggested that 'Britain had never been a nation of immigrants'. ...

The film, produced by BBC Education and aimed at pupils aged 14 to 16, was posted online in May. It focused on discussions about immigration among four young people. ...

The new film drew a scathing complaint from the Migration Watch UK think- tank, which said it failed to treat its subject with care and objectivity.

Lord Green of Deddington, founding chairman of Migration Watch, added that the discussion between young people in the film was 'shallow, unbalanced and unrepresentative'.

And he wrote to BBC chairman Sir David Clementi saying: 'Most people in the UK are not opposed to immigration per se, but they are concerned, we think rightly, about its present scale.

'Yet the overall impression of the video is that anyone who questions its current scale is unreasonable and prejudiced ... the video seems designed not to inform and stimulate discussion but to promote a particular opinion.' ...

How the Beeb fudged key facts and figures

What the BBC video said: The average Briton is only 36 per cent Anglo- Saxon.

What Migration Watch said: The average British person's DNA is at least 90 per cent European. The impact of modern inflows of hundreds of thousands a year is entirely different from the fusing of a comparatively small number from Northern European tribes in the centuries preceding Norman times.

BBC: Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival'.

Migration Watch: Britain has never been a nation of immigrants. In 1951 less than 4 per cent of the population of England and Wales were foreign-born.

BBC: When Britain joined the EU, 'then we could move to Paris, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona and people from there could come here'.

Migration Watch: It is surely misleading to refer to four Western European cities and none in Eastern Europe, as it is from Eastern Europe that inflows have been so large, with over a million Poles now in the UK.

BBC: European migrants contribute 34 per cent more in tax than they receive in benefits.

Migration Watch: According to the same University College London research from which this figure was taken, immigrants of all nationalities did not benefit the taxpayer but cost £140 billion between 1995 and 2011.
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DIVERSITY – FAVOURITISM
Diversity: the new favouritism
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 3 August 2018
[The author is a barrister]

In Britain today, if you are non-white, female, Muslim or gay you are favoured. If you are white, male, Christian or straight you are unfavoured. Worse still, if you challenge the idea that society ought to favour certain identities and unfavour others, then you are likely to be shunned and driven from polite society. The essential argument of Ben Cobley's searing The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity is that diversity now operates like a machine with rules that must be obeyed. Diversity is, Cobley argues, a system that dominates our state and society.

Cobley, a former Labour Party activist, cites many examples to establish his case that there are several identity-based groups treated favourably. Channel 4 has an extensive system in place, which it calls its 360 Degree Diversity Charter, that requires favouritism for black and minority-ethnic, female and disabled groups. /.../ The BBC has been particularly prominent in the institutionalisation of favouritism. /.../ And there is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which has brought in a rule that films must reach certain diversity thresholds in order to qualify for awards.

Although Cobley's focus is on institutions associated with the liberal-left, he also notes how favouritism has penetrated institutions more widely, such as the civil service and police. The civil service, he says, 'aligns wholly with the system and its favoured-unfavoured group demarcations'. /.../ He cites The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, who noted how in recent years 'no press conference after a sex-grooming trial has been complete without a police officer's pronouncement that the perpetrators' ethnicity and religion was utterly irrelevant to their crimes'. ...

The system of diversity that creates favoured and unfavoured groups is so prevalent today that Cobley concludes that its 'influence reaches into virtually every corner of our public life and increasingly our private lives'. The strength of The Tribe is Cobley's recognition of the prevalence of this system and of the harm it brings to the institutions that practise it. This is because those institutions are elevating identity over merit. ...

Aside from the specific issue of recruitment and promotion, diversity plays a more general and insidious role in undermining rational thought and decision-making. Cobley discusses 'the suppression of inconvenient truths' in Rotherham, where social services and the police refused to investigate child sexual exploitation committed by gangs of mostly Pakistani Muslim men for fear of being called racist. Rotherham, says Cobley, 'showed how favouritism and protection of a favoured group had been etched into the fabric of local government and police operations to the extent that it overwhelmed another sort of protection they were meant to be practising – of children'. At least 1,400 children in Rotherham were abused over a 12-year period, and, Cobley argues, this was partially enabled by the institutionalisation of diversity. The council outsourced responsibility, and authority, for the issue to community leaders of Pakistani heritage. ...

... The organisations that Cobley criticises cannot, as he points out, energise their staff or the wider public by promoting 'such things as truth, science, the arts and excellence in their respective fields'. So they seek moral purpose and legitimacy in the system of diversity.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CRIME
Gang jailed for fake immigration documents scam
BBC, 3 August 2018

A gang that made fake documents for people trying to move to the UK illegally has been jailed.

Seven men and three woman from Cardiff, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil were jailed at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.

They created fake wage slips showing earnings of more than £18,600 to sell to UK nationals so they could apply for spousal visas. ...

The 10 were caught after a two-year investigation by Immigration Enforcement's criminal and financial investigation team.

The court heard fake documents were sold by the fraudsters for up to £4,500.

Ringleader Denaught Sharma, 56, forged documents and opened a bank account sponsors would pay into to create the illusion of a monthly income large enough to be eligible to bring their spouses to the UK. ...

The scam was first uncovered in 2013 when Sharma was interviewed by Gwent Police as a potential witness in an unrelated case and incriminating text messages were found on his phone. ...

Mohammed Uddin, Sarah Brindle, Abdul Muqith, Suleza Begum, Zakiyya Begum and Jagdeep Singh facilitated the illegal entry to the UK of their wives and husbands by using the fake employment records.

Sandeep Kumar, who is married to Brindle, tried to get leave to remain in the UK by submitting fake job documents for his wife. He was sentenced in his absence as he has left the UK.
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CRIME – FORCED MARRIAGES, VISAS
UK accused of turning blind eye to forced marriages to grant visas
The Guardian, 2 August 2018

The Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas, charities have said.

Officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still issued, data obtained by the Times suggests. ...

One group said some immigration officials were "turning a blind eye" amid concerns over cultural or religious sensitivities.

A Home Office source said it "categorically denies" the allegation. ...

The women had been forced to marry men in countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates. ...

There are concerns that the number of victims is far higher than the reported cases due to rules that require complainants to sign a public statement. ...

Laws making it illegal to force someone into marriage in England and Wales were introduced in 2014. ...

In 2013, the year before laws were introduced, the government's forced marriage unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage to more than 1,300 people.

In 2017 the unit gave advice or support in 1,196 cases.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
'Illegals' leaving UK for here after Brexit could 'sink asylum system'
Ken Foxe
Irish Independent, 2 August 2018

Any perceived tightening of UK immigration controls could see "illegals" look across the Irish Sea instead, a Department of Justice briefing warns.

The report, prepared for Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, warned Brexit could also have an enormous impact here.

It also said even the smallest changes in Ireland's system of direct provision had the potential to "sink the asylum system" here.

The warnings were contained in a ministerial briefing prepared after a Supreme Court judgment gave asylum seekers living in the direct provision system the right to work.

The briefing also said the State could face a significant childcare bill due to the changes, as many asylum seekers in the system are single parents.

It explained how the common travel area between Ireland and the UK meant it was important the immigration systems in the two countries were "broadly similar".

This avoided "creating pull factors" that could be taken advantage of by people moving from Britain to Northern Ireland and then into the Republic. ...

In 2015, asylum applications in Ireland rose by a third, mostly from Pakistan and India. These were people who "either were illegal in the UK or whose immigration permission was about to run out there".

"Many of these applicants used the asylum process to get a foothold in the State before attempting sham marriages," it said. ...

The report said that in the UK there was an estimated population of "illegal" nationals from outside the European Economic Area of between 400,000 and 800,000.

"Taking the mid-point of that range, even if only 1pc were to come to Ireland and claim asylum, it would mean an additional 6,000 applicants.

"This would literally sink the asylum system, putting massive pressures on other State services, such as housing," it said.
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EMPLOYMENT – CRIME, SLAVERY
Slave labour props up unexpected parts of Britain's economy
The Economist, 2 August 2018

The Home Office believes Britain is home to 10,000-13,000 "modern slaves", by which it means people who are forced to work or who have been trafficked into the country for exploitation. Others put the figure much higher: the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group, reckons there could be as many as 136,000. The number of people identified by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as possible slaves has been rising fast, from 1,746 in 2013 to 5,145 last year, partly because of a new anti-slavery law passed in 2015.

Modern slavery used to be associated with criminal enterprises such as brothels and cannabis farms, whose illegality leaves workers fearful of reporting abuses. But the variety of businesses known to be using slave labour is broadening, with unpaid workers turning up in fields, factories and high streets across the country.

Vietnamese citizens are the nationality most commonly exploited for labour in Britain, according to the NCA. It says they comprised nearly a fifth of the people identified as potential victims of forced labour between 2015 and 2017. This is largely because of the widespread use of slave labour in Vietnamese-run nail salons, which have been found exploiting teenagers who have been smuggled from Vietnam to Britain in the backs of lorries.

Sometimes such workers are rescued from cannabis farms or other manicure bars, only to be "re-trafficked" by Vietnamese gangs based in Britain, which put them to work elsewhere. ...

Other nationalities end up in different industries. Romanians in forced labour often toil at hand car-washes. ...

Different regions have their own problem industries. ...

Prosecutions are rare.
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CRIME – FORCED MARRIAGE, ILLEGAL ADVICE
Report: Ex-Labour Migration Lawyer Asama Javed Is Forced Marriage Fixer for Young Girls
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 2 August 2018

Immigration lawyer and former local Labour councillor Asama Javed advised an undercover journalist there is "nothing wrong" with a father forcing a 15-year-old daughter into marriage, according to reports.

The former Labour Party councillor, primary school governor, and member of Bradford Council's fostering board was caught on video giving the advice from her office desk to an undercover reporter for The Times, who pretended to have two teen daughters, the youngest of which he was looking to force into an arranged marriage. ...

Telling Mrs Javed that his oldest daughter – who had just turned 18 – was already married and pregnant in Pakistan, he said that he wanted to bring her and her husband back to Britain but that his daughter was unhappy and may object to the husband's spousal visa.

Speaking in a mixture of Urdu and English, the partner with Reiss Solicitors in Bradford – a northern English city which has a high Muslim population – told the undercover reporter not to apply for a spousal visa, and instead to bring the daughter back to England to have her child so that the husband could apply for residency as the child's father, even against the woman's wishes. ...

The Bradford lawyer then advised the 'father' to "spoil" his younger daughter and "bring [her] on your side" and that she may be persuaded to go along with the arranged marriage – despite it being illegal to assist or encourage a forced marriage offence in this way.

Mrs Javed has had an illustrious career in local Bradford politics, having been a councillor for the left-wing Labour Party before switching to the Respect Party two years ago ...
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BORDER CONTROLS – BREXIT
Exclusive: This Home Office leak reveals Theresa May could keep free movement in a no-deal Brexit
Thomas Colson
Business Insider, 1 August 2018

Theresa May's government is considering allowing the free movement for EU citizens at the UK border to continue if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, according to confidential details of a Home Office meeting leaked to Business Insider.

Border Force officials met in January to discuss contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. Among the options considered was a plan to allow "no more checks at the border," according to written notes of the meeting sent to BI.

A source close to the Home Office explained that the Border Force would likely have little other choice than to carry on allowing EU citizens freely into the UK as it would not have the staffing capacity, resources, or infrastructure to implement a new registration scheme in a no-deal scenario.

It currently takes an average of approximately 45 seconds to check an EEA citizens' passport, compared to an average of 4 minutes for an non-EEA arrival.

If every new arrival was subject to 4-minute checks, there could be days-long queues at some British airports without a dramatic increase in the number of trained immigration officers. ...

An alternative plan being considered by Home Office officials to cope with a no-deal Brexit would be to "throw resources" at borders, filling airports with extra immigration officers to handle the huge extra capacity that would result from the government having to process every new arrival as a non-EU citizen.
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IMMIGRATION – SYRIANS
Where are the Christians?
Campbell Campbell-Jack
A Grain of Sand, 1 August 2018

As the result of a Freedom of Information request by the Barnabas Fund, it has been revealed that the Home Office has confessed that not a single Christian was among the 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in the first three months of this year.

Only Muslim refugees from the war-torn country have been granted permission to resettle. In the first quarter of this year the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK. Of that number a mere four were Christians. All four were rejected.

This is not a statistical blip. The figures for last year demonstrate a continuing pattern of under-representation. It was as bad in previous years.

Figures from 2016 indicate that Home Office officials, who process referrals from the UN, appear to have made the situation yet worse. While 69 per cent of all Muslims referred by the UN were accepted for resettlement in the UK, only 44 per cent of Christians were accepted and less than 21 per cent of Yazidis. The end result was that of the 4,850 Syrian refugees the Home Office accepted for resettlement in the UK, a mere 11 were Christians, representing only 0.2 per cent of all Syrian refugees accepted by our government that year.

In a statement, the charity said: 'As Barnabas Fund recently reported, of the 7,060 Syrian refugees the UNHCR recommended to the UK in 2017 only 25 were Christians (0.35 per cent). However, the Home Office only accepted eleven of these – meaning that Christians made up only 0.23 per cent of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK last year'. ...

For the last 18 months, Barnabas Fund has had to go to considerable lengths to obtain figures on Christian refugees from Syria in the face of what has every appearance of being a dogged attempt by Home Office officials to avoid their release. After prolonged delays, Barnabas Fund finally had to take the extraordinary step of obtaining an order from the Information Commissioner's Office threatening the Home Office with contempt of court proceedings in the High Court.
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Indian minister defends citizenship test, citing Muslim growth
Reuters, 1 August 2018

An Indian minister on Wednesday defended a controversial citizens' list to detect illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh, saying the growth in the Hindu population of a border state had been overtaken by that of Muslims.

The draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released on Monday excluded 4 million people from the northeastern state of Assam, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party came to power for the first time in 2016 promising action against illegal immigrants.

Assam has the second highest percentage of Muslims among all states in Hindu-majority India.

The draft is the result of a years-long agitation by residents of Assam demanding expulsion of the immigrants from Muslim-majority Bangladesh just over the border.

"In the 50 years between 1961 and 2011, the majority community in Assam has grown 2.4 times; the minority has grown 3.9 times," Arun Jaitley, one of Modi's senior-most cabinet colleagues, said in a blog post here. "This has caused a major demographic impact."

Jaitley, who is on medical leave from his role as finance minister, also quoted a Supreme Court order that said that influx of illegal migrants was turning some Assam districts into a Muslim-majority region which could lead to demands for their merger with Bangladesh.

"Nobody could have put it better," Jaitley said.

He added that Assam's neighbouring state of West Bengal, whose chief minister has taken the lead in opposing the citizenship exercise, was "not far behind" in the changing demographics fuelled by immigration.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
German population with immigrant background reaches new peak in 2017
Rebecca Staudenmaier
Deutsche Welle, 1 August 2018

The number of people with foreign roots living in Germany reached a new peak last year, according to the results of a "micro-census" that was published on Wednesday.

According to Destatis, Germany's Federal Office for Statistics, around 19.3 million people living in Germany have immigrant backgrounds. The figure increased 4.4 percent compared to the figures from the 2016 "micro-census."

Destatis defines someone with a "migrant background" as a person who was not born in Germany or who has at least one parent who is not a German citizen.

The data also found among those with immigrant backgrounds, 51 percent were German citizens and 49 percent were foreigners.

The annual "micro-census" derives its data from a 1 percent sample of the German population and focuses on people living in private households. Destatis has said that the data on those living in shared accommodation such as asylum-seeker homes and migrant reception centers is likely underrepresented in the study.

Out of the estimated 19.3 million people with immigrant backgrounds, 14 percent of them had Turkish roots, followed by 11 percent with Polish roots, 7 percent with Russian roots, 6 percent with Kazakh roots and 4 percent with Romanian roots.

For the first time, Destatis also asked about what languages are most often spoken at home. They found that out of the 24 million households with more than one person, foreign languages are primarily spoken in 2.5 million of them.

Out of those with foreign backgrounds, 13.2 million of them had immigrated to Germany themselves.
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ASYLUM – HOLIDAYS
Refugees go on holiday to their 'dangerous homelands' mostly funded by taxpayer's money
Voice of Europe, 31 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And why not pay people to leave? It costs 10 times more to remove an illegal against their will than to persuade someone to go voluntarily.
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CRIME – ROBBERY
Lithuanian gang flew into UK posing as migrant workers to stage terrifying £1 million armed raid at family-run jewellers
Tom Payne
Daily Mail, 28 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sajid Javid ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The report also notes that in 2014, 'about 84.2 babies were born per 1,000 immigrant women ages 15 to 44, compared to 58.3 births per 1,000 U.S.-born women in 2014, according to Pew Research Center estimates.'
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ASYLUM – UNITED NATIONS, USA
For Most Refugees, Resettlement Is Not a Matter of Life and Death
Nayla Rush
Center for Immigration Studies, 25 July 2018

The UN refugee agency tweeted this week that resettlement is a "lifeline" available to the most vulnerable refugees, such as those in need of urgent medical care, women and girls at risk, children at risks and survivors of violence and torture.



The most vulnerable refugees include at-risk women and girls, unaccompanied children + those with acute medical needs.

For these refugees, resettlement is a lifeline. ...

– UNHCR United States (@UNHCRUSA) July 23, 2018



Except that it is not necessarily the most vulnerable and urgent cases that are submitted for resettlement.

According to recent data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), almost all refugees submitted for resettlement in 2017 (75,200 in total) were in "normal" circumstances "where there are no immediate medical, social, or security concerns which would merit expedited processing".

UNHCR gives a breakdown of its 2017 resettlement submissions by priority levels:

Emergency: 1.1 percent

Urgent: 6.4 percent

Normal: 92.5 percent

It also classifies its 2017 resettlement submissions by categories. Let's look at the four categories listed in the tweet above:

Survivors of Violence and/or Torture: 27.4 percent

Children and Adolescents at Risk: 9.9 percent

Women and Girls at Risk: 7.3 percent

Refugees with Medical Needs: 3.5 percent

These categories add up to less than half (48.1 percent) the total number of refugees UNHCR referred for resettlement. ...

A closer look at the "Survivors of Violence and/or Torture" category confirms the broad scope of UNHCR's categories. ...

The UN refugee agency and other refugee advocates capitalize on emotional appeals such as the tweet above to convince the American public that the resettlement program is designed to save the lives of the "most vulnerable" refugees. But, as I keep pointing out, refugees with no specific vulnerabilities or urgent needs are being resettled in the U.S. Most were not in danger in their country of first asylum.
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TERRORISM – WOMEN
Women and children like convicted terrorist Safaa Boular trained by IS abroad pose 'particular threat' to UK
Chloe Mayer
The Sun, 24 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pay roll manager Tapiwa Madziwa has also been locked up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• We need descriptors to help catch perpetrators.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Our children deserve better.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We have seen some evidence of that being abused.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An estimated 550 migrants arrive in Paris each week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... Matteo Salvini ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ireland is willing to do more on migration including taking more refugees and giving financial support, said the Taoiseach.

Speaking ahead of next week's June summit where the migration issue could trigger a major political earthquake in Germany and across the EU, the Taoiseach committed Ireland to giving more as a way of repaying the solidarity Ireland has received over Brexit. ...

Mr Vardakar defended immigration, saying: "On balance migration is a good thing; Europe needs migration.

"We've a shortage of skilled labour to staff our economy and run our health service. It enriches our cultures and societies."

But, he said, "it does need to be managed; it can't be uncontrolled and the fact that it has been uncontrolled has given rise to far-right and nationalist/populist forces across Europe and that has to be a bad thing".
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CITIZENSHIP – EU CITIZENS, RESIDENCE
UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme
Lisa O'Carroll and Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 22 June 2018

The government has promised to fast-track the registration process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, with decisions on applications to remain in the country reduced from six months to "a matter of days".

Unveiling details of the "settlement scheme" for EU citizens, the Home Office promised that the application process would be "short, simple and user friendly" with a default position of accepting rather than rejecting applications. ...

Applications will cost £65 per adult, with children half price. EU citizens will be issued with an ID number, but not a physical card, which they will be required to use for public services such as the NHS and possibly employment and property rental checks. ...

It has been estimated that the Home Office will have to process up to 4,500 applications a day to get through 3.2m applications before the programme closes in June 2021. However, numbers could be even higher, with the Home Office saying there could be anything from "3.2m to 3.8m" EU citizens eligible for the scheme. ...

Anyone with a criminal record involving a jail sentence of more than 12 months is at risk of being rejected. Checks on the national police database and watch lists will be automatic but past crimes in the rest of Europe will not be automatic. ...

It will remain open for two and a half years, with EU citizens who arrive in the country eligible to apply right up until the end of December 2019, the proposed end of the transition period.

Those in the country for less than five years will be granted "pre-settled status" which can be swapped for a full "settled status" ID after five years.

The new status will also be considered a route to British citizenship, ending the need for EU citizens presently in the country to go through the permanent residency process.

Close family members, defined as "spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild or dependent parent or grandparent living overseas" will be allowed to join those with settled status under a "lifetime right" of EU citizens already in the country.
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CITIZENSHIP – EU CITIZENS, RESIDENCE
3.8 million EU migrants are allowed to stay here after Brexit: That's 600,000 more than estimated – and they can bring their families
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 22 June 2018

Nearly 4 million EU migrants will be allowed to live permanently in Britain after Brexit – and bring their families with them. ...

Any EU migrant who has lived in Britain lawfully for at least five years will be granted this 'settled status' – giving them full access to schools, hospitals, pensions and benefits. Applicants will face only three questions: to prove their ID, whether they have criminal convictions and whether they live in the UK.

However, international criminal record checks will not be routinely carried out, meaning violent criminals could get the right to live here.

Even if an EU citizen has a criminal record in Britain, they might not be considered for deportation.

Officials said that if an offence such as rape had been committed many years ago, it might not meet the threshold to deport someone. Successful applicants will also get the right to bring their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, children and partners to join them – even if they are not EU nationals.

Officials revealed they were planning for 3.8 million applications – about 600,000 more than previously expected. It is because officials do not know exactly how many EU migrants are living here.

Applicants' names will be screened against only UK police and security databases, unless there is 'good cause' to suspect a person has a hidden criminal history abroad. ...

Tory MP Philip Davies expressed concern about the 'lax' checks on criminal databases, adding: 'Migrants who commit crimes here should be deported unless there are extenuating circumstances. The Government seems to be taking the view that unless it is a very serious crime, they are okay to stay, which is the wrong way round.' ...

Lord Green of Deddington, of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said: 'The effect of these arrangements is that EU citizens who arrive during the transition period will have the right to stay on for five years. They would then acquire rights to bring in spouses, parents and grandparents that were greater than those of British citizens.'
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Revealed: two years after Brexit vote, public still supports tough immigration targets
Channel 4 [television], 22 June 2018

Almost three quarters of British adults still back Theresa May's tough stance on reducing immigration, a Deltapoll survey for Channel 4 News reveals. ...

Two years after the EU referendum, support for the government's tough immigration targets is widespread across the country and political allegiances, according to the poll.

Most people want the number of immigrants coming to Britain to be reduced to "tens of thousands" per year after Brexit – although many believe there should be some flexibility.

Strikingly, the majority of Remain voters would like to see numbers of immigrants go down. Some 23% of Remainers want a "big reduction" in EU immigration, while 35% want a small reduction. ...

However, many people remain positive about the overall impact that immigration to the UK has had over the last few decades.

Half of UK adults believe it has been mainly beneficial, compared to around 40% who said it had mainly been detrimental.

Other recent surveys have suggested attitudes towards immigration may have softened after Brexit.

But the survey by Channel 4 News shows that 42% of UK adults want to see a big reduction in EU immigration after Brexit. And a further 28% would be happy with a small reduction.

Only 14% of people want EU immigration to increase. And just 15% oppose the government's target to reduce immigration to "tens of thousands". ...

And most Conservative voters still support the "hostile environment" policy – compared to around four in ten Labour voters. ...

Between different age groups, the Conservatives' policy to bring immigration levels down to "tens of thousands" is least popular among young people, aged 18-24. However, the majority of young people still support it, according to the poll. ...

In response to the poll findings, Ken Clarke MP told Channel 4 News: "I don't think freedom of movement has done us any harm at all myself. We live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national society. And if you think that has gone too far already, I think as far as my grandchildren are concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet." ...

Deltapoll interviewed 2,063 adults between 8th June – 11th June, 2018.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Migrant families separation poster girl not taken from mum
BBC, 22 June 2018

A little girl who became the public face of US migrant family separations was not taken away from her mother at the US border, says her father.

A photograph of the Honduran toddler sobbing in a pink jacket was snapped at the scene of a border detention.

Time magazine has used the image for its latest cover, depicting President Donald Trump looming over the girl with the caption: "Welcome to America".

But thousands of other child migrants have been taken from parents in the US. ...

The photo helped secure $17m (£13m) in donations from hundreds of thousands of people on a Facebook fundraiser for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a Texas-based non-profit organisation. ...

Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez verified Mr Valera's version of events to Reuters. ...

Mr Valera said Ms Sanchez and their daughter had left the Honduran city of Puerto Cortes without telling him or the couple's three other children.

He said he believed she went to the US in search of better economic opportunities. ...

He told the Daily Mail he understands Ms Sanchez paid $6,000 to a smuggler to get her across the border.
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DIVERSITY – BBC
BBC to boost diversity by ending shortlists with no black candidates
Adam McCulloch
Personnel Today, 22 June 2018

The BBC plans to increase the proportion of black and ethnic minority staff with its announcement that all shortlists for posts, above certain grades, will include at least one non-white candidate.

The new protocol will apply above the broadcaster's band E – to middle and senior-ranking posts – including editors, producers and presenters. The organisation's executive committee and divisional leadership teams will also have at least two people from ethnic minority backgrounds by 2020.

Currently there are no black people filling the 96 highest ranked leadership roles at the BBC.

All leadership and development programmes will be expected to have considerable ethnic minority representation as part of their overall cohort and accountability for diversity and inclusion targets, and ethnic minority career progression will be included in senior leadership team objectives and progression reviews. ...

Cultural awareness training will be made mandatory for all team managers, says the report, on top of the current compulsory unconscious bias programme. ...

The BBC already has a diversity and inclusion policy in place that includes 15% targets for the percentage of black and ethnic minority staff in leadership roles by 2020.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Councillor who said Isis does not exist is given antiterror role
Neil Johnston
The Times, 21 June 2018

A Labour councillor who was forced to resign as a school governor after claiming that Isis did not exist has been appointed to a council committee dealing with radicalisation.

Safia Akhtar Noor was suspended by Yew Tree Community School in Birmingham after several Facebook posts in which she questioned whether Isis was to blame for terror attacks became public.

Although the school suspended her and she later resigned, she was allowed to stand for Labour in May's local elections and won a seat in the Small Heath ward with more than 3,000 votes.

She has since been appointed to the children's social care overview and scrutiny committee, which examines initiatives to prevent radicalisation and has given guidance on the Prevent strategy, ...
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EMPLOYMENT – EUROPE
Surge in refugees hits young Germans' job prospects, warns OECD
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2018

Refugees run the risk of damaging the job prospects of low-skilled young men in Germany, Austria and Sweden as more people compete for jobs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

In parts of Germany refugees make up more than 15pc of the unemployed, putting pressure on vulnerable parts of the existing workforce. These new job seekers pose the greatest competition to young men with few qualifications, who are already most likely to struggle.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray - review
David Sexton
Evening Standard, 21 June 2018

On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe became a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. It's rare that a book of such seriousness, cogency and pessimism finds so many readers.

Murray announces quite simply in his introduction: "Europe is committing suicide." He predicts within the lifespans of most people currently alive "Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home".

Murray puts forward two simultaneous causes. The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe post-war, making it into "a home for the entire world". The second is the way Europe itself "has lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy". ...

Murray surveys the history of migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments and how little serious public discussion has been permitted – even when, for example, the 2011 census revealed the enormous changes that have taken place, in London especially. ...

He traces the way new parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so determinedly ignored by mainstream parties. "There is an ongoing effort to make European publics not believe the evidence of their own lives," he says, quoting poll after poll, showing how out of step with public opinion governments have become. In 2010, 47 per cent of Germans said they did not think Islam belonged in Germany. By 2015, that figure had become 60 per cent. Now it is higher again.

In a new Afterword for the paperback, after surveying the events of the last year, Murray says he had anticipated criticism. "Yet none of the many facts in this book were able to be refuted and nobody of any consequence has even tried to contest or deny them." The Strange Death of Europe is essential reading, just as much for those who would dispute its analysis as for those who will find here lucidly set forth what they already intuit.

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, £9.99)
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SPAIN, FRANCE
'Almost half' of rescued Aquarius migrants want asylum in France, NOT Spain
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 20 June 2018

Nearly half of the 630 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean who arrived in Spain at the weekend want to claim asylum in France, Spanish officials said on Monday. ...

France said it would welcome some of the migrants and help Spain deal with asylum applications following criticism of President Emmanuel Macron's initial silence on the plight of the rescue ship.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Majority of Australians say there is TOO MUCH immigration for the first time, study reveals
Brooke Rolfe
Daily Mail Australia, 20 June 2018

For the first time in history the majority of Australians believe there are too many immigrants entering the country, according to social research figures.

Nearly 55 per cent out of 1200 people thought the number of migrants coming to Australia was 'too high', in data collected by Social Research Centre in Melbourne. ...

Debate was recently sparked by New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley who controversially highlighted a 'white flight' trend bought about by migrant families.

He was referring to low-income migrants forcing Anglo families out of affordable housing areas in Sydney's western suburbs. ...

Nearly three quarters of Australians think the government has allowed too much investment from China, up from just 56 per cent in 2014.
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POLITICS – EUROPEAN UNION
The Migrant Question
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 20 June 2018

... whatever attitude governments take to the migrants, no one truly believes that they are more of an asset than a liability. /.../ When European leaders discuss the migrant question, it is always in terms of sharing the burden, not the assets, equitably. No one speaks of foreign investment in this way, which suggests that European politicians believe, whether rightly or wrongly, that the free movement of people and capital are different in an important way.

The leaders speak of sharing the burden, then, and are incensed when countries such as Hungary and Poland refuse point-blank to take any migrants from Africa or the Middle East. But I have never seen mentioned in this context the question of where the migrants themselves want to go. They might as well be inanimate toxic waste as far as the discussion is concerned, rather than human beings with wishes, desires, ambitions, and so forth. They are but pawns in a political game. Hungary, for example, is deemed duty-bound to take x number of migrants: no one asks whether x number of migrants can be found who want to go to Hungary. Nor is the question ever discussed in public whether Hungary, having open borders, would be held responsible for making the migrants stay there once they had arrived. Short of penning them in, how exactly would you keep them in Hungary, or in Poland?
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CRIME
Lithuanian deported from Sweden four times strolls into UK - and goes on £500k luxury car part theft spree
Julia Roberts
Mirror, 19 June 2018

A thief who came to the UK after being deported FOUR TIMES from Sweden has been jailed for stealing £500,000 worth of steering wheels, onboard computers and parts from luxury cars in just three months.

Ernestas Lukosevicius was repeatedly booted out of the country where it was said he had developed the necessary 'skills and expertise' to carry out such car crime.

By April last year, the Lithuanian had racked up his eighth conviction for 23 offences, was jailed for nine months and handed his fourth deportation order.

A court heard he is currently banned from returning to Sweden until February 2027. ...

The court was told there was no record of when he came to the UK, and Recorder Matthew McDonagh said he could not make the same recommendation for deportation as ordered in Sweden.
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CRIME – DEPORTATION
Foreign criminal thrown out of UK for shoplifting four years ago walks back into the country to continue his one-man crime wave
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 19 June 2018

A foreign thief who was deported from the UK for shoplifting waltzed back past border guards and resumed his life of crime, a court has heard.

Eriks Gindra - who has racked up convictions in Nottingham, Doncaster, Leeds, Barnsley and Huddersfield - was kicked out of Britain four years ago. ...

In an unusual move, Gindra did not give his nationality in court, replying only 'gipsy'. But he used a Russian interpreter, suggesting he is from one of the Baltic states. ...

Gindra - who has 25 convictions for 49 offences in the UK - was arrested again in April and jailed him for eight weeks by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates last week.

It is expected he will deported again at the end of his jail term.
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POLITICS – LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Nick Clegg's U-turn as he now warns the EU that immigration is not an 'untouchable principle'
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 19 June 2018

Nick Clegg has performed another U-turn by dropping his unequivocal support for the free movement of workers between EU nations.

In an article yesterday, the former deputy prime minister said Brussels should stop seeing the controversial policy as an 'untouchable principle'.

It comes four years after he described freedom of movement as a 'good thing' and a 'cornerstone of European integration'. ...

For years former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick has been one of the most vociferous supporters of free movement. But, writing in the Financial Times yesterday, he called on European leaders to reform the rules – saying he hoped it could see Britain remaining in the EU. ...

Recent election results on the continent show millions of people believe the 'EU's collective approach to immigration is serving them poorly', he wrote.
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POLITICS – DIVERSITY
UK makes Windrush Day official with £500k grant to support events
Nadeem Badshah
The Guardian, 18 June 2018

A day celebrating the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants is to be held annually, the government has announced.

Windrush Day will take place on 22 June, the day when around 500 migrants from the Caribbean arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 aboard the MV Empire Windrush.

It will be supported by a grant of up to £500,000, available to charities and communities wanting to hold commemorative and educational events.

The communities minister, Lord Bourne, said the annual celebration will help to "recognise and honour the enormous contribution" of those who arrived between 1948 and 1971.

"It will keep their legacy alive for future generations, ensuring that we all celebrate the diversity of Britain's history," he said.
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POPULATION – COST, NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
'Nobody will talk about it!' Farage reveals why NHS funding MUST increase for THIS reason
Jamie Macwhirter
Daily Express, 18 June 2018

Nigel Farage hailed Theresa May's announcement of a 'Brexit dividend' for the NHS, but reminded listeners the money was only necessary because of rapid population growth fuelled by mass immigration. ...

Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage said: "Spending on the National Health Service has to go up every single year significantly, not just because of administrative waste, not just because of health tourism.

"The British population is rising by half a million people every single year, and 75% of that is because of people coming into this country and those that have come having children.

"Is it any wonder we need to increase spending?

"And of course part of the argument around Brexit was that by leaving we can take back control of our borders and significantly reduce the numbers coming into Britain.

"But there's little prospect of that, and as I say it is the elephant in the room and nobody wants to talk about it because immigration has disappeared completely off the political radar in this country."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
The EU is facing an existential crisis – but it is migration, not Brexit, that will be its undoing
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2018

Alongside sunburnt Brits, they are one of the modern staples at Southern Europe's popular tourist spots: Arab and African men selling tourist tat. These men (and occasional woman) come from many places. ...

If they can raise enough cash and get a spot on a boat crossing the Mediterranean, their odds of getting to Europe are high – 98 per cent make it. That is why people keep trying. ...

The migration surge has been fuelled by technology and growing wealth, which have for the first time brought the means to flee conflict and migrate economically within the reach of millions. The EU hasn't created this situation, but with its migration policies, it has removed from national governments the means to address it and, with its legal structure, it has neutered Brussels' ability to step in instead, since national politicians can't agree on an approach. And the more pro-EU politicians try to collectivise policy, the more they fan the flames of populist revolt. ...

... What's not clear is whether national governments will have any more success than Brussels in slowing the demographic tide.
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DIVERSITY – EMPLOYMENT
CBI boss wades into diversity debate again
Christopher Williams
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018

The new head of the CBI has backed companies to favour women and ethnic minorities over equally capable white men as a way of improving diversity in the upper ranks of business.

John Allan, who is due to be confirmed as CBI president at the lobby group's AGM this week, said in a Sunday Telegraph interview that he was "quite a long way" from advocating positive discrimination that would mean less capable women and ethnic minorities are awarded senior roles.

But he added: "I'm absolutely unashamed in saying that if I had two candidates for a particular role on the board of equal merit and one of them would help us get further down the path in terms of diversity than another then I would choose them.

"I'd regard that as being a perfectly satisfactory reason for favouring one candidate over another."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BELGIUM, EUROPEAN UNION
Belgian minister: Europe needs Australian approach to migration
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli
Politico, 17 June 2018

Belgium's right-wing immigration minister, Theo Francken, has suggested Europe should follow Australia's example and only accept asylum claims via the United Nations.

"Aren't there any safe ports in North Africa? Those who come to Europe should lose their right to asylum," Francken, who leads the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), said in an interview with Flemish daily Nieuwsblad published Saturday.

Europe, he added, should only accept refugees who ask for asylum via U.N. camps in conflict zones and send back those who arrive on its shores by boat.

"This illegal migration must stop," Francken told the Flemish daily. ...

Francken – who consistently polls as the most popular politician in Flanders – was one of few European ministers to express support earlier this week for Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decision to close the country's ports to a vessel carrying more than 600 migrants. ...

The Flemish right-wing politician is not alone in calling for a tough response to migration in Europe. Austria's conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has called for an "axis of the willing against illegal migration" between Italy, Germany and his own country, and pledged to make fighting illegal immigration a top priority for Vienna's presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2018.
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DIVERSITY – EQUALITY
We're now confusing diversity and equality. Which is our priority?
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 17 June 2018

What do we mean by diversity? And why is it good – or not?

For all the myriad debates about diversity today, such questions are rarely addressed in any depth. The latest hoo-ha was generated by a Lionel Shriver column in the Spectator, which questioned publisher Penguin Random House's pledge to make the company more diverse. ...

"Drunk on virtue," Shriver wrote, "Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books." ...

Mslexia, a magazine for women's writing, dropped her as a judge for its annual short story competition. Although it welcomed "open debate", Shriver's comments were "not consistent with Mslexia's ethos' and mission". So, an open debate, but only with the right views – the importance of diversity but not of a diversity of views.

... For both sides, "diversity" has become less an issue to debate than a symbol, of virtue for the one, of vice for the other.

Penguin Random House aims to make the company as diverse as Britain with respect to "ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability". (I assume "social mobility" is a euphemism for "class" – it's obviously a category that no longer speaks its name.)

But Britain is diverse in many other ways too – by religion, age, occupation, regional affiliation, politics and so on. It's unlikely that any institution would ever be representative in all these categories (especially political viewpoint). Here "diversity" means being representative in a few chosen categories, and only in those categories.

PRH's categories represent some of the groups that, historically, have faced discrimination, and been excluded from positions of power and privilege. From this perspective, the drive for greater diversity is a push for greater equality, and an attempt to dismantle barriers of exclusion.

But equality and diversity are not synonymous. There are many reasons for a workforce or institution not to be representative of society. Consider the recent debate about admissions to Oxford University. Black people make up around 3% of the UK population, but only 1.9% of Oxford's intake. Labour's David Lammy damned the university as a "bastion of entrenched wealthy, upper-class, white, southern privilege".

But, as Channel 4's Fact Check pointed out, black students both disproportionately apply for the most competitive courses and are more likely to miss their predicted A-level grades. Taking this into account, Oxford, according to Fact Check, "was very slightly more likely to offer a place to black candidates". ...

If the argument in favour of diversity is not as straightforward as it seems, neither is the critique. ...

In a review of novels about immigration, Shriver makes the valid, and necessary, point that most stories about migration are written from the viewpoint of immigrants, rarely from that of "host communities". She goes on, however, to talk about immigration as a form of inappropriate cultural invasion. ...

Diversity is, of itself, neither good nor bad. The real issue is about how we engage with diversity. But that means engaging with all the issues for which "diversity" has become a proxy: equality, identity, class, immigration, racism, ideas of belonging and home. In this context, neither unthinkingly celebrating diversity, nor reflexively rejecting it, makes much sense.
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IMMIGRATION – STUDENTS, VISAS
Tens of thousands of foreigners will be allowed to study at UK universities without having to prove that they can speak English
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 17 June 2018

Tens of thousands of foreign students will be allowed to attend universities in Britain without having to prove they have the right qualifications.

The Government has also scrapped rules requiring them to provide evidence they have enough funds to live here and can speak English.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday simplified the process of securing so-called 'Tier 4' visas for students from countries it considers a 'low risk' of abusing the system. ...

In the latest shake-up, the Government added 11 countries to its 'trusted' list for the purpose of student visas. The additional countries – China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Bahrain, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Maldives and Macau – bring the list to 30. Overseas students from these nations will benefit from a streamlined application process, which means they will have to provide fewer documents when applying for visas.

Controversially, they will no longer need to submit evidence showing they meet the requirements for living costs of up to £1,265 a month, previous qualifications or evidence they can speak English fluently. ...

However, the Migrationwatch think-tank warned of a 'slippery slope', saying: 'The last time the student visa system was loosened in 2009 it took years to recover from the massive inflow of bogus students, especially from India.' ...

Countries already on the student visa trusted list are Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, the US and Taiwan.
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RACISM – NORTHERN IRELAND
Amnesty International says Northern Ireland has a huge racism problem
Shauna Corr
Belfast Live, 17 June 2018

Racism is a "huge problem" in Northern Ireland, Amnesty International has said.

The human rights charity has called on the government to act following the results of a new Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey. ...

More than half of those surveyed admitted they would have a problem with a Muslim or Irish traveller marrying into their family - and a quarter would not willingly accept an ethnic minority co-worker. ...

More than a thousand (1,063) racist incidents were reported to the PSNI from July 2016 to June 2017, but there was no prosecution in 83% of them.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, KNIFE CRIME
Ex-head of Met Police calls for more stop and searches and claims migration is fuelling knife crime
Steven Swinford
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018

Police should increase the use stop-and-search to tackle soaring tackle knife crime and violence in London, the former head of Scotland Yard who oversaw a huge decline in the use of the powers has said.

Lord Hogan-Howe, the head of the Metropolitan Police between 2011 and 2017 when Theresa May was Home Secretary, believes that the surge in violence means "we now need to increase the amount of stop and search again".

Nearly 50 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the start of the year, while the overall number of knife offences in the capital rose by more than 20 per cent last year to 14,680.

He also linked migration and higher birth rates in parts of London to increased violence because it means that there are growing numbers of young men.
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TERRORISM – EUROPE
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 in terror attacks in Europe since 2014
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018

Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 people in terror attacks in Europe since 2014, a new report has revealed.

In the past four years, 32 Islamist plots have involved those who had sought sanctuary – or 16 per cent. Three of the potential atrocities were in the UK, including Parson Green tube bomber Ahmed Hassan.

An analysis by academics found 44 refugees had either carried out atrocities or been thwarted before they could bring bloodshed to the streets.

The findings echo warnings by law enforcement chiefs that some so-called Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder posed as refugees fleeing war and persecution. It was claimed they exploited the migrant crisis by pretending to be asylum seekers to sneak into Europe and cause carnage.

Terror expert Robin Simcox, of the Heritage Foundation think-tank in Washington DC, said it was 'disturbingly simple' for jihadists to hide among genuine refugees because the Continent's borders were under huge strain.

European leaders had 'inadvertently increased the terrorist threat' as a direct result of their 'catastrophic' handling of controversial immigration and open-border policies. ...

Mr Simcox made clear that the fault for 11 successful attacks involving asylum seekers, which killed 182 people and injured 814, lay with the terrorists.

The report said: 'Ill-conceived immigration policies have made it easier for them to strike. European leaders were either naïve about the risks or failed to communicate honestly with the public the impact that accepting such large amounts of people would have on security.

'The fall-out from the decision to take in such a large amount of unvetted people in such a short time will continue for decades to come.'

The study found that there were 194 Islamist terror plots between January 2014 and December 2017. The total casualties were 357 deaths and 1,678 injuries.

Of those, 32 involved asylum seekers or refugees. They included the attack by IS-inspired gunman and suicide bombers who murdered 129 innocent people in Paris in November 2015 and Tunisian-born Anas Amri who killed 12 when he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016. ...

IS had direct connections to the majority of plots, with Germany targeted most and Syrians more frequently involved than other nationalities.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, EUROPEAN UNION
EU elite must tackle traffickers to end migrant crisis
Bill Carmichael
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2018

When the German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw open Europe's borders to over a million migrants three years ago – without a single security check – she didn't consult with all of her EU counterparts, even though her decision would have disastrous consequences throughout the continent.

It was a classic example of the European political elite taking decisions without the slightest regard for the thoughts, feelings or welfare of the 500 million people they are supposed to represent. ...

But despite blame for the crisis being firmly laid at Merkel's door, Germany did not suffer the worst of it. The impacts on countries closer to the migrant routes to northern Europe, for example Greece and Italy, were far more serious.

For example, since 2013 an estimated 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy by NGO 'rescue ships' and EU vessels. This placed huge pressure on a country already racked by high levels of debt, stagnant growth, and high unemployment, particularly amongst the young.

But Italy's desperate pleas for help from the EU fell on deaf ears. ...

When politicians stop listening to voters, we shouldn't be surprised when the people vote for someone who will.

The hypocrisy of the French President is staggering. As Salvini pointed out, the French agreed to accept 9,816 migrants to relieve the pressure on Italy as part of a 2015 EU redistribution scheme. So far in three years they have accepted just 640.

Salvini also argues that migration across the Mediterranean is part of a huge moneymaking racket run by ruthless people-smuggling gangs operating out of Libya. The NGO and charity ships are simply operating a naval taxi service by picking up these paying customers a few miles off the Libyan coast and transporting them to Italy. ...

The charities tell us the people on the board the ship are "desperate", but not so desperate that they would seek refuge in the nearest safe port – in Tunisia. They have paid hard cash to get into Europe and they expect to get what they paid for.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
More than 140,000 Muslims gather at 'Europe's largest Eid celebration' in Birmingham as millions of around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan
Connor Boyd and Jordan Barnes
MailOnline, 16 June 2018

Birmingham hosted Europe's largest event to signal the end of Ramadan earlier with more than an estimated 140,000 worshippers attending prayers at Small Heath park earlier.

It was the biggest gathering yet for organisers Celebrate Eid, in its seventh year, with 106,000 Muslims attending the event last year.
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DIVERSITY – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Tyranny of the minorities: We live in an age of mob rule by minorities in which anybody who disagrees with them is censored and freedom of expression is something only THEY enjoy....
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018

... this week when our so-called liberal Left went into convulsions of illiberality after author Lionel Shriver mocked the latest diversity madness. ...

The forces of political correctness impose their unyielding views everywhere. ...

Supposedly apolitical charities try to thrust correctness down the gullets of their staff. The National Trust instructs country house guides to wear gay pride badges. The RNLI sacks long-serving lifeboatmen for using tea mugs with risque images of women.

Theatre companies are left in no doubt that they will not be given Arts Council subsidies unless they cast a number of 'non-traditional' actors – i.e., women playing Shakespearean kings or Afro-Caribbeans as English Regency fops.

Firms ban employees wearing crosses in case they offend non-Christians or atheists (but it's fine to wear a burka). ...

'Diversity' is now a booming employment sector and it offers hefty salaries. More insidiously, others exploit it for political ends and furtherance of their own ambitions. ...

Lionel Shriver was swiftly condemned this week by people who pretty clearly had not read her article and were interested only in hurting her. ...

There is a profoundly worrying problem with this tyranny of the minorities. By insisting every minority has preferential rights, you end up denying the majority their rights. ...

A few months ago, I had an experience like Ms Shriver's when I criticised the Royal Shakespeare Company for what I felt was some clumsy, minority-quotas casting in a Restoration comedy. I asked if the RSC was being leaned on by the Arts Council (which places inordinate store by its diversity policies). Did it fear that unless it cast black actors in historically white roles it might not be given such big dollops of public cash? ...

The RSC denounced me as a racist and numerous blowhards in the subsidised theatre world pretty much compared me to Satan. Behind the scenes, senior theatre practitioners told me they completely agreed with me – but feared that if they said so in public, their careers would be damaged.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, POLICE
Non-Muslim police officers take part in 18-hour Ramadan fast to 'gain a better understanding' of the local community
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 15 June 2018

Non-Muslim police officers have taken part in an 18-hour fast for Ramadan to help boost relations with the Islamic community.

Northamptonshire Police said the move was to 'show unity' and 'gain a better understanding' of the local community during the Muslim holy month.

PSCO's were this week pictured at the Headlands Mosque in Northampton, joining in with the evening iftar meal having fasted from sunrise to sunset.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Macron and Italian PM Conte back EU 'asylum centres' in African nations
BBC, 15 June 2018

Italy and France have jointly expressed support for EU "asylum centres" to be set up in countries where many migrants begin their journeys to Europe.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron met in Paris after a days-long row over the fate of the rescue ship Aquarius. ...

Mr Conte and Mr Macron have now agreed the current system must be reformed.

Mr Macron proposed building migration centres in countries of departure, including Libya, from which many people attempt a dangerous sea crossing to Europe - an idea he has raised in the past.

He said many of those attempting the journey had "no possibility of obtaining asylum in Europe", but die in the attempt - or spend months living in poor conditions only to be sent home.

Processing asylum claims in applicants' home countries could avoid those problems, he said.

Mr Conte, the head of Italy's new populist coalition government, agreed with the plan, calling for widespread reform of the current system.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Angela Merkel's political near-death experience in Bavarian brawl
Matthew Karnitschnig
Politico, 15 June 2018

Merkel's refusal to endorse a plan by her Bavarian interior minister to turn back some refugees at the German border set the stage for a showdown that, barring a last-minute compromise, could bring down her government. ...

The dispute ostensibly revolves around the question of whether Germany should turn back refugees who have applied for asylum in other EU countries. Merkel opposes the policy on the grounds it could hasten the collapse of Europe's system of open frontiers by forcing Germany's neighbors to re-impose border controls.

The root of the dispute has less to do with that narrow question, however, than with Merkel's broader refugee policy, which the CSU has resisted from the beginning. ...

Even as Merkel vowed to stand her ground, the leaders of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) dug in their own heels. ...

Meanwhile about two-thirds of Germans agree with the CSU's position on turning away refugees at the border, according to a separate poll released Thursday.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NOSTALGIA
Nostalgia should not be dismissed
Andrew Rumsey
Church Times, 15 June 2018
[The Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey is Team Rector in the Oxted Team Ministry, in Southwark diocese]

Nostalgia (as the old quip goes) isn't what it was. A new report by the think tank Demos, At Home in One's Past: Nostalgia as a cultural and political force in Britain, France and Germany, is a timely recognition that, far from being mere sentimental indulgence, nostalgia is now driving populist politics across Europe.

This insightful piece of research pays particular attention to the impact of nostalgic attitudes on the 2016 EU referendum campaign, remarking how both Leave and Remain campaigns sought to "outplay" the other's nostalgic discourses to demonstrate their status within the national story.

Refining its focus from general impressions – that, for example, 63 per cent of British citizens believe that life was better when they were growing up (fairly constant in all eras, one suspects) – the report homes in on more sensitive questions around "traditional values" and the perceived benefits or threats of a multicultural society. Among the more striking statistics, it finds that 78 per cent of people in British communities that have experienced large-scale immigration in recent years believe that this transition has made them more divided.

The report is significant for at least two reasons: first, in its acknowledgement, through careful qualitative analysis, that political life today is shaped as much by our felt senses of belonging and tradition as the more familiar categories of economic prosperity or party allegiance.

The second is its emerging from a progressive culture that has hitherto either downplayed such sympathies, or dismissed them as reactionary. Accepting that nostalgia tends to be employed as a "liberal slur", it concludes that, if this term reflects citizens' genuine experience, "we cannot dismiss nostalgia itself as irrational, hyperbolic, or feeble."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany fires head of scandal-hit asylum agency
Reuters, 15 June 2018

Germany's interior minister has dismissed the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which is mired in a scandal over irregularities in making asylum decisions, a spokesman said on Friday.

The decision by Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU), comes at the height of dispute over immigration that threatens to splinter Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc. ...

BAMF chief Jutta Cordt had come under criticism after an internal review by BAMF of 4,568 asylum rulings had found that the Bremen branch knowingly and regularly disregarded legal regulations and internal rules.
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DIVERSITY
'It's not fair to accuse me of racism'
Ed Cumming
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2018

Lional Shriver was vilified this week for criticising a publisher's diversity policy. ...

"It's wilful misrepresentation," says Shriver, ..."opinions are being imputed to me, and to that column, which neither I nor the column profess. It's malicious. I was amused and concerned by the letter from Penguin Random House because it seemed to me they were aiming for diversity quotas. They deny it, saying it was an aspiration, but that's just semantics. If you're aiming to mirror the proportions of [minority] groups in the UK, that's a quota. We've got to the point where diversity is sacrosanct, and you can't say anything even in the vicinity of that word that is short of worshipful.

"Diversity is a laudable goal, and I've never said anything else, but it shouldn't be the primary goal if your company is meant to be doing something else. ..."
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Our new moves to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination within the Conservative Party
Brandon Lewis
ConservativeHome, 15 June 2018
[Brandon Lewis is Chairman of the Conservative Party, and is MP for Great Yarmouth]

As Muslim families gather today to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, they will be joined by neighbours of different faiths and none to celebrate this happy day. This is a wonderful reminder of how much Muslims contribute to the community and culture of British life.

Britain would be a poorer place without British Muslims. We are lucky to have a rich tapestry of faiths and different communities in the United Kingdom. It is one of the things that makes this nation strong. As a Party we are strongest when we reflect the diversity of backgrounds and experience of wider society in our membership. ...

Yesterday, I met with TellMAMA, an organisation doing tremendous work to support and protect Muslims in Britain. They recognise that the Conservative Party has acted swiftly in disciplining members who have expressed unacceptable attitudes towards Muslims, but we should always be looking to do more to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination of any kind.

So I am taking the following steps:

. First, the Conservative Party will work closely with TellMAMA to give local associations tailored advice, support and guidance to deal with abuse and bigotry robustly.

. Second, I will make diversity training available to all members and association officers to improve awareness of discrimination and promote inclusion.

. Third, I will be writing to local associations to remind them of the standards of behaviour expected from representatives of the Party and to stress the importance of promoting tolerance and inclusivity.

. Finally, I will ask all local associations to report back to CCHQ about how they have dealt with locally reported complaints.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – PEOPLE SMUGGLING
People smugglers make billions: UN report
MailOnline, 14 June 2018

People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.

The report, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people-smuggling rings earned some $7.0 billion ... in 2016 – an amount, it noted, equal to US and EU humanitarian aid that year.

The figures are the latest available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia but they quite likely understate the extent of the problem, according to the report.
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IMMIGRATION – VISAS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses
BBC, 14 June 2018

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK.

On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.

The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year. ...

NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February. ...

The proposed change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up thousands of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching, even if the 20,700 total didn't change.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
What kills migrants on boats? The left's good intentions
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 June 2018

You will remember the shrieking from the left a few years back when the first wave of migrants set sail from the North African coast. 'These are people, we must do something,' the liberals demanded, insisting that the rest of us were callous bastards. The thing they wanted was more patrols in the Med, to scoop the refugees out of the water once their boats had, inevitably, capsized.

It seemed plain to me and to many others that if we did this, many more people would be encouraged to come, and many, many more would die attempting to achieve landfall. And that is exactly what happened: the death rate increased almost exponentially – in the first six months of 2017 some 2,000 migrants died. But those of us who predicted this were castigated by the 'But these are people' brigade – in fact this was their only response to suggestions that stepping up the patrols would cost more lives. I remember the columnist David Aaronovitch saying that if we did not 'do something' to help these people then the government would be directly accountable for the deaths which occurred.

Given that many more people have died because we did indeed do something, are those subsequent deaths not on Mr Aaronovitch's hands? And on the hands of the rest of the dense, squawking liberals? Even more so, are they not the responsibility of the various NGOs and charities which now openly connive in the trafficking of these people, thus encouraging still more to come? If the NGOs really wished to do something useful, they would fish the survivors out of the sea and take them straight back to where they came from.

Another outcome the lefties did not see was the effect these mass migrations would have on the nations of Europe. One by one, populist governments deeply opposed to immigration have been elected and the European Union is now a much more fissiparous and fragile entity. ...

... You can't beat good intentions for causing misery, deaths and political upheaval.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, EUROPEAN UNION
Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans: poll
Jan Strupczewski and Julia Echikson
Business Insider / Reuters, 14 June 2018

Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed.

The Commission's twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU's 510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered in countries were immigration is minimal – Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single terrorist attack in recent years – Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia. ...

The survey showed that more than eight in 10 respondents supported the free movement of EU citizens with the right to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU.
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EMPLOYMENT – DOCTORS, NURSES
It may be controversial to say it but it's true – lifting the immigration cap for the NHS is a bad idea
Mary Dejevsky
Independent, 14 June 2018

It probably had to happen. All the stars were aligned: the perennial shortage of qualified medical staff in the NHS; the advance planning for next winter's "crisis"; a loud chorus of special pleading led by the great and the good; frightened politicians, and a new home secretary keen to set a fresh tone on migration following the (totally unrelated) Windrush scandal.

And so the government will announce that it is abolishing the "cap" for recruiting nurses and doctors from outside the EU – and presumably, post-Brexit, from inside the EU, too. ...

... Even with an entirely graduate profession of nurses and the long training required to produce a doctor, the NHS could have had four years' worth of extra nurses by now and two years' worth of new junior hospital doctors, with a new crop of fully trained GPs, surgeons and other specialists in the pipeline. Numbers of training places have increased a bit, but at nothing like the necessary rate. ...

But the biggest reason for the NHS to demand more imported medics is surely the same as it has always been: that bringing in fully, or nearly, qualified medical staff is a lot easier, more flexible, and above all cheaper than training them yourself. So here we go again. Whether the cash savings in the longer term are as great as they seem in the short term, however, may be less clear-cut.

Language competency requirements may have been increased, but I know from experience that there can be quite severe communications problems. Doctors trained abroad are more likely to be struck off than those trained in the UK (though many argue this may reflect inbuilt discrimination in the cases that are brought).

More significant, perhaps, were the findings of a peer-reviewed 2015 study, which concluded that "the use of non-UK-educated nurses in English NHS hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses from abroad to substitute for domestically educated nurses may negatively impact quality of care."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Boat carrying over 900 migrants docks in Italy
MailOnline, 13 June 2018

An Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 900 migrants was allowed to dock in Sicily Wednesday, after Italy controversially turned away a separate foreign vessel with rescued migrants on board.

The Diciotti ship arrived at the port of Catania and the migrants began to disembark, an AFP photographer saw.

They were saved during several rescue operations off the coast of Libya. An official in the Catania coastguard told AFP there were more than 900 migrants.
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EXTREMISM – TERROR THREAT
Jihadis free to roam the UK: Concerns over tracking dangerous extremists as only 40 out of 400 British fanatics returning from Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 13 June 2018

Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted on their return home.

At least 360 battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too little evidence to convict them.

The figures, disclosed by security minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.

Police chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing Britain – particularly from those who have been radicalised by fighting abroad.

John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for the release of the figures, said: 'It's no wonder the Government tried to keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British jihadis returning from Syria.

'It is an affront to our country that the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to slaughter British civilians.'

He said it should be made illegal to travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. ...

The last time the Home Office revealed the number of returning foreign fighters taken to court was in 2016. Then it stood at 14. ...

The 40 figure refers to successful prosecutions. More will have faced charges that did not stick. ...

Around 850 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq and at least 15 per cent of them are thought to be dead. ...

Ministers are yet to agree on what to do with captured foreign fighters.
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DIVERSITY – RADIO BROADCASTING
Radio industry needs to reflect UK's diversity – media regulator
Jim Waterson
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

Ethnic minorities, disabled people and women are all under-represented in the UK's radio industry, according to a new report, prompting warnings that its output may be out of step with what modern British audiences want to hear.

According to research by the media regulator Ofcom just 6% of staff in the sector are non-white, far below the UK population average of 14%. ...

The figures show that the radio industry is well behind television when it comes to ethnic diversity, although radio does employ a higher proportion of people with disabilities.

The study of nearly 9,000 staff focused on the UK's three biggest broadcasting groups: the BBC; Global, which owns Capital and Classic FM; and Bauer, which runs stations including Absolute and Magic.
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CRIME – ASYLUM
'Hate-filled asylum seeker' stalked police and gathered weapons and bomb chemicals at Yorkshire home
Yorkshire Post, 13 June 2018

A hate-filled asylum-seeker who "stalked" police officers, a district judge and a female solicitor as he amassed a potentially lethal haul of explosive substances and weapons at his Yorkshire home has been given a 20-year extended prison sentence.

A judge added an extra five-year licence period on top of 33-year-old Askhan Ebrahimi's 15-year prison term because of the danger he still posed to his intended targets. ...

The court heard during his trial how Ebrahimi, who is understood to have come to the country from Iran in 2009, turned his flat in Oak Lane, Halifax, into "the hub" of his hate campaign against those in authority who he felt had wronged him.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – WILDLIFE, MAMMALS
At least fifth of British mammal species could be wiped out within a decade
Josh Gabbatiss
Independent, 13 June 2018

Populations of much-loved British mammals including hedgehogs and water voles have dropped by up to two-thirds over the past 20 years, and many more are threatened with imminent extinction. ...

These findings come from a review carried out by the Mammal Society and Natural England, the first of its kind to be conducted in more than two decades. ...

The scientists constructed the first ever "red list" for British mammals, and found 12 are threatened with extinction. ...

Meanwhile species introduced to Britain by humans such as the American mink and grey squirrel have led to massive declines in water voles and red squirrels, respectively. ...

Darren Tansley of the Essex Wildlife Trust told The Independent there was a need to ensure that nature-friendly policies are implemented to prevent Britain's animals being squeezed into ever-more fragmented patches of habitat.

"So often we see green space in housing estates and developments but if it's a mown flat lawn it's of no use to nature conservation at all," he said.

"You've got to have space for untidy nature to exist."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – EUROPEAN UNION
EU to triple spending to €5bn a year targeting illegal migration
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

The EU will establish a 10,000-strong standing corp of guards to patrol its land and sea borders under plans that will see the bloc triple its spending to €5bn (£4.4bn) a year on targeting illegal migration into the bloc, it has announced.

The building of new border infrastructure including scanners, automated number plate recognition systems, and mobile laboratories for sample analysis, will also be prioritised, along with the establishment of teams of sniffer dogs.

Announcing its €34.9bn spending plan for 2021 to 2027, the European commission insisted, however, that it would not fund the installation of fences on the EU's borders. ...

While the earmarking of extra funding is widely approved by the EU's member states, they remain deeply fractured over their migration and asylum policies after two years of disputes.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLICE, USA
Is There Evidence of Racial Disparity in Police Use of Deadly Force? Analyses of Officer-Involved Fatal Shootings in 2015–2016
Joseph Cesario, David Johnson and William Terrill
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13 June 2018

Abstract

Is there evidence of a Black-White disparity in death by police gunfire in the United States? This is commonly answered by comparing the odds of being fatally shot for Blacks and Whites, with odds benchmarked against each group's population proportion. However, adjusting for population values has questionable assumptions given the context of deadly force decisions. We benchmark 2 years of fatal shooting data on 16 crime rate estimates. When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects. Multiverse analyses showed only one significant anti-Black disparity of 144 possible tests. Exposure to police given crime rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal police shootings for Blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to be conclusive.
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MULTICULTURALISM – DENMARK, SWEDEN
Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?
Mahama Tawat
LSE Religion and Global Society blog, 12 June 2018

In 2006, ...

That year, in a book titled Beyond Stereotypes: Immigrants and Integration in Denmark and Sweden, the Swedish political scientist Bo Petersson stated that "in Sweden the image prevails of Denmark as a den of intolerance, racism, and xenophobia, whereas Sweden is depicted in Denmark as a land of multiculturalism and political correctness, where people's real opinions about immigration and integration are not allowed to be articulated." His co-editor, the Danish historian Ulf Hedetoft, meanwhile asked how academics could better "understand the relationship between traditional divergence and a possibly greater actual convergence between Denmark and Sweden". ...

The multicultural question is where this common trajectory diverges. Broadly speaking, multiculturalism is defined as the equal recognition of cultures in contrast to assimilation which gives predilection to the majority culture. Sweden formally adopted multiculturalism in the mid-70s. It was argued that the multiplicity of cultures was necessary for the well-being of minority communities, but also for enriching the national Swedish culture.

... It is not until the late 1990s that the divergence with Sweden became apparent and Danish policy was established as assimilation. ...

In a systematic comparison of both countries' immigrant cultural policies as expressed by their respective ministries in charge of culture from 1960, I found that, in essence, Swedish policy has amounted to the celebration of difference, the idea that immigrants' happiness depends on the possibility of enjoying their cultures (cultural embeddedness) and that ethnocultural diversity is enriching for the majority culture. To this end, the Swedish government has encouraged and funded immigrant cultural associations since the 1970s but more so in the 1980s. In the 2000s, it implemented diversity plans throughout state cultural institutions and in 2006 declared a Year of Multiculturalism whereby all state institutions including embassies abroad were to showcase multiculturalism. ...

By contrast, Danish policy has amounted to toleration with its main characteristics of (1) preference for the majority culture, (2) the avoidance of any form of coercion and (3) privatization, or the possibility for immigrants to practice their culture in the private sphere. Concretely, successive Danish governments have favoured the national culture in the public sphere, emphasising the Danish language and Christianity as its pillar.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, BLACKS
Tory MP risks sparking fury for suggesting police should carry out more stop and searches on ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crimes'
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 11 June 2018

A Tory MP has risked sparking fury by suggesting police should stop and search more ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crime'.

Philip Davies said black people are more likely to be murderers - and be murdered themselves - on Britain's streets. ...

Speaking in a parliamentary debate, he said: 'When it comes to the most serious offence of all – murder – it is clear that black people, and in particular black males, are far more likely to be victims.

'They are also more likely to be murderers.'

He added: 'It is also a fact that black people are more likely to use a knife or a sharp instrument to kill. ...

He said official figures from the criminal justice system show that from 2013 to 2016 four times more black people - at 32 victims per million people - were killed compared to white people at 8 victims per mission people.

Mr Davies, MP for Shipley, said: 'Why are more black people being stopped?

'If the uncomfortable truth is that they commit more of the crimes for which they are stopped, we need to accept that and deal with it. If that is not the case, we need the evidence to show what the issue is.

'The Prime Minister said that institutions should explain or change. I say that this evidence needs an explanation, and it may well be that it should result in a change to the recent policy on stop-and-search, and that stop-and-search should be used more.'

His remarks are likely to spark anger among some who say that police stop and search powers have unfairly targeted ethnic minorties.

As Home Secretary, Mrs May announced a crackdown on the use of the powers, which she warned had bred resentment between officers and the communities they were sent to police.

But the move has proved hugely controversial after a surge of violent crimes in the years that followed.

There have been 70 killings in London this year - many of them stabbings - and at one point the capital's murder rate was higher that New York's for the first time.

In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in just one week where 283 people, many of them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MEDITERRANEAN, ITALY
Italy's Salvini shuts ports to rescue boat carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants
Crispian Balmer
Independent, 11 June 2018

Italy is refusing to let a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600 refugees and migrants to dock at its ports, but has instead asked Malta take them in.

Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, ...

The move by Italy's new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the anti-immigrant League, represents an opening gambit to make good on his electoral promises to halt the flow of migrants into the country.

"Malta takes in nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons," Mr Salvini wrote on Facebook. "From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration." ...

However, Mr Salvini does not have authority over the ports and it was not immediately clear if his line would hold. The mayor of Naples, who has repeatedly clashed with the League leader, said he would welcome in the humanitarian boat. ...

Charity boats operating off the Libyan coast have played an increasingly important role in rescuing migrants who often put to sea in flimsy inflatable boats not designed for the open sea. ...

Mr Salvini has accused the charities of acting as a "taxi service" for the migrants.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour frontbencher says immigration could go UP after Brexit despite pledge to regain control of Britain's borders
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 11 June 2018

A Labour frontbencher has today said that immigration could go up after Brexit - despite pledges for Britain to regain control of its borders.

Jeremy Corbyn has conceded that many Britons voted to leave the EU because they wanted immigration to be brought down - and has agreed free movement must end.

But his shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has today raised questions over how committed Labour really is to seeing numbers brought down.

And shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer also hinted Labour is getting ready to U-turn on their pledge to end free movement. ...

Mr McDonald told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'Your immigration levels should be consistent with the needs of your economy. Now whether that means going down or going up.'

He said that if businesses call for more immigrants to be allowed into the UK the these demands should be heeded.
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IMMIGRATION – DOCTORS, NURSES, NHS
Staffing the NHS properly requires more training – not endless immigration
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 11 June 2018

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer

The immigration lobby are asking us to believe that raising (or even abolishing) the cap on skilled migration would solve so many problems at a stroke. We could have all the doctors and nurses that we need, and industry could have all the skilled people that they demand. Problem solved. Really?

Is the Government unaware that nearly two thirds of the population wish to see a significant reduction in immigration? Have the Conservatives missed the fact that 84 per cent of their supporters take this view? ...

Only recently, a Demos poll found that 73 per cent of those sampled believed that immigration had made the communities where migrants had settled more divided, reaching 78 per cent in areas that have experienced large-scale migration in recent years. ...

Of course, if you ask the public whether they think that a particular category of skilled workers should be granted visas they will say yes – but that is subject to their overall concern about numbers.

Part of the immediate pressure is about medical staff. First, we should recognise that certain medical skills have already been identified by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as shortage occupations, which are not only granted visas, but are given clear preference over other applicants. Indeed, the government estimates that around one third of the 20,700 permits issued every year go to the NHS.

So what about other doctors? We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany, and about three per cent for The Netherlands. It has been obvious for decades that we have failed to train the staff that we need.

The real solution surely has to be to reduce this reliance on those trained overseas and to train our own. ...

As for nurses, the former chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf, said in 2016: "There is no good reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems to be an automatic presumption that non EA skilled migration provides the health and care sector with a get out of jail free card." They also pointed out that in 2016 the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013. Indeed, until 2014 over 30,000 UK applicants for nursing courses were turned away every year. ...

So here we are again with the NHS management once again blaming immigration control for their failure to train British workers, indeed for turning them away in their thousands in past years. It is time that we had a different conversation. For a start, any concessions should be time limited and should steadily diminish.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MEDITERRANEAN, ITALY
Matteo Salvini's decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment
Nicholas Farrell
Spectator blog, 11 June 2018

The refusal by Italy's new 'populist' coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to allow an NGO vessel with 629 African migrants on board to dock in Italy is an historic moment. ...

Salvini announced on Sunday that he had refused to allow the NGO vessel – the MV Aquarius operated by SOS Mediterranée and Médecins Sans Frontières and registered in Gibraltar – to dock in Italy. ...

Now Spain's new Socialist government has agreed to allow Aquarius to dock in the port of Valencia. It will be interesting to see how many more migrants Spain is prepared to take in from Libya as the summer migrant season now begins to kick off in earnest. Maritime law stipulates that those rescued at sea should be taken to the nearest safe port which in the case of those rescued off the Libyan coast is either Tunisia, or else Malta. But it never happens.

... And so, since 2013 more than 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy either by NGO rescue ships or EU naval and coastguard vessels. Nearly all are young men from sub-Saharan Africa and so, even according to the UN, few are genuine refugees. But once on terra terma in Italy, fewer still ever get deported. Last year for example Italy deported 6,340.

At any one time, there are 180,000 migrants in Italy's state-financed hostels who have applied for asylum. Their applications take at least two years to process. And if rejected they too just disappear. These hostels cost the Italian taxpayer 5 billion euro a year. ...

All other migrants just disappear. Nearly all want to get out of Italy where there is no work and no welfare – north – to EU countries like Britain, Germany and Sweden where there is. But in 2015 France abandoned Schengen at its frontier with Italy and will not let them through. ...

This is why Salvini is so popular in Italy.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, AUSTRIA
Austria to close seven mosques and expel dozens of foreign-funded imams amid massive crackdown on 'political Islam'
Erica Doyle Higgins
The Sun, 9 June 2018

Austria's government has said it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on "political Islam" and foreign financing of religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.

The actions by the government are based on a 2015 law that prevents religious communities from getting funding from abroad.

Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said the residence permits of around 40 imams employed by ATIB, a group that oversees Turkish mosques in Austria, are being reviewed because of concerns about such financing. ...

Chancellor Kurz told reporters: "Parallel societies, political Islam and tendencies toward radicalisation have no place in our country."
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RACISM – HATE INCIDENTS, POLICE
Police waste 3,750 hours dealing with 'hate incidents' that are too trivial to be considered actual crimes
Ian Drury and Rosie Taylor
MailOnline, 9 June 2018

Police are wasting thousands of hours dealing with 'hate incidents' which are too trivial to be classed as crimes.

New figures reveal that 30 police forces dealt with 11,236 such incidents in 2015-16. Across the whole country, that works out at one every half hour. ...

The reports included someone alleging racism when a man's dog barked at them, a mother angry after her children fell out with others playing in the street and a man who claimed a tennis umpire had made racist line-calls against his daughter. ...

One in 20 incidents reported to police related to social media posts.

Hate incidents are defined as hostility based on a personal characteristic: race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or if a person is transgender.

They are upgraded to a 'hate crime' if a law is broken.

Crucially, the police must record a hate incident simply on the word of the alleged victim, then investigate by sending an officer to visit or making a phone call. ...

David Spencer of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank said: 'While the fact that many people feel it is right to report 'offensive' social media posts to the police illustrates much that is wrong with modern society, it is even more worrying that our police seem willing to prioritise these cases over real crimes.

'It is time for a return to common-sense policing where officers are out on the street protecting the public and preventing violent crimes, rather than sat in front of a computer screen deciding whether each tweet they are sent is offensive or not.'
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DIVERSITY – PUBLISHING
When diversity means uniformity
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 9 June 2018

I'd been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague's forwarded email has set me straight. /.../ The email cites the publisher's 'new company-wide goal': for 'both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.' /.../ 'This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability.' ...

The accompanying questionnaire for PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. ...

And check out the ethnicity pull-down. 'Asian or Asian British' may specify 'Indian,' 'Bangladeshi, 'Chinese', or 'Pakistan'; the correct adjectival form of the latter nationality seems to be mysteriously unprintable. 'Black or Black British' may identify as 'Caribbean' or 'African'. 'Mixed' allows for the options 'White and Black African', 'White and Black Caribbean', and 'White and Asian', but any other combo is merely 'Mixed: Other'. As for us crackers, there's 'White: British', 'White: Irish', and 'White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller', but the rest can only tick 'White: Other'.

Let's unpack that pull-down. If your office is chocka with Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Germans, Danes, Finns, Bosnians, Hungarians, Czechs, Russians, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis, Argentines, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Romanians who aren't travellers and South African Jews – I could go on – together speaking dozens of languages and bringing to their workplace a richly various historical and cultural legacy, the entire workforce could be categorised as 'White: Other'. Your office is not diverse.

I see two issues here. First: diversity, both the word and the concept, has crimped. It serves a strict, narrow agenda that has little or nothing to do with the productive dynamism of living and working alongside people with widely different upbringings and beliefs. Only particular and, if you will, privileged backgrounds count. ...

Second: dazzled by this very highest of social goods, many of our institutions have ceased to understand what they are for. Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books. Rather, the organisation aims to mirror the percentages of minorities in the UK population with statistical precision. Thus from now until 2025, literary excellence will be secondary to ticking all those ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preference and crap-education boxes. ...

In the news last week, we find the ultimate example of this fatal confusion over what is your actual job. Will Norman, London's 'walking and cycling commissioner', bemoaned the fact that too many cyclists in the city are white, male and middle-class. 'The real challenge for London cycling,' he declared, 'is diversity.' As opposed to building more cycle lanes for everybody, or fixing potholes lethal to everybody's wheel rims, Norman regards his principal function as increasing black and minority ethnic ridership. /.../ For a cycling commissioner to define his primary remit as 'diversity' is no less ludicrous than for Transport for London to turn a blind eye to the chronic tailbacks along the Embankment, just so long as the requisite number of Koreans is stuck in them.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES
Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have tuition fees cut, regulator warns
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 8 June 2018

Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have their tuition fees cut by a third, the new university regulator has warned after Oxford and Cambridge were in the spotlight over admissions.

Sir Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students, said he is "interested in results, not just plans" in boosting student diversity at the most selective institutions in the UK. ...

In an article for The Daily Telegraph, Sir Michael warned that he would use his powers to reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000 if a university did not increase its intake of students from diverse backgrounds. ...

This week Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, said Oxford and Cambridge's failure to take in more students who are black or from less privileged backgrounds was "staggering".

He criticised the elite institutions for not doing enough and warned they could be fined by the new higher education regulator if they do not meet admission targets.
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MULTICULTURALISM – INTEGRATION, COST
£19 million funding for councils to boost integration
GOV.UK, 8 June 2018
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From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Councils across England will receive a share of a further £19 million to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne announced today (8 June 2018).

This latest allocation from the Controlling Migration Fund includes more than £16 million for 38 projects. Local authorities have developed plans to ease local pressures on housing, education and health services arising from recent migration providing benefits to the whole community.

The announcement today includes £1.75 million of funding to help new refugees into work and integrate into their new communities after their asylum decision is made. ...

This latest allocation brings the total funding to £73.5 million since the Fund's launch.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
A Girl's Killing Shakes Germany's Migration Debate
Katrin Bennhold
New York Times, 8 June 2018

It was a gruesome murder: A 14-year-old girl was raped and strangled, her body buried under brushwood in a secluded area near the railway tracks near her hometown in western Germany.

But the fact that the chief suspect is an Iraqi asylum seeker has turned a terrible crime into political dynamite.

On Friday, the case dominated the German news media and became the latest cudgel for Chancellor Angela Merkel's opponents and, some predicted, a potential turning point in the migration debate in a country where some 10,000 asylum seekers still enter every month. ...

The killing comes on top of a deepening scandal and calls for a full-blown parliamentary investigation over allegations that civil servants may have granted asylum to as many as 1,000 migrants in exchange for money – and that some of those migrants may have been criminals or even terrorism suspects. ...

Rainer Wendt, head of one of Germany's biggest police unions, said the murder was emblematic of something larger.

"People feel that the state has lost control," Mr. Wendt said. "There are thousands of people in the country and we don't know who they are. That is an enormous security risk." ...

Susanna was not the first German teenager to be murdered by an asylum seeker in recent years. In March, an Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering a university student. In January, a 17-year-old high school student was stabbed to death by another Afghan teenager.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
95% of UK's PC Islamic 'deradicalization' programs fail
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com, 7 June 2018

A government report revealed that the United Kingdom government's "deradicalization" initiatives have a failure rate of greater than 95 percent – which is blamed on their politically correct delivery because instructors are too scared to use a "religious extremist" context and resort to discussing "Islamophobia," instead of Islamic terrorism.

"More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent program," the UK daily The Times divulged. "The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalization in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes."

Only a miniscule fraction of the programs were assessed to do what they intended because timid teachers repeatedly resort to using "unoffensive" rhetoric. ...

It was discovered that instructors' reticence to directly tackle the topic – and their personal fear to address it – was the main obstacle impeding their ability to get the message across to students.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, LONDON
London Crime Wave: Nearly 90% of Knifepoint Robberies Go Unsolved
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 7 June 2018

Just one in ten London knife robberies was solved by police last year, data has shown, as leftist Mayor Sadiq Khan finally speaks up on the problem, begging the public to help police the city.

The new statistics, from London's Metropolitan Police force, shows there was a fall in all cases of knife crime successfully investigated in the capital last year, as the number of recorded attacks shot up.

The so-called "sanction-detection rate" for knife robbery crimes, those that end in some form of sanction or conviction, has been falling since 2015, with Mr. Khan taking over in early 2016.

In 2015, 32 per cent of cases of violence against the person involving a knife was acted on, dropping to 27 per cent in 2016, and 23 per cent in 2017, a Freedom of Information request by Conservative London Assembly Members (AM) revealed.

However, for robberies involving a knife, police acted on just 11 per cent of cases last year. This plummeted from 20 per cent of cases in 2015, and 14 per cent in 2016. ...

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the head of Territorial Policing for the Met, conceded there had been a "very significant increase" in violent crime last year and there was "far too much knife violence", but argued the crime wave was "stabilising".
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Curriculum 'must cover more than dead, white men' - Bousted
Helen Ward
tes, 7 June 2018

Speaking at the Bryanston Education Summit, Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, said England was "hurtling forward to a rosy past" with its emphasis on knowledge. ...

"As an English teacher, I have no problem with Shakespeare, with Pope, with Dryden, with Shelley," she said. "But I knew in a school where there are 38 first languages taught other than English that I had to have Afro-Caribbean writers in that curriculum, I had to have Indian writers, I had to have Chinese writers to enable pupils to foreshadow their lives in the curriculum."

She also added that the canon tended to exclude black writers and women writers.

"If a powerful knowledge curriculum means recreating the best that has been thought by dead, white men – then I'm not very interested in it," she said.
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EXTREMISM – DERADICALISATION
Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing
Fiona Hamilton
The Times, 6 June 2018

More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent programme.

The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools, youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.

The study found that only two programmes were effective and that some projects were counterproductive.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Gordon Brown calls for tougher controls on migration
Larry Elliott
The Guardian, 6 June 2018

The former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for tougher migration controls as part of a package of measures designed to address the concerns of Brexit voters and to prevent the UK being permanently paralysed by its decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking in London, Brown said the referendum result was a revolt against the political, business and cultural establishment and it was a mistake to dismiss the 52%-48% result as false consciousness. ...

Brown presented a six-point plan for dealing with concerns about migration: no undercutting of wages by migrants; registration of jobs to give local people a chance to apply; registration of migrants on arrival in the UK; possible removal of migrants if they failed to find a job within nine months; a ban on employment agencies advertising jobs abroad that had not been advertised in the UK; and a bigger fund to help mitigate the impact of migration on local communities. ...

... The referendum was a "genuine expression of people's anxieties about the future" and sent out a message that globalisation was "not working for British citizens".
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POLITICS – MUSLIMS, JEWS, LABOUR PARTY
Jeremy Corbyn is pitting Britain's Muslims against Jews
Ed Husain
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2018

In recent days, we have seen the worst elements of Jeremy Corbyn. Behind the veneer of an affable, bearded chap I see a sinister Marxist who believes in class warfare and also in pitting Britain's Muslims against Jews. ...

For more than a decade, Corbyn has been a vocal supporter of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and a friend to several of its leaders. To their shame, the MCB – who were first to call for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Tory party – have used the term as a political card, mimicking homophobia. Anti-Muslim bigotry undoubtedly exists, but it must be more than merely a stick with which to beat the Conservatives, a political party which gave the world a Muslim chairperson, a culturally Muslim Home Secretary and prime ministers that host Iftar and Eid gatherings in Downing Street.

Perhaps, then, this is not about Islamophobia. To put it crudely, Britain's Jews offer no more than 300,000 votes. To be seen as hostile to Jews and Israel, in order to gain some of the votes of almost four million British Muslims, is therefore worth the trade-off. There are at least 30 seats where the "Muslim vote" can help Labour win. That is a convenient political calculation, but it is also based on deep conviction.

The surge of Momentum activists taking over the Labour Party has ensured that Islamists are in their midst.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
No, Islamophobia is not the new anti-Semitism
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 June 2018

It is the definition of historical illiteracy to compare Islamophobia to anti-Semitism. And yet that is what is happening. /.../ They fail to realise the fundamental difference between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: the former is one of the world's oldest hatreds and has caused the deaths of millions of people; the latter is a word invented by the Runnymede Trust in 1997 to demonise criticism of Islam. ...

Anti-Muslim prejudice unquestionably exists, but Islamophobia is an invention. Don't take my word for it. Take the word of the Runnymede Trust, one of Britain's leading race-equality think-tanks. It openly boasts that it is 'credited with coining the term Islamophobia... in 1997'. And what does this term Islamophobia mean? It doesn't mean racial hatred. Runnymede's definition of Islamophobia, which has been adopted by the Metropolitan Police, includes any suggestion that Islam is 'inferior to the West', and even the belief that Islam is sexist. If you think Islam is 'unresponsive to change', you are Islamophobic. And, get this, if you 'reject out of hand' 'criticisms of the West made by Islam', you're an Islamophobe. So even to ridicule Islam's view of the West is apparently to be infected with the 'cancer' of this so-called racism.

These are criticisms of religion. In a free society they ought to be entirely legitimate views, subject to no punishment whatsoever. And yet the police actually say in their internal documents that the ideas listed above count as 'Islamophobia'. That is chilling. Anti-Muslim prejudice is out there, yes. But 'Islamophobia' is an elite invention, a top-down conceit, designed to chill open discussion about religion and values and to protect one particular religion from blasphemy. The war on Islamophobia is in essence a demand for censorship.
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DIVERSITY – USA
University of Florida gets new $280k-per-year diversity officer
Daniel Payne
The College Fix, 5 June 2018

The University of Florida recently hired a new diversity official to oversee its campus diversity initiatives, a position that will cost the public university $280,000 per year.

Antonio Farias will assume the position of chief diversity officer at the school this July, according to a recent press release from the university. ...

Farias, who holds degrees in comparative literature, comparative ethnic studies and fine arts, will join a university that already employees thirteen diversity employees, including five staffers of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, two in Black Affairs, and two in Lesbian, Ga, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Affairs.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IRISH BORDER
Cross-Channel migrants 'targeting UK via Irish border'
Colin Campbell and James Dunn
BBC, 5 June 2018

Migrants are bypassing tougher cross-Channel security to get into the UK via Ireland, the BBC has discovered.

Smugglers are taking migrants from Calais and Dunkirk and flying them to Dublin, from where they cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London. ...

An Iranian who made the journey said there were fewer checks in Ireland.

Hamid - not his real name - paid smugglers £10,000 to make the journey. He said the Irish route drew less police attention than entering the UK via London or Kent.

To board the flight to Dublin, Hamid used a genuine Greek passport that had been fraudulently obtained by the smugglers. ...

He said at no point did he show any identification after leaving Dublin. ...

Former director general of immigration enforcement Dave Wood said the new migrant route exploited weaknesses at Ireland's ports and airports.

He said: "If there are weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish airports, they will exploit them and use them, because once you're into Ireland, effectively you're into the UK.

"There's nothing stopping people once you're in Ireland travelling north to Northern Ireland and then to the wider UK." ...

The Irish border is about 310 miles long with as many as 275 crossing points and, apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per hour, there is no physical infrastructure to see.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
Met Police confirm that criticism of Islam constitutes 'Islamophobia'
Archbishop Cranmer, 5 June 2018

The Metropolitan Police Service report 'Hate Crimes against London's Muslim Communities' was published five years ago, and it outlines the everyday nature of Islamophobic incidents: ...

We can all agree that such incidents are abhorrent: anyone who threatens or harasses a Muslim simply for being a Muslim is not merely moronic, but barbarous and wicked. /.../ The vision of Christendom still persists in Western civilisation: it is our surpassing quality and sanctity; our superior morality and culture...

Uh-oh.

According to the Met Police, this Western-superiority syndrome is Islamophobic: ...

So, if you believe Islam is inferior to Christianity; or that Islamic society and culture are inferior to "the West", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If you believe Islam is "sexist", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If you believe Islam is "violent" or "aggressive", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. Astonishingly, if you believe Islam to be an expression of political ideology (or is used for "political advantage"), you may be arrested for Islamophobia. ...

The Met may make appeal to the definition of the Runnymede Trust, but there is a world of difference between a think-tank developing guidelines for community and fraternity, and an agency of law enforcement incorporating these definitions into a definition of criminal activity. /.../ Is Wahhabism or Saudi Salafism an expression of Islam? If so, how can it be Islamophobic to articulate the bald truth of its violent, aggressive "clash of civilisations" theological genesis and political nature? Doesn't the Met understand the fundamental difference between abusing Muslims and criticising a religion; between being anti-Muslim and anti-Islam? ...

Is historian Tom Holland guilty of Islamophobia? He said in the Channel 4 documentary 'ISIS: The Origins of Violence':



There are things in the past that are like unexploded bombs that just lie in wait in the rubble, and then something happens to trigger them. And there are clearly verses in the Quran and stories that are told about Mohammed that are very like mines waiting to go off – Improvised Explosive Devices. And they can lie there maybe for centuries and then something happens to trigger them and you get this.



Is Pope Emeritus Benedict guilty of Islamophobia? ...

Is it 'hate speech' or a 'hate crime' to highlight the hate speech in the Quran?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, DENMARK
Social Democrats go it alone in break with allies over immigration
Michael Barrett
The Local [Denmark], 5 June 2018

Denmark's Social Democrats will not seek to form a coalition government with erstwhile ally the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party in the event that the current opposition wins the next general election.

Mette Frederiksen, leader of the Social Democrats, confirmed the change in policy regarding her party's traditional ally on Monday. ...

"I do not wish to be a the forefront of a Denmark that does not have immigration [udlændingepolitikken, ed.] under control," Frederiksen said.

According to Jyllands-Posten's report, Frederiksen sees strict immigration rules and the introduction of further, even stricter laws on migration as more important than any other political issue.
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TERRORISM – THREAT LEVEL
UK's terror threat level 'will stay at severe and may rise further' warns Home Office on anniversary of London Bridge attack
Lara Keay
MailOnline, 4 June 2018

Britain's terror threat from Islamist militants will remain severe for the next two years and could even rise, the Government has said. ...

Currently the threat level to the UK is severe - meaning an attack is highly likely.

Home Office officials will publish a revised counter-terrorism strategy today designed to cope with a new shift in terror tactics. ...

The statement said the threat from 'extreme right-wing terrorism' was also growing and four plots had been disrupted since March last year.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS, BIRTHS
One born every minute? How many migrants arrive in the UK and how many children do they have?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 4 June 2018

Around 775,000 children were born in the UK in 2016 – the latest year for which data is available. Of those children, 210,000 were born to mothers not born in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. ...

Around 580,000 immigrants came to the UK in the year ending September 2017 – according to estimates for the latest year figures are available for. ...

And that's the total number arriving. The net figure (i.e. the number arriving minus the number leaving) is around 245,000, or two every five minutes.

The migration figures used here are collected by interviewing people leaving and arriving in the UK at airports, ferry terminals and other routes in and out of the UK. Broadly speaking, if someone plans to come and live in the UK for more than a year they are counted as an immigrant, if they plan to live outside the UK for more than a year, they are counted as an emigrant.

From these interviews the Office for National Statistics estimates the level of immigration and emigration to and from the UK, but the figures have a wide margin of error. The ONS says that they are confident the true level of net migration will fall within 42,000 of the reported headline figure of 244,000 (they're 95% confident the correct figure lies somewhere between 203,000 and 286,000).
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Theresa May insists net migration will be reduced to tens of thousands but it will 'take time'
Kevin Schofield
PoliticsHome, 4 June 2018

Theresa May has insisted that the Government will cut net migration below 100,000 - despite mounting Tory calls for the target to be ditched.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson last week said the pledge - first made by David Cameron before the 2010 general election - "does not fit the requirements of the country".

However, it has never been achieved and the most recent statistics put the figure at 244,000.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid stopped short of endorsing the policy on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, insisting only that he was "committed to our manifesto".

But the Prime Minister's official spokesman said the target remained in place, and insisted that it would eventually be achieved. ...

The spokesman also confirmed that the cap on the number of non-EU doctors being granted so-called 'Tier 2' visas to work in the NHS is set to be lifted after the limit was reached.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Rape Gangs: A Story Set in Leafy Oxfordshire
Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute, 3 June 2018

What price has been paid, is being paid, or might be paid at some stage, by all those public officials who tacitly or otherwise allowed these modern-day atrocities to go on, doing nothing to stop them? The policemen, politicians, council workers and others who were shown to have failed time and again. They have never been sentenced to prison for any of their oversights – and perhaps criminal charges (not even charges of criminal negligence) could never be brought against them. It is worth asking, however, if any of these people's lives, career paths, or even pension plans were ever remotely affected by their proven failure to confront one of the greatest evils to have gone on in Britain. That is the mass rape of young girls motivated by adults propelled by (among much else) racism, religiosity, misogyny and class contempt. ...

... the many people in the UK who for years turned a blind eye to the mass rape of young girls in their area. But of course these people are not in prison. They are rarely if ever vilified or even mentioned in the national press. They have not had their lives turned upside down. /.../ If Britain is to turn around the disgrace of its culture of 'grooming gangs' it should start by changing the risk-reward ratio between those who identify these monstrous crimes and those who have been shown to have covered them up.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Countryside is being 'concreted over' as greenfield sites developed at fastest rate for 25 years
Harry Yorke and Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2018

Greenfield land is being developed at the fastest rate for 25 years as campaigners warn that a Government drive to release land for houses means the countryside is being "concreted over".

Farmland, forests and gardens are being swallowed up at an "alarming" rate, the Campaign to Protect Rural England said, with the acreage lost to property development soaring by 58 percent in the past four years, according to new research.

The CPRE has blamed a relaxation of planning rules for a surge in development in "wastefully low densities" in rural areas, which it blames on the Government's "build more at any cost approach". ...

The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, and Theresa May has warned councils that they must draw up plans to address local shortages or be stripped of their right to decide where new homes are built.
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BORDER CONTROLS – AIRPORTS
Who is coming into Britain? Airports failed to check the passports of 11,000 passengers after they were sent the wrong way at arrival gates
Arthur Martin
Daily Mail, 1 June 2018

Airport blunders have allowed up to 11,000 passengers over the last five years to enter Britain without going through passport control, figures show.

Each year around 2,000 people bypassed border controls after they were sent the wrong way upon arrival at UK airports.

Airlines and airports are responsible for directing all travellers on international commercial flights towards immigration desks. ...

Figures released by the Home Office show that 2,328 were misdirected last year – an average of six a day. This represents an increase of 70 per cent on the 1,364 in 2016.

The Home Office said some of the passengers who are misdirected are sent back to border control to show their passports. But it admitted that some are able to leave airports without being checked.
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DIVERSITY – CULTURE
The campaign to decolonise culture in Britain
The Economist, 1 June 2018

Calls to revisit historical narratives in museums to make room for the perspectives of those who were colonised have grown louder in recent years. Groups of activists seek to identify the Western bias involved in cultural heritage and shame institutions into redressing it. As such, the activists ask provocative questions about who owns culture.

These debates spurred a group of young museum professionals from different minority and immigrant groups to form Museum Detox in 2016. Their aim is to build awareness around diversity in cultural organisations, to build a network and to help members achieve leadership positions. Their inaugural event, in October that year, was a flash mob at the Museum of London. It saw some 60 black and minority-ethnic museum workers disrupt "Punk.London", an exhibition marking 40 years of punk and its legacy. The flash mob fittingly caused anarchy by raiding the show with cards and texts about African and Caribbean culture. ...

The previous day gal-dem, a collective of ethnic-minority women, had also staged a cultural coup at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... Scrutiny of the canon is extending to universities, too. Non-Western academics and thinkers are sharing their "decolonising syllabi" and discussing the subject online. Last year undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge petitioned to diversify their English-literature curriculum with non-Western voices. At Cambridge, in an open letter to the head of the English faculty, students said they want to change a syllabus which they feel "elevates white male authors at the expense of all others". They stated that while strides had been made to include women writers, "the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks perpetuating institutional racism." Students suggested more post-colonial authors in exam papers, more diversified speakers at the university and "a zero-tolerance policy on the dismissal of race as a subject worthy of discussion/enquiry in essays".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany: Corpus Christi procession canceled due to inability to provide safeguards against jihad attacks
Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch, 31 May 2018

Danke, Merkel!

There will be much, much more of this: Europeans curtailing their activities and sacrificing elements of their culture in order to guard against Islamic jihad massacres. ...

Islamic law forbids Christians to make any public display of their faith, including processions. So this cancellation is exactly what Islamic jihadists were hoping for and striving for: the voluntary acceptance of dhimmitude and Sharia by a non-Muslim population.

"Celebration of Corpus Christi: Procession in Bergkamen canceled," ...

... The city two weeks ago surprisingly issued a requirement to set up additional barriers with two guards and truck barriers at key points. "We could not implement that in such a short time," said Pastor Thorsten Neudenberger on Thursday to the German Press Agency...
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS
Black applicants make up half of cheats, says Ucas
Nicola Woolcock
The Times, 31 May 2018

More than half of students submitting fraudulent applications for degree courses are black, the university admissions body said yesterday.

Black candidates make up 52 per cent of all applications flagged despite comprising only 9 per cent of applicants, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) said. The figures triggered a race row with politicians and student leaders who said Ucas should offer a better explanation for the findings. Applications can be considered fraudulent for several reasons, including plagiarism of the personal statement, falsifying exam results, sending false documents, using fake identities, or making multiple applications at once.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Most Brits believe that migration has harmed communities and fear the nation's culture and traditions are being lost, Left-leaning think-tank claims
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 30 May 2018

Most British people are united around the view that immigration has harmed communities, a report from a Left-leaning think-tank said yesterday.

There are also fears among many that the nation's culture and traditions have been neglected.

The report said that the great majority of Britons think the arrival of migrants has left towns and cities more divided – and that this feeling is strongest in areas that have seen large-scale immigration over recent years.

But the report from the Demos think-tank also said Britons do not want to turn the clock back and, unlike contemporaries in France and Germany, they remain suspicious about nostalgia and optimistic about the future.

Based on a British poll, as well as on views taken from focus groups across Britain, Germany and France, the report said nearly two-thirds of people in the UK believe life was better when they were growing up.

But it added: 'Despite the widespread critiques of contemporary British society, and anxieties about the future, many citizens remain both resilient and begrudgingly optimistic – a point that sets them apart from participants in our French and German focus groups.'

The report also said that alongside the concern that the country is in a 'state of decline', British people are united by the belief that immigration has had a negative impact and that 'the nation's cultures and traditions are not being sufficiently defended and promoted'.

Large numbers of people, it said, are 'particularly incensed by cultural pluralism, seen to be favoured over British values and traditions, and political correctness, regarded as taxing and repressive'. ...

The Demos poll, which saw more than 1,000 Sky TV subscribers questioned, found that while 43 per cent thought immigration into Britain had been positive, 44 per cent thought it had had a negative impact instead.

Nearly 71 per cent thought immigration had divided communities where migrants have settled. This rose to 78 per cent in 'areas that report having experience large-scale migration in recent years'.

Nearly half, 47 per cent, felt that protecting British values should take priority over multiculturalism.

And 55 per cent said the Government is doing too little to promote traditional British values.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SCHOOLS
40,000 new places must be found at schools after the influx of migrants
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 30 May 2018

Ministers last night announced funding for an extra 40,000 extra school places following warnings of intensifying pressure on the education system caused by the influx of migrants. ...

The funding boost follows fears that a baby boom fuelled by immigration during the past decade will mean almost half of local councils in England will be short of secondary school places within five years.

The Government has previously acknowledged that a bulge in the pupil population has partly been caused by a higher birth rate among mothers from other countries. ...

The latest cash boost - aimed at providing more places at schools rated "good" by Ofsted - comes on top of the 825,000 new school places created since 2010.
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DIVERSITY – BLACKNESS, CULTURE
University students offered course on Black Lives Matter movement
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 30 May 2018

Students will be given the chance to study Beyonce and Kendrick Lemar as part of the Britain's first degree course focusing on the Black Lives Matter activist movement.

The University of Hertfordshire module, which is part of a MA degree in Literature and Culture, will examine contemporary texts linked to the social justice movement against violence and racism. ...

Christopher Lloyd, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, hopes the new course will boost the numbers of black and minority ethnic (BME) students at the institution. ...

Dr Lloyd told The Independent: "We want to put blackness and racial identity at the forefront and we want to attract more BME students. We hope it will encourage some of our undergraduate students to come back as it speaks to their identity." ...

On the new module, which starts in September, Dr Lloyd said: "Learning about black culture, rights and social justice is vital to our understanding of the contemporary world.

"The university is committed to both international perspectives and addressing the BME attainment gap in higher education. We see this module as part of that larger project."
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EMPLOYMENT – NHS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration
Migration Watch UK, 30 May 2018

We are frequently told that the NHS would collapse without immigration but:

• The UK's health service is UK is more reliant on overseas doctors and nurses than most comparable healthcare systems in the developed world.

• Reliance on overseas-trained medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to plan for the training of the medical staff we need.

• It is immoral to be taking medical professionals from countries where medical needs are far greater.

– A report by NHS Providers has found that the NHS imports significantly more doctors and nurses than Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the US, Sweden and the Netherlands.

– Only Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and Australia are more reliant on foreign-trained staff than the UK.

– In the Netherlands (which has one of the top five healthcare systems in the world) the percentage of doctors who were foreign-trained was 2.6% in 2013, compared to 28.7% for England. ...

As the Royal College of Physicians has noted: "The long-term focus needs to be developing the homegrown healthcare workforce." Yet the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has criticised the government for failing to maintain the supply of UK-trained nurses. Britain is also not training enough doctors. ...

– The MAC said in 2016 that the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places in England by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Child Grooming Gangs: Government Accused of 'Letting Victims Down'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 May 2018

A group of 20 MPs have called for concrete action to be taken against "sickening" grooming gangs, as the government was accused of "letting down" thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation in the UK.

In a letter to the Home Office noting "alarming" similarities in how the gangs of mostly Pakistani-heritage men operate across Britain, the cross-party group called for government research into why the abuse is taking place. ...

Speaking with Sky News, Ms. Champion said: "It's absolutely sickening that child abuse can take place on an industrial scale and more isn't being done about it. It's a national scandal that this is even happening at all – it's not just in Rotherham, it's right across the UK. It's time the government stepped up and stopped this once and for all."

The letter came as Jayne Senior, the whistleblower awarded an MBE for services to child protection for her part in bringing the Rotherham abuse to light, blasted the government's record on helping victims of CSE.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES, COST, USA
The Diversity Staff at the University of Michigan Is Nearly 100 Full-Time Employees
Jon Miltimore
Intellectual Takeout, 30 May 2018

Year after year, media note and sometimes bemoan the ballooning cost of higher education.

There is no doubt that the human costs of this rise are severe: Some 44 million Americans currently carry nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and the delinquency rate is 11 percent.

There are various reasons for surging costs, but the primary one is the remarkable expansion of university administration in recent decades. ...



1. The University of Michigan currently employs a diversity staff of nearly 100 (93) full-time diversity administrators, officers, directors, vice-provosts, deans, consultants, specialists, investigators, managers, executive assistants, administrative assistants, analysts, and coordinators.

2. More than one-quarter (26) of these "diversicrats" earn annual salaries of more than $100,000, and the total payroll for this small army is $8.4 million. ...



If you fell out of your chair upon realizing that the University of Michigan has a full-time diversity staff of nearly one hundred employees, one of whom earns more than the president of the United States, you can be forgiven. I nearly did too.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – HUNGARY
Hungary to penalise NGOs that aid illegal immigrants
Krisztina Than
Reuters, 29 May 2018

Hungary's government will submit a new version of its "Stop Soros" bill to parliament on Tuesday, imposing criminal penalties on groups accused of supporting or financing illegal immigration, a senior government politician said.

The legislation is part of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban government's campaign against Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. financier known for funding liberal causes.
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DIVERSITY – CYCLING, LONDON
London cyclists too white, male and middle class, says capital's cycling chief in vow to tackle diversity 'problem'
Tom Batchelor
Independent, 29 May 2018

Too few women and people from ethnic minority groups cycle in London and more must be done to promote diversity among a largely white, male and middle class biking community, the city's walking and cycling commissioner has said. ...

He said he was considering setting diversity targets for London's cycling population to ensure progress was achieved.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups account for about 15 per cent of the city's cycle trips – around two-thirds less than Transport for London estimates it could be.
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DIVERSITY – OXFORD UNIVERSITY
No, Oxford University is not racist
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 29 May 2018
[The author is a barrister]

Oxford is one of the world's great universities. ...

Yet for several years now, academic merit has been challenged by the politics of diversity. The Labour MP David Lammy has championed the view that demographics – particularly of ethnicity, social class and geography – are relevant to student admissions. Last October he accused Oxford of 'social apartheid', stating the student body 'is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain'. And last week, in response to Oxford publishing its annual admissions data, he renewed his attack, describing the university as 'a bastion of white, middle-class, southern privilege'.

This is where merit and diversity clash. Academic ability in 18-year-olds is not randomly distributed. Nature and nurture play a role. Some children are born into environments that stimulate academic curiosity. Some grow up wanting to emulate the educational successes of their parents. Some attend more academic schools which have teachers better at enthusing them to excel. Some are more able to devour onerous Oxford lecture notes. Each of these variables is more common in certain demographics than others. And if students were selected solely on the basis of merit, then Oxford would necessarily reflect those demographics.

In 2016, the percentage of A-level students achieving three A grades or better was 13. But for Chinese students the figure was 24 per cent. At the other end of the scale were black Caribbeans (three per cent). In the mid-point were white and mixed-race communities (each 11 per cent) and Asians (10 per cent), although within the Asian category students of Indian heritage did better (14 per cent).

This ethnically based differential in A-level achievement carries forward into degree performance. ...

In fact, Oxford has a disproportionately high number of black students, although you wouldn't know this from the comments made by Lammy and others last week. ...

In any case, Oxford should only admit black students who meet its minimum academic requirements – three A grades or better at A-level. But across all UK universities, only 1.8 per cent of black students achieved this minimum requirement. And yet the percentage of black students admitted to Oxford is 1.9 per cent. Accordingly, when allowance is made for grade attainment, black students fare better than white students. ...

Far from discriminating against black students, Oxford, by making allowances for grades and course choices, discriminates in favour of black students. ...

... Lammy now fronts a form of diversity politics that has become a mainstream concern for almost the entire political class. /.../ Last week there was scarcely a politician or academic who was prepared to defend a meritocratic system.

... An easier place at Oxford may be good for children from 'the 20th floor of a tower block estate', if they don't mind being patronised, but it certainly isn't good for Oxford.
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DIVERSITY – NHS
NHS 'must do more to tackle white privilege', trust chief says
Paul Kelso
Sky News, 29 May 2018

The NHS must do more to tackle "white privilege" and increase black and minority ethnic (BAME) representation among senior managers and directors, a leading hospital trust chief executive has told Sky News.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Trust, says she will no longer sit on any interview board panel that does not include a BAME member, after figures for her own trust revealed ethnic minority candidates were less likely to succeed at interview.

Across NHS England as a whole, 18% of the 1.2 million staff are from a BAME background, but just 5% of very senior managers are non-white, compared to 27% of the lowest paid support staff. ...

The co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, Joan Saddler, welcomed the Birmingham initiative and said change at senior levels is decades overdue.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – DEPORTATION
Three in five Britons support a 'hostile environment' for illegal immigrants, poll shows
Josh Wilson and Ashley Kirk
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2018

Three in five people want the Government's immigration policy to make it as "difficult as possible" for illegal immigrants to remain in the UK, according to a new poll.

But the Ipsos MORI research also shows that, in the wake of the Windrush scandal, three in five of us believe that priority should be given to ensuring that people who do have the legal right to remain are not wrongly forced to leave.

The research makes it clear that, despite opposing illegal migration, the majority of the British public believe those with the legal right to live in the UK should be prioritised "even if this means some illegal immigrants are not deported".
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CRIME – DRUGS, ALBANIANS
How Albanian drug lords and their knife-wielding goons are exploiting Europe's porous borders to unleash a murder spree on Britain's streets that's seen 67 slain in London alone this year
Richard Pendlebury
Daily Mail, 26 May 2018

For this restaurant is the 'legitimate' business flagship of a local tycoon named Klodjan Copja. ...

Nine months ago, he was jailed for 17 years at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey for serious drugs offences.

It is estimated that he and his ultra-violent gang of fellow Albanians from Elbasan had imported as much as £150 million of cocaine into the UK. ...

Gangs like those run by Copja employ low-level operatives who have been using knives to maim and murder on our streets and housing estates. ...

Undoubtedly, Copja's incarceration is a success for British law enforcement.

But he and his cohorts are just one of many groups involved in a serious organised crime wave of Albanian-dominated Class A drug smuggling, the consequences of which has seen the dramatic spike in murders on the streets of Britain, 1,200 miles away. ...

A National Crime Agency league table of more than 4,000 UK criminal gangs also showed that Albanians had overtaken Romanians to rise to third place in the league, behind only Britons and Pakistanis.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRIA, EUROPEAN UNION
Austria's Populist Vice-Chancellor Slams EU Border Agency as 'People-Trafficking Organisation'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 26 May 2018

Austrian vice-chancellor and leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache slammed the European Union border agency Frontex, labelling it a "people-trafficking organisation".

Vice-chancellor Strache, who has been consistently outspoken against mass migration, made the comments following a meeting in Brussels in his role as Austrian Minister for Sport, slamming Frontex and saying the agency was "anything but a border guard", Kronen Zeitung reports. ...

He also argued against the EU's compulsory migrant quota system, which has already been slammed by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, saying migrants would likely just move to the EU country of their choice anyway.

"The problem can only be solved by closing the external borders," Strache insisted. ...

Mr. Strache's comments also come only a year after Frontex themselves had warned about migrant rescue NGOs providing a shuttle service for human trafficking, and alerted the political bloc of the dangers of jihadist extremists entering Europe posing as asylum seekers in 2016.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Attitudes towards Immigration after Windrush
Ipsos MORI, 26 May 2018

A new survey by Ipsos MORI conducted online among British adults aged 18-75 on 11-14 May finds that:

• Attitudes towards immigration remain more positive than pre-Brexit vote but over half still want overall numbers reduced

• Levels of dissatisfaction with how the government is dealing with immigration have increased - up to 60% from 53% February of this year and have returned to similar levels under David Cameron's government

• One in five people say they have become more positive about immigration since the Brexit vote whereas one in four say they have become more negative.

• Among those who have become more positive, there are roughly two equal reasons for this - either because people feel more positive about the contribution immigrants make or that with Brexit they are reassured that there is, and will be, a reduction in immigration

• Six in ten (60%) people support an immigration policy that is designed to make it as difficult as possible for people who do not have the right to be in the UK to stay here

• But almost two-thirds (64%) also prioritise that people who have the right to be here are not forced to leave, even if this means that some illegal immigrants are not deported

• The majority of the public (63%) say they are ashamed of how Britain has treated the Windrush generation and six in ten (61%) agree that the Windrush scandal is mainly a result of government incompetence rather than the rules on immigration ...

One in ten people (10%) say they are satisfied with the way the current government is dealing with immigration compared with three in five (60%) who are dissatisfied. ...

People hugely overestimate the proportion of foreign born citizens in Britain - the average guess is 27% when it's actually only half that number 13.5%.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
EU: How to Stop Mass-migration from Africa? Bring Everyone to Europe!
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 25 May 2018

"Migration is a priority for all of us here" said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, at the recent Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Marrakesh at the beginning of May. ...

... The Second Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Paris (2008) decided that "organised labour migration ... represents a source of cultural and social enrichment through the human and economic exchanges it generates" and that dialogue should be centered around the following priorities: Organizing legal migration, fighting against illegal migration and focusing on the synergies between migration and development. ...

Then again, Avramopoulos does not consider his job to stop migration. "We cannot and will never be able to stop migration", he wrote in late 2017. "At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly".
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EMPLOYMENT – FRUIT PICKING
The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't
Lucy Hooker
BBC, 25 May 2018

With strawberry picking season well under way - but migrant labour in short supply in several countries - we look at the various robots being developed around the world to help producers harvest this most popular fruit. ...

Harvesting soft fruit mechanically represents a huge challenge - each berry needs to be located, even if it's behind a leaf, assessed for ripeness and then harvested and boxed with enormous care to avoid bruising.

But recent developments in visual sensor technology, machine learning and autonomous propulsion have brought the goal within reach. ...

Robots can operate at all times of the day or night - harvesting during the chillier night hours can dramatically lengthen shelf life and avoid bruising.
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CRIME – FEMINISM, VIOLENCE, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
The anti-woman violence feminists are afraid to confront
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
New York Post, 25 May 2018

The debate that has bucked this trend is the #MeToo campaign, which has successfully cut across party lines, wealth divides, race and religion. This powerful campaign has focused on taking down anyone who has exploited power and fame for sex, not just stereotypical members of the patriarchy in the form of rich, white males.

We've seen Bill Cosby, John Conyers, R. Kelly, Tavis Smiley, Tony Mendoza and Tariq Ramadan publicly shamed along with bastions of liberal values like Eric Schneiderman.

The #MeToo campaign has shown that sexual exploitation is not the purview of only some ethnicities or political parties.

Unfortunately, liberal feminists pick and choose which types of violence against women are worthy of this studiously nonpartisan approach. For example, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honor violence seem not to be considered egregious enough to be taken up by the broader women's movement. Instead, these barbaric violations of human rights don't make it onto progressives' radar. Rather, they're excused or ignored by feminists because the perpetrators inflicting the violence tend to have brown skin. ...

The right of women and girls to be free of abuse has been sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.

Analysis done by my organization, the AHA Foundation, shows that legislators in 24 states hesitate to ban FGM despite evidence of girls at risk in their state. ...

Intersectionality entrenches victimhood and prevents men of color from being held accountable for patriarchal attitudes and behaviors, laying the blame entirely on white men.

We must depoliticize women's rights. We don't have to agree with each other's political views but protecting individual human rights must be a given.
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DIVERSITY – POETRY
Ode to whiteness: British poetry scene fails diversity test
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 25 May 2018

The British poetry world is "failing to meet even the most basic measurements of inclusivity", according to a new report which highlights the "systemic exclusion" of poets and critics of colour from UK and Irish poetry magazines.

Collecting data from 29 magazines and websites including PN Review, Poetry Review, the Guardian and Oxford Poetry, the study found that between 2012 and 2018, 9% of almost 20,000 published poems were by poets of colour. Of the 1,819 poems, 502 were published in a single magazine, Modern Poetry in Translation; if this is taken out of the equation, only 7% of poems were by poets of colour. The studyPDF, conducted by poetry reviewer and blogger Dave Coates for Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics, points out that in contrast, at the 2011 census, 12.9% of the UK population identified as black and minority ethnic (BME). ...

... Sandeep Parmar, who commissioned the report. ...

... She pointed to the effect of a 2005 report which found that less than 1% of poets published by a major press in the UK were black or Asian; following the launch of diversity mentoring scheme The Complete Works, that figure now stands at almost 10%.

... When I arrived 15 years ago poetry was extremely white, in magazines, criticism and published collections. That's changed a lot, and it is to do with forward-thinking people."
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
Romanian becomes second most common non-UK nationality
BBC, 24 May 2018

People with Romanian nationality have become the second most common non-British population living in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics says the total number of Romanian nationals rose by 25% from 2016 to 2017, reaching 411,000.

Of the 65,176,000 residents in the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals - up by 4%.

The number of people living in the UK but born abroad was up by 3% from 2016 - 9.4 million of the total population.

A problem with the collection of statistics means there is no overall net migration figure. ...

The figures show that 61% of the non-UK nationals number - or 3.8 million - are from the EU.
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Oxford men guilty of sexual exploitation 'on a massive scale'
BBC, 24 May 2018

Seven men have been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing teenage girls "on a massive scale" in Oxford.

The gang was convicted of more than 20 offences including rape and indecent assault between 1998 and 2005.

Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said they carried out the "routine, cynical and predatory sexual exploitation" of vulnerable girls who were groomed with alcohol and drugs.

The five victims were aged between 13 and 15 when the offences started. ...

Assad Hussain, ... Kameer Iqbal, ... Khalid Hussain, ... Kamran Khan, ... Moinul Islam, ... Raheem Ahmed, ... Alladitta Yousaf

Det Ch Insp Mark Glover said the convictions were only possible because of the "incredible bravery" of the gang's victims.

He said: "This group of men subjected them to an almost unimaginable level of cruelty and sexual abuse over a significant period of time. ..."
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POPULATION – FORECAST GROWTH
Parts of London will swell by a FIFTH over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5m - and more Romanians now live in the UK than Irish
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 24 May 2018

The population in parts of London is due to expand by nearly a fifth over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5 million.

The swelling capital is expected to be the biggest contributor to growth in numbers over the coming years, according to official estimates released today.

London is set to have 9.54 million residents - just short of Megacity status - by 2026, up 774,000 from the middle of 2016.

Migration from abroad will add 754,000 to the total, the Office for National Statistics believes. Another 771,000 is as a result of the birth rate being higher than the death rate.

However, the rise in numbers will be offset by 757,000 Londoners moving to other parts of the UK. The 8.8 per cent net increase drives an England-wide growth of 5.9 per cent. ...

All the regions in England are expected to get bigger.

The East of the country is due to rise 7.3 per cent to 6.57 million over the decade, and the South West will see a 6.6 per cent increase to 5.88 million.

In the South East numbers will top 9.54 million by mid-2026, up some 6.4 per cent.

The North East is set to have the lowest growth at 1.9 per cent. ...

Of the 3.23 million increase forecast in the population of England, nearly half - 1.72 million - is accounted for by immigration. ...

The non-UK born population rose from 9.2 million in 2016 to 9.4 million last year and the non-British population went up from 6 million to 6.2 million.
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EXTREMISM
HOPE Not Hate Identified in Swedish Military Report on Left Wing Extremist Violence
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 24 May 2018

Far-left group HOPE not Hate (HnH) have been identified in a new research paper on far-left extremist violence alongside Antifa and other violent groups by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) for their "infiltration and research" of political opponents.

The research paper lists the group, which has previously received funds from left-wing billionaire George Soros, as a facilitator of information for far-left extremists alongside the Swedish Expo Foundation, also funded by Soros, which objected to being included in the report earlier this week.

The FOI report states that the far-left scene often requests information on right-wing opponents, "that they want to hold to account in some way (for example by visiting people's homes with threats and harassment) and sometimes they want information, names and pictures, to publicly identify those involved in nationalist movements", and that organisations like Expo and HnH provide this information. ...

HnH has, in addition to receiving funds from George Soros's Open Society Foundations, received funding from the UK government as well. ...

There has been at least one recent instance of HnH providing private information to the public that was read by Antifa extremists who committed acts of violence.

Last month HnH tweeted out the private location of the conference being held by the anti-mass migration Generation Identity activist group which was then read and republished by the Antifascist Network account. Not long after the release of the address, Antifa extremists arrived at the location and engaged in violence, with one of their number being arrested by the police.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, PUBLIC OPINION
Now is not the time for the Tories to loosen up about mass immigration
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2018

A dangerous received wisdom is developing in the Conservative Party. To appeal to younger and more liberal voters, the thinking goes, the Tories need to become more relaxed about mass immigration.

Part of the logic for this argument is the startling discovery that public opinion has become more positive about immigration since the Brexit referendum: overall, more people say they feel better about it than two years ago. But the same research shows that a large majority of voters – 60 per cent – still want the number of people coming to Britain reduced.

As Bobby Duffy, the pollster from Ipsos MORI, explains, the shift in opinion is caused by Brexit itself. Liberal remainers, who were always positive about immigration, are now more vehement in their support, while some immigration sceptics are reassured by the referendum result and assume greater immigration control is coming. To interpret this change as a green light for continued mass immigration would therefore be a mistake.

As Ipsos MORI point out, historical studies show "there are always 69+ per cent who want immigration reduced". And support for reduced and controlled immigration is shared across the whole country.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Will Macron meet his match in Marion Maréchal?
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 23 May 2018

The declaration from the incoming Italian coalition government that they intend to deport half a million illegal immigrants from their shores will send a shiver through the Élysée Palace. How many will wait to be rounded up and repatriated? And how many will flee towards France, adding to the already desperate situation in Paris and Calais?

... Immigration almost certainly equals more Islamic terrorism in the eyes of millions of French, who point to the last seven months and the deadly attacks perpetrated by men of Moroccan, Tunisian and Chechen origin. On Friday, the government announced that an Egyptian had been arrested in Paris on suspicion of plotting a chemical gas attack.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France has lost the fight in drug-ridden suburbs, admits Emmanuel Macron
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

France has "lost the fight against drug trafficking" in many suburbs, warned Emmanuel Macron as shocking images of masked gunmen opening fire in Marseille and a brutal daylight murder highlighted the uphill task he faces.

Amateur footage of police clashing with Kalashnikov-wielding gangsters in the southern port city came as Mr Macron unveiled new measures for the country's most deprived districts, many in "banlieues" or suburbs ringing major cities with high unemployment and high-immigrant populations.

Local officials in some of these say they are at loss at how to tackle poverty, drug running and Islamic fundamentalism - many homegrown terrorists have come from such districts - with some mayors making waves in recent months by resigning saying their job had become too tough.

In a much-awaited speech on the "banlieues", Mr Macron expressed "deep concern" about events in Marseille, where masked men in black armed with assault rifles were filmed opening fire on Monday. ...

In another shocking incident, police in the southern city of Pau are investigating the murder of a 32-year-old man in another poverty-ridden, high-immigration area, who was beaten to death by a gang of teenagers. ...

Mr Macron confessed that Islamic radicalism had also "won" in some neighbourhoods and was "in the process of winning" in others.
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DIVERSITY – ACADEMIA
Nearly one in five Oxford students now BME as university announces diversity drive in the wake of public backlash
Harry Yorke
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

Nearly one in five students enrolling at Oxford are now either black or an ethnic minority, figures show, as the university announces a new diversity drive in the wake of mounting political pressure.

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford's vice chancellor, has admitted change has come "too slowly to meet public expectations" and that works remains "to be done" if the university is to reflect modern Britain. ...

The report shows that last year the number of students classed as black and ethnic minority rose to 17.9 per cent, up from just 13,9 per cent four years ago.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, ITALY
As Italy has shown, the euro is a far bigger threat to Europe than Brexit
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2018

Talk to any Italian who is not part of the old parties or the financial elite and they are now incensed beyond measure by uncontrolled migration. As in elections in other parts of Europe and our own referendum, this then affects their attitude to everything else.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPEAN UNION
European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 May 2018

The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent of legal residents in the European Union – over 90 million people – are first- or second-generation migrants.

The Court estimated that around 4 per cent of the population – 21 million people – were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform receiving nations beyond the initial influx.

It issued its extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on "integration", which conceded the bloc faces the significant "challenges" integrating the many newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees.

However, the briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in the EU without EU citizenship – 39 per cent – has established itself through chain migration via family reunion. ...

Individual EU member-states – including the United Kingdom, at least until after Brexit goes through and the mooted Brexit 'transition' period ends – would have difficulty restricting family reunion-based chain migration on their own initiative, as the European Council deems it a "right" under EU Directive 2003/86/EC.

It should be noted that the briefing paper does not appear to consider the migrant-descended population beyond the second generation, which is considerable in countries such as Britain, France, and Germany, which have been bringing in large numbers of migrants from North Africa, South Asia, and Asia Minor for decades.

The briefing paper explicitly does not consider the migrant population which is resident in the European Union illegally, which is also considerable – with the illegal migrant population of Britain alone estimated at over a million by David Wood, former Director-General of Immigration Enforcement.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Jacob Rees-Mogg slams Theresa May's 'idiotic' 100,000 immigration target
Liz Bates
PoliticsHome, 22 May 2018

Leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has hit out at the Government's controversial 100,000 annual migration target.

The Conservative backbencher said the target - which Theresa May has consistently championed since it was introduced in 2010 - was "plucked out of the air".

He also hit out at current rules preventing doctors from coming to Britain, despite staff shortages in the NHS. ...

"We seem to have an immigration system that is so focussed on being authoritarian, so focussed on the rules... and too focussed on a number that was plucked out of the air."

His remarks echo those of Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who yesterday called for a review of the UK's approach to immigration - including the 100,000 target - in the wake of the Windrush scandal, which she said left her "hurt" and "angry".
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IMMIGRATION – PROGRESSIVE CASE
The gap remains wide on the impact of immigration
Colin Hines
The Guardian, 21 May 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

Accusing the vast majority who want controls on immigration as being anti-migrant and racist is unacceptable. As is denying that the rapid increase in immigration has made it more difficult to cope with stresses on social infrastructure and that it will continue to do so even when austerity is swept away. Also worrying was the anti-internationalist acceptance of continuing to take Indian doctors and skilled eastern Europeans "educated at someone else's expense".

For the left to regain credibility it must rethink migration and make a progressive case for limiting "new, large-scale, permanent migration". New makes it clear that curbing future levels of migration involves no changes for those already legally resident in the country, such as the Windrush generation and those from the EU. Permanent has the caveat that foreign students are welcome to study here and workers fill vacancies here, but only for a specified period. Crucially, the UK must train its own population to prevent the shameful long-term theft of doctors and nurses from the poorer counties which originally paid for their education. There will also be the need for some exceptions, such as genuine marriage partners, civil partners or reunited family members.
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EMIGRATION – FOREIGN AID
Expert Warning That Foreign Aid Payments Are Fuelling Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 May 2018

While many politicians in Europe have argued for more aid to Africa and other regions to solve mass migration, some experts believe current aid policies may be having the opposite effect.

U.S. economist Michael A. Clemens has claimed in a recent study, which he authored for the Bonn Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), that current aid policy may be encouraging mass migration rather than preventing it, Die Welt reports.

According to Clemens, current aid policies "only strengthen economic growth, employment and security up to a certain limit".

The economist added: "Almost all the poor countries that have become rich have experienced large outflows. Rising household income went hand in hand with rising emigration."

"Higher incomes mean improved ability to pay for direct costs of emigration, but also to invest in things that invite and facilitate migration – such as Internet access, foreign language skills, business connections abroad, or tourist travel," Clemens added.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PARIS, FRANCE
Paris migrant camps 'spiralling out of control', Macron accused of 'giving up'
Westmonster, 21 May 2018

A huge row is brewing in Paris over what to do about the soaring number of migrants living on the streets.

According to reports, there are an estimated 3,000 people living in makeshift camps along the banks of the Saint-Denis canal, with at least 80 more arriving every day.

Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo has accused Macron's government of "giving up the city of Paris." ...

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb responded to the accusations by saying Hidalgo, a supporter of mass immigration, was responsible for the "salubrity and cleanliness of public spaces" in the French capital. ...

Earlier this month, organisers of the Grand Paris race announced they would be cancelling the annual event because of thousands of migrants camping out along the route.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany sets aside £68bn to fund immigration amid fresh attack on Merkel policy
Simon Osborne
Sunday Express, 20 May 2018

Germany will spend around £68.2bn on migration-related issues over the next four years, according to a leaked document from the country's finance ministry.

The figure includes £27.1bn package of measured aimed at tackling the issues that cause people to leave their homes and make their way to Europe in the first place.

The leaked report, published in Der Spiegel magazine, estimated federal spending of around £61.2bn plus an extra £7bn the federal government agreed to transfer to states and local communities to cover their costs through 2021.

Social payments to migrants in Germany are projected to account for about £18.3bn through 2022, with another 11.3bn to be spent on language courses and other measures promoting better integration.

Processing, registration and accommodation for refugees will cost in the region of £4.5bn, according to the estimate.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
There's a remarkable change in the air – our hostility to migrants is on the retreat
Robert Ford
The Guardian, 20 May 2018
[Robert Ford is professor of politics at Manchester University]

The conventional wisdom in many liberal circles holds that Britain has turned in on itself, encouraged by a Leave victory that has legitimated chauvinism and xenophobia. Yet the public opinion evidence consistently shows the opposite – the British are more open to migration than ever, a trend that Brexit has encouraged, not reversed.

Only around a quarter of survey respondents saw migration as good for the economy in 2002, before the admission of new EU members produced a surge in European migration. By 2014, with support for Ukip at its peak, the figure had risen to four out of 10. It has risen further since. More British people also think of migration as enriching British culture now, after 20 years of unprecedented migration inflows, than felt this way in the early 2000s, when the current wave of migration was just beginning.

The public today is also less likely to name migration as a political priority. This "salience" measure is a powerful predictor of voter behaviour – ...

For more than 15 years, between a quarter and a half of poll respondents have spontaneously named immigration as among their biggest political concerns. Yet since Brexit, complaints to pollsters about immigration have collapsed. More than 40% of respondents in Ipsos Mori polls named it as a key issue in the run-up to Brexit. That figure has slumped since and now stands at under 20%, a 15-year low.

This collapse in concern about migration is puzzling, as there have been no major changes in migration policy since Brexit, and though migration levels have fallen, the decline has been modest. It is perhaps just as surprising, given the conventional wisdom that the British are intrinsically hostile to immigration and Brexit has exacerbated this, that positive views about the effects of migration are steadily rising – a rise which Brexit has not reversed but accelerated.

The role of fairness offers one possible resolution to this puzzle. ...

Steadily growing recognition of the economic and cultural benefits of migration makes the case for opening Britain to the world's best and brightest students and workers easier to make. The public demand for fair treatment of settled migrants can be channelled into new proposals to entrench their political and social rights. There is very broad support for this – large majorities from all walks of life favour giving settled migrants who play by the rules full political and social rights after between three and five years – including majorities of those who are most sceptical about migration in general.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NETHERLANDS
Almost 1,400 minor girls abused by mostly migrant pimps in the Netherlands
Voice of Europe, 20 May 2018

An investigation by Dutch newspaper "Algemeen Dagblad" exposes the horrible reality behind the world of young pimps or 'loverboys'. Young men, who are mostly from migrant backgrounds, blackmail and abuse hundreds of minor girls in the Netherlands every single year.

The newspaper contacted social workers, the police and experts on the subject. The newspaper writes that the young pimps are mostly Moroccans, Turks, Antilleans or Romanians. Quickly earning money and power are their main goals. ...

Marijke van Overveld of the Dutch police says: "We are talking about almost 1,400 minor victims yearly." Overveld mentions the process of seducing and blackmailing the girls has shortened from months to two weeks or less.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
78 Per Cent of 9,000 Afghan 'Children' Allowed To Remain in Sweden Are Really Adults
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 May 2018

A proposal to allow some 9,000 young Afghan migrants to stay in Sweden has been controversial among voters, as a new report shows that at least 78 per cent are really adults.

Last month, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his government announced a plan to allow some 9,000 "underage" Afghan migrants to stay in the country after a wave of protest against deportations to Afghanistan.

The issue has remained a highly controversial topic ahead of this year's national election, but now it has been revealed that the vast majority of the migrants were not underage Expressen reports.

The newspaper conducted a study with a portion of the 9,000 migrants and found that none of the men had valid identification documents when they entered Sweden and that a significant number, almost half, had lived in Iran for at least a year before heading to the Scandinavian country.

Additionally, 99.4 per cent of them are male.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FAKE DOCUMENTS
Sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain is smashed by police in Albania
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 19 May 2018

A sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain has been smashed by police in Albania.

The illicit operation, run by people smugglers, was churning out almost 'perfect' counterfeit travel documents.

Investigators believe the ring produced more than 1,000 bogus papers, of which up to 800 are thought to have been used. ...

Undocumented migrants paid up to £20,000 for the counterfeit documents, which they used to travel openly to the UK by plane, train and bus.

The National Crime Agency has warned that fake identity documents that allow hardened crooks to slip into the country undetected are a 'key enabler' of crime in Britain. ...

They specialised in Bulgarian passports – which provide entry to the UK because it is in the EU – on the basis that British border staff would not know the difference between anyone speaking Albanian and Bulgarian. ...

An Albanian police source said the fake documents they created were 'almost 100 per cent perfect' and apparently fooled border guards. ...

It was one of four fake passport laboratories used by the gang discovered in Albania. Another seven were found in Greece, where several of the suspected gang members operated.

Illegal migrants were mostly sent first to countries including France, Germany, Italy, Norway or Greece, before flying to the UK, US or Canada using their fake documents to gain entry. Others travelled overland to France, where they met up with another people-smuggling cell, who arranged for them to take buses, cars, trains or trucks.
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DIVERSITY – ACADEMIA
Oxford receives Race Equality Charter bronze award
University of Oxford, 18 May 2018

Oxford University has received a Race Equality Charter bronze award from Advance HE. It means Oxford is one of only 10 UK universities to hold this award. ...

The award recognises the University's efforts and commitment to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.

The process of submitting for an award required the University to consult widely and systematically investigate the main issues related to equality and diversity at Oxford.

These issues include the diversity of appointments to senior staff positions, and of undergraduate admissions to the University.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Record 6,200 foreign criminals including killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are living in the community instead of being deported
Ian Drury
MailOnline, 18 May 2018

Killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are among the thousands released back onto the streets at the end of their jail sentences.

Although they are due for deportation, the offenders are not kept in prison. Many then simply slip off the radar.

Others challenge their deportation orders, often using human rights or asylum laws.

In total, there were 6,231 foreign national offenders living in Britain in December who were due for deportation. This was up 10 per cent on the figure in December the previous year.

Nearly a third – 2,032 – have been out of jail for more than five years. Another 1,502 have dodged being removed from the country for between two and five years.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Tories accuse Labour of running up the white flag with pledge to scrap 'hostile environment' for migrants
Claire Ellicot
Daily Mail, 17 May 2018

The Tories accused Labour of running up the white flag on immigration last night, after it pledged to scrap controls on illegal immigration.

Diane Abbott said she would close two main detention centres, axe migration targets and force officials to prove suspects were in Britain without permission.

The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the requirement for bosses and landlords to carry out checks on a worker or tenant's right to be in the country.

Miss Abbott said it was Jeremy Corbyn's ambition to 'reframe' public debate on the issue. The Labour leader later tweeted his support for her speech.

Tories said the proposals would wreck efforts to deal with the estimated million illegals in Britain.

'Diane Abbott has confirmed what we already know – that Labour will have an open-door policy where anybody who wishes to come to our country can do so,' said Andrew Bridgen MP. ...

A key plank of Miss Abbott's strategy would involve shifting the burden of proof to the Home Office to establish whether a person was in the country illegally. ...

Labour would also end the minimum income stipulation for migrants to bring a spouse from abroad and always allow children to join them. ...

'The Labour Party is under new management and part of new management is having a very different conversation on migration.' ...

Miss Abbott also said she would end the Government's target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BORDER SECURITY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Arizona Border Ranchers Live in Fear as Illegal Immigration Crisis Worsens
Judicial Watch, 17 May 2018

More than half a million illegal immigrants of several dozen nationalities have been apprehended on John Ladd's sprawling cattle ranch in southeastern Arizona. /.../

The property shares a 10½-mile border with Mexico, making it a popular route for human and drug smugglers evading a meager force of Border Patrol agents in the mountainous region. "As big as that number sounds, many more got away," said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd of the hundreds of thousands arrested on Ladd's parcel. ...

A 60-foot wide dirt road, known as a federal easement, separates Ladd's ranch from Mexico. Some portions have an 18-foot iron fence along the border that Ladd says illegal immigrants "easily climb with a pack of dope." Other sections have a laughable wire fence that has been repeatedly penetrated with vehicles speeding through from Mexico. /.../ He estimates that around 70% of the traffic that comes through his ranch is human smuggling and 30% is drug smuggling. /.../ Ladd has traveled to the nation's capital seven times to bring attention to the crisis in Sierra Vista, but Washington bureaucrats have failed to take any action.

Instead, the federal government has placed ineffective or faulty surveillance equipment in the region that smugglers easily evade. /.../ The government spent $1.3 million on the useless equipment and never bothered to study the terrain's impact on the technology.
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EMPLOYMENT
Big business 'ignoring millions of Brits looking for full-time work because they have EU migrants on tap'
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 17 May 2018

Big business was slammed for ignoring up to four million "underemployed" Brits – because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap. ..

It claimed record job figures were masking a huge problem of Brits working part-time but wanting full-time roles, or those on shifts desperate for longer hours or overtime.

There are nearly 1.5 million unemployed Brits looking for work and available for work, but a further 2 million who want more hours.

Another 214,000 want a second job to earn more cash while 274,000 want a new job with more hours.

Migration Watch chair Lord Green said: "For far too long employers have been getting away with claiming that they cannot find British workers.

"The truth is that they are simply not adjusting their working practices to meet the genuine needs of British workers because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
It's not racist to be concerned about a weak immigration policy
Peter Hill
Daily Express, 16 May 2018

Following the Windrush scandal the NHS says that its records will no longer be used to track down illegal immigrants.

This rips another hole in the leaky net that has swollen Britain's population, increasing the load on public services, among them the NHS.

Very few people were affected by Windrush but it is being used as a justification by guilt-tripping liberals to allow people with no right to be here to stay indefinitely and potentially to admit hundreds of thousands more.

The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism, E Tendayi Achiume of the University of California, says there has been a growth of "explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance" in Britain.

I suggest she is seeing what she wants to see. It is not racist to be concerned about insupportable levels of immigration and it is not xenophobic to love your country and want to protect its life and culture.

The whole of Europe is worried sick about immigration. Voters are rebelling against their governments' weak-kneed response to the endless inflow of mainly economic migrants.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, LABOUR PARTY
Three Labour Lewisham East Candidates Promoted Extremist Imam
Guido Fawkes, 16 May 2018

Three of the Labour candidates on the Lewisham East shortlist promoted a radical imam who the High Court ruled "clearly promoted and encouraged violence in support of Islam and espoused a series of extremist Islamic positions".

Shakeel Begg is the imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre. In 2016 he lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled he had promoted violence. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said "he has shed the cloak of respectability and revealed the horns of extremism". ...

Lewisham Islamic Centre is one of the most controversial mosques in Britain. ...

Despite these extremist links, Labour's candidates in Lewisham East have repeatedly promoted Shakeel Begg and the Lewisham Islamic Centre.
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IMMIGRATION – HOSTILITY
A 'hostile environment' towards immigrants? It's not hostile enough
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 15 May 2018

Let's agree the treatment of the Windrush generation was a national disgrace. They are British citizens, living here perfectly legally, handled abominably by the bureaucracy. ...

Thankfully, this scandalous miscarriage of justice is now being addressed. But that hasn't stopped the open borders crowd exploiting it ruthlessly for their own purposes.

They have been allowed to pretend that the hostile environment for illegal immigrants – instigated by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary – applies to all immigrants, legal or otherwise. It's a blatant lie which has been swallowed opportunistically by Rudd's successor Sajid Javid, who has promised to take a much more 'compassionate' approach to migrants in future.

Of course, we want to welcome those from overseas who come to Britain to contribute to society. But we shouldn't buy the myth that all immigrants are law-abiding cancer surgeons, care workers and skilled construction staff.

We've more than our fair share of foreign gangsters, terrorists, fraudsters and assorted layabouts.

If there really has been a hostile policy towards migrants, it doesn't seem to have deterred anyone from coming here. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Official estimates put the number of illegal immigrants at one million, so you can probably double that figure as a basis for negotiation. The Government admits there is virtually no chance any of them will be deported.

If this is hostile, I'd hate to see soft. ...

Aliou Bah, jailed twice for sex attacks since arriving here in 2007, won a payout of £110,000 after a judge ruled he had been held in detention for too long awaiting deportation. Since 2015, he has been living in a council house in Southampton. Of course he has.

Bah is just one of more than 1,800 foreign criminals still here years after they should have been booted out.

Far from the absurd claims of the open borders crowd, Britain remains the softest of soft touches. It's why millions of people from all over the world are desperate to move here.

They keep on coming in their hundreds of thousands every year because they know once they set foot in Britain the likelihood of them being removed is virtually non-existent.

Yet still the Left claim laughably that this country operates a policy of hostility towards all migrants.
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DIVERSITY – SCOUT ASSOCIATION
Rebranded Scouts will teach young people how to do their best to get a job
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2018

Tying knots and wild camping are not directly relevant to most people's careers.

But the Scouts say they can teach young people how to get a job.

The organisation's new "contemporary" rebrand is designed to convince black and minority ethnic parents that joining up is worthwhile. ...

Matt Hyde, the chief executive of the Scout Association, ...

He said that the organisation was trying to become more diverse and that he hoped "selling the benefits" to minority communities would challenge Scouting's image as overwhelmingly white, middle-class and male.

It has also launched a simpler logo with a "more contemporary look and feel" in order to attract more diverse recruits. ...

He added that Muslim children were one of the "fastest-growing areas" for Scouting, prompted partly by changes to the uniform to allow for "cultural sensitivities".

Scouting launched a new uniform for Muslim girls in 2012, incorporating long sleeves and a "hoodie dress".
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TERRORISM – EUROPE
How terror attacks were carried out by 23 jihadis on 'terrorist watchlists', bringing bloodshed to Britain and Europe over past 10 years
Corey Charlton
The Sun, 15 May 2018

At least 23 jihadis who have committed attacks in Europe in the past decade have done so despite being on European terrorist watch-lists, it can be revealed.

The damning figure has emerged after it was revealed the man responsible for last night's attack in Paris was being monitored by French security agencies.

In total some 4,000 Western Europeans are believed to be back home having visited Syria and Iraq since 2011 to fight for ISIS or al-Qaeda.

And due to a lack of evidence, most of these fighters will never face serious charges for their heinous crimes.

The Sun Online has compiled a list of at least 23 people reported to have carried out attacks while either on specific terrorist watch-lists, or in spite of previous alerts and convictions for terrorist sympathising.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – LEGALISATION, WAGES
Understanding the effects of legalising undocumented immigrants
Joan Monras, Javier Vázquez-Grenno and Ferran Elias
VOX, 15 May 2018

Many countries host large numbers of undocumented immigrants. Leading the pack is the US where, according to the Pew Research Center, there were as many as 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in 2014, representing 26% of all immigrants in the country. The US is not alone in hosting undocumented immigrants. Migration Watch UK estimated the undocumented immigrant population in the UK to be 1.1 million in 2010, representing more than 13% of all immigrants in the country. Clandestino (2009) estimates that, in 2008, there were between 1.9 and 3.8 million undocumented immigrants in the EU27, representing between 7% and 13% of the total immigrant population. ...

However, we still know relatively little about how the mass legalisation of immigrants affects the overall host economy. In a recent paper, we address this gap in the literature (Monras et al. 2018).

In the early 2000s, Spain experienced an incredible boom in immigration. The share of immigrants in the working-age population increased from less than 2% in 1995 to around 10% in 2004. Many of these newly arrived immigrants lacked work permits. By 2004, there were close to 1 million undocumented immigrants in a country of around 43 million inhabitants. ...

On 14 March 2004, voters in the Spanish general election had to determine whether the Popular Party would continue in power or be replaced by the Socialist Party. ...

... As a result, the Socialist Party came to power, and one of the first policies it implemented was the legalisation of nearly 600,000 immigrants already living (and working illegally) in Spain. ...

In sum, the evaluation of this unexpected mass legalisation of undocumented immigrants reveals two important insights. First, it uncovers important public revenue losses derived from not granting work permits to immigrant workers already in the host country. Second, it also highlights that these policy changes are likely to have distributive consequences for other workers in the economy: native workers who share characteristics with undocumented workers face tougher competition, while native workers with other skills may gain as a result of the policy.
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CRIME
Threat from organised crime 'growing', agency says
BBC, 14 May 2018

Organised crime affects more people in the UK than any other security threat, says the National Crime Agency.

It warns the scale and complexity of organised crime groups is growing, driven by global movements of people and new technologies like encryption.

It estimates there are 4,629 crime groups in the UK, with many offences under-reported.

It says that more firearms have been arriving as gangs work across borders to smuggle them from Europe. ...

The NCA also warned the UK remains a "prime destination" for money laundering from Russia, Nigeria and Pakistan - with the London property market being regularly exploited. ...

The UK's 3,000 air fields also presented "opportunities" for groups smuggling in both people and drugs.
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CRIME – DRUG GANGS, VIOLENCE
London crack cocaine gang violence threatens to spread to every UK town
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 14 May 2018

As London's armed gangs branch out of the capital and take over drug running, human trafficking and child exploitation, police warn that they are preparing for a massacre of the middle classes. ...

Middle-class havens like Cambridge are seeing Yardie-style gangsters threatening rivals with guns and acid attacks to seize control of trade.

Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield has said that youngsters from every midsized town could get sucked into drug dealing. She warned about the menace of "county lines" where gangs set up drug-dealing operations away from their usual areas. ...

Det Insp Billy Bremner of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "County lines is a massive scourge on society. It involves human trafficking, child exploitation and grooming." ...

Home Office statistics reveal knife crime in London has risen by 20 per cent since 2014, but there has been a 180 per cent increase in Warwickshire, 150 per cent in Hertfordshire and 102 per cent in Hampshire. Forces have had to work closely to tackle the menace.

Det Insp Bremner has told how about 40 per cent of county line dealers travel into his area by train and said: "They are predominantly black males of Somali or Afro-Caribbean origin aged 14 upwards."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, ISLAM, FRANCE
The French far left's common cause with Islamism
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 14 May 2018

The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who identity more with Islam than the Republic: 'Islamo-Gauchiste', a term coined by the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff, who explained in 2017 that many on the far-left regard jihadism as:



"... a legitimate social revolt... they look at jihadists through a distorting lens of victimhood. This compassionate approach sees Islamic terrorists only as lost children, abandoned or rejected by unwelcoming and hostile countries, victims of 'institutional' or 'systematic' racism".



The symbiosis between the Western far-left and Islamism has been ongoing for decades, and stems from the left's realisation of their failure to win the hearts and minds of the white working-class. In his book 'Radicalisation', the French-Iranian professor, Farhad Khosrokhavar, described how one of the major influences of the 1979 Iranian Revolution was Ali Shariati, who:



"... called for a revolutionary Shia movement, which would realise the dream of Marx and al-Mahdi (the twelfth hidden imam, the Shia Messiah) by mobilising the masses. What secular revolutions had been unable to achieve, revolution in the name of Islam would finally bring about".



Karl Marx once described religion as the "opium of the people" but Islamism is more a political movement than a religion. This enables the far-left to identify with Islamists in the way an earlier generation did with the Red Brigade, Action Directe and the Red Army Faction, because they see it as the best means to overthrow the capitalist West.

A 2014 report stated that 23 per cent of France's 1,132 jihadists fighting in the Middle East were converts, most hailing from a left-wing milieu. "Jihadism is the current format of radicalisation," explained the political scientist Olivier Roy. "In the 1970s they would have been drawn to Maoism or one of the other extreme-left groups".
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RACISM – RELIGION
The Religion of Racism
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 14 May 2018

Obama once called slavery, "America's original sin". Jim Wallis, a member of Obama's White House Faith Council, has a book out titled, "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege".

Accusations of sinfulness usually tell us more about the values of the accuser than the accused.

If racism is America's original sin, then its redemption lies in anti-racism. For liberal theologians, Christian and Jewish, who no longer believe in the traditional biblical sins, racism is a godsend. It provides the moral drama of damnation and redemption, confession and absolution, in a way that is compatible with the larger secular culture and their own political ambitions.

Fighting racism isn't just a cause, it's a religion. And all that remains of major religious denominations.

The most resonantly dramatic events for Christian and Jewish liberal denominations remain the fight against slavery and the struggles of the civil rights movement. They revisit and recreate them ceaselessly. And each protest movement, whether it's Muslim migrants at airports, illegal aliens from El Salvador at the border or Black Lives Matter racists at coffee shops, is a religious revival experience.

The trouble is that the hunt for this particular sin has come to pervade our legal system, taint workplaces, terrorize campuses and unleash social media mobs on random offenders. ...

Employees, employers, students and businessmen still fear being fired, expelled and hounded out of society for offending the sensibilities of a fanatical sect and its zealous enforcers. ...

A drunken tweet, an indiscreet joke or a mere implication can end even the most respected career.

The religion of racism has become a twisted creed that has perverted its own origins. What began as a unitary effort to bring together different races around religion has instead become a cult that uses its beliefs to divide us with white people as perpetual sinners and black people as unstained saints.

Its fetishization of black victimhood is bad for black people and its conviction that white people are inherently sinful is bad for everyone. As real racism has diminished, its conviction in the ubiquity of this particular sin has not. ...

If black people weren't visiting national parks or living in sufficient numbers in Utah, it was evidence that national parks and Utah were racist. Racism was no longer something to be discovered by witnessing its presence, but by noting the absence of some ideal multicultural diversity statistic. Civil rights shifted from lifting state sanctions that mandated discrimination against black people to imposing state sanctions that mandated discrimination on behalf of black people. Like the segregationists, they were abusing government power to impose the version of the ideal racial balance that they wanted to see. ...

When civil rights shifted from punishing mandatory segregation to punishing the lack of integration, it ceased to be a movement pursuing freedom and instead became a totalitarian movement. ...

To its believers, implicit bias is the truth that we are all racist. But that we can be saved from our racism by confessing it.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Surge in foreign crooks who have dodged deportation from the UK for five years
Tom Wells
The Sun, 13 May 2018

The number of foreign lags still in the UK five years after they should have been booted out has doubled.

In 2012 there were 886 living in the community at that point after deportation orders were first signed.

But by the end of last year the figure had soared to 1,852. ...

Latest Home Office figures reveal around 6,000 foreign offenders are deported each year by the Home Office. It takes an average of four months to deport each one.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Pope Francis wants us to welcome migrants. But we cannot ignore the shocking statistics
Thomas Williams
Catholic Herald, 13 May 2018

An entire "archipelago" of immigrant ghettos has sprung up along the length of the Italian peninsula, home to a significant portion of the hundreds of thousands of mostly African migrants that have streamed into Italy over the last three years.

... But rather than integrating into Italian society, these hundreds of thousands of migrants have congregated in "camps" and neighbourhoods that bear a striking resemblance to the ghettoes that Pope Francis has warned against.

And the dangers of ghettoes are not limited to the very real threat of crime or violence that some migrants pose for citizens. They are also a serious danger for the migrants themselves, who often become victims of exploitation, violence and even slavery.

In their 2016 book, Ghetto Italia, Yvan Sagnet and Leonardo Palmisano documented in horrifying detail the situation in which thousands of ghettoised migrants currently live in Italy, where their most basic human rights are routinely trampled upon and where integration into the native population is not really an option.

Consider the countries they are coming from. Nigeria plays a key role in supplying prostitutes to Italy, often through deceit and threats of violence. Currently, half of the prostitutes working in Italy are Nigerians and roughly 80 per cent of Nigerian women who migrate to Italy wind up in prostitution. From 2014 to 2016, more than 12,000 Nigerian girls and women arrived in Italy; of these, four out of five wound up in prostitution. ...

It is not easy to know where to start, but one thing is for sure: we cannot afford to ignore the grim statistics.
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CRIME
Per Capita Crime Statistics: Immigration and Crime in the UK
Defend Europa, 13 May 2018

As of May 6th 2018, there had been 62 murders in London alone. The victims were either shot or stabbed. Across the UK, gun crime has risen by 20% since 2014 and knife crime is up 23%. You need only look at the names of the unfortunate victims to realise that they were not from the UK, either by birth or otherwise. Overall, crime had risen 13% in the year leading to June 2017.

The last UK census was taken in 2011, when 'White British' accounted for 87.2% of the population. There is no doubt that this has decreased significantly over the last 7 years. At the end of 2016, 12% of the prison population was Black, despite them only making up 3% of the UK population, which shows they are four times as likely to commit crimes. The Asian prison population was 8%, against a national population of 7% and 'Mixed' was 4%, double their population nationally. ...

Not only are non-Whites more likely to commit crime, they are more also more likely to be victims as well. ...

Japan has a population of 127 million people and a murder rate of 3.97 per million people. The UK has three times the amount at 11.97 murders per million, with a population of just 65 million.

Import third world people, import their values too. We need to take a leaf out of the countries that have learnt to say no and in turn, protected their people AND their culture.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY CARDS
Majority of Brits support introducing ID cards
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 12 May 2018

Given that such policies are often pitched to combat a range of issues – ID cards were lauded as tools to tackle fraud, terror and benefits entitlement – we split the sample into three groups of approximately 1,600 respondents each to see whether the way that the policies are pitched affects the level of public support. ...

The first group saw control questions which pitched the policies in isolation, while the second and third groups saw the same questions with additional context. So, for instance, the first group were asked "Would you support or oppose the government keeping a record of every British citizen's DNA?", among the second group the question was appended with "...for the purposes of tackling crime?" while the third group's questions ended with "...for the purposes of combatting terrorism?"

The survey reveals that most people would support the compulsory carrying of ID cards, with 57% support among the control group and 61-63% among those who were asked the crime/terrorism variants.

In fact, ID cards were the second most popular of the policies we tested. The only suggested policy more popular is the monitoring of all public spaces in the UK with CCTV cameras, which is supported by 58% of the control group, 62% of those asked the crime question, and 67% among the sample asked the terrorism questions.

The survey examined support for another policy the Labour government was pitching it the mid-noughties: a national DNA database with a record of every British citizen's DNA. Half (50%) of Britons would support introducing such a database, with 57-59% support among those asked the crime or terrorism question.

A database for all British citizens' fingerprints sees slightly higher levels of support – 53% of those asked the control question, 61% of those asked the crime question and 64% of those asked the terrorism question.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, FRANCE
East European gang made €1 MILLION a year sending children out to pickpocket tourists in Paris
Peter Allen
MailOnline, 12 May 2018

A Bosnian gang including an embassy official made almost £3 million sending migrant children on to the streets of major French cities including Paris to steal, prosecutors revealed today.

They released details of the scam after charging eight alleged ringleaders with a range of crimes including human trafficking, forging documents, money laundering, bribery and theft.

In a shocking example of the EU's porous borders, the defendants were able to transport the children to France effortlessly, even though none of them had passports. ...

According to evidence shown to the news agency AFP, a former employee of the Bosnian embassy in Paris is among those who have been sentenced after pleading guilty to his part in the scam.

Despite this, none of the newly charged eight have yet been arrested or indicted.

Roma gypsies from countries such as Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria are regularly blamed by the French authorities for carrying out the majority of street crime in Paris.
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CITIZENSHIP – CRIMINALS
Thousands of Foreign Gangsters Awarded British and EU Citizenship
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 12 May 2018

Thousands of foreign gangsters being monitored as organised crime syndicate members have been awarded British citizenship, figures suggest.

Data obtained by The Times shows the National Crime Agency are monitoring 2,083 gangsters, human traffickers, and drug dealers linked to organised crime syndicates who have British citizenship but were born abroad.

Comparing figures for birth nationality and current nationality for the gangsters, the newspaper found that a large number of dangerous criminals from Pakistan, Somalia, India, Poland, and Kosovo, in particular, appear to have acquired British or EU nationality.

New Home Secretary Sajid Javid has the power to deprive such individuals of their British citizenship – as predecessors have done or have attempted to do in a small number of cases related to terrorism and child sexual exploitation – raising questions about why his department appears to be turning a blind eye to the situation.
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DIVERSITY – BIAS, SCOUTING ASSOCIATION
Christian sues the Scouts after being ejected over Islam complaint
Alex Williams
Premier, 12 May 2018

A man from Bristol whose membership to the Scout Association was cancelled is taking legal action, claiming he has been discriminated against on account of his Christian faith.

Brian Walker says his membership was unfairly taken away after he expressed fears the organisation was increasingly promoting Islam and moving away from its Christian roots. ...

Mr Walker wrote to the Scout Association's official magazine on 18th March 2017 to warn the organisation was also increasing promoting political correctness and interfaith issues above Christian values.

He was sent a letter four days later by the local District Commander, informing him he was no longer a member of the organisation.

Mr Walker, who lives in the Brislington area of Bristol, was told that he views did not reflect the inclusive nature of Scouting.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, MURDER, LONDON
It's time to get real about gang violence in London
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 12 May 2018

Given this demographic, you might be surprised that the campaigning organisation Black Lives Matter UK has been silent about this epidemic, leading many of us to suspect that BLMUK thinks black lives matter only when whitey is doing the killing and that otherwise it's nothing to write home about. But by the same token, the rest of us have not become too animated, have we? Our city's murder rate so far has overtaken that of New York's and is approaching Detroit's. Some 62 people have been bumped off since the start of 2018 and in the year to September 2017 there were 37,443 recorded knife crimes and 6,694 recorded gun crimes. ...

But then simply to point out these crimes have been exclusively, or almost exclusively, by ethnic minorities is to be cast as a racist by the usual crew of idiots. ...

The delusions begin in the home, of course. The latest dead kid is Rhyhiem Barton, aged 17. As you might have probably guessed, Rhyhiem was an aspiring architect. That's how his mum, Pretana Morgan, described him, as well as being good as gold and definitely not a gang member. /.../ We also know, from other sources, that the boy was actually a member of the Moscow17 drill crew and it is believed he was shot by members of a rival gang. ...

So there's that delusion, which we might pass over because Mrs Morgan is a grieving mother. The other delusions are rather less easy to forgive. ...

... But then it's part of the wider delusion, that the murders have nothing whatsoever to do with the culture of the ethnic minorities who both commit them and are victims of them, because white people are capable of murder too. ...

There is, patently, a problem of gang membership and violence among young men within some of our ethnic minorities. Which is why the police would tend to frisk some blinged-up black kid rather than a nice little white old lady called Betty. None of this is to suggest that any but a small minority within these communities are criminally inclined.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM 'INDUSTRY', DEPORTATION, GERMANY
The 'asylum industry' debate: who is profiting from the refugee crisis?
The Local [Germany], 11 May 2018

A senior member of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) sparked a heated discussion this week when he claimed that Germany has an "anti-deportation industry." Did he have a point? ...

In an interview with Bild, Alexander Dobrindt, the vocal head of the CSU in the Bundestag, decided to aim his fire at NGOs and lawyers, who he accused of holding up deportations by dragging appeals through the courts for their own profit.

Germany has an "aggressive anti-deportation industry," the goal of which is "to intentionally sabotage the rule of law," Dobrindt said.

He also accused pro-refugee NGOs of supporting appeals by migrants with criminal records and thus "not working for the right to asylum, but rather against societal stability." ...

It is indisputable that having one's asylum request turned down in Germany in no way means that one has to leave the country. At the end of 2016 over half a million people were living in the Bundesrepublik who had been turned down for asylum.

Compared to that number, the deportation figures are tiny. In 2017, some 24,000 migrants were deported, a slight drop on the number for 2016.

There are many reasons for why people are not deported. Illnesses that can't be adequately treated at home, or the home country failing to provide identity papers are just two common reasons why a deportation cannot be carried out. ...

Another reason that people stay after their case has been rejected by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is that they appeal the decision in court. The courts have been overloaded with cases in recent years. By September last year there was a backlog of 283,000 cases.
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DIVERSITY – BRISTOL
City of opportunity: 200 new apprenticeships for people from a BAME background are opening up in Bristol
ByJack Pitts
BristolLive, 11 May 2018

A campaign has begun to find apprenticeships for 200 people from black and minority (BAME) backgrounds by 2020, as Bristol becomes one of the UK's five Apprentice Diversity Hubs.

The news comes as the Bristol begins a 'Year of Change' which will feature a series of events aimed at making the city's streets less racially segregated. ...

According to council data, Bristol is becoming increasingly diverse, with more than 45 religions, 91 languages and people from 180 countries walking its streets. The proportion of the population which said they are not 'white British' increased from 12 per cent in 2001 to 22 per cent in 2011.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – INDIANS
Deal to send illegal Indian immigrants back home could collapse after Narendra Modi refused to sign off on plans during UK visit
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 10 May 2018

A deal to send illegal Indian immigrants back home could collapse after Narendra Modi refused to sign off on the plans during a recent visit to the UK.

India's Prime Minister, who wants to see more students from his country allowed to come to Britain after Brexit, is reportedly worried the agreement could lead to mass deportations.

It is believed that up to 100,000 people of Indian origin are living in Britain illegally, the highest number from any one country.

And the numbers of those being removed by the Home Office have fallen sharply from 7,724 in 2014 to 4,254 last year. ...

But while a host of investment deals were signed off among talks with the Queen, Theresa May and her cabinet ministers, the illegal immigration was left unsigned.
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CRIME – BENEFITS FRAUD, FORGED IDENTITIES
Jailed: Failed asylum seeker who used five IDs to claim £370k in state benefits
Tony Palmer
Evening Standard, 9 May 2018

A failed asylum seeker who used five bogus identities to claim £370,000 in state handouts has been jailed for five years.

Said Boudemagh, 41, spent eight years submitting fraudulent benefits claims from his Upper Holloway council flat.

The Algerian hijacked the identity of a mother-of-two living in France for the scam and pretended that one of his aliases had illnesses including a disabled finger in order to deceive the authorities, Blackfriars crown court heard.

Boudemagh used a forged French identity card to enter the UK illegally in March 2000, and later had two bids for asylum rejected. He eventually secured British residency by marrying a UK national, starting to claim benefits as soon as he secured a National Insurance number.

However, by June 2007 Boudemagh, a father-of-one, had begun defrauding the state on a large scale. He used a fake passport to claim more than £175,000 in benefits in the name of Jamel Bensaid, and even asked for £16,798 in carer's allowance to look after a non-existent friend. ...

Jailing him for five years, Judge Jane Sullivan said he had shown no remorse.

The court heard that the only repayment of the stolen money will come from deductions to benefits after his release.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, BELGIUM
Less than 20% of Flemish see Muslim and Western values as compatible: study
Gabriela Galindo
Politico, 8 May 2018

Only 18 percent of native Flemish Belgians consider Muslim values to be compatible with their way of life, according a survey on integration released Tuesday.

The study – commissioned by Flemish politician Liesbeth Homans, a member of Belgium's largest party, the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), and a Flemish vice minister-president – surveyed close to 4,500 Flemish and Brussels residents with Belgian, Turkish, Moroccan, Polish, Romanian and Congolese backgrounds.
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RACISM – SCOTLAND
Scotland's tolerance reputation 'a myth'
BBC, 8 May 2018

The belief that Scotland is more welcoming to immigrants than the rest of the UK is a "misleading fantasy", the authors of a new book have claimed. ...

And they argue that similar discrimination is continuing against eastern Europeans, gypsy/travellers, Muslims and other ethnic groups. ...

The authors of No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland claim black and minority ethnic (BAME) applicants for large public sector organisations had a 1.1% chance of being appointed, compared to 8.1% for their white counterparts. ...

But they argue that Scotland's vote to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum has given the "myth" that the country is not racist a "new lease of life".

Neil Davidson, a lecturer in sociology at the University of Glasgow and one of the book's editors, said he believed there were three major reasons why this "myth" had been created. ...

He added: "Just take one figure - in the year 2013/14 there were just under 5,000 racial attacks in Scotland. That is about 92 a week, and as we demonstrate in the book there's a massive under-reporting of these kind of incidents." ...

He will present the book's findings to Holyrood's Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia on Wednesday.
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RACISM – MARRIAGE
Symbolic or meaningless? What do black Britons think of Meghan's marriage to Harry?
Jonathan Shenfield
Reuters, 8 May 2018

Lawyer Gaile Walters has no time for the British monarchy but still believes the wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry marks an important moment for Britain's black community.

"It has to be significant. The fact of someone black being married into the royal family represents a widening and a diversion and an inclusion that it's never had before," Walters told Reuters as she shopped in Brixton, south London. ...

So Markle's entry into an exclusively white royal family, who wield hugely emotional symbolic power in Britain, should not be underestimated, said Afua Hirsch, author of "Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging".

"It represents a real change in the messaging to young people growing up in Britain and that idea that blackness and Britishness are mutually exclusive," she told Reuters. ...

A survey for the British Future think-tank last month suggested most Britons would barely notice Markle's ethnicity and the vast majority welcomed it.

However, 12 percent of those questioned thought someone of mixed race marrying into the royal family was bad and 25 percent would be uncomfortable with their child to having a serious relationship or marrying someone of a different race.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, NEWCASTLE
Operation Sanctuary: More than 500 child sex groomers face deportation
Jerry Lawton
Daily Star, 8 May 2018

Up to 550 child sex groomers from the same city are to be kicked out of Britain.

Police have passed their details to the Home Office after smashing a giant sex ring run by taxi drivers in Newcastle.

They face deportation for posing a high risk of causing harm.

The astonishing figure includes sex groomers, human traffickers, modern slave masters and other high risk foreign cyber crime and domestic abuse offenders.

Not all have been convicted. Some are merely suspects.

Officers found eight separate crime gangs running child sex rings across the city.

All 18 members of one were jailed after girls as young as 14 were plied with booze and drugs and forced to have sex with multiple partners. ...

Police have issued 220 child abduction notices warning suspects still at large they will be arrested if they approach youngsters.

Police said 60 taxi drivers suspected of "sexual exploitation" had been suspended. ...

A police and crime panel report into the operation said: "It is difficult to overstate the positive impact of Sanctuary."

But it said sex gangs were still operating in the area.
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POLITICS – POPULATION
Migration will drive western politics for decades to come
Gideon Rachman
Financial Times, 7 May 2018

A generation of political consultants was raised on the irritating slogan "it's the economy, stupid". But immigration now rivals economics as the driving force in western politics.

In economic terms, it makes sense for rich, ageing countries like the UK and the US to draw in new workers and citizens from poorer, younger neighbouring countries. But the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit were both fuelled by fears of uncontrolled migration, with Mr Trump promising to " build the wall " along the Mexican border, and the Brexiters vowing to "take back control " of borders from the EU.

This is clearly not just an Anglo-American phenomenon. ...

... The largest source of would-be migrants making the perilous sea crossing into Italy is Nigeria – a country whose population has risen from 45m in 1960 to 187m today and is projected to hit 410m by 2050. The European Commission has projected that the population of Nigeria alone could be bigger than that of the whole EU27 by 2060.

Overall, the population of Africa is expected to increase by around 1bn people over the next 30 years. ...

... Population trends suggest that migration will continue to drive western politics over the next generation.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SCHENGEN AREA, EUROPEAN UNION
Italy and Greece Accused of Waving 'Irregular Migrants' Through Borders
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 4 May 2018

Italy and Greece have failed to properly log and register around two-thirds of the irregular, illegal, and asylum seeker migrants pouring over their borders, the Dutch have claimed.

The systematic shortfalls have undermined the European Union's (EU) open borders Schengen system and acted as a massive pull factor, the Netherlands migration minister, Mark Harbers, has said.

In a letter seen by The Times, he questioned the claim of the European Commission that "the registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".

"Ninety-five per cent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen states," he wrote.

"Only one third have been registered previously. This means about two thirds still manage to enter and travel through other member states undetected and unregistered, despite all measures taken to improve registration."

The failure to register such migrants, who go on to claim asylum in other nations, has left the Netherlands unable to follow the EU's Dublin agreement rules and return them to the country via which they first entered Europe.

"The Netherlands ends up granting protection to large numbers of asylum seekers who consciously refuse to apply for protection in the member state of first arrival," Mr. Harbers added.

"Giving asylum seekers this de facto choice of which member state they want to settle in is in itself a pull factor."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SCHENGEN AREA, EUROPEAN UNION
Italy and Greece 'let migrants slip in'
Bruno Waterfield
The Times, 3 May 2018

The Dutch government has accused Italy and Greece of failing to register two thirds of the migrants who arrive on their shores.

The serious shortcomings create a pull factor for illegal immigration, the Netherlands said, and undermine the European Union's border-free Schengen travel zone.

In a letter seen by The Times, Mark Harbers, the Dutch migration minister, challenged the assurances given by the European Commission that "the registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".

He said: "Ninety-five per cent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen states. Only one third have been registered previously. ..."
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IMMIGRATION – NATIONAL IDENTITY REGISTER
Britain needs a national identity register
The Economist, 3 May 2018

There is little to like about Mrs May's migration policy. The state-led hounding of thousands of law-abiding British citizens was a side-effect of the "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants that she created as home secretary. ...

For all its shortcomings, Mrs May's approach does contain one idea that is worth preserving: enforcement should happen inland, not just at the border. Most of Britain's half-million or so illegal immigrants did not enter the country illicitly but have overstayed their visas. Furthermore, from the camps of Calais to the Mediterranean sea, there is plenty of evidence that fortifying borders does not stop lots of people continuing to try to cross them. The result is migrants' suffering, extra cost to taxpayers and a bonanza for people-smugglers.

The Windrush debacle highlighted that Britain has no easy way of carrying out this inland enforcement. The government's guide for landlords who need to verify tenants' migration status is 35 pages long. ...

The scandal has rightly provoked calls for an overhaul of migration enforcement. Any rethink must get to the root of the problem. This is not that Britain checks the status of migrants, as any country must if it values the rule of law. The real shortcoming is that Britain, rarely among advanced countries, lacks a simple, non-discriminatory way to check the identity of its population. Under Mr Javid it should get one.

Liberals, including this newspaper, have argued against national identity registers on the basis that they invade privacy and aid oppression by the state. But the balance of this trade-off has changed. /.../ Countries like Britain that lack an ID register rely on other proofs – bank statements, tax records, phone bills – that are even more intrusive. As for the risk of oppression, the Windrush affair shows that it is not just all-knowing states that have the power to persecute their citizens. It was precisely the opacity of information that the Home Office exploited in order to pursue many thousands of people who had a right to be in Britain.

Setting up an identity register would not be cheap or easy. /.../ But Brexit is forcing Britain to think hard about matters of migration and citizenship. Taking back control of who enters the country is one of the biggest prizes advertised by Brexiteers. To do that, Britain must first have a better idea of who is already there.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AFRICA, EUROPE
Hungary rejects Euro-African declaration on migration
MailOnline / Afp, 3 May 2018

Hungary on Wednesday refused to sign a declaration recognising the advantages of migration, despite its adoption by more than 50 European and African countries at a Morocco conference.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijarto slammed the declaration for portraying migration as "a phenomenon that is necessarily only good and favourable and which obviously contributes to the global development".

"We think this is a unbalanced approach and we disagree with it," he said. ...

The Morocco declaration called for an "approach based on human rights" and the "protection of migrants in vulnerable situations" as well as efforts to tackle racism and discrimination.

It also covered illegal immigration and ways to help migrants return home, key talking points for European nations which have seen an influx of migrants in recent years.

It was signed by representatives from 27 European and 28 African countries at a conference on migration and development in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. ...

But Hungary's foreign minister said the focus should be "on how to stop illegal migration and not how to encourage it".

"We should not and must not deny that migration has very serious security aspects, it is unacceptable that such an aspect is totally left out from an international document," Szijarto said. ...

Morocco will host a United Nations migration summit in December, aimed at reaching a global accord.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Illegal immigration surges 230 percent in April on southwest border
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 3 May 2018

Illegal immigration along U.S.-Mexico border surged 230 percent in April compared to last year, according to new numbers released Thursday that experts said expose major loopholes in American immigration law.

Chief among the loopholes is the de facto "catch-and-release" policy that sees most illegal immigrants caught at the border quickly put back out on the streets, with the hope that they'll return to be deported later.

Perhaps 75 percent of all migrants caught by Border Patrol agents are given catch and release, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents line agents. Knowing they'll be released rather than quickly deported has served as an enticement for more illegal immigrants to make the journey, he said. ...

April's numbers continue a months-long trend of worsening illegal immigration.

The Border Patrol says it nabbed 38,234 illegal immigrants during the month, while Customs and Border Protection Officers encountered 12,690 more people who tried to come through the official ports of entry without permission. ...

Children and families are two groups that particularly benefit from catch-and-release, thanks to court rulings that have set strict limits on how long children can be held in detention. Releasing them virtually guarantees they don't show up for their deportations, security experts say.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Poll shows British public overwhelmingly favours 'hostile environment' immigration policy after Windrush fiasco
Andy Wells
Yahoo News, 2 May 2018

The Windrush fiasco may have resulted in the resignation of the Home Secretary but a new poll has found that attitudes to immigration have not changed in Britain.

A YouGov survey has found that while voters think the Government has not handled the plight of the Windrush generation well, they still support tough policies.

One such policy – often described as the 'hostile environment' – still has overwhelming public support, with 71% of Brits supporting people being forced to show documents proving their right to be in Britain for work or to live.

The survey found that just 15% of voters oppose the policy, while 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job.

Some 79% think documents must be shown before registering with a GP while 74% believe they should be shown before being able to rent a home.

The survey also found that attitudes towards immigration in general remains negative, with 63% believing immigration into Britain in the last 10 years has been too high.

While this represents a 7% drop, the proportion that believe immigration is bad for Britain has remained the same.

However, over 70% of Brits are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, while 73% are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Australia's Immigration Policy: Political And Economic Lessons For Europe
Iyanatul Islam
Social Europe, 1 May 2018

The current regime of dealing with illegal arrivals seeking asylum in Australia is built on two very contentious elements: turning back 'boat people' who seek to reach its shores by sea; running offshore detention centres in poor island states for illegal, sea-borne arrivals at vast expense.

Such a harsh approach is seen by both the current Australian government and the Labour Opposition as the unfortunate, but necessary, price to pay for deterring those who seek to enter illegally. Its advocates contend this approach has been successful in preserving popular support for Australia's relatively modest Refugee and Humanitarian Program.

Despite being the object of international opprobrium, successive Australian governments – both centre-right and centre-left – have maintained this rather misguided and morally dubious regime of dealing with 'queue-jumping' asylum-seekers. The message seems to be: if you wish to seek asylum in Australia join the queue and have the patience to be processed through the normal channels. Both Malcolm Turnbull, the current Australian Prime Minister, and Tony Abbott, his nemesis and predecessor, are united in seeking to promote this policy as worthy of emulation by rich countries of the West. These countries, especially in Europe, are feeling besieged by a huge surge in refugees seeking to escape impoverishment and conflict from various parts of the world. ...

Australia's bipartisan approach to skilled immigration has been a key instrument of enhancing cultural diversity. Conservative politicians in Europe ought to be reminded that the current Australian Prime Minister is not merely keen to advocate a muscular approach to border protection but fond of saying that Australia is 'the most successful multicultural society in the world'.

Should European policy-makers accept this as fact or as an antipodean version of post-truth politics? It turns out that Turnbull can appeal to salient facts that lend support to his proclamations, but Australia has some way to go before it merits that title. Despite this caveat, Turnbull should be commended for invoking multicultural cohesion as a key measure of societal success. ...

The 2018 Australian government report on 'Shaping a Nation' compiles some impressive statistics. In recent years, permanent migration intake has been set at 190,000 annually, with 70 per cent of this skilled migration. There are now 11 Asian countries, with China and India in the lead, among the top 20 source countries for migrants – a far cry from the heyday of 'White Australia' policy that was characterised by UK, Irish and other European migrants.

In the 2000s, migration has accounted for just over 50 percent of Australia's population growth, most notably in its state capital cities, ranging from 32 percent (Hobart) to 63 per cent (Sy