IMMIGRATION CONCERN

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

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2018

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Sajid Javid says 'no easy answers' to migrant problem as Tory MPs ramp up pressure
Joe Watts
Independent, 31 December 2018

Sajid Javid has argued there are "no easy answers" to preventing migrants crossing the Channel, as Tory MPs criticised the Home Secretary's handling of the problem.

Mr Javid made the comments as he prepared for an emergency meeting with the border and security authorities to discuss further action.

But some senior Conservatives figures accused the cabinet minister of lacking urgency, with some calling for more British patrol vessels to be deployed. ...

Following a call with his French counterpart, Christophe Castaner, the Home Office said the pair agreed an "enhanced action plan" to be put in place in the coming week.

It includes disrupting organised trafficking gangs and raising awareness among migrants of the dangers of a Channel crossing. ...

Mr Javid was expected to chair a meeting with senior government officials from the Border Force and the National Crime Agency on Monday morning.

Chris Hogben, from the NCA, said the higher level of Iranian migration was new and that groups would be paying serious organised criminals "quite a bit of money" to get across.

He said his officers were also seeing more migrants organise the crossing themselves, either by buying or stealing a boat, and he expected to see more attempts using that method in the coming weeks.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
It costs £1,500 for every RNLI lifeboat launched to rescue migrants so the Home Office should be giving them compensation, Kent MP warns
Jack Doyle, Arthur Martin and Glen Keogh
Daily Mail, 31 December 2018

The RNLI should receive compensation from the Home Office for its rescues of migrants, an MP demanded yesterday.

The lifeboat charity has been called on to save many of the people crossing the Channel at a cost of at least £1,500 every time it launches vessel, Charlie Elphicke said.

More than 220 migrants have attempted to reach the UK from France in boats since November. Even though the Government has declared a 'major incident', the RNLI is still relied upon for many of the rescues. Its crews and staff are volunteers and it has been struggling to cope, sources said. ...

Mr Elphicke said: 'Everybody knows that most of these migrants are being rescued by the RNLI volunteer lifeboats, it is their duty to rescue anyone in distress in the high seas, wherever they may be from.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Stop this migrant taxi service in the English Channel
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 31 December 2018

At least 220 people, almost all of them Iranian, have tried to make the crossing to the English coast since November, though the Immigration Services trade union puts the total far higher, at 450 to 500. ...

So serious is this crisis that beleaguered Home Secretary Sajid Javid not only declared "a major incident" but has also cut short his family holiday in South Africa and returned to London so he can oversee the Government's response.

But his new pose of energetic determination is undermined by the reality that he and the Cabinet have contributed to the emergency through their lassitude, as graphically demonstrated by the failure to have any proper border enforcement in the Channel. ...

With some justification, Xavier Bertrand, the head of the Hauts de France Regional Council asked at the weekend: "When will there be proper surveillance of the Channel? When will truly firm action be taken against people smugglers on the British side?"

The French, though, are hardly blameless. Once again, just as happened with the notorious jungle camp at Calais, they have allowed the problem to fester in their midst. After all, the traffickers are operating on their territory.

Apart from institutional paralysis, there are other factors at work. Inevitably, one is the European Union's addiction to free movement and the obliteration of national borders, which enables even illegal migrants to travel easily across the continent. ...

Perhaps more crucial is Britain's reputation as a "soft touch" for immigration, both through indiscriminate welfare and the lack of effective controls.

In the past year alone, 625,000 immigrants settled here, a colossal and unsustainable influx.

And contrary to all the fashionable propaganda about migration's role as an engine of prosperity, just 38 per cent of those arrivals said they were looking for work. ...

A muscular strategy is not cruel but humane. That is why the Government must be more robust, although there is sadly little sign of that from the Home Office.

Yesterday, in another indicator of ministerial helplessness, Sajid Javid wailed that "there is no easy answer to this complex problem".

His colleague Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, was just as pathetic when she declared that more patrols in the Channel "might act as a magnet, encouraging people to cross".

But that will only happen if the British agencies act as a quasi taxi service for migrants, ferrying them to shore from halfway across the Channel.

If the Government did its proper job, then our maritime forces could engage in real deterrence.

In practice, that would mean turning back the boats at sea, or returning rescued migrants to France, which is exactly where any claims for asylum should be processed. ...

If ministers are looking for inspiration, they should cast their eyes to Australia, which had a similar problem until 2013 when its government not only established a strong naval cordon around its northwest coast, but also stipulated that no asylum claim would be accepted from any migrant who arrived by boat.

The action worked.

Attempted crossings and deaths at sea dropped dramatically.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Managing migration
Peter Higgins
Daily Telegraph, 31 December 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

As a former director of the UK Immigration Service (as it was then), and a senior manager in HM Customs and Excise, I have followed the current migrant crisis with interest.

The use of Border Force cutters (or naval ships) is a waste of time and resources if they are simply being used to pick up migrants halfway across the Channel and bring them to Britain. Furthermore, while they are deployed on these activities their main role – detecting smugglers – is being ignored.

The Dublin Regulation aims to determine the member state responsible for an asylum claim – and provides for the transfer of an aylum-seeker to that state. Usually, it will be the first "safe" state through which the asylum-seeker entered the EU.

Under international law there has been a long-held principle that, in practice, an asylum-seeker who had the opportunity to claim asylum in another country is liable to be returned there in order for his or her claim to be determined.

So, rather than the continued wringing of hands, there is a straightforward solution that can be used. Returning migrants to France will surely serve to arrest the number who seek to make such a perilous journey. Thought should also be given to adopting the same approach for those trying to enter Britain in the back of lorries and the like. As others have observed, the French have done the same thing at the Italian border.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Returning migrants to France is the most humane option
Ross Clark
Spectator blog, 31 December 2018

... costs that the government will impose upon itself if it fails to tackle that other embryonic cross-Channel ferry service – the one being operated by Border Force and RNLI in conjunction with a bunch of thugs with a flotilla of rubber dinghies.

Fresh back from his safari holiday, Sajid Javid today has a chance to respond robustly to the people-traffickers who have so-far brought a trickle of migrants across the Channel, emulating the much bigger human trade across the Mediterranean which has cost thousands of lives over the past few years. He could order the Border Force to intercept the boats, pick up their human cargoes and return them to Northern France, whence they came. If he did this now, he would very quickly destroy any incentive for migrants to pay the traffickers large sums to make the dangerous journey. With atmospheric pressure high this week and the seas calm, he might even succeed in closing down the traffickers before a single life is lost.

Yet the government is in danger of repeating the same error as has been committed in the Mediterranean with fatal results. By intercepting boats and bringing their passengers to British shores we are completing the traffickers work for them. We are, in effect, operating a ferry service – and colluding with criminal gangs who are charging enormous fees to convey people in lethally inadequate boats. ...

So why hasn't the government so far ordered migrants to be taken back to France? It is hard to escape the conclusion that ministers are simply terrified of an adverse reaction from the many charities and pressure groups who have set themselves up as advocates for migration.
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CRIME – DRUGS, ALBANIANS
The drug dealers who 'own' rundown estate
Jon Austin and Matthew Davis
Daily Express, 31 December 2018

More than 200 Albanians are being arrested every month as criminals from the tiny Balkan state are making a reputation for being at the centre of drug-related violence.

Meanwhile, it emerged that the estate where one Albanian gang was based is being demolished after a surge of violent crime. Last year the National Crime Agency (NCA) warned it was increasingly concerned violent Albanian criminal gangs were gaining control of the lucrative illegal market for cocaine. Figures from 36 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales show that in 2017 they carried out 2,676 arrests of Albanians for drug offences, violent assaults, sex crimes and murder threats.

Almost half the arrests happened in London, where the number of Albanians pulled in for formal questioning has surged by eight per cent over the past two years, including 16 arrested on suspicion of rape offences.

Separate prison statistics show there are 716 Albanians in our jails, making up eight per cent of the foreign nationals behind bars.

Last year's NCA report said: "Criminals from the Balkans are increasingly expanding their network of influence, forming direct relationships with cocaine suppliers in Latin America.

"The threat faced from Albanian crime groups is significant. London is their primary hub, but they are established across the UK."

The arrest figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, include Albanians accused of kidnapping, money laundering and assaults on police. ...

Police carry out daily weapons sweeps on the Gascoigne estate in Barking, and the Home Office has awarded the local authority £500,000 to tackle youth gang violence.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
'MAJOR INCIDENT' declared in English Channel: Migrant crisis out of control, admits Javid
Tom Nellist
Daily Express, 29 December 2018

Sajid Javid has declared the rising number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel a "major incident" and has asked for an urgent meeting with French ministers.

Home Office officials said Mr Javid had "taken control of the response to the rising number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in small boats". It added there was "concern that it is only a matter of time before people lose their lives". Home Secretary Mr Javid has held a conference call with Border Force officials, Immigration Enforcement and the National Crime Agency.

Around 100 suspected migrants are believed to have attempted the crossing since Christmas Eve with a further 100 arriving since November. ...

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said: "For too long the Home Office has not been taking this seriously enough and the crisis has continued to escalate to unprecedented levels.

"So it's welcome that the Home Secretary has rightly declared the situation a 'major incident', taken personal control and appointed a gold commander.

"Now we need a clear strategy to defeat the traffickers. Let's start by bringing back our cutters to the English Channel."

Former first sea lord and head of the navy Lord West has demanded an increase in British naval activity in the Channel to tackle the problem.

He said France currently has far greater presence and that there was a desperate need to increase British patrols.
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EMIGRATION – AFRICA
"Stop your policy of open borders in Europe, we need our youth here" urge African leaders
Voice of Europe, 29 December 2018

Many African heads of state are surprised by Europe's open border policy and urge the continent to change it, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said to German tabloid Bild.

Kurz, who was on a trip in Africa, said some heads of state urged him to "stop your policy of open borders in Europe" as it leads to African youth leaving the continent.

"This only motivates the African youth 'to break up' in the first place," the Austrian Chancellor quoted his unnamed counterparts.

According to Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde it's better if the African youth remained in their countries and don't even want to come to Europe.

"It is clear that we must not lose our youth because they flee to Europe. We need to tackle the causes rather than worry about the symptoms.

"The escape is dangerous. Criminal human smugglers make money with it. We must keep the people who will lead Ethiopia – and Africa – into a better future," Sahle-Work Zewde said.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
MIGRANT CRISIS: 'Taxi service' for Channel refugees risks crossing numbers soaring
Emily Ferguson
Daily Express, 28 December 2018

Britain risks a humanitarian crisis unless is sends back migrants rescued in the English Channel immediately to France, says a former Home Office chief.

David Wood, a civil servant who oversaw immigration rules, warned there would be a tragedy unless the Government changed its policy to stop the migrants coming rather than rescuing and landing them. Nearly 300 people, mostly Iranian, have been rescued from the Channel since the start of November, with more than 180 making it to Britain to seek asylum. ...

The numbers attempting the crossing have increased ten-fold in just two months, with latest figures showing 82 migrants in 10 different boats have tried since Christmas eve. ...

Mr Wood told The Telegraph: "Britain's border force, coastguards and lifeboats are being used as a taxi service for the migrants.

"As far as organised crime is concerned, it's de-risked their business.

"They know they don't have to get right across the Channel and land, they can get half way across and the migrants will be taken the rest of the way."

"We have to stop this or it will grow and grow. The answer is to return them to France as soon as they are picked up.

"Given that the immigrants travelled from France, it would not be unlawful if the French agreed.

"In theory, under the Dublin agreement, there are circumstances when immigrants can be returned to France even when landed in the UK." ...

The call for the immediate return of the migrants to France was backed by Sir Christopher Chope, a member of the home affairs committee.

He said: "Instead of being able to claim asylum, they should be sent straight to the country from which they came."
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POLITICS – POPULISM
What next for the populist revolt?
Frank Furedi
Spiked, 28 December 2018

In the West in 2018, we witnessed the intensification of a new conflict – that between anti-populist political elites and a growing grassroots movement that is hostile to these elites. ...

... This was the era when the dogma that there is no alternative to globalisation really took hold. The belittlement of sovereignty – both national sovereignty and popular sovereignty – was a central task of the new cultural establishment. In a very short period of time, many people found that their long-held belief in the values of community, nation and family was being dismissed as outdated, irrelevant and even prejudiced.

We witnessed the pathologisation of customary attitudes towards family, community and human relationships. And the end result has been the crystallisation of a powerful sense of cultural insecurity in European societies. Over the past two or three decades, significant sections of European societies have been dispossessed of the values they lived by and which made great sense to them. Many of them felt silenced and defensive about voicing their concerns. They felt unable to raise their reservations about multiculturalism, diversity, immigration and the sacralisation of identity politics. In comparison to the younger generations – who are often influenced by the cosmopolitan ethos that is dominant in their schools and universities – older citizens felt culturally insecure and sometimes helpless. Those who lived outside the culturally privileged, globalist urban neighbourhoods felt very strongly that their way of life was despised and scorned by the new cultural elites. They felt like strangers in their own homes. ...

Meanwhile, the new elites have tried to de-politicise certain public-policy issues. Why? Because they know their policies go against the grain of public sentiment. So they portray migration as strictly an economic issue, never a political or moral one.
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CRIME – GUNS, SMUGGLING
Police struggle to stop flood of firearms into UK
Vikram Dodd
The Guardian, 28 December 2018

Police and border officials are struggling to stop a rising supply of illegal firearms being smuggled into Britain, a senior police chief has warned.

Chief constable Andy Cooke, the national police lead for serious and organised crime, said law enforcement had seen an increased supply of guns over the past year, and feared that it would continue in 2019.

The Guardian has learned that the situation is so serious that the National Crime Agency has taken the rare step of using its legal powers to direct every single police force to step up the fight against illegal guns.

The NCA has used tasking powers to direct greater intelligence about firearms to be gathered by all 43 forces in England and Wales.

Another senior law enforcement official said that "new and clean" weapons were now being used in the majority of shootings, as opposed to guns once being so difficult to obtain that they would be "rented out" to be used in multiple crimes.

Cooke, the Merseyside chief constable, told the Guardian: "We in law enforcement expect the rise in new firearms to continue. We are doing all we can. We are not in a position to stop it anytime soon.

"Law enforcement is more joined up now than before, but the scale of the problem is such that despite a number of excellent firearms seizures, I expect the rise in supply to be a continuing issue."

The increasing supply of guns belies problems with UK border security and innovations by organised crime gangs. Smugglers have increasingly found new ways and innovative routes to get guns past border defences. ...

Cooke said that the dynamics of the streets of British cities had changed and that criminals were more willing to use guns: "If they bring them in people will buy them. It's a kudos thing for organised criminals." ...

Gun crime has been rising and the last set of official figures about recorded firearms offences, showing a 5% fall to 6,362 in the year ending June 2018, is seen as a blip against a trend of rising gun offences. Statistics released earlier in 2018 had shown gun crime up 11% in 2017/18, and in the same period, the Metropolitan police said discharges of lethal barrelled firearms rose by 23%. Compared to 2015/16, there has been a 67% increase in the capital alone. ...

Cooke said: "If organised criminals have these guns, it's not a big leap of faith that they will deal them to terrorists."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Over 100 migrants have broken into the UK in recent weeks' blasts Tory MP
Joe Roberts
Metro, 27 December 2018

A Tory MP has blasted the Home Office as he claimed more than 100 migrants have 'broken into Britain' in recent weeks.

Charlie Elphicke urged the authorities to 'get a grip' following reports that 43 migrants crossed the Channel over Christmas and Boxing Day.

The Dover MP said the Home Office and National Crime Agency do not appear to be on top of the problem. ...

'The Home Office and the National Crime Agency do not appear to be on top of this situation,' Mr Elphicke said.

'With well over 100 migrants having broken into Britain in recent weeks they need urgently to explain what they are doing to put a stop to these crossings.

'This is an incredibly dangerous crossing to make in the middle of winter.

'Our volunteer lifeboat crews are being called out nearly every day – even during Christmas.

'The British and French authorities must get a grip and find and stop the traffickers behind these crossings before there is a tragedy in the English Channel.'

Campaigners say the authorities should help migrants make the crossing to the UK if they wish to claim asylum, rather than have them risk crossing the busy shipping lanes in the Channel.

Kent Refugee Action Network spokeswoman Bridget Chapman told the BBC: 'We shouldn't have to have a situation where people are forced to make such a hazardous journey, pushed into the hands of people traffickers, pushed into being exploited.

'We need to find a way to facilitate it so that they are able to do that journey safely.'
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Scores of migrants rescued crossing the Channel to Britain on Christmas Day
Paul Hooper
Mirroe, 26 December 2018

Authorities were called to several incidents which saw 40 migrants including two children, some in dinghies, cross the Channel towards Britain on Christmas Day.

Border Force were involved in five separate instances involving people presenting as Iraqi, Iranian and Afghan, the Home Office said.

A girl was among eight people who arrived in Folkestone, Kent, at around 2.40am.

A child was also one of 13 people on board a dinghy assisted by Border Force off the coast of Deal, Kent, shortly before 7am.

Separately, a Border Force cutter was deployed at 5.50am to the Channel to help a dinghy which was travelling towards the UK with seven men and a woman onboard.

All of those involved underwent a medical assessment and the adults have been transferred to immigration officials to be interviewed.

The children will come under the care of social services, officials said.

In another incident in French waters, nine migrants were rescued and are now in the UK after the engine of the vessel they were travelling in failed.

They have been transferred to the Coastguard to be assessed.

Border Force officials are being assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after being called to an incident in the Channel before 9.20am involving two people in a small boat travelling towards the UK.

All 40 people are now in the UK, the Home Office said.
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POPULATION – DECLINING FERTILITY
Falling total fertility rate should be welcomed, population expert says
Nicola Davis
The Guardian, 26 December 2018

Declining fertility rates around the world should be cause for celebration, not alarm, a leading expert has said, warning that the focus on boosting populations was outdated and potentially bad for women.

Recent figures revealed that, globally, women now have on average 2.4 children in their lifetime a measure known as total fertility rate (TFR). But while in some countries that figure is far higher – in Niger it is more than seven – in almost half of countries, including the UK, Russia and Japan, it has fallen to below two.

Such declines have been met with alarm, with some warning that the "baby bust" puts countries at risk of a depopulation disaster.

But Sarah Harper, former director of the Royal Institution and an expert on population change, working at the University of Oxford, said that far from igniting alarm and panic falling total fertility rates were to be embraced, and countries should not worry if their population is not growing.

Harper pointed out that artificial intelligence, migration, and a healthier old age, meant countries no longer needed booming populations to hold their own. ...

Having fewer children is also undoubtedly positive from an environmental point of view; recent research has found that having one fewer child reduces a parent's carbon footprint by 58 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Capping our consumption, said Harper, was crucial, not least because countries in Africa and Asia, where the fastest population rises were occurring, would need a bigger share of resources if global inequality were to be curbed.

"What we should be saying is no, [a declining total fertility rate] is actually really good because we were terrified 25 years ago that maximum world population was going to be 24bn," said Harper, who has three children herself. She said estimates now predicted the population would reach somewhere between 10bn and 12bn by the end of the century. ...

But there is still a ripple of alarm spreading among countries where total fertility rates have dropped below so-called replacement levels – the magic figure of 2.1. ...

But Harper said fears that declines in total fertility rate would see countries fall behind were groundless.

"A smaller number of highly educated people in the knowledge economy of Europe will vastly outweigh increasing our population because automation is going to take over many of the tasks," said Harper, pointing out that AI and robotics meant work was moving away from industrial jobs, and that effort needed to be directed towards education of the young, not boosting procreation. ...

And there was another solution: movement of people – something Harper said had helped Europe and north America cope with ageing populations, boosting economies since the second world war.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Ministers promised they'd control immigration. In fact, they're throwing the doors open
Andrew Green
Mail on Sunday, 23 December 2018

At long last, the Government has got round to telling us how it thinks the immigration system will work once we have left the EU.

Presented by Home Secretary Sajid Javid just a few days ago, a new White Paper has been promoted as a game-changer – a set of plans that will open up Britain for business while taking back much-needed control of our borders.

Sadly, the opposite is the case. Far from the big leap forward we have been promised, these proposals mark a further slide backwards into the migration chaos that is now a prime concern of British voters.

To be blunt, the Government has caved in to pressure from employers without regard for the interests of British workers, particularly those of our young people looking for decent careers.

The fact of the matter is that migration to Britain from countries outside the EU now makes up three-quarters of the total – yet for several years now Ministers have done nothing useful to clamp down on the loopholes and abuses in the system and they show little sign of doing so in future.

Those in power know very well that they are on thin ice.

The sheer scale of immigration is a real and entirely legitimate concern to the public. The net annual figure peaked at a third of a million a couple of years ago.

No wonder nearly two-thirds of the people of Great Britain think immigration has been too high over the past decade.

They have good reason for alarm. Since 2001, immigration has been adding one million to our population every three years. ...

Official housing projections show that if net migration to England were to continue at 210,000 a year, we would have to build about 90,000 homes a year – a new home every six minutes day and night. ...

One problem is this: under huge pressure from industry, the Government has thrown open the doors to 'skilled' workers.

And the definition of 'skilled' has been reduced from degree to A-Level or its equivalent – a change that will open millions of jobs in the UK to people worldwide who are looking for a better life.

It gets worse. The Government is proposing that there will no longer be any need for employers to advertise posts in the UK before rushing to recruit from overseas.

In other words, anybody will be free to bring in a 'skilled' worker, provided that they claim they will pay them £30,000 a year or more. ...

There is now talk of a threshold of £21,000, which is hardly a hurdle at all, especially as it is very easy to manipulate salaries by including housing allowances and other expenses.

Most worrying of all, there will be no cap on numbers.

The plans get no better when it comes to low-skilled migration. It is proposed that visas will be limited to 12 months, after which the holder is supposed to return home for a one-year 'cooling off' period.

But how the Government expects to ensure that they leave on time is anyone's guess. ...

What happens if they overstay? Nothing. The Government does not have the resources to locate them, let alone remove them. ...

The public have made their concerns very clear. If the Government continues to ride roughshod over them, they will pay a very high price, and will deserve to do so.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, EU
EU risks Italy FURY: Brussels EXTENDS migration task force despite Salvini opposition
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 22 December 2018

European Union bosses have risked infuriating the Italian government by prolonging the bloc's naval migration task force in the Mediterranean.

Operation Sophia was handed a three-month reprieve until March 31, 2019, despite opposition from Immigration hardliner Matteo Salvini. The deputy Italian Prime Minister had threatened to pull out of the operation unless migrants rescued in the Mediterranean were evening distributed amongst EU member states. Operation Sophia was launched in June 2015 to counter migrant smugglers in the central Mediterranean and reduce arrivals to European shores.

The Rome-based mission has contributed to bringing down arrivals from more than a million in 2015 to a tenth of that figure this year.

But Mr Salvini has often argued for its mandate to be changed because migrants rescued in the Mediterranean are often taken to Italian ports.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, SHARIA LAW, GERMANY
Germany: New Law Banning Child Marriage Declared Unconstitutional
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 22 December 2018

The Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH), Germany's highest court of civil and criminal jurisdiction, has ruled that a new law that bans child marriage may be unconstitutional because all marriages, including Sharia-based child marriages, are protected by Germany's Basic Law (Grundgesetz).

The ruling, which effectively opens the door to legalizing Sharia-based child marriages in Germany, is one of a growing number of instances in which German courts are – wittingly or unwittingly – promoting the establishment of a parallel Islamic legal system in the country. ...

In September 2016, the German Interior Ministry, responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed that 1,475 married children – including 361 children under the age of 14 – were known to be living in Germany as of July 31, 2016. ...

By shielding the Syrian couple from German law, the court has not only legitimized the use of Sharia law to determine the outcome of legal cases in Germany, it has also established a precedent that will almost certainly be used in the future by defenders of child marriage and other foreign laws.

Moreover, by insisting that the legitimacy of child marriages be examined on a case-by-case basis, the court has opened the door to so-called cultural exceptions, namely those enshrined in Sharia law, which does not set any age limit to marriage. ...

Winfried Bausback, a Bavarian lawmaker who helped draft the law against child marriage, was outraged by the court's decision:



"Because of our Constitution and for the benefit of the child, in the present case, there should be only one answer: This marriage must be null and void right from the beginning.

"Germany cannot on the one hand be against child marriages internationally, and on the other hand be for such marriages in our own country. ..."

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German courts are increasingly deferring to Islamic law because either the plaintiffs or the defendants are Muslim. ...

Sharia law has been encroaching into the German justice system virtually unchecked for nearly two decades. ...

In an interview with Spiegel Online, Islam expert Mathias Rohe defended the existence of parallel legal structures in Germany as an "expression of globalization." He added: "We apply Islamic law just as we do French law."
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CRIME
'Dog whistle politics': PCC blames foreigners for serious crime
Harrison Jones
Oxford Mail, 22 December 2018

The Thames Valley's Police and Crime Commissioner has been accused of 'dog whistle politics' after blaming foreigners for rising crime.

Anthony Stansfeld stands by his comments and said it is 'absolute rubbish' to suggest they were 'racialist'.

In a lengthy statement about the need for more police funding, Mr Stansfeld referenced 'foreign nationals' as a reason for increasing demand being placed upon officers.

Discussing a rise in serious and organised crime locally and nationally, while backing a council tax increase to fund police, he wrote: "A significant amount of the more serious crime is now being committed by foreign national offenders." ...

Defending his comments, Mr Stansfeld said: "I was just stating a bare fact. 24 per cent of serious crime (in the Thames Valley) is committed by foreign nationals. I think it has gone up significantly over the last few years.

"This is not a racialist thing - that's absolute rubbish." ...

Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds noted national statistics suggesting the number of foreigners being deported and in prisons is declining.

Mr Stansfeld accepted there was a danger in pointing out that crime is being committed by foreigners but said there was a 'far bigger' danger of not understanding the issue.

He continued: "A number of people have come to this country to cause crime and then go home again - these are not immigrants, these are foreign nationals coming to this country.

"We have had people from as far away as Chile come over to make money then go home again.

"I was trying to point out that its one of the many problems that we have.

"I tell the truth on these things."
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Immigration 'control' plan will just make matters worse
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 21 December 2018

The Government has finally published its post-Brexit Immigration White Paper. /.../ Nick Timothy, Mrs May's former joint chief of staff, pointed out the brutal truth of it:

'What started out as a plan to reduce and control immigration has, after much ministerial wrangling, led to a policy that is likely to see immigration, including low-skilled immigration, go up, not down.'

This is exactly what we, at Migration Watch, warned of when the Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reported in September. In particular we noted in TCW that: '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.'

The Government has not listened. Indeed, by proposing short term work visas for the low-skilled, it has not even followed the MAC's advice, which was not to have such a regime. So, despite the fact that two-thirds of the public want to see a reduction in low-skilled migration, a new route will be introduced for this purpose. These visas will be limited to 12 months after which the holder is expected to return home for a year. ...

This proposal to admit an unlimited number of low-skilled workers from a range of countries, supposedly for a limited time, is truly astonishing. The Home Office cannot be unaware of the potential for abuse of such a half-baked scheme. They (HO) will know only too well that there is no way in which the departure of such short-term visa holders could be enforced. They simply do not have the resources. As it is, they are able to compulsorily remove only 9,000 immigration offenders per year. To follow this route would be to risk already high immigration levels spinning completely out of control very quickly, as happened when Labour had to close down the scheme for the hospitality sector in 2005 after only a few years, because it was being used to facilitate illegal immigration.

In any case, the benefit to our economy of low-skilled immigration is extremely limited. It creates a lower wage and lower productivity economy, as the chairman of the Government's own Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has pointed out.

It is shocking that the Government should have caved in so completely to the demands of industry while ignoring the strong public desire to get immigration down and reduce the considerable existing pressures on housing, transport and other services. Furthermore the Government states that it will not even review the short-term work visa regime until 2025.

As for skilled migrants, the suggestion that this route should be open to the entire world with no cap is very unwise. So too is abandoning the requirement for prospective employers to register. This will mean that anyone could bring in workers from abroad. Even more concerning is the absence of any requirement for the job first to be advertised locally. Together this adds up to a scenario which risks immigration numbers going significantly higher than the present levels of 267,000 net migration per annum. ...

The long and the short of it is that these are stupefying proposals which run completely against the current of public opinion and are likely to result in even more massive levels of immigration. And let us not forget that since 2001, immigration has been adding a million to our population every three years.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Muslims in Europe are becoming more radical, especially younger ones – Professor
Laura Cat
Voice of Europe, 21 December 2018

Professor Felice Daddetto, Professor emeritus of the University of Louvain, asserts that the number of secular Muslims is declining as more are becoming radicalised.

Il Giornale explains that Professor Daddetto believes that the secular world and its values has become less attractive to contemporary Islam and that is the reason more Muslims are becoming more reactionary in their faith.

He says, "There is a bit of disaffection, but there is no mass abandonment of the faith, the phenomenon affects at most 10 to 15 percent".

He also states that at least 80 per cent of Muslims in Europe claim to be religious with Friday prayers seeing an increase in younger Muslims participating. These younger Muslims, particularly in poorer locations, are more prone to become radicalised.

The professor, discussing integration, believes that it was failing despite governments' attempts:

"studies say that even the third and fourth generation youngsters, the children of parents born here, they maintain a certain hesitation about their belonging".

French sociologist Olivier Galland had previously exhorted about radicalisation and religious fervour among young Muslims.

He revealed the results of a study he conducted showed that 20 per cent of Muslim students advocate religious violence.
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IMMIGRATION – RULES, CRITERIA
You want to let in EVERYONE! Lord Finkelstein SCORCHES economist over immigration
Freddie Jordan
Daily Express, 21 December 2018

Tory Lord Finkelstein savaged an economist in a furious row over immigration when she couldn't come up with a single reason to refuse entry to anyone coming to the UK.

The fiery debate happened on BBC Politics Live ...

"Do you actually think that we should have no immigration rules at all?"

Economics commentator Grace BLakeley shot back: "No, of course not. Did I ever say that at any point?

"No."

Lord Finkelstein continued: "The question I therefore want you to ask is what are the criteria that you would apply?

"And the moment that you begin to apply any criteria, of course, it begins to question what skills do people bring?"

Ms Blakeley answered: "The main thing that I object to is the fact that we are treating human beings as worthy or not worthy based on the amount they earn."

The Lord reiterated: "How would you make that choice?

"I want to hear from Grace how she would make the choice.

"Who would you not allow into the country?"

But Ms Blakeley went off on the wrong track: "First of all, we need to allow more refugees into the country.

"I think that it's a crime that there are wars happening all over the world that we've contributed to and we're not supporting people to come and have a better life.

"I also think we need care workers, we need nurses."

Lord Finkelstein pressed again: "Who would you not allow in?"

Ms Blakeley snapped: "What I would do is say you're not allowed to pay for a visa.

"I think that's horrifying. I would say that Russian oligarchs trying to get away from Putin and buy homes in Mayfair - don't let them buy second homes in London."

Satisfied, the Lord concluded: "So that's about three people.

"That's not a policy.

"You don't have a policy and you don't have an answer to my question."
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM, PUBLIC OPINION
Britain's immigration debate is not only about economics
Camilla Cavendish
Financial Times, 21 December 2018

Last summer I was sitting in a café in Boston, Lincolnshire, interviewing Karol, its enterprising Polish owner. ...

... Here on the east coast of England, the old residents and the new arrivals are largely living parallel lives. ...

Boston is an extreme example, but it is only one of many places I have visited where we have utterly failed to integrate people – including, sometimes, those of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin. The government has been attacked for attempting to limit low-skilled immigration in this week's white paper. But it is trying to respond to a deep malaise which is driving far-right populism in both Europe and the US, and even in previously moderate Sweden.

As Britain tumbles towards a future which I still hope will see us clinging on to the EU, not crashing out of it, I am concerned that so many members of the establishment continue to paint anxieties about migration as purely economic, the misplaced rage of those "left behind" by globalisation and the financial crisis.

While these are clearly factors, this explanation overlooks the fact that the challenge is not merely an economic one, of wages and productivity – it is cultural, too. The Migration Advisory Committee, which has done so much to provide objective analysis of this fraught subject, has stated that migration from the European Economic Area "as a whole has had neither the large negative effects claimed by some, nor the clear benefits claimed by others". Something else is going on: boiling resentment at years of being ignored by the ruling classes who have benefited most from immigration.

Academics including Eric Kaufmann and Jens Hainmueller have shown that attitudes to immigration in the US and Europe are not as highly correlated with personal economic circumstances as many commentators assume. Many Leave voters and supporters of US president Donald Trump have been influenced more by deep fears about the impact on national identity.

Economists will argue that consumers benefit from cheaper vegetables in the supermarkets. But Boston voters who might prefer to pay a bit more to preserve their sense of identity should not be lightly dismissed. ...

... But £30,000 was not plucked out of the air. It was based on the committee's finding that EEA/EU migrants as a whole pay more in than they take out, in services and benefits – but only when they earn roughly £30,000 or more.

This goes to the heart of what many people feel deeply: that no one should take out more than they have paid in. During David Cameron's renegotiation of the terms of the UK's EU membership in 2015-16, polls showed that many people were aware that British taxpayers were paying child benefit to children who lived in Warsaw and had never set foot in Britain.

Mr Cameron bumped up against not only the theology of free movement of people, but also the incompatibility between Britain's free universal healthcare and school systems, and contributory social insurance schemes in other member states which require far higher levels of prior contribution before getting entitlement to benefits.

The white paper states that people who arrive speaking only basic English are required to become more fluent; but I have interviewed many people who have survived for over a decade with no English at all.
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RACISM – WHITE EXCEPTIONALISM
The myth of white exceptionalism [part 1]
Eric Kaufmann
Spectator blog, 21 December 2018

The British government's new white paper on immigration has been shaped by a social norm which argues that the white British ethnic majority's interest in limiting the pace of cultural change and facilitating assimilation is racist.

The emphasis on skills rather than numbers, on economic over cultural considerations, and on rebalancing immigration away from Europe speaks to this. The document reflects the thinking of both Brexit and Remain politicians. Yet it does not align with the motives of many who voted Leave, or a considerable chunk of those who voted Remain. These voters seek lower levels of immigration, and research shows that this is driven more by identity threat than by economic considerations. ...

The notion that whites are a fallen category who can only redeem their sordid group history by denigrating or ignoring it, and that they must be judged against a different standard than other groups, is preventing a measured discussion of questions of immigration and ethnic change. ...

But ask yourself the following: is it racist for a white person to vote for reduced immigration? Is it racist for whites to identify with a caucasian racial image as a group symbol? Save your answers. Now let's change the questions. Is it racist for a Chinese-American person to favour increased Chinese immigration to grow the size of their community? What about for Hawaiians to identify with a Polynesian racial image as a symbol of their group? Now recall your answers. Even if you answered these questions consistently, if you are white, you probably cringed when completing the first set.

Let's explore this discomfort, because it explains why western mainstream elites are unable to defuse the tensions driving national populism. There is no sensible reason for answering the questions differently. Our cultural cringe can't be a logical response based on a consistent definition of racism. ...

White ethnic groups' past misdeeds cannot justify a double-standard, for if that were the case, Turks (Ottoman Empire), Indian Muslims (Mughal Empire), Japanese, Arabs, Mongolians, Zulus, Mohawks, Tutsi and nearly every other group in the world would also have to repress their identities and interests. No civilisation behaved well in the past, let's face it. Prior to 1919, history was a litany of empire, slavery and conquest. ...

Ethnic majorities are not malign forces: 80 percent of countries have an ethnic majority and the vast majority (think Akan, Tswana, Persian) are peaceful. ...

For instance, civic nationalist Indonesia has suffered far worse violence against its Chinese minority than ethnocratic Malaysia, despite the latter's 'sons of the soil' policy which economically favours Malays. Indeed it is domination by an ethnic or religious minority (i.e. Sunnis in Iraq, Alawi in Syria) that increases the risk of civil war.

... Ethnic identity isn't principally about using group affiliation to acquire money and power, but, as psychologists note, consists of affective attachment to myths, symbols, traditions and memories – regardless of whether the group is in the majority or the minority. The key is to keep this moderate. ...
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RACISM – WHITE EXCEPTIONALISM
The myth of white exceptionalism [part 2]
Eric Kaufmann
Spectator blog, 21 December 2018

... Barbara Harff has done just this, systematically analysing which factors predict an onset of one of the roughly 40 instances of genocide since 1945. By controlling for confounding variables, she has sorted the wheat of causal mechanisms from the chaff of spurious correlation. This shows that ideological extremism of any kind is dangerous. Moderate ethnic, national, religious or socialist beliefs aren't dangerous. ...

In short, the case for treating whites differently from other racial or pan-ethnic groups rests on sand. The Holocaust was a singularly shocking event which claimed the lives of some of my ancestors; and there's no doubt that white anti-Semitic racism was part of the rationale behind colonialism. Yet this cannot damn a group for eternity. A robust social science must compare all groups across all ages before delivering a verdict of guilt or innocence. The Holocaust, slavery, colonialism cannot be in themselves first principles from which consistent arguments may be deduced.

The fact white group identity makes us feel uncomfortable suggests that what African-American academic John McWhorter terms the 'religion of antiracism' is not the preserve of campus radicals. /.../ The taboo regarding the open expression of white majority ethnicity, or whites' defence of what Shadi Hamid terms their racial self-interest, is deeply grounded in notions of deviant and normal, sacred and profane.

The demise of colonialism and the aftermath of World War II can't fully explain McWhorter's religion of antiracism. It springs instead from shifts in left-wing thinking. New Left ideas transposing egalitarianism from class to race combined with what Daniel Bell terms the 'adversary culture' (which portrayed white Protestantism as stifling and boring) to produce the idea of white original sin.

This then stuck. Western elites pivoted swiftly from being unreflexively racist toward nonwhites to repressing majority ethnic identity as racist. ...

Prior to the late 1990s, the racist taboo was not only applied to apply to hostility to minorities but to policies which could be construed as racist if one adopted the most malign interpretation. Hence, any criticism of multiculturalism, the value of increased diversity, or current immigration levels were labelled racist. In effect, liberalism 'deviantised' any opinion which differed from multiculturalism. This involved what psychologist Nick Haslam terms 'concept creep' to expand the meaning of racism, hoping to silence challenges to favoured policies.

Multiculturalism and high-immigration were never popular; they came to be accepted through elite institutionalisation rather than electoral politics. Meanwhile, some national courts interpreted non-specific international human rights precepts such as 'non-discrimination' to apply to immigration, removing cultural considerations from immigrant admissions and compelling western states to admit wider categories of refugees for settlement. ...

The way forward is not to restore the ancient regime – which is what produced our current malaise – but to stake out a defensible core of anti-racist beliefs that applies equally across all groups, times and places. These can form the basis of a consistent, evidence-based norm on which those of all political stripes can agree.
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS
Returning jihadists 'threaten new wave of terror in Europe'
Kim Willsher
The Guardian, 20 December 2018

Europe is facing a new wave of terrorism as radicalised individuals return and jihadists are released from jail, the general secretary of Interpol has warned.

Jürgen Stock, Interpol's chief, who is also a criminologist and law enforcement officer from Germany, said: "We could soon be facing a second wave of other Islamic State linked or radicalised individuals that you might call Isis 2.0.

"A lot of these are suspected terrorists or those who are linked to terrorist groups as supporters who are facing maybe two to five years in jail. Because they were not convicted of a concrete terrorist attack but only support for terrorist activities, their sentences are perhaps not so heavy.

"In many parts of the world, in Europe but also Asia, this generation of early supporters will be released in the next couple of years, and they may again be part of a terrorist group or those supporting terrorist activities."

Europe, and particularly France, has had a series of serious Islamist-linked terror attacks since 2014, including the assaults that killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015.

He added: "We know that radicalisation takes place in prison and the very recent attack in Strasbourg, France, is another example."

Stock, speaking to the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris, said Interpol had a database of about 45,000 suspected foreign jihadists but said that locating them was a challenge for police and security agencies. ...

"As we have seen with major terrorist attacks in Europe, many will attempt to use fake documents and that's the point where Interpol comes into play. We know in many of the cases terrorists or supporters are using multiple identities. These people are using fake identities, fake ID documents, and this poses a challenge to the law enforcement agencies.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
Proposed new definition of Islamophobia could see teachers forced to allow full-face veils in classrooms, warns Trevor Phillips
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2018

Teachers could be forced to allow full-face veils to be worn in classrooms if ministers accept a new definition of Islamophobia, one of the country's leading equality campaigners has warned.

Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said it would be a "grave mistake" to define Islamophobia as a form of racism, as a committee of MPs and peers has recommended.

Mr Phillips said defining Muslims as a race would "actually make life harder for them" instead of helping and that it would "reduce the lives of British Muslims ... to the status of perpetual victims and pawns in some wider battle".

The All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims published a report in November, which says that Islamophobia "is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness".

But a new report by the Policy Exchange think tank urges ministers not to adopt the proposed definition, saying it is "not only inadequate but divisive and potentially damaging to social cohesion". It warned that it would "risk endangering free speech, press freedom and open the door to an assault on current counter-extremism policy".

Mr Phillips, who wrote the forward to the report, said that despite their "undoubted good intentions", MPs and peers behind the definition "appear to understand neither the concept of racism nor the meaning of Islamophobia".
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
The Government's grand post-Brexit immigration plan is likely to see numbers rise
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2018

The immigration White Paper, published yesterday, is an unfortunate symbol for the chaos of Britain's Brexit policy and a Government that has become badly dysfunctional. What started out as a plan to reduce and control immigration has, after much ministerial wrangling, led to a policy that is likely to see immigration, including low-skilled immigration, go up, not down.

While Theresa May sees Brexit as a chance to reduce immigration, her ministers openly defy her. Downing Street says its commitment to reduce annual net migration to the tens of thousands remains, but Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, repeatedly refuses to stand by it. No 10 wants to implement the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee in full, but Mr Javid, along with the Chancellor and Business Secretary, has fought for a more liberal system for lower-skilled migrants.

And the rebel ministers are winning their battle. Despite the headline promise of a "skills-based" system, there are several gaping holes in the White Paper that will allow low-skilled immigration to Britain to continue, and cause an unlimited volume of supposedly skilled migration.

The cap on skilled migration will be removed. Rules requiring employers to advertise jobs in Britain before recruiting migrants will disappear. The need for employers to obtain a "sponsor licence" will be dropped. Subject to a salary threshold, any worker classed as skilled – from anywhere in the world – will be entitled to compete with British workers for the same job.

What constitutes skilled work is changing. Work permits will be made available for medium-skilled as well as high-skilled workers. The qualifications required to prove skilled worker status include A-levels and NVQs. Migrants will be free to apply for 142 additional occupations, including hairdressers, newsagents, bricklayers, gardeners and fitness instructors. All in all, this is the equivalent of five million jobs, a third of Britain's entire full-time workforce. ...

When it made its recommendations, the Migration Advisory Committee insisted there was no risk of British workers being undercut by migrant workers because they proposed a £30,000 salary threshold for anybody granted a work permit. This is optimistic – official figures show the median salary for male workers in Britain is £29,425 – but even this has been rejected by ministers.

The White Paper says the Government will "allow migration at lower salary levels" for some jobs and sectors. ...

So the White Paper proposes lifting the cap on skilled migration, expands the definition of skilled work, and makes British workers compete for millions more jobs. It acknowledges that unskilled immigration will continue anyway through family visas, the asymul system and labour mobility schemes. And it confirms that we have more than 1.5 million low-skilled migrant workers already in Britain.

Even so, it proposes the creation of new, short-term visas for low-skilled workers. Because these visas will be for no more than 12 months, they will not appear in the immigration statistics. And although a 12-month cooling off period will prevent low-skilled migrants from working here continuously, it will be a struggle to enforce their departure if they do not comply with the terms of their visa.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
The Tories must get a grip on immigration now
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 20 December 2018

The Tories show a disturbing timidity on immigration.

During eight years in office, they have failed dismally to implement their manifesto pledge to achieve a radical reduction, even though the majority of migration to our shores is actually from outside the EU and is therefore something the Government actually controls.

More resolve is needed. Ministers should make a start by tackling the bogus arguments of campaigners for undiluted immigration.

We are constantly told that open borders are the key to our prosperity, whereas the truth is that the import of cheap foreign labour hurts living standards, particularly at the lower end of the income scale.

That is why wage growth has been so dismal over the past 15 years, although, tellingly, it has started finally to pick up since Brexit because of a fall in net EU migration.

What makes the phenomenon of mass imported labour all the more outrageous is that the taxpayer often has to subsidise poverty pay for foreign nationals through welfare payments like tax credits and housing benefits.

In fact, it is estimated that EU migrants cost us at least £4 billion a year in social security.

In the same vein of dodgy economics, companies bleat about the potential for shortages if there is a crackdown, but why don't they live up to their responsibilities and start training more British staff, instead of always relying on migrants?

Other aspects of the case for mass immigration are just as flawed.

In their enthusiasm for demographic change, the zealots like to denigrate the British people in comparison to the smarter, more diligent new arrivals.

Left-wing commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown once proclaimed that "tax-paying immigrants" keep "indolent British scroungers on their couches drinking beer and watching TV".

Not only is this kind of abuse offensive, but it is utterly unsupported by the facts.

According to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics, just 38 percent of migrants who settled here in the last year were actually looking for work. ...

The pro-immigration brigade wails about "xenophobia" and "bigotry" whenever there is any prospect of tightening our borders, but there is nothing progressive about mass immigration.

On the contrary, it undermines social cohesion, stretches public services to breaking point, creates housing shortages, and weakens national solidarity.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Sweden's Parallel Society
Andy Ngo
National Review, 20 December 2018

In one year alone, the northern European nation of 10 million added nearly 2 percent to its population. Most of those arrivals were young men. Tens of thousands more have continued to arrive since then. ...

The on-the-ground reality I witnessed in some parts of Sweden stood in stark contrast to the egalitarian utopia I had been sold by American progressives. How did Sweden, on the whole a prosperous and peaceful nation, also develop parallel, segregated societies afflicted by criminality and violence? The starkest reminder of this reality are the numerous grenade explosions and gun murders that have become a regular occurrence across some sections of society. ...

Sweden's institutionalization of multiculturalism began in 1975, when a parliament led by Social Democrat Olof Palme rejected assimilation in favor of policies that encouraged minorities to keep their separate identities. "Of course, if you say these things [critically] in Sweden, you'll be ferociously attacked by social workers and the dominating left-wing academia for being inhumane," Adamson says.

Most then choose to remain silent. But some of the loudest dissident voices are coming from immigrants themselves, who experience firsthand the failures and contradictions of Swedish multiculturalism. ...

... Panshiri, who came to Sweden with his family from Afghanistan when he was eleven, says Sweden excels at welcoming migrants but fails at explaining what citizenship is. "You don't have to speak a single word of Swedish to become a citizen. There are no expectations."

That sentiment was repeated by Omar Makram, a 33-year-old refugee from Egypt who entered Sweden at the beginning of the migrant crisis in 2014. He describes government authorities as wholly ignorant or willfully blind, in the name of tolerance, to problematic, regressive cultural attitudes held by some migrants.

... Within a generation, Sweden has experienced a dramatic demographic transformation. According to the latest government statistics, almost a third of the Swedish population has at least one parent who was born abroad.

That cultural and demographic transition is beginning to tear at the seams. ...

The visibility of conservative and fundamentalist Islamic norms I witnessed in "vulnerable" neighborhoods may not mean much by itself, but too often it is linked to violent extremism.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES, USA
The Diversity Delusion: Race and Gender in Our Universities
Chuck Chalberg
The Imaginative Conservative, 20 December 2018

The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald (288 pages, St. Martin's Press, 2018)

This is a book that should be read by those who are, unfortunately, not all that likely to read it. ...

If only UC-Berkeley Chancellor Clark Kerr of 1960s fame had it right then – and now. Better than half a century ago, meaning some time during those relatively innocent and far less subversive days of the sixties, the chancellor who coined the term "multiversity" joked that he was doing his job so long as he provided "parking for the faculty, sex for the students and sports for the alumni."

Little could Kerr have known how complicated things would get in the 21st century. /.../ Little could Kerr have known just how diverse the multiversity would become.

So just who is being deluded by the "diversity delusion?" Surely not its perpetrators. They know full well what they have been doing. And thanks to those who have been deluded, they have succeeded all too well, thank you.

Who then are the deluded? Two prime groups spring immediately to mind: state legislators and unsuspecting parents. Neither seems to have had much of an idea as to what has been happening in – and to – our institutions of higher education. ...

Ms. Mac Donald is also in full possession of another virtue, a virtue that is in perilously short supply these days. That would be the virtue of courage. Admittedly, this virtue is always in short supply, but today it is especially wanting among college administrators.

There are so many examples of cowardly behavior in these pages that Ms. Mac Donald might be excused for abandoning all hope. ...

Still, she has written a no-holds-barred attack on the modern American university, where the absence of courage is only the tip of a very large and menacing iceberg. She exposes the gargantuan diversity bureaucracy. She details the appalling fraud of affirmative action and the negative impact of "mismatch" on black college students. ...

So, too, was the diversity campaign an entering wedge in its infancy. But there were no counter campaigns at the outset. Nor have there been such campaigns any time since then. And today? Today it is a monster that has long been corrupting our universities and undermining out culture. Trimming and taming it is not the answer. It must be stopped and uprooted. Otherwise, its perpetrators and their ideological progeny will eventually impose what Ms. Mac Donald calls a "soft totalitarianism" on not just our colleges and universities, but on our entire culture.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SHARIA, ISLAM
Across Europe, the practice of Islamic family law is under pressure
Erasmus
The Economist, 20 December 2018

A Greek Muslim woman who lost out because her late husband's will was adjudicated by Islamic law has been vindicated by the European Court of Human Rights, in a ruling that could have implications for other parts of Europe. The decision, issued on December 19th by 17 judges from across Europe, upheld the complaint of Hatice Molla Sali that she had suffered unfair discrimination. She said she had forfeited three-quarters of the inheritance she expected from her spouse, because in the course of a Greek legal battle, his sisters had successfully invoked the principles of sharia to claim their rights to a substantial share of the estate. That was despite the fact that the husband had drawn up a civil will bequeathing his possessions to his widow.

The case highlights the unusual status of the long-established Muslim minority in Western Thrace, a region of northern Greece which adjoins the land border with Turkey. Under the Treaty of Lausanne concluded in 1923, this community (along with the Greeks of Istanbul) was excluded from a compulsory exchange of religious minorities that was enforced in other parts of the region. The community was also guaranteed some respect for its cultural rights. In practice, this has meant that the Thracian Muslims' marital and inheritance matters have generally been dealt with under Islamic law, with a mufti adjudicating where necessary.

But the Strasbourg judges found that neither the Lausanne Treaty nor the Treaty of Sèvres concluded in 1920 actually obliged Greece to apply Islamic law. And in cases where a religious minority lived under a particular legal framework, that state had a duty to ensure that individuals who did not wish to live under that framework were protected from discrimination. ...

The decision will not make very much difference in Greece because, about a year ago, the government anticipated this verdict and adjusted national legislation to make clear that the application of Islamic family law was voluntary (ie, a matter of consent between the interested parties) rather than compulsory.

But the verdict will be read carefully in other parts of Europe, where the application of Islamic law to family matters is becoming a social reality among substantial Muslim minorities. A report delivered to the British government earlier this year after an 18-month investigation confirmed that sharia councils, which number at least 30 in England and Wales, exercise considerable authority. As the report put it: "Although they claim no binding authority, they do in fact act in a decision-making capacity when dealing with Islamic divorce." The report recommended a voluntary system of regulations for the councils, but the government declined to adopt this proposal, on the grounds that regulating would amount to legitimising a parallel legal system.

But if a person in Britain or any other west European country feels her interests have been harmed by a sharia council, and that the secular law of the land has failed to redress this harm, she now stands a chance of making a successful appeal to the ECHR in Strasbourg.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
I fear we've been sold a pig in a poke about levels of migration post-Brexit
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 20 December 2018

As Theresa May often tells us, the widespread feeling that Britain must regain control of its borders and immigration policy was a major factor in the EU referendum result.

It is a point that she repeats in a foreword to the Government's White Paper on immigration post-Brexit, which was published yesterday. For the first time in more than 40 years, we will be able to decide who comes to work in this country. ...

The fact is that at the centre of Government and, therefore, of the White Paper, there is a disagreement about how many migrants Britain will need, or want, once we have left the EU.

And I must say, there is nothing in the White Paper that convinces me that the authorities are likely to be able to bring down immigration from its existing high levels. ...

To say that the problem of EU migration has been solved would be putting it too strongly. But it is undoubtedly much less of a challenge than it was. In 2015, net annual migration from the EU to the UK stood at 189,000. In the year to June, it was 74,000.

Yet, at the same time, non-EU migration has increased to the highest level for 14 years. The rise is partly attributable to more people coming here from Asia for work-related reasons.

Now, this is my question. If the Government is unable at present to stem the rise in non-EU immigration – over which it has complete control – why should we assume it will do any better after we have left the EU and it has responsibility for all migration?

I regret to say the White Paper offers no answers. In fact, it introduces some doubts. This is particularly so in relation to its plan for a transitional measure, to run for an initial five years, to allow low-skilled workers to come here.

The proposal has been dreamt up to allay the fears of some businesses that there might be a labour shortage after we have left the EU. People from abroad would be able to take a low-paid job here for a maximum of 12 months, followed by a so-called 'cooling-off period' of a further 12 months.

The potential for abuse is obvious. Someone supposed to go back to his or her home country after a year could easily disappear from officialdom's radar and take another low-paid job. It's a pretty crazy scheme.

Moreover, it would enable low-paid workers from abroad to undercut the wages of indigenous ones – a frequent and justified criticism in the past. Jobs that could and should be filled by homegrown workers would still be taken by foreigners. ...

I don't think that Mrs May's ambition of reducing immigration to the 'tens of thousands' is likely to be achievable in the foreseeable future, if ever. The last time it was met was in 1997, when migration movements worldwide were much smaller than they are today. ...

And, alas, many people will be confirmed in their suspicions that politicians say one thing and do another and that, although they pretend to listen, they don't really hear.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Sajid Javid refuses to back Tory manifesto pledge to bring migration down to 'tens of thousands'
John Johnston
PoliticsHome, 19 December 2018

Sajid Javid has gone to war with Downing Street by refusing to back a Tory Party manifesto pledge to reduce net migration below 100,000.

The Home Secretary appeared to dump his party's commitment to the controversial pledge - which was first made by David Cameron nine years ago and has never been met - by insisting there was "no specific target" on immigration numbers.

Speaking to the BBC's Today programme, Mr Javid would only say that net migration - the difference between those entering and leaving the country - would be brought down to "sustainable levels".

Last year's Conservative election manifesto said the party was committed to an "objective to reduce immigration to sustainable levels, by which we mean annual net migration in the tens of thousands". ...

Pressed on the tens of thousands figure, he said: "There is no specific target. What we have set out is a system that will bring migration down to more sustainable levels." ...

"We remain committed to our manifesto... we remain committed to bring net migration down."

But in a slapdown for the Home Secretary, a Number 10 source insisted the tens of thousands target remained in place.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
UK's post-Brexit immigration system will not include target
Andrew MacAskill and James Davey
Reuters, 19 December 2018

The British government's post-Brexit plans will not include a specific target to reduce annual net migration, the interior minister said on Wednesday, appearing to abandon one of the Conservative Party's main election promises.

The government will set out in detail for the first time on Wednesday how Britain intends to approach the issue of immigration, refocusing on a policy that will put British workers first.

Interior minister Sajid Javid refused seven times to say whether he was committed to his party's long-standing commitment to reduce net migration to below 100,000 people a year.

"There is no specific target, what we have set out is that it will be a system that will bring net migration down to a sustainable level," Javid told BBC radio.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – REMITTANCES OF MONEY
Revealed: UK migrants send £21 billion to families in their home nations with Nigerians sending £3.27bn last year
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 19 December 2018

Migrants in the UK are sending home £21 billion to their families back home, a study has revealed.

This makes the UK the fourth largest source of remittances after the US, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with a global total of some £483bn in 2017, according to the World Bank.

Nigeria was the top receiver of cash from the UK, with £3.27bn sent in 2017.

India received £3.13bn, £1.4bn was sent to France, Pakistan received £1.34bn while Germany received £1bn. ...

These estimates are made by the World Bank using data from formal channels such as banks and other businesses that transfer money.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Our Response To The Government's Immigration White Paper
Migration Watch UK, 19 December 2018

The proposal to admit an unlimited number of low-skilled workers from a range of countries is astonishing. A validity 'limited to twelve months' could well become a means of fiddling the immigration figures since they do not count as migrants unless they intend to be here for more than a year. Furthermore, there is no way in which their departure could be enforced. At present the Home Office is only able to compulsorily remove 9,000 immigration offenders per year so this route risks spinning out of control.

In any case, the benefit to our economy of low-skilled immigration is extremely limited. It creates a lower wage and lower productivity economy, as the Chairman of the Government's own Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has pointed out. It is shocking that the Government should have caved in so completely to the demands of industry while ignoring the strong public desire to get immigration down. They will not even review it until 2025.

As for skilled migrants, the suggestion that this route should be open to the entire world with no cap is very unwise. There will no longer be a requirement for employers to join a register so anyone could bring in workers from abroad. Nor is there a requirement first to advertise a job in the British press so the numbers could be even higher.

For workers claiming to be skilled, the only hurdle will be a salary level yet to be defined but, as the MAC have pointed out, salary levels can be manipulated.

The Government's proposals would not deliver anything like 'control' over immigration. They risk replacing free movement of labour from the EU with almost free movement from around the world. If implemented, a unique chance to restore public confidence would be hopelessly squandered.

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

"These are shocking proposals which run completely against the current of public opinion and which are likely to result in even more massive levels of immigration. The chief winners from this White Paper will be business, as they exploit the bonanza of a huge new pool of labour from around the world while continuing to avoid their responsibility to the public to recruit and train up local talent.

"The chief losers will be young people who are trying to find work or to get on the housing ladder. More widely, even current levels of immigration are already a real concern for those who are worried about our increasingly overcrowded country and who wish to preserve our way of life for future generations."

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POPULATION PRESSURE – LONDON
Migration Watch Blames Population Boom for London Congestion
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 18 December 2018

Migration Watch UK has suggested "immigration-driven population growth" is to blame for London's status as the second-most gridlocked city in Europe after Moscow.

The migration-sceptic think tank was commenting on a study by traffic data firm Inrix reported earlier in 2018, which suggested that not only was London runner-up to Russia's troubled capital in the gridlock stakes, but that the United Kingdom as a whole was the world's number ten most-congested country. ...

Quoting an observation from a BBC report on the Inrix study that "The UK is the world's 10th most congested country and London is Europe's second most gridlocked city after Moscow", Migration Watch asked its Twitter followers: "Could it have anything to do with immigration-driven population growth where the equivalent of a new city arrives each year from overseas?"
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IMMIGRATION – UNITED NATIONS
Inaccuracies spreading about UN migration pact
Full Fact, 18 December 2018

Last week the UK along with 163 other countries adopted something called the "UN Global compact on migration." ...

The agreement (formally called the 'Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration') is a list of pledges negotiated by UN members that makes a "collective commitment to improving cooperation on international migration."

The document isn't legally binding. ...

As the Economist puts it: "It encourages states to co-operate on tricky cross-border matters without forcing them to do anything."

While it has been negotiated over the past two years by all UN member states except the USA, other members have recently pulled out of signing the agreement.

There was public and political pressure on other countries to not adopt the agreement, including the UK where over 100,000 people have signed a petition to that effect.

Because the agreement isn't legally binding, it doesn't force member states to do anything, but some critics have said it sets the precedent for member states to take certain actions.

One objection aired by Dutch MEP Marcel de Graaff is that the agreement sets the precedent for countries to enact law that makes: "criticism of migration ... a criminal offense."

This is incorrect. The document asks nations to "commit to eliminate all forms of discrimination... against all migrants" And any country that took this further and tried to criminalise criticism of migration would likely be breaching human rights legislation.

Making sure migrants aren't discriminated against is a very different thing to asking states to criminalise criticism of migration. The document explicitly says: "We also commit to protect freedom of expression." ...

Mr de Graaff also said the compact means: "media outlets... that give room to criticism of migration can be shut down."

That's also not correct. The compact asks signatories to commit to "stopping allocation of public funding or material supports to media outlets that systematically promote intolerance, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination towards migrants."

In both these cases the phrasing is crucial. The UN wants signatories to ensure migrants aren't discriminated against, not to outlaw criticism of migration.

It details measures to stop crimes against people, not criticism of a policy. However it does say signatories should: "Promote independent, objective and quality reporting of media outlets ... including by sensitizing and educating media professionals on migration-related issues and terminology, in full respect for the freedom of the media"

Another criticism, aired by Nigel Farage on Fox News, is that: "what the UN wants to do is to make migration a human right.

"[It wants] to make illegal immigration legal by defining a refugee as anybody that wants to move between countries."

This isn't what the agreement does, as he seems to be implying here. The UK government says of the agreement: "It does not establish a 'human right to migrate' or create any new legal categories of migrant." ...

The UK government has said the compact "will not affect our ability to determine and implement our own migration policies, including in areas such as asylum, border controls and returns of illegal migrants."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MAYOTTE, FRANCE
The pregnant migrants risking life and limb to give birth on a French island colony
Adrian Blomfield
Daily Telegraph, 18 December 2018

Yet the Central Hospital of Mayotte (CHM) has a story like no other: bitter political rows have been fought over it, people have died in droves trying to reach it and Marine le Pen, the nationalist politician, has acquired a devoted following among a group of black French Muslims in part because of it.

The CHM boasts a singular claim to fame that is at the root of all these passions. Of all the hospitals in the European Union, none delivers as many babies – even though it is situated on a French island colony off the east African coast.

It is not a statistic that the hospital's overworked staff are proud of, however, for the record is eclipsed by another: Seventy per cent of the mothers giving birth on its maternity ward are foreign, most of them illegal migrants hoping that their children will gain French citizenship by being born on French soil. ...

Mayotte is an oddity. Africa's Winds of Change blew late into the Comoro Archipelago. It was only in 1975 that three of its four islands voted to break away from French rule and form the Union of Comoros.

But Mayotte, the fourth, with deeper historical ties to France, declined to throw off French overlordship.

Four decades later, the fortunes of the two Comoro territories could not be starker.

As Comoros became one of Africa's poorest states, wilting under misrule, insecurity and 21 coup or coup attempts in 43 years, Mayotte prospered, at least relatively.

Its people may only earn a third of what their fellow citizens in metropolitan, or mainland, France do, but they are still 14 times richer than their Comorian former countrymen.

That gap is only likely to grow, with Mayotte qualifying for additional funding from Paris and the EU after formally becoming a French department in 2011.

Little wonder, then, that Mayotte has become a lure for Comorians desperate to swap immiseration for French benefits, French citizenship and a French way of life. ...

For the people of Anjouan, ... From its southern shores, Mayotte – with its free healthcare and education – is just 40 miles away. ...

Some do not make it. Human rights groups estimate that as many as 20,000 Comorians – 2.5 percent of the country's 800,000 population – have drowned in these waters since 1995, largely because the boats are often overcrowded and unseaworthy, one kwasa-kwasa captain said.

Even so, migrants are willing to pay 400 euros for a one-way ticket. ...

A large proportion of the migrants are pregnant women, trying to make their way to the CHM. ...

But the CHM is visibly under strain. According to official French statistics, three-quarters of the 9,800 babies delivered last year were born to foreign mothers. ...

For these mothers, the CHM not only offers a free, safe delivery, it also means their children can gain the most sought after prize of all: a French passport, made possible by a law that sets children born on French soil on the path to citizenship. ...

Of the 256,000 people crammed onto Mayotte's 144 square miles, more than half are foreign and 42 percent are there illegally.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
The parochial altruist: why voters are sceptical about immigration
Alexander Kustov
LSE, 18 December 2018

While public opposition to immigration is well-documented, the sheer extent to which most voters in Britain (and in other countries) dislike any immigration increase is often overlooked. In fact, according to my representative survey, only 20% of educated and progressive British voters (supposedly the most pro-immigration group) would like to see immigration increased /.../. Nonetheless, it is still unclear whether people dislike the idea of more immigration per se or if this opposition is because of the perceived negative impacts of such policies.

The widespread opposition to increasing immigration among even educated and racially egalitarian voters is hard to explain using existing theories that attribute these sentiments to ignorance and prejudice. /.../ To understand why migration is so unpopular, I argue that it is important to move beyond the stereotypes of "prejudiced" or "self-interested" voters and consider the unlikely role of altruism (motivation to help others at a personal cost) as a driver of anti-immigration attitudes.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that altruism, if it exists at all, should drive people to resist harsh restrictions that harm the opportunities of potential migrants, many of whom are the most impoverished people in the world. Nonetheless, in a world of democratic nation-states, altruists may also feel especially compassionate toward fellow citizens and may resist immigration due to the potential harm they believe it can do to their country. My research tests this hypothesis and reveals that many voters are in fact (national) parochial altruists: they are often willing to incur a personal cost to benefit others, but they prioritise helping their fellow citizens. As a result, independent of their other concerns, voters tend to favour harsh restrictions on immigration when they perceive such restrictions as necessary to secure the well-being of their compatriots.

To reach these conclusions, I first had to develop a robust measure of altruistic preferences. ...

Overall, my analysis strikingly shows that parochial altruists are as much opposed to immigration as egoists (and much more opposed than universal altruists). In other words, contrary to conventional wisdom, genuine altruism does not translate into pro-immigration attitudes for most people. Using experimental evidence where I manipulate the perceived economic effects of alternative immigration scenarios, I further confirm that most voters support policies based on their national impact (independent of how these policies affect them personally). Nonetheless, voters are evidently divided regarding the proper role of national versus global concerns in political decision-making. ...

Since immigration can be as much an opportunity as a threat, however, it is possible that widespread parochial altruism can actually increase support for immigration under alternative policy conditions. While only a small percentage (12%) of respondents are willing to relax existing restrictions in principle, most (58%) say that they are willing to do it at least for those immigrants who would contribute to the national economy. In line with these results, I also find that 58% of voters would support a new policy significantly increasing immigration if it is explicitly designed to benefit average British citizens through greater selection and taxation of immigrants.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Swedish party leader says violence in Sweden has become so extreme that it looks like a 'gangster movie'
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 18 December 2018

"The violence in Sweden has now become so extreme that Malmö can be likened to a gangster movie", Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson stated in his Christmas speech on Tuesday.

He talked, among other things, about the recent brutal shootings and bombings in Sweden. "It's like a scene from a gangster movie, but it is everyday life in the country's third largest city.", he said.

According to the party leader, his party wants to deal with crime for real. He argues that firm, concrete "liberal reforms", are the best way to "quell populism".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Macron warned of En Marche split over pledge to review migration
Adam Sage and Charles Bremner
The Times, 17 December 2018

President Macron has ignited a debate that threatens to split his own centrist party by pledging to review French immigration policy in response to the widespread disruption caused by the yellow vest revolt.

Divisions in the La République en Marche movement emerged after Mr Macron included immigration in a list of issues to be debated in public meetings across the country in a bid to reshape policy after more than five weeks of protests.

The left wing of En Marche, which was formed from elements of the conservative and socialist parties, fears that the debate will blame immigrants for the decline in lower-middle and working-class living standards that have been denounced by yellow-vest demonstrators.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE
Douglas Murray On Europe's Apocalypse
Rod Dreher
American Conservative, 17 December 2018

... I finally got around to reading the British writer Douglas Murray's book The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam recently. It's fantastic, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough. I found several things striking about it.

First, there is Murray's detailed documenting of statements that politicians of the European left and right have been making for decades, saying that they were going to crack down on uncontrolled immigration. They all lied.

Second, Murray frames Europe's immigration crisis with its concomitant civilizational crisis – that is, its loss of faith in its ancestral religion, Christianity, as well as its loss of faith in itself.

Third, Murray writes about all of these outrageous facts and developments in a controlled, even tone ... which, ironically, makes his narrative that much stronger. This man is not a ranter. (I should add, because it will matter to some of you, that Murray is an openly gay atheist who worries about what's happening to Europe in part because liberal Christian Europe has made it possible for people like him to live in peace.)
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
How German hate preacher who inspired jihadis made UK his HOME under May
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 17 December 2018

A German hate preacher who allegedly helped inspire more than 100 jihadists to join terrorists in Syria moved to Britain during Prime Minister Theresa May's time as home secretary, it has emerged.

Brahim Belkaid, 41, lived in Leicester for nearly five years where he preached on the streets of Britain, handing out extreme versions of the Quran to fans celebrating Leicester's 2016 Premier League victory. He is said to have returned to Europe from Syria, where he is thought to have been supporting terrorists as the leader of Die Wahre Religion (DWR), "the true religion", an organisation dedicated to winning over Muslim converts by distributing free copies of the Quran in Germany and countries across the continent. But the the religious texts followed the hardline Salafist version of Islam.

And the German government later banned the DWR in November 2016 in one of the biggest clampdowns on an Islamist organisation in Europe.

Officials claimed the DWR had helped to inspire 140 jihadis to travel from Germany to join jihadist groups in war-torn Syria and Iraq. ...

Sources say Belkaid, a German citizen of Algerian origin, moved to Britain in 2013, while Mrs May was home secretary, after his trips to Syria put him under close scrutiny in Germany.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, ISLAMOPHOBIA, EU
European Commission gave £140k grant to organisation accused of anti-Semitism, it emerges
Edward Malnick
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2018

The EU signed off more than £140,000 in funding to the group behind an annual march that MPs have warned features anti-Semitic banners and chants.

The European Commission allocated the payment to the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), which organises the Al Quds rally at which demonstrators call for the destruction of Israel.

A European Commission spokesperson told The Sunday Telegraph it is now preparing to "terminate" its agreement with the group, but declined to say how much had already been paid to the IHRC. "The Commission stands firmly against all forms of anti-Semitism," he said.

The disclosure that the Commission agreed tens of thousands of pounds in funding to such a controversial organisation is likely to anger MPs and campaigners. The UK contributed £8.9 billion of public money to the EU last year.

The funding, which was signed off in 2016, came despite repeated criticism of the IHRC for its role in organising the anti-Israel Al Quds march through London. The annual march sees demonstrators waving the flag of Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group, which features an assault rifle. ...

The £140,000 payment was agreed by the European Commission as part of an overall funding package of more than £525,000 for a project called the "Counter Islamophobia Toolkit".

Run by the University of Leeds, the scheme is intended to "critically review dominant anti-Muslim narratives" and compare the responses to Islamophobia across Europe.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIME, HUMAN RIGHTS
Iranian rapist dodged deportation after faking a conversion to Christianity on Twitter
Ryan Sabey
The Sun, 16 December 2018

An Iranian asylum seeker who raped a teenager has been spared deportation - after he used social media to falsely convert to Christianity.

The Muslim man, 38, who illegally came to the UK twelve years ago was sentenced to five years' imprisonment after raping a 17-year-old girl in 2012.

But a judge has ruled that deporting him now following his release would be a breach of his human rights.

Upper Tribunal Judge Louis Kopieczek ruled that his 850 twitter posts quoting the Bible and Christian theology placed him at risk of persecution if he was sent back to Iran. But it was acknowledged in the Court of Appeal hearing that his religious conversion was part of a ploy to avoid deportation. ...

The judge said it didn't matter that his conversion to Christianity was not genuine because the Iranian authorities would still be able to read his pro-Christian tweets.

The Home Office is now trying to overturn the decision and a new court date has been set to rehear the case.
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CRIME – CANNABIS, ALBANIANS
Revealed: Smuggled Albanians forced to work in intensive cannabis farms
Steve Bird and Wil Crisp
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2018

A new breed of ruthless Albanian criminal gangs are forcing people they smuggle to the UK to pay off their debts by working in a network of audacious drug production dens, ...

Increasing numbers of Albanian illegal migrants have been discovered in recent months working as lowly 'gardeners' at secret cannabis factories.

And a senior Albanian detective fighting organised gangs from the country's capital, Tirana, has told how a "powerful and scary army" of young, ambitious and business-savvy criminals is targeting Britain to take control of cocaine and cannabis markets.

Ministry of Justice statistics show that in 2010, there were 154 Albanian prisoners in England and Wales. However, that figure rose to 726 by September 2017. A freedom of information request has revealed that two thirds of those prisoners were convicted for drug offences. ...

Tony Saggers, the former head of drug threat for the National Crime Agency, said that Albanian criminals had developed techniques to cultivate potent strains of cannabis.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Revealed: Theresa May let hate preacher Brahim Belkaid make his home in Britain
Dipesh Gadher
Sunday Times, 16 December 2018

A German hate preacher has been allowed to live in Britain despite leading a banned Islamist group accused of inspiring 140 jihadists to join Isis and al-Qaeda.

Brahim Belkaid was able to settle in Leicester almost five years ago after returning to Europe from Syria, where he is suspected of supporting terrorists.

Belkaid, 41, has been free to proselytise on UK streets and was photographed handing out hardline versions of the Koran to fans celebrating Leicester City's Premier League victory in 2016. He has used social media to call for the destruction of America and to promote other extremists.

One Facebook message, adorned with bullets and a sword, proclaims: "Jihad: the Only Solution."
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RACISM – GANDHI, GHANA
Statue of 'racist' Gandhi removed from University of Ghana
Michael Safi
The Guardian, 15 December 2018

A Mahatma Gandhi statue has been removed from the campus of the University of Ghana after protests from students and faculty who argue the Indian independence leader considered Africans "inferior".

The statue was unveiled at the university in the Ghanian capital Accra two years ago but has been the subject of controversy and was removed in the middle of the night on Tuesday, leaving just an empty plinth.

Scholars have highlighted evidence in past years showing the revered freedom-fighter, whose theories of civil resistance helped India throw off British colonialism and inspired generations of activists including Martin Luther King Jr, held derogatory views towards native communities in South Africa.

A 2015 book by two South African writers pointed to instances where Gandhi complained that Indians were being forced to use the same separate entrances as Africans, meaning "their civilised habits ... would be degraded to the habits of aboriginal natives".

"About the mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly," he wrote in a letter in 1904.

More sympathetic students of Gandhi's life say his views were ignorant and prejudiced but a product of their time, and that his campaigns for social justice hold universal resonance and have fuelled some civil rights activism in Africa.

Students at the university welcomed the decision to remove the statue. "It's a massive win for all Ghanaians because it was constantly reminding us of how inferior we are," Benjamin Mensah told Agence France-Presse. ...

Campaigners in Malawi are trying to stop another Gandhi statue from being erected in the country's second city, Blantyre.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RACE, DIVERSITY
Interview with Eric Kaufmann: race on a professor's whiteboard
Nick Spencer
Church Times, 14 December 2018
[Nick Spencer is Senior Fellow at Theos]

We are clearly in turbulent waters, here. Indeed, given that Kaufmann's new book, Whiteshift, opens with the bracingly blunt sentence, "We need to talk about white identity," it seems that they are freezing waters, too. Careers can die in such climates. There be not only dragons here, but neo-Nazis, Islamophobes, and racists with whom no sane person, let alone an academic social scientist, would want to be seen dead.

So the obvious question is, why go there? Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a respected expert on immigration and demography, and the author of several books, ...

He came across to me, when I met him, as thoughtful and reasonable. ... ...

"Demography is the most predictive of the social sciences," Kaufmann told me. /.../ We may not be certain about Britain in 2100, but we can, he said, generate some reasonably reliable scenarios.

Two of those scenarios give Whiteshift its name. Whiteshift 1.0, as he described it to me, is about "the decline of the white ethnic majority in Western countries. It's furthest down the road in the US, where non-Hispanic whites are about 60 per cent of the population, down from 85 per cent in the mid-1960s." The US is predicted to be "majority minority" by the 2040s, with New Zealand, Australia, and Western Europe forecast to join it by 2100.

"I am arguing that a lot of the populist upsurge around immigration is tied to that, in the sense that spikes in immigration make a lot of people think about . . . the security of their identities." Populism, contrary to much of the received wisdom, has nothing to do with economics. ...

In a 2017 paper for Policy Exchange, the centre-right think tank, he argued that "racial self-interest" – "the realm of group partiality, even clannishness" – was not racism, and urged pro-immigration groups to "avoid using charges of racism to side-line discussions of ethno-demographic interests". To do so, he warned, "compels those whose true motivations are ethnic to couch them in economic terms".

Research published in that paper highlighted divided attitudes: almost half White British Remain voters agreed that a White British person who wanted to reduce immigration "to maintain her group's share of the population" was being racist, compared with just five per cent of White British Leave voters.

Whiteshift 2.0 is the "longer-term demographic" in which what were "white majorities [will] absorb different members of racial groups", and "select which ancestry myths, which traditions, that mixed-race population is going to look to". ...

This does not seem to be particularly contentious. Whiteshift is packed with data – dozens of bar charts, line graphs, scatter diagrams, density maps – which preclude even ideological opponents from rubbishing it. It is a mercy that Kaufmann writes well, because otherwise its 500 pages might feel as long as some of his forecasts. Either way, the book is clearly no thinly disguised agitation for a cause. Moreover, since Kaufmann was born in Hong Kong, brought up in Canada, and is a quarter Chinese and a quarter Latino, it's hard to claim him for the nationalist Right. He, and his book, demand to be taken seriously.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CULTURE
Migrants MUST adopt the culture of the West or stay at home says EGYPTIAN president
Ellie Genower
Daily Express, 14 December 2018

Egypt's president has said migrants shouldn't expect the West to "open their doors" to them if they refuse to integrate.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said guests of Western counties like the UK, Germany and England "must completely abide by its laws, customs, traditions and culture". The 64-year-old added: "If you are not willing to do this, don't go." ...

The president said: "Every country has the right to protect its people and their interests.

"It must generally respect human rights in a framework that preserves its national interests."

In the speech, recently reported by US-based research institute MEMRI, Mr al-Sisi criticised people who expect Western countries "to open their doors so that we can go there demanding to keep our own culture.

"You demand to go there with your culture which you consider to be non-negotiable. You say, 'this is how we are and you must accept us [because of] human rights'. No.

"Don't expect them to open the door for you so you can go into their country and cause trouble. No." ...

He said: "Instead of asking me why countries [in the West] close their gates to us, you should ask yourself why the people of Afghanistan don't take better care of their own country.

"Why have they been killing one another for 40 years?

"[The same is true of] Pakistan, in Egypt, in Syria, in Libya, in Iraq, in Yemen, and in Somalia.

"We fight amongst ourselves in our own countries, and then we expect countries that work day and night to achieve progress to protect their people and to maintain a certain standard of living for them – we demand that they let us in so we can have part of their [success]."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Macron accused of treason by French generals for signing UN Migration Pact
Laura Cat
Voice of Europe, 14 December 2018

General Antoine Martinez has written the letter signed by ten other generals, an admiral and colonel, and also includes former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon.

They've given strong warning that Macron's signing the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of even more sovereignty providing an additional reason for "an already battered people" to "revolt".

The highly decorated military co-signees assert that the beleaguered Macron is "guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation" for signing the migration pact without putting it to the people.

"The French state is late in coming to realize the impossibility of integrating too many people, in addition to totally different cultures, who have regrouped in the last forty years in areas that no longer submit to the laws of the Republic," the letter advises, also saying that mass immigration is erasing France's "civilizational landmarks".
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
UK's post-Brexit immigration policy paper will be published next week
Reuters, 13 December 2018

Britain will outline its post-Brexit immigration policy next week, House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday, confirming the publication of a long-awaited paper on one of the government's central policies.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – UNIVERSITIES, FREE SPEECH, USA
Disturbing percentage of American colleges restrict speech, study finds
Cory Compton
Campus Reform, 13 December 2018

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) analyzed the written policies at 466 of America's top institutions of higher education and discovered that 89.7 percent of the colleges maintained policies that restrict student and faculty expression. Each of the colleges is rated as "red light," "yellow light," or "green light" based on the degree to which their policies inhibit the First Amendment.

"Most colleges impose burdensome conditions on expression by maintaining policies that restrict students' free speech rights," FIRE Senior Program Officer Laura Beltz said. "Colleges should be a place for open debate and intellectual inquiry, but today, almost all colleges silence expression through policies that are often illiberal and, at public institutions, unconstitutional."

Nearly 30 percent of the studied institutions received the "red light" status, given to colleges that implement at least one policy highly restricting free speech. ...

Only 9 percent of institutions examined by the nonprofit received the "green light" status, which means that there are no policies that restrict free speech. Finally, FIRE reports that the number of institutions with the "yellow light" designation have nearly tripled in the past decade, from 21 percent in 2009 to 61 percent in 2018. ...

"Many colleges and universities have taken steps to reform their policies over the years, but this year's report shows that much work remains to be done," Nicole Neily, president of the free speech organization Speech First, said in a statement to Campus Reform. "By maintaining vague, overbroad policies, students are put in the impossible position of not knowing exactly what might get them in trouble – and so, out of an abundance of caution, they refrain from expressing opinions on topics like politics or religion altogether."

This "kind of self-censorship is entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with a proper college experience," Neily said. "This chilling – where universities discourage and deter certain kinds of speech – is entirely intentional, and in my opinion poses the greatest threat to free speech on campuses today."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, GERMANY
Germany: One in Three Prison Inmates Born Abroad
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 13 December 2018

The proportion of prison inmates housed in German jails who were born abroad has risen to 32 per cent this year, according to the latest government figures.

Federal Statistics Office data revealed that 16,267 offenders from overseas were inmates in the country's jails as of March 31 this year – a number which has risen by almost five per cent from 2017, Die Welt reports.

Comprising just under a third of the prison population, which stands at 50,957, foreign nationals are hugely overrepresented in the system compared to their numbers in Germany, where 10.6 million aliens make up around 12 per cent of the country's total population. ...

In a report estimating that housing foreign criminals in German jails was costing taxpayers around 720 million euros a year, Die Welt noted that authorities were largely failing to use mechanisms which allow the Federal Republic to send criminals to serve jail time in their country of origin, with fewer than 200 inmates transferred to their homeland for detention each year.

And despite changes to the law in 2016, which meant delinquent migrants could be expelled from the country as soon as they are sentenced to prison, a study found that out of 700,000 migrants convicted of crimes (with the exclusion of traffic-related offences) between 2014 and 2017, only 19,342 were deported.

Furthermore, Welt reported that as of the end of 2017, 4,396 of these – or one in five – were still living in Germany.
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DIVERSITY – RACE
Why we can't ignore the challenges of immigration [part 1]
Trevor Phillips
Unherd, 12 December 2018

Is ethnic diversity a threat to the West? The original title of an UnHerd debate in which I recently took part was obviously contestable, but in itself the statement seemed innocuous to me. How naïve. Ferocious objections were raised the moment it was announced, on the grounds that the question suggests people of colour represent a danger to Britain and other developed nations in Europe and the Americas. It would not be the first time such anxieties have flared.

But the (mainly white) academics who thought that they were doing victims of racism a favour by shutting down the debate, might have paused to consider how this question can be read from the other side of the colour line. I know that they tell themselves that they are saving people of colour from the depredations of the likes of Tommy Robinson. It's convenient for liberals to invest all racial evil in such bogey men; it avoids them having to interrogate their own contribution to racial injustice.

Tragically, it won't be the people who play these political games who pay the price of their self-indulgence. Many of us not protected by the carapace of white identity see this question from a very different standpoint.

For a start I, for one, don't feel that I need salvation by white Messiahs; and I don't need them to tell my neighbours that I really am rather nice in spite of my being black. The truth is, I'd rather like people of colour to be seen as a threat to the established order. I know that on the Left it's regarded as really quite wicked and divisive to assert that race may be a more significant social cleavage than wealth or income; to suggest, in short, that culture and ethnicity may trump class. But people of colour have been here before many times. ...

... I believe that one of the great benefits of diversity to any society is that it can add resilience, but often, it is the newcomers who trigger radical change for the better. And many of us would welcome change in societies which, for the most part, have brought us four centuries of slavery, colonialism and chronic racial injustice. So, had I had the chance to respond to the original question on the night, my answer would have been "Yes. And a good thing too."

In fact, the title of the debate was changed. The initial, hysterical, reaction to news of the event threatened to make rational conversation impossible. A letter from dozens of university lecturers and students accused all the participants of accepting a "white supremacist" framing.

Ridiculous as this suggestion was, the debate's organisers, the academics Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann, along with its sponsors, UnHerd and The Academy of Ideas, demonstrated a maturity conspicuously missing from their ivory tower critics, and adjusted the language, though not the central point of discussion. The question became: Immigration and Diversity Politics: A Challenge to Liberal Democracy? Naturally, the armchair radicals found that they had too much else to do to turn up to the evening; that claret at high table doesn't sip itself.
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DIVERSITY – RACE
Why we can't ignore the challenges of immigration [part 2]
Trevor Phillips
Unherd, 12 December 2018

I am pro-immigration, as you might expect; my Guyanese family has – mostly – prospered in the UK and the USA. The experience of those who have lived in diverse societies such as America or Canada is that a mix of cultures and traditions can give an enormous boost to creativity and innovation in a society – if managed effectively. But if poorly managed, that mix offers friction and lethal civil strife. Guyana's experience is of the latter, and of attendant decades of poverty. My fear is that our complacency will produce more of both in the UK.

... More of us are meeting more different kinds of people than at any time in human history. And alongside the promise of diversity comes the threat of social dis-integration.

Research on both sides of the Atlantic shows that the great splits in Western societies are becoming less and less to do with economics and more and more arising from cultural difference. ...

The complacent liberal viewpoint is that such divisions are essentially transient; embodied in the banality of the slogan that "there is more that unites us than divides us". No doubt most people in the ethnic and cultural majority, used to imposing their norms on others, genuinely believe this to be true. The politeness of immigrants can lead others to believe that their adoption of majority behaviours in public means that the newcomers have abandoned belief in their own traditions; some people mistakenly think this is what integration means.

But the truth is that there are sincerely held differences in multicultural societies that we need to acknowledge. Not all traditions share the same view about the place of women in society; there is a reason why Muslim women are significantly less economically active than any other demographic. White people in London, New York, Oxford, Cambridge and Los Angeles have a progressive and tolerant attitude towards homosexuality – but a visit to any of the burgeoning immigrant-supported megachurches in the UK will make it evident that these attitudes aren't shared by their black or Asian neighbours, who are turbo-charging the revival of fundamentalist Christian faith in our cities. ...

But the growing chasms in our societies do not just lie between the settled and the newly arrived. There are also ever-widening ones between those who have been here long beyond living memory. ...

Many in the left-behind regions of the Midlands, and the North know that the promise of globalisation that puts a spring in the step of highly-educated city dwellers sounds more like a death rattle in their towns and villages. To the latter, a more diverse ethnic and cultural mix doesn't mean a vibrant future; it means competition from the cleverest, most determined and most ambitious souls from other societies. It's a match-up they are going to lose and they know it.

Even those in the prosperous urban regions aren't protected. Many scoff at the idea of white decline as mapped in Eric Kaufmann's magisterial study Whiteshift. They do so at our peril, if not their own; they forget what Britain was like half a century ago. ...

Unless our elites are ready to confront the genuine challenges being posed by ethnic diversity, no matter how desperately we strum the chords to Kumbaya, nothing will protect us from the wave of political change that is sweeping the West.
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RACISM – HYPOCRISY
Acceptable Racism
Walter E. Williams
Townhall, 12 December 2018

How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the following statements and many others like them? (In the interest of brevity, I shall list only four.) "The world could get by just fine with zero black people." "It's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old black men." "Dumbass f–-ing black people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants." "Are black people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically only being fit to live underground like groveling bilious goblins?"

I think most Americans would find such blatant racism despicable and would condemn any company that knowingly hired such a person. Leftists of every stripe would be in an uproar, demanding the dismissal of such an employee. College students and their professors would picket any company that hired such a person. ...

Most Americans would see such statements as racist, but consider this: Suppose we slightly changed the wording of each statement, replacing the word "black" with "white." For example, "The world could get by just fine with zero white people." Would you consider that statement to be just as racist? I would hope you'd answer in the affirmative. They're all racist statements!

The full scoop on those statements can be found in an excellent essay by William Voegeli, "Racism, Revised," in the fall edition of the Claremont Review of Books. The racist statements about white people were made by Sarah Jeong, one of the newest members of The New York Times' editorial board. Jeong attended the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She decided to become a journalist specializing in technology and the internet. ...

... Leftists have been taught utter nonsense by their college professors. The most insidious lesson taught is who can and who cannot be a racist. Jeong was born in South Korea in 1988 and became a U.S. citizen in 2017, so she is a minority. According to the thinking of academia's intellectual elite, a minority person cannot be a racist. The reason is that minorities don't have the political, economic and institutional power to adversely affect the lives of whites.

Such reasoning is beyond stupid. Here's a test. Is the following statement racist? "Jews are money-hungry hustlers." Before you answer, must you first find out the race of the person making the statement? Would you suggest that it's not a racist statement if the speaker is black but it is if he's white?

Voegeli says that calling someone "racist" is one of the most severe accusations that can be made against a person but at the same time is among the vaguest. ...

Voegeli's article is rich with many other examples of how lots of Americans are losing their minds in matters of race. Muhammad Ali had it right when he said: "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – BIRMINGHAM
Plea for emergency help as 45,000 new migrants settle in Birmingham
Jane Haynes
Birmingham Mail, 11 December 2018

More than 45,000 migrants have settled in Birmingham in three years, putting huge pressure on schools, the NHS and housing services across the cash-strapped city.

The impact of the influx of new arrivals is hitting communities in west Birmingham, including Nechells, Aston, Lozells, Newtown and Handsworth. Leafier communities are barely touched.

Birmingham City Council is now asking for £860,000 emergency Government funds to help it cope.

Part of the cash will be used to fund a dedicated immigration officer, at a cost of around £59,000 for a year, to support newcomers. ...

There is increasing pressure on schools due to demand for places and rising numbers of children with English as a second language; on the NHS due to additional GP registrations and demand on primary care; and on available private rented and social housing. There is also higher demand on benefits and local unskilled jobs, particularly in the initial stages of resettlement and integration.

In 2016 the total number of new refugees and migrants arriving in Birmingham was 15,409 - the equivalent of 1.4% of the total Birmingham population. During the same year 6,364 migrants, refugees and UK citizens left the city, giving a net migration of 9,045.

In the two years since, at least the same number have arrived into Birmingham.

That's enough people - more than 45,000 - to fill Villa Park, home of Aston Villa FC, to capacity. ...

The report adds: "What we are seeing are divides in the city between those areas which are accommodating new languages, cultures and people with those areas where there has been little to no change for several decades. This is reflected in city's schools, neighbourhoods and high streets. ..."

The cash bid for £862,542 has been made to the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) Controlling Migration Fund. ...

The city is an officially-recognised 'City of Sanctuary' illustrating its commitment to be a welcoming place of safety for all, offering sanctuary from violence and persecution. ...

The new document has been developed in consultation with representatives of organisations from statutory, voluntary and community sectors who are actively engaged in work concerning asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, through the Birmingham Migration Forum.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
158 million migrants want to move to the U.S. despite Trump introducing stricter immigration policies
Daily Mail, 11 December 2018

Despite tough new immigration policies imposed by the Trump administration, the United States is still the top pick by far for migrants seeking a new home.

Some 158 million people have desires to move to the U.S. The number accounts for around 21 percent of all those in the world seeking a new home.

The U.S. beats other supposedly attractive countries including Canada and some European countries.

In a worldwide survey, Gallup found that 15 percent of the world, or 758 million, want to move, most for jobs. ...

Recent scenes along the border back such findings with thousands making their way to the U.S. by foot from El Salvador, and Honduras.

In those two countries and the Dominican Republic, half of the citizens in those countries want to leave. ...

'While this increase in the desire to migrate may set off alarms among those who would like to see fewer people on the move, Gallup typically finds that the percentage of those who have plans to move is much lower than the percentage who would like to move,' said the survey company.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Bureaucrat Nominated to be Next EU Chief: Uniting Europe With Africa 'Matter of Destiny'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 December 2018

Named as the centre-left's candidate for the next EU Commission President, Frans Timmermans announced he would crush conservative governments in Europe, insisting that the continent uniting with Africa is "a matter of destiny".

Timmermans, who currently sits as the Commission's first vice-president, was nominated to lead the Party of European Socialists (PES) in next May's elections by delegates at the EU Parliament grouping's annual congress in Lisbon on Saturday.

The former Dutch defence minister, who has previously claimed Europe could "not remain a place of peace and freedom" unless mass immigration-related "diversity" is imposed throughout the continent including across "even the most remote corners", has notably spent much of his time as President Jean-Claude Juncker's deputy ordering eastern EU states to open their borders to third world migrants. ...

Europe's relationship with Africa was another major priority Timmermans outlined in his speech, telling delegates to be "under no illusion ... it is a matter of destiny" that EU taxpayers eliminate the violence and poverty-plagued continent's problems or else welcome the "hundreds of millions of people" from Nigeria alone who he has previously noted will be heading to the bloc as a result of its "demographic explosion".

"So, whose fate is going to be dealt with by whom: Europe's fate by Africans, Africa's fate by Europeans. We are in this together. Our destinies are linked," he said, pledging to ensure developing the third world continent is "high on the agenda" because its population – which is set to more than double to 2.2 billion by 2050 – "is a common responsibility" for the entire bloc.
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RACISM – HATE CRIMES
Enforceable Subjectivity
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 11 December 2018

The Times of London recently informed us that "the number of hate offences recorded by police jumped after the terror attack by Khalid Masood at Westminster in March last year." The paper continued by noting that "incidents of hate crime went on rising in May and June after terrorists attacked the Manchester Arena and London Bridge." ...

What is a hate crime? The Times explains, "hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic. In fact, the expression of hatred – or perceived as such – now is itself a crime."

As law, this is perfectly Kafkaesque, in that rumor and suspicion are granted the weight of truth. There is apparently no need for an objective correlative of a person's perception. According to the Metropolitan Police, "evidence of the hate element is not a requirement. You do not need to personally perceive the incident to be hate related. It would be enough if another person, a witness or even a police officer thought that the incident was hate related." We have regressed to the days before Elizabeth I's famous declaration more than four centuries ago that she had no desire to make windows into men's souls. Now everyone can do so, and his attempts, however inaccurate, fantastic, or self-interested, have legal force.

Needless to say, the personal characteristics that are specially protected are what one might call the usual suspects: race, religion, nationality, or sexual proclivity. However, according to the Times, the government has asked the Law Commission "to investigate whether crimes driven by hostility to men [as against women] and the elderly" should be considered "hate crime." Hating the elderly is so much worse than merely preying on them, beating them, or stealing their belongings.

Expressions of hatred now being a crime in themselves, it cannot be long before differential liking for groups of people will be a crime, inasmuch as this would imply at least a potential for dislike of others. The good citizen must therefore refrain from expressing such preferences. ...

Curiously, liberals who have long denied that punishment deters crime – or indeed serves any purpose, except to take vengeance on the weak and vulnerable, driven to crime by their wretched circumstances – are generally avid for strong penalties for hate crime. The way to make people like one another is to punish them into amiability.
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RACISM – THE GUARDIAN
Desperately seeking racism – how the Guardian gets it all so wrong
Ollie Wright
Conservative Woman, 11 December 2018

The Guardian is currently in the middle of a festival of grievance, based on its recent report 'Bias in Britain', which desperately hunts for examples of racism. ...

Employment is a big issue in the report. If non-white Britons can't get the job they want, or are overqualified for the role they are in, that's racism. The Guardian cites a man with a law degree, stuck in a job he doesn't like and unable to find an opening in a firm of solicitors. It doesn't consider that this might be because we have far too many graduates chasing a fixed number of graduate jobs. ...

Mr Gayle also discusses employment discrimination in banking, with the example of another young man denied his desired career. It just so happens that he has a conviction for fraud. You might think that although he deserves a second chance, it's still best if he isn't allowed to manage your bank account. But the Guardian, of course, manages to smell racism.

It also draws our attention to how overall household income for families of Pakistani and Bangladeshi (though not Indian) origin is significantly lower than for white families. Here's a hint for the Guardian: where the wife chooses not to work, the family's overall income is likely to be lower. Government stats are clear that women from both groups are substantially less likely for various reasons to work than white women. Thirty-eight per cent of Pakistani/Bangladeshi women work, against 73 per cent of white women.

Although I'm sure there are some racist employers unwilling to take these women on, there are many issues at play and there are many cultures across the world where women are less likely to join the formal workforce. If racism was the main reason for their employment levels, there would be a more or less identical ratio for Pakistani/Bangladeshi men not working, when set against white men. But there emphatically isn't. For men, it's more like nine per cent against four per cent.

And as the Spectator points out, once in employment, people of Pakistani/Bangladeshi heritage are now very nearly equally represented to the same degree within professional/managerial levels as anyone else. Meanwhile the median incomes of Britons with Indian heritage are on the verge of overtaking the rest of the population. This in a country supposedly mired in racism.

Some of the Guardian's other examples seem simply daft. Apparently, if someone misspells or mispronounces your name, that can be an example of racial bias against you. Most native English speakers struggle with the consonant-dense surnames of Eastern Europe: is this proof of xenophobia? /.../ To include this sort of nonsense devalues any attempt to understand or confront real bigotry.

... The Guardian's report is strong on accusation but weak on causative links. Answers without solid evidence are worse than useless; they poison debate and prevent real solutions being found.

Any racism we still have is thankfully ever diminishing. As TCW's Karen Harradine argues, by global standards, we are now one of the least racist countries you can find.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – UNITED NATIONS
Signing the UN Migration Pact sells us down the river
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 11 December 2018

In the drama over Brexit, the Government's decision to sign the United Nations Migration Pact – despite its pledge to control our own borders – has slipped by almost unnoticed. Leaders of some 150 countries, including the United Kingdom, have agreed to this hubristic document, a 'global pact' couched in the language of humanity that would manage global migration (as if) and prevent 'suffering and chaos' (as if).

It has gone ahead despite opposition and the withdrawal of several nations, including the United States. In less compliant Europe, rows over the accord have erupted. Belgium's ruling coalition government has collapsed as a result; Slovakia's foreign minister has tendered his resignation.

It is hardly surprising that it has roused such a response. It is an extraordinarily ambitious and interventionist document. It lays out 23 objectives to open up legal migration and discourage illegal border crossings, and 'manage' the more than 250 million now on the move globally.

The US government disavowed these negotiations late last year. Since then other alarmed countries including Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia have pulled out of the process.

On Friday the US took aim again at the pact, labelling it 'an effort by the United Nations to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of states'.

In the meantime Mrs May's Government has expressed no such concern but in its usual inimitable way has promised one thing while doing another.

Its response to British unease, typically politely expressed in a petition (with more than 123,000 signatures) which called on ministers NOT to support the UN Global Compact on Migration, our Government claimed that the agreement could 'support global co-operation on migration without affecting the sovereignty of all countries to control their own borders'. Really? ...

Once again we are being sold down the river and can only hope that this UN intervention is as ineffective as others before it have been. The word 'control', please note, appears nowhere in the final Compact document.

Under its humanitarian guise the aim of the pact is to make illegal immigration legal, to turn pathways which are now 'irregular' into regular ones: 'We commit to adapt options and pathways for regular migration in a manner that facilitates labour mobility . . . with a view to expanding and diversifying availability of pathways for safe, orderly and regular migration.'

Worrying as well is that opposition to this regularisation of mass migration looks set to be 'institutionalised' as a hate crime. Objective 17 of the Compact reads: 'Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration'.

It is of course far easier for the UN to play this blame game, and appeal to Western tolerance and hospitality (and guilt), than to address the root cause of the problem – the vicious, intolerable and failing regimes from which so many citizens want to flee. These are the regimes whose conscienceless leaders sit at the highest UN table and are behind this pact. They are, as Karen Harradine described it on the UN's anniversary, members of a club for tyrants run by tyrants.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, BLASPHEMY, FREE SPEECH
European Court of Human Rights Blasphemy Laws: Where a Word out of Place Can Cost Your Life [part 1]
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 11 December 2018

Ironically, while Ireland's 2010 blasphemy law was still technically on the books (although never actually implemented), the 57-state Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – consisting of 56 mostly Muslim states plus "Palestine" – cited it in 2009 during an attempt to impose an international blasphemy law on the UN. ...

In any event, Ireland finally woke up to the injustice of its blasphemy law, and the damage it was doing to its growing reputation as a country purporting to observe human rights.

Figures for blasphemy laws worldwide were recently cited by the Pew Research Center in its 2016 report on "Trends in Global Restrictions on Religion":



We found that laws restricting apostasy and blasphemy are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, where 18 of the region's 20 countries (90%) criminalize blasphemy and 14 (70%) criminalize apostasy. While apostasy laws exist in only two other regions of the world – Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa – blasphemy laws can be found in all regions, including Europe (in 16% of countries) and the Americas (29%).



Possibly a better way of expressing concerns about blasphemy laws is to list the 30 Islamic countries that have such regulations, 13 of them imposing the death penalty for the offence. ...

With this disturbing list in mind, let us consider at least one dangerous development in Europe. More than one Western country is bringing forth legislation that will allow Islamic blasphemy laws in through the back door. In 2017, Canada passed Motion M-103, regarded as a shari'a blasphemy law forbidding free speech about Islam. Although at this stage it is "non-binding, one of its supporters, Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum and affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, wrote, "Now that Islamophobia has been condemned, this is not the end, but rather the beginning."

The most recent and glaring of these initiatives involves not a country, but the supranational, unaccountable European Court of Human Rights, a body that issues rulings enforceable in all 57 countries of the OIC that are signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights. Forty-seven of the signatory states are members of the Council of Europe, which is different from the 28-state European Union (although all EU states also belong within the Council).

There are, as well, other bodies to be taken into consideration – ones that open up another Pandora's Box.

Even though the primary focus of the Council of Europe is the wide network of its member states, it also has close links to, and shares activities with, a large range of international institutions. Through a variety of conventions and treaties, it helps set legal standards for those states, both members and non-members. ...
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, BLASPHEMY, FREE SPEECH
European Court of Human Rights Blasphemy Laws: Where a Word out of Place Can Cost Your Life [part 2]
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 11 December 2018

With these background facts, it is important to look at what happened on October 25 this year when the European Court of Human Rights issued its verdict on a case involving an Austrian woman, called Mrs. S., presumably Elisabeth Sabadtisch-Wolff, and an appeal she had made to the court to protect her right to free speech over a sensitive but factually correct issue concerning the Prophet Muhammad.

... What it amounts to is that Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff had given seminars about Islam in which she had drawn attention to the well-attested fact that Muhammad had married one of his eleven official wives, A'isha, when she was six, and consummated the marriage when she was nine. ...

... She was arrested and tried in 2009 through 2011, sentenced for "denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion", fined €480 ($625) and threatened with three months in prison. She appealed to Vienna's Provincial Appellate Court, which turned her down. Finally, she took her appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. That court, which reported on October 25, 2018, ruled that criticism of Muhammad constitutes incitement to hatred – meaning that in Europe, criticizing Muhammad is no longer protected free speech. ...

The judgement will have an ongoing negative impact not only on Sabaditsch-Wolff, who will carry a criminal record for the rest of her life, with the resulting serious effects on her career and other matters, but all of the West, as well. It has certainly banned her and others from exercising their right to free speech asserted in the Convention of the Council of Europe. ...

The ECHR ruling also, unfortunately, will have an even wider impact across Europe and the world. The present writer, unlike Sabaditsch-Wolff, has a doctorate in Islamic studies and languages. If I were to refer to the original Arabic texts of the sacred traditions (ahadith) in which the story of Muhammad's marriage and sexual relations with A'isha – texts officially held to be factually correct by all Sunni Muslims – might I too now be put on trial for the same offence? Or if I were to write an article giving details of the approximately 40 individuals who were assassinated for having insulted the prophet on Muhammad's direct orders or whose assassinations were approved by him? ...

In some Muslim countries, such as Yemen, marriages at early ages are not uncommon and may be justified by reference to Muhammad's sexual relations with A'isha at the ages of 9. Underage marriages, considered by some countries child abuse or statutory rape, but acceptable under shari'a law, also take place in Muslim communities in Western countries such as the UK. This alone is a major reason why platforms must be found to debate the issue instead of sweeping it, as something offensive, under the carpet. Ignoring it is offensive. ...

As noted earlier, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has been trying for years to persuade the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a general blasphemy law that will block anything deemed by someone as critical of one faith alone – namely Islam.

A few weeks ago, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan informed the UN of an initiative for an international campaign to criminalize criticism of Islam.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES
Universities launch drive to recruit more white males as low numbers give them 'minority group' status
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2018

Universities are setting targets to recruit more white male students after low numbers meant they are now classed a "minority group".

Essex and Aston Universities have become Britain's first non-elite institutions to write the target into their official recruitment plans, putting white males on a par with Black students and women engineers.

White British students are in a minority at roughly one in ten institutions, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Meanwhile on certain courses such as pharmacy, business and some science degrees, more than seven in 10 students is from an ethnic minority.

In 2016-17, 27 per cent of the UK undergraduate intake were white males, down from 30 per cent in 2007-08.

Oxford University has previously announced a drive to attract more of the group. ...

Previous research has indicated that university staff have a mixed reaction to schemes aimed specifically at white boys in case it leads to accusations of racism.

A study led by King's College London said: "We found that people were quite uncomfortable with the idea of running a targeted activity with this group, in a way that we've not encountered, for example, targeting young black African men. ..."
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, EUROPE
Most Europeans want less migration: survey
Eline Schaart
Politico, 10 December 2018

More than half of Europeans want fewer immigrants to move to their country, according to a new survey published Monday.

Fifty-one percent of those surveyed from 10 EU countries – Greece, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, France, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Spain – said fewer or no immigrants should be allowed to move to their country, compared to a worldwide average of 45 percent, Pew Research Center found.

Thirty-five percent of European respondents said they wanted about the same number of immigrants to come to their countries, while 10 percent said their countries should allow more immigrants.

Large majorities in Greece (82 percent), Hungary (72 percent), Italy (71 percent) and Germany (58 percent) said fewer immigrants or no immigrants at all should be allowed to move to their countries. The number of people who supported less migration was less than half in France (41 percent), the Netherlands (39 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) and Spain (30 percent). ...

The survey was published on the same day that more than 150 countries ratified an international U.N. migration pact that had triggered infighting in ruling parties and governments across Europe.
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EMIGRATION – WORLD
Gallup: More Than 750 Million People Globally Now Wanting to Migrate
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 10 December 2018

More than 750 million people want to migrate to another country permanently, according to Gallup research published Monday, as 150 world leaders sign up to the controversial UN global compact which critics say makes migration a human right.

The Gallup World Poll survey, which interviewed 453,122 adults in 152 countries between 2015 and 2017, found that 15 per cent of the world's adult population would like to move to another country if they had the chance.

Noting this proportion had risen from 13 per cent between 2010 and 2012, and 14 per cent between 2013 and 2016, the pollster commented that rising populism and a backlash to mass immigration seen in many Western electorates has apparently not deterred would-be migrants from wanting to seek a better standard of living elsewhere.

Regionally, the desire to migrate was found to be highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where 33 per cent of adults wanted to migrate permanently, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (27 per cent), European nations outside of the EU (26 per cent), and the Middle East and North Africa (24 per cent).

Gallup found there were 13 countries in which half or more of the adult population said they wanted to migrate to another country, with Sierra Leone (71 per cent) topping the list for its proportion of would-be migrants, followed by Liberia (66 per cent) and Haiti (63 per cent).

The U.S. remains by far the most popular country for people wanting to move abroad, with 21 per cent of potential migrants selecting it as their top destination, with Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and the UK each also ranking highly.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, FRAUD
Liverpool council finds 24 adult asylum seekers who are posing as children as it launches legal fight to stop almost £1million in taxpayers cash being spent on their care
Liz Hull
Daily Mail, 8 December 2018

A legal fight has begun to stop almost £1 million of taxpayers' money being spent on adult asylum seekers posing as children, it emerged last night.

Since May Liverpool council say 39 refugees whose age was in doubt have arrived in the city.

Following specialist assessments costing £60,000, 24 were found to be adults, while only 15 were under 18. Another 17 cases are under review.

Some asylum seekers coming to Britain try to lie about their age because support for under-18s is much better than for adults.

Children must be offered free access to schools and universities, secure housing and qualify for more benefits.

But councillors in Liverpool say that when the age of an asylum seeker is disputed, solicitors representing the refugees attempt to contest the council's age assessment by threatening to take the authority to judicial review.

Instead of incurring high legal costs, the council has been providing homes and support for the young immigrants – at a cost of around £350,000 a year – until they claim they reach adulthood.

However, according to a report to the council's education and children's services committee, it can't go on funding the increasing numbers as it tackles a £6.6 million budget shortfall.

Bosses have now agreed to pay to fight the next six cases in court. They say that if they win, it could save them up to £850,000 a year.

Councillor Barry Kushner, cabinet member for children and social care on the city council, said: 'We will start to challenge these cases so we're not rolling over all the time.

'But this is a judicial review and is expensive. They cost £20,000 to £30,000 a time. There are some legal firms playing the system, which is a real issue. We need the Government to link things together because their age assessments at the point of entry into the UK are not robust enough.' ...

The Local Government Association said Liverpool's problems were not unique.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – VICTIMS, POLICE
Police told not to take action against illegal immigrants who are victims of crime
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2018

Police chiefs have issued guidance to officers barring them from automatically alerting deportation authorities to an illegal immigrant who has been a victim of crime.

The measures, introduced amid "heightened interest" after the Windrush scandal, also ban officers from checking the police national computer solely to see if someone has leave to remain in the UK.

Police chiefs believe fears of being reported could deter illegal immigrants who have been crime victims from coming forward.

The guidance from the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) states that where a person reporting a crime is also identified, potentially, as a person without leave to remain or to enter the UK, the "fundamental principle" must be to "first and foremost" treat them as a victim.

However, if, during the investigation, it became apparent the victim was illegally in Britain, officers could "at the appropriate juncture" alert immigration enforcement.

"The police will [in those circumstances] share that information with Immigration Enforcement, but will not take any enforcement action in relation to any suspected immigration breaches," the NPCC paper states.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BORDER SECURITY, USA
Border Patrol stops more than 60,000 undocumented immigrants at Mexico-U.S. border in November - the most ever during Trump administration but it's STILL not as high as under Obama
Adry Torres
Daily Mail, 8 December 2018

The arrest of undocumented families who have crossed the Mexico-United States border rose to record levels under Donald Trump in November.

Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol arrested or denied entry to 62,456 immigrants that crossed the southern border the U.S. last month, surpassing October's figures of 60,772.

News of the soaring number of border arrests comes after Trump's calls to complete the border wall and military stationed along key points of the 1,954-mile long border.

Yet the highest numbers of arrests or refused entries in recent years actually occurred under President Barack Obama, when in October, 2016, as many as 66,842 immigrants were stopped or arrested, according to a CBP report posted by the federal immigration agency on Thursday.

'The November 2018 border numbers are the predictable result of a broken immigration system – including flawed judicial rulings - that usurps the will of the American people who have repeatedly demanded secure borders,' said Katie Waldman, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security.
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POLITICS – UNITED NATIONS, UK
British government defend UN Migration Pact
Westmonster, 8 December 2018

Governments across the world are refusing to sign the UN's Migration Pact – but it looks like the British government will be signing up.

Countries ranging from the USA to Poland to Australia have refused to back signing the Compact at a conference in Marrakech in a few days, with Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison explaining: "The Compact fails to adequately distinguish between people who enter Australia illegally and those who come to Australia the right way, particularly with respect to the provision of welfare and other benefits.

"This is inconsistent with the management of Australia's strong and orderly migration program under the Liberal National Government."

A petition against the UK signing up rocketed to over 100,000 signatures in no time. But the British government have now responded with a tone clearly supportive of the Migration Pact, saying: "The Global Compact for Migration will support global co-operation on migration without affecting the sovereignty of all countries to control their own borders." ...

It will hugely anger the British public that once again a government that talks tough about controlling migration post-Brexit is willing to sign the country up to a Compact on immigration comprehensively rejected by countries across Europe and the world. Actions speak louder than words.
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IMMIGRATION – DEBATE, INTOLERANCE, FREE SPEECH
What Happened When We Tried to Debate Immigration [part 1]
Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann
Quillette, 8 December 2018

Immigration and diversity politics dominate our political and public debates. ...

... The debate, held in London on December 6, was a great success, featuring a nuanced and evidence-based discussion attended by 400 people.

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Aside from ourselves, two university professors who between us have researched the issue for decades, the panel included Trevor Philips, the former Head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (who is of African-Caribbean heritage), and David Aaronovitch, a liberal columnist at The Times. The debate was chaired by Claire Fox and co-sponsored by the Academy of Ideas, founded to provide a "forum committed to open and robust public debate in which ideas can be interrogated," and the online magazine UnHerd, which aims to draw attention to stories and ideas that do not usually get covered in the mainstream media.

... Before the event had taken place, before a word had been spoken, one professor accused us of "helping to advance a white nationalist agenda" and engaging in "nativist and racist discourse." Other academics retweeted accounts that suggested we were "complicit in violence," including the U.S. mail bombs and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue (two of our panelists are of Jewish heritage). Still others contended that we were contributing to racism, that by posing the question we were "devaluing" scholars from minority backgrounds (Kaufmann is of mixed race).

In the spirit of compromise, and to meet our critics halfway, we changed the title of the event to: "Immigration and Diversity Politics: A Challenge to Liberal Democracy?" But that was not enough. Even after this change, academics joined with self-described anti-fascist activists to publish an open letter on the platform Open Democracy. Titled "Framing ethnic diversity as a 'threat' will normalise far-right hate," the letter claimed that the debate "was framed within the terms of white supremacist discourse" and "automatically targets communities already suffering from discrimination as part of the 'problem.'" While the letter did not call for the debate to be cancelled, it concluded that "no other alternative factor or scenario is identified as a 'threat.'" that the event had "racist presumptions," "contributes to far right 'dog whistling,'" and "serves to normalise ideas that should be firmly challenged." These claims, they continued, were "undeniable."

... One of our Wikipedia pages was vandalized while others sought to interest the press in a smear campaign. A network of activist academics and students – both inside and outside of our institutions – raised complaints with our universities. While we were not formally asked to cancel the debate, one of us came under pressure to withdraw. ...

Furthermore, the reason that academics have spent so much time exploring the idea of "threat" is because large numbers of people across Western democracies do feel under threat from immigration and rising ethnic diversity. There is no point shying away from it. It is reflected in countless studies and surveys, such as an Ipsos-MORI study last year, which found that across 25 countries an average of 42 percent of people believe that immigration is having negative effects on their country, while just under half feel that immigration "is causing their country to change in ways that they do not like." ...
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IMMIGRATION – DEBATE, INTOLERANCE, FREE SPEECH
What Happened When We Tried to Debate Immigration [part 2]
Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann
Quillette, 8 December 2018

But there is also a deeper issue here, which concerns the "normalization hypothesis." Warning against the "normalization" of the far-right has long been a cornerstone of thinking among anti-fascist and left-wing activists. The argument is that mainstream institutions like universities, the media and political parties should never give a platform to fascist or far-right figures because this treats them as legitimate actors, risks increasing their appeal, and fuels hostility towards immigrants and minorities. ...

The "normalization hypothesis" is widely accepted by journalists and academics, including those who work on populism, fascism and closely-related fields like immigration, identity, criminology, race and gender. ...

... Given the importance of free expression and inquiry in any open society, we believe it is incumbent upon those who demand an ethical limit on free expression in the interests of sensitivity to offer rigorous evidence of harm, and a method of demonstrating harm that is transparent and can be replicated and falsified.

The claim that our title was deeply offensive to ethnic minorities and risked fueling xenophobia by "mainstreaming" far-right discourse should be put under the microscope. Researchers must always be willing to open their claims to measurement and back assertions up with data. /.../ To turn our backs on the scientific method is to yield to our biases, abandon the quest for objectivity and simply engage in a naked struggle for power. ...

... the idea that exposing a controversial speaker to critical questioning, or using a controversial phrase to frame discussion on a "mainstream" platform somehow increases support for extremism, has no basis in social science. The "normalization" charge is an article of faith rather than a conclusion based on an empirically-verified theory. The fact that it is so often invoked to no-platform speakers on university campuses, or silence enquiry, means that it must be held to empirical account. ...

Whether or not you felt offended by our debate is anchored strongly in social construction: Those who feel the most strongly invested in liberal ideology, regardless of race, found the description about our debate more offensive than others. ...

Short of any empirical evidence that shows harms arising as a direct result of a debate over the harms of not having a debate, we feel that free societies should engage in open discussion of uncomfortable issues. ...

The reaction to our debate reflected the three psychological processes identified by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff in their new book The Coddling of the American Mind. Haidt and Lukianoff warn that progressive activists at elite American campuses are engaging in precisely the kind of psychological processes that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) seeks to correct. Catastrophizing involves focusing on the worst possible outcome as the most likely outcome. "If I don't get a good grade, my life is over," is one example. Another is the notion that a public debate will help fascists to triumph. ...

While we are all for robust debate, the response to our event reveals a great deal about the mindset of some of our most vociferous opponents, including those who teach our young adults in universities.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RACIAL BLENDING, IDENTITY POLITICS
Will racial blending undermine identity politics? Let's hope so
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 7 December 2018

Behold, the most incendiary statistic in America: the Census Bureau's projection of when whites will become a minority in what last century was 'their own' country. (In only 1980, 80 per cent of Americans were white. Mind, where the US leads, Europe often follows.) When in 2008 that red-letter date moved up to 2042, notes California demographer Dowell Myers: 'People went crazy.'

After decades of progressive lobbying for multicultural inclusion, the startling proximity of this demographic tipping point is enticing a certain brand of activist to embrace the rhetoric of replacement instead. Evident during the midterms, this new approach to the melting pot is militant. ...

The language of demographic conquest has obvious appeal. At last, no more begging for equal opportunity. Isn't triumph more gratifying than entreaty? The plan: subjugate mainstream culture, and then supplant it. If and when the power dynamic flips, the perceived arrogance of historical white domination would logically invite payback.

Looking to 2020, the younger, more radical wing of the Democratic party might reconsider this strategy, however tempting the rhetoric of unapologetic demographic takeover. First off, it's jumping the gun. Minorities are still regionally concentrated. More than 60 per cent of the country is still white, and 69 per cent of the electorate is white. Tell all these people that they're yesterday's news and you're looking forward to their being dead? You lose.

Worse, the victorious brandishing of the tipping-point invites political backlash. ...

But there is a third way: we could have a go at that statistic, which is soft, woolly and anachronistic.

The Census Bureau uses a peculiarly puristic definition of 'white', in reality a baggy, catchall category covering a vast range of genetic and ethnic backgrounds, and largely defined by what white people aren't: non-white. If you have one white and one non-white parent (like Obama), you're non-white. Indeed, check any other racial category in addition to 'non-Hispanic white', and the government doesn't count you as white. Yet in truth, few whites have exclusively European lineage, as Ancestry.com customers so often discover.

Mixed-race Americans already constitute a not-insignificant 7 per cent of the population, and the number of mixed-race children is soon set to double. More than a quarter of Asians and Hispanics in the US marry outside their race. If you loosen the definition of 'white' and start including people who are, say, half white, and may identify as white (whatever that means), the proportion of America's whites is going up. With that more relaxed definition, the Census Bureau itself projects that as far out as 2060, 68.5 per cent of the US will still be white. ...

However satisfying, crowing over outnumbering the native-born erstwhile majority is divisive, and encourages whites to regard votes for minority candidates as votes for their own demise. Besides, as an American sick to death of race being put at the forefront of every issue, I adore the spanner of intermarriage – which creates a growing category of people who don't fit into the pigeonholes of identity politics, and mercifully blur the arbitrary dividing lines between groups that needn't be at each other's throats. I love the idea of race in future becoming increasingly vague.
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EMIGRATION – AFRICA
Tackling migration – An African perspective
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr
Deutsche Welle, 7 December 2018

For most of my life, I have lived away from my home city. I was born in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. I lived in Ghana and then Canada as a child. Following a master's degree at the London School of Economics, I lived in the UK for 26 years. In my first job with Arthur Andersen, ...

Let me use the situation of my home city Freetown to give an African perspective on migration, against the backdrop of the fierce debate over the Global Compact on Migration of the United Nations. The current situation in Sierra Leone can be aptly described as dire based on a number of human development indices. Already, back in 2000 a survey found that over half of university-educated Sierra Leoneans were migrating to more developed countries.

A more recent study indicated that we have only two doctors and 17 nurses for every 100,000 inhabitants. I can testify to this body and brain drain from a personal experience: only seven of my 28 classmates who graduated from secondary school with excellent results in 1984 live in Freetown today.

This is an age-old phenomenon not just in Sierra Leone, but across Africa: Skilled people often turn their backs on their native cities and countries, and they seldom return. ...

In spite of this emigration, Freetown, like most African cities, still has to cope with net immigration due to the influx of low-skilled workers from rural areas. So, while we lose our professional capacity in providing essential services to support vulnerable, poor residents, we also have to cope with new arrivals seeking opportunities in our cities.

This is why, as the new mayor of Freetown, I have made human development one of my top priorities. We need to make skills and jobs accessible to young people if we want to curb migration. ...

African cities need to be part of the answer to problems caused by migration so that they can be mitigated. ...

This week, ahead of the UN conference on migration, the Mayors' Migration Council will be established in Marrakesh, led by mayors from around the world. For too long, the UN was focused on exchanging views only at the national and international level. It is unfortunate that the voices of mayors and local government are scarcely represented in these discussions.

If we want to deal with migration issues effectively, the voice of cities must be heard on international platforms.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
The more English you feel, the more you think immigration is bad for Britain, study finds
Rory Tingle
MailOnline, 6 December 2018

The more English a person feels the more likely they are to believe immigration has had a negative impact on Britain's economy and culture, a new survey has revealed.

But despite the survey finding that Scottish National Party voters were the most likely to be positive about the cultural and economic affects of immigration, there was little difference between the overall views of those north and south of the border.

The new data is part of the English and Welsh and Scottish attitudes towards immigration report produced by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and published today.

It brings together data from the recent British and Scottish Social Attitudes surveys, conducted by the NatCen and ScotCen during the second half of 2017.

It found that the majority of people in both England and Wales and Scotland were more positive about immigration than negative.

In Scotland, 46% viewed immigration as good for Britain's economy, while 43% of Scots felt it enriched the country's culture.

This was similar to England and Wales where 47% of people thought immigration was good for the economy and 43% that it was good for its culture.

However, when NatCen looked at views based on political alliance and national identity, it found that the more English people felt the more likely they were to view immigration negatively.

While 43% of respondents who identified as English not British said immigration was bad for the economy, 32% said it had undermined British culture.

This compared to 17% and 8% of those who identified as British not English respectively.

Leave voters in both regions were much more likely to be negative about the impact of migration. ...

Sir John said that SNP voters in 2017 holding positive views about migration helped create the impression Scotland as a whole did as well.

But he said those Scots who supported other parties were less positive about immigration.

Sir John added: 'Consequently, although the balance of opinion about migration is much the same in Scotland as in the rest of Britain, the link between attitudes towards the subject and how people vote at election time is somewhat different north of the border.'
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MULTICULTURALISM – HUMAN RIGHTS, FREE SPEECH
When truth is a crime
Theodore Dalrymple
Salisbury Review, Winter 2018

It is not surprising in an age of Newspeak that a court set up to defend certain rights such as that to free speech should end up by suppressing them. ...

According to the European Court of Human Rights, free speech consists of freedom to say whatever the court, ex post facto, finds it acceptable for people to say. And in the case of E S, an Austrian woman who suggested during a seminar in Vienna that Muhammad was, or might have been, a paedophile, the court has ruled that the woman's right to free expression had to be 'carefully balanced... with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected, all to serve the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria.' It was therefore perfectly in order for E S to have been fined by Austrian courts for having said what she did.

It would be difficult to find a legal judgment in recent history that is morally more cowardly, intellectually feebler, and potentially more disastrous in its effects, than this. Among other considerations, the European Convention on Human Rights, which the court was set up to enforce, nowhere recognises a right not to have religious feelings offended. /.../ It surely requires very little reflection to understand how restrictive of almost any kind of speech a right not to offended in one's feelings would be. ...

Let us briefly examine the case. The court said that E S's claim had no substance in fact and was therefore merely insulting. The court therefore sets itself up as the arbiter of what in essence is an historical claim. But this was not a case of libel, in which the truth, falsehood or malice of what has been said about a living person is in question. Muhammad has been dead more than thirteen hundred years. ...

... Even if one accepted (as to some extent or other one surely must) the view that autres temps, autres moeurs, the religious feelings of the susceptible would hardly be assuaged: for the accurate or literally true description would imply that, far from having been an exemplar for subsequent ages to follow, Muhammad was a model to be avoided. And this runs contrary in a very fundamental way to the beliefs of Islam, which could hardly fail to offend sensibilities of many Moslems. In other words, the court's ruling is in essence not that certain untrue things may not be said of Muhammad, but that certain things may not be said of him even if true. The European Court of Human Rights is therefore not a court at all, in the sense that most of us understand the word: it is an Inquisition to root out heresy. ...

As to the 'legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria', the Inquisitors seem to have accepted the following logic:



If you say x, person y says that he will become violent.

Therefore it is incumbent on you not to say x, rather than incumbent on person y not to threaten or even carry out violence.




The Inquisitors are therefore appeasers in the worst possible sense, and to rely on them to protect our freedoms is like relying on Mr Madoff to safeguard our savings. ...

But in any case, the judges displayed a startling ignorance, above all today, in suggesting that Muslims worship Muhammad. Although to outsiders it may appear as if they do so, they themselves would find the suggestion offensive and deeply blasphemous. The judges have therefore offended against Muslim feelings. I suggest that they shut up and be heavily fined.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, EUROPEAN UNION
Immigration tops voter concerns in EU election season
Ryan Heath and Hanna Pawalec
Politico, 6 December 2018

Immigration tops the list of voter concerns in 22 of the 27 EU countries that will vote in European Parliament election in 2019 – including Germany, France, Italy and Poland – for the fourth year in a row, according to an EU-wide survey conducted for the European Commission.

Terrorism was the top-ranked issue in Spain, Romania, Ireland, Croatia, and Lithuania.

The last time Europeans voted to send members of the European Parliament to Brussels and Strasbourg – in May 2014 – the "economic situation" dominated Europe's list of worries.

In 2015, immigration shot up the list as more than one million migrants came to Europe via the Mediterranean and through the Western Balkans.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Italian government reduces migrant landings by 96% in two years
Voice of Europe, 6 December 2018

The Italian government has drastically reduced the number of migrant landings in the country. Since January this year 23,000 people arrived in Italy by sea and that's 96 per cent less than two years ago.

The migrants who do manage to arrive mostly come from Tunisia, Eritrea, Sudan and Pakistan.

Italy's large reduction in migrant landings shows that the policies of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini work. The migration hardliner refused numerous ships into Italy's ports and made a deal with the Libyan coastguard to return migrants.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Government is hiding the true cost of immigration to encourage public to support open borders, voters believe
Hugo Gye
The Sun, 5 December 2018

Most Brits believe ministers are deliberately hiding the true cost of immigration, a shock report has revealed.

A majority of the public say they think the Government is lying about the toll taken by the influx of migrants.

And they accuse the authorities of deliberately letting in more people from abroad because they want to make Britain more diverse.

The Henry Jackson Society think-tank found that wide groups of society are now signed up to "conspiracy thinking on immmigration".

58 per cent of Brits said politicians have deliberately hidden how much immigration costs taxpayers and society.

And 51 per cent think the Government has "deliberately tried to make British society more diverse through its immigration policy".

Three out of ten voters said people who speak out against immigration are demonised for their views.

Leave supporters are more likely to distrust the Government on migration.

Researchers warned that the establishment has stoked the public's fear by refusing to acknowledge their concerns about the impact of open borders.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BELGIUM, UNITED NATIONS
Belgium government on brink of COLLAPSE over UN migration pact
Carly Read
Daily Express, 5 December 2018

Belgium's government is at risk crumbling over the United Nations' controversial Migration Pact, which has been welcomed by the nation's Prime Minister Charles Michel but challenged by the country's largest opposition party.

Bart de Wever, leader of the New-Flemish Alliance, has blasted the UN Migration Pact as unacceptable while Belgium's leader Mr Michel is keen to sign it in a move that could trigger the fall of the Belgian government. Mr de Wever said: "It's non-binding, but will that serve as an argument in court? The fact that the EU is no longer pursuing push back policies on refugees is the result of a court decision, not a political one." ...

Belgium is not the only nation to disagree on the controversial pact which would not only make immigration a human right, but also see those who challenge it jailed for committing hate crime.

The document has been boycotted by Italy, France, Poland, Israel, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Australia, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria which have all rejected the proposals in favour of tougher border controls.
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CRIME – GANGS, LONDON
London has 180 heavily-armed gangs with members as young as EIGHT roaming its streets, Met Police Chief Cressida Dick reveals
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 5 December 2018

Around 180 gangs now operate in London and are recruiting primary school children to their ranks, the head of the Met Police has revealed.

The capital has seen a surge in the murder rate this year, with 127 homicides already recorded and some areas becoming battlegrounds of tit-for-tat shootings and stabbings.

Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Met Police, today insisted that increasing stop and search checks and deploying armed officers to some areas is 'turning the tide' on spiralling violence.

But she warned that rooting out 'entrenched' gangs around the capital will take 'a long time'. ...

'We've got about 180 gangs in London and they are quite entrenched some of them and they are busy bringing children in.' ...

The Commissioner backed the use of 'tactical contact' by police, which has seen police drivers knocking into moped muggers who refuse to stop.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SOCIAL COHESION
How multiculturalism divides us
Paul Embery
Unherd, 5 December 2018

Let's start with the basics. Anyone who believes in freedom has a duty to defend the right of fellow citizens to live the life they choose within the parameters of the law. That means upholding their entitlement to worship whom and how they wish, dress and eat as they like, assemble with whom they choose, and so on.

These freedoms are fundamental to liberty, and a society that imposes restrictions on them will inevitably be less free. But as Britain and other Western nations experience deepening problems of societal fragmentation and atomisation, a serious assessment of the role of the State in facilitating integration and social harmony is crucial. In particular, consideration of the effects of the policy of State-sponsored multiculturalism is overdue.

Conventional wisdom has it, of course, that multiculturalism is an inherent good: progressive, inclusive, enlightened, the essence of equality. Sceptics are dismissed as reactionary nativists.

And yet a philosophy designed to break down barriers and bring people together has in fact achieved the very opposite. Modern Britain is dotted with monocultural ghettos whose inhabitants often live an utterly parallel existence to their compatriots dwelling in some cases just a few streets away.

Is it perhaps because the active promotion of separation and difference – for that, ultimately, is what State-sponsored multiculturalism amounts to – drives wedges between people and is inimical to integration? Might it be that we took a wrong turn when we opted for the salad bowl over the melting pot?

Cultural solidarity is hard-wired into the human psyche. People naturally gravitate towards those with whom they feel a sense of cultural understanding and attachment, and the societies most at ease with themselves are those in which deep and enduring common bonds exist, developed organically over generations through shared customs, language, institutions, religion and social mores. ...

The promotion of multiculturalism has the effect of unpicking this. It starts from the point that nothing that went before has any greater relevance to what exists now, that no culture or tradition should be elevated above others, and that the State should be if not an uninterested then certainly a disinterested party in the cultural life of the nation. In doing so, it dismisses an entire history, and violates the sense of belonging felt by those whose lives, as well as those of their ancestors, were so profoundly shaped by that history. ...

The political elites like to kid us about all this, of course. So they constantly preach the gospel of multiculturalism while ignoring its deleterious effects. Thus, we are invited to take pride in the fact that 'Britain is a diverse, multicultural society.' Well, parts of it certainly are. But much of it isn't. ...

These champions of multiculturalism will fiercely upbraid those who argue against their creed. There are the usual insinuations that opponents must be motivated by racism – a logical fallacy which conflates culture and race, and ignores the obvious fact that one can be a committed multiracialist without embracing multiculturalism. ...

Proponents of multiculturalism do not seem to see the hypocrisy in respecting ancient cultures and civilisations elsewhere while neglecting and derecognising our own.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EU, UNITED NATIONS
EU countries mass BOYCOTT of UN meeting making MIGRATION a HUMAN RIGHT
Joe Gamp
Daily Express, 4 December 2018

A new United Nations initiative to class migration as a HUMAN RIGHT is being boycotted by European Union (EU) member states, including Italy, France and Austria, who have all rejected the proposals in favour of tougher border controls.

This week's unveiling of UN proposals for universal migrant rights is being treated with such suspicion that only Britain, Holland and Denmark have signed up unreservedly. The so-called UN Global Compact for Migration aims to set out universal rights and conditions for migrants – but one Member of the European Parliament has pointed out that if adopted then even the criticising of the very concept of migration would be considered a hate crime. Italy, a nation tacking a huge migrant influx, was furious about the new 'meddling' legislation and refused to attend the meeting in Marrakech on December 10 and 11. ...

The UN's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was provisionally approved by UN members in July. ...

But the compact has since been rejected by UN states such as Austria, Poland, Israel, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Australia, Slovakia and Hungary. ...

The UN Global Compact for Migration was launched on September 19 2016 during a summit on migrants and refugees.

The pact's main objectives include making migration easier, boosting international efforts for safe passage in order to save lives, and minimising environmental factors.

The deal would also improve border management, provide basic services to migrants and ramp up laws against perceived as "anti-migration hate crimes".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MULTICULTURALISM, USA
Poll Shows Huge Democrat Bias Toward Muslims Over Christians
Neil Munro
Breitbart, 4 December 2018

Sixty-eight percent of Democrats say employers should grant a request for prayer space by Muslims – but only 45 percent say employers should grant a similar request by Christian employees, says a survey by Grinnell College.

In contrast to the Democrats' 23-point anti-Christian bias, the November poll showed only a ten point gap in response from conservatives.

Thirty percent of Republicans say employers should provide a prayer space for Muslim employees and 40 percent say employers should support a similar service for Christians, according to the Grinnell College poll of roughly 500 people.

The same poll showed a three-point pro-Christian skew among Donald Trump's voters and a huge 20-point pro-Muslim skew among Hillary Clinton voters. ...

The poll asked, "Suppose a group of devout Christians [or devout Muslims] asked their employer to provide a private place for them to pray together. Even if it is a hardship [on business], do you think the employer should or should not accommodate the request?"
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
There is no Brexodus – but they will still cook the immigration books
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 3 December 2018

Let's be clear, the 74,000 figure was of 74,000 more EU nationals arriving than leaving in the year to June 2018 – hardly a Brexodus – a number that equals three-quarters of a million people in ten years; and that is without taking into consideration future births or dependants joining them.

This narrative may have suited the government, because it helped divert attention from the painfully high non-EU net migration figure of a quarter of a million also reported, which happens to be the highest for 14 years. ...

Cabinet papers leaked last week to the Telegraph detailed the Government's post-Brexit immigration plans. If reported correctly by the Telegraph, these plans, contrary to Mrs May's promises, will largely squander any benefit gained from our departure from the EU.

Far from reining in the uncontrolled flow of lower-skilled workers from the EU after free movement ends, they reveal the free flow of cheap labour from the EU will continue. It would appear therefore that the government, after massive pressure from the employer lobbies, have caved in and even have in mind, post-Brexit, the possibility of throwing the net further, beyond the EU. ...

The dishonesty is that not only will this allow unlimited access to cheap labour for business to continue but that it will also, ostensibly, reduce net migration. The offering of 11-month visas for those wishing to work in lower-skilled occupations will, in effect, result in the fiddling of the immigration statistics. ...

... An additional complication with the scheme, even if it has been devised with the EU in mind, is that the Government have said that post-Brexit all applicants – EU and non-EU citizens – will be treated in the same way.

The potential for attracting would-be migrants from countries whose citizens already pose a high risk of overstaying their permitted time and going to ground is likely to go up significantly.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, DENMARK
Denmark to banish foreign criminals to remote island
James Rothwell
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2018

Foreign criminals sentenced to deportation are to be banished to a remote island off the coast of Denmark, the country's government has announced.

Finance minister Kristian Jensen said the criminals will be detained at a facility on Lindholm, an uninhabited seven-hectare island in the province of Vordingborg. ...

The Lindholm facility will house rejected asylum seekers who have been convicted of crimes, as well as foreign citizens who do not have permission to stay but cannot be deported for legal reasons.

For example, some of those due to be detained at the facility are stateless, while others come from countries which do not have a readmission agreement with Denmark.

"They will not be imprisoned," Mr Jensen told Danish news agency Ritzau.

"There will be a ferry service to and from the island, but the ferry will not operate around the clock, and they must stay at the departure centre at night. That way we will be better able to monitor where they are."
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IMMIGRATION – BIGOTRY
A special kind of poison
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 3 December 2018

Matthew d'Ancona of the Guardian believes that if you voted to Leave the EU because you were concerned about immigration then you are a bigot. A bigot, plain and simple. ...

I agree with d'Ancona when he says a lot of the Brexit vote was about immigration but of course I don't agree with his assessment that this makes you a bigot. ...

The expansion of our population since 2004 is unprecedented. It grew to an estimated record 65.1 million in 2015, increasing by more than half a million in just one year since 2014. And you are not permitted to blink an eye about this. Not one teensy, weensy bit, otherwise they will bring out the BIGOT insult.

Britain has experienced a population increase of over 5 million in just over a decade, from 2005 to 2016. The previous 5 million took 35 years to achieve, between 1970 and 2005. This is the sharpest increase in the population in 70 years. But you are not allowed ask any questions or demand any answers or vote in a way that will upset the dudes at the Guardian – or else.

In addition to this we are to accept, according to d'Ancona, that this population increase has had no impact on the provision of housing, health or education services because magically the law of supply and demand does not exist any more. It just disappeared along with d'Ancona's sense of loyalty to his fellow working-class citizens. ...

And let's just take on the NHS and social care point. There is no doubt these services are kept afloat by the hard-working immigrants, because in a socialised health system you need workers who are willing to work for what would be below market rate, and these are often from poorer countries.

However, it is one thing for a country to hire nurses and doctors from a poorer country if they are spare to that country, but there is absolutely nothing moral about stealing nurses, doctors and health care workers from poorer countries if that country cannot spare them. So, don't feel so smug about your own open borders if in truth that talented Bulgarian doctor in a London A&E has left Bulgaria 'deepening the crisis in their already dysfunctional health systems'.

Finally, d'Ancona seems a bit upset that economic matters no longer trump all when it comes to political debate and policy, as 'culture is nudging old-fashioned political economy out of its prime spot'. To which I say – so what?

Are we no longer permitted to have a culture of our own? Have the multi-cultis abolished British culture? And this from the very same people who no doubt travel the world to 'discover and experience' other cultures. It seems everyone else's culture is better than the stinking British and their 'extremely unpleasant nativism'.

The headline states: 'Let's be honest about what's really driving Brexit: bigotry.' No, let's be honest about what's really driving the likes of d'Ancona: pure contempt for his fellow citizens and a total lack of empathy about why some people might not be on board with the whole open-borders lark.

I generally try to avoid imputing motive, something the Left does to the Right all the time, but this time it is unavoidable. Matthew d'Ancona believes many of his fellow Brits are bigots for caring and daring to preserve their own national and cultural heritage.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
Muslims demand full legal protection from Islamophobia
Dan Sabbagh
The Observer, 2 December 2018

Muslim organisations are urging Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and all other party leaders to adopt a newly proposed working definition of Islamophobia in an attempt to put pressure on a reluctant Home Office to follow suit.

The Muslim Council of Britain and other Islamic groups want the Conservatives and Labour to take the lead in the aftermath of a week marked by public outrage over the alleged racist bullying of a 15-year-old Syrian refugee in Huddersfield.

The definition was set out in a report published by a cross-party group of MPs last week and says: "Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness." ...

The plea for politicians to adopt the definition comes after a bruising summer dominated by rows about antisemitism in the Labour party as well as Islamophobia among the Conservatives, following a particularly controversial newspaper column written by the former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in which he compared fully veiled women to letterboxes and bank robbers. ...

Those who worked on the definition of Islamophobia wanted it to capture the reality that, while Muslims are not a race, abuse against them amounts to a form of racism. At the same time it was felt important that the definition did not silence non-racist criticism of Islam.

Two of the most influential contributions to the parliamentary group's work were made by Professor Salman Sayyid of Leeds University and AbdoolKarim Vakil of King's College London.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – SMUGGLING
UK 'lacks will' to tackle British-based people-smuggling 'mafia', French mayor claims
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 2 December 2018

Ruthless people-smugglers risking the lives of migrants in the English Channel are controlled by British-based 'mafia bosses', yet UK authorities 'lack the political will to tackle them', a French mayor claimed yesterday.

Franck Dhersin, mayor of Teteghem, a village near Dunkirk, said traffickers cramming boats with migrants are mostly Iraqi Kurdish gangs investing their profits in the UK. He said French coastguard services are receiving almost nightly calls to rescue migrants from inadequate, overcrowded boats.

'It is only a matter of time before someone dies trying to cross the Channel in boats,' he said.

'Our intelligence shows that there are several gangs operating in this area, in Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne,' he added. 'These gangs are mostly Iraqi Kurdish but the leaders of these gangs are based in the UK. They have dual nationality, British and Iraqi.

'We have got this information from the foot soldiers we arrested in Calais. The gang bosses are reinvesting the money into the property market, in restaurants and nightclubs. They send some money back to Iraq, but most of it is reinvested in Britain.'
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ASYLUM – FAKE CHILD
Revealed: Adult asylum seeker who posed as a 15-year-old schoolboy to sit GCSEs 'is still being treated as a child by British authorities'
Sebastian Murphy-bates and Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 2 December 2018

The Iranian asylum seeker who posed as a 15-year-old GCSE student is still being treated as a child despite him being outed as an adult.

The 6ft 1in man, who came to Britain using the name Siavash, spent six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk, but was only taken out of class when pupils became upset and parents threatened a boycott.

An official probe found he is almost certainly over 18 and should be treated as an adult asylum seeker, which would mean he could be deported if his claim is refused.

But a source claims that the Home Office is still treating him as a child and that he is still claiming to be under 18 on his application, telling The Sun: 'He's been pulled out of school but he's still protected as a minor.' ...

In Norway all child asylum seekers had their wrists and teeth x-rayed last year because in 2016 around 40 per cent of under-18s arriving in the country were actually found to be over 20.
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POLITICS – UNITED NATIONS
Criticising migration could become CRIMINAL offence under new plan
Thomas Hunt
Sunday Express, 2 December 2018

A leading MEP has warned EU citizens they could be "jailed" for criticising migration policies if a new United Nations agreement is acted upon.

The United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration seeks to make immigration a universal human right. MEP Marcel de Graaff said: "I would like to say some words on the global compact on migration. On the 10th and 11th of December there will be an international congress in Marrakesh Morocco. The participating countries are set to sign this agreement and although this joint agreement is not binding it is still meant to be the legal framework on which the participating countries commit themselves to build new legislation.

"One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate speech.

"The agreement wants to criminalise migration speech. Criticism of migration will become a criminal offence.

"Media outlets that give room to criticism of migration can be shut down.

"The compact for migration is legalisation of mass migration.

"It is declaring migration as a human right so it will, in effect, become impossible to criticise Mrs Merkel's welcome migrants politics without being at risk of being jailed for hate speech." ...

The document is an "intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, that covers all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner".

Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland have already stated they will not sign the agreement.

One of the "guiding principles" of the document asks for a "whole-of-society approach" to promoting mass migration, including the role of the media.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BOSNIA
EU Confirms Funding for Migrants Massed at Bosnia Border, Locals Say Crime Rife
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 December 2018

As the EU confirmed it was spending taxpayers' cash on migrants seeking to break into the bloc, Bosnians have pleaded for the Balkans migration route to be shut down amidst increasing "militancy" from newcomers.

Authorities in border towns in Bosnia, which is outside the European Union, have been struggling to cope with increasingly bold and forceful attempts to push through police lines and onto EU soil since mid-October, when thousands of third world immigrants began camping near the border with EU member Croatia – reportedly following misinformation that Croatia was set to open its frontiers.

In the border town of Bihac, Mayor Suhret Fazlic said the 3,000 or so migrants currently living in the area nearby were presenting a major problem for the city with "militant behaviour" and committing hundreds of criminal offences. ...

On Thursday, the EU Commission announced it would be spending an additional €500,000 of taxpayers' money on "humanitarian assistance" to third world migrants camping in the Balkans with the intention of illegally crossing into the bloc.

"Refugees and migrants continue to arrive in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU is committed to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need," Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides boasted in a statement which noted Brussels has spent €31 million on migration-related projects in the region since 2015.

Earlier this week, the UN Migration Agency/International Organization for Migration (IOM) admitted "80 to 85 percent" of immigrants attempting to break into the EU from the Balkans are "economic migrants and not people who need international protection".

IOM coordinator for the region, Peter Van der Auweraert, said "roughly 35 percent are Pakistanis", accounting for the largest proportion of migrants, while around 20 percent claim to be from Syria.

"But concerning the Syrians, I have doubts because we also have a number of people from North Africa who say they are Syrian," he added, telling Euronews: "In total, between 20,000 and 21,000 people have entered Bosnia since the beginning of the year and 4,500 of them are still here.

"Therefore, three-quarters of the migrants managed to enter Croatia illegally," Van der Auweraert said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, FRANCE
Almost 80% of French don't want to accept more migrants, according to new opinion poll
Alex King
Voice of Europe, 2 December 2018

According to an opinion poll on immigration conducted by Ifop, in partnership with the Jean Jaures Foundation and the American Jewish Committee, 52 per cent of French men and women believe that France welcomes "too many foreigners".

A further 27 per cent believe that France welcomes "enough", meaning that a total of 79 per cent of the country's citizens believe that France should not welcome any more immigrants.

The poll, which was published in the weekly Journal du Dimanche, also revealed that 64 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: "our country already has many foreigners and welcoming additional immigrants would be undesirable".

77 per cent said that they fear a policy that is too welcoming of immigrants, and 71 per cent believe that excessive migration will lead to a decrease in wages, due to migrants' willingness to work for lower pay. ...

With the majority of migrants having arrived from countries across the Middle East and North Africa, in particular Libya and Syria, Pew Research Center has predicted that Western Europe will see a dramatic rise in its Muslim population, with France forecast to see a rise from 8.8% in 2016 to 18.0% by 2050.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – VIA IRELAND
Georgian 'people smuggling gang took advantage of lax Irish borders to smuggle their illegal migrant families and girlfriends into the UK on ferries to Wales'
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 1 December 2018

A gang of Georgians took advantage of lax Irish border controls to smuggle illegal migrants into the UK, a court has heard.

Gurami Shariashvili, 27, and a group of his compatriots allegedly helped their girlfriends and family members to claim asylum in the Republic of Ireland before smuggling them across the border and into mainland Britain via the ferry to North Wales.

George Kapitadze, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to break immigration rules, was stopped by Special Branch officers at Holyhead port as he drove four female Georgians into the country, on June 22 last year.

A jury heard how Shariashvili conspired with family members Levani, 30, Giri, 45, alongside Mikhail Mamulashvili, 35, Leri Mgaloblishvili, 45, and Ilia Diasamidze, 35, to smuggle the economic migrants using a variety of methods.

In June 2017, a man called Giorgi Berikashvili was cought trying to board a flight from Belfast to Manchester using a fake Portuguese passport after he'd travelled to Northern Ireland from the Republic. ...

Gurami and Giri Shariashvili, both of Feltham, Middlesex, Mamulashvili, of Eastham, London, and Mgalobshvili, of London all deny conspiracy to facilitate breach of immigration law. ...

The trial continues.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: Immigration. Voters will spurn the end of free movement if it brings no reduction in numbers
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2018

This week's immigration figures have made uncomfortable reading for a government that has pledged a major reduction in immigration. EU net migration is still, despite Brexit, at 74,000 – roughly the size of the British army. Non-EU migration is a quarter of a million – that is, the highest for 14 years.

Meanwhile, it is curious, to put it mildly, that the Prime Minister should be majoring on her achievement in bringing free movement to an end just as leaked Cabinet documents suggest that the Government is about to lose much of the benefit by caving in to the employer lobbies. They are planning, it seems, to camouflage their surrender by fiddling the immigration statistics.

The Prime Minister has indeed chosen as the top reason for backing her deal with the EU that "free movement will come to an end, once and for all, with the introduction of a new skills-based immigration system". However, the Daily Telegraph had a leak of Cabinet papers describing how the Government proposes to manage migration post-Brexit. If broadly correct, it could well throw away much of any benefit gained from our departure from the EU.

The Government seems to have in mind fiddling the immigration statistics. They would do this by offering eleven-month visas for those wishing to work in lower skilled occupations. Presumably, this is intended to appease the employer lobbies who want continued, and preferably unlimited, access to cheap labour. The trick is this. When passengers arrive in the UK a sample are asked whether they plan to remain in the UK for a year or more. If so, they are asked further questions, and are then included in the statistics as immigrants, but if they have visas which are only valid for 11 months they will say no and walk on through.

That ruse will keep them out of the statistics but, once the eleven months are up, how could their departure possibly be enforced? A previous scheme for low skilled hospitality workers had to be closed in 2005 amidst Home Office concerns that it was being used to facilitate illegal immigration. The same could happen again with these workers joining the population of illegal immigrants who are estimated by former Home Office officials to number about one million. Alternatively, they could work legally for eleven months (probably at higher pay) and then drop off the radar. The Home Office do not remotely have the resources to find them, let alone remove them. Indeed resources devoted to border control fell by 20 per cent in the five years to April 2017. ...

It is all very well for the Government to claim that it has restored "control" of migration but, if that leads to another increase in numbers, the outcome would be deeply unwelcome to the public, nearly two thirds of whom consider that immigration has been too high over the last decade; among Conservative voters that is 84 per cent.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Families risk their lives and migrants pay £10,000 each to get to UK by dinghy before Brexit – as 12,000 Iranians reach Europe visa-free
Oliver Harvey
The Sun, 30 November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The rest are new groups of migrants or migrants related to persons who already reside in Sweden – with or without a residence permit.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Feds catch convicted murderer in migrant caravan: DHS
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 30 November 2018

Homeland Security said Friday that a convicted murderer was among the members of the migrant caravan, and was caught trying to sneak into the U.S. late last week.

Until four months ago Miguel Angel Ramirez, 46, was in a Honduran prison serving time for murder, authorities said. ...

Homeland Security says it has identified 600 criminals within the caravan.

"The fact that Border Patrol arrested a murderer within the first caravan-related apprehensions at our southern border proves how real the threat of the caravan is to our national security and public safety," said department spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
Migration to UK from countries outside Europe surges to highest total since 2004
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 29 November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The figure among Remain voters was six per cent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third, there are problems of assimilation. ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The UN agreement /.../ notes:



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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Home Office spokesperson said: ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Violent crime has escalated in recent years, with 719 killings recorded in the year to June and robberies rocketing 22 per cent.
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CRIME – BORDER SECURITY, IRELAND
'Britain's FBI' Reveals Soft Border Exploited by Dangerous Criminals, Illegal Migrants, Traffickers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 2 November 2018

The supposedly all-important 'soft' border between the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland is being exploited by dangerous criminals, gangsters, and illegal migrants, according to the National Crime Agency (CTA).

"The Common Travel Area (CTA) is open to exploitation by criminals, illegal immigrants and extremists who use the border to facilitate and enable criminality," revealed the NCA – the British equivalent of America's FBI – in its National Strategic Assessment of Serious Organised Crime for 2018.

"There is significant interaction between OCGs [Organised Crime Groups] operating on both sides of the border, working together across a number of types of organised crime including drug trafficking, excise fraud, human trafficking, environmental/waste crime, burglary, firearms purchases/movement, plant theft, agricultural crime, and money laundering," the report reveals.

"Recent analysis identified that almost half of OCGs managed and investigated by [the Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary), or PSNI] are known to have strong links and associations with OCGs based in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)."

The NCA assessment notes that the PSNI is current "sighted" on 83 organised gangs in total.

Abuse of the 'soft border' between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland impacts mainland Britain as well as the Province, with the NCA noting that abuse of the Common Travel Area is "evident in Scotland at the ports of Loch Ryan and Cairnryan", for example.

Perhaps most seriously, it admits that a number of "high harm foreign national offenders" have been detected attempting to re-enter Great Britain via Northern Ireland after being deported.
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POLITICS – RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA, IDENTITY, GUILT
An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt – A Review [part 1]
Nick Cohen
Quillette, 2 November 2018

A review of An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt by Pascal Bruckner. Polity (November 2018), 204 pages.

It is embarrassingly easy to write about the collapse of the Left in the twenty-first century. The explosion in identity politics that has led to the automatic use of "white" as an ethnic insult in condemnations such as "white privilege" and "white, straight men" has made race as defining a factor in left-wing politics as it is in extreme right-wing politics. Meanwhile, the willingness to excuse antisemitsm, misogyny, tyranny, and obscurantism, as long as the antisemitic, misogynistic, tyrannical obscurantists are anti-Western, has called into question whether leftists – or at least the noisiest voices on the Left – have lost all connection to their better values.

I have said as much many times, and in his new book the French political theorist Pascal Bruckner says it again. Bruckner once struck me as the best the French intelligentsia had to offer. In 2007, he provoked an intellectual scandal with the "Racism of the Anti-Racists", an essay for Sign and Sight, in which he excoriated liberals who denied Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other Muslim dissidents the rights they took for granted. Meanwhile, I admired his Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism enough to call it "a brilliant defence of liberalism and a deservedly contemptuous assault on all those intellectuals who have betrayed its best values."

The title of Bruckner's new polemic ought to have warned me that betrayal is not an exclusively left-wing vice. Far from being a principled defence of liberal and secular values, An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt is an unconscious illustration of how easily those who profess to hold enlightened ideals can slip into the ethnic favouritism and intellectual double-standards of the counter-Enlightenment. ...

... If all Bruckner wanted to do was to criticise the use of the term "Islamophobia" to incite violence against freethinkers and feminists who challenge clerical power, he would be performing a useful service – albeit one that has been performed many times before. But his book is representative of our debased times because it's far from clear that Bruckner can extend his opposition to Islamism to cover the purveyors of anti-Muslim bigotry.

To be sure, he says that to insult a veiled woman in the street or to set fire to a mosque is to "spit in the face of the [French] Republic." But it is hard to shake the suspicion that these noble words are little more than back covering. Once they are out of the way, Bruckner can move on to his main purpose, which is to describe Islam as a civilisational threat to the West and European Muslims as a potential fifth column. The veil, the burqa, and the burkini are not just symbols of a patriarchal culture against which liberals should argue, but crimes that threaten the existence of the state itself. They are "tools for taking control of the public space, they are tracts calling for sedition." Foreigners controlling the parks and boulevards of Paris like troops from an occupying power? Clothes turning into acts of sedition? ...
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POLITICS – RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA, IDENTITY, GUILT
An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt – A Review [part 2]
Nick Cohen
Quillette, 2 November 2018

Left-wing identity politics dumps hundreds of millions of people into a bloc labelled "whites," and instructs its adherents to scorn them as if they were villains in a cartoon conflict. No phrase marks the Left's break from the working class it was founded to represent more than "white privilege." There is something remarkably repellent about the Oxbridge or Ivy League graduates who utter it. They display a conscious failure to imagine or find out about the lives of white men and women who are anything but privileged. It's not just class politics that is disappearing from left-wing thought, but also an interest in the individual circumstances of the damned "whites." And when concern for individual circumstances goes, concern for individual rights soon follows.

The new Right and its fellow travellers display the same failure of imaginative sympathy. "Muslims" are as much as a bloc for the Right as "whites" are for the Left. Their circumstances, opinions, and individuality are crushed into the same false uniformity by the urge to sloganeer and besmirch. Bruckner writes as if populism never happened. He appears intellectually unable to face it. ...

... Sam Harris and other secular liberals (myself included) predicted years ago that, if the liberal Left did not develop a political and moral case against Islamism, the Western Right would, and the result would be ugly. The notion that the "root cause" of the far-Right is the Left, however – that politically correct bullying, language policing, and obsession with minute faults and micro-aggressions, pushes voters into its arms – is a self-serving cop out unless laden with caveats.

It may be true in individual cases. I look with despair at the American Left, and ask why they insist on punishing tiny deviations from PC orthodoxy with such ferocity. ...

In better days, Bruckner himself made the argument that Westerners do not understand the seductive power of Islamist utopianism, and he did so with great brio. The post-Christian notion that the "eternally guilty West" is the world's original sin has left it unable "to judge or combat other systems, other states, other religions," he wrote in The Tyranny of Guilt. When faced with the existential question, "Who is to blame?" many intellectuals' standard spontaneous response is: "We are." There is "no monstrosity in Africa, Asia or the Near East" for which, when you get down to, the West is not responsible.

Bruckner emphasised the narcissism of Western guilt: despite the loss of Empire, our crimes ensure that we are still the centre of the world's attention. It is as important to notice its fatuity. As an explanation of why a majority of Islamists embrace radicalism, it makes no sense. Surely, the notion that liberalism is responsible for Trump, Orban, and le Pen deserves the same searching analysis. At a bare minimum, one must be willing to accept that a portion of the followers of the white Right are not pushed into the arms of demagogues by the sins of liberals but are there because of their own appreciation of racism and authoritarianism.

... To condemn the identity politics of the Left, while accepting the identity politics of the Right – or to replace the slogan that "the West is the root cause of all evil" with "the Left is the root cause of all evil" – is worse than intellectually dishonest: it is a threat to very values "enlightened" thinkers purport to defend.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FUNDING
UN, EU and Soros provide migrants with prepaid debit cards to fund their trip to and through Europe
Emma R.
Breitbart, 2 November 2018

How illegal migrants cope financially during their long journeys to and through Europe has been revealed by the Slovenian site Nova24.

According to the site, UNHCR and the EU, in cooperation with MasterCard and Soros, generously hand out prepaid debit cards to the migrants.

The cards are equipped with both EU and UNHCR logos. No identity documents are required to obtain or use the cards – instead of the name of the cardholder, "UNHCR" and a number is printed on the card.

According to Nova24, the information comes from a source within the Croatian police, which states that the migrants are well-equipped with newly purchased, high-quality boots, hiking clothes, smartphones and even weapons.

During the stopover in the Eastern European countries, they withdraw cash from ATMs to stock up on supplies.

MasterCard announced in 2016 that they issued prepaid debit cards to "give refugees mobility, flexibility and dignity".

In a press release last year, MasterCard also announced a cooperation with George Soros with the aim to "catalyse and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable groups in the world, especially refugees and migrants".

The press release further stated that George Soros had earmarked up to $500 million for private investment that will increase capacity to meet the challenges faced by migrants, including refugees, and their host communities across the world.
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IMMIGRATION – EU RESIDENTS
The number of EU migrants living in the UK has DOUBLED in a decade to almost four million as Britain's population surges toward 73 million
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 1 November 2018

The number of EU nationals living in Britain more than doubled from 1.6 million to 3.8 million between 2007 and 2017, a new population survey revealed today.

Those born on the continent rose from 1.9 million to 3.7 million in the same period - reflecting how some people change nationality after moving here.

The Office for National Statistics figures are part of a regular population survey forecasting there will be 72.9 million people living in Britain by 2041. ...

In 2017, the UK's net migration was around 282,000, with around 631,000 people immigrating and around 349,000 emigrating.

The number of EU nationals arriving in Britain has fallen since the Brexit vote in 2016 - but arrivals are still running at net 87,000 a year according to the latest data.
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CRIME
Organised and serious crime kills more UK citizens than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined
Sky News, 1 November 2018

Organised and serious crime have a more significant impact on the UK citizens than all other national security threats combined, new research has found.

The activities of around 4,600 serious and organised crime groups cost the country at least £37bn every year, according to the National Crime Agency, up from £25bn five years ago.

The new figures were released ahead of the announcement of a new serious and organised crime strategy and £48m in funding to tackle the most dangerous offenders.

These criminal networks are targeting the most vulnerable and controlling communities with violence and intimidation, according to the Home Office. ...

The £37bn figure is a combination of direct cost - the impact of drug use, fraud, cybercrime, blackmail and extortion on big business - and secondary cost.

This is when somebody is left with a serious mental health issue because they were seriously abused as a child, or when somebody who is a drug user shoplifts or harms themselves.

The £48bn investment announced in response to the numbers will seek to boost funding for a crime centre focused on organised crime, recruit more officers and invest in data and intelligence assessment.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Mass Migration: Mortal Threat to Red State America
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan, 1 November 2018

Moreover, in challenging birthright citizenship, Trump has some constitutional history on his side.

The 14th Amendment, approved in 1868, was crafted to overturn the Dred Scott decision of 1857 and to guarantee citizenship and equal rights under law to freed slaves and their children.

Did it guarantee that everyone born on U.S. soil is a U.S. citizen?

No. In the 1884 Elk v. Wilkins decision, the Supreme Court ruled that John Elk, a Winnebago Indian born on a reservation, had not denied his constitutional right to vote, as he was not a U.S. citizen.

Not for 56 years, when Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, did Native Americans become U.S. citizens.

Also, the 14th Amendment confers citizenship on those born in the U.S. and "subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Children of foreign diplomats, though born here, are not citizens. ...

Only Canada and the United States, among advanced nations, have birthright citizenship. No European country does. And the Conservative Party in Canada is moving to end it. Does it make sense to grant all the honor, privileges and rights of lifetime U.S. citizenship to anyone who can fly to the U.S. or evade the Border Patrol and have a baby?

Nor is this a small matter. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 6 percent of U.S. births (250,000 per year) are to undocumented immigrants.

Yet that 250,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the total number of immigrants now coming. In 2016, President Obama's last full year, 1.75 million legal and illegal immigrants arrived, a record.

With two months to go in 2017, the estimated arrivals of legal and illegal immigrants is 1.61 million. ...

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are 44.5 million immigrants in the U.S. today, legal and illegal, a number that far exceeds the total U.S. population, North and South, at the time of the Civil War.

While almost all of our immigration before 1965 was from Europe, only 1 in 10 immigrants now comes from the Old Continent.

Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean provide a plurality of migrants, legal and illegal. They have displaced East Asia and South Asia – China, Korea, the Philippines, India – as the primary contributors to the burgeoning U.S. population.

We are assured that the greater the racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity we have, the stronger a nation we shall become. Whether true or not, we are going to find out.

For the European population of America, 90 percent of the country in 1965, will have fallen to about 60 percent by 2020, and whites are headed for minority status about 20 years after that.

Of America's most populous states – California, Texas, Florida and New York – the first two are already minority-majority and the latter two are not far behind.

Yet the gaps between Asian and white Americans, and Hispanic and African-Americans – in income and wealth, crime rates and incarceration rates, test scores and academic achievements – are dramatic and are seemingly enduring.

To the frustration of egalitarians, the meritocracy of free and fair competition in this most diverse of great nations is producing an inequality of rewards and a visible hierarchy of achievement.
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POLITICS – INDIANS, ETHNIC MINORITIES, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Theresa May risks losing vital British Indian votes
Rakib Ehsan
The Conversation, 1 November 2018

Despite being internally diverse in terms of migratory background and religious affiliation, much of Britain's Indian population would be considered "natural Tories". They are generally family-oriented, aspirational, business-minded and often financially well-resourced.

According to recent government figures, 31% of UK Indians are salaried professionals – higher than any other ethnicity. ...

This entrepreneurial spirit is more readily associated with voting Conservative than Labour – or at least, so the party would claim. And indeed, 2010 data show that 16% of British Indians do identify with the Conservatives. That's a higher rate than any other ethnic minority group. However, that's still a small proportion. The majority (55%) identified with Labour. To put this in perspective, 67% of people of Black Caribbean origin were Labour identifiers. Only 5% identified with the Tories.

Aware of his party's need to improve its record, former prime minister David Cameron sought to establish the Conservatives as an attractive political option for economically successful British Indians. His charm offensive included an early trip to India and a significant effort to diversify the parliamentary party in the 2010 election using a "priority list" of candidates. As prime minister, Cameron famously organised a very high profile state visit, using an event at Wembley to praise the contributions the British Indian population makes to the UK.

And indeed, figures from a post-election survey suggested that the Conservatives performed particularly well among British Hindus and Sikhs in the 2015 general election.

But what was really essential in transforming the Tory brand for British Indians was Cameron's desire to tackle discrimination. According to 2010 figures, a substantial proportion of Indians hold feelings of relative deprivation. When asked about life prospects, 65% felt that minorities needed greater opportunities, with four in ten feeling that non-whites living in the UK were held back by prejudice. British Indian graduates continue to suffer ethnic penalties in the labour market, finding it more difficult to obtain employment than similarly qualified white British counterparts.

Cameron sought to introduce a more level playing field by launching the blind CV equality initiative. Large employers signed up to the name-blind recruitment drive, including the BBC, HSBC and KPMG. ...

... Despite data showing that UK Indians were more likely to vote Leave than other ethnic minorities, they were still more likely to support remaining in the EU than the white British majority.

After the EU referendum, May sought to broaden the party's appeal among socially conservative white working class voters in traditional Leave-voting Labour heartlands. The importance of building on British Indian support appeared to be downgraded as a result.

Following the inroads made by Cameron with British Indians (and BAME people in general), the 2017 general election was a major setback. According to post-election internal polling, Tory support among ethnic minority people dropped to a 16-year low.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRIA
Austria backing out of global migration pact
Francois Murphy
Reuters, 31 October 2018

Austria will follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of a United Nations migration pact over concerns it will blur the line between legal and illegal migration, the right-wing government said on Wednesday.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 member nations except the United States, which backed out last year.

Hungary's right-wing government has since said it will not sign the final document at a ceremony in Morocco in December. Poland, which has also clashed with Brussels by resisting national quotas for asylum seekers, has said it is considering the same step.

"Austria will not join the U.N. migration pact," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a conservative and immigration hard-liner who governs in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, said in a statement.

"We view some points of the migration pact very critically, such as the mixing up of seeking protection with labour migration," said Kurz, who argues that migrants rescued in the Mediterranean should not be brought straight to Europe.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Anarchy threatens France and within five years the situation could be irreversible – Ex-Minister
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 31 October 2018

Tugdual Denis, editor in chief of French news outlet Valeurs Actuelles, tweeted a picture of an interview transcript where Gerard Collomb, France's ex-Interior Minister, predicts France's dislocation due to immigration.

Here's the translated interview:

"- It's really worrying. What I read every morning in police reports reflect a very pessimist situation. Relationships between people are very hard, people don't want to live together...

– What is the responsibility of immigration?

– Huge. That's why we've tried to change the law with Emmanuel Macron.

– Your law only attacks illegal immigration. The legal law allows the entry of 200,000 people in the territory each year.

– It's true. We're doing it step by step. But it's still a problem.

– Do you think we don't need immigration in France anymore?

-Yes absolutely

– You were talking of the "vivre-ensemble" earlier (French expression for multiculturalism). What is happening?

– Communities in France are fighting each other more and more and it's becoming very violent...

-What are you afraid of? A splitting? A secession?

– Yes, I'm thinking of that, that's what is worrying me.

– How much time before it's too late?

– I don't want to scare people but I think soon.

– How much?

– It's difficult to estimate but I would say that five years from now, the situation could be irreversible. Yes, we have five, six years to avoid the worst. After..."

Gerard Collomb expressed the same feelings during his leaving ceremony, when he predicted a civil war happening in the near future in France.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Immigration Continues to Surge
Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler
Center for Immigration Studies, 31 October 2018

Newly released data show that 2016 tied with 1999 as the highest single year of immigration in U.S. history, with the arrival of 1.75 million new immigrants (both legal and illegal). The new numbers represent a continuation of the dramatic rebound in new arrivals since 2011, when annual immigration bottomed out after the Great Recession. Newly arrived immigrants include new green card recipients (permanent residents) and long-term "temporary" visitors (e.g. guestworkers and foreign students), many of whom eventually become permanent residents. They also include new asylum seekers, as well as new illegal immigrants who sneak into the country or overstay a temporary visa. ...

The arrival of 1.75 million immigrants (legal and illegal) in 2016 continues the post-2011 surge in immigration. In 2011 it was 1.08 million; in 2012 it was 1.21 million; in 2013 it was 1.28 million; in 2014 it was 1.5 million; and in 2015 it was 1.62 million. ...

Mexico and India are in a statistical tie as the top sending countries, with 196,000 and 194,000, respectively, arriving in 2016. China was third, with 171,000 new immigrants.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Rotherham abuse investigation to cost £90m, as another gang is found guilty of sexually assaulting teenage girls
Izzy Lyons
Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2018
[The last two paragraphs are in the printed newspaper]

The Rotherham sex abuse investigation will cost £90 million, it has emerged, as another grooming gang have been convicted of sexually abusing young teenage girls.

Operation Stovewood, overseen by the National Crime Agency (NCA), has 250 staff investigating child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town from 1997 to 2013 and has identified more than 1,500 victims.

It is estimated that the Operation, which was set up in 2014, will cost more than £90 million by 2024, although few people expect it will be completed by then.

There are 22 separate investigations under Operation Stovewood, with one concluding today at Sheffield Crown Court after a gang of seven men were convicted on several counts of indecent assault.

Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, Nabeel Kurshid, 35, Iqlak Yousaf, 34, Tanweer Ali, 37, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, and Asif Ali, 33 were all found guilty and are due to be sentenced on November 16.

An eighth defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of two rapes.

One of the complainants told the court how she had sex with "at least 100 Asian men" by the time she was 16 and another described how she was gang-raped in a forest and threatened with being abandoned there.

The jury in the trial, which sat for eight weeks, heard how girls, who are now in their 30s, were "lured by the excitement of friendship with older Asian youths" but then sexually assaulted and passed between men.

Prosecutors said the five complainants in the trial were easy to target because they needed to be loved.

Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said: "When they were in their teens, they were targeted, sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men who sit in the dock."

She said: "None of them had the maturity to understand that they were being groomed and exploited."

The NCA has said that they have 151 suspects, as well as 275 other people under investigation, and that almost all of them still live in Rotherham.

Meanwhile, Sarah Champion, the Rotherham MP, is concerned that the number of people receiving custodial sentences for child sexual abuse dropped by 4.7 per cent in 2017 despite such crimes continuing to happen on a "massive scale".

She said: "We have to accept that children are still being abused but the police just cannot cope with the volume."
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CRIME – DRUGS
Drug dealer who supplied MCAT to vulnerable victims of grooming gang and made £93,000 from narcotics plot must pay back just £1
Rob Kennedy
ChronicleLive, 30 October 2018

A drug dealer who supplied narcotics to victims of a Tyneside grooming gang and was part of a money-spinning heroin and cocaine plot must pay back just £1 of the £93,000 he made from peddling misery.

Nadeem Aslam provided MCAT to vulnerable victims of a gang who used and abused vulnerable victims in Newcastle in a case known as Operation Shelter.

He was also part of a separate lucrative plot to supply heroin and crack cocaine, known as Operation Emerald.

As we reported last year, the home of Aslam, cleared of any sexual wrongdoing, was a focal point in the West End of the city where some of those involved in Operation Shelter would gather to take drink and drugs with teenage girls.

Now Aslam, who has previously written to the Chronicle to distance himself from those convicted of sexual offending, has been back in court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing after lining his pockets in the drugs conspiracy to the tune of £93,990.

But, Newcastle Crown Court heard, the jailed 45-year-old, has no available assets and was ordered to pay back just a nominal figure of £1 - although any future assets he acquires can be seized.

Taxi driver Jahanger Zaman was jailed for 29 years for offences including rape and conspiracy to incite prostitution, as well as the Operation Emerald plot.

He benefited to the tune of £134,845 from the drugs conspiracy and must pay back £32,000.

Shafiq Aziz, who was only convicted of the Operation Emerald drugs plot and not Operation Shelter, benefited by £465,172 but has no available assets and must pay back just £1. ...

During a series of trials, it was revealed Northumbria Police paid almost £10,000 to a convicted rapist to infiltrate the sex gang.
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MULTICULTURALISM – PUBLIC OPINION, EUROPE
'Stark differences' in East, West Europe towards minorities: report
Alice Tidey
euronews, 30 October 2018

Nearly 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Europe remains starkly divided between its east and west on attitudes towards minorities, religion and social issues, according to a study released on Monday.

The two-year survey conducted by the US-based Pew Research Center among nearly 56,000 adults in 34 European countries found that "the continent today is split by stark differences in public attitudes toward religion, minorities and social issues such as gay marriage and legal abortion." ...

The east-west divide is also particularly pronounced in the attitudes towards religious minorities.

In nearly every Central and Eastern European country polled, fewer than half of adults say they would be willing to accept Muslims into their family.

In the West, more than half say the opposite with the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries being the most accepting. A similar divide is observed with regards to accepting Jews into one's family.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – NUMBER
True number of illegal immigrants to be revealed for the first time in 'black economy census by ONS
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2018

The true number of illegal immigrants in the UK is to be revealed for the first time as part of a census by the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS has been commissioned to count illegal immigrants, many of whom are working within the black economy estimated to be worth £50 billion a year.

The statisticians plan to use the census, which can measure the foreign-born population including illegals, and a huge new database they are creating this winter to track legal migrants within the UK by using their tax files and hospital and school records.

In late December the ONS will receive all legal migrants' tax files by the HMRC for the first time, followed by their self-assessment data early next year, which will enable statisticians to track their movements and working patterns in unprecedented detail and in real-time.

ONS officials believe combining the two could provide a way to give an accurate figure for illegal immigration for the first time.

Previous unofficial estimates have suggested there are up to 1.1m illegal immigrants in the UK, comprising visa overstayers, clandestine arrivals and failed asylum seekers. ...

A previous estimate for the Home Office in 2005 suggested there were 430,000 illegal immigrants. A similar analysis by the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2009 estimated it at 618,000.

Last year, David Wood, former head of immigration enforcement at the home office said more than 1m illegal immigrants were at large in Britain and most were unlikely ever to be removed.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BLASPHEMY, ISLAM
Blasphemy law by the backdoor
Fraser Myers
Spiked, 29 October 2018

On Thursday, just days before Irish citizens voted overwhelmingly to abolish the offence of blasphemy from their country's constitution, judges in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decreed that European citizens can be convicted for blaspheming against Islam. ...

The ruling is part of a creeping return of the concept of blasphemy in Europe, this time in relation to Islam. The new blasphemies are not so much concerned with offending against the scriptures or God, but amount essentially to anything that can cause offence. The ruling follows Britain's banning of YouTuber Lauren Southern from the country for handing out leaflets which said 'Allah is gay, Allah is trans, Allah is lesbian'. For this she was detained and questioned at the UK border under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act.

A year before ES's arrest, an Austrian pensioner, Helmut Griese, was convicted for yodelling in his back garden while he mowed his lawn. His Muslim neighbours took offence because they believed he was mocking the Islamic call to prayer. ...

The ECHR ruling on Muhammad is shocking but not surprising. While Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights at first appears to guarantee 'everyone... the right to freedom of expression', it is followed up by a long list of 'formalities, conditions [and] restrictions' that allow for the state to censor or criminalise speech.

Some of these caveats are so vague, such as 'the protection of health or morals', as to allow for effectively any form of censorship. Most ECHR signatories have laws against hate speech, a similarly ill-defined, all-encompassing and entirely subjective concept. An ECHR factsheet declares that hate speech does 'not necessarily manifest itself through the expression of hatred'. In other words, speech does not even have to be hateful to fall foul of hate-speech laws. ...

The ruling will also act as a spur for the Organisation for Islamic Co-operation's ongoing campaign for global laws against blasphemy, 'defamation of religion' and so-called Islamophobia. The campaign uses the framework and language of human rights in its call to ban speech which is offensive to Muslims. Pakistan PM Imran Khan has called for a redoubling of these efforts and plans to make the outlawing of blasphemy the subject of his first UN visit.

But the revival of bans on blasphemy has not been imposed on us from without by Islamist fanatics. The judges of the ECHR are not imams in disguise. They are merely reflecting the widespread cultural anxiety around discussion of Islam across the West. We see this in the way the response to Islamist terror attacks is invariably subdued and sometimes actively suppressed. Mere months after Islamists murdered 12 journalists at Charlie Hebdo for their cartoons of Muhammad, 242 Western literary figures denounced the magazine as racist for causing 'humiliation to Muslims'. Any criticism of backward Islamist practices like veiling is censured and written off as Islamophobic. ...

For centuries, radicals have fought and died for our right to mock and defame gods and prophets. No idea or belief should be above criticism, debate or ridicule. The new desire to shield Muslims from criticism of their faith in the name of 'human rights' is as oppressive and stultifying as any old medieval statute. If we do not have the right to call Allah gay or Muhammad a paedo, then we can no longer claim to live in a free society.
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POLITICS – CENTRE-LEFT, GERMANY
Why The Left Must Talk About Migration
Anke Hassel
Social Europe, 29 October 2018
[The author is Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance]

Within countries and centre-left parties themselves there are intense debates taking place about the way forward. The starting point is frequently the legacy of the Third Way that pushed the centre-left towards embracing the middle classes at the expense of the working class. As the centre-left sold out the working and lower middle class, there is a deep issue of trust among the electorate, even if and when the centre-left starts caring about them again. The common ground of many analysts is that the centre-left should focus on core traditional policies such as redistribution, combating poverty, social housing and public spending priorities.

Immigration may be in most EU countries a topic of high salience but it is toxic and almost taboo for the left. Those who dare to address it, such as the Leftish new movement, Aufstehen, in Germany, or some social democratic local mayors who warn of immigrant ghettos in their towns are often attacked. ...

There is comprehensive research on the effect migration on wages by labour economists and there is ground to believe that migration affects the wages of those with similar skills negatively and those with higher skills positively. This should not come as a surprise.

It is assumed that the overall effect of inward labour migration on wage growth is negative as low-skilled migrants are hired on lower wages. For instance, the German Bundesbank showed in a report in April that net migration from the EU had a negative effect on wage growth in Germany, especially from 2013 onwards. ...

Taken together, the impact of high levels of immigration is likely to challenge the institutions of comprehensive regulation of labour markets on which the European Social Model rests.

The left can choose not to talk about this because of the fear that any mention or analysis of the effects of immigration is in itself already xenophobic. This can, however, badly backfire.

... Unlike the UK government, which has an immigration target it fails to achieve year in year out, the German government has no explicit migration policy. Net migration into Germany has exceeded 500,000 annually since 2014. Immigration currently stands at more than 1m per year. At the same time, rents in cities such as Berlin have been rising by 10% per year and it is estimated that there is a lack of 2m affordable flats in Germany. ...

The German government has now decided on a proposal for an immigration law. It allows for third country labour migrants with mid-level skills to acquire work permits for six months while searching for a job. ...

The left has to find a policy on migration which is strong on anti-racism but does not ignore reality. If Germany wants to avoid the nationalist and anti-migrant turn of British and US politics it has to fight for the values of the open society by making sure that the lower middle class will not suffer from migration. The initial 'refugees are welcome' attitude of 2015 is being replaced by a creeping suspicion of economic migration to escape poverty not least because the current mess caused by mixing asylum with labour migration is deeply irritating for many people.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Thermostatic public opinion: why UK anti-immigrant sentiments rise and then fall
Patrick English
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 29 October 2018
[The author is Associate Lecturer in the College of Social Sciences & International Relations at the University of Exeter]

While it is often remarked that an ever-growing dissatisfaction with immigration underpinned the mobilisation and success of the BNP and UKIP, what if – almost completely paradoxically – a recent collapse in anti-immigrant hostility was in fact caused by the rise of these two parties? Lastly, what if – despite assertions to the contrary – trends in British immigration opinions have very little at all to do with the Brexit vote, and Brexit came at a time when immigration attitudes were already rapidly softening?

This is exactly what my latest research into British public opinion on immigration suggests. ...

The data, coming from the British Election Study, the British Social Attitudes survey, the European and World Values Studies, the European Social Survey, and the Eurobarometer, are 'blended' together using the Stimson dyad-ratios algorithm. ...

... attitudes toward immigration have indeed been softening since the time of the EU referendum. However, it also provides strong evidence that this softening has been much larger and more dramatic than previously thought; and has been taking place since well before the 2016 vote – disputing the idea that the Brexit vote has any causal connection to the recent reversal of a long-term trend in rising hostility toward immigration – as suggested recently by Michael Gove among others.

So how can we explain the rises and falls in aggregate anti-immigrant sentiment over the past 40 years? I argue that the findings evidence the existence of a 'thermostatic' character to British public opinion, in that aggregate public opinion is responding to movements and changes in policies, discourses, and mobilisation regarding immigration.

Firstly, we can understand the rising hostility toward immigration across the late 1990s and 2000s as a 'reaction' to increasingly multicultural and liberalising diversity and immigration policies in the New Labour period. This was a period where 'multiculturalism' reigned supreme – the result of a movement which had been in place since the 1960s, when Britain (along with many other Anglophone nations) abandoned the assimilationist approach. Labour governments introduced meaty legislation aimed at protecting minority and disadvantaged individuals and communities from discrimination – culminating in the Equalities Act of 2010 – and famously allowed 'open immigration' from the 2004 EU accession countries (mostly from Eastern Europe) when other EU countries chose to enact temporary restrictions. As we can see from the rising public hostility toward immigration over the same period, the British public were signalling that this might have all been 'too much'. ...

If we understand public opinion as involved in a symbiotic, responsive, 'thermostatic' relationship with the political environment – where movements 'too far' in one direction by either one will be reciprocated by a movement in the opposite direction by the other – we can in turn understand the recent dramatic positive change in public opinion toward immigration as a response to the environment created by the BNP, Cameron's 'war' on multiculturalism, and (latterly) the rise of UKIP. It, in turn, was 'too much'.
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RACISM – DIVERSITY, POLICE, LONDON
London Crime Wave: City Hiring Hundreds of £150 a Day 'Anti-Racist Police Monitors' to 'Promote Diversity'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 29 October 2018

Police chiefs in London are to spend almost £1 million extra a year hiring 200 anti-racist "community assessors" who will make sure recruits in the crime-hit capital hold positive views of minority ethnic groups.

"The skills you possess are highly prized," the Metropolitan Police tells potential candidates for the role, which requires no qualifications nor job history besides "life experience", "an appreciation of diversity issues", and that applicants have lived in London for three years.

A role introduced in 2003 to identify and weed out potential racists amongst police recruits, community assessors are expected to "challenge inappropriate behaviour or behaviour from colleagues and bring this to the attention of the Assessment Team", as well as to "complete, sign and date any recorded evidence of inappropriate language or behaviour".

According to the Met's information pack, a successful community assessor, who will be expected to work 25 days a year, "actively demonstrates the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity", and has "a thorough understanding of Race and Diversity [sic] issues".

Scotland Yard's announcement it will add "at least 200" more community assessors to its current figure of 50, and boost pay from £100 a day to £150, was blasted at the weekend by critics, who questioned the force's priorities in a year which has seen murder rates surge 44 percent amidst a sharp jump in violent crime.

Taxpayers Alliance chief John O'Connell said: "We are constantly told that the Met Police needs more money to keep policing crime, but more money isn't going to make a difference if spending priorities are completely warped.

"Of course the recruitment process for new officers should be robust, but the Met should reconsider whether it's entirely necessary to hire more diversity officers when violent crime in London is on the rise."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – COUNCILS
Home Office staff sit in on council interviews with migrant families
Edward Siddons and Niamh McIntyre
The Guardian, 28 October 2018

Home Office workers embedded in local councils are sitting in on interviews with destitute migrant families and gathering personal information on subjects ranging from health conditions to how their child was conceived, the Guardian has learned.

In documents made public after freedom of information requests by the migrants' rights charity Project 17, 10 London boroughs revealed that they had employed on-site immigration officers. ...

The revelations drew condemnation from human rights lawyers, charities and politicians, who described the practice as "totally unacceptable" and "a gross perversion of the purpose of the law". ...

Section 17 of the Children's Act places a duty on local authorities to provide financial support and accommodation to ensure a child's wellbeing and prevent them from becoming homeless. ...

A memorandum of understanding released under FoI laws sets out the terms of employment for immigration officers to "conduct real-time immigration status checks" on families applying for support. ...

A Home Office spokesperson said officers assisted councils with supporting destitute families and sat in on interviews "when specifically asked to by the local authority".
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RACISM – ANTI-RACISM
The demonisation of white men marches on
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2018

Well, at least she's had the grace to apologise. Sort of. In an "I'm sorry you were angry" type of way. Southampton University student union president Emily Dawes had vowed to "paint over" a mural of graduates at her university because it depicted only white men. It was soon pointed out to her that the mural was a commemoration of all the young students who went off to fight in the First World War and never returned to collect their degrees – and who, unsurprisingly, were all white men.

Ms Dawes had not bothered to find this out because, through the perpetually aggrieved ideological lenses blinding her eyes, she could compute "white men" only as a target for resentment. It's the very definition of dehumanising.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, EUROPE
'Submission' Author Houellebecq Claims West in 'Advanced Decline', EU 'Murdering' Europe's Nations
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 27 October 2018

Bestselling French writer Michel Houellebecq, author of the dystopian novel Submission, has claimed the West is in an advanced state of decline, echoing the views of the late philosopher Oswald Spengler.

Mr Houellebecq, who's novel Submission looked at a France in which a pro-Sharia Islamist becomes the country's president, said he saw the West in an advanced state of decline due to the rise of Islam and demographic changes caused by mass migration and low birthrates, Le Point reports.

He made the comments at the ceremony for the Oswald Spengler Prize, named after the early 20th-century German philosopher famous for his work The Decline of the West.

"I consider the state of the West from the point of view of the two criteria that my intellectual history led me to consider as fundamental: demography and religion," Houellebecq explained.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, FREE SPEECH, BLASPHEMY
ECHR: Defaming Prophet Muhammad Beyond "Permissible Limits" of "Objective Debate"
Guido Fawkes, 26 October 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that defaming the Prophet Muhammad "goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate", upholding an earlier conviction by an Austrian court on the grounds it "served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria".

The ECHR found that a 47-year-old woman from Vienna had not had her right to freedom of expression impinged and added that domestic courts had been correct to convict her for "disparaging religious doctrines" as her comments "could stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace".

According to the ECHR, the woman held two seminars in 2009 "in which she discussed the marriage between the Prophet Muhammad and a six-year-old girl, Aisha, which allegedly was consummated when she was nine. Inter alia, the applicant stated that Muhammad 'liked to do it with children' and '... A 56-year-old and a six-year-old? ... What do we call it, if it is not paedophilia?'"

The Austrian court found that "by making the statements the applicant had suggested that Muhammad was not a worthy subject of worship". The ECHR has now agreed that this is a crime which trumps a person's right to free speech. On the same day that Ireland is finally voting to take blasphemy laws out of its constitution, the ECHR seems determined to put them back in...
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, SHARIA, FREE SPEECH, BLASPHEMY
Don't defame Mohammed: ECHR affirms European sharia blasphemy law
Archbishop Cranmer, 26 October 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously decreed that national governments may fine or imprison their citizens for attacking or defaming Mohammed. The judges determined that "the Prophet of Islam" may not be called a paedophile because to do so is: i) devoid of historical context; and ii) false because he also had adult wives (so taking a bath with children and fondling them is fine so long as you also fondle adults?). Henceforth, those who make "an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam, which [is] capable of stirring up prejudice and putting at risk religious peace" may be subject to "a moderate fine" of €480 or serve 60 days of imprisonment in the event of default.

Is that clear? In Europe, in the 21st century, to be fined or imprisoned for defaming Mohammed is not a violation of the freedom of expression, because such an attack "goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate" and is "likely to arouse justified indignation in Muslims".

Whatever level of non-expertise in Islamic theology or history the Austrian national known as 'Mrs. S.' possessed, by this bizarre judgment the ECHR eschews foundational values of the Enlightenment by facilitating the spread of a sharia blasphemy code in Europe. It appears henceforth that only academic experts in seventh-century Arabian history or law may comment on the fact (and for many Muslims it is a fact) that the 56-year-old Mohammed married a six-year-old girl called Aisha (and consummated the marriage when she was nine). It isn't clear what level of academic certification the ECHR judges require in order to establish adequate learning and knowledge (PhD? A-level Religious Studies?), but it is certain that if, like 'Mrs. S.', you offer seminars on Islam which do not provide information in an "objective manner", you may now be fined (or imprisoned) for imparting your prejudice or ignorance.

Of course, in the matter of Aisha's betrothal to Mohammed there is cultural context and religious history to consider (as there is in all of Mohammed's war-mongering and barbarism [may one say that?]), and all of this contested history, contentious theology and murky religious sociology is rather more interesting and ethically nuanced than crassly hurling 'paedo' allegations at Mohammed. ...

Presumably, attacking or defaming Jesus is permissible because it is unlikely to arouse "justified indignation" in Christians. Or at least it is not likely "to disturb the religious peace" of the country. Or is it that any indignation felt by Christians would be unjustified? It isn't clear what the wider implications of this judgment may be: we are not likely to see a Europe-wide ban on broadcasting The Life of Brian.

But to learn that one who has sex with children is not a paedophile provided that he (or she) also has sex with adults is a part of this judgment which will have consequences far beyond the reputation of a long-dead false* prophet called Mohammed.

*May one call Mohammed a 'false prophet'? May one apply biblical criteria (Deut 18:20-22; 1Jn 4:1-6; 2Pt 2:1; Mt 24:24) to the one whom the ECHR authoritatively calls "the Prophet of Islam"? Is a first and a Masters in Theology or an Oxford doctorate sufficient qualification to establish theo-political objectivity and intellectual acuity?
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POPULATION PRESSURE – ENVIRONMENT
Lewis Carroll meadow under threat from £5.5 billion road and home scheme
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2018

The meadow which inspired Lewis Carroll to pen Alice Through The Looking Glass is under threat from a £5.5 billion scheme to build a new road and up to one million new homes, conservationists have warned.

Around 345 wildlife sites, and 20 reserves could be impacted by the development of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, according to the Campaign to Protect of Rural England (CPRE).

The new main Expressway linking the scheme will run near Otmoor in Oxfordshire, where the chequered field pattern inspired Carroll to write a scene where Alice makes her away across a giant chess board in his sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

CPRE says Otmoor, which is an RSPB reserve, will be under severe threat from the development and at the very least impacted by light, noise and air pollution.

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has already recommended the scheme go ahead and the government will announce its decision on Monday.

Paul Miner, Head of Strategic Plans and Devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: "If given the green light, this development will change the face of England's countryside forever.

"Yet no formal assessment of the environmental impact it will have has taken place. Whilst there will be a need for genuine affordable housing to meet local need in the area, the scale of these proposals is completely unacceptable.

"Despite costing at least £5.5 billion in public money, there has been no formal public consultation around developing the Arc. The lack of debate equates to a major, and troubling, democratic deficit at the heart of the proposals." ...

Colin Wilkinson, RSPB Senior Conservation Officer warned that 'internationally important meadows and wetlands near Oxford, and ancient woodland SSSIs in Buckinghamshire' were under threat from the new road.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FRAUD
Can it be true that crooked lawyers are helping asylum seeking 'liars' abuse our generosity? That's the disturbing claim of a retiring tribunal judge [part 1]
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 26 October 2018

The queue waiting to enter Britain's busiest immigration tribunal centre is long in the early morning.

Asylum seekers, illegal migrants and visa over-stayers of every nationality jostle with lawyers, carrying bulging briefcases of documents, who are about to fight for their right to live in this country.

Here at Taylor House in Central London, tens of thousands of hearings a year are overseen by immigration judges, at huge cost to the taxpayer.

Recently, one of those judges, who has now retired, blew the whistle on what goes on at some of those tribunals, accusing unscrupulous immigration lawyers of aiding and abetting foreign 'liars and chancers'.

James Hanratty, an immigration judge for 16 years, said crooked solicitors and legal advisers are helping their clients make up bogus tales of persecution, torture or sexual violation and even supplying false documents to back up the stories.

The respected former judge is not alone in raising the alarm. Mr Justice Green, a High Court judge, last year said immigration lawyers deliberately drag out cases for decades to stop clients – even those with a dismal chance of staying – being removed from Britain.

A report last month from Migration Watch UK, which campaigns for tougher border controls, estimated that, every year, the illegal migrant population in the UK of visa over-stayers, clandestine arrivals and failed asylum seekers grows by 70,000 or more.

Former Home Office immigration chief David Wood told a House of Commons select committee last year that Britain now has one million illegals, acknowledging that huge numbers live 'under the radar'. He also said that few were ever likely to be sent home. For deportation is a difficult business, too.

Home Office figures show that, of the 10,129 illegals, including foreign criminals released from UK prisons, ordered to be placed on deportation flights from January 2016 to May this year, 6,237 (or 61 per cent) were removed before take-off or at the 11th hour did not board. Many had made last-minute appeals using immigration lawyers to avoid removal. ...

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that the deportation of foreign criminals with British-born children is legal. It's an historic ruling that will limit the power of lawyers to use the European Convention on Human Rights, which safeguards family life, as a legal loophole to let offenders stay here.

Time will tell whether it will speed up deportations or reduce queues in our immigration courts.

For years, I have reported on immigration hearings where foreigners, some of whom should never have come to Britain, or who should have left by now, try to convince judges they have the right to stay.

Opposite are battle-weary Home Office officials who've heard many stories before.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FRAUD
Can it be true that crooked lawyers are helping asylum seeking 'liars' abuse our generosity? That's the disturbing claim of a retiring tribunal judge [part 2]
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 26 October 2018

Armies of interpreters dance attendance, some on hundreds of pounds a day from the public purse. They have to be versed in tongues ranging from Pidgin English (spoken in remote areas of Africa and New Guinea), to Korean and Farsi. ...

There are no oaths sworn here, only a request from the judges that those in front of them tell the truth.

For some begging to stay – as I have seen – it seems a lot to ask. ...

I have been told by those working at immigration hearings that some more unscrupulous lawyers prepare country-by-country crib sheets for migrants to learn before a hearing. ...

Of course, it's important to state that many of the 26,000 foreigners claiming asylum each year will be telling the truth and deserve our help.

The problem for immigration judges – who earn six-figure salaries – in busy hearings is that they can struggle to uncover who is honest and who is not. ...

No wonder that one QC versed in immigration law told me some time ago that some tales at the tribunals are 'seriously unbelievable'.

James Hanratty – who has written a book called The Making Of An Immigration Judge – says the immigration system is now a huge industry that has attracted 'bent legal advisers' chasing pots of gold.

'So dishonesty and deception, some of it comical, are all too frequent, as I saw time and again.'

Mr Hanratty has highlighted a case before him in which a lawyer falsified a statement for a Somali woman who claimed her life was in danger because she was from a minority clan.

Her husband, she insisted, had had his throat cut by a rival warlord at their home in Mogadishu, forcing her to flee to England. Her story was backed by her lawyers.

Yet the case crumbled when a Home Office official who had done his homework asked how her murdered husband had been able to claim asylum in Britain 18 months before.

'There was stunned silence because she had no answer and shouted at me,' said Mr Hanratty. 'The solicitors who had prepared her statement knew it was rubbish.'

To make a bad situation worse, the hearings – including those I witnessed at Taylor House – are often shrouded in secrecy, with reporting restrictions (which can be applied for by downloading a form from a government website) becoming the norm.

On one Tuesday during the week I was there, of the 64 hearings held, almost a quarter were covered by this rule.

This is only part of a wider culture of secrecy. ...

After another hearing, involving a claim to stay, I was chased down a corridor by a lawyer and told that I could not use any names I'd heard, not even his own firm's, even though there were no reporting restrictions.

On a third occasion, five minutes after I entered a hearing, an immigration lawyer asked the judge to stop me reporting details of the case, on the grounds that it was confidential.

In a welcome spark of common sense, the judge refused.
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POLITICS – POPULISM
Nativists, racists and other nasty people? Understanding who populists are and what they really want
Roger Eatwell
LSE / European Politics and Policy, 26 October 2018
[Roger Eatwell is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bath]

In our new book National Populism: The Revolt against Liberal Democracy, Matthew Goodwin and I argue that both nativism and racism can be problematic terms in the context of contemporary European and American politics, while the fascist tag is inappropriate for this family of parties (though not extremist ones like the Greek Golden Dawn). ...

Whilst national populists are linked by their 'thin' nationalist and populist ideologies, if we look at specific examples of their discourse and policies we find notable differences. ...

... A growing concern has also been the perceived dangers of Muslim immigration, which has led to widespread charges of Islamophobia and the claim that national populists fail to distinguish between Muslims and Islamists. Certainly their language can be alarmist, but they also pose legitimate questions about Islam's attitudes to issues like gay rights, female equality and the separation of church and state, issues which relate to interpretations of culture not pseudo-scientific racial typologies. Thus, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands attacks 'atavistic' and 'totalitarian' Islam in the name of Dutch equality and freedom, but ethnic minorities like Indonesians have not been subject to collective attack by his Party for Freedom. The party is also not anti-Semitic and strongly supports Israel, with about 10 per cent of Jews voting for it in the 2017 general election. ...

Moreover, many of the issues raised by national populists address larger questions, such as the importance of a sense of belonging and community in the face of often unprecedented rates of ethnic change. Some European countries have close to, even a higher, percentage of foreign-born population than the US, ranging from 11-17 per cent in Austria, Sweden, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands, while in France the number of Muslims is projected to rise from 9 to 17 per cent by 2050. Surveys show that across Europe and the US overwhelming majorities say that they feel strongly attached to their nation (an average of 82 per cent). It is, therefore, hardly surprising that many are concerned about the implications of growing hyper-diversity, and linked issues such as maintaining the trust which is so central to stable political and social life.

But mainstream politicians and commentators typically show little empathy for such feelings. ...

Although the national populist revolt is driven by far more than concerns about ethnicity and immigration, our main argument in this context is that there needs to be a greater understanding of the views of most of its supporters. In particular, there needs to be an open and frank debate about the size and type of immigration which is acceptable, and how this will affect the nation and different communities, including ethnic minorities, in decades to come.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES
Set up £100m student fund with 'slavery cash'
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2018

Universities that received money from the slave trade should set up a £100 million fund to help ethnic minority students, says the UK's first black university chairman.

Geoff Thompson, chairman of governors of the University of East London (UEL), said it is "ethical and right" for them to contribute. ...

The UEL has sent Freedom of Information requests to other higher educational establishments to see if they benefited from the slave trade between the 16th and 19th century.

The requests also ask universities to disclose the ethnic make-up of governing boards. "The latest figures show that of the 19,000 professors in the UK only 115 are black," said Mr Thompson.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Investigation: March of Migrants Funded and Supported by Left-Wing Donors
Raheem Kassam
American Media Institute, 26 October 2018

A mass march of migrants heading towards the U.S. border is the culmination of decades of anti-border activism funded from both inside and outside the United States, including the work of a Mexican diplomat, U.S. corporations, and Democrat Party donors.

An investigation into the history of the caravans and the groups and individuals related to them reveals a well-funded network of open borders agitators, as well a links to hard-left political groups based in the United States.

Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) is the group mostoften quoted by media sources on the "Caravan". The group's leader, Irineo Mujica – a dual U.S./Mexican citizen – was arrested last week by Mexican authorities for causing damage to property and resisting arrest.

Another of the group's activists – Rodrigo Abeja – is closely linked with the Popular Assembly of Migrant Families (APOFAM) group which has chapters across America. The group openly agitates against current immigration law and for open borders. ...

Other supporters of such initiatives include the Border Angels organization based out of Los Angeles, which recently welcomed Abeja's and Pueblos Sin Fronteras' efforts. ...

Border Angels is in turn supported by private donors as well as charitable giving by Ralph's supermarket chain in California, and the Amazon Smile program.

The caravan from early 2018 was supported by another U.S.-based individual, Alex Mensing, who was found to be working for the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, whose constituent groups – the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and the American Immigration Council – have recently received large checks from the Open Society Foundation. The Open Society Foundation has donated to a number of organizations which support the liberalization of American immigration policy including a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
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RACISM – DEBATE, FREE SPEECH
Why We Must Confront Racists And Bigots - Not Silence Them
Robin Lustig
HuffPost, 26 October 2018
[The author is a broadcaster and journalist]

Why do I raise this now? Because there seems to be a growing belief, especially on the left, that people with opposing views should not be questioned in the media or allowed to speak from public platforms.

Steve Bannon, self-appointed standard bearer of ultra-nationalism? Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, formerly of the British National Party and the English Defence League? To put them on air, or to allow them on a platform is – so it is argued – to 'normalise' their arguments and by doing so, to increase the risk that more people will follow them.

I don't agree. I remember when Nick Griffin, the then leader of the BNP, appeared amid much controversy on the BBC's Question Time programme in 2009. It was an unmitigated disaster for both him and his party – by 2014 he had lost his seat in the European parliament, been expelled from the party and declared bankrupt. ...

Thatcher's view was that the media must deny people whom she regarded as terrorists the 'oxygen of publicity'. I believe the opposite: that the oxygen of publicity is the best disinfectant available when toxins threaten to take hold in the body politic.

So yes, the BBC's Newsnight programme was absolutely right to broadcast a carefully made film about Tommy Robinson and the roots of his support two weeks ago (full disclosure: the reporter, Gabriel Gatehouse, is a friend and former colleague). And yes, the editor of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes, was perfectly entitled to interview Steve Bannon as part of the magazine's Open Future festival last month.

Similarly, Nicola Sturgeon was, I think, wrong to withdraw from a conference to be held in Edinburgh next month at which Steve Bannon was due to appear the following day. She did not want, she said, to 'be part of any process that risks legitimising or normalising far right, racist views.'

A couple of days ago, a group of academics attacked plans to hold a debate on the topic 'Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?' It was, they said, 'framed within the terms of white supremacist discourse. Far from being courageous or representative of the views of a "silent majority", this is a reactionary, opportunistic and intentionally provocative approach ...'

The academics insisted that they were not trying to shut down debate: 'We are simply asking that we do not give yet more ground to those who seek to shift the blame for systemic failures onto communities who are already subject to oppression and hostility, and legitimise hate and scapegoating as if that is analysis.'

This is dangerous territory. Yes, of course organisers of this kind of debate must be sensitive about the way they frame the question – in fact the title of this particular event has now been amended to 'Immigration and Diversity Politics: A Challenge to Liberal Democracy?', which at least gets rid of the problematic word 'threat'. ...

... if there is one way to add fuel to the pernicious bigotry peddled by white supremacists, nativists and extreme nationalists, it is to pretend that they don't exist. Much of their appeal, after all, is based on the argument that they are ignored, belittled and shut out of the hated mainstream media.

It would be the height of stupidity to prove them right.
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RACISM – DISCRIMINATION, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, USA
Harvard's Hatred of Asian Meritocracy Reveals the Left's Racist Underbelly
Jules Gomes
Republic Standard, 26 October 2018
[The Rev'd Dr Jules Gomes, BA, BD, MTh, PhD (Cantab) is a journalist and academic]

I'm glad I didn't go to Harvard. I don't like separate drinking fountains for Blacks. Harvard hasn't yet installed these segregated dispensers, but last year it hosted a graduation ceremony exclusively for Black students. ...

... Ever since Lefties made reverse discrimination fashionable in academia, they've been performing contortionist tricks to 'manage diversity' by increasing the intake of African Americans and Hispanics and ethnically cleansing campuses overpopulated with Asians and Whites.

A 2009 Princeton study showed Asians had to score 140 points higher on their SATs than Whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 points higher than Blacks to have the same chance of admission to leading universities. At Harvard, Asians not only have to score hundreds of points higher on their SATs to get in, but admissions officers consistently score Asian applicants lower on personal traits like "positive personality," "likability," "kindness," and "humour".

If admissions were based strictly on academic performance, Asians would make up more than 51 percent of the average admitted class, according to Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA). ...

We know the Left detests Whites (even though the Left is a juggernaut comprised of mostly guilt-ridden Whites) but why do progressives hate Asians? The answer lies in inequality of outcomes, which is bound to happen in any meritocracy.

In a race-blind merit-based admissions system like New York City's Stuyvesant High School, the admission outcome is 74 percent Asian, 18 percent White, 3 percent Hispanic, 1 percent Black, and 4 percent multiracial. In California, which eliminated race-based affirmative action in 1996, 42 percent Asians are admitted to University of California at Berkeley. ...

Asian Americans exceed all other U.S. adults also in median annual household income ($66,000 vs. $49,800) and median household wealth ($83,500 vs. $68,529). ...

And they love America! Only 12% say that if they had to do it all over again, they would remain in their country of origin. ...

The success of the Asian experiment completely debunks the Marxist hypothesis of structural oppression. The Left cannot get Asians to gripe about slavery or colonialism or racism because the Asians are too busy building a new American dream. ...

It's all about power, for the Left. Their task is to create victim groups and classify them in a hierarchy of intersectionality. The more oppressed a group, the better for the Left, because it has a cause to fight for – a raison d'être in an otherwise pointless world. ...

At heart the Left is deeply racist. For decades, the Democrats were the party of slavery, segregation, lynching, Jim Crow, forced sterilisation, and the KKK. By admitting Blacks and Hispanics with rock-bottom grades to top universities and by segregating them in separate dorms, progressives can continue the racial caste system. So every time you meet a Black with a PhD from Harvard or Stanford you won't think Clarence Thomas or Ben Carson or Thomas Sowell. What you'll think is: "Poor bugger! Got in on the Black quota! Three cheers for the bigotry of low expectations!"
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – EUROPE
Migrants to Europe 'need to go home', says Czech prime minister
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 25 October 2018

Traffickers should no longer be allowed to determine who comes to Europe, the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, has said, as he suggested thousands of police officers could be on standby in the Mediterranean ready to guard the continent's borders.

"There are 700,000 illegal migrants – they need to go home," said Babis.

Last year, 618,780 non-EU citizens were found to be illegally present in the EU, according to Eurostat, a fall from a peak of more than 2 million in 2015. ...

Since his election he has largely focused on domestic politics, but he is gradually spreading his wings, seeking to become an international figure by joining the debate on the future of Europe and broadly allying himself with Poland and Hungary.

Babis and the leaders of those nations have rejected plans to increase the EU's Frontex border force from 1,500 officers to 10,000, and are now pushing an alternative based on persuading potential migrants to stay in Africa. ...

"These people should stay home and we should help them in Africa. The people around Syria ... they would like to return home." He added: "Smugglers made €5.7bn in 2016 and we have to stop it."

Babis, who expects the migration issue to dominate the European elections, said migrants should not be allowed into Europe without a work permit. He said the dividing line in Europe was between those who wanted to stop illegal migration and those who did not.

"They have their culture, we have our culture," he said. "They have their values, but we want to keep [our] values."
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IMMIGRATION – DIVERSITY, MULTICULTURALISM
Why we need to prepare for a more turbulent future
Douglas Murray
Evening Standard, 25 October 2018
[Review of "Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities" by Eric Kaufmann]

All eras have taboos. And this one has as many, perhaps more, than most. But in the West today there are no taboos so great as those surrounding absolutely anything to do with race. In diverse, pluralistic societies like ours has become, how are we to speak – or even think – about so fraught an issue?

Fortunately not everybody has been chased away from thinking. Professor Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck College, University of London, has previously written about religious demographics in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (2010). Now he returns to an even more contentious corner of the fray.

As he says at the start of his new book, "Ethnic majorities in the West are undergoing 'whiteshift', a transition from an unmixed to a mixed state. This is a process that is in its early stages and will take a century to complete. Until the mixed group emerges as a viable majority which identifies, and comes to be identified, as white, Western societies will experience considerable cultural turbulence. American history offers a preview of what we're in for. We should expect a civilisation-wide replay of the ethnic divisions that gripped the United States between the late 1880s and the 1960s."

Throughout this long and intensely detailed book Kaufmann unpacks this idea with data, verve and care. As he sees it, there are four main responses that white populations might adopt. They could fight the change. Or they might merely try to repress their reactions. They might flee ("white flight"). Or there could be a process of racial "joining".

All four scenarios are possible – even simultaneously. But election after election keeps showing that, as Kaufmann says, "the liberal conceit that whites must be post-ethnic cosmopolitans has outlived its usefulness".

Part of the usefulness of the book is in the amount of new data that Kaufmann brings to the debate. Much of this has to do with the "flight" issue. A study in Scandinavia has previously shown how people who have fled "diverse" areas are often among those most keen to extol the virtues of diversity for others. Kaufmann shows how similar hypocrisies are rife across the West.

Also interesting is his analysis of what is considered racist and where. For what might be racist in one country is not so in another. And what might be deemed racist from (or to) one ethnic group is not always deemed racist from (or to) another.

For example, is wanting to reduce immigration for ethno-cultural reasons racist or not? A recent YouGov poll reveals that in the US 37 per cent of white Americans say it is, while just 24 per cent of white Britons agree. Which not only highlights the variance between the views of the public and those of their leaders, but how far in front of the public debate Kaufmann's informed and unsensational book actually is.

Elsewhere he lays out how belief in multiculturalism has broken down everywhere, even in mainstream politics, so that, as he says, "Only among mayors of diverse cities like London does it remain a mantra."
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DIVERSITY
Rising ethnic diversity in the West may fuel a (temporary) populist right backlash
Eric Kaufmann and Matthew Goodwin
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 25 October 2018

The ethnic make-up of many western countries is changing, and in countries previously seen as having 'white' majorities that past predominance is declining. In the United States, Canada and New Zealand, the 'majority-minority' point will arrive around 2050, while in western Europe it is projected to occur towards the end of the century. Some commentators have asked if this change may lead to a growing reaction or 'white backlash'. All else being equal, we suggest that the answer may be yes.

Our recently published statistical meta-analysis of the quantitative literature on this question uncovered 171 academic papers, books or dissertations since 1995 containing some 4 million data points across various datasets and western countries. Studies were heavily slanted toward the present, with a median year of 2011. Using the effects of minority share (i.e. % immigrant, or % non-white) on immigration attitudes or populist right support as our measure of possible 'threat perceptions', we discovered such an effect was present in 71% of the 257 models where there was a significant statistical relationship. On the other hand, in 29% of cases, increased diversity was associated with greater tolerance of immigration amongst the 'mainstream' population.

When we include statistically insignificant results, /.../, only a third of all tests uncovered a significant 'threat perception' response. But this partially reflects data and model noise: papers with a longitudinal basis help screen this out. This set of studies shows a substantial 'threat perception' effect. In around 90% of models where ethnic diversity was measured over time, or where the authors tested for the effect of ethnic change (i.e. minority growth between 2000 and 2010), rising diversity predicted greater opposition to immigration or support for the populist right. And this was usually statistically significant.

Ethnic changes matter most for 'threat' perceptions, but levels of diversity (regardless of change) are also important. Critically, /.../ the contrasting 'threat perception' and toleration effects of minority levels both vary by geographic scale.

... models which concentrate only on native-born white people and also report significant diversity effects. /.../ In neighbourhoods (i.e. with populations of 5,000-10,000), 70% of significant tests found that a higher ethnic minority share of the population predicted lower native white opposition to immigration or right-wing populist support. However, in small units like residential blocks, or in large ones like counties, cities or countries, 80-100% of significant results reported that higher ethnic diversity was associated with greater apparent 'threat' perception. ...

... Numerous surveys, in both Europe and the US, show that more people are concerned about immigration nationally than locally.

Curiously, the positive effects of contact with people of diverse ethnicities at neighbourhood level do not appear to apply in the most intimate settings like apartment blocks. Psychological discomfort may operate more strongly at this domestic scale. ...

All told, the West could be in for a period of turbulence as it enters what some term its third demographic transition toward 'majority-minority' ethnic composition.
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TERRORISM – BIAS
So now we're allowed to get angry about terrorism?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 25 October 2018

So now we're allowed to get angry about terrorism? Now we are encouraged to talk about it openly? Now we are invited to dig down and discover the warped political prejudices that might be fuelling terrorism?

Isn't that amazing. All the things we are explicitly told not to do in the aftermath of terror attacks by radical Islamists – 'Don't look back in anger' was the slogan following the slaughter at the Manchester Arena last year – we are now told it is okay to do following the outrageous posting of pipe-bomb devices to various Democrats and left-leaning figures in the US.

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that terrorism is treated more seriously when its targets are well-connected liberals rather than ordinary people, and, more importantly, when the perpetrator is a right-winger (we assume) rather than a radicalised Muslim. Then, and only then, does it become acceptable to say: 'Okay, terrorism is a very serious threat and certain ideological people are to blame for it.' ...

After Islamist attacks – whether it's the Paris massacres of 2015, the murder of Christmas shoppers in Berlin in 2016, the truck attack in Nice in 2016, or the London Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Manchester Arena attacks in Britain last year – the response is always subdued, chilled, explicitly anti-political. ...

... For what has happened in the wake of these threatening acts is that the terrorism word has been used instantly, people have been encouraged to be very worried about the climate that produces such terrorism, and we are told that politics and society must change to prevent such terrorism from being attempted again. All things you're forbidden from saying in the wake of Islamist terror.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MEXICO, USA
CBN News Embeds with the Caravan: What We Discovered About UN Involvement, Foreigners and Felons
CBN News, 25 October 2018

The migrant caravan headed here to the US is starting to weaken as some tired, hungry, and sick travelers are deciding to return home. But roughly 5,000 people are pressing on.

Some are asking questions about who is in the caravan, so CBN News asked our contributing correspondent Chuck Holton to check it out. He caught up with the caravan in the Mexican city of Tapachula.

"I want to try and clarify some of what you've been hearing in the news media about this caravan moving north into the United States. First of all, the people in this caravan are not being paid to join the caravan. Their payoff comes when they get to the US," Holton said.

Holton spoke to numerous people in the caravan who said they joined the trek because they saw advertising for it on social media or heard about it on the news. He says the caravan has been organized by opposition political elements within Honduras who are supported by Venezuela, as well as a consortium of left-wing pro-immigration groups.

"They are however being facilitated and enabled by groups like the UN, by groups like other NGOs and by church groups who are feeding them and providing them support on their journey north," he said.

"Now the other questions have been: 'Are there felons, are there bad guys in this group?' And I can tell you it didn't take me long to find four or five right away who are absolute felons who are coming north to try to get back into the United States," Holton discovered. ...

People are also asking about whether or not there are so-called "exotics" in the caravan – people who are not from Central America. ...

... Holton also spoke with others from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Eritrea and Pakistan who are joining the caravan to the US.
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ASYLUM – FRAUD
Judge praises refugee who smuggled two asylum seekers into UK out of 'humanitarian desire'
Basit Mahmood
Metro, 25 October 2018

A judge has praised the 'humanitarian desire' of a successful asylum seeker following her attempts to bring in two illegal migrants into the country.

Somalia-born Hana Abdi Qahtan, 46, attempted to pass off a 16 year-old Yemeni as her son at Heathrow Airport and had another UK passport for an older woman which was hidden in her hijab.

Ms Qahtan had flown to Bahrain on her UK passport, but also brought her son's and mother's passports with her, to be illegally used by two distant relatives to enter the country.

The part-time carer, of Manor Park, applied for asylum herself in 2006 and became a British citizen in 2013.

She got passports for her mother and children.

Her two relatives, who travelled on the bogus passports, have now received full asylum to remain in the UK.

Ms Qahtan pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to one count of facilitating a breach of immigration on September 10, last year and received 7 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

The maximum sentence for such an offence is 14 years imprisonment.
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DIVERSITY – DEBATE, FREE SPEECH
Illiberal left plays into hands of the far right
David Aaronovitch
The Times, 25 October 2018

This week I've been normalising fascism. Allow me to explain. I was due to take part in a debate entitled "Is Rising Ethnic Diversity a Threat to the West?" Some people think it is, because it's provoking unrest among white voters. I think it isn't.

On Tuesday an "open letter" condemning the debate was published on Open Democracy, a political website, signed by "academics opposed to the mainstreaming of far-right ideas". They claimed that the debate had been "framed within the terms of white supremacist discourse", and had been set up "with no concern for the public implications and effect of this framing." And, they added ominously, "Public figures should consider how they provide these perspectives with a veneer of respectability when they take part in such events." ...

Sure, one of the participants in the diversity debate has a book to sell and perhaps because of this the event was given a deliberately provocative title. But it only makes the argument explicit when it might otherwise have been implicit. That, surely, makes it easier to challenge?

But by now the Twitter mob was in full cry. One of the letter's signatories is a sociology lecturer at Aston University called Tom Mills, author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service. On Tuesday Dr Mills tweeted an image of me and the other speakers headlined "Are Dinner Party racists a threat to democracy?" This libel got some support from another signatory, Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a reader in English at Cambridge University. Dr Gopal, the Torquemada of the New Woke Inquisition, is the academic who accused Mary Beard of "bad racialised behaviour" and dubbed the Oxford professor Nigel Biggar, with whom she'd disagreed about the legacy of Empire, "Dr Bigot". That was around the time she was trying to get his "Ethics and Empire" research project shut down. ...

Many of the signatories to the open letter were the scrapings of the usual right-on mailing lists but they included some people who really ought to know better. The director of the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank, had signed, as had Matthew Feldman, head of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (Carr). Professor Feldman published a piece about the radical right on Carr's website last week. The author, a Norwegian academic, had written that "The increased salience of accelerated migration, the growing public anxiety over the role and perceived integration of Muslim communities, and dissatisfaction with the mainstream parties and European institutions will continue to cultivate opportunities for the populist radical right." This, of course, is the essence of the debate that Professor Feldman wanted to stop. ...

To deny that some people see diversity as a threat is crazy, as the article published on the Carr website, as well as many others, makes clear. To recognise that and yet demand that the issue cannot be discussed or debated is counter-productive. As well as profoundly illiberal. ...

In any country nowadays, whether democracy or dictatorship, the speech police always have a good reason for closing things down. In uniform or not, they're perpetually busy, patrolling the borders of expression, eagle-eyed for infringements. They're like those Chinese government internet algorithms, doggedly searching for infractions and then silencing them. Always wanting (whether they admit it or not) to control what you say and – ultimately – what you think.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
A Caravan To The Promised Land?
Andy J. Semotiuk
Forbes, 24 October 2018

Today, seven thousand or more migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and probably elsewhere, are marching towards the United States through Mexico. Their claim is that they are fleeing poverty and violence. They hope to cure this by arriving in the United States and finding good jobs and a better life. ...

Meanwhile, President Trump has declared their march to be a national emergency. He has said he will send troops to defend the border, and that he will cut off aid to the aforementioned countries as punishment for not stemming the flow of human traffic.

Some food for thought:

1) America has the right to decide who comes into the country and who does not.

Despite the sentiments expressed in songs and at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, America simply can't open the door to anyone who wants to come in. While many people do not agree with much of President Trump's rhetoric on immigration, he is right about one thing: the United States, like all countries, has the right to control its borders and its immigration system. The impact on American culture and the economy needs to be controlled.

2) Every human being has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

This is where the benevolent philosophy of immigration meets harsh practicalities. There are roughly 65 million displaced people in the world. All of them would like a better place to live, but no one country can accept them all. That said, you may be surprised to learn that since 1980, the U.S. has accepted more refugees than the rest of the world combined. According to the Pew Research Center, of the 4 million refugees resettled since that time, the U.S. took in about 3 million of them. ...

3) Life back home for the marchers is intolerable.

Take Honduras, which has the one of the highest murder rates per capita in the world, combined with over 60% of the population living in poverty. Who wouldn't want to leave such a place and find a better opportunity? The trouble is, Honduras is surrounded by countries with similar problems, like El Salvador, where the murder rate is the highest on the planet, and Mexico, where 31,000 murders were reported in 2017 alone. The key problem is an ever growing number of violent drug cartels that murder their rivals and bystanders with reckless abandon.

But with all of that said, the conditions of these countries do not necessarily mean that the people there meet the definition of a refugee.

...

4) Waves of immigrants seeking new lives will be more prevalent in the future.

The experience from other parts of the world suggests that the future is likely to include more caravans like the Honduran one, involving refugees seeking asylum in America and elsewhere. When the exodus of refugees reaches massive proportions, the humanitarian crisis becomes so overwhelming that neighboring states simply can't prevent a spillover of migrants into their countries. The migration of the Rohingya into Bangladesh is the most recent example. Previously, it was the Sudanese into Kenya. ...

6) What is needed now?

More generally, however, what is needed is a new international accord to deal with matters related to migration and resettlement.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AFRICANS, EUROPE, SPAIN
German Intelligence: African Migrants 'Guaranteed Passage to Europe' for Just €2,000
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 October 2018

Reporting that Morocco has replaced Libya as the primary migration transit point to Europe, internal German intelligence documents have revealed African migrants can secure 'guaranteed' passage to Europe for just 2,000 euros.

Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has learned that a well-established smuggling network in the North African country offers migrants options beginning at 1,000 euros to reach European Union (EU) nations, according to the tabloid Bild.

With the lowest priced option, would-be migrants get three attempts to make it to Spain – which has seen illegal immigrant arrival numbers more than treble in the last year with tens of thousands of sub-Saharan Africans estimated to be waiting in Morocco before heading to Europe.

Smugglers, who BND intelligence reported were known to cooperate with Moroccan security forces and have contacts within the authorities, guarantee passage to the EU for a sum of around 2,000 euros.

For migrants who are able to pay 4,000 euros, the traffickers offer a so-called 'VIP' service transporting people direct from Mali to Europe in only six days, according to local media.

Since the beginning of this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that almost 40,000 migrants have made it illegally from Morocco to Spain, ...
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Bishop: 'Europe Is Being Islamized' Because the Church Sleeps
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 24 October 2018

An African bishop in Rome for the synod of bishops has decried the lethargy of European Christianity, saying that it opens the door to an "Islamic invasion."

In an interview Tuesday with the U.S.-based National Catholic Register, Andrew Nkea Fuanya, the bishop of Mamfe, Cameroon, said that the synod has been ignoring Europe's low birth rates to its own peril.

The synod fathers have not discussed Europe's demographic implosion, which is "a very big thing" for youth, Fuanya said.

"And I will dare to say that, especially with the backdrop of the Islamic invasion, if you look through history, where the Church slept, got diverted away from the Gospel, Islam took the advantage and came in," he said.

As in the case of many African bishops, Fuanya has seen what radical Islam looks like up close. ...

According to Bishop Fuanya, Europe is not immune to the fate suffered by many African nations.

"This is what we are seeing in Europe, that the Church is sleeping, and Islam is creeping in," Fuanya said.

Christianity is waning in Europe, he said, and Islam will fill the void. Moreover, the disappearance of Christian Europe will have a negative effect on the rest of the world as well.

"Europe is being Islamized, and it will affect Africa," Fuanya said.
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CRIME – HATE CRIME, RACISM
Lies, damned lies and hate crime
Laurence Hodge
Conservative Woman, 23 October 2018

There must be some outside government and the police who are glad that hate crime is recognised as an aggravated crime. But can there be anybody who honestly believes that the definition of hate crime in the UK, which relies on the subjective perception of the 'victim' or of a third party rather than an objective reality or clear intention on the part of the 'offender', is anything other than bonkers? An offence can even become aggravated on the say-so of a bystander, and since there is now every prospect of misogyny becoming a hate crime, and ageism too, a lot of people are going to need banging up.

The latest figures on hate crime in England and Wales were released on October 16, and the accompanying press pack generated a crop of predictable headlines from publications that go for lightly subbed hand-outs and endless opinion pieces instead of conducting their own independent analysis: ...

Recorded offences have indeed doubled over the period. However, there is nothing in the data to support the Guardian's tendentious link with terrorism and the Brexit vote any more than some invented and equally spurious correlation with, say, the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes or the downturn in Arsène Wenger's managerial fortunes. Indeed, the opposite may well be true.

Could it be that the increase in hate crime owes much to the growth of its equally ugly and socially divisive twin, Identity Politics? If politicians and special interest groups are constantly braying that such and such a group requires special privileges then there will surely be a reaction from individuals who identify with those groups and who are encouraged to claim that they are in some way oppressed. Add to the mix a police force that curries favour with minority groups and reassigns resources from 'traditional' criminal investigations into burglary and shoplifting to monitoring Twitter and Facebook for hurtful remarks, and the growth in hate crime becomes less surprising. ...

Race hate is by a long chalk the largest category of hate crime, accounting on its own for 70 per cent of the total in 2017/18. ...

Race is more readily perceived than other characteristics by both the victim and the offender. Consequently there can be no surprise that Race Crime leads the hate field. There is no data to indicate how these crimes break down as to black-on-white hate, white-on-black hate or any other combination of colour and race hate. What is known is that the police in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and now Huddersfield are willing to wink at major crime in the interests of community relations; this might or might not be a factor influencing the compiling of hate statistics.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France clears 1,800 UK-bound migrants from Dunkirk camp
The Local / AFP, 23 October 2018

French police cleared 1,800 migrants from a makeshift camp near Dunkirk on Tuesday, hoping to deter people-traffickers seeking to smuggle them across the Channel to Britain.

Hundreds of police flooded the Grande-Synthe camp at dawn to expel the migrants, most of them Iraqi Kurds, who were loaded onto dozens of buses bound for shelters.

While the infamous "Jungle" camp in nearby Calais was razed in 2016, migrants continue to head to the coast hoping to stow away on trucks travelling to Britain.

Refugees and others seeking a better life have long used the wooded, lakeside area near Dunkirk as a jumping-off point for attempted crossings, and this was the sixth such operation in five months. ...

Newly appointed Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who was due to visit later Tuesday, has vowed to take a tough stance on illegal immigration.

France received a record 100,000 asylum requests in 2017, up 17 percent from the year before.
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TERRORISM – DEPORTATION, BELGIUM
Fouad Belkacem: Belgian Islamist leader loses citizenship
BBC, 23 October 2018

Jailed Islamist Fouad Belkacem, whose group Sharia4Belgium sent dozens of jihadists to Syria, has been stripped of his Belgian citizenship and faces deportation to Morocco.

The appeal court in Antwerp ruled that he had fallen seriously short of his duties as a citizen.

Belkacem was jailed in 2015 for leading a terror group, many of whose recruits joined jihadist group Islamic State.

More Belgians per capita went to fight in Syria than from any other EU state.

Some of those who returned to Europe were involved in the Paris attacks in 2015 and the Brussels bombings of March 2016.

Belkacem's Sharia4Belgium originated in Antwerp, recruiting the first Belgian fighters before it was disbanded.

It took its inspiration from Islam4UK, a group once led by Anjem Choudary, a radical preacher who was released from a British jail on 19 October. During Belkacem's 2015 trial it emerged that he had co-founded Sharia4Belgium shortly after spending time at a London mosque. ...

Belgian Migration Minister Theo Francken praised the decision to strip Belkacem of his Belgian nationality, but added that such a move should be automatic after any terrorism conviction.

Removing citizenship from jihadists with dual nationality remains controversial. France announced plans to introduce the policy after the November 2015 attacks but dropped them the following year.

Belkacem is not the first Belgian linked to terror to lose his nationality. Malika el-Aroud was stripped of her citizenship last year for leading an al-Qaeda linked group.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, CULTURE, GERMANY
'In Afghanistan a woman is nothing' – Expert defends two refugee rapists of girl in Germany
Voice of Europe, 23 October 2018

The trial of the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Germany has started. Two young Afghans are accused of raping the girl in Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn.

On Thursday their trial started in the Munich district court and it nearly ended because the disrespectful youngsters fell asleep several times. ...

As the two men, Walid P. and Farid A. kept their eyes open, the trial could continue and a specialist in forensic medicine was called in.

The expert explained that both men and the victim were drunk, but also referred to their culture, to find a sort of excuse for raping a defenceless 16-year-old teen.

"One must also consider that they come from a different culture," the expert said. "There a woman is nothing and the man goes over everything," he added. ...

It is interesting to see how experts and lawyers drop truth bombs on foreign culture when it can be used as a defence for criminal migrants. ...

The rape of the young girl made headlines all over Germany as the two men were accepted into the town as refugees and lived in the local asylum centre.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRAUD, NETHERLANDS
Massive fraud by migrants: Thousands of Turks own houses in Turkey while living on Dutch benefits
Voice of Europe, 23 October 2018

Dutch authorities have discovered a massive benefit fraud by migrants and double passport holders from Turkey, public broadcaster NOS reports.

In the years 2016 and 2017 more than 600 investigations in Turkey showed that 17 million euros of assets were kept hidden from Dutch authorities.

People who receive benefits in the Netherlands are obliged to be completely transparent about their financial situation and property.

Dutch citizens or people with a residence permit, who have property or capital, mostly don't have the right to receive benefits. Keeping these things hidden from the authorities is fraud.

Newspaper De Telegraaf calls it a big problem. According to them, between 8,000 and 12,000 Turks and many more migrants or double passport holders from other foreign countries are fraudulent.

The newspaper says the problem exists for decades, but it wasn't addressed. Reasons are fears of discrimination, costs of research, threats by foreigners or not enough expertise.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Who will speak for the Huddersfield girls?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 22 October 2018

Britain is a country where a politician putting his hand on a middle-class woman's knee causes more outrage than the sexual abuse of scores of working-class girls by men from Pakistani backgrounds.

This is the conclusion we must draw from the #MeToo scandals of the past year. Or rather from the striking disparity between what becomes a #MeToo scandal and what doesn't. A posh journalist having her knee brushed by a politician causes media meltdown, Twitterstorms about 'the patriarchy', and soul-searching in parliament about men's wicked behaviour, while the exploitation and rape of working-class girls in towns like Huddersfield provokes little more than an awkward tut of disapproval.

The guilty verdict delivered in the trial of 20 men at Leeds Crown Court on Friday confirms the British political class's ongoing reluctance, or outright inability, to confront the problem of Muslim grooming gangs.

In response to the verdict, which found that 20 men from mostly Pakistani backgrounds had committed 120 offences against 15 girls in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield over a period of seven years, there have been a few perfunctory condemnations. But there haven't been any hashtags, or gatherings outside parliament, or pained newspaper columns, as there were following far less serious cases of sexual misdemeanour in recent months. ...

Indeed, there has been more controversy over the home secretary's response to the Huddersfield crimes than there was over the crimes themselves. /.../ There was more fury in the denunciations of Javid for referring to the men's heritage than there was in any of the commentary on the men themselves. ...

This follows a pattern. Discussion about Muslim grooming gangs is constantly being shushed, made suspect, demonised. Consider the fate of Labour MP Sarah Champion. She was elbowed out of her role as an equalities shadow minister in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party last year after she committed the speechcrime of writing a piece for the Sun on the problem of Pakistani grooming gangs in Rotherham, where she is MP.

Champion has since been subjected to a campaign of vilification by local Muslim activists and their allies in the Corbynista Momentum movement. Again, people are angrier at an MP for speaking about the phenomenon of Pakistani men abusing white working-class girls than they are about the actual phenomenon.

What is behind this moral cowardice, where even in an era when virtually every instance of bad male behaviour hits the headlines the opinion-forming set still doesn't want to discuss the problem of Muslim grooming gangs?
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Who gave these evil gangs licence to rape?
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 22 October 2018

Sixteen men have been jailed over the grooming and sexual abuse of Huddersfield children, it can now be reported. The abuse of the vulnerable, isolated and underage girls – the youngest of whom were 11 or 12 – was described by a judge as 'top of the scale'.

A total of 20 men, ranging in age from 27 to 54, were convicted during three trials at Leeds Crown Court. ...

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, who presided over the first two trials, described the grooming as 'insidious and persistent' and the abuse as 'vile and wicked'. ...

I do know this, though – there is good and there is evil, and all we can do is fight the evil. In fact, we have even set up what is known as a 'police force' to fight evil and we have an entire 'care system' to look after children and teenagers and protect them from evil. I would like to know about their failures in all of this. I would like to know if the great evil of political correctness motivated the police and other State authorities to look the other way while young girls were being systematically raped.

I have a few other questions that I sense are not being asked by the mainstream media because of fears about being called racist or 'sowing division'. ...

I would like to know if the British government has been complicit in the importation of men to rape and abuse working-class girls in small towns all over Britain. ...

Were any of the men married, and if so to whom and what did the women know? Did they look the other way on this?

What did all the authorities who came into contact with the victims know – the police, the care system, the 'sexual health clinic', the schools? ...

Just who facilitated the systematic rape and abuse of white working-class girls for about two decades in small towns across Britain? This is the biggest scandal of our time and we deserve some answers.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, WESTERN EUROPE
Immigration concerns fall in Western Europe, but most see need for newcomers to integrate into society
Laura Silver
Pew Research Center, 22 October 2018

As the surge in immigration to Europe drops back to pre-2015 levels, the fever pitch of concern has also abated across eight key countries in Western Europe, according to surveys conducted by the European Union's Eurobarometer between 2014 and 2018. Today, a median of 23% in these countries name immigration as one of the top two problems facing their country, down from a median of almost half in November 2015.

But while anxieties have decreased dramatically across the EU as immigration flows have slowed, immigration still remains a top concern for many Western Europeans. For example, in both Denmark and Germany, more people name the issue as a problem facing their country than any other (34% and 38%, respectively). ...

A major concern about immigration among people in the countries surveyed is whether immigrants will make the effort to integrate into their new country. In a late 2017 Pew Research Center survey, majorities in all countries agreed that, for the good of their society, immigrants should adopt the country's customs and traditions.

When it comes to which aspects of a country's customs and traditions are most important for immigrants to adopt, past Pew Research Center surveys have found that most Western Europeans think speaking the country's language and respecting the country's institutions and laws are very important to truly share the national identity of a country. But sizable minorities also think it's important to have been born in the country or to be a Christian.

There is relatively widespread agreement about the importance of cultural integration, but Western Europeans are more divided in their views of immigration's impact on the economy and security. For most, concerns center more on the risk of terrorism than on burdening the economy. ...

Ideology plays a large role in determining many of these attitudes. People on the ideological right are more likely than those on the left to say immigrants need to integrate into a country's society, that they increase the risk of terrorism, and that they are an economic burden. Beyond ideology, education level also affects attitudes. People with lower levels of education are significantly more likely to see the negative sides of immigration. ...

Age is also a key factor, with older people much more likely to see immigrants in a negative light. For example, in the United Kingdom, around half of those ages 50 and older say immigrants increase the risk of terrorism, compared with only around a quarter of those under 30.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BLASPHEMY, HATE, FREE SPEECH
Blasphemy Referendum: Beware of unwelcome consequences
Margaret Hickey
Irish Examiner, 22 October 2018

That question, whether to remove or retain Article 40.6 of the Constitution which makes blasphemy an offence, is not getting the discussion it deserves because it is seen as somewhat moot, a dead letter. That view is borne out by the fact that the last prosecution under blasphemy law in Ireland was in 1855.

In the Constitution, the offence of blasphemy specifically applies to Christianity. It was not until 1999 that the laws against blasphemy were broadened to protect other faiths too. ...

Today we have come a long way. The freedom to blaspheme God and his prophets, whatever the faith, is considered well within the limits of legitimate freedom of expression. ...

Later in 2015, when Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, well known for its ribald brand of ridicule, published cartoons of Mohammad, the paper's office was stormed and 12 of its staff including its editor shot dead.

... World leaders including our taoiseach of the time, Enda Kenny, led a crowd of over a million in solidarity through the streets of Paris. The battle cry 'Je suis Charlie' echoed around the world. It was an unprecedented global shout-out for freedom of speech and its setting in the very heartland of 'liberte' could not be more iconic.

Since 2015, blasphemy has become a somewhat esoteric and dated concept. It does not even need a campaign to make the case for its removal from our Constitution.

Just a bit of embarrassing, old-fashioned verbal junk that needs to be swept away and the less said the better. Nobody seems to consider the irony of booting blasphemy out of the door while legitimising even more draconian curtailments of speech. Hate speech. Hate crime. These are the new blasphemies and they are far more wide ranging and repressive than the old blasphemies ever were.

The current presidential campaign is a good example of how easy it is to fall foul of the new orthodoxies and be branded a heretic against political correctness. ...

The thought police unearthed her views, such as they were, and held her to account for them. ...

This trick of inflating the issue to disarm a dissident is the stock and trade of politically correct enforcers. It is this trend to shut down reasoned discussion by branding and tagging sideline voices with pejorative labels that should worry us.

Freedom of speech is a precious value and should be defended on all fronts. It cannot be reduced to a campaign against prickly, religious fundamentalists as if they were its only enemies.

In fact, the religious demographic in this country is particularly tough skinned these days. Or perhaps it is the lack of general sympathy for their sensitivities that keeps them from complaining. ...

But we must not be fooled. New ideas of where and how freedom of expression should be limited are fast emerging. The politically correct becomes the politically enforced before you can say George Orwell. ...

How far the defence of censorship goes may vary from time to time and place too place, but its breaches will carry a cost for those who cross the line and that is often a cost for truth too.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
There are over 9,000 foreigners in British jails... so why do we deport just ONE a day - and why were these men freed to reoffend?
Ben Ellery And Andy Gardner
Mail on Sunday, 21 October 2018

Theresa May's pledge to clear bursting prisons by kicking out foreign criminals has been exposed as a sham by new figures revealing that just one convict a day is being deported.

At the current rate, it would take decades before those scheduled for removal among the current foreign prisoner population of 9,066 are actually sent home.

According to official figures, just 1,583 have been removed from the UK in the past four years, despite the UK having agreements with about 70 countries to send them home. It makes a mockery of a promise in 2016 by Mrs May, the then Home Secretary, to crack down on the problem.

'Foreign nationals who commit crimes here should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them,' she said in response to a Select Committee report about the difficulties clearing the backlog.

But officials are still failing to kick out many of the criminals before they complete their sentences, meaning they are released on to the streets to commit more crimes or simply vanish. ...

... many of the foreign prisoners who have escaped deportation have been convicted of violent offences. And many have gone on to commit fresh crimes following their release. ...

Under current legislation, all offenders from outside the EU jailed for more than 12 months are referred for automatic deportation. In most cases, criminals from the EU can also be deported after two years, or one year if the conviction is for a sex attack.

However, criminals can appeal – placing a huge financial burden on the UK – or in many cases they simply abscond while awaiting deportation. ...

Last night the Ministry of Justice said it had removed nearly 6,000 foreign offenders last year and more than 44,000 since 2010, a figure that includes convicts deported after being released from prison.
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BIAS – DENIAL, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Delingpole: Britain's Liberal Elite Still in Denial About Muslim Rape Gangs
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 21 October 2018

Another gang of mostly Muslim Pakistani thugs in the north of England (Huddersfield, this time) has been jailed for raping hundreds of mostly underage white girls. But that's only half the story.

What's almost worse is the fact that even after all the widespread evidence that similar groups have been perpetrating these barbaric practices all over Britain for decades, the left-liberal establishment is still determinedly trying to hide the truth of what is happening.

Let me show you some examples.

Here is David Lammy, a race-baiting Labour MP who, if things go seriously wrong – as they might – could soon be a senior member of government. ...

It's perfectly obvious to anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the rape gang issue that the majority of perpetrators are Muslim, most originating from a particular part of Pakistan. This is not racism. This is simple, verifiable fact. Lammy is not stupid. (Well, not that stupid). His dishonesty here is not merely shameless but dangerous. It's dangerous because, as we know from various inquiries into the rape gang phenomenon, one of the main reasons the authorities failed to act because they were all so terrified of being accused of the kind of racism with which Lammy is now ludicrously trying to tar Javid.

But Javid is being culpably dishonest too. He is using the cant word "Asian" because he dare not use the more politically contentious terms "Muslim" or "Pakistani". This euphemism doesn't let him off the hook: it is a grave insult to all those Asian communities – from Chinese to Sikhs – who are perfectly well integrated in Britain and don't go around gang-raping little girls. ...

If you want to see dishonesty and cant at play, though, it's quite hard to beat this glorious contribution from the BBC's Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani.

As Casciani must surely know – it is his job, after all – "the ringleader of this massive abuse ring" did NOT come "from a Sikh background."

Amere Singh Dhaliwal – whose behaviour was described by the judge as "inhuman" – was born a Muslim and has a Muslim wife (and children). As the Mail reports he converted to Sikhism five years ago – largely, it is rumoured, as a ruse to make himself appear more trustworthy to the girls on whom he preyed.

To say that the gang's vile, predatory ring-leader comes "from a Sikh background", then, is a horrible insult to true Sikhs – many of whom have had their daughters too preyed upon by these Muslim gangs.

Worse than that, though, there is something perniciously obfuscatory about Casciani's tweet. It's almost as if he is deliberately trying to give the impression that the rape gang problem is not primarily a Muslim Pakistani issue. ...

Until our liberal elite faces up to the truth, things are going to get a lot, lot worse before they get better.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THAILAND
Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'
MailOnline / AFP, 21 October 2018

Tens of millions of tourists come to Thailand each year for the cheap living and postcard-perfect beaches, with some seeking out the seedier thrills of a bustling sex industry.

But as weak law enforcement, porous borders and corruption help make the country a hub for transnational crime, Thai authorities are intensifying Operation X-Ray – a programme that started about a year ago – with more than 1,000 people arrested in recent weeks, most for overstaying their visa.

Although the vast majority caught in the dragnet are migrants from nearby countries, the racial overtones of the campaign have sparked concerns about profiling based on skin colour.

"Our job is to classify who are the good dark-skinned people and who are the ones likely to commit crimes," said immigration bureau chief Surachate Hakparn.

He told AFP that the operation was aimed at weeding out visa overstayers and nabbing criminals – especially "romance scammers" who lure lonely locals online to defraud them of cash.

He insisted that the romance scammers are often Nigerian or Ugandan. ...

At the start of one night time operation witnessed by AFP in Bangkok's rowdy Nana district earlier this month, about 75 Thai police officers stood in rows at a briefing.

"The suspicious targets are the dark-skinned people," shouted an officer. ...

"Thailand's immigration crackdown has swept up refugees and asylum seekers, sent young children into horrid, prison-like conditions, and appears to have clear aspects of racial profiling against South Asians and Africans," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPATRIATION, ANGOLA
Angola says 380,000 illegal migrants exit in weeks
MailOnline / AFP, 21 October 2018

About 380,000 illegal migrants, mostly from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, have left Angola in less than a month during a massive operation targeting diamond smuggling, a minister said Saturday.

On a visit to Dundo in northern Angola on the border with DR Congo, Pedro Sebastiao dismissed allegations that the migrants had been violently expelled and often beaten by police.

Sebastiao, a state minister and the head of presidential security who is in charge of the operation, told travelling reporters that diamonds worth more than $1 million had been seized.

He said that the migrants had all left voluntarily, and 231 premises for illegal diamond trading had been closed and 59 weapons seized.

"Angola is a democratic and lawful state," he said. "It must be made clear that 'Operation Transparency' is not based on any xenophobic sentiment against citizens of neighbouring countries or any other nationality." ...

There was "illegal immigration and the plundering of our natural resources without any contribution to the treasury," he said, adding the operation was scheduled to continue for two years.

After pouring across the border in recent weeks, many Congolese have described being brutally thrown out of Angola after sometimes living there for more than 10 years.
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HERITAGE – WHITE IDENTITY, DIGNITY
White identity is meaningless. Real dignity is found in shared hopes
Kenan Malik
The Observer, 21 October 2018

'It's dignity, stupid." Where once economic wellbeing was seen as key to winning electoral support, there is now recognition that more intangible qualities matter too – the ability to be heard, to live in meaningful communities, to possess self-worth.

The acceptance that values and social connectedness matter is welcome. The danger, though, is that concern with dignity is becoming as rigid as was that with economic security. In this age of identity politics, dignity is all too often reduced to the public affirmation of ethnic or cultural identity.

Witness a new book by Eric Kaufmann, Whiteshift, that is likely to stir debate. Kaufmann is professor of politics at London's Birkbeck College and a key influence on many "postliberal" thinkers.

In Whiteshift, Kaufmann argues that western politics is being remade through demographic changes and "the tug of war between white ethno-traditionalism and anti-racist moralism". White identity is under threat from non-white immigration, creating a sense of resentment that is fuelling rightwing populism. White people, Kaufmann argues, should be able to assert their own "racial self-interest" like any ethnic group. Dignity lies in the ability to control demographic change.

Whiteshift is a hefty work crammed with data and graphs. The trouble with viewing the world primarily in demographic terms, though, is that, for all the facts and figures, it is easy to be blind to the social context. ... Context is equally important in understanding contemporary responses. The "basis of politics", Kaufmann observes, has shifted "from class to ethnicity". True. But why? For Kaufmann, the answer is simply "migration-led ethnic change". There is, he believes, something primordial in ethnic identities. A product of our evolved psychology, the desire to assert one's ethnic identity cannot be denied, so much so that anti-racism constitutes a "repression of ethnic instincts". And the repressed always returns. ...

The language of class has become deprecated, while that of culture and identity has taken centre stage. As a result, many in the working class have come to see their economic and political marginalisation as a cultural loss. Many have redefined their interests in ethnic rather than in class terms. Immigration, seen as the key reason for the cultural transformation of the nation, has come to bear responsibility for the loss of their place in society. Demography, again, tells only part of the story.

Kaufmann wants to normalise attachment to "white identity". Historically, such identity has been the means through which to promote racism. Today, many on the far right use it as a way of rebranding their bigotry.

The real problem, however, is not that the notion of white identity is racist but that it is meaningless. There is no singular set of interests shared by all whites. Those responsible for the marginalisation of the working class are also largely white – politicians, bureaucrats, bankers, company bosses. Kaufmann's argument is, ironically, the mirror image of that of leftwing identitarians; both see whiteness as a homogenising label, one for a repository of privilege, the other for common interests.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Twenty men in grooming gang are jailed for 'inhuman' abuse of victims as young as 11
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2018

A series of trials that were almost derailed by the English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, have ended with 20 members of an Asian grooming gang being convicted of a catalogue of rape and abuse against girls as young as 11.

The gang members, who were mainly of Pakistani heritage and came from the Huddersfield area, were convicted after a court heard how they passed victims around like "commodities" and used them for their own "sexual gratification".

Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who described his treatment of the girls as "inhuman".

The abuse took place between 2004 and 2011 and involved victims aged between 11 and 17.

Details of the case and the three trials can only now be disclosed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions following a challenge from the media.

But the second trial almost collapsed in May when far right campaigner, Robinson, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions by filming outside the court.

He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was later quashed and the case is due to be heard again at the Old Bailey next week. ...

The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.

The first of the trials began in January this year and saw eight men, including Dhaliwal, convicted of a range of offences including rape and other sex offences.

Dhaliwal, who has children of his own, was convicted of 54 separate counts, including 22 rapes, involving 11 girls. ...

The second trial, which began in April this year, also saw eight defendants convicted and the third trial, featuring four defendants ended on October 8.

Speaking at the conclusion of the first trial, Judge Marson said: "The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.

"As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes at the top of the scale. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did."

He added: "The sentences I pass on you are severe and are intended to be so. They are intended to deter others from behaving in this way."

The second trial, which ended in June, saw eight men given jail sentences of between five and 18 years.

Four more men were found guilty of a range of offences earlier this month following the third trial and will be sentenced on November 1.

The pattern of large-scale exploitation of mainly white girls by groups of men of mainly Pakistani heritage uncovered by West Yorkshire Police in Huddersfield mirrors what has happened in a number of other towns including Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS
Revealed: How illegal migrants are using WhatsApp alerts to tip each other off about British immigration raids
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 20 October 2018

Illegal immigrants have set up warning systems using WhatsApp text messages to avoid being caught, a report has revealed.

They contact each other on the encrypted messaging service to raise the alarm about immigration raids.

The tip-offs mean they can stay one step ahead of Home Office enforcement officials.

The tactic was disclosed in a report by academics at the University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.

The report also exposed the huge industry in fake identity papers sold by criminal gangs.

It also said those in Britain without permission were avoiding working in certain industries known to be targeted by officials, such as construction or kebab shops, to minimise the risk of being caught.

Former Home Office chiefs have admitted there are more than a million illegal immigrants in the UK.

They are a mixture of people who sneaked in on the back of lorries, those who arrived on visas but never went home, foreign criminals never booted out and failed asylum seekers who have avoided deportation.

Critics warn many are earning money by working in the black market but not paying taxes, while adding to the burden on public services such as hospitals and schools.

The report described some of the methods used to evade capture. ...

One Brazilian interviewed for the study said: 'There is this industry of fake documents.

'It is amazing, you can get anything you want, ID cards, passports, driver's licence, this construction card, anything.'

The report found curbs designed to tackle illegal immigration were failing to reduce numbers.

It said the so-called 'hostile environment' – introduced by successive governments to make it harder for illegal immigrants to rent homes, work, open bank accounts or claim benefits – had not worked.

One immigrant told researchers: 'Being illegal in the UK is still better than being legal in my own country'.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
French Flee To Hungary To Escape Effects of Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 October 2018

French citizens are now joining Germans and others seeking a new life in the Hungarian capital of Budapest in order to escape the negative effects of uncontrolled mass migration.

More and more French are seeking to escape to what they see as the safety of Budapest according to a new documentary called Hungary: the Promised Land that was broadcast on French television this week, France Info reports. ...

The number of western Europeans moving to Hungary has not escaped the attention of the Hungarian government, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcoming western Europeans to his country in a speech in early 2017.

"We shall let in true refugees. Germans, Dutch, French and Italians, terrified politicians and journalists who here in Hungary want to find the Europe they have lost in their homelands," Orban said.
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POPULATION – AFRICA
Fear of a Black Continent
Ross Douthat
New York Times, 20 October 2018

Emmanuel Macron, the youthful and ambitious president of the French, likes to talk about African birthrates. In the summer of 2017, he answered a question about why there couldn't be a Marshall Plan for Africa by calling the continent's problems "civilizational," and lamenting that African countries "have seven or eight children per woman."

This was attacked by some as racist, defended by others as hardheaded realism about development economics. Macron obviously felt comfortable with what he'd said, because he returned to the idea last month at a Gates Foundation conference. (Bill Gates himself has also been talking a lot lately about population control and development in Africa.) "I always say," Macron told the assembled do-gooders, "present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children."

... It's a law of modern Western and East Asian history (we'll call it Macron's Law hereafter) that with wealth and education birthrates fall – and fall, and fall. ...

This plunge has happened without population-control interventions as well as with them, and because Western-supported population control efforts in the developing world tended to be inhumane and not-so-mildly racist, over the last couple of decades they have fallen somewhat out of fashion, with Gatesian philanthropists and politicians alike.

So why are they creeping back into the discussion? For three reasons: Because African birthrates haven't slowed as fast as Western experts once expected, because European demographics are following Macron's Law toward the grave, and because European leaders are no longer nearly so optimistic about assimilating immigrants as even a few short years ago.

In 2004, the U.N. projected that Africa's population would level off by 2100 around two billion. Today it projects that it will reach 4.5 billion instead. /.../ But whatever the explanation, by century's end two in five human beings could be African.

This trend would have revived a certain kind of population-bomb anxiety no matter what, but the anxiety in Europe is a little more specific than that – because over the same period, Europe's population is likely to drop by about one hundred million. /.../ In the late 1990s Europe and Africa had about the same population; a hundred years later there could be seven Africans for every European. And the experience of recent refugee crises has demonstrated to European leaders both how easily populations can move northward, and how much harder assimilation may be than they once hoped. ...

However, in addition to being cruel, past population control campaigns were often ineffective, so it's likely that Macron and his successors will mostly fail in their anti-natal efforts. And even the thing that might lead to the falling birthrate they desire, rapid African economic growth, might also accelerate migration in the short term – because poor people who suddenly get richer also gain the means and opportunity to move to somewhere richer still.

Which is why anyone who hopes for something other than destabilization and disaster from the Eurafrican encounter should hope for a countervailing trend, in which Europeans themselves begin to have more children.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CRIME, FRAUD
Hostile environment failing to deter illegal immigration and pushing people into exploitation, report finds
May Bulman
Independent, 19 October 2018

Theresa May's hostile environment policy is failing in its objective to reduce the number of people in the UK unlawfully, according to a new report which brings the government's approach tackling illegal immigration under fresh scrutiny.

The academic study found little evidence that immigration enforcement activity deters irregular migrants or encourages them to leave the country – and instead gives rise to criminal practices and pushes undocumented people further underground.

The findings, by researchers at the University of Oxford, will place renewed pressure on the Home Office to reconsider its immigration policies following the Windrush scandal, which exposed how thousands of people were wrongly targeted by officials.

Politicians and campaigners called on ministers to launch an independent review into the hostile environment in light of the new findings, urging that a different approach was "urgently needed".

Almost all irregular immigrants interviewed for the report were not deterred by tightened immigration controls or the hostile environment approach, with one saying "being illegal in the UK is still better than being legal in my own country".

It found that immigration enforcement also had unintended and often "perverse" side effects, as undocumented migrants became increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by employers and fearful of accessing healthcare. ...

Researchers also warned that irregular immigrants had developed strategies to evade detection, most noticeably the use of false documents, which are more common than 20 years ago, implying that tighter controls "provoke more criminal responses". ...

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We are committed to an immigration policy which welcomes and celebrates people here legally, but which tackles illegal immigration, prevents abuse of benefits and services and removes incentives to enter and remain in the UK unlawfully.

"It's what the public would expect as a matter of fairness, which is why it is right that we have a compliant environment to deter and tackle illegal immigration.

"Since 2010, Immigration Enforcement has protected public safety by removing more than 44,500 foreign offenders who have abused our hospitality by committing crimes and has disrupted over 180 immigration crime groups since April this year."
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TERRORISM – ARMED POLICE, BIRMINGHAM
Armed police will patrol Birmingham's German Market for the first time this year
Jane Tyler
Birmingham Mail, 19 October 2018

Armed police will be patrolling Birmingham's German Market for the first time this year.

Cops visibly carrying guns will be mingling with shoppers at the Christmas market from next month.

It will be the first time in the market's 17-year history armed officers will routinely be walking amongst revellers at the popular attraction.

They will be there as part of Project Servator, which is a new campaign to deter criminals - including terrorists - from striking in busy locations by providing a highly visible police presence.

Already running across other parts of the UK, it began at Birmingham Airport last month.

Run by West Midlands Police, it will see armed police, officers with dogs, uniformed officers and plain-clothes detectives mingling with the crowds. ...

Unlike other Christmas markets in places like Lincoln and Manchester, the patrols will not be there permanently but will be on a sporadic basis. ...

Armed police are already a common sight at Birmingham's New Street station as part of a similar initiative by British Transport Police.
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DIVERSITY – HISTORY, MULTICULTURALISM
Focus on slavery is putting black children off history, teachers warned
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 18 October 2018

Teachers must stop devoting so much time to slavery because it puts black children off History, the Royal Historical Society has said.

A new report by the society has found that the "seemingly relentless focus" on the exploitation and abolition of slavery can be "intellectually limiting and, at times, alienating" for black pupils.

Aside from slavery, the history of British black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are "often absent" from the classroom, the report said. In order to foster a more inclusive environment for black students, teachers must "go beyond these limited vantage points", it added.

"It is important that the history of race and ethnicity is integrated fully into the curriculum, rather than being relegated to a dedicated session or course," it said.

The report, titled Race, Ethnicity & Equality in UK History, seeks to identify why History students from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds lag behind their peers in terms of academic attainment.

It also examines why BME students and staff are underrepresented in History departments across British universities.

The report says that creating History reading lists for students which do not feature black authors can a "barrier" for BME students.

School teachers and university academics are told to "question the absence of BME historians from reading lists" drawn up by their colleagues. When compiling their own reading lists, they should "include and draw attention to" BME writers, it added.

Teachers and academics should also "diversify" the content of their courses so that they are not "composed primarily or entirely of White (or White male) European authors", the report said.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, LONDON
London knife crime hits highest level ever recorded
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 18 October 2018

Knife crime in London has risen to its highest ever level with nearly 15,000 offences committed during the past year, according to figures out today.

The Office for National Statistics said the total of 14,987 knife crimes in the year to the end of June was a 15 per cent rise on the comparable figure 12 months earlier.

It includes 91 knife killings, 170 rapes or sexual assaults carried out with a blade, and 8,363 knife-point robberies.

There were also 5,570 knife crimes which either resulted in injury or involved an attempt to inflict serious harm on the victim.

The statisticians added that the increase in offending had taken London's knife crime total to the highest ever recorded. ...

They mean that an average of 40 knife crimes a day are now being carried out in the capital, with the 91 knife killings representing an 11 per cent increase over 12 months. ...

A detailed breakdown of the figures shows that /.../ there were 68 attempted murders using a knife and 725 threats to kill with a blade in the year to the end of June.

The figures do not include an additional 3,209 offences of possession of a bladed article as they cover only those incidents in which a knife was used.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CRIME, VISAS, BOGUS COLLEGES
These men used bogus colleges as part of a 'cash for visas' scam
Andrew Bardsley
Manchester Evening News, 18 October 2018

Immigration racketeers used bogus colleges in a 'cash for visas' scam worth almost £3.5m.

St John College in Ashton and Kinnaird College in Manchester city centre had no books, equipment or teachers providing lessons.

Instead, bosses Muhammad Babar Bashir, 38, and Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, used them as a way to extract money from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK.

People would hand over cash to the pair in exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study (CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa.

The scam saw £2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further £856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College. ...

Now Bashir and Nallamothu are facing jail after being found guilty of conspiracy to facilitate breaches of UK immigration law following a lengthy Manchester Crown Court trial, which started back in July. ...

The colleges were run legitimately before the defendants took over. ...

The majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but used it as a way of securing their immigration status.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France Could See Record Asylum Claims, Three-Quarters of Migrants Likely to Stay
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 18 October 2018

Approximately three-quarters of the asylum seekers in France face little chance of deportation as the country is expected to have received a record number of asylum cases this year.

France could see as many as 130,000 asylum cases heard in 2018 according to new figures which would top last year's record number of applications that stood at 100,000, Le Figaro reports.

Newly released French Senate reports have claimed that most asylum seekers, up to 75 percent, do not face deportation and it is almost certain they will stay in the country. ...

The costs of asylum seekers to the French taxpayer is also a murky subject with no recent concrete figures being published by the government. In 2013, auditors accessed the cost of 66,000 migrant applications to be in the range of a billion euros.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Divided Britain: study finds huge chasm in attitudes
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 17 October 2018

Britain is hugely divided across cultural, age and education lines, a major study of national attitudes has concluded, warning of a potential rise in far-right and anti-Islam sentiments unless politicians tackle long-standing disaffections behind the Brexit vote.

There is a particular chasm between people living in affluent, multicultural cities and those from struggling post-industrial towns, according to the report from Hope Not Hate, based on six years of polling and focus groups.

The study by the anti-fascism advocacy group uncovers the often glaring extent of geographic splits between people of varying attitudes, with opposition to immigration and multiculturalism correlating closely with socio-economic deprivation.

It found that of the 100 areas where people were most likely to oppose immigration, all were in towns or on the outskirts of cities, with 93 of them in the Midlands or north of England.

In contrast, the 100 areas most linked with what the report calls the "confident multicultural" population were all in major cities or close to universities, with 90% of them within a few hundred metres of a university.

Another key finding of the 60-page report, which links Hope Not Hate's years of polling 43,000 people with data from other organisations, is that while overall attitudes to multiculturalism are softening, the opposite is happening with Islam.

It found that between 2011 and 2018, the proportion of people who believed immigration as a whole had been good for Britain rose from 40% to 60%.

On attitudes specifically to Islam, however, the report found that while these softened between 2011 and 2016, this process then reversed, something it put down the series of terror attacks in the UK in 2017 and media coverage of sexual grooming gangs in places such as Rotherham.

The most recent polling by the group, of more than 10,000 people in July, found 32% of people believed there were Muslim "no-go areas" in Britain governed by Sharia law, a view endorsed by 49% of leave voters in the Brexit referendum. ...

It found that such divisions closely correlate with people's votes over Brexit, noting that opposition to the EU and prejudice towards Islam "are clearly interlinked issues for many".

But, it warned, departure from the EU alone is extremely unlikely to tackle the reasons why people in such poorer towns and city suburbs tend to be wary of change and hostile to immigration. ...

"Immigration has become a totemic emblem for the many grievances people feel in modern Britain," said Nick Lowles, the chief executive of Hope Not Hate, in an introduction to the report.

"The strong view in many of these communities is that they have been abandoned and left to rot by the political establishment in preference to addressing the needs and wishes of new arrivals in the cities." ...

Another key divide, also strongly manifested in the Brexit vote, is age, with younger people found to be notably less likely to see immigration as a significant national problem or to worry about Islamist terrorism.

Education was another significant split. Of people with degrees or higher qualifications, 76% believe immigration has been good for the country, against 45% of those whose schooling ended at 16.
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RACISM – LABOUR PARTY
Labour Represent 86% of Areas Most Hostile To Immigration
Guido Fawkes, 17 October 2018

Hope Not Hate's new report out today has divides the public into six broad identity tribes, reflecting views on economic optimism and pessimism, community, values, immigration, race and religion. These tribes range from 'Confident multiculturals' at one extreme, to 'Active enmity' at the other.

The 'active emnity' tribe consists of those most hostile to immigration and those "opposed to all ethnicities or religions other than their own." Of these areas of the country, 86% are represented by Labour and just 3% by the Conservatives. The most likely inference is that Labour voters are more xenophobic. This will not make happy reading for the Labour's open border Islingtonian leadership...
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MULTICULTURALISM – FILM
British-Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael: all immigrants are conquerors
BBC, 17 October 2018

British-Nigerian Filmmaker Adeyemi Michael tells BBC Africa about the inspiration behind his short film, Entitled, which he describes as a "fantasy documentary" re-imagining the first-generation immigrant experience.

The film has attracted attention for its traffic-stopping sequence featuring Adeyemi's own mother, dressed in full Yoruba finery, riding a stallion along a South London high street.

A celebration of motherhood and the preservation of one's cultural heritage, its message is both personal and universal.

Entitled has been selected to be screened this week at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RACISM, PUBLIC OPINION
White majorities feel threatened in an age of mass migration and calling them racist won't help
Eric Kaufmann
New Statesman, 17 October 2018
[Eric Kaufmann's book "Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities" is due on 25 October]

Wanting to keep a country ethnically and racially "pure" is racist. Seeking to slow down an ethnically different inflow so as not to disrupt radically the sense of ethnicity and nationhood of large numbers of people is not, on a dictionary definition, racist – though it becomes so if the reason for restriction is hating or fearing the newcomers.

Decades of social psychology research have shown that being attached to one's "in-group" doesn't make a person more hostile to "out-groups", except in situations of violent conflict. The Chinese person who moves to Chinatown is not doing so out of malice towards non-Chinese; the black resident of Brixton who wishes white hipsters would stop moving in is doing so out of attachment to a neighbourhood, not because she dislikes young whites. The American National Election Study shows that white Americans' warmth towards other whites does not predict coolness towards blacks or Hispanics. But it is linked to support for immigration restriction and Donald Trump.

... With current levels of immigration, Canada will shift from being approximately 80 per cent white in 2006 to around 20 per cent white in 2106. The white population in western European countries such as Britain will hover around the 50 per cent mark at the end of the century.

The mixed-race population will be trailing this transformation by a half-century. Even if immigration ground to a halt tomorrow, today's white majorities will undergo what I term "whiteshift", absorbing non-European ancestry through intermarriage. Three-quarters of people in Britain in 2150 will, like myself, be mixed-race.

In the British empire, people moved relatively freely between Britain and its overseas colonies. But high death rates resulted in limited population increase and few had the means to move to Britain. This began to change after 1945. Between 1955 and 1962, half a million people arrived from the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent. When the Conservatives tabled the Commonwealth Immigrants Act in 1961 to control the flow, it was attacked by Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell as a "plain anti-colour measure". Yet Labour's base, like the British population, favoured immigration control. In 1962, Labour quietly dropped its opposition to the measure without retracting the comments. ...

Western political philosophy is blind to population shifts because it was conceived at a time of ethnic and demographic stability between the 18th and mid-19th centuries. Even in 1900, no more than 1 to 2 per cent of west Europeans were foreign-born. The ideas of liberalism and democracy, and the notion of civic nationalism, presume a secure ethnic majority. ...

A review of public opinion research shows that opposition to immigration has a strong basis in cultural factors. For instance, I find British people become 25 percentage points more restrictive when rates of immigration are linked to the share of white Britons in the population in 2060. Insisting that whites' ethnic attachments are racist results in far worse effects – giving power to right-wing populists such as Donald Trump – than conducting a reasoned debate about the appropriate pace of ethnic change.
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EMPLOYMENT – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Government could be on verge of a disastrous post-Brexit immigration policy
Migration Watch UK, 16 October 2018

It would be disastrous if the Government's new immigration policy were to adopt the recently published Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) proposals.

That is the verdict of a study (MW456: Likely consequences of the MAC's immigration policy) being published by Migration Watch UK.

The outcome of implementing the MAC recommendations would be to expose seven million jobs in Britain to new or increased competition from a huge global pool of labour with no limits on the numbers granted work permits and no requirement to show that a British worker is not available.

The main remaining requirement would be a salary of £30,000 a year despite the MAC themselves having themselves pointed out that salary levels can be manipulated.

The impact of such a system would be huge. Loosening the skill requirement for work permits from degree level to A-level would mean that ten million full-time jobs could be involved – five million highly-skilled jobs and five million jobs that are below university graduate level.

All highly-skilled posts would be subject to increased competition as there would now be no cap on numbers.

Of the five million or so below graduate-level jobs, two million are currently paid at or over £30,000 a year and so would also be directly affected. If there are changes to the salary limit or if salaries were to be manipulated, the number of jobs that could be affected could still exceed seven million.

The abolition of the requirement that employers must show that no British candidate is available prior to hiring from abroad would make it much simpler to bring in cheaper workers, or perhaps more experienced workers, at a lower salary than the equivalent British worker would expect.

The MAC themselves have pointed to academic research which found a strong preference among some employers for migrant workers and a 'prejudice' against UK workers.

Immigration is not, however, only about salaries. This work permit would be a route to settlement in the UK which would be a major non-financial incentive. It is also important to note that the immigrant communities already in the UK, who number over nine million, would gain a possible route for their relatives of which they would certainly wish to take advantage.

This scheme might be fine for employers who would be able to recruit a massive number of skilled and semi-skilled workers from overseas. However, it would be seriously detrimental to the future prospects for training British workers and therefore to the country as a whole.

The Conservative Party press release of 2 October, which outlined the Government's plan, claimed that 'crucially it will be fair to ordinary working people'. That is almost the reverse of the truth.
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EMPLOYMENT – AUTOMATION
UK automation picks up as migrant labour supply slows
Business Times, 16 October 2018

British manufacturers have long lagged behind their developed country peers on automation, thanks in part to a seemingly inexhaustible pool of workers from Europe.

The flow of low-cost labour has become less reliable since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, however.

Net migration from eastern Europe hit an eight-year low in the 12 months to March, official data shows, and industry groups fear the situation will only get worse.

Unlocking automation investment could have big implications for the economy. If companies tilt away from labour, economists say, it could boost productivity and take the lid off wage increases that have languished at around 2 per cent in recent years. ...

... The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) says British factories are less likely to use industrial robots than any other leading economy and even some countries in eastern Europe.

Bank of England (BOE) officials and industry experts say they may finally be catching up. ...

Customs data shows imports of multi-purpose industrial robots, which can be reprogrammed to perform new tasks and usually have arms capable of moving in three dimensions, rose to a record £83.2 million in the year to the end of July, up by 72 per cent on the previous 12-month period.

... Manufacturers used just 71 multi-purpose industrial robots per 10,000 factory workers in 2016, compared with 132 in France, 309 in Germany and 631 in South Korea, the world leader, according to IFR data.

Partly this reflects the smaller size of the UK's automotive sector, as car companies make particularly high use of robotics.

But even stripping out carmakers, British manufacturers are far behind their peers.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Sweden Begins Hand Grenade Amnesty
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 October 2018

A grenade amnesty period begins in Sweden this week with the government guaranteeing those who hand in explosive devices to police will not face arrest or prosecution.

The weapons amnesty is set to take place between October 15th to January 11th of next year and is aimed at getting grenades and other explosives off the streets where they are being used by organised criminal gangs, broadcaster SVT reports. ...

Grenade attacks and other crimes involving explosives in Sweden have increased over the last several years with hand grenades becoming a popular weapon for organised criminal gangs. ...

A report released earlier this year by the National Forensic Centre (NFC) noted that hand grenades had been used a total of 43 times across the country last year by criminals.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CZECH REPUBLIC
What Multiculturalism Hides
Jan Keller
Gatestone Institute, 16 October 2018

Prof. Jan Keller is a Czech Social Democrat Member of the European Parliament

Multiculturalism is not a manifestation of Europe's generosity, or some noble embodiment of love and truth. Multiculturalism is what remains after mass migration reveals itself as a threat, rather than a benefit, to the economies of European countries. ...

Now let us look at those who favor multiculturalism for the Czech Republic, in Eastern Europe, which has been resistant to it. What they do not grasp is that the Czech Republic today does not resemble France in the early part of the 20th century. We Czechs do not need to recruit foreign workers to perform menial jobs. On the contrary, we need to develop an economy based on skilled labor. It also does not make sense for us to seek highly skilled migrants for this purpose. ...

For decades, there has been a debate in Europe between the effort to slim down the welfare state, as opposed to continuing it to meet the needs of various disadvantaged sectors of the population. This debate has intensified sharply as the mass wave of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East has threatened to increase significantly the number of welfare recipients in Europe.

Under these circumstances, the nature of multiculturalism has changed. It has become a means to exert fierce psychological pressure primarily on the middle- and lower-income sectors in Europe. One form this pressure has taken is the equating of the plight of the current refugees to emigrants escaping to the West from behind the Iron Curtain. The comparison, however, does not really apply. The Eastern European at that time emigrants did not aspire to achieve "multicultural status". Their goal was to integrate – to adapt to a society that was so generous as to have accepted them.

In short, mass waves of migrants represent statistically significantly greater risks than opportunities. They do not serve to boost prosperity. Our insurance systems, which were founded by, and developed for, the nation states whose populations they were meant to serve, were simply never designed to cover them.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EXTREMISM, ISLAM, FRANCE
French police are infiltrated by Islamic extremists, investigative journalists reveal
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 16 October 2018

A research project that was led by two French journalists has brought some shocking things to light, France Inter reports.

Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme, two journalists from the newspaper Le Monde, accompanied five journalism students to conduct research in the migrant populated Seine-Saint-Denis suburb near Paris.

The project took nine months and was published in the book "Inch'allah, Islamisation with an open face". The book, which is being described by the authors as factual, tells about the progress of political Islam in France.

On Wednesday Davet and Lhomme gave an interview to France Inter and according to them the French police are infiltrated by Muslim extremists. ...

Author Fabrice Lhomme revealed that Seine-Saint-Denis's 1.5 million population is half-Muslim and explained that he had multiple different studies to support this claim.
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DIVERSITY – DEBATE
Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?
Academy of Ideas, 16 October 2018

6:30pm, Thursday 6 December, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Immigration into Europe and North America from the Global South has been increasing. As populations in the West grow older, people have been drawn in from still-youthful developing countries. In North America, the share of the population that is white is expected to drop below 50 per cent by 2050. In Western Europe, this will likely happen by the end of the century.

These unprecedented shifts are already producing a strong reaction. Some, like the psychologist Karen Stenner, argue that large numbers of people are wired to view this kind of change as loss, and to see rising rates of ethnic diversity as a threat to their nations and ways of life. Many voters are turning to national populists, like Donald Trump in the United States, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), the Sweden Democrats, the League in Italy and Viktor Orbán in Hungary. The populist wave shows few signs of abating.

Meanwhile, movements on the left, from the post-Obama Democrats to radical-left parties in Europe, are staking out a more pro-immigration position, making the case for immigration, refugees, multiculturalism and open borders. These changes point to a deepening polarisation. On the left, broadly speaking, partisans view open immigration as a moral issue, vowing to defend 'openness' against nativism and racism. On the right, many populist voters view immigration as an elite-led threat against their collective existence.

Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to liberalism in the West? If so, in what way? What do we actually know about populist voters and where are popular stereotypes going wrong? What might be done to fend off the populist wave and growing polarisation, if anything, or is it already too late? And where next for the West if the 'moderate middle' is not able to stage a return?

At this event, produced by Eric Kaufmann and Matthew Goodwin and co-sponsored by the Academy of Ideas and UnHerd, a panel of prominent academics and writers will explore these questions and engage direct. Doors will open at 6.30pm, with the debate beginning at 7pm and ending 9pm sharp.
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IMMIGRATION – BREXIT, PUBLIC OPINION
Two thirds support treating EU immigration in the same way as that from the rest of the world
Anthony Wells
YouGov, 15 October 2018

Depending on the precise outcome of the Brexit negotiations Britain is likely to be putting in place its own immigration rules for EU citizens after we leave the Union. At the Conservative party conference earlier this month the shape of those new immigration rules began to emerge, and we've polled the British public on what they make of them.

The central announcement was that the government planned to treat EU citizens who want to come and live in Britain in the same way as potential migrants from elsewhere in the world. This was widely supported - 65% of people thought it was the right approach, only 20% were opposed.

Attitudes towards the details of how a post-Brexit immigration policy might work were more evenly divided. Scrapping the current cap on highly skilled migrants was supported by 46% of people, opposed by 31% (a clear majority of Remain voters backed this aspect, Leavers were more narrowly divided - 45% support, 40% against). Requiring skilled migrants to have a job offer worth at least £30,000 had similar levels of support (46% support, 33% opposed), though the breakdown was different - this aspect was supported by Tories and Leave voters, but opposed by Remain and Labour voters.

More than half (52%) supported the idea of not allowing low-skilled immigration, with the possibility of a few limited exceptions like seasonal agricultural work; 30% were opposed. Again, this split the country down party lines, with strong support from Tory voters, but Labour voters breaking against the policy.

People were divided on requiring EU citizens to obtain visas before visiting the UK for tourism or business. 40% would support it, 42% were opposed.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – KENYA
Kenyans Say Chinese Investment Brings Racism and Discrimination
Joseph Goldstein
New York Times, 15 October 2018

As the country embraces China's expanding presence in the region, many Kenyans wonder whether the nation has unwittingly welcomed an influx of powerful foreigners who are shaping the country's future – while also bringing racist attitudes with them.

It is a wrenching question for the nation, and one that many Kenyans, especially younger ones, did not expect to be confronting in the 21st century.

Kenya may have been a British colony, where white supremacy reigned and black people were forced to wear identification documents around their necks. But it has been an independent nation since 1963, with a sense of pride that it is among the region's most stable democracies.

Today, many younger Kenyans say that racism is a phenomenon they largely know indirectly, through history lessons and foreign news. But episodes involving discriminatory behavior by the region's growing Chinese work force have unsettled many Kenyans, particularly at a time when their government seeks closer ties with China. ...

Over the last decade, China has lent money and erected infrastructure on a sweeping scale across Africa. ...

But here in Nairobi, concerns about racism and discrimination are a growing part of the conversation about China's expanding presence. ...

Other Kenyan workers explained how their office bathrooms were separated by race: one for Chinese employees, the other for Kenyans. ...

The Chinese population in Kenya is difficult to count accurately, although one research group put the figure at around 40,000. Many are here for just a few years, to work for one of hundreds of Chinese companies. ...

Kenya, home to more than 40 officially recognized ethnic groups, has long had its own problems with prejudice and ethnic tensions. A disputed election in 2007 led to several weeks of mass violence, much of it along ethnic lines. And Kenyans of Indian and Pakistani descent have long felt secluded from mainstream Kenyan life, although the government has granted them greater official recognition.

But the Chinese presence has added a volatile new element and, at times, the Kenyan government has seemed divided over how to respond.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION
Plane mutiny kept a gang rapist in the UK: Somali man whose deportation from the UK was stopped by plane passengers raped a 16-year-old girl in London and his accomplice went on to fight for ISIS
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018

A Somalian whose deportation from Britain was dramatically halted after airline passengers staged a mutiny demanding his release can be exposed today as a convicted gang rapist who was being kicked out of the country because of his sickening crime.

Officials escorting Yaqub Ahmed on a flight from Heathrow to Turkey were forced to abandon his deportation when around a dozen holidaymakers who felt sorry for him angrily intervened shortly before take-off.

At one stage during the astonishing episode, filmed on mobile phones, one traveller complained: 'They're separating him from his family', while others chanted 'take him off the plane'.

When harassed security guards caved in and walked 29-year-old Ahmed off the Turkish Airlines flight, he was seen thanking those on board for their support as they cheered and applauded.

One person was heard declaring: 'You're free, man!'

But the passengers who thought they were doing a good deed were unaware that the man they were defending had been sentenced to nine years in jail for his part in a vicious gang rape of a teenage girl – and that another member of his gang later fought for Islamic State in Syria. ...

He was released from prison after serving little more than four years, and lived in a halfway house in North London until recently. Because he had been jailed for such a serious crime, the Home Office ordered his deportation, which led to him being placed on the flight to Istanbul last Tuesday afternoon. ...

The Home Office previously spent millions of pounds a year chartering planes to fly failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders to their home countries, most commonly Albania, Pakistan and Nigeria. But because of the cost of the flights, it now increasingly books seats on commercial services.

Latest figures show the Home Office spent £17 million on scheduled flights and £8.6 million on charter flights to deport people in 2016-17. ...

One of Ahmed's co-defendants, Adnan Mohamud, was granted refugee status in Britain in 2002 having been born in Somalia, and is still thought to be in the UK.
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CRIME – FRAUD, DOMESTIC ABUSE
Foreign fraudsters are lying about being beaten by their wives so they can exploit a legal loophole and gain UK residency faster
Charlotte Wace and Jonathan Bucks
Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018

Foreign fraudsters are masquerading as victims of domestic violence to trick officials into letting them stay in Britain.

Campaigners say hundreds of Britons, including a growing number of women, are being exploited by con artists who dupe them into marriage abroad – with the sole aim of returning to the UK to claim permanent resident status.

Once in Britain they pretend to be victims of domestic violence and use a loophole to fast-track residency applications.

The Mail on Sunday has seen evidence in a series of cases where foreign men have been allowed to stay in the UK after fabricating claims of domestic abuse – even when their wives have been cleared.

Three years ago, a report found the number of foreigners applying to stay in the UK as victims of domestic abuse had soared from 59 in 2002 to 1,224 in 2015.

Campaigners say they are now receiving reports of fabricated domestic abuse claims by those seeking to stay in the UK at the rate of one every day. ...

Yet another case involved a British woman who was raped by her already- married Pakistani husband who then claimed she had raped him.

All allegations against her were dropped but he was granted permanent residency on the basis of being a victim.

Under current immigration rules, foreigners who marry Britons have to wait five years before they are granted permanent rights to live and work in the UK.

However, rules known as the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession mean that, if the foreign spouse claims their partner has been abusive, Home Office officials are bound to consider their case and can award them Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) in as little as three months.

Even if they do not get ILR, fraudsters will often allege domestic abuse to delay efforts to deport them.

The report in 2015 by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration highlighted alarming failures by Home Office when it came to staff checking the validity of domestic abuse claims.

Investigators found that case workers relied too heavily on unverified evidence, such as letters from domestic violence charities, rather than interviewing the applicant themselves.

An analysis of 25 cases where approval to remain had been granted found the decision in 15 had been wrong and that in 16 cases, no approach for information about the abuse allegations had been made to police.

Kim Sow, from the victim support group Immigration Marriage Fraud Consultancy, established in 2013 to monitor cases and help victims, said: 'No fraudster should be left unpunished and no victim of fraud should have their lives totally destroyed by an unfair, unjust and discriminatory process.

'If the Home Office, police and Crown Prosecution Service continue failing to address the issue of immigration marriage fraud, an open door remains for fraudsters to enter the UK.'
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MULTICULTURALISM – BOOK REVIEW
Review: Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities by Eric Kaufmann – the future of mixed-race Britain
David Goodhart
Sunday Times, 14 October 2018

Some people will be dismayed, even angered, at the claims made by Eric Kaufmann, a mixed-race, London-based Canadian academic, in this extraordinary book.

He defends white identity politics and white ethnic "self interest"; believes the anti-racism taboo has become too all-encompassing; thinks economics has little to do with the populist revolt; defends qualified ethnic selection in immigration; and believes civic Britishness is too bland to bind us together.

Yet this is no polemic: he backs up his claims with numbers and close argument over a sometimes exhausting 600 pages. ...

I recall him explaining, many years ago, that ethnicity is not something inherently sinister, it is just attachment to ancestry and myths of ancestry. It can take an extreme form, as it did in the first part of the 20th century, but, as with religion or other forms of belief, extremism is not inherent.

And despite increased human mobility, ethnicity is not disappearing. About 80% of the world's major countries have an ethnic majority, and being held together by such a majority seems to be a condition of national success – compare fragmented Africa with majoritarian east Asia. ...

White people are already a minority in most major cities of North America, while minorities are projected to be in the majority in the US, Canada and New Zealand by 2050, with the UK following later in the century.

"So what?" will be the reaction of many of the educated and liberal-minded, who tend to have rather weak ethnic attachments. So a great deal, says Kaufmann. This shift is replacing white majority self-confidence with an existential insecurity, channelled by the lightning rod of immigration, and a reduced willingness to "indulge the anti-white ideology of the cultural left".

A degree of turbulence is inevitable as we move from white ethnic homogeneity to mixed-race majorities by the end of the century, but Kaufmann is by no means apocalyptic. ...

The book explores the four different responses of white majorities to ethnic change: fight (voting for populists), repress (pretend nothing is happening), flee (avoid diverse neighbourhoods) and join (via friendship and intermarriage with minorities). ...

He sympathises with black people in Brixton who feel swamped by white hipsters, as well as white people in Barking who feel alienated by rapid non-white immigration. And he prefers a "multivocal" approach to national identities, in which people from different backgrounds identify in different ways, rather than a dry, top-down, British-values approach.

On the other hand, he thinks liberals are wrong to think a strong attachment to one's own ethnic group must mean hostility to others'. And he insists that a white "ethnic self-interest" in slowing immigration to preserve a culture and a way of life is legitimate. Polls show that most people of all races in both America and the UK agree with him. ...

On segregation and integration, he shows how white behaviour is similar everywhere, from liberal Canada to restrictive Denmark. Most white British citizens want to live in areas that are 70%-plus white – and most still do: 80% of white Britons live in wards that are 90% white, while nearly half of minorities live in "majority minority" wards. We mainly still stick to our own.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – MPS, CHARITIES
MPs must stop informing on migrants to the Home Office, charities demand
Tim Wyatt
Independent, 13 October 2018

Almost one in five MPs have now signed a pledge to never report a constituent to the immigration authorities in response to a charity campaign.

A coalition of migrant advocacy groups - including Liberty, Migrant Rights Network and Global Justice Now - have called to MPs to promise to never inform on migrants who ask them for help.

The campaign, "MPs Not Border Guards", has written to the Speaker of the House of Commons, demanding that he intervene to stop the practice.

Exclusive figures revealed by The Independent in June showed that MPs had reported 723 suspected illegal immigrants to the Home Office between 2012 and 2017.

Currently, 113 out of the 650 MPs have signed the pledge to protect those with uncertain immigration status who approach them at constituency surgeries.

The majority are from Labour, along with 25 from the Scottish National Party and eight Liberal Democrats. Only one Conservative - Heidi Allen - has added her name.

More than 3,200 people have also emailed their own MP to ask them to join the campaign, the MPs Not Border Guards website says. ...

The chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Satbir Singh, said that if MPs continued to inform on migrants who asked them for advice, they would drive vulnerable people "further underground and into the shadows". ...

But some MPs disagreed. Tory Christopher Chope said that he had personally called the immigration hotline.

"I have reported cases of immigration crime on behalf of constituents who have felt their neighbours are engaged in illegal working when they shouldn't have been in the country," he told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. "Home Office policy is very much to ensure that, as far as possible, life is made uncomfortable for those one million illegals, so that they will be encouraged to go back to where they came from rather than be a burden on our public services here."

This view was echoed by Lord Green, the chairman of the anti-immigration group Migration Watch UK.

"The task of MPs is to represent the electorate, not those who have no right to be in the country at all," he said. "Illegal immigrants are not constituents and over three-quarters of the electorate consider illegal immigration to be a serious problem.

"MPs are not immigration officers, but to make public pledges that have the effect of encouraging illegal immigrants to stay in the UK is irresponsible and further erodes public trust in our political system."
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DIVERSITY – HISTORY, EDUCATION, BIAS
Distorting History Month
Chris McGovern
Conservative Woman, 13 October 2018
[Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education]

This is Black History Month in our schools and Jeremy Corbyn is calling for even more teaching about the evils of the British Empire and the slave trade.

It is, perhaps, time to take stock of the black history enterprise. Remember, though, that if you are White British you will be suffering from an ailment known as 'unconscious bias' which means that any views you hold do not count.

Let us start with a question. What was the 'black' dimension to events surrounding Magna Carta in 1215? This was asked, back in the late 1980s, by Norman Stone, Oxford University professor of modern history, of a debating chamber audience. He was my fellow-speaker in an educational debate at Ruskin College. From this venue, in 1976, prime minister James Callaghan had kicked off a nationwide dialogue about education that is still with us today. Black History Month is but one facet of that continuing dialogue.

Our audience at Ruskin were principally classroom teachers. They were enraged by Stone's question – a response to a growing demand from the teaching profession that school history lessons become more racially inclusive. Professor Stone was doing no more than making the point that if history teaching is filtered by what we now call 'politically correct' perspectives, subject knowledge becomes distorted. Unusually, for an educational 'tough guy', the professor seemed genuinely taken back by the vehement hostility of the teachers sitting in front of him.

'What on earth was there to argue about?' he must have thought. Other than a universal application as a charter of rights there is no more a meaningful 'black' dimension to the events surrounding Magna Carta than there is a meaningful 'white' dimension to the pre-colonial Inca empire or a meaningful Hispanic dimension to the deliberations of Iceland's Viking assembly, the Althing. 'Welcome,' I told Professor Stone, 'to the classroom revolution, to the use of education for the purpose of brainwashing.'

Classroom teaching as a political tool has become the norm in Britain. An entire month devoted to black history has become institutionalised, regardless of its value in terms of acquiring historical knowledge. It could be cogently argued that Black History Month should be balanced by Asian, Asian British, Hispanic, Native American, Chicano, Indian, Latino, African American, Arab, Chinese British and Australian Aborigine history months. ...

... The notion that slavery and racism is somehow a white British attribute is a distortion of history and socially divisive. Enslavement of others and associated racism is characteristic of humanity in general, regardless of race.

The much-admired ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, for example, were built on slavery. Britain, too, was once enslaved and its enslavers included, ironically and most viciously, an African Emperor, Septimius Severus, who died in York before he had the chance to fulfil a promise to exterminate all those living north of Hadrian's Wall. ...

It should be more widely known, too, that at least a million white slaves, many from the British Isles, were once traded in the slave markets of north Africa and Turkey. What is most important for young people, in particular, to know about slavery is that it was the British who first abolished the slave trade and slavery.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
French hero, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from an Islamist, won't have a place named after him as 'it may offend Muslims'
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 13 October 2018

French hero Arnaud Beltrame, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from a Islamist terrorist, won't have a place named after him because it may upset Marseille's huge Muslim community, Valeurs Actuelles reports.

On 24 March 2018, an ISIS terrorist stormed a supermarket in Trèbes, armed with a handgun, a hunting knife and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage.

During the negotiation with the police, the terrorist accepted Beltrame's offer to swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier. ...

After a three-hour stand-off with the police, Radouane Lakdim, the 25-year-old terrorist, stabbed (even though rumours circulated that he sliced Beltrame's throat) and murdered Arnaud Beltrame.

But apparently, paying tribute to Beltrame's sacifice is seen as being potentially offensive by Marseille's leftist elected officials.

Here's what Stephane Ravier, Marseille's 7th district National Rally mayor, revealed during a town council with Marseille's elected officials.

"Leftist elected officials, socialist and communist, refused that a place in the 15th district be named after Arnaud Beltrame, in the first time, they've said, under fallacious pretext, that this place wasn't prestigious enough, before telling the truth in these terms: we are on the field, we witnessed that the population has changed and if we give the name of Arnaud Beltrame in this district, the population will take that as a provocation".
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – VISAS, INDIANS
Indians top list of 'overstayers' in U.K.
Vidya Ram
The Hindu, 12 October 2018

India accounts for the largest number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally, and the number of those subjected to forced returns to India has fallen by 50% in three years, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

The problem of "visa overstayers" was highlighted by the department in its submission to a British parliamentary committee's "Global Britain and India' inquiry into post-Brexit relations with India.

The focus on overstayers is significant, suggesting that there is little sign of change on an issue that has overshadowed bilateral relationships. Tensions came to a head earlier this year when Britain's Trade Secretary Liam Fox linked the decision on excluding Indians from a relaxation of student visa requirements to cooperation between the two countries on the return of illegal migrants, including India's failure to sign an MOU with the U.K. on the issue during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in April.

Subsequently, Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha questioned Britain's focus and stance on overstayers. "I am sure there are many [overstayers] but where did this figure of 100,000 come from?" he said in June. ...

The Royal Commonwealth Society warned that the state of Indian visas into the U.K. was "abysmal" and reiterated its call for Indian visitors to be given similar conditions as Chinese tourists, who were able to get a two-year multiple entry visa at nearly 75% lower cost than others. "In recent years, the U.K. appears to have neglected the India relationship in favour of fostering better relations with China."

The immigration issue had caused "seriously ill feeling" in India towards Britain, warned crossbench member of the House of Lords Karan Bilimoria.

However, on the issue of visas, the Foreign Office submission highlighted what it saw as key achievements on visas to Indian nationals. These included Britain having more visa centres in India than any other country in the world, Britain issuing more skilled worker visas to India than all other countries in the world combined and the fact that 90% of Indian nationals, who applied for a visa, were successful.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
One day the French will be told that they are the strangers in France – President Macron's former advisor
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 12 October 2018

One of Emmanuel Macron's former advisors warned the French President that the day will come that French citizens will be strangers in their own country, BFMTV reports.

There are people, that when the day will come, will make us understand that we are the strangers, Philippe de Villiers said in a TV interview with French broadcaster BFMTV on Thursday. ...

Despite being a huge critic of the Islamisation of France, he surprisingly was also a confidant and advisor of President Emmanuel Macron during his election campaign.

De Villiers started the interview by warning his fellow French citizens that they may become foreigners in their own country.

"We are not conscious today that we, for decades now, have established (...) two societies, facing each other and now a counter society, with people who are mentally secessioned and one day they'll make us understand that we are the strangers". ...

De Villiers also addressed France's immigration problem and Macron's lack of action on it, even though he said that the president promised to him in private conversations that he'll try to solve it.
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DIVERSITY – EMPLOYEES
Bosses told to reveal their ethnic salary gap: Radical plans to force 10,000 firms to publish salary differences between white and ethnic staff
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 11 October 2018

Bosses will be made to reveal salary differences between their white and ethnic minority staff.

The radical plans to tackle racial inequality mirror rules introduced earlier this year to expose the gender pay gap.

More than 10,000 companies employing over 250 staff would have to publish the figures annually.

Around 10 million workers would be covered. Theresa May, who will unveil the plans today, said: 'Too often ethnic minority employees feel they're hitting a brick wall when it comes to career progression.

'The measures we are taking will help employers identify the actions needed to create a fairer and more diverse workforce.'

Businesses are to be consulted on the initiative – part of a nationwide 'Race at Work Charter'. Officials say the 250-staff threshold may be raised to spare smaller firms.

But Mrs May's plan was criticised by free market think-tanks.

Matt Kilcoyne of the Adam Smith Institute said: 'Rather than engaging with the hard task of removing structural barriers to opportunity many still face, this headline-grabbing measure will raise costs to business.

'Migrants may face natural barriers to success from language, and illegitimate barriers from occupational licensing and discrimination.

'These figures will mask the complex causes of racial inequality and be used to sour relations between Britons.'

Len Shackleton of the Institute of Economic Affairs said: 'This is a Pandora's Box. There are over 100 ethnicities in this country, most of which are as different from each other as they are from white Brits.

'Forcing businesses to report on pay will result in meaningless statistics because the numbers for particular ethnicities within one firm are likely to be statistically insignificant, where nothing can be really be gleaned from them.

'Essentially the Government would be burdening businesses with more bureaucracy without any useful return.' ...

Mrs May will also today set out the actions she is taking to ensure public sector leaders are representative of the communities they serve.

The NHS, military, schools and police forces will have to set out plans to increase high-level recruitment from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Government is naming Karen Blackett, a senior executive at the advertising giant WPP, as its 'Race at Work Champion'. Miss Blackett, whose parents grew up in Barbados before moving to Britain, has spoken of how her promotion was important because she is black, female and from a working-class background.
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BIAS – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, USA
Political correctness is widely unpopular with Americans of all ages and races, a study finds
Sinéad Baker
Business Insider, 11 October 2018

Most Americans dislike the culture of political correctness despite pervasive stereotypes based on age and race and the general understanding of deeply decided society, a new study has found.

A report published Wednesday by More in Common, an organization looking to reduce polarization and social division in communities, found that 80% of the US public believe that political correctness is a problem.

It found that even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74% of people aged 24-29 and 79% percent of those under 24 – meaning those who don't see it as a problem are in the minority across all ages.

And it found that a majority of people of all races dislike political correctness.

79% of whites saw political correctness as a problem compared to 82% of Asians, 87% of Hispanics, and 88% of American Indians. African Americans are most likely to support political correctness, with 75% seeing it as a problem.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – LOW-SKILLED WORKERS
Influx of low-skilled workers from the EU had 'no clear benefit' for Britain, Government's immigration tsar claims
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 10 October 2018

The influx of low-skilled migrants from the EU has brought 'no clear benefit' to Britain, the Government's immigration tsar said last night.

Professor Alan Manning, chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, argued it had cost taxpayers' money as overall they cost more in benefits and public services than they paid in taxes.

Appearing before MPs, he said low-skilled migration since 2004, when Labour threw open the doors to Eastern Europeans, 'hasn't really had positive effects and has had negative effects'.

Prof Manning added: 'Our view is for that lower-skilled migration, there is no clear benefit for UK residents.' He also rejected claims from big business that cuts to migrants would damage the economy.
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CRIME – CAR CRASHES, INSURANCE FRAUD
Ruthless pair behind '£8 million' cash-for-crash scam who set up 250 road collisions to defraud insurance companies by targeting innocent drivers are jailed for a total of 12 years
Sebastian Murphy-bates
MailOnline, 10 October 2018

Two men behind a cash-for-crash scam that may have topped £8 million and involved 250 collisions were today slammed by a judge who said all insurance customers will pay for the fraud through higher premiums.

Boota Ram masterminded the sophisticated, large-scale fraud by orchestrating crashes with innocent drivers, mainly on mini-roundabouts.

The 38-year-old from Slough used false driving licences and fake documents to make claims against dozens of insurance companies for fabricated injuries or vehicle damage.

Police found the baker's car boot crammed with items necessary to make claims including dozens of fake IDs and insurance documents, with a judge branding the vehicle a 'mobile fraudster's office'. ...

Ram was handed a nine-year prison sentence after a jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit fraud over a three-year period. He was jailed in his absence after absconding part way through the trial.

His nephew, Gagandeep Gagandeep, was jailed for three years for his part in the conspiracy. ...

Judge Paul Dugdale said every person in the UK would feel the impact of this significant fraud through increased insurance premiums. ...

Judge Dugdale said he had to pass sentence on Ram despite the fact he vanished from the courtroom and was suspected of being in London, because he did not think he would be picked up by police for up to 15 years due to high number of false drivers licences and false documentation he had.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BRUSSELS
Belgium smashes human trafficking ring 'smuggling migrants into Britain'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 10 October 2018

Belgium has broken up a ring of human traffickers who smuggled mainly Sudanese and Eritrean migrants into Britain for a charge of up to £2,200 (€2,500) each, justice officials said on Monday.

Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region on Sunday. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven – all male – were placed in pre-trial detention.

All have since been officially charged with offences relating to "human trafficking within the framework of a criminal organisation," the Brussels public prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The trafficking ring was based in Brussels and would smuggle "up to 20 migrants" into Britain a day by hiding them inside UK-bound refrigerated lorries, according to prosecutors.

The migrants are said to have paid the smugglers anything between £430 and £2,200 (€500 and €2,500) each for the journey, local prosecutors said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SERBIA
Serbia Scraps Visa-Free Entry For Iranians
Radio Farda / Reuters, 10 October 2018

Serbia has scrapped visa-free entry for Iranians, little more than year after it introduced it to boost tourism, a government decree published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday said. ...

... In August 2017 Belgrade decided to abolish visas for Iranians, to boost tourism, improve growth and reach out to non-European markets.

But authorities say that the number of illegal migrants from Iran who travel to Serbia and then try to cross into the European Union countries rocketed this year and last. ...

"The move is a response to the problem that many people (from Iran) enter Serbia and either attempt to travel to the West or to seek asylum," Djurovic Rados Djurovic, of the Belgrade-based Asylum Protection Centre told Reuters. ...

Currently there are around 4,000 registered migrants from Asia and the Middle East and elsewhere in Serbia's government-operated centres, while hundreds of others are scattered in the capital Belgrade or around borders with Bosnia or Croatia, a European Union member state.

More than 650,000 people, many of them fleeing war and poverty, passed through non-EU Serbia in 2015 on their way to the West. The route was largely shut down in March 2016, but migrants continue to arrive.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
People's perceptions of EU immigration: it's the economy, stupid!
Johnny Runge
NIESR, 10 October 2018

What factors drive people's negative views of immigration? Some have argued that anti-immigrant sentiments are driven by cultural concerns about the impact on our national identity and our traditional 'way of life' which is perceived to be threatened by the influx of foreigners with different cultural values and customs. Others focus on how attitudes are driven by economic concerns such as the perceived negative impact on jobs, wages and public services.

This has been debated extensively in the academic literature. NIESR's recent research on immigration attitudes, carried out with colleagues from Birkbeck, did not set out primarily to answer these questions, yet some of our findings are highly relevant to this on-going debate.

Firstly our findings, based on in-depth focus groups in the Leave voting area of Sittingbourne, Kent, indicate that people's concerns gravitate strongly around economic considerations and particularly about the impact on jobs, wages and public services. One interpretation of this and other studies, such as the recent one by British Future, is that the economic story is people's way of presenting their cultural concerns framed as a more acceptable form of objection in a focus group setting. But the people in our focus groups did not shy away from raising their cultural concerns, without prompt, frequently and quite forcefully. Yet even in this very open environment, where all views could be voiced and indeed were voiced, the predominant theme in relation to the impact of EU migration was the focus on migrants' economic contribution.

Our focus groups made it clear that different immigrant groups are typically associated with different concerns. This observation is in line with a few recent experimental survey studies /.../ which have found that EU migrants, and particularly Eastern European migrants, are perceived as a threat in economic terms while Muslim migrants and ethnic minorities are perceived as a threat in terms of culture, security and crime. ...

What does all this mean? Our conclusion is that people see EU migration predominantly as an economic threat, but this is often conflated with their cultural concerns about other migrant groups or ethnic minorities. Of course, the irony is that the economic evidence on whether migrants contribute positively or negatively to the public purse and public services strongly points to the former. This leads us straight to the issue of how people come to hold views about immigration and how they respond to economic evidence, which was one of the main aims of our research.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – URBAN CONGESTION, AUSTRALIA
Australia considers forcing new migrants to live in rural areas
BBC, 9 October 2018

The Australian government has unveiled a proposal to force new migrants to live outside Sydney and Melbourne.

The policy would aim to ease congestion in Australia's two biggest cities while boosting regional areas, Population Minister Alan Tudge said on Tuesday.

The government may introduce visa conditions to limit where some migrants live for up to five years, he said.

However, some experts have questioned whether the idea is enforceable and likely to achieve its goals.

Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in Sydney and Melbourne.

Though Australia's population growth rate ranks 77th globally, according to the World Bank, it is high among OECD nations - rising by 1.6% last year.

The growth has been driven largely by migration, with most people settling in Melbourne, Sydney and south-east Queensland, according to the government.

That has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030. ...

"There is a strong argument for the government to redirect new migrants to the bush... but there needs to be sufficient employment for them, and that's the big Achilles heel of the whole idea," Prof Jock Collins from the University of Technology told the BBC.
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CRIME – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, EXTRADITION
Albanian convicted of murder left free to commit crime in UK
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 9 October 2018

An immigrant convicted of murder and on the run from a 25-year jail term in his native Albania is free on bail in Britain despite a history of offending here. Hektor Mahmutaj, 42, on Interpol's most-wanted list, is fighting extradition which he says would infringe his human rights.

He was convicted in his absence to 25 years for shooting dead farmer Gentjan Jahaj in Albania in July 1997.

Westminster magistrates court heard that Mahmutaj hid on a farm after the murder then fled to the UK, smuggling himself here in a lorry, in December the same year. He has lived in Britain ever since, using 13 aliases to avoid detection.

Alarmingly Mahmutaj, who lives in Huyton in Liverpool, was prosecuted and jailed a number of times in the UK since 2002, but avoided any extradition attempts for several years by using the aliases that fooled the authorities.

His UK offences have included drink driving, driving while disqualified and in 2007 he was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court for possession of firearms. ...

... In the meantime, after paying a £10,000 surety to the court, Mahmutaj is free to walk the streets apart from during a four-hour daily curfew from 11pm until 3am, which is electronically monitored. ...

He says the extradition is unfair as he has never been arrested for the offence and was tried in his absence and it would break up his family. He has a partner in the UK - they have a child and she is expecting another. He also sees a daughter from a previous relationship. ...

A Home Office spokeswoman was unable to say why Mahmutaj was not deported in 2003 when he first came to the attention of the criminal justice system as an illegal immigrant.
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TERRORISM
British IS fighters can return to UK from Syria even if they cannot be prosecuted, says security minister
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 9 October 2018

British Islamic State fighters who have taken part in the conflict in Syria will be accepted back into this country even if they cannot be prosecuted, the Government's security minister said today.

Ben Wallace said it was his "number-one preference" to see Britons from IS face justice in a court, and this country would accept any who were either sent here or returned voluntarily.

But he warned there were "clear legal challenges", both in securing the return of Britons currently held by Kurdish forces in Syria and in obtaining enough evidence to prosecute some of them. ...

He added: "British citizens are British citizens. If they seek to come back to this country or another country deports them, we will take them and we will either seek to convict them or we will try to deradicalise them." He also warned of a growing threat of a chemical or biological attack in this country.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BIRTHS, USA
Births to Legal and Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.
Steven A. Camarota, Karen Zeigler, and Jason Richwine
Center for Immigration Studies, 9 October 2018

One of the most obvious and enduring impacts of immigration occurs through immigrants' children. Long after immigrants pass on, their descendants will continue to shape the political, economic, and cultural life in the receiving society. Examining births to immigrants is thus a way of measuring the scale of immigration and its impact on the United States. Because the United States automatically awards citizenship to all persons born in the country, including those born to temporary visitors or illegal immigrants, the overwhelming majority of these children will stay in the United States.

This analysis looks at births to immigrants based on an analysis of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). ...

In 2014, one in five births (791,000) in the United States was to an immigrant mother (legal or illegal). Our best estimate is that legal immigrants accounted for 12.4 percent (494,000) of all births, and illegal immigrants accounted for 7.5 percent (297,000).

The 297,000 births per year to illegal immigrants is larger than the total number of births in any state other than California and Texas. ...

Among the native-born, a large share of new mothers (42 percent) are either uninsured or on Medicaid. The rate is even higher among new mothers who are legal immigrants (47 percent) and higher still for new mothers who are in the United States illegally (67 percent). Almost all of these births are likely paid for by taxpayers.

Of all births likely paid for by taxpayers, about one in four (429,000) was to an immigrant (legal or illegal). Illegal immigrants account for 11 percent (198,000) of all publicly funded births, and legal immigrants are another 13 percent (231,000).

We estimate that the cost to taxpayers for births to immigrants (legal and illegal) is roughly $5.3 billion – $2.4 billion of which is for illegal immigrants.
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BIAS – INTERNET, GOOGLE, FREE SPEECH
'THE GOOD CENSOR': Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for 'Safety And Civility'
Allum Bokhari
Breitbart, 9 October 2018

An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the "American tradition" of free speech on the internet is no longer viable.

Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a "blip" in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products.

But the 85-page briefing, titled "The Good Censor," admits that Google and other tech platforms now "control the majority of online conversations" and have undertaken a "shift towards censorship" in response to unwelcome political events around the world.

Examples cited in the document include the 2016 election and the rise of Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) in Germany.

Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.

The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a "utopian narrative" that has been "undermined" by recent global events as well as "bad behavior" on the part of users. ...

It acknowledges that major tech platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised free speech to consumers. ...

The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the "unmediated marketplace of ideas" vs. "well-ordered spaces for safety and civility."

According to the briefing itself, it was the product of an extensive process involving "several layers of research," including expert interviews with MIT Tech Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin, Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer, and academic Kalev Leetaru. 35 cultural observers and 7 cultural leaders from seven countries on five continents were also consulted to produce it.

What is also clear is that many of the briefing's recommendations are now reflected in the policy of Google and its sibling companies.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GREECE
Athens blames Turkey for surge in migrant arrivals
Tania Georgiopoulou
Kathimerini, 9 October 2018

Greece is pointing the finger of blame for the increased numbers of undocumented migrants flowing into the the Evros region from Turkey on the easing of vigilance by Turkish border authorities.

"There is very strong pressure at the Evros border while at the same time direct contact between local authorities in Greece and Turkey has stopped, which is making the problem worse," a senior official at the Citizens' Protection Ministry told Kathimerini.

Meanwhile, reports that some 500,000 Afghans have recently entered Turkey from Iran and Iraq have sparked fears they could be heading for Greece. ...

According to official data, a total of 1,010 people smugglers were arrested in the period spanning January to August while another 180 were nabbed in September.

Last week, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Parliament that 3,300 illegal migrants slipped through the Evros border in 2016, while 5,500 crossed in 2017.

The figure has risen exponentially in 2018, with some 12,000 having so far entered the country.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GREECE
Cross in Lesvos pulled down after coexistence group on the island claims it's offensive to migrants
Greek City Times, 9 October 2018

A huge cement Christian cross, which was built on the rocky shore of Apelli, under the castle of Mytilene in Lesvos, in honour of the people that have died swimming there has been pulled down as a co-existence group based on the island claimed it was offensive to migrants who are not Christian.

According to Lesvos News, the placement of the cross caused negative reactions from aid organisations and a letter was sent to the Harbour Minister of Lesvos and the Mayor of Lesvos, by a coexistence group in Lesvos, stating the Cross was placed there to prevent migrants from swimming. ...

"Please we ask for you to get rid of this inappropriateness of a religious symbol in a swimming site and its conversion into a tool of aspiring crusaders."

A few days after this, the cross was taken down overnight.
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BIAS – BBC
Robert Peston admits BBC was 'patronising' and 'got it wrong on immigration' by ignoring viewers' worries
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 8 October 2018

The BBC ignored how migration was affecting millions of its viewers, Robert Peston has admitted.

ITV's political editor, who spent nine years at the corporation, accused the BBC of not being impartial and said it had 'neglected the effect' the EU was having on British families.

'I love the BBC but I did feel that during the Brexit campaign they slightly got confused about what impartial journalism meant,' said Peston, who left the BBC in 2015.

'For too long, people like me had a particular view of the benefits of globalisation and we simply neglected the effect it was having on millions of our citizens.'

He said that journalists including himself had 'patronised' viewers by failing to listen to their worries about migration.

'When we have all that migration from eastern Europe, people like me focused too much on the economic benefits in terms of the rates we were growing, and not enough on the experience of communities who were changing rapidly as a result', he told the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

'In a way, we were slightly patronising. People like me were basically saying "don't you know this is making the country richer?"

'In fact, it was also dislocating hundreds of thousands to millions of lives, and those people's lives had been radically changed by immigration.

'It is not, in my view, racist to be concerned if the composition of your community changes by something like 10 or 15 per cent over a very small number of years.'
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CRIME – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Illegal immigrant and £70,000 cannabis courier jailed
Megi Rychlikova
York Press, 8 October 2018

A cannabis courier and illegal immigrant is today behind bars because he drove an uninsured Mercedes, York Crown Court heard.

Rob Galley, prosecuting, said when North Yorkshire Police pulled Shkelqim Meta, 33, over near Wetherby Services on the A1(M) to discuss the traffic crime on September 2, they smelt the drug and searched the car.

Inside they found 7.32 kg of skunk cannabis worth about £70,000 in street deals.

He had been convicted of having a fake immigration document in March, driving without insurance and driving without a licence in a separate case.

Philip Standfast, defending, said Meta had been in the country for about six years, working in car washes and other cash in hand jobs without coming to the attention of the police. ...

Meta, who followed proceedings with the aid of an Albanian translator, was given a nine-month prison sentence and was banned from driving for 15 and a half months.
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DIVERSITY – MULTICULTURALISM, FEARS
Rising Ethnic Diversity In Populous Areas Increases Whites' Fears
Alex Bolano
Science Trends, 8 October 2018

According to proponents of "contact theory," rising ethnic diversity in majority white communities will lead to less racial animus. The reasoning behind the theory is that when whites get to meet and know members of ethnic minorities on a personal and community level, they will develop more positive views of members of that ethnic minority. Some studies seem to support the opposite conclusion though; that increased ethnic diversity increases feelings of threat and distrust amongst whites. Some studies also seem to imply that the more conservative a population is, the more likely they are to respond negatively to outsiders and those who hold differing political opinions.

The prominence of conflicting data on the matter has led to a lack of clarity on the relationship between ethnic diversity and feelings of fear and resentment from whites. A recent study published in the journal Social Science Research provides evidence that both of these theories have truth in them: the determining factor is the size of the community. The study, a meta-analysis of over 171 individual studies conducted since 1995, found that for small communities, contact with ethnic minorities tends to lessen feelings of threat and distrust, while for larger communities, contact seems to elevate feelings of threat and distrust. These results suggest that increasing diversity alone does not make whites more fearful but that the size of a community interacts with rising ethnic diversity to produce feelings of threat.

... They found that in smaller communities consisting of around 5,000-10,000 people, increasing ethnic diversity was associated with decreased perception of threat from native-born whites. However, studies looking at the effects of increased ethnic diversity in large population areas consisting of 50,000 to 500,000 people showed that as ethnic diversity rises, whites report greater feelings of threat and voice more support for anti-immigration policies.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Muslim London: 423 new mosques, 100 Shariah courts
Saudi Gazette, 7 October 2018

Britain has been acquiring an increasingly Islamic face, with hundreds of official Shariah courts operating in the capital and many mosques dotting many cities.

"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together," Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, an Islamic preacher, was quoted as saying in the local media.

"Terrorists can not stand London's multiculturalism", London Mayor Sadiq Khan said after the deadly terror attack at Westminster last year.

There are 423 new mosques in London and most of these mosques are crowded at prayer times unlike many churches which rarely see visitors. ...

By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000.

Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes. During the same period, British mosques have been proliferating. Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons who identify themselves as Anglicans fell from 21% to 17%, a decrease of 1.7 million people, while, according to a survey conducted by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute, the number of Muslims has grown by almost a million. Churchgoers are declining at a rate that within a generation, their number will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.

London is also full of Shariah courts. There are officially 100. The advent of this parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

British universities are also advancing Islamic law.
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CRIME – FRAUD, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign nationals looking to get a foothold in the UK
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 6 October 2018

A master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign nationals looking to get a foothold in the UK.

The professional printer set up a sophisticated and lucrative 'Amazon-style' service which ran for at least seven years.

Customers used email and text messages to order custom-made documents allowing them to work, drive, open bank accounts and claim benefits.

A fake UK driving licence could be bought for just £130.

Investigators said it was impossible to assess how many people may still be using the cards to remain in the country illicitly.

Officers recovered more than 3,000 identity documents, 3,500 passport style photos and 300 construction skills certificate cards.

They also found £15,000 in cash and enough material to create another 40,000 fake bank cards.

At the centre of the conspiracy was Ukrainian company director Sergiy Mykhaylov, 38, who transformed his home in Stratford, East London, into a forgery factory.

Undercover officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) watched as he met Albanian middlemen who distributed the forged documents to clients. ...

Mark McCormack, of the NCA, said the vast majority of customers were from Albania and countries on the fringes of Europe.

'These cards would provide the basis for someone to start off in the UK, to establish themselves under a different name or even their own.

'It opens up credit, job prospects, the banking system,' he said. 'It was like the Amazon of false identity documents. His services spread rapidly by word of mouth.

'The organisation would provide cards to anybody. It is a very lucrative market.' ...

Mykhaylov pleaded guilty to multiple fraud offences at Blackfriars Crown Court last month. He was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Accomplices Sergiy Kalinins, 37, and Dmytro Mykhailytskyi, 39, were also jailed for a total of more than 11 years after admitting various offences including fraud.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany will become African and Islamic if mass migration isn't stopped – Former General
Voice of Europe, 6 October 2018

Gerd Schutze-Rhonhof, a former major-general, commented on the proposed migration pact of the U.N. which is supposed to be passed in December.

"The central issue of mass migration isn't solved. With all the attempts to make migration across state border more humane, civilised and to steer it in general doesn't solve the main problem of Germany, which is simultaneously irregular mass migration of the future," Schutze-Rhonhof said.

He then continued, "without putting a stop to the frequent mass migration from African and Islamic nations it is foreseeable that the population of Germany will become mostly African and Islamic in two generations. The selling out of the German social system would be completed."

In his eyes the unwillingness to deport rejected asylum seekers is another key factor. In fact DW reported on this earlier this year. Half of the refugees, who are to be deported simply go into hiding. 618.000 refugees in total had their applications rejected according to the Central Register of Foreigners. ...

The newest migration pact by Merkel and the SPD of allowing rejected asylum seekers to stay if they find employment is only going to speed up the attrition of Germany even further.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NETHERLANDS
Geert Wilders is right: The Netherlands is transforming into a non-Western country, new population model shows
Voice of Europe, 6 October 2018

For almost 50 years Dutch mainstream politicians refused to do research into the country's population change.

But under the pressure of Geert Wilders and his predecessors the current government can no longer ignore the topic and will start an investigation.

Wilders has spoken for several years about the replacement of the Dutch people. He very well understands the influence that non-western migrants and their sharia laws have on Dutch society.

Dutch professor Jan Latten is worried as well: "We see that the like-minded people [people with the same cultural norms] in the Netherlands live together, there's barely any integration."

"Recent research shows that young Turks and Moroccan Muslims keep on becoming more orthodox. These youths take more distance from Dutch society," Latten adds.

A population model, as presented by research organisation Gefira, shows that the Dutch are 'disappearing' and will be a minority in a few generations'.

"By the end of this century the native population will be 60 per cent smaller while the overall number of inhabitants will have grown, it follows that the Netherlands will inevitably be transformed into a non-Western country," Gefira says.

"The Dutch establishment, like all Western ruling elites, wants people to embrace and celebrate these changes. Mathematical facts and the resultant negative consequences for the native population are framed as "populism", "extremism" or "far right" and regarded as thought crime," the research organisation continues.
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MULTICULTURALISM – GAELIC, URDU, SCOTLAND
Funding for Gaelic 'discriminates against Muslims'
Daniel Sanderson
The Times, 6 October 2018

A former SNP Holyrood candidate has claimed "anti-Muslim racism" is seeping into Scottish education because language policies treat ethnic minorities as inferior to white Scots.

Nighet Riaz, an academic at the University of the West of Scotland, said Gaelic was promoted and given millions of pounds in ring-fenced public funding while the traditional languages of non-white groups were sidelined in schools. She said that there was a lack of Urdu teachers, with schools unable to meet the needs of large Pakistani communities, particularly in Glasgow.

Dr Riaz was a regional list candidate for the SNP at the 2016 Holyrood election, endorsed by Alex Salmond, the former party leader, and Robin Sturgeon, Nicola Sturgeon's father, but was not elected. She is an SNP equalities officer for ...
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING, GREEN BELT
England's Green Belt suffers biggest reduction in eight years as councils remove protections to build houses
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2018

England's Green Belt has suffered its biggest reduction in eight years with more than 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) lost as councils removed protections on land to meet "unrealistic" Government housing targets.

New statistics show the nation's Green Belt has shrunk by more than 10,000 hectares in a decade with campaigners warning land which is supposed to be off limits is increasingly being targeted for development. ...

The most significant reduction in the area occurred last year with the loss of 5,070 hectares between March 2017 and March 2018, the largest decrease since the Green Belt started shrinking in 2010. That represents a loss of 0.3 per cent.

Despite the relatively small percentage drop, campaigners fear the latest reduction could be the thin end of the wedge as councils struggle to find space to meet housing need. ...

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) called on the Government to stop asking councils to deliver "unrealistic targets" and to stress the Green Belt should only be used for development as a last resort.
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CRIME – DRUGS, SLAVERY
County lines drug dealer, 21, who used three children to sell crack cocaine and heroin while forcing them to live in a squalid flat is the first to be jailed under new modern slavery laws
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 5 October 2018

A callous drug dealer who trafficked three children across several counties where he forced them to sell heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed in a landmark case.

Zakaria Mohammed, 21, of Aston, Birmingham, groomed three vulnerable victims before making them sell class-A drugs from squalid flats a hundred miles away from their homes.

The two boys and a girl, aged 14 and 15, were transported from Birmingham to Lincoln to work as 'expendable workhorses in cuckooed drugs dens.' ...

Today Mohammed was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to running a narcotics supply chain and trafficking two boys and a girl to deal on his behalf.

It's the first time in UK legal history a drug-dealer has been been convicted in Britain for breaching the Modern Slavery Act by trafficking children.

Birmingham Crown Court was told Mohammed's county lines narcotics network - which raked in £500 a day - was rumbled after the teenagers were reported missing. ...

Three further 15-year-old boys, all reported as missing from Birmingham, were found as well as 25 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, plus cash and two 'zombie' knives.
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RACISM – ANTI-SEMITISM, JEWS, EUROPE
Why many European Jews are abandoning their traditional political homes
Intermountain Jewish News, 4 October 2018
[Leading article]

It would be most remarkable, would it not, if the majority of American Jews stopped voting Democratic – stopped, cold turkey? This would upend conventional wisdom.

These days, conventional wisdom isn't necessarily conventional – not in Europe, anyway. Changing demographics, shifting policies and geopolitical conditions create new political conventions and strange bedfellows.

A most striking case is the Jewish support of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), a right-wing populist German political party whose anti-EU and anti-immigration stance has gained it a place in the German – and European – political landscape.

Many American Jews are no doubt baffled. Jewish support for a right-wing populist German party? ...

Our bafflement is the result of our privilege of living in a country in which we feel safe. Sadly, that is not the case for Jews everywhere.

Take the case of British Jews. Labour – the UK's left party – was long the home of British Jews, dating back to the influx of Eastern European migrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Yet British Jews are leaving Labour in droves. The primary motivator? Existential fear. In the UK, the political elite on the left has made it clear that it will befriend any enemy of Israel while it continues to attack the Jewish state. Labour's leadership claims to differentiate between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism yet Britain's Jews aren't buying it. The opposite: they're scared. A recent poll said that if the current Labour leadership would come into power, 40% of British Jews would feel that they would have to emigrate. They feel that they would no longer be protected by their government.

The case of growing anti-Semitism in Britain is top down. It's not coming from disenfranchised, uneducated immigrant groups.

But in many other European countries, the growing anti-Semitism is bottom up. It comes from an influx of migrants from countries and cultures that do not share the value of freedom of religion. That's where a party like Germany's AfD comes in. It claims that by fighting for German democratic values it will protect Jews from the anti-Semitism found among many Muslim immigrants. AfD claims that limiting Muslim migration into Germany will protect German Jews from modern anti-Semitism.

This line of thinking can be found among populists across Europe, from Sweden to Hungary. ...

In the case of Germany, most German Jews, including its leadership, continue to speak out against AfD, whilst still acknowledging the very real anxiety that exists in the community. Let's not forget, Josef Schuster, head of Germany's Jewish umbrella organization, earlier this year told Jews not to wear a kippah publicly after a Syrian asylum seeker assaulted an Israeli who was wearing one. Schuster has also repeatedly said that while he supports Germany taking in refugees, it must be accompanied by refugees and other migrants accepting Germany's democratic values and eschewing anti-Semitism. The question, of course, is whether merely making verbal demands of immigrants from a radically different cultural background will make the slightest difference. Just how, exactly, does one extirpate anti-Semitism and anti-woman values from many Muslim immigrants?
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FRAUD, SOLICITORS
Britain is being 'overwhelmed' by crooked immigration solicitors that help 'liars' get into Britain, former judge claims
Tom Witherow
Daily Mail, 3 October 2018

Legal watchdogs are 'overwhelmed' with cases of crooked solicitors trying to keep illegal migrants in the UK, a former judge has claimed.

James Hanratty, an immigration judge for 16 years, said small legal firms that help 'liars and chancers' get into Britain are running rings around regulators.

He said it was 'disgraceful' that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has in the past taken no action when legal professionals broke the law.

He highlighted a case before him where a lawyer made a false statement for a Somali woman who claimed her life was in danger because she was from a minority clan.

She said her husband had been murdered by a warlord at their home – even though her spouse had come to England 18 months earlier to claim asylum himself.

Mr Hanratty said the solicitors acting for the woman had also represented her husband, so they knew her story was not true and had therefore assisted in making a false statement.

The judge reported the firm for perverting the course of justice, but he claimed the regulator took no action because it was 'too busy'.

He added: 'I think the... enforcement teams are overwhelmed by these cases.' Mr Hanratty, who was also chief executive at the Royal Courts of Justice, was speaking at Henley Literary Festival on Monday to promote his book, The Making of an Immigration Judge. ...

... He said smaller law firms acting in migration cases can be difficult to track because, when they are at risk of investigation, they 'close down and operate again five doors down under a different name'.

The SRA, part of the Law Society Group, regulates more than 180,000 solicitors in England and Wales and receives 10,000 reports of code breaches each year.

It said cases involving migration solicitors are a 'big issue' for the regulator.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, EU
We Will Never Allow UK to Choose Immigration Policy, Says EU Brexit Boss
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 3 October 2018

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator has said he will "never" allow the UK to control its own borders, claiming a system based on allowing in professionals and people with the skills the nation needs amounts to "discrimination".

Ranting before MEPs on Tuesday, arch-liberal and federalist Guy Verhofstadt also personally attacked senior members of the Tory Party and rejected proposals from leadership favourite Boris Johnson to extend the Article 50 process. ...

On Tuesday, home secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to prioritise immigrants' skills, rather than their country of origin, in a post-Brexit shake-up of the visa system and immigration.

The government claimed the move would bring down numbers by capping unskilled migration. However, critics said numbers could go up as more skilled migrants would be allowed in as businesses would be handed more power.

Mr Verhofstadt rejected the proposals outright, insisting the bloc "will never accept discrimination based on skills and nationality, as Mr Javid this morning proposed".
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Brexit was not a vote for more immigration
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 3 October 2018

Sadly, but predictably, there was nothing in the Prime Minister's post-Brexit immigration policy announcement yesterday to suggest that she is listening or that she understands the country is overcrowded, its infrastructure lacking and assimilation impossible at this rate of entry.

Her proposals designed to appease business (they didn't) mirror the the narrowly economically oriented advice given by her Migration Advisory Committee, of which Lord Green of Migration Watch was searing in his criticism.

'The combination of the widening of the skill level, opening the route to the whole world, removal of safeguards for UK workers and abolition of the cap on highly-skilled work permits may well be seen in the future as a very serious mistake.' he wrote.

Yesterday he explained why Mrs May's assurances regarding the ending the free movement of EU citizens, giving high-skilled workers preference and curbing low skilled immigration, were hollow. They would not cap net migration. He warned, too, that:

The public should stand by for a gold rush by employers as they race to fish in an unlimited pool of skilled foreign workers rather than train their own. This new immigration system will be widened to include medium skills, there will be no limit on numbers, no checks as to whether a British worker is available – only a minimum salary which can easily be manipulated. With immigration adding one million to our population every three years we must get the numbers down. This new system could well add to net migration. If so, the public would rightly see it as a major step backwards.

For the European Research Group's immigration paper and proposals for a comprehensive reduction in numbers published the day before, however, Lord Green had positive words:

'At last we have proposals for a serious and effective immigration policy for EU migration. It is time that the government stopped dithering and started delivering on their promises to cut immigration as a large majority of the public wish to see.'

What a pity it is not the ERG's advice that Mrs May has chosen to follow.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, BURQA, FRANCE
Helicopter jailbreak gangster captured in France after 3-month hunt
France 24, 3 October 2018

A gangster who made a Hollywood-style helicopter prison break was arrested in northern France early Wednesday after three months on the run, at times hiding under a burqa to get around, officials and sources close to the inquiry said.

Notorious French robber Redoine Faid was captured during the night in the Oise region north of Paris along with his brother and a nephew, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference.

He said that a few days ago police saw a person wearing a burqa, a loose garment worn by some Muslim women which covers the entire face except the eyes, get into a car driven by a young woman.

"His way of walking suggested that it might be a man," Molins said.

On Tuesday night police spotted the person, again under a burqa, getting out of the car and entering the young woman's home in Creil.

Another person wearing a burqa entered the building shortly afterwards.

That prompted the police raid on the fourth-floor apartment which captured Faid, 46, along with the female driver.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
May says she will end EU immigrants' priority status after Brexit
Jessica Elgot
The Guardian, 2 October 2018

EU citizens will no longer be given priority to live and work in Britain in a radical overhaul of immigration policy after Brexit, the prime minister has said, admitting it was possible Britons would have to apply for US-style visas to visit and work in Europe.

Theresa May said the terms of the final deal with the EU could include mobility concessions, but insisted that would now be within the control of the British government. ...

However she avoided discussion of the difficulties that UK citizens might face for future travel to Europe, when asked during a morning tour of broadcasters, saying it would be "part of the negotiations".

She did rule out Britons having to apply for US Esta-style visa waiver forms to visit the EU after Brexit, saying she expected arrangements to be "reciprocal".

Announcing the new policy overnight, the prime minister said highly skilled staff who want to live and work in Britain would be given priority, while low-skilled immigration would be curbed, though the final terms are expected to be subject to the Brexit negotiations.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, May said she was not ruling out mobility concessions as part of a future Brexit deal and that tourism and business travel were a component of the negotiations. ...

May said the government was already piloting a seasonal scheme for agricultural workers but said she was reticent to commit to exemptions for other sectors. ...

"For the first time in decades, it will be this country that controls and chooses who we want to come here," May said in a statement released overnight announcing the shake-up.

"For too long people have felt they have been ignored on immigration and that politicians have not taken their concerns seriously enough."
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Britain's migration revolution: Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveils the biggest immigration reform for decades - vowing to end EU free movement, give no preference to European workers and insist that firms try to hire Brits first
Jason Groves and Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 2 October 2018

Far fewer low-skilled workers will be allowed in from Europe after Brexit, Sajid Javid and Theresa May pledged last night.

Unveiling the biggest immigration reform for decades, the Home Secretary vowed to end EU free movement completely.

He said the system would now focus on skilled workers and Europeans would be treated the same as citizens from anywhere else.

Promoting the plans today Mrs May refused three times to spell out if the plans would cut arrivals to Britain to the target of 100,000.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Javid also warned that migrants would have to integrate.

'If you want to come to our country and contribute, great,' he said, speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail. 'But in exchange, we expect you to live by our British values and respect our values.' ...

The immigration system unveiled today will be put in place from January 2021, after the UK's transition out of the EU is complete. European migrants will have to apply for work visas in the same way as those from the rest of the world.

Tourists would remain free to travel to the UK, and business travellers on short trips are expected to face a light-touch regime. The three million EU citizens already living in the UK will have full rights to stay. ...

Mr Javid said his reforms would result in unskilled immigration from Europe becoming 'much lower than it is today'.

He questioned the benefit of large-scale unskilled immigration, saying: 'It must have some kind of negative impact on wages growth in the UK.'

But the Home Secretary insisted Britain would remain 'a positive, outward-looking nation open to the best talent from across the world'. ...

He said the target to slash net immigration to the 'tens of thousands' might not last beyond the next election.
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BORDER CONTROLS – FREE-TRADE AGREEMENTS
How the special migration rules in free trade deals work
Liliana Harding
The Conversation, 2 October 2018
[The author is Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of East Anglia]

EU migrants will be treated the same for immigration purposes after Brexit as migrants from elsewhere in the world, according to a new UK immigration strategy outlined by the prime minister, Theresa May. But she has admitted that any free trade deal struck between the UK and EU after Brexit could include special provisions on the mobility of people.

Ultimately, migration could be included in a section of any new trade deal between the UK and the EU. This is something the Migration Advisory Committee noted in a wide-ranging report on EU migration to the UK, published in September.

Most trade today takes place under the governance of regional and bilateral free trade agreements between two countries, or groups of countries. Increasingly this covers provisions on services as well as the movement of goods – and it can also include special rules on immigration too.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) supports different means for the liberalisation of services, based on its General Agreement on Trade in Services. Part of this framework, known as [Mode 4], refers to the movement of people providing services across borders.

Such movement of people to provide services refers to two broad categories: key employees transferred on an intra-company basis, including managers and technical staff; and business visitors or independent foreign professionals in selected sectors. However, the vast majority of "Mode 4" movements remain restricted to short-term visits, and do not allow for gainful employment in the host country. It is also telling that only some 1-2% of all trade in 2005 was accounted for by the "Mode 4" services trade, according to WTO statistics.

The WTO records 288 physical free trade areas (FTAs), 145 of which include specific provisions on free movement of services. Only about 40 of these agreements allow for further preferences with respect to mobility of people as service providers. Overall, this means that the liberalisation of free trade has not liberalised the free movement of people around the world. ...

According to UNESCO visa arrangements under FTAs can include full visa exemptions, temporary visa exemptions, visa exemptions for specific activities, or agreements regarding entry rights or visa-free travel.

A key example of a regime with full visa exemptions is the European Union's single market, which provides free movement of member states' citizens in its territory. /.../ They are expected to gain employment within three months of their arrival as a condition of their right to remain, although this has been difficult to monitor in the EU.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, TURKISH GOVERNMENT, EUROPE
Turkey: Building Mosques, Erasing Christianity
Uzay Bulut
Gatestone Institute, 2 October 2018

The Turkish government spends hundreds of millions of dollars building mosques as part of a long-term effort to promote Islam around the world. Many Muslims hope that new mosques throughout Europe will advance and facilitate their wish to spread Islam to non-Islamic countries and persuade the Christian "infidels" to abandon their faith in favor of Islam.

On September 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated Turkey's latest European mosque, "The Cologne Central Mosque," located in the Cologne, Germany. ...

Meanwhile, as a huge new mosque is being inaugurated in Germany, the greatest Christian Orthodox theological school, located on the island of Halki (Heybeliada) in the Sea of Marmara, has remained closed for almost 50 years by the order of the Turkish government. Moreover, less than a kilometer away from the shuttered Christian seminary, a new center of Islamic studies spanning a total area of 200 acres is scheduled to be built.

DITIB, the group that built the new Cologne mosque, runs more than 900 mosques across Germany. These mosques are linked to the Turkish government's Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, which provides imams to DITIB mosques. ...

Meanwhile, the Turkish government is continuing to annihilate the Christian heritage in Turkey. For instance, the Orthodox Theological Seminary has become a symbol of the systematic discrimination that Christians have been exposed to in Turkey.

The only school for training the leadership of Orthodox Christianity, the Halki seminary was closed by the Turkish government in 1971. Since then, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has been unable to train clergy and potential successors for the position of Patriarch. ...

The Greeks of Turkey – the remnants of the once great Byzantine Empire – are a severely persecuted and even almost completely exterminated people. They have been exposed, among other crimes against humanity, to a genocide, pogroms and forced deportations at the hands of multiple Turkish governments. As a result, there are only around 1,300 Greeks left in Istanbul. ...

The activities of Diyanet include building of mosques across the world. According to its official website, Diyanet has completed the construction of mosques in places such as the United States, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Somalia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, and Gaza. New mosques are currently being built in Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Djibouti, Sweden, and England. ...

According to the Diyanet Foundation, Diyanet has also built mosques in Lebanon, Mali, Philippines, and Crimea. ...

Today's Turkish government, apparently acting in line with its own determined jihadist ideology, is building mosques in Europe and beyond, and using many of them for its own Islamic fundamentalist agenda and outreach. A weak, misguided and misled Europe seems to be eagerly submitting to this ideology.
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IMMIGRATION – BELGIAN MINISTER
'They want to come to YOUR country' Belgian minister blames UK for EU's migration woes
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 1 October 2018

Belgium's firebrand immigration minister has placed an extraordinary level of blame on "beautiful" Britain for Europe's immigration woes ahead of a visit to a number of the country's main ports on Monday.

Theo Francken insisted the "British way of life" plays a huge role in the decision undertaken by would-be asylum seekers planning on taking the treacherous journey from either the Middle East or Africa to Europe.

He has called for Belgium and Britain to sign a bilateral deal, which could see millions of pounds sent to the Continent in order to handle illegal migration. ...

Mr Francken is currently leading a crackdown on illegal immigrants, mainly from Iraq, in the Belgian capital of Brussels, the beating heart of the EU.

He said: "We try to get them to return to Iraq. But, now they say they don't want to return, they want to go to the UK."

The controversial immigration minister added migrants crossing into Europe "all want to go to your country because you don't have identity cards, you have very lucrative black markets and you have a lot of English-Speaking migrants from those communities".

"Your country, the British way of life, is really the push factor," he declared. ...

The Belgian minister said: "For me, it is nothing to do with Brexit because you're not even in the Schengen area.

"Even though there's a Brexit, there will still be migrants trying to go to the UK. It won't stop because you're out of the European Union, the European Union has nothing to do with this." ...

While member states argue amongst themselves, Mr Francken is hoping to agree a bilateral migration agreement between Britain and Belgium, similar to the one signed between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron in January.

Paris and London's agreement sees Britain stumping up £44.5 million for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or other Channel ports. ...

"We need a UK and Belgium bilateral as soon as possible because the problem is really increasing, and Britain has to want to help us out.

"They are really all trying to get into your country."
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Iain Duncan Smith: 'EU migrants should have to wait five years before they can claim benefits'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 1 October 2018

EU migrants should be banned from claiming benefits in Britain until they have lived here for five years, Iain Duncan Smith will say today.

The former Tory leader says welfare payments for EU migrants cost the UK nearly £5 billion last year and he is calling for a tough new regime post-Brexit.

He argues such curbs would reduce the number of unskilled workers arriving from Eastern Europe and help the Tories hit their tens of thousands migration target.

The report, backed by the European Research Group of Tory MPs which is calling on Mrs May to abandon Chequers, states: 'People allowed into the UK for work should have no access to income-related, family or housing benefits for a set period.

'This paper proposes five years, although an alternative could be to require a four-year record of NI contributions.'

It also calls for a work permit system to replace free movement after we leave the EU. There would also be a cap on numbers in different sectors of the economy but fewer curbs on highly skilled migrants.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER CONTROLS, EU IMMIGRANTS
Controlling EU Migration After Brexit Could Be Too Hard, Says Whitehall
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 1 October 2018

Civil servants have told ministers that attempts to respect the referendum result and reform the UK immigration system after Brexit could cause a "Windrush-style" crisis.

They claim that distinguishing between European Union (EU) migrants arriving after the divorce date and those who were here before, and therefore retain a right to remain and be treated as UK citizens, will be difficult.

Ministers hope to introduce a system from January 2021 that will end open borders and the ability of unlimited numbers of EU citizens to use the taxpayer-funded NHS and claim benefits.

They also hope to cut the number of low-skilled workers entering Britain and driving down wages. However, Mrs May has promised EU citizens already here they will retain the same rights.

Whitehall is trying to work out how to distinguish EU citizens with different rights after Brexit.

However, according to The Times, "officials" are making alarming warnings that a two-tier system will be "very difficult" to enforce in person, and online.

Existing migrants will retain the right of free movement, able to come and go, and the claim is that there is not currently a way to know at the border what EU migrants will still have this right.

Hospitals will also need to know when an EU migrant arrived in the UK to know if they can get free treatment and landlords have a legal responsibility to try and not let a property to people in the country illegally.

The Tory home secretary Sajid Javid wants to implement the system within two years, but sceptics say this is not feasible.

Last week Mr Javid reportedly told Cabinet ministers the UK's borders would remain open to limitless EU migration for 30 months after Brexit.
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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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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – 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 ABROAD – USA
A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders
Peter Coy
Bloomberg, 18 September 2018

You might expect conservative writer Reihan Salam, 38, to support easy immigration. First, he's the son of immigrants. His family came from Bangladesh, and he grew up speaking Bengali at home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Second, he's executive editor of the conservative magazine National Review. Free-market conservatives – as opposed to Trumpian nationalist conservatives – tend to believe that the ability of people to cross international borders is good for economic growth and human liberty.

In reality, Salam has serious reservations about open borders. He has sympathy for immigrants, but not always for how they arrived. His new book, Melting Pot or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders, points the way toward compromise on an issue that's likely to become even more hotly contentious in the years to come.

Salam's book is more nuanced than its heated title suggests. He doesn't side with President Donald Trump, who Salam says "built his political career on demonizing immigrants." But neither does he agree with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, whom he accuses of obscuring real problems with lofty rhetoric, such as in his 2014 executive order for deportation relief: "Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger."

The risk, Salam says, is that admitting lots more people into the U.S., without special care, will create a permanent underclass of people who are isolated from society's mainstream, stuck in low-wage occupations, and in some cases dependent on welfare for survival. The immigrants themselves may accept all that because they're still better off than they would have been back home. But their children may resent being treated as second-class citizens. What's more, Salam says, open borders tend to stir resentment from taxpayers and from the segment of native-born Americans who compete with them for work. That's the "civil war" in his title.

The better outcome, he says, is a 21st version of the melting pot. /.../ Less poetically, Salam makes the same point about fusing many peoples into one: "We should admit immigrants only if we are fully committed to their integration and assimilation."

Open borders are incompatible with a generous social safety net, Salam says. Qatar has wide-open borders; 94 percent of its workforce is foreign-born. But those workers are "guest workers who can be deported as soon as they become burdensome." At the other extreme, countries that do offer generous benefits tend to patrol their borders carefully, or face upheaval. ...

Salam advocates a more selective, skill-based immigration system and – breaking from Republican orthodoxy – "large-scale amnesty followed by resolute enforcement." ...

Further out of the box: To stop massive inflows from the chaotic megacities in the global South, Salam recommends building new, better-run cities, a la Shenzhen, the Chinese manufacturing hub that was a fishing village in 1980.

... He concludes with a plea for compromise: "Favoring a more selective, skills-based immigration system does not make you a sinister xenophobe, and not every proponent of a large-scale amnesty is an open-borders zealot. There are deals to be struck, provided we are willing to give one another an inch."
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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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