2008 and 2009

Quotations of news and views in date order - latest first

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


Britain's £3m for criminals in Jamaica
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 31 December 2009

The British taxpayer is contributing millions to projects to improve life for criminals in Jamaica, including cricket lessons.

The Government has spent almost £3 million supporting schemes to stop Jamaican prisoners reoffending. The money includes £53,000 for a cricket course run by Courtney Walsh, the former West Indies fast bowler. Officials say the money helps ensure that criminals deported from Britain have less incentive to reoffend or return.
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Czech police accuse 5 Vietnamese of backing illegal immigration
Prague Daily Monitor, 31 December 2009

Detectives from the Czech police organised crime unit (UOOZ) arrested five Vietnamese earlier this month and accused them of organising illegal migration of tens or even hundreds of their compatriots, UOOZ spokesman Pavel Hantak told CTK yesterday.

The suspects helped the migrants leave Vietnam for the Czech Republic and subsequently continue further to Germany, Hantak said. ...

The suspects secured Czech long-term business visas for their clients. After the clients arrived in the Czech Republic, the suspects secured further necessary documents for them and took them to the German border which the clients crossed along a tourist path, Hantak said.
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Bogus colleges 'pose growing security threat'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 30 December 2009

Suspected bogus colleges are being discovered at a rate of almost two a month, despite the Government's supposed tough action against them.

Officials have removed 14 from the approved list of colleges allowed to bring in foreign students since a new system of regulation was introduced earlier this year.

Half of them allegedly did not meet the standards set down by the Home Office while most of the others were not accredited by official bodies.

Ministers have been under pressure to tighten the student visa system because of concerns that it had been used by potential terrorists, criminals and illegal immigrants as an easy route into Britain. ...

Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, accused the Government of not understanding the level of abuse and the potential terrorist threat.

... Downing Street said a shake-up of the system was now a top priority – a review was ordered last month. ...

There were 1.5 million students granted entry to Britain in the past eight years, but no way of knowing how many left at the end of their courses.

In 2008-09, 236,470 non-EU students were given full visas compared with 69,607 in 1998. A further 144,000 students were given visas for six months or less last year, which brought the total to 371,000.
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Year of tradition for baby names
Simon Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 30 December 2009

Traditional names such as Ruby, Archie and Alfie dominate a poll of the 100 most popular names given to babies born in Britain in 2009. ...

The league tables were compiled from a national survey of 580,000 babies born in 2009 by Bounty, an online parenting club. One of the country's most popular boy's names, Mohammed, is absent from the list as Muslim families declined to take part in the survey.
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Thatcher's protest over homes for migrants
Jon Swaine
Daily Telegraph, 30 December 2009

Baroness Thatcher thought it "quite wrong" for immigrants to get council houses ahead of "white citizens", according to previously unpublished government papers.

Files released to the National Archives show that, soon after becoming prime minister, Lady Thatcher complained privately that too many immigrants from south-east Asia were being allowed into Britain. ...

She said that "with some exceptions" there had been "no humanitarian case for accepting 1.5 million immigrants from south Asia and elsewhere" and that "it was essential to draw a line somewhere". ...

The meeting was held about 18 months after Lady Thatcher made comments in a television interview ... about the need to acknowledge people's fear that Britain could be "rather swamped by people with a different culture".
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Immigrants, infants and grey Britain
Alice Fishburn
The Times, 30 December 2009

Population density means that we now jostle with 12 more people per sq km than we did at the turn of the millennium. If you want to feel jealous, think of the Americans. They have 33 people per sq km. We have 255.

This is down to an increase in both immigration and the natural birthrate: 11 out of every 100 UK residents began life abroad.

While politicians ranging from Gordon Brown to the BNP have hailed "British jobs for British workers", the reality is somewhat different. Around 13 per cent of today's workforce were born overseas, up from 5 per cent in 1997.

People, it seems, still want to come to live here. And not just in bustling, opportunity-rich cities. A third of Londoners were born outside Britain, but the capital has actually fallen in popularity over the past decade. Immigrants are spreading across the British Isles.

Some plan to stay indefinitely. Others have a strategy for return. In last year's record emigration figures, the ever-popular Australia took the lead. But in second place came Poland. The 69,000 returners suggest that the immigrant group that defined the Noughties may be getting ready to go home.

We will miss them. Immigration has hidden as well as obvious benefits. It remains a force against the time bomb of ageing Britain. ...

The UK has not dodged the greyish bullet that has added more than 100 million older people to the global population in ten years. Here at home, our median age has increased by two years.

British parents are doing their bit to balance out the population pyramid. Although the UK's total fertility rate has not yet reached the 2.1 children per mother required for population replacement, it has recovered over the past ten years. Our birthrate increased by 15.4 per cent between 2001 and 2007. And two thirds of this can be traced back to foreign-born mothers.

... If demography is destiny, then diversity may be our key to a happy fate.
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Poll: Pew and Pulpit Disagree on Immigration [part 1]
Earth Times, 29 December 2009
[Press Release. The full results are at]

In contrast to many national religious leaders who are lobbying for increases in immigration, a new Zogby poll of likely voters who belong to the same religious communities finds strong support for reducing overall immigration. Moreover, members strongly disagree with their leaders' contention that more immigrant workers need to be allowed into the country. Also, most parishioners and congregants prefer more enforcement to cause illegal workers to go home, rather than legalization of illegal immigrants, which most religious leaders prefer. The survey of Catholic, mainline Protestant, born-again Protestant, and Jewish voters used neutral language and was one of the largest polls on immigration ever done. ...

Most members of religious denominations do not feel that illegal immigration is caused by limits on legal immigration, as many religious leaders do; instead, members feel it's due to a lack of enforcement.

• Catholics: Just 11 percent said illegal immigration was caused by not letting in enough legal immigrants; 78 percent said it was caused by inadequate enforcement efforts.

• Mainline Protestants: 18 percent said not enough legal immigration; 78 percent said inadequate enforcement.

• Born-Again Protestants: 9 percent said not enough legal immigration; 85 percent said inadequate enforcement.

• Jews: 21 percent said not enough legal immigration; 60 percent said inadequate enforcement.

Unlike religious leaders who argue that more unskilled immigrant workers are needed, most members think there are plenty of Americans to do such work.

• Catholics: 12 percent said legal immigration should be increased to fill such jobs; 69 percent said there are plenty of Americans available to do such jobs, employers just need to pay more.

• Mainline Protestants: 10 percent said increase immigration; 73 percent said plenty of Americans are available.

• Born-Again Protestants: 7 percent said increase immigration; 75 percent said plenty of Americans are available.

• Jews: 16 percent said increase immigration; 61 percent said plenty of Americans available.

When asked to choose between enforcement that would cause illegal immigrants to go home over time or a conditional pathway to citizenship, most members choose enforcement.

• Catholics: 64 percent support enforcement to encourage illegals to go home; 23 percent support conditional legalization.

• Mainline Protestants: 64 percent support enforcement; 24 percent support legalization.

• Born-Again Protestants: 76 percent support enforcement; 12 percent support legalization.

• Jews: 43 percent support enforcement; 40 percent support legalization.

In contrast to many religious leaders, most members think immigration is too high.

• Catholics: 69 percent said immigration is too high; 4 percent said too low; 14 percent just right.

• Mainline Protestants: 72 percent said too high; 2 percent said too low; 11 percent just right.

• Born-Again Protestants: 78 percent too high; 3 percent said too low; 9 percent just right.

• Jews: 50 percent said it is too high; 5 percent said too low; 22 percent just right.
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Poll: Pew and Pulpit Disagree on Immigration [part 2]
Earth Times, 29 December 2009


Most major denominations agree that illegal immigrants must be treated humanely. But the leadership often goes much further and takes the position that illegal immigration is caused, at least in part, by not letting in enough legal immigrants. They then call for increases in the number of workers and family members allowed into the country. For example, early this year, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) issued a resolution stating that, "Due to the limited number of visas, millions have entered the United States without proper documentation." The NAE then calls for increases in the number of immigrant workers allowed in. The Catholic Church states that the law must be reformed so that more "laborers from other countries can enter the country legally." The Episcopal Church adopted a resolution in July of this year stating that, "Immigrants are filling the jobs that go unwanted and unfilled by U.S. citizens." The resolution makes clear more immigrant workers need to be allowed in legally. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in November 2009 adopted a document that states illegal immigrants do jobs that "citizens often will not do" and that legal immigration should be increased to meet, "the annual need for foreign workers." A Commission of the Union for Reform Judaism argues that limits on immigration contribute to illegal immigration, and calls for legislation that "Increases the number of visas allowing unskilled laborers to work in the U.S."

Most parishioners believe that enforcing the law and improving the wages and working conditions of unskilled workers to attract more Americans is the best way to deal with illegal immigration. The huge divide between leaders and members means that if there is a full-blown immigration debate next year it will be all the more contentious, with Jewish and Christian leaders on one side of the issue, their members on the other, and elected officials in the middle.


Zogby International was commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies to conduct an online survey of 42,026 adults.
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Churches urged to sell land to ease homes crisis
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2009

Churches should sell land in sought-after villages to solve the rural housing crisis, a leading charity has said.

Research by the National Housing Federation suggests that as many as 10,000 new homes could be built if churches leased or sold land and buildings to local housing associations. ...

There are 750,000 families on waiting lists for an affordable home. The Federation has calculated that 100,000 new properties need to be built in rural areas to meet demand.
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The Decade when the face of Canada changed [part 1]
Robert Sibley
The Ottawa Citizen, 29 December 2009

When a Canadian is concerned about his own way of living, this concern is not racism. – David Lam, former lieutenant-governor of British Columbia.

... 36 years ago. European powers had only recently abandoned their former colonies. Westerners were taught to feel guilty about their imperialist past. Intellectuals inflated themselves with self-loathing. As Susan Sontag, one of the more prominent flagellants, said in 1967: "The white race is the cancer of human history." ...

... Over the last 30 years, and especially in the last decade, Western nations have found themselves playing host to increasing numbers of migrants – legal and illegal – from the Third World. ...

... In 2004, the UN Global Commission on International Migration concluded, as German journalist Klaus Brinkbåumer writes, "migration could become the most important issue of the 21st century."

For many it already is. ...

This mass migration, arguably the greatest movement of people since Europeans came to the New World, is prompting much debate. Kevin Andrews, a former Australian immigration minister, called on Australians to have an open discussion on the country's burgeoning Muslim population. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said body-covering burkas are "not welcome" in France. The Swiss recently voted in a binding referendum to ban building Islamic minarets. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced measures to control the flow of immigrants. (Recent surveys found that 80 per cent of Britons want immigration reduced, but 70 per cent were reluctant to talk about it lest they be labeled racists.) ...

Canada has not been immune from the South's march North. About 260,000 immigrants come to this country each year. That doesn't include illegal immigrant claimants. ... Estimates of the number of illegal immigrants range between 35,000 to 120,000. Nonetheless, it is Canada's intake of legal migrants that is the most problematic, say observers.

Canada's immigration "flow rate" is higher than almost any other Western country, according to Stephen Gallagher, program director of the Canadian International Council in Montreal. In 2007, he says, Canada had an estimated net migration about four times that of the European Union, twice that of the U.S. and a third greater than Australia.

"As a result," says Gallagher, "Canada is undergoing a social and demographic evolution that is much more rapid and profound than that in other immigrant-welcoming countries." Already, nearly half the populations of Toronto and Vancouver – 46 per cent and 40 per cent respectively – were born outside Canada.

Such a demographic shift has undeniable consequences – economic, social and political – for the country. Yet there's little debate about what those consequences might be, and whether they are acceptable to the majority of Canadians.
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The Decade when the face of Canada changed [part 2]
Robert Sibley
The Ottawa Citizen, 29 December 2009

"We are led to believe that Canada's immigration policy serves the national interest and is essential for economic growth, to fill our labour shortages, and to offset an aging and diminishing population," says James Bissett, a former Canadian ambassador and the one-time executive director of the Canadian Immigration Service. "We are also told that most of our immigrants are selected because they possess the education, trades, skills, and training essential to meet our labour-force demands. These assertions need to be challenged because they do not bear up under examination. They have become myths, used by governments and pro-immigration advocates to justify unreasonably high immigration levels." ...

This is not to deny that Canada has benefited from immigration. You only have to think of all those who arrived in the 19th century and early and mid-20th century to build the country and to fight its wars. However, according to Patrick Grady, an economic consultant with Global Economics, more recent immigrants are proving to be a drain on the national economy. ...

"Employers are always griping about the shortages of labour. But you never hear them saying anything about the need to raise wages to attract more workers." In Grady's view, the "poor performance" of recent immigrants will only improve after "a radical reform of Canadian immigration policy that substantially reduces the number of immigrants (no more than 100,000 a year) and tightens up selection criteria sufficiently to reverse the deterioration."

Perhaps the most egregious flaw in the immigration system is the family class category. The Immigration Act currently allows new immigrants to bring in not only their immediate family (spouse and kids) but also their parents and grandparents of any age. This generates what is called "chain immigration." Naturally, all these parents and grandparents – 20,000 in 2006, according to a report to Parliament – are eligible for welfare and health care even though they have made no contributions to either.

Why is there so little willingness on the part of other Canadians to debate the immigration issue?

Martin Collacott, a former Canadian ambassador and one-time director general of security services, says Canadians "are afraid they'll immediately be called racists by all the interest groups – immigration lawyers, rights activists and ethnic groups – that have a stake in promoting immigration."

The question, of course, is: What has made Canadians so afraid?

At the core of Canada's immigration practices – the theory that sustains the practice, as it were – is the concept of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism, in turn, is rooted in the notion that all cultures are deserving of equal respect. ... ...

It is surely a puzzle of our times that liberal-minded Canadians hesitate to object to the presence of those who "hate democracy and the West." ...

So, why would any liberal society adopt policies and practices – extremist multiculturalism and open-door immigration, in this case – that encourage the establishment of more and more illiberal tribalist enclaves in the country?
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Increased U.S. Financial Support for Foreign PhD Students
David North
Center for Immigration Studies, 29 December 2009

Hidden within the pages of a newly released, highly regarded federal report on higher education in the U.S. are these facts: in 2008 there were more new PhDs with temporary visas than ever before, and their degree of reliance on American funding, always high, was higher than in earlier years.

The report thus contradicts the claims of academia that foreign students are a boon to the U.S. economy; more on this below.

The annual survey of new PhDs showed that 15,246 of those whose citizenship is known were in the U.S. on temporary visas (such as student visas), compared to 30,791 who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders); a table within the report (number 11) indicated that the number of new PhDs with temporary visas was at an all-time high. (Every year about 5 percent of the new PhDs fill out the government's survey, but refuse to report their citizenship.)

Most PhD candidates secure substantial American funding for their long years of graduate study, but this is much more true for those on temporary visas than citizens and green card holders. ... ...

Sadly, the information above – on the heavy reliance of foreign-born PhDs on U.S. financial sources – will be ignored by the press, but every year a lobbying group for the teaching of foreign students – the Institute of International Education in New York City – will announce with great hoopla, as it did last month, that "International students contributed $17.8 billion to the U.S. economy."

The IIE report is called Open Doors and it uses deeply flawed methodology to exaggerate the economic contribution of foreign students to the U.S. economy.

The Open Doors poll of foreign student advisers, IIE's support group, covers both graduate and undergraduate students, a larger population than that of the new doctorates. Its conclusions are seriously skewed for several reasons: 1) it seeks its information on the financing of foreign students from the foreign student advisers, who are second- or third-hand sources; 2) it ignores the basic fact that all American higher education is heavily subsidized by taxpayers and/or endowments, subsidies that are largely invisible to both the foreign students and their advisers, and 3) while virtually all graduating PhDs are willing to report on their own finances, a substantial minority of the foreign student advisers are unwilling to speculate on the question of financial support of the foreign students, and thus the participation rates in the IIE survey are considerably lower than that of the Summary Report.
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Thousands of violent criminals walk free
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2009

More than 6,000 dangerous criminals who pose a "high or very high" risk to the public have walked free from court with community service orders or a suspended sentence in the past three years, figures show.

Probation officers said the punishments were being used to deal with an increasing number of offenders found guilty of violent crimes, and that public safety was being compromised as a result.

The Conservatives said the figures were evidence that judges and magistrates were not jailing dangerous criminals because of the prison overcrowding crisis, which had led institutions to bursting point since the early part of the decade.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice showed that just under 4,000 offenders who received a community sentence between 2006 and 2009 were classed as being at a high or very high risk of causing "serious harm" to the community, as were 2,400 who were given suspended sentences.
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Islamic terrorists find sanctuary in British campuses
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2009

There are many examples of Muslim students who have followed the same path – for whom British universities have provided an ideal environment to foster their violent opinions.

This is because university authorities refuse to admit they have a problem. In doing so, they have abandoned the duty of care they owe their students and the duty they owe the British taxpayers who pay their wages. ...

In November, hijacked by a radical fringe of students, the LSE union voted to twin with the Hamas-founded Islamic University of Gaza.

Dr Ahmed Abu Halabiyah, the university's rector of Advanced Studies, says: "The Jews are the Jews. They are all liars. They must be butchered and they must be killed." ...

Islamic extremism is an ideology. Yet at every level of British public life this is either denied or pandered to.

That ideology is not inbuilt. That it is taught on our universities, at our expense, reflects a societal madness.
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Caribbean-origin voters to revolt over flight tax
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2009

New "unfair" airline taxes on long-haul flights could cost Gordon Brown the election as Labour voters with Caribbean heritage prepare to punish the party at the polls.

A survey shows that there are dozens of Labour marginals in which the portion of the electorate with Caribbean origins is larger than the party's majority.

Campaigners, led by Floella Benjamin, the former children's television presenter, and Bruce Golding, the Jamaican prime minister, said that despite traditionally voting Labour, the community was so angry at the taxes that members were expected to desert the party in droves. ...

Among those vulnerable to a rebellion are Tessa Jowell, the Cabinet minister, who has a majority of 8,807 in her Dulwich and West Norwood seat, and 12,326 Caribbean constituents.
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Foreign students 'treble under Labour'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2009

The number of foreigners entering Britain every year under a controversial student visa scheme has trebled since Labour came to power a decade ago, research by the Conservatives has found.

Figures uncovered by the Tories showed that the Government issued 236,470 student visas in 2008-9, a threefold increase on the number issued in 1998.

The Government's chief immigration adviser recently said that tens of thousands of foreign students were being allowed to stay in Britain and find jobs after graduating from colleges that are not "proper" universities. Students from outside the EU need a visa to study in the UK and can then apply to stay for a further two years to look for work. If they find a skilled job, they can remain for three more years and may eventually be eligible for permanent settlement.

A parliamentary answer showed that while 1,925 organisations had been approved by the UK Border Agency to sponsor migrant students, there were only 165 universities and higher education colleges in the UK.
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Ministers 'fishing for more hate crime charges'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2009

The Government has been accused of pursuing a campaign that could encourage members of the public to report their neighbours for committing hate crimes.

Ministers have drawn up plans to encourage people to lodge complaints about hate crimes in their communities, police have set up special units to investigate allegations and the Crown Prosecution Service has established "scrutiny panels" to look through previous cases. ...

The new moves were unveiled quietly in the autumn, when Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, said he was worried that "hate crime is under-reported".

The think tank Civitas has highlighted its concerns about the initiative.

The director, David Green, said: "The police are being encouraged to investigate ordinary disputes and redefine them as crimes. Unlikely cases are being dragged before the court."
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Taxpayers give foreign killers and rapists £500 to go home
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2009

Foreign murderers, rapists and other criminals are being given £500 "cash cards" as part of a bribe to persuade them to go home.

More than 2,000 foreign prisoners have been given the money in the past two years in an attempt to clear crowded jails.

Some are given the money after being freed from their jail terms up to nine months early.

The taxpayer has paid out more than £1 million to the criminals. ...

The cash cards are part of the Facilitated Returns Scheme, which started in October 2006 and encourages overseas offenders to return to their home country once they have passed the point at which they would be released if they were British.

It is aimed at preventing expensive legal battles against deportation. Inmates can be given resettlement packages worth up to £5,000.
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My fears over plan for 'Muslim Eton', by bishop
Nigel Bunyan
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2009

A bishop has said that a plan to open Britain's largest Muslim faith school in a town still recovering from race riots eight years ago is insensitive and risks creating tensions.

The Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev John Goddard, suggested it might be better for the Islamic charity behind the project to locate it elsewhere. He fears that the all-girls' school – which hopes to take 1,500 teenage boarders from around the world – might inflame Right-wing extremists and "skew" the progress being made in integrating local communities.

He pointed out that the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church had both deliberately refrained from establishing new faith schools after the 2001 riots. Gordon Prentice, the Labour MP for the surrounding area of Pendle, Lancs, said last week that the school, described as a Muslim "Eton" for girls, would damage existing schools and colleges and stoke community tensions. ...

Since the Burnley riots, local schools have been given a £250 million makeover, with a number of closures and amalgamations. Councils have used the changes as a means of improving relationships between ethnic groupings. ...

The Trust said it was fully aware of the Building Schools for the Future programme in Burnley and Pendle and the decisions that were taken in closing some schools.
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Migrants join a GP practice every minute
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 22 December 2009

Migrants are registering with family doctors at a rate of one a minute, leaving GP surgeries "straining at the seams" as they try to cope with the impact of rising immigration, figures show.

More than 600,000 people signed up with a GP practice in England and Wales last year having arrived from overseas – an increase of 50 per cent in seven years. ...

Of those, 69,000 were Britons back from a spell overseas and it is a rise of half on the 400,000 new migrant registrations in 2000-01.

The report, by Migrationwatch, also showed the number of GPs in England and Wales rose by 18 per cent over the period from 30,609 in 2001 to 36,041 last year.
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Thousands of gardens 'stolen' by developers
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 20 December 2009

Domestic gardens have been concreted over to build more than 180,000 homes in the past five years, a Government study obtained by The Sunday Telegraph suggests.

"Garden-grabbing" developers won planning permission for 100 new dwellings every day within the grounds of existing houses.

In some areas, up to 94 per cent of residential development was on gardens. The practice has flourished since the introduction of Government rules which made no distinction between gardens and "brownfield" sites. ...

The figures come from responses to a survey of 42 local authorities, covering a seventh of England's population, which were representative of rural, suburban and city councils across the country.

The results, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that between 2003 and 2008, the councils granted planning permission for 26,688 new homes on land that was previously occupied by houses and their gardens. This was a net total – for instance, if a large Edwardian house was demolished and replaced with a block of 10 flats, it counted as nine new homes.

The total suggests that, in England as a whole, 186,000 new homes – 102 a day – were built on gardens over the five-year period.

Ministers had said that there was "no clear evidence of a problem" with garden grabbing. However, the vast majority of councils reported that it was an issue. ...

Southampton city council, which gave permission for 1,220 such homes, called garden grabbing an "active threat to the character of mature suburbs, the heritage and biodiversity of the city". "National guidance has made it difficult to resist development proposals on garden land. This imbalance needs to be rectified," it added.
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UK fails to halt female genital mutilation
Nina Lakhani
The Independent, 20 December 2009

Hundreds of British schoolgirls are facing the terrifying prospect of female genital mutilation (FGM) over the Christmas holidays as experts warn the practice continues to flourish across the country. Parents typically take their daughters back to their country of origin for FGM during school holidays, but The Independent on Sunday has been told that "cutters" are being flown to the UK to carry out the mutilation at "parties" involving up to 20 girls to save money.

The police face growing criticism for failing to prosecute a single person for carrying out FGM in 25 years; new legislation from 2003 which prohibits taking a girl overseas for FGM has also failed to secure a conviction.

Experts say the lack of convictions, combined with the Government's failure to invest enough money in education and prevention strategies, mean the practice continues to thrive. Knowledge of the health risks and of the legislation remains patchy among practising communities, while beliefs about the supposed benefits for girls remain firm, according to research by the Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development (Forward).

As a result, specialist doctors and midwives are struggling to cope with increasing numbers of women suffering from long-term health problems, including complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

Campaigners are urging ministers to take co-ordinated steps to work with communities here and overseas to change deep-seated cultural attitudes and stamp out this extreme form of violence against women. ...

An estimated 70,000 women living in the UK have undergone FGM, and 20,000 girls remain at risk, according to Forward. The practice is common in 28 African countries, including Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria, as well as some Middle Eastern and Asian countries such as Malaysia and Yemen. It is generally considered to be an essential rite of passage to suppress sexual pleasure, preserve girls' purity and cleanliness, and is necessary for marriage in many communities even now. It has no religious significance.

The most common age for the procedure is between eight and 11 but it can be carried out just after birth or just before marriage.
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The March of Diversity
Ronald Brownstein
National Journal, 19 December 2009

Even when Republican Tom Davis first won the Virginia congressional district centered on affluent Fairfax County during the GOP's 1994 landslide, the area wasn't a lily-white, Leave It to Beaver suburb. But at that point, minorities were the rainbow sprinkles on a mostly vanilla cone: Nonwhites represented slightly less than one-fourth of the district's population.

In the redistricting that followed the 2000 census, the Virginia Republicans who controlled the process modestly altered the seat to incorporate more white Republican-leaning voters. Yet, by the time Davis retired in 2008, the district's flavor had been radically changed by a steady influx of Asians, African-Americans, and Hispanics, many of them well-educated entrepreneurs drawn by Fairfax's burgeoning high-tech economy. By 2008, Fairfax public schools were sending home official notices in seven languages (including Korean and Urdu), and Census Bureau figures showed that the minority share of the district's population had soared past 42 percent.
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TV clips reveal racist body language, study finds
Toronto Star, 18 December 2009

Racist body language comes through loud and clear on television, even when the sound is off, a new study shows.

Through a set of ingeniously concocted experiments, reported Friday in the journal Science, researchers show that white characters in television series display far more negative body language toward their black peers than to members of their own race.

The bias conveyed by these body clues is not only recognized subconsciously by people who watch the shows, but significantly influences their feelings about the black characters.

"Sadly, we observed that non-verbal race bias is a typical pattern on scripted television shows," lead study author Max Weisbuch said in a release on the paper.

"White characters are treated better across the board and this has an impact on viewers," said Weisbuch, a post-doctoral psychologist at Massachusetts's Tufts University. ...

"Then we just showed people and said 'how much does this person like the person they're interacting with?'" said Ambady, a Tufts social psychologist. ...

Ambady stresses that the black characters in the scenes selected were not criminals or impoverished, as often seen on television.

Instead, the scenes came from enlightened series that portray blacks as social and intellectual peers.

"Take a medical drama for example, both the black and the white characters were doctors," Ambady said. Yet while the negative body language is certainly not scripted, she was not sure if it reflects innate reactions by the white actors, is directorial in origin, or a combination of both.

"There's no bias in what they're saying, the bias seems to be in the way they are conveying, and we have no idea where that's coming from," she says.

Ambady says positive body language like smiling, nodding and leaning forward while talking is far less common when white characters engage with black co-stars.

"The black characters receive significantly less positive non-verbal behaviour. They're liked less non-verbally than white characters."
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Racist or Revolutionary: Cuba's Identity is at Stake
Ron Walters, professor emeritus of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland
The Defenders Online [NAACP], 18 December 2009

The recent "Statement of Conscience" declaration from 60 well-known U.S. and Latin American black activists, scholars, artists and civic leaders to the Cuban government calling for the release of an imprisoned Cuban physician and human rights activists, Dr. Darsi Ferrer, and an end to racist practices in Cuba marked the first time such concerted criticism has been leveled against the Cuban government since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959. ...

The Cuban government is especially sensitive to criticism about the extent of racism in Cuba because it has forged over the half-century of its existence a record as a progressive government – supporting independence movements in Africa, offering heath and education to African youth and technical assistance to their countries, and offering assistance to those damaged by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It called the assertion that racial bigotry remains significant there a "delusional farce" and a "campaign" to suffocate our sovereignty and national identity."

Yet, Cuba's national identity is precisely what is at stake. The government cannot claim to be truly revolutionary and progressive while tolerating white elitism in its leadership and the oppression of its blackest citizens. Dr. Carlos Moore, an intellectual who has long campaigned to eliminate racism in Cuba, says that, "by denying the existence of racism in Cuba for 50 years, and by brutally preventing those who wanted to confront that reality from doing so, the revolutionary regime guaranteed a safe haven for the unfettered perpetuation and growth of a racist consciousness in Cuba."

The import of this is that the chickens of racism are now coming home to roost publicly. ...

... Thus, an urgent question is whether this call by friends of Cuba to end the silence will sever their historic connection to and appreciation of the gains of the Revolution. ...

During the 1980s, the employment of blacks showed a somewhat favorable picture. But by the end of that decade, Cuba was hit with a crushing economic crisis which sharply increased black unemployment and economic privation. However, racial exclusion in employment returned, as did a general resurgence of racism with something of a vengeance in the late 1980s and early 1990s – the so-called "special period" of Cuban history when the Soviet Union fell and the economy suffered from the lack of economic support. ... ...

However, it has long been clear that, despite Marxism's assertion that racism is a central facet of capitalism and imperialism alone, Communism, too, was infected with the same virus.
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Aloha, Segregation: The Akaka bill would create a race-based state in Hawaii
Wall Street Journal, 17 December 2009

President Obama speaks proudly of his childhood in Hawaii, so we wonder what the state's voters think of his support for a bill that would redistribute its wealth based on race. That's what would happen under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which Congress is trying to sneak through in its final days this year.

Sponsored by Senator Daniel Akaka, the bill would transfer a percentage of public-owned lands to a native Hawaiian government within the state of Hawaii. The legislation would collect some 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians scattered across the country into a newly affiliated tribe, eventually endowed with the powers of a sovereign state, including freedom from state taxes and regulations and separate police power.

Proponents say the plan would duplicate the legal scenario set up for Native Americans, but the Akaka bill carves out new territory. Unlike Indian tribes made up of tightly knit populations that have lived together continuously, participation in the new group would be available to nearly anyone able to trace their roots back to a Native Hawaiian ancestor, no matter where they now reside. U.S. Civil Rights Commission member Gail Heriot told Congress in June that, "If ethnic Hawaiians can be accorded tribal status, why not Chicanos in the Southwest? Or Cajuns in Louisiana?"

Under the Akaka bill, someone will have to divine exactly who qualifies as a Native Hawaiian. In the bill's current version, the determination would be handled by a nine member commission staffed by experts in native Hawaiian genealogy. That, says the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, amounts to racial discrimination and would "subdivide the American People into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege."

The Supreme Court has already ruled that elections based on a blood quota violate the Fifteenth Amendment's ban on restricting voting along racial lines. In its 2000 decision in Rice v. Cayetano, the Court held that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs could not hold elections limited to ethnic Hawaiians. "Ancestry can be a proxy for race," the court wrote, "and is that proxy here."

While the current version of the Akaka bill doesn't offer specifics on which lands and natural resources would be transferred to a new sovereign Hawaiian state, earlier versions contained striking demands by Native Hawaiian groups. ...

With some 38% of the state falling under public ownership and thus theoretically available for transfer, the benefits accruing to racial Hawaiians could be significant. ...
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Ethnic groups say 'white' isn't enough on the 2010 census
Niraj Warikoo
Metro Detroit, 17 December 2009

As a land of immigrants, the United States is home to people from all corners of the world.

And in the past, it has documented where its people hail from by using the U.S. census, conducted every 10 years as mandated in the Constitution.

But the 2010 census form – in a departure from 2000 and previous decades – will not contain a question asking people about their ancestry, prompting concern among metro Detroit's diverse ethnic communities. ... ...

But ethnic groups are worried that they might lose their fair share of federal and private dollars since institutions often rely on census data to allocate funds.

With her light-brown skin and Islamic headscarf, Khadigah Alasry of Dearborn said she doesn't see herself as white.

But the Arab American is officially classified as such by the U.S. government, which says that anyone with roots in the Middle East – including north Africa – is white. ...

The census is conducted to get accurate population statistics that are used to determine the number of congressional seats and amount of government funding, and to ensure that minorities are not discriminated against.

The concern is acutely felt in metro Detroit, home to the highest concentration of Arab Americans and Chaldeans – Iraqi Christians – in the United States, according to 2000 census figures.

Having the ancestry question is important because terms like "white" and "black" are vague and don't offer much detail, said ethnic advocates. ...

But Arab Americans – who make up about 1.5% of Michigan's population, based on the 2000 census – won't be counted as such in 2010. Census officials say part of the reason was to streamline and shorten the form so that more people fill it out.

Two of the 10 questions will ask about a person's race – white, black or Asian – and whether the respondent is Hispanic. Arabs are considered white.

"It's unfair because we are not treated as white in society and by the government, but we also don't qualify as minorities to get the benefits of some programs" such as minority contracts, said Imad Hamad, regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. ...

Whites and blacks are not given the choice to further specify what their backgrounds might be. In the past, one out of six households would receive a long form with 53 questions, one of them asking about ethnic origin.

"We're aware of the problems with the census," Gary Locke, secretary of the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, told a crowd of Arab Americans in Dearborn. "But we still need you to participate."

Locke and census officials said the ancestry question will be retained under the American Community Survey, which is done every month. But that survey reaches a much smaller percentage of the population than the full census.
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Migrant smugglers escaping punishment
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 16 December 2009

Hundreds of lorry drivers caught smuggling illegal immigrants into Britain are escaping punishment because of backlogs in the immigration system, a report has said.

Thousands of pounds in fines are outstanding and hundreds of vehicles that should have been seized have not, some dating back seven years.

John Vine, the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, said the civil penalties system had been poorly managed for years and was not serving as a deterrent to people trafficking.

Haulage companies can be fined up to £4,000 per illegal immigrant if their lorries are stopped trying to enter the UK with migrants on board. If they fail to pay up, officials can impound the vehicle.

But, in his first annual report, Mr Vine said £1.5 million in fines remained unpaid and officials were taking "little if any action" to seize lorries.

The report criticised senior managers for "ineffective oversight" and said there was "little effective leadership".

It added: "There was no effective debt recovery strategy in place to chase unpaid debt."

Junior staff were praised for working hard to "overcome" problems.
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White Americans' majority to end by mid-century
Hope Yen
Associated Press, 16 December 2009

The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans has been pushed back eight years – to 2050 – because the recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of foreigners into the U.S.

Census Bureau projections released Wednesday update last year's prediction that white children would become a minority in 2023 and the overall white population would follow in 2042. The earlier estimate did not take into account a drop in the number of people moving into the U.S. because of the economic crisis and the immigration policies imposed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The United States has 308 million people today; two-thirds are non-Hispanic whites.

The total population should climb to 399 million by 2050, under the new projections, with whites making up 49.9 percent of the population. Blacks will make up 12.2 percent, virtually unchanged from today. Hispanics, currently 15 percent of the population, will rise to 28 percent in 2050.

Asians are expected to increase from 4.4 percent of the population to 6 percent.

The projections are based on rates for births and deaths and a scenario in which immigration continues its more recent, slower pace of adding nearly 1 million new foreigners each year.

The point when minority children become the majority is expected to have a similar delay of roughly eight years, moving from 2023 to 2031.

The population 85 and older is projected to more than triple by 2050, to 18.6 million.

The actual shift in demographics will be influenced by a host of factors that can't be accurately forecast – the pace of the economic recovery, cultural changes, natural or manmade disasters, as well as an overhaul of immigration law, which may be debated in Congress as early as next year.
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Migrants 'altering the faith map of Britain'
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 13 December 2009

Britain is home to 1.1 million Muslim immigrants, according to a comprehensive study of faith and migration.

The finding will be published in a report by the IPPR, the respected Left-of-centre think tank, which will conclude that thousands of Muslims have moved to the UK because it is more sympathetic towards Islam than other European countries. ...

The figure of 1.1 million includes Muslims of all ages who were born abroad, but excludes those who were born in the UK. The Government has said the country's total Muslim population is 2.4 million, suggesting that the majority are British-born.

According to the IPPR's "faith map" of the immigrant population, around 4.5 million of the UK's foreign-born residents claim to have a religious affiliation. Of these, about a quarter are Muslims, while more than half are Christian, with Polish Catholics and African Pentecostals among the fastest-growing groups.

The findings are based on previously unpublished results of the Labour Force Survey, which is overseen by the ONS and which involves interviews with 200,000 members of the public each year. ...

According to the report, the past decade has seen a net increase of 275,000 in the number of Muslims who were born in Pakistan or Bangladesh but are now living in Britain – the equivalent to twice the population of Oxford. The number of Somali-born UK residents has also risen sharply, from fewer than 40,000 in 1999 to 106,700 this year. ...

"Migration has caused an increase in the proportions of the population affiliated to non-Christian faiths," says the report, called Faith, Migration and Integration in the UK, which will be published next month. ...

Catholicism has been boosted by the arrival of almost 600,000 immigrants from Poland, Lithuania and Slovakia, the report says, adding that less-traditional forms of Christianity are experiencing the greatest increase.

"Perhaps the most significant change has been the growth of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity within migrant populations, particularly those from Africa and Latin America," the report says. ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, suggested the real number of foreign-born Muslims in the UK could be much higher, due to the presence of illegal immigrants who would be unlikely to respond to government surveys.

He said: "The rapid rise in the Muslim population is just one way in which mass immigration promoted, even encouraged, by this Government has affected the whole nature of our society."
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Catalan 'nation' takes a tentative step towards break from Spain
Fiona Govan
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2009

Unlike some other independence movements, Catalan nationalism has little to do with ethnicity. More than a third of the inhabitants, who make up almost 7.4 million of Spain's 46 million population, were not born in Catalonia. ...

During the dictatorship of Gen Francisco Franco, the Catalan language was banned, its national flag prohibited, and its population diluted through forced immigration from the rest of Spain.
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A tiny island takes on the giants
Geoffrey Lean
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2009

Emissions of greenhouse gases will [have to be] halved by 2050 if even the two per cent target is to be met. Rich countries have accepted that their emissions will have to be reduced by 80 per cent ..., involving an unprecedented transition to low-carbon economies.

But, even if they achieve this, developing countries will have to cut their emissions absolutely by then, rather than just reduce their rate of growth as at present. And population growth makes this almost impossible: studies suggest that it will mean cutting their already small per capita emissions of carbon dioxide by 60 per cent.

They will not agree to try without massive financial help, running into hundreds of billions, from the North. So far there is no sign of this.
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Native leaders push for separate school boards
Kristy Hutter
The Globe and Mail, 12 December 2009

After numerous failed attempts to reduce crime among their youth, native leaders and communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are proposing aboriginal school boards, a controversial idea even among first nations.

Although some cities, such as Winnipeg, already have a few schools for aboriginal young people, criminal activity has not gone down significantly. From 1998 to 2008, the number of young aboriginals in Manitoba's correctional system doubled, Statistics Canada says.

As part of Winnipeg's Live SAFE crime prevention policy, city council asked its social planning council and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce to brainstorm with members of the community for ways to prevent violent crime. From this came the idea of a school system for natives. ...

A proposal from the Toronto District School Board to open an Afrocentric school in an attempt to reduce crime among black children raised a similar debate two years ago. Opinions that it promoted black segregation outweighed the view that it promoted self-determination, and the idea was dropped. But a year later, the board voted in favour of the proposal and the school has been up and running since September with no major problems.

A school system for francophones was established in Winnipeg 16 years ago, which supporters of the new proposal have called the precedent for an aboriginal board.
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South Africa: Racism on the Rise, Says Mantashe
Karima Brown, 11 December 2009

South African Communist Party (SACP) chairman Gwede Mantashe says the fight against racism in SA is far from over, warning that racists were becoming emboldened.

Mantashe took aim at lobby group AfriForum, a strident critic of the government's transformation agenda. He was addressing the SACP's special congress in Polokwane. Mantashe said the SACP should "confront the reality" that racists were becoming more confident in SA.

"Organisations like AfriForum are becoming bolder in fighting for the racist cause." Mantashe said there was a risk the SACP's critique of narrow black economic empowerment could be used as a loophole by those who deny the reality of racism that still existed in SA.

But Kallie Kriel of AfriForum dismissed Mantashe's arguments.

"Mantashe's attack is misdirected, especially in the light of the fact that it rather is the SACP- African National Congress (ANC) Alliance which tries to enforce a racially obsessed ideological agenda on every area of society," he said.

Mantashe also took the battle to his critics in the ANC, saying that communists "must be everywhere", including the ANC and the state. In a rousing address, Mantashe, also secretary-general of the ANC, told delegates that communists had always contributed to making the ANC a "revolutionary" organisation.
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Britain 'terrorised' over 70m population
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2009

Britain is being needlessly "terrorised" by the spectre of the population hitting 70 million, Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, has said.

His comment risked reopening a row between the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), whose projections suggest the total will be reached within two decades.

Mr Johnson said it would not happen and, even if it did, the country "would cope". ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of the Migrationwatch think tank, said: "It is appalling that the Home Secretary should attack professional statisticians. Their projections have been correct at the 20-year range to within 2.5 per cent for the last 50 years."
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Discrimination Hotspots: New Report Finds Racism Prevalent Across Europe
Spiegel Online International, 10 December 2009

According to a new EU-wide report, racism is deeply entrenched – and, more worryingly still, often goes unreported.

For many of Europe's ethnic minorities and immigrants, racism and discrimination is a sad fact of day-to-day life, according to a report published on Wednesday by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Europe, whose citizens once fled in droves in favor of a more promising future elsewhere, has gradually emerged as a magnet for immigrants. But the experience of its ethnic minorities and newcomers is often far from rosy, according to the new survey. Among a raft of sobering facts, it found that on average, every second Roma and more than a third of the Sub-Saharan African interviewees were discriminated against on the basis of their ethnicity at least once over the past year.

Strikingly, they also found that among those facing discrimination in the last 12 months, some 82 percent did not report their experience to authorities, often because of doubts about local police.

The EU-wide study is the first of its kind, having collected the opinions of 23,500 people from various ethnic minorities and immigrant groups across the EU's 27 member states in 2008. To pin down the extent of the problem, it used a range of questions probing discrimination in various spheres of everyday life, including work or job hunting, looking for accomodation, health care and social services, schools and shops, as well as experiences like trying to open a bank account or obtain a loan.

The report found that the Roma face more discrimination because of their background than other groups. On average, each Roma interviewee had been discriminated against some 4.6 times in the past year. After the Roma, people from Sub-Saharan Africa faced the greatest discrimination, followed by North Africans.

The organization also dissected their findings on a country-by-country basis, highlighting zones of high-level prejudice around the EU. Those found to be experiencing the highest levels of racism of any group were the Roma in the Czech Republic, followed by the Roma in Hungary and the Roma in Greece. Almost as badly affected were Sub-Saharan Africans in Ireland and North Africans living in Italy.

In an effort to differentiate between types of discrimination, the report also looks at levels of assault and threat against minority groups, with Somali respondents in Finland reporting the highest incidents in Europe. Fully 74 of 100 respondents said they had experienced an assault or a threat. When it comes to serious harrassment, 174 incidents were reported for every 100 Roma respondents in Greece.

While Roma, Sub-Saharan Africans and Muslims consistently reported the highest levels of racism, one exception was Brazilians living in Portugal. They reported high levels of anti-immigrant sentiment.

Across Europe as a whole, one in four people from a minority group had been the victim of a crime over the last year – a bitterly ironic finding given that they themselves are often stereotyped as criminals.

Among the survey group, it was the younger respondents who reported the worst violence. For example, among North African immigrants, the most attacks were recorded among the youngest age groups (a third of those aged 24 or under had been victimized, along with 30 percent for those aged 25 to 39). For the oldest age group, 55 years and older, just 12 percent were affected.
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UNHCR: Discrimination is rife, 10 December 2009

There is no country which is free from discrimination, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay said on Thursday.

"We see intolerance and exclusion in national histories that deny the identity of others or reject rightful grievances of minorities who might not share a so-called official history," Pillay said at the Human Rights Day celebration in Pretoria.

She said discrimination did not go away and had to be challenged at every turn, in communities, schools and workplaces.

"We must move forward and move quickly," she said.

Discrimination might appear as institutional racism, ethnic strife, or manifest itself in episodes of intolerance and rejection that escaped scrutiny.

Pillay said its victims were individuals or groups which were most vulnerable to attack because they were perceived as different because of their race, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion.

"These people are frequently excluded from fully participating in the life of a community, from its economic, political and social development."

She said new forms of xenophobia were on the rise particularly against refugees and immigrants.

"Attacks against non-nationals in South Africa and elsewhere are gravely alarming."
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New forms of xenophobia on the rise, warns UN
Independent Online [South Africa], 10 December 2009

Attacks on foreigners in South Africa are "gravely alarming" and the government should implement laws to prevent further outbreaks of violence, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday.

A South African native herself, Navi Pillay said it was worrying that South Africa, which only emerged from apartheid in 1994 and has prided itself as a model of democracy since, has failed to protect its foreign residents.

"New forms of xenophobia are on the rise, particularly against refugees and migrants. Attacks against non-nationals in South Africa and elsewhere are gravely alarming," Pillay said.

At least 42 people died and tens of thousands foreigners were displaced across the country last year in riots over jobs and rising crime in Africa's biggest economy.
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"No country is free of discrimination", 10 December 2009

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a message on the occasion of Human Rights Day.

No country is free of discrimination. We see it everywhere, in many forms: old and new, covert and blatant, public and private. It may appear as institutionalized racism, as ethnic strife, as episodes of intolerance and rejection, or as an official national version of history that denies the identity of others.

Discrimination targets individuals and groups that are vulnerable to attack: the disabled, women and girls, the poor, migrants, minorities, and all those who are perceived as different.

These vulnerable people are frequently excluded from participating in the economic, political, cultural and social lives of their communities. The bigotry that stigmatizes and excludes them can be exploited by extremists. In some countries, we are witnessing the rise of a new politics of xenophobia.

But these victims of discrimination are not alone. The United Nations is standing with them, committed to defending the rights of all, and particularly the most vulnerable. That is our identity and our mission.

The international human rights community continues to counter bias and hatred. Public awareness has led to global treaties offering legal protection from discrimination and unequal treatment.

But abstract commitments are not enough. We must continue to confront inequality and intolerance wherever they are found.

On Human Rights Day, I invite people everywhere, at all levels, to join the United Nations and human rights defenders around the world in the fight against discrimination.
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One in 10 of population born abroad
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2009

More than one in 10 people living in Britain were born abroad, a record level, new figures show.

The proportion of the population that is foreign-born has almost doubled in the past two decades to 11 per cent, or 6.7 million people.

At the same time, almost a quarter of babies born in England and Wales had foreign mothers. This is also a record, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures indicated that, in 2008, some 11 per cent of the population was born overseas, up from about 8 per cent in 2001 and 6.7 per cent in 1991.

Figures are not available for 1997 when Labour came to power but, based on trends, the figure is likely to have been just above 7 per cent.

A key factor has been the increase in migrant workers from Poland, Lithuania and six other eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.

The number of eastern European nationals resident in Britain has risen sharply from 114,000 in 2001 to 689,000 last year. More than a tenth are children.

According to the study by Jil Matheson, the national statistician, Britain's population is on course to pass 70 million in about 20 years. She said projections based on past demographic trends suggest a 17 per cent increase in population over the next 25 years, to hit 71.6 million by 2033.

It currently stands at 61.4 million and ministers have insisted that the landmark 70 million total will not be reached. The study is further evidence of the way in which Labour's immigration policies have changed the make-up of British society.

A former government adviser recently claimed that Labour deliberately ran an open-door policy on immigration to change radically the country and "rub the Right's nose in diversity".

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of the campaign group Migrationwatch, said: "This is a measure of the way in which our society is being changed without the British public ever having been consulted. Immigration on this scale can only add to the strains in our society and the pressure on our public services. These figures confirm the enormous impact of mass immigration on our society."

Immigration is having a double impact on population numbers because, as well as those arriving in the country, the proportion of children born here to foreign mothers has also reached a peak.

Some 24 per cent of the births in England and Wales last year – or 170,834 – were to mothers born outside the country, the highest level since records began in 1969.

That is double the 12 per cent in 1990 and the proportion has increased year on year since, according to the Population Trends report produced by the statistics office. In England alone, the proportion is now as high as 25 per cent.
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China now top source for Aussie's immigrants
People's Daily Online, 9 December 2009

China is Australia's biggest source of immigrants, with a record 6,350 people from the mainland setting in the land down under from July to October this year.

The nations surpassed both the UK and New Zealand by over 500 and 1,000, respectively, according to figures released recently from the Australian government. ...

Since the end of the last century, 40-60 percent of the total migrants to Australia each year have come from China, according to Wang Qunwei, Immigration Supervisor with Well Trend Immigration Total Solution System Provider based in Beijing. ...

Business elites constitute the majority of the new round of China's migration tide, said Zhang Shengjun, deputy dean of Institute of Political Science and International Studies of the Beijing Normal University. ...

The financial crisis led to a decrease in migration from traditional top source countries such as the UK and New Zealand, which were down by 28 percent and 47 percent respectively, compared to China's annual growth at 15 percent, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday. ...

To protect its own employment market, Australia cut off 18,500 quotas for skilled migration programs for 2009-10, which has significantly reduced British migrants, most of whom are skilled workers, said Wang Qunwei. ...

Source: China Daily
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Taxpayers bear the burden as refugee resettlement soars
Don Barnett
The Tennessean, 9 December 2009

This fiscal year, the U.S. resettled almost three times as many refugees as all the rest of the countries in the industrialized world combined.

Despite the recession, growing poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the U.S. resettled 75,000 refugees, the highest number of admissions since 9/11.

This is possible only because what was once the calling of true sacrificial charity and private sponsors is now the responsibility of the American taxpayer. Traditional sponsor duties have been replaced by access to welfare upon arrival for refugees and an opaque stream of grant money from seemingly every government agency except NASA.

In recent years up to 95 percent of the refugees coming to the U.S. were referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were the relatives of U.N.-picked refugees. Until the late 1990s, the U.S. picked the large majority of refugees for resettlement in the U.S.

Considering that the refugee influx causes increases in all legal and illegal immigration as family and social networks are established in the U.S., the U.N. is effectively dictating much of U.S. immigration policy.

A nonprofit nation of hundreds of taxpayer-funded organizations has grown up around refugee resettlement in the U.S. A government-funded study finds "U.S. resettlement communities are awash with ECBOs that exist in name only but provide little meaningful assistance." ECBO stands for Ethnic Community Based Organization, a government-defined category of grant recipients.

The expansion of the fraud-prone refugee program and the transformation of refugee resettlement into a federal contracting business have given birth to a global refugee industry well-adapted to the federal grant and contract environment.

Catholic Charities with its parent the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is the largest refugee agency both nationally and in Nashville. It is neither a charity nor Catholic, but more an extension of a state welfare agency.

Sixty-five percent of Catholic Charities USA's $3.6 billion annual budget comes from government sources. Refugee resettlement, a relatively small portion of its services, is covered by the government at closer to 100 percent. For nonprofits, it is profitable to be in refugee resettlement, and the executive directors of some of the 10 major resettlement agencies make almost as much as the president of the United States.

Nashville Catholic Charities devotes about 26 percent of its budget to "immigrants and refugees," an amazingly high percentage considering most of that aid is going to recent refugee arrivals – a fraction of 1 percent of Nashville's population. ...

The possibility of a generous reception in the U.S. has created a "magnet effect" for refugees deciding between resettlement in the U.S. and integration in the region where they reside.

The once-independent faith-based and civic organizations have suffered their own "magnet effect," causing a shift of efforts away from traditional works toward the more profitable refugee program. USCCB even lobbies for more business – that is, for higher refugee admission quotas.

Incentives built into refugee resettlement are behind much of its growth, especially as refugees themselves enter the federal contracting and lobbying business.

It is long past the time to lift the curtain of myth that protects this program from scrutiny.
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MPs criticise £300,000 bonus pot for immigration officials
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2009

Senior immigration officials have shared a bonus pot of almost £300,000, despite the organisation still not being "fit for purpose", a group of MPs said yesterday.

The Commons home affairs committee repeated warnings that as many as 300,000 people could be wrongly granted visas to enter Britain each year because of errors in dealing with applications.

The decision to hand 29 civil servants an average of £10,000 each in financial rewards last year was attacked as "astonishing" after yet more blunders surrounding the UK Border Agency. ...

Keith Vaz, the committee chairman, said: "No one can forget the previous home secretary describing the agency to my predecessor as 'not fit for purpose'.

"The agency has had a lot to contend with, but it is apparent that UKBA has a long way to go before it is operating as it should."
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French to open another Sangatte as Calais prepares new centre for illegal migrants
Peter Allen and James Slack
Daily Mail, 8 December 2009

A welcome centre for British-bound illegal migrants is to open in Calais before the end of this year, it emerged last night.

Closely-guarded plans have been approved by French administrative judges for a structure to be built close to the town's ferry port.

It is already being dubbed Sangatte II after the former Red Cross centre which attracted thousands of illegal foreigners before it demolished in 2002.

Tory immigration spokesman Damian Green said: 'This is another gesture of contempt from France to Britain. The only result of this will be to encourage more potential illegal immigrants to try to break our laws.

'The most humane reaction would be for the French authorities to deal with the asylum applications themselves.'

News of the latest building comes just seven months after France's immigration minister Eric Besson said he would make the town 'watertight' to those trying to get to Britain.

But officials say the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that both the French government and Calais council feel they have no option to build the centre on waste ground next to an industrial estate. ...

Officials defended the plan as a humanitarian response.

One said: 'There are more than 1,000 migrants sleeping rough in the town, and with temperatures dropping their living conditions are getting worse.'

He said September's destruction of The Jungle, an illegal shanty town full of mainly Afghan young men, had not had the desired effect.

'It did not persuade them to leave, so we have to offer them a basic level of support,' the official added.

Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart, a member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP Party, said the council had been forced to accept the new building as part of a compromise deal with refugee charity Secours Catholique (Catholic Help). ...

Since the closure of The Jungle further migrant camps have sprung up in nearby Steenvoorde, Bailleul and St Omer, with all providing beds, food, clothing shops, medical care and advice on how to claim asylum.
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£292m bill to keep foreign prisoners behind bars
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2009

Foreign prisoners cost £292 million to keep under lock and key.

Jails in England and Wales hold 7,500 immigrants from 160 different nations, almost a tenth of the prison population.

Ministry of Justice figures show foreigners have been jailed for almost 900 sex offences and 1,500 violent attacks including murders.
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A decade of terror
Michael Burleigh
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2009

Many British people have become deeply and rightly suspicious of every government statistic on immigration. I was surprised to learn there are a quarter of a million Somalis in the UK and not the 90,000 I had imagined. Many people like the Third World; they never imagined that it would come to live next door, because this suits businessmen seeking cheap labour, and oblivious to the wider cultural impact of something that does not personally affect them. Nor that our EU dictated human rights laws would positively invite these not so humble masses to claim every entitlement, without apparently feeling the need for reciprocal responsibilities. Instead, the quasi-legal neologism "Islamophobia" is deployed to protect the most outrageous claims of Islamist radicals, even though virtually all of the aggression has come from the Islamist side.

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How migrant crackdown opened the floodgates
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 6 December 2009

It was meant to end the days when a place at British college was seen as a ticket to bypass immigration controls. But the Government's points-based system for supplying student visas may be making the problem worse ...

An investigation ... has uncovered a chaotic system which is allowing thousands of foreign nationals to slip into the country under the pretence that they want to study.

Under the new rules, which came into effect in March, students must gain 40 "points" to come to Britain: 30 for holding a course offer and 10 for proving that they can pay the fees and support themselves.

But there is growing evidence that the system is open to exploitation by those seeking to work in the black economy, to take advantage of our benefits system and even to plot a terrorist atrocity.

One senior source said: "At the moment there is massive abuse. The points-based system is utter nonsense and an utter farce. Without a shadow of a doubt you are talking about thousands of visas being issued to people who are not legitimate students and simply want to come to Britain to work."

Undercover reporters posing as would-be students in three countries uncovered a series of scams used by young foreigners, many of whom have no intention of either studying or ever going home. ...

According to senior sources, the points-based system has created loopholes which have led to a dramatic rise in the number of applications for student visas and cases of fraud. This, in turn, has led to a giant backlog of applications at the Home Office. ...

Our investigation exposed widespread abuse by agencies advising customers how to get around Britain's new requirements in India, China and the Philippines.

One agency, in Fazilka, Punjab, told our reporter: "We guarantee an applicant a student visa within a month." ...

Agencies in China advised applicants to register with a bona fide language school or university, and then switch to a bogus college once on British soil, to make it easier to extend their visa.
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Infiltrator logic
The Jerusalem Post, 6 December 2009
[Leading article]

Another UN body is taking Israel to task for purported human rights infringements, this time because of Egyptian callousness.

The latest critique was scripted by the UN High Commission on Refugees and submitted to Israel's Supreme Court in an affidavit backing arguments that Israel violates international law when returning African infiltrators to Egypt within the first 24 hours of their illegal entry and if they are still within 50 kilometers of the border. So far this year, over 200 infiltrators were sent back under what is dubbed the "Hot Return" policy.

This policy is already being challenged in the courts here by the Hotline for Migrant Workers and Tel Aviv University's Refugee Rights Project. Now the UNHCR has chimed in on behalf of the petitioners because Egypt is heartless towards African infiltrators.

By UNHCR logic, Egyptian ruthlessness requires Israel to admit all migrants whom Egypt rejects. Egyptian attitudes are evidently regarded as immutable facts; different standards are applied to Israel, which is apparently required to compensate for Egyptian harshness.

... The relatively few authentic refugees among the migrants should expect asylum in Egypt no less than in Israel. The vast majority, though, are not refugees. They are economic migrants hailing from conflict-free countries. Israel does not owe them a living any more than Egypt does.

According to the UNHCR, migrants returned to Egypt are liable to be jailed for a year and heavily fined. Yet, here again, if the international community finds this objectionable its complaints ought to be addressed to Egypt. It is bizarre, to say nothing of inequitable, to demand that Israel pay the price for Egyptian conduct.

Perhaps the time has come for those who purportedly have the migrant Africans' interests at heart to demand minimal humanity from conduit countries, like Egypt, via which migrants make their way to Israel - the region's one fully democratic, industrialized western state in which Africans expect European standards of living along with judicial and civic indulgence.

Israel is considered a relatively "soft touch," with the alluring bonus of First World prospects. Migrants may well have good reason to expect our Supreme Court to give them succor, even in the face of vital Israeli interests, an anticipation which doubtlessly draws illegals here in alarming numbers: The IDF recently warned that no less than one million sub-Saharan Africans are poised to trek across Israel's elongated border with Egypt and infiltrate this country. ...

Only some 16,000 Sudanese and Eritreans have applied for asylum here. Full humanitarian consideration is merited in those cases judged genuine. But there are currently some 400,000 foreigners residing here unlawfully. According to official estimates, 700-1,000 Africans gate-crash via Egypt every month; the actual numbers are probably significantly higher. Within a decade, demographers caution, we may find ourselves hosting as many as a million illegal foreigners - or one-seventh of our population.
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Homes priority for local families not immigrants
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2009

Councils will be able to give priority to long-term residents over new immigrants when allocating social housing under Government plans designed to take on the British National Party.

Housing chiefs have been issued with new guidelines giving them more flexibility to prioritise families with local connections. ...

The scheme is the latest in a series of attempts by the Government to address the growing dissatisfaction in white working class areas that ministers fear is leading to a growth in BNP support.

Publishing the new guidelines, John Healey, the Housing Minister, said those in greatest need must still be given priority but that councils needed more freedom to allocate council houses according to the needs of their local area. This could mean people being given priority if they had grown up in the area, had family living nearby or were looking for a job locally. ...

But Grant Shapps, the shadow housing minister, said: "This is political posturing by Labour in a desperate bid to shore up the disillusioned core vote.

"In reality, under Labour's Human Rights Act, councils will have their hands tied and be unable to give greater priority to local people."
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Call to keep crime out of public contracts
Lucy Adams
The Herald (Scotland), 5 December 2009

The head of Scotland's leading crime-fighting agency has called for public procurement to be tightened to stop gangsters using it for "pay-as-you-go criminality".

Gordon Meldrum, director general of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA), has organised a number of meetings with senior procurement staff from across the public sector to discuss whether the law needs to be changed to prevent criminals from muscling in on contracts funded by the taxpayer.

Staff at the SCDEA and officials in the Scottish Government are now looking at the best way to ensure procurement policies are improved to ensure no public money goes to organised crime, which is already worth £9.2 billion in Scotland.

Mr Meldrum says serious organised crime groups use semi-legitimate businesses as fronts to launder money and top up the money they make from human trafficking, drugs and counterfeit goods.

"It is pay-as-you-go criminality," he said. "They use this profit from public sector contracts to fund the next round of drugs or other things they consider "commodities" such as human trafficking. ...

Public sector spending on goods and services across Scotland, in areas such as health and education services, amounts to around £8bn per year. ...

Mr Meldrum added: "As yet we don't know whether this will require a change in primary legislation. This is a complex issue which we can not solve in the next twelve months. But we need to identify tangible ways to tighten up the procurement process. ..." ...

The move follows radical new measures by forces to crack down on organised crime, including disclosing information to public bodies if they are considering giving contracts to firms linked to serious organised crime.

The Strathclyde Police strategy on the problem warns there may be a violent backlash as a result of their concentrating on such groups, but that this "growing concern" has to be tackled.
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Migrants exploiting loophole that allows them stay in Britain with a joke degree
James Slack
Daily Mail, 4 December 2009

Tens of thousands of immigrants are gaining the right to work in the UK by obtaining degrees from 600 colleges which are not 'proper' universities.

Professor David Metcalf, chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, said he was 'stunned' to discover how many colleges were accredited to hand out bachelor degrees.

Some of the colleges offer qualifications in circus skills, acupuncture and ancient medicine.

Obtaining a degree from one of the 'lower-tier colleges' allows a non-EU student a two-year working visa for the UK.

But as they are designated as 'highly skilled migrants' they can stay here even if they do not have a job.

Professor Metcalf, the Government's most senior immigration adviser, said it was possible some of those unable to get skilled jobs were taking lower-paid jobs away from Britons.

A total of 42,000 students were granted two-year visas in the past year under what is called the Post-Study Work Route (PSWR).

Foreign students at 154 major universities are automatically granted visas after completing degree courses.

But a report by Professor Metcalf's committee showed a further 599 other bodies - mostly colleges - can hand out degrees, and the visas that come with them.

He said: 'They are basically further education colleges which get their degrees validated by one of the universities.

'What we think is, without being overly elitist, that we should have a good look at these institutions to see if it is legitimate for all the students studying there on all the courses to get post-study work visas.'

The committee suggested foreign students could be forced to find a job within months of graduating before earning a two-year visa. ...

A Government survey of students in work after being granted the PSWR visas showed barely half worked in professional jobs. ...

Shadow immigration minister Damian Green said: 'This is a late recognition of the chaos surrounding student visas which have become one of the most significant loopholes in our immigration system.' ...

The colleges highlighted by Professor Metcalf are legitimate educational establishments.

Immigration minister Phil Woolas said: 'The Migration Advisory Committee has delivered a robust and thorough report and the Government will consider it carefully.'
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Eighty illegal migrants have been arrested for working at the London Olympic site
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard (London), 4 December 2009

Eighty illegal migrants have been arrested after a crackdown on unlawful working at the London Olympic site.

Half were caught after using fake passports or other false documents to obtain a job. The others were detained for overstaying their visas or working despite being barred from doing so under immigration or asylum rules.

Some of the people held included asylum seekers, who are banned from employment, as well as migrants who had arrived as tourists.

Many of the offenders have already been removed from Britain. The rest are either in custody, awaiting prosecution or facing deportation.

The arrests by the UK Border Agency over the past seven months will fuel the controversy about employment at the Stratford site. They come in the wake of Gordon Brown's pledge to provide "British jobs for British workers".

Protesters have accused 2012 bosses of using cheap agency workers, often from overseas, in breach of labour agreements. There have been further complaints about the small number of locals gaining work on the £9.3 billion project.

The arrests will also raise questions about the number of illegal workers elsewhere in Britain and whether similarly robust monitoring is carried out by other employers. The UK Border Agency and the Olympic Delivery Authority said the detections were a tribute to the rigorous checks conducted on workers at the 2012 site. ...

The largest number were from India, whose nationals accounted for 32 of the total. There were 12 Nigerians, seven Ukrainians, four Brazilians, four Kosovans, three Moldovans, and two each from Sierra Leone, Albania and Zimbabwe. The remainder were described as "others".

Officials found workers using the genuine passports of others which were either stolen or borrowed. Some were caught with fake UK visas or had substituted pages in their passports. Illegal workers had also switched the photograph in another person's passport.

Announcing the enforcement action, Tony Smith, the UK Border Agency's Olympics director, said: "The UK Border Agency has officers based permanently at the Olympic site to check the identity of people seeking work and to help ensure the Games are delivered on time, with a workforce legally entitled to be there.["] A spokesman for the ODA added: "These figures demonstrate our efforts to ensure people working on site are legally entitled to do so."

... When added to statistics for enforcement action in previous years, which show around 130 arrests, today's figures take the total of illegal migrants detected at the site to more than 200.
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Harman's equality law 'will hurt white male jobseekers'
Daily Mail, 3 December 2009

White job applicants could be overlooked because of the colour of their skin under proposed equality laws, the Tories warned yesterday.

They said unclear wording in Harriet Harman's Equality Bill could lead employers to start discriminating in favour of minority candidates - rather than hiring on merit.

Men could also lose out if the legislation goes unchanged, Conservative business spokesman John Penrose told the Commons.

The Bill will make it legal for employers to choose a black or female candidate above a white man, as long as they have the same qualifications.

It is designed to thrust more women and minority applicants into senior posts.

But business leaders say the equality minister's Bill risks introducing positive discrimination - and would mean jobseekers are hired 'because of who they are, rather than what they can do'.

Mr Penrose told the Commons yesterday that the wording of the Bill - 'as qualified as' - should be rephrased to 'equally qualified'.

He argued that the words 'as qualified' would mean that a black or female candidate could be discriminated in favour of.

During report stage debate on the Bill, he said: 'We are worried that it might mean that you might have two candidates who are both adequately qualified - they clear a certain threshold required for that particular role.'

But, he added, the better candidate may not be given the job because the employer 'will be perfectly within their rights' to favour a less well qualified applicant who has passed the threshold and is from an ethnic minority.

'And that seems to us to breach this important distinction between positive action - giving people a hand in preparation - and positive discrimination which is allowing the decision on who is offered the job to be made on any other grounds other than strictly and purely merit,' he said.
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Oz PM Rudd tells Muslims to 'adjust or leave' Australia, 3 December 2009

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law to get out of Australia. As a result, Muslim representative bodies across the world, and particularly in Australia, have reacted angrily.

The Muslim bodies say Rudd's 'adjust or leave Australia' remark against the Australian Muslims was prejudicial to their community and uncalled for.

Rudd had said that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia.

Separately, Rudd angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies' monitoring the nation's mosques.

Insisting that Muslims in Australia must adapt, Rudd said: "Take It or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians."

Rudd added: "This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak mainly English, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!"
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Middle classes benefit from immigration, says John Denham
Richard Ford
The Times, 2 December 2009

Middle-class people fail to understand the impact of immigration on poorer workers because they are "insulated" from competition for jobs, housing and public services, the Communities Secretary said last night.

John Denham said that those at the top of society benefited most from migration, enabling them to find plumbers and cleaners to work in their homes. He said that for others, immigration fuelled fears about job prospects and their chances of finding decent housing. He said that these fears were heightened in areas of the country that were already facing difficulties arising from economic decline, deprivation and unemployment.

In a speech to Policy Network, a left-of-centre think-tank, Mr Denham said that while the affluent felt "culturally enriched" by the benefits of migration, working-class people found it harder to accept the advantages.

"Those of us who feel culturally enriched by the benefits of migration and who are insulated from the competition for jobs, housing and public services that is potentially posed by migrants, often find these views [the perception that migrants jump the queue] difficult to appreciate," Mr Denham said. His comments follow the publication last week of official figures showing continuing high levels of immigration into Britain. "The affluent often are able to see opportunities within change and uncertainty; whereas those who are less insulated from potential drawbacks may see the same change as a risk or a threat".

Mr Denham said that class still mattered in Britain and this was particularly clear when people looked at who benefited from immigration. "Crudely expressed, the higher you are in the pecking order, the more likely you may be to benefit from immigration," he said. People who worked in a high-tech, highly skilled multinational organisation were likely to work with the most talented migrants. He added: "If immigration makes it easier for you to find a plumber or cheaper for you to hire a cleaner then you clearly and directly benefit. But for many others you may see them as a direct threat to your own interests."

Mr Denham said that in some communities migration intensified competition for scarce resources, including housing and jobs. This was taking place against a backdrop of wider change including the decline in unskilled jobs and the development of businesses that people lacked the skills to access.
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Domestic Terrorist? Cop killer celebrated as "Muslim Martyr"
James Simpson
DC Independent Examiner, 2 December 2009

Maurice Clemmons, the alleged shooter in the Sunday murder of four Lakewood, Washington police officers, was killed early this morning by a Seattle police officer.

The blogsite Fire Andrea Mitchell reported that a radical black Muslim group called the National Black Foot Soldiers held a protest today outside the Parkland, Washington coffee shop where the murders occurred. The protesters allegedly gathered to celebrate Clemmons as a "Crowned BOW (Black on White) Martyr," calling his attack a "preemptive strike on terrorists..." ...

What these groups say is that any killing of whites, including in this case Clemmons' cold-blooded murder of officers Renninger, Owens, Griswald, and Richards, is "a legitimate protest". Black Male Felon celebrates the killings as "Brother Maurice Clemmons' daring stand against white police terrorism." The theme of National Black Foot Soldiers is captured in the slogan: "When whites pay reparations there will be no more black on white crime."

The vitriolic hatred on these sites is enough to turn a person's stomach. The bit of writing contained on these sites is essentially a collage of run-on sentences spewing foul language interspersed liberally with admonitions to kill whitey. They blatantly advocate murder and defend other recent cases of seemingly senseless black on white killings, like the four Oakland police officers killed by Lovelle Mixon, and many, many others.

Many who voted for Barack Obama believed his election would finally put an end to this kind of racist hatred. Indeed, he promised to work toward that end. If anything however, his election seems to have emboldened it. Jeremiah Wright should have been a warning.

It is pointless to argue with the kind of lunatic delusion that motivates these people. They are beyond reaching. It recalls the video of "Professor" Kamau Kambon advocating the extermination of white people.
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Cabinet minister John Denham: poor whites have had a raw deal
Sam Coates
The Times, 1 December 2009

White working-class communities feel a justifiable sense of grievance and deserve additional help reserved for minority groups, a Cabinet minister told union leaders yesterday.

John Denham, the Communities Secretary, sparked a row by saying that government agencies and councils should give more priority to poor white communities that feel hard done by because of immigration and the recession.

The move is an attempt to head off support for the British National Party, which has gained popularity by suggesting that whites are treated like a minority in Britain. It comes two weeks after remarks by Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, acknowledging that Labour had done too little to tackle Britain's immigration crisis. ...

Mr Denham is implying that too much is being done for disadvantaged ethnic communities at the expense of the white working class – a claim likely to be rejected by some Labour politicians, who will argue that now is not the time to downgrade the fight against racism.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: "To suggest that ethnic minorities do not suffer from a disadvantage is a radical departure from government policy, not least in his own department, where hundreds of millions are spent helping ethnic minority groups. We need to know whether he is suggesting additional government spending supporting white working-class groups – or cuts to existing programmes." ...

Mr Denham told the Trades Union Congress that government bodies and councils had been "blind" to the needs of white working-class communities and called for a new focus on the needs of poor whites affected by mass immigration.

... Mr Denham said state agencies charged with tackling inequality and disadvantage should no longer focus solely on ethnic minority groups.

He said that areas with high immigration levels felt a sense of "insecurity and unfairness" because of the impact of new arrivals on jobs and public services.

"Many local agencies have a clear and good commitment to tackling racism and race inequality. But on its own this is not enough. We can only challenge racism and race inequality as part of a strategy that tackles all forms of inequality and disadvantage.

"This must include poorer white working class communities, as well as disadvantaged minority ethnic communities. Agencies that have thought their only remit was to address minority issues must reassess the way they work."
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African-American group challenges Cuba on race
Juan O. Tamayo
Miami Herald, 1 December 2009

A group of prominent African Americans, traditionally sympathetic to the Cuban revolution, have for the first time condemned Cuba, demanding Havana stop its "callous disregard" for black Cubans and declaring that "racism in Cuba . . . must be confronted."

"We know first-hand the experiences and consequences of denying civil freedoms on the basis of race," the group declared in a statement. "For that reason, we are even more obligated to voice our opinion on what is happening to our Cuban brethren."

Among the 60 signers were Princeton professor Cornel West, actress Ruby Dee Davis, film director Melvin Van Peebles, former South Florida congresswoman Carrie Meek, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of President Barack Obama's church in Chicago, and Susan Taylor, former editor in chief of Essence magazine.

The declaration, issued Monday, adds powerful new voices to the chorus pushing for change on the island, where Afro-Cubans make up at least 62 percent of the 11.4 million people yet are only thinly represented in the top leadership, scientific, academic and other ranks. ...

A news release accompanying the statement acknowledged that "traditionally African Americans have sided with the Castro regime and condemned the United States' policies, which explicitly work to topple the Cuban government."

But more African Americans traveling to Cuba have been able "to see the situation for themselves," said David Covin, one of the statement's organizers and former president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

The growing number of Afro-Cuban activists complaining about racial discrimination and casting their struggle as an issue of "civil rights," rather than "human rights," has helped to draw the attention of African Americans, said Victoria Ruiz-Labrit, Miami spokesperson for the Cuba-based Citizens' Committee for Racial Integration.

"The human rights issue did not make a point of the race issue, and now we have an evolution," she added.

"Cuban blacks moved closer to the term 'civil rights' because those are the rights that the movement here in the U.S. made a point of – the race issues." ...

A "briefing sheet" issued with the statement noted that Afro-Cubans make up 85 percent of the prison population and 60 of the 200 political prisoners, but only 20 percent of the Havana University professors.

The statement was largely driven by Carlos Moore, a highly regarded Cuban author and black rights activist living in Brazil who has long criticized racial discrimination in Cuba. ...

Jamaican-Nigerian author Lindsay Barret, who confessed he had been "an almost uncritical supporter" of the Cuban government, also added his voice to the chorus of attacks on Cuba with a column he wrote for Nigeria's The Sun newspaper.
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Council pays refugee family's £83,000 rent
Chris Irvine
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2009

A family of former asylum seekers living in a £1.8 million home in central London is costing taxpayers more than £83,000 a year.

Nasra Warsame, originally from Somalia, seven of her children and her mother moved into the six-bedroom home last month, while her husband, Bashir Aden, and an eighth child are living in an "overspill" property, also paid for by housing benefits.

The couple claimed asylum in Britain after leaving Somalia in 1991.

They have been granted citizenship and all their children, aged between two and 16, have been born here.
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Pirates set free in case they claim asylum
Nick Britten
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2009

The Royal Navy has regularly been allowing Somali pirates to go free because of the risk they would claim asylum if prosecuted in Europe.

Pirates terrorising ships in the Indian Ocean are often given medical checks and life jackets and fed after being caught, before being sent on their way.

This is sometimes because, although they are carrying guns and even holding hostages, they have not been caught in the "act of piracy".

More than 340 suspected Somali pirates have been captured by international navies in the past year and released.

Julian Brazier, Conservative shipping spokesman, said: "The fault lies not with the hard-pressed naval commanders, but the ridiculous rules of engagement and operating instructions they are given by their political masters."
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Switzerland faces Muslim backlash after it bans minarets
Alexandra Williams
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2009

Switzerland risked a Muslim backlash yesterday after its citizens voted overwhelmingly to ban minarets on mosques.

The legally-binding referendum result had not been widely expected and was a serious embarrassment to the neutral Swiss government. ...

... Yesterday's results showed a swing to 57.5 per cent (1.53 million people) in favour and 42.5 per cent against. Of Switzerland's 26 cantons, or federal states, 22 were in support. ... ...

Yesterday's referendum was born of planning application by Muslims in the town of Langenthal, in the canton of Bern, asking for permission to add a 30ft minaret to their mosque. What began as a debate about an architectural structure snowballed into an issue about the position of Muslims in Switzerland. ...

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, the justice minister, said: "The initiative is a kind of proxy war. Its supporters say they are against minarets. But they want to fight what they consider creeping Islamisation and sharia law." About 400,000, or 5 per cent, of Swiss residents are Muslims. Only four of the country's 150 mosques have minarets.
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Radio 4 to get in tune with ethnic listeners
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 29 November 2009

Radio 4 is reviewing its programming in an attempt to increase its appeal to ethnic minorities following criticism that it is "too white".

Bosses at the station are preparing to introduce a range of measures to address the lack of black and Asian listeners. ... ...

The corporation has commissioned research to discover the diversity of the station's listeners and has held focus groups with Muslims and Hindus to gain guidance on how the output could be changed to reflect multi-faith Britain.

Mark Damazer, the station's controller, met race equality campaigners last month to discuss moves to make Radio 4's workforce more diverse.

Ashok Viswanathan, a founder of Operation Black Vote and one of those who met Mr Damazer, said: "Radio 4 is still too white and has a tweeness to it, but their response to the criticism has been positive and what we're hearing is encouraging."
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Al-Qaeda 'exploits sloppy security checks'
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2009

Al-Qaeda terrorists are exploiting loose visa and immigration rules to enter Britain, the security services fear.

Counter-terrorism police and Whitehall officials believe dozens of extremists could have arrived here by posing as students or legitimate visitors.

They are concerned both by the relatively lax checks that are made on the visitors before they arrive and by the ease with which they can overstay their visas without anyone noticing.

As many as 13,000 visa applicants may have entered the country from Pakistan in a seven-month period from October last year, without any checks on their supporting documentation.

The security services fear that because most do not mix with home-grown terrorists, they are able to operate under the intelligence radar, acting as sleeper cells until ready to launch attacks in Britain.

Every year about 100,000 visitors arrive in Britain from Pakistan alone, which has been described by the Prime Minister as being part of a "crucible of terror" along with Afghanistan. ...

The security services are also worried about arrivals from Somalia, Yemen and north Africa. ...

Figures released in a series of parliamentary questions show that in the seven-month period from October 2008 until May this year, just 29 of the 66,000 applicants from Pakistan were interviewed and in 20 per cent of cases there were no checks at all on documents that gave qualifications, references or travel plans.
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The World of China Inc.
Hannah Beech
Time, 7 December 2009
[An article largely about Chinese involvement in Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.)]
[This magazine is published more than a week before the date it carries]

Chinese companies investing abroad also tend to ship in nearly everything used on building sites, from packs of dehydrated noodles to the telltale pink-hued Chinese toilet paper. It's not only the contracted Chinese workers who show up, either. Within a few years, their relatives invariably seem to materialize to set up shops selling cheap Chinese goods that threaten the livelihood of indigenous entrepreneurs. Locals who do get work on Chinese-funded projects complain that their bosses don't heed national labor laws ensuring minimum wage or trade-union protection. Over the past three years, anti-Chinese riots have erupted everywhere from the Solomon Islands and Zambia to Tonga and Lesotho. Tensions are also simmering in India, where the Chinese are involved in several major infrastructure projects. Even high-level officials are speaking up. In Vietnam, plans for a $140 million Chinese-operated open-pit bauxite mine were publicly excoriated by none other than revolutionary hero General Vo Nguyen Giap because, he said, of "the serious risk to the natural and social environment." ...

Last November, in a low point for Sino-P.N.G. diplomacy, the police raided the construction sites at Basamuk and Ramu and arrested 223 Chinese for immigration violations. The foreign workers, it turned out, had entered on visas that prohibited employment. ... ...

Today, in major cities across P.N.G., the vast majority of so-called kai bars, or fast-food restaurants, are run by recent Chinese immigrants, as are nearly all the grocery stores. But few Chinese have the correct papers to run such businesses. ... ...

In Papua New Guinea, at least, normal citizens can express their reservations about Chinese investment. But in many of the countries where China has made its biggest business forays, such democratic dissent is squelched by repressive governments that are taking the lion's share of any investment profits. ... China is also learning that it can't keep a lid on political scandals overseas as easily as it can clamp down on information back home. In P.N.G., for instance, the local press has widely covered a government investigation into claims that corrupt local officials allowed Chinese immigrants to buy passports.


600 passports given out each day
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 November 2009

Migrants are being handed a British passport every two minutes after a sharp jump in approvals for citizenship, Home Office figures show.

A total of 54,430 people were granted citizenship between July and September this year – the equivalent of around 600 people every day and a 69 per cent increase on the same period last year.

The rise has been blamed on a rush of applications ahead of new rules to "earn" citizenship through a probationary period.
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Mapping out the strain on your NHS: 243 sick babies treated in one London hospital ward.... and just 18 mothers come from Britain
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 27 November 2009

Countless red dots scattered across the world map on the wall of a NHS hospital reveal the story of the changing face of Britain.

Each dot denotes the background of a mother with a baby in the neonatal ward of London's Chelsea and Westminster hospital. The map was put up by hospital administrators to 'celebrate the ethnic diversity' of the sick children treated there, each at a cost of £1,400 a day.

It shows dramatically how the NHS now treats patients from every corner of the globe.

The 243 mothers are from 72 different nations. They include Mongolia, the remotest regions of Russia, Japan, Africa, South America, swathes of Asia, Australasia and even Papua New Guinea.

Only 18 mothers said they were from Britain. ...

It is impossible to say how long each of the mothers has been in this country. But the fact is only a fraction of them declared themselves as having a British background.

In theory, only a woman who has lived here legally for a year or has a student visa lasting more than six months is entitled to free NHS care when giving birth.

Yet few hospitals are prepared to turn away a pregnant patient in the late stages of labour. Indeed, the Government recently issued an instruction telling them to admit such women without question.

Health Minister Ann Keen pronounced in July: 'We remain firmly committed to the requirement that immediately necessary or urgent treatment should never be denied or delayed from those that require it.'

Many nurses and doctors on the NHS frontline believe her words were dangerously naive, even an explicit invitation to heavily pregnant women to fly to Britain to have babies. Some have arrived at Chelsea and Westminster - and other London hospitals - straight from the airport with the ticket tags still on their suitcases. ...

Today nearly 25 percent of babies in Britain have mothers who were born abroad. In London the figure is 50 percent. The boroughs of Newham and Brent have the highest percentage, 75 percent and 73 percent respectively. Even in Chelsea (an area less associated with immigration) the figure is 67 percent, according to a recent Government report.
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Record numbers leaving UK but half a million migrants still arriving each year
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2009
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Eastern European workers returning home was behind the sharp rise in emigration but hundreds of thousands of new migrants continued to flock to the country.

It meant, on balance, more people still arrived than left during 2008 and critics said the population remained on course to pass 70 million within two decades.

Foreign migrants now account for a third of the population of London, the Office for National Statistics revealed.

The figures show that while the recession is having an impact the UK continues to be a major attraction for foreign workers and migrants, pushing the population up yet further.

It will pile further pressure on local authorities and communities already facing a heavy strain on resources by large and sudden influxes of people.

And it came as a poll showed three quarters of the public are concerned about the impact immigration is having on Britain and a similar proportion do not believe the Government is open and honest about the scale.

A record 427,000 people left the country during 2008 around two thirds of who had not been born in the UK, which was a 25 per cent increase on the 341,000 who left the previous year.

However, at the same time, some 590,000 came to live in the UK in 2008, a rise of 16,000 on the previous year and just short of the record 596,000 arrivals in 2006.

It meant a net immigration to the UK of 163,000, which was down by almost half on the previous year but still well above the 50,000 figure needed if the population is not to reach 70 million by 2029.

Once Britons are removed from the figures, there was a net inflow of non-UK born migrants of 251,000 during the year – the equivalent of 688 foreign arrivals adding to the population every day. ...

The rise in emigration was mainly driven by Eastern Europeans, 69,000 of who left last year compared to just 25,000 in 2007 but the former Eastern Bloc citizens, such as Poles and Slovaks, continue to arrive as well and there was a net inflow of 20,000 over the year.

As for those leaving the UK, Poland was the most popular country of residence for foreign departees while Australia was top for British emigrants.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank Migrationwatch, said the fact it was EU citizens, who have free movement, who were the main drivers in the departures made a mockery of the Government's claims of controlling immigration.

A YouGov poll for his organisation found 72 per cent of people want net migration cut to 50,000 a year.

Sir Andrew said: "Today's immigration figures confirm that unless we change direction, immigration will add another seven million to our population in the next 25 years – that's equivalent to seven cities the size of Birmingham."
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Parties must list rejected applicants
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2009

Political parties will be forced to declare how many women, disabled people and ethnic minority applicants they reject as potential parliamentary candidates.

The proposal by a committee headed by John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, looking at the lack of diversity in Parliament is likely to be accepted after winning support from all the main parties.
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Teaching of gender equality 'too broad'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2009

Plans for gender equality lessons for every child were criticised yesterday as a "one-size-fits-all approach" to combat a social problem that only affects a minority of children.

They would not resolve the pressing problem of honour-based crime, ministers were warned.

The Government announced this week that children as young as five would be given the compulsory lessons to combat negative attitudes towards girls and women that could lead to a tendency towards violence in later life.

The government strategy highlighted that certain groups of women, particularly those from ethnic minorities, face specific forms of violence, namely forced marriages, honour-based crime and female genital mutilation.

It has led to concerns that a general policy for all children will fail to focus attention on those who would benefit most from it, and will worry other children needlessly.
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French border police discover 12 lorries packed with British-bound migrants
Ian Sparks
Daily Mail, 26 November 2009

In September, the French bulldozed a squatter camp in Calais called the Jungle. Of the 278 migrants arrested, early all were released on humanitarian grounds.

Of the estimated 1,000 migrants in Calais, up to 50 a week are thought to be crossing the Channel illegally, with more arriving to replace them every day.

More are also arriving on a daily basis in other ports on the northern French coast that have ferry links to Britain, including Dunkirk, Ouistreham and Cherbourg.
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French film about illegal immigrant trying to enter Britain wins top EU award
Ian Sparks
Daily Mail, 26 November 2009

A French film about an illegal migrant who tries to swim across the Channel from Calais to Britain has won a top EU award for its celebration of 'integration' in Europe.

The controversial movie called Welcome dramatises a 'likeable' migrant's illegal attempt to reach our shores.

When released earlier this year the film was criticised by many who said it glamourised the illegal efforts of migrants to get into Britain.

But MEPs in Brussels this week awarded it the EU's prestigious Lux Film Award.

The annual prize is given by the European Parliament for the film which best illustrates 'the European integration process, topical European issues or cultural diversity in the Union'.

The film centres on a Kurdish refugee who has failed to sneak aboard lorries and ferries to the UK - so decides to swim the 18 miles to the Kent coast instead. ...

The film's director Philippe Lioret also whipped up a storm of controversy this year for likening the situation of Calais migrants to that of Jews under the Nazi occupation during World War Two.

As well as the award - shaped like a Tower of Babel - Mr Lioret was handed a cheque for £80,000, part of which he must use to have the film subtitled or dubbed into all 23 languages of the European Union.

A Calais police spokesman said after the film hit French cinemas in March: 'I think we would be disappointed if it made breaching frontier controls look like some kind of noble quest.'

Council chiefs in Calais also said they hoped the film would not present sneaking into Britain as a 'worthwhile task'.

A spokesman said: 'The idea of making a refugee very likeable, then to have the audience rooting for him to successfully swim to Britain goes against everything border patrols in France and the UK are trying to achieve.

'Anyone with a genuine case for asylum should have it heard through the correct channels, and not try to side-step customs and security.'

Mr Lioret said his film was aimed at criticising a French law that makes it a crime to help illegal immigrants.

He said: 'To see that a decent guy can all of a sudden be charged and imprisoned for helping a migrant is crazy. It feels like it's 1943 and we've hidden a Jew in the basement.' ...

The EU's website for the Lux film award says it is aimed at 'showing the process of building Europe in a different light'.

It adds: 'As the European Union works on a new treaty, the artistic and narrative quality of the winning film will give the audience a glimpse of a submerged dimension of the European venture the individual, perhaps the intimate, dimension.'

After receiving his award, director Mr Lioret said it showed that MEPs backed his film's controversial view of illegal immigration.
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Students 'part of global bomb plot'
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 25 November 2009

A group of Pakistani students suspected of planning a terrorist attack on Easter shoppers was believed to have been linked to al-Qaeda and part of a "very significant international plot", an independent report has found.

Anti-terrorist police had no alternative but to arrest some of the suspected group members, according to Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. ...

In the end, none of the 12 arrested men was charged, although 10 were transferred to immigration custody.
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Bogus colleges: Tougher penalties needed
Daily Telegraph, 25 November 2009

Tougher penalties are needed against those who operate bogus colleges, according to Lord Carlile.

He said that most of the suspects in the alleged Easter bomb plot arrived in Britain from Pakistan on student visas. ...

Lord Carlile said the case had "thrown up yet further examples of a known problem, that of bogus colleges, non-existent or merely vestigial courses and poor attendance records". He added: "The increase in courses and the high level of applications from non-UK nationals requires a higher level of vigilance from the authorities than has occurred hitherto."

Those who provided courses at bogus colleges should be prosecuted and have "severe penalties imposed in serious cases".
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What our country needs is 'Slow Water' – and less concrete
Clive Aslet
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2009

The flash floods that Britain has experienced in recent years – at Boscastle, Cornwall (2004); Helmsley, Yorkshire (2005); Elford, Staffordshire (2007); Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire (2008) – suggest that it is impossible to predict where flooding in Britain will strike next.

One thing, though, is certain: successive governments since the 1980s have been guilty of supreme folly in allowing new dwellings to be built on flood plains.

Easing planning restrictions on flood plains released a supply of land in a way that seemed preferable to incurring the wrath of conservationists by building new towns. Inevitably, these recently built homes have often been the first ones to be flooded.

Throughout history, builders prior to the Thatcher government did their best to site development away from low-lying areas that were close to rivers. Alas, they did not always succeed. ...

For half a century, we have been putting more and more of Britain under concrete, reducing the amount of land available to soak up rain.
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Berlusconi fights to keep his allies together
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2009

Tension has been rising for months between the prime minister's allies Gianfranco Fini, the leader of a conservative faction, and Umberto Bossi, the head of the Northern League, over immigrants' voting and citizenship rights.

It spilt over when Mr Fini, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, said that "anyone who discriminates against foreigners is a piece of ––."

The remark was made in a speech on the outskirts of Rome to teenagers from countries including Eritrea, China and the Philippines.

It incensed the Northern League, which is largely hostile to the nearly four million foreigners who live in Italy, both legally and illegally.

"It is equally –––– to delude immigrants into thinking that our country is the land of plenty and work for all," said Roberto Calderoli, a minister from the League.
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Foreign prisoners offered bribes to go
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2009

The taxpayer is having to pay millions of pounds a year to "bribe" foreign murderers, rapists and other prisoners to go home.

One in four of the foreign criminals deported last year only went home after being offered a voluntary return package worth up to £5,000 – representing a 60 per cent increase in such agreements in one year. ...

... Some foreign prisoners can already have up to nine months slashed from their sentence if they are willing to go home.

The Facilitated Returns Scheme started in October 2006 and encourages overseas offenders to return to their home country once they have passed the point in their sentence when they would be released if they were British.

It is aimed at preventing lengthy and expensive legal battles against deportation and can result in inmates being given resettlement packages worth up to £5,000, including up to £500 in cash.

In 2008, about 1,350 foreign criminals took advantage of the programme, with an average value per package of £2,500. That means the taxpayer faced a bill of £3.4 million last year.

Those who received such a deal represent a quarter of the 5,400 foreign criminals that the Home Office boasted it had removed from Britain during the year. In 2007, 850 criminals, or 60 per cent fewer, took up the offer. ...

Under a separate early removal scheme, foreign prisoners can be freed up to 270 days in advance of their release date so long as they are willing to return home.
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France proposes closing companies that hire clandestine immigrants
Radio France Internationale, 23 November 2009

The French ministers of labour and immigration have joined forces to propose new measures to crack down on the demand side of illegal immigration. These range from fines to outright closure if companies are found to be knowingly employing undocumented workers.

Undocumented immigrants are exploited by human trafficking cartels, Minister of Immigration Eric Besson said, but this practice is encouraged by the fact that "they find employers and exploiters on our territory who abuse their situation."

Taking a page out of the American strategy to combat illegal immigration, Besson said Sunday that he will submit a bill to crack down on those who employ undocumented immigrants.

Xavier Darcos, the Minister of Labour, said that the proposed law would give local authorities the power to fine, shame and eventually shut down businesses employing undocumented immigrants. ...

Work carried out by undocumented immigrants is estimated to be worth four per cent of GNP or 60 billion euros, Darcos said, pointing out that this was the equivalent of the annual budget for national education.

The opposition Socialists don't subscribe to this government strategy, which started by going after the supply half of the equation by setting deportation quotas and now moves to the demand side by going after employers.

They propose a mass regularisation of undocumented immigrants, like those recently carried out in Spain and Italy, arguing that these people are an economic necessity because they work at jobs no one else will.

Speaking on French radio over the weekend, Vincent Peillon, who represents the party in the European parliament, added that it's a moral imperative.

"So that France is loyal to its image – a soldier for liberty, a country that defends human rights – I believe that today we have to be generous and welcome these people," said the politician who has already announced his intention to seek the Socialist nomination for President in 2012.
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Filipino Migration to Hawaii: A Tale of Tears
Alexander Martin Remollino
Bulatlat, 23 November 2009

Hawaii is a popular destination not only for tourists but also for migrants, and not without reason. ...

Filipinos migrated in waves to Hawaii beginning in the very first years of the 20th century, when the island was a newly annexed territory of the US. Hawaii's economy then was dominated by the owners of big sugar plantations.


Hawaii became the 50th state of the US on Aug. 21, 1959. In 1965, the Immigration and Naturalization Act was passed, allowing for the influx of petitioned relatives of previous migrants, as well as of occupational migrants (professionals like nurses and teachers). Filipinos went to the US, including Hawaii, within this particular wave of migration – which continues to this day.

The Filipinos had to contend with racial discrimination, including by fellow Asians, in Hawaii as in the mainland US and in other US-annexed territories. ... ...

Today, Filipinos in Hawaii number an estimated 175,147 out of a total population of 1.29 million, based on the American Community Survey of 2008, and make up one of the largest Asian ethno-racial groups on the island.
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Forced labour and rape, the new face of slavery in America
Paul Harris
The Observer, 22 November 2009

Human trafficking has become a major issue in the Midwest heartland of America, causing some campaigners to dub it a modern form of slavery.

Figures from the State Department reveal that 17,500 people are trafficked into the US every year against their will or under false pretences, mainly to be used for sex or forced labour. Experts believe that, when cases of internal trafficking are added, the total number of victims could be up to five times larger. And increasing numbers of trafficked individuals are being transported thousands of miles from America's coasts and into heartland states such as Ohio and Michigan.

"It is not only a crime. It is an abomination," said Professor Mark Ensalaco, a political scientist at the University of Dayton, Ohio, who organised a recent conference on the issue. ... ...

Trafficking represents a new challenge to law enforcement, especially in regions which have traditionally not thought of it as a major problem. That is especially true where it happens within an immigrant community. Languages are a problem as well as cultural issues and a natural fear that many immigrants – some of them possibly illegal – have of contacting the police.

Kelly believes that is the case in Springfield, a town that is almost the Midwestern archetype. It was once featured in a story in Newsweek magazine entitled "The American Dream". But its 65,000 citizens also face all the problems of a modern America in the grip of a deep recession: an immigration crisis and profoundly changing demographics. The town now hosts several prominent minority communities who make up more than a fifth of its population, including Russians, Chinese, Latinos and Somalis. "There are a lot of people who distrust law enforcement. We need to break down those barriers. Our officers need training, especially in languages," said Kelly. "If you can't speak to people, you can't reach them."
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Why French Algerians' football celebrations turned into a battle
Andrew Hussey, the Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris
The Observer, 22 November 2009

As the French nation prepared for the crucial World Cup qualifying match against Ireland on Wednesday evening, the streets of Paris were already in carnival mood long before the kick-off in the Stade de France. ... Most confusingly, with their green, white and red flags and football songs in Arabic, these supporters were obviously not French. They were in fact Algerians – several thousand of them – who were celebrating a 1-0 victory nearly 3,000 miles away in Khartoum.

More specifically, the Algerians were celebrating that they had, for the first time since 1986, qualified for the World Cup. As the final whistle blew in the match against Egypt, there was near-delirium across Paris. As the evening went on, more than 12,000 Algerians poured on to the Champs Elysées, which was closed to traffic as youngsters danced on the roofs of cars, chanting "One, two, three, Vive l'Algérie", and throwing fireworks into the dank November night. ...

... Armed police had by now gathered around the Arc de Triomphe, trying to break up the crowds. They were met with taunts, stones and fireworks. The party soon degenerated into a riot ...

There were 60 arrests, and similar scenes in Lyon and Marseille. The violence carried on and by Friday morning the police reported that more than 200 cars had been burnt in the suburbs of Paris. ...

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At U, future teachers may be reeducated
Katherine Kersten
Star Tribune [Minnesota], 22 November 2009

Do you believe in the American dream – the idea that in this country, hardworking people of every race, color and creed can get ahead on their own merits? If so, that belief may soon bar you from getting a license to teach in Minnesota public schools – at least if you plan to get your teaching degree at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.

In a report compiled last summer, the Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group at the U's College of Education and Human Development recommended that aspiring teachers there must repudiate the notion of "the American Dream" in order to obtain the recommendation for licensure required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Instead, teacher candidates must embrace – and be prepared to teach our state's kids – the task force's own vision of America as an oppressive hellhole: racist, sexist and homophobic.

The task group is part of the Teacher Education Redesign Initiative, a multiyear project to change the way future teachers are trained at the U's flagship campus. The initiative is premised, in part, on the conviction that Minnesota teachers' lack of "cultural competence" contributes to the poor academic performance of the state's minority students. Last spring, it charged the task group with coming up with recommendations to change this. In January, planners will review the recommendations and decide how to proceed.

The report advocates making race, class and gender politics the "overarching framework" for all teaching courses at the U. It calls for evaluating future teachers in both coursework and practice teaching based on their willingness to fall into ideological lockstep.

The first step toward "cultural competence," says the task group, is for future teachers to recognize – and confess – their own bigotry. Anyone familiar with the reeducation camps of China's Cultural Revolution will recognize the modus operandi.

The task group recommends, for example, that prospective teachers be required to prepare an "autoethnography" report. They must describe their own prejudices and stereotypes, question their "cultural" motives for wishing to become teachers, and take a "cultural intelligence" assessment designed to ferret out their latent racism, classism and other "isms." They "earn points" for "demonstrating the ability to be self-critical." ...

The goal of these exercises, in the task group's words, is to ensure that "future teachers will be able to discuss their own histories and current thinking drawing on notions of white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, and internalized oppression."

Future teachers must also recognize and denounce the fundamental injustices at the heart of American society, says the task group. ... In particular, aspiring teachers must be able "to explain how institutional racism works in schools."
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Tory objects to 'foreign' names of would-be MPs
Matthew Moore
Daily Telegraph, 21 November 2009

A Conservative councillor has been suspended after complaining that the party's would-be MPs do not have "normal" English names.

Peter Hobbins, a former parliamentary candidate, wrote in emails to party members that applicants for the Orpington seat in Kent sounded "foreign".

He also complained that candidates approved by Conservative Central Office all mention Africa on their CVs, calling their cover letters "ridiculous" and "pathetic".

"I have been contacted by a Mr Dilon Gumraj and a Zerha Zaidi and others who are all on the approved Conservative parliamentary candidates list," he wrote in one email. "Not one of them has a 'normal' English name."

He added: "Why are the candidates department so keen on these foreign names? Maybe I should change my name."

His emails were condemned by the chairman of Orpington Conservative Association and last night Tory Central Office said his membership had been suspended. A party spokesman said: "There is no room for racism in the Conservative Party."
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NHS Trust hired illegal immigrant
Channel 4 News, 19 November 2009

Channel 4 News can reveal that an NHS trust has hired dozens and possibly hundreds of illegal immigrants through one of its biggest private cleaning contractors. ...

The UK Border Agency has uncovered hundreds of fake documents submitted to Kingston Hospital, including security passes, national insurance numbers and passports.
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Schools a hotbed of racism: study
Miki Perkins
The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 November 2009

More than two-thirds of young people are the victims of racism at school, with first-generation migrant women in years 11 and 12 most at risk.

A national study has found that racism permeates Australian schools, with 80 per cent of secondary students from non-Anglo backgrounds and 55 per cent of students from Anglo backgrounds saying they had experienced racial vilification.

Interviews conducted with 900 secondary school students across Australia also found Anglo-Australian youths displayed consistent prejudice towards other cultural groups, particularly towards darker-skinned students from places such as Africa and India.

The report, released yesterday by the Foundation for Young Australians, showed racial abuse ranged from verbal insults to cultural stereotyping, with its impact influenced by gender, age and the type of school.
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The class debate: 'all whites are fascists'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 18 November 2009

Pupils are being asked to debate whether "all white people are fascists" as part of classes to combat violent extremism.

The lessons are being held in Lancashire, which has a high proportion of pupils from black and Asian families, before being expanded to other areas. Children are also required to challenge the view that "all Muslims are extremists".

Teachers are encouraged to lead pupils as young as 11 in discussions about racist stereotypes to stop children being groomed by radical groups. ...

Another exercise aims to dispel common "myths and stereotypes" surrounding asylum seekers. This includes views that they are a "drain on the UK economy".
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This man married his OWN daughter so she would be allowed to stay in Britain - and the Home Office knows about it
Sam Greenhill and Dennis Rice
Daily Mail, 18 November 2009

A Nigerian Home Office worker 'married' his own daughter to get her a British visa, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The extraordinary scam was apparently executed by Jelili Adesanya while ministers turned a blind eye.

Mr Adesanya, 54, has lived here for more than 30 years and holds a British passport, but wanted his daughter, her husband and their four sons to join him from Nigeria.

He faked a wedding ceremony complete with a photograph of the happy 'couple' which helped fool immigration officials that his daughter, Karimotu Adenike, was really his wife.

Miss Adenike, who is in her mid-30s, was duly granted permission to live in the UK.

The pair are waiting for her to be granted a permanent right to remain before they undergo a quiet divorce and attempt to bring the rest of her family here.

It is expected she would try to remarry her real husband to get them all visas.

But despite being tipped off two years ago, the Home Office seems to have done nothing to stop the scam by one of their own workers.

Until recently, Mr Adesanya was employed as an occupational health nurse for the Home Office, working with immigration officials at Gatwick airport.

A whistleblower sent letters to the High Commission in Lagos and the UK Border Agency including specific details such as names, addresses, passport numbers and even a copy of the wedding photograph.

When there was no response, he sent emails to then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and ministers Vernon Coaker and Phil Woolas on February 1 this year. He heard nothing. ...

David Burrowes, the Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate and Shadow Justice Minister, was also tipped off by the whistleblower and wrote to the Home Office.

This time there was a reply, but it said that although the matter was 'under investigation', no further information would be provided because it could 'breach of our obligations under the Data Protection Act'.
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Slower population growth to help environment: UN study
Richard Ingham
Yahoo! Green, 18 November 2009

Braking the rise in Earth's population would be a major help in the fight against global warming, according to an unprecedented UN report published on Wednesday that draws a link between demographic pressure and climate change.

"Slower population growth... would help build social resilience to climate change's impacts and would contribute to a reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions in the future," the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says.

Its 104-page document emphasises that population policies be driven by support for women, access to family planning, reproductive health and other voluntary measures.

"It really is the first time that a United Nations agency has looked hard at the connections between population and climate change," lead researcher Bob Engelman, vice president for programmes at the green group Worldwatch Institute, told AFP.

"People are at the root of the problem and at the solution of it, and empowerment of women is the key."

The report, the 2009 State of World Population, paints a grim tableau of the peril of climate change and the likely impact on humans, in terms of floods, drought, storms and homelessness.

But it notably puts distance between a decades-long tradition in the UN arena whereby population growth and its part in environmental destruction were rarely – if ever – evoked.

"Fear of appearing supportive of population control has until recently held back any mention of 'population' in the climate debate," the document admits.

Things, though, are starting to change. More than three dozen developing countries have already included population issues in national plans on climate, it says.

Negotiators, including the European Union (EU), have tentatively suggested that the question be considered in talks, designed to culminate in Copenhagen next month, for a 192-nation post-2012 global climate pact.

Today, the world's population stands at around 6.8 billion. By mid-century, it will range between 7.959 billion to 10.461 billion, with a mid-estimate of 9.15 billion, according to UN calculations.

The difference between eight billion and nine billion is between one and two billion tonnes of carbon per year, according to research cited in the report.

That would be comparable to savings in emissions by 2050 if all new buildings were constructed to the highest energy-efficiency standards and if two million one-gigawatt wind turbines were built to replace today's coal-fired power plants.

"[P]opulation growth is among the factors influencing total emissions in industrialised as well as developing countries," it says.

"Each person in a population will consume food and require housing, and ideally most will take advantage of transportation, which consumes energy, and may use fuel to heat homes and have access to electricity."

Mitigating population rise would have a double benefit, it says.

It firstly reduces greenhouse-gas output, especially if the decline occurs in developed countries, whose per-capita emissions are up to 10 times those of poor countries.

And it also helps countries – especially poor nations with high population growth – adapt to the impacts of climate change.
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£600,000 handout for terror suspects
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2009

Some of Britain's most dangerous suspected terrorists have received more than £600,000 of taxpayers' money to pay for their living costs while they have been under surveillance by the security services.

Twenty four suspects placed on control orders have on average received £25,000 each to spend on accommodation, council tax, utility bills and telephone costs, according to official figures.

Since April 2007, the Home Office has spent £611,470 on "living costs" for people put under effective house arrest on the advice of MI5. In addition, the Government is also paying some of the suspects undisclosed sums in benefits.

There are currently 13 suspected terrorists under control orders. Their movements and actions are restricted because the security services believe that they pose a threat to public safety. ...

Separate figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed that the total cost to the Home Office of the control orders regime since April 2006 is £9.4 million.
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Sex infections still growing in U.S., says CDC
Maggie Fox
Comcast, 16 November 2009

American squeamishness about talking about sex has helped keep common sexually transmitted infections far too common, especially among vulnerable teens, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

Latest statistics on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis show the three highly treatable infections continue to spread in the United States. ...

The CDC's latest study on STDs found:

* 1.2 million cases of chlamydia were reported in 2008, up from 1.1 million in 2007.

* Nearly 337,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported. ...

* Blacks, who represent 12 percent of the U.S. population, accounted for about 71 percent of reported gonorrhea cases and almost half of all chlamydia and syphilis cases in 2008.

* Black women 15 to 19 had the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea. ...

Overall, CDC estimates that 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur each year, almost half among 15- to 24-year-olds.
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27 towns in battle to save Green Belt
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 15 November 2009

The extent of plans to cut the Green Belt across large parts of England can be disclosed for the first time.

The Sunday Telegraph has identified 27 towns and cities that have been chosen by Whitehall planners as locations where parts of the Green Belt should be reviewed or sacrificed to make way for house building.

Ministers have expressed their determination to push ahead with the plans despite a series of successful court challenges that have delayed some of the most controversial proposals.

John Healey, the Planning Minister, said: "The Green Belt principle is unchanged. But we are determined to see the new homes we will need."

The move comes despite a promise by Gordon Brown two years ago to "robustly protect" the Green Belt.

The changes to the Green Belt – open countryside around urban areas on which development is strictly controlled – are contained in the final versions of "regional plans" that have been imposed by Whitehall.
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Welcome to heaven, how about a cup of tea? Mail on Sunday special investigation into why asylum seekers head to Britain
Edna Fernandes
Mail on Sunday, 15 November 2009

The latest figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) show asylum applications in industrialised nations rose by ten per cent in the first half of 2009 to 185,000, compared with the same period last year.

Europe received 75 per cent of all asylum applications, although the United States remained the largest individual recipient with 13 per cent of the total number of applications filed in rich nations.

France ranks as the second largest with 19,400 claims, followed by Canada (18,700), the United Kingdom (17,700) and Germany, ranked fifth (12,000).

Over the whole of last year, Britain received 30,500 claims, including dependants. That figure has fallen from a peak of more than 80,000 eight years ago.

Iraqis, Afghans and Somalis make up the biggest groups of claimants. Those heading to Europe are drawn by different factors ranging from personal to economic to which country offers the best chance of approval. ...

Between 24 and 30 per cent of people claiming asylum in Britain win their case - and this includes their dependants. Greece, by contrast, has a one per cent approval rate for cases. Many of those whose applications are refused in Britain end up staying anyway, according to the UK Border Agency.

Abdul Samad Samadi, chairman of the Afghan Association of London, says the traffickers are keenly aware of the commercial value of a one-way ticket to Britain. He estimates there are now 75,000 Afghans living here. He says 80 per cent of them used a trafficker.

'The asylum seekers are big business for the traffickers. People are paying $10,000 to $20,000 per person to come to Britain,' he says. ...

The lure of Britain is complex and there are many factors involved. But one commonly cited reason for it being a popular destination is that this country is a 'soft touch'. How true is this?

Groups such as Migrationwatch UK, which lobbies for controls on immigration, argue that, under European Union law, asylum seekers are meant to lodge their claim in the first EU country they land in.

In reality, many hold out for Britain where they believe they will get a better deal. Europe does not have a standard asylum procedure.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, says that in theory, an asylum seeker's first country of arrival is where their case should be decided. 'But that doesn't happen. Traffickers tell their clients not to allow themselves to be identified in any other country but the UK. They say, "Don't be fingerprinted until you get to the UK, until you arrive in El Dorado."' ...

The cost to the British taxpayer in the last financial year was £478 million, down slightly from £485 million the previous year. ...

Of the 30,000-plus cases a year, one third of claimants and their dependants are approved, one third go home either voluntarily or through enforced removals and one third remain here illegally. These 'failed asylum seekers' are a massive political headache. ...

There are more than 140,000 failed asylum seekers still in Britain, says Migrationwatch UK's Sir Andrew. Each year, thousands more will join them.
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A nation in fear of being seen as anti-Muslim
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Sunday Independent (Ireland), 15 November 2009

There's a climate of fear in the US among the military, law-enforcers, policy-makers, the media, opinion-formers and many ordinary citizens. A major cause is the intimidating Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is dedicated to Muslim empowerment, receives substantial funding from Arab governments and has been accused by federal prosecutors of funnelling money to Hamas.

So effective and ruthless is CAIR that anyone in authority worries before doing anything that can be misrepresented as anti-Muslim and lead to lawsuits citing religious or racial discrimination.

There were plenty of people who might have prevented the psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan from murdering 12 soldiers and a policeman, but were too scared to do so. ... ...

And how has the army responded to the massacre?

"As horrific as this tragedy was," said the Chief of Staff General George Casey, "if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." Well, I don't think the relatives of the dead are likely to agree. Worship of diversity, fundamentalist political correctness and terror of being accused of Islamphobia has obscured the simple truth that the US army is no place for anyone who believes the Koran should be interpreted literally. ...

There have been other dodgy Muslim fundamentalists in the United States army, including Sergeant Hasan Karim Akbar, who in 2003 murdered two soldiers and wounded 14, but – with CAIR in mind – the army continues to run from anything that can be described as religious profiling.

A good example of how CAIR has put the fear of Allah into American society is the case of the flying imams. Three years ago, at Minneapolis airport, some passengers and crew on US Airways Flight 300 were alarmed by six imams whose suspicious behaviour included praying loudly, changing seats and two of them demanding seatbelt extensions which they did not use; an Arabic-speaker on the flight heard two of them mention Osama bin Laden and condemn America for "killing Saddam". They were removed from the flight by airport police, detained, questioned and released.

CAIR backed the imams' claim that they had suffered from religious discrimination and underwrote their lawsuits against the airline, the law-enforcers and unnamed passengers who had reported them to the crew. Congress banned the suing of airline passengers who report on suspicious activity, but after a bizarre judicial ruling that no competent law enforcer could have thought their treatment reasonable, the airline and the law-enforcers settled out of court last month. The consequences for airline security are terrifying.
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Irish government to pay immigrants to go home
Henry McDonald
The Observer, 15 November 2009

Ireland is offering money to immigrants to leave the recession-crippled Republic. The Irish Department of Justice has confirmed that it is opening an EU-funded project to persuade foreign workers and asylum seekers to return to their country of origin.

A spokeswoman told the Observer this weekend that the scheme will only apply to non-EU nationals living in the Republic and would involve the department spending almost €600,000 this year to pay for immigrants and their families to return to nations outside the European Union.

"The grants will not be given to individuals but rather the scheme will operate through projects and organisations," she added.

"They [immigrants] can apply for the fund only through organisations and community groups. It is the first time we have introduced the scheme."

The department has made it clear it had no projected figure in mind as to the number of immigrants the government hopes will take up the repatriation grants. ...

The voluntary repatriation programme comes at a time of rising fears about the cost of immigration into Ireland. ...

However, according to the Republic's central statistics office, about 18% of Ireland's inhabitants are now non-nationals.

Most of them are from eastern Europe, China, Brazil and west Africa or are British citizens who have settled on the island.

Some academics, such as Dr Bryan Fanning of University College Dublin, estimate that the real figure is more than 20%, meaning Ireland's "foreign" citizens make up over one fifth of the Republic's entire population.
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Hatoyama says Japan should embrace migrants, 14 November 2009

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Saturday that his country, which is battling low birth rates and an ageing population, should make itself more attractive to migrants.

Japan has some of the world's strictest controls on immigration, and Hatoyama admitted that he was broaching a "sensitive issue".

But he said that as well as introducing pro-family policies, Japan should attempt to encourage migrants to live and work there. ...

"I am not sure if I can call this 'immigration policy', but what's important is to create an environment that is friendly to people all around the world so that they voluntarily live in Japan," he said.

Japan has relatively few resident foreigners, although in recent years it has cautiously opened up its job market to nurses and care workers from some Southeast Asian countries.

"First, we will improve support for child-rearing by offering cash allowances for families with children," before thinking about immigration to address the country's low birth rate, the premier said.

Japan's population has been shrinking since 2005. Despite efforts to raise the birth rate, a woman's average number of offspring now hovers around 1.3, well below the 2.07 needed to maintain the population.
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Immigration hit family ties, jobs and pay in some areas, says Brown
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2009

Immigration had "cost" parts of Britain, impacting on jobs, wages and even family ties, the Prime Minister admitted yesterday.

Gordon Brown said there were "significant" variations in how immigration had been felt around the country and accepted people's fears that it had undermined wages, affected job prospects for children and whether families could live near each other.

In his first speech on the issue since entering No 10, Mr Brown announced a review of student visas to clamp down on those abusing the system and bogus colleges that allowed migrants to slip into the UK illegally.

He also promised to create more jobs for British workers by reducing the number of skilled occupations that were open to foreign workers.
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Public misled by tough-sounding talk
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2009

Gordon Brown's first speech on immigration was a seriously missed opportunity.

He, himself, said that it was an issue to be dealt with at the heart of our politics but his own contribution was remarkably feeble.

He claimed that he "get's it", yet he clearly doesn't. He seems to have no idea of the huge concern about how the whole nature of our society is being transformed by mass immigration – on which we have never been consulted.

This should be a moment for overarching political leadership, not a laundry list of trivial measures, many of them re-announced. ...

Yet again the public are being misled by tough-sounding talk, or they would be if they believed a word that this Government says on the subject. What is really needed now is a clear political commitment to ensure that our population will get nowhere near 70 million. Not a whisper of that, of course.
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Record number of primary pupils in supersize schools
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2009

Record numbers of children are being taught in "supersize" primary schools, official figures show.

The number of students enrolled at primary schools in England with more than 800 pupils has increased by more than 50 per cent under Labour.

... Councils are being forced to find thousands of extra places to meet extra demand caused by immigration and high birth-rates in some areas. ...

Over the past 20 years, the number of schools with 500 pupils has increased fourfold from 99 to 400.

Parents have claimed that the expansion of primary schools damaged children's education and left them feeling "lost".

They also claimed that playing fields were being sacrificed for more buildings.
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Labour keen to make up for Tony Blair's lost ground on immigration
Francis Elliott
The Times, 13 November 2009

The issue of immigration has been a toxic one for Labour for nearly a decade. Tony Blair is said privately to acknowledge that he missed an opportunity to tackle the problem in 2002, distracted as he was by the war in Iraq.

The introduction of a points system for would-be migrants to qualify for entry, based on their skills and the needs of the economy, was Mr Blair's belated attempt to counter a Tory attack during the 2005 general election. The issue was far more damaging to Labour than was realised at the time, undermining support in the party's heartlands.

Cabinet ministers admit that the party has been running scared of immigration for most of this Parliament. Mr Brown's one attempt to reassure the voters that he understood their concerns, with a pledge to increase training, was reduced to a disastrous soundbite: British jobs for British workers.

Now Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, and Gordon Brown are making interventions. Counter-intuitively they believe that the BNP's success at the European elections in June has given them an opportunity to neutralise immigration partially as an issue at the next general election.

Voters generally recoil from an overtly racist immigration policy, Labour strategists claim. "The reaction to the BNP has given us a chance to start a debate about the sort of immigration policy we should have based on the premise that a globalised economy will always require ebbs and flows," one strategist said. "All people have heard for years is the allegation that we've got an 'open door' immigration policy but they might to start realise that all three parties are more similar than they think."

Specifically, Labour wants to draw the Conservatives into a discussion on whether there should be a cap, a policy that they think is economically naive.
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Immigration controls are a joke
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 13 November 2009

Gordon Brown faced furious accusations of being "in denial" last night after claiming to have grasped the depth of public anger over Labour's open-door immigration policy. ...

But his speech, glossing over a decade of mass immigration under Labour, ignited a fresh wave of anger over the Government's refusal to heed warnings about the massive strain on public services caused by a population soaring towards 70 million.

And ministers' "catastrophic" failure to control Britain's borders was starkly exposed again yesterday when it emerged that convicted foreign criminals are routinely walking free from an immigration removal centre in Kent.

New figures revealed that overseas-born offenders were released from Dover Immigration Centre at the rate of one every day during last July. The Home Office refused to provide information for other months.

The astonishing statistic – released from the Home Office under the Freedom of Information Act – led to the Government's policy on immigration being branded "a joke". Mr Brown's speech was greeted by widespread condemnation last night. ...

Mr Brown wanted to "celebrate diversity" and insisted mass immigration had boosted the economy, while acknowledging local services were being over-stretched in some parts of the country.

He claimed the Government's points-based system for assessing whether skilled migrants were needed in Britain had reduced immigration by 44 per cent over the last year, although the drop had coincided with the economic downturn. ...

"As growth returns, I want to see rising levels of skills, wages and employment among those resident here, rather than employers having to resort to recruiting people from abroad," he said.

Mr Brown fuelled anger by brushing aside complaints that critics of Labour's open-door immigration policy have been smeared as "racist." He said: "I have never agreed with the lazy elitism that dismisses immigration as an issue, or portrays anyone who has concerns about immigration as a racist."

Mr Brown also risked incredulity by claiming Britain's population will not hit 70 million because of the points system "that is now being tightened". ...

Former Labour Welfare Minister Frank Field and senior Tory backbencher Nicholas Soames, co-chairmen of the Commons Cross Party Group for Balanced Migration, said: in a statement: "While the Government is right to split economic migration from permanent settlement, it is clear that the Prime Minister misses the big picture.

"The points-based system has no limit, affects just 20 per cent of immigration and will not stop the UK's population hitting 70million in 2029.

"What is needed is a clear political commitment to make a very substantial reduction in immigration. In his four thousand-word speech, the Prime Minister has entirely avoided this central issue." Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: "Gordon Brown is attempting to shut the stable door long after the horse has bolted.
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$1 million spent repatriating illegal migrants
Lindsay Thompson
Caribseek, 13 November 2009

The Immigration Department has spent $1 million repatriating illegal immigrants so far this year, Minister of State for Immigration the Hon Branville McCartney revealed. ...

More than 4,000 migrants have been repatriated following their apprehension in The Bahamas this year, he confirmed.

"Unfortunately, many seeking to enter the country are not invited, do not enter legally, and are poorly equipped to assist in our further development," he said. "Many are often in need of assistance in terms of health care, education and training.

"The cost is becoming too exorbitant in terms of our limited financial resources. In tough economic times the burden is heavier.

"We no longer have the capacity to assimilate the ever-increasing numbers of illegal migrants," Mr. McCartney said. ...

"Some illegal immigrants are involved in the illicit drug trade," he said. "Others are concerned with the illegal gun trade and others into human smuggling connected to the sex trade.

"The overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants come from Haiti, and The Bahamas "holds no malice against such persons," he said.

"The Haitian people are our brothers and sisters," said Mr McCartney. "Our destinies have been linked by proximity, by trade, by family and by friendship.

"But I would be remiss if I did not tell you that we as a country cannot sustain the current levels of illegal migrants from Haiti and elsewhere. In tough economic times, their competition for services and for jobs becomes even more unwelcome."
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Human Trafficking Reaches to High Alert Around World
Kane Farabaugh
Voice of America, 13 November 2009

The U.S. State Department estimates that 800,000 human trafficking victims cross international borders each year. The United States is often a destination for many of these victims, where they are held in what many human rights activists consider modern day slavery. Some of those activists participated in the Human Rights Accords in Dayton Ohio, a two-day conference to help raise awareness about the problems victims face. ... ...

Polaris Project, one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States, estimates as many as 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. They also estimate as many as 244,000 American youth are vulnerable to exploitation.
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Gordon Brown's immigration speech seen as first shot in election campaign
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 12 November 2009

When both the prime minister and the home secretary make their first major speeches for some time on immigration you can be sure that the election campaign has started in earnest.

Labour ministers have been spooked by private polling showing immigration as the single biggest issue sparking defections among the party's past voters.

This anxiety has recently been fuelled by a meaningless "projection" from the Office for National Statistics that Britain's population will rise to 70 million and an unfounded Tory conspiracy theory that the 1997 Labour government deliberately let in millions of new migrants to ensure that there would never again be a Conservative government in Britain. If there is even a grain of truth in that conspiracy theory then the opinion polls all demonstrate it has manifestly failed.

But either way, Labour believes it needs to reassure its core working-class voters on immigration. "So if people ask me, do I get it?, yes, I get it. I have been listening and I understand," says Brown, promising that new migrants will have to demonstrate their commitment to British values before being allowed entry to "our British family home".

So we have the spectacle today of a Labour prime minister boasting in a speech in Ealing, Southall, the historic home of London's Indian community, that overall net immigration is down 44% on last year and promising that in the coming months thousands more jobs in shortage occupations will be closed to overseas skilled workers.

Nearly all the measures to further tighten the new points-based immigration outlined today – such as raising the earnings entry threshold for graduate skilled migrants to £24,000 and doubling the period for jobs to be advertised first to British workers from two to four weeks – were recommended earlier this year by the government's own Migration Advisory Committee.

But the Mac's chairman, Professor David Metcalf, while recommending the changes to ensure that British workers were not being undercut or displaced, also warned the government that it would be a mistake to make deep cuts in the number of skilled migrant workers at a time of recession. He implicitly criticised the idea that there was only a set number of jobs to go round and recognised that migration had actually boosted job growth and the economy over the past decade. ...

At the same time, the extension of the points-based system to the 130,000 people who apply for a British passport each year will mean much tougher "citizenship tests", including questions on British history. ...

The draft immigration "simplification" bill also published today should be regarded more as a first glimpse of the Labour 2010 general election manifesto than a serious piece of legislation. Its proposals for sweeping new expulsions for failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants look as though they would sit more comfortably in a party election broadcast than in what would be the eighth major immigration and asylum bill introduced since Labour came to power in 1997.
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Asian caste discrimination rife in UK, says report
Sam Jones
The Guardian, 11 November 2009

Caste discrimination is rife in the UK, with more than half of those from traditionally lower-status Asian backgrounds finding themselves victims of prejudice and abuse, according to a report published today.

The study, co-ordinated by the Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance (Acda), suggests that the caste system is still widespread and affects tens of thousands of people in the workplace, the classroom and even the doctor's surgery.

Fifty-eight percent of the 300 people surveyed said they had been discriminated against because of their caste, while 79% said they did not think the police would understand if they tried to report a caste-related "hate crime".

Almost half of the respondents (45%) said they had either been treated negatively by co-workers or had comments made about their caste. Nine per cent felt they had been passed over for promotion, and 10% said they had been paid less because of their caste. A further 5% said they had experienced threatening behaviour because of their caste.

One woman said she had been demoted from her job at a radio station after her manager discovered her caste background, while one bus company decided to reorganise shifts so that a "higher caste" inspector would not have to work alongside a "lower caste" bus driver.

The classroom also appears to be subject to caste divides: 7% of those surveyed said they had been the victims of threatening behaviour while aged under 12 at school, with another 16% suffering verbal caste abuse. According to the study, 10% of those responsible for caste discrimination against under-12s were teachers, and 42% fellow pupils.

One of the most commonly reported forms of discrimination is caste-related name-calling. Almost three quarters (71%) of those questioned in the survey identified themselves as members of the Dalit community. Dalits, who were formerly known as Untouchables because of their low caste status, are sometimes referred to abusively as chuhra and chamar.

"[Such] names [are] as derogatory as calling a black person a nigger, anyone from the subcontinent of Indo-Pakistani diaspora Paki, or someone of Jewish extraction a kike," says the report. ...

A number of respondents also reported being asked – directly or indirectly – about their caste background by their family doctor, nurse or a community nurse. One elderly woman felt her care worker had discriminated against her on caste grounds, while a physiotherapist was also alleged to have refused to treat someone of low caste.

The report says that the significant number of doctors from the Indian subcontinent now indicated "a potential for caste discrimination occurring in the healthcare sector".

The Acda hopes its findings will persuade the government to amend the equality bill to make caste discrimination illegal.


Johnson: we need a debate on migration
Andrew Grice
The Independent, 9 November 2009

In a candid interview with The Independent, Mr Johnson admitted that Labour's failure to debate immigration had "probably" boosted the BNP's appeal.

"People think we have shied away from a debate on it. They may well be right," he said. "My post bag is bigger on immigration than any other issue. It is a major public concern. The public deserves a rational debate on this, rather than what they sometimes get, which is at the extreme end of the scale."

His call for a "real debate" about immigration marks a big shift in Labour's thinking. A week ago, Mr Johnson admitted that successive governments, including the present one, had been "maladroit" in handling the issue.

In his interview he made clear that his comments were not a one-off but part of a concerted attempt to regain the initiative and try to convince the public that Labour has learnt from its mistakes and "completely transformed" the immigration and asylum systems. ...

Mr Johnson's message is that "immigration has been a good thing for this country – culturally, socially and certainly economically". He believes passionately that places like London, Birmingham and Liverpool have been "enriched" by it. But he denied recent allegations that Labour pursued an "open-door" policy to create a multicultural society. "We don't have an open-door policy. It is misleading to say we have got one or that we have ever had one. We manage immigration."

Mr Johnson believes public fears are shaped by an out-of-date picture and that Labour's reluctance to debate immigration has deprived it of the opportunity to show that the system has changed out of all recognition. He cites the Australian-style points system for non-EU entrants and introduction of electronic border controls which have led to 4,000 arrests, and will track individuals as well as numbers coming in and out so that "illegals" can be removed.

Official net migration fell by 44 per cent from 209,000 in 2007 to 118,000 in 2008 – proof, he said, that migrants come to Britain for short periods, work, contribute to the economy and then return home.

The backlog of asylum applications has dropped from 69,000 to 6,000 since 1995. The average length of time for claims peaked at 35 months, but now 60 per cent of cases are being decided within six months.
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The immigration debate we need
The Independent, 9 November 2009
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The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, suggests in an interview with this newspaper today that the Government has "shied away" from the debate about immigration. In fact ministers have often seemed to talk about little else over the past decade. It may be that this debate has often resembled a dialogue of the deaf, but it seems bizarre to imply that it has somehow been brushed under the carpet of public life.

However, the Home Secretary is correct when he suggests the Government would be a more credible participant in the discussion if it did a better job of emphasising the benefits that immigration brings to Britain. How often do we hear ministers heralding the crucial role migrants play in the National Health Service, or in looking after the elderly in our care homes? They should also do more to debunk the popular myths about the supposedly preferential treatment of migrants in the welfare system.

It is still widely asserted, for instance, that new migrants jump the queue for social housing despite the fact that only 1.8 per cent of social tenants have moved to the country in the past five years. Gordon Brown even bolstered this myth when he announced plans in June to allow councils to "give more priority to local people". If Mr Johnson wants a more honest debate he might start by apprising the Prime Minister of the facts.

There are plenty of other sensible points that ministers ought to be making. They should point out that tens of thousands of migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe have left Britain since the recession hit; an illustration of the reality that substantial inflows of foreign labour throughout our history have been driven by strong economic growth.

Yet if Mr Johnson seeks to make immigration into an election issue, he needs to tread with caution. It is all too easy for careless politicians to stoke popular anti-immigrant sentiment at a time of economic hardship.

An honest debate in which the costs and benefits of migration are analysed would indeed be a relief. But the last thing the country needs is a continuation of the grotesque bidding war between politicians of all stripes over who can sound "tougher" towards immigrants.
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A fine mess: illegal employers fail to pay
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2009

More than four out of 10 fines imposed on companies for employing illegal workers have not been paid, figures show, raising questions about the Government's commitment to controlling immigration.

Of the 3,164 illegal labour penalties handed out to companies – mainly restaurants and takeaways – by the UK Border Agency over the past 18 months, 1,301 remain uncollected. In total about £6.5 million is thought to have gone unpaid, prompting opposition politicians to claim that Labour's immigration legislation "isn't taken seriously" by rogue employers.

Chris Huhne, of the Liberal Democrats, disclosed the figures, which were contained in the answer to a parliamentary question.
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Non-believers should have their heads cut off, said army killer
Nick Allen
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2009

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats.

He also told colleagues at America's leading military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire.

The outburst came during an hour-long talk Hasan, an army psychiatrist, gave on the Koran in front of dozens of other doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington DC, where he worked for six years before arriving at Fort Hood in July. ...

Fellow doctors have recounted how they were repeatedly harangued by Hasan about religion and that he openly claimed to be a "Muslim first and American second". One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints. ...

One of Hasan's neighbours described how on the day of the massacre, about 9am, he gave her a Koran and told her: "I'm going to do good work for God" before leaving for the base.
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Tories claim immigration cover-up
BBC, 9 November 2009

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling has accused ministers of trying to "deliberately deceive" people about immigration policy.

He accused them of breaking Freedom of Information laws and trying to cover up a policy of increasing immigration.

His claim relates to notes between officials and ministers released more than four years after an FOI request.

Minister Phil Woolas denied that laws had been broken and said the details had been published months ago.

Mr Woolas told MPs the notes and e-mails related to a policy to clear a backlog of immigration cases between 2002 and 2004 - into which there had been a full inquiry at the time.

Whistleblower Steve Moxon prompted the row in 2004; it resulted in the resignation of then immigration minister Beverley Hughes. He then requested details of documents in January 2005.

Mr Woolas said that, under FOI law, ministers were allowed to withhold some details if there was a risk publishing them might prejudice the "free and frank exchange of views" between ministers and officials.

Mr Moxon appealed and the case went to the Information Commissioner who, in March 2009, ruled more details should be released.

"We then released that information in April 2009," Mr Woolas said.

But Mr Grayling said: "More and more evidence is now emerging to suggest that this government broke Freedom of Information laws and tried to cover up a deliberate change of policy designed to encourage much higher levels of immigration, very probably for party political purposes."

He said the documents showed that in 2002 rules were relaxed to clear immigration applicants waiting for more than 12 months "without any further investigation into their cases".

The then head of Immigration and Nationality had e-mailed a minister to confirm the policy of "pragmatic grants", which meant "some risks would have to be taken", Mr Grayling said.

Explaining his accusation of a cover-up, he said some copies of documents outlining the policy change were "clearly marked 'withhold' at the top".

"Will he tell the House why ministers did break those [FOI] laws, laws this government itself passed?" asked Mr Grayling.

"This is a government that has set out to deliberately deceive the British people and a government that has proved utterly incapable of telling them the truth about its policies on accusation."

Mr Woolas told MPs the accusation that the government had broken the law was one "I absolutely reject".

He said the policies in question had been the subject of a "thorough" investigation at the time and he dismissed Mr Grayling's attack as "his latest political gimmick".

He added: "The allegation has been made, very seriously, that we broke the law - that was the phrase you used.

"In fact, the ruling from the Information Commissioner was issued on March 5 2009 and on April 9 we disclosed, in line with that ruling, the information."

The Sunday Times reported that the government had published the released documents on an "obscure" part of the Home Office website.
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What's behind America's politically correct 'love' of Islam? [part 1]
David Kupelian
WorldNetDaily, 9 November 2009

The second they heard about the Fort Hood massacre, millions of thinking Americans wondered in their gut: "Oh God, is this another crazy Muslim terrorist carrying out a one-man jihad, as has happened so many times before?"

Then, when the alleged perpetrator's name and religion were made public (Nidal Malik Hasan, a lifelong Muslim) along with eyewitness reports he had shouted the obligatory pre-terror-attack proclamation, "Allahu akbar" ("Allah is greatest") before commencing his orgy of slaughter, their suspicions were confirmed: This was surely a major attack on the American homeland by a Muslim terrorist.

Further evidence quickly rolled in: Hasan had reportedly refused to fight fellow Muslims, called the war on terror a "war on Islam," told a co-worker Muslims had a right to rise up and attack Americans, and ...

In other words, although the Army had many warnings Hasan was a certifiable, America-hating, jihadist "ticking time bomb" waiting to go off, it did nothing to avert last week's terror attack. Why?

And why, after the truth about Hasan became undeniable following his mass slaughter, does the government, as well as its mouthpiece the establishment press, agonize in their usual pathetic manner over what could possibly have motivated the Army psychiatrist to coldly, methodically murder 13 and wound 38 others?

• Shortly after the attack, right on schedule, the FBI announced it wasn't terror-related.

• Time magazine moronically blamed posttraumatic stress disorder – even though Hasan has never been deployed in a war zone.

• The shooter's relatives insisted he had been the victim of religious harassment because of his faith, which must have made him snap.

• According to the Washington Post, the problem was that Hasan was lonely. • Meanwhile, President Obama warned Americans against "jumping to conclusions" about what might have motivated the shooter.

Why, after a Muslim commits a terrorist act, do authorities always announce almost instantaneously – before they could possibly know – that the attack was not terror-related?

Why do the news media always torture themselves and their readers with the most wildly improbable explanations in their attempts to avoid the obvious truth?

Before we answer these questions, lest you think I overstate the case, take a quick trip with me down jihad memory lane. ...

This see-no-jihad, hear-no-jihad, speak-no-jihad mindset has become standard operating procedure for the establishment press. ...

The U.S. government, not wanting to offend Muslim sensitivities, rarely mentions "Muslim" or "Islamic" when describing Islamic terrorism. For example, when a massive jihad plot to blow up 10 airliners over the Atlantic and kill thousands was foiled in 2006, then-Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff briefed his agency using only the word "extremists" to describe the plotters – no mention of Islam. All of the two dozen would-be terrorists were Muslims.

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What's behind America's politically correct 'love' of Islam? [part 2]
David Kupelian
WorldNetDaily, 9 November 2009

Do we dare admit what is really at play here? The truth is actually very simple.

We are afraid of Islam.

We are intimidated by Islam.

And because we are afraid of and intimidated by Islam, Islam is changing us – in two distinct and profound ways.

First, as is appallingly obvious, we're afraid to criticize Islam openly, for fear of having our head cut off or having a fatwa put out on us like the director of the new "2012" film, or we're afraid of being sued by some of the very litigious Islamic organizations like CAIR, or we're afraid of being called a racist, extremist, hater or "Islamophobe" thanks to the tyranny of political correctness, or we're afraid of offending those in power and thereby risking our position, stature or other advantage. This reaction, while perhaps selfish and cowardly, is more-or-less conscious and strategic.

However, for some it goes much deeper: Being intimidated by Islam (or by anything, for that matter) actually causes some of us to mysteriously grow sympathetic toward it, to defend it, to side with it, even to convert to it. This unconscious shift in attitude, in response to fear of being hurt, is called the Stockholm syndrome, named after the 1973 Swedish bank robbery during which the four terrorized hostages sided with their criminal captors while disparaging the police risking their lives trying to save them.

We need to understand that a certain percentage of us, when we're intimidated and upset, start to emotionally gravitate toward and agree with whatever is intimidating us. Not just superficially, as a temporary tactic of placating a bully so he won't hurt us, but more profoundly, deep down in the inner sanctum of our being where our thoughts and feelings germinate and our loyalties bloom.

Intimidation – that is, causing others to react with upset and fear – is a fundamental principle of mind control, fully capable of causing the victim's loyalties to shift toward the intimidator, whether a schoolyard bully, gang leader, child molester, hostage-taking bank robber or Islamic radical.

"Political correctness" – which is basically a low-grade Stockholm syndrome playing out on a broad societal stage – is actually a subtle form of brainwashing. Even establishment mouthpiece Newsweek, in its famous Dec. 24, 1990, cover story on the then-new phenomenon of political correctness on college campuses (titled "Thought Police") conceded this truth when it reported: "PC is, strictly speaking, a totalitarian philosophy."

Bottom line: We're intimidated, bullied, threatened, terrorized – and so we capitulate, not just in word and deed, but in thought. Get it?

Most of the time, of course, this occurs below the radar of our own consciousness. We don't understand what's really happening. So we interpret our growing sympathy and affinity for whatever intimidated us as evidence of our loving, open-minded, enlightened nature. In reality, it's the result of craven weakness on our part. ...

Although they were horrified, "One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints," ...

Are you with me? "A fear of appearing discriminatory" caused 51 brave American soldiers to be shot by an Islamist monster, 13 fatally.

This inordinate fear, implanted in us by the lords of politically correct attitude, the subtle brainwashers of modern, secular society, is to blame.
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China's Race Problem
Reihan Salam, a fellow at the New America Foundation
Forbes, 9 November 2009

Is racism universal? Since the end of the colonial era, the rising powers of the developing world have been quick to condemn Western racism. Ethnocentrism and color prejudice can be found in virtually all human societies, going back centuries if not thousands of years. ...

... It is also true, however, that Americans have been fairly forthright in confronting this legacy. The same can't be said of the new racism that is taking shape in Asia. ...

Like the rich nations of the West, South Korea also has a low birthrate and, as a direct result, a rapidly aging population. This begs the question of whether South Korea should embrace large-scale immigration. ...

In a fascinating article published in The New York Times last week, Choe Sang-Hun described the intense discrimination faced by a small but growing number of migrant workers from impoverished Asian countries. A number of Koreans have expressed serious concerns about the end of the country's ethnic homogeneity, arguing that a larger influx of migrant workers would lead to a rise in the level of crime and social tension.

These anxieties have the air of self-fulfilling prophecy. Given that many if not most Koreans prize ethnic homogeneity, migrant workers will remain on the margins of society. This, in turn, will fuel alienation and resentment among this class of permanent second-class citizens. And so South Korea's major cities could very well see the rise of segregated ethnic slums. It's worth noting that anti-foreigner sentiments are flourishing in a time when South Korea is experiencing rapid economic change, including a new social and economic inequality. Just as racism provided the basis for solidarity among whites in U.S. history, it could be playing a similar role in South Korea.

Next to China's race problem, South Korea's pales in significance. ...

Moreover, as the political scientists Valerie Hudson and Andrea van den Boer noted in their book Bare Branches, China also has tens of millions of so-called "surplus males" thanks to a strong cultural preference for male children. This means that large numbers of Chinese men will have a difficult time finding wives in the near future. One obvious way for the China of 2025 to address this dilemma would be to embrace mass immigration. Because China remains a poor and populous country, the idea that it will become a magnet for immigrants seems faintly ridiculous, not least because millions of Chinese are desperate to emigrate. Of course, the same was once true of Ireland, which is now one of Europe's most diverse countries.

But like South Korea – and, for that matter, Japan – China is not terribly hospitable to ethnic outsiders, including members of non-Han minorities native to China. Observers tend to overstate the level of ethnic homogeneity in China, not least because the Han category masks tremendous cultural diversity. "Hanness" is as broad and contingent a category as "whiteness."

... The dislike and distrust of Europeans was always mixed with envy and admiration. The disdain for dark-skinned foreigners, in contrast, was and remains relatively uncomplicated. Maoist China railed against Western imperialism, and saw itself as a leader of the global proletariat of Africans and Asians.

Now, as China emerges as an economic and cultural superpower, those notions of Third World solidarity, always skin deep, seem to have vanished. It is thus hard to imagine China welcoming millions of hard-working Nigerians and Bangladeshis with open arms. This could change over the next couple of decades as China's labor shortage grows acute. I wouldn't bet on it.
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Home Office covered up immigration risk [part 1]
David Leppard
The Sunday Times, 8 November 2009

Labour's "open door" immigration policy knowingly risked allowing dangerous people to settle in Britain unchecked, according to documents seen by The Sunday Times.

The Whitehall correspondence, which was illegally withheld by the Home Office for four years, shows how ministers were told by the country's most senior immigration official that his staff were to be "encouraged to take risks" when granting visas, work permits and extended residency to hundreds of thousands of new migrants.

The cover-up of this policy of risk-taking was so concerted that Richard Thomas, the then information commissioner, sent a team of investigators into the Home Office to trawl all the relevant papers. Earlier this year he rebuked the department for breaking the law and ordered it to release the material under the freedom of information (FoI) law.

The documents help to explain the huge rise in the flow of migrants into Britain as the Home Office rushed to clear a backlog of 45,000 cases.

Officials agreed to fast-track 337,000 applications with minimal checks. This led to a rapid rise in immigration. In 1999, 170,000 visas were granted; by 2002, this had risen to 300,000.

As officials were being ordered to take risks, several potentially dangerous people entered the UK. In late 2001, more than 20 Taliban, who had fled from Afghanistan after their defeat by American and British forces, were allowed to stay in the UK. ...

... The documents indicate that, far from being a mistake, there was a deliberate policy – apparently endorsed at the highest level in the Home Office – to promote concerted risk-taking by immigration staff whose job was to decide whether non-European Union migrants applying to work, study or marry in Britain were genuine.

A key figure in the scandal was Sir Bill Jeffrey, who was the director-general of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Britain's most senior immigration official. ...

The other key figure was Beverley Hughes, then minister of state for citizenship and immigration. She was later forced to resign after it emerged she had misled MPs about whether she had been warned that Romanian and Bulgarian crime gangs might want to exploit the UK's decision to open its borders to those seeking work from eastern Europe.

In March 2003, shortly after the 2001 entry permits to the Taliban had come to light – to an outcry in the press – Jeffrey spelled out the policy in a note to Hughes.

"We are still in a situation where some risks have to be taken, and staff should feel that if they are encouraged to take risks they will be supported when something does go wrong," he wrote.

The minister's office replied by e-mail three days later:

"Beverley Hughes has seen and noted your submission of 7 March . . . Beverley feels the basic point is that while staff have to take some risks, this was a decision that flew in the face of common sense."

The e-mail was copied to David Blunkett, then home secretary, and Sir John Gieve, his most senior mandarin. The words "to be withheld" were later scribbled across the top, an apparent instruction not to comply with an FoI request for its release.

The same words appear on a note, prepared by Jeffrey, sent to Hughes a few day later. In it, in response to Hughes's insistent complaints about the need to clear the 45,000 backlog, he outlined the new "risk-taking" policy. This involved fast-tracking all 337,000 applications, with little or no regard as to whether they were merited.
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Home Office covered up immigration risk [part 2]
David Leppard
The Sunday Times, 8 November 2009

The policy, codenamed Brace, meant that officials had to make quick decisions based on the paperwork in an applicant's file, regardless of whether it was complete. No further follow-up checks were to be made.

Jeffrey said staff were given guidance that "Brace is about pragmatic (ie not pursing every angle that could conceivably justify refusal) grants rather than pragmatic refusals".

In other words, the official policy was in principle to grant applications rather than to refuse them.

This telling exchange – and equally significant evidence of a concerted cover-up – is buried deep in a batch of documents that ministers tried desperately to prevent being made public.

Their illegal activity followed an application by a Whitehall whistleblower, Steve Moxon, to force them to release the material under the Freedom of Information Act.

An immigration case worker whose ultimate bosses had been Jeffrey and Hughes, Moxon was sacked after telling The Sunday Times about the fast-tracking process in 2004. He has spent five years trying to obtain the truth about the policy, which Hughes always claimed publicly was implemented by junior officials without her knowledge.

Not only do the papers expose her claim as untrue; they go further in showing that Hughes and Jeffrey were happy to encourage the culture of deliberate risk-taking.

When an FoI application was made to see their exchanges, ministers argued that the material was exempt from disclosure because policy advice given by officials to their political masters should remain confidential.

In official correspondence with the information commissioner, the Home Office said that "a Home Office minister" had ruled that the documents should not be released.

But in March this year, Thomas ruled: "The public interest in favour of maintaining the exemption does not outweigh the public interest in disclosure.

"The commissioner requires the (Home Office) to disclose the information which has been withheld . . . In failing to release information, the commissioner finds that the (Home Office) breached sections 1 and 10 (of the Freedom of Information Act."

The government reluctantly conceded, placing the documents on an obscure part of the department's website, apparently in the hope that nobody would notice.

Yesterday, the Tories said they would be demanding an urgent explanation of the documents from the government.

Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, said: "This is shaping up to become one of the major political scandals of recent times. Ministers quite clearly broke the law and deliberately misled the public to cover up a policy which most reasonable people would say was utterly irresponsible."

Why did new Labour secretly open Britain's borders, while pretending to control the numbers under its so-called "managed migration" policy? ...

Chris Mullin, a former minister, recalled in his memoirs that ministers had "barely touched the rackets that surrounded arranged marriages . . . terrified of the huge cry of 'racism' that would go up

. . . There is the added difficulty that at least 20 Labour seats, including Jack (Straw's), depend on Asian votes".

With up to 80% of ethnic minorities voting Labour, it is obvious that the more immigrants who get the right to vote, the greater is Labour's electoral share. Perhaps Mullin has stumbled on a smoking gun.
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Couples are now 'too selfish to have children' says Chief Rabbi
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 6 November 2009

Europe is "dying" because its secular population is too selfish to have children, according to the leader of Britain's Jewish community.

Lord Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, claimed that the continent's population was in decline because people cared more about shopping than the sacrifice involved in parenthood.

He blamed atheist "neo-Darwinians" for Europe's low birth rate and said religious people of all denominations were more likely to have large families.

"Parenthood involves massive sacrifice of money, attention, time and emotional energy," he said.

"Where today in European culture with its consumerism and instant gratification – 'because you're worth it' – will you find space for the concept of sacrifice for the sake of generations not yet born?

"Europe, at least the indigenous population of Europe, is dying.

"That is one of the unsayable truths of our time. We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it. ..." ...

The Chief Rabbi gave warning that secular Europe was at risk, however, because its moral relativism could be defeated easily by fundamentalists.

And he claimed that its population was in decline, compared with every other part of the world, because non-believers lacked shared values of family and community that religions have.

"Wherever you turn today – Jewish, Christian or Muslim – the more religious the community, the larger on average are their families," said Lord Sacks. ...

He said people were wrong to suggest that religion was dying. Rather it was "liberal democratic Europe" that was in danger – "demographically and in its ability to defend its own values."
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Sweden to pay more asylum seekers to leave
The Local, 6 November 2009

Sweden has decided to expand a programme which gives unsuccessful asylum seekers money to voluntarily return to their homelands, at the same time as the number of refugee applications continues to drop.

For the past two years, citizens from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, as well as from the West Bank and Gaza who have had their asylum claims rejected have been able to apply for funds from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to help pay for the return trip home.

"We've had this option for nearly two years and have been reviewing it along the way, and based on that we've chosen to go ahead and open it up to more countries," Caroline Henjered, head of the agency's division for asylum reception, told the TT news agency.

Since November 1st, an additional 20 countries have been added to the programme. Most of the countries are in Africa, but asylum seekers from parts of Russia and Kosovo can now also apply for the repatriation funds.

Migration authorities estimate that around 18,000 repatriation cases will be carried out in 2009. About 42 percent of cases are expected to end in voluntary return, with Iraqis making up the bulk of those willing to return on their own.

At the same time, about 10,000 cases will likely be handed over to police, who will then be charged with carrying out deportation orders for people who are unwilling to leave Sweden after having their applications for refugee status rejected.

According to a recent report from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 10,000 asylum seekers came to Sweden in the first six months of 2009, down from 12,000 applications during the first half of 2008, Sveriges Radio (SR) reports. ...

Through August, the agency has handed around 7,000 cases to the police, with about 56 percent of them thought to involve people who have decided to go underground to avoid deportation.

The Migration Board hopes that by allowing unsuccessful asylum seekers from more countries to apply for repatriation funds, it can also lower the number of people who go into hiding. ...

The cost of the current repatriation assistance programme is calculated to be between 40 and 50 million kronor ($5.7 to 7.2 million).

However, it remains unclear how much costs may increase after more countries are added to the programme, or how the costs would compare with those incurred by having the people remain in Sweden.

"Off the top of my head, I'd guess that it won't be cheaper or more expensive," said Henjered.
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Institutional racism keeps black teachers out of top posts - report finds
Jessica Shepherd
The Guardian, 6 November 2009

Researchers at Manchester University and analysts at Education Data Surveys quizzed 556 state school teachers from ethnic minorities for their report.


Ethnic minorities make up 10.1% of the population of England but only 1% or fewer of the headteachers in primary and secondary schools, according to data gathered by the teaching unions.

Only 2.6% of teachers are Asian, while 1.7% are black and 0.8% are of mixed race, data from the Department for Children, Schools and Families from last year shows.

Some 44% of the teachers quizzed said they had suffered discrimination because of their ethnicity and 70% said it was harder for teachers from ethnic minorities to become headteachers than it was for white teachers. ...

The study, The leadership aspirations and careers of black and minority ethnic teachers, which was commissioned by a training college for aspiring headteachers – the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services – and teaching union Nasuwt, concludes that the findings are "indicative of an endemic culture of institutional racism".


The two main barriers to promotion were the perception that headteachers are overworked and a lack of confidence in their ability to take on a headteacher's role.

"When depicting teachers in leadership posts, black and minority ethnic role models should be used wherever possible, in order to create an image of an inclusive profession and to challenge the dominant cultural perceptions that black and minority ethnic teachers do not make good leaders," one of the co-author's of the study, Professor Olwen McNamara, said.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the Nasuwt, said: "This report reveals the true extent of the problem of racism and discrimination that, regrettably, is still all too pervasive in our schools."

She said the government and local authorities should "systematically monitor" the career paths of BME teachers so that barriers could be identified and removed. ...

Others said the findings did not show schools were institutionally racist.

Steve Munby, chief executive of the National College, said: "While there is no doubt that some of those sampled had experienced discrimination, which is obviously unacceptable, this does not mean that the system is institutionally racist.

"Although discrimination on the grounds of race was cited by all as in the top ten barriers to achieving career aspirations, workload and confidence were the first and second most cited barriers overall."

Martin Ward, deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "This research shows that the number one barrier to leadership for black and minority ethnic teachers is the same as for non-black and minority ethnic groups, and that is excessive workload. ...

Almost two-thirds of the teachers polled were from secondary schools with just under a third from primary schools. The rest were from special and other schools. Just under three-quarters of the teachers were women. Two-thirds were of Indian, Afro-Caribbean, African or Pakistani origin. The mean age of teachers in the sample was 38.
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Fighting the Taliban 'helps stem immigration'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2009

British forces are fighting in Afghanistan partly to help control immigration to Britain, Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister has claimed.

Mr Woolas said that the number of asylum seekers would "significantly increase" if the Taliban regained power, but this aspect of the military's role was "not aired strongly enough".

... Mr Woolas was appearing before the Commons home affairs select committee, which also heard that the Home Office may have unwittingly granted asylum to members of the Taliban.

Mr Woolas said he could not confirm this because those claiming asylum "tend not to tell us if they were in the Taliban".
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Spain: despite crisis, foreign residents increase 10%, 5 November 2009

Despite the crisis, the number of foreigners in Spain with resident or stay permits has increased 10.31%. In September there were 4,715,757 people, and 38.86% of them were from EU countries. According to data published today by the Ministry of Labour's Immigration and Emigration Service, there are about half a million (exactly 444,936) foreigners who've declared residence in the country in the last twelve months, a 1.96% increase in the third quarter compared to the previous one. In terms of origin, the Moroccan community remains the largest, with 758,174 residents in Spain; followed by Romanians (728,580), Ecuadorians (441,455), Columbians (228,255), British (221,073), Chinese, Italian, Peruvian, Bulgarian, and Portuguese. Of the total foreign residents, 53.49% are male. The European Union is the geographic area of origin for the majority of foreigners (38.86%), followed by Latin America (30.71%), Africa (20.84%), Asian countries (6.28%), Non EU Europe (2.84%), North America (0.43%) and Oceania (0.04%).
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Claude Lévi-Strauss
Daily Telegraph, 4 November 2009
[An obituary of the famous social anthropologist, Claude Lévi-Strauss]

The sage's views were never predictable. Asked to deliver the 1971 Unesco lecture on the causes of racism, he took the opportunity, even while condemning all forms of discrimination, to attack anti-racist propaganda for undermining "ancient individualism" and for driving humanity towards the insipid goal of a world civilisation.
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Our immigration mistakes, by minister
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2009

The Home Secretary has admitted for the first time that the Government has been inept over its handling of immigration, which has increased pressure on local jobs and services.

In his first speech on the subject, Alan Johnson said that some parts of the country had been "disproportionately affected" by the influx of migrants and that his predecessors had ignored for "far too long" problems that led to backlogs of asylum seekers and foreign prisoners. Labour had been "maladroit" in its handling of immigration, he said.

But he insisted that halting immigration altogether was "no sensible argument" and rejected claims that the increase in migrants over the past 10 years was partly due to a politically motivated effort to boost multi-culturalism. ...

"The legacy problems with unreturned foreign national prisoners and asylum seekers may have accumulated under previous administrations, but they continued to be ignored for far too long on our watch."

He criticised Tory plans for a cap on migrant numbers as "arbitrary".
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Revealed: hidden misery of children trafficked to Britain
Robert Verkaik
The Independent, 3 November 2009

Hundreds of children trafficked to Britain each year are being failed by social workers, teachers and doctors, it is claimed today in a report which uncovers the hidden misery of the international trade in young labour.

The findings suggest that when trafficked children try to escape from imprisonment in Britain, their cries for help are ignored or negligently handled by UK agencies. The report, by the Children's Society charity, found that those who managed to escape their captors were often returned to domestic imprisonment, where they were forced to work as prostitutes in brothels or as slaves in British homes. ... ...

The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) is aware of 325 children from 52 countries who may have been trafficked in 2008. But the Children's Society, which looked closely at 46 cases in the UK, said these figures did not account for young people who feel they have no choice but to keep their ordeals a secret. ...

Even when a child is identified as being at risk of exploitation and taken into care, they still face kidnapping by traffickers. In May this year, it was discovered that 77 children had gone missing from a single children's home near Heathrow since March 2006. It is estimated that 1.2 million children worldwide are trafficked each year, in a trade worth £16bn annually. ...

The study's disturbing findings will add to growing pressure on the Government to introduce a law making domestic servitude and forced labour an offence in the UK for the first time. Last week, ministers backed down and dropped opposition to a new anti-slavery offence punishable by 14 years' imprisonment. Some of the children living on the streets of the world's poorest cities are picked up by criminal gangs before being sold on to traffickers who take them to countries including Britain. Others are sold to traffickers by their parents. The most common countries of origin are China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
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700 Million Worldwide Desire to Migrate Permanently
Neli Esipova and Julie Ray
Gallup, 2 November 2009

Every day, migrants leave their homelands behind for new lives in other countries. Reflecting this desire, rather than the reality of the numbers that actually migrate, Gallup finds about 16% of the world's adults would like to move to another country permanently if they had the chance. This translates to roughly 700 million worldwide – more than the entire adult population of North and South America combined.

From its surveys in 135 countries between 2007 and 2009, Gallup finds residents of sub-Saharan African countries are most likely to express a desire to move abroad permanently. Thirty-eight percent of the adult population in the region – or an estimated 165 million – say they would like to do this if the opportunity arises. Residents in Asian countries are the least likely to say they would like to move – with 10% of the adult population, or roughly 250 million, expressing a desire to migrate permanently.

The United States is the top desired destination country for the 700 million adults who would like to relocate permanently to another country. Nearly one-quarter (24%) of these respondents, which translates to more than 165 million adults worldwide, name the United States as their desired future residence. With an additional estimated 45 million saying they would like to move to Canada, Northern America is one of the two most desired regions.

The rest of the top desired destination countries (those where an estimated 25 million or more adults would like to go) are predominantly European. Forty-five million adults who would like to move name the United Kingdom or France as their desired destination, while 35 million would like to go to Spain and 25 million would like to relocate to Germany. Thirty million name Saudi Arabia and 25 million name Australia.

Roughly 210 million adults around the world would like to move to a country in the European Union, which is similar to the estimated number who would like to move to Northern America. However, about half of the estimated 80 million adults who live in the EU and would like to move permanently to another country would like to move to another country within the EU – the highest desired intra-regional migration rate in the world.

... Eighty percent of those in developing countries who would like to move permanently to another country would like to move to a developed country, while 13% of respondents in developed countries would like to move to a developing country. ...

Results are based on aggregated telephone and face-to-face interviews with 259,542 adults, aged 15 and older, in 135 countries from 2007 to 2009. The 135 countries surveyed represent 93% of the world's adult population.
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We pay benefits for 37,000 Polish children ... still living in Poland
Rebecca Lefort
Sunday Telegraph, 1 November 2009

British taxpayers are funding child benefit payments for 37,900 children who live in Poland, Treasury figures show.

The money is going to support those who have remained behind in their homeland while one or both of their parents lives and works in this country. The cost is estimated at more than £20 million a year.

The number of claims has risen by 20 per cent in the past year, despite a slowing in the rate of immigration from eastern Europe. ...

The findings come as an ICM poll for The Sunday Telegraph shows today that two thirds of voters believe the number of immigrants in Britain is too high.

Poles make up the majority of the 50,600 children, from more than 30,000 families, living outside Britain who are supported with child benefit payments from British taxpayers. ...

The Treasury has refused to put a figure on the cost of supporting children abroad.
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Planning changes 'threaten our history and countryside'
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 1 November 2009

Tens of thousands of listed buildings and large swaths of the countryside could be destroyed after two key planks of the planning system were quietly dismantled by ministers.

In previously unreported plans, the Government is to downgrade protection on old buildings and those in conservation areas in order to "benefit developers" and "reduce the number of applications for planning permission rejected on heritage grounds".

The professional body representing town planners described the proposal as "unfit for purpose".

In a separate development, the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), a new quango that has been created to speed up planning decisions on "major infrastructure projects", was described as a threat to "valuable landscapes".

The changes to historic building protection are contained in a draft Government "planning policy statement" slipped out during the summer holidays. ...

Martin Willey, the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, described the policy as "a charter for people who want to know buildings down". ...

The IPC is made up of unelected commissioners who have been given 'draconian' new powers to grant planning permission, cancel Green Belt protection, allow developers to seize private land, remove footpaths and close roads. ...

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England described the IPC as a "mockery of democracy" that will "threaten valuable landscapes".
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Funds for 'extremist' schools suspended
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 1 November 2009

Schools run by members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic extremist group, have had their public funding suspended and will be placed under investigation after the payments were exposed by The Sunday Telegraph.
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It's a wonderful, mixed-up world
Aarathi Prasad
Sunday Telegraph, 1 November 2009
[Aarathi Prasad presented a programme, "Is it Better to be Mixed Race?", on Channel 4 television on 2 November 2009]

As a person from the Indian ethnic minority in this country, ... ...

... my daughter, and approximately 400,000 other children in Britain today, is mixed race. Families like mine are on the rise – nearly one in 10 British children now lives in a mixed-race family, a figure that is six times higher than it was when I was a child. In fact, mixed race people are the fastest-growing minority in this country, a trend that is set to continue. Even in my community, traditionally inward-looking when it comes to choosing partners, the proportion of mixed marriages has increased from 3 per cent to 11 per cent in the space of just 14 years.

A report in January 2009 produced for the Equality and Human Rights Commission noted that this rise in interracial relationships can be "taken to be a thermometer of ethnic relations". ... ...

If inbreeding is bad, then the opposite – outbreeding – should be good. It makes sense, some suggest, that people might be genetically better off if they were mixed race. The anecdotal evidence is writ large in the over-representation of Britain's tiny mixed-race population in the arts, music, modelling and sport. Mixed-race people account for 30 per cent of the current England football team in a country where they make up only 2 per cent of the general population.
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South Koreans Struggle With Race
Choe Sang-Hun
New York Times, 1 November 2009

South Korea, a country where until recently people were taught to take pride in their nation's "ethnic homogeneity" and where the words "skin color" and "peach" are synonymous, is struggling to embrace a new reality. In just the past seven years, the number of foreign residents has doubled, to 1.2 million, even as the country's population of 48.7 million is expected to drop sharply in coming decades because of its low birth rate. ...

For most South Koreans, globalization has largely meant increasing exports or going abroad to study. But now that it is also bringing an influx of foreigners into a society where 42 percent of respondents in a 2008 survey said they had never once spoken with a foreigner, South Koreans are learning to adjust – often uncomfortably. ...

In South Korea, a country repeatedly invaded and subjugated by its bigger neighbors, people's racial outlooks have been colored by "pure-blood" nationalism as well as traditional patriarchal mores, said Seol Dong-hoon, a sociologist at Chonbuk National University.

Centuries ago, when Korean women who had been taken to China as war prizes and forced into sexual slavery managed to return home, their communities ostracized them as tainted. In the last century, Korean "comfort women," who worked as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army, faced a similar stigma. Later, women who sold sex to American G.I.'s in the years following the 1950-53 Korean War were despised even more. Their children were shunned as "twigi," a term once reserved for animal hybrids, said Bae Gee-cheol, 53, whose mother was expelled from her family after she gave birth to him following her rape by an American soldier.

Even today, the North Korean authorities often force abortion on women who return home pregnant after going to China to find food, according to defectors and human rights groups. ...

For many Koreans, the first encounter with non-Asians came during the Korean War, when American troops fought on the South Korean side. That experience has complicated South Koreans' racial perceptions, Mr. Seol said. Today, the mix of envy and loathing of the West, especially of white Americans, is apparent in daily life. ...

The Foreign Ministry supports an anti-discrimination law, said Kim Se-won, a ministry official. In 2007, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that South Korea adopt such a law, deploring the widespread use of terms like "pure blood" and "mixed blood." It urged public education to overcome the notion that South Korea was "ethnically homogenous," which, it said, "no longer corresponds to the actual situation."

But a recent forum to discuss proposed legislation against racial discrimination turned into a shouting match when several critics who had networked through the Internet showed up. They charged that such a law would only encourage even more migrant workers to come to South Korea, pushing native workers out of jobs and creating crime-infested slums. They also said it was too difficult to define what was racially or culturally offensive.
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16 killers among offenders on the run
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2009

Murderers and rapists are among 750 criminals on the run who should be in prison, the Ministry of Justice has admitted.

More than a quarter of the offenders are foreign criminals, dozens of whom should have been deported.

They are all people who should have been recalled to prison but are still missing. ...

Some 212 of them, or 28 per cent, are foreign criminals, of whom 63 were told that they faced deportation but were freed anyway.

Offenders will be recalled to prison for either committing new offences or breaking the conditions of their licence.
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Border agency plans EU-wide repatriation flights for migrants
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2009

The European Union is drawing up plans to charter its own flights to return illegal immigrants to their home countries.

Under the plan, individual member states would be able to claim seats on planes for rejected asylum seekers they wished to remove.

The EU flights would then make multiple stops in different countries to collect deportees before flying on to their country of origin. ...

The proposal, drawn up by Sweden, also calls for more joint naval operations between EU states aimed at intercepting the movement of would-be immigrants by sea. There will also be greater dialogue with the Libyan authorities to persuade them to do more to prevent Libyans setting sail for Europe.

Some estimates suggest that more than 100,000 illegal immigrants enter the EU every year via the Mediterranean.
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Schools report 40,000 cases of racism a year
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2009

Schools are reporting 40,000 incidents of racism a year involving children as young as five after everyday playground squabbles, a report warns today.

Primary schoolchildren and toddlers in nurseries are being punished for making racist insults, it claims, even if they do not understand the terms they use.

The report also says teachers are being treated like counter staff in police stations, having to fill in forms detailing name-calling and jokes.

At the same time, diversity "missionaries" sent into schools to teach pupils about bigotry are said to be increasing the divide between white and black children by forcing them to see everything in terms of race.

Schools were placed under a duty by the Government in 2002 to monitor and report all racist incidents to their local authority.

Adrian Hart, the author of the report which is published by the Manifesto Club, a civil liberties group, said: ... ...

Today's report – The Myth of Racist Kids – calculates that some 280,000 such incidents have been reported in England since full records began. ...

Schools that send in "nil" returns are criticised for "under-reporting", and are sent letters telling them to put up posters raising awareness.
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Fraser Inst. criticizes Canada's immigration policies
Mike Caswell
Stockwatch, 29 October 2009

Canada's generous immigration policies are driving down wages, while increasing the cost of living, says economist Herb Grubel. Speaking to a packed boardroom luncheon at the Fraser Institute on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, Mr. Grubel said there is no financial benefit to boosting the country's population through immigration. The only people that realize any gain from immigration are the immigrants themselves.

Some economists claim that Canada needs a steady influx of immigrants to keep the population growing. This, they argue, is essential to keep new money coming into the economy, and to support social programs. Immigration supporters also point out that the country's national income grows with every additional worker.

Mr. Grubel argues that adding these people causes more problems than it solves. Immigrants actually contribute less to the country's social programs than most Canadians. This is because they earn less money and pay less taxes. Most immigrants earn between 60 and 80 per cent of the average wage, even after 10 years of residence. This means they contribute fewer dollars to health care, education, road building, pensions and all other public services. In spite of this, they still consume just as much of these services as other Canadians. The cost of this imbalance is $18-billion per year, according to Mr. Grubel.

Another economic reason to limit immigration is that new immigrants drive down the wages of Canadians. Employers frequently say they rely on immigrant workers to keep a sufficient number of employees. There are, however, many Canadians who end up competing with immigrants for some types of work. The result is an oversupply of these types of workers, which means that employers can pay less. ...

Immigration policies are also responsible for increases in the costs of housing and transportation, says Mr. Grubel. Vancouver is just one example. "We have families that need housing, apartments, hospital care," he says. "They have cars, they need road space." To cope with population growth, 200 to 250 new dwellings must be built in the Lower Mainland each week. "That's why we have urban sprawl," he states. In addition, Canada will need additional transportation infrastructure, such as the new Port Mann bridge. ...

Increased pollution is another undesirable side-effect, according to Mr. Grubel. "The immigrants that have arrived in the last few years have added more to greenhouse pollution than all the Alberta tar sands," he told the audience. ...

He says there are some non-economic benefits to large numbers of immigrants, such as having good Chinese and Indian restaurants. "This is wonderful, I agree," Mr. Grubel said. "But how many more do we need?"

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Migration warning 'unpublished'
Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2009

Warnings of links between mass immigration and crime were removed from a Home Office report amid fears they would be used by critics, it has been disclosed.

The passages did not appear in the final study, Migration, A Social and Economic Analysis, published in 2001, because Downing Street was "nervous" that extremists would seize on them.

A Cabinet Office spokesman denied any political pressure was brought to bear on the report.
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The outrageous truth slips out: Labour cynically plotted to transform the entire make-up of Britain without telling us
Melanie Phillips
Daily Mail, 28 October 2009

So now the cat is well and truly out of the bag. For years, as the number of immigrants to Britain shot up apparently uncontrollably, the question was how exactly this had happened.

Was it through a fit of absent-mindedness or gross incompetence? Or was it not inadvertent at all, but deliberate? ...

There could not have been a more grave abuse of the entire democratic process. Now, however, we learn that this is exactly what did happen. The Labour government has been engaged upon a deliberate and secret policy of national cultural sabotage.

This astonishing revelation surfaced quite casually last weekend in a newspaper article by one Andrew Neather. He turns out to have been a speech writer for Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett. ...

In its 1997 election manifesto, Labour promised 'firm control over immigration' and in 2005 it promised a 'crackdown on abuse'. In 2001, its manifesto merely said that the immigration rules needed to reflect changes to the economy to meet skills shortages.

But all this concealed a monumental shift of policy. ... ...

It was therefore a politically motivated attempt by ministers to transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. It was done to destroy the right of the British people to live in a society defined by a common history, religion, law, language and traditions.

It was done to destroy for ever what it means to be culturally British and to put another 'multicultural' identity in its place. And it was done without telling or asking the British people whether they wanted their country and their culture to be transformed in this way. ...

A measure of immigration is indeed good for a country. But this policy was not to enhance British culture and society by broadening the mix. It was to destroy its defining character altogether.

It also conveniently guaranteed an increasingly Labour-voting electorate since, as a recent survey by the Electoral Commission has revealed, some 90 per cent of black people and three-quarters of Asians vote Labour. ...

This more than any other reason is why Nick Griffin has gained so much support. According to a YouGov poll taken after Question Time, no fewer than 22 per cent of British voters would 'seriously consider' voting for the BNP.

That nearly one quarter of British people might vote for a neo-Nazi party with views inimical to democracy, human rights and common decency is truly appalling.

The core reason is that for years they have watched as their country's landscape has been transformed out of all recognition - and that politicians from all mainstream parties have told them first that it isn't happening and second, that they are racist bigots to object even if it is. ...

Condemned out of its own mouth, it is New Labour that is responsible for the rise of the BNP - by an act of unalloyed treachery to the entire nation.
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Straw denies Labour 'plot' over migration
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2009

Jack Straw denied yesterday that Labour had a "secret plot" to boost multiculturalism by creating an open door of mass immigration.

The Justice Secretary said it was "just untrue" that the Government had a deliberate policy in the early part of the decade to use immigration for political ends and to attack the Right.

Last week, Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett, claimed that the sharp increase in migrants over the past 10 years was partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and "rub the Right's nose in diversity".

He said Labour's relaxation of controls in 2000-01 was a deliberate plan to "open up the UK to mass migration", but ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its "core working-class vote".

As a result, the public argument for immigration concentrated instead on the economic benefits and need for more migrants. ...

But in an embarrassment for the Home Office, Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, appeared to have no idea there was even a row. ...

Damian Green, the shadow immigration minister, called for an inquiry into Mr Neather's claim.
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Britain fails to make top 10 in 'well-being' survey
Andrew Pierce
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2009

Britain has failed to make the world's top 10 in an international survey of wealth and happiness because of poor education and over-regulation.

The report by the Legatum Institute, a think tank based in London, ranks Finland in first place, with the United States ninth and Britain lagging behind in 12th. ...

Mediocre scores for education, health, domestic security and levels of personal freedom because of excessive regulation dragged down Britain's overall score, the institute said. ...

High levels of divorce, pressures caused by immigration and a lack of community spirit have also marked down Britain's score in the survey.
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France is urged to reassert its identity
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2009

The French government is to begin a campaign to "reaffirm pride" in the country and combat Islamic fundamentalism.

The programme will involve civic lessons for adults "including classes about the country's Christian history and liberal political institutions" and schools will be encouraged to sing the national anthem.

Eric Basson, the immigration minister, suggested that "foreigners" should also be required to improve their French.

He said: "It's necessary to reaffirm the values of national identity and the pride of being French. I think, for example, that it would be good for all young French people to have the chance to sing La Marseillaise at least once a year." ...

Mr Besson also said Muslim women should be banned from wearing the veil.

"For me, there should be no burkas on the street," said Mr Besson. "The burka is against national values – an affront to women's rights and equality."
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Equality boss 'promoted a culture of fear and cronyism'
Andrew Pierce
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2009

Trevor Phillips, the Government's equality champion, has been accused of creating a culture of "cronyism, fear and intimidation" at his £70 million quango.

Mr Phillips's leadership of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has been criticised by four of its former commissioners who quit this year. ...

Days after Mr Phillips was reappointed to his £120,000-a-year role by Harriet Harman, the NAO refused to sign off the EHRC's accounts. The NAO had objected to the fact that the commission had paid £325,000 to seven staff who were re-employed as consultants days after taking generous severance packages. ...

Three are senior figures at Dignity Management Consultancy, a business partner of Equate Organisation, which is a private company in which Mr Phillips owns 70 per cent of the shares.
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How I became the story and why the Right is wrong
Andrew Neather
Evening Standard (London), 26 October 2009

But when I find that not only have I become the story, in the row over Labour's immigration policy, but that my views have been twisted out of all recognition, I have to respond.

I wrote here last Friday that, in the wake of the Nick Griffin row, we had to be honest about immigration and the benefits it has brought.

I also wrote of my disappointment that ministers have shied away from this debate, a point I illustrated with an account of the shift in immigration policy almost a decade a go.

As a ministerial speechwriter in a former career, in 2000 I penned a key speech for the then immigration minister Barbara Roche, which mooted changes to make it easier for skilled workers to come to the UK.

That was based on a sensitive report on migration by the Prime Minister's Performance and Innovation Unit.

Multiculturalism was not the primary point of the report or the speech. The main goal was to allow in more migrant workers at a point when - hard as it is to imagine now - the booming economy was running up against skills shortages.

But my sense from several discussions was there was also a subsidiary political purpose to it - boosting diversity and undermining the Right's opposition to multiculturalism.

I was not comfortable with that. But it wasn't the main point at issue.

Somehow this has become distorted by excitable Right-wing newspaper columnists into being a "plot" to make Britain multicultural.

There was no plot. I've worked closely with Ms Roche and Jack Straw and they are both decent, honourable people whom I respect (not something I'd say for many politicians).

What's more, both were robust on immigration when they needed to be: Straw had driven through a tough Immigration and Asylum Act in 1999 and Roche had braved particularly cruel flak from the Left over asylum seekers.

Rather, my sense was that the nervousness came primarily from No 10.

According to my notes of one meeting in mid-July 2000, held at the PIU's offices in Admiralty Arch, there was a debate about whether the report should be published by the PIU or by the Home Office: the PIU didn't think the Prime Minister wanted his "prints" on it.

From Tony Blair, the man who took us to war in Iraq on a lie - and who later fired the faithful Roche on a whim, months before she lost her seat thanks to the war - I don't find that particularly surprising.

Perhaps the lesson of this row is just how hard it still is to have any sensible debate about immigration.

The Right see plots everywhere and will hyperventilate at the drop of a chapati: to judge by some of the rubbish published in the past few days, it's frankly not hard to see why ministers were nervous.

The Left, however, will immediately accuse anyone who raises immigration as an issue as "playing the race card" - as the Government has on several occasions over the past decade.

Both sides need to grow up. A diverse society that welcomes immigrants works.

We've got one right here in London. Why is that so hard to discuss?
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Call for probe into Labour's 'partisan' immigration plan
Joe Murphy
Evening Standard (London), 26 October 2009

Pressure was growing today for an independent inquiry into claims that immigration was encouraged by Labour for political gain.

It followed the charge by a former Government adviser that a policy change to welcome economic migrants was partly designed to wrongfoot Conservative opponents of immigration.

Andrew Neather, a former speechwriter for Tony Blair and Home Office adviser, revealed in last week's Standard that in confidential meetings ministers gave the impression they wanted to encourage multiculturalism for partisan reasons, as well as the stated aim of helping businesses fill vacancies in the booming economy. ...

Critics of Labour's more relaxed immigration policy seized on his comments and called for a proper investigation.

Former Labour minister Frank Field said: "I am speechless at the idea that people thought they could socially engineer a nation on this basis."

Tory immigration spokesman Damian Green said: "If this is true then it would be a disgracefully irresponsible way for a Government to run immigration policy. I would urge the Home Affairs select committee to look at this."

Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who presided over the policy change as Home Secretary, denied Mr Neather's claims.

Mr Straw's spokesman said: "This is complete rubbish and the proof of that is the fact that Jack Straw introduced and was implementing the Immigration and Asylum Act at just this time, which tightened up controls."
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Islamists who want to destroy the state get £100,000 funding
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 25 October 2009

Leading members of a group that wants to bring down the British state and replace it with a dictatorship under Islamic law have secured more than £100,000 of taxpayers' money for a chain of schools.

Accounts filed at the Charity Commission show that the Government paid a total of £113,411 last year to a foundation run by senior members and activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir – a notorious Islamic extremist group that ministers promised to ban.

The public money helped run a nursery school and two Islamic primary schools where children are taught key elements of Hizb's ideology from the age of five. ...

Hizb regards integration as "dangerous" and says that British Muslims should "fight assimilation" into British society. It wants to create a global Islamic superstate, or "caliphate", initially in Muslim-majority countries and then across the rest of the world. ...

Hizb, which operates worldwide, insists it is non-violent and condemned the London bombings. ...

Its anti-Semitism has resulted in the group being banned in Germany and on some British university campuses.

After the bombings in London on July 7, 2005, Tony Blair, who was then prime minister, also promised to ban Hizb, describing it as "fanatical".

A ban has not been introduced but the Tories have pledged to outlaw the group and the Home Office continues to regard it as an "organisation of concern".

The three schools – in Tottenham, north London, and Slough, Berks – are run by the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, a registered charity. The foundation's lead trustee is Yusra Hamilton, a leading Hizb activist who is married to Taji Mustafa, the group's chief spokesman in Britain.

At least three of the four trustees are Hizb members or activists, including Farah Ahmed, the head teacher of the Slough school, who has written in a Hizb journal condemning the "corrupt Western concepts of materialism and freedom". ...

The spokesman claimed that Mrs Hamilton resigned two years ago. However, Charity Commission records, accessed yesterday show that she remains the lead trustee.

In January 2009, Mrs Hamilton was described by Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, as the "proprietor" of the Shakhsiyah Foundation's Slough school. The Foundation's annual report of December 2008 shows her as a trustee.

Mrs Hamilton is listed on the electoral roll as residing just around the corner from the Foundation's Tottenham school, with Mr Mustafa under his real name, Urutajirinere Fombo. ...

The Shakhsiyah Foundation spokesman said the government money, from Whitehall's "Free Entitlement" and "Pathfinder" programmes, had been claimed by parents on behalf of the school.

However, a spokesman for Haringey council, which administered the grant, said this was incorrect and that the foundation had applied for the money. ...

A Department for Children, Schools and Families spokesman said: "We give that money to local authorities and they are responsible for ensuring that providers are appropriate."
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Britain 'has 1.6 million full-time criminals'
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2009

Britain has 1.6 million active criminals, new figures show.

Unpublished Home Office research discloses that the number of hardened offenders has risen by 410,000 in the past eight years.

The study also identifies 350,000 high-rate persistent criminals, who commit around 260 crimes a year on average. This represents a 150,000-strong increase since 2001. It is estimated that these most prolific offenders cause £300,000 damage to people's property on average annually.

However, the report, carried out by the Policy Exchange think tank, also indicates that very few of these offenders are in jail. The prison population at the end of June 2009 was 83,450. ...

Commenting on the report, Max Chambers, a research fellow in the Policy Exchange's Crime and Justice Unit, said: "These figures are a terrible indictment of the failure to crack down on the crime that blights so many of our communities. ...

According to these figures only one in every 20 criminals is in prison. ..."
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Our smug leaders have done nothing to see off the BNP
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2009

... we are slipshod in our definition of extremism. The BNP certainly is extreme, because hate is intrinsic to its message. But our Government has active links with people who are more extreme. There are Islamist groups which support Hamas suicide bombings, the killing of homosexuals (Mr Griffin merely finds it "creepy" when they kiss in public) and the killing of British troops in Afghanistan. These groups engage with the state, and even get taxpayers' money. The Government justifies this with the weird theory that it is only the hard men who can hold back the even harder men from violence. So the hard men get the leverage. ...

When establishment figures say that the attitudes of the BNP help prepare the ground for violence, they are right. But they do not apply this logic to their engagement with Islamism – the only form of extremism which nowadays kills large numbers of our fellow citizens. ...

The strongest common characteristic of such BNP supporters is pessimism. They feel they are sinking to the bottom of the pile, and that people from other countries are being privileged over them by the public services. If they complain, they are told they are racist. It is not surprising that they say things like "My country is being taken away from me". They are not completely mistaken.

Nick Griffin made one good point on Thursday night. After he had been mocked for speaking about the "indigenous" people of Britain, he countered that Jack Straw et al would not dare mock Maoris or American Indians for insisting on their indigenous status. Why shouldn't British whites, he asked, do the same?

The answer, of course, should not lie in giving group rights to any race or tribe, but in offering a reasonable degree of hope to all citizens of our country. It shows how much that hope has been extinguished among poorer whites that twerps like Mr Griffin are now in with a chance.
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Officers to carry machineguns in 'no-go' estates
Matthew Moore
Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2009

Police officers armed with sub-machineguns are to patrol Britain's streets for the first time.

A hand-picked team from CO19, the Metropolitan Police's elite firearms unit, will walk the beat in gun crime hotspots in London where armed gangs have turned estates into "no-go zones".

The officers will carry Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine guns, capable of firing 800 rounds a minute, and Glock semi-automatic pistols. ...

The team of 18 constables, led by an inspector and two sergeants, will begin their patrols of Brixton, Haringey and Tottenham on Nov 9. ...

Gun-related crime is rising in London, with 1,736 incidents reported between April and September this year, up 17 per cent on 2008.

The problem of violence between drugs gangs was highlighted earlier this month by a spate of shootings in north London linked to two Turkish gangs.
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Prayer tradition is scrapped
Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2009

A council has scrapped its 115-year-old tradition of saying Christian prayers before meetings after a complaint that it may offend other faiths.

Since 1894, Winscombe and Sandford parish council in Somerset had opened its monthly meetings with a short religious verse.

But the practice has been scrapped after a letter from an unnamed resident described it as "inappropriate and unacceptable in a multi-ethnic society".
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Britain's population is booming - how many more people can we take?
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2009

Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, said recently that he did not lie awake at night worrying that the population of the United Kingdom might rise to around 70 million, probably in his own lifetime. When Mr Johnson was born, in 1950, there were 50 million people in this country. Today, there are 61 million. Taken alone, England is the fifth most densely populated large country in the world – behind Bangladesh and South Korea and well ahead of Japan or China. ...

This is the most startling aspect of the population projections: not that the number of people might reach 69 million, or 72 million – but that it is going up at all. Until relatively recently, it was predicted that the UK population would stabilise at under 60 million; indeed, the planning of governments since the 1970s has all been predicated upon a static population. ...

There are two reasons why the population is growing. One is that we are living longer, so there are more older people than ever before. ...

But the principal driver of population growth is immigration, directly through the numbers arriving every year and indirectly through the higher birth-rate among first- and second generation foreign-born mothers.

This is what makes population growth in Britain today so different. Once, it was fuelled by a high birth rate that saw a rapid rise in the indigenous population; now it is changing the nature of the nation itself, making it far more diverse ethnically and culturally. Some people are happy with that; others are not. But there is no use pretending it is not happening. ...

Over the next 25 years, the population of the UK aged 65 and over will rise by 63 per cent to 15.8 million. We will need more young people in work to sustain an increasingly elderly nation. Is immigration the answer? After all, immigrants themselves grow old and become pensioners. Also, their own fertility patterns start to match those of the country they settle in. And while their children are growing up they, too, are a burden on schools and hospitals.

There are now 61 dependants for every 100 people of working age. By 2031, taking into account the impact of immigration, there will be 64. So the dependency ratio, as it is called, is worsening, even with record immigration. ...

We were clearly not prepared for this, either logistically nor culturally. If the Labour Party was intent upon an immigration-fuelled population boom, it was not something it put to the nation in 1997. ...

What will the impact be on the quality of life in Britain of an additional 10 million people in just 20 or so years? ...

Roger Martin, chairman of the campaign group the Optimum Population Trust, does not think the country can sustain such growth any longer. "Britain's population increase is out of control and we are on course for a high- density, low-quality future where overcrowding and congestion are the norm and resource shortages, particularly of vital commodities like water and energy, are ever more pressing.

"Every addition to the population pushes this country further from sustainability and nearer to a position of extreme environmental precariousness. This is a future nobody wants."

But it is a future that we are going to get without a fundamental rethink in government policy. Far from enjoying a good night's sleep, Mr Johnson should be having nightmares.
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Don't listen to the whingers - London needs immigrants [part 1]
Andrew Neather
Evening Standard (London), 23 October 2009

Amid the sound and fury over Nick Griffin, there's a sad but unnoticed fact: it has taken this fiasco to make politicians talk about the impact of immigration.

Yesterday MPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames called for a 75 per cent cut in immigration and accused the Government of "clamping down" on any debate.

What's missing is not only a sense of the benefits of immigration but also of where it came from.

It didn't just happen: the deliberate policy of ministers from late 2000 until at least February last year, when the Government introduced a points-based system, was to open up the UK to mass migration.

Even now, most graduates with good English and a salary of £40,000 or the local equivalent abroad are more or less guaranteed enough points to settle here.

The results in London, and especially for middle-class Londoners, have been highly positive. It's not simply a question of foreign nannies, cleaners and gardeners - although frankly it's hard to see how the capital could function without them.

Their place certainly wouldn't be taken by unemployed BNP voters from Barking or Burnley - fascist au pair, anyone? Immigrants are everywhere and in all sorts of jobs, many of them skilled.

My family's east European former nannies, for example, are model migrants, going on to be a social worker and an accountant. They have integrated into London society.

But this wave of immigration has enriched us much more than that. A large part of London's attraction is its cosmopolitan nature.

It is so much more international now than, say, 15 years ago, and so much more heterogeneous than most of the provinces, that it's pretty much unimaginable for us to go back either to the past or the sticks.

Field and Soames complain about schools where English is not the first language for many pupils.

But in my children's south London primary school, the international influence is primarily the large numbers of (mostly middle-class) bilingual children, usually with one parent married to a Brit.

My children have half- or wholly Spanish, Italian, Swiss, Austrian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Congolese, Chinese and Turkish classmates.

London's role as a magnet for immigration busted wide open the stale 1990s clichés about multiculturalism: it's a question of genuine diversity now, not just tacking a few Afro-Caribbean and Bengali events on to a white British mainstream. It's one of the reasons Paris now tends to look parochial to us.

So why is it that ministers have been so very bad at communicating this? I wonder because I wrote the landmark speech given by then immigration minister Barbara Roche in September 2000, calling for a loosening of controls. It marked a major shift from the policy of previous governments: from 1971 onwards, only foreigners joining relatives already in the UK had been permitted to settle here.

That speech was based largely on a report by the Performance and Innovation Unit, Tony Blair's Cabinet Office think-tank.

The PIU's reports were legendarily tedious within Whitehall but their big immigration report was surrounded by an unusual air of both anticipation and secrecy.
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Don't listen to the whingers - London needs immigrants [part 2]
Andrew Neather
Evening Standard (London), 23 October 2009

Drafts were handed out in summer 2000 only with extreme reluctance: there was a paranoia about it reaching the media.

Eventually published in January 2001, the innocuously labelled "RDS Occasional Paper no. 67", "Migration: an economic and social analysis" focused heavily on the labour market case.

But the earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.

I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended - even if this wasn't its main purpose - to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date. That seemed to me to be a manoeuvre too far.

Ministers were very nervous about the whole thing. For despite Roche's keenness to make her big speech and to be upfront, there was a reluctance elsewhere in government to discuss what increased immigration would mean, above all for Labour's core white working-class vote.

This shone through even in the published report: the "social outcomes" it talks about are solely those for immigrants.

And this first-term immigration policy got no mention among the platitudes on the subject in Labour's 1997 manifesto, headed Faster, Firmer, Fairer.

The results were dramatic. In 1995, 55,000 foreigners were granted the right to settle in the UK. By 2005 that had risen to 179,000; last year, with immigration falling thanks to the recession, it was 148,000.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of migrants have come from the new EU member states since 2004, most requiring neither visas nor permission to work or settle. The UK welcomed an estimated net 1.5 million immigrants in the decade to 2008.

Part by accident, part by design, the Government had created its longed-for immigration boom.

But ministers wouldn't talk about it. In part they probably realised the conservatism of their core voters: while ministers might have been passionately in favour of a more diverse society, it wasn't necessarily a debate they wanted to have in working men's clubs in Sheffield or Sunderland.

In part, too, it would have been just too metropolitan an argument to make in such places: London was the real model. Roche was unusual in that she was a London MP, herself of east European Jewish stock.

But Labour ministers elsewhere tend studiously to avoid ever mentioning London. Meanwhile, the capital's capacity to absorb new immigrants depends in large part on its economic vitality and variety. There's not a lot of that in, say, south Yorkshire. And so ministers lost their nerve.

I hope it's not too late now, post-Question Time, for London to make the case for migration.

Of course we're too small a country to afford an open door - but, by the same token, if the immigrants dry up, this city and this country will become a much poorer and less interesting place. Why is it so hard for Gordon Brown to say that?
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Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2009

The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and "rub the Right's nose in diversity", according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett. ...

Mr Neather was a speech writer who worked in Downing Street for Tony Blair and in the Home Office for Jack Straw and David Blunkett, in the early 2000s. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch think tank, said: "Now at least the truth is out, and it's dynamite.

"Many have long suspected that mass immigration under Labour was not just a cock up but also a conspiracy. They were right.

"This Government has admitted three million immigrants for cynical political reasons concealed by dodgy economic camouflage."

The chairmen of the cross-party Group for Balanced Migration, MPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, said: "We welcome this statement by an ex-adviser, which the whole country knows to be true.

"It is the first beam of truth that has officially been shone on the immigration issue in Britain."
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Asian Vigilantes
Barnie Choudhury
BBC, 23 October 2009

An investigation for Today has found disturbing evidence that Asian youths in parts of Oldham are trying to create no go areas for white people.

Last year the police investigated record levels of racist attacks in Oldham. Of the 572 cases, 60% turned out to be white victims.

Pakistanis make up the majority on the Glodwick estate just west of the town centre. Some youths speak the language of racial hatred. It's not clear whether this is bravado but their message is blunt... white people keep out.

Many openly admit to carrying out what they see as revenge attacks on white people as part of a tit-for-tat campaign.

One told us: "There are signs all around saying whites enter at your risk. It's a matter of revenge. It's about giving as good as you can take."

Another had a six-inch scar running across his head. He said he had been attacked by a white gang.

"I got slashed by some whites so that I'm totally racist. I don't like whites. It's like this now, we go to a white area and we get done over. It's like them coming here they get done's for your own good."

This hardening in attitude is repeated across the town and has passed down to children as young as 10. Unlike their parents they will not tolerate being victims of racism.

Local white people are scared and many want to leave the estates but cannot.

"I was just walking with my dog around 10 at night and a group of Asian youths in their car, music blaring, threatening me like saying they'd kick me head in calling me white bastard, white scum. You're frightened," one person told me.

Many Asian youths say they take the law into their own hands because they have no confidence in the police.

The perception is that the police do not take racist attacks on Asian people as seriously as assaults on white residents. ...

A special multi-agency task force has been set up in Oldham to tackle the growing number of racist attacks.
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Immigrant influx: Fastest population growth since the baby boom
Aislinn Laing and James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2009

Immigration is fuelling the fastest population rise since the baby boom that followed the Second World War.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the population would exceed 70 million in 2029.

That means it will take just 24 years for the population to rise from 60 million to 70 million. It took 57 years to rise from 50 million to 60 million, a level reached in 2005. The growth rate means that every year, 425,000 more people – the equivalent of a city the size of Bristol – will be living in Britain.

The ONS said that more than two thirds of the projected increase would come from immigration, either from the arrival of people from abroad or from children born to new arrivals.
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Emma to give her boy's university a lecture on race relations
Tim Walker
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2009

Emma Thompson, who proudly attended the graduation ceremony of her "adopted" son, Tindyebwa Agaba, in July, is to return to the University of Exeter next month to spell out some home truths about its treatment of black students.

The 50-year-old actress, who invited the former child soldier into her family after he told her that he was sleeping rough in London, claims that the West Country university is too white and middle class.

"We are going to be doing a whole load of inclusion and diversity things," she told ... "Exeter is very white and middle class and it needs to be cracked open a bit. I shall be there with my son, Tindy, who is from Rwanda. ..." ...

Agaba, 22, claimed to have suffered racist abuse during his studies. "I find it incredible that I am the only African in the entire politics department," he wrote in an essay for a racism monitoring group. ...

She unofficially adopted him when he was 16, not long after they had met at a party held by the Refugee Council.
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Cowardice on immigration has allowed the BNP to flourish [part 1]
Frank Field and Nicholas Soames
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2009

Statistics don't usually set the blood racing. But here are a few, published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics, that might shake you. In the next 20 years, the population of the UK will rise from 61 million to 70 million – and then go on rising. The bulk of that growth will be due to immigration, which will have added seven million – seven cities the size of Birmingham – to our population by 2034. In the next 10 years alone the British population will rise by four million.

Traditionally, a major characteristic of this country was the stability of our population. In fact, up until the mid-eighties more people left than wished to come here to live. Twenty-five years later the picture has been transformed: the population has grown by more than 4.4 million. How has this happened?

Three forces account for this transformation. First, governments simply gave up taking an interest in whether people who came to this country as visitors, workers or students ever left again. The last Conservative government abolished the need to keep note of who was leaving Britain for Europe, while the present Government abolished the same check on those going to the rest of the world. The message was clear: Britain had no interest in challenging people who stayed beyond their allotted time.

Second, the Government has not dealt fairly with those making asylum claims. It is the mark of a nation how it stands by those in need, yet our system has not worked; it has collapsed, to the detriment of genuine asylum seekers. Decades later, some are still waiting for their cases to be concluded.

Third – and most important – the present Government has acted as a recruiting sergeant to enrol workers from abroad. Before the EU expanded, ministers asserted that no more than 13,000 would come each year from the new countries to find work in this country. All too quickly the numbers swelled towards a million. But the jokes about Polish plumbers have hidden a key fact: two thirds of immigration comes from outside Europe, and is of people who want to make our country their home for good.

Overwhelmingly, this increase in immigration has been in England which, within the past 15 years, has become the most densely populated country in Europe. England is being fundamentally changed. All too many schools report that English is not the first language for the vast majority of students. Yesterday's statistics show that, over time, the increase in population will to an even greater degree be down to those coming here and their offspring. We have failed fully to integrate many of our newcomers: this shift will further tilt the balance away from a cohesive national identity.

Rather than use its energies to control these waves of immigration, the Government has instead clamped down on any public debate about the issue – it has studiously avoided seeking voter approval for the changes Britain has undergone. Gordon Brown's 6,435-word address to the Labour Party conference last month contained a mere 83 words about immigration. At the Conservative conference, David Cameron offered a mere 58 words out of 6,387. So much for the new era of honesty in politics.
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Cowardice on immigration has allowed the BNP to flourish [part 2]
Frank Field and Nicholas Soames
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2009

Politicians' failure to address what voters have always regarded as one of their top two priorities (the other is the economy) has opened the door to the BNP. Nick Griffin does not owe his opportunity to peddle evil views on tonight's Question Time to some faulty judgment of the BBC. His vote in the European elections earned it for him. And that opportunity only arose because of the political cowardice and irresponsibility of the two main parties – but particularly of the Labour Party. Poll after poll shows BNP support coming from ex-Labour voters who believe their party has deserted them on immigration, and failed to represent their interests as underdogs in what until recently was a country characterised by unparalleled prosperity.

Social strains caused by immigration were all too obvious even during a period of record public spending increases. Immigration now accounts for 40 per cent of new households formed, just as the waiting list for social housing in England tops 1.8 million – an incredible 80 per cent increase in the past six years. We are now into a period of unparalleled austerity. The social tensions that are already present could be massively exacerbated, especially as yesterday's figures suggest the population will increase by a further two million over the next Parliament – and a further two million in the Parliament after that.

It was the dereliction of duty by Parliament to discuss a key voter priority that led us to establish last year the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration. All of our members readily testify to the advantages that immigration can bring to any country. But it is the scale of immigration, and its impact on our population, that have concerned us.

A key demand of our group has been for the Government to cut the link between people coming here to work and automatically gaining citizenship. Once a person has been in this country for four or five years they practically always gain citizenship. The present Home Secretary, to his credit, is consulting on our proposals of a two-stage entry to citizenship. Stage one would determine how many people are allowed into the country each year to work. A second and new set of procedures would then come into play, whereby people applying for citizenship would have to prove their worth. That status would no longer be automatically granted. Far from it.

If we are to reduce immigration sufficiently to prevent Britain crashing through the 70 million population barrier then the criteria for entry as well as for citizenship will have to be very tough.

Earlier this year, in a little-noticed interview on Radio Five Live, David Cameron said he wished to bring immigration back to the levels of the 80s and 90s. To achieve that objective would mean cutting 2007's level of immigration by 75 per cent, but current Conservative policies would only cut immigration by a quarter. Even a 75 per cent reduction would keep our population just below 70 million. Migration must be brought into balance if we are to stabilise our population at 65 million, compared to today's 61 million.

A fight-back against the BNP will only begin when the party leaders give a full pledge that our population will not breach the 65 million barrier. That would then set in train a whole series of restrictions that Balanced Migration believes crucial if our country is to regain some sense of cohesion and identity.

Politicians want to rebuild trust in politics. We agree – and here is a good place to start.
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EU could force Britain to take more refugees
Martin Banks
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2009

Britain would be forced to take a greater number of asylum seekers under European Union plans that would create a common asylum policy with uniform criteria for deciding on cases.

Commission officials yesterday announced that the "final building blocks" had been put in place to "harmonise" immigration.

However, critics condemned the proposal, saying it would strip Britain of its sovereign powers to determine asylum policy. ...

But Jacques Barrot, the European Commission's justice commissioner, said the system would "eliminate differences" and set out procedures to follow to avoid unequal treatment.

He said the plans were designed to ensure asylum seekers would have the same chance of being accepted or rejected in all EU member states. ...

The EU has made it clear it would like the allocation of asylum seekers to be "proportionate" based on population so that each country "shares the burden" of asylum applications. ... ...

The proposals will be discussed by the European Parliament in November.
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40,000 missing illegal immigrants
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2009

Ministers have lost track of around 40,000 migrants who have no right to be in Britain.

The Home Office admitted yesterday that the illegal immigrants should have left the country more than six years ago but could still be here.

The disclosure, details of which emerged in a letter to the home affairs select committee from the chief executive of the UK Border Agency, is the latest scandal to hit Britain's immigration system.
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Memory loss link to living on busy road
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2009

Living next to a busy road could increase the risk of memory problems in the elderly, new research has suggested.

A study carried out in Germany on women who had lived at the same address for at least 20 years found those near busy roads were more likely to show signs of mild cognitive impairment, early memory problems that may lead to dementia.
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Attack on white pupil after 'race riots' at school
Caroline Gammell
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2009

A school where a pupil was left brain damaged after being attacked by an Asian gang had been the scene of race "riots" and numerous attacks on white students, a court heard yesterday.

Repeated clashes between white and Asian students were reported, but nothing was done because the school feared being accused of racism, the High Court was told. ...

One parent told the headmaster in 2006 that the situation was so volatile that someone would be seriously hurt or killed if pupils were not disciplined, the court heard.

In January 2007, 15-year-old Henry Webster was beaten with a claw hammer by a group of Asian pupils who called themselves the Asian Invasion. Several adults joined in the attack, ... ...

Mr Webster, now 18, is suing the Ridgway school in Wroughton, near Swindon, claiming that there was a negligent failure to maintain proper discipline and deal with racial tension. ... "It was always the white boys that seemed to be suspended for fighting, while the Asian boys got away with it," he said.
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Greek socialists to grant citizenship to migrants' children
Helena Smith
The Guardian, 21 October 2009

A generation of migrant children who were born and raised in Greece but never officially recognised will be granted Greek citizenship, the newly elected socialist government has announced.

The step – part of a wide-ranging overhaul of immigration policies long condemned by international organisations – could affect up to 200,000 children who though Greek in everything but name have never been afforded nationality.

"This country can no longer go on being a hell for migrants," said Michalis Chrysochoidis, the minister in charge of the newly created citizens' protection ministry. Human rights activists say the measure will overturn a "surreal" situation where children whose immigrant parents have legally settled in Greece are treated as "aliens" with no rights at all.

"Absurd is too light a word to describe the lot of these kids," said Petros Papaconstantinou, a prominent anti-racism spokesman. "Even if born in Greece, even if they attend Greek schools and speak only Greek, which invariably is the case, on paper they don't exist at all."

Without official documentation the children were often subject to abuse, arrest and deportation at the age of 18, he said. "There are children whose parents are from Africa, Asia and countries like Albania who are enrolled at schools across Greece but who have no papers whatsoever. In Europe this is unique."

Under the reforms, unaccompanied children held in overcrowded detention centres will also be released. In recent months there have been a series of rebellions in migrant camps on Lesbos and other Aegean islands, often led by minors protesting against poor living conditions.

While other parts of Europe have seen a decline in illegal immigration, Greece has experienced a 50% surge, with its easternmost islands bearing the brunt of the influx. Most of the migrants, who cross over from Turkey, are from Asia, Africa and countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. "Greece remains the main entry point for illegal immigrants into Europe," said Gil Arias Fernandez, the deputy director of Frontex, the EU border agency.

While Turkey has been criticised for failing to stop the flow, Greece has also been denounced for its "inhuman" handling of migrants. Human rights groups accused the former conservative government of illegally expelling thousands across the border into Turkey.

Following the death of a Pakistani immigrant in police custody in Athens last week, the socialists also plan to integrate immigrants into the police and place psychologists at stations nationwide.
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Schools closed for holy festivals
Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Ian Johnston
Sunday Telegraph, 18 October 2009

An order that schools must close on Muslim, Hindu and Sikh holy days has provoked a backlash from parents and staff.

Two councils have instructed all state schools under their control to close for the annual celebrations of Eid-Ul-Fitr, Diwali and Guru Nanak's birthday, in addition to the Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter.

The directive, by Waltham Forest and Newham councils, in east London, even affects schools where few pupils are Muslim, Hindu or Sikh. After concerns were raised, a review of the policy has been launched in Waltham Forest, with some criticising the closures as inappropriate, unnecessary and "political".

Head teachers have argued that they should be given discretion in deciding which days to mark, as happens in multi-ethnic cities including Birmingham and Bradford. ...

Waltham Forest council has said that the policy is intended to "raise awareness of different faiths and cultures within the school community, which in turn supports cohesion for the wider community".
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Archives give 'anti-British view of colonial history'
Ben Leach
Sunday Telegraph, 18 October 2009

It is the guardian of Britain's most precious historical documents, ..., and a vital research base for historians.

But the National Archives, at Kew, west London, has been accused of presenting an anti-British view of history in its museum.

The controversy centres on a section called Power and the People. One display, entitled Empire and Colonisation, states: "The economic and social impact of colonisation on indigenous populations was profoundly oppressive and unequal, leading to nationalist movements for independence."

Another display, entitled The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, is illustrated with a photograph of a British ship carrying slaves. The caption reads: "East African slaves taken aboard HMS Daphne from a dhow, 1 November 1868." However, the display fails to make clear that the vessel is not in fact trading the slaves, but is rescuing them.

The HMS Daphne was one of many Royal Navy vessels that policed the Indian Ocean to fight the slave trade between east Africa and Arabia, after Britain outlawed slavery. ...

A spokesman for the National Archives said that it had "exercised judgment on content in a fair and reasonable manner". She said there had been widespread consultation with independent researchers and academics.

However, when asked directly by The Sunday Telegraph, she declined to reveal the names of the academics and also declined to comment on the HMS Daphne caption.
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Bolivian immigrant is allowed to stay ... because of his English cat
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 18 October 2009

An immigrant who was allowed to be deported from Britain has won a legal battle to remain in the country – partly because he and his girlfriend had bought a pet cat.

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruled that sending the Bolivian back to his homeland would breach his human rights because he was entitled to a "private and family life", and joint ownership of a pet was evidence that he was fully settled in this country.

Lawyers for the Home Secretary were aghast at the decision by James Devittie, an immigration judge, to allow the immigrant to stay in Britain. They lodged an appeal, but their case was again rejected. ...

Barry O'Leary, the solicitor who represented the Bolivian, said that the court was told – in his initial appeal against deportation – that the man and his girlfriend had purchased the animal together and it was therefore "one detail among many" that they were in a committed relationship. ...

Mr O'Leary added that his client originally brought an appeal because he should have benefited from a Home Office policy on unmarried partners that gives credit to couples who have been together for more than two years. The Bolivian had been with his partner for more than four years, he said. ... ...

A spokesman from the Judicial Communications Office said: "This was a case in which the Home Office conceded that they had mistakenly failed to apply their own policy."
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Undercover job hunters reveal huge race bias in Britain's workplaces
Rajeev Syal
The Observer, 18 October 2009

A government sting operation targeting hundreds of employers across Britain has uncovered widespread racial discrimination against workers with African and Asian names.

Researchers sent nearly 3,000 job applications under false identities in an attempt to discover if employers were discriminating against jobseekers with foreign names. Using names recognisably from three different communities – Nazia Mahmood, Mariam Namagembe and Alison Taylor – false identities were created with similar experience and qualifications. Every false applicant had British education and work histories.

They found that an applicant who appeared to be white would send nine applications before receiving a positive response of either an invitation to an interview or an encouraging telephone call. Minority candidates with the same qualifications and experience had to send 16 applications before receiving a similar response.

The alarming results have prompted Jim Knight, the employment minister, to consider barring companies that have been found to have discriminated against employees from applying for government contracts.

"We suspected there was a problem. This uncovers the shocking scale of it," he said. "Candidates with an Asian or African name face real discrimination and this has exposed the fact that companies are missing out on real talent."

Researchers from the National Centre for Social Research, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pension (DWP), sent three different applications for 987 actual vacancies between November 2008 and May 2009. Nine occupations were chosen, ranging from highly qualified positions such as accountants and IT technicians to less well-paid positions such as care workers and sales assistants.

All the job vacancies were in the private, public and voluntary sectors and were based in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. The report, to be released tomorrow, concludes that there was no plausible explanation for the difference in treatment found between white British and ethnic minority applicants other than racial discrimination.

It also finds that public sector employers were less likely to have discriminated on the grounds of race than those in the private sector.

One reason for this discrepancy, according to the conclusion, is the use of standard application forms in the public sector which hide or disguise the ethnicity of an applicant. The research is also understood to have found that larger employers were less likely to discriminate than small employers.

Researchers have refused to release the names of the guilty employers, but it is expected that they will be contacted to let them know they had been targeted.

The report has been welcomed by senior race advisers as evidence of discrimination in the job market. Iqbal Wahhab, chair of the Ethnic Minority Advisory Group, which proposes policy changes for the government on race and employment, said: "The evidence of the DWP report is unquestionable – we live in a society where racial discrimination systematically occurs and currently goes in the main unchallenged."
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Jane Elliott, the American schoolmarm who would rid us of our racism [part 1]
Andrew Anthony
The Observer, 18 October 2009

... Jane Elliott. A former primary schoolteacher from Iowa, Elliott is the godmother of modern diversity training. ... ...

She has gone on to repeat the blue eye-brown eye experiment on countless occasions, first at her school and then in workshops for adults, businesses and government offices throughout America and the world. Most recently she re-ran the exercise in this country for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary that forms part of a season on science and race. This time the participants were made up of a multi-racial adult group. And the result, in Elliott's own words, "wasn't as successful as I am accustomed to being". It's a fractious, disjointed affair, in which few of the volunteers seem prepared to accept or play the roles assigned to them. The "oppressed" don't want to be oppressed and their "oppressors" show little appetite for oppressing.

Part of the problem is that the blue-eyed group is exclusively white, while the brown-eyed group is predominantly non-white, so that eye colour is no longer an analogue or metaphor for race but a direct referent. The division is not random but instead largely racial. And in this age of racial awareness, it's not that easy to find white people who are willing to role-play on a basis that assumes they are racist. ...

The performance suggests someone who would be a natural in a Maoist re-education camp: self-righteous, vindictive and unswervingly convinced of her case. "This exercise is an inoculation against racism," she tells the brown-eyed group.

But is it? In the event, two of the brown-eyed group decide they are not prepared to take part in the humiliation of the blue-eyed group and are therefore told to leave. Elliott tells me it's "really difficult to get people of colour to play the role of the oppressor during the exercise. It takes a long time and a lot of work to get them to act white". It's a curious comment from someone who is supposedly an enemy of racial stereotyping, not least because, as I remind her, the two who refuse to "act white" are in fact white. "Uh-huh, well that doesn't usually happen. And how many white brown-eyed didn't walk out?" she asks, as if the fact that some white people stayed was testament to their willingness to play the oppressor.

In truth, no one plays their roles particularly convincingly, and the experiment ends in ill-feeling and confusion. Elliott puts the failure down to the presence of TV cameras and says she won't allow the exercise to be filmed again. But perhaps the real problem is that all the participants are genuine volunteers, and role-play works best when there is some form of coercion, for example, when you are obliged to attend by your employer. In that circumstance, Elliott wields some real power and, as footage shows in the documentary, she can be savage, reducing grown men and women to tears, all along in the certain conviction that it is good for them. "Many people go away knowing a whole lot more than they did when they came in," she says. "And not just white people. Many people of colour think the whole thing is an accident. It's not an accident. It's what we do. It's how we perpetuate our power."
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Jane Elliott, the American schoolmarm who would rid us of our racism [part 2]
Andrew Anthony
The Observer, 18 October 2009

Leaving aside exactly why this self-perpetuating white power structure would institute diversity training and employ people such as Elliott, it still doesn't explain why she needs to target individuals with such ferocity in her exercises. Her best answer is that it makes them think twice about what they say. "I think people of colour have had to watch their mouths around us for years and it's a new experience for white folks to have to watch their mouths. At the end of the exercise, in corporations, invariably some white male turns to the person beside him and says, 'Does this mean I'm gonna have to watch what I say for the rest of my life? And I say, 'Absolutely'."

Elliott is keen on verbal watchfulness. She believes that racism is in the eye of the beholder and therefore one needs to be ever-sensitive to the possibility of giving offence. "Perception is everything," she says. "If someone perceives something as racist then I am responsible for not saying that thing."

I mention the case of the official in the mayor's office in Washington DC who resigned some years ago after using the word "niggardly", because he had caused racial offence to colleagues. Elliott knows that the word has no racial connotations but she has little sympathy for the official. "There are synonyms for that word that are less volatile," she says, "and if you don't know a synonym then that's part of the problem, isn't it? It's kind of like holding a match in a dynamite factory."

There's an unforgiving quality to Elliott's approach, a puritanical zeal that, for all its good intentions, is hard to warm to. She sees no distinction between America and Britain in terms of racism – the differing histories of slavery and colonialism, the fact that mass immigration is a relatively recent phenomenon in Britain, and racial division has not been nearly so extreme or violent here, are all of small consequence to her.

"Racism is racism wherever you find it. White ignorance is the problem, and we white folks have now managed to export that problem all over the world."

She's reluctant to agree at first when I say that the situation has improved. After all, no one could imagine an African-American president 40 years ago. "But we didn't have the technology we have today," she retorts, "or the man of that calibre who was used to using the technology. We don't make history, history makes us."

If ever there was an argument in favour of accepting the status quo, and therefore against all that she is doing, then that must surely be it. Eventually she relents and agrees that there has been progress and, what's more, that she thinks it will continue.

"For one thing," she says, "the main thing, white people are rapidly losing their numerical majority in the United States of America. And so people of colour are going to be the people in positions in power in the future. White people are finally beginning to realise that. Some of them are scared to death."

There's a fierce, even admirable, relish in her words, but also the nagging suspicion that she's more excited by white fear than she is by black success.
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Let's make Britain safer – pull our troops out of Afghanistan
Jeff Randall
Daily Telegraph, 16 October 2009

If we are to protect ourselves, we need to confront a domestic embarrassment: we have allowed, indeed encouraged, a radicalised version of Islam to grow within our borders. The bombers who brought devastation to London's public transport system in July 2005 came from Aylesbury, Dewsbury and Leeds. Securing safety at home requires effective policing and round-the-clock focus by intelligence agencies.

We must re-establish authority over who comes to this country. Labour's shameful abandonment of border controls has led to tens of thousands of "undocumented" asylum seekers settling in the United Kingdom. Who are these people? How do we know that they wish us no harm? I'm sure that the vast majority are law-abiding, but it takes only one to create mayhem.

A well-meaning desire to be an open and civilised society has stripped us of powers of self-protection. As The Sunday Telegraph revealed last weekend, dangerous foreign criminals and sex attackers, cannot be deported, even though the Home Office seeks to do so. They claim that life would be intolerable in their native hell-holes and, thanks to the legal perversion that is the Human Rights Act, we have to put up with them.
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Green space helps to cut the blues
Daily Telegraph, 15 October 2009

People who live near green spaces suffer less from depression and illnesses such as heart disease than those who live in built-up areas, a study suggested.

Better air quality and the opportunity to relax in a park is likely to cut stress and boost exercise, researchers at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam found.

The results were published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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Now Muslims demand full sharia law
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 15 October 2009

A Radical Muslim group sparked outrage last night as it launched a massive campaign to impose sharia law on Britain.

The fanatical group Islam4UK has announced plans to hold a potentially incendiary rally in London later this month.

And it is calling for a complete upheaval of the British legal system, its officials and legislation.

Members have urged Muslims from all over Britain to converge on the capital on October 31 for a procession to demand the full implementation of sharia law.

On a website to promote their cause they deride British institutions, showing a mock-up picture of Nelson's Column surmounted by a minaret.

Plans for the demonstration have been delivered to the Metropolitan Police and could see up to 5,000 extremists marching to demand the controversial system.

The procession – dubbed March 4 Shari'ah – will start at the House of Commons, which the group's website describes as the "very place where the lives of millions of people in the UK are changed and it is from here where unjust wars are launched".

The group then intends to march to 10 Downing Street and "call for the removal of the tyrant Gordon Brown from power".

The march will then converge on Trafalgar Square where protesters expect it "will gather even more support from tourists and members of the public, making clear in the heart of London the need for Shari'ah in society".

The group declared: "We hereby request all Muslims in the United Kingdom, in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Glasgow and all other places to join us and collectively declare that as submitters to Almighty Allah, we have had enough of democracy and man-made law and the depravity of the British culture.

"On this day we will call for a complete upheaval of the British ruling system its members and legislature, and demand the full implementation of Shari'ah in Britain."

Last night politicians and fellow Muslims condemned the group's incendiary comments, which come in the wake of recent violent incidents in towns and cities like Manchester, Birmingham and Luton, Beds. ...

Plans for the march are revealed on the website Islam4UK, which is fronted by preacher Anjem Choudary who has also called for all British women to wear burkhas.

Explaining the Nelson's Column mock-up he said that under sharia law the construction and elevation of statues or idols is prohibited and consequently the statue of Nelson "would be removed and demolished without hesitation". At the base of the column the friezes would be replaced with Islamic decoration and giant urns would be filled with gold coins for the poor.

Mr Choudary has said that under sharia law in Britain people who commit adultery would be stoned to death, adding that "anyone who becomes intoxicated by alcohol would be given 40 lashes in public".

He has also mocked the deaths of British soldiers, and branded an Army homecoming parade a "vile parade of brutal murderers".
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White working class 'left behind in society'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2009

White "traditional" working-class communities have been left behind by the fast-changing face of Britain, ministers will be told today.

Poor cohesion, high unemployment and declining social housing has led to a "breakdown of traditional bonds" in some communities that could lead people to extremism, according to academics.

John Denham, the Communities Secretary, will announce a multi-million-pound programme to help Britain's alienated white working class after years of focusing on minority groups.

He will say the Government is committed to every community with "no favours or special interest groups".
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154,000 asylum seekers to be granted 'stealth amnesty'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2009

At least 154,000 asylum seekers will be allowed to stay in Britain after the Home Office allowed a backlog of applications to build up, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Ministers have promised to clear the 450,000 so-called "legacy" cases, some of which date back to the 1990s, by 2011. Just under 200,000 cases have been dealt with so far, of which 63,000 immigrants have been told they could stay.

A memo seen by this newspaper contained an official projection of how the remaining cases would be dealt with.

The memo said that by completion, 154,000 cases would have been approved for indefinite leave to remain. By contrast, fewer than 40,000 would face removal.

Tens of thousands more asylum seekers were unlikely to be traced at all, officials said.

Most of those allowed to stay would be granted leave to remain under human rights laws because the delay in dealing with their claims meant they had effectively settled in Britain. ...

Damian Green, shadow immigration minister, said: "However you look at this, this is an amnesty by stealth. ..."

The memo, which was written in July by Matthew Coats, head of immigration for the UK Border Agency, was signed off by Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, and sent to Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary.
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America's Booming White Enclaves
Randy James
Time, 12 October 2009

Traveling some 27,000 miles, African-American journalist Rich Benjamin roamed the U.S. from 2007 to 2009 exploring a major demographic shift that is attracting remarkably little attention – the flight of white residents from cities and integrated suburbs into cloistered, racially homogeneous enclaves. Tidy communities such as St. George, Utah, and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho – places Benjamin calls Whitopias – have grown at triple the rate of America's cities in recent years, raising troubling questions about the country's multiracial cohesion. The Stanford literature Ph.D. chronicled his adventure in a new book, Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, and spoke with TIME about what he found.

Let's start with the title of your book – what is a Whitopia, exactly? It seems to be more than just a place where a lot of white people live.

Absolutely. A Whitopia has three things. First, it has posted more than 6% population growth since 2000. The second thing is that the majority of that growth – upwards of 90% – comes from white migrants. The third thing a Whitopia has is an ineffable social charm – a pleasant look and feel.

You say that many Whitopias offer a high quality of life and tend to perform well on those "Best Places to Live" lists that run in magazines. Do you think people are also drawn to these places specifically for their whiteness?

The major draw to Whitopia is that they're safe communities with good public schools and beautiful natural resources. Those qualities are subconsciously inseparable from race in many Americans' minds. For some people, race is a major role, and they said so to my face, but most of the Whitopians I encountered aren't intentionally practicing racial discrimination or self-segregation.

You say Whitopias can form even in the middle of diverse cities. How is that possible?

People don't realize that diversity isn't the same as integration. Blacks and whites in New York, where I live, are as segregated today as in 1910 [based on a sociologists' segregation index that measures how much contact people of differing races have with one another.] ...

So how can we avoid the threat of the racial Balkanization that you describe?

We have a golden opportunity now. If I were an elected leader, I would say we have $800 billion in stimulus money that could rebuild America. We don't want to build communities in such a way that continues segregation. ... ...

We see that tendency to divide ourselves into identity groups in places all over the world, it seems, whether it's by race or religion or political view. Is it simply human nature?

I just reject that argument. People in Whitopia would say, "Hey, Rich, birds of a feather flock together. What's the big deal?" Our government and businesses across the country make decisions every day that perpetuate segregation. When you say homes need to be built on a 1-acre lot, when you say apartment renters can't live in your community – these concrete policies are what contribute to segregation. It's not in our biology, and it's not natural. ...
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Dangerous foreign criminals our Government wants to deport but can't... because of their human rights
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 11 October 2009

Dangerous foreign criminals are being allowed to stay in Britain after their release from prison despite attempts by the Home Office to deport them.

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered scores of cases in which offenders from overseas, including killers and sex attackers, have been able to remain in the country.

The findings demonstrate how criminals are using the Human Rights Act to avoid being sent back to their homelands – despite a pledge by Gordon Brown to remove any foreigner who breaks the law.

In cases thought to have cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, judges have overturned attempts by the Home Office to deport at least 50 foreign criminals in the past 12 months after lawyers argued that doing so would breach their human rights. ...

The total is likely to represent only the tip of the iceberg because they were all heard at the second tier of appeal. Many more criminals may have won the right to remain here at the lower level. Official figures are not available, according to the Home Office and the courts.

In most of the cases, lawyers argued that deporting the criminals would breach their right to a family life under the Human Rights Act, because they have children or other relatives in this country. In other cases, courts found that they would be in danger if deported. ...

Simon Reed, the vice-chairman of the Police Federation, said: "What do these individuals have to do to be deported?

"Most fair-minded people will be dismayed that the tribunals make such decisions. They should consider the human rights of the general population and not of a few criminals. ..." ...

The issue of foreign criminals came to prominence at Westminster in 2005 when Charles Clarke was sacked as home secretary after it emerged that more than 1,000 overseas offenders had been released from prison without being considered for deportation.
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Immigration made America strong - but it threatens to ruin Europe
Christopher Caldwell
Mail on Sunday, 11 October 2009

Are Britain and Europe being swamped, overrun, defeated by a wave of mostly Muslim immigrants and their descendants? Or are Europe's ethnic problems the figment of a febrile political imagination - something created by racism, dishonesty and manipulation by extremist parties such as the BNP? Those are not the only two possibilities, of course, although a lot of people behave as if they are.

Both sides will take lots of fodder for their arguments from a study released last week by the highly reliable Pew Forum On Religion And Public Life. According to the report, there are now 1.6 billion Muslims, a quarter of the world's population. ...

But Europe's (and Britain's) problems with Muslim migration are not mostly demographic. The Pew study shows the world's Christian population is growing too, to 2.25 billion.

It is possible, though, to have grave problems with immigration that do not involve either the wipe-out of a culture or the disappearance of a population.

Europe opened the door to mass immigration in the Fifties and discovered - as the United States did before it - that it is impossible to open that door just a fraction. Immigration, though intended as a solution to a short-term labour crisis, has become, without anyone particularly wanting it to be, a permanent feature of the landscape.

One of the most amazing statistics in the history of European immigration is that the number of foreign residents in Germany rose steadily between 1971 and 2000 - from three million to about 7.5 million - but the number of employed foreigners did not budge. It stayed rock-steady at around two million.

Multi-ethnic societies can be good societies. But the transition puts a strain on institutions, on trust in government, and on a sense of identity.

Not every society makes that transition successfully. In my book, Reflections On The Revolution In Europe, I tried to describe how this process is working - or, more often, not working. ...

Mass Hispanic immigration can disrupt local habits and put strains on budgets - the impending bankruptcy of California is a cautionary tale - but it needs no fundamental reform of America's culture or institutions. On balance, it may strengthen them.

Islam is different. Living with Muslim cultures requires larger adjustments, and they touch deeper, more essential parts of European culture.

This kind of change needs to be considered when we talk about the costs and benefits of immigration. ...

Such conversations are harder under the prevailing European reticence. But if you can't talk openly, people will lack information. People who lack information fear the worst. People who fear the worst act irresponsibly.

Discussing immigration and its consequences openly is not rude. It is necessary to lower the temperature of the debate.
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'Paki power'
Peter Addison
Daily Telegraph, 10 October 2009
[Letter to the Editor]

Those who object to "Paki" being said by a Strictly Come Dancing competitor should watch a rerun of the recent Australia v Pakistan cricket final, where banners proclaiming "Paki power" were waved throughout the ground.

They aren't bothered; why should anyone else be?
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Asylum rules relaxed to meet deadline
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2009

Ministers agreed to quietly relax immigration rules to clear a backlog of asylum cases, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Three years ago, the Government pledged to deal with an embarrassing backlog of 450,000 historic asylum claims by 2011.

However, officials realised that in the case of 40,000 claimants, it was going to be too difficult to remove them from Britain because they came from countries with poor human rights records.

These included Zimbabwe, Somalia, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria, Nigeria and China.

A secret memo shows how ministers agreed that Home Office officials could change the guidelines to grant them indefinite leave to remain.

The memo was written by Matthew Coats, the head of immigration for the UK Border Agency, and sent in July this year to Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, and Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, who signed it off. In it, Mr Coats warns that under the existing guidelines, the 40,000 problematic claimants cannot be granted indefinite leave to remain. ...

He suggests they could be allowed to stay after having been here for as little as four years, rather than 10 to 12 years as the rules stated. ...

In another setback, the memo also discloses that the Home Office has lost track of 40,000 migrants who were refused extensions on their visas at least six years ago and does not know where they are.
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Allow one group to stay, then why not everyone else as well?
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2009

For the past three years, the Home Office has been grappling with the consequences of Labour's failure in its first eight years in office to control immigration and asylum.

So many people arrived claiming to be political refugees that the system could not cope. ...

In 2006, the Government decided to get to grips with this. Officials identified 450,000 of these "legacy cases" and set a target either to reach a decision about their right to stay or to remove them by 2011. ... In order to have a chance of hitting the deadline, officials have had to bend the rules so that 40,000 of the hardest cases are dealt with by simply allowing them to stay, whether they are entitled to or not. ...

There are an estimated 6.5 million "irregular" migrants in the EU alone. How to deal with these people, many of whom are for the large part tolerated but do not have a legal status or a right to remain, is a problem that governments will struggle with for years to come.
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Cameron promises to hand power to the people
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2009

David Cameron ...

Ending the Conservatives' annual conference on a positive note, the party leader pledged to roll back the state and urged people to take more responsibility for their actions. ...

A long section of the speech was devoted to what he believes being British means. ...

... "Britishness is not mechanical, it's organic. It's an emotional connection to a way of life, an attitude, a set of institutions."

Despite plans to cap immigration, Mr Cameron also said: "To be British is to be open-minded. We don't care who you are or where you're from. If you've got something to offer then this is a place you can call home."
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Brucie: we need sense of humour over 'Paki' jibe
Anita Singh
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2009

Bruce Forsyth reopened the Strictly Come Dancing race row yesterday by claiming that the term "Paki" is no more offensive that Britons being called "Limeys".

The presenter of the BBC show urged the public to "have a sense of humour" about Anton Du Beke's remark to his dance partner, Laila Rouass. ...

"At one time, the Americans used to call us 'Limeys', which doesn't sound very nice, but we used to laugh about it. Everybody has a nickname." ...

Ged Grebby, the chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: "It shows how out of touch Bruce Forsyth is. This might have been seen as a joke 30 or 40 years ago but it certainly isn't a joke now. Anyone who grew up in the 1960s or 1970s will know that the word 'Paki' was a term of abuse."

Keith Vaz, the Labour MP, said: "There are absolutely no circumstances in which this term should be used. It is derogatory, offensive and completely unacceptable. To suggest that this term is like a nickname shows utter disregard for the history of its use."

Forsyth later said: "The use of racially offensive language is never either funny or acceptable. However, there is a major difference between this and racist comments which are malicious in intent."
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Sharia helps women, says Obama adviser
Andrew Gilligan
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2009

President Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs has provoked controversy by appearing on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist group to talk about Islamic law.

Dalia Mogahed, appointed to the President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, said the Western view of sharia – Islamic law – was "oversimplified" and the majority of women around the world associated it with "gender justice".

The White House adviser made the remarks on a London-based television discussion programme hosted by Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party.

The group believes in the non-violent destruction of Western democracy and the creation of an Islamic state under sharia across the world.

Miss Mogahed appeared alongside Hizb ut Tahrir's national women's officer, Nazreen Nawaz.

During the 45-minute discussion, on the Islam Channel programme Muslimah Dilemma earlier this week, the two members of the group made repeated attacks on secular "man-made law" and the West's "lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism".
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One in four people in the world now practises Islam, says study
Sally Peck
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2009
[Some percentages here differ from those in other reports of the same survey]

The global Muslim population has hit 1.57 billion, meaning that nearly one in four people in the world practises Islam, a study has claimed. Britain has 1,647,000 Muslims, making up 2.7 per cent of the population – compared with the 2.4 per cent of Europe's population that practises Islam.

The report – by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life – provides a precise number for a population whose size has long been subject to guesswork, with estimates ranging from one billion to 1.8 billion.

The project, three years in the making, also presents a portrait of the Muslim world that might surprise some. For instance, Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon, China has more Muslims than Syria, Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined, and Ethiopia has nearly as many Muslims as Afghanistan. ...

The report provides further evidence that while the heart of Islam might beat in the Middle East, its greatest numbers lie in Asia, where more than 60 per cent of the world's Muslims live. About 20 per cent live in the Middle East and North Africa, 15 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2.4 per cent in Europe and 0.3 per cent in the Americas.
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Mapping the Global Muslim Population: Europe Overview
Pew Forum, October 2009

Europe, which includes 50 countries and territories, has about 38 million Muslims, constituting about 5% of its population. ...

... The country with the largest Muslim population in Europe is Russia, with more than 16 million Muslims, meaning that more than four-in-ten European Muslims live in Russia. While most Muslims in western Europe are relatively recent immigrants (or children of immigrants) from Turkey, North Africa or South Asia, most of those in Russia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria belong to populations that are centuries old, meaning that more than six-in-ten European Muslims are indigenous.

Despite the limitations of the underlying data for Europe, it appears that Germany is home to more than 4 million Muslims - almost as many as North and South America combined. ... This also puts Germany among the top-10 countries with the largest number of Muslims living as a minority population. While France has a slightly higher percentage of Muslims than Germany, this study finds that it has slightly fewer Muslims overall. The United Kingdom is home to fewer than 2 million Muslims, about 3% of its total population.
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Report: Global Muslim population hits 1.57 billion
Eric Gorski
Associated Press, 8 October 2009

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report provides a precise number for a population whose size has long has been subject to guesswork, ... ...

About three-quarters of Muslims living as minorities are concentrated in five countries: India (161 million), Ethiopia (28 million), China (22 million), Russia (16 million) and Tanzania (13 million).

In several of these countries – from India to Nigeria and China to France – divisions featuring a volatile mix of religion, class and politics have contributed to tension and bloodshed among groups. ...

Europe is home to about 38 million Muslims, or about five percent of its population. Germany appears to have more than 4 million Muslims – almost as many as North and South America combined. In France, where tensions have run high over an influx of Muslim immigrant laborers, the overall numbers were lower but a larger percentage of the population is Muslim.

Of roughly 4.6 million Muslims in the Americas, more than half live in the United States although they only make up 0.8 percent of the population there. About 700,000 people in Canada are Muslim, or about 2 percent of the total population.
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France pulls out of deal to return migrants
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2009

France yesterday pulled out of a plan to deport hundreds of illegal migrants to Afghanistan in order to prevent them from travelling to Britain.

Plans for the first joint Anglo-French flight taking migrants back to Afghanistan collapsed after Paris withdrew its co-operation at the last minute in the face of protests from refugee groups. A charter flight leaving Britain last night carrying a group of deported Afghans was due to stop in Lille en route to Kabul. On arrival in Lille, Afghans detained by France would have joined the flight. ...

France's withdrawal followed protests by refugee groups. Frank Supplisson, France's deputy immigration minister, issued a short statement saying there would be "no return flight".

Paris agreed to the principle of joint return flights during talks at Evian in February between Phil Woolas, a Home Office minister, and Eric Besson, his French counterpart.

The change of heart by the French raised doubts about future joint arrangements, particularly after a similar Anglo-French scheme was scrapped last November. At the time, opponents argued that, under United Nations conventions, it was illegal to deport a person to a war-torn country such as Afghanistan.
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Double standards let down the BBC
Liz Hunt
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2009

Why hasn't Anton Du Beke been sacked? The ballroom pro who told his Strictly Come Dancing partner that she "looked like a Paki" is at least as guilty as Carol Thatcher was when she referred to a mixed-race tennis player as a "golliwog".

At that time, the BBC, its flag planted firmly on the moral high ground, axed Thatcher as a reporter on The One Show, saying that it considered "any language of a racist nature wholly unacceptable". But, just eight months later, that policy seems to have changed. Racist language clearly is acceptable – if it comes from someone who isn't expendable. For Du Beke is a Strictly stalwart, and favourite to replace Bruce Forsyth as presenter of the sequinned extravaganza. Until then, the corporation has no intention of wasting its investment in him as he perfects his small-screen skills on various other shows.

By way of a sulky defence for its lack of action, the BBC claims that Du Beke's apology for his offensive comment was "unconditional", while Thatcher's – well, it just wasn't grovelling enough. I beg to differ. These cases, and the apologies they prompted, are so similar as to be indistinguishable. ...

At the very least, the BBC stands accused of double standards ... Certainly, the saga has confirmed the BBC's status as a self-righteous bastion of political correctness – but only so far as it suits the smug hierarchy who run it. ...

Whenever the casual, unthinking racism of another era emerges in a chance remark or observation, all hell, of course, breaks loose. ...

So both Thatcher's and Du Beke's comments were bound to cause a row. The former's remark was typical of her blunderbuss style; the latter's crass observation typical of his camp persona. Both displayed ignorance and insensitivity, and neither has anything at all to be proud of. But the BBC emerges worst of all. Having sacked one offender, it should have little choice but to sack the other.
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Labour 'intolerant of faith'
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2009

The Government was condemned yesterday for a state-sponsored attack on religion.

Baroness Warsi, the shadow community cohesion minister, said forced secularism was "not the British way" and accused the Government of relying on a failed policy of multi-culturalism. ...

She added: "It's an agenda driven by the political elite, who have hijacked the pursuit of equality by demanding a dumbing-down of faith." ...

"It's the madness of political correctness which fails to teach our children British history in case it offends, and is the madness of translating documents into a multitude of languages instead of actually teaching people English."

Lady Warsi, a Muslim, also spoke out against extremists. "Anti-Muslim hatred should be rightly recognised as an evil and noxious creed," she said.
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Calais migrants flown home to Kabul with £1,900 payoff
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2009

Hundreds of Afghan migrants will be flown home from Calais today with £1,900, paid for by British and French taxpayers.

As well as a guaranteed place on the plane worth around £500, many of those on board will receive the payment and a guarantee of training back in their homeland.

However, there will be nothing to prevent any of them travelling all the way back to the French town the moment they get to Kabul. It is intended to be the first of many flights which will cost millions of pounds, split between France and Britain.

The aim is the reduce the number of migrants who are massing in Calais before trying to get to Britain, where they will claim asylum or disappear into the "black economy". ...

The first plane will take off from London in the early hours, before stopping to pick up some 250 migrants in Paris. It will then fly on to Kabul.
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HIV prevalence high among African Americans
News-Medical.Net, 6 October 2009

HIV prevalence among African Americans is ten times greater than the prevalence among whites. This racial disparity in HIV prevalence has persisted in the face of both governmental and private actions, involving many billions of dollars, to combat HIV. In the November 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examine factors responsible for the stark racial disparities in HIV infection in the U.S. and the now concentrated epidemic among African Americans.
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I'm sorry, says Strictly dancer after 'Paki' joke
Anita Singh
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2009

Anton Du Beke, a star in Strictly Come Dancing, has escaped censure by the BBC for describing his celebrity partner as a "Paki" ...

Du Beke made the remark about Laila Rouass, who is of Moroccan descent, after she had been given a spray tan for her performance. Du Beke said: "Oh my God, you look like a Paki."

... In his apology, Du Beke said: "I must say immediately and categorically that I am not a racist, and that I do not use racist language. ...

"... I apologise unreservedly for any offence my actions might have caused."
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Greek legends challenged
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2009

Dr Michael Scott, a Cambridge University classicist, argues the collapse of Greek democracy 2,400 years ago took place in circumstances worryingly similar to those of modern Britain. Athens imploded in the middle of crippling economic downturn, while politicians took money for themselves, sent troops to fight unpopular foreign wars and struggled to cope with immigration. ...

He said his new history of the fourth century BC should be read as a lesson for the challenges of our generation. ...

Dr Scott's book From Democracy to Kings is released today.
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25 terrorists could be released early
Matthew Moore
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2009

Up to 25 terrorists will be freed from prison early over the next year, raising fears that some will slip through the probation net and plot new attacks against Britain.

Convicted Islamist terrorists have seen their jail terms reduced on appeal following a landmark ruling last year. ... ...

Analysis has shown that of the 26 terrorism cases to reach the court of appeal since then, 25 resulted in convicts having their sentences reduced.

Probation service unions have spoken of the danger of a "tragic" terrorist strike by an early-release prisoner because staff do not have the resources to keep track of so many people. Up to 20 convicted terrorists are already living in bail hostels intended for conventional criminals like burglars.
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Racism in paradise
Tarek Fatah
National Post, 5 October 2009

A Saudi cleric named Sheikh Muhammad al-Munajid has promised on Saudi TV that the virgins we Muslims will get in paradise will be white. If you blow yourself up in a martyrdom operation, you'll be rewarded with 72 pure women, and not one of them will be black or Indian, or even Arab or Iranian. ...

What follows edited excerpt from an interview with al-Munajid, which aired on Al-Majd TV on July 25, 2009, and has been transcribed and translated by MEMRI - The Middle East Research Institute.

Allah said that the black-eyed virgins are beautiful white young women, with black pupils and very white retinas, whose skin is so delicate and bright that it causes confusion.

Allah said that they are like hidden pearls. They are all the same age, morally and physically beautiful. They are like precious gems and pearls in their splendor, their clarity, their purity, and their whiteness.
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How immigration and multiculturalism destroyed Detroit
Frosty Wooldridge, 5 October 2009

For 15 years, from the mid 1970s to 1990, I worked in Detroit, Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash everywhere! Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it and ignored it. ...

Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America, outside of Richard Daley in Chicago, rode Detroit down to its knees. He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence and arrogance. As a black man, he said, "I am the MFIC." The IC meant 'in charge'. You can figure out the rest. Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.

... Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit.

As the Muslims moved in, the whites moved out. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike and total separation from America. ...

In this week's Time Magazine October 4, 2009, "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell and how it can rise again," I choked on the writer's description of what happened. ...

As Coleman Young's corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kick backs and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city's death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit. ...

Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit – thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America. ...

Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.
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Bundesbank official under police investigation after blasting Turks for 'conquering Germany'
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, 4 October 2009

Dr Thilo Sarrazin, a member of the executive board and head of the bank's risk control operations, told Europe's culture magazine Lettre International that Turks with low IQs and poor child-rearing practices were "conquering Germany" by breeding two or three times as fast.

"A large number of Arabs and Turks in this city, whose number has grown through bad policies, have no productive function other than as fruit and vegetable vendors," he said.

"Forty per cent of all births occur in the underclasses. Our educated population is becoming stupider from generation to generation. What's more, they cultivate an aggressive and atavistic mentality. It's a scandal that Turkish boys won't listen to female teachers because that is what their culture tells them", he said.

"I'd rather have East European Jews with an IQ that is 15pc higher than the German population," he said.

Dr Sarrazin has since apologised but his comments may have breached Germany's anti-racism laws. The Bundesbank's staff union said over the weekend that his position had become "untenable".

Bundesbank chief Axel Weber found himself caught in the storm while attending the G7 summit in Istanbul, where Turkish newspapers have been in uproar. He was provided with bodyguards.

"The Bundesbank is an institution held in high esteem in Germany. I see that a loss of reputation has arisen here," he said. Every member of the Bundesbank from chauffeur to cashier must look into their own conscience and judge themselves if they breach the bank's moral code, Mr Weber said. However, he may be in some difficulty himself if the Süddeutschen Zeitung is correct in reporting that he approved the Sarrizin interview after calling for certain changes.
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Nature might not make us nicer
Geoffrey Lean
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2009

A groundbreaking study reckons that nature makes us nicer. Immersing people in the natural world "brings individuals closer to others, whereas human-made environments orientate goals towards more selfish or self-interested ends", concludes a team of psychologists and social scientists at Rochester University in New York state.

They showed people slides of landscapes and urban scenes, got them to imagine the associated sounds and smells, and asked them to rank the importance of four "aspirations". Those exposed to the views of nature placed most value on having "deep, enduring relationships" and working towards "the betterment of society", while those who had been watching the cityscapes said it was more important to be "financially successful" and "admired by many people".

That's all very well, but does it work? ...
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Shooting nuisance parakeets is 'racist'
Louise Gray
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2009

Parakeets are "as British as curry" and shooting them would be racist, according to wildlife experts who are fighting a decision to allow the exotic birds to be culled.

This week natural England officially deemed the ring-necked parakeet as a pest, making it possible to shoot the birds without a licence.

However, Dr Ian Rotherham, director of the Environmental Change Research Unit at Sheffield Hallam University, said there was a danger that labelling parakeets as a "nasty alien" just because they are from abroad could be seen as a form of "racism" towards a foreign species.

He said: "If there is a problem – for example with the birds taking fruit – then we have to take steps to deal with it. If you start to label it as alien then that is some sort of racism. Eco-xenophobia is the label I would use."

Matthew Frith, deputy chief executive of the London Wildlife Trust, said parakeets were "as British as curry" and agreed it was dangerous to label the birds a pest.
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Public Opinion in Mexico on U.S. Immigration: Zogby Poll Examines Attitudes
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, October 2009

A new survey by Zogby International finds that people in Mexico think that granting legal status to illegal immigrants in the United States would encourage more illegal immigration to the United States. As the top immigrant-sending country for both legal and illegal immigrants, views on immigration in Mexico can provide insight into the likely impact of an amnesty, as well as other questions related to immigration.

Among the findings:

A clear majority of people in Mexico, 56 percent, thought giving legal status to illegal immigrants in the United States would make it more likely that people they know would go to the United States illegally. Just 17 percent thought it would make Mexicans less likely to go illegally. The rest were unsure or thought it would make no difference.

Of Mexicans with a member of their immediate household in the United States, 65 percent said a legalization program would make people they know more likely to go to America illegally.

Two-thirds of Mexicans know someone living in the United States; one-third said an immediate member of their household was living in the United States.

Interest in going to the United States remains strong even in the current recession, with 36 percent of Mexicans (39 million people) saying they would move to the United States if they could. At present, 12 to 13 million Mexico-born people live in the United States.

A new Pew Research Center poll also found that about one-third of Mexicans would go to the United States if they could.

An overwhelming majority (69 percent) of people in Mexico thought that the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans (Mexico- and U.S.-born) should be to Mexico. Just 20 percent said it should be to the United States. The rest were unsure.

Also, 69 percent of people in Mexico felt that the Mexican government should represent the interests of Mexican-Americans (Mexico- and U.S.-born) in the United States. ...

The views of people in Mexico on immigration and related issues are clearly important. In 2009 some 12 to 13 million people from Mexico lived in the United States, accounting for nearly one-third of the entire foreign-born population. The findings of this survey show that people in Mexico think that if the United States were to legalize the 10 to 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, it would encourage more illegal immigration. This is especially true for those who have a member of their household living in the United States, with 65 percent of these individuals saying it would make the people they know more likely to go to America as illegal immigrants. This is worth thinking about since people in Mexico may be in the best position to see how an amnesty would be received in the top illegal-immigrant-sending nation.

The survey also found that more than one-third of people in Mexico (38 million) would like to live in the United States if they could. This clearly shows that the desire to come to America remains very strong in that country. This means that if there was an amnesty in the United States, a very large number of people in Mexico might come illegally in the future in the hope of qualifying for another amnesty.
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DHS Report Shows that 90 Percent of U.S. Borders Are Not 'Effectively Controlled'
Reuters, 1 October 2009

As the new fiscal year begins, the Department of Homeland Security's Annual Performance Report indicates that the department has no plans to increase control of U.S. borders beyond the 894 miles they now claim to have under "effective control." The report reveals how little control the United States actually has over its land and sea borders, despite the 9/11 Commission's report citing uncontrolled borders as a threat to homeland security.

According to DHS's own definition, U.S. borders include 8,607 miles of land borders with Mexico and Canada and "certain coastal sectors." The 894 miles now controlled by DHS represent just a little more than 10 percent of America's borders. Despite that, according to the goals set forth for FY 2010, the department does not intend to bring one additional mile of border under control during the coming year.

"Discontinuing further expansion of border protection is a dismaying example of the government's continuing disregard for the security of the nation," charged Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "Securing 10 percent of the border leaves 90 percent wide open for entry by illegal aliens, terrorists, drug cartels and gang leaders."

The DHS Annual Performance Report bolsters the case against the Obama administration's ill-conceived plans to promote an illegal alien amnesty in 2010, argues FAIR. Both the administration and its congressional allies have vowed that amnesty would be predicated on having our borders under control.

"Effective control of 10 percent of the border is no mark of success and is not justification for this administration and congressional leaders to proceed with a massive illegal alien amnesty. The fact that DHS has no intention of improving that dismal performance is an example of gross malfeasance," said Stein.

"The DHS report makes it very clear that another divisive debate about granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens must be scrapped." Stein continued. "The federal government must set meaningful standards for securing our borders - commensurate with the serious threats we face - and devote the resources and manpower necessary to keep our nation safe and achieve dramatic reduction in illegal immigration.

"It's easy to succeed when the bar is set low and you are grading your own performance. Unfortunately, the threats to the nation are grave and DHS is woefully unprepared and apparently unwilling to confront them," concluded Stein.
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Supermarkets are destroying village life, says Duke
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 30 September 2009

The traditional British village is under threat because of the encroachment of supermarkets and big retail centres in the countryside, according to the Duke of Edinburgh. ...

In a wide-ranging discussion of agricultural and environmental issues, the Duke expressed fears over the effects of the global population boom, "the greatest problem for the future".

"People go on about this carbon footprint, but they fail to realise that the amount of carbon going into the atmosphere is entirely dependent on the number of people living on the Earth," he said.

"There are now 60 million people in this country. This country had three million people in Elizabeth I's day."
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France tells Britain: let in all migrants
Nick Fagge
Daily Express, 30 September 2009

France last night admitted it was fighting a losing battle against illegal migrants – and demanded Britain should open its doors to them.

A week after being forced from their shanty town, the asylum seekers were back, still seeking a passage to the UK.

Last night Calais mayor Natacha Bouchard said the Channel port would remain an immigrant dumping ground until Britain opened its borders and stopped asking France to do its dirty work.

She insisted that the British should sign up to the Schengen Agreement, a European Union accord that allows free movement of all people between European member states without the need for passports or visas.

"Calais has become a no-go area, and that's because we have become hostages of the British Government," said Ms Bouchard.

"Britain is unable to control its borders, so we're doing the job for them because they're not part of the agreement. There are still some 20 squatter camps in Calais alone.

"Britain has no right to put pressure on us. Every politician should keep repeating this.

"The more they say it, the more they'll be throwing light on the problem which has been imposed on us."

The French government is fast running out of patience with the crisis and claims it is powerless to stop the thousands of migrants who make their way to Calais seeking a new life in Britain.

It complains that until Britain agrees to open its borders, there is no reason for migrants to abandon their nightly cat-and-mouse games with police as they try to board lorries and trains bound for Dover.

Calais MP Jack Lang said: "The migrants make it to Britain whatever the obstacles. Police operations will do nothing to stop them." ...

Conservative MP Philip Davies added: "We have lost control of our borders and Britain is seen as a soft touch. These people know that once they are here they will never have to leave.

"If we had a robust policy to deal with illegal immigrants they would not be trying to get into the UK in the first place." ...

But while police keep trying to find new camps, they find keeping migrants out of Calais – Britain's main transport link to Europe – a never-ending battle.

Over two-thirds of the migrants arrested in The Jungle raid have been released and are back in Calais preparing to cross the Channel.

Hundreds escaped when French immigration minister Eric Besson announced plans for the raid on prime time television.

Abbot Jean-Pierre Boutoille of the refugee charity C'Sur said: "There are hundreds still living rough in Calais and I hear that a group escaped from a detention centre is already marching back.

"The operation to destroy the Jungle camp was a ridiculous media exercise and will achieve nothing."
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Mass immigration affecting the well-being of all Canadians; immigration policies must be reviewed
Fraser Institute, 30 September 2009

Recent mass immigration has negatively affected Canadian living standards and is challenging the country's existing national identity, culture, and social fabric, concludes a new book released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading economic think tank.

Based on a series of papers presented to a 2008 Montreal conference on immigration, The Effects of Mass Immigration on Canadian Living Standards and Society recommends significant changes to Canadian immigration policy including changes to the selection process that would limit the number of immigrants.

"Since 1990, Canada's annual rate of immigration has been the highest in the world, resulting in a population increase of 3.9 million people between 1990 and 2006. This mass immigration has had profound effects on Canada's economic, demographic, social, and political conditions, affecting the well-being of all Canadians including past immigrants," said Herbert Grubel, Fraser Institute senior fellow and co-editor of the book.

"Unfortunately, most Canadians are insufficiently aware of these effects partly because a code of political correctness tends to identify any examination of immigration policies with racism and partly because Canada's electoral system rewards politicians who are in favor of the current high intake." ...

... Grubel estimates that immigrants who arrived in the 12 years before 2002 imposed a fiscal burden of $18.5 billion on all Canadians in the year 2002 alone. ...

Contributing author Stephen Gallagher discusses the implications of increasing numbers of recent immigrants who have retained their loyalties and attachment to their native countries, many to the extent that they live in their native countries while they are citizens of Canada and enjoy all the privileges that come with that status including a Canadian passport and protection while abroad. ...

Gallagher suggests that immigrants with Canadian passports living abroad have turned Canada into a "global suburb," a home away from home to which one returns only when conditions abroad warrant.

Salim Mansur focuses on how mass immigration and the policy of multiculturalism are undermining Canadian culture and identity. His chapter addresses what he sees as a wide-spread self-loathing among Western societies, and he foresees continuing conflicts between Canadian society and large numbers of immigrants from different cultures.

"The efforts by the citizens of Herouxville to protect their culture are indicative of a growing conflict and efforts to resist the undermining of Quebec and Canadian culture," Grubel said.
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New 'face of Tesco' is an illegal immigrant
Justin Penrose
Sunday Mirror, 27 September 2009

The new face of Tesco, chosen to star in a glossy advertising blitz, has been arrested for being an illegal immigrant.

Mother-of-three Fatou Cham, a 32-year-old checkout operator, won an in-house Tesco contest to be the face of its new autumn clothing range.

But she now faces deportation after a tip-off to immigration officials – and has been hurriedly dropped from the ad campaign. ...

Fatou came to the UK from Gambia, West Africa, in 1998 aged 21 to study banking, economics and finance at London Metropolitan University.

Two years later, her mother and eldest child were granted a visa to join her here. The family, including two further children born in this country, settled in East Ham, East London, and Fatou began working for Tesco in nearby Beckton in 2002 to fund her studies.

Her student visa had run out a year earlier. She applied to stay on, but did not have the necessary paperwork and has been here illegally since. ...

"The last few days have been really stressful," she said. "I came here for a better life and never set out to deceive anyone. I just want to stay here with my family and be happy. ...

In January Fatou applied for indefinite leave to remain, but the Home Office refused. She has appealed to the High Court. ...

When Fatou joined Tesco in 2002, all that was required for overseas citizens to work in the UK was a valid national insurance number.

The law changed in 2004 requiring people from abroad to have a valid work visa.

A spokesman for Tesco said: "As soon as we were made aware of this issue, we cooperated fully with the investigation. We're satisfied we followed the correct procedures."
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Official flouted immigration law
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2009

A Home Office case worker let 49 migrants into Britain who should not have been here because she "just wanted them to earn some money", a court heard yesterday.

Only a handful of the immigrants have been traced and it is unlikely the rest will be found, Croydon Crown Court heard. Aliya Ali, a senior member of staff in the Croydon office, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to 12 charges of misconduct as a public officer.
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By 2011, Punjabi will be Canada's fourth largest language - Kenney
Albert Smith, 26 September 2009

According to the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, by the end of 2011, Punjabi will become the fourth largest language that would be spoken in the country. ...

Two huge portraits of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Dilip Singh, his son, were uncovered by the minister prior to opening the grand event. The portraits will now be showcased permanently at the museum. ...

According to the 2006 census, Punjabi is the sixth largest spoken language in the country after English, French, Chinese, Italian, and German. However, it is expected to get pass two languages which were earlier ranked ahead of it, i.e. German and Italian, by 2011.
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Britain's part in EU plan to share out asylum claimants between countries
Roland Schilling, UNHCR Representative to the UK
Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2009
[Letter to the Editor]

Some states, mainly on the EU's southern and eastern flanks, such as Greece and Malta, are receiving disproportionate numbers of asylum claimants.

Regrettably, reception conditions and chances for refugees to find protection differ among EU countries. So asylum seekers will move to France, and even onwards, unless better standards are implemented across the EU. ...

Considering the long tradition of refugee protection in Britain, as well as the competence of its institutions, this country is well placed to encourage better practice and to share its expertise.

Of the 42 million uprooted people in the world last year, only some 0.7 per cent entered Europe and 0.074 per cent reached Britain. Britain is not in danger of being "swamped" by asylum claimants, as some media reports have suggested, but it is certainly in the position to extend its support to states elsewhere in Europe which, due to their location, bear a disproportionate refugee burden.
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Steve Haynes
Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2009
[Letter to the Editor]

Whatever pressure a new EU human rights supremo may put Britain under ("Europe to push for more asylum seekers in Britain", report, September 14), our membership of the EU ensures that we will be subjected to continuing massive immigration for the foreseeable future.

Two examples illustrate this. The Spanish government recently gave amnesty to half a million asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants, knowing full well that when they become EU citizens, they could settle anywhere within the Union. As most are West Africans, many already have affinities with Britain. Presently living with little more than the Spanish authorities' lip service to human rights, the final destination of most of these amnestees is obvious.

Poland should have a famine of plumbers and hotel workers: she doesn't. Polish tradesmen have been replaced quite legitimately by a local pre-EU arrangement whereby Ukrainians can freely work in Poland if the jobs are there.

If the newcomer has lived in Poland for four years, he or she can apply for Polish (therefore EU) citizenship.

Having made the first, most difficult break with their families, and suffered low wages and discrimination in Polish cities, where will the final choice of residence be for most of these new EU citizens?

Only by withdrawing from the EU and reclaiming sovereign responsibility for our borders will the coming catastrophe to our quality and way of life be avoided.
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Force under fire: Met 'lacks direction'
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2009

Leaders of London's Metropolitan Police must urgently identify a new "vision" for tackling racism and discrimination, a report says. An independent review panel said a fresh start was needed more than 10 years after the publication of a report into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, otherwise "hard won" improvements could be lost. In preliminary findings released yesterday, members pointed the finger at Sir Paul Stephenson, the Met commissioner, and his senior colleagues after claims the force "lacked direction". They said its diversity unit did not have the "teeth" to direct the organisation away from discrimination.

The review of race and faith issues within the force was ordered by Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, last October.
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New migrants camp appears, a day after the Jungle is cleared
Caroline Gammell
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2009

A new "Jungle" has sprung up in Calais just 24 hours after police closed the original makeshift camp for illegal immigrants less than a mile away.


More than 30 men gathered there yesterday to receive food from a local charity after being released from detention by the French authorities. Many said they would remain there until they could find a way into Britain.

At least five other small camps have also sprung up in the area near the port.

Nearly 300 people, mostly young Afghan men, were rounded up on Tuesday while the so-called Jungle, a ghetto of tarpaulin and wooden houses built up over the past five years, was destroyed.

They were taken to a detention centre in Lille and offered the option to claim asylum in France or return to their home countries.

The vast majority refused both options, being determined to reach Britain.
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Black-White Conflict Isn't Society's Largest
Rich Morin
Pew Research Centre, 24 September 2009

It may surprise anyone following the charges of racism that have flared up during the debate over President Obama's health care proposals, but a survey taken this summer found that fewer people perceived there are strong conflicts between blacks and whites than saw strong conflicts between immigrants and the native born, or between rich people and poor people.

A majority (55%) of adults said there are "very strong" or "strong" conflicts between immigrants and people born in the United States. Nearly as many – 47% – said the same about conflicts between rich people and poor people, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends project.

The survey found that about four-in-ten (39%) believe there are serious conflicts between blacks and whites, and only a quarter (26%) see major generational divisions between the young and old. ...

The survey found some notable demographic patterns in the public's perceptions of social conflicts. For example, blacks, Hispanics and women are significantly more likely than whites and men to say major conflicts exist between groups in at least three of the four areas tested in the survey. Blacks, in particular, consistently see more social conflict than do other demographic groups. But not even blacks believe that racial conflict is the most prevalent kind of conflict in the country today. A bare majority of blacks (53%) say there are "very strong/strong" conflicts between blacks and whites. At the same time, nearly two-thirds of blacks (65%) say there are significant conflicts between the rich and poor, and 61% say there are significant conflicts between immigrants and the native born. Blacks also are twice as likely as whites to see major generational conflicts (42% vs. 21%). ...

Disagreements between immigrants and native-born Americans emerge as the most prevalent and serious type of social conflict among those tested in the survey. A clear majority (55%) of adults say there are "very strong" or "strong" conflicts between these groups, including 18% who say there are "very strong" conflicts and 37% who describe them as "strong."

Hispanics in particular see serious clashes between these groups: nearly seven-in-ten (68%) say there are major conflicts between immigrants and the native born, a view shared by half of whites (53%) and six-in-ten blacks (61%). ...

About four-in-ten Americans see major conflicts between blacks and whites, including 53% of blacks and 47% of Hispanics, but a significantly smaller share of whites (35%). ...

The racial divide is nearly as wide on perceptions of racial conflict. A majority of blacks (53%) but slightly more than a third of whites (35%) say major conflicts exist between the two races. Hispanics also are more likely than whites to see serious disagreements between blacks and whites (47% vs. 35%).
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Baroness Scotland urged to quit by ministers
Rosa Prince, John Bingham and Jon Swaine
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2009

Baroness Scotland was under pressure from Cabinet colleagues to resign as Attorney General last night after she was fined £5,000 for employing an illegal immigrant.

The most senior law officer in England and Wales avoided the sack despite becoming the first individual in the country to be sanctioned for breaching immigration rules that she helped frame as a Home Office minister. All other prosecutions have covered companies. ...

The peer attempted to play down the offence by saying it was a contravention of civil rather than criminal laws and that she was only in "technical breach" of the rules.

Legal experts said the term "technical breach" had no validity in law, while both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats called on her to quit, saying she could not be both a "law maker and a law breaker".
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Keep out, Britain is full up
Mark Reynolds
Daily Express, 23 September 2009

French authorities yesterday finally destroyed the Calais shanty town, known as The Jungle, used by migrants as a launch-pad to Britain. ...

Critics of yesterday's operation said that while it was essential the five-year-old camp was knocked down, there seemed no proper plan in place to deal with the 1,000 or so Afghans or Iraqis left homeless.

While some reports said the French would use British taxpayers' cash to offer the migrants financial incentives to go home, most experts believe they will simply disperse to smaller makeshift camps around the Calais docks and continue their attempt to enter Britain illegally. ...

Conservative MP Philip Davies was among those insisting that France should take proper responsibility for the immigrants on its shores rather than pass on the burden to "full-up'' Britain – but he feared it would not.

He said: "Asylum-seekers are supposed to be dealt with in the first place they come to. If France was fulfilling its international duties they would be dealing with these people.

"It is totally irresponsible to be trying to pass them on to us. Obviously both the French government and the asylum-seekers know how soft we are and that once people are here, however bogus their claims, they will never be kicked out again.

"But we've done more than our fair share. We can't cope with the people we have. There is still a massive backlog of cases, people who have been here years. We need to put the 'full' sign up. France is a big enough country. They've got lots of room." ...

Sir Andrew Green, of MigrationWatch, said: "Simply closing the camp won't work. We tried that with Sangatte. I think we have to get to the heart of this problem. We entirely support asylum for genuine cases but it seems Britain is now seen as a soft touch. That's certainly what the French believe. Why else should people be queueing up in Calais when France is a safe country?" ...

Yesterday's raid on The Jungle began at dawn when 500 police officers in dozens of vans and accompanied by bulldozers began circling the wooded waste ground a few hundred yards from the ferry port. In total 278 were arrested and 132 of these claimed they were under 16. All were male. Many more had disappeared overnight, moving to other parts of Calais where they will continue to plan their journeys to Britain in the back of lorries or trains.

The Refugee Council demanded that Britain accept some of the migrants, particularly children, with family connections in the UK.

But immigration minister Phil Woolas said: "These people have no rights to claim asylum in the UK. Indeed, we would question whether they were genuine asylum-seekers.

"If they were fleeing persecution, they have the right to claim asylum in the first country of entry." ...

Dan Hodges, Communication Director of Refugee Action, said: "You can sweep away the camp but you can't sweep away the issue.

"Unless the French face up to their responsibilities and bring these people within their migration system it is only a matter of time before the camp and the problems return".
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Tunbridge Wells, the EU debt capital
Harry Wallop
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2009

Royal Tunbridge Wells is becoming the "debt capital of Europe" as insolvent Germans and Austrians move there to take advantage of Britain's lenient bankruptcy laws, according to accountants. ...

As long as a person has lived in Britain for six months, they can be declared bankrupt in a British court, writing off their debts a year later. This compares to a wait of seven or even nine years in Germany.

Because any EU national is allowed to live in Britain, accountants said they were not surprised that Europeans were taking advantage of legislation that allows them to wipe out debts incurred in Italy, Austria or Germany in a British court. ...

Tunbridge Wells has proved particularly attractive since a specialist company, run by a German, opened in Erith, Kent. ...
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This tide of despair has only just begun
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2009

From this side of the Channel, the problem looks like something the French should deal with. After all, there is an EU rule, the Dublin Convention, whereby anyone seeking asylum should do so in the first member state they arrive in. But we are not talking here about political refugees, even if many of the countries they come from are politically unstable. By and large, they are economic migrants looking for a better life. ... ...

Climate change, population growth, water shortages, famine and war will all drive more and more people from their homelands and towards Europe. ...

But in the countries closest to the EU's external borders, serious problems are emerging. In Greece, tens of thousands of migrants are living in squatter camps in Athens and on the Aegean Islands. Many eventually make their way to Italy, which also is bearing the brunt of the influx. The Mediterranean coasts of Spain and France are seeing a large rise in numbers. In 2008, an estimated 70,000 tried to cross from North Africa. ... Immigration is potentially the biggest crisis facing the EU ... ...

The only immigration that can be controlled is that into the EU, not that within it; and those curbs can only be as good as the weakest border – and some are very weak indeed. ... ...

In 2008, there were 240,000 would-be political refugees in the 27 member states. The highest number of applications was in France with 42,000, followed by 30,500 in the UK (though this is way down on 2002 when 100,000 were recorded). But the figures do not tell the whole story. Greece had only 19,000 applications, but it has far more illegal immigrants who choose not to come to the attention of the authorities or who are planning to move on elsewhere. As the immigration crisis grows, pressure will be applied on Britain, in particular, to take more of them because other European countries, rightly or wrongly, believe the UK acts as a magnet ...

Despite the Dublin Convention, countries such as Greece or Italy do not wish to spend the money and effort processing the asylum applications of migrants who would rather move on to Britain. For all the talk in Europe about an EU-wide approach, the problem is simply being passed from one country to another.

It is made worse by the ease of travel in continental Europe, where most national frontiers have been abolished under the Schengen treaty. It is not difficult to get from one end of the EU to the Channel without ever showing a passport or any other document. ...

Removing illegal immigrants is also a complex and expensive process; and if they claim asylum, it cannot be done until the legal procedures have been exhausted. Under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, the key provision – known as non-refoulement – means that no one claiming asylum will be returned to a country where he might be persecuted. A second requirement is that proper consideration should be given to each claim and that no one will be prosecuted for entering a country illegally. It can be impossible to tell where an asylum seeker has come from, since they often arrive without any papers. The gangs that control "people smuggling" tell them to destroy all documentation. ...

However, we cannot ignore the problem either. In his apocalyptic novel The Camp of the Saints, written in 1973, the French writer Jean Raspail contemplates the dilemma facing Western nations as a mass of starving boat people from the Third World arrive on the shores of southern Europe.

"They were a million poor wretches, overwhelmed with misery, ready to disembark on our shores," he wrote. "To let them in would destroy us; to reject them would destroy them." It is a dilemma with which Europe will have to grapple for a long time to come.
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Home Office admits that employers cannot check on the right to work in Britain
David Moss
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2009
[Letter to the Editor]

Is it actually possible for employers, including Baroness Scotland, to determine if a recruit can legally work in Britain?

According to the Home Office, no. It says, unambiguously: "Currently, employers do not have a reliable means of establishing whether a job applicant has the right to work here." (First Section-37 Report to Parliament about the Likely Costs of the ID Cards Scheme)

The Identity and Passport Service, an executive agency of the Home Office, was due to provide a service to employers to make good this deficiency by June 2007. It didn't and it still hasn't.

Meanwhile, the UK Border Agency, another executive agency of the Home Office, can fine employers for breaking a law that the Home Office itself says we have no way of upholding.
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A third of Mexicans would migrate to U.S.: survey
Robin Emmott
Reuters, 23 September 2009

One in three Mexicans would migrate to the United States if they had the chance, and many would go illegally at a time of rising drug violence in Mexico, a survey released on Wednesday showed.

Even with the United States hit by its worst recession in decades, many Mexicans still try to cross into the United States illegally, some paying traffickers huge fees.

The survey by the Pew Research Center, a Washington-based public opinion research organization, found that 57 percent of Mexicans believe those who move from Mexico to the United States enjoy a better life.

With drug violence becoming a scourge across Mexico, 81 percent of respondents said crime is a major problem and 73 percent said illegal drugs are a serious issue for their country.

Asked if they would like to move to the United States, 33 percent of those taking part in the survey said "yes" and 18 percent said they would move even without the necessary visas.

"People see the U.S. as a land of opportunity ... and they see a lot of problems in Mexico. They are worried about crime, about the economy, drugs and corruption," said Richard Wike, who worked on the nationwide face-to-face survey of 1,000 Mexicans conducted between May 26 and June 2.

The survey has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, the Pew Research Center said. ...

Almost 40 percent of the survey's respondents said they had relatives or close friends in the United States.

Around 11.9 million illegal immigrants, mostly Hispanic, live and work in the United States, including millions of Mexicans. Americans are divided about how to handle them.

Many border experts say illegal immigration to the United States will rise again from historic lows this year as the U.S. economy recovers and businesses ranging from farms to factories seek to hire cheap labor.
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Can a Mixed-Race Contestant Become a Chinese Idol?
Simon Elegant and Chengcheng Jiang
Time, 23 September 2009
[This magazine is published more than a week before the date it carries]

In many ways, Lou Jing is a typical young woman from Shanghai. Pretty and confident, she speaks Mandarin heavily accented with the lilting tones of the Shanghai dialect and browses the malls of this huge city for the latest fashions.

But there is one thing that distinguishes this 20-year-old from her peers, something that has made her the unwitting focus of an intense public debate about what exactly it means to be Chinese: the color of her skin. Born to a Chinese mother and an African-American father whom she has never met, the theater student rocketed into the public consciousness last month when she took part in an American Idol-esque TV show, Go! Oriental Angel. ... She doesn't have fair skin, which is one of the most important factors for Chinese beauty. ... ...

As recently as the 1970s, foreigners were largely barred from living in China, let alone marrying a local. China does not easily accept mixed-race children as true-blooded Chinese: as soon as a child is born, the parents are required to register with the authorities as to which of the 56 government-approved ethnic groups their child belongs; there are no mixed-race categories. ...

As China undergoes an astonishing demographic shift and more foreigners make their homes in the Middle Kingdom, Lou is by no means the only one being treated differently. Recent decades have seen a surge in the number of mixed-race couples. According to the data offered by Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, from 1994 to 2008, each year there have been about 3,000 more mixed-race marriages in Shanghai. But as the children of that first generation of mixed-race marriages come of age, their moves to gain acceptance in society – like Lou's participation in the TV show – have exposed a deep-running vein of xenophobia in Chinese society. ...

"As China continues to open up, this kind of phenomenon will become ever more prevalent," says David Zweig, a professor of humanities and social sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. "This is part of the process of internationalization, but we can only hope that Chinese people, including netizens and the people whose views tend towards extremism, can come to accept that there are many mixed-race people, both in China and worldwide."
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Greens say immigration bad for environment
The Australian, 22 September 2009

Australia's population soared by almost half a million people in the year to March - a boom not seen since the 1960s.

A green group says that's no cause for celebration and has called for immigration to be cut to protect the environment.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today shows the population increased by just over two per cent - or 439,000 people - in the year to March.

There are now 21.8 million of us.

Most of the recent increase - almost 300,000 people - was due to immigration.

But there's also a mini-baby boom, with 160,000 babies entering the world during the year.

Recent research showed Australia's population would balloon to 35 million - seven million more than previously thought - on the strength of immigration and births over the next 40 years.

The Government said the population boom was great news because it meant the economy would keep growing.

But some green groups say enough is enough.

Australian Conservation Foundation spokesman Charles Berger said the growing population was on a collision course with the environment.

More people - as outlined in the ABS data - meant more greenhouse pollution, poorer river health and struggling infrastructure.

Every extra million people added 25 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution, Mr Berger said.

He called for migration to be cut to "more sustainable levels".

"We cannot continue to add the equivalent of a city larger than Canberra every year to Australia's population and still expect to maintain the health of our environment and our quality of life."

The ABS data showed Western Australia was leading the population proliferation, while Tasmania lagged in last place.

All states and territories recorded an increase.
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Backlash over end of free tuition pledge
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2009
[Liberal Democrat party conference in Bournemouth]

Delegates backed a regional points-based immigration scheme aimed at easing pressure on the South East. Under the scheme applicants for immigration would be given more points if they were willing to move to areas which needed to increase more people to do jobs which were not being filled.

Chris Huhne, the Lib Dem home affairs spokesman, called the points system a "step in the right direction". But he said that it still failed to offer a "hard-headed assessment of the needs of different regions and parts of the economy".
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Christians accused of offending Muslim face ruin
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2009

A Christian couple face losing their livelihood after being charged with a criminal offence for offending a Muslim woman by saying that Islamic dress was oppressive.

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang are awaiting trial accused of breaching public order by insulting a guest at their hotel in Aintree, Liverpool, over her religion. ...

The Christian Institute is supporting the Vogelenzangs' defence. "It is a consequence of the case that not only are they worrying about criminal charges but they may also lose their business," said Mike Judge, a spokesman for the institute.

It was understood that the discussion took place on the last day of the woman's stay at the hotel in March when she appeared in Muslim dress. ...

"If we are saying that someone can't express [their opinions] without having their collar felt by the police I think we are in a very worrying situation for freedom of speech," said Mr Judge.

Merseyside Police confirmed that the couple had been charged with a religiously aggravated public order offence.
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The voters' message to Cameron
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 20 September 2009

... an ICM opinion poll for The Sunday Telegraph ... ...

..., the poll finds that more than two thirds of voters (69 per cent) think the current level of immigration into Britain of those from outside the EU is too high, with 25 per cent saying it is about right and just two per cent too low.

However, more (53 per cent) prefer the Government's points-based system of controlling numbers of entrants to the Tory proposal of imposing a cap on numbers, which is backed by 42 per cent.
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NHS nurse faces sack for wearing her cross
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 20 September 2009

A nurse is facing the sack for wearing a cross while she cares for patients.

Shirley Chaplin, a committed Christian, has been told by her employers that she must hide or remove the cross or stay out of the hospital wards.

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital told her that she cannot wear the one-inch tall silver cross openly around her neck, because it broaches their uniform policy and poses a risk to patients.

She has been warned by her employers that she will be suspended if she does not comply with their request. There are fears that this would lead to her dismissal.

Mrs Chaplin, 54, says she has been shocked and distressed by the threat, ...

She has spent all of her career at the hospital and has never been challenged before for wearing the necklace, ...

While the health trust has banned the crucifix in its wards, it makes concessions for other faiths, including allowing Muslim nurses to wear headscarves on duty. ...

The married mother of two has worn the necklace ever since her confirmation service 38 years ago.

A uniform and dress code policy that banned necklaces was introduced by the trust last year, ... ...
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Britain refuses migrants from Calais 'jungle' camp
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2009

Britain yesterday rejected a call to accept migrants from the so-called "jungle" camp in Calais when it shuts next week.

French police are expected to move within days to close the camp, where as many as 2,000 people are living, many of them Afghans.

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, suggested that Britain should take in those with relatives already living in the country.

However, a spokesman for the UK Border Agency said genuine asylum seekers should make their claim in the country where they enter Europe. He said: "People seeking asylum should do so in the first safe country they come to, those who are not in need of protection will be expected to return home. ..."
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Violent crime costs each household £1,000 a year
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2009

Violent crime is costing every household more than £1,000 a year as the Conservatives warn the true level of offences is now more than two million.

Killings, assaults and other attacks have increased sharply since 1998 and are estimated to be twice the level of official statistics.

It means the total cost to the country, in everything from insurance and loss of earnings to policing and court cases, hit £25.6 billion last year, according to a study by the Tories. ...

Police recorded 903,993 violent offences against the person in 2008-09, up from 502,778 in 1998-99.

However, only around 42 per cent of violent crime is reported, meaning the true figure is expected to be more than 2.2 million, the report finds.

Using the Home Office's own calculations, it is estimated that a violent crime cost around £11,848 last year.

This is made up of anticipation costs, such as spending on security and insurance; the consequences, such as health care, victim support and loss of earnings; and the costs of responding to the crime, such as policing and the criminal justice system.

It means the cost of violent crime in England and Wales last year was £25.6 billion - or £1,121 for each of the 22.8 million households.
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France to shut illegal migrant 'jungle' in Calais
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2009

The French government pledged yesterday to shut the so-called "jungle" camp used by migrants in Calais as part of a renewed effort to stop them illegally crossing the Channel to England.

Eric Besson, the immigration minister, said a "very strong" rise in crime in the northern French port had led him to order officials to clear the area by the end of next week. He said the message to migrants and people traffickers was: "You can no longer cross from England to Calais." ...

Up to 2,000 migrants, many from south Asia, live in makeshift shelters around Calais. Aid groups said the order would "simply shift the problem a few kilometres".
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Immigrants more Intolerant of Dutch than Vice Versa
NIS News Bulletin, 18 September 2009

Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands are more intolerant of 'white' Dutch than white Dutch are of them, says Radboud University Nijmegen sociologist Jochem Tolsma. He will receive his doctorate with research on ethnic tolerance on 28 September.

One yardstick Tolsma used for measuring tolerance is how people view an inter-ethnic marriage. Among the white Dutch, 22 percent would consider it 'problematic to very problematic' if their daughter or son would marry an immigrant. Among the second-generation Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands, 32 and 25 percent respectively would feel this way if their children married a 'Hollander'.

Additionally, Turks and Moroccans with both high and low educational levels are equally negative. "You might expect that the higher-educated would have more and more positive contacts with the indigenous, but this is not the case," said Tolsma in De Volkskrant.

Immigrants that have studied do identify more with the Netherlands than the poorly educated. "You can thus feel completely Dutch without welcoming a marriage with a Dutch person."
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Border Agency launches inquiry into revelation the Attorney General hired an illegal immigrant housekeeper
Dan Newling, Tim Shipman and Christian Gysin
Daily Mail, 17 September 2009

Immigration officials launched an investigation today into revelations that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, employed an illegal migrant.

The Government's top law officer sacked her housekeeper, Loloahi Tapui, yesterday after it emerged that the 27-year-old Tongan was in the UK illegally. ...

A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said: 'The UK Border Agency will conduct this investigation as they would any other investigation into allegations of illegal working.' ...

Miss Tapui has been living in Britain illegally for five years after overstaying a student visa. She is still using her National Insurance number from her time as a student. ...

Even unknowingly employing an illegal is still an offence, punishable by a £10,000 fine, under legislation that she helped steer through Parliament as a Home Office minister in 2006.

The revelations are a major embarrassment to Lady Scotland, who attends the Cabinet as the Government's most senior law officer and is responsible for all court litigation. ...

The fact that Britain's top law officer could be so easily hoodwinked highlights the lax controls that critics claim are a feature of Labour's immigration policy.

The revelations are a grave personal embarrassment for Caribbean-born Lady Scotland - the first-ever female Attorney General - and could lead to calls for her to resign.

The case has echoes of former Home Secretary David Blunkett, who quit the cabinet in 2004 after it emerged that he sought to fast-track the visa application of his lover's Filipina nanny.

Two of Bill Clinton's nominees as U.S. Attorney General - both women - had to withdraw in 1993 after it emerged that they employed illegal immigrants as nannies and a home help. ...

Lady Scotland's spokesman said the Attorney General 'saw documents which led her to believe that Ms Tapui was entitled to work in this country' when she hired her - but would not specify what paperwork that was. ...

|Baroness Scotland may have been caught out by her own law

Miss Tapui's employment itself raises security questions since it shows how easy it is for illegal migrants to get close to senior politicians.

She acquired an NI number when she was granted a visa in 2003. But once the visa ran out she, like hundreds of thousands of others, was able to keep working openly.

Her case highlights the poor coordination between government agencies to track down illegal immigrants and deport them.

When she applied for a visa extension, a year after the original one had run out, Miss Tapui was turned down and advised either to appeal or leave.

Officials should have noticed that her visa was out of date and sent her home.

If they could not track her down, they could have found her address and employment details from her tax records.

Ministers refuse to say how many illegal immigrants are in the UK, but estimates go as high as two million.

A study last November by the London School of Economics put the figure at around 700,000, with more than 400,000 in London.

Last year just 67,980 people were removed from Britain. Of those, fewer than one in three was an enforced removal.

At that rate it would take up to 200 years to deport all the illegals.
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France's 'jungle' refugee camp may close, but Britain's asylum problem will continue
Ed West
Daily Telegraph blog, 17 September 2009

I have a feeling we're going to hear a lot more about Eric Besson, France's new immigration minister, ... he has now ordered the closure of "the Jungle", the refugee camp near Calais that sprung up after Sangatte was shut down in 2002.

Still, forgive me for not being entirely optimistic when Mr Besson promises that cross-channel asylum shopping will end any time soon. They said the same thing in 2002 when Sangatte was closed, but the desperate migrants just moved down the road, and as long as the United Kingdom offers illegal immigrants the chance to scrape a living off the books while receiving (pretty minimal) state support, with a good chance of remaining here even if they lose their asylum case, they will keep on coming.

None of which is either the fault of the migrants themselves or of France. ... As Besson himself says: "The paradoxical situation for France is that we are trying to bar entry into the UK, which doesn't want these migrants, and we are lumbered with handling their departure."

And they will still be lumbered with them, so long as Britain makes no efforts to change its laws and to deport people who have no right to be here, and while idiotic churchmen and others campaign for an amnesty – the one action guaranteed to create more squalid camps, more gang-related trafficking, and more suffocated or drowned Chinese labourers.
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'Racist' claims defuse once powerful word
Associated Press, 17 September 2009

Everybody's racist, it seems. ...

But if everybody's racist, is anyone?

The word is being sprayed in all directions, creating a hall of mirrors that is draining the scarlet R of its meaning and its power, turning it into more of a spitball than a stigma. ...

What the word once meant – and still does in Webster's dictionary – is someone who believes in the inherent superiority of a particular race or is prejudiced against others. ...

Still, race remains a major factor in American life, said Brian D. Smedley, director of the health policy institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which focuses on people of color.

"We know from a large body of social science that a large portion of Americans harbor racial bias," Smedley said. ... ...

This infinite loop is the inevitable result of years of black identity politics, which created a blueprint for whites who feel threatened by America's changing demographics, says Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt University professor and author of "The New White Nationalism In America."

"We need to rethink what is racist and who can legitimately call whom racist," Swain said, citing the argument that blacks can't be racist because racism requires power.

"With a black president, a black attorney general, and blacks holding various power positions around the country, now might be a time when we can concede that anyone can express attitudes and actions that others can justifiably characterize as racist."

Perhaps this is even a strange symbol of racial progress – equal-opportunity victimization, so to speak.
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Vetting will not guard young from foreign offenders
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2009

Foreign criminals, including sex offenders and murderers, can slip through the Government's new vetting system to work with children and the vulnerable, ...

Background checks by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will not pick up offences committed abroad because of poor information sharing between countries.

The loophole remains, despite a government promise three years ago to close it. ...

Since its promise in 2006, the Government has made just one "initial agreement" to share information on foreign criminals, with Australia. It is in "ongoing discussions" with France and Ireland.
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Once upon a time there was a subject called history ...
Dominic Sandbrook
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2009

The Nazis' aim was to smash Britain's moral and historical heritage – and, of course, they failed. ... Not even the might of the Nazi empire, it seemed, could break the thread of our national history.

What a tragic irony, then, that where Hitler's bombers failed, a generation of home-grown political meddlers and "progressive" educationalists have succeeded all too well. For to anyone with even a passing interest in the teaching, reading and writing of our national past, the Historical Association's massive new survey on history teaching in secondary schools reads like the report of some callous, devastating military barbarism. ...

Terrible as they are, the Historical Association's figures come as little surprise. A few years ago, when I was a lecturer at one of northern England's biggest redbrick universities, I quickly realised that it was a mistake to assume any prior knowledge of British history on the part of our 18-year-old students. Most had studied the Nazis and the American civil rights movement in great detail at A-level, but few had heard of, say, David Lloyd George or Stanley Baldwin, or could explain why Britain had won and lost a global empire.

... For as the Historical Association points out, if the trend continues, history may well decline into virtual irrelevance as a school subject, overtaken by Media Studies and Beauty Therapy.
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Europe to push for more asylum seekers in Britain
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2009

A powerful new European commissioner for human rights who is expected to push for the protection of asylum seekers and workers is set to be appointed later this year.

The commissioner for fundamental rights and social rights is expected to put pressure on Britain to accept more asylum seekers from across Europe. Several Mediterranean countries claim that they are being put under undue strain from increasing numbers of migrants arriving from Africa. ...

The establishment of the powerful new role is a centrepiece of José Manuel Barroso's campaign for re-election as the president of the European Commission. Mr Barosso, who is expected to be re-elected on Wednesday, pledged to increase the human rights role of the EU to win the backing of liberal and socialist parties across Europe.

Europe's previous involvement in the rights of asylum seekers and workers has proved controversial in Britain. It is blamed for contentious legal decisions which have protected the rights of foreign criminals. ...

Although the role of the new commissioner has not been defined, it is expected to lead to greater intervention from Europe.
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Inside Burma's war
Hannah Beech
Time, 21 September 2009
[This magazine is published more than a week before the date it carries]

Cohesion among the ethnic groups, which spent considerable time fighting one another as well as the junta, could change the nature of battle in Burma. ... ...

The complicated ethnic landscape puts Burma's giant neighbor, China, in a bind. Over the past few years, tens of thousands of Chinese businesspeople have fanned across Burma, setting up trading companies and filling downtowns with signs in Chinese characters. Much of the recent Chinese influx is in ethnic areas, where rebel groups have also come to rely on Chinese-made arms to continue their struggle against the junta. (The Chinese, however, are an equal-opportunity weapons dealer, supplying the junta with much of its military hardware.) ...

... It also doesn't help Burmese nationalism that large parts of Mandalay, the country's second largest city and historic royal capital, have turned into a giant Chinatown.


Refreshed ENO faces an identity crisis
Rupert Christiansen
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2009

English National Opera opens its new season this week with a smile on its face. ...

But how does the company now see its identity and purpose? Its right to define itself by those words "English" and "National" seems totally hollow. The company hasn't toured out of London for decades, and it shows very little interest in Englishness, or even Britishness, either.

Just look at the opening production – Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, ... ...

There should be more consistent showcasing of home-grown stars, more English operas in the repertory (this is a company which has never staged such great works as King Arthur, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Pilgrim's Progress, Troilus and Cressida, Albert Herring or A Night at the Chinese Opera), and most of all, the company should be providing better opportunities for young British-bred and trained singers and conductors.

(If I have one major criticism of the current regime at the Coliseum, it is on this last score: over the past 15 years, it has consistently failed to nurture burgeoning native talent with any steadiness or sense of the longer-term.)

Or should ENO come clean, forget about its founding charter and rename itself LIO, London International Opera?
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OFCOM launch investigation into Muslim TV
Ted Jeory
Sunday Express, 13 September 2009

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has launched a major investigation into British Muslim TV stations that have been helping to raise vast sums of money for overseas mosques and madrassas.

Some of the TV channels under the spotlight are linked to a convicted fraudster. ...

Much of the money is being raised by organisations in Pakistan and Bangladesh that have often just registered as UK charities.

As such, they have little traceable financial history and security sources are concerned how donations could be spent once transferred abroad.

Earlier this year, the head of the Stockport-based Green Crescent charity was arrested in Bangladesh after an arms cache was discovered at an Islamic school his organisation allegedly funded.

The latest appeals are being broadcast in Bengali and Urdu from TV studios in east London.

The charities urge Muslim viewers, many of them poor, to seek salvation by donating during Ramadan.

Channels have been announcing that they are raking in more than £100,000 a night.

Ofcom has been monitoring the broadcasts and is now investigating whether its rules have been broken.

Under its code, broadcasters can only run appeals if they do not charge for airtime.

However, a Sunday Express investigation has discovered that charities are being asked to pay up to £15,000 for an all night slot with viewers unaware that donations are being used to cover those costs.

The channels under Ofcom's glare are all available on the Sky satellite platform and broadcast to the large Muslim Bangladeshi diaspora throughout Europe.

They include Channel S, ATN Bangla, Bangla TV and Iqra TV.

There is no suggestion that any channel or charities broadcasting appeals are involved with terrorist activity.

According to Ofcom, licences for all channels are held by Channel S Global Ltd, a company founded by, and still run from, the east London offices of Mohammed Ferdhaus, a 36-year-old businessman sentenced in August last year to 18 months in jail for an insurance fraud.

He served four months and launched an appeal against his conviction in July.

He said he has severed all links with Channel S, yet latest files at Companies House show him as the company secretary and sole shareholder.

During a Sunday Express investigation, TV bosses boasted to an undercover reporter that they could help charities raise hundreds of thousands of pounds every night during Ramadan, which started at the end of last month and is due to end next week.

A manager at ATN Bangla said that it had raised £181,000 in just one night for the Bangladeshi Islami University in Dhaka, an institution that registered as a UK charity just last year and which has no financial history in Britain.

Feroz Khan, the boss of Bangla TV, which is based in Hackney, east London, told our reporter, who was posing as a charity trustee, that fundraising slots for this year's Ramadan were sold out long ago.

A slot for next year could cost £12,000, he said.
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Britishness shunned despite PM plea
Adi Bloom
Times Educational Supplement, 11 September 2009

Three-quarters of teachers believe they should point out the dangers of patriotism to their pupils, rather than merely inculcating love of Queen and country, new research has revealed.

Many feel that patriotism is "brainwashing", preferring instead a John Lennon approach that emphasises universal humanity and the brotherhood of man.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has spoken out in favour of teaching pupils to be patriotic, claiming that lessons in Britishness should be incorporated into the curriculum.

Drs Joanne Pearce and Michael Hand, from the Institute of Education at the University of London, surveyed history and citizenship teachers from 20 secondaries, as well as almost 300 pupils, on their attitudes to patriotism in the classroom.

While more than half of teachers and pupils agreed that patriotic sentiment was a good thing, the majority felt that schools should offer a balanced reflection of all viewpoints.

And 74 per cent of teachers believed it was their duty to point out the danger of patriotic sentiments.

"Praising patriotism excludes non-British pupils," one teacher said. "Patriotism about being British ... divides groups along racial lines, when we aim to bring pupils to an understanding of what makes us the same."

In fact, most interviewees felt that the role of school was to promote more cosmopolitan forms of identification. "We shouldn't be promoting patriotism," one teacher said. "We should be promoting universal brotherhood."
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Only one in 2,000 visa requests checked
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2009

Fewer than one in every 2,000 visa applicants from Pakistan is being interviewed by British immigration officials.

The lack of checks on those wanting to come to the UK from the "high risk" country renewed fears that terrorists or illegal immigrants could slip through the net. ...

It also emerged yesterday that the early release of nearly 150 convicted terrorists had prompted fears that they could plan new attacks and that police and probation services would not be able to cope. ...

Between Oct 27 and May 31 there were 66,415 applications in Pakistan to come to the UK but officials interviewed just 29. ...

MI5, the police and probation services will be swamped in coming months as dozens of Islamic terrorists are released after serving just half their sentences.
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Contraception 'key to climate change'
Richard Pindar
Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2009

Contraception is almost five times cheaper as a means of preventing climate change than conventional green technologies, according to research by the London School of Economics.

Every £4 spent on family planning over the next four decades would reduce global CO2 emissions by more than a ton, whereas a minimum of £19 would have to be spent on low-carbon technologies to achieve the same result, according to researchers.

The report, Fewer Emitters, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, concluded that family planning should be seen as one of the primary methods of emissions reduction. The UN estimates that 40 per cent of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended.

If these basic family planning needs were met, 34 gigatons (billion tons) of CO2 would be saved – equivalent to nearly six times the annual emissions of America and almost 60 times Britain's annual total.

... UN data suggest that improved family planning would reduce unintended births by 72 per cent, in turn reducing the projected world population in 2050 by half a billion to 8.64 billion.

The research is published on the day that the climate change committee, the Government's climate change advisers, gave warning that a planned 80 per cent reduction in emissions was likely to prove insufficient.
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Traffic linked to high blood pressure
Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2009

Living near a busy road is more likely to cause stress and raised blood pressure because of traffic noise, according to a Swedish study.

Young and middle-aged people suffered more, increasing the risk of strokes or heart attacks, while elderly people were the least affected, according to a study published in Environmental Health.
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FF accused of making citizenship a 'money-spinner'
Ruadhán Mac Cormaic
Irish Times, 10 September 2009

Fianna Fáil has reduced Irish citizenship to a "meaningless money-spinner" used by some immigrants solely as a means of exiting the immigration system, Fine Gael has claimed.

Calling for the publication of a Green Paper on citizenship, the party's spokesman on immigration and integration, Denis Naughten, said the concept had become "devoid of any value or pride" and endorsed the introduction of language and culture tests for those applying for naturalisation.

He pointed out that a recent decision by the Minister for Justice to impose a €500 fee for long-term residence applications meant a citizenship application now cost just €450 more. Applicants for both citizenship and long-term residence have to prove they have been legally resident in the State for at least five years, and processing delays mean the waiting times for each application are similar.

This created an incentive for foreign nationals to opt for citizenship, which allowed them "avoid some of the bureaucracy and red tape in having to renew their residency and having to carry a Garda registration card at all times," Mr Naughten said. "Irish citizenship is therefore becoming a meaningless vehicle for exiting the immigration system. It is a sad state of affairs that Irish citizenship has become devoid of any value or pride. To Fianna Fáil, it has become a meaningless money spinner and for some migrants it is just a vehicle to exit the immigration system."

Urging reform of the process, Mr Naughten said the naturalisation should be reached by way of a series of "stepping stones" that would encourage applicants' social integration. These would include civics classes and tests of language competence and knowledge of Irish history and culture.

Citizenship ceremonies could be introduced so that new Irish citizens and their families could publicly declare their desire to integrate into Irish society, he added.

"The present system is such a mess, it is open to abuse. At present, our naturalisation rates are extremely low when compared to other countries and as a result we prevent any meaningful participation of newcomers into Irish society." A Green Paper on citizenship would allow for an informed debate on the subject, he said.
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Concrete kills. Disappearance of urban gardens is costing lives, claims scientist
Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2009

The disappearance of gardens is ruining the urban landscape to such an extent that it is costing lives, a scientist claims.

Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of gardens – many of them in Victorian suburbs – have been concreted over to meet the demand for new housing and car-parking.

But Ross Cameron, an expert in amenity horticulture, said "urban cramming" was bad for our physical and psychological well-being and could even cost lives.

"Greenfield sites are not just a luxury, they are essential to our well-being," Mr Cameron said at the British Science Festival. "Creating a concrete jungle does cost lives. It costs lives in terms of depression and encouraging unhealthy lifestyles." ...

In the past five years, studies have suggested that 12 square miles of gardens had vanished.

... A report earlier this year said that 2.16 million homes will be without a private garden by 2010, compared with 1.6 million in 1995.
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Varied spelling halts rise of Mohammed
Nick Allen
Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2009

Mohammed, in all its various spellings, is now the second most common boys' name in England and Wales.

Jack and Olivia were the most popular names for babies last year – but the Office for National Statistics was accused of being "disingenuous" for listing the various forms of Mohammed as different names.

Three variations of Mohammed originally featured in the list of the top 100 names released by the ONS – but none of them made the top 10.

Mohammed was placed 16th with 3,423, Muhammad 37th with 2,068 and Mohammad 65th with 1,100.

Figures for five other spellings - Muhammed (496), Mohamed (428), Mohamad (40), Muhamed (11) and Mohammod (10) – were later released to The Daily Telegraph.

That made a total of 7,576 and put Mohammed and its alternatives ahead of the official second placed name, Oliver, of whom there were 7,413. ...

There were 708,711 live births in England and Wales during 2008, with 26,815 different boys' names and 34,043 different girls' names registered.
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One person every minute attacked by stranger
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2009

Someone is attacked by a stranger every minute in England and Wales – but only one in five offences is solved, according to figures showing a rise in violent crime.

More than 850,000 people were victims of violence by an unknown assailant last year – a rise of 11 per cent in 12 months. Less than half of the crimes are thought to be reported to the police and, of those that are, less than half result in an offender being brought to justice. ...

Analysis of the Home Office's British Crime Survey (BCS) ... found that 852,000 violent offences were committed by unknown assailants in 2008-09.

This equates to almost 100 an hour or more than one a minute.

The BCS, which surveyed more than 40,000 people, also concluded that only 43 per cent of the offences are reported to the police.
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How safe should we feel?
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2009

... Three quarters of those convicted of involvement in terrorist activity are British with a Pakistani heritage.

The "foot soldiers" are drawn from all walks of life but tend to have several things in common: they are all young men who have been radicalised by Islamist preachers, and they were all either born in this country or were brought up here from an early age. The 9/11 attacks in America came from outside; our enemy is within. ...

In the past two years, there have been 90 successful prosecutions, mostly involving British-born Islamists who have sought to carry out appalling atrocities with little thought for the consequences or the intended victims. In addition, myriad plots have been thwarted, albeit without enough evidence to prosecute; and two dozen or so are still being watched.
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Russell Fitt
Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2009
[Letter to the Editor]

I have received a questionnaire from the local Conservative office asking me to place in order a list of various issues such as health, education and crime.

Immigration did not appear on the list. If the Conservatives do not recognise this subject as an important issue, it seems unlikely that they will do any better than the current government.
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Fighting terror, with ping pong
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2009

Taxpayers' money intended to tackle extremism has been spent on table tennis tables, rap workshops and has even been given to restaurants.

A total of £12 million has been distributed under the Government's Prevent programme but there is insufficient monitoring of how it is being spent, according to the TaxPayers' Alliance.

A breakdown of spending, obtained by the campaign group through Freedom of Information requests, shows that more than £5,000 went to a rap workshop and £25,000 to a theatre project.

Restaurants and food bars were also among the recipients.
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Immigrants baby boom costs £1bn
Mark Reynolds
Daily Express, 7 September 2009

Taxpayers face a £1 billion bill to provide school places for children born in a looming immigrant baby boom, a shocking new study reveals today.

The vast sum will be needed to create more than 96,000 extra places at primary level – around 67,000 to educate children of parents born outside the UK.

It will also cost the British taxpayer at least £200 million a year to run them, warns a cross-party group of MPs.

The knock-on costs to other public services like housing are predicted to be "even greater".

Last night MPs Nicholas Soames and Frank Field called on ministers to cut immigration now to stop the population surging past the 70 million mark.

In a joint statement, the veteran parliamentarians who chair the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, said: "This research illustrates how uncontrolled immigration is directly affecting ordinary families."

The pair – former Tory and Labour ministers respectively – said the Government "have clearly failed to plan for the consequences of the mass immigration they have permitted".

The study found that 703,000 five-year-olds will be entering primary school in 2014, compared with 607,000 now.

Of the 96,000 increase, more than half will be born in families where neither parent was born in the UK. Around a sixth – 13,000 – have one foreign-born parent. Less than a third, 29,000, have both parents born here.

The findings come as it is revealed that tens of thousands of British parents already struggle to get children into their first choice of primary school. ...

Nicholas Soames and Frank Field added: "The research is yet more evidence that the Government must take steps to reduce immigration.

"It must prevent our population from reaching 70 million within the next 25 years, as official forecasts now predict, if public services and the public purse are to be protected.

"Today's research highlights primary school places but the same applies to health, housing and other services."
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Labour moves to limit foreigners in British jobs
Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2009

Plans to restrict the number of British jobs going to foreign workers will be unveiled today by Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary. ...

Mr Johnson will instruct British companies to advertise all jobs through British jobcentres for one month before being allowed to look overseas.

Previously, firms were required to advertise locally for only two weeks before casting their net wider to countries outside the European Union.

The Home Secretary will also announce that the period for skilled foreign workers to become eligible to work in Britain is being doubled from six months to a year. ...

Mr Johnson accepted the findings of a Migration Advisory Committee study that put forward the new measures.
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Police forces spending £70,000 every day on translation for migrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2009

Police forces are spending up to £70,000 a day on translation to deal with migrants caught up in crime.

At least £25 million was spent by forces across England and Wales last year to deal with foreign criminals or help victims and witnesses who could not speak English.

The total, enough to put 500 extra officers on the street for a year, has risen by almost three quarters since 2004 and is further evidence of the impact immigration has had on public services. ...

Figures obtained under Freedom of Information by the Tories showed that in 2008-09 £12.6 million was spent on translation by 35 of the 43 forces that responded. However, that did not include the Metropolitan Police, which spent £12.5 million over the same period, according to figures released this summer.

Martin Tiplady, the Met's director of human resources, predicted that the bill could rise to £20 million by 2012. ...

In total at least £25 million was spent on translation – a 70 per cent increase on the £14.6 million spent by police in 2004 – although the true figure was likely to be much higher considering a fifth of forces did not reply.
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Shaming of Greece as immigrant shanty town crisis grows
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2009

Greece's inability to tackle a crisis in illegal immigration has left thousands of migrants living in shanty towns and squatting in the heart of Athens.

Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East attempt to cross by boat to Greece's Aegean islands each year, with many ending up in squalid camps. Humanitarian groups have condemned the situation as "shocking". ...

Such is the scale of the problem that the country has become Europe's main gateway for illegal immigration, accounting for nearly half of those trying to reach the European Union.

Many try to scrape a living a street hawkers in Greece's big cities before heading to the port of Patras, where they seek to smuggle themselves on lorries bound for ferries sailing to Italian ports. ...

"The Greek capital has become a landfill of human misery and cannot absorb any more illegal immigrants," said Yannis Sgouros, the prefect of Athens. ...

The main route for immigrants is from Turkey – in places the two countries are separated by just a mile of open water.

Greece says it detained more than 146,000 illegal immigrants in 2008, a 30 per cent increase from the previous year and 54 per cent up on 2006. ...

The Greek government has defended its record, saying it is being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of migrants and cannot cope.

With 16,000 miles of coastline, authorities say it is impossible to block migrants reaching Greek soil.
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83% Say Proof of Citizenship Should Be Required to Get Government Health Aid
Rasmussen Reports, 7 September 2009

The health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats contains many controversial items that divide the general public. However, one area of consensus among the public is the desire to restrict government health care benefits to U.S. citizens only.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of voters nationwide say that people should be required to prove they are a citizen of the United States before receiving government health care subsidies. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 12% disagree and five percent (5%) are not sure.

The desire to limit the benefits to U.S. citizens is found across demographic and partisan lines. It is held by 95% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats and 87% of those not affiliated with either major party. It is favored by nine-out-of-10 conservatives and moderates, along with 56% of those who consider themselves politically liberal. But 32% of liberals hold the opposite view.

There is a dispute as to whether or not the current proposals before Congress would allow illegal immigrants to receive benefits. Advocates of the congressional plan point to language saying that those in the country illegally are not covered. However, others note that there is no enforcement mechanism or requirement to check for citizenship.


Working as doctors, untested Poles, Czechs, Romanians
Laura Donnelly
Sunday Telegraph, 6 September 2009

The number of doctors who have come to work in Britain from other parts of Europe without safety checks or extra training can be disclosed for the first time today.

Of more than 20,000 EU doctors registered to practise in this country, 4,061 have arrived since checks were removed five years ago.

Figures from the General Medical Register show that among the foreign doctors registered to work in the UK, more than 5,000 are from former Eastern bloc countries. Of those, the greatest exporter was Poland, which trained 1,800 medics now on the British register, followed by Hungary, with more than 1,000.

More than 700 came from the Czech Republic, and almost 800 from Romania.

Under an EU directive passed in 2004, doctors who qualify in any EU state can work in any other member state without tests on language skills or clinical competence. This is despite experts giving warning that there is little consistency in training, treatments and medication used across Europe. ...

Regulators warned that British lives were being put at "unacceptable risk" by the lack of safety checks covering doctors who come here for permanent work, as well as those flying in to work lucrative shifts at evenings and weekends. ...

Under the Brussels rules on freedom of labour the General Medical Council, which regulates doctors, cannot force its counterparts abroad to reveal whether a doctor has been previously struck off, or had restrictions placed on their practice. It relies on voluntary sharing of information, which its officials warn is unreliable. The GMC has pleaded with the Government and European Union to re-examine the rules. ...

The latest figures show that of 232,000 doctors on the UK register, 85,000 were trained abroad, including 21,000 in EU countries.
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Johnson: Try fasting like Muslim neighbours
Daily Telegraph, 5 September 2009

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has encouraged people to fast for a day to help them gain a better understanding of their "Muslim neighbour".

During a visit to the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre he said Muslims in the capital were "challenging traditional stereotypes" to show they wanted to be part of the mainstream.

Mr Johnson's visit coincided with the holy period of Ramadan in which participating Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

"Whether it's in the theatre, comedy, sports, music or politics, Muslims are challenging the traditional stereotypes and showing that they are, and want to be, a part of the mainstream community," he said.

"That's why I urge people, particularly during Ramadan, to find out more about Islam, increase your understanding and learning, even fast for a day with your Muslim neighbour and break your fast at the local mosque, I would be very surprised if you didn't find that you share more in common than you thought.

"Muslims are at the heart of every aspect of society, Their contribution is something that all Londoners benefit from. Muslim police officers, doctors, scientists and teachers are an essential part of the fabric of London," he added.
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Morality and the 'Bottom Billion'
Kenneth Minogue, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics
The Salisbury Review, Autumn 2009

This solution collides with a powerful belief whose implications are never considered: demography is power. Some people think that poverty is a small price to pay (especially if food aid keeps people going) for a world in which one's own people are growing rapidly and will in time enjoy greater power as a result. Black theorists in the Caribbean and Muslim imperialists believe that overpopulation is not a problem but a solution. These ideas are invariably found where the position of women is strictly controlled and subordinate to the appetites – and in this case the doctrines – of men.

African countries are impoverished because most of the money given to them, both in terms of aid and trade, is siphoned off by politicians and officials who are becoming a new class of rich, accumulating ill-gotten gains which are transferred to the security of Western banks. This new class is not a set of people much given to philanthropic exercises such as giving money to the poor – that's for the rich white world to do. The consequence is that Africa has absorbed in the last half century several multiples of the money that, in the form of the Marshall Plan, got Europe back on its feet, while in some parts of Africa and Asia, economic development has gone into reverse. ...

... The abstract picture of world poverty is of miserable, trapped people without food or clean water. The problem for many of them is a culture that guarantees poverty. And while we may be able to save some lives in the impoverished world, we cannot change the cultures. If we tried, we would be accused of imperialism.


Sharia Law or 'One Law for All'?
Harry Cummins
The Salisbury Review, Autumn 2009
[Book review: Sharia Law or 'One Law for All'? by Denis MacEoin (Civitas, 2009, £7.50)]

Dr Denis MavEoin is an expert in Islamic Law who taught at the Mohammed V University in Fez, ... MacEoin's book questions the Government's unannounced decision in 2008 to give judgements handed down by Britain's Sharia courts the force of UK law under the 1996 Arbitration Act, even when these rulings were illegal. (MacEoin cites recent decisions endorsing polygamy, false imprisonment, marital rape, divorcing wives without informing them, and 'the religious duty' of 'fighting the Americans and British'). He not unreasonably suggests that these diktats no longer be imposed by the infidel state that Sharia – as the constitution of Islamic imperialism – seeks to destroy. ... The book's account of the passion for and ignorance of Sharia evinced by Lord Phillips the Lord Chief Justice and Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury – as if the Chief Justice and Chief Rabbi in Jerusalem were to call for Israel to adopt the Nuremberg Laws – is worth the cover price alone. We learn, too, that Phillips is as ignorant of English as of Islamic law, as he apparently unaware of the difference between 'mediation', an unenforceable private agreement, and 'arbitration', whose decisions can be enforced by the courts.


African migrants play key role in development cooperation
Faith Thomas
Deutsche Welle, 3 September 2009

Migration is a significant factor in European population statistics, especially in Germany, which hosts the third-highest percentage of international migrants worldwide. One out of four German citizens in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia alone have a migrant background, and 30 percent of them are children. From the 1980s to the present day, Germany has experienced an influx of large numbers of immigrants from African nations and that trend is increasing as more and more people migrate to the West largely due to economic hardships in their home countries.

Initially, historical precedents determined where Africans migrated to - usually the nation's former colonial power, for instance the large influx of Nigerians into Britain. However, since the 1980s the determining factor in African migration has evolved, as Africans migrate to countries with which they share no historical or linguistic link. In fact, African migration is no longer necessarily cross-continental, as statistics show that over 30 percent of Africans immigrate to European nations while over 65 percent immigrate to another African nation that is politically more stable and industrialized.
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Minister criticised for denying that population is on course to hit 70m
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 2 September 2009

A think tank criticised the Government yesterday for denying that the population of Britain was on course to hit 70 million within 25 years.

Migrationwatch said that, according to calculations by the Office for National Statistics, the country was still on track to hit that figure by or shortly after 2031 despite Phil Woolas, the immigration minister, claiming that a 44 per cent drop in net immigration indicated otherwise. The think tank said population projections considered other factors not included in the figures used by the minister, such as asylum seekers and visitors who end up settling.

Mr Woolas was also criticised for suggesting that the office's projections were "extrapolations based on trends." Previous forecasts were found to have been accurate to 2.5 per cent.

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, criticised the Government for trying to "spin" the figures.

"There are bound to be uncertainties about both birth rates and immigration but it is thoroughly irresponsible to dismiss projections that have been carefully arrived at," he said.

"The Government is in denial about the impact of their failure to control immigration on the whole nature of our society. They must now respond to intense public concern with a firm undertaking to take the measures necessary to limit the growth in our population rather than yet more attempts at spin."
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Police failing on violent crime
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2009

The rate at which police solve violent crimes is lower than ever before after detection levels dropped for the third year in a row.

The clear-up rate dropped to its lowest on record last year at just 47 per cent, according to official figures. ...

Detections are now just two-thirds of what they were when Labour came to power in 1997. ... ...

It is now at its lowest since records began in 1975, when the clear-up rate was 81 per cent, and is well below the 78 per cent rate in 1997.

The figure means that under 425,000 of the 903,000 offences of violence against the person – a category that does not include sex offences or robbery – recorded by police last year went solved.
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200 youths attack police
Daily Telegraph, 31 August 2009

Riot police broke up a mob of 200 youths after they threw fireworks at officers.

Police with helmets and shields were sent to Bury Park, Luton, after Asian youths attacked police.
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Ministers under fire for locking up immigrant children
Karen McVeigh
The Guardian, 31 August 2009

Ministers were facing accusations today that hundreds of children are being held unnecessarily in immigration detention centres as official figures revealed, for the first time, that 470 minors were being detained with their families.

The figures, made public following pressure from children's rights groups and MPs, showed most were under five.

Many were from troubled countries such as Zimbabwe, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for detaining children, but accurate figures on how many are held, or for how long, have remained elusive.

While the Home Office has not divulged the length of detention, it provided a "snapshot" picture of those held on a single day: 30 June 2009.

This shows that almost a third of children were held for longer than 28 days, which means that in each case an immigration minister had to sign an authorisation for their continued detention.

The figures also show that out of 225 children released from detention in the second quarter this year, only 100 were removed from the UK.

Yesterday, MPs and children's rights groups called for an end to the "national scandal" that has allowed children to be locked up unnecessarily.

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, the children's commissioner for England, welcomed the publication of the figures, but said they raised important questions.

He said: "If they were allowed to stay at the end of their release, why did they have to go through the detention process in the first place?"

He described the fact that one in three had been held for longer than 28 days as "extremely worrying". ...

The average cost of holding someone in an immigration detention centre is £130 per day. ...

Family and children's support groups said the statistics showed the UK Borders Agency was failing in its duty to detain children only "as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time".

Amanda Shah, of Bail for Immigration Detainees, said: "Fifty-six per cent of detained children were released back to their communities in the UK, their detention having served no purpose other than wasting taxpayers' money and traumatising the children involved. Children we have supported have suffered depression, weight loss, bedwetting and even self-harm as a result of their detention – that is the human reality behind the statistics."

Lisa Nandy, policy adviser at the Children's Society, said children were being detained unnecessarily because the asylum system was "chaotic" and because the UK Border Agency and private contractors who work for them often targeted families to increase their removal rates.

The Home Office said today : "UK Border Agency fully recognises its responsibilities towards children but these responsibilities have to be exercised alongside our duty to enforce the laws on immigration and asylum. If a family decide to appeal against the courts decision while being detained the removal process is halted. If a judge agrees that there are fresh grounds for an appeal the family are usually returned back to the community until the case has been reviewed."
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One out of every five killers is an immigrant
Matthew Hickley and Jason Bennetto
Daily Mail, 31 August 2009

Up to a fifth of killers in England and Wales are foreign, police figures suggest. Out of 371 individuals accused or convicted of murder or manslaughter last year, 79 were from abroad - more than 21 per cent.

Foreign immigrants make up only around a tenth of the UK population, meaning they are statistically twice as likely as native Britons to be charged with or found guilty of an illegal killing.

In London, almost 40 per cent of those in such cases in the past year were from overseas, or of unknown origin.

Opposition critics said the findings reflected the Government's failure to deport foreign criminals, and the ease with which offenders from abroad can slip through border controls.

The most common nationality for foreigners involved in murder and manslaughter cases was Polish, followed by Nepalese, Lithuanian, Somalian and Sri Lankan.

Around half the police forces across England and Wales provided data under the Freedom of Information Act, revealing strong regional differences.

The highest figures were in London where in the year to April 2009, 93 of the 233 people accused or convicted of murder and manslaughter were either non-British or from unknown backgrounds. ...

But some forces - including Cheshire, Humberside, Hampshire, and Merseyside - recorded no cases with foreign killers. The figures may be an underestimate as 11 out 30 forces which responded claimed they did not record nationalities of either killers or murder victims, and others had gaps in the information.

As foreign suspects are typically harder to identify and trace, meaning that crimes are less likely to be solved, the real proportion could be significantly higher.

The figures showed foreigners were also more likely to be victims of murder or manslaughter, accounting for 20 per cent of all those killed in England and Wales in 2007-8, and 13 per cent last year. ...

Earlier this year Detective Chief Inspector Murray Duffin, of the Scotland Yard Extradition and Intelligence Unit, warned: 'Britain is becoming a magnet for increasing numbers of criminals from the former Eastern bloc countries which are now members of the EU.'
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Invisible Immigrants, Old and Left With 'Nobody to Talk To'
Patricia Leigh Brown
New York Times, 30 August 2009

... a gathering force: the elderly, who now make up America's fastest-growing immigrant group. Since 1990, the number of foreign-born people over 65 has grown from 2.7 million to 4.3 million – or about 11 percent of the country's recently arrived immigrants. Their ranks are expected to swell to 16 million by 2050. In California, one in nearly three seniors is now foreign born, according to a 2007 census survey.

Many are aging parents of naturalized American citizens, reuniting with their families. Yet experts say that America's ethnic elderly are among the most isolated people in America. Seventy percent of recent older immigrants speak little or no English. Most do not drive. Some studies suggest depression and psychological problems are widespread, the result of language barriers, a lack of social connections and values that sometimes conflict with the dominant American culture, including those of their assimilated children. ...

A generation ago, Fremont was 76 percent Caucasian. Today, nearly one-half of its residents are Asian, 14 percent are Latino and it is home to one of the country's largest groups of Afghan refugees (it was a setting for the best-selling book "The Kite Runner"). Along the way, a former beauty college has become a mosque; a movie house became a Bollywood multiplex; a bank, an Afghan market, and a stucco-lined street renamed Gurdwara, after the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple. ...

Once a lush landscape of fruit trees and cauliflower fields, Fremont, 40 miles south of San Francisco, is now the Bay Area's fourth-largest city, with voters from 152 countries. ... ...

In 1965 changes to immigration policy allowed naturalized citizens to sponsor the immigration of parents without quota restrictions. ... ...

Michael Fix, senior vice president of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit center in Washington, said that as immigrants form a larger part of the elderly population, "all the issues that bear on health care and social services will increasingly be transformed in part into immigrant issues."
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Obama must abandon the Kennedy way, or he will fail
Fred Barnes, executive editor of 'The Weekly Standard'
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2009

Teddy Kennedy was known as the liberal lion of the US Senate. But in fact, he hadn't roared in decades. ... ...

Kennedy's heyday was in the 1960s and 1970s, the years of liberal ascendancy. His brother was finishing his second year as president when Teddy was elected, at 32, to fill his former Senate seat. He was thought by many to be unqualified for the job, but soon became a deft dealmaker. In 1965, he played an important role in loosening America's immigration laws, allowing millions of non-Europeans to enter. ...

His passion for these issues remained intact – but the country changed around him. In 2007, Kennedy was the key Democrat supporter of immigration reforms that would have let 12 million illegal immigrants become full-fledged citizens. This time, however, the bill faced angry grassroots opposition, and failed.
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Baby boom Britain
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2009

Britain is experiencing a new baby boom that has contributed to the single largest population increase in almost half a century.

The population rose by more than 400,000 last year to a record 61.4 million, figures showed, as mothers had more children than at any time since 1973.

Immigrant mothers accounted for more than half of the increase in births, the Office for National Statistics said. However, the fertility rate among British-born women also rose sharply.

Statisticians suggested that women were increasingly wanting children younger, encouraged by improved access to child care, benefits and the availability of maternity leave.

The rise in the fertility rate means that, for the first time in a decade, natural change – the difference between births and deaths – has overtaken immigration as the largest contributor to population growth. In total, the population rose by 408,000 in the year up to June 2008, the biggest increase in a 12-month period since 1962. More than half of this increase was a result of babies being born, with 220,000 more births than deaths. Most strikingly, the figures showed that around 33,000 extra babies were born compared with 2007.

Immigration still accounted for almost half the population growth, but separate statistics showed that, overall, net immigration fell by up to 44 per cent last year, mostly because of a sharp rise in migrants returning home because of the recession, especially Eastern Europeans.

... Up to 56 per cent of the increase was accounted for by foreign-born mothers, whose fertility rate has remained at 2.5 children per mother. However, the fertility rate among UK-born women has increased by 10 per cent in just four years, taking it to 1.84 children. The result is an overall rate of 1.96, the highest since 1973.

The population is now growing by a rate of 0.7 per cent every year, more than double the rate in the 1990s and three times the level of the 1980s.
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Immigrant baby boom
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 28 August 2009

A baby boom among immigrant families has helped send Britain's population soaring over 61 million for the first time in history.

Last year's increase of 408,000 is the biggest for nearly half a century, Government figures revealed yesterday.

Immigrant mothers now give birth to one in every four babies born in the UK. In London, more than half of all births – 55 per cent – are to mothers born overseas.

Half a million newcomers came to live in Britain during 2008 while asylum claims increased by four per cent between April and June this year, the Office for National Statistics revealed.

Yet Immigration Minister Phil Woolas last night claimed: "The British people can be confident that immigration is under control." ...

Sir Andrew Green, of think tank Migrationwatch, said: "This is a ridiculous claim. The population is heading inexorably towards the 70 million mark within 25 years." The official figures released yesterday showed that Britain's population is now 61.4 million, two million more than in 2001.


Of the 791,000 babies born in the UK last year, 24 per cent had immigrant mothers. Overwhelmingly, they were from Pakistan, India or Poland.

Immigration figures yesterday showed only a slight reduction in the number of people coming to live in the UK despite the economic downturn.

A total of 512,000 people arrived during 2008, compared with 527,000 in 2007.

Last year's influx included 441,000 non-British citizens. The drop in the rate last year was largely the result of a fall in the number of new arrivals from eastern European countries such as Poland and Slovakia – down by 28 per cent from 109,000 to 79,000.

An estimated 66,000 citizens of the former eastern bloc went home over the same period.

Overall, 118,000 more people arrived in Britain than left, the lowest net immigration figure since the EU expanded in 2004.

Ministers said the reduction was a "success" for Labour's border policies, but Migrationwatch denounced their claims as "spin". Sir Andrew said: "It is the usual Government spin to claim these numbers as a success for immigration policy despite the fact that foreign immigration is virtually unchanged at about half a million a year.

"What has really happened is that EU citizens have voted with their feet. The number leaving has doubled in the face of the deep recession in Britain but EU migration is something over which the Government have no control whatever." ...

Former Labour minister Frank Field and senior Tory backbencher Nicholas Soames, of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, said: "The fall in net migration may well be temporary – as in previous recessions – but even at the present level of immigration we are still on target for the UK's population to exceed 70 million within 25 years. There are no laurels to rest on. The need for firm measures on immigration is unchanged." ...

The total number of work permit holders admitted to the UK was 81,400 in 2008, compared with 53,600 in 1999, an increase of 34 per cent.
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Britain needs a middle-class baby boom
Melanie McDonagh
Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2009

The Office for National Statistics suggests that the increase in the population to 61.4 million is mostly attributable to an increase in the birth rate – for the first time in a decade the increase in births has overtaken net immigration as a factor. But the figures don't suggest that Brits from all classes and communities are merrily procreating to the same extent. More than half the increase is attributable to mothers born outside the UK, and many of those mothers born here will be second generation immigrants. ... ...

That's why organisations such as the Optimum Population Trust seem so beside the point, proselytising about how we shouldn't have more than two children. The people most likely to take their views to heart are the agonised Anglo-Saxon liberals, for whom excess fecundity is never going to be much of a problem in the first place. They don't seem to cut much ice with the Somali mothers you see in West London.
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Thousands spent on lavatories for foreign prisoners
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2009

A prison has admitted spending £17,000 on special lavatories for foreigners and footbaths for Muslims to wash their feet before prayer.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that the money was spent on two footbaths, a "squat" lavatory and a shower area at Canterbury Prison in Kent, which holds foreign nationals awaiting deportation.
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French television advert shows the power of the Muslim purse
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2009

The power of the Islamic purse has broken new ground in France with the country's first primetime television advertisement for halal food. ...

The £260,000 campaign hopes to cash in on a halal market worth more than £3 billion this year in France, and which is growing at 15 per cent a year. According to one recent study by Solis, an ethnic market research company, almost 94 per cent of French people of North African descent buy halal products.
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Eurabian Safari [part 1]
Thomas Landen
Hudson Institute, 27 August 2009

It is hot in Brussels. Ramadan has begun. The faithful in the predominantly Muslim borough of Molenbeek are not allowed to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. Non-Muslim policemen, patrolling the streets of Molenbeek in their sweltering cars, are not allowed to eat or drink either. As every year during Ramadan, that they have been told by their superior, Philippe Moureaux, the Socialist mayor of Molenbeek, they have to respect Muslim sensitivities and not to "provoke" Muslims by violating Islamic Ramadan restrictions in public. In effect, Islamic or Sharia law is already applied - for everyone - in the Muslim areas of Brussels.

Barely two miles from Molenbeek lies Brussels' European district. One of its huge glass and concrete buildings is the European Parliament where the elected representatives from the 27 members states of the European Union (EU) convene. The 736 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) have just returned from their summer break. They are mostly unaware of life in Molenbeek. Most of them never go to that part of the city. It is probably a sensible decision, because Molenbeek is known to be unsafe for non-Muslims. Nevertheless, it is a shame that Europe's politicians are unaware of day-to-day life just around the corner. ...

Some friends in Brussels organize one-hour trips through Molenbeek. They go in an inconspicuous car, driven by a local who knows the escape routes, and with a bodyguard. Otherwise the risk would be too great. These trips are called "safaris." Similar "Eurabia Safaris" are organized in other European cities. ...

The Sharia areas of Europe are expanding rapidly across Western Europe. While currently still restricted to what the French officially call the ZUS (zones urbaines sensibles - sensitive urban areas) these areas are growing fast. Even today, eight million of the sixty million inhabitants of France already live in one of the country's 751 ZUS.

The month of Ramadan is traditionally the most dangerous time of the year in Europe's sensitive areas. After sunset, the Ramadan ban on eating, drinking and engaging in sexual activities expires until the following sunrise. Ramadan is a period of nightly feasts for Muslims. Young Muslims are extremely touchy. These feasts easily spill over into nightly spasms of mayhem, vandalism, and violence. Europe's Ramadan riots often go on for days or weeks, during which hundreds of cars, shops and public buildings are set on fire.

In Muslim countries, such as Indonesia, the police step up patrols during Ramadan in order to crack down on illegal nightly activities. In Europe, however, the police have been given orders to adopt an extra-low profile not to "provoke" Muslim populations. In countries such as Britain, police officers have had to attend "Ramadan awareness" courses. They have even been ordered, "for reasons of religious sensitivity," to avoid the execution of arrest warrants for Muslims during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Europe is a tinder box.

The most widely reported Ramadan riots so far, which were even covered by the American press, took place in France in 2005. Since the 2005 riots, the French authorities have asked the media not to report about waves of violent unrest in the ZUS - a request which the media seem to have followed. ...

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Eurabian Safari [part 2]
Thomas Landen
Hudson Institute, 27 August 2009

Having multiple wives is illegal under French law, but is allowed under Islamic Sharia law. It is estimated that 30,000 French Muslims have more than one wife and that more than 250,000 people live in polygamous families.

The tolerance of polygamous Sharia marriages is not restricted to France. In Norway, the Islamic Cultural Center Norway (ICCN), an immigrant organization subsidized by the Norwegian state, advises Muslims to take several wives because polygamy "is advantageous and ought to be practised where conditions lend themselves to such practice." In Britain legislators adopt an equally liberal approach towards polygamy for Muslim men, allowing tax breaks for their second, third and fourth wives. Last February, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative Peer of Muslim origin, warned that the growing numbers of Muslim men marrying up to four wives in Britain, is becoming a threat to community cohesion. In the Netherlands, the authorities officially register polygamous marriages by non-Dutch citizens from Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan and other Muslim countries. The Amsterdam municipal authorities admitted that they have even registered Dutch citizens (of Islamic origin) with multiple wives. Belgium, too, recognizes polygamous Islamic marriages. ...

Polygamous immigrants abuse the social security system by collecting state benefits for several wives. In France, residence is only granted to polygamous families if the two wives do not live at the same address, which means that these families claim double social housing, family allowances and other social benefits.

The recognition of polygamous marriages of Muslims in countries where polygamy used to be illegal - and still is illegal for non-Muslims - indicates that Sharia law is already accepted in these countries. They have implicitly accepted a system of "legal apartheid" with different legal systems for Muslims and non-Muslims. The decision to avoid arresting Muslims during Ramadan "for reasons of religious sensitivity," thereby treating Muslims and non-Muslims differently, confirms this existence of a dual legal system. It is difficult to see, however, how such a dual legal system can continue to exist on the same territory. Ultimately, one of the legal systems is likely to prevail. The decision of the Molenbeek mayor that non-Muslim police officers have to respect the Ramadan prescriptions indicates what the next step will be if Europe's authorities fail to impose the existing laws of the land on Islamic immigrants: the imposition of Sharia law on everyone, non-Muslims as well as Muslims. While Europe's Muslims hold their Ramadan, this is something worth pondering for Europe's non-Muslims.
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Overcrowding hits two thirds of jails
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2009

Two-thirds of jails in England and Wales are overcrowded, with some holding hundreds more inmates than they should, figures published yesterday indicate.

A total of 88 out of 140 jails were over their Certified Normal Accommodation level – defined as providing "decent" standards, the Prison Reform Trust said.
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Britain may be forced to take boat migrants
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2009

Britain may be forced by the European Union to grant entry to African migrants who have fled across the Mediterranean by boat.

Italy, the target destination for illegal East African migrants every summer, has demanded that other EU members help shoulder the burden. Nearly 37,000 illegal migrants arrived in Italy by boat last year, a rise of 75 per cent from 2007.

Carl Bildt, Sweden's foreign minister and current EU presidency holder, has promised new rules by the end of October to allocate migrants across the continent. The Tories have called on the Government to block the proposals.
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Gangs import children for benefit fraud
The Sunday Times, 23 August 2009

Foreign criminals are trafficking children as young as three months old into Britain and using them to defraud the benefits system of millions of pounds, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

Children are taken from their families, brought to Britain and used for fraudulent benefit claims involving forged immigration documents and employment records.

In many cases the children are trafficked with the complicity of their parents. They are trained in street crime and placed with unrelated adults to enable fake benefit claims to be paid into accounts controlled by the trafficker.

In a police operation earlier this month in northeast London, four suspected child victims of trafficking from Romania were placed in foster care.

Officers found evidence of suspected benefit crime in excess of £100,000, including one backdated payment to a family for £24,000. In another case using trafficked children, one gang is believed to have forged documents for at least 500 claims worth £4.5m.

It is the first detailed evidence of systematic child trafficking being used to defraud the British benefits system. The money is believed to have paid for the foreign criminals' mansions and luxury cars in their home towns.

Tandarei, a small town in eastern Romania, is one of the bases of the suspected traffickers. About 100 imposing new homes conservatively valued at £20m have been built over the past five years. British police believe they have been partly funded by benefit fraud. ...

Unemployed Romanians arriving in the UK are not typically entitled to benefits, but the gangs forge documents providing false work histories and obtain National Insurance numbers. The children are used to claim additional housing benefit, tax credits and child benefit. They can also be presented to council officials or benefit investigators conducting checks.

The claims supplement revenue from other criminal activities such as cashpoint fraud, pickpocketing and shoplifting.
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Developing World's Parasites, Disease Hit U.S.
Stephanie Simon and Betsy McKay
The Wall Street Journal, 22 August 2009

Parasitic infections and other diseases usually associated with the developing world are cropping up with alarming frequency among U.S. poor, especially in states along the U.S.-Mexico border, the rural South and in Appalachia, according to researchers.

Government and private researchers are just beginning to assess the toll of the infections, which are a significant cause of heart disease, seizures and congenital birth defects among black and Hispanic populations.

One obstacle is that the diseases, long thought to be an overseas problem, are only briefly discussed in most U.S. medical school classes and textbooks, so many physicians don't recognize them. ...

"These are diseases that we know are ten-fold more important than swine flu," said Peter Hotez, a microbiologist at George Washington University and leading researcher in this field. "They're on no one's radar." ...

Such parasites as toxocara – shed in animal feces – thrive in the soil and sandpits where poor children often play. There are an estimated 10,000 toxocara infections a year in the U.S. ... ...

Consider cysticercosis, caused by ingestion of tapeworm larvae. Medical journals estimate 3,500 new cases a year in the U.S., mostly among Latin American immigrants. ... ...

In recent years, as the immigrant population has spread, Dr. Sheffield said, cysticercosis has cropped up in states that have never had to deal with it before, including Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Oregon. ... ...

Most blood banks in the U.S. began screening for Chagas in the past two years, as concern about the disease mounted. Hundreds of cases have been detected, with especially high rates among Hispanics in Florida and California.
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BBC Asian Network insulted our religion, claim Sikhs
Daily Telegraph, 21 August 2009

The BBC's Asian Network is at the centre of a race row after Sikhs accused the digital radio station of being insensitive towards their religion.

The BBC was forced to remove a show from its website after Adil Ray, a popular Muslim presenter, received threats from Sikh listeners.

They followed a show broadcast earlier this month in which Ray discussed a concert of Punjabi music in Canada where police had banned a number of Sikhs who refused to remove "kirpan" daggers.

Some listeners believed Ray had been disparaging about whether Sikhs really needed to carry the kirpan, a ceremonial system that baptised Sikhs are expected to wear at all times. ...

The Sikh Media Monitoring Group has written to the BBC asking for a full transcript of Adil Ray's show.
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Number of skilled migrants 'should be cut by 10pc'
Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2009

The number of skilled migrant workers allowed to come to Britain could be cut under proposals from the Government's advisers.

The Migration Advisory Committee called for a series of restrictions to be placed on foreign workers to stop British workers losing out.

But Prof David Metcalfe, the committee's chairman, admitted the proposals will only affect around 5,000 people a year, around 10 per cent of the number of skilled workers expected to be admitted this year.
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We must not bow to the intolerant ways of Islam
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 16 August 2009

Islamic law does not, of course, accept that men and women have equal rights. Sharia courts in Britain have already judged that a man may have up to four wives at any one time; that a wife has no property rights in the event of divorce; that a woman may not leave her home without her husband's consent; and that a woman cannot marry without the presence and permission of a male guardian.

In 2004, in response to pressure from some of its Muslim leaders, the Canadian province of Ontario planned to impose legally binding arbitration on Muslims according to sharia. The most vigorous protests came from Muslim women, who insisted that the main reason they had emigrated to Canada was to get away from it. Their arguments prevailed over those who claimed that sharia was merely "a choice" which should be allowed in any "multicultural society".

There are other conflicts with the liberal tradition. A fundamental part of Islamic law is that someone who converts to another religion should be executed. In Islamic states, the death penalty for apostasy is on the statute books; even in Britain, very few spokesmen for the Muslim community will condemn such laws as wrong.

So it is a mistake to pretend that there is no conflict between principles that are supposed to animate British society – freedom of religion, equality of the sexes, and the primacy of secular law made by democratic representatives – and fundamentalist interpretations of Islam. But much official policy seems to be based on the hope that such a conflict is illusory, and will simply evaporate if we pretend it is not there.

For example, polygamy is illegal under British law. But while condemning it in theory, the Government endorses it in practice: each woman in such a relationship is entitled to the same benefits as the wife in a monogamous married couple.
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Smuggled babies sold to benefit cheats
Daily Telegraph, 14 August 2009

Gangsters are smuggling children as young as three months old into Britain and selling them to benefit cheats, police have said.

Thousands of other youngsters are forced into prostitution or set to work as petty criminals with Britain one of the top destinations of the 21st century slave trade.

Det Insp Gordon Valentine, of the Metropolitan Police's anti-child trafficking unit, said at least three children a week were identified as victims of the trade in Britain.

"These children are often sold into domestic servitude, used to sell DVDs and for street crime and begging, and increasingly also for benefit fraud," he said. ...

An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year across the world.
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Jan, you're being overtaken by Mohammed
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 14 August 2009

Mohammed, or other variations of the name of Islam's founding prophet, has become the most popular name choice for baby boys in the four biggest cities of Holland.

The country's social security agency found that traditional Dutch names have been displaced in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht as the country's Muslim population grows.

In The Hague, the Dutch capital, variations of the name Mohammed have taken first, second and fifth place in the table of most popular names for boys, replacing traditional favourites such as Jan, Luuk, Gijs or Daan.

At a national level, Mohammed is now the 16th most popular name for boys.

The figures, obtained from the Dutch Social Insurance Bank, differ from the official statistics, which have in the past counted various spellings of Mohammed, Muhamed or Muhammad as different names.

Previous government name counts, separating the different versions, avoided controversy by keeping the name of Islam's founder outside the Dutch top 20.
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Happiness is ... a Japanese party whose leader wants to attack North Korea
Danielle Demetriou
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2009

The founder of a new political party in Japan is wooing voters in this month's general election by promising to launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea.

Kyoko Okawa, a mother of five, has also said that if elected she would amend Japan's pacifist constitution and prepare for an invasion from China. Her Happiness Realisation Party is the latest option for voters at the election on Aug 30 ...

... Its policies include cutting taxes, encouraging women to have more than three babies, ..., and doubling the population to 300 million by reducing immigration restrictions.

The president of the new party is her husband Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the Buddhism-based Happy Science religious movement, which was created 23 years ago today. It has 200 temples in Japan and claims 10 million followers across the country – including 100 MPs – and a further one million overseas. ...

... Mrs Okawa, who, according to party literature, is a reincarnation of Florence Nightingale and the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
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English is not the mother tongue in 14 boroughs
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2009

Children who speak English as their first language are in a minority in almost one in 10 local authority areas, according to government figures.

In 14 areas, more than half of primary school pupils speak other languages at home.

English is no longer the mother tongue for nearly 900,000 schoolchildren in total, twice as many as a decade ago. ...

Teachers' leaders said that the additional effort shown by pupils who spoke other language was an "inspiration" to native speakers. But it was feared that the trend had put school resources under strain as large numbers of children with a poor grasp of English dominated teachers' time. ...

Figures for 2009 from the Department for Children, Schools and Families showed that almost 15.2 per cent of children in English primary schools, 500,000 in total, spoke other languages at home. The proportion was 14.3 per cent in the previous year.

In secondary schools, 11.1 per cent of pupils, 364,280, spoke English as a second language, against 10.6 per cent in 2008. ...

More than a third of the primary school population was not native English speakers in 31 local authorities, including Blackburn with Darwen, Birmingham, Luton and Bradford.

The Government said the amount spent on pupils with weak English would rise to £206 million by 2010.
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Report again slams Dominican 'racism', 'xenophobia' against Haitians, 12 August 2009

A report released today by the Washington-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) slams Dominicans and the Dominican Government for its alleged racism and xenophobia against its population of Haitian immigrants and descendants of parents from the neighboring country, yet another criticism which will prompt quick and virulent reactions from political leaders and official spokespersons.

"Dominican leadership, reflecting the attitude of the general population, continues to see Haitians as a lesser people and they have attempted, usually in contradiction of applicable law, to thwart Haitian efforts to achieve citizenship," states the report 'Stateless in the Dominican Republic'.

The report also slams the national elite's "disdainful contempt" for allegedly treating the mostly undocumented immigrants as "parasitic vagabonds." "For the most part, the Dominican overclass expresses disdainful contempt for the Haitian immigrants, regarding them as parasitic vagabonds."

However the report reveals the use of clichés and misconception repeated in previous barrages aimed at unveiling deeply rooted sentiments of mistrust between the peoples of the neighboring countries, by confusing two common terms in the hemisphere; mestizo, which describes a mix between European and Native Americans, instead of the correct mulatto. "Haiti turned out to be a state mostly of African slave descent and what would become the Dominican Republic was predominantly a country of mestizo blood."

And again repeats the misnomer: "Dominican Republic remains the only country in Latin America with a large African-Latino population that has no laws that effectively challenge racial conflict between them and its scornful majority mestizo population."

It also reveals a lack of thorough research regarding the country's Law on the right to citizenship by the offspring of people regarded as "in transit" in a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in 2008. "By Dominican law, any child born in the Dominican Republic, with the exception of children of ambassadors, is entitled to citizenship."

"The government also feeds indications of xenophobia by accusing the Haitians of triggering violence in the country, making them scapegoats for crime issues on the Dominican side of the island," concludes the report published by COHA.
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2009 World Population Data Sheet
Population Reference Bureau, 12 August 2009

Global population numbers are on track to reach 7 billion in 2011, just 12 years after reaching 6 billion in 1999. Virtually all of the growth is in developing countries. And the growth of the world's youth population (ages 15 to 24) is shifting into the poorest of those countries. ...

The Population Reference Bureau's 2009 World Population Data Sheet and its summary report, to be released on Aug. 12, offer detailed information about country, regional, and global population patterns.

"Even with declining fertility rates in many countries, world population is still growing at a rapid rate," said Bill Butz, PRB's president. "The increase from 6 billion to 7 billion is likely to take 12 years, as did the increase from 5 billion to 6 billion. Both events are unprecedented in world history."

The projection for population growth in developing countries assumes that fertility in those countries will fall to the same low levels as in today's developed countries, around two children per woman. That is quite an assumption. Currently, the highest fertility rate is in Niger, 7.4 children per woman. The lowest rate is in Taiwan, 1.0 children per woman.

"The great bulk of today's 1.2 billion youth – nearly 90 percent – are in developing countries," said Carl Haub, PRB senior demographer and co-author of the data sheet. Eight in 10 of those youth live in Africa and Asia.


Even though Canada and Uganda have close to the same population today, Uganda is projected to have more than double Canada's population by 2050. The cause of these enormous differences is the difference in lifetime births per woman. Ugandan women have 6.7 children on average, five more than the average for Canadian women. ...

Africa's population has just passed 1 billion. The continent's population is growing by about 24 million per year, and will double by 2050.
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Black crimes are foundation of whites' fears
Paul Marx, professor emeritus of English at the University of New Haven
New Haven Register, 11 August 2009

Black intellectuals just don't get it. They refuse to understand why there is widespread racial profiling and why they and people they know often are its victims. Black intellectuals simply refuse to acknowledge that there is a very obvious connection between themselves and the lawless black underclass.

In a recent essay in The New York Times, Brent Staples, a member of the newspaper's editorial board, wrote, "The experience of being mistaken for a criminal is almost a rite of passage for African-American men. Security guards shadow us in stores. Troopers pull us over for the crime of 'driving while black.' Nighttime pedestrians cower by us on the streets."

In expressing his disgust that the Harvard professor-Cambridge cop confrontation has not been seen generally as a flagrant instance of racial profiling, Times columnist Bob Herbert urges black people "to rant and to rave, to demonstrate and to lobby, to march and confront and to sue and generally do whatever is necessary to stop a continuing and deeply racist criminal justice outrage."

The Harvard professor – Henry Louis Gates Jr. – and Staples and Herbert think the unfair treatment of blacks by the police is 100 percent the fault of white people. In the view of Staples, white people need to exorcise their "poisonous misconceptions."

But, for racial profiling to go away, blacks, especially black intellectuals, need to remove their blinders. They need to see what whites see. They need to see and acknowledge the criminal lifestyle that is pervasive in the black underclass.

Young black men of the ghettoes take pride in carrying guns and have little respect for law. When they go outside their communities, the guns and attitudes are not left behind. In much of their music, they are out front, bragging about their lawlessness.

White people's awareness of that criminal lifestyle creates fear, and that fear, unfortunately, becomes wariness of even law-abiding blacks.

Black crime is the most potent determiner today of white attitudes toward blacks. While the great majority of American blacks are not involved in criminal activity, the criminal lifestyle of young black men makes most whites fearful and suspicious. That is a great injustice, because among middle-class blacks, there is relatively little crime. ...

Staples has written about his walks near the University of Chicago. It upset him that when white women walking alone noticed him, they would try to avoid him, speeding up or crossing the street. He was befuddled about why a completely innocent black man should be avoided. Why couldn't the women understand that he was Brent Staples, not some thug? ...

The American media have bent over backward to avoid identifying criminal perpetrators and suspects by race. But by names, addresses, education and criminal records, people easily jump to conclusions, and they usually are correct. They then generalize.

It may not be logical to do this, but for most people, generalizing comes as easily as eating. This is not fair to law-abiding blacks, but most white people would rather have an unfair thought than risk being hurt.
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County north of NYC to market housing to nonwhites
Jim Fitzgerald
Associated Press, 11 August 2009

The suburban county just north of New York City agreed Monday to create hundreds of affordable homes in heavily white communities and encourage nonwhites to move in.

The agreement, reached with the help of the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, settles a $180 million lawsuit brought by the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York against Westchester County.

Both sides said the agreement, which was being filed in federal court, could have far-reaching national consequences.

"The settlement will have a major impact on the way federal housing and community development funds are used throughout the country," the center said.

Susan Tolchin, Westchester's deputy county executive, said, "HUD's new focus is to make suburbia inclusive and diverse and this is going to be what they want all communities that take funds to do."

Westchester admitted no wrongdoing. County Executive Andrew Spano said the county had "for many years considered the impact of race on affordable housing."

But the lawsuit said Westchester failed to build affordable housing and reduce segregation in some of the county's more affluent communities.

A federal judge ruled in February that Westchester failed to analyze, as required, how race could affect access to fair housing when it sought federal housing and development funds. The county said Monday that was a technicality, but the ruling apparently spurred the settlement.

"Westchester can no longer hide from the ugly reality of continuing residential segregation," said Craig Gurian, the anti-discrimination center's executive director.

Westchester said it will build or acquire 750 apartments or houses in its suburban towns and villages in the next seven years. Of that number, 630 are to be built in neighborhoods that are less than 3 percent black and 7 percent Hispanic.

The county has dense urban areas but is best known for such suburban bedroom communities as Scarsdale and Chappaqua, where former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton live. Most of those villages are heavily white. ...

The agreement also calls for Westchester to pay the federal government $21.6 million, which the government will then return to the county to help pay for the housing. An additional $10.9 million will be paid to the anti-discrimination center, its lawyers and the government.
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Indians fastest-growing illegal immigrant group in US
The Economic Times, India, 11 August 2009

Indians in the US are not only the fastest growing Asian community, but also have the dubious distinction of being fastest-growing group of illegal immigrants in the country.

According to the American Community Survey of the US Census Bureau, the Asian Indian population in the US grew from almost 1,679,000 in 2000 to 2,570,000 in 2007.

With a growth rate of 53 percent the highest for any Asian American community, and among the fastest growing ethnic groups in the US, Indian Americans are the third largest Asian American ethnic group, after Chinese Americans and Filipinos.

When it comes to illegal immigration, Hispanic illegal immigrants largely outnumber other undocumented immigrants. Mexicans make up nearly 7 million of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

The next largest group of Hispanics are Salvadorans and Guatemalans. But Indians are the fastest-growing group of illegal immigrants in the US, according to US Department of Homeland Security report.

There are 270,000 unauthorised Indians in the US - a 125 percent jump since 2000, the largest percentage increase of any nation with more than 100,000 illegal immigrants.

Many Indians get into the US with an H-1B Visa so they do not have to cross the border illegally. Indian illegal immigrants tend to have attained a higher level of education than other illegal immigrants in the US.

In addition, many immigrants from India can speak English fluently. Immigrants from India often work for high-tech companies and perform highly skilled jobs such as engineering and computer programming.
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Terrorism focus to include white racists
James Kirkup and Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2009

Britain's central strategy for combating extremism is being revised to focus on white racist groups as well as radical Muslims.

Shahid Malik, the communities minister, yesterday said that a part of the "Prevent" strategy is also being renamed to avoid alienating British Muslims.

Prevent was launched in 2006 as part of the Government's four "Ps" anti-terrorism agenda – Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare.

It aims to combat extremism by promoting "community cohesion" among all sections of society, but is widely seen as focusing on British Muslims.

"We are broadening our approach to involve all communities in developing shared values to strengthen cohesion," said Mr Malik.

"This includes putting a renewed focus on resisting Right-wing, racist extremism." ...

Mr Malik said that aspects of the Government's approach to extremism have alienated some British Muslims. ...

"It is not just about the Muslim, it is actually about everybody in our society having a role to play and we cannot dismiss or underestimate the threat from the far-Right."
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We'll ease up on Muslim fanatics
David Wooding
The Sun, 10 August 2009

Labour slammed the brakes on its war against violent extremism yesterday - amid fears it had upset Muslim voters.

Millions spent preventing Asian kids becoming terrorists will now be used to tackle right-wing racists in WHITE areas.

Community cohesion minister Shahid Malik admitted he was softening his stance because Muslims felt stigmatised.

But a former Labour aide called the move a "dangerous dilution" of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy.

Tories branded it a shameless bid to win back Muslim voters who deserted Labour over Iraq and Afghanistan.

More than £45 million a year has been spent on measures to prevent Al-Qaeda recruiting young Muslims in the UK.

It included action to break up Islamic ghettos and stop university hate preachers.

But Mr Malik, the first British-born Muslim MP, yesterday unveiled plans to broaden the scope of the campaign.

He announced: "We shall be putting a renewed focus on resisting right-wing racist extremism. We cannot dismiss or underestimate the threat."

Mr Malik told Sky News: "You speak to any Muslim in this country and they are as opposed as you and I are to extremism and terrorism.

"The frustration is they are constantly linked with terrorism as a community as a whole."

His action contrasts with the tough stance of ex-minister Hazel Blears. She broke links with Muslim groups that failed to denounce extremists.

Her adviser Paul Richards said: "The good work by Hazel is being undone in the name of political correctness."

Former shadow home secretary David Davis said: "This has been watered down for purely political reasons. Labour has always seen Muslim voters as its own property."
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Muslim Europe: the demographic time bomb transforming our continent [part 1]
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2009

Britain and the rest of the European Union are ignoring a demographic time bomb: a recent rush into the EU by migrants, including millions of Muslims, will change the continent beyond recognition over the next two decades, and almost no policy-makers are talking about it.

The numbers are startling. Only 3.2 per cent of Spain's population was foreign-born in 1998. In 2007 it was 13.4 per cent. Europe's Muslim population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and will have doubled again by 2015. In Brussels, the top seven baby boys' names recently were Mohamed, Adam, Rayan, Ayoub, Mehdi, Amine and Hamza.

Europe's low white birth rate, coupled with faster multiplying migrants, will change fundamentally what we take to mean by European culture and society. The altered population mix has far-reaching implications for education, housing, welfare, labour, the arts and everything in between. It could have a critical impact on foreign policy: a study was submitted to the US Air Force on how America's relationship with Europe might evolve. Yet EU officials admit that these issues are not receiving the attention they deserve.

Jerome Vignon, the director for employment and social affairs at the European Commission, said that the focus of those running the EU had been on asylum seekers and the control of migration rather than the integration of those already in the bloc. "It has certainly been underestimated ... there is a general rhetoric that social integration of migrants should be given as much importance as monitoring the inflow of migrants." But, he said, the rhetoric had rarely led to policy.

The countries of the EU have long histories of welcoming migrants, but in recent years two significant trends have emerged. Migrants have come increasingly from outside developed economies, and they have come in accelerating numbers.

The growing Muslim population is of particular interest. This is not because Muslims are the only immigrants coming into the EU in large numbers; there are plenty of entrants from all points of the compass. But Muslims represent a particular set of issues beyond the fact that atrocities have been committed in the West in the name of Islam.

America's Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, part of the non-partisan Pew Research Center, said in a report: "These [EU] countries possess deep historical, cultural, religious and linguistic traditions. Injecting hundreds of thousands, and in some cases millions, of people who look, speak and act differently into these settings often makes for a difficult social fit."

How dramatic are the population changes? Everyone is aware that certain neighbourhoods of certain cities in Europe are becoming more Muslim, and that the change is gathering pace. But raw details are hard to come by as the data is sensitive: many countries in the EU do not collect population statistics by religion.

EU numbers on general immigration tell a story on their own. In the latter years of the 20th century, the 27 countries of the EU attracted half a million more people a year than left. "Since 2002, however," the latest EU report says, "net migration into the EU has roughly tripled to between 1.6 million and two million people per year."
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Muslim Europe: the demographic time bomb transforming our continent [part 2]
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2009

The increased pace has made a nonsense of previous forecasts. In 2004 the EU thought its population would decline by 16 million by 2050. Now it thinks it will increase by 10 million by 2060. Britain is expected to become the most populous EU country by 2060, with 77 million inhabitants. Right now it has 20 million fewer people than Germany. Italy's population was expected to fall precipitously; now it is predicted to stay flat.

The study for the US Air Force by Leon Perkowski in 2006 found that there were at least 15 million Muslims in the EU, and possibly as many as 23 million. They are not uniformly distributed, of course. According to the US's Migration Policy Institute, residents of Muslim faith will account for more than 20 per cent of the EU population by 2050 but already do so in a number of cities. Whites will be in a minority in Birmingham by 2026, says Christopher Caldwell, an American journalist, and even sooner in Leicester. Another forecast holds that Muslims could outnumber non-Muslims in France and perhaps in all of western Europe by mid-century. Austria was 90 per cent Catholic in the 20th century but Islam could be the majority religion among Austrians aged under 15 by 2050, says Mr Caldwell.

Projected growth rates are a disputed area. Birth rates can be difficult to predict and migrant numbers can ebb and flow. But Karoly Lorant, a Hungarian economist who wrote a paper for the European Parliament, calculates that Muslims already make up 25 per cent of the population in Marseilles and Rotterdam, 20 per cent in Malmo, 15 per cent in Brussels and Birmingham and 10 per cent in London, Paris and Copenhagen.

Recent polls have tended to show that the feared radicalisation of Europe's Muslims has not occurred. That gives hope that the newcomers will integrate successfully. Nonetheless, second and third generations of Muslims show signs of being harder to integrate than their parents. Policy Exchange, a British study group, found that more than 70 per cent of Muslims over 55 felt that they had as much in common with non-Muslims as Muslims. But this fell to 62 per cent of 16-24 year-olds. ...

The Pew Forum identified the mainstream silence in 2005: "The fact that [extreme parties] have risen to prominence at all speaks poorly ... about the state and quality of the immigration debate. [Scholars] have argued that European elites have yet to fully grapple with the broader issues of race and identity surrounding Muslims and other groups for fear of being seen as politically incorrect."

The starting point should be greater discussion of integration. Does it matter at all? Yes, claims Mr Vignon at the European Commission. Without it, polarisation and ghettoes can result. "It's bad because it creates antagonism. It antagonises poor people against other poor people: people with low educational attainment feel threatened," he says.

The EU says employment rates for non-EU nationals are lower than for nationals, which holds back economic advancement and integration. One important reason for this is a lack of language skills. The Migration Policy Institute says that, in 2007, 28 per cent of children born in England and Wales had at least one foreign-born parent. That rose to 54 per cent in London. Overall in 2008, 14.4 per cent of children in primary schools had a language other than English as their first language.

Muslims, who are a hugely diverse group, have so far shown little inclination to organise politically on lines of race or religion. But that does not mean their voices are being ignored. Germany started to reform its voting laws 10 years ago, granting certain franchise rights to the large Turkish population. It would be odd if that did not alter the country's stance on Turkey's application to join the EU.
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The Congealing Pot – Today's Immigrants Are Different from Waves Past [part 1]
Jason Richwine
National Review, 24 August 2009
[The actual date of publication was no later than 8 August 2009]

They're not just like the Irish – or the Italians or the Poles, for that matter. The large influx of Hispanic immigrants after 1965 represents a unique assimilation challenge for the United States. Many optimistic observers have assumed – incorrectly, it turns out – that Hispanic immigrants will follow the same economic trajectory European immigrants did in the early part of the last century. Many of those Europeans came to America with no money and few skills, but their status steadily improved. Their children outperformed them, and their children's children were often indistinguishable from the "founding stock." The speed of economic assimilation varied somewhat by ethnic group, but three generations were typically enough to turn "ethnics" into plain old Americans.

This would be the preferred outcome for the tens of millions of Hispanic Americans, who are significantly poorer and less educated on average than native whites. When immigration skeptics question the wisdom of importing so many unskilled people into our nation at one time, the most common response cites the remarkable progress of Europeans a century ago. "People used to say the Irish or the Poles would always be poor, but look at them today!" For Hispanics, we are led to believe, the same thing will happen.

But that claim isn't true. Though about three-quarters of Hispanics living in the U.S. today are either immigrants or the children of immigrants, a significant number have roots here going back many generations. We have several ways to measure their intergenerational progress, and the results leave little room for optimism about their prospects for assimilation.

Before detailing some of those analyses, we should recognize the importance of this question. If we were to discover that, say, Slovenian immigrants did not assimilate over several generations, there would be little cause for alarm. There are simply too few Slovenian Americans to change our society in a meaningful way. Hispanics, on the other hand, have risen from 4 percent to 15 percent of the American population since 1970. The Census Bureau projects that, if there is no change in immigration policy, 30 percent of the nation will be Hispanic by 2050. To avoid developing a large economic underclass, we need to confront the question of whether they will assimilate.

The children of Hispanic immigrants (the second generation) actually stay in school much longer and earn a considerably higher wage than their parents. In fact, the Hispanic rate of assimilation from the first to the second generation is only slightly lower than the assimilation rate of more successful groups of immigrants. Most second-generation Hispanics make up nearly as much ground as the children of European immigrants would if they grew up in the same disadvantaged situation.

But the good news ends there, and two problems arise. First, the second generation still does not come close to matching the socioeconomic status of white natives. Even if Hispanics were to keep climbing the ladder each generation, their assimilation would be markedly slower than that of other groups. But even that view is overly optimistic, because of the second, larger problem with Hispanic assimilation: It appears to stall after the second generation. We see little further ladder-climbing from the grandchildren of Hispanic immigrants. They do not rise out of the lower class.
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The Congealing Pot – Today's Immigrants Are Different from Waves Past [part 2]
Jason Richwine
National Review, 24 August 2009

The most straightforward statistical evidence of this stall in Hispanic assimilation comes from the Current Population Survey (CPS), which asks respondents their ethnicity, where they were born, and where their parents were born. From this information we can construct an account of the first generation (foreign-born), the second generation (born in the U.S. with at least one foreign-born parent), and the "3+" generations (born in the U.S. to two U.S.-born parents) among the Hispanic respondents.

... No generational progress beyond the second generation is evident.

The educational picture does not look much better. The children of Hispanic immigrants are much better educated than their parents. However, American-born Hispanics still have high dropout and low college-completion rates compared with white natives, and there is little improvement from the second to the 3+ generations. Again, progress stalls.

These results do not depend on the time period considered. Economists Jeffrey Grogger and Stephen Trejo reached the same conclusions when they used CPS data from the mid-1990s for a similar analysis of Mexican Americans. And other datasets tell the same story. ... ...

So why do Hispanics, on average, not assimilate? Theories abound. Popular explanations from the left include the legacy of white racism, labor-market discrimination, housing segregation, and poor educational opportunities. Those on the right tend to cite enforced multiculturalism, ethnic enclaves, and a self-perpetuating culture of poverty. One would need a whole book to sort out these competing explanations, but we can safely say that none of them, even if true, suggests easy solutions. Social scientists have not devised any set of programs that effectively spurs assimilation.

That assimilation has stalled even among third-generation Hispanics growing up today is especially sobering. In the early 20th century, the quality of schools varied greatly, high-school graduation was unusual, travel was relatively difficult, and universities and employers were free to discriminate based on ethnicity. Today all but the worst inner-city schools are well funded, high-school graduation is expected, traveling around the country to look for work is much easier, and affirmative-action programs give preferences to Hispanics. Despite these advantages over earlier immigrants, today's Hispanics have not closed the socioeconomic gap with white natives.

Though continuing research on the barriers to Hispanic assimilation will be valuable, the reality is that no intervention in the foreseeable future will change the very slow and perhaps nonexistent assimilation process into a fast and effective one.

The consequences of a large ethno-cultural group's lagging behind the majority in education and income are significant. In strictly economic terms, perpetually poor immigrants and their descendants will be a major strain on social spending and infrastructure. Health care, public education, welfare payments, the criminal justice system, and programs for affordable housing will all require more tax dollars. ...

Even if economics were not a concern, the lack of Hispanic assimilation is likely to create ethnic tensions that threaten our cultural core. Human beings are a tribal species, and this makes ethnicity a natural fault line in any society. Intra-European ethnic divisions have been largely overcome through economic assimilation – Irish and Italian immigrants may have looked a bit different from natives, but by the third generation their socioeconomic profiles were similar. Hispanic Americans do not have that benefit.
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The Congealing Pot – Today's Immigrants Are Different from Waves Past [part 3]
Jason Richwine
National Review, 24 August 2009

Persistent ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status add to a sense of "otherness" felt by minorities outside the economic mainstream. Though it is encouraging that Hispanics often profess a belief in the American creed, an undercurrent of this "otherness" is still apparent. For example, a Pew Hispanic Center Survey in 2002 asked American-born Hispanics "which terms they would use first to describe themselves." Less than half (46 percent) said "American," while the majority said they primarily identified either with their ancestral country or as simply Hispanic or Latino. This feeling of otherness probably helps spur explicit ethnic organizing and lobbying. Already there is a long list of Hispanic interest groups – the National Council of La Raza, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Hispanic Lobbyists Association, to name just a handful. If Hispanics fail to assimilate, these groups will remain powerful, and they will continue to encourage Hispanics and other Americans to view our society in terms of inter-ethnic competition. It is difficult to see how a unifying national culture can be preserved and extended in that environment.

Two major changes to our immigration policy are needed to remedy the assimilation problem. First, we should drastically reduce illegal immigration. In the early part of this decade, the illegal-immigrant population saw a net increase of about 515,000 people per year, two-thirds of whom were from Mexico and Central America. The recession appears to have reduced illegal border crossings significantly, but the problem will surely return when our economy improves.

The second change concerns our legal immigration system. While it is important that spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens be allowed to immigrate, our present policy extends well beyond the nuclear family. U.S. citizens can sponsor their parents; their adult children, who may bring their own spouses and children with them; and their adult brothers and sisters, who may also bring their own spouses and children with them. These new green-card holders can then acquire citizenship and bring in their own extended families, perpetuating the cycle. This is "chain migration," and it causes the number of unskilled immigrants in the U.S. to increase swiftly.

It need not continue. Instead of bringing large extended families with limited skills into the U.S., we could specifically select for the qualities – education and work experience, for example – that help immigrants succeed. ...

Of course, precisely which factors to select for is itself a controversial question, and should be debated in the political arena. But that debate can begin only when we let go of our sepia-toned memories of immigration past. Who gets in really does matter, and we should not let the success of Europeans who came here a hundred years ago obscure that fact.
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Bogus students 'still in Britain'
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2009

Thousands of students who entered Britain through suspected bogus colleges could still be in the country, the Government has admitted.

Up to 4,000 students were enrolled in schools, colleges and universities which were refused an official licence this year to sponsor international migrants under a new Home Office regime.

The Commons home affairs select committee said it was concerned about the whereabouts of those who had already entered the country on fraudulent student visas, adding that the number involved "could be in the tens of thousands".
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One million migrants 'will quit Britain'
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2009

Almost one million migrants will leave Britain because of the slowing economy, a study has predicted.

At least 200,000 foreign nationals will depart every year as job opportunities become more scarce, research published today suggested.

While the number of foreigners leaving will still be smaller than the number arriving, the rise in "re-migration" could slow the growth in the British population.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said the increasing mobility of migrants meant that the Government should consider offering tax breaks to some of the most highly skilled workers to persuade them to stay.

According to government calculations, foreign migrants were leaving at a rate of around 125,000 a year in the first half of the decade. As travel becomes easier and the economy slows, the institute has calculated that the annual exodus will grow.

Researchers have estimated that departures will run to at least 200,000 a year for the three years from 2008. After that, they are forecast at 150,000 a year for at least five years. That would mean that between 2008 and 2013, more than 900,000 migrants will leave.

However, the overall population is still likely to grow. ...

Poles and other Eastern European workers are among the most mobile migrants. ... ...

The IPPR study estimated that at least 1.4 million Eastern Europeans have come to Britain to work since the European Union expanded in 2004.

However, as the economy slows, the tide is starting to turn and, according to estimates, at least 550,000 have already left. Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, said yesterday: "This report further demonstrates that migrants come to the UK for a short period of time, work, contribute to the economy and then return home."

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of campaign group Migrationwatch UK, said he believed migrants returning home was not the most important issue. "Re-migration is the least of our problems," he said.

"The real problem is the absence of any effective limits on immigration, often from countries where wages are a fraction of those in the UK and to which people are unlikely to return."
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Migrants' tips on gaining benefit
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2009

Immigrants are to be given tips on how to access benefits and other public services under Home Office proposals, while learning how to claim will help them learn British citizenship.

Mentors will be provided to coach those wanting to settle permanently in Britain while local authorities will be expected to lay on "orientation days" to provide advice on services, such as benefit payments, under plans unveiled yesterday.

They form part of a move to introduce a points-based system for those wanting British citizenship ... ...

Until now, obtaining British nationality has been virtually automatic after five years in the country, but the Home Office this year introduced an additional "probationary" period before citizenship will be granted. This starts after the original five years, and can last up to five years depending on what social contributions a migrant makes to the country.

Now the Government wants to introduce a system where migrants must accrue points before being allowed to enter the probationary period. It is aimed at controlling the number of people being granted citizenship, which is on course to hit a record of almost 220,000 this year.
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British people smuggling arrests increase
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2009

People smugglers arrested in Calais are increasingly likely to be British, new figures have shown.

The French immigration ministry said that dozens of Britons had been arrested on suspicion of people trafficking in Calais in the past six months.

It said that 42 of the 235 suspected people smugglers arrested in Calais in the period were British, along with 32 from France and 20 from Germany.

However there were only 50 convictions, mainly because of the failure of witnesses to testify against them.
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Plan for immigrants to 'earn' passports
Richard Edwards
Daily Telegraph, 3 August 2009

Immigrants could be denied British citizenship if they join in unpatriotic activities such as demonstrating against British troops, it will be announced today.

Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, is unveiling plans for a points-based system that will consider applicants' behaviour before granting them British nationality.

Immigrants will be expected to "earn" a British passport by accumulating points for voluntary work, speaking English, paying taxes or having useful skills. Marks could be deducted from applicants who have a history of anti-social behaviour, which could include protesting against British troops, or even failing to integrate. ...

The move to a points-based system is a shift from the current near-automatic right to citizenship for anyone who has lived in Britain for five years without a criminal record. New rules will also increase from five to 10 years the period for which foreigners will have to work in Britain before becoming eligible. ...

The Home Secretary also plans to ban wives brought here from receiving child benefit and a wide range of other state aid unless they learn English, support British values and do voluntary work in the community. Under existing laws, they are automatically given indefinite leave to remain after two years. That process would be scrapped.

The changes could affect as many as 80,000 immigrants who are allowed to settle permanently each year after marrying a British citizen. ...

Damian Green, the Tory immigration spokesman, said the proposal was "pure spin". ...

Mr Green also said the most effective way to tackle the abuse of marriage rules was to enforce rules before the immigrants arrived. ...

"The Government should have long ago addressed the fact that its test and regulations are far too lenient. This is far too little, far too late."
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Driving test fraud funding terrorism
Melissa Kite
Sunday Telegraph, 2 August 2009

The Government has launched an extensive undercover operation to crack down on driving test fraud after it emerged that some of the profits from the scam are being used to fund terrorism. ...

The licences obtained by deception allow unskilled drivers onto the roads, and create false identities that unlock the door to thousands of pounds of benefits. ...

A spokesman for the Fraud & Integrity unit at the Driving Standards Agency confirmed: "It is very far-reaching criminality. We have found links to terrorist activity." ...

However, the scam, which involves an applicant using easily forged ID to book a test, then paying a lookalike up to £1,500 to pass for them, can also raise vast sums, which in some cases have been used to fund terrorist activities.
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Crackdown on 80,000 immigrant wives with free pass to Britain
Simon Walters
Mail on Sunday, 2 August 2009

A highly controversial crackdown on immigrants accused of abusing welfare handouts is to be unveiled by Home Secretary Alan Johnson this week.

He plans to ban wives brought here, mainly from India and Pakistan, from receiving child benefit and a wide range of other state aid unless they learn English, support British values and do voluntary work in the community.

The move could affect up to 80,000 immigrants who are allowed to settle permanently in Britain each year after marrying a UK citizen.

Many come from remote villages in the subcontinent, have little formal education and cannot speak a word of English. Under existing laws, they are automatically given indefinite leave to remain after just two years.

Crucially, that qualifies them to receive state benefits, even if they never become British citizens with UK passports or learn English.

However, Mr Johnson wants to scrap indefinite leave to remain. He intends to force immigrants who use marriage to get into the UK to take a citizenship test. They will not be allowed to take it for at least five years and if they fail, they will be banned from receiving benefits.

Ministers are braced for allegations of racism from some ethnic-minority leaders but they argue that the reforms are vital to curb racial tensions and benefit scrounging.

A well-placed Government source said: 'Some British men with Indian or Pakistani backgrounds marry young women from the Indian subcontinent who are close to illiterate and unable to speak English.

'Once they are here, they have children and can get the same benefits as someone who has lived here for a generation.

'Some never learn a word of English and remain separate from the rest of the community. In effect, they choose to remain foreigners.

'Why should they or their husbands worry? They are getting state benefits, and in some cases that is the only reason they come here, or are brought here. We have to put a stop to it.

'We hope that once we make it clear that getting into Britain does not mean they can milk the benefits system without lifting a finger, it will deter such people from coming.

'We want people who are committed to being British and playing a full part in our society. ...' ...

The Government has already insisted that all immigrants must show they have some knowledge of English before they are allowed into Britain but the new proposals go a lot further.

There are an estimated one million people living in the UK on indefinite leave to remain. Most come from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and the U.S. ...

The planned shake-up is designed to show that after years of soaring immigration, Labour has finally got to grips with the issue.

Downing Street advisers have been shocked by continuing anger over immigration.

One of Gordon Brown's senior aides said: 'Month after month, focus groups show that people think we have done far too little to get on top of immigration. We have to do more or it will cost us dearly in the General Election.'
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Alarm at 76% rise in stowaway migrants seized from lorries
Mark Blacklock and Peter Allen
Daily Express, 31 July 2009

The number of illegal migrants arrested in the back of lorries heading to Britain from Calais has increased by 76 per cent this year.

French police found a colossal 13,715 stowaways in HGVs or vans in the past six months, compared with 7,760 in the same period last year.

Astonishingly, the vast majority were released without charge – allowing them to resume their bids to reach the UK to claim asylum or disappear into the black economy. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said the figures must mean that illegal immigrants are continuing to get through "or they would try somewhere else".

He added: "The root of the problem is that Britain is regarded as a soft touch. We must clamp down on illegal workers if we are to deter yet more thousands of would-be immigrants queuing up in Calais."

A French Frontier Police spokesman described the problem as "a never-ending cycle" because when people were simply deported to the country they came from – usually Belgium – they rapidly returned to France.

In all, 18,922 illegal migrants were arrested in the Calais region between January and June – the vast majority in the back of lorries.

But many others were found vaulting barbed wire fences or were picked up as suspected people smugglers.

The total figure compares with just 11,340 arrests made during the same period last year, an increase of 66 per cent. Yet despite the rise just 5,865 – 31 per cent – were actually put under formal investigation.

Without money or official papers they were almost impossible to prosecute, and were released without charge.

Many continued to travel to Britain undetected, thanks to the increasingly sophisticated tactics being used by people-smuggling gangs, according to France's immigration ministry.
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Transplant rules are tightened
Daily Telegraph, 31 July 2009

Foreign private patients will be banned from receiving organ transplants from dead NHS donors after fears were raised about immigrants jumping the queue for treatment.

It was found that 50 foreign patients had received organs donated by Britons over two years.

The hospitals were not breaking the law. However, an inquiry concluded there was a risk that the public would believe foreign nationals had been able to jump the queue.

The inquiry ruled that they could establish a right to be treated by the NHS on an equal basis.

The rules would also apply to British private patients.
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Police DVD promotes gipsies
Daily Telegraph, 31 July 2009

A police force has spent £15,000 on a training DVD to tell officers that gipsies are not "tax-dodging thieves".

The film, entitled Gipsies and Travellers, Moving Forward, aims to dispel myths surrounding travellers and tells officers they must be "treated with respect". The disc, paid for by Surrey police, is to be released to at least 15 other police forces, advising fellow officers that "prejudice against gipsies" must stop.

The project is also designed to "build confidence" among the estimated 300,000 gipsies in Britain.
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Labour backs down on promise to stop migrants jumping house queue
Daily Mail, 31 July 2009

Councils will not, after all, be given new powers to stop migrants 'queue jumping' local people for housing, the government admitted yesterday.

Last month, Gordon Brown suggested that local families who had been on the waiting list for a long time would be given priority over migrants.

But housing minister John Healey said the Government was not planning to change the law to give British people greater priority. Instead, town halls will be simply be issued with new guidance about how they allocate homes.

The Prime Minister's suggestion had prompted uproar from equal rights campaigners who warned that attempts to give councils extra powers would breach human rights laws.

At present, local authorities have a duty to award council housing on the basis of need.

Mr Healey insisted yesterday that, although the guidance would not change this, it would give officials more 'leeway'.

He said councils would be able to consider other factors, such as how long people have been on waiting lists and skill shortages in the area.

There will also be a crackdown on frauds who get homes at the taxpayer's expense and then sub-let them to earn extra cash. ...

LibDem MP Sarah Teather said: 'The real problem is the queue, not the queue-jumping.'
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Inside the world of dog-fighting
Amardeep Bassey
BBC, 30 July 2009

What police found in Alum Rock a mainly Pakistani inner-city suburb, was an unexpected and disturbing crime scene. ...

Twenty-six men were eventually convicted two years ago for taking part in the largest illegal dog-fight uncovered in the UK.

The RSPCA had long regarded dog-fighting as the preserve of white working class men attending fights in the countryside.

What the fight in Alum Rock revealed was the first glimpse of organised dog fighting in the Asian community taking place in urban surroundings and tens of thousands of pounds gambled on the result.

Since then subsequent raids have revealed that dog-fighting has become a problem in some sections of the Asian community.

Ian Briggs, chief inspector of the RSPCA's Special Operations Unit said dog-fighting is up 400% in the past three years in the UK.

"Out of all the work we do 98% is Asian".

Mr Briggs said the organisation believes there is a dog fight nearly every week nationally from a small fight in the park to the bigger organised events such as that uncovered at Alum Rock.

"Information about one fight we uncover leads to another but certainly we are scratching the surface." ...

Young men openly parade their illegal pit bull terriers saying how police cannot tell the difference - while the police with stretched resources can only play a limited role in tackling the problem. ...

Dog fighting is part of life in rural Punjab and Kashmir and there are fears that its acceptability could be increasing among a new generation of young Asians in the UK aware of fathers, uncles and cousins attending dog fights in Pakistan. ...

The RSPCA says it is keen on tackling this problem in the British Pakistani community but is finding it hard to penetrate the gangs. ...

Find out more from The Report on BBC Radio 4, Thursday 30 July at 2000 BST.
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Marijuana gangs take over California's parks
Tom Leonard
Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2009

Mexican drug traffickers are growing millions of marijuana plants in California's vast national parks, exploiting cut-backs in the state's police forces.

The authorities have already seized more than a million cannabis plants this year – valued at up to $4 billion (£2.4 billion) – and the growing season is not even half over. Officials concede that for every plant they find, dozens go undetected. ...

There have been several gun battles already this year, in one case involving local people who fired on marijuana growers fleeing police through back gardens.

"The whole state is overrun, it's an epidemic," said Michelle Gregory, a special agent with the California Bureau of narcotic Enforcement. "Everywhere we go, it seems we find more plants growing. ..." ...

Officials complain that the drug gangs are causing environmental damage, cutting down trees, damming creeks and spraying pesticides.
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Foreign spongers scandal, by judge
Chris Riches
Daily Express, 29 July 2009

A judge yesterday launched a blistering attack on Britain's "desperate" immigration policy and the Government's failed welfare system.

He slammed policies that allow hundreds of thousands of foreigners to stream into the country to sponge off benefits.

Judge Ian Trigger also savaged the delay in kicking immigrants out of the UK once it had been ruled that they were here illegally.

And he condemned the country's massive welfare system for lavishing billions on immigrants.

The outburst came as the judge sentenced Jamaican Lucien McClearley, 31, for drugs offences at Liverpool Crown Court. McClearley should have been booted out of Britain in 2004. "Your case illustrates all too clearly the completely lax immigration policy that exists and has existed over recent years in this country," said Judge Trigger.

"People like you, and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people like you, come to these shores from foreign countries to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits that exist here. In the past 10 years the national debt of this country has risen to extraordinary heights, largely because central Government has wasted billions and billions of pounds.

"Much of that has been wasted on welfare payments."

This was creating an enormous strain on resources which are already badly stretched, he said. ...

Last night, the judge was roundly applauded for speaking out against the Government and its disastrous immigration system.

Tory immigration spokesman Damian Green declared: "The judge is right."

Sir Andrew Green, founder of think-tank Migrationwatch, commented: "He is expressing a sense of frustration which is very widely felt among the public. And it is courageous of him to do so.

"The long-term failure of this Government's immigration policy has effects in many areas of national life. That is why we need a better controlled system, and a Border Police to make our borders more secure."

Sir Andrew added: "I have lost count of the number of magistrates who have told me privately of their concerns about the number of immigrants coming before them and the difficulties in finding an appropriate penalty, if convicted, when they have no money and our jails are full." ...

Judge Trigger made his scathing comments yesterday after his court heard how McClearley, of Liverpool, had entered the UK in 2001 on a visitor's visa. He was arrested in 2002 after overstaying but appealed for asylum and was released while this was pending, allowing him to "disappear from the radar of the authorities."

His application was finally rejected on March 2004, but he was not arrested until last February in Liverpool when police noticed his hired Vauxhall Vectra stunk of cannabis. They discovered bags of cannabis and a further search of his house revealed more than £7,200 worth of cannabis, a gram of cocaine and a fake passport.

Judge Trigger added: "The fact that it took nearly two years to process your claim shows how desperate the situation in this country has become."
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Union badge is 'offensive' says the Met
Daily Express, 29 July 2009

Scotland Yard officers have been banned from wearing Union Flag badges in support of troops because they are deemed "offensive".

Metropolitan Police chiefs ordered that the tiny emblems, which cost £1 with proceeds going to charity, must be removed after a complaint.

But 70 officers are continuing to wear them in defiance of the latest row over political correctness.

Peter Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, called the decision "shameful".

The row started when 200 officers at Heathrow Airport were barred from wearing the badges, which raise funds for the British Legion and Help for Heroes.

A petition against the ban has been launched on the Downing Street website. Last night a Met spokesman said: "Only approved corporate badging may be used."
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Cash payments and flights home for migrants in Calais
Peter Allen and Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 28 July 2009

Migrants in Calais who are queuing up to enter Britain are to be offered more than £1,700 in cash, a flight home and retraining when they get there.

The "Global Calais Scheme" is to be partly paid for by British taxpayers and will be offered to those sleeping rough around the French port as they try to board ferries and trains bound for England. The French government was offering €2,000 (£1,730) in cash and a plane ride home, while Britain would pay for resettlement assistance and retraining.

The plan was outlined yesterday by Pierre de Bousquet, who, as state Prefect for the Pas-de-Calais, is the most powerful politician in the region.

He said ...

"We're trying to open their eyes to the illusion of their wish to go to Great Britain. The United Kingdom is not the El Dorado they believe it to be.

"The solution that we advocate is voluntary repatriation. These people are deluded by the people smugglers who have an interest in maintaining their illusions."

All genuine asylum cases would continue to be considered, Mr de Bousquet added.

The plans were attacked by the Conservatives. "Why on earth will offering people money just when they turn up in Calais stop more and more turning up?" said Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary.

"It will make the trafficking of people even more lucrative."

A UK Border Agency spokesman said the Global Calais Project would "ultimately save the taxpayer from the cost of enforcing a removal".
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Failed asylum seekers living in Britain receive 'resettlement grants' worth thousands
Daily Mail, 28 July 2009

Failed asylum seekers living in Britain can already benefit from generous 'resettlement' grants worth thousands of pounds each.

The value of the support packages - described as 'bribes' by critics - can be as much as £4,000.

The deal includes money for housing, childcare, school fees for any children and even help setting up a business.

Ministers insist it provides good value as the total cost of forcibly removing a bogus refugee can be as much as £11,000.

But the programme has cost the taxpayer well in excess of £30 million. In part, this is down to the nature of the businesses opened by its beneficiaries.

A 35-year-old Iranian was given money to open an ostrich farm, an Albanian was given cash to open a vineyard while a Zimbabwean was paid hundreds of pounds to open a beauty salon.

The hope is that setting up migrants with fledgling businesses will give the failed migrants a chance to settle and prosper when they return to their homelands, rather than leaving them rootless and ready to return to Britain.
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'Racism isn't the reason our kids are failing in school'
Tamara Obeng
The Voice, 27 July 2009

Academics have long argued that 'institutional racism' in Britain's schools is the root cause of black boys failing in the education system. But leading educational consultant and author of Generating Genius, Dr Tony Sewell, argues the 'experts' have got it all totally wrong.

In fact, Sewell, director of the Science, Maths and Information Technology Centre at the University of the West Indies says that what black boys are saying to him is the opposite. They are failing because of a variety of problems.

"Why was it that we had all these politicians saying that this is to do with black boys being victims when this isn't what they say themselves?"

Sewell's new book, Generating Genius, explores the problems of love, ritual and schooling in young black boys.

The book is based on his highly successful project turning 12-year-olds in Jamaica and England into potential scientists. Sewell strongly believes that education is the key to fighting crime.

"I think in the UK educationalists have got it all wrong. They want to be seen to be politically correct so what they tend to do is listen to those who tell them it's all about racism. As a result, you get attempts to try and fix white teachers."

Sewell's project on the other hand takes a group of youngsters and works with them over a long period of time. ... ...

The love of a father is central to Sewell's argument; if the father isn't there these boys seek acceptance elsewhere.

"I find that a lot of the gangs are a replacement for that love. The people in the gangs in Jamaica are prepared to lay their lives down for 'the don.' ...

Sewell says many believe the reason black people are doing badly is because of dysfunctional families, initiated by slavery.

But, this shouldn't be used as an excuse he says. "I think you have to take care of your kids. If you have loads of kids you can't excuse not being there for them and say it's because of slavery."

Generating Genius found that the biggest challenge for black youths is not in the classroom, it's on the streets.

"Peer pressure plays a big role in black boys underachieving," he adds.
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Italy's immigrants despair at new laws
Madeleine Morris
BBC, 27 July 2009

Italy has come under fire from groups as diverse as the Vatican and the European Commission for its strict new anti-immigration laws, which were passed in early July.

Under the legislation, illegal immigrants are liable to pay a fine of 10,000 euros (£8,700; $14,200) and can now be detained by the authorities for up to six months.

In addition, people who knowingly house undocumented migrants can now face up to three years in prison.

The new law also permits the formation of unarmed citizen patrol groups to help police keep order.

The European Commission is investigating the new laws to see if they comply with existing EU legislation on immigration. ...

Mr Grimaldi, ... firmly believes Italy is facing an emergency.

With nearly 37,000 immigrants arriving on their shores last year, mostly via boats from Libya and Tunisia, many Italians agree. ...

According to Saskia Sassen, an expert on European immigration at Columbia University in New York, Italy's new laws could be the beginning of "a catastrophic phase" for not only migrants but also Italian citizens.

"This law really alters the landscape by criminalising the violation," she says.

"In the past you were in violation of the law. That doesn't mean you were a criminal. This law means if you break the law, now you are considered a criminal. That's a big deal." ...

European Union laws oblige all 25 countries party to the Schengen Agreement, which allows passport-free travel across the area, to allow illegal immigrants to make two "mistakes", and the new Italian law makes such "mistakes" more likely.
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Points bonus for Scots immigrants
BBC, 26 July 2009

Immigrants who choose to live and work in Scotland could earn British citizenship more readily, according to Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy.

Writing in Scotland on Sunday, he says moving to Scotland could see immigrants earn points towards their application.

Points are granted according to things like skills, age and potential salary.

Mr Murphy said he wants to see Scotland become a melting pot - but he stressed new arrivals must be controlled under a tight immigration policy.

There is to be a consultation process on the proposal, but in his article Mr Murphy writes of the demographic challenge facing Scotland, with an ageing population and the need to recruit in sectors such as tourism.

The article says a new "points-based" test for citizenship will credit applicants if they have set up home in parts of the country in need of increased population.

Scotland has been singled out by the Home Office as a place where points could be earned, because its own population is likely to fall over the long term.

Mr Murphy wrote: "Our need for a growing population is ranked along with the need to recruit to shortage occupations."
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Equality loses out in this battle of special interests
David Green
Sunday Telegraph, 26 July 2009

This week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission – the super-quango charged with erasing any kind of bias, prejudice or inequality from British life – seemed to be in danger of disintegration. Several high-profile resignations have been largely blamed on the egocentric management style of the EHRC's chairman, Trevor Phillips.

But in truth, Mr Phillips's failings are not the issue. The EHRC is falling apart because many of the people who run it are not concerned about equality at all, but rather with gaining preferential treatment for their own specific set of clients.

... Under the guise of demanding protection against discrimination, each victim group is in reality campaigning for privileges at the expense of everyone else.

When the EHRC began work in 2007, it merged three existing bodies – the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality. But the "old guard" found itself crowded out by newcomers. As the EHRC's "Equality Measurement Framework" shows, gender, race and disability were joined by five more grounds for affirmative action: age; religion or belief; sexual orientation; transgender status; and social class.

But some groups resented not only the arrival of interlopers but also being put on an equal footing with them. For example, I have heard campaigners for gender equality object bitterly to their equal ranking with advocates for the elderly. ...

Yet just as America starts to turn away from this approach, we are about to pass the Equality Bill, which actually adds to the powers of the EHRC. Given that the quango has proved itself to be institutionally dysfunctional, it would be more useful to close it before it can wreak even more havoc in our places of work.
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Country Diary
Ben Fogle
Sunday Telegraph, 26 July 2009

Next week, Community Champion Nurjahan Ali Arobi and I will be launching the Mosaic Programme at the Dales Countryside Museum in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The programme is a collaboration between the national parks' authority, the Campaign for National Parks, and the Youth Hostel Association. Its aim is to recruit influential leaders from ethnic minority groups to become Community Champions, thereby promoting the national parks to their communities. It is estimated that 10 per cent of Britain's population is of ethnic minority, yet makes up just one per cent of visitors to national parks. Mosaic hopes to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to visit the national parks.
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Dragonflies 'are facing extinction'
Louise Gray
Daily Telegraph, 25 July 2009

One in three dragonflies species in Britain is threatened with extinction, according to the National Trust.

The loss of garden ponds, concreting over the countryside and intensive farming has caused three species to die out in the past 40 years and more are under threat. ...

Chris Packham, the naturalist and BBC Springwatch presenter, said: "The loss of wetland habitat throughout the UK is having a massive impact on the long-term survival prospects for many dragonfly species."
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Illegal immigrant guarded the Queen
Daily Telegraph, 25 July 2009

A soldier who guards the Queen at Buckingham Palace has been arrested after he was found to be an illegal immigrant. The soldier, named only as Guardsman Kapinga, is believed to have used fake documents to join the Army. His scam was uncovered after a car crash when police found he had numerous aliases.
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Migrant housing figures
Emeritus Professor Mervyn Stone
Daily Telegraph, 25 July 2009
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Here is how the BBC covered its embarrassment at having trumpeted the recent Equalities and Human Rights Commission report denying bias in social housing allocation.

Thursday's radio programme, The Report, was trailed on News at One with the heady information that the BBC had found some people in Birmingham with a perception (not a belief, be it noted) that there is bias in favour of migrants – and, balancing that news, that Civitas had cast doubt on the EHRC claim.

The programme dealt, largely anecdotally, with those perceptions and only briefly with the deceptively smallest of the statistical percentages out of which the EHRC had constructed its claim.

Among other irrelevancies, Civitas was given a Right-of-centre sticker, but the Government's favoured think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, was left untarnished.

MigrationWatch's Sir Andrew Green was allowed to make some prerecorded observations that could have been interpreted as value judgments. Given that Green usually argues from numbers, I for one would like to know what was left behind in the editing room.
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Poland appeals for urgent help to stop racist attacks in UK
Matthew Day
Daily Telegraph, 24 July 2009

Poland has called on Britain to take urgent steps to tackle racist threats and attacks on its nationals living in Britain.

In a letter to Ann Abraham, the human rights watchdog, Poland's commissioner for civil rights protection expressed his "very serious" concern about a spate of threats and attacks against Poles this month.

"Racially motivated threats and attacks against Poles seem to be more and more common in the United Kingdom," wrote Janusz Kochanowski. ...

While recognising that the "British police seem to be very sensitive to racially motivated crime", Mr Kochanowski urged the authorities to do more to protect his countrymen. ...

Since Poland joined the EU in May 2004 over a million Poles have travelled to Britain in search of work, becoming in just a few years one of the country's largest ethnic minorities.
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Sharia and English law
Neil Addison
Daily Telegraph, 24 July 2009
[Letter to the Editor]


However, the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (Mat) does not restrict itself to these traditional and proper areas of arbitration. On its website it refers to cases of domestic violence and family disputes and, in doing so, it is stepping beyond the legitimate functions of arbitration. Domestic violence is a crime and crimes cannot, legally, be dealt with by arbitration.

Similarly, family disputes, child custody and maintenance cannot be the subject of arbitration agreements but have to be dealt with by the normal civil courts.

The problem with Mat and other sharia courts is that they are not restricting themselves to strictly religious questions and are applying the Arbitration Act to situations where it does not apply. That is the reason why they are arousing such controversy and concern.
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The Appeasers
Stephen Pollard, the editor of The Jewish Chronicle
New York Times, 24 July 2009
[Book review: "Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom" by Bruce Bawer]

There is no more important issue facing the West than Islamism, Islamofascism or – to use yet another label – radical Islam. And there is no more necessary precondition to countering that threat than understanding it: where it springs from, how it is expressed and the ways in which it is spreading. ...

For the United States, the danger so far has taken the form of terror, as 9/11 so clearly demonstrated. In Europe, terror is real too, but a more insidious problem has now taken hold: many liberals and others on the European left are making common cause with radical Islam and then brazenly and bizarrely denying both the existence of that alliance and in fact the existence of any Islamist threat whatever.

Bruce Bawer's "Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom" is focused on this phenomenon. ...

But it's when he turns to Europe that Bawer is able to provide example upon example of how the West is becoming its own worst enemy. He cites, for instance, the welcome offered by the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to the Muslim cleric Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who supports suicide bombing and the execution of homosexuals. Livingstone proudly hugged Qaradawi in public at City Hall.

That alliance between a man who is presumed to be a proud liberal – Livingstone was a member of the same Labour Party as the prime minister at the time, Tony Blair – and a Muslim cleric who would return the West to barbarism was far from unique. ... ...

"Surrender" is, at times, hard going. In part that is because of the level of detail Bawer offers in support of his argument. But "Surrender" is hard going in another respect as well. Bawer is unquestionably correct, and that fact is quite simply terrifying.
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Eight in ten voters want a limit on immigrants
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 23 July 2009

Eight out of 10 voters want a cap on the number of immigrants allowed into Britain, according to a government survey.

The findings of the opinion poll conducted by Mori will come as an embarrassment to ministers, after Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, ruled out imposing a limit.

Only 13 per cent of those asked for their views on whether a "strict limit" on immigrant numbers should be introduced said that they opposed the move. Another 81 per cent were in favour, according to the poll by Ipsos MORI for the UK Border Agency.

There was also a sharp increase in the number who feared that immigration could have an impact on their own job prospects.

More than two-thirds of those surveyed, 69 per cent, said that they considered immigration to be a "big or fairly big" problem. ...

Two-thirds of respondents described themselves as "fairly or very dissatisfied" with the Government's handling of the issue of immigration, with a slightly smaller number, 64 per cent, saying that laws should be tougher.

A survey of voters in Mr Johnson's own constituency of West Hull and Hessle, by YouGov for the Migrationwatch UK campaign group, found that 80 per cent thought that he was "out of touch" on immigration.

Earlier this month, Mr Johnson told MPs on the home affairs committee that he did not "lie awake at night" worrying about the prospect of the population hitting 70 million.
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France 'covered up' Bastille Day riots
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2009

The French government has been accused of covering up the extent of violence during last week's Bastille Day festivities.

The interior ministry said that about 500 cars were burned by gangs of youths around the country on the night of July 13. However, it has refused to issue figures for July 14, saying only that it was "relatively calm".

Journalists who tried to find out more were told by police that strict instructions had been issued from the ministry in Paris "not to communicate on the incidents of July 14".

In the past, the number of cars burned on Bastille Day itself has tended to equal or exceed those destroyed the night before. ...

The interior ministry has been caught before trying to downplay the extent of car-burning. On Jan 1, 2008, it said 372 cars had been destroyed around the country, when in fact the number was nearly 900.
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Racism warning over justice system
Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2009

The number of black people in the criminal justice system is still "disproportionate", MPs said. In the 10 years since the Macpherson Report, which identified "institutional racism", aspects of police race relations had got worse, said the home affairs committee.
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Free care for failed asylum seekers
Rebecca Smith and Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2009

Tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers will be able to obtain free health care following a Government rethink, it was announced yesterday.

The decision was taken to allow treatment for some asylum seekers after doctors gave warning that they would not act as immigration officers by demanding to check passports before providing care.

An estimated 450,000 failed asylum seekers in Britain are currently denied free treatment on the NHS.

However, a joint review of the policy by the Department of Health and the Home Office ruled that up to 20,000 would now be allowed free health care, including children and those who would "otherwise be destitute", or could not return home "through no fault of their own".

With health charities claiming that the NHS faced the most challenging financial period in its 60-year history, ministers were last night accused of "jamming the door open for illegal immigrants".

Migrationwatch, the pressure group, said that over time, as many as a million foreigners could take advantage of the rethink.

The decision, details of which were released on the day before the parliamentary recess begins, follows five years of consultation. It was hailed by ministers as protecting the rights of the vulnerable. ...

However, Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "No wonder they are queuing up in Calais. These proposals amount to jamming open the door for illegal immigrants to access the National Health Service."

He said the Government "dithered" about the issue for years and chose "almost the last day of Parliament to announce their surrender to the immigration lobby."

"We accept that medics cannot be used as immigration officers. That is why we have proposed that each primary care trust should have a small office of trained personnel who could decide whether or not non-British nationals are entitled to NHS treatment." ...

A public consultation will be held on the changes.
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Busy roads give babies lower IQs
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2009

Living near a busy road during pregnancy can affect the intelligence of your baby, according to scientists.

Researchers in New York found that the children of mothers who were exposed to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy scored significantly lower in IQ tests at the age of five than those with less exposure.
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Thousands flooded into Britain using fake colleges
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2009

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants might have entered Britain on visas obtained through bogus colleges and the Government is doing nothing to track them down, claims a report by MPs.

The home affairs select committee said there could be up to 2,200 colleges that were not legitimate but were accredited by the Government under a system operating until March this year.

The 2,200 represents the difference between those on the previous Register of Education Providers and those on the new, more stringent, Register of Sponsors.

But the committee said it was concerned over the whereabouts of those who have already entered the country on fraudulent student visas. It said numbers "could be in the tens of thousands".

"Firm enforcement action must be taken against any individual whose student visa has expired to ensure that they leave the country, as well as against those who have set up bogus colleges to perpetrate visa fraud," it said.

"We have received no evidence that the Home Office has made adequate preparations to deal with this issue." The report added: "We are extremely disappointed that the Government has ignored repeated warnings from the education sector about the problem of bogus colleges."

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the committee, said the government must stop the use of the word "college" by "any premises above a fish and chip shop" that wants to claim it is a reputable educational establishment.

"The Government has been aware of their existence for 10 years and done nothing to stop them. This is totally unacceptable and, frankly, quite unbelievable."
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Police still failing black people, report by MPs finds
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 21 July 2009

The treatment of black people by the police on issues such as stop and search and the national DNA database has worsened since the official inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence 10 years ago, according to MPs.

A report published by the Commons home affairs select committee tomorrow says the police have made some "tremendous strides" in the past decade in the way they investigate race crimes and other critical incidents involving minority ethnic communities, but MPs say there remains a number of outstanding concerns.

"Black communities in particular are disproportionately represented in stop and search statistics and on the national DNA database; in fact, the gap has increased," they conclude.

The cross-party group of MPs say that black people are now seven times more likely to be stopped by the police than white people. A decade ago, when the Macpherson report into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence was published, black people were six times more likely to be stopped.

The MPs also heard evidence that more than 30% of all black men who have been arrested now have their DNA profiles logged on the national DNA database, compared with 10% of all white men and 10% of all Asian men. The committee also expresses its disappointment that the police still fails to meet its target of employing 7% of its officers from minority ethnic communities by 2009.

They are also concerned that black and minority ethnic officers continue to experience difficulties in achieving promotion, as well as being more likely to be subject to disciplinary procedures. Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, said such disproportionate representation of black people in the criminal justice system would continue to damage community relations.

The home secretary, Alan Johnson, said the majority of Macpherson's recommendations had been implemented, bringing many positive changes in race equality.
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Wasteful equality
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2009
[Leading article]

These are not good times for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a super-quango created from the fusion of three others. Trevor Phillips, the chairman, who previously oversaw the Commission for Racial Equality, has been criticised for a management style that has been blamed for the resignation of several senior managers. Now, the National Audit Office has declined to approve the commission's accounts. ...

This episode has exposed how grotesquely bloated the equalities industry has become. ... In a further embarrassment for the EHRC, its recent claim to have demonstrated that there is "no bias in allocation of social housing to immigrants" has been referred to the UK Statistics Authority by a think tank that alleges that the figures used to back up this assertion were baseless.
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Christian teacher tells of race slurs by pupils aged 8
Luke Salkeld and Laura Clark
Daily Mail, 18 July 2009

A teacher claims he has been sacked for reprimanding pupils who made racist remarks about his being a Christian.

Nicholas Kafouris said he lost his £30,000-a-year post because he would not tolerate the 'openly racist' behaviour of pupils as young as eight.

He said the predominantly Muslim youngsters openly praised Islamic extremists in class, and hailed the September 11 terrorists as 'heroes and martyrs'.

Greek-born Mr Kafouris, 40, taught for more than ten years at Bigland Green Primary in Tower Hamlets, East London, where according to the most recent Ofsted report 'almost all' the 465 pupils are from ethnic minorities and a vast proportion do not speak English as a first language.

He is taking the school, its headmistress and assistant head to an employment tribunal where he will claim he was forced out after highlighting the rise in racism among pupils. ...

Mr Kafouris says he completed 'Racist Incident Reporting Sheets' and notified headmistress Jill Hankey in writing about each incident.

But he claims his concerns were ignored because she wanted to maintain the school's 'good' Ofsted rating.
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Schools rent rooms in admissions crisis
Graeme Paton and Heidi Blake
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2009

Primary schools are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to accommodate an influx of new pupils, it was disclosed yesterday.

With seven weeks until the start of the new school year, councils across England are preparing to educate four and five-year-olds in mobile classrooms, church halls and rented buildings. ...

At least 10,000 more places are needed in English primary schools by this September following a sudden surge in applications, it was claimed. ...

Research by the Local Government Association found growing demand for school places in a fifth of council areas. London, Birmingham, Bristol and Bradford were worst hit. Officials blamed the influx of immigrants and a rise in birth rates combined with a slight drop in demand for private schools during the recession.
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Johnson rules out cap on immigration
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2009

Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, has said he does not "lie awake at night" worrying that the population is going to reach 70 million.

Critics have warned that the population will increase by nine million to 70 million by 2028, with 70 per cent of the increase caused by migration.

Yesterday Mr Johnson ruled out imposing a cap on immigrant numbers and told MPs on the home affairs committee that such a cap would harm the economy.
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29,000 politicians and aides now on the taxpayer's roll
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 14 July 2009

The number of politicians and their staff on the public payroll tops 29,000 and costs the taxpayer half a billion pounds, according to newly released figures.

In the past 30 years, the number of salaried political employees has risen from around 3,000 to more than 29,000, including MPs, MEPs, peers and councillors.

The figures have swelled under Labour after the introduction of devolution and the decision to pay local councillors. Westminster is occupied by around 4,700 MPs, members of the Lords, political advisers and office staff. The cost of salaries and allowances for MPs, ministers, and Commons staff, stood at £167 million last year. The Lords bill was £19 million.

Members of the European Parliament and their staff make up a further 1,000 people on the payroll, and there are more than 1,100 people working in the devolved assemblies of London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Stormont. ...

Most politicians work at local level, where there are 22,800 paid councillors and political advisers costing £254.6 million in pay and allowances.

MEPs cost taxpayers nearly £5 million in salaries but the European Parliament refused to disclose the bill for their expenses.

The figures relating to 2007-8, released under the Freedom of Information Act, were obtained by The Political Club, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 yesterday, and mark the first time that the full extent of the growth in the political classes has been calculated.
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30,000 criminals in gangs cost the economy up to £40bn a year
Daily Telegraph, 14 July 2009

At least 30,000 criminals, including teenagers, are in organised gangs, a government report has disclosed.

Officials have produced the first map of England and Wales showing gangsters' activities, including drugs, guns, fraud and people smuggling networks.

It is estimated that around 4,000 gangs are costing the economy up to £40 billion a year. The joint Home Office and Cabinet Office report found that people traffickers think Britain is a soft touch.
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Canada toughens its visa demands
BBC, 14 July 2009

Canada has imposed visa requirements on travellers from Mexico and the Czech Republic after a big jump in refugee claims from these two countries.

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said there were doubts about the legitimacy of many of these claims.

Since 2007, some 3,000 Czech nationals have requested asylum, while 9,400 Mexicans applied last year.

In response, the Czech government is recalling its ambassador and is to impose visas on Canadian diplomats. ...

Announcing the new visa requirements, Mr Kenney said they were aimed at reducing the burden on Canada's refugee system.

More than half the claims by Czech nationals were abandoned or withdrawn before a final decision was made, Mr Kenney said, indicating that many claimants may not be genuine refugees. Only 11% of claims by Mexicans were accepted in 2008.

"In addition to creating significant delays and spiralling new costs in our refugee programme, the sheer volume of these claims is undermining our ability to help people fleeing real persecution," Mr Kenney said. ...

The number of Mexicans applying has almost tripled since 2005 to 9,400 in 2008, accounting for a quarter of all claims received.

The Czech Republic is the second main source of refugee claims. Since Canada lifted visa requirements on Czech nationals in 2007, nearly 3,000 claims have been lodged, compared with just five in 2006.

Almost all the claimants are members of the Roma or gypsy minority, fleeing what they say is persecution in the Czech Republic where there has been a sharp rise in far-right extremism.

Canadian officials acknowledge that about 85% of claims by Czech nationals which are heard are accepted.
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Homes with no garden will hit 2.1m next year
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2009

More than two million homes will not have a garden by next year, according to secret government forecasts.

A report suggests that 2.1 million homes will be without a private garden by next year, compared with 1.6 million in 1995. The figure is expected to continue to rise to 2.6 million by 2020.

The news comes as ministers prepare to publish the first estimates of "garden grabbing" – when developers build flats on gardens to get around green belt restrictions.

The report from the Department for the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs blames the rise in "gardenless" households on developers building more single occupancy flats.
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Population 'will pass 70m within 20 years'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2009

The population of Britain will still pass 70 million despite policies planned by Labour and the Conservatives to stop it doing so, a think tank has claimed.

Official forecasts predict the population, at present about 61 million, will exceed the figure by 2080.

About 70 per cent of that will be down to immigration.

Last year, Karen Dunnell, the National Statistician, said net immigration would have to be reduced by 80 per cent if the Government wanted to keep the population below 70 million – thought to be a sustainable level.

The Migrationwatch UK think tank claims that the schemes planned by the two main parties will fail to meet that target. It said neither Tory plans for an annual cap nor Labour's points-based system would be enough. Sir Andrew Green, of Migrationwatch, said: "The main parties talk tough on immigration, but they're trying to 'con' the British public."

Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, said: "Migrationwatch's figures do not take into account the real world which is exactly what we do with our flexible system."

Damian Green, the Tory immigration spokesman, said: "A Conservative government will put an annual limit on the number of work permits issued each year which will be substantially lower than recent levels of immigration."
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Honours quotas to boost women and ethnic groups
Richard Eden and Tim Walker
Sunday Telegraph, 12 July 2009

Quotas have been covertly introduced to the honours system by the Government so more women and members of ethnic minorities are decorated by the Queen.

The Cabinet Office, which oversees the honours process, has told Whitehall departments submitting nominations to ensure that their lists include more female and non-white candidates.

The instruction was disclosed in a letter seen by The Sunday Telegraph in which Hayley Harris, the deputy honours secretary at the Department of Communities and Local Government, demanded that more than half of all local government candidates for next year's Queen's Birthday Honours are women.

In her letter, sent to John Ransford, the chief executive of the Local Government Association, Mrs Harris also made clear that there should be more candidates from two specific ethnic groups, "Black African" and "Chinese", which had allegedly been "under represented" in the past. ...

The Cabinet Office confirmed that other government departments had received the same directive. A spokesman said 42 per cent of those named in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year were women and 7.7 per cent were classified as being from ethnic minorities.
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Ministers 'ignore' Christians
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 12 July 2009

Church leaders accused the Government yesterday of giving preferential treatment to the Muslim community because of "political correctness".

Parishes are being starved of state funds to help the poor as a result of money being directed to other faiths, senior clergy told the General Synod, which is meeting in York.

A report endorsed by Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, claimed that the Government had become "unbalanced" in its approach to faith groups. ...

The Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, Bishop for Urban Life and Faith, one of the report's authors, said ... ...

Dr Sentamu, who wrote the foreword to the report, What Makes a Good City, told the Synod yesterday that it was important that Bishop Lowe had "not been shy of saying things to the Government". ... ...

Bishop Lowe claimed that there have been numerous examples of local authorities inviting consultation with faith groups and failing to invite any Christians.
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Robberies by young people rise by 75pc
Tom Whitehead, Heidi Blake and Jeni Oppenheimer
Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2009

A teenage crime wave is sweeping Britain with the number of young muggers increasing by more than three quarters in the past decade. ...

Knife crime, and fraud and forgery offences are also rising, the Home Office annual crime statistics will show.

A total of 4,115 10 to 17 year-olds were convicted of robbery in 2007, the most recent data available. This was a 76 per cent rise on the 2,342 found guilty in 1997, when Labour took power.

Those convicted of sex offences also increased, by 16 per cent, from 469 in 1997 to a total of 543 a decade later.
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Africa's starving may treble to 600m in a few decades
David Blair
Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2009

The number of malnourished people in Africa could treble to 600 million as the world's population grows by more than a third over the coming decades, experts claim.

A new demographic analysis indicates that there needs to be a "green revolution" to grow more food as the global population rises from 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion by 2050.

Almost all of this expansion will take place in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and much of it will be concentrated in the countries least able to feed themselves.

Ethiopia's population will more than double from 83 million to 183 million, according to United Nations forecasts. The Democratic Republic of Congo will emerge as Africa's second most populous country, trebling from 63 million people to 187 million by 2050.

These countries already depend heavily on food aid and have, in total, 78 million malnourished people. On present trends, this number is on course to grow relentlessly. The figures were released as leaders of the G8 nations meeting in Italy pledged £12 billion to boost food supplies to developing countries. The investment will fund a three-year scheme to help poor nations develop better agriculture systems. ...

Many poor countries face massive population increases, with the number of Ugandans due to treble from 31 million to 93 million, and the population of Pakistan forecast to rise from 164 million to 292 million. In contrast, former Communist countries will have millions fewer people due to emigration and birth rates well below replacement levels.
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Report: 'White flight' causes growing school segregation
Joanna Sugden
The Times, 11 July 2009

White parents are pulling their children out of schools where they are outnumbered by ethnic-minority pupils, according to a report that shows increasing segregation in Britain.

The Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) studied 13 areas, including Bristol, Bolton, Sunderland and Blackburn, and questioned parents.

Middle-class parents – who are usually white – were removing children from schools with growing populations of ethnic minorities because they didn't want them to stand out, the authors of the report said.

"We heard strong evidence of 'white flight' in some areas," the report said.

It concluded: "Despite the fact that most people we spoke to in focus groups wanted their children to have a mixed education, parental choice tended to push people to what they saw as the safe option, where children with similar backgrounds went." The report also found that in areas where schools were monocultural, parents sent their child to the school dominated by pupils from their own ethnic background.

Nick Johnston, one of the authors and a policy director at the iCoCo, said that parents did not want their child to be odd ones out. "People don't mind a diverse school but what they do mind is their kid being in a visible minority. This trend has increased in the last few years," he said. In one school in Blackburn, once the number of non-white pupils rose above 60 per cent, white parents started saying that they did not want their children to feel different.

At another unnamed school, 85 per cent of the pupils were white British at the end of 2005. During the next two terms pupils from 15 to 20 Somali families joined.

Johnston suggested that councils should consider using lotteries to increase school diversity.
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Take it easy on Muslim extremists, police told
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 11 July 2009

Guidelines will tell forces to press for conviction only in cases of clear-cut criminal acts.

Officers will be advised not to proceed when evidence of lawbreaking is "borderline".

Examples of crimes to which a blind eye may be turned include incitement to religious hatred or viewing extremist material on the internet.

Last night critics warned that the move could mean Islamic radicals being give the freedom to encourage violence.

Some saw the move as a politically correct attempt to appease extremists who hate Britain.

It could even mean officers tolerating many activities of Muslim preachers of hate like the hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza.

Tory MP David Davies said: "This sounds like abject surrender. Everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law.

"It doesn't matter whether someone is suspected of incitement to hatred or shoplifting – they should all face the same risk of prosecution.

"There should be no special favours or treatment for any section of the community."

Officials insist there is no suggestion that people who have clearly committed offences will avoid prosecution.

Instead, they want to avoid alienating Muslims on the fringes of extremism by dragging them to court over petty allegations unlikely to result in conviction.

One fear is that some young Muslims are falling under the influence of extremist preachers while serving prison sentences or on remand awaiting trial.

A senior Whitehall official said the guidance was being drawn up as part of a drive to use persuasion rather than the criminal justice system to fight extremism.

He added: "The aim is to stop people being dragged into extremism.

"We are not talking about letting someone off who has committed a clear offence, but where it is unclear if an offence has been committed.

"For instance, where there has been incitement or someone has been on the internet there can be a grey area where there is some discretion and it would be more sensible to avoid going down the criminal route."

The Government's counter-terrorism board is drawing up the advice, which will be sent to all police forces, including the Metropolitan, later this year. ...

But the new strategy is likely to reduce the likelihood of prosecutions against Islamist extremists protesting against troops.

In Luton earlier this year, protesters displayed placards bearing the words "butchers" and "animals" at a homecoming parade for 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment. There were no arrests for incitement. ...

The latest move represents a reversal of the policy introduced under Tony Blair in the wake of the terrorist attacks in London in 2005, when as Prime Minister he called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system to root out and prosecute extremists.
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School lotteries 'will end white flight'
Warwick Mansell and Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 10 July 2009

Lotteries for school places should be introduced to combat "white flight" from inner-city comprehensives, according to a research body.

Local authorities in areas such as Blackburn, Bolton and Oldham should consider using the controversial system to address racial segregation in the classroom, claimed the Institute for Community Cohesion.

A report by the organisation found that white people were deserting some schools after finding their children outnumbered by pupils from ethnic minorities.

In the lotteries, names for places at schools are effectively picked from a hat. The system has been used in Brighton to ensure that the best schools are not monopolised by children from middle-class families.

Nick Johnson, the policy director at the institute, which is part-funded by local authorities and several universities, said: "If you did that [used lotteries] in Blackburn or Bolton or Oldham, it would have a dramatic effect on the schools' composition."

The Institute's researchers gathered evidence from 13 local authority areas and held group discussions with more than 3,000 pupils and parents.

They found "strong evidence of white flight in a number of areas."
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144,000 asylum seekers here to stay
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2009

At least 144,000 asylum seekers will be allowed to stay in Britain because of a backlog of claims.

More than 63,000 subjects of 450,000 historic cases that were found to have slipped under the radar for years have now been told they can stay.

Human rights laws mean that because they have been in the country for so long, the Home Office would have difficulty trying to remove them.

Officials working through the so-called "legacy" backlog have examined 197,500 cases and there has been a 32 per cent approval rate, Lin Homer, the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency, told MPs yesterday.

If that continues then some 144,000 will be able to stay once all the case files have been looked at, in what the Tories have labelled an amnesty by the back door. ...

The 450,000 files in the Case Resolution Programme were unearthed in 2006. Among them are claimants who should have been deported as far back as the mid-1990s.

Ministers have promised to work through all the cases by 2011, while also having to deal with all fresh asylum claims and those failed cases still awaiting deportation.

Miss Homer told the home affairs committee that she was confident that target would still be met.

Human rights laws will be the reason most cases were approved, either because it is unsafe to return the asylum seekers or because they have been here so long they now have families and are protected under the right to family life.

The list includes 5,150 from Zimbabwe, 4,900 from Pakistan and 4,500 from Somalia.

Miss Homer also said that at least 7,000 may never be traced and their files have been archived.
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British taxpayers foot bill for jail to house deported Nigerians
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2009

Taxpayers will have to pay for a prison in Nigeria because human rights are stopping its criminals being sent home from Britain.

The Government is offering to pay because current custody conditions in the west African nation are so poor it gives criminals here scope to oppose their removal on human rights grounds.

The plan forms part of negotiations to set up a prison transfer agreement and would mean around 400 Nigerian criminals could be sent home to finish their sentences. ...

Lin Homer, the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency, told MPs the deal was also needed because Nigeria's prisons are full. She said the move would save taxpayers' money.

It costs an average of around £27,000 a year to house a prisoner in Britain.

A spokesman for the Government later said around £1 million would be spent on "sprucing up" current facilities in Nigeria rather than building a new prison.
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Migrants 'will not flee recession'
Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2009

Predictions that migrant workers will return home in their droves as the recession bites are wrong, an expert said yesterday.

Prof John Salt, from University College London, said the foreign population in Britain will not shrink.

He added that the UK had experienced similar conditions in the 1960s and 1970s, when high levels of immigration were initially halted by an economic downturn. "If the pattern of the past is repeated, then immigration into the UK might well decline rather less than a lot of people anticipate," he said.

A report he co-authored for the Policy Network, a centre-Left think tank, concluded: "The evidence we have been able to gather on past recessions in the UK and more widely in western Europe indicates that foreign immigration falls while unemployment is increasing but only for a limited period."
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Foreigners make up a fifth of criminals at large from jail
Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2009

A fifth of the criminals at large from prison are foreign, including one rapist, ...

A third of these disappeared after being told they were to be deported, the Home Office said. The figures were released after ministers admitted that almost 1,000 prisoners, who should have been recalled, are missing, some for up to 25 years. Of those, 192 were foreign, including a rapist, two sex offenders and two attackers.

Some 64 of them had been told they were to be deported but were released anyway. ...

The Home Office said it released only 15 of them. The courts approved the rest.
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Tighter border controls agreed to thwart illegal immigrants
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2009

Border controls will be tightened in an attempt to prevent immigrants who have been gathering at French ports smuggling themselves into Britain.

At an Anglo-French summit in Evian, Gordon Brown announced a £15 million fund for new technology to search vehicles heading for Britain. ...

In return for the Prime Minister's pledge, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, announced that France would step up the removal of illegal immigrants to their home countries. ...

Mr Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, said: "We have one of the strongest borders in the world, and today's agreement has made it even more secure. ...

"Last year we stopped 28,000 individual attempts to cross the Channel and searched one million lorries – these changes will further strengthen the ring of steel that protects Britain."
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One in ten state-subsidised homes goes to an immigrant family
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 7 July 2009

Nearly 400,000 homes have gone to tenants who were born abroad, the Government's equality watchdog has said.

One in ten state-subsidised homes is occupied by an immigrant family, according to the first estimate of the impact of immigration on social housing.

More than half of the immigrants who live in council or housing association houses and flats are in London, the report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission found.

It added that four out of ten people born abroad who live in the capital are living in subsidised housing - a figure that suggests a million people in immigrant families have found homes in social housing in London.

The report blamed Home Office decisions to house asylum seekers in empty social housing around the country for 'fuelling misconceptions that asylum seekers are queue jumping and being allocated social housing ahead of white British applicants.'

It acknowledged that there is tension over who gets social housing in London and other cities including Birmingham.

But despite evidence of increasing anger over the allocation of housing in poorer and traditionally Labour-voting areas, the report insisted that there is no prejudice against the existing population in the decisions over who gets increasingly scarce homes.

It said the tension that has led to a growing vote for the far right British National Party in some parts of the country should be dealt with by fostering more positive attitudes to immigration and enforcing equality laws.

The conclusions will undermine Gordon Brown's latest plans to allow local authorities to give longstanding local residents priority in the queue for homes.

The report was drawn up for the Equality Commission by the Labour think tank Institute for Public Policy Research, which has a long record of support for large-scale immigration.

The Commission's chief, Trevor Phillips, is said to be likely to be forced out of his job this autumn.

Two years ago former minister Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking in East London, began a Labour row when she complained that migrant families were being given priority for homes over those with a 'legitimate sense of entitlement'.

Shortly afterwards Whitehall published the first estimate of numbers of foreigners in social housing, which suggested that one in 12 people in subsidised homes are foreign citizens.

However the figures published by the Equality Commission yesterday are based on the large-scale Labour Force Survey run by the Government's Office for National Statistics.

They count people born abroad, the measure accepted by statisticians as a better estimate of real numbers of immigrants.

The one in ten national estimate for social homes occupied by immigrants obscures much higher proportions of migrants in council and housing association property in some areas. ...

Some migrant groups, the report said, were highly dependent on social housing because their families had higher numbers of children and were more likely to be without work.

They included families from Afghanistan, Somalia and Bangladesh. ...

Only 11 per cent of migrants over the last five years live in social housing, the report said.
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Labour could face oblivion, warns rebel hero Cruddas
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2009
[Interview with Jon Cruddas, (Labour) MP for Dagenham]

Mr Cruddas, the first senior figure to acknowledge that Labour may face an existential threat, ... A localist with his ear to the Essex ground, he saw long ago that Labour was heading for disaster. He considers the BNP's two seats in the European elections "not that bad. They thought they'd get 12. We got away lightly. But nearly one million people voted for them, despite the most sophisticated campaign against them."

Mr Cruddas, who believes that the BNP's rise will continue, does not discount seats at Westminster. "We can't assume they've hit a ceiling. If we don't start confronting this stuff, the real danger is that, where they do get in, they build, consolidate, grow."

This surge, he believes, is due to Labour's neglect of its core vote. ... People say 'Demonise the BNP. They have no place in our democracy.' Why have they got no place in our democracy? If people haven't got a house after 12 years of Labour government and their [adult] kids are still at home with them in a two-bedroom flat, why shouldn't they go elsewhere?"

His task sheet listing how to crush the BNP begins with housing. "You've got five million people in need of social housing and 75,000 repossessions this year. It's the outstanding public policy issue."

Second, he calls for honesty on immigration. "My constituency is the fastest-growing in Britain. It's no coincidence that it's the front line against the BNP. When I ask what the population is, I get quotes from the 2001 census."
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Prisoner on the run? We couldn't possibly tell you
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2009

Prisoners on the run should not be identified because it would breach their rights to privacy, said the Ministry of Justice.

Civil servants refused to name inmates who had fled from prison even though individual police forces would often identify them if they posed a risk to the public. They said releasing names would breach obligations under the Data Protection Act.
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Terrorism suspect wins fight to go home
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2009

A leading terrorism suspect has been allowed to return home to London from "internal exile" in the Midlands despite secret evidence that he could take part in terrorist attacks or abscond. ...

At present there are 20 terrorism suspects electronically tagged and living at home, but seven have already absconded.
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Public 'right on crime figures'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 3 July 2009

The public is "entitled" to doubt official crime statistics, Alan Johnson, the new Home Secretary, said yesterday.

In his first speech in the role, he accepted that people's perception of crime and anti-social behaviour was "very different" to national figures. ...

"People are entitled to doubt the statistics," Mr Johnson said yesterday. "They are entitled to say 'my perception is very different to those statistics'."

... He also said Labour had been "complacent" and dragged its feet over tackling anti-social behaviour, admitting that the worst anti-social offenders were waiting as long as two years to be served with Asbos.
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Harman's law 'will damage Labour'
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2009

Labour was doomed to lose the next election unless it dropped Harriet Harman's equalities agenda and focused on the concerns of middle-class voters, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Revealing a deep divide at the top of the Government over strategy, John Denham, the Communities Secretary, said plans that concentrated on narrowing the class divide were outdated and risked alienating Middle England. ...

He declared that Labour must "stop holding up egalitarianism as the ideal".

"We must confront the difficult truth: that this form of egalitarianism, the one that defines fairness solely in terms of society's response to those in greatest need, is badly out of step with popular sentiment," he said. ...

Miss Harman is pushing an Equalities Bill through the Commons ...

Last night a source close to Mr Denham insisted that his speech had been about "Labour's language not its policies" and said he is "100 per cent supportive" of the Bill.
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44,000 wildlife species are under threat of extinction
Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2009

The extinction crisis facing wildlife could be worse than previously thought, with more than 44,000 species under threat, according to the latest analysis.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) produces a Red List every year of species under threat or in danger of dying out. The list is recognised as the most comprehensive guide to the status of wildlife. Of the 44,838 on the list – the highest figure recorded – 16,928 are in danger of becoming extinct.

This year's figures indicated that nearly one third of amphibians and coral and nearly a quarter of mammals are threatened with extinction. Examples include harlequin frogs in the Amazon, vultures in Asia and bison in Europe.
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Forced marriages in England 'as high as 8,000 a year'
Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2009

As many as 8,000 cases of forced marriage were reported in England last year, according to a government report. The study published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families claims that the overwhelming majority of victims are teenage girls from Pakistan or Bangladesh.

They are often coerced into getting married to preserve "family honour" rather than allow them to form relationships with boys from other cultures or religions, it is claimed, or to help others move to Britain.
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Fears over migrants as UN returns to Calais
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2009

Concerns about an influx of migrants to Britain has grown after the United Nations began giving advice to asylum seekers gathering in northern France.

The UN has established a full-time presence in Calais for the first time in seven years, to offer "information and support".

Its High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the 2,000 migrants sleeping rough in the area should be allowed to make an "informed decision" about their options.

More are expected to arrive as facilities improve and the summer weather makes living conditions easier.

"Most are motivated by economic or family reasons, but a few have fled violence or persecution and their wellbeing is of direct concern," said a UNHCR spokesman. "Many have no idea about the situation back home, or about what they can expect in the UK."
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Migrants take seven in 10 of Labour's new jobs
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2009

Seven in 10 of the two million extra jobs created under Labour since 1997 have been accounted for by migrant workers, an international study has found.

Foreigners in Britain have taken a larger share of new jobs than in any other major industrialised nation examined in the report.

Up to a third of skilled migrants are also coming to Britain to take jobs that do not have to be advertised here first, despite Gordon Brown's pledge to give British workers the first crack of the whip.

The annual International Migration Outlook for 17 leading nations, produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, found that only Luxembourg had a higher proportion of new jobs going to foreigners.
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No job, no hope for a million young 'Neets'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2009

A million young people will be without a job or college place this summer after falling victim to the recession, according to a report published today.

The number of 16 to 24 year-olds described as "Neets" – not in education, employment or training – is on course to be at its highest level since records began, says the Local Government Association (LGA). Many young people could be "stuck in a rut" for years.

Teenagers and young adults from white backgrounds are about 20 per cent more likely to be out of work or training than those from black and Asian families, says the report, while women are suffering more than men.
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New British £750 million electronic border control plan 'breaks EU law'
Richard Ford
Times Online, 30 June 2009

Britain's multi-million pound electronic borders project breaches European data protection laws and the free movement of EU citizens, MPs were warned today.

The £750 million scheme will also lead to longer queues for passengers travelling by rail and ferry to the continent.

Under e-borders, airline, ferry and rail operators must collect eight pieces of travel information including a passenger's full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport-issuing country and passport expiry date. The information will be collected electronically from everyone entering and leaving the UK.

The results will then be passed to the UK and checked against security watchlists giving immigration officials early alerts.

But today Eurostar told the Commons Home Affairs select committee that under French law it was unlawful for anyone other than law enforcement agencies to collect the information. As a result it would not able to collect the details required for passengers travelling into the UK.

Marc Noaro, customer services director of Eurostar, said: "It is not lawful for somebody who is not a law enforcement officer in France and Belgium to demand that information at check in."

He said that his firm remained extremely concerned that the proposed system will be operationally, legally and commercially difficult for Eurostar to implement.

Mr Noaro also said that if Eurostar collected the travel information, French law forbade it being sent to another EU state.

The committee was also told of other concerns that e-border programme breaks EU law.

Tim Reardon of the Chamber of Shipping, which represents ferry operators, said if someone refused to provide the information and then was stopped from travelling, it could breach EU law allowing the free movement of people.

He criticised the UK Border Agency for failing to respond to letters demanding clarification of EU law which were sent eight months ago.

Mr Reardon also warned that having to take the eight pieces of information on everyone boarding a ferry would lead to congestion and delays at ports. He said the scheme had been designed for the aviation industry with little thought given to ferries and rail travel. ...

Mr Reardon added: "No practicable method of capturing ferry passengers' passport data has yet been identified - and in the absence of a defined process, no work has been done to develop a system to support it.

"Progress is effectively now suspended pending resolution of the legal questions which will determine what is or is not permitted."

The Port of Dover warned of even bigger problems with coaches and lorries. "A queue of 100 passengers at an airport is not a big problem and individuals can step forward easily - a queue of 100 passengers at a ferry port (if they are in trucks) is a mile long and takes some moving," the Port said.
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Local people to get priority on housing
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2009

Local residents will be given priority over immigrants and people from other areas on council housing queues, Gordon Brown will announce today, as he attempts to relaunch his flagging premiership.

It is one of a number of measures on public services in which "entitlements" will replace central targets. ... ...

The new housing policy was likely to lead to accusations that Mr Brown was pandering to the British National Party, which performed well in local and European elections as Labour slumped.

Access to council housing and social accommodation has been a key recruiting tool for the BNP, amid disputed claims that immigrants had been allowed to jump waiting lists. ...

Councils will be given greater flexibility in how they allocate housing, with more weight accorded to those who grew up in a particular area or have been on the waiting list for a long time. Immigrants or others who wished to move into an area where they had few links would be moved down the priority list.

The policy will raise concerns among backbenchers, who warned the leadership not to get panicked into populist policies by the BNP's success. But it will be welcomed in rural areas, where there are increasing complaints that young people are unable to find homes in the villages where they grew up.
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At least 85 sharia 'courts' in Britain, report claims
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2009

At least 85 sharia "courts" are functioning in Britain, almost 20 times as many as previously believed, a report says.

A study by the think tank Civitas found that scores of tribunals and councils apply Islamic law to resolve domestic and business disputes, many operating in mosques.

It said this led to claims of a creeping acceptance of sharia principles in British law, but the Muslim Council of Britain dismissed the report as "scaremongering". ...

Some decisions of Islamic tribunals are already considered legally binding and could theoretically be enforced in civil courts in England and Wales.

Other officially recognised bodies can grant Muslim "divorces" as part of a parallel system of religious law.
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Bogus CVs sent out by officials to expose employment racism
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2009

Whitehall officials have sent out hundreds of job applications using false names as part of an undercover effort to expose racism in the workplace.

A total of 1,000 bogus CVs were sent to employers to test whether candidates with ethnic minority names were treated differently to those with traditional, "Anglo-Saxon" British names.

Some critics are concerned that it could lead to a new law banning companies from asking for an applicant's name before the interview stage.

The undercover operation – the results of which will be published later in the summer – was carried out by the Ethnic Minority Employment Taskforce, which was set up by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It insisted that it was not an undercover ploy to catch out individual firms. However, the British Chambers of Commerce condemned the research as "underhand".
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Foreign workers take up nearly every new private sector job
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2009

The increase in immigrant workers has accounted for nearly every new job created by companies in Britain since Labour came to power, according to research for the Commons cross-party group on balanced migration.

Of 1.8 million new jobs created in the private sector, 85 per cent went to non-British workers. The figures also indicated that a third (28 per cent) of new public sector jobs also went to workers from outside Britain.

"These figures tell a simple story: in the private sector it has been British jobs for foreign workers," said a statement from the group. "The private sector should now match the public sector in ensuring local people have the first chance at gaining local jobs."
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Brownian Notions
Sanjay Suri, 29 June 2009

"Our women don't drive BMWs," the Gujarati mum told me some time back. Meaning they're supposed not to go for men who may be "Black, Muslim or White". And of the few who do slip? She thought that would be a family calamity of varying shades. Going out with a black man would bring shame, but with a white chap also some embarrassment. We like fairness in our species, not the whiteness of the other; there's such a world of difference between the two, a whole other language of being. Whiteness works best for an Indian when it informs a lighter shade of your own kind.

In home after home, the Indian in London loves to show off white friends, but never quite a white spouse. "Boab," the Patel will say, meaning Bob, who is of course white. There's nothing an Indian loves more than showing off an ease with white Brits, particularly in the presence of a visiting Indian from India. But he'd want for a daughter-in-law a fair Patel, not a white Brit. White in marriage is not quite a derailment, but it is off the approved track, which for a woman is to remain virgin until at 22 she marries her own sort of Indian with property, prospects and a BMW of the motoring kind.

For the Indian male, for an overwhelming most at any rate, white is for friendship – and sex. For the Indian male, to sleep with a white woman – do it to a white woman rather, speaking of the feel of it – is a mandatory conquest without which the migration experience is never complete. This is desire that carries a political thrust. A way of coming to terms with the richer, ruling world that has looked down on us, that we think still does; the sexual act feels like a happy and relatively quick correction of that imbalance. White sex legitimises the male in the world he has feared or held in awe; it's the invisible stamp on our inner passport.

Indians in the UK can be entirely unembarrassed or even unselfconscious in using racist language. "Dhoriyos" is what Gujaratis call white people. That doesn't exactly translate to 'white nigger', but it is only a lesser expression of contempt along the same lines. And blacks for the Gujaratis are 'kaaliyao', without the comparative neutrality of the word 'black' in English. The Punjabis who migrated over from East Africa call them 'nherey' (darkness). And still, there is no connection between accusing white people of racism towards Indians, and our own racism towards others.

Towards blacks especially. And from none more than the Indians who came to Britain from East Africa. Visiting Uganda, I was far from sorry to see Kampala Road in the heart of the capital reclaimed by local people, who became coolies to Indians the way the early Indian migrants came as coolies in Britain. Except that Britain made space for Indians to move on, and they did; the East African Indians wouldn't give black people space in their own land. Had Idi Amin not been so evidently insane, he might just be a sympathetic figure.

A reason to soften anger with fellow Indians over this can only be that black people are just as racist towards Indians. It's just that everyone says this sort of thing freely only among their own. I've never been racially abused in any upfront sort of way in Britain, but this is not to say that minds all around have been cleansed of colour, and views that fasten on to colour. But an Indian probably has less to fear by way of an attack from a white racist as from forms of exclusion from their own because the colour might not be light enough.

It's crude, bizarre even, to speak of people as bearers of some skin colour. It passes because all around so much of political and personal living is coloured by it.
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Doubly Deprived: Dark-skinned babies find few takers at adoption agencies
Anuradha Raman, 29 June 2009

When it comes to adoption, fair is forever lovely and black is never beautiful. Social workers in charge of orphanages add this grim footnote to the many happy stories of orphans being rehabilitated – dark-skinned babies find it difficult to find parents willing to adopt them. ...

While official figures are hard to come by, of the 3,000 adoptions that took place in the country last year, the demand for fair-skinned babies was estimated to be as high as 65 per cent.

Interestingly, many of the dark-skinned children were adopted by westerners, most of whom, according to social workers, come to India with the sole aim of providing a family to a child. "It is a charitable act, done in the service of mankind," says J.K. Mittal, chairman, Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), a nodal government agency which oversees adoptions in the country. Mittal feels the search for a fair child is part of the Indian psyche. His associate, Sunita, says very often the reason parents cite for rejecting a child is that it is dark-skinned. ...

A social worker at the Grace Kennet Foundation, a foster home in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, says rigorous counselling helps. "We often get requests for a fair baby by mothers who themselves are darker complexioned," she says. "The mother very often says she wants a fair child so that he or she has a greater acceptance in society. We try to make such parents see sense." In fact, even among couples who go in for IVF (in-vitro fertilisation), there is a premium placed on fairness.

However, social workers say that parents who prefer fair-skinned babies may not necessarily be racist. More often than not, they want a child whose complexion approximates that of the family. "There is a preference for fair-skinned babies but that does not necessarily mean the parents are racist. Fair-is-lovely is simply a widely prevalent syndrome here," says Leila Baig of the Delhi-based Adoption Coordination Agency.
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Our True Colours
Debarshi Dasgupta, 29 June 2009

Ask any African what it is like for him or her to be in India and you might perhaps think twice before calling Australia racist. It is indeed a very dark underbelly that India reveals when it comes to its treatment of the dark foreigner. Africans being called "kalia" or "habshi" is mild stuff. Bilyaminu Ibrahim, a Nigerian student at an engineering institute in Greater Noida, will tell you what it feels like to be spat on. Abdulmalik Ali Abdulmalik, another Nigerian student, will recount how much it hurts when one's beaten with cricket bats and wickets over a simple game. Across the country, landlords slam doors when they see a prospective African tenant but drool for money when a white walks in. Foreigners' Registration Offices cancel the visas of Africans arbitrarily and make paperwork easier for Americans and Europeans. Why, even in the film Fashion, Priyanka Chopra thinks she has hit rock-bottom because she finds herself sleeping with an African!

Of course, the Indian prejudice against the "shyam varna" is as old as Hindu mythology itself. "When Krishna literally means dark," says Mumbai-based mythology expert Devdutt Pattanaik, "why is he always portrayed in blue rather than in natural black?" Comics and TV serials routinely depict evil (the demons) as dark and good (the gods) as fair. "It just reinforces our prejudices," says Pattanaik.

The south Indian has long become accustomed to the northerner using the term 'Madrasi' as almost a pejorative for his darker skin tone.

"There is a certain dominance of north Indian aesthetics," says Delhi-based sociologist Patricia Uberoi, "where feminine beauty values a fair skin contrasted with dark hair and combined with soft features and big eyes. This goes with the global aspect where Indians are being exposed to international television that celebrates East Asian beauty with fair skin and dark hair."

However, while the South may decry this attitude of the northerners, it is as guilty of placing a huge premium on fairness. ...

Indian advertising too for long has courted fairness. You will never find a dark woman or man selling you a cosmetic brand in the Indian media. Or for that matter anything. ...

Matrimonial ads, week after week, hammer this in unfailingly: dark is ugly, fair is lovely. The dark can sit on the marriage shelf, there is demand only for the fair or very fair. And it is not uncommon to find dark men marrying into poor families just so that they may have a fair bride. ...

What explains this Indian obsession with fair skin and disdain for the dark? Some argue that a fair skin indicates social superiority, but then even among, say, the fair-skinned Kashmiris, caste is a reality. Most point to a colonial hangover that ingrained in us the idea that the ruler is always white. Some like Bangalore-based sociologist G.K. Karanth say the reverence for white skin goes back even further. ... ...

Prakash C. Jain, a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, who has studied the Indian diaspora, says there has also been an "undercurrent of racism" between people of Indian origin and Africans in Africa. Traditionally, most Indians limited social interaction with Africans and stayed in separate housing estates. Intermarriage was practically non-existent in South Africa, with just 57 instances from the pre-World War II era to the '60s, he points out.
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Christian Britain is dead, says bishop
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 28 June 2009

Britain is no longer a Christian nation and the Church of England could die out within a generation, an Anglican bishop fears.

The Rt Rev Paul Richardson said that declining attendance at church and the rise in multiculturalism meant "Christian Britain is dead".

His fellow bishops' failure to appreciate the scale of the crisis could seal the Church's fate, he added. ...

Writing on the Telegraph website, the assistant bishop of Newcastle said: "Many bishops prefer to turn their heads, to carry on as if nothing has changed, rather than face the reality that Britain is no longer a Christian nation."
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Schools 'hamper terrorism battle'
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2009

Efforts to deal with Islamic extremists are being frustrated by schools that fear minorities could get bullied if they tackle the subject, according to an official report.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said police officers feel that "they are unable to get some partners to engage". The report said there were "low levels of recognition by communities of local risks from violent extremism and terrorism."
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A new household every two minutes
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2009

A household will be created every two minutes in Britain because of rising immigration, birth rates and the breakdown in the traditional family unit, the Office for National Statistics predicts.

It says there will be more than four million extra households over the next 12 years, most in England. Four in 10 will be because of immigration.
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Flawed £1m asylum project results in only one family leaving Britain
Alastair Jamieson
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2009

A £1 million government scheme to help failed asylum seekers resulted in only one family leaving Britain, a report has found.

The UK Border Agency pilot project ran for less than a year and was "mismanaged from start to finish", a review by the charity, the Children's Society, claimed.

The scheme, in Kent, aimed to help families whose asylum applications had failed by taking them out of detention centres and placing them in a residential hostel. It was hoped some would leave the country voluntarily while others could obtain schooling and health care before deportation.

In a similar trial in Glasgow, failed asylum seekers will be housed in private flats rather than held in Dungavel detention centre.
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Why the burka is part of Britain
Cassandra Jardine
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2009

And they are mystified as to why Sarkozy is attacking the burka when it is worn by a tiny proportion of Muslim women – well under five per cent. "The only logical reason why he made those remarks is that he had just been to Afghanistan where women are oppressed," says Ahmed Versi, editor of the Muslim News, published in Britain. Others claim it is a tactic to secure the feminist vote in France. ...

Versi believes the way forward is through tolerance and understanding, not legislation – and is glad he lives in Britain for that reason. "Britain is the best country in Europe for Muslims. We complain, but we are freer here, and we have more dialogue with government. In France, Muslim organisations are not representative; here they are independent. In France, Muslims live in ghettos and have double the unemployment rate of the rest of the population. Many French women come to university in the UK because they want to study and wear the headscarf which in France they cannot."

Versi goes on to detail the remarkable level of integration he finds in this country, and the growing understanding among Muslims that they should not test people's patience by applying for jobs that they cannot do – a police chef required to cook bacon is going through the courts. "In fact," he concludes, "the UK is heaven compared to France."

If it takes a foreign politician to prompt a Muslim to articulate that view, there is something to be said for an attack on the burka. At least it gets Muslims and non-Muslims talking, not just among themselves, but maybe even to one another.
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Police arrest 17 anarchists threatening to lead swarms of illegal migrants through Channel tunnel to Britain
Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 25 June 2009

French riot police have arrested 17 anarchists after they threatened to lead swarms of illegal migrants through the Channel Tunnel to Britain.

Weapons including machetes, metal poles and a spiked club were found hidden by the activists during raids in Calais late on Wednesday.

All those arrested had been massing in a protest camp aimed at helping the migrants to 'tear down the borders' to England.

More than 800 elite CRS riot-control officers are in the town, with another 1,200 on standby in the immediate vicinity.

A tense atmosphere has gripped the port all week, with a spotter helicopter circling overhead, roads blocked, and mobile police patrols circulating constantly. ...

'Many hundreds are massing in the town, ready for a widescale demonstration against immigration control on Saturday. All vulnerable targets are being guarded. We can take no chances.'

All the protestors are from a group calling itself 'No Borders', which has pledged to 'tear down the borders' stopping migrants getting across the Channel.

As their tents and marquees were pitched on an official site to the east of Calais, some of the 2,000 odd migrants sleeping rough in the Calais area began to join them.
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Senate panel OKs funds for jailing illegal immigrants
Richard Simon
Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2009

Congress appeared poised Thursday to continue compensating state and local governments for incarcerating illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, ignoring President Obama's call to eliminate such payments.

That would spare strapped California from another hit on its budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to provide $228 million nationwide next year, acting a week after the House voted to allocate $400 million, the same as this year.

Once the full Senate acts, negotiators from both chambers will meet to reconcile their differences.

California, which receives about 40% of the money, still could end up with less than it received this year.

"That's better than nothing," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

The funds are included in the annual bill funding the Justice and Commerce departments and science programs.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will try to persuade congressional negotiators to provide the full $400 million, said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the California Department of Finance.

But Palmer said the governor still wanted to turn over some of the 19,000 illegal immigrants in state prisons to federal authorities for deportation to help close the state's budget gap.

California receives only a fraction of the nearly $1 billion it expects to spend imprisoning illegal immigrants this year. Los Angeles County alone spends about $100 million.

Officials from border states argue that taxpayers should not have to bear the burden of Washington's failure to control the border.
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Police host £2,000 party for gipsies in camp dispute
Nick Britten
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2009

A police force is spending £2,000 hosting a party for gipsies to improve relations with the travelling community.

Saturday's event will include traditional Roma bands, dancing, bouncy castles, story telling and even competitions using a Nintendo Wii. Food and drink will also be provided.

Illegal gipsy sites in Warwickshire have become a major problem for the police, who hope that the party will ease tensions between the force and travellers. But critics said it would infuriate those having to deal with illegal sites on their doorsteps.

Stuart Bray, a Liberal Democrat councillor involved in housing gipsies in neighbouring Leicestershire, said: "I don't think seeing the police having tea and biscuits with the traveller community at our expense is going to sit well with people waking up to a camp in their back yard. We are having a constant battle with the Government, both in Warwickshire and Leicestershire, about the traveller camps we must provide.

"Feelings are running very high at the moment, and while I am all for negotiation, I don't see this is the best way to go about it." ...

About 400 travellers are expected at the event in Leek Wootton, Warwicks.

Bill Holland, the Assistant Chief Constable of Warwickshire, who also chairs the group within the Association of Chief Police Officers that deals with gipsy and traveller issues, said the party was "new and engaging", and was open for anyone to attend, not just travellers. ...

"Hopefully, this day will be the start of building relationships with the aim to better understanding and learning about the different cultures and societies we all live in. ..."
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Community spirit 'is dying slowly'
Louise Gray
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2009

Community spirit is dying, with about a third of people saying neighbours do not respect each other, according to the first government survey of what people think of the areas in which they live.

The Place Survey is a new attempt to measure people's perception of their neighbourhood amid concerns that Britain is a "broken society".

It also found that two-thirds of the population thought that parents in their area did not take responsibility for the behaviour of their children.


The Government insisted that the vast majority of people were happy with where they lived.

The poll of 500,000 people was commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

It found 31 per cent felt their neighbours did not treat one another with respect. The situation was worse in London, where 38 per cent felt there was a problem with "disrespect". A quarter of people in the South West felt it was a problem.

Drinking and drug taking were also widespread, with 29 per cent of people complaining of drunk or rowdy behaviour in their area and 31 per cent highlighting drug dealing as a problem. Just a quarter of people thought that the police were tackling anti-social behaviour in their area or taking into account public views on community safety concerns.
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Muslim anger at call to ban burka
Murray Wardrop
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2009

Muslim leaders in Britain said last night that President Nicolas Sarkozy's calls to ban the burka risked inciting hostility towards Islam.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) described as "patronising and offensive" Mr Sarkozy's remarks that the head-to-toe garments worn by some Islamic women signified subservience.

Mr Sarkozy used a policy speech on Monday to declare that the burka was "not welcome" in France. "The burka is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience," he said.
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Four in ten under-20s in London aren't white
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 24 June 2009

Four out of ten young people in London are members of ethnic minorities, it was revealed yesterday.

A government report found that more than 700,000 children and teenagers are classed as non-white, around 40 per cent of the age group in the capital.

At present, just over a third of Londoners of all ages are reckoned to be non-white - but the new figures indicate that this share will grow substantially in the future.

They also point to the way recent waves of immigration have made a bigger impact on London than other parts of the country.

The analysis from the Office for National Statistics said that in the West Midlands, the second most multi-racial area of the country after London, just 19 per cent of children and teenagers are non-white.

The figures were disclosed in Whitehall's annual Regional Trends report.

They drew warnings from migration experts that politicians are taking a risk by ignoring the changing nature of cities and suburbs.

Sir Andrew Green of the Migrationwatch think-tank said: 'This illustrates the massive change that is taking place to our society at a rapid pace and without the indigenous population ever being consulted.

'It is high time that the political class took their heads out of the clouds and responded to the very strong public opinion that wants to bring immigration under control.'

Many of the migrants who have come into Britain in the past ten years have settled in London.

Three London boroughs have had majority ethnic minority populations since the turn of the Millennium - Newham, Tower Hamlets and Brent - and others are likely to see whites become a minority in the near future.

The estimates yesterday put the under-20 ethnic minority population of London at 714,000.

Around 15 per cent of young Londoners are classed as Asian or Asian British, it said, and 14 per cent black or black British.

Lowest populations of ethnic minority youngsters were in the North-East - five per cent of all people under 20 - and in the South-West, at six per cent.

The all-party Balanced Migration group of MPs said that 70 per cent of future population increase and 40 per cent of new households will be a result of immigration.

In a statement, the group's co-chairmen, Labour MP Frank Field and Tory Nicholas Soames, said: 'As we face severe cuts in public spending, it is the politics of madness to continue with immigration policies that will mean us having to provide thousands of new homes for newcomers - not to mention the necessary roads, schools and hospitals - on this unprecedented scale, when our own citizens, both black and white, cannot get homes.'
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British passports to be given to a record 220,000 migrants this year
James Slack
Daily Mail, 22 June 2009

The number of British passports given to migrants is set to hit a record 220,000 this year.

In the first three months of 2009, 54,615 citizenship applications were approved - up 57 per cent on the same period in 2008.

At that rate, the number receiving passports - and with them the right to full benefits - this year will smash the record of 164,540 set in 2007.

Last year the total was 129,310, and when Labour came to power in 1997, just 37,010 people were given citizenship.

It means approvals have rocketed by almost 500 per cent under the current Government.

Officials blame the massive increase on the fact that ministers are introducing a 'tough' new system of earned citizenship next year.

They say migrants are rushing to obtain their passports before they have to undergo an extra probationary period.

Under the new system, obtaining a passport will take six to eight years from a migrant's arrival in most cases, rather than the current five.

Critics said the rush shows just how lax the current system is.

They also point out that, by handing out so many passports, the Government is changing the make-up of Britain without any public debate. ...

Grants of settlement, the stage before citizenship, were also up in the first three months of 2009, running at an annual rate of 190,000.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said: 'At this rate, grants of settlement will have trebled under Labour.

'We are on course for a massive increase in the population which nobody wants and on which nobody has been consulted.

'No wonder people are so angry with the political class. It is not just fingers in the till, it is fingers in their ears when the public have a serious concern.'

The top five native countries of those gaining citizenship in the past two years have been India, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia and Zimbabwe. ...

Until a passport application has been approved, migrants do not have access to child benefit, council and housing tax benefits and income support. ...

The Home Office said last night: 'The increase in settlement grants reflects the success of UK Border Agency staff in clearing outstanding applications. It also reflects the Home Office's decision to tighten up the criteria for settlement.

'In 2006 we raised the qualifying period for settlement from four to five years, which meant that migrant workers who wanted to stay permanently had to wait an extra year.

'We have also set out our plans for earned citizenship which demand that people earn the right to stay.

'We are now looking at raising the bar further by applying a points-based system to the path to citizenship and we will consult on this in the summer.'
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Sex Crimes On the Rise
Galliawatch, 22 June 2009

A recent article in Le Figaro reveals that sexual violence is on the rise in France. Rapes constitute three-quarters of the crimes committed by young persons under the age of 18. In No. 40 of his weekly journal, available through subscription, Yves Daoudal analyzes the problem from a different perspective than that of the Le Figaro:

The evidence is frightening. Today rapes represent three-quarters of the crimes committed by those under 18. And more than half of those under 13 who get into trouble with the law are indicted for acts of a sexual nature (yes: under the age of 13). One thousand adolescents are implicated every year in matters relating to sexual assaults or rapes: the figures have increased 50% in ten years.

We're told that for the first time this year, the Chancery has become aware of the full measure of this phenomenon. And that the Youth Protection Service is seeking answers.

He then quotes from the Figaro article the explanations of the so-called experts, who attempt to explain the behavior of these young persons through the usual psycho-babble. But who never get close to the crux of the problem. ...

It is noteworthy that the ministry of justice, Le Figaro and its "specialists", all follow assiduously a politically correct line, and consequently do not allow themselves to see what this is really about. Since no diagnosis can be made, no remedy can be found. An observer from Mars might be led to think that these articles and the "experts" from the ministry have no idea what is happening in our society, particularly in the "neighborhoods." Moreover, we are told from the start that "this reality spares no milieu". As if the gang rapes were not a specialty of the ethnic neighborhoods and marked by racism: for this is really about humiliating a "white woman". But as everyone knows racism is a one-way street. So mum's the word.

The media accounts of crimes, and prison statistics as well, leave no doubt as to the ethnic origin of a great many criminals, especially sex offenders. But you can't say it, because the dogma states that immigration is France's good fortune. But the fact remains that the reality is there, in front of you. In the big city prisons, the majority of inmates are Muslim.
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The BBC supports Islam and attacks Christianity, claims Radio 2 stalwart Don Maclean
Paul Revoir
Daily Mail, 22 June 2009

One of Radio 2's most popular religious presenters has launched a stinging attack on the BBC suggesting the broadcaster is biased against Christianity.

Don Maclean, 66, who hosted Good Morning Sunday for 16 years, said the broadcaster was 'keen' on programmes that attack the Christian church.

He said programming chiefs were keen to take a 'negative angle at every opportunity' in a way they do not with other faiths like Islam.

Mr Maclean said programmes about Anglicanism on the BBC always discuss gay clergy and for Catholicism they always mention paedophiles.

The presenter, who was replaced on the Radio 2 show in 2006 by Aled Jones, claimed the broadcaster was trying to 'secularise the country'.

He admitted that he was dismayed that the BBC recently appointed Aaqil Ahmed, a Muslim, as its new head of religious programming. ...

Mr Maclean said: 'They're keen on Islam, they're keen on programmes that attack the Christian church.

'I know there are things that need to be brought forward, but you don't see any programmes on Anglicanism that don't talk about homosexual clergy and you don't see anything on Roman Catholicism that don't talk about paedophiles.

'They seem to take the negative angle every time. They don't do that if they're doing programmes on Islam. Programmes on Islam are always supportive.

'I'm not against anybody's right to practise their religion and I think we need to talk sensibly to people who practise the Islamic religion.'

The presenter claimed 'the last thing we want is war on the streets' adding that 'we need all the moderate Muslims to stand up and be counted'.

He added: 'They're all in private telling you how dreadful they think Islamic terrorism is, but they're not forming together in a group and standing up against it.

'But it's as big a threat as Nazism was in the 1930s when Germans stood back and didn't stand up against that, and if they had maybe the Second World War wouldn't have started.'
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Gang rape: Is it a race issue?
Sorious Samura
The Independent, 21 June 2009
[The author presented 'Dispatches: Rape in the City' on Channel 4 television on 22.6.09]

In 1999 I witnessed a gang rape in Sierra Leone. I was forced to watch a group of rebel soldiers taking it in turns to rape a young girl in front of an audience of jeering men. It was the height of the civil conflict and rape had become a devastating weapon of war. When I moved to Britain I believed I had escaped such horrific sexual violence. As my Dispatches investigation tomorrow night shows, I was mistaken. Gang rape is happening here – and what I have found most disturbing as an African is that a disproportionate number of these attacks are being carried out by black or mixed-race young men.

Towards the end of last year, police and child welfare experts working on Channel 4's Street Weapons Commission told us of their concerns about gang rape. ... ...

How prevalent is this crime and why it is happening in Britain? Despite the seriousness of the crime, I was amazed to discover that no national statistics exist: gang rape is simply not recorded as a separate crime category. So over a period of several months we set about collating our own.

We approached the Crown Prosecution Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers, all 50 police forces, crown courts, barristers and rape referral centres to try to establish the numbers.

One of the few police forces to have begun recording the figures of reported gang rape is the Metropolitan Police. In 2008 alone, they received reports of 85 gang rapes. Using the Met's definition of gang rape – those involving three or more perpetrators – we began to look at the number of convictions. We tracked down 29 cases, from January 2006 to March 2009, in which a total of 92 young people were convicted of involvement in gang rape.

One fact stood out. Of those convicted, 66 were black or mixed race, 13 were white and the remainder were from other countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Clearly this is not a crime exclusive to black communities, but I found it impossible to ignore the fact that such a high proportion were committed by black and mixed-race young men. As a black man as well as a journalist, I wanted to understand what lay behind such attacks. So I spoke to victims, groups of black and mixed-race teenagers, youth and social workers and community leaders.

The groups of young men I met in London expressed some profoundly disturbing attitudes towards girls and sex. ... ...

I found there was concern among black communities about this violence. The Rev Joyce Daley, from the Black Parents Forum in Hackney, told me that gang rape is not a rare or one-off phenomenon. It is happening on a regular basis. She said: "It could actually explode on our very streets." Steve Griffith, a youth worker in King's Cross, said: "I see too much abuse of young women on the streets."

Gang rape, while constituting only a tiny percentage of all rapes in the UK, is a horrible reality in this country.
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Run to Mexico?
Alexis Okeowo
Newsweek, 20 June 2009

A growing number of international runners are leaving their homelands for an unlikely destination: Mexico. Though the U.S. still boasts more foreign transplants, Mexico's high altitude, easier visa process and cheaper cost of living are luring some of the sport's leading figures, including Kenyans Isaac Kimaiyo, Lazarus Nyakeraka and Patrick Nthiwa. ...

The runners are coming despite a disastrous drug war that is keeping tourists away and crippling foreign investment. So far, more than 200 runners from Africa, South America and Eastern Europe have made Mexico's central mountains their home in recent years. ...

Yet even as Mexico tries to package itself as a sporting suburb of the U.S., it's facing one major drawback: racism. African runners complain of constant taunts from fans upset that the newcomers are beating out homegrown favorites. Coaches have complained to officials, to no avail. Last year Kenyan runners won 85 percent of the country's domestic long-distance races. But organizers have started limiting the number of prizes that Africans can win, regardless of how well they place. In races abroad, all of Mexico's runners are equal, but at home, it seems that some are more equal than others.
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When the blogging biter's bit
Damian Thompson
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2009

In April, an anonymous police blog written by a detective calling himself "NightJack" won the Orwell Prize for online political writing. ... ...

NightJack is Richard Horton, a detective of Lancashire Constabulary. ... ...

NightJack's most famous post was a guide for "law-abiding types who find themselves under suspicion or under arrest. It works for the bad guys so make it work for you."

Horton's tips: get your complaint in first ("racism and homophobia are your friends"); never explain to the police, because they'll use it against you; claim suicidal thoughts. You can see why NightJack's bosses want to discipline him – but also why he attracted 60,000 readers a day.
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Want to see a GP? Gipsies come first as NHS tells doctors that travellers must be seen at once
Emily Andrews
Daily Mail, 18 June 2009

Gipsies and travellers should be given priority in NHS hospitals and GP surgeries, doctors have been told.

They will be fast-tracked for doctors, nurses and even some dentist appointments above all other patients.

GPs have also been told to see any travellers who simply walk in without an appointment, even if all consultation times for the day are full.

They will also be given longer consultations than other patients. Five or ten minutes is the average but travellers will be given 20 minutes and allowed to bring relatives into the consulting rooms.

Staff will be given 'mandatory cultural awareness' training so they can fully understand what it is like to be a traveller or gipsy.

It raises the prospect that other patients will suffer worse healthcare and have to wait even longer to see their GP.

The guidelines have been introduced because, under race laws, gipsies and travellers are defined as minority ethnic groups and the NHS is obliged to consider their special needs and circumstances.

Yet no special treatment is promised for other groups such as those from the Asian sub-continent or Africa.

The guidance also encourages Primary Care Trusts to establish new services for travellers if none exist, and to designate a senior manager to be a named lead for 'Gipsy and Traveller Health'.

The rules form part of the Primary Care Service Framework, drawn up by the NHS Primary Care Commissioning - an advisory service for local health trusts - to help all PCTs understand the Department of Health's policy.

It will go on trial for between three and five years, Although PCTs do not necessarily have to follow the guidelines, they could be breaking human rights law and the Race Relations Act of 2000 if they do not.

Groups covered by the framework include Scottish gipsy travellers, Welsh gipsies, bargees, circus and fairground showmen and new travellers. ...

The NHS estimates there are 120,000 to 300,000 gipsies and travellers in the UK but there are no firm numbers as the census does not include them as a category.
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Police 'illegally' stopping white people to racially balance stop-and-search figures, watchdog claims
James Slack
Daily Mail, 17 June 2009

Police are making unjustified and 'almost certainly' illegal searches of white people to provide 'racial balance' to Government figures.

Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terror laws, said he knew of cases where suspects were stopped by officers even though there was no evidence against them.

He warned that police were wasting time and money by carrying out these 'self-evidently unmerited searches' which were an invasion of civil liberties and 'almost certainly unlawful'.

The searches of, for example, 'blonde women' who fit no terrorist profile come against a backdrop of complaints from rights groups that the number of black and Muslim people being stopped by police is disproportionate.

Lord Carlile suggests whites are being needlessly stopped in order to balance the books.

Last year, the number of whites searched under anti-terror laws rocketed by 185 per cent, from 25,962 to 73,967.

Whites made up around two-thirds of all those stopped, although, compared to the overall population, blacks and Asians remain far more likely to be stopped and searched.

Lord Carlile, a Liberal Democrat peer and QC, condemned the wrongful use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in his annual report on anti-terror laws.

He said police were carrying out the searches on people they had no basis for suspecting so they could avoid accusations of prejudice.

Lord Carlile wrote: 'I have evidence of cases where the person stopped is so obviously far from any known terrorism profile that, realistically, there is not the slightest possibility of him/her being a terrorist, and no other feature to justify the stop.

'In one situation the basis of the stops was numerical only, which is almost certainly unlawful and in no way an intelligent use of the procedure.

'I believe it is totally wrong for any person to be stopped in order to produce a racial balance in the Section 44 statistics. There is ample anecdotal evidence this is happening.

'I can well understand the concerns of the police that they should be free from allegations of prejudice, but it is not a good use of precious resources if they waste them on self-evidently unmerited searches.

'It is also an invasion of the civil liberties of the person who has been stopped, simply to 'balance' the statistics.

'The criteria for section 44 stops should be objectively based, irrespective of racial considerations: if an objective basis happens to produce an ethnic imbalance, that may have to be regarded as a proportional consequence of operational policing.'

Lord Carlile later said the number of Section 44 searches could be cut by half in London without damaging national security.

He added: 'If, for example, 50 blonde women are stopped who fall nowhere near any intelligence-led terrorism profile, it's a gross invasion of the civil liberties of those 50 blonde women.

'The police are perfectly entitled to stop people who fall within a terrorism profile even if it creates a racial imbalance as long as it is not racist."

Officers in England and Wales used the powers to search 124,687 people in 2007/8, up from 41,924 in 2006/7 and only 1 per cent of searches led to an arrest.
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Quarter of men in South Africa admit rape, survey finds
David Smith
The Guardian, 17 June 2009

One in four men in South Africa have admitted to rape and many confess to attacking more than one victim, according to a study that exposes the country's endemic culture of sexual violence.

Three out of four rapists first attacked while still in their teens, the study found. One in 20 men said they had raped a woman or girl in the last year.

South Africa is notorious for having one of the highest levels of rape in the world. Only a fraction are reported, and only a fraction of those lead to a conviction.

The study into rape and HIV, by the country's Medical Research Council (MRC), asked men to tap their answers into a Palm Pilot device to guarantee anonymity. The method appears to have produced some unusually frank responses.

Professor Rachel Jewkes of the MRC, who carried out the research, said: "We have a very, very high prevalence of rape in South Africa. I think it is down to ideas about masculinity based on gender hierarchy and the sexual entitlement of men. It's rooted in an African ideal of manhood."

Jewkes and her colleagues interviewed a representative sample of 1,738 men in South Africa's Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

Of those surveyed, 28% said they had raped a woman or girl, and 3% said they had raped a man or boy. Almost half who said they had carried out a rape admitted they had done so more than once, with 73% saying they had carried out their first assault before the age of 20.

The study, which had British funding, also found that men who are physically violent towards women are twice as likely to be HIV-positive.

... ...

A report published by the trade union Solidarity earlier this month said that one child is raped in South Africa every three minutes, with 88% of rapes going unreported. It found that levels of child abuse in South Africa are increasing rapidly.
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Asylum chaos: the appalling truth
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 16 June 2009

The number of failed asylum seekers being removed from Britain is plummeting as the system is engulfed in chaos, MPs said yesterday.

Ministers have "some way to go" to reduce a backlog of up to 450,000 asylum claims, they said.

In a hard-hitting report, the MPs warned how failed asylum seekers frequently manipulate the appeals system to stay in the country as long as possible.

In some cases, MPs themselves are being drawn into anti-deportation campaigns to delay their removal. ...

The damning verdict on the Home Office's latest overhaul of the asylum system comes from the all-party Commons Public Accounts Committee.

It said: "Removals of failed asylum seekers have fallen over the period 2006-2008."

Figures showed only 11,600 failed asylum seekers were removed last year, compared with around 18,000 during 2006. And in one three-month period last year, new applications doubled to 8,700.

The MPs said: "The Department still has some way to go to meet its aims of reaching initial decisions in 80 per cent of cases within two months of an application and of concluding all cases within six months." ...

The report said progress had been made in hastening decision making.

But the Government was still unlikely to hit a target of clearing a backlog of between 400,000 and 450,000 long-running cases by 2011. ...

The MPs also found that detention facilities set up for holding failed asylum seekers were being taken up by foreign criminals awaiting deportation after leaving prison. ...

Border and Immigration minister Phil Woolas last night said: "The public have made it clear they expect us to target the most harmful people first – that's why we removed a record 5,400 foreign criminals last year.

"In 2008 over 66,000 people were removed or voluntarily departed – that's a five per cent increase on the previous year.
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Migrant amnesty 'worth £3 billion'
Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2009

An amnesty for illegal immigrants would boost the British economy by £3 billion a year and raise tax revenues by £842 million a report for Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has concluded.

The study estimates there are 618,000 illegal immigrants in Britain of which 442,000 are based in London.

But the report also accepts there would be annual costs of up to £1 billion a year from the extra demands on public services and benefits.

Mr Johnson ordered the study, carried out by the London School of Economics, last year after backing calls for an amnesty.
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Labour is paying a high price for neglecting White Van Man
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2009

With five million people in need of social housing, it is no wonder that voters think immigrants are jumping the queue. They aren't, but try telling that to the father whose children and grandchildren can't move out of their family's cramped flat because they have nowhere to go. In Birmingham, where 35,000 applicants wait without hope, not a single council home has been built for 12 years.

When it comes to jobs, the resentment against "foreigners" is not as baseless as the Government pretends. The charge that British workers are being thrown out of work or having their pay slashed because of cheap foreign labour is often true. ... Even those on Labour's Left are calling for an end to the party's policy of omerta on immigration. Jon Cruddas, the influential backbencher, told me in an interview for the Fabian Society's magazine that there should be an amnesty for unregistered immigrants and a tough points system to limit new arrivals, because London can no longer absorb the equivalent of a new borough every year. Mr Brown now has to face that criticism head-on.
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Sotomayor's La Raza Uses Taxpayer Money for Radical Agenda
Robert M. Engstrom, 15 June 2009

If a group of United States citizens trekked to another country, formed an organization called "The Race," which demanded open borders, unfettered immigration and citizenship, billions of dollars for bilingual education, health care, housing, job and wage guarantees, and anti-discrimination protection, they would likely soon be jailed or deported in a display of righteous sovereign indignation. But the National Council of La Raza engages in all these activities in the United States, and it receives taxpayer dollars to help promote its radical views.

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a member of La Raza. ... ...

In 2005, La Raza received $15.2 million in federal grant money for charter schools and get-out-the-vote campaigns and in 2006 got another $4 million in congressional earmarks for housing reform. The organization's financial statements for 2008 show that it received another $5.1 million in federal grants, and holds assets worth $97.4 million. La Raza has received more than $30 million from the federal government since 1996.

The Council of La Raza arranged to have its voice included in congressional hearings by House and Senate leaders and garnered an extra $4 million in federal tax funds earmarked by an anonymous senator in 2007 while continuing to lobby for open borders, driver's licenses for illegals, and amnesty leading to citizenship for all illegal immigrants in the country.

Many of Mexico's leading politicians encourage the takeover of sovereign U.S. property, and La Raza encourages those statements, while offering advice about avoiding the terms "illegals" and "amnesty." Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon told Mexicans in a state of the nation address that "Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico." In 1995, President Ernesto Zedillo told a group of U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent in Dallas that "You are Mexicans, Mexicans who live North of the border," suggesting they owed a higher allegiance to Mexico than the United States. Zedillo brought a 1997 La Raza gathering in Chicago to its feet in applause when he said that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders. All those statements accord with the accusations of the colonialism that the U.S. is constantly accused of pursuing by its enemies.

La Raza endorsed the 2007 Citizenship Promotion Act, introduced by then-Sen. Barack Obama. The purpose of this act was to limit the costs of applying to become a citizen of the United States, but another provision of the bill would have distributed $80 million to pro-illegal immigration organizations, some of which are suspected of having links to the Mexican government.

In the name of diversity, La Raza encourages Latinos to cling to the language and customs of their home country after becoming citizens of the U.S. ...

Obama laid claim to the Hispanic vote in a 2007 speech before the La Raza Council in which he said, "Find out how many senators appeared before an immigration rally last year. Who was talking the talk, and who walked the walk – because I walked." ... ...

To gain Hispanic support for his presidential bid, in 2007 Obama voted against amendments that would have facilitated the deportation of illegal immigrant gang members, convicted criminals, and terrorists. He also voted against legislation to enable state and local law enforcement officers to inquire about a person's immigration status, ...
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BNP in power - immigration and this insidious conspiracy of silence [part 1]
Max Hastings
Daily Mail, 15 June 2009

Britain's body politic has been shocked to the core by this week's election of two British National Party candidates to the European Parliament.

Their success is described as 'the ultimate protest vote'. It has been attributed to public disgust with MPs of all parties following the expenses scandal.

Few, if any, Parliamentarians of any persuasion admit what is self-evident to the rest of us: that many thousands of voters back the BNP because it opposes further mass immigration to Britain.

We live in an age and a society allegedly committed to openness as the supreme virtue. Yet our politicians show themselves no more capable of frankness about the massive problems posed by immigration than about the future of an insolvent NHS, the absence of any sensible energy strategy for the future and the gradual collapse of pension provision which will soon start hitting the state sector as well.

In the face of deafening silence about migration from Tories, Labour and LibDems alike, some desperate people vent their bitterness by backing the only group they think willing to speak up for them, even though its character and attitudes are repulsive.

Polls show that most BNP voters are male and working class. More than one-third of them are manual workers. This means that they live among migrants, in a way that the liberal middle class does not.

Some 77 per cent of BNP voters believe that white people in Britain are now victims of discrimination. Many are former Labour voters and think their old party has betrayed them.

Only about half of BNP supporters explicitly admit to being racists. The rest are simply people who believe that their traditional communities are being destroyed, jobs lost or put at risk, by uncontrolled immigration.

Before considering how much of this is true, we should acknowledge that the perception is now widespread. It extends far beyond those who brought themselves to vote for the BNP.

The main parties, and especially the Tories, believe that by saying little or nothing about immigration, they escape the charge from the Left that they are promoting racial hatred, going back to their bad old Powellite ways.

Instead, however, there seems a powerful argument that they are thus failing in their duty as an opposition, to lay bare the failure of government policy.

They ignore a matter which deeply troubles voters. Some 80 per cent of people questioned in a YouGov poll for the independent think-tank MigrationWatch say that they are 'concerned' or 'very concerned' about levels of immigration.

Many thoughtful, educated people who would not dream of voting for the BNP nonetheless daily use such phrases as 'It's not our country any more', and 'I don't feel I belong in the place where I grew up'.

Only a tiny handful of people, notably the brave and impeccably liberal figures of Labour MP Frank Field and Equality and Human Rights Commission chairman Trevor Phillips, have shown themselves willing publicly to acknowledge the huge social and political strains which immigration imposes on our society.

Scarcely one of Britain's mainstream politicians is anywhere to be seen in a debate of vital concern for our national future.
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BNP in power - immigration and this insidious conspiracy of silence [part 2]
Max Hastings
Daily Mail, 15 June 2009

The figures show clearly that this Labour Government has sanctioned and promoted a vast increase in migration, and thus in Britain's population, without the most tenuous mandate for its policy from the nation.

For 20 years before Tony Blair became Prime Minister, immigration averaged 54,000 a year. It then rose steeply to 97,000 in 1999. In 2007, the last year for which figures are available, 333,000 more foreign nationals entered Britain than left.

In addition, there are estimated to be 725,000 illegal immigrants in the country, 518,000 of these in London.

On the Government's own, almost certainly understated, numbers, our population will pass 70 million by 2028. It could reach 80 million in the course of the century.

We are the most overcrowded country in Europe, save Malta. Some 24 per cent of all births in this country are to foreign-born mothers.

Asylum-seekers now account for only 10 per cent of newcomers - though still 30,000 a year. Nor, contrary to popular myth, are most migrants East Europeans, the fabled Polish plumbers. Only 87,000 of the 2007 intake came from Eastern Europe, less than a quarter of the total.

Most new arrivals come from the Third World, at a rate which is increasing the national population by almost one per cent every two years.

How has this state of affairs come about? First, since 1997 the Government has quadrupled the number of work permits issued to foreigners. After five years here, permit-holders have a right to apply for permanent residence.

Second, Labour greatly eased restrictions governing the rights of anybody married to a resident to enter Britain. Numbers of those entering with a certificate of marriage, real or fixed for the purpose, have doubled.

Finally, there are students - 360,000 a year. There are no effective checks, first on whether they come to attend bona fide places of learning, and second upon ensuring their return home after completing their courses.

There were dramatic revelations last month about the major industry of phoney 'colleges' which teach nothing and exist solely to enable economic migrants, at a price, to enter Britain.

David Blunkett, as Home Secretary, was one of the villains of the piece. He is one of many New Labour standard-bearers who both proclaim the value of large-scale immigration to this country, and greatly eased the path of those seeking to come here.

In 2004, he asserted defiantly: 'Migrants don't just come to fill jobs - they also create jobs, helping our economy grow and giving us a more vibrant culture.'

These arguments were brutally dismissed last year in a report by the House of Lords' Economic Committee, one of the very few political bodies to have dared to conduct a serious review of policy. The peers concluded that, contrary to New Labour propaganda, immigration has had 'little or no impact' on the economic well-being of Britain and offers 'insignificant' benefits to the existing UK population.

The argument that we need masses of immigrants to compensate for our ageing domestic workforce is nullified by the reality - obvious to all except Labour ministers - that immigrants, too, get old and become pensioners.

The social impact of migrants on existing communities is enormous, of course. Almost all choose to settle in England rather than the Celtic fringes. Anyone who walks the streets of London or any major English city today hears 20 languages spoken as readily as English.
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BNP in power - immigration and this insidious conspiracy of silence [part 3]
Max Hastings
Daily Mail, 15 June 2009

This may be 'richly culturally diverse', as New Labour-speak puts the matter. But it causes many English people to feel deeply disorientated in their own home towns.

Because we are vastly less assertive than the Americans in imposing our own culture on migrants, many newcomers resist learning English.

Today, there are 300 primary schools in England where more than 70 per cent of pupils - nearly half a million children - use English only as a second language.

It is unlikely the virtuous liberals of any major political party send their own children to such schools. I doubt that they would be happy if they had to do so.

It is sometimes suggested that migrants offer useful cheap labour. But there is no really cheap labour in a welfare state. Each new arrival represents an additional burden on policing, health, education and infrastructure which must be paid for. Many police forces have expressed concern about the pressures and costs imposed by the huge influx of migrants.

Police officers in Cambridgeshire, for instance, must deal with cases in almost 100 languages. The county's translation costs have risen from £220,000 in 2002-3 to £800,000 in 2006-7. Its drink-drive figures show a 17-fold increase in arrests of foreigners.

Of the 94,200 people predicted to move into Cambridgeshire by 2016, 69,000 are expected to be foreigners. And this is just one county.

There are also heavy health costs - which seem especially relevant in a week when new figures show the NHS heading for a major financial crisis by 2011.

A few years ago, tuberculosis was all but extinct in Britain. Today, there is a striking increase in reported cases, 65 per cent of them involving patients not born in Britain, with 21 per cent Africanborn. Hepatitis B cases have almost doubled in six years, to 325,000, 96 per cent of these involving patients born outside the UK.

Even the Government halfheartedly and unconvincingly acknowledges that too many migrants are coming to Britain. Yet nothing effective is being done to check to the flow.

Ministers have committed themselves to what they call 'an Australian-style points system' for assessing candidates for entry. Yet this will lack the indispensable feature of Australian policy - a defined upper limit on overall numbers.

Scrutiny of visa applications at British embassies abroad has become less rather than more stringent, because much of the work is now handled by local rather than British staff.

The Government lies again and again about its real commitment to address immigration. This is partly because it fears to tangle with its own Left-wingers, who are viscerally committed to the ideal of open borders.

The Government's carelessness on this issue can scarcely fail to be influenced by the fact that ethic minorities vote pretty solidly for Labour.

In some constituencies, socalled 'community leaders' of minorities exercise significant influence, because they are able to deliver a block vote at elections which can amount to 2,000 or more ballots.
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BNP in power - immigration and this insidious conspiracy of silence [part 4]
Max Hastings
Daily Mail, 15 June 2009

The Tories have raised the prospect of introducing a specified upper limit on migrants, but have given no hint of what this might be. Most Conservative front-benchers maintain a trappist silence on an issue which the leadership fears can be used by Labour to raise once more the spectre of themselves as 'the nasty party'.

In a pitifully mute Commons, one of the boldest and most reasonable initiatives came last September from Labour MP Frank Field and Tory Nicholas Soames, who together published a pamphlet calling for a policy of 'balanced migration' - allowing into Britain each year no more people than leave - in 2007, some 96,000.

'Our concern,' they wrote, 'is not the principle of immigration, but its scale. This rate of arrival is 25 times higher than any previous influx of immigration in nearly 1,000 years of our nation's history. Nor is this influx due to globalisation. It is largely the result of government policies.'

Yet there is no evidence that, since the publication of Field's and Soames's report, the Conservatives are any more willing than Labour to grasp the issue with conviction.

Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatch, whose relentless, but calm and objective, barrage of statistics is often criticised but never plausibly disputed, says: 'The Tories decline to discuss immigration at all. The LibDems have no policy except for an attack on illegal immigration. The Government gives an appearance of activity, but has not yet taken effective action.

'We have been warning until we are blue in the face that if the major parties fail to address this issue, extremists would start to gain public support.'

And thus it was, this week, the repulsive BNP gained more votes in the European elections than Sir Oswald Mosley's fascists dreamed of in the 1930s Depression.

Whether Britain's mainstream politicians admit it or not, a major cause of public disillusionment is their bland, frankly craven refusal to address an issue about which a vast number of British people care deeply: the perceived alienation and transformation of their own society.

The latest YouGov poll shows that many voters feel 'insecure' in their own homeland. How could they not? The BNP will only be erased as a force from Britain's political landscape, as we should all hope that it will be, when those parties which seriously aspire to govern Britain present coherent, realistic immigration policies; when they address an issue about which much of the country cares more than the recession, health, education, Europe - the cultural identity and population stability of the island in which we live.
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Town halls' unread translations
Ben Leach
Sunday Telegraph, 14 June 2009

It is a well-intentioned initiative which is meant to offer immigrants a helping hand.

Town halls and Whitehall spend millions of pounds a year on translation for the benefit of people who cannot speak English. Yet now an investigation has found that many of the expensively-produced foreign-language leaflets have never been read.

Documents which have failed to attract a single reader include a pamphlet for gipsies translated into Polish, and a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender directory which was translated into French. No one read the Haringey Women's Directory when it was translated into Albanian, Bengali, Kurdish, Somali or Urdu. ...

Freedom of Information requests were made to all councils, hospital trusts, police forces and government departments in the UK. Some 80 per cent responded and admitted spending £50.2 million on translations and interpreting in 2008-09, an increase of nine per cent on the figure of £46 million in 2006-07.

Yet the growth in spending on translation comes despite a call in 2007 by Hazel Blears, then the communities secretary, for councils to think twice before translating documents. She argued that the integration of established immigrant communities was better achieved by encouraging them to learn English, rather than providing paperwork in their native tongues.

Of the 218 local authorities that provided figures, 126 said they had increased spending on translation in the past two years.

Only a handful of councils were able to say how many times translated documents had been read online. Haringey admitted that of 77 translated documents it published online, 26 were never viewed. Most were only viewed once or twice. ...

The public bodies which spent the most on translations last year were the Metropolitan Police (£10.6 million) and the Department for Work and Pensions (£4 million).
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The cost of a diverse Naval Academy
Bruce Fleming
The Capital, 14 June 2009

The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis recently that "diversity is the number one priority" at the Naval Academy.

The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him. Everyone understands that "diversity" here means nonwhite skins.

Fowler insisted recently that we needed to have Annapolis graduates who "looked like" the Fleet, where enlisted people are about 42 percent nonwhite, largely African American and Hispanic.

The stunning revelation last week was that the Naval Academy had an incoming class that was "more diverse" than ever before: 35 percent minority.

Sounds good, only this comes with a huge price tag. It's taxpayers who bankroll the military. Yet nobody has asked us if we're willing to pay this price. Instead we're being told there is no price to pay at all. If you believe that, you probably also believe in the Tooth Fairy.

A "diverse" class does not mean the Naval Academy recruits violinists, or older students (they can't be 23 on Induction Day), or gay people (who are thrown out) or foreign students (other than the dozen or so sent by client governments).

It means applicants checked a box on their application that says they are Hispanic, African American, Native American, and now, since my time on the Admissions Board of the Academy, where I've taught for 22 years, Asians. ...

A vote of "qualified" for a white applicant doesn't mean s/he's coming, only that he or she can compete to win the "slate" of up to 10 nominations that (most typically) a Congress(wo)man draws up. That means that nine "qualified" white applicants are rejected. SAT scores below 600 or C grades almost always produce a vote of "not qualified" for white applicants.

Not so for an applicant who self-identifies as one of the minorities who are our "number one priority." For them, another set of rules apply. ... ...

Once at Annapolis, "diverse" midshipmen are over-represented in our pre-college classes, in lower-track courses, in mandatory tutoring programs and less challenging majors. Many struggle to master basic concepts. (I teach some of these courses.) ...

Don't want to believe me? Have a lawyer sit in on a year's worth of Admissions Board deliberations. Or better still, pray that one of the stellar white students rejected to give a seat to a "diverse" candidate sues us. That's the only way taxpayers will ever fully understand the price to them of "putting diversity first."
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Catering to minorities puts pressure on foreign policy
Peter O'Neil, 14 June 2009

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's feather-ruffling approach to foreign policy, particularly as it relates to issues that resonate with certain Canadian ethnic groups, could jeopardize Canada's national interests, say analysts and former senior diplomats.

Harper's government has, since 2006, sparked angry reactions from Russia, China, Turkey, Greece, and Israel's critics in the Muslim world with outspoken positions, particularly in the touchy area of human rights.

The federal government is frequently supported by opposition MPs in some of the decisions, such as the Canadian government's recognition of alleged genocides committed against Ukrainians by the old Soviet Union, and against Armenians by Turkey.

It is all part of a growing - and some say risky - political competition by all parties to win key battlegrounds in Canada's cosmopolitan big cities, which become increasingly more diverse as a quarter of a million immigrants and refugees arrive in Canada each year.

"The attempt to win over minority groups (is) a very active policy, and it's one that is legitimate enough so long as it doesn't start to hamper our international relations and affect our national interests," said Paul Heinbecker, Canada's former ambassador to the United Nations. ...

Bercuson and Carleton University's David Carment co-edited the book The World in Canada: Diaspora, Demography and Domestic Politics, a 2008 collection of essays that examine the growing influence of Canada's multicultural communities on foreign policy during eras of both Tory and Liberal rule.

The authors argued that various ethnic groups can sway decisions on everything from foreign aid allocations to where Canada sends the military's costly, and not necessarily efficient, DART disaster assistance team.

Diaspora politics was also cited as a crucial factor in issues relating to domestic terrorism concerns as well as big-city gang crime and violence.

Former prime minister Paul Martin was long accused of being too close to Canadian Tamils who helped fund the Tamil Tigers, a brutal terrorist organization that was banned after Harper took power in 2006.

Diaspora influence on foreign aid decisions is also evident. ... ...

"We're only beginning to fully grasp the situation," Carment said in an interview. "Diaspora politics is the number-one issue that Canada will have to confront in the 21st century." ...

The Tory government's use of foreign policy to win favour in Canada's multicultural communities was evident in a 2007 presentation to Tory workers ... ...

Former senior Canadian diplomat Jeremy Kinsman, Canada's former top representative to Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union, shares Heinbecker's concern about a diaspora-driven policy threatening Canadian interests.

Kinsman said federal political parties, by adopting foreign policy positions advocated by diaspora groups, are effectively encouraging new Canadians to bring their homeland disputes to Canada.
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Ben's murder was not racist – just a matter of statistics
Rod Liddle
The Sunday Times, 14 June 2009

Perhaps it will come as a vague consolation to the parents of Ben Kinsella that he was not murdered for racial reasons, but simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, as they say. Ben, aged 16, who was white, was stabbed to death by three black men near a nightclub in north London; there was no apparent motive for the murder.

If you were a cynic you might argue that if a black kid had been stabbed to death by three white men in an otherwise motiveless attack then the community centre would already have been built by now and the grieving parents recognised in the honours lists.

It is good that we are quick to become enraged by violent white racism, that it appals us and makes us examine our society, claw away in an attempt to discover those subterranean causes. But what of this, apparently, non-racist murder? Just as much brutal honesty is required to confront it, I think. Maybe more.

The truth is, violent white-on-black crime is a rarity in Britain, by comparison – although white-on-Asian crime is rather less so. The overwhelming bulk of violent street crime in London is committed by young black men, and in numerous cases against white people, although one would not impute a racial motive; the statistics suggest that young black male criminals are quite happy to stab or shoot anybody who hoves into view with either a bulging wallet, a mobile phone or an assumed reflection of disrespec' in their eyes.

Apologies if this offends – but that's how it is. At most, the African Caribbean population of London is about 12% of the whole. But black males are responsible for nearly 60% of arrests for robbery – and the overwhelming majority of gun crime, most of it black-on-black violence.

We skirt this issue, mostly for decent, if deluding reasons – that a proportion of young black males is more likely to commit violent crime than other sectors of the population. It is a form of racism, though, to assume that the problem is simply a given, and unalterable – but we have been hamstrung in our attempts to deal with it for reasons of political correctness.

The propensity of some young black males to underachieve at school and later commit crimes of violence has been seen for too long as a roguish expression of cultural diversity, exacerbated by our own inherent racism and economic oppression; in other words, it's not their fault. Indeed the culture of violence, misogyny and epic drug abuse, exemplified in rap music, has been lapped up by a bovine liberal white culture that finds the vibrancy and "edginess" of gangsta rap something in which we should all exult and indeed emulate.

At the same time, we are reluctant to draw attention to the fatherless families in our black communities, the absence of male role models and teachers, even though we know that this is not a good thing, as we increasingly realise it is not a good thing for white boys either. We have been shy of condemning this demeaned culture for fear of being branded racist; too quick to make excuses when the education statistics arrive and show black males right down at the bottom, even below poor whites. But not black females, note; they do well at school and are high achievers later on too. This is only a racist thing if you make it a racist thing.
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The coping classes will never be conned by Labour again
Jeff Randall
Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2009

In a different YouGov poll, this one for the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, 35 per cent cited immigration as an issue that influenced their voting decisions. That compares with 12 per cent for the NHS, 12 per cent for crime and seven per cent for education. The Cross Party Group cannot be dismissed as a bunch of racists. It includes Lord Ahmed (the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer), Lord Carey (the former Archbishop of Canterbury) and Lord Skidelsky (a politics professor at Warwick University).

The group's joint spokesmen, Nicholas Soames MP and Frank Field MP, urged the main parties to stop ducking the issue and "respond to strong and well-justified public opinion". But how can labour do this? As the architect of a policy that has dismantled border controls and allowed a quadrupling of net inward migration since 1997, it would have to admit to a catastrophic error. That will not happen because, as we know, Mr Brown doesn't do contrition.

Very few British people are happy with the prospect of immigration adding seven million to our population by 2028. We were never consulted; it was foisted upon us. This is the democratic deficit that the BNP exploits.
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The careful calculus of acceptable diversity
Colby Cosh
National Post, 12 June 2009

The national Post's Wednesday front-page story about the inept Photoshopping of an African-Canadian face on to the cover of the City of Toronto's summer Fun Guide has been criticized for unnecessary frivolity


But, of course, the Fun Guide fiasco is not just interesting as a story of marketing gone wrong. It also provides an invaluable sneak peek at the operating ideology of Toronto's unelected ruling class. For my money, this kind of deep politics is what really belongs in a newspaper, because it affects our lives more pervasively than day-to-day horse race coverage of elections. What does it matter who gets voted in to run the machine? What matters is what kind of machine it is, and what it is for.

What's notable here is that, confronted with a tacit accusation of hypervigilant political correctness, city spokesman Kevin Sack did not issue a denial. He said, in effect, "Hey, what's wrong with wanting to be correct?" We have a policy, he explained, requiring the city to "show diversity" in its marketing materials. He admitted that "diversity" does not have any concrete definition, and he added that the family in the original stock photo "does not look like a nondescript white family, it looks maybe Latino."

Here we have a precious insight into the "diversity" math.

"Nondescript" white people? Not diverse at all. Interestingly exotic Latino family? Perhaps somewhat diverse, but not diverse enough. Latino family with awkwardly leering black face pasted into the picture? We have a winner!

The flaws in this kind of calculation are too obvious to need much elucidation; what we have here is a species of "diversity" that can be shown, in the end, to militate against actual diversity. It's what gives us the depressing homogeneity of college student handbooks and television news anchor teams (stay tuned for Tenured Old White Guy, Cute Asian Woman and Non-Threatening Black Dude with up-to-the-minute sports).

After all, the math works the same way everywhere, which is why the city's great "strategic communications" brains were able to consider using stock photography that would have worked equally well in Vancouver or Chicago or London. The premise of "diversity," carried to its logical conclusion, is that no place should actually be a unique expression of a national spirit or culture; it pushes us, paradoxically, toward a less diverse world.
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'Relaxed' officials let smuggled migrants go, says judge
Daily Telegraph, 11 June 2009

A judge overseeing one of the biggest people smuggling cases has criticised "relaxed" immigration officials, after scores of Chinese immigrants were freed.

Police and border guards caught almost 100 illegal immigrants after intercepting 27 smuggling trips during their surveillance operation.

However, the UK Border Agency let them all go, telling them to report to the immigration centre at Lunar House in Croydon, south London.

Only a "handful" ever showed up, Southwark Crown Court was told.

Judge Christopher Hardy praised the detectives who smashed the "extensive and sophisticated" gang behind the smuggling. "The attitude of the police contrasts with the very relaxed attitude evidence by the UK immigration authorities." he added.

Five Turkish men were jailed yesterday for their role in the smuggling. ...

... The network had links to Chinese gangs and members in France and Belgium. It made millions of pounds, largely sent to China and Turkey.
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Global warming 'will force 700m people to flee their homes'
Daily Telegraph, 11 June 2009

Climate change could trigger mass human migration with up to 700 million refugees within the next 40 years, a report claims.

Rising seas, droughts, floods and other effects of global warming will cause the mass movement that "could vastly exceed the scope of anything before". The report, by the Centre for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University in America, the United nations University and Care International, is based on a global survey of environmental change and migration.
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Immigration is not an insoluble problem
Irwin Stelzer
Daily Telegraph, 10 June 2009

... This creates three problems for the receiving nations. The first, and newest, is that among the immigrants are terrorists who come to wreak havoc on the indigenous populations. The second is that native workers see the newcomers as competitors for jobs, leading politicians to trawl for votes by promising "British jobs for British workers" or, in my country, by forcing a bailed-out General Motors to open new plants in America and close some in China. The third is that the native population senses that its culture is under siege.

The first problem can be solved in part by tighter border controls and better intelligence – and, were it not so non-PC, sensible profiling (or, to use a less emotive term, the application of statistical probability tests). The second, the competition for jobs, is less of a problem during boom periods in which labour is in short supply, and can be met by a variety of techniques, including a points system of the sort now used in the UK and other countries, to match immigrants to labour-deficient markets. This is highly imperfect, and does not prevent immigration from putting downward pressure on wages, but it does unruffle many union feathers.

It is the culture issue that is so intractable. There are places in the UK, France, America and other countries where the existing inhabitants feel they have become strangers in a strange land. The dress is foreign and often scary, the native tongue is unheard on the streets, the odours from the cooking of strange foods are off-putting, children are held back in school by immigrants who do not speak the nation's language, and the religions practised vary from the merely exotic to the positively threatening.

Perhaps worst of all, this is of little concern to the ruling elites, who rarely live in the affected neighbourhoods, or venture into them (except when searching for votes). They are free to favour multiculturalism without enduring its consequences, and to ignore the fact that new immigrants, unlike previous waves, may have no desire to assimilate into cultures they often find abhorrent.

So, for some, the departure of immigrant workers is a cause for cheer. But recessions end, and the flow of people across borders will once again accelerate. Indeed, even recessions do not result in a complete departure of the people attracted by jobs to Britain, the US and other developed countries whose welfare systems are more generous and humane than those at home. Tensions remain – which is unfortunate, since the free movement of people can provide a much-needed addition to the labour forces of developed countries, and the remittances of immigrant labourers a much-needed relief from poverty for residents of poorer countries. There aren't many such win-win situations around these days.

The easier parts are to provide reasonable assurance that terrorists will be detected in most cases, and to match immigrants with available jobs. The harder part is to reduce the availability of welfare for those who come seeking a handout rather than a hand up. The hardest part is to persuade the policy-making elites that insistence on assimilation, rather than continuation of the multicultural policies which make them feel so saintly and modern, will alleviate some of the opposition to immigration and cut into the mounting popularity of racist parties.
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City digitally adds black guy to Fun Guide cover to make it more 'inclusive'
Allison Hanes
National Post, 10 June 2009

The smiling, ethnically diverse family featured on the cover of Toronto's latest edition of its summer Fun Guide was digitally altered to make the photo more "inclusive," which city officials say is in keeping with a policy to reflect diversity.

A spokesman for the department that publishes the guide listing recreation activities confirmed the publication was doctored to insert the face of a different father.

"He superimposed the African-Canadian person onto the family cluster in the original photo. It was two photographs and one head was superimposed over the original family photo," said John Gosgnach, communications director for the social development division.

"The goal was to depict the diversity of Toronto and its residents."

The cover shot caught the eye of a National Post graphics editor, who ran it through a program called TinEye that detects visual enhancements to standard art.

The program showed the original image was of a laughing family of indeterminate ethnic background.

Both the family in the initial photo and the new father inserted were clip art – stock images that publications sometimes purchase to use as illustrations. None are known to be Toronto residents, Mr. Gosgnach said. ...

The move was in accordance with a policy dated April 11, 2008, signed by former city manager Shirley Hoy directing staff to ensure the true kaleidoscope of Toronto residents is represented in all its communications materials.

"The policy doesn't say PhotoShop, the policy says 'show diversity' and that's of course what we try and do because we want all of our publications to reflect the community that we serve," explained Mr. Sack, who oversees city communications. "That's only fair. People should see themselves reflected in city services because it's everyone who uses them."

There are no criteria for what constitutes diversity, he acknowledged when asked how the policy is implemented in practice and why the family in the initial image didn't seem to fit the bill.

"That's an interesting conversation," Mr. Sack said. "This does not look like a nondescript white family, it looks maybe Latino." ...

"We're in one of the most diverse cities in the world. I hope that doesn't pose a problem for anybody. ..."
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Bogus colleges 'going unchecked for six months'
Matthew Moore
Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2009

A loophole in immigration rules means that fake colleges can still open for six months without having their credentials checked, MPs were told yesterday.

Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, admitted that he had no idea how many foreigners were living in Britain illegally after enrolling on spurious courses at the colleges.

The home affairs committee was told that tens of thousands of overseas "students" had entered the country through about 2,000 fake colleges in recent decades.

Tony Millns, the chief executive of English UK, which represents English language colleges, said the abuse of the immigration system amounted to a "national scandal". ...

A spokesman for the UK Border Agency, which is currently vetting colleges, said it was "simply not true" that colleges could be on the list for six months without being checked. "All colleges receive thorough checks before they are issued a licence to sponsor foreign students," he said.

The agency claimed that the number of institutions bringing in foreign students had already fallen from 4,000 to about 1,600. ...

Nick Lewis, the principal of Castle College in Nottingham and a member of the Association of Colleges, told the committee that the Government was warned about the problem of fake colleges 10 years ago, and failed to act.
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Gang Jailed For UK's Biggest Visa Scam
Mark White
Sky News, 3 June 2009

Three illegal immigrants have been jailed for a combined total of 19 years for their part in Britain's single biggest visa scam.

More than 90,000 counterfeit documents were produced at a property in west London, allowing hundreds of people to cheat UK border controls.

Jatinder Sharma and Rakhi Shahi, who masterminded the fraud in counterfeit documents, were jailed for seven and eight years respectively.

Mr Sharma's wife Neelam, convicted of handling some of the proceeds of the scam, was given a four-year sentence at Isleworth Crown Court in west London.

All three have been automatically recommended for deportation at the end of their sentences.

The court had heard how the Indian nationals took advantage of a "shambolic" system of immigration checks.

Prosecutor Francis Sheridan said evidence gathered for the case presented a "damning indictment" of failures by the Home Office to spot the fraudsters, who submitted hundreds of bogus visa applications.

Sharma, 44, was only caught after he offered to get an undercover reporter a post graduate diploma in business administration and other fraudulent documents for about £4,000.

The scam mainly targeted the government's Highly Skilled Migrant Programme - a points based system which gives preference to those in desired professions, like doctors and dentists.

The international Graduate Scheme and other leave to remain applications were also exploited.

Mr Sheridan said: "The Home Office system was designed to operate with trust.

"The evidence shows it was naive in its conception and a shambles in reality, but it did not justify someone taking full advantage to cheat the system time and time again..."

Metropolitan Police officers and officials from the UK Border Agency swooped on the fraudsters' company Univisas, based in Southall, west London, in February 2008.

They discovered a mountain of documents, including false university certificates, academic records, bank statements and pay slips.

Investigators also uncovered records of more than 900 people who had been given documentation by Univisas.

Of a sample 117 analysed in detail, 113 were found to contain fraudulent information.

Those behind the scam were so confident, they offered a money back guarantee to clients who they charged fees from hundreds to thousands of pounds.

The gang lived together in Clarence Street, Southall, and hid behind a complex web of false identities and documentation. ...

Although the fraudsters behind this visa scam have now been brought to justice, officials admit many other organised criminal gangs are still out there, trying to find new ways of flouting Britain's Border Controls.
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Poll: Voters Disagree With Sotomayor on Affirmative Action
David A. Patten, 3 June 2009

Voters disagree with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's controversial ruling in the New Haven firefighters' reverse-discrimination case by more than three-to-one, a new poll shows.

Voters also strongly oppose using affirmative action programs to increase diversity, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning.

"If you look at the data," Quinnipiac Assistant Director Peter Brown tells Newsmax, "what's most interesting is how large their objection is for diversity being a reason for affirmative action. The numbers are staggeringly negative."

In an unusual survey of 3,100 voters – most national polls rely on about 1,200 respondents – voters by 71 to 19 percent think Sotomayor was wrong to permit New Haven to throw out the results of a promotional exam for firefighters, simply because no African-Americans scored well enough to qualify for promotion. ...

The results indicate Sotomayor and President Obama could be seriously out of step with voters on the importance of hiring decisions blind to a person's race or personal background, especially in the midst of a serious economic downturn when workers are competing for jobs.

By a 59 to 27 percent margin, even Democrats thought New Haven was wrong to disregard the results of the exam. ...

Other findings of the survey:

• By 70 to 25 percent, voters oppose giving racial groups an advantage in getting government jobs in order to increase diversity. That is particularly significant, Brown says, because the justification for affirmative action programs has shifted from compensating for past racial discrimination toward promoting socially beneficial diversity.

• Eighty percent say the election of America's first African-American president has not changed their views on racial preferences.

• Voters in every racial and religious demographic, by 74 to 21 percent, oppose using racial preferences to promote diversity in private sector jobs.

• Americans support affirmative action programs for the disabled, by a 55 to 39 percent margin.

• African-American voters support affirmative action, 49 to 45, while Hispanics oppose it by 58 to 38 percent.

• By a 59 to 30 percent margin, African-American voters support affirmative action for Hispanics. But Hispanics are split, by 47 to 48 percent.

"What is significant is that the public clearly opposes the idea that such programs are justified as a way of increasing diversity," Brown says, "which has become the rationale in recent years as opposed to compensating for past discrimination which was the reason when they first began."

The poll has a margin of error of just 1.8 percentage points.
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Illegal immigration is exposing Americans to dangerous diseases
Dave Gibson, 3 June 2009

It is often said that the flood of illegal immigrants into this country is reaching 'epidemic proportions.' While that statement is true, it is just as true that the illegal immigrants pouring over the U.S./Mexican border are endangering this country with actual epidemics. Tuberculosis, hepatitis, dengue fever, chagas, and even leprosy are being imported into the U.S. inside the bodies of illegal aliens.

A virtual 'hot-zone' of disease can be found in this nations border states. Illegal immigrants have set up so-called "colonias" just inside the states of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. The shanty towns are comprised mostly of cardboard shacks and huts made with cast-off building materials. They have no sanitation, and are surrounded by mounds of garbage. The estimated 185,000 illegals share their makeshift towns with armies of rats. Of course, diseases only common to Central and South America run rampant in these places.

One of the imports to this country is chagas disease. It is caused by a parasite known as trypanosome. It is a blood-borne disease and is spread by triatomine insects. The parasite burrows into human tissue (usually in the face), where it then begins to multiply. In addition to being spread by insects, it can also be contracted through blood transfusions.

After cases of chagas were reportedly discovered to have been spread by transfusions in Canada, that nation began testing all blood donations for the disease.

Once thought to be nearly eradicated in this country, TB is now making a strong comeback. In a 2005 interview with Mother Jones Magazine, Dr. Reichman of The New Jersey TB Clinic said: "In the 1990's, cases among foreign born Americans rose from 29 percent to 41.6 percent. Antibiotic resistant strains from Mexico have migrated to Texas. Since three years ago, 16,000 new cases of TB were discovered in the United States. Half were foreign born. Strains of TB once only found in Mexico have migrated to the border states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. It will move north as illegal aliens work in restaurants as cooks, dishwashers, and food handlers. We sit on the edge of a potential catastrophe."

In 2001, New York's Tuberculosis Control Program discovered that 81 percent of that city's new cases of TB were attributed to immigrants ...

It costs between $250K to $1million to treat a patient with TB.
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Immigrants send home £4bn a year
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2009

Immigrants working in Britain send the equivalent of £11 million a day back home, research by a think tank shows.

A total of £4 billion a year now flows out of the country after figures almost doubled in a decade, according to Migrationwatch. The figure is likely to be an underestimate because it does not include money sent from Britain by unofficial channels. In contrast, just £2.3 billion a year flows into the country from British expats. Sir Andrew Green, of the think tank, said the pattern meant claims that migrants are of economic benefit to the UK were "illusory".
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Taxpayer foots bill for non-English speakers to apply for UK passport
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2009

The passport office spent £260,000 of taxpayers' money last year providing interpreters to help non-English speaking immigrants gain a British passport.

The Identity and Passport Service's growing translation bill makes a mockery of the Government's pledge that migrants who wish to settle in Britain must be able to demonstrate a command of the language.

Applicants for a passport will have already passed a citizenship test and should be able to answer basic questions in English. But translators still are needed for those attending the new face-to-face interviews, which are designed to question applicants and stop identity fraud or bogus claims.
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The Environmental Argument for Reducing Immigration to the United States
Winthrop Staples III and Philip Cafaro
Center for Immigration Studies, June 2009

This Backgrounder argues that a serious commitment to environmentalism entails ending America's population growth by implementing a more restrictive immigration policy. The need to limit immigration necessarily follows when we combine a clear statement of our main environmental goals – living sustainably and sharing the landscape generously with other species – with uncontroversial accounts of our current demographic trajectory and of the negative environmental effects of U.S. population growth, nationally and globally.

At the current level of 1.5 million immigrants per year, America's population of 306 million is set to increase to over 700 million people by 2100. Recent "reform" proposals would actually increase immigration to over two million annually, which has the potential to nearly triple our population to over 850 million by the end of the century. Conversely, scaling back immigration to 200,000 per year would greatly reduce America's population growth, according to studies by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Given the many issues that environmentalists must deal with and the contentious nature of immigration debates, it is understandable that many of us would prefer to avoid them. But the reality is that across the country, environmentalists are losing the battle to create a sustainable society and protect wild nature. Sprawl development destroys 2.2 million acres of wild lands and agricultural lands each year; over 1300 plant and animal species remain on the endangered species list, with more added each year; water shortages in the west and southeast are being used to justify new river-killing dams and reservoirs; and U.S. carbon emissions continue to rise. Obviously, we haven't figured out how to create a sustainable society with 300 million inhabitants. It's not plausible to think we will be able to do so with two or three times as many people.

Still, there are arguments against reducing U.S. immigration that deserve consideration. In what follows, we analyze the main moral, environmental, and economic arguments for the mass immigration status quo, or for even more expansive immigration policies. In the end, we find them unconvincing. We conclude that Americans must choose between allowing continued high levels of immigration and creating a sustainable society.
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Illegal, but Not Undocumented: Identity Theft, Document Fraud, and Illegal Employment
Ronald W. Mortensen
Center for Immigration Studies, June 2009

This Backgrounder examines illegal immigration-related document fraud and identity theft that is committed primarily for the purpose of employment. It debunks three common misconceptions: illegal aliens are "undocumented;" the transgressions committed by illegal aliens to obtain jobs are minor; and illegal-alien document fraud and identity theft are victimless crimes. It discusses how some community leaders rationalize these crimes, contributing to a deterioration of the respect for laws in our nation, and presents a variety of remedies, including more widespread electronic verification of work status (E-Verify and the Social Security Number Verification Service) and immigrant outreach programs to explain the ramifications and risks of document fraud and identity theft.

The findings include:

• Illegal immigrants are not "undocumented." They have fraudulent documents such as counterfeit Social Security cards, forged drivers licenses, fake "green cards," and phony birth certificates. Experts suggest that approximately 75 percent of working-age illegal aliens use fraudulent Social Security cards to obtain employment.

• Most (98 percent) Social Security number (SSN) thieves use their own names with stolen numbers. The federal E-Verify program, now mandated in only 14 states, can detect this fraud. Universal, mandatory use of E-Verify would curb this and stop virtually 100 percent of child identity theft.

• Illegal immigration and high levels of identity theft go hand-in-hand. States with the most illegal immigration also have high levels of job- related identity theft. ...

• Children are prime targets. In Arizona, it is estimated that over one million children are victims of identity theft. In Utah, 1,626 companies were found to be paying wages to the SSNs of children on public assistance under the age of 13. These individuals suffer very real and very serious consequences in their lives.

• Illegal aliens commit felonies in order to get jobs. Illegal aliens who use fraudulent documents, perjure themselves on I-9 forms, and commit identity theft in order to get jobs are committing serious offenses and are not "law abiding."

• Illegally employed aliens send billions of dollars annually to their home countries, rather than spending it in the United States and helping stimulate the American economy. In October 2008 alone, $2.4 billion was transferred to Mexico.

• Tolerance of corruption erodes the rule of law. Corruption is a serious problem in most illegal aliens' home countries. Allowing it to flourish here paves the way for additional criminal activity and increased corruption throughout society.

• Leaders support perpetrators and ignore victims. Political, civic, religious, business, education, and media leaders blame Americans for "forcing" illegal aliens to commit document fraud and identity theft. No similar concern is expressed for the American men, women, and children whose lives are destroyed in the process.

• The Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service facilitate illegal immigrant-driven identity theft. Both turn a blind eye to massive SSN fraud and take no action to stop it. The Social Security Administration assigns SSNs to new-born infants that are being used illegally. The IRS demands that victims pay taxes on wages earned by illegal aliens using their stolen SSNs, while taking no action to stop the identity theft.
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Nigerians claim bribes to accept deportees
John Mooney
The Sunday Times, 31 May 2009

Authorities at Murtala Mohammed International airport in the Nigerian city of Lagos are demanding bribes from gardai before accepting illegal immigrants who are deported from Ireland.

Officials at the airport refuse to allow members of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) to repatriate Nigerian deportees who arrive on board special charter flights unless they receive payments or gifts, including bottles of Irish whiskey.

The practice of supplying "gifts" to security officials at the airport, which is the main transit point for Nigerian nationals deported by gardai, has been in place for years.

Security sources say they have no option but to offer bribes to ensure that deportees are allowed to disembark from charter flights.

"If they didn't get something out of each charter flight, by way of money or gifts, they wouldn't allow the deportees to even step off the plane," a source said. "Believe it or not, the situation at the airport has improved in recent years. It used to be worse." ...

The practice of giving bribes to immigration and security officials is known to other European police forces who are tasked with repatriating Nigerian immigrants.

"More Nigerians apply for asylum in the EU than perhaps any other nationality," said the security source.
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Academics boycott visa 'snooping'
BBC, 29 May 2009

University academics say they will boycott new visa rules for overseas students that would make them into "immigration snoopers".

Delegates at the University and College Union's annual conference said they did not want to become a branch of the UK Border Agency.

Under the new rules universities are expected to monitor whether overseas students really attend their courses.

The Home Office said such things were part of their normal duty of care.

Institutions must also report concerns that a student could be involved in terrorism.

In a debate at the conference, in Bournemouth, delegates argued that the rules would place a strain on the relationship between staff and students from outside the European Union.

General secretary Sally Hunt said: "UCU members are educators not border guards."

She said later: "Politically, UCU is absolutely opposed to this legislation and we know that many members have strong and principled moral objections as members of society and as professional educators. ...

One of the resolutions tabled for discussion said the new system "makes educators into immigration snoopers which could damage UK education irreparably".

It deplored "this pandering to anti-immigration racism" and committed the union to "non-compliance with all such policing and surveillance duties".

But a Home Office spokesman said: "Educational institutions have a duty of care to all their students and checking that they are attending and making progress in their studies is part of that responsibility.

"The records we expect education providers to keep are those which most will keep for their own purposes anyway."
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Multiracial America is fastest growing group
Associated Press, 28 May 2009

Multiracial Americans have become the fastest growing demographic group, wielding an impact on minority growth that challenges traditional notions of race.

The number of multiracial people rose 3.4 percent last year to about 5.2 million, according to the latest census estimates. First given the option in 2000, Americans who check more than one box for race on census surveys have jumped by 33 percent and now make up 5 percent of the minority population – with millions more believed to be uncounted. ...

Population figures as of July 2008 show that California, Texas, New York and Florida had the most multiracial people, due partly to higher numbers of second- and later-generation immigrants who are more likely to "marry out." Measured by percentages, Hawaii ranked first with nearly 1 in 5 residents who were multiracial, followed by Alaska and Oklahoma, both at roughly 4 percent.

Utah had the highest growth rate of multiracial people in 2008 compared to the previous year, a reflection of loosening social morals in a mostly white state.

"Multiracial unions have been happening for a very long time, but we are only now really coming to terms with saying it's OK," said Carolyn Liebler, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota who specializes in family, race and ethnicity. ...

The latest demographic change comes amid a debate on the role of race in America, complicating conventional notions of minority rights.

Under new federal rules, many K-12 schools next year will allow students for the first time to indicate if they are "two or more races." The move is expected to cause shifts in how test scores are categorized, potentially altering race disparities and funding for education programs. ...

"The significance of race as we know it in today's legal and government categories will be obsolete in less than 20 years," said William H. Frey, a demographer at Brookings Institution.

"The rise of mixed-race voters will dilute the racial identity politics that have become prevalent in past elections," he said.

Liebler noted a potential dilemma where a white student who is one-eighth Cherokee applies to college and seeks an admissions preference based on race and disadvantaged status. Should the college give the multiracial student the boost, if one-eighth of his family suffered a past racial harm but seven-eighths of his family were the perpetrators?

"It's a huge question for our legal system and our policies," she said. "Tomorrow we could have a legal case that challenges whether a multiracial person is a minority." ...

... About 1 in 13 marriages are mixed race, with the most prevalent being white-Hispanic, white-American Indian and white-Asian.

Due to declining immigration because of legal restrictions and the lackluster economy, the growth rates of the Hispanic and Asian populations slowed last year to 3.2 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, compared to multiracial people's 3.4 percent. The black population rose at a rate of about 1 percent; the white population only marginally increased.
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Migration study shows all roads lead to England
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2009

England has absorbed virtually all of the net immigration to Britain for 16 years, MPs warn today.

Between 1991 and 2007, more than 2.1 million migrants were added to the population of England, which last year became the most crowded major country in Europe.

England has taken more than 20 times more migrants than Scotland, even though it is only 10 times the size in terms of population. The study, by the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, said the population of England was likely to increase by 10 million over the next two decades, of which seven million would be migrants.
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Teachers Choose Schools According To Student Race, According To Study
Science Daily, 27 May 2009

A study forthcoming in the Journal of Labor Economics suggests that high-quality teachers tend to leave schools that experience inflows of black students. According to the study's author, C. Kirabo Jackson (Cornell University), this is the first study to show that a school's racial makeup may have a direct impact on the quality of its teachers.

"It's well established that schools with large minority populations tend to have lower quality teachers," Dr. Jackson said. "But it is unclear whether these schools are merely located in areas with a paucity of quality teachers, whether quality teachers avoid these schools because of the neighborhood or economic factors surrounding a school, or whether there is a direct relationship between student characteristics and teacher quality."

Dr. Jackson's findings suggest that it's not neighborhoods keeping high-quality teachers away; it's the students – and it's directly related to their race.

"This is particularly sobering because it implies that, all else equal, black students will systematically receive lower quality instruction," Jackson said. "This relationship may be a substantial contributor to the black-white achievement gap in American schools."

The study focused on the Charlotte-Mecklenberg school district in North Carolina. In 2002, the district ended its race-based busing program, which distributed the district's minority population across its schools. When the policy ended, some schools had a large and sudden inflow of black students. Since the racial makeup of the schools changed suddenly but the neighborhood and economic factors surrounding them stayed the same, Jackson could test the impact the student body itself had on teacher quality.

Using data supplied by the North Carolina Education Research Data Center, Jackson found that schools that had an increase in black enrollment suffered a decrease in their share of high-quality teachers, as measured by years of experience and certification test scores. Teacher effectiveness, as measured by teachers' previous ability to improve student test scores, decreased in the black inflow schools as well. The change in quality for each school generally occurred in the same year that the busing program ended, indicating that teachers moved in anticipation of more black students.

"This study implies teachers may prefer a student body that is more white and less black," Jackson says.

Black teachers were slightly more likely than white teachers to stay in the schools that experienced a black inflow, the study found. However, those black teachers who did leave black schools tended to be the highest qualified black teachers. So the decline in quality was somewhat more pronounced among black teachers than white teachers.

Just what it is about black students that pushes high-quality teachers away is hard to pin down, Dr. Jackson says. It could be that teachers are reacting to notions about black students' achievement or income levels.
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Drop in migrant workers 'threatens recovery'
Auslan Cramb
Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2009

A fall in the number of migrant workers in Britain is threatening to create skill shortages and delay the country's recovery from recession, economic forecasters said yesterday.

Immigrant workers had been leaving in large numbers and the Ernst and Young Item Club said the country was losing its appeal to migrants. The impact could hit economic growth and damage efforts to "rebalance" an economy heavily reliant on financial services by boosting manufacturing. ...

The report by the Item Club, the members of which include a wide range of companies, said population projections that assumed inward migration of an average of 190,000 people a year were "far too high".
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Catwalk quotas
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2009

Organisers of a Brazilian fashion week agreed to ensure 10 per cent of models were non-white, after prosecutors investigated claims that too few black and mixed-race models were taking part.

Under the terms of the deal, brands must ensure that one out of every 10 models are of African or indigenous descent.
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UK's foreign baby boom
Sarah O'Grady
Daily Express, 22 May 2009

A migrant baby boom is sending Britain's population soaring with one in four children now born to foreign mothers.

Of the 708,708 births last year, 170,089 or 24 per cent were to immigrant mothers. It is the highest number of migrant births in the UK since records began. ...

Sir Andrew Green, of the respected think tank Migrationwatch UK, said: "These figures illustrate the massive impact immigration is having, not only on our population but also on our society.

"It's no wonder our polls show nearly 80 per cent of people are concerned about the high level of immigration to the UK and more than 70 per cent want to see a huge cut.

"The number of babies born to immigrant mothers is a clear-cut example of the pressure that massive numbers of immigrants place on our public services."

Such is the rapid increase in the migrant birth rate that this year it is expected to be the biggest cause of population growth, outstripping immigration for the first time.

The number of babies born to UK-born mothers has risen by six per cent in the six years to 2007, but the figure for immigrant mothers leapt by 64 per cent, accounting for two thirds of the increase in the nation's birth rate. In London the figure is 54 per cent, rising to 75 per cent in some boroughs. Foreign-born mothers have an average of 2.54 children, compared with 1.79 for women born in the UK.

A record number of immigrants settled in the UK in the year to June 2007, topping 600,000 for the first time and helping push Britain's population to a new high of 60,975,000, a rise of almost two million in six years.

On average 1,650 newcomers are settling here every day. There are currently 6.3 million people in the UK who were born abroad – more than 10 per cent of the population and 1.1 million more than in 2004.

The pressure on maternity services has been acute and some wards have been forced to turn away expectant mothers because they cannot cope.

Louise Silverton, deputy general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "This is piling more pressure on overworked midwives and pushing maternity services – already operating at full capacity – beyond their limit.

"The effects of this on the quality of service for women and babies are obvious. ...

A recent investigation found the cost of providing maternity services for immigrants has more than doubled in only a decade to £350 million a year. ...

Labour MP Frank Field, co-chairman of the cross-party group on balanced migration, also called on the Government to address worries about immigration.

"Eighty per cent of the public want to see a substantial reduction in immigration but the Government refuses to address the issue. No wonder people feel the Government is riding roughshod over their wishes," he said.
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More Eastern European migrants go home
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2009

The recession is stemming the largest ever flow of immigrants, but hundreds still arrive in Britain each day.

Record numbers of Eastern Europeans returned home last year, official figures show, leading to claims that the downturn is making Britain less attractive.

However, there was a net inflow of 44,000 migrants from the former Eastern Bloc countries. The number of migrants returning to the so-called A8 countries, which joined the EU in 2004, more than doubled last year to a provisional 56,000 in the 12 months to September.

This compared to 25,000 the previous year, the Office for National Statistics said. It added that rising emigration of Eastern Europeans was the main reason for a fall in overall net migration to 147,000 last year.

However, around 100,000 migrants arrive from those countries each year. Thus, the net inflow remains, even if it is starting to reduce.
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Four terror suspects won university places through bogus Manchester college
Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 21 May 2009

Four terrorism suspects were given places at English universities after leaving the bogus Manchester College of Professional Studies.

John Moores University, Liverpool, and Liverpool Hope University confirmed yesterday that each had accepted two of the detainees and that all four students submitted diplomas from the fake college as part of their application. Both universities insisted that they had disregarded the Manchester certificates, accepting the men instead on the basis of their university degrees from Pakistan. ...

The Home Office says that in Pakistan, which it classifies as "high risk", additional checks are made on applicants to seek independent verification of prospective students' qualifications. As a result, the refusal rate for student visa applications from Pakistan has risen from 53 per cent in 2006 to 69 per cent last year. Despite this, the number of Pakistani citizens in the UK on student visas has soared.

A critical flaw in the new regulations, however, means that there is still no limit on how many international students a sponsor college is allowed to enrol. It may have become more difficult to beat the system, but it is not impossible.
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Sham colleges open doors to Pakistani terror suspects
Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 21 May 2009

Thousands of young Pakistanis exploited a hole in Britain's immigration defences to enrol as students at a network of sham colleges, The Times can reveal.

The gateway, opened by fraudsters who have earned millions from the scam, has allowed in hundreds of men from a region of Pakistan that is the militant heartland of al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taleban.

Eight of the terror suspects arrested last month in Manchester and Liverpool were on the books of one college. It had three small classrooms and three teachers for the 1,797 students on its books. Another college claimed to have 150 students but secretly enrolled 1,178 and offered places to a further 1,575 overseas applicants, 906 of them in Pakistan. ...

The Times has uncovered close ties between 11 colleges in London, Manchester and Bradford, all formed in the past five years and controlled by three young Pakistani businessmen.

Each of the three men entered the country on a student visa. One has fled to Pakistan after earning an estimated £6 million from the scam. Fayaz Ali Khan and another man are in the UK.

All but two of the ten students arrested last month over an alleged al-Qaeda bomb plot were enrolled over an 11-month period at Manchester College of Professional Studies. Two Liverpool universities admitted last night that they had given places to four of them, ...

The massive fraud has fuelled a surge in student arrivals from Pakistan, which the Prime Minister has identified as the birthplace of two thirds of terrorist plots in the UK. Between 2002 and 2007, the number of Pakistani nationals with permission to enter or remain in the UK as students jumped from 7,975 to 26,935.
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Former pub became the centre of a web of bogus colleges
Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 21 May 2009

Among the fast-food shops, Haj travel agents, halal butchers, curry houses and money-exchange outlets is a former pub, reborn in 2006 as Manchester College of Professional Studies.

Here, two young men from a town in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan – in Britain on student visas – started a scam that would earn them a small fortune.

The Times has evidence that in 15 months from October 2006 they enrolled 1,143 foreign students, most Pakistanis, and sold bogus college qualifications to enable another 654 to extend their stay in the UK. ...

Most students, however, had no intention of entering a classroom. They were in the UK to earn as much as possible for as long as possible. ...

... For the vast majority of students, the documents were a charade. The college was a front that provided cover for students to do whatever they wanted in Britain.

Most came from Pakistan, but hundreds were also admitted from Nigeria and other countries in Africa, South Asia and the Far East. ...

Manchester College of Professional Studies was also affiliated with Blackpool University, again based in Dublin, established "under the order of the King of Belgium" and licensed by the Accreditation Council of Higher Education (ACHE).

All of which might sound impressive until one learns that ACHE is based in Wallis and Futuna, an island group in the South Pacific.

Finally, the college also posed as a study centre for the University of Newcastle, which is really the online University of New Castle, incorporated "in the sate (sic) of Delaware" and, like Blackpool University, accredited by a group of South Pacific islands.

Mr Fayaz and his friends could run their scams for so long because the UK's system for controlling and monitoring international students was – until last month – lamentable. He was able to open a college and gain a place on the Government's register of educational providers by completing an online application. No one checked his background, no one came – at the outset – to inspect his premises and no one sought to discover whether the teachers he said he was employing had the qualifications claimed.

Advance notice was given of the periodic Home Office visits made after the college opened, so there was always time to make sure associates and employees were sitting studiously in a classroom when an inspector arrived. Astonishingly, there was not even a system for limiting or monitoring how many students a college enrolled. ...

One bad apple would have been one too many, but The Times has uncovered a tangled web linking 11 international colleges formed during the past five years, in Manchester, Bradford, London and Essex.

A few barely existed beyond their registered office address, others had impressive internet sites and some even gave lessons to a minority of the students they enrolled. ...
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How disease-carrying foreigners endanger U.S.
Erik Rush
WorldNetDaily, 21 May 2009

In September of 1992, an Associated Press article entitled "On The Trail of Tapeworm" appeared in newspapers across America. It chronicled numerous occurrences of infections of Taenia solium, or the pork tapeworm, amongst members of orthodox Jewish communities in New York City. The syndrome given rise by the infection, called cysticercosis, is marked by brain lesions, seizures and other neurological manifestations, and ultimately death. The disorder is treatable but, unfortunately, extremely difficult to diagnose. The aforementioned brain lesions are caused by the tapeworm larvae themselves, which anchor themselves to blood vessels within the brain.

One of the questions that arose when the Centers for Disease Control finally became involved was this: How would such a parasite, which is contracted through the ingestion of improperly cooked, infected pork, insinuate itself into a population of individuals who are prohibited from eating pork?

Fortunately, when Dr. Peter Schantz, an authority on parasitic diseases at the CDC, got wind of this, he was able to relate his recent experience to the "mystery symptoms" that New York City health care experts had been unable to resolve. Some time earlier, Schantz had been involved in the initial diagnosis of an 18-year-old man in the western United States –also an orthodox Jew – with cysticercosis.

In the case of this young man, as well as all of the subsequent cases with which Schantz and others became familiar, the infections were traced to workers from Mexico and Central America that the orthodox Jewish families had employed. These had apparently become infected in their home countries – where standards of meat inspection and preparation fall below that of the U.S. – and passed the parasite on to the host families after using the toilet and failing to wash their hands.

One would think that after the first occurrence or two, the protocol for admitting these workers into the U.S. – assuming they weren't illegal to start with – would have been modified to include the blood test for the tapeworm antigen (which detects cysticercosis infection). ...

It never happened. One might also think that a media firestorm would have ensued over foreign workers infecting Americans with brain worms via their own feces. That didn't happen either. Between government negligence, a squeamish press and the tendency of these workers toward transience, the infections spread, Dr. Schantz later explained, across the U.S., all the way to the East Coast. ...

In my 2007 book, "Annexing Mexico: Solving the Border Problem Through Annexation and Assimilation," I covered in-depth the emerging dilemma as regards illegal and poorly screened immigrants routinely carrying diseases – some of them life-threatening – into the U.S.

Some of these, such as Dengue fever, are truly horrific. ...

None of this is widely discussed in the establishment press, however, nor is it considered a major issue in predominant political circles. Why? Political correctness. As with the profiling of people from the Middle East as terrorists, our politically correct government and press eschew tying a particular ethnic group to anything unpleasant, even if members of that group happen to have a manifest concern in the unpleasantness at hand.
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Cut immigration by 80 per cent, say Britons
Daily Telegraph, 20 May 2009

Seven out of 10 Britons want immigration to be cut by 80 per cent, to less than 50,000 people a year, according to a poll for the Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration. ...

The annual level of immigration stands at 237,000 people.
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Life in Europe 'is prize for pirates'
Daily Telegraph, 20 May 2009

Somali pirates may be allowing themselves to be captured to take advantage of European asylum laws, Dutch legal experts say.

Five pirates captured in January after attacking the Samanyulo, a Dutch-flagged cargo ship, have gone on trial in Holland. At least two want to remain as residents after serving their sentences.
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Stop-and-search cuts knife crime
Daily Telegraph, 19 May 2009

Serious knife crime and teenage killings in London dropped significantly after police almost doubled the number of stop and search operations.

The Metropolitan Police said that violence with knives was down by a third and the number of teenage murders had almost halved compared with last year.

Officers have searched 24,000 young people every month and arrested 10,266 people, 90 per cent of whom were charged.
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Survey delves into high birth rate for young Latinas
Moni Basu
Cable News Network, 19 May 2009

... according to a wide-ranging survey released Tuesday by experts on the Hispanic community in the United States. ...

The survey attempts to examine some of the reasons ... and why Latinas now have the highest teen birth rate among all ethnic and racial groups in the United States. ...

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 53 percent of Latinas get pregnant in their teens, about twice the national average.

After a period of decline, the birth rate for U.S. teenagers 15 to 19 years rose in 2007 by about 1 percent, to 42.5 births per 1,000, according to preliminary data in a March 2009 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

In 2007, the birth rate among non-Hispanic whites ages 15 to 19 was 27.2 per 1,000, and 64.3 per 1,000 for non-Hispanic black teens in the same age range. The teen birth rate among Hispanic teens ages 15 to 19 was 81.7 per 1,000. ...

... The nation's 45 million Latinos constitute the largest minority group in the United States with a growth rate twice that of the general population.

That means by 2025, one-quarter of all American teens will be Latinos.
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Face facts on frisks
Heather Mac Donald
New York Post, 19 May 2009

The New York Civil Liberties Union last week lodged another "racial-profiling" complaint about the NYPD, pointing to statistics for the first three months of 2009: 52 percent of all people stopped for questioning by the police were black, whereas 9 percent were white.

It would be illuminating if the NYCLU suggested what the proper percentage of stops should be for the various racial and ethnic groups. Doing so might force it to acknowledge the following facts about crime in New York: Blacks commit about 68 percent of all violent crime in the city, according to police records, though they are just 24 percent of the city's population.

That crime number comes from victims and witnesses when they report attacks to the police. According to data from victims and witnesses, blacks commit about 82 percent of all shootings and 72 percent of all robberies. Whites commit about 5 percent of all violent crimes, though they make up 35 percent of the city's population, and commit 1 percent of shootings and about 4 percent of robberies.

Now, given these crime rates, whom exactly does the NYCLU think the NYPD should be stopping? Police enforcement activity can reflect criminal behavior or population ratios – not both.

If stop-and-frisks mirrored the city's racial, rather than crime, demographics, as the NYCLU seems to think they should, the police would be ignoring where crime is actually occurring and who its victims and perpetrators are. Recall that victims and witnesses report in 1 percent of all shootings in the city that the perpetrator was white. ...

The same proportion of stops of blacks and whites – 12 percent – results in a summons or an arrest, suggesting that the police use the same behavioral factors in deciding whom to stop. ...

Just because a stop doesn't yield evidence of a crime, however, doesn't mean that it was unjustified. A high percentage of stops are made because the suspect appeared to be casing a victim or property or acting as a lookout. The officer's surmise may well have been correct, and the stop effective in breaking up criminal activity, without the stop producing grounds for arrest. Even if the subject is innocent, his actions and their context could have properly raised the officer's suspicions. ...

Here's a suggestion for the NYCLU: If you want to lower the rate of police activity in black neighborhoods, put some effort into lowering the crime rate. Attacking the police for fighting crime is a dangerous distraction.
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Growth in shanty towns increases risk of 'megadisasters', says UN
Daily Telegraph, 18 May 2009

The rampant growth of urban slums around the world and weather extremes linked to climate change have sharply increased the risks from "megadisasters" such as devastating floods and cyclones, according to a United Nations report. ...

At least 900 million people lived in shanty towns and other makeshift settlements in cities vulnerable to cyclones, flooding or earthquakes, the report said, and those populations were growing by 25 million a year.
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Do we need more people in Europe? [part 1]
David Goodhart
The Observer, 17 May 2009
[Book review: Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West by Christopher Caldwell, pp376, Allen Lane, £14.99]

Mass immigration into Europe in the past 50 years has profoundly changed the continent and is likely to change it even more over the next half century. Yet it is a subject so immersed in fear and wishful thinking that it often seems we still don't have a proper language in which to discuss it.

It is partly for this reason that Christopher Caldwell's new book, with the melodramatic title Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, will seem rather shocking to some readers of this newspaper. For he asks some unusually direct questions: can you have the same Europe with different people? Why did mass immigration happen when so few people actually wanted it? Immigrants want a better life but how many of them want a European life? Why is minority ethnic pride a virtue and European nationalism a sickness? Is political correctness just fear masquerading as tolerance?

As you can tell from those questions, the book is a sustained attack on the well-meaning liberalism that is still the dominant note in official immigration debates. Yet although Caldwell, a conservative American, believes that European immigration has not been a success, at least for the host societies, he is not anti-immigrant and says that he is a great supporter of the American melting pot. The book, or most of it, is written with the bemused but decent "native" European in mind.

Even if you disagree with his premises, Caldwell is worth persevering with because he is a bracing, clear-eyed analyst of European pieties. And that is partly because, as an American, he knows that mass immigration is not only compatible with a strong, confident, patriotic society, but may even require it. He can see Europe from the outside and has a genuinely pan-European view of the immigration issue, something rarely encountered in domestic commentary.

Caldwell cuts to shreds the conventional wisdom of the "immigrationist" ideology - the view that mass immigration is inevitable and in any case a necessary injection of youth into our ageing continent. He shows, contrary to the immigrationists, that the flows of recent decades are unprecedented. He also demolishes the economic and welfare-state arguments for mass immigration and points out that in most countries there was no desperate need for extra workers in the 1950s - in Britain's case, Ireland still provided a reserve army of labour. One of the most startling figures in the book is that the number of foreign residents in Germany rose from 3 million to 7.5 million between 1971 and 2000 but the number of employed foreigners stayed the same at 2 million. ...

Caldwell reverses the conventional argument, which says that if immigration has been a relative failure it is because the host society has been too hostile and unaccommodating. On the contrary, he argues, it is because most of the host societies were too weak and insecure to make newcomers an offer that was sufficiently confident to secure their loyalty and integration. Most European countries, constrained by liberal universalism and the immigrationism ideology, were simply too laissez-faire towards migrants. For the first time in modern history, European societies were set up to allow a big group of citizens to lead their lives as if in a foreign culture.
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Do we need more people in Europe? [part 2]
David Goodhart
The Observer, 17 May 2009
[Book review: Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West by Christopher Caldwell, pp376, Allen Lane, £14.99]

Caldwell somewhat overstates the case - surely the failures of European immigration can be attributed to both the hostility of the masses and the insecurity of the elites. But then he is not seeking to be balanced and reasonable. This is a declamatory, polemical work and no more so than in its treatment of Islam. In fact, the book is really two essays - one an insightful probing of Europe's confusion about postwar immigration; the other a rather cartoonish polemic about the potential Islamic takeover of Europe.

There obviously have been, and are, particular problems associated with the arrival into an increasingly secular and liberal Europe of large numbers of Muslims with a strong, often illiberal religious world-view. But Caldwell here abandons his clear-eyed reporting in favour of recycling a mild version of the neoconservative "Eurabia" thesis, which sees a decadent, irreligious Europe overrun by militant Islam.

He provocatively points out that there were fewer Bolsheviks in Russia in 1917 than there are Islamists in today's Europe. He also invites us to imagine that at the height of the cold war, Europe had received a mass inflow of immigrants from communist countries who were ambivalent about which side they supported. Again, it is fine to square up to the issue of Muslim commitment to national citizenship (one-third of British Muslims say they place their commitment to fellow Muslims before Britain) but to equate the war on terror with the cold war is outlandish. ...

Moreover, Caldwell is far too sanguine about the US experience with race and immigration and does not seem aware that the idea of the "melting pot" has been under sustained attack in the US for decades. He is also too pessimistic about the UK and ignores, for example, the great success of Indians and Africans in climbing the professional ladder. And he is too ready to take official Jewish accounts of the return of anti-semitism at face value.

And yet, compared with most literature on migration, so often dull and cliché-ridden, this book pulsates with ideas: how the immigrationists cannot, logically, have both integration and their beloved diversity; how it was easier for migrants to integrate into factory economies than the more intimate service economies of today; how migrant disappointment can increase the less racist a country becomes as failure becomes more humiliating. ...
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Exclusive: EU'S £14bn vain bid to halt migrants
Ted Jeory
Sunday Express, 17 May 2009

Vast amounts of taxpayers' money has been squandered on a "disastrous" scheme to stem the flow of illegal migrants into Europe.

More than £14 billion – of which Britain's share is an estimated £1.4 billion – has gone on a French-inspired project called the Barcelona Process.

But much of the cash has ended up in the pockets of north African officials who fail to prevent mass migration.

Yet despite the enormous sums involved, the European Union has not once published a detailed breakdown of spending on the venture and produced just one high-level audit of the project's total spending in 14 years.

Incredibly, EU leaders are set to sanction another £550 million on a similar project in eastern Europe.

The Barcelona Process is an alliance between the 27-member EU and 16 countries from the southern Mediterranean and Middle East.

Its main aim has been to combat illegal immigration from north Africa to southern EU members such as Spain, Italy and Portugal.

But more than 100,000 migrants a year are still estimated to enter Europe illegally via the Mediterranean, a fifth of the total.

Leading Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash said: "The process has been disastrous. It does us no good to raise the volume of expenditure in the vain belief it will curtail illegal immigration. It doesn't work like that. The money just disappears into rivers of slush funds and hopeless corruption."

Labour MP Michael Connarty, who chairs the European Scrutiny Committee, said: "If we create a stable buffer between north Africa and Europe it will be money well spent, but we've made no progress."

An EU spokeswoman claimed the Barcelona Process fostered "cohesion and co-operation".
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Mass exodus from UK
Catherine Deshayes
TheMoveChannel, 15 May 2009

New research has found that a whopping 11 million Brits are thinking of taking a job overseas within the next two years - a significant dent in the population - and a fifth of those would choose a new life down under...

Britain is experiencing the greatest exodus of its own nationals in recent history while immigration is at unprecedented levels, new figures show.

In 2007, 207,000 British citizens - one every three minutes - left the country and currency specialist Foreign Currency Direct has revealed that one in four working Brits are now looking to leave the country for sunnier climes and better job opportunities.

More British live abroad than any other nationality and the levels of emigration are now the same as those seen in the late-1950s when the £10 Poms left for Australia.

An increase in tax levelled at high wage earners coupled with rising UK unemployment is thought to be partly behind the mass exodus. ...

With the number of unemployed in Birmingham higher than in any other major UK city, people living in the Midlands are subsequently the most likely to look for a job overseas - 17 per cent of them ...
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Racism in Canada. Darker the skin, less you fit
Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Toronto Star, 14 May 2009

Crunching thousands of numbers from 41,666 people interviewed in nine languages, the just-published study found skin colour – not religion, not income – was the biggest barrier to immigrants feeling they belonged here. And the darker the skin, the greater the alienation.

"We were surprised that religion didn't have more effect," said lead author Jeffrey Reitz. "It came down to race, with Asian people reporting some and with young black males the most stigmatized. The data is consistent with that.

"We tend to believe racism is a minor problem in Canada, of little consequence. Someone looked at them funny. Or that many immigrants are doing well, so it must be their fault if they aren't. There is a reluctance to investigate the issue."

The University of Toronto professor of ethnic, immigration and pluralism studies added that a lack of trust was also higher among the successful, Canadian-born, Canadian-educated children of visible minority immigrants.

The problem isn't multiculturalism, spawned in 1971 by then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, the study concluded. ...

The study found:

The more discrimination someone faced, the more they were likely to identify with their ethnic group, rather than as Canadian.

Visible minorities identified themselves much more strongly by their ethnic origin through the second, third and fourth generations.

While 65 per cent of recent black immigrants, 70 per cent of South Asians and 52 per cent of Chinese felt they belonged in Canada, those numbers dropped to 37 per cent, 50 per cent and 44 per cent in the second generation.

A third of Chinese, South Asians, Filipino and Southeast Asians reported discrimination; half of blacks did and 40 per cent of Koreans and Japanese did. ...

Discrimination was most common in applying for jobs and at work; a store, bank or restaurant were the next most frequent.

"We need to address these feelings of isolation," said Reitz.

"Among minorities born in Canada, blacks have the lowest sense of belonging, the lowest level of trust in others and the weakest sense of Canadian identity. They are the least likely to vote," Reitz and Ryerson University assistant professor Rupa Banerjee wrote in the book Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion. "Among recent immigrants, blacks have high levels of volunteers but among the second generation this has disappeared."

Should we worry?

Reitz pointed out that the first wave of migration of blacks from the south in the United States were embraced for their culture and differences in the north, creating places such as the prosperous, dynamic Harlem in New York City.

A few generations later, Harlem was a ghetto that exploded into race riots.

"I'm not saying that is going to happen here. But we have indications of social problems in communities. There is the perception of a crime problem. Some children of immigrants have high dropout rates. We ought to be asking why."

The study used data from Statistics Canada's 2002 Ethnic Diversity Survey.
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Census: U.S. becoming more diverse
Les Christie
CNN Money, 14 May 2009

The nation is becoming even more diverse: More than one third of its population belongs to a minority group, and Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday that the minority population reached an estimated 104.6 million - or 34% of the nation's total population - on July 1, 2008, compared to 31% when the Census was taken in 2000. Nearly one in six residents, or 46.9 million people, are Hispanic, the agency reported.

Even more telling for the future: 44% of children under age 18 and 47% of children under the age of five are now from minority families.

The quickly expanding Latino population is having a healthy impact on the economy, according to Ken Gronbach, author of "The Age Curve: How to Profit from the Growing Demographic Trend."

"Latinos have saved our country," he said. "They represent 14% of the population but 25% of the live births. The United States is the only western industrialized nation with a fertility rate above the 2.2% replacement rate."

Growth of other minority groups is also outpacing that of the majority population. Asians, the second-fastest growing group, increased 2.7% year-over-year to 15.5 million. The African-American population rose 1.3% to 41.1 million.

Minority births, combined with high immigration levels, kept the nation's population growing dynamically, spurring the economy by adding to consumer demand.

They will also help to prop up the real-estate market once the economy begins to recover, according to Rakesh Kochhar, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center. During the housing boom, minorities closed much of the homeownership gap, although the bust has worked to widen that again. ...

The most Latino county in the nation was Los Angeles, with 4.7 million people. Latinos accounted for nearly half the population there and increased 67,000 during the 12 months ended July 1, the most of any county. ...

California leads all states in the number of Latinos, with a population of 13.5 million, an increase of 313,000 in just one year. New Mexico, appropriately, has the highest percentage of Latinos: 45%.

New York State has the greatest number of African-Americans - 3.5 million - while the District of Columbia and Mississippi have the highest percentages, at 56% and 38% respectively. ...

More than 5 million Asians live in California, more than in any other state; Hawaii has the highest percentage of Asians at 54%. It's the only majority-Asian state in the nation.
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Illegal immigrants flood in via Greece
Daily Express, 14 May 2009

Standing on Europe's south-eastern frontier, Greece has become a vital stepping stone on the illegal immigration route to Britain.

Every year more than 100,000 migrants from Asia, the Middle East and Africa flood on to the nation's sprawling coastline and network of islands via Turkey.

Many head for the port of Patras where they stowaway on trucks crossing the Adriatic to Italy, then head on to Calais in France.

There are an estimated 4,000 migrants in the port at any one time, with thousands living in a shanty town, similar to the notorious "Jungle" camp in Calais.

Fights flare up regularly between rival gangs and smuggling rings. Earlier this year, the tensions exploded into a running battle between Somalis and Afghans through the fashionable pedestrian district near the quays.

Thousands more migrants are in Athens and Thessalonica.
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84% Say English Should Be America's Official Language
Rasmussen Reports, 14 May 2009

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Americans say English should be the official language of the United States. Only nine percent (9%) disagree, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seven percent (7%) are not sure. ...

Eighty-one percent (81%) say a U.S. company should be allowed to require employees to speak English on the job, ... Thirteen percent (13%) disagree. Eighty-two percent (82%) also reject the idea that requiring people to speak English is a form of racism or bigotry, ... Just 10% think such a requirement is racist or bigoted.

Support for making English the nation's official language is strong across partisan lines. The concept is supported by 96% of Republicans, 74% of Democrats and 85% of adults not affiliated with either major party. ...

Eighty percent (80%) of U.S. voters believe those who move to America should adopt American culture.
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Fewer colleges for foreign students
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2009

The number of colleges accepting foreign students has been cut by more than 13,000 after the introduction of new rules earlier this year.

Each college applying for a licence was visited by an official from the UK Border Agency as part of a drive to root out fake institutions. There were fears that many colleges were fronts for illegal immigration.

The list of colleges sponsoring student visas has fallen from 15,000 to 1,500.
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Cravendale milk ads cleared of racism
Mark Sweney
The Guardian, 13 May 2009

A TV campaign for Cravendale milk that was accused of racism for showing a black-and-white cow stripped of its dark spots to make it "pure" has been cleared of breaching the advertising code. ...

The Advertising Standards Authority received 10 complaints that the ad was offensive and could be interpreted as racist. ...

TV ad clearance body Clearcast said that the other characters in the ad, all traditional toy figurines, did not "demonstrate any behaviour towards the bull that was discriminatory". In addition the characters "did their best to accommodate him and were driven to take action based on his demands rather than on his skin colour".

In its ruling the ASA said that viewers were likely to understand that the black-and-white bulls in the ads were intended as a metaphor for milk and were "unlikely to interpret the visual representations of the purification process as being racist".

The watchdog concluded that the ads were unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence and did not find them in breach of the advertising code.
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We got it wrong over migrants, says Woolas
Alison Little
Daily Express, 13 May 2009

Labour's open-door EU immigration policy was wrong and led to "significant" pressure on public services, Phil Woolas admitted yesterday.

In a frank confession, the Immigration Minister said the Government had failed to predict the scale of new arrivals after the EU expanded in 2004.

But he tried to blame the mistake on other countries – saying Britain was targeted because other nations imposed restrictions on newcomers.

More than a million migrants have arrived in the UK since Britain gave citizens from the "A8 accession" nations – of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia – full rights to travel and work here. Only Ireland and Sweden had the same policy.

Other EU countries restricted working rights for a transition period to stave off sudden immigration bursts. However, Britain tried to show it had learned from its mistake when Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007 by imposing tighter restrictions on those countries' nationals.

Mr Woolas yesterday acknowledged the Government's past mistakes. He told a debate in London: "The lesson from the A8 accession is that the disruptive effects we got wrong, we didn't predict that properly.

"And the reason why we got it wrong was because we didn't reckon on the decisions of other European countries.

"We based our assumptions, or the London School of Economics based their assumptions, on the idea of a level playing market and of course it turned out not to be.

"And that turned out to have a very significant impact, and is still having a significant impact, on our public services."

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch think-tank, told the event that even his own organisation's predictions of how many eastern Europeans would come here had been too low.

"There was a major miscalculation made, as the minister recognised," said Sir Andrew.

"At the time they said 5,000 to 13,000 a year. We said that estimate was worthless, that 40,000 would be a cautious estimate. We were wrong, it was three times that. The Government was 10 times wrong."
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Muslim to run BBC's religious shows
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2009

A controversial Muslim programme maker has been appointed head of religious broadcasting at the BBC.

Aaqil Ahmed will move to the corporation from Channel 4, where he upset Roman Catholic priests by commissioning documentaries that appeared to contain a pro-Islam bias.

His appointment will also raise fears at the Church of England, which has expressed its concerns over the BBC's treatment of religion and warned that it must not ignore its Christian audience. ... ...

The Rev David Phillips, general secretary of the Church Society, said: "We have felt for a long time that the BBC has been antagonistic to Christianity and this certainly doesn't look like a very encouraging appointment from our perspective."
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Foreign students 'use fake results'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2009

Foreign students are being admitted to British universities with bogus qualifications, the higher education watchdog has been told.

Lecturers said they uncovered evidence of students getting places on the basis of "forged or false" certificates.

Some claimed their suspicions were only aroused when undergraduates and postgraduates from overseas struggled to cope with course demands.

When challenged by university officials, many students implicated "agents" peddling bogus qualifications in their home countries.

The disclosure is made in a report by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, which vets standards at British universities.
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Crime is costing us £3,000 a year each
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2009

Crime costs every household £3,000 a year, with worse to come during the recession, a study has found.

A decade of unprecedented spending on law enforcement has failed to stop Britain having one of the highest crime rates in Europe, according to Policy Exchange, a centre-Right think tank.

It is estimated that, since 2005, an additional 100,000 children a year have been punished for new crimes, with robberies, drug offences and criminal damage among youngsters all rising sharply. ...

The report, Less Crime, Lower Cost, estimates that crime costs Britain more than £78 billion a year, ... ...

In the past decade, the number of children appearing in court for robbery alone has increased by 76 per cent.
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Italy does not want to become 'multi-ethnic' says Silvio Berlusconi
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2009

Previous Left-wing governments had "opened the doors to clandestine migrants coming from other countries, with an idea of a multi-ethnic Italy," Mr Berlusconi said.

But that kind of society was "not our idea", he added, as he sought to reassure Italians who were alarmed at the number of immigrants pouring into the country, particularly from eastern Europe and Africa.

The prime minister's vision of Italy was condemned by the centre-Left opposition. "Yes, Mr Premier, we have a different idea of Italy: multi-ethnic, pluralistic, free," said Giovanna Melandri, of the Democratic Party.

"A country in which the colour of your skin, or race or religion doesn't matter, but, rather, honesty and sincerity of heart do." Since launching a tough new policy on boat people last week, Italy has turned back six boats carrying a total of 1,500 immigrants and asylum seekers which were trying to reach the country's southernmost outpost, the island of Lampedusa.

The vessels were escorted back to Libya, the most popular jumping off point for clandestine immigrants, by the Italian coast guard and navy.

The boat people, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and the Horn of Africa, trek across the Sahara and pay people smugglers thousands of pounds in the hope of securing a new life in Europe.

In the past, Italy would accept the immigrants and take them to the mainland for processing and identification before deciding whether to grant them asylum or some other form of protection.

The new approach was condemned by the UN's refugee agency, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Vatican and Italian opposition MPs, who called it "a disgrace".

Mr Berlusconi, 72, dismissed the criticism, saying that from now on only those who met conditions for political asylum and set foot on Italian soil would be allowed into the country.

"I see no scandal," he said. "It's clear that in the sea we will lend assistance" to boat people. When migrants were rescued in international waters, Italy had the right not to take them in, he said.
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Naturalized citizens are poised to reshape California's political landscape
Teresa Watanabe
Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2009

More than 1 million immigrants became U.S. citizens last year, the largest surge in history, hastening the ethnic transformation of California's political landscape with more Latinos and Asians now eligible to vote.

Leading the wave, California's 300,000 new citizens accounted for nearly one-third of the nation's total and represented a near-doubling over 2006, according to a recent report by the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics. Florida recorded the second-largest group of new citizens, and Texas claimed the fastest growth.

Mexicans, who have traditionally registered low rates of naturalization, represented the largest group, with nearly one-fourth of the total. They were followed by Indians, Filipinos, Chinese, Cubans and Vietnamese.

The new citizens are reshaping California's electorate and are likely to reorder the state's policy priorities, some political analysts predict. Several polls show that Latinos and Asians are more supportive than whites of public investments and broad services, even if they require higher taxes.

Most Latinos, for instance, support all five budget propositions on the May ballot while most whites oppose them, according to recent polls by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. ...

Nationally, nonwhite voters overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, while most whites voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a recent study by the Pew Research Center showed. And there were more nonwhite voters last year – Latino registered voters increased by 3 million compared with 2004, said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Southwest Voting Registration Education Project in Los Angeles.
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Coming soon to your tap - recycled sewage
Danny Fortson
The Sunday Times, 10 May 2009

Would you like to drink water that has been extracted from the flushings of your toilet? It's a prospect few would relish. Yet for Londoners it could become reality under a radical scheme being developed to top up the capital's water supplies.

The idea is one of several being considered by Thames Water in its desperate effort to address the dual threats of a rising population and decreasing rain because of climate change. Today nearly all the 2.8 billion litres of effluent produced each day by the capital's toilets, dishwashers and showers is treated and then released out to sea. Thames wants to capture some of that and pump it straight back into the system. It has quietly built a pilot plant in north London to test the technology that would make it possible.

Cringe if you like, but experts say drinking processed sewage will be a fact of life as growing populations place more stress on our reservoirs and rivers. Today only 2% of waste water globally is reused. ...

Aylard said the idea remains a "contingency option" and would only be resorted to in extreme circumstances, such as a severe drought or a sudden surge in population. He doesn't expect the company to have to resort to sewage reuse for at least two decades.
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Migrant warns Africans off 'misery' Europe
Matthew Campbell
The Sunday Times, 10 May 2009

An African in Paris is appealing to his countrymen to stay at home rather than risk their lives attempting to break into "fortress Europe", where, he says, they will be miserable.

Omar Ba, from Senegal, in west Africa, says Europe is not the promised land imagined by Africans; instead it is almost impossible to find a job or somewhere to live and people are unfriendly to foreigners.

"I came in search of happiness," said Ba, 28, in a cafe in Paris last week. "I found solitude and depression."

He is luckier than most because his book I Came, I Saw, I Believe No More has turned the child of impoverished smoked-fish sellers into a minor celebrity and has put a human face on the plight of African "boat people".

Ba, who grew up in a former leper colony, blames bad government in Africa rather than Europe's immigration policies for the tragic deaths at sea of thousands of would-be immigrants in recent years. "If Africa provided just a minimum for its people, do you think so many would leave?" he said.

They are lured to Europe by hopes of prosperity drummed into them from an early age by a society reliant on remittances from overseas workers. Yet Ba soon discovered Europe was not the paradise that his family and teachers had promised.

The only white people he had encountered before reaching Europe in 2001 on an overloaded canoe were tourists on Senegal's beaches. "They were joyful and seemed to spend money without counting," he writes. "They inspired me with envy and fascination."

He was shocked to discover that some Europeans were homeless, poor and sick. Worst of all, they did not want to know him, particularly the attractive young women he had dreamt of meeting. "People avoided me," writes Ba, who managed to enrol as a sociology student at the University of Saint-Etienne. "I made beautiful girls flee; to think that when I arrived I fantasised about having an affair with some ravishing blonde who would give me mixed-race children."

If Europe is difficult for the natives, it is much tougher for immigrants, he writes. ... ...

African immigrants prefer to perpetuate the myth about the good life, even if it means incurring debt to send money home to relatives who treat them as cash cows. "It is a matter of honour," writes Ba. "We do not want to admit failure. The family would not accept it." ...

In the Canary Islands he told the authorities nothing, following the instructions of the trafficker who had organised his boat ride. "If they don't know which country you come from, it is impossible for them to send you home," he explains.

After two months in a "retention centre", he was put on a flight to Barcelona. From there he hitched a lift to France in a refrigerated lorry and almost froze to death. He is no longer an illegal: after being expelled from France in 2002, he returned on a student visa. ...
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English is not the mother tongue of 900,000 pupils
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2009

A record 900,000 schoolchildren do not speak English as a first language, according to latest figures.

More than one in seven pupils in primary schools speaks another language at home, double the rate of a decade ago.

In secondary schools, numbers exceed one in 10. ...

According to figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, 862,860 pupils in the state system spoke English as a second language in January this year.

In primaries, they accounted for 15.2 per cent of under-11s, compared with 14.3 per cent in 2008. In English secondary schools, 11.1 per cent of pupils spoke another language at home, against 10.6 per cent a year earlier. ...

Jim Knight, the Schools Minister, said the amount of money spent on pupils with weak English was increasing to £206 million by 2010.
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Officers stripped of stop and search terror powers over fears of angering Muslims
Daily Mail, 8 May 2009

Scotland Yard is scaling down its use of controversial powers which allow officers to stop and search people without reasonable grounds for suspicion.

Stung by criticism that the practice has alienated ethnic minorities, the Metropolitan Police is changing its policy on when Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 can be employed.

In future its use will be restricted to policing 'iconic' or strategically important sites, such as Buckingham Palace and Parliament, and to specific operations.

In other cases officers will be told to use Section 43 of the Act, which requires them to have reasonable suspicion that the person they are stopping is a terrorist.

The Met increased its use of the Section 44 powers following the car bomb attacks on a nightclub in Haymarket, Central London, and Glasgow Airport in June 2007.

Since October of that year the force has carried out 154,293 stop and searches.

But Government figures released last week showed that black and Asian people were targeted disproportionately.

Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who took over as the force's anti-terror chief last month, highlighted the concerns in a recent report to the Met Police Authority.

He wrote: 'The power is seen as controversial and has the potential to have a negative impact, particularly on minority communities.'
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Obama reverses stance on immigration
Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times, 8 May 2009

On the thorniest of political issues, President Obama has embraced the enforcement-first position on immigration that he criticized during last year's presidential campaign, and he now says he can't move forward with the type of comprehensive bill he wants until voters are convinced that the borders can be enforced.

Having already backed off his pledge to have an immigration bill this year, Mr. Obama boosted his commitment to enforcement in the budget released Thursday. The spending blueprint calls for extra money to build an employee-verification system and to pay for more personnel and equipment to patrol the border.

This security-first stance is not unlike that of President George W. Bush, Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, who said their immigration bill failed in 2007 because voters didn't trust the government to be serious about enforcement.

"If the American people don't feel like you can secure the borders," Mr. Obama said at his press conference last week, "then it's hard to strike a deal that would get people out of the shadows and on a pathway to citizenship who are already here, because the attitude of the average American is going to be, 'Well, you're just going to have hundreds of thousands of more coming in each year.' " ...

"I don't think Barack Obama understands the immigration issue. I don't know that he has spoken about it in any depth during his entire political career," said Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the top Republican on the House Judiciary subcommittee that handles immigration. "I think he's finding his position, and I think that's why we're getting these moving positions." ...

"It looks to me that Obama has a clear instinct to lurch as hard to the left as possible, but I think he also recognizes now there are some real limitations to what you can do because you've still got to get 60 votes in the Senate," Mr. King said.

Last summer, as a candidate, Mr. Obama said stepped-up enforcement had to be coupled with rewriting immigration rules and giving both instant legal status and an eventual path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants who are willing to pay a fine and learn English.

He also told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that comprehensive immigration - the term backers use for a bill that includes legalizing illegal immigrants - would be "a priority I will pursue from my very first day." ...

"I'm just surprised at how muted the reaction has been to Obama's complete lack of action on immigration," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who said immigrant rights groups are giving Mr. Obama "a lot more slack than they would have given a President McCain."
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Countryside 'being destroyed in rush for homes'
Louise Gray
Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2009

Thousands of homes could be built on previously protected countryside to meet housing quotas, under proposals announced by the Government yesterday.

The new South East Plan expects 32,000 homes to be built every year between now and 2026.

It includes a recommendation to review green belt land in Surrey and Oxfordshire so that 6,000 more homes can be built there.

Countryside campaigners fear the move will herald even more building on protected land in future.

However, the Government insisted that green belt boundaries should not be "set in stone" when there was so much demand for affordable housing. Sadiq Khan, the Communities Minister, said an increase in the number of people living alone, immigration and the ageing population made it essential to increase housing in the region to keep prices down.

"Despite the current difficulties in the market we need to keep up with the rise in demand," he said.
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Pakistani bomb suspects appeal against deportation
Daily Telegraph, 6 May 2009

All 10 of the Pakistani men released following an alleged plot to blow up shopping centres in Manchester have appealed against deportation.

The men, most of whom arrived on student visas, have lodged cases with the Special Immigration Appeals Commission arguing that they could be tortured if returned to Pakistan. Their fight is likely to take several years and cost the taxpayer millions of pounds.
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Fast food chain KFC converts eight London restaurants to halal-only menu
Debra Killalea
Daily Mail, 6 May 2009

Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken is to launch a halal-only menu in eight of its London stores in a move which could be extended to other areas of the UK.

The menu, which will form part of a trial, will see the stores selling chicken products which have been fully approved by the Halal Food Authority for the first time.

KFC has 720 stores across the UK, and bosses said the move was designed to ensure the company was catering to a broader range of customers, following a growing demand for halal products.

It is the latest fast food chain to introduce a halal-only menu after Domino's launched one at a Birmingham store in February. ...

The fast-food chain has so far converted eight of its London restaurants to sell the meat, in areas including Forest Gate, West Ham, Tottenham and Bethnal Green.

The chosen branches, which also include those in Beckton, Leyton, Edmonton and Hounslow, will have a logo on the door telling visitors that all food served has been fully approved by the Halal Food Authority (HFA). ...

KFC's scheme will be trialled over the summer, but if it proves a success dozens more branches across the country are expected to follow suit and become halal-only.
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A triumph for multiculturalism over democracy
Barbara Kay
National Post, 6 May 2009

Now that its battle on free speech issues with certain Human Rights Commissions is settled, you'd think Maclean's magazine would be the last to accuse anyone of thought crimes.

Maybe it's a delayed case of Stockholm Syndrome, but a Maclean's poll-based feature story in the May 4 issue, "Divided by religion: What Canadians think of Sikhs, Jews, Christians, Muslims...," reads as though conceived and interpreted by the very HRCs that harassed the magazine.

Like the HRCs, the article assigns a pre-emptive judgment of racism arising from opinions rather than any actual racist speech or acts: Readers are informed at the outset that Canadians hold "deeply troubling biases" because fewer than one in three Canadians "can find it in their hearts" to view Islam or Sikhism in a positive light.

This Angus Reid poll, a survey of only 1,002 randomly selected Canadians, does not seek to offer a disinterested overview of Canadians' views on religions other than their own. Rather it is a foregone conclusion cloaked in the respectability of scientific methodology, "proving" that Canada is a racist society.

Through selection bias the poll reveals what "we" think, but not what "they" think. It permits "old stock" Canadians (Christians or Canadians of Christian heritage) to be held up for public shaming. But the views of specific minority groups such as Muslims, Sikhs and Tamils – who might have revealed themselves to be insufficiently celebratory of religious diversity – are spared public exposure.

One of the poll's many weighted markers for intolerance is that far more Canadians point to Islam than to Christianity as a religion that sanctions violence. Maclean's thus unreasonably penalizes objectivity, implying it is bigotry to acknowledge world events, and racism to honestly assess cultural outcomes over history.

Of the many features offending against minimal standards of objectivity in this poll, two stand out as especially discrediting.

One is Maclean's' solicitation of editorial commentary on the poll numbers from Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of Islamism-supportive CAIR-Can. CAIR-Can has never repudiated Islamic terrorism and fellow-travels with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is openly committed to the promotion of stealth jihad, and is universally acknowledged as the intellectual fountainhead of Sunni Islamic radicalism. No media organ should invite such an extremist institution to pass moral judgment on Canadians.

The other is Maclean's' overt editorial criticism around the very low level of acceptance for shariah law. Hostility to officially sanctioned shariah law is falsely linked here with negativism toward Muslims. In fact Canadians' opposition to shariah represents a wholesome rejection of Europe-style cultural suicide.

It is offensive that Canadians should be implicitly labelled racists for upholding democratic ideals over willfully blind multiculturalism. To regard the phrase "clash of civilizations" without ironic quotation marks is not a sign of hostility toward individual Muslims. On the contrary, national self-interest demands that we view Islamism and the dangers posed by radicalized Muslim youths with dread.
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Calais opens 'welcome centre' to help migrants stay in France... and gets ZERO enquiries (proof they all want to come to Britain?)
Ian Sparks
Daily Mail, 6 May 2009

A French government advice centre to help migrants in Calais who want to stay in France opened this week - and failed to get a single inquiry.

Critics said the zero response was proof that the migrants only ever had one destination in mind - Britain.

The new state-funded 'welcome centre' is the response by Paris to the demand from the Calais local authority for action to deal with the hundreds of migrants in the area.

It hopes to ease the problem by helping migrants who wish to seek asylum in France.

But when it opened yesterday, not one immigrant arrived at the town centre office to show any interest in their services.

By contrast, hundreds of migrants were - as usual - milling around the docks, just a mile away, hoping to sneak aboard a ferry or lorry to Britain.

And it was no surprise the centre had no takers, as one of the first things have to do is give their fingerprints.

Even the French authorities seem to accept they are offering only a token gesture, as the centre will be open for just four and a half hours a day... and only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ...

Calais deputy prefect Gerard Gavory said the centre was no more than a branch office of the regional asylum centre in the town of Arras, 40 miles away. ...

He added: 'Anyone using the centre will have their fingerprints taken so we can ascertain on the international Eurodac database whether they have already claimed asylum in another country.
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For political comedians, the joke's not on Obama
Christian Toto
The Washington Times, 5 May 2009

What's so unfunny?

That's what some comics - citing the scarcity of satire directed at President Obama and his administration - want to know.

Claiming that his peers are "panicky" about "being called a racist," stand-up legend Jackie Mason said too many once-fearless satirists are settling for "hero worship" of the new U.S. president. ...

"Late Show" host David Letterman was scathing in his mockery of President George W. Bush. But on his show recently, he scolded those who would mock the new president's reliance on the teleprompter for "political nitpicking," saying Mr. Obama is "at least out there trying" to cope with "impossible" political challenges. ...

To some, like self-identified Christian comic Brad Stine, the kid-gloves treatment of Mr. Obama is blatant political cheerleading. ...

Others see comics simply deferring to the sensitivities of audiences who aren't ready to a laugh at a president who's not just a political leader but a transcendent historical symbol of black achievement.

"In New York, nobody wants to hear anything anti-Obama," said Linda Smith, a stand-up comic, Obama booster and teacher at Caroline's School of Comedy in New York. "And even if they do, right-leaning comics must walk through a historical minefield to mock the first black president."
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Each illegal immigrant to cost us £1 million
Alison Little
Daily Express, 4 May 2009

An amnesty allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the UK would cost a staggering £1 million for each newcomer.

For the first time, the "huge, unnecessary burden" of letting up to 950,000 foreign nationals remain is revealed today by campaign group Migrationwatch.

They say the move would be a "shocking waste of public money" when the nation is in the depths of recession.

The pressure group also say a similar cost, based on people having children and earning low wages, could apply to many people who have already been granted asylum.

And they warn that such an amnesty would only tempt more illegal immigrants into Britain – as has happened in Italy and Spain where migrants have been allowed to stay.

A coalition of churches, unions and others are holding church services and a mass rally today in support of an "earned amnesty" for an estimated 450,000 long-term illegal immigrants if they meet certain conditions.

The Institute for Public Policy Research, Labour's favourite think-tank, claimed the move could bring in more than £1 billion of tax a year.

And Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson has argued for an amnesty for long-term illegal immigrants of good character who can support themselves so that they contribute to tax revenues. A study for Mr Johnson by the London School of Economics has estimated that there were between 524,000 and 947,000 "irregular residents" and their children in Britain at the end of 2007, with a "central estimate" of 725,000.

But Migrationwatch today publishes what it says is the first estimate of the "lifetime cost" to taxpayers of letting people stay in the UK.

It is based on a 25-year-old, married with two children, who earned the minimum wage and lived in private rented housing, retired at 65 and lived until 80.

Setting the tax and National Insurance paid against their demands on the public purse, including housing and council tax benefit and pension credit, brings their lifetime cost to taxpayers to some £900,000, with a bill of £1.1 million in London.

Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green said last night: "The numbers are truly enormous, adding an unacceptable, and entirely unnecessary, burden to the nation's balance sheet at a time when Boris Johnson himself is writing about 'the horrific state of the nation's finances'."

Sir Andrew acknowledged that some immigrants would earn over the minimum wage and thus take lower welfare payments, but some may have more than two children and so get higher benefit.

"Or they may be unemployed. Immigrants are, on average, more likely to be economically inactive than the UK as a whole," he added.

The report says the cost of granting settlement to an asylum seeker who did not achieve higher earnings, although many would do so, would be similar.

The campaign group says this makes Home Office failure to appear at up to a third of asylum appeals "reprehensible". Sir Andrew added: "It is also a shocking waste of public money at a time when we can least afford it."

In Italy an amnesty in 1988 let 119,000 foreigners settle, but when the exercise was repeated in 2002 the figure soared to 700,000. In Spain the figure rose from 44,000 in 1985 to 700,000 in 2005.
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"Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West"
[Notice of a new book], 4 May 2009
[Notice of a book written by Christopher Caldwell, for publication by Allen Lane in May 2009 and Doubleday in July 2009]

Can you have the same Europe with different people in it? The answer, says Christopher Caldwell, is no.

Europe has undergone a demographic revolution it never expected. A half century of mass immigration has failed to produce anything resembling an American-style melting pot. By overestimating its need for immigrant labor and underestimating the culture-shaping potential of religion, Europe has trapped itself in a problem to which it has no obvious solution.

Christopher Caldwell has been reporting on the politics and culture of Islam in Europe for more than a decade. His deeply researched and insightful new book reveals a paradox. Since World War II, mass immigration has been made possible by Europe's enforcement of secularism, tolerance, and equality. But when immigrants arrive, they are not required to adopt those values. And they are disinclined to, since they already have values of their own. Muslims dominate or nearly dominate important European cities, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Marseille, the Paris suburbs and East London. Islam has challenged the European way of life at every turn, becoming, in effect, an "adversary culture."

The result? In Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, Caldwell reveals the anger of natives and newcomers alike. He describes guest worker programs that far outlasted their economic justifications, and asylum policies that have served illegal immigrants better than refugees. He exposes the strange ways in which welfare states interact with Third World customs, the anti-Americanism that brings European natives and Muslim newcomers together, and the arguments over women and sex that drive them apart. He considers the appeal of sharia, "resistance," and jihad to a second generation that is more alienated from Europe than the first, and addresses a crisis of faith among native Europeans that leaves them with a weak hand as they confront the claims of newcomers.

As increasingly assertive immigrant populations shape the continent, Caldwell writes, the foundations of European culture and civilization are being challenged and replaced. Reflections on the Revolution in Europe is destined to become the classic work on how Muslim immigration permanently reshaped the West.
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If only Joanna Lumley would fight Labour's idea of equality
Charles Moore
Sunday Telegraph, 3 May 2009

... on Monday, in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equality, Miss Harman introduced the new Equality Bill in the Commons. This Bill is seen by its authors as the culmination of decades of struggle. ...

... the "Equality" theorists identified no fewer than seven "strands" of discrimination – race, age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.

The Equality Bill does the weaving. Under its "integrating policy", it brings together nine existing pieces of legislation in a single act. The purpose is not to simplify, but to make everything indivisible. Each "equality" relates to every other. If you are in favour of, say, maternity leave, you must also support the legal recognition of trans-sexuals. You want better wheelchair access? Then you must be in favour of gay marriage.

"Equality" is an all-embracing faith, and its doctrines will be enforced. The Bill invents a "single new Equality Duty", binding on all public bodies (there are 43,000 of them, says the Bill). They must have "due regard to equality when buying goods and services". Does that mean, for example, that we shall cease to buy oil from sexist Saudi Arabia?

And in the "Impact Assessments" which the Bill prescribes, "intersectional multiple discrimination" must be rooted out. That is when your nasty prejudice links two or more characteristics of the person discriminated against.

This is the official example given: "A bus driver does not allow a Muslim man on to her bus, claiming he could be a 'terrorist'... a multiple-discrimination claim will allow him to show that the reason for his treatment was the specific combination of being a man and a Muslim, which resulted in him being stereotyped as a potential terrorist".

Think about this bus driver in real life. She (as, inevitably, the official document designates her, though most bus drivers remain male) sees a Muslim man getting on her bus, perhaps young, carrying a rucksack, looking nervous. If she has watched any news programme in the 21st century, she will have noticed that more than 95 per cent of terrorist acts in Britain or Spain or Israel or the United States have been carried out by people with that "specific combination" of being Muslim and male. Many have been suicide bombers and have detonated their bombs on public transport. In Israel, in particular, many lives have been saved by drivers who have spotted something suspicious in time.

So what does the driver do? Does she impede the Muslim man whose demeanour alarms her? Or does she consider that, if she were accused of "intersectional multiple discrimination", she might be out of her job? Is this a real-life dilemma which any government should put a bus driver in? ...

... The weak need help. Fairness, such as equal pay for equal work, is what people want. But I hope I have shown enough of the "Equality" agenda to prove that this is not a matter of fairness. It is a gigantic, bureaucratic organisation of ideological coercion, promoting grievance, imposing cost and attacking businesses, charities, schools. It is the long march of activists who, frustrated that they could no longer nationalise businesses, have made it their task to nationalise people.
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Anti-terrorist searches treble to 124,000 with only 1,271 arrests
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2009

The number of people police stopped and searched under anti-terrorism laws trebled last year, but only a handful were arrested.

Officers were accused of abusing their powers after it transpired that just one per cent of around 124,000 searches in 2007-08 ended in an arrest. Fewer than one in a thousand searches led to an arrest for a terrorism-related offence.

Nearly 90 per cent of the searches were carried out by the Metropolitan Police, ... ...

Home Office figures showed that a total of 124,687 people were stopped and searched under anti-terrorism laws in 2007-08, up from 41,924 in 2006-07. But only 1,271 arrests were made, 73 for terrorism offences.
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Heirs to Fortuyn? Muslim immigration and sclerotic welfare states push Europe right (sort of)
Bruce Bawer
City Journal, Spring 2009

... over the last three decades, social-democratic Europe's political, cultural, academic, and media elites have presided over, and vigorously defended, a vast wave of immigration from the Muslim world – the largest such influx in human history. According to Foreign Affairs, Muslims in Western Europe numbered between 15 and 20 million in 2005. One source estimates that Britain's Muslim population rose from about 82,000 in 1961 to 553,000 in 1981 to 2 million in 2000 – a demographic change roughly representative of Western Europe as a whole during that period. According to the London Times, the number of Muslims in the U.K. climbed by half a million between 2004 and 2008 alone – a rate of growth ten times that of the rest of that country's population.

Yet instead of encouraging these immigrants to integrate and become part of their new societies, Western Europe's governments have allowed them to form self-segregating parallel societies run more or less according to sharia. Many of the residents of these patriarchal enclaves subsist on government benefits, speak the language of their adopted country poorly or not at all, despise pluralistic democracy, look forward to Europe's incorporation into the House of Islam, and support – at least in spirit – terrorism against the West. A 2006 Sunday Telegraph poll, for example, showed that 40 percent of British Muslims wanted sharia in Britain, 14 percent approved of attacks on Danish embassies in retribution for the famous Mohammed cartoons, 13 percent supported violence against those who insulted Islam, and 20 percent sympathized with the July 2005 London bombers.

Too often, such attitudes find their way into practice. Ubiquitous youth gangs, contemptuous of infidels, have made European cities increasingly dangerous for non-Muslims – especially women, Jews, and gays. In 2001, 65 percent of rapes in Norway were committed by what the country's police call "non-Western" men – a category consisting overwhelmingly of Muslims, who make up just 2 percent of that country's population. In 2005, 82 percent of crimes in Copenhagen were committed by members of immigrant groups, the majority of them Muslims. ...

These two factors – immigration and the economy – are intimately connected. ... According to a report issued last year by the think tank Contribuables Associés, immigration reduces France's economic growth by two-thirds. In 2002, economist Lars Jansson estimated that immigration cost Swedish taxpayers about $27 billion annually and that fully 74 percent of immigrant-group members in Sweden lived off the taxpayers. ...

The last few decades in Europe have made three things crystal-clear. First, social-democratic welfare systems work best, to the extent they do work, in ethnically and culturally homogeneous (and preferably small) nations whose citizens, viewing one another as members of an extended family, are loath to exploit government provisions for the needy. Second, the best way to destroy such welfare systems is to take in large numbers of immigrants from poor, oppressive, and corruption-ridden societies, whose rule of the road is to grab everything you can get your hands on. And third, the system will be wiped out even faster if many of those immigrants are fundamentalist Muslims who view bankrupting the West as a contribution to jihad. Add to all this the growing power of an unelected European Union bureaucracy that has encouraged Muslim immigration and taken steps to punish criticism of it – criminalizing "incitement of racism, xenophobia, or hatred against a racial, ethnic, or religious group" in 2007, for example – and you can start to understand why Western Europeans who prize their freedoms are resisting the so-called leadership of their see-no-evil elites.
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Blacks bear brunt of rise in stop and search
Richard Ford and Sean O'Neill
The Times, 1 May 2009

Black people are almost eight times as likely as whites to be stopped and searched a decade after the Stephen Lawrence inquiry branded the police "institutionally racist".

Use of ordinary stop and search tactics in England and Wales rose sharply to more than one million in 2007-08, the highest figure since 1998.

The rise has had a disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities. When Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993 black people were six times as likely to be stopped and searched as whites. By 2006/7, that had risen to seven times.

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday for stops and searches in 2007/08 under Section 44 counter-terror laws were even starker. The number of people stopped and searched tripled in a year to 117,000 but fewer than 1 per cent were arrested for alleged terrorism-related offences.

There was a 322 per cent rise in black people stopped and searched, 277 per cent in Asians and 185 per cent in white people under anti-terror laws.

Civil liberty campaigners and politicians accused police of heavy-handedness and said that vastly increased use of their powers threatened to alienate large sections of the community.

Cindy Butts, who is leading the Metropolitan Police Authority's race and faith inquiry, said that she was concerned about the "huge disproportionality" revealed by the figures. ...

The official figures on race and the criminal justice system revealed increases in police stops and searches in relation to both ordinary and terrorist crimes. Black people were nearly eight times as likely to be stopped and searched per head of population as whites. Asians were twice as likely to be searched.

Nearly 90 per cent of the searches under counter-terror powers were carried out in London by the Metropolitan Police. Vernon Coaker, the Police Minister, said that the increase in anti-terror stops and searches was in part linked to the failed bombings in Haymarket. London, in 2007.
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Fear masquerading as tolerance [part 1]
Christopher Caldwell
Prospect, May 2009

The EU was not dreamt up with immigrants in mind, but it wound up setting the rules under which they were welcomed. Postwar Europe was built on an intolerance of intolerance – a mindset that has been praised as anti-racism and anti-fascism, and ridiculed as political correctness. Our interest here is neither to defend it as common sense nor reject it as claptrap. It is to understand, first, what Europe was thinking when it welcomed immigrants in such numbers – something it would not have done at any previous moment in history – and, second, what grounds Europe had for dealing with newcomers in the often naive and overindulgent way it did.

Postwar Europeans behaved as if no one's culture was better than anyone else's. In 1996, the Dutch cabinet held that "the debate over multi-culturality must be conducted starting from the principle that cultures are of equal value." The state would confront matters of immigration and ethnicity with a scrupulous neutrality, aided by a set of "universal values" supposedly common to all cultures. It seemed inappropriate to force – or even to persuade – immigrants to assimilate into the old nationalistic loyalties that Europeans themselves were abandoning. ...

Just because they were migrating to Europe did not mean immigrants accepted, understood, or even noticed the European project to leave behind "the history written in letters of blood." On the contrary, many immigrants, and many children and grandchildren of immigrants, considered it a duty to shout from the rooftops their wish for a Palestinian state or a Kurdish homeland or an Islamist Algeria. They kept alive dreams of cultural, national, and even racial glory that were beyond the reach of Europeans' understanding.

In the name of liberal universalism, many of the laws and customs that had held European societies together were thrown out the window. Tolerance became a higher priority than any of the traditional preoccupations of state and society – order, liberty, fairness, and intelligibility – and came to be pursued at their expense. But in recent years Europe's ideology of neutrality has buckled under the weight of mass immigration and become a source not of strength but of what Alsana, the bitchy Bengali housewife in Zadie Smith's White Teeth, called "hosh-kosh nonsense." ...

The term "political correctness" was borrowed from American debates to describe the contortions of logic that European universalism required. No one has ever been quite satisfied with the expression. Maybe it is an unduly harsh way to describe the white lies and petty misstatements of the sort that used to be called "talking out of one's hat." ... ...

... Yet even when political correctness showed a tendency to authoritarian excess, its self-important perpetrators resembled Gilbert and Sullivan characters more than Stalinist henchmen.

Nevertheless, by the turn of the century, immigration was an area where even mild dissent against the status quo could be met with sharp condemnations. The range of opinions that one could express on immigration and ethnicity had, beyond any doubt, narrowed dramatically. ...
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Fear masquerading as tolerance [part 2]
Christopher Caldwell
Prospect, May 2009

Over time, the ideology of tolerance changed in two ways. First, it broadened. The classes of people entitled to protection from intolerance grew, and what constituted an offence against tolerance became arbitrary and ad hoc. In the Macpherson inquiry, ordered by the British home office into the grisly, unsolved 1993 murder of the black Londoner Stephen Lawrence, a racist incident was defined as "any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person." This definition became the working norm in many European countries.

Second, the ideology hardened. It developed real powers of enforcement, partly because it was codified into law, and partly because non-governmental groups acted as freelance enforcers. Offences against the ideology of tolerance now brought not just criticism and ostracism but the possibility of lost livelihoods and encounters with public authorities.


The policing of tolerance had no inbuilt limits and no obvious logic. Why was "ethnic pride" a virtue and "nationalism" a sickness? ... ...

So increasingly immigration became a pivot of all European politics, not just immigration politics. That was a big difference between Europe's challenges and similar American ones. In the US, there was a "race problem" and an "immigration problem," and the two did not always have much to do with one another. In Europe, the immigration problem was the race problem. So declaring immigration a success and an "enrichment" became the only acceptable opinion. To hold immigration a failure was to reveal oneself a racist; to express misgivings about immigration was to confess racist inclinations. The philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff coined the term immigrationisme to describe the ideology that immigration is always "both inevitable and good." Real discussions about the increasing "diversity" of European society, and whether it was a good or a bad thing, were all but shut down.

Diversity described both a sociological reality (there were more foreign-looking people around) and an ideology (there ought to be more foreign-looking people around). The ideology was perfectly in tune with the neutrality among cultures espoused by the builders of the European ideal. Diversity, though, could never really be a stable or neutral ideal because Europeans did not know enough about other cultures to make it one. While Europeans could easily dismantle their own prejudices, the prejudices of other ethnic groups were, quite naturally, invisible to them. At the heart of European universalism was European provincialism.

Europeans who considered churches houses of stupidity, sexism, and superstition didn't know enough about mosques or ashrams to form a judgment, and left them unmolested. They abolished the old and much-mocked nationalistic school lessons about the virtues of nos ancêtres les gaulois, but absorbed the new lessons about the virtues of other cultures, and the justice and nobility of exotic political causes, with a childish credulity. Immigrants could indulge certain comforting prejudices and myths that natives would be disciplined, chastised, ostracised, or jailed for indulging. Effectively, diversity meant taking old hierarchies and inverting them.
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Fear masquerading as tolerance [part 3]
Christopher Caldwell
Prospect, May 2009

The European obsession with third world "causes" was a function of Europe's new, guilt-based moral order. Immigrants and their children were at liberty to express politically their wishes as a people in a way that European natives were not. ... The only national claims that could be made without provoking accusations of nationalism, racism, or xenophobia were those of foreigners.

Where it interacted with immigration, there was an illogic at the heart of diversity. If diversity "enriched" and "strengthened" nations as much as everyone claimed, why would any nation ever want its immigrants to integrate into the broader society? That would be drawing down the nation's valuable fund of diversity. In this regard Ethiopians are for serving Ethiopian food, and helping substantiate the boasts of suburban school administrators that "our students speak 170 languages in the home" – not for taking jobs as marketing managers and dental hygienists. Or was the supply of diversity meant to remain – via immigration – permanently on tap? No European public wanted that. So European leaders defended mass immigration in one breath by saying it would make their countries different (through diversity), and in the next by saying it would leave them the same (through integration).

Diversity won its most heartfelt assent at the level of consumerism – primarily cuisine and fashion. In the 1950s and 1960s, before immigrants had changed European culture in any significant way, Europeans were grateful for the novelties they brought – from hashish to baba ghanoush. But from the early 1960s on, immigration became less about retail curiosities and more about the core structures of society – the welfare system, the prosperity of important industries, the principles of rights that governed transactions between individuals. Bizarrely, as immigration began to change Europe at its economic and cultural core, the political vocabulary remained the same as when immigration had been a fringe phenomenon. People kept talking about restaurants. ...

By now it is almost second nature for westerners to assume that anything familiar, traditional, and western is to be opposed; and anything discomfort-inducing and foreign is to be protected. ...

The German jurist Udo di Fabio warned in 2005 that the language of multiculturalism and diversity "opens the gates to a new middle ages, in which the model is not the human individual but the harmonious ordering of groups." And the way the groups were ordered often left natives feeling like second-class citizens. According to an official British government report published in 2008, "White people are less likely to feel they can influence decisions at the local level than people from minority ethnic groups (37 per cent compared to 45 per cent). White people are also less likely to feel they can influence decisions affecting Britain (19 per cent compared to 31 per cent)." The relative pessimism of white people about exercising their rights is supposed to strike us as puzzling, or surprising, but of course it is not. It reflects a belief that their aspirations are not the real subject of Britain's politics.
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A Modern Witch Trial - Racism: the charge against which there is no defense [part 1]
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, Spring 2009

Men may be created equal, but not all murders are equal. Some are quickly forgotten, except by those immediately affected by them, while others – by no means always political assassinations – have a lasting political impact. Among the politically significant kind was the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a young black man, in a London suburb on the evening of April 22, 1993. ...

Despite considerable circumstantial evidence against several suspects, the perpetrators escaped conviction. The police investigation into the murder was a model of incompetence of the kind that every Briton now expects of our boys in blue. ...

But the Lawrence murder took on a wide social significance because of its racial overtones. The botched investigation became a cause célèbre – the presumption being that racism alone could explain the police's failure to bring the perpetrators to justice – and the government launched an official inquiry to "identify the lessons to be learned for the investigation and prosecution of racially motivated crimes." There followed a festival of political and emotional correctness the likes of which have rarely been equaled. It would be impossible, at less than book length, to plumb the depths of intellectual confusion and moral cowardice to which the inquiry plunged. In 1999, it released a report of its findings that won almost universal praise despite its risible shortcomings.

This year, on the tenth anniversary of the report, the press and professional criminologists are celebrating it for, as one put it, bringing about a "paradigm shift" in the sensitivities of British police about "diversity" – police now think about race all the time, it seems. The report's real effect, however, was to demoralize further an already demoralized police force, which, immediately after the report appeared, retreated from stopping or searching people behaving suspiciously and watched street robberies increase 50 percent. ...

The report's contention was that the mishandled Lawrence case illustrated the "institutional racism" of the London police force. Poor Sir William tied himself in knots trying to explain the notion of institutional racism, relying in part on that great moral authority on race relations, Stokely Carmichael, the onetime "prime minister" of the Black Panthers. As Macpherson admitted, he could point to no actual instance of racist behavior by the officers involved in the case, though evidence of incompetence and delay was abundant. But if he had concluded from the lack of evidence of racist behavior that the police were not racist, he doubtless would have become an object of execration by all the people who think the right thoughts. Thus Macpherson's redefinition of racism: "Failure to adjust policies and methods to meet the needs of policing a multi-racial society can occur simply because police officers may mistakenly believe that it is legitimate to be 'colour-blind' in both individual and team response to the management and investigation of racist crimes."
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A Modern Witch Trial - Racism: the charge against which there is no defense [part 2]
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, Spring 2009

On the very next page, however, Sir William quoted approvingly the assertion of an association of black police officers: "Institutional racism leads officers to act, albeit unconsciously, and for the most part unintentionally, and treat others differently because of their ethnicity or culture." In other words, if you treat people the same, you are racist; but if you treat them differently, you are racist. It is clear that we are here in the realm not of the rule of law but of the Malleus Maleficarum, and that Macpherson is acting not as judge but as witchfinder-general. ...

Further evidence, in Sir William's view, was that some of the detectives refused to accept that the Lawrence murder was "wholly racist," though none denied at least a racist element. Of course, since no one had actually been convicted of the murder, the murderer's motive could not be known for certain. And even if the suspects – a violent group, certainly – were indeed the culprits, was racism the sole, or even primary, cause of their violence? One suspect – David Norris, the drug trafficker's son – was almost certainly guilty of that earlier stabbing in which his father became illegally involved, as the report observed. But there the victim was white. Norris and two other suspects in the Lawrence murder had also been suspects in another assault, this one on two brothers, both white. In both instances, Norris got off because of incompetent prosecutions.

Macpherson did not draw the obvious inference, and if he did, the liberal intelligentsia would not have applauded. ...

So on every possible ground, the police who dismissed the idea that the murder was "wholly racist" were right, at least factually. Their error was political or even metaphysical – beyond the realm of mere empirical evidence. On Macpherson's view, the police should act more as defenders of politically correct orthodoxy than as keepers of the peace and searchers after the truth. ...

Among the report's many pernicious recommendations was the following: "The definition of a racist incident should be any incident which is perceived as racist by the victim or any other person." Nothing could be better designed to destroy the possibility of easy – dare I say normal – relations among people of different races. For the notion that racism is so pervasive and institutionalized that it is everywhere, even where it appears not to be, induces in the susceptible a paranoid state of mind, which then finds racism in every possible situation, in every remark, in every suggestion, in every gesture and expression. It is a charge against which there is no defense.

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BBC fears over law on ethnic 'quotas'
Andrew Pierce and Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2009

The BBC and Channel 4 fear they will be forced to impose black and ethnic minority actors and presenters on popular programmes such as Doctor Who, Songs of Praise and EastEnders because of the new equalities legislation.

Both state-owned broadcasters have protested to ministers that the law, which was published on Monday, could be hijacked to enforce social engineering on the content of programmes.

While certain public bodies, such as the UK Border Authority, have been excluded from the legislation, the BBC and Channel 4 have not. Both organisations already have targets for the number of women and ethnic minority employees in the workforce.

But they now fear that the rules of the proposed Equalities Bill will impact on the independence of programme-makers. The BBC is already resisting pressure from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission for a review of its output to ensure it is meeting quotas.
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New law may give asylum to 22,500 refugees
Nick Fagge
Daily Express, 29 April 2009

Controversial plans will require the UK to accept one in eight of all migrants who set foot in any of the 27 European Union countries and demand refugee status.

It could mean an estimated 22,500 more people coming to Britain.

Taxpayers will be expected to foot the bill for their food, accommodation and clothing, plus legal fees while they apply for international protection.

Asylum seekers must also be given the right to work within six months of their arrival, enabling them to claim thousands of pounds in benefits if they cannot find a job. Their children must also be found school places.

Migrants can only be detained as a last resort and must not be held in secure accommodation more than 72 hours without a judge's approval.

The proposals, supported by Labour MEPs, are part of the EU's Common European Asylum System and will be put to the European Parliament in Strasbourg for approval.

Last night Conservative MEP Philip Bradbourn said: "Economic migrants posing as asylum seekers would have an easy ride under these plans.

"Once again, the EU thinks the only answer to justified immigration concerns is to take control of asylum policy. Controlling our borders is one of the most important roles of government.

"For more than a decade, Labour has been unable to form a coherent immigration policy, but that should not justify handing it to Brussels."

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said: "Brussels will soon be dictating who has the right to live and work in Britain. The EU is pushing for a common asylum and immigration policy but it is being pushed through without proper thought."

EU member states will be forced to take refugees or face huge fines under the proposals outlined on Monday.

Migrants will be rehoused from states "confronted with a large number of asylum applications" such as Malta, Greece, Italy and Spain's Canary Islands to larger countries such as the UK – a reversal of the rule that requires applicants to seek sanctuary in the first safe country.

Member states would be compelled to accept a percentage of applicants in accordance with their population.

This would mean the UK taking in 13 per cent of all refugees arriving in the EU – or 22,500 of the 322,000 average arrivals over the last 10 years.
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Firms face gender and race quotas
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 28 April 2009

Companies could be forced to meet quotas on the number of women or ethnic minority workers they employ to win government contracts, under rules published yesterday.

The laws planned by Harriet Harman, the Equalities Minister, mean that firms tendering for taxpayer-funded work could be judged on the gender and race of their staff. Miss Harman said her new Equalities Bill would mean the annual £175 billion public procurement budget was used to promote "equality".

The draft Bill ... ... will also allow employers to give preference to female or non-white job applicants over equally-qualified white men. Miss Harman insisted that her new measures would help companies. ...

She suggested that government contracts should be awarded on social as well as economic grounds.

"If there are two companies bidding for a contract and one has a much better equality record, then it would be down to the procuring authority to choose that one," she said.

The minister said contracts could be conditional on criteria which included the number of women employed. ...

Existing rules mean tendering firms can be asked about their general policy on diversity issues and any previous cases of discrimination.
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Immigration and welfare: a bad mix
Christopher Caldwell
The Sunday Times, 26 April 2009

Immigrants can be good for an economy, but their contributions tend to go to the private sector through cheap labour. As for the public sector, almost everywhere, immigrants and their dependants take more out than they put in. Native Germans between the ages of 20 and 65 pay out more in taxes than they collect in services, but Turks in Germany do that only between the ages of 28 and 57. These figures worsen over time. The number of foreign residents in Germany rose steadily between 1971 and 2000 – from 3m to about 7.5m – but the number of employed foreigners in work held steady at roughly 2m people.

Until recently politicians suggested that immigrants might actually save European welfare states, replenishing the ratio of workers per retiree which has declined rapidly because of low European birth rates. It won't work. Immigrants, too, age and retire and the system must take care of them and their large families when they do. But the amount of wishful thinking invested in this idea is impressive. "In the long term, migrants themselves will age and contribute to the increasing dependency ratio," a Home Office report admitted in late 2007, "but only assuming that they remain in the UK during retirement." What other assumption can be made? Are we to imagine that migrants will work to fund cushy retirements for Europeans, then slink obligingly back to the Third World to pass their own retirements in poverty?

Immigration also weakens welfare states by making native taxpayers less willing to fund them. Five years ago David Goodhart of Prospect magazine warned that social programmes arise out of a sense of obligation to fellow citizens, which gets harder to maintain when fellow citizens have a different culture.

This seems to be true empirically: Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser, the Harvard economists, have shown that roughly half of Americans' antipathy towards European-style socialism can be accounted for by the ethnic diversity of the United States. This view is given support by the recent work of Robert Putnam, the sociologist, who finds that people living under conditions of diversity "hunker down". They trust their neighbours less – even neighbours of their own kind. They are less philanthropic, less social and less inclined to pay taxes.

It makes sense. Citizens authorise the state to make welfare payments not just to keep the less fortunate in a living, but also to keep them in a way of life. Once immigrants learn their way around they may have a different idea of the purpose of government benefits. Instead of using them to pay for, say, a British working-class lifestyle, they may use them to pay for, say, Islam. Two-thirds of French imams are on welfare. So are many British ones: ...

If immigrant welfare recipients do not share the broader society's values, then the broader society will turn against welfare or turn against immigrants. Immigrants are innovators. They have fresh ways of doing things. That is what makes them valuable in a competitive market society. But competitive market societies are in bad odour just now and, anyway, welfare programmes are supposed to be a refuge from them. It should not surprise us that scepticism about immigration should rise at a time when people are running in panic towards any such refuge they can find.
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Former Apprentice star Saira Khan: 'Why I shopped my cousin to MI5'
Saira Khan
Daily Mail, 25 April 2009

A joyous reunion after two years, which was how long it had been since my husband Steve Hyde and I had seen my cousin Kamran Mumumtaz on a visit to his village in the Pakistan region of Azad Kashmir.

Kamran's arrival for a six-month holiday in Britain ... ...

It has not only caused a huge family rift, but has also opened my eyes to some of the darker practices among some people in my community.

I am referring, in particular, to the widespread belief that it is entirely acceptable to use travel and study visas to circumvent normal immigration rules.

Fifteen days after he had landed, Kamran packed his bags ... and disappeared. ...

Like many before him – it is impossible to say how many because no official records are kept of those who abscond – he has been absorbed and is being protected by a community that is as colossal as it is impenetrable.

The Government has estimated that there are up to 570,000 illegal immigrants in Britain, but with so many visas being applied for with malicious intent, that figure could run to millions. Not that there is any attempt by the Government to chase it down.

Although there are no official figures for the number of overstayers from Pakistan, or from anywhere else for that matter, there is enough anecdotal evidence to show that it is a growing problem. In 2007, at Portsmouth University alone, 379 students from Pakistan were unaccounted for when their visas expired. ...

Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has admitted that the student visa system is 'the major loophole in Britain's border controls', but I think the entire visa system is one big loophole.

And that is largely because I've discovered, to my disgust, that there is no system in place to monitor those who fail to go home when their visas expire.

In any case, those who do get caught simply apply for asylum. And the bureaucratic process to deport them is then so drawn out, they invariably end up staying.

I grew up in Nottingham in a very tight-knit Asian community and regard myself as a moderate Muslim.

Although I have since integrated into British society, I've maintained my contact with this community through family and friends. I am appalled to learn the extent to which they think it's OK to bend or break immigration laws. ...

Our initial application in March last year was declined because the authorities, rightly as it turned out, suspected that Kamran would not go back. ...

His uncle from Hounslow, who is a taxi driver, came to visit one night. By then I had learned that the uncle had gained his visa to get into this country by marrying a British girl of Pakistani origin. That's another route many Pakistanis use to get here. ...

I am writing this article because I have no confidence that the authorities will do anything. ...

Most Pakistanis talk about blood and clan loyalty. They have no respect for British laws – unless it suits them. ...

The systematic breaking of our immigration laws is a dirty little secret for many of Britain's minority communities.
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Foreign lorries responsible for 90% of smuggled migrants
David Pilditch
Daily Express, 25 April 2009

Nine out of 10 lorry drivers who smuggle illegal immigrants into Britain are from overseas, shocking figures revealed yesterday.

Even Labour's official statistics show the Government has failed to collect more than £1million in fines owed by hauliers registered abroad who have been caught red-handed.

Yesterday critics said the damning figures expose the full scale of Britain's shambolic immigration policies and lax border security. It comes after the UK Border Agency revealed 1,571 foreign truckers were issued fines last year after illegal immigrants were found hiding in the back of their vehicles.

This compares with only 195 British lorries found to have stowaways. In theory drivers and owners face fines of £2,000 for each illegal migrant. But the figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show just £2million has been collected from foreign firms, a shortfall of at least £1million. British hauliers have been fined around £300,000.

Last night, British operators complained the system was being abused by unscrupulous foreign drivers who can earn up to £1,500 from each person they smuggle across the Channel.

Trucker Mervyn Osgood, 54, from Maidstone in Kent, said: "It's an absolute farce. We always see the foreign drivers talking to the migrants in Calais." Immigrants gather to scramble on to vehicles at the ferry port in a notorious area known as Diesel Alley.

Mr Osgood said foreign truckers simply ignored the fines, sometimes not even telling their bosses they had been caught.

"To them it's worth the risk. They get £1,500 from each illegal, so if they get four on, they pocket around £6,000. Then they just unload their cargoes and head back to their countries."

The Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green insisted the Government was to blame. He said: "Clearly many foreign truckers are abusing our immigration laws and they should be punished effectively. "However, the problem often is that they may be convicted of offences relating to illegal migration but are continuing to operate in the same vehicles."

Last night the agency admitted: "These figures don't reflect the actual figure because there is often more than one clandestine found per vehicle." He said 28,000 migrants were caught trying to sneak into Britain on board lorries crossing the Channel last year.

The records show foreign truckers were fined a further £811,507 for working in Britain without the necessary haulage permits. Lorry drivers can unwittingly bring in illegal immigrants who jump inside their vehicles without them realising what is happening.

But other operators accept cash from people-smuggling gangs led by east Europeans, Afghans and Iraqis.
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France 'ready to dump migrants in Britain'
Peter Allen and Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 24 April 2009

France wants Britain to sign a deal allowing thousands of migrants to flood into the UK.

Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart's controversial plan to scrap passport controls was announced as migrants in the port staged an angry demo yesterday, waving placards written in flawless English.

The banners expose how Britain's open-door asylum system and benefits culture are a magnet for Afghans, Kurds and Eritreans.

Exasperated by the sight of migrants sleeping rough as they try to board England-bound trains and lorries illegally, Mrs Bouchart outlined her scheme to rid Calais of the blight to French Immigration Minister Eric Besson.

"It's necessary to speed up negotiations with the British because at the moment we're ready to charter a boat to dump them over there," she said.

She said all Britain had to do was sign up to the Schengen Agreement, which allows anybody to travel between EU states without passports or visas.

Mr Besson challenged Britain to share responsibility for France's problem by asking why migrants from places such as Iran, Somalia and Sudan travel across the world to reach the UK.

"Britain should step up its controls and take on more of this burden," he said. "Britain should also question why migrants and the traffickers in migrants believe that the British illegal job market is a golden opportunity." ...

Mrs Bouchart said if Britain signed up to Schengen, then the migrants could make their way direct to the UK to claim asylum, rather than using France as a platform to get there illegally. ...

Responding to the plan to make Calais a passport-free zone, Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: "UK policy is to not sign up to the Schengen Agreement. Weakening our controls will only play into the hands of the traffickers.
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Gurkhas to be denied right to live in Britain
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 24 April 2009

Tens of thousands of Gurkhas will be refused the right to settle in Britain, despite a court ruling.

Only certain categories of veterans, including the bravest or the seriously injured, will be allowed to settle after the Home Office ruled out a blanket policy amid fears it would lead to up to 100,000 veterans and their dependants applying.

Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, will respond today to a High Court decision which concluded that rules stopping Gurkhas who served before July 1997 from settling in Britain were illegal. ...

A source said: "It was estimated that if there had been a blanket policy then it would have cost the country between £1.1 billion and £1.5 billion."
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America's Most Dangerous Cities
Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Forbes, 24 April 2009

In March 2008, Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with eight felonies, including perjury and obstruction of justice. In August, he violated his bail agreement and was thrown in jail. His actions were deplorable for anybody, but Kilpatrick was no Average Joe – he was the mayor of Detroit.

Unfortunately for the Motor City, Kilpatrick, 38, is just one ripple in the area's sea of crime. Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America's most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people. ...

To determine our list, we used violent crime statistics from the FBI's latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. The violent crime category is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. We evaluated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas – geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics – with more than 500,000 residents.

Though nationwide crime was down 3.5% year over year in the first six months of 2008, the cities atop our list illustrate a disturbing trend: All 10 of the most dangerous cities were among those identified by the Department of Justice as transit points for Mexican drug cartels.
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Can you belong to more than one nation?
Margaret Wente
The Globe and Mail, 23 April 2009

A few weeks ago, I ran into a traffic jam in downtown Toronto. Thousands of people were thronging the streets and waving colourful banners. Many were families with small children. Perhaps it was a religious festival, I thought - just another piece of the kaleidoscope that makes up our multicultural city.

I should be ashamed of my ignorance. But I suspect it's shared by most Canadians. It's safe to say that not one in 50 would be able to explain who these people are and what they want - even though, on Tuesday, more than 30,000 of them staged one of the biggest demonstrations that Parliament Hill has seen in years. "Canada don't fail your people," the signs demanded.

The people in question are Tamil Canadians. The banners they have long waved are the colours of the Tamil Tigers, a terrorist group banned in Canada whose goals (if not methods) are supported by most of Canada's 200,000-strong Tamil community. They want Canada to intervene in the bloody civil war that may now be in its final stages, as the Sri Lankan government bears down on the Tigers' last stronghold.

Is this our fight? I'd say no. But Tamil Canadians see it differently. Their relatives are being massacred as Canada stands by. Their government should be acting on their behalf. Otherwise, it will have blood on its hands.

In this new, transnational era, issues of identity and politics spill over national borders. And questions of citizenship and belonging become increasingly blurred. Tamil Canadians "belong to more than one nation," says R. Cheran, a Tamil poet and sociology professor at the University of Windsor.

The Tamils are just one of several large ethnic groups that have sprung up in the urban ring around Toronto. Today, they are the biggest Tamil diaspora in the world. With their own newspapers, TV and radio stations (all pro-Tiger), strong community networks and Tamil-language services, they are a little world within a world. They are also a major source of funding for the Tamil Tigers, who, for decades, have been extracting "war taxes" from the willing and the unwilling alike - sometimes by threatening to harm relatives back home if people don't pay.

The Tamils' nationalism isn't fading with the second generation. Instead, it's more passionate than ever. Most of the demonstrators are second- or even third-generation Tamils. "There's an important change taking place," says Prof. Cheran. "They are reaffirming their ethnic identity. Their attachment to the collectivity has become much stronger."

According to research by sociologist Jeffrey Reitz and others, this trend is increasingly pronounced among the second generation of immigrant visible-minority groups. Compared with their parents, they feel less, not more, "Canadian." That doesn't mean Tamil Canadians don't engage in mainstream politics. They do - and they're acquiring a lot of clout. ...

How will Canada evolve when so many people have multiple allegiances, to homeland and to host land? "I believe it is possible for people to be loyal to more than one nation, one history and one idea," says Prof. Cheran, who thinks we should embrace the idea of transnational citizenship.

I don't know if he's right, but I do know this. There are many mini-nations in our midst. And most of us don't know anything about them.
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It's better to share with the Joneses
Jessica Fellowes
Daily Telegraph, 22 April 2009

Prof Tony Cassidy, who specialises in community psychology, says that it is true that people pull together when the chips are down, "but this very much depends on the make-up of the community. Inter-group conflict will increase but a homogenous group will pull together. It helps if there is a single focus – a pub or club where people tend to meet."
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Reverse-discrimination case splits Supreme Court
Warren Richey
Christian Science Monitor, 22 April 2009

The US Supreme Court divided into sharply defined liberal and conservative wings on Wednesday as the high court heard argument in a case involving allegations of reverse discrimination against white firefighters in New Haven, Conn.

As in most highly divisive issues at the high court, the outcome of the case may ultimately depend on the views of Justice Anthony Kennedy. During the 70-minute oral argument Wednesday, Justice Kennedy seemed troubled by the city's decision to throw out all results of a promotion exam only after officials learned that no African-American candidates had scored high enough to be promoted.

"[The city] looked at the results, and it classified the successful and unsuccessful applicants by race," Kennedy told Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler. "And you want us to say this isn't [using] race [to decide]... I have trouble with this argument."

In the past Kennedy has expressed distrust of the use of race as a criterion for government decisions and benefits, but he has also been reluctant to embrace the more robust positions of his conservative colleagues.

The case is significant because it lies at the intersection of two important provisions of antidiscrimination law and could provide further clarity to employers seeking to avoid potential discrimination lawsuits.

It focuses on a test given in 2003 to firefighters seeking promotion to lieutenant and captain. When the city determined that no African-American candidates qualified for a promotion it threw out the results. White and Hispanic firefighters who did qualify called it illegal discrimination and filed a lawsuit.

The city says it threw out the test in an effort to comply with civil rights laws, not violate them. New Haven officials said they were worried that if they relied on the results of the test and promoted the white firefighters, the city might be vulnerable to a lawsuit by black firefighters claiming that the test caused an illegal "disparate impact" against minority job candidates.

At issue in Ricci v. DeStafano is whether the city acted properly in throwing out the exam results, or whether city officials should have followed its civil-service rules and awarded the promotions to the top test scores without regard to race or ethnicity.

The case revolves around Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which requires that job candidates and employees be treated equally without regard to race or ethnicity.

But it is frequently difficult to prove that an employer is engaged in intentional discrimination. For this reason, Congress has also empowered victims of discrimination to sue in instances when an employment practice results in a disparate impact against members of a protected minority group.

Ricci v. DeStefano involves both sides of Title VII. The white and Hispanic firefighters are suing for what they say is intentional discrimination by the city, while the city justifies its decision to throw out the test results on grounds that it was only seeking to prevent a violation of the disparate impact side of Title VII.

Justice Antonin Scalia said that the two provisions seem to be "at war with one another."

... ...

A decision in the case is expected by late June.
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Calais mayor blames Britain for immigration problems
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2009

The mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, has blamed Britain's asylum and benefits system for "imposing" thousands of illegal migrants on her town.

In an angry attack in which she also called for millions in compensation, Natacha Bouchart said the UK was entirely to blame for the hordes of foreigners who use the French port as a staging point to get across the Channel. ...

Mrs Bouchart pointed out that the Calais Chamber of Trade was having to spend £12 million each year securing the port area – money she suggested the French government should pay back.

But it was Britain's immigration system which was predominantly to blame for thousands of Africans, eastern Europeans and people from central Asia trying to clamber aboard lorries and trains in Calais to get to the UK every day.

"Requesting asylum is easier with them (the British) than in France," said Mrs Bouchart.

"The asylum seeker is given accommodation and receives £31 to £40 a week according to their case, when the annual salary of the average Eritrean is around $200 (£136).

"That seems enormous and it's attractive, even if in some places it's nothing."

Calling for a "change in attitude", Mrs Bouchart said the current build up of UK-bound foreigners was untenable. ...

French immigration minister Eric Besson is due to outline new policies for dealing with the worsening situation in Calais.

Some 2,000 UK-bound migrants are currently sleeping rough in the area, with around 800 in the town itself.
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'Risky' students who want a visa will be interviewed by phone
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2009

Fresh questions were raised yesterday over Britain's security after the Home Secretary admitted some visa applications were decided over the phone.

Pakistani students wanting to study in Britain who are deemed a risk may only be interviewed over the phone, and from outside the country, it emerged.

And the Home Office revealed that final decisions on any visa applications from Pakistan were now being dealt with by officials in the United Arab Emirates.

The disclosure raises fresh security fears around the student visa system after it emerged all but one of the 12 suspects being held over an alleged plot to bomb shopping centres in Manchester came to Britain from Pakistan using student visas. ...

It later emerged Abu Dhabi is being used as a "hub" for UK immigration officials to take final decisions, although fingerprints and documents of applicants are being checked in Pakistan first.
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Schools will close to let children celebrate Muslim festival of Eid
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2009

Schools will be allowed to close for Islamic holidays to improve attendance rates, under new proposals.

Any establishment with large numbers of non-Christian children would be encouraged to shut on Muslim holy days under plans for one of the largest cities. ...

English schools close for the main Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter, but parents are allowed to take children out of lessons to celebrate the festivals of other religions.

As a result, teachers can be faced with half-empty classrooms in areas with high proportions of non-Christian children, adding to official absence rates.

Now Manchester City Council is considering allowing schools to close on the Muslim holy days of Eid, when many of their parents currently take children out of classes. ... ...

It has been suggested that where more than 40 per cent of pupils are likely to take a day off for religious reasons, schools should consider closing.


... However, Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, said: "Either people are British and go to British schools and have a particular holiday system, or we decide to carve the country up into areas that are Muslim and non-Muslim, and I think that's what this does.

"To have a quota above which schools are designated as Muslims seems to be, putting it at its mildest, an unhelpful way to bring cohesion to Britain."
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Zuma loses his sense of humour over newspaper cartoons
David Blair
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2009

The man expected to be South Africa's next president is suing the country's leading satirist for £700,000 over a series of unflattering cartoons.

Jacob Zuma, the leader of the African National Congress (AFC) and the almost certain winner of tomorrow's general election, wants damages from Jonathan Shapiro, who has achieved a mass following with biting cartoons in tow weekly newspapers. ...

Mr Zuma has said satire is a Western imposition, trampling on Africa's traditional sense of respect for its leaders. Last week, the national broadcaster SABC cancelled a documentary on satire, apparently because it included an interview with the cartoonist. Mr Shapiro, whose cartoons are still being published, said: "Some of the noises coming from some of the Zuma faction are disturbingly similar to what was said by apartheid functionaries during those days.

"They think they alone can define the national interest and single out people who they see as opposing it."
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Why has child molestation committed by illegal aliens become an epidemic?
Dave Gibson, 21 April 2009

Contrary to what President Bush often claimed, family values do stop at the Rio Grande for many illegal aliens. In addition to suppressing wages, bankrupting our hospitals, and over-crowding our jails and public schools, illegal aliens are preying upon our children. ...

In fact, a study conducted by the Violent Crimes Institute reports that between 1999 and 2006, there were nearly 1,000,000 sex crimes committed in the United States by illegal aliens.

Using U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration, as well as state and local law enforcement data, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute determined that there are no less than 240,000 illegal alien sex offenders currently inside the U.S. ...

So why does the crime of child molestation seem to be so prevalent among illegal aliens from Mexico? – The answer may lie within the age-old Mexican culture of "machismo," as well as within the actual laws of that country.

The crime of rape or child molestation is incredibly under-reported in Mexico, because there is so much shame placed upon the victim as well as the difficulty in proving the case. A 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post article, reporter Mary Jordan detailed the case of a 16 year old Mexican girl who had reported being raped by three policemen in 1997. When Yessica Yadira Diaz Cazares and her mother went to the police station to report the rape, she was laughed at by the officers and actually jailed overnight. ...

After Yessica's death, the national human rights commission pursued the case, resulting in the conviction of two of the accused officers.

The crime of kidnapping a woman for the purpose of rape and marriage against their will, or "rapto" as it is known in Mexico is actually a minor crime and rarely ever prosecuted. A Mexican legislator actually called the practice "romantic." Of course, this crime if committed in the United States would elicit felony charges and a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.

While rape is a serious crime in the United States, many Mexican nationals cannot understand why they are prosecuted on this side of the border. Often, a small payment of $10 to $20 to the victim's family will settle the matter back in Mexico.

The most troubling and telling reason behind the growing epidemic of child molestation at the hands of Mexican illegal aliens, is the fact the age of sexual consent throughout the majority of Mexico is 12 years of age!

The only other nation in the world which boasts such a disregard for childhood innocence is Zimbabwe, where the age of consent is also 12. ...

In order to bring charges of rape in most Mexican states, the law requires that the girl prove that she is a virgin, and that the charge of statutory rape be dropped if the rapist wishes to marry his victim.

Of course, when discussing the issue of illegal immigration, this dirty little secret is never talked about by our politicians, nor is the impact that such an attitude towards the abuse of children could have on this nation by offering amnesty to millions of Mexican nationals.
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Japan to Immigrants: Thanks, But You Can Go Home Now
Coco Masters
Time, 20 April 2009

... the Japanese government started the program to pay $3,000 to each jobless foreigner of Japanese descent (called Nikkei) and $2,000 to each family member to return to their country of origin. The money isn't the problem, the Brazilians say; it's the fact that they will not be allowed to return until economic and employment conditions improve – whenever that may be. ...

With Japan's unemployment rate on the rise – it reached a three-year high of 4.4% in February – the government is frantic to find solutions to stanch the flow of job losses and to help the unemployed. ... After immigration laws relaxed in 1990, making it easier for foreigners to live and work in Japan, Brazilians have grown to be the country's third largest minority, after Koreans and Chinese. But as jobs grow scarce and money runs out, some Nikkei ironically now face the same tough decision their Japanese relatives did 100 years ago, when they migrated to Brazil.

Japan can scarcely afford to lose part of its labor force, or close itself off further to foreigners. Japan, with its aging population that is projected to shrink by one-third over the next 50 years, needs all the workers it can get. The U.N. has projected that the nation will need 17 million immigrants by 2050 to maintain a productive economy. But immigration laws remain strict, and foreign-born workers make up only 1.7% of the total population. ... ...

And if Nikkei Brazilians, Peruvians and others who have lost their jobs go home, what will Japan do? Last week, Prime Minister Taro Aso unveiled a long-term growth strategy to create millions of jobs and add $1.2 trillion to GDP by 2020. But the discussion of immigration reform is notoriously absent in Japan, and reaching a sensible policy for foreign workers has hardly got under way. Encouraging those foreigners who would actually like to stay in Japan to leave seems a funny place to start.
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Islam a political target in Norway
Thomas Buch-Andersen
BBC, 20 April 2009

With less than six months to go until Norway's general election, increasing tensions over immigration and Islam appear likely to play a significant role in the vote.

The leader of the country's main opposition party has warned that it is facing "sneak-Islamisation", while some prominent Muslims say they face growing "persecution".

The heated debate is a sign that Norway, renowned as one of the most peaceful and tolerant nations in the world, is facing the same issues with its Muslim minority as are now familiar in other parts of Europe.

Siv Jensen, the 39-year-old leader of the opposition Progress Party, has objected to moves to introduce special measures in order to accommodate Muslims' religious sensitivities, traditions and rules.

"The reality is that a kind of sneak-Islamisation of this society is being allowed," she recently told a Progress Party conference. "We are going to have to stop this."

Opinion polls suggest the party could win as much as 30% of the vote in the election for the national parliament, the Storting, in September. ...

Last month, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the racism watchdog of the Council of Europe, published a report warning that Islamophobia was on the rise in Norway.

Specifically, the commissioned highlighted the increasingly aggressive rhetoric of the Progress Party.

With an estimated 150,000 of Norway's almost five million population being Muslims, Islam is the second-biggest religion in the country.
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Failed asylum seekers win right to stay amid hearings 'shambles'
Chris Hastings, Alex Ralph and Ian Johnston
Sunday Telegraph, 19 April 2009

Failed asylum seekers are winning the right to stay in Britain because of "shambolic" failings in the immigration hearing system, ...

Hundreds of appeal hearings are going ahead without a representative from the Home Office to defend its original decision to deny asylum.

Immigration lawyers admitted that the situation is helping their clients to win cases they might otherwise have lost.

The disclosure could help explain why the percentage of asylum seekers winning their appeals has risen from 17 per cent in 2005 to 25 per cent for the third quarter of 2008. ...

Over the last two weeks, reporters from this newspaper attended 25 hearings around the country. At 24 of them, no Home Office Presenting Officer (Hopo) – who is tasked with putting the department's case before the immigration judge – was present.

In the one remaining hearing, the officer turned up late and admitted that she was unprepared.

Senior sources close to the hearings have said the Home Office is failing to properly defend about a third of cases which come to appeal.
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Jacqui Smith's job on line
Andrew Porter and Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2009

The future of Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, was in doubt last night after prosecutors refused to bring charges against a Tory MP and a civil service whistleblower who were arrested over Whitehall leaks.

Damian Green, the shadow immigration minister, found himself at the centre of a £1 million, five-month police investigation after he exposed the failure of Labour's immigration policies. His Commons office and home were searched and he was arrested and questioned for 11 hours by officers.

In urging police to investigate, senior civil servants claimed that the leaks constituted a threat to national security, an assertion that was echoed by Miss Smith.

In a statement that called into doubt the motives for the investigation, Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "I have concluded that the information leaked was not secret information or information affecting national security." ...

The documents leaked to Mr Green were highly embarrassing for Miss Smith. They included the revelation that she failed to tell the public that up to 11,000 security guard licences had been granted to illegal immigrants.
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Immigrants behind most cases of aggravated sexual assault
Rolleiv Solholm
The Norway Post, 17 April 2009

The Oslo Police have over the past three years investigated 41 cases of aggravated sexual assault, which resulted in rape. All of them were carried out by non-western immigrants to Norway.

The police now urge that more efforts be put into preventive measures among men with immigrant background.

The police have investigated all reported cases of aggravated sexual assault over the past three years, and have gained a clear impression of the offenders:

Most of the rapists have a Kurdish or African background, NRK reports. The cases of aggravated sexual assaults all have one thing in common, namely the use of gross violence.
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30,000 asylum seekers arrive without passports
Rolleiv Solholm
The Norway Post, 17 April 2009

33,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Norway without a passport or ID documents since 2005, and most of them are still in Norway, according to Aftenposten. The Aliens Office (UDI) will now refuse them work permit.

According to the police, there are several reasons why a large number of asylum seekers dispose of their ID documents.

One is that many fear that it may be revealed that they have earlier applied for asylum in other countries.

Earlier this year, the Department of Labour instructed the UDI to refuse work permit to asylum seekers without ID documents.
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Mexicans total 32% of immigrants
Jennifer Harper
Washington Times, 17 April 2009

A record 12.7 million Mexican immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2008, a 17-fold increase since 1970, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

"About 11 percent of everyone born in Mexico is currently living in the U.S.," the study said.

Mexicans now account for 32 percent of all immigrants living in this country - which continues to be a haven for the world's tired, huddled masses.

"No other country in the world has as many total immigrants from all countries as the United States has immigrants from Mexico alone. Other than the United States, the country that hosts the largest number of immigrants is Russia, with 12 million foreign born," the study said.

The majority of Mexican citizens in the U.S. - 55 percent - are here illegally. And Mexicans comprise a majority (59 percent) of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants now within our borders. ...

And while they can be found in all 50 states, California, Texas, New York and Florida are still the top destinations. Less likely spots such as New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Idaho and Missouri now hold from 25,000 to 45,000 illegal immigrants each.
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£8m for border agency ads
Matthew Moore
Daily Telegraph, 16 April 2009

Britain's border agency is spending nearly £8 million a year on advertising and public relations, it was disclosed yesterday.

The Home Office body has allocated large sums to its promotional budget despite concern about its failings to stem illegal immigration.

While other government departments and private sector companies are cutting jobs in the recession, the agency is advertising a range of roles in a new communications campaign team, paying up to £56,000 a year.

The figures were released in a parliamentary answer to the Tories by Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister.

New research indicates that at least 250,000 migrant workers are employed in the country unregistered.
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Illegal immigrants cashing in on federal tax credits, study shows.
Kevin Mooney
Washington Examiner, 16 April 2009

Large numbers of illegal immigrants file tax returns using phony Social Security numbers to cash in on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, thanks to lax government management, according to the author of a new study.

"Technically, only people authorized to work in the U.S. are eligible for the credit, you need a valid Social security number," said Ed Rubenstein, a financial analyst and economist, speaking at a news conference Tuesday at the National Press Club.

"But identity theft, stolen Social Security numbers, and other scams effectively nullify the restriction. As a result, illegal aliens actually receive the EITC at even greater rates than legal immigrants," Rubenstein said.

The IRS makes little or no effort to verify the authenticity of Social Security numbers, or existence of dependant children, Rubenstein said.

This makes it possible for illegal immigrants to claim children still living in Mexico as dependents and for parents living illegally in the U.S. to file separate returns claiming the same children as dependents under the EITC, Rubenstein said.

The EITC was created to boost work incentives for poor families with children. Childless households received a maximum $438 payment in 2008, while the maximum available to families with two or more children was $4,824.

"From a distance, the EITC looks like a winner," he said. "The devil is in the details. For starters, the program is dominated by fraud."

Illegal immigrant households are more than three times as likely to receive EITC than native-born American households,

Rubenstein said. Higher fertility rates evident among the immigrant population accounts for this disparity, he said.

"Even a tiny increase in the fertility rates, if maintained over the decades, will have enormous consequences," Rubenstein said. "The role of EITC in the nation's demographic destiny cannot be denied."

Rubenstein also cited figures from the General Accounting Office (GAO) showing that as many as a third of all EITC claims are "improperly paid."
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Bogus foreign students free to flout new laws
Richard Ford and Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 15 April 2009

Thousands of bogus students remain free to enter Britain despite new laws aimed at tightening controls on immigration. The Times has learnt that hundreds of colleges recently approved by the Home Office to accept non-EU students have not been inspected by its officers.

Weaknesses in the student visa system have emerged following the arrest of 12 terror suspects last week. Ten of the men entered this country from Pakistan on student visas.

It has also emerged that the vast majority of non-EU students will not be interviewed by the Home Office but admitted on the basis of written applications and evidence of sponsorship, educational qualifications and bank statements. ...

John Tincey, the chairman of the Immigration Service Union, said that the failure to include interviews could be exploited by terrorists.

Under the system, universities, colleges and schools must register with the Home Office to accept students from outside the EU. They must agree to alert the Home Office if a student fails to register, stops attending classes or if a course is shortened and keep copies of the students' passports as well as up-to-date contact addresses.

The new regime came in two weeks ago and is intended to end a scam in which thousands of foreigners enrolled at bogus colleges to work here. So far, 2,100 establishments have been registered and 400 rejected. There are 14,000 establishments on an earlier database that need to register.

Today The Times highlights the abuses under the old regime, described by the Immigration Minister as the Achilles' heel of the system.

At one college in Manchester that claims to have more than 100 students – most of them from North West Frontier Province in Pakistan – only two turned up for classes yesterday.

An international college in London with links to Pakistani businessmen was raided by the police and the UK Border Agency in December. It was alleged that individuals attached to the college earned £5 million processing up to 2,500 fraudulent visa applications.
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Population growth threatens wildlife, says Attenborough
Daily Telegraph, 15 April 2009

Sir David Attenborough said a "frightening explosion in human numbers" was behind every threat to wildlife.

The broadcaster became patron of the Optimum Population Trust, which aims to cut population growth.

Sir David, 82, said: "I've seen wildlife under mounting human pressure all over the world and it's not just from human economy or technology – behind every threat is the frightening explosion in human numbers."
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Boris Johnson's backing boosts illegal immigrant amnesty campaign
Hélène Mulholland
The Guardian, 15 April 2009

A London rally demanding an amnesty for illegal immigrants living in the UK will be staged during May bank holiday after receiving backing from Boris Johnson.

Strangers into Citizens, a three-year national campaign by an umbrella group of civic bodies, has seized on the Tory London mayor's support for an "earned amnesty" for illegal immigrants who have been living in the city for several years.

A spokeswoman for the campaign said Johnson was not expected to attend the event, which will take place in Trafalgar Square, but added that his support for the cause had helped raise its public profile.

The broad-based campaign is being staged by the country's largest alliance of civic institutions, the Citizen Organising Foundation, which includes London Citizens and Birmingham Citizens.

The spokeswoman said the decision to stage a rally had been triggered by concern that the recent rows over "British jobs for British workers" and the recession had left migrants particularly vulnerable.

"People who are already vulnerable to exploitation might more vulnerable," she added.

Johnson first voiced his support for the idea of an earned amnesty during the mayoral election last April, despite opposition from both the Labour government and the Conservative party.

The mayor commissioned a study, conducted by the London School of Economics earlier this year.

Its interim findings suggested that the number of "irregular residents" and their children in Britain at the end of 2007 was in the range of 525,000 to 950,000, with a central estimate of 725,000.

This compared with a Home Office estimate, based on the 2001 census, of between 310,000 and 570,000, with a central estimate of 430,000.

The study said there were a further 175,000 "quasi-legal" migrants whose right to remain depended on the future determination of their migration status.

The LSE research found that between 57% and 75% of irregular residents in Britain live in London.

Johnson has argued that an earned amnesty in the capital would allow people currently in the city illegally to integrate and contribute more fully to society.

The Strangers into Citizens campaign wants immigrants across the UK who have been in the country for four or more years to be admitted to a two-year pathway to full legal rights – "leave to remain" – during which they would work legally and demonstrate their contribution to UK economy and society.

After that two-year period, subject to knowledge of English and employer and community references, they would be granted permanent leave to remain.
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Schwarzenegger: Immigrants not cause of budget woe
Michael R. Blood
Associated Press, 15 April 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that health care and other services for illegal immigrants cost California taxpayers as much as $6 billion a year, but that's not the reason for the state's financial mess. ...

At an appearance at the Los Angeles Times, the Republican governor estimated that education and other services for illegal immigrants could carry a $4 billion to $6 billion price tag each year.

But to place blame there for the ongoing budget mess – or any other single factor – "would be the wrong thing," he said.
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'Our population of Nigerians is probably large enough, thank you'
Kevin Myers
Irish Independent, 15 April 2009

It was certain to happen. Another Nigerian woman is now seeking asylum on the grounds that her daughter faces circumcision if she returns to Nigeria. The mother was herself circumcised when a little girl, as was her other daughter, and against the mother's wishes. She says the girl's circumcision was organised by her mother-in-law and a family friend when she was out of her home in Nigeria.

Now she and her two daughters are living in Cork, and want to stay here to protect the single unmutilated member of the family from circumcision.

Cue megaphone debate about the evils of female genital mutilation.

But there is nothing to debate. Female genital mutilation is evil and disgusting. ...

The matter is a practical one. Regardless of the assurances from the Nigerian ambassador that female circumcision is rare in Nigeria, all the evidence points in the opposite direction. There are approximately 140 million people there: which means around 70 million women. I suppose we can give them all asylum, on the grounds that they have been circumcised, and are therefore victims of a cruel and oppressive system, or because they haven't been, and therefore are likely to be if they remain in that happy country.

That is the logic of permitting the threat, or the fact, of FGM as unassailable grounds for giving asylum – and not just to Nigerians. FGM is commonplace in most African countries north of the equator. ...

For FGM is universally done by women, and usually at the instigation of other women. Why, I do not know, any more than I understand why around the world, millions of Muslim women are now adopting the veil. ...

Anyway, if we were to allow every intact, but at-risk, African woman or girl into Ireland to avoid FGM, then Mullingar could soon become Mogadishu, and Limerick would become Lagos. ...

If we concede that the threat of FGM is a compelling reason for us to grant asylum to any African female, then stand by and watch Ireland being rapidly transformed as tens – or even hundreds – of thousands of Africans come here. ...

We must have a clear and unequivocal immigration/asylum law which simply declares that the threat and/or fear of FGM are henceforth not acceptable reasons for foreigners to unlawfully enter this country, in the expectation of being granted asylum later.

Whether Dail Eireann is capable of such intellectual clarity is, however, another matter. After all, it has never managed to have a single debate on immigration in 15 years of inward-population flow. But if it hasn't the stomach for such a law today, it will sooner or later find it – for "avoiding" FGM will rapidly become the routine pretext for illegal immigration into Ireland (and, of course, mysteriously by-passing half-a-dozen other countries on the way).

I am probably not alone in thinking that our present population of Nigerians is probably quite large enough, thank you.
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A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States
Jeffrey S. Passel and D'Vera Cohn
Pew Hispanic Center, 14 April 2009

Unauthorized immigrants living in the United States are more geographically dispersed than in the past and are more likely than either U.S. born residents or legal immigrants to live in a household with a spouse and children. In addition, a growing share of the children of unauthorized immigrant parents – 73% – were born in this country and are U.S. citizens.

These are among the key findings of a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, ... A 2008 report by the Center estimated that 11.9 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the United States; it concluded that the undocumented immigrant population grew rapidly from 1990 to 2006 but has since stabilized. In this new analysis, the Center estimates that the rapid growth of unauthorized immigrant workers also has halted; it finds that there were 8.3 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. labor force in March 2008.

Based on March 2008 data collected by the Census Bureau, the Center estimates that unauthorized immigrants are 4% of the nation's population and account for 5.4% of its workforce. Their children, both those who are unauthorized immigrants themselves and those who are U.S. citizens, make up 6.8% of the students enrolled in the nation's elementary and secondary schools.

About three-quarters (76%) of the nation's unauthorized immigrants are Hispanic. The majority of undocumented immigrants (59%) are from Mexico. Significant regional sources of unauthorized immigrants include Asia (11%), Central America (11%), South America (7%), the Caribbean (4%) and the Middle East (less than 2%).
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£100 fakes helping terrorists into UK
Nick Meo and Emal Khan
Sunday Telegraph, 12 April 2009

Forged degree certificates, fake income tax returns and bogus payslips were on sale in Pakistan yesterday – all valuable tools for terrorists to obtain student visas for Britain.

An investigation ... has found that documents could be obtained for less than £100 by anyone seeking to support their application to study in Britain.

As concerns grew about the screening processes that allowed 11 of the 12 bomb suspects to enter Britain, self-styled "immigration consultants" in Pakistan were hard at work trying to beat the system. ...

Many British universities have representative offices in Pakistan's main cities through which they recruit students. ... ...

... Such documents are widely available under the counter from immigration consultants all over Pakistan.

The paperwork is designed to convince British immigration officials that applicants want to learn and can pay for