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Foreign motorists cost millions in unpaid fines
Daily Telegraph, 31 December 2010

Councils wrote off thousands of parking tickets worth millions of pounds in the past two years because they could not trace the drivers of foreign-registered vehicles to whom they were issued. ...

Among the highest value of tickets written off were areas including London, Portsmouth, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Westminster city council said 45,437 tickets worth £3.08 million were written off when drivers could not be traced between July 2007 and October this year.

Lee Rowley, the cabinet member for parking, said: "British taxpayers can no longer foot the bill for foreign motorists who seem to think the rules of this country do not apply to them.

"We would like to see a more rigorous system to hold these drivers to account and send a clear message that this will not be tolerated."
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Unlabelled halal meat sold to suit supermarkets, not to placate Muslims
Michael Nicholson
Daily Telegraph, 31 December 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

... We have, for example, allowed supermarkets, including Waitrose, Tesco, M&S and Sainsbury, to sell halal lamb, unmarked as such, because it is cost-effective to do so.

How many people know that nearly all New Zealand lamb and nearly 40 per cent of British lamb is slaughtered according to Islamic ritual?

This satisfies the Muslims who make up less than 4 per cent of our population. It seems the rest of us are obliged to accommodate them, not because they demand it but because it bumps up the profits of the British food industry.
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Cameron will be punished for failure on immigration
George Eaton
New Statesman, 30 December 2010

The news that immigration is unlikely to fall significantly in 2011 should set alarm bells ringing in Downing Street. An IPPR study published today suggests that net migration will remain around the 200,000 mark, far short of the government's flagship promise to reduce net migration from "the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands".

The report cites several reasons why net migration will remain high: increased economic migration from the EU (which the government cannot legally restrict) as the UK economy continues to outperform those of Spain, Portugal and Greece; increased emigration from Ireland (120,000 Irish nationals are expected to leave the republic in 2010 and 2011); higher immigration from Latvia and Lithuania (the numbers have risen from 25,000 to 40,000 a year); and lower emigration from the UK (30,000 left in the year to March 2010 compared to 130,000 in the year to March 2008). ...

One should add that the possibility of Conservative failure on immigration represents a big political opportunity for Ukip and the far right. There is always a danger at times of high unemployment that voters will turn to populists and demagogues in search of solutions. On Twitter, the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, correctly points out: "Good report by IPPR on immigration, Cameron's cuts are meaningless. If euro collapses in 2011 expect a flood from Europe we can't control."

Cameron's decision to raise unrealistic expectations on immigration will return to haunt him.
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IPPR says UK net migration unlikely to plunge in 2011
BBC, 30 December 2010

The UK's net migration rate is unlikely to fall significantly in 2011, according to a think tank's analysis.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says the figure for immigrants to the UK minus the number leaving will be around 200,000.

One reason it points to is that only about 30,000 UK citizens are emigrating - the lowest for almost a decade.

The government said it was committed to reducing net migration from its current 215,000 to less than 100,000 by 2015.

As well as pointing to the emigration rate, the IPPR report says that the relative strength of the British economy compared with some Eurozone countries is likely to attract migrant workers from Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Irish Republic.

The government has announced a cap on skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area and is planning to curb the number of foreign students.

But the IPPR says the cap will have only a limited effect while the student restrictions will not take full effect next year. ...

The IPPR also points out that last year there was a big rise in the number of immigrants from Lithuania and Latvia - up 21,000 and 19,000 respectively compared with increases of 13,000 and 12,000 the previous year, and it predicts further rises.
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Spain Goes on Mosque-Building Spree - Churches Forced to Close
Soeren Kern
Hudson New York, 30 December 2010

The city of Barcelona, widely known as a European Mecca of anti-clerical postmodernism, has agreed to build an official mega-mosque with a capacity for thousands of Muslim worshipers. The new structure would rival the massive Islamic Cultural Center in Madrid, currently the biggest mosque in Spain. An official in the office of the Mayor of Barcelona says the objective is to increase the visibility of Muslims in Spain, as well as to promote the "common values between Islam and Europe."

The Barcelona mosque project is just one of dozens of new mosques that are in various stages of construction across Spain. Overall, there are now thirteen mega-mosques in Spain, and more than 1000 smaller mosques and prayer centers scattered across the country, the majority of which are located in Catalonia in northeastern Spain.

The Muslim building spree reflects the rising influence of Islam in Spain, where the Muslim population has jumped to an estimated 1.5 million in 2010, up from just 100,000 in 1990, thanks to massive immigration. The construction of new mosques comes at a time when municipalities linked to the Socialist Party have closed dozens of Christian churches across Spain by way of new zoning laws that several courts have now ruled discriminatory and unconstitutional. It also comes at a time of growing anti-Semitism in Spain. ...

The idea to build a mega-mosque funded by Spanish taxpayers comes after Noureddine Ziani, a Barcelona-based Moroccan imam, said the construction of big mosques would be the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism in Spain.


Not surprisingly, the Saudi government officially supports the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative sponsored by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, which borrows heavily from the Dialogue of Civilizations concept promoted by Islamic radicals in Iran in the 1990s – an the initiative calls for the West to negotiate a truce with Islamic terrorists on terms set by the terrorists. ...

Al-Andalus was the Arabic name given to the parts of Spain ruled by Muslim conquerors from 711 and 1492. Many Muslims believe that the territories they lost during the Spanish Reconquista still belong to them, and that they have a right to return and establish their rule there – a belief based on the Islamic precept that territories once occupied by Muslims must forever remain under Muslim domination. ...

Meanwhile, the Madrid-based ABC newspaper reports that more than 100 mosques in Spain have radical imams preaching to the faithful each Friday. The newspaper says some imams have established religious police that harass and attack those who do not comply with Islamic law. ABC also reports that during 2010, more than 10 Salafist conferences were held in Spain, compared to only one in 2008.

Salafism is a branch of revivalist Islam that calls for restoring past Muslim glory by re-establishing an Islamic empire across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe. Salafists view Spain as a Muslim state that must be reconquered for Islam.
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Green tax to rocket in migrant boom
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 29 December 2010

The boom in immigration to the UK means Britons will face a multi-million pound green tax bill to pay for the environmental impact of millions more people, a report reveals today.

A study by the MigrationWatch think-tank shows that net migration will push Britain's population over 70 million – by adding another seven million people by 2033.

It says that such a dramatic increase will see the UK's greenhouse gas emissions soar by 515 million tons.

But a raft of eco-levies being thrashed out by the Government, could see taxpayers having to foot the bill.

Experts have already warned the figure could rise by a crippling £548 per household by 2025.

The Government is committed under the Climate Change Act to reduce UK emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. To achieve this challenging target, annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2033 will have to fall by almost 240 million tons compared with their current level.

But the report – Migration, The Environmental consequences for the UK – points out that the population increase over this period will add 33 million tons of carbon every year to greenhouse gases making that harder and more expensive to achieve.

Sir Andrew Green, MigrationWatch chairman, said: "Climate change on its own is an immensely serious issue but the huge projected rise in population over this period – more than two thirds due to immigration – will also have a host of other implications for the quality of life which we, and more particularly, our children and grandchildren will enjoy – or endure – in the coming decades."

"For example if all the projected increase in population which will result from the continuation of present levels of immigration was to be accommodated in urban areas, we would have to build 60 towns the size of Slough, or 20 cities the size of Leicester, or else urbanise areas equivalent in area to Surrey or Warwickshire."

England is already one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, the report adds.
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Justice Minister rejects passenger profiling
The Local Europe, 29 December 2010

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has roundly slapped down a call by Germany's airports for passengers to be profiled for security checks, warning such discrimination would contravene EU and German laws.

"Systematic differentiation according to homeland and origin carries the risk of stigmatisation," Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, of the liberal Free Democratic Party, told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.

Christoph Blume, the head of Düsseldorf Airport and the incoming head of the ADV airport association, told Tuesday's edition of daily Rheinische Post that passengers should be divided into risk categories, meaning they would be subject varying degrees of scrutiny by airport security.

"That way, the security system could become more effective to everyone's benefit," said Blume, who will take the helm of the ADV next month.

He said profiling passengers according to characteristics such as race, religion and country of origin would allow German airports to avert a further tightening of security.

But his call has met fierce resistance. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said such a move would "quickly breach discrimination bans that apply in the European Union and in Germany."

The call for profiling amounted to "massive data gathering" whose cost was out of proportion to its benefit, the minister added.

Federal data protection commissioner, Peter Schaar, also dismissed the idea.

"Classification into different risk groups always has a discriminating and degrading effect on the people in question," he said.
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Anti-elitist policies 'killing off education'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2010

Traditional subjects are being sidelined as ministers use schools to "repair social inequalities" rather than educate children, according to a leading teacher.

Successive governments have caused lasting damage by giving priority to access and social inclusion over a decent grounding in the arts, science, languages and humanities, David Perks said.

Mr Perks, an author and physics teacher, said in a report published by the Institute of Ideas that "anti-elitist" reforms had undermined schools' ability to deliver an old-fashioned liberal education.

Mr perks, who was commissioned by the Tories in opposition to review the exams system, insisted the Government's education policies sounded hollow as concerns over "access" and "social inclusion" still predominate.

He added: "Like the spread of death watch beetle, the continual and gradual undermining of schools' ability to deliver subject knowledge has led to the complete disintegration of education."
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Cameron must face the challenge of Islamisation
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2010
[Leading article]

... Two points need to be made.

First, that Muslims have migrated to Britain in enormous numbers over the past 40 years; one of the heaviest waves of immigration was encouraged by the last government. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life estimates that there are 2,869,000 Muslims in Britain, an increase of 74 per cent on its previous figure of 1,647,000, which was based on the 2001 census. No demographic statistics are reliable in an era of open borders, but such an expansion is unprecedented.

The second point is that – different political traditions notwithstanding – Britain is beginning to experience French-style anxiety about Islamisation. The fact that many terrorists are Muslims may lead to unfair assumptions about the loyalty of British Muslims. But, at a time when – according to some surveys – around 40 per cent of the Muslim community support the establishment of Sharia, fears of social fracture are understandable.
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Trevor Holden, Chief Executive, Luton Borough Council
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

Luton has its challenges, as do many towns up and down the country. But it is not "synonymous with Islamic extremism and racial tension" (report, December 13).

Our community of 212,000 is enriched by its mix of cultures and backgrounds.

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Airports demand racial profiling to fight terror
The Local Europe, 28 December 2010

The incoming head of Germany's main airport lobby group is demanding the nation's transit authorities use racial profiling to weed out terrorists at security checks.

Christoph Blume, the head of Düsseldorf Airport, told daily Rheinische Post on Tuesday that air passengers should be divided into different risk categories, meaning they would be subject varying degrees of scrutiny by airport security.

"That way, the security system could become more effective to everyone's benefit," said Blume, who will take the helm of the ADV airport association next month.

He said profiling passengers according to characteristics such as race, religion and country of origin would allow German airports to avert a further tightening of security.

While highly controversial because of its discriminatory nature, racial profiling has also found growing support in some quarters. However, critics fear it would stigmatize entire groups of passengers simply on their looks, faith or from where their trip originated.

"Such suggestions sound too much like the wish to save some time," said Bernhard Witthaut, the head of the GdP police union, in Berlin on Tuesday. "But it's better to spend half an hour in line than end up dead."

But Blume said airports would soon no longer be able to cope with the threat of terrorism.

"Each new incident leads to extra checks and security measures. This creates a security escalation that will eventually hit its technical and operational limits," Blume told the paper.
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The Democrats' conundrum: If you want less income inequality, does that means fewer illegal immigrants?
Mark Hemingway
Washington Examiner, 28 December 2010

Mickey Kaus makes a very interesting observation. It will be interesting to see if the Democratic party even tries to square the circle on this issue or just ignores it:

If you're worried about incomes at the bottom, though, one solution leaps out at you. It's a solution that worked, at least in the late 1990s under Bill Clinton, when wages at the low end of the income ladder rose fairly dramatically. The solution is tight labor markets. Get employers bidding for scarce workers and you'll see incomes rise across the board without the need for government aid programs or tax redistribution. A major enemy of tight labor markets at the bottom is also fairly clear: unchecked immigration by undocumented low-skilled workers. It's hard for a day laborer to command $18 an hour in the market if there are illegals hanging out on the corner willing to work for $7. Even experts who claim illlegal immigration is good for Americans overall admit that it's not good for Americans at the bottom. In other words, it's not good for income equality.

Odd, then that Obama, in his "war on inequality," hasn't made a big effort to prevent illegal immigration – or at least to prevent illegal immigration from returning with renewed force should the economy recover. He hasn't, for example, pushed to make it mandatory for employers to use the "E-Verify" system, or some other system, to check the legality of new hires, preferring to hold that reform hostage (sorry!) in order to try and achieve a larger "comprehensive" bill that included a conditional amnesty for the 11 or so million illegals already here. ...

Income inequality has become a big issue on the left. And as the job market continues to stagnate, I wonder to what extent the blue collar parts of the Democratic base will put pressure on the party to do something about immigration reform.
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US 'behind Europe' in tackling terrorists at home
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2010

America's home-grown terrorists are now a global threat and the United States should look to Europe to learn how to deal with it, Barack Obama was warned.

In a letter to the president, Sue Myrick, a prominent member of Congress who serves on the House of Representatives select committee on intelligence, said America was for the first time exporting Islamist terrorism.

She accused the US of complacency and said it was "far behind" Europe in having measures in place to deal with the growing radicalisation of young men and their willingness to carry out attacks.

Her letter marked a departure from a long-held view in the US that Britain was the biggest threat to it as a result of its position as a staging point for extremists from Pakistan, the Middle East and east Africa.

In her letter, Mrs Myrick said: "For many years we lulled ourselves with the idea that radicalisation was not happening inside the United States. We believed American Muslims were immune to radicalisation because, unlike their European counterparts, they are socially and economically well-integrated into society. There had been warnings that these assumptions were false but we paid them no mind.

"Today there is no doubt that radicalisation is taking place inside America. The strikingly accelerated rate of American Muslims arrested for involvement in terrorist activities since May 2009 makes this fact self-evident.

"What has been missed is that our home-grown terrorists are now becoming a global threat."
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Speaker recruits multi-faith chaplains
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 26 December 2010

Muslim, Bahá'i and Zoroastrian chaplains are to be recruited for the House of Commons under plans by the Speaker's office to be more inclusive of different faiths.

John Bercow has backed the creation of a team of multi-faith chaplains, which will also include representatives of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jainist religions. ...

The proposal to introduce a multi-faith chaplaincy was made by the current chaplain, the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who was appointed by Mr Bercow against the wishes of the Very Rev John Hall, the Dean of Westminster.

Mrs Hudson-Wilkin has fought for greater recognition of ethnic minorities in the Church of England and said she was excited by the move. ...

While there are now eight Muslim MPs, there are not thought to be any Jains, Bahá'is or Zoroastrians. "It smacks of an exercise in politically-correct box ticking," said one MP.
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Britain's charity watchdog has lost its bite
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 26 December 2010

Britain's official charity watchdog is today accused of "weakness" in the face of terrorism after new figures showed it had launched more scrutinies into private schools and other institutions than into charities allegedly funding terror.

The Charity Commission last week cleared Muslim Aid, a British charity, of all involvement in terrorism, even though the charity has itself admitted funding two organisations linked to the banned terror groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Muslim Aid has also refused to deny channelling funds to another Hamas-linked group, the Islamic Society of Gaza, which operated a "terrorist kindergarten" where pre-school children paraded waving model Kalashnikov rifles. ...

Kate Hoey, the Labour MP for Vauxhall, said: "In my dealings with the Charity Commission, often over matters of serious concern, I have found their performance weak. The UK faces one of the West's most serious terrorist threats. I hope the Charity Commission does not see private schools and the like as a greater investigative priority than terrorism."
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The profound problem of Muslim immigration
Henrik R. Clausen
EuropeNews, 26 December 2010
[Book review: Al-Hijra: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration by Sam Solomon & Elias Al Maqdisi, ANM Publishers, 2009, 139 pp., $14.95]

As the West has accepted extensive immigration from Islamic countries, unexpected social and political problems have followed. While rising crime rates, rampant unemployment and a heavy load on our much-appreciated welfare systems are severe problems in itself, a distinct and dramatically more significant problem is the subtle subversion of our free and democratic societies, also known as "Stealth Jihad".

The retired Islamic scholar Sam Solomon, in this compact book "Al-Hijra, The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration", connects the dots and explains why seemingly unrelated incidents are in fact rooted in Islamic tradition and are steps on the path to create a fully Islamized society.

To demonstrate how this functions, Sam Solomon dives into his exhaustive knowledge of Islamic history and law. As Islamic scholars everywhere, he derives his conclusions from Islamic scripture, the life of Muhammad in particular, and shows how historically immigration has slowly but steadily lead to formerly Jewish or Christian societies submitting to Islam. The primary example in the book is Muhammads takeover of Yathrib, today known as Medina, and how the concepts and strategies developed for the conquest of a relatively insignificant Arab city are being duplicated by Islamic leaders worldwide, with the same goal: Expanding Islamic conquest ever further. ...

That said, this book is indispensable for a very simple reason: It presents information otherwise not available to the uninitiated Westerner, and mercilessly reveals the twisted logic of Islamist activists, their justifications, methods and ultimate goal: A fully Shariah-compliant society. By pointing out the scriptural justifications and inner logic of seemingly benign and unrelated Muslim demands, it provides an invaluable tool for identifying and countering the stealth jihad destabilizing our societies. Dismantling this threat peacefully requires knowledge as provided by Sam Solomon. ...

Explaining how this seemingly irrational development can take place requires some history. This first and foremost means the life and conduct of Muhammad, the perfect example for the pious Muslim even today. The authority of Muhammad is absolute in Islam, be it in form of Quranic commands or the examples of conduct recorded in hadith collections, known in Islam as the 'Sunna'. Hijra, immigration, was a key element in Muhammads takeover of Yathrib, today known as Medina.

Unfortunately, the concept of Hijra is not limited in time or space to 7th century Arabia. The command as given is absolute, and remains an obligation on Muslims. One of many hadith quotes Muhammad for this:

I charge you with five of what Allah has charged me with: to assemble, to listen, to obey, to immigrate and to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah.

Thus, immigration is step four out of a five step plan. Sam Solomon elaborates:

So Hijra or migration is binding on all Muslims for numerous reasons; the most important being that migration is preparatory to jihad with an aim and objective of securing victory for Islam and Muslims either in another country or generally as a community.
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Groves Says U.S. Population Data to Show Hispanics Expanding
Timothy R. Homan
Bloomberg, 23 December 2010

The ethnic makeup of the world's largest economy will be increasingly diverse, with more mixed-race Americans, according to the head of the U.S. Census Bureau.

"This is the decade of Tiger Woods and Barack Obama, where we talked about race combinations," Robert Groves, director of the federal agency, said about forthcoming 2010 Census data in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital with Al Hunt," airing this weekend. "I can't wait to see the pattern of responses on multiple races. That'll be a neat indicator to watch."

The 2010 Census was the second consecutive decennial count to allow residents to identify as more than one race, and Groves said it's likely that more respondents checked off multiple races.

The nation's population grew 9.7 percent to 308,745,538 in 2010, from the previous decade, with the fastest gains coming in the South and West, the agency said this week. The release included only U.S. and state population figures, with more data on race, ethnicity, housing and other variables provided in February and March for all levels of geography.

"We'll be taught something about our society, and that is new ethnic groups are going all over the country," Groves said. "It's not just the coasts and it's not just urban areas."
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Forced marriage rules in danger
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 22 December 2010

Rules designed to help prevent forced marriages may have to be ripped up after the Government lost a second court battle over immigration policy in five days.

Appeal court judges said yesterday that a ban on migrants being given marriage visas if they are under 21 was "arbitrary and disruptive", and could not lawfully be applied as they allowed challenges by two couples.

They indicated that it was now up to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to decide whether to change the rule or drop it altogether. ...

Rules introduced in 2008 require any non-European wanting to enter the UK on a marriage visa to be 21 or over. It was aimed at concerns that young girls were being subjected to forced marriages. ...

About 5,000 people aged under 21 were granted a marriage visa to enter the UK in 2007. Since then, some 523 people have been refused as they were too young.
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Canada's population growing because of immigration: StatsCan
Rebecca Lindell / Postmedia News, 22 December 2010

Canada's population in the third quarter of 2010 was driven forward by the highest immigration rates seen in four decades, Statistics Canada says.

Canada's population was estimated at 34,238,000 as of Oct. 1 – an increase of 129,300 since July. The federal agency said 65 per cent of that growth came from new Canadians during the three-month period, as 84,200 immigrants arrived in the country.

The influx reached most provinces and territories, some of which had their highest quarterly immigration levels since 1971. ...

Growth driven by immigration is a trend the federal government said it expects to continue – at least through the end of 2010.

"In 2010, we should be landing the largest number of permanent residents in 50 years," said Kelli Fraser, a spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Canada expects to welcome between 240,000 and 265,000 newcomers by the end of this year.

Fraser said that number is driven largely by a June announcement that Canada would open its doors to more immigrants, especially those in the economic category.

"The reason the announcement was made was because the post-recession economy is now demanding a high level of legal immigration to keep the workforce strong," she said, adding that there also has been a high number of family reunification immigrants and refugees.

To date, the department said it has already made more decisions, issued more visas and admitted more people to Canada over last year.
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Romania accuses France and Germany of 'discrimination' over Schengen exclusion
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 22 December 2010

Romania has accused France and Germany of "discrimination" after the EU's two most powerful countries joined forces to block the Balkans country from joining Europe's "Schengen" open borders zone.

Berlin and Paris have opposed both Romania and Bulgaria's entry into the EU's passport free travel area because of concerns that both countries have not done enough to clean up corruption and organised crime raising concerns about their ability to curb illegal immigration.

"In our opinion it is still premature to envisage the entry into the Schengen zone in March 2011," said a Franco-German letter to the European Commission.

"Deficiencies would have serious consequences for the internal security of the EU and each member state."

While Bulgaria is known to have so far failed to prove that its Black Sea borders are secure, Romania has formally met conditions set by Brussels for allowing passport-free travel within all EU countries, except for Britain and Ireland.

Traian Basescu , the Romanian President, whose country joined the EU with Bulgaria in 2007, said: "We will not accept discrimination from anyone, not even from the EU's most powerful states. We must have the same conditions as all the other states."

EU diplomats and officials have suggested that the French and German move is driven by domestic political concerns over immigration from Bulgaria and Romania. ...

Also a barrier has been Romania's decision to give passports to more than 900,000 Moldovans with an ethnic Romanian background, EU travel documents that will allow them free movement.

Britain remains outside the Schengen zone and maintains passport checks on all entrants. Unlike in Germany, Bulgarians and Romanians have been allowed to travel to Britain freely since 2007 but face work and residency restrictions.
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The latest WikiLeaks revelation: 1 in 3 British Muslim students back killing for Islam and 40% want Sharia law
Daily Mail, 22 December 2010

Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks' publication of U.S. diplomatic cables.

A survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 universities throughout Britain found that 32 per cent of Muslim respondents believed killing in the name of religion is justified.

A U.S. diplomatic cable from January 2009 quoted a poll by the Centre for Social Cohesion as saying 54 per cent wanted a Muslim party to represent their world view in Parliament and 40 per cent want Muslims in the UK to be under Sharia law. ...

A further U.S. cable, dated February 5 2009, said reaching out to Britain's Muslim community there was a 'top priority' for U.S. embassy staff.

It stated: 'Although people of Muslim faith make up only 3 to 4 per cent of the UK's population, outreach to this key audience is vital to U.S. foreign policy interests in the UK and beyond... This is a top mission priority.'

The February cable outlined a plan encompassing 'engagement and community capacity-building' to counter the possible growth of 'violent extremism' in the UK.

The outreach plan for British Muslims was published a month after a cable that revealed that while the community had grown to more than 2 million, unemployment rates were higher among Muslim men and women than in any other religion.

Muslims were also found to have the highest disability rates - with 24 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women claiming a disability - while the cable also cited statistics claiming Muslims were also the most likely group to be unavailable for work or not actively seeking employment due to illness, their studies or family commitments.
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Minister to close the door on skilled migrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2010

The most skilled foreign workers will be stopped from coming to Britain this week as the interim cap on numbers is reached.

The "highly skilled" migrant route will be closed before Christmas when the limit of 5,100 is met – some four months early.

Damian Green, the immigration minister, will announce today that the interim cap, ruled unlawful by the courts last week, is to be reinstated. ...

Mr Green will lay new rules today to allow the cap to continue.
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Census: Population Up 27 Million in Just 10 Years
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 21 December 2010

Most of the media coverage of the 2010 Census will likely focus on the country's changing racial composition and the redistribution of seats in Congress. But neither of these is the most important finding. Rather, it is the dramatic increase in the size of the U.S. population itself that has profound implications for our nation's quality of life and environment. Most of the increase has been, and will continue to be, a result of one federal policy: immigration. Projections into the future from the Census Bureau show we are on track to add 130 million more people to the U.S. population in the just the next 40 years, primarily due to future immigration.

• Immigration accounted for three-quarters of population growth during the decade. Census Bureau data found 13.1 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) who arrived in the last 10 years; there were also about 8.2 million births to immigrant women during the decade. ...

• Without a change in immigration policy, the nation is projected to add roughly 30 million new residents each decade for the foreseeable future. ...

• While our country obviously can "fit" more people, and technology and planning can help manage the situation, forcing such high population growth through immigration policy has profound implications for the environment, traffic, congestion, sprawl, water quality, and the loss of open spaces. ...

• Census Bureau data collected earlier this year showed that the 13.1 million immigrants who arrived in the last 10 years, plus all of the children they had once in the country, have reduced the average age in the United States slightly, from 37.4 years to 36.8 years.

• As the Census Bureau stated in its population projections published in 2000, immigration is a "highly inefficient" means for addressing the problem of an aging society in the long run. The updated projections done in 2008 show the same thing.
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Beware gurus selling high migration
Ross Gittins
The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 December 2010

The economic case for rapid population growth though immigration is surprisingly weak, but a lot of economists are keen to give you the opposite impression. Fortunately, the Productivity Commission can't bring itself to join in the happy sales job.

I suspect that, since almost all economists are great believers in economic growth as the path to ever higher material living standards, they have a tendency to throw in population growth for good measure. There's no doubt a bigger population leads to a bigger economy; the question is whether it leads to higher real income per person, thereby raising average living standards. ...

In 2006 the Productivity Commission conducted a modelling exercise to assess the effect of a 50 per cent increase in our skilled immigrant intake. It found that, after 20 years, real gross domestic product was only about 4 per cent higher than otherwise.

And the increase in real income per person was minor. What's more, most of the gains accrued to the migrants themselves, with the existing population suffering a tiny net decline in income. Why this lack of benefit? You'd expect the extra skilled labour to raise the proportion of the population participating in the labour force, thus boosting production per person.

But most of the productiveness of workers are achieved by the physical capital they're given to work with. ...

Note, too, that we have to increase the housing stock to accommodate the migrant workers and their families, as well as providing the extra public infrastructure for a bigger population. So the migrants are paid to supply their labour, but the rest of us have to provide the extra economic and social capital they need if standards aren't to fall.
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Arrogant judiciary is undermining British society
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 20 December 2010

Britain is no longer a properly functioning democracy. The governance of our country is increasingly in the hands of a judicial elite that is beholden to Brussels and its own Left-wing bias.

Puffed up with power, these courtroom zealots appear to have nothing but contempt for justice, the national interest or the will of the British people.

And in the Human Rights Act they have the perfect instrument for pushing through their own agenda.

One recent legal case graphically symbolises the destructive influence of our politically correct judges. Ignoring common decency, a court decided last week that the British Government cannot deport a failed Iraqi Kurdish asylum seeker, Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, who killed a 12-year-old girl, Amy Houston, in a brutal hit-and-run accident in 2003.

Despite his appalling crime two judges at an Immigration Tribunal claimed that any attempt to throw Ibrahim out of this country would be a breach of his human rights because he has fathered two children in Britain since the incident. According to the perverted morality of European law, therefore, his right to family life has to be protected.

This ruling is an affront. It is an outrage that the rights of a foreign killer should be given more priority than those of a loving British family who have been denied any form of justice over their child's death.

Ibrahim was already serving a nine-month ban for driving without a licence or insurance when he ran down Amy and did not even stop.

Yet Ibrahim spent just four months in jail for her death, a shockingly lenient sentence that again exposes the cowardice of our legal system. Since his release he has committed drug possession, burglary, theft and harassment. What makes this low-life's case even more sickening is that he has absolutely no right to reside in Britain.

He arrived here from Iraq in the back of a lorry in 2001 and immediately applied for asylum. His claim was rejected but, with characteristic feebleness, the immigration authorities failed to kick him out.

When action was finally taken to deport him he and his lawyers began to bleat about his so-called human rights. But by his vile behaviour, Ibrahim had forfeited any such rights. He showed savage disdain towards the family life of the Houstons. ...

It is estimated 350 foreign criminals escape deportation every year because of the Human Rights Act.
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Is This Our America Anymore?
Patrick J. Buchanan, 17 December 2010

Buried in the Oct. 30 Washington Post was a bland headline: "Report Points to Faster Recovery in Jobs for Immigrants."

The story, however, contained social dynamite that explains the rage of Americans who are smeared as nativists and xenophobes for demanding a timeout on immigration.

In the April-May-June quarter, foreign-born workers in the U.S. gained 656,000 jobs. And native-born Americans lost 1.2 million.

From July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, foreign-born Hispanics gained 98,000 construction jobs. Native-born Hispanics lost 133,000. Black and white U.S. construction workers lost 511,000 jobs.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, from Jan. 1, 2000, to Jan. 1, 2010, 13.1 million immigrants, legal and illegal, entered the United States, a decade in which America lost 1 million jobs.

From 2008 and 2009, the figures are startling. In 24 months, 2.4 million immigrants, legal and illegal, arrived, as U.S. citizens were losing 8.6 million jobs.

Query: Why are we importing a million-plus workers a year when 17 million Americans can't find work? Whose country is this?

Why do we not declare a moratorium on all immigration, until our unemployment rate falls to 6 or 5 percent? Charity begins at home. Ought we not take care of our own jobless first before we invite in strangers to take their jobs?

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, each year between 300,000 and 400,000 "anchor babies" are born to illegal aliens. These newborns are entitled to citizenship, free health care and education, welfare and food stamps.

Their parents – almost all are poor or working class – rarely pay any state or federal income tax.

How long can we keep granting citizenship and full social welfare benefits to the children of people who break our laws and break into our country or overstay their visas? How long can we keep bringing in workers to take jobs when our unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent?

Again, according to the Pew Center, the number of anchor babies here now is about 4 million. Add to that 3 million to 4 million born each decade, and it will not be long before Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Texas resemble California, which is on the brink of default.
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High court rules immigration cap illegal, 17 December 2010

Theresa May's attempt to cap the number of immigrants coming to the UK has been judged unlawful by the High Court.

Lord Justice Sullivan and Mr Justice Burton found the home secretary had tried to sidestep parliamentary scrutiny when setting the limit.

As a result of the decision there is currently no legal limit for the two tiers of job applicants from abroad.

The ruling relates to the temporary cap installed since this summer. It marks a significant victory for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and English Community Care Association (ECCA), who were concerned about the effect of the ban on care workers.

Ed Balls, shadow home secretary, said: "The government's immigration policy is in a state of chaos.

"Their so called cap may have sounded good before the election but it wasn't properly thought through and didn't get the scrutiny it deserved. Not only will it do little to control immigration it also risks damaging British businesses."

JCWI chief executive Habib Rahman said: "This is a victory for democracy and the rule of law.

"It shows that the home secretary cannot simply sideline parliament and the requirements it has imposed to check her powers. It also has important implications for migrants in the UK who were affected by the imposition of an unlawful limit."
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Our coverage on immigration and Europe was weak, admits BBC Director General
Paul Revoir
Daily Mail, 17 December 2010

BBC coverage of issues such as immigration and Europe had been weak in the past, admitted the corporation's Director General Mark Thompson.

He confessed the BBC had been nervous about tackling issues regarded as sensitive.

But he claimed the broadcaster had corrected that position and forced reluctant politicians to address the matter of immigration during this year's General Election.

He admitted it should not be the corporation's role to start 'censoring the public debate' and said the BBC would give space for 'extreme and radical perspectives'.

His admission comes only a few months after he accepted the corporation had been guilty of a 'massive' Left-wing bias.

His latest comments – made during a speech at the Institute for Government on Thursday night – follow a 2007 BBC Trust report which suggested news coverage had sidestepped immigration and Europe. ...

The BBC Trust's independent report in 2007 into impartiality found the corporation had self-censored subjects it found unpalatable.
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London is 'TB capital of Europe'
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2010

London has become the "tuberculosis capital of Europe" due largely to immigration, according to a paper published today in The Lancet.

Britain is the only Western European country with rising rates of tuberculosis, according to the paper, with more than 9,000 cases now diagnosed annually.

Four in 10 cases were diagnosed within London, with the number of cases rising by nearly 50 per cent since 1999, from 2,309 to 3,450. Doctors suspect these figures underestimate the true extent of the problem by almost a third.

"Victorian" living conditions among migrants are behind the rise, said Prof Alimuddin Zumla, of University College London, a tuberculosis expert.
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EU diary for Hindus, Sikhs ... but not Christians
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2010

The European Commission has produced more than three million copies of an EU school diary that ignores Christmas but includes Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Islamic festivities.

More than 330,000 copies of the diaries, which cost £4.7 million to make and are accompanied by 51 pages of information about the EU, have been delivered to British schools as a Christmas gift to pupils from the commission.

But Christians have been angered because the diary section for December 25 is blank and the bottom of the page bears the message: "A true friend is someone who shares your concerns and will double your joy."

The calendar marks Islamic, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivities as well as Europe Day and other key EU anniversaries. But there are no Christian festivals marked, even though Christianity is Europe's majority religion. ...

A commission spokesman said the oversight was a "blunder".
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Immigration: translation costs soar by 40%
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 16 December 2010

Tougher language tests for new immigrants have again been called for after Government spending on translators rocketed by 40 per cent in two years – despite a drive to cut costs.

In 2007, Labour laid out £100 million on translation services across Whitehall and the justice system before pledging to slash the bill. Last year, however, translating information for non-English speakers rose to an astonishing £140 million.

Critics branded the costs a waste of money and demanded that immigrants moving to Britain be given stricter language tests. ... ...

The criminal justice system, including police, courts and prisons, last year spent £34 million on translators.

NHS Direct translates its documents into 200 languages including Esperanto, which is spoken by just 2,000 people in the UK.
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Immigration: EU eases visa rules for Albanians and Bosnians
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 16 December 2010

Fears of a new wave of back-door immigration into the UK were raised yesterday after visa requirements for Albanians and Bosnians were dropped by the EU.

From yesterday, citizens from the two countries are now free to make visits of up to three months to countries of mainland Europe.

Experts fear the move will allow migrants and criminal gangs to take advantage of weak border controls in eastern European to slip into the UK illegally.

UKIP immigration spokesman, Gerard Batten, said: "This will only lead to another wave of immigration by the back door and once again prove we do not control our borders."

Alp Mehmet, spokesman for MigrationWatch campaign group, said: "Once people establish themselves in mainland Europe it is easier for them to come to this country. It is an important reminder that we have to maintain control over our borders and do not give that up."

The decision to end visa requirements for the two Eastern European countries was made at a meeting of Europe's interior ministers in November.

Holders of biometric passports in the former Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania, can now legally make visits of up to three months to the borderless "Schengen Area" of Europe, which includes most EU countries apart from the UK and Ireland.
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Hit-and-run Iraqi can stay in UK
The Independent, 16 December 2010

A failed asylum-seeker who left a 12-year-old girl dying under the wheels of his car while banned from driving will be allowed to remain in the UK, judges ruled today.

Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, 33, an Iraqi Kurd, was already banned from driving when he ran off, leaving Amy Houston trapped under his Rover car. ...

The Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber sitting in Manchester also heard Ibrahim, given leave to remain in the UK, had a string of criminal convictions.

Ibrahim's lawyers argued that his human rights would be impinged if he was sent back to Iraq.

And today two senior immigration judges rejected a final appeal by the UK Border Agency to have him deported.

Ibrahim will now be allowed to live in the UK permanently. ...

Ibrahim's lawyers claimed human rights laws permitted him to remain in the country, as his right to life and to family life trumped attempts to return him to his native Iraq. ...

Although he now has two children, there was little evidence to suggest he was living at the same address so could not claim a right to family life, it was argued.

The judges were also told of Ibrahim's convictions, including a further incident of driving while disqualified in 2006, harassment and possession of drugs.

But Senior Immigration Judges Lane and Taylor, in a reserved judgment made public today, rejected the Border Agency appeal.

They said the original decision should stand but added that the outcome might well have been different if the process to remove Ibrahim had begun before he had children. ...

After serving his sentence, Ibrahim, who came to the UK in 2001, met a British woman, mother of his children Harry, four, and Zara, three.

At the time, Ibrahim's applications for asylum and citizenship had been rejected and although he was technically awaiting deportation, he was not returned to Iraq because the lack of security in the country would have breached his right to life.

Last year he won leave to remain in the UK after arguing that, because he now had two children since being freed from prison, he had a right to a family life under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
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Immigration in Canada: A smaller welcome mat
The Economist, 16 December 2010

Canada has long been known as one of the world's most welcoming countries for immigrants, and thus a good bet for refugees, who are granted most of the same rights and freedoms as citizens. ... But multiculturalism has been a part of the national identity since 1971, when a Liberal government embraced it as official policy. Today 20% of the population is foreign-born. The biggest sources of new arrivals are China, the Philippines and India.

Yet the Conservative minority government of Stephen Harper that took power in 2006 has begun to restrict immigration. It has toughened the citizenship test and doubled the lump sum required to gain quick access as an investor. And it has presented bills to fine and jail people-traffickers and detain their clients, and to penalise unauthorised immigration advisers who charge fees (to be called the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act).

Mr Harper is also changing the profile of immigrants who are accepted, giving priority to the skilled over the needy. His government has cut the refugee intake by 36% and imposed visa requirements on visitors from Mexico and the Czech Republic, some of whom it accuses of exploiting loopholes in the asylum system. The only category of immigrants to have grown significantly since 2005 is temporary workers, who are rarely a drag on the state.

All this adds up to slight tinkering, rather than the kind of retreat from multiculturalism seen in parts of Europe, or America's harder line against illegal immigration. The number of new permanent residents accepted every year has held steady since 1990, at 0.7-0.8% of the population. But the changes reflect Canadians' newly ambivalent attitudes. And they go with an increasingly vocal debate about immigration.

A report on national security published last month by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a non-partisan think-tank, listed "uncontrolled immigration" as one of three foreseeable threats to Canada. ... ...

... Given immigrants' numbers, bashing them is politically dangerous: they and their children are already a majority in Toronto, the country's most populous city. ...

That seems borne out by an opinion poll commissioned by the government. Only one respondent in four said there were too many immigrants, whereas half said the current level was about right. Canada may be narrowing the door for immigrants, but it is not about to slam it shut.
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UN: Migrant population on pace to reach 405 million by 2050
Earth Times, 16 December 2010

If migration continues at the same pace as in the last 20 years, there would 405 million migrants by 2050 around the world who will bring enormous benefits to local economies, the UN said Thursday.

The statement was issued in advance of Saturday's observance of International Migrants Day.

The International Organization for Migration said the steep rise in the migrant population is in response to an expected 25-per-cent decline in population in industrialized nations.

At the same time, demand for migrant workers will increase as the labour force in developing countries will grow from 2.4 billion people in 2005 to 3.6 billion by 2040.

The IOM said native-born US citizens gained an estimated 37 billion dollars a year from immigrants' contributions to their economy, according the US president's Council of Economic Advisers. It said one in 10 self-employed business people in the United States is a migrant.

Yet some Americans have reacted negatively against migrant workers, IOM said.

"Unfortunately, many of these discussions are based on emotions and myths and not on social and economic reality," IOM director William Lacy Swing said. "Migration now and in the future will be driven by global economic, social and demographic trends that can no longer be ignored."

The IOM, which recently issued a fresh report on world migration, cited an earlier study by the University College London, which showed that Eastern European migrants paid 37 per cent more in taxes than they received in benefits and public services in Britain in 2008-09.
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European judges kill off British law that curbed sham marriages
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 15 December 2010

Laws credited with cutting the number of sham marriages by more than 70 per cent were yesterday killed off by European judges because they breach human rights.

The rules, which required some immigrants to apply for a certificate of approval from the Home Office and pay a £295 fee before they could wed, were judged discriminatory and against the right to marry by the European Court of Human Rights.

Judges said they had 'grave concerns' about the scheme because many immigrants could not afford the fee.

The scheme, introduced by David Blunkett in 2004, resulted in a huge reduction in the number of ceremonies performed in its first few years. ...

The number of reports from registrars about suspicious marriages also dropped spectacularly. A total of 6,652 people were refused a certificate under the scheme. However, a string of court rulings in the UK began to challenge the system. ...

The judges said the exemption for Anglicans having Church of England weddings also breached religious freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Home Office earlier this year announced that certificates of approval would be scrapped, in anticipation of the ruling.
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Foreign students get six extra months to stay in Britain
Daily Telegraph, 14 December 2010

Tens of thousands of foreign students will be allowed to study in Britain for almost a year, despite the visa system being tightened.

Migrants who want to study English at private language schools can now attend courses for up to 11 months, after the Government virtually doubled the period for which they are allowed to stay in the country.

The move will add to concerns that migrants will be able to exploit an easy route in to the country and then disappear or work in the "black economy".

Currently, anyone arriving as a student visitor can stay for no more than six months. Damian Green, the immigration minister, has extended this to 11 months for those on English language courses after pleas from the sector that six months was not long enough.
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US is still the world's leading destination for immigrants
Brigitte Perucca
Guardian Weekly, 14 December 2010
[This article originally appeared in Le Monde]

In a study published last month, France's Demographic Studies Institute (Ined) lists countries that have the largest number of migrants in absolute or relative terms, and also where the millions of migrants come from.

Although a large number leave their homes in the developing world in search of work in industrialised countries, there is still significant movement between emerging economies, and from one part of the developed world to another.

Of the 214 million people living outside their home country (just over 3% of the world's population, according to a UN estimate published this year), 62 million left a country in the south for a destination in the north. Migration between countries in the south involved 61 million people, against 53 million in the north.

With 43 million foreign nationals on American territory in 2010, according to UN forecasts, the US remains the world's prime destination for immigration, well ahead of Russia, with 12.3 million immigrants. In all, some 13% of the population were born outside the US. For the last five years its "migratory balance" – the difference between the number of people entering and leaving the country – is estimated at 1 million a year.

In most other industrialised western democracies the proportion of immigrants ranges from 7% to 16%, according to Ined. This category includes Germany (13%), France (11%), the UK and the Netherlands (10%), and Belgium (9%). Spain is a relative newcomer, having only become a big destination for immigration in the past 20 years, with a peak in 2002-07. Immigrants now account for 14% of the population.

But in terms of the share of the total population these countries have fallen far behind the Gulf states, where immigrants sometimes outnumber the natives, as in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Europe has also been overtaken by Australia and Canada, where 21% of the population are immigrants.

Lastly, the proportion of immigrants is particularly high in countries with an attractive tax system, such as Monaco (72%), Singapore (41%), or to a lesser extent Luxembourg (35%) and Switzerland (23%).

So where do the migrants come from? The answers here are less precise, "arrivals being more accurately registered than departures". Mexico ranks as the top source country (10 million migrants) with many of its citizens resident in the US. India is close behind (9 million), followed by Bangladesh (6.5 million).

But as a percentage of total population the smaller countries rank highly for emigration. A third of the population of the Cape Verde islands live abroad. The same is true of Bosnia, with almost as many (27%) having left Albania. The UK stands out: in 2000, it had almost as many emigrants (4.2 million) as immigrants (4.9 million). In contrast, France is one of the countries with the smallest number of expatriates.

Finally a word of caution: the national perspective underpinning the Ined study fails to reveal the full picture regarding migration. For example, proportionally only a very few Chinese move abroad (0.1%), but huge numbers of people have migrated from one province to another in recent years.
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Libya to cut anti-migrant efforts unless EU pays
Reuters, 13 December 2010

Libya will scale back its efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Africa to Europe unless the European Union meets its demands for additional funding, a government minister said on Monday.

Oil exporter Libya intercepts thousands of sub-Saharan Africans each year crossing its territory on their way to Europe, but says it is not fair that it has to shoulder the burden of defending the EU's borders.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, on a visit to Italy in August, demanded that the EU pay Libya 5 billion euros ($6.6 billion) a year to help it fight illegal immigration.

"If there is no money, there will be no security, there will be no guards (on the borders)," Abdalfatah Yunes Elabedi, Libya's public security minister, told reporters at a meeting of north African and southern European interior ministers.

"We thought the situation would not reach this point because it would be a disaster for the Europeans.

"Either they (the EU) do what they have to do, in which case we will be grateful to them, or they will bear responsibility for their decision," he said at the meeting in Tripoli.

The minister said that, as part of the funding row, Libya had already suspended some development projects in sub-Saharan Africa that were aimed at discouraging people from leaving home and trying to reach Europe.
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Harriet Harman praises 'hero' immigrants who send welfare handouts home
Simon Walters
Mail on Sunday, 12 December 2010

Harriet Harman has praised 'heroic' immigrants who claim welfare payments in Britain and use the cash to support families living abroad.

She said the Government should make it easier for them to send the money home and called for tax refunds to encourage more immigrants to follow suit, in particular those who paid for their children to be educated in the Third World.

The Labour Deputy Leader, who is also the party's spokesman on International Development, derided 'those who say we should look after our own first' in the recession and vowed to fight any attempt to cut the £9.4 billion overseas aid budget.

Last night the Government challenged her 'bizarre' conduct.

Her comments were made at a meeting at Southwark town hall in her South London constituency, called to find ways to increase the flow of money from Britain to other nations in 'remittances' – money sent by families who have settled here to those left behind.

The meeting was attended by many local voters with Nigerian, Ugandan and other foreign backgrounds, as well as representatives of aid charities.

An eyewitness said: 'Harriet led a discussion on how to back up what she called the "hidden heroes of development through developing new policies on remittances".'

Ms Harman said she had conducted a survey of constituents, mainly West Africans, attending her surgeries who were regularly sending money back home to sustain children and other relatives.

'She said she had been amazed by how many were doing this,' said a source. 'Some were themselves in receipt of State benefits here and were still sending what they could abroad.'

Ms Harman said she intended to launch a new international survey to learn how other countries handled remittances to poorer nations to enable Britain to 'make the procedure easier, even possibly with some sort of tax relief for those who send payments to educate relatives abroad'.
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EU Commissioners say Europe needs more immigration, 11 December 2010

Europe needs more immigration if it wishes to remain globally competitive, says two members of the European Commission.

In an article penned by European Commissioners Cecilia Malmström and László Andor, the authors state that there are skills shortages in many sectors of the European job market, including science, health, agriculture, engineering, and tourism – This is despite the fact that the EU continues to experience high unemployment rates.

"These deficits will increase and spread rapidly to other sectors because of the EU's severe demographic challenges," the authors state.

According to Malmström and Andor, as early as 2013, the working-age population will start to decline in the EU, with Eurostat projections suggesting that the EU workforce will shrink by as much as 50 million over the next 50 years.

Malmström and Andor are quick to point out that the EU will not need 50 million immigrants and that reducing existing unemployment should be a top priority. However, they feel that increased skilled immigration should play an important role in combating the problem.

For example, they say that recent reports suggest that the EU economy will need between 384,000 and 700,000 IT workers by 2015, and by 2020, between one and two million health-care workers.

"Even with the best policies, it is highly unlikely that all these resources could be found within the Union," the authors said.

"At the same time, global competition for manpower will grow", they added. "If Europe is to keep its position on the global market, we need to make our labour market more attractive to possible migrants."

The European Commission has been proactive in trying to encourage more skilled immigration into the EU. The EU intends to implement a "blue card" which would allow non-EU citizens to live and work in the 27-member bloc. The recent article by two prominent EU Commissioners will it is hoped speed up the introduction of an EU-wide immigration scheme.
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1 in 10 living in UK were born abroad
Sarah O'Grady
Daily Express, 10 December 2010

Britain's population now includes 10 per cent of foreign-born residents, it was revealed yesterday.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed how Labour's open-door immigration policy has dramatically changed the face of Britain.

The latest edition of the ONS Population Trends report showed about 10 per cent of the population in 2007 was foreign-born, putting Britain in the mid-range of European countries.

In contrast, Finland and Hungary had only about four per cent of foreign-born residents.

Britain's level is also lower than those of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

The report also states that in 2009 the population of the UK was 61.8 million, a 10 per cent increase from 56.4 million in 1984. Projections indicate that if past demographic trends continue, the population will rise to 72 million by 2034.
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Migrant baby boom leaves schools 500,000 places short
Daily Mail, 10 December 2010

England needs more than half a million extra primary school places before the end of the decade, ministers have admitted.

By the Government's own calculations, 543 new nursery and primary schools are needed within eight years. ...

Ministers described the shortfall as a 'major issue', and one campaign group claimed it could cost the taxpayer £40 billion. ...

Statisticians put the trend down to the rising population of foreign-born women of childbearing age.

An official count yesterday showed the number of people living in Britain who were born abroad has more than doubled over 30 years. And birth rate figures show the UK population is now increasing in line with the post-war baby boom.

It has risen by 10 per cent over the last 25 years and is expected to rise by 16 per cent over the next 25. ... ...

The Department of Education said the number of primary school pupils, currently 3.96 million, will increase to 4.5 million in 2018, an increase of 540,000.

The number of nursery and primary schools needed to accommodate the surge must rise from today's 3,986 to 4,529. ...

The immigration baby boom has resulted in doubling in number of pupils who do not speak English as their first language.

Currently the figure stands at 16 per cent of students and is set to increase to 23 per cent in 2018.
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Number of people living in Britain who were born abroad doubles to 6.9m in 30 years (and most had no UK connection before they came here)
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 9 December 2010

The number of people living in Britain who were born abroad has more than doubled in the past 30 years, according to an official count today.

It put the population of those born abroad at 6.9 million, more than one in ten of everyone in the country.

The count of people born elsewhere in the world who have made their lives in Britain is regarded as one of the most reliable available indicators of the scale of immigration.

Although it includes many people born abroad to British parents the great majority of those included are people without British connections who have come to this country as immigrants.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in 1981 six per cent of the British population were foreign-born: 3.4 million people. By 2001, this had risen to 4.9 million and made up eight per cent of the population.

In 2009, following the record high immigration of Labour's years in power, the proportion of those born abroad had risen to 11 per cent of the 62 million population. ...

The ONS figures, given in an article on the country's population by National Statistician Jil Matheson, underline the impact of immigration over the past 30 years, and especially since Labour came to power in 1997.

The foreign-born population includes around 1.3 million people from the Asian sub-continent and a similar number from Africa. People born in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand together total slightly under 900,000.

Miss Matheson said: 'Between 2001 and 2009, the estimated number of people resident in the UK who were born in Eastern European EU countries rose from 103,000 to 738,000.'
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30-year high in TB 'is caused by immigration'
Daily Express, 8 December 2010

Immigration is responsible for a 30-year high in the number of cases of tuberculosis in the UK, the Government said yesterday.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said that under his reforms, local councils would play a major role in dealing with the problem, which is concentrated in the country's major cities.

There were 8,286 cases of TB in England last year, up 4.3 per cent on 2008, he told the Commons.

Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and London were particularly affected by the contagious lung disease, spread by sneezing and coughing. The disease often takes months or even years to show symptoms but left untreated can be fatal.

"The rise has occurred mainly in people infected in countries where TB is common who go on to develop active TB later in life," he said.
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Thousands of short-term foreign students escape migrant curbs
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2010

Tens of thousands of foreign students will still be allowed to come to Britain to attend private language schools and other short courses every year, despite new restrictions on the visa system.

Migrants wanting to come for less than six months will not face any restrictions on the courses they take although longer-term students will be barred from studying anything below a degree. Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, warned migrants would still be able to exploit an easy route into the country.

However, students will no longer be able to bring family members with them unless they are studying for more than a year and the dependants will not be able to work in Britain.

The restrictions will result in up to 100,000 fewer students from outside the European Union coming to Britain every year.
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Are there any taxpayer-funded bodies NOT funding Left-wing think-tank the IPPR?
Ed West
Daily Telegraph website, 7 December 2010

You can't keep a good man down: Lord Mandelson is to chair an inquiry into the "future of globalisation" for the Left-wing think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research.

The IPPR is a hugely influential body which, whether you like it or not, indirectly affects all our lives. ... However its strongest legacy has been in providing the intellectual and economic justification for mass immigration. It does this by downplaying the social costs of mass immigration, focusing on the benefits of highly-skilled migration, while maintaining the convenient fiction that the mass immigration disaster is a fantasy created by the "Right-wing press" to stir up readers.

It does this by nit-picking at newspaper headlines in a way that might just about satisfy a British libel judge, but which leaves just enough tiny, tiny holes in a story to leave the ideological committed satisfied. For example, earlier this year the think-tank criticised reports in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Daily Express which suggested, correctly, that most jobs were going to foreigners, by pointing out that 1.5m of the 3.8m non-British born workers mentioned in the report were actually UK nationals i.e. they had acquired British citizenship. Which makes absolutely no difference to the fact that they were immigrants in the first place. Utterly pedantic, but it allows the deluded to go away satisfied that the whole thing was made up by the evil Right-wing press.

Groups such as the IPPR provide the intellectual justification for the mass immigration experiment, as well as other progressive policies. And the really, really funny thing is that you are paying for it, as the IPPR's website states with its list of "organisations that have supported us in 2008/2009". Here they are:

... ... ...

It's almost like a who's who of government departments, quangos, regional bodies and state-funded charities.

And here's a list of taxpayer-funded organisations and government agencies that fund MigrationWatch, the only non-partisan group campaigning against mass immigration:

..... [an eery, haunted silence, followed by the distant sound of a stone hitting bottom of the well]
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NYC Taxi Drivers Urged to Use Racial Profiling in Passenger Pickups
Susan Jones, 7 December 2010

The federal government refuses to profile airline passengers, but New York City taxi drivers are being urged to profile potential passengers before giving them rides.

Following an attack on a New York taxi driver, the head of the city's taxi-drivers' union is urging cabbies to "profile your passengers; it's very important."

Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, gave that advice at a press conference Saturday outside the hospital where the cabbie is in serious condition, the New York Post reported.

"I don't care about racial profiling. You know, sometimes it is good we are racially profiled, because the God's honest truth is that 99 percent of the people that are robbing, stealing, killing these drivers are blacks and Hispanics," said Mateo, who is Hispanic and has a black father. "So if you see suspicious activity, you know what? Don't pick that person up."

Mateo's comments, of course, drew immediate condemnation.
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Dutch politician urges Jews to 'emigrate to US or Israel'
Ynetnews, 7 December 2010

Prominent Dutch politician Frits Bolkestein sparked an uproar in the Netherlands by saying practicing Jews had "no future here, and should emigrate to the US or Israel," French newspaper Le Monde reported Tuesday.

In the recently released book "The Decay; Jews in a Rudderless Netherlands" by Manfred Gerstenfeld, chairman of the Board of Fellows at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the former European Commissioner and ex-leader of Holland's ruling rightist VVD party is quoted as saying there is no future for Orthodox Jews in Holland because of "the anti-Semitism among Dutchmen of Moroccan descent, whose numbers keep growing."

He added that the increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands over the past decade had led him to have limited confidence in the government's ability to fight anti-Semitism.

Bolkestein also said he was "pessimistic regarding the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict that feeds anti-Semitism."

The Dutch parliament is expected to hold a special session to discuss Bolkestein's remarks.

Geert Wilders, the leader of the anti-Islam Party for Freedom, reacted by saying that "not Jews should emigrate, but anti-Semitic Moroccans."
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Government pledges to slash 100,000 foreign student visas, but critics say new rule is ripe for 'abuse'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 7 December 2010

A loophole in new foreign student rules is ripe for 'abuse' and could allow in tens of thousands to study at English language colleges, critics warned today.

Ministers announced a major crackdown on abuse of the student visa system that is expected to cut the total numbers arriving but up to 100,000.

But it emerged that short term student visitor visas - which allow non EU students into the UK for up to six months - will be exempt from the tougher regulations.

Last year some 37,715 students came into the country on one of these visas.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch UK think tank, said the new measures were 'tough' and to be welcomed.

But he added: 'The absence of measures on student visitors is a disappointment. This route is just as likely to be abused as the longer term route.

'The cost of a short course in the UK is only a fraction of what a people-smuggler would charge.'

Ministers said the proposals would restrict abuse of the system by stopping those coming as students whose real intention is to get a job. ...

Last year some 313,011 foreign students were granted visas - a rise of more than 30 per cent. Students now account for two thirds of all those entering the UK. ...

In the year to March some 313,011 foreign students were granted visas, and they brought with them 31,385 dependant relatives.

That was an increase of 32 per cent on the 235,295 students and 24,780 dependants given visas in the previous year.

Numbers of relatives are likely to fall as only students studying for more than 12 months will be permitted to bring in dependants.

Dependants will also be barred from working in the UK, unless they qualify for a visa in their own right.

Students who are allowed in will be subject to much tougher rules on work, to stop them taking jobs from British workers.

They will be barred from working for any company not based on their university campus during the working week. ...

The focus on private colleges comes after an analysis of visa files showed one in four non-EU students who attend them go on to flout the rules. Many do not return home or work illegally. ...

Last month figures emerged showing one in five foreigners who arrived here to study in 2004 was still in Britain five years later.
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Israel fears 'flood' of migrants threatens state / APNews, 6 December 2010

In recent years, tens of thousands of Africans ... have entered the country through its long desert border with Egypt, turning Israel, like parts of Europe, into a magnet for asylum seekers, and even more, for migrants desperate for jobs in the industrialized world.

Their arrivals are hardly being welcomed. Facing a public furor, the government is scrambling to erect a fence along the 130-mile (220-kilometer) Egyptian border and a massive detention center in the remote southern desert.

With Israel, however, come special complications: Founded six decades ago in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust genocide, its society is torn between a sense of duty toward the persecuted and fears that the influx might make the country less Jewish.

In a speech to parliament last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a "flood" of illegal migrants. "It is threatening the jobs of Israelis, and it is threatening the Jewish and democratic character of the state of Israel," he said.

The government says that all but a select few are economic migrants and not eligible for refugee status. But critics charge the government is turning away bona fide refugees fleeing persecution. ...

Some cities have been transformed. Some 10 percent of the population of the Red Sea resort town of Eilat are African migrants, and an entire neighborhood in south Tel Aviv is known as "Little Africa," where ethnic food shops and phone card stalls line the streets. ...

Initially, Israel took in many of the early arrivals, providing shelter and even arranging jobs in hotels and on kibbutz collective farms. Nearly 3,000 people received temporary residence or work permits. But with no overarching policy, most migrants are simply released onto the streets after brief detentions.

Haifa University geography professor Arnon Soffer estimates that if the current pace persists there will be approximately 500,000 illegal migrants in Israel within 15 years. He called the influx an "existential threat" to a country of just 7.6 million people.
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Majority of Muslims want Islam in politics, poll says
Meris Lutz
Los Angeles Times, 6 December 2010

A majority of Muslims around the world welcome a significant role for Islam in their countries' political life, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, but have mixed feelings toward militant religious groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion. About 85% of Pakistani Muslims said they would support a law segregating men and women in the workplace.

Muslims in Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria and Jordan were among the most enthusiastic, with more than three-quarters of poll respondents in those countries reporting positive views of Islam's influence in politics: either that Islam had a large role in politics, and that was a good thing, or that it played a small role, and that was bad.

Turkish Muslims were the most conflicted, with just more than half reporting positive views of Islam's influence in politics. Turkey has struggled in recent years to balance a secular political system with an increasingly fervent Muslim population.

Many Muslims described a struggle in their country between fundamentalists and modernizers, especially those who may have felt threatened by the rising tides of conservatism. Among those respondents who identified a struggle, most tended to side with the modernizers. This was especially true in Lebanon and Turkey, where 84% and 74%, respectively, identified themselves as modernizers as opposed to fundamentalists.

In Egypt and Nigeria, however, more people were pulling in the other direction. According to the poll, 59% in Egypt and 58% in Nigeria who said there was a struggle identified with the fundamentalists.

Despite an overall positive view of Islam's growing role in politics, militant religious organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah spurred mixed reactions. Both groups enjoyed fairly strong support in Jordan, home to many Palestinians, and Lebanon, where Hezbollah is based. Muslim countries that do not share strong cultural, historical and political ties to the Palestinian cause, such as Pakistan and Turkey, tended to view Hezbollah and Hamas negatively.

Al Qaeda was rejected by strong majorities in every Muslim country except Nigeria, which gave the group a 49% approval rating.

The poll was conducted April 12 to May 7 in seven countries with large Muslim populations. About 8,000 people were interviewed face to face, ...
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Bogus foreign students facing visa crackdown after shocking figures show a quarter flout the rules
James Slack
Daily Mail, 6 December 2010

An end to the rampant abuse of the visa system by thousands of students who claim to be attending private colleges will be announced by ministers tomorrow.

The Home Office has uncovered shocking figures showing that 26 per cent of the non-EU students given permission to attend the colleges go on to flout the rules.

They do not bother to go home, disappear into the black economy, or work illegally.

Under plans to be unveiled tomorrow, only students attending university courses will be entitled to a visa.

Only a small number of the most trusted private colleges will be allowed to 'sponsor' migrants.

In stark contrast to private colleges, only 2 per cent of immigrants going to university break immigration rules.

Ministers will also slash students' entitlement to work – which is currently 20 hours a week – and limit their ability to bring in dependants. ...

Home Office research, released last night, shows that students represent almost two-thirds of the non-EU migrants entering the UK each year. Last year, the figure was more than 300,000.

But officials said 41 per cent of students from abroad were coming to study a course below degree level, and abuse was 'particularly common' at those levels.
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Census estimates US population at 306M to 313M
Hope Yen / Associated Press, 6 December 2010

Census surprise? The government provided new estimates Monday showing the U.S. population grew to somewhere between roughly 306 million and 313 million over the last decade, acknowledging uncertainty due to rapid shifts in immigration.

The estimates, which are separate from the official 2010 census count, are based on a review of birth and death records as well as calculations of new immigrants as of April 1, 2010. ... ...

The estimates also indicate:

Hispanics accounted for all the growth in the youth population in the last decade. In 2000, Hispanics made up 17 percent of the U.S. population under age 20. They now represent somewhere between 22 and 25 percent of that age group.

There were roughly 40.9 million to 41.7 million blacks in the U.S., based on a tabulation that includes Hispanic blacks. That would put the share of blacks at roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population.
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Angler arrested for shooting at carp
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2010

Immigrant anglers were responsible for a serious security alert after they fired a shotgun into a river to catch fish. ...

The issue of immigrants, mainly Eastern Europeans, poaching freshwater fish to eat is considered to one of the biggest threats to Britain's inland fisheries.

Authorities have put up "no poaching" signs in different languages on some waterways and have microchipped some species in an attempt to deter thieves. Poaching is very costly to fishery owners as a good sized carp can cost thousands of pounds to replace.

Police questioned the group on the banks of the River Drove at March, Cambs, and arrested a 33-year-old man, believed to have come from Kazakhstan, for discharging a firearm within 50ft of a public highway.
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Wikileaks cables: David Miliband focused on Sri Lankan war 'to win votes'
Julian Borger
The Guardian, 1 December 2010

The diplomatic campaign by former foreign secretary David Miliband to champion aid and human rights during the Sri Lankan humanitarian crisis last year was largely driven by domestic political calculations, according to a Foreign Office official.

A leaked May 2009 cable from the US embassy in London quotes the official, Tim Waite, a Foreign Office team leader on Sri Lanka, explaining Miliband's intense focus on the plight of the country's Tamils in terms of UK electoral geography.

"Waite said that much of [Her Majesty's government] and ministerial attention to Sri Lanka is due to the 'very vocal' Tamil diaspora in the UK, numbering over 300,000, who have been protesting in front of parliament since 6 April," Richard Mills, a political officer at the US embassy, reported.

"He said that with UK elections on the horizon and many Tamils living in Labour constituencies with slim majorities, the government is paying particular attention to Sri Lanka, with Miliband recently remarking to Waite that he was spending 60% of his time at the moment on Sri Lanka."
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Gaddafi wants £4bn to stop Europe being flooded by migrants
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 1 December 2010

Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is demanding billions of pounds from the European Union to stop Europe turning "black" through immigration.

The dictator also warned that the EU could be swamped by Muslims unless the aid is poured into schemes to tackle illegal immigration from Africa.

Gaddafi made the ultimatum at a two-day summit of EU and African leaders in Libyan capital Tripoli. The meeting finished yesterday.

But last night, critics accused the tyrant of trying to hold Europe to ransom and raised concerns that the EU may cave in to his huge demands.

Gaddafi, 68, sparked uproar at the summit by saying that unless "Christian white" countries gave him around £4 billion, Europe would be flooded by migrants from poverty-stricken Africa.

"We should stop this illegal immigration. If we don't, Europe will become black, it will be overcome by people with different religions, it will change," he said. He complained Libya had only received £42 million from the EU to help tackle illegal immigration across the Mediterranean. ...

Gaddafi made similar demands during a speech in Rome earlier this year when he said: "Italy needs to convince her European allies to accept this Libyan proposal: Five billion euros to Libya to stop illegal immigration. Europe runs the risk of turning black from illegal immigration, it could turn into Africa.

"We need support from the EU to stop this army trying to get across from Libya, which is their entry point. There is a dangerous level of immigration from Africa into Europe and we don't know what will happen.

"What will be the reaction of the white Christian Europeans to this mass of hungry uneducated Africans?

"We don't know if Europe will remain a cohesive continent or if it will be destroyed by barbarian invasion.

"We have to imagine this could happen but before it does we need to work together."

A leaked report from border officials estimates that 900,000 illegals a year enter the European Union.
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Coalition should be even tougher on immigration, says poll
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2010

Seven in ten people think the Coalition should take an even tougher stance on immigration and cut annual numbers to less than 50,000, a poll has revealed.

The majority of the public backed the Government's pledge to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands but believe it should go even further, according to the study for the think-tank Migrationwatch.

A cap on migrant workers will limit the number of foreign staff arriving in the UK to 21,700 a year and a review of student visas is expected to cut those numbers by the tens of thousands.

The aim is to bring net migration, the difference between those arriving and those leaving, from around 200,000 to the "tens of thousands".

The latest poll found 81 per cent were in favour of such a move, including 79 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters who were asked.

However, seven in ten people thought the numbers should be at the most 50,000 or lower.

The poll also revealed almost three quarters of the public are concerned over recent reports that white Britons could be in a minority by 2066.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said, "These results are a strong vote of confidence in the government's recent measures to control economic migration.

"But they are also warning that the public, who would like to see even lower levels of immigration, are very unhappy about the long-term consequences of immigration for the make-up of our society.
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Huge public support for government restrictions on economic migration
Migrationwatch UK, 30 November 2010
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A resounding vote of confidence in the government's measures announced last week to reduce the number of economic migrants allowed to come to the UK - that was the message of an opinion poll conducted by YouGov for Migrationwatch on 25-26 November.

81% supported this policy (55% strongly) while only 13% opposed (4% strongly). 6% did not know. Interestingly, 79% of Lib Dem's supported the policy, compared to 95% of Conservatives and 69% of Labour voters. Support was very strong in London (87%) and in the rest of the South (84%) but less strong in Scotland (71%).

As for the government's broader policy aim of getting net immigration down to tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament, most respondents wanted to see an even lower inflow. 70% thought that immigration of 50,000 or less would be best for Britain while 11% favoured 100,000 or more; 21% of Lib Dem's took this view but only 8% Conservatives and 16% Labour voters agreed with them. 19% did not know.

The poll also revealed widespread unhappiness about the result of a recent study which found that, if immigration continues at roughly its present levels, then by around 2066 there will be fewer White British people in the UK than those from other ethnic groups. 73% were unhappy (56% very unhappy) while only 2% were happy and 21% were neither or unhappy.

Commenting Sir Andrew Green Chairman Migrationwatch UK said, "These results are a strong vote of confidence in the government's recent measures to control economic migration. But they are also warning that the public, who would like to see even lower levels of immigration, are very unhappy about the long-term consequences of immigration for the make-up of our society."
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Against the grain: Democrats' Diversity Problem
Josh Kraushaar
National Journal, 30 November 2010

Democrats have a diversity problem.

There, I said it. Many of you reading might be doing a double-take, thinking I went really "against the grain" with this column. You're thinking: It's clear Democrats are a much more inclusive party - just look at the fact that nearly one-third of House Democrats are non-white, while Republicans have struggled to diversify.

And am I so naïve to forget Democrats nominated and elected President Obama, the first black president?

But look deeper at the composition of Congress and the governorships, and it's apparent the Democrats' strong racial record is somewhat misleading, with its advantage in electing minorities mostly a result of House districts specifically drawn to elect minorities.

Of the 75 black, Hispanic, and Asian-American Democrats in Congress and governorships, only nine represent majority-white constituencies - and that declines to six in 2011. Two of the party's rising black stars who sought statewide office this year were rejected by their party's own base. And when you only look at members of Congress or governors elected by majority-white constituencies (in other words, most of the governorships and Senate seats, and 337 out of 435 House seats), Democrats trail Republicans in minority representation.

In fact, Republicans experienced a diversity boomlet this year. Cognizant of their stuffy national image, party leaders made a concerted effort to recruit a more diverse crop of candidates. That resulted in more than doubling the number of minority elected officials from six to 13 - and a ten-fold increase (from one to 10) in the number of minorities representing majority-white constituencies.

The numbers reflect an inconvenient reality - even with their more diverse caucus, Democrats face the same challenges as Republicans in recruiting, nominating, and electing minority candidates to statewide office and in majority-white suburban and rural districts. The vast majority of black and Hispanic members hail from urban districts that don't require crossover votes to win, or represent seats designed to elect minorities. They are more liberal than the average Democrat, no less the average voter, making it more difficult to run statewide campaigns.

These are far from trivial facts. This means Democrats lack a bench of minority candidates who can run for statewide office, no less national office. Most Democratic minorities make a career in the House, accruing seniority and influence but lacking broad-based political support.

The prime culprit in preventing minorities from having broader appeal is the process of gerrymandering majority-minority seats. It has guaranteed blacks and Hispanics representation, but at the cost of creating seats where candidates would have to appeal to a broader constituency, white and non-white alike. For decades, such districts were judicially mandated; in the South, officials still need clearance from the Justice Department to decrease the proportion of blacks voters in a district.

The logic behind gerrymandering stems from the Civil Rights era, when white voters were highly unlikely to vote for African-American candidates, so districts needed to be drawn so black voters could elect their own to Congress. It was effective - and necessary - to bring diversity to a homogeneous body. But now, the consequence of these contortions comes at great expense to Democrats and civil rights leaders alike.
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Poverty causes more mistrust than race
Nick Collins
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2010

British people are six times more likely to mistrust their neighbours because of poverty than racial differences, researchers claim.

People living in deprived areas are significantly more likely to be uneasy about each other than those in more affluent areas, regardless of how they look, a study found.

The argument that multiculturalism causes suspicion and malaise between strangers was strongly rejected by the study, which found "no evidence" that there is more trust in "homogenous" neighbourhoods.

Poverty is also responsible for a lack of "social capital" in Britain which results in less volunteering and people having fewer close friends and lower levels of happiness and perceived quality of life, researchers found.

Patrick Sturgis, one of the researchers, said: "Basically it is poverty not race that makes people uneasy and not trust each other.

"If it were somehow possible to make every neighbourhood in Britain completely ethnically homogenous, it would have a barely perceptible impact on the extent to which the British trust people in their neighbourhoods."

Government surveys of more than 25,000 people in 4,000 neighbourhoods were analysed by academics from the University of Southampton's National Centre for Research Methods.

Mr Sturgis said the research, to be published in the British Journal of Political Science, countered claims by Harvard academic Robert Putnam who claimed that people "act like turtles" when confronted with diversity.

Putnam, who visited Downing Street several times under Labour, wrote in 2007: "Inhabitants of diverse communities tend to withdraw from collective life, to distrust their neighbours regardless of the colour of their skin".

Mr Sturgis said in the last five years immigration has been blamed for a lack of community cohesion and civic engagement, but insisted people had confused poverty with diversity.

He added: "In reality, immigrants do find themselves living in poorer areas so we can see how the two issues have been confused."
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'Loophole' in migrant cap leads to surge
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 28 November 2010

The Government's cap on immigration is being undermined by a surge in foreign workers who are exempt from new visa rules, according to official figures.

Home Office statistics show that the number of foreigners arriving on "intra-company transfers" (ICTs), which do not count towards the cap total, rose significantly after the Coalition's announcement of an interim cap in mid-July.

Between July and September this year, as the Home Office was restricting other immigration routes, more than 8,000 foreigners came to work in the UK under ICTs – up by 30 per cent from the same period last year.

Experts said the increase showed that companies were continuing to import cheap labour despite the Government's efforts.

Peter Skyte, of the trade union Unite, said: "It is a massive loophole."

The ICT scheme allows firms to bring non-EU nationals who are already on their payroll into the UK.
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Swiss referendum backs expelling convicted foreigners
Catherine Bosley and Anne Richardson
Reuters, 28 November 2010

A majority of Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday to ease the expulsion of foreigners convicted of serious crimes such as murder, the latest sign of growing hostility to immigration in the Alpine state.

Some 53 percent of voters accepted a proposal to deport automatically foreigners convicted of crimes including rape or trafficking in drugs or people, according to returns published by Swiss television.

A committee will draw up a draft law that minimizes any conflict with Switzerland's international obligations, the government said. The law will then be voted on by parliament. ...

The expulsion initiative was put forward by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), which has mined increasing fear about immigration in recent years to become the country's biggest political movement.

Posters for the SVP's proposal show a group of white sheep kicking a black sheep off the Swiss flag. They first ran when the SVP was collecting signatures for the referendum. ...

Critics have said the SVP's proposal could contravene international anti-discrimination treaties and the free movement of peoples under European Union law. Switzerland is outside the EU, but has accepted the bloc's code allowing EU citizens to take up residence without special permission.

Under current law, decisions to expel foreigners convicted of serious crimes are made on a case-by-case basis.

Swiss official figures show that foreigners – who make up more than a fifth of Switzerland's population of 7.7 million – are disproportionately charged with crimes.

Turnout was 53 percent, above the usual 40 percent in Swiss referendums, Swiss television reported.
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Israel to crack down on illegal migrant workers
Ori Lewis
Reuters, 28 November 2010

Israel approved a plan on Sunday to hold and deport thousands of illegal migrant workers whom Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a "threat to the character of the country."

In remarks to the cabinet, Netanyahu said thousands of migrants who have entered Israel mainly through Egypt in past years would be housed at a special holding facility, due to built in Israel's southern Negev desert.

"We must stop the mass entry of illegal migrant workers because of the very serious threat to the character and future to the state of Israel," he said, adding Israelis who gave them work would face severe fines to make their employment unviable.

Established as a Jewish state in 1948, Israel welcomes Jewish newcomers, most of whom receive automatic citizenship, but policies toward non-Jewish migrants are more restrictive. ...

Netanyahu said however that migrants fleeing persecution would be allowed to stay. ...

Eyal Gabai, director-general of Netanyahu's office, said last week that over 35,000 migrants had entered Israel in the past few years and that in 2011 Israel could expect to see up to 20,000 migrants enter illegally.
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Two million: The new homes Britain needs to build to cope with the next 25 years of immigration
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 27 November 2010

More than two million new homes will have to be built over the next 25 years to cope with immigration, official figures disclosed yesterday.

They showed that room will have to be found to provide homes for 83,000 migrant families a year if the influx continues at the current rate.

More than a third of all the new houses and flats made available between now and the mid-2030s will be needed for individuals and families coming to Britain from abroad, the analysis said.

At least 600,000 of these will have to be in the most overcrowded parts of the country, London and the South-East.

The demand for homes to house migrants is a key reason for the need to build, the Communities Department said. 'Population growth is the main driver of household growth, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the increase in households between 2008 and 2033,' said a spokesman.

Around two-thirds of population growth is directly brought about by immigration. ... ...

Sir Andrew Green, of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said that officials had failed in their analysis to mention the role of immigration in population growth and had relegated any mention of housing for migrants to technical discussions in the second half of their paper. 'It is inexcusable for the Government to paper over the huge impact of continued massive levels of immigration on housing,' he said.

'If immigration is allowed to continue at present levels it will account for just over a third of new households in the next 25 years.

'The first response to the housing crisis should be to face the facts. The last government was in denial. That cannot be allowed to continue.'
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English test for foreign brides
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 November 2010

Foreign brides and grooms will have to prove they can speak English before being allowed to move to Britain under rules which come in to force on Monday.

Immigrants wanting to marry a Briton or other British resident will have to pass an English test before they are given a visa in an attempt to promote integration and crack down on sham marriages.

The new rule discriminates against Britons because European Union laws mean Europeans living here can bring a partner from anywhere in the world without having to pass the test, as the spouse of an EU citizen is automatically given the same right to free movement. This does not apply while an EU member is in their home country, such as a Briton living in Britain.

About 40,000 spouses, engaged migrants and homosexual partners will be affected each year, it is estimated.

Applicants will have to take an oral exam in which they must demonstrate a command of the English language to the equivalent level of a six-year-old child.
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580,000 immigrants in Labour's last year: Overseas students help push up population total
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 26 November 2010

Immigration pushed up Britain's population by more than 200,000 during Labour's last year in power, an official count showed yesterday. ...

In the 12 months to the end of March, 580,000 people moved to Britain, including a record 211,000 students. In the same period 364,000 left the country – the lowest level in a decade.

That has resulted in a rise in the population of up to 215,000.

This net migration count underlines the huge task facing the Government if it is to keep the figure below 100,000. The totals for 2008 and 2009 were 163,000 and 198,000 respectively.

The Office for National Statistics has said that the population will hit 70 million by 2029 if net migration runs at 180,000 a year. ...

The ONS breakdown revealed that the fastest-growing group of immigrants are students. The 211,000 figure for 2010 compares with 175,000 in 2008 and only around 100,000 in 2001.

Migrationwatch said non-EU citizens accounted for the bulk of immigration.

... ...

The number of student visas issued by the Home Office has been running much higher than the ONS count of arrivals at air and sea ports.

In the year to September, it handed out 355,065 student visas, up 16 per cent on the figure for a year earlier.

The ONS-Home Office disparity is down to a number of factors, including the rule that says a foreigner staying for less than a year is not considered an immigrant.

Some recipients of student visas never make it to Britain, while others who have studied using one never move back to their home countries.
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One in five firms plans to hire migrant labour, CIPD finds
People Management, 25 November 2010

UK employers are showing increased demand for migrant workers in the last quarter of this year as the private sector labour market improves, CIPD figures show.

The study on skills, migration and offshoring in the latest quarterly CIPD/KPMG Labour Market Outlook (LMO) report shows that more than one in five (22 per cent) employers in the private sector intend to recruit migrant workers in the fourth quarter of 2010 - its highest level since the LMO started tracking baseline migration data in the summer of last year.

Demand for migrant labour in the public sector is relatively low at 9 per cent. Skilled positions, such as IT, finance and engineers, make up the biggest area of demand and more than half of the migrant workers will be recruited from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Furthermore, almost one in five (16 per cent) private-sector companies plan to offshore jobs in the 12 months to September 2011, with India the most popular destination.
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Non-EU migrant workers cut by a fifth - but cap of 21,700 comes with a catch
James Slack
Daily Mail, 24 November 2010

The number of non-EU workers entering Britain is to be slashed by a fifth, Theresa May announced yesterday.

The Home Secretary said the first permanent cap on foreign workers would be fixed at 21,700.

But ministers were criticised for creating a 'loophole' which allows businesses to transfer unlimited staff from overseas if they stay for less than 12 months.

The Home Office said that, if evidence of abuse of this route emerged, they would change the rules next year, when they are due to be reviewed.

There will also be a major crackdown on foreign students taking non-degree level courses, reducing the number of visas handed out by tens of thousands every year.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'This is a thorough and wide-ranging package. These measures are a very good start on delivering the government's immigration pledges.'

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who has used 'guerilla tactics' to try to dilute the Government's immigration policy, said only that the deal was 'acceptable'.

His remark points to frustration at being unable to keep the door wide open to non-EU workers.

The complicated design of yesterday's package makes direct comparison with previous years impossible.

But in the categories which have remained the same – the so-called tiers one and two of Labour's point-based system – the number of work permits will be cut by 20 per cent, from 28,000 to 21,700.

Tier one, which was for supposedly highly-skilled migrants, but was being abused by those taking taxi-driving jobs, has been cut to only 1,000 work permits.

A category will be created for so-called 'exceptional talent', allowing in 1,000 who are considered outstanding in arts, science and research.

The most controversial element of the review is the decision to exclude intra-company transfers, which allow businesses to bring in staff currently employed by them overseas.

Last year, 22,000 people entered under this route. Mr Cable had demanded the transfers, which are largely used by Indian companies to bring in IT workers, be left out.

The Government agreed but has introduced a condition that, if the worker plans to stay for more than a year, he or she must earn £40,000 or more.

Based on the figures for 2009, this would have slashed the number of transfers by 50 per cent, to 11,000.

The loophole in the new regime is that, if the workers stay for less than a year, they need only earn £24,000.

Crucially, given the Government's promise to halve net migration – the difference between the number arriving in the UK and those leaving – from 196,000 to the 'tens of thousands', anybody staying for less than 12 months does not show up in official net migration figures.

Union leaders criticised the decision, saying it would allow companies to continue to undercut British workers by bringing in cheaper staff from abroad.
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Britain's self-defeating new immigration policy
Gideon Rachman
Financial Times blog, 24 November 2010

Britain's Conservative Party promised to restrict immigration during the last election campaign. But the policies they unveiled this week are pointless and self-defeating. At a time when Britain should be doing everything it can to help private business, the government is deliberately setting out to make things harder by imposing an arbitary cap on the number of skilled migrants who can come into the country to work. ...

So what is going on? The problem is that the government has promised to cut the number of migrants coming into the country. But it is fiendishly hard to tackle the kind of migration that actually worries the great British public. This basically falls into three categories:

1. Semi-skilled workers from Europe: The enlargement of the EU led to hundreds of thousands of Poles and others coming to Britain in search of work. This was great for the likes of me - since it was suddenly easier to get a builder and restaurant and bars were filled with eager and personable new staff. But it was not so great if you were a British builder, or were competing for local services. The backlash against Polish immigration put the issue on the agenda - and probably provoked the Tories to promise to act. But there is a big snag. Free movement of labour is guaranteed by the European treaties. So the government cannot do anything about this sort of immigration.

2. Asylum seekers - This group of migrants provide a regular stream of stories for the British papers about vast families of immigrants, living in public housing and claiming the dole. They tend to be from not very popular groups - gypsies, Somalis etc. But, again, this form of migration is hard to control. Asylum seekers can be treated more sceptically and harshly. However, the basic right to asylum is guaranteed by international conventions and laws that Britain is loth to withdraw from.

3. Muslims - Muslim immigration has become much more controversial since the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005, which were largely planned and carried out by British citizens of South Asian origin. But, again, this is a very tricky thing to control. Most of the immigration from Pakistan and elsewhere took place decades ago. The 7/7 bombers were the children of migrants. Current immigration is mainly driven by arranged marriages, which are covered by the laws on "family reunion". Again, the laws can be changed or tightened. But not without considerable difficulty - and the risk of being acccused of racial discrimination and the violation of international conventions.

So, unable effectively to tackle the kind of immigration that actually upsets people, the British government is taking aim at the one group of migrants that are largely uncontroversial and that unambiguously contribute to the country's well-being. What idiocy.
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USA Visa Program Record: 15M Worldwide Entered the Green Card Lottery
Tudor Cozma, 24 November 2010

The USA Green Card Lottery just hit a new record: this year, 15 million people worldwide applied for a green card. The "diversity visa program" is in fact a government program that offers permanent U.S. residence to 50,000 people a year, randomly selecting the lucky winners. According to the State Department, this year's green card lottery drew nearly 25 percent more applicants than last year. However, some lawmakers now call for an end to the immigration program.

Each year, the green card lottery causes a rage all across the developing world, with millions of applicants rushing to fill out online applications in hopes of winning a USA green card. This year the one-month enrollment ended November 3, and in the last hours 62,000 applications were submitted per hour. However, many critics argue that the government program poses major security risks by luring uneducated immigrants and allowing individuals worldwide to enter the country more quickly than others sponsored by employers or relatives. Also, the USA green card lottery has given an opportunity to many con artists to create hundreds of phishing sites and Internet scams.

The green card lottery program was launched in 1990 to promote diversity in the immigrant population. Now, it is open to people worldwide, except countries like Mexico, China, India and the Philippines, that already boast a great number of nationals in the U.S. Millions of people chase "The American Dream", and the USA green card lottery is even more appealing as it doesn't require any special skills, a high school diploma will do. The green card is often just the first step for someone who dreams of becoming a US citizen. Applying for US citizenship is the next step for many lottery winners.

The number of applications has been rising each year, and this year's total was more than 2.5 times greater than five years ago. ...

The draw will be made electronically and about 100,000 applicants will be notified in May and scheduled to undergo interviews, background checks and medical exams. Half of them will be eligible to move to the U.S. Although there is no cap on how many times can an individual enter the lottery, no country can represent more than seven percent of the total visas issued in one year.
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UK government agrees on skilled migration cap
BBC, 23 November 2010

The government has announced a cap of 21,700 on the number of skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area allowed into the UK.

The figure is a cut of 6,300 on the equivalent figure for 2009.

It excludes employees transferred by companies from abroad - in future they will be allowed to stay for up to five years if their salary exceeds £40,000.

Home Secretary Theresa May said immigration would become "sustainable", but Labour called the plans "a con".

The exclusion from the cap of intra-company transfers - for example someone working for a large US company taking up a job in their London office - is seen as a success for the business lobby.

In addition to an apparent unlimited number of such transfers if the salary is above £40,000, firms are also being allowed to bring members of their staff to work in the UK for a year if the job is in ICT and the salary is over £24,000.

Altogether 22,000 employees came to work in the UK via intra-company transfers in 2009.

The government's 21,700 figure will include 1,000 people let in under a new "exceptional talent" scheme applying to scientists, academics and artists, Mrs May told MPs. ...

Mrs May said: "We will have to take action across all routes to entry - work visas, student visas, family visas - and break the link between temporary routes and permanent settlement." ...

Mrs May said: "Nearly half of all students coming here from abroad are actually coming to study a course below degree level and abuse is particularly common at these lower levels - a recent check of students studying at private institutions below degree level showed that a quarter could not be accounted for.

"Too many students, at these lower levels, have been coming here with a view to living and working, rather than studying. We need to stop this abuse."
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Black, Hispanic Caucus Members Gain Clout
Gary Fields
Wall Street Journal, 23 November 2010

The black and Hispanic caucuses emerged from this month's elections as among the largest blocs in the House, and their members said they planned to push hard for liberal priorities such as government spending to create jobs.

Members of the two caucuses will hold nearly a third of the Democratic seats in the next Congress – 61 of the party's 190 seats – with the outcome of several additional House races still up in the air.

While centrist Democrats bore the brunt of the midterm election losses, members of the black and Hispanic caucuses, all Democrats and most of them liberal, won 56 of 60 re-election bids. They will gain seniority as the minority-party members on congressional committees and will carry a louder voice among the Democratic House contingent. ...

... In an uncommon development, the Congressional Black Caucus next year will include at least one Republican, Allen West, who opposed the economic-stimulus program in his campaign. ...

Mr. West said he wanted to address unemployment among African-Americans and broaden the discussion within the caucus on "how do we extend long-term economic growth in that community." ...

Mr. West and Tim Scott, newly elected from South Carolina, are among only six African-Americans to be elected as Republicans to the House or Senate since the Congressional Black Caucus formed in 1969.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Scott said he hadn't made a decision about joining the caucus. The most recent black Republican in Congress, Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, didn't join the black caucus when he was in office. The other African-American Republican lawmakers all joined. Amid Hispanic lawmakers, Republicans in 2003 formed a separate organization, the Congressional Hispanic Conference.

A second priority for the black and Hispanic caucuses is an overhaul of immigration policies that would include a pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants.

Some lawmakers say the midterm elections should give Democrats an incentive to push for new immigration laws favored by Hispanic voters. Those voters were important to the Democrats' Senate victories in California, Nevada and Colorado, which were among the party's few bright spots in the midterm elections.
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Where cherished values collide
Margaret Wente
The Globe and Mail, 23 November 2010

Oh, dear. Maclean's has stepped in it again. "Too Asian?" it asked provocatively in its universities issue. The article alleged that some preppy, privileged white kids seem to think so. They're passing up campuses like the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia because they're afraid they'll have to work too hard to keep up with the growing number of Asian kids. They want to drink and party and play volleyball, and Asian students just want to study hard and get A-pluses.

Vicious ethnic stereotyping? I don't think so. The headline was a (perhaps too) cheeky hook for an important subject. But others did not agree. "Disgracefully xenophobic," fumed some. "Racist," insisted others. The harshest criticism came from those who saw alarming parallels between the attitudes expressed in the article and the attitudes of white elites in the 1920s who imposed Jewish quotas. "It echoes the anti-Semitism of old – that a disproportionate number of Jewish kids were coming into the Ivy League," argued Jeet Heer on the CBC radio show Q. Because he took a shot at me during the show (and because the subject is important), I shall now attempt to explain why neither I nor Maclean's are anti-Asian.

The growing Asian presence on North American campuses is a big story – culturally, demographically, politically. It's also a story that pits some of our most cherished values against each other. We believe that our public universities should broadly reflect society. We also believe they should be meritocratic. But what if those two values collide?

Consider the University of California at Berkeley, once famous for its hippie radicals and free-speech rallies. These days, all is quiet on the campus, because everyone is studying. Although Asian-Americans make up about 12 per cent of California's population, Berkeley's current freshman class is 42 per cent Asian, and the unofficial second language is Mandarin. Most of the Asian students are the kids of immigrants. ...

Asians make up less than 5 per cent of the U.S. population, but 10 to 30 per cent of students at the top colleges. Yet because of affirmative action (i.e., racial engineering), Asians applying to top U.S. schools need significantly higher SAT scores than other groups. In that way they are, indeed, the new Jews. If academic performance were all that counted, the numbers would be even higher.

They are the new Jews in other ways as well. Many Asian kids come from cultures where children are supposed to work hard and defer gratification, and where being educated is the most honourable thing to do. Both cultures, not coincidentally, are also known for pushy parents.

UBC is currently the most Asian campus in Canada. While Chinese-, Korean- and Japanese-Canadians make up only 21.5 per cent of Vancouver's residents, they make up 43 per cent of UBC undergraduates. Because of high Asian immigration rates to Canada, the numbers are bound to increase. But here, the Jewish analogy breaks down – nobody is talking about quotas. (Least of all me.) If anything, they're talking about how to instill a less self-indulgent work ethic among kids who've been raised on the gospel of self-actualization and self-esteem.

The rise of the Asian campus is a good thing. It reflects the meritocracy at work. It also introduces a variety of important social questions. We shouldn't be too timid to discuss them.
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Staff told overtime for Christmas is 'unethical'
Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2010

A chain of care homes is refusing to pay its staff overtime for working at Christmas because it claims the move would discriminate against other religions.

Guinness Care and Support, which runs more than 20 homes in Devon, says it only pays bonuses for bank holidays, which means that staff who work on Christmas Day and Boxing Day will not qualify because they fall over the weekend. ... ...

Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, said: "We are still an overwhelmingly Christian society and Christmas is a religious festival and a public holiday. Other religious festivals are not public holidays and I do not think Guinness is comparing like with like."

Mick Green, of Guinness Care and Support, said: "We have a strong ethical belief in equality and diversity and are unable to recognise one religious festival over others."
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FNC Highlights UVA Study That Shows Enforcing Immigration Laws Decreases Violent Crime
Brad Wilmouth
NewsBusters, 22 November 2010

On Thursday's Fox and Friends, FNC hosts Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy gave attention to a University of Virginia study which found that, since Prince William County in Virginia became more strict in dealing with illegal immigrants in 2007, the jurisdiction has enjoyed a substantial drop in crime - including a 32 percent drop in violent crime - while neighboring Fairfax County has seen crime levels remain steady.

Introducing an interview with Prince William County board of supervisors chairman Corey Stewart, co-host Doocy began: "Back in 2007, Prince William County in Virginia became the first large jurisdiction in the country to adopt a strict immigration enforcement policy. That move was widely criticized."

Co-host Carlson added: "But a new study by the University of Virginia shows crime has dropped since the policy went into effect. ... After a three-year study, here's some of the stuff that's happening: 41 percent drop in the hit-and-run accidents; 46.7 percent decrease in aggravated assaults."

After noting that the University of Virginia and other "neutral organizations" were behind the study, guest Stewart informed viewers that violent crime had dropped substantially in his county compared to neighboring Fairfax County.
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Trident squad born in response to 'executions' on street
Justin Davenport
Evening Standard (London), 22 November 2010

Operation Trident was launched 12 years ago in response to some of the most terrifying and brutal murders seen on London's streets. ...

In the days before Trident, officers investigating so-called black-on-black gun crime faced huge difficulties, with some communities suspicious of them and potential witnesses too terrified to give evidence against the gunmen living among them.

Trident co-opted members of the black community to advise police on how to approach witnesses and communities.

However, the crime issues facing the squad are radically different today. Ten years ago most firearms murders in London were committed by so-called Yardies, Jamaican nationals who were often gang members aged about 28 to 35. Trident's role then was to investigate all firearms murders in London where both victim and killer were black. The motive usually involved drugs.

Today, the majority of killings Trident looks at are committed by British nationals, mostly in their teens or early twenties. Many are related to gang issues, or to trivial matters of respect, as well as drugs.

The victims and gunmen are usually black or mixed-race, with a blurring of the groups involved in gun crime and the drugs trade. This has led to some senior Scotland Yard officers arguing for a single murder squad for all homicides.

Trident's role has now evolved to cover all London shootings, black or white.
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Immigration cuts possible, says PM
Evening Standard (London), 21 November 2010

David Cameron has insisted it is "perfectly possible" to cut immigration to the tens of thousands a year.

MPs have cast doubt on whether a limit on numbers from outside the European Union can significantly reduce net migration from its current level of almost 200,000 a year.

But, in an interview with Sky News, the Prime Minister indicated he remained committed to more than halving immigration and insisted that it was achievable.

"If you stand back and look at the big picture, actually immigration between Britain and the rest of the EU is pretty much in balance," he said.

"It's between Britain and the rest of the world where it's got out of balance and we have this large level of net migration into the UK.

"That is partly economic migration. It's also about large numbers of people coming to settle in the UK. It's also about a lot of people abusing the student regime.

"So I think if you tackle all of those things it's perfectly possible - it's my ambition - to get to net migration from the rest of the world coming down to the tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands."
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Floods of foreign students must be halted, say experts
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 19 November 2010

The number of foreign students coming to Britain from outside the EU must be slashed by more than half for the Government to meet its immigration target, officials warned yesterday.

More than 87,000 student visas should be scrapped if those coming to study are to take their share of the cut needed to bring net migration down from the current figure of 196,000 a year.

The Migration Advisory Committee, the body tasked with setting the Government's immigration cap, said net migration numbers would have to fall overall by 25 per cent next year.

The number of visas for skilled workers with job offers and highly skilled workers arriving on spec should drop to between 37,400 and 43,700 for 2011/12, it said.

This would mean a reduction of between 6,300 and 12,600 compared with last year, according to the Committee's chairman, Professor David Metcalf.

The level of the proposed cap was "more severe, more stringent" than the temporary cap imposed this year, he said.

But it will still not be enough to cut migration by 146,000 – the figure the MAC decided was needed to give the Government the best chance of reaching their "tens of thousands" target by the end of the Parliament.

The recommendations came on the day research suggested white Britons would be a minority by 2066 if immigration continued at the current rate. Professor Metcalf warned it was impossible to reduce net migration at the levels hoped for by the Government by tackling workers alone.

The Committee assumes they should take 20 per cent of the overall cut but that family and student migration has to take the other 80 per cent.

Work-related migration accounts for just 20 per cent of the overall reduction needed, he said, meaning non-EU students must make up 60 per cent of the cut, with the final 20 per cent coming from family visas and their dependants.
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Bidding war feared if migrant visa quota goes up for sale
Louisa Peacock
Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2010

Migrant work visas could be auctioned off to employers who are "prepared to pay whatever amount" necessary to bring skilled foreigners into the UK, an official committee has proposed.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the body asked by the Government to recommend an immigration cap, yesterday said that selling some visas to employers desperate to recruit overseas staff should be considered.

The proposal, which the committee's report said had "appeal", has the potential to start bidding wars among rival companies willing to pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds to bring specialist workers into the UK.

It was suggested alongside a 20pc reduction in the number of work-related visas issued by the Government during the lifetime of this Parliament, which could see up to 12,600 fewer work-related visas issued in 2011-12. Professor David Metcalf, of the MAC, said family and student migration should bear the brunt of the cap, which was broadly welcomed by business groups.
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Race not basis for stop and search
Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2010

Plans to allow police to use ethnicity as a reason to stop and search people have been dropped.

Draft Home Office guidance on how stop-and-search powers could be used included a clause allowing officers to take race into account when responding to "a specific threat or incident".

But the finalised guidelines, published this week, omitted the clause following pressure from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The new guidance states that officers "must take care not to discriminate unlawfully" against anyone on the grounds of race, sex or religious beliefs.
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White Britons a minority by '66
Graeme Wilson
The Sun, 18 November 2010

White British people will be in a MINORITY in their own country by 2066, an expert warned last night.

David Coleman, professor of demography at Oxford University, said they will make up less than HALF the population in just over 50 years.

And soaring immigrant birthrates mean white British kids will be in a minority of youngsters in the UK even sooner. The dramatic decline will be fuelled by record-breaking levels of immigration, coupled with the departure of thousands of Brits for a better life abroad, the population analyst said. ...

Writing in Prospect magazine, Prof Coleman warned the huge numbers of foreigners landing on our shores will "transform" the UK.

He said official projections estimate the UK's population will rocket to 77 million by 2051 - and 85 million by 2083.

The expert went on: "On those assumptions the 'white British' population would decline to 45 million (59 per cent of the total) by 2051.

"Were the assumptions to hold, the 'white British' population of Britain would become the minority after about 2066. It's a milestone that would be passed much earlier in younger age-groups."

He added: "The US, by comparison, is now about 65 per cent white (non-Hispanic) and that group is projected to fall to 50 per cent by 2045."

Even if the number of immigrants was cut so that new arrivals matched the number of Brits leaving, the "white British" population would still fall below 50 per cent by the end of the century.

Prof Coleman said this would "represent an enormous change to national identity - cultural, political, economic and religious".
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White Britons 'a minority by 2066'
Daily Express, 18 November 2010

White British people will be a minority in their own country by 2066 if current immigration levels continue, a population expert has claimed.

Professor David Coleman, of Oxford University, said the demographic group would make up less than half the population in "little more" than 50 years.

He said the decline will be caused by record-breaking levels of immigration and the migration of thousands of British nationals abroad over the coming decades.

Prof Coleman made the comments as the Migration Advisory Board prepares to announce recommendations on the Government's proposed cap on migrant workers from outside the EU.

Writing in an article for Prospect magazine, Mr Coleman said: "Inflows (of migrants) of the last decade have been more sudden and on a bigger scale than ever before.

"The consequent increases in population and changes in its composition have caused concern about economic opportunities, housing, local character and national identity. Moreover, if inflows continue on a similar scale, they will transform the demography of this country."

The demographic analyst said projections by the Office for National Statistics show that rising numbers of immigrants, combined with trends in fertility and survival, will see Britain's population rise to 77 million by 2051 - the equivalent to adding the population of the Netherlands. He said the population would then rise to 85 million by 2083.

Referring to white British people becoming a minority, the population expert added: "The 50% benchmark has no special demographic significance, but it would have a considerable psychological and political impact.

"The transition to a 'majority minority' population, whenever it happens, would represent an enormous change to national identity - cultural, political, economic and religious.

"In Britain, judging by the opposition to high immigration reported in opinion polls over recent years, it seems likely that such developments would be unwelcome."
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By 2066, white Britons 'will be outnumbered' if immigration continues at current rates
Tim Shipman
Daily Mail, 18 November 2010

White Britons will be a minority by 2066 if immigration continues at the current rate, according to new research.

A leading population expert has warned that failure to deal with the influx of foreign workers would 'change national identity'.

Professor David Coleman, of Oxford University, spoke out as the Migration Advisory Board recommended immigration levels from outside the EU be slashed by up to 25 per cent.

If immigration stays at its long-term rate of around 180,000 a year, the white British-born population would decline from 80 per cent of the total now to just 59 per cent in 2051, analysis of figures from the Office of National Statistics shows.

By then white immigrants would have more than doubled from 4 to 10 per cent of the total, while the ethnic minority population would have risen from 16 to 31 per cent.

If the trend continued, the white British population, defined as English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish-born citizens, would become the minority after about 2066.

The Government has vowed to slash the level of net immigration after a decade of open borders under Labour. ...

But even if the Coalition gets net immigration down to 80,000 a year, Prof Coleman says white Britons would be outnumbered by 2080. ...

He warned that the relative youthfulness of the immigrant population means that the 50 per cent milestone will be passed much quicker among 'schoolchildren, students and young workers'.

The ethnic minority population expanded by almost two million between 2001 and 2007, from 13 per cent to nearly 16 per cent of the total.

Immigration accounted for 57 per cent of population growth in this time, and foreign-born mothers now account for a quarter of births in England and Wales. ...

Tory MP Nicholas Soames, who runs the cross-party group Balanced Migration, said: 'Immigrants over the years have made a great contribution to British life but it's now really out of control.

'We must break the link between the right to work here and the right to settle here.'
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4m migrants work in the UK
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 18 November 2010

British workers are losing out in the battle for scarce jobs because of soaring numbers of migrants from within the EU.

Nearly four million people working in the UK between July and September this year were born abroad, the Office for National Statistics revealed yesterday.

The figure is 204,000 up on 2009, a rise of 5.5 per cent and nearly half of the influx are economic immigrants from the new EU member states in eastern Europe.

The number of British-born workers in employment grew by just 0.4 per cent. ...

Last night, critics lined up to attack Britain's lax immigration policy and called for tougher laws to stem the tide of cheap migrant labour at a time when the UK jobs market is under pressure.

Alp Mehmet, of campaign group MigrationWatch, said: "This just proves what we have been saying all along. The majority of jobs created in this country are going to overseas workers. It is right that the Government should be cutting back on economic migrants and creating incentives for our own people to go into employment.

"At a time when 16 per cent of our IT graduates are unemployed we should not be taking in thousands of IT workers from India.

"We are shooting ourselves in the foot."

Gerard Batten, immigration spokesman for Ukip, said: "These figures make a mockery of the Conservatives' plans to cap migrants coming to this country. What they show is that there is a continual conveyor belt of cheap labour being brought to the UK by big business. It drives down wages, boosts the population and drains public services but does not add to the well-being of indigenous workers." ...

Figures released by the ONS showed that while the number of UK-born workers over the age of 16 grew by 100,000 in the last year, there was more than double that from overseas with 204,000.

The home-grown total rose from 25.3 million to 25.4 million. Their foreign counterparts numbered just more than 3.88 million, up from 3.68m in 2009. Around 90,000 – a rise of 18 per cent – of the extra overseas contingent come from the eight new EU members including Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

India and all the African countries apart from South Africa contributed 50,000 each. India's proportion rose by more than 14 per cent and Africa's by 9.1 per cent.

There are 12,000 South Africans working in this country, up 8.4 per cent.

The number of workers born in the 14 other EU countries actually fell by 14,000 as they scrambled to get away from the hard hit British economy.
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More than 100 failed asylum seekers have gone missing in six months after being ordered to leave the country
Daily Mail, 18 November 2010

At least 100 failed asylum seekers have gone missing after being ordered to leave the UK since May, figures showed today.

A total of 176 unsuccessful asylum applicants absconded after authorities served them with removal notices, and a maximum of 75 have been tracked down since.

But the figure of 101 unaccounted for may be higher because of the way records are kept.

Tory MP David Nuttall, who uncovered the figures, said there could be 'hundreds' of failed asylum seekers in the country and that it was 'pointless' to tell people to leave if they could not be forced to do so.

The UK Border Agency said it makes 'strenuous efforts' to stop failed asylum seekers from absconding and that measures are in place to try and track them down.

In a written parliamentary reply to Mr Nuttall (Bury North), immigration minister Damian Green said 176 failed asylum seekers absconded between May 1 and October 31 this year after being served with removal notices.

Home Office figures showed 32 had subsequently been detained, 19 removed or embarked, and 24 had subsequently lodged a new application for asylum. But officials said the same individuals could be counted in more than one of the categories.

In the same period for 2009, 265 absconded with 94 subsequently detained, 43 removed or embarked, and 66 new applications lodged - leaving at least 62 unaccounted for.

'This is evidence that there are hundreds of failed asylum seekers somewhere in the country and we know not where,' Mr Nuttall said. ... ...

Around 25,000 asylum applications are received each year. In 2009, 72 per cent of applications - 17,545 cases - were refused.
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French mayor launches SOS after migrant influx
Pierre Savary and Nicholas Vinocur
Yahoo! News, 17 November 2010

The mayor of a town in northern France called for help from the government on Wednesday to deal with an influx of hundreds of migrants despite a campaign to break up makeshift transit camps near the English Channel.

The unusual appeal follows the dismantling of a camp near the port of Dunkerque in September as President Nicolas Sarkozy renews his commitment to crack down on illegal immigration and unlawful gatherings of migrants.

Nearly three months later the population of a makeshift migrant camp in Teteghem – a town of 7,000 about 5 km south of the Dunkerque port – has increased from 30 to some 200 migrants, many of whom were Iraqis, Afghans or Vietnamese.

"The number of undocumented migrants has increased a lot in the past few weeks," Franck Dhersin, the mayor of Teteghem and a member of the ruling UMP party, told Reuters. "Today, we are no longer able to manage ... I am calling for help."

He said the influx had overwhelmed the town's resources, creating hygiene and security problems as police were unable to protect large numbers of vulnerable migrants. ...

Many of the newcomers to Teteghem are former inhabitants of the "Jungle" who returned hoping to hitch a ride to Britain, said Francoise Lavoisier, a spokeswoman for advocacy group Salam, which hands out aid to migrants in northern France.

"They have been streaming for the past two or three months," she said. "They are trying to go to Britain because they think it's an Eldorado, a place where they will be able to find work, school for their children, a house."
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How can we measure this?
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2010

Western leaders are looking beyond traditional indexes of economic and social well-being and turning to ways of measuring national happiness. ...

The consideration of happiness and how to maximise it is hardly a new activity ... But while philosophers tended to deal with how we should lead our lives as individuals, the idea of happiness, both as a science and a specific aim of national policy, has only taken off in the past decade or so. ... ...

Moreover, economists believe that the pursuit of public happiness as a policy goal has merit even when the economy is booming. This is because, as their data have become more comprehensive and sophisticated, they have noticed one apparent paradox: that despite a substantial increase in GDP in the industrialised West, the levels of human contentment have remained static.

This realisation encouraged Lord Layard, professor of economics at the LSE and adviser to Gordon Brown, to urge the last Labour government to recognise that economic growth need not be an overriding policy. ...

... But as Lord Layard points out, "the past 30 years have seen a major scientific revolution and we know much about what causes happiness, using the results of psychology and neuroscience.

"The first thing that we know is that in the past 50 years, average happiness has not increased at all in Britain or in the United States – despite massive increases in living standards." In better-off countries, in other words, simply raising incomes does not make people any happier.

In truth, Mr Cameron has been thinking along these lines for a while. Shortly after he became Tory leader in 2005, he said: "Well-being can't be measured by money or traded in markets. It's about the beauty of our surroundings, the quality of our culture and, above all, the strength of our relationships. Improving our society's sense of well-being is, I believe, the central political challenge of our times." He added: "It's time we admitted that there's more to life than money and it's time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB – general well-being."

Of course, there were many who felt it was easy for the millionaire Tory leader to diminish the importance of money when he has plenty of it. But Mr Cameron was tapping into a political idea gaining traction elsewhere.
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Immigration: France sees tensions rise five years on from Paris riots
Angelique Chrisafis
The Guardian, 16 November 2010

But the president's anti-immigrant stance, aimed at securing him votes from the extreme-right Front National, is not so much about newcomers. It is about French society's problems coming to terms with its own diverse make-up.

When Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism in Germany had "utterly failed", some saw it as a vindication of the French integrationist approach. Under the republican model, multiculturalism is seen as taboo. In France, once a French citizen you leave cultural and ethnic differences at the border and are theoretically seamlessly assimilated into the republic. Everyone is equal before a state that is blind to colour, race and religion. Ethnic minorities do not officially exist as it is illegal to classify and count people by ethnicity. But the glaring gap between the theory and the reality of discrimination is becoming a problem in France.

... A recent study of French citizens with immigrant parents found that they suffered higher unemployment, fared worse at school and faced more discrimination than other French people. Over a third felt society did not accept them as being French. They were stigmatised because of their race, religion and roots.

Another leaked report for the prime minister's office warned of a "ghetto effect" in some schools where integration had failed and children were identifying more with religion and immigrant roots than being French. Paradoxically these second- and third-generation French children, raised and schooled in the republican tradition, were less integrated than their often semi-literate immigrant grandparents who came from north and sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or southern Europe to work on building sites after the second world war.

The French government has taken grave offence at the booing of the national anthem at football matches and French youths waving Algerian flags. But social workers on estates say nothing has changed in five years since the riots and France is still raising a generation of dispossessed.

"Most of the kids in this neighbourhood are the fourth generation of their family in France," said Mohamed Mechmeche, 44, a youth worker in Clichy-sous-Bois who after the riots founded the community pressure group Aclefeu. "They're born here, they're French, they don't even know Algeria. To now be harking back to their parents' roots is proof that French society isn't working: integration and assimilation have failed.

"Everything has been complicated by constantly referring to people as French 'of immigrant origin'. It's still a ghetto here. Apartheid exists here. But that suits politicians of both the left and right. You want a scapegoat for society's ills, someone to blame? They'll always point the finger at us. Sarkozy has really let himself loose – now it's as if anything goes and people can make comments as prejudiced as they like."
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Cameron will bow to business and relax cap on immigrant workers
Robert Winnett, Rosa Prince and Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2010

David Cameron is expected to increase significantly the number of immigrants from beyond Europe permitted to enter Britain each year, ...

The Prime Minister is understood to have been influenced by business concerns that the cap introduced after the election is preventing highly-skilled people from coming to this country.

The current limit of about 2,600 non-EU migrants a month is expected to be increased to allow more than 4,000 workers a month to enter Britain next year. The final cap is still being discussed but is expected to be unveiled later this month.
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Candidates from ethnic minorities subjected to 'outright racism'
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2010

Black and Asian people hoping to become MPs face "outright racism" as they struggle to overcome "dinosaur attitudes" among party activists, a report has warned. ...

The study from Quilliam, the counter-extremism think tank, warned all three major parties that they must work harder to eliminate prejudice from Westminster politics.

Researchers conducted 70 in-depth interviews with MPs, parliamentary candidates, councillors and party members for the report, Skin Deep Democracy.

They found that the major parties had made progress with a record 27 non-white MPs elected in May.

However, prejudice and sometimes "outright racism" remained significant hurdles, particularly in the selection of candidates at local level. ...

However, the researchers warned that centrally-imposed positive discrimination in selection could backfire because it continued to define politicians by their race or religion, rather than ability.
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Population boom inevitable, PM told
Josh Gordon
The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 November 2010

Julia Gillard's election pitch to avoid a "big Australia" is to be abandoned after a Treasury warning that strong future immigration is "probably inescapable".

In another policy retreat, the government's population review has been delayed and "recalibrated" to focus on skills shortages and regional growth, rather than nominating population targets.

During the election campaign in August, Ms Gillard said Australia should not "hurtle" towards a big population. At the time, she said a Treasury projection that Australia would have a population of 36 million people by 2050 was excessive. ...

However, a Treasury briefing sent to Ms Gillard after the campaign suggests she could have no choice. The briefing warns that the prediction of 36 million people "factors in a significant reduction" in migration, from a recent peak of 300,000 to an annual average of 180,000.

It concludes that even if annual net migration was lowered to an unrealistically low 60,000 per annum, Australia's population would still reach 29 million by 2050.

"Given the powerful global forces driving the Australian economy, net immigration figures well in excess of that low number are probably inescapable," the briefing says. ...

A senior Labor source said business groups had been pressuring the government to adopt a default position "where the issue of specific targets is not addressed".

"I believe the government has accepted the reality that it is not prepared to cut migration to the extent needed to significantly reduce population growth," the source said.
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It's no longer taboo to question immigration
Paul Stanway
Calgary Herald, 13 November 2010

Privately, the impact of immigration has been a constant topic among Europeans, almost an obsession, but it's been a no-go area of public discussion. Only "racists" and "bigots" challenged immigration policy. For mainstream politicians it became a dreaded third rail.

Until now. The combination of Muslim extremism and the recession seems to have encouraged European leaders to confront this elephant in the room. With much trepidation, countries of the European Union are tightening immigration rules, and for the first time in 50 years talking about the expectation that immigrants should "assimilate."

It's produced some head-spinning changes in direction. In Germany, as recently as 2005, new legislation declared the country an immigrant society and officially placed multiculturalism at the heart of public policy. A couple of weeks ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that "multikulti" was dead, kaput!

Remarkable, but not the sudden "racist" eruption that some commentators would have us believe. It has more to do with overpopulation and labour supply than bigotry.

With slower economic growth and the EU's expansion to include much of Eastern Europe, it has an adequate supply of cheap labour within its borders: one that's legally entitled to live and work in the EU. It no longer needs to import labour from forgotten empires. ...

In Canada we need more immigrants to supplement our pathetic birthrate and grow our economy. The issue is whether we choose new citizens, or sit back and allow a free-for-all.

The U.S. is already more crowded than Canada, and stress on public services and an intractable unemployment rate could persuade Washington to scale back immigration. The flow of migrants into the U.S. has increased by an astonishing 40 per cent since the passage of the 1990 Immigration Act – and almost half of those are illegals!

Without changes, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts the country's population will rise from around 310 million to more than 400 million by 2050 – and some 70 million of that increase will come from immigration.
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Foreign workers benefit from economic recovery
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2010

Foreign workers have benefited far greater from the early stages of the economic recovery while the number of Britons in work fell.

The UK officially came out of recession on January 1 and over the next six months the number of non-UK born workers increased by 126,000 to a record 3.8 million while the number of working Britons fell by 179,000.

More than half of the rise in migrants was accounted for by Eastern Europeans which will renew concerns that the recent drop in numbers could be reversed once the economy started improving. ...

Figures show there was a record 3.84 million foreign-born workers in the UK at the end of June this year, a rise of 126,000 from December 2009.
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Latino kids now majority in state's public schools
Will Kane
San Francisco Chronicle, 13 November 2010

Latinos now make up a majority of California's public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in the state's history, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Education.

Almost 50.4 percent of the state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.

In comparison, 27 percent of California's 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent. ...

It's no surprise that Latinos make up the new majority in California schools, considering that their numbers have grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades. In 2009, Latinos made up 37 percent of the state's population, a number that continues to increase, according to the California Department of Finance. ...

Fuller, the UC Berkeley professor, suggested state educators look at language education in an entirely new way.

"If the majority of the population is becoming bilingual," he said, referring to the growing Latino population learning English, "why shouldn't the white minority also become bilingual?"
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Work, benefits and ethnicity
Mark Easton
BBC, 12 November 2010

As the government looks to squeeze the welfare bill, some interesting data published this week looks at the relationship between ethnicity and welfare.

While those of Indian origin, for instance, get 8% of their income from the state in the form of benefits, state pension and tax credits, those describing their ethnicity as Pakistani or Bangladeshi receive 29% of their income in various forms of state aid.

White citizens receive 15% of their income from social security, tax credits and the state pension. People of Chinese ethnicity get 10%. Those of mixed ethnicity get 13%, while those from black ethnic groups receive between 17% and 18%.

The variation partly reflects the fact that immigrant populations tend to be younger than the white population and are therefore less likely to receive a state pension or disability benefits.
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Almost 2 million more foreign citizens living in UK than 10 years ago
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2010

The number of foreign citizens living in the UK has almost doubled in 10 years, according to Government figures.

More than 4 million people - representing one in 15 UK residents - have travelled to Britain from their own countries to live, analysis from the Office for National Statistics found.

This latest figure, for 2008, was a sharp rise from 10 years previously, when 2.2 million foreign citizens were living in the UK, representing one in every 26 residents.

The population figures also showed that net migration had a greater impact on increasing Britain's population than the number of babies born to those already living here. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think tank, Migrationwatch, said the ONS figures were "the inevitable result" of the net foreign immigration that the last Labour government permitted.

"This is having a huge impact on our society yet no-one has ever been consulted about mass immigration on this scale," he said.

"The previous government encouraged immigration, according to some of them for political reasons. We are now seeing the results."

Sir Andrew said the main increase had come from the Third World, where there was "a huge economic incentive to come to Britain", due to high rates of poverty.

The ONS figures showed that Britain's foreign born population, as defined by the number of citizens of other countries living in the UK, stood at 6.6 per cent in 2008, slightly above the EU average. ...

Between 2004 and 2009, net migration into the UK accounted for an increase in the population of 3.4 people per 1,000, slightly more than the natural rise from births outnumbering deaths, which was 3.0 people per 1,000.
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5,000 Border Agency jobs to go
Daily Express, 10 November 2010

The UK Border Agency is axing 5,000 more jobs, it announced yesterday – minutes after admitting it was struggling to deport illegal immigrants.

Chief executive Lin Homer made the embarrassing confession while being grilled by MPs on the powerful Home Affairs committee.

Ms Homer revealed that more than 30,000 extra asylum seekers have been granted permission to stay in the UK since February and that there had been a further four per cent rise between July and September.

Moments later Ms Homer told the MPs she was axing the 5,000 jobs over the next four years. The job cuts come on top of 1,700 job losses made so far this year and account for more than 20 percent of the agency's 24,000-strong workforce.

Gerard Batten, Ukip MEP said: "They can't be serious if they admit they are struggling to deport illegal immigrants in one breath and announce 5,000 job cuts with the next.

"They shouldn't be cutting jobs, it's a false economy. All the money they think will be saved in wages will only be spent through public services used by extra migrants."
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Foreign criminals to be paid £1,500 to go home
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2010

Foreign murderers, rapists and other criminals are being offered cash bribes of up to £1,500 to return home after serving their sentences.

The Coalition, which wants to ease the pressure on overcrowded jails, has trebled the amount of money offered to prisoners who go back to their country of origin voluntarily.

Those who agree to return with up to nine months left to serve will receive a bigger payout than those who go at the end of their sentence, in an attempt to create more space in prisons.

Hundreds of criminals who have no right to remain in the country are likely to take advantage of the offer each year, costing the taxpayer millions of pounds.

Critics attacked the payouts as "obscene" when law-abiding families and victims were facing higher living costs, falling wages and widespread austerity measures.

The incentives, first offered by the Labour government in 2006 in an attempt to avoid drawn-out deportation battles, were criticised by the Tories when in opposition.

Under Labour, most of the support was made up of benefits in kind to ease resettlement, such as help with setting up a business or obtaining training or education.

The most the criminals were offered in cash was £500. The money is put on a prepaid card which means the criminals can go straight to a bank and withdraw the funds.

They are given £500 as they leave the country and another £1,000 within a month of arriving in their home country.

All they have to do is explain to the International Organisation for Migration, the body which runs the scheme overseas for the Home Office, how they intend to use the cash.

The handout is meant to help freed prisoners pay for such things as accommodation, setting up a business or medical treatment but officials were unable to say if any checks were carried out to see how the money was spent. ...

Those who go early will be eligible for the full £1,500, while those who go at the end of their sentence will be eligible for £750.

British prisoners are given a £46 grant when they leave jail. ...

In opposition, Dominic Grieve, now the Attorney General, labelled the scheme "simply outrageous" and meant "crime pays and the taxpayer foots the bill". Damian Green, who is now the immigration minister, said the then government had abandoned any attempt at removing foreign criminals and was instead "paying them to leave". ...

The Home Office said the move would save money because the overall value of the package had been cut. Under the old system, packages were worth up to £5,000 but the majority was assistance "in kind" which is no longer available. ...

On Tuesday it emerged that just a third of the 1,013 foreign prisoners wrongly released without being considered for deportation have been removed from the country since 2006.

More than 400 have been told they can stay, 121 are still facing deportation, 22 are serving new sentences and 70 are still missing.
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School places crisis puts 4,000 on waiting lists going to send her to a school that's no good." Chelsea applied for a state place after the private school she had won a scholarship to closed unexpectedly. A Croydon spokesman said: "We are making great efforts to ensure all children have offers for school places within four weeks of application. However, our admissions system is affected by the fact that Croydon is now the only non-port of entry for asylum seekers in the UK." It comes as the charity Family Action warned the new cap on housing benefit will put pressure on schools in outer London, as many families are pushed out of the

More than 4,000 children are on a waiting list for places in London schools, figures reveal today.

A snapshot survey of 12 boroughs across the capital shows the extent of overcrowding - with more than 900 of those pupils staying at home because of a lack of space in classrooms.

It comes after London Councils warned of a dire shortage of places in the future with pupil numbers in the capital expected to rise by 140,000 by 2015.

Local authorities are obliged to offer school places to all local children. But more than 700 on waiting lists have not been offered a place, while some of those at home have rejected their offer. Thousands more are on the waiting list because they want to be transferred to another school. ... ...

A Westminster council spokeswoman said it was having to cope with an influx of families moving to the area, including from outside Britain. Nickie Aiken, Westminster council's cabinet member for children and young people, said: "The rise in birth rates and immigration show no sign of abating, with many newcomers into the country choosing to settle into our area. We've had to find places for an extra 569 pupils over the past five years."
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The color of murder and gun violence in New York
Jonathan Capehart
Washington Post, 10 November 2010

If New York City were a murder and shooting gallery, almost all of the targets would be African American and Latino.

Check out these statistics from the "Crime and Enforcement Activity in New York City" report for the first six months of 2010.

Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter victims are most frequently Black (67.0%) or Hispanic (28.1%). White victims account for (3.2%) of all Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter victims while Asian/Pacific Islanders account for (1.8%) of all Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter victims.

The Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter arrest population is similarly distributed. Black arrestees (53.8%) and Hispanic arrestees (36.4%) account for the majority of Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter arrestees while White arrestees (7.1%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (2.2%) arrestees account for the remaining portions of the Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter arrest population.

Shooting victims are most frequently Black (73.8%) or Hispanic (22.1 %). White victims account for an additional (2.6%) of all Shooting victims while Asian/Pacific Islanders victims account for (1.2%) of all Shooting Victims.

The Shooting arrest population is similarly distributed. Black arrestees (70.9%) and Hispanic arrestees (25.8%) account for the majority of Shooting arrest population. White arrestees (2.5%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (0.9%) account for the remaining portion of the Shooting arrest population.

In short, 95.1 percent of all murder victims and 95.9 percent of all shooting victims in New York City are black or Hispanic. And 90.2 percent of those arrested for murder and 96.7 percent of those arrested for shooting someone are black and Hispanic. ...

People have railed against black-on-black crime for decades. And yet it persists. Yes, there are a host of factors that push someone to a life of crime, but not all of them have to do with the limitations or failures of society. Some folks are just plain evil, and no amount of social intervention will stop them from preying on people, especially people who look like them.
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New wave of illegal immigrants is feared
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 9 November 2010

Fears of a new wave of back-door immigration to the UK grew yesterday as the EU dropped visa requirements for Albanians and Bosnians coming to Europe.

From next month, they can visit for up to three months without applying for permission beforehand.

But experts fear it will allow migrants and criminal gangs to slip into the UK illegally across the weak borders of Europe's "Schengen" countries, where borders are weak. This includes most EU countries apart from UK and Ireland.
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Fewer than 50 foreign prisoners to be returned
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2010

Fewer than 50 foreign prisoners will be forced to serve their sentences in their home country next year, despite David Cameron's attempts to send thousands back, a minister has revealed.

Crispin Blunt, the justice minister, said he expects "up to 50 prisoners" to be repatriated in 2011.

The figure contrasts with suggestions that thousands could be sent home under moves spearheaded by the Prime Minister. ...

Of the 11,367 foreign national prisoners in jails in the UK, 7,824 are convicted and serving their sentences and could therefore be considered for transfer.

But last year, just 41 were repatriated and, in response to a written parliamentary question last week, Mr Blunt signalled he only expected a similar number next year.
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Deporting convicts is easier said than done
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2010

An especially porcine example took to the air yesterday with a declaration that thousands of foreign convicts clogging up Britain's prisons are to be sent home. At a stroke, the prison overcrowding problem will be solved: there are 11,400 foreign nationals in the UK's jails – about 12 per cent of the total.

There is a real problem here – Britain's jails contain criminals from some 160 countries. One third of them have been convicted of violence or sexual offences and almost one fifth of drug crimes. Half come from just 10 countries, with two Commonwealth members – Jamaica and Nigeria – top of the list.

So this is a great idea – just as it was when the last government tried to do it and got nowhere. Was that because Labour was uniquely incompetent or because things are never as simple as they seem? For years, there have been transfer agreements between the UK and many other countries that allow for criminals in jail here to serve out sentences in their own countries.

One such deal was signed in 2007, to much fanfare, with Jamaica – but it has not been ratified yet. ...

The problem is that under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984, offenders must agree to the transfer and most prefer to stay put. And why not? ...

Mr Cameron wants to force prisoners to go back – but so did the last government. It signed a new European Council convention last November enabling the UK to transfer prisoners, without their consent, to 34 signatory countries. This deal could potentially affect more than 3,000 prisoners, so how many have been sent home? As far as we know, not one.

A similar agreement has been negotiated within the EU and comes into force next year; yet the Ministry of Justice's 33-page "business plan" published yesterday makes no mention at all about transferring foreign prisoners, though it does talk about moving mentally ill people and drug users out of jail and into secure hospitals.

We've heard that before, too.
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EU plot to force Britain to take more migrants
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 8 November 2010

Britain could be forced to accept a fresh wave of migrant workers from India under secret plans being discussed in Brussels, a leaked document reveals.

Officials want the UK to take 40 per cent of up to 50,000 Indian skilled migrants expected to come to Europe every year under a new international free trade agreement, European Union discussion papers show.

The proposed quota of migrants for the UK under the deal is set to be almost seven times that proposed for France, the EU document reveals.

Critics were furious last night to discover that Eurocrats were plotting to order Britain to take more migrants at a time when the Government is attempting to drastically cut the annual influx.

The document was obtained by the pressure group Migrationwatch.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the group, said: "This looks suspiciously like a side door to Britain for 15,000 to 20,000 Indian IT (information technology) workers every year.

"It is even more astonishing coming at a time when British IT workers are finding it increasingly difficult to find employment and there is a 17 per cent unemployment rate among computer science graduates who left university last year."

The quota system is being discussed as part of negotiations for a new free trade agreement between India and the EU to be signed next month.
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Speech: UK Immigration [part 1]
Theresa May
eGov Monitor, 8 November 2010
[Speech by the Home Secretary at a Policy Review event]

Historically migration has enriched our culture and strengthened our economy. Well-managed migration can benefit the UK, economically, socially and culturally. ...

So managed well, immigration is something that can bring great benefits.

But managed poorly, it is something that can cause great economic and social pressure.

Net inward migration in the last year was nearly 200,000.

Between 1997 and 2009, net migration to Britain totalled more than 2.2 million people. That is more than twice the population of Birmingham.

I am focused on getting immigration down to sustainable levels. ...

The public should know that I will take action. I am determined to get the immigration system back under control. And I can achieve that without impeding business from getting on with the job of stimulating growth.

But we cannot do that, with the tools we currently have at our disposal.

The points-based system alone is not sufficient. It's been tried and it is not effective.

Controlling immigration using the points-based system alone is rather like squeezing a balloon. Push down work visas and the number of student visas will shoot up. Clamp down on student visas and family visas will spring up. Bear down on family visas and work visas will explode.

With unskilled labour set to zero, all that happened was student visas rocketed by thirty per cent to a record 304,000 in just one year, as some applicants used it as an alternative work route. ...

But bringing down net migration to sustainable levels will not be easy. And we will not be able to achieve it by focusing on just one area of the system or on one route into Britain.

We will need fast and decisive action and we will need steady downward pressure on each of the main routes into the UK.

That is why we are looking to propose a comprehensive package - focussing on all aspects of our immigration system. ...

But work routes accounted for less than a quarter of the non-EU citizens entering Britain last year.

The majority of non-EU migrants are, in fact, students. Including their dependents, students accounted for around two thirds of the visas issued last year under the points-based system.

Numbers are now so high that last year the UK Border Agency had to suspend student applications in various parts of the world because the system could not cope with the numbers and could not prevent students without the right qualifications or applying to questionable institutions from getting a visa.
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Speech: UK Immigration [part 2]
Theresa May
eGov Monitor, 8 November 2010

We want suitably qualified students with the genuine desire to study to come to study in our country but we must have a more robust system to manage their applications and, most importantly, to ensure their departure at the end of their legitimate stay.

People might imagine that by students we mean people who come here for a few years to study at university and then go home – but that's not always the case.

We estimate that nearly half of all students coming here from abroad are coming to study a course below degree level. ... ...

We have also been left with astonishingly generous arrangements for students who graduate in the UK. They are effectively free to enter the labour market and look for skilled work. In 2009, 38,000 did so. ...

The sheer number of students coming in, and the large proportion of total inward migration this represents, means we cannot delay in taking this necessary and decisive action.

An area where we have already taken action is the family visa route. Unsurprisingly perhaps, over two thirds of the 63,000 people who entered the UK in 2004 to join family here, were still in Britain five years later. And last year, some 40,000 marriage visas were issued.

We estimate that the family route accounted for nearly 20 per cent of non EU migration last year. ...

But the common link with all of these temporary routes in the immigration system is that they can all lead to permanent residency. That is, temporary stays can become permanent stays.

No one is suggesting that those who come here to marry legitimately should not be able to make the UK their permanent home. But, under the current system, many skilled workers are allowed to apply to stay here permanently. In 2009, 81,000 people who entered the UK for employment were granted settlement.

And Home Office research shows that over a fifth of students who entered Britain in 2004 were still here five years later. Many of those were only supposed to be coming for short courses in the first place.

The consequences of such unchecked permanent migration through the back door are clear.

It is too easy, at the moment, to move from temporary residence to permanent settlement.

We will not implement the last government's policy of earned citizenship, which was too complicated, bureaucratic and, in the end, ineffective. ...

Working in Britain for a short period should not give someone the right to settle in Britain. Studying a course in Britain should not give someone the right to settle in Britain. ...

We will reduce net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. It will not be easy. It will take hard work and a great deal of political courage. But the British people want us to do it and it is the right thing to do. So we will do it.
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Danger: 46 jailed terrorists go free
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2010

At least 46 convicted terrorists who have been either released from prison or are close to being freed, "pose a risk" to the public and face tight new controls on their freedom, a secret Government document discloses. ...

By some estimates there are now more than 100 convicted Islamic terrorists in the British prison system.

The Royal United Services Institute has suggested that as many as 800 Muslims have been radicalised behind bars and could present a security threat on release over the next decade. ... ...

Terrorist offenders, like other prisoners, are eligible for release after serving half of their sentence. If freed, they are put "on licence", subject to restrictions which, if broken, can return them to jail.
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Cameron push to send foreign inmates home
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2010

David Cameron is planning to appeal personally to foreign leaders to allow their citizens held in British jails to be sent home.

The Prime Minister will "personally intervene" in efforts to remove foreign prisoners and take pressure off the prison system, No 10 sources said last night. ...

More than 11,000 of the 85,000 inmates of English jails are foreign nationals.
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Germans argue over 'failure to integrate'
BBC, 7 November 2010

Thilo Sarrazin is not charismatic, but he has become a man of influence. He has changed the debate over immigration in Germany. ...

I met Thilo Sarrazin at his old school in Recklinghausen. He was there to promote his book, Germany Abolishes Itself. He is both reviled and admired for its controversial thesis. ...

... His book has sold close to a million copies.

His essential message is that Muslims are either "unwilling or unable to integrate" into Western society. "If the majority of migrants from non-Muslim countries don't have any obvious problem integrating," he told a packed hall, "then the failure to integrate on the part of migrants from Muslim countries can't be due to a fault on our side - because all are treated equally. It has to be because of a characteristic of Muslims themselves."

He is not a great speaker. He deals in statistics. He recognises that some Muslims have integrated, but he believes Germany has gone too far in trying to accommodate them. "People who obey laws are welcome to live here," he told me, but he wants to end Muslim immigration. ...

Last month, Chancellor Angela Merkel said multiculturalism had "failed utterly". What she meant was that some immigrants and others who had lived in Germany for some years were not integrating. Last week at a regional conference for her party in Essen she said: "Of course integration has changed our society, but not at the expense of our core values... We are Christians and this informs everything we do... We are for diversity but we will not abandon our basic beliefs."

What seems to be changing is what is expected from immigrants. The past idea of multiculturalism was that migrants could live in their new societies much as they had done previously in their home countries. Now the emphasis is on them adapting. The fear is that otherwise there will be separate, parallel communities. ...

Prof Jurgen Habermas, writing in the New York Times last week, said Germany was being roiled by "waves of political turmoil over integration, multiculturalism and the role of the 'Leitkultur', or guiding national culture." He said it was reinforcing trends towards xenophobia. He sees clear dangers in getting immigrants to assimilate "the values of the majority culture and to adopt its customs".
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Republican Resurgence Likely to Derail 'Immigration Reform'
Fox News, 6 November 2010

As part of an 11th-hour appeal, President Obama warned Hispanic voters last month that the fate of "comprehensive immigration reform" would hinge largely on Tuesday's midterm elections.

Now that Republicans, through sweeping gains in those elections, have captured the House and diminished the Democratic majority in the Senate, the fate of that initiative is very much in doubt.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said "immigration reform" will be pushed aside for streamlined enforcement of current laws.

"The enforcement of our immigration laws is critical to both our national security and economic prosperity," he told the San Antonio Express. "We need to know who is entering our country, and why."

He told the newspaper that the committee under his leadership would "enact policies that will better secure our border and discourage illegal immigration, human smuggling and drug trafficking."
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Long-term immigration
P.G. Carder
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

The House of Commons' Home Affairs Select Committee claims that Home Office ministers are unlikely to succeed in reducing "net" migration (report, November 3).

What ministers should seek to reduce is not the "excess" of persons entering Britain and staying for more than a year over the number leaving (the International Passenger Survey definition), but instead the number allowed to settle here permanently (224,400 non-EU nationals in 2009-10 alone).

Since transient migrants only become immigrants when allowed to settle permanently, and it is these who are mainly fuelling Britain's population growth to beyond 70 million in just 20 years, the obvious solution is the one suggested by the All-Party Panel on Migration (co-chaired by Frank Field and Nicholas Soames), namely that UK settlement rights should no longer automatically follow from the issue of a work or study permit. ("Indefinite leave to remain" may at present be obtained by qualifying permit-holders simply applying via the UK Border Agency website.)

By trying to "cap" the annual number of non-EU migrants, the Coalition would seem to be setting itself an impossible goal, in that the new restrictions are affecting people who, though intending to stay for more than a year, have no intention of becoming permanent UK residents (expatriate American bankers and academics, for example).

It is therefore to be feared that, in trying to impose restrictions that inevitably encounter concerted vested-interest opposition, the Coalition Government will be afforded the necessary justification quietly to renege on David Cameron's general election pledge – which is probably the reason that he is now Prime Minister at all.
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Muslim veil is no threat, says Cherie Blair
Fiona Govan
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2010

Cherie Blair has defended Muslim women who wear a veil and insisted that they should not be seen as a threat.

The former Prime Minister's wife warned against the stereotyping of Muslim women as "oppressed". ...

"It's important to fight against certain stereotypes that affect, above all, Muslim women. One of the things I try to do is help to explain that Islam is an open religion in which women have influence, whether they hide their hair or not."

Mrs Blair, a Roman Catholic who encouraged her husband to convert from Anglicanism in 2007, likened the Islamic headscarf to nuns' dress.

Her comments come weeks after her half-sister, Lauren Booth, announced her conversion to Islam.
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New equality laws blamed for declining adoption rate
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2010

Fewer children are being adopted than at any time since 1998, when Labour gave adoption rights to unmarried and homosexual couples, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

Christian campaigners have said that the fall in adoptions was mainly due to new equality rules, which have forced religiously-based adoption agencies to close.

More than 4,000 children in Britain are on waiting lists for adoption.
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Teresa May promises immigration crackdown
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 5 November 2010

The home secretary, Theresa May, is to end the right to permanent settlement for more than 100,000 skilled workers and overseas students who come to Britain each year.

In her first major speech on migration, the home secretary also disclosed that she intends to drastically reduce the flow of 160,000 overseas students who come to the UK to study on below degree-level courses in further and higher education colleges.

Those on below degree-level courses are nearly half the 320,000 students who come to study in Britain each year.

May was anxious to reassure Britain's prestigious universities that students coming to study on degree-level courses and above would not be affected by the new curbs. ...

May's speech also sought to row back on David Cameron's announcement – made during prime minister's questions on Wednesday – that 30,000 skilled migrants working for multinational companies would be excluded from the proposed immigration cap next year.

She indicated that while they would not be included in the annual cap, their numbers would be limited by a minimum salary level – probably about £40,000 a year – or other criteria to ensure that they were coming to do managerial or specialist-level jobs. ...

She made clear that one priority would be to cut the traditional link between temporary visas and permanent settlement, which she claimed was a route for "back door migration".

"No one is suggesting that those who come to marry legitimately should not be able to make the UK their permanent home," she said.

"But, under the current system, many skilled workers are allowed to apply to stay here permanently. In 2009, 81,000 people who entered the UK for employment were granted settlement.

"Home Office research shows that over one-fifth of students who entered Britain in 2004 were still here five years later. Many of those were only supposed to be coming for short courses in the first place."

The Home Office confirmed that 38,000 overseas graduates exercised their right to stay in Britain and look for skilled work in 2009.

The implication of May's speech is that nearly 120,000 people a year could lose their current right to settle in the UK and become British citizens.

The home secretary also confirmed that Labour's plans for a system of "earned citizenship" to provide a route to a British passport were being dropped by the coalition.

The curb on permanent settlement rights for overseas students is likely to include a time limit on student visas, as well as closing post-study work concessions.

At present, the majority who settle qualify by the length of time they stay in the UK as they move from a degree course to post-doctoral and further research.
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Cameron 'red carpet' offer to foreign entrepreneurs
BBC, 4 November 2010

David Cameron has promised to reform the immigration rules to allow more foreign entrepreneurs to set up new businesses in the UK.

Announcing plans for an "entrepreneurs visa", the prime minister said he wanted to "put out the red carpet" for people able to create wealth and jobs.

Those with a "great business idea" and "serious investment" were welcome.

Businesses have expressed concerns about government plans to cap the number of non-EU migrants every year.

In a speech in east London, Mr Cameron sought to address some of these concerns and also announced changes to copyright law to attract more hi-tech companies to the UK.

The prime minister said he wanted to make it "loud and clear" that anyone with a business idea - whether it had come from "a classroom or a laboratory" - could come to Britain to turn the dream into reality. ...

He said plans for an "entrepreneur visa" would be introduced to make the UK the "home of enterprise and land of opportunity".

"If you have a great business idea, and you receive serious investment from a leading investor, you are welcome to set up your business in our country," he said. "We want you, we will make it easy for you, we will put the red carpet out for you."

This could be done while also fulfilling the government's pledge to reducing net immigration from its current level of 196,000 a year to "tens of thousands", Mr Cameron added.
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Migrant cap exemption for company transfers - Cameron
BBC, 4 November 2010

Thousands of employees of multinational companies will be exempt from the government's immigration cap, Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated.

The government is still deciding on the level at which the cap will be set - and to whom it will apply.

But speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said: "Intra-company transfers shouldn't be included in what we are looking at."

Labour said the cap policy was "unravelling before our eyes".

The cap on migrant numbers from outside Europe comes into effect next year.

The majority of skilled workers entering the UK from outside the European Economic Area come in on intra-company transfers. In 2009, they accounted for 22,000 out of a total of 36,490 skilled migrants.

Under present rules, workers on intra-company transfers can stay for up to five years.

The immigration cap - which was a key part of the Conservatives' election manifesto - is aimed at cutting net immigration from its current level of 196,000 a year to "tens of thousands". A temporary cap of 24,100 will be replaced by permanent measures from April 2011.

But it has provoked a furious backlash from businesses, who claim it will leave them at a competitive disadvantage. ...

But Sir Andrew Green, of the Migration Watch think tank, said the system was being abused - and was shutting many UK graduates out of the jobs market.

"In 2009. over half of all intra-company transfer visas issued went to Indian IT workers - 10,000 to just three companies.

"They are clearly undercutting tens of thousands of unemployed UK IT workers while computer science graduates suffer the highest unemployment of any discipline, currently 16%."

He said intra-company transfers could be "substantially reduced" by "returning this route to its original purpose of bringing key staff to the UK offices of a multinational company".

"To do so, the minimum salary level should be raised to £50,000, and the cost of sponsorship increased dramatically in line with the number of visas requested," he added.
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DJs, Kabaddi players, comedians and models beat government's migrant cap
James Slack
Daily Mail, 4 November 2010

Magicians, disc jockeys, waitresses, comedians and models have all benefited from a route into the UK excluded from the Government's immigration cap.

The revelations intensified the row over the Coalition's decision to exempt intra-company transfers from the annual cap on non-EU economic immigrants. ...

On Wednesday it emerged that Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable had successfully argued that intra-company transfer of 'skilled workers' from abroad was crucial to the competitiveness of British business.

But internal government figures show the route has been exploited by companies seeking to bring in entertainers or – in some cases – traditionally low-paid staff.

They have included commentators, comedians, ice hockey coaches, magicians, acupuncturists, disc jockeys, models, and polo grooms and players. In recent years, businesses have even brought in waitresses from outside the EU. ...

The biggest number of intra-company transfers involved IT workers – of whom more than 65,000 were allowed in between 1999 and 2008. The unemployment rate among British IT workers is around 16 per cent.

In total, Labour allowed in around 350,000 people using the intra-company transfers route.

Tory MP James Clappison, who unearthed the figures, said the Coalition had to be alive to the dangers of excluding intra-company transfers from the flagship cap policy.
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Immigration cap 'may not work', MPs warn
BBC, 3 November 2010

The government will struggle to achieve its aim of limiting net migration to the UK to "tens of thousands" in five years, MPs have said.

New curbs on international students and those joining family members in the UK may be needed to fulfil the pledge, the Home Affairs Committee said.

And migrants may have to be stripped of the right to settle in the UK to bring numbers down, it added.

The planned cap on workers from outside Europe comes into effect next year.

Net migration - the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and the number emigrating - stood at 196,000 last year.

The coalition government has promised to at least halve this by 2015, partly by capping the number of skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area.

The Home Office introduced a limit for work visas for non-EU citizens in June. A key part of the Conservative election manifesto, this temporary cap of 24,100 will be replaced by permanent measures from April 2011.

But the Commons Home Affairs Committee said this would affect only 1% to 20% of the total number of immigrants and would "make little difference to immigration overall" unless it was set at virtually zero.

And there was a risk that a permanent cap could "hamper businesses, prevent top-class international professionals from coming to the UK and damage the UK's ability to recruit the most distinguished scientists into universities and highly talented individuals into UK companies and public services".

Labour MP Keith Vaz, the committee's chairman, told BBC News the system must be flexible enough to ensure top flight academics, scientists and business people were not barred from coming to Britain.

And he said the government should look at curbing other kinds of migration, such as family reunions and international students, instead of highly skilled workers.

"It can be done, but the government needs to look at other routes in order to achieve it," he said. ...

On Monday, the Home Office changed the rules so that skilled migrants already working in the UK will have their work permit extended automatically in order to give their employers "greater certainty". ...

But Sir Andrew Green, of the Migration Watch think tank, said that nearly 100,000 work related visas were issued last year, a "significant number compared to net immigration of about 200,000".
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Immigration cap will have little effect, MPs warn
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2010

The Government's planned immigration cap will make "little difference" and allow more than 400,000 migrants to move to Britain every year, MPs warn today.

Next year, as part of its pledge to bring net migration down to the "tens of thousands", the Coalition will set an annual limit on the number of foreign workers allowed to come to the country.

In a report, the Commons home affairs select committee says any limit will affect less than 20 per cent of the more than half a million immigrants who move to Britain for the long term each year.

The rest are made up of European Union citizens, foreign students or those arriving on family visas, who will all be unaffected by a cap on work permits. ...

The report highlights figures that show 538,000 immigrants moved to Britain for at least a year in 2008 but less than 20 per cent of those were economic migrants (foreign workers) from outside the EU. As an example, a five per cent cut in foreign workers will reduce overall immigration by just one per cent, it says.
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A terrorist war cry at the touch of a button
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2010

To find out about radical Islam, impressionable Muslims need look no further than YouTube.

There were more than 5,000 postings on the website yesterday that featured videos by Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical preacher – one of which had been visited 164,420 times.

Among the most-watched were "Constants on the Path to Jihad" and "44 Ways to Support Jihad", which serves as a guide to pursuing or supporting holy war. ...

In 44 Ways to Support Jihad, he tells his audience: "The hatred of Kafir [non-believers] is a central element of our military creed. We need to realise that Allah will not grant us victory as long as we still have some love towards his enemies in our hearts."
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Universities get quota of poor students
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2010

Universities will be forced to admit a quota of poorer students or face being stripped of hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding, under plans to be announced by the Coalition today.

Elite institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge are to be ordered to increase the number of pupils they accept from state schools from about 1,500 a year to almost 1,800.

More students from less wealthy regions and from low-income families will also have to be taken on, along with increased numbers of ethnic minority students.
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Ministers vow to curb every migrant route... But MPs warn cap on arrivals will have little effect
James Slack
Daily Mail, 3 November 2010

Immigrants face an unprecedented crackdown on every route into the UK amid a warning from MPs that the Coalition's cap on foreign workers will make 'little difference'. ...

Home Office minister Damian Green said: 'We have been saying for months now we need to act on every immigration route to make the numbers sustainable.' ...

In a fresh blow David Cameron's former speechwriter Ian Birrell said the proposed cap was a political 'gesture'.

A friend of the Prime Minister, he said in an article for the London Evening Standard the Tories had come up with an 'arbitrary cap to make it appear they had a policy on immigration'. ...

But Government sources said a series of crackdowns would be announced in coming months.

The biggest losers will be non-EU students. In the year to June this year, 362,015 foreign students were allowed to come and study in the UK, up 35 per cent on the previous year.
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Promote inter-racial adoption, children's minister tells social workers
Helen Pidd
The Guardian, 2 November 2010

Social workers should make it easier for white couples to adopt children from different ethnic backgrounds, a government minister said last night.

There is currently no bar on inter-racial adoption, but the children's minister, Tim Loughton, said too many children languish in care because social workers hold out for "the perfect match" rather than deciding whether the would-be adoptive parents would provide a good home.

The result of this approach, combined with the shortage of non-white couples wanting to adopt, is that ethnic minority children are over-represented among the young people in care who never find permanent homes. It takes an average of two years and seven months to adopt; black, Asian and mixed-race children wait three times longer than white children.

Social workers are currently required to give "significant consideration" to race when placing children because of concerns they may struggle to settle in new families from different cultural backgrounds.

But the Department for Education said ministers feel authorities should not be "over-sensitive" on the issue. A spokeswoman said last night that guidance to local authorities and adoption agencies is due to be reissued "in the next couple of months". There will be "no substantive changes" to the official position on trans-racial matches, she said, "because the law is already pretty clear". But ministers want local authorities to take a fresh approach to the way the guidance is implemented on the ground. ...

There are approximately 65,000 children in care, most of whom are not considered for adoption because they are too old or are moving in and out of the system.

Of around 2,300 approved for adoption last year, about 500 were of black or Asian origin.
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U.N. investigator: Migrants suffer worst racism
Edith M. Lederer
MSNBC, 2 November 2010

Migrants in Europe, the United States and many other parts of the world are subjected to the worst forms of racial discrimination and xenophobia, a U.N. independent investigator said Monday.

Githu Muigai, a Kenyan lawyer, said many other groups are also victims including ethnic minorities attacked because of their minority status, individuals stopped and searched because of their perceived religious or ethnic background, and soccer players insulted because of their color. ...

Muigai, the U.N. Human Rights Council's special investigator on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, spoke to reporters after presenting reports to the General Assembly on efforts to eliminate these practices.

"If I have found any specific group of people to be the subject of the most insidious contemporary forms of racial discrimination, those are migrants," he said. "And I think in many parts of the world today, immigrants bear the brunt of xenophobic intolerance – and this is true of the United States, and it is of Europe, and it is of many parts of the world."
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Migrants race to beat EU border crackdown
Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2010

Migrants were streaming into Greece from Turkey yesterday in an attempt to get into the European Union two days before the EU sends in rapid intervention teams to shore up the border.

Dozens of illegal immigrants, most from far beyond Turkey itself, crossed the border over the weekend, wading across streams and walking through farmland to reach frontier villages near Orestiada in north-eastern Greece.

Greece, already facing a huge financial crisis, said its facilities were overwhelmed.

Frontex, the border agency, will deploy 175 staff as Rapid Border Intervention Teams in an attempt to stem the flow.

Greece currently accounts for 90 per cent of the EU's detected illegal border crossings, up from 50 per cent two years ago, and has reported 45,000 illegal border crossings in the first half of the year.
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The unknown enemies who live among us
Anthony Glees, director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Birmingham
Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2010

But strong, lawful security policies don't undermine our liberty, they defend it. The new Government's very first Bill abolished ID cards. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, explained: "They are wrong, they won't work and there is a civil liberties argument against them." She didn't say, as she should have done: "We need to know who is here in the UK on national security grounds, but it costs too much."

No one's civil liberties are abused if we know who they really are. No one has "the civil liberty" to attack people here, or elsewhere in the West, who simply want to go about their lawful business. It is far more convenient to forget that we are under persistent attack; so we prefer to remain in denial about who is attacking us and how they come to do so.

It was in Yemen that the so-called underwear bomber, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, ... Previously, he had been a student at University College London, where, as president of the Islamic Society, he had been radicalised by a variety of speakers imparting their hatred of the West to as many students as they could muster. ...

UCL carried out an inquiry into its former student (the third at the university suspected of terrorist connections) and concluded that "there is no evidence to suggest that Abdulmutallab was radicalised as a student at UCL." ... If UCL thinks that making contact with terrorists isn't evidence of radicalisation, there is no point in trying to convince it of anything. ...

The fact is that radicalisation leads to terrorism. It threatens our security. Yet parts of Government and our academic and legal community seem intent on ignoring this inconvenient fact, believing that if they can convince us that there is no serious threat, then one won't exist. They want business as usual; but the terrorists have other ideas.
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Investigation reveals thousands of bogus church weddings may have taken place
Jonathan Wynne-Jones and David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 31 October 2010

Thousands of bogus weddings may have taken place in Anglican ceremonies throughout the country, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered.

One vicar said he had been instructed by the Church to conduct marriages even after he warned officials that he believed they were bogus.

A senior Government source accused Church officials of failing to take sufficient steps to stop bogus marriages, which can grant foreigners the right to stay in Britain and claim benefits.

The investigation found that the issuing of marriage licences, required for foreigners to marry in church, has almost trebled in five years. Church figures show that the number of common licences issued rose from 1,650 in 2004 to 4,632 last year.

The leap followed the introduction of rules in 2005 which required non-EU nationals to obtain a certificate of approval from the Home Office before they could marry in a civil ceremony at a register office. The Church of England was exempted from the clampdown.

Furthermore, Anglican clergy are not legally required to report suspicious marriages, even though register offices have been compelled to do so for more than a decade.

The figures appear to indicate that the Government has underestimated the scale of the scam, and last night prompted calls for the Church to "wake up" to the problem.

A senior Government source said: "There is concern at high levels that some parts of the Church of England are not taking this as seriously as they should. The attitude seems to vary from diocese to diocese, and we clearly need more work in some dioceses."

Bishops have now admitted that a "loophole" has left the Church vulnerable to criminals arranging marriages of convenience.

Official Home Office estimates for the number of sham marriages that take place each year show a decline from 3,578 in 2004 to 561 in 2009.

However, Father Tim Codling, rector at Tilbury, Essex, claims that he was repeatedly ignored when he tried to warn Church authorities that he suspected the majority of weddings in his church to be fake.

He alleges that he was told he would face disciplinary action if he refused to conduct the ceremonies.

"I got the feeling that they thought I was being awkward and difficult," says Fr Codling.

"I was given the impression they were thoroughly disinterested in what I was saying.

"It is a violation of our sacred space. But what hurts more is the way we have been let down by the Church."
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Migrants took 9 out of 10 jobs created under Labour
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 29 October 2010

Nearly nine out of ten jobs created under Labour went to foreign-born workers, astonishing figures revealed last night.

Official statistics showed the vast majority of the rise in the employment total under the last Government was accounted for by workers born abroad.

Total numbers of those in work went up by two million during 13 years of Labour. But of those jobs, 1.8 million individuals were classed as 'non-UK born'.

Just a quarter of a million declared themselves to be born in the UK.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics' Labour Force Survey, are an indictment of the last Government's failure to control the influx of migrants, train British workers and tackle welfare dependency.

Just as startlingly, the figures also revealed that the proportion of the foreign-born workforce nearly doubled under Labour – from 7 per cent to 13 per cent.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said: 'This is stunning evidence of the need to cut back on the immigration of foreign workers.

'As long as foreign skills can be obtained "off the shelf", employers will have no incentive to train British workers.'

The figures were released in a written parliamentary answer to Tory MP James Clappison.

He said: 'This is a reflection of the huge increase that took place under the previous Government. It does nothing to lessen the case for a cap on migrant numbers.'

The data showed there were just over 26 million people aged 16-64 in employment between April and June 1997. Of those 1,946,000 were foreign born, leaving 24,058,000 born in the UK. By the same period this year, the total in jobs was up more than two million, to 28,107,000. Of those, 3,787,000 were born abroad, and 24,314,000 born in the UK.

It means 88 per cent of the rise in employment was accounted for by workers born abroad, and just 12 per cent by those born in the UK. ...

As Prime Minister, Gordon Brown said economic migration would fall by up to 12 per cent. But his points-based system for overseas workers actually led to totals of foreign workers going up 20 per cent and foreign students by more than 30 per cent.
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Immigrants top native born in U.S. job hunt
Aaron Smith
Cable News Network / CNNMoney, 29 October 2010

Immigrants have gained hundreds of thousands of jobs since the Great Recession is said to have ended, while U.S.-born workers lost more than a million jobs, according to a study released Friday.

Native-born workers lost 1.2 million jobs in the year following June 2009, when economists say the recession officially ended, reported the Pew Hispanic Center, a division of the Pew Research Center.

In that same period of time, foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs, according to the center, which based its analysis on statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Labor.

The study did not specify whether or not the immigrants were authorized to be in the United States. A separate Pew study released earlier this year said 7.8 million immigrants, about a third of the foreign-born labor force, are unauthorized. ...

Immigrants suffered a decline in pay even as they experienced a boom in employment. From 2009 to 2010, the pay for foreign-born workers fell by 4.5%, compared to a decline of less than 1% for U.S.-born workers.

"It might be that in the search for jobs in the recovery, immigrants were more accepting of lower wages and reduced hours because many, especially unauthorized immigrants, are not eligible for unemployment benefits," read the report. ...

Pew also said there is evidence that immigrants are becoming a much larger part of the U.S. work force. Foreign-born workers make up 15.7% of the labor force now, compared to 9.7% in 1995, according to the study.
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High-skill migrants taking low-skill jobs
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2010

Only one in four of the foreign workers allowed to come to Britain as a "highly skilled migrant" is working in a skilled job, the Home Office disclosed yesterday.

Many are in more lowly posts, including supermarket cashiers and shop assistants, a study found.

It is not even known what jobs almost half of the highly skilled migrants are doing.

The findings suggested that thousands of foreigners were exploiting the route, under which it is easier to get a visa, to take jobs that should be filled by British workers, the immigration minister said.

He signalled that the visa route, aimed at attracting the brightest and the best from outside the European Union, could be overhauled radically as the Government prepares to impose an annual immigration cap next year.

Earlier this week, David Cameron sought to reassure business leaders at the annual CBI conference that the planned cap would not be a bar to companies recruiting the "best talent" from overseas.

But the Home Office report shows that one of the key routes for doing that is being misused.

The so-called Tier 1 of the points-based system is aimed at allowing highly skilled migrants, such as doctors and engineers, to come to Britain.

Unlike those taking other routes through the system, they do not need to have a job offer and are deemed eligible based on their qualifications and previous earnings.

They are expected to end up in jobs paying at least £25,000 a year.

But a study of 1,184 cases found just 25 per cent were definitely in skilled jobs.

Some 29 per cent were in unskilled posts, including working as shop assistants, security guards, supermarket cashiers and care assistants and half of those had been in Britain for more than a year. It was not known what jobs, if any, the remaining 46 per cent were doing.

Among the worst culprits were foreign students who switched to the high-skilled status after graduating.

The study found that three in five of those were in unskilled jobs.

Almost 19,000 people were allowed into Britain under Tier 1 last year and while the report stressed that the findings could not be definitive it said they were "indicative".

A similar review last year found one in five were in unskilled jobs. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch pressure group, said: "This has to be the final nail in the coffin of immigration routes for people who do not have a skilled job to come to.

"Closing this route will allow headroom for those whom companies really need."
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Mohammed is now the most popular name for baby boys ahead of Jack and Harry
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 28 October 2010

Mohammed has become the most popular name for newborn boys in Britain.

It shot up from third the previous year, overtaking Jack, which had topped the list for the past 14 years but was relegated to third spot. ...

A total of 7,549 newborns were given 12 variations of the Islamic prophet Mohammed's name last year, such as Muhammad and Mohammad.

The second most popular boy's name, Oliver, was given to 7,364 babies. ...

The official list, which covers all births in 2009 in England and Wales, has Mohammed at number 16 but this does not include the many different spellings, which are all ranked separately.

When they are added in, Mohammed zooms all the way up to top spot for the first time. ...

Since 1999 the number of babies called Mohammed, however spelled, has increased by more than half.

In 1999 the name was given to 4,579 newborns.

Going even further back, the single spelling Mohammed appeared at 73 in the list in 1964 and 87th in 1944. ...

There were 706,248 children born in England and Wales last year.
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EU's deal with India will let in more migrants
Alison Little
Daily Express, 26 October 2010

Britain's bid to slash immigration could be wrecked by an EU trade deal with India aimed at winning £3.9 billion-worth of business a year, campaigners warned yesterday.

It came as David Cameron hinted at a possible climbdown over his promise to cap the number of people allowed into the UK from outside Europe.

The Prime Minister sparked alarm with comments at the Confederation of British Industry conference in London yesterday.

He said: "As we control our borders and bring immigration to a manageable level, we will not impede you from attracting the best talent from around the world."

His spokesman insisted the comments did not signal a rethink because final decisions on future limits had yet to be taken. ...

Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green said: "It is time the Government came clean about what is in this agreement. It looks as though the Indians are about to drive a bulldozer through Britain's immigration system. There is no point in a limit on economic migration if specialists from India are excluded from the cap by a separate agreement." ...

Britain has a say on the deal but no veto. Whitehall sources expect it to be agreed by early to mid-2011.

Migrationwatch said the deal on Intra-Company Transfers' – currently exempt from the interim immigration cap – had potentially serious implications.

Its report said there appeared to be no upper limit on numbers and there would be no test to see if a British worker could have done the job.

A Business Department spokesman said: "The EU-India Free Trade Agreement will have considerable benefits to UK businesses trading with India, expected to be in the region of hundreds of millions of pounds per year.

"We will ensure that any commitments placed on the UK by this agreement will be consistent with the Government's commitment to reduce net migration."

Workers would still have to meet the points-based assessment applied to all ICTs, it is understood, and only companies already operating in the UK would be covered.
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Cameron softens stance on blocking immigration
Nigel Morris
The Independent, 26 October 2010

Plans for a stringent cap on numbers of immigrant workers are to be softened in the face of warnings from business leaders that it could prevent them from bringing the brightest foreign talent to Britain.

Ministers are close to a deal on an issue that has deeply divided the coalition partners, The Independent understands. Introducing a limit on visas issued to non-European Union workers was a Conservative election manifesto promise, while the idea of a rigid annual cap was fiercely opposed by the Liberal Democrats.

Since the election, industry has strongly lobbied the Government against taking too inflexible an approach. It has received strong support from Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, and David Willetts, the Tory Science Minister.

David Cameron yesterday signalled that the limit would be designed in such a way that it would allow firms to recruit high-flying foreign staff. He told the Confederation of British Industry conference: "As we control our borders and bring immigration down to a manageable level, we will not impede you from bringing talented overseas staff in to help grow your business."

Ministers are considering two options: they could allow firms to transfer staff from offices overseas to Britain for limited periods without counting towards the limit, or allow them to take on highly qualified foreign staff in return for paying a high visa fee. Cabinet ministers will meet shortly with a view to announcing the policy by December.

Whitehall sources made clear that there was no question of the cap being abandoned. One said: "Politically this issue is very important to the Tory Party – it has real concerns about the levels of immigration. It's about the balance that will be achieved in implementing the policy."
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Minister at event with 'stall for terrorism'
Andrew Gilligan
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2010

A Government minister spoke at an event where suicide bomber accessories were on sale.

Andrew Stunell, the communities minister, addressed the Global Peace and Unity conference in east London on Sunday. Yards from where he was speaking, a stall sold suicide bomber headbands and T-shirts promoting two banned terrorist groups.

One of the shirts showed a masked terrorist holding a Kalashnikov in one hand and the Koran in the other against a background of the Dome of the Rock. The image is the official logo of the al-Qassam Brigade, the military wing of Hammas. It has been responsible for at least 200 civilian deaths in suicide attacks since 2000.

Legal experts said the items could constitute glorification of terrorism, which is illegal under UK anti-terrorism laws.

The items were on sale at a stall in the GPU's exhibition area operated by a company based in a flat in Bethnal Green.

Organised by the Islam Channel, a digital TV station, this year's GPU was boycotted by the Conservative Party.
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A fifth of primary schools 'full'
Evening Standard (London), 25 October 2010

Rising numbers of schools are full to bursting point, Government statistics have revealed.

One in five (20.3%) state primary schools, 3,444 in total, are full or have more pupils than they are meant to cater for, according to figures published by the Department for Education. ...

The statistics also show that nearly three in ten (29.3) state secondaries, 916 schools in total, are full or have pupils in excess of school capacity, compared to 28.8% in 2009. ...

It has been estimated that around £15 billion is needed over the next four years to guarantee every child a school place in a safe environment, according to research published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) last month. ...

The squeeze on school places has been fuelled by a rise in the birth rate and immigration.
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Multiculturalism is not the cure in a land divided by minorities
Louis Jacob
Sunday Independent [Ireland], 24 October 2010

It's official: Multiculturalism is bunk – and while German chancellor Angela Merkel may have raised a few eyebrows with her remarks that it has been an abject failure in Germany, only the truly blind will argue otherwise.

Before we get off on the wrong foot, I want to establish an exact meaning according to the dictionary: multiculturalism is the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.

The reason I find this definition so important is because I am not entirely comfortable with what I have to say and I don't want it to be misconstrued. Like everyone else, I am infused with the fear of political incorrectness that now runs deep in the veins of western society.

I remain convinced that a diversity of ethnic groups is essential to the health of a modern nation and I am passionately in favour of free movement. However, I have also come to believe in the need for ethnic groups to embrace a single culture as citizens of whatever host country they choose and to accept the social fabric of that country as pre-eminent.

In an article in Newsweek in November 1994, George F Will wrote that: "Multiculturalism is a campaign to lower America's moral status by defining the American experience is terms of myriad repressions and their victims. By rewriting history, and by using name-calling ('Racist! Sexist! Homophobe!') to inhibit debate, multiculturalists cultivate grievances, self-pity and claims to entitlements arising from victimisation". ...

The situation with the Roma in France is another case in point. The unavoidable fact is that the majority of these Roma have absolutely no wish to participate in French culture, and quite often are contemptuous of it. They stick together in the slums that they create for themselves. Perfectly healthy young women are sent out to beg, often bringing their children along to teach them the trade. The money they collect then goes back to the leaders of the Roma communities who run the slums and rule these women through violence and fear.

I know how careful you have to be with these issues. They are in every way sensitive and you have to watch your step.

When I came to Warsaw five years ago, I remember being appalled by what the Poles had to say about Roma. It went against every part of my nature to single out particular ethnic groups for criticism. Now, I know what it feels like to be sitting a bus, exhausted, having run around all day trying to make ends meet, and having these perfectly able people accosting me for money, using their children as the most cynical form of emotional blackmail.

The worst part of it being that most of them wouldn't dream of contributing to the society that they demand keeps them, and prefer instead to live in a cocoon.

This is the inherent flaw of multiculturalism – that the people for whose benefit multiculturalism is so often wheeled out are seldom so concerned with equality and fairness themselves.

In that way, those of us on the other side who pander and are wracked by our conscience are essentially little more than useful idiots, being continually slapped in the face. ...

I remain an idealist but even I can see that when an ideal doesn't work, there comes a time when you have to stop shoving it in people's faces. And Merkel must be credited for speaking up.
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The capture of Tower Hamlets
Melanie Phillips
The Spectator, 24 October 2010

People like myself who have warned for some years now about the steady Islamisation of Britain receive a torrent of scorn and abuse from the so-called custodians of our culture. Terms such as 'scare-mongering', exaggeration' or 'alarmism' tumble out alongside the inevitable 'Islamophobia'.

Now we can see what these cultural kamikazes are helping bring about. In the east London borough of Tower Hamlets, a man with links to radical Islamism, Lutfur Rahman, has been elected Mayor of the borough, giving him control of a million-pound budget and a platform for the progressive intimidation and silencing of British Muslims who do not want to live under sharia law, let alone the non-Muslim majority in the area.

In order to know anything about this crucial development, you have to read the Telegraph's Andrew Gilligan who has been closely following what's been going on in Tower Hamlets during the past year. ... ...

... Yet as far as I can see, no-one apart from Gilligan has even mentioned last week's seismic development. ...

Much responsibility for this debacle must be laid at the door of the Labour Party which, as the Labour MP Mike Fitzpatrick warned earlier this year, was failing to deal with Islamic entryism so that the IFE had effectively become a party within a party. This evening a brave Muslim, Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri who previously issued an anti-terrorism fatwa and is currently facing death threats from al-Qaeda and the Taliban, is due to issue another anti-extremism call at a meeting in east London. But what chance does he have given the failure of the British ruling class to tackle Islamic extremism? ...

The outcome is that Britain's establishment is actively assisting the progressive Balkanisation of Britain, in accordance with the global strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies to take over the west. Astoundingly, the security and political establishment even now still chooses to embrace the Brotherhood, treating them as authoritative Muslim spokesmen and even employing them as counter-extremism advisers, on the ludicrous basis that they are merely religious ideologues who can be used to divide British Muslims and divert them from al Qaeda. ...

... This devastating analysis by Hadar Sela itemises the extent to which the Brotherhood has the useful idiots and malign ideologues of the British progressive establishment in its clutches. As she so bleakly states:

There is barely an aspect of British life today in which Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas supporters lack influence. From the academic world, including student organizations, through politics and government, trades unions, the media, the legal system and even some Christian churches, they have succeeded in re-writing the prevailing narrative by means of the employment of the language of charity and human rights. Skilfully, they deflect criticism by the use of anti-racism laws and social mores and manage to market themselves as the face of 'moderate Islam' so successfully that they are often invited to act in an advisory capacity to decision makers and are even able to secure government funding.

But of course, it is Islamophobic exaggeration and scare-mongering to say so.
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Facing the axe: Diocese that has twice as many Muslim worshippers as Anglicans
Jonathan Petre
Mail Online, 24 October 2010

A historic Church of England diocese where Muslim worshippers outnumber Anglican churchgoers by two to one is set to be scrapped.

According to sources, the Dioceses Commission is drawing up proposals to axe the cash-strapped Diocese of Bradford in Yorkshire and merge it with neighbouring Ripon and Leeds. ...

The first major shake-up of dioceses for almost 100 years could also see senior bishops replaced by lower-paid juniors, and millions of pounds shaved off central administration costs.

The move comes at a time when the Church is facing a severe financial squeeze, with £1 billion wiped off its national assets last year.

Insiders said the crisis was particularly acute in parts of the country where population shifts had accelerated a general decline in churchgoing, hitting church collections which feed diocesan coffers.

One said: 'Some areas with a high concentration of Muslim migrants have experienced "white flight" and the Church is struggling to maintain a foothold.' ...

Canon Rod Anderson, of St Barnabas Church in Heaton, Bradford, said he was aware officials had been considering merging the diocese to make savings.

He said during his 16 years at the church, the congregation had diminished from more than 100 on Sundays to between 40 and 60.

He added: 'I have seen a demographic shift with a large ethnic Asian influx, which has had a noticeable impact on congregation sizes and the knock-on of this is a downturn in financial fortunes.'

St Margaret's Church in nearby Thornbury has a weekly congregation of 20 to 30 and is surviving on a turnover of £20,000 a year. ...

Bradford's 80 mosques, meanwhile, enjoy a healthy turnover of cash provided by Muslim worshippers, with a number raising more than £60,000 a year. ...

Relations between the Church of England and Muslims are also highly sensitive.

The former Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali received death threats two years ago after claiming that extremists had created 'no-go areas' and non-Muslims faced physical attack in communities dominated by a strict Islamic ideology.
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Cheating peers 'are victims of racism'
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2010

Three Asian peers recommended for suspension from Parliament after cheating the taxpayer out of tens of thousands of pounds in expenses are the victims of racism, a Labour colleague alleged.

Lord Alli said that the only peers subjected to a full inquiry over expenses were Asian. He was speaking as peers debated whether to suspend Labour's Baroness Uddin and Lord Paul, and Lord Bhatia, a cross-bencher.

A formal inquiry this week found that the three wrongly claimed a total of nearly £200,000 by registering properties that they rarely or never stayed in as their "main home", making them eligible for overnight allowances. ...

The committee said Lady Uddin and Lord Bhatia had not acted in good faith, but Lord Paul, although "grossly irresponsible and negligent," had not been "dishonest".

Lord Alli said he was not accusing the committee itself of racism, but it "could not escape your attention" that the only peers subjected to a full inquiry over their expenses were Asian.

Lord Brabazon, the committee's chairman, denied that racism had played any part in the decision to hold formal investigations. The House voted unanimously to confirm the suspensions, to begin immediately.
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Asylum seekers must pay to appeal
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2010

Failed asylum seekers and immigrants who have been refused an entry visa will for the first time have to pay to appeal under plans that will raise tens of millions of pounds a year.

The move is also designed to cut unwarranted appeals. However, those on legal aid will be exempt from the charges, as will those fighting deportation, a revocation of leave to remain, or the removal of citizenship ... ...

... There were about 197,000 appeals in 2009-10. ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said the reform was "long overdue". "It is high time that we discourage appeals without merit that are simply designed to keep going around and around the system," he added.

Nine per cent of immigration appeals were subject to legal aid last year and as such would be exempt from any fees.
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Labour: London borough becomes 'Islamic republic'
Andrew Gilligan
Daily Telegraph website, 22 October 2010

Outside the Wellington Way polling station in Tower Hamlets yesterday, as at many other polling stations in the borough, people had to run a gauntlet of Lutfur Rahman supporters to reach the ballot box. As one Bengali woman voter went past them, we heard one of the Rahman army scolding her for her "immodest dress."

That incident is perhaps a tiny taste of the future for Britain's poorest borough now it has elected Mr Rahman as its first executive mayor, with almost total power over its £1 billion budget. At the count last night, one very senior figure in the Tower Hamlets Labour Party said: "It really is Britain's Islamic republic now."

For the last eight months – without complaint or challenge from Mr Rahman – this blog and newspaper have laid out his close links with a group of powerful local businessmen and with a Muslim supremacist body, the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) - which believes, in its own words, in transforming the "very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed ... from ignorance to Islam." Mr Rahman has refused to deny these claims.

We have told how the borough's change from a conventional council leader to a mayoral system came about as a result of a campaign led and financed by these two groups – and how the IFE, in its words, wanted to "get one of our brothers" into the position.

We have described in detail, again without complaint or challenge by Mr Rahman, his deeply problematic two years as council leader until he was removed from that post six months ago, partly as a result of our investigations. After he secured the leadership with the help of the IFE, millions of pounds were channelled to front organisations of the IFE, a man with close links to the IFE was appointed as assistant chief executive of the council despite being unqualified for the position and the secular, white chief executive was forced out. Various efforts were made to "Islamicise" the borough. Extremist literature was stocked in Tower Hamlets' public libraries.

We have described, once more without complaint or challenge from Mr Rahman, how he signed up entire families of sham "paper" Labour members to win the party's mayoral nomination – acts which caused him to be sacked as the Labour candidate by the party's National Executive Committee.

Now, however, Mr Rahman has won as an independent – getting more than double the number of votes of the Labour candidate imposed in his place, Helal Abbas. As mayor, he will have far more power than he had as a council leader. And unlike a council leader, no-one can sack him, except the voters in four years' time.

We should be clear what this result was, and was not. It was a decisive victory. But it was not much of an endorsement by the borough's people. Turnout, at 25.6%, was astonishingly low, with most voters (particularly the white majority, and they still are a majority) unaware of, indifferent to or turned off by the process. Lutfur's 23,000-odd votes are only about 13 per cent of Tower Hamlets' electorate.

It was not a victory for any sort of democracy. It was the execution of a careful and sophisticated plan by a small, well-financed and highly-organised cabal to seize control of a London borough. ...
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Britain is our greatest source of cash, say insurgents
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2010

The Taliban has claimed that Britain is its greatest source of revenue and the group is funded by donations in mosques and Muslim community centres around the country. "We are not like a government, we depend on individuals," a Taliban commander told Sky News. "We get donations from our Muslim brothers in Britain for jihad and they help us. It is the duty of all Muslims to pay towards fighting a jihad. And this is how we get our money and buy our weapons and carry on fighting."
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Most Americans Say Government Is Too Sensitive to Minority Concerns
Rasmussen Reports, 21 October 2010

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans believe the U.S. government is too sensitive to the concerns of racial, ethnic and social minorities in the country.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 24% of Adults think the government is not sensitive enough. Sixteen percent (16%) say the level of sensitivity is about right. ...

Perhaps not surprisingly, 56% of African-Americans say the government is not sensitive enough to minority concerns, while 61% of whites think the government is overly concerned. Those of other ethnicities are narrowly divided on the question.

Most Americans (69%) also think it is better to allow free speech without government interference rather than let the government decide what types of so-called "hate speech" should be banned. That's down four points from a year ago just after President Obama signed into law hate crime legislation that added sexual orientation to other protected categories including race, color, religion and national origin.

Just 17% think it is better to let the government decide what types of hate speech should be banned. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. Hate speech has been widely defined as any language that disparages an individual or a group of people on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. Critics argue that hate speech legislation is largely politically motivated and violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of freedom of speech. ...

A plurality (47%) of adults continue to think criminals should be prosecuted more severely if it can be proven that their crime was motivated by the victim's race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. This view has held steady from last November.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree and do not think a criminal should be prosecuted any more severely for this reason. Another 15% are not sure. ...

Still, 59% say factors such as race and ethnicity should be used to determine which boarding passengers to search at airports, and many believe profiling is a necessary part of today's society. ...

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of adults think America is too politically correct these days, and 74% regard political correctness as a problem in the country.


Foreign worker numbers surge to a record 2.4m as Eastern Europeans return to Britain
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 October 2010

The number of foreigners working in Britain has hit an all-time high despite the fragile state of the recovery.

This summer, the total topped 2.4 million for the first time after thousands arrived from abroad in the spring.

Some of them were Poles and other Eastern Europeans who began to return to the UK. The number of Eastern European workers also reached a record – of 551,000.

It means the workforce of foreigners has surged by more than a million in only seven years.

By contrast the number of Britons in jobs fell by hundreds of thousands during the recession.

The growing total of foreign workers comes at a time of deepening concern over the five million British adults who do not work and the intensification of Government efforts to persuade many that jobs are preferable to a life of benefits dependency.

The rush to take jobs in Britain is also adding to immigration and concerns over population growth and overcrowding. ...

The latest count of foreign citizens working in Britain was released alongside unemployment figures by the Office for National Statistics.

It showed there were 2.401 million non-UK nationals active in the economy between April and June, up by 147,000 on the previous three months.

The previous peak came at the end of 2008, as the recession began to bite, when there were 2.377 million foreign citizens working in Britain.

After that, Labour ministers maintained that numbers were falling because thousands of Eastern European migrant workers had gone home.

But by this spring they were returning to take jobs in Britain – a signal that work is widely available.

Eastern Europeans may be taking jobs that workers here are reluctant to do, possibly because unemployed Britons regard the jobs as either too low paid or too demanding.

The number of workers from Poland and other Eastern European countries in the EU rose by 54,000 over the three-month period to 551,000.

Only seven years ago, in the summer of 2003, before the admission of eight Eastern European countries to the EU, there were 1.39 million foreign nationals in jobs in this country.

The new figures, drawn from the Labour Force Survey, showed there were 26.530 million Britons in jobs, around 650,000 down from the peak in summer 2008.

Librarians at the House of Commons confirmed that the number of foreign workers is the highest since the count was first carried out in 1997, when it was 966,000.
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Britain faces future under threat
Duncan Gardham and James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2010

New and unpredictable security threats from extremists and advancing technologies mean Britain is facing an "age of uncertainty", the National Security Council warned yesterday.

In its National Security Strategy, the council said Britain faced a "different and more complex range of threats from myriad sources". ...

The ever-increasing flow of people and goods across Britain's borders posed a potential threat to Britain, the security strategy said.

Among the Tier 3 threats, the strategy included "a significant increase in the levels of terrorists, organised criminals, illegal immigrants and illicit goods trying to cross the UK border".

The document said there were 400,000 foreign students in our universities, 47,000 of them Chinese.

It also pointed out that London was a "second home for the decision makers of many countries".
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'Don't blame racism for your problems': Archbishop John Sentamu urges young black men to work hard for success
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 October 2010

The Archbishop of York has urged young black people to stop blaming racism for their problems.

Dr John Sentamu warned that prisons, mental health units and young offender institutions held too many black people.

He told a new generation: 'Your future success does not lie in guns, gangs and knives or in the worship of celebrities.'

Instead, they should 'work hard' and 'stay focused', he said.

The Ugandan-born Archbishop, second in the hierarchy of the Church of England, also criticised African nations for too readily trying to blame their former 'colonial masters' for their difficulties.

He pointed to African corruption and lack of democracy and warned that nations were squandering their opportunities.

Dr Sentamu has become a major figure in race relations in Britain over the past decade.

He was a highly influential member of Sir William Macpherson's tribunal that reported into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1998 and condemned police for 'institutional racism'. He also headed the inquiry into the killing of Damilola Taylor on a South London estate.

And he has regularly reminded police forces about the number of times that officers have stopped him and searched him.

Dr Sentamu, who marked Black History Month with his interview, added: 'Today our prisons and mental health units are disproportionately full of men and women from minority ethnic backgrounds.

'Our young offenders' units are full of young black men, many of whom under-achieved at school and thought that the only way out to earning a quick buck was by committing crime.
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Islamic students at top university 'are preaching hard-line extremism,' terror experts warn
Daily Mail, 18 October 2010

Radical Islamic extremism is being openly practised at a leading university campus, a report today claimed.

Think tank Quilliam said they had evidence of hard-line Islamist ideology being promoted through the leadership of the university's student Islamic Society at City University in central London.

The group had intimidated and harassed staff, students and members of minority groups, it was claimed.

The counter-extremism think tank said they had evidence of the president of City University's Islamic Society, (ISoc) openly preaching extremism during prayers held on the campus during the 2009/10 academic year.

They said the president - Saleh Patel, was recorded saying: 'When they say to us 'the Islamic state teaches to cut the hand of the thief', yes it does!

'And it also teaches us to stone the adulterer.

'When they tell us that the Islamic state tells us and teaches us to kill the apostate, yes it does!

'Because this is what Allah and his messenger have taught us and this is the religion of Allah and it is Allah who legislates and only Allah has the right to legislate.'

'When a person leaves one prayer, one prayer intentionally, he should be imprisoned for three days and three nights and told to repent.

'And if he doesn't repent and offer his prayer then he should be killed. And the difference of opinion lies with regards to how he should be killed not as to what he is - a kafir or a Muslim'.
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Merkel says German multicultural society has failed
BBC, 17 October 2010

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German.

The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany.

A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners".

The study - by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank - also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany's immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for its social benefits.

Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at "the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country."

She added: "We kidded ourselves a while, we said: 'They won't stay, sometime they will be gone', but this isn't reality."

"And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed."

In her speech in Potsdam, however, the chancellor made clear that immigrants were welcome in Germany.

She specifically referred to recent comments by German President Christian Wulff who said that Islam was "part of Germany", like Christianity and Judaism.

Mrs Merkel said: "We should not be a country either which gives the impression to the outside world that those who don't speak German immediately or who were not raised speaking German are not welcome here."

There has been intense debate about multiculturalism in Germany in recent months. ...

Earlier this week, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the CSU, said it was "obvious that immigrants from different cultures like Turkey and Arab countries, all in all, find it harder" to integrate.

"'Multikulti' is dead," Mr Seehofer said.
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Germany's charged immigration debate
Stephen Evans
BBC, 17 October 2010

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat beside Recep Tayyip Erdogan as their two countries played each other at football earlier in the month, nothing could have seemed friendlier. ...

For her, the idea of the two cultures melding amicably has not happened.

This type of "multikulti" (as German sceptics call it disparagingly) has "utterly failed", as she put it in a speech on Saturday.

But the headline does not tell the whole story.

She added a softening caveat: "We should not be a country either which gives the impression to the outside world that those who don't speak German immediately or who were not raised speaking German are not welcome here. That would do great damage to our country.

"Companies will go elsewhere because they won't find the people to work here anymore."

In other words, her basic message is that integration has not worked - but it needs to. And immigrants have to accept that, in particular, they need to learn the language.

This is far short of the harder line of Thilo Sarrazin, a central banker who caused a storm by saying: "A large number of Arabs and Turks have no productive function other than in the fruit and vegetable trade."

Mrs Merkel treads warily because she finds herself in a hard place. There is a strong view among Germans that immigration has harmed the country.

A study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation indicated that nearly a third of respondents agreed that "foreigners come to abuse the welfare state" and that immigrants might "overrun" the country.

It is a minority - but a growing minority and one that the researchers say crosses party boundaries.

It is not a fringe view, but one that permeates the mainstream - which is, of course, the core of voters. ...

In the blunter pages of populist newspapers, the image is one of a country being taken over by an alien culture.

Europe's most popular newspaper, Bild, talks of the "insanity" of multiculturalism. ...

Opinion polls suggest many Germans agree with Bild. A recent one showed 55% thinking that Muslims were a burden on the economy.

There are about four million people of Turkish background in Germany, half of them full citizens.

Part of the difficulty might be in the way they were invited - to work but not to stay. Turkish migration to Germany stems from 31 October, 1961, when a labour recruitment agreement was signed between the two countries.

The agreement was tempered in 1964 when the "rotation clause" whereby workers could only stay for a certain time was ended, partly because German companies did not want to constantly retrain new workers.

But the impression remained that Turks were in Germany on sufferance.

There has been a change in attitudes - but it is hard to say how deep and wide it really goes.
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Think slavery is a thing of the past? Think again
Emily Dugan
The Independent on Sunday, 17 October 2010

William Wilberforce said future generations of Britons would see slavery as "a disgrace and dishonour to this country", yet, more than 200 years since its abolition, the shaming trade and exploitation of human beings still thrives.

Tomorrow will mark Britain's first ever Anti-Slavery Day, intended to highlight the plight of the thousands of people in the UK and around the world who fall victim to its modern incarnation every year.

While Britain has much to celebrate since taking a determined stance against the trade in 1807, experts warn that the UK is failing to act against the continuing scandal of slavery on our doorstep.

Across the country, people of all ages and races are being coerced to work against their will, often under the threat of violence. Some of these "slaves" may get paid – but frequently their "wages" are derisory sums, far below the legal minimum.

They include the 4,000 people, mostly women, who are trafficked annually into the UK, to work in the sex trade; the hundreds of domestic servants locked away with no pay; the innumerable underground migrants forced to toil in fields for little or no wages by gangmasters; or the children smuggled into the country to farm drugs, beg or steal. ...

MPs will debate the issue tomorrow, but critics argue that the Government, for all the talk, is failing to live up to its ancestors' proud record.

Britain's anti-slavery legislation is now weaker than the rest of Europe's thanks to the coalition's decision to opt out of an EU directive on human trafficking. The directive includes an agreed definition of the crime that makes it easier to prosecute offenders and guarantees greater protection to victims. Police and legal experts complain that existing UK trafficking laws make it notoriously hard to prosecute offenders. There have been just 10 convictions for labour trafficking under the Asylum and Immigration Act of 2004, and 140 convictions for trafficking under the 2003 Sexual Offences Act. ...

What statistical evidence exists offers a disturbing glimpse of the extent of the problem. Kalayaan, a charity working with domestic slaves, helped 356 escaping servitude last year alone. In April, a Scotland Yard investigation into organised networks trafficking children to the UK discovered that 180 children had been taken from a single Romanian village.

Despite this, the UK Human Trafficking Centre insists, in figures released today, that just 215 children were referred to the authorities as victims of trafficking between April 2009 and June 2010. In the same period, 59 Vietnamese children were referred to the authorities as potential victims, the vast majority brought to the UK to look after cannabis farms.
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UK failure to ban veil 'opens door to terrorism'
Daily Telegraph, 16 October 2010

The architect of France's burka ban has accused Britain of "losing the battle against Islamic extremism" by failing to introduce a ban of its own.

Jacques Myard, a senior member of Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, said relaxed British policies had "opened the door to terrorism".

He said: "Allowing women to exclude themselves from society by wearing the full Islamic veil makes radicals extremely comfortable, and Britain should realise this." ...

Asked if Britain should introduce its own burka ban, Mr Myard said: "Of course – it is fundamental to ensuring that extremism is kept in check. There's a good reason why London was nicknamed Londonistan – it was full of Islamic extremists. People should be learning from these mistakes."

As chairman of the cross-party commission which spent two years investigating burkas and niqabs in France, Mr Myard's recommendations led to a full ban being passed by parliament earlier this month, which has led to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda issuing threats to France.
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Memo names politicians feared under foreign influence
Joanna Smith
Toronto Star, 15 October 2010

The Canadian spy chief has told the federal public safety minister who the intelligence agency suspects is being unduly influenced by foreign agents, according to a top-secret memo obtained by the Star. ...

Fadden made waves this summer when he said that foreign governments – including China – have been infiltrating ethnic communities and trying to influence politicians at all levels of government. ...

The document elaborates on the earlier remarks by painting a picture of foreign entities hard at work keeping tabs on ethnic communities, elected officials, public servants and political candidates.

The goal, Fadden wrote, is to interfere in the Canadian political process in order to influence federal government policies in their favour and obtain sensitive information and even technology.

The methods are varied, Fadden explained, but include intelligence-gathering operations, trying to control ethnic communities, targeting and recruiting federal government employees in order to obtain "classified information related to Canadian public policy or sensitive technology" and building relationships with politicians by giving them support that they hope will turn into "a favourable disposition towards their interests."
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Decade-long immigration boom means Britain needs 550,000 extra school places by 2016
James Slack
Daily Mail, 14 October 2010

Britain will need 550,000 more school places by 2016 to educate the children of immigrants, a study claimed last night.

And over the next decade this will rise to one million extra places – at a total cost of about £100 billion.

The Migrationwatch report blames the aftermath of Labour's 'open door' immigration policy.

Last year, providing schooling to the children of people born overseas cost £4.5 billion – the equivalent of almost £13 million every day – according to the pressure group.

Its analysis is based on figures from the Office for National Statistics, and includes children who have arrived in the UK from overseas, and those born in Britain to migrant parents. ...

Migrationwatch said that between 1998 and 2009 – the years in which critics say Labour's open door immigration policy operated – the number of school places required by the children of immigrants was almost 630,000.

By analysing ONS population projections, Migrationwatch also concluded that over the next ten years one million more school places will be needed because of immigration.

This is primarily due to children being born to immigrants.

Between now and 2016, 550,000 more places will be required. Based on the cost of providing each school place, the total cost will be £40 billion.

Educating children of immigrants in state schools would cost around £195 billion over a 25-year period, the report adds.

Migrationwatch said the quadrupling in net migration – the difference between the number of people arriving in the UK, and those leaving – was responsible. ...

Sir Andrew Green, Migrationwatch chairman, said: 'Almost every family in England is being affected by the growing crisis over school places but no one will talk about its causes.

'These are some of the consequences of one of the most reckless and unpopular policies of any government in generations and they are now coming home to roost.'
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92 million: The population of crowded Britain after a century of mass migration
Steven Doughty
Daily Mail, 13 October 2010

Britain's population will rise to 92.5 million over the next century, according to official forecasts yesterday.

The country will have to find room for another 30 million people by 2108, half as many as already live here.

According to the forecasts, almost all of the growth in numbers will come in England, where the strong economy in the South and the East is expected to continue to pull in immigrants.

The projections were published by the Office for National Statistics, which warned that estimates of the population so far in the future 'should be treated with great caution'.

But they raised fears of intolerable overcrowding in future if high immigration – expected to provide most of the increase – goes on unchecked. ...

The figures, which stem from estimates made on the basis of 2008 population figures, were given to MPs in response to requests for the ONS to release its most distant projections.

Until now, only forecasts for the next three decades have been made public.

Tory MP James Clappison said: 'These numbers are absolutely staggering. They are a reflection of the wave of immigration we have seen in recent years. Past population projections have turned out to be accurate. There needs to be redoubled action from the Coalition to avoid nightmarish difficulties in the future.' ...

The ONS projections assume that future net migration – the number by which the population grows after emigrants are subtracted from immigrants – will be 180,000 a year.
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How to make immigration work in Britain's interests
Irwin Stelzer
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2010

Britain can do little to reduce the flow of immigrants from the other 26 EU member states. In future it will be able to do even less if Bulgaria goes through with its plan to issue 500,000 passports to citizens of non-member countries; and if the new EU rule that guarantees immigrants the right to all welfare benefits accorded to native populations proves a magnet for immigrants.

Work visas for non-EU immigrants are now subject to a temporary cap that has left affected firms threatening to move where the skilled workers are. Employers are right. Restrictions on the numbers of would-be workers cut into their bottom lines, put pressure on them to train British citizens to do these jobs – often costly – and probably reduces national wealth.

Native workers are also right. In many cases immigrants take "their jobs" or, at minimum, place downward pressure on wages.

And residents of towns in which immigrants cluster are also right. Their culture is threatened as strange sounds and smells dominate once-familiar streets, and the burdens on the social services are increased.

The Government is desperate to satisfy all parties. So it has called in the bureaucrats to decide which immigrants should be admitted. It should instead concentrate on how to get the winners to share some of their increased profits with the losers who bear the costs.

Immigrants possess skills that are in short supply here, and add billions of pounds to national output. But a system that calls on bureaucrats to award points to workers with skills the bureaucrats decide are most needed is bound to get things wrong. There is a more efficient and fairer way.

Employers and immigrants strike wage deals that leave out of the equation the costs to society. Schools are more crowded, demands on the NHS increase, in some cases policing costs rise, incentives to train native workers fall. Economists call these "externalities" – costs created but not borne by the parties to a transaction.

The government can put these costs where they belong – on the firms and workers who benefit – and make sure that each visa adds to national wealth. How so? By requiring employers to bid for the limited number of entry permits, the proceeds to be remitted to the communities on which the immigrant imposes costs, or to HM Treasury. The employer will pay the full cost of the immigration, perhaps making up some of that cost by offering the immigrant a lower wage – which will reduce the demand for entry.

Like other market-based solutions, this is adjustable: if bidding for permits gets outrageously high, the government can increase their number.

Of course, other things need doing. Britain could refuse entry to anyone with a passport from Bulgaria, and fight it out before Europe's courts. ... Britain can also really, really defend its borders. The government can put any applicant for entry at Heathrow with no papers back on a plane to wherever he had embarked on his journey. ... ...

Imperfect solution? Sure. But before dismissing it, consider this. Economists Pia Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny, in their new book Beside the Golden Door, suggest an initial minimum price, which would fluctuate according to demand, of $10,000 for a high-skill permit to work in the US. If British companies really need those foreign workers, a price anything like that would net the Treasury £350 million for 50,000 permits. And the nation the workers it most needs.
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Foreign GPs avoid English tests
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2010

Hundreds of foreign doctors working in Britain have not been checked for language skills or competency, according to figures released today. Despite outrage over the case of a German doctor with poor English whose mistake led to the death of a patient, less than one in four foreign GPs is being properly verified, it has been disclosed under a Freedom of Information request.

The investigation by Pulse, a newspaper for GPs, also found that 74 NHS trusts have no accurate record of whether a doctor has been checked. ...

Today's survey of more than 100 primary care trusts shows that hundreds of foreign doctors are included on "performers' lists" without having been fully checked. ...

Prof Steve Field, the chairman of the Royal College of GPs and co-author of a recent report that was highly critical of out-of-hours care, said: "We've given PCTs a wake-up call and its disgraceful they still aren't taking the issue seriously."

The Department of Health said that under EU rules regulators cannot "systematically test the language knowledge" of EU migrant doctors.
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Police smash Romanian 'child trafficking ring'
Jerome Taylor
The Independent, 12 October 2010

British police have broken open a complex trafficking network run from Romania which uses children to rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds through street crime and benefit fraud.

In a series of dawn raids on properties in Ilford, east London, officers found 103 children crammed into just 16 addresses. ... ...

According to the Metropolitan Police many Roma children are trafficked to the UK and forced to beg and steal on the streets by their handlers who send the bulk of the money back to a town in Romania where traffickers have built themselves palatial houses on the proceeds. The children are also used to bolster fraudulent benefit claims to bring in extra tax credits and child support.

The raids were conducted with help from the Romanian authorities who have been tracking smuggling networks operating out Tanderai, a town 80 miles to the east of Bucharest which has a large Roma population.

Despite the continued harsh economic difficulties faced in Romania, a large number of luxurious houses have sprung up in recent years, many of which have brand new cars with British number plates on their driveways.
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France approves plan to strip foreign-born criminals of French nationality
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2010

Lawmakers in France have approved a bill to strip foreign-born criminals of their French nationality and expel EU citizens for certain crimes, part of President Nicolas Sarkozy's law and order crackdown.

Members of the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, passed the measure after a first reading by 294 votes to 239 in a vote overshadowed by mass strikes and demonstrations against Mr Sarkozy's pensions reforms.

The law would strip French nationality from foreigners who had acquired citizenship and who were convicted of violent crimes against police and other officials. This punishment currently applies only to terrorism charges.

It would also allow police to deport foreign nationals, including those from other European Union countries, for repeated acts of theft, aggressive begging or for illegally occupying land. ...

The bill must be examined by a parliamentary commission before it can be voted into law.
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Council 'non-jobs costing taxpayer £41m a year'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2010

Councils spent £41 million on "non-jobs" such as political advisers, climate change officers and diversity officers, a campaign group has found.

A survey by the TaxPayers' Alliance found councils had the equivalent of 543 full-time diversity posts in 2009-10, costing nearly £20 million. Birmingham accounted for just under £2 million of that figure, according to replies to freedom of information requests. ...

There were wide regional differences. ... Manchester did not employ any diversity officers but Liverpool employed seven.
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Lunacy of the asylum scandal
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 11 October 2010

Up to 2,000 failed asylum seekers are being allowed to stay in the UK every week thanks to a "back-door amnesty".

Alarming figures revealed last night that the policy has so far allowed more than 135,000 to legally take up residence.

The Home Office is giving them permanent permission to stay in a desperate attempt to clear a backlog of asylum cases. But the number could almost double to 240,000 if an estimated 100,000 dependants are included.

The Home Secretary Theresa May is said to have been shocked when she discovered the scale of the shambles inherited from Alan Johnson, her Labour predecessor.

But she is unable to stop the influx as the Government may face a wave of legal actions from any asylum seekers who are now refused residency.

Granting permanent residence is the first step towards full citizenship and entitles immigrants to full benefits. The decision is racking up massive future liabilities for taxpayers as each new permanent resident and their family can pick up between £500,000 and £1 million in lifetime benefits.

John Reid, then the Home Secretary, promised to clear up a backlog of 450,000 asylum cases when the problem emerged in 2006.

The Tories have discovered that rushing through hundreds of thousands of cases against a tight deadline meant proper checks on applicants' stories were not always made. Old cases were subject to simple paper reviews.

Only those applicants who were considered exceptional were sent questionnaires requiring additional information.

Guidelines for officials state that they should "expedite" cases if, for example, the UK Border Agency had been at fault for delays. Claimants are also rushed through if they threaten suicide.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said last night: "All 'legacy' cases are considered on their individual merits and we are confident that we will conclude the backlog by summer 2011."
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Coping classes at breaking point
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 11 October 2010

Millions of "dutiful, middle-aged" couples who care for their parents and teenage children will be "chronically disadvantaged" by the demands of Britain's ageing population, a report finds today. ...

The warning comes in a 700-page report that forms the first comprehensive survey of disadvantage and discrimination across Britain. While the country today is more tolerant than in 1970, society is still not fair for many people, it says. ... The report, How Fair is Britain?, finds:

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• The white working classes are missing out on good jobs compared with other ethnic groups, with Chinese and Indian men nearly twice as likely to find professional work.

• Unemployment among ethnic minorities costs the economy almost £8.6 billion a year in benefits and lost revenue from taxes. Half of Muslim men and three quarters of Muslim women are unemployed.

The country has a strong sense of tolerance and fair play. However, racism and religious prejudice are increasing, while hostility towards immigration has grown.
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Indians and Chinese get better jobs than white British men
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 11 October 2010

Chinese and Indian men are twice as likely as white British men to find professional, middle-class jobs, a report claims today.

"How Fair is Britain?" paints a picture of racial and social "segregation" in the job market and education. ...

The Equality and Human Rights Commission says more should be done to ensure that Muslims in particular are helped to find jobs.

The report finds that in some areas of life, working-class white boys and men struggle compared with second generation immigrants. ...

Just 14 per cent of white men are in professional jobs, compared with 27 per cent of Chinese and 25 per cent of Indian men.

The 700-page review, which draws on a wide range of sources, finds some ethnic groups are "clustered" around certain occupations. A quarter of Pakistani men drive taxis or other forms of transport.

Almost a sixth of Chinese men (17 per cent) are chefs while nearly a 10th of African men are security guards. ...

Only 8 per cent of black students are at the elite Russell Group universities, compared with 24 per cent of white students. The review calls for intervention to stop this "educational segregation".

Trevor Phillips, the commission chairman, said the recession threatened to "deepen the fault lines between insiders and outsiders".
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More black people jailed in England and Wales proportionally than in US
Randeep Ramesh
The Guardian, 11 October 2010

The proportion of black people in prison in England and Wales is higher than in the United States, a landmark report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission reveals.

The commission's first triennial report into the subject, How Fair is Britain, shows that the proportion of people of African-Caribbean and African descent incarcerated here is almost seven times greater to their share of the population. In the United States, the proportion of black prisoners to population is about four times greater.

The report, which aims to set out how to measure "fairness" in Britain, says that ethnic minorities are "substantially over-represented in the custodial system". It suggests many of those jailed have "mental health issues, learning disabilities, have been in care or experienced abuse".

Experts and politicians said over-representation of black men was a result of decades of racial prejudice in the criminal justice system and an overly punitive approach to penal affairs.

"People will be and should be shocked by this data," said Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust. "We have a tendency to say we are better than the US, but we have not got prison right."

Lyon said that although there had been "numerous efforts to address racism in the prison system ... we have yet to get a better relationship between justice authorities and black communities. Instead we have ended up with mistrust breeding mistrust."

Evidence of this damaged relationship can be found in the commission's report. On the streets, black people were subjected to what the report describes as an "excess" of 145,000 stop and searches in 2008. It notes that black people constitute less than 3% of the population, yet made up 15% of people stopped by police.

The commission found that five times more black people than white people per head of population in England and Wales are imprisoned. The ethnic minority prison population has doubled in a decade – from 11,332 in 1998 to 22,421 in 2008. Over a similar period, the overall number of prisoners rose by less than two thirds. ...

A quarter of the people in prison are from an ethnic minority. Muslims now make up 12% of the prison population in England and Wales. ...

The problems may start at school. The commission points out that black children are three times as likely to be permanently excluded from education.
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Majority of Americans now believe feds are encouraging illegal immigration
Dave Gibson (National), 11 October 2010

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 62 percent (up six points from October 2009) of likely U.S. voters believe that federal policies are actually encouraging illegal immigration, only 23 percent disagree, with another 16 percent not sure.

That same poll found that 63 percent (up four points from July 2010) of voters favor passage of an immigration law similar to Arizona's SB1070 in their own state, while only 26 percent would oppose such a law.
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The new route of human smuggling misery
Nick Meo
Sunday Telegraph, 10 October 2010

A series of trials in Belgium have revealed a new people smuggling route used to send thousands of illegal immigrants to Britain. ...

The immigrants were a human commodity; each had been charged €20,000 (£17,350) to make the long journey via Moscow and Italy. From Brussels they were taken to giant lorry parks on the outskirts, where they would be hidden in vehicles for the clandestine journey through the Channel Tunnel. ...

"This was an organisation that without doubt smuggled thousands of people. They were extremely violent," prosecutor Tim de Wolf told The Sunday Telegraph.

Belgian officials believe a series of trials now concluding in Brussels has shed light on a ruthless criminal underworld which had developed a new route for sending huge numbers of illegal immigrants from India to Britain.


The man who led the Brussels gang, Jagdish Kumar, 23, masterminded the business for at least three years. He was jailed for 10 years, one of the longest sentences ever handed out for people smuggling by a Belgian court.

Details emerged at the trials of Kumar, and 21 other Indians convicted alongside him, of a sophisticated, well-organised, and extremely vicious organisation. ...

When detectives launched raids to arrest the gang they were astonished to find a total of 164 illegal immigrants in safe houses across Brussels, all waiting to be smuggled. A further 50 were in a building used as a Sikh temple in the suburb of Vilvoorde.

Kumar admitted to being involved in smuggling 150 individuals, but detectives believe the true number was much higher.

"We estimated that 150 Indians per night were being sneaked into lorries by this gang and others to go to England," said Chief Inspector Patrick Van Bossuyt, the detective who was in charge of the investigation. "Some would have been found and arrested, but most probably got across. And the smuggling is still going on today."

Indians who wanted to work illegally in Britain contacted travel agents working for Kumar's gang in the Punjab, who arranged for them to fly to Moscow with forged visas. From there they came to Belgium by land, crossing borders illegally on a tortuous route through Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, and down to Italy, where some laboured in market gardens for a time, paying off part of their "fare".

"Britain remains a destination of choice, and India has many takers," Judge David Moeremans told the Brussels court when he sentenced the gang. ...

But the more than 200 illegal immigrants who were seized in the dawn police raids were not put off for long. After being briefly detained they were released with a written order to leave Belgium within five days, but Chf Insp Van Bossuyt doubted they would return home. "They don't have passports, so the Indian government won't take them. I should think they are all in England now."

Extraordinarily, Kumar is also now a free man too. A few months after his conviction, his lawyers persuaded the court to release him on appeal, and he returned to India.
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Row over child benefit for East Europeans
Patrick Sawer and Rebecca Lefort
Daily Telegraph website, 10 October 2010

Tens of thousands of children living in Eastern Europe will continue to receive child benefit despite the payment being stripped from middle-class families in this country.

The Coalition government's decision to axe child benefit payments to over 1.2 million higher-rate tax earners has sparked a political backlash from professional families who stand to lose thousands of pounds a year.

Their anger will be compounded by new figures, which show that the benefit is being used to support nearly 29,000 children living in Poland, along with thousands of children elsewhere in Eastern Europe.

Under EU rules, child benefit is paid to parents who work and pay tax in the UK and whose children have stayed in their home countries.

The vast majority are likely to be lower-rate tax payers and will therefore carry on receiving the benefit once it is taken away from higher-rate earners in 2013 under Government plans announced last week.

Emma Boon, campaign manager of the Tax Payers Alliance said: "It is completely unfair that our taxpayers are expected to fund child benefits for children that do not live in this country."

Figures released to Parliament last month show that child benefit is being paid to the UK-based parents of 28,760 children living in Poland.

The cost is estimated at £23.8 million. On top of that 2,051 children in Slovakia benefit from the payments, along with 1,012 in Lithuania, 295 in the Czech Republic and 113 in Bulgaria.

Payments are also made to parents of children living in western European countries such as France, Spain and Germany, though in much smaller numbers.

British people who live and work are similarly able to claim local child benefit even if their children live in Britain.

In total there are 41,296 children living in the EU's members states whose parents receive child benefit in Britain, with 32,820 of these living in Eastern Europe.

As the British handouts are much higher than those in eastern European country, where the cost of living is lower, the benefits are attractive to migrants.

In some cases the overseas claimants receive the full UK rate of benefit – £20 a week for the first child and £13.20 for others.

In other cases, they receive benefit from their homeland's government plus a "top-up" payment from the UK government to raise the total to UK levels.


While in opposition the Tories attacked the system. In October last year the then Conservative Treasury spokesman Phil Hammond said: "With Britain facing a debt crisis and the Government's child poverty strategy in tatters, it beggars belief that Gordon Brown is continuing to send millions of pounds of taxpayers' money to children who don't even live in this country."

However the party says it currently has no plans to tackle the issue of children who live abroad being in receipt of the benefit.

A Tory source said: "We're not proposing to tackle this issue at the moment."

Defenders of the system point out that East European migrants are contributing to the UK economy by paying taxes here and are therefore entitled to child benefit.
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Diary of a teacher in despair
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 10 October 2010

The senior teacher who was sent home for attacking the education system at the Conservative Party conference revealed in a diary how knife crime, violence and disaffection were part of her pupils' daily lives.

Katherine Birbalsingh, deputy head on an inner-city secondary school, kept an online blog in which she recounted events involving unnamed pupils and colleagues. ...

Highly animated, and clearly passionate about her work, Miss Birbalsingh's criticisms of British education range far and wide:

Lack of discipline is rife, she says, because staff fear being labelled racist if they attempt to tackle bad behaviour by black pupils. ...

"I have been trying for over a decade to get people to listen," says Miss Birbalsingh, whose father is Indian-Guyanese and mother Jamaican. "If you did not have chaos in our classrooms then everyone would get five Cs at GCSE. But instead we say 'It's not their fault – they come from a council estate, they're from a single parent family,' or 'they're black.'

"This idea that because you are poor you cannot achieve is ridiculous."
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Senior German politician calls to stop Muslim immigration
Assaf Uni
Ynetnews / Israel News, 10 October 2010

A German official on Saturday called to stop Muslim immigration into the country, stirring public controversy.

Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CSU), which is a member of the coalition government in Germany, said in an interview to Focus magazine, "It is obvious that immigrants from Turkey and Arab countries face more difficulty integrating into German society than other immigrants."

"In any case," Seehofer added," the conclusion is that we don't need additional immigrants from 'foreign cultures'."

The German politician's remarks rekindled an already heated public discussion over the question of the Muslim minority's integration in Germany.

During the interview, Seehofer also argued that unemployment benefits should be revoked from immigrants who do not seek employment, arguing that immigrants should be forced to share the basic values of Germany, and have command of the language.

Seehofer's remarks come after German President Christian Wulff's speech on the 20th anniversary to the unification of Germany.

Wulff, whose speech carried a particularly reconciliatory tone, said that Islam constituted a part of Germany's nature, just as Judaism and Christianity have in the past, and will continue to be a part of the nation in the future.

The speech triggered mixed reactions, as Muslim community leaders lauded it, while Christian-rightist elements, including Seehofer, issued fierce criticism.

"I do not understand how the role Christianity has played in Germany can be compared to that of Islam," Seehofer noted during the interview.

According to the conservative politician, tolerance and openness to other religions, as cemented in the German constitution, do not grant these religions direct influence over the country's core values. ...

The public debate was set in motion by Thilo Sarrazin, a former banker who published a book in which he slammed the Muslim immigration in the country, claiming it led to a drop in Germany's intellectual capacity and has diminished it's cultural assets.

Sarrazin was dismissed from his post at the Bundesbank following the publication of his book, which sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is expected to become Germany's largest best-seller since the end of the Second World War.
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Birmingham refuses more asylum seekers
Andy Bloxham
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2010

Birmingham is to stop accepting asylum seekers because councillors want to give homes to local people instead.

Birmingham city council will not renew its five-year contract with the UK Border Agency, meaning not a single immigrant will be granted asylum there by the public sector after June next year.

John Lines, the councillor in charge of housing, said the decision was made because of the rising numbers of homeless people in the city, and was "not to save money, not political and not racist".

He said: "Hundreds of Brummies, hundreds of my people are in B&Bs instead of council-provided homes. Why should that be? My people have got to come first. The asylum seekers arrive here, they have a blooming family and they keep having children – it's a burden on the system.

"If people say I'm racist, then I'd say we've got Brummies of all colours here. But if you say I'm putting Birmingham people first, then, yes, I am."

The city is not the first to pull out of such a contract – Southampton ended its deal in 2004 – but it is rare. Under the contract, the Border Agency rents homes from the council, which then pays the asylum seekers the benefits to which they are entitled.

However, Mr Lines claimed Birmingham had taken in about 1,000 asylum seekers this year, mostly from Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and north Africa, while the agency had paid for only 200 homes.
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EU wants open door to Indian workers
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2010

Thousands of Indian workers will be allowed into Britain under a new European Union trade deal that threatens to overturn the Coalition's pledge severely to limit immigration.

A planned "free trade agreement" with India, to be signed this December, will give skilled Indian IT workers, engineers and managers easy passage into Europe in return for European companies gaining access to India's huge domestic market. ...

Cabinet talks over the deal begin next week and senior government sources have admitted that "the circle must be squared" to thrash out an agreement that protects the country from increased immigration without damaging British industry.

The European Commission has asked for comments by the end of October from the British and other EU governments on a negotiating position that was hammered out with the Indian authorities over the summer.

India has insisted on increased mobility for its skilled workers in return for reduced tariffs on European products and the lifting of some restrictions on businesses bidding for public procurement contracts.

Under the current EU negotiating position, Indians who are skilled professionals will be able to work in any EU country under contract.

Britain has no opt-out and will be bound by any final EU agreement.
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Ireland's sham marriage scam
Jamie Smyth
Irish Times, 9 October 2010

Hundreds of women come to Ireland each year to marry non-Europeans – with the sole aim of securing visas for their new husbands. They are entering not only a fake marriage but also, often, an underworld of crime and abuse.


The scam exploits an EU directive on free movement that provides residency rights for non-EU citizens who marry EU nationals (although marriage to an Irish citizen would not provide these residency rights.) Since the directive became law, in 2006, the number of people applying for residency rights based on marriage to an EU citizen in Ireland has increased steadily, reaching 2,129 in 2009, up from 1,207 in 2006. ... ...

Department of Justice figures show 266 spousal applications were made by Pakistanis up until the end of August, by far the largest number submitted by any nationality. More than a third of these applications – 115 – are based on marriages to Latvian women. Indians, Bangladeshis and Nigerians have also made a large number of applications for residency in the Republic based on marriages mainly to eastern European women.

The phenomenon is now so widespread that one of the country's most senior marriage registrars warned in August that up to 15 per cent of civil ceremonies in Ireland could be bogus. Dennis Prior, superintendent registrar for the Health Service Executive eastern registration area, described witnessing marriage ceremonies where the bride and groom needed interpreters because they couldn't understand one another. ...

Arturs Vaisla, head of the Latvian police's human-trafficking unit, says they began to receive information about Irish marriage scams in 2006, and contacted the Garda about the emergence of criminal networks involving people of Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi origin in Ireland. Two groups in particular found recruiters in Latvia and began to search widely for brides, he says.

Vaisla's unit is investigating several cases of alleged human trafficking, typically when women were tricked into coming to Ireland with the promise of a job and then sexually abused by groups who tried to force them into marriage. ...

Most of the Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis organising the scams come to Ireland as students on temporary visas that restrict their working hours and travel opportunities within the EU. Many of the Africans who have taken part in sham marriages are asylum seekers, some of whom have already had their claim for asylum rejected by the State.

EU treaty rights are the "gold card of immigration" rights, says Chief Supt John O'Driscoll of the Garda National Immigration Bureau, who is co-ordinating Operation Charity, which targets the growing scam. ... ...

A "marriage of convenience" for money or to circumvent Irish immigration law is not illegal in Ireland. Neither is it possible to prevent someone getting married because they are illegally resident in the State, which makes efforts to block the scam difficult. ...

There is a great deal of frustration at the perceived lack of response from the Irish authorities. ...

"In spite of all the efforts of the Latvian and other EU-state embassies in Dublin, the feedback from the Irish competent authorities is minimal," says Biseniece.
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Mohammed Abdul Aziz's advice on Islam has cost Britain quite enough
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2010

Which public servants should be paid more than the Prime Minister? Some might argue for an outstanding police chief or NHS executive. But not even the most devout defender of the status quo would nominate someone whose work is at best pointless and whose advice apparently given to the Government is potentially dangerous. Mohammed Abdul Aziz is a senior adviser within the Department for Communities and Local Government, working on, among other things, the "Prevent" strategy to curb home-grown extremism. He has visited several countries on our behalf, via such initiatives as "Projecting British Islam".

Mr Aziz has also been involved with the East London Mosque; the London Muslim Centre; the Muslim Council of Britain; the Commission for Racial Equality; the Equal Opportunities Commission; the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism; the European Network Against Racism; and the UK Race and Europe Network.

This attempt at a one-man clean sweep of the Muslim quangocracy is all very well, but there are two rather large problems. ...

As so often, the more divisive and sectarian you are, the better chance of being heard by government. But the second problem – the lunatic punchline –is the premium we pay for this service.

Mr Aziz runs an organisation called Faithwise Ltd, the directors of which are himself and his wife. This summer, the Centre for Social Cohesion, of which I am the director, used the Freedom of Information Act to ask the Department for Communities and Local Government about its dealings with Mr Aziz over the previous year (though he had been its adviser since 2007).

What we turned up was extraordinary. Faithwise was retained to provide "strategic consultancy". Mr Aziz's organisation worked for 156 days for £113,394 – £725 a day, or at least £175,000 per annum, pro rata, rather more than the £142,500 the PM gets. Mr Aziz said his pay included VAT and operational costs.

While Mr Aziz has been contracted to central government, Faithwise has had significant "Prevent" funding from local government.

In recent years Camden council gave it £106,000 to set up a committee for a proposed new mosque. Just before Mr Aziz started working for the department, Faithwise and the Muslim Council of Britain won a contract from the Crown Prosecution Service to help its staff gain a detailed understanding of Muslim communities.

For Mr Aziz, then, the path of life seems to be strewn with £50 notes. But what did taxpayers get for that cash? ... ...

One final organisation that Aziz has had links with, the Islamic Forum of Europe, is dedicated to changing the "very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed ... from ignorance to Islam".
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Migration to rich countries slows down sharply - report
Mark Doyle
BBC, 8 October 2010

Migration from poorer to richer countries has slowed down sharply as a result of the international recession, a report commissioned by the BBC says.

The study says migrants tend to be among the hardest-hit communities in an economic downturn.

But it adds that the hundreds of billions of dollars they send home to their families every year remains relatively steady.

Migration to richer countries has been on the increase for the last 30 years.

The percentage of immigrants in rich country populations doubled from 5% to 10% between 1980 and 2010, according to the United Nations.

But the new report for the BBC by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute says the global recession has hit the immigrants hard, and this rapid growth in foreign-born communities has now virtually stopped.

This is partly because immigrants tend to have less skilled jobs in economic sectors like construction, which shrink quickly at times of economic strain.
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Do American History Teachers Value Feelings over Knowledge?
Robert Holland and Don Soifer
American Thinker, 8 October 2010

Nearly half of American history teachers believe it is less important that their students understand the common history, ideas, rights, and responsibilities that tie the country together as Americans than that they learn to celebrate the unique identities and experiences of its different ethnic, religious, and immigrant groups.

Advocates of radical "social-justice" multiculturalism in many university schools of education – the places where most K-12 teachers are trained – continue to oppose assimilation with a common culture while instead seeking to radically transform an "oppressive" America.

A new survey of public high-school social-studies teachers done for the American Enterprise Institute indicates that they have gained a strong foothold in high schools.

Another sign of the indoctrination of this radical strain of multiculturalism was the finding that 37 percent of the history teachers believed it was "absolutely essential" that they teach their students "to be activists who challenge the status quo of our political system and seek to remedy injustices."

Not surprisingly, only a little more than one-third of the teachers deemed it "absolutely essential" for their students to "know facts" (such as the location of the fifty states) or dates (such as the attack on Pearl Harbor). After all, why let facts get in the way of advocacy?

While only about six in ten teachers thought it imperative for their students to (1) understand such concepts as federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances, and (2) know about the American Founding, the Civil War, and the Cold War, a whopping 76 percent deemed it critical for students "to be tolerant of people and groups who are different from themselves."

Given that feelings trump facts in so many classrooms, is it any wonder that there has been such a precipitous decline in Americans' knowledge of their own country's history?

While ideological indoctrination is a major concern, perhaps an even bigger one is the lack of academic preparation of prospective K-12 history teachers. Numerous studies have found that tiny minorities of history teachers have majored in the subject, and many have taken little more than a few survey courses.

A basic problem is that history commonly is fitted under the umbrella of social studies, a mishmash of everything from global studies to sociology. State certification requirements equate "social studies education" with knowledge of history, when in fact a would-be teacher may not even have studied any history, or may have very little formal preparation in the subject. ...

Meanwhile, the radical National Association for Multicultural Education, which exerts a strong influence on teacher training, receives a large chunk of its operating funding from taxpayer-funded contracts with schools and school districts in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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Border control pretence now gone
UK Independence Party, 8 October 2010

The passing of the Fajon report shows that the UK does not control its own borders or immigration policy - all pretence is now gone, says UKIP's Gerard Batten.

Responding to the passing in the European Parliament of the Fajon Report, which gives EU entry visas to people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, UKIP's Civil Liberties spokesman said: "The passing of this report shows that the UK does not control its own borders or immigration policy - all pretence is now gone.

"It is now third party states like Bosnia and Herzegovina which decide who can and cannot come to the UK on an EU Visa."

This proposal would extend the list of countries whose nationals do not require Visas for entry into the EU to Bosnia & Herzegovina and Albania.

It would therefore act as yet another step in the collapse of control of national borders since once they are in the EU and acquire rights of residence/work they will inevitably be able to enter any member state.

"Given that Bosnian President Izetbegovic gave a general amnesty to Al Qaeda terrorists in the 1990s, this report also increases the danger of Islamic terrorists gaining easy access to Britain. This is a very bad deal for British citizens," Mr Batten warned.

The report states that "the European Union is a strong supporter of the abolishment of the visa regime for all the countries of the Western Balkans. [...] Every effort should now be made to deliver visa-free travel for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania as soon as possible."
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U.S. Spending At Least $18.6 Million Per Day to Incarcerate Illegal Aliens; More Than 195,000 Illegal Aliens Deported in Fiscal 2010 Had Committed Crimes Here
Edwin Mora, 8 October 2010

U.S. taxpayers are spending at least $18.6 million per day to house an estimated 300,000 to 450,000 illegal immigrants who are incarcerated and eligible for deportation from the United States, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The cost per day for these prisoners is based on Justice Department incarceration cost estimates from 2001 and on the lower-end figure of 300,000 incarcerated deportable aliens, which means the actual expense today could be substantially higher than $18.6 million per day.

The prisoners involved here are foreign national who have come into the United States, committed a crime, been captured, and imprisoned. ...

Kara McCarthy, a spokeswoman at the DOJ, told that the latest data available show that "average annual operating costs per state inmate for Fiscal Year 2001 was $22,650; in the Federal Bureau of Prisons it was $22,632."

These annual operation costs exclude "capital expenditures, juvenile corrections, probation, parole, and most central office functions of corrections spending," McCarthy told ...

When asked why incarcerated aliens who are eligible for removal have not been deported, a DHS spokesperson said, "It is because they are still serving their criminal sentence. ICE does not receive criminal aliens from state criminal justice systems until after they have completed their sentences." (ICE is the acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.)
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U.S. deportations reach record high
Shankar Vedantam
The Washington Post, 7 October 2010

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that in the past year it has deported a record number of unauthorized immigrants - more than 392,000, about half of whom were convicted criminals.

Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said removals during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 included more than 1,000 murderers, nearly 6,000 sex offenders, 45,000 drug offenders and 28,000 drunk drivers. The number fell short of the agency expectation of 400,000 deportations but still surpassed the 2009 total of 389,834, the previous record, according to the Associated Press.

The percentage targeting criminals rose sharply - up from 35 percent in the previous fiscal year - in keeping with a new emphasis at the Department of Homeland Security to use immigration enforcement as a crime-fighting tool. ...

Officials said that they had also stepped up audits of employers suspected of using unauthorized immigrants as workers, part of a strategy to undercut the magnet of jobs that draws many migrants. Officials said that 180 owners, employers or managers had been criminally charged and $50 million had been levied in fines. ...

Immigrants who overstay their visas or enter the country without authorization are not considered criminals; unauthorized immigration is an administrative violation. The Obama administration has sought to distinguish such immigrants from those who have committed crimes.
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A few frank words about immigration
Margaret Wente
The Globe and Mail, 7 October 2010

Of all the issues of concern to the future of Toronto, there's one that's off limits during this mayoral election. It's so taboo that nobody will even say the word. It's I-M-M-I-G-R-A-T-I-O-N.

Immigration has helped make Toronto one of the most successful and diverse cities in the world. That's the good news. The bad news is, a lot of immigrants aren't doing well. Many of them live in what are known as "priority neighbourhoods," where unemployment is high and incomes are low. The number of people receiving social assistance has gone up. Although the city has no say in immigration policy, it pays the bills. Meantime, another 100,000 immigrants are arriving in the city every year.

This is not a rant. It's a plea for honest conversation. And that's sometimes hard to have. ...

Canada admits 250,000 immigrants a year, a higher rate than any other country. Why? No one can say. It's not to raise the birth rate or replace our aging workers – the numbers don't work out that way. Is it to create wealth and improve our productivity? If so, it isn't working.

... The two fastest-growing groups in our population are aboriginals and new immigrants. ...

Our system is supposed to select for success. But only 17 per cent of new arrivals are fully assessed on the basis of their employment and language skills. Half never meet a visa officer at all. Most of the people we bring in are "family class" immigrants, including parents and grandparents. The Centre for Immigration Policy Reform estimates that recent immigrants receive billions of dollars a year more in benefits than they pay in taxes.

... ...

No political parties, not even the Conservatives, are in any hurry to debate how many, and who, we bring in. After all, they need the ethnic votes. So the debate has been largely ceded to the immigration industry – an army of lawyers and consultants who try to shut it down by calling people nasty names.

... Politicians may not welcome this debate. But plenty of Canadians think it's long overdue.
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Population 'will soar to 70m by 2027': Official figures reveal full impact of migrant influx
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 6 October 2010

Britain's fast-growing population will hit 70 million in just 17 years' time if immigration goes unchecked, official figures revealed yesterday.

The projections mean that numbers are racing towards a point which even Labour politicians believe will mean overcrowding and extra costs.

The breakdown from the Office for National Statistics shows how the population is expected to rise if different rates of immigration are sustained over the next 25 years.

It indicates that numbers will reach 70 million in 2027 if net migration – the number of immigrants arriving in the country minus those who leave – continues at last year's level.

The 196,000 added to the population by net migration last year – the equivalent of a city the size of Portsmouth – was the fourth highest level on record. The ONS projections, which are based on estimates of where the British population stood two years ago, give details for various levels of net migration up to a maximum of 180,000 a year.

At the time they were drawn up, officials were unprepared for the figure to be higher.

At 180,000 annual net migration, a 70 million population will be reached in 2029, the projections said. The further 16,000 added each year, if net migration remains at last year's level, will mean an extra 300,000 in the population between 2008 and 2027.

Another 300,000 extra will be added by natural increase, and possibly more because newly-arrived migrants tend to have higher birthrates than long-standing residents. ...

Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said in October that year: 'This Government isn't going to allow the population of this country to go up to 70million.'

Numbers that high would mean heavy costs for building new homes and transport, as well as an increasing burden on health, education and social services, and fresh burdens on energy and water supplies. There are also worries about the potential for rising social tensions.

The 70million point has been regarded as a landmark since Labour ministers began to argue over it in 2008, just as immigration was becoming a major election issue.

The Coalition has pledged to cut the rate of net migration to 1990s levels – below 100,000 – by capping migration from outside the EU.

The proposal has led to a row between ministers, with some, led by Business Secretary Vince Cable, opposed to an immigration limit and fearful of its effect on industry.

However, the new ONS projections show that a failure to cut net migration below 100,000 would mean a population of 69.5 million in 2035, a rate of increase that would see the 70 million point reached in 2037.

At a net migration rate of 50,000 a year, the projections show a population of 67.8 million in 2035.

Sir Andrew Green of the MigrationWatch think-tank said: 'These projections underline the need to get net migration down still further, preferably to under 50,000, to stabilise the population.'
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China cracks down on African immigrants and traders
Tania Branigan
The Guardian, 6 October 2010

Guangzhou has drawn hundred of thousands of people from the continent. Now harassment and prejudice is widespread.

The red vinyl banner hanging from the front of Canaan market, a multi-storey wholesale emporium of cheap jeans and hair extensions, begins promisingly "Welcome to Guangzhou" and concludes, less warmly, "Please have your passport ready for checks by police".

This southern city in China's Guangdong province has drawn hundreds of thousands of immigrants from across Africa in the last decade: from Burkina Faso and Somalia, Ivory Coast and Ghana, Tanzania and Angola. The banner and the dwindling numbers of traders here attest to an immigration crackdown that has alienated many and left young men injured and languishing in detention, community leaders say. ...

It has not always been this way. Between 30,000 and 100,000 Africans, mainly young men, are living here. Most are traders lured by the cheapness and variety of goods made in the surrounding Pearl River Delta. In complexes such as Canaan, they purchase nappies, tractor parts, luxuriantly floral shirts, stock cubes, mobile phones, air conditioners, and pirate DVDs. ... ...

It is common for China to restrict visas in the run-up to big events. But Africans allege they are bearing the brunt. They believe it is harder to gain renewal and complain they are targeted in random raids, with police demanding passports from any black faces present. ...

Those seized are detained for 21 days if they cannot pay the fine; longer if they cannot afford a plane fare. Sometimes officers will let overstayers slip away for a bribe of 2,000-10,000 yuan (£188-£940), they say. Many risk their lives to escape, leaping from buildings to escape raids and paying with broken limbs. ...

According to state news agency Xinhua, there are around 1m Chinese people in Africa, of whom the largest number (around 300,000) are in South Africa. Others put the overall figure at perhaps double that.

The Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences has estimated that there are around 30,000 legal migrants from Africa in the city. Its senior researcher Dr Peng Peng said the number of Africans arriving grew by around 30% to 40% annually between 2003 and 2008, but now appeared to have peaked. Local media have suggested there could be 100,000 African residents in total.
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139,000 immigrants beat the jobs crunch: But number of Britons in work drops by 654,000
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 5 October 2010

Migrant workers have continued to flow into the country during the recession while Britons lose their jobs, a report shows.

Over the past two years, 139,000 migrants have found jobs in Britain, it adds.

But the number of British workers in employment dropped by 654,000.

The analysis questioned the Government's plans for a cap on immigration from outside the European Union.

The report said that recently arrived migrant workers contribute to Britain's economy and pay taxes, while British workers are more likely to drain the Treasury by claiming benefits.

Some Treasury officials are worried about the effect of an immigration cap on tax receipts, it added.

The findings echo official figures two months ago that the number of foreign-born workers had risen by 114,000 in a year, bringing the full number in the economy to 3.85 million.

Some 100,000 of the migrants who have arrived in the past two years come from outside the EU, according to yesterday's report by the Financial Times.
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Ethnic mix changing rapidly
Simon Collins
The New Zealand Herald, 5 October 2010

What it means to be a New Zealander has changed dramatically in the 50 years since Paul Henry was born and is projected to change even more.

In the March 1961 Census, seven months after Henry was born in Auckland, 99 per cent of the resident population was classified as either European (92 per cent) or Maori (7 per cent), with the latter required to show at least half "Maori blood".

Long-established Chinese, Indian and Pacific minorities shared the remaining 1 per cent.

Official ideas about ethnicity have changed and Statistics NZ now lets people claim multiple ethnicities with no official "blood" requirements, so the figures add up to more than 100 per cent.

Public attitudes have changed too and at the last Census in 2006, 11 per cent of the population refused any ethnic label and claimed to be plain "New Zealanders". Researchers found that about 90 per cent of them had previously been classified as European.

But even adding in all the self-described New Zealanders, only 77 per cent of the population now claim "European" or "New Zealander" as either their sole ethnicity or one of their ethnicities. In contrast, in the 45 years since 1961:

* Those claiming Maori ethnicity doubled to 15 per cent.

* Those claiming Pacific ethnicity multiplied 12-fold to 7 per cent.

* Those claiming Asian ethnicity multiplied 18-fold to 10 per cent.

By 2026 Asians are expected to equal the Maori population with about 16 per cent each, Pacific people will be up to 10 per cent, and Europeans will be down to 70 per cent.

Waikato University researcher Dr Tahu Kukutai, who has a $300,000 Marsden grant to investigate the treatment of ethnicity in censuses around the world, said Henry's comments illustrated "a disconnect between this rapidly changing demography and this Eurocentric analysis of what being a New Zealander is. What he is saying is clearly out of step with the demographic realities."
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Pay up front: Tory MP urges migrants to shell out £5,000 to use public services before they are given visas
Gerri Peev
Daily Mail, 4 October 2010

Immigrants should pay a bond of £5,000 to cover the costs of using public services, a key ally of David Cameron suggests.

Tory MP Nick Boles – a friend and former aide of the Prime Minister – has urged the Government to impose a 'surety' on migrants before granting them visas.

This would be returned only if they paid several times more in tax than the value of their deposit.

Mr Boles says the Government needs to go further in making sure immigrants contributed to society or risk spreading social unrest.

He says immigration had been 'too high in recent years', adding: 'We need to make sure people who come here make a financial commitment to the country which they'll get back in a few years time.

'One proposal is that they make a deposit that they forfeit if they commit a crime, if they're convicted of a crime or if they don't pay tax in the next three years.'

Mr Boles makes his radical suggestions in a book, Which Way's Up: the Future for Coalition Britain and How to Get There.

He calls for an annual cap on non-EU immigrants of 20,000 to 50,000.

The Government has imposed a cap of 24,100 but this applies only to skilled workers.

Last year 190,640 foreign workers and their dependants moved to Britain, despite unemployment hitting 2.5 million.

Mr Boles also suggests unemployed EU migrants should be expelled – an act he claims would be legal under treaties – calls for language tests for all migrants and a restriction on access to social housing for at least five years.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: 'We are addressing concerns about immigration. We have imposed a cap.

'Our positions are not really that far apart. We are looking with interest at what he is proposing but we are not endorsing it.'
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New tactics for diversity: Creating doctors from all racial, ethnic groups
Carolyne Krupa
American Medical News, 4 October 2010

This summer, Asimeng completed a program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., designed to encourage black, Hispanic and American Indian high school and college students to pursue a medical career. ...

Montefiore's program is one example of efforts taking place nationwide to increase the diversity of the physician work force by attracting more racial and ethnic minorities to medical schools. ...

At the same time, the Assn. of American Medical Colleges' Holistic Review Project is encouraging schools to re-evaluate admissions policies to ensure that they graduate physicians who can serve an increasingly diverse population.

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, has challenged health leaders to increase the number of minority physicians, a figure that has remained about the same as it was a century ago. ...

"Having a diverse physician work force is key to making health care reform, as well as eliminating health care disparities, a reality," said Charles P. Mouton, MD, dean and senior vice president for health affairs at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee.

Medical schools have worked to increase diversity in the classroom for decades but with limited success, said Marc Nivet, EdD, the AAMC's chief diversity officer. ...

Nationwide, high school dropout rates are higher among blacks and Hispanics, and fewer minorities go to college, said Lauree Thomas, MD, associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine at Galveston.
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&Get a grip on immigration
Ted Jeory
Sunday Express, 3 October 2010

One of David Cameron's closest allies last night warned the Government to get a grip on immigration before it is too late.

The call came as a Sunday Express opinion poll revealed 51 per cent of people believe it is the most important issue facing the country after the economy.

Influential Tory MP Nick Boles, who is part of the Prime Minister's "Notting Hill set", said the country could face social breakdown unless radical measures were taken to tackle the number of migrants coming here. Mr Boles, founder of the Policy Exchange think tank, called for new policies that would not only cut migrant numbers but also help unite the country.

He said there should be an end to the millions spent on translators, expulsion of unemployed EU migrants, greater emphasis on the teaching of British history and the introduction of a US-style pledge of allegiance in primary schools. ...

Asked in our poll what is the most important issue facing Britain today after the economy, 51 per cent said immigration. That is more than double the next most important issue, health, at 19 per cent.

The concerns were most pronounced among the over-55s and in the Midlands and Wales.

Mr Boles said our findings proved that Mr Cameron must continue to debate immigration. He has outlined his views in a hard-hitting new book, Which Way's Up.

He said he had changed his mind about the matter after working as a councillor in inner city Westminster where he saw the "downside of mass immigration".

Newly arrived migrants and asylum seekers "made it impossible for young adult children to find accommodation in the communities in which they had grown up and where their parents lived".

The July 7 bombings in 2005 not only proved that we had failed to integrate immigrants into our society but also that the authorities had lost control over the "sheer scale" of the numbers.

Mr Boles said the country risked social breakdown if drastic measures were not taken to prevent "hundreds of thousands of people from around the world" joining hospital queues and sending their children to British schools. "Nor can we sit back while eight million British citizens of working age either shun or are shut out from all forms of useful economic activity because employers can find migrant workers who will accept subsistence wages to do menial jobs," he warned.

He said the points-based system introduced by Labour, in which would-be settlers are assessed on the skills they offer, was a good start but Mr Cameron needed to go further.

In 2009 the net inflow to the UK of non-EU migrants was 196,000. The coalition has pledged to cap those numbers but has yet to state a figure.

Mr Boles said new arrivals should be required to pay a surety before their visas are stamped. He told the Sunday Express the figure would vary depending on the migrant's skills but a typical sum could be about £5,000.
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Gypsy families 'flock to UK'
James Fielding
Sunday Express, 3 October 2010

Thousands of gypsy families kicked out of France and other European countries are set to flock to Britain, to escape the grinding poverty of their homelands.

France has already expelled 1,000 of its 15,000 gypsy population and cleared 100 illegal camps. Settlements in Italy have been removed and other traditional destinations including Germany are tightening controls.

EU membership now makes it much easier for migrants from Romania and Bulgaria to come to Britain where they can get access to our generous benefits system.

Iulian Stoian of the Roma Civic Alliance of Romania, said: "Given the conditions in Romania the repatriated Roma will seek a better life in countries such as Britain for sure. The exodus of citizens is only to be expected."
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Polish migrants are coming back to UK
Matthew Day and Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 2 October 2010

Polish migrants are returning to the UK after weathering the worst of Britain's economic recession back home, new research has revealed.

Figures for the second quarter this year published in Migration Information Source show there has been "a significant increase" in the number of Polish migrants in Britain, with the total jumping from the 484,000 seen at the end of 2009 to 537,000 come the end of June. ...

The increase comes after a period of reverse migration that saw Poles leave Britain as the recession bit to find relative safe haven in the Polish economy, which was the only one in the EU that avoided falling into the red in 2009.

But now they appear to be heading back, eager to take advantage of the UK's fragile recovery and its better jobs. ...

The fact that Poles appear eager to return to the UK despite the country's recent economic woes has caught some experts off-guard.

"I'm very surprised by the figures because they show quite a big increase," said Professor Krystyna Iglicka, a migration expert at Warsaw's Institute for International Affairs and one of the authors of the new research. ...

At the same time experts say that many migrants, having spent years working in the UK in menial jobs, lack the skills needed for Poland's labour market. Finding themselves unemployable back home they now return to Britain.
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Firms must not ask job applicants about health
Martin Beckford, Christopher Hope and Louisa Peacock
Daily Telegraph, 1 October 2010

Employers will not be able to ask people who apply for a job about their health under new equality laws that come into force today. ...

Experts warned that it would cost £189 million for businesses to implement the act, increasing the burden of red tape when they are struggling to recover from the recession. They also fear the significant strengthening of anti-discrimination law will lead to a surge in employment tribunal claims.

Some of the most controversial elements of the Single Equality Act, driven through by the Labour equalities minister, Harriet Harman, just weeks before the general election, have not yet been implemented by the Coalition. These include the requirement for large organisations to publish the gap in pay between male and female employees and the right of employers to use "positive action" to recruit more female or ethnic minority staff.

The Act aims to simplify rights by bringing together nine pieces of legislation and creating a list of "protected characteristics" on which it is unlawful to discriminate: age, disability, race, religion, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and maternity.
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Gypsies paid to leave France face tough new measures to prevent their return
Peter Allen
Mail Online, 1 October 2010

Gypsies given cash payments before being deported from France are to have their fingerprints recorded to try and stop them coming back again, it emerged today.

The radical measure follows President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to try and rid his country of Roma communities based on the outskirts of major cities like Paris and Lyon. ...

But many of those deported are suspected of taking the 255 pounds cash payment they get for leaving, and then coming back again a few weeks later.

Most travel under false identities, claiming that their passports have been lost or stolen.

'It's something we clearly want to stop,' said a spokesman for France's Immigration Ministry.

He said that from today biometric records were to be created on all those receiving the money before flying back to their homes in Bulgaria or Romania.

In 2009 more than 15,000 return aid payments were made to immigrants, mostly Roma, who were expelled from France.

The French government classes the majority as 'volunteers', who are given a cash payment of 300 euros per adult or 150 euros for each child.
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Baroness Warsi alleges Labour benefited from vote fraud
BBC, 30 September 2010

The Conservatives failed to win an overall majority at the general election because of electoral fraud, the party chairman has said.

Baroness Warsi told the New Statesman the alleged fraud was "predominantly within the Asian community" and benefited Labour.

Labour called the allegations "unsubstantiated" and urged Lady Warsi to produce evidence.

The Electoral Commission said police would need to investigate any claims.

The Conservative Party chairman told the New Statesman: "At least three seats where we lost, where we didn't gain the seat, based on electoral fraud. Now, could we have planned for that in the campaign? Absolutely not."

She would not say where it had happened: "I think it would be wrong to start identifying them.

"It is predominantly within the Asian community. I have to look back and say we didn't do well in those communities, but was there something over and above that we could have done? Well, actually not, if there is going to be voter fraud."

Lady Warsi said she had written to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is overseeing the coalition government's electoral reforms.

A Conservative spokesman confirmed the party did have some concerns about a number of seats which it was looking into. ...

The city of Birmingham was once described by High Court judge Richard Mawrey QC as "worse than a banana republic" because of the scale of postal ballot fraud when it came to city council elections.

Before this election, Birmingham City Council and the police said new security measures would make postal voting in the general election "safe and easy". ...

John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for the Birmingham Yardley constituency, said more needed to be done to safeguard against voter fraud.

"In my own constituency I've had ghost voters who don't actually live where they claim to live.

"But the underlying problem with the system is that once somebody has turned up to the polling station and pretended to be somebody else to vote, it's all gone."

He said it was difficult to get evidence that fraud was taking place.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said police received 41 complaints about the election but was taking no further action in relation to those.
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Most Germans see Muslims as a burden
The Local, 30 September 2010

More than half of Germans see Muslim immigrants as a drag on the country, a poll published Thursday has found.

According to the Allensbach poll commissioned by the Financial Times Deutschland, 55 percent judged that the migrant group "has cost significantly more financially and socially than it has yielded economically."

Only one fifth of respondents believed Muslim immigrants were more a benefit than a burden. The skepticism is particularly strong in the former east of the country, where 74 percent of respondents saw Muslims as a drain on the nation. In the former west, the figure was 50 percent.

Furthermore, more than one third of the population believes Germany is indeed becoming "dumber on average" because of immigration, as former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has controversially claimed. Migrants were poorly educated and had more children, many respondents said.


Sarrazin, who sparked a tumultuous debate about immigration last month – and lost his job in the process – has claimed among other things that many Muslims do not want to integrate with German society and, on the whole, make the country dumber.

Some 60 percent of respondents to the poll believed Sarrazin was generally right, while just 13 percent rejected his theses altogether.
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EU backs down over Roma policy
Daily Telegraph, 30 September 2010

The European Commission has stepped back from accusing France of racist expulsions of Roma gipsies despite previously comparing the policy with Nazi deportations.

Viviane Reding, the EU's rights commissioner, dropped her previous accusation that the "disgraceful" policy amounted to illegal discrimination against gipsies.

Instead, she told France that it was in breach of EU law by failing properly to incorporate a 2004 free movement directive into national law, a softening of her previous position.
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Multiculturalism at its limits?
eurozine, 30 September 2010
[This debate was held in Bratislava on 30 September 2010]

"The very thing that diversity is good for is the very thing that multiculturalism as a political process undermines." Continuing the Eurozine debate series "Europe talks to Europe", critic of multiculturalism and free speech advocate Kenan Malik met Slovak Civic Conservative politician Fero Sebej to discuss where multiculturalism went wrong and what the alternatives are for Europe. Moderated by Samual Abrahám, editor of the journal Kritika & Kontext.

Samuel Abrahám: Multiculturalism was originally an affirmative term indicating the diversity of the "melting pot". Today, however, it has come to be associated with ethnic ghettoes. Rather than celebrating difference and creating respect for pluralism, multiculturalism has brought new conflicts. Kenan Malik, what went wrong?

Kenan Malik: It seems to me that part of the problem is confusion over what we mean by multiculturalism. It can mean one of two things. First: diversity as lived experience. Second: multiculturalism as a political process. To talk of diversity as lived experience is to talk of the experience of living in a society that, through mass immigration, has become more open, more vibrant and more cosmopolitan. In that sense, the mass immigration of the past 50 years has been of great benefit, it seems to me. But multiculturalism as a political process has come to mean something very different, namely the process of managing that diversity by putting people into ethnic boxes. It's a process through which cultural differences are institutionalized, publicly affirmed, recognized and institutionalized; through which political policy is predicated on the ethnic box to which one belongs. That seems to me deeply problematic.

The conflation of diversity as lived experience and multiculturalism as a political process has been highly invidious. On the one hand it has allowed many on the Right, and not just on the Right, to blame immigrants and immigration for the social problems of western nations. On the other hand, it has led many on the Left to abandon their attachment to classical notions of liberty and freedom, such as free speech and secularism. The irony about multiculturalism as a political process is that it undermines much of what is good about diversity as a lived experience.

The question that multiculturalists very rarely ask themselves is why is diversity good? Diversity isn't good in and of itself; it's good because it allows us to expand our horizons, to break out of the boxes – by they cultural, ethnic, or religious – in which we find ourselves. To think about other values, other beliefs, other lifestyles, to make judgements upon those values and beliefs and lifestyles. To enter, in other words, into a dialogue, a debate, through which a more universal language of citizenship can arise. It is precisely such dialogue and debate that multiculturalism as a political process undermines and erodes in the name of "respect" and "tolerance". So the very thing that diversity is good for, the very thing we should cherish it for, is the very thing that multiculturalism as a political process undermines.
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Australia ex-PM Howard attacks 'multiculturalism'
Shaun Tandon
Yahoo News, 29 September 2010

Australia's former prime minister John Howard has attacked "multiculturalism" in English-speaking nations, saying that some sectors have gone too far in accommodating Muslim minorities.

The blunt-talking conservative, who led Australia for 11 years before losing 2007 elections, said Tuesday on a visit to Washington that the "Anglosphere" needed to take greater pride in its values and achievements.

"This is a time not to apologize for our particular identity but rather to firmly and respectfully and robustly reassert it," Howard said at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank.

"I think one of the errors that some sections of the English-speaking world have made in the last few decades has been to confuse multiracialism and multiculturalism," Howard said.

Howard pointed in particular to Britain, whose Muslim community came under a spotlight after the 2005 bombings on the London transport system.

"I am a passionate believer in multiracialism. I believe that societies are enriched if they draw, as my country has done, from all parts of the world on a non-discriminatory basis and contribute, as the United States has done, to the building of a great society," he said.

"But when a nation draws people from other parts of the world, it draws them because of the magnetism of its own culture and its own way of life," Howard said.

"People want to live in the United States not because of some futuristic ideal of multiculturalism, but because of what they regard as the American way of life and American values," he said. ...

He criticized those who would make cultural identity "mushy and unclear and undistinct," rejecting the "assumption that the way to win favor from extremism is to make yourself a little more attractive to that extremism."
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French MPs debate controversial immigration law
Yahoo News, 29 September 2010

French lawmakers debated a controversial immigration bill Tuesday which would expand the state's power to strip foreign-born citizens of their nationality if they commit major crimes.

The government says the bill is aimed at bringing French law into line with European Union immigration directives, but rights groups accuse President Nicolas Sarkozy of pursuing a populist anti-immigrant agenda. ...

The bill extends the state's right to strip those who have immigrated within the last 10 years of their nationality if they kill or attempt to kill a person in authority, such as a police officer, a fireman or a judge.

Under current French law immigrants can be stripped of their nationality if they commit a crime against "the fundamental interests of France" or an act of terrorism.

The fifth immigration law in France in seven years, the bill makes it easier to expel foreigners, including EU citizens who "threaten public order" through repeated theft, aggressive begging or "abusive occupation of land".

Rights groups say that equating begging or setting up caravans with public order issues plays on fears and prejudices – and unfairly targets Roma.

EU laws on freedom of movement currently only allow removal of EU citizens who represent a "genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society." ...

The bill accelerates entry procedures for highly qualified immigrants and requires those seeking French nationality to sign a charter of citizens rights and duties.

Immigration Minister Besson said that he would be "very happy" if his ministry "could be a machine for making 'good French people.'"

"Last year we gave French nationality to 108,000 foreigners," Le Parisien newspaper quoted him as saying. "Being a 'good French person' doesn't mean denying your history, your roots or your French culture," he said.
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Al-Qaeda plot for armed attack on London streets is thwarted
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2010

An Al-Qaeda plot to target Britain in a Mumbai-style attack has been thwarted by a drone strike in Pakistan.

British Muslims training with Al-Qaeda were planning an armed rampage through London as part of a terrorist "spectacular" aimed at several European capitals, ...

... It is thought that the group was in the final stages of preparations for attacks on Berlin and Paris as well.
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An open door to benefit tourists: EU warns Britain it can't stop thousands more migrants claiming welfare handouts
James Chapman
Daily Mail, 28 September 2010

Benefits tourists are set to get the green light to come to Britain and immediately claim handouts totalling £2.5 billion a year.

According to documents leaked to the Mail, ministers have been warned that restrictions on claims by immigrants are against the law and must be scrapped.

The European Commission's ruling threatens to open the door to tens of thousands who are currently deterred from coming to Britain.

At the moment, a 'habitual residency test' is used to establish whether migrants from the EU are eligible for benefits.

To qualify for jobseeker's allowance, employment support allowance, pension credit and income support, they must demonstrate that they either have worked or have a good opportunity to get a job.

But after receiving a complaint that the rules infringed the human rights of EU citizens, the Commission began to examine them.

In a letter seen by the Mail, it warns that the restrictions are 'not compatible' with EU law. ...

The letter, written to the individual who made the complaint and copied to the British government, is dated last December, but Whitehall sources claim ministers in the outgoing Labour government failed to argue against the proposals. Britain had toughened up its rules in 2004 when the EU was expanding its borders. The restrictions assess the eligibility of those from the EU and from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

But the Commission has begun legal proceedings against Britain to get restrictions on welfare claims by incomers scrapped.

If successful, the Government would be required to remove its deterrents to benefit tourism, including the right-to-reside test and an additional qualification for those claiming jobseeker's allowance, that they must have worked for 12 months or more.

Officials warn the bill could be between £1.3 billion and £2.5 billion a year – hampering plans to rein in welfare spending.

However, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is understood to be determined to fight the move through the courts if necessary.

The Whitehall source warned: 'This has the potential to open the doors of the benefits system to anyone coming here from the entire European economic area, who may have no intention of working or even looking for work but simply wants to claim benefits.

'We already have enough of a problem managing people who want to come here. But this would open up a whole new wave of benefit tourism.'

Last year, 46,957 non-UK nationals took the habitual residence test. Of those, 24,604 passed and 22,353 failed. For the test, they are interviewed and asked about why they have come to the UK, how long they intend to stay and their employment arrangements.

'Fundamentally this is designed to ensure people aren't coming to the UK to be benefit tourists,' added the source.
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The Evolution of Language in Diversity Management
Raymond Arroyo
DiversityInc Foundation, 28 September 2010

chief diversity officer and senior member of the Human Resources Executive Group at Aetna

Diversity management has come a long way since I joined in the early 1990s. Scores of books have been published on this business strategy. Hundreds of consultants earn their living by specializing in diversity management, and thousands of provocative articles have been published by a range of organizations on this topic. There are also diversity-management courses and certificate programs available at many universities. Some even offer a master's degree. Today, most major corporations have chief diversity officers (CDOs), some of whom report directly to their CEOs. In addition to focusing on racial/ethnic and gender diversity, many CDOs have added other, less-visible diversity dimensions such as sexual orientation/identity and religion, to name only two.

In the past few years, several in the field have also added "inclusion" to their diversity strategies (and titles) as a visible symbol that these strategies aren't just about diversifying the work force: They are about having systems and processes that are fully inclusive, where all stakeholders' contributions are sought, valued and measured. ... ...

Despite significant progress, the language used today to communicate diversity has not evolved with the broader focus. Almost daily, I read or hear references to an individual being "diverse" or someone being a "diversity candidate." If our diversity initiatives include multiple dimensions and are fully inclusive, those descriptions are too narrow.

In addition, many organizations still have "diversity recruiting" departments. But they don't advance diversity to its full potential. Often, recruiting departments focus on recruiting underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. Although this is certainly laudable, important and still requires a disciplined focus, it's not holistic. It is only one of the many dimensions of diversity. ...

If language is to catch up with today's broader focus of diversity, we should use terms that are clear and precise. The term "traditionally underrepresented minority" (TUM) can be used when referring to African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans. ...

To capture the broader and fully inclusive meaning of diversity that does not exist today, you can use a phrase created by marketing consultant Ernie Mills, which is "Person with Intrinsic Cultural Knowledge," or PICK.
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Migrant cap 'has NOT led to a crisis for firms' despite Coalition minister's claims
James Slack
Daily Mail, 27 September 2010

Claims that the Coalition's immigration cap is causing a crisis for British business have been challenged by leaked figures.

Liberal Democrat ministers – led by Business Secretary Vince Cable – have repeatedly declared that the interim cap is preventing firms bringing in the staff they need.

They have relied on claims made by three big companies which have been critical of the interim limit.

But documents seen by the Mail show none of the companies has exhausted its supply of work permits.

A U.S. firm cited by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne as proof the cap was causing problems has not applied for any of its visa allocation.

The firm, General Electric International, is also free to bring in up to 235 workers from its offices overseas on 'inter-company transfers'. So far, it has used only 89.

Mr Huhne has claimed the company – which wants to build an offshore wind-turbine factory in Britain – would find it difficult to operate here because of the cap.

Another critic of the interim cap, PricewaterhouseCoopers has received only 26 of its 50 available visas. It can bring in a further 200 staff on inter-company transfers.

A third firm, BT Group, has five remaining work permits to apply for. BT has also taken only five from an allocation of 150 inter-company transfers.

Whitehall officials suspect that the Lib Dems – who agreed to the cap, as part of the coalition agreement – are voicing their ideological objections to the cap by citing complaints by individual companies.
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Jihadists using British website to spread terror, think tank claims
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2010

Middle Eastern exiles are using a British-based website to encourage suicide bombing and the killing of Westerners, according to a report.

Cheering for Osama, by the think-tank Quilliam, describes the website as the "mouthpiece of the most extreme and bloodthirsty strand of jihadism".

It says the Arabic-language site is a "jihadist" discussion forum which "regularly praises suicide bombing, the death of British and Nato soldiers and incites hatred and violence against Iraqi Shias, Jews and Westerners".
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Now cutbacks hit foreign criminals
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 27 September 2010

Bribes paid to foreign criminals to leave Britain are being slashed in a bid to save taxpayers' cash.

The maximum payment under the Facilitated Returns Scheme has been dropped from £5,000 to £1,500, the Home Office says.

Ministers hope to save more than £1m a year but critics yesterday called for the "wasteful" payouts to be scrapped altogether.

The scheme was launched by the Labour Government in October 2006 as a way of encouraging overseas offenders to return to their home countries once they had served their sentences.

Ministers hoped the resettlement packages – worth up to £5,000, including £500 in cash and the rest "in kind" support – would prevent inmates launching lengthy and expensive legal battles against deportation.

In 2008 1,350 foreign criminals were handed an average resettlement package of £2,500, costing the taxpayer £3.4m.

Last year, more than 2,000 convicts took advantage of the "pay-if-you-go" scheme. Home Office estimates say it will eventually cost the public purse £6.3m. The cuts will come into force next Saturday. A Ministry of Justice memo said: "Due to the economic situation it has been necessary to amend the amount of assistance to foreign national prisoners."

While in opposition the Conservatives branded the resettlement packages an "outrage," saying it made crime pay for illegal immigrants. ...

Over 600 foreigners who have served sentences are still behind bars, costing taxpayers more than £20m a year.
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Romanian gipsy gang 'snatched 200 children from homes to use them as beggars'
Andy Bloxham
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2010

A gang of Romanian gipsy child-snatchers stole almost 200 poor children from their families and brought them to Britain to pick pockets, a court heard.

The gang has been described as a modern-day version of Fagin's urchins in the Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist.

However, the 181 children were beaten and abused, with some even deliberately disfigured to increase their earning potential, as disabled beggars were thought to generate more income.

Those who did not beg were forced to pick pockets, wash car windscreens or shoplift. The children then had to give every penny of their earnings to the men in control.

Prosecutors said many of the children – taken from some of the most deprived parts of Romania – were even schooled in crime before being trafficked into the UK to work.

Twenty-six men went on trial at Harghita Criminal Court accused of trafficking offences.

The defendants – from Tandarei in Ialomita county, southern Romania – are also charged with money laundering, firearms offences and membership of local mafia clans.

The gang came to the attention of the authorities in Romania after grand homes began to appear among the gipsy community at Tandarei which were being built for people who had no apparent income.

More than 300 officers raided addresses across Slough in Berkshire and in Romania.

Dozens of firearms including AK-47 assault rifles and grenade launchers were seized in raids on more than 30 properties and hundreds of thousands of pounds of cash, jewellery, cars and property were confiscated along with bogus child travel documents.

The youngsters, who ranged from a baby a few months old to a 17-year-old, were taken into care by Slough borough council.
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Two-thirds of detainees are never deported
The Independent on Sunday, 26 September 2010

A damning new analysis of Britain's "broken" immigration system reveals how two-thirds of people held in immigration removal centres for years at a time are never deported. Large numbers of detainees are from countries where diplomatic barriers make it near impossible to return them, according to a new study, published tomorrow.

Instead of being released until the situation changes, migrants are being kept behind bars for indefinite stretches. The policy has been criticised as costly and an abuse of human rights.

The report, No Return No Release No Reason, from the London Detainee Support Group (LDSG) traced 167 people detained for an average of 25 months and found that only one in three were ever deported.

Nearly half the detainees were from four countries, Algeria, Iran, Iraq and Somalia, all of which had barriers in the way of the detainees' return: Somalis, for example, cannot be deported while the European Court of Human Rights considers the dangers that might be faced by those returned. ...

Jerome Phelps, the LDSG's director, said: "It makes no sense for the Home Office to detain migrants for years until the High Court orders their release. While public services face sweeping cuts, immigration detention continues to waste vast amounts of public money, damaging migrants' lives to no purpose. The coalition has agreed to end the detention of children, but this broken detention system needs reform in its entirety." ...

It costs £68,000 a year to hold someone in Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, where the majority of those held for extended periods are kept. Some await deportation after being convicted of crimes, but end up being detained indefinitely after serving a sentence because they can't be returned to their country of origin.

David Wood, strategic director of the criminality and detention group, UK Border Agency, said: "We seek to remove those people with no legal right to be in the UK as quickly as possible and detention is only used for the shortest possible time."
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£40M: The price of flying illegal immigrants home
David Jarvis
Sunday Express, 26 September 2010

Taxpayers are shelling out nearly £5,000 for every illegal immigrant flown out of Britain.

The cost of chartering flights to send people back to their own countries has risen five-fold since records began in 2003.

In total the Government has spent nearly £40 million on the charter flight programme, official figures show. Last year it paid out a record £10.4 million on flights to send 2,144 people back.

However, with an average of just 32 immigrants on each plane, the £4,804 cost per person is equivalent to sending them all first class.

The 67 flights that left the UK last year cost £2 million more than for 67 flights in 2008.

In 2005-6 the Government spent £4.3 million on 83 flights but in 2002-3 it cost £1.6 million for 69 flights. Some migrants are also given cash and full board and lodging when they arrive home. ... ...

Details of the flights were released as part of a Freedom of Information request to the UK Border Agency. The agency also revealed how taxpayers' money was being used to give illegals grants to set up businesses.

The Border Agency said flight costs had risen because it is having to send illegals further.

The charter flight programme initially operated just to Kosovo and Albania but now regular flights are to Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Jamaica.
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Merkel battles ailing popularity with tough immigration stance
France 24 / Reuters, 26 September 2010

Chancellor Angela Merkel told conservative party members on Saturday that immigrants needed to do more to integrate into German society, including learning the language and obeying "every single" law. ...

Her comments follow weeks of heated debate over a best-selling book by ex-central banker Thilo Sarrazin, in which he accuses Turkish and Arab immigrants of lowering Germany's intelligence quotient and living off the state.

Merkel and most of Germany's political establishment initially condemned Sarrazin, but his views struck a chord with the public and many right-wing members of her CDU.

"Anyone who wants to live here in our country has to obey our laws, want to learn our language and accept the rules of our society and every single article of our constitution," Merkel told a cheering CDU party meeting in the western town of Mainz.

"That means everything from equal rights for women and everything else – that's our motto and there's no tolerance for anything else," said Merkel, whose centre-right coalition has fallen about 15 points behind the opposition in opinion polls.

There are about four million Muslims living in Germany. The vast majority are of Turkish origin and an estimated 280,000 have an Arab background.

Some are well integrated into German society, but others live in communities where Muslim traditions prevail and very little German is spoken. ...

"If there is any corner of a city where police have the feeling they aren't welcome anymore, there must be a public outcry," Merkel said. "The state monopoly of power must be valid everywhere. Otherwise, it would be the end of our democracy."
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Former ambassador lends support to new anti-immigration group
Peter O'Neil
The Vancouver Sun, 26 September 2010

A pillar of the Canadian establishment, brushing aside the risk he could become embroiled in one of the country's most sensitive political issues, is endorsing a new organization challenging Canadian immigration policy.

Derek Burney is a former senior corporate chief executive, ex-U.S. ambassador, the one-time chief of staff to Brian Mulroney, and served as the head of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's transition team after the Conservatives won the 2006 election.

Canadian society, he said, needs to stop treating immigration as an untouchable "third rail" that can't be debated without prompting allegations of bigotry.

So he's joined the advisory board of an organization being launched Tuesday on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The Centre for Immigration Policy Reform will be headed up by Martin Collacott, a former ambassador who writes frequently on immigration and refugee policy at the Fraser Institute, and James Bissett, a former director general of the Canadian Immigration Service.

The Centre for Immigration Policy Reform argues that the benefits of high immigration aren't worth costs that include considerable government expenditures and higher housing costs, pollution and crowding in big Canadian cities.

"Unfortunately immigration and refugee policy is a bit like health care in Canada," Burney told Postmedia News.

"It's being denied rational debate at the political level, and this is despite the very clear evidence of abuse of the system, of fraud in the system and a lack of co-ordination in the country in terms of screening."

He says his major concern is that Canada's economy has been chronically plagued by relatively low economic productivity, yet the large number of unskilled workers and family-class immigrants weakens productivity further.

Burney said politicians of all stripes refuse to discuss such concerns because some immigrant communities that lobby for high quotas of family-class immigrants are "very active" in federal politics.

Burney, 70, acknowledged he is courting controversy that could damage his legacy as a business executive and senior public servant who played a key role in the successful negotiation of the 1988 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

He is an Order of Canada recipient, has several honourary degrees, and had a street named after him in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont. ...

"It's a third-rail kind of issue, nobody wants to talk about it, it's not for polite company," said Burney, ..." ...

Canada has in recent years brought in roughly 250,000 immigrants and refugees annually, and since 1990 has accepted more per capita than any country in the world, according to the Fraser Institute.

There are also 300,000 or so skilled and unskilled "temporary" workers currently in Canada, of which 192,500 arrived in 2009. And the government admitted 79,500 foreign students last year.

The critics say Canada's policy is essentially hijacked by self-interested groups – employer groups seeking cheap labour even when there's high unemployment, lawyers, advocates and consultants in what they call the "immigration industry," and urban MPs from all parties who depend on immigrant groups for political support.
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A fifth of children may be left without a school
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2010

Up to a fifth of children could be left without primary schools in major towns and cities because of a chronic shortage of places.

Some councils will be forced to increase primary school capacity by as much as 20 per cent in four years to avoid a major admissions crisis.

Rising demand for primary school places has been put down to a surge in the birth rate combined with an influx of migrants. ...

The projections suggest local authorities need to expand primary school places by 10 to 20 per cent by 2014 to meet the extra demand.

Four councils in the South East – Slough, Wokingham and the London boroughs of Lewisham and Barking & Dagenham – face a rise in the pupil population of more than 20 per cent.

The disclosure is made in an internal report by Partnerships for Schools, the school buildings quango. In all, it is believed that an extra 350,000 primary places will be needed over the next four years.
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How 70% of New Zealand lamb imports to Britain are halal... but this is NOT put on the label
Sean Poulter
Mail Online, 25 September 2010

More than 70 per cent of the New Zealand lamb sold in Britain comes from halal slaughterhouses without the fact being declared on the label.

All the slaughtermen in these establishments must be Muslim and say a prayer when making the cut across the animal's throat which kills it.

The New Zealand meat industry has taken the step to ensure its lamb can be sold in Muslim markets round the world. ...

The trade body Beef & Lamb New Zealand said the form of halal slaughter used there does allow for the animals to be stunned.

A spokesman said: 'In New Zealand the process for halal slaughter is virtually the same as for non-halal slaughter.'

He said there was no need to label the meat as halal on animal welfare grounds and it would too expensive to introduce labelling simply to provide the information.
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Bulgaria opens EU doors to allow 500,000 more immigrants to live in Britain
James Slack
Daily Mail, 24 September 2010

Bulgaria has announced plans to hand passports to more than 500,000 non-EU citizens – giving them long-term rights to live and work in the UK.

Nationality minister Bozhidar Dimitrov says the new citizens – currently in the Ukraine and Moldova – would be free to come and live in Bulgaria.

However, EU border rules mean they could eventually also set up home in other EU countries, including Britain.

In the past year alone Bulgaria has issued nearly 80,000 new passports to people who can claim Bulgarian descent, dating back to their grandparents, living in other countries.

Currently, Britain has controls on the number of citizens from Bulgaria and Romania, who both joined the EU in 2007, who can work here each year.

No more than 25,000 low-skilled workers are permitted to take jobs in agriculture and food processing.

These controls – imposed after ministers so badly misjudged the number of Eastern Europeans who would arrive from Poland, and the seven other ex-Communist countries which joined the EU in 2004 – last until 2011.

Under EU rules, they can be extended for another two years – a decision ministers are almost certain to approve.

But after 2013, Bulgarians will be allowed the same rights of free movement as any other EU national. That means the 500,000 migrants about to be granted passports will be free to work and travel in Britain. Similar passports schemes have been launched by Hungary and Romania. ...

Hungary recently announced that, from next year, it will begin handing out passports to minority groups who have historic or ethnic ties to the East European country but live elsewhere.

The Hungarians will have immediate access to the UK, since there are no controls on countries which joined the EU in 2004.
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Voting Rights Official Calls Dismissal of Black Panther Case a 'Travesty of Justice', 24 September 2010

The Justice Department is ignoring civil rights cases that involve white victims and wrongly abandoned a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party last year, a top department official testified Friday. He called the department's conduct a "travesty of justice."

Christopher Coates, former voting chief for the department's Civil Rights Division, spoke under oath Friday morning before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, in a long-awaited appearance that had been stonewalled by the Justice Department for nearly a year.

Coates discussed in depth the DOJ's decision to dismiss intimidation charges against New Black Panther members who were videotaped outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 dressed in military-style uniforms – one was brandishing a nightstick – and allegedly hurling racial slurs.

The case has drifted in and out of the limelight over the past year as the commission has struggled to investigate it. Former Justice official J. Christian Adams fueled the controversy when he testified in July and accused his former employer of showing "hostility" toward cases that involved white victims and black defendants.

Nearly three months later, Coates backed up Adams' claims. In lengthy and detailed testimony, he said the department cultivates a "hostile atmosphere" against "race-neutral enforcement" of the Voting Rights Act.

He said civil rights attorneys stick to cases that involve minority victims, and he said the Black Panther case was dismissed following "pressure" by the NAACP and "anger" at the case within the Justice Department itself.

"That anger was the result of their deep-seated opposition to the equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act against racial minorities and for the protection of white voters who have been discriminated against," he said.

He said a 2005 case against a black official in Mississippi over voter intimidation claims had stirred a backlash in the department and from civil rights groups – and that the New Black Panther case was no different.

The Department of Justice dismissed the testimony, calling the investigation "thin on facts and evidence and thick on rhetoric."

"The department makes enforcement decisions based on the merits, not the race, gender or ethnicity of any party involved," department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said. "We are committed to comprehensive and vigorous enforcement of the federal laws that prohibit voter intimidation." ...

Coates rejected as weak the department's rationale for abandoning the case, ... ...

"As important as the mandate in the Voting Rights Act is to protect minority voters, white voters also have an interest in being able to go to the polls without having race-haters such as Black Panther King Samir Shabazz, whose public rhetoric includes such statements as 'kill cracker babies' ... standing at the entrance of the polling place with a billy club in his hand hurling racial slurs at voters," he said.
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'Poor behaviour holds back black pupils, not racism'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2010

Black children do badly at school not through racism but because they do not pay attention and have little support from parents, a black educational expert claims.

They fail their exams because they do not do their homework and are disrespectful, Tony Sewell, a former teacher and consultant at Reading University, said yesterday. ...

He dismissed claims by other academics that teachers indirectly discriminate against black pupils or see them as "miniature gangster rappers", as once suggested by the MP and Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbott.

Such youngsters continued to underachieve, but the "reasons behind it have changed", he argued, writing in Prospect magazine. "What we now see in schools is children undermined by poor parenting, peer-group pressure and an inability to be responsible for their own behaviour," Mr Sewell said.

"They are not subjects of institutional racism. They have failed their GCSEs because they did not do the homework, did not pay attention and were disrespectful." He said that school leaders saw such children as victims because they did not want to appear racist. That attitude had filtered through to the children themselves. ...

Figures from the Department for Education show that, in 2008, only 27 per cent of black boys achieved five or more good GCSEs.

They were three times more likely to be excluded from school than any other group.
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Race 'industry'
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2010

Rules requiring teachers to report racism by children as young as three have led to an industry for race relations experts, an adviser to Boris Johnson, the London mayor, has warned. Munira Mirza, writing in Prospect, said: "The more we seek to measure racism, the more it seems to grow."
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Three-year-olds being labelled bigots by teachers as 250,000 children accused of racism
Laura Clark
Daily Mail, 23 September 2010

Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged 'racist' language, it was claimed last night.

Munira Mirza, a senior advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, said schools were being made to spy on nursery age youngsters by the Race Relations Act 2000.

More than a quarter of a million children have been accused of racism since it became law, she said.

Writing in Prospect magazine, she said: 'The more we seek to measure racism, the more it seems to grow.

'Teachers are now required to report incidents of racist abuse among children as young as three to local authorities, resulting in a massive increase of cases and reinforcing the perception that we need an army of experts to manage race relations from cradle to grave.

'Does this heightened awareness of racism help to stamp it out? Quite the opposite. It creates a climate of suspicion and anxiety.'

The Act compelled 43,000 public authorities, including schools and churches, 'to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups'. Details of the incidents are logged on databases.

Teachers are allowed to report racism even if the alleged 'victim' was not offended or if the child does not understand what they were saying.

Freedom of Information replies obtained by civil liberties group the Manifesto Club show that between 2002 and 2009, 280,000 incidents have been reported.
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The Politics of Resentment
Thomas Sowell
Real Clear Politics, 21 September 2010

Few things have captured in microcosm what has gone so painfully wrong, where racial issues are concerned, like the recent election for mayor of Washington, D.C.

Mayor Adrian Fenty, under whom the murder rate has gone down and the school children's test scores have gone up, was resoundingly defeated for re-election.

Nor was Mayor Fenty simply a passive beneficiary of the rising test scores and falling murder rates. He appointed Michelle Rhee as head of the school system and backed her as she fought the teachers' union and fired large numbers of ineffective teachers – something considered impossible in most cities across the country.

Mayor Fenty also appointed the city's chief of police, Cathy Lanier, who has cracked down on hoodlumism, as well as crime.

Either one of these achievements would made mayors local heroes in most other cities. Why then was he clobbered in the election?

One key fact tells much of the story: Mayor Fenty received more than 70 percent of the white vote in Washington. His opponent received more than 80 percent of the black vote.

Both men are black. But the head of the school system that he appointed is Asian and the chief of police is a white woman. More than that, most of the teachers who were fired were black. There were also bitter complaints that black contractors did not get as many of the contracts for doing business with the city as they expected.

In short, the mayor appointed the best people he could find, instead of running a racial patronage system, as a black mayor of a city with a black majority is apparently expected to. He also didn't spend as much time schmoozing with the folks as was expected.

So what if he gave their children a better education and gave everybody a lower likelihood of being murdered? ...

How did we reach the point where black voters put racial patronage and racial symbolism above the education of their children and the safety of everyone?

There are many reasons but the trend is ominous. One key factor was the creation, back in the 1960s, of a whole government-supported industry of race hustling.

President Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty" – a war that we have lost, by the way – bankrolled all kinds of local "leaders" and organizations with the taxpayers' money, in the name of community "participation" in shaping the policies of government.

These "leaders" and community activists have had every reason to hype racial resentments and to make issues "us" against "them."

One of the largely untold stories of our time has been the story of how ACORN, Jesse Jackson and other community activists have been able to transfer billions of dollars from banks to their own organizations' causes, with the aid of the federal government, exemplified by the Community Reinvestment Act and its sequels.

Racial anger and racial resentments are the fuel that keeps this lucrative racket going.
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Angela Merkel: Germany will become Islamic state!
Dr Paul L. Williams
The Last Crusade, 21 September 2010

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germans have failed to grasp how Muslim immigration has transformed their country and will have to come to terms with more mosques than churches throughout the countryside, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.

"Our country is going to carry on changing, and integration is also a task for the society taking up the task of dealing with immigrants," Ms. Merkel told the daily newspaper. "For years we've been deceiving ourselves about this. Mosques, for example, are going to be a more prominent part of our cities than they were before."

Germany, with a population of 4-5 million Muslims, has been divided in recent weeks by a debate over remarks by the Bundesbank's Thilo Sarrazin, who argued Turkish and Arab immigrants were failing to integrate and were swamping Germany with a higher birth rate.

The Chancellor's remarks represent the first official acknowledgment that Germany, like other European countries, is destined to become a stronghold of Islam.

In France 30% of children age 20 years and below are Muslims. The ratio in Paris and Marseilles has soared to 45%. In southern France there are more Mosques than churches.

The situation within the United Kingdom is not much different. In last 30 years, the Muslim population there has climbed from 82,000 to 2.5 millions. Presently, there are over 1000 mosques throughout Great Britain – many of which were converted from churches.

In Belgium, 50% newborns are Muslims and reportedly its Islamic population hovers around 25%. A similar statistic holds true for The Netherlands. ...

Muammar Gaddafi recently stated that "There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without sword, without gun, without conquest. We don't need terrorists; we don't need homicide bombers. The 50 plus million Muslims (in Europe) will turn it into the Muslim Continent within a few decades."

The statistics support him.
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Clarke: deport foreign criminals
Holly Watt
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2010

Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, has criticised Theresa May, the Home Secretary, over the failure to deport foreign criminals.

Mr Clarke has written to Mrs May to complain that prisons have become overcrowded because foreign criminals are not being deported. More than 600 foreign nationals are being held despite having completed their sentences, costing the justice department more than £20 million a year.
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Swedish gov't loses majority as far-right surges
Karl Ritter, Associated Press Writer
The Guardian, 20 September 2010

A far-right party entered the Swedish Parliament for the first time in elections Sunday, spoiling the center-right government's victory and majority, and plunging the country into political disarray, preliminary results showed.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was seeking to become the first center-right leader to win re-election after serving a full term in a Scandinavian welfare nation dominated for decades by the left-wing Social Democrats.

But the Islam-bashing Sweden Democrats held the balance of power after winning 5.7 percent of the votes for 20 seats in the 349-seat legislature, according to results. ...

The result suggested a hung Parliament, because both blocs have ruled out governing with the Sweden Democrats, who want sharp cuts in immigration and have called Islam Sweden's biggest foreign threat since World War II. ...

Large waves of immigration from the Balkans, Iraq and Iran have changed the demography of the once-homogenous Scandinavian country, and one-in-seven residents are now foreign-born. The Sweden Democrats say immigration has become an economic burden that drains the welfare system.
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Three years after landmark court decision, Louisville still struggles with school desegregation
Robert Barnes
Washington Post, 20 September 2010

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made it sound so simple that day in 2007, when he and four other members of the Supreme Court declared that this city's efforts to desegregate its schools violated the Constitution.

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race," Roberts wrote, "is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."

But life has been anything but simple for school officials here. They have steadfastly - or stubbornly, depending on the point of view - tried to maintain integrated classrooms despite the court's command that officials not consider race when assigning children to schools. ...

The final product, which integrates schools based on socioeconomic factors rather than on race alone, has proven to be more complex and costly than the previous system. ...

It has been a long three years for school officials since the court for the first time took away the simplest and most efficient way to integrate classrooms: making decisions based upon a student's race. It was a landmark moment for a court that has long struggled with race-conscious decisions by government: when they are warranted, and when they have outlived their usefulness. ...

The impact of the decision, which directly involved schools here and in Seattle and set rules for school boards across the nation, already has been noteworthy. Seattle has mostly abandoned efforts to force diverse classrooms; it has returned to a system of neighborhood schools augmented by magnet schools and new educational programs scattered throughout the city. ...

But Louisville, along with a number of other like-minded systems across the country, is betting that using socioeconomic factors, not just race, will help maintain diverse schools and meet the Supreme Court's requirements. ...

But school Superintendent Sheldon Berman, who started his job days after the 2007 Supreme Court decision, said he is convinced that a school system cannot be successful for all children without diverse classrooms. ...

"If we're going to create a vital democracy, and see our schools as the seeds of that democracy, we need schools that maintain diversity," Berman said in a recent interview. ...

Louisville's case was particularly striking. From 1975 to 2000, the system was under a federal court order to desegregate its schools. When the court decided that had been accomplished, school officials voluntarily continued with the race-conscious plans so that the progress made would not be lost. ...

Louisville's new plan splits the county into two geographic districts - one having higher concentrations of minorities, lower incomes and less educational attainment - and requires each school in the district to have a mix of students from both.
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£5bn spent on migrants in Britain
Ian Kirby
News of the World, 19 September 2010

Migrants are costing Britain a staggering £5 BILLION a year, the News of the World can reveal.

And the government is handing over more than £200 million a year to charities and local councils to care for refugees and illegal immigrants.

That's an astonishing tenfold increase since 1997.

Our investigation uncovers the sheer scale of government spending, ahead of an urgent review by new Immigration Minister Damian Green.

New data from the Treasury shows migrants now take £4.5 billion a year out of the UK economy and send it home.

We have also obtained new internal government figures showing the Home Office spent £604 million supporting migrant services over the past three years.

More than half of that, a hefty £386 million, went on caring for children who have travelled to Britain then claimed asylum. Millions more vanished overseas. Last year £709,427 was sent to "Ethiopian border control". And £5.2 million was given to EU Integration Fund projects designed to help EU migrants settle here.

The massive cost of encouraging failed asylum seekers to go home is also exposed. In the past three years, the Home Office has spent £54.5 million on the "Assisted Voluntary Return" programme which pays illegal immigrants to go home and buy a house or train for a job. Immigration chief Mr Green is understood to be planning radical cuts to the Home Office budget, slashing charity payouts.

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke, who uncovered the figures, said: "It is shocking that hundreds of millions are spent helping people get into the UK.

"It would be better spent supporting the border guardians who keep our country safe."
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Britain goes halal... but no-one tells the public: How famous institutions serve ritually slaughtered meat with no warning
Simon Mcgee and Martin Delgado
Mail on Sunday, 19 September 2010

A Mail on Sunday investigation - which will alarm anyone concerned about animal cruelty - has revealed that schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues such as Ascot and Twickenham are controversially serving up meat slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic law to unwitting members of the public.

All the beef, chicken and lamb sold to fans at Wembley has secretly been prepared in accordance with sharia law, while Cheltenham College, which boasts of its 'strong Christian ethos', is one of several top public schools which also serves halal chicken to pupils without informing them.

Even Britain's biggest hotel and restaurant group Whitbread, which owns the Beefeater and Brewers Fayre chains, among many others, has admitted that more than three-quarters of its poultry is halal.

Animal welfare campaigners have long called for a ban on the traditional Islamic way of preparing meat - which involves killing animals by drawing a knife across their throats, without stunning them first - saying it is cruel and causes unnecessary pain.

Sharia law expressly forbids knocking the animal out with a bolt gun, as is usual in British slaughterhouses. Instead, it must be sentient when its throat is cut, and the blood allowed to drip from the carcass while a religious phrase in praise of Allah is recited. ...

A spokesman for Twickenham, which sells only halal chicken despite not advertising the fact, insisted that the lack of transparency 'had never been an issue' and said: 'Our consideration is more for those who want halal, to ensure they get it.'
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Swedish elections: The impact of immigration
Andrew Brown
The Guardian, 18 September 2010

There has always been a streak of romantic nationalism in Swedish life. For most of the Social Democratic years, it took a paradoxical form: people here believed Sweden was the best country in the world because it was the most internationalist. This led to a fantastically generous policy on asylum and integration. Nearly a third of Sweden's population today are either immigrants or the children of immigrants. ...

Sweden is still an extremely conformist, authoritarian society, where opinion formers and politicians move together like a shoal of herring. The whole shoal can change direction in a flash, but not one herring dares swim anywhere on its own.
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Judge issues astonishing warning over Eastern European crime gangs coming to Britain
Claire Ellicott
Daily Mail, 18 September 2010

A judge has launched an astonishing attack on criminal Eastern European gangs who come to Britain to target elderly and vulnerable people.

District judge Bruce Morgan said he was 'deeply concerned' about the impact of criminals who arrive in the country to steal from innocent people.

His comments came as he sentenced teenager Ceca Dadic, who is believed to be a Roma gypsy from Bosnia, to six months for her 'despicable' role in trying to steal a 78-year-old woman's purse.

The 19-year-old mother-of-two admitted attempted theft as she appeared at Worcester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

She distracted her elderly victim by asking her advice on a cream cake while her underage accomplice tried to unzip the woman's purse.

Mr Morgan said Dadic was part of a criminal gang and added that he had dealt with six similar cases in the previous five days. ...

He said: 'There is no doubt in my mind that you are part of a criminal gang who come to this country from Eastern Europe for the purpose of committing crime.

'I'm deeply concerned about the number of young people like you who I deal with who come from Eastern Europe, find addresses in Birmingham and then go to the neighbouring counties to commit crime.'

The court heard that Dadic had been convicted four times in the past year of theft or attempted theft.
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EU forced to apologise as Sarkozy goes on the attack over Nazi 'insult'
John Lichfield
The Independent, 17 September 2010

After a blazing row with the European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday insisted that France's crackdown on Roma gypsies from eastern Europe was a "duty" and would continue.

At an EU summit in Brussels, the French president demanded, and received, an apology from the European justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, who earlier this week had compared France's anti-Roma campaign to Nazi persecutions during the Second World War. ...

The European Commission promised to bring forward new ideas on how to solve the problem of the estimated 12 million desperately poor Roma gypsies in eastern Europe. But Brussels refused to abandon its threat of possible legal action against France for allegedly targeting Roma migrants en masse.

President Sarkozy denied that there had been what was described by the Bulgarian prime minister as a "very violent" verbal exchange with Mr Barroso. Mr Sarkosy said: "If anyone kept their calm and avoided excessive remarks, it was me." Other summit sources confirmed that there had been a blazing row between the two men at the leaders' lunch after Mr Sarkozy accused the Commission of "wounding" France. ...

The Roma dispute has been calamitous for France's reputation abroad. The crackdown has been criticised by Brussels, the Vatican, the United States, the United Nations and much of the French and foreign press.

The policy remains popular, however, with a majority of French voters. ... ...

The French drive to expel the Roma – or pay them subsidies to go home – did not begin with President Sarkozy's speech in July. Over 1,000 Roma have been removed from France, one way or another, in the last month. But this is roughly in line with the average number of monthly Roma repatriations from France since the middle of last year.

The European Commission took little interest in these removals (or those carried out by Italy or Germany) until Mr Sarkozy's speech in Grenoble on 30 July. The French president then announced a new campaign on crime and insecurity and went out of his way to link foreigners and immigrants with criminal activity. ...

Under EU rules on free movement of European citizens, and the transitional terms for Romanian and Bulgarian membership, the Roma have a right to stay in France without a job for three months. They can only be expelled if they exceed that limit or if they are proved to be a threat to public order.
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Cable hints he could quit over 'damaging' immigration cap
Gerri Peev
Daily Mail, 17 September 2010

Business Secretary Vince Cable has issued an extraordinary hint that he could quit over the government's cap on immigrants, claiming it was 'doing great damage' to the economy.

The frustrated Lib Dem Cabinet minister broke rank with his colleagues, telling a conference that he was 'at the limit of collective responsibility'.

Mr Cable cited a British company which needed 500 specialists, 250 of them from outside the European Union, which had only been given a quote of 30.

He told an audience of prominent business people and politicians at a Konigswinter conference in London that he was 'not willing' to defend the policy.

His aides later played down Mr Cable's remarks, saying he had no intention of quitting the government and that his comments on collective responsibility had been 'tongue in cheek remark'. ...

Mr Cable said last month, 'It's no great secret that in my department and me personally, we want to see an open economy, and as liberal an immigration policy as it's possible to have.' ...

The government has imposed a cap on work visas for highly-skilled migrants from outside the EU and is consulting on whether to make the cap permanent.

Ministers will still allow in 24,100 people until April 2011, down just 1,300 from next year, despite Britons struggling to find work.

However the figures do not take into account the tens of thousands of migrants from within the EU who make their way to Britain looking for jobs and accessing benefits.
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Conservatives refuse to confirm role of London official in racism storm
Martin Shipton / Western Mail, 17 September 2010

The Conservative party last night refused to confirm whether a senior official in London told a Welsh local party chairman he could be suspended if he did not endorse an Asian AM as a candidate.

Yesterday, we revealed that David Fouweather, who chairs the South-East Wales Area Council of the party, had called for a full investigation into events that preceded the endorsement of Mohammad Asghar as a regional list candidate for South-East Wales in next May's National Assembly elections.

Mr Asghar defected from Plaid Cymru to the Conservatives last December. ... In a letter to Catrin Edwards, who chairs the Conservative Party in Wales, Mr Fouweather wrote: "There were numerous telephone calls made to myself by a representative of the party chairman's office in London. These calls made it quite clear to me that Mohammad Asghar had to be re-adopted at all costs because of the embarrassment that it would create for the party.

"I was told that failure to re-adopt Mr Asghar could lead to my possible suspension from the party whilst an investigation was carried out to see if there were any racial motives for him not being adopted. This I found deeply offensive, resulting in a great deal of pressure being put upon me to deliver the desired outcome for the party hierarchy."
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Heathrow is just like Islamabad, Kinshasa or Mumbai
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2010

The Cardinal who likened Britain to a Third World country was merely suggesting it was such a multi-cultural melting pot that it resembled "Islamabad, Mumbai and Kinshasa", officials said yesterday.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, a senior Vatican figure, will not apologise for the remarks which threatened to overshadow the first state visit of a Pope to Britain.

He was encouraged to say sorry by Britain's most senior Roman Catholic for his "awkward, difficult" remarks.

Cardinal Kasper, ..., told a German magazine: "When you arrive at Heathrow you think at times that you've landed in a Third World country." ...

Cardinal Kasper's personal secretary, Monsignor Oliver Lahl, said he had been told of the controversy and saw no need to apologise. Mgr Lahl explained: "All he was saying is that when you arrive in Britain today it is like landing in Islamabad, Mumbai and Kinshasa all at the same time, because there are so many cultures and religions and races from all over the world.

"He was simply saying that Britain is no longer a monocultural country. There was nothing racist or xenophobic in that. ..."

The Vatican's senior spokesman, Federico Lombardi, also said that the remarks were not intended as a slight to Britain.

Fr Lombardi said Cardinal Kasper, 77, who is suffering from gout, was simply commenting on Britain's cultural diversity and intended to refer to "a cosmopolitan reality, a melting pot of ordinary humanity and all of its diversity and its problems."
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Professor Bernard Knox
Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2010

Professor Bernard Knox, who has died aged 95, fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and behind the lines in France and Italy during the Second World War; later he emerged as one of the world's foremost scholars of classical literature and a formidable protagonist for "dead, white, European males" – the writers of ancient Greece and Rome. ...

Knox was the first to man to the barricades in passionate defence of "the Oldest Dead White European Males", the title of a Jefferson Lecture which he delivered in Washington, DC in 1992.

"Today," he proclaimed, "our literary curriculum is under attack by educational reformers who ... are planning to abolish the cultural tradition on which the West's sense of its unity and identity is founded. They propose, in the name of multi-culturalism, feminism and political correctness, to replace such patriarchal and racist texts as Homer, the Bible, Plato, Dante, Shakespeare, Goethe and Flaubert with works that will presumably direct the eyes of the young forward to the new world of universal sister- and brotherhood."
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Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths
Marnia Lazreg, professor of sociology, Graduate Center and Hunter College, City University of New York
Times Higher Education, 16 September 2010
[Review of "Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths" by Rumy Hasan. Politico's, 296pp, £12.99. ISBN 9781842752371. Published 8 April 2010]

Has Britain succeeded in integrating its African and Asian immigrants (Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims) into the larger society? Have its policies of integration resulted in a just and egalitarian society? Rumy Hasan's answer, in Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths, is a resounding no. Unlike France, which he sees as a model to be emulated, the UK has been more tolerant of expressions of cultural difference among its immigrants, less interested in imposing a restrictive conception of secularity on them, and more willing to address racial discrimination.

As Hasan recounts, British integration policies evolved through a number of phases reflecting legal changes as well as efforts to accommodate minorities' self-definition. The Race Relations Act of 1976 signalled the end of a first phase that began in the aftermath of the Second World War. The second phase took place under the Thatcher government subsequent to the riots of the 1980s in London and other cities. Immigrants hailing from Africa and the Caribbean won the label of "Black British", preferred to "coloured immigrants", whereas South and East Asians became identified as "Asians". With the extension of citizenship rights to greater numbers of immigrants, a third phase saw British society declared "multicultural", or composed of citizens of various ethnic and racial affiliations.

However, in the wake of the events of 11 September 2001, multiculturalism morphed into "multifaithism", resulting in religion-based identity. This fourth phase, Hasan argues, represents multiculturalism's failure.

Multiculturalism qua multifaithism is the source of all evils. Ironically, initiated as a way of combating racism, multiculturalism has become hostage to special interests represented by community leaders as well as politicians eager to secure votes.

It is a violation and distortion of the democratic ideal of universal rights because it accords privileges to ethnic-religious communities; it increases segregation and ghettoisation; it fans sectarian hatred within communities; it leads to social harm as it restricts or prevents intimate contact with members of the larger society, who feel alienated as a result; it triggers right-wing extremism among "whites" and "chauvinistic faith-based organisations"; it fosters resistance to "mainstream" culture as well as "psychological detachment", a condition of being in, but not of, British society.

More important, Hasan sees multicultural policy as a successor to the old imperial divide-and-rule strategy. This means that the state remains aloof from serious social problems that occur within immigrant communities, which it shields by accepting their claim to cultural specificity.

Much of Hasan's critique of multicultural policies has already been said by their conservative opponents. However, he is right to draw attention to the unintended consequences of multicultural policies, as he is in denouncing the fixing of identity in religion alone.

But he goes one step further in blaming multiculturalism for the resilience of racism and ethnic communities for willing their socio-economic marginalisation.
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Pope faces atheist hate campaign in UK after top German aide says: 'When you land at Heathrow you think you're in a Third World country'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 16 September 2010

The Pope is today flying to Britain for his historic state visit, which has been overshadowed by the fallout from an aide's insensitive comments comparing Britain to a 'Third World country'. ...

Cardinal Walter Kasper, ... ... had told a German magazine: 'When you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country.' ...

Yesterday he was pulled out of the Papal party for the state visit, with the Vatican saying he had withdrawn for health reasons. ...

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales promptly issued a statement aimed at isolating the Cardinal and minimising the damage.

It said: 'The attributed comments of Cardinal Kasper do not represent the views of the Vatican, nor those of bishops in this country. Clearly, they are the personal views of one individual.'

It added: 'Catholics play a full part in this country's life and welcome the rich diversity of thought, culture and people which is so evident here. ...'
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On immigration sea patrol with EU border team
Damon Embling
BBC, 16 September 2010

The south of England is particularly vulnerable to illegal immigration - the vast coastline provides a target for those wanting to slip into the UK.

The region is also home to busy airports and ports.

But where are illegal immigrants coming from right now and how do they get here?

European border officials say the biggest flow is from places like Afghanistan, Somalia and West Africa.

The current illegal gateway of choice into Europe is the Greek-Turkish border. Britain is often the favourite destination, where people have the chance of a better life.

I joined Italian sea patrols off the tiny, lush Greek island of Samos which, at its closest point, is less than one mile (1.6km) off the coast of Turkey, and which has become a major target for the trafficking gangs.

The price to get across here illegally is said to be 500 euros. ...

The traffickers operating here are part of sophisticated crime networks.

"They're very organised. For example, we have information right now about a guy in the Turkish shore who brings Iranians into Europe," said Panaziotis Kourdonourouris, from the Samos police department.

When illegal immigrants are arrested here by the Greek authorities, they are interviewed and most are given a police note telling them to leave voluntarily within 30 days.

Some use that as a way to disappear into Greece, into Europe. That is how some will have eventually ended up in the south of England and the rest of Britain. ...

In Samos, the number of illegal immigrants being discovered has reduced dramatically this year, but hundreds have still been found.

The authorities are now reporting a huge increase further north at the Greece-Turkey land border.
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Only 75 asylum seekers rejected since 2008
Simon Benson / The Daily Telegraph [Australia], 16 September 2010

The Federal Government has been forced to reveal that of the 6310 asylum seekers that arrived in Australia in the past two years only 75 have been rejected and returned to their country of origin.

With mainland detention centres now reaching bursting point, the Department of Immigration has effectively admitted it is struggling to deal with what the Opposition claimed was a growing humanitarian problem on Australian soil.

Yesterday, there were 4527 asylum seekers still packed into overcrowded centres across the country, 1000 beyond existing capacity.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen confirmed existing detention camps were under pressure but claimed the overcrowding was in part because of the increased number of rejections for asylum and the difficulty of repatriating people. ...

The new figures - released to parliament as answers to questions to a Senate hearing first raised by the Coalition in May - reveal that of the 6310 arrivals since October 2008, 2050 had been granted protection visas and only 75 had been removed from Australia. ...

Mr Bowen, who has been in the job only two days said on Tuesday: "I do acknowledge that there are real and significant pressures on our detention centres.

"They arise because of not only more elevated arrivals, but also an increased rejection rate." He said it was more time consuming to repatriate rejected persons while acceptances were much quicker.
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EU threatens to take Sarkozy to court over Roma crackdown
John Lichfield
The Independent, 15 September 2010

President Nicolas Sarkozy faced legal assaults on two fronts yesterday after a European Commissioner threatened action over what she called France's "shameful" campaign against Roma gypsies. ...

In an unusually forthright attack on a member state, the EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, compared France's crackdown on Roma immigrants from eastern Europe this summer to the Nazi persecution of gypsies during the Second World War. She said that she "personally" expected the Commission to start a legal action "within weeks" against Paris for breaching the letter and the spirit of European law on the free movement of EU citizens.

She also accused French ministers and officials of being duplicitous by telling Brussels there was no crackdown on an entire ethnic group while officially targeting the Roma. ...

At the weekend, however, it emerged that a circular from a senior official in the French immigration ministry in early August had ordered police and senior national officials to make the closure of Roma encampments "a priority".

The document was signed by Michel Bart, the head of the private office of the interior minister, Brice Hortefeux. It ordered prefects – senior national government officials – to dismantle "300 camps or illicit settlements within three months, giving priority to those of the Roma". After an outcry by opposition politicians and the intervention of the immigration minister, Eric Besson, the circular has now been amended.
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Paris tells Brussels: 'You do not speak to us like this'
Valentina Pop, 15 September 2010

France's junior minister for EU affairs has said to the European Commission: "This is not how you speak to a major power like France," following stinging comments on Roma expulsions by EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding.

Focusing in on the commissioner's remark on Tuesday that "this is a situation I had thought Europe would not have to witness again after the Second World War," the French politician said on Wednesday (15 September) that Ms Reding's "unseemly" remarks in effect compare France to the Nazi regime.

"A plane ticket to one's country of origin in the European Union is not a death train, and is not the gas chamber," he said, according to Radio France. "This kind of slip ... is not acceptable."

"This is not how you speak to a major power like France, which is the mother of human rights." ...

Most of the Roma interviewed by journalists upon arrival in Romania said they would return to France, because the economic situation is better, even if they get deported again. Romanian local authorities are speed-tracking procedures for social assistance, but the fresh aid is unlikely to keep them in the country. ...

Ms Reding on Tuesday said she was "appalled" at the French policy. She called the developments a "disgrace" and said the commission will take legal action against Paris at the EU court in Luxembourg. ...

Amnesty International, which has behind the scenes been trying to push the commission to take action, was flabbergasted by the force of the response. "This has never happened before. I mean, there were 10,000 Roma deported [by various member states] last year and the commission didn't say anything," Nele Meyer, the group's Roma expert, told this website.

"We are absolutely surprised and delighted that Reding took such a strong line." ...

The European Network Against Racism urged the commission to take legal action not only against France "but also against all other member states putting in place similar policies infringing minority rights."
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Pupils from ethnic minorities 'get more attention'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2010

White British children are falling behind pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds as they receive less attention from teachers in some schools, research suggests.

They fail to make the same progress and are caught up or overtaken by children from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black African families by the time they take GCSEs, it was claimed.

The report by University College London suggested that differences may be due to children's relatively poor grasp of English at a young age. It said ethnic minority pupils progressed faster throughout compulsory schooling as their grasp of the language gradually improved.

Academics also blamed the pressure of league tables, particularly in poor secondary schools. ... ...

The conclusions were published days after a study from Warwick University found that poverty had a much bigger impact on the educational performance of white children than on any other ethnic group.
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Mixed communities are 'less close knit'
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2010

People living in areas with a large ethnic mix are less likely to intervene to help someone in trouble, researchers have found.

They are also "less inclined" to feel their community is close knit, according to the study by academics at the University of Portsmouth.

The report concluded that poverty and deprivation are much greater influences on how people perceive their neighbourhood than levels of ethnic diversity.

It found that in very mixed neighbourhoods there was minor evidence of less social cohesion and trust.
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Another Wall Blocks Route to U.S.
Danilo Valladares
IPS, 15 September 2010

Travelling without documents to the United States from Latin America can turn into an odyssey, in which migrants have to elude common criminals and drug traffickers along the way, not to mention the laws on migration. But now another obstacle is emerging: a wall between Guatemala and Mexico.

According to the head of customs for Mexico's tax administration, Raúl Díaz, in order to stop boats carrying contraband, the southern Mexican state of Chiapas is building a wall along the border river Suchiate, similar to the one the United States is building along its southern border with Mexico.

"It could also prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants," admitted the Mexican official. ...

Some 500,000 migrants cross Mexican territory without permission each year, according to Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH).
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French Senate votes to ban Islamic full veil in public
BBC, 14 September 2010

France's Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public.

The proposed measure was already backed by the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, in July.

The ban will come into force in six months' time if it is not overturned by constitutional judges. ...

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 246 to 1 in favour of the bill.

It will be now sent immediately to France's Constitutional Council watchdog, which has a month to confirm its legality.

Another challenge is possible at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where decisions are binding.

There are estimated to be only about 2,000 women wearing the full veil in France.
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Human trafficking rampant in Canada, RCMP reports
Colin Freeze
The Globe and Mail, 13 September 2010

Thousands of women are being coerced into joining a thriving Canadian sex trade that almost never results in any criminal charges, the Mounties say.

While there is ample anecdotal evidence that human trafficking is a rampant problem in this country, "the extent of human trafficking and the number of victims in Canada is still virtually unknown," according to a new RCMP assessment. ...

Many women are shipped in and out of Canada by transnational prostitution rings, according to the police report. Despite new laws, there are only a couple of dozen active prosecutions, and even fewer human-trafficking convictions on the books.

This trade is said to be as lucrative as it is exploitive. ... ...

Victims rarely have any compelling reason to come forward. Citing an Interpol statistic, the RCMP report found that "less than one half of one per cent of victims ever agree to co-operate with police and enter a courtroom to testify against their traffickers." ...

There is ample evidence that smugglers ship people to Canada to fuel the sex trade. There can be other motivations, but they are often harder to discern.
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How Britain attracts more migrants than France AND Germany
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 11 September 2010

Britain is surging ahead of France and Germany as a magnet for immigrants, figures showed yesterday.

Tough controls mean that the two countries that once drew in hundreds of thousands of migrants a year have now achieved a virtual balance between immigration and emigration.

Yet the new count shows that in 2008 Britain opened its doors to almost ten times the number accepted by France and Germany together.

The latest figures from Eurostat, the European Union's statistical arm, drew calls from campaigners for the Government to follow the example of Berlin and Paris and bring in measures to limit the impact of immigration on Britain.

Ministers promised earlier this week to 'bear down' on every aspect of immigration into Britain from outside the EU after the latest British figures showed a big leap in net migration – the number of people coming to live in the country minus the number leaving to live abroad.

Eurostat figures say that in 2008 the United Kingdom grew because of net migration by 226,400.

Germany, which no longer accepts unskilled migrants and which declined to accept Eastern European workers when Poland and other countries joined the EU, had negative net migration.

That meant that 53,600 more people left the country to live abroad than arrived.

France, which experienced a brief immigration boom in 2007, cut back net immigration to 77,000. ...

Net migration numbers in Britain are the third highest in Europe, behind Italy and Spain, which have seen high levels of arrivals from Africa and from Latin America, and where signs of popular unrest over the impact on jobs and public services have been growing.

Critics of the Rome and Madrid governments have said they have encouraged higher immigration by offering amnesties to illegal immigrants. In 2008, the EU figures say, net migration in Italy was 437,900 and in Spain 413,800.

Eurostat uses different methodology to Britain's Office for National Statistics. The ONS has calculated net immigration at 163,000 in 2008. Last year, it rose sharply to 196,000.
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Britain doles out most passports in EU with a QUARTER of all applications by foreign nationals
James Slack
Daily Mail, 10 September 2010

Britain is handing out passports to more foreign nationals than any other EU country.

In one year, the number of citizenship applications rubber-stamped by the last government was almost a quarter of those issued across all 27 EU member states.

From 2002 to 2008, the latest period for which full figures are available, the total number of approvals by Home Office officials was 1,008,500.

Eurostat, the EU's statistics authority, said this figure outstripped even Germany and France, which have larger populations.

Once granted citizenship, people have full access to housing, benefits and the jobs market. ...

In addition to issuing the highest cumulative number of passports, Britain topped the league table in three individual years. In 2007, the 164,500 passport approvals was the equivalent on 23 per cent of the EU total. Over the entire seven-year period, they accounted for 20 per cent of those given out.

Labour repeatedly promised to make the citizenship rules tougher, but by the time it left government, the numbers were rising sharply.

The Eurostat report stops at 2008. But, in the following year, Home Office figures show the government granted 203,790 passports.

Britain has the third largest number of foreign citizens living here - behind only Germany and Spain. The total of 4,020,800 consists of 1,614,800 people from inside the EU who - because of free movement directives - do not require a visa to live in the UK.

During the election campaign, Labour claimed there were equal numbers of workers entering and leaving the UK.

In reality, Eurostat says there were just 287,600 UK nationals filling jobs elsewhere in the European Union by autumn 2008. Yet there were 1,020,000 citizens from other Euro countries taking posts in the economy here.
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Immigration Hostility Widespread in U.S. and 5 Largest European Countries
Earth Times, 10 September 2010

A new Financial Times/Harris Poll finds that immigration is widely unpopular in the United States and in all of the five largest countries in Europe. The survey asked about immigration generally and not about illegal immigration. Majorities in four of the countries and pluralities in the other two believe that immigration makes it harder to find new jobs. Majorities in three countries and over 40% in the other three believe it has a bad effect on education. Majorities in four of the countries and 40% or more in the other two think it has a bad effect on health care services. Americans, even though they live in what has been described as a nation of immigrants are not, in general, any less hostile to immigration than Europeans. ...

• Majorities in Britain and Spain, and large minorities in the U.S., France, Italy , and Germany think that immigration has a bad impact on the economy;

• Majorities in the U.S., Britain, Italy, and Spain believe that immigration makes it harder to find a new job, as do 45% in France and 46% in Germany;

• While most people who are working do not believe that immigration has had any effect on their pay, those who think they are paid less greatly outnumber those who say they are paid more;

• Only minorities, between 13% in France and 40% in Italy, believe that immigration has made it more affordable to hire services such as cleaners, builders or plumbers;

• Majorities in the U.S., Britain, France and Spain and over 40% in Italy and Germany believe that immigration makes the level of health care services worse; and,

• Majorities in the U.S., Britain and Germany believe that immigration has made public education worse, as do over 40% in France, Italy and Spain.

Overall, many people in all six countries believe that the current level of immigration makes their countries worse places to live in, varying from 64% in Britain, 60% in Spain, and 57% in Italy to 49% in the U.S., 44% in Germany, and 43% in France.


Official's views on Muslim immigration divide Germany
Anthony Faiola
The Washington Post, 10 September 2010

In Berlin the most talked-about man in Germany is a 65-year-old economist whose hot new book and sudden groundswell of popular support have the media dubbing him a folk hero. But that is not the only thing they are calling Thilo Sarrazin these days.

Some are also calling him dangerous. ... Wielding statistics and scientific arguments both in his book and in public comments, he delves into territory largely taboo here since the Holocaust, suggesting that "hereditary factors" are at least partly to blame. Turks and Kurdish immigrants, he asserts, are genetically predisposed to lower intelligence than Germans and other ethnic groups, including Jews.

His statements have shocked many in Germany, not only because of a national sensitivity to anything remotely smacking of genetic superiority claims in the post-World War II era. What has also shocked many is that so many Germans have rallied to his side as the central bank and his political party have sought to oust him for his pronouncements. ...

Though most of Sarrazin's backers are publicly distancing themselves from his genetic arguments, they are lauding him as a straight-talker willing to address the problem of Muslim immigrants, who often eschew German language and culture. By throwing political correctness to the wind, they say, he has dared to speak the truth about higher immigrant unemployment, birthrates and welfare rates.

Among Germany's population of 82 million, about 5 percent are Muslims, most of Turkish descent. A poll published in the national magazine Focus this week showed 31 percent of respondents agreeing that Germany is "becoming dumber" because of immigrants, with 62 percent calling Sarrazin's comments "justified" and 52 percent saying he shouldn't be thrown out of his Social Democratic Party because of them. Since party chiefs began a process to evict him last week, their headquarters in Berlin has been inundated with thousands of e-mails supporting Sarrazin. ...

Sarrazin now has more than 21,000 friends on Facebook and an online fan club. Less than two weeks after its release, his book, "Germany Does Away With Itself," is in its seventh printing, topping bestseller lists with more than 300,000 copies shipped so far and many bookstores in Germany still sold out.

German Jewish groups are among Sarrazin's staunchest critics, calling him a dangerous racist. Though Sarrazin has spoken positively of Jews, saying they have "high IQs," he courted controversy after declaring in an Aug. 29 interview that "all Jews share a certain gene." In fact, observers here say that the official outcry against Sarrazin - including the move to expel him from the board of the central bank - would have been far more muted had he simply stuck to his generalizations about Muslims.

But by generalizing about Jewish genetics at all, Sarrazin also "crossed a red line," said Stephan Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. ...

Many, like Carl Moser, a 26-year-old business school student in Bavaria who launched a Facebook fan site for Sarrazin, say he went too far with some of his comments. But "I support him because he dares to speak out on facts that have come from real data and won't bow down to political correctness," Moser said. "I am not supportive of everything he is saying, but Germany does have problems with immigration and integration and politicians are not willing to talk about it."
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Is angling a racist sport?
Steve Partner
Angling Times, 10 September 2010

Five words, tiny sentence, huge question. Is angling a racist sport? ...

Because even if angling isn't overtly racist, then it's a hobby that has failed to integrate what now amounts to a significant proportion of the UK population. And that's not opinion. It's indisputable, undeniable fact.

Fishing, whichever way you look at it, remains, overwhelmingly, the preserve of white, middle-aged, working class males. ...

The Environment Agency believe that of the 1.45m rod licences sold last year, one per cent was made up of people from the ethnic community. It continues to spend revenue - raised via our contributions - on schemes and initiatives to increase that number ...

It's all part of the Agency's 'Angling 2015', a scheme aimed at attracting 200,000 new people into fishing, a significant portion from the vast ethnic community. Already money, our rod licence money, remember, has been spent on pilot schemes with organisations - and I'm not making this up - like the Minority Ethnic Women's Network. This at a time when the EA can't afford to bailiff the banks properly.

Look, it might be very worthy and politically correct to seek to throw money at well-meaning but ultimately doomed attempts to encourage blacks and Asians to go fishing, but it's futile.

Fishing, to answer my own initial question, isn't racist. But it is white, working class and an intrinsic part of Anglo Saxon culture that dates back centuries. The EA would be well advised to remember that the next time it decides to throw even more of our money away.
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European Parliament Raps France On Roma Repatriations
Ahto Lobjakas
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, 9 September 2010

In a narrow vote, the European Parliament in Strasbourg has delivered the sharpest rebuke to date to France on its policy of repatriating Romanian and Bulgarian Roma deemed to have become a public nuisance.

The resolution backed by 377 mostly left-wing deputies, led by the social democrats, prevailed among a number of competing drafts that had vied for the favor of the 736-member EU legislature.

The resolution expresses "deep concern at the measures taken by the French authorities and by other member states' authorities targeting Roma and Travelers," and says they should immediately "suspend all expulsions of Roma."

The document also notes that mass expulsions of EU citizens are prohibited under EU law, and condemns the "inflammatory and openly discriminatory rhetoric" that has accompanied the expulsions. ...

But the vote was immediately rebuffed by France. Speaking in Bucharest, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson said it was "out of the question" for France to suspend the expulsions.

"The European Parliament deserves respect, [but] it has exceeded its prerogatives and we certainly are under no obligation to comply with such a political diktat," Besson said.

Over the past weeks, the French government has repeatedly said all repatriations are handled individually on a case-by-case basis. It has claimed those leaving do so voluntarily in exchange for a onetime payment of 300 euros ($380) or as a result of court-issued expulsion orders for threatening public order. ...

Behind the scenes, EU officials are working to defuse a spat between France and Romania that broke into the open last week when ministers in Paris accused the government in Bucharest of not doing enough to integrate its Romany minority. ...

Two French officials, Minister for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche and Immigration Minister Besson, are in Romania today to discuss an emergency plan that France wants Romania to implement. ...

The social democrats in the European Parliament today announced they would be dispatching their own fact-finding mission to "Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and other European countries to monitor the Roma situation."
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Immigration cap 'puts economic recovery at risk'
Channel 4 News, 9 September 2010

Exclusive: The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, tells the government that its cap on the number of non-EU immigrants allowed to work in Britain will damage the economy, Channel 4 News has learned.

Channel 4 News has seen Mr Johnson's submission to the Home Office consultation on the issue, in which he says the cap is "likely to have a significant negative and disproportionate impact on London" and "put the economic recovery at risk by creating skills gaps and placing London at a competitive disadvantage in the global competition for talent and inward investment".

He says that the economic harm of limiting the number of workers from outside the European Union (EU) "would be substantial given their vital contribution to UK economy, and disproportionately felt in London given their concentration in the capital".

He also argues that leading businesses are "unanimous in their opposition and hostile to the proposal", adding: "They warn that the limit will damage small, medium and large businesses, prevent inward investment, talent and trade opportunities coming to London, and thereby materially damage London's competitiveness".

The mayor believes the interim cap on numbers is "already causing businesses significant recruitment problems", and he concludes that "a major rethink of government policy is required".

The coalition government has imposed a temporary cap on the number of highly skilled people from outside the EU allowed to work in Britain - 24,100 between June 2010 and April 2011. It is planning to introduce a permanent cap in January - the goal to reduce net migration to below 100,000 by the next election.
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Asylum: 'cover-up' over growing backlog of cases
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 8 September 2010

Immigration officials were last night accused of covering up a massive backlog of asylum claims that could take years to clear.

Fresh evidence of the asylum chaos left behind by the Labour Government has come to light with confidential figures revealing that the UK Border Agency is failing frequently to hit official targets for processing claims.

And thousands of failed asylum seekers are staying in Britain for months or even years rather than being sent to their country of origin.

A series of Freedom of Information requests made in an investigation by Channel Five News found that just 40 per cent of asylum cases are dealt with within six months compared with a Home Office target of 75 per cent.

And just three per cent of asylum applicants who arrived last year were removed from the UK within six months of arrival, statistics revealed.

The figures contrasted with official claims that 60 per cent of asylum claims are concluded within six months, and that overall half of asylum seekers are sent home. But officials rejected the cover-up allegations, insisting the new figures were based on "regional snapshots" of the system rather than the national picture.

Angry critics last night accused the Border Agency of "manipulating" statistics to hide the chaos. Tory MP David Davies said: "I'm appalled at the manipulation that has been going on at the Home Office.

"These figures suggest that month in, month out, only a tiny percentage of asylum seekers who shouldn't be here, are removed, except for the month they like to release where they got rid of significantly more." ...

Former PM Gordon Brown claimed to have got a grip on the explosion in asylum applications and insisted that a massive backlog of more than 200,000 was being cleared up. But new statistics suggest the backlog is piling up.

Data shows regional Border Agency offices are consistently missing targets. Official claims that 60 per cent of cases were concluded within six months seemed to be based solely on June. One Home Office source said: "Where we miss our aspirational targets, we're prepared to hold our hands up – but there has been no cover-up."

Many asylum seekers stayed for months and even years, despite having applications rejected, because of problems with travel documents or issues about what country they should go to.

UK Border Agency chief executive Lin Homer last night said: "The UK Border Agency is a world leader in focusing not just on taking decisions but concluding cases as well.

"The Asylum Improvement Project is seeking ways to fast track decisions, remove more people and reduce the asylum budget. Our asylum system needs to be faster and cheaper while improving the quality of decisions and ensuring we can remove those who do not need our protection."
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Agency 'Manipulating' Asylum Figures
Sky News, 8 September 2010

The Border Agency is struggling to cope with its asylum caseload and is only removing around 3% of new applicants entering Britain.

Figures obtained by Sky News reveal the agency is failing to meet government targets to complete cases in time and is creating a new backlog which could take years to clear.

Details of the problem surfaced in February after a whistleblower from the Border Agency suggested there was a cover-up regarding the figures.

The agency suggested 60% of new cases were being concluded every six months and that overall, around half of asylum seekers were being removed.

To conclude a case, the applicant must either be granted refugee status, or denied asylum. They are then supposed to be removed from the UK.

Yet a document leaked to a local newspaper revealed that in Wales, only 4% of new cases were being removed.

Using Freedom of Information law, Sky News obtained identical figures for the rest of the country to build a national snapshot of the asylum system.

We discovered that last year just 40% of cases were concluded within six months, far short of the target of 75%.

The conclusion rate of 60% released by the agency was for June, which just happens to have been a good month.

We also discovered that just 3% of asylum applicants who arrived last year were being removed within six months.

One reason is that Border Agency staff are still clearing a backlog of 200,000 old cases.
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Schools ordered on offensive against racist bullies
Robert Winnett and Holly Watt
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2010

Teachers should investigate whether racism may be a factor in every incident of playground bullying, the first ever serious case review into problems at a school has concluded.

... The review, due to be released tomorrow, says that schools should record the ethnicity of bullies and victims. If a pattern of racism emerges, they should take urgent steps to address the playground culture. Teachers should also liaise more closely with the police.

Ridgeway School, in Wroughton, near Swindon, is heavily criticised in the review for failing to tackle the growing tensions between Muslim and white teenagers, even after a riot on the school's playing fields.

Problems increased after the local council began bringing Muslim children from central Swindon to the rural school in an effort to improve community relations after the 7/7 terrorist attacks. ...

The 32 recommendations would add significantly to bureaucracy and could lead to thousands more incidents being referred to the police. ...

In 2002, schools were placed under a legal duty by the Government to monitor and report all racist incidents to their local authority. Since then, schools have reported about 40,000 incidents of racism a year.

However, the serious case review recommends that all schools go far further.
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Have children or be Islamised, Europeans are told
Simon Caldwell
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2010

European Christians must have more children or face the prospect of the Continent becoming Islamised, a senior Vatican official has said.

Fr Piero Gheddo, an Italian, said that the low birth rate among indigenous Europeans combined with an unprecedented wave of Muslim immigrants with large families could see Europe becoming dominated by Islam in the space of a few generations. "The challenge must be taken seriously," said Fr Gheddo, of the Vatican's Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

"Certainly from a demographic point of view, as it is clear to everyone that Italians are decreasing by 120,000 or 130,000 persons a year because of abortion and broken families – while among the more than 200,000 legal immigrants a year in Italy, more than half are Muslims and Muslim families, which have a much higher level of growth. Newspapers and television programmes never speak of this.

"However, an answer must be given above all in the religious and cultural fields and in the area of identity."

He predicted that Islam would "sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe". ...

"If we consider ourselves a Christian country, we should return to the practice of Christian life, which would also solve the problem of empty cradles," he added.
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Muslims in Europe
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2010

• The number of Muslims in Europe in 2007 was 53 million, including 16 million in the EU, according to the German Central Institute Islam Archive.

• Europe's Muslim population of 2.4 per cent has doubled in the past 30 years and is predicted to double again by 2015.

• Muslims will account for more than 20 per cent of the EU population by 2050, according to the US's Migration Policy Institute.

• Mohammed is expected to be the most popular boy's name in England and Wales when figures are released by the Office for National Statistics in October.

• Official figures last year found that the Muslim population in Britain had grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 million in four years.
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Third of Indians corrupt, says watchdog
Dean Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2010

Almost one in three Indians is "utterly corrupt", an official claims.

The outgoing head of the country's anti-corruption watchdog gives his damning indictment of the world's second fastest growing economy in an interview with a financial newspaper.

Pratyush Sinha, who stepped down as India's Central Vigilance Commissioner on Monday, says only 20 per cent of the country's people are steadfastly honest.

He describes the remaining 50 per cent – more than half a billion people – as "borderline". His comments, made in an interview with the Mint newspaper, highlight the scale of corruption and the extent to which it is institutionalised. ...

Mr Sinha says his greatest concern is that corruption has gained a "social acceptance" in India.

"Society is no longer seriously concerned about corruption and there is social acceptance," he says.

"When we were growing up I remember that if someone was corrupt they were generally looked down upon. There was at least some social stigma about it. That is gone." ...

India's slow courts, lengthy appeals process and liberal bail policies mean that only four per cent of those convicted for corruption serve a jail sentence, he says.

His comments reinforce concerns expressed by Transparency International, which has ranked India close to African countries such as Rwanda in the Corruption Perception Index.
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£100 million spent on asylum deportation flights
The Independent, 8 September 2010

The Government spent more than £100 million on flights deporting failed asylum seekers, foreign nationals and immigration offenders in the last five years, figures showed.

Last year alone, more than £10 million was spent on hiring private jets and a further £18 million was spent on scheduled flights used to remove people at the taxpayer's expense.

A total of £109.9 million was spent on flights deporting people from the UK since 2005, with just under a third of this (£31.8 million) spent on chartered flights, the Government figures showed. ...

The latest figures, released by Mr Green in a parliamentary written answer on Monday, were higher than at any point since 2005. ...

A total of 67,215 people were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK last year, down one per cent compared with the peak of 67,980 in 2008, figures released by the Home Office last month showed.


The Costs of Birthright Citizenship
Hans A. von Spakovsky, 8 September 2010

There have been numerous debates about "birthright" citizenship in recent weeks. As the Heritage Foundation has pointed out, the claim that the 14th Amendment confers citizenship on the children of visitors or illegal aliens is mistaken. Neither the text nor the legislative history supports such an interpretation.

Perspective is needed. How many other countries have birthright citizenship? How many such children are there in the United States, and how much is this costing us? The Center for Immigration Studies has just released a study by Jon Feere that gives some answers. The report didn't get the attention it should have – perhaps because it has some very inconvenient truths.

Feere's research found that the "overwhelmingly majority of the world's countries do not offer automatic citizenship to everyone born within their borders." Only 30 countries out of 194 offer automatic citizenship, CIS confirmed. Of the 31 counties listed on the International Monetary Fund's list of advanced economies, only the United States and Canada grant automatic birthright citizenship.

No country in Europe, a continent many liberals often cite for its supposedly superior views on everything from government health care to high tax rates, grants automatic citizenship. The trend has been toward eliminating it in the few countries that grant it. Australia, Ireland, India, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have all jettisoned this policy.

CIS estimates there are 300,000 to 400,000 children born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. each year. There were 2.3 million such children in 2003; there were four million in 2008 – and that number doesn't include children who are older than 18 or who are married. ...

And the hundreds of thousands of such children are no accident. Many of them are the result of a deliberate effort by illegal aliens and foreign tourists to exploit our law and use these children to keep themselves in the country. Such children provide access to welfare benefits that would otherwise be off-limit to the parents and can "ultimately initiate chain migration of the child's extended family and in-laws," the CIS study notes. ...

CIS estimates that 40% of illegal alien households nationwide receive some type of welfare despite federal prohibitions. That rate is even higher in states with larger numbers of illegal aliens such as New York (49%), California (48%), and Texas (44%).

Contrast that very high rate with the fact that only 19% of households headed by a native-born citizen receive welfare benefits. CIS cites data released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services showing that the children of illegal aliens in the county received $50 million in welfare benefits just in February 2010. So much for federal efforts to bar illegal aliens from receiving taxpayer-funded public assistance.

As for chain migration, CIS points out that when a child becomes an adult, he can "legalize his parents, and also to bring into the United States his foreign-born spouse and any foreign-born siblings. The sponsored spouse can, in turn, sponsor her own foreign-born parents and siblings, and the siblings can, in turn sponsor their own foreign-born spouses, and so on, generating a virtually never-ending and always-expanding migration chain." This type of immigration is almost uncontrollable.
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The crimewave that shames the world
Robert Fisk
The Independent, 7 September 2010

It is a tragedy, a horror, a crime against humanity. The details of the murders – of the women beheaded, burned to death, stoned to death, stabbed, electrocuted, strangled and buried alive for the "honour" of their families – are as barbaric as they are shameful. Many women's groups in the Middle East and South-west Asia suspect the victims are at least four times the United Nations' latest world figure of around 5,000 deaths a year. Most of the victims are young, many are teenagers, slaughtered under a vile tradition that goes back hundreds of years but which now spans half the globe.

A 10-month investigation by The Independent in Jordan, Pakistan, Egypt, Gaza and the West Bank has unearthed terrifying details of murder most foul. Men are also killed for "honour" and, despite its identification by journalists as a largely Muslim practice, Christian and Hindu communities have stooped to the same crimes. Indeed, the "honour" (or ird) of families, communities and tribes transcends religion and human mercy. But voluntary women's groups, human rights organisations, Amnesty International and news archives suggest that the slaughter of the innocent for "dishonouring" their families is increasing by the year.

Iraqi Kurds, Palestinians in Jordan, Pakistan and Turkey appear to be the worst offenders but media freedoms in these countries may over-compensate for the secrecy which surrounds "honour" killings in Egypt – which untruthfully claims there are none – and other Middle East nations in the Gulf and the Levant. But honour crimes long ago spread to Britain, Belgium, Russia and Canada and many other nations. ... ...

Over 10 years ago, Pakistan's Human Rights Commission was recording "honour" killings at the rate of a thousand a year. But if Pakistan seems to have the worst track record of "honour" crimes – and we must remember that many countries falsely claim to have none – Turkey might run a close second. ... Many took place in Kurdish areas of the country ... ...

In Chechnya, Russia's chosen President, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been positively encouraging men to kill for "honour". ... ...

And, of course, we should perhaps end this catalogue of crime in Britain, where only in the past few years have we ourselves woken to the reality of "honour" crimes ...

Scotland Yard long ago admitted it would have to review over a hundred deaths, some going back more than a decade, which now appear to have been "honour" killings.
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Rural residents less likely to suffer mental health problems
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2010

The sense of community and safety in the countryside protects people from developing mental illnesses, research indicates.

People who grow up in towns or cities are more likely to suffer mental health problems than rural residents, a study found. ...

Stanley Zammit, of Cardiff University, studied 203,829 people in Sweden for the research, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

It found that neighbourhoods where residents recorded high levels of mental illness tended to be those with high population concentration, deprivation and social fragmentation.
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Top adviser warns over proposed immigration cap
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 7 September 2010

A top government adviser says ministers may need to stop workers bringing families to meet an immigration cap.

Prof David Metcalf said ministers may also stop companies freely moving their own staff in and out of the UK, despite a potential coalition rift.

The government has pledged to cut net immigration to tens of thousands by introducing a cap from next April.

Business leaders warn a cap could be damaging - but ministers say firms must rely less on foreign workers.

On Monday, immigration minister Damian Green said that the number of foreign students let into the UK was unsustainable.

Shortly after taking office, Home Secretary Theresa May announced a temporary limit of 24,000 on the number of migrant workers from outside the EU who would be allowed into the UK.

Ministers are consulting on how next year's cap should work and the Migration Advisory Committee, chaired by Prof Metcalf, will recommend a figure to government within weeks.

The final figure for the cap may be announced before the end of the year.

Prof Metcalf told the Home Affairs Select Committee that the target of reducing migration to tens of thousands a year could not be achieved simply by restricting work visas for people from outside the EU.

Last year net immigration touched 196,000 people and non-EU workers comprise about a quarter of that total. The figures show that for every five people who enter the UK on a work visa under the UK's points-based system, four dependents eventually follow.

"If students and family don't take their proportionate share, then work, which is the smallest of the fractions, will have to take a more than proportionate share," he said.

"To reach the [net target of] tens of thousands from hundreds of thousands, you have got to be thinking about dependents," said Prof Metcalf.

One possible option, said Prof Metcalf, would be to give points to the partners of work visa applicants, making entry easier for spouses with higher qualifications or skills that were more in demand.
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Overseas students may be refused visa
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2010

Foreign students could be blocked from some educational institutions and courses as part of a plan to reduce immigration.

Ministers want to cut the number of overseas students entering Britain by tens of thousands.

More than 362,000 were allowed to study here in the year to June, an increase of 35 per cent on the previous year.

Figures show that one in five foreign students is still in Britain five years after arrival, leading to concerns that student visas are being exploited as an easy migration route.

Home Office research shows half the foreign students who arrive each year are not studying degrees, but a range of lesser qualifications such as A-levels and even GCSEs. ...

Research for the Home Office shows that in 2004, around 186,000 students were granted visas and 21 per cent of them were still here in 2009, meaning they had been able to switch to other routes such as work permits or marriage, paving the way for them to settle here permanently.

And that is only those known to immigration officials. Tens of thousands more may have simply overstayed their visa and disappeared.
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Migrants who want citizenship will be given trial period
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2010

Plans to make migrants "earn" citizenship could be dropped, the Immigration Minister signalled yesterday. ...

But the programme, drawn up by the last labour government, has come under criticism because it would not stop petty criminals earn citizenship and activities such as standing on picket lines or political canvassing would count towards it. ...

The "earned citizenship" scheme is now under review and could be dropped altogether.
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German banker hits nerve with anti-immigration book
Yahoo News, 6 September 2010

Politicians have rushed to condemn a board member of the German central bank for a new book tackling immigration, but his views have found considerable support among the population at large.

Thilo Sarrazin's book "is not convincing, but it has convinced many people," said the influential Spiegel magazine, which this week has the Bundesbank executive on its cover, calling him a "people's hero."

His publisher is rushing to print more copies of "Germany Does Itself In" to meet demand. ...

The Social Democrats (SPD), the centre-left political party Sarrazin belongs to, has been inundated with thousands of letters, emails and phone calls attacking the central bank board's desire to expel him.

"Listen to the voice of the people for once," Spiegel quoted one of the almost 4,000 emails as saying.

In the book, Sarrazin says Europe's top economy is being undermined, overwhelmed and made "more stupid" by poorly educated, fast-breeding, badly integrated and unproductive Muslim immigrants and their offspring.

"If I want to hear the muezzin's call to prayer, then I'll go to the Orient," he says, saying that allowing in millions of "guest workers" in the 1960s and 1970s was a "gigantic error." ...

Chancellor Angela Merkel called the remarks "completely unacceptable." The Bundesbank's board has asked President Christian Wulff to fire him, as it cannot do so itself. ...

But at the same time, Sarrazin's book has thrown the spotlight on the fact that Germany's record is poor on integrating its 15.6 million people with what the government calls "a migration background."

According to official figures, nearly one in five young people without German nationality, which many second and third generation immigrants do not have, leave school with no qualifications. ...

The debate has taken on such proportions that Merkel, 56, gave an interview to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, and on Sunday she admitted in the Bild am Sonntag weekly that Germany has made mistakes and has a lot of work to do.

In the past, Germany "dreamed a so-called multi-cultural dream and didn't do enough to remind immigrants of their responsibilities," she told the paper. ...

But a Pandora's Box has been opened. Backing for Sarrazin, 65, is so strong that a survey published on Sunday indicated that if he set up his own new political party, almost one in five (18 percent) would vote for him.

Sarrazin has no intention of doing any such thing, but the survey raised fears that a charismatic right-wing populist in Germany, like anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, could win considerable political support.

According to a study from Bielefeld University, one in two Germans thinks there are too many foreigners in the country.
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Coalition immigration cap 'could threaten recovery'
Jonathan Russell
Sunday Telegraph, 5 September 2010

The Government has got its policy on immigration caps wrong and should drop it in favour of a points-based system, according to the head of London First, the business group, and leading international companies.

With just days left until submissions to the Government consultation on immigration controls are due, businesses are warning that caps on skilled labour could threaten the recovery and drive business abroad.

London First claims that the coalition's plans to cap non-EU immigration will affect only 55,000 of the 567,000 migrants who came to the UK, based on last year's figures. Those migrants – known as Tier 1 and Tier 2 migrants – are highly skilled and skilled workers regarded, in many cases, as key employees.

"I do not think the public had these people in mind when they voted for this Government's plan to cap immigration," said Baroness Valentine, chief executive of London First.
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Italy to tear down gipsy shanty camps as backlash spreads
Nick Squires and Matthew Day
Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2010

A Europe-wide backlash against gipsies gathered pace yesterday as Italy announced that it would demolish shanty settlements. ...

Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, said the city would demolish dozens of illegally-built shanty camps.

The first, at Quartaccio on the outskirts of the city, was razed yesterday.


Local officials said that 20 gipsies had accepted an offer of voluntary repatriation, but many others had fled.
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The legacy of Tony Blair
Natalie Hart and Hannah Thompson
youGov, 2 September 2010

57% of the British public think former Prime Minister Tony Blair is 'likeable', although opinion remains divided over the legacy that he will leave behind, our survey shows. ...

41% of people themselves think that Blair was a 'fairly' or 'very good' Prime Minister, while a statistically similar 44% consider him 'fairly' or 'very bad'.

And despite media focus on the 2003 war in Iraq, the public identifies Blair's biggest crime while in office to be 'allowing immigration to rise to unacceptable levels': 62% chose this option when asked to identify his three biggest failures while in office. However, only 30% of those aged 18 to 24 identified increased immigration as a failure, compared to a staggering 78% of those over 60.
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UK immigration cap is 'stupid', says David Miliband
Dipankar De Sarkar
Hindustan Times, 1 September 2010

Britain's former foreign secretary David Miliband, frontrunner in the contest to be the leader of the opposition Labour party, says British government plans to place a cap on non-European migrants to the UK are "stupid" because current migration is mainly fuelled by Europeans. "Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to build good relations with India and that's good but then he has this silly, dangerous and misguided immigration cap. The cap doesn't fit," Miliband told HT in an exclusive interview ahead of the September 25 leadership vote.

Miliband, whose main rival in the contest is his brother and ex-climate change secretary Ed, described the ruling Conservative party's immigration campaign before the May general election as "disgraceful."

"Immigration was a real people's issue. But above all, it was an intra-European Union issue. The A8 accession undoubtedly caused difficulties," he said.

'A8 countries' are the eight East European countries that joined the EU in 2004 – a move that allows their citizens to move and work freely within the 27-nation EU bloc. ...

The Conservative proposal to impose a limit on non-EU migrants, according to him, will be counter-productive as the British economy emerges from its worst post-War recession. Net migration – taking into account the number of people leaving Britain – was 163,000 last year during Labour rule, but the Conservatives say they want to bring it down "tens of thousands." The cap is also opposed by Indian and British businesses as well as the Conservatives' coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats.

"The idea that you want to keep out of the country highly-skilled tax paying people is plain stupid. Either it's meaningless because the reduction is so small or it's dangerous – either way it sends a very bad message," Miliband said.

Miliband, backed by a many Indian-origin politicians, added, "The big thing for me, and I've lived this out in this campaign, is that I see Diaspora communities in Britain are in the mainstream and not on the margins.

"And there's no better example of that than the British community of Indian origin, because it's a wonderful success story.
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[Gordon Brown tried to blackmail me, says Blair]
Robert Winnett and Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2010
[Report about Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, and his new book "A Journey"]

On the subject of regrets, he says that he and Jack Straw, the then home secretary, were not prepared for the explosion in asylum claims within three years of Labour gaining power. He describes the system as being "broken, incompetent".

He also expresses regret over not having done more to tackle the emerging underclass.
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Russian Mafia dominate French Riviera
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2010

Mafia bosses from the former Soviet Union have moved into the French Riviera and are taking it over with "quasi-military" precision.

Their grip on the region is now so tight that detectives expect there to be an eastern connection to almost every crime. ...

"They're into everything, from the Russian prostitute rings in resorts like Cannes and St Tropez to gassing tourists in their villa and stealing everything they've got," said the police officer. ...

Alain Bauer, a French criminologist, said: "This is one of the best structured criminal organisations in Europe, with a quasi-military operation."
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Gaddafi's £4bn immigration 'ransom'
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2010

Col Muammar Gaddafi said yesterday that Europe ran the risk of turning "black" unless the European Union paid Libya at least €5 billion (£4.1 billion) a year to block illegal African immigrants.

Speaking in Rome alongside Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, during his controversial visit, Col Gaddafi said: "Tomorrow Europe might no longer be European and even black as there are millions who want to come in. We don't know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasion."

Silvana Mura, an opposition MP, accused the Libyan leader of holding Europe to ransom demanding "Mafia-style protection money" in return for a promise to keep immigration in check.
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Slaves in Britain
Michael R. Gordon
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

National television this week is highlighting modern-day slavery, which exists on a substantial scale ... ...

One factor running throughout the horrendous picture of today's slave trade, and one that broadcasters appear not to have the courage to state openly, is that nearly all owners of the thousands of today's slaves are Arabs and that the majority of their victims are black Africans.

African slavery began centuries ago. ... Indeed, when the Europeans entered the market, it was to the Arab traders that they went to purchase the slaves that were to be sent to the New World. ...

European politicians, liberal intellectuals and councils in cities that were once slave ports issue hand-wringing apologies for our ancestors' past inhumane actions, but on the leading role of the Arab nations in African slavery, in the past and today, there is silence.
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Gadhafi angers Italy with call for Islam to become 'Europe's religion'
Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review [Turkey], 31 August 2010

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's visit to Rome has become mired in controversy after he said Europe should convert to Islam and the conversion would "begin when Turkey becomes an EU member," daily Hürriyet reported Tuesday.

Gadhafi, who traveled to Italy to mark the second anniversary of Libya's friendship treaty with its former colonizer, made the comments Sunday during a lecture to a group of 500 young women hired and paid by an agency to attend his talk.

"Islam should become the religion of all of Europe," one of the women quoted Gadhafi as saying in the Italian press. ...

"Gadhafi's words show his dangerous Islamization project for Europe," said Mario Borghezio, a member of the European Parliament with the anti-immigrant Northern League, a junior partner in the coalition, according to Il Messaggero.

Carlo Giovanardi, a government undersecretary, tried to stem the criticism, saying Gadhafi's words were simply "a remark made during a private meeting." ...

Speaking later alongside Berlusconi at a closing ceremony, Gadhafi suggested the European Union pay Libya "at least 5 billion euros a year" to put a halt to illegal migration from its Mediterranean shores. To do so would be in Europe's interest, he said, if it wants to head off "the advance of millions of migrants" from Africa.

"There is also desirable immigration," Gadhafi added. "There are Libyans who have money and I encourage them to come to Italy to invest."

Berlusconi credited good relations between Italy and Libya "for countering with success the trafficking of illegal migrants from Africa to Europe controlled by criminal organizations."
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German central bank chief under fire for Jewish jibe
Martin Banks
Daily Telegraph, 30 August 2010

A senior German central bank official has released an extract from his book in which he said Jews all have the same genes and Muslim immigrants cannot integrate.

Thilo Sarrazin, a member of the six-man board at the influential Bundesbank, has been condemned by German government officials and immigrant leaders after excerpts from his new book, Germany Does Away With Itself, said "all Jews share the same gene". ...

Regarding Muslim immigrants, he continues: "I don't want the country of my grandchildren and forefathers to be in broad swathes Muslim, where Turkish and Arabic is widely spoken, where women wear headscarves and where the daily rhythm of life is set by the call of the muezzins. If I want to experience that, I can just take a vacation in the Orient."

He theorises that if the fertility rate of German "autochthons" remains at the same level it has been for the past 40 years, then population will drop to 20 million, while the Muslim population "could grow to 35 million by 2100". ...

Senior German politicians have demanded that Mr Sarrazin step down from his Bundesbank post and resign his party membership of the left-leaning Social Democrats. ...

A government survey last year found that the Muslim population in Germany was between 3.8 million and 4.3 million, meaning Muslims make up between 4.6 and 5.2 per cent of the population. The overall number of Germans with immigrant roots stands at more than 16 million, almost one in five of the country's 82 million inhabitants.
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Britain faces new terror wave
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2010

Britain faces a new wave of home-grown terrorists as 800 radicalised Islamist prisoners are released from jail, a leading security expert warns today.

Michael Clarke, a former government adviser and the head of the Royal United Services Institute, says he believes the security services could struggle to cope with a new generation of extremists seeking to carry out "lone wolf" attacks.

In a report published today, Prof Clarke says that, over the next five to 10 years, about 800 prisoners – in jail for non-terrorism offences – are due to be released on to the streets having been radicalised in jail.

They will be joined by convicted terrorists serving short sentences who, once freed, are likely to be just as committed to the cause of jihad as before they were jailed, the report claims. ...

In the Western world, Britain has the "greatest to fear" from home-grown terrorists, the report says.

... "British prisons still house more terrorists than in any other European country, though not for very long periods," he warns. ...

Britain's "globalised society" makes it more vulnerable, says Prof Clarke. "In an open society there is only so much that any government can do to protect the public."
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20pc rise in immigrants driven by student visa 'loophole'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2010

Immigration increased by a fifth last year, driven by a sharp rise in the number of foreign students being allowed into the country, figures show.

Some 196,000 more people moved to Britain than left in 2009, compared with a net migration of 163,000 in the previous year.

The figures are for the last full year of the Labour government and raise questions over the effectiveness of its points-based system introduced to curb immigration. It also means that more than three million foreign nationals were added to the British population under Labour since 1997. Separate figures show student visas have risen by a third, renewing fears that the route is being exploited for illegal immigration.

... A total of 567,000 people migrated to Britain last year while only 371,000 emigrated, leaving a net inflow of 196,000.

If the movement of Britons is removed, there was a net inflow of 226,000 foreign nationals in 2009. That took the total of foreign migrants who moved to the UK since 1997 to 3.2 million.

In the 12 months to June, a total of 362,015 foreign students were allowed to study here, an increase of 35 per cent on the previous year, according to the ONS.
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Births to migrant mothers reach record level
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2010

The proportion of babies born to foreign mothers is at a record high, with migrants accounting for three quarters of births in some parts of the country.

One in four births in England and Wales last year was to a mother born overseas, according to the Office for National Statistics. They accounted for 174,174 births, representing almost 25 per cent of the 706,248 new arrivals in 2009.

That was the highest proportion since the birthplace of mothers started being recorded in 1969 and the figure has doubled in the past 20 years. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "This is crystal clear evidence of the huge impact of mass immigration on not only the size but the nature of our population.

"It is deeply worrying to a great many people but there is still a reluctance to discuss it, let alone address it."

The three most common countries of birth of non-UK born mothers were Pakistan, Poland and India, as has been the case since 2007.
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Immigration is more than an economic issue
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2010
[Leading article]

The public pressure for more rigorous immigration controls is far less to do with xenophobia or racism (we remain one of the most tolerant countries in Europe) and far more to do with the intolerable pressures imposed on our public services and infrastructure, and therefore on our quality of life. The Coalition proposes to address this problem by imposing an annual cap on economic immigration from next April, a move that is being resisted by employers who say it could inhibit the recovery by depriving them of specialist skills. ...

To a great extent, however, the focus on economic migration misses the real target, which is the number settling here through family reunion and marriage. The largest single non-EU element in net immigration comprises spouses and family members from the Indian sub-continent. This raises difficult social and cultural questions that politicians are reluctant to engage with – hence their concentration on economic migration. But the political classes are lagging far behind the general public: it took the intervention of Gillian Duffy, "that bigoted woman", to shoe-horn immigration into the last general election campaign. Such political timidity does the country a disservice. Immigration raises serious and potentially divisive problems that must be addressed. We ignore them at our peril.
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Britain's pledge on Indian migrants
Dean Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2010

Britain's immigration minister has offered supplementary immigration arrangements to India in a move designed to entrench the special relationship promised by David Cameron during last month's visit to New Delhi.

Senior British business leaders in New Delhi said Damian Green consulted local officials on exclusions to immigration rules that would guarantee that employees of top Indian firms would be able to work freely in Britain. The arrangements would make the smooth transfer of key staff to British offices much easier.

The Government is unlikely to restrict "intra-company transfers" to Britain of key Indian staff, while Mr Green, speaking in New Delhi yesterday, said new annual quotas would be flexible to allow more Indian businessmen and professionals to move to Britain as trade between the two countries increased. He said Britain's new immigration quotas were not "about erecting barriers and closing doors". ...

In 2009, 97,000 non-EU migrants arrived in Britain, including more than 40,000 Indian visa holders and their dependants. The Government is committed to reducing these numbers by at least five per cent, but is struggling to persuade Indian ministers and business leaders that it will not affect trade.
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France seeks EU backing over Roma expulsions
Leigh Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2010

France is to seek support for its drive to expel ethnic gipsies to eastern Europe at a summit of carefully selected interior ministers next week. ...

Political opponents and the Roman Catholic Church have condemned President Nicolas Sarkozy's action against the Roma as a cynical populist ploy to boost his falling popularity ratings.

Francois Fillon, the French prime minister, yesterday defended the deportation policy from the criticism, claiming that it was in line with French and EU legislation.

Eric Besson, the French immigration minister, has invited Italian, British, German and Spanish interior ministers to Paris on Sept 6 to seek support for a common position that penniless can be sent back to their country of origin within EU borders. ...

Italy declared a state of emergency and expelled thousands of Roma in 2008, while this year, Germany is evicting about 12,000 Roma, including 6,000 children, to Kosovo.
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Safety tests for foreign nurses are scrapped
Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2010

Thousands of foreign nurses will be allowed to start work in Britain without safety checks because they could be deemed discriminatory under European Union law.

Until now the Nursing and Midwifery Council has insisted that new recruits must have worked at least 450 hours in the last three years or take a refresher course.

But it has stopped administering the tests after being told it could be sued by the European Commission for breaking the law on "freedom of movement" for workers. Now all foreign recruits will need is a diploma from their country showing they are qualified.

The more stringent requirement still applies to British nurses and those from outside the EU. ...

The House of Commons health committee plans to investigate the change.
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One gipsy caravan set up per day under Labour
Rebecca Lefort and David Harrison
Sunday Telegraph, 22 August 2010

The number of travellers living in caravans rose sharply during labour's 13 years in power, government figures have shown. ...

At the start of 1997, there were 12,796 travellers' caravans at sites across England, both official and illegal. By the start of this year the number had risen to 18,355, an increase of more than one caravan per day over the 13 years.

According to gipsy rights campaigners, causes of the increase include a high birth rate among travelling families and a trend for members of the community who had been living in houses to revert to their travelling roots. ...

Matthew Knight, a senior partner at Kent-based Knights Solicitors, who has more than 25 years' experience dealing with legal cases involving gipsy and traveller disputes, said: "I think the gipsy and traveller activity is really a form of property speculation.

"If you buy a plot of land outside a village or town, where no one else would get planning permission, you pay a lot less for it. Then if you compromise the planning status you have a chance to get what ultimately becomes planning permission on the land, thereby multiplying its value ten times or more."
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France starts to 'return' Roma
Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2010

France yesterday flew out the first 93 of around 700 Roma it has pledged to "return" to their country of origin this month.

But EU rules mean they can legally come back today. ...

The government insisted they all agreed to return in exchange for money. But human rights groups said the "requests are signed usually in a deliberately induced state of panic".
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Migration linked to youth jobless levels
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2010

Youth unemployment is linked to high levels of immigration, according to figures from a campaign group.

Migrationwatch UK found that in areas with large numbers of immigrants, youth unemployment was also high.

For every 1,000 migrants in the 50 local authorities in England most affected by immigration, an average of 700 more young people were out of work, the group said.

Taking out the 21 London boroughs, the figure was 900 higher. In London 200 more young people were unemployed for every 1,000 migrants.
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12,000 prostitutes are migrants
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2010

Up to 12,000 foreign women are being forced to work as "sex slaves" in British brothels by gangmasters running multimillion pound rackets, police said yesterday.

A report by the Association of Chief Police Officers showed that at least 2,600 women were trafficked into England and Wales and made to become prostitutes. ...

A further 9,200 women at brothels were considered to be "vulnerable migrants" working unwillingly in the sex trade, but whom researchers could not be certain had been trafficked.

Police found that 17,000 of the 30,000 women involved in the off-street sex trade were foreign born, with half of the women Chinese.
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Sarkozy expels 700 Roma from France
Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2010

Hundreds of Roma will be expelled from France tomorrow as part of President Nicolas Sarkozy's summer crackdown on gipsies living illegally in the country.

In all, about 700 Roma would be taken back to their home countries before the end of the month, said Brice Hortefeux, the interior minister.

Police had dismantled 51 illegal Roma camps, he said, adding that two flights would take the Roma to Romania and Bulgaria on Aug 19 and 26, with a third flight set for the end of September.
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Pupils forced to use mobile classrooms as city is flooded by 20,000 migrants
Daily Mail, 13 August 2010

Schools in a city flooded by more than 20,000 immigrants are at 'breaking point', education chiefs warned yesterday.

Peterborough City Council is planning to build emergency mobile classrooms to ease pressure on its primary schools, which have seen a steep rise in applicants.

Every class in every year group is already full, and it has struggled to find places for all 2,438 pupils due to start classes in September. ...

The city's population has leapt from 165,000 to 185,000 in the last six years as immigrants look for casual factory and farm work.
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Exposed: college where 'migrants get an English pass in 15 minutes'
Daily Express, 13 August 2010

A college that appears to have no qualified teachers is under investigation after allegedly selling English language certificates to Asian immigrants, it was reported last night.

Students at the Oxford College of Management and Sciences appeared to have little or no knowledge of what, where and when they had studied to get their certificates, it was claimed.

One student said he was told he had gained a pass less than 15 minutes into his first lesson.

Another allegedly paid a £50 deposit and was asked to speak in English "about my life". After 15 minutes, he says he was told the college would be in touch and he would just need to pay £200 to collect his certificate.

The revelations come after fears last year rose that hundreds of students from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were studying at poorly-regulated private colleges which had found ways to exploit weaknesses in Britain's immigration controls.

It is alleged that the Oxford College, which has sites in Burnley, Bradford, Blackburn, Bolton, Rochdale and Oldham, is rigging its English for Speakers of Other Languages course to help immigrants to cheat their way to getting UK citizenship.

A pass means those who meet other requirements can apply for a passport or indefinite leave to remain.

Lin Homer, UK Border Agency chief executive, said the: "We have referred details of this college to Ofqual [the exams regulator] to investigate urgently."

Rizwan Ahmed Kiyani, who allegedly runs Oxford College, has denied all allegations of fraud or criminal behaviour.
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Immigration chief: 'We're going to get this right'
Amanda Lee Myers
Google News / AP, 13 August 2010

The federal government has deported more illegal immigrants from the U.S. than ever before, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday as part of an effort to push back on the suggestion Washington isn't doing enough.

"For those who doubt the federal government's resolve in the enforcement of immigration law, let me say this: We are committed to strong, effective immigration enforcement, and the facts speak for themselves," ICE Director John Morton said.

He said his agency removed a record 380,000 illegal immigrants from the U.S. last fiscal year, and about a third of them were convicted criminals. So far this fiscal year, ICE removed 136,000 illegal immigrants who are convicted criminals, also a record, Morton said.

"Is there more work to be done? Absolutely. Is the problem a significant one, a challenging one for the nation? Absolutely," he said. But "we're in this for the long haul. ... We're going to get this right." ...

Morton spoke specifically about ICE's efforts in Arizona, and said that during an average week, his agency removes 1,500 illegal immigrants from the state, arrests five human smugglers, investigates three drop houses, inspects the employment records of 526 people working for state companies and seizes a ton of marijuana.
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Lincolnshire footballer admits deception case
BBC, 12 August 2010

A Lincolnshire semi-professional footballer has admitted a string of immigration and deception offences.

Romanian Lorand Borbely took the identity of Hungarian Laszlo Lovas when he came to the UK in 2004.

The 29-year-old, of Green Road, Fishtoft, admitted a total of 13 charges at Lincoln Crown Court.

Borbely, who played for Deeping Rangers and Boston Town in the United Counties League under his false name, was remanded into custody.

He is due to be sentenced on 10 September.

Borbely admitted entering the UK by deception on 22 March 2004.

He also admitted three charges of obtaining a mortgage by deception, obtaining employment by deception, removing criminal property from the UK, five charges of fraud, a further charge of deception and perverting the course of justice.
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Employment rise 'down to foreign workers'
Wesley Johnson
The Independent, 11 August 2010

The largest rise in employment for more than 21 years was mainly down to the influx of foreign workers, campaigners said today.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of think-tank Migrationwatch UK, said the employment figures were "further evidence that immigration really does affect the job prospects of British-born workers".

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed the number of employed rose by 184,000 to 29 million, marking the largest quarterly hike since the three months to May 1989, and about three-quarters of this increase was due to workers born outside the UK.

Sir Andrew said: "An astonishingly high proportion of the increase in employment is down to foreign workers getting jobs in Britain."

The quarterly rise in non-UK born workers was 145,000, compared with an increase of just 41,000 UK-born workers. The overall figure is adjusted to take account of how the labour market is affected by seasonal factors, such as school leavers starting work in June, the ONS said.

The figures also showed a total of 25.08 million people born in the UK were in employment in the three months to June 2010, down 15,000 on a year earlier.

But the number of people born outside the UK who were in employment was up 114,000 to 3.85 million, compared with the same time last year.

The ONS added the employment rate for UK-born people aged from 16 to 64 was 70.9% in the three months to June 2010, down 0.5% on a year earlier, while the corresponding rate for non-UK born people was 66.5%, up 0.5% on this time last year.
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Illegal Immigrants Account for 8% of U.S. Births
Miriam Jordan
The Wall Street Journal, 11 August 2010

One in twelve babies born in the U.S. in 2008 were the offspring of illegal immigrants, according to a new study, a statistic that could inflame the debate over birthright citizenship.

Undocumented immigrants make up slightly more than 4% of the U.S. adult population. However, their babies represented twice that share, or 8%, of all births on U.S. soil in 2008, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center's report.

"Unauthorized immigrants are younger than the rest of the population, are more likely to be married and have higher fertility rates than the rest of the population," said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at Pew in Washington, D.C.

The report, based on Census Bureau data and analysis of demographic characteristics of the undocumented population, also found that the lion's share, or 79%, of the 5.1 million children of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. in 2009 were born in the U.S. and therefore citizens.

About 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the U.S. Latinos account for 75% of undocumented U.S. immigrants and about 85% of the births among that population.
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Tamil migrant ship nears B.C.
CBC News, 11 August 2010

Government sources have told CBC News a Thai cargo ship with an estimated200 Tamil migrants on board is now inside Canada's "exclusive economic zone" off the B.C. coast.

The exclusive economic zone is 200 nautical miles, or about 370 kilometres.

At its present rate of speed, the MV Sun Sea is expected to arrive inside Canadian territorial waters – which extend about 12 nautical miles (or 22 kilometres) off the coast – by late Thursday or early Friday, the CBC's national affairs editor Chris Hall reported. ...

It is thought to be carrying Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka. Officials have said there is reason to believe members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known as the Tamil Tigers, are on the ship. The Tamil Tigers have been outlawed in Canada as a terrorist group since 2006. ...

Government sources say this ship's arrival, along with reports of other vessels ready to get underway, are a signal that Canada is becoming a target for human traffickers, the CBC's Hall reported.
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Britain's migrant squatter shambles
David Pilditch
Daily Express, 11 August 2010

Unemployed migrants refusing to return home have flooded a British city with more than 15 squatter camps – including a site in the middle of a busy roundabout.

The impact of uncontrolled immigration on the fabric of British life was graphically laid bare yesterday by the sight of the tented communities in Peterborough, Cambs.

Dozens of rough-sleeping Eastern European migrants have set up elaborate camps in nature reserves and parks around the city and some have even taken to squatting in homeowners' garden sheds.

Tents, fires, shacks and shelters have been set up across the city with an immigrant community that now accounts for 64 per cent of local population growth – the fastest in Britain. ...

Immigration Minister Damian Green last night said the situation was "shocking" and promised to try to tackle the problem. ...

Around 15 per cent of an estimated population of 163,000 are now migrants – mainly from former Communist countries in Eastern Europe which are now part of the EU.

Many lost their jobs following the economic downturn or at the end of farming contracts but decided to stay on in Britain to claim benefits and cash-in-hand work. ...

The influx has led to schooling, housing, healthcare and police protection being stretched to breaking point.

At the housing office, 95 per cent of people seen by officials do not speak English and interpreters are paid £30 an hour to be on hand to help.

Fulbridge Primary School in Peterborough has 675 pupils but 27 different languages are spoken with only 200 of the pupils having English as a first language.
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Some job-screening tactics challenged as illegal
Sam Hananel
Yahoo News, 11 August 2010

Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.

A blanket refusal to hire workers based on criminal records or credit problems can be illegal if it has a disparate impact on racial minorities, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency enforces the nation's employment discrimination laws.

"Our sense is that the problem is snowballing because of the technology allowing these checks to be done with a fair amount of ease," said Carol Miaskoff, assistant legal counsel at the EEOC.

With millions of adults having criminal records – anything from underage drinking to homicide – a growing number of job seekers are having a rough time finding work. And more companies are trying to screen out people with bankruptcies, court judgments or other credit problems just as those numbers have swollen during the recession. ...

Justice Department statistics show that 38 percent of the U.S. prison population is black, compared with about 12 percent of the general population. In 2008, African-Americans were about six times more likely to be incarcerated than whites. The incarceration rate for Latinos was 2.3 times higher than whites.

If criminal histories are taken into account, the EEOC says employers must also consider the nature of the job, the seriousness of the offense and how long ago it occurred. For example, it may make sense to disqualify a bank employee with a past conviction for embezzlement, but not necessarily for a DUI.

Most companies tend to be more nuanced when they look at credit reports, weeding out those applicants with bad credit only if they seek senior positions or jobs dealing with money. But if the screening process weeds out more black and Hispanic applicants than whites, an employer needs to show how the credit information is related to the job.
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Migrants given one in 15 new council houses
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 10 August 2010

The number of council houses given to immigrants has increased by 10 per cent in only a year to nearly 10,000.

Official figures show nearly one in every 15 newly-available homes let by a council or housing association went to a foreign national.

The revelations highlight the pressure immigration has put on housing and public services.

They have also prompted calls for a review of the rules on how social housing is allocated amid fears long-standing UK residents could be losing out.

Tory MP James Clappison, who uncovered the statistics, said: 'This is one more aspect of the pressures created by immigration, at a time when people are waiting many years on a waiting list for tenancy.

'The system surely must be ripe for review. I think it will strike a lot of people as strange when UK citizens are waiting up to ten years for a home.

According to research by the House of Commons Library, foreign nationals were given the keys to 9,979 social houses in 2008/9. That is up 905 from the 2007/8 figure of 9,074.

A total of 147,739 new social lettings were made in 2008/9. That means nearly 7 per cent of homes went to migrants.

Nearly three quarters of the increase was attributed to houses let to immigrants from EU countries. The total is made up of houses and flats let by councils and housing associations. Rents in such properties are subsidised by taxpayers.

It is estimated the cost of providing social housing averages £133,941 a home. The Government contributes £62,000 with the rest coming from developers or social landlords.

Taxpayer-subsidised housing is in short supply nationwide with nearly two million people on the waiting list.

EU immigrants who are working can apply for social housing immediately. Other foreign nationals are legally entitled to social housing after spending more than four years in the UK or successfully claiming asylum.

Once immigrants are on the list, they are considered at the same time as long-standing residents on the basis of who has the greatest 'need'.

Labour pledged to introduce new powers to allow local families to be given preference, but then backed down from changing the law amid fears that it could breach human rights laws.
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Tenth of new mothers are white Britons in some NHS regions
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2010

Fewer than one in 10 women giving birth is of white British origin in some parts of the country, NHS figures disclose.

On average, 68 per cent of new mothers are white and British. ... ...

Out of 150 NHS Trusts, white British women are in the minority in 27, while in 19 areas they account for 93 per cent or more.
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Revealed: The UK maternity units in which only 1 in 10 mothers is of white British origin
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 9 August 2010

Just one in ten babies is born to a white British mother in some parts of the country, figures reveal.

The statistics - based on NHS monitoring of the ethnicity and nationality of patients - show a sharp contrast in the backgrounds of new mothers in urban and rural areas.

While white British mothers accounted for just 9.4 per cent of all births in one London health trust, the figure was 97.4 per cent of all births in Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

The birth statistics reflect how mothers described themselves, not the ethnicity of the fathers or the babies.

Across all of England's 150 NHS Trusts there were 652,638 deliveries last year, around six out of ten of them to women who called themselves white British.

But in some trusts serving rural areas more than 95 per cent of mothers fell into that category.

These included Northern Devon with 97.4 per cent, Co Durham and Darlington with 97.1, and Northumbria with 96 per cent.

At the other end of the spectrum, in North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which covers Harrow, just 9.4 per cent of mothers were white British. Another inner city trust - Sandwell and West Birmingham - had 16.5 per cent. And a little over one in four new mothers were white Britons at Guy's and St Thomas' hospital in central London.

The proportion of mothers of white British origin at Bradford Teaching Hospitals trust was 34 per cent.

Even some NHS trusts in the home counties reported fewer than six in ten deliveries were to white British mothers.

In West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which covers St Albans, just 57 per cent of women giving birth were white British.

Across England 62 per cent of all births last year involved a white British mother.

The largest other single ethnic groups were 'other white' - including Eastern Europeans - which made up 7 per cent of births, black (5 per cent), Pakistani (4 per cent) and Indian (3 per cent).

Of the rest of the mothers 8 per cent described their ethnicity as 'other' (including mixed-race women) and the remainder were listed as 'not known'.

Backbench Tory MP Douglas Carswell said: 'I think we have to face reality and that is if you continue to have mass immigration it's going to have a very significant impact on the demography of our country - and it's going to have a significant impact perhaps on the sort of country that we are.'
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Singapore PM: We won't let in too many foreigners
Japan Today / Associated Press, 9 August 2010

Singapore's prime minister sought Sunday to ease concerns that the city-state is allowing in too many foreign workers who will undermine national unity.

The surge of foreigners living in Singapore has become a hot topic in the lead-up to the next general election, which the government must call by February 2012. Many of the newcomers are from China, India and other Asian countries.

"We will control the inflow, to ensure that it is not too fast and not too large," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during a speech ahead of Monday's National Day. "And we will make clear that citizens come first."

About 150,000 foreign workers have entered Singapore per year since 2007, and they now make up about a third of the island's 3 million work force and about a fourth of the total population of 5 million, up from 10 percent in 1990. ...

"It's no secret that a record influx of foreigners in recent years has led to discontent among Singaporeans, who feel crowded out of their own country," wrote Straits Times reporter Radha Basu in a recent editorial. "New immigrants are being blamed for a host of ills, from the squeeze in trains to the tussle for jobs."

Lee reiterated that foreign workers were necessary for economic growth, which the government expects to be as much as 15% this year. Lee said last month the government would allow more than 100,000 foreigners into Singapore this year to help keep the economy from "overheating" and inflation in check. ...

"We cannot do without a proportion of foreign workers," Lee said Sunday. "With new arrivals living and working harmoniously with those born here, we will keep Singapore dynamic, cosmopolitan, and successful." ...

"There are a lot of jobs Singaporeans wouldn't do anyway," said Gillian Koh, a senior research fellow at Singapore's Institute of Policy Studies.

Koh helped conduct a poll last year that found 63% Singaporeans surveyed believed the government's immigration policy was weakening national unity.

However, two-thirds of respondents also said they supported bringing in more foreigners if it helped the economy.

Singapore also tries to attract what is known locally as "foreign talent" - - educated professionals from abroad to work in the finance industry and other high-paying sectors.

The government's immigration policy has provided cheap labor for companies and depressed wages for Singaporeans, Kenneth Jeyaretnam, secretary general of the opposition Reform Party, said in a statement Sunday.

"The government continues to treat Singapore as a business rather than a country," Jeyaretnam said. "As long as the government permits a relatively elastic supply of labor from abroad while the cost of other domestic inputs, like land, continue to rise, then the real wages and salaries of our own workers will get squeezed, and this has indeed happened."
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£6M bill to translate migrants' benefits
Kirsty Buchanan
Sunday Express, 8 August 2010

The £115,000 a week spent on translators to help immigrants claim benefits in Britain is facing intense scrutiny.

The Government wants to cut the cost of interpreters which last year soared to more than £6 million, a 50 per cent rise.

In the last six years, 169,000 immigrants claimed unemployment benefit within six months of getting a National Insurance number.

The benefits alone cost taxpayers £1.4 million a week but added to that is the translation bill. Most of it came from providing face-to-face and telephone translation services for people whose grasp of English was not good enough to understand the benefits system.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: "It's been quite clear to us that costs ran out of control under the last Government. We aim to bring the costs down as far as we possibly can. We've been very clear that people coming to live and work in the UK need to be able to speak English."

In 2004, Labour Employment Minister Jim Murphy pledged that costs would be curbed but the annual bill has more than doubled from £2.63 million then.
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Immigration backlash baffles
Bob Roper
Columbia Daily Tribune, 8 August 2010

The new breed of illegal immigrant in Arizona is not the man or woman pining for a better life, including work, in the United States. In recent years it has become more of a drug-driven enterprise.

The insatiable demand for drugs in this country, along with lack of border security, has created a new phenomenon: Ruthless drug cartels south of the Arizona border have set up human smuggling operations. Because virtually no border security is in place within 50 to 60 miles of the border, paramilitary drug smugglers and their human cargo operate almost at will. In other words, drug cartels are using illegal immigration tactics to get their product into the United States.

Considering the forgoing, is it any surprise Phoenix has a huge kidnapping problem? Is it any surprise ranch owners within 50 miles of the border are afraid for their lives and don't go out at night?

Ironically, the Arizona law is actually less tough than the federal law, though one would never know that from the partisan statements and mainstream media coverage. Per the Arizona law, racial profiling is strictly prohibited, and police can ask for identification only if there is "reasonable cause" to believe something is amiss. "Reasonable cause" is not required of federal agents under the federal law. Federal law also requires that resident aliens carry proof of their legal status at all times – green cards, for example.

What is really strange is the federal response to the Arizona law. It sued and won the first round, claiming federal pre-emption of the whole immigration area. It is unclear whether the federal statutes have in fact expressly pre-empted the field on this, and in any event it will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Many legal scholars believe Arizona will prevail.

Yet the feds seem to have no problem with the 80 or so "sanctuary cities" that openly flout federal law by refusing to turn over illegal aliens, many of whom have been charged with state and/or city law violations.

And, by the way, express federal pre-emption did occur with respect to "sanctuary cities" in a 1996 statute.

So we are in a state of being that George Orwell would understand well: The Obama administration strongly objects when a state wants to help enforce the law and thereby leaves Arizona defenseless to near-open borders, thanks to the dereliction by the feds. But of course there is no problem with cities that openly flout the law.

There are a lot of sensible actions that could be taken to fix our immigration policies, but I would start with border security. Unfortunately, here we run into the entrenched Washington ruling class, in which Democrats do not want to make changes without amnesty, which will bring them a huge number of new Democratic voters, and Republicans do not want to make a change because their business friends like the availability of cheap labor.

What a sorry state of affairs.
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The jihad of the word erupts in Denmark yet again
Melanie Phillips
The Spectator, 8 August 2010

A chilling development in Denmark illustrates just how 'hate speech' laws, which were introduced by deluded western liberals, are being used to stifle and criminalise the expression of legitimate opinion and essential debate – the prerequisite of a liberal society. Lars Hedegaard is president of Denmark's International Free Press Society, which is devoted to fighting to preserve freedom of expression – particularly against the threat from radical Islam to shut it down on the spurious grounds of 'Islamophobia'. The inevitable has now happened: as Nathaniel Sugarman writes at The Legal Project, Hedegaard finds himself facing prosecution for 'racism' over remarks he has made about Islam.

The basis for Hedegaard's prosecution was an interview from December 2009 in which he made controversial statements about Islam. These assertions included critiques of what Hedegaard saw as Islam's permissiveness regarding child abuse and bearing false witness, as well as Islam's general intolerance concerning apostacism and critical speech. Snaphanen, a Danish blog, published the original interview, and Hedegaard has since clarified some of his remarks.

Hedegaard's statements earned him a hate speech charge under Danish law. While Denmark's constitution ostensibly protects freedom of expression and forbids censorship (see Section 77), the Criminal code provides that "expressing and spreading racial hatred" is a criminal offense punishable with up to two years imprisonment. (Article 266b).

It seems this is not the first such prosecution in Denmark:

On June 16, 2010, the Danish parliament voted to strip a lawmaker of immunity so that he could face charges over anti-Muslim comments. The politician, Jesper Langballe, is a veteran member of the Danish People's Party (PPD) and a crucial ally of the center-right government. In January 2010, he penned a newspaper column discussing the status of women in Islam and the "Islamisation of Europe." Included was the statement that "Muslims kill their daughters over crimes of honour and turn a blind eye while they are raped by their uncles." He is currently awaiting trial for violating Article 266b – the same hate speech statute that will likely be applied to Hedegaard.

There is however a ray of light for Denmark: it seems that the Justice Minister is now considering amending the hate speech laws on the grounds that they could be misused to restrict free speech. ...

However, the possible amendment of Denmark's hate laws is scant consolation for other western countries, with the UN having decided to criminalise all criticism of sharia law, as reported here. Until and unless western liberals finally understand that radical Islamists are not a minority whose human rights need to be defended but are instead a mortal threat to human rights which must be defeated – and crucially, that the UN is the vehicle of Islamist oppression and must in turn be fought by all who care about human rights – the light of freedom will continue to be extinguished in the west.
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Potters Bar's MP speaks out against recruitment of foreign doctors and nurses
Chris Richards
Welwyn Hatfield Times, 8 August 2010

Hertsmere MP James Clappison has urged the coalition Government to put a stop to the practice of hiring foreign doctors and nurses to fill healthcare vacancies in the UK.

He spoke out after immigration minister Damian Green revealed that a total of 2,995 health workers came to Britain for employment in 2010.

The figure is nearly half the total for 2009, however significant numbers of doctors and nurses are still being recruited from countries such as Zimbabwe, Ghana and Nigeria where there are major health problems.

Mr Clappison, who has represented Potters Bar in Westminster since 1992, said: "These are countries with very great needs and we are recruiting their trained medical staff.

"We should be training more nurses here."

He went on to accuse the previous government of reneging on an international agreement, where ministers pledged the UK would not take on doctors and nurses from developing nations.

"I would like to see the coalition Government stop recruiting nurses from these countries as it has a real impact on their health services," Mr Clappison added.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "We are determined to have an ethical approach to recruiting healthcare professionals from overseas. ..."
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[Definition of anti-Semite]
Martyn Rady, Professor of Central European History, University College London
Sunday Telegraph, 8 August 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

Shimon Peres claimed that the definition of an anti-Semite as "one who hates the Jews more than necessary" is of English provenance.

It is, in fact, a Hungarian saying and is usually attributed to the interwar prime minister of Hungary, Count Istvan Bethlen.
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Silenced...the sham marriage whistleblower: Immigration officer claims he warned bosses but was forced out
Sam Greenhill
Daily Mail, 7 August 2010

Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been allowed to get away with sham marriages because government officials dared not intervene, a whistleblower claims today.

Neville Sprague, who was a chief immigration officer, accuses his former bosses at the UK Border Agency of turning a blind eye to the scandal.

Illegal immigrants use fake marriages to apply for 'spouse' visas to enable them to stay in Britain and enjoy free healthcare, education and benefits.

In a shocking exposé, Mr Sprague claims he fought in vain to clamp down on bogus weddings, but was sacked.

The former policeman alleges he was forced out because he insisted on investigating crimes his department did not want recorded in the statistics.

His damning testimony is set to be heard at an employment tribunal which he is bringing against the agency, claiming unfair dismissal.

Yesterday Mr Sprague told the Daily Mail: 'I amassed evidence of bogus weddings but my managers just did not want to know.

'They were really keen for me not to investigate. They kept saying, "It's not that bad". I said: "Yes it is!".'

Suspected sham marriages have increased by more than 50 per cent since the Law Lords ruled against tough Home Office marriage regulations on 'human rights' grounds. ...

'To do something about it required effort, resources and of course it became another unwelcome statistic,' he claimed.

'So it was easier for them just to say it doesn't exist. They kept insisting it wasn't our "remit" to arrest them, but we do have the power of arrest and we had irrefutable documentary evidence.' ...

But Mr Sprague, 56, of south Croydon, Surrey, who was sacked last year, said hundreds of fake weddings were needlessly allowed to go ahead.

A former Metropolitan Police detective of 25 years, he joined what is now the UK Border Agency in 2001, and was responsible for investigating fraud. ...

He said the scam involved West Africans, predominantly from Ghana, paying more than £10,000 to 'marry' a British citizen.

The Briton – often a prostitute or a drug user – would receive up to £7,000 to take part. All they would have to do is hand over their passport and a photograph.

Forgers would then insert fake stamps in the passport to make it seem as though the Briton had flown to Ghana to get married.

A false wedding certificate from Ghana would also be produced, and the Ghanaian illegal immigrant would then send it all off to the Home Office to apply for a 'spouse' visa to remain in the UK. ...

As a result of investigating a sample number of marriages that took place over six months, Mr Sprague believes as many as 210 out of 300 were bogus.
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Labour's catastrophic mistake on immigration: Brown's pollster reveals how it cost him election... and is now damaging democracy itself
Deborah Mattinson
Daily Mail, 7 August 2010

I'd started running political focus groups for Labour in the Eighties. This gave me the perfect vantage point to see the birth of New Labour - and its subsequent ups and downs - through the eyes of voters.

What struck me most was the huge gulf between the electorate and the political classes.

While politicians in the Westminster village are obsessed with the trivia that purports to be matters of great importance, voters worry about issues that directly impact their families and their communities. ...

Above all, this gulf between voters and politicians is felt most strongly when it comes to immigration.

After running focus groups for 25 years, I can honestly say I've rarely sat through one without the subject being raised. ...

These views confirmed opinion polls at the time, which showed immigration was at, or near, the top of people's concerns and that eight out of ten agreed that 'immigration laws should be much tougher or immigration should be stopped altogether'.

A year before Gordon Brown became prime minister, I ran a major focus group study. By then, immigration had become the main issue.

We described our findings to Mr Brown and senior Cabinet members. We explained immigration was a vortex issue - its whirlpool effect engulfing everything in its wake.

Voters were emphatic. They believed the NHS couldn't cope because too many immigrants were using its services (for example, the Office for National Statistics recently revealed that nearly a quarter of babies born in Britain have immigrant mothers).

They thought schools weren't able to teach properly because they were struggling with large numbers of immigrant children who couldn't speak English. They believed people couldn't find work because immigrants were prepared to take jobs for much less money.

And they said families found it impossible to get accommodation because the government gives priority to immigrant families.

It's important to point out again that, despite the strength of these feelings, it doesn't mean people are racist. ...

I always fed back voters' views about immigration to Labour's high command. But despite the subject being such a hot topic, it was never put at the top of the political agenda.

There was simply no appetite to listen, let alone act. It was as if politicians were in paralysis. ...

But the debate goes on about immigration. The coalition Government has just announced a cap on non-EU immigration. However, focus groups suggest this may well be another 'too little too late' initiative, paying lip service rather than really dealing with the core issues.

In any case, voters are worried about levels of immigration from EU countries as well, and their complaints often centre on the immigrants who are already here rather than those who still want to come to Britain.
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Muslims 'linked to violent ideology'
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2010

Many apparently mainstrean Muslim groups have the same ideology as violent Islamists, according to a secret report.

The document, sent to Charles Farr, head of the Government's Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, has been leaked on the internet.

Preventing terrorism, where next for Britain? from Quilliam, the think tank, lists groups in Britain that are "broadly sympathetic to Islamism", including Scotland Yard's Muslim Contact Unit and the Muslim Council of Britain.

The report warns that if the Government engages with such groups "it risks empowering proponents of the ideology that is behind terrorism".
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Passport giveaway opens UK back door: 2m more Hungarians will have right to work here
Daily Mail, 6 August 2010

Hungary is set to hand passports to millions of people living outside the EU – raising the prospect of a new wave of immigration into Britain.

From next year, Hungary's leaders will begin a huge passport giveaway to minority groups who have historic or ethnic ties to the East European country but live elsewhere.

Most of the beneficiaries live in impoverished countries on the fringes of Europe. Once they are given a passport, they will be entitled to full access to the rest of the EU – including Britain.

Similar passport handout schemes – which are legal under EU laws – are under way in Romania and Bulgaria.

Together, it is estimated the three countries could add nearly five million citizens to the continent's population, at a time when it is struggling to bounce back from a deeply damaging recession and financial crisis.

Although they have come control for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, UK ministers are powerless to place restrictions on arrivals from Hungary. That means the potential impact on Britain of two million new Hungarian passports is much larger.
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Romania: thanks for the benefits
Daily Mail, 6 August 2010

Romanian president Traian Basescu has publicly thanked the tens of thousands of his countrymen who claim benefits in Britain instead of their own country.

In an extraordinary TV broadcast, the leader paid tribute to the two million Romanians who live and work abroad instead of claiming benefits at home.

'Imagine if the two million Romanians working in Britain, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, came to ask for unemployment benefits in Romania,' he said.

'So to these people we have to thank them for what they are doing for Romania.'

And Mr Basescu blamed the boom in emigrant Romanian workers on lazy Westerners.

'In those countries, the social protection is at a level that makes it more comfortable to be unemployed.'
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Racism Legitimised by Law
Mona Alami
Inter Press Service, 6 August 2010

Lebanon has a reputation for openness because of the relative freedom enjoyed by women in comparison to other Middle Eastern countries. But many women face rampant discrimination.

Women driving luxury vehicles with an Asian or African woman relegated to the back seat is a common sight around Beirut. Most domestic workers come from places like the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.

People of colour are not only mistreated by employers – who take away their passports and force them to work seven days a week – they also face discrimination outside the workplace. ... ...

A recent survey of Lebanese resorts conducted by Lebanese NGO IndyAct shows that all of the 20 beaches investigated barred domestic workers from Asia and Africa from using their facilities. ...

The beaches and clubs where some of the incidents took place are not breaching the law, because Lebanon does not have anti-discrimination legislation.

"The Lebanese constitution states that all Lebanese are equal in the eyes of the law, but no mention is made of the rights of foreigners," says lawyer Amal Takiedine. ...

Lebanon has many undocumented African immigrants, mostly from Ethiopia and Sudan. ...

In addition to suffering discrimination, foreigners do not have the same rights in terms of property ownership – a cap is placed on how much they can purchase. Palestinians face stricter restrictions; they are not allowed to own any real estate and are not permitted to inherit property, even from a Lebanese family member.

Takiedine says that in the absence of a unified civil law, such discrimination will continue. "The Lebanese legal system follows different rules of law that vary from one community to the other," she says. "It is a situation that naturally leads to inequality among people."
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French back Sarkozy crime, immigrant crackdown-poll
AlertNet / Reuters, 5 August 2010

French people overwhelmingly support tough new measures proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy to fight crime, delinquency and illegal immigration, a poll showed on Thursday.

Sarkozy unveiled the measures last week in a bid to shore up support ahead of 2012 elections, amid a series of political scandals and unpopular economic reforms that have pushed his popularity to record lows.

Opposition parties accused him of trying to divert attention from his woes with populist steps that make a clear link between youth crime and immigration, but the poll by Ifop for the daily Le Figaro suggested a big majority of citizens support him.

The survey of 1,003 people showed that 89 percent agree with Sarkozy's plan to force repeat criminals to wear electronic tags for years after they have served time for their crimes.

Some 80 percent backed his plan to strip French nationality from citizens with a foreign background who practise polygamy or promote female circumcision, and 70 percent favoured the same penalty for people with immigrant roots found guilty of killing a policeman. ...

Opposition parties, human rights groups and unions announced this week that they would stage major demonstrations across France on Sept. 4 to protest against security measures they have condemned as xenophobic.
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Thousands of illegal immigrants escape deportation because police fear being called racist
Ryan Kisiel
Daily Mail, 4 August 2010

Thousands of illegal immigrants are escaping deportation as police fear being accused of racism if they question a suspect's nationality, according to a Home Office report.

Failure to carry out the proper checks on migrants while they are in police custody is leading to huge amounts remaining in the country rather than being deported.

Police fear asking questions about their nationality because they will be hung out to dry by politically correct regulations.

The Home Office report recommends that more checks on suspects while in custody and a closer relationship with the UK Border Agency is needed to identify illegal immigrants.

A pilot study found that when enhanced checks were applied, more than three times as illegal immigrants were found. The 14 custody suites in England and Wales showed that the number of those identified rose from 73 to 250 during the three-month trial.

In one city, 20 suspected illegal immigrants were found during the first month, but only six were deported due to a lack of detention space. The rest were all given temporary release with conditions.

The Determining Identity and Nationality in Local Policing report also revealed that 435 foreign nationals were arrested in the same area and period - accounting for 25 per cent of all arrests.

'The research demonstrated that more rigorous practices in custody suites could increase the number of foreign nationals and illegal migrants who are identified as being involved in criminal activity," its authors said.

'In some sites there was a marked reluctance to challenge arrestees who claimed to be British, even though officers suspected that the claims might be false.

'This reluctance was commonly ascribed to the fear that any such challenge could result in an accusation of racism.' ...

Just under one in five of all suspected illegal migrants arrested were questioned over serious offences, compared with just over one in ten of UK citizens arrested, the report found.
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Hidden toll of crime by illegal immigrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2010

The number of crimes committed by illegal immigrants or foreign nationals could be four times higher than thought because police are not properly checking the identity of suspects, according to a Home Office report.

Officers are failing to check the true nationality of suspects and whether they are in the country lawfully, meaning thousands of foreign criminals could also be slipping through the immigration net and staying in Britain.

Many of them are likely to be involved in organised crime or other cross-border offences, according to the research. ...

The Home Office research found a "lack of thoroughness" in checking the immigration status of those of those arrested and a failure to take the appropriate action when they do discover them.

In some cases, officers were even reluctant to challenge someone who claimed to be British when they suspected they were not because of fears of being accused of racism.

Repeat offenders were often overlooked because it was assumed their immigration status had already been checked and police would not bother checking those who were compliant. ...

The report, Determining Identity and Nationality in Local Policing, examined practices in 14 custody suites and, as part of the research, a pilot was carried out in four areas involving enhanced checks on arrested individuals.

As a result, the number of identity checks on individuals increased fivefold and the number found or suspected to be an illegal immigrant increased from 73 to 250.

Even when illegal immigrants were discovered by the police they were not always dealt with appropriately either by them or immigration officers. Details of people found to in the country unlawfully were sometimes not passed on to the UK Border Agency because officers felt nothing would be done about it or they were passed on after the suspect had been released.

In turn, immigration officers were reluctant to attend police stations if the case was likely to be complicated. In other cases, police would put suspected illegal immigrants in a taxi to the nearest immigration office or hand them directions, despite accepting it was unlikely they would show up. The latest research was conducted in 2006-07 but has only now been published.
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Big Australia vision goes down like a lead balloon
Jennie Curtin
The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 August 2010

Nearly three-quarters of Australians do not want a bigger population, a recent survey shows.

The result appears to back up the decision by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to switch from Kevin Rudd's "Big Australia" argument to her own "sustainable Australia" rhetoric.

The Australian survey of social attitudes, which canvassed the views of 3200 people, found those in rural and regional areas were more strongly opposed to a larger population, with up to 86 per cent of those in country Queensland rejecting the notion.

NSW inner-city residents held more moderate views than the population as a whole, with 58 per cent saying ''no'' and 42 per cent ''yes'' to more people, compared with a 72 per cent rejection rate overall.

Adjunct Associate Professor Katharine Betts, recently retired from Swinburne University of Technology, who analysed the results, said the inner-city result was surprising "given the distress that growing traffic congestion and overloaded infrastructure are causing in the major cities" but could be explained by the preponderance of university graduates or first-generation migrants in such areas.

Those two groups provided the most enthusiastic support for more people, she said. The most supportive were affluent migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds (63 per cent in favour). ...

The survey showed little difference in attitudes based on voting intention for the main parties although Liberal voters (72 per cent) were slightly more inclined to maintain stable levels than Labor (67) or the Greens (68). National Party voters (87 per cent) and Family First supporters (84 per cent) were strongly against increases.

Labourers (81 per cent) and technicians, trade workers and community workers (79 per cent) were the employment groups most against a higher population while so-called "social professionals" (arts and media, education, and legal, social and welfare professionals) were the least resistant to the idea at 57 per cent.
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Con Air: onboard the US illegal immigrant flights
Nick Martin
Channel 4 News, 3 August 2010

"Everybody wants to stay, nobody wants to leave." Channel 4 News gains exclusive access to US border police and travels with illegal immigrants deported "back home" to Guatemala. ...

"Flights have increased by 77 per cent since 2006," says Michael Pitts, field director of the Texas office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "This year we will deport 400,000 illegal aliens in this way." ...

And this is the perennial problem for US immigration officials. The never ending cycle of deporting illegal immigrants only then to discover that they have come over the border and re-entered.
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300,000 a year let in on student visas
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2010

The number of foreigners who came to Britain on student visas rose by a third to more than 300,000 last year, prompting renewed warnings last night of a loophole in immigration law.

Official figures showed that the number of students entering Britain from non-EU countries increased by more than 75,000 in 12 months, despite unprecedented demand for college and university places. The influx was exacerbated by a further 31,000 dependants accompanying foreign students, the figures disclosed. ...

Last night, the Government said that the student visa system had been open to "significant abuse". Damian Green, the immigration minister, said there would be a thorough review of the rules. ...

The increase was thought to have been the largest single rise on record.
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17,000 immigrants told to leave UK won right to stay on appeal after Home Office failed to attend hearings
Katherine Faulkner
Daily Mail, 2 August 2010

Thousands of rejected immigrants are being allowed to stay in the UK because the Home Office is not bothering to defend the decision in the appeal courts.

Immigrants whose applications to stay in the UK have been rejected are routinely winning appeals against the decisions - simply because no Home Office official has turned up at court to defend the rejection.

The number of immigrants winning leave to remain in Britain at a hearing when no official was present jumped by almost 50 per cent last year.

More than 17,000 won appeals in such cases - a figure which stood at less than 1,500 just five years ago.

In some instances the Home Office has later decided to counter-appeal the decision - a procedure that comes at a significant cost to the taxpayer.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Times: 'This is a shocking state of affairs.

'It represents a waste of money.

'I think in some cases they cannot be bothered to turn up because they look at the papers and know they are not going to win.

'In other cases it is sheer inefficiency. There seems to be an attitude that they do not even care what the result is going to be.'

In the absence of home office officials, migrants have won appeals against refused asylum applications, deportation orders and refusals of entry to the UK. Last year 17,473 migrants won their appeals at hearings at which the Home Office was not represented by an official.

A further 23,997 won appeals when the Home Office was represented, a parliamentary written answer revealed.

A migrant is far more likely to win an appeal if there is no official present to defend decisions.

But the UK Border agency is struggling to cope with a massive rise in the number of appeals to Asylum and Immigration Tribunals over the past five years and cannot spare the staff to attend all contentious hearings.
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Israeli president denies branding Britain 'anti-Semitic'
Adrian Blomfield and Damien McElroy
Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2010

Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, has been forced to deny that he had branded Britons "anti-Semites" during an interview in which he attacked Britain for being consistently pro-Arab and against Israel.

Amid growing controversy over his comments, Mr Peres insisted yesterday that he had "the highest regard" for the way in which Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany during the Second World War. "President Peres never accused the British people of anti-Semitism," his spokesman added last night.
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£13 million missing after Labour's 'crazy' attempts to bribe illegal immigrants to go home
James Slack
Daily Mail, 2 August 2010

Labour squandered millions of pounds on 'crazy' schemes to bribe illegal immigrants to go home, it can be revealed.

Home Office papers show how the last government was so wasteful with public money that £13 million has gone missing - with officials having no idea how it was spent.

Immigration minister Damian Green has ordered an urgent internal investigation to find out if the taxpayer has been short-changed.

The accounts also reveal how Labour:

• Paid £1.2 million in bribes to people who never even set foot in Britain

• Gave repatriation grants to migrants from wealthy countries - including the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand

• Lavished thousands on teaching foreign preachers about life in 'multi-cultural' Britain

• Sent Afghans on year-long holidays to see if they would like to go home permanently

• Bribed Poles to go home in the same year their country joined the EU, meaning they became eligible to immediately return to the UK

• Handed almost £50,000 to the Ukraine to build a 'migration advice centre'

• Wasted £25,141 on a cancelled project to support 'artisans' in Afghanistan

• Paid £68,235 to China - an industrial powerhouse - to strengthen its migration controls.

The accounts detail how Labour spent almost £80 million on schemes designed to encourage failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to go home.

The payments - denounced as 'bribes' by critics - were designed to dramatically increase the number of people being removed from the UK.

Ministers decided it was cheaper and easier than border guards tracking the illegal immigrants down themselves and forcibly putting them on a plane.

The Home Office also spent hundreds of thousands on grants to foreign countries so they could improve their border controls, or dissuade their citizens from travelling here.
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Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain
Haroon Siddique
The Guardian, 2 August 2010

Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam has provided a negative contribution to British society, according to a new poll, which has prompted calls for Muslims to help improve the perception of their faith.

The study for the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) also found that 63% of people surveyed did not disagree with the statement "Muslims are terrorists" and 94% agreed that "Islam oppresses women". It included qualitative as well as quantitative data. One respondent said: "If I had my way I'd kick them all [Muslims] out of here."

The results follow an online YouGov poll, published in June, that found 58% linked Islam with extremism and 69% believed it encouraged the repression of women.

Despite the widespread negative perceptions of Islam, iERA believes the fact that most opinions were formed in ignorance of the faith indicates that Muslims can positively influence them.

Four-fifths of those polled said they have less than very little knowledge about Islam, while 40% did not know who "Allah" referred to and 36% did not know who the Prophet Muhammad was.

iERA's senior researcher Hamza Tzortzis said: "We wanted to do something positive with the survey results rather than just say, 'It's so sad'. So, the organisation's strategy is to give a new realm of possibility for people to comprehend Islam, have a proper respect for Islam and see the human relevance of the faith." ...

The study, carried out for iERA out by DJS Research, used face-to face questionnaires to ascertain the views of a "statistically robust" sample of 500 randomly selected non-Muslims.
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Leading Square Mile financiers label coalition's immigration cap 'a disaster'
Jill Treanor
The Observer, 1 August 2010

Leading City employers are furious about the limits being imposed by the government on the number of non-EU citizens they are able to employ and are urging a dramatic rethink of the government's policy.

The financial district prides itself on its cosmopolitan workforce and is concerned that the quotas on migrants being set by the coalition will make it impossible for them to keep operating effectively.

A senior City source described the new rules as a "disaster". Firms were told the implications of the policy by the government last week. Industry sources said that some top City companies believe they will be restricted to hiring as few as six non-EU nationals during the remainder of the year. ...

Employers' body the CBI said it was in dialogue with the Home Office over the migration caps while the City's trade body, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, said its members were worried: "There is a concern that it will become more difficult to move people around their businesses on a global basis."
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Muslim extremists threaten new 7/7
James Murray and Neil Doyle
Sunday Express, 1 August 2010

A new Muslim extremist group threatened a terrorist atrocity similar to 7/7 during a highly provocative demonstration outside the front gates of Downing Street.

Calling themselves Muslims Against Crusaders, they chanted furiously against British soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. ...

Some of the demonstrators were supporters of Islam 4 UK, run by former solicitor Anjem Choudary. The group was banned by former Home Secretary Alan Johnson this year as it planned a protest march against soldiers at Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire town which honours the war dead from Afghanistan.

Mr Choudary insists he has nothing to do with Muslims Against Crusaders and was not at the Downing Street protest on Monday but he does promote their protests. Last night the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank said the Government must adopt a different approach to the constantly evolving extremist groups.

Director Douglas Murray said: "They are one step ahead of the Government because they are constantly changing their names and thinking of ways of getting their message across but the Government has to be one step ahead of them."

Father-of-four Choudary lives on state benefits of around £25,000 a year, like many of those who organise meetings and events to promote their extremist views.

Mr Murray said: "There is one solution... stop paying for their benefits. It is utterly ridiculous that the state is effectively financing this problem."

Today we reveal that Choudary and two hate preachers have joined forces to launch an internet operation devoted to their views. ...

Choudary has joined forces with Omar Bakri Mohammad, who is banned from re-entering the UK after he fled to Lebanon in the wake of the 7/7 bombings in London. With them is Abdullah el-Faisal, deported from the UK in 2007 after being jailed for distributing recordings of speeches in which he solicited the murders of Jews and Hindus.
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Border agency costs us all £70m
Ted Jeory
Sunday Express, 1 August 2010

Bungling border officials are preparing to write off almost £70 million in bad debts, overpayments and compensation to asylum seekers.

A shocking catalogue of costly mistakes at the Home Office's UK Border Agency meant £26 million had to be written off in the last financial year.

And the agency paid out £13 million of benefits in error to would-be refugees since April 2008.

Astonishingly, a further £41 million has had to be set aside in special accounts to cover more bungles, including bad debts, overpayments and compensation claims, this year.

The agency's accounts reveal £12 million was overpaid last year to just six hostel owners for providing asylum seekers' accommodation.

Embarrassingly for the agency's Home Office bosses, £4.3 million ended up incorrectly in the pockets of the agency's own staff.

Failure to update salary changes and annual leave entitlements on payroll systems meant the agency overpaid more than 2,500 employees by an average of about £1,700 each.

Meanwhile three refugees who were unlawfully detained while border officials investigated their claims ended up being paid more than £330,000 each last year in compensation.

And settlements worth £2.1 million were reached with 40 under-18s who were wrongly detained as adults – an average of £52,000 each.

Yet in spite of the mistakes, 29 senior officials were paid £295,000 in bonuses in 2009. Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Commons Public Administration Committee said: "The public administration of the civil service has become increasingly dysfunctional.

"The whole basis of civil administration in the UK has to be a huge agenda for the new government."

The losses are detailed in the Border Agency's annual report, published last week. Most embarrassing of the errors is the £13.1 million in benefits overpaid to asylum seekers in the past two years.

Officials found that payments still being made to claimants when support should have ended totalled £9.6 million during 2008/09 and £3.5 million during 2009/10.

About £1.9 million went to asylum seekers whose applications had already failed.
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Peres: the English are anti-Semitic
David Harrison and Adrian Blomfield
Sunday Telegraph, 1 August 2010

Israel's president has accused the English of being anti-Semitic and claimed that MPs pander to Muslim voters.

Shimon Peres, 87, said England was "deeply pro-Arab" and "anti-Israeli", adding: They always worked against us."

In an interview on a Jewish website, he went on to say: "There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary." ... ...

Mr Peres, a Nobel Peace Prizewinner who was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen in 2008, said that England's attitude towards Jews was Israel's "next big problem".

He said: "There are several million Muslim voters, and for many Members of Parliament, that's the difference between getting elected and not getting elected," he said. ...

Mr Peres made the comments in an interview with Prof Benny Morris, a historian at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which was published on Tablet, a Jewish news website.

Mr Peres is one of Israel's longest-serving political leaders – an MP for 48 years and twice prime minister. He is firmly on the Israeli left.
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Fruit and veg law prevents deportation of drug smuggler
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 1 August 2010

A Turkish drug trafficker sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for his role in one of Britain's largest-ever heroin seizures cannot be deported because of an obscure European law.

The man, who was a senior member of an international drugs gang, arranged to smuggle £30 million of heroin into Britain hidden inside the fuel tank of an articulated lorry.

The Home Office spent two years trying to deport Ali Osman Gok after he was freed from prison in 2008.

But his lawyers overturned their efforts by mounting a lengthy series of appeals, focusing on a little-known, 30-year-old treaty between the EU and Turkey which mainly deals with import duty on fruit and vegetables.

Gok, 40, who lives in north London with his wife and two daughters, is now free to remain in Britain indefinitely. ...

The treaty which enabled Gok win his case governs tariffs on goods between Turkey and Europe, and includes a detailed list of aubergines, marrows and other foodstuffs covered by the agreement.

Known as "Decision 1/80 of the Association Council of September 19, 1980", it also includes a number of "social provisions" which were the key element of the case put forward by Gok's solicitor.

It means that Turkish nationals can only be denied the right to live and work in European Community states if they pose a "specific risk of new and serious prejudice to the requirements of public policy".

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) made its decision despite hearing that Gok had been a key member of one of the biggest heroin smuggling plots the UK has ever seen. ... ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "This is getting increasingly ridiculous. If a major drugs smuggler can't be thrown out then who can be? ..."
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Israel to expel hundreds children of migrant workers in the country illegally
Sun Sentinel, 1 August 2010

Israel on Sunday approved new residency criteria that could result in the deportations of hundreds of children of migrant workers.

The decision by Israel's Cabinet represented a small step by Israel to clear up the status of thousands of foreign workers in Israel.

Under the decision, children of migrants whose parents entered Israel legally may remain if they are enrolled in school, speak Hebrew and have been here longer than five years.

An Israeli advocacy group, the Hotline for Migrant Workers, estimates 700 of 1,200 school-age children are at risk of deportation, along with their parents.

About 200,000 migrant workers live in Israel, mostly from the Philippines, China and Africa. About half have overstayed their visas, thousands for many years. Many have children who were born in Israel and know no other home.

Some Israelis complain that illegal migrants are taking jobs away from citizens. Others worry that the non-Jewish workers could upset the Jewish nature of the society.

At the Sunday Cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed with the critics. "This is a tangible threat to the Jewish and democratic character of the state of Israel," he said.
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Muslim fifth column
Michael Nazir-Ali
Daily Telegraph, 31 July 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

Both Baroness Manningham-Buller and Imran Khan have been reported in your columns as claiming that the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have led to increased recruitment of Muslims in Britain to radical causes. They may well be correct.

The implication, however, that whenever the West acts to protect itself or to prevent genocide or oppression by extremists and tyrants, it is causing a fifth column to arise in its own societies, is deeply worrying. Such a situation has enormous consequences for the will to resist extremism and for morale generally.
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EU washes hands of French plans for Roma expulsions as tensions grow
Valentina Pop, 30 July 2010

The European Commission on Thursday said it is up to member states to decide whether they expel Roma people, but only on an individual basis and respecting the principle of "proportionality", in reaction to France's announcement it will dismantle 300 Roma camps within three months. ...

On Wednesday, French interior minister Brice Hortefeux said 300 illegal "camps or squats" would be dismantled and the travellers living there, mostly EU citizens from Romania and Bulgaria, will be sent back to their countries.

The announcement came after President Nicolas Sarkozy held crisis talks to discuss what he described as the security "problems" posed by the minority, following an attack on a police station in central France last week.

The French opposition and human rights groups lambasted the decision.


In Romania, home of the largest Roma population, non-governmental organisations said that France's move violates basic human rights. "Saying that Roma who committed crimes will be expelled is a severe violation of the freedom of movement. The word 'crime' can be [widely] interpreted and can lead to abuses," Gelu Duminica, head of the association Impreuna (Together), told AFP.

Meanwhile, Romanian foreign affairs minister Teodor Baconschi stressed that the nine million Roma living in the European Union were "European citizens" and their freedom of movement could not be impeded.

He also deflected France's objections to accepting Romania into the border-free travel area known as Schengen, a move which should take place in March 2011, together with neighbouring Bulgaria.

"Romania can manage migratory flows effectively, on the external border of the Schengen area. But this has nothing to do with the freedom of movement of European citizens on EU territory. Also, the social inclusion of EU citizens is not among the Schengen requirements," Mr Baconschi told Evenimentul Zilei.

France's EU affairs secretary Pierre Lellouche has previously told France Info and RFI that his country has doubts about Romania's accession to the Schengen area, precisely because of the crimes committed by its citizens of Roma ethnicity. ...

France is certainly not the only western European country where the Roma community is being stigmatised and pushed back. Two years ago, Italy had taken similar steps after several crimes were allegedly committed by Roma and even allowed for vigilante patrols to be established in the local communities.

And Germany is set to deport 12,000 Roma to Kosovo in the coming years, writes Der Freitag, in a deal that Pristina accepted "under pressure" last April. ...

In Denmark, the city of Copenhagen earlier this month asked for government assistance, including the use of force, in order to expel the 200 to 400 Roma who live there. "The situation is untenable," the mayor of the Danish capital said, arguing that the number of burglaries has risen in the neighbourhoods where they have taken up residence.
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U.S. Immigration Fight Widens to Native Born
Miriam Jordan, Jean Guerrero and Laura Meckler
The Wall Street Journal, 30 July 2010

The immigration debate is reviving the explosive idea of denying citizenship to children born on U.S. soil if their parents are in the country illegally.

A U.S. senator and a state lawmaker in Arizona, both central players in the battle over immigration law, separately proposed this week that "birthright" citizenship be denied to the children of illegal immigrants. They said the change would help stem the flood of illegal border crossings. ...

Immigration-rights activists say citizenship isn't a significant driver of illegal immigration, because a child has to reach age 21 to petition for permanent legal residency for his or her parents. ...

At issue is the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1868 to ensure that states not deny former slaves the full rights of citizenship. It states, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." ...

Mr. Pearce, like some other proponents of the change, argued that the amendment as written doesn't apply to illegal immigrants. Because illegal immigrants aren't "subject to the jurisdiction" of the U.S., as the amendment requires, they fall outside its protection, these people argue. A group of House lawmakers made a similar argument when they tried to pass legislation changing the birthright principle in 2005.

"When it was ratified in 1868, the amendment had to do with African-Americans; it had nothing to do with aliens," Mr. Pearce said. "It's got to be fixed."

Given the controversial nature of this proposal, successfully amending the Constitution would be considered a long shot. It requires a vote of two-thirds of the House and of the Senate, and must be ratified by three-fourths of state legislators.

A change in state law redefining who is a citizen would likely draw a legal challenge, as did Arizona's effort to change state immigration law.

Under Mr. Pearce's proposal, Arizona would refuse to issue a birth certificate to any child unless at least one parent could prove legal presence in the U.S. "The 14th Amendment has been hijacked and abused," Mr. Pearce said. "We incentivize people to break our laws."

The U.S. is home to about 11 million illegal immigrants. There are nearly four million whose children are U.S. citizens, according to a 2009 report by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group in Washington.
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High seas segregation: The Navy is listing dangerously in politically correct water
The Washington Times, 30 July 2010
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The Navy wants to judge sailors by the color of their skin, not the content of their seamanship.

The latest national security leak is a shocking e-mail from a Navy admiral on "Diversity Accountability." The message, sent to a list of other flag officers, notes that "a change in focus of this year's diversity brief is the desire to identify our key performers (by name) and provide insight on each of them." Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, who apparently originated this order, "is interested in who are the diverse officers with high potential and what is the plan for their career progression. He may ask what is being done within to ensure they are considered for key follow on billets within the Navy."

The message specifies, "This list must be held very closely but will provide ready reference to ensure we are carefully monitoring and supporting the careers of the best and the brightest the Navy has to offer." That is, the best and the brightest provided a sailor is one of the euphemistically "diverse." If you are a white male, it might be time to set sail and seek opportunities elsewhere.

In practice, the Navy will be creating a list of privileged "diverse" officers who will enjoy special benefits and career mentoring not available to people of the wrong race, as well as a virtual guarantee of fast-track access to the highest reaches of command. Fifty-six years after the Supreme Court struck down the concept of "separate but equal" treatment of races, the U.S. Navy is erecting a wall of segregation between what will amount to two parallel promotion systems: one for the "diverse" and another for the monotone. If this isn't illegal, it should be. ...

In the contemporary naval bureaucracy, this type of politically correct nonsense has run out of control like a loose cannon on deck. The Naval Academy lists racial diversity as the "highest personnel priority," apparently even over the mission of educating future Navy leaders for warfare on the high seas. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made achieving diversity a "strategic imperative" when he was chief of naval operations. Call us old-fashioned seadogs, but we'd prefer that the Navy's top priority be fighting and winning our nation's wars rather than engaging in social experimentation.
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Nearly 100,000 new homes must be built every year for immigrants
Daily Mail, 29 July 2010

Nearly 100,000 new homes must be built every year just to provide housing for immigrants, ministers disclosed yesterday.

Four out of every ten new houses or flats built to cope with the rising population will go to a migrant, they said.

Over a 25-year period, immigrants will require 2.5 million extra homes unless the Government meets its pledges to bring about a major reduction in numbers arriving to live in Britain.

Communities Department spokesman Andrew Stunell said estimates of housing demand and the expected level of housing required by immigrants were prepared in March 2009, but only now revealed.

He said in a Commons written answer: 'It is estimated that net international migration could account, on average, for 40 per cent of the net growth of households in England over the projection period from 2006 to 2031.'

The housing projections from the Communities Department say that at current birthrates and expected rates of immigration, 252,000 new homes a year will be needed each year until 2031.

Of these, 36,000 will be needed because there will be more people living alone and fewer couples and families, and 116,000 because of rising birthrates.

The remaining 100,000 will be needed to house migrants, based on 2006 population figures.

At present the Office for National Statistics estimates that net immigration will run at 180,000 a year for the foreseeable future.


Sarkozy accused of racism for ordering closure of 300 illegal gypsy camps and expulsion of Roma after riot
Daily Mail, 29 July 2010

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of racism after ordering authorities to dismantle 300 gypsy camps and expel illegal Roma immigrants.

His actions come a week after riots between gypsies and police in which a young man was shot in the Loire Valley.

In response to the trouble, Mr Sarkozy called a government meeting yesterday and he said those responsible for the clashes would be 'severely punished'.

He ordered the government to crackdown on all illegal Roma immigrants, almost all of whom have come from Eastern Europe.

He said illegal Gypsy camps 'will be systematically evacuated', calling them sources of human trafficking, exploitation of children and prostitution.

He also pushed for a change in France's immigration law to make such expulsion easier 'for reasons of public order'.

It comes after last week's riot in the small Loire Valley town of Saint Aignan where dozens of gypsies armed with hatchets and iron bars attacked the police station, hacked down trees and burned cars.

The riot erupted after a gendarme shot and killed a traveller who had driven through a checkpoint.
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Up to 45,000 failed asylum seekers given right to work in Britain by Supreme Court
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 29 July 2010

Tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers were granted the right to work in the UK yesterday in a landmark court ruling.

It affects around 45,000 whose applications have already been rejected at least once, but who have not been deported.

Home Office officials argued that an EU directive - which gives asylum seekers the right to work after 12 months - should not apply to them because it would encourage applicants to abuse the system by making repeated claims.

But the Supreme Court ruled that failed asylum seekers whose cases have not been dealt with after 12 months must be given access to jobs.

Many of those affected are part of Labour's backlog of 450,000 asylum claims - which are still being processed.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank, said: 'There has been a succession of court decisions which take no account of the real world in which our Home Office has to operate.

'It is no service to genuine refugees to make the asylum system progressively more open to abuse. Yet again EU directives have unintended and unwelcome consequences for Britain.'

Reacting to the judgment, Tory ministers said they were considering restricting the asylum seekers to industries in which there was already a proven shortage of workers.

Immigration minister Damian Green said: 'This judgement will only have a short-term effect. The long delays in the asylum system will be resolved by the summer of next year when all the older asylum cases are concluded.'
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Asylum target to be scrapped
Daily Telegraph, 29 July 2010

An asylum target to deal with most cases within six months is to be scrapped, it can be disclosed.

The move will form part of a review of the asylum system to be announced by Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, today.

A target to deal with three quarters of asylum claims within six months is already being missed but Mr Green will say the decision is designed to speed up cases rather than lead to further delays.

He will propose to cut the £500 million annual bill to support asylum applicants as part of the eight-month project to assess how the system can work more effectively.
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Left Admits: Racism Charges Against Tea Parties a Tactic, Not a Truth
National Center for Public Policy Research, 29 July 2010

Members of the Project 21 black leadership group are condemning the left's false use of the accusation "racist" as a political tactic, saying they recognize the strategy from the teaching of left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky.

Former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Mary Frances Berry, a long-time prominent liberal activist, has admitted in an interview with Politico that the left is trying to smear the tea party movement as "racist" for strategic reasons, not out of genuine concern that the movement is itself racist.

Berry called the tactic an "effective strategy" and chose not to denounce it. ...

Berry, now the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and History at the University of Pennsylvania, was asked, "will branding the tea party 'racist' work?"

Berry replied:

Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one's opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness. ...

Left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky, whose tactics have been studied and followed by Barack Obama and his followers, taught his activists to "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." The Tea Party movement has unnerved the left and energized supporters of smaller government, causing the left to target it, as per Alinsky's method, with bogus racism charges.

The Politico interview with Berry is available at
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Sham marriages on 'unprecedented scale'
Tom Pugh
The Independent, 29 July 2010

The scale of the sham marriages was on an unprecedented scale involving "classic exploitation" of foreign nationals desperate to stay in the UK, investigators said.

Cash-strapped Eastern Europeans were promised sums of up to £3,000 to marry Africans to help them gain residency in the UK and a chance of a better life.

Through gaining indefinite leave to stay in the UK, the Africans, mainly from Nigeria, would be able to enjoy Britain's education, healthcare and social benefits systems.

A large proportion of the Africans who went through with the sham marriages had arrived lawfully in the UK, either through the asylum process or by gaining a student visa.

Investigators said it was when they had "reached the end of the line" in their legal applications and appeals to stay in the UK permanently that they went through the sham marriage process.

Files recovered as part of the inquiry showed that, in some cases, Africans were already married and had children in their homeland.

Detective Inspector Andy Cummins, of the UK Border Agency's (UKBA) South East region immigration crime team, said: "In the majority of the cases, the reason that most went through with the marriage process was not for love, it was to assist in their application to residency into the UK." ...

Officers working on Operation Gomozia arrested the Rev Alex Brown on June 30 last year, along with Buchak, an illegal immigrant and gambler who used the alias Kaido Maesalu.

Further investigations identified pastor and solicitor Michael Adelasoye, who had worked as an immigration adviser at several firms of solicitors.
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Vicar guilty of 360 sham weddings
Jennifer Cockerell
The Independent, 29 July 2010

A vicar was found guilty today of conducting hundreds of sham marriages to help illegal immigrants gain residency in Britain.

The Rev Alex Brown, 61, conducted 360 fake ceremonies at the church of St Peter and St Paul in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, between July 2005 and July 2009.

Co-defendent Vladymyr Buchak was also convicted at Lewes Crown Court of conspiring to breach immigration laws by paying Eastern Europeans up to £3,000 each to marry Africans, mainly from Nigeria.

They were caught after the UK Border Agency investigated the bogus marriages.

The jury is still deliberating on a third defendant.

During the seven-week trial, jurors heard that Brown presided over a total of 383 marriages during the four-year indictment period, a staggering 30-fold increase on the 13 he had conducted over the previous four years.

They were told that Buchak, 33, a Ukrainian national who had himself been living illegally in the UK since at least 2004, was responsible for "cajoling and persuading" the Eastern Europeans into the marriages of convenience.

He preyed on migrant workers who were living in the area and were desperate to earn money by offering them large cash sums to wed Africans to allow them to obtain the documents to live and work in the UK.

Jurors were shown photocopies of the marriage register at the church which showed that 360 out of the 383 weddings during the period involved Eastern Europeans marrying African nationals, mainly from Nigeria.

It was also apparent that, of the hundreds of people who had got married, they all seemed to live in the surrounding streets of the parish, with 90 couples registered as living in one road alone and 52 in another.

In some instances there were even several brides and grooms claiming to live in the same house and jurors were told that most of those involved in the marriages had given false addresses.
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Coalition split on migrants cap casts shadow over India trip
Rosa Prince and Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 28 July 2010

The Coalition was under its greatest strain since coming to power last night after David Cameron and a senior Liberal Democrat Cabinet Minister clashed publicly over the Government's plan to introduce a cap on immigration.

During a joint trade visit to India, the Prime Minister and Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, effectively agreed to disagree over what had been a key policy for the Conservatives during the general election, but which was opposed vociferously by the Lib Dems. ...

Mr Cable, who was in the party, warned that the mission would be futile unless the Government scrapped the proposed annual limit on immigration from outside the European Union. ...

Mr Cable briefed Hindu Business Line that he would fight to have the cap scrapped, saying he wanted as "liberal an immigration policy as it's possible to have".

"We are arguing, within government, about how we create the most flexible regime we can possibly have, but in a way that reassures the British public," he added.
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David Cameron to offer India direct say on immigration policy
Nicholas Watt
The Guardian, 28 July 2010

David Cameron is to offer India a direct say in drawing up Britain's new immigration policy as Downing Street responds to fears in New Delhi that a proposed cap will harm trade links.

In a sign of what the prime minister will today describe as a new "spirit of humility" towards India, Downing Street is making it clear that Britain will consult Delhi over a proposed new cap on non-EU immigration.

Cameron's trip to India, which he will launch today with a speech to business leaders in the hi-tech centre of Bangalore, had threatened to be overshadowed by concerns in Delhi about the cap.
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Immigration sees UK's population growth outstrip the rest of Europe
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 28 July 2010

This country gained more people last year thanks to immigration and rising birth rates than anywhere in the continent. ...

The Eurostat analysis showed that Britain's population rose by 412,000 in 2009, up 182,000 because there were more immigrants than emigrants, and up by 231,000 because of rising birth rates.

Much of the new baby boom is a result of immigration, and one in four children born last year was born to mothers who were themselves born abroad. ...

Sir Andrew Green, of the Migrationwatch think tank, said: 'This is further confirmation that the population of the UK is rising extremely fast, mainly due to immigration, which accounts for two thirds of the projected population growth of the next 25 years.

'There are always arguments in favour of immigration. But the majority of people are clear that immigration needs to be brought down. The Government would do well to stick to the promises they have made to the electorate.'
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Bye bye, UK Film Council
Paul Hoffman
Daily Telegraph, 28 July 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

I'm delighted that Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, has decided to annihilate the UK Film Council (report, July 27). It was secretly hated by many in the film industry. ...

Had the first Harry Potter novel been presented as a screenplay to the council, it would either never have seen the light of day or it would have been carefully rewritten on the orders of the council's apparatchiks so that Potter would have become a streetwise break-dancer in a tough inner-city school with a pregnant girlfriend. The council's alleged successes can mostly be put down to the fact that even those who loathed it had to go to it for money.
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Having a better immigration system also means returning immigrants
Tim Finch, Head of Migration, Equalities and Citizenship at the Institute for Public Policy Research
Liberal Conspiracy [website], 28 July 2010

You know government policy is in trouble when on the same day it is attacked by both a High Court judge and its own independent inspector.

That is what happened yesterday to the Home Office over important aspects of their returns policy – with the High Court ruling the fast track deportation process 'unlawful' and the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency criticising the use of dawn raids and the treatment of families.

But it is just too easy for people who want a more sympathetic approach towards migrants to greet these developments as victories against those 'nasty' people in the Home Office.

Of course it is important to use campaigns and legal challenges to stop the inequities and injustices that scar our immigration system. But the cause of migrants' rights is not going to be advanced just by frustrating the system. The system has to be changed.

There is no point – as often happens in reports by academics and NGOs – coming up with visions for a perfect immigration system that delivers absolutely everything else, but which misses out a crucial element: return. It's a dirty word in some parts of the migration world but it needs to be confronted, so I will say it again: return.

Any alternative system lacks all credibility if it does not include better and faster ways of returning migrants who are judged, after a fair hearing, to have no right to remain in the UK.

Quite simply, the electorate demands that this happens – and the politicians and therefore the policy makers have to take that into account. They do not have the luxury of just ignoring mainstream opinion, as 'No Borders' groups and their ilk are happy to do.

Moreover, the ability to return people who have entered illegally, violated their visas or been refused asylum is not just popular, it is right. There need to be safeguards so that people can challenge decisions of course, but in the end rules are the rules – and they should be applied and supported. Although a campaigner for migrants rights myself I have always found it difficult to deal with some in the migration sector who seem to glory in seeing immigration rules widely ignored or flouted.

Fortunately there are some positive signs that the government and the migration sector are moving towards a more cooperative spirit around the sensitive issue of return – and related issues. The Still Human, Still Here coalition has been involved in long discussions with UKBA around the issue of asylum seeker destitution.

More recently, a group of NGOs involved in the Outcry Campaign have been working with officials to come up with compromise solutions to end the practice of detaining children while ensuring that the government retains instruments to effect or facilitate family return.

This is the way forward. The bitter battles over immigration of the last decade have been great for the lawyers, but done little in the long run to protect migrants or deliver a better immigration system. It is through discussion and negotiation that progress will really be made.
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Slip-ups in checks on visas for Pakistanis
Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2010

Visa controls on applicants from Pakistan who want to settle in Britain have failed to protect the UK's border, a watchdog said yesterday.

More than one in 10 applications that were approved should not have been, a test sample study showed.

The UK Border Agency's independent chief inspector, John Vine, said the investigation into the handling of Pakistan settlement applications found "serious organisational failings" in the UK visa section and "a lack of rigorous scrutiny being applied to those who wished to settle in the UK".

The agency "failed to fully meet both key strategic objectives of protecting the UK border and making fast and fair decisions", he said. ...

Pakistan is the third largest source of applications to enter the UK.

In 2009 there were 10,700 visa applications. Successful applicants can stay and work for two years, with the option to apply to stay permanently at the end of that.
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Gipsies' rights activist ran £3m benefits fraud
Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2010

A leading campaigner for gipsies' rights yesterday admitted masterminding a £3 million benefits fraud involving nearly 200 Romanians.

Lavinia Olmazu, 30, and Alin Enachi, 29, her boyfriend, ran the scheme through which 172 Romanians claimed £2.9 million.

Olmazu was working as an "inclusivity outreach worker" with Roma gipsies for Haringey and Waltham Forest councils in north London. ...

The court heard that the couple "facilitated the obtaining" of National Insurance numbers under the guise of a charity called Roma Concern. ...

Six other Roma gipsies, all jobless, were also arrested for their role in the fraud. ... They live in council properties in Tottenham, north London, and received jail sentences ranging from four months to two-and-a-half years.
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Does the Prime Minister understand the 'Real Islam'?
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 27 July 2010

The Prime Minister has decided that Turkey should be a member of the EU in order to form some sort of bridge with the rest of the Muslim world. He has also made the same mistake that the last government – and most apologists on the left made about Islam. He said of those people critical of Islam: 'They see no difference between real Islam and the distorted version of the extremists. They think the values of Islam can never be compatible with the values of other religions, societies or cultures.'

In other words he is setting himself up as a Koranic expert, much as did Blair, in being able to adjudicate as to what is the "real Islam". Obviously the "Real Islam" isn't people blowing themselves up, although a large proportion of Palestinians, Afghans and so on would argue that it is, as would one or two cadres sitting tight in their Keighley or Tipton bedsits. But ok, let's give him that one. What about apostasy, then? The majority of Islamic states impose a penalty for giving up the religion, either through the state or sharia courts; imprisonment or death. Is this Real Islam or the "distorted version of the extremists"? It's certainly the practice of the overwhelming majority of Islamic countries, and cleaved to by all four major schools of Islamic thought, even the comparatively liberal Hanafi. What about gays? More than 30 of the 50 or so Islamic countries persecute homosexuals with anything ranging from fines to beheadings. Again, all four schools of Islamic thought believe homosexuality to be haram and thus worthy of punishment. Are they Cameron's fatuous "Real Islam", or the other kind? What about rights of women, rights of Christians to practice their faith AND proselytise, what about being allowed to whisper that Allah's a goon, or doesn't exist? What about the attitude towards Israel and, more pertinently, Jews in general? Cameron's "Real Islam" in truth consists of secular west Turkey and a few decent liberal Muslim organisations in the UK, a constituency which represents a minuscule proportion of the Ummah. You don't "understand" Islam by making this false dichotomy; it is not just presumptuous and ignorant, but also plain wrong.
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Burka ban is 'discrimination'
Daily Telegraph, 26 July 2010

Lawyers have warned a Tory MP he could face legal action if he follows through on a threat to refuse to meet constituents wearing burkas.

Lawyers for Liberty have written to Philip Hollobone insisting that the Equality Act obliges him to avoid discrimination. ...

The Kettering MP sparked a row earlier this month when he argued that he needed to be face to face with voters who wanted his help.

He said he would "invite" anyone who did not wish to remove their veil to communicate with him is a "different way", such as by letter. Mr Hollobone is trying to bring in a private member's Bill to ban women wearing the burka and niqab face veils in public, after France introduced a similar rule.
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Foreign office rejects middle-class men
Daily Telegraph, 26 July 2010

Able-bodied middle-class white men are barred from doing work experience at the Foreign Office.

Under schemes introduced by Labour, only women, people from ethnic minorities and the disabled can apply for the £367-a-week positions.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, has been challenged to change the rules by Dominic Raab, a Conservative MP. ...

Mr Raab said: "We surely need to scale back the unfair political correctness of the last government."
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Science lessons that leave out Darwin and Galileo
Ben Leach
Sunday Telegraph, 25 July 2010

Schools have been issued with lesson plans that omit the names of some of the most celebrated scientists in history because they were white.

They make no mention of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Galileo or Copernicus. Instead there are references to lesser-known black American scientists such as Elijah McCoy, Benjamin Banneker and George Washington Carver.

Haringey council in north London, which issued the plans to teachers in its primary schools, says it wants to encourage "inclusive" learning by helping teachers to include African-Caribbean history and culture in their lessons.
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Ariz. law comes after years of mounting anger
Amanda Lee Myers and Jacques Billeaud, 25 July 2010

As the days tick down until the Arizona immigration law takes effect, the state stands as a monument to the anger over illegal immigration that is present in so many places.

The anger has been simmering for years, and erupted into a full-blown fury with the murder of a prominent rancher on the border earlier this year. The killing became a powerful rallying cry for immigration reform and the sweeping new law set to take effect Thursday, barring any last-minute legal action.

But it does not tell the whole story about how Arizona got to this point. ...

And the annual costs? About $600 million for educating illegal immigrants at K-12 schools, more than $120 million for jailing illegal immigrants convicted of state crimes and as much as $50 million that hospitals have to eat for treating illegal border-crossers, according to figures provided by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, Gov. Jan Brewer's office and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.
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Student visas surge under 'shambolic' points system
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 25 July 2010

Holes in Labour's disastrous points-based immigration system led to huge increases in the numbers of student visas handed out, startling figures revealed last night.

The system was heralded as a crackdown on the number of migrants allowed into the UK, but the number of visas issued to some countries increased more than six-fold.

Less than a year after it was brought in, ministers were forced to suspend applications from several countries, including Bangladesh and Nepal, because they were being used by economic migrants posing as students.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch UK think-tank, said the revelations showed the points based system was 'a shambles'.

The scale of the problems affecting the points system was never revealed in full before the General Election.

However, figures released by the UK Border Agency under the Freedom of Information Act showed that the number of visas issued in Bangladesh increased by 745 per cent - rising from 448 in January 2009 to 3,339 in January of the following year.

There was also evidence loopholes were being deliberately exploited - as applications shot up from 919 to 4,829 over the same period.

Over ten months the total number of visas handed out to Bangladeshis rose six-fold from 3,380 to 21,226.

Officials at the UK Border Agency admitted they found evidence the system was being abused by economic migrants posing as students and just ten months after it was introduced in April 2009, all applications for student visas were suspended in North India, Bangladesh and Nepal. ...

India and Nepal saw applications more than double from 9,791 for the month of August 2008 to 24,035 in August 2009.

The number of visas actually approved nearly doubled from 6,580 to more than 12,000.

Across all countries sending students to the UK, student visa numbers went up from 208,800 to 273,445 in a year - a rise of 31 per cent. ...

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: 'I am looking at this issue closely with a view to introducing new measures later this year to ensure that every student who comes to the UK is genuine.'
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Whitehall 'open' to extremists
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 25 July 2010

The Government has opened the way for official links with Muslim extremists after Whitehall civil servants said radical groups could be a "safety valve" for people tempted by terrorism.

The groups specifically named in leaked documents include al-Muhajiroun, which praised 9/11 as "magnificent", and Hizb ut Tahrir, which wants to turn Britain into an Islamic dictatorship.

In the classified papers, presented last week to Coalition ministers on the Cabinet's home affairs committee, officials say a "clear assessment" had been made that individuals "do not progress" to violence through such

groups. ...

At least 19 terrorists convicted in Britain had links with al-Muhajiroun. These include Omar Khayam, who was sentenced to life in jail as leader of the fertiliser bomb plot, and Abdullah Ahmed Ali, the ringleader of the airliner liquid plot. He is also serving life. Al-Muhajiroun provided backing to Abu Hamza, the extremist cleric whose mosque in north London was a forming ground for other terrorists. ...

The organisation was banned under Labour, but former members have regrouped under different banners. ...

Hizb ut Tahrir claims that it opposes terrorism, and condemned the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks. However, it regards integration as "dangerous", orders Muslims to keep apart from non-believers and says that "those [Muslims] who believe in democracy are Kafir", or apostates. ... ...

The Whitehall documents admitted that a "minority" of terrorists was involved with non-violent extremist groups such as al-Muhajiroun, stating that such groups "can foster a sense of Muslim isolationism from wider UK society, which may increase vulnerability to radicalisation".

But in a "restricted" memorandum to Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, written on July 15, Robert Mason, one of his senior officials, said the papers presented "a clear assessment that individuals do not progress through non-violent extremist groups to violent groups ... Extreme groups may also provide a legal 'safety valve' for extreme views." ...

The papers are understood to have been prepared with the involvement of Mohammed Abdul Aziz, a controversial paid ministerial adviser to the communities department. Mr Aziz is an honorary trustee of the East London Mosque, which has hosted dozens of extremist preachers, including Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric cited as an inspiration by the perpetrators of 9/11 and many other terrorist attacks.

The mosque is the headquarters of the Islamic Forum of Europe, a secretive fundamentalist network that believes in transforming "the very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed ... from ignorance to Islam". Mr Aziz is a former officer of the forum's youth wing.
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Border control in chaos after contractor sacked
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 July 2010

Border controls designed to monitor every passenger coming in and out of the country were in disarray last night after the Home Office was forced to sack its contractor.

Delays in the £750 million contract with Raytheon Systems Ltd mean up to 100 million passenger movements each year are still not registered by the e-Borders programme. ...

It is also a blow to the fight against illegal immigration, crime and terrorism, as the system is key to checking the movement of individuals and whether migrants left the country when they were supposed to. ...

The system was due to count 95 per cent of the estimated 200 million annual passenger movements into and out of the country by the end of this year. But the delays mean it is only covering half those movements.
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JP is forced to apologise for saying migrant 'abused our hospitality'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 23 July 2010

A magistrate has been forced to apologise for complaining that a foreign defendant was 'abusing our hospitality', it was revealed yesterday.

The JP was punished by senior judges for having 'displayed prejudice' against people who are not British.

A disciplinary board found the magistrate had failed to show 'the qualities of social awareness and sound judgement' expected of a court official.

They even considered sacking him from the bench, it was revealed.

Ministers in the Coalition government have previously used similar phrases about foreign criminals abusing British hospitality.

The action against the magistrate brought a wave of protest from MPs and criminal law experts who questioned why the use of such a phrase about a defendant accused of crime was in any way insulting or biased. ...

The magistrate was 'reprimanded' on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge and ordered to ' undertake further training'.

He was also removed from a mentoring list of JPs who help to train other magistrates. ...

Criminologist Dr David Green of the Civitas think-tank said: 'the magistrate has been sent for "further training", which sounds to me like re-education as once practised by communist China and North Korea. ...

Among politicians who have used the magistrate's phrase is Tony Blair, who as Prime Minister in 2006 wrote of 'foreign nationals' suspected of terrorism, 'if he then abuses our hospitality and threatens us, I feel he should take his chance back in his own home country'.

A Home Office statement on crime last year said of foreigners: 'We will not tolerate those that abuse our hospitality by becoming involved in crime.'

Last month Coalition Justice minister Crispin Blunt said in a Commons written answer: 'Foreign nationals who come to our country and abuse our hospitality by breaking our laws should face the full force of the law.'


One baby in four born to migrants: Number of foreign-born mothers has doubled
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 22 July 2010

Almost a quarter of babies are born to immigrant mothers, an official breakdown showed yesterday.

It found that 24.7 per cent of children born last year have mothers who were born abroad – and that their numbers have doubled since the late 1990s. ...

The figures produced fresh warnings to ministers that immigration rates must be brought down to avoid the growing threat of overpopulation in Britain.

Numbers of children born to mothers from outside the country have been growing fast in recent years as immigration has reached record levels.

In 1998 there were 86,456 babies born in England and Wales to mothers born abroad. These mothers are considered likely to be long-term migrants by statisticians.

Last year, the total had reached 174,400, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Over the same period, the share of babies with foreign-born mothers rose from 13.6 per cent to 24.7 per cent.

The rising proportion of children of migrant mothers is a result both of high levels of immigration and higher birthrates among newly-arrived families.

Last year, the ONS calculated that women born in Britain will average 1.84 children each during their lifetimes, while women who came to this country from abroad will have 2.51 children during their lives. ...

The breakdown of figures was published by the ONS yesterday in its final tally of births and birthrates in 2009. Overall, the number of babies born in England and Wales fell slightly from 708,711 in 2008 to 706,248 last year.

The numbers of babies whose mothers were born abroad went up by around 3,500, from 170,834 to 174,400. The three most common countries of origin of foreign-born mothers are Pakistan, Poland and India.
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Aharonovitch warns of influx of illegal African migrants
Yaakov Lappin
The Jerusalem Post, 21 July 2010

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has reiterated a warning over the influx of illegal African migrants into Israel, during a tour of the Egyptian border on Tuesday.

"A thousand two hundred migrants come through here every month, enter Israel, and then Tel Aviv, Eilat and Ashdod. This is a serious shortcoming, which Israeli society is paying for," he said during the tour.

The minister was briefed by an IDF commander and Southern District Police Chief Cmdr. Yohanan Danino.

Aharonovitch lamented the delay in implementing a March government decision to set up a fence. ...

On Sunday, Aharonovitch said that up to 2.5 million African migrants who are currently residing in Cairo "are waiting" to cross into Israel.

The public security minister added that Ashdod had become a new center for illegal migrants, and that 2,000 had made their homes in that city.

According to figures presented by Aharonovitch to the government, 155,000 illegal African migrants now live in Israel. Some 50,000 are based in Tel Aviv's central bus station area. Eight thousand migrants live in Eilat, and 7,000 live in Arad.
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Poodles where once we were British bulldogs
Judith Woods
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2010

Now let me get this straight: irony is being axed from the primary school literacy syllabus because immigrants' children don't get it. ...

Have we all gone mad? Our traditions are being trampled, our humour outlawed, ...

As a nation, we're renowned for our tolerance, but if it continues, I fear our craven invertabracy will be our sole defining characteristic. ... It is time to draw a line under Labour's mea culpa culture and all this bending over backwards to accommodate anyone who turns up on our shores.

Patriotism, said Samuel Johnson, is the last refuge of the scoundrel – but there's nothing shameful or inherently racist about taking pride in British values and expecting newcomers to fit in, rather than supinely adjusting our jokes and dress codes to make them feel more at home than we do. The irony, children, is that no one will respect us for it.
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Christians 'target for hate crime prosecutions'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2010

White Christians are being unfairly targeted for committing hate crimes compared with minority groups, a report claims today.

The study, from the Civitas think tank, argues that hate crime legislation is restricting freedom of speech and has effectively introduced a new blasphemy law into Britain by the back door.

A foreword attached to A New Inquisition: religious persecution in Britain today suggests that prosecutors and police are unfairly singling out alleged crimes by white Christians.

It says: "Some police forces and the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] seem to be interpreting statutes in favour of ethnic and religious minorities and in a spirit hostile to members of the majority population, defined as 'white' or 'Christian'."
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Moldovans could get a passport to Britain
Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2010

Romania has opened a backdoor route entitling hundreds of thousands of migrants from Moldova, a former Soviet republic, to work and claim benefits in Britain.

More than 900,000 Moldovans with an ethnic Romanian background have applied for passports from Romania, a European Union travel document that will allow them free movement into Britain.

Up to 120,000 applications have already been cleared and 800,000 are pending, increasing fears of a mass migration from Moldova, one of Eastern Europe's poorest countries, which is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine.

Romania's president Traian Basescu has said all Moldovans who consider themselves Romanian, which takes in most of the country's 3.6 million population, should be able to "move freely both in Romania and the EU".
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Britain pays Calais migrants £3,500 to go home - before they even get here
Tom Harper
Mail on Sunday, 18 July 2010

British taxpayers have paid out more than £1 million to persuade hundreds of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to return home – before they even enter the UK.

Foreigners attempting to cross the English Channel at the French port of Calais are offered free flights and awarded up to £3,500 to help start businesses back home.

The Home Office-backed Global Calais Project has persuaded 468 'irregular migrants' to return to their countries of origin at a cost of £1.2 million to the UK Exchequer.

Among those to take up the offer were 50 Afghans, 20 Sudanese, eight Libyans and five Indians – none of whom had a legal right to travel to or live in Britain.

Last year, 281 illegal immigrants took advantage of the generous offer, a rate of more than five a week. The bizarre incentive is equivalent to 14 years' wages for a worker in Afghanistan.

The Home Office claims the payout scheme, which began in 2007, helps avoid long, costly legal battles once the migrants arrive in the UK.

The payments emerged in a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office by The Mail on Sunday. The department spent a year battling the release of the figures and agreed only after an intervention by the information watchdog.

The Home Office also admitted paying out almost £80 million in resettlement grants to 21,506 people who had already reached the UK. The sum is equivalent to the annual salaries of 800 family doctors or 3,200 teachers. ...

Taxpayer-funded repatriation schemes began under Labour in 1999 but were widened dramatically in 2005 when Ministers raised the maximum payout from £1,000 to £4,000 in an attempt to combat the soaring number of illegal immigrants.

All the schemes are operated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an independent body that organises migrant removals for governments around the globe. ...

They offer to transfer them to Paris, pay for flights home and promise retraining or business grants of up to £3,500 if the migrants agree to halt their journey into the UK. The grants are distributed from IOM offices in the migrants' countries of origin once they return home.

Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover, said: 'There is a real risk that people will hear of this and it will create a bizarre incentive for people to try to smuggle themselves into Britain. The solution could be worse than the disease.'

Back in Britain, the IOM administers other Home Office-backed schemes from its plush head offices in Westminster, Central London.

The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) pays failed asylum seekers who are already in the country up to £4,000 to drop their appeals and return home voluntarily.

Almost 17,000 failed asylum seekers from 122 countries have taken advantage of VARRP so far, including 1,597 Albanians, 289 Indians and 39 Poles.

In total, the Home Office admitted paying the IOM a total of £79.2 million over the past five years.
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Burka ban ruled out by minister
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 18 July 2010

Britain will not follow France by introducing a law banning women from wearing the burka, the immigration minister ruled last night.

Damian Green said such a move would be "rather un-British" and run contrary to the conventions of a "tolerant and mutually respectful society".

He said it would be "undesirable" for Parliament to vote on a burka ban in Britain and that there was no prospect of the Coalition proposing it.

His comments will dismay the growing number of supporters of a ban. A YouGov survey last week found that 67 per cent of voters wanted the wearing of full-face veils to be made illegal.
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The ban that means immigration officials cannot chase runaways
Rebecca Lefort and David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 18 July 2010

A "ludicrous" rule that prevents immigration officers from chasing illegal immigrants who run away is to be reviewed.

Senior officials at the UK Border Agency (UKBA), which is charged with removing the estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants in Britain, are re-examining the operating guidance issued to its officers.

A rulebook that governs how raids are carried out also instructs officers not to "patronise" suspects, to give them "body space", to maintain eye contact, and to adopt a "relaxed" and "non-aggressive stance".

The ban on pursuits was introduced to counter fears that a chase could lead to either an immigration officer or a suspect being hurt. ... ...

The UKBA removed 63,000 people from Britain in 2009-10.

It can also be disclosed that criminal gangs are exploiting the Home Office's "points-based" visa system, introduced under Labour in November 2008, to bring new gang members into Britain through bogus businesses.

The system puts responsibility on employers to "sponsor" migrant workers, but organised crime networks have set up fake companies to obtain work permits for foreign gangsters, according to a warning from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). ...

The agency said that abuse of the work permit and student visa systems, along with bogus marriages, were now "common methods of abuse".
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Netanyahu: Illegal African immigrants - a threat to Israel's Jewish character
Barak Ravid, 18 July 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the recent "flood of illegal workers infiltrating from Africa" into Israel was "a concrete threat to the Jewish and democratic character of the country."

Speaking at a meeting aimed at formulating Israel's immigration policy, Netanyahu said that most Western nations have already taken action to prevent similar dangers. "It is inconceivable that Israel, the one country that faces more threats than any other in the Western world, has no defined immigration policy to protect our national and security interests. The issue has been ignored for many years, and my aim is to bring it to an orderly and responsible legislation by the end of this year, during the winter seating of the Knesset."

Six months ago, Netanyahu visited the area near the border between Israel and Egypt in order to examine the possibility of an Israeli fence along the border to prevent infiltrations. Netanyahu said this trip highlighted the need for such a fence. "The situation, from the point of view of terrorism and infiltrations, is more severe than I thought," he said.

"We must man the region, and then it will be possible to minimize the terrorist infiltrations, as well as the smuggling of drugs and illegal workers," the prime minister went on to say. "If we don't move forward with construction of the fence, the problem will only get worse."

"Infiltrations [into Israel] have become an entire industry," Netanyahu added.

"The Egyptians are doing what they're doing, but we can't rely only on them. Egypt doesn't oppose the construction of the fence and everything is settled under the framework of the peace treaty [between Israel and Egypt]. A country's borders can't be penetrable – it is a national threat," Netanyahu concluded.
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More than 700 calls per month to immigration support service, 17 July 2010

The Immigrant Council of Ireland is receiving an average of more than 700 calls a month from migrants enquiring how to secure residency in this country.

The agency said the steady level of demand for advice did not support speculation that many migrants were going home because of the recession.

Chief executive of the ICI Denise Charlton said migrants were entitled to a "fair, transparent and efficient immigration system", but that Ireland "still had a long way to go in understanding who migrates to Ireland and how we can respond appropriately".
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Geert Wilders to spread anti-Muslim movement to UK
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2010

Geert Wilders, the controversial anti-Muslim Dutch MP, has said he is forming an international alliance to spread his message to Britain and across the West in a bid to ban immigration from Islamic countries.

Mr Wilders will launch the movement late this year, initially in five countries: the US, Canada, Britain, France and Germany.

"The message, 'stop Islam, defend freedom,' is a message that's not only important for the Netherlands but for the whole free Western world," Mr Wilders said at the Dutch parliament.

Among the group's aims will be outlawing immigration from Islamic countries to the West and a ban on Islamic law.

Starting as a grass-roots movement, he hopes it eventually will produce its own lawmakers or influence other legislators. ...

Mr Wilders has won awards in the Netherlands for his debating skills and regularly stands up for gay and women's rights.

But he rose to local and then international prominence with his firebrand anti-Islam rhetoric that has led to him being charged under Dutch anti-hate speech laws and banned from visiting Britain - until a court ordered that he be allowed into the country.

He said he hopes to position the alliance between traditional Conservative parties and far-Right wing groups, saying that in Britain there is "an enormous gap" between the ruling Conservative Party and the far-Right British National Party.

"The BNP is a party that, whatever you think of it, it's not my party - I think it's a racist party," Mr Wilders said.

Mr Wilders, who calls Islam a "fascist" religion, has seen his support in the Netherlands soar in recent years, even while he has been subjected to round-the-clock protection because of death threats.

His Freedom Party won the biggest gains in a national election last month, coming third with 24 seats in the 150-seat Parliament, up from the nine before the election.
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Patients in peril from foreign GPs
Rebecca Smith and Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2010

Foreign doctors working as out-of-hours GPs risked the lives of patients by mistakenly giving them overdoses despite repeated warnings they were a danger, a report concluded.

... The Care Quality Commission, which regulates health and social care, found that on at least two other occasions German doctors brought in by Take Care Now, the out-of-hours company that employed Dr Ubani, administered overdoses of the same painkiller, diamorphine.

Fortunately, those overdoses were not fatal.

The findings, published in a report today, raise questions again about the competence of foreign doctors covering shifts in Britain and the failure of managers to heed warnings. The report says the NHS must make sure that the competency of overseas doctors is properly tested before they are employed. ...

The General Medical Council is frustrated at European legislation on the free movement of labour that prevents extra language and skills testing of EU doctors.
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Beijing's migrants locked into gated villages at night
Cara Anna
The Washington Times, 15 July 2010

The government calls it "sealed management": China's capital has started gating and locking some of its lower-income neighborhoods overnight, with police or security checking identification papers around the clock in a throwback to an older style of control.

It's Beijing's latest effort to reduce rising crime, often blamed on the millions of rural Chinese migrating to cities for work. The capital's Communist Party secretary wants the approach promoted citywide.

But some state media and experts say the move not only looks bad, but imposes another layer of control on the already stigmatized, vulnerable migrants.

So far, gates have sealed off 16 villages in the sprawling southern suburbs, where migrants are attracted to cheaper rents and in some villages outnumber permanent residents 10 to 1.

"In some ways, this is like the conflict between Americans and illegal immigrants in the States. The local residents feel threatened by the influx of migrants," e-mailed Huang Youqin, an associate professor of geography at the University at Albany, State University of New York, who has studied gating and political control in China. ... ...

"Sealed management" looks like this: Gates are placed at the street and alley entrances to the villages, which are collections of walled compounds sprinkled with shops and outdoor vendors. The gates are locked between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. except for one main entrance manned by security guards or police, there to check identification papers. Security guards roam the villages by day.
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Brussels go-ahead for new wave of migrants
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 14 July 2010

Bureaucrats are planning to encourage more new migrants to come to the EU despite rising levels of unemployment, it emerged last night.

Brussels officials are to simplify entry rules for workers heading to Europe to take up temporary seasonal jobs in farming, tourism and other industries.

EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said: "We need immigrant workers in order to secure our economic survival."

She claimed more were needed to fill "labour shortages".

But her remarks are bound to provoke new concerns that Eurocrats are determined to press for ever higher levels of immigration.

Last night, Home Office insiders insisted Britain would refuse to sign up to the latest overhaul of EU border controls.

Mrs Malmstrom said: "We know unemployment rates are still very high in Europe. Paradoxically, at the same time there are labour shortages." She plans to speed up procedures for hiring managers, specialists and seasonal workers from outside the 27 EU member states.

The EU lacks workers in certain sectors even though average unemployment is at 10 per cent, up from seven per cent before the crisis, commission officials said. Mrs Malmstrom – responsible for migration policies – has said the EU will continue to need extra workers in the next few years even though slower economic growth is putting pressure on some EU governments to curb the number of immigrants.

An ageing population and low birth rates mean that migrant labour will be necessary to help EU growth in the long term.

Mrs Malmstrom said: "In light of the demographic challenge the EU is facing, where our active population is forecasted to start falling already in 2013, we need immigrant workers in order to secure our economic survival.

"I will continue to take more steps towards a more inclusive labour migration policy for the EU in the coming years."

Under the proposals, which have to be approved by EU governments and the European Parliament, companies will be able to bring seasonal workers into the EU more quickly to address changing needs.

Officials insist the measures are aimed at tackling the growing problem of illegal migrants working in a black economy. Thousands, many from Africa, are hired each year to do jobs such as harvesting tomatoes in Italy. ...

And companies would benefit from simplified application procedures when bringing managers and specialists into EU branches of international corporations.

A spokesman for Mrs Malmstrom said last night: "It is up to each member state to decide whether they need more seasonal workers and how many they should take. If they don't need more seasonal workers, of course that is their choice."
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UNODC report presents data on smuggling of migrants from Latin America and Africa
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 14 July 2010

According to "The Globalization of Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment", there are an estimated 50 million irregular migrants in the world today.

As a result of global inequalities and restrictive immigration policies, many workers from developing regions are willing to borrow heavily from their communities and risk their lives to access opportunities in more affluent countries. Since they cannot always do so legally, they often look for organized criminal groups to help them. Because such "services" are illegal, those who provide them have tremendous power over their charges, and abuses are commonplace.

The Assessment examines two northward smuggling flows: from Latin America to North America and from Africa to Europe. While there are other major illegal migration flows in the world, including flows of undocumented migrants from East Africa to Yemen and routes through Central Asia to the Russian Federation and beyond, the flows to the United States of America and Europe are probably the most lucrative for smugglers.

The largest number of apprehended migrants anywhere in the world are found along the southern border of the United States. About 3 million Latin Americans are smuggled illegally across that border every year. Since 90 per cent of them are assisted by smugglers, the total income for the smugglers is likely to be around 6.6 billion dollars per year. Some 88 per cent of the 792,000 illegal migrants apprehended in 2008 were Mexican nationals; almost all the rest were other Latin Americans. ...

The dynamics of African migration to Europe are similar to those driving Latin American migration to the United States, except that the push and pull factors are even stronger. Some 55,000 migrants were smuggled from Africa into Europe in 2008, for a sum of about $150 million, by small groups of smugglers positioned along the route. Europe hosts the largest African-born population outside Africa, and remittances account for a significant share of GDP in many African countries. ...

The Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 55/25, entered into force on 28 January 2004. The Protocol aims to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants and to promote cooperation among States parties while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants and preventing the worst forms of exploitation. It is intended not to stop illegal immigration but rather to prevent organized criminal groups from exploiting the vulnerability of illegal migrants for profit.


One in five Britons 'will be from an ethnic minority by 2051'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 13 July 2010

One in five of the population will be from an ethnic minority by the middle of this century, according to a new report.

Researchers concluded that the figure will rocket from the current rate of eight per cent - and that people from minority backgrounds will be living in more affluent areas.

Just one in ten of the population was from an ethnic minority ten years ago.

Researchers at The University of Leeds also concluded that the population of the UK could reach nearly 80 million by the middle of this century.

Higher birth rates and people living longer as well as immigration would pushed the population to 78.8 million by 2051. ...

Official statisticians have long projected the population would hit 70 million by 2029.

But the new estimate, from independent researchers, shows increases potentially continuing into later decades. ...

The academics produced a range of estimates according to different birth, death and migration rates.

According to the highest projection, the population will reach 78,848,000 in 2051. ...

The study predicts an increase in the number of Indians - nearly doubling from 1,432,000 to 2,672,000. There will also be sharp rises in numbers from Pakistan and Bangladesh. ...

Project leader Professor Philip Rees said: 'The ethnic make-up of the UK's population is evolving significantly.

'Groups outside the white British majority are increasing in size and share, not just in the areas of initial migration, but throughout the country, and our projections suggest that this trend is set to continue through to 2051. ...' ...

Around 70 per cent of the current population increases are due to immigration - through direct arrivals or children born to them. ...

Labour's supposedly 'tough' points-based system actually led to increases in the number of foreign workers and students cleared to live here.

The number of non-EU migrants given work permits, or permission to carry on working in Britain, rose by 20 per cent, from 159,535 in 2007 - the year before points were introduced - to 190,640 last year, including dependents.

The number of student approvals increased by a third, from 208,800 to 273,445 a year later.
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Minority group numbers set to rise to 20 per cent
Alistair Keely
The Independent, 13 July 2010

Ethnic minorities will make up a fifth of the population by 2051, according to research published today.

According to experts from the University of Leeds, the ethnic minority share of the population will increase from 8 per cent (2001) to around 20 per cent. The UK population overall will rise to nearly 78 million, from 59 million in 2001. ...

The team found striking differences in the growth rates of the 16 ethnic groups studied. White British and Irish groups are expected to be very slow-growing, while the Other White group is projected to grow the fastest, driven by immigration from Europe, the US and Australasia.

Traditional immigrant groups of south Asian origin (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) will also grow rapidly in size.

The research team investigated ethnic population trends at a local scale in the UK and built a computer model to project those trends under a variety of scenarios for the future. They used existing data on the 16 ethnic groups recognised in the 2001 census, along with demographic factors such as immigration, emigration, fertility and mortality.

Project leader, professor Philip Rees, said: "Our results suggest that overall we can look forward to being not only a more diverse nation, but one that is far more spatially integrated than at present."
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Britain, the walk on by capital of Europe
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2010

Britain has become a "walk-on-by" society because of immigration and more women going to work, a report warns today.

People are less willing to intervene to prevent anti-social behaviour than anywhere else in Europe, according to a former Downing Street strategist.

Ben Rogers, the author, said changes to the character of the population, such as the impact of large inflows of migrants and more households where both the men and women worked, had led to a "loosening of social ties" and contributed to the apathy. ...

The report, for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, says Britain has a more serious anti-social behaviour problem than any of its main European neighbours.
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EU regulations mean an end to competence tests for foreign nurses
Murray Wardrop
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2010

Competence exams for foreign nurses working in Britain are to be dropped due to European Union regulations, it has emerged.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to stop administering the tests after being told that it could be sued by the European Commission. It is said that the safety checks breach EU law on the freedom of movement of workers. ...

Currently, nurses from the EU must demonstrate that their skills are up to standard before they can obtain work in hospitals, surgeries or care homes.

They must show either that they have undertaken at least 450 hours of nursing in their own country in the previous three years, or they must attend an intensive three-month course with regular tests of their knowledge and skills.

The tests will still apply for nurses from outside the EU.

Research has indicated that up to a quarter of nurses – more than 60,000 - - working in London are foreign, with the largest number coming from the Philippines. ...

Roger Goss, a co-director of the campaign group Patient Concern, said: "This decision is outrageous. Undoubtedly, there is a risk that this will lead to an increase in deaths among patients.

"There are bound to be mistakes and it simply cannot be right to take avoidable risks with patients' lives.

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How Diversity Punishes Asians, Poor Whites and Lots of Others
Russell K. Nieli
Minding the Campus, 12 July 2010

When college presidents and academic administrators pay their usual obeisance to "diversity" you know they are talking first and foremost about race. More specifically, they are talking about blacks. ...

As a secondary meaning "diversity" can also encompass Hispanics, who together with blacks are often subsumed by college administrators and admissions officers under the single race category "underrepresented minorities." ...

Asians, unlike blacks and Hispanics, receive no boost in admissions. ... Despite the much lower number of Asians in the general high-school population, high-achieving Asian students – those, for instance, with SAT scores in the high 700s – are much more numerous than comparably high-achieving blacks and Hispanics, often by a factor of ten or more. Thinking as they do in racial balancing and racial quota terms, college admissions officers at the most competitive institutions almost always set the bar for admitting Asians far above that for Hispanics and even farther above that for admitting blacks.

"Diversity" came to be so closely associated with race in the wake of the Supreme Court's Bakke decision in 1978. In his decisive opinion, Justice Lewis Powell rejected arguments for racial preferences based on generalized "societal discrimination," social justice, or the contemporary needs of American society as insufficiently weighty to overrule the color-blind imperative of the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause. That imperative, however, could be overruled, Powell said, by a university's legitimate concern for the educational benefits of a demographically diverse student body.

Virtually all competitive colleges after Bakke continued with their racial preference policies ("affirmative action"), though after Powell's decision they had to cloak their true meaning and purpose behind a misleading or dishonest rhetoric of "diversity." ...

While almost all college administrators and college admissions officers at the most elite institutions think in racial balancing and racial quota-like terms when they assemble their student body, they almost always deny this ... Indeed, there is probably no other area where college administrators are more likely to lie or conceal the truth of what they are doing than in the area of admissions and race.

Most elite universities seem to have little interest in diversifying their student bodies when it comes to the numbers of born-again Christians from the Bible belt, students from Appalachia and other rural and small-town areas, people who have served in the U.S. military, those who have grown up on farms or ranches, Mormons, Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, lower-middle-class Catholics, working class "white ethnics," social and political conservatives, wheelchair users, married students, married students with children, or older students first starting out in college after raising children or spending several years in the workforce. Students in these categories are often very rare at the more competitive colleges, especially the Ivy League. While these kinds of people would surely add to the diverse viewpoints and life-experiences represented on college campuses, in practice "diversity" on campus is largely a code word for the presence of a substantial proportion of those in the "underrepresented" racial minority groups.
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Judge opens door to 'bogus' students: Visa crackdown overturned by High Court
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 10 July 2010

Rules meant to stop immigrants falsely coming to Britain with student visas were overturned by a judge yesterday.

The High Court decision will mean a flood of migrants entering the country in the guise of language students, politicians and migration analysts warned.

Former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson laid down regulations earlier this year blocking students from coming into the country to start language courses unless they already spoke English to a good standard.

But Mr Justice Foskett said that the rules had been wrongly established through changes to existing guidelines.

There should have been a legally binding change to the rules approved by Parliament, he found.

The decision was a victory for language schools headed by the English UK group, which represents 440 schools and colleges based on the south coast, London, Oxford and Cambridge. ...

Last year 273,445 students were given visas to come to Britain for courses, nearly 50,000 more than in 2008.

Critics say that many cheat the system to get into the country and stay permanently.

Apart from abuses by migrants who have no intention of attending the courses for which their visas are granted, the student system is also thought to have been exploited by women looking to bring husbands into the country.

In March Mr Johnson made it more difficult to get a visa under Labour's 'points based' system by raising the level of English required for those looking to come on English language courses to 'intermediate' from 'elementary'.

Home Secretary Theresa May will now have to choose whether to remake the Labour rules – this time ensuring they have been correctly approved by MPs – or to postpone changes until wider reforms of the immigration system are pushed through. ...

But shadow immigration minister Phil Woolas, who was Immigration Minister when the rules were brought in, said: 'If the Government is serious about tackling illegal immigration it will mount an immediate and robust appeal against this decision.

'This follows on from the decision of the new Home Secretary to drop the English language requirement for spouses and families of asylum seekers. For all its bluster, the Conservative-led government already appears to be losing its grip on immigration policy.'

Sir Andrew Green of the Migrationwatch think-tank said: 'Student visas are a huge gap in our immigration system. The previous government's points-based system, still in effect, has led to a flood of applications from India, Bangladesh and Nepal, often from people with completely inadequate English for the course they clam to be joining.'

'It is now absolutely essential that this massive loophole be closed by whatever formalities are necessary,' he added.
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Gay refugees have right to cocktails and Kylie, says judge
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2010

Homosexual asylum seekers should be free to come to Britain to enjoy "Kylie concerts and exotic cocktails", the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. ...

Lord Rodger made his comments as he and four other Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled against a Home Office policy of rejecting asylum claims from homosexuals on the basis that they could avoid ill-treatment in their homeland by being discreet. The policy breached their "fundamental rights".

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, accepted the ruling and announced the immediate end of the policy.

The Supreme Court indicated that Britain could expect to see "more and more" foreign homosexual men and women seeking protection here because of the "huge gulf" in attitudes between societies. The decision raised concerns that some asylum seekers may falsely claim to be homosexual in the hope of being granted shelter. ...

Donna Covey, chief executive of the Refugee Council, said: "It is hugely encouraging that the Supreme Court has today ruled in favour of gay asylum seekers."

But Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "This could lead to a potentially massive expansion of asylum claims as it could apply to literally millions of people around the world."
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Illegal migrants sneak in through minor ports
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2010

Illegal immigrants are slipping in at ports unmanned by immigration officers, the border agency watchdog said yesterday.

There are only enough officers at Holyhead in Wales to cover one in four shifts, ...

Other minor ports in Wales and the South West are not manned at all, a report by John Vine, the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency found.

The lack of security raises the prospect that terrorists could be exploiting the gaps to get into Britain. One anti-immigration campaigner said the agency had "left the side door to Britain wide open".

An inspection of border agency operations in Wales and the South West found some of the 17 airports and seaports in the region had limited or no immigration officers.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said: "This is astonishing. Yet again the public have been systematically misled about the effect of our border controls."
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We have not learnt the lesson of the July 7 suicide bombing
Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2010

To coincide with the fifth anniversary of July 7 this week, the Centre for Social Cohesion is releasing Islamist Terrorism: the British Connections.


The idea that lack of opportunities, poverty or lack of education are more than an aggravating factor is not supported by the findings. ...

And the idea that a terrorist cannot to some extent be racially profiled is also wrong. Government should not ignore facts because they are difficult. Almost half of those convicted were of south-central Asian ancestry (46 per cent) – though this is lower than the percentage of Muslims in the UK who have such ancestry. But apologists for jihadis often try to claim that profiling is counter-productive. In fact, as one arm of surveillance, it can be very productive indeed.

The Intelligence and Security Committee inquiry into the July 7 bombings, published in May last year, queried the lack of a database like the one we have produced, concluding: "The Committee is both disappointed and concerned that such a simple, yet essential, piece of the evidence base – the successful conviction of terrorists – was not only unused, but was not even available." ...

... Our Security Service's efforts have been hugely successful – since September 11, 2001 a major plot has been thwarted nearly every year – but politically, this country's policy for dealing with radical Islam has gone off at a terrible tangent and may actually be storing up problems for the future.

It started with Tony Blair who, in the wake of the London bombs, said he would change "the rules of the game". But the rules did not change. ...

Instead of arguing the case for our values and the non-negotiability of our way of life, Blair and his colleagues treated the radicalisation of young Muslims as a theological issue. Via the "Prevent" strategy, millions of pounds were poured into programmes designed to encourage a different version of Islam from that of some radical ideologues. ... In many cases, both here and abroad, the government decided to ally with those who were political opponents of violent groups, but who were themselves only opposed to violence in particular contexts. ...

... A whole department dedicated itself to pumping out the lie that the problem was not Islamist extremism, but "violent extremism"; not jihadism but what the home secretary at the time of the Glasgow airport bombing and the attempted bombing in Haymarket, Jacqui Smith, requested be re-termed "anti-Islamic activity".

This was all part of a concerted attempt to placate Muslim demagogues who teach grievance, as well as ordinary Muslims who might feel under pressure, by pretending that absolutely anybody could become a suicide bomber – a pretence that allows Muslim leaders and communities off the hook entirely.


Our police and Security Service continue to do the hard work of preventing actual attacks, and have been remarkably successful. Yet for the past five years the major political parties have failed in their principal task, which should be to argue for British values. MPs who have spoken out frankly have been silenced or reprimanded by their parties. Outspoken critics of radical Islam have been sidelined or ignored.
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Primary school forced to buy computer translator because half of its pupils don't speak English
Daily Mail, 6 July 2010

A primary school where more than half of pupils are non-English speaking has become the first in Britain to give every child a computerised translator.

Around 60 per cent of the 384 pupils at Manor Park Primary School in Aston, Birmingham, now communicate with teachers using the software.

Pupils type in questions into the computer using their native language which is then translated verbally into English for the teacher.

In reverse, teachers' words can be translated back into 25 different languages.

The primary school is the first in Britain to give the 'Talking Tutor' computer software to every pupil.

English-speaking students also use the translator in order to communicate with their foreign classmates. Headteacher Jason Smith said the technology was 'invaluable'.

He said: 'This is a tool. It is not a replacement. It is the sort of tool that we can use to engage with children who have recently arrived in the country and have very little spoken English.

'It can vary, but at any one time we have 30 plus languages being spoken at the school, so this is invaluable to us. ...

The school pays £700 per annum for the software which comes with on-screen avatars based on the ethnic background of the pupils. The avatars includes an Asian man, a white Eastern European and a black African man.

Plans are also in the pipeline to include a Chinese woman avatar and there are even proposals to develop a Burka-wearing Muslim.

The software, developed by Lincoln-based firm EMAS UK cost more than £2.5 million to produce. ...

The school started using the translator - which is 95 per cent accurate - in every classroom two weeks ago. ...

The latest figures from the Department for Education show 905,610 children in the UK do not speak English as their first language - a rise of 42,750 since last year.

In Tower Hamlets, east London, 78 per cent of children are non-English speakers - the highest area in the UK.
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Illegal Immigration a $113 Billion a Year Drain on U.S. Taxpayers
Federation for American Immigration Reform, 6 July 2010

A new study released today by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that illegal immigration now costs federal and local taxpayers $113 billion a year. The report, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, is the most comprehensive analysis of how much the estimated 13 million illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children cost federal, state and local governments.

The cost estimates are based on an extensive analysis of federal, state and local spending data. The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers examines dozens of government programs that are available to illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children, both legally and fraudulently. The report provides detailed analysis of the impact of illegal immigration on education, health care, law enforcement and justice, public assistance, and other government programs.

The report also accounts for taxes paid by illegal aliens about $13 billion a year, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion. However, the study notes that government at all levels would likely have realized significantly greater revenues if jobs held by illegal aliens had been filled by legal U.S. residents instead.

Federal spending on illegal aliens amounts to $29 billion, ... lion's share of the costs of illegal immigration is borne by state and local taxpayers an estimated $84.2 billion. ... ...

The $113 billion in outlays for services and benefits to illegal aliens and their families represents an average cost to native-headed households of $1,117 a year. ... ...

Granting amnesty to illegal aliens, as President Obama and others propose, would not significantly increase tax revenues generated by current illegal aliens. However, over time, amnesty would dramatically increase public costs as newly-legalized aliens become eligible for all means-tested government programs.
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Justice sues to halt Arizona law on illegals
Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times, 6 July 2010

The Obama administration sued Tuesday to stop Arizona's new immigration law in a move that escalates President Obama's involvement in the thorny issue and stacks him against a majority of Americans who support the law. ...

In the challenge, Justice Department attorneys said Arizona's law violates the Constitution by trying to supersede federal law and by impairing illegal immigrants' right to travel and conduct interstate commerce. They argued that only the federal government can write immigration rules. ...

The government is asking a court to block the law from taking effect July 29.

The law requires police to check the legal status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally whom they encounter while enforcing other laws already on the books. ...

In a broad speech last week calling for immigration reforms, Mr. Obama called Arizona's new rules "unenforceable."
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Two thirds of terrorists in Britain are home-grown
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2010

Most terrorism in Britain is committed by home-grown terrorists, a survey of those convicted of offences over the past 10 years suggests.

Profiles of 124 individuals convicted of terrorism offences linked to Islamic extremism since 1999 showed that 69 per cent held British nationality, a report found.

Robin Simcox, the co-author of the study for the Centre for Social Cohesion think-tank, said: "There are clear trends emerging with those involving themselves in terrorist activity in the UK. It is crucial this is recognised and then acted upon by the relevant authorities." ...

Douglas Murray, of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: "The report proves how great a threat violent Islamism poses to the world – and the fact that Britain is at the centre of this global struggle." ...

The survey found that 46 per cent of offenders had their origins in south Asia including 28 per cent of Pakistani heritage, of whom at least 80 per cent were British nationals. ...

The next most common origin for offenders was Somalia, accounting for six per cent, demonstrating a growing threat from east Africa.
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Racism has shades of grey
Simon Woolley
The Guardian, 5 July 2010
[The author is the director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote]

It's said that the Inuit people have more than 50 words to describe snow. In one of the most contentious debates taking place in modern Britain, though, we have only one crude term to describe a whole range of individual and institutional practices and prejudices: "racism". This often blunt instrument becomes even more problematic when we consider that to be labelled a racist is only marginally better than being called a paedophile or murderer.

Last year Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, angered many equality campaigners by declaring that the label "institutional racism" was "no longer a useful term". Phillips calculated that if he was able to park the definition – and in so doing remove the common emotive response, "you're just playing the race card", or "we're not racist" – one could have a meaningful conversation about how to make progress. The danger of this trajectory, of course, is that without clear terminology the issue you seek to address can be sidelined. Whichever way we look at it, it's complicated. ...

Racism comes in so many different shapes and sizes it is astonishing that a nation which prides itself in the spoken word hasn't developed a meaningful vocabulary to express these nuances. At one extreme we have last year's brutal murder of 30-year-old Kunal Mohanty, stabbed and left to die while his assailants racially abused him and celebrated as if scoring a goal; the other end of the spectrum might be the taxi driver who refuses to pick up a black man at the roadside. ...

But for all the examples of individual bigotry and prejudice, the most profound impact is at an institutional level. And again this is an area hampered by ineffective means of expression. ...

And when the EHRC reported the discrepancies in police stop-and-search rates by ethnicity, it stopped short of calling the force racist because it feared the use of certain language would have immediately closed down the much-needed debate.

The limitations of language are not only unfair to those individuals such as Ron Atkinson, but also for black and Asian people who from time to time would like to challenge a comment, an incident or an institution but feel the term racism is far too provocative.

... In this environment, now more than ever we need a better understanding of the multifaceted nature of racism, and a language to help us avoid the polarised positions that have dogged the debate so far.
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Living in Limbo: The Asylum Problem
Krista Mahr and Tanjung Pinang
Time, 5 July 2010

According to the U.N., there were over 15 million recognized refugees around the world at the beginning of 2009, and another 826,000 asylum seekers. More than half of the world's refugees are in Asia and another 22% are in Africa; both regions where many governments are ill-equipped, legally and economically, to handle the volumes of people requesting protection in their borders. The 59-year-old Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was designed to help Europeans dispersed during World War II return home in an orderly fashion. Now it's charged with aiding the millions who sweep the earth as they flee bloodshed, repression or poverty. ...

The world's humanitarian resolve, so evident after 1945, is weakening as governments throw up higher walls to both keep out economic migrants and ramp up security. In some countries with high influxes of refugees and those seeking asylum – such as Italy, Indonesia and Malaysia – nearly 90% of the population favors more stringent restrictions on immigration, according to a 2007 Pew Research Center poll. ... Indeed, the very definition of refugee is no longer adequate for the vast ranks of those who are fleeing wretched or violent states but are driven, rather, by a desire to better themselves economically. ...

Once they're away from their home country, refugees can expect to wait. For most, finding a new home in a third country is a distant dream. No state is obligated to offer permanent homes to refugees in transit countries; in 2008, the UNHCR helped 88,000 people resettle out of the 10.5 million recognized refugees that it works with (and that doesn't count the many more whose applications for that legal status are pending). ... ...

Today, 147 countries have agreed to international standards for processing people who claim asylum at their borders, but Indonesia is not among them. It does not have laws distinguishing asylum seekers from illegal immigrants. In fact, while most of Europe, Africa and Latin America has signed the 1951 treaty, only a handful of Asian nations recognize global refugee rights, even though millions under the UNHCR's mandate are in the region. ... ...

... With more agreements like the one between Italy and Libya likely to be struck, asylum claims to Europe are dropping – down to 287,000 in 2009 from 445,000 a decade earlier. Since Italy started taking a tougher stance last year, the number of Eritreans taking an alternate route to Europe via Turkey to Greece, where asylum infrastructure is less developed, has doubled. "When you close the door, someone tends to open a window. If you close the window, someone will dig a tunnel," says Guterres of the UNHCR. "Smugglers are well informed."
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Racism in Mexico rears its ugly head
Tracy Wilkinson
Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2010

Every morning during television coverage of the World Cup, on the Mexican equivalent of the "Today" show, co-hosts chat, trade barbs and yuck it up. Behind them, actors in blackface makeup, dressed in fake animal skins and wild "Afro" wigs, gyrate, wave spears and pretend to represent a cartoonish version of South Africa.

Yes, in the 21st century, blackface characters on a major television network.

But this is Mexico, and definitions of racism are complicated and influenced by the country's own tortured relationship with invading powers and indigenous cultures.

Many Mexicans will say they are not racist and that very little racism exists in Mexico, a nation, after all, of mestizos, who are of European and indigenous blood.

As proof, they point to the fact that slavery was ended in Mexico decades before it was abolished in the United States, and that Mexico never institutionalized racism the way the U.S. did with its segregationist laws that lasted into the 1960s. ...

But the full truth is that racism is alive and well in Mexico. It is primarily directed at indigenous communities who account for as many as 11.3 million people, or roughly 10% of the national population. The indigenous remain disproportionately mired in poverty and denied work, political access, education and other rights.

And there is a smaller community of black Mexicans, Afro Mexicanos, many descendants of slaves first brought to the region by Spanish conquerors in the 16th century.

Often referred to by academics as the "third race" and concentrated in the coastal states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guerrero, they have been fighting for years for recognition as a distinct ethnic group, to be included in history books and to be given opportunities to transcend poverty.

"Racism in Mexico is covered up," said Ricardo Bucio, head of the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination, which has protested the blackface TV caricatures. "There is a lot of denial about it."

Or, as columnist Katia D'Artigues once put it: "Although subtle, discrimination has become something invisible in our society. We no longer see it, or we consider it normal!"
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What isn't wrong with Sharia law?
Maryam Namazie, spokesperson of Iran Solidarity and One Law for All
The Guardian, 5 July 2010

Now a report, Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights, reveals the adverse effect of sharia courts on family law. Under sharia's civil code, a woman's testimony is worth half of a man's. A man can divorce his wife by repudiation, whereas a woman must give justifications, some of which are difficult to prove. Child custody reverts to the father at a preset age; women who remarry lose custody of their children even before then; and sons inherit twice the share of daughters.

There has been much controversy about Muslim arbitration tribunals, which have attracted attention because they operate as tribunals under the Arbitration Act, making their rulings binding in UK law.

But sharia councils, which are charities, are equally harmful since their mediation differs little from arbitration. Sharia councils will frequently ask people to sign an agreement to abide by their decisions. Councils call themselves courts and the presiding imams are judges. There is neither control over the appointment of these judges nor an independent monitoring mechanism. People often do not have access to legal advice and representation. Proceedings are not recorded, nor are there any searchable legal judgements. Nor is there any real right to appeal. ...

An example of the kind of decision that is contrary to UK law and public policy is the custody of children. Under British law, the child's best interest is the court's paramount consideration. In a sharia court the custody of children reverts to the father at a preset age regardless of the circumstances. In divorce proceedings, too, civil law takes into account the merits of the case and divides assets based on the needs and intentions of both parties. Under sharia law, only men have the right to unilateral divorce. If a woman manages to obtain a divorce without her husband's consent, she will lose the sum of money (or dowry) that was agreed to at the time of marriage.

There is an assumption that those who attend sharia courts do so voluntarily and that unfair decisions can be challenged. Since much of sharia law is contrary to British law and public policy, in theory they would be unlikely to be upheld in a British court. In reality, women are often pressured by their families into going to these courts and adhering to unfair decisions and may lack knowledge of their rights under British law. Moreover, refusal to settle a dispute in a sharia court could lead to to threats, intimidation or isolation. ...

The report recommends abolishing the courts by initiating a human rights challenge and amending the Arbitration Act as Canada's Arbitration Act was amended in 2005 to exclude religious arbitration.

The demand for the abolition of sharia courts in Britain, as elsewhere, is not an attack on people's right to religion; it is a defence of human rights, especially since the imposition of sharia courts is a demand of Islamism to restrict citizens' rights.
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Loophole lets in migrant workers
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 4 July 2010

The Government's immigration cap has been criticised a "sham" as new figures disclose that companies will be able to bypass the restriction to bring in thousands of foreign workers.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, announced last week that the number of migrant workers coming to Britain from outside the European Union would be limited to 24,400 a year, fulfilling a Conservative manifesto pledge.

However, the Home Office has admitted that the interim cap will not apply to a system known as "intra-company transfers", or ICTs, which allows firms to bring in non-EU nationals who are already on their payroll.

Figures obtained by this newspaper show the extent to which companies are able to use the ICT system to import foreign staff on a massive scale.

One Indian company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), sponsored 4,600 of its employees to come to Britain in 2008 through ICTs, according to Home Office data.

Although there is no suggestion that TCS has broken the rules, the scale of immigration from India through ICTs is startling. Another Indian company, Infosys Technologies Limited, sponsored 3,235 people to come to Britain in the same year, while a third, Wipro Technologies, brought in 2,420.

While the Home Office has said there were 30,000 arrivals under the ICT system last year, this was down from a total of 46,000 the previous year – suggesting that the use of ICTs could rise again when the global economy recovers. In 1992 there were only 7,000.

Indians make up 70 per cent of those brought to Britain on ICTs. Others were from nations including the US, South Africa, Japan and China.

Although the system is intended to help companies that cannot recruit suitable candidates within Britain, critics claim that in practice much of the work could easily have been done by Britons.

The Home Office has disclosed the names of about 20,000 employers registered to bring skilled migrant workers into Britain on so-called "Tier 2" visas. Names on the list, published on the UK Border Agency website last week, range from Chelsea Football Club and Conservative Campaign Headquarters to hundreds of Thai restaurants, Indian takeaways and kebab shops.

Of the companies on the list, about 4,700 are permitted to use ICTs. Yet the UK Border Agency has only 125 staff responsible for visiting sponsor companies and keeping checks on them. ... ...

One British IT worker told The Sunday Telegraph how his contract at Lloyds TSB was cut short after the bank hired a dozen Indian trainees through the ICT system. ...

The IT specialist, who has 20 years' experience in the industry, said use of ICTs was widespread in the banking industry. "ICTs are used to bring large numbers of people in for the purposes of cheap labour," he said. ...

A spokesman for Lloyds TSB declined to comment on the claims. ...

Peter Skyte, of the trade union Unite, said: "Our prediction is that the ICT will remain after the interim period because of pressure from multinationals and from embassies.

"We are very concerned about displacement of UK resident workers and its potential for undercutting pay rates."
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Labour's 'cover-up' on immigration
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 4 July 2010

Labour was accused of a pre-election cover-up on immigration last night after it was disclosed that the previous government sat on a report that criticised its policies.

Ministers accused John Denham, the former communities secretary, of trying "to bury the truth" about immigration in an attempt to his party in office.

The report, The Drivers of International Migration To and From the UK, written by the respected National Institute of Economic and Social Research, was given to ministers six weeks before the start of the election campaign.

It found that net immigration to Britain rose by 169,100 people a year between 1992-1995 and 2004-2007, with the vast majority of new entrants coming from Asian countries.

Just over half the increase (51.2 per cent) was accounted for by "UK immigration policy relative to other hosts", while 26.7 per cent arose from the "relaxation of UK immigration policy from 1997".

If published, the report would have reignited the row over the so-called "open-door" immigration policy pursued by Labour until it began phasing in its "points-based" system in 2008. Yet the Department of Communities and Local Government decided not to publish it.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, described the report, which cost the then Government £40,000, as a "skeleton in the closet", and added: "Clearly there was an orchestrated cover-up by John Denham to bury the truth about immigration. On the eve of the election, Labour Ministers were doing anything to try and guarantee their political survival."

Last night Mr Denham demanded to know what Mr Pickles's evidence was for his "cover-up" claim. He said he did not remember receiving the report as communities secretary.
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Australian PM's immigration vows
Yahoo!, 4 July 2010

Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard Sunday vowed not to let "political correctness" get in the way of tackling immigration, signalling a tough line on the issue.

Gillard, ..., said people should not be called racist for raising concerns about asylum seekers.

"I certainly dismiss labels like intolerant or racist because people raise concerns about border security, but we've also got to be very alive to the complexity of this and that there's no quick fix," ...

"There's a temptation for people to use these labels and names to try and close down debate and I'm very opposed to that. People need to be able to have honest discussions.

"So any sort of political correctness, or niceties that get in the way, I think, need to be swept out of the way."

The Welsh-born Gillard, whose parents emigrated to Australia in 1966, has made it a top priority to slow the steady flow of asylum seeker boats that plagued the Rudd government.
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Politicians finally hear the people say 'enough'
Melanie Phillips
The Australian, 3 July 2010

Voters in Australia and Britain have had their fill of out-of-control multiculturalism.

At first blush, Julia Gillard's volte-face over immigration would seem to be as unlikely as Osama bin Laden singing the Star Spangled Banner or Richard Dawkins taking holy orders.

Here is a politician with a solid pedigree on the "anti-racist" Left rejecting former prime minister Kevin Rudd's call for a "Big Australia" formed by continuing large-scale immigration.

Instead, Gillard has said she understands the anxieties of folk in western Sydney, western Melbourne or the Gold Coast growth corridor in Queensland.

As for the boats of asylum-seekers, Gillard has made clear she wants to be even more effective in stopping them in order to protect "our sanctuary" and "the Australian way".

In other words, Gillard is signalling that she sympathises with the concern that large-scale immigration and multiculturalism are threatening Australia's core values and identity, a position the Left denounces as bigotry. ...

In Britain even more than in Australia - where at least John Howard or Tony Abbott have tackled such issues - race and culture have long been totally taboo. No debate has been possible about whether mass immigration might be a bad thing for communities or the country as a whole.

Even to question this has been to invite instant denunciation as a racist from the dominant left-wing intelligentsia, for whom anti-racism has long been their signature creed. ...

So Britain is being steadily Islamised, with more than 1700 mosques, the development of a parallel jurisdiction of sharia law in Muslim enclaves, banks offering sharia financing, extremists given free rein on campuses and relentless pressure to suppress and censor any criticism of Islam or the Muslim community.

In parts of Australia too there are similar worries about the growth of the Muslim community, the pressure not to criticise any aggression it may display and the simultaneous onslaught upon Australian values by the likes of [Muslim cleric] Sheik Hilaly. ...

So Gillard is now humming the same tune, saying she sympathises with voters' desire for strong management of Australia's borders, and pledging "sustainable population" increase with the "right kind of immigrant". ... ...

For the doctrines of anti-racism and multiculturalism have not ended intolerance, prejudice or discrimination. They have instead institutionalised reverse discrimination and up-ended truth, morality and justice.
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Obama Fails to Square the Illegal-Immigration Circle
Victor Davis Hanson
National Review, 2 July 2010

There was very little new in the president's speech – certainly not his tired hope-and-change trope of blending legal and illegal immigration ("The scientific breakthroughs of Albert Einstein, the inventions of Nikola Tesla, the great ventures of Andrew Carnegie's U.S. Steel and Sergey Brin's Google – all this was possible because of immigrants"). There is broad public support for the former but not the latter – so he had to imply that those who oppose massive illegal immigration are unappreciative of the great contribution of legal immigrants. (And note his use of euphemism in "11 million undocumented immigrants"– as if immigrants simply forgot their documents upon entry.)

Confusion was thematic, and evident in, e.g., the idea that "being an American is not a matter of blood or birth. It's a matter of faith. It's a matter of fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear." If so, anyone in the world with the requisite beliefs and virtues would be an American. ...

It is disturbing to hear a president confess that he cannot enforce the law or secure the border. ("But our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols. It won't work. Our borders will not be secure as long as our limited resources are devoted to not only stopping gangs and potential terrorists, but also the hundreds of thousands who attempt to cross each year simply to find work.") I hope the Taliban are not listening to that admission. ...

The president likes the passive voice and the use of abstraction, which suggest that illegal aliens are guided not by their own choices but by impersonal forces: "Crimes go unreported as victims and witnesses fear coming forward. And this makes it harder for the police to catch violent criminals and keep neighborhoods safe. And billions in tax revenue are lost each year because many undocumented workers are paid under the table." Note the absence of any reference to thousands of illegal aliens who commit crimes or the mounting cost of incarcerating them, which in California, for example, is nearing $1 billion a year.

Of course, tens of billions are also lost in the remittances that illegal aliens send south of the border.
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Migrants' impact on crime to be checked
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2010

The impact that migrants have on crime, housing and even traffic congestion will be considered when ministers set an annual cap on immigration, it emerged yesterday.

Pressure on public services and cohesion will also be factored in to the final limit.

The Government has promised to impose a cap and the Migration Advisory Committee will consult on where the limit is set. The body confirmed yesterday that it would not just consider the economic impact of migrants but also social pressures. The committee will spend the next three months attempting to quantify such factors before presenting a report to ministers in September.

The committee also warned that limits on foreign workers, which can only be imposed on those from outside the EU, would only help to reduce net migration "up to a point".
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Revealed: The British towns where one worker in two is a migrant
James Slack
Daily Mail, 30 June 2010

A map today reveals parts of Britain where more than half of jobs are held by workers who were born overseas.

The workforce in large parts of London is dominated by people born abroad – despite Labour's repeated promises to deliver 'British jobs for British workers'.

But foreign-born employees also have a strong foothold in other British towns and cities, from Slough and Reading to Manchester.

Campaigners said the focus of employers and Whitehall should be on finding jobs for the young Britons out of work in many of these areas.

And last night, immigration minister Damian Green said: 'This shows why we need a limit on work visas as well as a better trained British workforce.

'British workers need to be able to benefit and take the jobs available.'

The most startling figures, based on information from the Office for National Statistics, relate to Newham – the East London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics.

Here, almost seven in every ten jobs are filled by workers who were not born in the UK – or 65,100 out of 93,700 posts. Many of the jobs are on the Olympic site itself. ...

There are six local authority areas where more than 50 per cent of the jobs are filled by migrant workers – and a further 18 where those born outside the UK take up more than one in every three jobs.

Outside London, the areas where the biggest proportion of jobs are taken by immigrants are Slough, Leicester, Luton, Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford. ...

Alp Mehmet, of MigrationWatch, said: 'Where there are gaps in the UK labour market we should be filling them from the UK population.

'There is a laxness and a looseness about the way people are allowed in. What we want is closer control.' ...

Under Labour more than 1.1 million jobs – half the total created – were taken by non-EU immigrants requiring work permits, according to the independent House of Commons Library.

In October 1997, British-born workers made up 92.5 per cent of the workforce. By 2009, this had fallen to 87.1 per cent.
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Relying on foreign locums puts patients in danger, doctor says
Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2010

Patients are put at risk because of the NHS's "scandalous" reliance on foreign locums who often exaggerate their qualifications to get work, a senior doctor has warned.

Prof Chris Isles, of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, said inexperienced overseas doctors were paid "eye-watering" sums of up to £70 an hour for stand-in shifts. Writing in the British Medical Journal, ...

"We pay lip service to patient safety by allowing this scandalous state of affairs to continue," he wrote.
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German plan to test migrants' IQ
Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2010

German politicians are campaigning for immigrants to take intelligence tests before they are granted residency or citizenship rights.

Peter Trapp, a domestic policy expert with the ruling conservative CDU party, said: "We have to establish criteria for immigration that really benefit our country. I am in favour of intelligence tests for immigrants."
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Incredible capping
The Independent, 29 June 2010
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There was always a suspicion of sleight of hand about the Conservative Party's policy on immigration during the election campaign. The public are clearly exercised about the number of immigrants who have come to Britain over the past decade. So during the general election campaign, the Tories made populist noises on the subject to win votes. But the stereotype of immigrants to which the public most object – Eastern European scroungers begging in the streets – are a class of immigrant beyond the control of any British government, of whatever party. Citizens of the European Union are entitled to free movement within member states and there is nothing even the most right-wing administration can do about that, short of leaving the EU.

So the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in order to live up to her party's election promises, was yesterday forced to announce a cap on the number of non-EU migrants entering the country. She claimed that these represent a majority of incomers – 52 per cent – though reliable sources suggest that the figure is a mere tenth of that. Ms May, who got herself in a bit of a muddle over the difference between net and gross figures, was unpersuasive on this. What is more credible is the concern from business leaders that the curb will undermine the Conservative proclamation that Britain is "open for business". Ms May is planning a 5 per cent cut in Tier One of Britain's points-based immigration system, which includes highly skilled migrants, entrepreneurs and investors; she also wants a similar cut in Tier Two workers, who include skilled migrants with job offers. ...

Ms May's coalition partners, the Lib Dems – who in other circumstances might have been expected to insist that immigration is in fact good for the UK – have fallen shamefully silent. But the truth is that migrant workers, though they can put a heavy burden on public services in places, on balance contribute far more to the British economy than they take. Figures from George Osborne's new Office for Budget Responsibility suggest that a fall in immigration could reduce the UK's GDP growth by as much as one per cent a year by the end of this parliament. Whichever way one looks at this policy, it simply does not add up.
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Employers cautious on migrant cap
Louisa Peacock
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2010

Businesses have reluctantly backed the Government's planned immigration cap but drew the line at a proposal which could force employers to pay for migrant workers' private health care.

Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday announced a 12-week consultation to decide on a permanent annual limit on the number of non-EU arrivals entering the UK – a key promise in the Conservative election campaign. ...

An immediate temporary cap on non-EU immigrants, announced yesterday and due from July 16, will also mean that just 24,100 workers from outside the Europe can enter the country before April 2011 – a fall of 5pc on last year.
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The rules of speech crime
Clive Coleman, BBC Legal Affairs Analyst
BBC, 29 June 2010

Calling someone a "coconut" might sound harmless but it has landed one woman with a criminal conviction. So what qualifies as a speech crime?

Councillor Shirley Brown has been at the heart of Bristol's multi-cultural community for 15 years, but in February 2009 she found herself at the centre of an unintended controversy.

While taking part in a debate in the city council she called a female Asian councillor, Jay Jethwa, a "coconut". The word is used to describe someone who is brown on the outside, but "white" on the inside. In other words, someone who is said to have disregarded their cultural roots. ...

Brown was reprimanded, briefly suspended from the council and then reinstated. But months later the case escalated when she was charged under the Public Order Act with using "threatening, abusive or insulting words, with intent to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress".

It's a serious charge which comes with the threat of a criminal record.

But why, given Brown's numerous apologies, was it necessary to turn this into a criminal prosecution? ...

On Monday Brown was convicted, given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs.

The judgement is an important development in what might be called "speech crime".

But what can and can't people say? ...

Had the impulsive councillor said something along the lines of "you have disregarded your cultural roots", she would almost certainly not have been prosecuted. It was the use of the word "coconut" to convey that sense which resulted in her facing trial. ...

Such words are now hugely charged and it would be difficult for the Crown Prosecution Service to fail to prosecute in cases where they are used against an individual from the racial or cultural group concerned.

Courts trying such cases however face considerable difficulties.

The words and the level of "threat, abuse or insult" which they convey is very subjective. Some people regard the word "coconut" as highly derogatory. It can be seen as going to the very heart of a person's cultural identity and amount to an accusation of betrayal. ...

Others take the view that the word is only mildly abusive, whilst some do not find it threatening or abusive at all. The way in which it is said, the context and reaction of the person at whom it is directed will all be important factors in considering a prosecution.

But in the age of speech crime, a prosecution for the use of the word can now never be discounted.
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Dick Smith's $1m prize to curb our growth
Olga Galacho and John Masanauskas
Herald Sun, 28 June 2010

Millionaire former electronics guru Dick Smith will give $1 million cash to a young person who designs the best population plan for Australia.

The businessman yesterday was "delighted" that new Prime Minister Julia Gillard had announced she opposed a "Big Australia" and had created a ministry of sustainable population.

Mr Smith, fiercely opposed to immigration, said he would devote the rest of his life to educating other Australians, including politicians, about the need to keep the nation's population from exploding.

"When we design an aircraft, it is built for 25 years of safety," Mr Smith said.

"But if we don't have a safety plan for allowing the population to grow to 36 million by 2050, then we will all come crashing down.

"That is why I am announcing a $1 million award for a person less than 25 years old to design a sustainability plan for our population," he said.

The ABC will screen Mr Smith's documentary on population in August, and the businessman said he would make other announcements at that time about incentives to limit the size of the nation.

There are now 22 million Australians and Mr Smith said if that number grew beyond 26 million, the nation could struggle to feed its own people.

"I am going to commit the rest of my life to this issue, and to communicate to Australians that they need to wean themselves off constant growth in the economy, too," he said.
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Violent inner-city crime, the figures, and a question of race
Andrew Alderson
Sunday Telegraph, 27 June 2010

The reality of violent inner-city crime is indicated today by statistics obtained by The Sunday Telegraph. ...

The statistics, released by the Metropolitan Police, permit an informed debate on a sensitive subject for the first time. ...

The data provide a breakdown of the ethnicity of the 18,091 men and boys who police took action against for a range of violent and sexual offences in London in 2009-10.

They show that among those proceeded against for street crimes, 54 per cent were black; for robbery, 59 per cent; and for gun crimes, 67 per cent. Street crimes include muggings, assault with intent to rob and snatching property.

Just over 12 per cent of London's 7.5 million population is black, including those of mixed black and white parentage, while 69 per cent is white, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The police figures also show that black men are twice as likely to be victims. They made up 29 per cent of the male victims of gun crime and 24 per cent of the male victims of knife crime.

The Met declined to comment on the statistics. ... ...

On sex offences, black men made up 32 per cent of male suspects proceeded against, and white men 49 per cent. The statistics also suggest that black women are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime committed by females. ...

The Sunday Telegraph obtained the figures via a Freedom of Information request after Rod Liddle, the writer, caused controversy last year when he claimed in an online blog published on The Spectator website that "the overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community".

The comments led to claims that Mr Liddle was racist, However, Mr Liddle said: "I cannot think of anything more vile than racism. The issue here is not racism, it is one of multiculturalism."

The statistics suggest that Mr Liddle was largely right on some of his claims – notably those on gun crimes, robberies and street crimes.

The figures suggest, however, that he was probably wrong on his claims about knife crimes and violent sex crimes.

The figures relate to those "proceeded against".

This includes those prosecuted in court, whether convicted or acquitted; those issued with a caution, warning or penalty notice; those the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge; and those whose crimes were "taken into consideration" after a further offence.

Unsolved crimes are not included.

The figures do not take into account that any one perpetrator may have committed numerous offences.
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Met can only use the evidence it has
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 27 June 2010

What do we know about race and crime in London?

Nine out of 10 street crimes, knife crimes and gun crimes are committed by men rather than women.

Twelve per cent of the capital's men are black. But 54 per cent of street crimes by men, along with 46 per cent of knife crimes and more than half of gun crimes, are thought by the Metropolitan Police to have been committed by black men.

Or at least, the police "proceed against" black men in those proportions.

Crime statistics have to be approached with caution, because it is easy to leap to unjustified conclusions.

These figures do not show that 54 per cent of London's street crimes are committed by black men. They do not even show that 54 per of those convicted are black men. But they do indicate that in 54 per cent of street crimes where police catch their suspect, that suspect is black.

Some will say that this merely shows the prevalence of racism within the Met. But officers are required to provide evidence before they charge anyone.

The victims of street and violent crimes are usually able to look at their attacker and so are able to point out some distinguishing features of the assailant – such as gender, size and skin colour. That is the starting point of any investigation.

Is it credible that the high proportion of street crime identified as perpetrated by black men is down to the racism of either the police or victims, and that in reality, no black man is involved?

A disproportionate number of victims are black. It is not remotely likely that racism leads these victims to mis-identify their attacker as black – and it is scarcely more plausible to maintain that white victims routinely mis-identify attackers as black when they are white. Even if you take the unsupported position that police racism means that half of the black men "proceeded against" for street crimes are innocent, it would still be the case that twice as many black men are involved in street crime as would be predicted from their portion of the male population of London.

... The principal grounds on which the Met is accused of racism is that black men make up a much higher proportion of the people stopped and searched by police officers than any other ethnic group.

The Equality Commission assumes this shows officers must be covertly racist. But the disproportionate number of black men identified by victims demonstrates that racism need not have anything to do with it: when the victim identifies the assailant as a black male, it is logical for officers to start investigating black suspects. ...

When a disproportionate number of victims identify their attackers as black males, it is hard to see what the Met can do to investigate without being criticised for "disproportionately targeting black men".
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Tories 'back down' over immigrants' English test
Simon Walters
Mail on Sunday, 27 June 2010

Home Secretary Theresa May was accused last night of watering down a Tory pledge to bar immigrants unless they can speak good English.

The promise was a central part of David Cameron's Election campaign. But it has now been disclosed that the families of asylum seekers allowed to settle in the UK will be exempt from the ban.

Labour MPs said the Conservatives had been forced to drop their hardline stance by their Liberal Democrat Coalition partners who support uncontrolled immigration.

The move came on the eve of the launch of Britain's first-ever cap on immigration.

Mrs May will tomorrow disclose how a strict limit will be imposed on non-EU work permits.

Former Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: 'This ruling means that a British man who marries, say, a Brazilian girl who can't speak English will not be able to bring her into this country.

'But an Afghan who gets here on the back of a lorry and successfully claims asylum can bring his Afghan wife, children and grandparents in – even if they don't speak English.

'The Tories gave the impression that the English speaking test would apply to all immigrants.

'It is now clear that is not the case. It is absolutely essential that all immigrants speak English if they are to integrate with the rest of society. This is clear evidence that the Lib Dem tail is wagging the Conservative dog in this Coalition.'

When Mr Cameron and Nick Clegg formed the Coalition, the Lib Dem leader agreed to drop his commitment to grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants.

However, a little-noticed Commons written reply last week said: 'The new language requirement will not apply to dependants of refugees and people granted humanitarian protection in the UK.'

The Government granted the exemption after being warned that forcing refugees' dependants to learn English breaks Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which gives everyone 'the right to a family life'.
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Immediate cap on migrants paves way for yearly limit
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2010

An immediate cap on immigration will be announced by the Home Secretary on Monday in the first step to cut the number of foreign workers coming to Britain, ...

Theresa May will stand firm on the Tory manifesto pledge amid calls from some Cabinet colleagues for a rethink on the annual limit.

However, the interim limit, which comes into effect on July 1, will only reduce migrant workers by 1,300 – or 5 per cent of those affected.

Home Office sources insisted that the move was not designed to dramatically cut numbers but to avoid a rush of applications while a more permanent cap was under consideration.
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Chinese insulted by warning from Canada's top spy
Tom Leonard
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2010

Canada's chief spy has incensed Chinese-Canadians after he claimed that foreign powers controlled some of the country's politicians.

The comments by Richard Fadden, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, in a television interview have been widely interpreted as a thinly-veiled attack on Beijing on the eve of a visit to Canada by Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, for the G20 summit.

Mr Fadden told CBC, the Canadian broadcasting service, that municipal officials and at least two cabinet ministers from two Canadian provinces were "agents of influence", who were secretly working on behalf of foreign interests. ...

Tung Chan, a former Vancouver city councillor and head of an immigrant services organisation, said Mr Fadden's remarks "cast shadows and cast doubts on the loyalty of a whole group of people, particularly those committed to serve the public".

He said: "It's not helpful to what we're trying to do in creating multicultural harmony."
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Towns and villages 'seeing rise in racial crime'
Chris Greenwood
The Independent, 25 June 2010

Racial violence is moving from the inner cities of Britain to its towns and villages, a report warned today.

Researchers said a map of attacks fuelled by hate and bigotry shows a dramatic change in just one generation.

Once notorious flashpoints, many in London, are now more "at ease" with diversity, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) said.

But other areas, which have begun to see a changing population more recently, are seeing a rise in racial violence.

The IRR said the changing picture is the result of asylum seekers, migrant workers, overseas students and the movement of settled ethnic minority families.

The report authors analysed 660 attacks with a racial element across Britain last year.

They wrote: "What has emerged is that the map of violence has changed quite dramatically since studies were first done of such violence in the 1970s.

"It is no longer poor deprived areas of London such as Southall, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, which witnessed many of the racial attacks and racist murders a generation or two ago, that are now so prone to serious attacks.

"Not only are black and ethnic minority communities now more established there but also a whole history of struggle against racism has strengthened these communities."

They added: "But what was significant was that ethnic minorities in a whole host of cities, towns and areas, not traditionally associated with such violence, now appear to be experiencing it.

"These are areas which have traditionally been very white and are not affluent. In some cases core industries have gone and a whole generation of young people are without a future."

The IRR report, Racial violence: the buried issue, criticised mainstream political parties for apparently competing over who can reduce immigration the quickest.

The authors said black, minority ethnic groups, asylum-seekers and migrant communities are bearing the brunt of these tensions.
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Swiss FEDPOL says organized crime groups increased in Switzerland
Kuwait News Agency, 25 June 2010

The Swiss federal police (Fedpol) situation report 2009 identifies major forms of organized crime and details organized crime groups that are relevant to Switzerland.

The annual report of the Swiss FEDPOL launched on Friday pointed many threats faced the country last year such as drug and human trafficking, money laundering and cyber criminality.

These groups hailed from Italy, CIS countries, Georgia, southeastern Europe, and West Africa.

"In 2009 organized crime groups from countries other than these were active in Switzerland too, or were otherwise involved in underhand dealings linked in some way or another to Switzerland," said the experts.

For instance, there we reorganized criminal groups from the Dominican Republic dealing in cocaine, and Chinese criminal groups that, time and again, were involved in human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and credit card fraud.

Besides these were groups from Lebanon, North Africa, Turkey and Jamaica that were chiefly into drug dealing.

Organized crime groups especially from West Africa, eastern and southeastern Europe, and Georgia engaged predominantly in street crime such as street drug dealing, burglary, and robbery.
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Business leaders to have say over cap on migrants
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2010

Businesses and universities will be asked to help set the Government's planned cap on immigration amid Cabinet worries about the impact of the policy.

The Coalition is planning to implement a Conservative election promise to put a ceiling on the number of migrants allowed to enter Britain from outside the European Union each year.

The plan has been criticised by some business leaders, who said it would make it harder for them to recruit the staff they needed. ...

Theresa may, the Home Secretary, is set to announce a wide-ranging consultation over the planned cap.
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Call to combat human trafficking in Northern Ireland
Belfast Telegraph, 24 June 2010

Human trafficking is on the rise in Northern Ireland and must be combated, an Assembly committee says.

A Public Accounts Committee report into organised crime warned of a wide range of illegal activity which it said ruined lives and robbed the public purse of millions of pounds.

Assembly members on the scrutiny committee gathered expert evidence on criminal operations which it concluded were undermining the wider aim of the peace process to create a prosperous and safe society.

The report, entitled Combating Organised Crime, estimated that fuel laundering and cross-border smuggling had cost the public purse £250 million over recent years, while counterfeiting has cost £200 million and extortion £10 million, while in the last year alone social security fraud cost £18 million.

Committee chairman Paul Maskey said: "Organised crime is a form of fraud that goes to the very heart of public finances. It threatens the Executive's overarching aim of achieving a peaceful, fair and prosperous society, with respect for the rule of law and where everyone can enjoy a better quality of life now and in years to come.

"Its impact on individuals, communities, society and the environment is devastating."
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Immigrant baby boom drives up British population by double the rate of previous decade
Daily Mail, 24 June 2010

Britain's fast-rising population is now close to 62 million, a new official count showed yesterday.

Numbers of people in the country went up by 394,000 to reach 61,792,000 by the middle of last year, the Office for National Statistics said.

The increase of 0.6 per cent means the population has been rising steadily since the turn of the Millennium, mainly driven by immigration.

The population is now going up at twice the rate of the 1990s and three times the speed of increase during the 1980s.

The latest leap in numbers has also been pushed by growing birthrates, the ONS said.

It said that 45 per cent of last year's population rise was brought about by immigration and 55 per cent by 'natural increase' - the greater number of births than deaths.

But the rising birthrate is itself a product of immigration - one in four births last year were to mothers who were themselves born outside Britain.

The country's population rose by 176,000 as a result of migration, down on the previous year by 15,000 as the recession cut numbers of people coming into the country to find work.

But it is still 23 per cent higher than in 2002 when net migration, the number of people added to the population after both immigration and emigration have been counted, stood at 143,000.

The ONS believes that continuing high levels of immigration means the population will hit the politically-sensitive 70 million level in 2029.
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Pitfalls of going Dutch on immigration
Cary Gee
Tribune, 24 June 2010

Losing an election and then fighting a leadership contest seems to have loosened the tongues of more than one Labour hopeful. Following Ed Balls' concession that not imposing controls on immigration from the European Union in 2004 was a mistake, Andy Burnham was quick to proclaim that Labour has been "in denial" over immigration for far too long. I think he must mean in denial of the electoral consequences, not the numbers.

Immigration has long threatened to tip the Labour Party over the edge, both electorally and dogmatically, and there was much evidence on the doorsteps during the recent campaign that this issue, if not actually the cause of voter unhappiness, was definitely a scapegoat – just like immigrants themselves. ...

Immigration has proved an intractable problem for the left, in Britain and across Europe. The battlefield is littered with casualties who have tried and failed to introduce a measure of realpolitik into the debate.

The latest politician to fall into the immigration pit is Agnes Kant, former leader of the Dutch Socialist Party. She had been hoping to build on earlier election successes, which for a few years saw support for her unequivocally left-wing party grow at a faster rate than for any other in the Netherlands. Much of her success came from her opposition to immigration and the free movement of labour. The Socialists presented immigration as part and parcel of a global neo-liberal package – something which benefits big business over working people – and claimed that a fluid European labour market simply increased the gap between rich and poor.

This was not an idea new to the left. In the 1980s, the Dutch Socialists published a booklet entitled Gastarbeid en Kapitaal (Migrant Labour and Capital), which denounced the migration of foreign workers to the country as a capitalist ploy designed to drive down wages and destroy working-class solidarity. It's far cry from the traditional position of the left in Britain, which clings, as I do, to the idea that open borders are inherently good. ...

Until the comments by Balls and Burnham, Labour politicians had largely decided the best immigration policy was to keep quiet. That is no longer an option. For the first time in years, we can look forward to a proper debate on one of the most pressing issues of our times.
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Our terrorism failure, by watchdog
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2010

Britain must adopt a tougher approach to deporting terrorist suspects, according to the Government's terrorism watchdog.

Lord Carlile, a QC and Liberal Democrat peer, will say in a speech tonight that the system for dealing with foreign terrorist suspects is failing.

He will warn the Coalition that it could put national security at risk if it drops key parts of the counter-terrorism legislation introduced since the September 11 attacks.

Lord Carlile will say the Government needs to secure assurances that terrorist suspects will not be mistreated and then deport them to their home countries. ...

Countries such as France conduct "deportations with assurances" on a case-by-case basis, whereas Britain relies on more sweeping "memoranda of understanding" which take years to negotiate.
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Finance Bill's Devilish Details
Investors Business Daily, 22 June 2010
[Leading article]

Subprime Scandal: Much of the 2,000-page draft of the Democrats' finance reform bill could have been written by Acorn, and probably was. It has more to do with "civil rights" than consumer protection.

The devil is in the details of the monstrous new regulatory package, which Democrats hope to pass early next month. They reveal plans to reallocate credit and capital to the Democrats' political base, while empowering race racketeers like Acorn with slush funds and advisory board seats.

The "Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010" is, in fact, a massive redistribution scheme camouflaged as reform. Far from reforming easy-credit practices, the bill encourages more of the same reckless, politically mandated lending that brought down the entire financial system in the name of "affordable housing."

Yes, the bill gives Treasury the power to liquidate banks that pose a threat to financial stability. But it essentially exempts minority-owned banks and those approved by Acorn-style urban organizers.

"The orderly liquidation plan shall take into account actions to avoid or mitigate potential adverse effects on low- income, minority or underserved communities affected by the failure of the covered financial company," it says.

In other words, zombie banks laden with subprime and near-prime loans may be too PC to fail. Democrats call such immunity from reform "impact protections," but Republicans aren't buying it.

Sen. Richard Shelby and other GOP conferees moved to strike the language, arguing that making an exception for minority neighborhoods defeats the whole purpose of reform, which is to protect all consumers against systemic risk.

But Sen. Chris Dodd, who's running the conference committee with his fellow Democrat, Rep. Barney Frank, shot them down by suggesting that they wanted to deny minorities access to credit.

"The same arguments were made against the Community Reinvestment Act," Dodd bellowed.

Unfortunately, they weren't made forcefully enough. Studies show that CRA home loans have much higher failure rates. Such politically mandated lending regardless of creditworthiness is the whole reason we're in this mess.

Another section of the bill requires the proposed Financial Stability Oversight Council (headed by the Treasury secretary) to consider a zombie institution's "importance as a source of credit for low-income, minority or underserved communities" before winding it down. So prudent lending is important in the bank exam – unless it conflicts with Democrats' social goals.

It gets worse. The bill mandates placement of a diversity czar in each federal financial agency – including the Fed and its 12 regional banks.
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Lecturer cleared in hate trial after blaming Muslims for the drug trade
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2010

A politics lecturer who distributed leaflets that blamed Muslims for the heroin trade was cleared yesterday of intending to incite religious hatred.

Anthony Bamber, 54, a BNP activist, told a jury his intention was to create a debate about a "crime against humanity". He sent out up to 30,000 leaflets across the North over a 12-month period.

The leaflet claimed: "Before the Islamic invasion it was impossible to find heroin in our land. Muslims are almost exclusively responsible for its production, transportation and sale.

"It is a crime against humanity because it has caused far more suffering than slavery ever did. It has led to millions of premature deaths."

He said Muslims should be held to account with condemnation heaped upon them so that it would lead to the abolition of the trade. ...

He was cleared by a jury at Preston Crown Court of all seven counts. ...

Sep Supt Neil Hunter, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "While we are disappointed with today's decision, we accept the decision of the court. ..."
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Britain top spot in Europe for refugees
Tom Lawrence
Daily Star, 21 June 2010

More asylum seekers flooded into the UK than any other country in Europe last year.

Britain took in 12,510 refugees in 2009, which was an annual rise of 22%.

More than a third came from Zimbabwe, despite the Government offering £6,000 to help them return home. Refugees from Afghanistan made up the second largest group.

The latest figures released by the EU underline how the UK has become one of the most popular destinations for refugees.

It now grants protection status to more people a year than either Germany or France.

Britain came top of the asylum table followed by the Germans, who let in 12,055 refugees.

France came third, allowing 10,415 asylum seekers over its borders and Sweden was fourth with 9,085. ...

A total of 26.9% of the 44,890 asylum applications were accepted by the Home Office, about average for the EU.

However, 30% of the denied applications were approved on appeal, 11% higher than the EU average.
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Influx predicted after Hungary law change
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2010

A decision by Hungary to grant 500,000 passports to ethnic Hungarians living abroad could see a large number of workers arriving in Britain from outside the EU.

The new law allows around 3.5 million ethnic Hungarians abroad – mostly in Romania and Slovakia, but also in Ukraine and Serbia – to apply for Hungarian citizenship.

The measure is due to come into force on New Year's Day.
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A Broken Immigration Court System
Hans von Spakovsky
Heritage Foundation - blog, 21 June 2010

Many people do not realize that illegal aliens who are caught end up in immigration courts that are part of the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review. These courts are presided over by administrative judges; ...

On Thursday, ..., the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law held a hearing of its own. Mark Metcalf, a former immigration judge, was one of the witnesses, and he had some startling testimony that went completely unnoticed by the media ...

Mark Metcalf's research on the deceptive statistics released by the Justice Department is quite shocking. From 1996 to 2008, the U.S. allowed 1.8 million aliens (many of them here illegally) to remain free upon their promise to appear in court when their cases were scheduled to be heard, and 736,000 of them never showed up for their hearings. ...

Of course, you'd never know this from the numbers reported by the EOIR, because it masks the true numbers by manipulating its statistics. For example, in 2005 and 2006 EOIR reported to Congress that the "overall failure" rate of aliens "to appear" in court was only 39 percent. The real number of aliens who were free pending their court date who then failed to appear was actually 59 percent. EOIR got the deceptively lower 39 percent figure by combining the appearance rates for aliens who were free pending a hearing and aliens who were actually in jail! ...

Only 9 percent of aliens who lose their cases actually bother to appeal; most of them just walk away and disappear. Those dodging deportation orders issued by immigration judges number in the hundreds of thousands. In 2002, there were 602,000 backlogged deportation orders; in 2008, 558,000 remained unenforced. (Of those ordered deported, 45,000 were illegal aliens from countries that, according to DHS, abet terror.) The highest arrest rate for aliens ordered deported was achieved in 2008 when 6.1 percent were apprehended.

One of the biggest reasons for this is not just the lack of resources given to our immigration enforcement agencies, but the fact that because the immigration judges are just administrative judges and employees of the Justice Department, they have no ability to enforce their orders. So enforcement of all of these deportation orders is left up to the whims of the political appointees who run DHS and set the priorities of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and whose lackadaisical attitude is one of the reasons that Arizona felt compelled to act on its own.

In August 2009, ICE announced it would not remove aliens who skipped court or disobeyed orders to leave the U.S., which gives even more incentives to illegal aliens to treat both our laws and our courts with contempt. So, as Mark pointedly says, "noncitizens who disobey immigration court orders are treated remarkably better than their citizen" counterparts in state and federal courts who are subject to arrest, contempt and incarceration for disobeying court orders.

I can't think of any word more appropriate to describe this situation than appalling. And no one in this administration seems to have any interest in doing anything to fix this broken system other than to relax all enforcement of our immigration laws and just open up the borders. Oh, yes, and sue Arizona for trying to enforce the law.
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Villains nabbing lottery millions in charity scams
Russell Myers
The People, 20 June 2010

Millions of pounds in UK lottery cash has been illegally claimed by foreign crooks, The People can reveal.

African and East European gangs have been making a flood of bogus applications for handouts because charity funds are seen as a soft touch.

The gangs attempt to rake in fortunes for their dodgy good causes in the hope that proper checks are not carried out.

The Big Lottery Fund, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the British Council, as well as dozens of other smaller organisations, have all identified bogus claims. At the same time, conmen working alone or in small groups have tried to rip off funding chiefs with their claims to be representing refugees or the sick.

Shameless swindler Kanyogota Sejojo, who came to the UK from Rwanda, scooped more than £18,000 for his Devon African Refugee Community Association in Plymouth and spent the money on himself. His windfall included £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and £2,750 from BBC's Children in Need. ...

Bristol-based Beya Kombe, 50, who came to Britain illegally in 2003, made bogus claims to the Big Lottery Fund worth more than £1 million.

He pocketed at least £87,000 which a judge said at his fraud trial in Canterbury, Kent was given to him on trust because he had ticked all the right boxes.

Kombe set up the Families Black African Association, later changing it to the British Francophone Migrant Community Development charity (BFMCD) to make bogus claims. ...

The insider added: Gangs, mainly from Africa and Eastern Europe, are filling in false applications potentially worth hundreds of thousands of pounds a time. A source at the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the extent of the scandal, saying: Scores of gangs up and down the country are draining funding organisations of cash.

They exploit the way in which charities are organised and how money is distributed. ...

Joseph Ndjomo, 44, of Enfield, Middlesex, Jean Calvin Bilong, 33, also of Enfield, and Francois Xavier Hiondi-Nkam, 37, of north London, claimed cash on behalf of the Cameroonian Youth Associations, Cameroonian Refugee Associations Project and Ndjomo Multimedia Group.

In yet another case, a charity founder ruthlessly stole thousands of pounds donated to help sickle-cell anaemia sufferers.
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Worst human rights offenders condemn West
Licia Corbella
Calgary Herald, 19 June 2010

In what can only be described as Orwellian double-speak, the Organization of the Islamic Conference told the United Nations Human Rights Council – made up of many of the world's worst human rights violators – that Muslims in western democracies face unbearable racism and discrimination, and demanded that the UN do something about it.

"People of Arab origin face new forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance and experience discrimination and marginalization," an Egyptian delegate said on Wednesday.

Pakistan, speaking for the 57-nation OIC, tabled a resolution instructing the council's special investigator into religious freedom to look into such racism, "especially in western societies" to "work closely with mass media organizations to ensure that they create and promote an atmosphere of respect and tolerance for religious and cultural diversity."

Mahfooz Kanwar, a professor emeritus at Mount Royal University and author, said these resolutions – which are expected to pass owing to the over-abundance of "Islamist and other dictatorial states" that sit on the oxymoronically named UN Human Rights Council – would be funny for their sheer audacity and hypocrisy if they were not so potentially harmful and disturbing.

"I was born and raised in Pakistan and any honest person from there will admit that nobody in that country has religious freedom – or any kind of freedom – not Muslims and certainly not members of minority religions who are afforded even less rights and are often beaten, raped and killed for not being Muslim," said Kanwar, a sociologist and criminologist. "As for gender equality, there is none. Women are considered property in Pakistan and virtually every Islamic country," he added. ...

Just last month, on May 28, Muslim suicide bombers stormed two Ahmadi Muslim mosques in Lahore, Pakistan and murdered about 100 worshippers. "That's extreme discrimination. The Pakistani government declared long ago that Ahmadiyya Muslims are not real Muslims, they are infidels and therefore deserve to be killed," said Kanwar. ...

"The reality is," he added, "the ONLY countries where Muslims can really practise their religion freely and without coercion or discrimination is in the West. In Muslim countries, they force you to worship the way the state wants you to worship or you face being attacked. That's why Muslims are always killing Muslims. The Sunni kill Shiites and vice versa. They think anyone who doesn't believe exactly like they do is an infidel and deserves to die." ...

... Freedom House ranks the level of freedom in every country and when the lists are compared, the same countries that want the UN to condemn the West for discriminating against Muslims are among the least free countries in the world. These countries are also seeking at the United Nations to make it a crime for anyone to ever blaspheme Islam or Muhammad in the West, yet in their own countries, they have laws that state that non-Muslims have less rights than Muslims.

According to Kanwar and Voice of the Martyrs – a Christian non-governmental organization – in Pakistan, a Christian man's testimony in court is counted as being worth half that of a Muslim man's. A Christian woman's testimony in court is worth only one-quarter of a Muslim man's, making Christian women and girls prime targets for rape, since it's near impossible for the perpetrator to be convicted under such laws.
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of racism over education demands
Catrina Stewart
The Independent, 18 June 2010

More than 100,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets across Israel yesterday for a showdown between religious and secular society over the way the Jewish state runs its education system.

The protests brought central Jerusalem to a standstill as a group of religious parents prepared to go to prison for defying a court order demanding their daughters attend classes with girls of different ethnic origin.

Parents of European, or Ashkenazi, origin do not want their daughters to be educated in the same classroom as schoolgirls of Middle Eastern and North African descent, or Sephardim, claiming that they are not as religious.

The row brings into sharp focus growing discrimination within religious Jewish communities, and the increasing influence of the ultra-Orthodox sects that have long considered themselves unfettered by society's norms.

Batting off accusations of racism, the parents, who live in the West Bank settler community of Immanuel, have argued that their wish to separate their children is motivated only by religious and cultural differences between the different Jewish communities. ...

Israel's Supreme Court has rejected the parents' argument, and has ordered them to serve two weeks in jail.

A massive police presence was stationed around Jerusalem's Old City as 100,000 protesters, both Ashkenazi and Sephardic, converged there to protest the court's decision and proclaim religious rule. A smaller contingent of some 20,000 marched earlier in Bnei Brak, a town near Tel Aviv. ...

Many secular Israelis have little patience for Haredi Jews, the extremely conservative, religious minority that lives in ghetto-style communities across Israel, but are concentrated in Jerusalem within reach of Judaism's holiest sites.

Miriam Wiedler, a retired teacher, said that the state was meddling in affairs that should be the sole preserve of the parents, many of whose families pre-date the state. "These Haredim have been in Jerusalem for the last 250 years. They were here when the Turks were here, even before Israel became a state," she said. "If they let everybody live their own lives, nobody would fight each other." ...

The Haredi Jews are seen as an economic drain on society, with many of the men choosing years of subsidised religious studies over paid employment. A soaring birth rate has led to predictions that they could form a majority of Jerusalem's half-million population in a decade.
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Lower achievements at mixed schools
Thijs Pap“t
Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 18 June 2010

For years and years, the 'perfect school' was defined by having the right ratio of black to white, native to migrant and rich to poor. However, recent Dutch research has exposed this myth. Children at mixed schools consistently score lower grades than their peers at predominantly white or black schools.

Dutch sociology professor Jaap Dronkers has carried out research into the pros and cons of ethnic diversity in secondary education. He compared student achievement in language, math and physics of 15-year-old children in 15 Western countries. Much to his surprise, students' grades were inversely proportional to ethnic diversity.

"I interpret lower student achievement at ethnically diverse schools to mean that a great deal of energy is spent on bridging the various cultural gaps between students. As a result, teachers are unable to focus on teaching. They keep hopping from one culture to the next. It uses up time and energy not spent on teaching."

No data were available for the Netherlands, but Professor Dronkers believes his findings are also applicable to this country as education in surrounding countries like Denmark, Belgium and Germany is in his opinion comparable to the Netherlands.

The ethnic make-up of Dutch schools is a highly sensitive issue. The existence of separate 'black' and 'white' schools is generally regarded as undesirable. However, as long as the segregation leads to a homogenous student body, the effects are not necessarily negative. On the contrary, a 'black' school where 80 percent of the children were of Turkish descent outperformed a school of much greater ethnic diversity.

Another noteworthy finding from his research are the generally below-average achievements of students with an Islamic background. ...

Not everybody agrees with Professor Dronkers' conclusions. Dutch writer and educational expert Anja Vink says the professor places too much emphasis on culture and religion. She argues that socio-economical circumstances are widely accepted as determining factors for the educational achievement of children. ...

Professor Dronkers agrees that ethnic diversity can have a positive effect on children of highly educated parents. "In that case there is an added value." The scientist says that migrant children from non-Islamic countries like China, South Korea and India are also a positive exception to the rule.
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Immigrants should pay, says Nobel Laureate
Angela Monaghan
Daily Telegraph, 17 June 2010

Immigrants should pay for the right to settle in Britain and the United States, a Nobel prize-winning economist will argue tonight.

Professor Gary Becker will say that it would be up to individual governments to set a price, adding that a charge of $50,000 (£34,000) per immigrant could generate $50bn a year in the US.

The same sum could generate about £17bn a year in Britain, based on Office for National Statistics data which showed 503,000 immigrants arrived between October 2008 and September 2009.

"What the government would do is set a price, and the price would be determined by how many people they would like to admit, and then they would allow everyone to come in who could pay that price, aside from obvious exceptions like terrorists," he told The Daily Telegraph before delivering the 19th Institute of Economic Affairs Annual Hayek Memorial Lecture in London.

The American economist said that as well as being a revenue raiser for governments at a time of record deficits, the policy would ensure only the most productive and committed immigrants were attracted, at a time when the present system was not working in countries including the UK and the US.

"If you were just coming temporarily it wouldn't be worth paying the price, so you'd get people committed to becoming British, or an American, or whatever it may be."

Professor Becker, who teaches at the University of Chicago and won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science in 1992, said the most skilled immigrants would still be attracted, because they would be able to generate the highest returns from their investment in the entry fee.

He said the programme would also reduce opposition to immigration, by eliminating the sense that immigrants were getting "a free ride".

He will argue that a government loan system should be introduced to ensure that young, ambitious people could borrow the entry fee and pay it back over time.
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Illegal bushmeat 'rife in Europe'
Mark Kinver
BBC, 17 June 2010

About 270 tonnes of illegal bushmeat could be passing through one of Europe's busiest airports each year, the first study of its kind estimates.

A team of researchers says the illicit trade could pose a risk to human or animal health and increase the demand for meat from threatened species.

The figure is based on seizures from searches carried out over 17 days at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

The findings appear in the journal Conservation Letters.

A team of researchers from France, Cambodia and the UK said it was the "first systematic study of the scale and nature of this international trade".

"We estimate that about five tonnes of bushmeat per week is smuggled in personal baggage through Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport," they wrote.

During the 17-day study, a total of 134 passengers arriving on 29 flights from 14 African nations were searched.

Nine people were found to be carrying bushmeat, which had a combined mass of 188kg.

In total, 11 species were found - including two types of primates, two kinds of crocodiles and three rodent species - four of which were listed as protected species.
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Asylum seeker charter flight bill hits $8.2m
Alison Rehn and Simon Benson
Herald Sun / Daily Telegraph [Australia], 15 June 2010

Almost $200,000 a week is being spent on charter flights to ferry asylum seekers and federal staff to and from Christmas Island to ease pressure on the overcrowded off-shore detention centre.

New figures on the cost of the Government's border protection policy reveal it has been forced to double the number of charter flights on and off the island this year, to an average of one every five days.

The cost of the aircraft has also more than trebled in just 10 months to $8.2 million, or $134,000 a flight. And it is forecast to keep rising, with the Government admitting it will cost an extra $8.1 million next year.

According to the latest figures - detailing the cost of flying asylum seekers from the island to 12 locations on the mainland, including Sydney - in the 10 months to April 30, 62 aircraft were chartered to carry 6500 people to and from Christmas Island. ...

But the latest figures do not include the recent transfer of 30 Sri Lankan, Afghani and Iranian family groups - 86 asylum seekers in total - from the island to the former mining camp in Leonora, in Western Australia.

They also do not include the 189 single Afghan males who were flown from the island on two charter flights to the Curtin Airbase in the remote West Kimberley region of WA at the weekend, costing more than $250,000.

The cost blowout is expected to continue, with the Government also confirming at the weekend it was looking for more sites to house asylum seekers on the mainland, to cope with overcrowded facilities on Christmas Island.
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Tougher stance on immigration could have 'changed result of election', research shows
Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2010

During the general election campaign, immigration was described as the issue which "dares not speak its name" because of the party leaders' unwillingness to discuss it.

The YouGov survey found that a tougher line on immigration was the single most important influence in influencing people who voted Liberal Democrat and Labour to switch to the Conservatives.

Migrationwatch, which commissioned the research, said it showed that how adopting a tougher line on immigration "could have changed the result of the General Election".

More than half of Labour and Lib Dem supporters would have switched allegiance if the Tories had boasted "a strong stance on controlling immigration", the YouGov research found.

Sir Andrew Green, the group's chairman, said: "Had the parties listened to the public we might have a very different political landscape.

"The new Government will have the public behind them in taking serious measures to address mass immigration. What is more, they will be held to account if they fail to do so."

He continued: "Immigration was, after the economy, the foremost concern for the vast majority of voters and yet none of the parties properly addressed it."
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'Population of Cardiff to rocket to nearly half-a-million'
Martin Shipton
WalesOnline / Western Mail, 14 June 2010

The population of Cardiff will increase by more than 40% between 2008 and 2033 if current trends continue, according to new projections made by the Assembly Government.

Calculations by statisticians suggest that the number of people living in Cardiff will rise over the period from 330,500 to 468,200, while four other council areas, including Carmarthenshire and Swansea, will experience rises of more than 10% between 2008 and 2023.

Last night former First Minister Rhodri Morgan described the figures for the Welsh capital as "quite extraordinary", ...

The future population projections for all 22 local authorities in Wales have been compiled to help the Assembly Government and councils assess the future demand for services like schooling and health provision.

A report based on the projections makes it clear that they are based on recent trends in migration, birth and death rates continuing. The calculations do not take into account future policy changes involving immigration controls and planning that may influence population totals. ...

On the increase projected for the Welsh capital, the report says: "This is a reflection of the population changes in Cardiff in recent years. This projected population increase is mainly due to a net migration of 2,400 people into Cardiff in each year of the projection period. ..." ...

More detailed figures show that the net migration increase to Cardiff is entirely attributable to immigrants from overseas rather than from other local authority areas in the UK, where a slight negative migration trend is projected. ...

The report states that: "Comparing the total net migration figures for each local authority with the overall population growth shows that migration is one of the most important drivers for population change, and highlights the importance of the migration assumption."
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5,900 Afghan children get into EU
Daily Express, 14 June 2010

The UN has revealed that more than 5,900 Afghan children were smuggled into Europe last year.

Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a report that more and more children are escaping from Afghanistan due to worsening living conditions in their homeland.

The agency said children are being pushed by their parents to leave with smugglers in order to earn money in Europe before sending it back to their families in Afghanistan.

The report said: "Afghan parents, families and communities have allowed and encouraged the departure of their children on hazardous journeys."

The agency also found that almost half of under-age asylum claims in Europe last year were made by Afghan youths.
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Puerto Rico scraps birth records
Martha T. Moore
USA Today, 14 June 2010

In an effort to end what it describes as a brisk black market in Puerto Rican birth certificates, which confer U.S. citizenship, the Puerto Rican government decided in December to invalidate all existing birth certificates. Those born on the island, including about 1.35 million who live on the mainland, must apply for a new birth certificate.

The black market is not fueled by counterfeiting but by multiple official copies of individual certificates. In Puerto Rico, it is customary to hand over an official birth certificate to register for school or sports leagues.

"We have filed away in unsecure locations tens of millions of live valid birth certificates," says Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rico's secretary of State, who says he used to buy five birth certificates at a time for his children from the Vital Statistics Record Office. Although drastic, he says, the measure to invalidate millions of documents was necessary. "We can take care of the public school records, although it would be difficult. But what about your volleyball coach who died last week and left in her garage a cardboard box with 237 records of her past team members?"

The new law forbids institutions such as schools from keeping official copies of a birth certificate.

In 2008, federal agents confiscated 14,000 stolen birth certificates in an investigation that resulted in five convictions, says Ivan Ortiz, a spokesman for the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency in Puerto Rico. In a previous case, birth certificates were bought from drug addicts for $25 and then sent to the U.S. mainland to be sold for $5,000 each.
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America's new N-word is lightning rod
WorldNetDaily, 13 June 2010

A bizarre and baffling condition has seized American society and is spreading in pandemic proportions. But no one dare utter its name because this sickness is rooted in the most vulgar of four-letter words: race.

So charges a new book by author Erik Rush, who doesn't refrain from using the new N-word – Negrophilia – "undue and inordinate affinity for blacks," to describe the mindset that he says is behind a pervasive manipulation expertly employed and exploited to divide and destroy American society.

Releasing tomorrow, "Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America's Racial Obsession" is published by WND Books. No stranger to brash actions, Rush, who's black, sparked a national furor when he came forth to expose the anti-American ravings of President Obama's longtime minister and then "spiritual adviser," the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

"Whites succumb to Negrophilia when, believing that people of color are somehow more benevolent and less corruptible than themselves, they develop an undue affinity for them," says Rush.

"Blacks suffer worse. They're denied accountability for their own actions," he continues. "They're shackled with accepting the nobility – no matter how lacking – of all black 'leaders.' They're ripe for the 'rescue' of predatory, opportunistic members of the black community – in concert with white politicians scheming for personal enrichment."

Nowhere was the influence of Negrophilia more evident than during the presidential campaign of "post-racial" Barack Obama. Rush, the author of three other books, details how masterfully Obama relied on it.

"Erik Rush says the things that today many people are even afraid to think," says Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND Books. ... ...

While acknowledging the power that the mere mention of race has to paralyze honest conversation, Rush still persists in making several bold proclamations, and puts forth thoroughly researched and footnoted insights that upend many "perceived racial realities."

From the definition of poverty to the early days of the Civil Rights movement to its infusion throughout the culture, Rush puts forth:

. That black Americans did not heroically wrest equality from an unwilling white majority.

. That many of black Americans remain poor and ignorant because that's the way many politicians and activists want them to remain.

. That few are saying anything even remotely resembling the truth when it comes to the politics of race in America.

. How for decades, Americans have been sold a bill of goods regarding blacks that contains the worst kind of intellectual garbage.

. Why white guilt is still encouraged, despite unprecedented opportunities for blacks. ...

. That the global financial crisis was brought on in large part due to well-organized activists, ostensibly acting on the behalf of black Americans.

. How the worldview promoted in America is just as racist as that held by many whites prior to the Civil Rights Movement.
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David Miliband vows to axe Tory limit on migrants
Daily Express, 11 June 2010

A Labour Party rift over immigration was exposed last night after leadership favourite David Miliband called for Britain's open-door border policy to stay in place.

The former Foreign Secretary – the early front-runner in the race to succeed Gordon Brown – vowed to fight Tory plans for an annual limit on immigration and scrap the measure if he ever becomes Prime Minister.

And he was critical of former premier Mr Brown's ill-fated "British jobs for British workers" slogan.

Mr Miliband's remarks came at the first hustings in the leadership contest on Wednesday night.

His words conflicted with rival Ed Balls, who has urged Labour to take a tougher line on immigration in an attempt to win back lost votes.

Mr Miliband told the meeting in London: "Britain is better because of immigration." He insisted the limit on newcomers would be "either so high it is meaningless or so low it will damage the economy".

In contrast, Mr Balls yesterday admitted Labour made a "mistake" in opening UK borders to new EU countries in eastern Europe.
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U.S. Nears Racial Milestone
Conor Dougherty
The Wall Street Journal, 11 June 2010

Whites are on the verge of becoming a minority among newborn children in the U.S., marking a demographic shift that is already reshaping the nation's politics and economy.

The Census reported Thursday that nonwhite minorities accounted for 48.6% of the children born in the U.S. between July 2008 and July 2009, gaining ground from 46.8% two years earlier. The trajectory suggests that minority births will soon eclipse births of whites of European ancestry.

"The question is just when," said Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. He guesses the demographic milestone will be crossed in the next few years, and could happen as early as 2011.

America's changing face has transformed race relations from the traditional divide of black and white to a more complex mix of race, language and religion. There are new strains on schools and social services, while immigration has emerged as one of the nation's most contentious issues – as evidenced by Arizona's recent law that makes illegal immigration a state crime.

A number of forces are pushing the U.S. toward a "majority minority" future. The median age of the white population is older than that of nonwhites, and thus a larger share of minority women are in prime child-bearing years. In addition, white women are having fewer children than nonwhites, while the growth in mixed marriages has led to more multiracial births.

The recession has slowed the transformation by reducing immigration. It also has made people of all races less willing to start families. But births among nonwhites slowed less than those among whites between July 2008 and July 2009. Among the Hispanic population, there were roughly nine births for every one death, compared with a roughly one-to-one ratio for whites.

Minorities made up 35% of the U.S. population between July 2008 and July 2009, up from 31% in 2000, the Census said. While immigration is a touchy political issue, it is not the driving factor behind the nation's growing diversity. Hispanics, for instance, accounted for 54.7% of the total population increase between July 2008 and July 2009, but about two-thirds of that gain came from births.
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Forum for the Future calls for 'open' population debate
Roger Harrabin
BBC, 9 June 2010
[The title of the report is "Growing Pains"]

Britain needs a national debate on the effect of rapid population growth on government policy and people's quality of life, a think tank has said.

Forum for the Future says institutions have not begun to consider the implications of having a projected 70 million people in the UK by 2030.

This is the equivalent of adding a city as big as Bristol every year, it says.

It says new houses, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure will be needed and food and water demands will grow.

The report by Forum, a group that focuses on sustainable development, also says that waste and pollution will increase.

The authors say London, the south east of England, the Midlands and the north west of England will become even more crowded unless government encourages population growth in areas which can best accommodate it, such as Scotland.

They call for improved family planning and say the UK needs a grown-up debate on the implications of immigration, without descending into racism and xenophobia.
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Facing up to immigration
David Blunkett, MP (Lab)
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

... I'm so disappointed that Philip Johnston's obsession with "freeing" us all from an identity register was again paraded in yesterday's Daily Telegraph. He failed to appreciate the contradictions of the arguments he put. We need biometrics and a clean database precisely to determine who is in the country, who is entitled to work legally, who is leaving the country (you can't have embarkation exit requirements without it), and for a clampdown on massive identity fraud, which costs us dear in so many ways.

I am very proud of the measures that I was able to push through Parliament as home secretary in the teeth of a combination of the libertarian Right and the blinkered Left. I am only saddened that in those battles I was not joined by those so keen to rewrite history in relation to getting a grip on unwarranted and unauthorised entry into our country, illegal (and thus clandestine) working, and asylum claims – now back to 1992 levels.
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Migrants took work as dole queues rose
Emily Hall
Daily Star, 8 June 2010

Half the jobs created under Labour were taken by immigrants who could have been refused work permits.

More than 1.1 million positions were filled by foreigners from outside Europe, outstripping the number gained by Brit workers by two to one.

They were handed the jobs despite hundreds of thousands of Brits languishing on the dole, shock new figures show.

And critics say it proves ex-PM Gordon Brown's promises of "British jobs for British workers" were nothing but hot air.

Research from the House of Commons Library found that while the number of migrants gaining work since 1997 has sky-rocketed, the number of Brits in jobs has crashed by 400,000.

Ministers had claimed most foreign workers were from Europe and therefore allowed to work here.

But the new statistics show 1.1m jobs were given to people from outside the EU on work permits.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: "This proves that immigration was out of control under Labour.

"The new Government will bring net migration down from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands."

Sir Andrew Green, from MigrationWatch UK, said: "This shows British workers have been displaced by foreign-born workers."

Since October 1997 the percentage of British-born workers has dropped from 92.5% to just 87.1% – meaning almost one in seven of the workforce was born outside the UK.
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Inmates turning to Islam to get better treatment
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2010

Prisoners are converting to Islam because of the "perks" they can receive in jail, a report claimed yesterday.

Some inmates think they will receive "material benefits", such as more time out of their cells and better food during Ramadan, the report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons concluded.

Among the reasons cited for switching to Islam were the opportunity of "support and protection in a group with a powerful identity" and "perceptions of material advantages of identifying as Muslim". ...

The report examined the experiences of Muslims while in jail and found 30 per cent of 164 Muslims interviewed had converted while inside.
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As the pain begins, Labour must again become the people's party
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2010

... the Labour leadership candidates ... ...

While the other candidates might differ of detail and emphasis, none disagrees with Mr Balls' basic premise that immigration helped lose Labour the election and that the party must now focus on its errors. They are all wrong.

It is indisputable that Labour made a mess of immigration, ushering in too many people on a wave of political correctness and lax controls. That mistake was remedied, a tough points system was introduced, and net immigration fell by more than 11 per cent in the year to September 2009. Among the A8 accession states, which joined the EU in 2004, 12,000 more citizens left the UK than arrived.

The Institute for Public Policy Research calculates that we may be on course for net immigration of less than 100,000 without any need for Mr Cameron's cap – a move likely to damage our economy and public services. Immigration is yesterday's scare story, and the C2 voters who deserted Labour were, in any case, worried about other things.

... Migration stood proxy for diverse terrors, and Labour, unwilling to shift the focus on to its failure to provide homes and stop wages being undercut, was happy for too long to let it be so.
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A late conversion
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2010
[Leading article]

How extraordinary it is that one of the burning issues of the Labour leadership contest is one that for many years the very same party refused to let anyone else discuss: immigration. The four principal contenders have conceded that Labour failed to respond to public concern about the subject. Ed Balls has gone further than his colleagues by admitting the policy was damaging the job prospects of unemployed British workers. This was a point often made by Labour's critics yet it was denied by ministers in the last government and by most of its cheerleaders on the Left, in various think tanks, in the media and in the trade union movement.

When a Lords report in 2008 concluded that a minimal economic benefit accrued to the country from foreign workers, this tore away the principal justification for a policy that had proved so unsettling to the nation and whose consequences will be felt for years to come. Yet where, then, were the voices of Mr Balls, Andy Burnham and the two Milibands? Apart from notable exceptions, like Frank Field, there was nothing but a deafening silence on the Left – other than from Gordon Brown, who continued to defend the indefensible and is now being disowned even by his most trusted lieutenants.
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Britons link Islam with extremism, says survey
BBC, 7 June 2010

Most people in the UK associate Islam with extremism and the repression of women, a survey has suggested.

The online YouGov poll found 58% of those questioned linked Islam with extremism while 69% believed it encouraged the repression of women.

The survey of 2,152 adults was commissioned by the Exploring Islam Foundation.

The organisation has launched a poster campaign on London transport to combat negative perceptions of Muslims.

BBC home editor Mark Easton says the survey, conducted last month, paints a negative picture of British attitudes to Islam.

Asked if Muslims had a positive impact on British society, the YouGov poll found four out of 10 disagreed with the statement.

Half linked Islam with terrorism, just 13% thought it was based on peace and 6% associated it with justice.

Some 60% admitted they did not know much about the religion, but a third said they would like to know more.

The Exploring Islam Foundation hopes to challenge the negative views of the religion with its Inspired By Muhammad project.
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Brown failed to heed my warning on immigration, Balls tells party
Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 7 June 2010

The Labour leadership contender Ed Balls yesterday claimed that he had warned Gordon Brown for 18 months that he needed to address voter concerns over immigration and indicated his Gillian Duffy gaffe was symptomatic of his refusal to engage with the issue. ...

Mr Balls told the BBC's Politics Show: "On immigration, I said to him that you should be talking about immigration the last year and a half and that we were making a mistake by brushing it under the carpet. I think Gordon's answer to Mrs Duffy showed he'd not been having the conversation, because what she said was the kind of things being said by Labour supporters, and in some cases former Labour supporters over the last year and a half ..."
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Roughly 6.2 Million Mexicans Express Desire to Move to U.S.
Jon Clifton
Gallup, 7 June 2010

Amid an ongoing debate in the U.S. on immigration from Mexico, Gallup estimates 6.2 million Mexican adults say they would like to move permanently to the United States if given the chance. That's close to half of the 14 million Mexicans – or 19% of the adult population – who say they would like to resettle somewhere else; would-be migrants in Mexico choose Canada and Spain as their other top desired destinations.

The findings are from Gallup surveys that previously estimated that roughly 700 million adults worldwide would like to move permanently to another country if they had the opportunity. Asked which country they would like to relocate to, more than 165 million adults worldwide name the United States.

Keeping in mind that Gallup's numbers reflect desire rather than actual migration rates, Mexico's roughly 6.2 million would-be migrants to the U.S. are significantly less than the estimated 22.9 million adults who would come from China, 17.1 million from India, and 16.6 million from Nigeria. Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Brazil would also send more migrants than Mexico.

If all of the adults worldwide who tell Gallup they would like to move to another country actually did so, the United States could see a net population gain of 60%. Several other developed countries, such as Singapore, however, could be even more overwhelmed with migrants because of their smaller relative current population. Mexico, on the other hand, could potentially see net population losses as high as 15%.

While Gallup's migration findings reflect people's aspirations rather than their intentions, they reveal the desires of potential migrants around the world – an important consideration for leaders seeking to proactively manage migration and migrant policy in their countries.
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Race fears stopped 7/7 probe
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 6 June 2010

Senior civil servants warned ministers that if they ordered a public inquiry into the July 7 suicide bombings it could "focus negatively" on Britain's Muslim community, ...

The warning was delivered in a briefing paper to Charles Clarke, the home secretary at the time, as he considered whether to launch an inquiry into the 2005 bombings, in which 52 innocent people were killed.

In the paper, Sir John Gieve, the Home Office permanent secretary, said upsetting Muslims would be a "potential cost" of ministers agreeing to demands for a full inquiry. After receiving Sir John's paper, Mr Clarke decided not to order an inquiry – a decision which infuriated many victims. ...

... Sir John's note, written four months after the attacks, has been released under Freedom of Information laws. ...

Last night the Home Office declined to comment.
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We were wrong to allow so many eastern Europeans into Britain
Ed Balls, shadow children and education secretary and Labour MP for Morley & Outwood
The Observer, 6 June 2010

There is a second economic and political challenge for Britain and Europe: how to sustain EU integration and enlargement in these difficult times. Free movement of goods and services works to our mutual advantage. But the free movement of labour is another matter entirely.

There have been real economic gains from the arrival of young, hard-working migrants from eastern Europe over the past six years. But there has also been a direct impact on the wages, terms and conditions of too many people – in communities ill-prepared to deal with the reality of globalisation, including the one I represent. The result was, as many of us found in the election, our arguments on immigration were not good enough. We faced rising anti-European sentiment with small parties claiming they could seal the borders. Taking it further, David Cameron is now leading Britain into an extreme right alliance of Holocaust-deniers and homophobes.

I have no doubt that immigration has been a powerful driver of both economic growth and cultural diversity in our country. In the public meetings I hold, it is only the BNP supporters who deny that our NHS and IT industries depend on immigration. Both Liam Byrne and Phil Woolas, as immigration ministers, did a great job in putting together our new points system, with strong controls on unskilled migration, alongside new citizenship requirements.

But neither our tough points system, nor the Tories' flawed immigration cap, applies to migration within the EU. While it is true that one million British people do migrate to work in the rest of Europe, they are more likely to be working for higher wages in Brussels, Frankfurt and Milan than undercutting unskilled wages in the poorer parts of Europe. As Labour seeks to rebuild trust with the British people, it is important we are honest about what we got wrong. In retrospect, Britain should not have rejected transitional controls on migration from the first wave of new EU member states in 2004, which we were legally entitled to impose. As the GMB's Paul Kenny and others have pointed out, the failure of our government to get agreement to implement the agency workers directive made matters worse.

... the temporary restrictions on migration from Romania and Bulgaria should be maintained – for longer than currently planned.
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Rightist group jolts Sweden's tolerant self-image
Associated Press / Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review [Turkey], 6 June 2010

Recent opinion polls show that far-right Sweden Democrats party, which preaches sharp cuts in immigration and calling Islam the greatest threat to Swedish society, could play a king-maker role in this year's general elections. ...

Opinion polls show the Sweden Democrats could get 4 to 6 percent of votes in the September election, ... ...

Akesson, the clerkish 31-year-old leading the Sweden Democrat charge, insists voters are more disenchanted with liberal immigration laws than they admit out loud. "In Sweden, if you voice criticism against the immigration policy, you are viewed as a racist or xenophobe," Akesson said. "It's difficult to get people to stand up and say 'Here's what I think."' ...

And even though one in every four residents or their parents were born in a foreign country, and an estimated 300,000 Muslims live in the otherwise Christian but secularized country of 9.35 million, it hasn't swept any nationalist movements to prominence. ... ...

"Swedes in general are a very tolerant people," Akesson acknowledges. "But I'm convinced that a large part of the Swedish electorate believes that the immigration policies have been too lax and far too generous." ...

Sweden now has more immigrants from Iraq than from neighboring Norway and Denmark combined, according to government statistics. Last year alone it admitted more than 100,000 immigrants, including 10,000 Thais, 8,700 Somalis and 8,500 Iraqis, those statistics show.

A survey of 9,000 people by the SOM institute at Goteborg University last month showed the proportion of Swedes who believe the country has admitted too many immigrants fell from 52 percent in 1993 to 36 percent last year. No margin of error was given.

In some cities immigrants are nearly 40 percent of the population, and in certain neighborhoods nearly 90 percent. What worries many Swedes is the clustering of immigrants in neighborhoods with nicknames such as "Little Baghdad." Few native Swedes ever set foot in these districts, viewing them as dangerous slums infested with criminal gangs and Islamic fundamentalists. ...

The Sweden Democrats say immigration has become an economic burden, draining the welfare system and channeling jobs to newcomers who work for lower wages. Akesson says he fears Sweden is adapting to the Muslim minority instead of the other way around and has written of Islam's impact on Swedish society as "our biggest foreign threat since World War II."
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The Battle for Arizona: Will a Controversial Border Crackdown Work?
Nathan Thornburgh
Time, 14 June 2010
[This magazine is published more than a week before the date it carries]

President Obama irritated many in his party by planning to send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the border (although, as under President George W. Bush, the troops would neither be armed nor authorized to detain suspected illegals). ... ...

The biggest problem for the ranchers and border patrol isn't the valleys. It's the mountains. The Chiricahua and Peloncillo ranges, a series of rounded volcanic peaks, some nearly 10,000 ft. high, have hosted outlaws and rebels since the days of Geronimo and Cochise. These days, in border-patrol-speak, the U.S. does not have "operational control" of the ranges. That control belongs to the smugglers and drug cartels, whose scouts camp out on the peaks, sometimes for weeks at a time, and observe the movement of the border patrol in the valleys below. Until the border patrol receives some combat-grade helicopters that can drop agents into the mountains, Kranz told the Rodeo group, the cartels "own the mountaintops. They know where we're going before we do."
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Council spends £150,000 so Muslim graves face Mecca
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2010

A council is spending £150,000 to extend a cemetery so the graves of Muslims can face Mecca.

High Wycombe Cemetery in Buckinghamshire has a separate Muslim burial section but this is due to run out of space in 2012.

Muslim graves are required to face north east so that Mecca, the birth place of the prophet Mohammed in Saudi Arabia, is on their right to the south east.
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German study claims devout Islamic youth more violence-prone
Monsters and, 5 June 2010

The more devout a young Muslim male in Germany is, the more likely he is to resort to violence, according to a federally financed study seen Saturday by the German Press Agency dpa.

The study, based on interviews with 45,000 boys and girls aged 14 to 16, also concluded that male supremacist views and a preference for violent videos and computer games link closely with mosque attendance among the young. It compared Christians and Muslims.

The as-yet-unpublished research was jointly conducted by the federal Interior Ministry and the KFN criminology research institute in Hanover headed by Christian Pfeiffer. Dpa obtained a copy in Berlin.

In a conclusion, the authors said the finding might be explained by hypotheses of Rauf Ceylan, an ethnic Turkish scholar in German who studies religion.

They said Ceylan had discovered that a majority of mosque clergy in Germany encouraged their congregations to practice a conservative form of Islam and to preserve their ethnic roots.

More than half of German Muslims, who make up 5 per cent of the population, have Turkish roots.

The findings characterised imams or clergy as men working only temporarily in Germany with no knowledge of the German language, preventing them from developing a positive attitude to German culture or from questioning male dominance.

The study suggested those views were transferred to young people at the mosque, whereas non-devout boys picked up more liberal German attitudes. Pfeiffer wrote: 'This is not a problem with Islam, but a problem with their education in Islam.'

Contacted for comment by dpa, Ceylan warned the interpretation might be simplistic and said many other factors had to be taken into account.

KFN conducted interviews in 2007 and 2008 in 61 cities with the aim of detecting how religious belief influences attitudes and behaviour. It found that young people who were intensely Christian were less likely to be violent than the average.
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Grant will Fund Training, Wire Service and Other Programs at New Maynard Media Center
Earth Times, 4 June 2010

The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education announced today that it has received a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to launch the Maynard Media Center on Structural Racism (MMCSR). The MMCSR will encourage the media to provide comprehensive coverage of structural racism and its impact on American society.

"We want to thank the Kellogg Foundation for sponsoring this effort to improve media coverage of the barriers that people of color face today because of structural racism," said Dori J. Maynard, CEO and president of the Maynard Institute. "Changing the way that the media cover people of color will have a tremendous impact on our society."

Ms. Maynard said that one of the root causes of divisiveness across the country is that many people are unaware that structural racism continues to create barriers for people of color, contributing to the disparities in income, housing, education and health outcomes, as well as the different treatment that whites and people of color receive in the criminal justice system. ...

The Maynard Institute is committed to helping the nation's news media report fairly and accurately on all segments of American society, particularly communities of color. In its 33-year history, the Institute has trained thousands of journalists and media managers of color, including the national editor of the Washington Post, the editor of the Oakland Tribune and the only Latino to edit a major metropolitan newspaper. ... ...

The Kellogg Foundation recently launched a five-year, $75 million initiative - America Healing - that aims to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and their families by promoting racial healing and eliminating barriers to opportunities. The Foundation said that improving coverage of the impact of structural racism is one of the objectives of their initiative.
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Welfare states can't have open borders
Mark Landsbaum
The Orange County Register, 4 June 2010
[Updated on 7 June, 2010]

Someone's got to say it. What's missing amid the impassioned fervor surrounding illegal immigration is common sense. ...

Ideally, employers should be free to hire whomever they choose. Employees should be free to seek work anywhere. National borders impede this mutually beneficial arrangement by regulating immigration, consequently distorting job markets by perverting supply and demand. Even so, that's not the central problem of illegal immigration.

Rather, the problem is rooted in well-intentioned institutional evils. As Milton Friedman said: "You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state."

It follows that you can't build a fence high enough, or deport enough illegal immigrants, or punish businesses enough to completely discourage people from seeking to substantially better their lives, especially if what they stand to gain is free to them, and particularly if they don't have much to begin with.

If jobs were the only issue, the market would largely self-correct whatever problems are posed by illegal immigration. But it's not just jobs. Most of the world lives in conditions that make "poverty" in the contemporary United States look extravagant.

About 43 percent of America's "poor" own their homes, which, on average, is a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath with garage, says the Census Bureau. About 80 percent of U.S. poor have air conditioning. It was only 1970 when merely 36 percent of the entire population enjoyed air conditioning. In the 1940s, my parents slept on the porch to cope with Illinois' stifling summer nights. ...

About three-fourths of poor Americans own a car, and almost a third have two. A whopping 97 percent of U.S. poor households have color TV, and more than half own two or more. Three-fourths have a VCR or DVD player, and 62 percent get cable or satellite TV. That's poor in America today. ...

Then there's the fact that no one is turned away from health care in America for lack of ability to pay. Hungry? Food stamps. Can't pay the rent? Subsidized housing and free shelters.

Before you send hate mail, understand that this is not to say there isn't poverty, suffering, hunger and need in America. It's to say that, relatively speaking, the U.S. looks like paradise to substantially poorer people around the world. ...

Add up everything the U.S. provides at no cost to recipients – health, education, welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing, etc. We're fortunate to be insulated by two oceans, or else many, many more desperate poor would flood across our borders to take advantage.

And none of that even takes into consideration the lure of jobs, vastly more plentiful and better paying here than in impoverished nations.

The point is not whether we should turn these people away. The point is they have every reason to want to come. And you would, too.

As long as we provide such stuff for free, people who don't have it will come to get it. The more vital the free stuff, the greater the attraction. The more generous we are in doling it out, the more entitled they will feel. ...

... Whether immigration would increase a little or a lot, the fact remains we can't afford open borders while we operate a welfare state. Neither can we afford to dangle free benefits before a desperate world that regards being poor in America as having arrived in paradise.
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BBC trainee scheme 'biased against white applicants'
Martin Beckford and Neil Midgley
Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2010

Almost half of the places on a coveted BBC journalism trainee scheme have gone to candidates from ethnic minorities, a Freedom of Information Act request has shown. ...

... In the latest case, figures show that 51 places have been made available under the BBC's Journalism Trainee Scheme since 2007. Of these, 24 have gone to candidates from ethnic minorities – 47 per cent.
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Labour system let in more migrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2010

Tens of thousands of migrants have been allowed into Britain under a supposedly tougher points system introduced by Labour.

The points-based system was intended to reduce the record flows of immigration.

But an analysis of the first two years of operation reveals that the number of foreign workers and their families allowed into Britain by 20 per cent.

There was also a 30 per cent rise in overseas students.

Ministers had said the new controls could cut the number of new migrant workers by 12 per cent. Labour was last night accused of hiding a "guilty secret" after declining to answer parliamentary written questions on the subject before the general election.

Research of Home Office statistics by the think tank Migrationwatch found that 159,535 non-EU economic migrants and their dependants were allowed into Britain in 2007. ...

But in 2009 a total of 190,640 foreign workers and dependants moved to Britain, a rise of 20 per cent.

This took place despite unemployment of 2.5 million. ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "This is Labour's guilty secret. When they talked about immigration at all before and during the election campaign, they claimed that they were getting it under control with their tough new system. The truth was quite different."
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58% Say No to Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants
Rasmussen Reports, 3 June 2010

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say a child born to an illegal immigrant in this country should not automatically become a citizen of the United States, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree and say if a women enters the United States as an illegal alien and gives birth to a child here, that child should automatically be a U.S. citizen. That's what the current law allows and many believe it would require a Constitutional Amendment to change the law. ...

On another aspect of the debate, voters overwhelmingly oppose allowing illegal immigrants to be eligible for state and federal government benefits. Just nine percent (9%) say illegals should receive such benefits, but 85% say they should not.

Most voters believe that the availability of government money and services draws illegal immigrants to the United States.

Still, there is a huge distinction in the minds of voters between dealing with illegal immigrants and overall immigration policy. Sixty percent (60%) of voters favor a welcoming immigrant policy that excludes only national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system. Twenty-six percent (26%) disagree with such a policy, and 14% more are not sure. ...

The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 1-2, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. ... ...

Most Americans don't believe Mexico wants to stop the illegal flow of its citizens into this country and think America's southern neighbor should be asked to compensate U.S. taxpayers for costs incurred by illegal immigration.

Even as legislators in Washington once again are talking about immigration reform, voters across the nation remain skeptical about the federal government's role in the immigration debate. Three-out-of-four voters believe that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the nation's borders. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe the policies of the federal government actually encourage illegal immigration.

Among voters who are angry about immigration, 83% are angry at the federal government. Only 12% direct their anger at the immigrants.
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Wanted: two council trainees. Whites need not apply
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2010

A council has banned white people from applying for an £18,000-a-year traineeship because it wants to increase staff diversity.

The two-year scheme at Bristol city council is open only to candidates from black or ethnic minority backgrounds because the "normal recruitment process was not rectifying" under-representation.

The authority said the programme, which takes on two people a year, is legal under race relations legislation because it does not guarantee a job. ...

Officials said the Race Relations Act 1976 allowed authorities to offer training to specific groups of people if they were under-represented.
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Too many French willing to fit the xenophobic cliche
Nabila Ramdani
The Guardian, 2 June 2010

Those who perpetuate Gallic cliches about moody waiters, femmes fatales, and bolshie trade unionists will be delighted by the results of a new survey highlighting the enduringly xenophobic nature of the French. According to the influential research institute BVA, one in seven admits to being "at least a little bit racist".

Don't be fooled by the relaxed understatement, either. Just as a young woman who confesses to being "a little bit pregnant" is clearly being a touch disingenuous, what appears to be a mild dislike of those from minority ethnic backgrounds usually disguises a far deeper, ingrained prejudice. Arabs get a particularly vicious pasting in the survey, with almost 28% of those questioned – up from 12% last year – viewing them as "delinquents" who are, by the by, likely to be "thieves".

Meanwhile, almost half of those who took part in the survey – 49% – thought that immigrant families were far better at exploiting the welfare system than native French people. Again, the figure has multiplied by two, with Arielle Schwab, who commissioned the latest research for an anti-racist Jewish group, saying: "After a year of heavy stigmatisation of Arab and Muslim populations, prejudice towards them has more than doubled compared with last year."

Schwab, like many others, attributes this disturbing rise to Nicolas Sarkozy's woefully uninspired "national identity" debate – one which prompted most of the adult population to start seething about the nominally Islamic veils worn by a tiny minority of French women. Intended to solidify old-fashioned republican values through a series of discourses in town halls and on the internet, Sarkozy's debate, in fact, brought out the inner bigot in hundreds of thousands, making the country a far nastier, less inclusive place for all, and especially for Muslims.

But it takes more than misguided political expediency to get people to admit their basest tendencies. Unlike Britain, France still feels comfortable with the kind of popular racism exemplified by its Front National (FN), the far-right political party that won some 12% of the vote in regional elections earlier this year. ...

The really worrying fact is that, since the birth of the FN 38 years ago, people such as Le Pen have largely been portrayed as plain-speaking, if a little rough-edged, representatives of the still beating heart of provincial France. Just as the villains in French TV soap operas and police series tend to be Arabs, so meaty-pawed old crooks from the sticks can express their hatred in a manner that is entirely mainstream.
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The UK and Islamist Terror: Conservatives Putting the Nation at Risk?
A. Millar
Hudson Institute [New York], 2 June 2010

Three days before the election, the Conservatives issued their A Contract for Equalities - arguably their real manifesto - articulating how the party would make anti-discrimination "central" to a Conservative government. The problem is not that the Conservatives want people to be judged by their character rather than by the skin color, etc. That is entirely right and proper - as virtually everyone in Britain recognizes.

The problem is that this sort of "anti-discrimination" is ideological: those who openly reject cultural relativism, believe in Britishness, democracy, etc., constitute an oppressor class, that has, and that is, dominating various oppressed classes. ...

Cameron believes that people become Islamists - and, perhaps eventually commit acts of terror - not because they are attracted to, and eventually believe in, Islamist ideology per se, but because they have been oppressed. Islamist ideology is not a factor, as attraction to it must be preceded by discrimination. The nation is to blame.

This was perfectly clear from his statements and actions in the lead-up to the election. ...

Cameron shares his "anti-discrimination" worldview with coalition partners, the uncompromisingly left-wing, LibDems. Of greater consequence, though, it has also now become the defining ideology of most of those at the top of the "progressive" Conservative party.

In 2008, it came to the public's attention that Mohammed Ali Harrath, the subject of an Interpol red notice, and wanted on terrorist charges, had been advising the Metropolitan Police. ...

Harrath is also the chairman of the Islam Channel, which the counter-extremist think tank Quilliam has said regularly features speakers who "promote intolerant and bigoted interpretations of Islam." Its presenters have included members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical worldwide political party that rejects democracy and wants to reestablish the Caliphate.

Now Minister for Security, Baroness Neville-Jones gave her first interview to the Islam Channel, and spent the entire time reassuring its viewers that the new government was a friendlier one. The coalition is concerned that Muslims have felt isolated and picked on by Labour's apparently discriminatory and much-too-tough approach to national security. ... ...

By the end of May, the Home Office (headed by Conservative MP Theresa May, who launched the equalities contract) had given the go-ahead to "preacher of hate," Zakir Naik, to enter Britain. Naik is an Indian, Islamic preacher, who has said that "every Muslim should be a terrorist," and that he is "with" Osama bin Laden. He is scheduled to speak at the Al-Khair Peace Convention which will be held in London and Sheffield, and is being sponsored by the Al-Khair Foundation, Iqra TV (founded by Al-Khair), and Peace TV.

The launch of Iqra TV, in 2009, was attended by Lord Sheikh and Mohammed Amin, chair and vice chair of the Conservative Muslim Forum, an official Conservative party organization. At the launch event, Lord Sheikh gave a check for 5,000 pounds (approximately $7,500 US) to Al-Khair to build a new library.
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Troop charity bands may offend anti-war protesters, police told
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2010

A police force has banned officers from wearing wristbands supporting soldiers' charity Help for Heroes in case it "causes offence" to ethnic minorities or anti-war protesters.

Avon and Somerset police told officers to remove the items, which show support for wounded British servicemen and women, and to remain "impartial" while on duty.

The advice, which was disclosed yesterday, was issued at a force management meeting before one of the general election leaders' debate which was picketed by protesters, including anti-war campaigners.
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New wave of migrants heading to UK from Eastern Europe
Nick Fagge
Daily Star, 1 June 2010

Britain was last night warned to expect a new wave of immigration from Eastern Europe.

A law change in Hungary has given almost half a million Ukrainians and Serbians the right to live, work and claim benefits in the UK.

Anyone who can speak the language or prove Hungarian ancestry can now become a citizen and get a full EU passport. It means they are eligible to work – or claim benefits – in Britain.

Last night there was anger that Britain's borders were being opened to yet more Eastern Europeans.

UKIP Euro-MP Gerard Batten said: "It must be wrong the Hungarian government can give almost half a million people the right to move to Britain."

More than 150,000 ethnic Hungarians live in Ukraine and almost 300,000 live in Serbia, where residents usually face strict restrictions on moving to Britain.

Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatchUK said: "This is a consequence of the previous government's decision to open our borders to all EU citizens whatever their origin."

Last night the Home Office claimed the new Hungarian law would not affect the UK.
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No adoption for 'racist' couples, says supreme court, 1 June 2010

Italian couples only interested in adopting white kids are not fit to become parents, the country's highest appeals court said on Tuesday.

The Court of Cassation said a lower court in Catania had been wrong to approve a couple's desire to request children that weren't black or non-European.

It strongly indicated that couples making such requests should not be allowed to adopt at all.

"In such cases, the judge must not only eliminate any specifications relating to the child's ethnicity, he or she must seriously consider whether such a request is compatible with someone's suitability to adopt," said Cassation Judge Maria Rosaria San Giorgio, who wrote the opinion.

The court similarly ruled out the option of requests for "certain genetic characteristics". ...

The judges stressed that social services should do everything possible to assist couples in welcoming a child that "does not look like them".

It said potential parents should be helped to address their fears that "problems of xenophobia will threaten the child's integration into local society and make it difficult for the child to adapt".

The case was raised at the Court of Cassation by a children's rights group, Amici dei Bambini (Ai.Bi, Friends of Children).

The organization has been battling for ten years to open up adoptions to children of all races, ever since a court in the central city of Ancona court said it was acceptable for a couple to rule out black kids. ...

The National Association of Adoptive and Foster Parents (ANFAA) stressed that parenting was about "love and education [...] not skin colour". ...

Cabinet Undersecretary Carlo Giovanardi said the decision was "correct".

"It takes into account the fact that an order by public authorities cannot be based on racial discrimination while also recognizing the complex procedures involved," he said.

However, he said a couple's inclination to adopt from one country did not necessarily entail "a negative judgment on other countries". ...

Around 4,000 international adoptions take place each year in Italy, 60% of which involve kids from just five countries: Russia, Ukraine, Colombia, Ethiopia and Brazil.
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Labour's stance on immigration under criticism
Jim Pickard and James Boxell
Financial Times, 31 May 2010

Pro-immigration groups and leftwing activists have spoken out against Labour's leadership candidates for blaming the party's electoral defeat on lax rules allowing too many people into the UK.

Hina Majid, legal policy director at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, told the FT the group was "worried about the direction the party might be taking".

Will Straw, editor of Left Foot Forward, an increasingly influential left-leaning blog, said: "The very worst thing the Labour party could do at this time is try to tack to the right."

Leadership candidates including David Miliband and Ed Balls have suggested that Labour made mistakes over its immigration policy and paid the price at the ballot box on May 6. ...

Mr Balls has claimed that Britain let in too many unskilled migrants during Labour's three terms in government. David Miliband, meanwhile, has said Labour was "playing catch-up on immigration" and Ed Miliband has warned of public perceptions that the party did not take the issue seriously enough.

Other candidates have said that immigration helped to undermine Labour's popularity, though they have not argued that its policies on the issue were wrong.

Andy Burnham said that immigration was "the biggest issue at the election", although he added that Labour had taken steps to toughen the system. ...

Diane Abbott, on entering the contest, said: "One of the things that made me run was hearing candidate after candidate saying that immigration lost us the election," she said. "We need to be careful about scapegoating immigrants in a recession."

Ms Abbott has acknowledged that the issue was a major electoral factor but suggested it was a proxy for other issues such as housing and unemployment.

Mr Straw agreed, saying: "These are all issues we can deal with without shutting the door on migrants."

Tim Finch, head of migration at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a left of centre think-tank, said Labour had tightened immigration policies since 2005 but failed to communicate this clearly to the public.

"If you asked what policies people wanted they would pretty much tally with what the party has brought in," he said. "The problem with the core vote is the party just didn't want to listen to them."

Ministers had also made a mistake by concentrating on the "macro" argument that migration helped the economy, said Mr Finch. They had meanwhile dismissed anyone arguing against migration as stupid or nasty, he claimed.

"Now it is the number one or two issue in the leadership race," he said. "The worry for some of us is that they are panicked because it came up on the doorstep time and time again. The sensible thing to do is to take a deep breath and find out what is really going on."
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More Importation of Poverty
James R. Edwards Jr.
Center for Immigration Studies, 31 May 2010

Robert Samuelson, in his weekly column in the Washington Post, highlights a key factor in why U.S. poverty rates seem not to improve. ...

Samuelson's column, titled "Why Obama's poverty rate measure misleads," primarily addresses a questionable poverty calculation the administration has proposed. However, he cites "the apparent lack of progress" in reducing poverty as "misleading," with one reason being that "it ignores immigration." He writes:

First, it ignores immigration, which has increased reported poverty. Many immigrants are poor and low-skilled. From 1989 to 2007, about three-quarters of the increase in the poverty population occurred among Hispanics – mostly immigrants, their children and grandchildren. The poverty rate for blacks fell during this period, though it was still much too high (24.5 percent in 2007). Poverty "experts" don't dwell on immigration, because it implies that more restrictive policies might reduce U.S. poverty.

The United States had for most of our history a strong policy of rejecting immigrants unable or unwilling to be self-reliant. Those who gained admittance but later went on the public dole faced deportation. In other words, the storied "poor, huddled masses" and "wretched refuse" largely didn't get admitted into the United States, and those immigrants who did had to be self-sufficient. This common-sense, tough-love approach is known as "public charge doctrine." But it became a victim of political correctness, judicial activism, and welfare statism.

The Clinton administration fought reforms that would have more fully restored public charge doctrine. In 1996, the GOP Congress would have required visa sponsors to earn at least 200 percent of the official poverty level. The status quo at the time was 100 percent of poverty income to be an immigrant sponsor – woefully inadequate. The Clintonites strong-armed lawmakers into accepting minimum sponsorship income of 125 percent of the federal poverty level.

Fast-forward to today. The newly enacted health law makes those earning 133 percent of the federal poverty level eligible for the welfare program Medicaid. That means immigrant sponsors can be poor enough to be on Medicaid (and other welfare programs Samuelson names, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is an outright redistribution-of-wealth program), yet "wealthy" enough to sponsor others for visas.

There is something extremely wrong with this picture. It shows how the combination of chain migration, lax visa sponsorship and public charge laws, and a welfare state guarantee the continued importation of the world's poorest. This puts America on a permanent treadmill of importing poverty while decrying how our antipoverty efforts haven't raised the economic boats of the underclass.
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Plea for a bigger navy to keep out climate immigration
John Ingham
Daily Express, 31 May 2010

Britain needs a bigger Navy to stave off mass immigration caused by climate change, green guru James Lovelock claimed yesterday.

Starvation could follow if Britain's shores are not protected, he said.

Dr Lovelock, 90, said that as the world population rises, climate change would trigger mass immigration north.

And Britain would be seen as a "liferaft" on to which the dispossessed would scramble.

The moderating effect of the surrounding seas may help us escape the worst effects of climate change, he said.

Dr Lovelock, who in the 1960s invented the Gaia theory that the Earth is a self-regulating entity, said mass migration was already under way.

At the Hay Festival of Literature in Herefordshire he said: "Do you know that Italy now has a larger navy than we do and it is to keep immigrants from Africa out?

"We are a bit of a liferaft but there is only a limited number of people that this island can support." Dr Lovelock, a patron of the Optimum Population Trust which campaigns for a gradual global population decrease, said that with 60 million people Britain may already be at its optimum size.

"So what are we going to do?" he said. "The people who are going to come here are going to starve and so are we – a larger Navy may be the answer."

The Royal Navy is facing cuts in the Strategic Defence Review. One senior officer told the Daily Express that meeting its current commitments was already an "awesome challenge".
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A foreigner gets British passport every three minutes
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 28 May 2010

A British passport is being handed to a foreigner every three minutes, with figures at a record high.

A total of 203,790 people were granted citizenship last year, a 58 per cent jump on the previous 12 months.

It was the highest level since records began in 1962 and was partly due to a rush in applications before tough new rules on earning a passport come into effect next year. The Home Office figures mean that more than 1.5 million foreign migrants became Britons under Labour, increasing concerns over the effect of the last government's open door policy on immigration. ...

Overall, the number of immigrants arriving in the UK and looking to stay for more than a year fell by nine per cent last year but still stood at 503,000 – the equivalent of more than 1,300 a day – while emigration levels also fell to 361,000.

It meant net migration – the difference between those arriving and leaving – stood at 142,000, which was an 11 per cent drop on the previous year but is still well above the "tens of thousands" target figure of the new Government.

The flow of migrants from Eastern Europe also went into reverse for the first time after 45,000 arrived last year – a drop of five per cent – but 57,000 left.
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Military show is sabotaged by 'diversity' rules
Daily Telegraph, 28 May 2010

A military show has been cancelled after organisers said the council withdrew funding because it failed to meet their "diversity criteria".

The eighth annual Liverpool Military Show was due to take place at Walton Hall Park tomorrow and to feature a memorial service to fallen war heroes.

But it had to be scrapped at the last minute when council officials pulled out of providing £8,000 towards costs. Organisers said they were told that the show did not "score highly enough" on Liverpool City Council's "diversity scale" to justify funding from the arts and culture budget. ...

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said that a "range of issues" had contributed to the decision to cancel the event.
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Immigration is a problem of perception
Sarah Mulley
The Guardian, 28 May 2010

New statistics show a continued decline in net immigration to the UK, which raises a question: why does the new government need to introduce a cap on immigrant numbers?

David Cameron has said repeatedly that he wants annual net immigration down to "tens of thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands". But the latest figures suggest that it was down to 142,000 in the year to September 2009 – an 11% decrease on the previous 12 months – and well down on the numbers in mid-2000s when it was persistently above 200,000. The economic crisis, natural cycles of migration flow and tougher policies of the last government have already turned the tide – and at this rate we will see net immigration fall below 100,000 without the introduction of the much-trumpeted cap.

But, of course, a drop on this scale will not satisfy those who want to see a drastic reduction in immigration to the UK. Migration Watch and its parliamentary wing, the cross-party balanced migration group, have demanded that immigration should be reduced to the levels of the mid-1990s, which would mean a net level of around 40,000.

David Cameron and his immigration minister, Damian Green, have hinted, without being explicit, that this is their target, too. But while the 15% fall in applications for employment visas with the possibility of settlement (tiers one and two of the points-based system) helps to bring a drop below 100,000 closer, the lower figure is going to be very tough to achieve.

Indeed, a recent Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report showed that net immigration levels of 40,000 could only be brought about if there were major restrictions on the entry of highly skilled workers, foreign students and the family members of UK citizens and residents. Such restrictions could harm the economy, would be opposed by business interests and universities, and run into legal difficulties.

Of course, the new coalition government is set on this course because it is convinced that this is what the public demands. But all this discussion about numbers and policy may prove to have a limited effect on the politics of immigration. The coalition may be about to learn a lesson that Labour ministers learned in recent years – that tougher policy and declining numbers don't assuage people's political concerns about immigration.

This is partly a problem of perceptions. Net immigration (the surplus of immigration over emigration) has become the focus of the Conservatives and others, but this measure means very little to ordinary people in their communities. While net immigration was 142,000 in the latest period, emigration was over 360,000, so (gross) immigration was over 500,000. To translate this into something approximating the experiences of real people, think about 50 new migrants moving to a community and 36 leaving.

The net impact on local population is relatively small, but it represents a lot of coming and going and people will likely be aware (and perhaps worried) about the number of newcomers. People don't meet "net immigrants", they just meet immigrants. ... ...

Government ministers and Labour leadership candidates need to spend less time listening to anti-immigration groups and more time listening to voters, which means spending real time with them, not just five minutes on a doorstep. ...
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Paul opposes citizenship for babies of illegals
Roger Alford, 28 May 2010

U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is stirring it up again, this time by saying he opposes citizenship for children born in the U.S. to parents who are illegal immigrants.

Paul, who a week ago won the GOP primary, told a Russian TV station in a clip circulating on political Web sites Friday that he wants to block citizenship to those children.

"We're the only country I know that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen," Paul told RT, an English-language station, shortly after his win over GOP establishment candidate Trey Grayson. "And I think that should stop also."

Legislation dubbed the Birthright Citizenship Act was introduced in the House last year seeking to prevent citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants even though the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. More than 90 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.

Paul told the TV station that partisan politics may be at play in not stopping illegal immigration.

"I'm not opposed to letting people come in and work and labor in our country," Paul said. "But I think what we should do is we shouldn't provide an easy route to citizenship. A lot of this is about demographics. If you look at new immigrants from Mexico, they register three to one Democrat, so the Democratic Party is for easy citizenship and allowing them to vote. I think we need to address that."

Immigration advocates criticized Paul's stand on Friday as immoral.

"That's a very extremist position," said Manuel Perez-Rocha, a spokesman for the liberal Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies. "It comes at a very bad moment in history because it tends to polarize debate on immigration when it's most needed that both parties come to their senses so they can have serious discussion on the subject. It's immoral. It lacks compassion."

Campaign chairman David Adams said Friday that Paul stands behind his statements.

"Illegal immigration is a real problem in this country," Adams said, "and if we can't talk about this, what can we talk about?"

Rusty Childress, founder of the anti-illegal immigration group United for a Sovereign America, praised Paul for voicing his opinion on the issue.

"He's a brave individual to stand up for what he believes in," he said. "Illegal immigration is a topic like abortion or religion – it's controversial, and it's really taboo. For a candidate to come out and be so strongly not ignoring the issue is admirable."
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Downturn does little to slow migration
Jason Deparle
New Straits Times [Malaysia], 28 May 2010

The world may be staggering through its worst economy in 70 years, but international migration, an ever-growing force, shows few signs of retreat.

Globally, the number of migrants appears undiminished, and last year they sent home more money than forecasters expected. Many migrants did lose jobs, but few decided to return home, even when others offered to pay.

In some places, demand for foreign labour grew.

From the Arizona statehouse to Calabria, critics warn that porous borders hurt native workers, threaten local cultures and increase crime. But even a downturn of rare magnitude did less than expected to slow the flows, revealing instead the persistent forces that keep migrants venturing abroad.

Perhaps no place shows the lure of migration as much as the Philippines, a nation of nearly 100 million people, where a quarter of the labour force works overseas. Despite the world's sagging economy, the country set records last year for the number of workers sent abroad and the sums they returned.

"We hardly felt it – the global financial crisis," said Marianito D. Roque, the labour secretary, who has been promoting the virtues of Filipino workers from Alberta to Abu Dhabi. ...

The financial crisis follows an age of growing mobility that has scattered migrant workers across the globe. Polish nannies raise Irish children and Indians build towers in Dubai. Of 15 million American jobs created in the decade before the bust, nearly 60 per cent were filled by the foreign born, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. ...

But with few exceptions, the hard times have not sent migrants home. Spain, Japan and the Czech Republic tried to pay foreign workers to go, but found few takers.

Likewise, the number of Mexicans leaving the United States has not grown, said Jeffrey S. Passel of the Pew Hispanic Centre. While the economy and tightened borders have reduced new arrivals, he said, the total population of Mexican migrants remains unchanged.

Hania Zlotnik, director of the United Nations Population Division, said: "Worldwide, the crisis has slowed the growth of migration, but the number of migrants is still increasing."

There are many reasons. Some "receiving" countries have escaped recession, especially in the Middle East. Some "sending" countries have been hit hard, giving migrants more reason to leave or stay away.

Even in bad economies, migrants typically do work that others avoid, like picking crops or cleaning toilets. And many migrants move for non-economic reasons, to join spouses or parents. That helps explain why migration, once established, is hard to reverse. ...

"It is the resiliency of international migration flows that again is most striking," wrote two migration scholars, Stephen Castles of the University of Oxford and Mark J. Miller of the University of Delaware, in an April paper.
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UK sees shift in migration trend
BBC, 27 May 2010

More European migrants, from countries including Poland and the Czech Republic, are leaving the UK than arriving, Home Office figures show.

It marks a reversal in movement for the first time since large-scale immigration in Europe began.

In all, there were 45,000 arrivals of A8 nationals in 2009, compared with 57,000 departures.

A8, or accession eight, refers to the central and eastern European countries that acceded to the EU in 2004.

They include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.

Overall, the UK's net migration figure - the number of immigrants minus numbers emigrating - for the 12 months ending in September 2009 was 142,000, down from 160,000 for the same period the previous year.

The data comes from the International Passenger Survey of long-term international migration, considered a broad guide to migration movements.

However, it does not take into account adjustments for asylum seekers, people who stay longer or less than intended, and migration to and from Northern Ireland.

The figures also show the number of people granted British citizenship last year is at its highest level since 2005.

In 2009, 203,790 people were given citizenship, up 59% from 129,375 the previous year.

There was also a 40% increase in the numbers given grants of settlement in the UK and a 45% rise in those allowed to settle for employment reasons.

Other figures from the Home Office showed that nearly a third of foreigners wanting to make Britain their home had failed to pass their citizenship test.

The 45-minute test on British society, history and culture is a crucial step on the road to being allowed to settle permanently or full citizenship.

The new government has committed itself to introducing a cap on non-EU immigration, although the level has yet to be set.

Immigration minister Damian Green said the figures illustrated the scale of the immigration challenge facing the new government.

"I believe that immigration has been far too high in recent years which is why we will reduce net migration back down to the levels of the 1990s - to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands," he said.

New measures including a limit on work permits, actions on marriage and an effective system of regulating students who come to the UK would be introduced, he added.
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£660m bill for sporting gamble that failed
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2010

Hundreds of millions of pounds of public money has been spent getting the wrong type of people to take up sport, the government spending watchdog has found.

Sport England, a quango, spent £660 million over three years promoting sport and physical activity. The cash was meant to increase the number of women, black and Asian people and disabled playing sport by 3 per cent between 2005-6 and 2007-8.

However, although the total number of adults taking part in sport increased by 520,000, the proportion did not increase among the target groups, the National Audit Office found.
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Net migration set to fall below 100,000
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 27 May 2010

Net migration to Britain is set to drop below 100,000 a year, putting the government on course to reach its stated aim of reducing the level to "tens of thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands".

New official immigration figures show that more eastern European migrants are leaving Britain than arriving, with a difference of 12,000 in the year to September 2009.

The annual citizenship figures for 2009 also published today show more than 203,000 people were granted a British passport last year – an increase of 58% over the previous year but mainly because staff were diverted to other tasks in 2008.

The latest asylum figures show that the number of new claims for refugee status lodged during 2009 was 6% lower than the previous year at 24,250.

They show that 230 children were detained in immigration centres during the first the months of this year. The government has pledged to end child detention in immigration centres.

The overall statistics show a continued decline in net migration to the UK – the number of people coming to work and study minus the number of people leaving to live abroad – to 142,000 in the year to September 2009. This compares with a net migration figure of 160,000 in the previous year to September 2009.

"Declining net migration by British citizens disguises an even more dramatic fall in net migration by non-British citizens, which was just 185,000 in the year to September 2009, down almost 27% on the year to 2008 and compared to peaks of well over 300,000 in 2004/05," said Tim Finch, head of migration at the Institute of Public Policy Research.
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Experts: Mexico harasses immigrants as it criticizes Arizona immigration law
Chris Hawley [Arizona], 27 May 2010

Arizona's new law directing local police to take a greater role in enforcing immigration rules has brought a lot of criticism from Mexico, the largest source of illegal immigrants in the United States. But, in Mexico, undocumented immigrants say they suffer even worse treatment from corrupt authorities.

"There (in the United States), they'll deport you," Hector Vázquez, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlan. "In Mexico, they'll probably let you go, but they'll beat you up and steal everything you've got first."

Mexican authorities have harshly criticized Arizona over Senate Bill 1070, which makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It states that an officer engaged in a lawful stop, detention or arrest shall, when practicable, ask about a person's legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is in the U.S. illegally.

"(The law) violates inalienable human rights," the Mexican Foreign Ministry says.

Meanwhile, Mexican police freely engage in racial profiling, harassing Central American migrants while ignoring thousands of American retirees living illegally in Mexico, immigration experts say.

Mexico already has an Arizona-style statute requiring local police to check IDs. That clause has fed an epidemic of kidnappings, rapes and other atrocities against migrants because victims are afraid to talk to police, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says. A bill eliminating the rule has been stalled in the Mexican Senate since March.

Mexican officials say they've been trying to improve treatment of immigrants by softening some of the most restrictive parts of Mexico's immigration law since 2008.

"We are trying to write a new story (regarding) immigrants, especially coming from Central American countries," Mexican President Felipe Calderón told CNN last week.

But human-rights activists say abuses have continued unabated. ...

Last year, 63,215 of the 67,282 undocumented migrants detained by Mexican authorities, or about 94 percent, were from four impoverished Central American countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. Only 836 detainees, or about 1 percent, were from the United States.
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(In brave new Britain, will anyone hear the poor's cry for help?)
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2010

With Labour still in shock, four of its major figures are locked in a leadership battle that, however fraternal, is also furious and all-consuming. ...

Yet Labour is well-placed to see the problems ahead. Its post-election inquest has been focused on the C2 voters who lost the party the election and who now stand to fare worst. The four main contenders have settled on immigration as a key grievance with a verve that has led Diane Abbott, the only woman standing, rightly to warn that incomers risk being stigmatised.

Others wonder whether, on this and other issues, Labour may try and outflank the coalition on the Right. If it does, it's headed for oblivion. Immigration curbs, such as the crude cap for non-EU migrants that Mr Cameron wants, are anathema to business, and the current points system is tough enough.

As Tim Finch of the Institute for Public Policy Research says, "Labour messed it up on immigration". For too long, it had no proper strategy and no language to discuss a subject viewed as toxic. With those taboos resolved, the candidates should tackle the causes of resentment.

... Labour should stop conducting its biopsy on the C2 voter and the immigrant and start standing up for both.
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(New expenses regime 'is tormenting MPs')
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2010

Andy Burnham has been instructed by his wife to drop his deference to the party line. ...

Though an instinctive loyalist, Mr Burnham has taken that advice to heart. Today, in his first major newspaper interview since he joined the race for the Labour leadership, the former health secretary is keen to emphasise his difference from the three other main contenders.

Like Ed Balls and the Milliband brothers, he is a fortysomething Oxbridge graduate who started out as a political adviser.

Unlike them, he can take the pulse of the ordinary working people who cost his party the election. His father was a telephone engineer and his mother a receptionist. The people who deserted Labour are his people.

These roots have made Mr Burnham more critical than his rivals of labour's failure to understand worries about immigration. "We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There's still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I've been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.

"But it was the biggest doorstep issue in constituencies where labour lost. People aren't racist, but they say it has increased tension, stopped them getting access to housing and lowered their wages."
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China set to curb migrant workers
David Elmer
Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2010

Beijing is planning to introduce its first immigration laws in an effort to control the increasing number of foreigners coming to China to work. ...

In 2007, almost 2.9 million foreigners were registered with the ministry of public security as working legally in China. That number is rising rapidly.


The People's Republic of China has never limited immigration, other than for health reasons, including a ban that was recently lifted on HIV positive immigrants.

However, China's buoyant economy has resulted in a sharp rise in the number of illegal immigrants from bordering countries such as Vietnam and Laos since the beginning of the global financial crisis.

Vietnamese are especially valued by the factory owners of southern China, because of their willingness to work for wages of 450 yuan (£45) a month, less than half of what a local would get, and the ease with which they can assimilate into Chinese society.
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Labour 'tried to stifle debate on immigration'
Gerri Peev
Daily Mail, 24 May 2010

Andy Burnham yesterday became the latest candidate in the Labour leadership battle to admit that his party had ignored voters' concerns about immigration.

The former health secretary said their worries over the influx of migrants had, for him, been the biggest issue at the General Election.

During the campaign, Labour ministers tried to silence the immigration debate.

The party made little mention of it in its manifesto and Gordon Brown denounced Labour supporting grandmother Gillian Duffy as a 'bigot' when she mentioned her concerns. ...

Mr Burnham said: 'I think our problem on immigration - and it was for me anyway clearly the biggest issue at the election - was the sense that we weren't talking about it, so that some people felt we were either in denial or just didn't want to talk about it.'

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that there were some parts of the country that had changed very rapidly. Labour should have been addressing those concerns 'other-wise we leave a vacuum and those with more sinister intentions come in and whip up fear and hatred'.

Fellow contenders Ed Balls and Ed Miliband have both raised immigration during their opening salvoes of the leadership battle.

But they were rebuked for their comments by another contender, Diane Abbott.

The veteran Left-winger said she did not like the way that the other candidates were discussing immigration, adding that it did not lose Labour the election.

'The black and white working class are moaning about Eastern European immigrants,' she told Sky News Sunday Live.

'It's a proxy for a lack of security on jobs and housing... It's very dangerous to scapegoat immigrants in a recession.'

She suggested reviving the Lib Dems' plans to give an amnesty to illegal immigrants who had lived in Britain for a decade or more.
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Diane Abbott in race row after calling Cameron and Clegg 'two posh white boys'
Paul Revoir
Daily Mail, 23 May 2010

Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbott is at the centre of a race row after describing David Cameron and Nick Clegg as 'two posh white boys'.

Miss Abbott, the first black woman MP, made the remark on the BBC politics show This Week, on which she is a pundit. ...

The comments came just a day after Miss Abbott announced she would be standing for the Labour leadership because the existing white, male candidates 'all look the same'.

Miss Abbott, 56, has previously faced accusations of racism after suggesting that the 'blonde blue-eyed Finnish girls' working in her local hospital were unsuitable as nurses because they had 'never met a black person before'.

Miss Abbott has positioned herself as an anti-racism campaigner and once claimed that Britain had 'invented racism'.
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Think tank: Immigration beats aid in reducing world poverty
Danny Sriskandarajah and Laura Chappell
The Sunday Times, 23 May 2010
[Danny Sriskandarajah and Laura Chappell work with the Institute for Public Policy Research]

A new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows that migration may be a far better way of helping the world's poor than aid. The report, based on 10,000 household surveys in seven countries, suggests that migrants working overseas deliver tangible benefits in ways that aid and foreign investment just can't.

Globally, migrants sent home about £220 billion to developing countries last year; four times the total volume of aid. Without these "remittances", some Third World countries would struggle to survive. In Tajikistan, remittances account for more than two-fifths of the total economy; in Senegal, remittances are 12 times foreign investment inflows. The African continent receives $36 per capita in aid but $44 in remittances. Moreover, remittances have emerged as one of the most resilient sources of income for poorer countries during the downturn.

This money – which usually goes straight to families with no strings attached – can be critical in boosting the quality of life of poorer households worldwide. ...

When migrants return – and significant proportions do, even to the poorest countries – they usually bring with them new resources, skills and networks. This can be critical in promoting entrepreneurship and trade in local economies. The migration experience can also change attitudes for the better. ...

Of course, migration can mean "brain drain": countries such as Fiji and Jamaica are estimated to have lost about three-quarters of their highly skilled professionals. But the picture's not all bad: the money, skills and ideas that migrants send home, or bring back with them, often outweigh the negative impacts. And the knowledge that a good education and skills can open up the chance to migrate provides a powerful incentive to young people to work hard at school and university. Some, but not all, will end up leaving, so the pool of skilled people in a country may grow.

These findings have important implications for the new government's strategy on international development. Migration should become an integral part of the development agenda because migration can do things that aid cannot. Aid has some well known weaknesses – it can get tied up in bureaucracies and its effectiveness can be blunted by corruption. In contrast, remittances go directly to households and are spent by families, not officials. Both migration and aid have a place in development strategies, but a change in approach – more support for migration and less focus on aid – is overdue.

Of course the second part of this suggestion may be easier for electorates in Europe and America to stomach than the first. But be realistic. The demand for migrant labour in rich countries is set to rise as our populations age. It seems likely, too, that two-tier labour markets that have become almost addicted to cheap immigrant labour – some 90% of all London's cleaners come from abroad – will become only more entrenched. Simply put, economies like ours need migrants to keep them growing.

This does not mean that we should open the floodgates. Rather, we need practical policies to facilitate and manage mobility. Increasing legal migration programmes may be the best way to meet labour shortages in some sectors, deliver real economic benefits to developing countries and ensure that migrants are not pushed into the hands of traffickers.
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Macer Hall
Daily Express, 21 May 2010

A think tank with close links to the Labour Party faced criticism last night for backing more mass immigration to the UK to boost the Third World.

A report from the Institute of Public Policy Research argued that mass immigration into Britain cannot be stopped because of the huge incentives for migrants from impoverished countries.

The Government should instead preside over a "managed" immigration to encourage newcomers to enter Britain legally. ...

The IPPR, which was influential in Downing Street under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, will publish its latest research today.

But its findings were dismissed last night by critics. Sir Andrew Green, of the population think tank Migrationwatch, said: "Of course immigration is good for immigrants, that is why they come.

"The question is whether mass immigration is good for Britain. Opinion polls show that the vast majority of British people don't think so."

The authors of the IPPR report argue that a "fortress" approach to immigration will not work. Instead they call for a managed scheme to encourage legitimate means of entry.

A research team looked at the experience of nearly 10,000 households in seven countries – Colombia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Jamaica, Macedonia and Vietnam.

It found that typically between 70 and 90 per cent of migrants reported an increase in disposable income, with the majority registering a large rise.

This in turn delivered wide-ranging benefits to their home country.

More than half of overseas workers sent money home, a move that helped not only their family, but the wider community. ...

IPPR project director Dr Danny Sriskandarajah said: "Migration is too good to stop.

"Migration offers one of the best routes to improving development prospects for individuals and countries alike. More people are on the move than ever before, and our study shows this mobility is generally having a more positive impact on social and economic development than previously thought.

"Even where migration causes pressure points – such as 'brain drain' from some sectors in some countries at some points – the money, skills and ideas that migrants send home or bring back with them often outweigh the negative impacts."

Lead author Laura Chappell said: "As long as there are imbalances in the global economy, migrants from poorer countries are going to want to come to countries where the economic opportunities are greater.

"In these circumstances policies mainly designed to keep migrants out or kick them out may well be destined to fail.

"Managed migration can be achieved, but it needs to take into account migrants' aspirations as well as the concerns of local electorates."
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On immigration, Obama backs Mexico, not Arizona
Byron York
Washington Examiner, 21 May 2010

When President Obama discussed the new Arizona immigration law with Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House Wednesday, he was doing something he has never done with the governor of Arizona. Although Obama has repeatedly criticized the law, he has not once talked about it with Gov. Jan Brewer, nor is any such discussion in the works.

If they did talk, Brewer might ask Obama why he took a foreign leader's side against a U.S. state on the issue of illegal immigration. In a Rose Garden appearance, Calderon called the Arizona law "discriminatory" and said it will lead to immigrants being "treated as criminals." Obama echoed Calderon's remarks, saying the Arizona law "has the potential of being applied in a discriminatory fashion" and creates the "possibility" that immigrants will be "harassed or arrested." ...

When Calderon spoke before Congress and declared, "I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona," most Democrats – joined by a few Republicans – gave him a standing ovation.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder continues work on plans to sue Arizona over the law. But if Holder goes ahead, he'll have to get in line. A total of five such lawsuits have already been filed in federal court. ... ...

As it turns out, Arizona might be fighting Washington not only in court but also inside the federal bureaucracy. This week John Morton, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Chicago Tribune his bureau might refuse to act in the cases of illegal immigrants found under the Arizona law because the statute is not "good government."

The bottom line is that Obama, the Justice Department, and the entire executive branch are on Mexico's side in this dispute. On the other hand, the majority of the American people are with Arizona; a recent Wall Street Journal poll found that 64 percent of Americans support the law.

The issue will play out not only in court but at the ballot box. A few months ago, in another context, Obama said that when political disputes can't be solved by other means, then "that's what elections are for." He's right.
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Labour's new motto: immigration, immigration, immigration
John Harris
The Guardian, 21 May 2010

One element of New Labour theology, however, remains securely in place. You hear it in the pronouncements of the supposed leading candidates, and in anxious chatter around Westminster. The C2s – skilled manual workers, whose loyalties play a crucial role in so many marginals – have deserted Labour in droves, particularly men. Their key complaints are about supposed welfare malingerers, and new arrivals from abroad; and this is where Labour must focus that time-honoured ritual known as "listening and learning". So it is that the future of centre-left politics occasionally threatens to come down to kicking the dispossessed, and parroting the early summer's big Labour mantra: immigration, immigration, immigration.

All this is currently a matter of broad-brush rhetoric (strange how men so steeped in the forensic stuff of policy seem so hesitant about coming up with ideas of their own), but the signs are clear. When announcing his leadership bid on Wednesday, Ed Balls mentioned the "I" word endlessly, and praised a politician whose sour countenance and self-styled toughness have long embodied the most dried-up school of Labour politics: Phil Woolas, this week heard bemoaning the fact that Labour failed to make more of the policy whereby benefits are refused to those seeking indefinite leave to remain (which would have made for very uplifting posters).

As well as obligingly claiming that Labour has been deaf to worries about immigration, Andy Burnham has admiringly cited voters who thought that "money and help was going to people who were not, like them, trying to do the right things" – and he didn't mean your Bob Diamonds and Fred the Shreds. The Milibands, to their credit, have been much quieter on this stuff, ...

Elsewhere, plenty of Labour people are truly ablaze. At a meeting of the parliamentary party at the end of last week, voices who last had their chance when Hazel Blears made her doomed bid for the deputy leadership reportedly piped up, talking about benefit claimants getting "something for nothing" and the need to sound strong notes on immigration controls. ...

... Now, with Clegg and Cameron looking like the embodiment of bourgeois bleeding-hearts – all "Big Society" promises and strong talk on civil liberties – some Labour people seem to have come to a truly stupid conclusion: that the Con-Dem coalition has to be outflanked on the right, because the proles demand it. ... ...

"One of the things that made me run was hearing candidate after candidate saying that immigration lost us the election," said Diane Abbott, who is starting to take on a very unlikely air of saintliness. "Rather than wringing our hands about the white working class and immigration, we need to deal with the underlying issues that make white and black people hostile to immigration: things like housing and job security. We need to be careful about scapegoating immigrants in a recession. We know where that leads."

We certainly do. And on these most fundamental of issues, Labour's danger is not that long-imagined lurch to the left, but an ugly and reactionary step in the opposite direction.
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Immigration minister: our policy was right, we just didn't tell people
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 18 May 2010

Labour came "too late" to the issue of immigration and failed to publicise plans to save as much as £4.5bn by withdrawing welfare benefits from hundreds of thousands of those seeking indefinite leave to remain, the former minister Phil Woolas told the Guardian today.

A succession of influential Labour figures, ranging from Jon Cruddas, Ed Balls, Ed Miliband and David Miliband have all now argued the party did not tackle the immigration issue during the election campaign, leading to the desertion of unskilled working-class voters.

Woolas, who as immigration minister repeatedly tried to address the issue in the blunt language of tabloid newspapers, said: "What we did was not too little, but it was too late. People felt we were shutting the stable door after the horse had bolted.

"We also came under attack from the rightwing press, so when tabloids saw we were going on the front foot about immigration, they attacked us day after day, saying the system was not working."

He said he became increasingly frustrated that the party did not advertise its policy of restricting immigrants' access to welfare benefits and social housing by introducing new probationary citizenships dependent on tests that could take as long as five to seven years.

He said: "The policy started to be introduced three years ago, but not enough people knew about it. It did not seem to be in the DNA of the government. I felt I was one of the few people talking about it, yet it was the most popular policy in the manifesto. I was repeatedly telling the campaign team we needed to highlight the policy.

"Gordon [Brown] tried to engage with the issue, and Alan Johnson as home secretary understood it, but the bulk of the campaign was either about the economy, or the Liberal Democrat policy of amnesty or the Tory policy of a cap.

"In retrospect Gordon should have advertised the change in policy when he became prime minister in 2007. Gordon came up with British jobs for British workers, but people did not believe it. That was not their experience of the jobs market."

Labour introduced a points-based system to give visas to non-EU workers only when UK residents did not have the right skills, but Liam Byrne, a previous immigration minister, has claimed the public did not have time to see how the policy was working.

Woolas admitted: "There was also a real problem I tried to have a clear, tough policy and everyone in the cabinet said they agreed it, but then in every part of Whitehall someone was demanding an exception – whether it was Gurkhas, businessmen or students."

Patrick Diamond, the former No 10 manifesto co-ordinator, said today : "The manifesto did develop some of the thinking about immigrants, but it was incremental. In my view immigration was the single biggest issue of the election, and it is about the cultural ethos of the party, not policy. It is about whether we are seen as a liberal cosmopolitan party that does not regard as intolerable people that care about issues of immigration or race. ...

Although there is consensus that immigration was a major doorstep issue, differences exist within Labour over how to address it.
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Labour must become the anti-immigration party
David Goodhart, Editor of Prospect
Labour Uncut, 18 May 2010

The regrets and half-apologies for Labour's mass immigration policy are starting. The Eds, Balls and Miliband, and Jon Cruddas have all accepted that too many people came in too quickly. ...

This should be just the start of a historic shift on immigration policy. Labour should become the party that is anti-mass immigration, but pro-immigrant. ...

Labour can be proud that since the 1950s it (often alone among the main parties) has championed the cause of race equality and stood up for immigrants. It should continue to do so, but not in a way that conflicts with the economic and cultural interests of the British mainstream. The party therefore needs to re-think its commitment to the laissez-faire multiculturalism that has left many of Britain's towns ghetto-ised and divided.

Social democracy and a generous welfare state cannot survive in the long run unless there is a strong sense of a common life, of shared cultural references and experience. Rapid and high-level immigration weakens a sense of reciprocity and "exchangeability" (that could be me without a job) and lowers trust between citizens. Without a widely accepted national story a society can quickly begin to feel like a random collection of individuals or, even worse, a collection of Balkanised ethnic or religious groups battling for recognition and resources.

Labour should make common cause with the Tories if they are indeed serious about bringing net immigration down to tens of thousands a year rather than the 150,000 to 200,000 that it has been averaging in recent years – and expose its wishful thinking on this subject when, as seems likely, it doesn't happen. (Employers in both the private sector and public sector may have become addicted to the highly motivated but cheap labour that mass immigration brings.) But it should also, in opposition, develop a distinctive policy of modern "nation building" and citizenship integration.


Labour has, in fact, made a start in several of these areas. Many years too late we are finally starting to control movement across our borders and will soon be able to count people in and out. And we have developed a language, and even institutions, of citizenship: citizenship ceremonies (mocked by the bien pensants, but a huge success), citizenship and language tests, citizenship in schools and so on. Moreover, it IS now possible to decouple the pros and cons of mass immigration from the question of race and racism. ...

But the default position of liberal Britain is still to think of immigration in terms of the interests of the immigrant. Immigration (when it is voluntary) is always in the interests of the immigrant, but not always in the interests of the existing citizen. ...

Only deranged people are against immigration per se. ...

Nobody planned or prepared for this huge act of social engineering. It was never mentioned in Labour manifestos in 1997, 2001 or 2005. It happened as the result of several apparently small decisions, which together produced a big and unintended outcome. ...

Labour sleep-walked in to a huge, and in many places very disruptive, change. It happened because of a combination of metropolitan Labour's cultural liberalism, which saw immigration as an inherently good thing, and Treasury economic liberalism which welcomed its labour market effects.
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Should Labour become the "anti-immigration party"? Absolutely not
Daniel Trilling, Deputy Culture Editor of the New Statesman
New Statesman blog, 18 May 2010

David Goodhart is wrong – and so was New Labour.

In the days since Labour's election defeat, various ex-ministers have stepped forward to offer their thoughts on where the party went astray. Immigration has cropped up time and time again.

All three potential leadership candidates – David Miliband, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls – have said that Labour should have done more to address voters' concerns about immigration. Writing in the Guardian, the former communities secretary John Denham correctly linked the issue to New Labour's embrace of neoliberal economics: ... ...

Now, these voices inside the party have been joined by David Goodhart, editor of Prospect magazine, who argues that Labour should now become the "anti-immigration party": ...

But does immigration really conflict with "British interests"? Let's take the economic argument first. Goodhart rightly says that "social democracy and a generous welfare state cannot survive in the long run unless there is a strong sense of a common life, of shared cultural references and experience". To blame this on immigration, however, is to take the symptom as the cause.

As the historian Tony Judt has argued, the threat to social democracy has come from the inequality wrought by free-market policies.

If migrants coming to Britain in 2010 find that they are entering a country where people fear for their jobs and are ready to blame their misfortunes on the new faces who have moved into the street, then the actions of Thatcher, Major, Blair and Brown are at root.

A failure to recognise this leads Goodhart to pursue an even more dangerous line of reasoning: ...

This idea that the spectacle of party leaders competing with each other to sound tough on immigration helped the fight against the BNP is simply wrong. Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, tried this kind of intolerant rhetoric before the local elections in 2006 – and was rewarded with an unprecedented number of BNP seats on Barking and Dagenham Council.

As the social statistician Ludi Simpson pointed out in a piece I wrote last month, Barking has experienced a relatively low level of immigration compared to the rest of London. And nationally, support for the BNP is strongest in areas with low, rather than high, numbers of immigrants.

If there is no "strong sense of common life" in Stoke-on-Trent, another BNP stronghold, then the reason lies in the destruction of its old industries - - mining and pottery – rather than "competition" for jobs between white people and the city's small Asian population. ...

Ed Miliband got it right when he said that immigration is a "class issue", just not in the sense he meant. Class is the one thing New Labour proved itself unable to talk about, except when it appeared in racially loaded discussions about the "white working class".
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Balls admits Labour lost touch with voters
Andrew Hough and Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2010

The Labour party must work out how it lost touch with voters, Ed Balls said last night. ...

Unskilled immigration went too far in Britain earlier in the decade, Mr Balls said, which Labour should have admitted as part of an effort to win back voters. In a newspaper interview, his first since Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister, he said their policy of toughening immigration through the points system was not understood by voters. ...

He urged Labour supporters not to react to the election loss by drifting to the Right on issues such as crime and immigration.
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Immigrants help drive sharp rise in A&E patients
Rebecca Smith
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2010

A record number of people are attending A&E departments, with immigrants and confusion over out of hours GPs driving the increase.

Centres in England dealt with 20.5 million patients in the past year – the equivalent of 40 per cent of the population making a visit. ...

A combination of the confusion over GPs' hours and increases in immigrants who tended to visit A&E routinely and not register with family doctors, was thought to be the cause. Shorter waiting times in A&E, with 98 per cent seen within four hours, also meant people were more likely to attend.
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Council needs 300 interpreters
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2010

A council employs 300 interpreters as a result of an increase in immigrants who do not speak English.

The Community Language Service run by Milton Keynes council had only 20 in 2000 and now offers services in 84 languages rather than the original 12. These include Twi, the second largest language in Ghana, Teluga, spoken in India, and Yoruva, used in Nigeria.

Staff are in the process of recruiting a further 20 interpreters and plan to add Pashto, an Afghan language, this year. The service is a self-funded body, as it charges for appointments.
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One in six pupils at primary school speaks English as second language
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2010

A record 900,000 schoolchildren speak English as a second language, according to official figures.

Almost one in six pupils in primary schools speaks another language at home, it was disclosed, double the rate of a decade ago. In parts of inner London, the figure now exceeds three quarters.

The disclosure, in figures published by the Department for Education, follows claims that a surge in pupils with relatively poor English skills was putting a strain on state schools. ...

According to the latest figures, 905,610 children do not speak English as a first language, a rise of 42,750 in a year. They account for 16 per cent of pupils in primary schools, compared with 15.2 per cent in 2009.

In secondary schools, 11.6 per cent of children speak other languages at home, up from 11.1 per cent a year earlier. ...

In 15 council areas in London and the South East, a majority of primary school pupils speak English as a second language.
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Fresh blunder reveals 15,000 more migrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2010

Thousands more migrants are in Britain than previously claimed after officials underestimated the size of the population, the Government's statisticians admitted yesterday.

A revision of the way migration statistics are collated has found that there were 15,000 more people living in the UK in 2008 than previously thought. ...

The change will increase concerns over the accuracy of immigration statistics and the true picture of movements in and out of the country.
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Why we lost, by Straw
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2010

Labour lost the election because working-class families felt "disconnected" from the party, Jack Straw has said.

The former justice secretary told Radio 4's Today programme: "We've done a great deal, as it were, for that group [working-class families] in terms of social welfare, education and so on, but they felt this argument about fairness quite strongly, particularly with respect to immigration and benefits."
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Dr Rowan Williams says opponents of immigration display 'confusion'
Ruth Gledhill
The Times, 14 May 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, risked conflict with the new Government when he criticised opponents of immigration. He also challenged the view of his predecessor that migration "threatens" British identity.

Dr Williams said that those who feared new arrivals showed "confusion" and a "lack of proper confidence" in society's ability to learn.

The Government is pledged to set annual limits on non-EU migration.

Although he did not refer directly to him, his speech was interpreted as a critique of Lord Carey of Clifton, who wrote in The Times last year that migration threatens "the very ethos or DNA of our nation".
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61 million now live in Britain: Migrant boom fuels 3m rise since 1997
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 14 May 2010

The number of people living in Britain has shot up by well over three million during Labour's 13 years in power, official figures confirmed yesterday.

Around 70 per cent of the increase is down to immigration, through direct arrivals or children born to them.

But the count - which puts the United Kingdom population at 61,398,000 - could still be too low because of doubtful source figures and the lack of any method of estimating how many migrants have come into the country illegally. ...

Yesterday's figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, take into account several years of attempts to gauge the real rate of immigration.

The population total in the summer of 2008 is 15,000 higher than the previous official estimate of 61,383,000.

In the first 11 years after Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1997 the population went up by 3,084,200. ...

The latest population figures are the result of four years of efforts by Whitehall statisticians to get a grip on the real level of immigration.

But few will accept them as definitive. Many will see them as just the latest movement in population estimates that have regularly been rewritten over the past eight years.

The problem is that statistical methods have been left hopelessly outdated by the 13-year immigration boom.

Under Labour there has been a continuously rising number of people arriving from around the world, supplemented by a leap in asylum seekers in the late-1990s and the influx of more than a million Eastern Europeans after 2004.

One way of counting immigrants used to be 'landing cards' which non-EU migrants had to fill in before arrival at British ports and airports. Labour scrapped these in 1998.

The once-a-decade national census, seen as a tried and tested method of counting the population, proved a disastrous failure in 2001. It missed out more than a million people, many of them recent immigrants.

That left the International Passenger Survey, a system under which people coming and going at ports and airport terminals are asked questions about their intentions.

Apart from the fact that those who do not intend to comply with immigration law are unlikely to give truthful answers, the scale of the survey was pathetically inadequate for its task.

In 2006 - a year when hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans came to work in Britain - the official estimates said there were 48,000 Eastern European immigrants.

This figure was based on a mere 169 immigrants who had been stopped and questioned for the IPS.

By this time, the Office for National Statistics could no longer brush aside the complaints of hard-pressed local authorities that their populations had been outrageously underestimated.

Since 2006 the ONS has poured millions into revamping the IPS. It has examined NHS and family doctor rolls, and more than £500 million is going into trying to carry out an accurate census next year.
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It will take a long time for the new boys to unravel this mess
Jeff Randall
Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2010

... Gordon Brown's administration ... It had, after all, created for itself a client class of supplicant voters. As part of a grand plan for permanent office, more than one million immigrants were handed British passports (80 per cent of first-generation arrivals vote Labour) and 900,000 workers added to the public-sector payroll.
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Our Busted Deportation System Strikes Again
Michelle Malkin, 14 May 2010

Wouldn't it be grand if the Obama administration cared more about policing our borders than about policing our refrigerators? How about fixing our deportation system instead of fixing our junk-food diets?

First Lady Michelle Obama argued this week that obesity is a "national security" issue. But her husband allows far greater threats to go unabated.

... ...

Failure to crack down on visa overstayers and failure to stop the deportation revolving door are two key security vulnerabilities that lawmakers vowed to address after 9/11.

There are currently more than 2 million illegal alien visa overstayers in the country, along with an estimated 500,000 illegal alien absconders who have ignored orders from immigration judges to leave the country. Voluntary departure policies – granting illegal aliens the privilege of deporting themselves on an honor system – have allowed countless law-breakers to remain in the country. There are federal laws mandating up to 20 years in jail for those who re-enter the U.S. illegally after being deported, but the provisions are enforced sporadically.

The endless immigration litigation system lets known deportation fugitives stay in the country pending endless appeals (just ask President Obama's illegal alien absconder aunt Zeituni Onyango, whose 2002 asylum request was rejected and yet who remains here in taxpayer-subsidized public housing while awaiting the outcome of a second immigration hearing).

Just two months ago, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner reported on lingering obstacles to enforcement and deportation of visa overstayers and absconders, including insufficient detention capacity; limitations of its immigration database; and insufficient staffing. "While most visitors leave by the time their visas expire, many thousands remain in the United States illegally," Skinner testified before Congress. "Overstays perpetuate the illegal immigration problem by using the visa process to break the law to remain in the United States. Moreover, some overstays represent a very real national security risk to the nation."

Indeed, they do. The Nationwide Visa Overstayers Club includes dozens of jihadists, including 9/11 hijackers Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Hani Hanjour, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Satam al-Suqami; 1997 New York subway bomber Lafi Khalil; 1993 World Trade Center bombers Mahmud and Mohammed Abouhalima, Mohammed Salameh and Eyad Ismoil; and 1993 New York landmark bombing and conspirator Fadil Abdelgani.
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Distorting the Truth About Crime and Race
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 14 May 2010

The New York Times's front page story this week on the New York Police Department and its allegedly racist stop-and-frisk practices follows a well-worn template: give specific racial breakdowns for every aspect of police behavior, but refer to racial crime rates only in the most attenuated of terms. Disclosing crime rates – the proper benchmark against which police behavior must be measured – would demolish a cornerstone of the Times's worldview: that the New York Police Department, like police departments across America, oppresses the city's black population with unjustified racial tactics.

This week's story, written by Al Baker, began with what the Times thinks is a shocking disparity: "Blacks and Latinos were nine times as likely as whites to be stopped by the police in New York City in 2009, but, once stopped, were no more likely to be arrested." ...

The Times's story includes a graphic breakdown of police stops by race: blacks made up 55 percent of all stops in 2009, though they're only 23 percent of the city's population; ...

But when the Times gets around to mentioning crime rates, more than halfway into the piece, it does so only because the NYPD raises them in its defense, not because the Times deems them independently worthy of note in a story on police stops. And it mentions them only as a form of reported speech, in the most generalized of terms: "Mr. Browne, the department spokesman, . . . said the stops mirrored crime – that while a large percentage of the stops involved blacks, an even larger percentage of violent crimes involved suspects described as black by their victims." This formula, which carefully brackets a non-specific statement about crime rates as what the police department says, as opposed to simply what the facts are, is by now standard Times practice: ...

Only in 2007 did the Times disclose some actual black crime rates in discussing stop-and-frisk activity ... That 2007 slip has never been allowed to reappear, however; the disclosure of crime rates has been purged from all subsequent Times stories on the NYPD's stop activities. The actual numbers convey the shocking magnitude of the city's crime disparities with a vividness that a mere generalized statement about a "larger percentage of crimes than stops" cannot, which is why the numbers are almost always left out. The actual crime rates reveal that blacks are being significantly understopped, compared with their representation in the city's criminal population, another reason for omitting them from the paper's reporting.

Here are the crime data that the Times doesn't want its readers to know: blacks committed 66 percent of all violent crimes in the first half of 2009 (though they were only 55 percent of all stops and only 23 percent of the city's population). Blacks committed 80 percent of all shootings in the first half of 2009. Together, blacks and Hispanics committed 98 percent of all shootings. Blacks committed nearly 70 percent of all robberies. ... The face of violent crime in New York, in other words, like in every other large American city, is almost exclusively black and brown. Any given violent crime is 13 times more likely to be committed by a black than by a white perpetrator ...
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Catholic school girl who refused headscarf for mosque trip labelled a truant
James Tozer
Daily Mail, 13 May 2010

A Roman Catholic schoolgirl has been labelled a truant after she refused to wear a headscarf during a compulsory trip to a mosque.

Amy Owen, 14, and fellow girl pupils at a Catholic secondary school were told to cover their heads and wear trousers or leggings out of respect for their Muslim hosts.

But when her mother objected, saying she did not want her daughter to 'dress as a Muslim', she received a sternly worded warning letter from the headmaster saying she had no choice.

Peter Lee, head of Ellesmere Port Catholic High School in Cheshire, informed her that the local diocese 'requires' pupils to have an understanding of other religions.

In the letter - with words in block capitals and underlined - Mr Lee said the visit was 'as compulsory as a geography field trip'.

He added: 'There are two reasons for these visits. One is that the scheme of work in religious studies REQUIRES children to have knowledge and understanding of other world religions.

'The second is that the school is REQUIRED to promote tolerance respect and understanding. This is known as community cohesion. ...

Amy's mother Michelle Davies refused to back down and, after being told no teachers would be back at school to keep an eye on her daughter, she kept her at home, citing religious objections - as did as many as ten other families. ...

'It's like they're putting a gun to your head - either you go to a mosque, or you're marked down as an unauthorised absence on your record - that's it no two ways about it,' the 34-year-old said.

'It's like they are saying she is playing truant for not wearing a head scarf. If the trip had been without the leggings and the headscarf, that would have been fine but I wasn't having my daughter dressed in the Muslim way. ...

'I even did some research on the internet about non-Muslims attending mosques and it says you don't have to adhere to the dress code. ...

'I can guarantee that if there were ten Muslim girls coming to our school it would adhere to what they wanted, because that's their faith, their religion, their dress code.'

Parents were asked to make a £3 payment towards the Year 9 trip to the Al Rahma Mosque in Liverpool last month, and an 11-point dress and behaviour code from the mosque was circulated.
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Terror suspect must be allowed to stay for his 'settled' family
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2010

An Algerian terrorist suspect has been allowed to stay in Britain because attempts to remove him have taken so long that his children are settled here.

The father of four, who cannot be named, had links with Abu Doha, an al-Qaeda suspect, and attended the same terror training camp as the British shoe bombers Richard Reid and Saajid Badat.

The Home Office has tried to deport the Algerian, known as "T", since 2005 when it ruled him a threat to national security but he has fought lengthy appeals since.

Immigration judges have now concluded that deporting him to Algeria would be unfair to his four children who were all born in Britain, despite accepting the Government is justified in wanting to deport "T" and his wife.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) also warned that further legal battles by "T" to avoid deportation were likely to go on for at least another two years, by which time his children "will each have become even more settled in England". ... ...

The Algerian first arrived in Britain on a false passport in 1997 and returned illegally in 1999 after spending time in Afghanistan. He brought his wife in on false documents in 2001. While in Afghanistan, he went to the Khalden terror training camp. ...

However, SIAC concluded that "T" has since raised a young family and no longer poses a risk to national security.

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Economic growth threatens third of species, says UN
Matthew Moore
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2010

A third of plant and animal species is at risk of extinction, a United nations report is expected to conclude this week. It says the world's biodiversity is threatened by the economic growth of developing countries such as China, India and Brazil, whose appetite for raw materials is destroying ecosystems.

Population growth, pollution and the spread of Western-style consumption are also blamed. ...

Ahmed Djoghlaf, who heads the Convention on Biological Diversity. said: "The magnitude of the damage [to ecosystems] is much bigger than previously thought. The rate of extinction is currently running at 1,000 times the natural historical background rate of extinction. If the nine billion people predicted to be with us by 2050 were to have the same lifestyle as Americans, we would need five planets."
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Minister to root out 'pockets' of racism in society
Jamie Smyth
Irish Times, 10 May 2010

Minister of State for Equality and Integration Mary White has vowed to root out "pockets" of racism in society and called for a radical reform of the asylum system.

She has also pledged to tackle rising discrimination against minority groups during the recession – a downturn she believes could, in the long-term, make Ireland a nicer place to live.

In her first major interview since being appointed, Ms White said she had no doubt "there were pockets of Ireland where racism rears its ugly head" and she would do everything she could to support people to embrace multiculturalism.

"While I am Minister in this brief I don't want any covert or overt racism, whether its awful graffiti spray painted on walls or whether its the nudge, nudge, wink, wink in the place of work or in the school yard.

"We have to be absolutely clear in our hearts and our minds that there is absolutely no place for racism and xenophobia in this country," she said. ...

Ms White said she would travel around the country to speak to migrants, to hear their concerns as part of a new ministerial council on integration. She plans to set up a new integration taskforce, which will include Irish representatives, to consider how to better deliver services to immigrants. A third body of academic and Civil Service experts will sit on an integration commission to consider all aspects of integration, she added. ...

Ms White also hoped the Government would overhaul its asylum system and extend the right to work to asylum seekers awaiting a decision on their cases. ...

The Department of Justice argues that giving the right to work to people seeking asylum would encourage bogus asylum seekers to come to Ireland.

It is likely to strongly oppose any amendments to the new Bill proposing to allow asylum seekers to work.
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An impending national transformation
Bruce Katz & Judith Rodin
Politico, 9 May 2010
[Bruce Katz is a Brookings vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program. Judith Rodin is president of the Rockefeller Foundation]

The United States is confronting significant demographic shifts that could have critical implications for policy and progress throughout this decade, according to new census data.

In a first-ever comprehensive study of America's large metropolitan areas, we have found that the United States is undergoing the most significant socio-demographic change since the huge wave of immigrants in the early 20th century.

Failure to manage this change could have grave consequences for America's future quality of life. But success would allow us to use this demographic transformation as a competitive advantage for the 21st century. ...

But we are growing rapidly. Our population exceeded 300 million in 2006, and we are on track to hit 350 million in the next 15 years.

What will America and its cities look like in 2025? Who will these 50 million new Americans be? Based on our new analysis, America will probably be older, more diverse, more urban – and less equal.

Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 83 percent of our population growth this last decade. We are well on the way to becoming a majority-minority society. ...

Fifteen years from now we might be more educated. Yet, if we continue as today, we could be living in a far less competitive and equitable society.

Today, whites and Asians are more than twice as likely to hold a bachelor's degree as blacks and Latinos, and young people are lagging. ... ...

We could be living in a less prosperous society. Indeed, our national prosperity in 2025 might depend on whether we master this demographic change and leverage its possibilities in two fundamental ways. ...

Over the next 15 years, as we deal with revolutionary changes in who we are and where we live, U.S. policy-makers, at the local and national level, could be tested, perhaps as never before. ...

In a fiercely competitive world, demographic transformation may be America's ace in the hole.

If we fail to meet the challenge of our changing social and urban landscapes, issues now on the horizon will compound those we face today.

But if we can successfully manage this transformation, the 21st century could be and hopefully will be a prosperous one for all Americans.
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The regional resistance that turned back the Tory tide
John Curtice, Professor of Politics, Strathclyde University
Sunday Telegraph, 9 May 2010

In most regions, the swing from labour to the Conservatives was around the 6.9 per cent figure it was reckoned Mr Cameron would need to hit the 326 mark.

But in three regions it did not. ... ...

The most surprising disappointment, though, was in London, where the swing from labour averaged just 3 per cent. In part, this relative failure in the capital was part of a wider pattern – a tendency throughout the country for Labour to perform better in areas with relatively high ethnic minority populations, a feature, of course, of many London constituencies.

It seems that Mr Cameron's attempts to woo Britain's ethnic minorities by promoting minority candidates have cut little ice. Labour were also probably helped, among Muslims in particular, by greater distance from the Iraq war and the decline of the Respect party.

In any event, it was a pattern that cost Mr Cameron dear. Five key London marginals that the Conservatives needed to take stayed stubbornly in Labour's hands, including Tooting, where transport minister Sadiq Khan held on with a 2,500 majority. Four further ethnic minority marginals in West Yorkshire and the West Midlands slipped from the Tory leader's grasp too. ...

Instead of occurring in key marginals, the strongest Tory advances were most common in seats that the party already held. That, of course, was the very opposite of what Mr Cameron's rebranding of his party was trying to achieve.
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Is Arizona Law Still Wrong If It Works?
Jonah Goldberg, 7 May 2010

What if Arizona's "racial profiling" law worked perfectly?

In other words, what if Arizona police were always right? What if they could take a look at someone and, using race or ethnicity as just one of many factors (no advocate of profiling has ever suggested that race be the sole criterion), could pick out illegal immigrants from the crowd every time? Would that make it OK?

The reason I ask is that, to listen to opponents of the law from the president on down, the chief objection is that legal immigrants and citizens will be mistakenly singled out by law enforcement.

Here's President Obama on the law's ramifications: "You can imagine, if you are a Hispanic-American in Arizona – your great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now, suddenly, if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed. That's something that could potentially happen. That's not the right way to go."

Never mind that this is a grotesque distortion of the law. Police have to have a reason other than suspicion of being an illegal immigrant – a traffic violation, disorderly conduct, etc. – to ask for your "papers" in the first place. ...

But forget that. Aside from the concern that Hispanic-Americans buying ice cream will be harassed, the other main objection is that legal immigrants will need to carry their "papers."

As many others have observed, this is pretty thin gruel. Legal immigrants have been required under federal law to carry their papers for generations. If you're for that in theory but against it in practice, you're against enforcing any kind of immigration policy at all.

Which brings us back to racial profiling. Obama is just one of many leading liberals who favor affirmative action for certain groups. ... These preferred minorities can be sized up as deserving simply by looking at their skin color and maybe their last name.

Liberals insist that in such cases race is just one factor among many, though studies suggest race is often the key factor since so many of these decisions are made at the margin.

In other words, when you have two equally qualified candidates, race trumps everything. ...

Many have pointed out the inconsistency of conservatives who support law-enforcement profiling while opposing admissions quotas, and of liberals who support quotas but loathe profiling. ...

Meanwhile, imagine you're an American kid of Chinese ancestry. Given your SAT scores and GPA, you should be able to get into, say, the University of Michigan. But because of Michigan's race-based policies, you're turned down because you're not black or Hispanic. That's not just inconvenient, that's a lifetime loss. ... Similarly, being turned down for a job you deserve because of your skin color is a real loss. ...

Opponents of Arizona's law believe government officials – i.e., cops – lack the judgment to enforce Arizona's law. But at the same time, they believe other officials can make a snap judgment about who deserves a job or a superior education based on skin color.

Given this inconsistency, one has to wonder: Is the objection to the law that it won't work, or that it will?
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'Lies, damned lies and the rise of the postal vote'
Andrew Gilligan
Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2010

At the European elections, less than a year ago, the electoral roll of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets contained 148,970 names. By January this year, it had shot up to 160,278. And in the past month alone, a further 5,000 names have mysteriously appeared.

There are only two possibilities. Either Tower Hamlets is growing twice as quickly as the fastest-growing city in China, or it is the target of massive and systematic electoral fraud. We can have a guess at the answer from the fact that some three-bedroom flats appear to have 12 adults on the roll. The real occupants, when approached on the doorstep, have never heard of their 10 new flatmates. ...

The problem is simple. Panicked by falling turnout, Labour allowed postal voting on demand. But a postal vote is a thousand times easier to rig than a vote cast in person. ...

Non-existent electors are only the half of it. By all but abolishing the secrecy of the ballot, postal voting opens the door to threats, pressure and outright vote-buying. If you vote in a polling station, nobody can make you show them your ballot paper. Nobody can know if you've obeyed orders.

Worst of all, though, is that the authorities don't seem to care. Police inquiries seldom get anywhere. After the 2006 scandals, one minister said that allegations of electoral fraud risked "undermining confidence". In the most dishonest press release I have ever seen, the Islamist-influenced Tower Hamlets council claimed that an election tribunal had found "no evidence of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets". Actually, the judge ruled that there was "clear, prima facie evidence" for it.

Our rulers have tiptoed round this subject because voting fraud is mostly a problem – for now – in Asian areas.
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What illegal migrants think about the general election
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 5 May 2010

One of the top issues of the general election campaign has been the argument over how to deal with illegal immigration. So what do these people - who have neither a vote nor a legal place in the UK - think?

Amid the bedlam of north London's Crossroads Women's Centre, there is a huddle of African women who call each other sister.

Out in multicultural London's streets, they are invisible - they just merge into the background of a world city. But they're also invisible because they've been illegally here for years, quietly getting on with their lives out of view. And none of them have any intention of going home. ...

Bira was recently told she was one of more than 70,000 asylum seekers who can now legally stay as part of a backlog clearing programme - although officials insist this has not been an amnesty.

But despite the row over the Liberal Democrat's proposals, there is a long-standing immigration rule which states a migrant who has been in the UK illegally for 14 years can be allowed to stay - something senior judges have already called an amnesty.

"Rule 276B" won't be a term well-known to illegal immigrants - but the 14-year deadline it represents is.

But using it to become legal depends on avoiding a criminal record ...
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The EU migration lie: Official statistics expose huge gap between PM's figures and truth
James Slack
Daily Mail, 5 May 2010

Labour was rocked yesterday by explosive new claims about its 'disastrous' policy on EU workers.

Figures showed almost four times more EU citizens working here than Britons taking jobs on the continent.

Opposition parties said the figures destroyed the claim by Gordon Brown – who promised 'British jobs for British workers' – that there had been equal numbers travelling in each direction.

The Prime Minister made the claim only last week, during his encounter with Rochdale pensioner Gillian Duffy.

But the EU's own statistics authority, Eurostat, says there were just 287,600 UK nationals filling jobs elsewhere in the European Union in autumn 2008.

Some 1,020,000 citizens from other Euro countries are taking posts in the economy here – more than 500,000 from Poland and other Eastern European nations granted 'open door' access by the Government.

The revelations were put to immigration minister Phil Woolas during a live TV debate.

Initially, he said he was surprised his opponents, the anti-EU UKIP party, 'trusted' figures from the EU's official statistical body.

He added: 'You can bandy around figures as long as you want', before insisting: 'There are around 2.2 million British people who live and work in the European Union.'

Critics pointed out Mr Woolas was not comparing like for like as he was counting Britons who simply live abroad, and may have retired.

In any case, his argument flatly contradicted figures given by the Prime Minister less than a week ago.

In his exchange with Mrs Duffy, Mr Brown had insisted: 'A million people come from Europe but a million British people have gone into Europe.

'You know, there's a lot of British people staying in Europe as well.' ...

UKIP spokesman Nigel Farage, who produced the Eurostat figures, said: 'These figures destroy the argument that we have a mutually beneficial open door with the EU'.

During heated exchanges, Mr Woolas repeatedly refused to say whether the two million increase in the migrant population under Labour had been a deliberate policy or an 'accident'.

But he insisted: 'The benefits to our economy are clear for all to see.'

The Lib Dems also endured a torrid time during the BBC Politics Show debate.

Spokesman Tom Brake confirmed the party planned an 'amnesty' for illegal immigrants who have been here for ten years or more, even though his leader Nick Clegg said last week that it should not be called 'amnesty'.

Mr Brake also risked ridicule by saying the hugely controversial regional immigration policy, confining migrants to one area, would be piloted in Scotland, raising the prospect of controls on the border with England.
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Europe needs migration for its survival
asiaone, 5 May 2010

European countries need migration for their own survival, UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday as he voiced concern about the rise of xenophobia and populism.

'It's clear that without migration Europe cannot survive,' the UN High Commissioner for Refugees told journalists after being asked about the election campaign in Britain.

Guterres said that in developed nations 'populist positions have been gaining ground... xenophobia has developed in several countries' leading to a clampdown on asylum seekers and hardening attitudes towards other migrant communities.

Yet, with low birth rates and ageing populations, migrants were an essential part of European society, he argued.

'What we say in all circumstances to all political parties in elections is that the problems of migration and asylum... need to be discussed in a rational way, and not in an emotional populist way,' Guterres added.

The UN refugee chief recognised the right of each country to define its own migration policy, but underlined that under international law refugees were protected and asylum seekers had a right to access and fair treatment of their claims.

Guterres argued that national debates should focus on how to ensure that ever more multicultural societies could develop in a harmonious manner.

'I think we have to say very clearly that independently of people's desires, all societies are becoming multireligious, multiethnic and multicultural,' he said in response to questioning about attitudes to Muslim traditions.

'Thinking that European societies will become homogeneous again... is a completely absurd illusion,' the former Portuguese prime minister added.
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People trafficking prosecution failure 'startling'
BBC, 4 May 2010

Scotland's failure to successfully prosecute anyone for people trafficking is "startling", a senior police officer has admitted.

Dep Ch Con Gordon Meldrum said there were at least 10 criminal gangs smuggling people into Scotland.

But no-one has ever been convicted of the offence, despite several successful prosecutions elsewhere in the UK.

Mr Meldrum was giving evidence to Holyrood's equal opportunities committee.

The committee is carrying out an inquiry into migration and trafficking in Scotland.

Mr Meldrum said he did not know why there had never been a successful prosecution for people trafficking in Scotland, and said there was a "startling" difference in the conviction rates between Scotland and England.

He told committee members that the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency had last year, for the first time, attempted to map the scale of serious organised crime in Scotland.

Its study found that in June of last year there were a minimum of 367 serious organised crime groups, with a total of about 4,066 named members, either active in Scotland, or whose activities directly impacted on Scotland.

Of these, at least 10 groups were thought to be actively involved in people smuggling, Mr Meldrum, whose portfolio with the Association of Chief Police Officers includes trafficking, said. ...

The committee was also told that no-one knows for sure the scale of human trafficking into Scotland.

Lorraine Cook, of Cosla's strategic migration partnership, described human trafficking as a "hidden crime" while the trafficking of children was "even more so hidden".

An ongoing pilot project by Glasgow City Council had identified eight cases of children being trafficked into the city - but officials believe these are only the tip of the iceberg, Ms Cook said.
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'The first punch came, landing on my nose, sending blood down my face'
Jerome Taylor
The Independent, 4 May 2010
['Independent' reporter Jerome Taylor relives his bloody experience on the trail of voting fraud in east London]

When I look back on it now what surprises me is how disarmingly polite my attackers were.

"What are you doing?" asked one of the two, seemingly inquisitive, Asian teenagers who approached me on a quiet cul-de-sac in Bow, east London, shortly after 1pm yesterday.

"There's been a photographer around here, do you know her?" he added.

I didn't, but I explained I was a journalist for The Independent looking to speak to a man at an address in the area, who was standing as a candidate in the local elections, about allegations of postal vote fraud. "Can we see your note pad," the boy asked.

I declined and then the first punch came – landing straight on my nose, sending blood and tears streaming down my face. Then another. Then another.

I tried to protect myself but a fresh crop of attackers – I guess between four and six – joined in. As they knocked me to the ground one of them brought a traffic cone repeatedly down on the back of my head. ...

What brought me to Bow yesterday were allegations of widespread postal voting fraud. Both the local Conservative and Respect parties in Tower Hamlets have been looking through the new electoral rolls for properties that have an alarmingly high number of adults registered to one address. The area has a large Bengali population and this type of fraud is unfortunately all too common. In some instances there have been as many as 20 Bengali names supposedly living in two or three-bedroom flats. When journalists have previously called, all too often there are far fewer living there. In some instances, no Bengalis at all.

In such a heavily populated borough, a few fraudulent postal votes might not sound like it matters but when you look at how slim the majorities are here you know every vote counts. ...

So far Scotland Yard is looking into 28 allegations of bogus voter registration in London, although the Conservative and Respect parties both say they have highlighted many more. Concerns have been amplified by a flood of new voter registrations in the past few weeks in the run-up to the nationwide deadline on 20 April. Election officials in Tower Hamlets have removed 141 suspect ballots from the register but overall 5,166 new names were received before the deadline with little time to check their veracity.

Bengalis do tend to have large families and this is the third most deprived borough in the country. Overcrowding is a serious issue. But other Bengalis I know in the area had told me that it was very unusual to have any more than fi