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Interpol chief - close EU border loophole or risk attack
Rob Hastings
The Independent, 30 December 2011

A glaring failure by almost all European countries to check passports against an international database of lost and stolen travel documents is leaving the Continent vulnerable to a terrorist attack on the scale of the Madrid train bombings, the head of Interpol has warned.

In what he said he hoped would not be his "last interview", Interpol's Secretary General, Ronald Noble, told The Independent that nearly all EU members are failing to make crucial checks against the agency's database of 15 million suspicious passports – allowing potential terrorists to enter Europe and cross multiple borders undetected.

"So many basic steps aren't being taken, which could lead to another September 11, another July 7 [the 2005 London Underground bombings], another March 11 in Madrid," Mr Noble said. ...

The former head of the US Secret Service also revealed that last year 500 million flights were not screened against the Interpol database. "My hope is that it won't take another September 11, July 7 or March 11, where someone enters one of these countries carrying a stolen passport and masterminds a terrorist attack, before all countries begin systematically screening passports," he said.

Mr Noble said the Schengen Agreement, which allows people to travel across much of the EU without a passport, meant that a single soft spot in border security could put the whole of mainland Europe at risk. "If we all say that we are going to trust one another to screen and control people coming through our borders then we should all have the same standard," he said.

"Right now, there are less countries than fingers on my hand in the EU that are systematically screening the passports of people coming across their borders through Interpol's database. That is something that should concern all citizens that belong to the Schengen system."

A European Commission source said the Schengen area had its own database of documents for checks on all external borders. "Schengen member states are not obliged to carry out systematic checks against the Interpol database," he said.

However, Interpol maintains that the Schengen system is not as comprehensive as its own database, as it excludes records from 131 non-EU countries that also contribute to the Interpol logs.

Britain is the only EU country to systematically check passports against those registered as missing worldwide. Last year more than 11,000 people were caught trying to enter the UK using lost or stolen passports. Britain carries out more checks against the database than the rest of Europe combined – 140 million last year. France carried out the second highest number, at 10 million.
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Time to fix our borders
The Independent, 30 December 2011
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It would be easy for Britain to react with complacency to the warning from Ronald Noble, the head of Interpol, that Europe's startlingly poor border controls are leaving it open to another major terrorist attack.

On the plus side, the UK is not party to the Schengen Agreement, which allows people to move around within much of the EU without a passport. In theory at least, we are insulated from the effects of the Continent's more porous borders. Some 140 million people are checked through UK borders annually, and last year more than 11,000 of them were caught using lost or stolen passports.

It is nonetheless a cause for grave concern that there is no obligation under Schengen for other EU states to make the same checks. Europe is only as secure as its weakest border, and the scale of the threat cannot be overstated.
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£42 million bill to get remove failed asylum seekers: How taxpayer funding for secretive flights has QUADRUPLED in past seven years
Graham Smith
Daily Mail, 30 December 2011

The Government has spent £42 million on secretive flights to send failed asylum seekers back home, it was revealed today.

British taxpayers are forking out a staggering £500,000 each month to fund expensive air travel arrangements for foreign nationals who have lost bids to stay in the country.

Entire aircraft are rented by UK Borders Agency staff to send up to 100 immigrants back home at a time to prevent passengers on scheduled services witnessing 'distressing' removals.

The average cost of enforcing the removal of a failed asylum seeker was £11,000 in 2005, but this figure had risen to up to £17,000 by 2009. ...

Figures obtained under Freedom Of Information laws show the shadowy flights - which do not show on airport departure screens - have quadrupled in the last seven years.

In 2004, the data shows £1.73 million was spent on sending back those who had failed in bids to stay in the UK.

That soared to £10.4 million in 2009/10 and £8.5 million in the past year. Over the seven year period the total is estimated to be £42 million.

Figures show a record number of foreign nationals, 42,552, were either forcibly removed or went home voluntarily last year. Those journeys were undertaken on either charter or scheduled flights, mostly from UK airports.

A total of 306,535 had been repatriated in the seven years up to September, the data shows.

In 2005/06 the amount spent on charter flights rose to £4.3 million and has continued to rise.

Figures for 2009/10 show a staggering £10.4 million - the highest figure to date - was spent and a further £8.5 million last year.

According to government data the charter flight programme 'initially' operated to Kosovo and Albania only.

Now the scheme focuses 'almost exclusively' on long-haul destinations and regular flights are carried out to Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Jamaica. ...

An agency spokesperson said: 'It is right that those with no right to be here should go home and flights of this type still represents the most cost effective way of removing people.

'The increased expenditure on charter flights from the UK reflects the general rise in the cost of air travel since 2004 and a greater number of flights to countries outside Europe.'
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France makes it harder to become French
France 24, 30 December 2011

France will be making it harder for foreigners to seek French citizenship as of January. Critics say the new requirements, which include tough language tests and allegiance to "French values", are an electoral ploy that panders to the far right. ...

Candidates will be tested on French culture and history, and will have to prove their French language skills are equivalent to those of a 15-year-old mother tongue speaker. They will also be required to sign a new charter establishing their rights and responsibilities.

"Becoming French is not a mere administrative step. It is a decision that requires a lot of thought", reads the charter, drafted by France's High Council for Integration (HCI). In a more obscure passage, the charter suggests that by taking on French citizenship, "applicants will no longer be able to claim allegiance to another country while on French soil", although dual nationality will still be allowed.

... Muslim applicants, who make up the majority of the 100,000 new French citizens admitted each year.

France's interior minister has made it clear that immigrants who refuse to "assimilate" into French society should be denied French citizenship. ...

But the interior minister has taken a hard line on immigration, announcing plans to reduce the number of legal immigrants coming to France annually from 200,000 to 180,000 and calling for those convicted of felony to be expelled from the country.
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Brussels rules let 11,000 migrants a year slip into the UK by the back door
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 29 December 2011

Brussels rules are letting thousands of migrants into Britain 'by the back door'.

Nearly 11,000 moved here this year on the basis of having been given citizenship in another EU country.

The total, revealed in figures from the Office for National Statistics, is up more than a third on the 8,000 cases recorded in 2006. Many of the migrants would normally have been barred from taking up residence in Britain.

But under EU rules they are automatically entitled to come here once they have EU citizenship and start working – or claiming benefits. The data, compiled from passenger surveys, shows that 47,000 non-EU immigrants have found their way to the UK using this method over the past five years.

Priti Patel, the Tory MP who uncovered the information, said the loophole completely undermined Government efforts to curb the surge in immigration that took place under Labour. She urged ministers to raise the issue in Brussels and take action to wrest back control of Britain's borders.

Miss Patel took up the issue herself after a BBC documentary in October highlighted the case of an Ecuadorean family who moved to London after gaining citizenship in Spain.

The family of six were receiving £2,300 a month in housing benefit to rent a flat in Islington, as well as tax credits and child benefit. ...

The revelation raises fresh questions about the Coalition's pledge to cut net immigration to under 100,000 a year. Last month official figures revealed that the figure had soared to a record 252,000 in 2010.

EU countries all have different requirements for migrants wanting to become a citizen, and there are fears that some could be a soft touch for those whose ultimate aim is to come to the UK.
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Europe's Inexorable March Towards Islam
Soeren Kern
Stonegate Institute, 29 December 2011

Post-Christian Europe became noticeably more Islamized during 2011. ...

In Austria, an appellate court upheld the politically correct conviction of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, a Viennese housewife and anti-Jihad activist, for "denigrating religious beliefs" after she gave a series of seminars about the dangers of radical Islam. ... ...

In Belgium, it was revealed that Muslims now make up one-quarter of the population of Brussels, according to a new book published by the Catholic University of Leuven, ... In real terms, the number of Muslims in Brussels – where half of the number of Muslims in Belgium currently live – has reached 300,000, which means that the self-styled "Capital of Europe" is now the most Islamic city in Europe. ...

In Denmark, a Muslim group launched a campaign to turn parts of Copenhagen and other Danish cities into "Sharia Law Zones" that would function as autonomous enclaves ruled by Islamic law. ... ...

Also in Denmark, the city council of Copenhagen approved the construction of the first official "Grand Mosque" in the Danish capital. The mega-mosque will have a massive blue dome as well as two towering minarets and is architecturally designed to stand out on Copenhagen's low-rise skyline. ...

Meanwhile, the president of the Denmark-based International Free Press Society, Lars Hedegaard, was found guilty of racist hate speech for comments he made about Islam. ... ...

In France, it was revealed that Islamic mosques are being built more often than Roman Catholic churches, and that there now are more practicing Muslims in the country than practicing Catholics. ...

In Germany, it was revealed that thousands of young women and girls in Germany are victims of forced marriages every year. Most of the victims come from Muslim families; many have been threatened with violence and even death. ...

Also in Germany, a best-selling book published in September revealed that the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany is far more advanced than previously thought, and that German authorities are "powerless" to do anything about the Muslim shadow justice system in Germany. ...

In Holland, it was revealed that 40% of Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands between the ages of 12 and 24 have been arrested, fined, charged or otherwise accused of committing a crime during the past five years, according to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior.

In Dutch neighborhoods where the majority of residents are Moroccan immigrants, the youth crime rate reaches 50%. ...

The "Dutch-Moroccan Monitor 2011" also revealed that most of the Moroccan youth involved in criminal activities were born in Holland. ... ...

Also in Spain, two radical Islamic television stations began 24-hour broadcasting to Spanish-speaking audiences in Spain and Latin America from new studios in Madrid. The first channel, sponsored by the government of Iran, will focus on spreading Shiite Islam, the dominant religion in Iran. The second channel, sponsored by the government of Saudi Arabia, will focus on spreading Wahhabi Islam, the dominant religion in Saudi Arabia. ... ...

In Switzerland, where the Muslim population has more than quintupled since 1980, a Muslim immigrant group based in Bern called for the emblematic white cross to be removed from the Swiss national flag because as a Christian symbol it "no longer corresponds to today's multicultural Switzerland."
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Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism
Monica Williams
Psychology Today, 27 December 2011

A colorblind approach allows us to deny uncomfortable cultural differences.

Racial issues are often uncomfortable to discuss and rife with stress and controversy. Many ideas have been advanced to address this sore spot in the American psyche. Currently, the most pervasive approach is known as colorblindness. Colorblindness is the racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as possible, without regard to race, culture, or ethnicity.

At its face value, colorblindness seems like a good thing – really taking MLK to task on his call to judge people on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. It focuses on commonalities between people, such as their shared humanity.

However, colorblindness alone is not sufficient to heal racial wounds on a national or personal level. It is only a half-measure that in the end operates as a form of racism.

Racism? Strong words, yes, but let's look the issue straight in its partially unseeing eye. In a colorblind society, Whites, who are unlikely to experience disadvantages due to race, can effectively ignore racism in American life, justify the current social order, and feel more comfortable with their relatively privileged standing in society (Fryberg, 2010). Most minorities, however, who regularly encounter difficulties due to race, experience colorblind ideologies quite differently. Colorblindness creates a society that denies their negative racial experiences, rejects their cultural heritage, and invalidates their unique perspectives.

Let's break it down into simple terms: Color-Blind = "People of color – we don't see you (at least not that bad 'colored' part)." As a person of color, I like who I am, and I don't want any aspect of that to be unseen or invisible. The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about the way God made me and the culture I was born into that we shouldn't talk about. Thus, colorblindness has helped make race into a taboo topic that polite people cannot openly discuss. And if you can't talk about it, you can't understand it, much less fix the racial problems that plague our society.

Whites tend to view colorblindness as helpful to people of color by asserting that race does not matter (Tarca, 2005). But in America, most underrepresented minorities will explain that race does matter, as it affects opportunities, perceptions, income, and so much more. When race-related problems arise, colorblindness tends to individualize conflicts and shortcomings, rather than examining the larger picture with cultural differences, stereotypes, and values placed into context. ... ...

A colorblind approach effectively does the same thing. Blind means not being able to see things. I don't want to be blind. I want to see things clearly, even if they make me uncomfortable. ... ...

The alternative to colorblindness is multiculturalism, an ideology that acknowledges, highlights, and celebrates ethnoracial differences. It recognizes that each tradition has something valuable to offer. It is not afraid to see how others have suffered as a result of racial conflict or differences.
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Taxpayer funding £100,000 a day for failed asylum seekers
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2011

The taxpayer is spending more than £100,000 a day to house failed asylum seekers who have no right to be in the country.

The Home Office spent almost £40 million last year supporting so-called "hard cases" – asylum seekers who have had their claims rejected but cannot leave for one reason or another.

It is usually because of unsafe conditions in their home country, a medical condition or they have launched a judicial review on a legal point in their case.

But in the meantime the taxpayer must fund their accommodation and living allowances.

And the cost of the asylum system is growing after separate figures showed the number of asylum seekers who are still awaiting a decision and need accommodation increased in 2011. ...

Under what is known as Section 4 support, asylum seekers who have had their claim for shelter rejected but cannot currently return home are given accommodation and living support. In the 12 months up to September 2011, a total of 4,430 people were awarded such support – the equivalent of 12 a day.

Some of those will have since left the country but others may be here indefinitely if their particular circumstances do not change.

Over the period, the Home Office spent £38.2 million on Section 4 support or £104,658 a day. ...

As well as accommodation, recipients are given a payment card, worth £35.39 per person a week, which is used to buy food and essential toiletries.
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Segregated Charter Schools Evoke Separate But Equal Era in U.S.
John Hechinger
SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle / Bloomberg News, 26 December 2011

At Dugsi Academy, a public school in St. Paul, Minnesota, girls wearing traditional Muslim headscarves and flowing ankle-length skirts study Arabic and Somali. The charter school educates "East African children in the Twin Cities," its website says. Every student is black.

At Twin Cities German Immersion School, another St. Paul charter, children gather under a map of "Deutschland," study with interns from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and learn to dance the waltz. Ninety percent of its students are white.

Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down "separate but equal" schools for blacks and whites, segregation is growing because of charter schools, privately run public schools that educate 1.8 million U.S. children. ... ...

Charter schools are more segregated than traditional public schools, according to a 2010 report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers studied 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 39 metropolitan areas. ...

In Minnesota, the birthplace of the U.S. charter-school movement, the divide is more than black and white.

St. Paul's Hmong College Prep Academy, 99 percent Asian-American in the past school year, immerses students "in the rich heritage that defines Hmong culture." Its Academia Cesar Chavez School – 93 percent Hispanic – promises bilingual education "by advocating Latino cultural values in an environment of familia and community." Minneapolis's Four Directions Charter School, 94 percent Native American, black and Hispanic, promotes "lifelong learning for American Indian students."

Charter schools, which select children through lotteries, are open to all who apply, said Abdulkadir Osman, Dugsi's executive director.

"Some people call it segregation," Osman said. "This is the parent's choice. They can go anywhere they want. We are offering families something unique."

That's a "significant difference" between Minnesota charters and segregated schools in the 1950s South, said Joe Nathan, director of the Center for School Change at Macalester College in St. Paul.

"Nobody is being forced to go to these schools," said Nathan, who helped write Minnesota's 1991 charter-school law. ...

The atomization of charter schools coincides with growing U.S. diversity. Americans of other races will outnumber whites by 2042, the Census Bureau projects.

Even after a divided Supreme Court in 2007 ruled that schools couldn't consider race in making pupil assignments to integrate schools, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy urged districts to find other ways to fight "de facto resegregation" and "racial isolation." ...

Citing Kennedy's words, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder this month called for schools – including charters – to combat growing segregation.
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When Islam met the diversity industry...
Damian Thompson
Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2011

This week, I was told about a London primary school whose pupils are overwhelmingly Muslim. It isn't having a nativity play. There was a plan to sing carols in a lesson, but parents banned their children from attending. Mixed swimming lessons will soon be a thing of the past. Canteen food has to be halal. "This is effectively a faith school – a Muslim one," says a teacher.

Maybe so, but a visit to the school's website reveals that the school also has an official religion: multiculturalism. Two of the major festivals in the year are a "Red Card to Racism" sports tournament and Black History Month. And here there's no conflict. No Islamic father has pulled his little girl out of a black history celebration, even if she isn't actually black. (Many of the pupils are Muslims from Kosovo.)

I'm fascinated by the relationship between British Islam and public sector multiculturalism. We've got into the habit of thinking of the multi-culti brigade as fervent secularists. So they are – where Christianity is concerned. But they feel strangely at home in the company of Muslims whose beliefs are ferociously conservative.

How odd, you might think, that an ideology emanating from Sixties American campuses fits so comfortably with one that emerged from medieval Arabia. I'd assumed that the initiative was taken by liberals who patronise Muslims while turning a blind eye to their social attitudes. But that was before I discovered the Islamic Diversity Centre (IDC).

The IDC is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and calls itself "the only authentic source for knowledge on Islam in the North East". Although it seems to be a small group, its website is beautifully engineered by an upmarket design agency. However, it's the extent of its institutional reach that really impresses. IDC offers an "Introduction to Islam School Workshop" whose "trained facilitators... teach schoolchildren the beauty of Islam". Staff from Catholic schools, among others, offer testimonials. There are also courses for NHS professionals and anyone in the field of equal opportunities. "The goal is to break down the stereotypes surrounding the Muslim community," we're told.

Hmm. That depends which stereotypes we're talking about. It's true that the IDC rejects Islamist violence and rhetoric. On the other hand, try clicking through to the profiles of team members. While there are photographs of the men, every woman is represented by an identical headshot showing a pair of eyes peeking out of a niqab.

This is seriously conservative Islam, in other words. Its courses aim to inform, not convert – but at weekends, IDC staff can be found proselytising vigorously on street corners. They run a New Muslim Support Centre "to meet the needs of the burgeoning numbers of Muslim converts in the North East". Significantly, it also acts as a "Diversity and Equality Centre".

Islam has a long history of accommodating itself to its host culture without watering down its tenets. In 21st-century Britain, that means pressing the Islamophobia button, and pressing it hard.

Would conservative Christians be allowed to extol the beauty of the Gospel in secular primary schools and hospitals? Don't be silly. The public sector knows which stereotypes it's happy to challenge and those it would rather leave undisturbed.
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Nigerian students allege racial discrimination
The Times of India, 24 December 2011

A group of Nigerian students studying technical courses at Sri Ramakrishna Advance Training Institute in Coimbatore, lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police, Amaresh Pujari, on Friday, stating that they were discriminated against by their neighbours, on account of their race. The commissioner has ordered an enquiry into the complaint. ...

In their complaint, they said that their neighbours were avoiding them because of their colour and race. They avoided going to the UK to pursue their studies, thinking that they would face discrimination in a white nation. However, they were shocked to realize that even in India, they were discriminated against. ... ...

... They told the commissioner that their neighbours often called them with derogatory names and were rude towards them.
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Racism Finally Debated in Parliament
Patricia Grogg
IPS: Inter Press Service, 23 December 2011

The Cuban parliament finally included the problem of racism, long a taboo issue in this country, in its debates this week. And the question is also on the agenda of the governing Communist Party's upcoming national conference.

The question of racial discrimination was debated in the education, culture, science and technology commission, in its meetings ahead of the year-end plenary session of parliament, held Friday.

"The inclusion of the racial issue on the parliamentary agenda was a long-standing demand of the Cofradía de la Negritud," said Tato Quiñones, one of the activists involved in that citizen movement which emerged over a decade ago with the aim of raising awareness on discrimination based on skin colour in Cuba.

Quiñones told IPS that the Cofradía sees this as "a first step on the long, arduous path that still lies ahead for Cuba with regard to this fundamental problem."

The Cofradía regularly holds debates in which academics and researchers analyse the issue of racism from different angles.

It also launched nearly 50 proposals this year for actions to gradually wipe out discrimination on the basis of skin colour in Cuban society, and to reduce racial inequality, which the group says has grown in recent years. ...

Also participating as a guest was Mariela Castro, the director of Cuba's National Sex Education Centre (CENESEX), who wrote in her personal blog on Thursday Dec. 22 that people in the meeting commented on the need for a law against all forms of discrimination.
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Financial benefits of equality laws are imaginary, says think-tank
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2011

New equality laws have no economic benefit and only a questionable effect on discrimination, a report claims.

The study published by the think-tank Civitas says that the supposed economic benefits of recent human rights legislation are "imaginary" and that even their symbolic value is "debatable".

It claims that rather than saving the country £65 million a year, as Government estimates suggest, the Equality Act 2010 will actually cost at least £10m annually while tying small businesses in red tape.

The claims come after another study by the think-tank suggested that up to £1 billion a year is spent on "mindless" data collection as companies are forced to comply with equalities legislation.

That report found that equality laws have created a cottage industry of bureaucrats who monitor but don't actually reduce race or gender bias.

Ministers have also been criticised by a backbench Tory MP, Dominic Raab, for implementing costly and bureaucratic elements of Labour's flagship Equality Act rather than scrapping them after taking office.

The law, which gained Royal Assent just before the election, aimed to improve fairness by banning discrimination against "protected groups" such as ethnic minorities, women, disabled people and homosexuals.

It streamlined existing legislation and aimed to improve equal opportunities in the workplace.

The impact assessment published by the Government Equalities Office suggested the law would cost up to £283m to implement in its first year, but the costs would soon be recouped.

It was claimed that society would benefit by as much as £62m a year from greater equality.

But in a new Civitas paper called Assessing the Damage, Nigel Williams, a statistician, claims that the costs of implementing the law are far higher while the savings are "largely imaginary".

He said that the official figures are based on the assumption that people will give up some of their prosperity in return for greater equality: "The value is ideological, nothing more."

It also assumes that combating discrimination does not "harm growth" by dissuading small businesses from recruiting because of the "weight of regulations" and the "threat of an employment tribunal".

A further £9m in annual savings is expected from the simplification of existing laws, but Mr Williams says this could be bettered by the mere "removal of the offending regulations".

Meanwhile the prediction of another £4m annual benefit is based on the assumption that changes to the equal pay regime will lead to fewer employment tribunals.

But Mr Williams claims the new law may lead to more legal claims against employers and will require even the smallest of firms to digest 800 pages of guidance.

He concludes: "Even if the changes are introduced with extraordinary efficiency by all concerned and the budgeted £200 million proves ample, the annual consequences of this legislation will serve not to pay back the costs, but to add to them.

"The ideological benefits of the Equality Act are debatable at best. The financial benefits simply do not exist."
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Did Harriet Harman's Equality Act save Britain £65 million?
Ed West
Daily Telegraph blog, 23 December 2011

Has Harriet Harman's showpiece 2010 Equality Act really saved the country £65 million? This is the implausible figure cited by the Government, and disputed by the think-tank Civitas, which calls such benefits "imaginary" and says even the symbolic values are "debatable". ...

Last month the same think-tank produced a report, The Rise of the Equalities Industry, by sociology professor Peter Saunders, which suggested that the cost of equality was somewhere like £150 million in the service sector, £35 million in manufacturing and, worst of all, £210 million across small and medium-sized businesses.

In fact everywhere that equality and diversity has become a government goal it has ended up costing money, without exception, which is why the £65 million sounds so odd. Forbes have estimated the cost of diversity training being $10 billion to the US economy, while various equality acts, including the ruinous disparate impact laws (the equivalent of indirect discrimination), have been economically as well as socially damaging.

The Civitas Report states:

Familiarization is given a one-off cost of over £200 million. This includes an allowance of 8 hours for each small or medium-sized enterprise, of 249 employees or less, to digest 800 pages of guidance from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, including the issue of whether it is legal to make a choice between two equally qualified candidates if one is from a protected group.

Small employers will not be able to afford a specialist for their personnel needs. Larger ones will need both to understand the provisions themselves and to disseminate to them to anyone involved in line management or recruitment. Eight hours of familiarization time is insufficient.

No allowance is made for single-person, owner-managed firms, estimated at 3.5 million in number. The assumption is that they will not step up to the next level of employing other people. Whether any would choose to expand if it were not for the burden of regulations surrounding employment is another question.

And so such regulations disproportionately damage small businesses. This is why, as Jonah Goldberg wrote in Liberal Fascism, big business is so much behind a corporatist "equality and diversity" culture, giving them relatively cheap ethical branding. Yet so far there is no evidence that any equality laws makes businesses more effective (psychologists Katherine Williams and Charles O'Reilly say: "The preponderance of empirical evidence is that diversity is likely to impede group functioning."); nor that it helps to reduce the inequalities in society (and the great irony of American liberals' obsession with equality is that East Asians are now being discriminated against and are pretending to be white).

Anti-discrimination laws arose out of a noble idea, to counter blatant bias (especially in the US), but at some point the goal became the levelling of society between all groups, a goal that is clearly incompatible with a free society where people in their everyday thoughts and actions discriminate.
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Charging John Terry won't end racism
Edwin Okong'o
The Guardian, 22 December 2011

I am a black man but I find it utterly ridiculous that the Crown Prosecution Service intends to prosecute Chelsea captain John Terry for racist remarks he allegedly made against Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand.

I am not defending anyone's right to say racist remarks. As a black African man who has lived in the US for almost 20 years, I have had racial insults thrown at me. The damage some of the slurs caused was so great that I will not apologise for any racist. I have also seen extreme cases of racism lead to violence and even death.

But prosecuting people for merely uttering racist slurs does nothing to improve race relations. It's society's way of excusing itself from tackling the issue of race. Fifa, for example, might find it much easier to wave a banner stating "Say no to racism" than to invest in programmes educating footballers about how racism affects not only the victims, but also those accused of being racists.

By punishing nonviolent, spur-of-the-moment racist speech we fail to acknowledge a very important fact – that there is racial animus in every one of us. Human beings are discriminatory by nature. Even when we live in societies where all members belong to the same race, we still find reasons to alienate others. We divide ourselves into tribes and clans. (I should know this; I was born in Kenya.) ...

Those who come from a racially privileged group might believe in the supremacy of their race because all the information they have been exposed to suggests this is so. And the racist views of those like me who hail from a race that has been historically regarded as inferior are based on the history of how our race has been perceived and treated over time.

The longer we live without meeting positive role models from outside our own race, the more likely it is for us to use race to explain wrongs committed against us. A white man who has never been exposed to anything good about black people might think that a black man who steps on his toes does so because all black people hate whites, and vice versa.

Society ignores the fact that because racism was a mainstream culture for centuries, it is like an addiction. ...

Laws do not change hateful people. They suppress people's feelings and force them to retreat into the proverbial closet. A punitive remedy to nonviolent racist speech and the public shaming that accompanies it might also have the reverse effect of strengthening racist feelings.

A little investment in educating the perpetrator might be more valuable than punishment. For me, it was learning that white people played a critical role in ending slavery and colonialism in Africa that saved me from the hate I was developing for them, which was based on how some of them had mistreated me. But it was also learning that there are people in my own race who have done me as much harm as any white person.

To tackle racism effectively, we'll need to acknowledge that it is a widespread problem that will take a long time to address. Then we can begin by educating children about racism from an early age – leave it too late, and changing racist beliefs might prove an impossible task.
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EU court says asylum seekers can stay
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 22 December 2011

European Union judges provoked outrage last night by banning Britain from deporting asylum seekers back to Greece.

The European Court of Justice ruled that handing over would-be refugees could infringe their human rights.

Angry critics branded a "disgrace" and a "mockery" the decision which piles pressure on over-stretched frontier controls. Greece is a key entry point over EU borders for illegal immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East heading for Britain.

It is feared the ruling could lead to an explosion in "asylum shopping", where claimants make multiple applications to try to stay in the EU. ...

The row erupted yesterday when the Luxembourg court – the EU's highest legal authority – upheld claims of asylum seekers in the UK and Ireland, including an Afghan who challenged being sent to Greece last July.

Thousands crossing the Turkish frontier into Greece are held in often degrading conditions in camps while claims are processed.

Tory James Clappison of the Commons Home Affairs Committee said the camps were "terrible" but insisted that Britain should not be penalised.

He added: "I question whether the court has any jurisdiction over Britain in this case."

Tory Euro-MP Timothy Kirkhope, a former immigration minister, said the ruling was "extremely frustrating" and "unfair". ...

Whitehall insiders said transfers of asylum seekers to Greece had already been halted earlier this year in anticipation of the ruling.

Officials feared the Home Office could face a string of costly legal claims if they pressed ahead with deportations to Greece.
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Four million Vietnamese are living overseas, conference hears
Thanh Nien News, 22 December 2011

More than 4 million Vietnamese people are living in more than 100 countries and territories in the world, a Wednesday conference held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was told.

The conference publicized Vietnam's migration dossiers and orientations for Vietnamese policies and laws on international migration, as part of a project to build migration dossiers and databases for Vietnamese migrants abroad.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Consular Department is working with the Hanoi Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to implement the project under the auspices of the European Union (EU).
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Why we need to start discriminating again
Ed West
Daily Telegraph website, 22 December 2011

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Britain and Ireland cannot return asylum seekers to Greece because their human rights would be jeopardised. ... ...

It is interesting how far the logic behind the asylum system has shifted down the years. The first UN Convention, in 1951, dealt with people made homeless by the changing map of Europe (including millions of Germans driven out of Prussia). It was never intended, nor even imagined, that vast numbers of people from failed states would move permanently into Europe, marking the continent's greatest movement of people since the barbarian invasions. ...

Do Afghans have a "right" to protection in Europe? Who granted them such a right? God? Nature? The UN? What right do I have to live in, say, Afghanistan, assuming I was insane?

This is, in reality, a distortion of the English language. An Afghan has no rights to England; if he is within its borders he enjoys the human rights that English law and custom ensures (well, used to), but he has no civil rights, including the right to reside. ...

An Afghan who arrives here is, in fact, a guest, and the system takes into account thousands of years of custom whereby guests are protected; this featured strongly in ancient Jewish and Greek culture, with Zeus being the patron and protector of all strangers. Likewise a Pathan will look after you if you stray on to his turf, but in no sense do you have any "rights" within his society.

That's because the asylum system is by nature contradictory, taking that ancient custom of hospitality and confusing it with the very modern concept of rights, rights which can only be derived from citizenship (and in a modern democracy asylum seekers, assuming they stick around, must inevitably become citizens).

And the idea that an Afghan has "rights" here is based on the totally fraudulent idea of indiscriminate altruism. In his famous 1982 essay, "Discriminating Altruisms", Garrett Hardin wrote that a world without borders, barriers or distinctions is impossible.

The success of countries such as England can be partly attributed to their ability to widen the spheres of trust within society, beyond family, clan and tribe, allowing vast numbers of people to co-operate and trade through a common culture and law; the failure of Afghanistan is much down to its rigid old clan and tribal codes (this makes it impossible to build any sort of civil law or to counter corruption). Yet there are limits to how far the sphere of trust can extend. Hardin wrote that "altruism practised without discrimination of kinship, acquaintanceship, shared values, or propinquity in time or space" was impossible, because the benefits of belonging would cease to exist. Eventually, if we continue down our path of universalism, the benefits will disappear for us, too.

As the 19th-century French philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon once put it: "If all the world is my brother, then I have no brother."
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Alan Hansen apologises after calling black footballers 'coloured'
Jamie Jackson
The Guardian, 22 December 2011

Alan Hansen has "unreservedly" apologised for twice using the word "coloured" to describe black footballers on Match of the Day on Wednesday evening when discussing the current John Terry and Luis Suárez racism cases.

Hansen, 56, the show's long-time pundit, said: "I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused – this was never my intention and I deeply regret the use of the word."

Employing the term had put Hansen at the centre of an online backlash after he said: "I think there's a lot of coloured players in all the major teams and there are lots of coloured players who are probably the best in the Premier League. If you look at 25 or 30 years ago it was probably in a bad way - not as bad as some of the other nations on the continent - but certainly there is always, always room for improvement."

The BBC said it has received 82 complaints over the use of the word, which caused a backlash on Twitter.
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Majority of new HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B cases are found in immigrants coming to live in Britain
Jenny Hope
Daily Mail, 21 December 2011

High rates of tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis B are found in migrants coming to live as long-term residents in Britain, according to a report.

Three-quarters of tuberculosis cases reported in Britain last year were born abroad, with many diagnosed two or more years after their arrival.

Almost two-thirds of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and 80 per cent of hepatitis B infected blood donors in 2010 were born abroad.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) report says 12 per cent of people living in Britain in 2010 were born abroad - up from 8 per cent in 2001. ...

Dr Jane Jones, head of the travel and migrant section at HPA, said: 'The majority of non-UK born residents do not have infectious disease but some are at higher risk than UK-born residents because of their exposures and their life experiences prior to, during and after migration.

'It is important to remember that risk to non-UK born residents does not end on arrival in the UK,' she added.
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Mexico: Racism Prevalent Among Children, Revealing Cultural Pattern (Study)
Latin America News Dispatch, 21 December 2011

Racist attitudes continue to be passed down to Mexico's children, according to a video released by a federal government agency in the country last week as part of a campaign to fight racism.

"Viral Racism in Mexico" by the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination (Conapred in Spanish), shows scenes from interviews shot in October and November with children who are presented with two dolls – one white and one black. Interviewers then ask children questions including, "Which is the ugly one and which is the pretty one? Which is the good one and which is the bad one?"

Child respondents repeatedly selected the black doll as the ugly or bad one – even children who identified more closely with the black doll because of their skin color.

While the four-minute video presents only edited versions of a handful of interviews, Conapred director Ricardo Bucio told The Latin America News Dispatch that the responses were indicative of the study of 100 participants between the ages of 6 and 10.

"It was a little more surprising than we expected," Bucio said.

The researchers' interviews, conducted in October and November, included children of varying skin colors and students from both public and private schools. ...

Bucio said the study indicated that Mexicans tend to place higher social value on light skin – a phenomenon some of the children mentioned explicitly. When an interviewer asked one brown-skinned girl why she liked the white doll better than the dark one, she said "because his eyes are beautiful and his race too."

The video is part of a larger campaign by Conapred to raise awareness about racism in Mexico. The campaign gained its sense of urgency, Bucio said, after a national survey published last year found that 60 percent of Mexicans said they had insulted others because of their skin color, 40 percent said they treated people differently based on skin color and 11 percent felt such discrimination was justified. ...

The deep-seated nature of racism in Mexico revealed itself in unexpected ways during the course of the study.

After designing the study, the researchers found that they were unable to purchase a dark-skinned doll because no one sold them, according to Bucio. "They had to take a white one and repaint it," he said.

Conapred modeled its work on that of U.S. African-American psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark, who used dolls to study children's perceptions of race in the 1940s.
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Patient safety at risk as EU rules say foreign doctors can register in the UK without learning English
Charles Walford
Daily Mail, 21 December 2011

Patients are still at risk despite new EU proposals on hospitals taking on staff without an adequate grasp of English, the medical regulator has warned.

Under the proposals overseas doctors will be able to register in the UK without being tested on their language skills or medical competence.

This is because the EU directive says language testing can only take place after a doctor has had their qualifications accepted by the regulator.

And even then language testing should only then take place if there are specific concerns about an individual doctor, the rules say.

The General Medical Council said today patient safety was still at risk and called for clarification of the detail in the directive.

Parts of the directive suggest regulators should only intervene and language test doctors when there are 'serious and concrete doubt about the professional's sufficient language knowledge'. ...

Under current rules the GMC also cannot test clinical competency of doctors coming from the EU, even though it would like to do so. ...

There are thought to be thousands of European doctors and nurses working in hospitals and surgeries who have never been given language checks.

Figures show that there are some 21,000 doctors on the GMC register who gained their qualifications in EU countries.

Although the Government has urged hospitals and primary care trusts to carry out their own checks on staff before employing them in the absence of a national test, many do not.
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Minister blames courts for releasing foreign criminals
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2011

More than 3,500 foreign criminals who should have been deported are back on Britain's streets after being released from jail by judges, ministers said yesterday.

Damian Green, the immigration minister, blamed judges after new figures revealed that nine in 10 overseas criminals who should have been sent home but are currently free in the UK.

Separate figures showed the number of foreign offenders successfully removed from the UK fell by nearly a fifth last this year.

Some of the released prisoners went on to commit new serious crimes including murder, rape, kidnapping and violence, while awaiting deportation.

The majority are able to stay and fight deportation because of human rights laws, Mr Green admitted.

During the debate Mr Green said that data protection laws had left him powerless to tell another MP whether a murderer who killed his constituent was a foreign national or not.

He was called to the House of Commons yesterday to answer an urgent question after figures from a leaked memo at the weekend said there were 4,238 foreign criminals awaiting deportation who are not in custody.

That figure had increased by almost 500 since May this year.

Foreign criminals released from custody have committed two murders, three kidnappings, 14 sexual offences and 27 other violent crimes.

Mr Green told MPs the most up to date figure for those at not in detention was actually 3,940 and that 90 per cent of those had been released by immigration judges, rather than a Home Office decision.

Most are let out by the courts because there is no immediate prospect of them being deported, he said.

That is because of human rights battles to stay in the UK, the situation in their home country or a lack of co-operation by the offender or his home government in getting essential travel documents.

Mr Green said 60 per cent were based on human rights challenges but the Home Office was powerless over court decisions and must release them. ...

Separate figures showed that in the first nine months of 2011 some 3,331 foreign criminals were deported – down 690 on the 4,021 removed in the same period last year.

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, described the drop as "astounding".

He said: "So far on your watch we have seen numbers of staff at UKBA going down, numbers of foreign national offenders deported going down and numbers of foreign criminals in our midst going up.

"Don't you realise that's the wrong way round?"
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Luis Suarez ban for racist abuse of Patrice Evra leaves Uruguay bemused
Tim Vickery
BBC, 20 December 2011

When Luis Suarez joined Liverpool at the start of the year ... ...

... the charge of racism which has now brought him an eight-game ban and a £40,000 fine from the Football Association.

It is news which has not gone down well in Uruguay. When the verdict was announced and published on the website of El Pais, the country's leading newspaper, the comments section was full of remarks attacking the "hypocrisy" and "pseudo-moralism" of the English. ...

Probably the most revered figure in the history of Uruguayan football is Obdulio Varela, captain of the side that won the World Cup in 1950. His nickname was "El Negro Jefe" - the black boss.

Among Suarez's team-mates these days is Maxi Pereira, who is known as "El Mono" - the monkey. It is a nickname which, apparently, is given and accepted with no offence meant or taken. It appears to be used in the same spirit that Alvaro Fernandez is called "El Flaco", which means skinny.

These words are not easy - perhaps almost impossible - to translate into a contemporary English context. How do you judge the weight of a word uttered in a foreign language from a different mindset?

When Mick Jagger wailed "Hey Negrita" on the Rolling Stones song, his words were surely intended in praise. If it is true that Suarez used a similar word to address Evra, this would not seem to be the case.

But how to know when this word ceases to be descriptive and becomes pejorative? And for the FA disciplinary committee, how to avoid kicking the case around like a political football? ...

Context is crucial, not just in what Suarez may have done, but also in how it is judged. ...

When moral panic is whipped up, coherence tends to fly out of the window.


This dynamic does not necessarily apply elsewhere. In South America the legacy of centuries of slavery can make attitudes towards race more entrenched - but also more subtle. ...

This in no way invalidates the anti-racist position of English football. But it does mean that if the debate is to be won - and that surely must be the objective - then there are dangers in the moralistic holier-than-thou approach that the English can be prone to take. ...

There is little to be gained in hectoring other nations and individuals with a moral high ground position of, "We're not racist, you are". Instead, there might be room for a position of leadership with a huge dose of humility. ...

"The Round against Racism" was nothing of the sort. In reality, cynically and opportunistically, it was the "Round against Blatter".

The English FA has now left itself open to the same accusation of cynicism. What Suarez is alleged to have done is wrong. To draw attention to the colour of someone's skin in a manner that could be construed as pejorative is not acceptable in our reality.

There is a clear case for punishment as part of a process of education. But the eight-game ban would seem to go much further.
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12 Maps That Show The Extreme Racial Segregation In America's Biggest Cities
Abby Rogers
Business Insider, 20 December 2011

Cartographer Bill Rankin began making maps while attending graduate school at Harvard because he found Boston to be so difficult to understand. ...

Today, those maps interpret U.S. Census data in a way that's never been done before.

Rankin, now an assistant professor at Yale, creates maps for major U.S. cities, and the entire country, that chronicle every part of daily life in an urban environment, including racial segregation, poverty, and crime.

The project began in earnest when Rankin couldn't find the information he really wanted to see in the maps produced by the government.

As an example, Census maps show racial groups as a percentage of the total population in any given county. So in Los Angeles County, which houses a huge number of people, it looks like blacks make up a small portion of the population, which just isn't true, Rankin said.

For years, Rankin searched for a way to show race as more than just a percentage of the whole. He also explained that it's very difficult to depict more than one racial group on a map at once.

Rankin's maps of Chicago, Phoenix, and D.C. show both segregation and diversity at the same time, something not found in other maps.
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Blacks Need to Reinvent Marriage
Dalton Conley, the dean of social sciences at New York University
New York Times, 20 December 2011

Over a decade ago, I ran analyses predicting family formation patterns for blacks and whites for my book, "Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Policy in America." I was confident that family structure would follow the pattern that I found with education, employment and welfare usage: Race differences would melt away when I compared apples and apples – that is, contrasted young adults whose parents' net worths were equal. Given that blacks owned one-tenth the wealth of whites, I was sure economic dynamics would explain the different family patterns scholars had observed since Daniel Patrick Moynihan's infamous 1965 report, which diagnosed a matriarchal "tangle of pathology" in the negro family.

So imagine my surprise when I could attenuate, but not eliminate, race differences in family structure. Mine was just the latest in a long tradition of explanations ranging from an ancient history of hoe-based agriculture rather than plow-based farming (which, in turn, affects gender roles) in the communities from which African-Americans' ancestors were taken; to the legacy of disruptive practices of slave owners who broke families apart to minimize the risk of kin-based rebellious organizing; to the effects of welfare; to a shortage of marriageable black men thanks to hyper-incarceration and disproportionately high unemployment.

There certainly is a dearth of "marriageable" black men in America today. But this account is ultimately unsatisfying: It assumes a rather inflexible notion of marital roles, and embedded within it is the unexamined (racist) assumption that blacks must marry their own kind.

Cultural institutions are enormously flexible, and we see that in the United States today: the number of marriages in which the woman is the breadwinner is on the rise; as are marriages between older women and younger men – and even between taller women and shorter husbands! But the group with the most traditionally marriageable men is the one leading these trends – that is, educated whites. Blacks maintain the most traditionalist ideologies with respect to family roles – despite the greatest apparent need to reinvent marriage.

Second, while interracial marriage is on the rise, it is blacks – and especially black women – who are left behind. Weddings between black women and white men are the least common (and are one-third as likely as unions of black men and white women, further adding to the "dearth" of black marriageable men).

We need serious scholarship examining these two cultural paradoxes. ...
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Interview: Migrants bring tremendous benefits to British society
Xinuanet [China], 19 December 2011

With one third of the total population being immigrants, London, and Britain at large, have benefited tremendously from the flow over the past 60 years, one of the country's leading organizations protecting the rights of migrants told Xinhua in a recent interview ahead of the International Migrants Day which falls on Sunday.

Don Flynn, director of the charity Migrants' Rights Network (MRN) said that MRN was set up to support all migrants, and to help groups representing those migrants. ...

Flynn outlined Britain's history of migration, which kicked off since the 1950s, in which 30 of those years the range of immigrants was limited to the Commonwealth countries – Caribbean countries and the Indian sub-continent countries that had close, historic connections with Britain.

"Now, the streams of migrants who are coming in are much more diverse," said Flynn.

"People who are coming from all corners of the globe, do not necessarily having strong or historical connections with the UK and there are lots challenges there. The sort of challenges which if you rise to them you will be making a success of your local community."

It is common nowadays, said Flynn, to find that in your child's classroom there are 10 different nationalities represented in a class which has perhaps 30 children in it.

Migrants are a large group of people in Britain as 700,000 people enter the country annually, he went on. ...

Students make up more than 50 percent of all the immigrant categories, said Flynn. ...

Since coming to power in 2010 the coalition British government has tried to reduce immigration but, according to Flynn, "it has carried on growing, and is now about a quarter of a million people a year. So it has the potential to get back onto the political agenda again in a way that people will regard as being problematic and controversial."
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Gingrich says millions of illegal immigrants should leave
Tom Cohen
CNN, 18 December 2011

Newt Gingrich insisted Sunday that some illegal immigrants who have become full community members should be able to stay in the country, but he added that his policy would require 7 million or more to go back to their home nations before having a chance to return.

Appearing on the CBS program "Face the Nation," the front-running Republican presidential hopeful repeated his call for some kind of citizen review board to assess whether illegal immigrants would be eligible to get a residency permit and stay in America.

Gingrich, a former House Speaker, said the American people would not tolerate the forced removal of someone who has lived in their community for 25 years, has children and grandchildren, and belongs to a local church.

However, Gingrich said he expected about 1 million of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to qualify under the review board process to remain in the country, adding that they would have to be sponsored by an American family.

The rest would have to leave, Gingrich said.

"My guess is that 7 or 8 or 9 million would ultimately go home to get a guest or worker permit and return under the law," Gingrich said.
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Crime warning over foreign inmates
The Guardian, 18 December 2011

Foreign criminals who should have been deported after serving prison sentences have gone on to commit violent crimes, it has been reported.

A leaked report by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) reveals the former inmates were arrested for murders, kidnapping, rapes and other sexual offences, according to the Sunday Times.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "The Home Secretary needs to explain urgently why the number of foreign national criminals deported has dropped so much, and why so many more foreign criminals have suddenly been left in the community instead."

Foreign nationals who are sent to prison for more than a year are meant to be deported automatically once they have served their time behind bars.

Ms Cooper added: "People who shouldn't be in the UK have been arrested for serious crimes, yet the Government are doing nothing to increase removals.

"Home Office figures show 700 fewer foreign national criminals were removed from the UK this year compared to last. Now we learn that the number of prisoners released into communities has increased by nearly 500 foreign criminals in just four months. This new information adds to the deep concern, chaos and incompetence surrounding the Home Secretary's handling of the UKBA."

According to the Sunday Times, the report reveals that as of September 11, there were 10,779 foreign criminals in British prisons, as well as 1,431 foreigners who have served their sentences but are being kept behind bars while deportation arrangements are made.

A further 4,238 criminals from overseas earmarked for deportation are currently "non detained", having been released because there is "no reasonable expectation of removal in the short term", the report said.

A spokesman from the Home Office said: "This Government believes that foreign criminals should be returned to their home country at the earliest opportunity and the UK Border Agency always seeks to remove them. However, we have to operate within the law, and where the courts rule that there is no prospect of removal - because of human rights law or a lack of cooperation from the criminal's home state - they may order that foreign national criminals should be released into the community at the end of their sentences.

"We are doing everything in our power to increase the number and speed of removals. We now start deportation action 18 months before the end of their sentence to speed up the process and we are chartering more flights to remove foreign offenders. We will change the immigration rules to cut abuse of the Human Rights Act, we'll open more foreign national-only prisons, and we'll be able to remove more European offenders through the Prisoner Transfer Agreement."
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The 74 illegals we should have sent back years ago
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 16 December 2011

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' cash have been spent housing 74 illegal immigrants who should have been deported years ago.

Nineteen of the "limpets" have been in the UK for at least 10 years beyond their legal rights. One has been on the deportation list for 20 years.

Almost one in three is fighting to stay in the country through the courts, mainly on human rights grounds. Officials cannot remove a further 40 because they have no passports or refuse to reveal which country they were originally from.

Although the 74 have all been in detention for a minimum 24 months – at a cost of £6 million to the public purse – it is not clear if they have been in removal centres or prisons for the full length of their overstay in Britain. If they have, the cost of holding them could be as high as £22.5 million.

The alarming statistics were revealed by Immigration Minister Damian Green in Parliament this week. Five of the 74 have been removed since the figures were put together.

Critics called on the Government urgently to review the UK's failing deportation system.

Conservative backbench MP Priti Patel, who unearthed the details, said: "The British public will be deeply concerned to see so many foreigners staying in Britain for these incredible lengths of time at huge cost to the taxpayer when they should be deported. Human rights laws need urgent reform." ...

The figures released by Mr Green detailed everyone in the country three years or longer beyond their original deportation date.

They show that 13 have been here five years longer than they should. Another 10 should have left eight years ago. A further 19 have been here longer than a decade, including two who should have been booted out 17 years before and one 20 years ago.

Mr Green also revealed it costs up to £110 per day on average to detain someone at a removal centre. The combined days spent in the country by the 74 listed people works out at 204,400. The cost of keeping them in a UK Border Agency detention centre all that time would be £22,484,000.
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Labour Party looks to slash Oslo immigrant dominance
The Local [Norway], 16 December 2011

Leading Labour Party politicians in Oslo believe voters have too much influence in the city and are calling for changes to the country's election laws after immigrant candidates snagged eleven of the party's 20 seats on the City Council.

Among those backing legislative change is Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who sits on the board of a local Labour committee that wants parties to be able to present voters with a list of 15 hand-picked candidates.

In accordance with current rules, the party populated its list with ten names in this autumn's city elections

This left voters with plenty of scope to select their own preferred candidates, enabling seven politicians with immigrant backgrounds to sail into winning positions after managing to secure enough personal votes for a seat.

"We've now got three representatives from Somalia and Somaliland. That's in excess of what one might expect," party veteran Rune Gerhardsen told newspaper VG.

Gerhardsen stressed that his desire for a rule change did not stem from any sense of dissatisfaction with the current councillors, but he did argue there was a need for greater balance.

"Comparatively small pressure groups can make relatively large gains when they apply enough resources. Ethnic groups have shown themselves to be good at mobilizing," he said. ...

Among representatives of Norway's other main parties, there was no support for the idea of lengthening pre-populated electoral lists.

"I can see that the Labour Party's City Council group in Oslo is skewed, both from an ethnic and geographical perspective, but that just shows that party democracy is more or less dead within the Labour Party beyond the group of active immigrants," said Conservative Party (Høyre) MP Per-Kristian Foss to

"That's a problem for Oslo's Labour Party; I don't think parliament should change the election law," he added.

Anders Anundsen from the Progress Party said Labour would be better advised to move in the exact opposite direction, a view supported by the Centre Party's Per Olaf Lundteigen.
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Overseas spouses must speak English before arriving in UK, court rules
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 16 December 2011

The high court has upheld a government rule requiring spouses to prove they can speak English before they can join their partners in Britain.

Mr Justice Beatson dismissed a judicial review challenge brought by three couples to the immigration rule, introduced last November, on the grounds that it was racist and would break up their families. ...

The high court judge, sitting in Birmingham, said the requirement to have passed a pre-entry English language test did interfere with the couple's article 8 rights to a family life but this was justified in the interests of promoting integration and protecting public services.

Beatson also rejected the argument that the language tests were discriminatory because they required someone with a degree in English from India to sit the test but not Spanish-speakers from California.

The judge said that the decision to distinguish between nationals of countries considered to be "English-speaking" and those from elsewhere was rational.

The ruling is a major victory for the home secretary, Theresa May, in her efforts to persuade the courts to adopt a less rigid approach to article 8 human rights cases.

The immigration minister, Damian Green, said: "We believe it is entirely reasonable that someone intending to live in the UK should understand English, so that they can integrate and participate fully in our society. We are very pleased that the courts agree with us."

But the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which officially intervened in the case, said it was very disappointed by the ruling. ...

According to the new rules, spouses will be required to attain a "basic" level of English that can be reached after 40-50 hours of tuition. ...

The proposal to introduce pre-entry English language tests for those coming to Britain to join a spouse or civil partner on a spousal visa was first proposed by Labour ministers three years ago to encourage integration, help newcomers get work and make clear to migrants the importance of learning English. It was introduced by the coalition last November.

The tests apply only to those who come from non-English-speaking countries. The top five nationalities of those coming to marry UK citizens are Pakistan (8,570 people), India (5,110), Bangladesh (2,780), US (2,110) and Thailand (1,776).
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Slaughter at Liege: political quackery is the Belgian reply to depravity
M.E. Synon
Mail Online, 16 December 2011

... on cannabis and the massacre in the Belgian city of Liege carried out by Nordine Amrani ... ...

..., so I asked Dan Peterson to comment on the slaughter, and on the fact that the Belgian authorities let a known violent criminal keep an arsenal. Peterson is a writer and firearms lawyer practicing in Northern Virginia

... ...

And with that, I will turn over the rest of this post to what firearms law expert Peterson has to say on the slaughter: ...

Although press reports conflict, here's what we have learned about the murderer, Nordine Amrani. A Belgian citizen of Moroccan descent, Amrani was well known to the police. ...

Among other crimes, he was convicted of rape in 2003, for which he was given a two year suspended sentence.

In 2007, police raided Amrani's flat. There they discovered a cache of arms and a shed filled with 2800 marijuana plants. In 2008, he was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released on parole in October 2010.

Shortly after his early release, he was suspected of sexually attacking a young woman after driving alongside her in his van. As part of the investigation, the police ordered him to report for an interview.

Instead, on the morning he was to appear, he killed a 45-year old cleaning woman with a bullet through the head. ...

He then raced to the busy market in the Place St. Lambert, where he lobbed grenades into the crowd and opened fire with a rifle on Christmas shoppers, babies, and schoolchildren. He killed at least six individuals and wounded more than a hundred and twenty other people before finally taking his own despicable life.

The BBC reported that Belgian authorities 'will now need to examine whether there was anything to indicate in advance that Amrani might have posed a danger to the public.' Prosecutor Daniele Reynders detected no warning signs, stating that 'At no moment in any of the judicial proceedings against him was there any sign of him being mentally disturbed.' ...

The problem is not the supply of dangerous weapons. The problem is the supply of dangerous people.
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What do Europeans think about immigration?
Matthew Goodwin
The Guardian, 15 December 2011

Immigration arouses passion and debate like no other issue. ...

The problem, however, is that these debates are typically characterised by misinformation and prejudice. Too often, surveys and opinion polls ask misleading questions, or are manipulated to meet the demands of particular interest groups. This is why the results of the latest edition of a reliable survey of what ordinary citizens think about this issue are so important. The Transatlantic Trends survey explores public attitudes to immigration across the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. While the picture it paints is complex, it is also detailed and nuanced. For those politicians and policymakers who are seeking to reassure anxious voters about rising ethnic and cultural diversity, it reveals both challenges and opportunities.

First – the challenges. Perhaps unsurprisingly, scepticism toward immigration across Europe remains strong. In fact, across the five European states majorities of citizens consider immigration to be more of a problem than opportunity, and view immigrants as a burden on social services. This suggests that despite significant efforts by western governments to make the case for rising diversity, large numbers of voters remain unconvinced. This is especially true in the UK, where over two-thirds of respondents labelled immigration problematic. In fact, public concern and scepticism about this issue was strongest in the UK. Interestingly, the British are significantly more anxious over this issue than voters in countries that have far more successful anti-immigrant populist parties.

While they are sceptical, an additional challenge stems from the way in which large numbers of citizens in Europe are profoundly dissatisfied with how politicians are managing this issue. Despite extensive legislative action by previous Labour governments and more recent plans by the coalition to curb net migration, three quarters of British voters think the government is performing poorly on this issue. Nor is the UK unique in this respect: seven out of every 10 respondents in Europe are distinctly unimpressed with the performance of their governments. ...

So what are the opportunities? First, despite their frustrations with politicians, the attitudes of citizens toward immigration have remained broadly stable. ... Second, most citizens continue to overestimate the actual numbers of immigrants. ...

Third, while there remain clear concerns over the integration of Muslims (53% of respondents in Europe think Muslims are integrating "poorly"), across Europe this figure is lower than previously, which suggests that attempts to bolster integration are working (or are at least perceived to be working). ... Lastly, we can also see evidence of an important "generational effect" at work: whereas 40% of citizens in Europe think Muslims are integrating well, when asked about the children of Muslim immigrants the figure jumps to 55%. Similarly, whereas 52% of citizens think immigrants are integrating well, 65% think that the children of immigrants are successfully integrating.
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Migrant boom over last 14 years 'was driven by open borders and not jobs'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 13 December 2011

Labour's open-door policies – and not the promise of prosperity – were the main reason why immigration soared over the past 14 years, an academic inquiry found yesterday.

The report said 'the increase in net immigration to the UK was not driven primarily by the economic performance of the UK or other countries'.

Instead, it pointed to immigration policies.

Changes introduced after Labour took power in 1997 included liberal approaches towards economic migrants claiming to be asylum seekers, the acceptance of migrants considered to have worthwhile skills, and the opening of the British jobs market to workers from Poland and Eastern Europe.

The report by academics from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the University of Leicester was based on the findings of large-scale official surveys of immigration. It was published by the Economic Journal of the Royal Economic Society.

It said three-quarters of net immigration to Britain since the mid-1990s was a result of 'structural change' associated with government policies. The other quarter was driven by friends and families coming to join migrants already in Britain.

The study undermines the idea that the rosy-looking economy before the crash of 2007 and 2008 was the magnet that drew about 3 million immigrants into the country over a decade.

This in turn means that, although thousands of businesses have benefited from hard-working and highly qualified migrants, it was not the needs of the economy that brought them into Britain.
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Taxpayer spends £1m a week funding visa appeals
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2011

The taxpayer is spending almost £1 million a week to fund appeals against family visa refusals after cases increased six fold in a decade.

The sharp rise followed a change in the law under the last Government which scrapped fees for those bringing appeals against family visitor visas.

As a result the taxpayer has funded all such appeals since 2002.

Around 50,000 people last year challenged a decision not to give them a family visitor visa, which provides a temporary stay in the UK with a relative who lives here.

That was up from around 8,000 in 2002.

The appeals cost the public a total of £50 million in 2009, according to the report by Migration Watch UK. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "At a time of severe financial stringency for UK families it is an outrageously generous system which taxpayers should no longer be expected to fund.

"It should be stopped immediately, the definition of "family visitor" tightened, charges reintroduced and consideration given to bonds to ensure people actually leave at the end of their visit."

The report said the definition of who was classed as a family member under the visa regime was so wide that it could cover up to 120 relatives for one individual.

As well as an applicant's immediate family, such as parents or children, it can also include uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives of the applicant's spouse and step family.

Fees for appeals against refusal were originally set at £500 for an oral hearing or £150 for a paper application.

They were cut to £125 and £50 respectively in 2001 before being scrapped altogether in 2002.

In the last four years the success rate of appeals has ranged between 28 per cent and 45 per cent.
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1,000 polygamous families claiming benefits
Tom McTague
Daily Mirror, 13 December 2011

Around 1,000 men and their illegal multiple wives are thought to be claiming welfare benefits.

The polygamous families could be costing the taxpayer millions of pounds a year by pocketing everything from dole cash to housing costs.

But the Government has said it will not stop the controversial payments until 2013, when it will officially no longer accept group marriages for welfare handouts.

Polygamy is not recognised in Britain but was allowed within the benefits system under the former Labour administration. ...

Immigration minister Chris Grayling admitted that he had no idea how many polygamous families are on welfare.

He said they are allowed to claim handouts including income support, housing benefit and child support.

A man and his "first wife" can jointly claim £105.95 in dole payments, made up of a £67.50 single person payout and a couple's top-up of £38.45. "Subsequent" wives are only entitled to the £38.45 top-up. Mr Grayling added that housing benefit and council tax benefit was "limited to those living in one property".

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: "This outdated legislation is in the process of being changed."

Polygamy is practised by some Muslims and Mormons, and is common in Africa.
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Up to 8,000 forced marriages take place in England every year as government considers making them illegal
Daily Mail, 13 December 2011

There are at least 5,000 to 8,000 cases of forced marriage in England and the number of reported cases is rising every year, the Government said yesterday.

The Home Office said the full scale of the problem was not known, but published the estimates as it considers making forced marriage a criminal offence.

David Cameron has already announced that the Government will criminalise the breach of Forced Marriage Civil Protection Orders, but today's consultation asks for view on whether forcing someone to marry should be made an offence in its own right.

Some 339 orders have been recorded since the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 came into force in November 2008, but breaching an order is not a criminal offence. ...

They included cases from Afghanistan, North and East Africa, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Turkey.
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Down in the dumps? You should be more patriotic! People happiest when they feel like they 'belong' to a country
Katie Silver
Daily Mail, 13 December 2011

Feeling proud to be British makes you feel good about life in general, according to scientists.

They found that the kind of pride that makes people happiest is when they feel they 'belong' to a country, regardless of ethnicity.

Researchers studied interviews of 41,000 residents of 31 European nations and found civic pride was most linked to a general feeling of well being.

This is often because those who felt a country's laws, traditions and institutions made them feel they belonged often had a better quality of life overall.

The study was conducted jointly by political scientists and sociologists at Washington's American University and Belgium's Catholic University.

They found the links between national pride and happiness were high across Europe.

But they were highest where a person felt the country in which they lived contributed to their overall lifestyle rather than their own ethnic background.

National pride - where a person declares, for instance, that they are proud to be a German, or a Brit or a Spaniard - led to an increase in overall happiness.

But the increases were greater among those who expressed a civic pride - defined as a respect for the way their country is run which defines their everyday lives.

Matthew Wright, of American University and Tim Reeskens of Catholic University, said it was more than pure flag waving patriotism that made people happy.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, said: 'Civic nationalism is more inclusive, requiring respect for a country's institutions and laws for belonging.

'Unlike ethnic nationalism, that view is open to minorities or immigrants, at least in principle.'

It added: 'More national pride correlated with greater personal well-being.

'But the civic nationalists were on the whole happier, and even the proudest ethnic nationalists' well-being barely surpassed that of people with the lowest level of civic pride.'

Matthew Wright said: 'You have to look at how people define their pride.'
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Israel moves to halt flow of illegal African workers
Abraham Rabinovich
The New Zealand Herald, 12 December 2011

The Israeli Government yesterday adopted an emergency plan to turn back the tide of African migrant workers crossing into Israel, the one country with a Western economy Africans can reach on foot.

Warning that the number of illegal immigrants could reach 100,000 a year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the influx posed an economic, social and security threat to the country.

"Entire populations are starting to move and if we don't act to stop this we will be washed away," he said.

"It's no longer a choice but a necessity."

Israel's population is about seven million. The Government decided to trim the budget of all ministries by 2 per cent to fund a US$167 million ($216 million) programme that would include the completion of a fence along the 193km border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which the migrants must cross to reach Israel, and the construction of large detention facilities to temporarily house those who make it across.

Netanyahu said he would fly to Africa to discuss with government leaders in several states the return of migrants to their countries of origin. His trip is expected to take place in three months.

The bulk of the infiltrators come from Sudan and Eritrea but Netanyahu said almost all were labour migrants and not bona fide refugees.

"Refugees are a small portion of this stream," he said.

"We will continue to look after them. But we have no obligation to receive illegal migrants."

There are just over 50,000 illegal migrants in the country but they are now arriving at the rate of about 2000 a month, Israeli officials say.

They make the arduous trip across the Sinai desert with the aid of Bedouin guides.

The migrants have come to form sizeable blocks in cities in southern Israel and in the poorest sections of Tel Aviv.

Many residents and local officials have protested at their presence, citing increased crime and sanitation problems.

The Cabinet also decided to impose fines of up to US$20,000 on enterprises employing illegal immigrants.

"If need be, we'll shut down these enterprises so that the enterprise we call 'the State of Israel' won't be shut down," said Netanyahu.

Israel presently has a detention centre not far from the Sinai border which holds about 2000 infiltrators. It will now be tripled in size.

The border fence was initially designed principally to prevent terrorists from crossing into Israel from Egyptian territory but the prevention of huge legal immigration has come to be seen as a task of no less urgency.
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Hispanic bishops letter offers sympathy to illegal immigrants
Jim Forsyth
Reuters, 12 December 2011

The nation's 33 Hispanic Roman Catholic Bishops released on Monday a strongly worded "letter to immigrants" suggesting illegal immigrants deserve thanks from Americans, and calling for "denunciation of the forces which oppress them."

The bishops have come out in support of comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants before, as they do again in the letter, but it uses stronger language and goes further in offering support to undocumented immigrants.

The letter was released by San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, the highest ranking Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.

"We are well aware of the great sacrifice you make for your families' well being," portions of the letter say.

"Despite your contributions to the well-being of our country, instead of receiving our thanks, you are often treated as criminals because you have violated current immigration laws."

The letter is being released on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico and the Continental Americas. On December 12 many immigrants to the United States from Latin America, who are overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, return to churches to reconnect with their heritage.

Garcia-Siller and Gomez, the only Latino Archbishops in the U.S. church, are natives of Mexico and U.S. citizens. ...

Garcia-Siller said he "can't control what other people say."

"It pains and saddens me that many of our Catholic brothers and sisters have not supported our petitions for changes in the immigration law that will protect the basic rights of immigrants," he said.
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The truth about our liberal elite and race crime
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 9 December 2011

The dogma of political correctness is dangerously weakening Britain's traditional concept of justice.

Our ruling elite are so deluded by the ideology of cultural diversity that they have lost the ability to protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

That is the only conclusion to be drawn from the outrageous leniency shown by a court this week towards a gang of Somalian Muslim women who savagely beat up a white woman in Leicester city centre. In a brutal, unprovoked assault, the thugs knocked Rhea Page to the ground, then repeatedly kicked in the head while calling her a "white bitch" and "white slag". ...

Incredibly, despite the ferocity of the attack, the judge gave the girls only suspended sentences, even though he could have jailed them for up to five years. ...

Just as troubling was the failure of the authorities to charge the gang with racially-aggravated assault. For nothing could be more racially abusive than their barbaric cry of "kill the white bitch". ...

The case makes a mockery of the idea of equality before the law - one of the cornerstones of liberal democracy.

The reluctance to imprison Ms Page's attackers is so indicative of the supine, guilt-ridden mindset of our modern ruling class, where cowardice is dressed up as cultural sensitivity and self-loathing masquerades as tolerance.

This mentality, which is tearing apart the moral bonds of our civilisation, can be seen all around us. ... ...

As Detective Inspector Alan Edwards, an expert in the field, has said, "Everyone's been too scared to address the ethnicity factor."

In the twisted world of our civic institutions, minorities are always seen as victims. ...

Tremendous double standards are at work over race crime. Racial killings of whites are frequently downplayed or forgotten. ...

Peter Fahy, one of Britain's leading chief constables, once said that political correctness means it is "harder to get the media interested" when the victims are "young white men".

The British establishment is guilty of nothing less than reverse racism. Their members, from judges to politicians, think they are enlightened and compassionate. But in truth they are filled with prejudice.

For often they refuse to expect the same standards of civilised behaviour from certain minorities that they demand of the indigenous population.

Such a perverted outlook is the opposite of equality. In the name of anti-racism, they have ended up in the bizarre position of promoting discrimination.

That is no way to achieve the integration and cohesion that our society so badly needs.
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Thousands to be stripped of Canadian citizenship in historic fraud sweep
National Post, 9 December 2011

The federal government is set to crack down on 4,700 more people believed to have obtained citizenship or permanent resident status illegally in what's being dubbed the biggest citizenship fraud sweep in Canadian history.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is expected to make the announcement that "Canadian citizenship is not for sale" on Friday.

He will unveil the details in Montreal where Nizar Zakka – an immigration consultant suspected of fraud – was arrested in 2009. ... ...

The announcement comes six months after the government moved to strip 1,800 people of their Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status for the same reasons. Up until this year, Canada had revoked just 67 citizenships since the Citizenship Act came into force in 1947.

The bulk of the citizenship fraud cases are said to be linked to Zakka as well as Halifax immigration consultant Hassan Al-Awaid, who was charged in March with more than 50 citizenship fraud-related offences. ...

Letters are currently being sent to the 6,500 people from 100 countries indicating that Canada is revoking their citizenship or permanent resident status due to fraud. ...

The government has been taking action against citizenship fraud for some time. The Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act, which imposes tough new penalties for immigration consultants convicted of fraud, including fines and/or prison, is now law in Canada.
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Rail loophole allows entry to UK
Wesley Johnson
The Independent, 8 December 2011

The Government alone is powerless to close a loophole which enables people to enter the UK illegally, the Immigration Minister admitted today.

Damian Green said the so-called "Lille loophole", in which passengers miss key border checks by buying a train ticket from Brussels to Lille but then stay on until London, could only be closed through negotiations with European countries.

People can travel freely between Brussels and Lille as both Belgium and France are in the Schengen agreement, which allows them to cross the borders without passport checks.

But the UK Border Agency (UKBA) operates border controls in the country of departure, so by staying on the train from Lille, no passport checks are performed on the route into London, BBC Radio 4's The Report found. ...

Jonathan Sedgwick, the former UKBA acting chief executive who is now the agency's international group director, is expected to be questioned over the loophole when he appears before MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee today. ...

Border force staff have also been threatened with arrest by the Belgian police for trying to close the loophole, emails seen by The Report showed.
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Immigration becomes hot topic in presidential race
Erin Kelly
USA Today, 8 December 2011

Immigration reform may be going nowhere in Congress, but that hasn't stopped the volatile issue from heating up the Republican presidential primary in surprising ways. ...

Political analysts say the issue has proved powerful despite the general reluctance of politicians to discuss it and the conventional wisdom that most voters are too preoccupied with the nation's economic woes to care much about it. ...

While immigration has played a larger than expected role in the Republican primary debates, it's hard to say how often it will come up in the general presidential election or in the congressional elections, analysts say.

All of the major Republican presidential candidates oppose Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform, which would include a pathway to citizenship for many of the nearly 11 million illegal immigrants already living here.
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Dr Rowan Williams's message: Thou shalt happily riot to your heart's content
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury should have taken a Christian moral lead in condemning rioters rather than sympathising with them.

... Dr Rowan Williams wrote an article in The Guardian this week, responding to interviews which that newspaper and the London School of Economics had conducted with 270 people who rioted across England back in August. The researchers concluded that a complex mix of grievances (poverty, inequality) brought youths out onto the streets as well as a dismayingly simple greed for what some called "free stuff". But the project's main finding seems to be that the rioters don't like the police. I know, extraordinary, isn't it?

As three-quarters of those charged turned out to have previous convictions (and one in four had committed ten prior offences), perhaps it's not entirely surprising that interviewees revealed a "deep-seated and sometimes visceral antipathy" towards the police. ... ...

Incredibly, the Archbishop spares not a single word for the innocent victims of the violence, or the shopkeepers who bravely fought back. ...

"We may well wince when some describe how the riots brought them a feeling of intense joy, liberation, power," writes the Archbishop, "But we have to ask what kind of life it is in which your emotional highs come from watching a shop torched or a policeman hit by a brick?"

Must we really ask that question, Archbishop? Or should Christians and other law-abiding people send out the message that, regardless of your circumstances, setting fire to someone's business or hitting a fellow human with a brick is always, always wrong?
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Yishai: Every African 'infiltrator' will return home staff and Ben Hartman
Jerusalem Post, 8 December 2011

Interior Minister Eli Yishai vowed Thursday to exert every effort to see that "the last of the infiltrators return to their countries," referring to the some 50,000 African economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees currently in Israel.

Speaking with Army Radio, Yishai dismissed the notion that Sudanese, Eritreans and other Africans in Israel have any standing to seek political asylum. "These are not refugees, these are economic migrants who want to come to Israel for work," he said.

Their presence "is an existential threat" to the State of Israel, he asserted, vowing to "defend the Jewish majority." The interior minister added, "Each and every one of them will return to their countries."
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Police check just one in seven foreign criminals' records, even after they are arrested
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 7 December 2011

Police are failing to check the criminal histories of tens of thousands of foreign offenders – even after they are arrested in the UK.

Officers request details from a suspect's home country in just one in seven investigations involving EU nationals, according to a Home Office review.

And each year, around 30,000 foreign offenders who pass through the courts do so without anyone knowing the full extent of their criminal past.

Judges are therefore unaware if the offender they are sentencing is a convicted rapist, murderer or paedophile – or someone with no criminal history at all.

In the worst cases, it could mean the alert is not sounded when dangerous offenders wanted on the continent are picked up in Britain.

Without information on their criminal past, an offender could face a much shorter sentence, be bailed even though they present a threat to the public or escape deportation.

Details of the way officers are failing to carry out even basic checks emerged in a Home Office review of criminal records systems.

Sunita Mason, the independent advisor on criminal records in England and Wales, said: 'It is clear that we should be making such checks routinely when EU nationals are arrested and charged.

'Even minor offending in the UK might lead to the disclosure of much more serious offending overseas.'

Under EU data-sharing rules, officers can ask to see the records of any EU nationals they arrest.

Of the 35,000 EU nationals charged with criminal offences in England and Wales last year, checks were ordered on just 5,500.

A similar proportion – 15 per cent – of the EU nationals arrested in this country had their criminal histories explored.

Astonishingly, police may not even be aware they can request the records, the report found. Miss Mason also warned funding for the UK body which handles requests to foreign forces is in doubt.

She said: 'To not address this issue is a potentially huge public protection risk.' ...

The Association of Chief Police Officers said many offenders refused to say where they were from or lied about their nationality, making it difficult for officers to find out about their past.

The 'free movement' directive means it is virtually impossible to stop EU citizens with criminal convictions from entering Britain. Even in cases where officials are aware of serious convictions, criminals cannot automatically be turned away.

Regulations say they can be barred to maintain public security, but 'convictions in themselves do not constitute grounds for taking such measures'.

In reality, they allow all but the very worst criminals free access to the UK.
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Explaining the rightward drift
Nelson Jones
New Statesman, 7 December 2011
[The misspelling of "Scandinavia(n)" is as found]

..., the latest British Social Attitudes survey – which reveals increasingly negative attitudes towards benefit claimants and a decreasing support for higher taxes, green policies and redistribution – makes grim reading for progressives. ... ...

... New Labour wouldn't have tacked so firmly to the right were it not for the fact – revealed by opinion polls and focus groups – that such policies and language were popular. Here are some other factors I think may be relevant: ...

Less mutual trust and social cohesiveness. Partly this is a consequence of the aforementioned individualism, the growth of single person households and the hollowing-out of traditional communities. But there's also the changing face of the country, the result not only of immigration but of multicultural policies and the emergence of ethnic, religious and even sexual group identities. Because we live in a more "diverse" society people may be less likely to think of their fellow-citizens as people like themselves, and thus more likely to ask themselves, "Why should MY taxes go towards supporting THOSE people?" rather than thinking (as they may once have done), "One day that could be me."

Welfare-friendly societies have usually been fairly cohesive and culturally homogeneous – like Scandanavia – while, by contrast, the United States has been (culturally, economically, and geographically) highly diverse. But even the Scandanavian countries are more disparate than they used to be. A notable symptom of this is an increased enthusiasm for welfare cuts.
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New Orleans Struggles to Stem Homicides
Campbell Robertson
New York Times, 7 December 2011

Of all the challenges facing the city of New Orleans, none is as urgent or as relentlessly grim as the city's homicide rate. It was measured at 10 times the national average in 2010, long before shootings on Halloween night in the crowded French Quarter revealed to a larger public what was going on in poor neighborhoods around the city every week. There were 51 homicides per 100,000 residents here last year, compared with less than 7 per 100,000 in New York or 23 in similar-size Oakland, Calif.

"From September of last year to February of this year," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a recent speech, after reciting a litany of killings from one city high school, "a student attending John McDonogh was more likely to be killed than a soldier in Afghanistan." ...

New Orleans has long been a violent town; in 1994, there were 421 killings here, one of which was a hit ordered by a police officer. With federal intervention, the homicide rate dropped precipitously but began rising again around 2000 and has been fluctuating since Hurricane Katrina. The killers and their victims are overwhelmingly young black men, according to an analysis of homicide cases by outside experts last March, and sponsored by the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance. As police officials frequently point out to the anger of some families, most victims and offenders had prior contacts with the police, often for violent crimes. Less than a quarter were listed as having a steady job. ...

Many killings in New Orleans are a result of conflicts and vendettas among small, loosely organized groups, the analysis concluded, but in nearly half the cases, the experts listed the primary motive as uncertain or unknown. Only about half the homicide cases are cleared.
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Canada's multiculturalism is no model for Europe
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 6 December 2011

Multiculturalism is to Canada as the welfare state is to Britain: Canadians view their multicultural model as distinct from the European version, and as suffering from none of the defects of the latter. Many Europeans do so, too, seeing in the Canadian model the answer to Europe's multicultural problems.

Last month I was invited to give a talk on immigration and citizenship in Europe to a Trudeau Foundation conference in Nova Scotia. For someone like me, a European in favour of mass immigration but critical of multiculturalism, it was a fascinating experience.

The foundation, whose aim is to promote academic research, was set up in 2001 in memory of former Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau, and is indelibly shaped by his liberal humanitarianism. Trudeau is particularly associated with the nation's multicultural policy that has come to shape Canadian self-image.

At first glance, there seems much to be said for the success of the Canadian policy. Community relations in Canada have remained relatively peaceful, and there has been far less of the violence and tensions found in Europe. And yet the argument that all is rosy in Canada's multicultural garden is unconvincing.

In Europe, one of the key problems with multicultural policy has been the confusion between the lived experience of diversity and the policies enacted to manage that diversity. The first describes the experience of living in a society that has been made less insular and more vibrant through mass immigration, the second a set of political policies, the aim of which is to manage diversity by putting people into ethnic boxes, and using those boxes to shape public policy.

The irony is that, as a political process, multiculturalism undermines much of what is valuable about the lived experience of diversity. Diversity is important because it allows us to expand our horizons, to think about different values and beliefs, and to engage in political dialogue and debate that can help create a more universal language of citizenship. But it is precisely such dialogue and debate that multicultural policy makes so difficult by boxing people into particular ethnic or cultural categories.

Canadian supporters of multiculturalism insist that their model amounts to a celebration of diversity, rather than the imposition of political policies. Were it so simple. In Canada, as in Europe, individuals with a minority background are often treated as members of a group rather than simply as citizens. ... The underlying problems with multicultural policies do not vanish on crossing the Atlantic. Confrontations over issues such as free speech, public prayers or the wearing of the burqa cast a shadow over Canadian society as much as they do over European ones. ...

There is a growing movement, for instance, for the creation of segregated schools. Toronto council recently approved a second "Afrocentric" school exclusively for black pupils. There are plans for similar schools for other groups. Not exactly progressive. ...

Nothing in the Canadian experience has made me think that here lie the answers to Europe's problems. It has, rather, confirmed my view that multiculturalism is problematic, whichever side of the Atlantic.
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Too Big to Assimilate [part 1]
Ryan James Girdusky, 6 December 2011

To the overwhelming majority of Republicans as well as the majority of Americans, both parties have failed on the crisis of immigration reform. The doctrine of both parties professed that Wall Street was too big to fail, yet neither party is willing to forfeit praise to the elitists' golden calf of diversity and admit that our immigration policy - both legal and illegal - is now too big to assimilate. ...

Back in Gingrich's home state of Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal had an illegal alien crisis. More than 425,000 illegal aliens resided in the state, a 123% increase from 2000 to 2006, at a cost of $2.4 billion annually according to Federation for American Immigration Reform. Governor Deal, unlike most Washington politicians, took the issue head on by signing into law HB87, "The Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Reform Act." The law amongst other provisions mandates E-Verify to all Georgia businesses, has a stricter punishment for people who fake identification to get a job, new ID regulations in order to obtain welfare, and punishes businesses who knowingly hire illegals with a $10,000 fine. The result of this new tough enforcement has been that many illegal aliens have self-deported either back to their native country or to states that offer better safe havens. This may result in hundreds of millions of dollars saved for taxpayers per year in welfare and education costs saved to the taxpayers. ...

None of the candidates on the stage in last week's debate has been more tone deaf to the political realities of our immigration problem than Mitt Romney. Henceforth Governor Romney stated, "This is a party that loves legal immigration." ...

The issue of immigration goes far beyond the GOP. According to Gallup, a plurality of Americans and at times a majority have favored reducing the amount of legal immigration since 1987. Most recently in 2011, 43% of Americans said we should reduce the amount of legal immigration while only 18% said we should increase legal immigration. It calls into question, then, why almost all GOP candidates for president have declared that we need to make immigration easier and take in more immigrants. ...

When the citizens have had to vote on issues of immigration, they have mostly stood pro-enforcement. From Proposition 187 in California to voting for the re-election of Governor Jan Brewer who saw her poll numbers increase from 42% to 56% after signing SB 1070 into law. SB 1070, which was tepidly accepted by some Republicans and rejected by almost all Democrats, has been responsible for 100,000 illegal immigrants leaving Arizona in the two months that followed the bill's passage. ...

All GOP candidates are missing one vital element to modern immigration, that being assimilation. Assimilation is the process that took nearly 12 million German, Italian and Irish immigrants from 1865 to 1924 and turned them into the greatest generation of Americans. This process is lost today; immigrants are encouraged to keep their heritage, language, faiths, and tribal laws. Discrimination against women, anti-American bigotry, hatred of "old white men", and refusal to become American have been well documented across the country; from Somali cab drivers in Minnesota, to a UCLA professors, to students who hang the American flag under the Mexican flag in a California high school.
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Too Big to Assimilate [part 2]
Ryan James Girdusky, 6 December 2011

ESL classes, ethnic balkanization, and anti-American sentiment have driven much of the uneasiness amongst most Americans. Yet this vital key of American immigration policy for 200 years has not only been abandoned, it is completely ignored by one party and viewed as racist white supremacy by the other. Assimilation is treason in the multicultural tower of Babel. ...

Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor and author of Bowling Alone, The Collapse and Revival of American Community stated in an interview at Harvard, "New unfamiliar diversity is to make everyone uncomfortable... We get less involved with our community and we trust everyone less." Putnam states the way to counter this is to "create a sense of shared identity."

However the question remains: When a nation is taking in two million legal and illegal immigrants per year, mostly from the third world, how can we create a common shared identity?

The breakdown of our common civic society and the evaporation of our social capital have caused trust of our community and our government to go into free fall. Take into account a Gallup poll in 1964 on the question of "Can most people can be trusted?" in which 77% responded yes. By 1996, only 8% of Americans said that "the honesty and integrity of the average American" were improving, and 50% thought we were becoming less trustworthy.

The United States may very well be balkanizing. Black self-segregation and white flight have been well documented throughout the country. The United States is turning into a high school cafeteria, where the jocks sit amongst themselves, as do the cheerleaders, as do the nerds, as do the dungeons and dragons fans. Not because they hate one another, but they prefer to be amongst their own based on "positive feelings" as described by Professor Robert DeFina of Villanova University on his study of African Americans' self-segregating.

And as this crisis of confidence and cohesion engulf main street Americans, the ivory towers of Washington are immune. The Democratic Party is the party of "multiculturalism, mass immigration and the mortgage crisis". It would just be in the interest of diversity if the Republican Party could offer a different solution. ...

In 1924, Calvin Coolidge signed an immigration act that decreased the flow of immigrants to 2% of the population until it was overturned in 1965 by Lyndon Johnson. This 41 year gap on mass immigration allowed the unity of the American people; "out of many, one." Such boldness is rare in modern political life. The only possible solution appears to be drafting Calvin Coolidge in 2012.
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Darwin in schools
David J. Critchley
Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2011
[Letter to the Editor]

The President of the National Secular Society wants Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, to send all schools a copy of Darwin's The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (report, November 26).

Given that Darwin's alternative title for the book was The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, it is a close call whether possession of the book by schools should be required in the interests of science, or banned in the interests of diversity.
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'Honour' attack numbers revealed by UK police forces
BBC, 3 December 2011

UK police recorded at least 2,823 so-called honour attacks last year, figures from 39 out of 52 forces show.

A freedom of information request by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (Ikwro) revealed that nearly 500 of these were in London.

Among the 12 forces also able to provide figures from 2009, there was an overall 47% rise in such incidents.

Honour attacks are punishments on people, usually women, for acts deemed to have brought shame on their family.

Such attacks can include acid attacks, abduction, mutilations, beatings and in some cases, murder.

Ikwro said its research, carried out between July and November, is the best national estimate so far of the extent of honour violence in Britain, although the charity says the figures do not give the full picture.

They found that eight police forces had recorded more than 100 honour-based attacks each in 2010.

The Metropolitan Police had the most at 495, followed by West Midlands (378), West Yorkshire (350), Lancashire (227), Greater Manchester (189), Cleveland (153), Suffolk (118) and Bedfordshire (117). ...

A quarter of police forces in the UK were unable or unwilling to provide data and communities have often been reluctant to talk about the crime, Ikwro said.

Its director Diana Nammi said families often tried to deny the existence of honour attacks and those who carried them out were "very much respected".
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Cut the number of migrants say two out of three Britons
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 2 December 2011

More than two in three people want the number of migrants allowed into Britain cut, a survey has found.

The figures, in a report published today, come a week after it was revealed net migration last year – the difference between those entering Britain and those leaving – reached a record high of 252,000.

It leaves David Cameron nursing a huge headache as he struggles to fulfil his promise to reduce that figure to the "tens of thousands" by the next General Election in 2015.

The survey for Oxford University's Migration Observatory revealed that 69 per cent agreed that the amount of immigrants coming to the UK should be reduced.

In two of the five regions studied – the Midlands and Wales, and the South – that figure jumped to 75 per cent while in the North it was 71 per cent.

Even in the lowest-ranked area London – with 46 per cent – residents said they were in favour of tightening the country's borders.

In Scotland, 56 per cent agreed that immigration should be either "reduced a lot" or "reduced a little".

When asked if they thought numbers should be increased – a "lot" or a "little" – Scotland topped the table with 22 per cent support. London was second with just 7.9 per cent.

The average was less than three per cent in favour of increasing migration.
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Poverty on the rise among immigrants: study
The Local [Sweden], 2 December 2011

Two thirds of the people in Sweden relying long term on social benefits have a foreign background, while child poverty in the same group is becoming more and more serious, according to new reports.

"It is a real problem that poverty in Sweden has taken on an ethnic dimension," said Björn Halleröd, sociology professor at Gothenburg university, to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

The report published in the paper revealed that 67 percent of those on long term benefits were born overseas, with unemployment being the main cause.

Using statistics from 2010, of the 117,000 people on long term benefits, (defined in this case as over 10 months), 78,000 were from foreign countries.
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The Use and Abuse of the Bible in the Immigration Debate
James K. Hoffmeier, Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Archaeology at Trinity International University
Center for Immigration Studies, December 2011

... So it is somewhat surprising that in the current debate about the status of illegal immigrants, the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible is regularly cited in defense of the illegal. Debra Haffner, a Unitarian Universalist minister – a denomination not known for taking Scripture seriously – offered a recent critique of the Arizona illegal immigration law in the Washington Post online (May 25, 2010), saying "It's as if the 70 percent of Arizonans who support the law have forgotten the Biblical injunction to 'love the stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.'" This verse and others like it are frequently quoted in the name of "justice" for the illegal immigrant. ...

A second area where advocates for illegal immigrants rely on the Bible (whether they know it or not) is the "sanctuary city movement" that defies the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Cities like New York, New Haven, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Denver have declared themselves to be "sanctuary cities" and will not cooperate with federal authorities in matters related to illegal immigrants. Some churches have even permitted their facilities to be so-called sanctuaries for illegals.

As an Old Testament scholar I was first intrigued by the fact that the Bible was even being used in the immigration debate, and yet knew that the Bible was not being read seriously. So I decided to do just that. ...

The very positive statements about the treatment of strangers in the Bible, some of which were already quoted, show compassion for the alien in ancient Israel. The defenders of illegal aliens point to these passages as the rationale for rewriting current laws. The problem is that they make a simplistic correlation between the ancient Israelite social law and the modern situation as if the Bible was addressing the same problem. ...

Regarding the first, the answer is unequivocal. Nations small and large had clearly recognizable borders, typically demarcated by natural features such as rivers, valleys, and mountain ranges, much as they are today. ... Permits akin to the modern visa were issued to people entering another land. ...

The Israelites were well aware of the need to respect territorial sovereignty. ... ...

From the foregoing texts we can conclude that in the ancient biblical world, countries had borders that were protected and respected, and that foreigners who wanted to reside in another country had to obtain some sort of permission in order to be considered an alien with certain rights and privileges. The delineation between the "alien" or "stranger" (ger) and the foreigner (nekhar or zar) in biblical law is stark indeed. ... These passages from the Law make plain that aliens or strangers received all the benefits and protection of a citizen, whereas the foreigner (nekhar) did not. It is wrong, therefore, to confuse these two categories of foreigners and then to use passages regarding the ger as if they were relevant to illegal immigrants of today.
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Sharia Adherence Mosque Survey: Correlations between Sharia Adherence and Violent Dogma in U.S. Mosques
Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi
Perspectives on Terrorism, December 2011
[Abstract from Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol 5, No 5-6 (2011)]

A random survey of 100 representative mosques in the U.S. was conducted to measure the correlation between Sharia adherence and dogma calling for violence against non-believers. Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all. Mosques that presented as Sharia adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-Sharia-adherent counterparts. In 84.5% of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts. The leadership at Sharia-adherent mosques was more likely to recommend that a worshipper study violence-positive texts than leadership at non-Sharia-adherent mosques. Fifty-eight percent of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad. The leadership of mosques that featured violence-positive literature was more likely to invite guest imams who were known to promote violent jihad than was the leadership of mosques that did not feature violence-positive literature on mosque premises.
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Race, resentment and the white working classes
Christina Patterson
The Independent, 30 November 2011

Large sections of the white working classes, according to a new report from the Rowntree Foundation, feel that, when it comes to things like the allocation of social housing, they are "last in line". They think that "political correctness" leads to "beneficial treatment" of people who aren't white. They think minority groups get "preferential support and funding", for community organisations they can't access. They think, in other words, that they don't "get a fair deal".

The report, which is written by an academic, which you can certainly tell by the language, "discusses white working-class perspectives on community cohesion". The people interviewed were, apparently, not too clear what "community cohesion" was. ... But it is clear that their voices, from social economic groups that policy makers say are "in the top 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation", aren't often heard, not even in academic studies like this. "Studies of the white working-class", says its author, perhaps a bit unfortunately, "have paled into insignificance compared to those on minority groups."

And so, it seems, have certain strands of community funding. Alongside the millions poured into "initiatives" to tackle Muslim extremism in the wake of 9/11, and 7/7, and the funding for Asian women's centres, and mosques, and council-funded festivals (often for things like Diwali and Eid, but rarely for things like Advent, or Easter) the report mentions only little dribbles of public funds for community projects likely to be used by local residents who were white. ... ...

The people in the report who feel "let down" by the authorities are right. They have been "let down" by people who encouraged immigration, and who changed the allocation of social housing from one that gave priority to local people to one that gave priority to need. No one set out to make their lives more difficult, but they did. It isn't middle-class "communities" that are disrupted by mass immigration. It isn't their homes, and their low-wage labour, that are under threat.
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£3m cost of cancelled deportation flights
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2011

Cancelled flights to deport failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants cost taxpayers nearly £3.2 million in 17 months, the Government said yesterday.

The bill for planes which never took off averaged almost £187,000 a month between May 2010 and this September.
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Gingrich and Immigration
Thomas Sowell, 29 November 2011

One of the issues that have aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said that it would not be "humane" to deport someone who has been living and working here for years.

Let's go back to square one. The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and policies is to serve the national interest of this country.

There is no inherent right to come live in the United States, in disregard of whether the American people want you here. Nor does the passage of time confer any such right retroactively. ...

"No one honestly believes the government should or will mount a nationwide manhunt to deport millions of people," according to the Wall Street Journal.

What we have today is virtually the opposite of that. Cities that openly proclaim themselves "sanctuaries" for illegal immigrants put their own policemen under strict orders not to report illegal immigrants to the federal authorities, with the result that illegal immigrants who have committed crime after crime are free to stay here and commit more crimes, including murder.

You don't have to launch a "manhunt" when a known criminal is also a known illegal alien. What many local policies have done has been to virtually put illegal aliens in a witness protection program.

The more doctrinaire libertarians see the benefits of free international trade in goods, and extend the same reasoning to free international movement of people. But goods do not bring a culture with them. Nor do they give birth to other goods to perpetuate that culture.

Why do people want to come to America in the first place? Because America offers them something that their native countries do not. This country has a culture which has produced a higher standard of living and a freer life than in many other countries.

When you import people, you import cultures, including cultures that have been far less successful in providing decent lives and decent livelihoods. The American people have a right to decide for themselves whether they want unlimited imports of cultures from other countries.

At one time, immigrants came to America to become Americans. Today, the apostles of multiculturalism and grievance-mongering have done their best to keep foreigners foreign and, if possible, feeling aggrieved. Our own schools and colleges teach grievances.

European countries have learned the hard way how massive imports of a foreign culture can undermine your own culture, polarize your population and create internal dangers that are irreversible. Victor Davis Hanson's chilling and insightful book "Mexifornia" shows similar patterns in California.

Moreover, in an age of terrorism, everyone who comes across the border from Mexico is not Mexican. It is the height of irresponsibility to leave that border open and the people who cross it a protected group.
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Marketers Advised To Target Ethnic Preferences
Gavin O'Malley
MediaPost, 29 November 2011

At the risk of stereotyping, new research is emerging to help brands make the most of their multicultural marketing efforts.

Online content preferences for each ethnicity are closely tied to the major drivers of their ethnic identity, according to a new report from Yahoo and Mindshare in participation with Added Value.

Indeed, seven in 10 ethnic minorities say that ethnicity remains a significant part of their identity, the study found.

Among the most important drivers are music for African-Americans; political beliefs for Hispanics; and eating habits for Asians. For some categories, ethnicity does not seem to factor as prominently. Automotive, pharmaceuticals, and travel were three prime examples.

However, there are other categories where it's critical for brands to speak directly to specific ethnic groups.

Sixty-two percent of African-Americans want health and beauty products marketed specifically to them; Hispanics – 53% – feel ethnicity matters when it comes to CPG, entertainment and clothing, while 50% of Asian respondents said that ethnicity was important in entertainment marketing.

Ethnic minorities now represent $2.5 trillion in buying power, while that continues to grow on pace with rising populations. In particular, domestic Hispanic and Asian populations have experienced a 43% increase since 2000.
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'Mindless' equality monitoring costing employers £1bn a year – report
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2011

Employers are being forced to spend up to £1 billion a year complying with "flawed and clumsy" equality laws, a new report claims.

A study by Civitas, the think tank, estimated that small businesses alone are losing £210 million a year on unnecessary bureaucracy related to equal rights for workers.

The report, authored by Prof Peter Saunders, a sociologist, argues that spending on "mindless" data gathering could be harming rather than helping efforts to make the workforce more diverse.

It estimates that private sector employers are wasting up to £400 million a year on monitoring exercises required to meet equalities legislation with an even larger bill for the public sector.

Industries already under pressure because of the economic situation are among the worst hit, with construction, for example, spending £25 million a year, the report estimates.

It cites the example of one Government department with 2,570 employees at its main Whitehall offices which spends £231,000 a year operating a five-strong "diversity team".

It argues: "Originally established to underpin equality before the law, equality legislation today is perversely undermining that very principle of fair treatment.

"This is in pursuit of a false utopia of absolute equality for all. But this pursuit will remain completely unrealistic while free people are able to take different decisions, have different aims in life and, inevitably, experience different outcomes."

The report takes issue with statistics suggesting that discrimination is costing the country billions in lost productivity arguing that differences in the make-up of the workforce are too often assumed to be the result of discrimination rather than other factors.

Prof Saunders, an emeritus professor at Sussex University, wrote: "The only way to generate the 'savings' of £15 to £23 billion that the [Government's] Equalities Strategy refers to would be to force millions of women to do science rather than arts degrees, to take private sector rather than public sector jobs, to work as software engineers and architects, rather than as teachers and vets, and to put their children in nurseries and crèches even if they prefer to spend time with them at home."
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White working class Britons 'don't get a fair deal compared with ethnic minorities'
Rob Cooper
Daily Mail, 28 November 2011

The white working classes feel they don't get a fair deal compared with ethnic minorities, a survey has revealed.

They believe their views aren't listened to when it comes to issues such as allocation of council housing - and are often left 'last in line'.

Those living in working class areas said the idea of 'community cohesion' meant little to them.

The survey also found that they viewed 'equality schemes' as being associated with political correctness.

The research, which focused on Aston in Birmingham, Canley in Coventry and Somers Town in London, revealed people had very little faith in central Government and local council officials.

However, the white working classes remain proud of their identity and the values they stand for.

These include working hard, looking after each other and having pride in their community.

The research, published today, also criticised previous studies on community cohesion for focusing too much on ethnic minorities rather than the area they lived in as a whole. ...

Findings by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation also revealed that officials often 'raised hopes' of residents during consultations about council houses but ultimately left them feeling 'let down.'
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Sex trafficking in Scotland: Country has failed to deal with 'dirty secret', says damning new report
Kevan Christie
Daily Record, 28 November 2011

Scotland's failure to tackle the scandal of sex trafficking is exposed in a damning report today.

The report demands a crackdown on the organised crime gangs behind the vile trade and lifts the lid on how the victims of trafficking and exploitation have been let down.

Leading human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy, who wrote the report for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is critical of the Scottish government, the police and other law enforcement agencies.

The report looks into all aspects of human trafficking but focuses explicitly on "commercial sexual exploitation".

A source close to the inquiry said last night: "This is Scotland's dirty little secret."

The report criticises the shortfall in public or professional awareness in Scotland of human trafficking and says police have a "significant" intelligence gap on the problem.

It reveals those who are trafficked are being exploited by organised criminals, often held captive in private flats used as brothels and systematically abused.

Other victims are forced into criminal acts such as benefits fraud or cannabis cultivation, exploited on fruit-picking farms or in the hospitality industry or forced into conditions akin to slavery as domestic servants.

The report's 10 recommendations include the establishment of a task force to take on the gangs behind the misery.

And it also calls for laws to be beefed up to punish the criminals heavily when they are caught.

The source said: "The Scottish government and police have not taken the proper steps to combat human trafficking. The problem exists all over Scotland and is not confined to the sex industry.

"People are being shipped in from all over the world to be used as cheap labour and serious gangsters are behind it.

"We've had prostitutes coming from as far away as Brazil, Nigeria and Bolivia to work in Scottish cities and police don't do anything.

"The recommendations made in the report need to be followed up urgently."
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Lax Olympic border checks 'may let in illegal migrants' as well as thousands of athletes
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 28 November 2011

Thousands of foreign athletes will be allowed into Britain without visas for the Olympics, a Daily Mail investigation has revealed.

The decision, rubberstamped by Immigration Minister Damian Green, could open the door to illegal migrants, MPs warned.

It is expected to spark renewed controversy over lax border controls and national security.

Documents reveal that border officials plan to conduct 60-second biometric checks on competitors when they arrive at airports next summer.

Those turning up at small airfields or marinas without border staff on duty will escape the checks altogether. They will be 'on trust' to report to a UK Border Agency (UKBA) office within 48 hours to be photographed and give their fingerprint scans.

This is despite the fact that British sporting events have been blighted in recent years by the disappearance of overseas participants.

In 2002, members of the Bangladeshi relay team disappeared during the Commonwealth Games in Manchester before they had run a race, and 21 athletes from Sierra Leone went missing after the Games.

The same year, 58 golfers from Nigeria and Ghana were granted visas to compete in qualifying events at the Open, but 53 vanished as soon as they landed in the UK.

The little-known deal struck between the Government, the International Olympic Committee and the London Olympic Games organising committee, means the normal visa rules have been abandoned for all 25,000 non-EU competitors, their coaches, and team officials.

Competitors from the EU do not need visas to travel here.

It is thought that half the 25,000 due to arrive without visas already have their biometrics lodged with the UKBA after a previous UK visit or visa application.

This means their criminal records can be checked against immigration and security databases before they travel.

However, the remaining 12,500 from more than 175 nations – including terrorist hotspots such as Pakistan, Somalia, Iran and Afghanistan – will arrive carrying only photo-identity accreditation cards issued by the Olympic authorities and their national passports.

Labour MP Mark Hendrick, a critic of Olympic security, described the decision to waive the UK visa as 'madness'.
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Why Gingrich's immigration plan is unworkable
David Frum
CNN - Cable News Network, 28 November 2011

Immigration is the only issue where a political candidate can totally do the bidding of the K Street lobbyists and still be hailed as compassionate and humane.

At CNN's Republican National Security Debate this past Tuesday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reconfirmed his longstanding immigration policy:

– A commitment to enhanced border security

– A guest worker program

– Individual hearings for each of 12 million or so illegal aliens, at which those with long ties to the country will gain residency rights

– No citizenship for illegal entries

On its face, this program is unworkable. Examine each piece in turn:

The border is the wrong place to stop illegal immigration, if only because tighter security wouldn't stop the up to 45% of the illegal population who enter the country legally, then overstay their visas, as estimated by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.

The right place to stop illegality is the workplace. If employers faced an effective requirement to hire only legal workers, and meaningful penalties for breaking the law, we'd change the incentive structure that creates the problem in the first place. As is, employers are punished only if they can be shown to have employed illegal labor "knowingly," meaning that so long as the employee produces a valid-seeming Social Security number, the employer goes scot-free. Even if somehow caught, the fines are small. Under those circumstances, you could deploy the whole U.S. Army on the Mexican border and hardly make an impact on the problem.

Immigration enforcement inescapably impinges on employers, especially employers in low-wage industries such as restaurants, hotels, groundskeeping and meatpacking, whose voices are heard through those K Street lobbyists.

Border security is the policy you endorse if you don't want to impinge on employers. Which means that border security is the policy you endorse if you don't want your immigration enforcement to succeed. ...

Guest working is the policy you endorse if your labor market priority is a cheaper and more pliable work force. ...

Hearings are the policy you endorse if your real goal is to find a way to represent amnesty as something other than amnesty.

Gingrich proposes to confer on much of the 12 million illegal population the right to live and work in the United States, but not citizenship. That is, not the right to vote.

At a stroke, the measure would create a huge class of subordinated workers in this country. ...
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Condi Rice: U.S. will never be "race blind"
Lucy Madison
CBS News, 27 November 2011

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said America has come a long way in confronting racial inequality - but that America will never be "race blind," and that race and poverty in America is "still a terrible witch's brew."

Rice, appearing in Sunday's special Thanksgiving edition of "Face the Nation," reflected on how growing up in Birmingham, Ala., during segregation "shaped me fundamentally."

"My family had to persevere under those circumstances to educate all of us, and to insist that we might not be able to control our circumstances but we could control our response," Rice told CBS' Bob Schieffer.

Since those days, Rice argued, a lot of things have changed.

"We have a black president. We've had two black secretaries of state. We have black CEOs. Obviously African Americans are pushing way into territories that, probably, my grandparents would never have thought possible," she said.

Still, she argued that even though America has "gotten to a place [where] race is not the limiting factor that it once was," she said that "we're never going to erase race as a factor in American life."

"It is a birth defect with which this country was born out of slavery; we're never really going to be race blind," she said.

She pointed to the confluence of race and poverty as a particularly troubling constraint for overcoming inequality, and wondered if that problem isn't becoming even more exacerbated in recent years.

"I think it goes back to whether or not race and class - that is, race and poverty - is not becoming even more of a constraint," she said. "Because with the failing public schools, I worry that the way that my grandparents got out of poverty, the way that my parents became educated, is just not going to be there for a whole bunch of kids. And I do think that race and poverty is still a terrible witch's brew."
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Apartheid row at Norwegian school after it segregates ethnic pupils
Richard Orange
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2011

A political row has broken out in Norway after a secondary school segregated students with ethnic backgrounds in classes away from white Norwegians.

Bjerke Upper Secondary School in Oslo filled one of the three general studies sets solely with pupils with immigrant parents, after many white Norwegians from last year's intake changed schools.

The controversy over the decision has highlighted the unease in Norway over how to integrate the 420,000 "non-Nordic" citizens who immigrated between 1990 and 2009, and who make up 28 per cent of Oslo's population.

"This is the first time I've heard about this, and it is totally unacceptable," Torge Ødegaard, Oslo education commissioner, said on Friday, before pressuring the school to inform parents that the three classes would now be reorganised. The letter to parents read: "Such a division of the students is not in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act. The school regrets this error."

But Robert Wright, a Christian Democrat politician and former head of the city's schools board, struck back, arguing that the authorities had been wrong to block the move. He also said that other Oslo schools should start to segregate classes to prevent a situation of "white flight" developing.

"I think we have to try this to see how it's functioning," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Bjerke School has come up with a radical solution to a real problem, but the politicians have just said 'no'."

He said that the school's decision reflected problems stemming from the high rate of immigration Oslo has seen in recent decades.
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Groups hold Glasgow march and rally against racism
BBC, 26 November 2011

Trade unionists, politicians, faith and community groups have marched through Glasgow in a demonstration against racism and fascism.

The Annual St Andrew's Day Anti-Racism March and Rally set off from Glasgow Green for a rally at Glasgow Film Theatre in Rose Street.

It has been organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

The leaders of all of Scotland's main political parties also sent messages of support to the marchers.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "The theme of this year's event, No Racism - There is a Better Way, sends a strong message to the people of Scotland and beyond that there is no place for racism in our society and that we must all stand united in our quest to rid Scotland once and for all of all forms of bigotry and discrimination."

Iain Gray, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said: "Racism exists in Scotland today. Let there be no doubt about it. And as long as that is the case we must fight against it. We can never afford to be complacent."
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A population of 77 million in Britain? It feels like we're already full!
Clive Aslet
Daily Mail, 25 November 2011

... the more I ponder the number of people that this planet – and more locally, this country – is being expected to host, the more alarming the prospect becomes. And we had better start considering it now, or some of the things that we most value about the way we live will have disappeared through sheer pressure of numbers.

Let me make one thing clear. It used to be thought that any discussion of population was about race. New Labour used this presumption, mendaciously, to close down any discussion of their policy on immigration, which was to allow it to drift upwards.

I myself attacked by a Minister when I tried to raise the consequences that population increase would have on the number of new homes we needed; easier to call me a xenophobe and racist (which I am very far from being) than answer the point. This matter is nothing to do with the origins of the people concerned, simply the numbers.

We now hear that the population of Britain could reach 77m by 2035 – 15m more people than are already in these isles, when there is already a shortage of adequate housing in the economically dominant South-East. That may not even take into account the epic movements of people that are likely to occur as the resources of the world become stressed, productive land becomes desert and cities run out of water.

It doesn't require a genius to see that shortages of the most basic commodities on which life depends will cause be riots, wars and migrations on a scale last seen in the Dark Ages.

77m could be an underestimate unless we take control of own borders and persuade Europe to do likewise. ...

Think of the pressures. The roads are crowded enough as it is; trains are so crammed that paying passengers often have to spend the journey standing up. We can't make up our minds to build a new airport. ...

... Will the pressures mean that people have to accept they'll live in shoeboxes, like Tokyo? Or will the suburbs spread ever further like Los Angeles, until Greater London joins up with the South Coast? Our green, invincible suburbs could look terribly vulnerable, as the urge to build over gardens becomes irresistible.

And let's get down to basics. How is Britain going to feed itself? At present, we import more food than any other country in Europe, ... ...

To ensure any degree of food security, we'll need our farmers to produce more – from far less land than was available, for example, during the last national food emergency during the Second World War. Farmland used to be protected under the planning system. Now it isn't.

Future generations will surely look back and think we were mad not to have been more far sighted.
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Church official supports school segregation
The Local, 25 November 2011

A former Christian Democratic Party member of Oslo's education committee has said he supports the segregation of "non-whites" from Norwegians in the capital's schools.

Oslo's new church warden, Robert Wright, said it was wrong of Oslo's current education committee to reverse Bjerke school's decision to put immigrants in separate classes. On Thursday, the school announced it would correct "a mistake" it made when it put minorities from local city neighbourhoods into different classes than ethnic Norwegians.

"In my view it was a big mistake by the city schools committee to stop the grouping of pupils by ethnic background," Wright told newspaper Dagsavisen.

Wright, whose son attends the city's Stovner school, said: "I see how the white pupils are disappearing."

He said many ethnic Norwegian parents were upset by the large numbers of visible minorities at Bjerke and other schools. He wrote a letter of support to Bjerke school staff after the segregation case went public.

He also slammed city education commissioner Torger Ødegaard, who he accused of failing to recognize that many pupils with immigrant backgrounds were uninterested in integrating.

But Ødegaard shot back quickly with a rejection of Wright's support for segregation policies.

"We need to stop classifying children according to ethnicity," he told newspaper Aftenposten.

"There is a great degree of diversity among pupils who speak minority languages. It's no catastrophe at all to be in the same class as a lot [of children] with immigrant backgrounds. I prefer to see it as enriching," said Ødegaard.
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Migration in 2010 at record high
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2011

Net migration to Britain last year hit a record high, according to official figures published today.

The Office for National Statistics said that net migration in 2010 was 252,000 - the highest calendar year figure on record.

The ONS said that while immigration was steady at 591,000, the rise in the net figure was due to a fall in the number of people leaving the country.

In all, 339,000 people emigrated from the UK - the lowest level of emigration since 2001.

Emigration by non-British citizens also fell to 203,000 from a peak of 255,000 in 2008.

The ONS said fewer people were leaving the country from the UK for work-related reasons.
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High immigration could drive Britain's population to 77 million by 2035
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 24 November 2011

Britain's population could rise by a quarter to more than 77 million in just 25 years if high levels of migration continue, according to official estimates released yesterday.

They projected a population of 77.7 million by 2035 – nearly 16 million more than now – if high immigration continues alongside rapidly rising birthrates and increased life expectancy.

It means that the country would have to find room for an additional 650,000 people – the population of a city the size of Glasgow – every year between now and 2035.

The estimates were released at a time of growing concern over fast-rising population levels and their impact on overcrowded England, which is already the most densely populated country in Europe.

The figures suggest that the 70 million population mark – the level at which many believe stresses on housing, transport, education, health, power and water will become too great – could be hit far sooner than the current prediction of 2027.

The new projections were published by the Office for National Statistics.

Last month, the ONS put out 'principal projections', which said that the population was set to grow by just under 500,000 a year for the next 25 years, reaching 73.2 million from the current 62.2 million in 2035.

Yesterday it published 'variant population projections' which 'are intended as plausible alternatives to the principal assumptions,' it said. Based on the highest expected immigration, fertility and life expectancy levels, these put numbers in the country at 77,746,000 in 2035, and nearly 95 million by 2060. ...

If maintained over the following decades, that rate of population increase would mean numbers reaching nearly 137 million in 100 years – more than doubling over a century.

Over the past 100 years, the population has grown by around 50 per cent.

The higher projected increase depends heavily on rates of immigration remaining similar to those currently being recorded.

In 2010 net migration – the number of people coming into the country to live minus the number emigrating – was 239,000. New figures released today may show even higher migration rates.

However, the ONS said that if migration is curbed, the population will be much lower.

Yesterday's analysis said that if net migration is reduced to zero, the population will never reach the 70 million landmark.
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Nick Clegg: 'Racism must be met with a steel fist'
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister says Britain has made progress in race relations but people from ethnic minorities still face social and economic barriers.

In a speech to mark 30 years since Lord Scarman's report into the Brixton riots, Nick Clegg said progress had been made on the legal rights, political representation and public sector employment of black people since the 1981 disturbances, but "grave inequalities" remain in the private sector.

He drew a parallel with the world of football, where a racial "ceiling" allows black players to become stars on the pitch but very few to make it through into management or administration. ...

The Deputy Prime Minister said that the "next frontier for race equality" is opening up economic opportunities to ethnic minorities.

He added that the state has "come a long way" in ending discrimination and it was now up to businesses and the professions to promote talented people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

"Racism must be met with a steel fist," Mr Clegg stressed.
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Hundreds more young black men are in prison than at leading universities
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2011

Hundreds more young black men are in prison than attending the country's leading universities, the Deputy Prime Minister will warn today, as he issues a fresh call to end racial discrimination.

Nick Clegg will say that the "next frontier for race equality" is opening up economic opportunities to ethnic minorities.

He will add that the state has "come a long way" in ending discrimination and it was now up to businesses and the professions to promote talented people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Liberal Democrat leader will indicate that positive discrimination is operating in the public sector, saying that men from ethnic minorities now earn more than their white counterparts. But he will point out that ethnic minority workers typically earn significantly less than whites in the private sector.

Delivering the annual Scarman lecture – in memory of Lord Scarman, who conducted an official inquiry into the Brixton race riots in the 1980s – Mr Clegg will express his concern at anecdotal evidence that black and Asian entrepreneurs find it harder to gain bank loans or are charged higher rates of interest.

"A great deal has been achieved in the last 30 years; we have moved forward on a number of fronts," the Deputy Prime Minister will say. "[But] there is another war on race inequality that is too often neglected: economic opportunity – the next frontier for race equality."

He will add: "We urgently need to lift a lid on the injustices hard-wired into our economy. It simply cannot be right that we still live in a society where if you are from an ethnic minority, you are much more likely to be poor". ...

He will say that legislation and the public sector has been used to improve ethnic minority access to the labour market, but a state-led approach "can only take you part of the way".
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200,000 illegal migrants detained in Russia yearly - FMS
Voice of Russia, 23 November 2011

Russia's law enforcers detain about 200,000 illegal migrants annually, the Federal Migration Service says.

According to Konstantin Romodanovsky, this number has remained practically the same for several years.

In the estimates of the Federal Migration Service chief, the Russian budget loses up to 40 billion rubles in unpaid taxes yearly.

More than 9 million migrants are staying on the territory of the Russian Federation at the moment, official reports say.
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Bill for holding and removing illegal immigrants increases
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2011

The bill for detaining and removing illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers has increased by almost half in just four years.

Taxpayers have paid £273 million since 2006 to hold in custody those who should not be in the UK and to enforce their removal.

The annual bill has increased from £35.5 million in 2006/07 to £51.7 million last year.

The rising costs are, in part, due to delays in removing individuals as they fight lengthy appeals against deportation.
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'Only foreign imports get work in Bollywood', 22 November 2011

Endorse it or not, it's a known fact that fairness creams have a huge market in India. But actress Payal Rohtagi accused the film industry of racism and favouring white skin.

With Sunny Leone getting ready to make her debut in Hindi films, Payal hinted at how actresses like Katrina Kaif, Zarine Khan, Nargis Fakhri and Leone are getting work because of their skin colour whereas Freida Pinto is largely ignored here.

'I found similarity in there faces and the fact that on an average indians go crazy for white skin. That's why a talent like frieda pinto gets ignored here but does A plus films in hollywood. So its either camps or foreign exports who get work in indian cinema inspite of them being. Not able to speak hindi or dance or act. Sad,' she tweeted.
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Thousands of migrants 'disappear' in cities under new official system
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 21 November 2011

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have 'disappeared' at the stroke of a pen under a new official counting system.

The method has led to apparent large falls in the numbers of migrants thought to live in London and other major cities.

The change has provoked fury among council leaders who say the immigrant populations of their districts have been grossly underestimated by government statisticians.

Westminster and Kensington in London, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge are among places thought to have had their estimated populations reduced by many thousands by the Office for National Statistics.

Colin Barrow, Tory leader of Westminster, said: 'After four years of work supposedly improving migration estimates, the ONS apparently still has little idea how many migrants are in this country or where they live and work.

'Our incoming migrant population appears to have dropped by 17 per cent over four years; you only have to go out into the bars and restaurants in the West End to see that migrants come to Westminster to live and work in much greater numbers than this.' ...

The new estimates method, to be used from next year onwards, uses the same source of immigration statistics the ONS has always used. This is the International Passenger Survey, a check on intentions of arrivals at air and sea ports and on the Eurostar.

From this researchers use a complex formula, based on other official population databases, to estimate the number of yearly arrivals.

Under the new method, this formula has been tweaked, resulting in changes to the estimated numbers arriving at certain towns and cities.

Some have fallen while others have risen, but the total remains unchanged. ...

Councils can lose millions in Treasury grants if Whitehall cuts their population estimates.

The ONS was scheduled to publish papers about the new migration counting system last week, but failed to do so. Some places are said to show a higher count, such as Newham, East London, with a 13 per cent increase.

The ONS declined to comment yesterday.
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UK Border Agency stops routine interviews with visa applicants
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 21 November 2011

The troubled UK Border Agency has stopped carrying out routine face-to-face interviews with visa applicants from abroad.

Critics say the move by the organisation, whose decision to relax fingerprint checks at airports over the summer triggered a political scandal, puts security at risk.

Many of those who would have faced interviews under the previous regime come from the Indian subcontinent, prompting claims that the relaxed regime could undermine attempts to end forced marriage. ...

They were standard practice in countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh until about two years ago, but are now only carried out when officials are suspicious about people applying to move to Britain.

Instead, most applicants only have to fill in forms and provide biometric data such as fingerprints.

A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said: "We have a risk-based approach to interviewing, closely scrutinising applications from countries where we know there are high levels of visa abuse. Where we have concerns we can interview applicants to obtain further information. We are determined to ensure only genuine people coming to the UK are successful.

"Everyone needing a visa is subject to rigorous biometric checks both abroad and on entry to the UK. Anyone found to have provided false information or documents with their visa application will be refused entry and face a 10 year ban from coming to the UK."
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When it comes to race these days, we are all walking on eggshells
Mary Kenny
Irish Independent, 21 November 2011

Judging by the amount of lacerating criticism he has had over the past few days, you would think FIFA president Sepp Blatter was an ardent follower of Heinrich Himmler. ...

And what did Mr Blatter actually say? He said that if there should be a racist incident on the football field, it could all be healed and satisfied by an end-of-match handshake between the offender and the offended.

Shock! Horror! Doesn't he know that racism is the worst possible outrage in our time (along with homophobia)? Doesn't he understand that racist abuse is against the law in most civilised countries today? So call the lawyers and summon the constabulary and have him thrown out on his ear!

He has now apologised for making such heedless remarks, but the future doesn't look too promising and if he is wise he will contemplate retiring to some picturesque Alpine chalet. ...

The playground spat, when Mr Blatter was growing up in the 1940s, was seldom taken particularly seriously. And that was everywhere. Kids got called names all the time: ... ...

None of this was particularly kind or nice, and at the extreme end of racism it was odious. The anti-Semitism which stained the 20th century often began with casual abuse, and indeed, it was the awareness of what had occurred during the Third Reich that made subsequent generations work to correct such attitudes.

However, the need to develop a more sensitive and respectful attitude to people of different racial or ethnic origin has arguably now gone to such neurotic and hysterical extremes that, like the 'Reds under the bed', racism is now perceived everywhere and in every nuance of discourse.

In Britain, 20,000 schoolchildren between the ages of three and 11 have been officially reprimanded (and their names logged by the local authorities) for alleged 'racist' remarks in the playground. To stigmatise a child for using apparently racist language is surely disproportionately punitive and inflating childish ignorance to social vice.

When it comes to race, not only must everyone now walk on egg shells, they must be aware the law is now ever-vigilant, ready to report an incident and turn it into a federal case.

This is where Mr Blatter is from another era, when human conduct was guided by such phrases as 'Least said, soonest mended' or 'Don't make a mountain out of a molehill'; and Christians were enjoined to abide by St Paul's advice: 'Suffer in silence'.

Sportsmen were expected to show 'manliness' on the field, and whatever hostilities were exchanged, display 'magnanimity in victory, grace in defeat'.
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Taxpayers wear burden of 60,000 illegal immigrants
Peter Mickelburough
Herald Sun, 21 November 2011

Australia has enough illegal immigrants on the loose to populate a large regional city.

A Herald Sun investigation has found that nearly 60,000 people - one in every 390 - is in the country unlawfully, sparking renewed calls for a crackdown.

The 58,400 foreign citizens hiding illegally among us easily outnumber the populations of Mildura or Shepparton - Victoria's fifth and sixth biggest cities.

And they dwarf the 4700 asylum seekers who arrived by boat in 2010-11.

Documents released to the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information also reveal the biggest groups of illegals are Chinese, Americans, Malaysians, Britons and South Koreans.

More than half have been here for five or more years; 20,000 for a decade or more; and two in three have evaded authorities for more than two years. (The figures do not include visitors who overstay visas by less than a fortnight.) ...

There were 10,600 more illegals at June 30 last year than in 2005.
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Economists urge rethink on immigration in Britain-FT
Michelle Martin
London South East / Reuters, 21 November 2011

A group of economists is urging British Chancellor George Osborne to defend his pro-growth agenda by modifying immigration curbs that would damage the nation's competitiveness and growth, the Financial Times said on Monday.

In a letter to the newspaper, the economists expressed criticism of forthcoming changes to Home Office policy which are expected to limit economic migrants from outside the European Union to a five-year stay, after which those who did not earn a high enough salary would have to return home, the newspaper reported.

The economists said changes which discourage migrants from coming to Britain would be 'deeply damaging' to the competitiveness of the country's science and research sectors, as well as the wider economy.

'The policy could almost have been designed to deter the migrants whom we most want and, for those who do come, to expel many of those we would most like to remain,' the letter reads, according to the FT.
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Bring these evil men to book: Asian gangs who groom teenage girls for sex to be finally targeted in crackdown
Daily Mail, 21 November 2011

The Government has finally answered the call to protect vulnerable children in danger of sexual exploitation.

It will, this week, publish a National Action Plan designed to make the issue a 'top priority' for every local authority.

The news comes amid a devastating report into the failures of police and care agencies to protect teenage girls who have been groomed, raped and sold by male gangs, most of whom are Asian.

The mother of one teenager from Leeds, who attempted suicide after a gang rape, said her daughter was the victim of a 'broken system.'

'Everyone failed her,' she told The Times. 'There was no sharing of information.

'They (police) had the names and knew where they (abusers) worked yet the men who did this have never once been arrested or spoken to by the police.'

West Yorkshire Police vowed to look again at the case to see if 'there is evidence that can help bring evil men to book'.

Children's charity Barnardos has been calling on the Government to take action on child exploitation since January with its Cut Them Free campaign.

Other caregivers have also suggested that political sensitivities are to blame for a near paralysis of the systems designed to keep children safe.
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Migrants in cosmetic ops scam
James Murray
Sunday Express, 20 November 2011

Bogus asylum seekers are demanding IVF and cosmetic surgery on the NHS in a deliberate ploy to delay being kicked out of the country.

Whistleblowers say there is "no end to the scams and lies" and solicitors coach applicants to exploit loopholes, knowing that the longer asylum seekers are in the UK, the more chance they have of being allowed to stay indefinitely. ...

The whistleblower said that when cases are prolonged by continuous new legal claims officials barely have the resources to keep fighting cases, adding: "Once cases dragged on for seven years we basically gave up.

"Then it went down to four years because there was such a huge backlog. The immigration solicitors knew this, although it wasn't broadcast, and they just spun everything out." ...

A Home Office spokesman said it was "not true" that people sought IVF and penis enlargements on the NHS.

It admitted, however, that the UK Border Agency currently employs 23,426 people, but that 5,200 jobs are to be slashed by March 2015.
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Child benefit fraud checks on migrants ignored
Stephen Martin
Sunday Mirror, 20 November 2011

Checks on child benefit claims by migrants to the UK have been scrapped - to speed up the time it takes to process them.

Benefit staff used to write to schools, nurseries and childminders to confirm foreign-born children being claimed for actually did exist and were in the UK.

But that's now been scrapped because it delayed administration of the estimated 7,000 claims for child benefit submitted every week by overseas citizens.

This has prompted fears that hundreds of bogus claims could be paid from child benefit HQ in Washington, Tyne & Wear.

It's known as a "gateway" benefit because, once granted, it opens the door for more lucrative payments such as family tax credits which can be worth thousands - making child benefit a first call for criminal gangs blamed for Britain's £3 billion a year benefit fraud bill.

A source in the Child Benefit office said: "Writing to schools was a sensible way to see if children even existed. We stopped a lot of fraud."

Two weeks ago, a gang of Slovakian fraudsters were jailed in Kent for milking £1.2 million from taxpayers, which started with bogus child benefit claims by 50 fake mothers. Internal figures leaked to the Sunday Mirror reveal that in 2008 around 500 claims a week from overseas citizens were refused.

By 2010, it was down to 200 every week and staff claim this year it's down to 170 a week.

A spokeswoman for HMRC - which runs the Child Benefit office - confirmed staff no longer contact nurseries or schools in checks.

She said they were "archaic and time-consuming" and added: "We did perform those checks.

We don't any more. A robust compliance strategy enables us to tackle fraud effectively.

"The latest full year figures show a decrease in fraud perpetrated."
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Foreign criminals are 'building a network of children so they can use human rights law to stay in UK'
Mail on Sunday, 20 November 2011

Foreign criminals facing deportation from Britain are starting 'a network of children' in order to stay in the country, according to the Home Office.

Immigrants due to be kicked out of the UK are convincing judges that being deported would breach their right to a family life.

And for the first time, the Government has admitted that some of those may have started families deliberately in order to stay in Britain.

Many of those who have done this have had children with several different mothers - and some are said to be barely in touch with their families.

The official recognition of the growing problem will strengthen calls to reform the Human Rights Act in order to ensure that the UK can deport those considered to pose a threat to the public.

Any immigrant jailed for more than a year is automatically supposed to be deported, but many judges are ruling that Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which guarantees the right to family life, means that foreign criminals cannot be separated from their families.
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England 'is world's sixth most crowded country: High rate of immigration blame for population surge
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 November 2011

High immigration has made England one of the most crowded countries in the world, a report said yesterday.

It found that 6.6 million foreign-born people live in England – and only 500,000 elsewhere in the UK.

As a result England has become the sixth most densely populated major nation, according to the analysis from the MigrationWatch think-tank. Only Bangladesh, Taiwan, South Korea, Lebanon and Rwanda have more people per square mile.

Sir Andrew Green, who chairs MigrationWatch which compiled the report, said: 'The immigration lobby like to talk about the UK, obscuring the fact that England is six times as crowded as Scotland.

'Since the vast majority of immigrants come to England, it is England's place in the league table that counts.

'Leaving aside city states and small islands, England lies sixth among the most crowded countries in the world. ...' ...

The study calculated that 93 per cent of immigrants settle in England, and that 86 per cent of projected population growth will occur there. The Office for National Statistics has projected the landmark 70 million figure for the UK is likely to be reached in 16 years.

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for a Commons debate on the need to curb immigration and keep numbers below 70 million, a point at which many analysts believe housing, transport and public services would be overstretched.
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Brussels orders Britain to let in more migrants from around the world
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 19 November 2011

Eurocrats ignited outrage last night by ordering Britain to open its doors to a fresh wave of mass immigration from around the world.

In a highly provocative diktat from Brussels the European Commission urged the EU's 27 member nations to admit millions more newcomers from beyond Europe's borders and adopt welcoming "migrant-centred" policies.

"To ensure prosperity, Europe must become a more attractive destination in the global competition for talent," said a document from the EU's ruling body.

It also made clear that new measures to "facilitate and organise legal immigration" to EU nations from eastern Europe, Asia and a string of North African countries were already on the way.

The astonishing open-door border policy, outlined in a "renewed EU migration strategy" published by the Commission, triggered a furious backlash in Britain yesterday.

Euro-MP Gerard Batten, the UK Independence Party's immigration spokesman, said: "This is the EU calling for yet more migration.

Many of those migrants will gravitate to the UK.

"These migrants will either take jobs, thus making our unemployment situation worse, or end up on benefits costing the state even more money."

Tory MP Philip Hollobone said: "Most British people will be absolutely horrified by this latest proposal from the European Commission.

"It flies in the face of their fundamental concern that, as a country, we are already full up and there is no space for any more migrants.

"This is a threat to open the floodgates."

Sir Andrew Green, of the pressure group MigrationWatch, said: "This document is gobbledygook. The only good news is that we are not part of their visa system."

But Eurocrats claimed that more immigration into Europe was needed to help boost the continent's economy.

"The EU needs to boost its relationships with non-EU states to better reap the mutual benefits migration can bring," said the migration strategy document published in Brussels.

It claimed that a new border policy was needed following the Arab Spring political upheaval in North Africa and the Middle East this year.

Among proposals in the strategy was a series of new "Mobility Partnerships" to be offered to the EU's immediate neighbours and Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

"These partnerships are focused on facilitating and organising legal migration, effective and humane measures to address irregular migration, and concrete steps towards reinforcing the development outcomes of migration," the document said.

"Concluding visa facilitation and readmission agreements are to be part of these partnerships," the document added.

Among the aims was to "make EU action more migrant-centred, with the aim of empowering migrants and strengthening their human rights in countries of origin, transit and destination."
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Belgium: 25 Percent Of Brussels Population Is Muslim
Eurasia Review / Kuwait News Agency, 18 November 2011

More than 250,000 residents out of a total population of one million in Brussels have Muslim roots, according to a study carried out by the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and published in the Belgian media Friday.

The study was carried out by Felice Dasetto, a sociologist and a professor at the university who is considered to be an expert in issues relating to Muslims in Belgium.

Brussels the political capital of the European Union accounts for half of the total number of Muslims in Belgium. ...

It claims that the Islamic presence is becoming more and more visible in Brussels with more mosques and minarets, more women wearing a veil and more Muslim organisations.

The study argues that the Islamic faith has the power to mobilise people to a very big extent, more than for example the Catholic church or political parties.
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Foreign workers take yet more UK jobs as number of Britons in work plunges and youth unemployment hits one million
Becky Barrow
Daily Mail, 17 November 2011

Around 500 foreigners landed a job in Britain every day over the past year while the number of UK-born workers plunged.

Official figures yesterday painted a shockingly bleak picture of a jobs market in crisis as unemployment hit a 17-year high.

The Office for National Statistics said the number of British-born workers has crashed by 311,000 in a year, equal to more than 850 a day. But in the same period, the number of foreign-born employees jumped by 181,000 – or 495 a day.

Ministers admitted the situation was 'unacceptable', although bosses warned that many young British workers were too lazy and too bad at basics such as punctuality to be worth hiring. But experts said the latest figures highlight the urgency of tackling the immigration problem. ...

It comes as unemployment among those aged 16 to 24 has ballooned to its highest level on record, topping one million for the first time.

Overall unemployment is currently 2.62 million, its highest since 1994. The number of employees has dropped by 305,000 between July and September, the largest fall since 1992. ...

Sir Andrew Green, of the Migrationwatch think-tank, described the figures as 'stunning'.

He said: 'The immigration lobby can no longer pretend that these massive levels of immigration have no significant effect on the job prospects for British workers who are now unemployed.' ...

Dr Adam Marshall, director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said the fault does not lie with the young person, but their education.
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Brazil 2010 census shows changing race balance
BBC, 17 November 2011

For the first time, non-white people make up the majority of Brazil's population, according to preliminary results of the 2010 census.

Out of around 191m Brazilians, 91 million identified themselves as white, 82m as mixed race and 15m as black.

Whites fell from 53.7% of the population in 2000 to 47.7% last year.

The once-a-decade census showed rising social indicators across Brazil as a result of economic growth, but also highlighted enduring inequalities.

The census was conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

"It is the first time a demographic census has found the white population to be below 50%" it said in its report.

The number of people identifying as black rose from 6.2% to 7.6%, while the number saying they were of mixed race rose from 38.5% to 43.1%.

Among minority groups, 2m Brazilians identified themselves as Asian, and 817,000 as indigenous. ...

However, in almost all fields of human development the census revealed enduring inequalities between north and south Brazil, between urban and rural areas, and between rich and poor.

The IBGE highlighted "acute income disparity" in Brazil, with the richest 10% of the population gaining 44.5% of total income compared to just 1.1% for the poorest 10%.

It said more than half of the population earned less than the minimum wage and, on average, white and Asian Brazilians earned twice as much as black or mixed-race Brazilians.

Brazil is one of the most ethnically-diverse countries in the world and many Brazilians regard their nation as a "racial democracy" where there is little overt racism.

Nonetheless black Brazilians - the descendants of African slaves brought over during Portuguese colonial rule - are much more likely to be poor and rarely reach the top levels of business or politics.
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Ethnic minority pupils increase by 57% in a decade
BBC, 16 November 2011

The number of ethnic minority pupils in England's secondary schools rose by 57% in a decade, according to research from King's College London.

The study by Chris Hamnett looked at the changing demographics of schools between 1999 and 2009.

In inner London, 67% of secondary pupils are from ethnic minorities, says Professor Hamnett.

Gathering such data is important for understanding the future make-up of the population, he says.

The study, from the geography department of King's College London, reveals a "very substantial" shift in the population, which Professor Hamnett says represents an "irrevocable" change.

The 57% increase in ethnic minority pupils contrasted with an overall secondary school population rise of 4.7% - and a slight decline in white pupils, a figure that also includes migrants from eastern Europe.

Across the country, the proportion of ethnic minority pupils has risen in a decade from 11.5% to 17% - and Professor Hamnett forecasts that it is set to rise again to 20%.

He found a pattern of an increasing proportion of ethnic minority pupils in big cities, particularly London.

"London as a whole now has an ethnic minority dominated secondary school system, akin to that of many large US cities, and the figure reaches 67% in inner London," says Professor Hamnett.

"This is also true of a small number of other towns and cities with large ethnic minorities, notably Slough (64%), Leicester (58%), Birmingham (52%) and Luton (51%). Manchester and Bradford are not far behind with 43%."

Professor Hamnett says that this is not about recently arrived children, these are children born in England.

And patterns of birth rates indicate that the proportion of ethnic minority pupils will increase in the next decades.

Such changes have become a lasting feature of the ethnic make-up of England's population, he says.

But he also says it shows a picture of ethnic minority families moving out to towns and suburbs across England.

"We're not looking at minorities being trapped or ghettoised in small areas. There's a process of suburbanisation," says Professor Hamnett. This was particularly the case for Asian families, he says.

Among the biggest increases were areas such as Merton, Croydon and Enfield.

There are also wide differences in the ethnic breakdowns of schools in different parts of the country.

In places such as Knowsley, Cumbria and Durham, fewer than 2% of pupils are from ethnic minorities. In Brent, Tower Hamlets and Newham in London, the figure is above 80%.

Such changes will also eventually mean "revisiting" the language of minorities and majorities, he says.
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UK Immigration: Population Projections and Immigration
Alp Mehmet
eGovmonitor, 16 November 2011

In his article on 9 November Matt Cavanagh of the IPPR challenged the idea that Britain is "full up" and called for a proper debate on population. ...

Almost 25% of births in England and Wales are now to immigrant women. At present, according to the ONS, the birth rates of immigrant mothers are equivalent to a family size of 2.5 children compared with 1.85 to native born women (which includes UK-born members of ethnic minority groups). The ONS currently makes the cautious assumption of a long-term fertility rate equivalent to 1.84 children per woman although the most recent actual level is 1.95 for the UK. ...

The basic facts of the case are inescapable. England is extremely crowded. Over 2/3rds of population increase is due to immigration. So the choice is clear cut either we bring immigration under control or we allow our population to increase continuously. The public have certainly made up their minds. Our recent opinion poll showed that 80% believe that England is crowded while a BBC text poll found that 94% agreed that Britain is full.

So let us have the debate on population but let it be based on an understanding of current methods of projecting population and let the enthusiasts for immigration explain exactly why they want more people in this small and crowded island.
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Workers face curb on bringing foreign-born spouses to UK
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 16 November 2011

Up to half the working population of Britain are to be banned from bringing a foreign-born wife or husband into the country under proposals being considered by the Home Office.

The government's migration advisory committee has recommended that those wishing to bring a spouse or child to live in Britain on a family visa should have a minimum salary before tax of between £18,700 and £25,700 to ensure they are not a burden on the state.

David Cameron first raised the idea in a speech on immigration last month, when he said more than 70% of UK-based sponsors of family visas had post-tax earnings of less than £20,000 a year.

"When the income level of the sponsor is this low, there is an obvious risk that the migrants and their family will become a significant burden on the welfare system and the taxpayer," the prime minister said.

The largest group of people banned from coming to Britain under the proposal would be women from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. ...

The migration advisory committee report, published on Wednesday, recommends that the current annual earnings threshold for UK residents sponsoring family visas should be raised from the current £5,500 after tax to between £18,700 and £25,700 before tax.

Almost 50,000 family visas are granted to immediate relatives of British residents every year.

The lower threshold of £18,700, set at the point at which somebody is no longer eligible to claim welfare benefits, would exclude 45% – about 22,500 people – from bringing their husband, wife or children into the country to live with them. The higher threshold of £25,700 would exclude 63%, about 33,000, from applying for a family visa.

The advisory committee said about 25% of the British population in full-time work would be excluded by the new lower limit and around 50% of the working population would be barred from bringing in their foreign-born wives or husbands under the proposals.

For those wishing to bring in a wife and two children, the minimum threshold would be set at between £24,800 and £47,600 in order for them not to be a burden on the state.

The lower earnings threshold is based on the point at which an adult is no longer eligible for benefits or tax credits, while the higher is the point at which the sponsor makes a net contribution in terms of tax.
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Tens of thousands of foreigners on private jets 'feared to have avoided passport checks'
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2011

Tens of thousands of people are feared to have arrived on private jets without having their passports checked under relaxed border security measures this year, according to leaked emails released yesterday. ...

UK Border Agency officials warned their managers they feared a "security breach" because they could not "secure the border as robustly as we would like to".

Managers replied that the new arrangements were part of a strategy being introduced at airports across England, and reflected "national policy". ...

Emails obtained by Labour disclosed that frontline border staff raised concerns over the relaxed checks for passengers on private flights.

Passengers entered the country without having their passports checked on arrival, and, in many cases, without being seen by border staff. "Watch lists" were also not checked, according to the emails. ...

According to Labour, there are between 80,000 and 90,000 flights on private jets landing in Britain every year, each carrying two or three passengers. ...

The leaked emails showed border checks were downgraded 100 times in the first week, 260 times in the sixth week, and 165 times in week nine, with relaxations lasting "potentially hours each time".

Averaged out over 14 weeks, that would mean border staff could have abandoned full biometric passport checks 2,450 times.
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Slackened checks at border may have let in 550 criminals
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2011

More than 550 European criminals, suspected terrorists and human-traffickers were kept out of Britain in the summer of last year, before border controls were controversially relaxed, official figures have suggested.

The figures, obtained by Labour yesterday, will add to fears that hundreds of dangerous criminals may have entered Britain during the summer months of this year after detailed passport checks were abandoned.

Last week, Theresa May, the Home Secretary, admitted that she had no idea how many undesirable people may have entered Britain as a result. ...

The figures from the House of Commons Library provide the first indication of how many criminals may have entered Britain as a result of the relaxed passport checks.

The analysis showed that in the summer of 2010, 564 European nationals were refused entry at airports and ports and subsequently removed from Britain.

These included criminals previously deported and people appearing on the so-called "warnings index" list covering suspected terrorists, organised-crime gang members, human-traffickers and those convicted of sex crimes.

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, said: "These figures emphasise the need for the Home Secretary to come clean and give us the numbers on how many people entered the UK without checks.
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Life is one long party for foreign benefits cheats
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 14 November 2011

The immigration system continues its descent into chaos.

Instead of upholding the integrity of Britain's borders our Government presides over the accelerating destruction of our nation through a growing influx of foreigners.

Every week brings new revelations about the poisonous mix of negligence, incompetence and politically correct ideology that prevails within the Home Office. Typical of this culture of crisis is the deepening scandal over the relaxation of controls at Britain's ports. ...

Whatever the truth about where blame really lies, this episode is a graphic indicator of how the Tory-led coalition has so far failed on immigration.

The Conservatives came to power promising a tough approach after years of Labour's dogma-driven anarchy but their rhetoric has not been matched by reality. Our frontiers are as porous as ever.

The number of arrivals is still rising, up to 586,000 in the first year of the coalition.

Ministers whine about the difficulties of their task. But this is a lot of excuse-making nonsense. Even in our age of globalisation it should still be straightforward to maintain our borders since, unlike most in the Western world, we are an island nation.

Nor is this mainly an EU problem as the politicians like to pretend, since most immigrants come from outside Europe, with the majority from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

The real issue is an absence of political will to uphold our national identity.

Having swallowed fashionable drivel about the joys of multicultural diversity, our ruling elite despises the concepts of Britishness, patriotism and the national interest. The political class would rather work itself into a froth of indignation about equality than protect Britain.

This breakdown in fighting spirit is epitomised by an appalling case that emerged over the weekend.

The saga of Mohamed Bouzalim, an African fraudster and failed asylum seeker, encapsulates everything that has gone wrong with our immigration system. ...

Not only was he given £66,000 a year in payments but he was even permitted to bring some of his relatives to Britain as his so-called "carers". ... ...

Now on trial he has pleaded guilty to 11 charges of fraud, deception and illegal entry while several relatives have also admitted dishonesty. ...

It is estimated that he was paid £400,000 in benefits, an outrageous sum when the Government says in this new age of austerity it cannot look after British people.

Only last week it was reported that former British soldier Mark Mullins and his disabled wife Helen jointly committed suicide because they could not face another winter on benefits of just £57 a week yet this fraudulent Moroccan was receiving 20 times as much.

These are the ethics of the madhouse. The social contract between government and people has been shattered.
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This Government, like all before it, will only be happy when we have... The UK No Border Agency
Peter Hitchens
Daily Mail, 14 November 2011

If anyone had ever asked us, we would have said that we did not want millions of people from Asia, the Balkans or the dead Soviet Empire migrating to this country.

This would have had nothing to do with bigotry, or racism or any of the other rude words flung at the British people by their ruling class of snooty elite liberals.

It does not take much to see that mass immigration is a daft idea. The most basic argument for it – that it helps the economy – is false.

We rightly complain that young people cannot get work. So why import foreigners to do that work, while paying our own children to take to crime and sit at home smoking dope?

It makes no sense at all, not least because the South East of England is now one of the most crowded places on Earth, and feels that way.

And yet, here's the mystery. Nobody wants it, and it is damaging – but it keeps on happening.

Some people were stupid enough to think that this was just a Labour problem. They were not paying attention.

The Tory Party has been keenly pro-immigration for decades.

It made this view clear as long ago as 1958 when party stewards violently silenced anti-immigration protesters at a Blackpool rally addressed by Harold Macmillan.

Many independent witnesses were shocked at the blood-spattered savagery of the beatings handed out to the hecklers.

They should not have been. The more liberal the Tory Party gets, the more ruthless it has to be to its own natural supporters. As usual, the amazing thing is that so many of those supporters carry on voting for it. ...

The elite wish to pretend that they sympathise with us about the problem.

But secretly they want to change the country for ever, and see mass immigration as the best way of doing this.

Those figures showing that most illegal migrants who arrive here are allowed to stay, or that foreign criminals are not deported, or that passport checks were skimped, are not evidence of government failure. Nothing much will be done about them.

They will be nearly as bad next year and the year after.

They are evidence that the real policy is and always has been to act against our wishes and interests. Everything else is a pretence.

The truth is the opposite of the public stance. ...

One day, perhaps, those to blame for this disgrace will be punished. But I think it will by then be too late.

We are too trusting for our own good.
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Can We Talk About This?, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, review
Dominic Cavendish
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2011

This may rank as dance company DV8's talkiest project to-date, about the scale of violent threat posed by Islamic extremism to those upholding or speaking up for western values.

It has just been announced that this show, the latest from dance company DV8, is going to be at the National Theatre next March. That's not only commendable – because the production is compelling – but also brave, because what it says is almost unsayable.

In 80 minutes or so, "Can We Talk About This?" systematically demonstrates the scale of violent threat posed by Islamic extremism to those upholding or speaking up for western values. More than any play of the past 10 years, it argues emphatically that it isn't Islamophobic to point out that we have a serious problem here, not just abroad but in our midst, not least thanks to the confusions and skewed priorities of multiculturalism. ...

The piece begins with a question posed by Martin Amis – "Do you feel morally superior to the Taliban?" (and if not, why not?) and then tracks across a succession of cases whose accumulative effect is to induce a mixture of revulsion and indignation. Some of the items will be familiar – the Rushdie affair is revisited, for instance, as is the saga of Ray Honeyford, ousted as a Bradford head-teacher in 1985 for alleged racism in talking about segregation in schools; there are also vignettes dealing with the Danish cartoon controversy, the murder of Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh and the 2009 UK ban on the right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Less obvious but no less arresting examples include the fatwa issued against Dr Usama Hasan for suggesting that the Koran was compatible with the theory of evolution.
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Labour dragged into border fiasco over dropped passport checks
David Barrett and Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 13 November 2011

Millions of people are feared to have been allowed into Britain without full passport checks in a major new borders scandal.

All but the most cursory checks were abandoned on passengers on British-registered coaches as they arrived at Dover, Britain's biggest port.

Instead of passports being scanned electronically, border guards checked that the picture matched the holder. It means they were not cross-checked to a computer database to establish if the holder was a wanted terrorist, criminal or immigration offender.

The policy was in place for four years after being introduced when Labour was in power, but never disclosed to Parliament.

It was implemented because the French complained about congestion in Calais caused by backlogs at passport control.

Ministers discovered the scheme earlier this month and ended it ten days ago when the Border Agency official in charge of the southern ports was suspended, along with Brodie Clark, the director of the UK Border Force, who was accused of relaxing passport checks at airports on non-European Union citizens without ministers' permission.

The Dover scandal has the potential to be bigger than that at the airports and will add to political pressure on Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

It is estimated that up to 17 million coach passengers passed through Dover's ferry terminal in the last four years, of whom the majority would have been on British-registered coaches.

It was not known last night if the policy was implemented at other ports, and whether it was operated around the clock or at the busiest times.

Relaxing controls at Dover is particularly damaging because the port has been identified as one of the main routes for illegal entry to the country. ...

The relaxed security checks were introduced during 2007. That year Jacqui Smith took over as home secretary from Dr John Reid, now Lord Reid of Cardowan, although it is unclear exactly when the changes were introduced. ...

An estimated 86,000 coaches pass through Dover every year. ... ...

Labour refused to comment last night on what its ministers knew when they were in government.
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A chance for proper immigration debate, at last
Jimmy Young
Sunday Express, 13 November 2011

David Blunkett, Home Secretary in the last Labour government, boasted that he envisaged "no upper limit" on immigration. ...

To be fair the Tories have not, so far, kept their promises on curbing immigration either.

When in Opposition, in 2007, David Cameron declared: "We need policies to reduce the level of net immigration." The then Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "unchecked immigration is not inevitable. it's just what happens when you have a failed policy." Yet, 18 months after taking office the government has made little progress towards implementing many of Mr Cameron's pledges of reform.

His supporters will be disappointed if he fails, as he has promised, to reduce the annual rate of immigration to the tens of thousands from the hundreds of thousands.

A poll last Monday confirmed that the high rate of immigration is one of the public's leading concerns. Indeed, 80 per cent of people believe that England is overcrowded and their concern is well founded. ...

I will spell it out in basic terms for our highly educated but seemingly thick Conservative-led government: it would be almost impossible to find a more pathetic case of government strikers failing to score when presented with a goal left wide open by the last Labour government.
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Hastings MP slams UK Border Agency over fake weddings
BBC, 11 November 2011

The deportations of nine people by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) after hundreds of sham marriages in Sussex have been described as inadequate by an MP.

In 2010, three men were jailed for breaching immigration laws in what lawyers said was the largest bogus marriage case then brought to court.

At the time, 370 weddings were linked to the investigation at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, St Leonards.

Conservative MP for Hastings Amber Rudd MP said more should be done.

"It seems totally inadequate. This was a serious crime. It happened over two years ago.

"I think that the citizens of Hastings and the rest of the country would normally expect the consequences to have been felt by the people who committed this crime well before now," she said.

Last year, Rev Alex Brown and two co-defendants were each jailed for four years for carrying out marriages to bypass immigration law.

Figures from the UKBA said Brown carried out 383 marriages in total, out of which 370 were then thought to be bogus.

Following a review, the UKBA has said nine people have been deported.

A UKBA spokesman said: ...

He said: "Around 170 have had visa applications rejected, which means they will not be allowed to stay or work in the UK legally as a direct result of these marriages.

"For these cases, if they have no other legitimate right to remain in the UK they must leave or we will take action to remove them.

"Those that have yet to be resolved, we will keep under review, and we will take action if and when this becomes necessary."
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UK faces up to 9,000 cases of passport fraud a year
Matthew D'Arcy, 11 November 2011

Thousands of cases of passport fraud are continuing to be detected by UK authorities every year, official figures from the government have revealed.

Immigration minister Damian Green said the Identity and Passport Service had identified thousands of confirmed frauds, probable frauds and possible frauds in each of the past five years.

He said that in the last year alone the IPS had identified a total of 7,870 cases.

But the number has been even higher in earlier years, totaling more than 9,000 cases for two consecutive years at one point. In 2007-08, the year with the highest number of incidents, the IPS detected a total of 9,382 cases.
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Boris accused of 'cultural cleansing' after removing the word 'black' from title of conference for schoolchildren
Daily Mail, 11 November 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of 'cultural cleansing' and 'hijacking' a conference for black schoolchildren.

Protesters will gather outside the event in London which has in the past been called the London Schools and the Black Child conference.

It has previously been organised by shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott.

But this year it is claimed the Mayoral office has dropped the word "black" out of the title to the fury of protesters.

It will now be called the 'London Schools and our Children Conference. ...

But furious campaigners also accused Boris Johnson of inviting only Right Wing speakers to air their views at the conference which is being held at London's Institute of Education.

Campaigner Lee Jasper said: 'This is part of the mayor's plan to culturally-cleanse London of all race-specific initiatives.

'The entire platform of speakers is of the view that institutional racism does not exist.

'This is the typical response of those on the Right who seek to dismiss the reality of racism and place the blame on the victims.'
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Into the fray: A study in self-cannibalization
Martin Sherman
Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2011

Over a century ago, Churchill warned that Western civilization will face an existential challenge from the Muslim world. It is now upon us. ...

Across the Western world today, political liberalism is undergoing a process of self-cannibalization. It is being devoured by the very values which made it into arguably the most successful and influential socio-political doctrine in modern history.

At the very minimum, it is being complicit in actively facilitating its own demise though an unrestrained and undiscerning compulsion to apply these values universally – even when such application is not only inappropriate but detrimental to those values.

Devotees of political liberalism fervently advocate – quite correctly – the need to acknowledge the diversity of humanity and to accept the existence of those different from us, i.e., the "Other."

However, they then go on to advocate – with equal fervor – something that in effect empties the previous acknowledgment of all significance, i.e., that we relate to all the diverse "Others" as equals.

For what is the point of acknowledging diversity if we are called upon to ignore the possible ramifications of that diversity and to relate to those discernibly different from us as if they were essentially the same as us? Prima facie, this is absurdly self-contradictory.

For surely the awareness of difference raises the possibility that different attitudes (and actions) toward the "Other" may be called for.

Although acknowledging diversity necessarily negates equality, this does not a priori mean that "Ours" is morally superior to "Theirs" – although the plausible assumption is that "We" have a subjective preference for "Ours" over "Theirs."

This, of course, might entail certain practical ramifications for the preservation of "Ours" lest it be consumed by "Theirs" – depending on "Their" appetites and aspirations. ...

The major source of peril today is the reluctance – indeed the resolute refusal – to acknowledge the emerging threat. True, there were sympathizers in the West for both the Nazi and Soviet causes, which although they viewed themselves as antithetically adversarial to each other, both strove to eliminate our democratic freedoms and way of life.

However, the denial we are witnessing today seems qualitatively different.


Indeed, there seems to be an overriding inability to admit the possibility that the "Other" is in fact fundamentally different – i.e., genuinely "Other" – and may hold entirely different beliefs as to what is good and bad, what is legitimate and what is not.

It is of little practical consequence whether this is the product of an overbearing intellectual arrogance, which precludes the possibility of any alternative value system, or of an underlying moral cowardice, which precludes the will to defend the validity of one's own value system.

The result is the ongoing retreat from the defense of liberty and tolerance in the face of an ever-emboldened, intolerant Muslim militancy – not only across the Islamic world but within the urban heart of many Western nations as well.
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Border checks relaxed in second rule change
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2011

Thousands of people have entered Britain without facing routine passport checks on arrival under a second change in border rules approved by Theresa May.

Since last year, the UK Border Agency has been operating a system at four major airports that means passengers on some flights are security-screened before take-off and then face a "light touch" inspection on arrival.

The "smart zone" trial has come to light as the Home Secretary faces continued criticism over a separate, secret move to relax passport checks at all airports over the summer.

The smart zone system allows passengers on selected flights to enter the UK with reduced passport checks and pass through the airport in half the time normally taken.

The system, which has been quietly piloted at some UK airports over the past year, is part of a wider move towards "risk-based" controls that ministers believe can focus border resources on suspicious travellers.

Insiders say such schemes are effectively paving the way for a full-blown profiling system where passengers are subjected to different levels of scrutiny depending on nationality or race.

The smart zone system relies on pre-screening of passengers on "low-risk" routes into the UK and effectively does away with routine passport inspection on arrival in Britain.
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A Symptom of the Crisis: Greeks Vexed By Growing Crime
Paul Glader
Spiegel Online, 11 November 2011

With a struggling economy, massive austerity measures and increasing uncertainty, crime is surging in parts of Greece. ... ...

... Athenians say that cases of drug trafficking, prostitution, murder, thefts, burglaries, petty crime and illegal immigration have all increased as the Greek economy contracts. ...

"Almost a quarter of the Athenian city center is now considered off-limits by night for those unwilling to risk their valuables and, in some cases, their personal security," wrote Ioannis Michaletos, in a report for, a site that provides research on Greece. "Athens has become arguably the worst city in the European Union (especially within the euro-zone countries) in terms of personal safety."

Thanasis Kokkalakis, a spokesman for the Hellenic Police, the Greek national police force, said the increase of illegal immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia is contributing to the increase in crime. ... ...

"Very good professionals are deciding to leave Greece," said Michalis Zervogiannakis, a finance director for GE Healthcare in Greece. "In the future, many more will follow." He and others compare the ensuing "brain drain" to that of the 1960s, which sent Greek professionals in droves to the United States and elsewhere for better opportunities.

He and others predict many Athenians will also choose to move back to the islands or villages where their families come from.
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Tajikistan To Monitor Illegal Chinese Immigrants
Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, 10 November 2011

Tajikistan's migration services agency plans to open a center to monitor the presence of tens of thousands Chinese migrants in the country, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Officially there are some 1,500 Chinese working in Tajikistan but organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimate there are more than 80,000 Chinese migrants in the country.

Muzaffar Zarifov, the head of the Tajik government's Center for Migration and Development, told RFE/RL on November 9 that it was very important to open such a center because cheap Chinese labor could exacerbate Tajikistan's unemployment problems.

He said Tajikistan should restrict immigration in order to save jobs for local people, who are forced to seek employment in Russia and other CIS countries. According to unofficial statistics, up to 1 million Tajiks go to Russia every year as seasonal laborers.

At the same time, Chinese citizens are coming in greater numbers to work in Tajikistan. ...

An official at Dushanbe's employment bureau told RFE/RL on condition of anonymity that a lot of Chinese migrants do not leave Tajikistan after their visa or work permits expire, but stay in the country and work illegally.

Some marry Tajik women in order to stay in the country. According to official statistics, during the first nine months of this year 13 children were born in Dushanbe's Hospital No. 1 to a Chinese father and Tajik mother.
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Not a single agreement signed to throw out foreign prisoners since Coalition came to power, admits Clarke
James Slack
Daily Mail, 9 November 2011

Ken Clarke last night admitted the Government had not completed a single prisoner transfer agreement to get rid of foreign criminals since coming to power 18 months ago.

Jails are crowded with overseas inmates, with officials struggling to deport them at the end of their sentence.

But, despite claiming they would tackle the problem, the Justice Secretary said no other countries had agreed to take back their convicts since May last year.

The only new deal in place is an EU-wide prisoner transfer agreement which comes into force next month.

Mr Clarke said there was only one case where negotiations were close to completing a deal.

In a Commons question to the Justice Secretary, his Labour shadow Sadiq Khan said the new agreement with the EU – signed in 2007 under Labour – would make it impossible for a detainee's native country to refuse a request to take him back and the prisoner's consent for deportation would not be required.

Turning to Mr Clarke, Mr Khan added: 'The Prime Minister promised the repatriation of thousands of prisoners by personally taking charge of negotiations with individual countries. We all know he likes to keep his promises.

'Can you tell us how many new prisoner transfer agreements with individual countries have been successfully negotiated over the last 18 months? How many foreign prisoners do you expect to be repatriated this year?'

Mr Clarke replied: 'You hit on a very serious problem. We really do have to find some way of reducing the foreign prisoner population.

'We only at the moment have one international bi-lateral agreement that is near to coming to a conclusion but we are continuing to work on it because [foreign prisoners] take up 10 per cent of places in our prison system.'
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100,000 signatures against mass immigration
Sir Andrew Green
Daily Mail, 9 November 2011

When we launched our petition last week we had no idea that we would jump the hurdle of 100,000 signatures within seven days.

Throughout last week we gained 20,000 signatures a day – nearly one every 4 seconds. Now, with over 100,000 signatures, our petition is eligible for debate in the House of Commons.

This is a truly remarkable response which underlines what we have always said – namely that there is widespread and deep concern in England about the impact of mass immigration on our country. At last people have the opportunity to express their view uncensored by the BBC.

So where do we go next with our campaign? First, we must maintain the pressure. The sheer speed of obtaining the 100,000 sends a message in itself but we are keeping the petition open as we want to see even more signatures so that the government are left in absolutely no doubt about the strength of public opinion.

This applies particularly to the Lib Dems, some of whose Ministers are blocking essential immigration reforms. This is extraordinary since poll after poll has shown that potential Lib Dem voters actually support the government's objectives by about three to one. It seems that it is the activists who call the tune and that they are tone deaf to public opinion.

Secondly, we must deal with some of the daft arguments being put forward by an immigration industry that is increasingly on the defensive. They try to pretend, for example, that the huge opposition to mass immigration in every opinion poll is misleading. They claim that, when asked more specific questions, the public gives less clear answers. For example, they say that the public are opposed to high levels of immigration but are not opposed to the migration of students. Of course they are not. The public have the common sense to know that foreign students mainly go home again. In any case, the government reforms are not targeting students. What they are targeting is bogus students – a quite different matter. ...

It is clear that the immigration lobby are now on the back foot. Their arguments are melting in the daylight. Their arrogant disregard for the considered opinion of the public has gone on long enough.
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Why not listen to the voters on immigration?
Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, co-chairmen of the Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2011

A week ago, the campaign group Migrationwatch launched a new e-petition calling on the Government to take all necessary measures to keep the population below 70 million. Within a week, it had 100,000 signatures. This is a remarkable success. The public have at last been given an opportunity to express their opinion, and have done so in unmistakable terms.

It is now up to the political system to respond – not just as a democratic duty, but as a matter of common sense. The latest projections show that our population will reach that 70 million figure in just 16 years. Two thirds of the increase, equivalent to five million people, will come from future immigrants and their children. To put that in perspective, it's the same as adding five cities the size of Birmingham, or 10 new Bristols or Manchesters.

Of course, population projections can be wrong. But the Office for National Statistics has done pretty well in the past: over the past half-century, its 20-year forecasts have been accurate to within 2.5 per cent. So we can be pretty certain that these are not freak figures. They point to a truth that must be faced. Either we bring the level of net immigration sharply down, or we accept that our population will continue to increase at a rapid rate, in the teeth of strong and growing public opposition, putting enormous pressure on our housing, schools and hospitals.

... A recent YouGov poll found that 80 per cent of people in England considered the country to be crowded. A text poll on the BBC last Sunday found 94 per cent agreement with the proposition that "Britain is full". ...

It was this public concern, as well as the weight of the evidence, that prompted us to establish in 2008 the Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration. ...

So what are our proposals? Above all, to break the link between migration and permanent settlement. In the past, anyone with a work permit has had an almost automatic right to remain. The Government, rightly, is consulting on this issue, so that only those of real value to the country will be allowed to stay on indefinitely. The Migration Advisory Committee has suggested that such selection should be largely based on salary. That means that business will not be much affected: under the current system, transfers of staff between international firms are entirely free of restriction above a salary of £40,000. In addition, there is an annual quota of about 20,000 work permits for skilled immigrants, of which only about half have been taken up this year.

Another major weakness requiring attention is the vast number of students admitted without proper checks. In recent years, we have admitted about half a million non-EU students and student visitors with no interview at all. The scope for abuse is enormous, and must be tackled.

The Coalition has declared its intention to get net immigration down from last year's level of nearly 250,000 to the tens of thousands. But even that will not be good enough. In order to avoid the population reaching that 70 million, we have to get immigration down to 40,000 a year or less.

That will require real political will on behalf of the Government, which sometimes seems to be stymied by the Liberal Democrats.
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Migrants blamed amid Greek debt crisis
Mark Corcoran
ABC News, 9 November 2011
[First of a series of six articles]

As Greece slides towards the abyss of political and economic chaos, the country's enormous undocumented immigrant community is being blamed for adding to its woes.

Illegal immigrants who have swamped Greece's borders are accused of exacerbating the financial crisis that now threatens to infect other eurozone nations.

The annual cost of sustaining this immigrant population - in terms of healthcare, crime and impact on legitimate businesses - is estimated at 6 billion euros, says the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Constantine Michalos.

It's not as if the Greeks don't already have enough to worry about.

In a week of high political drama, the debt crisis has triggered the resignation of prime minister George Papandreou, who has invited opposition leader Antonis Samaras to help form an interim government of national unity.

The Greek crisis now dangerously undermines the two cornerstones of the European Union: monetary union and open borders. This vast, shaky edifice is in imminent danger of collapse.

Not only does Athens face the threat of expulsion from the euro common currency, but Greece's inability to control its borders could lead to Athens' exclusion from the Schengen Agreement - the deal that allows free travel without passports between 25 European nations. ...

With its porous borders, Greece has become a convenient backdoor entry into the rest of the European Union.

In 2010, 90 per cent of all undocumented immigrants detained in the EU had entered through Greece.

Detainees were often sent back to their point of entry to the European Union - usually Greece - but this practice has now been stopped.

Last week, members of the Brussels-based European Commission made an unannounced visit to evaluate Greece's failures in border control. ...

With an official population of just 11 million, ..., Greece now hosts a staggering 1 million illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.

Nearly 130,000 people were detained last year attempting to enter Greece illegally.

The financial and migrant crises are closely linked.

Athens Chamber of Commerce president Constantine Michalos says that with no documentation and no money, immigrants pour into Greek cities, exacerbating the country's financial woes by becoming foot soldiers in the nation's 15 billion euro a year illicit street trade, controlled by organised crime. ...

And there is no sign of Greece's immigrant flood abating. ...

Existing detention centres are grossly overcrowded and detainees endure appalling conditions and suffer widespread abuses, according to human rights advocates. ...

In response, Greece's police and citizens protection minister, Christos Papoutsis, told the Kathimerini newspaper that his debt-ridden country should not be expected to invest in upgrading facilities at a time of acute austerity for its citizens. ...

"Illegal immigration is a time bomb on the lap of Greek society," Mr Papoutsis said.
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Migrationwatch UK petition on immigration tops 100,000
BBC, 8 November 2011

An online petition urging ministers to curb immigration has gained more than 100,000 signatures in a week - making it eligible for a Commons debate.

Migrationwatch UK's e-petition calls for "all necessary steps" to stop the UK's population exceeding 70 million. ...

E-petition rules state that if an issue tops 100,000 signatures on the government's dedicated website before a deadline, it becomes eligible for a possible debate in the House of Commons.

Campaign group chairman Sir Andrew Green acknowledged that MPs were not obliged to debate the petition.

But he added: "It would be amazing if they tried to brush aside such a powerful expression of public opinion on an issue crucial to the future of our society".
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Border control row: why targeted checks are a commonsense approach
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 8 November 2011

There's a new Theresa May joke doing the rounds this week. It goes: "Knock, Knock! 'Come in!'"

The home secretary's admission that she has no idea how many illegal migrants and suspected terrorists and criminals got into Britain during her four-month pilot project to relax border controls is undoubtedly politically damaging for a "tough-on-immigration" government.

But that should not be allowed to mask the fact that introducing a regime of intelligence-led, targeted checks on higher-risk categories of travellers is no more than a commonsense approach to maintaining the integrity of Britain's borders, when more than 125 million passengers come into the country each year.

As May pointed out, the targeted checks actually led to 10% more illegal migrants being intercepted than would have been under the pre-existing blanket checks. The approach is more effective, and would make sense even if this were not an age of austerity and a 5,000 cut in UK Border Agency staffing levels were not being implemented over the next few years.

This is because there is a truth that dare not speak its name when it comes to the political debate on immigration: the vast majority of illegal migrants in the UK actually enter the country completely legally. The main route into Britain for illegal migrants is not a forged passport or visa, or through the Channel Tunnel, but a valid work, student or visitor visa; the migrants then simply overstay their welcome.

When he was the home secretary, John Reid had big signs saying UK Border put up at every major airport and port, and tried to accelerate the £800m e-borders scheme – the Home Office's second-biggest project.

But the latest figures show only about 2,500 people a year are intercepted at the border, and only about half of those are refused entry to the country because they are on the Home Office's "warnings index" of illegal migrants and potential terrorists.

That is 2,500 out of 125 million – it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. ...

The idea is that all 125 million passengers a year who enter and leave the UK will eventually be logged electronically on entry and exit, thus delivering the holy grail of a secure border.

The system relies on the airlines giving advance notice of passenger details to the UK Border Agency before a flight leaves to travel to Britain so they can be checked against watchlists of potential terrorists or illegal migrants before they get on the plane.

In effect, passport checks are being shifted upstream so the screening takes place at check-in rather than passport control in the airport arrivals hall. Around 68,000 people were stopped coming to Britain this way last year compared with the 2,500 at the border.

This system renders general passport checks redundant and provides the intelligence to allow UKBA staff to target the passengers on a particular flight, picking up individuals they have already identified. The national border targeting centre, in Salford, has started work storing this data to build up travel histories of every logged passenger.

But progress is slow, and only 55% of the passengers who come into Britain are actually screened in this way.
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Two Worlds of Whites
Ronald Brownstein
National Journal, 8 November 2011

On the day after Barack Obama's sweeping victory in 2008, veteran Democratic pollster Stanley B. Greenberg described the modern Democratic coalition as diverse America and the whites who are comfortable with diverse America.

That appears to be even more true today. The line between whites who are comfortable with the racial and ethnic change transforming America into a "world nation" and those uneasy about it increasingly looks like one of the most important boundaries of the 2012 campaign.

The big Pew Center for the People and the Press generational survey released last week offers powerful evidence on that point. Overall, in the Pew survey, 47 percent of non-Hispanic whites agreed with the statement that "the growing number of newcomers from other countries are a threat to traditional American customs and values." Exactly 50 percent of whites disagreed.

Like an Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor survey released earlier this summer, Pew found that whites comfortable with the demographic changes now underway express very different attitudes than those uneasy about it on President Obama, the role of government, and the choices in the 2012 election.

Among the whites who find the increasing number of newcomers troubling, Obama's approval rating in the new Pew survey stood at just 21 percent with 70 percent disapproving. The president runs much more strongly among whites comfortable with the changes: 45 percent of them approved, while 47 percent disapproved.

Both whites comfortable and uneasy about the trends say they prefer a smaller government offering fewer services to a larger government offering more services. But the uneasy whites prefer a smaller government by 40 percentage points; among the whites comfortable with the change the gap is only 17 points. ...

As I wrote in a column this summer analyzing the similar Heartland Monitor findings, these trends don't "mean that opposition to Obama is primarily, or even largely, driven by racial resentment. But it does suggest that attitudes about the nation's changing racial composition now overlap and reinforce the more familiar ideological divides, such as differences over social issues and the role of government, that separate the two parties' electoral coalitions." Obama may sharpen these differences by embodying, in such a personal way, the demographic changes reshaping American life.
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Eight out of ten think the country is 'overcrowded' as public support Government's plans to stop population hitting 70 million
Daily Mail, 7 November 2011

Eight out of ten English people think the country is 'crowded', a survey showed last night.

The poll comes amid huge public support for a Downing Street petition calling for drastic action to stop the population of Britain hitting 70 million.

According to the latest official projections, the UK will reach the 70 million 'tipping point' within 16 years.

The YouGov opinion poll for the campaign group MigrationWatch found that 79 per cent of adults consider England to be crowded – with 37 per cent saying it is 'very crowded'.

Only 3 per cent believe that it is not crowded, while 15 per cent think that the number of people in England is 'about right'.

The figures for those believing the country is crowded were highest for London – 85 per cent – and the rest of the South (81 per cent).

More than three quarters were concerned about the 70 million population projection – with more than a third 'very concerned'.

Only a fifth said they were not worried by the prospect, according to the poll.
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Theresa May to face questions over order to relax border checks
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2011

Theresa May today faces questions about whether a secret decision taken by Home Office ministers to relax passport checks on foreigners at ports and airports allowed extremists and criminals to enter Britain.

The Home Secretary will be accused of being responsible for the most serious immigration scandal to face the Coalition since it took office last year.

Events at the UK Border Agency, which is part of the Home Office, have raised fears that foreign criminals and terrorists could have been allowed to enter Britain unchecked.

Whitehall sources said that in July, Home Office ministers asked officials to draw up a range of measures to cut queues at airports and ports during the summer holiday season.

Damian Green, the immigration minister, then told the UKBA to relax checks on people carrying British passports and those from other European countries.

The order, endorsed by Mrs May, meant that thousands of foreign nationals were able to enter the UK without full checks on their travel documents.

Instead of scanning microchips in their passports that carry biometric information which cannot be forged, British officials were told they could check only photographs and passport expiry dates. ...

Measures to "pre-screen" many European travellers at the start of their journey to the UK were also still in place, government sources said. ...

The July instruction was never announced to Parliament or the public. It was followed later in the summer by the relaxation of passport checks on some foreigners with non-European passports.

Government sources have insisted that the UKBA was specifically ordered not to extend the relaxed entry rules authorised in July to non-European passport-holders.

But Home Office staff have suggested that both of the changes in entry procedures were made with ministerial authority.
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Job farce
Emily Hall
Daily Star, 7 November 2011

Thousands of well-paid Brit jobs are being offered to Romanians as millions of homegrown workers languish on the dole.

A new report found 4,000 positions were up for grabs through employment agencies in the eastern European country.

It makes a mockery of repeated Government pledges to provide jobs to unemployed Brits first.

Figures revealed 178,000 people have dropped out of work in the UK in the past three months, which is the biggest quarterly fall for two years.

But Brit jobs make up nearly a quarter of all positions advertised on Romania's recruitment website

Posts include £2,000-a-month cab drivers and nurses, and doctors who can earn £1,000 a week.

In the past month alone, 16,270 Romanians have applied for jobs in the UK with the agency despite the fact that unskilled Romanians are not legally entitled to work here.
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Kavanagh: Welcome to Britain... we'll have anyone
Trevor Kavanagh
The Sun, 7 November 2011

A legion of 124,000 unidentified people has "gone missing".

It's as if the entire population of Norwich disappeared without trace.

Yet these unchecked immigrants have not vanished.

Thanks to Whitehall's unimaginable incompetence, they are hiding in plain sight on the streets of our crowded cities.

They are just the tip of an iceberg. The Home Office refuses to give a figure, but the true number of illegal migrants over the past ten years is close to a million.

That's more than all the men, women and children who live in Birmingham – our second-biggest city.
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UK Border Agency hit by fresh 'bribes for visas' scandal
Josie Ensor
Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2011

Scotland Yard says a high-level employee, whose job was to vet thousands of visa applications from Africa, accepted bribes for allowing Nigerians to enter the country illegally.

Samuel Shoyeju, an entry clearance officer, was arrested while working at the agency's head offices in Croydon, south London, according to the Sunday Times ...

He is due to appear in court later this week, expected to be accused of possessing false Nigerian passports and concealing substantial cash payments to a bank account in his name, either knowing or suspecting that they were the proceeds of criminal conduct.

He is also accused of misconduct in a public office and breaches of the immigration law for allegedly falsely issuing entry visas. ...

Last month Benjamin Orororo, another agency official, was jailed after admitting that he had taken £50,000 in bribes for letting asylum seekers stay indefinitely in Britain.
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Civil servants face questions over border fiasco
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 6 November 2011

A former immigration minister has lifted the lid on how civil servants are blocking attempts to strengthen Britain's borders.

Phil Woolas, who was a minister at the Home Office until last year's election, told how his plans to curb illegal immigration had been repeatedly thwarted by the Whitehall machine. ...

Mr Woolas, who served for two years as Labour's immigration minister, said the problem of civil servants obstructing immigration controls went wider than the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Home Office.

Treasury and Foreign Office officials had systematically barred measures to combat illegal immigration during his time in office, he said.

"My measures were repeatedly blocked by officials in other departments. It was incredibly frustrating," said Mr Woolas.

The former minister said failings included:

* Reluctance to penalise foreign countries which hold up the deportation of their citizens from Britain by refusing to issue passports;

* "Absurd" rules which mean the UKBA cannot begin obtaining new passports for foreign criminals until their appeal process is exhausted;

* Lax controls which mean that anyone who is working legally or illegally can obtain a National Insurance number.

"The process of getting new travel documents for foreign criminals was shambolic," said Mr Woolas.

"It's a nonsense. You should be able to start that process as soon as they have been sentenced.

"I would have continuing rows with countries like Jamaica, China and Nigeria over delays in re-documenting their nationals."

He said he would threaten to stop issuing visitor visas for people from countries which failed to co-operate but was over-ruled by the Foreign Office, which wanted to avoid damaging diplomatic relations.

According to the former MP, the Treasury also resisted changes to the system of allocating National Insurance numbers - which, once issued, last for life.

"The Treasury would rather have illegal immigrants paying National Insurance than disappearing into the black market," said Mr Woolas.

"This has been going on since 1961. I made a Freedom of Information request to the National Archives at Kew to get the papers while I was a minister."
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Head of UK Border Force suspended after passport vetting procedures 'relaxed'
Murray Wardrop
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2011

The head of the UK Border Force has been suspended amid claims that crucial vetting procedures to stop terrorists and foreign criminals entering Britain were secretly abandoned this summer.

Brodie Clark who earns £135,000-a-year is being investigated along with two other senior officials over claims that he authorised the stopping of specific checks at ports including Heathrow and Calais.

It is feared that hundreds of thousands of foreigners swept into the country in the past four months without having their passports scrutinised.

Border guards at airports and ports were ordered not to bother checking biometric chips on passports of citizens from outside the EU, it is claimed.

Staff at the UK Border Force, part of the UK Border Agency, were also allegedly instructed not to compare fingerprints or other personal details against the Home Office's database of terror suspects and illegal immigrants.

The decisions were taken without the knowledge of ministers and were designed to cut down queues at busy ports and airports and avoid complaints by holidaymakers and tourists during the peak holiday season, it is understood.

Graeme Kyle, the director of the UKBA at Heathrow, and Carole Upshall, director of the Border Force South and European Operation, have also been suspended on the orders of Theresa May, the Home Secretary.
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Poland plans to relax rules in fresh amnesty for immigrants
Zoran Arbutina
Deutsche Welle, 5 November 2011

Poland has introduced a new law relaxing conditions under which illegal immigrants can claim residence in the country. The amnesty is set to make it easier for people to obtain residency and work permits.

From January 1, 2012, an amnesty law is due to come into force with the aim of making legal some half million foreigners who are currently living illegally in Poland. ...

Poland first started to have problems with immigration after its entry into the EU in 2004. As part of the EU, the country had become an attractive proposition – especially for people from Belarus and Ukraine, but also for people from places further afield such as Armenia, Chechnya and Vietnam.

Many had at first made an application for asylum in Poland and, instead of leaving when they were turned down, stayed there in the hope of starting a new life.

It is thought that about 500,000 such people are living in the country, with the overwhelming majority of them working illegally. ...

This amnesty law is the third of its kind aimed at dealing with the problem in Poland, with earlier efforts made in 2003 and 2007. The latest legislation comes into force at the beginning of 2012 and is aimed at making the current official procedure for immigrants considerably easier. ...

All migrants that fulfill the criteria will receive a two-year residence permit and the associated work permit that goes with it. ...

According to the Polish Interior Ministry, only about 5,500 immigrants took advantage of the previous two amnesty laws - roughly one percent of those it is aimed at. It is hoped that, this time, things will be different.

The Polish immigration office also hopes that the latest law will appeal to substantially more people. To do that, it has set up a special information line in three foreign languages - English, Russian and Vietnamese - for individuals to obtain information.
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Bungling border officials lose 124,000 asylum seekers and migrants (that's the population of Cambridge)
James Slack
Daily Mail, 4 November 2011

Border officials have lost track of a population of asylum seekers and migrants as big as that of Cambridge, it emerged last night.

MPs said the number of individuals 'lost' by the UK Border Agency had almost tripled in six months from 40,500 in March to 124,000 in September.

Officials say they have placed the cases in a so-called 'controlled archive' for applicants who cannot be contacted by officials.

But the home affairs select committee said the archive had, in reality, become a 'dumping ground for cases where the UK Border Agency has lost track of the applicant'.

The archive includes the cases of around 98,000 asylum seekers who cannot be found, in which the agency has no idea whether the applicant even remains in the UK.

Following a UKBA review, it also includes around 26,000 migrant cases, most of which are more than eight years old, relating to those who have overstayed their visas or who have been refused an extension of leave, such as students. ...

The revelation came as the public continued to sign the MigrationWatch 'No to 70 million', which calls on ministers to get a firm grip on immigration policy, at the rate of more than 1,000 every hour yesterday. Last night, the Downing Street e-petition had been signed by 67,000.
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Number of migrant workers settling in UK 'could be cut'
BBC, 4 November 2011

The number of workers settling in the UK would be cut by two-thirds if there were a minimum salary threshold of £35,000, government advisers say.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) said migrants and dependents allowed to stay would drop from 60,000 to 20,000.

An earnings test was the best way to decide if workers should be allowed to stay after five years, it said.

The numbers from outside the EU who settle would still halve without this move, the committee added.

This was because of other changes already being made by ministers, such a tightened English language requirement, an annual cap on migrant workers from outside the EU and plans to restrict students. ...

Professor David Metcalf, head of the MAC, acknowledged that the government had already made changes affecting migrant workers but said it was "absolutely legitimate" to go further to get settlement "under control". ...

Under the proposals a pay threshold would be set somewhere between £31,000 and £49,000.

A worker would have to prove they were earning the relevant amount of money to be able to apply for settlement after working for five years in the UK.
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Playgrounds scrapped and children to share unisex toilets as schools look to accommodate 350,000 extra pupils
Kate Loveys
Daily Mail, 4 November 2011

Unisex toilets will be introduced in schools to create more classroom places.

Playing fields will also no longer be an obligation – potentially killing off team sports such as football, hockey and netball.

Grounds will be filled with portable buildings and every spare space – such as store cupboards and sheds – will be used for teaching.

The 'pack 'em in and pile 'em up' measures, published yesterday, form part of the Government's new rules on standards of school buildings.

They paint a bleak picture of education as Britain becomes increasingly overcrowded.

The measures are a desperate bid to find space for an additional 350,000 primary pupils by 2015. The surge is the result of an immigration-fuelled baby boom.

It would cost £4.8 billion to build enough primaries to accommodate the influx, according to Department for Education figures. The ministry is allocating an additional £500 million for new places this year.

It is hoping schools will expand, creating the need for fewer new buildings, and yesterday's relaxation of building regulations gives schools the means to do so. ...

The new regulations are set to be introduced in 2012.
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Thousand people an hour sign up to e-petitions website calling for debate on migration
James Slack
Daily Mail, 2 November 2011

A petition calling for drastic action to prevent the UK's population soaring to 70 million was yesterday backed by 1,000 people every hour.

The huge response to the campaign by Migration Watch means it is already one of the most popular e-petitions on the Downing Street website.

By 6pm yesterday – 18 hours after its official launch – there were 18,000 signatures.

Late last night, the total stood at 24,000. ...

Any petition which reaches 100,000 must be considered by a committee of MPs for a full debate.

The e-petition calls on David Cameron to clamp down on immigration, which is seen as the major factor behind the rising population.
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Colleges lose licences in immigration crackdown
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 2 November 2011

More than 470 UK colleges have been barred in the last six months from accepting new foreign students from outside Europe, the Home Office says.

They either had licences revoked or did not sign up to a new inspection system - part of government efforts to curb abuse of the immigration system.

It estimates the colleges could have brought in 11,000 students. ...

Earlier this year, tighter rules were introduced on student visas, primarily aimed at private colleges offering language or vocational courses.

The changes were designed to weed out those colleges that were in fact involved in systematic attempts to get workers into the UK by helping them pose as students.

The changes aimed to ensure that students could actually speak English, that the courses were credible and that college bosses were meeting immigration and visa obligations.

Some 302 colleges have had licences revoked. A further 172 are being allowed to continue to teach current students - but officials say they cannot sponsor any new ones from outside Europe. ...

The 11,000 students blocked by the colleges losing licences represent approximately 4% of all student visas granted - but Immigration Minister Damian Green said the changes to the system were "beginning to bite".
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At last, you have the chance to make your voice heard
Sir Andrew Green
Daily Mail, 1 November 2011
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Today, you, the public, are being given an opportunity to say what you think about the mass immigration that has taken place in the past decade.

For years the public have been ignored, or worse, condescended to by the political class. Those who have expressed concern about immigration have been accused of economic illiteracy or even of closet racism.

Meanwhile, the whole scale of immigration has been allowed to spin out of control. The latest official projections show that the population of the UK will increase from 62.3 million in 2010 to 70 million in only 16 years.

Five million of that increase will be future immigrants and their children. Nobody wants to see such a massive and, indeed, continuous increase in our population. It will not stop there of course. If immigration is allowed to continue on anything like the present scale we will head on upward to 80 million.

That is why the political system needs to be jolted into serious activity. So the Migration Watch campaign group of which I am chairman is today launching an e-petition calling on the Government to get immigration right down. We want to see net immigration – those who come minus those who leave – down to about 40,000 a year as it was in the early 1990s.

This would result in our population reaching a peak of 68 million but not until mid-century; it would then decline slightly.

England is already, with the Netherlands, the most crowded country in mainland Europe. We are nearly twice as crowded as Germany and three and a half times France. ...

Statistics apart, real pressures are developing on our maternity services which are already short of midwives, and on our primary schools where some children are now being taught in temporary buildings.

The housing situation is even worse. The waiting list for social housing has increased by 60 per cent over eight years. There are now 1.7 million applicants on the waiting list – adding their families means that we could be talking about five million people.

Immigration is expected to account for over one third of new households in the next 20 years or so. At present rates of net immigration we would need to build 200 houses every day for 20 years or so just to accommodate new immigrants and their families.

Few things are more important than jobs. ... ...

The social impact of immigration is no less important. Moderate levels of immigration clearly enrich our society and are a natural part of a free society and an open economy. The problem comes back to scale.

Parts of our towns and cities are changing at a speed that would have been inconceivable ten years ago. ... ...

The public wants action – and soon. The political system needs a jolt – a strong reminder that, outside the Westminster bubble, real people have real concerns. I invite you to sign up to our petition today.
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Court translators cost £25 million in just six years
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 1 November 2011

Providing translators at crown courts has cost taxpayers more than £25 million in the last six years – an astonishing £11,437 a day – it was revealed yesterday.

On top of that the Ministry of Justice estimates magistrates courts spend between £9 million and £11 million a year on witness services, including translation.

Translating legal documents by courts cost a further £360,000 in the past three years.

Added together, these sums could push the cost of court translation since 2005 towards an astonishing £100 million. ...

Among the most requested interpreters to help defendants, witnesses and victims were Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Somali, Kurdish and Russian speakers.

It is not only visitors from overseas who get help. Huge sums are also paid to provide translation for long-term residents.

A judge recently hit out at Bangladeshi taxi driver Zamal Uddin, 44, who had an interpreter during his trial for sexual assault on a passenger despite having worked in Britain for 20 years. ...

Earlier this year it was revealed that police forces spent £82 million on translators in the last three years, enough to employ an extra 3,542 constables.
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Confusion as China places levy on foreign employees
Malcolm Moore
Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2011

Foreign businesses in China have attacked new legislation requiring them to pay as much as £14,000 a year for each non-Chinese member of staff.

The law, introduced on October 15, requires employers to pay 37pc of salary, and employees 11pc, into China's social insurance schemes. Contributions are capped at between 9,000 yuan (£877) and 11,600 yuan (£1,130) a month, depending on location. In return, foreigners will be entitled to a pension, basic healthcare, and maternity, unemployment and workplace injury insurance.
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This fear of 'foreigners' is behind modern-day slavery
David Blunkett
The Guardian, 31 October 2011

For avid Guardian readers it must seem strange for me to be warning the liberal left about xenophobia: "physician heal thyself", I can hear some say.

But when I took part in the panel at the Royal Society of Arts event celebrating the embryonic work of the Migration Museum, I meant exactly what I said: we are moving into an era when it is almost fashionable on the left to be xenophobic. We are in danger of moving from one extreme to another. The pendulum is swinging too far. ...

That is exactly how I feel now about the trend that extends beyond the awful phrase "Blue Labour" to talk as though any influx from abroad is both dangerous politically and unwise socially.

This is not racism. That is why I use the term xenophobia. It has moved from a perfectly reasonable desire to ensure that we have tough border controls – sensible and rigorous policies that don't allow individuals or families to exploit immigration rules – into a situation where some people seem to be saying that Britain is full.

The government's policy is frankly bonkers. It seeks to reduce net migration below 100,000 by 2015. Net migration, of course, is about outflows as well as inflows. The best way of achieving their policy (and they are going about it in terms of the austerity programme) is to encourage people, including those born in Britain, to leave.

Coupled as it is with a terrible demolition job on Britain as the chosen place internationally for higher education, we have a deadly cocktail. ...

The message is very clear. If you're super rich you're welcome. If you're simply foreign, you're not.

Don't get me wrong. I understand perfectly well the arguments about the reaction of those whose jobs are threatened, for whom the global meltdown has created insecurity and downright fear of change. ...

But the idea that "getting tough" on anyone seeking to enter Britain is the answer is a message of despair. ...

A forthcoming Centre for Social Justice report will show just what pushing people into the sub-economy does. It creates, or at least helps to facilitate, modern-day slavery. It also aids those who are prepared to undermine terms and conditions of employment and to create a climate of fear that means those involved will allow the most unacceptable conditions to prevail.

And if anyone has any doubts about this balance between those here legally and those surviving clandestinely they only need to look at the statistics back in May 2004. New European citizens entering from the A8 countries, who were entitled to be here, were now empowered to register to work, and 40% of them emerged from the shadows. Yes, 40% did not "flood" into the country but were here already.

So by all means let's hear and respond to the cries for help of people whose livelihoods are threatened and whose way of life seems to be undermined by both change and the emergence of difference in lifestyle, in language and, yes, in faith. But above all, let's combat this fear of "foreigners" and the undoubted xenophobia that accompanies it.
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David Blunkett warns the left: you can't outdo Tories on immigration
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 31 October 2011

David Blunkett, often portrayed as Labour's most hardline home secretary, has warned that it is becoming "almost fashionable on the left to be xenophobic". ...

Blunkett says the "xenophobic trend" on the liberal left goes far beyond Ed Miliband's adviser Lord Glasman, who caused shock over the summer by urging a temporary halt to mass immigration. ...

He stresses he is not claiming racism is now acceptable on the left but that a fear of foreigners, and the xenophobia that accompanies it, has led some people to start saying that Britain is full. ...

Sunder Katwala, director of the new thinktank British Future, which will address issues of identity, migration and integration when it launches in the new year, said Blunkett's warning was all the more effective as it came from a politician with a reputation for being willing to ruffle feathers by talking tough. "He knows that it's necessary to understand public anxieties, especially as economic insecurities deepen. But an empty populism which even pretends that we could close the borders does nothing about jobs or housing and will ultimately increase public cynicism, not address it.

"The real reason Labour does not know what to say about immigration is that it has yet to seriously work out what it thinks, beyond sending a 'we get it' message about the last government losing touch," said Katwala, who is the former Fabian Society general secretary and chaired the RSA debate.
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Multicultural Korea needs new legal framework
Kim Tong-hyung
Korea Times, 31 October 2011

So far, the debate about immigration here has been focused almost exclusively on economic benefits but tiptoed around its effect on society and culture. Multiculturalism may prove to be a difficult challenge to the average Korean, who has been indoctrinated from a young age that all Koreans descend from a single bloodline and their national strength is based on this ethnic homogeneity.

The attempts at building a multicultural society in Korea have clearly been less about allowing people of different cultures to settle into society than about demanding them to respect and assimilate into the Korean way of life.

Multiculturalism is a complex term that could be defined in a variety of ways, but in Korea it has meant not much more than teaching foreign wives to speak the language and offer them kimchi (a Korean staple side-dish of picked cabbage).

Critics are now calling for a more serious commitment toward embracing a diverse range of cultures and identities, and if this requires a continuous remaking of national identity, then so be it. ...

For Korea, the case for multiculturalism is clear-cut. Interracial families and biracial children have been increasing here due to the dramatic growth in the number of rural and low-income Korean men marrying foreign women. And it seems certain that the country's low birthrate will eventually require it to import more migrant labor. ...

For Korea to have a shot at creating a multicultural society that works, it would be important for average Koreans to shake off the ignorance and fear that made it acceptable to treat people of different cultures and skin colors as inferior or outsiders.

However, it's also obvious that the country must have a legal and institutional framework to force changes to people's behavior and protect the rights of foreign residents.

The pursuit of deeper and more systematic changes, while unavoidable, could be the tipping point where Korea's efforts to integrate its immigrant population touches off a nationalistic backlash from the rest of the public, which may take it as a crisis of national and social identity. ...

"The provisions of the constitution clearly advocate a nation based on ethnic homogeneity and there are needs to change these passages to reflect the effort toward achieving a multicultural society," said Wie Eun-jin, a lawyer from Seoul-based law firm, Cheongdam.
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Blacklist of banks that help bogus students get visas
Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2011

More than 2,500 banks have been put on a government blacklist of financial institutions that cannot be trusted to verify documents supporting student visa applications, officials have said.

Foreign students who apply to study in Britain are required to prove that they have enough money to support themselves and pay for their course. ...

The list, which includes 1,977 banks in India, three in Pakistan and 762 in the Philippines, is designed to stop bogus students entering the country.

Studying is the most common reason for migrants to come to Britain. Three in four of the 228,000 people who came to the country to study last year were from outside the European Union.
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Home Office ban 'replaces economic migrants with guest workers'
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 31 October 2011
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Home office proposals to ban nearly all economic migrants from outside Europe settling in Britain will create a "guest worker" labour force that is likely to damage the UK economy, a thinktank warned on Monday.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) estimates that the policy of breaking the link between temporary migration and permanent settlement for all but the very wealthy from outside Europe, will reduce the number settling each year from 40,000 to about 1,000.

The immigration minister, Damian Green, said in June that skilled workers from outside the EU coming to Britain to fill skill shortages should expect to leave after five years. Temporary workers should also be restricted to 12-month stays to "reinforce the temporary nature of the route". Only those earning more than £150,000 a year and elite sportspeople will retain an automatic route to settlement.

Green said the government, which is pledged to reduce net migration from 239,000 a year to below 100,000 by the next election, needed "to be more selective about who we allow to stay".

But Matt Cavanagh, IPPR associate director, said turning economic migrants into guest workers, as the government was proposing, makes no sense in economic terms, will cause big problems for employers and will be unfair on individual migrants.

"The experience of other countries like Germany who have tried a similar policy in the past also suggests it will be unworkable," Cavanagh said. "There is nothing wrong with trying to shift the balance towards temporary migration, but this is the wrong way to go about it. Ministers should learn from previous experience and look at alternative approaches, like financial incentives and tailored support for returning migrants, as outlined in our report," he said.

He added that trying to keep settlement to an absolute minimum made sense to those who only cared about reducing net migration. "For anyone who cares about Britain's ability to continue to attract the brightest and the best, about the impact on the economy as we try to grow our way out of recession and about the effects on integration within our society, these proposals raise real concerns." ...

Cavanagh compared the Home Office plans with Germany's gastarbeiter (guest workers) policy, which was introduced 50 years ago and focused on Turkish migrants. "They were controversial from the point of view of fairness and integration and community cohesion, and they were ineffective in their stated aim, with large numbers of supposedly temporary migrants staying permanently," he said.

He added: "In Germany, the gastarbeiter policy led to the popular slogan 'there is nothing more permanent than temporary workers', as millions of Turkish guest workers and their relatives ended up settling."
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How Germany became a country of immigrants [part 1]
Jülide Danisman
Deutsche Welle, 30 October 2011

Turks first came to West Germany in large numbers after a worker recruitment agreement was signed on October 30, 1961. At the time, neither the 'guest workers' nor the German authorities expected them to stay long term. ...

They did not come with the intention of settling in Germany, and at the time, the West German government did not see any need for a specific policy for these temporary "guests." ...

The decisions that had the biggest impact on the development of Germany's Turkish population came in the 1970s, as Chancellor Willy Brandt became concerned about the societal challenges facing the country.

"We need to consider very carefully at what point our society's absorptive capacity has been reached," Brandt said in a government policy statement in 1972. ...

About 10 months later, in 1973, the government decided to put an end to the recruitment of Turkish guest workers.

According to Rita Süssmuth, the former president of the German parliament, the Bundestag, this decision had serious consequences for the country. Süssmuth remembers how almost half of the guest workers quickly returned home, while the ones that stayed started bringing their families to West Germany.

At the start of the 1970s, the government made it easier for Turkish guest workers to obtain residence permits and bring their families to join them. That's when Turks began to settle in West Germany.

Safter Cinar, the representative responsible for migration and integration issues at the German Federation of Trade Unions, believes the West German government at the time was not prepared for this wave of immigration. He criticizes West Germany for failing to do the long-term planning necessary before allowing entire families to move to the country.

"It meant that a lot of children turned up in kindergartens or schools speaking another language, practicing a different religion and coming from a different culture," he said.

The first proposals for integrating guest workers and their families came from Heinz Kühn, the West German government's first commissioner for foreigners, who presented a report on the issue in 1979.

Cinar believes many of the recommendations contained in that report remain just as relevant today.

"For example, issues like reforming the education system, hiring appropriate personnel, and education in the native language were up for discussion," he said.

Kühn also recommended that the naturalization process be sped up and simplified, and suggested that dual citizenship should be allowed.

The government of the day, though, ignored the report. Instead, Cinar points out, it introduced measures that did just the opposite, like putting restrictions on moving families to West Germany, which came into force in 1981.
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How Germany became a country of immigrants [part 2]
Jülide Danisman
Deutsche Welle, 30 October 2011

In his first policy statement after becoming West German chancellor in 1982, Helmut Kohl indicated that his government would implement a more strict policy on foreigners.

"It must be made easier for the foreigners who wish to return home to do so," said Kohl. "But they also have to decide whether they want to return home or if they want to stay here and integrate."

One year later, his government passed a law that would provide financial assistance to Turkish residents of West Germany who wished to return home. However, many immigrants didn't take the government up on the offer.

Although by the mid-1990s 2 million people of Turkish origin lived in Germany, the question of whether this was a country of immigration was still a hot topic of discussion.

Klaus Bade, chairman of the Advisory Council of the Foundations for Integration and Migration, believes it took until the end of 1990s for the issue of integration to make it onto the political agenda.

Bade argues that the center-left coalition of Social Democrats and Greens was the first government to make a serious effort at shaping integration policy in the country. The current government, under Chancellor Angela Merkel, continued down this path, according to Bade.

But at the same time, more restrictions were placed on foreigners. Dual citizenship was no longer tolerated and those wanting to move to Germany were expected to learn the language. Bringing family members to the country and gaining German citizenship through naturalization was made more difficult.

Since then, though, dialogue with immigrants has taken on a more prominent role. Integration summits under Merkel are an example of such efforts. Migration and integration have become topics of sometimes heated debate.

Looking back over the past 50 years, Bade believes the issues of migration and integration have become an integral part of German politics, and he looks to future with optimism.

Germany and German politicians now understood that the country is one of immigration, a society of immigrants. Bade says integration has become a mainstream issue, a central political issue.

As he points out, it can no longer be denied that Germany is a country of immigrants.
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It's time to put up the 'full' signs
Nick Ferrari
Sunday Express, 30 October 2011

If you complained that you couldn't get on to your train in the morning or into your favourite restaurant in the evening because they were both full up and someone said you were being racist, you would rightly tell them they were nuts.

So how is it that when it comes to complaining that this country is getting a little overcrowded you can suddenly find yourself being pointed towards the nearest BNP recruiting rally?

The vile conspiracy of inaction and muzzling that has been in place for years was finally exploded last week when the Office of National Statistics had to drastically revise its population projection statistics.

This country's population is now growing at a rate not matched in a century and in just 16 years it will hit the totemic level of 70 million.

That, incidentally, is the figure that the last Labour government pledged would never be allowed in the forseeable future because it believed we simply could not cope.

We cannot cope with this in our schools, hospitals, housing stock, motorways, transport infrastructure and it is probable that even our water supply cannot cope.

... With our population swelling annually by about half a million, it is the equivalent of finding room for a city the size of Leicester every year.

That will make Britain the most populated nation in Europe and the south of England the most densely populated part of the Western world.

The dramatic increase is fuelled mostly by immigration and by immigrant families who have already settled here having high numbers of children.

Faced with a problem of this mind-numbing immensity what do our politicians do? They prove to be as effective as our porous borders and tell us that we need a continual supply of immigrants to work and to pay the taxes required for our ageing population.

At the same time they round on any dissenting voice and call them "Little Englanders" or racist. This is as close to treason as you can get without attempting to topple the monarchy. ...

Also, as I have said countless times, we should scrap child allowance. It was brought in after the Second World War when we needed to boost the population. The fact we now have a policy of the more you breed the more we pay is madness.
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Ten years after global agreement in Durban on framework to combat racism, no country could claim to be free from scourge
ReliefWeb, 30 October 2011
[Report – UN General Assembly]

Ten years after the world collectively agreed on a comprehensive framework to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, resolute and renewed political will and adequate funding were still needed to implement the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) was told today.

Launching the Committee's joint consideration of elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and the right of peoples to self-determination, State delegations underscored that, ten years on, no country could claim to be free from racism's destructive influence, and gaps between intentions and actions continued to hamper essential progress in ending that scourge. ...

Several speakers during the half-day debate expressed particular alarm over emerging forms of racism and intolerance. In that context, diverging viewpoints were voiced over the tensions between the need to ensure freedom of expression and to prohibit racism. Speaking on behalf of the African Group, Kenya's representative shared concerns that insidious forms of racism were purportedly being legitimized or justified under the banner of freedom of expression.

A representative of the European Union said that, while the bloc shared the concerns that the internet was increasingly being used to promote and disseminate racist ideas, it nonetheless called on States to fully implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guaranteed the right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.
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Blair defends opening the door to mass migration and says it had a very positive impact on Britain
Kirsty Walker
Daily Mail, 29 October 2011

Tony Blair has defended Labour's controversial mass immigration policy by claiming that Britain cannot succeed unless it opens its borders to more people from different backgrounds.

The former prime minister said it was 'right' that the country was made up of different cultures and faiths mixing together.

Mr Blair added that migrants had made Britain 'stronger' and said those calling for greater curbs on foreigners entering the country were wrong.

His comments come just days after official figures revealed that the population is expected to soar by the equivalent of a city the size of Leeds every year for the next decade.

A defiant Mr Blair insisted his party's policy on immigration was the right one. He said: 'It's been a very positive thing and there is no way for a country like Britain to succeed in the future unless it is open to people of different colours, faiths and cultures.'

Under Labour, up to 5.5 million people born outside the UK arrived as long-term migrants.

Between 1997 and 2010, around 2.3 million left the country, meaning the UK population increased by around 3.2 million as a direct result of foreign migrants.

In an interview with Eastern Eye newspaper, Mr Blair said: 'The vision of a country of different cultures and different faiths mixing together is the right one.

'That is not to say you don't have problems at certain points, but those problems are to be overcome without losing the essence of what has actually allowed this country's people to get on and do well.'

His comments were branded 'shameless' by critics and are set to fuel claims that the huge increase in migrants under Labour were due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to change the country.

Two years ago, Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, said that Labour' s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to 'open the UK to mass migration'.

He added that Labour wanted to rub the 'Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date'.

Mr Blair added that the anti-immigration debate was one of the 'past'. 'I think the majority of people in Britain today are not prejudiced and can understand the benefits of migration.

'I think what people worry about is where they feel there is no control over who comes in and there are no rules governing who comes in or not, and that is a different issue altogether.

'It would be very unfortunate if by putting those rules into place, we view that immigration was a somehow bad thing for the country, because it is not.'
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The real racism: Expecting Jews to die meekly
Martin Sherman
Jerusalem Post, 28 October 2011

The most accurate way to describe Israel today is as an apartheid state... 3.5 million Palestinians and almost half a million Jews live in the areas Israel occupied in 1967, and yet while these two groups live in the same area, they are subjected to totally different legal systems. The Palestinians are stateless and lack many of the most basic human rights. – Neve Gordon, "Boycott Israel," Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2009.

Taken from an article by a senior Israeli academic, this excerpt typifies the racist Judeophobic rhetoric that has come to dominate the public discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sadly it is rhetoric that has been endorsed by many in the Israeli academia and media. Even more disturbing is the complicity – or at least complacency – of Israeli officialdom in allowing it to become the defining feature of this discourse.

This mode of rhetoric is no less than inciteful, Judeophobic racism, because in effect, it embodies the implicit delegitmization of the right of Jews to defend themselves.

It embodies the implicit expectation that Jews should consent to die meekly. And how can an expectation that Jews die meekly be characterized other than as "inciteful, Judeophobic racism?" For no matter what the measures Israel adopts to protect its citizens from those undisguisedly trying to murder and maim them – because they are Jews – they are widely condemned as "racist," "disproportionate violence" or even "war crimes/crimes against humanity."

It matters not whether these measures are administrative decisions or security operations, defensive responses or anticipatory initiatives, punitive retaliations or preemptive strikes. ...

The depiction of these measures as arbitrary acts of wrongdoing, whose only motivation is racially driven territorial avarice and discriminatory embitterment of the lives of the Palestinians, distorts reality and disregards context. But far more perturbing, is the moral implication of this condemnation.

For if all endeavors to prevent, protect or preempt are denounced as morally reprehensible, the inevitable conclusion is that they should not be employed. This implies a no less inevitable conclusion: To avoid the morally reprehensible, the Jewish state should – in effect – allow those who would attack its citizens, to do so with total impunity, and with total immunity from retribution.

True, many of Israel's detractors protest with righteous indignation that they acknowledge that it "has a right to defend itself." But this is quickly exposed as meaningless lip service, for whenever Israel exercises that allegedly acknowledged right, it is condemned for being excessively heavy-handed. ...

No matter how murderous the onslaughts initiated by the Palestinians, no matter how blatant the Palestinian brutality, no matter how outrageous the Palestinian provocation, the Israeli response is deemed inappropriate.
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700 young Nigerian face harder life in Libya's post-Gaddafi
Vanguard [Nigeria], 28 October 2011

On the coast outside Tripoli, a squalid refugee camp shelters hundreds of African migrants who found work under Libya's former regime, but are now jobless, discriminated against and unable to return home.

Squatting in the derelict buildings of what was once a training centre for the ousted Libyan leader's special forces, they face racist abuse, attacks and robberies as they wait each day, hoping someone will offer them work or bring emergency food handouts.

Clothes hang on makeshift washing lines. Piles of rubbish lie everywhere. ...

The camp's 700 residents are mostly young Nigerian men who fled the capital two months ago when it fell to the revolutionary forces that last week crushed the final pockets of resistance by Mummar Gaddafi loyalists.

They are a tiny fraction of the number of people displaced by the conflict.

Over 700,000 migrant workers have left Libya since February, according to the International Organisation for Migration, but tens of thousands remain.

The Nigerians, the largest migrant community in Tripoli, found casual work before the city fell, washing cars or labouring on farms and building sites, jobs shunned by most Libyans.

But with many locals angered by claims that sub-Saharan mercenaries supported Gaddafi's regime, they now face hostility in their host nation.
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Britain unable to deport more than 5,000 foreign offenders
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 27 October 2011

The number of foreign prisoners who have come to the end of their sentences but cannot be deported has passed the 5,000 mark, despite repeated pledges by Home Office ministers to speed up removals.

In an inspection report published on Thursday, John Vine, the independent chief inspector of immigration, says the UK Border Agency (UKBA) must do more to manage the 5,375 foreign prisoners who, having completed their sentences, have remained in detention or have been released into the community pending deportation.

Vine also warns that the UKBA would do better to take more account of human rights rulings by judges – particularly those that block deportations on the grounds of article 8 of the Human Rights Act, the right to family life – rather than wasting large sums of taxpayers' money on a futile cycle of further appeals, even though the outcome will be that the former prisoner will be allowed to stay in Britain. ...

The new report shows that a total of 425 deportation cases have been overturned on appeal, the overwhelming majority on human rights grounds. About one in three of the appeals lodged by foreign prisoners against their deportation succeeded in the 12 months to February this year.

Vine says that 5,235 foreign prisoners were deported last year, but a higher number could not be deported. In May this year, there were 3,775 former foreign prisoners who had been released from custody because they could not be deported, and a further 1,600 remained in detention despite completing sentences.
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Pat Buchanan's new book is clear-headed
Virgil Goode
Daily Caller, 27 October 2011
[The author is a former (Republican) Congressman]

For the last two decades, Pat Buchanan has warned that America is on the edge of ruin due to our irrational immigration, economic and foreign policies. As events have proven Buchanan right, Americans have become more receptive to his brand of conservatism, which he lays out in his new book Suicide of a Superpower. ...

While Republicans have at least been giving lip service to the problem of illegal immigration, their words are rarely backed by action, and they still refuse to address legal immigration. In my opinion, this is the gravest issue facing the country. Buchanan takes the GOP to task for its dereliction of duty, "through its support of mass immigration, its support of paralysis in preventing twelve to twenty million illegal aliens from entering and staying in this country, and its failure to address the 'anchor baby' issue, the Republican Party has birthed a new electorate that will send the party the way of the Whigs."

What does he mean? Pat Buchanan accepts Howard Dean's gaffe that the GOP is "the white party" as simple truth. Pat puts the facts bluntly: "Due to the immigration and higher birthrates among people of color, America is becoming less white and less Christian – and therefore inevitably less Republican."

No doubt many will accuse him of racism for making this point, but Buchanan quotes many liberal commentators who say they support immigration for that very reason. For example Michael Moore consoled liberals after George W. Bush's victory in 2004, "88% of Bush's support came from white voters, in 50 years America will no longer have a white majority." Assuming our immigration policies do not change, that date will actually be 2042.

One would think that out of pure political calculus, Republicans would oppose mass immigration, but instead GOP strategist Lance Tarrance called for the party to abandon the Southern Strategy for the "Hispanic Strategy." However, as Buchanan shows, Hispanics vote overwhelmingly Democratic regardless of a GOP candidate's position on immigration. In fact, a higher percentage of Hispanics support tough immigration policies than vote Republican.

Of course, there are many more important reasons to be opposed to massive immigration than how it will affect the GOP's electoral chances. For starters, there is the issue of American jobs. As Buchanan notes, "to bring in foreign workers when 34 million Americans are still underemployed or out of work is to put corporate profits ahead of country."

Perhaps most importantly, immigration without assimilation is undermining our very culture. With the majority of illegal immigrants and the plurality of legal immigrants coming from Mexico, Buchanan notes that many of our southern neighbor's leaders and citizens have a grudge against America. He cites a Zogby poll that found that "69% of the people in Mexico believe that the first loyalty of U.S. Citizens of Mexican descent should be to Mexico." Mexico even has a government Office for Mexicans Abroad with the explicit purpose of preventing assimilation. According to the one-time head of the agency Juan Hernandez, "I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think 'Mexico First.'"
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UK population 'to increase to 70 million by 2027'
BBC, 26 October 2011

The population of the UK is on course to reach 70 million over the next 16 years, official figures suggest.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it was set to rise from 62.3 million in 2010 to 67.2 million by 2020 and 73.2 million by 2035.

It says just over two-thirds of the projected increase from 2010 to 2035 is either directly or indirectly due to migration.

This will be due to people entering the UK, and also their future offspring.

The ONS statistics say this change may be 47% directly attributable to future migration and a further 21% indirectly due to future migrants' children being born in the country.

The effect of immigration is also expected to have an increasing impact.

Some 2.1 million (44%) of the increase over the next 10 years could be down to net migration, the ONS added.

The remaining 2.8 million (56%) is a projected natural increase as a result of births outstripping deaths.

Of the 10.9 million rise by 2035, 5.1 million (47%) is expected through migration and 5.8 million (53%) from natural increase.

Projections for net immigration have been revised up by 20,000 to 200,000 a year since the last estimates two years ago.
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Young black men make up four in 10 of youth jail population
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 26 October 2011

Young black men now account for nearly 40% of the population of youth jails in England and Wales, according to a report by the chief inspector of prisons.

The report, published jointly with the youth justice board, shows that the proportion of black and other minority ethnic young men in young offender institutions (YOIs) has risen from 23% in 2006 and 33% in 2009/10 to 39% last year.

The changing demographic profile of the population inside youth jails in England and Wales also shows an increasing proportion of young Muslims, up from 13% last year to 16% this year. Foreign national young men account for a record 6% of the population.
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UK grows by 500,000 every year: Annual population increase, fuelled by immigration, equals city the size of Leeds
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 26 October 2011

Britain's population will soar by the equivalent of a city the size of Leeds every year for the next decade, according to official figures.

Revised statistics show numbers rising at a sustained pace not matched for 100 years. And the main factor behind the increase is immigration. The projections suggest that, in just over 30 years, Britain will overtake Germany as the most populous country in Europe.

All estimates produced two years ago have been revised heavily upwards in a report published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics. Over the next ten years, the population is expected to rise annually by 491,000. Leeds's current total is 486,000.

Most will live in the already-crowded South of England.

It is predicted that the landmark total of 70 million – a figure the immigration minister in the last Labour government said would never be allowed – will be reached in the middle of 2027. This is two years earlier than previous reckoning. Two thirds of the overall growth in numbers, says the ONS, will be brought about either directly or indirectly by migration.

In the long term, net migration – the number added to the population every year through arrivals from abroad – will continue to run at 200,000 a year, the ONS said. ... ...

Over the next 25 years, the ONS said, the population will rise at the rate of 438,000 a year – the equivalent of a city the size of Bristol every 12 months.

If the population continues to grow at the present rate, it will be almost 100 million a century from now. ...

Net migration is directly responsible for 47 per cent of the projected population growth, and natural increase – the greater numbers of births than deaths – accounts for the rest.

But the ONS said immigration had the effect of pushing up birthrates, so that net migration was responsible overall for two thirds of population growth.
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Asian Americans now country's fastest growing racial group
Los Angeles Times, 26 October 2011

Increased immigration from South Asia helped fuel the rapid growth in the number of Asian Americans over the last decade as well as an influx of Asians to states such as Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data released Wednesday.

Growing numbers of Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis and other South Asians highlight the increasing diversity of Asian Americans in the U.S. and the need for policymakers to understand that diversity, according to "A Community of Contrasts," published by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. ...

According to the report, which used 2010 Census, American Community Survey and other government data, immigration, both legal and illegal, has fueled most of the population growth. Approximately 60% of Asian Americans are foreign-born and about 1 million are undocumented, according to the report.

Among the undocumented, those from the Philippines, India, South Korea and China make up the largest numbers.

Though California's population of more than 5.5 million Asian Americans remained the country's largest, several other states showed significant growth over the last decade.
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Black and Asian rioters disproportionately involved in disturbances
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2011

Black and Asian rioters were disproportionately involved in the summer's disturbances, figures revealed yesterday.

More than half of those charged with offences were from a black or ethnic minority background, compared with 42 per cent who were white, the Ministry of Justice figures showed.

In some areas of the country the proportion of black rioters were more than five times the local population.

In the most detailed breakdown yet of the disturbances, it also emerged that more than a third of youngsters involved had been excluded from school in the previous year.

One in three adults were claiming unemployment benefits, compared with a 12 per cent national average, and 160 rioters were in receipt of disability or incapacity allowances.

The scale of offending was also revealed for the first time as figures showed more than 2,500 shops and businesses were targeted and one in eight crimes were street muggings or other offences against individuals.

However, fears that gangs had spearheaded the disturbances were dismissed as the analysis showed only 13 per cent of offenders belonged to one.

In terms of ethnicity, 46 per cent of those appearing in court were from black or mixed black backgrounds, 42 per cent were white and seven per cent were Asian. ...

In general, those involved in the looting and violence which swept through English cities in August were younger, poorer, involved in more trouble and achieved lower grades than average, detailed analysis of the histories of those charged over the disturbances showed.

Some two-fifths of youngsters were in receipt of free school meals, compared with less than a fifth on average, and two-thirds had special educational needs, compared with the average of a fifth of all pupils, the figures showed.
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I'll get you anyone in from India for £3,000
Brian Flynn
The Sun, 25 October 2011

A shady boss running a one-stop shop for illegal immigrants is today exposed by The Sun.

Bhavin Shah boasts that he can SMUGGLE people into the UK, arrange WEDDINGS to keep them here and sort NO-SHOW college places so they can pose as students while working full-time.

And he insisted: "If you want to bring someone from India here, I can get a man from India for £3,000."

A Sun investigator posed as a construction boss needing to keep his illegal staff in the UK with sham marriages and dodgy student visas.

Shah assured him: "We can help you out. Everything." ...

We met Shah at a second-floor office with its own reception in Wembley, North West London.

He was unaware he was secretly being filmed as he told how he charges £4,750 to arrange enrolment and a two-and-a-half year visa – with a discount for bulk.

Shah showed us a website of a London IT and management college licensed by the UK Border Agency where our "staff" would be enrolled.

He laughed that they would only have to attend college once "to see the place" and "know the address".

And when told our fictional workers didn't speak English he said: "I'll sort out the English language pass certificate for your people."

He also said he offered a £12,000 service providing fake brides and sham marriages to help illegals stay here.

He added that he could also arrange to smuggle in people – suggesting we could charge them more than he was asking and then take a cut. ...

At another meeting, he showed off a book of 1,600 clients signed on as students since January. Asked how many were working instead of studying, he replied: "Every one."

He said he could supply backdated certificates for Government-accredited colleges confirming "students" had attended classes, even if they hadn't, so they could get visa extensions.

Shah revealed he could arrange for an illegal to marry a Polish girl brought here by him.

Asked if he provided the wedding too, he said: "Yes, that's our job."

He said he had been doing it for 12 years.
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UK rioters came from abroad: 1 in 7 jailed after summer of violence was a foreign national
Rebecca Camber
Daily Mail, 24 October 2011

Foreign looters from 44 countries have been locked up over the riots which scarred the country in August.

Robbers, vandals and thugs from as far afield as Afghanistan, Cuba, Ethiopia and Samoa joined in as shops were plundered and businesses set ablaze, causing millions of pounds worth of damage.

The sheer number from different corners of the globe who took part in the mayhem is one of the strongest indicators yet that the riots had nothing to do with political protest or civil unrest, but was born of greed and opportunist criminality.

Last night campaigners said anyone convicted of a riot-related offence should be thrown out of the country at the earliest opportunity.

Prison statistics revealed that 14 per cent – about one in seven – of those jailed for burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage and disorder during the riots were born abroad. But the true number could be even higher as at least four per cent of those remanded in custody refused to tell police their nationality.

Jamaicans represented the largest group of foreign inmates, followed by Somali and Polish offenders. The list also included those from Colombia, Iraq, Congo, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

Hundreds of other foreign suspects are facing deportation as separate figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that police have referred 367 'suspected foreign nationals' to the UK Border Agency.

That number is expected to grow as police are still hunting thousands of suspects, with experts predicting it could take up to two years to sift through all the CCTV evidence.

The Ministry of Justice has released a breakdown of the nationalities of those jailed for riot-related offences committed between August 6, when the trouble exploded in Tottenham, and August 9, when disorder had spread outside London to Manchester, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

A snapshot of the prison population on September 9 reveals that there were 153 foreign nationals and prisoners of 'unrecorded nationality' – which in most cases refers to those from the European Union – representing 18 per cent of the 865 criminals imprisoned over the riots. That compares with 712 offenders from the United Kingdom.

One in four of those jailed for robbery were born abroad, as were one in ten convicted for violent disorder or other disorder offences such as possession of a knife or drugs.

Nationally, police have made more than 4,000 arrests, with 2,952 suspects held in London alone. ...

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: 'It is important to bear in mind that this is only a snapshot of the prison population on September 9.

'It would be misleading to suggest that it provides a complete picture of those involved in the riots.'
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The great imbalance in the immigration courts
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 23 October 2011

The power balance in the immigration tribunal system is heavily slanted away from the interests of the British public.

In one corner, representing the criminal: an experienced immigration lawyer with extensive courtroom experience, their fees paid out of Legal Aid.

In the other corner, representing the public: a relatively junior civil servant known as a "Home Office presenting officer" with no legal qualifications and two weeks' training.

And refereeing the clash: a junior judge who may have as little as five years' legal experience.

Sounds like a mismatch? This is how courts sit day in, day out, to decide whether dangerous criminals should be sent back to their homelands or be spared due to a human rights claim – as often or not, the "right to a family life".

The case of Gary "Steve" Ellis shows how wanting the standards can be.

It is a scandal that a convicted drug dealer was allowed to escape deportation on human rights grounds, but went on to commit more drug offences.

It is a scandal that having reoffended, he was granted a human rights exemption for a second time.

But the element of this sorry saga that will have the greatest repercussions is the revelation that criminals' sob stories are being accepted at face value without the most cursory of checks. ...

The judge in the case noted that the Home Office presenting officer made only a "brief response" to points made by Ellis's lawyer.

The chance was there for the Government to take a serial criminal off Britain's streets. But it failed because it did not do its legwork – and it is a failure that will be repeated in many more cases. This is a system that is failing the public.
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Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100'
Paul Harris
The Observer, 23 October 2011

The United Nations will warn this week that the world's population could more than double to 15 billion by the end of this century, putting a catastrophic strain on the planet's resources unless urgent action is taken to curb growth rates, the Observer can reveal.

That figure is likely to shock many experts as it is far higher than many current estimates. A previous UN estimate had expected the world to have more than 10 billion people by 2100; currently, there are nearly 7 billion.

The new figure is contained in a landmark study by the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa) that will be released this week. The report – The State of World Population 2011 – is being compiled to mark the expected moment this month when somewhere on Earth a person will be born who will take the current world population over the 7 billion mark, and will be released simultaneously in cities across the globe.

Some experts reacted with shock to the figure. Roger Martin, chairman of Population Matters, which campaigns on population control, said that the Earth was entering a dangerous new phase. "Our planet is approaching a perfect storm of population growth, climate change and peak oil," he said. "The planet is not actually sustaining 7 billion people."

The Earth has now doubled in population since the 1960s, boosted by high birthrates in Africa, Asia and Latin America as the spread of medicine and better healthcare has seen the mortality rate for young children decline. This has easily offset the general decline in the birthrate of advanced countries. It has also been boosted by an increase in lifespans of people across the world.

Some experts reacted with scepticism that the population would really hit the upper end of the predicted spectrum of growth and reach 15 billion so quickly. Professor Jack Goldstone of George Mason University, author of The Population Bomb, said that he thought world leaders would act to ensure the Earth's population would start to plateau below that higher level. "The means and the desire to reduce the number of children people have is spreading around the world," he said, adding that he thought a level of 10-12 billion would be more likely by 2100.

Many policy experts believe that governments and NGOs have the tools to limit and control the world's population. The key effort, many say, is simply making sure that effective family planning spreads throughout the developing world. "What's really critical is the political commitment of governments. Family planning is not actually that expensive," said John Bongaarts, vice-president of the New York-based Population Council.

However, campaigners on family planning issues often come across cultural and religious factors that make educating women and reducing the size of families difficult.

Some governments make a point of trying to increase their populations, while many religious groups preach against the use of contraceptives.
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The modern-day Oliver Twists: Child beggars as young as FOUR making £100,000 a year each for gypsy gangs
Emma Reynolds
Daily Mail, 21 October 2011

Child beggars as young as four earn up to £100,000 each for gypsy gangs, a shocking investigation has revealed.

The children work in teams on London's streets, wheedling money out of tourists in snow and rain.

Some of the children make £500 a day - and hand it all over to their Romany 'minders', the BBC's Panorama programme found. ...

The documentary, screened on BBC1 on Wednesday, followed the children - all of them gypsies from Romania - over the course of a year.

A girl of about four, who the programme-makers called 'Alice', used a phone box as a toilet and scavenged for food at McDonald's as she begged on the streets.

They found the child 'experienced in begging', as she tried to coax and wheedle money from them while dressed in a white headscarf.

The children all dressed in modest clothes and wore headscarves, despite not being Muslim - targeting mosques and areas popular with rich tourists from the Gulf States.

The BBC filmed a group of young Roma women controlling several children outside Regent's Park mosque, including a four-year-old boy.

They followed the group to a house in Ilford, Essex, where a BMW X5 four-wheel drive car sat on the drive.

The programme found that police generally just take the beggars' details and let them go. They fear the people on the streets are being exploited by other members of their community.

Last year, detectives launched Operation Golf in an effort to crack down on those running the scam.

Many of the criminals were traced back to Romania, where they own numerous luxury properties and cars.
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2011 National Gang Threat Assessment – Emerging Trends
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 2011

Gangs are expanding, evolving and posing an increasing threat to US communities nationwide. ... Gangs are becoming more violent while engaging in less typical and lower-risk crime, such as prostitution and white-collar crime. ...

• There are approximately 1.4 million active street, prison, and OMG gang members comprising more than 33,000 gangs in the United States. ... Many communities are also experiencing an increase in ethnic-based gangs such as African, Asian, Caribbean, and Eurasian gangs.

• Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGIC analysis. ... Aggressive recruitment of juveniles and immigrants, alliances and conflict between gangs, the release of incarcerated gang members from prison, advancements in technology and communication, and Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization (MDTO) involvement in drug distribution have resulted in gang expansion and violence in a number of jurisdictions.

• Gangs are increasingly engaging in non-traditional gang-related crime, such as alien smuggling, human trafficking, and prostitution. Gangs are also engaging in white collar crime such as counterfeiting, identity theft, and mortgage fraud, primarily due to the high profitability and much lower visibility and risk of detection and punishment than drug and weapons trafficking.

. US-based gangs have established strong working relationships with Central American and MDTOs to perpetrate illicit cross-border activity, as well as with some organized crime groups in some regions of the United States. ...

• Many gang members continue to engage in gang activity while incarcerated. Family members play pivotal roles in assisting or facilitating gang activities and recruitment during a gang members' incarceration. ...

• Gangs encourage members, associates, and relatives to obtain law enforcement, judiciary, or legal employment in order to gather information on rival gangs and law enforcement operations. Gang infiltration of the military continues to pose a significant criminal threat, as members of at least 53 gangs have been identified on both domestic and international military installations. Gang members who learn advanced weaponry and combat techniques in the military are at risk of employing these skills on the street when they return to their communities.

• Gang members are acquiring high-powered, military-style weapons and equipment which poses a significant threat because of the potential to engage in lethal encounters with law enforcement officers and civilians. ... ...

Approximately 1.4 million active street, OMG, and prison gang members, comprising more than 33,000 gangs, are criminally active within all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico ... ...

Changes in immigrant populations, which are susceptible to victimization and recruitment by gangs, may have the most profound effect on street gang membership. ... ...

Globalization, socio-political change, technological advances, and immigration will result either in greater gang expansion and gang-related crime or displace gang members as they search for criminal opportunities elsewhere.
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Migration from climate change 'a major threat'
Nick Collins
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2011

Climate and other environmental changes will cause "major challenges" over the next 50 years as mass migration threatens to create new humanitarian crises, a major report has warned.

The impact of climate change and degradation of land and oceans will play an increasingly important role in migration as its impact on people's livelihoods grows ever greater. ...

The British-led report, the largest migration study ever conducted, warned that by 2060 the world's population will have peaked at about nine billion.

Researchers have previously focused on the number of people who would leave vulnerable areas, dubbed "climate refugees", but the report said other factors would create a greater headache.

A rising number of people will migrate from rural to urban areas, with many of them in the third world already struggling with water shortages, flooding and squalid living conditions. There is also the potential for humanitarian crises, with up to 192 million more people expected to be living on coastal floodplains by 2060. ...

The study, led by the Foresight advisory team in the Government Office for Science and containing the work of 350 experts in 30 countries, claimed the challenges caused by these factors had been underestimated.
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Immigration has left us without enough homes, so now politicians are telling the elderly to give up theirs
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 20 October 2011

Have you ever heard of the Intergenerational Foundation? I hadn't until yesterday. And yet this obscure organisation was wheeled out on the Today programme on Radio 4 and given the prime slot reserved for the most important issue of the day.

The Intergenerational Foundation, which is described as a charity, believes older people should be encouraged to move into smaller homes as part of the solution to the 'housing crisis'. It says that more than half of over-65s are in homes with two or more spare bedrooms, which could be pressed into greater use. In fact, it claims there are 25 million unused bedrooms in England. ...

Everyone knows that, very regrettably, young people are finding it difficult to enter the housing market. This is partly because first-time mortgages are difficult to obtain as a consequence of the credit crunch. ...

One aggravating factor, which is scarcely ever mentioned in polite circles, is the high level of net immigration into this country. Last year, it amounted to 239,000. The population of the UK is expected to increase by nine million to 70 million by 2025, largely because of immigration.

These people will have to live somewhere. Think of it. In little more than a decade, our population will grow by the equivalent of 20 cities the size of Sheffield or Leeds, in large measure because the last government did not control the influx of immigrants. ...

What alarms me is that the Intergenerational Foundation's ideas should have been treated so respectfully by the BBC, as though they had been brought down wholesale from Mount Sinai, and no one was given the opportunity to say they are discriminatory and coercive. Nor was it mentioned that some of the 'brains' behind the Foundation are those of the Labour shadow minister Tessa Jowell. She, of course, was a leading light of the last Labour administration, which was mostly responsible for the pressure on housing.
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EU to grant Ukraine 30 million euros to tackle problem of illegal migrants
National Radio Company of Ukraine, 20 October 2011

The European Union has allocated EUR 30 million to address the problems of illegal migrants in Ukraine, strengthen the national policy on migration, as well as to build seven temporary accommodation centers and two migrant detention centers over the next 2.5 years.

This support is provided in the context of the Agreement on Readmission between the EU and Ukraine.
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Bogus Deportation Statistics Released by Obama, Say Lawmakers
Jim Kouri
Family Security Matters, 20 October 2011

President Barack Obama's Homeland Security Department officials released a report that claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a record number of illegal immigrants in the last fiscal year, including an "unprecedented number of convicted illegals with criminal records."

However, a closer look at the figures reveals the report is bogus, according to the lawmaker in-charge of immigration oversight.

In the 2011 fiscal year which ended last month, ICE officials claim they deported more than 396,000 illegal immigrants nationwide – the largest number in the agency's history, ICE officials said in a statement released yesterday. Of these, nearly 55 percent or more than 216,000 of the people deported were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors – an 89 percent increase since FY 2008 when George W. Bush was president.

"Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities," said ICE Director John Morton in a press statement.

However, there are some who claim the figures released by Morton – who was the recipient of a unanimous "vote of no confidence" by his own staff, the men and women who serve as ICE agents – are purposely misleading or out-and-out bogus.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued a biting statement upon reading the ICE statistics.

"The Obama administration continues to inflate its deportation numbers. The administration includes voluntary removals in its deportation statistics even though they impose no penalties on the offenders and make it easier for illegal immigrants to return to the U.S.," said Rep. Smith.

"In other words, the Obama administration is cooking the books to make it look like they are enforcing immigration laws, when in reality they are enacting amnesty through inaction," he stated.

Under the Obama administration, worksite enforcement has dropped 70%, making it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S. And DHS recently established a working group with the specific purpose of overruling or preventing orders of removal for illegal immigrants.

Even President Obama admitted to Hispanic voters recently that his administration's deportation numbers are 'deceptive.'

"It's disappointing that the Obama administration continues to put illegal immigrants before the American people. Fourteen million Americans are currently looking for work," Smith pointed out.

"Meanwhile, seven million illegal immigrants have jobs in the U.S. We could free up millions of jobs for citizens and legal immigrants if we simply enforced our immigration laws. The President's policies just don't add up. It's time to elect a President that puts the American people first by enforcing our immigration laws," Smith urged.
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NHS writes off more than £40m in unpaid bills owed by foreign nationals
Daily Mail, 19 October 2011

Foreign nationals who are treated medically in the UK but do not pay their NHS bills have cost the service more than £40 million, a Tory MP claimed today.

Chris Skidmore discovered 118 trusts had written off a staggering £42 million - and believes the total figure could be more than £50 million as he is still due responses from another 66 trusts.

The MP for Kingswood, Bristol, made the revelation in the Commons as senior Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said all foreign nationals should sign an agreement when entering the country not to claim free treatment on the NHS.

Health Minister Simon Burns said the Government was aware of the problem and was looking at banning foreign nationals from re-entering the UK if they had an unpaid bill for treatment on the NHS.

According to figures collated by Mr Skidmore's office, Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust in London is the worst offender.

It has written off £6.2 million since 2004 and has another £1.8 million of outstanding debt it is still hoping to collect.

Croydon Health Services has written off £1.6 million but elsewhere in the country the figures are much lower. ...

Under current rules, foreign nationals residing in the UK and paying taxes are entitled to free treatment on the NHS while the bill for European Union citizens is sent to their home country.

But visitors from outside the EU are expected to either have health insurance or they are sent the bill. Many leave the UK after receiving treatment without paying it.
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Foreign doctor rules 'put patients at risk'
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2011

Foreign doctors and nurses who cannot speak good English pose an unacceptable risk to patients, a House of Lords committee warned. ...

The Lords social policies and consumer protection sub-committee recommended that all regulatory bodies, such as the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, be allowed to test the language skills of all non-UK applicants. At the moment, only those from outside Europe are routinely tested.
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Asylum claims increase in UK as refugees flee Libya war
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2011

Asylum claims to the UK increased by 12 per cent in the first half of this year, driven by a sharp rise in Libyans fleeing the conflict there.

More than 12,000 people sought refuge in the UK compared with less than 11,000 in the first six months of 2010.

One of the biggest jumps was in asylum claims from Libyans, which rose sharply from 100 for the whole of last year to 700 in just six months this year. ...

Asylum claims to the leading industrialised nations as a whole increased by 17 per cent, according to UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency.

It warned if the trend continues, claims to the 44 major countries will hit an eight year high by the end of 2011. ...

However, despite the increases, the number of claims was still the third lowest for the UK since the UNHCR began recording them in 1999. ...

Overall, 198,300 asylum claims were lodged with the 44 industrialised countries in the first half of 2011, compared with 169,300 for the same period last year.

Between them, the United States (36,400), France (26,100), Germany (20,100), Sweden (12,600) and the UK accounted for 54 per cent of claims.

The report warned if current patterns continue there could be a total of 420,000 claims lodged with the 44 countries by the end of the year.

It blames major crises in West, North, and East Africa, with large increases in claims from Tunisians and Ivorians as well as Libyans.

However, the main source of claims was still Afghanistan, China, Serbia, Iraq and Iran, it said.
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Napolitano: DHS Authorizing Illegal Aliens to Work in U.S.
Edwin Mora
CNSNews, 19 October 2011

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that under the administration's policy of exercising "prosecutorial discretion" in the enforcement of the immigration laws, her department is currently authorizing some illegal aliens to work in the United States.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, asked Napolitano: "According to the information from your department, some individuals who are given relief will obtain work authorizations. So people with no right to be in the country will be allowed to work here. Is that correct?"

Napolitano said: "Well, senator, since around 1986 there has been a process where those who are technically unlawfully in the country may apply for work authorization. This goes to CIS [Citizenship and Immigration Services]. It's not an ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] or CBP [Customs and Border Protection] function. And those cases are reviewed by CIS in a case-by-case basis. So there's no change in that process. Like I said, that goes back to the mid-80s that is contemplated now."

Sen. Grassley then asked, "But yes, some of them could have an opportunity to work here even though they are here illegally?"

"Well, that happens now, senator," said Napolitano.

The three agencies she mentioned are all components of DHS.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deports record number of immigrants, 18 October 2011

Nearly 400,000 people were deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year – the largest number in the agency's history.

Deportations have been on the rise for the past decade, and the 396,906 illegal immigrants deported in fiscal year 2011 is the highest number yet, according to the annual numbers released today.

Under the Obama administration, Homeland Security has focused on removing criminals, those who have crossed the border or repeatedly violated immigration law.

In the most recent fiscal year, nearly 55 percent of those removed from the country – or 216,698 people – had been convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.

That is the highest percentage in nearly a decade and nearly double the number of criminals removed two years prior.

The crimes committed ranged from 1,119 people convicted of homicide to 35,927 people convicted of driving under the influence.
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Room for one more? World population to reach 7 BILLION in next few days
Daily Mail, 17 October 2011

The world's population looks set to smash through the seven billion barrier in the next few days, according to the United Nations.

It comes just 12 years since the total reached six billion - with official estimates saying the figure will top eight billion in 2025 and 10 billion before the end of the century.

And it is most likely the baby will be born in the Asia-Pacific region - where the population growth rate is higher than anywhere else in the world.

Experts say the pace of growth - which has seen the number of people on the planet triple since 1940 - poses an increasing danger to citizens.

With more people to feed, house and provide medical care for, they say the world's resources look set to come under more strain than ever before.

As populations stabilise in the industrial world, almost all growth in the near future is expected to take place in developing countries.

Of the 2.3 billion people the UN believes will be added by 2050, more than one billion will live in sub-Saharan Africa. The Indian subcontinent will add some 630 million people.
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A.D. 2041 – end of white America? [part 1]
Patrick J Buchanan
WorldNetDaily, 17 October 2011

The Census Bureau has now fixed at 2041 the year when whites become a minority in a country where the Founding Fathers had restricted citizenship to "free white persons" of "good moral character."

With publication today of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" this writer takes up what this portends. And while many on the left are enthusiastic about relegating the America of Eisenhower and JFK to a reactionary past, I concur with the late Clare Boothe Luce.

In this world, she said, there are optimists and pessimists.

"The pessimists are better informed."

What are the seemingly inevitable consequences of an America where whites are a shrinking minority? ...

First, the end of a national Republican Party that routinely gets 90 percent of its presidential votes from white America.

California is the harbinger of what is to come.

Carried by Richard Nixon in all five presidential elections when he was on the ticket and by Ronald Reagan all four times he ran, California, where whites are now a shrinking minority, is a state where the GOP faces extinction. John McCain's share of the California vote was down to the Barry Goldwater level of 1964.

When Texas, where two-thirds of the newborns and half the schoolchildren are Hispanic, goes the way of California, it is the end for the GOP. Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, also critical to any victorious GOP coalition, are Hispanicizing as rapidly as Texas.

In every presidential election since Bush I in 1992, Hispanics have given 60-70 percent of their votes to the Democratic ticket.

For Hispanics, largely poor and working class, are beneficiaries of a cornucopia of government goods – from free education to food stamps to free health care. Few pay federal income taxes.

Why would they not vote for the Party of Government?

Second, the economic crisis of California, brought on by an outflow of taxpayers and a huge influx of tax consumers – i.e., millions of immigrants, legal and illegal – will be mirrored nationally.

For though the majority of immigrants and illegals comes to work, and work hard, most now come from Third World countries and do not bring the academic or professional skills of European-Americans.

Third, the decline in academic test scores here at home and in international competition is likely to continue, as more and more of the children taking those tests will be African-American and Hispanic. For though we have spent trillions over four decades, we have failed to close the racial gap in education. White and Asian children continue to outscore black and Hispanic children.

Can the test-score gap be closed? With the Hispanic illegitimacy rate at 51 percent and the black rate having risen to 71 percent, how can their children conceivably arrive at school ready to compete?
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A.D. 2041 – end of white America? [part 2]
Patrick J Buchanan
WorldNetDaily, 17 October 2011

Should this continue for three decades, what will it mean for America if Asians and whites occupy the knowledge-industry jobs, while scores of millions of black and Hispanic workers are relegated to low-paying service-sector jobs? Will that make for social tranquility?

Affirmative action is one answer. But this is already causing a severe backlash, and the reason is obvious.

When affirmative action was first imposed, whites outnumbered blacks nine to one. The burden of reverse discrimination on the white community was thus relatively light. Today, however, not only blacks, but Hispanics and women – two-thirds of the entire population – qualify for affirmative action in hiring and school admissions.

And the burden falls almost entirely on white males, who are one-third of the country but three-fourths of the dead and wounded coming back from Afghanistan.

Sociologist Robert Putnam, author of "Bowling Alone," has also found that the greater the racial and ethnic diversity in a community, the less social capital there is – i.e., people in diverse settings are far less disposed to cooperate for social goals. They retreat into enclaves of their own kind.

Putnam found social capital at the lowest level he ever measured in Los Angeles, the most diverse community on earth. Yet, by 2042, the demography of every American city will approximate that of L.A.

What is happening to America is happening across the West.

Can Western civilization survive the passing of the European peoples whose ancestors created it and their replacement by Third World immigrants? Probably not, for the new arrivals seem uninterested in preserving the old culture they have found.

Those who hold the white race responsible for the mortal sins of mankind – slavery, racism, imperialism, genocide – may welcome its departure from history. Those who believe that the civilization that came out of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome and London to be the crowning achievement of mankind will mourn its passing.
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Politicians 'can do little on migration fears'
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 16 October 2011

Immigration policy may be stuck between a "rock and a hard place" in dealing with public concerns, says an Oxford University report.

The study found people were most concerned about groups of immigrants politicians could do little to cut.

The research by the university's Migration Observatory found broad overall support for cutting immigration to the UK, although less in Scotland. ...

It asked respondents whom they referred to as immigrants and whether they wanted cuts to specific categories, such as asylum seekers, workers or students.

The report found approximately 70% of people want a cut in immigrants, broadly supporting previous surveys. A fifth said they thought immigration should stay at current levels.

Six out of 10 people thought the most likely reason someone came to the UK was for asylum, followed by just over half saying migrants mainly arrived to work.

This contrasted sharply with official statistics that show students make up the largest group of immigrants, followed by workers. Approximately 4% of all migrants in 2009 were asylum seekers.

This difference between actual and perceived trends could be seen when people described who they wanted to see cut.

Students came last on the list, but 56% of people wanted fewer asylum seekers.

The group that people were most concerned about was low-skilled workers.

The UK has a standing ban on unskilled workers from outside the EU, introduced by the previous Labour government, but cannot restrict the movement of EU citizens.

Scott Blinder, lead author of the report, said the team had tried to get behind blunt questions on immigration and establish whether public concerns mirrored government priorities.

He said that while the public wanted less immigration, a majority were concerned about the groups that it was most difficult for the government to reduce. ...

Ipsos Mori surveyed 1,002 people between 2 and 8 September for the Oxford study. Approximately 11% of those sampled were born abroad, 5% of them being British citizens.
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Study uncovers Britain's 'real views' on immigration
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, 16 October 2011

A report, released today by Oxford University's Migration Observatory, says the British public's 'real views' on the type of migrants coming to the UK have been obscured by a focus on numbers.

'Thinking Behind the Numbers: Understanding public opinion on immigration in Britain' is the first systematic analysis of who people in Britain really think of as 'immigrants', and of how people's views differ substantially toward different immigrant groups.

The report shows that, while public opinion in Britain clearly favours a reduction in the number of immigrants coming to Britain, the majority of the public are concerned about immigrant groups that are most difficult for the government to reduce - asylum seekers and low skilled workers (who come primarily from the EU).

There is comparatively little public interest in reducing numbers among the immigrant groups that the government can cut more easily (skilled workers from outside the EU and foreign students). ...

Key findings include:

• Seven in ten people in the UK (69%) support reductions in immigration - this is in line with previous surveys.

• People's preferences for reducing immigration are not focussed on the largest groups. The largest group of legal migrants - students (37% of immigrants to the UK in 2009) is of the lowest concern to British people, while the smallest group - asylum seekers (4% of immigrants to the UK in 2009) - is of the highest concern.

• Preferences for reducing immigration are most common where government faces more constraints: The most commonly chosen targets for reductions include asylum seekers (56% of respondents) and low-skilled workers (64% of respondents). International conventions and EU membership constrain the UK Government in reducing numbers from either group.

• Opposition to immigration is often focussed on 'illegal' immigrants. A majority of those who wanted to see immigration as a whole reduced felt that reductions should target 'only' or 'mostly' illegal immigration. Even among those who would like to see overall immigration kept the same or increased, a majority would like to see illegal immigration reduced, suggesting a very broad consensus.

• There is more public support for reducing permanent migration (57% of respondents) than temporary migration (47% of respondents). There is broad opposition to unskilled migrant workers (64%) and low levels of opposition to skilled migrants (32%).
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School places shortage leave children facing being taught in 'split shifts'
Julie Henry and Tom Hadfield
Sunday Telegraph, 16 October 2011

Children may be taught in "split shifts" at primary schools because of a critical shortage of places sparked by immigration and a rocketing birth rate.

In a growing crisis across the country one authority is considering "time phased working for some schools", which would see one group of pupils going to school in the morning and another in the afternoon.

Official are also speaking to private landlords to convert a former MFI building and shops into make-shift classrooms.

Emergency plans to provide thousands of extra primary places from next summer in Bristol, Bradford, Gloucester, Dorset, Reading, Salford, Hertfordshire, Stoke, Devon and a series of London boroughs are being drawn up.

As rising birth rates and immigration puts pressure on the school system, 540,000 additional places nationally will be required by 2018.

The official figures are based on a projected increase in primary pupils of 14 per cent from 3.96 million to 4.5 million.
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The middle-class terrorists: More than 60pc of suspects are well educated and from comfortable backgrounds, says secret M15 file
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 16 October 2011

Two-thirds of British terror suspects are from middle-class backgrounds and those who become suicide bombers are often highly educated, a classified MI5 document reveals.

The paper, marked 'Secret: UK Eyes Only', also debunks the myths that terrorists and suicide bombers are 'loners' and 'psychopaths'.

Instead, the security service says that 90 per cent of them can be categorised as 'sociable' and have a high number of friends.

The 200-page document, titled Radicalisation Of Muslims In The United Kingdom – A Developed Understanding, was found by a Mail on Sunday reporter in the abandoned residence of the British ambassador in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The research paper, which was intended to be read by only MI5 agents and officers, was produced after studying 90 terror suspects investigated by the security service.

While some of the information in the document comes from the interrogation of suspects, other data came from surveillance by spies and informants.

The report gives a rare glimpse into how security service agents view Islamic extremists, and what MI5 believes are the main causes of Muslims becoming radicalised.

While the report says that Western foreign policy and the perception that 'Islam is under siege' plays a role, they are not the main cause.

Instead, the four causes of radicalisation are:

• 'Trauma', such as the death of a loved one: Ten per cent of terror suspects became radicalised after a life trauma, says the report.

• 'Migration': A third of all extremists 'migrated to Britain alone'.

• 'Criminal activity': Two-thirds of the sample had criminal records.

• 'Prison': Muslim prisoners who are not religious are often radicalised in prison. The report identified 60 known Islamist extremists operating in British jails.

The study says that the 'mean age' at which a Muslim becomes radicalised is 21.6 years, while anyone between the ages of 16 and 32 is regarded as vulnerable.

The report added: 'Where data is available, two-thirds came from middle or upper-middle-class backgrounds, showing there is no simplistic relationship between poverty and involvement in Islamist extremism.'

The study also found that half of the suspects it surveyed were married and some had children. ...

Professor Anthony Glees, a terrorism expert at Buckingham University, said: 'I am glad MI5 are privately accepting that terror suspects were sociable creatures because for a long time they gave the impression that terrorists and suicide bombers are lone wolves.

'It is also encouraging that they believe most terror suspects come from middle-class backgrounds. Traditionally, there was a belief among the spooks and police that terrorists were caused by poverty.'
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Lost in administration: Scandal over criminal immigrants hidden among 37,000 files of foreigners appealing to stay in Britain
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 15 October 2011

Last year, 37,300 cases were launched by immigrants appealing to stay in Britain after the Home Office ruled they were not entitled to remain here.

Of course, this figure accounts only for those tracked down by officials – leaving tens of thousands who have avoided detection free to stay.

A significant number of those foreigners fighting to remain in Britain are small-time criminals, terrorists or fraudsters, although the vast majority originally simply slipped into Britain illegally or deliberately overstayed their visas.

Now, for the first time, the sheer scale of this scandal can be revealed because documents have been released on the Ministry of Justice website, giving details of scores of appeal cases.

A typical example is Rhomaine Miyando Mohan, who has appealed five times in 11 years against attempts to kick him out in what Senior Immigration Judge Waumsley described as a 'contemptuous disregard for British immigration law'.

The Jamaican has fathered three daughters by two British women despite being deported in 2006 for overstaying his one-month visitor's visa by six years. After slipping back into the UK on a bogus passport, he was jailed twice for a series of crimes, including driving offences and cocaine possession.

This summer saw the latest attempt by the Home Office to boot him out. His appeal against removal from the UK was turned down.

So where is Mohan now? He remains in Britain as officials struggle with the chaotic immigration system to deport him. ...

But few cases are more shocking than that involving Rohan Cecil William Winfield, 38, a chef from Barbados, who came to Britain 13 years ago as a visitor.

He overstayed his visa and went on to marry a British woman with whom he had three children. He then had an affair with a Spanish girl in London who bore him a baby daughter.

However, he then raped the Spaniard and was jailed for three years for the attack and ordered to be deported after his release from prison.

But, in July, a judge ruled that Winfield should be allowed to remain in Britain because his removal would 'violate his human rights and those of his family' – under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.

It is just another example of a foreigner who, like so many others, is exploiting our grotesque human rights laws and has turned our immigration system into a shambles.
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Foreign language driving tests to be banned
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 15 October 2011

Ministers are to bar people from taking the driving test in a foreign language after uncovering figures showing about 90,000 tests are taken in other languages every year.

There are growing fears that tens of thousands of people may have been granted British driving licences despite not being able to read road signs in English.

The rules currently allow the theory test to be sat in 19 foreign languages. People are also permitted to attend the practical test with a translator.

In total, 93,407 car driving theory tests were sat in a foreign language last year. There were 18,927 Urdu tests last year, 12,905 in Polish and 298 in Albanian.

Last night, Mike Penning, a transport minister, said that the Government was studying how to change the rules to ban the "politically correct" foreign language tests.

"I find it incredible that Labour thought it was a good idea to let people without a basic grasp of English loose on our roads," he said. "Road safety should be our priority, not political correctness.

"Instead of spending taxpayers' money on costly translation services and interpreters we want to explore whether that money would be better spent on actually helping people to learn enough English to be able to drive safely."

Figures released by the Department for Transport also disclosed that foreigners were regularly arriving for practical driving tests with translators. For example, last year, 230 Russians took the test with a translator, 452 Romanians and 21 Bulgarians.

More than 1,500 people also took the theory tests to be qualified to drive a bus in a foreign language.

The taxpayer meets the cost of translating the various driving theory tests into foreign languages – although people must meet the cost of paying for their own translator during the practical test. In total, about seven percent of all theory tests are not conducted in English. ...

The exact details of how the English-only test regime will be introduced is still being worked out to avoid it falling foul of European and anti-discrimination laws but ministers are determined to change the system.
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African children trafficked to UK for blood rituals
Chris Rogers
BBC, 12 October 2011

Over the last four years, at least 400 African children have been abducted and trafficked to the UK and rescued by the British authorities, according to figures obtained by the BBC. It is unclear how they are smuggled into the country but a sinister picture is emerging of why.

Whether it is through leaflets handed out in High Streets or small ads in local newspapers, witch-doctors and traditional African spiritual healers are becoming ever more prominent in Britain.

The work many of them do is harmless enough, but there is evidence that some are involved in the abuse of children who have been abducted from their families in Africa, and trafficked to the UK.

According to Christine Beddoe, director of the anti-trafficking charity Ecpat UK, a cultural belief in the power of human blood in so-called juju rituals is playing a part in the demand for African children.

"Our experience tells us that traffickers can be anybody. They can be people with power, people with money or people involved in witchcraft," she explains.

"Trafficking can involve witch-doctors and other types of professionals in the community who are using those practices."

Figures compiled by Ecpat, combined with those of the Metropolitan Police and Ceop, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, show that at least 400 African children have been abducted and trafficked to the UK and rescued by the British authorities.

Testimonies from many of these children have revealed that once they arrive in Britain, they are exposed to violent and degrading treatments, often involving the forced extraction of their blood to be used for clients demanding blood rituals. ...

According to a US State Department report, Uganda has become one of the main source countries for children to be bought and smuggled to Britain. Some 9,000 children have gone missing in the country over the past four years.

The ease with which a child could be procured was apparent when, posing as a British trafficker, I went looking for help in the cafes and bars in the underworld of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

For $250 (£160) a reformed criminal introduced us to Yunus Kabul, who boasted he had been abducting children for witch-doctors in Africa and abroad, for years.

During our conversation he offered as many children as we required. ...

Back in the UK, despite the testimony of so many victims, the cultural belief in the power of juju is a huge challenge for the authorities.

One senior police detective says part of the problem is the silence that surrounds the matter.

"While juju is widely believed, it is rarely spoken about publicly. People think even talking about juju might lead to something bad happening to them," says Det Ch Supt Richard Martin, head of the Metropolitan Police's Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command.

"This presents officers with enormous difficulties when it comes to investigating these crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice."
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Farce of Pakistani 'student' who has been allowed to stay in Britain despite buying a certificate saying he could speak English
Neil Sears
Daily Mail, 11 October 2011

A bogus student who lied that he could speak English and admitted buying a fake language proficiency certificate can stay in Britain, immigration judges have ruled.

Even though Abbas Khaliq was 'untruthful' and 'not a credible witness', and had failed to mention that his brother was an illegal immigrant here, the reluctant judges said he had broken no rules.

So despite being caught red-handed on arrival from Pakistan at Gatwick airport, he is welcome to stay here.

It emerged during the case that since a British college had given Khaliq the go-ahead to study here, and there was no physical evidence he had lied while obtaining his student visa in Pakistan, the immigration officer who caught him out at Gatwick had no powers to ban him from entry.

Embarrassingly, while the immigration judges said they had 'no enthusiasm' for allowing the bogus student to stay, they claimed they had no choice – because of the rules set by the very body established to keep illegal immigrants out, the UK Border agency.

The judges said in their ruling: 'The UK Border Agency's decision to allow colleges to assess whether students should be admitted, and to remove from immigration Officers the power to reach any view independent of the colleges - most of which have a clear financial motive to admit as many students as possible - forces us to the conclusion we have reached.'

Khaliq had flown into Britain last year to start a Higher National Diploma course in Business Management at the Leeds Professional College – the organisation which had who had sponsored his successful visa application.

But immigration officials at Gatwick soon discovered he spoke no English, despite finding a forged certificate in his bag from the Anglophile English Learning Centre in Karachi giving him an A grade.

Brazen Khaliq admitted buying the certificate - and that he knew nothing about the course he was due to take in England, and had paid someone else to choose it for him. ...

Despite being caught red-handed, Khaliq appealed against the immigration officer's ban, and had the right to stay in the country whilst his appeal was being heard.

An immigration tribunal agreed with the alert immigration officer, and upheld the ban in January 2010.

But Khaliq was entitled to another appeal, to the upper immigration tribunal – and in July and finally finished the appeal process 18 months on, by winning the right to stay in spite of his lies. ...

The UK Border Agency's own rules meant Khaliq had to be admitted the judges went on, adding that this 'demonstrates that the Immigration Rules, as in force at the relevant time, provide little security against the admission of what may be described as bogus students.

'Changes have since been made, but they do not affect this appeal.'
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David Cameron rewrites immigration speech after resistance from industry
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 10 October 2011

Controversial plans to require all firms to publish a list of immigrants working for them will not now feature in David Cameron's speech on immigration today.

The speech will instead set out how the government plans to reduce entry to the UK from immigrants outside the EU, specifically by closing down family access. This will mean extending the probationary period for spouses looking to settle in Britain from two years to five.

Cameron will pledge to raise the minimum salary – currently £20,000 a year – that non-EU migrants must earn if they are to be allowed into Britain. He will also announce he is tackling forced marriages by criminalising the breach of forced marriage prevention orders.

Cameron has pledged to cut immigration to "tens of thousands", but there is widespread scepticism that he will be able to achieve this target.

Requiring firms to publish the number of immigrants on their payroll, an idea floated at the weekend, was designed to shame companies into taking on more indigenous labour. Industry opposed the proposal as a regulatory burden. ...

Family migration accounted for almost a fifth of total non-EU immigration to the UK last year, he will point out. Nearly 50,000 visas were granted to family members of British citizens and those with permanent residence in the UK.

He will say that of 500 family migration cases checked, more than 70% of UK-based sponsors had post-tax earnings of less than £20,000 a year. He will add: "When the income level of the sponsor is this low, there is an obvious risk that the migrants and their family will become a significant burden on the welfare system and the taxpayer."

The prime minister said he will also look at whether "a financial bond would be appropriate in some cases".

He will argue that sham marriages are rife since, "time and again, visa officers receive applications from spouses or partners sponsoring another spouse or partner soon after being granted settlement in the UK".

He will say: "There was a Pakistani national who applied for a spouse visa on the basis of his marriage to someone settled in the UK. He obtained indefinite leave to remain, and then immediately divorced his UK-based spouse. He returned to Pakistan and re-married and then applied for entry clearance for his new spouse.

"We simply can not sit back and allow the system to be abused in this way. So we will make migrants wait longer, to show they really are in a genuine relationship before they can get settlement."
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Immigration has to fall
Daily Express, 10 October 2011

Barely a month goes by without the coalition unveiling a new package of measures that will supposedly reduce immigration.

The trouble is that none has so far been remotely equal to the size of the challenge and immigration has actually gone up.

It is nonetheless progress of a sort to have a government committed to bringing net inward migration down to tens of thousands a year rather than hundreds of thousands.

The latest tranche of measures should therefore be regarded as making a potentially useful contribution to that strategic aim rather than solving the problem in one stroke.

Forcing companies to say how many foreign workers they employ will at least be a thought provoking process.

More important is a proposed new drive against sham marriages, which have become a major way in which immigrants who are unlikely to benefit Britain come into our country.

But the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. If the immigration figures haven't started tumbling by next year a public outcry will ensue.
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PM urges public to 'shop' illegal immigrants
The Independent, 10 October 2011

David Cameron today appealed for the public to "shop" illegal immigrants as he pledged to reclaim Britain's borders.

The Prime Minister said he wanted the whole country to help the Government tackle the issue by reporting suspicious individuals.

He also insisted the citizenship test for legal incomers would be rewritten to include questions on British history and signalled a fresh crackdown on forced and bogus marriages.

The moves were revealed as Mr Cameron delivered a keynote speech setting out plans to control immigration.

In future, individuals applying to come to the UK for family reasons will have to show that they can speak English and have the financial means to support themselves as well as genuine family links in Britain.

Family migration made up almost a fifth of non-European Union (EU) immigration last year, with 50,000 visas issued, he told an audience at the Institute for Government in central London. ...

"But I want everyone in the country to help, including by reporting suspected illegal immigrants to our Border Agency through the Crimestoppers phone line or through the Border Agency website.

"Together we will reclaim our borders and send illegal immigrants home."

He said he would rewrite the exam for migrants wishing to take on UK citizenship to ensure that British history and culture - rather than EU institutions and the workings of the benefit system - are at the heart of the tests. ...

But he said he was determined to give "the red-carpet treatment" to entrepreneurs, investors and scientists from overseas who want to come to Britain to create businesses and jobs.

He said he recognised there was "discomfort and tension" in some communities over the arrival of large numbers of migrants and insisted that the Government was not "powerless" to deal with it.

He promised to deliver "fairness for people already living here, working here, contributing here, who worry about finding work, getting a good school for their children and affording a good house".

"For too long, they have been overlooked in this debate. And it's time to do right by them," Mr Cameron said.
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Vulnerable patients are put at risk in hospitals when doctors and nurses can't speak English
Max Pemberton
Daily Telegraph, 10 October 2011

While this move is an improvement, it's not entirely satisfactory: we still cannot assess a doctor's language skills before they are placed on the GMC register and allowed to begin work. There is still no national standard for language proficiency, as there is with doctors coming from outside the EU, who are required to sit the PLAB test (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board). I doubt there is a single person in the country who feels it is acceptable that we are prevented from assessing the communication skills of those to whom we entrust our lives.

The situation is even more ridiculous regarding nurses, with those trained in the UK and outside the EU being required, by law, to submit evidence to the Nursing and Midwifery Council that they have done a minimum amount of hours to ensure they are competent. However, EU law means that nurses from Europe are not required to do this.

But perhaps most worrying is the situation with healthcare assistants (HCAs). This group is often overlooked. They are not a vocal group and do not have a professional body lobbying on their behalf. But this is why it is so concerning. At present, healthcare assistants have no governing or regulatory body. There is no minimum standard and no required training. There is also no way of ensuring that they have any command of English. This is entirely down to individual hospitals, many of whom are under immense pressure to fill vacancies and indeed many hospitals are now reducing the numbers of nurses and replacing them with cheaper healthcare assistants.

In a hospital where I once worked, they had recruited HCAs from outside the EU. The interview was conducted in the local dialect by a local recruiter, so that one of the HCAs who was employed arrived not being able to speak a word of English. I had to teach her how to say good morning to the patients. How on earth could she be expected to take blood pressure, record the results and then relay them to me if there was a problem?

The real worry is that assistants are increasingly being given more important clinical jobs. As the volume of paperwork that nurses are required to complete has proliferated, so the day-to-day caring for patients has increasingly fallen to healthcare assistants. I have found some of them to be excellent; compassionate, thoughtful and knowledgeable. But others have been atrocious, barely able to communicate and resorting to hand gestures and grunts, with next to no medical knowledge or understanding of the tasks they are expected to carry out.

I am horrified to think that the basic welfare of vulnerable patients in hospitals and care homes is entrusted to people subject to no regulatory system, with no way of ensuring they can speak even basic English. Until this is addressed, the public remain unprotected.
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French Suburbs Becoming 'Separate Islamic Societies'
Soeren Kern
Hudson New York, 10 October 2011

France's decrepit city suburbs are becoming 'separate Islamic societies' cut off from the state, according to a major new study that examines the spread of Islam in France.

Muslim immigrants are increasingly rejecting French values and identity and instead are immersing themselves in Islam, according to the report, which also warns that Islamic Sharia law is rapidly displacing French civil law in many parts of suburban Paris.

The 2,200-page report, "Banlieue de la République" (Suburbs of the Republic), is the result of a one-year research effort into the four "i's" that comprise the heart of the debate over French national identity: Islam, immigration, identity and insecurity.

The report was commissioned by the influential French think tank L'Institut Montaigne, and directed by Gilles Kepel, a well-known political scientist and specialist in the Muslim world, together with five other French researchers.

The authors of the report show that France, which has between five and six million Muslims (France has the largest Muslim population in European Union), is on the brink of a major social explosion because of the failure of Muslims to integrate into French society.

The report also shows how the problem is being exacerbated by radical Muslim leaders who are promoting the social marginalization of Muslim immigrants in order to create a parallel Muslim society in France that is ruled by Sharia law.

The research was primarily carried out in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, two suburbs in north-eastern Paris that were ground zero for Muslim riots in 2005. Clichy and Montfermeil form part of the district of Seine-Saint-Denis, which has one of the highest concentrations of Muslims in France.

Seine-Saint-Denis, which the report describes as a "wasteland of de-industrialization," is home to more than 600,000 Muslims (primarily from North and West Africa) out of a total population of 1.4 million.

"In some areas, a third of the population of the town does not hold French nationality, and many residents are drawn to an Islamic identity," the report says.

The study says that Muslim religious institutions and practices are increasingly displacing those of the state and the French Republic, which has a strong secular tradition. ...

The researchers also looked into the reasons behind the 2005 riots, which they said had called into question modern France's founding myth, namely "the implicit shared belief that the nation was always able to integrate people."

Islamic values are replacing those of a French Republic which has failed to deliver on its promise of "equality," the report says, and the residents of the suburbs increasingly do not see themselves as French.

But the report adds that the French state is not primarily to blame for this and that many Muslim immigrants simply do not want to integrate into French society.
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New crackdown on immigration
Patrick Hennessy and David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 9 October 2011

Companies could be forced to say how many foreign workers they employ as part of a Government clampdown on immigration.

... Proposals will be set out within weeks, while David Cameron may outline some of the details in a speech this week.
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The 200 suicide bombers at large in UK
Sean Rayment
Sunday Telegraph, 9 October 2011

At least 200 potential terrorists are planning suicide attacks while living freely in Britain, intelligence chiefs have warned ministers.

A senior intelligence source has disclosed that the figure is a "conservative" estimate of the threat from Islamist suicide bombers within Britain.

The would-be killers are among 2,000 extremists who the security services have said are based in the country and planning terrorist activity.
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Muslim schools teach children 'alien rubbish', says Richard Dawkins
Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2011

Muslim schools have a "pernicious" influence on children, whose minds are "stuffed with alien rubbish" such as claims that the world is only 6,000 years old, according to Richard Dawkins. ...

He said that while he opposed faith schools in general, Muslim ones worried him most. ...

"It's just utterly deplorable, These are now British children who are having their minds stuffed with alien rubbish."
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'Mixed race' is our biggest ethnic minority
Nick Collins
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2011
[The website article is entitled "Britain more diverse than previously thought"]

Britain has more than twice as many people of mixed-race heritage as previously thought, a survey has found.

More than two million have parents from different ethnic backgrounds, according to a new analysis of official data.

A person's ethnicity is defined in the national census by what they choose from a list of options, such as "black Caribbean" or "white British".

But as well as asking people how they define their race, some studies also require people to list the nationality of each of their parents.

A study carried out for the BBC's Newsnight programme found that while just 0.88 per cent of British adults class themselves as "mixed" race, more than twice that number say their parents are from different ethnic groups.

Using data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study, which questioned 100,000 people in 40,000 households, researchers found that 1.99 per cent of adults have a "mixed parentage".

There is a greater difference among children aged 16 and under, with 2.9 per cent describing themselves as mixed race but 8.9 per cent living with parents of different ethnicity.

In addition, 8 per cent of children in a single-parent household are of a different ethnicity to the mother or father they live with, the study found.

Added together, this means there could be about two million Britons whose parents are from different races, equating to about 3 per cent of the population.

Using this definition of ethnicity would mean there were more people of mixed race than of any single defined "ethnic minority" in Britain. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics state that in England there are 956,700 "mixed persons" in England – 1.8 per cent of the population – compared with more than three million people grouped as "Asian or Asian Brit[ish]" and 1.5 million "Black or black British".

The census estimates that by 2020 the number of mixed-race people in Britain will have doubled from 2001 levels.

Researchers have attempted to determine whether relationships between people of different ethnicities have any positive or negative impacts, the BBC reported. For example, they found that 38 per cent of mixed-race children in Britain live in single-parent families, compared with 23 per cent of all children.

But this does not mean that couples of different races have weaker relationships and the difference is more likely down to the varied attitudes towards family life across the globe, the study said.

For example, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, 65 per cent of black Caribbean children live with a single parent, compared with 10 to 15 per cent of south Asian children.

Primary school exam results suggest there is no academic disadvantage of having a dual heritage, according to the programme, which was screened last night.

Some 79 per cent of mixed white and Asian 10 year-olds reach the standard expected at Key Stage Two, compared with the same proportion of Indian children, 77 per cent of white pupils and 67 per cent of Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils.

Among mixed black and white children the proportion who pass the exams is 73 per cent.

For black children the figure is between 63 and 65 per cent.
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UK failing to share burden of migration crisis, says southern Europe
Harriet Grant and John Domokos
The Guardian, 7 October 2011

Italy and Greece have accused Britain and its northern European neighbours of not sharing the responsibility for a crisis in migration that has left them struggling to cope.

During a year in which the Arab spring has accelerated migration to Europe and the economic crisis has made it harder to deal with people who arrive, Italy and Greece are seeking a suspension of the EU's so-called Dublin system – under which Britain deports hundreds of immigrants to southern Europe – because they claim it unfairly compounds their burden.

A special Guardian investigation has discovered that some of those deported from Britain have ended up destitute on the streets of Rome.

Under the Dublin rules, now facing a series of legal challenges, EU countries have the right to deport migrants back to the country in Europe in which they first arrived and were fingerprinted.

David Cameron, whose government has promised to cut UK immigration to "tens of thousands", has backed the Dublin system. Other northern European states are reluctant to change it.

But the Italian immigration minister, Sonia Viale, told the Guardian that Europe had failed to give her country enough support. "Italy has been left alone now, for more than eight months, to cope with the exceptionally large flow of migrants from North Africa to Europe. I think it is a duty of all EU member states to support the countries under a strong migration pressure. Immigration is a European issue and requires a European response." ...

Since the beginning of this year more than 60,000 migrants have landed on the Italian coastline. The Italian ministry of the interior says at least half are asylum seekers. Last week the port of Lampedusa was declared an unsafe port by Italian authorities. ...

The UK is one of the staunchest defenders of the Dublin system, which was signed in 1990 but became law in 1997. ...

The Home Office points out that the UK, France and Germany all received more asylum seekers last year than Italy.

The UK sent back just under a thousand asylum seekers under the system last year, but that power is currently being challenged in British and European courts. ...

The EU commissioner for home affairs, Cecelia Malmstrom, is trying to push through reforms to Dublin, including the emergency suspension mechanism that Italy and Greece are asking for. But at a recent meeting of home affairs ministers from across the EU, the plan was met with strong resistance from a majority of member states.
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Sixty per cent of knife muggers in the capital are young black men
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard [London], 7 October 2011

More than half of suspects charged in London over robbery and knife-point muggings last year were black, official figures revealed today.

The Met statistics show that 7,956 people were taken to court for robbery during the 12 months to the end of March of whom 55 per cent were black. Just under a third of suspects were white, while 11 per cent were Asian.

Three out of five of the 1,613 suspects charged with knife-point muggings were also black, compared with 27 per cent white and 10 per cent Asian.
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Never mind the cat: Theresa May is right
John Rentoul
Independent blogs, 6 October 2011

Back to Theresa May's speech to the Conservative conference that caused such a kerfuffle:

We all know the stories about the Human Rights Act. The violent drug dealer who cannot be sent home because his daughter – for whom he pays no maintenance – lives here. The robber who cannot be removed because he has a girlfriend. The illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because – and I am not making this up – he had a pet cat.


My esteemed former boss, David Aaronovitch ..., seems to think that, because the cat story is marginal, the whole edifice of tabloid prejudice collapses. And he is right that the Home Secretary did her case no favours by playing to the anti-immigrant gallery and failing to win. But I think her case is a strong one. She went on:

This is why I remain of the view that the Human Rights Act needs to go. The Government's Commission is looking at a British Bill of Rights. And I can today announce that we will change the immigration rules to ensure that the misinterpretation of Article Eight of the ECHR – the right to a family life – no longer prevents the deportation of people who shouldn't be here.

I expect not many people have actually read Article Eight ..., so let me tell you what it says: "Article 8.1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." ...

... "Article 8.2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others."

The right to a family life is not an absolute right, and it must not be used to drive a coach and horses through our immigration system.

The meaning of Article Eight should no longer be perverted. So I will write it into our immigration rules that when foreign nationals are convicted of a criminal offence or breach our immigration laws: when they should be removed, they will be removed.

I agree with her, although I wish she would make her case better. The original intention of the drafters of Article Eight was that the citizen should be protected from arbitrary action by the state. This meant that the secret police could not go through your personal stuff or take your children away. The drafters did not mean, at any stretch of the imagination, that someone with no right to live in this country would gain that right by virtue of having a boyfriend or girlfriend. Or a child.

That interpretation, in wilful defiance of the plain meaning of 8.2, is justified by the doctrine of the "living instrument" – that is, that the prehistoric fogeys who drafted the Convention may not have meant such things, but today's courts may declare that their words mean whatever the courts say they mean.

On this, May is right. I hope she succeeds in changing the law so that it conforms with what the drafters of the Convention intended. But it will not be easy.
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A Blow to Europe's Far-Right: Denmark Reshapes Its Immigration Policies
William Lee Adams
Time, 6 October 2011

When the Liberal-Conservative coalition led by Lars Lokke Rasmussen came to power in Denmark in 2001, it relied on support from the right-wing and staunchly anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DPP). As a result of that union, Denmark passed some of the strictest immigration and asylum laws in Europe. Among other things, its policies restricted benefits to immigrants, limited their ability to work and required Danes marrying a foreigner to post an $11,600 bond. The number of asylum seekers and relatives of immigrants applying for entry into the country dropped by nearly 70% over nine years, and the DPP moved closer to its goal: a complete end to immigration from non-Western countries.

But Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark's new prime minister, has plans to change all that. Thorning-Schmidt, who led a left-leaning, three-party alliance to victory on Sep. 15 and formed her government on Oct. 3, has already announced bold policy moves that will dramatically alter the tone of Denmark's debate on immigration.

The government's common policy outlines a number of concrete changes. They include automatic citizenship for children born and raised in Denmark, regardless of their parents' citizenship; equal welfare rights for immigrants and Danes; vast reductions in application fees and cash securities; expanded work benefits for asylum seekers; and the possibility of dual citizenship, which will ease the naturalization process. The coalition also plans to ease family reunification rules, which have seen 800 children denied residency permits since 2005, frequently leading to the separation of children and their parents. ...

Thorning-Schmidt has also binned the previous government's plans to erect permanent customs control points along the Danish border. The previous government had, at the behest of the DPP, insisted on the checkpoints to curb crime and reduce illegal immigration. ...

Denmark's coalition will abolish the Immigration Ministry – a strong signal that the far-right's grip on immigration really is over. ... Just as symbolic, perhaps, is the appointment of Indian-born Manu Sareen as the head of the Equality Ministry, making him the country's fist minister of immigrant origin.

Symbolism, of course, will do little to dampen resentment from the moderate and right-wing politicians who oppose the government's more open approach. Speaking to Denmark's Berlingske newspaper, Síren Pind, the outgoing immigration minister, suggested that the new policies will unleash a flood of problems. "This is open borders and an open till," he said. "We will see an increase in people on public assistance who do not come from Denmark. And abolishing the point system will just bring the Anatolian Plateau that much closer. This is certainly not what they promised during the election."
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Children are being taught in ghettos as cities split over race, warns headmaster
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2011

Children are being taught in "ghettos" as inner-city schools are increasingly divided along racial lines, a leading headmaster warned yesterday.

David Levin said parts of London were starting to resemble apartheid-era South Africa, with black and white pupils separated at a young age. He insisted that Britain was becoming a "silo society" as many young people never leave their own housing estate or mix with children from different racial and religious backgrounds. The comments come amid continuing alarm over segregation in inner-city communities.
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University of Wales degree and visa scam exposed by BBC
Ciaran Jenkins
BBC, 5 October 2011

A scam exposed by BBC Wales in which overseas students are helped to cheat their way to University of Wales-validated degrees and visas is being investigated by the UK Border Agency.

Students are sold diplomas exempting them from work for MBAs, which then entitles them to apply for a UK visa.

Three staff at Rayat London College have been suspended.

The university is to stop validating other institutions' degrees. It would not comment on the scam allegations.

UK Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "It's fraud - it's clearly trying to create and exploit a loophole in the immigration system. ..."

Special two-year work permits for all overseas graduates in the UK are being phased out in April and foreign students are being tempted by offers to fraudulently obtain degrees before the deadline.

Undercover footage suggests students at the Rayat London College are being offered the chance to enrol on express MBA courses using fraudulent diplomas to ensure exemptions from much of the work.

BBC Wales' Week In Week Out programme has obtained evidence of plans to offer students advanced sight of an official University of Wales exam paper.

Covert filming shows one lecturer, Surya Medicherla, giving students tips on how to cheat in exams and how to deceive the UK Border Agency (UKBA). ...

A spokesperson for Rayat London College said the lecturer, registrar and admissions officer had all been suspended. ...

The episode is likely to cause further embarrassment for the University of Wales, after an earlier BBC investigation revealed a college offering its courses in Malaysia was run by a pop star with two bogus degrees. ...

The university, whose chancellor is Prince Charles, was the second-largest degree awarding body in the UK with 70,000 students at 130 partner colleges around the world.

Following a highly critical report by the higher education watchdog, the QAA, the University of Wales said each of its partnerships would be reviewed.

However, it last inspected Rayat London College in July, shortly before the BBC investigation began, and validated its courses for a further five years. ...

Prof Sir Deian Hopkin, former vice-chancellor of London South Bank University, said the developments were worrying.

"If someone comes along and says a British degree can be bought and sold ... that's not good news."
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Racial violence in Philadelphia: The hate that dare not speak its name
Colin Flaherty, 5 October 2011

Another week in Philadelphia, another violent episode where people dare not speak its name: Race Riot. ...

This is just one of dozens of race riots in the Philadelphia over the last two years.

Though press and public officials do everything they can to ignore the racial component, even giving them a harmless name, like flash mob.

Thank God for YouTube: For every official denial about what really happened during this epidemic of racial violence, someone posted a video, called a talk show, or posted a comment on a news story that allowed us to see what many hoped we never would: Racial violence is busting out not just in Philadelphia, but all over the country.

A few week ago, Mayor Nutter was forced to admit what most in Philadelphia already knew: The violence was racial. And the rioters were damaging their "own race."

This is at least better than 2009, when Asian students at South Philadelphia High complained of years of violence and abuse at the hands of black students, school officials gave them a pamphlet instructing them how to avoid antagonizing black students.

The Department of Justice had to intervene there after a deafening silence from the Mayor's office.

Philadelphia may be Ground Zero for race riots – apologists love calling them teenage flash mobs – but it is far from alone.

In hundreds of episodes in more than 50 cities since 2010, groups of black people are roaming the streets of America – assaulting, intimidating, stalking, threatening, vandalizing, stealing, shooting, stabbing, even raping and killing.

Miami, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and dozens more. Even Iowa and Wisconsin. The list of cities under attack is long and getting longer – with some cities suffering dozens of attacks in the last year alone.

But local media and public officials are silent. Crime is color blind, says a Milwaukee police chief. Anyone who notices it has problems, says a Chicago newspaper editor.

That just denies the obvious: America is the most race conscious society in the world.

We learn that every day from black caucuses, black teachers, black unions, black ministers, black colleges, black high schools, black music, black moguls, black hair business owners, black public employees, black art, black names, black poets, black inventors, black soldiers.

Everything except black violent crime. That is taboo. ...

Congressman Bobby Rush said black violence was routine and the only reason anyone was paying attention was because it was black on white violence. This is a theme heard in Rochester, Washington, D.C., and dozens of other places: "What's the big deal? This has been happening a long time in black neighborhoods."

Congressman Rush is probably right. Which means this problem is hundreds of times worse than we think.

And hundreds of times harder to solve until we dare to call it by its rightful name.
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The end of the great British passport giveaway?
James Slack
Daily Mail, 4 October 2011

Labour took an astonishingly relaxed attitude to the issuing of citizenship to foreign nationals.

During the party's last full year in power, 203,790 immigrants were given passports – or one every three minutes.

It was the highest level since records began in 1962 and meant that more than 1.5 million foreign nationals became British citizens under Labour.

The system was engineered in such a way that, provided somebody worked or lived here for four or five years, they would allowed to settle here permanently.

No thought was given to whether Britain required their skills permanently, or how much they had contributed to society. Rather, if a person stayed here long enough, that was good enough.

Very belatedly, Labour realised that adding ever more people to the UK population – on a permanent basis – was becoming unsustainable.

So it came up with a new set of rules called 'earned citizenship'. In theory, it looked good. Ministers said that a migrant would only be able to obtain a passport, after living legally in the UK for six years, provided they completed 50 hours of community service.

If they did not, they had to wait for eight years.

However, as with pretty much everything Labour touched on immigration, it quickly descended into farce.

Instead of meaningful voluntary work – Labour had suggested running a scout group - ministers decided foreign [nationals] could be entitled to passports simply for standing on picket lines or political canvassing.

Critics pointed to the historic relationship between Labour and the unions. Migrants cannot vote until they become citizens - so, by using union membership to speed their applications, Labour was potentially swelling its own support.

Labour lost the election and the idea was ditched before it was even introduced. Now it's the Tories turn to have a go.

Under the latest plans, the Home Office will abolish a rule that gives foreign workers the right to live permanently in Britain after working here for five years. Officials will also restrict the right of their family members to join them.

The government will also look at restricting the right of immigrants' spouses to a British passport if they stay here long enough.

Foreigners will still be able to gain a visa to work in Britain but will no longer be able to stay simply by virtue of remaining legally for five years.

The policy will be based on introducing a new 'hurdle' for those who want to remain permanently.

A new test would be applied before a permanent right to remain is granted - based on immigrants' ability to support themselves and their families, qualifications and whether they are working in professions where there are shortages of trained Britons able to fulfil the role.

Those on high incomes, businessmen and millionaire investors would be exempt because the government believes they create jobs. EU nationals who have a right to live in the UK would not be affected.
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Political correctness continues to stifle debate on multiculturalism
Abhijit Pandya
Daily Mail, 4 October 2011

What had come out in the by-election was my statement that Islam was 'morally flawed and degenerate in its treatment of women'.

This was supported by the following statement of facts: that Sharia courts now operate in the UK where a woman's evidence is worth significantly less than a man's and where women are not afforded the right to speak in divorce proceedings.

It was also highlighted that the Equality and Human Rights Commission had pointed out that a disproportionate number of Muslim women were unemployed (75%) and it was not right that they were missing out on employment opportunities due to the likely rigidly subservient role women play in Islamic, and also other ethnic minority cultures.

This was not in keeping with the strong movement towards female equality in this country going back to Wollstonecraft, and more recently, Emmeline Pankhurst. The latter fought hard to get women the right to vote.

Sharia courts were desired by immigrants in the UK, due to mass immigration without assimilation. Some immigrants had no need or desire to assimilate, and instead wanted what should be unacceptable, their own laws and culture to govern them.

However it was accepted, and even promoted, by the Labour party as a part of the grand multicultural project for a diverse (i.e. divided) Britain.

Last year a British freedom of speech society that I chaired (then called the 'Birkenhead Society'; now called 'Discourse UK') overturned the Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's Ban on the Dutch MP Geert Wilders speaking in Parliament on the subject of multiculturalism and Islam.

I was shocked that the Labour Government was willing to ban speech in Parliament (reasoned debate being a clear expression, and an embodiment, of the best of British culture) in order to preserve multiculturalism and alien cultures through political correctness. ...

Fortunately the judges were not as daftly and lightly dismissive of freedom of speech as the Labour government had been and the ban from discourse in Parliament was removed.

However what Geert Wilders's ban by Labour's [Jacqui] Smith demonstrates is that multiculturalism has been used, and still is, by governments to censor discussion of important social issues within immigrant groups.

These issues include the treatment of women, teaching antisemitism, and physically assaulting homosexuals.

Of greater concern now regarding censure is the recently created 'All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Islamophobia'.

This is exactly what it sounds like. A Soviet style panel of censorship, promoting political correctness built on the sensitivities of a few immigrant minorities.

The word 'Islamophobia' is not just broad and ambiguous; the phrase 'phobia' is clearly suggestive of censuring thought in the Orwellian sense.

All in all the Committee is a classic, worrying, multicultural gift that seeks to curtail existing and traditional liberties to accommodate alien cultures sensitivities through political correctness.

Furthermore, it aids some alien cultures in using their subjective sensitivities to create a more illiberal land through censorship and curtailment of freedom of speech.
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Racist incidents are under-reported
Noel Baker
Irish Examiner, 4 October 2011

The number of racist incidents reported to gardaí do not reflect reality, according to a report.

The report from the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) states there are high levels of racism in Irish society, but this is generally under-reported for a number of reasons.

Compiled by Catherine Cosgrave, the report looks at migrants' experiences of violence, harassment and antisocial behaviour in the Dublin area.

It outlines the personal testimony of some of those who claim they have suffered racist abuse on an almost daily basis.

However, the report suggests some migrants do not bring complaints to gardaí, sometimes because they are afraid it could affect their residency status. ...

An Immigrant Council spokesperson said: "The ICI believes that official figures documenting incidents of racism do not reflect reality. All racially motivated incidents that come to the attention of gardaí are recorded on the Pulse system. However, the ICI believes the actual number of racist incidents in Ireland each year is far higher than the numbers shown in Pulse data."
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Backlash over Aboriginal juvenile crime rates
Graeme Powell
ABC News, 4 October 2011

The head of the Aboriginal Legal Service has accused the WA Police Commissioner of inciting racial hatred after he spoke out about the high rate of Aboriginal juveniles involved in home burglaries.

The Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has released figures showing juvenile crime is spiralling upwards and 50 per cent of burglaries are committed by people 18 or under.

He says what is more alarming is that Aboriginal youths represent 61 per cent of those juveniles.

"Given that Aboriginal people make up about two per cent of our population in Western Australia that is a staggering over-representation in that age group and we have to stop that from occurring," he said. ...

Mr O'Callaghan described the issue as "the elephant in the room" which no-one wants to talk about publicly and he defended his decision to speak out.

"For a long time we've been very reluctant to talk about it openly because we're always worried about offending somebody," he said.

The Commissioner says more needs to be done to rehabilitate Aboriginal juveniles in detention.

"Let me give you some recidivism rates - 64 per cent of juveniles in custody are Aboriginal and of that 50 per cent of them reoffend very shortly after being released," he said.

"So it sort of tells that they're not getting rehabilitation."

The state's Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Peter Collier, has described Karl O'Callaghan's comments as fair and brutally honest.

"Karl O'Callaghan was brutally frank and he didn't say something that wasn't correct," he said.
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Doctors from overseas must speak English or be banned
Robert Winnett and Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2011

Foreign doctors who cannot speak English are to be banned from working in NHS hospital and clinics, the Health Secretary will announce today.

The NHS will introduce mandatory language tests for doctors moving to Britain after training elsewhere in the European Union.

The decision follows a series of cases in which patients have died or suffered poor care as a result of doctors speaking sub-standard English.

... ...

There are more than 88,000 foreign-trained doctors registered to work in Britain, including 22,758 from Europe. They account for almost a third of the total.

... At present, only doctors from outside the European Economic Area are routinely scrutinised for their language skills before being registered by the GMC.

This means that doctors from Canada or Australia are routinely tested for their language skills while those from countries such as Poland and France are not.
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TV watchdog clears Starkey over race and riot remarks
Anita Singh
Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2011

Comments about race and rioting by the historian Dr David Starkey during an episode of Newsnight have been cleared by the broadcasting watchdog.

Ofcom has decided to take no action over Dr Starkey's appearance on the BBC Two programme in August.

He provoked anger when he claimed that Britain had undergone a cultural shift and whites had "become black".

More than 700 people complained to the BBC and a further 103 contacted Ofcom claiming that the comments breached guidelines on racial offence. ...

Dr Starkey welcomed the decision and dismissed the furore as "a storm in a Guardian teacup". ...

"The question we were supposed to be answering was whether the riots were testimony to some sort of major cultural change. I tried to answer that question.

"Nothing that I said on air could conceivably be construed as racist, but there is this hysteria about race. We have this situation in which we can't talk about it rationally or sensibly.

"I'm old fashioned in that I happen to believe in freedom of speech."

After the programme was broadcast on Aug 12, public figures piled in to criticise Dr Starkey. Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, said it was "outrageous that someone in the 21st century could be making that sort of comment".

On the micro-blogging website Twitter, Piers Morgan and Louise Mensch MP said the historian was racist.
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[Government's proposed changes in planning law]
Heather Norburn
Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2011
[Letter to the Editor]

Immigration has been responsible for almost 40 per cent of the growth in the number of households since 2001. It will add seven million to the population of England in the next 24 years.

We, in Britain, appear to be at the start of a huge experiment, to see just how many people we can squeeze into our country. By 2030 our population will be 70 million and by the end of the century it will be 100 million.

We must oppose changes in the planning laws and mass immigration or lose our country to concrete and overcrowding.
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Theresa May's immigration plan is a dead duck
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph blogs, 4 October 2011

Another own goal from Theresa May, the scourge of the Human Rights Act. She wants to alter immigration rules to make it easier to deport foreign nationals who have started families in the UK. Sorry, Home Secretary. Can"t be done.

The right to family life, guaranteed under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights can't be arbitrarily watered down. The courts already maintain a clear balance between that right and the interests of the community, in order to protect citizens from threats such as criminal behaviour. Rewriting the Immigration Rules is in clear breach of our obligations under the ECHR. This policy should be marked DOA. It is a non-starter.
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Racism and skin colour: the many shades of prejudice [part 1]
Bim Adewunmi
The Guardian, 4 October 2011

Next week, at the international black film festival in Nashville, Bill Duke and D Channsin Berry will premiere their new documentary, Dark Girls. The film looks at the everyday experiences of dark-skinned black women in America. The blurb from the official site promises the directors will "[pull] back our country's curtain to reveal that the deep-seated biases and hatreds of racism – within and outside of the black American culture – remain bitterly entrenched".

When the film-makers released a preview of Dark Girls in May, it spread like wildfire across social media sites and black entertainment blogs. Commenters wrote about being moved to tears by the nine minutes of film they'd seen and many mentioned how long in coming such a film was. ...

Shadism lurks in our collective peripheral vision and rears its ugly head every so often. Earlier this year, there was a Twitter storm over a promotional flyer for a party in Ohio whose theme was "Light Skin vs Dark Skin". In May, the Afro Hair and Beauty show in London had a stall advertising and selling skin-lightening products. The stall was called Fair and White. ...

I am a dark-skinned girl. I always have been – I was never fair-skinned, not as a baby (like my sister), not as a child (like one of my brothers) nor an adolescent. My parents did not wait for my colour to "come in". I was born a deep brown, and have pretty much remained so all my life. My extended family is pretty diverse-looking – from my second cousin Ruka, who looks white in certain lights, to my cousin Baraka, who is dark as night; I never had any real inclination to be lighter-skinned, but almost every Nigerian Briton I spoke to while writing this article reported having seen bad bleach jobs at weddings, church and parties.

Growing up in Nigeria during the 90s, I remember being offered a soft drink, and my hostess jokingly telling me to choose something other than a Coke because it "would make me darker". Even being a fairly confident and logical child, and despite understanding that a drink had no effect on my complexion, I changed my mind. During a decade there, it would not be the only time I would alter my drink order. ...

The origins of colourism are widely believed to be in the "pigmentocracy" of slavery. ...

Heidi Safia Mirza, professor of equalities studies in education at the Institute of Education, University of London, says: "Pigmentocracy in the Caribbean as a kind of social hierarchical system emulated from the slave days where there was favouritism if you were fairer, particularly if you were a woman." ...

Debbie Weekes-Bernard, senior research and policy analyst for education at the Runnymede Trust, wrote Shades of Darkness, a report on the way "darker-skinned girls reflect upon themselves against lighter-skinned (in this case mixed-parentage) girls" as part of her PhD. The subjects were girls between the ages of 12 and 16.

"The thing that struck me the most is that there were things at work societally, which place all women, but certainly black women, on a hierarchy of beauty," she says. "And the hierarchy of beauty for black women is different from the hierarchy for white women. ..."

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Racism and skin colour: the many shades of prejudice [part 2]
Bim Adewunmi
The Guardian, 4 October 2011

Shadism and colourism have continued to flourish even in mono-ethnic societies. Last July, Vaseline launched a skin-whitening app on Facebook in India, enabling users to make their skin whiter in their profile pictures. The app was designed to promote the brands's range of skin-lightening creams for men, a fast-growing market on the subcontinent. In 2010 Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel came under fire after lightening his skin. He said: "I feel comfortable with black people lightening their skin. It's tantamount to white people getting a suntan." In a statement to, he defended his use of "cake soap", saying: "When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves, when white women stop getting lip and butt injections and implants ... then I'll stop using the 'cake soap' and we'll all live naturally ever after." ...

At one point in Dark Girls, a young black man states his preference for "light skin, pretty girl, long hair", something Weekes-Bernard heard "frequently" when she was talking to her subjects. "There is an implicit assumption that there are black boys out there who only want to date either white or lighter-skinned women," she says. "Young dark-skinned girls are still facing this horrible burden," Duke says. He talks of a rapper who "literally stated in the casting announcement [for his music video] that no dark-skinned women need apply for the audition".

"This is this year!" he laughs incredulously. "We're not suggesting on any level that all black men are only attracted to light-skinned black women but we would be liars were we not to say that the predominant standard of beauty when black men look at women, to a great extent, is light-skinned, so-called 'good' hair and fair eyes.

"If you take a look at some of our celebrities – let's take the sports world for a moment – and look at some of the choices these gentlemen have made in terms of their girlfriends and mates, I think one would be hard-pressed to find a woman of dark complexion," says Berry. "I think they buy into [the idea that] once you have the money, you get a status symbol. And she doesn't look like your mother." ...

Duke thinks it is of "enormous importance" that Michelle Obama, the wife of the world's most powerful man, is dark-skinned. "I don't think he'd be president of the United States if [Michelle] was a light-skinned black woman," he says. "There are a lot of black women who would not have voted for him because the implication would've been that women of a dark hue are not acceptable to him, so why does he deserve their vote? We don't talk about it very much but it runs very, very deep. You're expected, if you're a successful man, to have a light-skinned trophy on your arm. With a dark woman on your arm, it means, for whatever reason, and this sounds horrible, you had to settle. I mean, this thing of colour in our culture is deep."
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Beware this new love-in
Joseph Harker
The Guardian, 4 October 2011

I'm glad that attitudes to mixed-race people have changed. But does it all mask a subtler kind of racism?

Why does everyone want to be like me? According to scientific research (yes, really) I'm not only more beautiful than, but also biologically superior to, other humans. Advertisers use people like me all the time – to show how cool they are, how modern, how cutting-edge. People like me win world championships, X Factor, and even the keys to the White House. Yes, in today's world it's great to be mixed race. If Nina Simone were alive, surely she'd be singing: "To be young, gifted and mixed".

This week the BBC is marking the 10th anniversary of the ethnic category being included on the UK census with a three-part documentary, Mixed Britannia, part of its mixed race season (in which I've had a small role). Between 1991 and 2001 there was a 150% increase in those identifying themselves as "mixed". Young people in particular are keen to adopt this label, and with more than 50% of Caribbean-origin children having one white parent, and other racial mixes on the rise too, the figures for this year's census look set for another huge leap.

This love of mixedness is a recent phenomenon. When I was growing up in the 1960s and 70s – the child of a black father and white mother – interracial relationships were relatively rare, and children like me could often be rejected by one parent and abandoned by the other, ending up being heavily over-represented in children's homes. To be mixed race was to be pitied – neither black nor white, unloved and rootless.

So I'm happy that attitudes have changed, and that people who want to express their own dual-race parentage feel comfortable doing so. But young people especially should beware getting caught up in the love-in. More and more, it seems that mixed-race people have become the acceptable face of diversity: white people don't have to face up to their prejudices against black and Asian people because, look, here's someone who's got a bit of European blood in them: a model who doesn't need "lightening up"; a man who doesn't look quite so threatening. Indeed, could Barack Obama have been elected were both his parents black?

I can see why young people may want to adopt this identity – but there's also a certain naivety to it, in that it ignores the history of anti-racist struggle and of mixed-race people themselves. ...

Of course, racism today is nowhere near as stark as in the 1970s. We live in a multicultural society, don't we? And we have laws against discrimination. But from unemployment figures to stop-and search rates to school exclusion statistics, it's clear that all races are far from truly equal. ... ...

The biggest delusion of all, which props up this whole debate, is the notion that black and white people forming loving relationships proves racism is being defeated: that the quality of life for Britain's minorities can be measured by the number of interracial relationships. But this is fantasy. ...

Ultimately, it's clear that there is no single "mixed-race" experience – it varies with age, gender, geography and the type and number of ethnic origins a person has. And I'd never dictate to anyone what they should call themselves. But if we want to see an end to discrimination, prejudice and inequality based on skin colour, in all forms, then there is no doubt that black and mixed-race people have to be on the same side.
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Mixed race Britain: charting the social history
Laura Smith
The Guardian, 4 October 2011

With mixed race now measured in the national census and one of the fastest growing ethnic groups, it is often viewed as a contemporary phenomenon. But Chamion Caballero, senior research fellow at London South Bank University's Weeks centre, says: "There is a long history of racial mixing in the UK that people don't talk about."

Caballero has co-authored as yet unpublished research with Peter Aspinall, reader in population health at the University of Kent, that puts contemporary mixing into perspective.

It demonstrates that unions between white British women and men from immigrant communities were commonplace in areas where they were thrown together in the 1920s, 30s and 40s: from South Shields and Liverpool's Toxteth to Cardiff's Tiger Bay and London's Docklands. The Era of Moral Condemnation: Mixed Race People in Britain, 1920-1950, shows that although they faced prejudice from some, mixed race families created new communities in which those from different backgrounds swapped cultural traditions. It also explores how official perceptions of mixed race families contrasted with the way people experienced it.

Newspaper reports from the period portray mixed neighbourhoods as dangerous and transgressive, rife with crime, prostitution and gambling. Academics who studied what was often called "the colour problem" labelled women in mixed relationships as lower class and lacking in morals; their children as tragic social outcasts. Even those who tried to be sympathetic seemed unable to conceive that mixed children could be brought up in loving, stable families. Government guidance advised British women not to marry Chinese, Hindu, Muslim or "negro" men and some in public office even called for the introduction of anti-miscegenation laws similar to those in South Africa at the time. ...

Mixed families also faced state-sponsored disruption. Restrictions introduced for German soldiers during the first world war were extended after the race riots of 1919 to cover all foreign seamen. This meant that men such as Stanley Ah Foo, who had settled in Liverpool after coming to Britain in 1912 and worked on the steamships, had to carry an identity card, report regularly to the police and obey a curfew. Ah Foo's English wife Emily lost her British citizenship by marrying him. ...

Many of these stories are told in a new series, Mixed Britannia. Broadcast as part of the BBC's Mixed Race season, it draws on the research to chart the history of mixed race Britain from 1910 to the present day. ...

The 2001 national census for England and Wales officially measured for the first time the numbers of British people who regard themselves as mixed race. It revealed that 661,034 people identified themselves as mixed, accounting for 1.3% of the overall population and nearly 15% of the ethnic minority population. ...

Mixed race was one of the fastest growing ethnic groups between 2001 and 2011. Population projections by the University of Leeds estimate that the mixed population rose to 968,000 in 2010 and predict that it will reach 1.3 million by 2020 – an increase of 93% between 2001 and 2020.
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Say no to rabbis' racism
Avi Yesawich
Ynetnews, 3 October 2011

It's difficult for me not to hold a sense of warped admiration for some of the prominent Orthodox rabbis here in Israel. The level of ignorance that many in the rabbinical establishment display in social, political and military affairs never ceases to astonish. ...

Last week, Kiryat Arba's Chief Rabbi Dov Lior called for the IDF to impose "collective punishment" on rioters in response to the death a father and son whose car flipped over after a rock hurled by Palestinians. Just recently, Lior also claimed that Israel's growing isolation and hatred of the Jews worldwide is punishment for the demolition of three meager shacks in the Migron outpost two weeks ago. He said Arabs are "evil camel riders" who should be expelled from the Land of Israel and given a right of return to countries like Saudi Arabia. As usual, Rabbi Lior also reiterated the Jewish claim to settlement of Judea and Samaria as an inalienable Jewish right.

Unfortunately, Rabbi Lior's statements are common fare here in Israel, and the rabbinical religious establishment has never been shy about postulating bigotry and racism – based firmly in the framework of Jewish religious law - towards other Jews and non-Jews alike.

Back in 2010, some 50 of Israel's most prominent rabbis issued a religious edict against Jews renting property to gentiles, especially Arab-Israelis. Thirty-nine of those rabbis are on the government's payroll, although their opinions vary drastically from the State of Israel's official laws and ethos. After this incident, no rabbi was fired or brought to court for incitement. ...

Regrettably, the use of political Judaism has extended itself well beyond the realm of property ownership and real estate. Fresh in our memories is the public controversy over the publication and rabbinical support of "The King's Torah," a 230-page manuscript focusing on Jewish-Gentile relations, discussing matters such as ethics in warfare, human rights (or lack thereof) and issues such as the killing of non-Jews.

The most hardcore adherents to Judaism will inevitably defend at least some, if not all, of the religious positions discussed above. In fact, the rabbis vehemently defend their actions on the grounds of their statements being based in the Torah. It's not racism, they claim; it's Halacha, or Jewish Law. ...

Sadly, political-religious racism in Israel is on the rise, and, sadly, not just in the religious sector. In the 2011 Israeli Democracy Index, conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute back in March, Dr. Mina Zemach found that nearly one-third of the population didn't consider Arab citizens of Israel to be "Israelis." The number was significantly higher amongst the religious sector.

Of course, we see vicious racism in the Muslim world as well. However, as the only true democracy in the Middle East, we should stay away from pointing fingers at our neighbors and compare our own actions to theirs.
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Curb on immigrants' rights to settle here as rule that allows them to stay after working for five years set for axe
James Slack
Daily Mail, 3 October 2011

Tens of thousands of immigrants will be stripped of the right to settle in the UK permanently under Home Office proposals.

Ministers are to crack down on a regime which allowed a record 241,000 foreigners to settle here last year – up from 51,000 when Labour came to power.

They plan to abolish a rule that gives those from abroad the right to live in Britain permanently if they work here for five years. ...

Under the plans, to be published before the end of this year, foreigners will still be able to gain a visa to work in Britain, but they will no longer be able to remain here permanently simply by virtue of staying in the country legally for five years.

A Whitehall source said: 'We want to break the link between working and settling in Britain. It has become almost automatic for people who keep their noses clean and don't get a criminal record.

'The Government is not against people coming here to work, but that shouldn't automatically mean they get to stay in Britain forever.'
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Gaddafi's migrant invasion plan revealed
Tom Coughlan
The Australian / The Times, 3 October 2011

Sitting on the dockside in Tripoli harbour is one of the strangest crime scenes left by the Gaddafi regime.

Harbour officials recall the day - Friday, May 6 - that a 100ft-long boat sailed off with its name painted over, as well as the reasons for its departure.

"When NATO said there was a no-fly zone, after that Gaddafi [police] caught [migrant workers] in the street and took them by bus and put them on a boat and sent them to Europe," said Abdul Bost, a harbour official. "Some people were jumping from the boats and swimming back."

Libya's new rebel government is to investigate claims that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi tried to trigger an immigrant invasion of Southern Europe as a crude weapon against Nato nations backing the rebels.

Just beyond the mouth of the harbour, the overloaded boat capsized and sank. ... ...

The Times has learnt that the new Libyan authorities are investigating at least one other similar case. ...

Whatever the government findings, the revolution has proved a catastrophe for Libya's sub-Saharan African migrants, who have always endured racial abuse whilst taking on menial labour in the country. Reports that black African mercenaries fought for Gaddafi forces have sent many remaining blacks into hiding, fearful of lynching by revolutionary forces.

IOM officials said that 200,000 migrant workers had returned to Chad and Niger since the start of the revolution. They added that there were almost no attempts to sail to Europe from Libya in 2010, after a deal between the Gaddafi regime and Italy.

Since February there have been about 20,000 crossings to the Italian island of Lampedusa, whether coerced or driven by desperation or opportunity, is not clear.
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UNHCR chief says multiculturalism 'inevitable'
Expatica, 3 October 2011

UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres called Monday on states not to succumb to rising xenophobic pressure and turn refugees away, saying that multiculturalism is not only good, but inevitable.

"In my view, multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious societies are not only a good thing, they are inevitable," said Guterres.

"Building tolerant and open communities is a slow and delicate process. But nondiscrimination is a core human rights principle, and it is the duty of all states to acknowledge and give effect to it.

"Refugees cannot become collateral damage of anti-immigrant attitudes and policies," stressed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The UNHCR says it is harder to find solutions for some 43 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people around the world amid rising xenophobia. ...

The UNHCR will seek $3.5 billion from donors for 2012, and $3.4 billion for 2013.
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£42m child benefit sent abroad
James Murray and Matthew Davis
Sunday Express, 2 October 2011

Child benefit worth £42 million is being sent abroad each year – while British families are being squeezed by the cash crisis, we can reveal today.

Most of the cash goes to eastern Europe, with Poland top of the list.

Every month more than £2 million is sent to Polish children, who already enjoy a higher quality of life than those living here.

Of the £42 million sent abroad, £30 million goes to youngsters in eastern Europe.

Payments are usually far more generous than any government benefits in those countries.

British benefits for Polish children are 515 per cent higher than local workers could claim on their own welfare system – which could explain the huge surge in claims here in recent years.

While the Warsaw government pays £3.30 per week per child, Polish claimants here get £20.30 for one child, a difference of £17 per week. ...

As more eastern Europeans settle in Britain, the cost of paying child benefit to their families back home is expected to rise to a total of £45 million per year by 2015.
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600 Tunisians flown home from Italy
Yahoo / AFP, 1 October 2011

Six hundred Tunisian illegal immigrants who arrived in Italy by boat have been deported in a week, the interior ministry announced on Sunday.

They were put on several flights from Palermo, Sicily, under an agreement signed on April 5 between Tunis and Rome arranging the systematic deportation of Tunisians arriving illegally.

The flood of immigrants from Tunisia had dried up immediately after the accord but recently resumed.

According to official statistics by the end of July Italy had registered 24,769 arrivals from Tunisia, in addition to 23,267 nationals from sub-Saharan Africa fleeing the conflict in Libya.
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Built to Fail: Deception and Disorder in America's Immigration Courts
Mark H. Metcalf
Center for Immigration Studies, October 2011

American immigration courts are the heart of a system that nurtures scandal. Their work touches nearly every aspect of America's immigration system. These courts are essential to recruit the bright and talented to American shores, to alleviate persecution, and to secure this nation's borders and neighborhoods. But they cannot perform their critical work. Deception and disorder rule. These courts have become – in the words of frustrated judges – "play courts." In reality, they are courts that are built to fail.

Weakness is supreme and its impact is pervasive:

• Very few aliens who file lawsuits to remain in the United States are deported, even though immigration courts – after years of litigation – order them removed.

• Deportation orders are rarely enforced, even against aliens who skip court or ignore orders to leave the United States.

• Aliens evade immigration courts more often than accused felons evade state courts. Unlike accused felons, aliens who skip court are rarely caught.

• From 1996 through 2009, the United States allowed 1.9 million aliens to remain free before trial and 770,000 of them – 40 percent of the total – vanished. Nearly one million deportation orders were issued to this group – 78 percent of these orders were handed down for court evasion.

• From 2002 through 2006 – in the shadow of 9/11 – 50 percent of all aliens free pending trial disappeared. Court numbers show 360,199 aliens out of 713,974 dodged court.

• For years, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has grossly understated the number of aliens who evade court. In 2005 and 2006, DoJ said 39 percent of aliens missed court. Actually, 59 percent of aliens – aliens remaining free before trial – never showed.

• Since 1996, failures of aliens to appear in court have never dipped below 30 percent.

• Immigration judges cannot enforce their own orders. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials may order alien offenders arrested and deported. Immigration judges – the system's sole judicial officers – have no such authority. Judges seldom know if their orders are enforced.

• No single federal agency is exclusively tasked with enforcement of removal orders. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executes removal orders only when its enforcement strategy says so, not – as it should – in obedience to court orders. ICE's enforcement strategy does not mention immigration courts or deportation orders.

• Enforcement of deportation orders is now nearly non-existent. Removal orders are not enforced unless aliens have committed serious crimes.

• Unexecuted removal orders are growing. As of 2002, 602,000 deportation orders had not been enforced. Since then, another 507,551 have been added to the rolls. Today, unexecuted removal orders number approximately 1,109,551 – an 84 percent increase since 2002.

• U.S. immigration courts rule in favor of aliens 60 percent of the time. DoJ suggests aliens win 20 percent of the time.

• The Department of Justice tells Congress that aliens appeal deportation orders only 8 percent of the time. In fact, over the last 10 years aliens appealed deportation orders 98 percent of the time.

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A Record-Setting Decade of Immigration: 2000-2010
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, October 2011

New data from the Census Bureau show that the nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal), also referred to as the foreign-born, reached 40 million in 2010, the highest number in American history. Nearly 14 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the country from 2000 to 2010, making it the highest decade of immigration in American history. This is the case even though there was a net decline of jobs during the decade. In contrast, from 1990 to 2000 job growth was 22 million and 13.2 million new immigrants arrived. Immigrants come for many reasons, such as a desire to join relatives or to access public services. As a result, immigration remains high even during a prolonged period of economic weakness. ...

• The nation's immigrant population has doubled since 1990, nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970, when it stood at 9.7 million.

• Of the 40 million immigrants in the country in 2010, 13.9 million arrived in 2000 or later making it the highest decade of immigration in American history, even though there was a net loss of jobs during the decade.

• New arrivals are offset by out-migration and deaths. As a result, the net increase in the immigrant population was more than 8.8 million over the last decade, from 31.1 million in 2000.
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Amnesty by Any Means: Memos Trace Evolution of Obama Administration Policy
Janice Kephart
Center for Immigration Studies, October 2011

Analysis of a series of leaked memos from within the Department of Homeland Security's highest ranks shows that the Obama administration has sought for the last year and a half to form a strategy to achieve amnesty for the illegal population without input from Congress. The goal? Ultimately, according to a June 2010 memo, the administration seeks to "reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization." Well aware of the potential political fallout among both Congress and the American people, the administration provided internal briefs on the pros and cons of varying strategies to gain an administrative amnesty.

The course eventually decided on appears to be the now infamous June 2011 "prosecutorial discretion" memo issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton. This memo, embraced by the White House a few weeks ago, sets a course that prevents the enforcement of immigration law, provides a de facto amnesty, and is effectively worker authorization for much of the current illegal population. The current course of non-enforcement is in contrast to the initial proposed strategies of proactive immigration law rewrites.

In this memo is a thorough analysis of the extent the Obama administration is willing to go to deceive America into accepting unprecedented executive branch immigration law rewrites and changes in immigration processing to get around their federal responsibility to enforce immigration law. Obama administration actions taken to peel back visa interviews abroad, reduce enforcement on our physical borders, replace worksite enforcement to worksite audits, take actions against states seeking to enforce the law but no action against sanctuary cities, and support of only two immigration enforcement programs – Secure Communities and E-Verify – make sense when placed against the backdrop of these memos. ... ...

None of these actions have been pursued without a foundational goal of "amnesty by any means." That is why 9/11 Commission findings of fact and recommendations have been rolled back or purposefully misconstrued; these policies fly in the face of our national security and our economic security. ...

Current Obama administration immigration and enforcement standards are a purposeful subversion of the law in an effort to gain Latino voters; provide a "get out of jail free" card to many illegal immigrants in our criminal justice system; assure most of the illegal population work authorization with or without E-Verify; and sidestep Congress. ...

These memos reflect an open strategy to undermine federal immigration law and its enforcement in order to legalize large swathes of the illegal population, including those about whom we know little and are in detention pending court appearances, potentially granting legality to arrested terrorists and violent criminals. Thus, nearly the entire illegal population could gain amnesty, including many who may pose a threat to public safety.
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Which Way, New York? Will Feds Tolerate Local Interference or Assert Their Authority?
W.D. Reasoner
Center for Immigration Studies, October 2011
[W.D. Reasoner (a pseudonym) is a retired government employee with many years of experience in immigration administration, law enforcement, and national security matters]

New York City (NYC) provides a window into how a lack of local government cooperation can adversely affect the federal government's ability to enforce immigration laws. This obstruction affects the safety of New York City residents and the rest of the state, even the entire country. It also influences how other jurisdictions interface with ICE. Rather than use tools available to discourage this obstruction, the federal government passively accepts this interference as a fait accompli – even as it has moved recently to sue other states for trying to help with enforcement.

Three-quarters of all foreign-born arrests in the entire state of New York occur in New York City (NYC). In 2008, the latest year for which data are available, local officers arrested 52,827 immigrants in NYC.

For at least 20 years, NYC has had official policies impeding the enforcement of federal immigration laws. City policies prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from receiving notification of arrested aliens before their release from police custody.

In September 2009, NYC's Department of Correction adopted, and has since maintained, particularly obstructive policies and procedures for immigration officers and agents attempting to access criminal alien inmates housed in its detention facilities. Jail staff are required to follow procedures that actively encourage aliens to refuse to speak with ICE agents.

Since the implementation of these procedures, the number of aliens charged with immigration violations at the city's main detention facility have been cut nearly in half.

Notwithstanding its lack of cooperation, NYC has garnered millions of dollars each year in federal SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Program) funds since the program's inception.

Despite all of the above facts, the federal government has never taken action to overcome the obstacles placed in its way by NYC – either through lawsuits, withholding of funding, or executive action – so that it can perform its job of immigration law enforcement in the most effective and efficient way possible.
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Belgian court asked to ban 'racist' Tintin
euronews, 30 September 2011

One of Belgium's most famous exports is in court on accusations of racism.

A Congolese man alleges Hergé's 'Tintin in Congo' comic book presents African in an unfavourable light and should be banned.

The story featuring the young Belgian reporter was published in 1931.

Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo said he thought the portrayal of his fellow countrymen had no place in the 21st century.

"We cannot tolerate acts that contain racism anymore. We have to fight against this today so that society can be at peace," he said. ...

A lawyer for the publishers said banning the Tintin book would open a Pandora's box.
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Are we doing our best for children in care?
Peter Stanford
Daily Telegraph, 30 September 2011

A particular bugbear for many has been the refusal of local authorities to place children who have waited years for adoption with families from a different ethnic background. This has now been overruled by new guidance sent out in April by the Government to local authorities, but Gareth Crossman of Tact is wary of hard and fast rules in this area.

"What is essential is that the best match is found for a child to meet present and future needs. One of the factors which research has demonstrated to play a part in contributing to a successful adoption is a suitable ethnic match. It shouldn't be the only factor, but neither should it be dismissed as political correctness gone mad."
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Cameron's scam: 78% don't believe the PM's promises on immigration
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 30 September 2011

Four out of five Brits think David Cameron will break his promise to slash immigration, a poll for The Sun reveals.

And just one in 50 says the Prime Minister is "very likely" to reduce the number of foreigners coming here to 1990s levels. ...

Immigration tops the list of issues the Coalition has left people feeling "most disappointed".

It was named by 31 per cent, with 30 per cent saying they felt most let down over how ministers have handled the economy, 27 per cent naming pensions, and 21 per cent saying health.
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Hispanics fuel 'white' population growth by ticking census box but percentage of white Americans drops overall
Daily Mail, 30 September 2011

In a twist to notions of race identity, new 2010 census figures show an unexpected reason behind a renewed growth in the U.S. white population: more Hispanics listing themselves as white in the once-a-decade government count.

The shift is due to recent census changes that emphasise 'Hispanic' as an ethnicity, not a race.

While the U.S. government first made this distinction in 1980, many Latinos continued to use the 'some other race' box to establish a Hispanic identity.

In a switch, the 2010 census forms specifically instructed Latinos that Hispanic origins are not races and to select a recognised category such as white or black.

The result: a six percent increase in white Americans as tallied by the census, even though there was little change among non-Hispanic whites.

In all, the number of people in the 'white alone' category jumped by 12.1 million over the last decade to 223.6 million.

Based on that definition, whites now represent 72 percent of the U.S. population and account for nearly half of the total population increase since 2000. ...

Of the total U.S. population in 2010 of 309 million people, 231 million were white, 74 per cent. A decade earlier, the white population was about 217 million, or 77 per cent of the almost 282 million total then.

In addition, the white population grew at a slower rate - six per cent - over the past decade than the total population, which increased by almost 10 per cent, according to census officials. ...

Some demographers say the broadened white category in 2010 could lead to a notable semantic if not cultural shift in defining race and ethnicity.

Due to the impact of Hispanics, the nation's fastest-growing group, the Census Bureau has previously estimated that whites will become the minority in the U.S. by mid-century. That is based on a definition of whites as non-Hispanic, who are now at 196.8 million.

That could change, if the common conception of white were to shift. ...

The Pew Center says that even though Hispanic adults only make up 16.3 per cent of the total U.S. population, Hispanic children make up 23.1 per cent of the country's children. ...

The future is bound to bring big changes as well, with census projections expecting whites to make up a minority of the population for the first time in 2042.

Earlier projections put that turning point eight years later, but a surge in Hispanic population due to increased immigration and high birth rates moved the date up significantly.

By 2050, the percentage of Hispanics in America will double its present 15 per cent to 30 per cent.
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Universities report 1,500 'bogus' students a month
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2011

Immigration officials are receiving 1,500 reports a month about possible bogus students.

University lecturers and staff have raised concerns over student absence or activities on more than 35,000 occasions in the past two years, a report revealed.

It raises fresh concerns that the student visa system is still open to abuse by those looking to stay in the UK illegally.

Manifesto Club, a civil liberties group which obtained the figures, warned that they were more a reflection of over-reporting of minor incidents by universities worried about losing the right to sponsor foreign students. ...

The Manifesto Club report, Students Under Watch, concludes that the regime has resulted in a "humiliating" surveillance state within the universities, with staff and students effectively spying on each other.
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Terrorists walk streets as they fight deportation
Tom Whitehead and Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2011

At least eleven foreign-born terrorists who should have been deported from Britain after finishing prison terms are still walking the streets.

They include offenders who helped the July 21 bomb plotters a fortnight after the 7/7 atrocity.

Seven are fighting deportation on human rights grounds, meaning they may never leave. Last night government officials refused to identify them or say what has happened to the other four.
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Why it's right Labour is saying sorry and John Prescott is wrong
Brian Reade
Mirror, 29 September 2011

When the party leadership got their contrition mats out at conference this week I was unsure what to think, until I heard John Prescott trying to drown out the apologies. And realised how vital they were.

Here is a hypocrite who spent his life attacking the House of Lords then planted his fat backside there as soon as Labour lost power. No wonder he thinks Labour shouldn't dwell on where they let people down.

Sorry, when truly meant, may be the hardest word, but it's undoubtedly the right one. As a Mirror columnist throughout Labour's 13 years in power, I know where I, like the party, went wrong. So, bless me Father for here's my confession. ...

But my biggest error and, Iraq aside, Labour's, was backing unlimited immigration from Eastern Europe and suggesting those who opposed it were racist.

Or in Gordon Brown's unscripted words in Rochdale, about lifelong Labour voter Gillian Duffy, "bigoted." We were wrong.

Labour should have admitted at the time, what some senior figures now concede: that unlimited immigration from low-waged European countries sparked a false economic boom on cheap labour, undercut the pay of the working class and led voters to believe Labour was a smug, metropolitan elite, who cared more about right-on credentials than the people they were there to represent.

We should all be sorry that we put ideology before people and Utopia before reality.

It is right, and vital, that Labour now says they betrayed their own voters over immigration and apologises, because if they are ever to reclaim power they cannot afford to take those people for granted.

Which is why Prescott is wrong when he tells the party to stop apologising and get campaigning.

Because if you admit errors which left you out-of-touch with voters you will be far better equipped to connect with them when you stand on their doorsteps asking to be trusted. Sorry, but that is the painful truth.
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Alabama police handed tough new powers to clamp down on illegal immigrants
Daniel Miller
Daily Mail, 29 September 2011

Police in Alabama have been granted new powers to clamp down on illegal immigrants after a federal judge several upheld key aspects of the state's new law.

Officers can now question people suspected of being in the country illegally, hold them without bond and check the immigration status of students in public schools. ...

State Governor Robert Bentley said the new law would take effect immediately adding: 'We intend to enforce it.'

Immigration has become an issue in Alabama over the past decade which has seen the state's Hispanic population grow by 145 per cent to about 185,600.

Some counties in north Alabama have large Spanish-speaking communities and schools where most of the students are Hispanic.
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An EU ruling that Cameron must fight
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 29 September 2011

A showdown with the EU may come sooner than we expect. The European Commission has today threatened to sue David Cameron's government unless it starts letting EU citizens come here to claim benefits. Until now, any EU citizen could live here, but if they couldn't find work, they were not entitled to claim benefits. This was widely accepted. Today, the EU has issued a statement saying:

'Under UK law, certain social security benefits - namely Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, State Pension Credit, Income-based Allowance for Jobseekers, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance - are only granted to persons with a "right to reside" in the UK. Other EU nationals have to fulfil additional conditions in order to pass a so-called 'right to reside' test. This means the UK indirectly discriminates against nationals from another Member State.'

This is a calamity. I am a defender of the free movement of workers, to the chagrin of some CoffeeHousers, and I'm proud to live in one the most tolerant countries in the world. ...

But, at a time when Hungary is sending its unemployed off to labour camps, there now is a real prospect of welfare tourism: people coming here and signing on and asking for a council house too. The British government may hate it, but they'll be told – by a judge in Luxembourg if necessary – that this is what's going to happen. ...

Cameron has to fight. The British government is paying for 5.7 million on benefits now: this is much too much, without being ordered by Brussels to provide benefits and housing for anyone who turns up and claims it. Even those, like me, who defend mass immigration can't make the case for an influx of the welfare dependent. It threatens to destroy public support for immigration.
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Mayor must have training after racial slur to official
Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2011

A mayor has been ordered to undergo ethnicity and diversity training after racially insulting a housing official.

Bob Clark, the mayor of Padiham, appeared before a standards committee hearing in Burnley but avoided a six-month suspension, which could have seen John Cave, the deputy, take over as Britain's first BNP mayor. Cllr Clark, who is politically unaffiliated, admitted referring to an official as a "bloody Paki".
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Immigration apology lost as Cooper talks up cultural enrichment
Abhijit Pandya
Daily Mail, 28 September 2011

Few people have a greater capacity of talking from both sides of their face at once than a Labour politician.

Yvette Cooper was demonstrating a master class on how to do this on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 yesterday.

On the one hand there seemed to be a half-baked vague apology about Labour not achieving some form of immigration controls, of which she could give but the barest of detail to.

On the other hand she gave the ridiculous argument that immigrant culture somehow enriches Britain.

This overtly specious approach that advocates cultural enrichment, belies the reality that this argument is being made for the sake of the argument; not for the acknowledgment of harm that mass, unfettered, immigration causes. ...

In simple terms, migrant culture does not enrich our Islands. Britain with its rich history of toleration, free-speech and Parliamentary democracy, already has the world's eminent and superior culture, that is a model for all nations seeking development. ...

Let's come back to the cultural issues in just a moment. Take a deep breath and just look at some of the immigration statistics and the migrant mess that Labour has created.

In the last ten years of 2 million jobs that were created in Britain, 1.8 million went to immigrants.

This is a shocking abdication of a government whose primary responsibility is to empower and facilitate its own people into the job market, by creating the correct skills and educational base.

According to the research body Migration Watch net immigration quadrupled to 237,000 a year between 1997 and 2007.

In 2009 it was 196,000. 3 million immigrants have arrived since 1997.

A migrant still arrives almost every minute into Britain, shockingly despite unemployment being a ten-year high. We need to build a new home every six minutes for new migrants. This is despite the national debt growing over the next few years.

Yvette Cooper was very defensive in the interview. She tried to put forward the lamentable idea of the point system.

The problem with the points system is that it does not assess people on the basis of whether they have found a job, but rather whether they are likely to. ...

Secondly the point system does not work. The point system that Labour left for the Coalition still meant that in the first year of the Coalition more people entered Britain than any other year since immigration records began.

This is because the point system is primarily designed to deal with those who already have a significant amount of skills and qualifications.

Critically it does not apply to any of the huge numbers of people that have an automatic right of entry from the EU.

With the new, Lib-Dem inspired, Coalition tax-free bracket of over £7,000 it is now possible to arrive in this country, never pay tax and still get free housing, schooling and healthcare.

That is clear injustice on those who have paid tax for years, and particularly those taxpayers who have to compete for the same provisions.

Now let's go back to Cooper's fantasy of cultural enrichment. ...

All this has occurred under Labour and not a word of recognition is given either by Cooper, or by Ed Miliband at Labour's party conference. ...
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The euro delusion – goodbye to the third stupid, utopian idea of the last century
Ed West
Daily Telegraph blogs, 28 September 2011

At the Labour Party conference two days ago, Ed Miliband said that Labour had got it wrong over immigration, and "underestimated the level of immigration" from Poland. ...

And it was not just that Labour "got it wrong" in a technical sense. They were systematically, fundamentally wrong in their entire philosophy, a level of wrong-ness that only comes about when intelligent people suffer from collective madness. Their approach to immigration, as many party workers have since confessed, came about from a flawed belief that ethnic, religious and cultural diversity was itself a good and liberal thing, a millennial belief in a universalism that could be called the diversity delusion.

The diversity delusion and the euro delusion are both symptoms of a similar pseudo-religious mania. Both sprung from a noble attempt to ensure that the horrors of 1914-1945, inspired by nationalism and scientific racism, were never repeated. Both make them more likely to be repeated. ... ...

Without exception the guilty men of Europe also shared, and still, share, the diversity delusion. The Liberal Democrats have entirely signed up, and most of the Labour Party too, although the Tories must share the blame too.
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Council translations discourage immigrants from learning English, claims politician
Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2011

Expensive translations of leaflets by local authorities should be stopped in order to force immigrants to learn English, the council leader of the Prime Minister's constituency has claimed.

Keith Mitchell, who heads Oxfordshire County Council, also said that taxpayers' money should not be spent on providing language lessons as incomers should fund them themselves.

He said that by making it tougher for foreigners it would actually force them to fit in and integrate more quickly.

Mr Mitchell, a Conservative, said people moving to Britain who did not learn the language risked seeing their children lag behind and struggle academically.

In February, it was revealed that the literacy and numeracy skills of Oxfordshire primary school pupils for whom English is a second language were significantly lower than for similar-aged children elsewhere in the UK. ...

Oxfordshire county council's website includes information in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu, and a "life guide" to settling in Oxfordshire is published in Chinese, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.


Latest figures, for 2008, revealed that Oxfordshire county council spent £92,500 on translations. ...

But Ali Akkas, who founded the Oxfordshire Bangladeshi Association, warned that "people could be put at risk" if information was not available in their native language.

He said a 2005 Department of Health study into drug abuse within Oxfordshire's Bangladeshi community found a lack of advice available in Bengali and the Sylheti dialect had contributed to the problem.

The report said that only 15 per cent of those interviewed felt comfortable reading English, and it said better language support for minorities was needed.
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The Left is rewriting Britain's immigration history
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2011

"I think we underestimated the level of immigration from Poland which had a big effect on people," said Ed Miliband.

But hang on a second. Labour came to office in 1997 and Poland did not join the EU until 2004. Yet whereas in 1996, net immigration to the UK was 40,000, by 2003 it was 150,000. It is now about 250,000. ... ...

But the fact remains that net immigration had almost quadrupled before the enlargement of the EU. Mr Miliband's mea culpa is, therefore, just so much hot air. He is trying to give the impression that apart from under-estimating the influx from Poland and the other new members, it was really all beyond Labour's control.

In fact, the last Labour government did more than "get it wrong" on immigration: either wilfully or recklessly, it ripped up a national consensus that had prevailed since the early 1970s. Next month, in fact, sees the 40th anniversary of one of the most seminal pieces of legislation of the post-war years, the 1971 Immigration Act.

It was fashioned to take the heat out of an incendiary political debate over levels of immigration that were far smaller than anything we are seeing today. The issue had exploded in the late 1960s with Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech and his subsequent dismissal from the shadow cabinet by Edward Heath.

But the Tories could not evade a subject that was causing deep disquiet in the country and when Heath took office in 1970 it was on a promise to reduce significantly the number of people coming from what was then called the New Commonwealth, essentially the Indian sub-continent, for whom there had previously been free admission to the UK.

When the Immigration Bill received its second reading in the Commons on March 8 1971, Reginald Maudling, the Home Secretary, said: "If we are to get progress in community relations, we must give assurance to the people who were already here before the large wave of immigration that this will be the end and that there will be no further large-scale immigration."

The controls introduced by the Act put an end to mass immigration. From that point on until the mid-1990s, net immigration to the UK ran consistently around or below 50,000 per annum.

This was a level that secured widespread public approval; and even if a few fringe parties continued to bang on about it, immigration was no longer a mainstream political issue. ...

By 2005, however, the Tories were accusing the government of "losing control of the borders" and promising new limits, quotas and frontier checks. "We need to ensure that immigration is effectively managed, in the interests of all Britons, old and new," said the manifesto – echoing the words used by Maudling in 1971. ...

For the first time since the Norman Conquest, the population is growing primarily because of immigration. This has had a significant impact on schools and hospitals, on infrastructure and housing, especially in London and the South-East, where most immigrants settle.

None of this was planned for. Moreover, despite a recent fall in emigration, far more British people are departing these shores than are returning after a period abroad. So the ethnic mix of the country is changing faster than at any time in our history.

All this happened without any discussion; nobody was asked at an election to support a new policy to replace the 1971 Act. When, in 2001, the Tories tried to get a national debate going they were howled down as racists.
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Uncontrolled immigration is destroying Britain's literacy
Abhijit Pandya
Daily Mail, 27 September 2011

Most parents are terrified about which school their child will end up in. And they have good reason to be.

According to recent OECD research into student skills, Britain was eighth of all countries globally in mathematics and seventh in literacy in 2000.

After a decade of billions spent by Labour on education the UK has miraculously dropped to 24th in the maths rankings and 17th in the literacy rankings.

There is a critically important, much over-looked, factor playing a not so subtle role in declining standards: Mass unselective immigration. ...

Migration figures support the fact that there are significant numbers of new arrivals from countries that have very poor numerical and verbal literacy rates. Many of the states of origin of new migrants have no system of cohesive curricula and very few schools that actually function effectively.

Thus there are a bulk of children in the UK today that can get very little early direction towards, both numerical and verbal, literacy from their parents. The burden of educating these folk now falls squarely and unfairly on British tax-payers, at the expense of their own children that continue to be squeezed out from schools, particularly those surrounding inner city migrant ghettos.

According to the Office of National Statistics, between the years 2000 and 2009 there were over 250,000 migrants into the UK from the African continent, where illiteracy is rife. To take a further example, by 2001 between 45,000 and 95,000 Somalis had arrived in Britain from a country where less than four tenths of people are literate. Hence, roughly, 18,000 Somalis would have needed tax-payers money thrown at them to be able to read and write.

This costly assistance would apply not just in teaching them English, but also if any improvement had to be made in using their own language. Whether many of them can speak English is, shockingly, unknown. This is primarily because speaking decent English is, unbelievably, not a requirement for gaining entry into the UK. ...

Our current weak school system is unable to adequately deal with the literacy gap that is posed by many children of migrants from low literacy nations. This forms an unnecessary economic burden that has to be remedied by our increasingly overburdened failing school system with its myriad of claustrophobic class-rooms shoved to the brim with migrant off-spring.

It is not, however, unsurprising that many migrants do not, after several years in the UK, speak more than a few words of English. Considering the unjustifiable thousands of pounds that continue to be thrown on translators for local authority literature and endless interpreters for legal processes, there is little incentive to do so.

The coalition has done nothing to encourage the learning of English by curbing back translations and interpreters. If we can't help the parents to learn our language, there is probably very little we can do to inspire their children. Our own children suffer when they learn to communicate socially with those with lesser language skills, a point colourfully made by the eminent historian David Starkey when being interviewed about the recent London riots. ...
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Labour is wrong to apologise for its record on immigration
Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research
The Independent - blogs, 27 September 2011

It appears to have become conventional wisdom in the Westminster village that the previous Labour government was wrong to give immediate access to the UK labour market to citizens of the new Member States of East and Central Europe that joined in 2004. ...

This has long been the Conservative view; now most of the Labour leadership appears to have conceded the point. Yvette Cooper ..., the Shadow Home Secretary, speaking on the Today programme this morning, was the latest, saying "we should have introduced transitional controls".

They are wrong, and the government of the time was right. A myth has grown up, bolstered again by Yvette's comments, that the main reason the government granted immediate access was because of the supposed "Home Office forecast" (actually, not a forecast, and not the work of the Home Office) that only 13,000 migrants would arrive. In fact, there were three far more important arguments for the decision.

First, the broader geopolitical one. The UK had long been the most vigorous proponent of membership for the countries of the former Eastern bloc; they were seen (correctly) as likely allies for the UK's generally liberal positions in EU debates. So the decision was seen as a way of cementing our relationship with them, and in particular the Polish government.

Second, the economics. The UK labour market was in good shape; and all the analysis suggested that immigrant workers – particularly the reasonably well educated and motivated ones likely to arrive from the new Member States – were likely to boost the UK's economy without doing much if any damage to the prospects of native workers.

And third, the practicalities. Free movement is an absolute right within the EU, so we couldn't stop the new citizens coming here; we could only stop them (for a while) working legally. The assumption was that if we did so, they'd still come, and still work, just not legally. This hardly seemed like an attractive alternative.

All of these arguments were correct at the time. And on the economics in particular, the analysis has been vindicated. There have been three major studies looking at the aspects of the economic and labour market impact of the migrants from the new Member States: ... ...

So; the new migrants get jobs, contribute to the economy, pay taxes, don't use many public services, and don't take jobs from natives. What, exactly, is the problem? The decision was correct at the time, and the UK should be proud that, unlike most of the existing Member States, it was prepared to take that decision on the basis of rational argument and good analysis, rather than fear and prejudice. ...

Finally, and more broadly, it is depressing to see politicians of both parties implicitly presenting immigration as a problem to be managed, controlled and if possible reduced, rather than an opportunity.
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Labour's mealy-mouthed 'apologies' for immigration levels are doubly insulting
Graeme Archer
The Daily Telegraph - blogs, 27 September 2011

... how Labour have been mainlining on immigration at their conference, with former cabinet ministers falling over themselves to identify that which was obvious to the rest of us for a decade: the last government allowed too much immigration.

Being political apologies, of course, these aren't real apologies at all. Hazel Blears said that it was wrong not to put transitional arrangements in place at the time of eastern expansion of the EU – presumably to get pesky elections out the way before the barriers came down. When is uncontrolled immigration OK with Labour? When there's not an election in the offing.

She correctly highlighted the unfairness issue about access to benefits – when Labour said newcomers wouldn't be able to claim benefits, they meant "in the first period of residency"; in other words, they were lying. But she missed the point completely when she said that her party's failure on the topic was down to a "London-centric" view of the benefits that come from multiculturalism. On two counts.

First, because those of us who live in the most multicultural areas of London were never asked how we'd feel at seeing our boroughs transformed in Labour's term of office.

Secondly, and more damningly, because Labour's policy of cultural transformation via immigration wasn't an accident, but completely deliberate. Remember Labour adviser Andrew Neather's admission: that their policy was intended to "rub the Right's nose in diversity"? Which Tory activist hasn't canvassed an immigrant voter, with a poor command of English, who's been told by the Labour campaign team that their flat would be taken from them by the Conservatives? I've met several over the years. Herbert Morrison wanted to "build the Tories out of London". His descendants had the same policy, without all the fuss of building homes.

Despite all the hand-wringing now, they knew what they were doing. "Apologies" from Labour about the impact of unparalleled levels of immigration are thus doubly insulting. It is a continuation of their pre-election policy: to treat us like fools. It's also a disgraceful message to send to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came here at the implicit request of the government in which Ms Blears was proud to serve for so long. Ms Blears (et Labour al.) welcomed the newcomers up to the point that it was no longer politically expedient so to do.

When, we might be permitted to ask, did she and the others change their mind? Before or after they realised that screaming "racist" at their opponents was no longer working as a political method? Before or after the general election, Ms Blears?
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Migration boom DID drive down wages and living standards, admits Labour
James Slack
Daily Mail, 26 September 2011

Labour's open-door immigration policy drove down wages and living standards in Britain, party leader Ed Miliband has admitted.

He conceded that the last government 'got it wrong' on border controls and said that British workers had been 'undercut'.

The bombshell confession came amid revelations that, when in power, Labour suppressed a string of damaging reports about the impact of mass immigration on the UK.

At the time Labour denied claims that migration – in particular the large number of skilled Poles – was making life harder for some British workers.

Mr Miliband conceded: 'We got it wrong in a number of respects including underestimating the level of immigration from Poland, which had a big effect on people in Britain. ...

However, Labour is still refusing to match the Tory commitment to reduce net migration – the difference between the number leaving the UK and the number of arrivals – to the 'tens of thousands'.

Mr Miliband told Sky News: 'I'm not going to make promises that I can't keep. We need a tough immigration policy but I think free movement of labour is right for Britain.'

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper admitted: 'We did get things wrong on immigration.

'We should have had transitional controls on migration from Eastern Europe.'
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Overseas patients owe health service £60m
Josie Ensor and Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2011

Overseas patients owe the NHS almost £60 million in unpaid medical bills, with foreign governments among those with the biggest debts, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

The figures, which cover the past six years, show an increase in the number of visitors leaving the country without paying for treatment.

Embassies and foreign governments have run up debts of nearly £6 million at two London hospitals after failing to pay for non-emergency treatment, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

More than £4 million is owed to Great Ormond Street children's hospital by Middle Eastern governments that arrange for children to have treatments not available in their own countries.

While much of the debt is still being chased, more than half has been abandoned or written off. ...

Urgent treatment is always available to overseas visitors, regardless of their residence status or ability to pay, but non-urgent treatment should not go ahead without the NHS first receiving payment. ...

The figures reveal that hospitals threatened with closures over mounting debts have written off some of the highest amounts. Imperial College trust, which is £100 million in debt and in the process of making major cuts, is owed £2.5 million and has written off a further £2 million.

The trust for Chase Farm hospital, in north London, which received a bail-out from the Challenged Trust Board and is being forced to close its A&E department, has a foreign debt of £2.5 million.

The Government recently introduced a policy to deny new visas to tourists with outstanding NHS payments.

The burden on the taxpayer is expected to increase next year with one million extra visitors and foreign dignitaries attending the Olympics in London.

Separate figures show that European governments owe £38.5 million to Britain under the system that allows visitors free emergency treatment on the NHS.

Statistics released in a Parliamentary written question show that almost half of the total owed in the European Health Insurance Card scheme, £17.2 million, is due from Ireland.
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Blue Labour peer returns with call to look again at European immigration
Allegra Stratton
The Guardian, 26 September 2011

Half of Britain's universities should be shut down and turned into vocational colleges, and immigration treaties with Europe ought to be renegotiated, "blue Labour" peer Maurice Glasman has said in Liverpool.

Lord Glasman launched the ideas as part of a package of measures for Labour to improve opportunities for the working class, whose estrangement from the party has caused concern.

Speaking at a conference fringe meeting, ... He repeated comments on immigration he made in the summer and immediately recanted amid protests from other party members.

Despite intense criticism then and a period of silence in contrition, Glasman said : "I would like to see a discussion about movement of labour. The idea that workers in Poland are working in an equivalent economic space to workers here is just not true. Wages are far, far lower there, so the incentives to move and come where wages are higher – that disrupts family life, that disrupts economic growth in Poland and creates a dependent culture. I think we should have a treaty change to stop it. Renegotiating treaties. Going back to the roots of the EU protection of workers and land."
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Immigration: Margaret Hodge demands end to 'numbers game'
Rajeev Syal
The Guardian, 26 September 2011

Margaret Hodge, the MP for Barking who won a hard-fought general election victory over the British National party, has accused Labour and the Conservatives of misleading the public over immigration.

The former children's minister told the Guardian that both parties have been playing a "numbers game" by claiming that they can cut the amount of people entering Britain. She said Labour should argue that the past decade's rise in immigrant numbers is simply a result of globalisation and that "people will come here, one way or another".

In a move that may upset some Labour supporters, she also reiterated calls for resources such as housing to be prioritised for those who have lived in Britain for longer. Her comments come as Labour has conceded that it must do more to woo white working class voters.

Hodge, speaking on the eve of a debate with Maurice Glasman over future immigration policies, said the Labour and Conservative parties had conducted a phoney war over immigration numbers. "Politicians across all of the main parties have avoided talking about immigration. When they have talked about it, they have said: 'We will cut the numbers.' ...

The former leader of Islington council said that the issue of immigration had been avoided by politicians for too long. "All of the parties have claimed that they can cut the numbers.

"But in the modern world, when Britain is a relatively safe, open and wealthy society, we will struggle to cut the numbers because we are a good destination for economic migrants.

"If we say we are controlling numbers, we anger voters. They can see what is happening in their communities and know that it is not accurate. People will come here, one way or another.

"Instead, we need to set up a new system in the allocation of scarce public resources," she said. Hodge first raised the possibility of allocating housing to those who have lived in a community the longest in May 2007, and was widely criticised by senior Labour members. Alan Johnson described her comments as "pandering to the BNP". Hodge now believes that the party is coming around to her argument.

"When I first mentioned the issue of resources, the amount of support I received from people in my constituency was extraordinary. The amount of open support I received from Westminster was zilch," she said.

"But things are changing. Now people are beginning to say that before you take something out you should put something in," she said.
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Labour's embarrassing immigration secrets revealed
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 25 September 2011

Reports kept under wraps by Labour showing that immigrants who came to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria had low education levels and were more likely to claim out-of-work benefits are to be released for the first time by ministers.

The figures are contained in five separate controversial studies commissioned by the last Labour government but never published - amid claims the party wanted to avoid a damaging row about its record before last year's general election.

Ministers accused Labour of a "disturbing cover up" and promised to publish the reports - which cost the taxpayer a total of £165,000 and have now been seen by The Sunday Telegraph - in full within days.

The documents also contain revelations that immigrants from all countries into Britain are more likely to be out of work than the native population - and are less likely to engage in any form of "civic participation."

More than one third of London's population, moreover, has now been born outside the UK. ...

Up until 2008 the Labour government was criticised for effectively operating an "open door" policy which saw a massive rise in the number of visas, work permits and extended residency being granted.

Gordon Brown's government then introduced a new "points based" system which was designed to make it harder for non-skilled people to come to Britain from outside the European Union.

However, particular controversy surrounded the rules governing immigration from countries which joined the EU during the first decade of this century - which included Bulgaria and Romania (which joined in 2007) and Poland (2004).

Labour ministers repeatedly promised that restrictions would be placed on those coming in from Eastern Europe in order to "manage" numbers and protect jobs for British workers.

However, the secret reports show that 27 per cent of people coming from Bulgaria and Romania had "low education levels" while as of 2009 more than 15 per cent of them were claiming out-of-work benefits.

The documents, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) reveal that immigrants from the two countries are more likely to claim unemployment-related benefits than either non-immigrants or other migrant groups in Britain.

A report said that despite the implementation of a "cap" on numbers, the migration rate into Britain from Romania and Bulgaria increased significantly after the countries joined the EU in 2007.

Meanwhile, migrants from the two countries were shown to be more likely to have four children or more than people coming to Britain from elsewhere - placing a significant strain on the education system, particularly in London where over half the Bulgarians and Romanians who came settled. ...

At the start of the 1980s the key annual "net immigration" figure for the UK was minus 42,000 - meaning tens of thousands more people left Britain every year than came here.

By 1992-95 this figure had gone up to plus 9,200 - while by the period between 2004 and 2007 it had mushroomed to plus 178,000 a year.

Britain's population was slated to increase by more than four million to 65.6 million between 2008 and 2018, while by 2008 over one third of London's population (34 per cent) was born outside Britain.
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Why black Africans are becoming the target of racist attacks by Libya's new rulers
The East African, 25 September 2011

Contrary to what the African Union would have you believe, most people on the continent, including many potentates, were probably glad to see the back of the self-styled King of Kings. By the time of his overthrow, Col Muammar Gaddafi had become something of a sick joke – a veritable madman with grandiose visions of a United States of Africa, who had stoked murderous wars and insurrections across the continent. But following the spate of racially inspired atrocities committed by rebel forces in the wake of his ouster, for many of Libya's black residents, it seems to be a case of: "The King is Dead. Long Live the King!"

The Gaddafi days were hardly a bed of roses for darkies. According to an October 2000 article published in the Economist at the height of another pogrom targeting sub-Saharan immigrants, Libya has had a long history of racism: "Libyans were slave-trading until the 1930s and, under Italian colonial rule, they saw themselves as mediterranean, calling Africans chocalatinos."

Despite the rhetoric of pan-Africanism, Libya under Gaddafi remained a staunchly mediterranean country. Despite indigenous blacks forming 20 per cent of the population, a majority resented his overtures to their southern neighbours, preferring instead to break bread with the Arabs of the Middle East. ... ...

... According to Hein de Haas, a senior research officer at the International Migration Institute of the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, "since the 1990s, Gaddafi had actively stimulated immigration from sub-Saharan countries such as Chad and Niger as part of his 'pan-African' policies. These immigrants from extremely poor countries were easier to exploit than Arab workers. From the year 2000 onwards, violent clashes between Libyans and African workers led to the street killings of dozens of sub-Saharan migrants, who were routinely blamed for rising crime, disease and social tensions."

In a paper, The Myth of Invasion, Haas elaborates on Gaddafi's motivations.


In a bid to get around the air travel bans and the subsequent international isolation, he opened his land borders to the Sudanese, Chadians and Nigeriens, offering them the opportunity to work in Libya "in the spirit of pan-African solidarity." What was traditionally a destination for Egyptian and Tunisian migrants now became a major destination for sub-Saharan workers. By 2000, they numbered over a million or nearly a fifth of the total population. As tensions rose, black-bashing became a popular afternoon sport for Libya's unemployed youths. The feared security agencies did little to stop them.

Interestingly, the immigration policy represents a total about-face for Gaddafi in his dealings with the continent.
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Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nurseries, expert says
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 25 September 2011

Teachers should censor the toy box to replace witches' black hats with a pink ones and dress fairies in darker shades, according to a consultant who has issued advice to local authorities.

From the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz to Meg, the good witch from the Meg and Mog children's books, witches have always dressed in black.

But their traditional attire has now come in for criticism from equality experts who claim it could send a negative message to toddlers in nursery and lead to racism.

Instead, teachers should censor the toy box and replace the pointy black hat with a pink one, while dressing fairies, generally resplendent in pale pastels, in darker shades.

Another staple of the classroom - white paper - has also been questioned by Anne O'Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.

Children should be provided with paper other than white to drawn on and paints and crayons should come in "the full range of flesh tones", reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.

Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer "black" or "brown".

The measures, outlined in a series of guides in Nursery World magazine, are aimed at avoiding racial bias in toddlers as young as two.

According to the guides, very young children may begin to express negative and discriminatory views about skin colour and appearance that nursery staff must help them "unlearn".

If children develop positive associations with dark colours, the greater the likelihood that the attitude will be generalised to people, it says.

The advice is based on an "anti-bias" approach to education which developed in the United States as part of multiculturalism. ...

Margaret Morrissey, a spokeswoman for the Parents Outloud campaigning group disagrees. She said: "I'm sure these early years experts know their field but they seem to be obsessed about colour and determined to make everyone else obsessed about it too. ..." ...

However, recent research by Professor Lord Winston provides evidence that children as young as four can hold racist views. In an experiment carried out for the BBC's Child of our Time series, children were presented with a series of images of faces of men, women, boys or girls. Only one of the faces in each sequence was white.

Children were asked to pick out the face of the person they wanted as their friend and the person they thought would be most likely to get in to trouble.

Almost all white children in the survey associated positive qualities exclusively with photographs of white children or adults. More than half of the black children made the same associations.

In contrast, people with darker faces were viewed as troublemakers.
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Rules create job or beliefs dilemma
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2011

A growing "equalities culture" is forcing Christians to choose between their beliefs and their jobs, Church of England and Roman Catholic leaders have warned.

Diversity policies threaten to increase the pressure on Christians, according to a Church of England report.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has also accused the courts of failing to protect the right to wear a cross at work.
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Border checks 'in chaos' as asylum seekers soar by 12%
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 23 September 2011

The number of foreigners seeking asylum in the UK has risen by 12 per cent over the past year.

Official EU figures show 6,070 people arrived in the country claiming refuge in the first three months of 2011 – up from 5,400 in 2010.

The total number of new asylum applications in the past 12 months was 22,735. When repeat and existing applicants are included, the number was 24,140.

Campaigners yesterday said the figures underlined the need for Britain to ignore human-rights legislation and set its own standards for granting sanctuary. ...

Alp Mehmet, of Migrationwatch, said: "There is no obvious reason for this increase. The most important point now is that those who don't qualify for asylum are returned to the countries from whence they came as quickly as possible.

"They should not be permitted to stay for reasons that most ordinary British people would regard as feeble and unconvincing."

Yesterday's figures were published by Eurostat, the statistical arm of the EU. ...

The biggest groups coming to the UK were from Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Most of those were men aged 18 to 34.
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Eastern Europeans still came to Britain for work despite recession
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2011

Twice as many Eastern Europeans came to Britain than left during the economic crisis, dispelling the myth that the recession drove them home.

Almost a third of a million workers from Poland, Lithuania and other former Eastern Bloc nations arrived in the UK between 2008 and last year, while just 145,000 left.

It means there was still a large net flow of migrant workers coming in to the country at a time when unemployment among Britons was increasing.

And the main reason was they were more willing to do "dirty, difficult and dangerous" jobs for lower wages, according to a study for the Office for National Statistics.

Immigration observers last night said the research confirmed fears that migrant workers have undercut wages and forced Britons on to the dole.

The figures are also a headache for the Government because, as EU citizens and free to come and go, the Eastern Europeans will not be affected by measures to cut immigration levels.

Overall, between 2004 and March 2010, more than 1.4 million Eastern Europeans came to work in the UK, making up 40 per cent of all foreign workers over that period.

The ONS study examined what effect the recession had on migrants from the so-called A8 countries, the eight nations who joined the EU in 2004, including Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

It concluded that while numbers fell it was "still striking however that so many migrants were still arriving".

It found that between January 2008 and June 2010, a total of 316,720 workers from Eastern Europe came to the UK.

That was the period when the country was in economic downturn and includes the one and half years of a formal recession.

Over the same period less than 145,000 left. ...

Employers told the researchers that the Eastern Europeans were willing to do the jobs for lower wages than local workers.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is further evidence that Eastern European workers have been under cutting the wages to which British workers are willing to do this kind of work.

"This is a bonanza for employers but not for the taxpayer who has to provide benefits for those who are unemployed as a result."
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Volunteering at ten year low in blow to Big Society
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2011

Volunteering and community participation is at a ten year low in a blow to David Cameron's Big Society agenda.

Just 39 per cent of people took part in some form of volunteering in the last year, the lowest level since 2001, according to the Government's annual Citizenship Survey.

Similarly, only a third of people took part in civic events such as a demonstration or petition, or contacting a local politician – also the lowest for a decade. ...

However, the survey, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, found cohesion and the fear of crime is improving in towns and cities.

The survey, which questions about 15,000 adults, found 86 per cent thought people from different backgrounds got on well together in their area, compared with 80 per cent in 2003.

Some 78 per cent said they felt they belonged strongly to their neighbourhood, compared to 70 per cent almost a decade ago.

Two thirds of people are also not worried about being a victim of crime in their area, compared with 55 per cent in 2005.

In other issues, three in four people think immigration in to the UK should be cut, including half who say it should be reduced by "a lot".
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India set to unveil new quotas for government jobs and university places
Dean Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2011

India is to unveil controversial new quotas guaranteeing government jobs and university places for Muslims and poor upper caste Brahmins despite fierce opposition from its middle-classes.

Opponents denounced the move as an attempt to buy "vote banks" in next year's key election contest in Uttar Pradesh, where the ruling Congress Party is trying to regain ground lost to Mayawati, the 'untouchable' chief minister whose lower-caste-based party is now targeting other poor minority groups.

If approved, the move will make university places even harder to win for middle-class students who already must achieve pass-marks as high as 100 per cent for some colleges. It will also further swell the country's bloated bureaucracy as it faces its fiercest challenge over widespread corruption.

India's 'reservation culture' is deeply entrenched and dates back to British colonial rule when officials introduced quotas to share coveted government jobs among rival caste groups.

But it has mushroomed in recent years with the rise of caste-based political parties at the expense of the Congress and its Hindu nationalist BJP opposition. Today, just under half of all government-funded higher education places are reserved for 'untouchable' Dalits, 'other backward castes' and tribal people.

In local council elections, 33 per cent of seats are reserved for women, while other quotas are available for the descendants of 'freedom fighters', Indian emigrants, returning emigrants, the disabled, and some religious minorities.

India's parliament, the Lok Sabha, has 79 seats reserved for lower 'scheduled' castes, 41 for 'backward' tribes, and two seats set aside for representatives of its 'Anglo-Indian' community – the descendants of mixed British-Indian marriages. ...

Professor R. Radhakrishnan, an expert on caste reservations, said the benefits of quota meant everyone now wants to be from a reserved class. "We are heading to a point when everybody in India will have some kind of reservation," he said.

But leading commentator, M.J Akbar, said the reservation system has served low caste Dalits well and is now so deeply ingrained that no Indian politician would be brave enough to challenge it. He said the benefits should be shared by all groups which suffered discrimination.

"If other underprivileged groups can be uplifted by quotas, why not Muslims?" he asked.
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Boston Lincolngrad: Peter Hitchens investigates the troubling transformation of a sleepy English town after mass immigration from Eastern Europe
Peter Hitchens
Daily Mail, 18 September 2011

... How shocking it is, then, to return and find Boston so strangely and unexpectedly transformed. ... ...

Here in the English fenland, everyone involved is a victim of enormous, irresistible powers. Those abstract ideas called 'market forces' and 'free movement of peoples', so beloved of academics, politicians and journalists far away in London, come to life and stalk the streets. Like most grandiose ideas, they are not as nice as they sound.

In Boston, what they mean is this. On a 20-minute walk from railway station to bed-and-breakfast, I meet and see almost nobody who speaks English. ... ...

I came to Boston at the invitation of a man I shall call Ted. He wanted me to see at first hand a place that cannot really cope with what is happening to it. He tells a disturbing story about strange events soon before the migrants arrived, around the turn of the century. ...

'I am fully convinced the guy I met worked for the Government and was sent to Boston to see what the public reaction would be. Not long afterwards, there was a public meeting on the subject. Among the listed speakers was a representative of the BNP.'

As Ted, a mainstream, conservative-minded businessman, says: 'If you want to kill off any political opposition to any issue you invite the BNP.'

I include this story because I have long been haunted by the extraordinary and astonishing revelations of Andrew Neather, a former New Labour speech writer who worked for, among others, Jack Straw. He wrote in a London newspaper in 2009 that the huge immigration increases in the past ten years were at least partly caused by a desire in government to change the country and 'rub the Right's nose in diversity'.

He said Labour's weaker border controls were a deliberate plan to 'open up the UK to mass migration' but that Ministers were nervous about discussing this openly, for fear of losing working-class votes. So instead, they just went on and on about the supposed economic benefits of welcoming more migrants. Boston, interestingly, is a mainly Tory area, where Labour did not need to worry about lost votes. ...

There is nothing here for our comfort. I came away from Boston wanting to tell the truth about it, without making it worse. It is easy to understand the frustrated resentment of decent people whose friendly, known world has been destroyed by distant politicians.

It is not hard to sympathise with a young man or woman with the guts and energy to come hundreds of miles to find work that locals do not much want to do.

But it is impossible not to be angry with the politicians who either couldn't imagine what their policies would bring in practice, or did not care. The destruction of familiarity and security cannot be measured in money.

And I suspect they encouraged this vast migration because they lacked the courage or the will to confront the huge problems of broken families, feeble schools and welfare dependency: the real causes of the so-called labour shortage.

By doing so, they have done deep and lasting damage which has already led to bloodshed and hatred, and which could easily lead to more in the years to come. Yet nothing will bring them to admit it, or to change their minds. They never visit their own country and I do not think they give a damn about it.
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Little Rock desegregation plans go back to court
USA Today / Associated Press, 18 September 2011

More than a half-century after federal troops escorted nine black students into an all-white school, efforts to desegregate Little Rock's classrooms are at another turning point.

The state wants to end its long-running payments for desegregation programs, but three school districts that receive the money say they need it to continue key programs. And a federal judge has accused the schools of delaying desegregation so they can keep receiving an annual infusion of $70 million. ...

The schools, which serve about 50,000 students, have come a long way since 1957, when the governor and hundreds of protesters famously tried to stop the Little Rock Nine from entering Central High School. But thousands of white and black children still have to be bused to different neighborhoods every day under one of the nation's largest remaining court-ordered desegregation systems. ...

The battle over school desegregation persisted for decades after the civil rights movement. In 1982, the city schools sued two neighboring districts and the state for not doing enough to help with desegregation.

Two years later, a federal judge ruled that those districts had wrongfully separated white and black students. In 1989, the schools and the state reached a settlement that required large payments to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County districts. It is still in effect today.

Some Little Rock schools remain as segregated as the neighborhoods around them. And achieving racial balance is becoming more difficult as families leave the suburbs that supply white students to schools in majority-black city neighborhoods. Despite years of efforts, black students still score much lower on tests than white students. ...

In May, a federal judge accused the North Little Rock and Pulaski County districts of delaying desegregation to keep getting state money.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller pointed to problems with student achievement and discipline, ... ...

Margie Powell, head of the court-appointed Office of Desegregation Monitoring, said the districts "got addicted to the money" rather than finding ways to pay for magnet schools and transfers on their own. ...

After decades of issuing court orders, judges across the country have shown in recent years that they want to get out of school desegregation, said Wendy Parker, a professor at Wake Forest University.

"I think courts have gotten exhausted with it," she said. "I don't think they're stopping because they've been successful. I think they're stopping because they feel it's time to move onto other issues."

In other cities with schools that were desegregated by court order, such as Kansas City, Mo., and Charlotte, N.C., the classrooms eventually went back to reflecting the segregated neighborhoods around them, Parker said. ...

"Everybody loves choice today," Parker said. "But choice by definition allows people to self-segregate."
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Rioters were crooks who had never been jailed
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2011

Half of the people involved in the riots in England last month were guilty of 15 previous offences on average but had never been incarcerated.

According to figures released yesterday, hundreds of rioters were serial offenders who had been handed community penalties, fines or cautions for their previous crimes, leaving them free to join in the disturbances last month.

One in 20 had more than 50 previous offences to their name. ... ...

The Metropolitan Police Authority was told yesterday that certain crimes, including robbery and burglary, had dropped since hundreds of suspects were arrested during and after the riots.

Police hunting suspects are now focusing on criminals with long histories of offending.

The statistics derived from a detailed analysis of the 1,561 people who have appeared in court charged with riot-related offences and were published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday.

Three quarters of those charged had been involved in crime at least once before and between them they were responsible for more than 16,000 previous offences, including almost 1,000 violent assaults, 785 burglaries and almost 600 robberies. That averaged out at 15 crimes each but, of those repeat offenders, only 36 per cent had ever been jailed for an offence. ...

Yesterday's figures also showed that half the rioters were aged 20 or under. One in seven rioters was also a foreign national, in keeping with general patterns of criminal activity.
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Foreign criminals exploiting right to family life to stay in UK, minister warns
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2011

Foreign criminals are using the right to family life in more than half of successful appeals against deportation, the immigration minister will warn today.

Damian Green will say too many criminals are exploiting the controversial human right and will pledge a shake up of its use.

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights is cited by individuals who claim they have been in the UK for so long that they have established a family or relationship here that would be damaged by their removal.

In the last three months of 2010 it was the defence in six in ten successful appeals by foreign criminals, Mr Green will reveal.

Earlier this year Theresa May announced that officials are re-examining the definition of the clause, and its interpretation, in a bid to stop criminals using it.

They are looking to rebalance it so the rights of the public outweigh those of a convicted criminal. ...

Mr Green will quote figures that show between October and December last year there were 162 successful appeals against deportation by a foreign criminal, of which 99 were allowed under Article 8.

If that pattern repeats itself it suggests up to 400 foreign criminals using the right to family life to avoid deportation every year.
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Most migrants on a marriage visa have never visited the UK before
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 15 September 2011

Two-thirds of immigrants who come to Britain on a marriage visa have never before set foot in this country, it has emerged.

Every year some 40,000 migrants enter the country either to marry or to join an existing spouse – bringing with them another 9,000 children and other dependants.

An examination of Home Office files from 2009 revealed 67 per cent were coming here for the first time.

The research will raise concerns that many of those coming here to marry or to join partners have little knowledge and understanding of British culture.

It will be published today as Immigration Minister Damian Green calls for support for Government plans to prevent family visas being used to bypass immigration laws.

In a speech to the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, he will tell anyone attempting sham marriages or coming here to live off benefits that they are not welcome.

Mr Green will say: 'These are sensitive issues which have been ignored for far too long but ones we are determined to tackle.

'We want a system that lets everyone know where they stand and what their responsibilities are.

'If your marriage is not genuine, if you have no interest in this country and its way of life, if you are coming here to live off benefits, don't come in the first place.

'That is why our focus is on delivering better family migration – better for migrants, for communities and for the UK as a whole.'

The research shows that around eight out of ten of those who arrived on family visas from Pakistani and Bangladesh in 2004 had settled here permanently within five years.

That compares to just one in ten family migrants arriving from Australia.

Worryingly, one in five of those sponsoring marriage visas were either unemployed or was earning less than the minimum wage, the research found. One in three was living with family members or friends and not supporting themselves financially.
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Cities to grab lands equaling size of Mongolia In next 20 years, says Texas A&M study
EurekAlert!, 15 September 2011

In the next 20 years, more than 590,000 square miles of land globally – more than twice the size of Texas – will be gobbled up by cities, a trend that shows no signs of stopping and one that could pose threats on several levels, says a Texas A&M University geographer who is part of a national team studying the problem.

Burak Güneralp, a research assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M, says urban areas are growing faster than urban populations and by 2030, urbanized land worldwide will grow by 590,000 square miles – more than twice the size of Texas, or about the size of Mongolia. He is part of a team that includes three other researchers from Yale, Stanford and Arizona State and their work is published in the journal PloS ONE.

"This massive urbanization of land is happening worldwide, but India, China and Africa have experienced the highest rates of urban land expansion," Güneralp explains. "Our study covered the 30 years from 1970 to 2000, and we found that urban growth is occurring at the highest rates in developing countries. However, it is the North America that experienced the largest increase in total urban land."

The United Nations predicts that by 2030 there will be an additional 1.47 billion people living in urban areas. Güneralp says, urban population growth is a significant driver of urban land change, especially in developing regions such in India and Africa. However, economic growth is also important, particularly in China. He notes that coastal areas are especially vulnerable to urban expansion.

"Where cities grow the most seem to be near coastal areas, and this is a very noticeable trend," Güneralp says. "This makes coastal areas a special area of concern because people and infrastructures are at risk to rising sea levels, flooding, hurricanes, tsunamis and other disasters. All over the world, people like to live by the water, so it's a trend that will likely not change."

Güneralp adds that often urbanization occurs near lands that are environmentally sensitive and in some cases, protected by law.

"This will challenge conservation strategies because future urban expansion is expected to be significant in total area extent and also as likely to occur near protected areas as in other regions," he says.

There is a flip side to the urbanization trend, Güneralp points out.

"People who live in cities tend to have better access to health care, water and sanitation facilities, and cities are shown to be more efficient with regards to such things as energy consumption compared to rural areas," he notes. "In cities, people exchange. They exchange ideas, experiences as well as materials. All these spur innovation and create business opportunities. Because of all these interactions, cities are the most likely places to come up with the solutions to the emerging environmental and economic challenges that we face."
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Black-white marriages increased rapidly since 1980, study finds
EurekAlert!, 15 September 2011

A new study of interracial marriages in the United States since the 1980s suggests that the racial boundary between blacks and whites continues to break down – but is not yet close to disappearing.

Marriages between African Americans and whites increased rapidly between 1980 and 2008, outpacing the rate of unions between whites and other ethnic and racial groups, including Latinos, Asian Americans and American Indians.

Still, the total number of marriages between blacks and whites continues to be much smaller than those between whites and other racial and ethnic groups.

"The number of marriages between whites and African Americans is undeniably increasing rapidly, but it is still a small number," said Zhenchao Qian, lead author of the study and professor of sociology at Ohio State University.

In 1980, only 5 percent of black men married a white woman, but that increased to 14 percent in 2008. Still, by comparison, 38 percent of Asian American men and Hispanic men married a white woman in 2008.

"Our results point to better race relations in 2008 than 1980, but we still have a way to go," Qian said. "The racial boundary is blurred, but it is still there."

Qian conducted the study with Daniel Lichter, professor of policy analysis and management and sociology at Cornell University. Their results appear in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.

One of the strengths of this new study is that it uses data on new marriages begun each year between 1980 and 2008. That allows the researchers to see how marriages are reacting to current social conditions, according to Qian. Most studies use data on all marriages – including couples who married decades ago, when their marriage market was very different from that of today.

The study uses data from the 2008 American Community Survey, which is an ongoing survey of American households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey includes about 3 million people a year. The researchers also use data from the 1980 U.S. census.

Understanding changes in interracial marriages is complex because it involves two different factors: the marriage market of who is available to marry and also individuals' choices about who they would be willing to marry.

Those two factors tell somewhat different stories, Qian said.

Overall, while marriages between blacks and whites showed large increases between 1980 and 2008, there was only a slight increase in marriages between whites and Hispanics. This period also marked the end of the long-term rise in marriages between whites and Asians.

Much of this can be explained by large increases in immigration of Hispanics and Asians into the United States, the study revealed.

This has meant that Hispanics and Asians living in the United States now have a larger pool of potential marriage partners from their own racial and ethnic groups. Indeed, results showed that marriages between U.S. born and foreign born Asians and Hispanics increased rapidly between 2000 and 2008.

"With the enormous growth of the immigrant population, Asians and Hispanics now have more opportunities than ever to find a marital partner who shares the same cultural background. Such marriages reinforce their cultural identity," Lichter said.

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Almost 100,000 lost asylum seekers may never be traced
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2011

Almost 100,000 asylum seekers lost by the shambolic immigration service may never be found, the head of the department revealed yesterday.

Officials have been unable to trace one in five of the 450,000 forgotten asylum cases meaning they could remain in the UK forever.

The so-called legacy backlog of cases that were never completed was first discovered five years ago, with some dating back to the 1990s.

The Home Office promised to go through every file by the end of this summer.

That target was met but only because officials have concluded they cannot find 98,000 of them.

A further 18,000 are still in the UK despite being told they should be removed, Jonathan Sedgwick, the acting chief executive of the Border Agency, told MPs.

Critics have accused the Home Office of effectively running an amnesty that will see hundreds of thousands of people stay indefinitely in the UK.

The Home Office admitted in 2006 that a backlog of up to 450,000 files had built up. John Reid, who was home secretary at the time, promised to clear it within five years, by this summer.

Following the exercise, more than one in three have been told they can stay, mainly because the time it took for the Home Office to deal with the cases meant they had been in Britain so long they could argue their human rights would be breached if they were ordered to leave.

Only eight per cent, or 37,500, have been removed and another 18,000 are still awaiting removal, some because they committed offences while forgotten and have been subjected to criminal proceedings.

And 98,000 have now been placed in a "controlled archive" which means there is little chance of them being traced.

The rest were either duplicates or errors in the case files.

It means tens of thousands of asylum seekers who may have no right to stay in Britain may never be found.
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Immigrants have children for benefits, says Asian peer
BBC, 14 September 2011

The UK's first female Asian peer has used a debate in the Lords to criticise Pakistani and Bangladeshi families for having too many children.

Baroness Flather suggested people in some minority communities had a large number of children in order to be able to claim more benefits.

The peer, born in Lahore before the partition of India, said the issue did not apply to families of Indian origin.

The cross-bencher said benefit cuts could help to discourage extra births.

Baroness Flather, speaking during a debate on the government's welfare changes, said: "The minority communities in this country, particularly the Pakistanis and the Bangladeshis have a very large number of children and the attraction is the large number of benefits that follow the child.

"Nobody likes to accept that, nobody likes to talk about it because it is supposed to be very politically incorrect."

The 67-year-old said that immigrant families must stop having lots of children "as a means of improving the amount of money they receive or getting a bigger house."

The former Tory peer also claimed Indian families had a different mentality to Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in the UK.

"Indians have fallen into the pattern here," she told peers. "They do not have large families because they are like the Jews of old. They want their children to be educated.

"This is the other problem - there is no emphasis on education in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi families."

Baroness Flather called for a gradual reduction in benefits in order to discourage large families and suggested payments should be reduced after a couple's first two children.

She said: "I really feel that for the first two children there should be a full raft of benefits, for the third child three-quarters and for the fourth child a half."

Baroness Flather's comments were not well-received by Labour work and pensions spokesman Lord McKenzie.

Concluding the argument for the opposition, he told the Lords: "I had not expected the treatise on the family sizes of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities and hope I don't again."

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud, replying to the debate, did not refer to Lady Flather's comments.
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Migrants are better qualified than workers born in UK, says study
Richard Garner
The Independent, 14 September 2011

Migrants are better qualified and holding down better-paid jobs than people born in the UK, according to a major international study published yesterday.

Figures show that 34 per cent of migrants in the UK have a post-school qualification; 4.9 percentage points higher than the figure for non-immigrants. They are also better paid than migrants in most other countries and UK-born workers, putting less of a strain on the benefit system, according to research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

A quarter of international students from outside Europe complete their studies in the UK and stay on in the country, said Andreas Schleicher, head of the indicators and analysis division at the OECD and author of the report. "The benefits to your economy from them are great," he said. ...

"Migrants tend to be better qualified with a higher proportion of degree holders," Mr Schleicher added. "It is a very interesting factor that often gets lost in the public debate about immigration."

Yesterday's report also revealed that poorly qualified UK adults had been some of the hardest hit by the recession in the entire world. Figures showed the employment rate amongst 15- to 29-year-olds without at least five A* to C grade GCSE passes had fallen from 65.6 per cent to 56.9 per cent – a slump four times higher than the international average.

"Adults (without the equivalent of five top-grade GCSE passes) have borne the brunt of the economic crisis and seen a marked drop in their employment prospects between 2008 and 2009 [the years of the study's findings]," said the report. It added that this showed "significant vulnerability for individuals with less education".

The survey also showed that the UK trails behind other countries in the percentage of young people going into higher education, despite a massive increase in the past decade. And, of the 30 countries in the survey, 25 had higher rates of 15- to 19-year-olds in education and 27 had a higher rate of 20- to 29-year-olds in education.
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Playtime banter classed as 'hate speech'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2011

More than 20,000 under-11s were punished for racist and anti-homosexual behaviour in schools in a single year, according to research.

The equivalent of about 100 primary school pupils a day were reported to local authorities after using offensive language in lessons and the playground, it is claimed. ...

Researchers said many children, some as young as four, were being reported despite being unlikely to understand the meaning of such words.

Schools must report all cases of "hate speech" to councils under the 2000 Race Relations Act. ... Reports can be used by police and social services and can remain on children's records for years. ...

Research shows that 30,147 incidents were logged by 152 local authorities in England and Wales in 2008-9, of which 20,000 related to primary schools.
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Some police can barely write, lawyer claims
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2011

Some police officers are "barely literate" because the educational requirements to join the service are so low, a lawyer claimed yesterday.

Tom Winsor, who is reviewing police recruitment, said many criminal barristers "speak in contemptuous terms" of the quality of officers' evidence.

Educational standards had fallen "significantly" since the 1930s, he said.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, denied that the police were illiterate. ...

Mr Winsor said he found it "astonishing" that officers claimed the low requirements were the result of trying "to get more diversity among applicants".

"I find that astonishing because if I was of that background I'd be insulted," he said.
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How 2m East Europeans signed to get UK benefit
Alison Little
Daily Express, 12 September 2011

Fresh evidence of how Labour "opened the floodgates" to workers from eastern Europe has emerged – with details showing how nearly two million signed up to one key "control" scheme.

Figures given to Parliament revealed that in total, two million applications were accepted for the Worker Registration Scheme from citizens of the A8 countries of eastern Europe, which joined the EU in 2004.

The scheme, which began in May 2004 and ended on April 30 this year, was designed to establish the incomers' legal right to work in the UK and to claim certain benefits.

The figures, from Immigration Minister Damian Green, revealed the nationalities of applicants.

Poland was the biggest source of would-be workers at 1.2 million. It was followed by Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovenia, from which only 1,700 applications were received.

The table also revealed how rarely people were turned down, with 1.92 million approved and just 13,368, 0.7 per cent, refused.

Previous research has suggested how even the high figures on the scheme will significantly underestimate total immigration, as some, including the self-employed, were not required to register and an unknown number will simply not have done so.

The figures fuelled further criticism of Labour for giving the A8 citizens full working rights here when most other EU countries kept them out of their jobs markets for as long as possible. The numbers arriving vastly outstripped Labour's predictions of just 13,000 a year.

Under the scheme, registered nationals of the eight countries who were working could potentially qualify for in-work support such as tax credits and housing and council tax benefits if they were on low incomes.

After 12 months of uninterrupted work, they might also be entitled to other payments such as Jobseeker's Allowance.

The scheme ended this year under the EU's seven-year limit on restrictions covering people from new member states. Since May 1, A8 nationals have had the same access to our labour market and benefits as those from other EU countries.

The Government vows it has tough rules in place to prevent abuse and "benefit tourism".

Migrants will be able to claim income-related benefits only if they have a right to live here and are "habitually resident", though ministers have previously admitted this could mean being here for as little as a month.

Tougher UK restrictions remain on people from the newest EU states, Bulgaria and Romania, and the coalition has promised strict rules on those from countries joining in future. Tory MP Anne Main, who obtained the figures, said: "Labour opened the floodgates, which decimated our chance to grow the labour market and job opportunities for people in the UK.

"They laid us open to benefit tourism and massive immigration of people seeking jobs.

"For the number of refusals under the scheme to be so low means the bar must have been set very low.

"And now, needing to be here for as little as a month to get benefits, opens our benefits pot to people who are here almost on an extended holiday."
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Documentary says one-in-six civil marriages are fake
Lynne Kelleher
Irish Examiner, 12 September 2011

One-in-six civil marriages in Ireland are believed to be fake, according to a new documentary.

The TV3 documentary reveals how Ireland has become the sham marriage capital of Europe because it isn't against the law here to marry in order to secure a visa.

Registrars in Ireland have to legally pronounce brides and grooms as man and wife even though they plainly don't speak the same language.

The documentary uncovers how Eastern European brides are bought and sold by brokers and often forced to marry complete strangers on Irish soil to secure residency visas for grooms, mainly from Pakistan and India.

The Asian grooms desperate to stay in Ireland pay fees of up to €4,000 to brokers to marry brides, sent mainly from Latvia, in rural Irish registry offices as tying the knot with an EU citizen allows them to stay in Europe for five more years.

Latvian police tell how they have been investigating claims of false imprisonment, rape and human trafficking in Ireland for the past two years.

The Latvian ambassador to Ireland, Peteris Elferts, said he is very concerned about the number of women from his country being deceived and often forced by brokers into marriages of convenience.

He said: "Sometimes when the women are deceived into participating in the sham marriage their telephone is taken away, their passport is taken away and they are basically held hostage."

The documentary, Ireland's Sham Marriages, exposes how the Latvian women, desperate to escape poverty, are rarely paid the fees they are promised and are often kept hostage by their grooms.

Under an EU directive, which was given effect in the Republic in 2006, the non-EU spouses and family members of EU citizens have the right to live in Ireland and travel freely within the union. Since 2006, the number of non-EU emigrants granted residency in Ireland based on marriages to Eastern European women has more than doubled. ...

Reporter Paul Connolly exposes one Nigerian broker of fake marriages who charges up to €4,000 for the supply of Eastern European brides.

A Pakistani broker is also filmed by the undercover reporter, looking for brides from Latvia for money.

Latvian author Aleksandra Jolkina, who has written a book on the sham marriages being carried out in Ireland, said: "The sums which are being paid now to recruit a bride from Latvia are between €4,000 and €6,000.

"This money gets into the pockets of the organisers while the women practically receive nothing. ..."
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Record-High 86% Approve of Black-White Marriages
Jeffrey M. Jones
Gallup, 12 September 2011

Americans are approaching unanimity in their views of marriages between blacks and whites, with 86% now approving of such unions. Americans' views on interracial marriage have undergone a major transformation in the past five decades. When Gallup first asked about black-white marriages in 1958, 4% approved. More Americans disapproved than approved until 1983, and approval did not exceed the majority level until 1997.

The latest results are based on an Aug. 4-7 USA Today/Gallup poll, which included an oversample of blacks.

Approval of black-white marriages is at a record high among blacks and whites. Blacks have always been more approving than whites of interracial marriage, going back to 1968 when Gallup first was able to report reliable estimates on each group's opinions. However, the gap in approval ratings has narrowed considerably, averaging 13 percentage points since 1997 but 32 points from 1968-1994.

Approval of black-white marriage is well above the majority level among all key subgroups, though slightly lower among Southerners, Republicans, conservatives, and those with no college education. Senior citizens are the least approving of black-white marriage among major subgroups, at 66%. ...

The increase in approval of black-white marriage among all Americans, however, is probably more the result of changing attitudes within the population than it is changes in the composition of the population with more socially progressive younger adults replacing less progressive older ones. This is evident from examining the same age cohorts in 1991 and now. Each cohort shows 30 point or more increases in approval of black-white marriage today compared with the same group's attitudes 20 years ago.

However, generational replacement is still a factor as today's younger Americans, who were children or not even born 20 years ago and are nearly unanimous in their approval of black-white marriage, are replacing now-deceased Americans who were generally less likely to approve of interracial marriage when they were alive.

Americans' acceptance of marriage between people of different races continues to grow and is approaching unanimity, with 86% now approving of marriages between blacks and whites. Widespread approval of interracial marriage is a dramatic shift from roughly 50 years ago when 4% approved, and even 20 years ago, when about half as many approved as do so today.
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Stanford law professor argues black women should cross race barrier for marriage partners
Lisa M. Krieger
San Jose Mercury News, 12 September 2011

Black women are getting to the best universities, strongest corporations and top ranks of government offices.

But not to the altar.

A provocative new book by Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks examines why black women are so unlikely to marry – and proposes a solution that is arousing controversy in the African-American community: Cross the color line.

"Don't marry down. Marry out," says Banks ... The shared experience that once bound blacks together – segregation – is gone, he asserts. "So it all coalesces around this ...: whether black women will continue to be held hostage to the failings of black men." ...

Some welcome his book, "Is Marriage for White People?" because it has started an uncomfortable conversation they say is long overdue. ...

He speaks from a position that seems rarer every day: a black male who is highly educated ..., professional ..., married to a black woman (Stanford social psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt, ...).

The project grew out of an intellectual journey that is part of his scholarship at Stanford Law School, focusing on two long-standing interests: racial equality and discrimination, and family and children. Many Stanford-based colleagues and friends helped him refine his arguments, and Stanford students helped with interviews. ...

It wasn't always so. Through the middle of the 20th century, about nine out of 10 black women married. Now black women are about half as likely to be married as their 1950s counterparts. White adults are also more likely to be single today than in the past. But marriage has diminished more among African-Americans than among any other Americans.

And when they do marry, black women are more likely to marry men with substantially less education or less income, Banks says.

His message to black women: Stop settling for less than you deserve. Forget race loyalty. Quit thinking that white, Asian and Latino men don't find you attractive; it's not true. ... ...

Banks' solution was also challenged by African-American scholars in a "virtual symposium" held by the nonprofit and nonpartisan Council on Contemporary Families.

There, Professor Micere Keels of the University of Chicago argued that black women don't rule out nonblack partners. Rather, studies show they receive fewer advances from whites, Latinos or Asians. ...

And while interracial families are a potent symbol of a society that's healing its racial divide, raising multiracial children is a challenge that Banks doesn't address, said symposium participant Jenifer Bratter of Rice University.

"Biracial children often face racial difficulties from both sides of the racial spectrum, leaving parents to help their children to make sense of these experiences," she said.
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Hospitals cut jobs but still hire abroad
Laura Donnelly
Sunday Telegraph, 11 September 2011

Hospital bosses have spent thousands of pounds on trips to recruit foreign doctors and nurses, while laying off their own staff.

Visits to destinations including India and Dubai took place as the NHS drew up plans to cut 20,000 jobs for front line health workers.

... at least 11 NHS trusts and one health authority sent teams abroad to recruit doctors and nurses, despite such posts being earmarked for cuts.

The trips were organised despite pledges by David Cameron to cap immigration and protect British jobs, and concerns raised last week by Lord Winston, one of Britain's most senior doctors, that some nurses from Eastern Europe put patients in danger because of poor standards of English. The head of the Royal College of Nursing also condemned the visits as "incomprehensible and unacceptable".

Dartford and Gravesham Trust in Kent sent a team to Romania in November and hired 20 nurses, even though Barts and the London NHS Trust, less than 20 miles away, was drawing up plans to cut 635 posts including more than 250 jobs for nurses. ...

More than 10,000 doctors and nurses who trained overseas registered to work in Britain in the first 12 months of the Coalition. There was a 53 per cent rise in foreign nurses who registered with British regulators, from 2,804 to 4,303, while the number of foreign doctors increased by eight per cent from 5,359 to 5,811. The number of nurses from outside the European Union, where an immigration cap applies, went from 635 to 1,307.

Dr Peter Carter, the Royal College's general secretary said it was "absolutely crazy" that hospital trusts had gone abroad to recruit.

"It is incomprehensible and unacceptable to have these sorts of recruitment trawls abroad when so many staff are being laid off, and so many newly qualified nurses can't find work," he said. ...

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: "We hear from patients that there are real issues with nurses from other countries including problems communicating with patients and a lack of understanding of processes and procedures."
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Spend on cities to save rural areas
Professor Tony Travers
Sunday Telegraph, 11 September 2011

The struggle between ministers and the rural lobby over the future of planning is a real "culture war". ...

Even more problematically, there are far more people who want to move from cities to the countryside than the other way round. Factors such as outstanding beauty, good schools, the lack of pollution and low crime make rural areas very attractive. Cities are often seen as dangerous and cramped places to live.

So here is the rub. Britain's population is rising fast. Millions more homes will be needed. ...
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Decade later, we're still fumbling immigration issue
Wendy J. Murphy
The Enterprise, 11 September 2011
[Wendy Murphy is an adjunct professor at New England Law in Boston]

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it's hard to believe so many people still doubt the relationship between illegal immigration and crime. It's not that all illegals are dangerous, but porous borders always present a security risk and the 9/11 attacks are an extreme example of what "security risk" means.

In most states, this is well understood. Not so in Massachusetts, where hypocrisy doesn't matter, either. ...

A sincere debate would focus on whether we can afford porous borders, socially and financially. Politics would have nothing to do with it. But partisan politicians don't want a sincere debate because they know it would end quickly. It's no mystery that we could afford to be generous about illegal immigration 100 years ago, but the economic and social costs today are untenable, especially in Massachusetts where things have gotten so crazy, we actually give more benefits to illegals than to lawful citizens.

About 70 percent of people who receive free health care in Massachusetts are illegal, which costs taxpayers $35 million a year. Yet a legal citizen who gets laid off has no automatic right to free health care. Even criminals get a better outcome if they're here illegally. We give illegals gigantic plea-bargains to save them from deportation because the more serious the conviction, the greater the risk of being returned to their home country. This means a legal citizen is more likely to end up in jail than his illegal counterpart who commits the same offense.
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Lord Winston's fears over poor English of foreign nurses
Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2011

Lord Winston, the medical professor and television presenter, warned yesterday of the potential risk to patients from nurses with poor English.

Speaking in the House of Lords, he pointed to particular problems with nurses coming from some former Eastern Bloc countries such as Romania and Bulgaria.

"Communication between the patient and the professional is of vital importance," he told peers. "We run the risk of losing it with this issue of nurses who can't speak the English language and have been trained in a different way."

Lord Winston, who was taking part in a debate on the different training standards for foreign health workers, said he was aware from his work abroad of the "limited communication even in their own language" of many East European health workers.

"If we aren't careful we will increase that in our own health service," he said.

"I hope we can make the strongest case possible to make sure we get proper communication between patient and carer."

His comments came as the Lords debated different training standards for foreign health workers coming to work in the NHS from within and outside the European Economic Area.

Lord Kakkar, a surgeon and cross-bench peer, complained that the General Medical Council was not able to test the competency of medical practitioners from within the European Union and that their home regulatory authorities were not obliged to pass on any concerns about an individual.

"Quite frankly this is an intolerable situation," he said.

Baroness Thornton, the Labour health spokesman, said her party supported the principle of freedom of movement and recognised the "positive contribution of European Union nurses, midwives and doctors".

But she added: "Freedom of movement should not take precedence over patient safety."

Some countries are able to circumvent the freedom of movement rules banning the tests for candidates.

In France, tests are conducted by local health boards rather than a national watchdog, so not deemed to break the regulations.

Figures show that since strict checks on nurses' competence - including language skills - were scrapped last October, the number of European nurses registering to work in Britain has doubled, and that in the first five months alone, nearly 1,500 new nurses arrived.

According to the General Medical Council, 22,060 doctors licensed to work in the UK – around 10 per cent – were from the European Economic Area, including 1,862 doctors who qualified in Romania and 722 in Bulgaria.
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Crime by EU migrants trebles - and we still can't throw them out
James Slack And Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 8 September 2011

Britain is suffering an explosion in crimes by EU nationals, who are amassing more than 2,700 convictions every month.

Since 2007, the number of EU citizens punished for breaking the law in the UK has more than trebled.

The total is expected to hit a record 33,000 this year, placing huge pressure on the police, courts and overcrowded jails.

But because of EU diktats and Labour's Human Rights Act, officials are finding it extremely hard to remove European lawbreakers once they have completed their sentences.

According to the latest Home Office figures, 27,563 EU nationals were convicted in 2010, up from 10,736 in 2007.

Yet only 1,480 EU citizens were removed from the country last year.

Top of the list of offenders were Poland, whose citizens collected 6,777 convictions, reflecting the large numbers who have headed here since the controversial expansion of the EU. Next came Romania with 4,343.

Bulgarians were responsible for 296 crimes in 2010.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, three years after Poland and other Eastern European states. ...

EU rules make it far harder to remove European citizens than those from the rest of the world.

Normally, criminals may be considered for deportation if they have been sentenced to at least a year in jail.

But for EU nationals the bar is set twice as high with a starting point of two years in jail.

The Home Office must also show the offender poses a 'present, genuine and sufficiently serious threat' to society.

The situation becomes even more complicated thanks to Labour's Human Rights Act, which prevents the removal of anybody who can claim to have established a family life in the UK.

In reality, all except the most serious EU offenders, such as killers and rapists, are unlikely to face even an attempt at deportation.

At the same time, the EU free movement directive prevents Britain from refusing entry to all but the worst overseas criminals.

Sir Andrew Green of Migrationwatch said: 'This is another of the unspoken costs of the massive levels of immigration we face.

'The fact that it is so difficult to remove EU nationals only rubs salt into the wound.' ...

Overall, the number of EU convictions since 2007 is 109,568.

This includes 19,164 in the first seven months of 2011 – a figure pointing to a record end-of-year total of almost 33,000.
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Russian President Warns Against Xenophobia
Ellen Barry
New York Times, 8 September 2011

In one of the last major addresses of his presidential term, President Dmitri A. Medvedev on warned Thursday against allowing xenophobia into Russia's political mainstream.

His comments came as parliamentary leaders prepare for a fall campaign, and amid signs that grievances among ethnic Russians against migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus will form one of its central themes. Mr. Medvedev has not said whether he will run for re-election next year, or step aside to allow Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin to run.

He said modern leaders must adjust to diversity rather than try to control it, an argument that at times seemed to underline differences between himself and Mr. Putin.

"Today like never before there is a huge temptation to tighten the screws – there are always many occasions to do so," Mr. Medvedev said. "It is the most simple answer. Crime, separatism, poverty, what is to be done? What they used to say was, unite closely around the leaders of the state, and tighten the screws."

"I think the state should follow social trends, adjust to them and not drag society along behind itself," he said. "Moreover, the leaders of the state, they are also people, with their own beliefs, mistakes, delusions and values. In other words, the state should adjust to modern life, be ready to protect and enhance social diversity." ...

His comments on ethnic tolerance are not likely to please some in United Russia's leadership, who may be willing to use anti-immigrant themes to shore up support.

Among the few big events of the Yaroslavl forum was the reintroduction of Dmitri O. Rogozin, who headed a growing nationalist party, Rodina, until 2007. At that point the Kremlin appointed Mr. Rogozin its envoy to NATO, in Brussels, in part to neutralize his threat as a political competitor. That plan remained in place until last month, when the Justice Ministry allowed Mr. Rogozin to register a new organization, Rodina-Congress of Russian Communities.

In a group discussion on Wednesday, Mr. Rogozin said that internal migrants from the North Caucasus "defiantly violate the Russian cultural standard."

"Some peoples in Russia are more equal than others, and the Russian people are now in the position of a discriminated majority," he said, in comments cited by the Kommersant, a daily newspaper.
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An 'Instructor Like Me'
Inside Higher Ed, 6 September 2011

Nonwhite students at community colleges are more likely to stay in classes and to earn higher grades if they have instructors of their race or ethnicity, according to a study released Monday by the National Bureau for Economic Research. But the same is true for white students, meaning that hiring more minority instructors may result in decreased performance by white students.

The positive impact of having a same-race instructor appears to be the greatest on black students, and on younger students.

The study, "A Community College Instructor Like Me: Race and Ethnicity Interactions in the Classroom," may be controversial, since it touches on several hot-button issues in higher education, including racial gaps in academic performance of students and affirmative action in faculty hiring. Further, the study arrives at a time of intense interest from educators and politicians in finding ways to increase completion rates and the academic performance of community college students. ...

The study was conducted by three economics professors: Robert Fairlie of the University of California at Santa Cruz, Florian Hoffmann of the University of British Columbia and Philip Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto. Their analysis is based on a large data set (more than 30,000 students in more than 21,000 course sections) provided by De Anza College, a community college in Northern California. The authors write that they believe their research represents the first large-scale study on the impact of instructor race on community college student performance.
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Diversity in the U.S.: Americans Getting Along, but Divisions Remain
Katy Steinmetz
Time, 6 September 2011

In a report called "What It Means To Be American," two think tanks surveyed Americans on their attitudes toward their fellow citizens. While the results suggest that people embrace the idea of diversity, they also show a country that is sensitive to religious and ethnic divisions – particularly when beliefs are broken down along party lines.

The Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute released the report on Tuesday as part of the sea of assessments and retrospectives accompanying the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

About 9-in-10 respondents said that the country was founded on the idea of religious freedom and that all religious books should be treated with respect. More than 8-in-10 said they have favorable opinions of African-Americans, Hispanics, Catholics and Jews. Smaller majorities said they feel favorably about Mormons (67%) and Muslims (58%).

But the sentiments were more complicated when demographics come into play: left-leaners and Millennials are, predictably, more comfortable with non-whites. While 65% of Democrats have favorable views of Muslims, for example, 47% of Republicans do. More than 50% of young Americans say they speak with African-Americans on a daily basis, while 25% of seniors do.

Many people see themselves as the primary targets of prejudice. When asked whether discrimination against minorities is a critical issue, 17% of whites agree, compared to 42% of Hispanics and 53% of African-Americans. Meanwhile, 51% of whites say that discrimination against them is as big of a problem as discrimination against minorities, and those numbers rise to above 60% among Republicans and Tea Partyers.

"If conservatives and Republicans disagree sharply with liberals and Democrats on matters of taxing and spending, they also differ substantially on ... the implications of racial, religious and ethnic diversity," the report reads. "Ten years after September 11, 2001, we seem far less united as a nation." In other words, politicians have plenty of racial angst on which to capitalize.
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Somaliland Government to Expel All Illegal Immigrants
Somalilandpress, 6 September 2011

The Government of Somaliland today announced that it will expel about 100,000 illegal immigrants from the country. The government set one month for illegal immigrants to leave Somaliland, or face punishment, warning Somalilanders found hiding illegal immigrants will also be subject to punishment.

The Government plans to repatriate about 80,000 - 90,000 illegal immigrants mainly Ethiopians in one month. In a joint press conference by the deputy minister and the general director for the Interior ministry, General Director of the Ministry of Resettlement, governor of MarodiJeh region and the Mayor of Hargeisa, ordered all illegal immigrants in Somaliland to leave within thirty days, calling upon all Somaliland citizens to help the government in removing illegal foreigners.

"The government calls for all illegal persons in Somaliland who were not accepted as a refugee, to leave the country immediately" said the Deputy Minister for Interior Affairs.

There are about 470 families from Pakistan, Yemen and Ethiopia accepted as refugees and they will not be affected by this order.

The Deputy Minister for Interior Mr. Mohamoud Garaad Soofe explained the reasoning behind this announcement; "We are concerned that over 100,000 illegal immigrants living in Somaliland, doing whatever they want and going where ever they want. Moreover, large number of illegal immigrants enters the country daily, and for these reasons we are worried that these people can mix with citizens and settle down here, displacing Somaliland citizens ..."
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Australian school curriculum to force acceptance of multiculturalism
Bruce McDougall / The Courier-Mail, 5 September 2011

School students are being targeted in a major new push to force acceptance of multiculturalism by "embedding" it in the national curriculum.

Young Australians will be trained in "cultural competency" during classes as part of the Gillard Government's plan to boost support for multiculturalism and outlaw negative attitudes.

Thousands of teachers have been surveyed about how the policy is working and to uncover racism under special research entitled "Rethinking Multiculturalism/Reassessing Multicultural Education".

The Government's multi-pronged plan also involves sending 40 "People of Australia Ambassadors" into the community to spruik the benefits of multiculturalism and a new offensive against racism.

The Gillard Government, responding to 10 recommendations made by the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council, has agreed multiculturalism should be infused in the high school curriculum.

Australian teenagers should "understand and appreciate the value of other cultures", the Government has decided.

"We will ensure that the development of students' cultural competency in a globalised world is embedded into our national curriculum." ...

Professor Kevin Dunn from the UWS School of Sciences said the research was "not a post riots-type response".

"There is no really serious alternative to multiculturalism as a means to deal with our cultural diversity," he said.

"It's good that the policy has been reconfirmed particularly given that internationally we have had some Western governments making statements against multiculturalism."

"There is racism, we know it, and that requires a response."

Research shows about one in 10 Australians have racial supremacist beliefs and about the same number oppose inter-marriage and believe races should be kept separate.

A study by the Scanlon Foundation found about 9 per cent of Australians believed that "ethnic diversity erodes a country's security".
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Friedrich: 1,000 potential terrorists in Germany
The Local [Germany], 5 September 2011

Around 1,000 potential Islamist terrorists live in Germany, 128 of whom could be classed as capable of carrying out attacks, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said Monday.

"We have almost 1,000 people who could be described as possible Islamist terrorists," he told the Bild daily, adding that 128 could be considered 'dangerous" and capable of committing attacks.

He said that around 20 of those had received training in camps associated with terror groups and that these individuals were under surveillance by the country's security services.
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British public 'are more prejudiced against minorities after riots'
Matthew Taylor
The Guardian, 5 September 2011

The riots and looting that began in London and spread to other cities in England in early August have left people feeling more fearful and more concerned that "British society" is under threat, according to an academic study.

The research, released on Monday, examined public attitudes before and immediately after the disturbances and found that the four nights of violence and looting had a marked impact on people across the UK and led to a rise in prejudice towards minority groups.

"Our findings clearly suggest that citizens feel more threatened, more fearful of increasing violence and vandalism in their neighbourhood after the disturbances than before," said co-author Matthew Goodwin, from Nottingham University. "It also found that people were more likely to feel that British culture and society were under threat following the riots." ...

The academics say the findings, which appear on the University of Nottingham Ballots and Bullets blog, also revealed a rise in levels of prejudice and intolerance towards minority groups. ...

The study, one of the first into the impact of the riots, found that people's attitudes appeared to have been changed whether or not they were directly caught up in the disturbances.

"Beyond their immediate impact on property and criminal convictions, the riots have had a broader impact by undermining social cohesion and entrenching negative attitudes toward minority groups (even though the public did not associate the riots directly with these groups).
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Race and the riots
The Economist, 3 September 2011

If there was any consolation to be had from the recent English riots, it was that they did not pit one racial community against the police (as in Brixton and elsewhere in the 1980s), or one such community against another (as in Bradford and elsewhere in 2001). Yet the density of black people among the rioters suggests that race played some part, even if few politicians are keen to contemplate it. ...

Black people make up slightly less than 3% of the British population. But in the CCTV snaps of rioters that the police in London, Birmingham and Manchester have put on the internet, slightly more than half seem to be black. Many of the areas in which rioting took place, such as Tottenham, Hackney and Brixton, are largely black. In Scotland, Wales and north-east England, which have small black populations, there was no rioting.

Poverty can only be part of the explanation for this pattern. While blacks are, by and large, poorer than whites, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are poorer still. ...

The black community suffers other, older and perhaps related problems, too. Black children are disproportionately likely to be excluded from school, and black adults to go to prison ...

This is sensitive stuff. Many of the black leaders who are prepared to talk about it do not want to be quoted. They tend to home in on three issues, two of which affect white people too.

The first is family breakdown. ... while family breakdown is increasingly prevalent in white society, it is far more common among blacks: 65% of black Caribbean children in Britain grow up in a single-parent family; nine out of ten of those households are headed by women. Children brought up in one-parent families are more likely to take drugs, drop out of school and end up in prison.

A second concern is culture. Tony Sewell, whose charity, Generating Genius, promotes maths and science among black boys, fingers the rap and hip-hop music that MTV popularised from the 1980s: "Black popular culture used to be based on spirituality and social justice ... Now we have a music that glorifies violence, materialism and sex." Lindsay Johns, a writer who mentors young black people in Peckham, south London, adds another bugbear: "achingly PC educationalists, who call ghetto-speak 'culturally rich' and 'empowering'. ..."

The shortage of other role models and templates of success in the black community makes its youngsters especially susceptible to these influences. Yet they reach others too. "Black male culture is powerful stuff," says Mr Sewell. Firms use black street culture to sell fashionable goods such as trainers. As a result, he says, it has far more sway among other ethnic groups than it did 20 years ago. "Youngsters in other communities want to be part of it; so if it is a problem for the black community, it becomes a problem for everybody."

The third issue, which is particular to ethnic minorities and perhaps black people above all, is racism, or the perception of it. ...

Even if the police are more likely to pick on black boys, both the police and society as a whole are far less racist than in the past. Yet history lingers. A teacher says, "Everybody in the black community is told constantly that they're victims. Parents think the police are racist, the teachers are racist and the establishment is racist. And they tell that to their kids." If people believe the law to be racist, some may not regard breaking it as morally wrong.
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London is no longer an English city and that's how it got the Olympics, says John Cleese
Hugo Gye
Daily Mail, 2 September 2011

Mass immigration has turned London into a city that is 'no longer English', John Cleese claims.

The former Monty Python star says he now feels like a foreigner walking through the capital's streets.

California-based Cleese, 71, moved to the U.S. more than two decades ago, having grown up in Somerset.

The comic was asked what he thought about British culture and the recent London riots during an interview on 7.30, a television show in Australia, where he is currently on a stand-up tour.

He replied: 'I'm not sure what's going on in Britain. Or, let me say this – I don't know what's going on in London, because London is no longer an English city.

'That's how we got the Olympics.

'They said we were the most cosmopolitan city on Earth. But it doesn't feel English.

'I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walk down the King's Road and say, "Where are all the English people?"

'I mean, I love having different cultures around. But when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you're left thinking, "Well, what's going on?"' ...

Of the eight million people who currently live in Greater London, 2.7 million residents were born outside the UK, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the city.

Last year Cleese, a Liberal Democrat supporter, lamented the state of modern England, bemoaning a decline in traditional middle-class values, which he says has been replaced by 'a yob culture'.
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Undocumented workers got billions from IRS in tax credits, audit finds
Lisa Rein
Washington Post, 2 September 2011

The Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, a new audit says, almost quadruple the sum five years ago.

Although undocumented workers are not eligible for federal benefits, the report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration concludes that federal law is ambiguous on whether these workers qualify for a tax break based on earned income called the additional child tax credit.

Taxpayers can claim this credit to reduce what they owe in taxes, often getting refunds from the government. The vagueness of federal law may have contributed to the $4.2 billion in credits, the report said.

The IRS said it lacks the authority to disallow the claims. ...

Wage earners who do not have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work in the United States can use what the IRS calls individual taxpayer identification numbers. Often these result in fraudulent claims on tax returns, auditors found.

Their data showed that 72 percent of returns filed with taxpayer identification numbers claimed the child tax credit.
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The secret immigration policy they tried to hide [part 1]
Linda Kaucher, 1 September 2011

Behind closed doors, EU negotiations will trigger a new wave of cheap labour into Britain.

While political reporters for the most part ignore the EU, British domestic policy is actually formulated to fit not just with internal EU directives, but, importantly, with the EU's external international trade agenda.

This broader policy affects people's lives here, particularly their employment and that of their children and grandchildren in the future. Yet information on this broader picture, the parts of EU trade policy that will affect people most, is kept from them.

A very relevant and major feature of EU trade policy is the concession that allows transnational corporations to bring workers into the EU. In tradespeak this is called 'Mode 4'.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) defines four modes for cross-border trade in services: via internet (Mode 1); where the customer crosses borders e.g. tourism and the international student market (Mode 2); where a company establishes in another country (Mode 3); and by moving workers across borders (Mode 4).

Moving workers from a lower to a higher socio-economic country is a very profitable business for the transnational corporations that are in a position to benefit, on a par with moving production and service work to cheaper labour areas of the world.

With the WTO Doha deal apparently abandoned, the EU has been negotiating a set of bilateral and regional trade deals with much of the world. These deals are more secretive than WTO negotiations, with the contents of negotiations kept private until those negotiations are completed.

But investigative work has revealed the urgency of the situation.

The EU is including Mode 4 concessions in all of the deals it is currently negotiating. In fact Mode 4 is the carrot, to obtain, in exchange, investment opportunity access into trading partner countries for transnational financial services corporations, which are for the most part based in London.

Actually these corporations benefit from both sides of the deals. They get the investment opportunities but also cheap labour brought in, and, as this 'reserve army of labour' undermines the power of organised labour, strengthening the power of capital in its balance of power with labour.

Although these are EU deals, the UK is the main and willing target for the Mode 4 concessions. Thus it is UK workers who will pay the price.

A very important trade deal in this regard is the EU/India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that has been under negotiation for four years. It has been discovered that Mode 4 concessions are the one thing that the Indian government is demanding. In addition, leaked documentation shows that the liberalised UK will be taking the bulk of the EU's Mode 4 commitment.

In fact Trade Commission staff have admitted that the EU/India FTA is, in effect , 85% a UK deal. That's the percentage of the gains which will accrue to the UK (well, the international financial firms based in London, anyway) while the UK (UK workers, this time) will get that percentage of the pain.
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The secret immigration policy they tried to hide [part 2]
Linda Kaucher, 1 September 2011

Financial services investment opportunities overseas will not produce jobs here. But workers will be displaced via Mode 4, especially in a time of cuts. Transnational firms will be able to offer cheap onshore outsourcing, using cheaper temporary migrant labour and will also be able to supply labour into other firms allowing them to offload all employer responsibilities.

Within the supposedly 'capped' UK points based system for labour migration, the government has ensured that the categories relevant to trade commitments have no numerical limits. There are no such limits on the 'intra-corporate transferees (ICTs) category in Tier 2 or on the 'international agreements' category in Tier 5. Neither is there any resident labour market test, which would stipulate that jobs have to be offered here first.

In fact both these restrictions are disallowed at the international trade level in respect of Mode 4. ...

As trade agreements, with Mode 4 included, are committed to hard international trade law, they become effectively permanent. This is why this handing of control of UK labour migration to transnational corporations will affect not only present but future generations. Any attempt by any future government to pull back on these commitments will potentially invoke corporate legal action to recover all anticipated profits that may be negatively affected by the government action.

International financial services corporations based in London are proactive in directing UK input to EU trade policy via their lobbying mechanism 'thecityuk' and in Brussels through the European Services Forum, the mechanism that influences EU institutions directly. ...

The Labour party has not told the UK public about this EU/India agreement and the centrality of the Mode 4 concessions even though Peter Mandelson initiated all the current agreements. Neither has the Conservative/Liberal coalition, even when David Cameron and Vince Cable led a specific 'trade' delegation to India in 2010. Greens MP Caroline Lucas spent years as an MEP and a member of the European parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA) but has declined to warn UK workers what they are being signed up to, and similarly Ukip, which has two members on the INTA but actually supports the concept of temporary labour from outside the EU being brought in by transnational corporations.

The House of Commons select committee tasked with overseeing the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has failed to bring the Department's role in moving workers into the country into focus and has accepted the silence of the secretary of state, Cable, on this.

Who will tell the UK public about these irreversible commitments on their behalf?

There is a small light at the end of the tunnel. The Railways, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is going to argue to the TUC's September Congress that it should campaign to alert the UK public to the implications of the EU/India trade deal and of Mode 4. Yet, as the TUC has so far been part of the cover-up, it remains to be seen first if this motion is passed, and then what the TUC does with it.
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Poll stunner: These American blacks OK with violent attacks
WorldNetDaily, 1 September 2011

The most dangerous Muslims in America may be black converts to Islam, according to a shocking new poll by the Pew Research Center.

African-American Muslims tend to hold the most violent views among U.S. Muslims surveyed by Pew in a poll released this week.

Fully 28 percent of U.S.-born black Muslim respondents said "suicide bombings and other violence against civilians" can be justified sometimes or at least in rare cases. That compares with 9 percent of foreign-born Muslims who hold the same view.

Pew also found that 11 percent of black Muslims living in the U.S. have a favorable opinion of al-Qaida – more than double the share of U.S. Muslims overall who hold that view. Another 21 percent of black Muslims hold only mildly unfavorable views of the terrorist organization responsible for attacking America 10 years ago; while 56 percent of that segment of the Muslim population hold very unfavorable views.

The survey results are troubling, because U.S. officials say al-Qaida in recent years has stepped up its efforts to recruit African-Americans to target the homeland for terrorist attacks. English-speaking blacks do not fit the prevailing Middle Eastern terrorist profile, officials say, and al-Qaida recruiters believe they have a better chance of slipping through security checkpoints.

A growing number of black converts have been radicalized in prison or by jihadist websites, officials say.

As former head of the New York State prisons' Muslim chaplains program, Warith Deen Umar preached that Muslims should "be prepared to fight, be prepared to die, be prepared to kill." The black convert to Islam also called the 9/11 hijackers martyrs and heroes.
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Who Benefited from Job Growth In Texas? A Look at Employment Gains for Immigrants and the Native-Born, 2007 to 2011
Steven A. Camarota and Ashley Monique Webster
Center for Immigration Studies, September 2011

Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) has pointed to job growth in Texas during the current economic downturn as one of his main accomplishments. But analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data collected by the Census Bureau show that immigrants (legal and illegal) have been the primary beneficiaries of this growth since 2007, not native-born workers. This is true even though the native-born accounted for the vast majority of growth in the working-age population (age 16 to 65) in Texas. Thus, they should have received the lion's share of the increase in employment. As a result, the share of working-age natives in Texas holding a job has declined in a manner very similar to the nation a whole.

Among the findings:

Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal).

In terms of numbers, between the second quarter of 2007, right before the recession began, and the second quarter of 2011, total employment in Texas increased by 279,000. Of this, 225,000 jobs went to immigrants (legal and illegal) who arrived in the United States in 2007 or later.

Of newly arrived immigrants who took a job in Texas, 93 percent were not U.S. citizens. Thus government data show that more than three-fourths of net job growth in Texas were taken by newly arrived non-citizens (legal and illegal). ...

Of newly arrived immigrants who took jobs in Texas since 2007, we estimate that 50 percent (113,000) were illegal immigrants. Thus, about 40 percent of all the job growth in Texas since 2007 went to newly arrived illegal immigrants and 40 percent went to newly arrived legal immigrants.

Immigrants took jobs across the educational distribution.
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'White flight' from U.S. cities as minorities now dominate eight of the country's biggest metro areas
Daily Mail, 31 August 2011

Ethnic minorities now form a majority in eight of America's biggest metropolitan areas, according to new statistics.

Washington D.C. joins New York, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis in showing a 'white flight' from some of the countries most populated zones.

The results highlighted a much wider national trend as it emerged non-Hispanic whites are now a minority in 22 of the country's 100-biggest urban areas. ...

Demographers have been shocked by the rapid changes seen in Washington D.C. - particularly in the area's schools.

A report by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission noticed that student numbers had grown by almost 119,000 from 1995 to 2010.

The number of those students who were white rose by little over 1,000.
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Homegrown terror threat: Muslim-Americans playing 'prominent roles' in Al Qaeda and threatening more attacks on home soil, reveals 9/11 report card
Paul Bentley
Daily Mail, 31 August 2011

Homegrown terrorists are playing increasingly prominent roles within Al Qaeda and are threatening more deadly attacks from within the U.S., the much anticipated 9/11 report card revealed today.

As the 10th anniversary of the devastating attacks on New York approaches, the National Security Preparedness Group issued a stinging assessment of just how far the U.S. needs to go to combat terror threats.

Airport security is still not thorough enough to stop a large-scale air bombing, the report claimed and, even more worryingly, the greatest threat to national security may well be coming from America itself, with the frighteningly common radicalisation of Muslim-American teens.

The report, issued today, stated: 'Most troubling, we have seen a pattern of increasing terrorist recruitment of American citizens and residents to act as "lone wolves"...

'Today, we know that Americans are playing increasingly prominent roles in al Qaeda's movement.

'Muslim-American youth are being recruited in Somali communities in Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, in some respects moving the front lines to the interior of our country.'
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A third of youth lags are foreign
Luke Heighton and John Kay
The Sun, 30 August 2011

A third of criminals entering Britain's top youth jail last year were foreign, it was revealed yesterday.

More than 2,000 crooks aged ten to 18 passed through Feltham Young Offenders Institute in West London.

A total of 632 were not born in the UK. Somalia was the birthplace of one in ten of the foreigners – the highest of any nationality.

It was followed by Romania, Jamaica, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Algeria, Lithuania, Congo, Ireland and Portugal.

Think-tank MigrationWatch last night said the figures, from January 2010 to April 2011, were "shocking".

Its chairman Sir Andrew Green said: "Clearly the efforts made to integrate these people from immigrant communities have failed."

The Sun obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request.
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No checks, no guards ... easy way into UK for illegal immigrants
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 30 August 2011

The alarming ease with which people traffickers exploit passport-free borders within the British Isles is highlighted today by the Daily Express.

Yesterday we showed how immigrants camped outside the French port of Cherbourg now target Irish ferries to stow onto because of the lack of passport control in Ireland. They then cross the Irish sea to Scotland's west coast.

Today we reveal the results of our own investigation.

Our reporter started his journey at Cherbourg where he was asked to show his passport before driving onto the Oscar Wilde ferry bound for Rosslare in the Republic.

A French port official looked at the documents but did not ask to look inside the covered boot of the reporter's estate car. Nor was the car subjected to any other scrutiny.

Sixteen hours later in Rosslare, a female Garda official made a short passport check before waving the vehicle through.

This was the last border stop before crossing to Scotland. The Republic and the British Isles are all part of the Common Travel Area so travellers crossing borders do not have to show identity documents.

At 5pm last Thursday, there was no sign of any immigration control at the Stena Line terminal in Belfast where the ferry starts its short journey to Stranraer in Scotland.

There were about 40 cars on board and a handful of lorries. Once the boat had docked, a marshall waved cars through. There was no sign of any police or security presence.

Next day, two police officers watched lorries leave the early ferry and later patrolled lorries at Cairnryan port.

About a dozen foot passengers were let onto a coach bound for the South.

A police source said: "Officers have plenty to do with freight checking and anti-terrorist matters apart from checking individual passengers.

"They sometimes have to rely on ferry staff to alert them but they aren't experts at spotting possible offenders."
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Libya's spectacular revolution has been disgraced by racism
Richard Seymour
The Guardian, 30 August 2011

"This is a bad time to be a black man in Libya," reported Alex Thomson on Channel 4 News on Sunday. Elsewhere, Kim Sengupta reported for the Independent on the 30 bodies lying decomposing in Tripoli. The majority of them, allegedly mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi, were black. They had been killed at a makeshift hospital, some on stretchers, some in an ambulance. "Libyan people don't like people with dark skins," a militiaman explained in reference to the arrests of black men.

The basis of this is rumours, disseminated early in the rebellion, of African mercenaries being unleashed on the opposition. Amnesty International's Donatella Rivera was among researchers who examined this allegation and found no evidence for it. Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch similarly had not "identified one mercenary" among the scores of men being arrested and falsely labelled by journalists as such.

Lurking behind this is racism. Libya is an African nation – however, the term "Africans" is used in Libya to reference the country's black minority. The Amnesty International researcher Diana Eltahawy says that the rebels taking control of Libya have tapped into "existing xenophobia".
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Congressman: Obama Runs End-Around on Immigration Law
U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner
Muskego Patch, 28 August 2011

Last week, the Obama Administration surprisingly announced a new immigration policy that effectively circumvents Congress' legislative authority in order to extend amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants. Although Congress has rejected time and again amnesty legislation, this policy will allow some illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States by administrative fiat.

Under this new decision, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Department of Homeland Security officials will choose to allow some illegal immigrants currently involved in deportation cases to remain in the US. The administration plans to review 300,000 cases and waive the deportation of some individuals who have clean or minor criminal records beyond their illegal immigration status.

This new policy is an unacceptable abuse of presidential power, and it is an extension of this administration's contempt for our immigration laws.

Last year, Congress rejected legislation that would have extended amnesty to certain illegal immigrants, many of whom fit the same profile of this waiver. With this announcement, President Obama clearly indicated that he is willing to ignore Congressional legislative action to achieve his own agenda.

According to ICE Director John Morton, "One of ICE's central responsibilities is to enforce the nation's civil immigration laws." But intentionally excusing illegal immigration for some individuals does the opposite: this decision ignores our immigration laws.

Immigrants whose cases are waived could also be offered the opportunity to apply for a visa or work permit and remain working in the United States.

With 9 percent unemployment and millions still looking for work, this immigration plan seems to prioritize allowing illegal immigrants the opportunity to stay and work here. This is an affront to Americans and legal immigrants who are counting on this president to focus on growing the economy and help employers create much-needed jobs.

Additionally alarming is the broad discretion given to bureaucrats when deciding which deportation cases should be waived. Based on a variety of vague factors, officials reviewing a case can decide whether to cancel the deportation proceedings.

Consider the hundreds and thousands of individuals who wait in line – often for many years – for the opportunity to immigrate to America. Now, the President has decided to move some individuals, who have already broken our immigration laws, to the front of the line.

This is unfair and unwise policy. It signals that our immigration laws are to be ignored, and we have given up attempting to enforce them. The policy undermines the rule of law, is a blatant disregard for the constitutional separation of powers, and in effect, rewards lawbreakers.

As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have worked to secure our nation's borders and hold both this and previous administrations accountable for their actions on immigration. We are a country of immigrants, and we are a nation of laws. It is the president's constitutional responsibility to see that his administration enforces these laws.
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Immigration is no longer taboo – but tackling it still is
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 28 August 2011

The Coalition has merely tinkered with the rules on who gets into Britain, rather than taking real action.

Immigration used to be the great unmentionable. ...

... But at the last election, it was impossible to prevent the issue – which everyone knew was one of the most important for voters – from being raised. The Tories came up with measures that they promised would diminish the number of immigrants, to which the Lib Dems, when they became partners in government, reluctantly agreed.

So it must have been depressing for the Conservative members of the Coalition to see last week's Office for National Statistics figures, which showed that, far from going down, net immigration (the number of foreigners settling in Britain minus the number of Britons leaving) has risen by 20 per cent, to reach 239,000.

Those statistics are, admittedly, from 2010, when the Coalition's policies had not yet been implemented. ...

Nevertheless, the figures still raise the delicate question of whether the Coalition's policies will actually succeed in reducing immigration. The first thing to note is that they certainly could do so. Nick Clegg was simply wrong when he insisted that controls are pointless, because most of the people who settle in the UK are from countries in the EU. In fact, 80 per cent of migrants to Britain are from outside the EU, so there is no legal barrier to restricting significantly the number who are allowed to settle. Nothing, in principle, stops the Government from putting effective controls in place. The difficulties are essentially practical.

So the real question is this: how badly do ministers want to cut immigration? The Lib Dems certainly don't want to do anything: they are frank about regarding controls as either economically damaging or blatantly racist. The Tories say they're committed to achieving dramatic cuts. But so far, the Coalition hasn't done more than tinker around the edges of the system – as Damian Green, the immigration minister, must have known, even as he said on Thursday that ministers had initiated "radical changes".

Around half of the immigrants who arrive each year are foreign students and their dependants. The Coalition's new regulations require students to speak English, and to provide evidence that they can support themselves and the family members who come with them. It's a start – but it's not a "radical change". Theresa May, the Home Secretary, claims that the rules will reduce the number of students and their relatives by 80,000. But no one knows how easy it will be to evade the new controls. ...

The Coalition also plans to end the link between being given a permit to work in the UK and having the right to settle here. That could diminish immigration significantly. The problem is that the proposal is just that: a proposal, not a policy. It is subject to consultation, a process which may enfeeble it. Whether it will be implemented at all remains to be seen.

The Conservatives have broken the taboo on discussing immigration. But what is still not being discussed are the practical measures that will be effective in diminishing it. That topic is still off limits – which means that it is surrounded by confusion, half-truths and spin. And that is not good for immigration policy. Or for democracy.
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Witnessing the live birth of gangland
Damian Thompson
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2011

In 2010, a quarter of births were to mothers born outside the UK, according to the ONS. The same set of statistics also showed that immigration added 239,000 to our population – a number which proves that this Government has no more control over our borders than the last one. The public instinctively senses this, but immigration figures are sufficiently complex that the BBC has no difficulty in finding liberal lobby groups to obscure their meaning. Not so those "live births".

If a quarter of all babies born in England and Wales are to foreign mothers, then we're experiencing the biggest change in our demographic identity since the Anglo-Saxon invasions of the fifth century. Future historians will regard this as the major development in early 21st-century British history, more important even than the loss of our sovereignty to the EU, which I'm beginning to think may be reversed one day, thanks to the slapstick collapse of the euro. Demographic change, in contrast, can't be undone by happy accidents.

Nothing like this has happened before. Please pay no attention next time a Left-wing historian pops up on TV to romanticise the arrival of the Normans, Huguenots, Eastern European Jews etc. These were significant influxes, but Great Britain has never been "a nation of immigrants". Even cosmopolitan London has witnessed nothing remotely comparable to the population shift recorded by the ONS statistics. More than half of all babies born in the capital in 2010 were to foreign mothers; in the borough of Newham more than three quarters of all new mothers were born abroad.

Another statistic that jumps out of the ONS findings relates to Poles. In 2001, there were 896 babies born to Polish mothers in England and Wales; in 2010, there were 19,762. Meanwhile, births to Middle Eastern, African and Asian mothers amounted to 14.7 per cent – that's twice the proportion of non-British European mothers. Add that 14.7 per cent to children born to non-white British mothers and within a few years, a quarter of young Britons will be black, Asian or of mixed race. In the capital, the total will be well over 50 per cent.

The colour of people's skins isn't the problem, of course. The danger lies in a clash of ethnic and religious cultures against a background of broken families. London is already well on the way to turning into a US city, with sprawling black ghettos and a semi-invisible network of foreign white gangs: organised crime from Eastern Europe, one of the most powerful forces in the world today, has only just begun to flex its muscles in Britain.

Alas, as the riots proved, we don't have a clue how to police this emerging landscape – and, let's face it, with Theresa May as Home Secretary, Ken Clarke as "Justice Secretary" and the ultra-wimpish Liberal Democrats as Coalition partners, we're not about to find out. So watch this space, but from a safe distance.
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Greg Clark: villagers clamour for homes
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2011

Every town and village has a "responsibility" to approve new housing developments, the planning minister declares today.

Greg Clark, the mastermind of the Coalition's planning reforms, says the duty to build more houses "applies nationally and to every community".

Mr Clark claims Government plans to create a legal "presumption" in favour of development are broadly supported.
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Seven million foreigners living in Britain as immigration rises by a fifth
Tom Whitehead and Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2011

The number of foreigners living in Britain has passed seven million for the first time after net immigration rose by a fifth. ...

Residents born overseas account for one in eight people after hitting 7,040,000 last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Some 239,000 more people moved here during 2010 than left, the fourth highest level on record, and a record one in four births were to foreign-born mothers. ...

Other figures yesterday showed that a record 241,000 people were granted settlement in 2010, while the number of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers removed from the country hit a 10-year low with just 11,388 leaving between April and June this year. ...

There was also a renewed surge of migrants from Eastern Europe, with a net inflow of 39,000 last year, an eight-fold increase on 2009. ...

For the first time in 2010, more than a quarter of babies born during the year were born to foreign mothers.
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Boom in migrant babies
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 26 August 2011

Three out of four babies born in some parts of Britain last year were born to foreign mothers, it emerged yesterday.

Across the country as a whole a migrant baby boom means that a record one in four births is to women who come from overseas - the highest proportion since records began in 1969.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal that migrant mothers gave birth to 181,514 babies, 25.1 per cent of 723,165 newborns in 2010.

Newham in east London has the highest levels, with a staggering 75 per cent of all babies born to migrants. Most were from Poland, Pakistan and India.

In the same period British-born mothers gave birth to 10,000 fewer babies. In 2009 a total of 174,443 babies were born to migrant mothers - 24.7 per cent, of the total number. In 2000 it was 15.5 per cent, and 11.6 per cent in 1990.
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Net immigration up by more than 20%
Wesley Johnson
The Independent, 25 August 2011

Plummeting numbers of people leaving the UK to live abroad and the influx of migrants from Eastern Europe led to a 21% increase in net migration last year, figures showed today.

The number of people coming to the UK for more than a year, less the number leaving, hit 239,000, the second highest annual figure on record and the fourth highest figure for any 12-month period since records began.

Analysts and campaigners said it would make it "more difficult than ever" for the Government to fulfil its pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands by 2015.

The Government has no control over those leaving the UK and long-term emigration fell from 427,000 in 2008 to 336,000 last year, estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.

Long-term immigration remained constant overall at about 575,000, but the number of Poles and other eastern Europeans coming to the UK continued to rise.

Net migration from the so-called A8 countries which joined the EU in May 2004 - Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - rose almost eight-fold last year to 39,000 from 5,000 in 2009, the ONS said.

The number of Poles living in the UK has risen from 75,000 in 2003 to 532,000 at the end of last year, other ONS figures showed. ...

A record 241,000 migrants also settled permanently in the UK last year, largely because tens of thousands of asylum seekers whose cases were in a backlog were allowed to stay. ...

The increase to 239,000 from 198,000 in 2009 was the second highest year-end figure since records began in 1991, behind 245,000 in December 2004, but it was down slightly from 242,000 in the 12-months to September 2010.

It was also the fourth highest figure for any 12-month period on record, behind 260,000 in the year ending June 2005, 245,000 in the year ending December 2004, and 242,000 in the year ending September 2010.

Study remained the most common reason for those coming to the UK, with three in four of the 228,000 who came to the UK for study coming from outside the EU.
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The Labour party has destroyed our asylum system
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 25 August 2011

My great grandparents arrived in Britain at the turn of the last century. To describe them as being grateful to Britain for taking them in as they escaped from anti-Semitic pogroms doesn't come close.

They owed their lives – and so I of course owe mine – to this country's long-standing generosity of spirit in welcoming asylum seekers.

Which is why it is disgusting that we are now being taken for a ride by so many entirely bogus asylum seekers. As for the politicians and officials supposedly in charge of the system, they have presided over and acquiesced in the betrayal of the very noble idea of asylum.

A report published yesterday shows that failed asylum seekers have been costing us £2.3 million a day, some £10 billion between 1997-2010. ...

But not only do the costs remain astronomic the system remains fundamentally flawed. The numbers involved are staggering.

Of the 660,000 asylum claimants whose cases were dealt with between 1997-2010, 243,000 – that's 40 per cent – were given some form of legal residency in the UK.

That may be a large number but it is dwarfed by the 417,000 cases in which an application for asylum was refused.

In those rejected cases what that should mean is that the applicant leaves because he or she has no legal right to be here. But that is a joke and failed asylum seekers are the ones laughing – at us.

Of the 417,000 rejected applications just 151,540 – 36 per cent – ended up with someone actually leaving of their own accord or being forcibly deported.

That means 266,000 rejected applicants have remained here illegally. In other words only a quarter of asylum decisions made between 1997-2010 – the period of Labour government – resulted in someone actually leaving the UK.

What a farce and what an insult to an honourable concept: the granting of refuge to those in fear of persecution by those living in peace.

Now that very decent idea of asylum is tarnished, if not destroyed for ever. Our historic generosity has been turned against us.

A lethal cocktail of incompetent officials, puny politicians, shameless applicants and above all ludicrous laws have combined to change our country and to come close to destroying any faith in the offering of genuine asylum. ...

The powers that be have given up the right, even the willingness, to act in any halfway decent manner on our behalf.

The tragedy is that few of us now think of asylum as anything other than a scam.
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Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2011
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However, it is gross immigration that matters. Last year, this stood at 575,000 and it has been running at more than half a million since 2004. Some are British people returning home but four fifths are non-UK nationals. At the same time, the number of foreign nationals going back to their homelands in 2010 declined to around 185,000; so the annual addition to the country's foreign-born population is about 250,000 – by far the largest influx of overseas citizens in our history. Moreover, nearly 200,000 non-EU immigrants obtained British citizenship last year and the number granted settlement – a precursor to a full passport - grew to a record 241,000. Many of these are families rather than students or unattached workers: one child in four is now born to a mother from outside the UK.

As recently as 15 years ago, Whitehall planners worked on the long-term assumption that net immigration would run at about 50,000 a year, as it did until 1997. Indeed, the latest figures are the legacy of Labour's abject failure to control our borders or exercise the option to restrict eastern European immigration. They also show that Mr Cameron's hopes of fulfilling his pledge by 2015 are forlorn.
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Asylum system cost 'reaches £10bn'
The Guardian, 24 August 2011

Three out of four asylum seekers remain in the UK, with most staying illegally, campaigners have said.

Migration Watch UK said one in four of the 660,000 decisions made on asylum claims between 1997 and 2010 led to the applicant being removed.

The cost of the asylum system, including legal aid and court costs, has reached almost £10 billion - or £2 million a day - since 1999, the campaign group said.

In a study published ahead of the release of official statistics on Thursday, Migration Watch UK found that of the 660,000 cases decided in the 13-year period, 509,000 applicants remain in the UK, 243,000 legally and 266,000 illegally.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the campaign group, said: "The asylum system has proved to be a £10 billion shambles. Those who, like ourselves, are serious about protecting genuine refugees should be no less serious about removing bogus claimants and, better still, deterring them in the first place."

He continued: "The system needs to be much faster. Delays in the system leave the door open for appeals based on the right to family life without any consideration for the rights of society in general."

The analysis showed that some form of protection was granted in 243,000 cases, leaving 417,000 which were refused and should have left or been removed from the UK. But 36% (151,540) of those denied asylum were removed and a further 8,615 were later established to have left the country without notifying the authorities.

Some 266,000 have neither left nor been removed and are therefore presumed to remain in the UK illegally, Migration Watch UK said. It added that it was possible that some of these may have been granted indefinite leave to remain if they were included in the backlog of more than 400,000 so-called legacy cases.
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Obama Creates Office Of Diversity, Inclusion
Judicial Watch, 24 August 2011

The economy remains in shambles yet President Obama keeps wasting taxpayer dollars expanding an already bloated U.S. government, this month launching a new office to help build a "diverse and inclusive workforce" at all federal agencies.

The new Office of Diversity and Inclusion will ensure that the entire U.S. government develops comprehensive strategies to drive and integrate diversity and inclusion practices. It will assist the different agencies in building a workforce that "respects individual and organizational cultures" by examining policy options, data trends and employee survey findings.

The goal is to eliminate demographic group imbalances in targeted occupations and improve workforce diversity. To attain this, special initiatives have been created targeting specific groups, including Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians, women and gays and lesbians. The idea is to create a workforce that truly reflects America's diversity, according to the Obama Administration.
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Minority babies almost the majority
Haya El Nasser
USA Today, 24 August 2011

White infants are on the verge of being displaced as the majority of newborns now that nearly half of babies in the USA are ethnic and racial minorities.

Only 50.2% of babies under age 1 are white and not Hispanic, according to the 2010 Census – a sharp decline from 57.6% just 10 years earlier.

"We are almost at a minority-majority infant population," says Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who analyzed the latest Census data. "We probably have passed it since the Census was taken" in April 2010.

The number of states where minority babies dominate has doubled to 14 since 2000. The balance has tipped in big states such as New York, Florida, New Jersey and Georgia.

Minorities have been the majority in Texas and California nurseries for more than two decades. ...

Steady growth in the number of young U.S. Hispanics who have more children than whites is shrinking the ranks of non-Hispanic whites.

The shift is dramatic in states such as Florida and Nevada, where whites are in the minority among those younger than 38. A decade earlier, whites were the majority in all age groups in Florida and in Nevada, among all those above age 3.

In rural areas, the number of white children declined by more than 1 million or almost 10% from 2000 to 2010, says Kenneth Johnson, demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. ...

The nationwide changes are redefining who is a minority and who is not.

"These little babies ... by the time they get to be in their 20s and 30s, the current racial and ethnic categories ... won't have anything close to the meaning that (they have) today," Frey says. "When they think about white majority, it'll be something in the history books."
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London riots were orchestrated by outsiders
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 21 August 2011

Almost none of those charged with rioting in Ealing, Clapham Junction, Enfield and other places comes from the immediate area, the data shows.

Home addresses given by defendants paint a chilling picture of rioters converging simultaneously on these districts from all points of the compass and often from great distances. ...

But other riots also appear to have a much higher proportion of local suspects. ... ...

The data needs to be treated with caution, since it only covers about half those charged in London. ...

However, it suggests that there appeared to be two kinds of riots. The first was heavily orchestrated, either by professional criminals seeking high-value goods or by gangs or more disparate groups of young people through means such as BlackBerry Messenger, with rioters travelling long distances at short notice to take part. Some local opportunists then joined in.

The second was less orchestrated, though there may still be an element of orchestration, with more local, opportunist and "copycat" rioters.

Our figures may also understate the extent of the orchestration since those charged to date are more likely to be "second-wave" rioters – those too slow to avoid getting caught – rather than initiators. ...

There is also a very strong correlation between the home addresses of those charged and areas of known gang activity.

Across London, ... about three-quarters of the accused live in such areas and police have said that at least a quarter of those charged have known gang links.

Croydon has a serious gang problem, with three main rival youth gangs, ... They are multiracial but mainly black. Last year, dozens of rival gang members fought openly in North End, the town's main pedestrianised shopping street, in the middle of the afternoon. ...

Gang experts stress that gang membership is a symptom, as much as a cause, of social problems such as poverty and youth unemployment. But one other intriguing, and so far little remarked, feature of the London riots is where they did not happen.

The boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham have the highest levels of poverty and youth unemployment in London, matched only by Hackney. But unlike Hackney, they saw relatively little rioting. ...

Part of the reason may be that there are relatively few shops selling expensive goods in Tower Hamlets and Newham. However, from the court data, few people from these two boroughs travelled to other areas to loot either.

Another part of the explanation may be the racial mix of these areas. Brent, Tower Hamlets and Newham have London's biggest Asian populations and from the court lists it is clear that disproportionately few rioters have Asian names.

There are serious and dangerous youth gangs in all London's Asian areas.

But they do not have the same rap-derived culture as black and white London gangs and are more likely to be involved in longer-term organised criminality, such as drug-dealing, which riots can disrupt.
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Using translators costs police forces £82m in three years
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2011

Police forces have spent £82 million on translators in the past three years.

The bill, enough to pay for an extra 3,542 constables each year, was disclosed after a Freedom of Information request by Police Review magazine. ...

More than 300 languages are spoken in the UK, with London being the biggest "melting pot". ...

The money was spent on face-to-face interpreting, telephone interpreting services and translating written material.

The most commonly translated languages were Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Cantonese, Kashmiri and Polish.
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UK riots: It's not about criminality and cuts, it's about culture... and this is only the beginning [part 1]
David Starkey
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2011

Well, the following statements are verbatim quotations of some of the principal points I made on Newsnight: "A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture has become the fashion." "This sort of black male [gang] culture militates against education." "It's not skin colour, it's cultural."

"Disgusting and outrageous", are they? ...

But how, then, to explain the black educationalists Tony Sewell and Katharine Birbalsingh defending the substance of my comments on "gangsta" culture, as well as Tony Parsons, who wrote in the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror that, "without the gang culture of black London, none of the riots would have happened – including the riots in other cities like Manchester and Birmingham where most of rioters were white". ...

"So why," some of my friends have asked, "didn't you stop there?" "Why did you have to talk about David Lammy MP sounding 'white'? Or white chavs becoming 'black'?" The answer is that I thought my appearance on Newsnight was supposed to be part of a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the nation. Central to any such discussion, it seems to me, are the successes and failures of integration in Britain in the past 50 years. And it was these that I was trying to address.

On the other hand, there is no doubt that my remarks on this subject produced especial outrage. I was accused of condemning all black culture; of using white and black culture interchangeably to denote "good and bad", and of saying that blacks could only get on by rejecting black culture. Actually, I said none of those things and nothing that I did say could have been construed as such by any fair-minded person.

Instead, I was trying to point out the very different patterns of integration at the top and bottom of the social scale. At the top, successful blacks, like David Lammy and Diane Abbot, have merged effortlessly into what continues to be a largely white elite: they have studied at Oxbridge and gone on to Oxbridge-style careers, such as that of an MP.

But they have done so at the cost of losing much of their credibility with blacks on the street and in the ghettos. And here, at the bottom of the heap, the story of integration is the opposite: it is the white lumpen proletariat, cruelly known as the "chavs", who have integrated into the pervasive black "gangsta" culture: they wear the same clothes; they talk and text in the same Jafaican patois; and, as their participation in recent events shows, they have become as disaffected and riotous.
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UK riots: It's not about criminality and cuts, it's about culture... and this is only the beginning [part 2]
David Starkey
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2011

Trying to explain why, led me to what all my friends agree was my greatest error: to mention Enoch Powell. Tactically, of course, they are right, as the "Rivers of Blood" speech remains, even 40-odd years after its delivery, an unhealed wound.

Unfortunately, the speech and still more the reaction to it, are also central to any proper understanding of our present discontents. For Powell's views were popular at the time and the London dockers marched in his support. The reaction of the liberal elites in both the Labour and Tory parties, who had just driven Powell into the wilderness, was unanimous: the white working class could never be trusted on race again. The result was a systematic attack over several decades: on their perceived xenophobic patriotism, on symbols like the flag of St George, even – and increasingly – on the very idea of England itself.

The attack was astonishingly successful. But it left a void where a sense of common identity should be. And, for too many, the void has been filled with the values of "gangsta" culture. ...

Scotland, Alex Salmond says smugly, is a "different culture". It is indeed, since the Scots are allowed - and even encouraged - to be as racist as they please and hate the English with glad abandon.

I do not want a similar licensed xenophobia here. But an English nationalism we must have. And it must be one that includes all our people: white and black and mixed race alike. ...

We must focus on the righting of the wrong rather than the original wrong itself. The former heals; the latter divides. And we have had enough of division. There is a final point. If all the people of this country, black and white alike, are to enter fully into our national story, as I desperately hope they will, they must do so on terms of reciprocity. In other words, I must be as free to comment on problems in the black community as blacks are to point the finger at whites, which they do frequently, often with justice, and with impunity.

For the other pernicious legacy of the reaction to Powell has been an enforced silence on the matter of race. The subject has become unmentionable, by whites at any rate. And any breach has been punished by ostracism and worse. As the hysterical reaction to my remarks shows, the witch-finders already have their sights on me, led by that pillar of probity and public rectitude, Piers Morgan, who called on Twitter for the ending of my television career within moments of the Newsnight broadcast. ...

We will not continue, I think, to tolerate being lied to and cheated in the matter of race. Instead of "not in front of the children", we want honesty.

But this is only the beginning. The riots are the symptom of a profound rupture in our body politic and sense of national identity. If the rupture is not healed and a sense of common purpose recovered, they will recur – bigger, nastier and more frequently. Can we stop bickering and address this task of recovery and reconstruction – all together?
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World population 'will reach 7bn this year'
Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2011

The world population will reach seven billion later this year, with increases in the number of people in Africa ofsetting falling birth rates elsewhere, according to a new study today.

The National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) says the world's population has risen by a billion in 12 years. INED expects it to take a further 14 years to reach eight billion and predicts a continuing rise until the total stabilises between nine and 10 billion by the end of the century. The study pulls together research from the UN, the World Bank and major national institutes.
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Migrant jobs boom: We're in last chance saloon, claims Iain Duncan Smith
Becky Barrow and Tim Shipman
Daily Mail, 18 August 2011

British jobs are now being taken by immigrants at a faster rate than under Labour, figures showed yesterday.

The number of British people of working age with jobs has plummeted by nearly 100,000 since David Cameron took office – but nearly 300,000 foreigners have found work. ...

The number of immigrant workers has reached a record 4.1 million, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show. ...

But the latest figures suggest that not only have immigrants taken all the jobs created in Britain over the past year, but they have pushed nearly 100,000 British people out of the workplace and on to benefits.

The only British-born people being successful in the jobs market are around 50,000 pensioners who have gone back to work because times are tight. When the over-65s are included in the figures, the number of British people with jobs has fallen by 50,000 over the past 12 months. ...

Between June 2010 and June 2011, the number of British-born workers aged between 16 and 64 slumped by 99,000.

But the number of those of working age with jobs who were born abroad soared by 278,000.

Yesterday Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said: 'It is no longer possible to deny that immigration is affecting the prospects of British workers. The academic economists have been in denial for far too long.'
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Islam Overtaking Catholicism in France
Soeren Kern
Hudson New York, 18 August 2011

Islamic mosques are being built more often in France than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practising Muslims in the country than practising Catholics.

Nearly 150 new mosques currently are under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe. ...

The total number of mosques in France has already doubled to more than 2,000 during just the past ten years, according to a research report "Constructing Mosques: The Governance of Islam in France and the Netherlands." ...

By contrast, the Roman Catholic Church in France has built only 20 new churches during the past decade, and has formally closed more than 60 churches, many of which are destined to become mosques, according to research conducted by La Croix, a Roman Catholic daily newspaper based in Paris.

Although 64% of the French population (or 41.6 million of France's 65 million inhabitants) identifies itself as Roman Catholic, only 4.5% (or 1.9 million) of those actually are practising Catholics, according to the French Institute of Public Opinion (or Ifop, as it is usually called).

By way of comparison, 75% (or 4.5 million) of the estimated 6 million mostly ethnic North African and sub-Saharan Muslims in France identify themselves as "believers" and 41% (or 2.5 million) say they are "practising" Muslims, according to an in-depth research report on Islam in France published by Ifop on August 1. The report also says that more than 70% of the Muslims in France say they will be observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in 2011.

Taken together, the research data provides empirical evidence that Islam is well on its way to overtaking Roman Catholicism as the dominant religion in France. ...

Meanwhile, France ushered in Ramadan by inaugurating a new mega-mosque for 2,000 worshipers in Strasbourg, where the Muslim population has reached 15%. Construction also continues apace of a new mega-mosque in Marseille, France's second-largest city where the Muslim population has reached 25% (or 250,000). The Grand Mosque – which at more than 8,300 square meters (92,000 square feet) will accommodate up to 7,000 worshippers in a vast prayer hall – is designed to be the biggest and most potent symbol of Islam's place in modern France.

Boubakeur, of the Grande Mosque of Paris, says the construction of even more mosques – paid for by French taxpayers – would ease the "pressure, frustration and the sense of injustice" felt by many French Muslims. "Open a mosque and you close a prison," says Boubakeur.

But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has implied that the construction of mosques and minarets actually is part of a strategy for the Islamization of Europe. Publicly repeating the words of a 1912 poem written by the Turkish nationalist poet Ziya Gökalp, Erdogan said: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers."
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Migrant housing costs '£1bn a year'
The Guardian, 17 August 2011

The cost of providing social housing for migrants who come to Britain will hit £1 billion a year for the next 25 years, campaigners say.

MigrationWatch UK said 45 extra homes would need to be built every day, the equivalent of 1,400 a month, with each one funded by a public sector grant of around £60,000.

As waiting lists for social housing have increased in England over the last eight years, the campaigners also found that migrants from outside the EU were more likely to live in social housing than those born in the UK.

Just 17% of those born in the UK require social housing, compared with 80% of migrants from Somalia, 49% of those from Turkey and 41% of those from Bangladesh.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "The impact of immigration on the availability of social housing for British people has been airbrushed out for too long.

"Either the Government must cut immigration very substantially as they have promised or they must invest very large sums in the construction of extra social housing."

Its report found the Government projected that the number of households in England would increase by 232,000 each year to 2033, but would be just 149,000 with no net migration.

This "implies that net immigration over this period will lead to 83,000 additional households each year", the campaign group said.

In its calculation, the report authors assumed that 20% of migrant households will need social housing, "in line with the proportion of migrants who already have social housing tenures now after living for five or more years in the UK" - the equivalent of 16,600 a year or 45 every day.

It also found that social housing units are currently funded "on average with around £60,000 of public sector grant", taking the total cost to about £1 billion a year.
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UK population grows at twice EU average: Migrant baby boom fuels 400,000 rise in one year
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 August 2011

Britain's population is growing at more than twice the European average.

The number living in the UK soared by 400,000 last year – almost a third of the increase across all 27 EU countries.

The rise is underpinned by high levels of migration and a baby boom itself brought about mainly by immigrants.

The figures from Eurostat, the statistical arm of the EU, are further evidence that England is becoming the most crowded country in Europe.

Projections show that Britain will have the highest population on the continent within 40 years, overtaking both Germany and France. ...

The figures will fuel concerns over the provision of housing and public services in crowded areas.

Transport, schools, water and energy supplies are all in increasing demand as the UK population heads toward the landmark figure of 70 million, which is expected to be reached in 25 years time.

The EU analysis reflects the findings of Whitehall officials in attributing two fifths of the population increase to immigration and three fifths to 'natural change' – the difference between numbers of babies born and the national death toll.

However a substantial share of the baby boom, which is producing birthrates which match the historic highs in the two decades after the Second World War, is largely a result of high migration.

Around one in four babies is born to a mother who was born outside UK.
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Theresa May: an obstacle on the road to reform
Stephen Pollard
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2011
[Stephen Pollard is editor of 'The Jewish Chronicle']

It is a golden rule of politics that the received wisdom is usually wrong.


The received wisdom now is that, even though David Cameron has promised sweeping changes to fix Britain's "sick society", he is being held back by the Lib Dems, who are uneasy about his tough tone and support for tough justice. Yet this, too, is nonsense. Yes, there is a roadblock to reform – but it is manned not by the men in yellow, but by Cameron's own Home Secretary. ...

But it is not just as Home Secretary that Mrs May is acting as a block on reform. As Minister for Women and Equalities, she is responsible for the preposterous Equality and Human Rights Commission. Set up in 2006 at a cost of £70 million, it represents everything that a reforming government should want to remove.

Ignore, for the moment, its actual work. From day one, its accounting practices have been lax in the extreme. Three senior employees were made redundant at a cost of more than £500,000, then re-hired as consultants, a decision condemned by the National Audit Office. Another £870,000 was squandered on a website that didn't work. And the commissioners, most of whom are standard Left-wing quangocrats, are paid £500 a day. No wonder the NAO refused to sign off last year's accounts.

The commission's raison d'etre is to justify its own existence, by producing reports alleging prejudice, racism and inequality in all walks of life. Without such findings, it would have no purpose.

There could be no more obvious example of a deeply politicised quango that a Conservative government would want to abolish. Mrs May, however, thought otherwise. She has been so captured by the bureaucracy that she has refused to countenance abolition. ...

This is of a piece with her defence of Harriet Harman's Equality Act, a measure introduced last year almost solely to lay political landmines for the next government, by opening up decisions to judicial review on the grounds of their supposedly deleterious impact on equality. So costly and crippling was this Act that it should have been at the top of any list of legislation to be repealed.

Mrs May did make one change, removing the duty on the public sector to reduce socio-economic inequality. But she has championed the rest, including a public sector duty to promote equality (spot the contradiction with the repealed section) and the introduction of positive discrimination. All of this will be pushed forward by the EHRC, further (and spuriously) justifying its existence.
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Government does not track visitors who enter Canada on visas and never leave
Carol Sanders
Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 2011

No one knows how many foreign visitors who got into Canada using temporary visas never left – because no one keeps track, the federal government says.

"Canada does not systematically record the departure of travellers from Canada at this time," a Citizenship and Immigration spokeswoman said in an email.

The federal department can't say how many people – or the countries they hail from – run afoul of the authorities by staying longer than their temporary visas allow. ...

The Canada Border Services Agency said it is looking to move toward "exit measures" being taken by Great Britain, the United States and Australia.

Meanwhile, Canada does record the number of accepted and rejected temporary visa applications from different countries.

For instance, no one from the Central African Republic or Guadeloupe was allowed to visit Canada last year. Seventy-six per cent of folks from Somalia who applied were rejected. Sixty-five per cent of Eritrean applications and 60 per cent of Afghans were not approved.

Visitors from other countries were 100 per cent welcome.
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Social Degeneration
Thomas Sowell
Human Events, 16 August 2011
[Dr Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution]

Someone at long last has had the courage to tell the plain, honest truth about race.

After mobs of young blacks rampaged through Philadelphia committing violence – as similar mobs have rampaged through Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and other places – Philadelphia's black mayor, Michael A. Nutter, ordered a police crackdown and lashed out at the whole lifestyle of those who did such things. ...

While this might seem like it is just plain common sense, what Mayor Nutter said undermines a whole vision of the world that has brought fame, fortune and power to race hustlers in politics, the media and academia. Any racial disparities in hiring can only be due to racism and discrimination, according to the prevailing vision, which reaches from street corner demagogues to the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Just to identify the rioters and looters as black is a radical departure, when mayors, police chiefs and the media in other cities report on these outbreaks of violence without mentioning the race of those who are doing these things. The Chicago Tribune even made excuses for failing to mention race when reporting on violent attacks by blacks on whites in Chicago.

Such excuses might make sense if the same politicians and media talking heads were not constantly mentioning race when denouncing the fact that a disproportionate number of young black men are being sent to prison.

The prevailing social dogma is that disparities in outcomes between races can only be due to disparities in how these races are treated. In other words, there cannot possibly be any differences in behavior.

But if black and white Americans had exactly the same behavior patterns, they would be the only two groups on this planet that are the same.

The Chinese minority in Malaysia has long been more successful and more prosperous than the Malay majority, just as the Indians in Fiji have long been more successful and more prosperous than the indigenous Fijians. At various places and times throughout history, the same could be said of the Armenians in Turkey, the Lebanese in Sierra Leone, the Parsees in India, the Japanese in Brazil, and numerous others.

There are similar disparities within particular racial or ethnic groups.


In the United States, despite the higher poverty level among blacks than among whites, the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994. The disparities within the black community are huge, both in behavior and in outcomes.

Nevertheless, the dogma persists that differences between groups can only be due to the way others treat them or to differences in the way others perceive them in "stereotypes."

All around the country, people in politics and the media have been tip-toeing around the fact that violent attacks by blacks on whites in public places are racially motivated, even when the attackers themselves use anti-white invective and mock the victims they leave lying on the streets bleeding.

This is not something to ignore or excuse. It is something to be stopped. Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia seems to be the first to openly recognize this.
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London riots: this is no time to be squeamish
Boris Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2011

These riots were not poll tax riots or race riots. ... ...

Some – quite a few – were acting out of greed. Some seem to have been actuated by a feeling of power, a desire to be "noticed". Some, especially members of gangs, were perhaps doing it because other people were doing it in other parts of London, and they did not want to be left out. Some of them were doing it for "fun", or excitement, or because they wanted to get one over on the "feds". Some of them were certainly relatively affluent, and the media have rightly lingered on the millionaire's daughter and the schoolteachers who have been accused of looting.

The overwhelming majority, of course, came from the lower socio-economic groups, from the ranks of those who have been left the furthest behind; and the most recent figures I have seen suggest that 69 per cent of those charged have previous convictions. ...

... Yes, these young people have been betrayed; but they have been betrayed by an educational system and family background that failed to give them discipline, or hope, or ambition, or a simple ability to tell right from wrong. We still have one in four London 11-year-olds functionally illiterate. No wonder they are angry and alienated. ...
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The street code of vengeance that sparked the riots
Jason Lewis
Sunday Telegraph, 14 August 2011

Gang rivalries, an unsolved murder and a code of vengeance are at the heart of the events which sparked the rioting and looting last week.

The events can be directly traced back to the death of a 23-year-old man stabbed through the heart as he left an East End night club and the actions of his friend who believed he was honour-bound to avenge his death. ...

Tragically, it was not - until last week - an unusual story: London has seen 92 similar gang related murders in the last two years. The gangs control the drugs trade on their territories, sometimes little more than a few streets, and will kill and maim rivals to defend it.

The young foot soldiers in this world are bound by a warped code of honour and their movements restricted for fear of breaking down the uneasy truces between them.

Police sources say Easton was a key figure in the gang's hierarchy, a member of its elite Star Gang clique.

With his death responsibility for revenge fell to his closest friend, his "god brother", Mark Duggan, known by the street name Starrish Mark. ...

Intriguingly his uncle was Desmond Noonan, a notorious Manchester gangster who once boasted of having "more guns than the police" and one of whose brothers, Domenyk, was arrested during rioting on Tuesday in Manchester. ...

The stalled investigation into Easton's death is typical of the difficulties police face. The gangs hate the police more than each other and the investigation into Easton's killing faced a wall of silence.
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A palpable change in the national mood
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2011
[Leading article]

More than 20 years ago, the American sociologist Charles Murray wrote a series of articles about the emerging British underclass. He identified in some of our towns and cities the same trend that had been seen in America: a rapid rise in the number of children born into homes with no resident father and where the principal source of income was welfare benefit.

Murray predicted that this growing phenomenon would be concentrated in certain inner-city communities, creating a value structure largely divorced from mainstream society. Several consequences would follow: the children brought up in these circumstances would be poorly educated and lack the desire and wherewithal to work; and the communities themselves would be prey to high levels of crime.

What Murray foresaw has come about. Indeed, Britain did not change this week when the rioters took the streets to burn and plunder – it changed a long time ago. Despite the varied social backgrounds of many of those now before the courts, most of the youths who were at the heart of the appalling scenes of lawlessness will have come from the communities that Murray described. ...

This crisis has been building for years. It is the result of a major cultural shift that took place in the 1960s and 1970s, and the long-term decline of the conservative values and institutions that had underpinned British society since the late 19th century. This process was marked by a collapse in the belief in marriage, a retreat of the police from the streets, a move away from tough penalties for property crime, the rise of moral relativism and rampant consumerism, the diminution of stigma as a restraint on bad behaviour and the entrenchment of welfare dependency. It was not about poverty, but a collapse in values.
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How to recover Britain's streets for civilisation
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2011

The basic trend of public policy since the Brixton riots has been to make it harder for the police to deal with crime. ...

The problem has been a refusal to accept that the need for civil peace must come first. After Brixton in 1981, the Scarman report ushered in an era when police relations with "communities" – a euphemism for ethnic minorities – began to trump their duties to the only community which matters, that of all citizens. The Macpherson report in 1999 went so far as to make race awareness almost the first principle of policing, enunciating the insane, McCarthyite doctrine that "a racist incident is one which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person". ...

Mr Cameron also says he is against any inquiry. When one looks back at the last 30 years, one can see that inquiries have generally had bad effects. But that is because they have all reflected the false preoccupations now discredited by this week's horrors. If this Government chose the right person and the right subject – an investigation into how our laws and practices have come to prevent the police doing the job almost all of us want them to do – it could start to reverse the trend of 30 years and recover our streets for civilisation.
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Outrage as historian Starkey says: Enoch Powell was right with infamous 'rivers of blood' speech
Inderdeep Bains
Daily Mail, 13 August 2011

Historian David Starkey sparked outrage last night by claiming that Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech had been right and blaming 'black culture' for the riots.

He said white youths had adopted a black culture which promoted the violence and looting.

Mr Starkey claimed Powell's infamous 1968 speech had been right in one sense, but it wasn't inter-communal violence that was the problem.

'The substantial section of the chavs have become black, the whites have become black,' he told Newsnight on BBC 2.

'A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic gangster culture has become fashion, and the black and white, boy and girl, operate in this language together.

'This language is wholly false. It is a Jamaican patois that has intruded in England, which is why so many of us have this sense that we are literally living in a foreign country.

'It is about black culture, that is the enormously important thing, it is not skin colour, it is culture.'
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Film stokes up tensions among India's castes
Dean Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2011

A Bollywood blockbuster that challenges India's controversial reservation system for government jobs and college places has been banned by three states.

The film, Aarakshan, or Reservation, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood's biggest star, has been labelled "anti-Dalit" by groups that represent India's estimated 500 million people of Untouchable and Backward castes. The reservation system benefits these groups.

Despite being approved by India's censors for unrestricted release, the film has been banned in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, where officials fear it could provoke inter-caste violence.
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Spain wins right to ban Romanian workers as labour market shrinks
Fiona Govan
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2011

Spain has been given the right by the European Union to bar entry to any new Romanian workers as it struggles with the highest unemployment in the 27-nation bloc.

Romanians will now be required to have an approved work contract before settling in Spain, reversing a two and a half year moratorium that previously gave them unrestricted access as fellow members of the EU. ...

The approval, running to the end of next year, is the first time the "safeguard clause" to restrict freedom of movement by EU member citizens has been invoked. ...

The number of Romanians in the country has quadrupled in the past five years to more than 800,000, making them Spain's biggest foreign community. Thirty per cent of Romanians in the country are currently unemployed.
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Race mobs: Diversity's dark side
Patrick J. Buchanan
WorldNetDaily, 11 August 2011

"You've damaged your own race," said Mayor Michael Nutter to the black youths of Philadelphia whose flash mobs have been beating and robbing shoppers in the fashionable district of downtown.

"Take those God-darn hoodies down," the mayor went on in his blistering lecture. "Pull your pants up and buy a belt, 'cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt."

And the mayor had some advice for teenagers looking for work.

"You walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back and your shoes untied and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won't hire you?

"They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy."

Nutter is African-American and the first leader to speak out about the racial character of the flash mobs attacking people in one American city after another. And where are our other leaders?

At the Iowa State Fair last August, black thugs beat a white man so savagely he was hospitalized. Police only began to look into the possibility of a racial attack and hate crime after fair-goers said the thugs were calling it "Beat Whitey Night."

After Memorial Day, Chicago cops had to close a beach when a flash mob formed, attacked people and knocked cyclists off bikes.

In Miami Beach, there were beatings and shootings that same weekend. In D.C., flash mobs of black youths have turned up a half-dozen times in stores to loot clothes and merchandise and flee.

The media almost never identify the race of the thugs. Their reticence would disappear were a white mob in some Southern city to be caught beating up on black shoppers at a mall.

But the flash mob scourge hitting U.S. cities has been eclipsed by the pillaging and burning of London and other British cities in the worst violence visited on that nation and its capital since Goering's Luftwaffe executed the "Blitz."

Thousands of hoodlums, thugs and criminals have firebombed buildings, looted stores and stripped, beaten and robbed people for no reason other than that they were white.

Overwhelmed cops virtually surrendered the city for three days. By the fourth night, the rampage had taken on a multiethnic caste as Asians and white trash appeared to join in the festival of criminality.

Asian and black store owners, too, are victims. In Birmingham, three Pakistani men defending their neighborhood were run over and killed by a truck reportedly driven by a black rioter. ...

In Europe, the harbinger of the new century came a half-decade ago when North African youths in the Paris banlieues went on a days-long rampage of firebombing cars and attacking police and firemen, many of whom drove off and let the fires burn out.

This week, it was London's turn. And when the fires burn out, we shall hear anew the old liberal litany about poverty, despair, inequality and unemployment, the excuses that long ago ceased to persuade.

For poverty existed in far greater measure in the Depression. Yet our parents and grandparents did not form mobs to burn, beat and loot.

The West is in decline because the character of its people is in decline.
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Australia takes more Chinese migrants than British for first time
Reuters, 10 August 2011

Australia welcomed more migrants from China than any other country in the year to June, passing the UK for the first time and underling the increasing importance of the regional giant to its resource-rich economy.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, on Wednesday said Australia took 29,547 migrants from China, or 17.5 percent of the total programme of 168,685. That topped the UK with 23,931, while India was not far behind with 21,768. ...

In 2011/12 the government aims to issue a total of 185,000 migration visas, including 125,850 permanent skilled visas, it said earlier.

The proportion of migrants from the United Kingdom has been declining steadily from a high of 22.5 percent in 2005/06 to 14.2 percent in 2010-11.
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Feral rioters all have one thing in common – a lack of father figures
Kevin Myers
Irish Independent, 10 August 2011

The duty of journalists is to tell the truth. ... I take no pleasure in what follows; but there is a job to be done, so here goes.

Perhaps the most astounding element in the British television coverage of the riots over much of England has been the steadfast refusal to mention the race of most of the rioters. They are clearly, and overwhelmingly, Afro-Caribbean, the descendants of immigrants, though such has been the utter British failure to integrate so much of the immigrant population that many have retained something of a Caribbean accent. Admittedly, not all of the rioters are "black": clearly, some white youths have joined in.

But where they have not got race is common, they probably have another feature that joins them: absent father-figures. An astonishing number of young males in London are the sons of single mothers. They have been raised without the presence of a male authority figure to impose familial order, and furthermore and most vitally, to promote the patriarchy. ...

But Britain, like Ireland, went down the insane path of encouraging single mothers to have children: indeed, both societies actually created additional incentives for unmarried women to reproduce. It is social lunacy, delinquency turned into state policy, to encourage women to bear a population of young males without fathers. ... Yet the statistics across the world show that the single mother is far more likely to raise a criminal, a thug or rapist, than the married mother. No fewer than 70pc of young offenders in Britain are from single-parent families. It is not mere "poverty" that produces the socially dysfunctional male, so much as father-free families.

Moreover, in all societies in the world where Afro-Caribbeans have settled, there is a problem with male teenage gang culture. That being the case – for whatever reason – it makes no sense whatever to "reward" single mothers of that background for having boys without a father-figure to control them. The facts are known: black children of single mothers are twice as likely to commit crime as black children with two parents. Nearly 60pc of London's Afro-Caribbean mothers are single. If the allure of the male hierarchy in a gang on the street proves irresistible, then ahead awaits social disaster.

There is a third element. Immigration: not of the parents or grandparents of the young males currently dismantling London and other cities, but more recent immigration, much of it white, that prevents young natives, of any ethnic background, getting jobs. There are some 10,000 unemployed in Tottenham ... But that aside, in the past 10 years under the egregious and depraved policies of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, an already overcrowded Britain took in over two million immigrants. Where have the jobs gone? That's where. ...

Immigration did not cause our collapse, but the refusal to create an immigration policy was an intellectual companion to our populist failure to control our banks. And no one can deny this unassailable truth: our unemployment figures have been made immeasurably worse by the large numbers of immigrants who poured unchecked into the Celtic Tiger economy. Finally, if you want to know what a combination of failed immigration and social policies can produce, why, just watch the TV news from London tonight.
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573 foreign killers in UK jails cost us £23m a year
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 9 August 2011

The number of foreign murderers being held in British jails has almost doubled in the past 10 years.

There are currently 573 overseas nationals serving sentences for murder – an 86 percent increase on the 308 who were behind bars in 2002.

In the last year alone 50 non-British killers have been given life terms for murder.

Yesterday campaigners expressed alarm at the growing numbers.

Gerard Batten, UK Independence Party MEP and its home affairs spokesman, said: "This growth is quite disturbing.

"It is another symptom of our uncontrolled immigration policy.

"It is quite probable that these murderers committed other offences before they killed.

"It proves we are not looking at who comes into the country and it is the taxpayer who ends up paying the price.

"Public money is used to keep them in prison and our society pays the price of suffering more crime. We are a country that has lost all sense of self-preservation."

The taxpayer-funded bill for keeping the 573 murderers locked up is running at £23 million a year. ...

There are currently 11,500 foreign convicts in the country's prisons.
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London and UK riots: The long retreat of order
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2011

Yet the riots we are seeing now are fundamentally different from those that have gone before. They might, ostensibly, have been triggered by the police shooting of Mark Duggan, a notorious gangster, in north London; but they are fuelled by pure greed, by a belief that something can be had for nothing. The usual brakes on such behaviour – either an appreciation that it is wrong, or by the prospect that the culprit will be caught and punished – are largely absent.

For this, we have to thank four decades of politically correct policing, and a gradual breakdown of the informal network of authority figures that once provided an additional element of control over the bad behaviour of young people. Adults are now reluctant, or too scared, to step in and stop things getting out of hand, or to impose a wider moral code – and in any case, they are no longer listened to. Deference to age and authority has been eroded by years of genuflection to the twin gods of multiculturalism and community cohesion. ...

In recent years, a myth has been allowed to grow up – motivated in part by the approach of the Olympic Games – that London is one of the world's safest big cities. In terms of its murder rate, that may be true. But no one living in the capital is unaware of the existence of a minority ready to descend into lawlessness at the drop of a hat. There has long been a disconnection between this reality and the self-congratulation of police and politicians inspired by dodgy crime statistics and phoney targets: the truth is the capital has far more crime than 40 years ago, and parts of the city are no-go areas for the police.
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Report: 40 states passed immigration legislation in 2011
Karen Brooks
Yahoo! News / Reuters, 9 August 2011

Nearly 250 new immigration laws and resolutions were enacted in 40 states during the first half of 2011 indicating a growing frustration with the federal government's handling of the issue, according to a new report.

The laws range from hiring restrictions to voter identification and allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, according to the report released Tuesday by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The numbers show a slight decrease in activity from last year, but every state and Puerto Rico proposed legislation dealing on the issue in the first six months of 2011.

By comparison, only 38 immigration laws were enacted by states in 2005.

"States are reacting to federal government in inefficiency and they're trying to figure out how to deal with it – good, bad and ugly," said Wendy Sefsaf, director of communications at the American Immigration Council, a Washington-based think tank.

"Immigration impacts every policy issue there is, and people are trying to figure out how to manage it, for better or for worse, because the federal government won't."
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A Disconnect on Immigration
Rachel Marsden
Townhall, 9 August 2011

Ipsos has just released a poll measuring citizens' perception of immigration in 23 countries. Despite what politicians around the world would have their countrymen believe, the average person isn't buying the benefits of current immigration policy. ...

While politicians in America typically focus on the 12 million or so illegal immigrants, they often ignore the fact that the country is taking in more than a million new legal immigrants every year.

America may have been built on immigration, but it wasn't the kind of mass Third World immigration that we've been seeing over the past 40 years. The left originally introduced the concept of Third World multiculturalism to America during the Lyndon Johnson presidency through the Democratic Party's Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. It was born of white-guilt overkill in the shade of the Civil Rights Movement.

At the time, Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy said: "Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia. ... In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think. ... The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."

In the true final analysis, the new law opened the floodgates to exponentially more Third World immigrants than originally planned – and did it on the basis of "family reunification" rather than skill.

Before the new law, immigrants to the U.S. came overwhelmingly from Western European democracies and Canada. Afterward, immigration from Latin America and Asia dominated, while European immigration was reduced from 86 percent of the total to a mere sliver of 13 percent.

The law led to an influx of new Democratic voters via immigration. ...

The idea of any and all legal immigration being a net positive is something that has been deeply planted in the public conscience through leftist brainwashing and diversity-promotion initiatives, typically starting in the public education system. If anything, the Ipsos poll finally proves this to be definitively true, with the most educated respondents being the most supportive of immigration. Educated Canadians have the most positive view of immigration of anyone in the world. As a product of that system, I can vouch for the amount of multicultural and diversity peddling to which the average student is subjected in the absence of any counterpoint.
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Hundreds of immigrants working illegally in Capital
Alan McEwen
Edinburgh Evening News, 8 August 2011

More than half of all the illegal immigrants caught in the Lothians are found working, new statistics show.

The Evening News has obtained details of 400 cases in the last four years where UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials swooped on homes and businesses around Edinburgh.

It shows the bulk of those detained come from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and China. Of them, 261 were found to be working in jobs at the time. ...

Illegal immigrants from 25 different countries have been discovered in the Lothians since April 2007.

The UKBA said the illegal immigrants included those who had overstayed their visa, as well as economic migrants.

Border officials arrange flights back to their homelands in most cases, with few attempting to claim asylum. ...

Former city councillor Shami Khan, who is also chairman of the Pakistan Society, said: "The majority of these people who come from Pakistan have contacts here, either friends or relatives. That's why they choose to come to Scotland.

"The majority of them also work, but if they are illegal they have to hide and sometimes change jobs every few days.

"There are also dodgy colleges offering English language courses so people can get a student visa. They then start working instead and overstay their student visa. There are people who have stayed here for ten or 15 years that way.

"There are employers who will pay £2 or £3 an hour to illegal workers in restaurants, shops and hotels in Edinburgh. Getting fake IDs, passports and driving licences is easy in places like Manchester, London and Birmingham. They get these documents so they can come here and use them to work."
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Equality and Human Rights Commission 'should be cut'
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2011

The Equality and Human Rights Commission wastes millions of pounds of taxpayers' money on "slighting" British society and should be abolished, a report claims.

The watchdog, which is led by Trevor Phillips, promotes a culture of "false and petty" complaints about injustice, claims the think tank Civitas.

The commission contributes "very little" to creating a fairer society, it says.

Senior figures, including Mr Phillips, the commission's chairman, earn up to ú500 a day, while the organisation is dogged by concerns over poor accounting.

The report says it is accused of wasting ú2 million on unauthorised pay rises and a failed website.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has ordered a review to decide its future.

The Civitas study, written by Jon Gower Davies, an academic specialising in sociology and religion, called for the quango to be closed. It condemned the commission for preaching an endless series of ''false and petty demands about 'injustice'''.

Britain is "fair enough for most purposes" and for most people who want to live in this country, the study says.

The commission "should be abolished" and its budget spent on practical measures to address inequality.

Mark Hammond, the commission's chief executive, defended the watchdog.

"There are many reasons why people experience different levels of prosperity, health and happiness," he said. "But in some cases this can be because of discrimination and unfairness."
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London riots: why did the police lose control?
David Green
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2011

What caused these riots and why did the police lose control? ... ...

... Reluctance to use force is right and we should be reluctant to reproach the police for it. However, a second attitude was at work in Tottenham. Since the Macpherson report of 1999 the police have been hyper-sensitive about race. This attitude has now become so paradoxical that they find themselves standing aside when members of ethnic minorities are being harmed. The people who ran shops, or who lived in the flats above, were not given the protection they deserved.

The police have been made to feel that they are the "white police", and that they lack legitimacy in "black areas". This unfortunate attitude began with the report by Lord Scarman on the Brixton riots of 1981. He said: "There is widespread agreement that the composition of our police forces must reflect the make-up of the society they serve." He found that ethnic minorities were significantly under-represented. Soon after the Macpherson report made a similar observation in 1999, the Government set a recruitment target for ethnic minorities of 8 per cent.

Scarman's remark that the police should reflect the make-up of society is profoundly wrong. The police have never been representative of the social or ethnic breakdown of society. Police officers are people who have been chosen because they deserve to wear the uniform, not because of their ethnic status. They are individuals who deserve to be part of a profession that upholds the law without favour or affection, malice or ill-will. So long as that remains true, then every officer is entitled to respect, whether black or white, male or female. The legitimacy of the police has nothing to do with the racial composition of the force. It has to do with impartial enforcement of the law.

Instead of upholding strict impartiality, in 2002 police leaders published a "hate-crime manual" via the Association of Chief Police Officers. It was a defining moment that undermined the highest traditions of policing. The ideal of impartial justice was dismissed with particular scorn. "Colour blind" (in quotation marks to signify its implausibility) policing was defined as "policing that purports to treat everyone in the same way. Such an approach is flawed and unjust. It fails to take account of the fact that different people have different reactions and different needs. Failure to recognise and understand these means failure to deliver services appropriate to needs and an inability to protect people irrespective of their background." Impartial justice was now "unjust" and it's not surprising that many rank and file officers have had difficulty accepting the new approach. But their concerns have been given short shrift. They were to be "retrained" or disciplined. And yet it was not easy for officers to be sure how they could stay out of trouble. In another section of the manual they were told: "Anyone who is unable to behave in a non-discriminatory and unprejudiced manner must expect disciplinary action. There is no place in the police service for those who will not uphold and protect the human rights of others."

In this kind of atmosphere, it's not surprising that officers in charge of a riot think it safer to wait for orders from the top rather than use their discretion to protect the public without fear or favour.
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These riots were about race. Why ignore the fact?
Katharine Birbalsingh
Daily Telegraph blogs, 7 August 2011

What colour is Mark Duggan? Mark Duggan is the man who was shot dead by the police on Thursday in Tottenham. The Tottenham riots last night were sparked when people protested his death. This morning, I first heard of the riots on the radio, then on the television. I read articles on the internet. But oddly, no one would say what colour Mark Duggan was. No one would say the unsayable, that the rioters were, I suspect on the whole, black. Then, finally, ...

Still, one paper did carry a photo of Mr Duggan. When I saw the photo, it confirmed what I knew instinctively: black youths once again have set London alight.

Some of the black kids I used to teach will tell you that the riots are absolutely justified. A number of adults would agree with them. Everywhere I read that the protest was understandable because "people are very angry". ...

At school I remember watching a presentation given to the kids by Trident, the Metropolitan Police Service unit set up to investigate and inform communities of gun crime in London's black community. I didn't know what Trident was then, and it struck me that all of the photos of people shot (the idea was to scare the kids) were black. So at the end, I approached one of the policemen and asked him what percentage of those involved in gun crime were black. I kid you not, but my question made this thirty-something white man who was, after all, trained to deal with the black community and its issues, turn pink.

He explained that about 80 per cent of gun crime took place in the black community. I smiled uncomfortably. But no, he said, it was worse than that. Then he told me that 80 per cent was black on black gun crime, and that of the remaining 20 per cent about 75 per cent involved at least one black person: black shooting white, or white shooting black. I pushed to know more. While he kept saying his stats were crude and he didn't have scientific numbers, on the whole the whites who were involved in these shootings tended to be from Eastern Europe.

Was any of this ever mentioned in their presentation? Of course not. Just like the news about the Tottenham riots doesn't mention race either.

Problems cannot be addressed unless people are willing to tell the truth. As with so many other things in this country, we stick our heads in the sand and refuse to speak out about it.
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Seven in 10 think there are too many migrants in Britain
Daily Telegraph, 5 August 2011

Seven in 10 Britons believe there are too many immigrants in the country, a poll reveals.

Three in four agreed that immigration has placed too much pressure on public services, while three in five agreed that it had made it harder for Britons to get jobs.

Just one in four thought immigration had been good for the economy, the survey of 1,000 people showed.

... Ashish Prashar, of Ipsos Mori who carried out the poll, said: "Clearly, people in Britain are concerned how immigration is affecting their employment opportunities; the strain on public services; and impact on a sluggish economy."

The Global @dvisor survey of more than 17,000 people in 23 countries showed that only Russians (77 per cent) and Belgians (72 per cent) were more likely than Britons (71 per cent) to agree that there were too many immigrants in their country.
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Poll shows 56 per cent of Canadians think immigrants burden social services
Beatrice Fantoni
The Gazette [Montreal], 5 August 2011

More than half of Canadians think immigrants are a burden on the country's strapped social services and two-thirds believe the federal government should give priority to educated or highly skilled foreigners when considering who to let into the country.

Results of a worldwide poll by Ipsos released this week show 56 per cent of Canadians think immigration has put too much pressure on public services in Canada compared to 17 per cent who disagreed with the statement (22 per cent were neutral and four per cent said they did not know).

However, it is a misconception that immigrants are costly, Jeffrey Reitz, an expert in immigration and pluralism at the University of Toronto, told Postmedia News.

"Immigrants are actually helping us pay for these things, not the other way around," he said, citing research showing immigrants tend to use social services less than Canadian-born citizens and actually make positive fiscal contributions to the country.

The survey also shows that 62 per cent of Canadian respondents think priority should be given to immigrants with higher levels of education who can fill gaps in certain professions. In fact, Canadians ranked first among all countries on the question, followed by Australia and Great Britain. ...

"Generally speaking, Canadians are more likely to think of immigrants in economic terms rather than cultural terms," said Steven Weldon, a professor in comparative immigration policy at Simon Fraser University in B.C.

Given Canada's relatively good economic record – which tends to influence attitudes toward immigration in the short term – it's no surprise Canadians have a more positive view of immigration than in other countries, Weldon said. ...

The survey, which interviewed 17,601 respondents in 23 countries, shows Canadians have a relatively upbeat attitude toward immigration in general, compared to other countries and to the global average. Almost 40 per cent of Canadian respondents said they believed immigration has had a positive impact on the country. Another 35 per cent said they believed immigration has had a negative impact. ...

Only 21 per cent of respondents globally said they believe immigration has had a positive effect on their country. Another 45 per cent said they believe immigration had a negative impact. The remaining 29 per cent of respondents worldwide are on the fence.

Countries with the strongest negative opinions were led by Belgium (72 per cent), followed by South Africa (70 per cent), Russia (69 per cent), Great Britain (64 per cent) and Turkey (57 per cent).
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The primary school where just FOUR pupils out of over 400 speak English as mother tongue
Louise Eccles
Daily Mail, 4 August 2011

A school with more than 400 pupils has only four for whom English is their mother tongue.

In one of Britain's most extreme cases, it has emerged that less than 1 per cent of pupils at Bradford Moor Community Primary School speak English as their first language.

The school is in one of the city's most deprived areas, and 90 per cent of the 417 pupils are from Pakistan. Many arrive at the school unable to speak a word of English.

A leading think-tank said it was a worrying sign that cities were becoming 'racially segregated' and leading 'parallel lives', while MPs described the situation as 'unacceptable'.

Almost one million children in the UK speak English as a second language.


A snapshot survey of Bradford's primary schools revealed that more than half of pupils spoke English as a second language.

In three schools, fewer than ten children spoke English as their native tongue. ...

Official figures show that nearly 17 per cent of pupils in state-funded primary schools did not speak English as a first language last year, up from 12 per cent in 2006.

Dr David Green, of independent think-tank Civitas, said the language barrier was creating 'dangerous divisions' in society.

He said: 'Children cannot even start to get an education if they do not even speak the same language as the teacher.

'It is also not fair on the 1 per cent of children who do speak English because their lessons will be compromised.

'The only long-term solution is that people should not be allowed into Britain if they don't speak English.'
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Refugees Riot in Italy as Europe Struggles with Immigrant Influx
International Business Times, 2 August 2011

Refugees rioted in the Italian city of Bari on Tuesday, starting fires and attacking policemen in the street. ...

The refugees were migrant workers who recently fled from North Africa to Italy, hoping to find work and a better life in Europe. Since February, thousands of Africans, particularly Libyans and Tunisians, but also Somalis and other sub-Saharan Africans, have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy as violence, unemployment and famine escalated in North Africa.

The refugees rioted because they were angry at delays in getting asylum. ...

An estimated 20,000 African refugees fleeing the conflicts in Libya and northern Africa have sailed to Italy in recent months.

But the problem is not Italy's alone, and many refugees are spreading into other European countries.

"After the revolution in Tunisia, the number of migrants [in Europe] soared from the initially expected 25,000-30,000 to a million. This is a serious humanitarian problem, and it naturally generates domestic problems for each EU member state," said Dmitry Danilov, a senior analyst with the Institute of European Studies in Moscow.
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EU demands that Britain admit immigrants intending to go straight on to benefits
Daniel Hannan
Daily Telegraph blogs, 2 August 2011

The European Commission may finally have hit on an issue that jerks Britain from its euro-torpor – an issue that simultaneously presses the buttons of border control, welfare abuse and Brussels intrusiveness. Whether from hubris, power-hunger or from sheer stupidity, Eurocrats are demanding that Britain stop asking immigrants to show that they won't immediately start accessing the social security system.

As the law stands, people wishing to settle in Britain must demonstrate that they have the means to support themselves, either through work or through an alternative source of income such as a pension. The European Commission claims that this amounts to discrimination against EU citizens, who are supposed to enjoy the same rights as British nationals.

In fact, as so often happens, Eurocrats are disregarding the plain text of their own rules. Article 7(1) of the Free Movement Directive gives EU citizens the right to reside in another member state only if they have "sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the host Member State".

In order to get around this clause, the European Commission is deploying a piece of sheer sophistry. It argues that, if immigrants were able to top up their income with British benefits, they would have "sufficient resources".

In May, the Supreme Court ruled on the claim of a Latvian pensioner, who had just moved to Britain and had demanded Pension Credit on grounds that her Latvian pension was too small. Although our courts like to rule in favour of immigrants, the law here was so clear-cut that, by 4-1, judges turned her down. If the European Commission were to get its way, she would not only be able to claim Pension Credit, but also council tax and housing subsidies – despite not having paid a penny into the system.

... If every EU resident over the age of 66 whose income came to less than £140 a week were able to draw a British pension, the system would be bankrupted. Are we past caring?
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MPs warn over Turkey migrant risk to EU
BBC, 1 August 2011

Turkey must improve its border controls before it can join the European Union, a committee of MPs has said.

The Home Affairs Committee said thousands of migrants were entering the EU illegally through Turkey into Greece - many of them aiming for Britain.

It was also concerned about human trafficking and drug smuggling.

The UK Border Agency said it was working with other countries to help them strengthen their capacity to deal with illegal migration.

The EU's border would be extended to Iran, Iraq and Syria if Turkey was allowed to join.

The committee said estimates for the number of Turkish migrants likely to enter the EU as a whole ranged from 500,000 and 4.4 million by 2030.

It called on the Home Office to carry out an urgent impact assessment of the numbers likely to come to the UK. ...

Drugs are also a concern, the committee said. Its report said that up to 80% of the heroin currently trafficked to Europe from Afghanistan comes through Turkey.
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The pro-immigration Left should stop using Anders Breivik to further its political agenda
Toby Young
Daily Telegraph blogs, 31 July 2011

According to Thorbjørn Jagland, a senior member of the Norwegian Labour Party and chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, centre-Right politicians like David Cameron and Angela Merkel should stop criticising multiculturalism in case their words inspire another Anders Breivik. In an interview in today's Observer, the former Norwegian Prime Minister says:

We have to be very careful how we are discussing these issues, what words are used. Political leaders have got to defend the fact that society has become more diverse. We have to defend the reality, otherwise we are going to get into a mess. I think political leaders have to send a clear message to embrace it and benefit from it. We should be very cautious now, we should not play with fire. Therefore I think the words we are using are very important because it can lead to much more.

This is cynical political opportunism of the worst kind. Has Thorbjørn Jagland ever spoken out against Islamist hate preachers on the grounds that their words may inspire terrorist acts? Of course not. Nevertheless, he doesn't hesitate before exploiting the deaths of 77 innocent Norwegians to promote his own multiculturalist agenda. (Note: from 2000 to 2006, he chaired the Socialist International Committee on the Middle East and was an outspoken critic of Islamophobia.)

Anders Breivik's crimes are completely appalling, but we shouldn't allow the Left to exploit the public outrage they've quite naturally given rise to in order to suppress free speech. ...

David Cameron and Angela Merkel should be applauded for having the courage to confront the centre left consensus about multiculturalism. Whatever your feelings about the manner in which immigration has transformed the countries of Western Europe, you should welcome the opportunity to engage in a public debate on the subject. For Thorbjørn Jagland to invoke the crimes of Anders Breivik in order to avoid doing so is a disgrace and suggests that he's not confident this is an argument he and his fellow multiculturalists can win.
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The Long March to Justice for Migrants
Emilio Godoy
IPS, 30 July 2011

Every year, some 500,000 undocumented migrants from Central and South America traverse Mexico on their journey to the U.S. border, according to estimates from academics and human rights groups. ...

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) estimates that 20,000 migrants were kidnapped in 2010. Ransom demands were between 1,500 and 5,000 dollars per person, according to the Commission.

In other cases, entire groups of migrants are seized and murdered.
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'Explosive' population growth threatens developing nations, says UN
Kate Taylor
TG Daily, 29 July 2011

By the end of this year, there'll be seven billion people on the planet, a whole billion more than in 1999, according to new UN figures.

In 2011, approximately 135 million people will be born and 57 million will die, a net increase of 78 million people.

And between now and 2050, an estimated 2.3 billion more people will be added – nearly as many as inhabited the entire planet in 1950. By the end of the century, the population will reach 10.1 billion, says the Population Division of the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Practically all the growth in the next 40 years - 97 percent - will take place in less developed regions, with just under half in Africa.

By contrast, the populations of more developed countries will remain flat - although they'll age, with fewer working-age adults to support the rest of us on our pensions.

It's an unprecedented global demographic upheaval, says professor David Bloom of the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Although the issues immediately confronting developing countries are different from those facing the rich countries, in a globalized world demographic challenges anywhere are demographic challenges everywhere," he says.

Naturally, there's considerable uncertainty about these projections. For some time, there's been a gradual decline in the number of births per woman - but if we all get a touch more enthusiastic about babies, the figures could be higher.

Depending on birthrate, the ranges for 2050 vary from 8.1 to 10.6 billion, and the 2100 projections vary from 6.2 to 15.8 billion.

Already under a lot of pressure for resources, many developing countries will likely face tremendous difficulties in supplying food, water, housing, and energy to their growing populations, with repercussions for health, security, and economic growth.

"The demographic picture is indeed complex, and poses some formidable challenges. Those challenges are not insurmountable, but we cannot deal with them by sticking our heads in the sand," says Bloom.

"We have to tackle some tough issues ranging from the unmet need for contraception among hundreds of millions of women and the huge knowledge-action gaps we see in the area of child survival, to the reform of retirement policy and the development of global immigration policy. It's just plain irresponsible to sit by idly while humankind experiences full force the perils of demographic change."
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In defence of Maurice Glasman [part 1]
David Green
New Statesman blog, 29 July 2011

He has spoken up for the low-paid workers whose standard of life has been forced down by excessive immigration.

In the last two issues of the New Statesman, Maurice Glasman is to be found apologising for his remarks about immigration, but many rank and file Labour voters will be wondering why. He said nothing that was untrue or lacking in balance. As a long-standing campaigner for a living wage he will have been acutely aware that opening the borders to a sudden increase in newcomers has driven wages down, especially for the least well paid.

The same point has been repeatedly made by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, and so far she has not been forced to recant in public. Here she is in 2005:

"The implication is that these Londoners are so thick or lazy that we need cheap foreigners for catering, caring and cleaning who can take low pay while sleeping on friends' floors in this expensive city. But what part of the good society does this help to create? It makes restaurants cheap for the well-off and lowers taxes, while public services are manned by those on sub-survivable pay."

And again in 2006: "Poor families in this most expensive city can't pay for childcare, and compete for jobs with single migrants willing to take less than a living wage. But the rich prosper: restaurants, cleaners and all other services are cheaper because wages are low."

And once more in 2010, when she criticised Gordon Brown for "boasting frequently" about low wage inflation growth, by which he meant: "Foreigners willing to work harder for less do hold down pay, especially in the care and hospitality sectors still not covered by the Gangmasters Act." Immigration is "wonderful for employers and the affluent wanting cheap nannies, cleaners and plumbers - bad for the unemployed, many of whom would have been skilled-up for the jobs otherwise.' Controlling the borders, she thought, was 'a first duty of government. Sudden and unexpected immigration has abruptly changed the nature of some communities."

Maurice Glasman was speaking with the authentic voice of Labour voters. About three quarters of Labour voters want tighter immigration controls. A YouGov poll in May this year found that 76 per cent of Labour voters supported government measures 'to limit the number of economic migrants from outside the EU who are entitled to work in Britain'. Only 18 per cent were opposed. The trouble is that the 18 per cent includes the people who write articles for the New Statesman and the 76 per cent have to rely on the bravery of people like Maurice Glasman.
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In defence of Maurice Glasman [part 2]
David Green
New Statesman blog, 29 July 2011

Back in August 2006 Home Secretary, John Reid, in a speech at Demos tried to take the emotion out of the debate: "In my view mass migration and the management of immigration is now the greatest challenge facing all European governments. We have to get away from the notion that anyone who wants to talk about immigration is somehow a racist." But the issue still makes some of the more sensitive party intellectuals so uncomfortable that they would rather not think about it. And yet most developed countries have an immigration policy, not least because the sheer weight of numbers can cause problems. The more crowded the country, the more necessary is an immigration policy. The UK is already one of the most densely populated parts of the world, with double the population density of France and eight times that of America. England, on its own, is more densely populated than India. The consequences for house prices, traffic jams, school places, wages, and hospital waiting lists are there for all to see.

A UK study for the Low Pay Commission looked at the impact of immigration between 1997 and 2005 and concluded that the arrival of economic migrants benefited workers in the middle and upper part of the wage distribution, but placed downward pressure on the wages of workers on lower levels of pay. Over the period, wages at all points of the wage distribution increased but the UCL study concluded that wages in the lowest quartile would have increased faster without the effect of immigration. They estimated that for each one per cent increase in the ratio of immigrants to natives in the working age population there was a 0.5 per cent decrease in the wages of the lowest tenth of workers.

It is often said that immigrants will do the jobs British people don't want, but this question is entirely a matter of pay and conditions. People will do dirty or hard jobs if they are paid enough. Employers want to pay as little as possible; whereas workers understandably want a living wage. The campaign for a London Living Wage is seeking only £7.85 – not much to ask for. The inescapable fact is that immigration produces winners and losers - and the poorest members of society have been the losers.

The impact on housing has also been severe, especially in London. First time buyers have been priced out of the market. Immigration has not been the only factor, but it has had a major and decisive influence on prices. We can compare the ratio of average prices to average incomes in the UK over time. In 1980 the ratio was 2.3, but by 2009 during the height of mass immigration, the ratio had nearly doubled to 4.5. ...

Such realities no doubt explain why opinion surveys consistently show a majority against mass immigration. A YouGov survey in 2008 asked whether immigration should be 'stopped', 'reduced but not stopped', or 'increased': 23 per cent said it should be stopped; 61 per cent thought it should be reduced but not stopped and only 2 per cent that it should be increased.


Instead of being pressurised into public recantations, Maurice Glasman should be given a special Labour party medal for the moral courage he has displayed in speaking up for the powerless low-paid workers whose standard of life has been forced down by excessive immigration.
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Por La Raza, Nada
Tom Tancredo, 29 July 2011

While virtually all President Obama will talk about is the debt ceiling, he took a short break to give an address before the National Council of La Raza on Monday. Calling the audience his "Hermanos y hermanas," he trumpeted his support of the DREAM Act amnesty, stated his opposition to Arizona's SB 1070 and all state level immigration laws, and touted his Hispanic appointments – citing Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Raul Yzaguirre, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Obama did not mention one other Hispanic appointment, former La Raza vice president Cecilia Munoz who serves as his Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and his public liaison to Hispanics. In appointing Munoz, Obama violated his own pledge not to allow former lobbyists positions where they control money they formerly controlled, and gave Munoz a special waiver.

While our nation is going broke, the National Council of La Raza is doing just fine. Since Obama and Munoz took up the white house, they have seen their funding skyrocket, nearly tripling from 4.5 to 11 million dollars in 2010. Judicial Watch also found out that the La Raza affiliate, Chicanos por la Causa received over 18 million dollars of tax dollars. That group was the primary plaintiff against Arizona's law against illegal employers.

And it is not as if La Raza is lacking funds. Between their various sister organizations, they have over 200 million dollars in assets, much of it paid for by corporate America, and Chicanos por la Causa have nearly 100 million dollars.

Although some of La Raza's government funding was earmarked by congress, virtually all of it was doled out by the Obama administration. Sixty percent of La Raza's take came from the Department of Labor – run by Hilda Solis. They lobbied hard for her appointment and honored her with an award. She paid them back – with millions of our tax dollars.

Even if we were running trillion dollar surpluses, there is no reason why La Raza should get a dime of taxpayer dollars. ...

"La Raza" means "The Race," specifically the Latino race. Could you imagine if the government were giving millions of dollars to a group called "The National Council of the White Race"?

La Raza counts the pro-reconquista Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán) as an affiliate and helps fund the organization. MeCHA's slogan is "Por La Raza todo, Fuera de La Raza nada," meaning "For the Race everything, outside the Race nothing."

La Raza opposes free speech and has tried to get Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, and other opponents of illegal immigration kicked off the air. Their president Janet Murguia said "when free speech transforms into hate speech, we've got to draw that line." La Raza has said calling illegal aliens "criminals" is "hate speech."

La Raza has lobbied for every single amnesty, against immigration enforcement, for Obamacare, and against English as an official language.
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Probe into secretive Sharia law courts scrapped as Muslim leaders close ranks
Steve Doughty and Neil Sears
Daily Mail, 29 July 2011

Ministers have abandoned an inquiry into the rise of secretive Sharia councils that deal in Islamic justice – because the Muslim courts refused to help.

The failure of the Ministry of Justice probe has generated new fears among politicians and pressure groups about the increasing influence of Sharia courts.

They are worried the courts' decisions may run against the law of the land, particularly in divorce settlements for women. ...

The Ministry of Justice had launched an inquiry into the operation of Sharia courts in Britain because of rising fears that the secretive system has undue influence.

The number of Sharia courts here is unknown, although an estimate of 85 made by the Civitas think-tank in 2009 is widely accepted.

The failure of the Government's investigation was disclosed to MPs by Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly.

He told Tory backbencher Kris Hopkins that before last year's general election his department acted to 'commission an exploratory study of Sharia councils in England with respect to family law'.

Mr Djanogly said: 'This identified a number of challenges to undertaking robust research in this area. The study was therefore limited and adds little to the evidence base.

'The findings cannot be regarded as a representative assessment of the operation of Sharia councils. Following expert peer review of the draft report, the Ministry of Justice decided not to publish the findings.'

A further statement to the Mail made it clear the 'challenges' researchers experienced boiled down to the Sharia courts failing to co-operate.
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The price of love: 100,000 kroner and counting
Jennifer Buley
Copenhagen Post, 28 July 2011

On July 1 the government made it even more expensive and difficult for couples with one Dane and one non-EU partner to live together in Denmark.

Among other changes, the fee for the famously tough family reunification application was raised to 7,775 kroner – a 30 percent hike – while the compulsory four-year cash guarantee was raised from 63,000 to 100,000 kroner.

Information newspaper calculated that all told the cost of family reunification – once fees, tests, and cash securities are tallied – is now 168,131 kroner per couple, plus or minus a krone.

For young international couples, it is even tougher to stay together in Denmark, because current family reunification rules also stipulate that both partners must be at least 24 years old.
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Dutch town bans unemployed Eastern migrants from settling
Daily Mail, 28 July 2011

A Dutch town is barring unemployed foreigners from settling in it as from September in a bid to cut welfare costs.

Vaals, in the southern province of Limburg, says it already has too many foreigners from new EU member states on the dole - and doesn't want to subsidise any more.

Most of the annual £400,000 bill to support welfare claimants comes from local taxes.

Alderman Jean-Paul Kompier made the announcement on Wednesday to keep out 'Europeans without money or income.' Just across the border, the Belgian town of Plombières introduced the same ban last week.

Both municipalities say they are taking advantage of a get-out clause in the EU which allows them to legally bar residency seekers who have no visible means of support.

These independent declarations of independence in municipalities are deeply worrying to eurocrats in Brussels, which has already fired warning shots across the bows of both countries with little effect.

The fear now is of a xenophobic domino effect across Europe.

Vaals has less than 10,000 inhabitants of whom 300 are living on welfare.

About 40 per cent of those 300 are from other European countries. ...

Holland has about 200,000 migrant workers from Eastern Europe.

Although this figure is far less than for some other countries ... the number is growing rapidly.
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Why is it wrong to put this country first?
Patrick O'Flynn
Daily Express, 23 July 2011

Setting out his reasons for wanting a freeze on immigration Lord Glasman, the instigator of the so-called "Blue Labour" movement, said: "Britain is not an outpost of the UN. We have to put the people in this country first."

A country putting its own people first – you might have thought that such a notion would be wholly uncontroversial. But the outraged reaction of Left-wingers, who forced him to apologise, and the failure of even Tories to support Glasman tells us a lot about the gulf between the political system and the vast bulk of the British public.

Glasman believes that Labour will thrive again only when it understands the importance of strong community bonds – what is known in political jargon as "social solidarity".

He thinks that people are much more likely to support and be prepared to pay for collective endeavours when community spirit is high. And all the evidence suggests mass uncontrolled immigration weakens bonds of community, causing voters to ask why they are paying taxes to bankroll people with whom they have little in common.

But instead of honouring social solidarity at home, most MPs across the three main parties support a rival ideology that is best summed up by the phrase "global citizenship".

This idea holds that recognising our common humanity should be the dominant force behind political action. Thus it marginalises the nation state.

The dominance of the global citizenship view at Westminster explains why, for instance, all three parties support massively increasing the overseas aid budget despite the parlous state of our national finances.

Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, has distilled the rationale for this policy into a smug soundbite: "This Government will not balance the books on the backs of the poorest children in the world." Whenever he utters it in the Commons chamber he gets vocal support from Lib Dems, Labour MPs and Cameron Conservatives alike.

Yet this Government is quite content to balance the books on the backs of British children – trebling student fees, abolishing educational maintenance allowance and planning to scrap child benefit for families with an adult paying 40 per cent income tax.

The ideology of global citizenship has led ministers to prioritise the children of the Third World simply because they are poorer.

The great 1945 Labour administration was motivated and sustained by a desire to provide "homes fit for heroes" – housing for Britain's returning servicemen and their families who had seen out the Blitz in a shared national endeavour.

But these days Labour is more energised by campaigning to protect huge housing benefit cheques for immigrant families. And its policy review is full of committees considering how further to boost overseas aid.

Again the ideology of global citizenship is eclipsing the need to bolster social solidarity at home. ...

Yet while the elite is inspired by the idea of global citizenship it has little hold on the loyalties of most of us. The public is far more likely to respond to national ties.

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Long-term problems
David Blackburn
The Spectator, 22 July 2011

It is fashionable to say that the nation is divided: the North and South, the haves and have nots, the politically engaged and the apathetic. Educational attainment has been added to that list, following yesterday's apocalyptic report from the University and College Union (UCU), which found that there are more people without qualifications in one impoverished part of the East Midlands than there are in ten other affluent constituencies across the country. The report concludes that those from the poorest backgrounds have been "short-changed for generations". ...

But, education and opportunity are only two parts of this debate. The deprived East Midlands constituency mentioned by UCU is Liam Byrne's Birmingham Hodge Hill. A study of the area conducted by Birmingham University found that 41.5 per cent of respondents described themselves as being of Pakistani origin, well above the national average of less than 1 per cent at the last census. In a separate report issued last year, the irreproachable Equality and Human Rights Commission found that pupils from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities have the lowest educational attainment of all except the progeny of Roma and travelling families. The report found that a staggering 50 per cent of Muslim men and nearly 75 per cent of Muslim women are unemployed in certain regions. This is a challenge for the government's immigration and welfare policies, as much as it is of education policy.
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Poland population dropped by a million since joining EU
Matthew Day
Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2011

Hundreds of thousands of Poles left their country after EU accession in May 2004 to work in the unrestricted labour markets of Britain and Ireland, with some estimates putting the number working abroad at over two million.

The population of Poland has dropped from 38 million to 36 million and experts now believe that many have no intention of returning.

Professor Krystyna Iglicka, a demographer at the Warsaw Centre for International Relations who has studied Polish, British and Irish migration statistics, believes that up to a million have moved permanently.

"These are people that are already settled. They have jobs and they've set up families, and they don't have any intention of leaving," she told the Daily Telegraph.

The surging growth of the Britain's Polish population is borne out by figures from the UK's Office of National Statistics. Back in 2004 there were only 95,000 Polish-born people living in the UK and Poland came 12th on the list of countries of birth. But by September 2010 the number had jumped to 521,000, and Poland was second only to India. ...

"But you have to remember that despite the Polish economy doing well salaries are still better in the UK than back home, especially for young people, and there are more opportunities" explained Prof. Iglicka. "Even those who tried to come back found there were less opportunities in Poland than in Britain. People feel more secure in Britain, and, importantly, feel more secure about having children." ...

The loss of a million people could damage the Polish economy in the long run. With the vast majority of migrants being young, tax revenue could eventually fall and place greater pressure on resources allocated to dealing with an ageing population.
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1.8 million children sold for sex every year
Aoife Dowling
Irish Examiner, 22 July 2011

A petition was handed into the Leinster House yesterday calling for stricter legislation to be introduced on human trafficking which sees over 1.8 million children, some as young as seven, sold for sex every year.

The petition was launched by the Children's Rights Alliance and The Body Shop Ireland to raise awareness and vital funds for victims and people at risk of trafficking.

Children's Rights Alliance chief executive, Jillian van Turnhout, said Ireland is not immune from the crime of child trafficking.

"Recent reports have shown that Ireland is a destination, source and transit country for children subjected to sex trafficking," she said. "Over 500 children in the care of the state have gone missing since 2000 and it is feared that many may have been trafficked."

The petition was handed to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald who said she was eager to actively support the campaign.

"Children and young people are shipped from state to state as modern slaves, indentured to a life of abuse, disease and violence," said Ms Fitzgerald.

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the third-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.

The 1.8 million figure of sex trafficking offences is thought to be much higher due to the underground nature of the crime.
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Blue Labour guru Glasman apologises over immigration remarks
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 21 July 2011

Lord Glasman, the free-speaker at the helm of the Blue Labour movement, is nursing his wounds after many of his closest political allies turned on him for appearing to back a ban on immigration, including from the European Union.

Glasman has a loose status as a guru to Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, and while respected inside Labour's office for moving the party's thinking into new areas, there is a private admission that he will have to be more circumspect in the future. ...

In an interview with the Fabian Review, picked up by the mainstream press, he said: "I would add that we should be more generous and friendly in receiving those [few] who are needed. To be more generous, we have to draw the line. We've got to reinterrogate our relationship with the EU on the movement of labour.

"The EU has gone from being a sort of pig farm subsidised bloc to the free movement of labour and capital."

Like the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan-Smith, he believes it should be government policy to make it easier for British workers to secure jobs in Britain mainly through learning new skills.

But in an email to the New Statesman Glasman has now apologised. "I overstated the position [on immigration]. I was not talking about what should happen. I want most importantly to reiterate my full and total support for immigrant communities in Britain ...

"We all make mistakes. And this is mine. I just hope that it does not detract from the energy and real goodness of the work. I will do all I can too to strengthen frayed relationships."

There is an admission within Labour that Glasman's choice of words will make it more difficult for Ed Miliband to speak about immigration.

Miliband has long thought the party has to reposition itself on the issue, aware of how toxic the subject is with many working-class voters. ...

Miliband himself has said it is not realistic to have a ban on the free movement of labour inside the European Union.
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Immigration restrictions are the one policy that can save the Labour Party – but they're so mesmerised by diversity they cannot see it
Ed West
Daily Telegraph website, 21 July 2011

Away from the main stage and today's headline act, Maurice Glasman's comments about immigration seemed to have done great damage to "Blue Labour".

On Monday the Labour peer and academic told the Daily Telegraph that "Britain is not an outpost of the UN. We have to put the people in this country first", and when asked by the Telegraph's Mary Riddell whether he would support a temporary ban on immigration, replied: "Yes. I would add that we should be more generous and friendly in receiving those [few] who are needed. To be more generous, we have to draw the line."

As far as any Labour people have commented on this, there has been universal condemnation. ... ...

Lord Glasman has since apologised for overstepping the mark in an email to Hodges, but it's curious that, even if they were not prepared to go as far as him, not a single Labour figure as yet can be found to even criticise their party's attachment to mass immigration. Yet, as I (and many others) have pointed out, mass immigration harms Labour's traditional supporters the most. Note that Glasman is not hostile to elite migration, an altogether different thing; ... ...

Yet at some point in the 1980s the Labour Party became convinced that any opposition to increased diversity was itself a racist idea. Diversity became its new Clause 4 – a social good in itself. Yet most, or at the very least a very large minority, of Labour voters are unconvinced, and have seen the downsides of mass immigration in their neighbourhoods – both economically and socially.

For those Labour supporters unfettered globalism, where people can be shipped around as easily as computer parts, seems more like a Marxist parody of capitalist cruelty than the ideology of "progressives". But because their traditional champions have embraced wholly the millennial idea of universalism and unrestricted altruism, they find themselves like pond-dwelling fish drowning in a large and cruel sea.

Jon Cruddas once said he was a "true" conservative in that he wished to conserve communities thrown apart by housing costs and shrinking social housing sector. That is a reasonable and decent aspiration, of course, but it's not compatible with the sort of diverse society we are becoming. Neither does that sort of society have much place for the sort of egalitarian, liberal policies which the Labour party believes in.

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Lord Glasman: 'I'm a radical traditionalist'
Stephen Moss
The Guardian, 19 July 2011

Maurice Glasman is a most unlikely peer. He was ennobled, courtesy of Ed Miliband, in November last year, and has been sitting in the House of Lords for the past four months. ... ...

Pundits like to call the 50-year-old academic – he is reader in political theory at London Metropolitan University – Miliband's "guru". Glasman prefers the term "conversational partner". ... ...

... "We've tended to accept a neo-liberal, globalised view of the movement of labour," he tells me. "Labour is seen as a transferable commodity that moves around the world seeking higher wages, and no thought is given to the fact that these are human beings with families and relationships. This works against any wage controls and wage settlements at the lowest end. The free movement of labour is a bosses' agenda that overwhelmingly benefits the highest earners. They benefit from cheap nannies, who they often exploit, and from the general supply of cheap skilled labour. We also haven't given enough thought to the people who live here, whose wages have been forced down. Immigration has been a de facto wages policy for the past 30 years."

He looks doubtful when I tell him he is now the darling of the political right, and says the Mail and Telegraph choose to ignore the anti-market capitalism part of his philosophy, but whether he likes it or not his anti-immigration, anti-EU stance will win him friends in some unlikely places, and could cause Miliband problems. Glasman wants all illegal immigrants now in the country to be legalised, and then a line to be drawn in the Dover shingle. "We've got enormous diversity, enormous pluralism, it's time to renew our common life, our common law. Businesses should be able to bring in people that they need, but by invitation only. My theory is about renewing solidarity and vocation, and if there's this endless churn of people then we're all at sea and there is no possibility of real politics." ...

In essence, he is making a plea for rootedness, an organic rather than an atomised society, the reassertion of place and identity, and the re-creation of a society founded on stable work, or as he prefers to call it "vocation" – a key word in his lexicon. His approach is a curious mix of conservative and radical.
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Labour's anti-immigration guru
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2011

Once, Maurice Glasman was a driving force of London Citizens and a reader in political theory at the Metropolitan University. Then came the unexpected peerage and Glasman's elevation to guru, leading policy adviser and Ed Miliband's magus. ... ...

On migration, to which Ed Miliband is giving much thought, Glasman has previously accused New Labour of lying about the extent of immigration. Now he goes further, arguing – in terms more radical than the Conservative front bench would dare use – that Britain should renegotiate the rules on European workers and freeze inward migration for EU and non-EU citizens, except where employers or universities make a case for a specific, skilled individual.

"We've got to reinterrogate our relationship with the EU on the movement of labour. The EU has gone from being a sort of pig farm subsidised bloc... to the free movement of labour and capital. It's legalistic, it's administrative, and it's no good. So I think we've got to renegotiate with the EU.

His call is to restrict immigration to necessary entrants such as highly skilled leaders, especially in vocational skills. "We might, for example, bring in German masters, as we did in the 15th and 16th centuries to renew guilds."

But exemptions should be made on a case-by-case basis? "Yes. We should absolutely do that... Britain is not an outpost of the UN. We have to put the people in this country first." Even if that means stopping immigration completely for a period? "Yes. I would add that we should be more generous and friendly in receiving those [few] who are needed. To be more generous, we have to draw the line."

As an advocate of the toughest curbs yet mooted on immigration, presumably he has some sympathy with Iain Duncan Smith's controversial call for British jobs for British workers. "Completely. The people who live here are the highest priority. We've got to listen and be with them. They're in the right place – it's us who are not."

This is not, he stresses, a xenophobic or divisive stance. As a veteran community organiser who works with all groups and races, he believes that integration and non-exploitation demand stable communities. None the less, the views of a figure so close to the Labour leadership may startle many in and outside the party.
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'Squatters rights' law that grants illegal immigrants right to stay after 14 years to be scrapped
David Wilkes
Daily Mail, 18 July 2011

A rule which rewarded immigrants with the right to stay in the UK after living here illegally for 14 years is to be scrapped.

The 'squatters' rights' law, passed by Labour in 2003, allowed thousands of migrants to live her permanently, work and claim benefits simply because they escaped detection for so long.

Up to 2,000 visa overstayers, failed asylum seekers and illegal entrants exploited the loophole every year and were granted permanent residency. Other beneficiaries were illegal workers employed in the black economy who have never paid tax or national insurance.

Critics branded the law a 'slow motion amnesty'. Worryingly, the numbers taking advantage have increased by 120 per cent since its first full year in operation. ...

There are fears the numbers taking advantage of the law could spiral in coming years as thousands of illegal migrants who arrived in the last decade apply for permanent residency.

In 2003 the law was changed to allow anyone living here illegally for 14 years or more to apply for indefinite leave to remain.

Since then a total of 8,948 illegal migrants have taken advantage of the failures of the immigration system to remove them to stay.

The year after the law was introduced just 781 illegal migrants used it but by 2009 the number increased to 2,061. Last year the total was 1,774.
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World's top asylum spot South Africa plans crackdown
Jon Herskovitz
Yahoo! News, 15 July 2011

South Africa has set the stage for the mass deportation of more than one million Zimbabwean immigrants later this month in a move that could alter its status as the world's largest country of refuge.

South Africa has been a beacon for asylum seekers due to its liberal immigration laws, proximity to African trouble spots and massive economy compared to the rest of the continent that has attracted millions seeking wealth they cannot find at home.

About one in five of the 845,800 asylum seekers globally in 2010 sought refuge in South Africa, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

That is nearly double the combined figure for the United States and France, the world's number two and three countries in terms of asylum applications.

The bulk of asylum seekers are from neighboring Zimbabwe, which has become an economic basket case under its entrenched leader Robert Mugabe, whose ZANU-PF party has been charged by global powers with using violence and vote fraud to stay in power.

The government said the crackdown on the Zimbabweans is a signal it wants to get tough on those who use asylum applications to seek work and money.

"Following this project, our intention is to document nationals of other neighboring countries," said Home Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa.

South Africa allowed hundreds of thousands from Zimbabwe to enter without documents about two years ago when its neighbor was swept up in political violence and its already unsteady economy collapsed under the weight of hyperinflation.

It set an end of 2010 deadline for the Zimbabweans to apply for proper visas – with 275,000 filling out paperwork – and said when July ends, it will start deporting what analysts estimate could be one to two million other Zimbabweans without proper documents.

With few staff and a flood of applicants, it can take Home Affairs months or even years to process applications, allowing immigrants to stay long enough to earn mostly modest sums of money to help their families back home.
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AFA gets an extra $1 million to tackle diversity issues
Tom Roeder
The Gazette (Colorado Springs), 15 July 2011

The Air Force Academy has a plan and a $1 million budget to make the school more diverse, but no numerical goal that describes what diverse looks like.

Adding more cadets from minorities groups to the academy's population has been a goal for years. The Board of Visitors, the school's oversight body, was told Friday that the school has a new plan, which includes diversity training for employees, stepping up minority recruitment and training "inclusion ambassadors" who will promote diversity at the academy.

"The good thing is we're doing something about it," said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, academy superintendent.

The academy's student body is 71 percent white, which is similar to its sister academies for Navy and Army, and close to the national population average.

But the academy wants to see gains in the number of black and Hispanic cadets on the campus, who make up a combined 16 percent of the student body, well below their share of the national population.

But the Air Force is staying away from quotas.

"Metrics have always been a tough thing for all the services," Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, an Air Force personnel officer from the Pentagon told the board, which advises Congress and President Obama on academy matters.

The Air Force put money into the academy program this year, adding $1 million to the program in 2011 – doubling the academy's diversity budget. Much of the cash is being spent on recruiting in black, Hispanic and Asian neighborhoods. The idea is that attracting more minority applicants will gradually grow the academy's minority population.

Still, some board members fear that the program lacks clear goals because it doesn't set racial quotas. ...

Jones said numbers alone, though, won't do the job.

"The goal is to have a diverse population find success in the military," he said.
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Migrant births hit record
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 14 July 2011

The number of babies born in the UK to foreign mothers has hit a record high, accounting for more than one in four births last year.

Figures published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics reveals 25.1 per cent – or 181,514 – of the 723,165 newborns in 2010 were from migrants.

The increase represents a rise of nearly 3,000 extra children from women born abroad on 2009. Most of the mothers were from Poland, Pakistan and India. In the same period British mothers giving birth fell by just under 10,000. Campaigners warn the growth places an intolerable strain on public services.

Gerard Batten, the Ukip MEP and home affairs spokesman, said: "These figures reinforce the need for the Government to take into account population trends when formulating immigration policy." Cathy Warwick, head of the Royal College of Midwives, said 4,700 extra staff were needed to deal with the rise in births.

Births to non UK-born women are at their highest since the nationality of mothers was first recorded in 1969. In 2009 the number of children born to foreigners was 24.7 per cent (174,443 births), in 2000 15.5 per cent and 11.6 percent in 1990.
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Three out of four new jobs go to foreign workers
Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14 July 2011

More than three quarters of new workers in Britain in the last year were born overseas, official figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 334,000 foreign-born workers had taken up jobs in the past year, compared with 77,000 people born in Britain.

The employment rate for British nationals in the three months to March was around 71 per cent, the figures show, a rise of only 0.3 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Growth in employment for foreign workers was 2.2 per cent but the overall foreign employment rate was only 67.8 per cent. ...

Between 1997 and 2010, more than half of the rise in employment in the UK was accounted for by foreign nationals. ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "It is impossible to look at these figures which show a substantially greater increase in the foreign born workforce than in the British born workforce, without deducing that there has been a significant impact on the prospects for British workers.

"There is no point in being in denial about this.

"British employers surely have a responsibility to consider the wider implications of who they employ." ...

The ONS yesterday stressed that the figures for the number of non-UK born people includes individuals who were born outside the country, but also have British nationality.
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No surprise that migrants head for soft-touch Britain
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 14 July 2011

The transformation of Britain through mass immigration continues to gather pace. Never in history has our country been through a social revolution like this one.

The extent of the upheaval was emphasised this week by new statistics which show that more migrants permanently settle in Britain than in any other European nation.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, no fewer than 397,000 foreigners decided to live here in 2009, an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year and by far the biggest annual increase in the developed world. Most other European countries actually saw significant falls in the number of settlers. ...

Through a barrage of propaganda they claim that ever-widening cultural diversity not only creates a more vibrant society but also boosts our economy, since migrants supposedly work much harder than the idlers of the indigenous population.

But this hysterical cheerleading for mass immigration is a crude exercise in political deceit. The idea that all migrants come here to work hard is just nonsense, as is the argument that our economy would instantly collapse without the heroic contribution of foreign labour.

The truth is the opposite. Immigration has imposed a savage burden on our country, leading to strains on our public infrastructure. So many of our essential services, from the electricity grid to the NHS, are now grossly over-stretched.

It is no coincidence that as immigration has accelerated, so our debts have risen and living standards fallen. Perhaps worst of all, social security has been plunged into crisis by the colossal demand for benefits from migrants. The fact is that millions of foreigners are drawn here not by the jobs market but by our welfare state that dishes out vast sums to migrants who have made no contribution to our society.

These scroungers know that Britain is a soft touch. They recognise that they can have a better life here leeching off the taxpayer than working in their own country.

That is why, even at a time of increasing unemployment, immigration continues to increase rapidly. It is also why hordes of young men from Africa and Asia gather in the northern ports of France desperate to get to the lucrative honeypot of the British welfare state.

All too typically the European Union has encouraged this climate of entitlement among migrants to Britain. Only this week it emerged that Brussels has written to the Department for Work and Pensions warning that benefits should not be withheld from foreigners who move here, even if they have never worked in Britain. ...

At least 155,000 illegal immigrants who should be thrown out are living here on benefits. Immigrants are far more likely to be unemployed and dependent on the state than British people. Some 52 per cent of Turks and 50 per cent of Pakistanis are economically inactive, compared to 18 per cent of the UK-born population.

The idea that we owe the world a living is grotesque. It is shattering the principles of social justice on which our welfare system is based. ...

That spirit has disappeared completely due to Government weakness and EU intervention. We will only rebuild the integrity of our welfare state if we regain control of our national destiny.
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The Mexican-American Boom: Births Overtake Immigration
Pew Hispanic Center, 14 July 2011

Births have overtaken immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the U.S. Hispanic population. This new trend is especially evident among the largest of all Hispanic groups – Mexican-Americans according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data ...

In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the Mexican-American population grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million as a result of new immigrant arrivals. This is a change from the previous two decades when the number of new immigrants either matched or exceeded the number of births.

The current surge in births among Mexican-Americans is largely attributable to the immigration wave that has brought more than 10 million immigrants to the United States from Mexico since 1970. Between 2006 and 2010 alone, more than half (53%) of all Mexican-American births were to Mexican immigrant parents. As a group, these immigrants are more likely than U.S.-born Americans to be in their prime child-bearing years. They also have much higher fertility. ...

As a result, there were fewer new immigrant arrivals to the U.S. from Mexico in the 2000s (4.2 million) than in the 1990s (4.7 million). However, the Mexican-American population continued to grow rapidly, with births accounting for 63% of the 11.2 million increase from 2000 to 2010.

At 31.8 million in 2010, Mexican-Americans comprise 63% of the U.S. Hispanic population and 10% of the total U.S. population (Ennis, Ríos-Vargas and Albert, 2011). According to Pew Hispanic Center tabulations from the March 2010 U.S. Current Population Survey, 39% of Mexican-Americans - or 12.4 million - are immigrants. ... According to the World Bank (2011), more than 10% of Mexico's native-born population lives elsewhere, with the vast majority (97%) of these expatriates living in the United States.

Overall, the Hispanic population of the United States grew from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010, accounting for more than half of the nation's overall population growth during that decade (Passel, Cohn and Lopez, 2011). ...

Hispanics now comprise 16.3% of the total U.S. population. This share is projected to rise to 29% by the middle of this century, with the bulk of the future increase driven by births, many the descendents of today's immigration wave, rather than the arrival of new immigrants. (Passel and Cohn, 2008).
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Will Black Male Achievement Programs Help Bridge The Gap?
Johan Thomas
NewsOne, 14 July 2011

Last week, the San Diego Unified School District unveiled its plan to bring Black students up to speed. Its course of action – a $3.5 million effort that incorporates college-preparation, parent workshops and centers, and faculty members that serve as liaisons for families of Black students.

The district's program is one of many springing up around the nation focusing on bridging the Black student achievement gap.

Programs in Richmond, Boston, Palm Beach, Atlanta, and Cincinnati have made news for their efforts in helping to lessen the crisis.

The disparity is quite evident in San Diego. During the 2009-2010 school year Black students, who make up a mere 12 percent of the district's students, accounted for 21.5 percent of suspensions compared to white students who accounted for only four percent.

The numbers provide insight into similar statistics on California's and the nation's prison population. Blacks make up about 7 percent of California's population, and make up 32 percent of its prison inmates. Nationally, Blacks account for about 13 percent of the population and nearly 40 percent of those incarcerated.

Much like prison, achievement gap statistics skew heavily against Black males.

It is this reality that has educators, community leaders and civil rights advocates up in arms, working to cleanse a stain that's tarnishing the fate of African-American males.

Critics say these programs are not only ineffective, but that the achievement gap is a myth diverting funds in a racially exclusive way from other students who could use the same support.

The Council For Greater Schools is a leading advocate on bridging the gap. It's latest report "A Call For Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools," is a thorough examination of the crisis.

"Black males continue to perform lower than their peers throughout the country on almost every indicator," the report reads, outlining a host of factors that contribute to the disparity.
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Britain is Europe's top destination for permanent migrants
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 13 July 2011

More immigrants settle permanently in Britain than any other country in Europe, a study revealed yesterday.

The latest figures showed that 397,900 foreigners decided to live here in 2009 – second in the world only to the U.S.

The figure marked a rise of 14 per cent from the previous year. It was the largest increase in the developed world, at a time when most countries saw dramatic falls in the number of permanent settlers.

The study, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, said the increase was largely down to family members coming to stay with those already in Britain, and the large number of foreign students living here. ...

The OECD report shows Britain is one of the only countries where the level of permanent migration increased in the years after the credit crunch.

The number of permanent migrants here is exceeded only by the U.S., where 1.1 million people settled permanently – up 2 per cent on the previous year.

France had only 178,700 new settlers – down 7 per cent – and Germany 197,500, down 13 per cent. In Ireland, the total fell by 42 per cent to 38,900.

The number of people settling in Britain has risen by more than 50 per cent since 2003.

The report by the OECD, which represents developed nations, said: 'Most countries saw declines in permanent migration in 2009, almost half showing falls of 10 per cent or more.'

It said Britain actually saw a fall of more than a quarter in the number of people coming for work, but the total of permanent settlers went up because those who had moved here on temporary visas opted to stay, 'especially but not exclusively international students'.

It added: 'This, along with increases in family migration and in movements for other reasons, more than offset what would have otherwise been a demand-induced decline.'
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A bin complaint? Can you tell us if you're gay?
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2011

A grandmother who complained about her bin collection was angered when she was asked to fill a form about her religious beliefs and sexual orientation. ...

Helen Eales, leader of North Norfolk district council, said: "The rules state we must demonstrate that we are being fair to everyone but I fail to see how knowing that a transsexual called us about their wheelie bin would help us in any way at all.

"At the moment, it is still a legal requirement for us under rules brought in by the Labour government."

A council spokesman said: "The questionnaire is completely optional and the questions are used by most public bodies across the country. ..."
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Immigration Policy: single residence and work permit agreement first step towards common European policy on economic migration. Véronique Mathieu MEP
EPP Group in the European Parliament, 13 July 2011

"After long years of negotiations and deadlocks, the Directive establishing a single residence and work permit for third-country nationals will be implemented at last", Véronique Mathieu MEP, EP Rapporteur on the Single Permit, said on Wednesday, after the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament decided to back the agreement reached on the dossier between the European Parliament and representatives of the Member States.

"This is the first Report on legal migration to be adopted by co-decision. It is the first step towards a common European policy on economic migration", Véronique Mathieu said.

"It will make it possible to more effectively fight illegal migration, which primarily benefits mafia networks, and to better respond to the labour needs Europe will face in the upcoming years."

"It also recognises that all persons working legally in Europe must benefit from the same rights as European workers. In doing so, it will add to the fight against unfair competition for European workers", Véronique Mathieu concluded.
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Christians should learn how to live as a minority, says bishop
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2011

Christians should learn from Muslims how to exist as a "minority" culture in British cities that are increasingly dominated by immigrant communities, a Church of England bishop has said.

The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, said some parishes in his diocese were 95 per cent Muslim but this should not be seen as "a problem".

"This is a fantastic opportunity," he told the General Synod, the Church of England's national assembly, in York. ...

In some communities, Anglicans have become "beleaguered" because Christians are so outnumbered by members of other faiths, according to a report presented to the synod yesterday.

However, members recognised that the Church needed to adapt to Britain's increasingly diverse society and backed moves to recruit more ethnic minority candidates to leadership positions such as bishops.

They voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plan to tackle the Church's "pale, male and stale" image by using methods that have been described as "favouritism" and "positive discrimination".
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Threat to Anglicanism as 'nation's faith'
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2011

Britain's growing religious diversity poses a major threat to the position of the Church of England as the "established" faith of the nation, a report to senior Anglicans warned. ...

The Church should draw up plans to preach the Gospel in diverse areas, form links with other faith groups and care for those who choose to convert to Christianity, said the report by the Church's presence and engagement task group. It was presented to the General Synod, the Church's national assembly, in York. ...

A separate Church report called for positive discrimination-style approaches to be used to appoint more ethnic minority bishops.
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International migration: where do people go and where from?
Ami Sedghi
Guardian Datablog, 12 July 2011

The US is the top destination for permanent immigrants according to a report published today.

The international migration outlook 2011 released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) highlights the top 25 countries with the highest number of immigrants into OECD countries and also shows where they come from.

The US was home to 1,130,200 immigrants in 2009, a rise of 2.1% on 2008. The UK follows in second place, seeing a jump of 14.5% on the number of immigrants since the previous year. However the UK is also ranked the 8th highest for the number of people migrating to other OECD countries - 133,000 people migrated in 2009.

China was the top country for immigration into OECD countries in 2009 with 468,000 nationals emigrating. Romania has by the far the largest number of emigrants per million population at 12,000 whereas despite their high ranking, China has 350 emigrants per million population.

Out of the top 25 countries listed, only seven recorded percentage increases in immigrants during 2007-2009. Iraq has seen a 22% increase during 2007/2009 of people emigrating towards the OECD countries. The Dominican Republic records highly too with a 21% increase.
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Millions in legal aid for asylum seekers was misspent by collapsed immigration charity
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 12 July 2011

Millions of pounds in legal aid for immigrants and asylum seekers was misspent by a Government-backed charity, it emerged last night.

The Immigration Advisory Service has collapsed into administration after auditors uncovered the financial irregularities.

The charity received £15 million a year to pay for lawyers and legal advice for 27,000 migrants trying to stay in the country.

But an internal audit revealed hundreds of cases where funding went to ineligible applicants.

Auditors were shocked to discover that in other cases there was no paperwork to show money was properly spent.

The charity's bosses also said some recipients had claimed money 'in error' because of complex Government rules.

One successful asylum claimant was granted funding to which he was not entitled to help bring his family into the country.

However, there is no suggestion of any deliberate fraud. Critics said the revelations showed tighter checks were needed.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank Migrationwatch UK, said: 'This is a shocking abuse of taxpayers' money. Huge sums of public money have been given to the asylum and immigration industry – tens of millions every year.

'It is time that the controls on that expenditure were tightened up to prevent the taxpayer being taken to the cleaners again.'

The IAS was the largest legal immigration charity in the UK and funded 13,000 asylum and 14,000 immigration cases last year. It had more than 300 staff in 14 offices across the country.
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Disarmed by Shariah: Political correctness prevents Army from recognizing sedition
Adm. James A. Lyons
Washington Times, 12 July 2011
[Retired Navy Adm. James A. Lyons was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations]

Today, the mind-numbing disease of political correctness has so infected the American military leadership that it is a threat in itself. The political correctness mentality was the principal reason why Fort Hood's alleged murderer, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was not cashiered out of the Army after a shocking June 2007 PowerPoint presentation he gave as part of his psychiatric residency program. In that presentation, he reportedly warned his Army colleagues and supervisor at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center of "adverse events" that would occur if the Army did not accept the precepts of Islamic Shariah law and grant Muslims serving in the Army conscientious objector status.

He went on to describe what he meant by adverse events, citing previous cases of Muslims murdering their fellow soldiers, spying against the United States, deserting their units and refusing to deploy. None of his fellow doctors or his supervisor reported his remarks, most likely out of fear of being labeled a bigot or racist, which in today's military could end one's career.

Now it seems the Army has embraced Maj. Hasan's position in an incredible decision made last month by the secretary of the Army to grant conscientious objector status to Pfc. Naser Abdo. He is a 21-year-old soldier, a member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., who refused to deploy to Afghanistan, claiming that Shariah law prevented him from killing other Muslims.

The fact that Shariah law is totally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and has no legal basis in the United States was somehow overlooked in the Army's decision process. Shariah is a totalitarian legal-military-political system that is designed to control every aspect of an individual's life and is antithetical to our concept of freedom and democracy. By its dictates, Shariah is seditious.

By acceding to the dictates of Shariah, the Army has tacitly endorsed an absurd position that in effect sanctions Muslim service members to kill non-Muslims but forbids them to kill Muslims. Further, it is an unbelievable basis on which to classify them as conscientious objectors. ...

... We have many Muslims serving honorably in the U.S. military and their service should not be tainted by Pfc. Abdo's conscientious objector designation.
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Hungary in crisis: Tensions with its gypsy population threaten to rip the Eastern European country apart [part 1]
Peter Popham
The Independent on Sunday, 10 July 2011

Right across the continent, from Bulgaria to Britain, Hungary to France, Europe is wrestling with a new outbreak of an ancient dilemma: the gypsies, the gajé (that's the majority of us, the non-gypsies) and how the two communities are to get along.

Since the arrival of the gypsies from India via the Middle East in the 15th century, relations have rarely been smooth. ... But even in countries where the gypsies' right to remain is not under threat, tensions continue to simmer. In Britain the number has soared in recent years, because of waves of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria (as distinct from the well-established Irish "traveller" communities); their skilful exploitation of our benefits system has brought down the wrath of the tabloids. But in Bulgaria and Romania, too, countries where they have lived in large numbers for centuries, the discrimination they suffer is still acute.

Even in Spain, the one European country which, since the death of Franco, has consistently tried to integrate them, and which has successes to boast of, the dropout rate from high school is 80 per cent. And in many countries the image persists of a community of lawless, feckless petty criminals, condemned to eke out a miserable living on the fringes of our civilisation.

Hungary is one of the countries where one might expect things to go better.


Today that long relationship has yielded striking gains. Romanies are more prominent at a higher level here than anywhere else: there are four Romany MPs in the Hungarian parliament, and the only Romany MEP in Strasbourg is a Hungarian woman. Most of the government officials I met on my visit to Hungary were Romanies.

Yet it is in Hungary of all places – where there are no aggravating issues of immigration or language – that the gypsies, and the way society deals with them, pose the gravest potential threats to the nation's future. ...

The rise of the far right, the familiar bogey of Eastern Europe since the fall of Communism, has got Hungary's liberals worried. The nation's gypsies, who may number about 800,000 – around 8 per cent of the nation's population – are their frequent victims.

There have been murderous attacks: ...

These accounts of vigilante patrols and shootings are shocking. But what is missing is any explanation, beyond blind prejudice, of why they should be happening now. ... ...

It's Kalman Kali-Horvath, the official from the Ministry of Justice who accompanies us to Gyongyospata, who helps me to understand the situation better. Mild and somewhat diffident in manner, he is himself a Romany, a "Romungro", belonging to the Hungarian-speaking Romany community who account for around 70 per cent of the gypsies in the country, including most of the artists and intellectuals: the gypsies who have been in Hungary so long that they have become part of the furniture, in contrast to the Vlach gypsies (20 per cent of the total), who fled slavery in Romania in the 19th century and speak a Romany language called Lovari; and the Beas (10 per cent), who speak an ancient dialect of Romanian and arrived 200 years ago.
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Hungary in crisis: Tensions with its gypsy population threaten to rip the Eastern European country apart [part 2]
Peter Popham
The Independent on Sunday, 10 July 2011

Peter Popham Like much else, Kali-Horvath explains, the problems in Gyongyospata owe their origins to Communism, and what happened after it collapsed. ... ...

In the absence of work there was now welfare. "Milking the system became a survival strategy," says Kali-Horvath. "You got a little money from different entitlements: unemployment, maternity, child allowance and many others; there were many opportunities to increase benefits. You didn't get rich, but it was a nice lifestyle, not just for gypsies but for the others in deep poverty – the gypsies are only one-third of the families in deep poverty.

"After 20 years, everybody knows about this. Governments chose to do nothing about it because if they did they knew the human-rights lobby would attack them. Families got more and more payments, which cost the state more and more, and that's the point we are at now."

Then there was the question of crime. The way organisations such as ERRC write about Romanies and crime, the gypsies are always and only the victims; guilty of nothing except being what they are. As defenders of the community, that of course is their remit. But the everyday experience of ordinary Hungarians is different.

"There are huge hatreds in both communities," says Akos Balogh, a journalist in Budapest. ...

... One of the crimes which most infuriates the majority community is the theft of fruit and vegetables from their gardens. Balogh, who visited Gyongyospata recently, says the trees used to be full of fruit but nobody bothers to take care of them any more because whenever the fruit approached ripeness, the trees would be pillaged.

In the eastern Hungarian town of Tiszavasvari, the BBC correspondent Nick Thorpe visited the home of a 76-year-old widow, Margit Papp, who told him that almost every crop she planted in her garden was stolen by Romanies. Once, she said, they even stole the metal poles that held up the vines.

The police, according to Kali-Horvath, adopted an attitude of disinterest towards Romany crime. "It was called 'crime of survival', and somehow it became acceptable. But that was only true at the political level; ordinary people became more and more angry about it, and about the police's failure to take action. ...

According to Thorpe, who has lived in Hungary for many years, the situation has deteriorated dramatically since the economic crisis of 2008. ... ...

While In most of Western Europe the Romany issue is marginal, in Hungary, thanks to the size of the community, the disastrous aftermath of Communism and the failed policies of the past 20 years, it has become central. ...

For Balog, the eruption of uniformed vigilantes in Gyongyospata's Romany ghetto was a symptom of Hungary's national crisis; but not because it portended the rise of the neo-Nazis. The problem of which it is a symptom, he says, is more fundamental than that. ...

"Romanies have twice the birth rate of other Hungarians. The majority Hungarian population is ageing while around half of the Romany population is under 20. In towns and cities in the deprived north-east, in 10 years' time every second child born will be Romany. But Romany unemployment is 85 per cent, and one-third of Romany children do not finish primary school. So this is not one problem among others but the major problem."
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OPS buys 8,000 diversity manuals
Joe Dejka
Omaha World-Herald, 10 July 2011

The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive.

The book by Virginia education consultants could raise some eyebrows with its viewpoints.

The authors assert that American government and institutions create advantages that "channel wealth and power to white people," that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should "take action for social justice."

The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and "ableism," defined by the authors as discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities.

The authors argue that public school teachers must raise their cultural awareness to better serve minority students and improve academic achievement.

The Omaha school board approved buying 8,000 copies of the book – one for every employee, including members of the custodial staff – in April. ...

Janice Garnett, OPS assistant superintendent of human resources, said she could not recall another time that the district had bought copies of the same book to give to every staff member.

Employees will be asked to read a couple of chapters each quarter and then meet in study groups to discuss the book using a study guide produced by the district, she said. For teachers, the study sessions will be a part of their professional development. ...

Only those educators who acknowledge the existence of white privilege in America, that "white" is a culture in America and that race "is a definer for social and economic status" can reach proficiency, the authors contend. Those who score poorly on the worksheet are asked in the book what they will do "to align yourself with the values expressed."

Jensen said the district will not use the book to evaluate or judge employees.

The book says teachers must overcome irrational fear of homosexuality and reject the "color-blind" approach to teaching in which teachers treat all children the same. Instead, the group identity of students of color should be recognized and esteemed, the authors say. ...

The push for cultural proficiency, sometimes referred to as cultural competence, is a trend across the country, though what's meant by these terms varies. Definitions range from encouraging teachers to understand the cultural backgrounds of students to more aggressive efforts to rewrite curricula and adapt school systems to immigrant cultures.

A primary concern of critics is that schools and universities could use cultural proficiency as an ideological litmus test and that the money put toward such programs could be better spent directly on academics.
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How the BBC's silence on immigration damaged the country
Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2011

It was interesting to hear Mark Thompson, the director-general of the BBC, admit last week that in the past, the corporation "has had limitations. For example, I think there were some years when the BBC, like the rest of the UK media, was very reticent about talking about immigration. There was an anxiety whether you might be playing into a political agenda if you did items on immigration." In other words, it was quietly believed that even raising the topic meant that the BBC was producing propaganda for British National Party.

What Mr Thompson has admitted – and at least he is honest about it – is that before 2010, our national broadcaster became a hostage to the insidious culture of the unsayable, which established itself across so much of British life during the Labour years, and left a legacy of widespread damage.

I can understand that immigration was a sensitive subject: I have complicated feelings about it myself. ...

But it also seems reasonable that if there is going to be a very sharp rise in immigration in a very short time – as there was under Labour, when just over three million legal immigrants arrived in 13 years – there should at least be an open discussion about how many can be welcomed without flooding the job market and putting an unsustainable strain on health and education systems. ... ...

Yet for far too long, the corporation simply bottled it, preferring to leave any mention of the i-word to the BNP. As a result, the notion of the "unsayable" was perpetuated, an official omertà that let government policy proceed unchallenged – in a chaotic style that even Labour now admits was a mistake – while popular concern mounted. ...

... As the BBC has now realised, difficult topics do not evaporate because one ignores them: the unsayable has a way of becoming the unavoidable.
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Aggressive anti-racism campaigns can backfire: study
Derek Abma
Montreal Gazette, 8 July 2011

Touting the benefits of tolerance, as opposed to trying to shame people for their prejudices, can be more effective in reducing racism, suggests a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto.

Aggressive anti-racism campaigns might actually increase bias toward other groups, while messages emphasizing the personal stake one has in a more open-minded society can be most effective, says the paper, which will appear in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science.

In one experiment outlined, non-black subjects were divided into three groups.

Two of the groups read brochures designed to prevent prejudice.

The first brochure was forthright in telling readers not to be prejudiced, urging readers to conform to social norms and legal obligations. It said things such as "being Canadian means having an anti-prejudiced attitude," and that laws and policies in schools and workplaces can result in serious consequences for those who are seen as racist.

The second group read material that said not being prejudiced is good for them personally for reasons such as the opportunity to interact with and learn from people of other cultures. That brochure emphasized personal choice when it comes to such matters.

The third group read a value-neutral definition of prejudice.

Subsequent testing found that those who read the authoritative anti-prejudice message demonstrated higher levels of prejudice against black people in comparison to those who did not read either brochure.

The group given the brochure explaining the personal benefits of not being prejudiced were the least discriminatory of any of the groups assessed.

Another experiment was designed to seem like a questionnaire, with questions about racism mixed in with "filler" questions for two of the three groups participating. One of those groups answered questions relating to their personal motivation for not being prejudiced, while others responded to questions about social pressures not to be biased against other cultures.

A third group filled out a questionnaire with just filler questions.

Like the other experiment, this involved non-black subjects. Also like the other test, it resulted in those manipulated with social-pressure tactics displaying the highest level of prejudice in subsequent measures, those subject to personal-motivation priming being the least discriminatory and subjects with no manipulation in the middle.

"Controlling prejudice reduction practices are tempting because they are quick and easy to implement," Lisa Legault, a researcher with the University of Toronto's psychology department, said in a statement. "They tell people how they should think and behave, and stress the negative consequences of failing to think and behave in desirable ways.

"But people need to feel that they are freely choosing to be non-prejudiced rather than having it forced upon them."

Legault said it would be more beneficial for anti-racism campaigns to emphasize the benefits of diversity and equality for all members of society with less focus on the negative aspects of prejudice.
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Colorado day-care center proposal: Dolls must represent at least three different races
Michael Roberts
Denver Westword, 8 July 2011

New rules proposed by the Colorado Department of Human Services include a requirement that all day-care centers in the state make available dolls representing three different races.

The 98-page document, obtained by 7News, features a slew of rule changes. But arguably the most unusual suggestion pops up on page 77: "Dolls shall represent three (3) races."

After posting this item, we were able to reach Human Services spokeswoman Liz McDonough, who provides background on the project as a whole.

"These are national child care standards that we are proposing," she says. "They come from national standards that are entitled 'Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale.' They're minimum standards for quality in childcare – and the process was actually started by statute back in 2000. We initially made changes in the educational levels and training required for childcare workers and redid all of our family childcare home rules back in 2004 – and we began the rule-writing process for family childcare centers in 2006." ...

Nothing is likely to be finalized prior to mid-2012. "This is a lengthy, thoughtful, deliberate process," McDonough stresses.
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Illegal migrants can enter the UK without passport
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2011

David Cameron has said that he will look at closing a loophole at airports that could allow terrorists to illegally enter the United Kingdom.

Robert Halfon, a Conservative MP, claimed he had uncovered a way that terrorists and illegal immigrants could enter without their passports being checked.

Immigration and special branch officers had complained that extremists were able to use a "Common Area Travel Channel". Typically, they flew into London with an additional air ticket from a different destination in the British Isles. They then used this air ticket to walk through the "common area" where travellers are not normally asked to show their passports.
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Freed terrorists 'pose Olympics risk'
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2011

Terrorists being released from jail pose a security risk before the Olympic games next year, according to a report.

The study says Britain is a "hub" for exporting international terrorism and it also faces a problem at home as 15 convicted terrorists are due to be released before the games next year. ...

A study of terrorism convictions since 1999 revealed that 36 per cent received sentences of between one and four years. Twenty per cent of those convicted received life or an indeterminate sentence, usually for public protection, according to the research by the think tank the Henry Jackson society. ... ...

In total, 241 people have been convicted of terrorism-related offences since Sept 11 2001, and there were 101 people in prison for Islamist terrorism on Dec 31 last year.
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Stand up for Britain's silent majority, Patten tells BBC as director-general admits: We failed to address immigration
Paul Revoir and Kirsty Walker
Daily Mail, 7 July 2011

The BBC should avoid pandering to 'metropolitan prejudices' or a 'tasteless common denominator' by standing up for the silent majority, its new chairman has declared.

Lord Patten said the corporation should listen to accusations that it is 'drowning' viewers and listeners with 'prejudices' and 'stereotypes' from the urban elite.

In a plea for the broadcaster to become more representative of the licence fee payer, he said the ideas of the wider public 'deserve to be considered and reflected'.

His comments will be seen as an attempt to address the long-standing claim that the BBC is guilty of a London-centric, Left-leaning bias which alienates large sections of the public. ...

Last night, giving the Royal Television Society's Fleming Memorial Lecture 2011 – his maiden speech as chairman – Lord Patten also said criticism that the corporation was 'not impartial' should 'keep us on our toes'.

He insisted the broadcaster should reflect 'the full breadth of opinion that exists on most controversial topics'. ...

Referring to 19th-century French writer Gustave Flaubert, he said: 'We should also listen hard to those who accuse us of drowning our viewers and listeners in a small metropolitan pond of stereotypes and prejudices, what Flaubert called "received ideas".
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Director-general admits BBC steers clear of sensitive or 'taboo' topics
Paul Revoir and Kirsty Walker
Daily Mail, 7 July 2011

Sensitive or 'taboo' subjects such as immigration were avoided by the BBC, the corporation's director-general admitted yesterday.

Mark Thompson conceded that the broadcaster had been 'anxious' in the past about playing into what it may have perceived to be a Right-wing political agenda.

But he claimed it had now changed its position and was responsible for raising the topic of immigration during last year's general election.

Mr Thompson added that the BBC had a duty to address 'sensitive and difficult' issues a 'significant proportion' of the public wanted to hear about.

In an article for the New Statesman magazine, he admitted: 'There have been occasions, I believe, in the past, when the BBC has had limitations.

'For example, I think there were some years when the BBC, like the rest of the UK media, was very reticent about talking about immigration.

'There was an anxiety whether or not you might be playing into a political agenda if you did items about immigration.' Mr Thompson went on to insist that he did not like the idea that certain subjects were 'taboo'.

He said: 'In the 2010 election campaign, none of the parties was talking about immigration.

'We believed we should deal with it, because the public – not everyone, but a significant proportion – was saying to us that it was a real issue.

'We've got a duty, even if issues are sensitive and difficult to get right, to confront what the public want. I don't like the idea of topics that are taboo.'

Last year, Mr Thompson accepted that the BBC had been guilty of 'massive' Left-wing bias.

And in 2007, a BBC Trust report criticised the corporation for coming late to several important stories, including Euroscepticism and immigration, which it described as 'off limits' in terms of a liberal-minded comfort zone.
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Norwegians claim immigration policy failing
John Price and Michael Sandelson
The Foreigner, 7 July 2011

One in two Norwegians thinks the country has enough immigrants and criticise the government for its policies.

At the same time Norway needs more people to fill vacant positions, especially engineers, an increase in the number of immigrants entering Norway has made the natives sceptical, reports Aftenposten.

53.7% of the 1,380 people surveyed said they want to see a stop in the numbers of immigrants being accepted into Norway, according to latest results from Integrerings Barometeret (translated "Integration Barometer"). The figure was 45.8% when the inquiry was first conducted in 2005. ...

Whilst the fur is flying over who is to responsible, results of the poll show 60% and 83.5% blame Norwegians and foreigners, respectively, for their lack of integration efforts. Six out of ten criticise authorities for their unsuccessful clampdown on high levels of immigration.

On a positive note, 88 percent of Norwegians think immigrants should have the same rights to jobs as their so-called 'ethnic Norwegian' peers, according to the inquiry, which shows they respect foreigners' traditions and values.
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Racial Quotas, Speech Codes, and the Thought Police [part 1]
Michael Barone
National Review Online, 7 July 2011

It's racially discriminatory to prohibit racial discrimination. That's the bottom line of a decision issued last Friday, just before the Fourth of July weekend, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The case was brought by an organization called By Any Means Necessary to overturn a state constitutional amendment passed by a 58 percent majority of Michigan voters in November 2006.

This was not BAMN's first challenge to the proposition. It staged a mini-riot in the secretary of state's office to try to block submission of the signatures that put the proposition on the ballot.

The ballot proposition, ..., banned racial discrimination by state colleges and universities and by state government generally. It is consistent with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and in line with the aims of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Its chief goal was to ban the racial quotas and preferences long used in admissions by Michigan's state universities. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 overturned the explicit quotas used by the University of Michigan's undergraduate college but, in a controlling opinion by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, approved the "holistic" admissions process of U of M's law school.

The Sixth Circuit ruling seems unlikely to stand. Its citation of Supreme Court precedents is unpersuasive. The proposition that a state's voters cannot ban racial discrimination seems palpably absurd.

But it does stand as a monument to the contortions that liberal lawyers and judges will go through to perpetuate the racial quotas and preferences that have become embedded in important parts of American life.

The first step in these contortions is to ignore the fact that any racial quota or preference violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discriminating by race is racial discrimination, even if your intention is to help black people.

The next step is, as the Sixth Circuit panel did explicitly and Justice O'Connor did more surreptitiously, to close your eyes to the fact that racial quotas and preferences are being employed. The admissions directors and the corporate human-relations departments are just being, um, "holistic."

All of which is intellectually dishonest and corrosive to honest discourse.
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Racial Quotas, Speech Codes, and the Thought Police [part 2]
Michael Barone
National Review Online, 7 July 2011

In my view, the strongest argument against racial quotas and preferences is that they tend to cast a pall of illegitimacy over the achievements of the intended beneficiaries. ...

Within colleges and universities the existence of racial quotas and preferences, unacknowledged but understood by everyone, tends to make relations between blacks and whites more tense and distant. We see all-black dorms on campus, separate orientations for students of color, separate graduation ceremonies – everything but separate drinking fountains.

In addition, the obvious unfairness of racial quotas and preferences has led to the adoption of speech codes, to suppress any criticism and prohibit any statement that makes someone feel uncomfortable. Campuses that were once havens of free speech are now patrolled and regulated by thought police. Intellectual dishonesty has become a job requirement for university administrators.

The argument for racial quotas and preferences is that every sort of talent and ability is equally distributed among every conceivable category of persons, but that quotas and preferences are needed to identify qualified members of groups that were objects of discrimination in the past.

But the idea of equal distribution of talents and abilities, as Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray showed definitively in their 1994 book The Bell Curve, is simply factually wrong.

The ordinary American knows this – and knows also that that is not a rational basis for discriminating against members of any group. It's not very hard to understand that beneath any group average there is a wide range of individual abilities.

Why are university and legal elites so determined to preserve racial quotas and preferences? One reason, I suspect, is that they can't bear to see lower percentages of blacks in the institutions they run than you find in the U.S. Army or many local police departments.

Such attitudes help explain the Sixth Circuit decision and indicate that, even if it is overturned, racial quotas and preferences will remain intact, if unacknowledged and disguised, in higher education.

In 2003, O'Connor suggested that we might need such policies for only another 25 years. I'm betting they'll be around a lot longer than that.
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Documents confirm Obama administration's 'catch and release' immigration policy
Barbara Hollingsworth
Washington Examiner, 7 July 2011

Well, what do you know. Obama administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security deliberately misled Congress when they denied using "selective enforcement" to deport convicted criminals in the U.S. illegally. Their much-criticized "catch and release" policy was confirmed by documents obtained by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents "show that the Obama administration is implementing 'stealth amnesty' which is an end-run around the rule of law and Congress," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

Contrary to administration claims that convicted criminals were being deported just as fast as DHS got them, the released documents show that local immigration officials were in fact being given what Judicial Watch describes as "wide latitude" to dismiss federal immigration charges –even against criminals convicted of violent crimes such as sexual assault, solicitation of murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, drug possession and assaulting a police officer.

They were then released back into the same American communities they violated, where they were free to prey on new victims.

One example: A June 30, 2010 memo from John Morton, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Enforcement, instructs all ICE employees to use discretion in "prioritizing" deportation cases. As a result, Houston ICE increased its dismissals of deportation cases by 40 percent, earning praise from ICE headquarters. ...

Another example: ICE officials in Pennsylvania advised police to release three illegal immigrants charged with speeding, driving without a license, insurance or registration under false identification.

This is strikingly similar to ICE's refusal to deport Carlos Martinelly-Montano, who was subsequently charged with killing one nun and critically injuring two others last August in Prince William County in a drunk driving accident. Martinelly-Montano was allowed to remain in the U.S. despite two previous DUI convictions.

After critics in the media, including The Examiner, criticized ICE's "catch and release" policy, Morton sent out another memo dated June 17, 2011 further defining the term "prosecutorial discretion."

"In basic terms, prosecutorial discretion is the authority of an agency charged with enforcing a law to decide to what degree to enforce the law against a particular individual," Morton writes. In other words, the identity of the foreign offender – not the crime itself – determines whether or not the criminal is deported.

As Fitton points out, this is exactly the selective enforcement that the Obama administration claimed it was not doing.
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Ironic effects of anti-prejudice messages
EurekAlert!, 7 July 2011

Organizations and programs have been set up all over the globe in the hopes of urging people to end prejudice. According to a research article, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, such programs may actually increase prejudices.

Lisa Legault, Jennifer Gutsell and Michael Inzlicht, from the University of Toronto Scarborough, were interested in exploring how one's everyday environment influences people's motivation toward prejudice reduction.

The authors conducted two experiments which looked at the effect of two different types of motivational intervention – a controlled form (telling people what they should do) and a more personal form (explaining why being non-prejudiced is enjoyable and personally valuable).

In experiment one; participants were randomly assigned one of two brochures to read: an autonomy brochure or a controlling brochure. These brochures discussed a new campus initiative to reduce prejudice. A third group was offered no motivational instructions to reduce prejudice. The authors found that, ironically, those who read the controlling brochure later demonstrated more prejudice than those who had not been urged to reduce prejudice. Those who read the brochure designed to support personal motivation showed less prejudice than those in the other two groups.

In experiment two, participants were randomly assigned a questionnaire, designed to stimulate personal or controlling motivation to reduce prejudice. The authors found that those who were exposed to controlling messages regarding prejudice reduction showed significantly more prejudice than those who did not receive any controlling cues.

The authors suggest that when interventions eliminate people's freedom to value diversity on their own terms, they may actually be creating hostility toward the targets of prejudice.

According to Dr. Legault, "Controlling prejudice reduction practices are tempting because they are quick and easy to implement. They tell people how they should think and behave and stress the negative consequences of failing to think and behave in desirable ways." Legault continues, "But people need to feel that they are freely choosing to be nonprejudiced, rather than having it forced upon them."

Legault stresses the need to focus less on the requirement to reduce prejudices and start focusing more on the reasons why diversity and equality are important and beneficial to both majority and minority group members.
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Time to Ax Public Programs That Don't Yield Results
Joe Klein
Time, 7 July 2011

... Conservatives, like liberals, routinely take advantage of a structural flaw in the modern welfare state: there is no creative destruction when it comes to government programs. Both "liberal" and "conservative" subsidies linger in perpetuity, sometimes metastasizing into embarrassing giveaways. Even the best-intentioned programs are allowed to languish in waste and incompetence. Take, for example, the famed early-education program called Head Start.

The idea is, as Newt Gingrich might say, simple liberal social engineering. You take the million or so poorest 3- and 4-year-old children and give them a leg up on socialization and education by providing preschool for them; if it works, it saves money in the long run by producing fewer criminals and welfare recipients – and more productive citizens. Indeed, Head Start did work well in several pilot programs carefully run by professionals in the 1960s. And so it was "taken to scale," as the wonks say, as part of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty.

It is now 45 years later. We spend more than $7 billion providing Head Start to nearly 1 million children each year. And finally there is indisputable evidence about the program's effectiveness, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services: Head Start simply does not work.

According to the Head Start Impact Study, which was quite comprehensive, the positive effects of the program were minimal and vanished by the end of first grade. Head Start graduates performed about the same as students of similar income and social status who were not part of the program. These results were so shocking that the HHS team sat on them for several years, according to Russ Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution, who said, "I guess they were trying to rerun the data to see if they could come up with anything positive. They couldn't."

The Head Start situation is a classic among government-run social programs. Why do so many succeed as pilots and fail when taken to scale? In this case, the answer is not particularly difficult to unravel. It begins with a question: Why is Head Start an HHS program and not run by the Department of Education? The answer: Because it is a last vestige of Johnson's War on Poverty, which was run out of the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The War on Poverty attempted to rebuild poor communities from the bottom up, using local agencies called community action programs. These outfits soon proved slovenly; often they were little more than patronage troughs for local Democratic Party honchos – and, remarkably, to this day, they remain the primary dispensers of Head Start funds. As such, they are far more adept at dispensing make-work jobs than mastering the subtle nuances of early education.
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Illegal immigrant who pleaded to be deported after jail sentence is still being held in UK after FOUR YEARS
Daily Mail, 6 July 2011

An illegal immigrant jailed for theft begged to leave Britain, but is still being held four years after it was ruled he should be deported.

Raki Munir was detained in January 2007 having served a one-year sentence – but because the Home Office can't prove his nationality, it can't send him home.

It costs the taxpayer £119 a day to keep him here, or nearly £200,000 over four years, which is more expensive than detaining someone on a life sentence.

Munir, who is being held at Harmondsworth detention centre in London, told The Sun: 'I want to go home. I have been in six centres the past four years. It is not good for me and not good for the British people.'

Munir arrived in Britain on a false French passport, eventually revealing that he is Palestinian and wants to return to the Middle East. But he has no ID papers, which the UK Border Agency says it needs to send him there. ...

His case is similar to that of 33-year-old Rashid Ali. He is suing the UK Border Agency for locking him up for five years – even though all he wanted to do was go home to Morocco.

In an extraordinary case that exposes the immigration system to ridicule, Rashid Ali is seeking a six-figure compensation payout after being detained following six attempts to stow away on ships leaving Britain.

Although UKBA has spent five years trying to deport him, officers did not want him to be freed from detention in case he escaped Britain illegally.

Now he has gone to the High Court for compensation after being freed on bail from the detention centre – where his stay was costing taxpayers £100 a night.

The Moroccan was given a room in a shared house in Ilford, East London, and food vouchers worth £140 a month pending a court hearing to determine whether he should receive damages.

His prolonged detention has already cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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Africa must do more to help itself
Mike Pflanz
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2011

Save the Children calls today for £40 million to help save the lives of thousands of Kenyan and Somali children. Similarly urgent appeals for aid to east Africa were made in 2009, 2008 and 2006, and since the efforts of Bob Geldof and friends in 1984, there have been at least 60 major food crises in Africa.

Reacting to these disasters has seen Western spending on emergency aid to Africa rise by 20 per cent a year, to more than £3 billion a year. ... ...

But the fact is that there are many more people in these drought-affected areas, living off the same land, with worsening rains. "Over-population, both of people, and of their livestock, is all to often the elephant in the room, something too many people are afraid to talk about," says a senior aid worker in Nairobi. ...

It is easy to look at the current situation and blame Western aid for failing to prepare people for the disasters that are now unfolding. But such international assistance is necessary only because Africa's leaders seem unwilling to do the job themselves.
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Jo Fowler
Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2011
[Letter to the Editor]

When anyone questions migrants taking jobs from Britons, employers say it is cost effective to employ them. Perhaps, but the true cost to the taxpayer, from increasing pressures on housing, hospitals, school places, and traffic, is never factored into the calculations; it is time it was.
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Tories admit immigration laws chaos
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 3 July 2011

The Home Office is to review a central plank of human rights law in an admission that it is causing serious damage to Britain's border controls.

A consultation paper to be issued within days will open up a debate on the future of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees "the right to a family life", which is increasingly being used by foreign criminals and illegal immigrants to dodge deportation. ...

The issue of immigration has also divided the Cabinet. Downing Street has rejected a plan by Mrs May to put a cap on the number of foreign students allowed to work after they finish their studies in Britain, after resistance from Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Michael Gove, the Education Secretary. ...

The Government source said that including Article 8 in a forthcoming consultation paper on "family immigration rights" should be taken as a "clear signal" ministers are alarmed by the situation. ...

The Government source expressed concern about a new test case ruling, in which Article 8 was used by an asylum seeker to win permission to bring her family to Britain. The woman was one of 161,000 permitted to stay in Britain under the "legacy" scheme after their files were lost in a Home Office blunder. Critics have called the scheme a "back door amnesty".

Like most asylum-seekers who have benefited from the legacy scheme, the woman was not awarded full refugee status, which confers rights to bring dependants to Britain, but instead was given the lesser status of "indefinite leave to remain", which does not. Officials fear the ruling could open the door to more asylum-seekers to bring their families to Britain.
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn saga exposes lax immigration oversight
Steven Edwards
The Gazette [Montreal], 2 July 2011

Amid the apparently collapsing attempted-rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is evidence of yet another refugee scam – this one perpetrated by the hotel maid who has been accusing the former head of the International Monetary Fund.

A national of Guinea, the 32-year-old woman – who continues to remain anonymous as a possible sex-crime victim – received legal asylum in the United States after recounting horrendous stories of her plight in her West African homeland.

Now she's had to admit that most – if not all – of her claims were not true, according to reports.

The most damning thing she said in terms of disqualifying her as a credible witness in the prosecution of Strauss-Khan, 62, was that Guinean soldiers gang raped her because she and her husband in that country opposed the ruling government.

She told Manhattan prosecutors that she had indeed been raped, but not in that way. She had embellished her story, her lawyer said, in order to boost her asylum application.

Her asylum bid was, in fact, so sophisticated that some unknown collaborator had even given her a tape of the story she should tell. She apparently listened to the tape over and over to learn the story by heart.

The Manhattan prosecutors took but a few interview sessions with her to break her down and have her admit to the ruse – and to having told a multitude of other lies.

Back in 2004, however, gullible refugee processing officials accepted the gang-rape story and gave her papers to stay in the country.

There's no reason to believe there's any more scrutiny in Canada, which accepts even more asylum-seekers per population.

As far back as 2001, I revealed that a secret RCMP-assisted United Nations probe determined most individuals or families admitted to Canada from Kenyan refugee camps over the previous six years paid bribes of as much as $7,000 each to local UN staff for help in slipping past the Canadian screening process.

In that case, UN officials were demanding the bribes, while Canadian officials "assumed the UN agency was providing reliable material and approved many of the cases," sources told me at the time.

Strauss-Kahn's accuser, once inside the United States, proceeded to dupe even more social-services types, winning the right to remain in subsidized housing by lying about her income, the Manhattan prosecutors uncovered. They learned she also lied on her income tax returns, claiming deductions for two children, when one was the child of a friend. ...

Which all goes to show, with just a little bit of verbal pressure, this asylum beneficiary could indeed be outed by determined truth seekers. But such types are not, apparently, to be found among the administrators of the asylum process that granted her leave to remain in the United States, or in the oversight mechanism for subsidized housing.
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Duncan Smith urges firms to hire unemployed Britons
BBC, 1 July 2011

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has urged UK businesses to "give a chance" to unemployed young Britons, rather than relying on foreign workers.

In a speech in Spain he said a "realistic promise" of work formed part of the government's "contract" with the British people. ...

In a speech to the Spanish Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies in Madrid, Mr Duncan Smith said that more than half of newly filled jobs in the last year were taken by foreign nationals.

He warned that there is a "serious risk" that British people will not benefit as the economy recovers if firms "look elsewhere" for workers.

"If we do not get this right then we risk leaving more British citizens out of work, and the most vulnerable group who will be the most affected are young people," he said.

"But government cannot do it all. As we work hard to break welfare dependency and get young people ready for the labour market, we need businesses to give them a chance, and not just fall back on labour from abroad."

He said that while immigration played a "vital role" in helping bridge skills gaps, there were many foreign nationals in low-skilled or semi-skilled jobs that could easily be done by unemployed Britons.

"We have to ensure that our immigration system works in the interests of Britain, enabling us to make a realistic promise to our young school leavers," he said.

He said the immigration system must give unemployed people "a level playing field." ...

The unemployment rate among 16 to 24-year-olds fell by 79,000 to 895,000 in the three months to this April but youth unemployment rates still stand at above 19%.
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Danish committee approves government's controversial border control plans
Washington Post, 1 July 2011

Denmark on Friday approved a decision to re-establish permanent customs checkpoints at its borders, removing the last hurdle to a plan aimed at stopping crime and illegal immigration but which has been strongly criticized in Europe as violating visa-free travel rules.

The 17-member parliamentary Finance Committee announced the approval after lawmakers voted to reject an opposition motion to abandon it.

Germany and the European Union say border checkpoints violate EU rules on unrestricted travel in the Schengen zone and regulations on free movement within the bloc. In Denmark, opponents say it is a sop to nationalists, business organizations fear it will harm Danish exports and locals envision long lines of cars waiting to cross borders.

The new controls being introduced over several years include new customs buildings at crossings, lower speed limits at checkpoints and new equipment for reading license plates of passing vehicles. ...

The government has insisted that customs checks will be random and will not include checking passports.
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Belgium to change its asylum policy, 1 July 2011

The Belgian government is to introduce stricter rules for illegal immigrants and those who have their application for a residence permit rejected. This was announced by the Belgian State Secretary responsible for Migration and Asylum Policies, Melchior Wathelet (Francophone Christian democrat).

Asylum seekers who had their application for a residence permit rejected, have 5 days to return to their country of origin under the current rules. However, this was not realistic and many just disappeared, becoming illegal immigrants. The Belgian government has announced new rules.

Asylum seekers who are not granted a permit, will have 30 days to prepare their voluntary return, in order to prepare themselves better. Those who refuse to leave Belgium on a voluntary basis, will be deported. This also implies that they are banned from entering any EU country for three years.

Those found staying illegally in the country, will be sent back on the spot. The new rules still have to be approved in parliament. They are aimed at reducing the number of asylum seekers in the long run.
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UK population grew by half a million last year - the fastest rate for half a century
Daily Mail, 30 June 2011

The country's population rose by 470,000 last year, the highest annual growth rate for nearly 50 years, statistics released today showed.

Immigration accounted for almost half this number, the Office for National Statistics said.

The UK's population stood at 62.3 million in the year leading up to mid-2010, it revealed.

The figure was up 0.8 per cent on the previous year - the steepest climb since 1962 - helped by higher birth rates driven by an 'immigrant baby boom'. ...

Migration accounted for 230,000 of the increased population, with 574,000 immigrants coming to the country compared with 344,000 going overseas.

The number of migrants entering the UK has remained at similar levels seen over the past six years.

But there has been the fall in emigration of British citizens: figures from 2008-09 show that 386,000 left the UK in a 12-month period.

Meanwhile, natural change (the difference between the number of births and the number of deaths) accounted for 52 per cent of the growth in the year to mid-2010.

This has in part been caused by an 'immigrant baby boom' caused by higher-than-average birth rates among migrant mothers.

The ONS findings show that past migration has contributed to the increase in annual births in the UK since 2002 due to the increasing population of non UK-born women who tend to have more children than their UK-born counterparts. ...

Last month, ONS figures showed the number of people from minority backgrounds who live in England and Wales went up by 2.5 million in eight years.

Estimates said that 1.75 million of the rise came about because of immigration, while 734,000 was the result of rising birthrates.

The increases meant the minority population increased by 37 per cent between 2001 and 2009.

According to the Office for National Statistics, one in six of the population is now from an ethnic minority or white non-British background.

In the eight-year period studied, the population of white foreigners rose by 550,000 as Eastern Europeans and migrants from Commonwealth countries poured in.

Numbers grew by a further two million with people from black and Asian backgrounds thanks to immigration, rising birthrates, and asylum seeking.
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Child grooming: Study says 1 in 4 offenders Asian
Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2011

One in four men who grooms vulnerable children for sex is Asian, according to the first nationwide assessment of the problem.

The report, by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, shows that 28 per cent of offenders reported for child grooming since 2008 have been Asian. In England and Wales, the percentage of people who describe themselves as Asian is 5.9 per cent.

Officers tackling child grooming have previously warned about the disproportionate number of Asian men involved.

Earlier this year, Det Ch Insp Alan Edwards said: "Everyone's been too scared to address the ethnicity factor."
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Wilders demands tighter nationality rules for migrants
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2011

The anti-Islam Freedom Party led by Geert Wilders is pushing the Dutch government to class the grandchildren of immigrants as non-native, or "allochtonen".

Under current law, the grandchildren of immigrants are classified as Dutch as long as both their parents were born in Holland.

The Freedom Party fears that by treating the grandchildren of immigrants as Dutch, it will not be possible to measure their integration.

Joram van Klaveren, a Freedom Party MP, said immigrants' grandchildren should be regarded as "allochtonen" so statistics on immigration-related crime would still be relevant.

"Non-Western immigrants are over-represented in crime figures," he said. "Soon we won't see that because they will be classed as natives."
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Britain cannot deport Somali criminals, European court rules
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2011

Britain cannot deport Somali criminals because they risk suffering ill-treatment back home, no matter how "undesirable or dangerous" they may be, a European court ruled yesterday.

In a test case, judges at the European Court of Human Rights said Britain's duty to protect people against torture or inhuman treatment was "absolute", no matter how bad the crimes committed.

The ruling could affect more than 200 Somalis who are fighting deportation. ...

The ruling said: "The prohibition of torture and of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is absolute, irrespective of the victims' conduct.

"Consequently, the applicants' behaviour, however undesirable or dangerous, could not be taken into account." ...

The judgment described the appeal as the "lead case" against Britain, with 214 similar cases pending before the same court.
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500,000 Bangladeshis in Malaysia to be registered through biometric system
New Straits Times, 29 June 2011

All Bangladesh nationals in the country, estimated to be around 500,000 legal and illegal, will be registered through the biometric system in cooperation with the Bangladesh government.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the programme, which was also part of an amnesty exercise announced recently, could resolve the illegal immigrant problem, besides addressing the threats of transnational crime by curbing illegal activities, including human smuggling and trafficking.

"The objective is to stop the exploitation of these people by human traffickers, syndicates or third parties because we feel that on humanitarian reason alone, we have to fight this all out," he told reporters at a joint press conference with the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia, Atiqur Rehman, here today.
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Asian-born Australians may soon outnumber whites, says government study
John Dagge
Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2011

Asian-born Australians are on the brink of overtaking their European-born counterparts for the first time in the country's history. More than 2 million Asians now call Australia home, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The number of Asians in Australia has almost doubled in a decade, from 1.03 million in mid-2000 to 2.1 million in the middle of last year. Around half ... have come as students, the remainder as skilled migrants or through family reunification programs.

This in a country that formerly drafted immigration policy in an effort to protect against the "yellow peril."

To be sure, Australia still battles racism.

But the raw numbers cannot be denied: The number of Chinese-born people in Australia has more than doubled from 148,000 to 380,000 in the decade to June last year. The number of Indian-born residents has more than tripled during the same period, from 96,000 to 340,000. The biggest population lives in Melbourne where they have pushed out Italians to form the largest non-Anglo community.

"Close to 1 in 10 people in Australia are born in Asia," says Bob Birrell, a director at Monash University's Centre for Population and Urban Research. "There is nothing like that in other countries including the US or Canada, which are considered highly multicultural. It is a massive shift and it has happened over a very short time span."

The ABS data measured residents, meaning not all those counted will become citizens.

Indeed, Australia has moved to tighten student visa rules that previously provided a pathway to permanent residency. The changes have seen Indian student numbers decline sharply over the past 18 months. Still, close to 28 percent of Australians were born outside the country at the end of June last year, up from 23 percent a decade earlier. Chinese, Indian, and Vietnamese populations have been among the largest immigrant communities.

It's an incredible transformation for a country that ran a "white Australia" immigration policy until the early 1970s – a policy that overwhelmingly targeted Asians. In 1947, just 0.3 percent of Australians had been born in Asia. Last year, the figure stood at 9 percent. European-born Australians make up 10.8 percent of the country's 22.6 million people – a long way from the 17 percent they represented several decades ago. ...

But the main concern, says Swinburne University of Technology sociologist Katharine Betts, has more to do with the number of people arriving – Australia is undergoing its fastest population boom since the end of World War II, with a growth rate that peaked in late 2008 at double the world average – rather than where they are coming from.

"The angst is really about population growth above race or ethnicity," says Ms. Betts. "Over the past couple of years Australians have really become pretty distressed about the rapid growth in immigration, particularly in the major cities. They see that infrastructure has not kept up. They see clogged highways, overcrowded hospitals, public transport under pressure, and rising housing costs and there is a lot of concern about that."
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Beware this Mormon-mania
Charles Spencer
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2011

... And if you are going to write a satire about religion, the Mormons seem a peculiarly soft target. What's really required right now is a comic demolition job on the malign cruelty and absurdity of militant Islamism. But that would be a truly dangerous and courageous task. Having a good-natured pop at the Mormons isn't going to cause any real trouble.
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Population in the UK will hit 70m even earlier than feared thanks to 'immigrant baby boom'
Daily Mail, 27 June 2011

Runaway migration will drive the UK population above 70 million in 15 years – three years earlier than previously predicted.

In 2009 official estimates predicted it would take 20 years to reach this landmark level, a figure the Prime Minister has said the nation must not reach.

But the latest calculation suggests it could hit 70.4 million in 2026, placing huge pressure on public services and housing.

The projection was compiled by the House of Commons library after questions by Tory MP James Clappison.

It assumes net migration - the difference between numbers arriving and leaving - remained around its current record level of 240,000 a year.

Ministers pledged to cut it to the 'tens of thousands' by 2015.

Two-thirds of the population rise is due to immigration, including an 'immigrant baby boom' caused by higher-than-average birth rates among migrant mothers. ...

It shows the population, now thought to be around 62.8 million, will rise to 65 million in 2016, 67 million in 2020 and 69 million in 2024.

The vast majority of the population increase would be in England.

Today's figures show that even if net migration fell to an average of 180,000 a year, the population will hit 70 million in 2029.
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Cameron blocks EU plan to soften deportation law
Holly Watt
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2011

David Cameron has claimed victory in blocking an attempt by the European Commission to soften asylum laws.

The Prime Minister joined forces with Germany to force European Union leaders to maintain the existing immigration rules, which allow countries to send failed asylum seekers back to the first European country in which they arrived.

The law change would have allowed illegal immigrants to make their way across Europe to Britain before claiming asylum. ...

Greece approved only 11 out of the first 30,000 asylum applications received in 2010. The asylum backlog currently stands at around 47,000 cases.
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Teachers wary of lessons on 9/11
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2011

Teachers are reluctant to discuss the September 11 attacks on America because they fear it will provoke racism and Islamophobia in class, according to a survey.

Those in schools with high numbers of Muslim children are particularly concerned about discussing the atrocity.

Alison Kitson, faculty director at the Institute of Education at London University, which carried out the survey, said teachers should "grasp the nettle". ...

Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of teachers said they had discussed September 11 in the past year, although only half as part of a formal lesson. ... ...

Dr David Starkey, the historian, said teachers were "frightened" of raising the issue but he added: "We should not pillory them." Society now recoiled from discussing racially sensitive subjects, an issue that needed to be addressed, he said.
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Cameron has finally woken up to the disaster that is immigration. But he's left it too late [part 1]
Iain Martin
Daily Mail, 25 June 2011

There are moments in the life of a government when the penny finally drops. When ministers realise a policy in an important area isn't working and isn't likely to either.

That moment has come for the Conservatives in relation to a subject their leader was much too keen to avoid in opposition: mass immigration and its deeply worrying implications.

David Cameron always feared his party being labelled 'nasty' if he mentioned immigration too much in the party's botched general election campaign last year.

Indeed, he avoided it until the last of the three televised leaders' debates.

Only then did he speak with clarity and conviction about it, but by that point it was far too late to persuade voters that he was seriously prepared to tackle the problem of our open borders.

But once in Downing Street, Cameron was confronted by research from his personal pollster, Andrew Cooper, which confirmed the true extent of public concern about high levels of immigration.

Ironically, Cooper was one of the very modernisers in the Tory Party who did not want Cameron to be tainted – as he saw it – by being seen as tough on immigration in the run-up to the election.

But now he has changed his tune – and taken the Prime Minister along with him.

In fact, Cooper has recently become messianic on the subject, telling colleagues in recent weeks that the Government's failure to reduce the numbers of immigrants flocking to Britain will badly damage Cameron's reputation.

And as the problem worsens, the electorate will only get more angry, jeopardising the Prime Minister's dreams of a second term.

It speaks volumes that voters' concerns about immigration should come as a revelation to some in No 10, when for years it has been obvious to millions outside the Westminster village that Britain's loss of control of its borders has been a disaster of historic proportions.

Labour's criminally reckless open-door policy has meant more than 5.2 million immigrants arriving on our shores since 1997. When the departures of those moving abroad are taken into account, it has left the foreign-born population in the UK an incredible 3.2 million higher.

Future historians will be astonished that a once-great country subjected itself to such a sudden and socially unsustainable rise in population.

And what is worrying Downing Street is whether they can do anything about it. Under pressure from Tory MPs to say something about immigration in the run-up to the election, Cameron committed himself to reducing net migration to the 'tens of thousands'.

But it is becoming horrifyingly clear that Cameron will not manage to get immigration below even 100,000 a year at the present rate of progress.

The Migration Observatory at Oxford University calculated this week that around 165,000 immigrants will still be arriving every year come 2015. The latest figures for the year to last September showed immigration actually going up, with 242,000 net arrivals.
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Cameron has finally woken up to the disaster that is immigration. But he's left it too late [part 2]
Iain Martin
Daily Mail, 25 June 2011

Of course, a sensible amount of immigration would aid the dynamism of the economy, with talented people from abroad opting to come and work here. But that is not what has happened.

At the current astonishing rates of growth, the independent Office for National Statistics now estimates that the British population will rise from 61.8 million today to more than 70 million in 2026 – three years earlier than it has hitherto forecast. And a staggering 68 per cent of the rise will be attributable to immigration.

To put that in perspective, it is the equivalent of adding eight cities the size of Birmingham to the UK in just 15 years. Our leaders have no idea where all these new citizens are going to be housed nor how the already failing school system and struggling NHS are going to cope with them. Already, as we heard this week, a million children in British schools have English as their second language.

Inside Government, this is all causing something approaching panic. One worried minister described immigration to me as 'the iceberg' that could eventually sink the Government. There is also mounting concern that the welfare reforms simply won't work if immigration continues at its current pace.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is implementing a programme to get some of the five million on benefits fit for work, but he is worried that migration could render it largely ineffective.

Unsurprisingly, many businesses prefer to employ ambitious, hardworking incomers rather than long-term unemployed Britons. This has meant that nine out of ten new jobs go to migrants.

If the flow of fresh arrivals continues, the fear is that bosses will continue to choose them rather than help get Britons off benefits.

What an appalling mess. A PM who could have won a majority had he focused more in the election campaign on immigration and other traditional Tory topics such as crime, controls on the welfare state and education reform now belatedly accepts the full seriousness of the situation.

His problem is that he is in coalition with the pro-immigration Lib Dems, who are hampering attempts to bring the situation back under control. ...

Then there is the Human Rights Act. The Daily Mail reported last week that there are 3,200 criminals, failed asylum seekers and benefit tourists who cannot be kicked out because of their right to a family life. A Bolivian even said he couldn't be forced to leave because he has a British cat. A Sri Lankan thief won the right to stay because he has a girlfriend here.

Even if the PM tried to repeal the Human Rights Act, he couldn't. The Lib Dems wouldn't allow it.

Cameron could try to crack down hard on the biggest source of immigration, the 75 per cent or so who come here from outside the EU. He could opt for much tougher measures on work permits, sham marriages, bogus students and by heavily fining companies who employ any of the one million illegal immigrants. But again, Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems wouldn't have it.

Perhaps one day a British leader will be prepared to opt out of the EU's free movement directives and to properly police our borders. But don't hold your breath for David Cameron to do it. Tragically, it simply isn't going to happen under this pantomime horse of a Coalition Government.
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Third of foreign workers are not recorded in migration count
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2011

At least a third of foreign workers in England and Wales are not included in figures tracking annual net migration, a report has suggested.

According to the research by the Office for National Statistics, migrants who stay for less than a year are not counted in official estimates, but were "a significant part of the migrant workforce" between 2004 and 2009.

The report found that 97,000 short-term migrant workers came to England and Wales in the year to mid-2009, but were not included in the official tally of those staying for more than a year, which was 168,000. ...

The figures, from the International Passenger Survey, show that "employment-related short-term migration makes up a significant proportion of the migrant workforce in England and Wales", the ONS report said.
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Child-sex grooming 'not investigated because of political correctness'
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2011

Asian gangs suspected of sexually grooming young girls have not been investigated properly because of "political correctness" and "racial sensitivities", the children's minister has admitted.

Tim Loughton said that he wanted to send a message "loud and clear" that the suspected activities of some Asian men must be "vigorously investigated" amid fears that the problem may be far more widespread than previously thought. An investigation by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is expected to recommend in the coming days that police and social services are more proactive in uncovering child-sex grooming.

A series of court cases have recently disclosed how Asian gangs have groomed teenagers in several areas and Mr Loughton has been charged with preparing an action plan. ...

The CEOP investigation found more than 2,000 victims who had been groomed as children, but in more than 1,000 cases little was known about the background of the crime.
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£18m to track a terrorist suspect
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2011

MI5 and the police will have to spend up to £18 million keeping track of each of the terrorist suspects released under the relaxed control-order system.

The cost is up to 10 times higher than the previous system, which effectively put those suspected of considering terrorist acts under house arrest.

The new watered-down system allows the 12 people subject to control orders far more freedom, as they are only required to be at a designated address overnight. ...

The figures have been disclosed after Lord Carlile of Berriew, the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, was cross-examined by Labour MPs. He said the estimated cost of enforcing the new system was between £11 million and £18 million per person, per year. ...

Control orders were introduced by Tony Blair to deal with terror suspects who cannot be prosecuted or deported but who are deemed to pose a serious threat to national security. ...

Control orders are due to be replaced with less restrictive Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure, which will allow suspects greater freedom of movement and access to the internet and mobile phones. The plans are opposed by Labour and are being debated in Parliament.
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Million pupils with poor English
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 23 June 2011

Almost one million schoolchildren speak English as a second language, official figures show, leading to claims that mass immigration is placing a "huge strain" on the education system.

A record one in six pupils in primary schools and one in eight in secondary education speak another language at home, it was disclosed.

The proportion of children starting school with a relatively poor grasp of English has doubled in just over a decade. ...

Some 16.8 per cent of primary pupils speak other languages at home in 2010-11, compared with 16 per cent a year earlier. In secondary schools, 12.3 per cent of pupils speak English as a second language, up from 11.6 per cent last year.

In total, 957,500 children aged five to 16 speak other languages in primary, secondary and special schools, compared with 905,600 in 2009-10.
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TA kindergarten to reject migrant kids
Meirav Shlomo-Melamed
Ynetnews, 23 June 2011

A new kindergarten in Hatikva neighborhood in Tel Aviv has declared that it will have at least one classroom that will not accept foreign workers' children, municipality sources said. The move is unprecedented in Israel.

Residents were pleased, as was Gal Sharabi, chairman of the neighborhood committee. "The kindergarten will be intended for the veteran residents of the neighborhood," he said.

Hatikva neighborhood, in southern Tel Aviv, has become famous for its ire against migrants who have taken up residence in the city.

Over the past few years, residents have been pressing the city council to keep foreign children out of kindergartens, claiming they lower the level of teaching. They also claim the kids carry a risk of disease.

"We are extremely pleased with this decision. The foreign workers have a language problem and this makes studying difficult and keeps our kids from progressing," said a neighborhood mother. "This makes the gaps between children of the north and south (of Tel Aviv) even greater."

The mother added that the request has nothing to do with racism. "We love them and learn with them in elementary school, and we've been living in peace for years ... All we ask is that our children not be harmed and for the gaps (between north and south) not to be perpetuated," she explained.

A neighborhood father also rejected allegations of racism: "Only the children of southern Tel Aviv are forced to study with migrant kids. Everyone knows it's problematic, that there is a risk of disease because they were not inoculated in Israel, but when we protest they call it racism," he said.

"I feel that the municipality's decision is a victory in the battle we've been waging in the past few years. Even they understand that this is a problem." ...

The municipality responded officially to the report by stating that placement of children in kindergartens has not yet been completed for next year, but senior officials say at least two local kindergartens will be set aside to accept only kids of Israeli descent.
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UK fears migrant influx as EU bids to break down border controls
Tim Shipman
Daily Mail, 23 June 2011

Brussels bosses want to tear up European Union immigration rules, leaving Britain vulnerable to a new influx of migrants.

The European Commission plans to use human rights laws to break down border controls.

David Cameron will today go into battle to face down plans to scrap the existing rule that means illegal immigrants and asylum seekers are supposed to be sent back to the country where they first enter the EU.

Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will use a summit in Brussels today to press for the changes.

He wants the rule suspended indefinitely, opening the door to thousands of immigrants heading for Britain to claim more generous benefits than they could get elsewhere.

British officials fear that suspending the rule will mean that countries on the edge of Europe make far less effort to police their borders, since they will not have to face the consequences themselves of letting in too many migrants.

The situation has been made more acute by the fighting in Libya, which has seen thousands of refugees fleeing Colonel Gaddafi's regime to take shelter in the EU.

More than one million people have fled Libya since the conflict began.

Frontex, the EU border agency, estimates that 48,000 have already arrived in the EU.

Italy is expecting another 50,000 to double those numbers.

Eurocrats are demanding the changes to the existing rules, enshrined in the so-called 'Dublin regulations', after officials lost a legal case in the European Court of Human Rights in January.

On that occasion the Court ruled that Belgium and Greece had violated the rights of an asylum seeker in expelling him to Athens.

Both countries had been following EU policy by sending migrants back to the port where they first entered the EU to file their claim to refugee status.

The policy was followed despite warnings from the UN refugee agency and the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner that Greece's system was dysfunctional.

The Afghan asylum seeker, known to the court as M.S.S., said that Belgium and Greece had subjected him to degrading treatment in returning him to Athens, and that he had been denied an 'effective remedy' against expulsion. The court agreed.
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Netherlands Islam: Wilders verdict stirs up debate
Lauren Comiteau
BBC, 23 June 2011

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders has been acquitted of all charges in his hate speech trial in Amsterdam.

Judges found that the populist politician's comments comparing Islam to Nazism might be offensive, but they fell within the scope of protected speech.

"This is a precedent-setting case that now allows people to feel like they can say more than they felt they could say before," said John Tyler, political editor at Radio Netherlands.

"The acquittal of Geert Wilders has big implications for free speech in the Netherlands." ...

In a mere 20 minutes, judges dismissed all charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

Judges called some of Mr Wilders's comments "crude and denigrating", but not illegal.

Although they found his warning of a "tsunami" of immigrants to be on the border of what is permissible, they said he had stayed within the bounds of the law, especially because his remarks were made during the country's heated political debates on multi-culturalism.

For his part, Mr Wilders said he was happy with the verdict and would continue to speak out against what he called the threat of Islam.

"The good news is it's legal to be critical about Islam," he told reporters in the courthouse lobby following his acquittal.

"And this is something that we need, because the Islamisation of our societies is a major problem and a threat to our freedom. And I'm allowed to say so." ...

But a lawyer for many of the Muslim plaintiffs, Ties Prakken, says she will take their case beyond Dutch borders to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.
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Census Shows Whites are in Minority Among New Births in U.S.
Fox News, 23 June 2011

For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and a growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and predominantly minority youths that could reshape government policies.

Preliminary census estimates also show the share of African-American households headed by women – mostly single mothers – now exceeds African-American households with married couples, a sign of declining U.S. marriages overall but also of continuing challenges for black youths without involved fathers.

The findings, based on the latest government data, offer a preview of final 2010 census results being released this summer that provide detailed breakdowns by age, race and householder relationships.

Demographers say the numbers provide the clearest confirmation yet of a changing social order, one in which racial and ethnic minorities will become the U.S. majority by midcentury. ...

Currently, non-Hispanic whites make up just under half of all children 3 years old, which is the youngest age group shown in the Census Bureau's October 2009 annual survey, its most recent. In 1990, more than 60 percent of children in that age group were white.

William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who analyzed the data, said figures in the 2009 survey can sometimes be inexact compared with the 2010 census, which queries the entire nation. But he said when factoring in the 2010 data released so far, minorities outnumber whites among babies under age 2.

The preliminary figures are based on an analysis of the Current Population Survey as well as the 2009 American Community Survey, which sampled 3 million U.S. households to determine that whites made up 51 percent of babies younger than 2. After taking into account a larger-than-expected jump in the minority child population in the 2010 census, the share of white babies falls below 50 percent. ...

Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor and senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire, noted that much of the race change is being driven by increases in younger Hispanic women having more children than do white women, who have lower birth rates and as a group are moving beyond their prime childbearing years.
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The Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism
Soeren Kern
Hudson New York, 23 June 2011

The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.

A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: "The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society."

The letter continues: "A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups."

The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.

The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, "it is not the government's job to integrate immigrants." The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013. ...

But polls show that a majority of Dutch voters support the government's skepticism about multiculturalism. According to a Maurice de Hond poll published by the center-right newspaper Trouw on June 19, 74 percent of Dutch voters say immigrants should conform to Dutch values. Moreover, 83 percent of those polled support a ban on burqas in public spaces. ...

There are now an estimated 1.2 million Muslims in the Netherlands, which is equivalent to about 6 percent of the country's overall population. Moroccans and Turks comprise nearly two-thirds of all Muslims in the Netherlands. Most Muslims live in the four major cities of the country: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

As their numbers grow, Muslim immigrants have become increasingly more assertive in carving out a role for Islam within Dutch society. For example, a documentary aired by the television program Netwerk in June 2009 reported that Dutch law was being systematically undermined by the growth of Sharia justice in the Netherlands.

In December 2004, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior published a 60-page report titled From Dawa to Jihad. Prepared by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD, the report says that the Netherlands is home to up to 50,000 radical Muslims whose key ideological aim is to target the Western way of life and to confront Western political, economic, and cultural domination.

The report concludes that Dutch society is poorly equipped to resist the threat of radical Islam because of "a culture of permissiveness" that has become synonymous with "closing one's eyes" to multiple transgressions of the law.
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The Achievement Gap: Why Hispanic Students Are Still Behind
Kayla Webley
Time, 23 June 2011

A newly released report on student achievement finds that members of the nation's second largest ethnic group are still woefully underperforming their white counterparts. The report, issued June 23 by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that while scores have gone up for both groups, Hispanic students lag by the same amount today as they did in 1990, which means that the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students has been largely unchanged for the past two decades.

The report analyzes tests given to fourth and eighth graders in math and reading in 2009. Overall, on a national level, Hispanic students scored about 20 points – or two whole grade levels – lower on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scale. ...

Those stats are especially worrisome seeing as the Hispanic population in the U.S. is only going to continue to grow. In the past 40 years, to take just the nation's fourth graders, the Hispanic student population has increased from less than 2% to 21%. That growth is consistent with the 2010 Census, which shows that the Hispanic population in the U.S. has boomed to 16% of the total population and is expected to rise to 30% by 2050. "As the Hispanic population grows, closing the achievement gap is critical to ensure our future as a nation and our ability to compete worldwide," said Russ Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. "We can't afford to ignore this problem."

Although the report focuses on the achievement of an entire ethnic group, the numbers suggest that the persistent gap has more to do with the language barrier among a subset of that group. There are some four million Hispanic students in public schools whose primary language is not English. The NCES report showed an even larger difference between those students, known as English language learners or ELL, and their Hispanic classmates who are proficient in English. For example, in eighth grade reading, the discrepancy between ELL Hispanic students and non-ELL Hispanic students was 39 points, or roughly four whole grade levels.
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Human rights protect foreign criminals more than Britons
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2011

Foreign criminals have more protection under human rights laws than innocent Britons fighting extradition, a committee of MPs has warned.

Offenders fighting deportation are able to use human rights defences to avoid removal whereas Britons facing transfer under extradition laws find it almost impossible to do so, the joint committee on human rights suggested. ...

Measures to allow a judge to refuse extradition where the alleged offence took place wholly or largely in the UK are already in the Police and Criminal Justice Act 2006 and it "is difficult to understand" why they had not been put into practice, the committee said.
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Will we ever have a black prime minister?
Lindsay Johns
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2011

Black Britain's middle class is, at worst, in real terms, non-existent, and, at best, nascent. If it exists at all, it is in its infancy.

Just take a look around. Black people figure prominently on billboards and on our TV screens when it comes to less cerebral worlds, like sport and music. But where are the doctors, intellectuals and engineers? ...

The chronic dearth of educated, black, middle-class professionals in this country explains the mess we are in today. ...

When the new BBC radio station 1 Xtra was set up a few years ago, the thinly veiled rationale was to placate the black demographic with "urban" pirate radio-style "street" music. In short, give them what we think they want.

But hang on a minute. Where was the black Radio 4 equivalent? Don't black people in this country want intelligent news, current affairs, drama and cultural programmes, too? Or are they only reserved for educated, middle-class white people? ...

Britain has no really prominent black intellectuals to speak of, save LSE professor Paul Gilroy and theologian-turned-TV presenter Robert Beckford.


Until we reach a critical mass of educated, black, middle-class people, black Britain will always be handicapped by glaring under-achievement. ... ...

In America – one of the most viscerally racist countries in the world – there are far more opportunities for educated, middle-class, black people than here in the UK, one of the most tolerant and progressive countries when it comes to race.
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One in four primary school pupils are from an ethnic minority and almost a million schoolchildren do not speak English as their first language
Kate Loveys
Daily Mail, 22 June 2011

More than a quarter of primary school children are from an ethnic minority – an increase of almost half a million since 1997, it emerged yesterday.

The Government's annual school census painted a picture of a changing Britain where schools are under mounting pressure from mass immigration.

In some areas, only 8 per cent of primary pupils are from a white British background. Nearly one million children aged five to 16 – 957,490 – speak English as a second language, up from almost 800,000 five years ago.

And 26.5 per cent of primary pupils – 862,735 – are from an ethnic minority. When Labour took office in 1997, the total was 380,954. At secondary level, the total of ethnic minority children – 723,605 – has risen from 17.7 per cent to 22.2 per cent in five years.

The biggest group of ethnic minority pupils were Asians, making up 10 per cent of primary pupils and 8.3 per cent of secondary pupils.

The number from 'other white backgrounds' in primaries has almost doubled since 2004 – from 74,500 to 136,880 – reflecting arrivals from Eastern Europe and other new EU member states.

In Manchester, Bradford, Leicester and Nottinghamshire white British primary pupils are in a minority. And in Luton just 30 per cent are classified as white British.

In some London boroughs, such as Newham, only 8 per cent of children up to the age of 11 are from a white British background. ...

Overall, 24 per cent of children in primary and secondary schools are of an ethnic minority – 1,586,340.

The DfE classification of 'white British' does not include Irish, traveller, gipsy or Roma pupils.

n A record number of parents are lodging appeals after their children were refused places at their primary school of choice. DfE figures show there were 42,070 such appeals in 2009/10 – a 10.5 per cent rise on the year before and a doubling since 2005/6. Immigration and families trying to get into sought-after schools have been blamed.
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Tougher immigration reforms 'not enough' to meet Cameron's target
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2011

The population will still be rising by 167,000 a year in four years' time because of immigration, according to research by Oxford University academics.

The Migration Observatory warned that David Cameron would miss his 2015 target of cutting immigration levels to the "tens of thousands" because planned reforms do not go far enough.

The Prime Minister has promised to reduce net immigration – the difference between those arriving and those leaving the country – to below 100,000 by the end of the parliament.

But the figure is currently 242,000 a year and an analysis by the Migration Observatory warned that planned cuts in a number of visa regimes would only get Mr Cameron halfway towards his target.

It is a further headache for the Government, which has seen net immigration flows increase for five quarters in a row and hit a six-year high.
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David Cameron: Lib Dems have put brakes on migrant crackdown
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 21 June 2011

David Cameron hinted at a backtrack on immigration yesterday as he blamed the Liberal Democrats for stifling attempts to slash numbers.

The Prime Minister said a Conservative-led Government would have taken "further steps" and had a "tougher" approach to controlling immigration.

His comments appear to pave the way for a softening of his stance on a pledge to tackle net migration and looks set to spark another major Coalition rift.

And they come as a report today warns Government plans to cut net migration to the "tens of thousands" in four years are likely to fail.

Mr Cameron wants to bring annual net migration down from the current 242,000 to below 100,000 by 2015. But he suggested yesterday that his party's partnership with the Lib Dems was making it difficult.

Everyone has to make "compromises" in a coalition, he told BBC Radio 2.

"If I was running a Conservative-only Government I think we would be making further steps on things like immigration control or making sure our welfare reforms were absolutely making sure that if you're not prepared to work you can't go on welfare. ...

Earlier this year he warned that mass immigration had wrecked the social fabric and wiped out any sense of community in many areas.

He promised to bring immigration under control and down to the levels seen under Margaret Thatcher.

"No ifs, no buts," he said. "That's a promise we made to the British people. And it's a promise we are keeping."
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If you want to rebuild Britain, the family is a good place to start
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2011

As Tessa Jowell, who is leading the family policy review, says: "You can't pretend there's no issue about benefit cheats and immigration, when you hear people saying it. You can't disappear into a comfort zone that denies reality." ...

BritainThinks, the company conducting the research, found that 78 per cent of people prize neighbourhood bonds, but only 28 per cent believe their children and grandchildren will grow up feeling part of their community.

That is where Arnie Graf comes in. Mr Graf, an American who is said to be one of the three best community organisers in the world, has just finished meeting civic leaders and banging on door on Mr Miliband's behalf. At first, Mr Graf was reluctant to take the assignment suggested by the Labour leader's adviser, Lord Glasman, not least because of a haziness shared by many voters over Mr Miliband. ...

Mr Graf, briefly a mentor to Barack Obama, was sufficiently impressed by his first meeting to take up an assignment for which he declined a consultant's fee, visiting 14 towns in 17 days ... His instructions from Mr Miliband were, he says: "Take the pulse of the country and be absolutely honest about what you found."

In an hour-long private meeting last Wednesday, Mr Graf reported back. Britain, he told Mr Miliband, felt that Gordon Brown had not done enough to tackle immigration. People were mostly not racist, but they were resentful as well as worried about manufacturing, education and "kids running amok".
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Muslim woman Carnita Matthews escapes jail by remaining behind her burqa
Janet Fife-Yeomans and Paul Kent
Daily Telegraph [Australia], 21 June 2011

The woman at the centre of the burqa row, Carnita Matthews, has a long record of driving offences and a history of not paying her fines.

Court documents have revealed that she had been fined seven times for traffic infringements before she was stopped by police in June last year for not displaying her P-plates in the incident that sparked the row that spilled over to the District Court yesterday. ...

After being stopped by police last year for not displaying her P-plates, Ms Matthews was ordered to pay $276 in fines and court costs.

She claimed on Channel Seven and allegedly in a statutory declaration to Campbelltown police that the officer who stopped her had attempted to tear the burqa off her face, a claim that was proven untrue by the police patrol car video camera.

A magistrate last year found her guilty of making a deliberately false statement and sentenced her to jail for six months. Ms Matthews appealed, saying there was no proof she was the person in the burqa making the statement and Judge Clive Jeffreys in the District Court yesterday upheld her appeal.

The news comes as women wearing a burqa may be ordered to remove it to identify themselves in the wake of the Carnita Matthews case.

Police Minister Mike Gallacher has revealed that police do not currently have the legal power to require women to show their face if the women refuse on religious or cultural grounds. ...

The government is also considering passing new laws requiring people who make complaints against police, or in the case of witnesses giving evidence, to have to provide at least one fingerprint and their signature.

This follows the finding by the judge that he could not be certain that it was Ms Matthews who made the statutory declaration complaining about the officer who stopped her car because the person who handed the document in to the police station wore a burqa. ...

Yesterday, Ms Matthews avoided jail because her identity could not be proven. ...

The absurdity of the law is that, to reach the level of proof of identity to make the case, Mrs Matthews would have been required to identify herself by lifting her burqa at the police station - what started the uproar in the first place.

More than a dozen Muslim supporters linked arms and began chanting "Allah Akbar" as they stormed out of Downing Centre Court with Mrs Matthews concealed behind them. ...

Mrs Matthew's lawyer Stephen Hopper defended their actions saying: "They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them."
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America's New Racists
Walter E. Williams, the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University, 21 June 2011

The late South African economist William Hutt, in his 1964 book, The Economics of the Colour Bar, said that one of the supreme tragedies of the human condition is that those who have been the victims of injustices and oppression "can often be observed to be inflicting not dissimilar injustices upon other races."

Born in 1936, I've lived through some of our openly racist history, which has included racist insults, beatings and lynchings. Tuskegee Institute records show that between the years 1880 and 1951, 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites were lynched. I recall my cousin's and my being chased out of Fishtown and Grays Ferry, two predominantly Irish Philadelphia neighborhoods, in the 1940s, not stopping until we reached a predominantly black North or South Philly neighborhood.

Today all that has changed. Most racist assaults are committed by blacks. What's worse is there're blacks, still alive, who lived through the times of lynching, Jim Crow laws and open racism who remain silent in the face of it.

Last year, four black Skidmore College students yelled racial slurs while they beat up a white man because he was dining with a black man. Skidmore College's first response was to offer counseling to one of the black students charged with the crime. In 2009, a black Columbia University professor assaulted a white woman during a heated argument about race relations. According to interviews and court records obtained and reported by Denver's ABC affiliate (12/4/2009), black gangs roamed downtown Denver verbally venting their hatred for white victims before assaulting and robbing them during a four-month crime wave. Earlier this year, two black girls beat a white girl at a McDonald's, and the victim suffered a seizure. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered an emergency shutdown of the beaches in Chicago because mobs of blacks were terrorizing families. According to the NBC affiliate there (6/8/2011), a gang of black teens stormed a city bus, attacked white victims and ran off with their belongings.

Racist black attacks are not only against whites but also against Asians. In San Francisco, five blacks beat an 83-year-old Chinese man to death. They threw a 57-year-old woman off a train platform. Two black Oakland teenagers assaulted a 59-year-old Chinese man; the punching knocked him to the ground, killing him. ...

In many of these brutal attacks, the news media make no mention of the race of the perpetrators. If it were white racist gangs randomly attacking blacks, the mainstream media would have no hesitation reporting the race of the perps. Editors for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune admitted to deliberately censoring information about black crime for political reasons. Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould Kern recently said that the paper's reason for censorship was to "guard against subjecting an entire group of people to suspicion." ...

Black silence in the face of black racism has to be one of the biggest betrayals of the civil rights struggle that included black and white Americans.
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'Europe is dying' U.S. population expert tells Senate hearing
Thaddeus Baklinski, 21 June 2011

Given the precipitous decline in the birthrates of European countries, all anti-natal programs funded by the United States should immediately be replaced by pro-natal programs, one top population expert recently told the U.S. Senate.

"It doesn't matter whether we call them reproductive health programs, family planning programs, or population control programs," said Stephen Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI). "They all have the same effect: they force down the birth rate in countries that are already dying. Such programs are only making a bad problem worse."

The hearing before the Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe focused on the implications for the security, as well as the economic and social developments in Europe, due to demographic decline marked by diminishing and rapidly aging populations, in most of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) 56 participating states.

Commission Chairman, Rep. Chris Smith noted that the member states - every country of Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as the U.S. and Canada - are already seeing dramatic demographic changes that are "sure to have dramatic consequences for the security, economic, and human dimensions of the OSCE."

"The fact is that most OSCE countries are in demographic decline, many of them in rapid decline. Only a handful of the OSCE's 56 member states are at or above replacement level," Smith observed.

Mosher agreed. "Five centuries after the Black Plague devastated Europe, a White Pestilence is now decimating that same continent," he said. "Many nations, especially in Europe, are already in a death spiral, losing a significant number of people each year. Listen closely, and you will hear the muffled sound of populations crashing."
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Migrants take 9 out of 10 jobs, says Field
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2011

In the first year of the Coalition, 87 per cent of the 400,000 newly created jobs have gone to immigrants – as Britons fail to chase work, according to new official figures uncovered by the Labour MP. Under previous Labour administrations the figure was about 80 per cent. ...

Conservative ministers were also previously highly critical of the last government's failure to secure new jobs for British workers and the latest figures are likely to embarrass David Cameron. Companies are thought to be turning to foreign workers to fill vacancies because of a dearth of adequately qualified or motivated Britons.
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Judges launch scathing attack on the 'abusive' way migrants exploit appeals and say most cases have no merit
James Slack
Daily Mail, 20 June 2011

Judges have made an unprecedented attack on the 'wholly abusive' way that immigrants are exploiting the British legal system.

The Judges Council said that, for some types of appeal, a staggering 85 per cent of cases did not have any 'merit'.

They have either been 'dreamt up' by lawyers seeking to line their own pockets, or are a blatant last-ditch attempt to stop deportations taking place.

Many – including appeals made by foreign criminals – are brought under the controversial Article 8 of Labour's Human Rights Act – the 'right to a family and private life'.

And despite the rampant exploitation of the system, the taxpayer is writing legal cheques worth £12 million a year for immigration cases. Effectively – and farcically – the British Government is picking up the bill for the thwarting of its own attempts to control immigration.

In a single year, the public funded a staggering 37,300 immigration appeals, according to Ministry of Justice figures seen by the Mail. It is the equivalent of more than 100 cases every day.

Justice officials say the legal aid is being spent on 'advice on how to get a visa to enter the UK, or how to avoid being deported once they're here'.

It includes advice to immigrants from Europe looking to work in Britain, and migrants from outside Europe who want to study, get work experience or join their families who have emigrated to the UK.

In a devastating letter to Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, the Judges Council of England and Wales – which speaks for the judiciary – paints a picture of appalling abuse. The judges say that, out of 12,500 judicial review claim forms issued in the Administrative Court in 2010, about 7,500 concerned asylum or immigration.

The claims have been considered – and dismissed – by the Secretary of State and at least one immigration tribunal, making the judicial review a 'second or sometimes the third or fourth bite of the cherry'.

The judges' letter to Mr Clarke goes on: 'Most claims fail, most of the claims which fail are without merit, and many are wholly abusive of the court's process.

'When the claim itself is publicly funded, two sets of publicly funded costs will be incurred – all irrecoverable. No-one derives any legitimate benefit from this litigation. ...

One senior immigration judge, Sir Anthony May, said most claims he heard were the third or fourth time a person had been to a tribunal. They are brought by failed asylum seekers trying to block their removal at the last minute.
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Off Target: Government policies are not on track to reducing net-migration to the tens of thousands by 2015
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, 20 June 2011

The Government's efforts to reduce net migration are built around the restriction of three migration inflow routes for non-EU nationals – work, study and family – and one primary effort to boost outflows of non-EU nationals – changes to settlement policy designed to "break the link" between short-term migration and settlement. (One other effort to boost outflows has also been introduced in the form of changes to the post study work route, though this is considerably smaller than the changes to settlement policy).

Of the inflows, students account for the largest proportion – around 60 per cent of non-EU immigration in 2009 with the work route and family route contributing approximately 20 per cent each. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that for the government to reach its target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 each of these routes of non-EU inflows should deliver a proportionate cut in numbers – therefore 20 per cent of the required cuts to non EU net migration should come from each of the work and family routes, and 60 per cent should come from the student route.

Working on the basis of the latest ONS migration estimates, which estimate UK net migration to be 242,000 in the year up to September 2010, this would require the government to reduce net migration by a total of 142,000 to achieve the target of net migration reaching the "tens of thousands". The inability of the Government to control the movement of EU (including British) citizens means that the 142,000 reduction in net-migration must be achieved by reductions to non-EU net migration. If each of the work, study and family inflow routes for non-EU nationals takes a proportionate share in this required cut, the respective reductions in net migration would have to be as follows:

• Students: 85,200

• Work: 28,400

• Family: 28,400

If we assume that, without any policy changes, net-migration would continue to grow over the next few years, the required overall reduction in non-EU net-migration would need to be greater than 142,000 in order to achieve the tens of thousands objective by 2015. This means that the required cuts for each of the three routes would need to be greater than the figures given above. ...

In summary, based on the government's own impact assessments, the changes to the work and student routes are expected to reduce net-migration by 67,000 by 2015 (56,000 students with their dependents and 11,000 work migrants including their dependents).

If we assume that net-migration of family unification will be reduced by about 8,000 (a generous assumption) the total achieved reductions in net-migration of non-EU nationals by 2015 would be around 75,000 relative to what would happen to net-migration without any policy change. Assuming modest increases in net-migration without policy change (an assumption also made in the government's impact assessments), this constitutes roughly about half of the reduction in non-EU net migration required by 2015. This estimate is based on a number of generous assumptions, so it is more likely to be an over-estimate rather than an under-estimate. The actual achieved reduction in Non-EU net-migration may well be less than 75,000. ...
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Ending Illegal Immigration: A Risk-Benefit Analysis
Michael Angley
Big Government [website], 19 June 2011

In order to fix the problem of illegal immigration we must first understand why we have an estimated 12 million illegals in the United States. A Risk- Benefit Analysis model provides insight into both the causes of the problem and the solution to it.

We all make risk-benefit decisions every day. ... Millions of people on our northern and southern borders face the decision to enter the United States illegally, but we don't have a fence with Canada because we don't need one. ... Why not? It's simple: Canadians enjoy a good quality of life at home, so the perceived benefit in coming here illegally is not worth the risk.

But the same is not true for our southern neighbors. Life in Central and South America is ... well ... bleak. America sits like a shimmering jewel on the horizon where benefits abound: healthcare, education, citizenship, and jobs, to name a few. The risk in coming here is perceived to be low in comparison to the benefits to be had. So they come. Politicians puff out their chests, call it an outrage, and demand fences be built. Unfortunately, fences have never worked in the past. But we're ignoring the obvious solution: end the benefits, ratchet up the risk, and we won't need a fence for the same reason we have none with Canada.

Let's look at some of the benefits we provide to non-U.S. citizens and consider some solutions:

• Healthcare: By one estimate, as much as 40% of the healthcare that goes unpaid for in the U.S. goes to people here illegally. That's a nice benefit. Medical providers should continue to provide care to anyone who needs it, but they should also be required to inquire about a patient's citizenship. Those who are suspected of being here illegally ought to be turned over to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement following care.

• Education: Current law requires that children of illegal parents receive a public education, and there are good arguments for providing it. But the practice only keeps a benefit in place, one that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. It may be time to rethink the law, and if faced with the prospect of no education in America, perhaps fewer non-citizens would risk coming here.

• Citizenship: Long-term we need to repeal or change the 14th Amendment that gives citizenship to people born in the United States. Its original purpose has long-since ceased to be relevant, and the problems it sought to fix have been fixed. In the near term, we need to consider changing the 1965 Immigration Act which facilitates the permanent residency status of illegals who bear children in the U.S. Anchor babies have created an unintended humanitarian hostage situation, one that is a costly burden on taxpayers.

• Jobs: It's illegal to hire illegals, yet getting a job in America remains one of the biggest benefits to be had in coming here. We need to shift the focus away from rounding up illegals in the workplace to clamping down on those who employ them. By increasing the risk to employers (stiff fines and even jail time), they will be less likely to hire non-citizens. Surprisingly, the Obama administration appears to have started doing just that. It's a good start.

... These benefits are the causes of the problem, and their removal is the solution. ... We welcome legal immigrants, and we should reserve the benefits of citizenship for those willing to get in line and knock politely on the front door.
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India-born residents in Australia more than trebled in a decade
The Hindu [India], 18 June 2011

Australia has recorded a steep rise in its Asia-born population, which almost doubled in the past decade from 1.03 million to 2.01 million, with the number of India-born residents more than trebling to 340,000.

According to new figures from the Bureau of Statistics, Asia-born people made up a third of Australia's population growth from mid-2000 to mid-2010, and are on the verge of overtaking the European-born population for the first time in the country's history.

Almost half of them came to the country as students and the rest as skilled workers and family members settling here to fill gaps in Australia's workforce.

Bureau estimates show that during the past decade, the number of China-born people living in Australia has more than doubled from 1,48,000 to 3,80,000 by the middle of last year.

The number of India-born residents has more than trebled from 96,000 to 340,000, The Age reported.

The figures exclude West Asia – from Iran westwards, which the Bureau classifies as part of the Middle East.

Migration from that area too has risen sharply, partly due to refugees from the Iraq war.

In 1947, only 0.3 per cent of Australia's population had been born in Asia. But their numbers have roughly doubled with every decade since, rising to 2.5 per cent of the population by 1981, 5.5 per cent by 2000, and 9 per cent by mid-2010.
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Judge says ban on boy's cornrow hair is racial discrimination
Murray Wardrop
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2011

A school racially discriminated against a pupil by banning him from braiding his hair, the High Court has concluded in a landmark ruling.

The immediately provoked criticism from head teachers, who claimed it would erode discipline because they would be unable to set standards for the appearance and uniform of pupils.

The boy was turned away from St Gregory's Catholic Science College, Harrow, on his first day because his cornrow hair style breached school rules designed to curb gang culture.

But a High Court judge, Mr Justice Collins, ruled yesterday that the school had subjected the Afro-Caribbean teenager to "unlawful, indirect racial discrimination" by excluding him. The judge said the law also applied to pupils with dreadlocks and Sikh pupils with long hair.

The boy's mother brought the case claiming that her son's hairstyle was "of great importance to his cultural and racial identity".

Mr Justice Collins said the school was "not being racist in any way" but had breached equality laws because it had imposed its hairstyle policy "without the possibility of exception". ...

The court was told that the school ... argued that the policy was designed to stop gang culture, in which haircuts were used as "badges" of membership. ...

Passing Mr Justice Collins said exceptions were made for Rastafarians and Sikh boys who wore hair beyond the collar, and that similar exceptions should be made for Afro-Caribbeans.

"There is no question of this school being in any way racist. This was an honest mistake," he said. ...

Andy Prendiville, the school's headmaster, said he was disappointed by the ruling. "St Gregory's is proud of its rich cultural and ethnic diversity and is run on the belief that everyone at the school is equal," he said.


The follows a string of similar cases in which pupils have unsuccessfully challenged school rules banning items of clothing and jewellery relevant to their race or religion.
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Human right to sponge off UK: 3,200 criminals, failed asylum seekers and benefit tourists can't be kicked out because of right to family life
James Slack
Daily Mail, 17 June 2011

Human rights law is demolishing every aspect of Britain's immigration controls, Government papers reveal.

Every year, more than 3,200 foreign criminals, failed asylum seekers and EU 'benefit tourists' are using Labour's Human Rights Act to thwart Home Office attempts to remove migrants – or stop them arriving in the first place.

The majority of cases are using the controversial Article 8, 'the right to a private or family life'.

In the cases of almost 1,200 EU citizens, they had no intention of working but were allowed to stay, potentially to enjoy a life on benefits – because they have a wife, girlfriend or children here.

Ministers are so alarmed that they are planning a potentially explosive review of the 'family life' defence, which critics say is widely abused.

There has been a series of shocking cases of foreign killers and other criminals cheating deportation.

But the first Home Office audit of the full impact of the Human Rights Act has revealed it is sabotaging almost every part of the immigration system.

In the last three months of 2010, 99 foreign prisoners successfully claimed deporting them would breach their right to a family life in Britain – the equivalent of almost 400 each year. It is four times the previous estimate of 100 – which itself provoked outrage.

In addition, Article 8 thwarted the equivalent of 132 asylum removals last year. The separate Article 3 – the right to protection from ill-treatment – prevented the removal of the equivalent of 56 foreign criminals, and 16 asylum seekers.

The most shocking development, however, is the way the right to a family life is impacting on the rest of the immigration system.

Originally, the right to family life was applied in strict circumstances – such as a migrant having married here, and had children. In recent cases, this has been widened. ...

In a letter to the Tory MP Dominic Raab, the Home Office disclosed that the equivalent of almost 600 economic migrants who had been denied a visa under the point-based system were using Article 8 to make successful appeals.

They claim that, while working in the UK, they have formed relationships in Britain. ...

In the equivalent of 120 cases, decisions by the Home Office to deny a migrant settlement – which leads to a British passport – were overturned using Article 8. ...

Officials also lost the equivalent of almost 800 so-called 'entry clearance' cases last year – where migrants applying for visas while abroad were turned down, but won on appeal by claiming they had a right to join their family.


Multiculturalism – the great divide
Zaneta Denny
The Guardian, 17 June 2011

Last month, an unexpected rise in net migration was a major blow to the Conservatives' plans to reduce migration to the UK, raising debate about whether the coalition's policies on work and migration were workable. But beyond the number games loom questions about the mosaic formed by the now established communities that make up the fabric of our multicultural country – and how well we all get along.

And on this score, I never thought I would agree with David Cameron. In his speech at the Munich Security Conference this year, he pleaded: "We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values." Many claimed this statement to be controversial, but my experiences as a black British girl living in Wembley – the London borough with the highest percentage of residents born outside the UK – in the noughties unfortunately verified his claims.

My parents couldn't afford private school, so I had to commute for an hour (underground, overground, then bus) to a respectable all girls Church of England school in Hounslow; the closest school was "just too rough", according to my mum. The school was racially mixed, with around two fifths white students, two fifths Asian and one fifth black. And until teenagehood, everyone socialised quite freely, although several groups started to form over time.

I remember my first day of sixth form. We started to see groups segregating along racial lines. ...

Similarly, one morning my neighbour, a British man of Pakistani origin, asked if he could buy our house so his sister could live next door to him. It is traditional in Pakistani culture for families to live in the same area; indeed, his extended family owned two or three houses on the same street. He even suggested that we do a swap – we could buy his sisters' house in Northolt. I was witness to a self-segregating dynamic at work. ...

The word "multicultural" merely describes the presence of many cultures: it is just a fact. But we must accept that there is an explicit hierarchy and segregation within multicultural Britain. We live in a highly regional country with ethnic minorities disproportionately concentrated in urban centres, and diversity does not automatically produce a pluralist, cohesive and representative society – which is what I feel people associate with multiculturalism. ...

Far from being a post-racial society, the UK is still struggling with the complexity of inter-cultural and inter-ethnic issues present in our schools, workplaces and social gatherings.
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UK drops DNA tests for refugees and asylum seekers
Maria Cheng
Yahoo! News, 17 June 2011

Britain has dropped a policy of using DNA tests to identify the nationality of African refugees and asylum seekers after criticism that there is no scientific merit to the practice.

The government "does not plan to take forward DNA or isotope testing for country of origin identification purposes," and has also suspended an internal review of the program, according to a statement issued Friday by the U.K. Border Agency. It did not explain why it was discontinuing the program.

The pilot project first began in 2009 and was heavily slammed by experts, who said it was not possible to pinpoint a person's nationality based on their genes. British authorities described the testing as voluntary, and some applicants were asked to provide a mouth swab or hair or nail sample in cases where there were questions about their nationality.

The government said such tests provided valuable evidence in assessing whether asylum seekers are telling the truth about their country of origin. The tests were used only on people who claimed to be from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.

Refugees may be eligible for asylum in Britain if they can prove they face persecution at home because of their race, religion, political views, sexual orientation, or other factors. People from more repressive or chaotic countries, like Sudan or Somalia, often have a better chance of gaining asylum than those from more stable countries like Kenya.

U.K. Border Agency experts were hoping to match DNA samples to genetic lineage in certain countries, which might suggest where a person was from. But scientists maintained the tests offered very little solid proof.

"Science is an uncertain business," said John Harris, a professor of bioethics at Manchester University and a member of the Human Genetics Commission, a government advisory panel. "This was probably a mistake from the start, because it was unlikely to be reliable."

The project was completed last March, with an evaluation scheduled to be published later – but those plans have also now been shelved.

Besides genetic tests, British officials also used isotope analysis of asylum seekers' hair and nail samples. Scientists can look at the composition of certain elements like oxygen or strontium to see where a person has been.

But these isotopes are present only so long as the hair and nails have recently been growing, meaning such tests will only give clues into an applicant's recent whereabouts.

Refugee Council chief executive Donna Covey said she welcomed the decision to scrap the DNA tests.

She said the tests highlighted the insensitive attitudes of the U.K. Border Agency to refugees and asylum seekers. "It is imperative that people seeking safety in the U.K. are treated with dignity while their asylum claims are processed, and not subjected to unnecessary tests that are shown to be inconclusive." ...

Harris said that even if the genetic tests were not overly intrusive, the perception of authorities taking DNA from asylum seekers is disturbing.
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Burton asks EU for rule change on child benefit
Jamie Smyth
Irish Times, 17 June 2011

The Government will ask EU states today to support its proposal to amend EU rules governing the payment of child benefit to parents living in Ireland who claim for non-resident children.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said yesterday she wanted the European Commission to carry out an impact assessment on how EU regulations on benefit payments are affecting national social welfare systems. ...

The Department of Social Protection is paying child benefit in respect of 7,814 children living in other EU states to some 4,923 families based in Ireland.

The cost of making child benefit payments to families of non-resident children in 2010 was €15.4 million, the department says.

This cost soared to €20.9 million in 2008, up from €720,000 in 2005, due to high levels of immigration from central and eastern Europe from 2004 onwards. ...

Parents from EU states who travel to Ireland to work are eligible for the same level of child benefit payments as Irish parents, even when they leave their child behind to live in their home countries. ...

The Government wants to have the entitlement to child benefit payments for non-resident children modified to reflect the cost of living in the state where a child is resident.
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The migrants risking death to break into Britain
Evan Davis
BBC, 16 June 2011
[Panorama: Breaking into Britain, BBC One, Thursday, 16 June at 2100BST and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer]

... It was largely the vivid memory of that scene which made me eager to be involved in Panorama's examination of the economic migrants who risk everything to try and reach Britain illegally.

It is a chance to tell the migration story from the point of view of those trying to get into our country, rather than those of us lucky enough to be here already.

Journalist Shoaib Sharifi followed the journey from Kabul where he met fellow Afghans as they set out to reach the EU in Greece.

And in Africa, fellow journalist Kassim Kayira began in Lagos in Nigeria and travelled up through Africa to Morocco, a route taken by many African migrants fleeing poverty.

The perspective from the UK and European border agencies on how they address the growing numbers desperate to reach the EU was my remit. ...

There are no guarantees of success and the price - just to get as far as Greece - is £4,700. For an extra £2,600, the smugglers tell Afghans they will get them as far as France. A further £700 will get you to London, they are told. ...

Unfortunately what Shoaib, Kassim and I learn is that those scenes I witnessed in Calais two years ago are just a slice of the greater problem.

The risks the migrants take and the suffering they endure on their journeys are only matched by the resourcefulness they exhibit to travel thousands of miles unaided and their determination to succeed that is reinforced with every failed attempt.

All for what? Most of the journeys are futile.

Economic migrants are too often trapped without money or documents, unable to get into their destination of choice in Western Europe and penniless to turn around, give up and go home.

I defy anyone to watch the programme and not think that Greece and Italy badly need help in dealing with undocumented arrivals - a situation made even worse by the flood of arrivals fleeing violence in north Africa.

At the heart of this investigation lies a simple dilemma - to tolerate the suffering on our own continent is unconscionable - but to alleviate the suffering by simply opening the door might attract vastly more people than we can realistically cope with humanely.

We meanwhile are trying to maintain complete mobility across borders for the population of the rich world while trying to build ever higher walls to deny that mobility to the world's poor.

I am sorry to say our examination of the issues does not deliver a solution.

Perhaps there is not one to be had.
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Target for foreign students is halved
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2011

The Government will today backtrack on plans to cut the number of foreign students in Britain by reducing its target by almost half.

The Home Office will unveil plans to reduce the number of overseas students in the UK by 52,000 a year, much less than the cut of 100,000 that had been announced.

In March, Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that she would reduce the number of student visas by up to 80,000 a year. She also said that the number of immigrants who arrive in Britain and then swap to student visas to prolong their stay would be reduced by 20,000.

But the new Home Office policy, announced today, will result in a net reduction of 260,000 student visas over the course of this parliament. That equates to 52,000 a year. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said the Government was focusing on the wrong issue and that the key was not to reduce student visas but to make sure that those who come here to study went home. ...

The number of arrests for abuse of student visas is 30 a month.
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One in a hundred Slovakians has come to live in Britain
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2011

Almost one per cent of the entire population of Slovakia is living in Britain, figures show.

Slovakians are the fastest growing foreign-born group living and working in the UK since the opening of the workforce to citizens of new European Union member states.

An estimated 52,000 people born in the country, which gained independence in 1993, are resident in Britain. ...

Based on a recent estimate from the Office for National Statistics, it also represents a sixfold increase in the Slovakian population since 2004, ... ...

Overall the number of people born in the main batch of "new" EU member states now living in Britain has increased eightfold to 508,000.
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Just what does it mean to be called British these days? [part 1]
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 13 June 2011

The nation state is the greatest vehicle ever invented by mankind for the promotion of democracy and prosperity.

That is because it is essentially an extension of the family with citizens enjoying a shared sense of belonging, unity and heritage.

The tragedy of modern Britain is that our traditional identity is under remorseless political attack.

Mass immigration, the dogma of multiculturalism and the growing power of the European Union have conspired to undermine our British nationhood.

Our once unified country is in danger of becoming nothing more than a land mass filled with disparate peoples.

Despite the opposition of the vast majority of the British public the transformation of our society appears to be gathering pace.

In the year to March 2011 no fewer than 586,000 immigrants were granted entry, the vast majority from Asia and Africa. It was by far the highest total in our history, more than 10 times the average level of immigration in the Eighties.

As border controls weaken so the concept of British citizenship is becoming increasingly meaningless. The right to hold a British passport used to be cherished but today that privilege has been utterly devalued.

According to figures released last week 203,600 British passports were dished out to immigrants, a 57 per cent increase on the figure for 2008. It is the same dismal story in other aspects of our porous immigration system.

Earlier this month a Parliamentary committee revealed that the Home Office had effectively granted an amnesty to 160,000 bogus refugees, allowing them to settle here permanently and claim benefits.

The Government is so enfeebled that it cannot even deport even the most undesirable foreigners.

It has been reported that more than 100 serious foreign criminals last year exploited human rights laws to escape deportation.

Among those allowed to remain here is a violent drug dealer from Trinidad, a Nepalese killer and a Bolivian whom judges decided could not be sent home because he had bought himself a pet cat. Such madness is likely to worsen as Britain sinks deeper within the EU and the last vestiges of immigration controls are obliterated.

There will soon be a vast new influx of arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania once the citizens of those two member states are allowed to travel and settle anywhere in Europe without restrictions, as the Brussels Parliament recommended last week.

Even worse more than 70 million Turkish Muslims will have the right to come to Britain if Turkey is granted EU membership, as the coalition wants.

What we are witnessing is a grotesque form of assisted national suicide.

In the brave new world of uncontrolled immigration and EU rule the very concept of Britishness is an irrelevance. All solidarity disappears, replaced by bewilderment and distrust.

All around us we can see the dire consequences of the immigration free-for-all, whether it be the spread of sharia law or the prevalence of violent gangs in our inner cities or the rise of Islamic extremism.
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Just what does it mean to be called British these days? [part 2]
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 13 June 2011

It is a bizarre irony that in the name of liberal tolerance towards immigration we are now importing a new kind of gross intolerance which is utterly inimical to British values.

In the East London borough of Tower Hamlets, for instance, where there is a large Muslim population, gangs of zealots now roam the streets posing as a self-appointed moral police, demanding that women wear the veil and that gay pubs be closed.

Mass immigration has also meant the destruction of the social contract on which the benefits system, the NHS and many of our public services are based. The founding principle was one of reciprocity: people would be provided with welfare, education or healthcare in return for their contributions to British society through tax, national insurance, work or caring for others.

But now that ethic has been shattered. We are now forced to support millions of people who have absolutely no connection to Britain, such as the 12-strong Ethiopian family recently given a huge house in East London at a cost to the taxpayer of more than £75,000 a year.

The political elite tries to assuage the justifiable anger of the British by peddling deceitful propaganda such as the false claim that immigration has boosted our economy.

Actually it has done just the opposite, dragging down wages and imposing a crippling burden on our infrastructure.

An even greater myth beloved of the Left is that Britain is "a nation of immigrants" so there is supposedly nothing unique about the modern influx from Asia and Africa. But this is just a lie.

In fact Britain was until the Seventies one of the most homogenous nations. Moreover the small numbers that arrived here, such as Irish labourers, or Jewish or French refugees fleeing religious persecution, were steeped in the Judeo-Christian culture that built our civilisation.

It was because Britain was so homogenous that it was so successful. But now we are a nation riven by ethnic divisions where patriotism is regarded with suspicion and all public policy is viewed through the prism of race.

In a land where the once uplifting ideal of national pride has been transmuted into nothing more than xenophobia decline is inevitable.
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France to deport more Romanians after discovering they are behind 80% of street crime
Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 13 June 2011

The vast majority of street robberies in Paris are now carried out by the children of Romanian immigrants, France's Interior Minister has claimed.

Claude Gueant said the notoriously poor and corrupt eastern European state is responsible for exporting some of the most notorious sneak thieves in the world.

Many operate in gangs around the Gare du Nord Eurostar station, preying on English travellers as they arrive by high-speed train from London.

Last year France launched an onslaught against illegal Roma camps full of Romanian immigrants which had sprung up around the French capital.

In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Mr Gueant said: 'Many illegal camps were evacuated.

'However, we have to face up to another problem, that of Romanian delinquency. In Paris, 80 per cent of street robberies are committed by Romanian minors.

'Along with the Romanian authorities, we are taking action against this delinquency, which is organised around cities and by mafia gangs.'

Paris police confirmed that there were now 'dozens' of Romanian gangs operating around major tourists attractions, and at transport hubs.

Passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord are often swamped by up to 10 Romanian girls asking 'Do you speak English?' and holding out their hands.

Bodily contact is commonplace, with the girls delving into pockets and bags as they surround their victims.

Meanwhile, hardened male criminals will keep watch, or intervene with violence if anybody tries to fight the girls off.

Young boys also snatch phones and wallets from people sitting on the outside terraces of Paris cafés, while underground Metro passengers find themselves surrounded by crowd of youngsters who will pickpocket them.

'Such scenarios take place all over Paris, and it is a growing problem,' said a police spokesman. 'We can disperse the children momentarily, but in the end they are minors and there is very little action we can take as far as holding them in custody is concerned.' ...

Last year, the EU blocked Romania and Bulgaria from joining the EU's passport-free travel zone because of fears of an influx of organised criminals.

Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, has also faced major problems as a centre for drugs and people trafficking.

Around 2000 Roma people, including many Romanians, are believed to live in France. Under EU citizenship rules, Roma people have the right to move to France but must have work permits to stay for longer than three months.
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Inquiry launched into slavery in the UK
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 12 June 2011

A major inquiry into human trafficking will be launched this week amid claims that slavery remains as much of a problem in modern Britain as when it was abolished more than 200 years ago.

The Centre for Social Justice is to announce a 15-month investigation into the issue following concerns over a lack of political will, policing resources, low prosecution rates and flaws within the government system for identifying trafficked victims.

The inquiry aims to put forward a series of recommendations on how the UK could embrace a more effective strategy to tackle modern slavery.

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, speaking in his capacity as chairman of the cabinet's social justice committee, will articulate the importance of tackling what remains one of the country's least understood crimes.

Among the investigation's aims will be to establish the scale of human trafficking and slavery in Britain. Between April 2009 and March last year, 706 potential victims of slavery were formally identified in the UK. Up to 18,000 women and children are also believed to have been trafficked into the UK and forced to work as prostitutes.

Gavin Poole, executive director of the CSJ, said: "Many people think slavery was abolished on the high seas by the Royal Navy 200 years ago. It wasn't. It is just as much of a problem today."
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102 foreign offenders we can't deport
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 12 June 2011

More than 100 foreign criminals and illegal immigrants have beaten deportation under controversial "right to family life" laws in the past year. ...

A total of 102 people defeated the Home Secretary in the courts in 2010 on family rights grounds, including violent criminals and illegal immigrants who had no other right to be in the country.

None claimed that they would be in danger of torture or abuse if they were sent home.

... Dominic Raab, the Conservative MP who obtained the figures, said: "Before the Human Rights Act, no criminal had ever claimed a right to family life to frustrate a deportation order in this country.

"It is high time we changed the law, to restore some common sense and retain public confidence in our border controls." ...

There were 233 appeals against deportation in 2010, of which 149 were successful under human rights laws – 102 of them solely citing Article Eight.

Thirty-five were under Article Three, which protects people from being killed or tortured if returned to an unsafe country, and the rest used a mix of Articles.
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High cost of compensation culture and 'human rights'
Ben Leach
Sunday Telegraph, 12 June 2011

A race equality campaigner has cost taxpayers more than £1 million by bringing a string of discrimination claims – several of them against anti-racism groups.

Natasha Sivanandan has spent 25 years pursuing tribunal cases and has now secured her biggest victory with a £425,000 payout. ...

Since 1987 she has been involved in at least 10 cases, according to the Employment Tribunal Service register of decisions.

The true figure could be much higher as more than 80 per cent of claims are settled before they reach the tribunal stage.

While most of the actions have been against employers or organisations that turned her down for jobs, others have been against a charity that rejected her application to become a foster parent, a housing association that failed to move her into a bigger home and even an employment tribunal judge.

The cases are said by experts to have cost public bodies more than £1 million in payouts, out-of-court settlements and court costs. ...

Legal experts said the cases demonstrated that the tribunal system was unable to cope with the growing "compensation culture", and in particular with serial litigants. ...

During her time as a teacher, Miss Sivanandan set out her views on race in an article for a magazine published by the Inner London Education Authority.

She argued that teachers needed "to spend less time assuming our anti-racism and spend more time challenging our own racism" and "demand time in school to reflect and think about issues as basic as the racism of the English language".
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Police 'cover up Muslim crimes'
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 12 June 2011

Police are accused of "covering up" a campaign of abuse, threats and violence that is aimed at "Islamicising" a London borough.

Victims say officers in Tower Hamlets have ignored or played down hate crimes – and disregarded evidence implicating Muslims in them – for fear of being accused of racism. ... ...

Teachers in several schools said they felt "under pressure" from Muslim extremists, who mounted campaigns to enforce the compulsory wearing of the veil for Muslim girls. ... ...

"Another Labour councillor said the Met was now the reverse of what it must have been like in the 1970s, with a complete lack of interest when white people make complaints of harassment and hatred."
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UK's 204,000 passports giveaway
Tom Morgan
Daily Express, 11 June 2011

Britain handed out passports at the "astonishing" rate of almost two every five minutes to make it the most open country in Europe to immigrants.

New research showed yesterday that an incredible 204,000 foreign nationals won British citizenship in 2009 – the highest across the continent.

That is 50 per cent more than second-placed France which let 136,000 become citizens.

It is more than double the 96,000 given the right to become German. Both countries are vastly bigger than the UK.

The figures, from the EU's statistical wing Eurostat, came in the week the same body released predictions that the UK would leapfrog France and Germany to become the most populated EU country by 2060.

An estimated 79 million people would be crammed in. ...

Yesterday's figures revealed that UK passports were handed to more one in four of the 776,000 new citizens welcomed into the EU in 2009.

The EU total marked a 77,000 rise – 11 per cent – on the previous 12 months. The figure of 203,600 ushered into the UK was 74,000 – 57 per cent – up on the 2008 figure of 129,300.

The huge rise can be partially accounted for by the "virtual amnesty" granted to asylum seekers whose files were discovered in a backlog of nearly 450,000 applications in 2006.

The majority of those getting British passports were Indians with 13 per cent – 26,500 – followed by 21,000 Pakistanis and 12,000 from both Bangladesh and the Philippines.
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We can't go on pouring water down the drain
Geoffrey Lean
Daily Telegraph, 11 June 2011

And there are much bigger shocks to come. South-east England, even in normal times, has less water per head than Syria or the Sudan, yet is projected to gain another 1.5 million homes in the next 15 years. By then, the Institute for Public Policy Research has predicted, the region will be suffering permanent water rationing. Climate change is expected to make things worse, with more scorching summers and annual rainfall plunging by half.
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17m more to swamp open-door UK
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 9 June 2011

Britain will squeeze in 79 million people by 2060 to become the most heavily populated country in the EU, experts warned yesterday.

Despite being far smaller than Germany and France, the UK will leapfrog them in population size and add 17 million citizens because of immigration and soaring numbers of pensioners.

The figures, published by EU statisticians, revealed an estimated 27 per cent rise which will fuel concerns that public services will be overwhelmed.

They underline warnings about the UK's ticking pensions timebomb by showing that the number of people who are 65 and older is set to rocket from 11.8 million to almost 20 million.

But net immigration – the number entering the country minus those leaving – will still be the main driver for population growth.

The EU statistical office, Eurostat, says more than half the UK increase – 10 million people – will be as a direct consequence of immigration.

The statistics will add to mounting anger over Britain's open-door immigration policy. According to official figures, 1,440 migrants currently move here every day.

Tory MP Nicholas Soames, who formed the Balanced Migration campaign group with Labour's Frank Field, is calling for a limit on the UK population to be held at 65 million.

He said: "We have seen this coming. The Government needs to control the whole immigration structure a lot more carefully. We have to monitor the number of people coming and going in fine detail."

Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP's immigration spokesman, said: "These figures are truly frightening for a geographically small country like the UK. This level of population growth is simply unsustainable.

"The UK faces ever increasing pressure on its housing, roads, transport systems, education and health services, and its infrastructure and public services generally.

"Without mass immigration the UK population would stabilise and then slightly decline to a more manageable level."