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Faith schools could be radicalising students
Duncan Gardham and Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 31 December 2012

More than 100 independent faith schools may be radicalising students, the Department for Education has warned in a secret memo which admits that officials are struggling to tackle extremism in state and private schools.

Behind closed doors there are concerns about 118 "socially conservative" independent faith schools – the vast majority of them Muslim – where pupils may be encouraged to cut themselves off from mainstream society. ...

The government's counter-radicalisation strategy, called "Prevent", warned last year that some people who were supportive of terrorist groups and ideologies had "sought and sometimes gained positions in schools".
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David Cameron to miss key immigration target, says report
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 30 December 2012

David Cameron is likely to miss his key pledge of reducing the number of people coming into Britain to fewer than 100,000 a year, according to a new study.

A leading think tank predicts that "net" migration will continue its downward trend in 2013 but will start rising again in the following year.

The report, from the Left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), is a blow for the Prime Minister, who pledged in 2011 to get net migration – the difference between the number of people entering Britain and those leaving – down to the "tens of thousands" before the general election in May 2015.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has introduced new restrictions, including a clampdown on student visas and curbs on the numbers allowed in from outside the European Union to work and to join family members.

The efforts received an apparent boost when figures last month from the Office for National Statistics showed that net migration fell to 183,000 in the 12 months to March 2012, down from 242,000 the previous year.

In the biggest drop for four years, the number of foreign students coming to Britain fell by eight per cent, the number of new foreign workers was down by nine per cent, and the number of migrants from outside the EU fell by seven per cent.

However, the IPPR annual report on migration warns that the downward trend is likely to continue only into next year, with net migration falling to 140,000.

It predicts that the total will then start rising as ministers run out of options to cut numbers further. It forecasts that the Government will miss Mr Cameron's key target, but points out that final totals for the 12 months up to February 2015 will not be available until after the general election.

In 2014, a new wave of Eastern European citizens will gain the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain under the EU's "freedom of movement" rules. Bulgarians and Romanians – with a total population of 29 million – have had restricted rights to come to Britain since they joined the EU in 2007, but those limits end on Dec 31, 2013.

Sarah Mulley, the associate director of the IPPR, said: "Although net migration will fall next year, the Government is fast running out of options for further restricting non-EU immigration in any significant way. ...

The "tens of thousands" pledge is not official government policy because of disagreement between Conservatives and Liberal Democrat ministers.
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Revealed: 3 in 4 of Britain's danger doctors are trained abroad
Ben Leach and Laura Donnelly
Sunday Telegraph, 30 December 2012

The vast majority of doctors who have been struck off in the past five years were trained abroad, new figures from the General Medical Council show. ...

The revelations will add to concerns that NHS patients are not adequately protected from health professionals from countries where training is less rigorous than in the UK, and from those who are unfamiliar with basic medical practices in this country.

The figures, disclosed for the first time and obtained by The Sunday Telegraph using freedom of information laws, show:

• Three quarters of doctors struck off the medical register this year were trained abroad.

• Doctors trained overseas are five times more likely to be struck off than those trained in the UK.

• The country with the biggest single number of doctors who have been removed or suspended from the medical register, is India, followed by Nigeria and Egypt.

In total, 669 doctors have been either struck off or suspended by the GMC over the last five years.

Of those, only 249 were British (37 per cent) while 420 (63 per cent) were trained abroad – whereas one-third of doctors on the register were trained abroad, and two-thirds in Britain. ...

There are around 253,000 doctors on the medical register. Around 92,000 were trained abroad, an increase of around 2,000 over the past year.

Of those, more than 25,000 were trained in Europe and around 67,000 were trained in other countries.
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Central Asian migrants change the face of Moscow
Mansur Mirovalev
Yahoo! News, 30 December 2012

The old Moscow, populated largely by Slavs, is rapidly giving way to a multi-ethnic city where Muslims from Central Asia are the fastest growing sector of the population. And they are changing the face of Moscow as their numbers rise and they move up the career ladder, taking on more visible roles in society.

Muslim women wearing hijabs are a growing sight on the capital's shopping streets. Bearded men sport Muslim skullcaps and hang trinkets with Koranic verses in their cars. Many more are non-practicing Muslims who blend in with secular attire, although their darker skin, accented speech and foreign customs often provoke frowns from native Muscovites. Meanwhile, their children – some born and raised in the capital – throng kindergartens and schools.

Russia's Federal Migration Service estimates that about 9.1 million foreigners arrived in Russia to work in 2011. More than a third came from three impoverished Central Asian countries that were once part of the Soviet Union: About 2 million from Uzbekistan, 1 million from Tajikistan and more than 500,000 from Kyrgyzstan. Local experts say the number of Central Asian arrivals is at least twice as high. And hundreds of thousands of Central Asians have already acquired Russian passports and are off the migration services' radar.

The Central Asian migration has been the driving force in boosting Russia's Muslim population to more than 20 million, from some 14 million 10 years ago – a phenomenon experts call one of the most radical demographic makeovers Russia has ever seen.

"Today, we're standing on the verge of a powerful demographic explosion, a great migration period equal to the one that took place in the first centuries A.D.," said Vyacheslav Mikhailov, a former minister for ethnic issues and a presidential adviser on ethnic policies.

Muslims are expected to account for 19 percent of Russia's population by 2030, up from 14 percent of the current population of 142 million, according to the U.S. government's National Intelligence Council report on global trends published this month.

"Russia's greatest demographic challenge could well be integrating its rapidly growing ethnic Muslim population in the face of a shrinking ethnic Russian population," the report said. The changing ethnic mix "already appears to be a source of growing social tensions."

By the most conservative estimates, 2 million Muslims now live in Moscow, a city of nearly 12 million.
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It's two years away, but the 2015 election is already lost
Paul Goodman
Sunday Telegraph, 30 December 2012

Two years out from 2015, one fact is already evident: David Cameron will not win an overall majority. ...

There are four main reasons why 2013 will be a mere staging-post (and an uneventful one in electoral terms) on a journey towards, in all likelihood, a Labour-led government. The first of these apocalyptic horsemen is the Conservatives' plight among ethnic minority voters. That it is probably the least significant is no comfort for the Tories. In 2001, one in 10 voters were members of an ethnic minority. By 2050, that will have risen to one in five. Yet Mr Cameron's party scraped a paltry 16 per cent among these voters in 2010, and that total is likely to fall even lower. Pakistani-origin Muslims, black voters, and Indian-origin Hindus have spread from Labour's urban heartlands into the marginal suburban seats the Tories need to win.

The Conservatives thus face the threat of demographic marginalisation that helped do for Mitt Romney in the United States this year. Extensive polling by Lord Ashcroft has demonstrated that policy alone is not the answer. Memories of Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech (a phrase which its maker didn't use) and of Norman Tebbit's cricket test linger.

Downing Street is alert to the problem. An energetic party vice-chairman, Alok Sharma MP, has been put in charge of a drive to raise support. But aware though it may be, No 10 is still not aware enough.
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2012 Recap. Mixed marriages - good or bad?
Daria Manina
Voice of Russia, 29 December 2012

Sociologists say that the number of marriages between representatives of various ethnic and religious groups is growing. The opinions about mixed marriages are split. In countries with unsettled migrant issues the above-mentioned issue is very acute.

Two opinions prevail in the assessment of mixed marriages. Some people believe that such marriages are a motor of progress. They believe that children born to such families are cleverer and more beautiful. Besides, national borders become non-existent in such marriages. An age psychologist, Anzhela Kalistratova, says:

"There is a certain plus for children in such marriages. They learn more about the culture of different peoples and their spiritual world becomes richer. They see that what matters here is a person's character, not nationality. Thus, children become more tolerant and adequate in this aspect. In the future they will be absolutely tolerant towards mixed marriages."

However, there are other points of view. In mixed marriages national traditions prevail one way or another, sociologists say, Hence, a child has to make a choice. Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Sociology and Demography at the Sociological Faculty at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) Alexander Sinelnikov says:

"One must not think that mixed marriages lead to the emergence of mankind without nationality. Finally, children will face a task to choose a nationality, and it may happen that the society will regard them as their own or will regard them as aliens. As a result, they suffer."

Geneticists are sending alarming signals too, saying that if parents were brought up in the different from the point of view of ecology and climate zones, their kids will be more subject to immune diseases. Mixed marriages are not always favoured by the people around them, a sociologist, Anatoly Golubovsky, says.

"As regards to the society, what matters here is the level of xenophobia. Besides, there is such a phenomenon as a civil nation. An Algerian citizen living in France for dozens of years regards himself as a French citizen. People always get confused with political, civil, ethnic and nation definitions."

As practice shows, citizenship does not always guarantee success. Even if migrants have passports of the country of their residence, they prefer to settle on ethnic or religious grounds. This is how Chinese, Arab, and Italian quarters emerge outside the borders of migrants' historical land. While coming into contact with the indigenous population, migrants do not feel well either. In a number of countries enmity towards mixed marriages is based on cultural degradation and the fear of being oppressed.

A situation emerging inside a mixed family as well as the interaction between such families is not well studied yet. The factual collapse of multiculturalism the modern European society has faced is only aggravating the situation. However, experts say that this phenomenon should be carefully analyzed.
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Racial matching in adoption a white obsession, poll shows
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2012

White people are far more likely to think that children need to be adopted by families from their own racial background than people from ethnic minorities are, a study shows.

The research for the thinktank British Future offers support to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove's controversial moves to speed up the adoption process by eliminating ethnic "matching". ...

Current laws - which Mr Gove is in the process of repealing - require social workers and adoption agencies to consider a child's ethnic and religious background when placing them with new families to prevent them suffering an "identity crisis".

But the polling found that almost half of non-white people believe that race should not be factor at all in adoption - a view held by only a third of white people.

Equally 47 per cent of white people polled think that the authorities should "ideally" find a racial or religious match for children.

But only 29 per cent of people from ethnic minority backgrounds thought this.
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Miliband set for policy clash with his own MPs: Labour leader plans to woo middle Britain with tougher stance on immigration
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 28 December 2012

Labour MPs remain firmly opposed to curbs on immigration and red tape, a survey reveals today - as Ed Miliband pledges to unveil a string of policies to woo middle Britain. ...

Mr Miliband insists he has learned 'hard truths' about what Labour 'got wrong' on issues like immigration in the past.

In recent weeks Mr Miliband has flirted with taking a tougher stance on immigration without spelling out how he would limit the number of migrants coming to the UK.

But a new Ipsos/Mori survey suggests that his own MPs remain opposed to a crackdown on immigration.

Some 49 per cent of Labour MPs surveyed said that placing any restriction on immigration would harm the competitiveness of Britain's economy. Just 22 per cent said immigration controls would not be damaging.

By contrast, 82 per cent of Conservative MPs said that immigration restrictions would not harm the economy.
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Migrants strangle France alive
Sergei Vasilenkov
Pravda, 28 December 2012

It seems that migration policies of a leading country in Europe, France, are seriously changing. The country is no longer able to hold back the crowd of migrants, many of whom do not want to integrate into the social and economic life of their new home country. The upcoming radical changes for migrants were announced by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

After a meeting on the National Immigration and Integration, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced significant changes in the country's migration policy. The government will reduce financial assistance to immigrants, and this reduction will be substantial. ...

One of the main provisions of the new immigration rules in France is the reduction of unemployment benefits. ...

... Manuel Valls said that the previous immigration policy did not lead to the desired effect, and the existing outreach programs for immigrants do not work as they were expected to, therefore, the rules must be changed. If this is not done, the costs for the maintenance of migrants now paid by the French Treasury will continue to devastate the economy of France that is already suffering from the crisis caused by international factors. ...

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, in the second half of 2010, France was home to over five million migrant workers, or about 8 percent of the total population. The largest number of migrants arriving in France, according to the data for 2007, was from Algeria, Morocco and Portugal. In 2011, French citizenship was granted to 66,000 people. It is getting increasingly more difficult for the government to provide financial assistance to migrants, given that many of them do not work or study. In fact, this is not surprising given the amount of aid that the government was ready to provide to its new citizens.
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French government cuts immigrants welfare by 83%
EU Times, 28 December 2012

It seems that migration policies of a leading country in Europe, France, are seriously changing. The country is no longer able to hold back the crowd of migrants, many of whom do not want to integrate into the social and economic life of their new home country. The upcoming radical changes for migrants were announced by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

After a meeting on the National Immigration and Integration, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced significant changes in the country's migration policy. The government will reduce financial assistance to immigrants, and this reduction will be substantial. Starting March 1 of next year, French immigrant benefits will be reduced by 83 percent. The amount of compensation to immigrants who voluntarily want to return home will be also reduced. If earlier the government paid 300 euros for every adult and 100 euros for every minor, in March of 2013 these amounts will be reduced to 50 and 30 euros, respectively.

One of the main provisions of the new immigration rules in France is the reduction of unemployment benefits. New rules will directly affect many of the immigrants who do not want to be of real assistance to the country and whose main goal is the existence at the expense of French taxpayers. Now immigrants who are EU citizens receive an allowance of 2,000 euros per adult and 1,000 euros per child.

Under the new policy, according to Valls, the payments will be reduced to 500 and 200 euros, respectively. Manuel Valls said that the previous immigration policy did not lead to the desired effect, and the existing outreach programs for immigrants do not work as they were expected to, therefore, the rules must be changed. If this is not done, the costs for the maintenance of migrants now paid by the French Treasury will continue to devastate the economy of France that is already suffering from the crisis caused by international factors. ...

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, in the second half of 2010, France was home to over five million migrant workers, or about 8 percent of the total population. The largest number of migrants arriving in France, according to the data for 2007, was from Algeria, Morocco and Portugal. In 2011, French citizenship was granted to 66,000 people. It is getting increasingly more difficult for the government to provide financial assistance to migrants, given that many of them do not work or study. In fact, this is not surprising given the amount of aid that the government was ready to provide to its new citizens.

With a growing number of migrants, mainly from Muslim countries, France is experiencing many internal problems. They include rising unemployment and crime, and increasingly greater sums of money from the state treasury spent on support of migrants and their families, which has a detrimental effect on the economy. Finally, France is simply awash with the migrant population with an alien ideology, reluctant to accept European values and often hostile.
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Extra 20,000 foreign workers could head to the UK
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2012

More than 20,000 foreign workers from outside the EU could flock to Britain to replace Romanian and Bulgarian fruit pickers who will be tempted by better jobs when work restrictions are lifted next year (Dec 2013).

The new wave of overseas workers should be allowed to come from countries including Ukraine, Moldova and Croatia, despite 2.51 million unemployed people in the UK, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) said.

Unemployed Britons tend to be based in cities and few are interested in short-term, seasonal work on farms in rural areas, they added. ...

The Government's immigration advisers are considering the impact on the UK and its seasonal workers on farms once restrictions are lifted and migrants from Romania and Bulgaria can take any job in the UK from January 1 2014.

Numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians living in the UK have already jumped from 29,000 to 155,000 since the two countries joined the EU five years ago, and one Conservative MP, Philip Hollobone, has predicted this could treble again to 425,000 within two years of the restrictions being lifted.
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Church of England should consider opening doors to Muslims and Hindus
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2012

The Church of England should consider opening its doors to congregations from other faiths including Muslims and Hindus, the head of the Countryside Alliance has said.

Sir Barney White-Spunner said he was concerned that churches in villages and towns were falling into disrepair and not being used enough.

He said he was "hugely excited" about opening up churches to other Christian denominations and, in the longer term, other faiths. ...

He added that in his personal view, other faiths could also use churches. He said: "I personally think that in the long run you can extend it further to other faiths. Britain is changing, as the census has shown." ...

While the number of Christians has fallen from 37m to 33m, almost all other major faiths in Britain have seen a rise in their following. The number of Muslims has risen almost doubled to 2.7m, while the number of Hindus has risen from 144,000 to 148,000.

The Church of England said that while it would allow its buildings to be used by worshippers from other Christian denominations, it could not allow them to be used for worshipping other faiths.

Steve Jenkins, head of media for the Church of England, said: "It wouldn't be a Church of England church if it was open to other faiths. They want their own buildings anyway, they don't want to share with us. ..."
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ANC mulls tough plans to curb tide of refugees
Carol Paton
BusinessDay / BDlive, 27 December 2012

The African National Congress (ANC) has once again signalled that it wants to see the country's immigration policy comprehensively reviewed, citing concerns over the abuse of the asylum-seeking system and competition for jobs between foreigners and local unemployed.

Since 1994 South Africa has adopted one of the most liberal immigration policies in the world. This, together with corruption, and poor border and immigration management, has meant that South Africa has the highest number of asylum seekers in the world and an unknown number of illegal immigrants.

But immigration policy has become ambiguous in recent years, with mixed signals coming from the department and ministry of home affairs over its future direction.

Government officials said this week that, in its national conference resolution on peace and stability adopted last week, the ANC stated that undocumented immigrants posed an economic and security threat. The party further believed that the inward flow of low-skilled labour needed to be balanced with the negative effect on employment.

The final wording of the party's resolution has not yet been made available. ... ...

The harder line on immigration was reinforced in the organisational report to the ANC conference last week.
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PM orders new minorities push to stave off Tory election crisis
Nigel Morris
The Independent, 27 December 2012

David Cameron has ordered a drive to increase the number of black and Asian Conservative parliamentary candidates, amid fears within the party that its unpopularity among ethnic minorities could spell disaster at the next election.

The Prime Minister has told colleagues that he regards building support among voters from immigrant backgrounds as the biggest challenge facing the Tories in their quest to "detoxify" their image among large sections of the community.

Senior party figures are pointing to last month's defeat for the Republican candidate Mitt Romney – who was largely shunned by black and Hispanic voters – in the US presidential election as a warning of the costs of ignoring Britain's rapid demographic shifts.

One Conservative MP in a marginal urban seat told The Independent that his party faced an "existential" challenge in responding to the country's changing ethnic make-up. MPs and candidates are being given advice on how to engage with non-white communities by regularly attending key events, being urged to increase their presence in ethnic minority newspapers, radio programmes and television bulletins and to gain expertise on issues that particularly affect such groups. ...

The Reading West MP Alok Sharma, the Tory vice-chairman in charge of the strategy, said Mr Cameron supported increasing the diversity of Conservative parliamentary candidates and MPs. ...

Although the Conservatives increased their number of black and Asian MPs from two to 11 at the last election, alarm bells were sounded in party headquarters by their 16 per cent support among ethnic minorities compared with the 68 per cent picked up by Labour.

Unless they can close the gap, their poor polling among non-white communities threatens their control of between 10 and 15 parliamentary seats and undermines their hopes of capturing 10 to 15 other seats held by Labour with small majorities.

Research presented privately to party leaders revealed that people from Afro-Caribbean and Pakistani backgrounds are most hostile to the Conservatives, but that other ethnic minorities including Sikhs and Hindus – even those who regard themselves as middle class – are resistant to Tory messages.

Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, warned the party could not win the next election without significantly increasing its appeal to minority communities.
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NHS spends £11 million on interpreters
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2012

The NHS spent £17 million on interpreters for non-English speakers last year an increase of almost 15 per cent, research has revealed.

The cost of providing language services to foreign patients has soared in the last few years, with experts warning that cutbacks could save other far more valuable resources. ...

Critics have warned that the provision of translation and interpretation services only serves to perpetuate the language barrier, heightening the divide between foreigners and the rest of the UK. They claim that such services provide little incentive for them to learn English. ...

The figures are based on the responses given by 37 acute hospital trusts. Not all Trusts surveyed were able to provide details of how much such services cost them.

Of the trusts that responded with figures for last year and this year, it emerged that spending had increased by almost 15 per cent from £1.4m to £1.6m.
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52% of Rapes in Rome Committed by Immigrants, 59% in Milan, 40% in Italy
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 26 December 2012

Immigrants account for only 6 percent of Italians, but for an impressive 40 percent of Italy's rapes. 6.3 percent of the rapes in Italy are carried out by Moroccans. The numbers really pack up around urban areas.

In Rome, immigrants are responsible for 52 percent of rapes. In Milan the number goes up to 59 percent. 8 percent of the rapes in Milan are carried out by Egyptians and 7 percent by Moroccans. In Bologna, 53 percent of the rapists were immigrants, of whom 11 percent were Moroccans.

Romanian immigrants still top rape statistics due to the huge number of Romanians who moved to Italy and make up nearly a fifth of its immigrants. But the Romanians do not make up more than a fifth of rape statistics in any city, meaning that despite the seemingly high numbers, Romanians are actually proportionally underrepresented in Italy's rape statistics.

While there are nearly a million Romanians in Italy, there are only half as many Moroccans, but when it comes to rape statistics, Moroccans are only a few points behind Romanians.

Nationwide, 7.8 percent of rapists are Romanians and 6.3 percent are Moroccans, meaning that even though there are only half as many Moroccans as Romanians, they manage to account for only 1.5 percent fewer rapes.
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We're on our way to Britain: A year from now up to 29m Bulgarians and Romanians will have the right to settle in Britain and claim benefits. And these gypsies in the slums of Sofia can hardly wait...
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 24 December 2012

No wonder that in a year's time, when a total of 29 million Bulgarians (and Romanians) gain the right to live, work, and claim state benefits in Britain under EU 'freedom of movement' rules, a great many families from Fakulteta plan to decamp the 1,250 miles to the UK. ...

The latest Census, published this month, reveals how mass immigration has dramatically changed our country. Since EU borders were opened up in 2004, 1,114,368 Eastern Europeans have uprooted to live in England.

Last year, 40,000 Bulgarians and Romanians moved to the UK, joining 130,000 of their countrymen who have settled here during the past decade.

But these numbers are nothing compared with the flood of migrants expected when the rules change in a little over a year's time.

Until now, migrants from the two former communist nations (officially barred from working or claiming benefits in Britain until the freedom of movement rule comes in on January 1, 2014) have neatly exploited a gaping loophole in the EU rules.

It allows Bulgarians and Romanians claiming to be self-employed to get a British national insurance number and a raft of hand-outs, including housing and child benefit.

Many of the new arrivals have worked hard, cornering the market in car-wash companies, for instance.

But others are less industrious, and include Roma gipsies who, remarkably, now sell a third of all copies of the Big Issue.

Even selling one copy a week of the magazine (created to help the British homeless) miraculously gives them self-employed status and allows them to beg with impunity outside shops and on street corners.

Bulgarian and Romanian incomers have been blamed by police in their own countries and in Britain for a massive rise in organised crime, including the trafficking of children to Britain to beg, pickpocket, milk state benefits and even enter the sex trade.

It is estimated that 2,000 children from Romania and Bulgaria are under the control of modern-day Fagins in our major cities.

According to Scotland Yard, a skilful child thief can make up to £100,000 a year 'working' on the streets, buses and Tubes in London – cash that is sent back to Roma villages and towns at home. ...

Meanwhile, Antoaneta Vassileva, head of Bulgaria's National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, warns that the UK is now the EU hot-spot for Roma child pickpockets from her country – a problem that will almost certainly get worse when the rules change in a year's time. ...

The attitude that Britain is a land where benefits flow like milk and honey is commonplace – even though few of these Roma people speak any English and would struggle to point to Britain on a map.
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Netanyahu ready for 'stage 2' in expelling migrants
The Jerusalem Post, 24 December 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday signaled he was ready to begin repatriating African migrants, which he termed the "second stage" in the effort to clear Israel of illegal infiltrators.

"We have succeeded in blocking the entry of infiltrators from Africa to Israel," Netanyahu said at the start of a discussion he convened on the issue. "After having faced the threat of the entry of hundreds of thousands, this month, not one infiltrator entered Israel's cities."

The prime minister said that after workers complete construction of the security fence being built along Israel's southern border next month, Israel will start working to send migrants already in Israel back to their home countries. "Now we are moving on to the second stage, that of repatriating the infiltrators who are already here."

Netanyahu appointed a special representative, Hagai Hadas, to oversee the repatriation of "tens of thousands of infiltrators" to their countries of origin. There are currently an estimated 60,000 migrants residing in Israel, mostly originating from Sudan and Eritrea. Thousands of migrants are being held in detention facilities in the South, with Israel's "infiltrator law" enabling authorities to imprison without trial for up to three years anyone who has entered the country illegally. ...

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) issued a scathing attack on the government policies pertaining to African migrants earlier this month, charging that, inter alia, the State was refusing to examine asylum requests and was instead treating all migrants as illegal.
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On adoption, race does matter
Oona King
The Guardian, 22 December 2012

The government, spurred on by the education secretary, Michael Gove (himself adopted as a baby), is determined to ensure "race doesn't matter" when it comes to finding families for children in care. While Gove's motives are understandable, the Lords committee, on which I sit, decided this week that his main proposal – the end to the obligation on social workers to give "due consideration" to race, religion and ethnicity when assessing adoptions – should be scrapped.

We would all agree with Gove in principle that race shouldn't matter ... But for many black and mixed-race children, ethnicity shapes their experience. To imagine it doesn't is to imagine the earth is flat. I've lived that experience and I know it's real.

But I also know that the single most important thing for a child is a loving family. Sometimes it is difficult to meet both these fundamental needs – for a loving family, and for ethnicity to be acknowledged and at least partially reflected. ...

... But numerous black and mixed-race adopted adults contacted me to say that being adopted into a white family, notwithstanding unconditional parental love, often left them struggling to resolve difficult issues around identity. Obviously some black adoptees don't have this experience, but it was a recurring theme.
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The Labour Party gets tough on immigration, in policy as well as rhetoric
Dan Hodges
Telegraph blog, 21 December 2012

It looks as if Labour really are preparing to walk the walk on immigration. Last week Ed Miliband delivered a speech which – while measured in tone and delivery – laid out some of the hardest policy lines ever drawn on the issue by a Labour leader. A language test for public sector workers. Cuts in translation services. Transitional controls for new EU members. And boldest of all, the prospect of support for an immigration cap.

Then yesterday, the shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper followed up. The focal point of her announcement was uncontroversial, a call to allow Afghan interpreters who have worked for British forces in Afghanistan to settle in the UK. But alongside the compassionate commitment to our allies in the war in terror, she again unveiled a hardening of Labour's immigration policy prospectus, this time in the area of enforcement.

Too little action was being taken to tackle illegal immigration, she said: "People who have entered illegally, absconded from airports or broken the rules undermine the rule of law and badly damage confidence in the entire system. Illegal immigration can also involve criminal exploitation and modern day slavery. Rightly the public feel strongly about this and think it should be the priority for action."

To tackle this, Labour would provide new powers to the UK Border Agency. They would establish a new, dedicated enforcement task force. And they would give the power of immediate arrest to UKBA compliance officers. ...

This is brave stuff for a Labour shadow minister, especially one with long-term designs on the leadership of her party. But again, it is illustrative of the fact that Labour really has decided to grasp the immigration nettle.

Over the coming months Labour is going to try to seize control of the immigration debate, and reshape it. The plan is a simple one – to begin to draw a distinction between "good" and "bad" migration. The case will be made forcefully for the benefits of skilled migration: "Bringing more talented students from China or Brazil to learn at Britain's top universities not only brings in substantial investment in the short term," Cooper said yesterday, "it also helps Britain build cultural and economic links with the future leaders of the fastest growing economies on earth. In total foreign students bring in £8bn a year."

But at the same time Labour will also be moving to recast itself as the hammer of the illegal immigration industry, the scourge of the people traffickers and the nemesis of the 21st-century white slavers. ...

Labour believes they will be helped to shape this message by the Coalition. Shadow ministers regard the Government's migration cap as too blunt an instrument, and one that will be seen to have failed as net migration begins to rise again in advance of the election.

But they also recognise the benefit of caps and targets for reassuring a nervous electorate that ministers have immigration under a semblance of control. Which is why, Labour insiders say, Ed Miliband has finally been won round to the case for some form of migration limit.
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Illegal immigration from C. America on the rise
Juan A. Lozano
Christian Science Monitor, 21 December 2012

From October 2011 to July 31, agents apprehended more than 40,000 non-Mexican migrants, compared to about 39,000 individuals from Mexico. Most of the 40,000 were from Central America.

The number of non-Mexican migrants apprehended during the same 10-month period a year earlier was about 16,000.
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Anger over the hidden 200,000 migrants who slip into Britain
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 20 December 2012

Taxpayers are facing a growing bill for a hidden 200,000 migrants a year who slip into Britain without being officially recorded in population figures, council chiefs warned last night.

The annual influx, equivalent to a city the size of York or Peterborough, is said to be an increasing burden on services.

But the migrants are not counted in official estimates because they only remain in Britain for less than 12 months, according to figures released yesterday.

The extent of the "short-term migrants" was raised in research based on the 2011 Census commissioned by three local authorities.

Westminster Council said at least 6,900 short-term migrants were living within its borders at any one time.

Providing services such as schooling, refuse collection and supporting rough sleepers was costing an estimated £2 million a year. ...

Council officials estimated that the total number of short-term migrants across Britain last year was 195,074. They were not included in the annual figure for net migration, which was 183,000 in the 12 months to last March.

And as well as the short-term migrants, around 442,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to be living in London alone.

As a result, the councils fear the Government is hugely underestimating the true cost of immigration to council taxpayers around Britain. ...

Meanwhile, David Cameron was yesterday warned that Britain faces a fresh surge of immigrants when visa restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians are lifted in January 2014.

At Prime Minister's Questions, Tory backbencher Philip Hollobone urged him to consider using emergency EU rules to further delay the introduction of freedom-of-movement for citizens of the two new EU member nations.

Mr Hollobone urged the PM to "look seriously at triggering the national interest clauses to stem this new flow, especially for those with criminal records or who seek access to our benefit system".

Mr Cameron promised to look at the suggestion but warned the "national interest" clauses could only be triggered in cases of extreme emergency.
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Nearly 4,000 foreigners waiting to be deported from the UK are living freely in the community, the Government has said.
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2012

Mark Harper, the Immigration Minister, said a total of 3,980 foreign nationals who should have been deported were on the streets in the year to September.

Officials were struggling to remove the migrants for a variety of reasons, including legal issues, appeals over human rights, not knowing which country to send them to and the possibility they may be persecuted when they are returned home.

"We continue to pursue removal in all these cases," he told MPs in a written answer.

"The principal barriers to removal are non-compliance on the part of individuals which means we have insufficient evidence of nationality and identity to obtain a travel a document, ongoing legal challenges and the situations in countries of return."

Nick de Bois, a member of the Commons justice select committee, said the Government seemed powerless to return migrants who should have been deported.
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Romanian gang who caused travel chaos after stealing FOUR MILES of railway cable worth £500,000 are jailed for 23 years
Amanda Williams
Daily Mail, 20 December 2012

Eight Romanian men who stole cable from remote rural railway lines and replaced it with cheap shop bought wire are today beginning combined prison sentences of 23 years.

The men, aged between 19 and 36, plundered rural stretches of the railway line between Evesham, Worcestershire, and Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, causing chaos for commuters.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the organised gang travelled from their homes in the Handsworth and Smethwick areas of Birmingham to target isolated countryside lines. ...

The court heard between 3 November 2011 and 24 May 2012, the gang struck at least 22 times, always at night, and stole a total of about 6,000 metres of cable.

The thieves cost Network Rail between £450,000 and £500,000 to replace and repair the cables and also fines incurred to train operators as a result of the delays and disruption caused.
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Economic success makes Poland destination for immigrants
Paul Henley
BBC, 20 December 2012

Poland is Europe's least multicultural society, but could be on the cusp of becoming a destination for a new wave of migrants. ...

Venture a kilometre or two outside the historic centre of Warsaw and you do not have to look very hard to see how profoundly the capital is changing.

Bakalarska Market is a vast clothes, electrical and food retail centre run almost exclusively by non-Poles.

Music and voices from Vietnam, Bulgaria, Turkey, Nigeria, China, Ukraine and Belarus are proof of a nascent ethnic mix that would have been unimaginable until recently. ...

Eurostat figures show only 0.1% of people in Poland were born abroad, the lowest figure in the European Union. ...

Professor Krystyna Iglicka is an economist at the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw and advisor to the government on immigration.

"We need hard-working immigrants", she says, "eager to contribute to this nation. Ironically, we need exactly the same people you [the UK] got from us in the year 2004."

Just as western Europe got the ubiquitous "Polish plumber", she says, Poland got the Ukrainian nanny and the Belarusian builder.

And she hopes they are the front-runners of many more.
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Amnesty: migrant abuse in Greece is 'humanitarian crisis'
Nikolaj Nielsen
EUobserver, 20 December 2012

The poor treatment of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece is a humanitarian disaster, says a report released on Wednesday (19 December) by Amnesty International.

"Greece's failure to respect the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers is taking on the proportions of a humanitarian crisis," said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia programme director at Amnesty International, in a statement. ...

Greece, which is facing a profound economic crisis and a rise in xenophobia, has not demonstrated sufficient improvements on processing asylum seekers, says the report. ...

Meanwhile, racially motivated attacks against asylum seekers, irregular migrants, as well as unofficial mosques and community shops are on the rise.

The NGO says there have been 87 documented incidents between January and September 2012 but most go unreported.
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U.S. Spends $500 Mil to Racially Diversify Medical Fields
Judicial Watch, 20 December 2012

While the U.S. government commits senseless acts like skimping on consulate security in violent North African countries, it spends $500 million to help minorities – especially blacks – enter biomedical research fields where lack of diversity is "disturbing and disheartening."

The grand plan was announced this month by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation's medical research agency. As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH doles out north of $31 billion annually to hundreds of thousands of researchers at thousands of universities and institutions around the globe.

Last year the NIH sanctioned a study that determined blacks who apply for federal research grants are less likely than whites and Hispanics to receive the awards. The study took years and was conducted to "learn more about the challenges facing the scientific community," according to the NIH's director, and to improve the diversity of its biomedical research workforce. He called the findings "disturbing and disheartening."

That's because from 2000 to 2006, black researchers who applied for NIH grants were 10% less likely than whites to get the awards, according to the study, which is among the few to focus solely on the racial and ethnic composition of federal research funding applicants. Of additional concern is the low number of "non-white applicants" who apply for the public grants in the first place, the study found. ...

To right this wrong the NIH has created a 10-year plan that will dedicate $50 million annually to support hundreds of minority students with scholarships, research experiences and even graduate loan repayment. The agency will also create a new committee that makes "diversity a core consideration of NIH governance" and ensures fairness in the peer review system that erases "unconscious bias related to disparities in research awards." The plan also implements "implicit bias and diversity awareness training."
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Xenophobia Upside: Ethnic And Religious Diversity Correlated To Less Environmental Action
Science 2.0, 20 December 2012

When is diversity a bad thing? When it comes to environmental action, according to a new paper from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Scandinavian countries, low in ethnic and religious diversity, take more collective action than more diverse nations, like the UK, China and the United States. But the UEA paper frames diversity using the more negative term 'fragmentation'.

Americans may love separation of church and state and the mix of multiple religions in the USA but Dr. Elissaios Papyrakis, a senior lecturer in UEA's School of International Development and a senior researcher at Vrije Universiteit in Holland, found that religious diversity has an even greater detrimental impact on environmental performance than ethnic diversity.

Papyrakis gathered data on ethnicity, religion, industry, income and population density, and then more subjective measures like conflict and control of corruption, for 127 developed and developing countries and then matched them to environmental performance. He then created a metric for what influences a country's environmental performance and investment in protection measures and whether this is associated with social diversity.

The data analyzed was for the period between 1960 and 2006, the most recent available to him. ...

Although numerous factors influence environmental performance simultaneously, ethnic and religious diversity alone can explain a substantial part of the differences observed in environmental performance across countries. For example, an ethnically fragmented country such as Tanzania invests 11 per cent less for the future (adjusted net savings) compared to other Sub-Saharan African countries, such as Madagascar, that are not diverse.

Papyrakis believes that "social fragmentation has a negative effect on environmental performance. Countries that are either ethnically or religiously diverse tend to under-invest in environmental protection, even when one controls for differences in income and industrial activity, for example. ..." ...

Dr Papyrakis said the findings have significant policy implications, especially if you believe a hive mind of collective action on one policy issue trumps cultural openness: "Policy-makers need to promote collective action and communication among different groups, acknowledging that investment for the public benefit often requires broad social consensus and solidarity.

"The question of what makes some countries more successful than others in managing their environment is certainly one of the most fascinating environmental economists can ask, but also one that is difficult to answer due to the interaction between several factors. This analysis is a first step in exploring the intriguing relationship between ethnic and religious diversity and the environment."
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Up to 90,000 students 'in Britain illegally': Thousands fail to attend courses and some don't even register
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 19 December 2012

Ministers have been notified of up to 90,000 foreign students who may be living in Britain illegally.

Audits by universities and colleges have thrown up tens of thousands of students who may have broken the rules by failing to attend their courses or even register. ...

UK Border Agency chief executive Rob Whiteman told the Home Affairs committee it had received 90,000 notifications since the Summer.

He said: 'We are now working through them. We have a new team in the new year in the Liverpool area which includes some DVLA staff transferring over and those 90,000 notifications we have received will be processed by the end of March in terms of triaging them, making a decision on whether there's important information in them.

'Because the student notifications are greater than we expected - the London Met position led to a great many notifications coming through - we have created an additional team.'

Immigration Minister Mark Harper told the Committee that revoking London Met's highly-trusted status had served as 'a lesson' to colleges and universities over 'what would happen if they didn't meet their sponsorship requirements'.

'I think perhaps if they weren't taking that seriously I think they will do now,' he said.

Mr Whiteman also admitted that the Agency had found a backlog of 50,000 applications from immigrants which have not been entered into the UKBA database.
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Lords committee rejects Michael Gove claim that race holding up adoptions
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 19 December 2012

Race should still be taken into account when children are placed for adoption despite Michael Gove's efforts speed up the process by disregarding ethnicity, peers have concluded.

A House of Lords committee said it was "not convinced" by the Education Secretary's argument that the current rules encouraging social workers to try to place children with families from their own ethnic background were causing delays.

And it described the Government's efforts to speed up the process by placing children with foster parents likely to go on to adopt them as a "missed opportunity".

Mr Gove, who was himself adopted as a child, has repeatedly criticised social workers for seemingly allowing a fixation with finding the "perfect match" to stand in the way of identifying stable and loving homes for children.

He said earlier this year that it was "simply disgraceful" to allow the search for families from the same ethnic background to become a barrier to adoption.

But, in a report published today, the Lords committee which scrutinised proposed legal changes on adoption said it had doubts that the issue was a major problem.

Baroness Butler-Sloss, the chair of the committee, said: "We do not agree with the Government's proposal to remove the requirement to consider ethnicity when matching children with families.

"We have not been convinced that this process causes significant delay and we are concerned that to remove the requirement entirely might send a message to those working in the field that these issues do not matter, when clearly they are all components of a child's identity.

"We believe that race, religion, culture and language should continue to be taken into account when placing children in new homes."

It also concluded that the current "fostering for adoption" plans did not go far enough.

An Ofsted report in April found "little evidence" that an obsession with finding a racial match was a significant problem.

It found that repetitive and bureaucratic court proceedings were the main cause of delay in adoptions, not foot-dragging by social workers.
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'Don't blame migrants for Britain's troubles': Tony Blair delivers series of thinly-veiled warnings to Ed Miliband
James Chapman
Daily Mail, 19 December 2012

Tony Blair yesterday delivered a series of thinly-veiled warnings to Ed Miliband over Labour's positions on immigration, welfare reform and the Leveson Report.

In a highly unusual intervention into British politics, the former prime minister declined to say whether he would campaign for the Labour leader at the next election expected in 2015.

Days after Mr Miliband claimed previous Labour governments had done 'too little' to deal with the impact of mass immigration, Mr Blair defended his record and warned that debate on the issue should be 'handled with care'.

Rejecting suggestions that it had been a mistake to open the door to migrants from new EU members in eastern Europe, Mr Blair said: 'People look back and say you should have done more to restrict particularly Eastern European immigration.

'I look back on that, and you can have a debate about it, but personally I think the Polish community contributes a lot to this country. In many ways immigrants do a lot for our country. They bring fresh energy, fresh initiative and I think it will be a sad day if we end up targeting them.

'Of course it has to be controlled, and illegal immigration has to be tackled head on. But overall I think immigration has been good for Britain and most immigrants have assimilated well.

So don't make them a scapegoat for our problems.'
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Two thirds of Germans believe immigrants are an 'extra burden' which have caused 'serious problems' for the country
Allan Hall
Daily Mail, 19 December 2012

Two in three Germans believe immigrants have caused 'serious' problems for the country's social services and schools.

The poll - commissioned by the respected Bertelsmann Foundation think tank - shows two thirds of people say immigrants are an 'extra burden' on the country's social services system.

Two thirds of people quizzed in the survey also believe that incomers are a source of conflict with 'native' Germans and cause problems.

There is a widespread belief that in big cities like Berlin and Duesseldorf, where there are high concentrations of Turkish people, the foreign children 'hold back' natives because of their lack of German skills.

The poll comes after official figures showed immigration had leaped to its highest level in 16 years in 2011.

Almost a million people arrived in Germany, many of them from Spain and Greece as well as the new Eastern European states now in the European Union, such as Poland.

Around 163,000 Poles moved to Germany in 2011 and 41,000 Hungarians. ...

Less than half of Germans who took part in the survey were in favour of relaxing immigration rules or allowing immigrants to take dual nationality.

Pollsters Emnid said the anti immigration views were less marked in under 29s. ...

But almost 90 percent of respondents demanded that immigrants adapt to 'German culture' and seek out a 'good relationship' with the Germans they are living amongst. Fully 96 percent thought that learning German should be made mandatory. ...

The poll comes after a new research revealed that Germany's population is set to soar by 2.2 million by 2017 as immigrants from failing EU states try to take advantage of the country's stable economy.

Around 6.93 million people with only foreign citizenship lived in Germany at the end of 2011 - 177,300 more than a year earlier. Federal Statistical Office figures showed that the increase of 2.6 percent was the highest in 15 years.

Currently there are 4.3 million Muslims in Germany, making up 5.4 percent of the population. Most of these are of Turkish origin, the descendants of the 'Gastarbeiter' or guest workers who flooded to the country after WW2 to fill the manpower vacuum left by the conflict.

The vast majority, some 88 percent, of arrivals moved to Germany from other European Union countries.
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Factors ignored in migration debate
Michael McCarthy
The Guardian, 19 December 2012
[Letter to the Editor]

It's striking that, in his recent speech, Ed Miliband appears to be keenly interested in the language skills of people who move to Britain but has little or nothing to say about their impact on the labour market and wage rates (Attack on Labour's 'English for migrants' plan, 15 December). If you increase the supply of labour, the price of labour shows an extraordinary tendency to be held down or depressed. Did that sound socialist Ralph Miliband never point that out to his son Ed, nor introduce him to the concept of the reserve army of labour?

If Labour is to have any hope of mending its fences with people at the bottom of the heap who face stiff competition in the labour market from, for example, recent arrivals from eastern Europe, it will have to address a good deal more than language issues. In particular, it will have to address the absurd EU dogma that the disruptive consequences of the free movement of capital can be counterbalanced by the free movement of labour; the latter actually increases the economic pressures on the most vulnerable and disempowered members of host communities.

... To pretend ... that sizable, economically driven movements of population pose little more than linguistic and cultural problems, is to propagate myths which facilitate the toxic race to the bottom; it also enables the blame for the consequences of neoliberal policies to be passed on to its victims for their supposed inflexibility, xenophobia, ghetto mentality, bigotry or worse.
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Scandal of UK's 863,000 illegal in four of the EU's total
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 18 December 2012

Britain's illegal immigrant population is the highest in Europe, official figures have revealed.

The country could be home to almost 900,000 "irregular migrants", expert studies show.

The alarming figure is 400,000 more than second-place Italy and means the UK houses nearly one in four of the EU's unauthorised population.

Critics last night said it was further evidence that the Government needs to regain control of its borders.

The stark statistics are contained in a European Commission research project which tried to quantify the number of illegal immigrants in each EU country in 2008.

The figures are highlighted within a controversial House of Lords report published today which, despite the figures, calls on the Government to "engage" more closely with the EU's passport-free Schengen Area.

The House of Lords EU committee said it "regrets" the Government's "negative attitude to such cooperation and hope they will reconsider".

But critics fear that removing passport requirements for travellers heading for the UK from Europe would aid more illegal immigration.

Talking about the EC research project figures, Labour MP Frank Field – the co-chairman of cross-party group Balanced Migration – said: "If this estimate comes from the European Commission which advocates migration, just think what the true level must be.

"The Home Office needs to strengthen its team throwing out people who shouldn't be here."

Euro MP, Gerard Batten of Ukip said: "This is an astonishing number and if that was the scale of the problem in 2008 what on earth will it be like now?

"My everyday experience as an London MEP shows that this is probably a gross underestimate. We need to take back control of our borders from Europe and bring in the kind of measures that will cut the size of the problem."
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DHS to Create a Class of *Undocumented* Permanent Resident Aliens in 2013
David North
Center for Immigration Studies, 17 December 2012

Starting on February 1, 2013, America will have a new legal class of aliens – they will be undocumented permanent resident aliens.

This bizarre new category of immigrant was created by a notice in the December 14 Federal Register by order of United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

I discovered this startling anomaly simply by reading the fine print of the Federal Register announcement; I have seen nothing else in print about it.

These aliens will have all the rights of other legal immigrants, but they will not have the government form commonly called a green card to prove it. And it is all perfectly OK with the government. Though the term "undocumented permanent resident alien" is not mentioned as such in the publication, that is, in fact, what these aliens will be.

What USCIS has done is to announce that it will start collecting a previously authorized, but never-collected $165 fee on Department of State-cleared immigrants as they arrive in the United States on and after February 1, 2013. But unlike most government fees it is not, strictly speaking, a mandatory one. The Federal Register announcement states:

Failure to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee will not directly result in denial of admission to the United States as an immigrant or the loss of status as an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence. However, USCIS will not issue a Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) to an individual who is subject to the USCIS Immigrant Fee until the individual has remitted the fee. Failure to obtain the Form I-551 will make it difficult for the individual ... to show that he or she is authorized to accept employment in the United States or to return to the United States from temporary foreign travel.

This is ridiculous. If the government is going to levy a fee on incoming immigrants and they don't pay, they simply should be stopped at the port-of-entry. But, no, DHS does not want to inconvenience any arriving immigrants by demanding payment so it has created a class of undocumented green carders.

The $165 fee (admittedly in addition to earlier ones) is a screaming bargain giving the new arrival full access to the American labor market and other valuable privileges as a legal resident of this nation.

The fee could have been collected as early as September 24, 2010, but wasn't because of a lack of coordination between the Department of State and DHS; that error has cost the U.S. Government $166,000,000 based on the government's own figures, indicating that typically 36,000 immigrants a month come from overseas, and that there was a 28-month gap between the fee's authorization and its first planned collection.
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Where does Danny Boyle's Britain go from here?
Matthew d'Ancona
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2012

This is why Ed Miliband's intelligent speech on Friday repays study. Not for the first time, the Labour leader apologised for the failure of the last government to manage immigration successfully. As he is well aware, many more expressions of regret will be necessary. When Damian Green was appointed immigration minister in 2010, he requested a thorough briefing on border control from officials and was told: "It's worse than you think." ...

... The Prime Minister has promised to bring net migration down to "tens of thousands". If I were Cameron, I would drop that target, just as George Osborne has adapted his goals for the structural deficit and for debt. When a nation is trying to ward off a triple-dip recession, it needs maximum flexibility – not least when it comes to labour mobility.

Notice, however, that these are administrative questions. It is a simple statement of fact that we live in a profoundly pluralistic society, dynamic rather than static, a mosaic rather than a monolith. ...

And there are many reasons why this is a good thing: if you don't share my enthusiasm for the cultural enrichment of modern Britain – the Britain of Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony – you can at least celebrate the economic fruits of population mobility. ...

... In his call for integration, the Labour leader correctly rejected both assimilation (compared by the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, to life in a country house where all must dress identically for dinner) and separation (or as the Labour leader put it, life in a hotel where "you are simply a paying guest who can put the 'do not disturb' sign outside the door"). ...

No subject attracts platitudes and bromides like this one. Even so, a sharp strategic divide is emerging between the two main parties on integration – a divide that needs to be excavated from all the polite language and Whitehall jargon. ...

Control of immigration is essentially a question of efficiency: building an administrative machine that works. The nurturing of integration is infinitely more complex. It is a matter of simple observation that we inhabit a pluralistic society, a house of many mansions. What takes courage is to identify, and insist upon, the points of non-negotiable conformity: the area of common ground beyond obedience to the law. There is no issue more delicate, or more pressing, for the 21st-century politician than this, for at its core pulses the most basic question of all: in an age of hectic change, how are we to live? Answers on a postcard, please.
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Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents [part 1]
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 16 December 2012

The future will be another country. They will do things differently there.

The Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011, it is a prophetic document telling us where we are going, whether we like it or not. I don't.

For the past 60 years or so, we have lived in a nation that was more or less familiar to anyone who had grown up in the pre-war Britain of 1939. ...

That period is now coming to an end. I suspect that anyone in Britain, travelling between 2012 and 2112 would be unable to believe that he was in the same place.

What is the most significant single fact in the Census? I do not think there is one. Several are shocking or disturbing, if you are not fond of change, and delightful if you are.

But there are some, which taken together, prophesy a transformation to come. ...

London is rapidly becoming a separate nation, as different from England as Scotland or Wales are, with indigenous British people now in a minority, in some areas a very small minority indeed, and incidentally with extremes of wealth and poverty not known since Edwardian times.

Then of course there is the decline in Christianity, down by four million, from 72 per cent to 59 per cent; the growth in indifference to religion, with non-believers almost doubling to 14.1 million; and also of Islam, rising so fast that one British resident in 20 is now a Muslim.

The Muslim population is young, and keen on large families, while the Christian population tends to be older and less likely to have children.

This is very much a work in progress, far from complete. ...

Do not be surprised if, in ten years, the gap between the number of professing Christians and the number of Muslims has grown much smaller. ...

I have deliberately left migration to the end. The figures are astonishing, with one in ten people in England and Wales now born abroad, and the rate of increase over the past few years equally astounding – almost half of these new citizens have arrived here since 2001.

And, in a figure that has not attracted the attention it should have, almost three million people live in households where no adults speak English as their first language.

The main significance of this is the speed of it. Even now, official immigration still stands at 180,000 a year. Probably these totals are an underestimate, as illegal migrants tend not to fill in forms.

But the really important fact is that this revolution is the result of a deliberate, planned attempt to change this country for ever, and we have the evidence of this.

On October 23, 2009, a former New Labour official called Andrew Neather wrote an article in the London Evening Standard which was that very rare thing – a genuine revelation of a political secret.

The crucial passage described 'a major shift from the policy of previous governments'.
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Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents [part 2]
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 16 December 2012

It disclosed that a 'big immigration report was surrounded by an unusual air of both anticipation and secrecy . . . there was a paranoia about it reaching the media . . . Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.

'I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn't its main purpose – to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date. That seemed to me to be a manoeuvre too far.

'Ministers were very nervous about the whole thing . . . There was a reluctance elsewhere in Government to discuss what increased immigration would mean, above all for Labour's core white working-class vote . . .

'Part by accident, part by design, the Government had created its longed-for immigration boom. But Ministers wouldn't talk about it.' Why not? Because Labour voters wouldn't have liked it.

'While Ministers might have been passionately in favour of a more diverse society, it wasn't necessarily a debate they wanted to have in working-men's clubs in Sheffield or Sunderland.'

On Friday the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, was still trying to appeal to working-class voters whose views his metropolitan fat-cat party secretly despises.

While praising immigration to his London audience, he pretended to be concerned about it by admitting there is 'anxiety' about the pace of change.

He promised (absurdly, since the EU has controlled our frontiers for many years) that 'Britain must always control its borders'.

But he then swiftly dismissed the idea – which would be the only hope of future harmony – that migrants should assimilate, saying this was 'wrong for our country'.

He proclaimed: 'One Nation doesn't mean one identity. People can be proudly, patriotically British without abandoning their cultural roots.'

Is this true? In the days when the USA still sought to assimilate its migrants, it certainly didn't think so. It insisted that they became Americans in every way, and as soon as they could.

Half the point of American state schools was the creation of new young Americans.

Since that policy was abandoned 30 years ago, the USA has in reality ceased to be one country, with large areas speaking Spanish and retaining the customs and cultures of their homes, hostile or chilly to their American fellow citizens, who return the favour.

Any observant person in Britain can see the same process in such cities as Bradford, where multiculturalism has created two solitudes with their backs turned on each other.

Bit by bit, the people of this country are ceasing to have key things in common. They don't share a religion, or a culture, or a history. Many don't even share a language.

They don't eat the same food or watch the same TV stations or have a common sense of humour. ...

As it is, we are fast becoming a low-wage, unskilled economy, with overcrowded cities, multi-occupied housing and hopelessly strained medical services, transport and schools.
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Europe's most exotic city? It's Manchester! 153 languages spoken by a population of 500,000
Nick Fagge
Mail on Sunday, 16 December 2012

Its detractors try to portray it as a cold, wet and sometimes insular place.

But Manchester is actually one of the most exotic cities in the world, researchers claim. This is due to its cultural diversity, with at least 153 languages spoken.

Two-thirds of Mancunian school children are bilingual, with the number of languages likely to increase, according to the study by Manchester University.

The city is more diverse than London, and rivalled only by New York and Paris for its ethnic and linguistic mix, claims Professor Yaron Matras, who carried out the research.

'Manchester's language diversity is higher than many countries in the world,' Professor Matras said. 'It is very likely to be the top of the list in Europe, certainly when compared to other cities of its size.'

With a population of 500,000, Manchester is much smaller than London, where more than 300 languages are spoken by eight million inhabitants.

Professor Matras said: 'There are certainly a greater number of languages spoken in London but these are by people who are passing through – diplomats, businessmen, etc – but in Manchester, the foreign language speakers are residents.

'Around two-thirds of Mancunian school children are bilingual – a huge figure which indicates just how precious its linguistic culture is. As immigration and the arrival of overseas students to the city continues, it's fair to say that this already large list is set to grow.' ...

Professor Matras said the Census data released last week underestimated the number of multi-lingual households in the UK, as respondents were asked to name their main language.

'Most multi-linguals speak a language other than English at home, but use English at work, in their place of study, so they will answer that English is their main language, even though this is not strictly accurate.'
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Labour has no right to lecture on immigration
Daily Telegraph, 15 December 2012
[Leading article]

Exactly 10 years ago, a tiny campaign group captured the headlines with a startling prediction that net immigration to the UK would grow by two million over the next decade. Since this was four times more than occurred in the previous decade, the forecast was rubbished by the Home Office. Moreover, the people behind the group, Migration Watch UK, were denounced as closet racists for even raising the subject. Yet everything that Migration Watch foresaw came true; indeed, as the figures published this week from the 2011 census show, they were overly cautious.

Sir Andrew Green, the founder of the organisation, wanted to inspire a debate about immigration that he thought the politicians wilfully refused to have. ...

... By the time Labour came to power in 1997, more than 100,000 foreign nationals were claiming asylum annually compared with just a few thousand in the late Eighties.

As a result of chaotic administration at the Home Office, most of these new immigrants were allowed to remain in the country whether they were entitled to or not. At the same time, Labour abolished the "primary purpose rule", which was intended to ensure that marriage was not being used principally as a means to enter Britain. The rules surrounding work permits became too lax, exit controls from the country were abolished, visa departments became overwhelmed and human rights law made it difficult, if not impossible, to deport illegal immigrants.

Then, in 2004, the Labour government announced that Britain would allow access to its jobs market to workers from the new members from the old Warsaw Pact bloc. ... In the event, around one million have arrived here to work. This combination of events meant that controls over immigration, rigidly applied since 1971, were lost.

Partly, this was beyond the Labour government's control; but none the less it could – and should – have prepared for the consequences. And the main reason that it didn't is because Labour leaders simply denied that it was happening. As a result, ministers refused to heed warnings that mass immigration would result in a shortage of housing or lead to pressure on schools, the NHS and transport. ...

So, for Ed Miliband, Labour's leader, to make the speech he did yesterday stating that "the last government made mistakes" in its immigration policy is the political understatement of the decade. ...

It is pointless for Mr Miliband now to argue that the country is a better place because of the arrival of millions of newcomers. While many people might agree with that sentiment, if that was Labour's intention all along why did they deny it was taking place? Either they were incompetent or dishonest. Furthermore, Mr Miliband's call yesterday for a "comprehensive strategy for integration" is just so much hot air in view of his party's track record. ...

Unhappily, Labour's failure was so spectacular that the Coalition has responded by making mistakes of its own. ...

What Britain needs is an immigration policy that chooses the people the country wants while being honest about those it wants to exclude. Instead, we are in danger of producing a system that rejects and deters those whose presence here would be of benefit. As this week's census illustrated, the levels of immigration seen over the past 20 years have been unprecedented in our history.
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German population set to soar by 2.2m as immigrants flee southern Europe
Matthew Day
Daily Telegraph, 15 December 2012

A massive wave of immigration could hit Germany as people flee the crisis-ridden economies of southern Europe.

The German population could jump by 2.2 million people by 2017 as people make the trek from the south to Europe's post [most?] powerful economy, researchers at the Kiel Economics have concluded.

The researchers studied net migration to Germany over 50 years, and predicted that as euro-zone countries battle with their economic woes the relative strength and low unemployment rates of Germany will become an attractive lure. ...

Figures for 2012 reveal that increasing numbers of southern European migrants are already on the way, helping to hike up Germany's population by 389,000 people. Researchers estimate that in 2014 alone some 506,000 new immigrants will enter the country.
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I no longer recognise the Britain I grew up in
A. N. Wilson
Daily Mail, 15 December 2012

It is a worrying fracturing of society – and I believe the reasons for it can be found in the Census report this week which laid bare the true, staggering scale of immigration to Britain in recent years. ...

Now, it is rare to hear English spoken on any of the buses that I take regularly. ... ...

Now, it is possible to arrive in London and live entirely in your own language-world. Is it surprising that society is fragmentary, when countless thousands of our fellow-citizens cannot actually communicate with each other?

There are now ten schools in England where no pupil speaks English as a first language. ... In some 600 English primary schools, English is the second language for over 70 per cent of the pupils. ...

As we begin to absorb the information from the 2011 Census, we have had to come to terms with its extraordinary statistics, such as the fact that more than a million schoolchildren in England and Wales belong to households where English is not spoken.

The Census has confirmed what we all vaguely sensed – that the staggering increase in the number of immigrants in recent years has fundamentally changed the country in which most of us grew up, in many cases beyond recognition.

When Idi Amin kicked out the Asians from Uganda in 1972, about 27,000 came to this country. ...

But the migration of the past 15 years has been on a totally different scale. Over four million immigrants have arrived in the past decade; 7.5 million people born abroad are now resident in Britain. In London, white Britons are now in the minority.

And perhaps the most disturbing element of all is that there has been no major public debate about this. None at all. And any attempt to discuss the matter honestly has been censored either by the BBC or one group or another accusing people of racism. ...

How many among even Labour supporters, I wonder, entirely swallow the argument that such mass immigration strengthens us as a nation? ...

Whereas Huguenots arrived in their few thousands, this country's Bangladeshi community alone totals more than 200,000, while there are 482,000 of Pakistani origin, 694,000 of Indian origin as well, of course, as nearly 600,000 Poles and millions from other places. ...

We no longer recognise the country we grew up in. We are increasingly aware that a uniting British culture that evolved over centuries is fragmenting.
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Miliband calls for improved integration of immigrants to reduce pressures of a multi-ethnic society
Nigel Morris
The Independent, 14 December 2012

The Labour leader Ed Miliband today called for an overhaul of housing and employment policy – and a concerted drive to teach English to recent immigrants – in an effort to improve integration and reduce the strains of a multi-ethnic society.

He admitted that the last Government made serious mistakes over immigration, underestimating the capacity of some communities to adapt to new arrivals. He also conceded that it had blundered by adopting an open-doors policy for new arrivals from the East European countries that joined the EU in 2004.

Under his proposals, Labour would expect migrants to learn English, tackle landlords who cram newcomers into overcrowded houses and ban recruitment agencies from seeking workers only from particular countries or ethnic groups. ...

He insisted: "Separation means isolation and you can't succeed in Britain if you are isolated. Isolation also breeds ignorance and ignorance breeds suspicion and prejudice – and it sometimes even leads to community to turn on community."

Speaking in Tooting, south London, the Labour leader protested that Britain was one of the few European countries not to have an integration strategy and argued: "We must put that right."

He called for money spent on translation services to be switched to English language lessons. He said: "Our goal should be that everyone in Britain should know how to speak English. We should expect that of the people that come here." ...

He said: "We should celebrate multi-ethnic diverse Britain. We are stronger for it - and I love Britain for it.

"Britain is at its best when it comes together as a nation, not when it stands divided. That's what One Nation is about.

"But at the same time we know there is anxiety about immigration and what it means for our culture. The answer is not to sweep it under the carpet or fail to talk about it, nor is it to make promises that can't be kept. It is to deal with all of the issues that concern people."
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Lithuanian gang which stole lead from church roofs and left a £1m repair bill are jailed for total of 20 years
Mark Duell
Daily Mail, 14 December 2012

Britain's most prolific church lead theft gang were today jailed for a total of more than two decades after they left the Church of England with a £1 million repair bill at 20 churches across three counties. ...

They made almost £70,000 from selling stolen lead over nine months in 2011, but six of the gang were arrested after being linked to the offences through sales of stolen metal to recycling yards. ...

Investigators believe the gang were the main reason for the high number of church thefts last year in Lincolnshire, when 186 religious buildings were hit - making it the second most affected county.

Raids have fallen 90 per cent since their arrests, with just 19 churches suffering lead theft in 2012.

Between 2007 and 2011 over 14,000 cases of church lead theft were reported across the country, costing the Church £32 million. That compared with just 20 thefts a year between 2000 and 2004.
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Curbing mass immigration could bring down house prices, Theresa May says
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2012

Mass immigration needs to be curbed to bring down house prices, improve wages and reduce the benefits bill, Theresa May has said.

House prices could be 10% lower over 20 years if the Government cut net migration to zero, Mrs May, the home secretary, said.

She added: "Uncontrolled, mass immigration displaces British workers, forces people onto benefits, and suppresses wages for the low-paid."

Mrs May also announced more than 100,000 foreign students would be interviewed before being allowed into the UK to root out abuse from April.

The move signals a significant shift away from paper-based visa applications, with the new measures targeting bogus students in high-risk countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, China and India first.

Mrs May said the Government was on course to meet its pledge to cut net migration, the number of people who come to live in the UK for more than a year less the number leaving, to the tens of thousands by 2015.

It fell by a quarter to 183,000 from 242,000 in the year to March, figures showed last week.

The pace of change brought by mass immigration makes it impossible to establish the personal relationships, family ties and the social bonds that "turn the place where you live into a real community", Mrs May said.

"One area in which we can be certain mass immigration has an effect is housing.

"More than one third of all new housing demand in Britain is caused by immigration.

And there is evidence that without the demand caused by mass immigration, house prices could be 10 per cent lower over a 20 year period."

In a report on the economic impact of immigration for the House of Lords, Professor Stephen Nickell found house prices would be 13% higher if net migration stood at 190,000 a year than they would be with zero migration.

The "radical extension" of face-to-face visa interviews for foreign students and other migrants coming to the UK comes after a pilot scheme trialled 2,300 interviews in Pakistan.

"The lesson from that pilot was clear - abuse was rife, paper-based checks weren't working, and interviews, conducted by entry clearance officers with the freedom to use their judgement, work", Mrs May said in a key speech on immigration in central London.
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The London effect - Britain is becoming more like its capital city
The Economist, 15 December 2012

On December 11th the latest batch of data from the 2011 census of England and Wales was published (Scotland and Northern Ireland collect figures separately). As was widely anticipated, this showed a big increase in the number of people who say they belong to an ethnic minority, or were born somewhere other than Britain. Those who define themselves as "white British" now make up just 81% of the population, down from 88% in 2001, when the last census was conducted. ...

But beneath these broad trends the data reveal a more subtle pattern. In 2001 fully 45% of the minority population of England and Wales lived in London. ... Meanwhile, the rest of the country is coming to look more like London: less white, more diverse.

In 2001 around 80% of black Africans in the country lived in London. Now, just 58% do. There have been similar, if smaller, reductions for every other main ethnic group, even those not thought to have dispersed much, such as Bangladeshis. Overall, the ethnic-minority population outside London has increased by 90%, against a more modest rise of 63% in the capital.

In Kent, an affluent county south of London, the size of the ethnic-minority population has grown by 115% since 2001, albeit from a low base. In Hertfordshire, a rural and suburban county north of London, it has doubled.
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Immigration and Labour's unforgivable betrayal of the British people
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 13 December 2012

The 2011 census figures for England and Wales broadly confirm what we already knew. Since the previous census in 2001 there was an unprecedented surge in the number of immigrants coming to this country.

Nearly four million arrived in a very short space of time. There are now 7.5 million people living in England and Wales who were born abroad. ...

It is possible that the official figures understate the case since illegal immigrants, of whom there are an unknown number, are hardly likely to want to fill in an official census form. In any event, something momentous, historic and irreversible has happened. ...

Poll after poll over the past ten years has shown that most people (immigrants included) are worried about the speed and size of the influx. And yet no one in government – which in this context means the Labour Government, which allowed mass immigration – took a blind bit of notice. ...

Obviously Labour did not control it, and the question is why? Was mass immigration a result of incompetence? Or was it planned? The 1997 Labour manifesto stated that 'every country must have firm control over immigration and Britain is no exception'. Why didn't Tony Blair and Gordon Brown do as they had promised?

There is patchy, though compelling evidence that Labour spoke with a forked tongue, and had a secret agenda. Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Mr Blair, Mr Brown and Jack Straw, has written that Labour threw open Britain's borders to mass immigration to help socially engineer a 'truly multicultural country'.

Its chief motive may have been electoral. Migrants, and to a slightly lesser extent their descendants, are much more likely to vote Labour than for any other party. So, according to this theory, the Labour Party was furtively trying to increase its powerbase. ...

Other fragments of evidence include an official document from 2000 (released in 2010 under a Freedom of Information request) that makes clear immigration policy was partly driven by economic needs, but also by the Government's 'social objectives' – a phrase that is repeatedly used.

Then there are the diaries of Chris Mullin, a former Labour minister, who in 2004 lamented the failure of the Government to tackle immigration abuses such as 'the rackets that surround arranged marriages' before noting that 'at least 20 Labour seats depend on Asian votes'.

Existing proof of a conspiracy may be slender, but that doesn't mean there wasn't one. This will be a job for future historians, who will doubtless have documents we haven't seen. ...

Otherwise there was a general feeling that impeding immigration appeared mean-spirited and even racist. ... ...

Whatever the explanation, it is certain that Labour acted in a way that was contrary to the wishes of most of the population, whose concerns grew year by year as unchecked immigration, particularly in London and the South-East, put ever greater pressure on housing, land, schools, hospital care and other services.

This was a kind of betrayal – a betrayal of ordinary people by the ruling class. And also by the media class. For with one or two honourable exceptions such as the Mail, newspapers did not question government policy. As for the BBC, it treated moderate critics of mass immigration almost as though they were racist.
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Thailand Threatens to Deport 1 Million Illegal Migrant Workers
Daniel Schearf
Voice of America, 13 December 2012

Thailand is threatening to deport more than a million migrant workers, most of them from Burma, if they do not complete required documentation by a December 14 deadline. Rights groups say the nationality verification process, while aimed at providing legal protection, is being exploited by corrupt officials, brokers and employers to further abuse vulnerable migrants.

Thai authorities in charge of regulating migrant labor had pushed back previous deadlines for foreign workers to become documented. ...

There are an estimated 2.5 million migrant workers in Thailand. About 80 percent of them are from Burma and because of costs, corruption and porous borders, most are undocumented. ...

Thailand has sought to remedy their situation by working with neighboring countries on a nationality verification program, whereby they get temporary passports so they can easily renew work permits.

So far, about 900,000 have entered the program. But about 350,000 of those still are waiting for their documents, while more than a million either are unwilling or unable, and never started.
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Vladimir Putin calls on Russian families to have three children
Tom Parfitt
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2012

President Vladimir Putin has urged Russians to have at least three children as he said a resurgent nation should be a confident and "influential" power on the world stage. ...

Also in his speech, Mr Putin lauded recent measures to give cash payments and other benefits to mothers having a second child. Current birth rates show an average of 1.7 children are born to each Russian woman, but the president urged a huge leap in family-building.

New payments for those having a third child would begin next year, he said. "Demographers affirm that choosing to have a second child is already a potential choice in favour of a third," he added. "It's important that families make that step... I am convinced that the norm in Russia should become a family with three children."

To achieve that goal, he said, women needed to be provided with the opportunity to continue work, so that they "did not fear that having a second and third child would close the path to a career". ...

To applause, the president said there were already signs that Russia's long term demographic decline was reversing, and the population had grown by 200,000 in the first nine months of this year. "The birth rate is at last above the mortality rate," he said.
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Non-whites to make up nearly 60 percent of U.S. by 2060: Census
Susan Heavey
Reuters, 13 December 2012

A surge in Hispanics and Asians is set to dramatically change the face of the United States over the next 50 years, with no one ethnic group the majority, according to U.S. figures that depict an aging nation with slower population growth.

By 2060, non-whites will make up 57 percent of the U.S. population, more than doubling from 116.2 million in 2012 to 241.3 million, according to projections by the U.S. Census Bureau released on Wednesday. Racial minorities are now 37 percent of the population, it said.

The shift will largely be fueled by minority births that continue to outpace those of whites, the agency said, based on data from the 2010 Census.

Nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic by 2060, up from one in six now, it said. The Asian population is also expected to more than double over the next five decades. ... ...

The United States has been on a steady path to greater racial diversity, and experts have predicted for years that minorities would be the "majority" before 2050. The Census Bureau on Wednesday projected that would happen in 2043.
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Decade that changed the face of the UK: 4 million migrants settle here - and in London less than half of the population is white British
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 12 December 2012

Nearly four million immigrants swelled the population of England and Wales over just ten years, the results of the national census revealed yesterday.

The grand survey of Britain, which took place in 2011, uncovers details of a decade of sweeping social change.

The figures show 7.5 million people who were born abroad were living here last year – of whom more than half have arrived since 2001.

The results from the national headcount provide the clearest picture yet of the impact of immigration on the country over the past few years.

Census officials said they mean that more than 70 per cent of the record rise in the overall population over the past decade is produced by people who migrated into Britain. ...

Nearly one in eight families were headed by a mixed race couple or had an ethnic mix of children and adults, and in parts of London fewer than one in five people described themselves as 'white British'.

The overall findings showed that the share of the population who describe themselves as white has fallen to 86 per cent, down from 91 per cent in the previous census in 2001.

Four out of five people in England and Wales, 80 per cent of the population, give their ethnicity as 'white British'.

The findings published yesterday followed the initial census results which came out in the summer and showed that the population of England and Wales is now 56.1 million.

Between 2001 and 2011, numbers went up by 3.7 million, or 7 per cent. ...

It said 13 per cent of people in the country, 7.5million, were born outside Britain. ...

Of these, 3.8 million arrived after 2001, including a high proportion who came from Poland and Eastern Europe after Tony Blair's government allowed free immigration when their countries joined the EU in 2004.

The census report said: 'This means that 71 per cent of the overall population growth in the last decade is accounted for by the non-UK resident population.' ...

The nations where most migrants were born are India, Poland and Pakistan, according to the census results. Irish people, who made up the biggest population of those born abroad a decade ago, now rank fourth. ...

Over London as a whole, fewer than half the population, 45 per cent, said they were white British.
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7.5 million migrants live in Britain
Sarah O'Grady
Daily Express, 12 December 2012

A huge surge in migration has caused the number of foreigners living in the UK to almost double to 7.5 million in just 10 years.

The massive leap revealed in the latest Census means that 13 per cent – around one in eight – of the population in England and Wales were born overseas, up from 4.6 million in 2001.

In London the figures are even more dramatic – with white Britons in the minority for the first time.

Only 45 per cent of the city's 8.2 million population classed itself as white British on the 2011 Census forms compared with 58 per cent a decade ago. One in three London residents is a foreigner and one in four is not a British citizen.

Other data which shows the effect of Labour's years of open-door migration policies include the statistic that nearly three million people live in households where no adults speak English as their main language.

The total population of England and Wales was 56.1 million, a seven per cent increase on 2001 – and 55 per cent of the increase was due to migration. ...

And the top countries of birth outside Britain were India, Pakistan – and Poland. ...

Dr Scott Blinder, deputy director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said: "The last decade has seen a very noticeable change in the population of England and Wales, with the foreign-born population increasing from nine per cent of in 2001 to 13 per cent in 2011.

"The growth has been driven, in particular, by the increase in the number of Polish-born people and the increase in the number of Indian-born people. These two countries alone account for more than a quarter of the increase in the size of the migrant population."
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New Labour's immigration revolution has transformed England, and not entirely for the better
Ed West
Telegraph blog, 12 December 2012

Yesterday's census figures are Tony Blair's legacy: a demographic revolution unprecedented in English history. As Kevin Myers once put it, "London has undergone a demographic transplant unlike that experienced by any European capital since the Fall of Constantinople in 1483". Vast numbers of foreign nationals now live in Britain, including not just Indians, Poles and Pakistanis, but a surprising number of groups like Germans; ... ...

But much as I like the psychological absence of barriers, we should not pretend that it does not come with huge costs, and that these are mostly borne by the less privileged. How many liberal commentators send their children to inner-city schools that aren't inside those precious middle-class catchment areas?. Those commentators, often rural-based, talk about unhappy people stuck in high-immigrant areas in the same way conservatives talk about those in areas of high unemployment – move, loser! ...

... The main cornerstones of liberalism, things such as the jury system and parliamentary rule, are themselves products of very mono-ethnic societies, namely England, Denmark and the Netherlands, where people felt a lot of trust for fellow citizens. The Left likes "diversity" because it hates racism, and because immigrants overwhelmingly vote for the Left, they assume it can only make the country more liberal. But what I suspect (and perhaps fear) is that this demographic experiment our leaders have embarked upon (without asking whether or not we wanted it) is going to make us less liberal. All the evidence, from social sciences and from history, tells us that that highly diverse societies tend to be less trusting, less free, more unequal and more corrupt. These are not the sorts of societies where people will willingly pay for each other's housing when hard times fall.
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The Meaning of Minority
Charles M. Blow
New York Times, 12 December 2012

According to census figures released Wednesday, 2043 is now the year that whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans. ...

... We as a society must begin to consider now what this change will mean for a nation mired in a majority/minority swamp of privilege, expectations, historical benefits and systematic discrimination.

The browning of America is very real and unrelenting. Our task is to find a way to move into this new Ecru Era with as much ease and grace as we can muster.

An April 2011 report from the Metropolitan Policy Program (M.P.P.) at the Brookings Institution found that all but two of the 10 largest metro areas in the country have child populations in which white children are a minority. (Boston and Philadelphia were the exceptions.) Of the remaining eight metro areas, Hispanic children are the largest demographic in six, and blacks are the largest in the other two.

As Hua Hsu, a professor at Vassar College, posited in The Atlantic in 2009: "What will the new mainstream of America look like, and what ideas or values might it rally around? What will it mean to be white after 'whiteness' no longer defines the mainstream? Will anyone mourn the end of white America? Will anyone try to preserve it?"

These are epic questions about a seismic shift in American demography. How should we consider a waning majority when their privilege of numbers gives way to what many other Americans have experienced as the minority plight? ...

..., we must ask: when will public displays of white pride become culturally acceptable? Will they forever be freighted with the weight of history – tantamount to gloating about privilege? Or should all racial and cultural pride be viewed more or less the same? ...

There will most likely be a growing rub between traditional power structures and emerging ones, much of which will be visible along racial lines but also along gender and sexual identity lines. ...

And on a worrisome note, a recent Associated Press poll showed that since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, prejudice toward blacks has increased. According to the report: "In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell."

Furthermore, The A.P. found: "Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an A.P. survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test. The survey on Hispanics had no past data for comparison."

The last thing we need is a racial and ethnic backlash in this country. Now is the time to move forward with sensitivity and respect and with a watchful eye on how we behave and what we expect as the traditional American majority becomes just another minority.
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Theresa May orders new inquiries into UK Border Agency
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 11 December 2012

The under-fire UK Border Agency faces two new inquiries, after Theresa May asked the watchdog to investigate its measures to tackle the backlog of asylum cases.

John Vine, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, has been asked to carry out two follow-up investigations after his damning report last month found the UKBA made virtually no effort to trace more than 120,000 asylum seekers and migrants.

One investigation will assess the agency's progress in dealing with some 70,000 reopened and live asylum and migration cases.

A separate investigation into the agency's new performance and compliance unit, its internal inspectorate, will also be established to ensure it is able to operate effectively.
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Britain's mixed race population leaps over one million as research reveals prejudices have sharply dropped
Louise Eccles
Daily Mail, 10 December 2012

The mixed-race population is among the fastest growing in Britain and is already the largest ethnic group among under-16s.

Data from the 2011 census, released tomorrow, will suggest there are now more than one million people born to parents in interracial relationships.

But academics believe the true figure could be more than double this, because many of mixed-race are believed to define themselves as a single race on official forms.

It coincides with a poll which suggests prejudices towards mixed-race relationships are waning.

Think-tank British Future found just 15 per cent would feel uncomfortable if their child was in an interracial relationship, compared with 40 per cent two decades ago.

Among the 18 to 24 category, this fell to 5 per cent, with the younger generation claiming they would be more concerned if their child married someone from a wealthier background.

The prominence of mixed-race celebrities has been partly credited with helping to change attitudes. ...

The latest census results are expected to rank British Indians as the largest ethnic minority group.

Islam will also be identified as the fastest-growing faith, with more than two million Muslims. According to the 2001 census, 677,177 classified themselves as mixed race, equating to 1.2 per cent of the UK population.

The 2011 census is expected to show that one million Britons are mixed race, which equates to 1.6 per cent of the population. ...

... The survey found 87 per cent of people from mixed-race backgrounds were open to mixed-race relationships compared with 60 per cent of whites.
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Greece moves to repeal immigrant citizenship law
Andy Dabilis
Southeast European Times, 10 December 2012

As Greece continues a sweep of illegal aliens, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is proposing to eliminate a law that grants citizenship to immigrants, many of them minors who were born in Greece, attend Greek schools and speak Greek.

With his New Democracy conservatives falling behind the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Samaras is moving to make good on pledges before the June 17th elections to target the country's growing immigrant base.

Samaras' critics, which include his coalition partners, the PASOK Socialists and Democratic Left, complained the move is unfair. The country's highest court has questioned whether the law, approved in 2010, is constitutional, but hasn't ruled on it yet.

The law was passed under a previous PASOK administration and allows those born to immigrant parents legally living in Greece for five years to be granted citizenship provided they had studied at a Greek school for at least six years.

A 2010 census found there were 762,191 immigrants in Greece, although the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC, said analysts believe there are as many as 1.3 million. ...

Antonis Klapsis, head of research for the Konstandinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy, told SETimes that while making it difficult for immigrants to become citizens seems harsh, "the situation was left to get out of control and sometimes you have to take harsh measures."
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US elections: What they keep mum on
Valentin Zorin
The Voice of Russia, 8 December 2012

As the dust of the US presidential elections has settled, the time has come to analyze their results. Evidently, the main outcome of the recent ballot is that Barack Obama, who has been elected for the next four years, was backed by only half of US citizens.

... According to the final results of the US elections, 50.3% of the votes were cast in favor of the Democratic Party candidate, while about 49% voted for the Republicans. ...

Experts cite other reasons that affected what they describe as 'unsuccessful performance' of the incumbent president, who was largely helped by so-called "administrative resources". However, they keep mum on a circumstance of major importance.

Professor John Dovidio, who spent several decades studying racism in the US, writes in his recently published treatise that 80 per cent of white Americans are conscious or unconscious racists. At present, the scientist says, racism in America is mutating like a virus and is taking new forms.

These 'new forms' have nothing to do with the burning crosses of the Ku Klux Klan or extrajudicial executions under lynch law. This time, they have found new expression – white-dominated communities vote against the dark-skinned president.

Rather than dwindling down, as many would expect, racial hatred has assumed even greater proportions since President Obama took office four years ago. Former President Jimmy Carter, one of the most influential politicians, lamented recently that racism and poorly concealed Negrophobia were taking root at an alarming rate in the US.
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Britain will be 'swamped' by TB unless high-risk immigrants are routinely screened, experts warn
Anna Hodgekiss
Daily Mail, 7 December 2012

A leading doctor has warned that Britain will be 'swamped' by tuberculosis unless new measures to diagnose the disease in immigrants are introduced.

The disease, which was rife in Britain until the 1950s, is an increasing and worrying problem in urban areas. Rising immigration has seen a surge in cases in the last 20 years.

Under current rules, new immigrants from countries where TB is common are required to have chest X-rays before being allowed into Britain.

But doctors argue this century-old method only spots active TB once it is already destroying the lungs – meaning cases are often diagnosed far too late.

Other countries such as the U.S. use a blood test, which can detect the latent TB in those not displaying any symptoms. Cases have fallen since this technique was introduced in 2007.

At the British Thoracic Society conference this week, Peter Davies of the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, said urgent changes were needed to halt the decades-long rise in TB cases.

He told The Times: 'The tide has been coming in for 20 years, it's been getting bigger and bigger and if we don't do something we will be swamped with TB as we were 100 years ago.' ...

The main risk area is still London with 3,588 cases reported in 2011, accounting for 40 per cent of the UK total. And nearly three quarters of those suffering the disease were those not born in the UK. ...

Onn Min Kon, a consultant at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, said that rates of the disease are continuing to rise and that the UK has the highest rates in Europe.

Echoing the sentiments of Mr Mandlebaum, he said even low risk people are susceptible if the disease is out of control, it being possible to become infected by being in the same room as someone with TB. ...

His research has found that a fifth of immigrants to Britain from high-risk areas had latent TB – but the current guidelines for screening men around 75 per cent of these cases will be missed, so the real figure may be substantially higher.

The Department of Health said that in line with NICE guidance, the NHS currently uses both chest X-ray screening and blood-testing to check for TB, with the evidence for new technologies kept under review.'
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Germany Grapples with Diversity
Francesca Dziadek
IPS: Inter Press Service, 7 December 2012

With a persistent undercurrent of discrimination against foreigners, 'Gastarbeiter' (guest workers) and citizens of colour, despite the fact that 20 percent of its population – roughly 16 million residents – are from an immigrant background, Germany is faced with the urgent task of rethinking its ambivalence towards diversity.

Demographic forecasts suggest that 25 percent of the population under 25 years of age are of immigrant descent. This group, increasingly referred to as the 'new Germans', are demanding visibility, representation and participation in social and political life, while an older generation of immigrants is quickly losing patience with the state's inability to atone for racially motivated crimes and years of racial exclusion. ...

After the fall of the Wall in 1989, 'integration' became the rallying cry of German reunification. But as East and West Berlin collapsed into one another's arms, less visible minorities – like the Vietnamese 'boat people' in the west and contract workers in the east – found themselves facing a double hurdle, with a glass wall of access and inclusion proving tougher to dismantle than the cement one.

"I never liked the word 'integration'," Hatice Akyün, a popular German-Turkish columnist for Berlin's daily 'Der Tagesspiegel' and winner of Berlin's 2011 Integration Prize, said on public radio. "It begs the question: who is integrating who, how and why?"

In 2005, in response to concerns that an ageing population and a low birth rate threatened to skew the country's demographics, Germany revised its immigration law, stretching entry criteria to include highly skilled professionals, granting foreign graduates from local universities a year to search for work and welcoming self-employed immigrants. ...

Germany's public sector also needs to urgently address diversity within its ranks. With only 13 percent of employees from minority backgrounds, data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Germany is lagging behind France and the UK's 20 percent.
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South Africa still a chronically racially divided nation, finds survey
David Smith
The Guardian, 7 December 2012

"Can we deny that Cape Town is still the most racist city in South Africa?" asks Kenneth Lukuko, in an essay contained in the SA reconciliation barometer survey (pdf) published on Thursday. "Perhaps we can't." ...

But while Cape Town is regularly accused of being a neo-apartheid stronghold the annual survey by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) raises some difficult questions about the rainbow nation project as a whole.

Eighteen years after the end of white minority rule, it found, 43.5% of South Africans rarely or never speak to someone of another race. Little more than a quarter (27.4%) interact with a person of another race always or often on ordinary weekdays, while 25.9% do so sometimes.

Less than one in five (17.8%) South Africans always or often socialise with people of other races in their homes or in the homes of friends. A further 21.6% do so sometimes, and more than half (56.6%) rarely or never socialise across race lines. ...

The poll found that 61.8% of South Africans believe that national unity across historical divides is desirable, although agreement is lower among white (49.4%) and coloured (mixed race) (50.5%) youth, who display higher levels of ambivalence – and 59% believe that this is possible.

Disapproval of racial integration in schools, residential neighbourhoods, workplaces and marriage has continued to decline overall. But still 18.1% of South Africans say they would not approve of living in a residential area in which half their neighbours were people of other races, and 20.3% would disapprove of working for and taking instructions from someone of another race.
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David Cameron overrules Theresa May to relax Chinese visa rules
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2012

David Cameron is relaxing visa rules to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Britain, despite concerns that the move could fuel organised crime.

Theresa May's officials at the Home Office have warned the Prime Minister that easing checks on Chinese visitors could pose a threat to national security and bring Chinese criminals and asylum seekers to Britain.

However, the Home Secretary appears to have lost an internal Cabinet battle after Mr Cameron backed reforms to visa rules to help the UK tap into the "growth market" for tourists from China. ...

Mr Cameron's official spokesman said Britain had to make it easier for potential visitors from China to enter the UK or risk losing tourism and trade opportunities to other countries. ...

A leaked letter from Mrs May's private secretary showed the issue had escalated to the highest level of Government with the Home Secretary forced to answer questions from the Prime Minister about how to increase Chinese visits.

The letter pointed out there were already 400 Chinese criminals awaiting deportation and 1,000 asylum applications from Chinese citizens last year. ...

"We also face significant challenges with Foreign National Offenders and organised crime including drugs, money laundering, fraud, criminal finances, intellectual property, immigration and cyber crime."
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A million migrants from East Europe now live in Britain: That's 1.5% of the population of eight EU nations
James Slack
Daily Mail, 5 December 2012

The number of Eastern Europeans living in Britain is equal to 1.5 per cent of the population of their homelands, MPs were told yesterday.

The astonishing revelation effectively means that one in every 67 citizens of eight former communist nations has moved here.

Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Estonia all joined the EU in 2004 – giving them unrestricted access to the UK's labour market.

Since then, the number of immigrants from these 'A8' nations, which have 73 million people between them, has rocketed from just 94,000 to 1,079,000.

The figures emerged in a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of immigration from Eastern Europe.

Romanians and Bulgarians will also get free access to the UK jobs market from the end of next year when temporary restrictions are lifted.

Tory MP Philip Hollobone said that – if the experience with the A8 nations was anything to go by – the number of Romanians and Bulgarians living here will treble to 425,000.

'If we apply that same rate to the entry of Romania, with 21 million people, and Bulgaria, with 7 million, the 155,000 presently resident in the UK would climb to some 425,000,' he said.
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Swathes of British countryside 'will have to be built over' to accommodate expected wave of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria
Martin Robinson
Daily Mail, 4 December 2012

Britain's countryside is under threat from a wave of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants, MPs were warned today.

Homes needed to accommodate this influx of Eastern Europeans will mean houses being built across undeveloped land on the UK's unspoilt Green Belt when border restrictions are relaxed, it was claimed.

Conservative MP Philip Hollobone has attacked the Home Office for failing to outline how many immigrants officials believe will head to Britain, putting pressure on stretched public services.

Romania and Bulgaria's citizens can move to the UK for work when temporary limits expire on December 31. ...

Opening today's Westminster Hall debate, Mr Hollobone accused the Home Office of 'disgracefully underestimating' the number of likely eastern European migrants destined for the UK when eight nations joined the EU in 2004.

Following the miscalculation, officials have not published figures predicting possible numbers when the gates open next month.

Mr Hollobone added: 'It's a disgrace the Government won't estimate the number of immigrants it expects from Bulgaria and Romania.

'It's bad enough to open our borders to all and sundry, but it adds insult to injury to then not even give the British people an estimate of how many incomers we can expect.'

Tory Martin Vickers, who represents Cleethorpes, said: 'The social cohesion is at threat and one of the first duties of government is to maintain that cohesion.'

Immigration Minister Mark Harper defended not publishing estimates, saying making predictions was 'a very difficult exercise' influenced by a range of factors.

He told MPs: 'There is no point in the Government effectively making up a number which is based on poor data or assumptions, which are effectively guesses, and then bandying that number around and then that number proving to be completely inaccurate.

'That's just not a sensible way.'

Mr Harper insisted the Government was committed to cutting the 'unsustainable' net number of migrants to the tens of thousands, and highlighted figures revealed last week showing a 25% drop from 242,000 to 183,000 on annual incomers.
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Education levels of immigrants rising rapidly
Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2012

Almost half Britain's immigrants are highly educated, a report claimed yesterday.

The rise in skilled newcomers follows government initiatives to concentrate on entry visas at people with aptitude in certain trades.

The level of educated migrants is well above the 31 per cent average in developed countries.

However, just 74 per cent of new arrivals with high-level skills are in jobs that reflect their qualifications, said the report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The report found that foreign-born migrants account for 11 per cent of the population, or 6.9 million. Almost a third of them (32 per cent) have arrived in the past five years, compared with an average of 22 per cent across the 34 OECD states, which include the rich EU countries and North America, which have traditionally attracted migration.

About 66 per cent of Britain's foreign-born population are employed, including 75 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women, higher than the OECD average.

But migrants are less likely to be employed than people born in Britain, and the median average income of immigrant households is 16 per cent below the native population.

There was evidence that economic disadvantage was passed on to migrants' children. Some 17 per cent of the youngsters, aged 15-34, of foreign-born migrants were not in employment, education or training, higher than the level for the native population.

The report said about 19 per cent of immigrant households in Britain were classed as being below the poverty line.
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Planning minister Nick Boles becomes Tory 'hate figure' with plan to build on two million acres of countryside
Matt Chorley and Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 3 December 2012

A plan to build on two million acres of countryside to solve Britain's housing crisis has made planning minister Nick Boles a Tory 'hate figure', it was claimed today.

The outspoken minister, promoted by David Cameron in this autumn's reshuffle, claimed 'another 2 to 3 per cent of land' needed to be developed to meet soaring demand for housing fuelled by immigration.

But Tory MP Bob Stewart revealed voters in his Beckenham constituency are furious at the idea, insisting homes should be built on brownfield sites which have been developed before.

Last week Mr Boles said migrants accounted for almost half of the housing demand, and his figures suggest 100,000 new homes a year will be needed to accommodate them. The minister added: 'We can't go on like this.'

He alarmed conservationists by saying up to two million acres of green fields may have to be concreted over to deal with the housing shortage. ...

The National Trust accused Mr Boles of making up figures 'on the back of a fag packet', while the Campaign to Protect Rural England said his proposals were a licence to developers to 'let rip'.
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Thousands of homes planned for flood plains
Richard Gray
Sunday Telegraph, 2 December 2012

Developers are planning tens of thousands of new homes in areas at high risk of flooding, it can be revealed.

Latest figures show planning applications were submitted to build as many as 28,000 homes last year on land that officials consider to be at serious risk of flooding. ...

Analysis by The Sunday Telegraph of planning applications that the Environment Agency objected to because of flood risk has revealed developers last year submitted more than 3,000 separate plans to build 27,923 houses in areas prone to flooding.

Although it is not clear how many will be approved, in previous years roughly 10 per cent of applications are approved against the Environment Agency's advice.

Government figures show 9,254 new homes were built in 2010 on flood plains. ...

There are now thought to be at least 5.2 million houses at risk of sea, river or surface water flooding in the UK.
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Migrants fuel need for Green Belt homes: Minister's candid admission on housing crisis
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 1 December 2012

Vast swathes of the countryside will have to be sacrificed to build new homes for immigrants, the Planning Minister warned last night.

Nick Boles said migrants accounted for almost half of the housing demand, and his figures suggest 100,000 new homes a year will be needed to accommodate them. The minister added: 'We can't go on like this.'

Earlier this week, Mr Boles alarmed conservationists by saying up to two million acres of green fields may have to be concreted over to deal with the housing shortage.

Now he has become the first government minister to draw a clear link between housing demand and the legacy of Labour's open-door immigration policy.

Mr Boles said: 'The fact is – and I am critical of the last government's immigration policies – we allowed the population of this country to expand dramatically.

'The population of England has gone up by two million in the last ten years. These people now live here, these people are now British and they need homes just like other British people.

'The fact is, 43 per cent of the new households which want a home, is accounted for by immigration.

'We can't go on like this. We need to have less immigration and more house-building and we might then have a civilised country.' ...

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said last month that the number of households was forecast to expand at the rate of 230,000 a year. The figure supplied by Mr Boles suggests that immigration will account for almost 100,000 of the total. ...

Sir Andrew Green, founder of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said the public would be shocked by the figures, which are significantly higher than the Government's previous estimate on the issue, which suggested immigration accounted for 36 per cent of new households.

Sir Andrew said: 'At last a housing minister has been absolutely clear about the link between housing demand and immigration. The best way to deal with the housing crisis is to reduce immigration.'
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We'll all pay more to insure our homes
Kara Gammell
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2012

More than 200,000 properties in Britain are considered a serious flood risk. But it is not just those who have experienced flooding in the past who could find themselves without insurance. Figures from the ABI show that 2.4 million homes are at some risk from rivers or the sea and 2.6 million at risk from flash floods. ...

"Future flood claims are a certainty," said Ian Crowder of the AA. "Our increasingly built-on environment means that water falling from the sky runs down hard surfaces and through drainage systems to reach rivers much more quickly than it ever did before."

Mr Crowder pointed out that figures from the Met Office have shown that less rain has fallen over the past month than in many previous flood events over history, yet it has caused more damage.

"Fields and meadows that used to soak up the rain and slow its progress to the river system are built over. So claims will happen," he said. ...

It is hard to predict what the current damage will cost the insurance industry, but, given that the average flood claim is £30,000, the cost is expected to be significant. The insured costs of the floods earlier this summer were around £400m, while the insured cost of the summer 2007 flooding was £3bn.
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Projecting Immigration's Impact on the Size and Age Structure of the 21st Century American Population
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, December 2012

Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, this study first recreates the Bureau's most recent population projections. We then vary the level of net immigration (the difference between those coming and those leaving) to discern its impact on the U.S. population. The findings show that immigration makes for a much larger overall population, while having only a small effect on slowing the aging of American society. ...

• If immigration continues as the Census Bureau expects, the nation's population will increase from 309 million in 2010 to 436 million in 2050 – a 127 million (41 percent) increase.

• The projected increase of 127 million is larger than the combined populations of Great Britain and France. It also exceeds the entire U.S. population in 1930.

• The Census Bureau assumes net immigration (legal and illegal) by 2050 will total 68 million. These future immigrants plus their descendants will add 96 million residents to the U.S. population, accounting for three- fourths of future population growth.

• Even if immigration is half what the Census Bureau expects, the population will still grow 79 million by 2050, with immigration accounting for 61 percent of population growth.

• Without any immigration, the U.S. population will increase by 31 million by 2050.

• Though projections past 2050 are much more speculative, if the level of immigration the Census Bureau foresees in 2050 were to continue after that date, the U.S. population would reach 618 million by 2100 – double the 2010 population. ...

• Consistent with prior research, the projections show immigration only slightly increases the working-age (18 to 65) share of the population. Assuming the Census Bureau's immigration level, 58 percent of the population will be of working-age in 2050, compared to 57 percent if there is no immigration.

• Raising the retirement age by one year would have a larger positive impact on the working-age share over the next 40 years than would the Census Bureau's total projected level of net immigration (68 million).

• While immigrants do tend to arrive relatively young and have higher fertility than natives, immigrants age just like everyone else, and the differences with natives are not large enough to fundamentally increase the share of the population who are potential workers. ...

While it has not been at the center of the nation's immigration debate, increasing the nation's total population is one of immigration's clearest and most direct effects. Supporters of low immigration point to the congestion, pollution, loss of open spaces, and restrictions on personal freedom that could result from adding large numbers to the U.S. population. Supporters of high immigration argue that population growth may create more opportunities for businesses, workers, and consumers. Based on data provided by the Census Bureau, the projections in this report show that the U.S. population will grow by nearly 127 million between 2010 and 2050. Immigrants who will arrive over the next four decades plus their descendants will account for about 96 million of this increase. The 96 million increase in new residents caused by immigration is larger than the combined populations of 33 U.S. states. It is also more than all of the population growth that occurred in the first 120 years of American history, 1790 to 1910.
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Net migration fall partly driven by increase in student visitor visas, think-tank claims
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2012

The biggest fall in net migration for four years was driven in part by foreign students opting for visitor visas to avoid a crackdown on bogus students, a think-tank has claimed.

The number of student visit visas, intended for foreign students on courses shorter than a year, rose 12% to a record high of 66,569 in the year ending September, Home Office figures showed.

Sarah Mulley, associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank, warned that the coalition's "single-minded focus" on reducing net migration to the tens of thousands by 2015 could be creating "new enforcement problems in the future".

Her comments came as net migration, the difference between the numbers arriving and leaving, fell by a quarter to 183,000 in the year to March, with the numbers of foreign students, workers and migrants from outside the EU coming to the UK all down.

Mark Harper, the immigration minister, welcomed the biggest drop in four years, saying the government's tough policies were taking effect and ministers were "bringing immigration back under control".

"This is the first government to comprehensively tackle abuse of the student route and we will continue to crack down on any abuse that comes to light," he said.

"We will refuse any student visit visa application if we have doubts about their motivation for coming to the UK to study or their intention to leave."

But Ms Mulley said: "'Student visitors' who come to the UK for less than 12 months do not count as migrants for the purposes of net migration figures, but are subject to less rigorous checks than those coming through the main student visa route.

"The number of student visitor visas issued is continuing to rise, perhaps because tough action on student visas aimed at meeting the target has led to a displacement effect.

"The government needs to be sure that it has the systems in place to deal with this." ...

The number of non-EU migrants coming to the UK fell by 21,000 to 296,000 over the last year, the number of foreign students was down by 19,000 to 213,000 and the number of migrants who came for work-related reasons was down by 17,000 to 177,000.

But there were significant rises in the number of foreign students coming to the UK from China and Pakistan, with the numbers rising by 15,000 and 10,000 respectively.

Emigration from the UK also rose, up to 353,000 from 336,000, including some 145,000 Britons, more than half (56%) of whom left for work-related reasons.
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Report says temporary visa holders are taking Australians' jobs, 30 November 2012

A report from an Australian university has claimed that Australia should substantially reduce the numbers of temporary work visas that it issues. The report was written by Dr Bob Birrell of the Centre for Urban and Population Research at Monash University, Melbourne.

The Australian government has raised its immigration targets considerably in recent years. It intends to grant immigration status to about 200,000 people every year to work in numerous trades and professions in towns and cities across Australia. The government is also issuing thousands of temporary work visas to workers with specialist skills particularly in the resources sector. The government believes that immigration is the key to continued Australian prosperity.

However, Dr Birrell claims that the Australian government devised its immigration strategy while under the influence of 'a boom mentality' and says that there is little evidence to support the government's contention that there is a need for more foreign workers. ...

Dr Birrell questions the Australian government's assumption that the economy was growing. He said that in 2011/12 the number of jobs in the Australian economy grew by 58,000. Over the same period, 100,000 migrants who arrived in Australia found work. At the same time, youth unemployment among young Australians actually rose by 40,000.
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Winning Americans' trust on immigration reform
The Washington Times, 30 November 2012

Immigration has leapt to the forefront of political discussions after Latinos in key battleground states voted overwhelmingly for President Obama. The Republicans walked away with a clear message about the demographic realities of America and the future kingmaker clout of American Hispanics. This bloc will only become more influential in future elections. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, Hispanics will account for 40 percent of the growth in the eligible electorate by 2030. ...

The American people seem ready for their leaders to move on immigration reform. The 2012 Chicago Council nationwide public opinion survey found that for the first time in nearly two decades, only a minority of Americans considered illegal immigration a critical threat to U.S. vital interests. This marks a staggering 32-point decline since 1994.
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Ethnic Hatred Tears Apart a Region of Myanmar
Thomas Fuller
New York Times, 30 November 2012

Violence here in Rakhine State – where clashes have left at least 167 people dead and 100,000 people homeless, most of them Muslims – has set off an exodus that some human rights groups condemn as ethnic cleansing. It is a measure of the deep intolerance that pervades the state, a strip of land along the Bay of Bengal in western Myanmar, that Buddhist religious leaders like Mr. Nyarna, who is the head of an association of young monks, are participating in the campaign to oust Muslims from the country, which only recently began a transition to democracy from authoritarian rule.

After a series of deadly rampages and arson attacks over the past five months, Buddhists are calling for Muslims who cannot prove three generations of legal residence – a large part of the nearly one million Muslims from the state – to be put into camps and sent to any country willing to take them. Hatred between Muslims and Buddhists that was kept in check during five decades of military rule has been virtually unrestrained in recent months. ...

Leaders of the Buddhist majority in the state say they feel threatened by what they say is the swelling Muslim population from high birthrates and by Islamic rituals they find offensive, like the slaughter of animals.

"We are very fearful of Islamicization," said U Oo Hla Saw, general secretary of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, the largest party in the state. "This is our native land; it's the land of our ancestors." ...

Divisions are so deep in Rakhine State that the communities cannot agree on what the Muslims should be called. Many Muslims call themselves Rohingya, an ethnic group that is not officially recognized in Myanmar, formerly Burma.

Small Muslim communities coexist with the Buddhist majority across Myanmar, but hatred is greatest for the Rohingya, partly because of their large numbers – at least 800,000, according to the United Nations – and their concentration in Rakhine State. ...

The Buddhist residents of Rakhine see themselves as the inheritors of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mrauk U. They do not consider themselves ethnically Burmese, and the government recognizes them as a separate group. Rakhine Buddhists say they feel squeezed, persecuted by the Burmese majority and threatened by the swelling Muslim minority.
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UKBA staff failed to check thousands of tip-offs about overseas students
Margaret Davis
The Independent, 29 November 2012

UK Border Agency staff failed to check thousands of tip-offs about overseas students including whether they had actually enrolled on courses, a report said today.

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine found that the UKBA had allowed a backlog of 153,000 notifications from sponsors of non-EU students to build up, including whether students had enrolled on courses or were turning up for classes.

This could potentially have meant that thousands were wrongly allowed to remain in the country, he said.

The tip-offs were all reviewed by May this year, but Mr Vine said it must be an "ongoing priority" to make sure checks are carried out.

His team examined work at three UKBA offices in Sheffield, Beijing and Delhi.

The report found: "The agency had no targets in place for responding to notifications made using the Sponsor Management System.

"As a result, notifications of changes to circumstances of students, details of students failing to enrol or attend classes, or curtailment of sponsorship were not being acted upon.

"Over 150,000 notifications had accumulated and were awaiting action, meaning that potentially thousands of students had retained leave to remain when they should not have done so. This was a significant failure."

However, Mr Vine said his findings were "generally positive" and that he was "pleased" that the agency had reviewed the notifications.

He said: "I was pleased to note that in May 2012 the agency had reviewed outstanding sponsor notifications and launched an operation to identify and remove people, including students, who had overstayed beyond the term of their visa. This should be an ongoing priority rather than the subject of a one-off operation by the agency."

Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant described the report as "damning". ...

The report is the latest to highlight failures at UKBA. Last week Mr Vine claimed that the agency had supplied misleading figures to MPs over the number of immigration cases that had been archived.

He found that 33,000 cases had not been included in figures given to the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

The report also revealed that at one point 100,000 pieces of post were left unopened as staff struggled to deal with an immigration backlog.
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Immigration rate sees biggest fall in 20 years following clampdown on language colleges
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 29 November 2012

Immigration into Britain saw the biggest fall in 20 years last year, official figures showed today.

There were 536,000 people who came from abroad to live in this country, down by 42,000 in a year.

The drop was the biggest recorded since immigration went down by 61,000 during the recession of 1991 and the numbers coming in were the lowest since 2004, the year that marked the beginning of the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Polish and Eastern European workers. ...

The key net migration figure - the number of people added to the population after both immigration and emigration have been counted - dropped by nearly a quarter from 242,000 to 183,000 in the latest count, which covers the 12 months up to the end of March.

The main reason for the fall was a dramatic reduction in numbers of migrants arriving on student visas. Students coming in to join courses at further education colleges went down by 67 per cent, those going to English language schools by 76 per cent.

However students going into the high end of the education system, the universities, went up by one per cent. ...

Student numbers have come down following new limits on study visas for people living outside the European Union and a crackdown on bogus colleges used as routes to cheat the immigration system. ...

There have also been tighter controls on the issue of work visas for low-skilled workers from outside the EU.

The 24 per cent fall in net migration for the 12 months to April followed a recorded fall in the calendar year 2011.

But the 2011 net migration drop, from 252,000 from 210,000, was dismissed by the Office for National Statistics as 'not statistically significant' because of the vagaries of the survey used to gather the figures.

This time, Paul Vickers of the ONS said: 'We think this is a real change.' Emigration from Britain helped drive down the net migration total.

Some 353,000 people left to live abroad in the year to the end of March, compared with 336,000 in the previous year. The increase was mainly driven by more people taking jobs abroad.

Study was the main reason for immigration, but there was an eight per cent drop in the number of people coming here for formal study, with 213,000 students arriving this year compared to a peak of 232,000 in the year to March 2011.

Home Office figures released yesterday showed that in the 12 months up to the end of September student visas issued went down by 26 per cent, from 284,649, to 210,921.
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Nick Boles attacked for 'fag packet' plan to build on countryside
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2012

Nick Boles, the Planning Minister, was accused of behaving like an "intellectual gadfly" after he angered rural campaigners by calling for a massive increase in building in the countryside.

Nick Boles, a close ally of David Cameron who was promoted in the September reshuffle, suggested that an area twice the size of Greater London should be built on to meet demand for new housing.

However, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the National Trust warned that his proposal was unrealistic and would threaten the quality of life for millions.

Campaigners were particularly alarmed by the minister's claim that more countryside must be built on.

The CPRE said there were enough previously developed "brownfield" sites available to build 1.5 million new homes and that additional development on green land was not necessary. ...

The CPRE said Mr Boles was wrong to argue that that only 9 per cent of England was built on and that this should rise by one third to 12 per cent to meet housing demand. The group claimed that the government's own figures showed 12% of England's land area was already developed and that this was higher than most countries in Europe.
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1,500 square miles of English countryside needs to be built on, says planning minister Nick Boles
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2012

More than 1,500 square miles of open countryside - over twice the area covered by greater London - needs to be built on to meet housing demand, the Government's planning minister has said.

Nick Boles, a Conservative minister who was appointed in the September reshuffle, ...

He also said that, rather than fight all development, people had to recognise that some buildings could be more beautiful than nature itself. ...

Mr Boles said that nine per cent of England has been built on so far – and this proportion should be increased to 12 per cent to meet demand.

This would mean that the amount of land that had been paved over would increase from 4,531 square miles to more than 6,000 square miles. The 1,510 square mile increase is more than twice the 607 square mile area covered by greater London. ...

A report last year from the Institute of Public Policy Research warned that England faced a housing supply 'black hole' by 2025 when England will face a shortfall of 750,000 homes.
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NHS is free for all foreigners
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 27 November 2012

All foreigners must be treated by GPs for FREE after an order slipped through by the Government, The Sun can reveal.

The decision – which could cost taxpayers millions of pounds – was taken amid fears health chiefs could be sued under human rights laws.

And it applies to all visitors to Britain – including tourists, businessmen AND illegal immigrants.

The directive – quietly issued as MPs went on their summer hols – has sparked fears that GPs' waiting lists will soar, making it even harder to get an appointment.

Thousands more "health tourists" may also be encouraged to come here to enjoy free treatment that can be very costly in their home countries. Doctors must now accept as a patient any foreign visitor in Britain for more than 24 HOURS. ...

Until now, GPs have not registered patients unless they could prove they have a right to live in the UK, leaving foreigners only entitled to emergency treatment in hospitals. Now they can receive free blood tests, jabs and even prescription drugs. The order makes Britain one of the softest touches for health treatment in the world. In the last year nearly 3,600 "overseas visitors" have had hospital treatment worth at least £1,000 a time.

Officials last night insisted the order was issued by the Primary Care Commission – a health quango – to fend off a growing number of lawsuits.

The Department of Health said GPs have always had to take in illegal immigrants but few were doing so, which was why the "clarification" was issued.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last night pledged to review the directive.

He said: "It clearly isn't right that illegal immigrants could get free treatment on the NHS. We will do all we can to fix this abuse of the system."
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NHS is free for all foreigners: Our view
Frank Field and Nicholas Soames
The Sun, 27 November 2012

If you thought that the NHS stood for National Health Service, think again. Since last July it has become the International Health Service – but paid for, of course, out of your taxes.

That was when the Government sneaked out new instructions to family doctors with no public announcement and certainly no debate.

Doctors must now accept on their lists any foreign visitor who is here for more than 24 hours. They must also accept any illegal immigrant who cares to apply.

It is hard to think of a more open invitation to health tourists both from developing countries and from rich countries like the United States where health care is private and very expensive.

It is astonishing that the Government should have agreed to this when the NHS is struggling. It must be cancelled now.
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Ukip are not closet racists - but we've had enough
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 27 November 2012

We have long said that Ukip is neither on the Left nor on the Right, but at the centre of public debate – rather than at the centre of the discourse that exists in the Westminster bubble. If you spend time travelling the country, as I do, speaking at public meetings where the door is open to all, not just party apparatchiks, then you can gauge the mood and opinions out there. And they differ wildly from the received opinion of College Green. ...

Even on the great immigration debate, those in the Westminster village cannot, do not and will not feel the impact of large numbers of low-skilled migrants arriving here. It is great to have cheap help, but not if you are from that sector of society that used to provide the help. Now their wages are being driven down, even if they can still find employment. Who speaks for them?

Until recently, anyone who dared raise the issue of mass migration was denigrated as a racist. And we have been accused of this time and time again, not least by the Prime Minister. It is not racist to ask questions of policy. We have taken these insults on the chin, but it is those who throw them that are prejudiced. Ukip is not.
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Del Boy Blair peddles immigration myths
Jeff Randall
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2012

Then there is his record on EU immigration. It was Mr Blair who opened the door in 2004 to workers from accession states, insisting that the impact on our jobs market and social infrastructure would be minimal. Those who challenged this orthodoxy were condemned as racists and bigots.

As John Denham, Labour's former business secretary, later admitted, we were told to expect 15,000 migrants a year from the new EU states, and "15,000 came to Southampton alone". In the event, more than 700,000 East Europeans arrived in Britain and the vast majority have stayed.

The myth peddled by Blair's acolytes – that high levels of immigration generated significant economic benefits for the existing UK population – was demolished in 2008 by a House of Lords select committee. It concluded: "We do not support the general claims that net immigration is indispensable to fill labour and skills shortages. Such claims are analytically weak and provide insufficient reason for promoting net immigration." Reinforcing this point, the government's Migration Advisory Committee recently confirmed that immigrants do "displace" some British workers – ie, take their jobs, most likely those at the bottom end of the pay ladder.

Embarrassed by indisputable evidence that Blair's immigration wheeze (about 80 per cent of first-generation immigrants vote Labour) had "costs as well as benefits", Ed Miliband now accepts that his party overlooked those who were being squeezed and was too quick to tell them to "like it or lump it".

Overcoming Blair's legacy is tougher than it seems, however, as we saw last week when a Labour council removed children from a home in Rotherham simply because the foster parents were members of Ukip. It is the mindset of Animal Farm: "All Immigration Good. All Opposition Bad". ...

The CBI cannot have it both ways. It calls for the Government to help create a better skilled British workforce, yet there is no incentive for UK companies to invest in indigenous staff and train them properly if they have the alternative of hiring foreigners whose schooling has been funded by somebody else.

The impact of immigration on those living in Cotswolds manor houses is, clearly, not the same as it is on minimum-wage workers in Barking council flats. Tony Blair knows that, but could not care less.
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Millions of Pakistanis went abroad illegally since 2009
The Peninsula - Qatar, 26 November 2012

During the last about three years, over 17 million Pakistanis went abroad illegally in search of employment, it was learnt yesterday.

According to documents, in 2009 as many as 4.3 million people left the country illegally. In 2010, the number reached 4.5 million touching the five million mark in 2011.

And during the first eight month of 2012, about 3.4 million Pakistanis had migrated to other countries without legal documents. ...

An officer of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) requesting not to be identified said that human trafficking was the biggest illegal business all over the world. "Smuggling of drugs and weapons is on the second and third number," he maintained.

He said there were three routes used for human smuggling. The 905-km-long Pakistan-Iran border is the most frequented for human trafficking. After crossing into Iran, these people move on to Turkey and then enter Europe, he said.

The second route is through the Middle East. Many people go to the Middle East on fake documents. From there, they travel to Europe on fake documents and apply for asylum.

The third route used for human trafficking is through Russia. People manage to reach Kazakhstan and then enter Bulgaria and central Europe, said the FIA officer.
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'Korea needs shift in multicultural policy'
Lee Tae-hoon
The Korea Times, 26 November 2012

The number of foreign residents who have stayed in Korea for more than three months has reached more than 1.25 million, about 2.5 percent of the country's population.

Given that one in every 10 Koreans ties the knot with a foreigner and the number of children from such marriages has surpassed 20,000 per year since 2010, it has become practically impossible to define Korean society without taking them into account.

Nevertheless, Korea's immigration policy remains predominantly focused on assimilation, rather than helping new settlers maintain cultural diversity and their first language.
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Swathes of green belt land sacrificed
Richard Gray
Sunday Telegraph, 25 November 2012

Huge areas of green belt land are to be given up around the country to make way for new houses and building developments despite government pledges to preserve this protected part of the countryside.

The Telegraph has established that more than 9,000 acres of land – an area the same size as the city of Gloucester – is set to be removed from the Green Belt by local authorities following the Coalition's controversial planning reforms.

At least 40 per cent of councils with green belt land in their areas have already redrawn, or plan to alter, the boundaries of the protected areas in an attempt to meet demand for housing and development.

The moves will see parts of countryside that have been kept free from urban sprawl for decades being opened up to building firms.

Campaigners say it will make a mockery of promises by ministers that their reforms under the National Planning Policy Framework would not lead to a degradation of the Green Belt. ...

The figures can be disclosed ahead of the publication of annual official statistics on the amount of green belt land in England. Since 1997 there has been a gradual decline in green belt land area across the country.

There are currently four million acres of green belt land in England, contained within 182 local authority areas. The Green Belt was first established during the 1930s to create a ring of countryside around urban areas that would be protected from development.

Information obtained by this newspaper, however, shows that at least 78 of the councils that have green belt land in their area have plans to change or review the boundaries in the next year.

Of these councils, 42 have firm plans to redesignate their Green Belt, resulting in a loss of 9,000 acres of land across the country. There are plans to add just 1,700 acres to the Green Belt.

In Northumberland, however, the county council has proposed turning an enormous area around the town of Morpeth into green belt land. Although the council has yet to decide on the exact area, some estimates have put it at around 83,000 acres.

If approved, it would mean the total amount of green belt land around the country will increase dramatically, but campaigners say it would hide the true picture of the amount of countryside being lost around the country.
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Still not fit for purpose
Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2012
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More than six years have passed since the last government published a policy paper entitled Rebuilding Confidence in Our Immigration System. It was a response to the implosion of the Home Office's asylum and immigration service, which had been overwhelmed by a combination of Labour's failure to control the borders and administrative incompetence on an epic scale. The document set out to repair an arm of government which John Reid, then home secretary, said was "not fit for purpose".

It still isn't. Despite official promises to effect the swift removal of those who had entered Britain illegally, or whose asylum applications had failed, we now discover that the entire strategy was a sham.

This newspaper commented at the time that it was by no means clear how the Home Office's objectives were to be achieved. Beyond abolishing the sullied name of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and turning it into the semi-detached UK Border Agency (UKBA), there was never any chance of attaining them. Instead, the bosses at UKBA simply pretended they were getting on top of the problem. John Vine, the independent inspector of borders and immigration, has discovered that the agency made little or no attempt to trace more than 120,000 illegal entrants, giving them an effective amnesty while denying this to Parliament.

True, the agency was dealing with a backlog going back years and budget cuts have also made life difficult. But the picture painted by Mr Vine's report – especially of boxes full of unopened mail – is ominously reminiscent of the shambles under Labour. Simply putting UKBA at arm's length does not relieve ministers of responsibility for this dysfunctional outfit. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, needs to get a tighter grip of it than she has so far demonstrated.
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Texas could turn Democrat in eight years, says Julian Castro
Alex Spillius
Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2012

The Republican stronghold of Texas could turn Democratic within six to eight years thanks largely to its fast-climbing number of Hispanic voters, according to Julian Castro, a rising politician tipped as the first Latino US president.

Julian Castro, the Democratic mayor of San Antonio, told the Daily Telegraph that he was confident the Lone Star state – home of the Bush political dynasty and solidly Republican for decades – would soon be in striking distance for his party. ...

In the Nov 6 election Hispanics in Texas supported President Barack Obama by 70 per cent to 30 per cent, matching the national trend in the community, which is the quickest-growing minority in the country.

But Hispanics accounted for 25 per cent of the state's voters, up from 20 per cent in 2008. Mr Castro pointed out that between 2000 and 2010 Hispanics accounted for 65 per cent of the state's population growth.

"Texas is changing, it's at the forefront of exciting demographic change. It's not all cowboy boots any more, though that is still a big part of Texas," said Mr Castro, his feet shod in smart city slicker shoes. ...

Given that the state, the second largest by population, has 34 votes in the electoral college, a Democratic Texas would dramatically redraw the electoral map and quite possibly condemn the Republicans to years in the wilderness.
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Our Border, Our Integrity
Charles Martel
American Thinker, 23 November 2012

If there is one primary obstacle to border security and sane immigration policy in America, it is misplaced compassion. If we're going to have a decent system of immigration, we need to have a fact-based, morally sound outlook on immigrants. Human sympathy is natural and good, and should extend to all peoples, including immigrants – legal or otherwise. Granted, we are all God's children, or all special according to whatever view you may have. But the Golden Rule has been greatly distorted in its application to the immigration debate.

... For any Christian to suggest that it is their religious "duty" to reward illegal conduct is quite a stretch.

We are a nation of laws. We are supposed to be a people who follow the law. Illegal immigrants have disregarded our border, broken our laws, and disrespected all of us by the manner in which they came to this nation. ...

Our territorial integrity is at stake in the debate over immigration. Either our border means something or it doesn't. But, of course, some in the Republican leadership don't care about the integrity of our nation's border. Our sovereignty, to pro-amnesty Republicans, is something to be bartered away in the hope that one day Hispanics will vote for Republicans. ...

... Immigrants obviously promote statist policy. Therefore, lax immigration laws guarantee that the greatest danger to our economic security will only grow worse. Comfortable conservatives are slow to recognize this: From his perch at the Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens dismisses concerns about the economic impact of immigration, saying that immigrants only "take jobs" as "busboys and chambermaids." What Stephens's trite remark misses is that the (nonwhite) immigrant today is eligible for a vast array of programs and preferences, all of which add to the suffocating expansion of the welfare state.

The existence of the welfare state is not the only distinguishing feature of immigration today. European immigrants generally didn't carry the baggage of anti-colonial oppression fantasies, as too many immigrants do today. ...

The open borders GOP is deceiving itself about the politics of immigration as well. Just picture the election following amnesty. Would Hispanics stop depending on the government, or have less desire for the government to take care of them? Of course not. There would just be more of them voting. Republicans unsuccessfully tried to trade amnesty (for at least 2 million illegals) for votes before, in 1986. The result was that Hispanic support for the GOP dropped from 37% in 1984 to 30% in the 1988 presidential election.

The effect of a "path to citizenship" for illegals would be just as disastrous. ...

To expect a good outcome from amnesty today, when the poisonous ideology of multiculturalism is more virulent than ever, and when more immigrants than ever are relying on state largesse, is to expect something that is wildly improbable. ... ...

We have two corrupt political parties who, for different reasons, are ready to sell the country out. Instead of amnesty proposals, we should consider an immigration moratorium. In a discerning manner, exceptions could be made for highly skilled or educated immigrants. Only an immigration moratorium will prevent the political parties from playing Russian roulette with our economy and culture.
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Relationship, familiarity and intent, influence what Australians see as racist
Health Canal, 23 November 2012

Australian's have been accused of being racist but what is their everyday understanding of racism?

Associate Professor Yin Paradies, who has recently arrived at Deakin's strategic research centre, the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, is working with Dr Naomi Priest and Dr Jessica Walton from Melbourne University to explore what counts as racism in the everyday world and under what circumstances are remarks perceived as racist or appropriate.

They presented their findings at Deakin University's International conference Reclaiming Multiculturalism – Global Citizenship and Ethical Engagement with Diversity.

The research is part of a wider project which is exploring bystander racism and is being funded by the Australian Research Council, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission. ...

"Racism is an enduring worldwide problem that won't be solved in my lifetime," Associate Professor Paradies said.

"However, I am passionate about social justice and feel that my small contribution to reducing racism in Australia is worthwhile."

Associate Professor Paradies told delegates at the conference racism has been studied extensively across a number of fields.

"Nevertheless we think there hasn't been enough done on lay understandings of racism as it occurs in the everyday context," he said.

"As you would expect when we asked Australians about their understanding of racism the responses were more about its extreme forms with people using words such as irrational, heightened emotionally, ignorance, exclusion, aggression to describe it as well as the behaviours which engendered it."

Associate Professor Paradies said while the Australians were confident when it came to defining racism, they were less confident when the researchers looked at the situation in which racism occurred.

"Whether something was racist or not was mediated by their relationship or familiarity with the person as well as the intent," he said.
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UK Border Agency 'made no effort' to trace 120,000 missing immigrants
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2012

The UK Border Agency made virtually no effort to trace more than 120,000 asylum seekers and migrants, a damning report will say today.

The agency incorrectly reassured MPs that "extensive checks" were regularly being carried out, John Vine, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, said.

Because the agency said it could not find the individuals, it was able to move the cases into an archive and therefore clear its backlog before a deadline last year. The failures have led to asylum seekers and migrants who would otherwise have faced removal from the country gaining rights to remain in the UK, Mr Vine said.

Some 37,500 applicants whose cases were effectively written off as there was no apparent trace of them are now expected to be located after a review.

The agency was so overwhelmed with work that at one point more than 150 boxes of post, including letters from applicants, MPs and their legal representatives, simply lay unopened in a room in Liverpool, the report found.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, which was given misleading information by the agency's then-acting chief executive, Jonathan Sedgwick, said it was a "devastating" report which showed the agency was "in danger of overseeing an effective amnesty" for asylum seekers.

Calling for Mr Sedgwick to hand back bonuses of up to £10,000 a year, Mr Vaz added that misleading the committee was "an extremely serious matter".

The agency's current chief executive, Rob Whiteman, will also be asked to "check every fact and figure that he has given the committee over the last two years", Mr Vaz said.

In July 2006, John Reid, home secretary at the time, pledged to clear the backlog of cases within five years or less and a unit was set up to consider the applications the following year.

In February 2007, it emerged that the backlog consisted of up to 450,000 cases. The agency told MPs in March last year that it was on track to complete the work by the summer, adding that it was setting up a separate small unit to work on the outstanding cases.

Today's report said the unit's resources failed to match the amount of work remaining. ...

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, said the report was "utterly damning" and called for Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to explain why officials provided MPs with incorrect information. "She must also explain why her staff have been so slapdash in their attempts to track down failed asylum seekers," he said.

"She cannot hide behind others. This has happened on her watch.

"The Tory-led Government made big promises on immigration and changing the UKBA. But quite simply the UKBA and the split-off Border Force are getting worse and worse."
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Nick Clegg: we need to build more cities like Milton Keynes
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2012

A new generation of "garden cities" modelled on Milton Keynes, Stevenage and Peterborough needs to be built to tackle the growing housing crisis, the Deputy Prime Minister will say today.

Nick Clegg will claim it is time to "think big" and establish new cities to prevent "haphazard urban sprawl" ruining the countryside.

More than 30 years after the last major new settlement was built, Mr Clegg will say it is unacceptable that young families are "condemned" to live in the smallest homes in western Europe. ...

He will warn that more than 230,000 new households will be created in Britain every year over the next decade, but there is only enough housing planned to accommodate half that number.
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Belgium boots out unemployed migrants
Daily Express, 22 November 2012

Jobless foreigners are being forcibly ejected from Belgium following a public outcry at a massive surge in immigration, it was revealed yesterday.

Belgian authorities have introduced a law allowing the withdrawal of residency rights from any newcomers remaining unemployed for six months after arriving in the country.

The crackdown is being seen as a huge turnaround for the country that is home to many EU institutions and was previously seen as one of the most welcoming nations in Europe for migrants. ...

Many of the migrants being turfed out of Belgium are thought to have moved there from Spain in response to the worsening Spanish recession.

Some are understood to have originally migrated to Spain from Latin America.
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Greece tells migrants how to return home
Economic Times [India], 22 November 2012

Greek police have printed 1.5 million leaflets in 13 languages telling migrants how to benefit from public funds to return to their home countries safely and without digging into their own pockets, a statement said on Wednesday.

The campaign, financed by the European Union, is to "raise the number of foreigners returning to their country of origin". The leaflets will set out ways of going home "safely, with dignity and without having to pay", the police statement said.

The campaign comes against a backdrop of social exclusion of immigrants and escalating racist violence in debt-stricken Greece, where several migrant groups said Tuesday they feared xenophobic killings and were considering bringing a case at the European Court of Human Rights. ...

... Greece, with a population 10.9 million, has nearly 1.5 million foreign residents, including about 600,000 without valid documents.
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Britain relaxes visa rules for Indian professionals
Economic Times [India], 22 November 2012

Britain on Thursday relaxed immigration rules for foreign professionals, entering the country via the 'Intra-Company Transfer' (ICT) route.

According to the changes to immigration rules included in a statement in the House of Commons by Home secretary Theresa May, the length of stay for professionals entering the ICT category has been extended from five years to nine years.

The step has been taken in response to Indian and other foreign companies' concerns. ...

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: "The UK is open for business to the brightest and best migrants and today's changes will ensure we remain an attractive destination for global talent". ...

Other significant changes include lowering the English language requirement for entrepreneurs over concerns that the high requirement was a possible deterrent to potentially successful businesses.

Besides, foreign students in Britain will be restricted from switching to the entrepreneur category due to concerns about abuse, the sources added.
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Foreigners offered chance to stay in Spain for £130,000
Fiona Govan
Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2012

Spain plans to offer foreigners residency permits if they buy houses worth more than 160,000 euros, in a desperate attempt to reduce the nation's glut of unsold property.

The plan, aimed principally at the Chinese and Russian markets, was announced yesterday by the secretary of state for trade, who insisted it was necessary to reduce Spain's housing stock in a stagnant market. ...

The scheme would also allow foreign buyers to move around the 25-nation Schengen zone freely, as the agreement allows holders of a residency permit of one country in the area to travel to - though not work in - any other.

It was unclear whether residency granted to property investors would be extended to spouses and children under 18. Spain also risks a backlash from other European countries if the move is seen to pave the way towards eligibility for a Spanish passport, and therefore the right to live and work in all 27 EU member states.

Although the details are yet to be agreed, the measure is expected to imitate agreements established in Portugal and Ireland earlier this year where residency papers are issued in return for property investments of 400,000 euros (£327,000) and 500,000 euros (£410,000) respectively. Hungary last month offered permanent residence to non-EU nationals if they bought at least 250,000 euros worth (£201,000) of a special issue bond.

But Spain seemed likely to undercut those offers significantly, promising residency in return for investment in properties with a minimum value of 160,000 euros (£130,000), the national average property sale price, Mr Garcia-Legaz indicated.

"It's a balanced figure," the secretary of state for trade said. "Any lower and it might create a massive demand for residence permits with housing as the excuse to get them."

The measure is designed to boost foreign investment, targeting the Chinese and Russian markets, where demand for Spanish properties has continued to grow while northern European demand has waned.
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This great, liberal society is silent on decisive social issues of our time
Kevin Myers
Irish Independent, 20 November 2012

Nothing exposes the existence of a subconscious political agenda quite like the use of statistics. Take the recently released figures and analyses from the Central Statistics Office, 2010-11. They revealed, amongst others things, that the birth rate amongst Irish women is now catastrophically below replacement level: our overall birth rate is 2.06, which is just below the generally accepted replacement figure of 2.1, and down 36pc in 30 years. But only 77pc of our births were to Irish mothers, so proportionately, the indigenous Irish population is plummeting. However, even to say this is probably "racist" according to the norms of our splendid media studies courses; and so, what would once have been a most salient headline revelation was at best last week a footnote, if even that.
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Boston protest held over immigration levels
BBC, 19 November 2012

A protest against "high-levels" of immigration in a Lincolnshire market town has taken place.

The Boston Protest Group said the "peaceful demonstration" was aimed at highlighting the pressure put on local services by migrant workers.

About 300 people gathered at the Herbert Ingram memorial for the demonstration, which organisers said was not aimed at individuals.

An estimated 9,000 foreign workers have settled in the town in recent years.

Protest organiser Dean Everitt said: "We had a good turnout of people, the right people, and we put our point across peacefully.

"I hope national government are going to know what we've done - we'll take it to Westminster until we get this issue sorted out."

He added: "We've proved a point - we're not right-wing thugs, we're not racists, we're just everyday people that are fed up and sick to the back teeth of migration.

"I work with Polish people and even they've said there are far too many here now."
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Rohingya: Suu Kyi's comments irk Dhaka
Haroon Habib
The Hindu, 19 November 2012

Bangladesh has expressed surprise over Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's comments about Rohingyas – calling them illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The Foreign Ministry, Dhaka, said the Rohingya Muslims had been living in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine for centuries and that they could not be Bangladeshis as the country was founded only in 1971.

During her historic visit to India, Ms. Suu Kyi had, on November 13, described the recent violence in Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims as a "huge international tragedy", but suggested that "illegal immigration from Bangladesh" had to be stopped.
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Sex gangs report 'will play down threat of Pakistani men targeting white girls'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 November 2012

An official inquiry into child sex gangs will fail to highlight the targeting of white girls by Pakistani men.

Instead the year-long Government-backed investigation will say that child sex abuse is a problem caused by men of all backgrounds in towns and cities across the country.

The findings of the inquiry by Sue Berelowitz, the Deputy Children's Commissioner for England, are likely to anger ministers and provoke disbelief among those who have observed and investigated cases of abuse of teenage girls in towns in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The inquiry into child sexual exploitation by gangs was launched more than a year ago, but its investigations became more urgent this summer following the convictions of nine men in Rochdale for their roles in a child sex ring which groomed young white girls for sex.

The men, eight of Pakistani origin and one from Afghanistan, received jail sentences of between four and 19 years.

In September, police documents revealed that in Rotherham officers ignored evidence of large-scale sex crime by 'networks of Asian males exploiting young white females' which dated back more than a decade. ...

A spokesman for Miss Berelowitz said there would be no comment on the report until it is published next week. But a senior political figure with long experience of trying to combat sex gangs said there is a specific problem with groups of young Pakistani men, and that Miss Berelowitz would be wrong to ignore it.
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How charity makes life worse for Africans
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2012

Giving to charities that help African villages actually increases poverty, a study has claimed.

Academics at the University of Bristol have found a link between rural regeneration and urban poverty in Ethiopia. They claimed that improving water supplies in villages increased the population, forcing more young people to move to the city slums to find work.

Cities in Ethiopia, one of most rural countries in the world, are expected to double in size over the next 40 years to include 40 per cent of the population.

This explosion in urban living is a direct result of charity-funded projects, the study claims.

Infant mortality rates in the villages have fallen sharply. As their populations increase resources become strained. The local youths are forced to move to the cities in search of work.

The study was published in PLoS ONE and funded by the Leverhulme Trust, a research charity. It collected data from 1,280 households in five villages before and after the installation of water taps.

It showed that family size increased as child mortality rates dropped, which placed a strain on limited food supplies and led to higher rates of childhood malnutrition.

Researchers, working in conjunction with Addis Ababa University, concluded that those aged 15 to 30 with access to taps were three times more likely to migrate to a larger city or town in search of work and food than those without ready access to water.

Dr Mhairi Gibson, from the University of Bristol's Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, said: "The importance of the research lies in its identification of previously unforeseen consequences of international development.

"While improved access to water has reduced women's workloads and improved child health, it has unexpectedly led to higher birth rates and larger family sizes which have increased household shortages.

"These population pressures have encouraged young adults to migrate to urban areas, which actually contributes rather than relieves population pressure.

"The demographic consequences of rural intervention initiatives are rarely considered, but it is imperative that they should be. One of the key challenges of the 21st century relates to population pressures, and this work highlights the need to develop a better understanding of the relationship between demography and development."

In 1985 Bob Geldof brought the plight of millions of famine-struck Africans to the attention of the West by staging the Live Aid concert.

The concert and charity single raised an estimated £150 million, which provided access to safe, clean water for millions of rural Africans – many of whom now live in rural slums.
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Diverse judiciary more than 50 years away, says supreme court justice
Owen Bowcott
The Guardian, 16 November 2012

It may take more than 50 years to achieve a diverse judiciary that reflects the makeup of society under current appointment procedures, a supreme court justice has warned.

Positive discrimination in favour of women and ethnic minority candidates is the only method likely to "accelerate the rate of progress significantly" and should be more widely debated as an option, according to Lord Sumption.

But affirmative action would cause more problems than it solves, he cautioned, and is "patronising". It would make becoming a judge a far less attractive prospect for those who should be recruited to the bench.

In a lecture to the Bar Council late on Thursday, delivered at Inner Temple Hall in central London, Sumption, who became one of 12 justices on the UK's supreme court earlier this year, said that expectations of rapid change were misplaced.

Tie-breaker legislation being introduced by the government in the crimes and courts bill – which allows the candidate from a less represented gender or background to be selected when two applicants are deemed to be of equal merit – would make little difference in practice, he believed. ...

At present, 23% of the judiciary in England and Wales are women; only 4% are from ethnic minorities, compared with 12% of the population. There is only one woman, Lady Justice Hale, on the supreme court. Those figures are shifting: the proportion of women in the judiciary has doubled and that of ethnic minority office-holders has trebled since 1998.

"Positive discrimination is, I believe, the only thing that is likely to accelerate the rate of progress significantly," Sumption said. "It does not of course follow that positive discrimination is desirable, and ... in my view it is not. But it should at least be on the menu.

"We need, as a society, to have an honest public debate about the hitherto unmentionable subject of positive discrimination. We have to decide whether we want to accept a measure of positive discrimination in the selection of judges, as the price of making faster progress towards judicial diversity.

"The real problem is that the debate has not happened. It has not happened because of the conventional assumption that merit and diversity are compatible, even in the short term."

"Because we are not prepared to recognise that selection on merit is only compatible with a move to a diverse bench over a considerable period of time, we have never thought seriously enough about the choice to be made between them. I doubt whether we can afford to tiptoe round these issues for much longer." ...

Affirmative action, however, could be a damaging shortcut. "Positive discrimination is patronising," Sumption stated. "Those women and ethnic minority candidates who have been appointed under the current system are justifiably proud of having achieved this under a system based exclusively on individual merit.

"Many, probably most of those who are not judges but aspire to be appointed, do so because the principle of selection on individual merit makes it an ambition worth achieving. A partial abandonment of that principle would therefore be likely to make judicial office a great deal less attractive to the very people that its proponents are trying to help." Patience is required, Sumption said.
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The Big Tent is Empty
Charles Martel
American Thinker, 16 November 2012

If Republicans cave on amnesty, what will Hispanics say the next day?

The day after amnesty is passed, a common response from the Latino community will be, "Thanks suckers. We'll never forget what racists you Republicans always were. Now, where is my handout?" All of the Republicans' soaring rhetoric about the creative power of capitalism and the moral imperative to limit government – this is nothing but hot air to the hungry mouth that stands to benefit from a fatter Nanny State and the cuckold Uncle Sam. Immigrants, for whatever reason, are predisposed towards state largesse; 43 percent of immigrants who have been in the U.S. for more than 20 years are using welfare benefits. 57% of Mexican immigrants are on some form of welfare, compared with 6% of immigrants from the United Kingdom. ... Contrary to mainstream conservative wishful thinking, Hispanics do not become significantly more conservative as they move into the economic mainstream. ... Like blacks, Hispanics adopt the oppression fantasies of their indoctrination, and carry that ideology into the middle and upper class. Their racial solidarity has fused with a political ideology of liberalism, together fueling a monstrous expansion of the welfare state. These are patterns of behavior that can be observed and measured.

So, what good evidence can conservatives point to, to show that it's a good idea to welcome large numbers of lower-class immigrants? Perhaps the shambles in California is their model for America's future. The notion that "family values" will motivate Latinos to embrace conservatism is a fraud: a majority of Latinos support gay marriage. ...

... Those who suggest that our country is better off giving legal status to poorly educated, lower-class noncitizens need to consider the consequences of doing so. ...

If Asians won't vote for Republicans, why would we expect Hispanics to?

Obama's share of the Asian vote grew from 62% in 2008 to 73% in 2012. ... If Asians won't support conservatives, then there is no way on earth that Latinos will. ... ...

Minorities generally reject conservatism. Tokenism or marketing will not alter that political reality. Says one Hispanic community leader from the group La Raza, the country's largest Hispanic civil rights group: "The face of who delivers bad news does not change bad news." Republicans bring bad news because they want to reduce "government assistance programs that many Latinos rely on." Quite significantly, the group "La Raza" means "The Race," and it exists to advance the interests of Hispanic people exclusively. The Race pushes for open borders and an expanded welfare state, under a blatantly racial and ethnic banner.
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EU wants migrants to take our jobs
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 15 November 2012

Euro MPs will today call for even looser border controls to encourage a fresh wave of immigration into Europe – and Britain.

They will claim that many areas of the Continent face acute labour shortages that need to be filled with foreign workers.

Proposals include a relaxation of employment regulations so that millions more migrants – asylum seekers among them – can take up jobs within the EU, including the UK.

The Euro MPs also want Brussels to discuss further "social security co-ordination" to give migrants greater access to welfare benefits.

The proposals last night triggered fears that Britain will be hit by another population surge that will wreck the Government's attempt at restricting annual net immigration. ...

The issue is to be raised today at a meeting of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels.

A draft report prepared by another group of Euro MPs claims Europe needs more immigrant workers because of economic pressures caused by an ageing population.

The document urges "a common European system to identify labour market needs, with a view to the improved targeting and management of labour migration".

It suggests the EU can help train migrants in relevant job and language skills before they leave their home countries. And it calls for greater "social security co-ordination" within the EU and with immigrants' native countries, effectively moving towards an international welfare benefits system.

The Euro MPs also call for EU nations to "link refugee and labour market and to give asylum seekers access to the labour market as quickly as possible".

This would overturn the UK's current ban on asylum seekers taking jobs. ...

The report says immigrants should get training to help "promote diversity at work". It urges EU member nations to "set up language and integration programmes to cover the history, values and principles of European democracy and the rule of law, highlighting the role of women, minority rights and the right of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) people".
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Bush Commerce Sec: English Shouldn't Be Government's Official Language
Tony Lee
Breitbart, 14 November 2012

Republican Carlos Gutierrez, the Secretary of Commerce for George W. Bush's second term, said English should not be the official language of the U.S. government on Sunday.

Speaking on a panel on CNN's "State of the Union," Gutierrez said Republicans should lead on "comprehensive immigration reform" and the DREAM Act, while getting rid of "things like English as the official language of government."
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An Awakened Giant: The Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030
Paul Taylor, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Jeffrey Passel and Mark Hugo Lopez
Pew Hispanic Center, 14 November 2012

The record number of Latinos who cast ballots for president this year are the leading edge of an ascendant ethnic voting bloc that is likely to double in size within a generation, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis based on U.S. Census Bureau data, Election Day exit polls and a new nationwide survey of Hispanic immigrants.

The nation's 53 million Hispanics comprise 17% of the total U.S. population but just 10% of all voters this year, according to the national exit poll. To borrow a boxing metaphor, they still "punch below their weight."

However, their share of the electorate will rise quickly for several reasons. The most important is that Hispanics are by far the nation's youngest ethnic group. Their median age is 27 years – and just 18 years among native-born Hispanics – compared with 42 years for that of white non-Hispanics. In the coming decades, their share of the age-eligible electorate will rise markedly through generational replacement alone.

According to Pew Hispanic Center projections, Hispanics will account for 40% of the growth in the eligible electorate in the U.S. between now and 2030, at which time 40 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote, up from 23.7 million now.

Moreover, if Hispanics' relatively low voter participation rates and naturalization rates were to increase to the levels of other groups, the number of votes that Hispanics actually cast in future elections could double within two decades. ...

In addition to all these factors, there is the as-yet-unknowable size and impact of future immigration. About 24 million Hispanic immigrants have come to U.S. in the past four decades–in absolute numbers, the largest concentrated wave of arrivals among any ethnic or racial group in U.S. history. Some 45% arrived in the U.S. legally, and 55% arrived illegally.

Assuming Hispanic immigration continues into the future – even at the significantly reduced levels of recent years – the Hispanic electorate will expand beyond the numbers dictated by the growth among Hispanics already living in the U.S. And because immigrants tend to have more children than the native born, the demographic ripple effect of future immigration on the makeup of the electorate will be felt for generations.
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French Media Ignores Protest against Radical Islam
Dale Hurd
CBN, 13 November 2012

A patriotic march for French values and culture, and against radical Islam, was virtually blacked out by France's politically correct media.

Over the weekend, protestors chanted against Islamic fascism and about the French victory over Arab invaders in 732 A.D. It was the first march of its kind in France.

A broad coalition of groups from across France came together because they feel they're losing their country to radical Islam, Sharia law, and a politically correct establishment that encourages the spread of Islam.

"Sharia law is slowly being enforced in our country and we want to march here to protest that because our government is doing nothing," one French demonstrator said.

"The French people – they want to defend their culture, their history - they are called 'fascists,'" one woman said.

"I don't think it's only a problem of France. It's a problem of Europe. It's also a problem for the U.S.A.," another protestor said. ...

France has more Muslims than any other European nation. Some believe there could be as many as 15 million Muslims in France, although the official figure is much lower.

Noted French writer Renaud Camus helped organize the march.

"What I call 'le grande remplacement,' or 'the big replacement,' the change in population, is the biggest thing to happen in French history since the 15th century," he said.

The leftist French media ignored the demonstration, seeing it as racist. But it's clear the movement to resist radical Islam is growing in France.
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NHS struggling with biggest baby boom in 40 years
John Carr
Daily Express, 12 November 2012

The biggest baby boom in 40 years has left maternity departments and midwives struggling to cope, nursing leaders warned yesterday.

More than 700,000 babies are expected to be born in England alone this year, according to the Royal College of Midwives – the highest number since 1971.

Just between January and March, there were 170,900 births in England – 4,600 more than the same period last year.

The RCM said the increase is placing "enormous pressure" on the NHS, with under-resourced maternity services stretched to the limit. ...

The latest figures from the Government's Office for National Statistics suggest that much of the rise is due to immigration, with 24 per cent of births in 2011 to women born overseas, up from 22 per cent in 2007.

An ONS spokesman said the organisation was not able to comment on the RCM's projected figures for this year.

But speaking about the trend over the past five years, he said: "It's documented in our birth and migration data that a significant component of the increase in birth rate is to do with higher fertility among migrant women.

"That's been a significant proportion of our population increase."
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Jobless migrants from Romania and Bulgaria face NHS hospital ban: But May gives no clue as to how it will be enforced
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 12 November 2012

Migrants from Romania and Bulgaria could be barred from using NHS hospitals if they come to Britain without a job, Theresa May suggested yesterday.

The Home Secretary admitted she would not be able to extend travel restrictions on the two countries when these expire at the end of next year.

But she said she was determined to limit the so-called 'pull factors' blamed for drawing thousands of jobless migrants to the UK.

Home Office sources said officials were looking at restricting access to key public services for migrants who arrive here without a job.

Areas being looked at include healthcare, education, housing and benefits.

Detailed proposals will be published next year but enforcing any ban will be fraught with difficulties. ...

Only people who have lived in the UK for the past year can get free NHS treatment but a Panorama investigation found that a third of 133 hospital trusts that replied to Freedom of Information requests made no checks.
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Britain powerless to stop tens of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians moving to UK next year, Theresa May admits
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph website, 11 November 2012

Britain is powerless to stop tens of thousands of Eastern European immigrants from coming to live in Britain from next year, Theresa May has admitted.

Five year old quotas limiting the number of people from Bulgaria and Romania who can move to live in Britain are due to expire in just over 12 months' time.

This will give 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain in 2014 under European "freedom of movement" rules.

In an interview on BBC1, the Home Secretary said Britain would not be able to extend the so-called "transitional arrangements" to limit the expected influx.

Mrs May hinted that Britain might try to deny them benefits and access to the National Health Service to put them off from coming.

She told the Andrew Marr programme: "There are no further transitional controls that we can put on – the transitional controls end in December 2013.

"But that's where the importance of looking at some of the issues about what it is that is attracting people to come here, in terms of things like our benefits system and access to the health service, is so important." ...

The Home Office has made no official predictions of how many more Bulgarians and Romanians will seek to enter Britain when the current limitations end, and argues that most who want to come have probably arrived already, finding work on the black market if they cannot work legally.
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Immigration backlog is the size of Iceland
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2012

The immigration system is "spiralling out of control" as officials run up a backlog of more than 300,000 cases, MPs have warned.

The Commons home affairs select committee said the growing number of immigration cases – which includes almost 174,000 missing illegal immigrants – is equivalent of the population of Iceland.

Mismanagement by the UK Border Agency could lead to tens of thousands more illegal immigrants being granted an "effective amnesty" as officials write off their cases, the MPs said.

The number of unresolved immigration cases rose by 25,000 between April and June this year. The UK Border Agency had 302,064 cases to investigate, trace or conclude, the MPs found.

Most of the increase was in illegal immigrants who have not been removed from the UK and have gone missing.

The agency's "migration refusal pool", which lists people refused permission to remain in the UK but who have not been traced, rose by 24,000. The agency now lists 174,000 people who should not be in the UK but who cannot be located.

The outstanding cases included the 95,000 in the "controlled archives", effectively the backlog of immigration and asylum cases, which the agency promised to close by the end of the year. To do so, it will have to assess all these cases in three months. Over the previous year, officials managed to remove only 29,000 cases from the archive in a year.

The committee warned that a rush to clear the archives could result in many people without permission to be in the UK having their cases closed, effectively allowing them to remain permanently. ...

A UK Border Agency spokesman said there was "no question of an amnesty".
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The slow death of white America
Tom Leonard
Daily Mail, 9 November 2012

For Republicans struggling to understand their defeat at the polls, the most chilling statistic in this week's presidential election was this: Mitt Romney won the biggest share of the white vote that any Republican White House contender ever has – and he still lost.

In an election battle that was defined as much as anything by race, Mitt Romney won the support of 59 per cent of whites, but just 27 per cent of Latinos, 26 per cent of Asian-Americans and 6 per cent of African-Americans.

Thirty years ago, being unpopular with ethnic minorities would hardly have stopped a white establishment candidate like Romney from trouncing Barack Obama. But back then, whites accounted for almost 90 per cent of voters. Now they make up just 72 per cent of the electorate, and that figure is shrinking by the year. ...

The evidence of this demographic timebomb, which is likely to alter the face and character of the U.S. far more fundamentally than any number of elections, was made plain in the summer in a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

It revealed that for the first time in American history, ethnic minorities now account for more than half the babies born in the U.S. ...

Thanks to the sweeping away of immigrant quotas, the immigrant population has quadrupled since 1970, with nearly 14 million entering the country between 2000 and 2010 alone. ...

Pat Buchanan told me that white Middle America feels it has been abandoned. 'They watch on cable TV as illegal aliens walk into their country and are rewarded with free healthcare and education for their kids, take jobs away from U.S. workers and carry Mexican flags while marching in American cities to demand U.S. citizenship: they sense that they are losing their country, and they are right,' he said.
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Foreigners make up more than a quarter of London's crime suspects
Evening Standard (London), 9 November 2012

More than a quarter of all criminal suspects arrested in London are foreign nationals with around half coming from the EU, Scotland Yard revealed today.

Intelligence also shows around 1,400 foreign suspects are classified as "high harm offenders" with links to gangs, violence, sex offences or burglary.

The figures emerged as Scotland Yard revealed details of a joint operation with the UK Border Agency to target the 200 foreign nationals arrested every day in the capital.

Police have drafted in immigration officials to all of its 72 custody suites in London to help gather intelligence on foreign suspects.

The figures show that in the five weeks since the Operation Nexus was launched the Met arrested a total of 25,968 people, of whom 6,988 were identified as foreign nationals.

Of these 155 were immediately identified as breaching immigration rules and detained by the UKBA. Around a quarter of these people have already been deported. Forty three of the 155 were arrested for violence, 13 for sex offences, 18 for drugs and 27 for theft.

Intelligence shows that around 1,400 are high harm offenders who are associated with crimes including gangs, violence, sex offences or burglary.

Around 25 per cent of London's most dangerous gang members and about 15 per cent of sex offenders are foreign.

Flags are placed on 'high harm' suspects to prevent them getting British citizenship.

For the first time British embassies abroad are also using the Nexus databases to block visas for 'high risk' individuals with a history of violence and crime. ...

About half of all foreign nationals arrested in London are from the EU and the Met is building closer links with police forces in Ireland, Lithuania, Poland and Romania, countries with a high proportion of people arrested.

Further afield police say countries such as India, Somalia and Jamaica have high numbers of nationals arrested in London.
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Obama wins re-election
Richard S. Dunham
San Francisco Chronicle, 8 November 2012

A demographic tidal wave became a Democratic tidal wave as President Obama won a tight but decisive re-election victory Tuesday with the help of record-breaking support from Hispanic voters, massive turnout from African Americans and continuing enthusiasm from young Americans.

Although Republican nominee Mitt Romney won a larger share of the white vote than any presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan scored a landslide re-election victory in 1984, the former Massachusetts governor ended up a loser at the polls because of the racial, ethnic and generational changes that have altered the U.S. electoral landscape.

The portion of nonwhite voters in the electorate has tripled over the last four decades to 27 percent on Tuesday. The Democratic incumbent led among African Americans by 93 percent to 7 percent - the best performance by a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Heavy African American turnout in Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Miami changed the dynamic in four battleground states. In key swing states, Romney received just 1 percent of the African American vote in Florida and 3 percent in Ohio and Virginia.

Meanwhile, Latino voters, energized by tough Republican rhetoric on immigration, voted Democratic by 69 percent to 30 percent, tipping the balance of power in a string of states including Nevada, New Mexico and Iowa.
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Record number of Hispanic and Asian voters head to the polls to help Obama secure second term - as his support among whites plummets
Lydia Warren
Daily Mail, 8 November 2012

President Obama's second term in the White House was largely secured by record numbers of votes from ethnic minorities, while his popularity among whites plummeted, exit polls have revealed.

Hispanics, the fastest-growing demographic in the United States, accounted for ten per cent of all voters in the election, an increase on last year's record of nine per cent, the polls suggested.

Of these, 71 per cent voted for Obama, up from 67 per cent in 2008. In a sign Republicans are failing to win over this increasingly influential group, Romney won just 27 per cent.

A record number of Asian voters - three per cent of the electorate - also turned out, with nearly three-quarters backing Obama. He also won a staggering 93 per cent of African-American votes.

Yet while his popularity among ethnic minorities swelled, he received just 39 per cent of the white votes, down by four per cent on the last election, a drop his campaign had anticipated.

Romney secured 59 per cent of the white vote - the largest majority achieved by any presidential candidate in U.S. history who then failed to win.

With Hispanics numbering 53 million in the U.S. - about 17 per cent of the population - the results show just how key their votes are to elections, and how Republicans are failing to win them over.
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Obama To Unleash Racial-Preferences Juggernaut
Paul Sperry
Investor's Business Daily, 8 November 2012

If your organization has a policy or practice that doesn't benefit minorities equally, watch out: The Obama administration could sue you for racial discrimination under a dubious legal theory that many argue is unconstitutional.

President Obama intends to close "persistent gaps" between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation rates.

His remedy – short of new affirmative-action legislation – is to sue financial companies, schools and employers based on "disparate impact" complaints – a stealthy way to achieve racial preferences, opposed 2 to 1 by Americans.

Under this broad interpretation of civil-rights law, virtually any organization can be held liable for race bias if it maintains a policy that negatively impacts one racial group more than another – even if it has no racist motive and applies the policy evenly across all groups.

This means that even race-neutral rules for mortgage underwriting and consumer credit scoring potentially can be deemed racist if prosecutors can produce statistics showing they tend to result in adverse outcomes for blacks or Latinos.

Already, Attorney General Eric Holder has used the club of disparate-impact lawsuits to beat almost $500 million in loan set-asides and other claims out of the nation's largest banks.

In addition to the financial settlements – which include millions in funding for affordable-housing activists – Bank of America, Wells Fargo and SunTrust have all agreed to adopt more minority-friendly lending policies.
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Blackta, Young Vic, review
Charles Spencer
Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2012

Over recent years we have seen the growth of colour-blind casting in the theatre, as stage productions try to reflect today's multi-cultural society.

There are some who suggest that having black actors playing English Kings in Shakespeare is "political correctness gone mad" but by and large, I think the majority of theatre audiences accept that the colour of an actor's skin shouldn't restrict the roles he or she is able to play. It is talent that should count.

It's still a live issue though. The RSC, which has led the way in colour-blind casting, has just run into trouble for featuring only three East Asian actors in its forthcoming production of The Orphan of Zhao, a play regarded as the Chinese Hamlet. Now the actor Nathaniel Martello-White has come up with Blackta, a sparky satire about the life of black British thesps.
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British 'brain drain' of professionals raises concerns over skills shortages
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 November 2012

An increasing middle-class "brain drain" of British professionals moving abroad to live and work is raising concerns about future skills shortages in the UK, Home Office research has found.

The study of emigration from Britain reveals that an estimated 4.7 million UK-born people now live abroad, with Australia consistently the most popular destination over the past 20 years.

The research also discloses that, contrary to popular wisdom, fewer people emigrate from Britain at times of rising unemployment as they find it harder to sell-up and fund their move abroad. ...

The study found that those moving abroad are overwhelmingly (93%) of working age and that the popular image of Brits retiring to the Spanish Costas is in decline. Only 4,000 people of retirement age moved abroad in 2010, down from a peak of 22,000 in 2006. The fall reflects the end of the house price bubble in Britain during which homeowners could sell up and live more cheaply abroad, while enjoying the better climate and quality of life. The largest numbers of British pensioners living abroad are not in Spain at all but are to be found in Australia, Canada and the US, reflecting the large British communities who settled in those countries years ago.

The Office of National Statistics says emigration from Britain rose sharply over the past decade from 363,000 a year to a peak of 427,000 in 2008. Since then it has fallen back to 350,000 a year. Long-term migrants are defined as those who move abroad for at least 12 months.

British emigrants account for 149,000 or 43% of the 350,000 who left Britain to live abroad during 2011. The remaining 57% were made up of almost equal numbers of European Union and non-EU citizens returning home after living and working in Britain.

It also found that citizens of other EU countries, who face shorter travel distances and lower costs, are far more likely to return home after living in Britain than those from the rest of the world. Migrants from the Indian sub-continent and the Caribbean Commonwealth countries are also more likely to settle in Britain than those who come to live in Britain from Australia, New Zealand or America.

The Home Office study says a large and increasing proportion of British citizens moving abroad are those from the professional or managerial occupations and this has implications for the future availability of skills in Britain.

This group made up just over a third or 37% of British emigrants in 1991 but reached nearly half or 48% in 2010 after a steady year-on-year rise until the global recession of 2008. Most moved abroad to a definite job rather than simply speculative looking for work. ...

The largest British communities around the world are in Australia (1.2 million), the US (701,000), Canada (675,000) and Spain (411,000).
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New study examines migration to UK
Daily Express, 6 November 2012

Migrants from the Indian sub-continent are more likely to settle in the UK than those from wealthier countries, a report has found.

People coming to the UK from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were "much more likely to stay permanently in the UK" than migrants from the wealthier Old Commonwealth countries, the Home Office-commissioned report into emigration said. ...

Just 10% of migrants to the UK from the Indian sub-continent in the 1980s and 1990s left within two years of arriving, and only 15% left within five years, figures showed.

But 44% of migrants from Australia and New Zealand left the UK within two years of arriving, probably due to the "large numbers arriving on two-year, young persons' working visas", and 57% within five years.

Two-thirds of those from the USA and Canada also emigrated from the UK within five years, the report added.

Other studies found more migrants from the Indian sub-continent settled in the UK compared with migrants from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
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Children 'with no state' in UK
BBC, 5 November 2012

Hundreds of children living rough in London and other cities may have no nationality, the BBC has found.

Inside Out London has uncovered stories of children who according to official records do not exist - some forced into sex work to eat.

Further research by the BBC suggests it is a UK-wide problem.

Charities warn of stateless children in Birmingham, Leeds, Coventry, Nottingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Oxford and Cardiff.

"The problems caused by statelessness are by no means limited to London," Chris Nash, of charity Asylum Aid, said.

Though, he acknowledges it is in the capital that the problem is most acute.

Many of London's stateless youths came to the UK legally, but were never officially registered.

They cannot access education or apply for social housing.

And according to two respected youth charities contacted by the BBC, there are "hundreds" of them in the city. ...

Some stateless children are as young as 14. With no support, shelter or care, they are increasingly turning to crime to survive.

And for teenagers like Tony, attempting to become a legal citizen retrospectively can be virtually impossible.

No longer in contact with their families, they struggle to prove their identity to immigration officials. ...

According to the Oxford University Centre on Migration Policy and Society, London and Birmingham are the major hotspots for statelessness.

The organisation spoke to 53 "irregular migrant" children and parents in the two cities, from countries including Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Jamaica, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq and the Kurdish region of Turkey.

The researchers estimate there are 120,000 children living in the UK without legal immigration status, mostly in London.

About a tenth of London's children are thought to have uncertain immigration status.

But there are no concrete figures for the number of stateless children - precisely because they are stateless.
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Met Police 'could be sued over plan to give top jobs to black people and women'
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 4 November 2012

Britain's biggest police force is to become the first public body to adopt a policy that gives priority for top jobs to black people and women.

The Metropolitan Police will recruit senior officers and promote civilian staff from minority groups in 'tie-break' situations where they are just as qualified as white or male candidates.

Scotland Yard's diversity board has warned that the 'positive action' policy, made legal by equality laws last year, will be controversial.

The move could trigger lawsuits by job applicants who lose out and is likely to raise concerns that successful candidates were chosen to fill quotas rather than on merit. But a meeting chaired by Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe took the decision to use positive action after it was given Government advice.

Minutes of the policy forum meeting on July 11 state: 'The Forum were supportive of using a legal provision that could potentially deliver a more diverse workforce.

'It accepted the Diversity Board's caution but were confident that Legal Services could guide on the few occasions this provision would be used.' ...

The legislation, introduced in April last year, lets employers recruit or promote candidates if they have a 'protected characteristic', such as race, that is under-represented.

But Scotland Yard's Diversity Executive Board warned in an internal paper: 'This is legislation, ambiguously written, with no case law existing to support legal advice. No public or private sector organisations contacted have plans to use it.'
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British families want out as more seek relaxed life abroad
Andrew Hough
Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2012

A majority of middle-class families want to leave Britain because it no longer offers them an adequate quality of life, a new survey has concluded.

Researchers found almost two in three families wanted to emigrate overseas because of the poor weather, rude locals and a celebrity-obsessed culture.

Families say they also want to escape the economic downturn, expensive housing and the "loss of community spirit and neighbourliness" in British society.

The survey, conducted by the University of Huddersfield, also found most wanted a new, more relaxed life in a community with a more optimistic "can do" attitude.

Despite celebrating a year when British national pride is arguably at its highest, families admitted they wanted their "children to grow up in a country with a stronger sense of community than they believe exists in the UK".

Australia was the first country of choice, with almost one in three wanting to move Down Under, followed by the United States, New Zealand, Canada and a host of European countries such as Spain, France and Italy. ...

"The comparative prosperity of our nation and children is fundamental to our sense of 'Britishness'," said Prof Paul Ward, co-director of university's Academy of British and Irish Studies and the report's author.

"But losing this position in the world's economy is prompting many Brits to reconsider where they live.

"Many are choosing places founded by British settlers which retain core British values, or values similar to them, but are more affluent and in a better position to invest in economic drivers for the future such as health, education and transport."

He added: "Many of the families we speak to, tell us they want to live in a community that embodies old-fashioned British values while enjoying a warmer climate and better work-life balance."

The report, titled When the British built Adelaide they wanted to build a better Britain, suggested that "old-fashioned British values, thriving community spirit and a more relaxed way of life" were evident in the South Australian capital.
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'This is outrageous abuse of hospitality': Judge's anger as he jails family of Ugandan fraudsters who stole £4 million in benefits to buy luxury homes and restaurants in Africa
Christian Gysin
Daily Mail, 2 November 2012

A judge accused a family of African fraudsters of an 'outrageous abuse of the hospitality' shown to them by Britain as they were jailed yesterday for stealing £4 million from taxpayers.

The 20-year scam included one of the fraud ringleaders creating fake identities for up to 100 children to milk the benefits system.

Ruth Nagubuzi also claimed to have HIV and Aids in order to receive costly drugs which she then sent back to Uganda for huge profits.

It was estimated that supplying the medicines to the 49-year-old, as well as four other made-up 'sufferers', cost the taxpayer more than £2 million.

A further £154,000 went on education for members of the 'family', with £37,500 for a single higher education course.

Fraud relating to accommodation costs and sub-letting of flats by Nagubuzi cost £650,000, and the family's benefits including child allowances, disability benefits, and council tax and tax credits totalled £900,000. ...

Yesterday eight of the group were sentenced to a total of 19 years by Judge Nicholas Ainley at Croydon Crown Court in South London.

He told Nagubuzi: 'This was a fraud on a huge scale and it is an outrageous abuse of the hospitality you were offered by this country when you came here in trouble.

'The identities you used and no doubt sold were then used by other people. You had no scruples in bringing children to this country and then involving them in your criminal pursuits. This was motivated entirely by greed. All these identities were, for you, valuable commodities.'

The use of so many names to perpetuate the fraud led one investigator to remark: 'The true figure of what these people stole from us may never be known. It could be in excess of £6 million after they launched a systematic assault on our welfare system.' ...

Yesterday those found guilty were joined in the dock by four other gang members who had earlier pleaded guilty to numerous offences.

The other guilty fraudsters included Nagubuzi, who managed to claim £2,280,000 in HIV/Aids medication for herself and in four other identities, which investigators believe she has sold for vast profit in Uganda. ...

Nagubuzi came to the UK in 1991 and claimed asylum for herself and four children she had left in Uganda. Three years later she used the name Jane Namusisi to apply for asylum again – along with two more children. In 1999, using the name Pauline Zalwango, she applied once more, this time with three children.
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Swiss Ecopop group forces immigration referendum
BBC, 2 November 2012

A group of Swiss environmentalists has collected enough signatures to force a national referendum on immigration.

The Ecopop group says natural resources are under increasing pressure from overpopulation.

It wants annual population growth through immigration capped at 0.2% and a tenth of foreign aid to be used for birth control measures abroad.

Switzerland now has a population of eight million people - almost a quarter of them foreigners.

Ecopop gathered a petition with 120,700 certified signatures - easily passing the 100,000 threshold needed for a referendum on the proposed new law.

"The pressure on land, nature and the countryside is considerable, and quality of life is continuously deteriorating due to a lack of living space," said Ecopop member Philippe Roch, a former director of the Swiss environment department.

The group insists it is opposed to all forms of xenophobia and racism but says Switzerland must limit immigration to avoid urbanisation and to preserve agricultural land. ...

Correspondents say the initiative reflects growing concern in Switzerland about overcrowding. The population has risen by some 15% since 1990.

In April, the Swiss government agreed to re-impose immigration quotas on workers from central and eastern EU countries - a decision criticised by EU officials.

Until 2011, Switzerland had a quota of 2,000 residency permits per year for citizens of the so-called "A8" nations, which joined the EU in 2004.

The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), which blames rising rents and crowded transport on immigration, has also gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on tougher immigration quotas.
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Who Got Jobs During the Obama Presidency?
Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler
Center for Immigration Studies, November 2012

A new analysis of government data shows that two-thirds of the net increase in employment since President Obama took office has gone to immigrant workers, primarily legal immigrants. Although the level of new immigration overall has fallen, legal immigration remains very high. While economists debate the extent to which immigrants displace natives, the new data make clear that there is no general labor shortage in the United States. This analysis calls into question the wisdom of bringing in more than a million new legal immigrants each year at a time when the employment situation remains bleak.

Among the findings of this analysis:

• Since President Obama took office, 67 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).

• There were 1.94 million more immigrants (legal and illegal) working in the third quarter of 2012 than at the start of 2009, when the president took office. This compares to a 938,000 increase for natives over the same time period.

• Most of the immigrant growth in employment was the result of new immigration, rather than immigrants already in the country taking jobs. Some 1.6 million new immigrant workers arrived from abroad since the start of 2009 – we estimate 70 to 90 percent entered legally.

• Immigrants made employment gains across the labor market. In occupations where immigrant gains were the largest, there were 2.2 million unemployed natives.

• A large share of employment growth was going to immigrants well before President Obama took office. However, he has taken steps to increase the level of job competition from foreign-born workers:

• He offered work authorization to an estimated two million illegal immigrants who arrived in the country before age 16 – nearly 200,000 of whom have applied so far.

• When auditing employers who hire illegal workers, the administration has not detained the illegal workers as a matter of policy, allowing them to take new jobs.

• The administration called on the Supreme Court in 2010 to strike down Arizona's law requiring employers to verify the legal status of new workers. ...

... This type of comparison shows that from the first quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2012, most of the net increase in the number of people working went to immigrants, referred to as the foreign-born by Census Bureau. The foreign-born are persons who are not U.S. citizens at birth. It includes naturalized citizens, green card holders, guest workers, and illegal immigrants. ...

... It is unfortunate that both presidential candidates have chosen to not even discuss possible job competition between immigrants and natives.
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Ipswich: Outrage as criminal cannot be deported because she's a criminal
Colin Adwent and Richard Porritt
EADT, 1 November 2012

An inability to deport a criminal because she would be shunned for her criminality in her homeland, was today branded an "outrage" by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer.

While stressing it would never be right for a politician to criticise a judge, Mr Gummer was aghast the current human rights laws have allowed Ai Vee Ong, of Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, to successfully fight her deportation to Malaysia. ...

Ong, was jailed for four years for exploiting illegal immigrants and other offences. ...

An earlier appeal for Ong to remain in the country was thrown out on the grounds the judge regarded the public interest in Ong's deportation as substantial, although her risk of re-offending was low.

Ong appealed and Judge D E Taylor of the Upper Tribunal has now overturned the decision, allowing Ong to stay in Britain.

It was said Ong's removal would interfere with her right to a private and family life in the UK, and deportation would not be proportionate.

The court heard Ong had not told her family about her conviction, because she would be disowned due to the shame and disgrace.

Part of Judge Taylor's conclusion read: "Mr Liew also states that they could not build a new life together in Malaysia because they would be discriminated against because of the Appellant's criminal record."

"I accept the evidence that the couple would find it very difficult in reality to go back to Malaysia with the stigma of her being a criminal and the problems which he would have establishing a business there, and becoming accepted in the Chinese community there when his wife is a convicted criminal."
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Spain dismantles Pakistani human trafficking ring, 31 October 2012

Spanish police said on Wednesday they had smashed a human trafficking ring in Barcelona, arresting 18 people suspected of smuggling around 1,000 Pakistanis every year into the European Union.

Officers have "dismantled a criminal organisation dedicated to the trafficking of illegal immigrants of Pakistani nationality," local police said in a statement.

The victims had paid between 600 and 15,000 euros ($800 and $20,000) each to be smuggled into Barcelona and other European cities, local police said in a statement, adding that the network had operated for at least seven years.
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Britain facing new eastern Europe immigration surge
David Barrett and Colin Freeman
Sunday Telegraph, 28 October 2012
[The website date given for this report is 21 October but the print date is 28 October]

Britain is facing a new wave of Eastern European immigration which will put British workers' jobs at risk, experts have warned.

Twenty nine million Bulgarians and Romanians will gain the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain in 2014 under European "freedom of movement" rules.

Last night forecasters said it could lead to a significant number of new arrivals, in the same way as when Poland and other Eastern European countries gained the same rights in 2004, with the scale likely to be increased by the economic crisis gripping the rest of Europe.

And a Government report was disclosed to show concern among official advisers that the British labour market will suffer "adverse effects" as a result.

Both the countries' citizens currently have restricted rights to come to Britain since they joined the European Union in 2007, but those limits end on 31 December 2013, opening the way for them to move freely. ...

But there appears to be no prospect of Britain preventing the restrictions being lifted, as it would involve tearing up the provisions of the treaty signed when Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU. ...

Experts on the government's Migration Advisory Committee agree immigration is likely to rise when the restrictions are lifted, and have warned it will have a negative effect on the job market in Britain. ...

Robert Rowthorn, emeritus professor of economics at Cambridge University, said: "The potential for immigration is very large because these are poor countries and they have populations of nearly 30 million between them. ...

More than 130,000 immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria are living in Britain and Britain is one of the most popular destinations for Bulgarian migrants, along with Greece, Spain and Germany, while the Romanian Embassy says that Spain and Italy attract 80 per cent of their emigrants.

But the perilous state of the Greek and Spanish economies may mean that much larger numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians decide to come here instead.

Those who come currently either have to have a job when they move or declare themselves as self-employed.

However an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed how loopholes in current restrictions have allowed eastern Europeans to take 50,000 jobs from which they should have been excluded.

By declaring themselves technically "self-employed", Bulgarians and Romanians have been able to access jobs in trades like hotel and restaurant work, sales, and taxi-driving. Hundreds of women have also been hired as self-employed lapdancers.

Romanian and British job agencies have become adept at streamlining the paperwork involved for employers, so that even waiters, hotel receptionists and porters can be hired on a self-employed basis. ...

Official figures from the Department for Work and Pensions showed 40,260 Romanian and Bulgarian workers applied for National Insurance numbers last year - the largest number on record and a 28 per cent rise year on year.
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Immigration caps don't hamper the economic recovery. Why pretend otherwise?
Andrew Green
The Spectator, 28 October 2012

The immigration lobby are getting desperately short of arguments to set against the huge costs of mass immigration. The first body blow was a House of Lords report which 'found no evidence...... that net migration generates significant economic benefits for the existing UK population' (see ...). This was followed by a report from the government's own Migration Advisory Committee which pointed out that much of any benefit goes to the immigrants themselves. (see Paragraphs 3.6-3.13 ...). Then a study by the NIESR found that the contribution of the much vaunted East European migrants to GDP per head was expected to be 'negligible' (see Exec Summary ...), indeed negative in the long run.

So their latest ploy is to claim that immigration control is a barrier to the vital task of economic recovery. You only have to glance at the facts to see that this also collapses. There is no limit on senior staff transfers between international companies nor, of course, on any form of recruitment from the EEA – a pool of over 500 million people. Tier 1, the route for self-starters, was effectively closed after evidence that a significant proportion ended up in unskilled roles such as shop assistants, security guards, and supermarket cashiers. (see ...) Tier 2, for skilled workers sponsored by employers, was capped at 20,700 a year but in its first year, only about half that quota has been taken up. (see ...) How is that for a killer blow? Meanwhile, improved routes have been introduced for entrepreneurs and investors. (see ...) Given all this, it is hard to believe that some are questioning whether Britain is 'open for business' – especially when we receive one and a half million business visitors a year. Someone must be doing some business!

Nor should employers be our only concern. Since 2000, the British labour market has expanded by just over 2 million, virtually all of whom were foreign born. (see ...) Whatever the technical arguments, it is clear that, over the boom period up to 2008, British workers were not drawn into the active labour market as would have been desirable. Obviously, immigration is not the only factor. There are issues of motivation, welfare provision, education and training but it does seem clear that, if employers are entirely free to bring in cheap, flexible and non-unionised labour, they are likely to do so – especially if they are tied to them by the work permit system. For wider social reasons it is important that there should be some countervailing pressure on employers to train and employ British workers. Two and a half million people unemployed is more than enough.

Those who are protesting the loudest should be clear about the kind of immigration policy that they advocate. If they want a virtually open door they should say so and say how they would address the consequences. Immigration at current levels will add five million to the UK population in the next fifteen years. To accommodate the extra numbers we would have to build the equivalent of eight major cities – Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol. We already have a major housing crisis to say nothing of an empty exchequer. Need I say more?
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Labour is stuffed on immigration
Patrick O'Flynn
Daily Express, 27 October 2012

Labour lost the last election because of immigration. That claim was made to me recently by a senior Left-of-centre political figure. I had never thought of it in such dramatic terms. ...

But until the last few weeks, if asked, I would have placed immigration just below other factors such as over-taxation, reckless borrowing and loss of control of the benefits system, along with Brown's personal shortcomings as causes for Labour's crushing defeat in 2010.

But no, my informant told me, the electorate had been unsure of the Conservatives on the economy and it was the fury of long-time Labour supporters about immigration that had really shifted votes.

This week saw the publication of research that showed how right he was.

A major study of Labour supporters and former supporters by pollster YouGov found that 78 per cent of those who had voted for Tony Blair in 1997 but abandoned the party by 2010 support a policy of zero net immigration.

More than two-thirds of voters who stuck with Labour want the same.

I repeat, that is not "net annual immigration in the tens of thousands" (the coalition's target that Labour says is too harsh) it is zero net immigration (where the number of people coming in is strictly pegged to the number of people going out). ...

Many analysts now believe natural Labour voters are even more sceptical about immigration than Tory ones.

No wonder that Ed Miliband has already made some tentative comments acknowledging that Labour got some things "wrong".

Labour's latest policy forum report admits: "We should have done more. We should have implemented the points-based system much earlier, implemented full transitional controls for new EU member states and more should have been done to manage the impact of migration on communities to ensure the benefits were shared equally and to tackle exploitation where it occurred."

Where does this leave Miliband's immigration spokesman Chris Bryant?

At the Labour conference he actually condemned the coalition for having an immigration cap at all. He did so in a fringe meeting rather than the main hall ...

"There is another argument which people worry about and it is that this country is too full. I don't subscribe to that view," said Mr Bryant. ...

Miliband later admitted that "lowskilled migration" had been too high but added: "It is hard to say in the abstract precisely what level of immigration you want."

I'd say that he had better try. And he'd better come up with a number close to zero.

Because if he doesn't compromise with the electorate, the electorate isn't going to compromise with him.
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Racial prejudice in US worsened during Obama's first term, study shows
Paul Harris
The Guardian, 27 October 2012

Racial prejudice in America is more widespread now than when President Barack Obama became the country's first black president in a historic 2008 vote, a new survey has shown.

In a poll of racial attitudes by the Associated Press news agency, researchers found that more Americans have attitudes that are both implicit and explicitly racist than when the same survey was conducted four years ago.

The news comes as Obama is deadlocked in a tight race for re-election against Republican challenger Mitt Romney and surveys have shown strong support for Obama among minorities while white voters favour Romney.

In all, 51% of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48% four years ago, the study showed.

When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56%, up from 49% during the last presidential election. ...

A majority of Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too.

In an AP survey done in 2011, 52% of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure had risen to 57% in the implicit test in 2012.

There was no comparative data for before that. Though race has not been played an especially high profile in the election campaign so far America, like many societies, still struggles with racism. ...

The survey also found that some 79% of Republicans expressed explicit racial prejudice compared to 32% of Democrats.

The implicit test too showed that 64% of Republicans had racial prejudice compared to 55% of Democrats, while independents came in at 49%.

The explicit racism test asked respondents whether they agreed or disagreed with a series of statements about black and Hispanic people.

In addition, the surveys asked how well respondents thought certain words, such as "friendly", 'hardworking", "violent" and "lazy" described blacks, whites and Hispanics.

The same respondents were also administered a survey designed to measure implicit racism, in which a photo of a black, Hispanic or white male flashed on the screen before a neutral image of a Chinese character.

The respondents were then asked to rate their feelings toward the Chinese character. Previous research has shown that people transfer their feelings about the photo onto the character, allowing researchers to measure racist feelings even if a respondent does not acknowledge them.
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Just 62 out of 11,000 foreign prisoners have been kicked out despite Cameron's pledge of crackdown
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 27 October 2012

Just 62 foreign criminals have been sent home under the Tories despite David Cameron's pledge to remove thousands from British jails.

The Prime Minister promised a crackdown two years ago after it emerged that more than 11,000 foreign inmates – one in eight prisoners – are clogging up our jails.

But official figures released this week show that fewer offenders are being deported than when Labour was in power.

Since January last year, only 62 have been sent home to serve the rest of their sentences – 25 to just one country, the Netherlands.

Just 30 were returned in total last year – far less than the 89 in 2010 and 64 in 2009. Each inmate costs taxpayers £45,000 a year – meaning the total bill is over £500 million.

Current agreements prevent the authorities from sending prisoners home without their consent. Although Mr Cameron pledged in November 2010 to tear up such agreements, only one has since been renegotiated – with Saudi Arabia. None of its nationals has been sent back.

As of June 30 this year, there were 11,861 foreign inmates – 12.6 per cent of the total – serving time for offences including murder, burglary, drugs, assault and rape.

Parliamentary figures show Jamaica has the most nationals in our jails, with 900 inmates, followed by Poland with 750, Ireland's 737 and Nigeria's 594.

Despite this, not a single prisoner has been returned to Jamaica, while three have gone back to Ireland, and just one has been sent to Nigeria and Poland.

Labour's justice spokesman Sadiq Khan, who uncovered the figures, said: 'David Cameron claimed back in 2010 that he would "personally intervene" to send more foreign criminals back home. But these figures I have uncovered show this Tory-led Government is sending back fewer foreign criminals than before.

'Breaking promises is becoming the trademark of this incompetent Prime Minister.

'The progress made under Labour has been reversed, leaving the taxpayer with a bill of over half a billion pounds a year.'
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Sardine can Britain: What life will be like in 2050 when experts predict the population will have exploded to 80 million
Dominic Sandbrook
Daily Mail, 27 October 2012

The population of Britain will rocket to nearly 80 million by 2050 – an increase of a third – according to an authoritative new projection by the Population Reference Bureau. It's a chilling prospect and has sparked renewed debate about mass immigration.

Last week, the Economist magazine called the Tories' attempts to limit immigration their 'barmiest policy', and complained Britain 'has, in effect, installed a "keep out" sign over the white cliffs of Dover'. But is it wrong to want tighter controls over our borders? Here, a leading historian imagines what life could be like 38 years from now . . . ...

At a time when Britain feels so crowded, many people are amazed to be reminded that as recently as the early 2010s, the population was barely 63 million. ...

At the time, some commentators warned that with migrants pushing up the birth rate to one of the highest in Europe, Britain's population was bound to soar, putting the health, education and transport systems under intolerable pressure.

But no one listened. Indeed, as history teachers tell their astonished pupils today, when the Commons debated the issue in the early autumn of 2012, just 30 MPs bothered to turn up.

So the population continued to swell, especially in the affluent South- East. Every year urban Britain felt a little more cramped, a little more crowded. And today we are living with the consequences. ...

In great swathes of southern and central England, our green and pleasant land has long since disappeared. A sea of grey spreads out from London all the way to Britain's Second City, Milton Keynes.

With increasingly strident demands for more housing, the last green-belt restrictions were removed in the early 2030s. ... ...

Schools are another example, with many inner-city academies so crowded that headteachers have been allowed to lift the cap on class sizes. In Birmingham and Manchester, classes of more than 50 have become the norm for mainstream subjects such as Mandarin, Atheism and Diversity Studies.

Walk past any school and you will see Portakabin classrooms stacked on top of one another in what was once the playground.

And as for school sport, forget it. The last playing fields were sold off to housing developers in the late 2030s. ... ...

In the biggest English cities, such as London, Milton Keynes and Telford, ethnic hatred and gang violence have become endemic.

No wonder the prisons are bursting at the seams. In 2012 our prison population was less than 100,000 – a figure that seems almost incredible today. By 2025, however, it was already 150,000, and last year it reached 261,000. ...

Polls show massive public bitterness at the long queues for housing and hospitals, as well as growing fury at surging food prices, power cuts and water shortages.

In parts of southern England, even walking to the shops has become a battle against seething crowds. The days when you could simply walk into a supermarket without a timed ticket now seem a distant memory.
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A quarter of all babies born in the UK are the children of immigrants as mothers from Poland, India and Pakistan give birth in record numbers
Sam Adams
Daily Mail, 25 October 2012

Almost a quarter of babies born in the UK are children of immigrants, according to latest statistics.

There were 808,000 births in the UK last year, of which 196,000 were to non-UK born mothers - or 24 per cent.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows there has been a steady increase in the number of births to mothers who were born abroad since 2001, when the figure stood at 15.3 per cent.

Polish women who live in the UK gave birth to around 23,000 children last year.

Women from Pakistan had 19,200 babies in the same period and Indian women gave birth to 15,500 children.

Four in 10 children born to immigrant mothers were born in London.

Half were born in other parts of England, and one in 10 were born in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland combined.

The ONS said fertility rates for non-UK born women are higher than those born in the UK.

The total fertility rate for women born in the UK is 1.89 children each, while for those born outside the UK the figure is 2.28.

The figures show that in 2007, 14 per cent of women living in the UK aged 15 to 44 had been born outside the UK. This rose to 18 per cent last year.

Poland, Pakistan and India were the most common countries of birth for non-UK born mothers in the between 2007 and 2011, according to the ONS.

However, general fertility rates (GFR) for women born in Pakistan was significantly higher during that period than the fertility of women born in India or Poland.

All three countries had higher fertility using this measure than women who were born in Britain.

In total, foreign-born mothers giving birth in the UK last year came from more than 200 different countries.

The geographical distribution of births to mothers born abroad was also found to vary according to the country they came from.

For example, while the number of births in London is similar for women born in Poland and Nigeria, the proportion of the total births they constitute for that country of birth is not - the ONS reports.

Births in London represented less than a quarter of total births to women born in Pakistan and Poland respectively in 2011, but 60 per cent of births to women born in Nigeria.

This demonstrates that children born to women born in Nigeria are highly concentrated in the London area - whereas there are many more births to women born in Poland or Pakistan in the rest of England than in London.
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Britain demands EU action to stop 'huge influx' of Balkans asylum seekers
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2012

Britain will today support a demand from six European Union countries for visas to be re-introduced for people travelling from the Balkans after new free movement rules led to a massive surge in asylum claims.

This year, illegal immigration into Britain has worsened after over 14,000 people from Serbia and Macedonia have requested asylum within the EU's passport-free Schengen zone.

"Britain has felt the impact and supports action," said a British official.

Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and the Netherlands will use a meeting of European interior ministers today to demand that the EU stop the tide. ...

Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia were granted visa-free status by the EU in 2009 and 2010 allowing their citizens to travel without papers in the passport-free Schengen zone. The concession was introduced as a step towards eventual EU membership.
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Most French see Islam too influential in society: poll
Daniel Flynn
Reuters, 25 October 2012

An increasing majority of people in France believe Islam plays too influential a role in their society and almost half see Muslims as a threat to their national identity, according to a poll published on Thursday.

The survey by pollster Ifop in Le Figaro newspaper showed that 60 percent of people believed that Islam was "too important" in France in terms of its influence and visibility, up from 55 percent two years ago.

It found that 43 percent of respondents considered the presence of the Muslim community as a threat to their national identity, compared with just 17 percent who said it enriched society. Forty percent of those questioned were indifferent to the presence of Islam, Le Figaro said. ...

The survey, carried out on October 15-18 on 1,736 people, showed a growing resistance to the symbols of the Islamic faith. Some 43 percent of those questioned were opposed to more mosque building, up from 39 percent in 2010.

Sixty-three percent opposed Muslim women wearing the veil or Islamic headscarves in public, compared with 59 percent two years ago.
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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger argues against quotas to increase number of black managers and coaches
Jeremy Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2012

Arsène Wenger has warned against introducing quotas in English football to raise the number of black managers, arguing that positive discrimination can also be regarded as a type of racism.

The Professional Footballers' Association took much of the English game by surprise on Wednesday by unveiling a six-point plan to tackle discrimination which included the implementation of a form of the 'Rooney Rule' in the American NFL.

The 'Rooney Rule' does not actually set any quota on the numbers of black managers within the NFL but does say that qualified black coaches should be on the interview list for vacancies.

Wenger, though, believes that football, and sport, can lead the way in anti-discrimination by definition of being a meritocracy.

"I feel that no matter what job you do in life, you should just do it because you deserve to do it and you have the quality to do it," said the Arsenal manager.

"Just to put a quota out, for me, is exactly against what sport has to be. Sport is about competition and competence. That will have exactly the opposite effect to what it should have."
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Millions desert Labour because of immigration with 80% of supporters wanting drastic curbs on numbers
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 24 October 2012

Millions of Labour voters have deserted the party in protest over mass immigration.

A poll reveals that nearly eight in ten former Labour voters support drastic curbs on migrant numbers.

It also shows huge support for sharp cuts in arrivals among those who have remained with the party.

In 1997, some 13.5 million voted for Labour, but by the 2010 election that had fallen to 8.6 million.

Analysis of the views of some of the five million 'lost' Labour voters by YouGov shows 78 per cent want net migration cut to zero.

That policy would mean foreign migrants would be allowed in only to replace people who left – in effect, a one-in-one-out rule.

The YouGov poll, published in Prospect magazine, interviewed thousands of Labour 'defectors'. Pollsters also found that two-thirds of Labour party loyalists backed zero net migration.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank, said: 'This is stunning research which is bound to affect Labour's immigration policies.

'We will see whether they have the courage to declare a limit on immigration or whether they try to duck this essential issue. The track record so far is not encouraging.'
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£36.6m in child benefit is paid to children overseas as Osborne imposes cuts on UK families with anyone earning over £50,000
Matt Chorley
Daily Mail, 24 October 2012

The taxpayer is paying child benefit to 40,000 children who do not live in Britain at a cost of up to £36 million a year, ...

The astonishing bill run up by almost 24,000 families emerged as George Osborne presses ahead with a scheme to cut child benefit for higher earners in the UK.

The reforms are expected to save £1.5 billion a year, but Tory MPs are demanding the Chancellor end the payment to families overseas or risk an angry backlash from voters.

Under EU rules, the benefit has to be paid to European nationals who are working in Britain and paying National Insurance – even if their families are based abroad.

According to figures unveiled in Parliament yesterday, there were 23,855 families claiming for 40,251 children at the end of last month.

Two-thirds of the children (25,623) are based in Poland. Payments were also made for 2,529 children in Ireland, 2,146 in France, 1,953 in Slovenia and 1,291 in Spain. ...

The Treasury has refused to say how much international child benefits totalled, but Tory MP Priti Patel, who uncovered the figures through parliamentary questions, estimated it was £36.6 million.
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Courts need 10,000 translators a month but service fails to provide linguists for one in ten cases
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 23 October 2012

Taxpayer-funded translators are being used in courts at a rate of more than 10,000 times a month, figures reveal.

The interpreters were called on to provide translation for 163 languages in criminal courts, tribunals and family cases. ...

Between the end of January, when the contract started, and the end of August there were 72,043 interpretation duties carried out.

Just over half were in criminal courts, with nearly four in ten in tribunal hearings, including immigration, asylum and employment cases.
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Insight - In vulnerable Greece, mosquitoes bite back
Kate Kelland
Reuters, 22 October 2012

Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, the exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. ...

Infectious disease experts here and at a European level agree that for now, at least in terms of patient numbers, the country's malaria problem pales beside its many other worries.

Some 59 cases of the parasitic infection have been recorded in Greece so far this year, 48 of which were imported either by migrants or returning Greek travellers. West Nile Virus cases are around three times that, at 159 so far this year.

Still, says Johan Giesecke, of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) cases of these diseases "should not be coming back".

"It's a serious problem," the ECDC's chief scientist says. ...

At the University of Thessaly, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, a consultant for the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP) says the return of mosquito-borne diseases is primarily an issue not of health, but of immigration.

A country of 11 million people, Greece is a major gateway for Asian and African migrants trying to get to the EU. It is home to more than a million immigrants, both legal and illegal.

"We get a lot of immigrants from malaria-endemic countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan who spread throughout the country, including to areas where the risk is high because we have the vectors (mosquitoes)," said Hadjichristodoulou. ...

Hadjichristodoulou cites a survey of 6,000 immigrants in southern Greece which found that 60 percent of them had antibodies to malaria in their blood - meaning they had previously been infected with it.

With the form of malaria endemic to Pakistan and Afghanistan, known as vivax malaria, patients can relapse, often several times, allowing the disease to be picked up again by a hungry mosquito and spread to a new victim.
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Short sentences and familiar words added to Sats tests
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2012

Primary school exams are to be effectively "dumbed down" to make them easier for foreign-born pupils to understand, the Telegraph has learned.

Examiners are being told to use "familiar words", short sentences and clearer fonts to avoid confusing children who speak English as a second language, it emerged.

Ofqual, the qualifications regulator, said that test providers should make a series of key changes to the way exams sat by 11-year-olds are written to boost "accessibility".

In new guidance, the watchdog suggested that new exam papers should be free of subordinate clauses and place a limit on the number of verbs in each sentence.

It also provides examiners with a list of the 1,000 most familiar words in the English language. Sticking to the list while scripting exam papers "would maximise the readability of these tasks", said Ofqual.

The watchdog insisted the guidance – applying to exams sat in England – was needed because "some pupils may not understand some of the words or phrases used in an exam or assessment".

"This could be because English is not their first language or they have a learning disability," it said.

The disclosure follows the publication of figures earlier this year showing that one-in-six pupils in primary schools now speak other languages in the home.
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EU pays migrants to snatch our jobs
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 20 October 2012

An EU plot to lure migrants to Britain's job market by offering them gifts of over £1,000 triggered outrage last night.

Thousands could be given travel expenses and their moving costs to entice them to work in the UK under the European Commission scheme.

Each hopeful would get £250 to help them get an interview and £830 to cover relocation costs if they are offered a job.

Brussels says the taxpayer-funded scheme will enable thousands of youngsters from across the EU to find work here – and British workers will be able to use it to get work in Europe too.

But critics fear it will bring an influx of youngsters from countries with high unemployment, like Spain and Greece.

The plan reignites the debate over the need to give British jobs to British workers and comes at a time when a million UK youngsters are unemployed.

The scheme is aimed at matching jobseekers aged 18 to 30 with suitable vacancies.

It is being piloted in Spain – where youth unemployment is over 50 per cent – Germany, Denmark and Italy but Brussels plans to extend it EU-wide.
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Greenfield sites will have to be built on, says peer reviewing planning rules
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2012

People will have to get used to the idea that the countryside needs to be built on, the Liberal Democrat peer leading a review of the planning rules has said.

But Lord Taylor of Goss Moor scotched fears his review of thousands of planning regulations would mean that the green belt around towns and cities was at risk.

Lord Taylor and a panel of experts have started work on ripping up the planning guidance and ensure that it complies with the new National Planning Policy Framework, which was published in March. ...

Lord Taylor, who as Matthew Taylor was MP for Truro and St Austell, said that people had to start to accept that in the long term green field sites would have to be developed.

He said: "He said: "Over the next 15, 20 or 25 years, there will be growth. The priority for the Government would be to use brownfield sites but inevitably some of that will be on greenfield [areas]."

He said the view that England's rural areas should be protected at all costs was wrong and people had to decide long term where development could take place.

He said: "People need to step back and see that over the next five or 10 years we know there will be substantial growth and what we should be doing is planning a community, a neighbourhood that is attractive and has shops, homes and workplaces.
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Harlem Désir, France's first black president?
Joseph Bamat
France 24, 19 October 2012

France's ruling Socialist Party has officially appointed Harlem Désir as its new leader, a move that potentially puts the former anti-racism activist on track to becoming the country's first black president.

... The vote made Désir the first black man to lead a major political party in France, placing him on a political fast track to the French presidency.

The outcome of the vote came as no surprise. Désir, 52, has served as interim party chief ever since Lille city mayor Martine Aubry stepped down in June 2011 to take part in presidential primaries. Aubry resigned from her post last month, all but naming Désir as her successor.

While there is no guarantee the Socialist Party (PS) will also pick Désir as a presidential nominee one day, recent history suggests he can now aspire to the country's top job.

French President François Hollande was the leader of the PS from 1997 to 2008, and François Mitterrand – the only other Socialist president in recent history – was party chief from 1971 to 1981. ...

The son of a black father from the French overseas department of Martinique and a white mother from Alsace, near the German border, Harlem Jean-Philippe Désir was born in Paris in 1959. ... ...

There have also been bumps in Desir's promising path to power, and if he ever makes a bid for the presidency he will have to answer for past mistakes. In 1998, he was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay more than 4,500 euros for collecting a paycheck for a non-existent job.

He also owed the French treasury around 12,000 euros in traffic fines before Mitterrand granted him an amnesty in 1992.

Désir has also earned criticism for progressively shedding his political convictions and outspoken character to mould himself into an unquestioning subordinate of the party.

He is often further derided for his prepared statements and a lack of sincerity when answering questions by the French press, who bestowed him with the unbecoming "mealy-mouthed" award during a PS gathering in La Rochelle in August.

"You can't become the first secretary of the Socialist Party without making some sacrifices," Malek Boutih, another former president of SOS Racisme, told FRANCE 24. "If Désir said everything he thought, he would never be where he is today."
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Human trafficking to UK 'rising'
BBC, 18 October 2012

The number of people being trafficked into the UK is rising, latest government estimates suggest.

Last year the authorities learned of 946 victims, compared with 710 in 2010, the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking said.

Trafficking gangs in China, Vietnam, Nigeria and eastern Europe now pose the biggest threat to the UK, it said. ...

There is currently no official figure for the number of victims trafficked into the country each year.

However, the report said 712 adult victims and 234 child victims were reported last year to the National Referral Mechanism, the official body that identifies and looks after those caught up in trafficking.

Of the victims referred in 2010, 524 were adults and 186 were children.

It is thought the increase could be explained by improvements in identifying victims, although campaigners say the figures of those being trafficked could be far higher as many victims choose not to come forward for fear of being deported.

The report suggested an increase in the number of children being forced into crime, including street begging.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre estimates there are about 300 child trafficking victims in the UK every year. ...

Det Insp Kevin Hyland, of London's Metropolitan Police - which sees the UK's highest rates of trafficking - said some victims travelled to the UK in lorries or containers but the majority arrived lawfully, often accompanied by their traffickers.

"The vast majority of them think they're coming to a better life in the UK," he said. ...

There are an estimated 92 organised crime groups in the UK with known involvement in human trafficking, it said.
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We must be free to insult each other: Rowan Atkinson attacks new rules that outlaw 'insulting words and behaviour'
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 18 October 2012

Rowan Atkinson is demanding a change in the law to halt the 'creeping culture of censoriousness' which has seen the arrest of a Christian preacher, a critic of Scientology and even a student making a joke.

The Blackadder and Mr Bean star criticised the 'new intolerance' behind controversial legislation which outlaws 'insulting words and behaviour'.

Launching a fight for part of the Public Order Act to be repealed, he said it was having a 'chilling effect on free expression and free protest'.

He went on: 'The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult.'

Campaigners say the Public Order Act is being abused by over-zealous police and prosecutors. Section 5 of the 1986 Act outlaws threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour, but what constitutes 'insulting' is unclear and has resulted in a string of controversial arrests.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested under the legislation for peacefully holding a placard reading 'Scientology is a dangerous cult', on the grounds that it might insult followers of the movement.

Gay rights campaigners from the group Outrage! were arrested under the Act when they protested against the Islamist fundamentalist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was calling for the killing of gays, Jews and unchaste women.

At the Westminster campaign launch, Mr Atkinson said he hoped repeal of Section 5 would be the first step in a project to 'rewind the culture of censoriousness' and deal with the 'outrage industry – self-appointed arbiters of the public good encouraging outrage to which the police feel under terrible pressure to react'.

He added: 'The law should not be aiding and abetting the new intolerance.'

Mr Atkinson was joined by Lord Dear, former chief constable of West Midlands Police, who plans to lay down a Parliamentary amendment to delete the word 'insulting' from the Act.

Lord Dear said: 'Section 5 wrongly brings the criminal law – and the police who must enforce it – into the realm of debate and dissent.'

Former shadow home secretary David Davis, a leading campaigner for civil liberties, said: 'The simple truth is that in a free society, there is no right not to be offended.

'For centuries, freedom of speech has been a vital part of British life, and repealing this law will reinstate that right.'

The campaign is backed by unlikely bedfellows The Christian Alliance and The National Secular Society, as well as Big Brother Watch, The Freedom Association and The Peter Tatchell Foundation.
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Living in less ethnically diverse area boosts health of minority seniors
Science Codex, 18 October 2012

Segregation is supposed to be a bad thing but African-American and Mexican-American seniors living in communities where their neighbors are most like them get cancer or heart disease less than their counterparts in a more diverse neighborhood.

Counter to prevailing notions that diversity is necessary, researchers found that "living in the barrio or ethnically dense communities isn't always bad for your health," says Kimberly Alvarez, a PhD student at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "For older minority adults, it's actually the reverse: living in an ethnically dense neighborhood is beneficial when it comes to heart disease and cancer," adding that these are the two most common chronic conditions and causes of death among minority older adults.

The researchers used survey data to look at health outcomes of 2,367 Mexican-American and 2,790 African-Americans over age 65 living in communities with high percentages of African-Americans (New Haven, Conn. and north-central North Carolina) and Mexican-Americans (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas). Among African-Americans, those living in a county with an ethnic density of 50% or more (that is, where half or more of the population shared the same background) were 46% less likely to report doctor-diagnosed heart disease and 77% less likely to report cancer than those who lived in an ethnic density of less than 25%. Mexican Americans living in a county with an ethnic density of 50% or more were 33% and 62% less likely to report heart disease and cancer, respectively, than those who lived in an ethnic density of less than 25%.

Ethnic density was significantly more protective for heart disease in African-Americans than Mexican-Americans; the association between ethnic density and cancer was equally strong for both groups.

Cultural factors could help to explain the phenomenon. "Communities with high ethnic density may be more likely to share values like respect for elders and have close-knit family structures," says Becca Levy, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology and Psychology at the Yale School of Public Health. ...

Past studies showed a health benefit of ethnic density for Hispanics, but the reverse for African-Americans; these results were in keeping with what is known as the Hispanic Paradox: that even with similar levels of socioeconomic status, Hispanics have comparable, or in some cases better, health outcomes than White Americans. Adding a wrinkle to this rule, Alvarez and Dr. Levy are the first to find a positive effect for ethnic-density among African-Americans. The difference, Alvarez explains, may owe to the fact that past studies have looked at African-American children and young adults rather than seniors and measured ethnic density in relation to whites rather than within subsets of other minority populations.

"Having this information is important given the rapidly growing population of older adult minorities," says Alvarez.

Results of the new study appear in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health and online.
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Drunken Eastern European sea captains endanger waters, judge warns
Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2012

Judge Michael Mettyear said a message needed to go out to all captains [that] the behaviour of Viatcheslav Poleshchuk, 44, who downed a bottle of vodka before trying to set sail meant prison in UK courts.

Poleshchuk twice rammed lock gates with his 30,000 tonne ship at Goole and even asked police: "Can I have another go?"

The captain had more than four-times over the drink drive limit. He had 157 milligrams of alcohol in breath when the legal limit is 35.

Judge Michael Mettyear who initially jailed Poleshchuk for a week at Hull Crown Court said: "I am not saying for a moment all East European captains are guilty of this, but all the case law of drunken sea captains provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency enforcement unit feature Eastern European captains. ..."
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Labour's lost votes
Peter Kellner
Prospect, 17 October 2012

A single, stark statistic ricocheted round Labour's annual conference this autumn: that during the party's 13 years in power it lost five million votes. In the Blair landslide of 1997, 13.5m people voted Labour. By 2010 the figure was down to 8.6m.

The challenge now is to win the defectors back. How can this be done? ... ...

Let's start with the basic numbers. It is far too simple to say that in 2010 there were 8.6m Labour loyalists and 4.9m defectors. For one thing, around 3.5m people who voted Labour in 1997 had died 13 years later. Of the ten million Blair-voters who were still alive, 5.5m were loyalists and 4.5m defectors. ... ...

Nevertheless, the total number of remaining defectors stands at three million. That's still a large group; indeed, it's ten per cent of the 30m people who are likely to vote at the next election. ... ...

What, then, are the messages that chime with the majority of defectors? Redistribution won't do it. Just 21 per cent want the government to "do far more to help the poor," while 27 per cent, would prefer the opposite – cutting welfare payments "because the poor should take more responsibility for themselves." Loyalists prefer redistribution to welfare cuts by two-to-one.

There is one radical policy that most defectors support. A law limiting maximum pay to £1m a year is supported by 58 per cent. But two right-wing policies are at least as popular: 59 per cent of defectors want Britain to leave the EU, and a huge 78 per cent want "net immigration reduced to zero".

Equally, though, activists who reassure themselves that Labour's core supporters reject such views should think again. As many as 41 per cent of loyalists also want Britain out of the EU, and two-thirds of them back zero net immigration. One of the key findings from this analysis is that Labour defectors generally hold more right-wing views than many party activists like to think – but so do millions of Labour loyalists.
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Comedian says racism 'at the heart' of Government policy
ITV, 16 October 2012

Comedian Frankie Boyle told the High Court today that racism is "at the heart" of British Government policy. He said the racist views of some people in power "trickle" through society.

He was giving evidence after complaining the Daily Mirror libelled him by describing him as "Racist comedian Frankie Boyle". ...

Boyle said: "I think you have a lot of rich and Conservative people who control our country who are racist and their views trickle down through things like tabloid papers. I think there is racism at the heart of British policy and has been both in Labour and Conservative times."
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Frankie Boyle: 'Vile but not racist'
Jennifer O'Mahony
Daily Telegraph, 16 October 2012

Comedian Frankie Boyle's jokes are "vile and offensive" but "not racist", his lawyer told a High Court jury today as he began legal proceedings against the publisher of the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Mr Boyle is suing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), publisher of the Daily Mirror, for what he described as a "very serious" libel over an article published in July last year with the headline "Channel 4: we are back on the Boyle".

His barrister David Sherborne said that to call someone "racist" was "obviously defamatory", and contended the comedian did not object to being criticised but would not stand to be described as racist.

"Saying 'vile' or 'offensive', or his material is 'vile' or 'offensive', is one thing," Mr Sherborne told the jury.

"He realises that that goes with the territory, so to speak.

"But accusing him of being a racist is an entirely different matter."

Mr Sherborne added: "You can call him 'offensive', you can call him 'tasteless'. That's fine. But he is not racist." ...

Mr Boyle told the jury that he was born in Glasgow in 1972 and said his parents were "economic migrants" from Ireland.

"I am completely anti-racism," he said. "I have never expressed in any serious point anything that has been anything but anti-racist." ...

The court heard that the publisher intends to use 12 examples of Boyle's jokes, mostly from his former Channel 4 show Tramadol Nights, to show that the racism allegation is true.
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Female immigrants lead to UK baby boom
Norma Cohen
Financial Times, 16 October 2012

Several hundred thousand more female immigrants than had been expected surged into Britain over the past decade, boosting not only the numbers of foreign-born residents but also leading to a mini-baby boom, an analysis of 2011 census data shows.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics in July showed that net migration – the number of new migrants minus the number moving abroad – to England and Wales increased the population by more than 2.1m.

However, closer analysis shows that when the ONS tried to forecast immigration figures the year before the census, it underestimated the number of female immigrants by 361,000, and overestimated the number of male immigrants by 94,000. Moreover, the surge in female migrants has been concentrated in the 20- to 44-year-old age bracket, the prime years for bearing children.

Official data show that more than a quarter of all births are to non-UK born women, which has boosted the population aged 0 to 8 years by nearly 300,000 since the last census in 2001. Polish women overtook those from Pakistan as the single largest group of foreign-born mothers in 2010 and 2011, accounting for more than 10 per cent of births within this group. ...

Professor John Salt, head of University College London's migration research unit, said that the most likely cause for incorrect forecasts of female immigration was the fact that earlier migration was heavily male. Those male migrants who did not return to their own countries when the recession hit in 2008 were likely to have encouraged their partners to move to the UK as well, he suggested.

"You've got the creation of a big enough [immigrant] population here and, before you know it, you've got a marriage market," he said.

Although immigration has the general effect of raising the rate at which an economy grows, population experts warn that increased migration was not a long-term fix for declining fertility rates. Jean-Christophe Dumont, head of the international migration division at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, noted that eventually those immigrants will grow old and turn to their host country's social security system for support, requiring greater numbers of new immigrants.

"It should be clear that migration cannot offset the long-term demographic trend," he said.
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Gang behind phoney weddings racket in Pakistan face prison
Yorkshire Evening Post, 16 October 2012

A sham marriage gang based in Yorkshire has been brought to justice after staging fake weddings in Pakistan so men from the country could illegally enter the UK.

Eighteen members of the Rotherham-based gang now face jail over the "commercial operation", although two suspects are on the run.

Czech and Slovak women living legitimately in the UK were paid by Asian organisers to fly to Pakistan where "marriages" were arranged with Pakistani nationals, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Following three trials, which can only now be reported after restrictions were lifted, seven defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration to the UK between January 1, 2009, and New Year's Eve last year.

Another 11 defendants pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Applications for visas were submitted to the British High Commission in Islamabad by Pakistanis seeking leave to join their "wives" in the UK.

The phoney weddings included brides posing for photographs with their "grooms", with the pictures then submitted in support of visa applications along with false documents.

But suspicions over the growing number of applications led to the criminal ring being smashed and none of the 62 fraudulent visa applications were granted. ...

False documents were traced back to an address in Broom Grove, near Rotherham town centre, the semi-detached home at the time of the alleged organisers, Talib Hussain, 41, and Tariq Mehmood, 27, Rahina Zaman, 32, and Veronika Horvathova, 21.
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New study finds migrant doctors get more complaints
Sunday Mail [Australia], 14 October 2012

Overseas-trained doctors are more likely than Australian-trained ones to have complaints made about them and disciplinary action taken, a new study says.

The University of Melbourne research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia's October 15 issue, found that the results differed markedly by overseas country of training.

The study found that doctors who qualified in Nigeria, Egypt, Poland, Russia, Pakistan, the Philippines and India had more complaints to medical boards than Australian-trained doctors.

The researchers analysed over 5000 complaints resolved by the medical boards in Victoria and Western Australia between 2001 and 2010.

They found that overall, overseas-trained doctors had 24 per cent higher odds of attracting complaints than Australian-trained doctors, and 41 per cent higher odds of having adverse disciplinary findings made against them.

The numbers of international medical graduates in Australian clinical practice have grown and now account for nearly 25 per cent of doctors in Australia.

The study's lead author Katie Elkin and research group leader David Studdert said high-profile cases featuring incompetent overseas-trained doctors had ignited public concerns.

But they said there had been very little hard evidence about whether the quality of care delivered by this large section of the national medical workforce was better or worse.

They found complaint rates against doctors trained in some countries were more than five times greater than complaint rates against doctors trained in other countries.
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NHS tells doctors: You must treat all foreigners to protect their human rights... but you can still turn away BRITONS
Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 13 October 2012

Health tourists must be given free treatment by GPs because it is their human right, say NHS bosses.

New guidelines tell doctors across England they must register any foreign patient who asks for care otherwise it would be 'discriminatory'.

These include asylum seekers, overseas students or tourists coming for a short holiday. Once registered, they will be entitled to the same NHS care as all other patients and can receive free blood tests, jabs and – in some cases – free prescription drugs.

In fact, the new rules will give overseas patients more rights than those living in the UK who can be turned away from surgeries if they live a few yards outside its catchment area.

There are also fears the ruling will make it even harder for local patients to get an appointment.

Already half of patients cannot get an appointment with their doctor within 48 hours, according to the Government's own figures.

Some family doctors are furious at the guidelines and describe them as a 'charter for health tourism'.

They say that such patients, once registered at a surgery, will also find it far easier to be referred to hospital for thousands of pounds of free treatment.

By law, overseas patients are not entitled to be treated at hospital – unless it is urgent – but staff rarely check on their backgrounds.

Until now, GP practices were not legally obliged to register foreigners and many turn away patients if they do not have passports or 'proof of address' documents.

But the new guidelines issued to all doctors in England will change this. ...

And Tory MP Chris Skidmore, who is campaigning for tougher regulation on health tourism, said: 'It is alarming that managers are passing these kind of diktats to doctors, many of whom are rightly worried that GP registration is effectively buying free treatment on the NHS.

'This is not just about the money, vital though that is – we cannot have the NHS, paid for by taxpayers, being abused by people who pay nothing into the system and who are not eligible for free care.'

Mr Skidmore has obtained figures showing that health tourists currently owe the NHS £40 million in unpaid medical bills.

In the last year nearly 3,600 'overseas visitors' have had hospital treatment worth at least £1,000 a time.

National guidelines say it would be discriminatory for GPs not to treat health tourists.
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Let all European migrants claim benefits, insists Brussels
Rowena Mason
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2012

European immigrants should be able to claim handouts and pensions without first having to pass a test proving that they have settled in Britain, the European Union has said.

The demand is the latest response in a continuing row after Iain Duncan Smith said that such a system would mean immigrants could get benefits on the first day of entering Britain.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said last month that it would cost taxpayers £155 million a year if the UK was forced to get rid of the "habitual resident test".

The test makes sure that foreigners have genuinely lived and paid taxes in the country before they can claim welfare payments.

His department has been holding talks with the European Commission for months in an effort to find a solution, but sources said on Thursday that Brussels was preparing to sue Britain by the end of this year unless the test is scrapped.

László Andor, the European commissioner for social affairs, has now accused Mr Duncan Smith of spreading "simply untrue" claims that foreigners could get benefit payments immediately under the European system. Mr Andor said that Britain was the only member state requiring foreigners to pass a test to prove that they legally resided and paid taxes in the particular country.

Brussels argues that Britain's rules go beyond stopping unfair claims and have the effect of preventing foreigners who have legitimately worked in the country from receiving benefits when they need them.

Sources said that the EU did not believe it had gained much ground in getting Britain to change its mind during the talks.

"An acceptable solution would be that the UK applies the same criteria as the 26 other member states," the source said.

"We've not made a lot of progress. Nobody is suggesting that the UK should pay out benefits to anyone who just turns up. But they should be paying social security to people who've paid taxes."

Under the British test, an applicant for benefits must have been in the country for an "appreciable time" and must also have an "intention to settle".
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James: I see no racism
Antony Kastrinakis
The Sun, 12 October 2012

David James has accused anti-racist groups of stirring up talk of racism to keep their jobs.

The first black keeper to play for England says there is no longer a problem with racism in football.

Anti-racism campaigners such as Kick It Out have been prominent in recent weeks, with cases like the one involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

Yet James, 42, said: "I struggle with the racist issue as I don't see it. The game's changed.

"There are some wonderful organisations. But the organisations which have done so much good are still employed looking for stuff to shout about.

"It's more about people driving the issue than the issue being a real focus. Some have an agenda to keep themselves in existence."

But FA director Heather Rabbatts said: "Racism remains a major issue."
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MS-13 gang labeled transnational criminal group, a first for US street gang
Howard LaFranchi
Christian Science Monitor, 12 October 2012

For the first time, a street gang operating in the United States has been officially designated a transnational criminal organization, empowering officials to more aggressively target the group, Mara Salvatrucha MS-13, which engages in the drug, sex, and human trafficking trades.

MS-13 is an El Salvador-based gang that over three decades has developed into a violent criminal force from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

Naming the gang a transnational criminal organization suggests how the group has evolved from being primarily a criminal element in Central American immigrant communities to a regional organized crime network delving into a range of illegal markets, experts in North and Central American crime patterns say. ...

"This action positions us to target the associates and financial networks supporting MS-13, and gives law enforcement an additional tool in its efforts to disrupt MS-13's activities, said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, in a statement announcing the designation.

"MS-13," Mr. Cohen said, "is an extremely violent and dangerous gang responsible for a multitude of crimes that directly threaten the welfare and security of US citizens, as well as countries throughout Central America."

The gang has grown to include more than 30,000 members, with branches operating in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, according to the Treasury. The FBI estimates the gang's membership to be much higher.

At least 8,000 MS-13 members – often identified by elaborate tattoos that incorporate the gang's name – operate in 40 states and the District of Columbia, Treasury officials say.
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BBC to rethink its coverage of EU and migration after accusations programmes were unbalanced
Liz Thomas
Daily Mail, 11 October 2012

A BBC review of 'the breadth of opinion' reflected in its coverage of immigration, religion and the EU was triggered by complaints of liberal bias, Lord Patten has admitted.

The BBC Trust chairman said the investigation had been 'prompted' by accusations that elements of the broadcaster's news, current affairs and factual programming had been unbalanced.

The move could signal a greater range of voices and experts being included. ...

Similarly its reporting of immigration has been questioned, with some critics claiming it has tried to underplay the arguments against mass migration.

Even former director general Mark Thompson conceded that the BBC had been 'reticent talking about immigration'.

The new review will be published in 2013 and will take in audience research and views from the industry, as well as analysing content of programmes. ...

Led by former ITV and Sky executive Stuart Prebble, the review will investigate whether the broadcaster is doing 'all it can' to ensure impartiality.

Mr Prebble will investigate whether decisions to 'include or omit perspectives in news and current affairs coverage have been reasonable and carefully reached'.

He will also look at whether 'due weight' was given to a range of perspectives.
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Labour 'used migrants to keep wages low'
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 10 October 2012

Labour fostered a policy of mass immigration to the UK in a deliberate attempt to keep British wages down, Theresa May said yesterday.

The Home Secretary said Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's open-door to immigration was part of a "covert" 21st century incomes policy.

She said the plan failed because for every 100 non-European working age immigrants 23 fewer British-born workers found jobs.

Tearing Labour's record to shreds Mrs May vowed to slash net migration from 216,000 to tens of thousands within two years. She told the Tory conference:

"It takes time to establish the social bonds that make a community, and that's why immigration can never again be as rapid or on the same scale as we saw under Labour.

"Uncontrolled, mass immigration undermines social cohesion. And in some places, it overburdens our infrastructure and public services.

"It's behind more than a third of the demand for all new housing in the UK. And the pressure it places on schools is clear. We see it in London, where almost half of all primary school children speak English as a second language.

"And we must be honest about the fact that, in some cases, uncontrolled mass immigration can displace local workers and undercut wages."

Mrs May, wearing her trademark leopard print kitten heels, said independent advisers found "every 100 non-European working age immigrants were associated with 23 fewer British-born people in work".

According to Ed Miliband's policy chief Jon Cruddas, Labour used migration "to introduce a covert 21st century incomes policy", she said.

She added: "That's right, Labour – the party of the working man and woman – admit that they deliberately used immigration to keep down British wages."
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South Africa: Anti-migrant sentiment increasing
IRIN, 10 October 2012

Distrust of foreigners has increased in South Africa in the four years since a wave of xenophobic violence swept the country. Some 67 percent of South Africans say they do not trust foreigners at all, compared to 60 percent in 2008, survey findings released this week revealed.

The survey, by independent research project Afrobarometer and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, found that nearly a third of the 2,400 respondents would take action to prevent migrants from moving into their neighbourhood and 36 percent would try to stop them from operating businesses. Forty-four percent were opposed to their country providing protection to asylum seekers.

Afrobarometer regularly gauges public perceptions on democracy, governance, the economy and other issues in 35 African countries. Findings relating to South Africans' views on migration were drawn from its Round 5 survey, conducted between October and November 2011. ...

Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents nevertheless felt the government had failed to manage migration effectively, with 45 percent saying foreigners should not be allowed to live in the country because they take jobs and benefits away from South Africans. Such attitudes were stronger among black and unemployed respondents.
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The 200 foreign suspects arrested each day by Met: But as figures soar, number of deportations falls
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 8 October 2012

Almost 200 foreign criminal suspects were arrested every day by the country's largest police force last year.

Just over 72,500 – a third of the total arrested – were held by the Metropolitan Police and questioned about crimes including murder, rape, robbery and fraud.

The figure is up almost a quarter on two years ago when 58,870 non-British suspects were arrested in London.

The rise emerged as Scotland Yard revealed it has drafted in immigration officials to all its 72 custody suites in a drive to target foreigner suspects.

Senior officers are determined to deal more effectively with the huge numbers of foreign nationals clogging up the criminal justice system.

They want UK Border Agency staff to help send home those wanted abroad or who fail to comply with the 'good behaviour' conditions of their residence.

But some fear that EU nationals caught and convicted in Britain can simply return to this country after serving their sentences abroad.

The latest figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request which showed 72,505 foreign suspects were arrested last year in the capital.

This included 79 on suspicion of murder, 708 for rape, 1,863 for robbery, 2,801 for fraud and 2,489 for burglary.

Another 2,742 were arrested because they were wanted by police, 7,524 for shoplifting and 2,516 for drink-driving after crashing their vehicle.

The rising trend is mirrored elsewhere, with the country's second largest force, West Midlands Police, arresting 11,801 between April 2011 and March this year.

That is an increase of more than half on the previous 12 months when 7,716 foreign suspects were held.

Meanwhile, the number of foreign criminals who were convicted and deported countrywide fell from 5,342 in 2010 to 4,649 in 2011.

Senior police in London believe that at least one of five of the 'highest harm' offenders in the capital are non-European nationals who could be deported.

They include violent gangsters, organised criminals involved in fraud and racketeering, and predatory sex offenders.
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When will our politicians realise that it's not racist to actually DO something about immigration?
Lord Carey
Mail on Sunday, 7 October 2012
[On the eve of the Tory conference, the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury pleads with David Cameron to confront out 'most divisive issue']

We are two-thirds of the way through party conference season. ...

But there has been a resounding silence on the most divisive issue in our national political debate. The scale of mass immigration in recent years is a subject virtually ignored despite having contributed, according to the most recent census, to the population growing by 3.7 million in ten years.

The challenge now is for the Conservative conference to bring this urgent issue to the forefront. The public has repeatedly said immigration is second only to the economy among the problems facing our country.

This concern was highlighted when a public petition on the Downing Street website reached the necessary 100,000 signatories to trigger a House of Commons debate within a week.

For years, anyone who has dared to tread, however carefully, on this disputed territory risked accusations of racism and intolerance. The word 'bigot' has been used by some politicians to describe anyone who questions the metropolitan consensus.

But the growing realisation that immigration is unsustainable at the current rate has led to a slow detoxification of the debate.

A number of parliamentarians – particularly those involved with the cross-party Balanced Migration Group, of which I am a member – have exploded many of the myths about immigration.

We have argued that concern about rapid population growth is not an issue of race, and neither should it be exploited by racists.

It is time for the leadership of the political parties to catch up with a growing consensus that mass immigration can and should be dealt with urgently and not shelved on the 'to-do' list.

Why should a former Church of England leader like myself intervene? After all, the Christian faith emphasises the need to welcome the stranger. ...

The Church has rightly and repeatedly given sanctuary to genuine asylum-seekers over the years. This compassionate Christian tradition has contributed to the British reputation for tolerance and a very proud history of welcoming successive waves of immigrants.

But there comes a point when we have to reconsider policy and, without backing away from a commitment to those who need asylum, find ways to limit the scale of immigration, which is disturbing our way of life.

The stark fact is that our proud heritage of welcoming strangers is threatened by the breakdown of our border control during the past 15 years. Net migration was allowed to increase from 50,000 a year in 1997 to a record level of 250,000 in 2010.

The growth in population during the ten years to 2011 was the largest recorded since the first census in 1801.

Many suspected a deliberate intention to change our society for ever by the last Labour Government. Others have claimed this rapid change is an inevitable consequence of globalisation. ...

Looking ahead, if present levels of immigration are allowed to continue, our population will reach 70 million in 15 years' time. Of the extra seven million, about five million will be due to new immigrants and their children.

I can think of no one who really wants to see this happen, with its associated pressure on our creaking housing stock and the threat to the Green Belt.
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£1m buys foreign investors right to live in Britain
Harry Wilson
Sunday Telegraph, 7 October 2012

Foreign millionaires are flocking to use a little-known immigration scheme that allows wealthy individuals to jump to the top of the queue for permanent residency.

Rich Russians and Chinese are increasingly using "investor visas" that allow wealthy foreigners to effectively buy the right to live in the UK in return for buying at least £1m of gilts or shares and bonds in British companies.

Top London private bankers have expressed concerns at the number of people using the scheme to gain permanent resident status, arguing that the authorities should consider raising the amount of money needed to gain residency.

"The £1m threshold was put in place more than 20 years ago and is not the obstacle it once was. We have seen a huge increase in demand from Russians, Chinese and people from the Middle East wanting to move to London and it is clear that given the unlimited demand the time may have come to charge more for entry," said on senior London banker.

The most recent figures from the Home Office show that more than 400 people applied to use the investor visa scheme in the 12 months to the end of June. This compares with a total of 331 people in 2011 and fewer than 200 in 2009.
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With Affirmative Action, India's Rich Gain School Slots Meant for Poor
Gardiner Harris
New York Times, 7 October 2012

The two women both claim that affirmative action cost them coveted spots at elite public universities. Both cases have now reached the Supreme Court.

One of the women, ..., who is white, says she was denied admission to the University of Texas based on her race, and on Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court is to hear her plea in what may be the year's most important decision. The other woman is from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and two weeks ago the Indian Supreme Court ordered that she be admitted to medical school pending the outcome of a broader court review. ...

... While affirmative action in the United States is now threatened, the program in India is a vast system of political patronage that increasingly works to reward the powerful rather than uplift those in need. ...

In Tamil Nadu, for instance, 69 percent of university admissions are now set aside for what the state has determined to be "backward castes." Many of those favored with these set-asides have controlled Tamil Nadu's government and much of its resources for generations, but they claim special status by pointing to a caste survey done in 1931. ...

Five prominent university officials in Tamil Nadu said in interviews that those given set-asides at their institutions were generally the children of doctors, lawyers and high-level bureaucrats. The result is that rich students routinely get preference over more accomplished poor ones who do not happen to belong to the favored castes. ...

India's caste system was created nearly 1,500 years ago to organize occupations in a feudal agricultural society. ... Most castes were deemed "backward," which meant that they were consigned to menial jobs.

Over the last 30 years, however, India's economy has been transformed, much of its populace has moved from villages to sprawling cities, and once distinct castes have been scrambled. That has led to the erosion of historic differences in education and increased income mobility within castes in India, recent studies have found.

"Caste is no longer an economic restriction," said Viktoria Hnatkovska, an assistant professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, and a co-author of several studies on the changing role of caste in India.

Nonetheless, quotas have transformed the taint of "backwardness" into a coveted designation.

The Gujjars of Rajasthan, for instance, held violent riots two years ago to protest the government's refusal to declare them as "most backward." Politicians win elections in India by promising to bestow this one-time curse, which has led to a dramatic expansion in those considered backward decades after the designation had true economic meaning.

Indeed, caste awareness among the young is sustained in part because of set-asides, so a program intended to eliminate the caste system is now blamed by many for sustaining it. ...

Nonetheless, the benefits that flow from caste quotas have made them popular, and supporting them is one of the few issues on which the present government and its opposition agree. Within the next few months, the Indian Parliament is expected to overwhelming approve a constitutional amendment that would allow caste-based quotas not just in educational settings and in government hiring but also in government promotions.
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One-in-nine people living in Ireland were born abroad
Fiachra O Cionnaith
Irish Examiner, 5 October 2012

One-in-nine people living in Ireland was born abroad – and despite the recession, immigration levels are continuing to grow.

A detailed analysis of last year's census figures by the CSO has revealed the changing face of Irish society – and highlighted how certain claims against migrants are unfounded.

According to the breakdown, between 2002 and Apr 2011, Ireland's immigrant population rose by 143%, a rate that includes a 30% increase since 2006.

Nine years ago, just under 6% of people in this country were born outside Ireland.

However, the latest rates show this level has since jumped to 12%, or 544,000 people out of a total 4.57m population.

The figures show 199 nationalities are represented across the country – with Polish, Latvians, Lithuanians, Slovakians, and Hungarians seeing their communities surge by over 1,000% in just under a decade.

The 122,585 Polish people in Ireland now account for this country's largest ethnic minority, relegating the 112,259 British passport holders to the third largest group for the first time. Areas like Dublin City (88,038 migrants), Fingal (49,517), and Cork county (42,886), are the most likely homes to people coming to Ireland.

However, despite the high rates in the capital and Cork, Galway City has the title of most diverse area in Ireland – with one-in-five people coming from abroad.

Despite a discriminatory belief held by some that many migrants who come to Ireland are unqualified, the CSO figures confirm one-in-three newcomers have a degree or higher qualification.

Those most likely to have these qualifications are Indian nationals (77.3%), Filipinos (64.5%), and US citizens (55.9%).

Some 268,180 migrants are working – 15.1% of this country's workforce, while 49,915 are students, 19,619 are retired British nationals, and 37,164 are looking after family homes. ...

Within the household, more than 500,000 people now speak a language other than Irish or English.

Ireland's ethnic mix is likely to continue to grow, with the CSO recording 25,198 children born in Ireland to migrants.
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The Balkanization of America, Part II: A Clear and Present Danger
Peter Farmer
Family Security Matters, 5 October 2012

In present-day America, there is perhaps no better illustration of Bertold Brecht's vision of "dissolving one people and electing another" (...) than the case of illegal immigration from Mexico and Latin America into the United States.

Among the many drivers of the on-going Balkanization of the United States, none is more potent than the unchecked river of humanity flowing across our southern border.

According to recent demographic data, there are approximately 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. These data, often collected by such left-leaning organizations such as the Pew Hispanic Center and the Center for Immigration Studies, understate the extent of illegal immigration; actual figures are almost certainly higher. Some authorities place the figure in the 18-22 million range, while others place the total as high as 30 million people. ... ...

There is also a growing backlash among middle- and lower-class Americans that legislators and other elected leaders are not doing enough to solve the problems of illegal immigration. These groups have been the hardest hit by the presence of large numbers of illegal immigrants in the job market and also feel most-directly the cultural and other effects of open borders. There is a growing recognition that the political/economic/cultural elites who benefit the most from illegal immigration are also those who suffer the least from its negative consequences. This privatization of gains and socialization of costs quite naturally enrages more than a few taxpayers.

A final source of anger and resentment among certain Americans is that illegal immigration has been turned into a tool of political and economic warfare to be wielded against them. The left and the Democrats, doing their best to fulfill Bertold Brecht's vision, are doing everything in their power to import as many illegals as possible and then get them to the voting booth to vote Democrat. This is blatantly unconstitutional, criminal and treasonous matters not to them. For the GOP and the business community, illegal immigration is being used as a tool to break organized union labor and bid down wages. This, too, is lawless but no one at the Wall Street Journal seems to mind very much.

There is a growing sense that globalists within the American business community are colluding with their counterparts in the U.S. and Mexican governments to assure that the border remains open and weakly-enforced. ...

Again and again, public opinion polls conclusively show (even across party lines) that the uncontrolled border with Mexico is one of the most serious concerns of voters, but the permanent political class and their crony capitalist pals continue to ignore the issue as much as possible. ...

Adding fuel to the fire, there is a significant subset of nationalists within the Mexican government and military who are working actively to subvert U.S. border controls and immigration laws and regulations. These individuals are actively aiding the efforts of would-be "undocumented workers" to enter the United States. The Mexican government has produced audio-visual aids and written materials to assist illegal entrants into the U.S.; these materials tell immigrants how to apply fraudulently for public aid/welfare, food stamps and other government largesse; how to evade border patrols, and much more.
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Migration by low-skilled workers into UK is too high, says Ed Miliband
Andrew Woodcock
The Independent, 4 October 2012

Migration by low-skilled workers into the UK is too high and action must be taken to reduce it, Labour leader Ed Miliband said today.

Mr Miliband's comments came as he identified immigration as one of the areas where New Labour made mistakes in government, and as he came under pressure to explain how he would do things differently. ...

But questions were also being asked about the absence of policy detail in the speech on key issues like immigration and welfare.

In an end-of-conference interview with BBC Radio 4's World at One, Mr Miliband made clear that he was concerned about British workers being under-cut by migrants on less than the minimum wage.

The Labour leader said: "I think in terms of low-skill migration, I think it is too high and I think we need to do something about it."

He added: "The issue that has not been properly addressed by politicians is when people come into the country, particularly from eastern Europe, are they coming in a way that has economic benefits not just for the country as a whole but for people in it across the board, or is it being done in a way that is used to undercut people already here and exploit those coming here, when you have got the abuse of the minimum wage or gangmasters in the construction industry who are abusing the rules?

"The difference between my approach and the last Labour government is that I am less sanguine about the effects when people come in. I am clear that if we have an open Europe - which we have and I don't think any political party is proposing going back on that at the moment - we have got to make sure we have the toughest standards of rights at work and make sure they are properly enforced."

Mr Miliband was dismissive of the Government's cap on immigration, which does not include migration by EU nationals. And he declined to state how many migrants he believes should be allowed in, saying: "It is very hard to say in the abstract precisely what level of immigration you want."
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Health tourism: GP surgeries selling 'black market' access to NHS
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2012

Places on GP lists are being sold on the black market to NHS 'health tourists' for up to £800 a time, an undercover investigation has found.

Surgery practice managers and 'fixers' have been secretly filmed selling access to doctors, enabling foreign nationals who have no legal right to free hospital treatment to be seen without paying.

Although hospitals should check if foreign patients are entitled to free NHS hospital care, Panorama found many did not.

The film, Britain's Secret Health Tourists, to be aired tonight, finds the system of checks is riddled with holes. ...

Programme makers also found 'fixers' working outside the NHS who were selling places on GP lists across the country.

One fixer was filmed selling an undercover reporter, posing as a Nigerian health tourist, a registration at a GPs' surgery for £300. The reporter went on to receive free blood tests in hospital.

Everybody in Britain - regardless of immigration or residency status - is entitled to free care in accident and emergency, as well as treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

However, hospitals are meant to check if patients receiving further treatment are entitled to it for free, or should pay.

The rules are complex but the single most important criterion is whether a foreign national has lived here for at least a year.

However, Panorama found a third of England's hospitals were failing to ask patients that question.

It means patients who have fraudulently obtained places on GP lists are routinely able to access costly hospital services at the taxpayers' expense.

Jim Gee, the former head of NHS Protect, tasked with combating fraud within the health service, told the programme that the system in hospitals was "unworkable". ...

Some GPs are also concerned at new guidance from the Primary Care Commission, a quango, on GP patient registration.

These state: "Nationality is not relevant in giving people entitlement to register as NHS patients for primary care services."

They also emphasise that anyone in the UK can register at a GP practice, no matter how long they have been in the country.

Neither should registration be withheld "because a patient does not have the necessary proof of residence or personal identification". ...

Given the lax nature of hospital checks on eligibility, the guidelines could also make it easier for foreign nationals who should be paying, to get expensive specialist NHS care for free.

Last year a Department of Health report conceded that the NHS was at risk of "health tourism" because it was a high-quality service that was "free at the point of access". ...

A Department of Health spokesman said the recent guidance on GP patient registration, published in July, merely "clarifies long-standing recommendations" that everybody was entitled to free primary health care.
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Christian children 'derided as Nazis'
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2012

John Deighan, parliamentary officer of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, said Christians in the UK and elsewhere in Europe face "increasing levels of hostility" because of their views on issues such as Islam and homosexuality.

Speaking yesterday at a conference in Brussels, he cited as an example opposition by the Catholic Church to the introduction of Scottish legislation legalising same-sex marriage. ... ...

He said: "There is a level of hostility which is building up even against very young people. I know, for example, of children in Scotland, including my own 12-year-old child, who have been branded as 'Nazis' and 'bigots' because they have dared to disagree with the idea of same-sex marriage. If people make any sort of criticism of Islam they are branded as 'racists.'

"People are increasingly being subjected to manipulation by what I would call the equality lobby."
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Mitt Romney's 'illegals' rhetoric alienates Latinos
Jose Antonio Vargas
The Guardian, 3 October 2012

Here's one question – directed at Mitt Romney – that begs to be asked at Wednesday's first presidential debate in Denver, a demographically changing metropolis where more than 30% of the population is Hispanic:

"Poll after poll shows that you're way behind in attracting the support of Latinos, for whom immigration is a deeply personal issue. Latino voters are a critical voting bloc, especially in swing states such as North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. If elected president, how will you make sure that you do not alienate the country's largest minority group?"

However substantive his response, Romney should at least refrain from calling people "illegal aliens".

Language matters, particularly regarding a combustible issue in which an action (illegal immigration) has long been conflated with a group of people ("illegals"). Actions are illegal, never people. Yet, when it comes to illegal immigration, a pejorative and dehumanizing term is casually used to inflame and isolate. "Illegal" oversimplifies and politicizes a complex issue that is wholly integrated in American life.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, at least 17 million people are living legally in the US but belong in households with at least one undocumented immigrant. In other words, that "illegal immigrant" is a parent, a sister, or a cousin of a US citizen.

Romney is far from alone in broadly describing immigrants as "illegal" – many politicians, not to mention most in the mainstream media, including the New York Times, still use the term – but compared to President Obama, the difference is striking. In interviews, speeches, and on his campaign website, Obama almost always uses the more neutral term "undocumented immigrant".

This past summer, while announcing his plan to halt the deportation of undocumented youth and grant them a temporary reprieve via deferred action, Obama spoke of young people who are "Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper."

Contrast that with Romney who, since his first White House run five years ago, has interchangeably used "illegals", "illegal aliens", and "illegal immigrants". This is not purely semantic: Romney's choice of words and terms go in hand-in-hand with his policies. In November 2007, I sat in the press room during a CNN/YouTube Republican debate in St Petersburg, cowering in my seat when reporters spoke of "illegal immigrants" when the topic of illegal immigration came up. Publicly, I was a reporter for the Washington Post covering my first presidential campaign; privately, I was an undocumented immigrant with no valid green card who lived in fear of being found out. ...

Figures from the non-partisan research group Immigration Policy Center (IPC) provide critical context in this regard. In Colorado, Latino and Asian voters made up a combined 10% of the voters in 2008 – some 243,000 people. That total, according to IPC, exceeded the margin of victory for Obama, who won Colorado by 214,000 votes. The same goes for Florida, an eternal battleground state. The combined total of the rising Latino and Asian vote in the Sunshine State (about 1.3 million) is way beyond Obama's margin of victory there in 2008 (236,450).
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Cutting immigration is ludicrous, says Labour
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 2 October 2012

Labour's immigration spokesman yesterday dismissed claims that Britain was overcrowded.

Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant claimed the aid Government attempts to curb the number of foreigners moving here were "ludicrous".

His comments are at odds with official projections that show the country's population will surge from 62.3 million last year to 70 million by 2027.

Two-thirds of the rise will result from immigration with the rest due to rising birth rates and increased life expectancy.

The latest immigration statistics also show that half a million immigrants arrived in Britain last year – more than 1,300 a day.

Speaking during a debate on immigration at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Bryant said: "There is another argument which people worry about and it is that this country is too full.

"I don't subscribe to that view, I find that an odd argument. It is certainly true that Britain has an economy that is far too dependent on London and the South-east and I would like us to change that."

He agreed that Labour had got "some things wrong" about immigration in the past but hit out at the Coalition's attempts to tackle the issue.

He said: "There are some silly things they have done, they have set themselves a ludicrous net-migration target ..." ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of think-tank MigrationWatch UK, said: "It is astonishing that a shadow minister of immigration should have so little grasp of the facts.

"Labour's failure to address the immigration issue is the reason that 3.5 million immigrants arrived on their watch. It seems that they have learned nothing."

MigrationWatch says net immigration needs to fall from its current level of 216,000 to around 40,000 a year to stop the population reaching 70 million.

Nearly 80 per cent of people in England think the country is overcrowded, a survey found earlier this year.
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Chris Bryant: British Jobs For British Workers
Dina Rickman
Huffington Post, 2 October 2012

Labour's shadow immigration minister has suggested companies should take responsibility for giving jobs to people from the UK.

In an updated echo of Gordon Brown's 'British jobs for British people' Chris Bryant said industry should do more to ensure workers from the UK take jobs in hospitality, construction and agriculture.

Speaking at a fringe event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group On Migration at the Labour Party conference and chaired by The Huffington Post UK in Manchester on Monday, Bryant said: "Sometimes people's concerns about migration are really concerns about jobs for themselves.

"In particular I think there are three industries, the hospitality industry, the construction industry and agriculture who have done remarkably little to make sure there are British people able to come in [and work in] those industries.

"Why is it that you go to a hotel in France and you're welcomed by a French person, that's delightful.

"You've actually got to invest in skills and training and make sure you've got the balance and work force that is going to take on those jobs."

Speaking to HuffPost UK after the event, Bryant said Labour's immigration policy couldn't be defined in a "nutshell".

"It's not in a nutshell. You can't do it in a nutshell and I don't want to do any of it in a nutshell. In the end there's about 30 different issues that impact upon immigration."

Bryant also denied there was any friction at the top of the Labour party in creating immigration policy but admitted the party had "made some mistakes".

"Although some people who talk about immigration and think it's the most important thing in this country are racist, just because you're interested in immigration doesn't make you a racist. Many people in this country I've spoken to in the black and ethnic minority communities worry about migration," he said.

"I've had a lot of Asian women say to me they don't like the men in their community going to the Indian subcontinent to find a bride who is not as British as them."
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Christians in Europe face 'persecution'
Martin Banks, 2 October 2012

A hearing in parliament was told that Christians in Europe face "persecution" because of their beliefs.

The seminar on Tuesday heard that Europe's Christian community was also being "marginalised" and "sidelined" on account of their views on issues such as same-sex marriage and homosexuality. ...

Another speaker, John Deighan, parliamentary officer of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, which represents the eight RC bishops in Scotland, was particularly critical of the "intolerance" facing Christians.

He said that in Scotland, children as young as 12 had been branded as "Nazis" and "bigots" for disagreeing with issues such as same-sex marriage.

He said that groups such as Stonewall and the Equality Network had subjected the public to "intense levels of hostility".

Deighan said, "This is a blatant attempt to manipulate the ideas and views of people, including school children, so that they become more intolerant of the Catholic message."

He also said it was "very difficult" to persuade politicians and political parties in Scotland to speak out on such concerns.

"They are afraid that in doing so they will jeopardise their careers," he told the seminar.
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Migrants good for NZ - the more the merrier
Bob Jones
New Zealand Herald, 2 October 2012
["Sir Bob Jones, the property tycoon, author and former politician"]

There's an old boxing aphorism which speaks for itself, namely a hungry fighter is a good fighter. Make no mistake, those thousands of Asians - mainly Indians and Chinese, but also large numbers of Thais, Koreans, Malays and Filipinos - pouring into New Zealand are very hungry fighters indeed. The evidence confronts us daily. ...

Their behaviour is patterned. The first generation work their butts off, mostly self-employed, albeit often in menial activities. At home they drive their kids to study hard, aiming for conventional higher-income professions such as medicine and accounting.

I have boundless admiration for the courage of Asian migrants, setting out to an alien land, language and culture, so that their children will have a better life. My company provides university scholarships for humanities students (the bogus data-collecting sociology and such like "subjects" excluded). Years ago I told Auckland University I wanted the scholarships confined to migrants' children. That proved a joke for, as I said, they stick to the straight and narrow of accounting, medicine etc and thus we had no applicants. Henceforth, we'll cover these for them anyway, knowing that their third generation will branch out on their own initiative from the orthodox professions. ...

Never before in history has there been as much mass migration as today. If, in many cases, they're fleeing war-torn countries, the evidence is clear that host nations are ultimately enhanced by the contribution of different cultures, despite occasional teething problems. But most are economic migrants and we should welcome them to our welfare-sated nation. They bring with them an independent mentality and self-respect, sadly non-existent with a large section of our population.

The American expression of the melting pot is undoubtedly an important factor in that nation's success. We should copy it and woo migrants from non-traditional sources. Aside from the very welcome Asians, we're now getting heaps of Argentinians and Middle Easterners. We should also exploit Europe's woes and set up immigration offices in Greece, Spain and Italy. ...

Perhaps best of all is inter-marriage. Once only Maori spouses softened our ancestors' coarse Anglo-Saxon/Celtic features. Now it's open slather and it's indisputable that the outcome is overwhelmingly aesthetically better. Racial intermarriage is now a world-wide phenomenon, which ultimately may mean no natural blondes left.
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UK Border Agency starts tracking tip-offs about illegal immigrants
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 1 October 2012

Illegal immigrants could be tracked down and deported more easily under a new UK Border Agency scheme to manage tip-offs.

A new National Allegations Database will handle claims centrally and track them from start to finish to ensure potential over-stayers or foreign criminals do not slip through the net.

The system, which came into effect on Sunday, aims to improve border officials' success rate as recent figures suggest just 4 per cent of allegations lead to arrests being made. ...

Border officials also rely on tip-offs from the public to help find illegal immigrants, and recent figures show that some 20,000 allegations are made every three months.

Although almost all are assessed within 48 hours and half are investigated properly by officials, only about 600 lead to arrests.
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White faces will soon be a minority
Lincoln Tan
New Zealand Herald, 1 October 2012

Seven out of 10 Aucklanders comfortable with city's changing mix of ethnicities.

White Europeans could lose majority status in Auckland in the next few years as the combined population of Asians, Pacific Islanders and Maori increases, Statistics New Zealand figures indicate.

While the city's population was 76 per cent white European in 1976, projections show it will be 51 per cent in 2016, with further reductions in later years.

The forecast comes as the Herald begins a five-part series on ethnic diversity in Auckland, where about 40 per cent of the inhabitants were born overseas.

Nearly 70 per cent of Aucklanders in a Herald street poll said they were comfortable with the changing face of the city.

Massey University sociology professor Paul Spoonley, who made the Auckland population projection based on Statistics NZ figures, said it was a matter of "when" rather than "if" minority communities combined would outnumber white Europeans in Auckland.

The high rate of permanent outward migration of New Zealand citizens and the record exodus to Australia would hasten this because most of those who left were European or Maori, he said.

The social shift was also aided by the Immigration Act 1987, which radically changed migrant entry to New Zealand. Requirements were based on individual characteristics, skills and money rather than preferred source countries.

Between 1986 and 2006, the numbers born in Asia and now resident in New Zealand increased by 661 per cent, with the Chinese (899.4 per cent) and Indians (841.6 per cent) dominating growth.

Over that time the number of overseas-born Pacific people also doubled, and migrants from other countries, such as Africa, also increased.

Professor Spoonley said older age groups might struggle to come to grips with this "huge change".
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Shock on immigration
Ted Jeory
Sunday Express, 30 September 2012

Labour's new policy chief risked a possible row yesterday over illegal immigration by hinting at a possible amnesty under a future Ed Miliband government.

Fresh-thinking Jon Cruddas, who is in charge of the party's policy review, conceded Labour had "got it wrong" while in power when it allowed huge numbers to enter Britain simply to fill gaps in the workforce.

The Dagenham MP said no thought had been given to the effect on communities and local housing, health services and schools.

He hinted curbs might include an annual census instead of the current 10-year head count. A partial amnesty for long-standing illegal immigrants was also in his thinking, something London mayor Boris Johnson wants but Downing Street has ruled out.
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Population of England to rise 4.5m in a decade as growth rate 'gets faster'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 29 September 2012

The number of people in England will rise by more than four and a half million over the next decade, official estimates said yesterday.

The estimates mean population growth over the next ten years will outpace the historic record increase of the past decade.

Figures on future growth, from the Office for National Statistics, were made public following Home Secretary Theresa May's suggestion earlier this month that no specific effort would be made to keep Britain's overall population below the symbolic 70 million level that one Labour minister promised would never be reached.

Britain's population is around the 63 million mark and estimates suggest the 70 million figure – which critics say would overstretch housing, transport, education, health services and utilities – will be hit before the currently expected date of 2027.

The projections for England's population in 2021 have been calculated following last year's census, which found around half a million more people in the country than were thought to be living here.

This means numbers are expected to be 667,000 higher in 2021 than previously thought.

According to the ONS projections, England will now have 57,688,000 people in 2021 compared with 53,107,000 last year. The anticipated population increase over a decade is 4,581,000. ...

According to the new projections the population of London will go up by more than a million by 2021, rising from 8,204,000 now to 9,371,000.

The South East will have to find room for 800,000 more people – the equivalent of five towns the size of Reading.

The other biggest growth region will be the East, which will have 600,000 more people.

Simon Ross of Population Matters, which campaigns for more sustainable living, said: 'This growth rate is one of the highest in Europe, for a country that is already one of its most densely populated.

'It is hardly surprising that we face issues in housing, transport and employment. In the medium term, these numbers are unsustainable.

'The Government must be supported in its efforts to limit net migration and should take steps to reduce the birth rate through improving sexual health and encouraging people to have smaller families.'
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Muslim community in 'denial' about grooming rings, says Jack Straw
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2012

Members of the British Asian community are in "denial" about the issue of men of Pakistani origin grooming white girls for sex, the former Home Secretary Jack Straw has claimed.

He said that the scandal, exposed by the trial of nine Asian men jailed for grooming and sexual abuse of white girls in Rochdale, raised a problem which had to be "faced and addressed" within some communities in northern cities.

He was speaking after a damning report into the handling of abuse allegations in Rochdale by social workers, police and the Crown Prosecution Service which highlighted a catalogue of failing and "missed opportunities".

The study, by the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children's Board, found that social workers repeatedly failed to take action in response to complaints from under-age girls who had fallen into the grip of a paedophile ring.

Rather than being treated as victims, they were viewed as "problematic" and "wilfull" and thought to be "making their own choices". ...

Speaking after the publication of the report yesterday, he dismissed claims that the problems uncovered by the Rochdale report affected all communities.

"There is an issue of ethnicity here which can't be ignored," he told BBC Radio 4. ...

A spokesman for the Network of Sikh Organisations added that it was not accurate to describe the grooming rings as an "Asian" problem.

"It is something tat the leaders of the Muslim community, the Pakistani community, need to address," he said.
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Obama's fantasy world on immigration
Ruben Navarrette, 28 September 2012

There was only one acceptable response from President Barack Obama when he was grilled over his immigration policies by Univision's Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas: "Lo siento" (I'm sorry).

Instead of going on the defensive and retreating into the fantasy world where he and his administration do no wrong, and where it's those dastardly Republicans who prevented him from keeping his promise to make immigration reform a top priority, Obama should have offered up a mea culpa.

The president has made a mess of things. He broke campaign promises and, more important, broke up hundreds of thousands of families by deporting parents, and placing their U.S.-born children on this side of the border in foster care so that other people could raise them.

He did all this not – as some of his supporters argue – to lay the groundwork for comprehensive immigration reform. He did it to score points with conservatives and win back independents by trying to prove that he heard their concerns about illegal immigration, and that he was tough enough to address them. And he did it to please two vital elements of the Democratic Party's base: African-Americans and organized labor, both of whom claim that illegal immigration takes jobs away from U.S. workers and keeps wages low.

But his immigration policies got away from him. He let the genie out of the bottle by doing on a federal level what Arizona has done on a state level – namely, rope thousands of local police officers into the enforcement of federal immigration law. The program, Secure Communities – which was started under the George W. Bush administration – was put it into overdrive by Obama with the goal of expanding it nationwide by 2014. By forcing local police to act as surrogates for immigration agents, the administration was able to round up and deport more than 1.5 million people. But it also eliminated police and prosecutorial discretion and ensured that people who years ago might have been left alone – for instance, victims of domestic violence – were arrested and deported.

Obama is not a bad person. But when it comes to immigration, and the pain inflicted on the Latino immigrant community in this country, he's been a bad president.

You'll never hear any contrition for this, from Obama or his surrogates. It's not in the president's DNA to accept responsibility for his excesses, mistakes or failures. Harry Truman said that the buck stopped here. Obama seems to think the buck stops down the block.

When pressed by Ramos and Salinas about his failures on immigration, Obama trotted out all the old and familiar excuses, justifications and half-truths that he and his surrogates have used for the last two years to explain away their policy of "broken promises, broken families." This included the assertions that have already been discredited, like the claim that most of those who were deported had criminal convictions. Not so.

But what really was outrageous was when Obama blamed Republicans for the fact that as president, he didn't even propose an immigration reform bill to Congress. These are the same Republicans who were in the minority for the first two years of his tenure, and couldn't have stopped immigration reform if they wanted to.

It's time to exit fantasy world. These are the realities underlying the immigration debate, even if Obama will never admit them.
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Poles return to Britain despite ailing economy
Matthew Day and Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2012

Poles are returning to Britain to look for work despite the poor state of the economy.

Official figures show the number of Poles living here rose by 45,000 last year, the first annual rise since the financial crash.

The increase comes despite their homeland's economy growing strongly, while Britain languishes in a double-dip recession with more than 2.5 million people out of work.

Experts believe the new wave of immigration is explained by far lower salaries in Eastern Europe.

It will cast renewed doubt on the Home Office's attempts to reduce net migration – the number of people who settle in Britain every year minus those who move abroad – to the "tens of thousands" from the current rate of more than 200,000 annually. ...

"Among the countries that for years now have been a main destination for Poles, the UK has seen a significant rise in migrants," said a new report by Poland's Central Statistics Office.

The study, based on census results for 2011, disclosed that the number of Poles living in Britain now stands at 625,000.

It reverses a decline in migration since the high-water mark of 2007, which saw 695,000 settle.

The increase exceeds even that of Germany, which saw just an additional 30,000 Poles moving across the border despite the labour market being opened to them last year, and cemented Britain's position as their destination of choice. ...

Almost a decade after Britain opened its doors to Poles, many towns and cities now have established expat communities.

With most Poles knowing somebody who lives in Britain, moving there and finding work and accommodation presents few barriers.
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France plagued by anti-white racism, says the man who wants to fill Sarkozy's shoes
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2012

JEAN-FRANCOIS COPE, the man in a bitter duel to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of the French Right, yesterday prompted a political firestorm after claiming France has a problem of "anti-white racism" in its troubled suburbs.

Rights groups and the ruling Socialist party accused Mr Copé yesterday of seeking to ape or even forge alliances with the far-Right National Front, which in turn claimed he had simply reinterated one of its long-held beliefs.

Mr Copé, 48, who is the interim leader of the Right-wing UMP, is facing a fight against François Fillon, 58, Mr Sarkozy's dour, moderate prime minister to lead the party on a permanent basis. ...

..., he is bringing out a book titled Manifesto for an Uninhibited Right on Oct 3.

In extracts to be published in this weekend's Le Figaro newspaper, Mr Copé said he wished to "break a taboo".

He wrote: "An anti-white racism is spreading in districts of our cities where individuals – some of whom have French nationality – treat 'Gallic' French with disdain on the pretext that they don't share the same religion, the same skin colour or the same origins as them."

This was a clear reference to suburbs ringing many French cities with large immigrant populations, where social and racial tensions are high.

He added that such prejudice was "just as unacceptable as all other forms of racism". The Socialist party swiftly denounced the comments as "very grave" far-Right language.
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The Politicisation of migration in Europe
European Policy Centre, 27 September 2012

Wouter van der Brug, Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, said that in many countries, the politicisation process was 'top down', particularly in multi-party systems within which pro-immigration political blocs responded strongly to anti-immigration opponents.

However in other countries, such as the UK, migration politicisation was more a 'bottom up' process, with momentum generated by civil society interest groups and the media, Van der Brug said.

The common factor was that mainstream parties everywhere tried to keep immigration off the agenda whenever possible, he explained.

The researchers found no clear link between numbers of migrants and politicisation, explained Kevin Cunningham, a researcher at Trinity College Dublin.

There were clearer links between government action on migration and levels of 'politicisation' and 'de-politicisation'. It could be argued that the politicisation was a normal part of the democratic process, but immigration was in a particularly sensitive category, Cunningham said.

Luciano Scagliotti, head of the Italian section of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), wondered whether immigration policies were best conducted at national level or at European level, "where the political heat is lower". ...

Reza Aslan, adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, said the whole issue was hidebound with immigrants' perceptions of themselves: he had many US friends insisting on being called "Italian- Americans" when they knew nothing about Italy and "didn't even like pasta".

The entire situation and culture was confused: while "American Muslims" wanted to distinguish themselves from other Muslims, the term "British Muslim" in the UK was used to differentiate the user not from other Muslims, but from other Britons, Aslan said. He also highlighted the difference in the role religion played in society by saying that "in the US, religion is part of society and encouraged, and steeped in religious freedom".
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Migration fuels 4m rise in population of England and Wales over the last 10 years
Steve Doughty
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2012

The number of people living in England and Wales has soared by around four million in only ten years, according to the latest count released yesterday.

The increase, driven by large-scale immigration, pushed up the population at its fastest rate during the past 100 years.

Rapid growth outpaced even the baby boom of the 1950s and 1960s, the historic post-war period when record childbirth levels helped fuel long-term economic and social upheaval.

The scale of the population boom that has followed Labour's decision to ease curbs on immigration after 1997 was revealed by the Office for National Statistics in new estimates for England and Wales in the middle of last year.

The figures showed the population rose by 3.8 million, or 7.3 per cent, from 52.4 million in 2001 to 56,170,900 last year. ... ...

... Migration is usually reckoned to be responsible for 70 per cent of new population growth, partly because of higher birth rates among recent immigrants.

Until now the recent population explosion was thought to be similar in scale to the baby boom that peaked 50 years ago. Between 1951 and 1961 the number in England and Wales rose by 2.4 million, from 43.8 million to 46.2 million, while between 1961 and 1971 it increased by a further three million to 49.2 million.

Yesterday's figures show that the post-war increase has been eclipsed, mainly because of the opening of Britain's borders after 1997 to migrants from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Sir Andrew Green, of the MigrationWatch think-tank, said: 'This is further evidence to show that we must get immigration under control. It is driving the population up and up in numbers that we have never seen before.' ...

The population of the UK as a whole is around 63 million. Home Secretary Theresa May has dismissed fears that a UK population of 70 million – likely to be reached by 2027 – will put too great a strain on housing, transport, education and other state services.
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Population growing by 1,000 a day, Office for National Statistics shows
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2012

The population of England and Wales continues to grow by 1,000 a day, latest figures show.

Over the past decade the number living in the country has grown by twice the European average, fuelled by record levels of immigration and a higher birth rate.

Only Germany and France, which are far bigger, are now home to more people than Britain, the Office for National Statistics said. ...

England and Wales now has the fourth largest population among 26 nations in Europe, but Britain as a whole is third in the rankings.
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Can GOP survive its 'minority problem'?
Husna Haq
Christian Science Monitor, 26 September 2012

Polls show that the GOP continues to be 'the party of old, white men' – and that could be decisive in the 2012 presidential election. Demographics suggest that the party must change, and soon.

Some Republican strategists are already preparing for the worst. The numbers, frankly, are dismal. Nearly 2 of every 3 Latinos favor President Obama to Mitt Romney. Voters in the gay and lesbian community favor Mr. Obama by the same margin. Women favor the president by 51 percent to 41 percent, according to an August NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. And African-Americans? One poll suggested that Mr. Romney is being skunked: 94 percent to 0 percent.

Clearly, the GOP has a minority problem. But Republican strategists aren't just worried about November – they're worried about the Novembers after that.

If demographic trends continue to swell the country's minority population, and the GOP continues to struggle to grow its white, Protestant base, the Republican Party risks going the way of the Whigs it replaced in the 1850s. Already, some experts say, minorities are likely to swing this presidential election to Obama. And going forward, the arithmetic ... says it all: This year, for the first time, births of nonwhites outnumbered births of whites in America, putting the United States on the road to becoming a majority- minority nation in three decades, the US Census Bureau reported. For the GOP, the rubber is finally hitting the road. ...

The demographics are compelling. The country's minority population grew by 30 percent during the past decade, according to data from the 2010 Census, while the white population grew just 1 percent. In 1992, the minority vote made up 12 percent of the electorate. This year, it's expected to be 28 percent.

Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 92 percent of the nation's growth since 2000, with most of that increase (some 56 percent) coming from Hispanics, according to the 2010 Census. Non-Hispanic whites are projected to become a minority of the population in 30 years, according to Pew Research Center projections. ...

These changes have left "the GOP ... on the wrong side of history, demographically speaking," adds Allan Lichtman, a presidential historian at American University in Washington. ...

Not that the GOP isn't trying to expand its appeal.

Its national convention in Tampa, Fla., featured a string of speeches by so-called rising stars, including Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Indian-American Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Cuban-American Senate nominee Ted Cruz, Haitian-American mayor and congressional nominee Mia Love, and Mexican-American New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

But the convention floor was notably short on minority delegates – as made obvious by the Democratic convention's technicolored rainbow of an audience a week later. ... ...

... And while Romney is struggling to attract the minority vote, he's surging past Obama on the white vote – particularly the working-class white vote, where he beats Obama 59 to percent 37 percent, according to an August USA Today/Gallup poll.

"That's why Romney's hanging on," says O'Connell. "The white working-class, blue-collar voters. That is essentially his base."
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'Sweden must do more to combat racism'
Rebecca Martin
The Local (Sweden), 25 September 2012

Although much has improved in Sweden, there is still a lot to be done to combat racism and xenophobia, according to a new report from human rights organization the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). ...

The report, authored by a human rights body within the Council of Europe, calls for more measures to combat housing segregation as well as discrimination in schools, health care and the legal system.

Since the commission's third report in 2005, much ground has been gained in a number of the areas on which the ECRI focuses. However, the report states that there is much more that should be done.

Much more could be done to promote positive action in Sweden, something that is not currently viewed as "generally acceptable", according to the report. ...

The authors of the report recognized that xenophobic and Islamophobic parties have gained ground in Sweden over the past few years.

"Anti-Muslim political discourse has become more widespread and the tone has hardened. Online racism has continued to grow exponentially," the report stated.
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Police turned a blind eye to sex grooming gangs for more than a decade, confidential files reveal
Rob Preece and Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 25 September 2012

Police turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse of white girls by gangs of largely Pakistani men for more than a decade, it was claimed yesterday.

Research, reports and case files also revealed that council officials were desperate to cover up any racial link to the abuse of young girls.

The research shows that a string of warnings dating back as far as 2000 were ignored by the authorities. In many cases, police action was taken only against the victims.

Among the alleged crimes for which no one was prosecuted were: ...

According to previously confidential documents seen by The Times, police in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, found evidence of thousands of similar crimes and described 'networks of Asian males exploiting young white females'.

The groups were reported to have trafficked victims to cities including Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.

Despite this, just two prosecutions of groups of men for sexual abuse have taken place in South Yorkshire since 1996.

In 2002, Home Office-funded research criticised officers for treating young victims as 'deviant and promiscuous' while 'the men they were found with were never questioned or investigated'.

Revealing the fears over the racial element to the abuse, a 2010 report from the Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board said the crimes had 'cultural characteristics ... which are locally sensitive in terms of diversity', but warned of 'sensitivities of ethnicity with potential to endanger the harmony of community relationships'.
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Asian sex gangs operated for a decade in Rotherham as authorities refused to acknowledge the problem, chilling police files reveal
Rob Preece
Daily Mail, 24 September 2012
[This report was updated the next day]

Asian sex gangs were able to groom, pimp and traffic girls across the UK for more than a decade while authorities failed to publicly acknowledge the problem was happening, confidential documents reveal today.

A dossier of internal police, social services and intelligence reports shows that agencies in South Yorkshire were aware that vulnerable girls were being abused, but a catalogue of alleged crimes were not prosecuted.

In one case, a white girl who was sexually abused by an Asian gang from the age of 12 was offered lessons in Urdu and Punjabi by her local council after her ordeal.

Rotherham Council proposed the lessons to the girl, who was known by social services to have been sexually exploited, in an attempt 'to engage' her in education.

The documents show that authorities were aware of a problem of offenders, largely men of Pakistani heritage, sexually exploiting vulnerable girls, but never publicly acknowledged that it was happening.

A child welfare expert, speaking under condition of anonymity, said the agencies' reluctance to tackle street-grooming networks was 'the biggest child protection scandal of our time'.

The papers, which emerged today outline many cases of alleged sexual exploitation for which no one was prosecuted, including: ... ...

Among the papers is a confidential 2010 police intelligence report warning that thousands of sexual exploitation crimes are committed in South Yorkshire each year. ...

The report, seen by The Times, states that such groups are believed to have trafficked victims to other cities and towns, including Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Dover.

Another confidential 2010 report, for the Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board, warns against drawing too much attention to the ethnic origin of the alleged abusers.

It states: 'Great care will be taken in drafting...this report to ensure that its findings embrace Rotherham's qualities of diversity. It is imperative that suggestions of a wider cultural phenomenon are avoided.'
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Exposed, the 'myth' of bright foreign students: Just five per cent attend university rated in the top ten
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 24 September 2012

The vast majority of foreign students who come to the UK attend 'lower level' universities and colleges, a study has revealed.

Just five per cent of the students who enter Britain each year go to a university rated in the top ten. Around one in eight goes to one of the top 24 Russell group universities.

Think tank MigrationWatch, which carried out the study, said the figures exploded the myth that the non-EU students coming to the UK were the 'brightest and the best'.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch said: 'This report lifts the lid on what is really happening in the university sector.

'Non-EU students are being recruited to prop up the finances of less well known universities.

'It is time that the strong public interest in immigration control was properly balanced against the self-serving pleading of the universities lobby in the UK which is in denial about the potential impact of foreign students on net migration.'

The MigrationWatch study, based on official figures, estimates that around 13,600 non-EU students entered a top ten university last year - or around five per cent of all arrivals.

Some 34,300 went to a Russell Group institution - or 12.5 per cent of new students.

The study follows comments by a leading academic who suggested international students are being used as 'cash cows' by universities.

Last week Professor Susan Bassnett, former pro vice chancellor at Warwick University said higher education institutions were blithely accepting foreign students whose English was so poor who would struggle to pass an English GCSE because they were reliant on fees up to £20,000 a year. ...

Numbers of foreign students entering the UK have trebled in the past decade. Since 2007 they have increased from around 104,000 to 180,000 last year, a rise of 73 per cent.

It is unknown how many return home at the end of their courses.
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Tighten up: Eliminate incentives for illegal immigration. Improve detection and removal
Dan Stein
Christian Science Monitor, 24 September 2012
[Dan Stein is president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)]

Dealing with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States is often cast as a choice between two extremes: mass amnesty or mass deportations. The former amounts to capitulation and is not desirable. The latter is not feasible, although illegal immigrants who are apprehended should be removed. Neither approach is necessary.

What is generally ignored in the debate is that mass illegal immigration can be deterred. Illegal immigrants tend to be very rational people. They come and remain here in large numbers because they believe they will benefit and that there is little chance that our laws will be enforced.

The first step must be to eliminate the biggest draw to illegal immigration: employment. Illegal immigrants and employers skirt employment prohibitions with fraudulent or stolen Social Security numbers. E-Verify, an electronic employment verification system, already exists and is highly effective, but its use is voluntary. Such a system should be made mandatory. Knowing that fraudulent documents would be flagged would discourage most illegal immigrants from even applying for jobs.

Many state and local governments sweeten the pot by providing nonessential benefits and services to illegal immigrants. Many others have legislated or de facto sanctuary policies that shield illegal immigrants from detection.

Illegal immigrants are further encouraged to come and remain by the Obama administration's enunciated policy to allow, under the guise of prosecutorial discretion, hundreds of thousands of eligible illegal immigrants to apply for deportation deferrals.

Just as illegal immigrants come and remain for rational reasons, they will leave for rational reasons. If we eliminate the incentives and increase the likelihood of detection and removal, fewer illegal immigrants will come, and more will leave on their own. Over time, the numbers will decline, while the jobs, wages, tax dollars, and security of the American people will be enhanced.
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Will they ever heed the voice of Britain?
Daily Mail, 22 September 2012
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For three decades, an official annual report has highlighted the widening chasm between the views of the British people and those of the metropolitan, liberal elite who control the levers of power.

Indeed, the findings have become so familiar that the 30th British Social Attitudes survey, published this week, has attracted only perfunctory coverage.

Yet it reveals a crisis in our democracy that screams out for attention. It calls into question the very integrity of our system of government, as an inward-looking and increasingly isolated political class blocks its ears to the views of the people it is supposed to represent.

Take immigration. The survey finds that 75 per cent of the public want it reduced immediately, while more than half – up from 40 per cent in 1995 – say it should be cut by 'a lot'.

For the first time, too, a majority reject claims that migrants are good for the economy, with resentment highest among the low paid (who, unlike the bien pensant advocates of open borders, have to compete with foreigners for work).

Defying public opinion, however, the Coalition allowed net immigration to hit a record 252,000 last year.

Meanwhile, the BSA report finds that just a third believe immigration has been of cultural benefit, while 48 per cent say it has had a negative effect.

But you won't find a single mainstream politician who speaks for that 48 per cent. Indeed, with one voice, the major parties argue vociferously against their views. ...

Yet the widely-held views voiced in the BSA survey are either ignored or howled down by the publicly funded BBC – by far our most powerful news organisation, which has relentlessly pushed the liberal line and vilified the views of the people.

Meanwhile, even the feeblest attempts to match official policy to the public's beliefs are fiercely resisted on both government and opposition benches.

No wonder voters are close to despair that their crosses on the ballot paper will ever make a difference.
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Democrat: Immigration deal a lock in 2013 if Obama is reelected
Mike Lillis
The Hill, 22 September 2012

A prominent Hispanic lawmaker is predicting that President Obama and a weakened Republican Party will strike a deal on immigration next year.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he's received no promises from the White House that Obama would move quickly on immigration reform if reelected in November. But the Illinois Democrat said it's a lock the president would use a second term to revamp the nation's immigration laws. ...

Gutierrez predicted the results of November's elections would prove a game changer, as the sheer number of Latinos voting against Mitt Romney will force GOP leaders to support reforms for fear of alienating those voters indefinitely.

"I'm absolutely positive he's going to [prioritize immigration reform]," Gutierrez said Friday of Obama, "because the Republicans are going to take such a beating in this election that they're going to propose [their own plan]."

Romney is working hard to ensure such a beating doesn't happen, reaching out to Latino voters in a series of recent speeches, Spanish-language ads and interviews with the Hispanic press. ...

With polls showing Latinos favor Obama over Romney by a large margin, Gutierrez said GOP leaders will be likely, post-election, to heed Republicans like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), who are calling on the party to embrace immigration reform or risk losing the Latino vote for years to come.
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Golliwogs are a vile reminder of a racist past – even Tory MPs must see this
Richard Seymour
The Guardian, 21 September 2012

I recently had the pleasure of hearing from the Conservative MP Robert Goodwill, on the vexed question of "golliwog" dolls.

These dolls, despite being the subject of dubious collecting fads and a regular feature at BNP festivals, aren't exactly in vogue. The golliwog has long since been removed from Black Jack chews and Robertson's jam jars. In 2009, Hamleys declared that it was joining the Queen's estate in banning the items from its shops. Police action has been taken against those displaying such items, on the grounds of incitement to racial hatred.

Carol Thatcher with all her charms couldn't avoid the sack from the BBC's The One Show when she referred to a black tennis player as resembling a golliwog. And even the redoubts of reaction have decided to part ways with this ugly commodity. Last year, two prospective Tory councillors were expelled for posing with said items as a joke.

Still, shops in small towns all across this land are overstuffed with the dolls. While visiting Whitby recently, I learned that golliwog dolls are not just for sale; they can be prizes too. ...

I received a reply from Robert Goodwill MP, which is worth quoting in detail. First of all, he pointed out that he hadn't received any other complaints, ...

He added that it is "important that we don't become over-sensitive to situations such as this, where no evidence has been brought to me other than your letter that anyone has been offended or annoyed." Roughly translated, this means that even the ethnics are indifferent – only hysterical PC troublemakers care. ... ...

The golliwog, like many related stereotypes of "primitive" black people ("picaninnies", minstrels, "mammies" and so on), quickly found a commercial market, producing a flood of cartoons and advertising imagery. It was taken up as a symbol by Hamleys, Harrods, Trebor and Robertson's jam. ... Children may be understandably oblivious to this vile tradition, but adults – and Robert Goodwill MP is well into his 50s – have no such excuse.
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Border chiefs give up trying to find 80,000 migrants: Backlog of 500,000 cases as just 1 in 10 is kicked out
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 20 September 2012

Border chiefs are preparing to 'write off' around 80,000 lost immigration and asylum cases.

The files were among nearly half a million found abandoned in boxes at the Home Office in 2006 in a major immigration scandal.

Since then officials have been working through the backlog to track them down, but are set to admit defeat and abandon around one in six cases.

More than 180,000 have already been given the right to stay in the country, in what has been described as an 'asylum amnesty'.

Just 41,300 have been kicked out of the country or left voluntarily.

This means fewer than one in ten have been removed.

Border Agency chief executive Rob Whiteman said it was 'not in the best interests of the taxpayer' to continue the search.

The latest move could mean tens of thousands more in effect allowed to stay in Britain. ...

In 2006, then Home Secretary John Reid admitted a backlog of around 450,000 immigration and asylum cases had been discovered.

It led to him describing the immigration system as 'not fit for purpose'.

Last year the UK Border Agency declared that it had cleared the backlog which is thought to total some 500,500 files, but it was forced to admit that 100,000 cases had been left in a 'controlled archive' – effectively put on ice.

MPs said this archive was a 'dumping ground for cases where the UK Border Agency has lost track of the applicant'.

A total of 180,900 individuals have been given the right to stay in Britain – many because they have been here so long illegally that they have started families.

As a result they qualify to stay under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act the right to a family life.

Around 170,000 have been written off as errors, deceased applicants or duplicates – where the case has been dealt with before.

Details of the decision to abandon the search emerged in a letter from Mr Whiteman to MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

In it he claimed that many of the individuals will have left the UK 'many years ago', but there is no proof they have departed.

Officials are searching against Government and other databases for evidence that they are still here, but expect to draw a blank in around 80,000 cases, which will then be closed.

Another 25,000 remain to be processed where the migrant has been found in this country.

Mr Whiteman told MPs the backlog of cases will be cut from 90,000 to 63,000 in October and the following month to 28,000. The remaining cases will be dealt with by the end of the year.

When the scandal emerged, the Daily Mail predicted around 160,000 would be granted the right to stay here in what amounted to an amnesty.

At the time, the prediction was dismissed as 'scaremongering'. But the figures reveal that even that prediction was too optimistic.
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Fewer than 1 in 10 cases in asylum backlog led to deportation
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2012

Fewer than one in 10 of the missing asylum seekers and immigrants uncovered in a huge Home Office backlog has been deported, new figures show.

The UK Border Agency has admitted it is giving up on attempts to find 80,000 foreign nationals who are still missing six years on, as it would cost too much money to keep staff looking for them.

It will mark the end of the scandal that broke in 2006 when it emerged that half a million asylum files had been left gathering dust in boxes at the Home Office.

The final tally shows that more than 180,000 people were allowed to remain in Britain after having their cases considered while just 41,000 were removed. Many others were found to have died and thousands of files turned out to be duplicates.

Officials will continue to search for 25,000 individuals who may be living in the country illegally when the other cases are written off. ...

It is estimated that the UKBA, which has come under sustained criticism for delays at airport arrivals and for relaxing checks on travellers, now has a total backlog of some 275,000 immigration and asylum cases that it has not resolved.

More than 150,000 of these records are known as the Migrant Refusal Pool, of people who once had the right to stay in Britain but whose leave to remain has since expired. A private firm is being given a contract worth up to £40 million to trace them.

There are almost 4,000 foreign criminals on the streets who should have been considered for deportation, more than 800 of whom have been at large for more than five years.

The other cases are the remainder of the 500,500 discovered languishing in the Home Office six years ago, not long after the Home Secretary at the time, John Reid, described his department as "not fit for purpose".

The majority of the asylum seekers and immigrants in this category have since been allowed to stay in Britain because they had settled by the time their cases were considered. The Home Office said 180,900 have now been granted leave to remain, 41,300 have been removed and 173,000 files were duplicates or for people who have since died.

Officials have still been unable to contact more than 100,000 of the individuals in the backlog – even though there are now 149 people working full-time in the Case Audit and Assurance Unit trying to trace them – and will now write off most outstanding cases.

Figures supplied to the Home Affairs Select Committee show that of the remaining files in the "controlled archive", 80,000 will be closed in December while the others will be put in the "live" database so the searches can continue. ...

Meanwhile an official report shows that only half of migrant families told to leave Britain by UKBA are doing so.

The Independent Family Returns Panel said that in the 106 cases it considered last year, the main obstacles were "family members not being present when the UK Border Agency sought to effect removal" and last-minute legal appeals.
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Human traffickers bring children to Norway
Julie Ryland
The Norway Post, 20 September 2012

Human traffickers bring an increasing number of children to Norway that they plan to use for criminal activities and prostitution. There has been an increase in the number of smuggled children from Africa to Europe and Norway. Police attorney Rudolf Christoffersen informs that police often run into cases now where people have taken advantage of children by forcing them to commit criminal acts.

Children have been used to sell drugs and sex, Christoffersen explains. They have also been forced to work, beg and to perform other criminal activities.
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West cannot let itself be muzzled by fear of offending Muslims: Danish cartoonist
National Post / Reuters, 20 September 2012

The Danish cartoonist who outraged Muslims with a drawing of the Prophet Mohammad seven years ago has said the West cannot let itself be muzzled by fear of offending Islamic sensibilities.

Kurt Westergaard, whose lampoon of Mohammad in the Jyllands-Posten paper nearly got him killed by an axe-wielding assassin in 2010, told Austrian magazine News he had no regrets about his work and said freedom of speech was too precious to relinquish. ...

Westergaard, 77, said he still lives in constant fear of another attempt on his life. His home has become a "fortress" with a police station in the back yard and bodyguards who ferry him and his wife around in the back seat of an armoured car.

"I can't even go shopping or sit in a cafe," the cartoonist said in the interview published on Thursday.

Westergaard said cartoons poking fun at Muslims could signal that Western cultures saw them as part of society. "But we don't understand one another," he added.

That was because "we have long found ourselves in a culture war" raging not just between the West and the Middle East but directly in Western societies where he said many Muslims seem not to understand or respect democracy and freedom of speech.
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What If Rich Countries Shut the Door on Immigration? They would start to look like North Korea, says an Oxford professor
World Economic Forum
Time, 20 September 2012

This is a "what if" interview from the World Economic Forum's Risk Response Network. ...

Amid a global recession, catastrophic rates of unemployment in developed countries and a rising tide of xenophobia, the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with TIME, speaks with Ian Goldin, director of the Oxford Martin School and a professor of globalization and development at the University of Oxford, about the likelihood of anti-immigrant policies coming to the fore. Goldin warns that such policies would not only harm communities the world over, but be counterproductive.

Are we in the throes of a global backlash against immigration?

We're seeing an increasing focus on immigration in response to the severe economic crisis, rising unemployment and falling living standards. As has happened throughout history, there's a tendency to blame immigrants for these problems. Politically, it's an easy option, but it's never worked out too well as a strategy.

And there are clear signs of this?

... On the political level, there are also very real examples of anti- immigration policies. In the U.K., the government has put dramatic caps on migration, which are making it hard to hire skilled workers. It's so difficult to get a visa now that I'm finding that people from, say, China or South Africa are no longer willing to come to academic conferences here. ... In the U.S., immigration is a hot topic ahead of the elections, although what's interesting there is that since Latinos are such a significant voting force it changes the dynamic. ...

What would the broader consequences be?

As well as the ethical implications and the loss of cultural diversity, locking out immigrants would fundamentally undermine the competitiveness of developed economies. ...

What would a society without immigration feel like?

It would be like living in North Korea.

What's the best way to prevent a backlash against migration?

I'm not politically naive. I'm not recommending open borders, though that might be an ideal to work toward, just as we have with free-trade negotiations over a period of around 50 years. For now, the first thing is to recognize that migration has not been managed well enough. Migrants bring with them short-term, local costs, whereas the benefits are society-wide and long term, so there is a mismatch. Whether we're talking about Lampedusa, the island off the coast of Italy that is the first port of call for refugees from Tunisia, or Slough, a British town with a large migrant population, local people understandably feel that immigration is a burden. It's a national issue that needs to be managed on the national level. Second, leaders need to be more honest. What's depressing about the current status quo is that there's no empirical evidence to support this view that immigrants take people's jobs, swallow up resources and are a drag on the economy. But the myth is propagated, despite the fact that, depending on how far you go back, we're all immigrants.
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Diversity Forever
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 20 September 2012
[Heather Mac Donald is the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute]

The University of California, San Diego has done it again. Last year, it announced the creation of a new diversity sinecure: a vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Campus leaders established this post even as state budget cuts resulted in the loss of star scientists to competing universities, as humanities classes and degree programs were eliminated to save money, and as tuition continued its nearly 75 percent, five-year rise. The new vice chancellorship was wildly redundant with UCSD's already-existing diversity infrastructure. ...

Now UCSD has filled the position and announced the new vice chancellor's salary. Linda Greene, a diversity bureaucrat and law professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will pull in $250,000 a year ... (By comparison, an internationally known expert in opto-electronics in UCSD's engineering school, whose recent work has focused on cancer nanotechnology, received a little over $150,000 in salary from UCSD in 2011, according to state databases.) ...

... And of course the diversity machine is operating at fully funded throttle throughout the rest of the University of California; among the diversity initiatives that continue to cascade out of the president's office and the individual campuses is an imminent $662,000, system-wide "campus climate survey" to track down the racism of UC's faculty, staff, and students ...

Greene's salary and perks are, of course, just the start of what her tenure as San Diego's new VC for EDI will cost taxpayers. ... The new VC for EDI will therefore undoubtedly also require a staff of massive proportions to support the expected "creativity and innovation." As a benchmark, UC Berkeley's own vice chancellor for equity and inclusion, Gibor Basri, whose princely salary of $200,000 suddenly looks piddling by comparison with Greene's, presides over a staff of 24, up from 17 a mere year ago. Estimating conservatively, a comparably bulked-up office for San Diego's new VC for EDI will run taxpayers close to $1 million a year, even before the VC's salary is added in. That million-plus could easily pay for over a dozen new professors just starting their careers or for scholarships for many more promising graduate or undergraduate students. ...

The creation of a massive diversity bureaucracy to police the faculty for bias against women and URMs can be justified only if there is evidence that the faculty need such policing. No one has yet presented a single example of UC San Diego's faculty discriminating against a highly ranked female or URM candidate because of skin color or gender. The opposite is of course the case: female and URM Ph.D.s enjoy enormous advantages in the hiring market at UCSD and everywhere else. ...

Diversity advocates try to mask the vacuousness of their enterprise with two strategies. First, the diversophile pretends that a new diversity initiative is the first time that the relevant institution has ever embarked on such an endeavor. ... Reality: "Diversity" has been an all-consuming and costly obsession at UCSD for years.

The second strategy consists of dressing up "diversity" activities with speciously technocratic rhetoric. In trying to portray diversity bean-counting as something akin to an actual skill, use of the phrase, "metrics," is de rigueur. A diversity bureaucrat doesn't count females and minorities, she uses "metrics," ... "Holistic" is another favored term.
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Migrants must abandon 'ideology of hate'
Julian Drape
The Sydney Morning Herald / AAP, 19 September 2012

Billionaire businessman Frank Lowy says the response to the weekend's violent protests in Sydney proves Australia's multicultural society is both strong and mature.

But the Westfield chairman believes more must be done to ensure all Australians know that with the privilege of citizenship comes certain obligations.

Mr Lowy - who was born in Czechoslovakia and came to Australia in 1952 - on Wednesday night delivered the inaugural Australian Multicultural Council lecture in Canberra.

He praised the leadership of the Muslim community for speaking out against Saturday's demonstration.

"Our political leaders were united in their condemnation of the violence," the Westfield co-founder said. ...

Mr Lowy refused to "stumble into" a discussion of immigration policy and so-called boat people "even though I was a boat person myself".

"My personal story is not intended to be read in any way as a commentary on the contemporary challenges we face in dealing with illegal immigration," he said after telling the audience how he left Slovakia some 65 years ago.

He travelled from Prague to Marseilles and then onto a "rickety old boat" bound for Palestine.

After being intercepted by a British warship Mr Lowy was taken to an interment camp in Cyprus before, months later, he arrived ashore in Palestine.

After fighting for Israel he eventually made it to Sydney in 1952. ...

Speaking after Mr Lowy's lecture Opposition Leader Tony Abbott admitted he used to worry that multiculturalism could leave Australia "a nation of tribes".

"But I was wrong and I've changed my mind," he said.
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British birth rate has soared to one of highest in Europe thanks to increase in migrants
Steve Doughty
Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2012

Migrants have helped push Britain's birth rate up to one of the highest levels in Europe.

Women here are now likely to have an average of just under two children – a level exceeded only in two of the other 27 European Union countries.

A decade ago, before large-scale immigration had a major impact on birth rates, Britain was firmly in the middle of the European table.

Since then, high fertility levels among migrants and a rapid rise in birth rates among women born here have helped push up the population faster than almost everywhere else in Europe.

Figures released by the EU's statistical arm Eurostat show the British birth rate – an average of 1.98 children per woman – had raced ahead of those in Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, Holland and Finland by 2010. All six had higher birth rates than the UK in 2000.

Only women in France, with a birth rate just ahead of ours at 2.03, and Ireland, at 2.07, have more children.

Just over 723,000 babies were born in England and Wales in 2010, up from fewer than 600,000 in 2000. ... ...

France has had higher birth rates than Britain since the 1990s and its fertility levels are also pushed upwards by the arrival of high numbers of immigrants. ...

The growing population, especially in the south, has made England the most crowded country in Europe, except for tiny Malta.
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Academic Dishonesty
Walter E. Williams
CNSNews, 18 September 2012

Many of the nation's colleges and universities have become cesspools of indoctrination, intolerance, academic dishonesty and an "enlightened" form of racism. This is a decades-old trend.

In a 1991 speech, Yale President Benno Schmidt warned: "The most serious problems of freedom of expression in our society today exist on our campuses. The assumption seems to be that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and to liberate the mind."

Unfortunately, parents, taxpayers and donors have little knowledge of the extent of the dishonesty and indoctrination. There are several clues for telling whether there's academic dishonesty and indoctrination. One is to see whether a college spends millions for diversity and multiculturalism centers and hires directors of diversity and inclusion, managers of diversity recruitment, associate deans for diversity, and vice presidents of diversity. ...

An American Council of Trustees and Alumni survey in 2004 of 50 selective colleges found that 49 percent of students complained of professors frequently injecting political comments into their courses even if they had nothing to do with the subject, while 46 percent reported that professors used their classrooms to promote their own political views. ... ...

A recent National Association of Scholars report, "A Crisis of Competence," reported that the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute found that "more faculty now believe that they should teach their students to be agents of social change than believe that it is important to teach them the classics of Western civilization." Use of public funds for private advocacy not only is academic dishonesty but also borders on criminality.

In today's college climate, we shouldn't be surprised by the outcomes.

A survey conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut gave 81 percent of the seniors a D or an F in their knowledge of American history. Many students could not identify Valley Forge, words from the Gettysburg Address or even the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that only 31 percent of college graduates can read and understand a complex book.

A 2007 national survey titled "Our Fading Heritage: Americans Fail a Basic Test on Their History and Institutions," by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, found that earning a college degree does little to increase knowledge of America's history. ...

A 2006 survey conducted by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management found that only 24 percent of employers thought graduates of four-year colleges were "excellently prepared" for entry-level positions.

Our sad state of college education proves what my grandmother admonished: "If you're doing something you're not supposed to be doing, you can't do what you're supposed to do."
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Half the British population think immigration 'is bad for the economy' as public support for welfare state falls to record low
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 September 2012

The annual report on the state of public opinion also showed deepening worries about high levels of immigration.

For the first time, more than half the population reject claims that migrants are good for the economy, it found.

Resentment over the economic impact of immigration is highest among lower-paid workers - the people who have faced the toughest competition from migrants for jobs - the report said. ...

The British Social Attitudes report, published every year since 1983, is widely seen as a barometer for the underlying attitudes that shape politics and government policies.

Financed by Iain Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions, together with a series of other state bodies and a number of private charities, it is based on a survey taken last year of more than 3,300 people. ...

On immigration, the argument that migration is good for the economy has lost support, the survey found.

In 2002 only 43 per cent of the population thought migrants harmed the economy. Now the figure is above half, at 52 per cent, with nearly two thirds of lower paid and lesser skilled people deploring the economic impact of migration.

More than half, 51 per cent, want immigration reduced by a lot, and, in total, three quarters want to see immigration cuts.
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How 75% want to see immigration slashed
Alison Little
Daily Express, 17 September 2012

Strong public support for cutting immigration and a hardening attitude to benefit spongers are revealed in a major new survey today.

Three-quarters of those questioned wanted immigration reduced.

More than half said it was bad for the economy and 48 per cent thought it undermined Britain's cultural life.

But people drew a distinction between different types of incomers.

Highly skilled workers and students with good qualifications were widely welcomed as being good for Britain but support plunged in the case of unskilled labourers.
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Bullying, bingeing, racism and the other new deadly sins
Lianne La Borde
Daily Star, 17 September 2012

The seven deadly sins have been given a modern makeover after being branded outdated.

And research has named racism as the biggest sin in today's society.

In horror flick Se7en, starring Brad Pitt, 48, gruesome murders were carried out based on the original sins of wrath, envy, greed, gluttony, sloth, lust and pride.

But the film may require a remake to include the updated list of binge-drinking, domestic violence, tax evasion, racism, terrorism, bullying and bigotry.

The poll was carried out by TV channel CBS Reality, whose new series Sins & Secrets premieres tonight at 10pm.
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Voters more likely to back an anti-Muslim party than reject it – poll
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 16 September 2012

More people would support a political party that pledged to stop all immigration or promised to reduce the number of Muslims than one that encouraged multiculturalism, a survey conducted in the wake of the Olympics reveals.

Despite London 2012 being heralded as a celebration of a diverse society, the research suggests much of the electorate remains open to views traditionally associated with far-right groups.

The survey, conducted by YouGov with 1,750 respondents, found that 41% of people would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to stop all immigration, compared with 28% who said they would be less likely to support a group that promoted such policies.

In addition, 37% admitted that they would be more likely to support a political party that promised to reduce the number of Muslims in Britain and the presence of Islam in society, compared with 23% who said it would make them less likely.

Matthew Goodwin of the Extremis Project, an independent group monitoring extremism and terrorism that commissioned the research, said that, although Britain lacked a successful extremist political party, much of the public was susceptible to far-right ideology.

He said: "The results clearly point towards enduring public anxieties over the performance of mainstream political and business elites, immigration and also the role of Muslims and Islam in society." ...

Less than a quarter of 18-to-24-year-olds said they would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to halt all immigration, compared with more than half of those aged above 60. Similarly, 27% of the younger age group said they would vote for a party that campaigned to reduce the number of Muslims, compared with 49% of those aged over 60.

Goodwin, a lecturer at Nottingham University, said: "While we see further evidence of an emerging generation that is more tolerant towards – and accepting of – immigration and diversity, there remains clear potential for a party that ... promises to halt immigration, reduce the number of Muslims and prioritise traditional British values over other cultures."
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Bogus students have no place coming to Britain
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 16 September 2012

Taking a course is unquestionably a relatively easy way of getting into the UK – and once here, many stay. No one knows the percentage of people who stay permanently; there are no records that track those who come in and make sure they leave once their course is finished. But the percentage is almost certainly far larger than the 20 per cent or so who apply officially for permission to remain here.

The extent to which education is used as a way to settle in Britain can be seen in Labour's belated attempt to diminish immigration in 2008. When the party tried to institute a system that would make it impossible for unskilled workers to get work permits, there was an immediate surge in the number of non-EU students enrolling in education courses. Many were at privately run institutions that had very little to do with education. They did not require anything from their students in the way of qualifications, or even any ability to speak English. So what happened when the Coalition came to power and the Home Office decided that private colleges of further education would have to be properly accredited to make sure that they did indeed provide their students with an education? One third of the sector simply closed overnight. They didn't think it was worth trying to meet the standards required. That is very powerful evidence that many of those institutions weren't selling education. They were selling a way of migrating into Britain.
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Multiculturalism 'past its sell-by date' warns race expert
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2012

Using taxpayers' money to fund projects run by religious or ethnic community groups is turning Britain into a divided society, the author of the report on the Oldham riots has warned.

Prof Ted Cantle said that the idea of multiculturalism in Britain is now "well past its sell-by date" and is often doing more harm than good.

He accused the Government of fuelling separation in communities rather than bringing people together by allowing small groups to claim "special status" – and with it funding – amounting to a form of state-sponsored segregation.

Councils and police are also giving undue legitimacy to "self-appointed leaders" in some areas by inviting them to endless meetings and consulting them on their views and allowing them to become "gatekeepers to their communities", he warned.

Meanwhile grants from government funding pots, councils and charities have allowed thousands of separate community groups to grow up representing their own interests and reinforcing separation, he said.

He accused David Cameron of failing to live up to a pledge to tackle "state multiculturalism".

Prof Cantle, the founder of the Institute of Community Cohesion at Coventry University, wrote a high profile review into the causes of the 2001 Oldham riots warning that some ethnic groups were leading "parallel lives".

But in a highly critical paper to be presented to a conference organised by the National Secular Society next week, he calls for a halt to all state funding for projects and services aimed at or run by religious groups or individual ethnic communities. ...

In his address to the "Secularism 2012" conference, he will argue that the idea of multiculturalism – in which different communities are encouraged to retain their separate identities – grew up out of well-intentioned policies in the 1950s and 60s but is no longer sustainable as Britain has become increasingly diverse. ...

Figures produced to Parliament show that grants to faith-based groups from two Government funding pots alone in 2010 amounted to £13 million.

But the figure does not include support from councils and other government bodies or funding for education.
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Migrants ban: Age divide
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2012

Half of those over 60 would be open to voting for a party which promised to halt all immigration and reduce the number of Muslims in Britain but younger voters would be turned off by such policies, polling shows.

A YouGov survey of 1,700 people for the Extremis Project, a political research group, found that overall 41 per cent of adults would be more likely to support a party if it promised to stop all immigration while 28 per cent would be less likely to. Among the over-60s, support for the policy was 54 per cent.
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Illegal Immigration Emerges As New Crisis for Greece – And EU
Matina Stevis
Wall Street Journal, 15 September 2012

Greece, of course, is well-known for its role in the euro-zone crisis, with a massive debt load and sclerotic economy that threatens the single currency. But from Brussels to Oslo, government leaders are fretting about another issue that imperils the integrity of free access across an entire continent: porous Greek borders. ...

In response, government officials say they are doing the best they can under difficult circumstances. The country's new minister of public order, Nikos Dendias, says Greece takes border protection seriously, but that the influx from abroad is reaching crisis proportions. ...

Greece is part of Europe's so-called Schengen zone, which allows passport-free travel among most EU members, and some neighboring nations. Its failure to protect its border has only heightened political tensions at countries already resentful about the country's impact on the euro, and worried that their own tight job markets can't handle too many immigrants. Hugo Brady of the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank, says it is all just fanning a "poisonous" political atmosphere. ...

According to border-control statistics, almost 60% of Greece's illegal immigrants are from either Afghanistan or Pakistan. ... ...

Though Greece bears the brunt of the political pressure, it isn't clear the country has the biggest illegal immigration problem in Europe. Last year, some 351,000 people were in the EU illegally by overstaying their visas, more than twice the number of those who crossed into Europe without documents, according to Frontex. "The attention needs to be shifted to that too," said Mr. Brady of the Centre for European Reform. "Greece isn't the cause of illegal immigration, it's a serious patch of vulnerability." ...

Mr. Dendias, the country's public order minister, has launched a large-scale operation to arrest and deport illegal immigrants in Athens. At a news conference in August, he compared the influx to the invasion of the Dorians 4,000 years ago. "The country is being lost," he said. ... ...

At a cafe at the Alexandroupolis train station, a man who identified himself as a smuggler from Algeria, described the illegal-immigration class system. Syrians are the richest and are willing to pay €10,000 to reach Norway, Finland or Sweden for asylum. ... ...

Ms. Malmström, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, said trafficking like this into Europe has become a €25 billion-a-year-industry, so lucrative it is hard to combat.
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Multicultural Madness
Ricardo Duchesne
The Salisbury Review, Autumn 2012
[Ricardo Duchesne is Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick, and author of The Uniqueness of Western Civilization (2011)]

Ever since Canada was officially designated a multicultural nation during the prime ministership of Pierre Elliot Trudeau in the 1970s ...

Multiculturalism promulgates the equality of all races, religions and cultures; accordingly, it demands a Canada in which no particular ethnic group has a privileged position in the nation's history and culture. ...

Of course, multiculturalism is always presented to the public through rose-tinted glasses as a pluralistic philosophy dedicated to the prevention of discriminatory acts and xenophobic feelings. ... But multiculturalism contains a negation within its very essence. It protects the group rights of non-Western peoples while simultaneously denying the host (Western) nation any group rights of its own. ... While multicultural ideologues implicitly recognize that minorities have deep attachment to their ethnic backgrounds, and, in this vein, recognize that humans do have a natural love of their own heritage and ethnicity; they call upon whites to practice historical amnesia and pretend they were not the creators of Canada's institutions, parliamentary traditions, and common law. ... ...

The savviest user of the media in the advancement of Asian interests against Canada's British heritage is Henry Yu. A history professor at the University of British Columbia, Yu enjoys accusing Canada of being 'systematically racist' and in need of reparations through massive immigration from the non-Western world. He is the recent recipient of two huge grants, a $1.17 million project ... as well as $950,000 from the Federal government ...

... Yu claimed that the English language 'stunts diversity'. Calling it a 'colonial' language, he demanded that Asian languages, long 'silenced' by 'white supremacists', be given the same official status. ... ...

The total number of Chinese in Vancouver in 1951 was still a meagre 8,729, in a population of roughly 345,000; in 1971, it had increased to 30,640. During the 80s the entire Third World was invited to come to Canada. Consequently, by the mid-90s, the Chinese population in Vancouver suddenly shot up to 300,000, out of a total population of 1.8 million. The population with British ethnic origins was reduced to 35.9 per cent by 2006, whereas the Asian population climbed to 42 per cent. 'In Vancouver', Yu says euphorically, 'you can't go to a neighbourhood now where Chinese aren't living in significant numbers. It's incredible.'

... 'Vancouver is clearly an Asia Pacific city now', says pollster Angus Reid, Canada's most prominent public opinion surveyor. ... ...

Our immigrants generally come from cultures which, by our standards, are not merely illiberal but vulgarly racist. The works of Frank Dikötter on Chinese racism are worth considering. In The Discourse of Race in Modern China (1992), he reveals how traditional Chinese notions about inferior 'barbarians' intermingled with Nazi forms of 'scientific' racism to form a distinctively Chinese racial consciousness in the 20th century. In Imperfect Conceptions: Medical Knowledge, Birth Defects, and Eugenics in China (1998), Dikötter references government publications calling for eugenics as a vital tool in the enhancement of the 'biological fitness' of the nation, and heralding the twenty-first century as an era to be dominated by 'biological competition' between the 'white race' and the 'yellow race'.


Foreign students to be marked out in immigration figures
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2012

Overseas students are to be clearly identified in official immigration figures as part of a Government drive to keep closer tabs foreigners entering and leaving the country.

Students from outside Europe will be "disaggregated" within overall net migration data for the first time as part of a new transparency drive.

Ministers also announced that officials will seek to "improve the quality of data" on the number of students leaving the country amid fears the existing regime fails to keep check on the number of graduates remaining after completing degrees.

The move follows claims from universities and MPs that including students in permanent migration figures was misleading and risked damaging higher education. ...

Although students will not be removed from figures altogether, it is believed that the Home Office will be required to publish two datasets – showing the number of migrants with and without student totals.
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Eastern European criminals blamed for surge in migrant offences
Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2012

Eastern European criminals see Britain as "rich pickings" and are thought to be behind a surge in offences committed by migrants last year.

Foreign nationals being arrested for some crimes including robbery, burglary and theft have more than doubled in the period, figures show. In general, crimes committed by those born abroad has increased by 53 per cent.

An investigation has discovered increasing numbers of foreign nationals being detained by West Midlands Police, the country's second biggest force, which is already struggling to cope with unprecedented cuts of £125 million. ...

The figures obtained by a local newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act show that 7,716 foreign suspects were arrested by the force between April 2010 and March 2011. But that figure rose to 11,801 between April 2011 and March this year.

Of those arrested, 2,629 were for violence against the person, a rise of more than 600 from the previous 12 months.

Foreign nationals were also detained for almost 400 sexual offences, up from 271, while robbery and burglary arrests more than doubled; up to 486 from 239 and up to 533 from 254 respectively.

Romanians were the most prolific offenders last year, with 1,329 detained. Indians were the second most likely to be arrested, with 1,156 arrests.
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The TV elite 'assume Christians are lunatics'
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2012

The BBC and other broadcasters are dominated by a "liberal secular elite" whose "default position" is to assume that Christians are "lunatics", a Radio 4 broadcaster warned last night.

In an outspoken attack, Roger Bolton, a former presenter of the station's Sunday programme, warned that those in charge of broadcasting suffered from a "suicidal" ignorance about religion. ...

Mr Bolton, who presents Radio 4's Feedback programme in which listeners air their views, said there was a growing view among the audience that Christians in particular were being treated unfairly in comparison with other faiths.

He said it appeared to be impossible to make jokes about followers of other faiths while Christians were viewed as fair game.
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Sharia courts in Britain 'enforce Taliban lifestyle'
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2012

Ministers are standing by while a growing network of sharia courts condemns women to a "Taliban" way of life in British cities, a peer has warned.

Baroness Cox, a former Tory who sits as an independent, accused the coalition of betraying vulnerable women by allowing a "parallel legal system" to grow up unchecked in Muslim communities. ...

One study estimated that there are around 85 Sharia bodies in Britain. They include officially recognised tribunals set up to resolve disputes between Muslims, using Islamic legal principles.

Operating under the Arbitration Act, they have powers to set legally binding contracts between the parties, mainly in commercial and property disputes yet they also openly deal with issues such as domestic violence, family disputes and even, allegedly, criminal cases. There is also a network of more informal Sharia tribunals and "councils", often operating out of mosques, dealing with religious divorces and child custody matters in line with religious teaching.

Although, officially, these bodies offer "mediation" rather than adjudication, some hearings are laid out like courts with religious scholars or legal experts sitting in a manner more akin to judges than counsellors.
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Trafficked children in UK council care 'going missing'
BBC, 12 September 2012

Some children trafficked into the UK are going missing from local authority care, a Council of Europe report says.

It says there are indications that increasing numbers of people are being brought into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour.

The council raises particular concerns over a lack of secure and suitable accommodation for trafficked children who end up in local authority care.

It calls for better trained supervisors or foster carers for them.

The Council of Europe's Greta (Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings) says reports suggest a "significant" number of trafficked children in local authority care go missing and some end up rejoining those who exploited them in the first place.

Its report says hundreds of people have been identified as victims of trafficking in the UK but only 56 people were convicted of human trafficking in 2009 and 29 the following year.

The common countries of origin were China, Vietnam, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, Nigeria, Uganda and India, the report says.

Children tended to be brought in for the purposes of sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, benefit fraud, cannabis farming and forced begging and stealing.
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RCMP to raid Montreal address as part of crackdown on immigration cheats
CTV News, 11 September 2012

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced on Monday that his department has begun the process of revoking citizenship from up to 3,100 individuals, as investigators probe nearly 11,000 people suspected of lying to become citizens of Canada.

Another 5,000 permanent residents have been flagged for living outside of the country.

In a media briefing Monday morning, Kenney said the government is targeting those individuals in order "to protect the value of Canadian citizenship." ...

Investigators found that some consultants were creating fake addresses and fake receipts for their clients to assist them in obtaining permanent residency status or Canadian citizenship while they lived elsewhere.

In one case, a Montreal "consultant" even had a fake office – a door that opened to reveal a brick wall, Kenney told Power Play.

In another case, more than 300 people claimed to be living in an office above a Palestinian cultural centre in Mississauga, Ont. ...

Since the immigration fraud crackdown was launched, the minister said 600 former permanent residents have either been removed or denied admittance to Canada. Another 500 permanent residents have had their citizenship applications denied.

The fact that another 1,800 individuals abandoned the application process after coming under scrutiny is a sure sign, Kenney said, of how widespread the problem is.

"I think this is just the beginning. These investigations are going to go on for years," he said.

He also suggested that the previous Liberal government dropped the ball on immigration fraud, partly out of fear of being labelled as "politically incorrect."

"Between 1947, when the Citizenship Act came into law, and 2010, when we started this crackdown, only 70 people had their citizenship revoked for fraud," Kenney said. ...

Toronto immigration lawyer Chantal Desloges said she was surprised by the number of immigration cases under investigation because she believes there are many more.

"There's so much residency fraud, it would blow your mind," she told Power Play.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg," she said. "For some reason, there was always a lack of willpower to tackle the problem."
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Citizens appeal to government to send out strong message on illegal immigration from Bangladesh
The Economic Times, 10 September 2012

Against the backdrop of violence in Assam, a group of eminent citizens today termed illegal influx from Bangladesh as a "national problem" and appealed to the government to send out a strong message that such migrants will be tackled under due process.

In a statement, personalities including Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najib Jung, Roshmi Goswami and Harsh Mander called upon political and other groups to "reduce the rhetoric", to help Assam and the region and other parts of the country pull back from an "abyss".

"It is our view that the Centre and state governments must assert in no uncertain terms that those migrants who have illegally slipped across the Indo-Bangladesh border to any part of the country since March 25, 1971 - the agreed cut off date - will be tackled under due process or even through a system of Special Courts to speed up the process," they said. ...

The issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh remains an explosive and unresolved issue 27 years after the signing of the Assam Accord and this primarily represents a labour flow from Bangladesh, and needs also to be raised with Dhaka, they said.
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Theresa May rejects efforts to keep population below 70m
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2012

The Home Secretary has rejected calls by MPs and immigration campaigners for Britain's population to be kept below 70 million.

Theresa May said she did not think it was the Government's place to put a limit on the total number of people living in the country.

Instead, she told the Home Affairs Select Committee that she was trying to reduce net migration – the number of people settling here each year minus those who move abroad – from the current 200,000 to the "tens of thousands" by 2015.

Mrs May said: "I've never been one that believes Government should be setting a figure for the overall population in that sense.

"What I would aim to do is reduce net migration and that's what we're focusing on."

However shortly after her comments on Thursday, MPs passed a motion calling for the Government to take "all necessary steps" to keep the population below 70m. It currently stands at 63m.

The Commons debate on immigration was triggered by more than 100,000 people signing an e-petition within a week, but only 30 MPs turned up to the chamber.

Leading the debate, Nicholas Soames said the symbolic population level of 70m would be reached in 15 years' time at current levels of immigration.

He said: "In the coming 15 years we will have to build just for new immigrants and their families the equivalent of eight of the largest cities outside the capital." ...

Mark Harper, who was appointed Immigration Minister just 48 hours earlier, said the Government was on target to reduce net migration thanks to policies aimed at keeping bogus students out of Britain and only allowing in the brightest and best workers.

"Immigration can be beneficial to Britain but the unsustainable levels we have seen have been damaging. That was why we said would get a grip."
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Judge upholds Arizona 'show-your-papers' measure in mixed ruling
Daily Mail, 7 September 2012

A U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday that a controversial Arizona 'show-your-papers' immigration provision that has been upheld by the Supreme Court may go into effect, but in a split ruling blocked another measure making it a crime to harbor illegal immigrants.

The measure that was upheld, part of a broader law to combat illegal immigration in the state bordering Mexico, home to an estimated 360,000 undocumented immigrants, requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop and suspect are in the country illegally.

In allowing that measure to proceed, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton ruled the law's challengers had failed to show they were likely to prevail on the merits of the case, but noted that the top court had left open the possibility of contesting the provision 'after it goes into effect.'

In a mixed ruling, Bolton also issued a preliminary injunction blocking a part of the state law, known as SB 1070, that made it a crime to transport, shield or harbor an illegal immigrant within Arizona's borders. ...

The administration of President Barack Obama challenged Arizona's tough immigration law in court two years ago, saying the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government sole authority over immigration policy.

Opponents of the law also decried it as a mandate for the racial profiling of Hispanics, who make up nearly a third of Arizona's population of 6.5 million people. ...

The June Supreme Court ruling on upholding the controversial measure also struck down three other provisions of the law including one requiring immigrants to carry immigration papers at all times, another banning illegal immigrants from soliciting work in public places and one allowing police arrests of immigrants without warrants under some circumstances.
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Diversity spreads to all corners of the U.S.
Haya El Nasser
USA Today, 7 September 2012

The number of nearly all-white communities has plummeted since 1980, dramatic evidence that the nation's growing racial and ethnic diversity has spread far beyond large metropolitan centers into smaller towns and rural parts of the heartland, new research shows.

Communities where whites are the majority are still the norm (82.6%), but those where they dominate are gradually disappearing, according to an analysis of Census data by Penn State's Population Research Institute. In 1980, about two-thirds of all places were at least 90% white. By 2010, only a third were. The number of places where no group is a majority has more than quintupled.

"This trend is pretty geographically pervasive, and even residents of small towns and rural areas are encountering diversity face to face," says Barrett Lee, Penn State sociologist and demographer and lead author of the study released today. "It's not something they just read about in the newspapers anymore."

Places that have the most balanced mix of non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, blacks, Asians and others are most prevalent in the West and South and other traditional immigrant magnets. Large cities and their suburbs – San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; New York; Los Angeles; Houston – have the greatest share of diversity.

"It's really the kids who are driving all this," says Kenneth Johnson, demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. "As population continues to age and minority child population increases, these numbers are going to go up fast." ...

Marketers have been tracking the changes through spikes in sales of ethnic food products – from soy sauce to tortillas. "Food is often an early indicator," says Jim Lucas, executive vice president for global retail insight and strategy at Draftfcb, a Chicago advertising and marketing company.

Lucas' firm, which works with Kikkoman, Kraft, Oreo, Nivea and Kmart among others, has witnessed the rising diversity outside of traditional immigrant centers.

Lee warns that diversity does not end segregation. People of all races can live in the same city but still in separate neighborhoods.

The Penn State research (, one in a series on recent trends in American society by the US2010 Project, found that California cities dominate the list of most diverse places (Oakland, Vallejo and Suisin City). ...

"Younger people who have grown up in diverse communities take this demographic profile as a given," the report says. "But older whites who have watched the 30-year increase find themselves having to adjust their notion of 'America' sometimes reluctantly."
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The murky world of student visa abuse
Ciaran Jenkins
Channel 4 News, 7 September 2012

Thousands of legitimate students are facing uncertainty, with weeks to find a new university place. But London Metropolitan University isn't the only institution with problems.

The government rarely passes up an opportunity to sound tough on immigration, and the prime minister is no exception. There was "real abuse" at London Metropolitan University, he said, echoing the hard-line stance taken by the UK Border Agency, which had stripped it of its right to sponsor overseas students.

It was an unprecedented move; a humiliation never suffered by a university before. But the UKBA stressed the problems were "with one university, not the whole sector". In other words, the failures at London Met were so appalling and so exceptional as to warrant extreme action.

And yet the shortcomings it lists – failure to monitor student attendance, failure to test English language ability, failure to report disappearing students – are far from unique. In fact, they're something of an open secret in the university sector.

Some courses, particularly masters studies in business, are designed for and populated almost exclusively by international students. They bring in huge sums to university coffers, but standards are often poor.

One lecturer on a popular MBA course told me it was no more advanced than a typical A Level. Students who can barely speak or write English are known to purchase dissertations written especially for them, and examiners can do little about it.

Blowing the whistle is not especially encouraged when so much cash is at stake: international students account for just 10% of the university population but provide 37% of the fees.
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The 'last chance saloon' on immigration control: Landmark debate will discuss pressure caused by unprecedented levels
James Slack
Daily Mail, 6 September 2012

David Cameron will be 'saying goodbye to the country we inherited' if he doesn't get a grip on immigration, MPs will be told today.

Labour's Frank Field and the Tory backbencher Nicholas Soames will say the UK is in 'the last chance saloon' in a landmark debate to discuss the pressure on society caused by unprecedented levels of immigration.

They will urge the Government to slash net migration – the difference between those arriving and those leaving – to 50,000 a year.

The debate was called after more than 143,000 people signed a Downing Street e-petition last year urging Mr Cameron to prevent the UK's population, currently 62.3 million, hitting 70 million.

Official forecasts say that, at current rates, that level will be reached in 15 years.

In a joint statement, Mr Field and Mr Soames said: 'This really is the last chance saloon.

'If the Government were to lose its nerve and fail to press on with reform we would be saying goodbye to the country we inherited'.

The two respected MPs joined forces to form a group campaigning for 'balanced migration'.

They will table a motion, based on the e-petition, which calls on the Government 'to take all necessary steps to get immigration down so population is stabilised as close to the present level as possible'. ...

Immigration minister Mark Harper said: 'I'm looking forward to this debate where I will be outlining this Government's commitment to bringing immigration back to sustainable levels.

'Reducing net migration to the tens of thousands is vitally important.

'Recent policies are starting to make a difference.'
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There's a lot of it about, warns ex-Home Office director over visa problems
Jack Grove
Times Higher Education, 6 September 2012

Visa compliance problems similar to those discovered at London Metropolitan University can be found at many other UK universities, a former Home Office director has said.

Don Ingham, who spent more than 30 years working in border control, now runs Veristat Immigration Consultancy, which advises educational bodies on student visa issues.

Mr Ingham, a former director of managed migration at the Home Office, said the difficulties that prompted the UK Border Agency to strip London Met of its non-EU student visa licence "were not uncommon ... at other universities", adding: "It is about having processes and procedures that undertake appropriate vetting of students before they arrive in the UK."

Mr Ingham continued: "This has probably not been regarded as a priority by universities - this decision will certainly change that now."

The UKBA said it had revoked London Met's right to teach students from outside the European Union because it had "failed to address serious, systemic problems" identified six months ago.

More than 60 per cent of the 600-plus student files surveyed had one or more problems with them, Damian Green, then immigration minister, told the House of Commons on 3 September.

He said that more than a quarter of the 101 students sampled were studying at the university when they had no leave to remain in this country - making them, in effect, illegal immigrants. ...

Tracking the attendance of around 30,000 students across London Met's campuses and buildings should not be overly difficult, Mr Ingham concluded.

"If you are Ford [in] Dagenham, you will have 30,000 people on site - they will certainly be checking if people turn up or not."
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Act now... or say goodbye to the Britain we know
Frank Field and Nicholas Soames
Daily Mail, 6 September 2012
[Frank Field and Nicholas Soames co-chair the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration]

The public are fed up with mass immigration. That was the message of the public petition on the Downing Street website launched last autumn.

Only 11 of the 36,000 petitions on that site have reached the 100,000 signatures required to trigger a House of Commons debate.

This petition reached that 100,000 within a week, with the resulting debate in the House of Commons today taking place. We will at last be giving voice to the widespread public concern.

The fact is that the public do not believe the claims of the immigration lobby and they are right. Nor do they think that enough attention has been paid to the impact of such huge numbers on the lives of ordinary people – particularly not by the BBC.

The reality is that we are experiencing by far the largest wave of immigration for nearly 1,000 years.

Certainly, there has been some limited immigration over the centuries and many immigrants and their children have made a positive contribution to this country. But mass immigration is entirely new.

This really is the last chance saloon. If the Government were to lose its nerve and fail to press on with reform we would be saying goodbye to the country we inherited.

The Office for National Statistics recently published the immigration figures back to 1964. It is very interesting to see that, until the early 1980s, more people left Britain than came here. From then until the mid 1990s net migration was never more than about 50,000 a year, and often much less. It took off in 1998 and by 2010 had risen to 250,000 a year – five times higher than in 1997.

There has never been a declared government policy. Nor any planning. And certainly no public support - quite the opposite. By 2008, about three quarters of us wanted to see immigration reduced; half the public wanted it reduced 'by a lot'.

Their wishes are yet to be met.

The impact of these numbers is already being felt throughout the country and the big cuts to public expenditure are still to come.

Maternity units are struggling. Primary schools are running out of places. And pressure on housing is getting worse, especially given that housing construction has plummeted.

This pressure on services is nothing when compared to what we will face if the government does not succeed in reducing future net immigration.

For the last ten years net immigration has averaged about 200,000 a year.

If that is allowed to continue our population will climb from 62.3 million to 70 million in just 15 years time. About 2.5 million of that will be natural increase – more births than deaths. The other five million will be down to new immigrants and their children.

What that means in practice is that we will have to build the equivalent of our eight major cities outside the capital – that is to say a Birmingham plus a Leeds, a Glasgow, a Sheffield, a Bradford, a Manchester, a Liverpool and a Bristol.

All this in just 15 years! Where will the money come from when the Government is already borrowing £1 for every £4 that it spends?

This is obviously unsustainable. That is why the petition, launched by MigrationWatch UK, an independent think-tank, called for the Government to take all necessary measures to stabilise our population, below 70 million.
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Chaotic visa system allowed 50,000 bogus students in, MPs warn
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2012

An extra 50,000 bogus foreign students were able to enter the UK because of "extraordinary chaos" in the UK Border Agency, MPs warned today.

A flawed implementation of the new student visa regime meant tens of thousands of migrants were able to abuse it in the first year alone to work illegally in the UK.

That was the equivalent of one in six of all foreign students who arrived in 2009, when the system was introduced.

And three years later it is still in turmoil with officials playing "catch up", according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

The UKBA was also criticised for an "unacceptable" failure to act quickly enough on abuses in the regime or remove bogus students.

The report comes a week after the agency, an arm of the Home Office, stripped a London university of its ability to sponsor foreign students after an investigation found one in four had no right to be here.

The report will renew concerns that the student route is open to exploitation by illegal immigrants as a back door in to the UK.

It attacked the border agency for abandoning existing immigration checks on foreign students before the new monitoring system was fully in place.

As a result, the PAC said that, in 2009, between 40,000 and 50,000 migrants came to the UK as "students" but worked illegally instead.

The figures were based on estimates by the National Audit Office and represented some 16 per cent of the 313,000 foreign students who were granted visas to study in that year. ...

Prior to the new regime it was the responsibility of immigration officers to assess the authenticity of foreign students, including spot checks and interviews if necessary.

That was replaced by the current system where the onus is on sponsoring colleges or universities to demonstrate their students are in the country legitimately.

But the old checks were removed before the new ones were fully bedded in, with some aspects not fully operationally until a year later, the PAC said.

The "controls gap" allowed for a "surge" in student visas and abuse, the report concluded.

The UKBA has also failed to take effective enforcement action against bogus students that it does find, even when suspicions are raised by colleges themselves. ...

In a related move, the committee called on the Government to publish official net immigration figures excluding foreign student numbers.
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Rev Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Moonies, dies aged 92
Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2012

The Rev Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and a multi-billion dollar business empire, has died at the aged of 92. ...

The church gained fame and notoriety in the 1970s and 1980s for holding mass weddings of thousands of followers, often from different countries, always dressed identically, whom Mr Moon matched up in a bid to build a multicultural religious world. ...

"International and intercultural marriages are the quickest way to bring about an ideal world of peace," Mr Moon said in a 2009 autobiography.
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Migration confusion is costing Britain dear
The Observer, 2 September 2012
[Leading article]

On Thursday, MPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames will lead a parliamentary debate, prompted by an e-petition sponsored by the pressure group Migration Watch. It expresses deep concern that, despite very strong public opposition to "mass immigration", the population of the UK is expected to reach 70 million within 20 years, two-thirds of the increase due to migration. Undoubtedly, Thursday's "No to 70 million" debate will be marked by some clarity but also a great deal of confusion, contradiction and the employment of similar sets of statistics robustly interpreted to serve opposing sides of the argument.

Immigration is an issue steeped in prejudice, traditionally too easily exploited by groups on both the right and left. At times, the toxic results have had a horrible impact on the lives of those who, over the decades, have otherwise successfully made the UK their home.

A discussion is much needed on the many issues that arise from immigration. Its economic and cultural impact; its effect on the rationing of resources such as health and housing; and its impact on population, in particular on the level at which we feel the UK is deemed "overcrowded", given its requirement for a youthful influx to provide for an ageing society.

However, that discussion is again and again sabotaged because immigration provides politicians with levers that are at times too carelessly pulled, particularly in the pre-party conference season. The result is often highly negative.
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Human rights 'agenda' is new totalitarianism, bishop warns judges
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2012

Human rights are becoming a new form of totalitarianism, being used to drive Christians out of public life and even their jobs, European judges will be warned next week.

Laws originally designed to protect basic freedoms are instead being used to strip British society of its Christian foundations while upholding the rights of minorities, they will hear.

The warning, from a prominent Church of England bishop, comes as part of a landmark case on religious freedom in Britain to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg next week.

In a powerful submission to the judges, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, warns of a distorted "human rights agenda" which he likens to the atheist communist regimes in Eastern Europe which also suppressed Christianity by preventing public manifestations of faith.

Unless basic Christian values are upheld, human rights will become "another inhuman ideology", like the totalitarian regimes of the past, suppressing individuals, he says. ...

The case is being viewed as a watershed moment for religious freedom in Britain and could determine whether in future workers can object on grounds of conscience to tasks they believe are morally wrong. ...

But in a strongly-worded counter argument, Lord Lester, QC, the Liberal Democrat peer and leading human rights lawyer, insists that expressions of religious faith should not be given special treatment over beliefs based on philosophy or "rational analysis".

In a submission to the court on behalf of the National Secular Society, he warns that giving workers a right to wear a cross could create a "hierarchy of rights" and could make it impossible for employers to ban other "grossly offensive" symbols.

Pointing to a case where two French chemists were convicted for refusing to sell the contraceptive pill, he also argues that those who object to parts of their job on grounds of conscience could always resign.

"Employers are entitled to require that those who voluntarily undertake to provide services to the public must do so in a non-discriminatory fashion, even if they believe it is morally wrong to do so," he writes.
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One in four babies delivered in England and Wales hospitals are to foreign-born mothers
Martin Robinson
Daily Mail, 30 August 2012

The Government has today revealed the top-ten most common nationalities of foreign-born women who gave birth in NHS hospitals in the last year.

A record one in four of all babies born in England and Wales in 2011 had a foreign-born mother, with women originally from Poland topping the list, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Other nations represented in the top ten include Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Somalia.

A total of 184,000 children were born in these circumstances, with almost half of them in London, which has a foreign-born mother rate of 56.7 per cent, far above the national average of 25.5 per cent. ...

Some of the women will have been born abroad and settled in the UK but a number will have visited just to use the NHS.

So called 'health tourism' as a whole is thought to cost taxpayers as much as £200 million a year. ...

Meanwhile the number of foreign-born mothers is rising consistently annually, with the figures now double what they were 30 years ago.

Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a 25.5 per cent of all children born in 2011 had foreign-born mothers, compared with 25.1 per cent the year before.
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Net immigration falls slightly to 216,000, says ONS
Randeep Ramesh
The Guardian, 30 August 2012

More than 200,000 immigrants entered Britain last year – a figure that was not a "statistically significant" different from the previous year, the Office for National Statistics has reported.

Although net immigration – the difference between total immigration and total emigration – was calculated at 216,000 and had an apparent drop of 36,000 on the previous figure of 252,000, the ONS said that the margin of error was "too large" to discount. Experts said that it was a "folly" for ministers to have set a target of reducing net migration to under 100,000 a year, when they could not measure with an accuracy of 36,000.

"It's a fair question to ask whether you can measure this and have a reliable estimate with such a large margin of error," said Martin Ruhs, director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University.

"The uncertainty in the UK's migration estimates also mean that it is very difficult to assess how well the government is progressing towards its target of reducing net migration to the 'tens of thousands', or to evaluate the effects of specific policy changes.

"In simple terms, the government could miss the 'tens of thousands' target by many tens of thousands and still appear to have hit it – conversely the government could hit, or even exceed its target and still appear to have missed it."

In its latest release of migration statistics the ONS said that estimated total long-term immigration to the UK in the year to December 2011 was 566,000, comparable to 591,000 in 2010 "and has remained broadly at a similar level since 2004".

Meanwhile emigration in the year to December 2010 was 350,000 – an apparently slight increase on 339,000 figure the year before.

The ONS said that it was not "confident that the difference (in net immigration) is a real change and not just due to random variation from a sample survey". ...

In the year to June 2012 there were 282,833 visas issued for "the purpose of study", a fall of 21% compared with the previous 12 months.

There was also a 7% fall in the number of work-related visas issued until June 2012 and excluding visitor and transit visas, the number of visas issued fell 16% to 519,730 in the year ending June 2012.

However Ruhs said it was important to note that the figures for immigration related to December 2011 and that the falls in visas issued were recorded six months later. "You cannot compare the two sets of data".

Ministers however trumpeted the falls. Immigration minister Damian Green said: "We are now starting to see the real difference our tough policies are making, with an overall fall in net migration and the number of visas issued at its lowest since 2005."
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There is little sign of progress towards the government's migration pledge
Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migrationwatch UK
Conservative Home, 30 August 2012

Net migration fell last year from 252,000 to 216,000 but the drop is not statistically significant. There is thus very little progress to show nearly half way through the government's term. ...

So what can be done? The first thing is to choose the right target. EU migration is a distraction. It amounts to only 20-30% of net foreign migration and is largely cancelled out by British emigration. In the long term it would decline if the economies of Eastern Europe improved.

The real reason for the increase is the inflow from non-EU countries triggered by Labour policy. For the last ten years 300,000 people have arrived from outside the EU every year but only 100,000 have left; last year was no different. ...

Measures on economic migration have probably been taken as far as they can for the time being. Business now needs a period of stability and predictability. Meanwhile, they should stop bleating about Britain not being "open for business". In the first year of operation of the "cap", less than half of the work permits available have been taken up. Transfers by international companies, which are not capped, grew from 22,000 in 2009 to 30,000 in 2011. There are also special arrangements for entrepreneurs. Furthermore, 12 million people arrive every year from outside the EU, including over 1.5 million business visitors. The complaints of the business community do not stand up. Indeed, they are damaging their own cause by feeding such a false impression.

The real battle ground now lies with international students. The numbers have increased by 60% in the last 5 years and many institutions have plans for even further increases. Nearly 20% of students stay on legally and an unknown number do so illegally. With half a million non EU students now arriving every year and still no checks on their departure, a conflict is developing between the ambitions of the higher education sector and the strong public demand for immigration control.

The consequences of failing to control immigration are beginning to dawn even on the enthusiasts. If net immigration is allowed to continue at the 200,000 a year as over the last ten years, our population will grow by an extra five million in just 15 years. This is equivalent to building our eight largest cities outside the capital – that is Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol – just for new immigrants and their children. Where can we possibly find the money for this when £1 in every £4 that the government spends is borrowed?

The public are increasingly aware of this. As maternity units, primary schools and housing come under growing pressure they will not understand why the government has failed to get a grip of immigration – especially as we are an island. ...

In political terms, it is time the Conservatives turned up the heat on Liberal Democrat obstruction. 70% of potential Lib Dem voters support the government's immigration objectives but it seems that their activists wield the whip.
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Germany: Turkish Muslims Hope for More Muslims Than Christians
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 27 August 2012

Nearly half of all Turks living in Germany say they hope there will be more Muslims than Christians in Germany in the future, according to a new survey of Turkish-German mores and attitudes.

The study also shows that Islam is becoming an increasingly important component of the value structure of Turks in Germany, especially among the younger generation of Turkish-Germans, who hold religious views more radical than their elders' views are.

The findings have filled many Germans with a sense of foreboding and are certain to contribute to the ongoing debate ... about Muslim integration (or, rather, lack of it) in Germany.

The 103-page study, "German-Turkish Life and Values" ... jointly produced by the Berlin-based INFO polling institute and the Antalya, Turkey-based Liljeberg research firm, and was released to the public on August 17, as a follow-up to similar studies conducted in 2009 and 2010. It aims to determine just how satisfied the estimated 2.7 million Turks living in Germany are with their life there.

Of those Turks surveyed, 27% were born in Germany (77% of 15- to 29-year-olds were born in Germany) and 39% have lived in Germany for at least 30 years. Only 15% of Turks, however, consider Germany to be their home – compared to 21% in 2009, and 18% in 2010.

The survey also shows that labor migration is no longer the main reason why Turks immigrate to Germany; only one in five respondents said they had gone to Germany to look for work. Rather, the most important reason Turks gave for immigrating to Germany was to marry a partner who lived there. More than half of the Turkish women interviewed said they moved to Germany for that reason. ...

While 91% of Turks surveyed believe that Turkish-origin children need to learn German from an early age, 90% also say that children absolutely must learn Turkish. A growing number of Turks (53%) believe that German teachers of Turkish-origin children need to understand the Turkish language to be able to help children having difficulty with the German language.

In the area of hypothetical voting patterns, the vast majority (80%) of Turks surveyed say they would vote for leftwing or far-leftwing parties if they were able to vote in Germany. 50% said they would vote for the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), 26% would vote for the leftwing Green party and 5% would vote for the far-left Die Linke. Only 13% would vote for the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU).

Almost all Turks surveyed (95%) said it is absolutely necessary for them to preserve their Turkish identity; in a sign indicating that efforts at integration have a long way to go, 62% said they would rather be around Turks than around Germans (in the 2010 survey, it was 40%). Only 39% of Turks said that Germans were trustworthy.

At the same time, 87% of those surveyed said they believe that German society should make a great effort to be considerate of the customs and traditions of Turkish immigrants.

Of those Turks surveyed, 72% believe that Islam is the only true religion (in the 2010 survey, it was 69%); 18% say Jews are inferior people and 10% say Christians are inferior.

Arguably the most sobering finding of the study is that 46% of Turks say they hope that Germany will one day have more Muslims than Christians (in the 2010 survey, it was 33%).
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People smugglers target their victims as organ donors and house slaves
Jamie Doward
The Observer, 26 August 2012

The first official assessment of human trafficking in the UK reveals the increasingly diverse reasons people are being smuggled into the country, including domestic servitude, sexual and criminal exploitation, and organ harvesting.

The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre's 2011 baseline assessment concludes that 11% of victims were trafficked for the purposes of domestic servitude; 1% for organ harvesting; 5% for multiple exploitation; 17% for criminal exploitation; 22% for labour exploitation; and 31% for sexual exploitation. The remaining 13% were trafficked for reasons unknown.

The report, which is compiled from information submitted by police forces, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the UK Border Agency and other organisations, suggests that last year some 2,077 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in the UK.

The picture that emerges contrasts strongly with the popular perception that trafficking is predominantly for the purposes of prostitution. ...

The five most common countries of origin for victims of trafficking were Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Nigeria.

The assessment reported evidence that 99 UK citizens were trafficked within the UK last year, of whom 52 were trafficked for sexual exploitation, with more than 80% identified as female children. However, an Observer analysis of trafficking figures recorded by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency's National Referral Mechanism database provides an alternative snapshot.

Between 1 April 2009, when the database started recording trafficked incidents, until March 2012, the latest set of figures available, some 2,445 people were suspected, or were found, to have been trafficked into the UK.

The figures reveal 1,566 were female, 596 were male and the remainder were children. Some 431 people were believed to have been trafficked from Nigeria, compared with 255 from Vietnam, the second most active trafficker of people to the UK. China was the third largest trafficker, responsible for bringing a suspected 224 people to the UK.

Europol, the international police agency, has identified Nigerian organised crime as one of the largest law enforcement challenges to European governments. In many cases, Nigerian victims are trafficked after a friend or family member offers a child a chance for a better life abroad. ...

A 2010 report by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre identified the trafficking of Vietnamese children into the UK as another key trend. The majority were forced to work in cannabis farms, with others being exploited in brothels and nail bars, or pressed into committing street crimes such as selling illegally copied DVDs or breaking and entering.
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House Judiciary Accuses Obama of 'Cooking Books' on Immigration
Lauren Fox
U.S. News & World Report, 24 August 2012

House Judiciary says Obama has lied about number of deportations to make administration look tougher.

The House Judiciary Committee is accusing the Obama administration of "cooking the books" to achieve its record deportation numbers.

President Barack Obama's administration has earned a reputation as having one of the toughest deportation policies in recent administrations. According to one ABC News report, the administration's average number of deportations was double that of President George W. Bush during his first term.

But the House committee says it has reviewed internal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement documents, which reveal the administration has been misleading the public.

The committee is accusing the Obama administration of adding numbers from the Alien Transfer Exit Program, a policy that relocates immigrants who cross the border illegally to another location, in its annual removal numbers.

Critics say lumping the ATEP and annual deportation numbers together misrepresents the number of ICE removals because being removed through the ATEP program doesn't result in any penalties and ATEP immigrants can attempt re-entry multiple times a year.

"This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year and be counted each time as a removal," says Lamar Smith, the House Judiciary Committee chairman and a Republican from Texas. "When the numbers from this border patrol program are removed from this year's deportation data, it shows that removals are actually down nearly 20 percent from 2009."

The committee says that once you remove the ATEP numbers from ICE's annual deportation numbers, this year's numbers are 100,000 fewer, 14 percent lower than 2008, not higher as the administration has claimed. ...

ICE officials are discounting the committee's claims this morning, sticking by their numbers.
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Immigration agents sue to stop Obama's non-deportation policy
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 23 August 2012

Saying they are fed up with being told that they can't do their jobs, 10 immigration agents on Thursday sued the Obama administration to try to overturn the president's new non-deportation policy.

The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Texas, adds a legal controversy to the political fight that has been brewing over President Obama's immigration policies, which have steadily narrowed the range of immigrants whom the government is targeting for deportation.

The 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and deportation officers said Mr. Obama's policies force them to choose between enforcing the law and being reprimanded by superiors, or listening to superiors and violating their own oaths of office and a 1996 law that requires them to put those who entered the country illegally into deportation proceedings. ...

Last week, the Homeland Security Department began taking applications from those no older than 30 who came to the U.S. as children and who have kept at least fairly clean criminal records. They are being granted "deferred action," which is an official notice that they are not to be deported and will be granted work permits to stay and get jobs legally in the U.S. ...

In their 22-page complaint, the agents say they have been told in broad terms to stop taking action on a whole class of illegal immigrants. They said they have been instructed not to bother asking for proof, either, but to take an immigrant's word about qualifying for the president's policy.
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New computer database launched to track down 150,000 illegal immigrants in Britain
Ryan Kisiel
Daily Mail, 22 August 2012

An immigration computer database is being set up to track down the 150,000 people who are staying in Britain illegally, it was revealed yesterday.

Border chiefs are due to launch the project next month to deal with the huge backlog of foreign nationals who have overstayed their student or temporary work visas.

Letters will be sent to those in the 'migration refusal pool' warning that they will be deported and barred from entering the UK if they do not leave within 28 days. ...

Passenger records held in the e-borders database, which covers details of all flights outside Europe to and from Britain, will be checked and there will be careful monitoring of the 100 immigrants whose visas expire daily.

It comes after it was revealed last month that 40 per cent of immigrants who have been refused leave to stay in the country have not been sent the forms demanding they leave.

Tens of thousands of these lapsed visa cases date back more than five years and are a legacy of Labour's catastrophic mismanagement of Britain's immigration system.

Immigration minister Damian Green said he hoped the new scheme would allow Border Agency staff more time to carry out enforcement operations and reduce the backlog.

He said: 'We're concentrating much more on enforcement. From debrief interviews we've found that a third of people decide to overstay at the point their visa expires.

'If we can send these people letters warning of the consequences of illegally overstaying then I'm sure we can reduce the total number deciding to remain.'

The move follows a UKBA summer-long drive to remove visa 'overstayers' that has led to thousands being removed, with 2,000 of those being in London alone.

The majority of those targeted entered the country on student visas which have now expired. Mr Green said they mainly came from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Brazil and Nigeria and were now working illegally. ...

In total, the UKBA faces an enormous backlog of 276,000 immigration cases. The growing total includes asylum seekers, foreign criminals and illegal migrants and is equivalent to the population of Newcastle.

MPs sitting on the Commons Home Affairs Committee said the UK has become a 'Bermuda Triangle' for migrants, a country where it is 'easy to get in, but impossible to keep track of everyone, let alone get them out.'

In addition, around 21,000 new asylum cases have built up because officials were able to process only 63 per cent of last year's applications.

There are also 3,900 foreign criminals living in the community and free to commit more crimes, including more than 800 who have been at large for five years or more.
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Illegal immigrants could reap more than $7B in tax credits this year, senator says
Fox News, 22 August 2012

Illegal immigrants could receive more than $7 billion this year in federal tax credits, according to one estimate, thanks to a loophole in the law that allows people not authorized to work to reap the government payments with no questions asked.

Sen. Jeff Sessions' office calculated that, based on recent trends, illegal immigrants could receive roughly $7.4 billion through a provision known as the Additional Child Tax Credit. That's more than quadruple what the payout was four years ago, but the payments have been steadily increasing over the past decade.

Though illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving similar tax credits, a quirk in the law allows them to qualify for the child tax credit. And it's a "refundable" credit, meaning recipients can reap the money – with average checks totaling about $1,800 – even if they've paid no taxes. ...

Illegal immigrants can qualify because even people not authorized to work in the U.S. are supposed to file returns with the IRS. If they don't have a Social Security number, they are provided what's known as an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number in order to file returns.

And those filers are not excluded from claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit, which is offered to some families with children under 17 years old.

A report last year by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found the claims added up to $4.2 billion in 2010. Sessions' office calculated the $7.4 billion figure based on the IG report numbers and White House budget numbers.

The IG report last year recommended that Congress pass legislation to "clarify" whether the tax credits should actually be paid to those not authorized to work in the U.S.
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Should city-specific immigration come to London?
Alex Hern
New Statesman, 21 August 2012

Imagine handing control of immigration to Boris. OK, not the best way to sell it, but still...

Brandon Fuller, a researcher for the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, suggests that American cities could benefit from the ability to issue their own visas ...

The point is easily transferable to the UK, as well; though the reasoning is more political than economic.

London is far, far more pro-immigration than the rest of the UK. In a 2011 Ipsos MORI poll ..., 61 per cent of Londoners thought immigration is "a very big or fairly big problem", compared to a UK average of 75 per cent and a peak of 88 per cent in the West Midlands. Similarly, although 15 per cent of Britons opposed a cap on the number of non-EU workers, 23 per cent of Londoners did.

Obviously those figures still don't reveal a populace willing to welcome all-comers with open arms. But they do hint that a national anti-immigrant agenda could be tempered if London were given the power to control its own borders.

Of course, such a move wouldn't do wonders for relations between the capital and the rest of the country.
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Bad policy is to blame for UK's lack of growth
Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Daily Telegraph, 21 August 2012

There is, however, one area where deregulation is urgently needed: immigration. It is bizarre that a government that claims it is committed to private-sector-led growth should have introduced a set of new burdensome and bureaucratic rules and regulations, including a quota on skilled migrants, that are designed expressly to make it more difficult for businesses to employ the workers they want.

By the Government's own estimates, this will reduce growth and make us poorer. Another consequence has been to take a thriving, dynamic and high-value-added export industry – further and higher education – and stop it from selling its product to foreigners.

This is no accident – the Minister for Immigration, Damian Green, claimed that a fall in student visas – a drop in UK exports, in other words – was a policy success. As long as the Government persists with its misguided approach to immigration, seeing it as a threat to be minimised, rather than as a potential driver of growth and innovation, then the UK will not be "open for business".
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Israel kicks out migrants – by changing their nationality and sending them to another country
Maeve McClenaghan
The Independent, 18 August 2012

Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel are being issued with documents changing their nationality, allowing them to be removed from the country or imprisoned.

They have recently been issued with documents labelling them as South Sudanese – despite holding passports showing they were born in areas that remain in Sudan. ...

South Sudan came into existence only in July 2011 after a 21-year civil war. Intense hostilities remain between the newly formed country and the Republic, with conflicts regularly breaking out on the border.

Israel is unable to deport people to Sudan as it has no repatriation agreement with Khartoum. But a recent deportation order allows it to deport migrants to the country's newest neighbour, South Sudan. ...

African migrants are an issue of concern for the Israeli government. According to the ministry of foreign affairs there are approximately 60,000-65,000 illegal immigrants in the country. However, two-thirds of those come from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan – countries which Israel cannot repatriate citizens to, due to their collective-protection status.
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Hundreds of thousands flee their homes in India amid deadly ethnic violence
Jim Yardley
MSNBC / New York Times, 18 August 2012

What began as an isolated communal conflict here in the remote state of Assam, a vicious if obscure fight over land and power between Muslims and the indigenous Bodo tribe, has unexpectedly set off widespread panic among northeastern migrants who had moved to more prosperous cities for a piece of India's rising affluence.

A swirl of unfounded rumors, spread by text messages and social media, had warned of attacks by Muslims against northeastern migrants, prompting the panic and the exodus. ... ...

The hysteria in several of the country's most advanced urban centers has underscored the deep roots of ethnic tensions in India, where communal conflict is usually simplified as Hindu versus Muslim, yet is often far more complex. ...

Last week, the central government started moving to stabilize Assam, where at least 78 people have been killed and more than 300,000 have fled their homes for refugee camps. ... ...

To many northeastern migrants, the impulse to rush home – despite the trouble in Assam – is a reminder of how alienated many feel from mainstream India. ...

Here in Assam, the underlying frictions are over the control of land, immigration pressures and the fight for political power. The savagery and starkness of the violence have been startling.

Of the 78 people killed, some were butchered. More than 14,000 homes have been burned. That 300,000 people are in refugee camps is remarkable; had so many people fled across sub-Saharan Africa to escape ethnic persecution, a humanitarian crisis almost certainly would have been declared. ...

Assam, which has about 31 million people, has a long history of ethnic strife.
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Warnings on Burma's racist hatred
Radio Australia, 17 August 2012

A UK-based Burmese scholar has warned Burma's opposition NLD party, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, are implicit in the racism that's fuelling ongoing tension between Buddhists and the minority Muslim Rohingya.

Clashes this year between ethnic Buddhist Rakhine and the Rohingya in Burma's west have left more than 70 people dead.

The government has since clamped down on the Rohingya, a minority already described by the UN as one of the world's most persecuted peoples.

Dr Maung Zarni, a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, says there is strong evidence the overwhelmingly Buddhist government is behind the campaign against the Rohingya, motivated by racism.

And he says the opposition NLD party, including Nobel peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, are implicit in that racism as they campaign to win a landslide victory at the next election.

"So in other words, Suu Kyi needs to keep the Burmese majority happy, ideologically, and that requires that she stays clear of the Rohingya issue, regardless of whether it's a direct challenge to her image as a human rights champion," he said.

He's described ingrained racism within Burma's majority Buddhist society as the 'scariest' part of Burma's recent moves towards democracy.

"The Burmese democratic transition is bringing about not necessarily concrete and irreversible democratisation process but the most ugly racism the world is witnessing," Dr Maung Zarni said.
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Exodus to India's Northeast Continues for a Third Day
Vikas Bajaj
New York Times / International Herald Tribune, 17 August 2012

Indian leaders appealed for calm on Friday as natives of northeastern India now living in southern cities left in droves for a third day over fears that violence in the northeastern state of Assam would spread south.

Starting Wednesday night, thousands of northeast natives who had migrated to the south – especially those from Assam – began heading to train stations in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. Many had received text messages warning them that they would be targeted for revenge by Muslim groups angry about the situation in Assam, where fighting between the mostly Hindu Bodo tribe and Muslims has displaced more than 300,000 people. ... ...

Many young people from India's seven northeastern states, where literacy rates are often higher but job opportunities fewer than in cities like Bangalore, often move to study and work. While restaurants, airlines and other service businesses frequently seek to recruit them because of their English-language skills, many northeast natives suffer insults and prejudice because many of them have facial features more common in East Asia and because many are not native speakers of Hindi or south Indian languages.
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95% of last year's 882 NYPD school arrests involved minorities
Rachel Monahan
New York Daily News, 17 August 2012

Black and Latino students were collared in 95% of the 882 total arrests in city schools last year, while blacks and Latinos make up about 71% of the city's student body of about a million pupils.

NYPD school safety officers were ticketing or arresting students last school year at an average clip of eleven pupils per day, data released Tuesday revealed.

Black and Latino students were collared in 95% of the 882 total arrests, while blacks and Latinos make up about 71% of the city's student body of about a million pupils.

The NYPD data, released to the City Council under a law passed last year, revealed that 1,666 tickets were also issued during the school year.

Nearly three-quarters of the students arrested were male.

"If the Bloomberg administration is serious about helping young men of color succeed, then it must address these disparities and focus more resources on educating children, not arresting them," argued Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Top NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Lieberman was ignoring the circumstances of the complaints that prompted the arrests.

"The NYCLU's kneejerk reaction to claim racism is as old as it is false," he said. "It knows better than to compare arrests against population instead of description of suspects provided by victims."
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Theresa May blocks Chinese visa plans over organised crime fears
Rowena Mason
Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2012

The Home Secretary is blocking plans by her cabinet colleagues to make it easier for Chinese tourists to get visas amid fears it will lead to a rise in organised crime, according to a leaked letter.

Theresa May has warned Downing Street that relaxing checks on Chinese visitors would pose a threat to national security and bring Chinese criminals and asylum seekers to Britain.

Her intervention comes after senior cabinet ministers, led by Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, raised concerns that tourists are being put off coming to Britain by a difficult and expensive visa system.

Mr Hunt's call to simplify the regime is understood to have been supported by George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, amid complaints from Chinese businesses.

A leaked letter from Mrs May's private secretary shows the issue has escalated to the highest level of Government with the Home Secretary forced to answer questions from the Prime Minister about how to increase Chinese visits.

It also reveals that she has rejected Mr Hunt's proposals to let Chinese visitors in tour groups get European and British visas at the same time.

Mrs May claims that checks in Europe "do not match the UK decision quality" and claims the British visa controls are a "key tool in protecting the public against significant harm".

The letter also points out there are already 400 Chinese criminals awaiting deportation and 1,000 asylum applications from Chinese citizens last year.

"The proposal... is not acceptable to the Home Secretary for national security reasons. At Cabinet the issue of asylum claims was discussed," the letters says.

"We also face significant challenges with Foreign National Offenders and organised crime including drugs, money laundering, fraud, criminal finances, intellectual property, immigration and cyber crime."

Her tough line on immigration has opened up a rift with Mr Hunt, who this week promised to improve visa application system to help triple the number of Chinese tourists by 2015. ...

Government statistics show Britain is losing out on this trade with only 147,000 Chinese tourists last year compared with 1.2 million going to France.

The European system, known as Schengen, allows tourists to enter 25 countries on one visa.
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French city of Amiens rocked by riots
Angelique Chrisafis
The Guardian, 15 August 2012

Violent clashes between youths and riot police in the northern French city of Amiens saw 17 officers injured and several public buildings set on fire in some of the worst rioting in the area for years – reopening the political debate about France's troubled housing estates.

Rioting broke out on deprived estates in the north of the city at 9pm on Monday and continued until 4am. About 100 youths set fire to cars, a nursery school and a youth centre as well as firing buckshot and throwing projectiles at police officers, who filled the streets with teargas as reinforcements arrived from neighbouring areas.

"The confrontations were very, very violent," the mayor of Amiens, Gilles Dumailly, told French television network BFM, describing "a scene of devastation". One officer was in a serious condition, Dumailly said.

There had been unrest among youths on housing estates in Amiens-Nord earlier this month and again on Sunday night, apparently triggered by resentment over spot checks by police on residents. ...

Public buildings including a nursery school and sports centre were destroyed by fire, causing an estimated €1m (£800,000) in damage.
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Solution, or racism? Australia approves offshore Pacific asylum camps
RT, 15 August 2012

The Australian govt approved a bill to transfer asylum-seekers to offshore processing centers in a bid to curtail undocumented immigration. Critics branded the bill as racist, and a grave violation of the country's human rights obligations.

The legislation, pushed through by MPs in the Australian parliament's lower house, aims to open asylum detention centers on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island of Nauru.

The measures are geared to curbing human trafficking and promote legal immigration, the government said. According to the new bill, asylum-seekers caught making the perilous journey to Australia by boat will be intercepted and taken to the Pacific island camps for processing. ...

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcom Fraser dismissed the proposal as "racist," saying it would punish the most vulnerable. ...

The parliamentary vote came in the wake of a report commissioned by current Australian PM Gillard, which researched the recent spike in undocumented immigrants traveling to Australia from Indonesia by boat.

... More than 50 boats carrying over 4,000 asylum-seekers have been detected by officials this year, Reuters reported.

The new legislation resurrects the 'Pacific Solution' initiative first proposed by former PM John Howard's government in 2001. Under the plan, immigrants would be dispatched to detention centers on Pacific islands by the Australian Navy, where they were then held for months under high security.

The program was eventually scrapped in 2008 in the face of considerable criticism from NGOs, who condemned the Australian government for failing to meet its pledges under human rights conventions.

Former PM Fraser hoped that the new legislation would be challenged in the High Court, he said. ...

The bill is expected to pass through the Australian Senate on Thursday with little opposition.
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Here's how we counter the BBC's liberal bias
Daniel Hannan
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2012

... We now have the official figures and it turns out that, by some margin, the most popular paper at the BBC is the Guardian. ...

All right, all right, there needs no ghost, my Lord, come from the grave to tell us this. The BBC places three quarters of its staff recruitment advertisements in the Guardian. You quickly learn, in politics, that putting a story in those pages is the surest way to get it on air.

Fair enough. After its fashion, the Guardian is a very fine newspaper: high-minded, articulate, a touch self-righteous, but no less readable for that. The trouble is that it gives only a partial view of events. All newspapers, like all people, have opinions; all newspapers, like all people, subconsciously assume that their opinions are facts.

The Guardian takes a number of assumptions for granted: police are racist, businesses are corrupt, Israel is wrong, US Republicans are extreme, the welfare system is ungenerous, immigration is desirable, austerity and growth are antonyms. All newspapers have prejudices, of course: they would be extremely dull if they didn't. The difference is that the BBC is taxpayer-funded and obliged by its Charter to be neutral.

Most BBC bias is unconscious and reflexive. ...

To its credit, the corporation has tried to correct the tendentiousness in its news and current affairs departments. Newsnight and the Today programme are far more pluralist than they used to be. Where the partiality lingers on is, well, everywhere else: fiction, comedy, consumer affairs.

As Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC drama commissioning, put it a couple of years ago, the BBC should foster "Left-of-centre thinking".

And so it does. Drama series have plenty of plotlines involving racism and homophobia. ...

You don't have to look too far for an explanation. As Andrew Marr once put it: "The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It's a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities, and gay people. It has a liberal bias, not so much a party political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias."
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Witchcraft child abuse: social services and police 'cowed by political correctness' claims minister
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2012

'Political correctness' is preventing police from stopping child abuse by parents and church leaders who believe in witchcraft, a minister warns.

Tim Loughton, the children's minister, said that a "wall of silence" was obscuring the full scale of cruelty in some communities where beliefs in evil spirits was common.

He was speaking as the Government announced plans to introduce new training for social workers, teachers, police and church members to combat the abuse. ...

In London there have been 81 recorded cases of children being abused as part of religious practice over the past 10 years but police and church groups are convinced it is under-reported.

Previous research suggests that the practice is not confined to African communities and exists in different forms across southern Asia and parts of Europe within some Christian sects but also some Hindu and Muslim communities.
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Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names
Richard Allen Greene
CNN, 15 August 2012

Mohammed reclaimed its place as the most popular name for baby boys born in England and Wales in 2011 - convincingly ahead of Harry, in second place, according to data released by the government this week.

The government declared that Harry was the most popular boy's name, but if you add up the five most popular different spellings of Mohammed, that name comes top.

Mohammed is also the most popular boy's name of the past five years for England and Wales, ahead of Oliver and Jack. It came first or second every year since 2007, the only name to do so. ...

The popularity of the name comes as Britain's Muslim population is expected to double in the next 20 years.

The country, which was about 2% Muslim in 1990, grew to 4.6% Muslim in 2010, with nearly 2.9 million followers of the faith, according to analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

By 2030, the United Kingdom will be just over 8% Muslim, with more than 5.5 million adherents, the Washington-based think tank projected in a 2011 report, "The Future of the Global Muslim Population."
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GOP: Obama's immigration plan will be among the 'most fraud-ridden' in history
Pete Kasperowicz
The Hill, 15 August 2012

The top Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary committees warned this week that President Obama's plan to delay the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will end up being one of the most fraud-ridden programs in the history of U.S. immigration programs.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were reacting to an Aug. 3 announcement from the Department of Homeland Security, which outlined how DHS will accept applications for deferred deportation action.

That announcement said illegal immigrants will be able to apply for deferred action and U.S. work authorization if they can show they are in or have been in school, or have any military service. DHS is setting up these guidelines in anticipation of implementing the policy starting Aug. 15.

But in a Monday letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Smith and Grassley said there do not appear to be any anti-fraud provisions in place. ...

Their letter cited immigration fraud in a program that granted amnesty to Special Agricultural Workers, the so-called SAW program. They said this program led to significant fraud, as about two-thirds of those amnesty applications were fraudulent.
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'Presence of outsiders in NE an issue'
Josy Joseph
The Times of India, 14 August 2012

Even as the repercussions of anti-migrant violence in lower Assam are being felt far beyond the state's borders, another Congress chief minister from the northeast has expressed concern over illegal immigration from Bangladesh.

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma said there was a need for a more holistic effort to address the issue of outsiders in the northeast. He called for a new mechanism for identifying illegal immigrants and a robust border management system. ...

The issue of illegal immigrants and presence of Indians from other parts in north-east are issues not just limited to Assam, but was a concern for other states too, he said.
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Rep. Ted Poe Sounds Alarm After Murders by Illegals Who Were Blocked From Deportation by Home Countries
Jason Howerton
The Blaze, 14 August 2012

Due to a very questionable U.S. policy, thousands of criminal aliens from countries like Pakistan, Cuba, Mexico, China and Vietnam remain free to commit additional crimes because their home nations won't take them back, Fox News reports.

Based on a 2001 Supreme Court decision, U.S. immigration officials are only allowed to hold someone for six months after their incarceration. If the immigrant's home country refuses to take back their national, the U.S. is required to let them walk – no matter what crime they have committed.

While some lawmakers are attempting to correct the problem by punishing nations that won't take back their own criminals, the Obama administration and several Democrats in Congress are blocking punitive legislation, advocating that the State Department handle the issue through diplomatic measures.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) wants to change the law to include the withholding of visas to countries that refuse to take back their nationals. ...

More than 50,000 criminal illegal aliens ordered deported remain in the U.S.
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We'll never send the Jamaican and Nigerian prisoners home
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 12 August 2012

The revelation that the Government is giving millions of pounds to the Jamaican and Nigerian governments in order to improve those countries' prisons has generated understandable outrage. What on earth is behind the policy?

The short answer is money. There are about 900 Jamaicans serving sentences in Britain. There are nearly 600 Nigerians. It costs around £38,000 a year to incarcerate someone in a British jail. If all the Jamaicans and Nigerians had been transferred immediately after being convicted to prisons in their home countries, it would have saved the Exchequer £57 million a year. And if all the 11,127 foreigners who are now serving sentences in UK prisons were to do their time in the jails of the countries where they were born, the annual savings would be more than £420 million.

Unfortunately, it's very difficult to get foreign prisoners into jails in their own countries. There needs to be a "Prisoner Transfer Agreement" between Britain and the country we want to send convicted criminals to. We have such agreements with both Jamaica and Nigeria. The only problem is that it requires the criminal to agree to the transfer. If he does not, then the law says he can't be moved from Britain. Most Nigerians and Jamaicans sentenced to jail terms here do not want to end up incarcerated in their native countries, whose prisons are usually stinking hell-holes. Their British equivalents are wonders of health and hygiene in comparison.

For years, British officials have been trying to persuade the Jamaican and Nigerian governments to agree to change the Prisoner Transfer Agreement so that the prisoner's consent is not required. Both governments have promised that they will enact legislation to bring about the change. Neither has done so. That is hardly surprising: what's in it for them? Nothing – unless Britain can make it worth their while. Which is why the Coalition is offering to spend several million pounds refitting jails in Nigeria and Jamaica. The deal is that if you take back your prisoners, we'll give you our money.

Were those foreign governments to accept our cash, and use it as we intend, it would have the critical benefit of making at least some of their jails "human rights compliant". ...

That's why the Coalition proposes to hand £3 million a year to Nigeria and Jamaica to "upgrade prison facilities" and "instruct warders on human rights". Ministers insist this policy will save money in the long run, but I don't see how it can; they are deluded if they think there is any hope of turning Nigeria's and Jamaica's jails into institutions that will satisfy the European Court of Human Rights as decent and humane houses of correction.
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France declares war on illegal migrants: Riot police smash camps and hundreds rounded up for deportation as Socialists take on gipsies
Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 10 August 2012

French police were yesterday breaking up gipsy camps and deporting illegal immigrants found in them.

Dozens of officers in riot gear descended on a settlement near Lille shortly after dawn to oversee the evacuation of some 200 Roma living in mobile homes.

One hundred people were evicted from a site in Lyon, with similar round-ups happening in other major cities including Marseille. Caravans and huts were destroyed in the Belleville area of central Paris on Wednesday, making another 100 people homeless.

'Many of those evicted will be flown home to Romania,' said an interior ministry source, who insisted the deportations were aimed at ridding France of 'illegal' communities. ...

The policy being pursued by France's socialist government was formulated by former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was frequently accused of pandering to the far right.

His government linked Roma camps with crime, suggesting that many of the thieves and muggers operating in big cities were homeless Romanians.

Many expected the more liberal socialists to show a more relaxed attitude toward immigrants, especially those from European Union member states. But Manuel Valls, the new interior minister, said the camps were a 'challenge' to 'people living together'.

He insisted the police would uphold all court orders aimed at dismantling them.

Neighbours of the camps often complained about noise and anti-social behaviour, as well as serious crimes, said Mr Valls.
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Britain, the 'United Nations of Crime', pays to spruce up foreign jails
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2012

British taxpayers are paying to refurbish prisons in other countries in a desperate attempt by the Government to repatriate foreign criminals.

The funding, part of a £3 million-a-year scheme, even provides human rights training for prison officers abroad.

The disclosure comes as figures showed Britain to be a "United Nations of crime", with its prisons housing offenders from 80 per cent of the world's countries.

Some 156 different nationalities are represented in jails. The cost of locking up foreign criminals is estimated at almost half a billion pounds a year. The situation has become so dire that the Government is even paying to renovate jails abroad to encourage more offenders to serve their sentences back home.

Cross-Government funding is being spent on projects in Jamaica and Nigeria to improve prison conditions there. It is being paid for out of the £3 million-a-year prisoner repatriation fund, which also includes financial incentives to help inmates resettle in their home countries. ...

Research carried out by the House of Commons Library found that in March there were 11,127 foreign nationals in prisons in England and Wales.

They came from 156 different nations, compared with the 193 countries officially recognised by the UN. ...

It costs around £41,000 a year to house a prisoner, suggesting that the taxpayer is paying more than £450 million to look after foreign criminals. ...

Priti Patel, a Conservative MP, claimed that Britain had become a "United Nations of crime". ...

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We have voluntary prisoner transfer agreements with more than 100 countries, allowing prisoners to serve their sentences in their home countries."
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Indian gov't places army on alert amid ethnic riots
Asia News Network / The Statesman, 9 August 2012

The Indian government has placed its army on alert to deal with the escalating ethnic riots in the northeast state Assam. ...

The government has already agreed to the request of the Assam government and ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the month-long violence between native Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims that has claimed 77 lives. ...

The lone Bodo MP, S K Bwiswmuthiary, shared the opinion of various opposition MPs, including Tatagatha Sathpathy of the Biju Janata Dal, that the illegal immigration from Bangladesh could force Assam to give away some of its parts as "Bangladesh-occupied Assam".

Trinamul Congress leader and Union minister Saugata Roy slammed Advani for harping on the single point of illegal migration, saying what Assam needed was a healing touch.
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Russia's prime minister voices concern about flow of foreign migrants in its eastern regions / Associated Press, 9 August 2012

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says that Russia must stem the flow of foreign migrants to its sparsely-populated eastern regions and prevent the emergence of enclaves populated by foreigners.

Medvedev didn't name any specific country, but his Thursday's statement marked a rare official acknowledgement of a threat posed by the influx of Chinese migrants to the remote and economically-struggling region.

Russian political experts and the media have long voiced fears about the growing number of Chinese migrants in border areas, saying their presence may eventually weaken federal control over the region.
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Slow path to progress for U.S. immigrants: 43% on welfare after 20 years
Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times, 8 August 2012

Immigrants lag behind native-born Americans on most measures of economic well-being – even those who have been in the U.S. the longest, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, which argues that full assimilation is a more complex task than overcoming language or cultural differences. ...

The study, based on 2010 and 2011 census data, found that 43 percent of immigrants who have been in the U.S. at least 20 years were using welfare benefits, a rate that is nearly twice as high as native-born Americans and nearly 50 percent higher than recent immigrants.

The report was released at a time when both major presidential candidates have backed policies that would make it easier to immigrate legally and would boost the numbers of people coming to the U.S. ...

Federal law requires that the government deny immigrant visas to potential immigrants who are likely to be unable to support themselves and thereby become public charges.

On Tuesday, a handful of Republican senators wrote to the Homeland Security and State departments asking them to explain why they don't consider whether potential immigrants would use many of the nearly 80 federal welfare programs when they evaluate visa applications.

Neither department responded to messages Tuesday seeking a response to the senators' letter.

Expanding legal immigration is a contentious issue for voters, the vast majority of whom tell pollsters that they want the levels either retained or decreased.

But most politicians want legal immigration expanded.

During his time in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama backed bills that would have dramatically boosted legal immigration, potentially by hundreds of thousands a year. As president, he has called for the same thing. ...

His presumed Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in June called for increasing legal immigration for students who study in high-tech fields and admitting unlimited family members of those who hold green cards. ...

Mr. Camarota's report took a broad look at the immigrant population and found that immigrants are contributing to major changes in American society, including that one-fourth of public school students now speak languages other than English at home. ...

The center found that use of public benefits varied dramatically based on where immigrants originated.

Mexicans were most likely to use means-tested benefit programs, with 57 percent, while 6 percent of those from the United Kingdom did. The rate for native-born Americans is 23 percent.
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Immigration + Welfare = Bad News
Mark Krikorian
National Review Online, 8 August 2012

While welfare reform overall was a great success, the projections regarding immigrants didn't pan out. The immediate reasons for the failure of the immigrant portion of welfare reform were laid out by George Borjas: Immigrant-heavy states picked up the slack by extending benefits to immigrants, and the immigrant groups most dependent on welfare before the reform saw the largest increases in naturalization rates (enabling them to escape the welfare restrictions specific to non-citizens).

Also, the longstanding requirement that immigrants not be admitted in the first place if they're "likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence" (known as the "public charge" doctrine) has been gutted in a way that's almost comical. According to the immigration service, "non-cash or special purpose cash benefits" are not considered when determining whether an immigrant has become a public charge. That means an immigrant family could be living in public housing, receiving food stamps, on Medicaid, and having their children eat three free meals a day at school and they wouldn't be considered "primarily dependent" on the government!
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As Greece Rounds Up Migrants, Official Says 'Invasion' Imperils National Stability
Niki Kitsantonis
New York Times, 7 August 2012

A vast police operation here aimed at identifying illegal immigrants found that, of 6,000 people detained over the weekend, 1,400 did not have proper documentation, leading the minister of public order to say that Greece was suffering an "unprecedented invasion" that was threatening the stability of the debt-racked nation.

The minister, Nikos Dendias, defended the mass detentions, saying that a failure to curb a relentless flow of immigrants into Greece would lead the country, which is surviving on foreign loans, to collapse. "Our social fabric is at risk of unraveling," Mr. Dendias told a private television channel, Skai. "The immigration problem is perhaps even greater than the financial one." ...

About 4,500 officers conducted raids on streets and in run-down apartment blocks in central Athens, a police spokesman said, calling the sweep one of the largest ever by the force. ...

With its position on the southeastern flank of the European Union, Greece has long been the most common transit country for impoverished migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. ... ...

The growing population of immigrants in Greece – about 800,000 are registered, and an estimated 350,000 or more are in the country illegally – adds to the anxieties of many Greeks, who are seeing the government's once-generous social spending evaporate. They complain that the foreign residents are depriving them of jobs and threatening the national identity.
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The 2011 English summer riots revisited [part 1]
David Starkey
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2012

"Humankind cannot bear very much reality." T S Eliot's dictum might have been written for the riots of last summer, whose first anniversary falls this week. ...

... For something rather odd started to happen, even as events were unrolling: we were told, with increasing firmness, not to believe our own senses.

It was obvious from the beginning, to anybody with eyes to see, that these were riots in which the race of many of the participants played an important part. Black commentators were especially clear about this. "These riots were about race. Why ignore the fact?" declared Katharine Birbalsingh in her blog for The Daily Telegraph. Darcus Howe, the veteran black activist, was even more emphatic. "It's an insurrection," he told The Huffington Post, "of a generation of poor, primarily black people from the Caribbean and from Africa."

What could be clearer? Too clear, perhaps, for the political class and the mainstream media who, led by the Prime Minister, began an extraordinary exercise of what, with reference to George Orwell's Newspeak, we might call New Sight. Firmly donning his magic spectacles, which rendered him unshakeably colour blind, David Cameron proclaimed the new truth: "It wasn't race riots".

He was echoed from the other end of the political spectrum by Max Wind-Cowie of the Leftish think-tank Demos, who asserted even more confidently: "This is not about race at all." And so the chorus swelled.

There were of course a few obstinate souls who stuck to the old way of seeing. But they were firmly slapped down. ... ...

A stop should have been put to this nonsense by the publication of the official report into the riots. Instead, shamefully, it perpetuated it. The Riots Communities and Victims Panel subjected the 3,000-odd people brought before the courts to every sort of analysis: by age, previous criminal record, educational achievement, employment, family structure and so on. There was one glaring omission: there was no tabulation of ethnicity. Nevertheless, and having rehearsed no evidence whatever, their report still repeated the official mantra: "We do not believe that these were race riots."

Indeed, the only official document to present the proper, unvarnished picture is "The Statistical Bulletin of the Ministry of Justice on the Public Disorder of 6th-9th August 2011". And it is incontrovertible: 41 per cent of those charged were white, 50 per cent black or mixed race, 7 per cent Asian and 2 per cent Chinese or other. These figures must of course be read against the proportion of the various groups in the population as a whole: in London, to which some two thirds of the cases relate, some 12 per cent of the population is black and 69 per cent is white. Whites, in other words, were significantly under-represented among the rioters; while blacks were four times over-represented.
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The 2011 English summer riots revisited [part 2]
David Starkey
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2012

Nor are the figures for the riots a fluke, as the Metropolitan Police statistics for 2009-10 show even more extreme disparities: 54 per cent of those proceeded against for street crimes were black; for robbery, 59 per cent; and for gun crimes, 67 per cent. This is also where the figures for previous criminality of the rioters come in: 76 per cent of the rioters brought before the courts were previous offenders; those convicted had committed a grand total of 16,000 offences between them and over a third had served time in jail.

The conclusion is inescapable and painful. Far from being merely opportunistic, the core of the rioters was formed of an already existing criminal class and that class is disproportionately black. This is the reality. But in our present society it is unbearable (in Eliot's formulation). And unsayable.

No wonder the Government and the media worked so hard to suppress it. And no wonder outraged media and public opinion came down like a ton of bricks on those naive or foolhardy enough to tell the truth, like Big Jim on Sky, or me in that now notorious Newsnight debate, when "racist" was among the least of the insults thrown at me.

Actually, I never mentioned race at all, since, in its proper sense, of a group with fixed hereditary characteristics, I regard it, as all sensible people do, as eugenicist nonsense. But I do believe in culture and I talked about that a lot. Not "black culture" of course, since such a uniform construct does not exist any more than a uniform "white culture".

Instead, I focused on "a particular sort" of black culture: the "violent, destructive, nihilistic, 'gangsta' culture" of the street. I mentioned and deplored its specific linguistic forms: the "Jaffaican" patois in which these street denizens speak, and the rap music they listen to, whose lyrics glorify violence (I could have added rape, bling and homophobia). I lamented the fact that "this sort of black male culture militates against education" and emphasised (in anti-racist terms) its insidious attractiveness to white youth.

For my pains I was denounced in intemperate language and with wilful misunderstanding. But, curiously, the strongest voices in my defence were black, like those of the educator Tony Sewell and the writer and youth mentor Lindsay Johns.

Even more curiously, a few months later Adolph Cameron, the head of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, made a speech in Bristol in which he analysed the reluctance of black boys to participate in formal education in terms identical to mine. "To speak in standard English," he said, "is considered a woman's activity." He even questioned whether the idea of academic achievement could co-exist at all with current notions of black masculinity. "Black boys," he pointed out, "are more interested in hustling, which is a quick way of making a living, rather than commitment to study."

"Something must be done," he concluded. It must indeed, otherwise we are doomed to repeat the riots in an ever-shortening cycle. But, my experience has taught me, only a black leader can do it.
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'Fears of being branded racist stops police investigating crimes by ethnic minorities'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 6 August 2012

Police are failing to investigate crimes committed by ethnic minorities because they fear being branded racist, a report claims.

A pamphlet by think-tank Civitas, released today, says pressure to show racial sensitivity may have been behind the initial failure to properly investigate Asian street grooming gangs in the North of England.

Jon Gower Davies, a former academic, links the failure to police being branded 'institutionally racist' by the Macpherson report into the death of Stephen Lawrence, which he says left police 'shackled' by bureaucracy.

The pamphlet, which is entitled' Mind-Forg'd Manacles: Murder, Macpherson and the Police' finds Macpherson lacked evidence for the charge of institutional racism which he says 'lacks substance'. ...

Mr Davies, a former Labour councillor, describes the lack of investigation into sex crimes as a case of 'reverse' institutional racism in which the views of victims, vulnerable white girls, were not taken seriously. ...

The pamphlet, which is published by the Civitas think tank, concludes Macpherson failed to address genuine weaknesses in police practice at the time.

It states: 'Macpherson... not only obviated the need to make a realistic if less flamboyant analysis of the limitations of the policing of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, but also led to an over-anxious police leadership to make a fool of itself by adopting policies which are neither operationally nor socially nor ethically sound and proper'.
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One in four Polish workers in country claiming dole
John Drennan
Sunday Independent, 5 August 2012

One in four Polish nationals living in Ireland is now receiving the dole, new statistics have revealed, following Judge Mary Devins's controversial remark about social welfare being a "Polish charity".

The extent of the unemployment crisis within the immigrant community in Ireland is revealed in statistics secured by the Sunday Independent, which show that 25 per cent of Polish nationals between the ages of 15 and 64 are on the dole.
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Greek police evict immigrants from Athens
Focus, 4 August 2012

Police said Saturday they had rounded up about 2,000 people in an operation to evict undocumented immigrants from central Athens, claiming that "national survival" was at stake for debt-choked Greece, AFP reported.

The aim of the operation was "to send them back to their countries of origin, close the borders and ensure that Athens returns to being a lawful city with a quality of life," police spokesman Christos Manouras said.

Operation Xenios Zeus, named after the name of the king of the ancient Greek gods in his role as protector of guests, mobilised 2,000 police in Athens and another 2,500 on Greece's eastern border with Turkey.

Manouras said the deportation of illegal immigrants was a necessity for national survival.

"We must send the message that Greece cannot afford work and hospitality" to would-be immigrants, he said.

Located in the southeastern extremity of the European Union, Greece has become a popular transit point for migrants from Asia or Africa seeking to enter the bloc.

But as the country struggles with a crippling economic crisis and sweeping austerity cuts, social tensions are on the rise and the increase in undocumented immigrants has fuelled xenophobia and racist attacks.

For the first time in Greek political history, the country in June voted into parliament a neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, which has promised to purge the country of illegal migrants.

Current figures show Greece has about 800,000 legally-registered immigrants, while the number of those without papers is estimated at more than 350,000. ...

Right-wing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who took power in June at the head of a broad coalition, pledged during his election campaign to "win back the cities" and stop the "invasion" of immigrants.
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Scotland's population at record high due to growing immigration levels
Scott Macnab
The Scotsman, 3 August 2012

Growing levels of immigration have taken Scotland's population to a record high, official figures today show. ...

After nine years of continuous growth, Scotland's population reached 5,254,800 in mid 2011 - the highest ever.

The increase in the population over the previous 12 months was mainly due to 27,000 more people coming to Scotland than leaving. However, migration from the rest of the UK remained fairly steady with the biggest increase coming from abroad. ...

In the 12 months between July 2010 and June 2011, around 43,700 people came to Scotland from the rest of the UK and a similar number from overseas. Most migrants to Scotland are young, aged between 16 and 34.

Of the 29,135 marriages registered in Scotland last year, nearly a quarter were for couples where neither the bride nor groom lived in Scotland.
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Iran scraps birth control programme in baby boom bid
Robert Tait
Daily Telegraph, 3 August 2012

Iran has scrapped its birth control programme in a radical policy reversal intended to produce a baby boom that could more than double its population.

The health ministry confirmed the shift days after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, said that the two-decade-old policy of controlled growth must end and that Iran should aim for a population of 150 to 200 million.

A recent census revealed the country currently has just over 75 million inhabitants. According to data published by the UN in 2009, Iran topped the global list of countries experiencing the greatest drop in fertility rates since 1980.

The reduction was achieved with the help of an extensive publicly-backed initiative that included vasectomies, health ministry-issued contraceptives, statutory family planning advice for newly-weds and even a state-owned condom factory.

It was introduced in the early 1990s when officials feared a population explosion that occurred after the 1979 Islamic revolution could stretch resources to breaking point.

But the health minister, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, told Iranian journalists that funding had been withdrawn and that 190 billion rials (£10 billion) would instead be devoted to encouraging bigger families.
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Congressman: Official English would save millions
World Net Daily, 2 August 2012

A special interest organization called The American Dream contends "the quickest way to divide people is to have them speak different languages."

The group notes there are 325 different languages spoken at home in the United States today.

"In the past, it was always understood that if you wanted to thrive in the 'land of opportunity' that you had better learn English and learn it well. Unfortunately, times have changed," the group says. "Today, many radical activist groups are actually referring to the English language as a 'tool of oppression' and are demanding that special accommodations be made for those that do not wish to learn the English language.

"So which of those languages should receive special treatment? How far are we really going to take all of this? Someday, instead of your telephone telling you to 'press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish,' it may tell you to 'press 323 for Italian, 324 for Arabic or 325 for English," the organization suggests.

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has developed a logistical plan that would solve those issues. He says it also would generate unity among Americans and, as a side effect, save millions of dollars.

H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, was the focus of a House hearing today, but there was no action taken immediately.

King said the bill establishes English as the official language of the United States. ...

The problem traces back to Bill Clinton's tenure in the White House in the 1990s, he said.

"President Clinton issued an executive order, 13166, back in the 90s that compels the government agencies to essentially promote multilingualism by providing interpreters and services – in whatever language might be requested, by whoever shows up, at whatever government office. We are spending billions on interpreters and on multiple printings. We need to have one common form of communications currency, and that is English in this country. And we are very fortunate that it is English," King said. ...

The bill has been referred to the House subcommittee on the Constitution, and it has 122 cosponsors.
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Obama administration failed to deport arrested illegal immigrants who went onto to commit 19 murders and 142 sex crimes
James Nye
Daily Mail, 1 August 2012

Illegal immigrants arrested and then released were responsible for 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes during the first three years of President Obama's administration.

The findings, which were published by the House Judiciary Committee, found that 36,000 illegal immigrants arrested on other charges between 2008 and 2011 failed to be deported by the President and his team.

The study discovered that one in six illegal immigrants is re-arrested on criminal charges within three years of release and House Republicans have condemned what they see as a 'dangerous and deadly' immigration policy.

President Obama and his administration were aware of 159,286 immigrants who had committed crimes and been arrested and declined to deport more than 36,000 of them who were here illegally.

Although three quarters of the almost 160,000 people were not eligible for deportation because they were legal, the rest could have been deported.

Those who could have been deported but were instead released back into the community, went onto commit 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes said the House Judciary Committee which produced the report along with the Congressional Research Service.
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Immigrants with multiple wives will get more benefits, officials admit
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2012

Immigrants with multiple wives will receive higher benefits payments in future as Government attempts to tackle the problem backfire.

Officials have admitted that polygamous households, of which there are an estimated 1,000 in Britain, could be handed more money under reforms to the welfare system.

Currently the state effectively recognises polygamous marriages by paying extra wives smaller amounts of income support in addition to the normal sum received by the husband and their first spouse.

When the streamlined Universal Credit regime is introduced next year, this policy will be scrapped.

But a House of Commons library paper admits that as an unintended consequence of this, any second or third wives in a household would be able to claim a full single person's benefits in addition to the standard amount claimed by the husband and their first wife. So in total the polygamous family would receive more than they currently do.

The report states: "Treating second and subsequent partners in polygamous relationships as separate claimants could, in some situations, mean that polygamous households receive more under Universal Credit than they do under the current rules for means-tested benefits and tax credits."

Baroness Flather, the first Asian woman to receive a peerage, said: "That is terrible. Why can't they see it?"

She said the new benefits situation should prompt ministers to tackle the problem: "Why are they allowed to have more than one wife? We should prosecute one or two people for bigamy, that will sort it out."

It is a criminal offence in England and Wales to be a bigamist, married to more than one person, but polygamous marriages are recognised in this country if the weddings took place overseas.

Men, usually Muslims from Pakistan, can bring one wife into Britain through the spouse visa route but further brides would have to arrive through a different immigration category. In 2007 MPs estimated that there were "fewer than 1,000 legally recognised polygamous marriages within the UK" but no detailed figures have been compiled.
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An insider's exposé of Islamist extremism
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2012
[Charles Moore reviews Radical by Maajid Nawaz (W H Allen)]

To the white majority, who even now think of this country as a placid place, it will seem extraordinary that the author of this dramatic memoir was born in Southend. Maajid Nawaz is still only in his mid-thirties. He was brought up in a prosperous, middle-class, anglophile household of Pakistani origin. ...

Nawaz was a leading firebrand in Hizb al-Tahrir (HT), the militant organisation that wishes to overthrow all infidel regimes and establish a new Muslim Caliphate. Although it is not itself a terror organisation, its ideology legitimises violence. ... ...

So Brother Maajid broke away from HT, even as he was being offered its British leadership, and even though the break brought his marriage to an end. ... He set up Quilliam, the first Muslim organisation dedicated to confronting the extremists. ...

It is a horrifying reflection on modern Britain that a young man of Nawaz's talents and background should have had such a lurid life-history. It is clear from his story that this was not the result of bad parents or any personality disorder: thousands of able young Muslims were part of this fanaticism. (Many still are.) It is also clear that, at almost every turn, those in authority in white Britain were grotesquely ignorant, overindulgent or just plain scared about what organisations like HT were up to. The liberal Left were particularly credulous: "How we Islamists laughed at their naivety."

In college, HT could easily turn the Islamic Society into its front organisation, and students had no trouble carrying knives at all times. "Hate speech" which, Nawaz writes, would have been jumped on if it had come from the BNP, was indulged because it came from people with brown skin. In Pakistan, teaching English via the British Council was a recognised means of livelihood for HT agitators. Our host culture was so abject that it effectively incited attacks upon itself.
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I, of all people, know it's hard - but we must tackle immigration, even if we lose some civil liberties
Phil Woolas
Mail on Sunday, 29 July 2012
[Phil Woolas is a former Labour Minister]

None of the main political parties has the will to control immigration.

As Minister for Immigration under the last Labour Government, the question I feared most was: 'How many illegal immigrants are there in the country?'

The answer was: 'We haven't a clue!' – and neither has Home Secretary Theresa May.

Without action, the rise in the movements of people across national borders will destabilise our country beyond recognition.

It's not sufficient to draw up new laws – we need to enforce the powers we already possess.

British officialdom interprets the European Union's principle of free movement as an inviolable right.

However, Article 7 of the 2004 directive on the principle makes clear that it has to be 'without prejudice to the provisions applicable to national border controls'.

That means the UK can, as Spain is now doing, insist that EU migrants have a job, or sufficient funds to ensure they do not become a burden on our social security system.

In practice, the provision is simply ignored.

It is more than two years since the new Government took power with a pledge to reduce net migration to the UK to fewer than 100,000 people a year by the next Election.

They won't achieve it. And neither would the Opposition if they were in power.

Our immigration system is under-resourced, hidebound by civil-liberty worries, and low on Whitehall's priorities.

All the parties say they wish to see managed migration, but neither Clegg, Cameron or Miliband have a policy that can deliver.

Ever since the 1961 Immigration Act, which tried to cap immigration, governments of all colours have failed to manage the system.

Of course, it is far from simple. But there are home truths we must face up to.

The Border Agency are the most maligned public servants in Whitehall. To read the torrent of reports from select committees, the Audit Office, inspectors and all the other armchair commentators you'd be forgiven for thinking they were asleep on the job.

But unless the whole of Whitehall supports them, they can't succeed. Given the strictures we place them under, we are asking the impossible.

None of the parties face up to the fact that if we want to control migration we have to fund a decent system.

Proper visa checks, with biometric ID systems, are just a start. We should also fundamentally change the Human Rights Act and ensure Parliament's supremacy.

Getting the Treasury to accept that a National Insurance number should be dependent on a valid visa sounds simple, but they've resisted it for 50 years.

Driving licence checks, checking for eligibility in hospitals, having school admissions look at residency entitlement – these and many other checks are all far too controversial in our contorted liberal view of the world.

The fact is that successive governments have been scared of tackling the issue for fear of causing offence. ...

This Government and the last weren't able to count people in and out. Until we accept there's a price to pay in an erosion in civil liberties to do so, we won't be able to manage the system. ...

ID cards are unwelcome to the metropolitan elite, but no country can manage migration without them.
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Cameron urged to follow Spain's new EU edict: 'You can't move here without enough money in the bank'
Tom Worden, Glen Owen and Martin Delgado
Mail on Sunday, 29 July 2012

Ministers were last night under pressure to tighten border controls for EU citizens after Spain demanded 'proof of income' from expats hoping to live in the country.

The move – taken in response to the country's economic crisis – was said by one Tory MP to have 'driven a coach and horses' through the EU's cherished principle of the free movement of peoples, and immediately triggered calls for David Cameron to adopt tougher measures.

Madrid hopes to save more than €1 billion euros (£780 million) a year by clamping down on 'economic migrants' from other EU countries, including the UK.

A new ministerial order, slipped out by the Spanish government on July 9, states that any EU citizen living in Spain for more than three months must prove they will not become a financial burden on the State by producing a job contract or documents confirming they have enough money to support themselves.

If they are jobless, they must also show they are covered by health insurance. The decree, which potentially affects thousands of Britons seeking a new life in the country, declares that Spain will now adopt a stricter interpretation of the 'free movement' principle.

The Spanish government has justified the measures by pointing to Article 7 of the 2004 EU directive on free movement, which gives EU member states the power to define it 'without prejudice to national border controls' – in other words, entry conditions can be imposed on other EU citizens by member governments.

The UK has also enacted the provision – and the Home Office insists that it does demand that EU citizens should not be 'an unreasonable burden on public funds' before allowing them to stay in the UK.

However, Phil Woolas, who served as Immigration Minister between 2008 and 2010, told The Mail on Sunday last night that the powers were almost never used.

He said: 'We do have the powers to deport EU citizens – but they are ignored by the British authorities. We should heed the Spanish example and change our approach.

It is only fair that we enforce the laws available to us and stop turning a blind eye to abuses by EU citizens.' ...

The Spanish government admits in a preamble to the legislation that it has failed in the past to regulate immigration from within the EU. ...

The centre-right government of prime minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced the new controls in an attempt to cut expenditure on health and social services. Health minister Ana Mato said recently that 700,000 foreigners had moved to Spain just to obtain free health care.
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Immigrants sent home on almost empty jets
Matthew Davis
Sunday Express, 29 July 2012

The UK Border Agency is spending millions of pounds hiring charter flights to deport illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers... then lets the planes take off with hundreds of empty seats.

At times these hugely expensive charter flights leave the UK with just 10 per cent of seats occupied by people being returned to their homeland.

As the planes jet out with row upon row of empty seats they leave behind hundreds who exploit legal loopholes to stay.

UKBA figures reveal the cost of charter flights to deport people back to their home country is about £5,000 each.

The total cost of air deportations – including tickets for regular flights – has risen 40 per cent in the past five years. It now stands at £133 million per year. The figure is so high because so many planes leave more than half empty. UKBA officials say the numbers being flown back are so low partly because the majority of people facing deportation put in a successful 11th-hour appeal which allows them to prolong their stay in the UK.

Incredibly some of the planes fly with just a few dozen people being sent back because the UK has "deals" with the host country so that not too many people arrive at the same time.
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Church slams Centre, Assam govt for Kokrajhar violence
Deccan Herald, 28 July 2012

Accusing the Union and Assam governments of lacking in "political will" to prevent influx, National Council of Churches in India has said the "disaster" in the northeastern state could have been averted had infiltration of migrants been properly checked at all levels.

"We believe that this disaster (Assam violence) could have been averted, if both the Centre and the Assam government would have taken careful steps, with a strong political will, to check the infiltration of migrants to India, especially to Assam," NCCI general secretary Roger Gaikwad said in a letter to the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram yesterday.

Gaikwad said, "About 10,000 sq km land have been occupied by the migrants and they are now spreading over to other districts. Such influx and occupation will definitely create a fear psychosis among the indigenous people; being helpless, they are bound to retaliate."
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Population boom caused by high birth rate and immigration will force schools to create 1m more places by 2020
Laura Clark
Daily Mail, 27 July 2012

Nearly one million extra school places will be needed within eight years as rising birth rates and immigration push pupil numbers to a 50-year high.

The population boom has already pushed many primary schools to 'breaking point' and forced town halls to draw up emergency plans to teach children in disused shops and warehouses.

Now figures from the Department for Education have shown the number of pupils in state schools is expected to rise to 7,950,000 by the end of the decade – 935,000 more than now.

Primary and nursery schools will need an extra 736,000 places by 2020, with the remaining places required at secondary and special schools.

Pupil numbers are forecast to reach levels last seen in the 1970s.

The figures also show 106,000 fewer places would be needed by 2020 if migration was reduced to zero.
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Obama backs race-based school discipline policies
Neil Munro
The Daily Caller, 27 July 2012

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools' disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals' behavior.

His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote "a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools."

"African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline," said the order, titled "White House Initiative On Educational Excellence."

Because of those causes, the report suggests, "over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects."

"What this means is that whites and Asians will get suspended for things that blacks don't get suspended for," because school officials will try to level punishments despite groups' different infraction rates, predicted Hans Bader, a counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Bader is a former official in the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, and has sued and represented school districts and colleges in civil-rights cases.

"It is too bad that the president has chosen to set up a new bureaucracy with a focus on one particular racial group, to the exclusion of all others," said Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity.

"A disproportionate share of crimes are committed by African Americans, and they are disproportionately likely to misbehave in school... [because] more than 7 out of 10 African Americans (72.5 percent) are born out of wedlock... versus fewer than 3 out of 10 whites," he said in a statement to The Daily Caller. Although "you won't see it mentioned in the Executive Order... there is an obvious connection between these [marriage] numbers and how each group is doing educationally, economically, criminally," he said.

The order created a "President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans." It will include senior officials from several federal agencies – including the Departments of Education, Justice and Labor – which have gained increased power over state education policies since 2009.

The progressives campaign for race-based discipline policies also won a victory in Maryland July 24.

The state's board of education established a policy demanding that each racial or ethnic group receive roughly proportional level of school penalties, regardless of the behavior by members of each group. ...

In February, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that "we've often seen that students of color, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with special needs are disproportionately likely to be suspended or expelled." ...

Holder's speech did not, however, include any evidence of discrimination toward any individual African-American student.
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Supreme Court blocks deportation of asylum seekers with no political views
Martin Beckford and Aislinn Laing
Daily Telegraph, 26 July 2012

Thousands more asylum seekers could be allowed to stay in Britain after the country's highest court ruled that even those with no political views are at risk of persecution from oppressive regimes.

Justices at the Supreme Court held that the right not to hold political opinions is protected by international refugee law just as much as the right not to be religious.

They said that no one should be expected to lie about their allegiances in order to avoid persecution, and that it would in any case be impossible for judges to decide if their pretence would be believed.

The ruling allowed four Zimbabweans to remain in Britain, defeating attempts by the Home Office to deport them, but could be used more widely by those claiming asylum to avoid being returned to dictatorships even if they have never been dissidents.

Donna Covey, the Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, said: "We welcome this important judgment, confirming that the right to political freedom includes the right not to support any particular political party.

"People should not have to lie about having or not having political beliefs as a way of avoiding persecution."

But Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is ridiculous. It is yet a further extension of the grounds on which asylum may be granted.

"We already have a serious problem in that 60 per cent of applications turn out to be bogus and a similar proportion don't bother claiming until they are discovered.

"It is time the courts realised the extent to which the asylum system is being exploited."
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London 2012: Greek athlete's racism ban condemned by far-right party
The Guardian, 26 July 2012

The Greek far-right Golden Dawn party has attacked the expulsion of the triple jumper Voula Papachristou from London 2012 after she made a racist remark on Twitter.

Papachristou, 23, was removed from the Greek Olympic team on Wednesday after causing uproar with the tweet about the widely reported appearance of Nile-virus-carrying mosquitoes in Athens. She wrote: "With so many Africans in Greece, at least the mosquitoes of West Nile will eat homemade food." She subsequently deleted the message.

Golden Dawn, which took advantage of a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in Greece to surprisingly win seats in the country's parliament, objected to her being removed.

"The only racism in Greece is the racism against the Greeks," Golden Dawn said on its website. "Anybody who says even a word against illegal immigrants is held up to public ridicule.

"It would be more honest to pass a law condemning everybody who has different views to death by stoning."

Several other smaller parties and politicians also criticised the Olympic team's decision, saying it was excessive. ...

But others defended the decision. "Her excuse [apology] was just for show," wrote Greece's biggest newspaper, Ta Nea.
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The racism of the respectable
Nick Cohen
The Spectator, 25 July 2012

To be a racist in Britain, you do not need to cover yourself in tattoos and join a neo-Nazi party. You can wear well-made shirts, open at the neck, appreciate fine wines and vote Left at election time.

Odd though it may seem to older readers, the Crown Prosecution Service now regards itself as a liberal organ of the state. This week it is making a great play of its success in deterring violence against women. Its lawyers brought 91,000 domestic violence prosecutions last year and secured 67,000 convictions. ... But officialdom's concern for abused women is strictly colour coded. The CPS will defend women's rights, but only the rights of white women. Girls with black or brown skins can go hang – or, rather go have their genitalia cut to pieces.

In a report for BBC Newsnight, Sue Lloyd Roberts investigated what euphemists call 'female circumcision'. ...

Beyond continuing a barbaric tradition, and one should never underestimate the appeal of doing what has always been done, FGM ensures that women remain the property of men. The bridegroom can be certain his bride is a virgin, and have some confidence that she will not sleep around, because the second object of the exercise is to reduce the woman's libido.

Britain made female genital mutilation a criminal offence in the 1980s. Later we said it was illegal for parents to take their children abroad for the 'procedure'. Yet although thousands of British girls are the victims of wounding with intent, the CPS has not instigated one prosecution, let alone secured a conviction. ...

To his credit, I suppose, Scotland Yard's specialist in child abuse cases Commander Simon Foy found the courage to speak in public. Unfortunately, his words were a disgrace. 'I am not necessarily sure that the availability of a stronger sense of prosecution will change' the incidence of FGM 'for the better,' he said. Is there any other law that Commander Foy and his superiors think it pointless to enforce? Do senior officers say that prosecuting burglars or rapists or murderers makes no difference? Or is it only in the case of the mutilation of girls from other cultures that the cops abandon their belief in the deterrent power of punishment?

Imitating the French by having medical staff check girls, would infringe the girls' rights, Foy continued, as he used the language of human rights to justify his failure to uphold the rights of women and girls. In this instance, and in this instance only, the police not only believe that putting alleged criminals on trial is pointless, they add that investigating an alleged crime is a criminal act.

Under white imperialism, colonialists had one set of rules for themselves and another for 'lesser breeds without the law'. Nineteenth century liberals and socialists berated their double standards. Now the roles are reversed. Men and women who call themselves liberals are the new Blimps.

Their respect for other cultures and celebrations of diversity has undermined equality before the law.
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Abuse online may repel us, but it shouldn't be a crime
David Edgar
The Guardian, 25 July 2012

How does a self-confessed free speech fundamentalist respond to recent pieces by Mehdi Hasan, Inayat Bunglawala, Huma Qureshi and others about the abusive and intimidatory rhetoric to which Muslim writers are subject online? In a universe of instant-access social media, in which anonymous, direct abuse no longer relies on the abuser having access to an address or a phone number, is the sacred and inalienable right to insult and offend still good enough? For me the answer is still "yes", with an increasingly large "but".

First of all, there are two obvious reasons – well, excuses – for commentary on this topic being particularly virulent. One is that infringements of free speech (The Satanic Verses, the Danish cartoons) are high on the charge list against Islam. The other is that anti-Muslims (including but not restricted to the far right) can therefore defend Islamaphobic rhetoric on the grounds that they are exercising and defending an ancient British liberty.

Well, it isn't that ancient a liberty: blasphemy was a criminal offence well into this century. But the character of censorship has changed. Although the state still criminalises certain speech-acts (largely those which incite others to violence), the free speech debate has shifted from resistance to state power to protests against material that causes groups distress or offence, a form – if you like – of consumer protection. ...

Gary Younge is right to attack abusers who pay less attention to what they do than their entitlement to do it; having a right doesn't make it right to exercise it. But being abusive shouldn't be a crime, which is why I support Peter Tatchell in his campaign against the provisions of the 1986 Public Order Act which make the use of "insulting words and behaviour" a criminal offence. I also backed the successful addition of a clause protecting criticism, abuse, insult and ridicule to the 2006 Racial and Religious Hatred Act.
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Stubborn Ignorance
Walter E. Williams
GOPUSA, 25 July 2012
[Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University]

Academic intelligentsia, their media, government and corporate enthusiasts worship at the altar of diversity. Despite budget squeezes, universities have created diversity positions, such as director of diversity and inclusion, manager of diversity recruitment, associate dean for diversity, vice president of diversity and perhaps minister of diversity. This is all part of a quest to get college campuses, corporate offices and government agencies to "look like America."

For them, part of looking like America means race proportionality. For example, if blacks are 13 percent of the population, they should be 13 percent of college students and professors, corporate managers and government employees. Law professors, courts and social scientists have long held that gross statistical disparities are evidence of a pattern and practice of discrimination. Behind this vision is the stupid notion that but for the fact of discrimination, we'd be distributed proportionately by race across incomes, education, occupations and other outcomes. There's no evidence from anywhere on earth or any time in human history that shows that but for discrimination, there would be proportional representation and an absence of gross statistical disparities, by race, sex, height or any other human characteristic. Nonetheless, much of our thinking, legislation and public policy is based upon proportionality being the norm. Let's run a few gross disparities by you, and you decide whether they represent what the courts call a pattern and practice of discrimination and, if so, what corrective action you would propose.

Jews are not even 1 percent of the world's population and only 3 percent of the U.S. population, but they are 20 percent of the world's Nobel Prize winners and 39 percent of U.S. Nobel laureates. That's a gross statistical disparity, but are the Nobel committees discriminating against the rest of us? By the way, in the Weimar Republic, Jews were only 1 percent of the German population, but they were 10 percent of the country's doctors and dentists, 17 percent of its lawyers and a large percentage of its scientific community. Jews won 27 percent of Nobel Prizes won by Germans.

Nearly 80 percent of the players in the National Basketball Association in 2011 were black, and 17 percent were white, but if that disparity is disconcerting, Asians were only 1 percent. Compounding the racial disparity, the highest-paid NBA players are black. That gross disparity works the other way in the National Hockey League, in which less than 3 percent of the players are black. ... ...

There are some other disparities that might bother the diversity people. Asians routinely get the highest scores on the math portion of the SAT, whereas blacks get the lowest. Men are about 50 percent of the population, and so are women, but there's the gross injustice that men are struck by lightning six times as often as women.
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India riots: Illegal immigration is behind deadly clashes in Assam
Anu Anand
Christian Science Monitor, 25 July 2012

At least 45 people have been killed in ethnic clashes between tribesmen and Muslims that started over the weekend in Assam State in northeast India, according to police.

India's northeast, a lush triangle ringed by China, Burma, and Bangladesh is dotted with picturesque tea estates and pineapple plantations. ...

But this week, the state of Assam ... witnessed brutal mob violence, which virtually cut it off from the rest of India. According to police, at least 45 people have been killed, homes burnt, butchered bodies recovered, railway lines blocked in protest, and at least 150,000 people have fled their homes in fear.

At its heart, Assam's troubles are about corrupt politicians encouraging illegal immigration at the expense of locals.

"Since 1971, there's been a steady influx of immigrants from Bangladesh," says Rahul Pandita, associate editor of Open magazine who's covered India's northeast extensively. "And local politicians gave them Indian identity documents so they would vote for them. They've changed the entire demographics of the area and created a powder keg ready to explode." ...

This week's ethnic clashes involved one of Assam's tribal communities – the Bodo people – against Bengali speaking Muslim migrants. The violence was initially sparked by the death of four Bodo men, but signifies a much wider conflict. ...

Meanwhile, with local police unable to cope, Assam called in Indian Army forces who were given "shoot on sight" orders to quell the clashes. By Wednesday evening, armed forces had shot dead five people.
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Up to 63,000 bogus students given visas in a year
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 24 July 2012

As many as 60,000 bogus students could have been allowed to move to Britain in a year, according to analysis of an official report.

Interviews carried out by the Home Office suggested that more than half of applicants from some countries were not genuine.

They either lacked the money or the intention to study in British colleges or universities, or were likely to stay after their courses finished.

Migration Watch UK, a pressure group, estimates that based on these figures, as many as 63,000 bogus students could have been granted visas in 2011.

It is calling on the authorities to make planned interviews with potential foreign students more stringent, by asking them if they intend to leave Britain after graduation.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "We now have clear evidence of abuse on a major scale. Bogus students come here to work illegally and thus take jobs from British workers.

"If it is clear from the circumstances that a student is unlikely to go home, the visa should not be granted in the first place. After all, many of the advantages claimed for foreign students depend on their going home after their studies."

It comes amid a growing row over the value or cost of foreign students to the British economy.

After the election ministers promised to cut net migration – the number of new arrivals to the country minus those who leave – to the "tens of thousands" by 2015. ...

However vice-chancellors and business leaders say foreign students are a vital source of income and want the Government to take them out of calculations of immigration.

Sir Andrew said: "It is, in fact, impossible to take students out of net migration because, unlike the US and Australia, we still have no exit checks so nobody knows how many who came as students have actually left the UK."

As part of attempts to weed out bogus students, the Home Office plans to reintroduce interviews to establish applicants' credibility.

A three-month pilot study, published earlier this month, saw 2,316 interviewees asked about their suitability for the proposed course, their ability to support themselves financially and their intention to leave Britain at the end of their studies.

In total up to 44 per cent of applicants could have been refused a visa had they undergone interviews and new credibility tests, with the figure rising to 59 per cent among students from India, Nigeria and Bangladesh, and 62 per cent among Burmese. Although most were applying to study at private colleges, 14 per cent wanted a visa to attend university.

The pressure group said that out of the 141,700 student visas granted in 2011, it could mean that as many as 63,069 went to bogus applicants.

However all of those classified as potentially bogus in the pilot study were actually given visas, as immigration officials did not have the power to refuse them entry on credibility grounds.

Although the Home Office will now question thousands of applicants to check they are genuine, officials will not ask if they plan to return home after studying.
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Europe's immigration challenge
Peter D Sutherland and Cecilia Malmstrom
The Guardian, 24 July 2012

Europe faces an immigration predicament. Mainstream politicians, held hostage by xenophobic parties, adopt anti-immigrant rhetoric to win over fearful publics, while the foreign-born are increasingly marginalised in schools, cities, and at the workplace. Yet, despite high unemployment across much of the continent, too many employers lack the workers they need. Engineers, doctors, and nurses are in short supply; so, too, are farmhands and health aides. And Europe can never have enough entrepreneurs, whose ideas drive economies and create jobs.

The prevailing scepticism about immigration is not wholly unfounded. Many communities are genuinely polarised, which makes Europeans understandably anxious. But to place the blame for this on immigrants is wrong, and exacerbates the problem. We are all at fault.

By not taking responsibility, we allowed immigration to become the scapegoat for a host of other, unrelated problems. The enduring insecurity caused by the global economic crisis, Europe's existential political debates, and the rise of emerging powers is too often expressed in reactions against migrants. Not only is this unjust, but it distracts us from crafting solutions to the real problems.

European countries must finally and honestly acknowledge that, like the US, Canada, and Australia, they are lands of immigrants. The percentage of foreign-born residents in several European countries – including Spain, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Greece – is similar to that in the US.

Yet, despite this, we do not make the necessary investments to integrate newcomers into our schools and workplaces. Nor have we done enough to reshape our public institutions to be inclusive and responsive to our diverse societies. The issue is not how many new immigrants are accepted into the EU, but acknowledging the nature and composition of the societies in which we already live. ...

Equally important is international co-operation on migration. Last year, during the Arab revolutions, the EU missed a historic opportunity to begin weaving together the two sides of the Mediterranean. It failed to open its doors to young students, entrepreneurs, and other North Africans. Today, the EU is making a more serious effort to engage its southern neighbourhood. Among the potential opportunities are free-trade agreements, an easing of visa requirements for university students, temporary work programmes, and incentives to attract entrepreneurs. ...

Migration is changing in fundamental ways, and we must continue to push ourselves to devise systems and approaches that respond to new realities. If we succeed, human mobility can become one of the great assets of the 21st century.

Peter Sutherland, chairman of Goldman Sachs International and the London School of Economics, and a UN special representative for migration and development, was director general of the World Trade Organisation, EU commissioner for competition, and attorney general of Ireland. Cecilia Malmstrom is EU commissioner for home affairs and was Sweden's minister for Europe.
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Study of Census Data Finds a Segregated America, Especially for Blacks
US News, 24 July 2012

While some have called the 21st century the end of segregation in American society, new research comes to a very different conclusion.

Researchers at Dartmouth, the University of Georgia, and the University of Washington decided to look at neighborhood data from the U.S. Census in 1990, 2000, and 2010 to compare trends in racial diversity. They then created "cartographic visualizations" of 53 large metropolitan areas and every state in the United States. What they found might – or might not – surprise you.

While the census data did show an increase in racial diversity in the country's largest cities over the past 20 years, several other trends are also evident – African-Americans remain concentrated in segregated neighborhoods; highly diverse neighborhoods are actually rare; and newly arrived immigrants continue to settle in concentrated racial residential patterns.

Their research, recently published in the Professional Geographer, clearly showed patterns and changes in neighborhood racial configuration in major cities by examining the degree to which groups share residential space in each of the neighborhoods (or "census tracts," a unit of analysis that the U.S. Census uses to define a neighborhood).

And what they found in major cities is that, while there are no longer neighborhoods that are all black or all white, segregation still exists. In short, the researchers found that segregation has declined, but not nearly as much as most people generally believe. ...

And while the neighborhood tract comparisons from 1990 to 2010 showed changes, a number of cities still showed very little overall movement for some. "We can celebrate diversity, we can find neighborhoods and identify them, but we should be very cautious about celebrating the end of any form of segregation," he said.

In a video explaining the research, Wright uses Atlanta as an example of what the research showed. The city has changed dramatically in the past 20 years – and, yet, segregation remains.

In 1990, the city was predominantly white and black. Of a total of 658 tracts (neighborhoods) in 1990, 398 neighborhoods were classified as low-diversity, white-dominant, while 112 were low-diversity, black-dominant tracts. "Atlanta was archetypically white suburbs and an African-American central city, something you would see in Detroit, Pittsburgh, or Cincinnati today," Wright said.

Over the next 20 years in Atlanta, the generally all-white neighborhoods shrank dramatically, according to the research by Wright, Steven Holloway at the University of Georgia, and Mark Ellis from the University of Washington. The 116 remaining low-diversity, white-dominant neighborhoods in Atlanta in 2010 now represent just 17 percent of all neighborhoods in Atlanta, compared to 60 percent 20 years ago.

... over the past two decades, the number of generally all-black neighborhoods increased overall in Atlanta over the past 20 years.

Meanwhile, there were no Atlanta neighborhoods where Latinos were numerically dominant 20 years ago – but by 2010 there were 31 such neighborhoods.

"The trend we've seen is for predominantly white tracts to become more racially diverse," Wright said. "We've also seen an increase in the number of tracts that are Latino-dominated and un-diverse, and a greater count of Asian-dominated tracts that are un-diverse.
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The REAL migrant scandal? Politicians still pretend we control our borders - when the truth is Brussels won't let us
Christopher Booker
Daily Mail, 24 July 2012

Yesterday, yet again, we saw headline news being made by a shocking tale of incompetence and mismanagement by the UK Border Agency, the body set up in 2008 to control immigration to this country.

The backlog of cases piled up in the agency's labyrinthine system, we are told, amounts to 276,000, equivalent to the population of Newcastle. Most of the migrants are here illegally and should have been sent home years ago. ...

Home Secretaries from Labour's John Reid and Charles Clarke to the Coalition's Theresa May have faced a torrent of criticism – to which they reply with limp bureaucratic statements, promising action.

But things just go from bad to worse.

Behind this dismal picture, however, lies a much bigger story and one we are simply not being told about. The reason why our immigration policy is in such a shambles is that we do not have any control over it.

The real explanation for almost everything we find so horrifying about this mess is that virtually every aspect of our policy is no longer decided here in Britain at all, but is dictated by a morass of international rules and, above all, by those emanating from the EU. ...

But if you examine the section of the EU's 'Europa' website headed 'Free movement of persons, asylum and immigration', you will see three pages of headings covering every conceivable aspect of immigration policy, from visa rules to our duties to asylum seekers.

As these headings make clear, the rules, many based on UN and other international agreements, cover not just the way we must treat EU citizens but how we deal with immigrants from the rest of the world.

The scandal of this is twofold. It is not just that successive governments have handed over to the EU the power to dictate every aspect of who we must admit to live and work in Britain, it is also the extent to which politicians such as Mrs May will not honestly and openly admit this.

Ministers and MPs continue to pretend that we at least have some control over immigration by what they slyly call 'non-EU citizens'.

But the truth is that we have signed up to a vast system of international rules about how we must treat migrants, no matter where they come from – which mean that our politicians and officials, like those of the UK Border Agency, no longer have any choice but to obey them.

The reason why the Border Agency is faced with this horrifying backlog of cases involving immigrants, most of whom should no longer be here, is that in everything it does the agency tries to follow more zealously than any other country in Europe the procedures of the system we signed up to, a system so tortuously complex that it is unworkable. ...

But the most sinister aspect about how we have ceded any control over our immigration policy to this European system lies in the purpose behind it.

The real intention of the European system, as we can see from various EU directives and judgments by the European courts, is to undermine any sense of national identity.

The aim is to turn Europe into a melting pot of different nationalities so intermingled with each other that the one thing they have in common is their 'European identity'. ...

But this is equally the guiding principle behind the rules applying to all those immigrants from Asia, Africa and elsewhere who, having managed to get into Europe themselves, are then permitted under EU rules to bring in all their relatives.
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UK Border Agency backlog worries MPs
BBC, 23 July 2012

The UK Border Agency faces a backlog of more than 275,000 failed migrants who need to be removed from the country, a group of influential MPs has said.

The home affairs committee said this figure was a size equivalent to the population of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Committee chairman Labour MP Keith Vaz said the agency appeared to have "acquired its own Bermuda Triangle". ...

For the first time in their tri-annual report on the agency, MPs collated all categories of cases not yet resolved.

A Home Office spokesman said the MPs had also highlighted improvements it had made to tackle "the huge backlog of cases we inherited".

"Over 2,000 overstayers have recently been removed following targeted enforcement activity, foreign national offenders are being removed more quickly and we are performing well against visa processing targets," he said. ...

The committee said it would take the UKBA "years" to clear the backlog and it was concerned the agency might not have enough resources to do so.

The committee said the backlog included:

• At least 150,000 migrants who had been refused permission to stay in the UK

• 21,000 asylum cases

• 3,900 foreign offenders living in the community

• 57 foreign criminals released in 2006 without being considered for deportation and who had not yet been traced

• 80,000 asylum applications and 21,500 immigration cases in the "controlled archive" of cases where the UKBA had lost track of the applicant

MPs said the UKBA "does not have a strong record in deporting foreign national offenders".

It recommended that the agency establish a team to examine why foreign criminals in the community had not been sent home and to ensure they were deported.

MPs also criticised the way border officials responded to tip-offs about suspected illegal immigrants. They said although intelligence reports were assessed quickly very few were acted upon.
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Melting pot London...
Susannah Butter
Evening Standard (London), 23 July 2012

The maternity ward at Archway's Whittington hospital shows just how diverse our city is becoming.

Last year, just under 4,000 babies were delivered at the Whittington to mothers from all over the world. ... ...

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, in 2011 the parents of 64.7 per cent of newborns in London were born outside the UK – and that figure is rising. This diversity is a London thing. In England and Wales the percentage of newborns with foreign mothers is much lower, at 25.1 per cent.

Logan reels off a seemingly endless register of all the nationalities on the ward. "You name it, we've got it. French, Tamil, Turkish, Romanian... the list goes on. The whole United Nations convention is represented here. There used to be lots of Bengali mothers and we still have them but it's become more diverse."
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Test Pattern or Job Discrimination? The Paradox of Ability Tests in Hiring
Christine M. Riordan and Robert D. Gatewood
MarketWatch, 23 July 2012

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D. is the dean and a professor of management at the Daniels College of Business, an internationally ranked business school, at the University of Denver. Robert D. Gatewood, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia and the author of Human Resource Selection (7th ed.)

On July 19th, 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced it reached a settlement with Leprino Foods on a discrimination suit. The dispute involved the company's practice of using ability tests to assess candidates' skills in applied mathematics, locating information, and observation, for hiring laborers.

The DOL held that these tests had adverse impact on Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans. The DOL claimed that these groups of applicants scored lower on the tests, on average, than did Caucasian applicants and Leprino, therefore, did not hire them. More importantly, the DOL cited a lack of evidence from the company to prove these ability tests related to job performance. In the settlement, Leprino agreed to pay back-wages of over $550,000 to those applicants it did not hire and will ultimately employ thirteen of the original applicants.

This illustrates a dilemma in hiring practices facing many organizations. And, it will only increase as the demographic and ethnic populations of the labor pool changes.

The dilemma is that renowned psychologists such as Frank Schmidt, John Hunter, and Philip Bobko have shown that ability tests, usually written tests that measure some form of knowledge, are exceptional predictors of job performance. Thus, as a tool for determining applicants' suitability for jobs, they are among the best in predicting applicants' future job performance.

However, the use of these tests usually results in adverse impact - meaning that employers that use these tests are less likely to hire non-Caucasians. This adverse impact triggers the interest of various governmental review agencies such as the DOL and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Employers must think critically about the use of strong selection tests that also have a high probability of rejecting a larger proportion of applicants of color and ethnic diversity than Caucasian applicants. Among the implications of this pattern of rejection: applicants may file discrimination suits and government agencies may review the selection program. Perhaps as importantly, though, the organization is cutting itself off from major segments of the labor pool that are becoming increasingly larger.
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The foreign criminals we don't try to deport
Ben Leach and David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 22 July 2012

Two hundred and fifty foreign criminals who should have been deported at the end of their prison sentences were allowed to stay in Britain on human rights grounds last year without their claims being challenged in court.

In each case, the Home Office accepted their argument that deporting them would breach their human rights rather than asking a judge to decide. The number has increased fivefold in four years, throwing into doubt the commitment of Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to deporting foreign criminals.

They were allowed to stay despite Damian Green, the immigration minister, telling the Commons last December that the Government was "doing everything in our power to increase the number and speed of removals".

The figures, disclosed to The Telegraph under the Freedom of Information Act, show that there were 56 such cases in 2008, rising to 80 in 2009, 217 in 2010 and 250 in 2011 and that:

• In 2011, at least one terrorist – and possibly up to four – was allowed to stay, as well as up to eight killers and rapists. Also among the total were 20 robbers and up to eight paedophiles, plus as many as four people convicted of firearms offences.

• In 2010, the Home Office conceded in the cases of up to four murderers and up to four people convicted of manslaughter, as well as up to four rapists, up to eight paedophiles and 43 people convicted of violent crime or robbery.

• In 2009, there were 17 robbers and 10 violent criminals allowed to remain, and between one and four murderers.

• In 2008 up to four people convicted of manslaughter and up to four rapists were allowed to stay.

The Home Office refused to name any of the 250 criminals, even though all have been convicted in open court of serious crimes that command a prison sentence of at least one year.

It also refused to disclose numbers of many categories of criminal. A spokesman said this was "in order to protect individual identities".

The Home Office said there was a "strong likelihood" the criminals would have won their case if it had gone to court, meaning it was futile to attempt to deport them. ... ...

In addition to the 250 criminals allowed to stay last year, other figures have previously disclosed there were a further 409 who won their cases in the courts after bringing appeals. ...

According to the Home Office, 1,888 overseas offenders lodged appeals under Human Rights Act legislation last year. Of these, 409 were allowed to stay – 185 because the criminal had a right to a "family life" in Britain under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Problem families 'have too many children'
Robert Winnett and James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2012

Mothers in large problem families should be "ashamed" of the damage they are doing to society and stop having children, a senior government adviser warns today.

Louise Casey, the head of the Government's troubled families unit, says the state should "interfere" and tell women it is irresponsible to keep having children when they are already struggling to cope. ...

Britain's 120,000 problem families cost taxpayers an estimated £9 billion in benefits, crime, anti-social behaviour and health care. A fifth of them have more than five children. Miss Casey is leading a scheme to turn their lives around after they were blamed for last year's riots.

"There are plenty of people who have large families and function incredibly well, and good luck to them, it must be lovely," she said. "The issue for me, out of the families that I have met, [is that] they are not functioning, lovely families.

"One of the families I interviewed had six social care teams attached to them: nine children, [and a] tenth on the way. Something has to give here really."

Miss Casey warns that the state must start telling mothers with large families to take "responsibility" and stop getting pregnant, often with different, abusive men. ...

In the wake of last summer's riots, David Cameron set up the troubled families unit to coordinate action against the problem. He appointed Miss Casey, who was previously Tony Blair's "respect tsar", to lead it.

Families who refuse help will be threatened with sanctions such as losing their council housing, having their children put into care or anti-social behaviour orders which, if breached, can lead to prison.

Miss Casey has travelled the country and has analysed the problems of 16 of the worst families, who cost the state up to £200,000 each a year. She said: "Yes, we have to help these families. But I also don't think we should soft-touch those families. We are not running some cuddly social workers' programme to wrap everybody in cotton wool."

She recently visited a family court, where she watched a young woman lose her ninth child to care. The woman, a drug addict, was expected to get pregnant again and the state would intervene again to take the child away shortly after birth. ... ...

Under the £448 million programme, each family will have a dedicated worker whose job is to turn them around.
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French government to pass law making it ILLEGAL to arrest UK-bound illegal immigrants in Calais
Ian Sparks
Daily Mail, 19 July 2012

France's new socialist government is to pass a law making it illegal to arrest Britain-bound migrants flooding into Calais.

The proposed legislation comes after the country's highest court ruled illegal immigrants cannot be held in custody for having no identity papers.

It is feared the new rules - due to become law in the autumn - will unleash a fresh tide of migrants on the northern French coast hoping to sneak on lorries and ferries to Britain. ...

Migrants can only be detained for up to six hours while police attempt to establish their identity.

Even if they are found to be in France illegally, the new law will state they cannot held in secure detention centres but must be allowed to walk free.

The law will affect around 1,000 illegal immigrants massed on the northern French coast, and up to 60,000 across the whole of France.

French interior minister Manuel Valls said: 'The decision handed down by the Court of Cassation forbids from now on placing people in custody on the sole motive that they are here illegally.

'The prime minister has asked me to draw up a legal text as soon as possible to give this ruling a legal foundation.'

The law would come before parliament in the autumn, a spokesman for Mr Valls added.

The announcement has been hailed as a 'victory for human rights' by refugee groups in France.

Agathe Marin, spokeswoman for the Cimade refugees' association, said: 'Until now, the police have been arresting and detaining immigrants on a massive scale.

'After they are detained, most of these people are released anyway. We hope that this ruling will ensure that the police are respectful of immigrants' basic rights and stop treating them like criminals.'
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Nearly a fifth of all suspected rapists and murderers arrested last year were immigrants
Martin Robinson
Daily Mail, 19 July 2012

Almost a fifth of all people charged with rape or murder last year were immigrants and some were deported only to return and commit more crime, it was revealed today.

Critics say new figures show the Government has an 'open door policy' that allows violent criminals from across the world to enter the UK.

Freedom of Information data from English and Welsh police forces show last year 91 immigrants were accused of murder while 406 were charged with rape - around one in five of all cases.
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Indians largest permanent migrants to Australia
Hindustan Times, 19 July 2012

Indians have become the largest source of permanent migrants who chose to make Australia their home, comprising over 15 per cent of the intake under the country's migration programme this year.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, who is also Citizenship minister, released new official data which showed Indians taking the top spot.

Indian migrants comprised a total of 29,018 places or 15.7 per cent of the total migration programme of 185,000 places under the 2011-12 permanent migration programme. ...

China and the United Kingdom were Australia's second and third largest sources of permanent migrants, with 25,509 and 25,274 places respectively.

Seven of the top 10 source countries in Australia's 2011-12 migration programme are from Asia: India, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam.
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Riot families' problems go back for generations, says report
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2012

The "troubled families" blamed for last summer's riots are typically made up of single mothers bringing up children from relationships with several absent fathers, an official analysis has found.

Their problems often dated back generations, with long histories of abuse and periods in care homes a common factor for both the children and their parents.

Officials found that the families realised they needed a "wake-up call", with threats of eviction or other action important in ensuring that they accept help.

These are some of the key findings from the first official analysis of troubled families from a unit set up by David Cameron to tackle the root causes of last summer's disturbances.

There are an estimated 120,000 problem families who are each being helped by specialist troubleshooters. Louise Casey, Tony Blair's former "respect tsar" ... is leading the troubled families unit, ...
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Democrats' ideal voter: illegal alien, single mother, convicted felon
Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter, 18 July 2012

How can a country that elected Ronald Reagan have Obama tied in the polls with Mitt Romney?

The answer is: It's not the same country. ...

While conservatives have been formulating carefully constructed arguments, liberals have been playing a long-term game to change the demographics of America to get an electorate more to their liking.

They will do incalculable damage to the nation and to individual citizens, but Democrats will have an unbeatable majority. Just like California, the United States is on its way to becoming a Third World, one-party state.

Teddy Kennedy's 1965 Immigration Act was expressly designed to change the ethnic composition of America to make it more like Nigeria, considered more susceptible to liberal demagogues.

Since 1965, instead of taking immigrants that replicate the country's existing ethnic mix, we've been admitting mostly immigrants from the Third World. At the same time, people from the countries that sent immigrants to this country for its first several centuries have been barred.

Eighty-five percent of immigrants now come from "developing countries." ... The "browning of America" is not a natural process. It's been artificially imposed by Democrats who are confident of their abilities to turn Third World immigrants into government patrons.

It's worked. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 57 percent of all immigrant households in the U.S. get cash, Medicaid, housing or food benefits from the government – compared with 39 percent of native households. ... ...

There's a strange asymmetry in how this matter can be discussed. Liberals and ethnic activists boast about how America would be better if it were more Latino, but no one else is allowed to say, "We like the ethnic mix as it is."

That would be racist. By now no one even tries to disagree.

Liberals' other plan to expand the Democratic rolls has been to destroy the family.

Every time someone gets a divorce, Democrats think: We got a new Democratic voter! Every time a child is born out of wedlock: We got a new Democratic voter! And if the woman has an abortion – we got a new Democratic voter!

According to recent polls, Obama has a negative job approval rating of 45 to 49 percent. The reason the polls are tied between Obama and Romney is that single women support Obama by a 2-to-1 margin. The Democrats' siren song to single women is: Don't worry, the government will be your husband.

Our prisons are overflowing with the results of the Democrats' experiment of subsidizing illegitimacy. Children raised by a single mothers commit 72 percent of juvenile murders, 60 percent of rapes, have 70 percent of teenaged births, commit 70 percent of suicides and are 70 percent of high school dropouts.

Controlling for socioeconomic status, race and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is being raised by a single parent. (The second strongest predictor is having a tattoo.)

A 1990 study by the Progressive Policy Institute showed that after controlling for single motherhood, the difference in black and white crime disappeared.
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Census 2011: population rise due to dodgy data
Randeep Ramesh
The Guardian, 17 July 2012

Are we filling up too fast? On census day, 27 March last year, England and Wales contained 56.1 million people – up by 3.7 million, a shade over 7% in a decade. This is the biggest increase since the census began in 1801, with half a million more than the statisticians expected.

In British political life there are few subjects as touchy as immigration and any undercounting will lead to suspicions that foreigners are silently slipping into the country. The truth appears more prosaic. The Office for National Statistics says 209,000 (45%) of the unexpected difference is because of failings in the 2001 census.

Another 267,000, representing 55% of the population increase, was "attributed to an underestimation of net international migration over the decade". The census admits that it missed young people aged 10 to 19 from abroad and women aged 25 to 44.

This is important as immigrants have more children. The ONS's latest figures show that although British-born mothers are more fertile than before, they still have fewer babies on average (1.88) than foreign-born mothers (2.45), who account for a quarter of all births. ...

Underlying the debate is the fact that calculating immigration relies on using the notoriously unreliable international passenger survey, which is too small and does not sample randomly. The result is dodgy data. A little less than 15% of the total amount can be directly attributed to people who were coming to stay but decide to leave. A fifth is to do with travel across the Irish Sea.

Two-thirds of the missing 267,000 is down to the survey "underestimating immigration or overestimating emigration". How many people leave the country is as important as how many enter, especially last year, when about 30,000 UK citizens emigrated – the lowest for almost a decade. The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford points out that there are 2.23 million EU migrants in Britain but 1.42 million Britons living on the continent.

Scott Blinder of the Migration Observatory team said the government's proposed capping of immigration to "tens of thousands" would be ineffective if errors this large were allowed to persist, adding that the government's e-Borders electronic system for counting in people and counting them out was two years from producing data.
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The return of 'Sangatte': The new mini migrant camp close to Calais is opened with a red ribbon ceremony
Tim Finan
Daily Mail, 17 July 2012

The new socialist government of France has given its blessing to the construction of the first of a cluster of officially approved 'mini Sangattes' close to the port of Calais.

These will house migrants hoping to stow away in cross Channel ferries to Dover and settle down in the UK.

MP for nearby Béthune, Stéphane Saint-André who is a member of the Radical Party of the Left and a member of migration charity group Terre d'Errance, was present at the opening ceremony, cutting a red ribbon to declare the camp open. ...

Since the beginning of July around 50 migrants have been living in the chalets, where they have clean beds, showers, toilets and cooking facilities - just like those in the giant camp at Sangatte, close to Calais.

That camp was demolished on the orders of Nicolas Sarkozy 10 years ago when he was Minister of the Interior.

Sarkozy went further in 2009 after he became President, ordering the razing of 'the Jungle,' a giant squat camp near the ferry terminal where hundreds of Asian migrants were living in makeshift huts. ...

But under new President François Hollande, the prospects for migrants heading through France to the UK are rapidly improving.
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Census 2011: Why the numbers don't add up
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2012

An accurate measurement of population is crucial to ensure the fair allocation of money for public services. But the itinerant nature of urban populations makes it hard to keep track of them and the last census in 2001 managed to mislay about one million young people. This time, the ONS appears to have discovered some 480,000 people it was not expecting to find.

These uncertainties are likely to lead to a fresh series of challenges from local authorities who simply do not recognise the figures for their areas. The 2011 census reveals that the official numbers have previously understated the scale of net migration by 14 per cent – and that does not take into account illegal immigrants, who would not complete the census form.
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Immigration: a mature debate must start now
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2012
[Leading article]

The initial figures from the 2011 census show that over the first decade of the 21st century, the population of this country grew more than at any time in its history. There were 3.7 million more people living in England and Wales at the end of the decade than at the start – a 7 per cent rise. The greater part of this population explosion has been the result of immigration. At this rate of increase, the UK's population will top 70 million within 20 years. According to current projections, two thirds of this future increase – about five million people – will be as a result of immigration. Those who assert that most incomers are EU citizens with a right to be here are wrong; the majority come from non-EU countries.

There could hardly be more damning testimony to the malign impact of the last government's reckless policy of encouraging unfettered immigration.


... Regrettably, the change of government in 2010 has done little to improve matters. The Tories' pledge to cut annual net immigration to the "tens of thousands" has long since been abandoned. Under the Coalition, net figures have actually increased and are now at record levels.
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Met calls in Romanian police to clean up Roma beggars and pickpockets in West End
Justin Davenport
Evening Standard (London), 17 July 2012

Romanian police were deployed on the streets of London today to tackle the problem of beggars and pickpockets in the West End.

Ten Romanian officers, including detectives, have been seconded to the Met for three months in a bid to counter a wave of petty crime.

Seven officers will go on patrol in Westminster in uniform to deal with gangs of beggars who have been camping out in central London.

The Roma travellers, including young children and pregnant women, have been living around Marble Arch and Park Lane for the past two months.

Today new figures reveal the scale of the problem, with police saying they have made 670 arrests of Romanian nationals since November last year. ...

The officers will be deployed for three months in a pilot project, three of whom will work with trafficking teams.
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Are Race Riots News?
Thomas Sowell
Real Clear Politics, 17 July 2012

When I first saw a book with the title, "White Girl Bleed A Lot" by Colin Flaherty, I instantly knew what it was about, even though I had not seen the book reviewed anywhere, and knew nothing about the author.

That is because I had encountered that phrase before, while doing research for the four new chapters on intellectuals and race that I added to the revised edition of my own book, "Intellectuals and Society," published this year.

That phrase was spoken by a member of a mob of young blacks who attacked whites at random at a Fourth of July celebration in Milwaukee last year. What I was appalled to learn, in the course of my research, was that such race riots have occurred in other cities across the United States in recent years – and that the national mainstream media usually ignore these riots.

Where the violence is too widespread and too widely known locally to be ignored, both the local media and public officials often describe what happened as unspecified "young people" attacking unspecified victims for unspecified reasons. But videos of the attacks often reveal both the racial nature of these attacks and the racial hostility expressed by the attackers.

Ignoring racial violence only guarantees that it will get worse. The Chicago Tribune has publicly rationalized its filtering out of any racial identification of attackers and their victims, even though the media do not hesitate to mention race when decrying statistical disparities in arrest or imprisonment rates. ...

Reading Colin Flaherty's book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is even greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities across America.

Flaherty's previous writings have won him praise and awards, but this book has been met largely with silence or abuse. However much ignoring the ugly realities that his book reveals may serve the interests of the media or politicians, a cover-up is a huge disservice to everyone else – whether black, white or whatever.

Even the young hoodlums who launch these mass attacks on strangers would be better off to be stopped now, rather than continue on a path of escalating violence that can lead to a lifetime behind bars or to the execution chamber.

The dangers to the nation as a whole are an even bigger problem. The truth has a way of eventually coming out, in spite of media silence and politicians' spin. If the truth becomes widely known, and a white backlash follows, turning one-way race riots into two-way race riots, then a cycle of revenge and counter-revenge can spiral out of control, as has already happened in too many other countries around the world.

Most blacks and most whites in the United States today get along with each other. But what is chilling is how often in history racial or ethnic groups that co-existed peacefully for generations – often as neighbors – have suddenly turned on each other with lethal violence. ...

All it took were clever demagogues and gullible followers. We already have both. What it will take to nip in the bud the small but widely spreading race riots will be some serious leadership in many quarters and that rarest of all things in politics, honesty.
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Uncontrolled immigration
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 17 July 2012

So the 2011 census results for England and Wales are out. And sure enough it turns out that the last decade has seen the largest population increase in any decade since records began. Twice that of the previous decade. ...

Despite having no democratic mandate for this societal transformation – indeed acting against public opinion on the matter – the last Labour government oversaw an immigration system which either by accident or design went demonstrably out of control.

Naturally, some people will welcome this. They will say that another city the size of Manchester springing up every year is exactly what this country needs. In which case I hope they live there. In my experience the very few hyper-enthusiasts for mass immigration consider it something which is primarily good for other people.

They will claim numerous advantages in having so many new people coming to Britain. They will not examine any possible disadvantages, such as how our public infrastructure is meant to cope with a situation in which half a million people more than anybody even knew about is considered 'loose change'.

Anybody who complained about this over recent decades was – at best – told not to be so square and to get with the beat. Holding up the crumbling façade a little longer I am sure that anybody who regards the latest announcement of seismic societal change with anything other than excitement will be treated in the same way.

Frank Field MP is one of the most decent and sensible people in parliament and not a man given to overstatement. So I hope that people will consider his response ...:

'Frank Field, the former Labour minister, said the surging population should now be treated as a "state of emergency" with tough measures to rein in student visas and people bringing family members from abroad. "This is not so much a wake up call, it is almost time for the firing squad for politicians who have allowed this to happen."'

Further than I would go, admittedly. But worth mulling.
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Exodus: Israel to drive Africans from Holy Land
RT, 17 July 2012

Israel has initiated the first stage of a controversial "emergency plan" aimed at interning and deporting an estimated 60,000 African immigrants. Officials believe the presence of the Africans poses a threat to the "Jewish character" of the state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who believes immigrants are swamping his country, has claimed the African migrants "are seen by many Israelis as a law and order issue and even a threat to the long-term viability of the Jewish state."

The Prime Minister promised that in order to stop the hiring of illegal Africans the legislation would be strictly enforced.

Israeli authorities are ready to grant 1,000 euros to any African who agrees to freely leave within five days. Some immigrants have agreed, while others are going to be repatriated by force. ...

"The next stage is the removal from Israel of all the infiltrators from Eritrea and Sudan, whose number comes close to 50,000 people," the Interior Minister said.

Still, the deportation is legally questionable and the Interior Ministry admits it.

"At the moment, we are permitted only to deport from Israel the citizens of South Sudan and the Ivory Coast," Interior Minister Eli Yishai said. ...

The Israeli parliament is also fueling anti-African rhetoric. Parliamentarians in the Knesset do not hesitate to label Africans "cancer" and the "AIDS to Israeli people".

It must be said that the majority of the 7.8 million Israelis supports government migration policies. The latest opinion poll showed 52 per cent of Israelis agree that Africans pose a threat to Israel. ...

Israeli scientist Dr. Shalva Weil warns of another "threat" to the state of Israel. Dr. Weil is an anthropologist and expert on Ethiopian Jewry of Hebrew University claims that in the past 15 years there has been a sharp rise in the number of African tribes "rediscovering" their Jewish heritage.

"It's important that in Israel people understand that millions of people throughout Africa consider themselves Jewish," the professor said. "As far as they are concerned, they are the sons of the lost tribes, and are certain that the Promised Land awaits them."
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Third of foreign student visas 'lack credibility', survey finds
Thomas Harding
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2012

A third of visas handed to overseas students should never have been issued with up to 70,000 foreign undergraduates applications "lacking credibility", a government survey has found.

An intention to remain in Britain, failure to speak any English and no desire to complete their degree were given as the top three reasons given to Home Office investigators.

Three out of five visas given to students from India and Nigeria were found to "lack credibility", the study found.

The survey is part of a crackdown on student visas that have for many years been abused with paperwork being the sole criteria for applications rather than face-to-face interviews.

Despite having certificates showing that they are qualified English speakers, hundreds of students could not answer the most basic questions in interviews without an interpreter.

A sixth of those applying as university undergraduates and two-thirds of those at private colleges were considered to have suspicious applications, the Home Office interviewers concluded in a move to crack down on bogus student visas.

It comes after Damian Green, the immigration minister, announced that the UK Border Agency would interview up to 14,000 students to weed out those who were in Britain on false claims.

With almost half (48 per cent) of all Pakistan applicants considered to be falsified all applicants from the country will now be individually interviewed as part of an immigration crackdown.

The Home Office study, carried out in the three months to February this year, interviewed almost 2,000 students granted visas under the current rules. It found that hundreds of bogus applications were also being made from the Philippines (53 per cent), China, (32) and Kenya (16 per cent) but none from America or Canada.

In the last year 206,000 student visas were granted although the Home Office said that the sample found in its survey would not necessarily be reflected on a wider basis.
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England and Wales population up
BBC, 16 July 2012

The population of England and Wales has reached 56.1 million, up by 3.7 million in a decade, the 2011 Census shows.

It is the largest growth shown by any census since they began in 1801.

The population in England was 53 million on 27 March 2011 when the census was taken, about 400,000 more than official estimates.

In Wales the population was 3.1 million. Around 55% of the 3.7m increase was attributed to net migration.

The census showed that the population for England and Wales was greater than official estimates rolled forward from 2001 - by just over 500,000.

Data shows that from March 2001 to March 2011, there were 6.6 million births and five million deaths in England and Wales, leading to an increase in the population of 1.6 million.

The Office for National Statistics said this accounted for around 44% of the total increase in population size, with the remainder being due to migration.

BBC home editor Mark Easton says the most likely reason for the discrepancy between the official estimate and the actual population is inaccurate migration data.

It is notable that the number of people in their 20s has risen from 6.6m to 7.6m - that additional one million people are most likely to be migrant workers, he adds.

The latest rise compares with a rise in population of 1.6 million between 1991 and 2001. ...

Northern Ireland's population rose to 1.81 million - the highest figure ever - according to its census.

The number of people increased by 7% over the last decade, broadly in line with the figure for England and Wales. ...

Figures for Scotland will be released later this year.
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England and Wales population rises 3.7m in 10 years
Lizzy Davies
The Guardian, 16 July 2012

The population of England and Wales has grown by 3.7 million over the last decade, the biggest increase documented since census-taking began in 1801, according to new figures. ...

Although the official Scottish results will not be released until later this year, Glen Watson, director of the 2011 Census, said that, based on an estimate from earlier this year, the new figures would take the UK's total population to 63.1 million.

In contrast with 2001, when the north-east and north-west England saw population decline, all regions of England and Wales grew in size during the last decade. London saw the biggest increase, gaining more than 850,000 residents and bringing its population to more than 8 million. ... ...

Reacting to the new figures, one local authority has claimed it under- estimate its local population. Melvyn Caplan, a spokesman for Westminster city council, said the London borough was disappointed to be facing fears that its numbers had been reduced. The council claims the 2001 results under-estimated its population by 26%, which could have cost it millions in funding.

"We have serious concerns about today's census figures, which at 219,400 represents a 9% reduction from the previous estimate in 2010.

"We are really disappointed to be facing a similar situation ... we need to look at the figures more closely and ask the ONS to open up its process to us so we can figure out what has happened." ...

With a population of 53 million, England now ranks as the fifth fastest growing EU country. The number of people living in Wales was recorded as 3.06 million.
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New UNODC awareness campaign highlights transnational organized crime as an US$ 870 billion a year business
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 16 July 2012
[Press release]

UNODC today launched a new global awareness-raising campaign emphasizing the size and cost of transnational organized crime. Profiling this multibillion dollar a year threat to peace, human security and prosperity, the campaign illustrates the key financial and social costs of this international problem through a new public service announcement video and dedicated fact sheets for journalists.

With a turnover estimated to be around US$ 870 billion a year, organized criminal networks profit from the sale of illegal goods wherever there is a demand. These immense illicit funds are worth more than 6 times the amount of official development assistance, and are comparable to 1.5 per cent of global GDP, or 7 per cent of the world's exports of merchandise. ...

With an estimated value of US$ 320 billion a year, drug trafficking is the most lucrative form of business for criminals. Human trafficking brings in about US$ 32 billion annually, while some estimates place the global value of smuggling of migrants at US$ 7 billion per year. ... At US$ 250 billion a year, counterfeiting is also a very high earner for organized crime groups.

... Millions of victims are affected each year as a result of the activities of organized crime groups with human trafficking victims alone numbering 2.4 million at any one time.
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Feds expanding state access to immigration database for purpose of voter roll cleansing
Washington Post / Associated Press, 16 July 2012

The federal government is expanding access to an immigration database so that several states can use it to cleanse voter rolls, officials said Monday.

Homeland Security Department representatives first notified Florida officials last week that they could check to see if registered voters are actually noncitizens who should not be eligible to cast a ballot. State officials said Monday that the department is now offering similar access to other states who had been requesting the information. ...

The data work is supposed to help states identify people who may be legal residents but not citizens. Since states can't monitor whether someone has become a citizen, the federal database will allow them to check the immigration status of those people.

Colorado has identified some 5,000 people that it wants to check.

The Obama administration had denied Florida's request for database access amid an escalating legal battle with Florida about how it was handling its voter list. A U.S. judge blocked federal attempts to stop Florida's voter review, and the federal government then relented on the database question.

Washington state has been requesting the data since back to the Bush administration. Shane Hamlin, the co-director of elections in Washington, said state officials aren't getting full access to the database that they had sought but that they were pleased with the development.

To check against the database, states will have to provide a "unique identifier," such as an "alien number," for each person in question. Alien numbers generally are assigned to foreigners living in the country legally, often with visas or other permits such as green cards.

The database isn't likely to catch illegal immigrants who may have managed to get on the voter rolls, since those individuals likely wouldn't have an alien number.
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Tories fail to solve immigration crisis that blights Britain
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 16 July 2012

No greater bunch of treacherous charlatans ever held office than the last Labour Government.

Without any consent from the British people, this gang of traitors enacted an unparalleled social revolution in our country by promoting by mass immigration on an epic scale.

Our national identity was shattered, our mutual sense of belonging obliterated and our civic infrastructure put under intolerable strain.

Tragically, the Tory-led Coalition has dismally failed to reverse this disastrous trend.

From Ministers, we have had nothing but hollow words. The colonisation of Britain by foreigners continues to accelerate. ...

The true size of British population may actually be much bigger than today's survey indicates, for there are a number of serious flaws with the current Census.

One is the simple fact that the information has already become hopelessly out of date, thanks to the unprecedented and growing waves of immigration.

In 2011, an incredible 593,000 foreigners, mostly from Asia and Africa, came to settle in Britain, an increase on 2010 when 582,000 immigrants arrived here.

Moreover, migrant families tend to have far more children than the indigenous population, further speeding up the rate of change. ... ...

Crucially, the Government machine has a vested interest in downplaying the number of immigrants living here. ...

According to the Conservative MP Greg Hands, a leading figure at the TESCO supermarket chain said in 2008 that "they estimate the population of the UK to be closer to 80 million, based on the volume of certain staples that they sell."

This is backed up a major, non-commercial agricultural institution which reckoned that there are 77 million people currently in the UK, this figure again based on how much we eat.

Such estimates make sense.

Our border controls are notoriously inadequate, while the Home Office admits that it "hasn't a clue" how many illegal immigrants are living in this country.

Moreover, the total of National Insurance numbers dished out by the Government is far higher than the official level of immigration. Between 2004 and 2007, 270,000 work permits were issued by the Government to non-European nationals, yet over 900,000 National Insurance numbers were issued.

As a graphic illustration of this farce, just 1455 Nigerians were given leave to enter Britain in this period, yet 35,900 Nigerians got NI numbers.

We can see with our own eyes how immigration is transforming Britain far more radically than officialdom ever admits.

All around us are over-stretched public services and overcrowded roads. Vast swathes of our urban landscape, dominated by the babble of foreign tongues, squalid markets or ethnic gangs, no longer resemble Britain any more.

The great lie perpetrated by the Labour Government was that the mass immigration was a means of improving our country. The tidal wave of foreigners would not only raise our prosperity but also enrich our culture, claimed the Labour politicians.

But the opposite has been true. Immigration has been a vehicle for economic destruction and social disintegration.
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Census 2011: population surges by 3.7 million in a decade
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2012

A decade of mass immigration, a baby boom and longer life expectancy have caused the biggest jump in the population since records began 210 years ago.

The first results from the 2011 census show that the population of England and Wales surged by 3.7 million in the last decade – or 7.1 per cent – to 56.1 million people.

When the census results for Northern Ireland and an estimate for Scotland are taken into account the UK population stands at an estimated 63.1 million people – up four million in the last decade.

Immigration, particularly from Eastern Europe following the expansion of the European Union, accounted for more than half of the growth. ...

But a surge in the number of births – with 13 per cent more under fives than there were a decade ago – also contributed to the population jump. ...

But no sooner had the results been published than the first doubts began to emerge about the reliability.

The Office for National Statistics disclosed that the census, the most detailed ever, had uncovered almost 480,000 more people than had been expected.

Some councils also expressed doubts about the figures for their areas.

Westminster City Council in London said it had "serious concerns" about the figures which suggested that it had seen its population drop by nine per cent since the last estimate a year ago – with possible major implications for funding of schools and other services.

Overall one in 20 people failed to fill in the form, although there have been only 200 prosecutions. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the pressure group Migration Watch UK, said: "This census confirms the impact of mass immigration on our population.

"We now find that even the official numbers previously understated the scale of net migration by 14 per cent and even this does not account for the illegal immigrant population who would not complete the census form.

"Our population growth in the last decade was twice that of the previous decade. The latest projections show that immigration will account for two thirds of our population increase in the next 15 years.

"That is 5 million people and is the equivalent of the combined populations of Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol. Nobody wants to see the population grow at this rate."
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John Terry is a foul-mouthed, philandering bully: So how did he become a champion of free speech? [part 1]
Michael Buerk
Mail on Sunday, 15 July 2012

The trial of John Terry was a particularly British farce, from which nobody emerges with any credit.

Terry, himself, was cleared of racism but those who regard him as a foul-mouthed philanderer will have seen and heard little to change their minds. It's probably unfair, but Bobby Moore he isn't.

The beautiful game has been shown to be played now by some very unlovely people; playground bullies with two-word vocabularies, barnyard morals and bank accounts that could bail out Greece.

The law has turned out to be an ass, or at least a morally mixed-up mule. It is very difficult to explain, in any way that makes sense, what exactly was supposed to be the crime. It's even harder to see why it was brought to such an elaborate and expensive showpiece trial.

Nobody disputed Terry used the words "f***ing black c*** at Anton Ferdinand. There's some irony in that it was the one word I don't have to asterisk that caused the fuss, the one word that was, undeniably, true.

Just calling somebody a f***ing c***, these ill-mannered days, is not, it seems, offensive. ...

'Black' is a different matter. 'Black' makes the otherwise commonplace obscenities racially specific and, therefore, in the view of the Crown Prosecution Service, a serious crime.

No matter that Anton Ferdinand did not complain; he said he didn't even hear what Terry said and was clearly equally unhappy to be in court. No matter the complainant was an off-duty policeman who saw it on TV.

The full majesty of the law was invoked, a sledgehammer came down to crack a hard nut – and missed.

The full, five-day hearing would have been comic if there hadn't been so much and, paradoxically, so little, at stake.

The sight of all those highly paid lawyers fruitily effing and blinding, subjecting half-heard and half-seen sledging to textual analysis worthy of Beowulf, out-parodies itself.

You would laugh if you weren't wondering how much it all cost us – well over £100,000, according to some estimates.

That is pocket money to John Terry, of course. He earns considerably more than that a week.

The maximum fine he faced if he had been found guilty was £2,500, and he is paid ten times that much every day. ...

With the exception of being fingered as a paedophile, a conviction for racism would probably have been the only thing that could seriously stain his already rather shopsoiled image.

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John Terry is a foul-mouthed, philandering bully: So how did he become a champion of free speech? [part 2]
Michael Buerk
Mail on Sunday, 15 July 2012

The verdict is not the point. Neither is the cost though, as a taxpayer, I am annoyed at the waste of my money.

What really worries me is how this fun-filled five days undermines the long battle against racism.

I know what real racism is. I was the BBC correspondent in South Africa for much of the Eighties when apartheid finally ran out of road. ...

I don't think Britain was ever a truly racist country, not by those standards, anyway. There were racist attitudes, certainly, when I was growing up.

Blacks, Irish and Jews did encounter prejudice and were sometimes casually diminished in language we would not tolerate now. But, in my lifetime, we have accepted, and assimilated, large numbers of people of other races with relatively good grace – even though I doubt we would have voted for it if anybody had asked us.

I enjoy living in a multi-racial society. I think the law has done a great deal towards making it as generally tolerant as it is. It was absolutely right to stop any, and every, kind of discrimination based on colour or ethnicity.

It is surely correct to prohibit the stirring up of racial tension.

I quite accept there is a long way to go, and worrying disparities in ambitions and outcomes for different racial groups here.

But it is when we try to control everyday discourse that we run into trouble. 'Nigger' was once perfectly acceptable – war heroes used it as a name for their labradors; sweaters came in that shade of brown.

Now it's anathema. 'Negro' went the same way, then 'Coloured'. 'Black' is on the way out. It seems any word becomes tainted by association, which is racist in itself. ...

To get rid of remaining prejudice, we need attitudes to change but we won't do it by insulting people's common sense as we have done this week.

The perception is that it is OK to insult somebody in the filthiest way possible, but wrong, criminal even, to call a black man black. That reduces racial equality from a virtuous ideal to mere political correctness.

Let's level the playing field, not try to police the language. John Terry is an unlikely champion of free speech but if his trial makes us think again about all this, he might have done something useful off the pitch, for a change.
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John Terry and Anton Ferdinand: not a black and white case
Jenny McCartney
Sunday Telegraph, 15 July 2012

What exactly was the point of the John Terry trial, which resulted last week in the footballer's acquittal on charges of having called the mixed-race QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, a "f–––- black c–-"? If its aim was to expose a degraded culture of crude insult at the heart of English football, it did so superbly. For all other purposes it appeared to be an absurdly heavy-handed attempt at resolution, which made the mixed-race players involved as uneasy and unhappy as everyone else. ...

... There is a sense, however, that the entire Terry incident got out of control and the CPS was terrified in case, by not prosecuting it, the prosecution service itself was deemed racist. But the reality is that both race, and perceptions of racism, have become more complicated in Britain, and our judicial system needs to recognise that sensibly. We are now a multi-ethnic society and anyone who still believes that racism is purely a black and white issue probably needs to get themselves a few more ethnic minority friends.

There is often prejudice against black people within the British Asian community, for example, and vice versa. ...

A significant number of black or Asian parents are instinctively unhappy if their children want to marry someone from another race, raising difficult questions of identity and culture. Mixed-race children in British schools quite often endure taunts from other racial groups, and racial abuse can fly every which way. It doesn't mean that I think those views are right, but if you automatically criminalise all negative or uncomfortable attitudes around race across the board, you're going to have an impossibly busy judicial system. And if you confine the law's attentions only to white people who say stupid things, it will rapidly appear unfair.
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Bring in migrants to cut billions from deficit, says Osborne's watchdog
Ben Chu and Andrew Grice
The Independent, 13 July 2012

Higher levels of immigration over the next 50 years would spare taxpayers from the need to endure much greater austerity, the Government's fiscal watchdog has said.

The ageing population will put growing financial pressure on future taxpayers and governments, and Britain will need to undergo an extra £17bn of spending cuts and tax rises to bring down the national debt to 40 per cent of gross domestic product by 2062, the Office for Budget Responsibility said.

This is on top of the £120bn fiscal consolidation the Chancellor, George Osborne, is pushing through as he seeks to close the budget deficit. But higher levels of immigration would help the economy to grow faster and ease the pressure to cut spending, according to the OBR. ...

The Treasury is already warning other departments that a "very tough" government spending review will be needed before the 2015 election – and the OBR's verdict provides Mr Osborne with ammunition. The OBR's analysis was based on the assumption that annual net migration over the following five decades will fall to 140,000.

It also showed that if annual immigration were to remain at present levels of 260,000 the economy would grow more quickly. The OBR said that higher immigration would raise the annual growth rate over the next five decades from 2.4 per cent to 2.7 per cent. Under these circumstances the size of the fiscal consolidation needed to bring down the public debt to 40 per cent of GDP would be three times smaller, at just £4.6bn.

Even the OBR's central projection, which sees net inward migration falling to 140,000 per year, would prove contentious if enacted because of the Coalition's pledge to dramatically reduce immigration. ...

The OBR's analysis showed that with annual immigration of 260,000 the UK's population, presently 62.3 million, would reach 85.8 million by 2060, and the working age population (16-65) would be 50.3 million. If annual migrant flows were 140,000, the British population would reach 77.2 million and the working age population would be 44.5 million. With zero migration the population would rise to 64.1 million and the working age population would fall to 41.4 million.

The OBR also forecast that if net inward migration were cut to zero over the next five decades, the scale of the public austerity facing Britain would need to be three times larger, at £46bn. If all migration ended tomorrow, the UK's average annual growth rate would fall to 2 per cent and the national debt would spiral to 120 per cent of GDP by the middle of the century.
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2.33m EU migrants are living in Britain: Only Spain and Germany more popular than the UK
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 12 July 2012

Britain is home to 2.33 million immigrants from other EU countries, more than almost anywhere else in Europe, according to analysis revealed yesterday.

Only Spain and Germany are home to more, the research found.

The estimates suggest that just under a third of all immigrants living in Britain have come from other EU countries.

And the real number may be much higher than the count produced by the EU's statistical arm Eurostat.

Its research is based on figures from Britain's Office for National Statistics, which are notoriously unreliable because there is no guaranteed way of assessing the numbers of EU citizens living here.

The latest estimates said there were 2,334,400 people born in EU countries other than Britain living here last year.
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Five million non-EU immigrants living in UK
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2012

The UK is home to almost five million people who were born outside the 27 EU member states, more than almost any other European country, new figures have shown.

Only Germany and France have a greater population of immigrants born outside of the EU than the UK, which has an estimated 4.9 million foreigners living in the country.

There are also 2.3 million immigrants from other EU countries living in Britain, according to the research.

The provisional data, from the EU statistics office Eurostat, suggested foreign citizens made up seven per cent of the UK population.
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Michael Buerk: 'Population deniers' must face our demographic disaster
Anita Singh
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2012

The human race is facing catastrophe due to rising birth rates but "population deniers" refuse to let the issue be discussed, according to Michael Buerk.

The BBC presenter, most famous for his 1984 television report on the Ethiopian famine, said politicians and broadcasters shy away from the subject because the population explosion is focused on Africa and Asia and they fear being branded as racist.

Buerk said the population of Africa is expected to triple by the end of the century, contributing to a "demographic disaster" in which nations have to struggle to survive with enough food and resources.

"Population is the invisible issue of the 21st century," he said.

"We are supposed to think it's almost immoral to question the idea of climate change – that we are responsible for it, that the overall consequences will be profoundly detrimental – without conclusive evidence, just on the shaky balance of scientific probability.

"Yet the root cause, the exponential growth of the human population that is already making life uncomfortable and threatens to make it impossible, does not seem to be up for discussion.

"The population deniers seem to regard the whole issue as bad taste, a kind of disguised racism."

Buerk has spent years researching the subject and delivered a lecture at the Telegraph Ways With Words literary festival in Dartington, Devon.

He said: "Not much is off-limits these days – we wallow in the trite and the tasteless – yet the fate of humanity, the possibility that we may be breeding ourselves into extinction, or at least widespread misery, is somehow better left unsaid.

"I'm struck in particular by the great, well-meaning wedge of Guardian readers, the environmentalists, the guilt-mongers forever warning us how we're putting the earth at risk when we ask for a shopping bag, but who shy away from the obvious conclusion that the more of us there are, the more demands are made on the planet.

"They shuffle their moccasins and look away."

The birth of the world's seven billionth baby last year "is a very significant landmark on the road to demographic disaster", Buerk said.

He set out figures showing that the global population is increasing at the rate of 211,000 people per day.

There were 2.5 billion people on earth in 1950, which has almost tripled to seven billion today. By the end of the century, it is projected, the population will rise to 10 billion.

By 2100 – according to figures Buerk cited from the United Nations – one in three humans on the planet will be African. The population of India is expected to hit 1.5 billion in the next 20 years.

Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze and The Choice on BBC Radio 4, said broadcasters and politicians would not tackle the issue.

"When I talk about it, I get three different types of answer," he claimed. ...

"It's either denial or keep your head down as far as the political classes are concerned, in my limited experience." ...

Buerk's powerful report on the Ethiopian famine brought the plight of the country's starving to worldwide attention and prompted Bob Geldof to set up Live Aid.
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Now it's a U-turn on student visas: PM wants to relax rules preventing university migrants
James Slack and Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 9 July 2012

David Cameron is preparing to make a U-turn over foreign students after pressure from Liberal Democrat MPs.

Currently, non-EU students – arriving at a rate of 225,000 a year – are included in immigration statistics to reflect the way they add hugely to the population.

Ministers, who have pledged to reduce net migration to the 'tens of thousands', have been working on plans to slash dramatically the number of student visas given out.

Research shows that up to a quarter of them are not 'genuine' students.

But Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable, supported by universities and some figures at No 10, instead wants students to be removed from the immigration figures altogether.

This would mean there was no longer pressure on the Government to get a grip on non-EU student visas, which have been subject to rampant abuse in recent years.

The Home Office has been resisting the idea, which immigration minister Damian Green called 'absurd'.

But in a move which will enrage Tory backbenchers, it emerged last night that Mr Cameron is considering siding with Mr Cable, who says foreign students are worth billions to the economy.

There is a powerful faction inside Downing Street, understood to include Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, urging the Prime Minister to head in this direction.

A source at No 10 reportedly said Mr Cameron 'understands' their arguments and is 'definitely considering a change of policy'. ...

The row comes after Home Office research showed that as many as one in four foreign students allowed into Britain may not be genuine.

Interviews with non-EU applicants revealed more than 25 per cent were not credible, but immigration officials were forced to let them in regardless.

The highest number of bogus entrants come from the Indian sub-continent, Burma, the Philippines and Nigeria.

Staff were left hamstrung three years ago when Labour stripped them of powers to block suspected bogus students.

Home Secretary Theresa May will today restore that discretion amid fears the move has created a huge loophole in border controls.

A Migrationwatch report found that foreign students are adding 75,000 to the population every year by not going home at the end of their courses. Some 25,000 of these remain here illegally.

The remainder either take jobs or are given permission to settle down with a partner or undertake further studies.

Last night, a Border Force spokesman said: 'We are clear that overseas students should remain part of the net migration figures.'
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Kiwi workers say 'no' to more migrants
Jarrod Booker
New Zealand Herald, 8 July 2012

More New Zealand workers oppose greater ethnic diversity in their workplaces than are for it, a survey has found.

The Leadership, Employment and Direction Survey conducted by Leadership Management Australasia gauged the opinions of workforces in Australia and New Zealand.

Results from the New Zealand respondents, provided to the Herald, found that of 200 workers surveyed, only 27 per cent would like to see their organisation's workforce become more ethnically diverse.

Thirty-three per cent said they would not like it, and 40 per cent were not sure. ...

The New Zealand respondents believed only about 20 per cent of employees in their organisations were from non-English speaking backgrounds.

New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils national secretary Alexis LewGor said those who opposed more ethnic diversity might not understand what migrants had to offer.
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'Benefit tourists' to UK facing new crackdown
Alison Little
Daily Express, 7 July 2012

An end to the benefits tourism which sees migrants coming to Britain just for handouts is on the cards, the Government said yesterday.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said he was "optimistic" that a high level meeting of EU states in London yesterday had started a process towards a more common-sense approach across Europe.

He called the meeting of fellow ministers amid concern at attempts by the European Commission and European Court to overturn rules designed to ensure certain welfare benefits are paid only to people who genuinely live in their countries and seek to work and contribute to the social security systems.

Cases being fought by the UK include an attempt to make taxpayers top up a Latvian woman's pension of £50 a month to the British pension credit level of £133 a week.

As the Daily Express reported last year the UK Supreme Court rejected Galina Patmalniece's claim because she did not pass a residence test.

She arrived in the UK 12 years ago as an asylum seeker and was allowed to stay despite losing her claim for refugee status. The EU Commission has questioned the UK decision on grounds of discrimination based on nationality.

If Britain loses, taxpayers could face a bill of millions of pounds a year to top up the pensions of EU citizens who come here and expect higher payments without making any effort to earn them. ...

The UK is not challenging the right of EU citizens to move around Europe, nor the right of foreign immigrants to claim benefits after meeting residence and work rules.

But it wants to ensure the EU does not allow people to move to another country and automatically receive benefits.
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Israel Grapples With Influx of Africans as Tensions Grow
Joshua Mitnick and Joel Millman
Wall Street Journal, 7 July 2012

Israel has stepped up its efforts to round up and repatriate South Sudanese migrants and is building a tent-city detention center in the desert, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government struggles to stem the monthly tide of thousands of Africans crossing illegally from Egypt.

The South Sudanese represent a fraction of some 60,000 Africans who took advantage of lax Egyptian border controls in recent years to slip into Israel. With human-rights groups calling them asylum seekers and the Israeli government insisting they are looking for jobs, the Africans' growing presence has become a lightning rod for racial violence in Tel Aviv and other cities. ...

To deter new arrivals, Israel is building a fence along its border with Egypt and detention facilities in the desert near the border.

"Maybe I sound like a racist, or unenlightened, hateful of foreigners," said Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who has been the most vocal advocate of deporting the Africans, in a post on his Facebook page. "This is not a campaign against the infiltrators, but rather a campaign to preserve the identity of the Jewish Zionist state." ...

Unlike the South Sudanese, Israel can't deport the Eritreans, because the international community accuses their government of political repression, or the Sudanese, because Sudan is an enemy of the Jewish state.
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'Illegal immigrant' is the uncomfortable truth
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
CNN, 6 July 2012

What's in a name? For my friends and simpaticos in the immigration reform community, enough to go ballistic at the mere mention of the phrase: "illegal immigrant." ...

Undocumented immigrant? Really? That's politically correct, but it's also absurd. Most of these people have plenty of documents. A woman who makes a living cleaning homes in my neighborhood once explained to me that she had a drawer full of fake green cards and IDs saying she was – pick one – a native-born U.S. citizen, legal resident or exchange student. Many illegal immigrants have Matricula ID cards issued by Mexican consulates, foreign passports, drivers licenses in some states and phony Social Security cards where all nine digits are "0's."

This isn't about documents. It has been my experience that many of those who have trouble with the phrase "illegal immigrant" are really troubled by something deeper – the fact that, at the end of the day, by supporting a pathway to earned legal status, they're defending a group of people who engaged in unlawful activity. For some folks, this is messy business. So they try to sanitize it by changing the language.

As a columnist, I don't mind messy. I have never used "illegal aliens," and I never will. And I don't use "illegal" as a noun. But, like many other journalists, including those at CNN, I do use "illegal immigrant." And I refuse to accept that doing so is tantamount to a hate crime. I don't want to demean anyone. But, as someone who makes his living with words, I'd also prefer not to degrade the English language.

Besides, in more than 20 years of writing about illegal immigrants – oops, there, I said it again – I've been accused of defending lawbreakers thousands of times. I plead guilty as charged. I don't condone illegal immigration, but I do often defend illegal immigrants who are unfairly exploited, picked on and blamed for everything from crime to pollution to the quality of public schools. ...

I also think that illegal immigrants are more of a positive than a negative. They make a contribution to the U.S. economy, do jobs Americans won't do, replenish the American spirit with hope and optimism and often raise good kids with a work ethic and strong traditional values that put the native-born to shame. They're not a liability. They're an asset.

But, c'mon. These people are not saints. With the exception of DREAM Act kids involuntarily brought here by their parents, these people did something wrong. Illegal immigrants either overstayed a visa or crossed a border without authorization. That was wrong. Then many of them doubled down on the misdeed by using fake documents to procure employment or not paying income taxes on money earned, even though the federal government has set up an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number that allows illegal immigrants to pay taxes. ...

... We're not talking about criminal law, and so they're not "criminals." Immigration law is based in civil law, and that's why those who break it get deported and not imprisoned. But these people are still lawbreakers, and – by definition – illegal immigrants.
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'Citizenship is 'being given too easily' and migrants don't really care about the UK', says councillor
Rob Parsons and Simon Freeman
Evening Standard (London), 6 July 2012

A London councillor today reignited the debate about the way that British citizenship is awarded by claiming that too many applicants who cannot speak English properly are qualifying.

Peter Golds, who sits on Tower Hamlets council and has handed out hundreds of citizenship certificates in east London in the past six years, said he feared that the achievements of thousands of deserving migrants were being "cheapened" by the lax standards applied in some cases.

He said that some people that he had witnessed receiving citizenship spoke very poor English or were "not really interested" in the ceremonies.
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Rise in UK drug-resistant tuberculosis cases
BBC, 5 July 2012

Cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in the UK have risen by over a quarter in the last year, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed.

In 2011, 431 cases did not respond to antibiotic treatment compared to 342 in 2010, the HPA said. About 550 more cases of TB were diagnosed in 2011. ...

Overall, just under 9,000 new cases of TB were recorded by the HPA in 2011, up from about 8,400 in 2010.
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Government responds to 'no strategy' claims in missing migrants row
Oliver Wright
The Independent, 5 July 2012

The Government today insisted it had clear strategy to identify and remove people who fail to leave the UK when their visas run out, despite a damning report which revealed that the Home Office has no idea where 150,000 potential migrants are.

John Vine, chief inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), said there is no Home Office plan to find out what proportion of this growing number of visa over-stayers are still in the UK illegally.

Tracking over-stayers down and removing them from the country is not seen as a priority for the agency, Mr Vine added.

But the Immigration Minister Damian Green argued this morning that progress had been made since the criticisms were first levelled at the UK Border Agency.

"We do have a strategy, and indeed we've been concentrating on these overstayers this summer," he said.

"In the course of the last couple of months we've removed 1,800 of them, so at the time it was a valid criticism and we have gripped it and dealt with it since then."

Mr Green said there would always be people who tried hard to prevent their removal, but said many people left on their own accord.
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Immigration backlog: New warning from watchdog
BBC, 5 July 2012

The UK Border Agency has no "clear strategy" for dealing with a group of more than 150,000 foreign nationals staying on after visas expire, the borders and immigration inspector says.

John Vine said the group, typically foreign students, is growing in number.

His report warned that immigration officers did not know how many of those told to leave the UK had actually left.

Immigration minister Damian Green blamed the last government - but Labour said the report was damning.

The latest report from the inspector focuses on a previously unknown problem in the UKBA, concerning people from outside Europe who have deadlines to leave the UK.

Many of these people are students and if they do not leave when told to do so, they are added to the "migration refusal pool" (MRP).

"There are over 150,000 cases nationally of migrants who have been refused an extension of stay in the UK," said Mr Vine.

"The Agency does not know how many of these individuals have left the country or are waiting to be removed.

"I also saw no evidence that there is a clear plan in place for the Agency to deal with this stream of work to ensure this does not become another backlog.

"I believe it can and must do more to demonstrate it is dealing with this issue in a more proactive manner."

The report said the number of MRP cases had grown from 153,000 in October of last year to almost 160,000 by mid-December. ...

Immigration Minister Damian Green said "Under the last government there was no effective strategy in place to ensure migrants left at the end of their time in the UK. The UK Border Agency is now working through a group of potential over-stayers to identify those who have not left.

"This includes checking passenger records using our e-borders database which now covers all flights outside Europe.

"This summer the UKBA launched a UK-wide operation to remove over-stayers and we have already seen 1,800 removals since the campaign started."
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£258m bill in fight to kick out migrants
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 3 July 2012

The huge number of immigrants resorting to human rights laws to stay in Britain has forced the Government's legal bill to quadruple in 10 years.

Last year Home Secretary Theresa May spent £50 million fighting court battles with failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals. In 2004 it was £12 million.

According to Home Office statistics, the department has spent a total of £258.3 million of taxpayers' cash on legal fees in the years since 2003/04.

Fanatic preacher Abu Qatada's six-year battle against deportation to Jordan has cost the government £820,000 so far and is likely to rise when he uses further chances to appeal. ...

Whitehall figures show that between October and December 2011 there were 162 successful appeals against deportation by foreign criminals.

Of those, 99 were allowed under the Human Rights Act.
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Poland amnesty benefits thousands of migrants
BBC, 3 July 2012

More than 8,500 illegal migrants living in Poland have taken up an amnesty offer from the authorities, granting them the right to stay and work.

The amnesty, announced in January, mostly affects migrants who have been in Poland for at least four years.

Those refused refugee status before January 2010 are also eligible.

Vietnamese form the largest group. There are also many Pakistanis and Ukrainians. Poland is reckoned to have at least 40,000 illegal migrants.

The deadline for applications - accepted at offices nationwide - was midnight on Monday.

The head of Poland's Immigration Office, Rafal Rogala, told Polish radio that some illegal migrants may have moved from other EU countries, attracted by the amnesty offer.

"Every instance of amnesty entails the risk of what we call 'amnesty tourism', which also could be observed in countries such as Italy and Spain, where undocumented foreigners residing in other EU countries travelled to the country offering amnesty to legalise their stay," he said. ...

According to the interior ministry, just over 2,000 Vietnamese have registered for the amnesty - the largest group. In second place are Ukrainians (more than 1,900), then Pakistanis (more than 1,300).

Poland is in the EU's Schengen zone, where most travellers can move freely across borders without having to show passports.
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Flat adverts that may be breaking the law [part 1]
Tom de Castella
BBC, 3 July 2012

"To let" advertisements that specify a particular race or religion are visible in newsagents windows in many areas of London. But are they breaking the law?

Today overt racial discrimination is both illegal and socially unacceptable.

But it is now possible to find advertisements seeking tenants for rented accommodation which specify race, or other characteristics, in a way which some experts believe breaks the law.

Newsagents in different areas of London carry adverts saying:

• "Double bedroom available... Asian only"

• "Double room to let Gujarati (Indian) only"

• Close to the station and bus stops (Filipino only)

• "Professional single lady or Sri Lanka professional couple"

• "House for rent... only Asian families" ...

Most people understand that racial discrimination in jobs or education is both unacceptable and illegal. It's a position reinforced by the 2010 Equality Act, covering England, Wales and Scotland, which defines race in terms of both ethnicity and nationality. The same applies to religion - "Christian only" or "Muslim only" are both unacceptable. ...

In the same way, landlords who specify a certain race are breaking the law, legal experts say. In 2009 the BBC found that letting agents in Lincolnshire were excluding migrant workers at the request of landlords. It was covert discrimination and breached the Race Relations Act 1976.

But in London at least you can find adverts specifying race openly displayed. ...

They only represent a small proportion of flat ads but it's hard to imagine even a single similar advert saying "whites only" not drawing complaints. ...

An advertiser in Tooting, south London, seeking a "Muslim family" is disappointed that the law may not allow for religious preference. "We are Muslim and it's a flatshare. What can I say? Everyone has his own preferences. OK?"

Diet is a commonly cited reason. The author of a "Gujarati (Indian) only" ad says: "I'm a vegetarian and I don't like meat in the kitchen." ...

The Equality Act says: "A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others." But how this might apply to flat adverts is yet to be tested in court and there is disagreement over the application.

There are three different groups who typically place flat adverts - landlords or agents letting a property, live-in landlords letting part of their property and tenants looking for housemates.

Dr Nuno Ferreira, an expert in discrimination law at the University of Manchester, believes that all these groups are covered.

"It doesn't make any difference if the landlord lives in the premises or not. This distinction will have a bearing on discrimination on other grounds, but not in relation to race or ethnicity." The same applies to tenants looking for a housemate, he believes.
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Flat adverts that may be breaking the law [part 2]
Tom de Castella
BBC, 3 July 2012

Chris Norris, head of policy at the National Landlords Association, is less sure. "It is not clear whether tenants who do the same are breaking the law or not, although such behaviour is discriminatory against other potential housemates," he says. "Tenants looking for new housemates should focus on describing the house's current occupants so that potential applicants can judge for themselves whether they would be a suitable fit or not." ...

... While adverts specifying ethnicity are not common, those that say "female only" or "male only" are widespread.

These also may now be against the law. ...

The same principle applies to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion, and sexual orientation.

So "gay flatmate wanted" may be equally illegal.

Not everything is off limits though. "Those characteristics do not include vegetarianism," the spokeswoman explains.

There's no getting away from the fact that people want to live with likeminded people. But can that be allowed to mean people of the same ethnicity or religion? And even if there was a crackdown on discriminatory ads, would people not just subtly choose the ethnic group they wanted anyway, perhaps using prompts and coded terms?

There's a need for flexibility in how discrimination law is applied as some groups are more vulnerable than others, says Penny Anderson, author of the Renter Girl blog. "A landlord saying no to a Muslim woman is wrong. But I think a group of Muslim women turning down a white man is OK." ...

But people can simply get around the law by placing an advert on a site catering for their own group, be it students, Indians or feminists. They can put a notice up in a foreign language, thus excluding anyone who can't read Hebrew, Bengali or Polish, for example. They can also simply wait for the responses and filter applicants.

It's true, says Goodhart. "Hypocrisy is better than overt, public racial preference."
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Number of German births hit post-war low
Elisa Oddone
Reuters, 3 July 2012

The number of births in Germany fell to a post-war low last year despite government incentives meant to reverse a population decline in the European Union's biggest economy, and analysts blamed a lack of sufficient child care support.

A third of all babies born in Germany, still the EU's most populous member state, came from immigrant families, the analysts said, noting that without them the overall figure would have been much lower.

The preliminary data released by Germany's Federal Statistics Office showed 663,000 children were born in 2011, down from 678,000 in 2010.

"As in every year since 1972, the number of people who died was greater than the number of children born. In 2011 the difference amounted to 190,000 people and in 2010 to 181,000," the office said in a report.
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Green light for boats is the worst of both worlds
Paul Sheehan
Sydney Morning Herald, 2 July 2012

Am I naive to be waiting for a minister in the federal government, a government which now has so much blood on its hands, to take responsibility for the policy failure and resign?

During the past 19 months at least 363 people are known to have drowned while trying to make their way to Australia on fishing vessels. ...

All the deaths at sea are directly linked to policies introduced by the Rudd Labor government and implemented by the Gillard government, when the effective border security arrangements inherited from the Howard government were dismantled. This re-created a problem that had ceased to exist.

Ten years ago, the Howard government used a variety of policies to bring the hammer down on the asylum-seeker traffic. The flow of boats abruptly fell to a trickle. During the six years from 2002 to 2008, just 301 people arrived on 18 boats, an average of three boats and 50 people a year. ...

Clearly, Labor gave a green light to the people-smuggling industry and has sought to deflect blame for the results. It has created the worst of both worlds: a system that is punitive but ineffective, and wildly expensive.

To justify this failure, the government has resorted to lying. Both the Prime Minister and the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, along with relevant ministers, have all parroted the line that under the Howard government, the "Pacific solution" - the processing of asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea - was no more than a very costly posture because nearly all these asylum seekers ended up getting residency in Australia.

This is simply not true. Nauru and Manus Island housed 1637 people, of which 1153 were found to be refugees. But only 705 were settled here, while 448 were resettled in other countries.

Now contrast the current success rate of those who arrive after destroying their documents and bypassing immigration. About 90 per cent are being given residency and welfare payments. Yet those who seek to enter the country as skilled migrants are subject to an arduous and protracted vetting process, which just got harder.

As of yesterday, those seeking to arrive as skilled migrants can now be placed in limbo for years under new regulations. ... ...

We thus have the disconnect at the heart of Labor's immigration and refugee regimes that the people who are the least forthcoming, the least qualified, the least vetted, and who have done everything to bypass the vetting system, enjoy the greatest prospects of gaining permanent residency.

The green light for people smuggling is still on. Expect more boats, more deaths, more blame-shifting, and more cost.
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The Mr Big making a mockery out of the so-called immigration crackdown: Kurdish gangmaster will smuggle people into Britain for £2,000
Sue Reid, Figen Gunes and Faruk Zabci
Daily Mail, 30 June 2012

Standing on a patch of grass 46 miles across the Channel from the White Cliffs of Dover, a man in a designer jacket emblazoned with the words 'No Fear' is making a laughing stock of our Government's promises to stop illegal immigration into Britain.

He calls himself 'Fahruddin' and is the Mr Big of a multi-million-pound people-trafficking operation that every year smuggles 5,000 migrants from all over the world into Britain from northern France. ...

His activities make a mockery of claims by David Cameron that Britain's immigration controls have got tougher.

Fahruddin, an Iraqi-Kurd who successfully claimed asylum in Britain in 2007, in his early 20s, is making huge amounts of money as a people-smuggler, operating out of a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Dunkirk. ...

Once a week, local charity workers visit to provide food and clothing donated by the French public. ...

The system depends on the large communities of migrants already settled in Britain and who are willing to pay cash to get their relatives or friends to join them.

'They call England "Hope Land",' Fahruddin explained. 'None of the migrants here – whether they come from Iran, or Iraq, from Afghanistan, China or Turkey – want to settle in mainland Europe. They only want to go to England.' ...

I tracked down, for example, the three Turks who paid Fahruddin £9,500 to get to England ten days ago. They had reached his camp after a 2,000-mile journey in a vegetable lorry from Gazientep, a Turkish city near the Syrian border.

They are now part of the rapidly growing Turkish community in Britain, which tops 500,000 in London alone.
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Ethnic minorities in UK feel most British, research finds
The Guardian, 30 June 2012

Ethnic minorities living in the UK feel more British than their white counterparts, research has revealed.

Muslims are the most likely of all groups to identify with the concept of "Britishness", the Institute for Social and Economic Research found.

The report's authors say the results rubbish suggestions that ethnic groups are unwilling or unable to integrate into British society and show that fears over the negative impacts of immigration on cultural identity are overstated.

The study, named Understanding Society, looked at the socioeconomic circumstances of people living in 40,000 UK households.

Occupants were asked a series of questions, including how important, on a scale of one to 10, being British was to them.

People of Pakistani origin scored the highest with an average of 7.76. Bangladeshi and Indian groups came second and third respectively, while the white population scored the lowest with an average of 6.58.

The study also found that identification with Britishness was higher among the children and grandchildren of migrants.
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Soft-touch Britain, the asylum seeker capital of Europe: We let in more than anyone else last year
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 30 June 2012

Britain granted asylum to more people than any other European Union country last year, official figures revealed yesterday.

Some 14,360 immigrants were given asylum within the UK in 2011, compared with 13,045 in the second highest country, Germany, and 10,740 in third placed France.

The figure was the third successive rise in successful claims in the UK and an increase of 41 per cent since 2008.

Critics said the data confirmed that Britain is a soft touch when it comes to granting asylum.

Britain also approved more than a third of asylum applications last year, while France accepted fewer than one in seven claims and Germany around one in five. ...

The number of people granted asylum in the UK has grown steadily in the last four years, from 10,200 in 2008 to 14,360 last year.

Together, the EU's 27 member states granted asylum to 84,100 people in 2011, an increase of 8,300 on the previous year. Most came from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. ...

Last year it was revealed that nearly 100,000 asylum seekers have been 'lost' by bungling immigration officials.

The 98,000 were the applicants that the UK Border Agency was unable to track down from among nearly half a million cases found abandoned in boxes at the Home Office in 2006.
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A prophet who spoke the unspeakable
Peter Lewis
Daily Mail, 30 June 2012
[Book review: "Enoch at 100: a re-evaluation of the life, politics and philosophy of Enoch Powell"]

Enoch Powell is well remembered as a prophet who spoke the unspeakable and predicted disaster: especially and unfairly a future Britain where racial warfare would turn the streets into 'rivers of blood'. ...

The impact of the speech was in the figures he gave. The rate of immigration, the addition of family dependants and the large immigrant birth rate all led him to predict that by the year 2000 there would be between five and seven million Commonwealth immigrants, making up 1 in 10 of the population.

In a carefully impartial analysis, Tom Bower shows that Powell's predictions were at that time exaggerated - but not by much. The 2001 Census of a population of 60 million showed a black and Asian population of 4.4 million - just over eight per cent. But what was to come? In May 2011, the Office for National Statistics announced that ethnic minorities in Britain had risen by 40 per cent in eight years. In England and Wales, just over nine million were non-white , which is 1 in 6 or 17 per cent. Enoch's prediction was premature but an underestimate.

His warning seemed incredible to most politicians in 1968. There was a chorus from Westminster and the press banding him an alarmist and a racist. Heath promptly sacked him from his shadow cabinet saying the speech was 'racialist in tone and liable to exacerbate racial tension'. ...

But the majority of the public supported him - 82 per cent according to opinion polls endorsed his sentiments. Over 100,000 individually wrote him letters of support. Only 800 sent letters of disapproval. Immigration officers at Heathrow (39 of them) wrote to him: 'We are fed up with the corruption and deceit that goes on to get immigrants into this country'.

... He had said: 'We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation, to admit some 50,000 dependants a year. We are heaping up our nation's own funeral pyre.' And then came the fatal classical quotation: 'I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see the river Tiber foaming with much blood.'

This immediately became transmuted into saying that he foresaw our streets becoming 'rivers of blood', presumably from racial warfare. ...

Side by side on a sofa in the full blaze of his eyes, I dared to ask how, as a Christian (and he translated St Matthews Gospel from the Greek), he could be so violently opposed to immigrants. For what seemed like a long tutorial, he explained how he feared that the pressure of so many newcomers, mostly of other faiths, would undermine the essential Christian standards of our public behaviour.

I was not altogether convinced, then or now, that his fears were justified even though so much that he foresaw has since come true. ...

But racialists are still, thank goodness, an insignificant minority and I write as someone with mixed-race grandchildren, whom I cherish as every bit as English as I am.

Powell, so far from being racialist, provided the best counter argument to it that I have ever read: 'A racialist believes the inferiority of one race of mankind to another.' Nationhood is something entirely different. 'All attempts to match the slippery concept of race with nationality are foredoomed to failure.' Neither race, nor history, nor language could define what a nation was. 'They are a nation who think that they are: there is no other definition.'

Powell passionately believed in a British nation made up as it is of many races.
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Homeless charity 'swamped' by eurozone migrants
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2012

A homelessness charity has called on the Government to restrict immigration, saying it is being "swamped" with destitute people fleeing the eurozone's troubled economies.

The Nightwatch charity in Croydon say it has seen a huge rise in jobless and homeless Europeans arriving in the area as they flee troubled economies.

Chairman Jad Adams, speaking at the charity's annual meeting, said the charity could collapse if the Government did not stem the flow of immigration as the Eurozone crisis deepens.

He said the charity, which receives grants from including the National Lottery and Croydon Council, cannot increase its capacity "endlessly" and its finances are now under strain. ...

The right of free movement between members states of the European Union agreed under treaties is being abused, it claims.

"I fear that many people we see as clients are not exercising their treaty rights to come to look for work, but it is simply more attractive to be poor in this country than in some others.

"We have managed to support them - if with some difficulty - but we cannot go on increasing our capacity endlessly." ...

Writing in the charity's annual report, Mr Adams continues: "The government did not conceive that people would come to the country utterly destitute and reliant on the work of charities such as ours."

He said the movement of labour was an 'admirable thing', but said that some migrants 'simply found it more attractive to be poor in Britain than in their home countries'.
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Migrant population in some parts of England double previous estimate
Martin Beckford and Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2012

Twice as many immigrants have settled in some parts of England than previously thought, updated figures suggest.

The number of foreigners settling in one part of Lincolnshire over the past five years is three times higher than earlier estimates, according to revised calculations, while the number of new arrivals in parts of east London, Herefordshire and even Aylesbury has doubled.

Overall the population of London has risen by 16 per cent, or almost 130,000 extra people, as a result of changes made by the Office for National Statistics.

But some councils, including Cambridge, Norwich and Durham, have "lost" up to half of their immigrant communities in the move, prompting fears that they will also lose funding to run public services from central Government as a result.

The number of foreign-born people coming to live, study or work in Britain is currently only based on a voluntary questionnaire carried out at ports and airports, while detailed estimates of where new arrivals settle have been calculated in different ways.

Under the ONS's latest methodology, published this week by the Greater London Authority, migrants were separated into "streams" depending on if they are workers, students or children, then their movements across the country were tracked using health, education and welfare registers.

Overall, the estimated number of immigrants arriving for more than a year between 2006 and 2010 fell by 0.4 per cent, to 2.52m under the revised calculations.

But the numbers settling in London rose by 16 per cent to reach 942,800. ...

Across the country, the biggest rise was seen in Boston, where the number of recent migrants increases by 218 per cent to 7,500 over five years. In 2008, a Labour minister claimed that Eastern European's made up a quarter of the town's residents. ...

Meanwhile the OECD, a leading think-tank, found that the slowdown in international migration caused by the global economic crisis has come to an end.

There is some evidence that the Eurozone crisis has started to see people emigrating from Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, while there has also been a rise in asylum seekers fleeing 'Arab Spring' countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

The OECD said net migration has reached the "highest figure ever recorded" of 252,000 in Britain while the number of people granted settlement in 2010 reached a "record level" of 241,000 as a backlog of cases was cleared.
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Immigration and identity: An open letter to Labour [part 1]
Matthew Goodwin
Policy Network, 28 June 2012

Dear Labour,

... Beginning in the late 1990s, and then fuelled by accessions to the EU, a new and unprecedented wave of migration encountered a hostile public reaction. Public concern about the issue reached historic levels. ... Between 1995 and 2010, the proportion favouring reductions jumped from 63 to 78%.

You often responded by attempting to frame immigration as an opportunity, rather than a problem. But voters were never won over. Even today, after years of historic migration and persistent attempts to appease public anxieties, citizens of the UK are more likely than their counterparts on the continent and in the U.S. to consider immigration problematic: while 25% see an opportunity, 68% see a problem. ...

Since 2001 concerns over immigration have been joined by a cluster of anxieties over security-related issues – such as crime and terrorism – and more specific discomfort over settled Muslims. ...

At the same time, the continued growth of established minorities and continued EU-based migration will ensure that promises to curb net migration will continually fail to satisfy a public appetite for more tangible measures. The simple reality is that demographic trends are now beginning to overtake what can realistically be achieved through the levers of policy. This means that all political parties will increasingly struggle to exhibit competence on immigration and identity issues. And nor is this lost on voters. When asked about steps taken by the government to manage immigration, 74% say the government is doing a poor or very poor job (a four point increase since 2010). But this will be especially difficult for you, Labour. In short, you were never the preferred party on these issues. And when you were in power you simply failed to convince voters that you were enacting sensible policies on immigration. More fundamentally, you failed to convince voters that you were simply being open and honest with them about one of the most profound changes taking place in the country.


Unless you acknowledge the nature of the challenge then any attempt to make progress in immigration and identity politics will be flawed from the outset. The most important task you face is to connect with the "culturally threatened". You have long argued that – ultimately – anxieties about immigration and identity can be resolved by tackling economic grievances. ... ...

Economic forces are important. No one is saying they are not. ... But the key point is this: feelings of economic threat are not at the crux of what is going on. ...

Decades of research in the social sciences deliver a clear message: it is a perceived sense of threat to the cultural unity of the nation – rather than economic threat – that is the strongest driver of prejudice, and also the desire for more restrictive immigration and asylum policies. To quote just one conclusion of many: 'Britons are clearly worried about the symbolic threats of immigrants – the threat of religions that are perceived to emphasise non-British values and a terminal community other than that of Britain, and the threat to shared customs and way of life'. More recent studies paint the same picture: while concerns over immigration are strongest among groups who feel both economically and culturally threatened, it is divisions over culture that are a more important driver – and they are growing.
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Immigration and identity: An open letter to Labour [part 2]
Matthew Goodwin
Policy Network, 28 June 2012

In fact, UK citizens are now more likely than their continental neighbours to say that immigration is negatively affecting their national culture. Across five European states the average who thought so was 35%. In the UK it was 50%. You have often argued that these cultural anxieties are primarily a knee-jerk reaction to more important economic and class-based issues: a legitimate front-stage to more toxic backstage tensions over which group got what resources, and how much. I contend that this goes the other way: arguments about jobs and housing are more acceptable to voters than deeper concerns about whether minorities share the same values, norms and ways of life. Across Europe, the far right has been so devastatingly effective not because it has pitched to concerns about resources but because it has spoken to fears about a loss of cultural unity, national identity and ways of life. These concerns are not rooted in individual experience: they are concerned mainly with the impact of diversity on the wider national community. The challenge, then, is to speak to the culturally threatened, and think far more innovatively about how to speak to their value-based rather than resource-based concerns. Beginning to open up this conversation is paramount. Talking about economics is merely scratching the surface.

One response to all of this is that – ultimately – immigration and identity concerns do not really matter. These anxieties have never swayed elections, and citizens who are most concerned about these issues lack the numerical significance to warrant more than token gestures. But this is a dangerously naïve view, not least because it ignores evidence about the longer-term impact of these issues: namely that when public concerns over immigration and cultural unity remain unresolved, overall levels of public trust in the political system go down. Research in the U.S. has shown that – as a result of perceptions of cultural differences between groups – citizens become less favourable toward using the institutions of the state to reduce poverty and provide welfare. This speaks directly to the core centre-left agenda. You will be nervous about the conversations above. But not having them may well undermine your longer-term goals. The same applies in Britain, where academics such as Lauren McLaren have shown how feelings of cultural disunity do not apply only to feelings toward other citizens: they also stretch to feelings about political elites and how the overall community is governed. Put in other words, by ignoring these concerns over immigration and identity – and in particular getting to get to grips with the cultural dimension – you risk undermining not only your own goals, but broader trust in the British political system.
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How foreign students with lower grades jump the university queue
Holly Watt and Claire Newell
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2012

Exclusive: Foreign students are being offered places at top British universities with far lower A-level grades than school pupils in this country, a Daily Telegraph investigation discloses.

The official agent in Beijing for universities in the elite Russell Group claimed that it could secure over-subscribed places for a Chinese student purporting to have scored three C grades in their A-levels - when British students are required to have at least A, A and B.

Undercover reporters were also told to tell the UK authorities that the student would be returning home immediately after graduation - even if that was not their intention – in order to secure a visa.

Universities were accused of profiteering by rejecting tens of thousands of British teenagers, currently sitting A-levels, so they can fill places with more profitable foreign students.
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Hispanics: the rising power in the United States
Jon Swaine
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2012

Hispanic voters are a growing force in America – are they strong enough to swing victory President Barack Obama's way? ...

Here in Arizona's searing West Valley, home to four of the country's 10 fastest-growing cities, America's future is on display. The US Census Bureau said last month that for the first time more ethnic minority babies were being born than white infants, with Latinos leading the charge. It was a milestone on the road to a nationwide non-white majority, currently forecast for 2042.

With 50,000 of them turning 18 every month, the 21-million-and-rising Latinos eligible to vote are being eyed keenly by those pursuing power. Ballots from growing Hispanic populations, who tend to be younger and Democrat-leaning, could dictate whether Barack Obama, who led among them by 26 points in 2008, can edge victories this year in crucial battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia – and therefore hold on to the White House. "Latinos will be a deciding factor in this election," an Obama campaign source agrees.
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Prosecutorial Indiscretion
S.H. Chambers
Liberty, 27 June 2012

On June 15, 2012, hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals living illegally in the United States turned on their television sets to hear that they had become eligible for (1) a renewable two-year deferral of removal from the country and (2) a work permit.

While this may seem like a big change for those immigrants, the focus here will not be on what it might do for them, but how it was done, and why.

How do you think it was done? Choose one of the following: (a) Congress passed a new law and the president signed it, (b) the Supreme Court struck down an existing law, (c) the president issued an executive order, or (d) none of the above.

If you chose (c), it would be understandable, as it was President Obama who announced this change in front of the cameras outside the White House. There was, however, no executive order. An executive order cannot be used to overturn an existing law. On September 28, 2011, President Obama told a group of Hispanic journalists that "this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is not true. The fact of the matter is there are laws on the books I have to enforce." ...

The correct answer is (d), none of the above, which leaves the question, "Then how?"

On June 15, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, sent a memo to three of her underlings directing them to "exercise prosecutorial discretion" in the cases of certain "low priority" illegal aliens, "effective immediately." (Yes, she ordered them to exercise discretion.) The memo enumerates the criteria to be used to determine which illegal immigrants will get the deferrals and work permits. ...

That's right; it was done by interoffice memo.

It seems odd, doesn't it? When I hear of prosecutorial discretion, I think of cases in which discrepancies in the chain of custody of a bag of pot lead the prosecutor not to bring charges or perhaps to drop charges, that sort of thing. But in this case, according to the June 15 New York Times, "more than 800,000 young people" are now eligible for deferrals and work permits because an unelected bureaucrat fired off a memo. Upon reading that, I had three thoughts: first, "That's quite a few people." Then, "That's a pretty sweeping change." And finally, "That's some discretion."

In any case, that seems to be how it was done.
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Arab Spring provided new breeding ground for British terrorists – spy chief
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2012

The Arab Spring has spawned a new generation of British-born terrorists after al-Qaeda lured dozens of would-be bombers abroad to train for possible attacks on the UK, the head of MI5 warned.

Jonathan Evans said the terror network has taken advantage of the unstable region, in the wake of last year's revolutions, to spread its influence and create new bases for attacks.

British would-be jihadis are known to be receiving training in the likes of Libya and Egypt, mirroring what has already happened in the Yemen and Somalia.

And they could return to attack the UK in what is a "new and worrying development", he said.
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Racism is Innate: The Human Brain Makes Unconscious Decisions Based on Ethnicity
Christine Hsu
Medical Daily, 26 June 2012

Racism is hardwired into the brain and operates unconsciously because areas that detect ethnicity and control emotion are closely connected, according to scientists.

Researchers explain that the same brain circuits that allow us to classify a person into an ethnic group overlap with other circuits that process emotion and make decisions, leading people to make unconscious decisions based on another's race.

The latest study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, found that functional magnetic resonance imaging brain scans revealed that interactions between people from different racial groups trigger reactions that researchers think may be completely unknown to our conscious selves.

Researchers led by psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Elizabeth Phelps of New York University reviewed past brain imaging studies showing how different social categories of race are processed, evaluated and integrated in decision-making.

Past research found that the amygdala, an almond-shaped brain region located deep within the brain that processes fear and emotions, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex involved in top-down emotional control, and the anterior cingulate cortex that manages conflict between intentional and unintentional tendencies, and the fusiform face area that differentiates between familiar and unfamiliar faces, were simultaneously active during tasks that engaged racial bias like having participants view black and white faces while doing different tasks.

Phelps and her team said that not only are these brain areas important in the unintentional, implicit expression of racial attitudes, the functional connectivity that links them together are critical for this processing. ...

Researchers said that research into the neuroscience of race will help them reveal individual behaviors of what happens when intergroup cognition is at stake and if it is possible to change real human interactions.

"How to use this knowledge from brain and behavior to further extend basic knowledge and to drive applications is the obvious next generation of questions that we must pose," they wrote. "If good people who intend well act in a manner inconsistent with their own standards of egalitarianism because of the racial groups to which 'the other' belongs, then the question of change takes on new and urgent meaning."

"This urgency requires that we attend to the evidence about how our minds work when we confront racial and other group differences," they concluded. ...

Researchers say that the next step was to develop techniques to reduce or eliminate the negative associations that make up unwanted implicit racial attitudes.
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Tony Blair: I don't regret opening UK borders to European immigrants
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2012

Tony Blair does not regret the decision to lift border controls for Eastern European immigrants, he said yesterday after Ed Miliband expressed his concern over the policy.

The former prime minister said that Polish immigrants did "good work in our country" and "most sensible people" appreciated the contribution they made to Britain.

He spoke out after the current Labour leader described the relaxation of immigration controls in 2004 as a "mistake" that had undermined living standards for some working-class households.

Over the past decade, more than 700,000 Eastern Europeans have moved to Britain for work – far more than the 15,000 who were officially predicted to arrive each year.

Mr Blair said illegal immigration rather than a change in policy should be the target of action.
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Tony Blair: ID cards needed to tackle illegal migrants
BBC, 25 June 2012

Ex-PM Tony Blair says he still believes that ID cards are the only way of dealing with illegal immigration.

Mr Blair said it was "fair in some ways" for Labour leader Ed Miliband to say he had got things wrong on immigration.

But he said the "central problem is not about immigration per se... it's where it uncontrolled, it's illegal and there's organised crime and drugs".

ID cards were "out of fashion" but were the only way of dealing with that.

On Friday Mr Miliband said that Labour had made a mistake in allowing unlimited access to work in the UK when the first wave of eastern European countries joined the EU.

Asked about the criticism, Mr Blair said: "I think it's fair in some ways - I actually took the decision. But in some ways I don't regret it actually because I think the Polish community and other communities from eastern Europe do good work in our country.

"I'm happy with them, but I understand there's a marked sensitivity about that."

In his speech Mr Miliband also said: "By focusing exclusively on immigration's impact on growth, we lost sight of who was benefiting from that growth - whose living standards were being squeezed. We became disconnected from the concerns of working people."

He said Labour had told people concerned about the biggest peacetime migration to the UK to "like it or lump it" and that the public had been "ahead of us" on the issue.
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All over Europe, immigration is moving in from the political fringes
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2012

Immigration, from being the great unmentionable of British politics, is turning into the issue that dominates the political agenda. Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, admitted last week that his party had failed to heed voters' concerns about the impact of immigration on employment, and on the provision to native Britons of services such as housing, health and education. ...

A similarly agonised reappraisal is happening across Europe. A couple of weeks ago, EU governments adopted a measure that would allow them to reintroduce border controls, "when the control of an external border is no longer assured due to external circumstances" – a vague phrase which allows countries to impose controls more or less whenever they like. To appreciate what a major change in policy this represents, you merely have to remind yourself that to allow individual countries to control their own borders has always been anathema to the EU. The whole point of the Schengen agreement, from which Britain secured an opt-out, was to ensure that there were no border controls within the EU.

But voters in France and Germany have been increasingly alarmed by the fact that, once migrants from outside the EU manage to get to, say, Greece, they are free to move anywhere in the EU. Migrants could enter France and Germany, and there was nothing that those countries' governments could do to stop them. The new measure was pushed through by the French and German governments to assure their people that there is something they can do: they can impose border controls, and they will do if necessary.

The European Commission fiercely opposed the change, arguing that it violates the basic principle of freedom of movement within the EU – which of course it does. But it couldn't prevent it: the issue was too important to the elected governments.
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Charles Krauthammer: Obama's immigration bombshell is naked lawlessness
Charles Krauthammer, 24 June 2012

"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations [of immigrants brought here illegally as children] through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed." – President Barack Obama, March 28, 2011

Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed. Yet Obama last week suspended these very deportations – granting infinitely renewable "deferred action" with attendant work permits – thereby rewriting the law. And doing precisely what he himself admits he is barred from doing.

Obama had tried to change the law. In late 2010, he asked Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which offered a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. Congress refused.

When pressed by Hispanic groups to simply implement the law by executive action, Obama said it would be illegal.

Now he's gone and done it anyway. The election approaches and his margin is slipping. He needs a big Hispanic vote. ...

With a single Homeland Security Department memo, the immigration laws no longer apply to 800,000 people. ... ...

As for policy, I sympathize with the obvious humanitarian motives of the DREAM Act. But two important considerations are overlooked in concentrating exclusively on the DREAM Act poster child, the straight-A valedictorian who rescues kittens from trees.

First, offering potential illegal immigrants the prospect that, if they can successfully hide long enough, their children will one day freely enjoy the bounties of American life creates a huge incentive for yet more illegal immigration.

Second, the case for compassion and fairness is hardly as clear-cut as advertised. What about those who languish for years awaiting legal admission to America? Their scrupulousness about the law could easily cost their children the American future that illegal immigrants will have secured for theirs.

But whatever our honest and honorable disagreements about the policy, what holds us together is a shared allegiance to our constitutional order. That's the fundamental issue here. As Obama himself argued in rejecting the executive action he has now undertaken: "America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the president, am obligated to enforce the law. I don't have a choice about that."

Except, apparently, when violating that solemn obligation serves his re-election needs.
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Miliband meets resistance from within as he sets out new policy on immigration
Nigel Morris
The Independent, 23 June 2012

Ed Miliband is to set out plans to ease the pressure of migration on housing, schools and hospitals despite discontent within his own party about his controversial comments on foreign workers, The Independent has learned.

The Labour leader yesterday called for measures to prevent British people being "locked out" of employment by job seekers from overseas.

The perils of the Labour leader's new focus on immigration were underlined by the hostile reaction of the party's left to his speech calling for a new approach to the sensitive issue. Diane Abbott, the shadow Public Health minister, protested over the way his comments were spun by the leadership, while the MP John McDonnell accused him of taking the wrong approach to the issue of migrant workers under-cutting wages.
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The Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 23 June 2012

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. ...

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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Cabinet split as Baroness Warsi attacks 'racist' curbs on immigration
Andrew Grice
The Independent, 22 June 2012

Baroness Warsi pleaded with cabinet colleagues to drop what she warned would be seen as a "racist" policy when they discussed curbs on migrants bringing family members to live with them in Britain.

The row exploded when Theresa May, the Home Secretary, proposed that UK citizens earning less than £40,000 should not be allowed to bring in a foreign wife or husband, The Independent has learnt. Lady Warsi, the Conservative Party co-chairman and the first Muslim woman to sit in the Cabinet, warned that such a policy would amount to a "whites only" entry rule, with family members living in the Punjab having no chance of getting to this country. Cabinet colleagues say she warned bluntly that such a policy would be viewed as "racist".

The Tory peer, whose own father came to Britain from the Punjab, mounted a successful rearguard action against the Home Office plan after winning the backing of Nick Clegg and his fellow Liberal Democrat ministers. Ms May was forced to back down and announced a much lower income threshold of £18,600 last week, with a further £2,200 for each child.

Lady Warsi's office declined to comment. But one ally said: "Sayeeda does feel passionately about this issue." A Whitehall source confirmed: "She fought her corner very strongly. Other ministers took what she was saying very seriously."
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More than 1m pupils speak English as a second language
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2012

The number of schoolchildren speaking English as a second language has topped one million for the first time, prompting fresh claims that immigration is placing a significant "burden" on the state education system.

Official figures show that more than one-in-six pupils in primary schools now speak other languages in the home following a sharp increase in the last 12 months.

In secondary schools, at least one-in-eight children have a relatively poor grasp of English, it emerged.

Data from the Department for Education shows that the number of pupils aged five-upwards speaking other languages has soared by almost 50,000 – or five per cent – to a record high of just over a million.

Figures suggest that the proportion of children starting school with English as a second language has now doubled in just over a decade. ...

Data from the DfE shows the number of schoolchildren who speak other languages as their mother tongue in English state schools. Figures are collected from schools in January each year.

According to figures, 1,007,090 pupils speak other languages at home in 2012 compared with 957,490 a year earlier.

In primary schools, some 17.5 per cent of the pupil population do not speak English as a first language – up from 16.8 per cent in 2011. In secondary schools, the proportion has increased from 12.3 per cent to 12.9 per cent. ...

The DfE also published data relating to the ethnic background of pupils in the state education system.

In primary schools, some 27.6 per cent of pupils – 911,570 – are now from ethnic minority families. It was up from 26.5 per cent in 2011.

A further 23.2 per cent of pupils in secondary education – 749,870 – were described as non-white British, up from 22.2 per cent a year earlier.
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Miliband shifts immigration policy, saying Labour 'got it wrong'
BBC, 22 June 2012

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to deter firms from exclusively employing workers from overseas, admitting his party "got it wrong" on immigration when in government.

He said Gordon Brown and Tony Blair should not have allowed uncontrolled immigration from new EU states in 2004.

He also pledged to ban recruitment agencies which use only foreign workers at the expense of "local talent". ...

In 2004, the government allowed free migration to the UK for workers from EU accession states including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

But its estimates that only about 13,000 people a year would come to the country were soon proved wrong, with a peak net migration figure, from the EU and elsewhere, of 252,000 in 2010.

Some countries imposed transitional controls to slow the speed of movement.

In a speech to the IPPR think-tank, Mr Miliband said: "It was a mistake not to impose transitional controls on accession from Eastern European countries. We severely underestimated the number of people who would come here. We were dazzled by globalisation and too sanguine about its price.

"By focusing exclusively on immigration's impact on growth, we lost sight of who was benefiting from that growth - whose living standards were being squeezed. We became disconnected from the concerns of working people."

He said Labour had told people concerned about the biggest peacetime migration to the UK to "like it or lump it" and that the public had been "ahead of us" on the issue.

Many in the party blamed the effects on immigration, including the lowering of wages and pressures on social services, for the scale of Labour's defeat in the 2010 general election.

Acknowledging that this was a factor, Mr Miliband said some employers had a "nasty, brutish and short-term" attitude to taking on staff, leading to greater exploitation of overseas and British workers.

He added that cutting numbers of immigrants was part of the solution but "not enough". He also accused the government of being unrealistic in saying it will limit net migration to "tens of thousands", as the vast majority of those coming to the UK were from EU countries. ...

Referring to the phrase used by Mr Brown as prime minister, Mr Miliband said: "We are not calling for 'British jobs for British workers' because you can't do that and we shouldn't promise it."

The Labour leader said there was "nothing wrong with anyone employing Polish builders, Swedish childminders or French chefs".

But he added: "The problem we need to address is in those areas and sectors where local talent is locked out of opportunity."
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Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar: Quest for a Sustainable Solution
Iftekharul Bashar
reliefweb, 22 June 2012

The effect of the recent ethnic violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state has created a complex situation for its neighbour Bangladesh which continues to face a mass influx of the displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar.


Though the Bangladeshi authority is providing emergency relief like food, water and medicine to the Rohingyas it has refused to give them shelter within its territory. The Bangladesh government's current policy stance stems from the new domestic complexity created by demographic pressure, resource scarcity, and concern for internal security.

Rohingyas are an ethnic minority in Myanmar, but are not recognised as citizens by the state despite the fact that they have been living there for centuries. The status of the Rohingyas has been contested in Myanmar and often led to persecution in the past.

For Bangladesh the Rohingya refugee influx is not a new phenomenon, having started in 1978 after a military operation in Rakhine state named 'Nagamin Dragon' aimed at suppressing a Rohingya ethnic uprising. Thousands of Rohingyas were killed in the operation and more than 200,000 Rohingyas fled their homes to become refugees in Bangladesh. Another major influx was recorded in 1991, when over 250,800 Rohingyas from Rakhine state took refuge in Bangladesh.

Through UN support and bilateral agreements between Bangladesh and Myanmar some Rohingyas went back to Myanmar, but many more chose to stay in Bangladesh. ... ...

The Rohingya refugees and illegal migrants have changed the demographic profile of southeast Bangladesh. Currently more than 29,000 Rohingya refugees registered with the UNHCR are living in Bangladesh. Another 200,000 Rohingyas are in Bangladesh as illegal migrants. Itself one of the least developed countries, with a population density of more than 900 per square kilometer the refugees add to the mounting pressure on Bangladesh's scarce resources like land and water.

Bangladesh shares a 271-kilometre long border with Myanmar, which cuts through hills, forests, rivers, canals and sea, which make the border management difficult. The porous border is rapidly becoming a conduit of transnational crime such as smuggling of arms and drugs and human trafficking.
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EU should 'undermine national homogeneity' says UN migration chief
Brian Wheeler
BBC, 21 June 2012

The EU should "do its best to undermine" the "homogeneity" of its member states, the UN's special representative for migration has said.

Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural.

He also suggested the UK government's immigration policy had no basis in international law.

He was being quizzed by the Lords EU home affairs sub-committee which is investigating global migration.

Mr Sutherland, who is non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a former chairman of oil giant BP, heads the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which brings together representatives of 160 nations to share policy ideas.

He told the House of Lords committee migration was a "crucial dynamic for economic growth" in some EU nations "however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states".

An ageing or declining native population in countries like Germany or southern EU states was the "key argument and, I hesitate to the use word because people have attacked it, for the development of multicultural states", he added.

"It's impossible to consider that the degree of homogeneity which is implied by the other argument can survive because states have to become more open states, in terms of the people who inhabit them. Just as the United Kingdom has demonstrated."

The UN special representative on migration was also quizzed about what the EU should do about evidence from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that employment rates among migrants were higher in the US and Australia than EU countries.

He told the committee: "The United States, or Australia and New Zealand, are migrant societies and therefore they accommodate more readily those from other backgrounds than we do ourselves, who still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others.

"And that's precisely what the European Union, in my view, should be doing its best to undermine."

Mr Sutherland recently argued, in a lecture to the London School of Economics, of which he is chairman, that there was a "shift from states selecting migrants to migrants selecting states" and the EU's ability to compete at a "global level" was at risk.

In evidence to the Lords committee, he urged EU member states to work together more closely on migration policy and advocated a global approach to the issue - criticising the UK government's attempt to cut net migration from its current level to "tens of thousands" a year through visa restrictions. ...

Mr Sutherland, who has attended meetings of The Bilderberg Group, a top level international networking organisation often criticised for its alleged secrecy, called on EU states to stop targeting "highly skilled" migrants, arguing that "at the most basic level individuals should have a freedom of choice" about whether to come and study or work in another country.
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Britain full to bursting: Population up 10% in 15 years...and they are just the ones we know about
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 21 June 2012

The most overcrowded parts of Britain have seen their populations rocket in the past 15 years, official figures revealed yesterday. ...

According to the Office for National Statistics, the numbers squeezed into the most crowded parts of Britain have soared by 10 per cent since 1997.

But that figure does not include the hundreds of thousands who are living here without declaring themselves to the authorities.

The rising number who choose to live in England's prosperous southern regions made the country the most overcrowded in Europe two years ago.

The latest figures show there are an average of more than 400 people living in every square kilometre of England.

Critics blame the population surge on the last Labour government's policy of encouraging large-scale immigration. The population density of London has risen by 11.6 per cent since 1997; in the East of England by 10.5 per cent, and by nearly 9 per cent across the rest of the South.

Some say present rates of population growth will lead to intolerable pressures on transport, housing, water and energy supplies. ...

The population density of London has risen from 4,462 people in every square kilometre in 1997 to 4,978 in 2010. ... ...

With 447 to every square kilometre, the South East is now more crowded than the Netherlands or Belgium.

The most crowded region of England remains the North West, which has 492 to every square kilometre. However, its population density has gone up only 2.1 per cent since 1997. ... ...

Surveys used to gauge population levels do not take into account people from the EU who come as visitors but stay long-term and those from elsewhere who overstay their visas or are here illegally.

The national census in 2001 missed at least a million people, many of them in London. Results of the new, and possibly last, census, are due out later this year, but this time it may have missed as many as two million people.
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Theresa May gets cross-party backing in Article 8 row
BBC, 20 June 2012

MPs from all parties have accepted a government motion designed to send a clear message to judges that the right to a family life is not "absolute".

The government is introducing new rules spelling out how judges should apply the European Convention on Human Rights.

It is concerned too many people are using Article 8 - the right to a family life - to avoid deportation.

The new rules will come into force on 9 July.

Several leading barristers have questioned the need for new guidance, saying the meaning of Article 8 is already clear and judges understand it, but Home Secretary Theresa May says the judiciary itself has asked for parliament to make its views known.

Home Office sources say the government was not obliged to seek parliamentary approval for the changes it is proposing to the immigration rules.

But Mrs May said the government wanted "to give a clear message to courts about how parliament believes Article 8 should be interpreted... the stronger the voice from parliament, the better the message will be." ...

Deportation should become routine for any foreign criminals jailed for at least 12 months, the government has said, and those sentenced to more than four years should only be allowed to remain in the "most exceptional circumstances".

Last year 185 foreign criminals successfully appealed against deportation by invoking Article 8.
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In a Shift, Biggest Wave of Migrants Is Now Asian
Kirk Semple
New York Times, 19 June 2012

Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States, pushing the population of Asian descent to a record 18.2 million and helping to make Asians the fastest-growing racial group in the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

While Asian immigration has increased slightly in recent years, the shift in ranking is largely attributable to the sharp decline in Hispanic immigration, the study said.

About 430,000 Asians – or 36 percent of all new immigrants, legal and illegal – moved to the United States in 2010, compared with 370,000 Hispanics, or 31 percent of all new arrivals, the study said. Just three years earlier, the ratio was reversed: about 390,000 Asians immigrated in 2007, compared with 540,000 Hispanics. ...

Tougher enforcement measures have made a greater impact on the Hispanic immigrant population than on the Asian immigrant population because a much higher percentage of Hispanics are in the United States without immigration papers, experts said. About 45 percent of Hispanic immigrants in the United States are here illegally compared with about 13 percent to 15 percent of Asian immigrants, Pew demographers found.

Under this pressure, Hispanic immigration dropped 31 percent from 2007 to 2010, while Asian immigration increased about 10 percent. ...

The findings are part of a study called "The Rise of Asian-Americans," a comprehensive analysis of the Asian population in the United States. ... ...

The growth of the Asian population has been noteworthy for its speed. In 1965, after a century of exclusionary, race-based policies, the Asian share of the American population was less than 1 percent. But immigration reform legislation that year opened the door to broader immigration from around the world. The Asian share of the total population is now about 5.8 percent, the Pew study said. ...

At least 83 percent of the total Asian population in the United States traces its ancestry to China, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, the Korean Peninsula or Japan – and demographic characteristics can vary widely from group to group.

Indians, for instance, lead all other Asian subgroups in income and education, the report said. Indians, Japanese and Filipinos have lower poverty rates than the general public, while Koreans, Vietnamese and Chinese have higher poverty rates.
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Racial Double Standards
Walter E. Williams, 19 June 2012

Back in 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said we were "a nation of cowards" on matters of race. Permit me to be brave and run a few assertions by you just to see whether we're on the same page. There should be two standards for civilized conduct: one for whites, which is higher, and another for blacks, which is lower. In other words, in the name of justice and fair play, blacks should not be held accountable to the same standards that whites are and should not be criticized for conduct that we'd deem disgusting and racist if said or done by whites.

You say, "Williams, what in the world are you talking about?" Mitt Romney hasn't revealed all of his fall campaign strategy yet, but what if he launched a "White Americans for Romney" movement in an effort to get out the white vote? If the Romney campaign did that, there'd be a media-led outcry across the land, with charges ranging from racial insensitivity to outright racism. When President Barack Obama announced his 2012 launch of "African Americans for Obama", the silence was deafening. Should the same standards be applied to Obama as would be applied to Romney? The answer turns out to be no, because Obama is not held to the same standards as Romney.

Liberals won't actually come out and say that criticism of Obama is in and of itself racist, but they come pretty close. ...

Racial double standards also apply to how crime is reported. I'm betting that if mobs of white youths were going about severely beating and robbing blacks at random and preying on black businesses, it would be major news. News anchors might open, "Tonight we report on the most recent wave of racist whites organizing unprovoked attacks on innocent black people and their businesses." If white thugs were actually doing that, politicians would be demanding answers. Such random attacks do happen, but it's blacks preying on whites. ...

Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by black thugs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls and at other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities. Most of the time, the race of the attackers, euphemistically called flash mobs, is not reported, even though media leftists and their allies are experts in reporting racial disparities in prison sentencing and the alleged injustice of the criminal justice system.

Racial double standards are not restricted to the political arena and crime reporting; we see it on college campuses and in the workplace. Black people ought to be offended by the idea that we are held accountable to lower standards of conduct and achievement. White people ought to be ashamed for permitting and fostering racial double standards that have effects that are in some ways worse than the cruel racism of yesteryear.
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Liberal Study: Anchor Babies, Immigrant Kids Destroying Economy, Fastest Growing Population Grp
Debbie Schlussel
Debbie Schlussel [blog], 19 June 2012

Here's more hard evidence that Barack Obama's newly announced amnesty for "kids" under age 30 is creating long-term damage to America. And it's a policy, by the way, which Mitt Romney wouldn't say he'd reverse . . . because he won't. We've long known that anchor babies–not just their illegal alien parents–are a huge drain on American society and our dying economy. They cost the State of California – just that state – billions of dollars. But now even a liberal children's foundation is sounding the clarion call through a study that says America's future will be undermined by the children of immigrants, that they will destroy an economy which is already pretty sick and wounded.

The education, health and socioeconomic lot of the children of immigrants, the fastest-growing population group in the U.S., has raised concerns about how those children will perform when they enter the workforce.

Many of the parents are Hispanic and speak little or no English. And though the story of the U.S. is one of immigrants whose children assimilate, some researchers worry about the prospects for this generation. Their performance, they say, could undermine the U.S. economy as the children grow up, affecting everything from medical services for baby boomers to home prices.

"The baby-boom generation ... will increasingly depend on children of immigrants to ensure the economy is productive," said Donald Hernandez, a sociology professor at Hunter College who wrote a report on the children of immigrants.

The report, released Wednesday, was funded by the Foundation for Child Development, a New York-based philanthropy that sponsors research on children's well-being. The report analyzed official demographic, education and health data collected between 1994 and 2010. . . . Now, a quarter of all children in the U.S. have at least one foreign-born parent. Ninety percent of those 18 million children are U.S. citizens who will begin to reach adulthood next year. . . . A quarter drop out of high school, as opposed to 18% for the children of native-born parents, the report said. . . . Children with origins in Mexico and Central America are least likely of any group to finish school, followed by those whose parents are from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Africa.

More than a third of Hispanic fourth graders were identified by their schools as English language learners, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Education. By the time they are in middle school, English language learners tend to show the poorest performance in math and reading of all groups.

And lest you think these kids are "disadvantaged," think again. ...

And yet with these advantages, the kids of aliens are still failures that even liberals say will further pull our economy down. So, what do we do? We make sure that even those who are here illegally will get "legal status." Thanks, Obama and Romney.

We've sown the oats of our destruction.
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The Immigration Ploy
Thomas Sowell, 19 June 2012

President Obama's latest political ploy – granting new "rights" out of thin air, by Executive Order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children – is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country's long-run problems.

Whatever the merits or demerits of the Obama immigration policy, his Executive Order is good only as long as he remains president, which may be only a matter of months after this year's election.

People cannot plan their lives on the basis of laws that can suddenly appear, and then suddenly disappear, in less than a year. ... ...

Kicking the can down the road is one of the favorite exercises in Washington. But neither in the economy nor in their personal lives can people make plans and commitments on the basis of government policies that suddenly appear and suddenly disappear.

Like so many other Obama ploys, his immigration ploy is not meant to help the country, but to help Obama. This is all about getting the Hispanic vote this November.

The principle involved – keeping children from being hurt by actions over which they had no control – is one already advanced by Senator Marco Rubio, who may well end up as Governor Romney's vice-presidential running mate. The Obama Executive Order, which suddenly popped up like a rabbit out of a magician's hat, steals some of Senator Rubio's thunder, so it is clever politics.

But clever politics is what has gotten this country into so much trouble, not only as regards immigration but also as regards the economy and the dangerous international situation. ...

How do you check someone's claim that he was brought into the country illegally when he was a child? If Obama gets reelected, it is very unlikely that illegal immigrants will really have to prove anything. The administration can simply choose not to enforce that provision, as so many other immigration laws are unenforced in the Obama administration. ...

Not only is border control fundamental, what is also fundamental is the principle that immigration policy does not exist to accommodate foreigners but to protect Americans – and the American culture that has made this the world's richest, freest and most powerful nation for more than a century.

No nation can absorb unlimited numbers of people from another culture without jeopardizing its own culture. In the 19th and early 20th century, America could absorb millions of immigrants who came here to become Americans. But the situation is entirely different today, when group separatism, resentment and polarization are being promoted by both the education system and politicians.
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Judges who allow foreign criminals to stay in Britain
David Barrett and Josie Ensor
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2012

Three senior immigration judges have allowed 26 foreign criminals to stay in Britain because of their "right to family life" in the past year, while ruling that only seven should be sent home.

An investigation into decisions by the country's highest immigration court has revealed how some judges rule far more often than others in favour of offenders seeking to avoid deportation.

While one judge backed claims by 11 criminals and ruled against only two, another ruled against all nine criminals whose cases he heard. ...

The findings indicate that plans by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to crack down on the way foreign criminals use human rights to avoid being deported risk being undermined in the courts.

MPs will this week be asked to back the new proposals, which will see judges issued with new guidelines saying that only in "exceptional" cases should criminals be able to avoid deportation by citing their "right to a private and family life" under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

But lawyers claim the Home Secretary's plans lack teeth and will result in a cascade of legal challenges and delays.

The investigation looked at all 184 appeals against deportation by foreign criminals in the 12 months up to June 1 which were brought under Article 8, in whole or in part, in the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

It showed that in these cases - which are exactly the kind Mrs May is seeking to curb - criminals won 96, or just over half.
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Christian GP fighting for his job had prayed to God for a challenge
Cristina Odone
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2012

Dr Richard Scott was given a warning by the General Medical Council after he told a suicidal patient that Christianity may offer help and he is now fighting to keep his job. ...

He also found himself fighting for his own life, after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Though Dr Scott has undergone painful surgery, radiation and two rounds of chemotherapy, the cancer, he says, has been the least of it.

What upsets him most is the realisation that it has become dangerous today to express Christian beliefs in the workplace. ...

In finding that Dr Scott pushed his religious views on his patient, the GMC warned that if any further complaints are made about him, the GP of 28 years' standing risks being struck off the medical register.

His appeal against the official warning was quashed last Thursday, after a four-day hearing that his counsel, Paul Diamond, called "Stalinist". ...

The same council that allows doctors to promote the healing effects of homoeopathy, chiropractic and reiki, also known as palm healing – which are all unsupported by Western, evidence-based medicine but are backed by belief systems – has banned the mere mention of faith and prayer in a consultation.

Yet, as Dr Scott points out, the medical impact of prayer has been proved in a number of scientific studies.

"Christians recover 70 per cent faster," he says. "They're also less likely to get depressed. In America, medical schools have even introduced spirituality and health courses because they recognise the significant role of faith as part of therapy."

So, too, do the GPs at the Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate. Posters and leaflets at the surgery – which is described in its literature as "expressly Christian" but accepting of patients of all faiths – advises that "if you don't want to talk about faith, let doctors know". ...

The former missionary doctor and father-of-three believes that Christians must keep their faith "in the closet" or risk punishment. ...

Dr Scott believes that efforts to eradicate Christianity's presence in public life are growing. ... ...

Dr Scott agrees that Christianity challenges this self-regard by accepting taboos and cherishing principles that the contemporary "anything-goes" culture has rejected. However, as he point out, such moral absolutism when professed by Muslims is somehow acceptable, but in Christians smacks of imperialism.

Dr Scott fears, too, that religious charities and organisations that run hospitals, schools and hostels for the homeless are being squeezed out of the public arena.
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Bangers ban in hundreds of schools
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2012

Pork is being banned from school dinners even where the majority of parents have no religious objection to it.

Head teachers are deciding for "cultural" and "religious" reasons to drop traditional sausages and ham from children's lunches.

One council has issued "best practice" advice to all schools in its area to "ban all pork products in order to cater for the needs of staff and pupils who are not permitted contact with these for religious reasons".
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Will a new immigration policy get Latinos to the polls?
William Marquez
BBC, 16 June 2012

President Obama's decision to halt the deportation young undocumented immigrants has generated a wave of positive reactions from the Latino community in the US and from advocates of immigration reform.

His critics, however, accuse the president of ignoring Congress by using "prosecutorial discretion" - his executive prerogative - to implement the measure. They also say it is a strategic move in his bid for re-election.

The initiative addresses one of the most sensitive aspects of the immigration issue: what to do with the children who were brought in illegally by their parents.

The measure allows undocumented youths between the ages of 16-30 who have been in the country for at least five consecutive years to remain in the country and apply for work permits. It is estimated to affect up to 800,000 people.

"This is great news," said Clarissa Martinez, of the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy organisation in the US. "It is the correct use of prosecutorial discretion in light of the inaction from Congress to approve a comprehensive immigration reform."

Prosecutorial discretion is the executive's prerogative to apply policies without a debate or approval from the legislative branch. ... ...

Hispanics are a demographic group considered crucial for success in the upcoming presidential election and with whom Mr Romney has had difficulties connecting. ...

Nevertheless, some believe that the president has taken the most explicit step yet in ignoring the constitutional functions of Congress.

"I don't think it's too much to describe this as a lawless act," Mark Krikorian from the Center of Immigration Studies in Washington says. "This is really making immigration law without the input from Congress."

Mr Krikorian points out that, in principle, he is not against the Dream Act, but any decision on immigration must be in consultation with the legislators.

"This administration is willing to do whatever it takes, even outside the law, to achieve its political objectives. It's a desperation move," he said.

The president's re-election strategy has had difficulties of late but today's announcement could very well revitalise his campaign.

And there have been plenty of positive reactions from the Democrats.

"There had clearly been some disappointment from the Latino electorate but this is going to fill them with enthusiasm," Maria Cardona, a strategist for the Democratic party, said.
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Around 100,000 Jamaicans could benefit from new Obama immigration policy
Stabroek News, 16 June 2012

Leaders in the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States estimate that as many as 100,000 Jamaicans could benefit from the new immigration policy announced today by US President Barack Obama.

Under the new policy, the US Government has agreed to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country before they were 16 years-old and are currently under 30 years-old.

Those who fall within that category will be allowed to apply for work permits that will be good for two years with no limits on the number of times it can be renewed.

However, these persons will have to demonstrate that they have been in the US for the last five years, do not have a criminal record and that they graduated from a US high school or served in the military.
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James Lovelock on shale gas and the problem with 'greens'
Leo Hickman [interviewer]
The Guardian - blog, 16 June 2012
[Interview with the scientist Dr James Lovelock]

The problem with ideologues from Marx onwards is that they tend to imagine that human nature is very different from what it actually is. We're still animals and we behave like animals and it doesn't take much to knock our "civilisation" away. People are very, very sensitive about territory and if you move a new lot of people into their territory, they don't like it one bit. Politicians are very stupid if they think they can get away with that sort of thing. You could easily get me to generalise about things that I'm not really competent to talk about, but I do feel that's the case. It's not that people are racist per se. We're naturally racist, you can't get away from it. We try to curb it and be sensible. People are very rarely individually racist, but they don't want a large culture dumped on them. I don't know anyone personally who would be nasty to someone because of their colour or because they come from a different country. It's not in our style in these islands.
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North is 40 years behind rest of country in terms of racism, claims study
Sara Malm
Daily Mail, 15 June 2012

The North-East of England is 40 years behind the rest of the country in terms of attitude to race, a damning report claims.

A study made by academics at three prominent universities in the area says racism is experienced across the entire region and that it has an alarming rate of racist attacks and abuse with the police force being singled out as the worst culprits.

The report includes claims of women wearing traditional clothing being spat at, verbally abused and having their hair scarves pulled off in a shopping centre, and a mosque being racially targeted as public agencies in the region fail to take diversity issues seriously.

Professor Gary Craig, of Durham University, was research director for the Race, Crime and Justice in the North-East Region report.

He said: 'In the North-East, we are still not used to a multicultural society and issues such as racism are still very serious, particularly in rural areas where the minority population is relatively small and isolated.

'We are witnessing the same difficulties with racism that you would have found in other regions 30 or 40 years ago.

'Sometimes it feels like being in a time warp.'

The report says racism remains a 'major issue' in the North-East, with black and minority ethnic (BME) people still experiencing racism at individual and institutional levels across public and private sectors, and in particularly in the criminal justice system.

The study, which took eight months to complete, claims the discriminatory behaviour is not restricted to multicultural areas but is spreading right across the region, regardless the percentage of white British people in any particular place studied. ...

The report, by Durham, Teesside and Northumbria university staff was funded by the Ministry of Justice with the aim to put a stop to racism in the region.
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Cheats abuse law to overstay in Australia
John Masanauskas
Daily Telegraph [Australia], 15 June 2012

Failed asylum seekers, foreign students overstaying their visas and others facing deportation admit to rorting the immigration system to stay in Australia, according to an official report.

The Immigration Department study revealed unsuccessful visa applicants had a "dig in and resist" mentality, believing they had a "personal entitlement" to stay in Australia and could beat the system with persistence. It found some refugee advocates, migration agents and religious groups misled asylum seekers by raising expectations and false hopes about their chances of staying in Australia.

Based on interviews with people facing removal from Australia and immigration officers, the report revealed the department was besieged by those with a "stay-at-all-cost" mindset.

It found people used every means to extend their stay and many saw marrying an Australian as a viable way to remain permanently, with the aim of later bringing out family. ...

"They believed the system was there to be exploited and no decision was seen as final."

Among those surveyed were Afghan, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, UK and New Zealand nationals. Most had been in Australia between two and 10 years - some for decades. ...

The report said many surveyed asylum seekers were drug addicts and had mental health problems, and they had a general attitude that the department lacked credibility and was "just trying to get rid of people". The Management Of Enforced Removals In Australia: A Client Perspective report was done for the department by consultants Hall & Partners/Open Mind.
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Myanmar conflict spurs hatred for Asia's outcasts
Todd Pitman
Associated Press, 14 June 2012

They have been called ogres and animals, terrorists and much worse – when their existence is even acknowledged.

Asia's more than 1 million ethnic Rohingya Muslims are considered by rights groups to be among the most persecuted people on earth. Most live in a bizarre, 21st-century purgatory without passports, unable to travel freely or call any place home.

In Myanmar, shaken this week by a bloody spasm of violence involving Rohingyas that left dozens of civilians dead, they are almost universally despised. ... ...

The Myanmar government regards Rohingyas mostly as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, despite the fact many of their families have lived in Myanmar for generations. Bangladesh rejects them just as stridently.

"This is the tragedy of being stateless," said Chris Lewa, who runs a non-governmental organization called the Arakan Project that advocates for the Rohingya cause worldwide.

"In Burma they're told they're illegals who should go back to Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, they're told they're Burmese who should go back home," Lewa said. "Unfortunately, they're just caught in the middle. They have been persecuted for decades, and it's only getting worse."

That fact was made painfully clear this week as Bangladeshi coast guard units turned back boatload after boatload of terrified Rohingya refugees trying to escape the latest violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Rohingyas have clashed with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, and each side blames the other for the violence.

The boats were filled with women and children, and Bangladesh has defied international calls to let them in, saying the impoverished country's resources are already too strained. ...

The grudges go back far. Bitterness against the Rohingya in Myanmar has roots in a complex web of issues: the fear that Muslims are encroaching illegally on scarce land in a predominantly Buddhist country; the fact that the Rohingya look different than other Burmese; an effort by the former junta to portray them as foreigners. ...

Myanmar's government has the largest Rohingya population in the world: 800,000, according to the United Nations. Another 250,000 are in Bangladesh, and hundreds of thousands more are scattered around other parts of the world, primarily the Middle East. ...

The Rohingya must get government permission to travel outside their own villages and even to marry. Apparently concerned about their numbers growing, authorities have also barred them from having more than two children. ...

While vitriol has come from both sides, what makes the latest unrest unique is that virtually "the entire population is openly and completely against" them, said Sai Latt, a writer and Myanmar analyst studying at Canada's Simon Fraser University.
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Behind Enoch Powell's monstrous image lay a man of exceptional integrity
Peter Oborne
Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2012

For years, Enoch Powell has been a monstrous figure in British politics. Even the mention of his name has been enough to invite damnation by association. Before the last election, David Cameron forced Nigel Hastilow to stand down as Conservative candidate for Halesowen after he praised Powell for being "right" about immigration.

This ugly background makes it extremely interesting that Iain Duncan Smith, one of our most senior cabinet ministers, should have written the introduction to a superb set of essays published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Mr Powell's birth on Saturday. ...

Something has changed. What is it? Part of the answer is that Powell's thought, writing, speeches and indeed the memory of his massive personality have powerfully survived after his death. ... ...

He demanded equal treatment for enemy combatants, as his speech condemning the Conservative government cover-up of the Hola Camp massacre, in which Britain killed 11 Mau Mau rebels, shows. Powell condemned parliamentary colleagues who called the Mau Mau "sub-human". The Labour politician Denis Healey called Powell's contribution (delivered at 1.15 am) "the greatest parliamentary speech I ever heard", with "all the moral passion and rhetorical force of Demosthenes". ...

But now we must come to Enoch Powell's notorious speeches on immigration, which have defined his posthumous reputation and established his pariah status. He challenged the culture of denial that surrounded the subject even then, predicting that the immigrant community would rise much faster than official statistics suggested. His claims were denounced as alarmist and irresponsible, even by The Daily Telegraph. As Tom Bower shows in a well-researched and fair-minded essay, Powell's projections turned out to be much nearer the truth than the official ones.

But he was wrong on every other point. The bloodshed he forecast has not occurred, while his language was dreadful. ...

The case for the defence goes like this: at the time immigration was surrounded by a culture of silence, and Powell was doing no more than bravely voicing the concerns (and using the language) of his constituents. He was no racist, as even opponents like Michael Foot acknowledged, and as his stance over the Hola Camp suggests. And let's not forget that Powell, who had a brilliant war, risked his life for five years in the fight against fascism. But I am certain that the Conservative Party was right to drive him out for his remarks, which had the malign effect that no mainstream politician dared raise the issue of immigration for a generation.

For some, this single episode has been enough to damn his memory, and that can be understood. But Enoch Powell was a man of extraordinary integrity. He walked alone. To quote the late Daily Telegraph commentator TE Utley, doing his best to stand up for Powell in the wake of the notorious "rivers of blood" speech of April 1968: "He does not believe that politics is a hand-to-mouth affair, a succession of expedients to meet unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances." He was never distracted by the tyranny of the present, and was one of the last politicians prepared to resign or to refuse office on a point of principle or out of loyalty to friends.
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Student migrant route is 'wide-open' door to Britain, ministers warned
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2012

Studying in Britain has become the "back door" to the country for 75,000 immigrants a year and ministers are right to restrict their numbers, a pressure group says today.

Migration Watch UK agrees foreign students are valuable but says the current system is far too easily abused, as applicants are not interviewed to see if they are genuine and the Government has "not the slightest idea" how many return home after graduation.

It says the call made by the heads of 68 universities, in a recent letter published in The Daily Telegraph, for students to be taken out of migration figures would only "destroy public confidence" and wreck ministers' attempts to stem the flow of new arrivals to the country.

Contrary to the warnings of vice-chancellors that a crackdown would damage the economy, Migration Watch estimates that cutting foreign student numbers by a tenth would only affect Britain's foreign exchange earnings by 0.2 per cent. ...

Of the 492,000 students admitted to universities in England last year, 24,400 were from Europe and a further 34,000 from elsewhere in the world. Many more come to language schools and other colleges. ...

But in a new paper, Migration Watch points out that the USA, Canada and Australia – the other main destinations for foreign students – also include international students in their net migration figures.

The group adds that other countries also carry out interviews of applicants to check they are genuine, and know exactly which students leave the country after finishing their courses.

By contrast, Britain stopped questioning potential overseas students in 2008 and does not ask people departing the country if they arrived as students.

So although surveys suggest that 2 million non-EU students have arrived in Britain for at least a year over the past decade, "the Government have not the slightest idea" how many have left.

It is estimated that a fifth of foreign students stay after their courses legally while others remain illegally, particularly those from poorer countries, which could mean the population of Britain growing by some 75,000 people a year.
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Amnesty: Italy signs secret migrant deal with Libya
Nikolaj Nielsen, 13 June 2012

Italy has signed a new agreement with the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) to "curtail the flow of migrants," according to a report by Amnesty International.

Details of the pact have not been made public.

But the NGO in a report out on Wednesday (13 June) says it was signed on 3 April and entitles Italian authorities to intercept asylum seekers at sea and hand them back to Libyan soldiers.

It believes the agreement violates Italy's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights because it does not contain human rights safeguards.
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Police forces accused of race bias in stop and search figures
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2012

Major police forces are racially biased in their use of stop and search powers, figures from the equalities watchdog suggest.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission found that in some areas, black people are 30 times more likely to be targeted by officers looking for weapons than whites.

In total, ethnic minorities now make up two-thirds of those subjected to stop and search procedures, up from half a few years earlier.

However the number of searches has fallen while the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police are reviewing the controversial policy.

The EHRC sent out the new study in an email headed: "Police use of stop and search is biased."

Simon Woolley, lead Commissioner on race for the quango, said: "It has been encouraging that some forces, such as the Metropolitan Police, have recognised the need to end disproportionate stop and search. Evidence-led policing is much more effective, and avoids alienating the very people who should be helping the police to catch criminals.

"We will continue working with Association of Chief Police Officers, the Home Office and individual police forces to ensure that effective and targeted policing is also fully in line with forces responsibilities to demonstrate equality and respect for human rights."

It is the latest in a series of reports by the equality watchdog to criticise police use of stop and search powers. ...

The Commission received detailed figures from 24 forces in England on the number of authorisations carried out under Section 60 between April 2008 and March 2011.

The highest numbers of searches were carried out by the Met (258,000 in total, but falling from 114,234 in 2008-09 to 53,509 in 2010-11), followed by Merseyside (40,940).

The proportion of searches for non-white groups rose from 51 per cent in 2008-09 to 64 per cent in 2010-11. ...

Across England as a whole, black people were 37.2 times as likely to be searched as whites in 2010-11 although this falls to 9.3 if London is excluded. ...

In total, there were 4,230 arrests in 2008-09 following stop and search actions, but only 527 related to offensive weapons being found.

By 2010-11 this had fallen to 1,364 arrests, only 220 of which related to weapons.

The report concluded: "Some police forces are stopping and searching a much higher proportion of people from ethnic minorities than live in their community."

It said this could be justified if there was a genuine reason, such as cutting knife crime in an area with a high ethnic population, but not all forces give justification when ordering Section 60 search powers.
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Elderly relatives of immigrants banned from claiming benefits for 5 years
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2012

Immigrants who want elderly relatives to join them in Britain must swear they will not claim benefits for five years, under the Government's latest attempt to limit the number of overseas arrivals.

Anyone who wants to settle in the country will also have to prove they can speak English and pass a new test showing they understand its history and culture, the Home Office said.

Migrants who want their spouses to join them will face tougher investigations of to see if their relationships are genuine, to reduce the number of sham marriages, as well as a new requirement that they must earn at least £18,600.

Meanwhile foreign nationals jailed for at least 12 months are likely to be deported at the end of their sentences while those sentenced to more than four years behind bars face being kicked out even if they claim they have a "human right" to stay living with their family.

But people who live in the country illegally for more than 20 years will still be allowed to apply to settle in the country.

In total, ministers believe the new measures will cut the number of visas granted to family members by up to 18,500 a year – more than a third of the total – and so contribute to their goal of reducing net migration from 250,000 to the "tens of thousands" by 2015.

This will also ease the pressure on public services, saving the taxpayer as much as £570 million in health costs over the next decade, £530m in benefit claims and £340m in education spending. ...

The statement of intent published on Monday represents the final stage of the Coalition's review of entry routes into Britain, following proposals covering work, study, visitors and work to settlement.

The main change is the introduction of an income threshold of £18,600 – rising to £22,400 for those with one child – for anyone who wants to bring a spouse or partner into the country from outside Europe. ...

The "probationary period" before spouses can apply for settlement on the family route will be increased from two to five years to test the strength of their relationship. ...

The changes, some of which will come into force next month, will also restrict the numbers of non-European "adult dependent relatives" who can settle in Britain "in view of the significant NHS and social care costs to which these cases can give rise".

Applicants will not be able to visit this country and then apply to stay here, while uncles, aunts and cousins will not be allowed to take advantage of the family route to settlement.

"We will end the routine expectation of settlement in the UK for parents and grandparents aged 65 or over who are financially dependent on a relative here," the Home Office document said.

Elderly foreigners who want to move to Britain will have to demonstrate that their health needs can only be provided by relatives "and without recourse to public funds".
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Enoch Powell still speaks to us today
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 11 June 2012
[Review of "Enoch at 100", edited by Greville Howard]

Enoch Powell was, until the rise of Margaret Thatcher, the most famous politician in Britain. This was because of his "Rivers of Blood" speech in April 1968, in which he warned of the effects of mass immigration. No single speech since the war has caused greater controversy.

... Powell died in 1998. He would have been 100 this year. The 21st century can consider him in the perspective of history. ...

Enoch had a powerful mind and remarkable gifts of expression. He could think boldly about a huge range of subjects, and then argue about them with intellectual force and high emotion. The editor of this book, Greville Howard, rightly mixes essays about Enoch with whole speeches by the man himself. The reader picks up his strangely compelling tone of voice – the odd combination of eccentric professor and mass orator, of almost archaic obscurity and devastating clarity. ...

His commitment to the British nation state, and above all to the Parliament which embodied it, made him pay relentless attention to the visceral issues which lay behind the questions of the day. "Enoch was right", taxi drivers always used to say 25 years ago. They meant, right about the dangers of mass immigration. Some of them were racists, but I don't think most were. They had a pride in the identity of their nation and a fear when they felt it threatened. Powell spoke to these feelings, and although his language was inflammatory, he was right to raise the subject. In a well-balanced, often critical essay in this book, Tom Bower goes through the whole "Rivers of Blood" legacy. He points out that Powell's prediction of the scale of the problem turned out to be more accurate than that of his critics.

The first words of the "Rivers of Blood" speech are: "The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils." Powell tried sincerely to do this.
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Forces round up dozens of migrants in 2nd wave of arrests
The Jerusalem Post, 11 June 2012

Immigration authorities early Monday morning rounded up dozens of African illegal migrants for deportation in Eilat and other southern cities.

The roundup, carried out by the Population and Immigration Authority's Oz Unit, came one day after authorities arrested 25 migrants in Eilat, among them eight from South Sudan.

Though PIBA had not yet released figures on how many arrests had been made, local South Sudanese in Eilat and south Tel Aviv told The Jerusalem Post that they knew of a large number detained on Monday. The migrants in both cities also said that members of the community were staying indoors to avoid arrest. ...

Hours after Sunday's arrests were announced, hundreds of African migrants, most of them from Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan, marched in Tel Aviv against what organizers said is racism and the mistreatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Israel.
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New immigration clampdown demands £20,000 salary for Brits to marry a foreigner
Simon Walters and Anthony Bond
Mail on Sunday, 10 June 2012

British citizens who marry foreigners will have to earn at least £20,000 a year if they want to set up their family home in the UK under a new immigration clampdown.

The planned changes mean lower-paid Britons would be forced to emigrate if they wanted to live with a loved one from overseas.

And if the foreign-born spouse had children, their British partner would have to earn £30,000 or more, depending on how many children they had.

They will also have to pass a strict new 'combined attachment test' to prove they share a genuine loyalty to Britain, not another country, and they will remain on probation for five years instead of the current two.

The proposals, to be announced by Home Secretary Theresa May, are expected to cut immigration, currently standing at 250,000 a year, by 25,000.

They are designed primarily to combat claims that some foreigners are marrying Britons to take advantage of the UK's generous welfare system.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show today, Mrs May said: 'I think it is important that if people are bringing people into the UK to create a family here in the UK that we say that you should be able to support yourselves and not be reliant on the state.'
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'Most African 'infiltrators' are economic migrants'
Ben Hartman
The Jerusalem Post, 10 June 2012

Exclusive: Head of new Interior Ministry task force on the 'infiltrator problem' tells 'Post' that today in Israel live some 700,000 non-Israelis, around 10% of the country's population.

Almost all African migrants in Israel came to the country for economic reasons and are not genuine refugees, according to the new head of a new task force launched by the Interior Ministry to deal with the issue.

Arnon Soffer, a professor of geography at the University of Haifa and the National Defense College, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that "this claim that they are refugees has been put forth by a group of around 10 Israeli lawyers who make a lot of money from these unfortunate people, making claims before the courts that they are refugees."

He added that while in his estimation there were initially some legitimate refugees from Darfur who came to Israel "all the rest are people who came here to work, just like others like them went to Europe. And what will they say to you, that they came here to work? No, they'll say they fled their country and it's up to you to decide what to believe."

Soffer said that even if there are reports of fighting or bloodshed in South Sudan, geographically Sudan and South Sudan together "are the size of Europe."

"So if someone fires a gun somewhere in Sudan all of the country is in a war? What, we've never had rockets on Haifa and Sderot and this made all of Israel not a great place, what is this nonsense?" he continued.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced the formation of the task force last week, saying that it would have two main goals: stopping further illegal migration to Israel; and finding ways to deport those currently residing in the country illegally. ...

Soffer also gave the estimation that there are around 700,000 foreigners living in Israel today, about 10% of the country's population. Soffer said the population includes about 60,000 African foreign workers, 300,000 Palestinians who have relocated to within the Green Line, 100,000 tourists living illegally in the country, and between 100,000-200,000 non-African foreign workers.

The professor said he doesn't want to involve himself with the issue of who is to blame, saying it's a matter for the media discuss, and that his concern is working to ensure Israel "remains a Jewish, democratic country".
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Squatting rises as eurozone crisis drives migrants into London
Murray Wardrop
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2012

Squatting cases in London's most affluent neighbourhoods have doubled in a year as the economic crisis has led to an influx of foreigners who struggle to find work or accommodation, figures suggest.

The number of applications for court orders to evict intruders from properties in areas such as Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill has risen sharply.

While poor European migrants are being blamed for the increase in squatting, property experts say super-rich foreigners are also responsible.

A surge in foreign billionaires seeking homes in desirable postcodes has seen numerous properties sold but left vacant, allowing squatters to move in. ...

During the 12 months up to October last year, the number of applications for interim possession orders at county courts in London's most affluent areas more than doubled from 25 to 51.
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A fantastic week, but why was it so white?
Kelvin Mackenzie
Daily Mail, 9 June 2012

As a gag at the Jubilee Concert, comedian Lenny Henry offered a throwaway line: 'Hands up if there are any black people here. Right that's three of us... let's have a fight.'

But Mr Henry is not a fool. He knew what he was saying and it struck a chord with me, too. The reality was that during all four days of the Diamond Jubilee, the crowds were astonishingly white.

Disturbingly white. Dulux white.

Our country is changing colour, and will continue to do so.

Just look at London (these statistics are from the 2001 census): 783,000 consider themselves to be Black or Black British, another 866,000 Asian or Asian British, and 226,000 mixed race who may identify themselves as Black.

So in London – after all that's where the main Jubilee celebrations took place – 26 per cent are black or brown. But if you looked at the crowds, the minorities probably made up just 1 per cent of the audience.

Why? I have four main reasons. Perhaps minorities do not consider Elizabeth to be 'their' Queen because she is white – it was the same in America for many voters until President Barack Obama came along.

Perhaps the majority in the black and Asian communities view the Queen as representing entrenched privilege, an issue the Conservative Party faced when it came to Polling Day. Perhaps many did not feel the sense of national excitement because their family history in this country did not start until after 1952.

Or perhaps they did not have their roots in countries that had imperial backgrounds, such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ghana and so on.

The Jubilee was all white on the night, but for the Royal Family to survive it will have to embrace a changing country.
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Los Zetas have formed alliance with Chinese mafia
Dave Gibson, 9 June 2012

According to a former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, the ultraviolent Mexican drug cartel known as Los Zetas has formed a partnership with the Chinese mafia which will result in a sharp increase in Chinese nationals illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico.

Former DEA supervisor, Phil Jordan recently told KRGV News 5: "The Chinese organized criminals - especially when it comes to human smuggling - will team up with anybody that will assist them in transporting people from China to the U.S. via Mexico... The Zetas are well organized in smuggling people in the U.S." ...

The sale of many of the chemicals used in making methamphetamine have been banned, or are now strictly controlled in the United States, as a result, China has become a major supplier of the precursor chemicals used to manufacture the drug for all of the cartels. ...

Last year, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters that between October and November 2010, Mexican authorities seized 818 tons of chemicals used in making crystal meth.

Due to rampant corruption among port officials, the cartels are allowed to receive large shipments of the chemicals from China which are transported to meth labs throughout Mexico. ...

In 2009 alone, the Mexican police and military found 215 meth labs, a 400 percent increase of the labs discovered in 2008.

According to the DEA, 90 percent of the methamphetamine sold in the U.S. is brought into this country from Mexico and distributed by several street gangs such as the notoriously violent MS-13.
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Ed Miliband's progressive English patriotism falls flat
Richard Seymour
The Guardian, 8 June 2012

The Labour leader has called on the left to "embrace a positive, outward-looking version of English identity". He is not the first. From the "progressive patriotism" of Billy Bragg, to the "Blue Labour" patriotism of Maurice Glasman and friends, there is a view among many that the left has to capture the flag for leftist ideas.

This is a long-standing argument on the left. In the 1980s, many Labour-supporting intellectuals, particularly those affiliated to the Communist party, argued that the left had lost to Thatcherism in part because it misunderstood the long traditions of patriotism in parts of the British working class. It was argued that the Thatcherites had effectively appropriate the symbols of nationality for a "national popular" ideology of the right. In response, they argued, the left should not reject patriotism, but rather attempt to occupy the terrain with their own symbols.

In fact, for those who pay attention to such arcanum, those arguments in turn derive from the Popular Fronts of the 1930s. ... ...

Simultaneously, there is a crisis of representation, as the major parties have become increasingly detached from their social base. Labour has struggled to recompose itself in its working-class heartlands, offering only half-hearted resistance to the Tories' austerity agenda. ... ...

But the burden of Miliband's speech is pure "Blue Labour", and its problems are manifold. First of all, like all attempts to articulate a sense of "country", his evocation of Englishness suffers from rhetorical pneumatism: "values" claimed for England that are either meaningless soufflé, or just as applicable to any other country, yet certainly far from universal in England itself. The modes of life within any nation are not merely diverse, but also often antagonistic. How does one reconcile homophobic England to gay England? Spouse-beating England to feminist England? The England of bankers and fatcats to the England of unemployment and service cuts? Nationalist discourse necessarily "mentions" certain modes of life in it, while excluding others.

Second, as a result of the above, politicians who play with patriotism cannot help sounding vapid, unless and until there is a specific threat to be evoked, against which the people can be defined, if only negatively. While Scottish nationalists have successfully linked nationalism to anti-Tory sentiment, the same is hard to pull off in England. This is why the symbols of English patriotism tend to be linked to a politics of domination, and exclusion. Rightist politicians in the more powerful states tend to sound more convincing as nationalists; they are able to see immigration as a threat tantamount to invasion.

Miliband attempts to situate his position in a tradition of English socialism, appropriating the revolutionary patriotism of Orwell and Morris. Whatever you think of this as a tradition, Miliband is no revolutionary: too timid to even speak of class, he wants to cherish Britain's institutions, including the ancient regime of the monarchy. As such, his attempt at a progressive patriotism appears as smug, deferential, and rather conservative.
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Threats to Army units failing to recruit ethnic minorities
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2012

Army units facing abolition or merger must do more to recruit soldiers from ethnic minorities, ministers have signalled.

Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, said that coming reforms in structure must "make sure the Army reflects the Britain of today".

Army chiefs are preparing to reshape the force because of cuts that will reduce it to 82,000 regular soldiers. The restructuring will mean entire battalions are disbanded while others are merged.

Speaking at an Army conference yesterday, Mr Hammond laid out the criteria on which units will be judged, including "recruitment performance".

"The British Army needs to reflect British society," he said. "This is clearly a challenge now; to recruit from the ethnic minorities within British society in proportions that reflect that society." ...

Sources insisted there is no question of setting quotas for units, but ministers are understood be worried that the Army is failing to recruit enough black and Asian Britons, with particular concerns over recruitment in cities in northern England.

Less than seven per cent of the Armed Forces are from ethnic minorities. That figure includes a significant number of personnel from outside the country, meaning the proportion of non-white British citizens is significantly lower.

By contrast, the Office for National Statistics estimates that around 15 per cent of the population is non-white.
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More than 50 European criminals jailed in Britain every week
Daily Telegraph, 7 June 2012

More than 50 European nationals are being jailed in England and Wales every week, prison figures suggest.

In the past decade, the number of Europeans locked up for robbery has doubled, for violent crimes it has more than trebled and for sexual offences it has quadrupled.

A total of 2,696 were put behind bars last year – the equivalent of more than 50 per week – compared to the 1,321 jailed in 2002.

In 2002, judges jailed 196 violent offenders from European countries, 84 sex offenders and 132 robbers but the figures rose to 610, 335 and 262 respectively last year.

The number of EU citizens not from Britain handed indefinite sentences in courts in England and Wales has risen from 98 in 2002 to 367 in 2011, the figures show.
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Cameron created Warsi – will he be forced to destroy her?
Paul Goodman
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2012

In 2001, one in 10 voters were members of ethnic minorities. By 2050, that figure will have risen to one in five. And, in the words of Andrew Cooper, David Cameron's head of strategy, "the number one driver of not voting Conservative is not being white". Mr Cameron was well aware of the grim demographic implication of these facts for the Tories' electoral prospects when he became party leader in 2005. They had only two ethnic minority MPs, Adam Afriyie and Shailesh Vara. Neither had much interest in the fissiparous politics of ethnicity and religion, or in being projected as the face of a modernising Conservative Party. Mr Cameron needed someone to oblige – urgently.

The someone who eventually did so was a punchy, plain-speaking Muslim woman solicitor and unsuccessful parliamentary candidate called Sayeeda Warsi. That Baroness Warsi has never won an election, and is in effect the Prime Minister's own creation, is crucial to understanding her present troubles.


... Lady Warsi had a dual role – to represent the party both to Muslim voters, especially those with a Pakistani or Kashmiri background, and (more importantly) to white, liberal, floating voters whose default view is that the Tories are a bunch of foaming racists. ... ...

... And the architect of this mess isn't so much Lady Warsi as David Cameron. There is a terrible circularity in the story of their relationship. Her original appointment protected the Conservative Party from accusations of racism. However unfairly, her plight exposes the Prime Minister to precisely that charge. In 2007, Mr Cameron rushed into the politics of ethnicity to get his party out of a tight spot. He may now have the opportunity to repent at leisure.
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Has skin whitening in India gone too far?
Rajini Vaidyanathan
BBC, 6 June 2012

For centuries Indian women have been raised to believe that fairness is beauty, and this has given rise to a vast and ever-growing skin-whitening industry - which is now encouraging women to bleach far beyond their hands and face. ...

That a skin lightening product should exist for such a private area has attracted criticism, shock, and disgust from some quarters of the media. ...

Should such products be on sale? Is applying bleach to your skin healthy, and what are the psychological effects on girls who are told they're only pretty if they're paler? ...

But, despite repeated concerns, the lightening industry is booming, and diversifying. One market research firm even reported that more skin lightening creams are sold in India than Coca Cola.

The market, which initially focused on beauty conscious women, is now pitching to men too. ...

You only have to look at posters and ads in India to see glamorous Bollywood stars who, thanks to a bit of graphics software, have dramatically lighter skin tones - with others going the whole hog and endorsing the products.

These are the stars who are worshipped by so many in India, and if many of them are complicit too, then it's fair to assume that this industry will only continue to grow.
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Fast Food Theories Threaten Economic Health
Martin Hutchinson
The Bear's Lair, 4 June 2012

In a theoretical economic model, welfare might be optimized by eliminating immigration restrictions. But that could not happen by moving the Indian, Chinese and African population to the United States and raising their wages to U.S. levels, because they would not be sufficiently more efficient in a U.S. setting to support the higher wages. Instead, while the overall global average wage might be somewhat higher, most of the differential would be eliminated by U.S. wages falling to emerging market levels. U.S. politicians, responsible for the welfare only of the U.S. electorate, would be betraying their voters if they contemplated any such move.

In reality, any such mass migration would incur such huge assimilation costs that the theoretical benefits of leveling the playing field would be largely wiped out. However, that is not a counsel of despair. Free trade is not the same thing as free migration; the case for it is very much stronger. ... ...

Wage differentials between rich and poor countries are natural, caused by differentials in those countries' capital endowments, infrastructure and institutional effectiveness. Their natural level has been reduced by the Internet, and will doubtless be reduced further by future technological advances. But as far as possible, responsible Western policymakers should work to ensure that this reduction in differentials produces only improvements in emerging markets' living standards, without allowing it to immiserate their own people.
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Thousands of EU students owe £20 million in unpaid loans but just nine have been taken to court
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 3 June 2012

Foreign students owe millions of pounds in unpaid student loans – yet only nine have been taken to court to recover the debts.

Nearly half of all students from European Union countries, who can take advantage of subsidised student loans like British students, are failing to meet their repayments.

The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, will raise concerns that many EU students are effectively gaining a degree for free and that not enough is being done to recover the money.

Critics have warned that if tougher action is not taken, taxpayers' money will soon be "haemorrhaging" as unpaid debts mount.

According to official figures, 42 per cent of students from the 26 EU countries outside the UK who owe money after studying at English universities had disappeared or were in arrears as of last April. The total outstanding debt at the end of 2009/10 was £47.4 million.

If the thousands of students missing or in arrears never pay, more than £20 million would be lost to the Treasury. ...

EU students have been eligible since 2006 for loans subsidised by UK taxpayers to cover tuition fees, meaning the first payments were due in 2009.

Money owed by graduates living in the UK is recovered automatically through the tax system as soon as they earn £15,000, rising to £21,000 following this year's increase in tuition fees.

Outside the UK, however, there is no repayment mechanism. Officials have to rely on foreign graduates giving up-to-date information about their earnings and making their own payment arrangements.
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The gloves are off as Quiet Man takes on The Omnishambles
James Forsyth
The Mail on Sunday, 3 June 2012

... a select dozen Tory MPs gathered recently for an extraordinary meeting. ... They listened intently to a presentation by the man who had invited them: Andrew Cooper, David Cameron's director of political strategy.

The slide showed the Tories' poll ratings since the General Election. Cameron's EU veto last December gave the party a bounce in the polls, from 36 per cent to 39 per cent. But from the start of March, the Tories have fallen back to the low thirties. ... ...

Cooper has always thought the Tories shouldn't 'bang on about Europe' and he made the case that these voters weren't deserting the party principally because of its EU policy. He pointed out that two-thirds did not mention the EU at all to explain why they'd abandoned the Tories. Instead, the most common reason given was immigration.
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Israel enacts law allowing authorities to detain illegal migrants for up to 3 years
Dana Weiler-Polak
Haaretz, 3 June 2012

A law granting Israeli authorities the power to detain illegal migrants for up to three years came into effect on Sunday, in the wake of widening public controversy over the influx of African migrants who cross into Israel along its border with Egypt.

The law makes illegal migrants and asylum seekers liable to jail, without trial or deportation, if caught staying in Israel for long periods. In addition, anyone helping migrants or providing them with shelter could face prison sentences of between five and 15 years. ...

All those detained go through an identification process and a medical examination. Those who file for asylum receive a temporary visa to remain in Israel. Sudanese and Eritreans, however, are not allowed to file for asylum, although they are automatically eligible for temporary shelter and a one-way ticket to Tel Aviv. Some migrants continue independently to Arad or Eilat where they often have acquaintances.

According to the ministry, up to 60,000 African migrant currently live in Israel, with 2,031 entering in the month of May alone. ...

Meanwhile on Sunday, Israeli daily Maariv published an interview with Interior Minister Eli Yishai, in which he stated that most of the "Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man."

"I will continue the struggle until the end of my term, with no compramises," Yishai continued, stating that he would use "all the tools to expel the foreigners, until not one infiltrator remains."
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My parents supported Enoch Powell - but that doesn't mean they were racist: Anne Robinson's very personal recollection of Britain's most controversial politician
Anne Robinson
Daily Mail, 2 June 2012

In the early 1980s, I moved to Hampstead in North-West London, where Michael and Jill Foot were my neighbours, and like me besotted dog owners. We formed a close friendship to the extent that I came to regard the Foots as secondary parents.

Jill was an exceptional cook and endearingly hospitable both to young journalists and to her husband's favourite political colleagues.

Thus to my great amusement I learned the Powells were frequent supper guests. Scholarship clearly took precedence over political views. And while Michael disagreed with Enoch on immigration, he never, ever believed Enoch was a racist.
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Thousands of illegal immigrants are being freed 'to safeguard their human rights'
James Slack
Daily Mail, 31 May 2012

Thousands of illegal immigrants have been caught by the authorities before being released 'to protect their human rights'.

One in six of those granted bail later absconds – meaning they must be caught a second time at huge cost to the taxpayer.

Internal Home Office figures show that last year 1,665 immigration detainees were granted bail, of whom 277 later absconded. ...

When trying to deport an illegal immigrant, officials can either start legal proceedings or, in some cases, offer people bribes to go home.

Detainees can then only continue to be held in immigration centres if there is a good chance of them being imminently deported.

At the same time, others cite Article 8 of the Human Rights Act – which gives the right to a family and private life – meaning courts are forced to let them go pending appeals.

There are also often problems in locating documents to identify where immigrants are from – making it impossible to send them home. In many cases, documents have been destroyed deliberately. ...

Earlier this month, it emerged there are 3,900 overseas convicts on bail in the community.

Of these, 2,500 were released from jail more than two years ago – including 817 who have been at large for five years or more, UK Border Agency statistics showed. ...

This month it also emerged that, of the 1,103 foreign prisoners who were released without being considered for deportation, only 399 have been deported six years on.
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Inmates 'too scared of Muslims to cook bacon'
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2012

Prisoners are under pressure to convert to an Islamic "gang" at a high-security jail, with non-Muslims in fear of violence just for cooking bacon according to an official report.

Inmates at HMP Whitemoor told researchers commissioned by the Ministry of Justice that they changed their faith for protection or were bullied into it.

To avoid confrontation, inmates said they even avoided cooking pork or bacon in communal kitchens or undressing in the showers in case it caused offence. ...

It was also claimed that non-Muslims felt "envy" at the preferential treatment, including better food, given to Muslims.
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Immigration crackdown will damage universities, PM told
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2012

A Coalition crackdown on immigration risks deterring legitimate foreign students and robbing the country of billions of pounds worth of investment, universities warn today.

The heads of universities across Britain suggest that a toughening up of rules surrounding student visas may drive bright applicants towards institutions in other countries.

In a letter to David Cameron, they call on the Government to remove university students from net migration figures to help drive the economy and boost university income. ...

The letter has been signed by 68 chancellors, governors and university presidents, including those representing a number of elite Russell Group institutions, such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Warwick, Leeds, York, University College London and the London School of Economics.
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Calling someone 'fatty' could become a hate crime
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2012

Ridiculing someone as 'fat' or 'obese' could become a hate crime under an idea being floated by a group of MPs and a leading charity.

A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and the Central YMCA recommended MPs should investigate putting "appearance-based discrimination" on the same legal basis as race and sexual discrimination.

Under the Equalities Act 2010, it is illegal to harass, victimise or discriminate against anyone on the basis of a number of 'protected' characteristics, such as their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

The parliamentary group, supported by the charity Central YMCA, has today published a report, Reflections on Body Image, recommending "a review into the scale of the problem of appearance-based discrimination and how this would be best tackled".

It goes on: "This may include exploring whether an amendment to the Equalities Act would be the most appropriate way of tackling such discrimination."

Under the current act, people can and are prosecuted for verbal abuse if it is deemed serious enough. ...

Almost two-thirds of British adults are now either overweight or obese, as measured by body mass index (BMI), a proportion that is forecast to steadily increase in coming years.
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Is Ukraine racist or not?
Michelle Goldhaber
Kyiv Post, 30 May 2012

In the days running up to the Euro 2012 European football championships, Ukraine has seen an onslaught of media reports and heated debates regarding racism in the country. As an American expatriate who has been researching racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine for the past 10 years, I must admit I am delighted that these societal handicaps are finally getting the international, not to mention domestic attention they have long deserved. ...

1. Of course there is racism in Ukraine. Black students have been getting beat up for years. ...

2. Media reports are often dramatized and inflammatory. Is this really news? Like it or not, this reporting strategy certainly serves to stir the pot and stimulate discussion. And though the tenor of racist reports in Ukraine may sound hysterical and overblown, it may just accurately convey the shock that many foreigners feel when first encountering the extent and openness of intolerance in the country. ...

See, unfortunately, it is not only minorities or foreigners who suffer from racism in Ukraine. It is mainstream Ukrainians as well.

While of course there are deeply embedded prejudices among most people in the country (show me a country where there are not), and a general cultural acceptance of xenophobia, and even a willingness to often turn the other cheek, there are also a plethora of individuals who, sometimes even despite their own instincts, go way out of their way to help people, try to dissect their own assumptions and first impressions, and go even further to advocate for minority rights among their fellow mainstream Ukrainians.
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Second and third generation migrants struggle to understand even basic instructions in English
Daily Mail, 28 May 2012

They were born in the UK, but many second and third generation immigrants speak or understand hardly any English, it was revealed today.

Their poor understanding of the language means they are unable to take notes or understand basic instructions on training courses ranging from engineering to electronics.

Experts warn that low standards of English in some minority groups have been blamed for widening ethnic divisions and creating communities where it is the second language.

It was also reported that:

• Schools were blamed for failing to teach the language to children well enough. And;

• Families deliberately discouraged children from learning English to protect their culture and ensure they could talk to their grandparents.

Philida Schellekens, author of the national standards for translators, warned about English standards last week at a conference run by Cambridge Assessment, the exam board ... ...

Phil Woolas, the former immigration minister and Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth backed Ms Schellekens.

He told the Sunday Times that poor English was a significant cause of segregated communities in northern towns.
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Immigration rules 'need radical shake-up'
Daily Express, 28 May 2012

A radical series of new controls is needed if the Government's target for cutting immigration is to be achieved, a report said last night.

The think-tank MigrationWatch UK said more needed to be done to reduce annual net immigration to the "tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands" David Cameron promised.

Figures from the past 10 years revealed that 300,000 immigrants from outside the European Union arrived in Britain annually but only 100,000 left.

To curb the net influx, ministers had to take a series of measures to close loopholes in the system. ...

The think-tank has called for tougher penalties for employers hiring illegal workers, a crackdown on illegal accommodation and a reduction in the length of visitor visas from six to three months.
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Is Britain a racist nation? One in three Brits 'admits to being racist', according to poll
Jill Reilly
Daily Mail, 28 May 2012

A third of Brits admit they are racist, a shock report has revealed.

The worrying figure emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults who were asked to honestly express their feelings about foreign nationals living and working in this country.

One in three admitted regularly making comments or being involved in discussions which could be considered racist.

Additionally, more than one in ten admitted they had been accused of being a racist by someone close to them.

And almost 40 per cent confessed to using the phrase 'I'm not a racist, but ...' when discussing race issues facing Britain today.

Alarmingly, many felt their animosity towards foreigners was passed down by previous generations.

But the country's immigration policy also emerged as a trigger for emotions which could be considered racist.

The true extent of the racist undercurrent within the country was revealed in a nationally representative study carried out by OnePoll in which 88 per cent of the respondents classed themselves as 'White British'.

Anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate, said they were not 'surprised' by the poll results. ...

The study also found one in five accept the fact people around them make disparaging remarks about different ethnic groups - and are not bothered by it.

Age-wise, the over 55s were found to have the biggest chips on their shoulders, with the 18-24 age range close behind.

The younger of these two brackets were also more likely to admit making racist comments or partaking in behaviour which could be deemed racist.

The Government's immigration policy was slammed by many of those who took part in the study.

Seventy one per cent said they felt the 'open doors' approach to foreign nationals was leading to an increase in racist feelings.

As many as one in six demanded Britain close its doors to anyone who is not a UK national.

Just over four out of ten said they felt a strict number of immigrants should be allowed in at any one time.
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The jubilee can inspire a British patriotic revival
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 28 May 2012

An uplifting mood of patriotism is sweeping through Britain. As the Queen's Diamond Jubilee approaches, a deep-rooted sense of national pride has reasserted itself. ...

The snobbish, disloyal elitists have spent decades telling us that nationhood is an outdated concept, that our future lies in a multi-cultural society without any borders. ...

But the widespread enthusiasm for the Jubilee is a wonderful rejection of the values of the politically correct brigade who have dominated our civic culture for too long. ... ...

The Jubilee is the very antithesis of everything the metropolitan progressives represent. So they loathe the Union Flag, treating it as a symbol of racial oppression and outdated imperialism. ...

The progressives like to claim that British patriotism is a divisive force. In this vein the last Labour government appointed a commission, under the chairmanship of Indian-born political theorist Bhikhu Parekh, to examine "the future of multiethnic Britain".

Upholding the worst of politically correct dogma, Lord Parekh's commission came to the conclusion that the term Britishness had "systematic, largely unspoken racist connotations" and that British history needed to be "revised, rethought and jettisoned" because of our racist past.

Even worse, the commission argued that the very existence of Britain as a nation was offensive and in future it should be referred to as "a community of communities". ...

Only five years ago the President of the National Union of Teachers, Baljeet Ghale, declared that the teaching of British values "only fuels racism", adding that "what it means to be British stands in the shadow of racism".

The celebrations for the Jubilee expose the nonsense of this analysis. Far from dividing people, patriotism brings them together. A shared national identity actually unifies society, whereas nothing fractures Britain more dangerously than the ideology of multi-culturalism, which promotes separatism by encouraging migrants to cling to the customs, even the language, of their places of origin.
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Theresa May: we'll stop migrants if euro collapses
Robert Winnett and James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2012

The Government is drawing up plans for emergency immigration controls to curb an influx of Greeks and other European Union residents if the euro collapses, the Home Secretary discloses today.

In an interview in The Daily Telegraph, Theresa May says "work is ongoing" to restrict European immigration in the event of a financial collapse. ...

The introduction of immigration controls within the EU would undermine a key part of the single market. However, it is allowed in "exceptional" circumstances under European law.

Controls are most likely to include restrictions on people seeking to work in Britain, who could be made to apply for visas.
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Migration to UK more than double government target
BBC, 25 May 2012

Net migration to the UK remains more than double the government's target of fewer than 100,000 people a year, according to new figures.

In the 12 months to last September, net migration - the number arriving in the UK to stay for more than a year minus those leaving for good - was 252,000.

The figures reflect a drop of just 3,000 on the previous year.

The government has pledged to cut it to "tens of thousands" by 2015 and Labour said it was "failing badly".

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show estimated long-term immigration to the UK in the year to September was 589,000, compared with 600,000 in the year to September 2010. The figure has remained at a similar level since 2004.

Estimated long-term emigration from the country over the same 12 months was 338,000, compared with 345,000 for the year before.

The number of National Insurance numbers allocated to non-UK nationals in the year to December 2011 was 671,000, a rise of 1% compared with 2010.

The most common reason for people coming to the UK is to study, as in previous years. This accounted for 250,000 of the arrivals, up slightly from 245,000 in the year to September 2010.
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Court cases hampered by translation failures
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2012

Up to 50 court cases a day were delayed or postponed because of failures by a translation contractor to provide an adequate service, ...

The MoJ report also revealed the scale of the impact immigration has had on the courts system.

A total of 26,059 requests for translation services, covering 142 different languages, were made by the courts during the three months of February to April.

That is the equivalent of 290 a day, with criminal courts accounting for 53 per cent of them.

Four languages made up more than a third of all requests: Polish, Romanian, Urdu and Lithuanian.
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Racism in Lebanon: Black is not thought beautiful
The Economist, 26 May 2012

The multilingual, fashion-conscious residents of Beirut, Lebanon's capital, fancy their city to be cosmopolitan. But not everyone is welcome. Black people and foreigners from Asia and elsewhere in the third world who make up the bulk of migrant workers are often turned away from the city's smarter venues. Conscious of the bad blood this can cause, Lebanon's government has warned beach clubs against barring entry on the basis of race, nationality or disability.

But racism is unlikely to be erased overnight, either in Lebanon or in many other Middle Eastern countries where blacks are routinely looked down on. Racist taunts are often heard on Egypt's streets, and in Yemen, darker-skinned people, known as al-akhdam ("the servants"), who make up perhaps 5% of the population, are confined to menial jobs and tend to dwell in slums. In Libya rebel militias often targeted darker-skinned people from nearby countries such as Chad and Mali and from countries further south, accusing them of being mercenaries of Muammar Qaddafi.

Filipinos, Sri Lankans and Chinese-Americans, among others, whisper of racist slurs both at work and on Lebanon's streets. ...

Some people blame the legacy of the slave trade, which brought sub-Saharan Africans, as well as others, to the region from the 7th century onwards. But Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch, a New York-based lobby group says that racism persists in the region because governments have been lax about tackling it. "There are racists everywhere in the world, but in many countries it is now taboo to make comments, partly because there are laws against it," he says. "Here, even when there is legislation, it is never applied."
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Israel, land of Jewish refugees, riled by influx of Africans
Joshua Mitnick
Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2012

Violent riots broke out in Tel Aviv last night as a growing tide of African migrants strains Israel's ideal as a land for refugees.

In an ironic twist, Israel's most tolerant city erupted in violent riots against African migrants last night, eliciting comparisons with "pogrom" attacks on European Jewish communities in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Over the past five years, tens of thousands of African refugees have poured into Israel, particularly into Tel Aviv's more conservative working-class southern neighborhoods. Their presence has fueled a growing moral and policy dilemma that pits the Jewish collective memory of refugeedom against present day fears for the state's economy and Jewish majority.

"Here is Israel, a country of refugees who gathered here from all over the world after having suffered for hundreds of years from racist persecution, discrimination, blind hatred, pogroms and death camps," wrote Shai Golden, a columnist in the Maariv newspaper, today. "Along come the members of the third generation after the restoration of this nation and they are amassing now against other refugees because of their difference, because of the color of their skin, because of their own economic and social distress, and they are behaving exactly the way the members of the host countries that hosted their parents and grandparents behaved." ...

The African migrants crossing illegally into Israel from Egypt are seeking refuge from oppression back home but have been left in a legal limbo by Israeli authorities who refrain from deporting them but won't grant work permits or residency status. ...

The municipality estimates there are 60,000 Africans residing in a city with a population of about 400,000. That statistic, plus the growing calls of south Tel Aviv residents for solutions, has added a new dimension to the debate. ... ...

The frustration of south Tel Aviv residents is compounded by decades of ethnic bitterness among the working-class Middle Eastern Jews toward the liberal and more elite European Jews, who are seen as sympathizing with the Africans and ignoring the distress of local Israelis. ...

But even some liberal advocates who have called on the government to grant the migrants residency status are acknowledging that the sheer size of the African community is posing a social threat.

"No one except a psychotic racist would deny that the overwhelming majority of Africans here are law-abiding," wrote Larry Derfner, a columnist for the left-wing +972 blog. "But with at least 60,000 here and 2,000 to 3,000 more arriving monthly, all of them crowding into a few neighborhoods of poor, conservative, frightened Jews, they are a threat to the fabric of this society. Given their numbers, there's a limit to how much compassion Israel can show them. At this point, we have to worry about our own first."
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What do we want? A green and pleasant land, with fewer immigrants
Peter Kellner
Prospect, 24 May 2012

The typical Briton loves our countryside, National Health Service and David Attenborough, but thinks immigrants, welfare scroungers and yobs are letting Britain down.

Overall, YouGov's latest survey for Prospect suggests that we are preparing for the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations in a nervous, small-c conservative mood. ... When people are asked to pick the best features of Britain today, three of their top four are our countryside, history and monarchy. The fourth, the NHS, is of course a more recent invention; ...


... We yearn for more rewards for hard work, fewer immigrants and more honest politicians, journalists and police officers. If there is a British dream, it is less about marching confidently towards Churchill's sunlit uplands than clambering out of the hole we fear we are in.
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More than 87,000 racist incidents recorded in schools
Divya Talwar
BBC, 23 May 2012

Nearly 88,000 racist incidents were recorded in Britain's schools between 2007 and 2011, the BBC has found.

Data from 90 areas shows 87,915 cases of racist bullying, which can include name calling and physical abuse.

Birmingham recorded the highest number of incidents at 5,752, followed by Leeds with 4,690. Carmarthenshire had the lowest number with just 5 cases.

A racist incident is defined as any situation perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

In response to the local authority figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, the Department for Education said racism needed to be "rooted out".

Following the inquiry into the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence, the previous government said schools in England and Wales must monitor and report all incidents of racist abuse to their local authority.

However, the coalition government has changed that guidance and schools now have no duty to record and report the data. ...

Sarah Soyei, of the anti-racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card (SRRC), said: "Unfortunately, the numbers of recorded racist incidents are just the tip of the iceberg. ..."

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "These numbers are disappointingly high - we would really hope this is not the tip of the iceberg. ..."
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Most Chinese favor scrutinizing foreigners: poll
China Daily [Europe], 23 May 2012

Ninety-four percent of participants in a recent online survey agreed that the financial conditions, real estate assets and job status of foreigners living in China should be more closely scrutinized.

More than 6,000 netizens have responded to a poll created on Monday by outspoken children's writer Zheng Yuanjie on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging site. ...

The number of foreigners coming to China has increased significantly since the country implemented its opening-up and reform policies in the late 1970s.

... As of 2011, over 4,700 foreigners were issued permanent residence permits in China.

More than 20,000 foreigners were found to enter, reside or work in China illegally last year, figures from the Ministry of Public Security show.

A source from the ministry claimed that illegal residents tend to be from neighboring countries and are typically employed as foreign language teachers, entertainers or housekeepers.
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Ukraine's Eurovision entry Gaitana 'ashamed' by racism
Oleg Karpyak
BBC, 23 May 2012

For an event meant to celebrate kitsch entertainment, the Eurovision Song Contest retains an almost unrivalled ability to cause controversy.

That is certainly the case in Ukraine this year, where the run-up to the event has been marred by a row over racism.

The right-wing Freedom Party attacked the ground-breaking selection of a Gaitana - who is half Congolese - to represent Ukraine.

"Millions of people who will be watching will see that Ukraine is represented by a person who does not belong to our race," said Yuri Syrotyuk, whose party is preparing to contest the parliamentary elections later this year.

"The vision of Ukraine as a country located somewhere in remote Africa will take root," he added.

He later denied accusations of racism and said that he was criticising the "lack of transparency in the national selection".

But his comments were widely condemned in Ukraine by all the mainstream political parties, and celebrities including the boxers Vitaly and Volodymyr Klitschko, and the winner of 2004's Eurovision, Ruslana.

Gaitana, who will compete in the second Eurovision semi-final on Thursday night, said that the racist statement uncovered a "wide-scale" problem in Ukraine. ...

Gaitana's Congolese father studied in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, where he met and married her mother.

Shortly after her birth in 1979 the family moved to Congo-Brazzaville where they lived for five years. However the parents split up, and Gaitana's mother returned with her daughter to Ukraine.
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2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities
Hope Yen
Associated Press, 23 May 2012

The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday.

The Census Bureau released an extensive assessment of its high-stakes, once-a-decade headcount of the U.S. population. Based on a sample survey, the government analysis has been a source of political controversy in the past over whether to "statistically adjust" census results to correct for undercounts, which usually involve minorities who tend to vote Democratic. ...

However, the census missed about 2.1 percent of black Americans and 1.5 percent of Hispanics, together accounting for some 1.5 million people. The percentages are statistically comparable to 2000, despite an aggressive advertising and minority outreach effort in 2010 that pushed total census costs to an unprecedented $15 billion.

Also undercounted were about 5 percent of American Indians living on reservations and nearly 2 percent of minorities who marked themselves as "some other race." ...

The findings come after more than 100 cities including New York challenged the official 2010 results as too low.
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Europe's Anti-Immigrant Voters
Bobby Duffy
Wall Street Journal, 22 May 2012

Majorities in France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Spain and Germany want to reintroduce border controls.

Election campaigns often reveal politicians' perceptions of public opinion. The scramble for votes focuses their minds on what they think people want to hear. Recent elections in Europe have highlighted, among other things, that political leaders across the spectrum are now much more sensitive to public concerns about immigration. ...

Ipsos MORI's global poll of 24 countries on attitudes to immigration included nine European Union member states. In seven of them, the majority of those surveyed regard immigration as having had a negative impact on their country; Sweden and Poland were the only exceptions. Most citizens think there are too many immigrants in their country, and this tends to correlate most strongly with the perception that immigrants place a burden on public services. ...

And as such, the future of Schengen is in doubt – if you listen to the public, at least. Our survey found that a majority of citizens in France (64%), Belgium (62%), Italy (62%), Sweden (59%), Spain (54%) and Germany (51%) favor the reintroduction of border controls in the Schengen zone, while citizens of Britain, a country not even in Schengen, are the most in favor (74%) of increased controls on the continent. Only in Poland do more people oppose reintroducing border controls than support it. Among those in favor, the need to control immigration and improve security are the reasons most frequently cited.
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Britain must limit European immigration during the recession, says ex-Labour minister Frank Field
Rowena Mason
Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2012

Britain must stop letting in so many immigrants from Europe during the recession because the job market is "flooded", Downing Street's poverty adviser has warned.

Frank Field, a former Labour minister and MP for Birkenhead, said immigration from Europe was a major reason that millions of people are struggling to find jobs in the recession.

He said it would be increasingly difficult for unemployed British people to find work while the "market is flooded with over-qualified applicants from Europe".

He said temporary restrictions would help give the Government's welfare reforms a "fair wind", as ministers try to encourage the long-term workless back into jobs.

"During the recession, the Government just needs to tell Brussels that we just can't have free movement of labour," he told The Daily Telegraph.

"How is Iain Duncan-Smith [the Work and Pensions Secretary] going to get people off benefits into work if the market is flood with over-qualified people from Europe?

"There's a huge haemorrhaging of Tory support to UKIP. I would have thought the leadership should look at an idea that would appeal to Tory and indeed many Labour voters." ...

However, the Government quickly dismissed Mr Field's suggestions as it could make it difficult for British people to get jobs abroad.

Damian Green, the immigration minister, said "closing off" the European market would "badly impact" workers. ...

Earlier this month, Switzerland said workers from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia would have to seek authorisation before arriving for work.

The country is not in the European Union (EU), but it said immigration from the economic bloc would now be subject to quotas.

At the time, the EU warned Switzerland it was in breach of a free movement treaty and hinted it could face legal action.
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TB test for migrants who want British visa
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 22 May 2012

Migrants will have to be screened for tuberculosis before being issued with a visa to enter the UK.

New government measures mean people from 67 countries applying to enter Britain for more than six months must pass stringent health checks.

Immigration Minister Damian Green claimed the pre-entry TB screening programme will slash more than £40 million from hospital and airport security bills, as well as saving hundreds of lives.

The move comes as levels of the deadly disease in the UK have hit a 30-year high.

In Victorian times, TB accounted for about one in four deaths but improved living conditions and medicines largely wiped out the condition.

Now the disease is back with a vengeance. There were more than 9,000 cases last year – up five per cent on 2010 and 50 per cent higher than the 6,000 detected in the early 1990s.

Experts blame increased travel and immigration for contributing to soaring rates in the UK. New drug resistant strains of the disease are emerging. ...

Under the scheme, all migrants coming to the UK for more than six months from 67 nations identified as having a high incidence of TB by the World Health Organisation will need to be screened before being granted a visa. They must have a certificate from their home country before they can apply for a UK entry visa.

Screening costs will be paid by the people applying to come here. The minister said £25 million would be saved over 10 years through the removal of screening facilities at airports and a further £15 million would be cut from NHS bills by preventing the importation and spread of TB in the UK.

The programme came after research showed non-UK born people accounted for three-quarters of new TB cases – 20 times higher than in the UK-born population. ... ...

Countries identified by the WHO as having a high incidence of TB include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Ghana and Russia.
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Backing for immigration ban grows, new research reveals
Anne Wright and John Masanauskas
AdelaideNow, 22 May 2012

More than half of Australians want our borders closed and immigration ended.

New research reveals a dramatic swing against border issues, with 51 per cent in favour of saying no to all migrants - a 10 per cent jump since 2005.

Fears over falling job security and the burgeoning population putting more strain on infrastructure are two reasons for the shift in attitudes. The federal opposition said yesterday the anti-immigration sentiment was due to rising public anger about the number of asylum seekers attempting to enter the country.

Just a third of the 2000 people questioned by Quantum Market Research for AustraliaSCAN believed overseas migration made Australia "a more interesting and exciting place", down from almost half in 1995.

Almost two thirds said they believed migrants should try to "adopt the Australian way of life" when they arrived.

The number who believe the country has room to accommodate more people also plunged to less than a third, down from 42 per cent a decade ago.

Monash University migration expert Bob Birrell said the results showed public opinion about immigration had moved into new territory.

"I think they are right to be worried, we have record levels of immigration and as a consequence we are allowing 100,000 migrants to enter the workforce at a time when employment growth is at a level lower than that," Dr Birrell said.

"People are concerned that the present rate of population growth is not sustainable and is going to make Australia a poorer place to live rather than a better one." ...

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said migration had brought substantial economic and cultural benefits to Australia, but net overseas migration numbers had blown out under the Howard government due to an influx of low-skilled workers who abused the system.

"Our immigration reforms are delivering a sustainable level of migration, while responding to labour market needs," he said.
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Human Smuggling Gang Exposed By The People
Halina Watts
The People, 20 May 2012

A human smuggling gang that has sneaked hundreds of criminals and illegal immigrants through UK border controls has been smashed by The People.

The ruthless mob – run by Romanian beauty Marcella Nedea – was secretly transporting fugitives wanted by the authorities OUT of Britain.

Once on the Continent, they could more easily get EU citizen papers and return to Britain legally.

The rat run was a security nightmare for the authorities in the run-up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

Before The People acted, it could have been an open door to terrorists using it as an easy way to slip in and out of Britain.

The gang, who charge up to £1,800 a trip, are believed to have smuggled up to 30 fugitives a week for three years.

They have raked in a fortune with ringleader Nedea, 27, who also runs a cleaning firm, owning numerous properties.

Her No2, a Pakistani called Talet, told our undercover investigator: "If you don't have papers or people want to send you to prison, you can give us money and we will take you out of here. It's easy." ...

A source said: "People smuggling is a major problem and this escape route could have been used by anyone from illegal immigrants to wanted fugitives. This may prove to be a very useful set of arrests."

Our investigators exposed the gang after meeting Talet in east London following a tip-off that he was cashing in on the Government's failure to deport foreign criminals.

The UK Border Agency says there are 3,900 foreign offenders subject to deportation who were still walking the streets at the start of last month. ...

Despite the obvious danger, Talet admitted the operation was a massive success with a queue of customers.

He said: "We send all people. There was one man who married a girl and before that he tried to get asylum. He got documents under one name then married a girl under another name.

"He is running from the Home Office. The Home Office are trying to get him. We sent some girls from my country, Pakistan. They can't get visa or get paper. So they go to Germany and get papers easily. ..." ...

Last night ... Fixer Talet and boss Nedea were being hunted.
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Netanyahu warns of infiltrators 'flooding' Israel
The Jerusalem Post, 20 May 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday of the need to prevent "illegal infiltrators flooding the country," Army Radio reported.

"If we don't stop their entry, the problem that currently stands at 60,000 could grow to 600,000, and that threatens our existence as a Jewish and democratic state," he said at the weekly cabinet meeting, held this week at Ammunition Hill in honor of Jerusalem Day. ...

Israel's rapidly growing African migrant population of around 50,000 has become a hot-button issue over the past two years, and particularly in recent weeks.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai said that African migrants who do not leave Israel willingly must be jailed or expelled.

"I need to return security to the citizens of Israel," Yishai told Army Radio Sunday, adding that Israel can send migrants back to their home countries or a willing third country.

When asked about the morality of sending refugees back to their countries of origin, Yishai said that only a small fraction of the migrants are refugees, and that no other solutions were available. "Whoever is complaining should go to south Tel Aviv or invite the infiltrators to their neighborhood," Yishai said.
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NHS launches 'diversity week' with transgender art
Laura Donnelly
Sunday Telegraph, 20 May 2012

The NHS has funded a "human rights week" with dozens of events including a photographic exhibition to celebrate transgender staff.

Hundreds of managers and front line workers are due to attend conferences and workshops on equality and diversity this week. ...

The events include two all-day conferences involving at least 170 health care managers. ...

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the health service was being hit hard by the demand for efficiency savings and could not afford an expensive week of events.

Funding should only be authorised when it could be shown that it would improve care for patients, she said.

"Ensuring equality and diversity needs to be one of the fundamental elements of the way an NHS trust operates. It shouldn't need a costly and distracting week of events and conferences to ensure that this message is communicated effectively." ...

NHS Employers, the body organising the first "NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week", defended its decision to go ahead with the plans at a time of austerity, but was unable to say how much the week's events will cost.
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UK now has 35 types of family but traditional households prevail
The Scotsman, 18 May 2012

The number of "nuclear" families is continuing to fall, with less than two thirds of British households now consisting of married couples living with their own children, according to a new survey.

Only 61 per cent of families live in traditional households, a figure which is down from 77.6 per cent in the previous generation and 89.3 per cent in the one before that.

The survey, conducted by the parenting website Netmums, found there are now 35 different family types in Britain, an increase of a quarter from a generation ago. ...

The proportion of mixed race families today has doubled to 5 per cent.
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More children born to ethnic minorities than to white families in US
Peter Foster and Jon Swaine
Daily Telegraph, 18 May 2012

For the first time in US history, more children were born to ethnic minorities last year than to white families, new data has shown, highlighting the coming of a seismic shift in the demographic complexion of America. ...

The figures showed that in the year to July 2011, some 50.4 per cent of babies born in the US were born to non-Whites – 26 per cent for Hispanics, 15 per cent African-Americans, 5 per cent Asian and the remaining 4.5 per cent in mixed marriages. ...

Although a weak US economy has slowed Hispanic immigration in recent years, the demographic momentum is firmly with minorities, with white US women now having a median age of 42, compared with just 27 for Hispanics, the peak age for fertility. ...

However Roderick Harrison, a sociologist at Howard University and former chief racial statistician at the US Census Bureau, said that the deep polarisation of US politics was now making it almost impossible to address issues that were of increasingly existential importance to the US.

"The country is close to ungovernable and this is something that is just getting to be beyond us," he said, "There are more benefits for political parties to exploit these divisions for short-term gain than to work for an overall solution that would require compromises, but would put the country on the right course. I don't see very much hope". ...

Jamal Simmons, a Democratic political consultant and race-relations expert, said that the coming racial collision would be a "huge factor" in trying to plot a successful course for the US, but that key was making people understand that the economic issues cut both ways.
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Warsi: Minority of Pakistani men see white girls as 'fair game'
BBC, 18 May 2012

A "small minority" of Pakistani men see white girls as "fair game", Baroness Warsi has said.

It is important to "speak out" and acknowledge the problem in order to tackle it, she added.

Lady Warsi, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, is co-chair of the Conservative party.

Her comments follow the jailing of nine men, eight of whom were of Pakistani origin, in Rochdale for sexually abusing young girls. ...

Following the trial, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), which led the investigation, played down suggestions there was a racial element to the case.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: "It just happens that in this particular area and time, the demographics were that these were Asian men."

And head of the Crown Prosecution Service in the North West, Nazir Afzal, said it was wrong to put race at the centre of the case. ...

Lady Warsi echoes comments made by Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk who said it would be "daft" to ignore a "race element" to the case.

Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said it was "fatuous" to deny racial and cultural factors. ...

Last year former home secretary Jack Straw caused controversy when speaking about a similar case of abuse in Derby.

Mr Straw suggested some men of Pakistani origin see white girls as "easy meat".

"There is a specific problem which involves Pakistani heritage men... who target vulnerable young white girls", he said.
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Has the Bell Begun To Toll for the GOP?
Patrick J. Buchanan, 18 May 2012

Among the more controversial chapters in Suicide of a Superpower, my book published last fall, was the one titled, "The End of White America."

It dealt with the demographic decline of the white majority and what it portends for education, the U.S. economy, politics and national unity.

That book and chapter proved the proximate cause of my departure from MSNBC, where the network president declared that subjects such as these are inappropriate for "the national dialogue."

Apparently, the mainstream media are reassessing that.

For, in rare unanimity, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today all led yesterday with the same story.

"Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S.," blared the Times headline. "Minority Babies Majority in U.S.," echoed the Post. "Minorities Are Now a Majority of Births," proclaimed USA Today.

The USA Today story continued, "The nation's growing diversity has huge implications for education, economics and politics."

Huge is right. ...

Republicans now depend on the vanishing majority for fully 90 percent of their votes in presidential elections, while the Democratic Party wins 60 to 70 percent of the Asian and Hispanic vote and 90 to 95 percent of the black vote.

The Democratic base is growing inexorably, while the Republican base is shriveling.

Already, California, Illinois and New York are lost. The GOP has not carried any of the three in five presidential elections. ... ...

Thus the GOP refrain: We must work harder to win over Hispanics.

Undeniably true. But how does the GOP appeal to them?

Fifty-three percent of all Hispanic children are born out of wedlock, with no father in the home and many of the moms themselves high school dropouts. Most Hispanic kids thus start school far behind.

In tests of fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders, their scores are closer to those of African-American kids than whites and Asians. Their dropout rate matches that of black kids. ...

Not a formula for social peace.

Comes the reply: We must spend more to close the racial gap in test scores. Yet, according to The Washington Examiner, in the District of Columbia, the community where we have spent perhaps the most per capita to close the racial gap in test scores, the racial gap is by far the largest in the nation. ...

Establishment Republicans say the party should support amnesty for illegal aliens. Yet this would make millions more eligible for federal programs in a country sinking in debt and mean millions more Hispanics going to the polls, and millions more coming to America in anticipation of the next amnesty.

How would that help the GOP?

By endlessly expanding Great Society programs, by lopping taxpayers off tax rolls, by supporting open borders and endless immigration from the Third World, the Republican Party, out of sheer nobility of character, has probably ensured its impending departure from history.
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What will a white-minority US look like?
Daniel Nasaw
BBC, 18 May 2012

The US has reached a demographic tipping point, with most babies born now belonging to minority groups. ...

Much of the change is driven by high birth rates among the Hispanic population.

The official notice foreshadows the day, expected in the 2040s, when non-Hispanic whites - like the group that founded America - will be in the minority.

In the new US, what will change - and what might remain the same?

The vast majority of young Americans have no qualms about marrying outside their racial and ethnic groups, says Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, so a growing proportion of Americans will be biracial.

"The new generation does not see colour, they don't see race," says Ken Gronbach, a demographer and futurist who writes and lectures on marketing and generational change.

"The whole complexion of the US is going to get darker - we're going to look like [bi-racial baseball player] Derek Jeter."

The shift is already apparent in advertising and will become more so, says Howard Buford, president of Prime Access, a multicultural marketing agency in New York. ...

The baby on the Downy fabric softener logo for decades was blond-haired and blue-eyed, he notes. Now, the child has dark hair and eyes and olive skin. ...

Americans should have little fear of widespread racial and ethnic tension, especially true if America's political and community leaders do a good job of reminding people of the country's history as a diverse haven for immigrants, demographers say.
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Milestone for US as more than half of births come from minority groups
Ed Pilkington
The Guardian, 17 May 2012

America has crossed a landmark in its demographic make-up, presaging a monumental shift in the country's culture, politics and economics, with minority groups for the first time in US history accounting for more than half of all births.

New figures released by the US census bureau underline the changing face of the world's only superpower. They show that most children born between July 2010 and July 2011 belonged to ethnic or racial minorities, with Hispanic families driving the demographic growth.

Within that year, 1.98 million non-Hispanic white babies were born – just below half of the 4m total of births. The proportion of white births – 49.6% in that period – has never before fallen below the halfway mark since the advent of large-scale European immigration to the US.

The milestone has been a long time coming, with key demographic trends leading up to it for at least two decades. But the bare fact that American children under the age of one are now more likely numerically to be Hispanic, black or Asian than they are to be white still constitutes a moment of enormous significance. ...

"Increasingly, the children of America are minority children. The future of this country will to a great extent be tied to its minority population," said Steve Murdock, a sociology professor at Rice University in Texas and former head of the US census bureau. ...

Two-thirds of the growth in the Hispanic population comes from births rather than migration, and under US laws each of the more than 1 million babies born to Latina mothers in 2010/11 are full US citizens. ...

In a year in which the race for the White House could be determined in a handful of swing states with large Hispanic populations, from Colorado to Florida, the potential electoral impact of the demographic movement is also profound.
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Government database flooded with tip-offs over illegal immigrants
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2012

A new government database is being flooded with thousands of complaints about illegal immigrants, raising concerns over the true scale of foreigners living unlawfully in Britain.

Although it has not yet been publicly launched, the National Allegations Database is already receiving tip-offs at the rate of one every six seconds.

The deluge of claims – the equivalent of 100,000 allegations every year – suggests there are far more illegal immigrants in the country than is estimated.

Immigration officers in charge of the system believe the majority of the intelligence passed to them is genuine, leading to 900 separate raids and 700 arrests in only a few months.

The database, which is expected to be launched within a few months, will store intelligence offered by members of the public and employers.

Some 25,600 allegations – around 230 every day – were received and passed on to the database between mid-December and the end of March this year.

Around 16,000 contained enough information to be sent to immigration teams to carry out full investigations.

Those marked as high priority cases include tip-offs relating to terrorism, firearms, weapons, sexual offences, drugs and child-trafficking.

Campaigners welcomed the introduction of the database, which was revealed in a letter to MPs by the chief executive of the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, told the Daily Mail: "This is an astonishing response from the public to an invitation that the Government has barely mentioned.

"It is a pointer to the massive number of illegal migrants in Britain."

Rob Whiteman, chief executive of the UKBA, said that 900 "allegation based enforcement visits" had taken place so far – 700 of which were illegal working operations.

He added: "As a result of these enforcement visits, approximately 700 individuals have been arrested for a variety of offences, including illegal entry, overstaying and facilitation."

In 2005, the Home Office estimated there could be as many as 570,000 illegal immigrants in Britain.

Migrationwatch said the figure was more likely to be around 870,000 because the estimate did not include migrants' children.

The response to the database suggests the figure could be even higher.
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Home Office-approved adviser who made £1 million through helping immigrants stay in the UK
Nick Mcdermott
Daily Mail, 17 May 2012

A Home Office-approved adviser and his wife who made more than £1 million helping scores of immigrants illegally remain in Britain as part of a visa scam were jailed yesterday.

When police raided the family home of Vijay and Bhawna Sorthia, they found bundles of cash totalling £330,000 hidden in a cupboard as well as documents relating to dozens of individuals they had unlawfully assisted.

Mr Sorthia, 35, who ran immigration advisory service Migration Gurus from a small office in North West London, was yesterday imprisoned for 10 years for his part in the lucrative plot.

He first came to Britain as a student in 2000, but then illegally gained a work permit in 2004 after claiming he was employed by a sham company. ...

As an accredited adviser with the Offices of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), which is linked to the Home Office, Mr Sorthia was able to assist individuals with claims for asylum, as well as immigration, residence and citizenship applications.

In its advertising, Migration Gurus touted itself as 'a leading Immigration and Overseas Education consultancy' which had 'assisted hundreds of individuals' enter or remain in Britain.
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Racism and the PC Inquisition
John T. Bennett
American Thinker, 17 May 2012

The incessant pressure of political correctness is not just an academic matter. Any standard of conduct, any law, any test is called racist if minorities on average can't meet the standard, follow the law, or obtain identical scores compared to non-minorities. The result can only be described as a PC Inquisition, which gives rise to orthodoxy with real-world consequences. ...

The current era of intellectual dishonesty and pathological guilt hustling began in earnest with the 1965 Moynihan Report. Senator Moynihan was berated as a "racist" for suggesting that the weakening of the black family would lead to social chaos, even though he blamed family breakdown on joblessness and the lingering effects of slavery. Today, William Julius Wilson, perhaps the most respected sociologist in America on questions of race and poverty, has repeatedly vindicated Moynihan's report, calling it "an important and prophetic document." It took decades of tragedy and pious fraud for society to eventually face up to the costs of broken families. Yet the PC Inquisition continues to distort our discussions of key issues like education and crime. ...

Yet the American educational "system" is constantly blamed for the underperformance of certain groups of students. The "system" is also blamed for the false crisis of the "achievement gap" between minority and nonminority students. PC bureaucrats are willing to sacrifice the interests of talented students in pursuit of social engineering projects. The Washington Post reports that honors classes are being abolished from the curriculum in Fairfax, VA, and in many other schools around the country. ...

The topic of race and crime is taboo, especially amongst those who consider themselves daring and broad-minded thinkers. The trend of racial "flash mob" violence by black teens against "random" non-black victims has gone relatively unnoticed, when it should be a national scandal. Several people have died in separate incidents of the "knock-out game," a race-based and unmentioned disgrace. As for crime rates overall, the picture is stark: the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control lists the homicide rate per 100,000 as 23.1 for blacks, 7.8 for Native Americans, 7.6 for Hispanics, 2.7 for whites, and 2.4 for Asians. The reality of crime in America is that the white and Asian homicide rate is on par with Finland's. The American black homicide rate is on par with those of Zambia and Rwanda (22.9 and 26.6 per 100,000, respectively). Any discussion of "America's" supposedly violent culture that does not take race into account and disaggregate the statistics is terribly misleading. ... ...

Whites have rightly come to see anti-white bias as a bigger problem than anti-black bias, according to interesting recent research by Harvard's Michael I. Norton and Samuel R. Sommers of Tufts University. But the Inquisition continues; the left places no limit on the lies, excuses, white guilt, cultural degradation, and bad policy that flow from political correctness. The only limit will come when people of all races confidently stand for colorblind justice and free inquiry. That would mean that individuals and groups are respected – or criticized – based on the content of their character as it is revealed by their actions.
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Mass immigration is destroying this once great nation
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 17 May 2012

Mass immigration represents a brutal act of betrayal and deceit by the political class against the British people. For years our civic leaders have told us that a vast, never-ending influx of foreigners is the key to strengthening our economy and enriching our culture.

But the remorseless official propaganda about the benefits of ever greater diversity is flatly contradicted by the depressing reality we can see all around us. Instead of prosperity there is only recession and mass unemployment. Far from being enriched our society is gripped by division and fear. Our sense of national identity is obliterated, our heritage traduced.

No social revolution in our history has been more destructive than the recent change brought about by mass immigration, which has been running at an incredible rate of almost 600,000 new arrivals every year, most of them from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. ...

... The cheerleaders for mass immigration and cultural diversity constantly tell us of the inherent superiority of newcomers to the indigenous British.

They are so much "more entrepreneurial, more innovative than the natives", according to one "sophisticated" commentator this week. In its sneering condescension such language is not only inherently racist but it is also absurdly wrong. You would never know from the way diversity maniacs talk that Britain was one of the world's greatest nations before the advent of mass immigration, victor in two world wars and pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. Or that people from migrant communities are more likely than to be unemployed, living on welfare and involved in crime than ordinary Britons.

Not that the metropolitan elite cares. Devoid of any real patriotism they like mass immigration because it lowers the costs of nannies and widens their choice of exotic restaurants. But they are not the ones who have to live with the real consequences of their revolution. ...

For people who love rather than loathe their country there is nothing more disturbing in modern Britain than the spread of sharia law, or the incidence of ethnic gangland violence, or growing fraud in our voting system perpetrated by so-called "community leaders" or the destruction of free speech to avoid giving "offence" to minorities.

In the gentle, well-ordered Britain that once existed there was no room for honour killings or forced marriages or female genital mutilation, all savage customs that have been imported into our midst.


More than 800 foreign criminals avoid deportation five years after release
David Millward
Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2012

The Home Office was last night engulfed in a new border scandal after it emerged that 817 convicted foreign criminals have escaped deportation five years after being released from prison.

Already under fire over the delays it has inflicted on passengers entering Britain, immigration officials were now facing calls to explain how these offenders have remained in Britain despite the courts ordering their removal.

Their existence was disclosed to the Home Affairs Select Committee by Rob Whiteman, the chief executive of the UK Border Agency, the body now responsible for tracking and deporting illegal immigrants and criminals whose deportation has been demanded by the courts.

They are among 3,900 foreign criminals still at large in Britain after being released. The figure represents a small fall on the 3,940 who were still in the country last November.

Unless they have been given permission to work they would, it is understood, be living on some form of benefit. They would also have access to the health service and their children would have a right to go to local schools. ...

Mr Whiteman told MPs that 90 per cent of foreign nationals who were freed to live in the community by the courts, which had ordered their release because there was no realistic prospect of their being removed reasonably quickly.

Removals were being blocked by offenders dragging out appeals in the courts on an array of points of law.

In some cases the rights of their children made it far more difficult to secure deportation, Mr Whiteman added.

Even securing a passport to enable deportation to take place can be an unsurmountable problem.

"There are some countries where we have difficulties in securing the documents. We can't just put people on a flight."

Deportees have even been rejected on arrival, when they deny that they hail from the country to which they have been sent.

One individual has been returned to Britain on nine separate occasions. ... According to immigration sources some countries – including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Iran – are considered too dangerous to deport to.

Countries where difficulties securing travel documents have arisen include India, Iran, Pakistan and Jamaica. ...

The Home Office is understood to have spent nearly £134 million in five years flying home illegal immigrants. ...

A UK Border Agency spokesman said last night. "We have sped up the deportation process and last year we removed over 4,500 foreign criminals. Any foreign criminal sentenced to more than 12 months should be removed from this country and we will never stop trying to locate those who have absconded.
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Harriet Harman's public sector equality laws to be scrapped
Rowena Mason and John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2012

Anti-race and sex discrimination laws brought in under Labour are set to be scrapped because the "unnecessary" rules are damaging businesses, Theresa May has said.

The Home Secretary is planning to get rid of powers that allow companies to be sued if their staff are harassed by customers or clients.

This currently leaves businesses open to lawsuits if they have not stopped members of the public making racist, sexist or "ageist" remarks to their employees.

Mrs May is also hoping to scrap rules that allow people who win discrimination cases to force their employers to change their practices.

The measures were brought in during the last days of the previous Labour government under the Equality Act championed by Harriet Harman, the former minister and deputy leader.

Yesterday, Mrs May also said she would speed up a review of whether public bodies should be forced to promote diversity as a legal requirement.

She revealed in November 2010 that the Home Office would seek to remove this "ridiculous" burden.

Dominic Raab, the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, who has been critical of aspects of the equality agenda, said the Government is "right to take a second look at these ludicrous measures".

"They add costs to business, and far from promoting equality they are socially divisive," he said.

"In particular, the proposal that hard-pressed 25,000 schools, councils and other public bodies have to fill in forms explaining how they are promoting diversity – at a cost of over £20 million per year to the taxpayer – should be scrapped without delay."
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A Censored Race War: The media ignore racially motivated black-on-white crime
Thomas Sowell
National Review Online, 15 May 2012

When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks – beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work – that might sound like news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn't. ...

Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by young black gangs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls, or in other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles, and other places across the country. Both the authorities and the media tend to try to sweep these episodes under the rug.

In Milwaukee, for example, an attack on whites at a public park a few years ago left many of the victims battered to the ground and bloody. But when the police arrived on the scene, it became clear that the authorities wanted to keep this quiet.

One 22-year-old woman, who had been robbed of her cell phone and debit card, and had blood streaming down her face, said, "About 20 of us stayed to give statements and make sure everyone was accounted for. The police wouldn't listen to us, they wouldn't take our names or statements. They told us to leave. It was completely infuriating."

The police chief seemed determined to head off any suggestion that this was a racially motivated attack by saying that crime is color-blind. Officials elsewhere have said similar things.

A wave of such attacks in Chicago were reported, but not the race of the attackers or victims. Media outlets that do not report the race of people committing crimes nevertheless report racial disparities in imprisonment and write heated editorials blaming the criminal-justice system.

What the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress is that the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places. If there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over. ...

Trying to keep the lid on is understandable. But a lot of pressure can build up under that lid. If and when that pressure leads to an explosion of white backlash, things could be a lot worse than if the truth had come out earlier, and steps taken by both black and white leaders to deal with the hoodlums and with those who inflame them. ...

These others extend beyond whites. Asian-American schoolchildren in New York and Philadelphia have for years been beaten up by their black classmates. But people in the mainstream media who go ballistic if some kid says something unkind on the Internet about a homosexual classmate nevertheless hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil when Asian-American youngsters are victims of violence.

Those who automatically say that the social pathology of the ghetto is due to poverty, discrimination, and the like cannot explain why such pathology was far less prevalent in the 1950s, when poverty and discrimination were worse. But there were not nearly as many grievance mongers and race hustlers then.
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Grooming Case: Trevor Phillips Says Race Was A Factor In Rochdale Sex Gang
Huffington Post UK, 14 May 2012

It is "fatuous" to claim ethnicity was not a factor in the Rochdale sexual grooming case, the head of the equalities watchdog said on Sunday.

Equality and Human Rights Commission chief Trevor Phillips, said the fact that the men convicted were Asian and their victims white could not be ignored.

He said it would be a national scandal if it turned out the authorities had failed to intervene to protect the children because of fears that it would lead to the "demonisation" of the Asian community.

Last week a gang of nine Asian men were found guilty of plying with alcohol and cigarettes before being shared by the group for sex.

Phillips told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show: "Anybody who says that the fact that most of the men are Asian and most of the children are white is not relevant - that's just fatuous.

"These are closed communities essentially and I worry that in these communities there are people who knew what was going on and didn't say anything, either because they're frightened or because they're so separated from the rest of the communities they think 'Oh, that's just how white people let their children carry on. We don't need to do anything.'"

He warned that if it came out that social services turned a blind eye to the abuse it would cause a "national scandal".

"If anybody in any of the agencies that are supposed to be caring for these children - schools, social services and so on - took the view that being aggressively interventionalist to save these children would lead to the demonisation of some group because of the ethnicity ... then it is a national scandal and something that would need to be dealt with urgently," he said.
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Go to Britain for benefits says EU
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 14 May 2012

Meddling Euro MPs have provoked fury by heralding a £4 million scheme to publicise Britain's lucrative benefits and health care system to people from across the Continent.

The money will be squandered on a campaign highlighting every citizen's right to move from country to country within the EU.

But commentators pointed out last night that the plan was an easy way of advertising Britain's soft-touch welfare system and could encourage millions of people to travel to the UK for access to it.

The publicity programme, contained in a report put forward by a Greek MEP, prompted howls of outrage among campaigners and raised fears of a fresh flood of benefit tourists descending on the UK.

Britain is already the destination of choice for tens of thousands of eastern Europeans every year because of our generous state handouts compared with their home countries.

Those from Romania, Bulgaria and other poorer countries in eastern Europe need only sell the Big Issue for a few weeks before they are entitled to claim thousands of pounds each month in child, housing and council tax benefits, tax credits and even disability living allowance and carer's payments.
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Ministers 'playing immigration numbers game' by including students
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 14 May 2012

Ministers have included overseas students in the government's net migration count because they are more interested in playing the numbers game than with long-term migration, a leading thinktank has claimed.

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) report says the refusal to exclude international students from the government's drive to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands is damaging British education and putting at risk £4bn to £6bn a year in benefits to the UK economy.

The IPPR researchers Matt Cavanagh and Alex Glennie say only the 15% of overseas students who stay on to work permanently in Britain should be counted within the net migration figures, which measure the long-term flow of migrants in and out of Britain.

Home Office ministers have introduced a wide range of curbs on the 400,000 overseas students who come to Britain each year to study as part of their drive to reduce annual net migration from its current level of 240,000 a year to below 100,000 by the time of the 2015 general election.

Ministers have turned down demands from Universities UK and the National Union of Students to exclude overseas students from the long-term net migration figures, arguing they are simply complying with international standards laid down by the International Labour Organisation.

But the IPPR reports that the UK's main competitors in the overseas student market – the US, Canada and Australia – make clear they are only included in the immigration figures as temporary or "non-immigrant" admissions.

"The decisive reason why the UK government is sticking with the current method of measuring student migration flows is not a genuine concern with long-term net migration but a desire to 'game' its own net migration target by banking large apparent reductions in 2013 and 2014 which reflect the limitations of the current method of measurement rather than real changes in long-term net migration trends," concludes the report.

It says that while it is true there has been abuse of student visas, cutting down on abuse and cutting down on numbers are fundamentally different objectives.
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Storm as Law Society bans conference debating gay marriage
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2012

The Law Society has banned a conference on family issues to be addressed by a senior High Court judge because debating gay marriage breached its "diversity policy".

Sir Paul Coleridge, the Family Division judge who recently launched a new charity to combat marital break-up, had been lined up as the main speaker at the annual event at the Law Society's London headquarters later this month.

But organisers were forced to cancel it at short notice after the Law Society ruled that the programme reflected "an ethos which is opposed to same sex marriage".

They accused the Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, of an "extraordinary" attempt to stifle debate on current affairs and warned that the cancellation itself could be against equality laws. ...

Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Britain, although a consultation is under way on a possible change in the law.

Andrea Williams, director of Christian Concern, which is a member of the World Congress of Families said: "It is just extraordinary that the professional body that regulates solicitors in this country is censoring debate on a major change in the law that will inevitably have massive consequences for society. ..."
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Greece's Migrant Influx Spurs EU Anger
James Angelos
Wall Street Journal, 12 May 2012

As Greece struggles with political upheaval and deepening economic malaise, its 126-mile-long land border with Turkey has become the flash point for a crisis of another sort – a tide of refugees and illegal immigrants.

Thousands of people fleeing poverty and turmoil in the Middle East, Africa and southern Asia are stepping across Greece's muddy boundary with Turkey each month. The trend is testing government resources, fueling support for ultranationalist groups in blighted urban areas and raising tensions between Athens and the European Union.

Greece's border with Turkey, which runs through the verdant Evros River valley, has become the preferred passage for smugglers and migrants seeking to avoid more perilous sea routes, European officials say.

At times, the area has accounted for as much as 90% of detected illegal border crossings into the EU, according to Frontex, Europe's border agency. Last year, about 55,000 illegal crossings were detected on Greece's land border with Turkey, it says. Greek officials say they expect more than 100,000 migrants to arrive this year. ...

While the country's total count of undocumented migrants and asylum-seekers isn't clear, some academics place the number at 400,000 to 700,000. As homeless, unemployed migrants fill city squares and parks in Greece's struggling cities, anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise, with violent, racist attacks reaching "alarming proportions," according to Human Rights Watch. ... ...

Frontex, the border agency, says it is helping Greek authorities by providing border surveillance and helping identify irregular migrants' nationalities, a first step toward any potential deportation proceeding. Afghans and Pakistanis recently accounted for the largest groups entering Greece over the Turkish border, says the agency. ...

Some European politicians say Greece's failure to grapple with the issue risks undermining the principle of open borders adopted by most EU members under the so-called Schengen treaty.

"If countries such as Greece fail to control the external borders, we must be able to temporarily control the internal borders again," German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told Germany's Rheinische Post newspaper last month. "The open borders within the Schengen area should not become a gateway for illegal migration flows."
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Starkey makes 'cultural' link to gang jailed for sexually exploiting girls
Jessica Shepherd
The Guardian, 11 May 2012

David Starkey has risked fresh criticism for describing a largely Pakistani gang jailed for sexually exploiting young girls as "acting within their cultural norms".

Speaking at a conference for private school headteachers in Brighton, the historian said the gang's actions were evidence of "what happens when [a country like Britain] has no sense of common identity". "Nobody ever explained [to these men] that the history of women in Britain was once rather similar to that in Pakistan and it had changed," Starkey told his audience of more than 100 headteachers.

He called on schools to teach English history to ethnic minorities so that "they are ... first and foremost English citizens and English men." ...

Starkey suggested that schools teach pupils the origins of modern feminism and the emancipation of women as part of English history.
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13% in U.S. foreign-born, a level last seen in 1920
Rebecca Trounson
Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2012

Of 40 million born abroad, the greatest number lives in California, with large populations in New York, Texas and Florida, Census Bureau report says.

The U.S. foreign-born population has risen to its highest level since 1920, with 13% of all those living in the nation in 2010 having been born elsewhere, a new report from the Census Bureau shows.

Forty million of those residing in the U.S. in 2010 were born in other countries, up from 31 million, or 11% of the total, a decade earlier. The foreign-born share of the population dropped between 1920 and 1970, hitting a low of 4.7% in 1970, before rising again for several decades. ...

The new report draws on the 2010 American Community Survey, an annual poll of 3 million U.S. households.

The report details many characteristics of the foreign-born population, showing that on average, foreign-born households are larger than those of people born in this country, have more children younger than 18 and are more likely to include three generations or more living under one roof. ...

More than half of the nation's foreign-born people arrived from Latin America and the Caribbean, with most of those from Mexico, the report showed. More than a quarter of the total came to the U.S. from Asia, with about 12% from Europe, 4% from Africa and smaller percentages from other regions.
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Border staff stop and search white air passengers to 'even up racial mix'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 10 May 2012

White air passengers are routinely stopped and searched by customs officials simply to ensure the right racial 'mix' of travellers are being approached, a report reveals today.

It found staff searching for illegal goods at Gatwick Airport selected white passengers to balance the numbers against black and other ethnic minorities they suspected to help avoid race discrimination complaints.

Details of the practice are exposed in one of two highly critical reports by John Vine, chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, who said it was unlawful and must stop. ...

The racial scanning, seemingly widespread at Gatwick, involved pulling out white passengers when officials wanted to question a black passenger.

One official told inspectors he and his colleagues 'specifically detained a number of white passengers' from one flight so they could 'show that white people were also being questioned'.

He said that when they saw arrivals they 'knew they had a problem' because the person they wanted to intercept was the only black passenger on the flight.

The inspectors added: 'The officer also reported that this practice ... is also used for Caribbean flights to reduce the potential for future race claims.'

Mr Vine said the approach was 'not justifiable' and that there was 'no legal basis for detaining people for such purpose'.

At Heathrow Terminal 3, inspectors found two-thirds of passenger searches were 'neither justified nor proportionate or in line with legislation and agency guidance'.
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Riots were a 'taste of Britain to come', warns Government adviser
Rowena Mason
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2012

Last summer's riots are a "taste of Britain to come" as politicians are failing to deal with the gang warfare, crime-ridden streets and absent fathers, a Government adviser has warned.

Simon Marcus, a charity boss appointed to investigate the riots, has launched a blistering attack on the Government, local councils and police for being "in denial" about the gang culture behind the unrest.

An official report into last August's violence by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel found that a lack of confidence in the police, materialism and poor parenting were all partially to blame.

Mr Marcus was a member of the panel that wrote the report, but he said it "failed to address the deeper causes" of the violence.

Writing in the Spectator, he said few are willing to admit that an "epidemic of father absence" had lead to a vacuum which is now filled by dangerous gangs that give young people security, identity, loyalty and money.

"Many may be in denial of this reality - but in many parts of our country this culture now owns the streets and last August it simply did what it says on the tin," he said.

He blamed gang culture for "dominating areas" as the disintegration of the traditional family has demoralised and fractured society.

Mr Marcus, the founder of the Boxing Academy charity, said it was more likely that half the rioters were involved with gangs than the 13 per cent identified by the official investigation. ...

He said the problem was made worse when councils fail to address the problem directly and identified a "local government culture of psychobabble".

"There sometimes seemed an iron curtain between the politically correct local government elite and the people they are meant to work for," he said.
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Rochdale grooming trial: police knew about sex abuse in 2002 but failed to act
Nigel Bunyan
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2012

Police and social workers failed to tackle the issue of Asian men grooming under-age white girls for up to a decade, the Daily Telegraph can reveal.

The mother of a girl who gave evidence in the trial of nine Asian men convicted of child sex offences has shown this newspaper evidence that suggests the authorities were aware of the abuse as long ago as 2002. ...

The mother of a victim of an Asian child sex gang has given The Daily Telegraph a copy of an official report that gave social workers and police a harrowing insight into the issue in 2005. ...

"A police officer did tell me, and a social worker has told me since, that they're frightened to do anything with the Asians because they might be accused of being racist against them." ...

"They keep saying they didn't know much about it in 2008, but that's a lie. They knew a lot about it. It's just that they didn't act on it.

"My girls told me about lots of other girls who were involved. Social services must have been aware. They've been aware since it started happening to my girls, and so have the police".

Meanwhile the gang of nine men who were convicted on Tuesday of offences relating to five girls aged between 13 and 15 were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.

Judge Gerald Clifton told them: "All of you treated (the victims) as though they were worthless and beyond any respect.

"One of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion.

"Some of you, when arrested, said it was triggered by race.

"That is nonsense. What triggered this prosecution was your lust and greed.

"In some cases those girls were raped callously, viciously and violently."
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Illegal immigrants benefiting from billion-dollar tax loophole, 10 May 2012

Immigration may be among the most divisive topics in U.S. politics today. So when a reporter in Indiana uncovered a billion-dollar tax loophole that allowed illegal immigrants, who may not even be paying taxes, to get a 5-figure dollar amount in tax returns, more questions were raised than answered.

"We found, in many cases, they're getting these tax credits for nieces and nephews and children who aren't even in the United States," explained Bob Segall with WTHR in Indianapolis.

Segall told 97.3 KIRO FM's Dori Monson Show that in order to get the tax credit for dependents, illegal immigrants only need a letter from the school where the child attends, a birth certificate and a child's photo.

It's a loophole that the U.S. Treasury Inspector General has raised questions about since 2005, when the benefits being claimed were only in the millions. Last year, undocumented workers received approximately $4.2 billion from the government.

The longer the tax credit has been available - the more people are discovering how to use it, and, in some cases abuse it. While you do need proof that there is a child eligible for dependency, they do not have to live in the United States.

Illegal immigrants, many of which are from Mexico - but not all, can provide a letter from a school in Mexico.

Segall said in one case, there were four undocumented workers living in the same mobile home. Between the four of them, they claimed 20 children as dependents, but while investigating the story, only one child was seen living at the home.
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Asian sex gang: young girls betrayed by our fear of racism
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2012

Vulnerable teenagers were abandoned to their abusers because of our society's nervous respect for their 'different' culture. ...

You will already have noticed a lot of embarrassed evasiveness about this disgusting case, particularly on the BBC. Turning a blind eye to appalling, illegal practices because "it's their culture" is what has brought our country to this obscene pass. I have watched it unfolding since I did my teaching practice in 1982 in Southall, west London. I remember being encouraged to "teach the children their own culture" even as I found myself wondering why British Muslim girls couldn't be taught the enlightened beliefs of the egalitarian land in which they lived.

When it comes to women's rights, not all cultures are created equal, particularly those whose attitudes are frozen some time in the mid-14th century. But we weren't allowed to say that. Actually, we weren't even allowed to think that. If you inhaled enough toleration of the intolerable, then you were well on your way to the opium of political correctness.

All those years ago in the classroom, it was clear to me how dangerous it would be if we didn't insist that newcomers signed up to our social norms. What was going to happen if we were nervous of offending them, not the other way around? This week, over Liverpool, the sky was dark not with rain clouds but with chickens coming home to roost.

Rochdale girls who were living in what is imaginatively known as "care" were recruited into sexual factory farming by Muslim men described as "pure evil" by detectives. ...

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England, who at least had the guts to bring the case to court after social workers and the police turned away for fear of being seen as racist, admitted that "imported cultural baggage" played a role in the crimes. That's the same baggage that brought quaint customs like forced marriages, honour killing and female genital mutilation to these isles.

Crucially, Mr Afzal says that what defined the convicted men was their attitude to the opposite sex. "They think that women are some lesser beings. ... ...

What a relief to hear Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a moderate Muslim youth group, accusing Pakistani community elders of "burying their heads in the sand" over this poisonous problem. He welcomes police intervention and insists that race is "central to the actions" of the criminals. "They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought; it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community."

By now, even the most trusting and generous-minded liberals must have woken up to the fact that our fear of being tarred as racist has allowed ugly practices and outmoded attitudes to flourish, hidden away behind a nervous respect for "difference". Stymied by political correctness, social workers, carers, police, lawyers and council staff all failed to protect those young Rochdale girls.

They were victims twice over. First, of the despicable men who traded and abused them, and second, of our well-meaning, foolish and deadly desire to avoid the issue of race at any cost. They deserved better.
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Rochdale grooming trial: Police accused of failing to investigate paedophile gang for fear of appearing racist
Nigel Bunyan
Daily Telegraph, 9 May 2012

Police and social workers were last night accused of failing to investigate an Asian paedophile gang for fear of being perceived as racist, allowing them to prey on up to 50 young white girls.

The nine men from Rochdale were yesterday convicted of abusing five vulnerable teenagers after plying them with alcohol, food and small sums of money in return for sex.

However, the true number of victims, who were "passed around" by the gang, is likely to be nearer to 50, police have admitted.

Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have now apologised after they failed to bring the case of the first victim - Girl A - to trial following her cry for help in August 2008.

One 13 year-old victim became pregnant and had the child aborted while another was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Complaints to social workers and the police were ignored because they were "petrified of being called racist", former Labour MP for Keighley Ann Cryer said.

Mrs Cryer, who has campaigned to bring the issue of Asian sex gangs to light, said the girls had been "betrayed" and condemned to "untold misery" by the police and social services.

"This is an absolute scandal. They were petrified of being called racist and so reverted to the default of political correctness," she said.

"They had a greater fear of being perceived in that light than in dealing with the issues in front of them."

Girl A told police that she had been raped and provided DNA evidence from her attacker, however the CPS twice decided not to prosecute him.

The 15 year-old's abuse continued and at its height she was being driven to flats and houses to be raped by up to five men a night, four or five days a week. She was singled out because she was white, vulnerable and under-age.

Her ordeal only ended when her teachers forced social workers to intervene after she fell pregnant and they became concerned by the number of Asian men picking her up from school.
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The migrant-background vote in German state elections
Matthias von Hellfeld
Deutsche Welle, 9 May 2012

Ahead of balloting in Germany's most populous state, candidates are trying to reach out to the many residents of migrant background. With 2 million such people eligible to vote, they could tip the scales.

Voters go to the polls Sunday to elect a new state government in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). ...

North Rhine-Westphalia has about 4 million inhabitants with a migrant background. More than 2 million of them are eligible to vote, making up 15 percent of the state's electorate.

Opinion polls have indicated that Turkish migrants in NRW clearly favor the Social Democrats. A 2010 survey by the Center for Turkish Studies and Integration Research (known by the German acronym ZfTI) at Duisburg-Essen University showed 37 percent of migrants with Turkish roots would vote for the SPD, 20 percent for the environmental Green Party, and a mere 4 percent for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU). The study also showed less than one percent of the same group favoring the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), the junior partner in Merkel's government.

Tayfun Keltek, head of NRW's integration council, told DW that this preference for the SPD and Greens makes sense.

"These two parties integrated many of the demands people with Turkish roots have into their party programs," he said. "They stand up for Turkish interests."

The SPD and the Green Party both advocate dual citizenship for Turks and the right to vote in local polls. They also take a more favorable stance on Turkish membership in the European Union than the CDU or FDP, who, according to Keltek, "are fighting against Turkish accession."

Researchers have closely followed Turkish migrants' political party preferences for about 10 years. In NRW, researchers have noted a stable trend in favor of the SPD and the Green Party.

The SPD has received 40 to 50 percent approval ratings from Turkish migrants, while the Green Party's rating has ranged between 1 and 20 percent. Meanwhile, the Left Party has reached a level of 8 percent approval with the same group.
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Blacklist is blacklisted: Met bans word over claims it is racist... and staff have to say 'red listed'
Rick Dewsbury and Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 8 May 2012

Police chiefs