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Migrants cheating the system by pretending to be victims of domestic abuse so they can stay in Britain permanently
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 31 December 2015

Migrants are pretending to be victims of domestic violence to dupe officials into letting them stay permanently in Britain.

A report found that some migrants are deceiving Home Office staff by fraudulently claiming they have been battered to get the right to live in the UK.

In 15 of 25 sampled cases the decision to grant a person indefinite leave to remain here after they claimed to suffer domestic violence was 'not justified', said Chief Inspector of Immigration David Bolt.

Normally a migrant who is the spouse of a Briton or someone who is settled in the UK must live here for five years and show the relationship is ongoing before they can apply for settlement themselves.

But if a relationship has broken down permanently because of domestic violence, the victim can be fast-tracked.

A decision is typically taken within 20 days instead of the usual six months and tests of a person's knowledge of language and life in the UK, which are required for other settlement routes, are waived.

The number of men and women applying to stay in the UK via the domestic violence route has soared from 59 in 2002 to 1,224 in 2014-15. Some 75 per cent of applications were successful.

In his investigation into the teams handing out indefinite leave to remain, Mr Bolt said: 'There is potential for abuse because settlement can be obtained quickly.'

Caseworkers gave excessive weight to 'unverified evidence', including letters from domestic violence charities which relayed the applicant's own account of abuse rather than any independent assessment.

In 16 of the sample of 25 cases that were approved, officials did not check with the police whether an alleged incident had been reported or a criminal investigation had been carried out.

Mr Bolt found that applications were decided using just paperwork rather than interviews. He said: 'We judged that an interview would enable the caseworker to test credibility and consistency and reach a better-evidenced decision.'

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said: 'The way in which the domestic violence concession is being dealt with by the Home Office is a cause for great concern.'
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Police in Germany are covering up the extent of crime committed by migrants, claim Bild... as country is revealed to have taken in 1.1 MILLION people during 2015
Alexandra Genova
MailOnline, 31 December 2015

German officials have ordered a cover-up of crimes committed by migrants to prevent causing alarm, a local newspaper has claimed.

Asylum seekers are being recruited across the country as cheap drug dealers as well as petty thieves, says German newspaper, Bild - the biggest daily paper in the country.

The paper accused the police of covering up the extent of migrant crimes in order to stop concerns among the general population.

It also claimed asylum seekers were prepared to work for a few euros couriering drugs across the country and said they were being signed up almost as soon as they had registered as asylum seekers.

Migrant crime was apparently the hot topic of discussion at gatherings of police, city officials, health officials and other officials dealing with the drug problem in the city of Frankfurt.

As well as drug related crimes, asylum seekers were also being used to sell stolen goods such as mobile phones, which in many cases were sold on to other refugees.

But the paper said that all of the officials dealing with the problem had been ordered not to talk about it, as it was an extremely sensitive subject that has been forbidden to be referred to in an 'offensive manner'.
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Do you really know how much immigration your local area has? Check with this tool
Jon Stone
The Independent, 31 December 2015

Immigration consistently polls as one of the most important issues facing the UK in 2015.

The debate about the subject is fraught with misinformation, claims, and counter-claims, however.

How much immigration is there in your area? The Office for National Statistics has produced a tool that allows you to check.

It will also test your perceptions against the actual reality of immigration to your area.
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The Islamization of Britain in 2015: Sex Crimes, Jihadimania and "Protection Tax"
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 31 December 2015

• Hospitals across Britain are dealing with at least 15 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) every day. Although FGM has been illegal in Britain since 1984, there has not been a single conviction.

• At least 1,400 children were sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013 in the town of Rotherham, mostly by Muslim gangs, but police and municipal officials failed to tackle the problem because they feared being branded "racist" or "Islamophobic." ...

• British intelligence are monitoring more than 3,000 homegrown Islamist extremists willing to carry out attacks in Britain. ...

The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 3.5 million in 2015 to become around 5.5% of the overall population of 64 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe. In real terms, Britain has the third-largest Muslim population in the European Union, after France, then Germany.

Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during 2015, and can be categorized into five broad themes: 1) Islamic extremism and the security implications of British jihadists in Syria and Iraq; 2) the continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in Britain; 3) the sexual exploitation of British children by Muslim gangs; 4) Muslim integration into British society; and 5) the failures of British multiculturalism.
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Israel bans novel on Arab-Jewish love story
Dana Regev
Deutsche Welle, 31 December 2015

Israel's Ministry of Education has banned a novel that portrays a romantic relationship between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man on the grounds that it "threatens Jewish identity" and encouraged "miscegenation."

The book was supposed to be taught in advanced literature classes in secondary schools across the country, following a recommendation by a professional committee of academics and educators. ...

"Intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threaten the separate identity of each sector," the Education Ministry said in a statement, adding that "young adolescents don't have the systemic view that includes considerations involving maintaining the national, ethnic identity of the people and the significance of miscegenation."
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Israel Bans Novel on Arab-Jewish Romance From Schools for 'Threatening Jewish Identity'
Or Kashti
Haartez, 31 December 2015

Israel's Education Ministry has disqualified a novel that describes a love story between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man from use by high schools around the country. The move comes even though the official responsible for literature instruction in secular state schools recommended the book for use in advanced literature classes, as did a professional committee of academics and educators, at the request of a number of teachers.

Among the reasons stated for the disqualification of Dorit Rabinyan's "Gader Haya" (literally "Hedgerow," but known in English as "Borderlife") is the need to maintain what was referred to as "the identity and the heritage of students in every sector," and the belief that "intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threatens the separate identity." The Education Ministry also expressed concern that "young people of adolescent age don't have the systemic view that includes considerations involving maintaining the national-ethnic identity of the people and the significance of miscegenation." ...

Literary works that also told the stories of Jews who marry outside the faith include Haim Bialik's "Behind the Fence," Isaac Bashevis Singer's "The Slave," Shmuel Yosef Agnon's "The Lady and the Peddler" and Sami Michael in "A Trumpet in the Wadi." All were and some still are taught in schools.
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Stalling UK wage growth set to revive debate over migrant workers
Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 30 December 2015

Average pay growth for Britain's workers is likely to stall at about 2% in 2016, as the ready availability of migrants makes it easy for employers to fill vacancies, according to a forecast of the labour market.

In its annual assessment, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), which represents the human resources profession, says job creation will remain strong over the next 12 months, but wage growth has reached a plateau.

Its assessment of UK earning prospects are less bullish than those of the Bank of England and the government's independent forecaster, the Office for Budget Responsibility. Both expect average pay to expand by about 3.5% in 2016, helping to rebuild living standards dented by the long post-recession pay squeeze.

But the CIPD says that while up to 400,000 jobs are likely to be created the next year, there is little evidence of a skills shortage, making it difficult for workers to demand generous pay rises. ...

Danny Blanchflower, a labour market expert and former member of the Bank's monetary policy committee (MPC), said: "I think the CIPD's right. The labour market is slowing, and what we have got is pressure pushing down on wages: from the unemployed, from the underemployed, [and] by the potential flow of migrants from central and eastern Europe."

Official figures show the number of non-UK nationals in the workforce has surged from 986,000 in 1997 to 3.22 million – a rise from 3.7% of the workforce to more than 10%.

Over the past 12 months, almost three-quarters of new jobs created went to non-UK nationals, according to official figures – 326,000, compared with the 122,000 jobs taken by UK workers.
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'Silent bomber' couple jailed for London terror plot
BBC, 30 December 2015

A husband and wife who plotted a terror attack in London have been jailed for a minimum of 27 and 25 years.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, discussed targeting the London Underground and Westfield shopping centre on social media under the name "Silent Bomber".

He and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan were convicted of preparing terrorist acts.

Jailing them both for life at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Baker told Rehman he had been "determined to fulfil the Islamic State's call for jihad". ...

The role of 24-year-old Khan was to fund the chemicals needed to make a "huge" bomb.

Rehman, who was also convicted of possessing an article for terrorist purposes, was a "prolific" user of Twitter, the trial was told, posting extremist rhetoric alongside images of homemade devices and instructional material.
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Housebuilding rates higher on flood plains as UK 'stores up problems for future'
Emily Gosden
Daily Telegraph, 30 December 2015

New houses are being built in England's highest-risk flood areas at almost twice the rate of housing outside flood plains, according to figures which a Government adviser warned showed the country was "storing up problems for the future".

Housing stock in areas where flooding is likely at least once every 30 years has grown at a rate of 1.2 per cent per year since 2011, according to analysis by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). ...

Lord Krebs, head of the CCC's adaptation sub-committee, said: "We are building faster in the flood plain than anywhere else. ...

On current trends up to 20,000 houses are likely to be built this year in flood risk areas. ...

Lord Krebs warned the continued spread of concrete and paving tiles over gardens and other green spaces was worsening the risk of flooding because it prevented water draining.
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Norway to turn back asylum seekers at border
The Local [Norway], 30 December 2015

Norway said Tuesday it would start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden.

The move is part of a draft law containing a series of immigration measures that the Oslo government says will make its asylum policy "one of Europe's toughest". ...

Norway does not belong to the EU but it is, like Sweden, a member of the Schengen area which has no passport or immigration controls.

According to Schengen rules, asylum seekers must apply for a visa in the country they first arrive in, mostly Italy and Greece. But many instead move on to the country they want to eventually settle in, often in Europe's richer north.

Most of the 30,000 people asking for asylum in Norway this year have crossed the border from Sweden. ...

The new law also calls for welfare payments for asylum seekers to be below those for Norwegian residents in order to make the country less attractive; the expulsion of unsuccessful applicants; restrictions on long-term residency permits and tougher rules on family members joining successful asylum applicants.
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Hundreds of migrants kicked out of Austria for LYING about their nationality
Kieran Corcoran
Daily Express, 30 December 2015

Austrian police have kicked hundreds of migrants out of the country for lying about where they had come from.

Officials in the country, which is on the Balkan route from Greece to Western Europe, uncovered the scheme when many people couldn't speak the language of their alleged homes.

Translators in the province of Carinthia, which borders Slovenia, say they have seen a huge spike in the numbers of people trying to bluff their way through spot checks.

More than 3,000 migrants have been crossing Carinthia's 72-mile border every day.
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Student behind Cecil Rhodes campaign accuses Oxford of spreading 'injustice' around the world
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2015

The student leading a campaign to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from an Oxford college has turned his fire on the university itself, accusing it of spreading "injustice" around the world by educating future leaders with a "skewed" and "Eurocentric" mindset.

Ntokozo Qwabe, a Rhodes scholar from South Africa, claimed that students at Oxford endure "systemic racism, patriarchy and other oppressions" on a daily basis.

The 24-year-old also said that the university's admissions and staff recruitment systems "perpetrate exclusion" and suggested that even Oxford's architecture is laid out in a "racist and violent" way. ...

His comments came in a lengthy posting on Facebook in response to reaction to his remarks likening the French Tricolor to the Nazi swastika or the hammer and sickle under Stalin as a "symbol of violence, terror and genocide for many". ...

Mr Qwabe shot to prominence earlier this month after Oriel College agreed to remove a plaque under a statue of the colonial era mining magnate and politician and consider talking down the statue itself. ...

Oxford University has recently begun an overhaul of its humanities and social science curricula to ensure it has more "diverse" content.
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Overseas patients owe more than £500,000 in unpaid bills at Leicester's hospitals
Cathy Buss
Leicester Mercury, 29 December 2015

Overseas patients owe a total of £518,000 in unpaid hospital bills.

Doctors at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust have looked after nearly 600 patients who have not been entitled to NHS treatment since the start of April this year (2015).

The cost of the treatment amounted to more than £709,000 but managers at the trust have been successful in recouping some of this debt.

They have managed to collect payments amounting to just over £191,000.

However, this still leaves a debt of £518,000.

Chris Benham, director of operational finance for Leicester's hospitals, said: "The trust follows the relevant national guidelines in the identification, treatment and management of patients that are classified as overseas visitors. ...

Patients are not changed for treatment in A&E departments or at GP surgeries, irrespective of where they have come from.

People who are considered to be "ordinarily resident" in the country are also entitled to free NHS hospital treatment.

Visitors from most European countries do not have to pay for treatment due to reciprocal arrangements with those countries.
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Germany to spend €17b on refugees in 2016
The Local [Germany], 29 December 2015

German states are set to spend at least €17 billion ($18.7 billion) on refugees in 2016, in some cases double the figure for this year.

The numbers come from a survey carried out by national newspaper Die Welt, which looked at the budgets for the coming year for 15 of Germany's 16 federal states. The exception was Bremen which has not yet published its spending plans. ...

The budgets of the different states are hard to compare though, as some include extra costs of paying teachers, police and judges, while others only include costs of housing and feeding migrants.

The actual costs for the year could be even higher though, as current budgets are based on projections that 800,000 refugees would arrive in Germany in 2015.

However over 1 million people eventually made the journey to the Bundesrepublik, fleeing war and economic hardship in their own countries.
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France: 'EU must crack down on fake passports'
The Local [France], 29 December 2015

On Monday, France called on the European Union to do more to detect false Syrian passports, especially in Greece and Italy, after two of the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks were found to be carrying such documents.

The attacks "unfortunately showed that some terrorists are trying to get into our countries and commit criminal acts by mixing in with the flow of migrants and refugees," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a letter to the European Commission.

"The checks of travel documents presented by refugees at the external borders of the EU are an extremely significant and worrying issue," Cazeneuve added. ...

Security checks in the refugee reception centres "remain largely insufficient", Cazeneuve said.
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One in three UK doctors born abroad, international research shows.
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2015

Britain relies more on foreign doctors than any major EU nation, international research shows.

More than a third of NHS doctors – some 35 per cent - were born abroad, the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals.

The figure puts Britain ahead of every other country in the European Union bar Luxembourg, and is three times that of Germany.

Perversely, the UK is also one of the highest exporters of doctors, the report reveals.

Critics attacked "revolving door" immigration policies which meant the UK has spent billions training medics who went abroad, only to rely on overseas labour to plug the gaps left.

The UK is also among the most dependent on foreign nurses, the major report discloses.

In total, 21.7pc of nurses were born abroad – a sharp increase from a decade earlier when the figure was 15.2 per cent. Across the EU, only Luxembourg, Ireland and Estonia are more dependent on nurses from overseas. ...

Earlier this month research found that hospitals with high numbers of foreign-born nurses get far worse ratings from patients.

The new study found that hospitals with the highest proportion of foreign nurses had the highest levels of patient dissatisfaction, with patients more likely to say they struggled to understand staff, and less likely to feel treated with dignity. ...

India and the Philippines were the largest exporters of doctors and nurses to OECD countries, by a "spectacular" margin, the study found.

The 2007 economic crisis fuelled migration of doctors and nurses from Eastern, Central and Southern Europe.

"They experienced considerable outflows of health workers at the end of the 2000s, most of whom headed for Germany and the United Kingdom," the report said. ...

More than 50,000 British nurses now work in healthcare systems in the other OECD nations – behind only the Philippines and India.

And 17,000 UK doctors now work in other OECD members' health systems – behind only India, China and Germany.
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Germany recruits 8,500 teachers to teach German to 196,000 child refugees
The Guardian, 28 December 2015

Germany has recruited 8,500 people to teach child refugees German, as the country expects the number of new arrivals to soar past the million mark in 2015, Die Welt daily reported on Sunday.

About 196,000 children fleeing war and poverty will enter the German school system this year, and 8,264 "special classes" have been created to help them catch up with their peers, Die Welt said, citing a survey carried out in 16 German federal states.

Germany's education authority says 325,000 school-aged children reached the EU country in 2015 during Europe's worst migration crisis since the second world war. ...

"Schools and education administrations have never been confronted with such a challenge," Brunhild Kurth, who heads the education authority, told Die Welt.

"We must accept that this exceptional situation will become the norm for a long time to come."

Heinz-Peter Meidinger, head of the DPhV teachers' union, said Germany would need up to 20,000 additional teachers to cater for the new numbers.

"By next summer, at the latest, we will feel that gap," he said.
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Japan, wary of outsiders, keeps doors closed to refugees
MailOnline, 28 December 2015

Out of the 7,533 people who applied for refugee status in 2014, or appealed earlier refusals, only 11 were approved. ...

For most, the approval never comes: In the past five years, the proportion of applicants granted refugee status in Japan has dropped to below 1 percent – in 2014 it was just 0.2 percent. ...

Japan's hands-off response to the global refugee crisis, despite its generous humanitarian aid, reflects deep unease over allowing in outsiders given the insular customs of this island nation. Despite growing concerns over a shrinking labor force, the government has so far resisted calls to open the door wider, both for humanitarian and economic reasons.

Immigration officials say they suspect many applicants of being job seekers, not true refugees fleeing persecution or conflict. ...

But for the most part, Japan has shut its doors. Of the 22,559 people of all nationalities who have sought political asylum in Japan since 1982, immigration figures show, only 633 were granted refugee status.
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In UK Prisons, Islamic Extremist Recruitment Is Rampant, Outgoing Chief Inspector Says
Aaron Morrison
International Business Times, 28 December 2015

Correctional facilities in the United Kingdom are increasingly a recruitment ground for Islamic extremists who use their faith to gang up on nonbelievers and force some to convert, a top prisons inspector told the U.K. media Monday. Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector of prisons, told The Times of London that Muslim gangs have increased their influence in the country's jails and that it should be a bigger concern to leaders than the radicalization of British citizens. ...

There are approximately 12,600 Muslim inmates in England and Wales, according to the Times. ...

Muslim prison gangs use faith as a proxy for intimidation and violence, Hardwick said. Some conversions to Islam are genuine, he added, but many are seen as "convenience conversions" by prisoners seeking protection from violence.
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'Ethnic Minorities Disadvantaged In Job Market' Claims ANOTHER Foreign-Funded, Pro-Migration 'Think Tank'
Oliver Lane
Breitbart, 28 December 2015

A report by the Resolution Foundation, a London-based group that works to "shape the debate on economic and social policy" has called on the government to indulge in positive discrimination towards ethnic minorities to close the so-called 'employment gap' between migrants and their native neighbours.

The Resolution Foundation is funded by the billionaire-backed, pro-migration Unbound Philanthropy group which also funds other hard left organisations such as Black Lives Matter and Hope Not Hate.

While the names and methods of the groups vary, one thing unites the recipients of the foreign-funding of Unbound Philanthropy; the promotion of open borders and mass migration – whether legal or illegal.

The report on employment levels between the disparate ethnic groups that make up the population of the modern United Kingdom found that while the 'gap' between the most and least employed regions for ethnic Brits was 11 per cent, for so-called Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic ('BAME') groups the number was 26 per cent.

This figure was reached by the report authors by subtracting the rate of employment for BAME individuals of working age in the most unemployed region in the country – in this case north-east England at 48 per cent – from the highest. In Scotland, BAME employment stands at 74 per cent, leaving a discrepancy of 26 per cent.

For the general population, the lowest employment rate is in Birmingham which sees 66 per cent in work. The most employed part of the nation is south-east England, which is 77 per cent, leaving a much lower so-called employment gap of 11 per cent. ...

In common with other Unbound Philanthropy funded groups, the report has not yet been released to the public, but rather is being trailed in the press, including pro-migration titles the Financial Times and the Independent before it has appeared on the organisation's website.
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Revealed: Almost 300 suspected terrorists, criminals and illegal migrants are trying to cross the UK border EVERY DAY
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 27 December 2015

Almost 300 suspected terrorists, criminals and illegal immigrants are attempting to cross UK borders every day, figures from a top-secret monitoring centre suggest.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the number of potentially dangerous passengers being flagged up by a massive high-tech database has soared by 60 per cent in the past two years.

An investigation by this newspaper has found:

• A record 99,500 alerts were issued last year by the National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC), the base once dubbed 'Stasi HQ' because it remotely screens all passengers entering or leaving the country by checking their previous journeys, criminal records and other habits.

• 46 alleged extremists were blocked from travelling to Syria to fight for Islamic State in the past six months – close to two a week.

• Elsewhere, hundreds more have been sent on deradicalisation courses after police discovered they wanted to become jihadis. ...

The revelations come amid concerns that innocent travellers are being unfairly singled out as dangerous before they travel. ...

Last night, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, the former terror law watchdog, said the increased number of border alerts was a result of the heightened threat from jihadis.

'Given what has happened in the past year and the fragility of the European border system, the authorities would be acting irresponsibly if there were not more alerts,' he said.

'The border agencies are doing the best they can in a situation in which the threat level is severe and they do act on an intelligence-led basis. That means they sometimes get it wrong, but I would rather they get it wrong on a small percentage of cases than there was a bomb in Oxford Street.'

Figures obtained by this newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act show for the first time a huge increase in border alerts in the past two years, coinciding with the rise of Islamic State and the heightened terror threat in Britain.
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Charities face 'deadly' threat from Islamic State
Tim Ross
Sunday Telegraph, 27 December 2015

Charities are facing a "deadly" and growing threat from terrorist groups, a government watchdog has warned.

There are increasing fears that extremists are infiltrating Muslim charities in Britain in order to promote violence, recruit vulnerable young people for jihad, and steal money to fund terrorism.

The Charity Commission warned that some aid workers who travelled to help victims of the conflict in Syria and Iraq have been recruited by terrorist groups, while other charities have seen their goods stolen and staff kidnapped.

Latest figures show that the Commission, which regulates the operation of charities in the UK, has seen a significant increase in the number of serious incidents and reports about charities being targeted by extremists and terrorists in the past year.

The number of formal legal disclosures of information between the commission and the police and other agencies over charities caught up in alleged Islamist activities more than doubled between 2014 and 2015. ...

Mr Shawcross said the risk from terrorism and extremism was "one of the most deadly threats faced by some charities today".
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Britain could pay to fence off EVERY port in northern France as migrant crisis worsens
Nick Gutteridge
Sunday Express, 27 December 2015

Britain could be forced to pay for a huge wall of security fencing across northern France because police across the Channel have "lost control" of migrants, an MEP has told

UKIP's Mike Hookem said the entire coastline of Normandy will need to be turned into a "fortress" to defend our borders as migrant smugglers increasingly target smaller ports with less security.

He claimed that mile upon mile of protective fencing will need to be built to protect vital trade routes from the huge influx of migrants heading towards Britain from southern Europe.

France has been reticent about shouldering the financial burden of securing its northern ports, with Britain shelling out £7 million towards state-of-the-art fencing around the port of Calais earlier this year.

Now similar measures could be required at nearby Dunkirk and Dieppe, with some Britain-bound migrants travelling as far down the coastline as Le Havre to take advantage of laxer security arrangements.
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Prevent programme 'lacking referrals from Muslim community'
The Guardian, 26 December 2015

A fraction of referrals to a key government anti-terror scheme are being made from within the Muslim community, leading to widespread distrust and threats of a national boycott, a report has found. Less than 10% of the referrals to the Prevent programme, a central plank of the government's counter-terrorism strategy, come from within the Muslim community, according to figures obtained by The Times.

The collapse in referrals means that the bulk of tip-offs are originating from public services, such as schools or doctors. This in turn is breeding distrust and disillusionment among some Muslim communities, it is claimed.

The Times says that data released by the National Police Chiefs Council has revealed that of the 3,288 referrals to Prevent in the first half of the year, just 280 – or 8.6% – came from within the Muslim community, or from family, friends and faith leaders. Nearly 2,200 referrals were made by public bodies outside policing, such as social services and the health or education sectors. The rest were said to have come from within prisons or from police investigations.

One north London faith group that represents tens of thousand of Muslims is said to have called for a boycott of Prevent, while Muslim leaders in east London have also raised concerns that the programme is spying on youngsters. Both campaigns have urged mosques and Muslim groups across the country to join the boycott.
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C of E to fast-track minority ethnic clergy into senior roles
Harriet Sherwood
The Guardian, 26 December 2015

The Church of England is to fast-track black and ethnic minority clergy into senior positions amid accusations of institutional racism.

A "talent pool" of specifically black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) potential leaders will be identified in 2016 for training and mentoring with the aim of increasing representation among bishops, deans and archdeacons.

The church selected its first talent pool this year, but fewer than 7% of those chosen were from ethnic minorities. A second round is currently being selected. The church is to devote a third group specifically to Bame clergy.

However, only 2.8% of C of E clergy are from ethnic minorities, which limits the numbers available for fast-tracking. ...

Although the church established its Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns more than 30 years ago, it has recently stepped up efforts to improve Bame representation. ...

The church has begun offering those responsible for making appointments training in "unconscious bias", starting with senior officials in the diocese of Chelmsford. ...

At the United Pentecostal Faith church in Lambeth, there is no need to fast-track black and ethnic minority ethnic congregants into senior positions.

The church is led by Bishop Ervin Smith, who came to the UK from Jamaica 60 years ago, and he is supported by four black pastors. Most of his congregation are black, too, though "sometimes three or four white people come along", he says. ...

Pentecostal services are louder and longer, he says, with music, singing, dancing and preaching. "We can go on for two or three hours," he says.
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'Victorian' Disease Epidemic in England Blamed on Rising Poverty
Ed Jones
Modern Readers, 26 December 2015

A worrying rise in the number of people living in poverty in the United Kingdom has been blamed for the resurgence of diseases most would have thought long-since eradicated. Cholera and scarlet fever in particular have exploded in prevalence over recent years, alongside a sharp increase in confirmed cases of whooping cough. ...

According to the UK's National Health Service (NHS), cases of cholera have increased 300% over the last five years, scurvy diagnoses are up 38% and scarlet fever cases have spiked 136%. By contrast, overall tuberculosis rates have declined over the same period of time, though are said to remain disproportionately high. Though down, TB rates across England are said to be higher than would be expected in Guatemala, Iraq, Rwanda and other developing nations. ...

Experts have suggested that the root cause of the resurgence could be a combination of immigration, malnutrition, poverty and inadequate access to health/social care.
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German foreign minister calls for better control of EU's borders
Reuters, 26 December 2015

Europe needs to regain control of its borders, Germany's foreign minister was quoted on Saturday as saying, after reports that forged Syrian passports are in the hands of Islamic State militants. ...

On Tuesday, German media quoted Bavaria's Interior Minister as saying that refugees with fake Syrian passports have disappeared in Germany and there are grounds for suspicion that they may have had contact with Islamic State militants.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned against lumping refugees in the same category as suspected terrorists and said many militants came from Europe.

"However, irrespective of this, it is important that we have more control again over who is entering and leaving Europe," Steinmeier said in an interview with newspapers in the Funke Medien Group.
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Czech president Zeman says refugee wave is 'organized invasion'
Deutsche Welle, 26 December 2015

Czech President Milos Zeman has compared the refugees arriving to Europe with the Trojan horse, and called the influx an 'organized invasion.' His comments were met with outrage.

In his Christmas message, Czech President Zeman warned against welcoming asylum seekers and described the European culture of hospitality as naïve.

"I am profoundly convinced that we are facing an organized invasion and not a spontaneous movement of refugees," he said in the speech broadcast on Saturday.

The 71-year old president also compared the refugees to the Czech nationals who left their country during the Nazi occupation, saying that the Czechs intended to "fight to liberate the country and not to receive social benefits in Great Britain."

"A large majority of the illegal migrants are young men in good health, and single. I wonder why these men are not taking up arms to go fight for the freedom of their countries against the Islamic State," said Zeman, who was elected head of state in early 2013. ...

In response, the country's prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Zeman's address was based "on prejudices and his habitual simplification of things." ...

According to a recent survey, almost 70 percent of Czechs oppose the arrival of migrants and refugees in their country.
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Germans pessimistic about economic upside of refugee influx
Matt Zuvela
Deutsche Welle, 26 December 2015

A new survey has revealed that most Germans believe the influx of refugees will not provide an economic boost. So far in 2015, Germany has taken in more than twice as many refugees as last year.

Only 16 percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement "the influx of refugees will result in more economic opportunities than problems for us," according to the survey conducted by the Ipsos Institute on behalf of the Hamburg researcher Horst Opaschowski.

The percentage of Germans who believe "Germany will gain recognition in the world by accepting so many refugees" was only slightly higher at 20 percent.

The survey also showed that a majority of Germans - 56 percent - believe the country is not up to the challenge of dealing with the influx. In small towns of less than 5,000 people, this figure rose to 66 percent.

Amid the sharp spike in refugees in Europe in 2015, German policy is crafted on Chancellor Angela Merkel's "we can manage" approach. ...

The findings on German sentiment on the refugee crisis come after another survey released last week showed that some 50 percent of those surveyed were looking at the coming year "with great skepticism and mixed feelings." Only 27 percent had said this ahead of 2015.

Similarly, only 18 percent of the 1,000 respondents said that they viewed the coming year "with great confidence and optimism," compared to 45 percent a year ago.
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Christian refugees bypassed by UK, Archbishop Nichols says
BBC, 24 December 2015

Christian refugees fleeing Syria are being bypassed by the UK government, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has said.

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols said Christians were the most persecuted people, but few of them would receive sanctuary in the UK.

The government has said 20,000 refugees will be brought to Britain directly from refugee camps around Syria.

But Cardinal Nichols said most Christians did not go into the camps.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today, Archbishop Nichols said: "I can see the point in going directly to the refugee camps, but in fact I think its unintended consequence will be that there will be few, if any, Christians coming to this country.

"That is because for the most part Christian refugees do not go into the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) camps. They go to fellow Christian organisations."

He added: "If we are going to deal purely with UNHCR according to their rules, then there can be no preference given to anybody on behalf of their faith and we will simply bypass the Christian refugees, not intentionally but in fact." ...

The refugees being brought to the UK will be drawn from established refugee camps, initially as part of the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme.

More than 50 local authorities have taken a share of those who have already arrived.

Alongside the VPR scheme, the UK has also granted asylum or other forms of protection to 1,868 Syrians in the year ending September 2015.
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Probe into Islamic courts dispensing 'justice' will start within weeks amid fears over spread of Sharia law in the UK
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 24 December 2015

An independent inquiry into UK Sharia courts ordered by Home Secretary Theresa May will get underway in the new year and report in 2016, it has been confirmed today.

The probe follows growing concern about how the courts operate a parallel justice system which works against women in Muslim communities. ...

Sharia courts in the UK have no power over criminal matters but can get involved in religious marriages.

Legal separations still have to be done by official courts but Sharia councils are thought to have ordered settlements between couples who were never formally married.
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EU deports only SEVEN migrants a day, so it would take 143,000 YEARS to send everyone home
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 24 December 2015

Beleaguered European Union bosses are deporting just SEVEN out of the 8,000 migrants who arrive on Europe's shores every single day, it can be revealed.

Fewer than 0.1% of the asylum seekers who have made it to the continent since September have been sent back home, despite Brussels boasting it will get tough on economic migrants.

At this rate, it would take an astonishing 143,000 years to repatriate the 1 million refugees believed to have travelled to Europe in 2015 alone, if they all failed their asylum bids. ...

Official statistics show just 658 migrants have been put on return flights since European border force Frontex pledged to kick out failed asylum seekers in September.

A paltry 15 services have been put on by border bosses since the scheme began, with just TWO leaving the continent in the last two months.

In October European leaders agreed to speed up the deportation of economic migrants, saying member states "must do more in terms of return" and arguing that "increased return rates should act as a deterrent to irregular migration".

But since then the number of return flights has actually nosedived, and fewer than 100 people were deported in November and December.

Most of the flights laid on by Frontex have been returning migrants to Pakistan, Nigeria and Balkan states outside the EU.
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Outrage as Government fails to deport nearly HALF of foreign criminals
David Maddox
Daily Express, 24 December 2015

Thousands of foreign criminals the Government wants to deport have been allowed to stay in Britain.

In another blow to their immigration policy, ministers have been forced to admit that, since April 2013, of 26,509 convicted foreigners referred for deportation, only 13,250 were actually kicked out of Britain.

The latest Home Office figures coincide with the introduction of a new system in May 2013 which aimed to increase the deportation of foreigners in UK jails.

Each inmate costs the taxpayer around £40,000 a year. ...

According to a written answer to Tory MP Adam Afriyie, the UK tried to deport 10,786 foreign criminals – including rapists and murderers – but only succeeded in sending home 5,118 in 2013/14.

In 2014/15, only 5,277 out of 10,461 were deported and this year, up to September, only 2,855 out of 5,262. ...

But immigration minister James Brokenshire said many criminals did not meet deportation requirements.

He said: "While we aim to deport foreign offenders at the earliest opportunity, not all of those referred to the Home Office will meet the deportation threshold, some may later be confirmed as British or exempt from immigration control and some will be successful at appeal."

He said the changed system from 2013 recorded all referrals for deportation, even criminals who did not meet the requirements, and therefore reflected in increase in numbers.
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Gerald Howarth MP: Britain's Christian heritage 'under threat'
Sir Gerald Howarth MP
PoliticsHome, 24 December 2015

This trend towards a secular society has been exacerbated by the pervasive rise in so called equality, which hails all views as equal except those which disagree with the equality agenda, is trying to nullify the power for good of the Christian message in Britain today. The problem with this position is that instead of creating a better society, it merely creates a vacuum to be filled by other louder, more belligerent voices, and which the liberal agenda will not allow to be challenged for fear of causing offence. ...

The obsession with not being seen to cause offence to non-Christians is now being played out in our schools. Following the Trojan Horse scandal, the Department for Education now sensibly seeks to ensure radicalisation of young people is stopped. Whilst there is no suggestion that other faith groups apart from Muslims are acting in this way, all religions are being subjected to the same inquisition. The Department is proposing that any religious group which meets for 6 hours or more a week or for holiday clubs or week-long bible camps should be inspected by Ofsted to ensure that they adhere to 'British' values. This is ridiculous. ...

... we deceive ourselves if we do not admit that the vast majority of threats to our security come from people who are acting in the name of Islam. Whether they are right or wrong in their association with the religion is almost academic, what is clear is that Muslims have a major problem with how some in their ranks use their religion to further extremist agendas. Whether that is the attacks in Paris, the seven foiled attacks in Britain over the last year or the barbarous death cult of Daesh beheading and enslaving fellow Muslims as well as Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, these are all being done not in the name of Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism or Christianity but in the name of Islam. ...

The Prime Minister has also commissioned an enquiry into "entryism" by Muslims into the NHS, civil service, local government and education. This is an astonishing step unless there is credible intelligence that radical Muslims are seeking to infiltrate every strata of British society. ...

There is a constant assertion that now we are a multi-cultural, multi-faith country it is we, the indigenous population who have to change our ways rather than the incomers adjust to ours. The people of Britain are a tolerant people, forged by that very Christian heritage now under threat, yet their legitimate concerns about massive immigration flows have for four decades been dismissed as racism.

... If we fail to defend our values, there are others of differing faiths and none who are waiting in the wings, and already emerging, who will fill the vacuum with repressive ideologies which truly are contrary to British values.
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Majority of Swedes want to take in fewer refugees: poll
Sveriges Radio, 24 December 2015

Fifty-five percent of Swedes want the country to take in fewer refugees, according to a recent poll in daily Dagens Nyheter.

The number is up 25 percentage points since September this year, when barely one in three people answered that they wanted Sweden to take in fewer refugees.

In September, almost every other Swede, or 44 percent, wanted to take in more refugees, that figure has since been more than halved, and is now at 19 percent.
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City Spy: Bank of England backpedals on immigration paper
Evening Standard, 24 December 2015

Oh dear, oh dear. The Bank of England is hopping mad about coverage of a "staff working paper" it put out with the incendiary title of "The impact of immigration on occupational wages".

It found that there was a 1.88% drop in lower-skilled services wages for every 10 percentage-point rise in the proportion of immigrants coming in.

Cue predictable headlines on a "major new report" from the Bank and even an intervention from UKIP's migration spokesman Steven Woolfe, screaming: "Bank of England research finally accepts immigration causes lower wages".

Despite the article having "Bank of England" and "staff working paper" emblazoned on it, and one of the co-authors actually working for the Bank, Threadneedle Street is demanding redress based on the tiny small print, which said the report reflected the views of the author not the central bank.
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Colour-blind casting
Edward Thomas
Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – While there may be a good case for casting a black actress as Hermione in the new Harry Potter play, Lucy Mangan's generalisation about colour-blind casting does not hold water.

She mentions the word "racism". However, producers who turn down actors for being too old, or young, are never accused of being ageist.

Charles Spencer once reviewed a production of The Railway Children at London's Peacock Theatre in which a black actress played Roberta, a young Asian man was her brother Peter and a white actress played Phyllis. As your critic put it: "One shudders to imagine what the gossipy villagers of Brampton would make of a lone mother whose three children are all clearly of a different race."
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Austria Interior Ministry: Migrant Crisis Will Be Even Worse in 2016
Oliver Lane
Breitbart, 24 December 2015

Far from the migrant crisis easing over winter and dissipating next year, the Austria interior ministry has predicted another record year to come, as instability persists around the globe.

The last release of immigration statistics shows the flow of migrants is still strong and significantly up on past years, with on average over 3,700 so-called asylum seekers entering Austria a day. In the 31 days from November 21, some 114,988 crossed into the country. ...

In the past 12 months Austria will have taken on roughly 80,000 asylum seekers according to the interior ministry figures, a fraction of the total who continued on to other nations north. ...

A spokesman for the Austrian interior ministry told press in Vienna of the prediction: "according to our information in 2016 120,000 further refugees in Austria will apply for asylum. Our warnings should finally be taken seriously... European plans alone are not enough, we must put in place our own measures".
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We don't know that 100,000 illegal migrants have been stopped at the border
Amy Sippitt
Full Fact, 23 December 2015

The Daily Mail's front page this morning claimed that almost 100,000 illegal immigrants have been stopped from making the crossing to the UK in the past year. As well as the Sun, the claim has been reported on by the Daily Express and the Telegraph.

It's wrong to describe this figure as the number of attempts stopped in the past year, as outlets have. It's an unofficial projection based on Home Office data and depends upon the assumption that foiled attempts have continued at the same rate as in April to July this year for the rest of the year. This is by no means certain.

The figures also don't refer to the number of unique people who have been stopped over any given period, rather the number of attempts that have been stopped. If one person makes multiple attempts to cross the border then they'll be counted multiple times.

The Home Office has confirmed that the data for April to July that the articles use to make the extrapolation is correct. ...

In April to July 2015, 30,629 attempts to cross the channel illegally were stopped, according to the Home Office. ...

The data on this topic has tended to be released sporadically, and isn't published in much detail, which makes comparisons to different time frames tricky.

The outlets compare the 2015 estimate to a figure of 40,000 attempts stopped in the 2014/15 financial year, claiming foiled attempts have 'doubled'. The 40,000 statistic has previously been referred to in Parliament. Due to the uncertainty of the 100,000 figure, this comparison is problematic.

A Freedom of Information request gives data for previous years, showing 19,000 attempts were refused entry in 2013/14, and in the three years before that the figure was around the 10,000-11,000 mark.

We also have data for the number of attempts stopped in the same period last year, when there were thought to be 11,920 such attempts. This year's spring figures represent an increase of 160% on that period.

So it seems fair to say that the number of thwarted attempts is increasing.
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100,000 illegal migrants stopped from entering Britain over the past year
Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2015

Around 100,000 illegal migrants were stopped from entering Britain by UK Border Force officials over the past year, according to the latest figures.

The most recent Home Office data shows more than twice the number of migrants were intercepted than in 2014. ...

Last week David Cameron was accused of a "migration cover-up" after it emerged that more than a million migrants who have come to the UK in recent years are unaccounted for. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of Migrationwatch, added: "The Home Office should now publish their estimate of the numbers that are actually getting through."
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Prepare for more chaos in Calais with every passing day
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 23 December 2015

It is an astonishing figure: so far this year more than a million migrants have entered the EU by what are technically known as "irregular means". ...

It's no wonder that the situation in the so-called Jungle camp in Calais is also getting worse.

Clearly the numbers on the other side of the Channel are only a small proportion of the total number of migrants who have arrived in the EU.

But as more arrive in the EU so more arrive in Calais – determined to do anything possible (and sometimes impossible) to smuggle themselves into Britain.

The horrific scenes from Calais that were a nightly presence on TV over the summer may no longer be on our screens as often but that's not because things are easing off.

On the contrary there are now more migrants than ever: standing at 7,000-plus, with the number growing by the day.

Many are extremely violent in their determination to enter the UK.

According to the lorry drivers who have to run the gauntlet through the port, attacks on them and their vehicles are almost out of control. ...

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, says: "Migrants are throwing boulders, bricks, even a 10-foot spear from a bridge which went through a cab window.

"There's a massive risk a driver is going to get killed. The problem is it's not being contained." ...

Rather than dealing with the problem itself – rising migration – the French authorities' response has been to build more homes for the growing number of new incomers. ...

And for all the hot air from the Government the situation in Calais worsens with every passing day.
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Czech PM says Germany encouraged illegal immigration, his Twitter account hacked
Reuters, 23 December 2015

Germany encouraged illegal immigration to Europe with its humanitarian response to the refugee crisis, the Czech prime minister was cited as saying by a German newspaper on Wednesday.

Around 1 million refugees and migrants, many fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, entered the European Union this year, according to the United Nations. ...

The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, through which many refugees have travelled but where very few want to settle, have led in their opposition to compulsory quotas for redistributing asylum seekers across the EU bloc.

"Germany has, for the time being, given precedence to the humanitarian aspects of the crisis over security issues," Bohuslav Sobotka told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published in its Wednesday edition.

"Germany sent a signal that could be seen and heard in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa," he added. "That stimulated illegal migration to Europe. Unfortunately that cannot be denied."
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'Sloppily approved' visa application for San Bernardino terrorists reveals authorities were concerned about how they met but approved them anyway
Daily Mail, 23 December 2015

Visa officials were unconvinced by documents San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik provided to the U.S. in 2013 - but green-stamped her regardless.

The Pakistani bride-to-be was ordered to provide more information to prove she had met Syed Farook as they prepared to emigrate to California two years before gunning down 36 innocent people. ...

The surveying officer responded demanding proof they had actually met - but no further documents were provided before Malik's application was approved. ...

The thin details have been slammed by House representatives as proof the visa was 'sloppily approved' and raises concerns about the way America vets immigrants for terrorism links.
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Germany searching for migrants who 'entered Germany using same passports as Paris attackers'
Peter Foster and Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2015

German authorities are reportedly searching for 12 people who entered the country illegally as refugees using fake Syrian passports and then disappeared.

The migrants are believed to have entered Germany using stolen passports from the same source as those used by two of the Paris attackers, Bild newspaper claimed.

The passports are believed to have been looted by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) when it captured the city of Raqqa in 2013.

The report comes a week after two men were arrested at a refugee shelter in Austria on suspicion of links to the Paris attacks. They had reportedly entered Austria using false Syrian passports at the same time as the Paris attackers.

The authorities have since lost track of the 12 migrants – who entered before the Paris attacks - because of serious shortcomings with the process for registering refugees.

Some 250,000 unregistered asylum-seekers are believed to be in the country because of a system that allows them to enter without registering. ...

Thousands are disappearing after entering the country and never registering. Border officials do not even take fingerprints of arriving asylum-seekers, it has emerged.

Those who do not register have no entitlement to benefits, but there are concerns they may be disappearing into the black economy or other criminal activities.

"Nationwide we're seeing a loss of around 30 per cent of the refugees," an unnamed government official told Bild. "We don't have the exact numbers. We don't even know if they're still in Germany."
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Migrant crisis: 'One million enter Europe in 2015'
BBC, 22 December 2015

The number of migrants and refugees crossing into Europe by land and sea this year has passed one million, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

The number represents a fourfold rise on the total last year.

The vast majority crossed by sea, with more than 800,000 travelling from Turkey to Greece. Most are refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The IOM says 3,695 migrants have drowned this year or remain missing.

The symbolic milestone was passed on Monday, the IOM said, with the total for land and sea reaching 1,005,504.

The figure covers entries via six European Union nations - Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus.
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European Politics With an Islamic Face?
Robert Skidelsky
Project Syndicate, 22 December 2015
[Prof Robert Skidelsky is a member of the House of Lords]

Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from the United States provoked the following exchange with two young friends of mine: "If the choice was between Muslim immigration and preserving liberal moral values," I asked, "which would you choose?" They both denied the question's premise. The immigrants themselves, they suggested, might have reactionary moral codes, but their children, growing up in today's Britain, America, or Continental Europe, would be quite different. But is that true?

My question focused not on Islamist terrorism – the ostensible ground of Trump's outburst – but on the threat posed by large-scale Muslim immigration to the code of morals that my young friends, like most educated Europeans, now accept without question. Terrorism aside, wouldn't they worry if Islam came to have a growing influence on British law and politics?

This is not just a hypothetical possibility. The Muslim population in Europe was 44.1 million in 2010, or 6% of the total. There were 2.7 million Muslims in the United Kingdom in 2011 (4.8% of the population), up from 1.6 million in 2001. Given recent immigration trends and, more important, Muslims' above-average fertility rate (three children per family versus the British average of 1.8), the Muslim share of the UK population is bound to grow for decades to come.

Much of Europe is on the same demographic trajectory. /.../ The interesting question concerns the consequences of this.

Liberals have not worried about ethnic demographics, because they assume that individuals eventually identify with the host society's norms. The standard argument is that immigrants enrich the host, while leaving any incompatible characteristics at home. In particular, their political behavior will fall into line with that of the general population.

If this is right, the sociopolitical impact of a change in the ethnic composition of a population is neutral, or even beneficial. Immigrants from Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, or Turkey will, in the course of a generation or two, become European in outlook and politics. Their religion will become for them a private matter, as it now is for most Europeans, and they will become integrated in all important respects.

But that historical pattern, in my view, depended crucially on the small size of the immigrant population and its cultural closeness to the home population. (Even so, the process of assimilation was far from frictionless.) ...

The nub of the problem is that contemporary European civilization is secular, whereas Muslim civilization is religious. In Europe, religion has lost its authority over law, legislation, education, morals, and business life. The Islamic world has undergone no comparable process. ...

Despite efforts at secularization, the gap between Muslim and Western outlooks has, if anything, grown in recent years, as religion has regained ascendancy in most Muslim countries. /.../ Moreover, in many countries, large majorities of Muslims say Sharia should be the official law.

In Europe, Islam is the fastest-growing religion, and Sharia has penetrated European legal systems. ... ...

... If we are to avoid sleepwalking into a highly troublesome future, we must recognize that failed integration, not terrorism, is the main danger we face.
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French border guards 'colluding' with gangs smuggling migrants into Britain, MEP claims
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 22 December 2015

French border guards are "colluding" with people traffickers smuggling migrants through northern France and into Britain, an MEP has told Theresa May in an explosive letter.

UKIP's Mike Hookem says he is convinced that some officers within the French border force "cannot be relied on" to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the channel.

The senior European politician is so concerned by what he has seen that he has urged the Home Secretary to urgently investigate claims of "collusion" between border officials and migrant smugglers.

He also revealed that a senior police chief told him there are just 60 officers dedicated to investigating illegal immigration across his entire prefecture, which covers some 20,000 square miles between France's northern coast and Paris.

The top officer admitted the gaping holes in his force's coverage mean that "five to six people get through to Britain every night", with many slipping through in vehicles with UK registration plates, according to Mr Hookem.
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Hundreds arrested in police crackdown on suspected foreign criminals
Brett Gibbons
Birmingham Mail, 22 December 2015

More than 700 people were arrested and 550 vehicles seized during a West Midlands Police-led national crackdown on suspected foreign offenders across the UK.

Operation Trivium was launched from a command centre in Birmingham and linked to European forces and associated agencies.

The operation, which ran from November 23-27, resulted in 97 arrests, 206 vehicles seized and 1,267 vehicles stopped in the West Midlands.
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German police check just '10 per cent of refugees' as migrant crisis grows out of control
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 22 December 2015

Only one in ten refugees entering Germany is adequately checked by police, a veteran policeman has claimed.

German Police Union deputy chief Jörg Radek complained that officers has been overwhelmed after the country flung open its borders to help Syrian refugees.

He said the force was "not in a position to pursue its mission of security and law enforcement on the German-Austrian border in the statutory way we perceive".

He added that as the number of refugees had skyrocketed they had become unable to prevent terrorists in disguise from entering the country.

German laws have made fingerprinting refugees compulsory as they enter the country.

Police union chief Rainer Wendt supported his claims, made in a furious letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He said there were "hundreds of thousands of cases" where people crossed the border unchecked.
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Councils Spend 200 Million On Refugee Kids, Slammed For Leaving 100,000 British Kids Homeless This Christmas
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 22 December 2015

It has been revealed that the growing number of lone refugee children in the UK has cost local authorities more than £200 million, just weeks after a leading charity warned such councils are failing British families, and 100,000 British kids face being homeless this Christmas.

New figures suggest that over the past five years ten councils have spent close to £200 million on lone children claiming asylum, with £36.9 million spent in the last year alone on 1,168 unaccompanied children in the UK. ...

Individual councils, who are also responsible for housing British children and families, largely pick up the bill for unaccompanied migrant children, not central government.

At the beginning of this month, the homelessness charity Shelter warned that councils are increasingly being forced to move British families into cramped bed and breakfasts and hostels.

Because of such failings, they estimate that more than 100,000 British children will wake up homeless on Christmas morning this year. That number has been consistently rising, up nearly 25 per cent on Christmas four years ago.
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Slash migration 'to solve housing crisis': Damning report by Labour's Frank Field says young people will have to ditch dream of owning a property if 'open door' policy continues
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 21 December 2015

The housing crisis cannot be solved unless the Government slashes immigration from Europe, a damning report warns today.

Young people will have to ditch their dream of owning a home if ministers continue an 'open door' policy on migration from the EU, says the study.

It also warns that government would be unable to tackle the spiralling £25 billion a year costs of housing benefit.

Former minister Frank Field, co-author of Fixing Broken Britain?, warns it will be 'incredibly difficult' to meet the demand for homes while population growth is driven 'almost exclusively' by immigration.

Calling for a big rise in housebuilding, he says construction skills shortages should be tackled by training 74,000 unemployed youngsters rather than by importing cheap workers.

The challenges from Labour veteran Mr Field appear in a report by the Civitas think-tank. ...

But the report, co-authored by Andrew Forsey, says a clamp on EU migration is also needed.

A property shortage means rents for tenants have shot up; the number of working-age UK households relying on housing benefit to make ends meet will rise from 2.6 million in 2008-09 to 3.9 million by the end of this decade.

Mr Field will say: 'For a host of reasons, and not simply to meet the housing demand, a future government must control our borders.'
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Large number of refugees entering Europe is serious security risk, warns head of EU's border agency
Corey Charlton
MailOnline, 21 December 2015

The large number of refugees entering Europe poses a serious security risk, the head of the EU's border agency has warned.

Fabrice Leggeri, the head of Frontex, also claimed the civil war in Syria is making it much harder to check the authenticity of Syrian passports found on those entering Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in countries such as Syria and Iraq have arrived in Europe this year.

Since last month's attacks in Paris, concern has grown that Islamist militants could enter undetected among the influx.

Leggeri told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag: 'The big inflows of people who are currently entering Europe unchecked are of course a security risk.' ...

Leggeri said that in a country going through civil war like Syria no one could guarantee that 'the documents that look real are really issued by an official authority or are really being carried by their rightful owner'. ...

Welt am Sonntag said that according to Western intelligence services, Islamic State militants had probably procured tens of thousands of real passports after taking control of local authorities in parts of Syria, Iraq and Libya.

They may also have seized machines used to produce identity documents.
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EU adviser unveils flawless plan to beat the evil people traffickers - let EVERYONE in
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 21 December 2015

An EU adviser today effectively admitted defeat in its battle against people smugglers as it unveiled its grand plan to beat the criminal gangs profiting from people's misery - let EVERYONE in.

Brussels bureaucrats were told that they cannot beat the human traffickers and that the only way to stop their vile trade is to open the floodgates to an unlimited number of migrants.

In a stunning admission of incompetence Brussels pen-pushers said opportunistic rabbles of migrant traffickers operating out of Middle Eastern hideouts have outwitted their own £200,000-a-year borders boss.

They also risked angering citizens of nations across Europe by revealing that border officials "haven't been looking very hard" to close down new routes which criminal gangs could use to smuggle migrants into the continent.

Critics said the shocking admissions prove the EU is "one step behind" the migrant smugglers despite employing some of the best paid security experts in the world.

They were made by senior security analyst Roderick Parkes, who told a stunned meeting of the EU parliament's Security and Defence sub-committee that the only way to tackle people smuggling was for Europe to more openly welcome in migrants.

He told MEPs that the only way to reduce demand for people traffickers is to make sure migrants arriving in Greece and Italy "trust" the authorities to "get them to the right member state". ...

Mr Parkes, whose position has an advertised £65,000-a-year-salary, also openly admitted that gangs of petty criminals had proved "smarter" than his own colleagues.

He told the meeting that the Black Sea could become the next major smuggling route for migrants, adding that there have been "one or two ships coming in via that route", but then admitting: "We haven't been looking very hard."
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Hungary accuses Austria of 'stupidity' in refugee crisis
EUbusiness, 21 December 2015

Hungary has accused Austria of confusing "solidarity and stupidity" after Vienna said that nations which do not accept their share of refugees under European Union quotas should face sanctions.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had said that countries who did not cooperate with the programme and received more money from the EU than they put in should see their subsidies cut.

"The Austrian chancellor does not see the difference between solidarity and stupidity" said Budapest's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

"Solidarity means helping people who are in danger where they live, and helping them to return home once the conflict is finished," Szijjarto told Hungarian national press agency MTI Sunday.

"Stupidity is letting hundreds of thousands of people – millions – into Europe with no controls, while everyone, Europeans and migrants alike, can see they'll never get what they hoped for here," he said.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has also threatened legal action against EU countries that refused to accept refugees under the bloc's quota programme, specifically mentioning Hungary and Slovakia.
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Swedish railway stops Denmark service over refugee ID checks
Yahoo! News / Reuters, 21 December 2015

Sweden's state-owned railway operator SJ said on Monday it would halt its passenger services to and from Denmark because it was unable to carry out the identity checks demanded by the government to stem an influx of refugees.

Sweden has received 150,000 asylum seekers so far this year, mostly from the Middle East, prompting the government to secure an exemption from the European Union's open-border Schengen agreement and pass a law requiring identity checks on all public transport entering the country.

From Jan. 4, transport companies will be fined if they carry passengers into Sweden without photo ID, to the consternation of local businesses as well as transport operators.

SJ said in a statement that it did not have the capacity to carry out checks fast enough on passengers, many of them daily commuters, entering Sweden from Denmark across the Oresund bridge, and "chooses to cancel its departures until there is a working solution in place".
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It is wrong to try to rewrite history, whether in Oxford or Palmyra
Phil Mobbs
Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – The trouble with the campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College in Oxford (report, December 19), is that almost every person of that era held opinions that were commonplace at the time but are at odds with modern thinking.

Taken to its extreme, this approach would lead to the eradication of almost every building and statue commemorating notable figures of the past, including the Albert Memorial and Nelson's Column.

It is also precisely the approach that has been taken by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the ancient city of Palmyra.
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Muslim immigration in Europe: origins, failures and prospects
Hochine Drouiche
Asia News, 21 December 2015

Hocine Drouiche is imam at a Nîmes Mosque and vice president of the Association of Imams of France

Muslim immigration in Europe could lead to intercultural conflicts within local societies. With globalisation, such conflicts could turn into actual wars, especially between extremists on both sides. ...

According to many Muslim thinkers, the tendency of Islam and Muslims towards domination or new conquests comes from a misunderstanding of the history of Islam, which emerged primarily to free human beings and make them sole responsible for their actions.

No one has the right to judge others or prevent them from choosing their own religion or way of life. This requires a lot of work and commitment in Islamic research and jurisprudence. ...

In order to understand the failures, prospects and consequences of Muslim immigration in Europe we must return to its cultural roots and the sources of the adversarial relationship found between European Muslims and local societies. ...

One can clearly see that the Islamic discourse in France is emotional, populist and confrontational. Reforming its form and content becomes necessary for societal stability, the future of living together and the future of Islam in Europe.

Centred on self-pity and emotion, this Islam encourages young people to proselytise, and encourage various kinds of jihad (physical, electronic, financial, etc.) to achieve Islam's global domination instead of engaging in a rational discourse that encourages respect for religious and cultural diversity. ...

Consequently, European Islam tends towards power and domination before dialogue and integration, death before life, imitation before analysis and creativity, emotion before reason, and the past before future. Such a literalist interpretation will eventually bring Muslims and Islam in direct conflict with Christian values, as well as the history and culture of local societies.

Whilst Islam came to free men and women from all forms of slavery and persecution, offering a religion of peace, equality and living together, today's Muslims suffer from multiple dangerous handicaps that are incompatible with their religion and universal values that today constitute the international family. ...

Islam, which is a laboratory of life and hope, faces today a real crisis that has turned it into a religion of death, hatred and terrorism.

Western civilisation is unique in its inventions, achievements, creativity, and technology but also in it human rights, individual freedoms, humanism, and capacity to progress and reform.

Dominated by contemporary political Islam, modern Islamic thinking does not fully recognise such values, /.../ Consequently, from an Islamist perspective, democracy, liberalism and secularism are considered disbelief and apostasy.

Many Muslim thinkers, journalists, women and men have been murdered, jailed or exiled to Europe and the United States because they are secular, liberal or because they changed religion or became atheists.
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Immigration Is "Clandestine Import Of Voters", PM Orbán Tells Czech Newspaper
Hungary Today, 21 December 2015

European politics has "lacked common sense" for a long time, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview. "Europe's political elite is enclosed in a shell of ideologies and hardly has any connection with reality," Orbán said, citing the migrant crisis as a "clear example". "Europe is slowly coming round and is starting to realise the problem," he said in the interview published in the Czech daily Lidove Noviny, adding that the community "must give up suicidal tendencies and stand on its own two feet".

Concerning criticism over his government's migration policy, Orbán said, "Europe's mainstream elite approaches any novelty on an ideological basis." Most migrants on being granted European citizenship become leftist voters, he insisted. "We suspect that what is happening is a clandestine import of voters," the prime minister said. Orbán said Europe had neglected its roots in Christian and national traditions. "Europe has forgotten who and what we are ... we need a Europe with an identity and self-esteem to feel strong again," he told the paper.
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Low-cost airline Wizz Air is flooding Britain with Moldovan migrants
Lauren Fruen and Brian Flynn
The Sun on Sunday, 20 December 2015

A budget airline is cashing in on migrants exploiting a passport loophole to escape poverty-stricken Moldova on £40 flights to the UK.

Wizz Air started its route from the capital Chisinau to Luton at the end of October and has run three flights a week since.

They are packed with Moldovans who have gained Romanian passports by tracing relatives from the neighbouring nation as far back as great-grandparents. Moldova is not part of the EU, but Romania is, meaning its passport holders are free to come to the UK to live and work.

Historic links between the two nations mean family ties are easy to find for many Moldovans. Respected UK intelligence journal Jane's said up to 500,000 Moldovan citizens – out of a total population of 3 million – now hold Romanian passports.

Brussels' rules mean Britain is powerless to stop their use to travel here. ...

Andy Wigmore, from the Leave.EU campaign, said the flow of migrants from the Eastern European nation showed David Cameron's EU renegotiations were "pointless".

He added: "With the average salary in Moldova being around £60 a week, our minimum wage and access to free healthcare will continue to be a huge pull for those from poorer countries." But the mass exodus has caused controversy in Moldova, where people are desperate for the most talented citizens to stay and help rebuild the economy. ...

Officials say few people bothered to exploit the passport loophole until Romania joined the EU in 2007, but up to 10,000 a month have applied since.
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Exposed: The £6k-a-time sham marriage fixers enabling Asian men to stay illegally in Britain
Simon Wright and Ed Wight
Sunday Mirror, 20 December 2015

Greedy Marta Musial beams with joy as she arranges another sham marriage enabling Asian men to stay illegally in Britain.

Housewife Musial, 35, sat opposite an undercover Sunday Mirror investigator believing she was set for another hefty payday by offering up a bride from her native Poland.

She is the Mrs Big behind a scam which has netted her and other fixers tens of thousands of pounds.

Musial, who was paid to marry someone herself, pairs foreign men living here on temporary visas with Polish women paid £6,000 a time to dupe the authorities into believing the marriage is genuine.

Because Poland is inside the EU, the men are then able to work here, claim benefits and use the NHS.

And there is no shortage of men from India and Pakistan prepared to fork out for the fixer's services.

In a month-long investigation, reporters posing as friends of potential Polish brides were told by Musial that would-be husbands would pay for plane tickets to the UK, clothes, cosmetics, even cigarettes.

The women, many of whom speak no English, are told they must masquerade as a genuine wife for just three months "in case the Home Office checks up on you".

They have to live with their husband, post pictures on social media and lie to the authorities that they are in love. ...

Dozens of fixers are thought to be involved in the bridal trade, conducted via online adverts.
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Living wage will lead to new boom in migrants, claim Eurosceptics
Toby Helm and Henry Zeffman
The Observer, 20 December 2015

Leading Tory Eurosceptics branded David Cameron's renegotiation of British membership of the EU as a "farce" as they claimed the introduction of a new "national living wage" from next year would fatally undermine his plans to cut immigration.

In an escalation of hostilities over the in/out referendum, which could be held as early as June or July, the Vote Leave and Conservatives for Britain campaigns said that even if Cameron secured a four-year ban on EU migrants receiving in-work benefits, the higher "national living wage" announced by George Osborne in his July budget would act as a huge "pull factor" for migration that would render the reform all but irrelevant. ...

Vote Leave, an umbrella organisation for Out campaigners, has compiled data which it says shows that even if Cameron were to achieve the four-year ban against all the odds, the effect would be, at best, minimal on limiting immigration. And if other EU leaders reject the plan, and fail to come up with an alternative, their figures suggest the "national living wage" would mean the UK would become far more attractive to workers from poorer EU countries, particularly those in eastern Europe.

Bulgarian worker is 483% better off, it says. ...

Ministers say changes to the benefit system through the introduction of universal credit will also help discourage immigration.

But the arguments of Vote Leave are backed by independent academics and thinktanks. The Office for Budget Responsibility said the changes would make little difference.

Jonathan Portes, a senior fellow at the Economic and Social Research Council told the Observer that "the government's new living wage for the over-25s may actually make the UK labour market more, rather than less, attractive to some EU migrants".

He added: "If there's one thing that both the 'remain' and 'leave' sides of the referendum argument can agree on, it's that the government's renegotiation proposals on migrant benefits are largely irrelevant. Both sides argue, rightly, that there are some very important issues, economic and political, at stake in this referendum. This isn't one of them. No serious analyst – including those in Whitehall – think changes to benefit rules will have more than a marginal impact on migration flows."
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Number of foreigners living in the UK tops FIVE MILLION as official figures show how a wave of immigrants have taken advantage of Britain's fast-recovering economy
Ian Drury and Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 19 December 2015

The number of foreign citizens living in the UK has topped 5 million, according to new figures.

The total has risen by 1 million since 2009, the EU's statistical arm Eurostat found.

The scale of immigration means that one in 12 people in the UK last year was a foreigner.

Only Germany, with 7 million foreign citizens, is home to more. ...

Tory MP Peter Bone said: 'This is an awfully large number of people and the problem is that it is going to continue to grow unless we stop the unlimited flow from the EU.

'The EU is going to expand with Turkey being touted as a member so there will be no let up unless we take action. The only way we can do this is to come out of the EU.

'Most people in the country realise that increasing numbers of foreign citizens is just not sustainable so we have got to get hold of our borders.'

The figures showed that 7.9 per cent of the UK's 64,308,261 population were foreign citizens – 5 million.

These are people who haven't acquired British citizenship. Of these, 2.6 million were from the EU.

In the summer, it was revealed that the foreign-born population was thought to have risen above 8 million for the first time.

But yesterday a leading business organisation said ministers should drop the 'bizarre and unachievable' target to cut immigration.

The Institute of Directors said the controversial target to cut net migration to below 100,000 a year was causing 'great difficulties for British employers' and putting off foreign firms thinking of investing here.
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David Cameron's 'bizarre and unachievable' promise to cut net migration is ridiculed by MPs who say his immigration cap pushed numbers UP
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 19 December 2015

David Cameron's promise to curb the numbers of people coming to Britain was ridiculed as 'bizarre and unachievable' today.

The Prime Minister's pledge to cut net migration to under 100,000 was never possible because the central plank of the Tory policy was 'not fit for purpose', a report by MPs has said.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said the 21,000 annual cap on visas for skilled workers with job offers from outside the EU - brought in 2011 to limit migration - simply 'stimulated' recruitment of workers from EU countries instead.

And MPs said the cap had a 'perverse' result and came close to causing a nursing crisis in the NHS this winter, until Home Secretary Theresa May stepped in with an emergency relaxation of the rule. ...

Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: 'The Government's immigration cap does not fit, it may even be counter-productive. It is having no effect on bringing down net migration.

'The latest net migration figures show a third of a million people entered the UK last year, roughly the size of Cardiff, making the Tier 2 cap of 20,700 minimal in comparison.

'Yet it blocks the recruitment of vitally-needed skills required by individual employers and the economy as a whole. When the monthly allocation is used up, employers are left with a stark choice between a nurse or an engineer. Britain must be open for business, to achieve this we need skilled workers.'

Mrs May was forced to step in and put nurses on a shortage occupation list in October after complaints from NHS Trusts that their inability to recruit from overseas was raising questions over safe staffing levels in hospitals.
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Wish you were here? Refugees are taken on £100,000 jollies to zoos, THEME PARKS and even to the beach to help them 'integrate' into British life... and guess who's paying for it all
Sam Tonkin
MailOnline, 19 December 2015

Asylum-seekers are being taken on 'jollies' paid for by £100,000 of public money to zoos, theme parks and even the beach in an attempt to help them 'integrate' into British life, it has emerged.

Since 2009, a refugee support group part-funded by the National Lottery has been treating dozens of immigrants to days out at Thorpe Park, Whipsnade Zoo, the London Eye and Brighton beach. ...

Among the other jaunts that asylum-seekers enjoyed courtesy of The Hillingdon Refugee Support Group were trips to the British Museum, the Cutty Sark and week-long adventure holidays.

The latter saw 16 to 21-year-olds who arrived 'unaccompanied' to the UK enjoy a week of climbing and canoeing paid for by the charity, which received £399,545 from the Big Lottery Fund in March.

Photos of asylum-seekers on other days out to the Tower of London, which costs an adult £22 to visit, and Surrey's Thorpe Park (up to £49.99) also accompanied the support group's newsletters.

In one, after a visit to the £500-a-night Grenville House Outdoor Education Centre in Brixham, Devon, the charity wrote 'everyone enjoyed the trip... we shall certainly be looking to visit next year.'

The trip to Whipsnade was described as a 'summertime favourite' that migrants 'always enjoy', while 'good fun was had by all' at a day out to an ice rink. ...

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: 'Many taxpayers can't afford trips like these for their own families, so it's important that this quango prioritises the cash it doles out on good causes.'

On its website, the Hillingdon Refugee Support Group says the trips are designed to 'build confidence' for asylum-seekers and 'enable their integration into British society'.
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Migrant workers are driving down pay in low-skilled jobs
Business Matters, 19 December 2015

Mass migration has driven down the wages of workers in low-skilled jobs in the service industries, according to research by the Bank of England.

The influx of a huge number of eastern Europe migrants into jobs in catering, hotels and social care has led to an average 2 per cent cut in pay for workers in these sectors, reports The Times. ...

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have found low skilled jobs in the service sector, which makes up three quarters of the economy, in the past decade. It has been the most popular sector for migrants in recent years, according to the research.

Stephen Nickell, co-author of the report, said: "The biggest effect is in the semi/unskilled services sector, where a 10 percentage point rise in the proportion of immigrants is associated with a 2 per cent reduction in pay."
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Christians could be excluded from refugee resettlement plans, says Cardinal
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 18 December 2015

The Government's plan to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK risks "discriminating" against Christians, according to Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said there are fears that few if any Christian families fleeing Isil militants will be offered sanctuary in Britain because the scheme is aimed at refugees registered through the UNHCR, rather than church-run centres where most of the persecuted Christians are concentrated.

He said it was an "unintended consequence" of the plan but a "point of deep concern" for Catholic and Orthodox and other Christian churches with a stake in the region.

Concerns about the potential exclusion of Christians were also raised with the Prince of Wales at a special advent reception, hosted by Cardinal Nichols, for Middle Eastern Christians in Westminster. ...

In an impassioned address, the Prince spoke of the "heart-breaking" threat to the "very existence of Christianity" in its own birthplace amid predictions from the charity Aid to The Church in Need that the faith is now on course to disappear from Iraq within five years. ...

Cardinal Nichols added: /.../

"Naturally the vast majority of people in the official camps are Muslims, and they are administered by Muslims so those two facts together mean that in effect it will be difficult for the Government's extension of the resettlement programme to actually involve Christian families." ...

Richard Harrington, Minister for Syrian Refugees said: "This week we have reached the Prime Minister's target of resettling 1,000 Syrians before Christmas.

"We work closely with the UNHCR to identify the most vulnerable people who are in need of our assistance.

"We will accept people of all religions, including Christians, provided they are registered with UNHCR."
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Calais Migrants Launch 'Unprecedented' Attack On Lorry Drivers, British Officials Claim
The Huffington Post, 18 December 2015

Trouble flared in Calais as lorry drivers came under attack from migrants in an "unprecedented" and "organised" disturbance, British officials said.

Truckers forced to slow on motorways near the cross-Channel port had their lorries attacked, with locks broken and roofs slashed as migrants tried to climb inside, witnesses said.

One said that French police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds but appeared to be "overwhelmed" by the large numbers of migrants. ...

Chris Yarsley, of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), witnessed the scenes and said he was "flabbergasted" by the trouble, which was described as "unprecedented". ...

British freight chiefs believe such trouble impacts heavily on the £89 billion worth of UK trade which passes through Calais annually.
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Jeremy Corbyn says he opposes making EU migrants wait to receive benefits
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 18 December 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has torn up Labour's European policy, saying he opposes EU migrants having to wait to receive benefits when in the UK.

Labour said in its manifesto for the general election in May that there should be a two-year ban on EU migrants receiving tax credits. The policy had been set out by the then shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves.

But Corbyn, who is in Brussels for a meeting of the Party of European Socialists – a grouping of leftwing parties in the European parliament – rejected the policy. He said on Thursday: "If somebody is working, paying taxes, doing a job just like anybody else, then surely they deserve access to exactly the same benefits as anybody else."
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NIS: Three Million Nigerians Living Illegally in UK
Omololu Ogunmade
This Day Live, 18 December 2015

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Thursday told the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs that no fewer than three million Nigerians were illegally living in the United Kingdom.

While appearing before the committee, NIS Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Investigation and Intelligence, Mr. T.A. Hundeyin, dismissed as untrue the insinuation that the United Kingdom had perfected plans to deport 29,000 Nigerians.

He explained that besides the 48 Nigerians deported to the country from the UK last week, there was no further plan to deport more Nigerians.

According to him, those deported were found guilty of offences inimical to the laws of the country adding that only 45 of them actually committed such offences.
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Security chiefs considered policy that would have allowed staff to vet visa applicants' social media accounts four years ago - but turned it down
Chris Pleasance
Daily Mail, 18 December 2015

The Department of Homeland Security considered vetting people's social media accounts as part of the visa process years ago but the proposal was rejected, it has been revealed.

According to an internal DHS memo, published by MSNBC, officials asked the Obama administration to authorize 'access social networking sites' as far back as 2011.

Despite the proposal going through a year of revisions with privacy chiefs and lawyers, it was ultimately stuck down by senior officials - a move described as 'very unusual'.

Concerns have been raised over the visa process after San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik was able to obtain a K-1 finace visa in order to come to America and kill 14 people.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson tried to head off criticism of his department today, saying it has been consulting social media in reviews of immigration applications since early this year.

However, Malik applied for her visa back in the summer of 2014, meaning her social media accounts would not have been checked.

It was previously reported that Malik had been posting extremist material to Facebook before traveling to America, though the FBI denied this yesterday, saying she only discussed her desire to become a martyr with then-fiancee Syed Farook in private messages and not publicly posted messages.
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Staff Working Paper No. 574: The impact of immigration on occupational wages: evidence from Britain - Stephen Nickell and Jumana Saleheen
Stephen Nickell and Jumana Saleheen
Bank of England, 18 December 2015

This paper asks whether immigration to Britain has had any impact on average wages. There seems to be a broad consensus among academics that the share of immigrants in the workforce has little or no effect on native wages. These studies typically have not refined their analysis by breaking it down into different occupational groups. Our contribution is to extend the existing literature on immigration to include occupations as well. We find that the immigrant to native ratio has a small negative impact on average British wages. /.../ Our results also reveal that the biggest impact of immigration on wages is within the semi/unskilled services occupational group. We also investigate if there is any differential impact between immigration from the EU and non-EU, and find that there is no additional impact on aggregate UK wages as a result of migrants arriving specifically from EU countries. These findings accord well with intuition and anecdotal evidence, but have not been recorded previously in the empirical literature.
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10,000 asylum seekers dropped off Home Office's radar - report
Belfast Telegraph, 17 December 2015

Thousands of asylum seekers have dropped off the Government's radar, an official report has revealed.

Caseworkers told inspectors there were around 10,000 cases where the main applicant and any dependants, such as children, were not in contact with the Home Office or had absconded.

The number will include those who were awaiting a decision, as well as those who are still in the country after their application has been refused.

While enforcement teams could conduct residential visits to attempt to trace missing claimants they were "reluctant to do so as this work was not a priority and was considered a drain on resources", a report by the borders watchdog said.

It was also disclosed that, as of September last year, there were more than 30,000 failed asylum claims where individuals had not been removed from the country or given leave to stay more than two years after their right of appeal had lapsed or been exhausted.

A report by the chief inspector of borders and immigration David Bolt said: "Failure to deal with asylum cases in a timely manner was inefficient as well as ineffective.

"The more time an asylum case took to resolve, the more likely barriers to removal would arise from the formation of relationships, the birth of children and other community ties.

"It also meant individuals were left not knowing if or when the Home Office might take action to remove them."

Immigrants who are required to report to officials are recorded to have absconded when they fail to attend.

In a sample of 338 cases examined by inspectors, 48 individuals were logged as absconders.

Of these, an attempt to locate the person had been made in only nine instances, including five in which teams visited last known addresses. ...

A second report published today said intelligence about illegal working mostly consisted of "low-level allegations" by members of the public.

Inspectors found this had led immigration enforcement to focus on high street restaurants and takeaways, adding: "Other business sectors and possibly other nationalities had been neglected by comparison."

There are no reliable estimates for the numbers of migrants working illegally in the UK, the watchdog added.
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E-borders delivered most of its aims, Lin Homer tells MPs
Brian Wheeler
BBC, 17 December 2015

The Home Office's £1bn e-borders scheme - seen by many as a costly disaster - has in fact delivered most of its aims, the woman who ran it told MPs.

Lin Homer said it had provided "12 years of continuous improvements" to border security even if progress had been "slower" than she had wanted.

She denied claims by MPs that 80% of the money spent on it was wasted.

Ms Homer, who is now boss of HM Revenue and Customs, was giving evidence to the public accounts committee.

The National Audit Office this week published a highly critical report into e-borders, which was meant to collect and analyse data on everyone travelling to and from the UK before they arrive at ports and airports.

The spending watchdog said checks at Britain's borders remained "highly manual and inefficient", and relied on outdated IT systems.
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Calais migrants 'armed with iron bars and hammers' launch mass bid to reach UK
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 17 December 2015

Hundreds of Calais migrants "armed with iron bars and hammers" have stormed an area around the Channel Tunnel in a bid to reach Britain, according to reports on social media.

Locals in the lawless port town went online this afternoon to report that a number of migrants brought traffic to a standstill and are storming the entrance to the tunnel.

Squadrons of French riot police, known as the CRS, are apparently at the scene and there were reports of violent clashes in the streets.
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Hundreds of Islamic State plots investigated across the US, FBI director says
David Lawler
Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2015

James Comey, director of the FBI, said yesterday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had "revolutionised" terrorism.

Speaking at a press conference in New York, Mr Comey said the group's decentralised structure and use of social media to spread propaganda and incite attacks made it particularly difficult to combat. ...

Mr Comey said the FBI had "hundreds of investigations" ongoing in all 50 US states as part of an attempt to stop those inspired by Isil from carrying out attacks. ...

The attacks in Paris and San Bernardino California have re-ignited the debate in the US about how best to combat terrorism.

Polls show that terrorism is now the primary concern for the American public, surpassing the state of the economy and government gridlock. ...

One recurring concern was that Tashfeen Malik, the female San Bernardino attacker, had been allowed into the US despite reportedly having posted in support of Isil on Facebook. ...

In his remarks yesterday, Mr Johnson said that the department of homeland security was, in fact, consulting social media as part of the vetting process for immigrants, and had been since early this year.

"Under my leadership as secretary, we in fact began to consult social media in connection with conferring various immigration benefits and we will be doing more of this," he said. "Any reports or partial reports to the contrary are simply false."
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UK Migration Cover Up: The Government Must Release The REAL Figures Immediately
Nigel Farage MEP
Breitbart, 17 December 2015
[Nigel Farage is the leader of the UK Independence Party]

For a long time now I've been questioning the government's migration statistics. Yes, they have frequently shown mass migration at record highs. They have also revealed European Union (EU) migrants to be arriving in increasing numbers. But I think the numbers may be even higher than the ones currently publicly available.

The numbers simply haven't added up for a while now. One of the big question marks hanging over the government's migration statistics has been the massive discrepancy between the number of National Insurance numbers given to EU migrants and the official numbers of those who are meant to have come and are priced into the government's top line net migration figures.

Take the figures for the year to June 2015.

A total of 214,000 National Insurance numbers were given to Romanians and Bulgarians. Yet in roughly the same time period, the year ending March 2015, official figures show only 53,000 Romanian and Bulgarian migrants coming to the UK. The numbers are frankly all over the place and point to a rather large underestimation of the actual numbers arriving each year.

The government's official figures come from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) which essentially is nothing more than a questionnaire migrants are chosen at random to undertake when they land in the UK. It is then extrapolated to give us the official figures.

There are huge problems with the IPS as an accurate barometer. It is obviously nowhere near being an exact measurement given its relatively small sample size. ...

The lack of accuracy with the government's migration measurement gets worse. Only those who say that they coming to the UK for over twelve months on a permanent basis are even included in the figures. ...

There are many more accurate ways that the government can measure exact levels of migration. Benefit claims and payments of tax are both records which the government possesses for migrants here in Britain. But they are refusing point black to release the figures. ...

This is a complete and total cover-up from a government who have presided over record net migration levels, opened up our doors to Romania and Bulgaria on 1st January 2014 and are now flailing hopelessly in Brussels with no prospect of being able to ever control Britain's borders inside the European Union.

Despite warnings from my party and the astute prediction from Migration Watch at the time, we have seen huge rises in EU migration including from Romania and Bulgaria.

It is bad enough that this government is now running net migration at over a third of a million every year. It is even more shameful that they seem to be covering up what could actually be the real, far higher numbers.
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The Muslim Brotherhood review has left many questions unanswered
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 17 December 2015

The findings of the UK government's review into the Muslim Brotherhood have finally been published. Commissioned by the Prime Minister in April 2014, the full report will not be released. Although the review finds that the Muslim Brotherhood does not meet the threshold of violence which would see it proscribed in the UK, it described members of the Muslim Brotherhood as possible extremists. As such the government has listed a set of renewed actions, including visa bans, on individuals associated with the group and promises to keep the group's activities under review in order to consider proscription at a future date. ...

The section on the Muslim Brotherhood's activities in the UK (authored by Charles Farr) are especially noteworthy. These include the fact that the MB established its first representation in the UK fifty years ago, but that crucially:

In the 1990s the Muslim Brotherhood and their associates established public facing and apparently national organisations in the UK to promote their views. None were openly identified with the Muslim Brotherhood and membership of the Muslim Brotherhood remained (and still remains) a secret. But for some years the Muslim Brotherhood shaped the new Islamic Society of Britain (ISB), dominated the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and played an important role in establishing and then running the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). MAB became politically active, notably in connection with Palestine and Iraq, and promoted candidates in national and local elections. The MCB sought and obtained a dialogue with Government.'

The findings go on to list a set of organisations – including charities – which are associated with the Brotherhood and notes that among these:

'MAB (like the MCB) have consistently opposed programmes by successive Governments to prevent terrorism.'

It concludes that:

'Aspects of Muslim Brotherhood ideology and tactics, in this country and overseas, are contrary to our values and have been contrary to our national interests and our national security.'

The fact that these findings could be published at all constitutes a small victory for government. And doubtless there will be those who will hope this matter can now be shelved or at least made to go away for a time. In fact the release of these findings only starts the debate over what to do about the Muslim Brotherhood's presence in the UK. ...

Furthermore, how can groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood – several named in the report, some of which are closely affiliated with the designated terrorist group (and Brotherhood off-shoot) Hamas – retain charitable status while being designated as possibly 'extremist' by the UK government? What capabilities will be given to the Charity Commission and then the other relevant authorities to investigate and pursue those entities which have clearly been using such a status to further the aims of an entity whose members have now been labelled possibly 'extreme'? What about those individuals from the group and its affiliates who teach at universities or work in other public bodies in the UK?
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Government admits 17,000 foreign students have applied for asylum to stay in Britain
David Maddox
Daily Express, 16 December 2015

Serious concerns over an "industrial level" of abuse of the UK's immigration system have been raised after the Government revealed that more than 17,000 foreign students have attempted to stay in Britain by seeking asylum over the last five years.

In a written answer, Home Office minister Lord Bates admitted that the Government is trying to "identify abuses in the system" with 17,383 people on student visas seeking permanent residence in Britain through being given asylum since 2010. ...

The Home Office has refused to say how many asylum applications by students were successful but around 40 per cent of the total number of asylum seekers have been granted leave to stay over the last five years.

In addition 24 per cent of those who appealed against a Home Office refusal have won their cases.

Lord Bates also revealed the top 10 countries of origin for students in the UK seeking asylum headed by Pakistan on 5,326, Sri Lanka 4,162, Iran 1,240, India 1,150 and Bangladesh on 1,071.

The list also said there were 755 from war-torn Syria, China 534, Nigeria 491, Libya 439, Burma 177 and 2,042 from other countries.
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Voters tell Cameron he MUST curb welfare and end free movement to cut migration numbers and keep Britain in the EU
James Slack
Daily Mail, 16 December 2015

David Cameron is under pressure to make his renegotiation demands more ambitious after two-thirds of voters said ending EU free movement was vital for curbing mass migration.

The Prime Minister is not seeking restrictions on the right of EU citizens to move to the UK to work.

But in a Daily Mail poll 64 cent of electors said this would be an 'effective' way to cut record immigration.

Some 66 per cent said they thought restricting migrants' access to benefits would also work.

This is one of Mr Cameron's four key demands from Brussels – but he is being fiercely resisted by other member states, who say it would be discriminatory.

Three-quarters of adults said a rigorous Australian-style points system for people coming to the UK from outside the EU would be a successful method of curbing migration.

About half of Britons – 53 per cent – said they think that leaving the EU would be effective in reducing the number of migrants.
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Cameron 'warned ISIS run camps' from where UK is getting 20,000 Syrian refugees
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 16 December 2015

David Cameron was "warned radical Islamic groups including ISIS controlled refugee camps" from where Britain will fly in Syrian asylum seekers - BEFORE the Government began bringing in the first wave of 20,000, a shock new report claims.

The Prime Minister has come under under fire after the International Development Committee, which is investigating the Syrian refugee crisis, received evidence that ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups were running the camps within the war-torn country, but also in Lebanon and Jordan where the majority of the 20,000 heading for the UK are currently based.

A report by Barnabas Fund, an organisation which helps persecuted Christians across the globe, said Mr Cameron was told there were Islamic extremists within the refugee camps for displaced Syrians in Lebanon when he visited them in September, weeks BEFORE any of the refugees began coming to the UK.

Mr Cameron announced the extended number of asylum seekers in September after the harrowing image of the Syrian boy who drowned trying to get to Europe went around the globe.

The Barnabus report said: "In September 2015 Lebanon's Education minister Elias Bou Saab told British Prime Minister David Cameron during a tour of refugee camps that some Syrian refugees travelling to Europe were Islamists, adding that this was also the case among those living in refugee camps." ...

The UK is taking 20,000 people from the camps over the next five years, with most coming from Lebanon after the Government struck a deal with the US that America would deal mainly with those in Jordan. ...

However, a Home Office spokesman insisted that all of the 20,000 refugees were being security checked and registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which has its own checks.
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Merkel is wrong – demanding Syrians assimilate could backfire
Tariq Modood
The Guardian, 16 December 2015

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in an address to the annual conference of the Christian Democrat party on Monday, said: "Those who seek refuge with us also have to respect our laws and traditions, and learn to speak German. Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies, and therefore multiculturalism remains a grand delusion." ...

... Since the second world war, the former West Germany and then the unified Germany have been generous in receiving refugees and displaced persons, initially those of German ethnic descent (the Aussiedler) but latterly more widely. At the same time, in the 1960s Germany entered into treaties with countries such as Turkey to import labour for its industries – "Gastarbeiter" (guest workers). Unlike the Aussiedler it was never intended that they would settle, raise families and become German citizens. This has indeed happened on a large scale, not because of but in spite of policy.

Those of German descent – even if they could not speak German – were regarded as Germans, but the Gastarbeiter were meant to be temporary and despite having several millions of foreign-born or foreign-descent in their midst (the number now stands at 16 million), chancellor Helmut Kohl declared in the 1990s that Germany was "not a country of immigration". ...

So when in 2010 in a famous speech Merkel said that "multikulti" had "utterly failed" she was not referring to what in the UK is understood by "multiculturalism" – the pluralising of what it means to be British – but to the policy of not integrating groups such as the Turks into German society and citizenship. Hence, when now Merkel simultaneously defends her humanitarian granting of (temporary?) refuge on a large scale and in the same speech denounces multiculturalism she is being entirely consistent with German governmental thinking.

It would otherwise seem odd that so soon after the Paris terrorist attacks, when the French themselves are saying French republican assimilationism has failed, Merkel should be targeting multiculturalism. To those who do reject a multicultural approach, it would be interesting to know which problems they think Germany or France – resolute in not having tried true multiculturalism – have avoided that multiculturalist countries such as Canada, Australia and Britain are suffering from.

On measures such as unemployment, occupational levels, income, educational attainment, civic participation, national identification, inter-ethnic friendships and marriages, freedom of religion and the presence of non-white individuals in public life, avowedly multiculturalist countries have achieved higher levels of equality and inclusivity than countries that have never tried multiculturalism.

In fact what is interesting is that even countries such as France and Germany do sometimes practise aspects of multiculturalism, usually in a piecemeal way and often at a local level, ...

Group representation in politics and in relation to the government is multiculturalist. Yet it has had to be resorted to by Merkel in her Islam Conference and in France's Council of the Muslim Religion, where bodies have had to be created in order to have a political relationship with Muslims.
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UK Govt REFUSES To Publish REAL Stats On Immigration After Breitbart London Analysis
Raheem Kassam
Breitbart, 16 December 2015

A UK think tank has today revealed that the British government is refusing to disclose figures related to recent immigration from the European Union, citing concerns over the Prime Minister's EU membership "renegotiation" as a reason for withholding the statistics, and potentially confirming analysis by Breitbart London in August.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research's principal fellow Jonathan Portes reports that "there is a small but vocal minority who think that the government has been lying to us for years about the true scale of immigration" specifically referring to a question posed by Breitbart London over what Mr. Portes describes as the "increasing divergence between official immigration and population statistics and the administrative data held by the [Department for Work and Pensions] on the numbers of National Insurance numbers issued".

In August of this year, I reported: "For the year to March 2015, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were 53,000 new Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants – "a statistically significant increase and almost double the 28,000 in the previous 12 months".

"Indeed such a rise is significant, but the question is – why are the National Insurance numbers (NINos) so different, at a total of 214,000 registrations of Romanians and Bulgarians (EU2) to the year ending June 2015."

Concluding: "But as people are noticing, the discrepancy between EU2 countries immigration figures and the NINo figures are particularly striking. There were 917,000 registrations in the year to June 2015, an 62 per cent increase (352,000) on the previous year. A whopping 76 per cent of these (697,000) were from within the European Union."

"It stretches credulity to believe that immigration can stand at just 53,000 while National Insurance registrations can be at 214,000." ...

Now it appears that the British government is refusing to discuss the issue further, despite holding information that would explain the discrepancy.

Mr. Portes "asked DWP and HMRC [Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs]... using the same computer systems from which this data comes (which holds information on national insurance, benefits, tax credits and PAYE) to tell me how many National Insurance Numbers issued to recent migrants were "active" – ie showed recent payments of tax or NI, or benefit claims. This would give us a much better idea of the accuracy of the official statistics, which, using only survey data, estimate how many EU migrants have migrated here and how many are in the workforce."

"Astonishingly," he reports, "HMRC have refused to give me this data. Not because they don't have it. Not even because it would be too much work." ...

He concludes, though being originally sceptical of my suspicions outlined in August, that "[m]y current expectation is that it would reveal there are actually considerably more such recent migrants than the official immigration or labour market statistics actually suggest."
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Derby City Council spends almost £700,000 on translators in four years
Derby Telegraph, 16 December 2015

New figures show the annual cost to Derby City Council of employing interpreters has nearly doubled in the space of four years.

The authority has spent nearly £700,000 on translators between April 2011 and the same month in 2015, a Freedom of Information Request from the Derby Telegraph has revealed.

It has risen each year from the 2011-12 financial year when it spent £121,363.

In 2014-15 the figure was £222,288.

Financial years run from April to April so the end-of-year figure for the whole of 2015-16 will inevitably be considerably higher.

The authority has said that it does not record its own figures for how many times an interpreter is required for each different language.

But it has been able to supply figures it got from two of its interpreter suppliers.

They show that Slovak, British sign language, Urdu, Punjabi, and Polish were the languages most often translated by the companies between April and November.

There are also more unusual languages that translators have been needed for, such as Lingala, a language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tigrinya, spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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Hundreds of migrants arriving in Norway had mobile phones containing images of executions, severed heads and dead children, police reveal
Imogen Calderwood
MailOnline, 15 December 2015

Hundreds of asylum-seekers entering Norway were discovered to have images of 'executions' and 'severed heads' on their mobile phones.

The revelation comes amid heightened fears that ISIS is exploiting the migrant crisis to smuggle fighters into Europe, following last month's attacks in Paris.

Police admitted that the 'explosion' of refugees crossing into the country over the summer and in recent months meant that security checks were less thorough than required, and weren't checking the background of those entering the country.

The Police Immigration Service (PU) in Norway has been forced to work overtime and under severe pressure due to the massive numbers of asylum-seekers hoping to take refuge in the country.

But after searching belongings and mobile phones belonging to refugees and migrants crossing the border, police discovered 'hundreds' of examples of 'photos and videos of executions and brutal punishments, such as images of people holding up severed heads or hands'.

They also reportedly found photographs of dead children and other victims of war, crimes and terrorism.

Numerous images of ISIS flags and symbols belonging to other terrorist organisations were also found, according to Norwegian newspaper Nettavisen.

Erik Haugland, head of Norway's asylum programme pointed out that it was possible the images were on the phones for innocent reasons.

He explained that asylum-seekers might have the photographs in order to bear witness to the war and horrors they were fleeing in their home country, or they may have been a tactic to sneak through jihadi-controlled areas unharmed.
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Fingerprint migrants by force: EU tells Italy
The Local [Italy], 15 December 2015

Italy should take migrants' fingerprints by force, if required, and detain anyone who resists being identified, the European Commission said in a report due to be published on Tuesday. ...

The report comes a week after the EC said it was opening proceedings against Italy, Greece, Malta and Croatia for flouting rules on taking migrants' fingerprints upon arrival.

Italy hit back, with Mario Morcone, the head of immigration at Italy's interior ministry, telling The Local that the EC was basing the potential sanctions on old data, and that Italy had formally identified 80 percent of asylum seekers since January.

But Morcone admitted that authorities still struggle with migrants who refuse to be identified in order to bypass the Dublin regulation, which forces refugees to stay in the country where they first submitted their asylum request.
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EU referendum: Boris Johnson slapped down by Downing Street over call for Danish-style opt-out for benefit reforms
Matt Dathan
The Independent, 14 December 2015

Downing Street has slapped down Boris Johnson over his suggestion that David Cameron should seek a Danish-style opt-out to push through his plan to block benefits going to EU migrants.

The Mayor of London urged Mr Cameron to stand firm on plans to make EU migrant workers wait four years before they have access to in-work benefits such as tax credits and pointed to the special rules afforded to Denmark over property rules, where only those who have been resident in the country for more than five years can buy a second home.

The Prime Minister's spokeswoman said that although Denmark's "carve-out" was an example of the kind of flexibility in the EU that Britain was seeking, it nonetheless was not ambitious enough to satisfy the scale of change Mr Cameron was demanding.
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If Denmark can treat foreigners differently, then so can Britain
Boris Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 14 December 2015

If you want to buy a home in Denmark, you basically need to be Danish – or to have lived in that country for at least five years. ...

... Like the Danes, Britain is a special case. It is not just that we are one of the biggest magnets for immigrants – we share that status with Germany. We are unlike any other EU country (especially Germany) in the current rate of population growth, which has been largely – though by no means entirely – driven by recent immigration.

In London alone, we will need to find another 165,000 school places in the next five years. We will need to build another 80 secondary schools. That is a big expense for the taxpayer. As I have said many times in this space, I am a passionate believer in the benefits of migration. Waves of talent from overseas have helped to make our capital the most dynamic urban economy in Europe. But it should be up to us in this country to decide – as they do in America and Australia – whom to admit and when to admit them. Now our friends in Brussels have given us the bum's rush, and said they won't agree to the four-year cooling-off period that the PM has proposed.

This would have meant you can't come here and immediately clamp your jaws around the teat of the benefits system. I happen to think this idea would have been generally popular with European electorates, but never mind; they won't have it. So my question is: what will they agree to?
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Angela Merkel wants to 'drastically reduce' refugee arrivals in Germany
The Guardian, 14 December 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to "drastically decrease" the number of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress.

Merkel has resisted pressure from allies within her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to put a cap on the number of refugees entering Germany, which is expected to be more than 340,000 this year.

"At the same time we took on board the concerns of the people, who are worried about the future, and this means we want to reduce, we want to drastically decrease the number of people coming to us," Merkel told broadcaster ARD on Sunday.
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Multiculturalism is a sham, says Angela Merkel
Rick Noack
Washington Post, 14 December 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy has attracted praise from all over the world. Time magazine and the Financial Times newspaper recently named her Person of the Year, and delegates applauded her for so long at her party's convention on Monday that she had to stop them.

The speech that followed, however, may have surprised supporters of her policies: Multiculturalism remains a sham, she said, before adding that Germany may be reaching its limits in terms of accepting more refugees. "The challenge is immense," she said. "We want and we will reduce the number of refugees noticeably."

Although those remarks may seem uncharacteristic of Merkel, she probably would insist that she was not contradicting herself. In fact, she was only repeating a sentiment she first voiced several years ago when she said multiculturalism in Germany had "utterly failed."

"Of course the tendency had been to say, 'Let's adopt the multicultural concept and live happily side by side, and be happy to be living with each other.' But this concept has failed, and failed utterly," she said in 2010. ...

Multiculturalism usually has a positive connotation, but to Merkel it symbolizes the emergence of isolated societies within Germany – and ultimately a failure of assimilating immigrants.
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Fury at secret US policy that BANNED visa officials from looking at San Bernardino terrorist wife's social media - where she openly boasted about waging jihad
Myriah Towner
Daily Mail, 14 December 2015

A secret U.S. policy blocked immigration investigators from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official has revealed.

Early last year, immigration officials asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for new policies allowing them to review applicants' publicly-posted online messages, ABC News reported.

However, Jeh refused to end the secret policy in fear of a civil liberties backlash and 'bad public relations', for the Obama administration, Josh Cohen, a former acting-under secretary for intelligence and analysis said.

The revelation comes after U.S. officials learned one of the San Bernardino shooters who received a visa last May, Tashfeen Malik, had posted extensive social messages that the FBI said included talk of Jihad and martyrdom.

Cohen told ABC that immigration officials last year were not allowed to 'use or review social media as part of the screening process.' ...

ABC said one current and one former senior counter-terrorism official confirmed Cohen's account of the refusal of the Department of Homeland Security to change its policy.

A former senior counter-terrorism official told ABC: 'They felt looking at public postings [of foreign U.S. visa applicants] was an invasion of their privacy.'

'The arguments being made were, and are still, in bad faith,' the official added.

Malik, 29, and husband Syed Farook killed 14 people earlier this month after passing through customs at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in July 2014 and getting married the following month.

She underwent three background checks and had her K-1 fiancee visa approved in just three weeks even though she openly posted about committing violent jihad on social media.

If US officials had discovered the messages Malik posted before she applied for her visa from Pakistan last year, red flags would have gone up and she likely would not have been approved for entry. ...

U.S. officials said that because Malik used a pseudonym in her social media posts, it is not clear that even after a full review of her social media messages that her support for terror groups would have become known, ABC reported.

Cohen, who left DHS in June 2014, said he and other U.S. officials pressed for a policy change, but it was opposed by top officials with the DHS Office of Civil Liberties and the Office of Privacy.
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Canada's Growing Jihadi Cancer
Dana Kennedy
The Daily Beast, 14 December 2015

Ignore growing Muslim fundamentalism and extremism in Canada at your peril. That's the message an increasingly vocal number of moderate and secular Canadian Muslims and counterterrorism experts want to send to the United States and the rest of the world.

The attention focused last week on the Ontario branch of al-Huda, the same religious school the San Bernardino killer Tashfeen Malik attended in Pakistan, is just one example of increasing Saudi-funded Islamic fundamentalism all over Canada.

Radical mosques with reported ties to terrorist organizations have flourished in and around Toronto as well as in Montreal, while some politicians, including Canada's new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, have been reluctant to constrain or even criticize these groups, defending them in the name of diversity and multiculturalism. ...

Given Prime Minister Trudeau's good looks, his political pedigree, ...

But he's come under fire at home for what some see as pandering to the Muslim vote and an extreme political correctness. ...

Trudeau visited mosques all over Canada as part of his political campaigns leading up to his recent win. He visited a notorious Montreal mosque in 2011, a month before the U.S. classified it as an al Qaeda recruitment center. He addressed a mosque with ties to Hamas and, unlike his Conservative Party predecessor, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he defends the right for Muslim Canadian women to wear the niqab, a veil covering the face, when they take their citizenship oaths. ...

Trudeau's key aide helping him nail the Canadian Muslim vote was Omar Alghabra, 46, a Saudi-born Syrian immigrant. Alghabra was once president of the controversial Canadian Arab Foundation which lost government funding in 2009 because of its support for groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, which are officially listed as terrorist groups in Canada. Trudeau just named Alghabra as his Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (Consular). ...

Canada has had its share of terrorist plots, some of them aimed at the United States. ...

According to a July 2015 report in the Globe and Mail, the Saudi government is donating hundreds of thousands of petrodollars to finance new private Islamic schools in Canada or upgrade existing ones, often making to Canadian imams in charge of shabby mosques offers they can't refuse.

"You walk down some of the streets in Mississauga [Ontario] and you'd think you were in Saudi Arabia," Raza, the author of Their Jihad, Not My Jihad: A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out, told The Daily Beast. "These are Pakistanis wearing the burqas and the Arab clothes. We're not even Arabs, but Saudi Arabia has made Muslims who aren't Arabs feel inferior. ...

Raza left Pakistan in 1989 with her young family for Canada shortly after Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq came into power and forced a more extreme form of Islamic law in her home country. Raza told The Daily Beast this week that she's now upset and disillusioned to see a similar extremism starting to flower in Canada.
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Sweden: Shambles in Asylum Heaven
Ingrid Carlqvist
Gatestone Institute, 13 December 2015
[Translated by Maria Celander]

In spite of the supposedly tighter asylum rules announced November 24, chaos rules in Sweden. /.../ More than 22,000 people are supposed to be deported but refuse to leave. /.../ It is not an exaggeration to say that in this situation, Sweden has lost track of pretty much everything. ...

So, when Prime Minister Löfven and Vice Prime Minister, Åsa Romson (Green Party) presented their new, tougher immigration policy on November 24, it sent shockwaves through the Swedish establishment. ...

The message conveyed to the Swedish people on November 24 was that the borders were now essentially being shut; that Löfven had discovered there was a limit. ...

... The government is already negotiating with Afghanistan to try to persuade it to take back some of the many Afghans (36,261 in total; 20,947 supposedly "children") who applied for asylum in Sweden this year.

So far, no journalist in the mainstream media seems to have discovered that the new border controls – implemented because the government evidently decided there is "a serious threat to public order and safety in the country" – have had no discernible effect. The media still give the public the impression that asylum seekers are actually stopped at the border, and that, as the Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson, announced, all border crossings will be controlled before Christmas.

As noted last month, however, to avoid having to show any papers, a terrorist going to Sweden to commit acts of terror only has to tell the border police he is seeking asylum. He will immediately be driven to the closest Immigration Service facility. ...

One person who has grown tired of this whole charade is actually one of the Border Police at the Öresund Bridge (between Denmark and Sweden). ...

"... These new border controls are there for the sole purpose of reassuring the public. They have absolutely no effect on the influx of migrants. The public is given a completely erroneous picture of what we are doing. They do not understand that we spend enormous amounts of time checking Swedish and Danish commuters. If we do not, the press goes crazy and starts screaming about discrimination.

"It seems as if those in power do not want the people who are here illegally to be deported. /.../ These controls mean nothing. They are just a formality to make everything look good and avoid discriminating against anyone. We should put our time and effort where they are needed." ...

So, despite many Swedes drawing a sigh of relief when the government announced that immigration was to be limited, the new policy does not really entail any difference at all. ...

... Sweden's failure to age-test asylum seekers has led to an avalanche of "bearded children." Each week, over 1,000 "children" arrive, of whom 80% come from Afghanistan. In Denmark, where age-testing has been routine, it turned out that at least 50% of these so-called children were in fact adults; and in Norway and Finland, this number was 66%.

About 75% of all the "children" who apply, are granted asylum in Sweden. It is therefore extremely popular, when seeking asylum, to claim to be under 18. In 2013, 4,000 arrived. In 2014, the number was 7,000; and during the first eleven months of 2015, a staggering 32,180 "unaccompanied refugee children" sought asylum in Sweden. More than half were from Afghanistan; the second largest group was from Syria, followed by Eritrea and Somalia.
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Brussels plans to strip Schengen nations of authority over borders
Ian Traynor
The Guardian, 12 December 2015

Brussels is to unveil radical plans to strip national governments of authority over their borders in an emergency and to create a border guards force to police the EU's frontiers, supervise asylum claims, and detain and deport failed asylum seekers.

The controversial response to the immigration crisis is to be launched on Tuesday by the European commission, which is calling for a 2,000-strong European border and coastguard force that could be deployed in an emergency without the approval of the country concerned.

The plan will prove highly divisive among national governments, most of which jealously guard their sovereign powers over border control. But the proposal is backed by Germany and France, giving it a head start in what is likely to be two years of tough bargaining before it could become a reality.

In theory, the new regime and the powers ceded to Brussels over its operation apply to all 26 countries in Europe's free-travel Schengen area, which does not include the UK and Ireland but takes in non-EU countries such as Norway and Switzerland.

In practice, the regime would apply to the external borders of the Schengen area, so would not greatly affect countries such as Germany that are surrounded by other Schengen nations. With more than 1 million asylum seekers arriving in Europe this year and a further 1.5 million predicted for next year, the commission's proposals are directed mainly at Greece and Italy, the main entry points from Turkey across the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

Both frontline countries are bitterly opposed to the plan, despite being fed up with bearing the brunt of the influx while also being berated for failing to properly register refugees. ...

The immigration crisis has placed the survival of the 20-year-old Schengen zone into question as never before, with member states engaging in beggar-thy-neighbour policies and ignoring the rules to re-erect national border controls. Last week the first wire fences went up between two Schengen states, Austria and Slovenia.

The EU's "handling of the arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers has been simply disastrous", said the Council of Europe, the Strasbourg-based human rights body that is quite separate from the EU.
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Merkel against set limit to number of migrants
Yahoo! News / Associated Press, 12 December 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reinforced her opposition to setting a limit to the number of refugees the country can take in.

The chancellor said in an interview published Saturday by two regional papers that although she wants to reduce the number of migrants, she doesn't agree with demands within her Christian Democratic Union party to set a limit for the number of asylum seekers entering the country.
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Juncker ploughs on with broken migrant plan
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2015

Jean-Claude Juncker will this week attempt to rescue his floundering migrant relocation scheme, amid mounting criticism over his handling of the crisis.

A scheme pioneered by Mr Juncker's office to address the influx by flying migrants by charter jets from Greece and Italy to new homes around the European Union has ground to a halt, moving just 184 people since it was launched in September, out of a target of 160,000.

According to official figures, EU states have volunteered some 3,827 reception places for migrants, with some 156,000 left to find.

The feeble response is a source of embarrassment for the European Commission - and of quiet satisfaction to eastern European states which insisted the plans would not work and protested they were an unacceptable infringement of sovereignty. ...

But many national diplomats point out that they repeatedly warned the complicated scheme was doomed to failure, because the majority of the refugees from the Middle East are intent on reaching only Germany, Sweden or Britain, and have no desire to be "relocated" to Tallinn, Poznan or Bucharest. ...

Others argue it was catastrophic to spend the summer arguing about a relocation scheme of questionable benefit, instead of investing time and effort sealing Europe's porous southern borders.
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People smugglers who brought migrants to UK beaches in yachts jailed in France
Rory Mulholland
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2015

Five leaders of a people smuggling network have been sentenced to five years in prison for ferrying dozens of Albanian migrants across the Channel from France to England on speedboats and yachts.

A total of 18 people were tried by a court in the western city of Rennes for pocketing up to €6,000 (£4,300) for each person they brought to Britain over a year-long period starting in early 2012.

The leaders of the smuggling ring included Albanian and Kosovar nationals and local French businessman Philippe Colin, who the court heard played a "central role" in the smuggling ring. ...

The judge said that in his sentencing he had taken into account that the migrants had only "moderately" been in any danger and that they had been treated "with dignity" by the smugglers.

The migrants were taken across the water in speedboats and yachts, with at least 127 migrants brought to England in around 16 sailings from various ports in the west of France.
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Angela Merkel is doing more damage to the future of the West than Donald Trump
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2015

Donald Trump /.../ wants a "complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's elected representatives can work out what is going on".

How have we reached this plight? Until we know the answer, we shall not begin to be able to decide how to get out of it.

Like most other commentators, I agree that Mr Trump's remarks were nasty and dangerous – nasty because they libel millions of decent people, dangerous because they could drive such people to think: "If you hate and fear us, we must hate and fear you."

But there is another reason why he has caused such a stir. Like all skilled populists, Mr Trump is touching (or rather trampling) on a real problem.


Alas, there are two true things lying behind his idiotic policy suggestion. The first is that the problem is about Muslims. The second is that our "elected representatives" do not know what to do about it. ...

This world-view is known as "Islamism". Islam itself is related to Islamism as patriotism is related to nationalism, the former being based on love of something, the latter on hatred of something else. Islamism validates resentment. Its emotional appeal is like that of communism and fascism, but stronger, because it promises heaven to those who commit its violent acts on earth.

Such ideas have become powerful in the West, partly because of arithmetic: we now have a great many Muslims in our midst – far more here, proportionately, than in Mr Trump's country, and more in France than here. The risk of violence rises with the total. Even if it is true that 99 per cent of Muslims would not hurt a fly, when you increase the numbers you inevitably get more of those who would. People are, therefore, right to worry more about mass immigration from, say, Syria, than from, say, Poland.

But, even with high numbers, the problem would be much less severe if our leaders and institutions had greater cultural confidence. If they upheld a robust belief in the Western way of life, reflected in what our schools taught, what the BBC broadcast, what rules of citizenship were insisted on, and what was considered injurious to our values, then the doctrines of Islamism would be better resisted. ...

But if Muslim leaders say that the plight of their brethren in Britain today is like that of Jews in Germany in the Thirties, or that no Muslim should serve in the British armed services against a Muslim country, no one jumps on them. It is not only Jeremy Corbyn, dining last night with what would be better called the Stop the West Coalition, who devoutly believes the narrative of our "Islamophobia": it is almost the official orthodoxy. ...

Ultimately, the capacity of a civilisation to resist those who hate it depends on its self-belief. In Europe, this was expressed in what was called Christendom, enriched by the ideas of the Enlightenment. /.../ The leader of the union's largest Christian Democrat party, Angela Merkel, has let more than a million mainly Muslim immigrants into her country this year alone. The East German pastor's daughter is surely a much nicer person than Donald J Trump, but I wonder if she is not doing more actual harm to the future of the West.
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Parliamentary Petition to Close U.K. Borders and Halt Immigration Already at 450,000
Sierra Rayne
American Thinker, 12 December 2015

A parliamentary petition to stop all immigration and close the U.K. borders until ISIS is defeated is now at 450,000 signatures and growing. ...

Comparing the map for supporters of the call to close the U.K. borders and halt all immigration with the corresponding map for supporters of the petition to ban Donald Trump from the U.K. clearly shows that the former has widespread support in urban and rural regions of the United Kingdom, whereas the latter is concentrated on highly urbanized areas such as Greater London.

One must also question whether the petition to "Block Donald J Trump from UK entry" has been fraudulently manipulated by non-UK sources.

The raw data files behind these two petitions can be downloaded directly from the parliamentary petitions website. In these files, the "Block Donald J Trump from UK entry" petition has – at the time of writing – a total signature count of 527,669, but the data file lists only 253,966 signatures coming from the U.K. itself. By comparison, the "Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated" petition has a total signature count of 449,285, of which the U.K. signature count is 439,483.
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Islamic State can make fake Syrian passports - U.S. report
Reuters, 12 December 2015

A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the contents of a story by CNN on Friday about the report, but declined to provide a copy of the report.

The report says Islamic State has access to Syrian government passport printing machines and blank passports, raising the possibility the travel documents could be faked, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source. ...

FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday: "The intelligence community is concerned that they [Islamic State] have the ability, the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting."
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I could have stopped San Bernardino attack but Feds shut me down: Whistleblowing analyst claims year-long terror investigation was quashed because government didn't want to 'unfairly' profile Islamic groups
Chris Pleasance
Daily Mail, 12 December 2015

A founding member of Department of Homeland Security says a database he spent years creating could have helped stop the San Bernardino terror attack, before it was destroyed by federal officials.

Phil Haney, who investigated terror groups in the wake of 9/11, claims he investigated two groups with links to terror killers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik as far back as 2012.

If he had been allowed to continue his probe, he claims, it would have flagged the pair to the security services, and may have stopped them killing 14 people and injuring 21 in California last week.

However, he says government civil rights officials destroyed the information he collected over fears he was unfairly profiling Muslims, investigated him, and then stripped him of his security clearance. ...

Haney says that, during the course of his investigation, he was given an award for identifying more than 300 potential terrorists with links to the groups. ...

The Department of Homeland Security accused Haney of having 'several large holes' in his story this evening, but said it was prevented from saying anything else because of privacy laws.
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More than 430,000 refugees reach the EU in summer surge: Figure passes one million for 12 months
Steve Doughty and John Stevens
Daily Mail, 11 December 2015

More than 430,000 asylum seekers crossed into Europe during the summer, the EU revealed yesterday.

The influx took the total over 12 months to more than a million and triggered a surge in asylum claims in Britain.

The EU's statistics agency Eurostat said there were more than 35,000 applications in the UK in the year to the end of September, a figure almost a quarter higher than that given by the Home Office. ...

In the three months to the end of September, Eurostat said more than 12,000 asylum claims were made in the UK, the first time the quarterly number has topped 10,000 since 2003.

The total figure for Europe in the 12 months to the end of September was 1,066,210, with 430,640 of those arriving in the summer months. ...

The Eurostat figures do not include the surge in arrivals in October and November that led Germany to announce it had received almost a million refugees in 2015.

Although the crisis in Syria is a driving force in the rise, asylum seekers are arriving from widespread countries, says Eurostat. There were more than 250,000 Syrian claimants in EU countries over the 12 months, but also more than 110,000 Afghans, around 70,000 Iraqis and 50,000 Albanians.

In the UK, the largest number of arrivals in the summer came from Sudan, Eritrea, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Home Office last month gave a figure of 29,024 for the number of people, not counting their dependants, who applied for asylum in Britain in the 12 months to September. Officials said the higher Eurostat figures are likely to include asylum claims made in Britain that were subsequently withdrawn and were not counted in the Home Office figures.
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EU starts legal action against Greece, Italy and Croatia for failing to fingerprint migrants: Tens of thousands have not been registered over last few months
Corey Charlton
MailOnline, 11 December 2015

The European Union has started legal action against Greece, Italy and Croatia for failing to correctly register migrants.

Tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in the three countries over the past few months but less than half of them have been registered by national authorities.

Greece has only fingerprinted around 121,000 of the almost 500,000 people who arrived there between July 20 and November 30 this year, according to the European Commission. ...

The Commission warned the three countries about the shortfalls two months ago, but said today that these 'concerns have not been effectively addressed'.

The EU's executive arm said it sent formal letters of notice to the three, the first formal step in infringement proceedings.

Fears over the possibility of terrorists entering Europe hidden among migrants have surged after it emerged that two of the Paris attackers passed through Greece posing as refugees.

Italy and the other states are accused of breaching criteria laid down in the Dublin Convention, which states that the EU state where an asylum seeker first enters is responsible for taking digital fingerprints and registering asylum applications.

The Convention also states that asylum seekers should remain in the first EU country where they arrive.

However, many refugees entering the countries refuse to have their fingerprints taken because they plan to move on to northern Europe, where there are more favourable benefits and job opportunities.
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Record 315 terror arrests in year to September driven by rise in women and children detained
ITV, 10 December 2015

Home Office figures show a record 315 terror suspects were arrested in the year to September. This is up a third on last year.

This was driven in part by a major increase in the number of women and children detained. The number of women arrested doubled from last year to 50, and the number of under-18s went up from eight to 15.

There was also a 31% increase in arrests for international-related terrorism.
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ID cards are a good idea – and now is the time to talk about them
Frank Field and Sir Nicholas Soames
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2015
[Frank Field MP and Sir Nicholas Soames MP are co-chairmen of the cross-party group on balanced migration]

The biggest mistake of the coalition government was to scrap Labour's identity card scheme just as it was nearing fruition. Now, in the aftermath of Paris, the security of the realm must take centre stage. If now isn't the time to re-consider the introduction of national identity cards when might events warrant it?

Of course, the cards will not stop attacks happening but they may well help to prevent them. In the event of another atrocity they could aid the rapid identification of co-conspirators. We have seen this in Paris where the authorities were able to establish the identity of the killers in a matter of hours; a vital part of preventing further follow up attacks.

More generally, pinning people down to one identity makes it much harder for them to operate in the shadows, for example, in organised crime or money laundering.

In this age of the mass movement of people we simply do not know who is living in the UK. There have been, until very recently, no exit checks in the UK. No checks in fact for nearly twenty years. As a result, the authorities literally have no idea who is still in the country.

The Border Force battles daily to intercept those trying to enter illegally via Calais and elsewhere, but many will get through. Most are simply economic migrants, but some will be involved with organised criminality or worse. They will join the estimated one million illegal immigrants already in the UK.

The introduction of ID cards would definitely make it harder for those here illegally to operate; it might also deter people from trying to breach our borders in the first place. And it would have an impact on those who overstay their visas. There is no question the public are conscious of the extent of illegal immigration and want it tackled. Achieving this is central to any efforts to get a grip of our borders and restore public confidence in our immigration system.

As well as our external borders we need protection for our health system. An ID card, if properly set up, could also act an entitlement card. The NHS is our national health service, not an international one open to abuse. The production of an ID card could be a simple way of establishing the right to free treatment at the point of use. This would deal with complaints from the health profession that they cannot be expected to decide who qualifies for care and who doesn't.

Similarly, landlords and employers could use the ID card as the one document that gives confidence that someone has the right to rent accommodation or to work. Preventing illegal working is one of the best ways of tackling illegal immigration. ...

These are important considerations however these should not be overstated. ID cards are widely used throughout the European Union, with 25 out of 28 member states currently operating them, indeed 15 EU countries have mandatory schemes. ...

Now is the time to return to debate the introduction of ID cards.
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£200 million flagship scheme could see new homes built on floodplains
Luke Heighton
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2015

Thousands of new homes are at significant risk of flooding and could be uninsurable, an investigation has found. ...

Up to 9,000 new homes are scheduled for development by local councils on land the Environment Agency says is at either "serious" or "significant" risk of flooding, according to Greenpeace.
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'Trump's not wrong – we can't wear uniform in our OWN cars': Five police officers claim Donald Trump is RIGHT about parts of London being so 'radicalised' they are no-go areas
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 10 December 2015

Serving police officers today backed Donald Trump's claim that some Muslim communities in the UK are no-go areas because of extremism.

Several Met officers have said the 'Islamification' of some parts of the capital requires 'extra vigilance' and they can't wear uniforms for safety reasons - despite Scotland Yard claiming the tycoon 'couldn't be more wrong'.

Home Secretary Theresa May tonight rejected Mr Trump's claims, insisting: 'The police in London are not afraid to go out and police the streets.'

The US presidential contender caused worldwide consternation yesterday after a string of incendiary remarks about Muslims, including in Britain, and said: 'We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that police are afraid for their own lives.'

But one serving officer said today Trump had 'pointed out something plainly obvious, something which I think we aren't as a nation willing to own up to'. ...

But one serving officer in west London said: 'Islamification has and is occurring', adding: 'You have to have extra vigilance in certain parts when you are working'. ...

A Lancashire Police officer told MailOnline: 'There are Muslim areas of Preston that, if we wish to patrol, we have to contact local Muslim community leaders to get their permission'. ...

One officer from Yorkshire said on the online forum Police.Community: 'I'm not allowed to travel in half blues to work anymore IN MY OWN CAR as we're 'All at risk of attack' - yet as soon as someone points out the obvious it's 'divisive.'

He added: 'In this instance he (Trump) isn't wrong. Our political leaders are best either ill-informed or simply being disingenuous.

'He's pointed out something that is plainly obvious, something which I think we aren't as a nation willing to own up to /.../'
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Interior Minister: 300 asylum seekers in Finland have links to terrorism
Yle, 10 December 2015

Finland's Interior Minister says that some 300 asylum seekers in Finland have some link to terrorism. He made the comments after Finnish police detained two Iraqis in the Forssa area on suspicion of murdering 11 air force cadets in Tikrit, Iraq during an ISIS offensive. ...

He added that there are hundreds of people here with links to terror groups.

"According to Supo there are 300 with links to terrorism," said Orpo. "Not 300 terrorists, but they have some kind of link. They are being followed closely."
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Global Terrorism Index: Map shows where 42 different militant groups have pledged support to Isis
Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
The Independent, 10 December 2015

Isis now has support from 42 different international groups in countries ranging from the Philippines to Egypt, it has been revealed.

The map, produced for The Independent by statistics agency Statista, shows the 30 groups to have pledged formal affiliation to the terrorist group and 12 more that have pledged their support, as identified in a Global Terrorism Index report.

Isis is the richest and most violent terrorist group in modern history, the report states, and part of its strategy is to attract foreign fighters.

Attacks have been carried out by the Ansar al-Sharia group in Libya, the Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion in Tunisia, and the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group in the Egyptian Synai, while the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Indonesian Abu Sayyaf group have also pledged their allegiance to the terrorist group.

Pro-Isis factions have been seen in Algeria and Gaza, while "splinter factions from Afghanistan and Pakistan have sent fighters to the Syria-Iraqi battlefields," the report stated.

The Global Terrorism Index, created by The International Institute if Economics and Peace (IEP), measures the scale and impact of terror attacks across the world. The report, released last month, found that global terrorism has reached its highest level and is continuing to rise at an "unprecedented pace".

Despite the rise of terrorism incidents globally, the majority of people killed in terrorist attacks are in five Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. ...

The five most deadly terrorist groups – Boko Haram, Isis, the Taliban, the Fulani militants and al-Shabaab – were found to be responsible for the 74 per cent of all terrorist deaths in 2014, killing a total of 18,444 people collectively.
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How Terrorists Convince Themselves to Kill
William McCants
Time, 10 December 2015

Although I have studied jihadist culture for a decade, I am still astounded and dismayed by its ability to inspire individuals to take innocent life. The husband and wife team who slaughtered 14 and wounded 21 in San Bernardino were just the latest in a long line of killers who have embraced a violent version of ultraconservative Sunni Islam. ...

Culture. Our brain may be wired to love our own group and dislike outsiders, but culture is the software that helps us determine who's in and who's out. The less we empathize with someone, the easier it is to kill them.

Jihadist culture is exceptionally good at decreasing empathy for outsiders, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, as the Norwegian political scientist Thomas Hegghammer shows in a forthcoming volume. Jihadists use scripture, stories, songs, art, and poetry to foster group solidarity and encourage violence against a wide circle of enemies. ...

At the moment, few people have put on the jihadist blinkers. But that may be changing. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is teaching its vile ideology to children on an industrial scale and ordering them to carry out attacks and execute prisoners. The State's government may disappear soon but these tormented children will be with us for decades to come.

Closer to home, the adherents of the Islamic State have polarized our politics with their attacks. A majority of Americans now empathize less with Muslims than they once did. We seriously entertain the possibility of turning away refugees because of their religion, an anathema in a country built by religious refugees.

Such hostility to Muslims only reinforces the culture of the jihadists, who feed on non-Muslim hatred of Muslims to recruit. It is far easier to argue that the world hates you when you see evidence all around you that it does.
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Church of England condemns cinemas for showing Hindu cartoon after banning Lord's Prayer
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2015

The Church of England has accused cinemas of having "double standards" for showing a seven-minute animation about Hinduism yet refusing to show adverts featuring the Lord's Prayer before films.

Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas are screening a short animated film called SanJay's Super Team before every showing of The Good Dinosaur, which depicts Hindu deities acting as superheroes during prayer to protect a young boy.

However last month, the agency that handles adverts for the cinemas rejected a 60-second commercial featuring the Lord's Prayer being recited or sung by a variety of people, claiming that it risked "upsetting or offending audiences".

The advert had been due to be shown before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens on December 18, and Digital Cinema Media was originally so keen to sign the Church up that it offered a 55 per cent discount rate if it booked quickly.

But it later reversed the offer, pointing to a policy document barring commercials that advertised "any religion, faith or equivalent systems of belief" or "any part" of any such religion or faith. ...

The cinema chains defended the screening, saying that the Hindu film was made by the same studio as The Good Dinosaur and that the two films were shown together as one movie.

A spokesman for Odeon said: "It is a film, not an advertisement, so is not covered by our advertising policies."
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Would restricting in-work benefits to EU migrants reduce immigration?
Amy Sippitt
Full Fact, 10 December 2015

There is no direct evidence on whether welfare has acted as a "magnet" encouraging EU migrants to come to the UK, and gathering this kind of evidence is tricky. ...

Part of the difficulty in getting evidence for EU migrants as a group is that research tends to look at the EU-born or EU nationals. Only a small share of the EU-born population living in the UK report that they claim tax credits. This is self-reported data, which is known to undercount benefit recipients. We don't know by how much.

Assuming this data is broadly correct, if in-work benefits were acting to encourage migrants to come here then this suggests that restricting them wouldn't directly affect the decision of the majority of EU migrants to come to the UK.

The government has recently given a higher figure of around 40% of EU migrants claiming in or out-of-work benefits, but commentators have said the evidence behind this is not completely clear. ...

Access to benefits by EU nationals depends on their working status. If they're deemed to be a "worker" in a job which is considered "genuine and effective", they get immediate eligibility for in-work benefits like tax credits and housing benefit. EU nationals arriving here without a job can't access out-of-work benefits as easily. Our briefing written in collaboration with the Migration Observatory explains this in more detail.

As for whether migrants can "declare themselves to be on zero earnings" and get tax credits, we've asked HMRC for clarification on which tax credits they would be eligible for.

In the first quarter of 2014, EU-born people of working age were more likely to report receiving tax credits (14%) than the UK born (11%), according to the Migration Observatory's analysis of the Labour Force Survey.

The largest gap in rates of claiming was between people born in countries that joined the EU before 2004 and since 2004. 18% of people from new member states reported receiving tax credits compared to 8% from the pre-2004 members.

As we've said, that's based on self-reported data, which is known to undercount benefit recipients. Comparing rates of take up in this way assumes that undercounting is the same for all groups.

The availability of jobs is thought to be the prime factor in migrants' decisions to move, according to the Migration Observatory.

It's plausible that just as potential migrants take into account wage levels, they may also take into account the possibility of getting in-work benefits.
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Voters Like Trump's Proposed Muslim Ban
Rasmussen Reports, 10 December 2015

Despite an international uproar and condemnation by President Obama and nearly all of those running for the presidency, Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States has the support of a sizable majority of Republicans – and a plurality of all voters.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.

Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. ...

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe it is too easy for foreigners to legally enter the Untied States. Only 10% believe it is too hard, while 23% say the level of difficulty is about right.

Still, when thinking about immigration policy in general, 59% also feel that the United States should treat all potential immigrants equally, down only slightly from June. ...

In another survey just before the San Bernardino incident, 49% of U.S. voters said Islam as practiced today encourages violence more than most other religions, and 71% thought Islamic religious leaders need to do more to emphasize the peaceful beliefs of their faith.
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Muslim Population in U.S. to Double by 2050, Study Shows
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 10 December 2015

Islam will become the second-largest religious group in the United States by 2050, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

Islam's spectacular birthrates, the relative youth of Muslims and the increase in Muslim immigration into the United States combine to account for its accelerated growth rate in the U.S.

Muslims currently make up approximately 0.9% of the U.S. adult population, or 1.8 million Muslim adults. If children are included, the Muslim population in the United States totals 2.75 million Muslims in the country, the majority of whom (63%) are immigrants.

... Those identifying with Islam are projected to comprise 2.1% of the U.S. population.

Among all immigrants to the United States, the Muslim share also doubled in just ten years, from roughly 5% in 1992 to 10% of all immigrants in 2012. In that year, 100,000 Muslim immigrants entered the country.
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A million more people will be employed in Britain by 2020 but most will be workers from abroad
Hugo Duncan
MailOnline, 9 December 2015

Migrants will make up the largest share of the rise in people in work during this Parliament, according to Treasury watchdogs.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) expects numbers working to jump by 1.1 million to a record 32.2 million by 2020.

Robert Chote, OBR chairman, told the Treasury Select Committee yesterday: 'About three-quarters of that [increase in employment] would arise from migration.'
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Migration and housing
Professor Stephen Bush
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – Lord Lexden's letter on housing calls on the Government "to build on a scale that the nation needs", with the implication that the current building rate of around 115,000 is insufficient for our needs.

The nation of resident British citizens has a natural increase of around 200,000 per year which corresponds to about 85,000 new houses per year. Allowing for replacement housing, 115,000 is clearly sufficient for British needs.

A much larger figure of between 200,000 and 250,000 houses, continually referred to by planners and builders, is based on the Office for National Statistics' assumption that net immigration will continue indefinitely at more than a million every five years. (It was 336,000 in the year to the end of September.)

Yet if Britain votes to leave the EU (which continued immigration on this scale makes all the more likely), this number will come whistling down. In any case, it is surely morally wrong to break into the precious English landscape with houses, roads, and pylons to accommodate millions of people from other countries which are much less densely populated than ours.
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Every EU nation privately backs British drive to block migrants claiming benefits, claims Iain Duncan Smith
Ben Riley-Smith
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2015

Every EU nation privately wants to block migrants from claiming benefits when they first arrive, Iain Duncan Smith has said in a strong rebuttal of the President of the European Council's recent letter on Britain's renegotiation.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said that "behind closed doors" ministers across the Continent agree with the UK that migrants should not be allowed access to the benefits system immediately.

He dismissed Donald Tusk's claim that there is "no consensus" on Britain's demand to lock EU migrants out of in-work benefits for four years and said the letter did not reveal "very much". ...

"When I talk to ministers in Germany and France et cetera I have yet to come across one person ... that doesn't actually agree that there is something fundamentally wrong with this system that means people can arrive in a different country and be eligible for benefits that they have never contributed towards or been involved in," Mr Duncan Smith said.
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EU could buckle under migrant crisis strain - Noble laureate
Johan Carlstrom
Irish Independent, 9 December 2015

Europe's economic prospects are worsening as the region struggles to absorb the wave of asylum seekers coming from the Middle East, according to Angus Deaton, the winner of this year's Nobel economics prize.

With the refugee crisis following so soon after Europe's debt crisis, the development "could certainly make the economic situation very much worse", Professor Deaton said in an interview on Monday in Stockholm, where he's officially being awarded his Nobel this week.

"There is obviously a very severe danger" that the European Union will buckle under the pressure, he said.

Though Europe's debt and migrant crises are similar in scope, the demographic challenges posed by the sudden influx of people is potentially worse because "no one really has any idea how to solve" the situation, he said. At least with the debt crisis, "people knew how to solve it", they just "couldn't agree with each other", he said. ...

Deaton's research has focused on health in both rich and poor countries, as well as on measuring poverty in India and around the world. Born in Scotland, and a citizen of both the US and the UK, He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge.
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A quarter of the British public support Donald Trump's plan to ban all Muslim immigration
Jon Stone
The Independent, 9 December 2015

A quarter of the British public agree with Donald Trump's proposal to halt all Muslim immigration and travel to the US, polling suggests.

25 per cent of British people surveyed by YouGov said the Republican presidential frontrunner's comments amounted to an "appropriate" policy for the United States to purpose.

The vast majority, 64 per cent, said the policy was "inappropriate," however. ...

On Sunday night he called for a complete temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and claimed that many people of that religion nursed a "hatred" of the US.

"Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on," he said, speaking of himself in the third person.

"We have no choice. We have no choice. According to Pew research, among others, there is a great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."
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Agent admits creating biggest ever immigration fraud in Canada
Ray Clancy
Expat Forum, 9 December 2015

An agent who helped wealthy Chinese people get citizenship or permanent residency in Canada has been jailed for what is described as the biggest immigration fraud in Canadian history. ...

The court estimates that over 1,000 Chinese clients paid Wang about 10 million dollars from 2006 to 2104 to create their fake lives in Canada so that they would fulfil citizenship and residency rules without having to actually live the required number of years in the country.
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Thousands of new homes on Green Belt in biggest shake-up for 30 years
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2015

Thousands of new homes are set to be built on the Green Belt in the biggest relaxation to planning protections for 30 years.

A new Government consultation proposes to change strict rules that only allow building on the ribbon of greenfield land around towns and cities which prevents urban sprawl in exceptional circumstances.

Instead councils will be allowed "to allocate appropriate small-scale sites in the Green Belt specifically for starter homes", which are designed for young families, the Government said.

The changes, which were published quietly on Monday, are likely to be seized on by developers which have long coveted the protected Green Belt land.

The reforms are the first changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, which brought in a new bias in favour of development when it was introduced against the wishes of rural campaigners in 2012.

A requirement that land in the Green Belt which is lost to builders has to be replaced is not contained in the new changes. Instead this will be optional for local communities. ...

The Campaign to Protect Rural England said the loosening of the restrictions would see thousands more new homes built on the Green Belt, which was introduced in 1955 to prevent urban sprawl.

A report from the CPRE published in March this year found that more than 219,000 houses were planned for England's green belt, 60,000 more than in August 2013. ...

Clive Betts MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Communities and Local Government, said the consultation was "very worrying". ...

He added that he was "concerned by the proposal and absolutely alarmed" by the "rushed nature" of the consultation over the Christmas period.
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Police failing to protect victims of 'honour-based' violence, finds study
Damien Gayle
The Guardian, 8 December 2015

Police are not doing enough to protect victims of "honour-based" violence (HBV), forced marriage and female genital mutilation, according to a report by the police watchdog.

The first report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on forces' responses to the set of crimes, which disproportionately affect women from ethnic minorities, found that only three of the 43 forces in England and Wales were adequately prepared in all areas to respond to the needs of victims and take cases through to prosecution. ...

HMIC's report raised concerns about the identification, recording and flagging of cases on police computer systems. Some forces had very limited or no capability at all to flag cases. "Without accurate data, the scale of the problem and the effectiveness of the police response to it cannot be properly assessed," the report said. "More importantly, victims may be placed at risk if the context of their records is not clear." ...

In separate research conducted by academics from the University of Bristol and published alongside the HMIC report, victims of HBV said police often found it difficult to understand their situations. One said that it seemed that officers were afraid of appearing as though they were racist.
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Egypt: Minya province is top exporter of illegal child migrants to Europe-minister
Agence de Presse Africaine, 8 December 2015

The Upper Egyptian province of Minya is the top "exporter" of illegal child migrants to Europe, the Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Minister said in A statement on Monday.

"Italy alone is home to more than 4,000 Egyptian children who migrated there illegally," Minister Nabila Makram, said during a visit to Minya.

"Those represent a headache for the defense, foreign affairs, social solidarity, immigration and manpower ministries," the minister added, also demanding penalties for the parents of the illegal migrants.
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Cameron Benefit Curb Won't Deter EU Migrants, OBR's Nickell Says
Svenja O'Donnell
Bloomberg, 8 December 2015

David Cameron's plan to curb benefits for European Union citizens coming to the U.K., one of the key reforms proposed by Britain in its renegotiation with the bloc, will do little to achieve its aim of cutting migrant numbers, according to the U.K.'s fiscal watchdog.

In testimony to lawmakers in London on Tuesday, Office for Budget Responsibility member Stephen Nickell cast doubt on the prime minister's claims that reducing the draw of Britain's welfare system would slow a rate of migration he's called "unsustainable."

"I'm prepared to say any changes to benefit rules are unlikely to have a huge impact on migration flows," Nickell, a labor-market economist, told the House of Commons Treasury Committee. ...

EU President Donald Tusk on Monday published his response to the list of demands sent to him by Cameron in November, saying there was "no consensus" on the matter of in-work benefits.
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EU Funded Group Calls Donald Trump A 'Hate Preacher', Urges UK Ban... Says Nothing Of Terror Migrants
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 8 December 2015

A pro mass-migration, EU-funded pressure group has called on the British government to ban Donald Trump from the United Kingdom over his comments regarding Muslim immigration. British Future – which has a history of targeting people with anti mass migraiton views – accused Mr Trump of being a "hate preacher", insisting that British laws against hate preaching should be used against him.

Their comments have been labelled "sinister" by mainstream journalists who also dislike Mr. Trump. The group has made no statements about the number of Islamist-sympathising migrants being caught across Europe.

On Monday Mr Trump, the front-runner in the race to become the Republican presidential candidate, called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

'British Future' masquerades as a think tank, though lists as its donors the European Commission, the pro-migration Barrow Cadbury Trust, the hedge-fund run Unbound Philanthropy group which also funds almost all pro-migration groups in the United Kingdom, and the notorious George Soros's "Open Society Foundations" which call for an end to national borders.
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US House targets European jihadists in visa waiver crackdown
Spencer Kimball
Deutsche Welle, 8 December 2015

More than 90 percent of the House of Representatives voted to exclude from the visa waiver program people who have traveled to Iraq and Syria since March of 2011. Only 19 opposed the measure.

Thirty-eight countries participate in the waiver program, which grants 90 days of travel in the United States without a tourist visa. Thirty of the 38 participating countries are European. Some 20 million tourists receive visa waivers every year.

In the aftermath of the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, concern has grown that operatives from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS, or ISIS) group could enter the United States on European passports. At least six of the Paris attackers were French or Belgian nationals who had spent time in IS-held territory.

As many as 5,000 Europeans have gone to fight in Syria's civil war, according to a report published by the Soufan Group, which advises governments and multinational organizations on security matters.

Paris estimates that 1,800 French nationals have joined jihadist groups worldwide. By comparison, 760 UK citizens, 760 Germans and 470 Belgians have gone to Syria. According to the FBI, 250 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to IS-held territory.

"This is a common sense way to try and mitigate some of the risk that has risen from the rise of ISIS and the foreign fighter problem," David Schanzer, an expert on US domestic security at Duke University, said of the new visa waiver restrictions.
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Housing new arrivals
David Coleman, Emeritus Professor of Demography, Oxford University
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – The share of new housing needed to accommodate immigrants is likely to be considerably higher than "nearly half".

That figure is based on the "high variant" net annual migration estimate for England of 217,000, according to the 2012 official projections. That statistic is now obsolete; the 2014 high migration projection assumes a net annual inflow of 226,000. More importantly, all these projections look unreasonably low in the light of recent inflows. In the year to June 2015, the actual net inflow was 336,000; in the year before that it was 330,000.

International migration is already the major factor behind housing demand and seems likely to remain so. That fact is not adequately recognised.
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Norway 'paying' asylum seekers to return home as refugee crisis continues
Lizzie Dearden
The Independent, 7 December 2015

The Norwegian government is paying asylum seekers to return to their home countries as the refugee crisis continues.

Thousands of kroner are being offered to each person who voluntarily leaves the country and they also have their flights paid for.

Katinka Hartmann, head of the immigration department's return unit (UDI), said that many of the people arriving from Syria, Iraq, the Middle East and Africa expect to receive protection quickly and cannot wait the months or even years the process can take.

"They thought they would have the opportunity to work or take an education – and maybe even to get their family to Norway," she told NRK television.

"Many cannot wait (for the asylum process to run its course). They have family at home who expect them to be able to help.

"For a long time, Norway has not been able to forcibly return people to Somalia, but now that we can, I think that more Somalis with an obligation to leave will opt for assisted return.

"It's important to have more initiatives of this kind in the future."

The UDI's figures show that more than 900 people have applied to take financial support to leave Norway so far.

A couple with two children can receive upwards of 80,000 kroner (£6,200) in addition to having their flights paid for. ...

People whose asylum applications have been denied can also apply for economic assistance to return home.
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Migrant crisis: Germany heads for 1m asylum-seekers in 2015
BBC, 7 December 2015

Germany has registered 964,574 new asylum-seekers in the first 11 months of the year, putting it on course for more than a million in 2015.

The number of migrants arriving has not slowed despite the winter cold, with a record high of 206,101 in November. ...

Germany has registered more asylum-seekers than any other nation in Europe, although at about 1% of its population, less per capita than several smaller nations.

Registered asylum seekers are not always accepted however, and rates of success vary from country to country. Fewer than 10% of applicants last year in Hungary - which has one of the highest shares of asylum-seekers in Europe - resulted in a positive decision.

The rate in Germany was 42%, while in Sweden - which registered the highest number of applications per capita - it was 77%. Across the EU, the success rate about 45%.
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'Saudi-funded mosques breeding extremism'
The Local [Germany], 7 December 2015

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Sunday said Saudi Arabia must stop financing fundamentalist mosques abroad which are accused of breeding extremism.

"From Saudi Arabia, Wahhabi mosques are financed throughout the world," said Gabriel.

"In Germany many extremists considered dangerous persons emerge from these communities," he told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Gabriel, who is Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy in a left-right coalition, warned against alienating Saudi Arabia, a crucial player in the bid to end the Syrian war, with too much criticism.

"At the same time we must make it clear to the Saudis that the time of looking the other way is over," said Gabriel, who is also economy minister.

Gabriel, head of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), urged decisive steps in Germany against radical mosques associated with Wahhabism.

"This radical fundamentalism taking place in Salafist mosques is no less dangerous than right-wing extremism," he said.

The head of the SPD parliamentary group, Thomas Oppermann, also urged steps against preaching that contradicts the basic freedoms guaranteed in the German constitution.

"We will prevent Saudi help in the building or financing of mosques in Germany where Wahhabi ideas are to be disseminated," he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

Wahhabism provided the "complete ideology of the Islamic State and contributes in other countries to a radicalisation of moderate Muslims," he said, adding that "this is something we don't need and don't want in Germany".
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ACE announces £2.6m fund to tackle lack of diversity
Patrick Steel
Museums Asssociation, 7 December 2015

Arts Council England (ACE) today announced Change Makers, a £2.6m fund designed to develop a cohort of black and minority ethnic (BAME) and disabled leaders through a programme of targeted leadership training hosted by a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) or Major Partner Museum (MPM).

Awards of between £100,000 and £150,000 are available for applications that include match-funding of 20% of the total project budget from other sources. ...

The announcement follows the release of diversity figures for MPMs from 2012-15, which shows that museums are some way behind arts establishments, and a long way behind the national average, in becoming more diverse.

There are no BAME-led MPMs, as compared with the 52 BAME-led NPOs. ...

Unlike NPOs, MPMs are not required to meet ACE's "Creative Case ratings", a mechanism for monitoring diversity targets, as part of their funding agreements.

The published figures indicate a lack of diversity across the board, but give only a partial picture due to a lack of data. According to ACE's figures, 44% of museum staff did not declare their ethnicity, while ACE's figures on the sexual orientation of its own staff show that 16.6% preferred not to disclose this information.
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Middle class migrants paying £10,000 to be smuggled into Britain by speedboat
Tom Morgan and David Chazan
Sunday Telegraph, 6 December 2015

Middle-class migrants are paying up to £10,000 a head to be smuggled into the UK by speedboat, yacht and light aircraft, investigators have told the Telegraph.

Calais police believe Albanian gangs controlling Europe's multi-million pound trafficking industry are "diversifying" routes into England after security was increased at ferry ports and the Eurotunnel network. ...

French judiciary sources said officers are now monitoring smaller ports and airfields in Northern France.

Gilles Debove, of Calais Police Union, said: "The tunnel has become impossible so the Albanian gangs are changing their strategies and their routes." ...

Investigators believe better-off migrants are staying in small hotels rather than the 'Jungle' camp.

One local in Calais said. "They are probably mainly Albanians, Syrians and other Arabs, and some Asians. They are the ones who can afford to pay." ...

Professor Andrew Geddes, a politics lecturer specialising in migration at Sheffield University, said high costs involved mean migrants either rely on family savings or are lured into the illegal labour market to pay off debts. ...

Mr Geddes added that migration crime is a growing industry, attracting drug and gun gangs because of softer sentences.

"Migration is big business," he said. "It's become very lucrative and of huge appeal because the potential punishments can be favourable compared to drug and gun running. The associated risks are not seen as big.

"All kinds of people will be getting involved along the lines." ...

The Home Office confirmed it was stepping up efforts to bring the crisis under control, saying border officers had disrupted over 170 organised crime groups involved in organised immigration crime last year. ...

On Thursday, a Liverpool-based alleged mastermind of one of Europe's largest people-smuggling appeared before magistrates.

Jamal Owda, 26, helped tens of thousands of Syrians enter the continent via Greece, a court was told.

Police found evidence the operation made profits of at least £7 million.
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EU demands foreign docs be allowed to work in UK WITHOUT any checks on qualifications
Oli Smith
Sunday Express, 6 December 2015

Under new EU mandate rules, thousands of European doctors and nurses could be handed NHS jobs without vital checks on their qualifications and safety.

Critics have already called the new system a grave mistake that shows a "scandalous disregard" for patients.

Regulators fear that the British public could now be at risk from unsafe health workers.

New EU-approved electronic 'passports' will enable foreign doctors to work in hospitals and GP surgeries automatically.

The 'European Professional Cards' will be issued to EU nurses and midwives from January 1 and to doctors in two years.

The new rules mean UK regulators will have to give applicants licences to practise without first checking they have the necessary qualifications and have not lied on forms or been suspended.

The directive follows other alarming EU health rules which means that NHS hospitals can't test doctors on how well they speak English because this could impede their freedom of movement rights.

Regulators can only request certificates stating EU workers have already passed English tests – whereas those applying from elsewhere in the world face rigorous exams.

Almost 11,000 European doctors and nurses were granted permission to work in NHS last year and numbers are steadily rising. ...

Niall Dickson, of doctors' regulator the General Medical Council, said the new rules "would further jeopardise our ability to protect patients". ...

In the future, a Romanian GP could apply to work in the UK through Romanian authorities, who will have just two months to verify that he has the training and experience he claims to have.

If the deadline is missed, doctors and nurses will be issued a passport automatically, regardless of whether checks for medical wrongdoing or poor care have been established.

UK regulators are worried authorities will rush the checks and fail to carry them out properly. The GMC says it takes at least four months to vet an EU doctor. ...

The GMC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council will be allowed to refuse a licence if they believe a worker's English is not up to scratch, but this may be difficult to spot in every case without formal testing.
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Nuttall: Asians Importing Alien Voting Practices
LBC, 6 December 2015

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall says that he feels South Asian communities are "importing alien voting practices" into this country.

"I have never in my life, let's not forget that I have been at the centre of over 20 by-elections and I have never seen anything like in Oldham when it came to postal voting," he told LBC's Stig Abell.

UKIP failed to take Oldham from Labour in Wednesday's by-election. They have expressed concerns over some of the postal voting. ...

"When you have got boxes coming out of a particular community that are 95-100% Labour you've got to say something is wrong."

"Let's not forget that the election commission last year listed 16 areas which were susceptible to electoral fraud and Oldham was one of those areas."

"In fact every single one of those areas has a high south Asian population. I think we have got to do something with a form of representation that allows postal voting on demand, [and] has lead to Tower Hamlets has lead to Birmingham has lead to fraudulent practices."
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EU border agency not looking for terrorists among refugees
Colin Clapson, 5 December 2015

Dirk Vande Rijse, the Belgian who heads the nerve centre of the European border agency in Warsaw, says Frontex does not have any indications that IS terrorists are entering the EU together with refugees.

Frontex, the European border agency, was set up in 2014 as a pan-European border control umbrella. ... ...

Are IS terrorists mingling with refugees? Dirk Vande Ryse says his agency has little knowledge about this situation: "It's not something Frontex is concentrating on. We do not exchange personal information with the judicial authorities."

Frontex has no direct links with investigators looking into terrorism: "I believe we should keep this issue and the issue of refugees separate. It is up to the judicial authorities to clear up this matter."
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California Killing Spurs Concerns About Fiance Visa Program
Garance Burke and Alicia A. Caldwell
ABC News, 5 December 2015

The woman who carried out the San Bernardino massacre with her husband came to the U.S. last year on a special visa for fiances of U.S. citizens, raising questions about whether the process can adequately vet people who may sympathize with terrorist groups.

Authorities said Friday that Pakistani citizen Tashfeen Malik, 27, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader under an alias account on Facebook just moments before she and her husband, Syed Farook, opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing 14. They later died in a gunbattle with police Wednesday.

Malik, who had been living in Pakistan and visiting family in Saudi Arabia, had passed several government background checks and entered the U.S. in July 2014 on a K-1 visa, which allowed her to travel to the U.S. and get married within 90 days of arrival.

Malik was subjected to a vetting process the U.S. government describes as vigorous – including in-person interviews, fingerprints, checks against U.S. terrorists watch lists and reviews of her family members, travel history and places where she lived and worked. The process was began when she applied for a visa to move to the United States and marry Farook, a 28-year-old Pakistani-American restaurant health inspector for the county who was raised in Southern California. ...

On Friday, ABC News reported that the address in her Pakistani hometown that Malik listed on her visa application does not exist.
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Sharia courts in Britain lock women into 'marital captivity', study says
Senay Boztas
The Independent, 5 December 2015

Sharia courts in Britain are locking women into "marital captivity" and doing nothing to officially report domestic violence, according to an academic who gained unprecedented access to Islamic divorce hearings. ...

The findings, which are to be unveiled in the Houses of Parliament next month, are based on the most detailed and informed analysis of the workings of British sharia courts ever undertaken by an independent researcher.

Machteld Zee, a legal scholar at Leiden University in the Netherlands, secured extraordinary access to the secretive courts, attending 15 hours of hearings at the Islamic Sharia Council in Leyton, east London, and the Birmingham Central Mosque Sharia. She was able to scrutinise more than a dozen cases, and interview an array of sharia experts including nine qadis – Islamic judges.

"There are, in fact, two separate legal orders functioning [in the UK], of which one currently operates in the 'shadow of the law'," she concludes.

During research for her book Choosing Sharia? Multiculturalism, Islamic Fundamentalism and British Sharia Councils, she reportedly saw: ...

• A married couple asking for advice on whether the woman had been religiously divorced from her former husband were told "the secular divorce counts as nothing".

The Islamic Sharia Council in London strongly disputes the findings in the book.

But the findings will reignite the debate about the rise of sharia in the UK. ...

... Ministers abandoned an inquiry into the rise of sharia councils in 2011 – because the courts refused to co-operate.

Most of the "informal tribunals" at sharia councils deal with Muslim women asking for a religious divorce. (Men do not need to initiate divorce hearings, because under sharia they can assert a divorce verbally, without outside affirmation.) ...

Muslim women wishing to divorce often feel the need to get a religious divorce for cultural reasons and also because if a civil divorce is not accepted by a country that follows sharia and they have remarried, they risk the death penalty for adultery.
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Support for Isis stretches 'deep into parts of Muslim societies,' says Blair
Nicholas Watt
The Guardian, 5 December 2015

Support for the propaganda of Islamic State stretches "deep into parts of Muslim societies", Tony Blair has said as he warned of terror attacks on a larger scale than the shootings and bombings in Paris last month unless the group and its ideology are defeated.

In a speech in Washington, in which he praised British MPs for the "important" decision to extend RAF airstrikes against Isis targets from Iraq to Syria, the former prime minister warned that "a belief in innate hostility between Islam and the west" is not the preserve of a few.

"Those who believe in concepts of the caliphate and the apocalypse – so much part of Daesh [Isis] propaganda – stretch deep into parts of Muslim societies," Blair said. "A belief in innate hostility between Islam and the west is not the preserve of the few." ...

Blair endorsed this view in a wider global context when he spoke of the large number of Muslims who have sympathy for extremist views. He said: "Of course a large majority of Muslims completely reject Daesh-like jihadism and the terrorism which comes with it.

"However, in many Muslim countries large numbers also believe that the CIA or Jews were behind 9/11. Clerics who proclaim that non-believers and apostates must be killed or call for jihad against Jews have Twitter followings running into millions ... The ideology has deep roots. We have to reach right the way down and uproot it."
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Half of new homes needed to cope with migrant influx
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2015

Nearly half of all new homes built in England in the next five years are needed to cope with the influx of migrants, official figures have suggested.

The Government yesterday forecast that high levels of net immigration will lead to the creation of 95,000 new households a year.

But ministers have only set a target of building 1 million new homes in England by 2020, equivalent to 200,000 a year.

This suggests that almost half will be needed to help accomodate the expected arrival of 217,000 migrants annually. ...

The shortage of new homes - the worst since the 1970s - has been blamed for current record house prices with first time buyers increasingly unable to get on the property ladder. ...

But yesterday the Department for Communities and Local Government said net migration will have a "relatively large effect" on the number of new households because it is expected to account for almost half of the rise in population. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said of the housing forecast: "These figures illustrate the huge impact on housing demand that immigration at current levels will generate.

"This will have serious consequences for our environment and for the whole of our infrastructure.

"It is now absolutely obvious that immigration must be sharply reduced and that must include immigration from the EU."
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Mass migration 'will wreck the dream of a high-wage Britain': Top economist says large numbers of unskilled workers is 'damaging' for job prospects
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 4 December 2015

Professor Robert Rowthorn, a long-standing adviser to Whitehall, said the influx of large numbers of unskilled foreigners was 'damaging' the job prospects and wages of millions of British workers.

He said the economic advantages of immigration – which were 'unlikely to be very large' – could be achieved with net migration at 50,000 a year. Currently, it stands at a record 336,000.

Professor Rowthorn's findings, in a major report for the Civitas think-tank, will be a blow to ministers who were this week accused of encouraging mass migration to help balance the country's books. ...

But far from suggesting the UK would be better off, the report said the amount of money per person would remain broadly similar because there would be so many more people living in the UK.

Professor Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University, said mass immigration would lead to 'losers as well as winners... and the losers are those at the lower end of the pay scale.'

He explained: 'In rich countries many dirty, hard or low status jobs are increasingly occupied by migrants from poorer countries. These are said to be doing the jobs that native workers will not do.

'In practice this often means that suitable native workers will not do these jobs at the wages and conditions that employers are willing to offer.

'There is evidence that competition from immigrants may result in lower wages for low skilled local workers, including previous immigrants.' Professor Rowthorn said a key economic benefit of immigration was increasing the number of working-age people to support an ageing population.

But he warned the impact must be 'set against the costs' of the growing pressure on infrastructure, housing and services.

Therefore, net migration of 50,000 a year would produce similar economic advantages to the UK as a figure that runs at nearly six times that level, he said.

'The economic gains from large-scale immigration come mainly from its impact on the age structure of the population.

'Most of these gains could be achieved with a much lower rate of net migration... than the UK is currently experiencing,' he said.

He also predicted the population of the UK will go up by 20 million over the next 50 years and 29 million over the next 75 years. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'This landmark report is the nail in the coffin for claims that mass immigration is good for Britain.'
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Child asylum seekers pushing British social services to 'breaking point'
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 4 December 2015

The vast number of child asylum seekers arriving at the gateway to Britain has pushed social services to "breaking point," officials have warned.

There are now 980 unaccompanied asylum seeking children on Kent County Council's books - up from nearly 630 at the start of August - and the situation is unsustainable, it said.

Most of the youngsters are 16 and 17-year-old boys smuggled across the English Channel before being dumped so the local authority has to look after them.

By law, the council has to care for under-18s who arrive in the county through the ports of Dover or Folkestone seeking asylum.

Many are traumatised and unable to speak English, adding the cost of treatment and translation services to the bill for housing them. ...

A report from Kent County Council said the "unprecedented" influx of young asylum seekers was impacting on British children already supported by the local authority.

While praising staff, the report said: "It should be stated clearly that services are at breaking point and the current position is not sustainable."
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'Main organiser' of Paris terror attack 'recruited a team' from migrants in Hungary who had refused to register with authorities, government official reveals
Corey Charlton
MailOnline, 4 December 2015

A suspected ringleader of the deadly Paris attacks travelled to Hungary where he 'recruited a team' from unregistered migrants passing through the country, government officials say.

Salah Abdeslam, who remains on the run from European authorities, is believed to have visited Budapest's Keleti station, then left the country with the team he pulled together.

The development comes as evidence grows that ISIS jihadis are passing through Greece and the Balkans hidden among refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.
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Refugee influx complicates Germany's CO2 emissions goals
Caroline Copley
Yahoo! News / Reuters, 4 December 2015

An influx of up to one million refugees to Germany this year may make it harder for the government to achieve its CO2 reduction targets in 2020, an adviser to the government on energy policy has warned.

Germany sees itself as a green leader in the fight against climate change and has set itself an ambitious goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. ...

Further complicating this picture is higher-than-expected immigration, said Andreas Loeschel, professor of energy and resource economics at the University of Muenster. ...

Up to one million refugees are expected to arrive in Germany this year. But the government's current climate projections are based on net annual immigration of around 200,000 people. ...

... Germany's population in 2020 could be 2-2.5 million higher than projected.
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Home Office borders security scheme is '£1bn waste of money'
Rajeev Syal
The Guardian, 3 December 2015

A security database used to identify potential terrorists entering the UK is breaking down twice a week forcing frontline staff to rely on incomplete intelligence, an official report has revealed.

Independent auditors found that the warnings index system, which was supposed to be dismantled more than 12 years ago, is so unstable that it regularly collapses. The e-borders system which was supposed to replace it in 2011 will not be implemented before 2019 at a cost of more than £1bn, the National Audit Office report has concluded.

The flaws and delays have been disclosed in a scathing inquiry into the e-borders project which was implemented to enhance checks on those entering and leaving the country through ports and airports. Instead, the report has found that details of more than 16 million people a year are not being checked before they reach the border.

Keith Vaz, chair of the home affairs select committee, said the findings showed that the current system was not "fit for purpose" while its replacement had been a "£1bn waste of money".

He said: "The real concern is the warnings index, which with two priority incidents a week is still clearly unfit for purpose. With the terrorism threat level currently at severe, a failure to properly cover millions of people entering the country without having passenger information in advance gives a green light to people who wish to come to the UK for illegal or dangerous activity."
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Hospitals with more overseas nurses get worse rated
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2015

Hospitals with the most nurses from overseas have the worst ratings from patients, a major study has found.

Experts behind the research - the first study of its kind – showed that an increasing reliance on nurses trained abroad could be damaging the quality of care on the wards.

Amid growing shortages of nurses across the country, the number coming here to register for work after training abroad has almost doubled in two years.

The new study found that hospitals with the highest proportion of foreign nurses had the highest levels of patient dissatisfaction, with patients more likely to say they struggled to understand staff, and less likely to feel treated with dignity.

The study by Kings College London and the University of Southampton examined the workforce of 46 NHS hospitals and surveyed 12,000 patients.

At some hospitals, more than half of nurses were trained abroad, the research found, most commonly from the Philippines, India and countries in Africa.

For every 10 per cent increase in the number of nurses who trained abroad, there was a 12 per cent decrease in the likelihood of patients rating their hospital good or excellent, the study found.

There was also a 14 per cent drop in whether patients felt they could easily understand staff, a 10 per cent drop in whether medication had been explained to them, while patients were 8 per cent less likely to feel treated with dignity and respect. ...

The new study, published in the journal BMJ Open found that the proportion of nurses trained overseas was "significantly" linked to how patients felt about their care.

The study concludes: "Use of non-UK educated nurses in English NHS hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses from abroad to substitute for domestically-educated nurses may negatively impact quality of care." ...

In the 31 trusts, covering 46 hospitals, 30 per cent of overseas nurses came from the Philippines, with 24 per cent from India and 19 per cent from countries in Africa.
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'Ringleader' of smuggling gang bringing 70,000 migrants to UK & EU arrested in Britain
Leda Reynolds
Daily Express, 3 December 2015

A man living in Britain is suspected to be the criminal mastermind behind a (£7 million) €10 million people smuggling ring bringing up to 70,000 Syrians into the UK and Europe.

Jamal Owda was arrested in a Liverpool refugee shelter on suspicion of being one of 23 people involved in an international migrant smuggling network.

The National Crime Agency swooped on the 26-year-old Palestinian national in the hostel in Sephton Park, Liverpool, as part of a series of simultaneous raids across Europe organised by Europol.

He is alleged to be the ringleader of a gang responsible for smuggling 100 migrants into western Europe EVERY DAY since 2013. ...

Other suspects were detained in police operations in Greece, Austria and Sweden, and included mainly Syrians and Greeks.
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Rise in FGM linked to migration: thousands of 'cut' teenage girls are 'tip of the iceberg'
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 3 December 2015

Thousands of cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being recorded across the UK every year, shocking new figures show.

In the three months to September, 1,385 newly recorded cases of FGM were reported. ...

The figures suggest there could be more than 5,000 NEW cases of FGM in the UK every year. ...

A separate study found nearly 10,000 girls under the age of 14 living in England and Wales have undergone FGM.

Figures compiled by City University London and Equality Now found that the number of women with FGM have increased substantially since 2001, especially due to migration from countries in conflict.
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Germany made secret pact with Turkey for the EU to take half a million Syrian refugees, says Hungarian Prime Minister
Leo Cendrowicz and Tony Paterson
The Independent, 3 December 2015

Germany has struck a secret pact with Turkey for the European Union to take in as many as half a million Syrians currently living in Turkish refugee camps, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed.

While EU officials were vociferously denying the suggestions of a secret deal with Ankara, they did not dispute that efforts are being made to manage the resettlement of Syrians in Europe more efficiently. ...

While EU officials said the eight leaders – from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden – discussed resettling around 400,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey in the EU, they insisted there was nothing secret or new about the proposals. Ms Merkel said on 29 November that the idea was to "replace illegal migration with legal migration... it's an uphill struggle, but it's well worth the effort".

Resettlement was specifically mentioned in the €3bn deal the EU struck with Turkey on 29 November to help stop the 2.5 million Syrians currently living in Turkish refugee camps from heading to the EU.

European Commission officials said the idea was to eventually bring the refugees to Europe in a managed, open, and voluntarily process – and that recalcitrant countries such as Hungary would not be obliged to join in.
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EU plan to scrap free travel zone: Leaked documents says Schengen zone could be suspended for two years under emergency plans to deal with the migrant crisis
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 3 December 2015

The European Union's border-free travel zone could be suspended for two years under emergency plans in response to the migrant crisis.

Leaked documents show EU leaders are planning to bring back checkpoints across the continent.

The radical change, which will allow countries to restore controls for two years rather than the six months currently permitted, will be debated by interior ministers in Brussels tomorrow.

Countries in the Schengen zone are pushing for Greece to be suspended from the scheme because of its failure to manage the vast numbers of people coming in. At least two of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks came into Europe through the island of Leros posing as refugees.
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Study finds problems in detecting fraud among asylum seekers
Alicia A. Caldwell
Yahoo! News / Associated Press, 3 December 2015

The Obama administration is having trouble detecting fraud in asylum requests from immigrants seeking to stay in the United States for their protection, according to a government study.

The Government Accountability Office looked at asylum requests from immigrants who have already made it to the United States and are asking to stay to escape persecution. ...

The 96-page report concluded that neither U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services nor the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Justice Department agency that oversees immigration courts, conducts regular fraud risk assessments. The GAO recommended that both do so.

At USCIS, a paper filing system that doesn't capture key fraud-detection information electronically also is a problem, the study says.

The GAO review found that more than 4,500 people were awarded asylum in 2014 despite being associated with lawyers or document preparers arrested that same year in an immigration fraud investigation in New York. ...

The number of asylum requests has more than doubled in the last several years. During the 2010 budget year, 47,118 asylum requests were made. That number rose to 108,152 in 2014.
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FOLLY: Europe will cease to exist once Turkey comes to dominate EU
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 3 December 2015

The leadership of the European Union increasingly resembles a suicide cult.

By wilfully opening the floodgates the EU's selfdestructive politicians, headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have created an immigration crisis on an unprecedented scale.

As the chaos worsens, the very existence of European civilisation is under threat. But just to accelerate its destruction, the EU has engaged in an act of even more spectacular folly.

Desperate to give the illusion of tackling the disaster they made, Merkel and her gang have now concluded an agreement with Turkey that will inflict even more misery on Europe.

Under the deal signed on Sunday the EU will hand over £2.1 billion to Turkey and allow Turkish citizens visa-free travel across most of the continent. Britain's contribution, eagerly agreed by David Cameron, amounts to £260 million.

In return Turkish President Recep Erdogan has promised to strengthen his borders, thereby supposedly reducing the huge flow of migrants and refugees from Turkey into Europe.

This accord is the precursor to the even more radical step of granting full EU membership to Turkey. Never mind that Turkey is not even geographically in Europe, since just three per cent of its land mass lies to the European side of the Bosphorus Straits.

Such basic considerations do not even cross the minds of EU politicians. But for the future of Europe, Turkey's accession will be the stuff of nightmares. We, the taxpaying public, are literally being forced to pay for our own demise.

The decision to bring Turkey within the EU's embrace means that 75 million Turkish citizens, almost all of them Muslims, will have rights to settle and claim benefits anywhere in Europe, including Britain. ...

Because Turkey recently abandoned visa restrictions on travellers from failed states Libya and Syria, and Saudi Arabia, it will be far easier for people from those places to reach Europe.

Through this new relationship with Turkey the EU political class is speeding up the social revolution that has engulfed Europe. In 2006 Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi wrote that "Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades". ...

That is typical of the delusion of the political class. Europe will cease to exist once Turkey comes to dominate the EU.
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George Osborne denies net immigration rise needed to achieve budget surplus
Phillip Inman and Alberto Nardelli
The Guardian, 2 December 2015

George Osborne came under fire from MPs on Tuesday for refusing to admit that he plans to rely on a strong rise in net immigration to achieve a budget surplus at the end of the parliament.

The chancellor said the increase in jobs over the next five years would be taken mainly by Britons, despite figures from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) last week showing the government would need to almost double net immigration to hit its target of a £10bn surplus in 2020.

The Labour MP John Mann accused Osborne of failing to acknowledge that bringing down the annual deficit could only be achieved by increasing the number of new jobs and finding migrants to fill them.

He pointed to figures from the OBR showing that it expects the economy to generate more than 1.5m new jobs before 2020. The OBR forecasts for the chancellor's autumn statement last week show it expects net immigration to increase by 925,000 over the same period, a near doubling in its forecast since it published estimates at the beginning of the year of a 525,000 increase.
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George Osborne admits benefits cut for EU citizens will NOT halt flow of foreign workers
David Maddox
Daily Express, 2 December 2015

George Osborne has been accused of encouraging mass immigration as he conceded that his plans to stop EU citizens drawing benefits for four years is not enough to stop the flow of foreign workers.

And in an admission that will fuel the EU exit campaigns claims that renegotiation will not protect Britain's borders from mass immigration, the Chancellor conceded that the government has "no plans" to restrict free movement of people. ...

And there was further embarrassment for the Chancellor as he was forced to admit that the government's plans to block EU migrants from receiving in work benefits for four years will fail to meet Prime Minister David Cameron's target of bringing immigration down to the "tens of thousands".

Under questioning from Labour MP John Mann in an appearance at the Treasury committee, Mr Osborne admitted that the "best estimate" of EU citizens taking benefits was 40 per cent which would still leave 108,000 EU citizens coming to the UK each year unaffected by the changes.

Mr Mann said: "You are not attempting anything to restrict access to the UK labour market for any citizen from elsewhere in the EU."

The Chancellor replied: "We are not seeking to scrap the fundamental rights of free movement of people and capital."

However he added that another part of the renegotiation was "to make the other European economies more attractive for encouraging people to stay in their countries."
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George Osborne indicates students may be stripped from migrant numbers
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2015

Foreign students could be excluded from official migration figures, George Osborne has indicated, in a move that would see the total number of declared migrants in the UK fall but could lead to claims that the Government is attempting to massage the statistics.

In an assault on Theresa May's policy brief, the Chancellor said that the public is concerned only about "permanent" migrants and suggested the methodology behind the statistics should be changed.

He also slapped down proposals said to have been prepared by Mrs May for tougher language tests and greater savings requirements for student visa applicants, saying they were not government policy and would not take place. ...

Mr Osborne is said to have the backing of Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, whereas Mrs May is said to have been increasingly isolated over the issue. ...

In the Autumn Statement the Treasury announced plans to increase student migration by 55,000 by 2020, a move worth £1 billion.

It also announced that dependent relatives of post-graduate students would have the right to work in Britain to attract the best talent. ...

... Mr Osborne ...

He was asked whether figures cited by Mrs May, purporting to show that 96,000 more student arrive in Britain each year than leave, was accurate.

"It's a figure produced by the Home Office," he replied, appearing to smirk, adding it was based on a survey and could not be considered as "accurate" as computerised exit checks.

He was speaking hours after Nick Timothy, a former senior aide to Mrs May, accused Mr Osborne and Mr Javid of a "campaign to weaken immigration control" by stripping students out the immigration figures.

"No work appears to have been done to estimate the costs of this additional immigration, such as its effect on the housing stock or public services, no thought seems to have been given to whether policy ought to distinguish between the brightest students and the rest, and no onsideration appears to have been made about whether these students will ever return home," he wrote on Conservative Home.
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Immigration minister James Brokenshire says plan to grant relatives of refugees asylum in UK is not 'sustainable'
Charlie Cooper
The Independent, 2 December 2015

Immigration minister James Brokenshire has said allowing elderly relatives and grown-up children of asylum seekers to join their relatives in the UK would not be "practical or sustainable".

He said the plan to extend criteria for refugee "family reunions", backed by Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and charities including the Red Cross, would also make the UK more attractive to future refugees.

Conservative MPs were expected last night to vote down an amendment to the Immigration Bill, which would allow the dependent parents, children over 18 and in some cases siblings of successful asylum seekers to join them in the UK. Currently only spouses and children under 18 are allowed under family reunion rules.

"Widening the criteria would be not practical or sustainable," Mr Brokenshire said. "It would be a significant additional factor on how the UK may be viewed in terms of those who may choose different jurisdictions to make their asylum claims," a process he referred to as "asylum shopping".

The rules could still be changed if the House of Lords backs the amendment. If passed, it could lead to thousands more Syrian and other refugees eligible to resettle in the UK.
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We need to know how migrants get across our border
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 2 December 2015

Here's a fact that you might think worthy of discussion: between July and September, 10,156 people claimed asylum in the UK – the highest figure for 12 years and a 64 per cent increase from the 6,203 between April and June.

Let's ignore for now the way any discussion of immigration and asylum is automatically condemned as racist and beyond the pale by the Leftwing thought police.

Focus instead simply on the numbers. Whether having 10,156 people claim asylum is good or bad and whether they are legitimate or false claimants, it goes without saying that the border agencies would have a proper record of how and where people entering the country have arrived and what proportion of them are asylum claimants. So you'd think. But you'd be wrong because that is based on the assumption that the UK Border Agency is fit for purpose.

On Monday it emerged that border officials have absolutely no idea how many people have arrived here from Calais and claimed asylum or how they got here and the port at which they arrived. Not even a clue. According to the Home Office, information on the ports and routes used by migrants to arrive in the UK "is not centrally held".

In other words, at a time when there is ever-worsening chaos in Calais with would-be migrants attempting to find ways into the UK, the Home Office has not the slightest idea how or where those who do arrive on our shores get in, or if they claim asylum when they do make it here. ...

It makes you wonder why we even bother with the pretence that we have borders when no one has any worthwhile information on the most vulnerable and overused ports and points of entry.

Indeed, had it not been for the Daily Express asking the Home Office how many people had entered Britain from Calais and then claimed asylum we wouldn't even know that we didn't know. ...

There are more than 7,000 people in Calais who have only one goal, which is to get here using almost any conceivable method such as climbing on top of, inside and underneath lorries bound for Britain. Were the UK Border Agency not a byword for chaotic inefficiency it would be shocking to discover such a basic failure.

But it is all too predictable. Speaking last year, as he stepped down as chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine continued the theme that marked almost all of his 50 reports lambasting the agency for poor management.

In his six years as inspector he revealed the incompetence that enabled half a million people to enter the UK entirely unchecked, meaning that 150,000 migrants who had been refused permission to stay in the UK were still able to remain, having been "lost" by the authorities. ...

... This is not border control, it is a shambles. And it's a shambles that no one in Government or the Border Agency seems to be interested in dealing with.

That has been the story for years and it isn't changing. Which means it is only going to get worse.
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Half a million Syrian refugees could be resettled to EU - Hungary PM
Marton Dunai
Reuters, 2 December 2015

European Union and Turkish leaders may announce a behind-the-scenes agreement later this week to resettle 400,000 to 500,000 Syrian refugees directly from Turkey to the EU, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday. ...

Speaking to a meeting of Hungarian leaders in Budapest, Orban said he expected intense pressure from Europe to accept some part of those half a million refugees, something he said Budapest could not do. He added that the agreement has already been floated at a recent EU summit in Malta but was abandoned and not included in the EU-Turkey agreements signed at the weekend in Brussels after its proponents could not gather the necessary support for it.

"The issue (of resettlement) will be a hot potato in the coming period because even though this could be kept in a semi-secret state... someone somewhere - I think in Berlin this week - will announce that 4-500,000 Syrian refugees could be brought straight from Turkey to the EU," Orban said.

"This nasty surprise still awaits Europeans."
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Government must be open with migration figures, say MPs
Evening Standard, 2 December 2015

Senior Tory MPs today warned the Government it must be open about the true scale of migration after it emerged that ministers expect a big rise in the number of foreign students.

David Burrowes, who sits on the home affairs committee, said the Government's credibility was on the line given its commitment to reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands".

The Autumn Statement signalled the Government would lift a cap on the numbers of students universities can take on. It estimated this would lead to 55,000 students from outside the EU and possibly a further 10,000 from other EU states, potentially aggravating the target to reduce net migration.

But George Osborne last night hinted students could be removed from official migration statistics altogether.

Doing so would mark a victory over Home Secretary Theresa May, who has been arguing for them to remain in, but could also leave the party open to attacks that it is manipulating data to lower net migration numbers.

Mr Burrowes said: "We need to be transparent and make sure when we talk about cutting migration we know exactly what we are talking about.

"It's an issue of credibility and trust, we need to make sure when the Prime Minister talks about the manifesto, we are delivering on all its promises."
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Border shambles: Officials admit they have NO IDEA how many asylum seekers are in Britain
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 1 December 2015

Bungling border officials have no idea how many people have crept into Britain to claim asylum, it was revealed last night.

The Home Office said it could not disclose the ports or routes migrants used to get here because the information "is not centrally held".

Despite the UK being under threat from a wave of illegal immigration, the data is only kept in thousands of hand-written notes.

It means security experts have no firm leads on what parts of our borders are vulnerable to those who will stop at nothing to get here.

The revelation came after the Daily Express demanded to know how many illegal immigrants had made it to Britain via Calais and claimed asylum since the start of the year. ...

Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe said: "The confession that ports of entry data is not available centrally to government ministers who are supposed to make our borders safe is shocking and yet one more example of how we live in borderless Britain. If you can't measure a problem then you can't fix it.

"If the Home Office doesn't ask its immigration officers about ports through which illegal immigrants admit they entered the UK, how can we know which of them are leaky? Which of the ports is a danger to national security? Which need more resources? It's time for the Government to get a grip." ...

A Home Office spokesman said: "We are unable to confirm the port of entry or route an individual has used to enter the UK, as this information is not centrally recorded.

"This information would be held in case notes when an individual makes an initial claim for asylum. In order to produce accurate data on the route of entry that you have specified we would need to manually review the written records taken at an initial asylum interview for every individual who had made an asylum claim during the period you have requested to determine the exact port of entry. Therefore we are unable to comply with your request."
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Osborne reliant on rising immigration levels to achieve budget surplus
Alberto Nardelli
The Guardian, 1 December 2015

George Osborne is relying on rising immigration numbers to reach his fiscal target of a budget surplus by the end of the decade, according to a Guardian analysis of official data.

Without the UK's current levels of net migration, the chancellor would be faced with the choice of missing his fiscal goal or achieving a surplus by adding more spending cuts and tax rises to his existing plans.

Analysis of figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the government's independent forecasting body, has found that Britain's finances would not be forecast to hit a budget surplus by 2019-20 without recent upward revisions to net migration numbers.

The OBR has raised its projections for inward migration twice this year. Eight months ago, its projection went from 105,000 people a year to 165,000. The figure was revised again to 185,000 as part of the OBR's economic and fiscal outlook published alongside Osborne's spending review and autumn statement last week. ...

Furthermore, based on OBR data and the evidence available, it is highly likely that the government's intention of reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands" is directly at odds with its fiscal target. ...

The 1.1m increase in employment cited by Osborne is mostly because of upward revisions to net migration.

The upward revisions to GDP growth forecasts in 2016 and 2017 reflect higher population growth (driven by higher net migration) and the government's decision to slow the pace of fiscal tightening.

Net migration is predominantly concentrated among people of working age: this boosts the employment rate, GDP, potential output and tax receipts.
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The Government as a whole isn't aiming to cut immigration – and the Autumn Statement proved it [part 1]
Nick Timothy
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2015

But last week, the publication of the latest immigration statistics showed just how far away the Government is from hitting its target. And more worryingly, the small print of the Autumn Statement, which was published the day before the immigration figures, proves that it is not really the policy of the Government as a whole to cut immigration at all.

The immigration statistics showed, for the year ending June 2015, that net migration to Britain had reached a record high of 336,000. They showed that where Theresa May has had the freedom to change the immigration system, her reforms have had an effect and net migration has fallen. The number of family visas is down, the industrial-scale abuse of the student visa system has been ended, and work visas have been reformed to prioritise skills shortages. The number of people given permission to settle in Britain permanently is down from almost 250,000 in 2010 to less than 100,000 in 2015, while the number of people granted citizenship continues to fall.

But the statistics also showed that the rise in net migration is being driven by people coming to Britain through routes that the Government has no intention of reforming. The generosity of our student visa rules alone make the net migration target almost impossible to achieve: last year, non-EU student net migration was 93,000. Twice as many people come to work in Britain through intra-company transfers – which are exempt from the cap on economic migration – than through the general work permit system, which is capped. And, of course, there is European immigration, which thanks to EU free movement rules is impossible to control. EU net migration is up to a record 180,000, while more than two thirds of the increase in overall immigration in the last year was accounted for by EU nationals.

It is well known that the Home Office would like to reform the student visa system further, reduce the number of work permits issed to foreign workers, change the way the asylum system works, and win greater control of immigration from other EU countries. But many of these changes have been blocked already or will be blocked by other Government departments, while the Government's stated policy of trying to control EU migration through benefits changes has been blown out of the water by its promise to introduce the biggest "pull factor" of all: a new 'Living Wage' of £9 an hour by 2020.
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The Government as a whole isn't aiming to cut immigration – and the Autumn Statement proved it [part 2]
Nick Timothy
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2015

... Instead of supporting the manifesto drive to reduce immigration, within a few months of the election the Foreign Office, Business Department and Treasury combined to try to try to take foreign students out of the migration statistics altogether.

That campaign to weaken immigration control appears to have failed, yet the Autumn Statement shows that Government policy is not to reduce and control immigration but to keep immigration high. ... ...

Instead, there is evidence that mass immigration can hold down wages and displace some workers from the labour market. But these effects – and other downsides of immigration – are always excluded from the impact assessments used by governments when they take decisions on immigration policy. In fact, the Treasury orthodoxy is, in the words of Sir David Metcalfe, the chairman of the independent Migration Advisory Committee, "that more immigration is automatically a good thing because it raises GDP", a view he politely describes as an "odd conclusion".

And there is a new reason why the Treasury is keener than ever on mass immigration. It might not bring any significant economic benefits for existing British citizens, but it does mean a bigger population, and a bigger population means a bigger economy overall, which means that the effect of spending cuts increases when the deficit is measured as a percentage of GDP. In the past, the Treasury has sought to inflate its way out of economic trouble. These days it takes a similar approach – not just by artificially increasing the money supply but by inflating the size of the population: quantitative easing meets demographic loosening.

But this is a mistake. As the OECD says, "immigrants are ... neither a burden to the public purse nor are they a panacea for addressing fiscal challenges." And – notwithstanding the undoubted benefits that controlled immigration can bring – the very good reasons the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have repeatedly set out for why we need to reduce immigration remain. The trouble is, as the Autumn Statement made plain last week, other than in the Home Office the Government is no longer trying to cut net migration – and we can expect the numbers to keep going up and up.
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Recent EU migration to the UK: can we trust government numbers?
National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 1 December 2015

The Prime Minister's claim that "around 40 percent of all recent European Economic Area migrants are supported by the UK benefits system" has been widely criticised /.../ and the UK Statistics Authority has made clear that it is very displeased that Number 10 chose to use unpublished (and inconsistent) statistic (which DWP's post-hoc publication doesn't even come close to validating).

But, leaving the abuse of the statistical process aside, the reason the Prime Minister came up with a number that is much higher than most researchers think credible is interesting – and potentially very revealing. ... ...

... Well, in the last 4 years, nearly 2 million EEA nationals registered for National Insurance numbers in the UK. ...

So what would happen if the government revealed how many EEA migrants are, according to its own computer systems, actually active in the UK labour market, one way or another? It seems highly probable that we would learn two things. First, that the Prime Minister's figure of "around 40 percent" of recent EEA migrants claiming benefits of some kind is considerably exaggerated. Second, and perhaps even more interesting, that there are actually considerably more such recent migrants than the official immigration or labour market statistics actually suggest.

Neither piece of information, of course, would be particularly helpful to the government at the present time. It would tell us both that EU migration is an even bigger issue than the official statistics suggest - and that the government's preferred solution is even less relevant than we already thought. But that is not a good reason for concealing the facts.
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The High Cost of Resettling Middle Eastern Refugees
Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, November 2015

As Americans continue to debate what to do about the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, this analysis attempts to estimate the costs of resettling refugees from that region in the United States. Although we do not consider all costs, our best estimate is that in their first five years in the United States each refugee from the Middle East costs taxpayers $64,370 – 12 times what the UN estimates it costs to care for one refugee in neighboring Middle Eastern countries. The cost of resettlement includes heavy welfare use by Middle Eastern refugees; 91 percent receive food stamps and 68 percent receive cash assistance. Costs also include processing refugees, assistance given to new refugees, and aid to refugee-receiving communities. ...

Among the findings of this analysis:

• On average, each Middle Eastern refugee resettled in the United States costs an estimated $64,370 in the first five years, or $257,481 per household.

• The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has requested $1,057 to care for each Syrian refugee annually in most countries neighboring Syria.
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Europe split over refugee deal as Germany leads breakaway coalition
Ian Traynor
The Guardian, 30 November 2015

Months of European efforts to come up with common policies on mass immigration unravelled on Sunday when Germany led a "coalition of the willing" of nine EU countries taking in most refugees from the Middle East, splitting the union formally on the issues of mandatory refugee-sharing and funding.

An unprecedented full EU summit with Turkey agreed a fragile pact aimed at stemming the flow of migrants to Europe via Turkey.

But the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, frustrated by the resistance in Europe to her policies, also convened a separate mini-summit with seven other leaders to push a fast-track deal with the Turks and to press ahead with a new policy of taking in and sharing hundreds of thousands of refugees a year directly from Turkey.

The surprise mini-summit suggested that Merkel has given up on trying to persuade her opponents, mostly in eastern Europe, to join a mandatory refugee-sharing scheme across the EU, although she is also expected to use the pro-quotas coalition to pressure the naysayers into joining later.

Merkel's ally on the new policy, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, said of the mini-summit: "This is a meeting of those states which are prepared to take in large numbers of refugees from Turkey legally."

But he added later that any such agreement would be voluntary and not binding, while the Dutch rejected German-led calls to resettle large numbers directly from Turkey.

The frictions triggered by the split were instantly apparent. Donald Tusk, the president of the European council who chaired the full summit with Turkey, contradicted the mainly west European emphasis on seeing Ankara as the best hope of slowing the mass migration to Europe.

"Let us not be naive. Turkey is not the only key to solving the migration crisis," said Tusk. "The most important one is our responsibility and duty to protect our external borders. We cannot outsource this obligation to any third country. I will repeat this again: without control on our external borders, Schengen will become history."

He was referring to the 26-country free-travel zone in Europe, which is also in danger of unravelling under the strains of the migratory pressures and jihadist terrorism.
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Migrant crisis laid bare: 1.5 MILLION people have entered EU countries illegally this year
Levi Winchester
Daily Express, 30 November 2015

The unprecedented migrant crisis gripping Europe has been laid bare as it emerges 1.5 MILLION people have entered European Union (EU) countries illegally this year.

The staggering figure was revealed by European Council President Donald Tusk, as leaders from across the continent desperately tried to thrash out a way of stemming the flow of refugees into Europe. ...

He said: "Approximately 1.5 million people have illegally entered the EU in 2015.

"Most have come through Turkey. Some seek shelter from war and persecution, others seek a better life and the few think to destroy our values. ..."
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We can allow more immigrants in if we vote to exit the EU
Andrew Gimson
Evening Standard, 30 November 2015

Immigration is a subject that mainstream politicians have spent many years trying to avoid. They are well aware that it is an issue of deep interest to the public, but they also know that to do anything noticeable about it is extraordinarily difficult.

But as the referendum on British membership of the European Union approaches, avoiding the subject has become less and less feasible. Figures released a few days ago show net migration to this country running at the record rate of 336,000 a year, of which 180,000, or just over half, is from inside the EU.

No less a figure than the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond – a man not given to wild utterances – has warned that voters could decide to leave the EU out of "fear of the future and fear that Europe is losing control of the situation".

That is an evasive way of putting it. For the public actually blames our own politicians for losing control of the situation. And many members of the public can tell you, quite spontaneously, what they reckon the solution to the problem is. They want us to leave the EU, regain control of our borders, work out which skills we are short of and introduce the Australian points-based system in order to select those migrants we actually need.

People would then feel the situation was under control. It might well be that we would admit more people than we do at the moment from countries such as Australia, Canada, India and China.

But that would be our own Government's decision, and it would no longer be possible for workers from anywhere in the EU to decide to come here, regardless of whether their skills are in short supply or not.
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Establishing 'safe zones' in Syria remains the most realistic route to tackling Europe's refugee crisis
James D. Athanassiou and Effie G. H. Pedaliu
European Politics and Policy, 30 November 2015

Europeans are unsure of how to cope with this massive influx – up to 760,000 people this year of whom, over 600,000 have reached Greece according to the UNHCR. ...

... Even though the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees makes it clear that every country in the world shares a responsibility for the Syrian refugees, in practice, it is the EU that is bearing the brunt of their migration. And therein lies the conundrum for Europeans.

They are trying to grapple with two problems. On the one side, there are the obvious concerns arising from the principles of humanity and charity. ...

While daily images of death are distressing, many in Europe despair, too, at the futility of trying to cope with the numbers arriving. /.../ Then there are the matters to do with that perennial topic of contention about immigration to the EU from the Middle East and North Africa. How can the predominantly Muslim refugees be absorbed culturally?

This question comes to be posed over and over again – frequently by the political right and right wing media and sometimes by the security agencies. They point to the dangers that can arise tomorrow as a result of the unmet expectations of the refugees. Several Europeans countries such as the UK and France have experienced difficulties with some of their second and even third generation British and French Muslims. Both countries have suffered jihadi inspired domestic terrorism and have become wary of the numbers of refugees they take in. The events in Paris have served to increase such apprehensions. ...

Today, reluctantly, Greece has become a people-processing centre. Thousands of refugees, many rescued from the sea, arrive daily. /.../ Once they have been ferried to Athens, most of the refugees are then left to their own devices to make their way to northern Europe.

Parts of central Athens have become permanent 'temporary' camps and some Greeks greatly resent this. ... ...

The best solution to the crisis is one that has been suggested before. It would be a solution for the refugees and both the EU and the United States – since the latter will also encounter these demographic movements. The proposal is to provide safe havens or safe zones in Syria where Syrians of different beliefs can live together and rebuild their lives.

To create such areas would not mean a repeat of the invasion of Iraq. Here, the West achieved rapid regime change, but without having to hand clear-cut strategies and plans to hold a demographically and regionally disparate nation together. In Syria, by contrast, the goals would be limited and specific. They would be humanitarian: to identify areas in Syria that can be defended, to resource and develop them and, most importantly, to protect them effectively with overwhelming military strength.

If some call this 'war' by another name, the counter to that is that it would be a 'good war'. It will cost billions, but it will still be cheaper in the long run for the EU and the United States. It would greatly reduce the stress being placed on countries adjoining Syria, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Best of all, it will enable the Syrian refugees to start living again in their own homeland.
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Paris attacks and Brussels raids prompt Belgium's Jews to consider new exodus
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2015

Community leaders now speak with alarm of a rising tide of anti-Semitism in a country that has been home to Jews since Roman times, and who number just 45,000 out of a population of 11 million. Some claim the hostility emanates almost exclusively from young men of Arabic descent.

Last weekend, as troops in armoured vans patrolled the streets in anticipation of an "imminent" terrorist attack, Brussels' Grand Synagogue closed its doors for Shabbat for the first time since the Second World War.

"Jews are praying at home. Some of them are planning to leave," declared Avraham Guigui, the chief Rabbi, on Israeli radio. "People realise there is no future for Jews in Europe." ...

Last week, the government promised to install CCTV and steel doors strong enough to withstand Kalashnikov rounds on Jewish or Israeli-linked organisations.

It followed a spate of deadly attacks on Jewish communities all over Europe. In 2012, Mohamed Merah, a 23-year old French petty criminal, opened fire at an orthodox school in Toulouse, killing the rabbi and three children.

Then in May 2014, a man alleged to be Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman of Algerian descent who had spent more than a year in Syria, went on his rampage at the Jewish museum in Brussels' Sablon district, previously best known for its fine chocolatiers.

In November last year, a rabbi in Antwerp was stabbed in the throat on his way to deliver a sermon, and in January, two days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Amedy Coulibaly murdered four shoppers at a Kosher supermarket in Paris. Then, a week after the Paris atrocities, a teacher at a Jewish school in Marseille was stabbed by three attackers who shouted anti-Semitic insults, and appeared to support Islamic State. ...

Belgium's security services and politicians now face intense scrutiny over how the city, and in particular the tiny commune of Molenbeek became an incubator of a series of terrorist plots and turned a blind eye to extremism.

Last week Karl Vanlouwe, a leading Flemish politician, blamed socialist MPs for indulging radical networks with "extreme tolerance" and turning the Brussels into a "base for Islamic barbarism".

Mrs Dan, recalling her parents' saviours, agrees. "They are afraid of this community. The Belgians are a very nice people," she said. "That's the problem."
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Immigration officers raiding SEVEN sham weddings a day
Matthew Davis
Sunday Express, 29 November 2015

Immigration officers are raiding almost seven "sham weddings" a day as the number of people arrested over bogus ceremonies has doubled for the second year in a row.

Statistics reveal that despite raiding more and more ceremonies officials are in danger of being swamped by a huge rise in bogus unions.

Last year there were a total of 3,210 reports from registrars concerned they were being asked to preside over a marriage of convenience.

The number of these suspicious marriages reported by officials is almost double the number it was just three years ago.

Critics of the current system say criminal immigrants are making a mockery of our legal system by tying the knot in fake marriages so they can legally live and work in the UK.

A non-EU citizen who gets married to an EU resident not only has the right to stay in Britain, but it also extends to their children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents, piling huge extra pressure on public services.

Often the bride and groom are brought together by criminal gangs who charge hundreds of pounds to set up the deal, often using so-called "away day" brides brought in from Eastern Europe who are paid to marry a non-EU migrant.

Latest figures from the Home Office show there were a record 2,486 enforcement visits at weddings last year, up 96 per cent from 2013 and more than three times the 735 visits that were made in 2012.

The numbers arrested have also spiralled from 310 in 2012, to 721 in 2013 to last year's figure of 1,541.

Sham marriages are increasingly popular among immigrants because anyone who enters a bogus relationship successfully can use it to stay in Britain for five years and eventually obtain citizenship.

Under EU rules, they can then apply for permission to bring in their extended family.

In a report published last year Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee said the situation was "spiralling out of control".
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Refugee crisis: Sweden admits 'we simply don't know where they are' after 14,000 illegal immigrants go underground
Will Grice
The Independent on Sunday, 29 November 2015

More than 14,000 illegal immigrants living in Sweden have gone underground to avoid deportation after the country ended its "open door policy" for refugees.

A total of 21,748 immigrants were told to leave Sweden by the Migration Agency at the end of October, of those 14,140 are registered as "departed" or "wanted".

Some are believed to have left the country, while others are thought to hiding.

It has been reported that the government has previously announced plans to stop illegals from staying in the country, but police say most of its resources are current devoted to carrying out passport checks after the border security was increased.

"We simply don't know where they are," Patrik Engstrom, head of the national border police told The Local. "It is a huge task and it is completely dependent on the police being allocated resources."

The majority of the immigrants avoiding deportation are doing so due to the Dublin Regulation, in which immigrants are deported back to the first EU country they entered. However, if they are able to delay their re-applications by 18 months they may be allowed citizenship in Sweden.
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Migrant crisis: Turkey and EU strike deal to limit refugee flow
BBC, 29 November 2015

Turkey and European leaders have struck a deal to try to control the flow of migrants to Europe.

Turkey will receive €3bn (£2.1bn) and political concessions in return for clamping down on its borders and keeping refugees in the country.

Talks on Turkey's accession to the European Union will also be revived.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was a "historic day" in Turkey's relations with the EU.

Under the deal, Turkish citizens may be able to travel without visas in Europe's Schengen zone, which allows free movement between many European countries, by October 2016.

However, the rules will be relaxed only if Turkey meets certain conditions.

More than 720,000 migrants have arrived in Europe on Greek shores so far this year, the International Organization for Migration says, with most arriving from Turkey. ...

The €3bn will go towards helping Syrian refugees in Turkey. Ankara has already spent $8bn on helping those in need, Mr Davutoglu said.
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EU and Labour MEPs say we MUST welcome back jihadis because border controls are RACIST
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 28 November 2015

Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis have been given carte blanche to reach the gates of Britain and potentially carry out atrocities against innocent civilians after an EU motion backed by Labour BANNED using border controls to stop terrorism.

Labour MEPs voted en masse for a raft of Brussels resolutions which will prevent European security services in Schengen agreement countries from implementing "any border control measures aimed at fighting terrorism".

The barmy edicts claim that trying to stop terrorists from returning home is racist and set out a series of stringent criteria dictating how extremists' "human rights" must be pandered to.

They mean that ISIS jihadis will be able to stream into Europe and cross the continent unchallenged all the way to Calais, where they can launch attempts to smuggle themselves past Britain's overwhelmed border guards. ...

The jaw-dropping document states that the EU parliament "vehemently believes, in light of the current refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, that member states must refrain from using any border control measures aimed at fighting terrorism and stopping the travel of suspected terrorists, for immigration control purposes".

It adds that MEPs are "extremely worried by the measures taken by some governments in the EU to introduce additional border controls in order to prevent the entry into the EU of refugees and migrants".

Labour MEPs stated that rigorous border controls "risk being based on arbitrariness and racial or ethnic profiling, which is totally contrary to EU principles and values, in addition to contravening Member States' international human rights obligations."
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Britain's rivers becoming hotbed of crime as organised gangs steal fish on a huge scale
Tom Bawden
The Independent, 28 November 2015

Britain's rivers are becoming a hotbed of crime as organised gangs are stealing fish on a huge scale and eastern European migrants catch pike to feed their families, a leading "fish policeman" has said.

The Angling Trust's chief investigator Dilip Sarkar said the crime was hurting businesses, fuelling racial tension and increasing the pressure on Britain's dwindling stocks.

"Organised crime has been having it away for years undetected and under the radar, happily getting on with it," said Mr Sarkar, a retired policeman and lifelong angler.

But in recent years the homegrown crime syndicates, which focus on smuggling giant carp from France into the UK and selling them for a fortune, have been joined by fishing lawbreakers from eastern European countries such as Poland and Lithuania.
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Refugee influx threatens fall of EU, warns Dutch PM
Peter Spiegel
Financial Times, 27 November 2015

The EU risks suffering the same fate as the Roman empire if it does not regain control of its borders and stop the "massive influx" of refugees from the Middle East and central Asia, the Dutch prime minister has warned.

Mark Rutte, whose government assumes the EU's rotating presidency in January, said southern EU countries had yet to implement policies agreed to stem the flow, which has exceeded 850,000 arriving by sea so far this year, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Mr Rutte said Greece, where more than 700,000 have landed this year, might have to increase its "reception capacity" to at least 100,000. Athens has so far committed to about half that, insisting that it does not want to become a giant refugee camp.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have travelled on from Greece and Italy to other EU countries – principally to Germany and Sweden – creating huge administrative and political strains across the union. ...

The issue of whether the influx of migrants poses a security threat has quickly gone from the extreme fringes of the EU's political debate to the mainstream, with elected leaders in Hungary, Poland and Germany all voicing concerns in the days following the Paris attacks.

French investigators have said at least two of the attackers entered Europe through migrant reception facilities in Greece.
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EU must stem migrant flow or risk the same fate as Roman Empire, warns Dutch PM as Sarkozy says multiculturalism has made West vulnerable to Islamist extremists
Nick Enoch
MailOnline, 27 November 2015

The EU risks the same fate as the Roman Empire if it fails to protect its borders, the Dutch prime minister has warned.

Mark Rutte said: 'As we all know from the Roman Empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well protected. We really have an imperative that it is handled.' ...

Meanwhile, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has warned that mulitculturalism is the reason that the West has become vulnerable to Islamist extremists.

Speaking at a rally two weeks after the Paris attacks by ISIS which left 130 dead, he said the nation should bring back 'eternal France'.

'France is not a supermarket, it's a whole.

'There is no French identity, no happy identity in a multicultural society,' he added yesterday, as he addressed a crowd of around 1,000 conservative supporters in Schiltigheim, Alsace.
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Net migration to Britain hits new high of 336,000
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 26 November 2015

Annual net migration to Britain in June hit a new record level of 336,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The 82,000 rise in overall net migration in the 12 months to June was fuelled by a rise of 62,000 in immigration to 636,000 and a fall of 30,000 in emigration compared with the previous year.

The net migration figure is the highest on record for the second quarter running, and is 10,000 higher than the previous recorded peak in 2005 shortly after the former communist states of Poland, Czech Republic and others joined the EU.

The latest figures confirm that Britain is firmly in an era of mass migration and the government's hopes of reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands" is as far away as ever. The pledge to reduce net migration below 100,000 was renewed by David Cameron shortly after the election in May. Net migration last dipped below the 100,000 mark in 1997 – 18 years ago. ...

There were 29,024 asylum applications in the 12 months to September, a rise of 18%. The largest numbers applying were from Eritrea, Sudan and Iran, and 2,402 were from Syria.

The rise in net migration was split between an increase of 42,000 from within the EU and a rise of 36,000 in non-EU net migration.

There was a 53,000 rise in the number of people coming to work in Britain, with two-thirds having a definite job to go to. The latest employment figures show that in September there were two million EU nationals (excluding UK citizens) living in Britain, 324,000 more than the previous year.

The numbers coming to study have remained relatively stable at 192,000. ...

The chancellor's autumn statement on Britain's finances was based on an annual net migration figure of 183,000 a year. The latest figures suggest this may be a significant underestimate, as will be the contribution of migration to economic growth.
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Net migration to UK hits record 336,000, statistics show
BBC, 26 November 2015

Estimated net migration to the UK reached a record 336,000 in the year to June, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have shown.

The figure - the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving - was 82,000 more than the previous year. ...

The ONS data revealed that:

• Net migration of European Union (EU) citizens showed an increase of 42,000 to 180,000, with the number from countries outside the bloc also up 36,000 to 201,000

• In all, 294,000 people migrated to the UK for work, two thirds of whom had a definite job

• The number of EU nationals working in the UK stood at two million from July to September, an increase of 324,000 compared to the same quarter last year

• A total of 50,000 Romanians and Bulgarians came to the UK in the year to June, a rise of 19,000; restrictions on citizens from the two countries working in the UK were lifted in January last year

• Romania is now in the top five countries where those coming to the UK last lived for the first time, accounting for 6% of all immigration
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German asylum system is a magnet for refugees and cause of crisis, says German EU commissioner
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2015

Germany's EU commissioner has blamed his country's generous asylum system for the refugee crisis, describing it as a magnet and calling for it to be changed.

Günther Oettinger said the only way to reduce the numbers coming to the country was to remove the incentives under the current system.

"The German asylum law acts like a magnet for refugees," the commissioner for digital economy and society, told Handelsblatt newspaper.

"An amendment to the constitution would be necessary to change the asylum law," he said. ...

"We need stronger border protection in Europe," he said. "We need 5,000 border guards, not 500."
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Minister calls for EU limit on refugee numbers as over 950,000 arrive in Germany
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2015

The German interior minister has called for the European Union to set a limit on how many refugees will be allowed into the bloc as his country struggles to cope with the influx.

Thomas de Maiziere's demand for EU action comes just one day after Angela Merkel refused to set a limit on how many asylum seekers will Germany will take in a defiant speech to MPs.

Newly released figures show that more than 950,000 asylum seekers have entered Germany so far this year.

The number is far higher than the government's official estimate of 800,000 for the year. Arriving asylum seekers are now expected to outnumber new births in Germany this year.

Mr de Maiziere called for Europe to "commit itself to a final generous intake of refugees, one that is appropriate to the suffering of refugees".

Outlining his proposal in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, he said the "truly needy, those from Syria and Iraq" would be prioritised.

"The quota would be final. When it was filled, there would be no more admissions that year," he said.

The interior minister's intervention will be seen as a fresh challenge to Mrs Merkel over refugee policy.

He was responding to a question about the German chancellor's call for EU quotas to share asylum seekers between member states.

But he is the first to link the idea to a Europe-wide overall limit on refugee numbers.

Mrs Merkel has refused demands from Mr de Maiziere and others to impose a national limit in Germany.
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The Latest: German Official Says Some Migrants IS Radicals
ABC News / Associated Press, 26 November 2015

A senior German police official says some of the migrants reaching Europe are Islamic State radicals planning terrorist attacks, but the refugee influx is not systemically used by extremists to bring members into the EU.

The Austria Press Agency cited German federal police chief Hans-Georg Maasen as saying that some who blend in with the migrants fought with IS and are planning a "combat mission" once they arrive in Europe. He said Thursday that his office knows of 7,900 Islamic radicals in Germany who advocate violence to advance their goals, with some trying to win migrants to their cause.

He said German authorities receive one or two "fairly concrete tips" a week of planned terrorist activity. And he described IS extremists as "combat-hardened professionals" more dangerous than those from al-Qaida.
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10,000 migrants enter Croatia on Sunday
dalje, 26 November 2015

About 10,000 refugees and migrants have entered Croatia in the last 24 hours, including about 3,000 who arrived between midnight and 9am on Monday, Vukovar-Srijem County police spokesman Domagoj Dzigumovic told a press conference.

A total of 256,299 refugees and migrants have entered Croatia since mid- September.
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Switzerland overwhelmingly votes for burqa ban with £6,500 fine for Muslim women who rebel
Oli Smith
Daily Express, 26 November 2015

Women wearing a burqa in Switzerland will now be fined a whopping £6,500 after an overwhelming number voted to bring in ban.

Muslim women can no longer wear the full-body garment in shops, restaurants or public buildings and anyone caught flouting the ban could be struck with a £6,500 fine.

The local government of Ticino approved the referendum after the Swiss Parliament ruled that the ban did not violate the country's federal law.

Two in three voters in the canton backed the move in an overwhelming result for a referendum, in the wake of heightened terrorist alerts across Europe.

The law which MPs voted for only applies to veils which covers the body from head to foot worn by the 40,000 Muslim women in Switzerland and also applies to all tourists visiting the area.

Other face coverings such as masks, balaclavas or crash helmets are still permitted. ...

Amnesty International termed it a "black day for human rights in Ticino."

The Ticino law was inspired by a similar French ban, which was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in 2014. ...

In 2009, Swiss voters backed a ban on constructing new minarets and the ruling Swiss People's Party has made immigration a key focus of their Government.
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Population density compromises quality of life
Mark Burges Watson
Financial Times, 26 November 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, I am not sure why the highly nuanced Brexit debate does not focus on the more prosaic trade-off between population growth and economic growth. A number of reports place the cumulative impact of Brexit in the locus of -2 per cent to +2 per cent of UK gross domestic product by 2030, depending on the UK institutional response and global circumstances. Contrast this with peak year population growth of 0.9 per cent in the past five years, and an average 0.6 per cent growth since the mid-2000s (50 per cent of which is net migration) and it would appear that per capita economic risks are significantly lower than aggregate risks, based on consensus economic forecasts.

It is plain to me, having spent the past decade in Tokyo and Hong Kong, that "quality of life" is seriously compromised by high population density, regardless of per capita incomes, particularly the cost and quality of housing. Even five years ago the 2010 ONS data showed that only 13 per cent of English counties and unitary authorities had a population density below the European average (including Rutland and the Isles of Scilly). Cornwall, which is very rural by English standards, sits at about the EU average. Current net migration trends suggest a city the size of Birmingham needs to be built every three years.

Forgetting Brexit for a moment, the economic arguments for substantial immigration clearly favour big business and the well off, and allow tough decisions on education, training and investment to be kicked into the long grass. Nor do they take into account the impact of greater competition for finite resources, such as land, on standards of living. There is no financial accounting for environmental degradation. Nor are there any reliable data on the cost to industry of chronic congestion on the roads, or the effect of "remittances" on consumption and investment. Information on sensitive issues such as assimilation costs in the education system or future liabilities in the NHS is either unknown or suppressed.
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EU's Pro-'Diversity' Forum Cancelled Due to Security Situation Caused By Pro-'Diversity' Policies
Oliver Lane
Breitbart, 26 November 2015

A major European Union (EU) diversity conference has been cancelled at the last minute, after host-city Brussels' 'diverse' population were judged as a terror threat, rather than something that needed celebrating.

Home of the European Parliament and a number of associated European Commission and Council buildings, Brussels has also hosted since 2007 the "landmark" biennial European Culture Forum. ...

Conceived as a means for the European Union to promote "cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue", the events have brought together "stakeholders" from across the Union to discuss how "culture can be positioned" to further the goals of the EU. ...

Enacting policies to force diversity on member states, this celebration of diversity has fallen foul of the unintended, yet clearly foreseeable consequences as mass migration destabilises Belgium. ...

The capital city has been on the highest alert since the Paris massacre, which was revealed to have been launched from Belgium, a so-called "sleeper country" where radical Islamists can hide and plot without disturbance from the security services.
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Goodbye England's green and pleasant land - Immigration boom will DEVASTATE countryside
Rob Virtue
Daily Express, 25 November 2015

Green spaces paved over, roads snarled up by up an astonishing 10 MILLION more cars, and entire NEW TOWNS built to house the explosion of migrants - that's the future awaiting Britain, according to experts.

The UK's beloved countryside is facing devastation with almost unimaginable amounts of infrastructure needed to cope with a dramatic rise in the number of people calling Britain their home, researchers warn.

The Office of National Statistics said the UK will face an influx of 10 MILLION people by 2039, with around two-thirds of that figure coming from migration.

And those figures are the most optimistic - the Office of National Statistics admit that the recent ramping up of immigration to unprecedented levels could see Britain's population hit 80 MILLION in the next 25 years. This would see 20 MILLION more cars, which is almost 60% more than currently use the nation's roads.

As well as the huge number of vehicles hitting the roads even at the conservative prediction of 70 million residents Britain will need an astonishing 4,000 new schools and 26 more hospitals, just to keep pace.

This is on top of the nation's ongoing housing crisis, which will be alleviated by paving over the countryside, with new garden cities built up and down the UK.

Simon Ross of the pressure group Population Matters, said housing was potentially the biggest threat facing the next generation of Britons amid the population increase. ...

Mr Ross said: "Hospitals and schools are already a problem. Parents are finding it difficult for children to get into their chosen schools, while there are long waits at A&E and for doctor appointments.

"There will be lots more demand with 10 million people plus and the average age going up.

"Lots more schools and hospitals will need to be built but the problem is where is the space and will we be able to afford them?" ...

The Department for Transport admits its forecasts show there could be between six million and 10 million more cars on the road by 2040 than there are currently. ...

Population Matters also believes Britain will have to increase its agricultural industry due to a rising global population meaning other nations will want to keep food rather than exporting. ...

A lack of water is another major concern, especially in the south-east of England, which is already struggling with a rapidly increasing population.

Mr Ross said: "A possibility is getting pipes to bring the water in from Wales but the cost of this would be enormous."
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Sweden slams shut its open-door policy towards refugees
David Crouch
The Guardian, 25 November 2015

Sweden needs "respite" from the tens of thousands of refugees knocking at its door, the government has said, announcing tough measures to deter asylum seekers in a sharp reversal of its open-door policy towards people fleeing war and persecution.

The country's generous asylum regime would revert to the "EU minimum", Sweden's prime minister, Stefan Löfven, said on Tuesday, revealing that most refugees would receive only temporary residence permits from April.

Identity checks would be imposed on all modes of transport, and the right to bring families to Sweden would be severely restricted, he said.

"We are adapting Swedish legislation temporarily so that more people choose to seek asylum in other countries ... We need respite," Löfven said, criticising the EU for failing to agree to spread refugees more evenly around the bloc.

"It pains me that Sweden is no longer capable of receiving asylum seekers at the high level we do today. We simply cannot do any more."

The reversal in refugee policy, which follows the imposition of border controls two weeks ago, marks a policy choice the ruling red-green coalition would have considered unthinkable until asylum seekers began arriving this autumn at a rate of 10,000 a week. Official estimates suggest up to 190,000 could come to the country of 10 million people this year. ...

Sweden had been "a light in the darkness this autumn", said the Left party leader, Jonas Sjöstedt, "but today the light was extinguished". "Most refugees do not have identity documents, so now they cannot even get to the border and seek asylum," he added.

The reversal in asylum policy was a reluctant decision, "more about practicalities than a new world view", said Jonas Hinnfors, professor of politics at Gothenburg University. "The writing has been on the wall, the authorities cannot cope."
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French PM says Europe can't take in more refugees - Sueddeutsche Zeitung
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 25 November 2015

European countries are stretched to their limits in the refugee crisis and cannot take in any more new arrivals, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was quoted as saying in a German newspaper on Wednesday. ...

"We cannot accommodate any more refugees in Europe, that's not possible," Valls told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, adding that tighter control of Europe's external borders would determine the fate of the European Union.

"If we don't do that, the people will say: Enough of Europe," Valls warned. ...

Valls avoided criticising Merkel directly for having suspended European asylum rules to allow in Syrian refugees stranded in Hungary. "Germany has made an honourable choice there," he said.

But he signalled that Paris was taken by surprise by Merkel's decision: "It was not France that said: Come!"
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Isis: the British Women Supporters Unveiled, review: 'shocking tale of government-funded extremist meetings'
Harry Mount
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2015

The timing for Isis: the British Women Supporters Unveiled (Channel 4) was tragically spot on. For a year, right up until last month, a brave undercover reporter, named only as Aisha, had been infiltrating female Islamic extremists. ... ...

Hopefully the security services were watching. For all her bravery, Aisha pulled off the undercover filming in a very simple way. By tweeting messages sympathetic to the Isis cause and attending extremist demonstrations, she was invited to women's "secret study circles" in community meetings. Staggeringly, these community meetings are funded with government money. I do hope this programme puts an end to that.

The secret study Aisha witnessed was banal in its intellectual content, unspeakably nasty in its central message. The Islamic extremists turned out the usual hateful stuff. The good days have already begun, one of them said, thanks to the establishment of an Islamic state. For good measure, she threw in an attack on the "filthy Jews" for encouraging the killing of Muslim children. The impressionable, young women at the meeting lapped it all up. How easy it was to imagine them heading off to Syria.

What made it all the more horrifying was the humdrum setting. One extremist had a day job as a careers adviser.
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No one's checking: Shambolic immigration fooled by false address given by asylum seeker
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 24 November 2015

Britain's shambolic immigration system has been highlighted by a case where officials failed to spot that an asylum seeker had given a false address - and when the real homeowner tried to alert the Government, he hit a brick wall.

Tom Mulcahy repeatedly returned official letters addressed to a Bangladeshi woman saying she did not live there but they kept coming.

He finally opened one in a bid to halt the unwanted mail and discovered the woman had lied to immigration officials and used his address to claim the right to stay in the UK.

But when he tried to call a Home Office helpline to warn them of the deception no one would answer the phone.
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BBC Claims London ALWAYS Multi-Cultural: Based On An Incomplete Study Of Just FOUR People
Breitbart, 24 November 2015

Yesterday, BBC News told the nation that "a DNA study has confirmed" that London had always been the "diverse" and "cosmopolitan" city it is today. Except, the study hasn't even been conducted yet, and previous studies suggest the complete opposite, save for a small number of "diverse" Roman masters who did not stay in the country.

The BBC reported the Museum of London "plans" to analyse the DNA of 20,000 human remains stored in its archives. But the corporation has also said "these initial results come from four people" and conveniently "two had origins from outside Europe, another was from continental Europe and one was a native Briton." ...

All four are rare finds associated with the Roman invasion. The slave-owning Romans, of course, established London (Londinium), so it's hardly surprising a small number of individuals from other Roman provinces.


The Romans did not stay, however, in any significant numbers and nor did they intermarry with the native Britons who had resided on these isles since the end of the last ice age.

Earlier this year, in a massive and extensive study, archaeologists and geneticists from Oxford University found that there is very little Roman DNA in the British genetic make-up, and none from Africa.

In fact, the British population has remained so stable that genetically similar individuals inhabit the same areas today as they did following the Anglo-Saxon invasion, shortly after the Romans departed these shores.
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Paris attacks 'exploited' by immigration critics, claims Juncker
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2015

Opponent[s] of immigration are "exploiting" the Paris terrorist atrocity, Jean-Claude Juncker claimed today, amid mounting evidence that the refugee crisis is being used by Isis to traffic terrorists into Europe.

Days after France announced an indefinite reintroduction of border controls, the president of the European Commission vowed to "fight" to keep the Schengen zone alive and lashed out at "cynics" who had linked the migration crisis to the Paris attacks.

At least two of the Paris suicide bombers, as well as the plots' mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, are believed to have taken the migrant trail from Syria via Greece to Belgium and Paris. Intelligence officials fear "dozens if not hundreds" have slipped through, it was claimed yesterday.

However, writing in a Maltese newspaper, Mr Juncker said he did not accept any connection between the refugee crisis and the risk of terrorism.

"I cannot bear and will not accept an amalgamation of the topics of refugees and terrorism in the wake of the atrocious attacks in Paris. The cynics who exploit the suffering of Paris have not understood that those who perpetrated the attacks are precisely those whom the refugees are trying to flee."

"We will only save Schengen by applying Schengen. I will fight for this. I could not bear that my generation be the one to put up walls again in Europe – we have only just taken them down," Mr Juncker added.

Member states backed France's demand on Friday for every person entering Europe, including irregular migrants and EU-passport holders, to be subject to a full background check on the Schengen counter-terrorism database. The plan had been resisted by the European Commission, which is now tasked with revising the bloc's border code.

The Sunday Telegraph revealed yesterday how the European Commission had appeared to ignore warnings from Frontex, the EU borders agency, that the crisis which has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants cross into Europe was ripe for exploitation by Isil. ...

In a rare admission, Mr Juncker said that measures to crackdown on illegal people smuggling and speed up the registration of migrants should have happened "years ago".
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Two of three Norwegians don't want more refugees
The Local [Norway], 23 November 2015

Norway's recent decision to tighten asylum policies in order to bring down the number of refugees seems to be in tune with popular sentiment, a new poll shows.

In a matter of just five months, Norwegians appear to have largely reversed their outlook on accepting refugees. In a poll conducted by Ipsos MMI and published on Saturday, 42 percent of respondents said that Norway should accept fewer refugees, 25 percent said the numbers shouldn't raise from the current level and 28 percent thought the Nordic country should take in more refugees.

A similar poll carried out in June showed nearly the opposite, with 42 percent advocating for more refugees and 31 percent saying there should be fewer let in to Norway.
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EU border agency warned of migrant terror threat 18 months ago - but nothing was done
Peter Foster and Matthew Holehouse
Sunday Telegraph, 22 November 2015

Frontex, the European border agency, warned more than 18 months ago that radicalised European jihadis could exploit the migrant crisis in order to return to Europe and commit terrorism, but systematic checks on migrants only began last Friday, The Telegraph can reveal.

The failure of Europe's border bureaucracy to respond to the terror threat emerged as security sources told The Telegraph that it will still be "months, even years" before Europe's borders are fully capable of screening arrivals.

Frontex's own risk assessment for April 2014 said that the numbers of foreign fighters travelling to Syria and Iraq for jihad had "risen threefold", with some would-be fighters as young 15 years old.

The report noted that EU representatives were "increasingly discussing ways" to monitor and prevent young people moving to Syria, while clearly acknowledging that the fighters could return to Europe "ideologically and militarily trained, thus posing a terrorist threat to societies." ...

In a sign of the glacial rate of progress, the same warnings on the potential security risk posed by migrant were repeated almost word-for-word in the 2015 version of the Frontex report.

As recently as September Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of Frontex, admitted to a House of Lords committee that Frontex had "no access to intelligence" since it was an EU agency.

Mr Leggeri said that Frontex could find "no evidence" that potential terrorists had used migrant routes to cross back into the EU, but was forced to admit that this was probably because it was not connected with anti-terror databases. ...

The scale of challenge was revealed in the official communique from the EU Home Ministers meeting, that admitted that many EU border posts still required "electronic connection" to relevant Interpol databases.
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Afghans Seeking Asylum Buy Fake Taliban Threat Letters
Humayoon Babur and Lynne O'Donnell
ABC News, 22 November 2015

Threatening letters from the Taliban, once tantamount to a death sentence, are now being forged and sold to Afghans who want to start a new life in Europe.

The handwritten notes on the stationery of the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were traditionally sent to those alleged to have worked with Afghan security forces or U.S.-led troops, listing their "crimes" and warning that a "military commission" would decide on their punishment. ...

But nowadays the Taliban say they have mostly ceased the practice, while those selling forged threat letters are doing a brisk business as tens of thousands of Afghans flee to Europe, hoping to claim asylum. ...

"Of the threat letters now being presented to European authorities by Afghans, I'd say only one percent are real and 99 percent are phony," said Mukhamil, 35, who has forged and sold 20 such letters. Like many Afghans, he has only one name. ...

There is no shortage of customers. With unemployment at 24 percent and the insurgency raging across much of the country, the government expects that 160,000 Afghans will have left by the end of the year, four times the number of departures in 2013. ...

An official at Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, also dismissed the letters, saying it was clear many people were buying them to strengthen their case for asylum.
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How easy is it to obtain a Syrian passport on Facebook?
Al Jazeera, 22 November 2015

When a man who blew himself up as part of the attacks in Paris last week was found to be in possession of a fake Syrian passport, it highlighted just how easy it was to come by such a thing.

To get a fake Syrian passport appears not very difficult at all in the Turkish city of Istanbul, for example - a place that many Syrian and Iraqi refugees call home.

Facebook, Twitter and other forums are full of posts and ads offering refugees of any nationality counterfeit Syrian passports, birth certificates, international driving licences - and even college degrees.
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Paris is tragic proof that Enoch Powell was right about threats to our country
Simon Heffer
Sunday Telegraph, 22 November 2015

... Mr Cameron ... He is but the latest prime minister to have paid lip-service to the warped ideal of multiculturalism, and all that entails. In case one is unsure what it does entail, let us run through the card. It is an idea that the cultures and values of new, minority communities are the equivalent of the majority ones.

It means the majority culture may not expect those from minority cultures to abide by majority ways. It carries with it an expectation to tolerate attitudes that the majority reject, such as towards women and those professing other faiths. And it abjures interference in those minority cultures, for fears of accusations of racism. That last fetish has paralysed sensible response to multiculturalism for decades, and continues to stop any senior politician giving the right lead today. ...

Today, too many are either on the margins or not communicating members of our society at all. Letting this happen, to coin a phrase, is "like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre".

That phrase was Enoch Powell's, whose so-called "Rivers of Blood" speech in April 1968 warned us of the dangers of "communalism", and specifically of those caused by mass immigration. He feared that the concentration of immigrants and their descendants in large communities killed the prospects of integration. Powell was reviled for his remarks, though mainly for those in which he quoted constituents. He was not a man to think, let alone utter, bigoted thoughts himself.

The toxic situation created by the response to his speech – a mixture of Leftist grandstanding and self-righteous smugness by many Tories who thought it politic to denounce him – provided an excuse to politicians for years afterwards not to question the imposition of multiculturalism on Britain.

I recall one former cabinet minister – a Tory – whose cowardice was typical of dozens like him, saying to me 20 years ago that although he and his colleagues knew mass immigration was causing problems, "Enoch" had made it impossible to discuss them.

That is one of the great lies of recent politics. It was not Powell who made this discussion impossible: it was the fear of generations of politicians since him to state the bleeding obvious, that there was a group within Britain's community of predominantly decent, law-abiding and highly civilised Muslims who were determined to impose a primitivism and savagery first on their co-religionists and then, if they could, on the rest of society.

To refuse to tolerate that was not racism, it was common sense and an appeal for reason and decency; to use what Powell had said as an excuse for doing nothing was simply the expression of a desire for a quiet life. ...

... Powell ... I discussed these matters with him for years. He knew what was coming. His fault was that he sought to explain it in a way that required close attention and sophistication to understand.

The stupid, and the ruthlessly manipulative and opportunist, simply dismissed him as a bigot, and too many of the rest of our people stood in fear of their censure. Mr Cameron even had a parliamentary candidate sacked for expressing sympathy with Powell, which was ludicrous.

If you seek the monument of Powell's critics, look about you.
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Schengen at risk as France imposes indefinite border controls
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 21 November 2015

The future of Europe's Schengen free travel zone was cast into doubt again on Friday after France declared that it would impose border controls indefinitely in the wake of the Paris massacre.

Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said France would keep the emergency measures "for as long as the terror threat requires us to do so".

Since last Friday's attacks, checkpoints have been established on major routes between France and Belgium with drivers and passengers subject to passport checks. Passengers have been searched on some cross-border trains, with armed guards patrolling the carriages.

While complying with the letter of the Schengen code which allows emergency border controls, the move is another blow for the free travel zone after Germany, Austria, Denmark and other states resurrected long-abandoned border controls in a bid to control the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants this summer.

It came as the European Commission bowed to French fury and agreed to rewrite the Schengen code to ensure the systematic security screening of every EU traveller before they can enter the continent – a further erosion of the principle of free movement but something Mr Cazeneuve said was "crucial" to defend against terrorism. ...

Under plans agreed at a meeting of interior ministers, by the end of the year every EU passport holder will be scanned against the Schengen Information System, a computer database used by Britain and other EU states that contains alerts for wanted criminals, terrorists and stolen passports.

At present, EU passport holders are subject to only a cursory visual inspection of a passport, with on average just one in 10 subject to a security check.

All migrants flooding into Europe will be subject to a full SIS and criminal records check, and extra border guards will be deployed to screen them. At present, they are only logged on an asylum database that has no security function. ...

Leaders also agreed to the introduction of Passenger Name Records, a database listing flights taken into and throughout Europe.
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There's a booming black market for fake Syrian passports
Elahe Izadi
Washington Post, 21 November 2015

The terrorist who blew himself up outside the Stade de France had fingerprints matching that of a man who arrived on European shores Oct. 3 alongside desperate migrants who had crossed over from Turkey, according to French and Greek officials.

But the Syrian passport found near his body, which quickly sparked a political debate in Europe and the United States? It was a fake.

Fraudulent Syrian passports are nothing new on the migratory route from Turkey through Europe. Indeed, German officials this year estimated that nearly a third of asylum seekers falsely claimed they were Syrian.

That's because a Syrian passport has become a valuable item, as European nations have pledged to grant asylum to refugees from the Middle Eastern nation. ...

The head of European border agency Frontex Fabrice Leggeri said such individuals have come to view Syrian passports as a ticket to the European Union. ...

The Frontex head, Leggeri, said in September that there hadn't been any evidence yet that potential terrorists were using fraudulent Syrian passports to enter Europe.

But the fear of militants using fake documents to enter Europe has become among the most pressing concerns of the refugee crisis.

"It is obvious now," Bernard Squarcini, the former chief of French intelligence, told The Post's Anthony Faiola this week. "Amongst the migrants, there are some terrorists."
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In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future
Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Washington Post, 21 November 2015

Earlier this month, the blue-collar city that has been home to Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendents for more than a century became what demographers think is the first jurisdiction in the nation to elect a

majority-Muslim council.

It's the second tipping for Hamtramck (pronounced Ham-tram-ik), which in 2013 earned the distinction of becoming what appears to be the first majority-Muslim city in the United States following the arrival of thousands of immigrants from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia over a decade. ...

... Business owners within 500 feet of one of Hamtramck's four mosques can't obtain a liquor license, she complained, ...

... she understands why some longtime residents are struggling to adjust to the sound that echos through the city's streets five times each day.

"There's definitely a strong feeling that Muslims are the other," she said. "It's about culture, what kind of place Hamtramck will become. There's definitely a fear, and to some degree, I share it." ...

... Most of the women strolling Joseph Campau Avenue wear hijabs, or headscarves, and niqabs, veils that leave only the area around the eyes open. Many of the markets advertise their wares in Arabic or Bengali, ...

Many longtime residents point to 2004 as the year they suspected that the town's culture had shifted irrevocably. It was then that the city council gave permission to al-Islah Islamic Center to broadcast its call to prayer from speakers atop its roof. ...

But Hamtramck's Muslim population is hardly a monolith – the city is about 23 percent Arabic, 19 percent Bangladeshi and 7 percent Bosnian.
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Terrorist ringleader got into EU as 'refugee'
Matthew Holehouse and Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2015

The mastermind of the Paris attacks was able to slip into Europe among Syrian migrants, it emerged last night, as police on the continent admitted they are unable to monitor thousands of suspected jihadists.

EU interior ministers will today move to tighten the continent's borders to ensure that every single migrant is checked against a terror watchlist, after French authorities revealed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was able to return from Syria via the migrant route of Greece.

At a summit in Brussels, they are also expected to bow to French demands to screen every single EU passport holder entering the continent for the first time to catch fighters returning from the Middle East.

Europol, the organisation that polices Europe's external border, yesterday admitted that only 2,000 of the estimated 5,000 extremists who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad have been logged on an EU-wide intelligence sharing database used by Britain to disrupt plots.

It means Britain has no way of checking the background of 3,000 suspected terrorists, even if their own country has identified them as a threat.

One French official said the EU's borders were "like a sieve". ...

It has emerged that Abaaoud, and at least two of the Paris terrorists took the migrant route via Greece, intensifying fears that terrorists are able easily to exploit the refugee crisis to get to Europe.

Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, said French intelligence was unaware Abaaoud was in the country until after the massacre, and said other states had provided no intelligence on his whereabouts. He demanded Europe "pull itself together".

A senior member of the DGSE, France's equivalent of MI6, said: "It has to be said: Schengen is a sieve. A guy with a CV and history like this, wherever he turned up in Schengen, he should have sparked a red flag," the agent told AFP. ...

Up to six of the eight Paris attackers fought in Syria, and Abaaoud had boasted to an Isil magazine of how police failed to catch him as he moved several times between Belgium and Syria, with border guards failing to recognise his face as a wanted man. ...

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol and a former intelligence officer in MI5, yesterday admitted weaknesses in the Focal Point Travellers system, the EU-wide database for sharing details of known jihadists between intelligence agencies in order to disrupt plots. ...

Mr Wainwright disclosed that the security agencies are "urgently scrutinising" links between migrant smuggling gangs and the Paris terrorist cell.

"We all have seen in the media the reports of possible connections with, for example, a stolen Syrian passport. What this indicates, perhaps, is connection with the migration crisis, or illegal rings of people smugglers. It is too early for us to confirm this link exists, but Europol is prioritising its focus on trying to determine that at this moment."
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At least two Paris attackers 'took migrant route into Europe'
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2015

At least two of the Paris attackers took the migrant route into Europe, according to French reports, intensifying fears that terrorists are passing themselves off as would-be refugees. ...

French interior minister sources told EU counterparts directly after the attacks that left 129 dead that there was a "strong probability" that "certain terrorists have returned (to Europe) from Syria by passing themselves off as migrants", the paper reports.
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The real refugee problem? Bigotry
Douglas Murray
Jewish Chronicle, 20 November 2015

When the European migration crisis reached its latest peak earlier this year, a Jewish friend said to me: "This will come round to hurt the Jews - you'll see." ... ...

How, then, could a migration of millions of Muslim men (in the main) from not only the Middle East but sub-Saharan Africa, have any negative effect on Jews? The first aspect is obvious: among those populations there will be many who bring the hatreds and suspicions of Jews that are inculcated in their homelands and faith. ...

Yet another theme has bubbled up which it genuinely shocks me to discover. For many Jewish groups and Jewish leaders have been taking a conspicuous lead in welcoming refugees. ...

During an episode of Question Time last month, the historian Simon Schama made a somewhat haughty and personal attack on my Spectator colleague Rod Liddle. Specifically, he chided Rod (who was urging wariness of letting into the country anybody who wants to come here) for allegedly turning his "suburban face" away from the troubles of the world. This was a little rich, and I said in print that it is all very well for Professor Schama to swan into Britain and tell us to take millions of migrants because he can always head back to his well-off (and distinctly white) neighbourhood in the US. ...

And another theme started to come up which I never thought I'd hear in my lifetime: "Ah - the rootless, cosmopolitan Jew." Searching online I find that this is indeed becoming a theme. A video watched hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube excerpts an interview with a Jewish academic in Sweden who explains that Europe "has not yet learned how to be multicultural."

She goes on: "Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies that they he last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It's a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode, and Jews will be resented because of our leading role."

This remains a minority opinion for now. But here comes the bigger problem. Only seven per cent of Britons surveyed in a recent poll said they wanted immigration into Britain to increase. It is impossible to say what direction Europe is going to go in the near future, and we are all going to have to be on our guard and spend time countering bigotries and hatreds that could spill out in any direction. But the open-heartedness of so many Jews must also be countered by more vocal and visible even-headedness. In particular, this constitutes a careful warning that it could yet be a problem for European Jews if their leaders and visible figures get ahead of (and are seen to be the progenitors of) a mass movement of peoples that looks likely in the near future to go unimaginably sour, thus bearing out my pessimistic Jewish friend's worst fears.
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Majority of Americans Feel Like 'Stranger in Own Country'
Mike Flynn
Breitbart, 20 November 2015

Trump's continued dominance of national and state-level polling has vexed the GOP establishment and pushed it to near-panic as voting nears.

A recent survey of public attitudes by Reuters/Ispos, though, suggests caution for the GOP establishment.

Whatever failings there may be in his specific policies, Donald Trump's campaign has tapped into a strong, visceral feeling of millions of Americans. Seeking to destroy Trump, the candidate, may further alienate the Republican party from a rapidly growing block of voters.

According to the Reuters survey, 58 percent Americans say they "don't identify with what America has become." While Republicans and Independents are the most likely to agree with this statement, even 45 percent of Democrats share this feeling.

More than half of Americans, 53 percent, say they "feel like a stranger" in their own country. A minority of Americans feel "comfortable as myself" in the country.
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Another day, and another terror attack that is 'nothing to do with Islam'
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 20 November 2015

Another day and another group of men from an unknown religion storm into a hotel shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. This time in Mali. Once again they take hostages. And once again they free only those who can recite the Quran.

Of course our Home Secretary Theresa May along with the President and Secretary of State in the U.S. will all say this has 'Nothing to do with Islam.' Or as Secretary Kerry said a couple of days back after the massacre in Paris. 'It has nothing to do with Islam; it has everything to do with criminality, with terror, with abuse, with psychopathism – I mean you name it'. Indeed, so long as you don't name it 'Islam'.
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Norway tightens asylum rules as anti-migrant sentiment strengthens
Yahoo! News / Reuters, 20 November 2015

Emergency laws tightening Norway's asylum rules came into force on Friday as the government tries to stem a sharp rise in the number of people arriving that has led support among voters for an anti-immigration party to surge.

The Nordic country of 5.2 million people, which is a member of the passport-free Schengen area but not of the European Union, expects to receive up to 35,000 asylum applications this year. That figure has been revised upwards several times since August as Europe grapples with its biggest migrant crisis since World War Two.
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Refugee crisis: Poll shows support has slumped for Syrians in UK in wake of Paris attacks
Victoria Richards
The Independent, 19 November 2015

A poll has shown a slump in public support for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Britain in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. ...

British people were first quizzed on how they felt about allowing migrants to settle in the country in September, following news of the death of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old boy who drowned and was found face-down on a beach in Turkey.

Just 27 per cent of people at the time believed Britain should be accepting 'fewer or no refugees', according to the YouGov survey.

But a more recent poll conducted by The Times suggests that figure has risen by 22 points - and now 49 per cent hold those views.

The previous poll also showed 36 per cent of people thought Britain should accept more refugees.

But the more recent poll shows support has fallen to just 20 per cent. ...

David Cameron has vowed to resettle 20,000 Syrians by 2020.

The pledge came after the publication of pictures of the drowned toddler and a campaign by The Independent, which urged the Prime Minister to "no longer turn a blind eye to the refugees' plight".
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Most Americans don't want U.S. to accept any Syrian refugees: poll
David Sherfinski
Washington Times, 19 November 2015

Most Americans say the United States should not accept any Syrian refugees into the country in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, siding with many Republican lawmakers and against the White House on the issue, according to a new poll.

Fifty-three percent said the U.S. shouldn't accept the refugees according to the Bloomberg Politics poll, as lawmakers grapple with how to approach the issue.

Twenty-eight percent said the U.S. should proceed with the administration's plans to resettle 10,000 refugees without religious screening, and 11 percent said the country should resettle only Christian refugees from Syria, as suggested by Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is also running for president.

The survey was conducted in the wake of the terrorist attacks last week in Paris.
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These Numbers Explain the Sudden Republican Antipathy to Muslim Refugees
Joshua Green
Bloomberg, 19 November 2015

On Tuesday morning /.../ the Brookings Institution held an event to unveil the findings of this year's American Values Survey. Titled "Anxiety, Nostalgia and Mistrust," the report goes a long way toward explaining the intensity of the anti-Muslim sentiment that has gripped Republican politicians (and a couple Democrats) in the wake of Friday's terrorist attack in Paris.

The survey itself was taken before the attacks, so it likely doesn't capture the full spectrum of fear and mistrust among U.S. demographic groups that exists toward Muslims today. ...

The survey, by the Public Religion Research Institute, measures the feelings of different religious groups toward Islam. By far the most negative response came from white evangelical Protestants, 73 percent of whom agreed with the statement, "The values of Islam are at odds with American values and way of life."
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France's civil war – and the struggle facing Europe
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 21 November 2015

In the wake of the massacre in Paris, President François Hollande said that France was 'at war' – and that it must be fought both inside his country and outside in the Middle East. As the French air force began dropping bombs on Raqqa in Syria, another operation was under way in towns and cities across France: 168 raids in two days. A battle on two fronts has begun.

Chartres cathedral is one of the great monuments of western civilisation, but Chartres was also home to one of the Bataclan theatre suicide bombers. A man from the same area died last summer in Syria, fighting for Isis. In Lyon, the raids turned up a rocket launcher. ...

That the French police know where to look is heartening. That there are so many places to look is not. Long before this week's slaughter, the French have known that large parts of France are effectively not French.

Ten years ago, when the banlieues lit up and more than 9,000 cars were burnt, the world paid some attention. But it soon sank back into denial. Statesman talk of the danger of 'ungoverned spaces' in the Middle East and Africa. But the ungoverned spaces in France and in other parts of Europe were largely ignored.

Earlier this year an American counter-terrorism expert appeared on Fox News and claimed that major cities in European countries, including Britain and France, had 'no-go' zones where non-Muslims and the police simply did not go. He was widely ridiculed and even disparaged by the Prime Minister himself. The Socialist party's mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, went further and said she would sue Steven Emerson and Fox News for harming the 'image' of her city. Coming, as this did, only days after the Kouachi brothers gunned down 12 people in Charlie Hebdo's offices and another gunman slaughtered four Jews in a kosher food market, one might have thought that Paris had other 'image' problems going on. But the backlash was striking. Mainly because it looked like what psychiatrists call displacement activity.

Perhaps the murder of cartoonists and Jews just wasn't enough, and it was always going to take the simultaneous mass murder of concert-goers, football fans and people eating in restaurants to help the world wake up. In any case, it's now undeniable that there are no-go zones both in France and Europe.
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The 12 people and ideas that ruined Molenbeek
Ryan Heath, 19 November 2015

One metro stop away from the center of Brussels and several minutes from the headquarters of the European Union, Molenbeek ...

Now it's known as "Europe's Terror Capital" – shorthand for the policy and police failures that enabled a string of terrorist attacks, including Friday's killing spree in Paris.

Here are the people and ideas that got the district to this point: ...

Philippe Moureaux

He was the mayor of Molenbeek for 18 years until October 2012, the period during which radicals took root. But he claims "I have nothing to do with it." Few with knowledge of the district agree. As a newly elected mayor in 1993, Moureaux said: "We are totally incapable of integrating a new wave of immigration." Critics say he changed his tune when he realized how many votes he could court from immigrants, and subsequently became a staunch supporter of voting rights and citizenship for new arrivals. The backflip was so pronounced that Molenbeek recorded the greatest population increase in Belgium – 30 percent over 15 years of Moureaux's mayoralty. "For twenty years, a kind of omerta reigned," a senator from the opposing MR party, Alain Destexhe, wrote in La Libre Belgique this week. The result: the district turned into an "retreat base for jihadists," in the words of Georges Dallemagne, a center-right lawmaker in the Belgian parliament. ...

Belgian-government sponsored Salafist preachers

The Belgian government came to have a close relationship with Saudi salafists via a freak department store fire in 1967 that killed 323 people while the Saudi king was visiting Belgium. His offer of financial assistance to the victims and their families was repaid with the gift of a building opposite today's EU diplomatic service that became Belgium's first mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) in 1969. The Belgian state formalized its relationship with the ICC, long regarded as the official voice of Muslims in Belgium, and encouraged the arrival of both more Muslim migrant workers and clerics. In contrast to most countries, Belgium's preachers are mostly born or trained outside the country. The ICC encouraged clerics from the 1980s onwards to shift to fundamentalist Salafist teachings, including the placement of over 600 salafist teachers into schools. Pointing at Molenbeek, the MP Georges Dallemagne said: "The very strong influence of Salafists ... is one of the particularities that puts Belgium at the center of terrorism in Europe today." ...

Jan Jambon

The Belgian interior minister bluntly admitted ahead of the attacks that Molenbeek was full of problems. And then on Saturday, he said: "We don't have control of the situation in Molenbeek." ...

The Schengen Zone

The EU's ease of travel is a major facilitator of the 82,154 illegal weapons court cases brought before courts in Belgium between 2009 and 2013. That's around one case for every 100 adults in Belgium. According to the Flemish Peace Institute, which studies radicalism, "An important source for illegal firearms in Europe is cross-border smuggling. European integration, creating the Schengen area, has facilitated these smuggling practices: as soon as a firearm enters the EU it can easily circulate."
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Brits want to end EU migrants' rights to come the UK, says poll
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 November 2015

More than three-quarters of voters want EU migrants' automatic right to come to Britain scrapped, an opinion poll showed last night.

Research showed that 76 per cent of people quizzed would like an Australian-style points system at our borders, restricting entry to highly-skilled workers. More than half of voters also want annual net migration from the EU limited to a maximum of 10,000.

The Survation poll of 5,000 people, for campaign group Leave.EU, is another blow to David Cameron's hopes of negotiating a deal from Brussels that will be endorsed by his in-out EU referendum. It confirms his attempt to curb numbers by restricting access to benefits falls far short of the tighter border controls the public wants. ...

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday admitted that the Government had shied away from pressing for curbs on EU free movement.

He told the Commons EU Scrutiny Committee: "We've accepted that the freedom of movement is a core principle of the EU and we will not be able to negotiate change."
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POLL: UK Public Wants Immigration BELOW 50,000 A Year, Fewer Than 10 Per Cent Of Current Numbers
Raheem Kassam
Breitbart, 18 November 2015

The British public wants immigration slashed to below 50,000 entrants per year according to a new poll by Survation. The data reveals that a whopping 76 per cent of people believe that Britain's immigration figures should be below 50,000 a year compared with the current status – more than 600,000 people a year.

Asked if the UK should limit the number of people coming to the UK from the European Union by introducing an Australian points based immigration system, 76 per cent agreed – the same number as want to reduce migration to below 50,000. Just 15 per cent of people said they would continue with Britain's open borders to Europe.

And of those who wanted migration heavily reduced, 10 per cent of those polled said they want no immigration to the UK whatsoever, with 41 per cent of people backing a "fewer than 10,000 a year" approach, and a further 25 per cent said they wanted the number between 10,000 and 50,000.

The news will come as a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron who has failed to include a restriction to the number of people coming to Britain in his European Union membership 'renegotiation' plan.
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The Syrian passports to terror: EIGHT migrants have got into Europe with same papers as those found on stadium suicide bomber
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 18 November 2015

The full scale of the trade in false passports that allows terrorists to slip into Europe was exposed last night.

It lets Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder pose as refugees fleeing war and persecution.

Eight migrants have reached Europe using documents almost identical to those carried by one of the Paris suicide bombers.

He claimed asylum on the Greek island of Leros last month with a fake Syrian passport in the name of 25-year-old Ahmad Almohammad.

In a shocking indictment of the EU's porous borders, yesterday Serbian police revealed they had arrested a man carrying a Syrian passport which was almost a carbon copy of the one found on the IS bomber's corpse on Friday.

It had the same name, date of birth and place of birth. The only difference was the photograph. Serbian officials said as many as six other men this year had entered the EU with virtually identical passports.

The discovery has heightened fears that all the documents are fakes made by the same forger in the Middle East to dupe authorities into believing the holders are asylum seekers. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of campaign group Migrationwatch, said: 'This underlines the extent to which the southern borders of the EU is now wide open to fraud. It will take a huge operation to recover any controls worth the name. Meanwhile, the security risks of people carrying bogus passports around Europe speaks for itself.' ...

In another indication of the lack of passport controls, the EU border agency Frontex revealed it does not have the equipment to assess the authenticity of identification documents of every migrant landing in Greece.
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How easy is it to buy a fake Syrian passport?
Fazel Hawramy, Phoebe Greenwood, Milan Dinic and Patrick Kingsley
The Guardian, 18 November 2015

Forgers in the Middle East are offering fake Syrian passports for as little as $250, days after it emerged that one of the Paris bombers may have entered Europe using false Syrian paperwork. ...

As the United Nations warned on Tuesday against scapegoating refugees for Friday's attacks in Paris, a backlash nevertheless gained momentum with the news that up to eight people allegedly entered Europe using similar passport details as one of the Paris bombers. The EU border agency revealed that it does not have the equipment to assess the authenticity of people's identification documents in all of the Greek islands.

A Guardian journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan was offered fake Syrian passports by two separate smuggling rings, less than a week after French authorities alleged that a terrorist used a similar forgery to enter the Greek island of Leros, before taking part in an attack on the Stade de France in Paris.
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Paris attacks: The eight terror suspects named so far all have EU passports
Victoria Richards
The Independent, 18 November 2015

A passport found near the remains of a suicide bomber at the Stade de France purporting to belong to a Syrian refugee named Ahmed Almuhamed, 25, gave rise to 'scare' headlines such as 'Paris attacks terrorist suspect rescued near Greece after his refugee boat sunk' and 'Jihadis sneaked into Europe as fake Syrian refugees'.

According to the Greek government, the passport was used by someone who landed in the Greek islands in early October, before being used again to cross the southern border into Serbia.

But there were claims that the document was stolen or a fake, made in Turkey, and French investigators said it may even have been 'planted' at the scene of the bombings at the Stade de France as part of a sophisticated propaganda plan by Isis to infiltrate and exploit the refugee crisis. ...

So what is the truth behind the identities of the known terror suspects?

The information may throw a more cautionary light on our reactions to refugees - for contrary to rumour, none of the named suspects recently arrived in Europe from Syria or elsewhere, and most had been born - or grew up - in France and Belgium. ...

All of them are EU passport holders, and while some were born in Morocco, others were born and raised in France and Belgium before being radicalised.
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Paris attacks: Marine Le Pen is no longer a political pariah
Cathy Newman
Daily Telegraph, 18 November 2015

There was a time when Marine Le Pen was an outcast, a political pariah, sounding off against mass-immigration, and embracing views which were at best extreme, at worst downright racist. No longer. In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Front National leader suddenly finds her once lonely voice perfectly in tune with a cacophony of intolerance – and it's frightening. ...

The Ukip leader Nigel Farage has wasted no time at all in trying to score political capital out of Friday's atrocities, accusing some British Muslims of "tremendous conflict and a split of loyalties". The European Union was, he claimed, "seriously imperilling our security". It seems perverse to lay responsibility at the door of the EU - rather than the barbarous gun-toting terrorists.

But both Mr Farage and Ms Le Pen have been able to say "I told you so" after warning weeks ago that the crowds of refugees might include the odd jihadist. "I have tried again and again and again over the course of the last few months to argue that we must not let our compassion imperil our civilisation," Mr Farage complained. ...

It's not only the demagogues on the fringes spouting this kind of rubbish. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban stoked public fears about terrorism by suggesting there may be no limit to the number of terrorists posing as refugees. "No one can say how many terrorists have arrived already, how many are coming day by day," he opined.

And Poland too has said it will no longer sign up to an EU plan to redistribute refugees across Europe in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. ...

Of course, even more liberal politicians admit they need to reflect on the shortcomings of border controls, and take a long hard look at whether freedom of movement needs to be modified in some way to keep the public safe. Francois Hollande himself re-imposed border controls in the aftermath of the attacks to prevent the terrorists and their acolytes escaping. ...

But while there is much talk of a "war" against Islamic State – talk which has left many feeling uneasy – there's a battle too against the intolerance now sweeping the globe. And that will be just as difficult to win.
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Paris attacks: President Francois Hollande welcomes 30,000 refugees in the next two years
Serina Sandhu
The Independent, 18 November 2015

President Francois Hollande has said France will welcome 30,000 refugees in the next two years.

His renewal of the pledge originally made in September comes just days after militant group Isis said it was responsible for the Paris terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 129 people and injured hundreds.

During his speech to a gathering of France's mayors in Paris, President Hollande acknowledged that the "tragic events" had "sown doubts" in some people's minds. But he called it a "humanitarian duty" to help the refugees, ABC News reported.
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Paris attack: Why Belgium is at the heart of a destructive wave of terror in Europe
Leo Cendrowicz
The Independent, 17 November 2015

After the Paris attacks, police quickly traced the terrorists to Brussels, raiding addresses in the Molenbeek district and arresting seven suspects.


Why is Belgium at the heart of Europe's most destructive wave of terrorism in a generation? There is no single explanation, but rather a number of ingredients, from post-war immigration from north Africa, hate preachers, ghettos, poverty, and marginalision. There is also a belated realisation by the Belgian authorities that complacency towards extremism has allowed the pernicious Islamic influences to fester. ...

... Intelligence officials say that Syria – in particular, the ultra-violent ideology of Isis – represents a paradigm shift from seeking a regional caliphate to global Jihad. ...

Almost all the trails linking Belgium to terrorism find their way to Molenbeek, the deprived Brussels commune. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who has promised a crackdown on extremism in the country, says there is a "huge problem" in Molenbeek, and has suggested closing some of the commune's 22 mosques.
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Europe's 'porous borders' increase terror risk, head of Metropolitan Police says
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2015

Europe's "porous" borders mean that terrorists could be able to "hide" among migrants coming from Syria, the head of the Metropolitan Police has warned as he criticised the Schengen agreement.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said that in the wake of the Paris terror attacks Europe has a significant "problem" because it has "millions of people wandering through" but only "limited control over the borders".

Asked if he is a fan of the Schengen agreement on open borders, he wants "good strong borders" to ensure that the police and security services can properly assess the risk people pose.
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Our police don't have the guns to protect us, writes Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner
Kevin Hurley
Daily Mail, 17 November 2015

Following the Paris massacre, the Home Secretary has been indulging in predictably tough rhetoric about beefing up Britain's security, border controls and intelligence.

But the strong words are hardly matched by the reality. The truth is that our police, especially the armed response units, remain pathetically ill-equipped and inadequate for the job of protecting the public.

When an Islamist outrage occurs on our soil, as it inevitably will, our forces may have neither the firepower nor the numbers to overwhelm the terrorists quickly before mayhem occurs. ...

Incredibly, there are 40 times more armed officers in France than in the UK. Nor is the equipment used by the police's armed response vehicles (ARVs) remotely adequate for the task. ... ...

Above all, we just do not have enough armed police. As Paris showed, speed is key in any fight against these terrorists. The long-standing British police tactic in firearms situations has been to 'contain and negotiate', but this is useless against Islamists who are only interested in mass slaughter. They have to be killed as swiftly as possible.

That means we need far greater numbers ready for action. And it is a myth that the terrorists will only strike in urban areas like Manchester or London; they could just as easily inflict their savagery in provincial towns such as Guildford or Norwich. Yet at present, most counties in England have only four or six armed officers. ... ...

... Paris should serve as an alarm call. It is no use recruiting 2,000 extra intelligence analysts – as the Government announced yesterday – if the frontline force cannot act on the information.
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Polish Minister Criticizes EU Parliament Head
ABC News / Associated Press, 17 November 2015

Poland's new interior minister has lashed out at the head of the European Parliament, calling Martin Schulz's words about Poland's migrant policies "another example of German arrogance." ...

Blaszczak spoke on Tuesday in reaction to recent criticism by Schulz, adding he "is detached from reality."

Schulz had criticized the wavering resolve of Poland after the Paris attacks to take 7,000 refugees as part of an EU plan.
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Nigel Farage accuses Muslims in UK of 'split loyalties'
Rowena Mason and Frances Perraudin
The Guardian, 17 November 2015

Some British Muslims are "conflicted in their loyalties" between the UK way of life and what some elements within their faith are telling them, Nigel Farage has said in a speech.

In an incendiary intervention in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the Ukip leader said there must be a battle for hearts and minds within the Muslim population.

Farage said there was "a problem with some of the Muslim community in this country" and that research suggested that British Muslims experienced a "tremendous conflict and a split of loyalties".

A senior Ukip source said Farage was referring to polling earlier this year that suggested more than 90% of Muslims approved of the British way of life, but 27% had sympathy for the motives behind the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks.

The same poll showed that 11% said that organisations that publish images of the prophet Muhammad deserve to be attacked, and 68% said that acts of violence against those who publish images of the prophet can never be justified.

"The thing that makes me angry about what happened in Paris is frankly the fact that it was so utterly and entirely predictable," said Farage. "I think we've reached a point where we have to admit to ourselves, in Britain and France and much of the rest of Europe, that mass immigration and multicultural division has for now been a failure." ...

He said the EU's principle of free movement of workers had resulted in the "free movement of Kalashnikov rifles, the free movement of terrorists and the free movement of jihadists". "I have tried again and again and again over the course of the last few months to argue that we must not let our compassion imperil our civilisation," he said.

Speaking to MPs in parliament on Monday, the home secretary, Theresa May, said the Paris terror attacks were "nothing to do with Islam".

"British Muslims and indeed Muslims worldwide have said very clearly these events are abhorrent," she said. "The attacks have nothing to do with Islam which is followed peacefully by millions of people around the world." ...

The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, described Farage's comments as "grubby politics of the worst kind and sadly the type Farage does so often".
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The Left Need to Stop Burying Their Heads in the Sand When It Comes to Immigration
Tom Hinchcliffe
The Huffington Post, 17 November 2015

Frustratingly and regrettably, it has gone on too long. Those on the left of British politics have hardly fought, and have subsequently lost, the battle over the issue of immigration. With polls indicating that immigration is the overall top issue concerning voters in the UK, the issue is far from resolved and the left need to stand up and put their point across in a new way.

Ipsos Mori recorded their highest ever levels of anti-immigration polling during the summer with over half of those polled choosing immigration as the most important policy issue. ...

If the left could summon the courage to tackle the debate on immigration responsibly and address the public's concerns, then much of the left-wing popularism that is so popular in the UK would be welcomed. ...

Conversations with voters during this year's general election when the question of immigration was raised, was admittedly awkward. People didn't know what Labour stood for. ...

Labour need to stress the importance of the undercutting of British wages from exploitative employers, an issue which was championed by Andy Burnham during his leadership campaign. Labour need to uphold an immigration policy that also plays a key role in protecting the worker to regain voter's trust on immigration.

If the left carry on to hide away from this debate, then they forfeit credibility. Attacking the government's failed attempts to reduce immigration, while putting forward bold policies which outline Labour's belief in protecting workers, is the direction party policy now has to go. To convince voters of the progressive advantages immigration can bring to the UK, the left need to step up.
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Western leaders refuse to face up to ISIS threat
Lloyd Levy
San Diego Jewish World, 17 November 2015

The current situation in Europe has many similarities with the appeasement of Hitler leading up to the Second World War. Then our "leaders" refused to believe that Hitler was a serious treat, and because they didn't act in a timely manner, tens of millions died, including virtually all of European Jewry. The same is happening with jihadism. Our politicians are paralyzed, and incredibly the only leaders with any nerve appear to be Putin and Viktor Orban of Hungary. They at least are standing up for their own people and traditions.

Jihadist terrorism is not new, and the attack in Paris is on a par with those that go on continually around the world. In the last week or so, we have seen a Russian jet blown up, and many killed by suicide bombers in Lebanon and Turkey. The jihadist bombings began 20 years ago, with shocking attacks in East Africa. There was 9/11 which was 14 years ago, and great loss of life in the British Tube and bus bombings in 2005. That's ten years ago, and we still face the problem magnified many times over. The Paris attack will change nothing.

The Establishment remains in denial, and simply wont face up to the situation. France blames Belgium and Syria, refusing to face the reality of problems within their own population. ...

The probability of terrorists coming in as migrants is a real concern. It is estimated that Germany will have over one million refugees this year, and even if one percent are terrorists, that is 10,000 jihadists. Look at the damage 8 terrorists did in Paris, what havoc could 10,000 do? ... ...

So where does this leave the Jews? In a no win situation! If the mass immigration continues, life will become unbearable for Jews in Europe. Already Jews in France and Sweden have a life of continual harassment and fear of the immigrants. On the other hand, if the native European populations awaken to their predicament, the Jews will undoubtedly get caught in the backlash along with the Muslims.
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Molenbeek's notoriety as terror hub precedes it
Teri Schultz
Deutsche Welle, 17 November 2015

Molenbeek is being called a "gigantic problem" by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. Its former mayor Philippe Moureaux is fighting in the media with its current one, Francoise Schepmans, over whose fault it is that the borough is creating, hosting and hiding radical Islamists. And, most strikingly, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon says he going to personally see to it that Molenbeek gets "cleaned up," with some ambiguity as to exactly what he means by that and how he plans to accomplish it.

Johan Leman, a former director of the Center for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, says there is plenty of blame to go around and plenty of people who deserve it. Leman worked in an integration center in Molenbeek from 1981 to 1989. Now a professor of social and cultural anthropology at Leuven University, Leman is reminding officials frequently that he warned them decades ago they were neglecting the neighborhood at their own peril.
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Ethnic minority board members stuck at 1998 levels of gender equality
Lauren Davidson
Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2015

Ethnic diversity in British board rooms lags almost two decades behind female representation at the top level, a new report has found.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation on boards today is stuck at the level female directorships had reached by 1998, according to the Spencer Stuart 2015 UK Board Index.

The annual review from the headhunting firm found that 78 directors of FTSE 150 companies, or 5pc of the total, have a BAME background.

When companies based in emerging markets are excluded, that number drops to 58 directors, or 3.9pc. Just 17 British directors, or 1.9pc of those with UK nationality, are black, Asian or minority ethnic. ...

Lord Davies' final Women on Boards review, published in October, found that the percentage of women on FTSE 100 boards has more than doubled since 2011 to 26.1pc but added that more needs be done to diversify board rooms away from white, male executives.

Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP and former shadow business secretary, used the report to urge ministers to "set a target for ethnic minority representation on FTSE 100 boards to be met by 2020".

Mr Umunna called for "no all-white boards by 2020" and for companies to be mandated to divulge the ethnic breakdown of their board rooms in the way they have been required to do for the gender makeup of their staff since 2013.
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Paris bomber sneaked into Europe posing as a refugee in Greece because EVERY arrival is given travel papers, officials admit in shocking expose of open-borders policy
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 16 November 2015

The deadly suicide bomb suspect who sneaked into Europe posing as a Syrian refugee was not stopped on a Greek island because every arrival is given travel papers to continue their journey, officials admitted last night.

Documents show how the man was arrested on Leros after being saved from a sinking raft filled with migrants, but was let go and given a permit allowing him to get a ferry to mainland Europe.

The shocking ease with which potential terrorists are able to travel across Europe has sparked a renewed debate about the European Union's open borders policy.

The suspected suicide bomber reached Greece after crossing the Aegean from Turkey on a raft with 198 others.

The 25-year-old claimed asylum using a suspected fake passport in the name of Ahmad Almohammad.

He was arrested but released and given papers so he could travel to Athens because officers believed he was a genuine refugee.

He was then able to travel through the Balkans, passing through checkpoints in Serbia and Croatia, before heading for Northern Europe.

Greece identified him after the passport he used was found near the body of one of the gang near the Stade de France attack site.

The French have not confirmed the refugee connection but Greece's migration minister, Yannis Mouzalas, last night said 'Almohammad' was presumed to be a terrorist.

More than 500 people are landing on a daily basis on Leros, which is just seven miles from Turkey.

But officials have told the Mail the handing out of travel documents means 'every one' is able to pass on to Athens regardless of whether they are a genuine refugee. ...

Last night the mayor of Leros warned the whole of Europe should be fearful about the possibility of more atrocities being conducted by jihadists entering the continent among the crowds of migrants.

Mihalis Kolias told the Mail: 'It's more than dangerous for all of Europe. So many people are passing through our island and now we know amongst them are terrorists. This is a big problem for Europe. We must have more security.

'Most people say "I've lost my papers, I'm from Syria", but nobody knows if they are telling the truth.'

Each week thousands of refugees land on neighbouring Farmakonisi before they are picked up by the Greek coastguard and taken to the largest town on Leros, Lakki.

Humanitarian aid workers and island officials last night confirmed every arrival was given documents permitting onward travel no matter what their circumstances.

When asked how many of the migrants coming to the island are issued the papers, Mr Kolias said: 'Everyone.'

He said people believed to be from Syria are given documents allowing them to travel through Greece for six months, while others who would not be expected to get asylum if they applied, get papers for 30 days.
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Fico: Security more important than migrants' rights
The Slovak Spectator, 16 November 2015

The worst case scenario of vast security threats connected to the migration crisis is becoming a reality, Prime Minister Robert Fico said in an extraordinary debate on Markíza TV channel on November 15. The unscheduled discussion was organised in the wake of the Paris attacks. He said that two out of eight assassins that perpetrated attacks in Paris were immigrants and came to Europe by way of the Balkan route.

"It's a confirmation of huge security threats connected to migration," Fico said, /.../ "We respect that there's a migration crisis but Slovak citizens and their security is of higher priority than the rights of migrants," Fico asserted. ...

Thanks to measures that have been taken, Slovakia is calm "but the relative risk is still very high" he said, adding that the flow of migration to Europe might very easily carry people capable of perpetrating heinous terrorist crimes which should not be underestimated. ...

Fico continues rejecting mandatory quotas on redistribution of migrants.
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France attack: The next terror attack on a Western capital 'will come from within'
Ruth Sherlock
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015

The next terror attack in a Western capital will likely be perpetrated by an extremist that grew up on its streets, a French lawyer who represents the families of jihadis fighting in Syria has warned.

Having worked on some of the country's most high profile terrorism cases, including that of Mohammed Merah, the self-styled al-Qaeda gunman who killed seven people in 2012, Samia Maktouf is now suing the government on behalf of families who say it has not done enough to stop their children travelling to Syria.

The publicity around the case has prompted dozens of other desperate parents of radicalised youths to contact Ms Maktouf, giving her an insider's understanding into what she sees as a chronic problem of home-grown extremism.

On Monday Ms Maktouf warned that radicalisation in Western communities was only growing, telling the Telegraph that she receives calls "every day" from distraught parents whose sons and daughters have suddenly left to wage jihad in the Middle East.

Moreover, she said, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is now also signing up new recruits without requiring them to travel to their territories: "They are allowing them to swear allegiance – pledge the bay'ah – through Skype," she said. ...

But for those who have followed the rise of Isil in recent years and its recruitment of foreign fighters, the prospect of jihadists hiding among refugees is for the most part a chilling distraction.

[To] see the real danger, Ms Maktouf and others argue, Western governments should look within their own borders.
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Mindless terrorists? The truth about Isis is much worse
Scott Atran
The Guardian, 16 November 2015

The greater the reaction against Muslims in Europe and the deeper the west becomes involved in military action in the Middle East, the happier Isis leaders will be. Because this is about the organisation's key strategy: finding, creating and managing chaos.

There is a playbook, a manifesto: The Management of Savagery/Chaos, a tract written more than a decade ago under the name Abu Bakr Naji, for the Mesopotamian wing of al-Qaida that would become Isis. Think of the horror of Paris and then consider these, its principal axioms.

Hit soft targets. "Diversify and widen the vexation strikes against the crusader-Zionist enemy in every place in the Islamic world, and even outside of it if possible, so as to disperse the efforts of the alliance of the enemy and thus drain it to the greatest extent possible."

Strike when potential victims have their guard down. Sow fear in general populations, damage economies. "If a tourist resort that the crusaders patronise ... is hit, all of the tourist resorts in all of the states of the world will have to be secured by the work of additional forces, which are double the ordinary amount, and a huge increase in spending." ....

There is a recruitment framework. The Grey Zone, a 10-page editorial in Isis's online magazine Dabiq in early 2015, describes the twilight area occupied by most Muslims between good and evil, the caliphate and the infidel, which the "blessed operations of September 11" brought into relief. Quoting Bin Laden it said: "The world today is divided. Bush spoke the truth when he said, 'Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists', with the actual 'terrorist' being the western crusaders." Now, it said, "the time had come for another event to ... bring division to the world and destroy the grey zone". The attacks in Paris were the latest instalment of this strategy, targeting Europe, as did the recent attacks in Turkey. There will be more, much more, to come.

With that in mind, it is critical that we understand what is really going on.

Radical Arab Sunni revivalism, which Isis now spearheads, is a dynamic, revolutionary countercultural movement of world historic proportions, with the largest and most diverse volunteer fighting force since the second world war. In less than two years, it has created a dominion over hundreds of thousands of square kilometres and millions of people. ...

Simply treating Isis as a form of "terrorism" or "violent extremism" masks the menace. Merely dismissing it as "nihilistic" reflects a wilful and dangerous avoidance of trying to comprehend, and deal with, its profoundly alluring moral mission to change and save the world. ...

Isis is reaching out to fill the void wherever a state of "chaos" or "savagery" (at-tawahoush) exists, as in central Asia and Africa. And where there is insufficient chaos in the lands of the infidel, called "The House of War", it seeks to create it, as in Europe. ...

As I testified to the US Senate armed service committee and before the United Nations security council: what inspires the most uncompromisingly lethal actors in the world today is not so much the Qur'an or religious teachings. It's a thrilling cause that promises glory and esteem. ... ...

The first step to combating Isis is to understand it. We have yet to do so. That failure costs us dear.
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Migration is pushing the EU towards a new crisis
Roger Bootle
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015

The European Union is now closer to an existential crisis than at any time in its history.

For once, the issue is not directly economic. Although the financial problems of Greece are still bubbling away, the major threat to the EU is from the mass migration of people, an issue that is likely to come under even greater scrutiny following the attacks in Paris on Friday.

The 1957 Treaty of Rome laid down the freedom of movement of people between member states as one of its central tenets.

The Schengen agreement, allowing passport-free travel among member countries, uniting the workforces of 22 EU member states (not including the UK) plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, subsequently took this to its logical conclusion. ...

This has left countries' population levels at the mercy of these flows, thereby having major consequences for their labour markets, welfare systems, public services – and social cohesion.

The recent flood of refugees into the EU poses different problems, but they are nevertheless related. Each member state's own borders are only as secure as those of the member with the most porous borders. ...

While European officials and politicians have been worrying about "completing the single market" or forging a banking union, along has come an issue so overwhelming that it threatens to sweep all this aside. Europe is set to be deluged by an influx of migrants.

Germany is set to admit a million migrants this year alone. But this is nothing compared to the potential flows in the future. According to the UN, over the next 15 years, the population of sub-Saharan Africa is set to rise by almost 50pc – over 400m people – and that of North Africa and the Middle East by 25pc, or 125m people. If even a small fraction of these decide to move to Europe, Europeans have a serious problem. ...

In being outside the Schengen agreement, the UK is shielded from some of the effects of mass immigration. But once new migrants to any other EU country have a European passport, they will be free to move anywhere in the EU.

At the moment, this is not relevant because new migrants are not being given passports. But can European countries contemplate keeping millions of people in a second-tier status for an extended period?

And if a particular EU country finds itself deluged with migrants, the best way it has to relieve the problem may be to issue them with EU passports, allowing them to move freely.

If we are still a country in the proper sense of the word, rather than the Benelux West of an integrated Europe, in a world of mass migration it does seem odd to have relinquished control over our borders. As with so much in our history, we have done this without willing it.
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How many more people have to die before we stop appeasing Islamists? Why aren't we standing up to the enemy within?
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015

There are respects in which France's plight is worse than Britain's. It has many more Muslims – its second city, Marseille, now has a Muslim majority – and they are perhaps more ghettoised than ours. ...

But the similarities are much greater than the differences, and there is no solid reason why attacks just as terrible as those in Paris will not take place in London (or Manchester or Birmingham).

This is because of the implacable enmity of Islamism. It is a highly political version of Islam which cleverly mixes the modern blogosphere world of grievance and conspiracy theory with the sanctity of ancient texts ill-understood but passionately invoked. It has some advocates who are not themselves personally violent, but its entire idea is a violent one.

Essentially, Islamism is a doctrine which provides a reason to hate and kill everyone who does not subscribe to it. Start with the people in the front line of your malice – Jews, Christians in the Arab world, the professional soldiers of infidel countries.

Progress to those who transgress your morality – "loose" women who do not cover their faces, homosexuals, people who drink alcohol, people who dance and sing. And then end up with anyone – everyone – who does not submit to the will of Allah, as interpreted by your pop-up theologians. Isil is the apotheosis of this: a would-be state based upon the annihilation of all diversity. The most beastly atrocities are, in its collective mind, the best proof of its purity.

It would be harder to imagine a clearer foe, yet we still have difficulty making policy in the light of the threat. After seven years in the White House, President Obama still cannot bear so much as to mention its religious aspect. He sees it all as a distressing misunderstanding arising from colonial wrongs and the fact that George Bush was President before him.

The whole of the West led – or rather, not led – by Mr Obama has failed to confront the effect of the civil war in Syria. It has therefore allowed Isil both physical and ideological space.

In Britain, Members of Parliament, including almost as many Tory as Labour ones, continue to think that by refusing to authorise intervention in Syria, we can avoid trouble. Such people may claim their view is reinforced by what happened in Paris: if we have nothing to do with the Middle East, its fanatics will leave us alone. ... ...

What brings it all home, literally, is immigration. Even if it is true, as it probably is, that the great majority of Muslims are as peace-loving and decent as any other group of people, you have the simple problem of numbers. If a million Muslims, thanks to Angela Merkel, are reaching Germany this year, and even if only one per cent of them subscribe to the doctrines of Isil, that still means 10,000 people dedicated to killing their hosts and assailing the society that accommodates them.

And such is the power of Islamist grievance culture and their infiltration of social media, charities, community groups, mosques and public-policy forums, that one per cent would be a very conservative estimate. The grim fact is that we have within our midst thousands on people whose lives are devoted to doing our society harm and tens of thousands more who are susceptible to the lies they tell. Yet still our policies magnify their voices and swell their numbers.
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Paris attacks 'change everything' on migrant crisis, warns senior German politician
Melanie Hall
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015

Paris "changes everything" on Germany's migrant crisis, a senior politician has warned, as calls grow for a crackdown on the country's borders following the atrocities in France.

High-profile German politicians have insisted on linking Friday night's mass killings, which claimed at least 129 lives and injured 352, with the country's influx of refugees - raising fears over who exactly are among the one million asylum seekers expected to arrive in Germany by the end of this year.

Markus Söder, finance minister for the southern German state of Bavaria, the main entry point for migrants arriving in the country, warned that "a new era is beginning" following the attacks.

"The continent must protect itself better from enemies who will stop at nothing," he told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. "The time of uncontrolled immigration and illegal immigration cannot go on like this. Paris changes everything." ...

"It can't be that we don't know who is coming to Germany and what these people are doing here," he said.
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Eurocrats are in tragic denial about the Paris attacks
Dan Hannan
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015

One by one, the EU governments are doing what their peoples demand and reimposing border controls. The migrant quota system that Mr Juncker decreed a couple of months back is already falling to pieces.

"In the face of the tragic acts in Paris, we do not see the political possibilities to implement it," says Poland's incoming Europe minister, Konrad Szymanski. Konrad happens to be an old friend of mine, and is as sincere and plain-dealing a man as you'll meet. Many of his EU counterparts have decided quietly to drop the idiotic quota plan, imposed on them following a majority vote. But Konrad, with his characteristic honesty, has announced it.

And here's the odd thing. There is no clamour of media disapproval this time, no condemnations from other European capitals. It seems an age ago that Hungary was treated as a pariah for taking the line that Poland is now taking.

Not only Poland. Most European states are doing the same. Even goody-goody Sweden has "temporarily" reintroduced border checks /.../

The European project is collapsing before us. Everyone can see it – except, tragically, the Eurocrats, who are determined to keep integration going at any cost. Tellingly, the declared aim of the recent emergency summit on migration was "Saving Schengen". Not saving refugees. Not saving lives. Saving Schengen. ...

And what of Britain? My guess is that the migration crisis, tinged now by its association with the Paris tragedy, will convince many waverers to vote to leave the EU. I write this as someone who has never been especially exercised by the immigration issue. I continue to believe – though I accept that public opinion is moving against me – that there are benefits in regulated, legal inward migration.

Still, consider what is happening across the Channel. A migratory movement without precedent is under way, overwhelming border checks and effacing any pretence at legality. We know that many of the migrants speak English, have connections here, and want to come to the UK: that is why so many of them are encamped outside Calais. We know, too, that they will eventually be given EU passports, and with them the right to settle here. The question we face is whether to hang around while all this happens.

To repeat, I have never seen immigration as the reason to leave the EU. My Euroscepticism is economic, democratic and internationalist. Still, there is an element of fairness at stake here. We agreed to open our borders to the EU. The EU has now clearly opened its borders to the entire world. That was never the deal.
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Hungary's Orban says EU needs common sense
Washington Post / Associated Press, 16 November 2015

Hungary's strongly anti-immigration prime minister says the European Union is "weak, uncertain and paralyzed" in light of the migrant crisis.

Viktor Orban told lawmakers Monday that the EU plan to distribute migrants among member countries is unlawful and will "spread terrorism around Europe."

Orban said no one could say for certain how many terrorists entered Europe by blending in with migrants, but "one terrorist is too many."

Orban said the EU needs to "forget political correctness ... and return to common sense" by adopting policies to protect its external borders, its culture and its economic interests and ensure that people are given the right to influence EU decisions.
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Here are Denmark's planned asylum changes
The Local [Denmark], 16 November 2015

The Danish government recently announced another round of asylum policy changes, including plans to erect refugee tents and extend family reunification times to three years. Here is a full overview of the proposed changes.

Saying that Denmark "should not take in so many refugees that it threatens the cohesion of our country," the government announced a series of proposed changes to its asylum policies on Friday.

If approved, the changes would represent the third round of tightened restrictions in the past 15 months. The previous Social Democrat-led government introduced temporary residence permits for asylum seekers and limited refugees' ability to bring family members to the country.

Shortly after taking power in June, the Venstre government slashed the benefits given to asylum seekers and then publicized the changes through an advertising campaign and social media.

On Friday, PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Integration Minister Inger Støjberg and Justice Minister Søren Pind announced a series of initiatives aimed at aimed at further discouraging asylum seekers from coming to Denmark.
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We need COURAGE not candles, and valour not vigils
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 16 November 2015

The barbarians are inside the gates and our treacherous politicians, brimming with selfrighteousness, invited them here.

As the Paris massacre so grimly demonstrates we are now living with the terrible consequences of an alien invasion that has been forced on European societies without any consent.

Last weekend's bloodbath in the French capital was the gruesome but inevitable result of the political class's disastrous attachment to the twin dogmas of mass immigration and cultural diversity. Because of its open borders, Europe now has a huge Muslim population in which jihadism flourishes. ...

The process of demographic Islamification has been recently fuelled by the lunatic decision by our rulers, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to welcome a colossal, unceasing influx of so-called refugees from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

This act of criminal folly has all too predictably been exploited by IS, who claimed in September that they had smuggled no fewer than 4,000 of their operatives into Europe disguised as refugees. ...

... The immigration catastrophe has been compounded by the elite's commitment to a pernicious creed of multi-culturalism, which has meant migrants, instead of properly integrating, have been encouraged to cling to the customs, practices and even languages of their native lands. It has been a recipe for social division and moral disintegration.

Eager to display their cultural sensitivity the authorities consistently fail even to confront barbarism and extremism in their midst, as happened on an epic scale in the Rotherham scandal where Muslim sex gangs were allowed to abuse white girls with impunity. In typically fatuous remarks at the weekend Labour's ultra-Left leader Jeremy Corbyn said "the events in Paris were an attack on multi-cultural society," adding that "we stand for the unity of all communities".

He could not be more wrong. There can be no unity without a common identity, a spirit of national allegiance and a sense of mutual trust.

That is why the rhetoric from the EU politicians about Paris sounds so pathetically hollow. For decades, in their fixation with diversity and federalism, they have fought a relentless war against the concepts of borders, sovereignty, defence and nationhood. Yet now, surveying the wreckage they have created, they have the nerve to promise that they will fight "the terrorist threat with all necessary means and ruthless determination".

The institutionalised hypocrisy is at its worst in the failure to address the reality of extreme Islam. Every terrorist atrocity in the West sparks another bout of guilt-ridden introspection as to why Muslims feel so alienated. ...

... Too many Muslims do not share our values of pluralism and individual rights. They believe in theocracy, not democracy, in triumphalist obedience rather than tolerance of other faiths.

That is why there is such savage persecution of Christians in countries where Muslims are in a majority. Violence is endemic to fundamentalist Islam, a trait that prompted the great Trinidadian writer VS Naipaul to describe it as "sanctified rage".
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Is Sweden too equal to make room for migrants?
Leo Hornak
Public Radio International (PRI), 16 November 2015

How could Sweden's famously equal society be an obstacle to accepting large numbers of new immigrants?

"Sweden has a real equality problem," Fredrik Segerfeldt, of the Swedish pro-immigration thinktank Migro, told PRI's The World. "It has the least income difference in the Western world. There are no low-wage jobs. Those jobs don't exist."

According to Segerfeldt, the fact that Sweden's few low-skilled jobs are highly paid is damaging for migrant populations. As a result of high pay, Swedish employers avoid creating low-skilled jobs, prefering to use technology or automation instead. ...

According to Segerfeldt, this hits recent migrants hardest, making it impossible for them to gain a foothold in the economy or to start supporting themselves. Swedeish equality is in practice creating a two-tier society. "That is a serious problem. We have the highest gap in employment between between foreign-born and local born of all ... rich countries. We have a serious, serious integration problem." ...

The only solution, Sederfeldt believes, is to begin to dismantle the salarly equality that Sweden is famous for.

"It's very difficult for one of the most equal and richest countries in the world to absorb hundreds of thousands of people from the developing world. And hence we need more income gaps, and lower wages and simpler jobs. That is the main challenge."
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How many migrants can Sweden stomach?
Mikala Sorenson
Global Risk Insights, 16 November 2015

Sweden, following Germany and Hungary, is a rather popular destination for several reasons. The three main reasons are first that it already has a large foreign-born population (16%), which attracts refugees and migrants hoping to find friends and family already settled there.

Secondly, a very high proportion of asylum seekers' applications are accepted – the figure currently is 77% against a European average of 43%. Finally, on a political, official level, Sweden welcomes refugees and cultivates a humanist image. This is known among smugglers and asylum seekers alike; in the information age, news travel fast. ...

The current prognosis for arrivals this year is 190,000 persons – of which around 40,000 are unaccompanied children. In Denmark, applications for asylum from unaccompanied children have diminished recently, probably because they are subject to testing by means of x-raying teeth and bones to verify their age.

Between October 2013 and October 2014, 215 out of 300 tested "children" turned out to be adults. In Sweden, on the contrary, virtually all unaccompanied children are granted asylum and testing is out of the question due to its invasive nature. As a consequence, Sweden receives the highest number of unaccompanied minors among European countries. ...

At present, refugees and migrants arriving to Sweden have reached a level that has spurred border controls. As of last week, the checkpoints are not tasked with turning back refugees, rather they are offered a choice: apply for asylum or turn back. ...

Leading up to imposition of border controls, 9,200 people were arriving weekly. ...

In addition, it bears mentioning that for each accepted asylum seeker, another is added on average due to family reunification. ...

The medium- to long term consequences of this is likely to be a much less equal Sweden with a larger, poor underclass. The fact is that few migrants and refugees arriving and settling have a higher education. ...

Among non-western immigrants, only 52% have a job, and immigrants account for nearly 60% of total, Swedish welfare benefits. ...

... Integration has not been particularly successful so far, heightening the risk of creating an underclass for whom prospects are discouraging. The task ahead is Sisyphean, and decision makers largely clueless.
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Paris attacks: European leaders link terror threats to immigration
Ian Traynor
The Observer, 15 November 2015

A Syrian passport found near the body of one of those responsible for the terror attacks in Paris belonged to someone allegedly posing as one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees entering Greece from Turkey in recent months, the police ministry in Athens said. ...

The widening web of suspected links across Europe looked certain to close down the hatches on its borders as the epic struggle to cope with the worst ever immigration crisis since the second world war continues. ...

... Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister strongly opposed to immigration, will feel vindicated in his view that western Europe is reaping what it has sown through a disastrous policy of liberal multiculturalism that will not be repeated in central and eastern Europe. He has plenty of support.

The disaster will also put pressure on the German chancellor Angela Merkel, the foremost proponent of openness towards refugees, to shift position. ...

"We need to know who is travelling through our country," said Horst Seehofer, the Bavarian prime minister and leader of Merkel's sister party, the Christian Social Union. "As well as more security measures, we need tighter control of the European borders, but also of the national borders."
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France is fighting unwinnable war against terror
Peter Foster
Sunday Telegraph, 15 November 2015

France is fighting an unwinnable war against the rising threat of Islamic terrorism, leading French terror experts warned last night.

Disaffected Muslim populations at home, unpoliced European borders and battle-hardened fighters now flowing in from Syria and Iraq were creating a perfect storm of terror that is now in danger of defeating the French security services.

France is estimated to have 2,000 citizens involved in Syrian and Iraq jihadi networks and a further 3,800 individuals known to domestic intelligence services as "radicalised", all watched over by just 3,200 intelligence officers.

"The services are overwhelmed," said Jean-Charles Brisard, head of the Paris-based Centre for the Analysis of Terrorism, "when you consider it takes 25 officers to provide round-the-clock surveillance on one individual, you can see the difficulty."

Europe's open border policy allowing weapons and terrorists to flow freely into France - with at least two of the Friday night attackers coming in from Belgium - means that there are now real fears that it is almost impossible for the intelligence services to keep track of the jihadi threat.

The refusal of Brussels to tighten the Schengen border rules, or begin a Passenger Name Record (PNR) system – an idea first mooted after the 2004 train bombings in Madrid – has left countries like France even more open to attack, Mr Brisard added.

"The French security service has all the resources and technology you would expect, but Europe has been unable to provide governments with the tools they have been asking for more than a decade now," he said. ...

"This attack marked a step-change even from the Charlie Hebdo attacks and, if the use of foreign passports is confirmed it highlights the risks from 800,000 refugees fleeing into Europe from countries like Syria and Iraq," said Camille Grand, Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research, another leading French terror expert.
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Poland says it cannot accept migrants under EU quotas, following attacks in Paris
Ashley Cowburn
The Independent, 14 November 2015

Poland has signalled it will retreat on an EU-wide quota commitment to relocate migrants across the continent, following Friday night's attacks in Paris, which killed at least 127 people.

Konrad Szymanski, Poland's incoming European affairs minister, said his government did not agree with Poland's commitment to accept its share of an EU-wide relocation of migrants. In a commentary published on the right-leaning news portal, Mr Szymanski added: "In the face of the tragic acts in Paris, we do not see the political possibilities to implement [this]." ...

In September Poland's outgoing centre-right government backed a European plan to share out 120,000 refugees across the 28-nation bloc. Under the plan, the Poland was to take in 4,500 refugees.

Mr Szymanski will take up his position on Monday as part of a government formed by October's election winner, the conservative and eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party. The migrant crisis in Europe was a key issue in the Polish election campaign with PiS strongly critical of the government's decision to accept refugees.
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Angela Merkel's future under scrutiny for the first time as German asylum process criticised
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2015

Angela Merkel's political future is being questioned for the first time in Germany as divisions continue to grow in her government over her "open-door" refugee policy. ...

While ministers argue, civil servants at the federal office for migration and refugees have published an open letter warning of serious flaws in procedures.

Asylum-seekers are being accepted as Syrians without being asked for any proof of their nationality, they warned.

Those claiming to be Syrian do not need to show passports, according to the letter. The only checking of their identity is carried out by freelance translators who often have little or no experience of Syrian dialects or accents, and are not accountable for any mistakes.

A "large proportion" of asylum-seekers were giving false identities in order to stay in Germany, the letter warned.

"The discontinuation of identity checks has also facilitated infiltration by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists into Europe," it claimed.
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Paris terror attacks: Europe must confront failed integration
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2015

The body-count in Paris currently stands at 128, with another 100 severely wounded. But it is a mark of twenty-first century Europe that none of this is surprising. ...

The truth is that France, like the rest of our continent, has effectively been inhabiting two realities. On the one hand there is the politically correct, politically acceptable discussion which says that terrorism and "radicalisation" must be confronted at home and abroad.

More eager to tackle it abroad than at home, the French authorities - like the British government - pretend to be working on 'integration' within their own country. In fact, in France - even less than in Britain - such a thing barely occurs.

And it is not only Muslim migrants who notice this. Even before this year's wave of terror, 74 per cent of the French public said that Islam itself was "incompatible" with the values of French society.

These people know that the actual terrorism is committed by a small segment of the Islamic community. But they also know that too many people urge on that small segment or think it is in some way justifiable.

It only took two gunmen to shoot up the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January and another solitary gunman to attack a Jewish foodstore.

But the French public knew what their political leaders and media try to pretend away - which is that behind those few people were a large number of French Muslim citizens, and more recent arrivals, who thought the cartoonists and the Jews had it coming to them.

Yet all the time – and even after the terrorist attacks in Paris in January – President Hollande, like Chancellor Merkel, pretends that the main problem is nativist bigotry. And of course while talking about an abstract 'radicalism' which might afflict anyone at any time, Hollande and Merkel have poured fuel onto Europe's fire by arguing for an effectively borderless continent.

Where are those mass immigration advocates this morning? Where are the people who pretend that an immigrant from a Muslim background and an immigrant of Christian background are equally likely to integrate into France?

Did it need this to remind us that the reality is different from our multicultural fantasy? Or will it take another attack like this to remind people that an effectively borderless continent with free internal movement was always a security disaster waiting to happen?

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January Paris briefly halted to hold a pointless protest of solidarity with pencils held in the air. World leaders solemnly linked arms and marched through the streets. ...

In the days ahead doubtless we will have more "defiant" gestures. ...

But the only solidarity which matters – doing what is needed to keep our continent secure – will continue to evade the politicians.
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Will politicians finally admit that the Paris attacks had something to do with Islam?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 14 November 2015

The West's movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault.

In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly every other country in the world it remains government policy to say that any and all attacks carried out in the name of Mohammed have 'nothing to do with Islam'. It was said by George W. Bush after 9/11, Tony Blair after 7/7 and Tony Abbott after the Sydney attack last month. It is what David Cameron said after two British extremists cut off the head of Drummer Lee Rigby in London, when 'Jihadi John' cut off the head of aid worker Alan Henning in the 'Islamic State' and when Islamic extremists attacked a Kenyan mall, separated the Muslims from the Christians and shot the latter in the head. It was what President François Hollande said after the massacre of journalists and Jews in Paris in January. And it is all that most politicians will be able to come out with again after the latest atrocities in Paris.

All these leaders are wrong. In private, they and their senior advisers often concede that they are telling a lie. ... ...

... To claim that people who punish people by killing them for blaspheming Islam while shouting 'Allah is greatest' has 'nothing to do with Islam' is madness. Because the violence of the Islamists is, truthfully, only to do with Islam: the worst version of Islam, certainly, but Islam nonetheless.
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Will Europe prove Angela Merkel's downfall too?
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2015

Schengen is a small village in Luxembourg near where its border meets France and Germany. Thirty years ago, most leaders of what was then the European Economic Community gathered there and agreed a plan for a borderless Europe. In 1995, this was implemented. Today, 26 member states of the EU are either members of "Schengen" or committed to becoming so. Only Britain and Ireland opted out. ...

This week, the two most important national leaders in the EU confront what the migration problem means for the future of Europe. Back in September, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, stood up like a sturdy, Teutonic Statue of Liberty and declared that her country would take pretty much the lot, then estimated at 800,000 in the year. Refugees are now entering Germany at an average rate of 10,000 a day. The German people are not pleased. ...

After all, if what will surely amount to more than a million non-European people can come and live in Germany and thereby acquire EU-wide rights, Mrs Merkel is exporting the problem as well as importing the people. Far more of those on the move seem to speak English than German. A significant percentage will probably end up with us in Britain, though we have not been consulted.
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Torn apart by an open door for migrants: Sweden is seen as Europe's most liberal nation, but violent crime is soaring and the Far Right is on the march
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 14 November 2015

In 15 years' time, demographers say, indigenous Swedes will be in a minority because the men who arrive are allowed to send home for wives and children, who in turn will have their own children.

The Swedish economist Tino Sanandaji, who himself has an Iranian-Kurdish background, recently described what's happening in Sweden as 'quite disastrous'. ... ...

This week, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven admitted that his country faced a crisis. On Thursday, it reinstated border controls, carrying out identity checks on passengers travelling by train across the strait from Denmark, and those arriving at ferry terminals in the south, to 'maintain public order'.

Concerns are growing over security, amid fears Sweden could pay a terrible price for its indiscriminate welcome of people whose identities and backgrounds have not been adequately checked. ...

... In what many view as an act of rank hypocrisy, this week the government even asked other EU countries with tougher border controls to take migrants off their hands.

Neighbouring Denmark refused. As its Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg bluntly explained: 'The Swedes put themselves in this situation. They have pursued a very lenient immigration policy for years and they are to blame for the swamp they are in.'

It was back in 1975 that the Swedish parliament decided that the country should become multicultural. ...

A new ultra-liberal immigration policy was pursued enthusiastically by the ruling Left-wing Social Democrats for the next four decades. Sweden seized the moral high-ground in Europe by offering shelter to anyone in the world. Those who criticised the radical plan were shouted down as racist, as Sweden became the EU's citadel of political correctness.

But today Sweden faces uncomfortable questions about the kind of society it wants, or can afford, to be. At 16 per cent, the foreign-born proportion of its population is already higher than that of not only Germany and Great Britain, but also the U.S. ...

Of course, migrants cannot be blamed for all the ills befalling Sweden – far less, every crime. Yet this is undeniably a society under strain. Since 1975, violent crime and rapes, including gang rapes, have risen to an extraordinary high level (in politically correct Sweden official statistics do not give the ethnic background of attackers.) ...

... A particular problem for the authorities is coping with the thousands of unaccompanied children who are turning up. It costs £80,000 a year to house, educate and feed each under-age migrant – and so far this year, 33,000 have arrived. ...

The fact is that many of the so-called child migrants heading for Sweden are in fact adults, cynically pretending to be under 18 to get their asylum cases fast-tracked. ...

The authorities refuse to do tests to determine their age, calling them invasive and an abuse of human rights, so they have no way of knowing who is an adult and who is not. In neighbouring Denmark, where the approach is tougher, they have found that 72 per cent of 'child refugees' are in fact adults. In Finland and Norway, the figure is 66 per cent.
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Why won't we call this Islamist terrorism?
Victor Davis Hanson
Politico, 14 November 2015
[Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University]

President Obama summed up the jihadist killing in Paris as "an attack not just on Paris." But rather, he assured us, "This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share."

But is that assumption true?

Certainly, the president seems as unable to utter the targeted "West" and "Western" as he is the targeter "radical Islam" or "jihadist."

Were the suicide bombers and the AK-47 shooters who slaughtered the innocent in Paris seeking to destroy the ideology of communist China?

Was their deadly message aimed at the protocols of Cuba, North Korea, or Venezuela? The Islamist terrorists – how careful were the president and the American news media to use the generic "they" and the non-specific "the terrorists" – did not seem too concerned with "all of humanity." ... ...

Instead, radical Muslims and jihadists abroad overwhelmingly focus on Westerners. In the Middle East, when they don't find them so ubiquitously any more, they kill and torture other religious and tribal groups who do not adhere to their particular brand of fundamentalist Sunni or Shiite Islam.

At home, the agendas of the tea party, Occupy Wall Street, anti-abortionists, Black Lives Matter, radical feminists, Christian fundamentalists and revolutionary atheists do not manifest themselves in blowing up restaurants and massacring innocents. Abroad, Christian crusaders are not desecrating mosques. Kurdish militias are not beheading civilians on videos. Jewish "militants" are not cutting off hands in religious courts, and Sufi clerics are not blowing up UN world heritage sites.

To the degree the Paris killers seek existential resonance, they are clearly attacking the expressions and manifestations of quite singular Western values of consensual government, human rights, equality of the sexes, freedom of expression and religion, and the bounty that follows from free market economics and the sanctions of private property. They hate not humanity so much as they do the West – and for an apparent variety of reasons that transcend the usual boilerplate of supporting Israel, buying oil from plutocratic sheiks and thuggish theocrats, or occasionally bombing or droning an unhinged terrorist or dictator. ...

The more the West welcomes in migrants from the Middle East who break immigration laws and issue demands on their hosts upon arrival, the more radical Muslims see such hospitality as weakness to be despised rather than as magnanimity to be appreciated. ... ...

ISIL will assume that after the Paris attack, European and American leaders will, in time, remind Westerners of the dangers of right-wing nativists and xenophobes and "overreaction." They will focus on the need to condemn abstract terrorism and extremism, and the need to reach out and embrace our common humanity.
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How Can Anyone Be Shocked?
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 14 November 2015

One of the most surprising aspects of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night is how "deeply shocked" members of the European political establishment appeared to be.

... French President François Hollande confirmed that Islamic State terrorists perpetrated the attacks, carried out with suicide bombings, hand grenades and assault rifles. ... Although the writing has literally been on the wall in blood for the past decade and a half, the West, especially Europe, continues to be taken aback every time a new terror attack occurs, as if each one were the first.

After 9/11 in the United States; the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 and wounded 2000, and the 2005 attacks on London's transit system where 56 people were killed and 700 wounded, world leaders have no conceivable excuse left to be shocked and surprised at mass terrorism occurring in the midst of Western capitals.

As recently as a month ago, Andrew Parker, director-general of Britain's MI5, said that the terror threat to the UK was at its highest level in more than three decades and "growing." British police and intelligence agencies have intervened to foil six terrorist plots in the past year alone. ...

... Recently, the Welt Am Sonntag newspaper cited intelligence warnings that "the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants Germany is no longer possible in light of the number and already existing parallel societies." "Parallel societies" refers to Muslim communities that have little or no contact with the rest of the society in their host countries. According to an intelligence document obtained by Welt am Sonntag, "We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law." Most ominously, however, the intelligence document went on to say that "German security agencies ... will not be in the position to solve these imported security problems and thereby the reactions arising from Germany's population."

Already in February, it was reported /.../ that ISIS threatened Europe with an influx of 500,000 migrants, which would include ISIS operatives hiding among them, to create chaos on the continent.

Astoundingly, European leaders nevertheless allowed the current wave of migrants to flood into their countries. Many of these migrants hide underground, often in the suburbs with these "parallel societies;" with European authorities unable to account for their whereabouts.

In September, a Syrian ISIS smuggler told the British daily, The Express, that more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had been smuggled into Western nations, and were "ready" across the European Union. ...

In September, Lebanon's education minister, Elias Bou Saab, estimated that thousands of ISIS "radicals" were among the 1.1 million Syrians currently in refugee camps. He predicted that one in 50 migrants are members of the terror organization. ...

The terrorist attacks in Paris are the direct and deplorable result of political cowardice and inertia. ...

In the face of the Islamic terrorism that the West has been experiencing for more than a decade, the current generation of European political leaders has exhibited an irresponsibility and lack of leadership that is almost infantile by allowing unchecked Muslim immigration into Europe, with its free, open borders.
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Migrant summit in chaos as African countries REFUSE to take back Europe's failed asylum seekers
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 13 November 2015

The European Union has been forced to drop controversial plans to deport failed asylum seekers who do not have passports after African countries blocked the move.

European leaders offered more than £1 billion aid in a bid to persuade their African counterparts to take back tens of thousands of illegal migrants.

But a migration summit in Valletta, Malta, descended into farce after the Africans rejected the EU plan to expel those who do not qualify for asylum using special papers.

The 'laissez passer' travel documents issued to Africans without identification are aimed at easing their return back to countries they left or travelled through.

Under the proposal, EU countries would decide where a person without a passport has come from in Africa and issue the papers in lieu of a passport.

Many people arrive in Europe without identity papers with some falsely claiming to be Syrians or Iraqis in order to increase their chances of being granted asylum.

Draft conclusions for the summit of EU and African leaders written earlier this week showed it was planned they would agree to 'enhance recognition of the EU laissez passer for return purposes'.

But last night it emerged that this would not be in the final conclusions when they are adopted today. A leaked copy of document handed to the Mail showed the line had been removed.
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Someone will be killed in 'lawless' Calais, UK hauliers warn
BT, 13 November 2015

British hauliers fear someone will be killed amid escalating unrest in Calais as migrants grow frustrated at their inability to reach the UK.

Riot police and migrants camped near the northern French port city have clashed this week, resulting in 27 officers suffering minor injuries.

British lorry drivers have been caught up in the unrest and violence, with one haulage boss saying Calais has descended into lawlessness.

Toby Ovens, director of Broughton Transport Solutions, said: "I have no doubt that soon someone will get killed.

"Calais is a lawless place. The police in Calais were just watching immigrants attack vehicles." ...

As winter gets under way, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) said migrants were becoming "increasingly frustrated" at their failed efforts to board UK-bound trucks.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said ...

He said: "This has become an absolutely untenable situation. We are now getting reports of extreme violent migrant activity on a daily basis."
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Hungary blasts EU 'hypocrisy' over border controls
EUbusiness, 13 November 2015

Hungary on Friday accused the European Union of "hypocrisy" after fellow EU members began building fences to stop the flow of refugees and migrants, a step for which it had been criticised earlier.

"It's not entertaining to build a fence on your border. And we don't do it for fun. But we had to defend ourselves because there is no common European solution," Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters in Prague.

"It's all about hypocrisy," Szijjarto said. ...

Slovenia is now building barriers on its border with Croatia while Austria has announced a plan to build a fence on a part of its border with Slovenia.

"We were considered fascists, dictators, someone totally not complying with EU values," said Szijjarto.

"Now I look at the neighbouring countries – what have they been doing? Building 'technical obstacles' on their borders. But what does a 'technical obstacle' mean? Fence and wire," Szijjarto fumed.
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Germany: 81,840 Invaders Vanish Each Month
The New Observer, 13 November 2015

More than 81,840 of all the nonwhite invaders who officially enter Germany every month vanish without trace, the government has formally admitted.

This figure is based only on those invaders who enter the country and are registered, and does not factor in those who avoid the system completely.

According to Heiko Werner, a manager in the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF), a third of all "refugees" move off from "arrival centers" even before they can be assigned to an "asylum" center.

"We cannot force anyone to stay," Werner told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, adding that only the Federal police have the right to force the invaders to go anywhere. As a result, those who wish, can just leave without telling the authorities.

According to the Focus news service, there are currently some 7,000 to 8,000 "refugees" arriving in Germany every day. This official figure is most likely an underestimate, given previous admissions by the government that many are not even being registered.

Nonetheless, using these official figures, one third of 8,000 is 2,640 per day, or 81,840 per month. ...

An indication of the chaotic situation into which the state has been thrown by Angela Merkel's decision to throw open Germany's borders to the Third World, came with an admission by the central government that it does not even know the actual number of invaders who have entered what they call the "initial reception" process.
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Migration from Africa: a forgotten crisis
Marta Foresti
New Statesman, 13 November 2015
[Marta Foresti is Director of Governance, Security and Livelihoods at the Overseas Development Institute]

The most tangible outcome is a not so new - and not so big - EU aid package for Africa: €1.8bn in exchange for easier deportation of economic migrants back to Africa. With remittances to Africa dwarfing aid by a ratio of nearly three to one and €3bn recently agreed by the EU to support Turkey alone in its response to the refugee crisis, all things considered this deal is not worth much for African leaders, who left Valletta unimpressed and underwhelmed.

What the officials that struck the deal have also overlooked is that even when and if aid 'works', to reduce poverty and foster development, it is likely to lead to more, not less migration – at least from the very poorest countries.

Aid – or any form of charity for that matter – also misses a fundamental point of what drives migration. People move not only to escape war and poverty, but also to fulfil their aspirations to a better life for themselves and for their families. For this reason alone, an action plan grounded in strategy of containment and hand outs is doomed to fail.

Unsurprisingly, much of the language in the plan is weak: the document is peppered with vague and meaningless words like mainstreaming, enhancing and supporting. The commitments are generic, and where they are specific, they are spectacularly unambitious - charges to remittances to Africa will be cut down to three per cent, but only by 2030.

And yet, the claims around fighting root causes of migration, from poverty to conflict and human rights abuses, as well as the promise of job creation and economic opportunities all across Africa are dangerously unrealistic and misleading. Addressing these challenges requires political action, not summits or emergency aid. Yet political engagement was not on the cards in Valletta, whether bilaterally between European and Africa countries or through the much anticipated, but currently vacuous 'European response' to the migration crisis.

The limited financial resources and political capital that Europe can offer on migration from Africa would be better spent on more specific and realistic initiatives – such as enhancing legal migration where politically feasible through visas for a variety of migrants, not just students and entrepreneurs, temporary humanitarian visas for refugees fleeing wars and conflict and better, more reliable data, analysis and information especially on the economic benefits of migration.

Well intentioned as it may be, the Valletta Summit was a waste and the EU leaders who called for it have missed an important opportunity to take any meaningful action.
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Shocking figures reveal three out of four British jobs go to EU MIGRANTS
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 12 November 2015

Three out of four job hunters who found work in Britain in the past year were migrants from the EU, official figures reveal.

The data yesterday showed that the total number of people born in other EU countries in work in Britain has reached a record 2.1 million, up by 291,000 in 12 months.

The number of British-born people in jobs increased by just 122,000. Newcomers from Romania and Bulgaria numbered 219,000, a 30,000 increase and exceeding 200,000 for the first time.

The shocking figures reveal jobs are going to EU migrants 47 times faster than to Britons – by 19.1 per cent against just 0.4 per cent.

The total number of foreigners working in the UK has soared from 986,000 in 1997 to 3.2 million.
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EU's deep dilemmas over refugees laid bare at Malta summit
Ian Traynor
The Guardian, 12 November 2015

The faltering start in Greece to sharing refugees in Europe highlights the EU's multiple dilemmas, as leaders meet in Malta on Wednesday and Thursday for their fifth summit since June on the emergency.

The confusion, disputes and mudslinging of the past few months have opened up a fundamental question. Do they want a Europe of open or closed borders? The dilemma is embodied in the diametrically opposed policies of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orbán.

Merkel has won international plaudits for her liberal, open-door policies. She is also under siege, however, at home from malcontents in her coalition government, in the EU because her partners are not sure what she wants, and by third countries who say they are willing to help but are also baffled by the absence of coherent policy in Berlin.

Orbán, gleefully denouncing liberals as clueless, sealing Hungary's borders with razorwire and effectively abolishing the claiming of asylum, is walking tall at home because of his hardline policies. He is also increasingly winning the quiet support of other EU leaders. ...

At a meeting with Balkan leaders two weeks ago, Merkel was repeatedly asked to clarify her policy. "Many of them did not like that they were summoned by Germany to be told what to do. But the problem is that the Germans don't know what to do," said the senior diplomat.

The signals from Berlin have been very mixed over the past week. Merkel's interior and finance ministers, both in the same party, regularly contradict her. ... ...

The confusion over policy is made worse by the increasingly risible mismatch between what EU leaders say and do. A few weeks ago they promised to send 400 police officers to Slovenia to help with the influx. Only 33 have arrived. Of the 160,000 refugees they agreed to share in September – this is now EU law – 116 have been resettled from Italy and Greece.

Months ago they also agreed to share 22,500 refugees taken directly from camps in Turkey and Lebanon. To date 132 Syrians have arrived in Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic and Italy. At every emergency meeting, ministers and leaders call for reinforcements for the EU's border agency, Frontex. They then fail to supply the staffing, funding and equipment they promised.
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Sweden introduces border checks to control the flow of migrants after police say the influx is 'a risk to public order'
Simon Tomlinson
MailOnline, 12 November 2015

Sweden will impose temporary border controls from today to control a record influx of migrants after police warned it was a threat to public order.

The move is a turnaround for a country known for its open-door policies that also threw down the gauntlet to other EU nations hit by the migration crisis. ...

In Berlin, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble described Germany's refugee crisis as being like an avalanche. ...

'Whether we are at the stage where the avalanche has already reached the valley below, or whether we are at the stage at the top of the slope, I don't know.' ...

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said last week that refugees and migrants were likely to continue to arrive in Europe at a rate of up to 5,000 per day via Turkey this winter.
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Mr Cameron's now made it depressingly clear: He intends to do zilch about immigration
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 12 November 2015

David Cameron has sold the pass on immigration. The man who solemnly promised it would be reduced to the 'tens of thousands' has just guaranteed it will remain in the hundreds of thousands, and very probably rise still further. ...

... Of course any idea that the British Government might be able to decide how many people come to work in this country from the EU has long been shelved. It seems not a single member state would wear it.

Having given up that aspiration without a fight, Mr Cameron has now apparently executed a further retreat from his manifesto commitment to ban EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits until four years after their arrival. ...

Whatever period is agreed, the truth is that, as a result of other Government measures aimed at helping the low paid, the number of migrants coming to Britain from the rest of the EU is almost bound to soar – and there will be nothing David Cameron or George Osborne can do about it. ...

Poll after poll confirms that unmanaged immigration is the primary concern of most voters. This is not because they are mean-spirited or racist. They have simply seen the effect on their communities and public services of large numbers of migrants.

They have also seen that, for all their talk, politicians do little or nothing about it. I'm afraid the Prime Minister is one of the worst offenders. ...

In what is supposed to be a democracy, the entirely legitimate anxieties of the quiet majority have been consistently disregarded. But I suspect that at long last the worm may be about to turn.
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Germany to deport Syrian refugees as minister reverses Merkel's policy
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2015

Germany is to start deporting Syrian refugees after reinstating EU rules under which they must claim asylum in the first member state they enter.

But there was fresh discord in Angela Merkel's government after it emerged Thomas de Maizière, the interior minister, had ordered the measure without consulting colleagues. ...

Mr de Maizière defended himself, claiming the reinstatement of the EU's controversial Dublin rules for Syrians was agreed last month.

Under the rules, refugees are supposed to claim asylum in the first EU member state they reach, and can be deported if they travel to another.

Germany's decision to suspend the rules in the summer was the first public indication of the "open-door" refugee policy that has resulted in Mrs Merkel's approval ratings plummeting in recent weeks.

Critics have claimed the move encouraged many more asylum seekers to travel to Europe.

The return of the rules will be seen as a sign Mrs Merkel is changing course, but it is expected to have little impact on the numbers streaming into Germany.

Privately, government officials expect as few as 3 per cent of the Syrian refugees in the country can be deported under the rules.

Most of those arriving in Germany have never registered in other countries, meaning there is no evidence of where they first entered the EU.

In addition, a longstanding German court ruling means the country cannot deport refugees to Greece, where the majority of Syrians first arrive, because of poor conditions for asylum seekers there.

The Austrian government welcomed the move as a "return to sense".
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Cameron ready to hand over HALF A BILLION in foreign aid to stop migrants reaching Europe
Jake Burman
Daily Express, 12 November 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to spend almost half a billion of the UK's aid budget on stopping the flow of migrants and refugees entering Europe.

The Tory leader is willing to offer a massive £275 million in taxpayer's cash to Turkey over the next two years to help it cope with the refugee crisis.

The generous budget adds to the massive £200 million pledged to help African countries address problems which have driven migrants out of their home countries - bringing the total offered to a staggering half billion pounds of taxpayers' cash. ...

The extra support for Africa and Turkey came after the Prime Minister vowed the UK will play a "huge and historic role" in helping to tackle the migration crisis, including stepping up efforts to "smash" gangs of human traffickers.

He branded the migration crisis as "the biggest problem facing Europe today".

A Number 10 insider said: "They have got two million refugees, it has cost them almost seven billion euros to date and we think there is much more the EU can be doing there, alongside the work we have been doing in Jordan and Lebanon.

"So we are going to say that we would be willing to provide up to £275 million over the next two years as part of a stepped-up contribution from European countries to help Turkey."
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Asylum seekers pretending to be Syrian in UK applications risking prosecution
Lizzie Dearden
The Independent, 12 November 2015

Asylum seekers are posing as Syrians in the hope it will secure them a place in the UK but are unwittingly risking criminal prosecution.

The Independent met Iraqi and Afghan migrants arriving in Lesbos who said they knew people attempting the deception, believing it would lead to better treatment and an increased chance of being granted the right to stay in Europe.

A Syrian refugee told Sky News the practice was being continued by some fellow asylum seekers he met at a hostel in Croydon. ...

Germany's now-reversed easing of asylum regulations for Syrians and pledges by the UK and other nations to take refugees specifically from that country is driving even migrants with legitimate claims to lie about their nationality.

But Home Office safeguards include language tests, background checks and extensive interviews by specialists.
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Romanian and Bulgarian workers top 200,000 for first time, say official figures
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2015

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time, as the overall European Union immigrant workforce reached 2.1 million for the first time, official figures have shown.

There were nearly 300,000 additional EU residents in Britain in the latest data compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said.

It represented a rise of 16 per cent in a year.

Among Romanians and Bulgarians - who controversially gained full access to the British job market on January 1 last year - the figures reached 219,000, a 30,000 increase year-on-year, or 16 per cent, by birth rather than nationality.

The number of workers from the eight former Communist countries which joined the EU in 2004, including Poland, reached 982,000 between the end of July and the end of September - up 200,000 in just two years.

However, the sharpest rise was among countries from the 14 "old" EU states such as Spain, Italy and Greece, which saw an increase of just under 19 per cent year-on-year.

It amounted to 140,000 people, bringing the "old Europe" total to 881,000.
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The migrant crisis is a mere gust of the hurricane that will soon engulf Europe
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2015

Above all it is clear that, according to the UN, fully half of all the population increase globally in the next 35 years is expected to be in one continent: Africa. What is more, that increase will mainly be in poorer, less stable countries, alongside massive growth in numbers in the most war-torn areas of the Middle East, such as Yemen and Iraq.

The numbers that emerge are stark. The increase in Africa's population alone is set to be 1.3 billion by 2050, about two-and-a-half times the entire population of the EU today. Put another way, the number of people in Africa and western Asia is expected to increase by over 110,000 every single day for decades to come.

Such figures put into perspective a crisis caused by the arrival of several thousand migrants a day. What we have seen in recent months is only a hint of what might happen next, mere gusts of wind before the approach of a hurricane.

The implications for European countries are immense and clear. First, it is obvious that any approach signalling an open door to migration, as in the case of Germany in recent months, will rapidly prove to be unsustainable. That means it is better not to send that signal in the first place, a rare but major blunder by Angela Merkel. There need to be strict limits on migrant numbers from now on.

Second, the Schengen zone can only survive at all if there is a massive strengthening of its external borders – otherwise one country after another will close its own borders, not for a few days at a time, but permanently.

Third, Europeans will need to do much more to promote stability, save failed states and avert huge outflows of people within parts of Africa itself, as well as in the Middle East.
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More than a MILLION illegal crossings of EU borders have happened this year, it emergesà as it is revealed hundreds smuggle into Europe as circus acrobats
Hannah Roberts and Tom Wyke
MailOnline, 11 November 2015

Hundreds of migrants from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have allegedly been smuggled into Europe by circuses, masquerading as acrobats and jugglers.

Around 500 migrants paid up to £10,000 to be trafficked into Italy listed as a fictitious new performer, dancer or technician in the circus business, police in Sicily say. ...

Head of the Palermo police Flying Squad that investigated, Rodolfo Ruperti said: 'On payment of thousands of euros, hundreds of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis were guaranteed entrance to Italy via the concession of a work visa, obtained thanks to the collaboration of corrupt workers in the regional department of labour. We estimate that at least 500 foreigners are involved with payments of 7 million euros.'
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David Cameron's claims of 40 per cent of migrants on benefits based on figures beset by 'uncertainty', Government analysis admits
Charlie Cooper
The Independent, 11 November 2015

David Cameron's claim that "around 40 per cent" of recent EU migrants receive benefits is based on a two-year-old dataset beset by "uncertainty and limitations", the Government's own analysis has said.

The statistic is based on a five per cent sample from March 2013, which indicated that between 37 and 45 per cent of EU migrants were supported by the benefits system. Downing Street briefed journalists ahead of Mr Cameron's speech that 43 per cent of EU migrants received support. The estimate also excludes EU migrants studying in the UK.

In his speech Mr Cameron said: "We now know that, at any one time, around 40 per cent of all recent European Economic Area migrants are supported by the UK benefits system, with each family claiming on average around £6,000 a year of in work benefits alone, and over 10,000 recently-arrived families claiming over £10,000 a year."

The figures were subject to a formal complaint to the UK Statistics Authority, after the charity Full Fact said no independent data had been published to support the claim.

The Department for Work and Pensions later published a "one-off ad hoc analysis in support of the Prime Minister's speech". The analysis said the 37 to 45 per cent range was used "to reflect the uncertainty and limitations" in the datasets.

Official government statistics reveal that EU migrants are in fact less likely to claim out-of-work benefits than UK nationals, and more likely to claim in-work benefits. As of February 2015, according to DWP stats, only 2.2 per cent of those claiming out-of-work benefits were EU migrants, even though they make up six per cent of the total population.
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Can Europe Survive This Invasion?
Pat Buchanan
Chronicles, 10 November 2015

"A modern day mass migration is taking place . . . that could change the face of Europe's civilization," warned Hungarian President Viktor Orban.

"If that happens, that is irreversible. . . . There is no way back from a multicultural Europe," said Orban. "If we make a mistake now, it will be forever."

Orban acted on his beliefs. He erected a 110-mile fence on the Serb border, redirecting hundreds of thousands of migrants away from Hungary to Croatia, thence to Austria and Germany.

Sunday, after a third of a million had passed through, Croatia replaced a center-left with a rightist party. A fortnight ago, the right-wing eurosceptic Law and Justice Party won a landslide victory in Poland.

Support for Angela Merkel, who has opened Germany to a million migrants, is plummeting. Bavaria's CSU, sister party of Merkel's CDU, is in rebellion. Bavaria has been the main port of entry for the hundreds of thousands of arriving migrants.

Europe is undergoing the greatest mass migration since World War II, when 14 million Germans were driven out of Prussia and eastern Germany and Central and Eastern Europe.

That mass migration halted after two years. But no end is in sight to the migrations from Africa and the Middle East.

As long as Europe's borders remain open, they will come. And the people who wish to come number not just in the millions but the tens and scores of millions. And they know how to get there. ...

Why should they not come? ...

Jean Raspail's The Camp of the Saints is proving more prophetic than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World or Orwell's 1984.

Considering the crises facing Europe, the question is no longer: Will the EU survive? It is Orban's question: Will European civilization survive the century? ...

The threats raised by the mass migration into Europe rise to the level of the existential.

Can a civilization survive the replacement of the people who created it by people of other races, religions, and civilizations?
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Dutch populist Wilders seeks halt to 'Islamic invasion'
Jan Hennop
Yahoo! News / AFP, 10 November 2015

The best way to deal with Europe's growing refugee crisis is to close national borders to stop an "Islamic invasion", Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders says.

As the popularity of his far-right Freedom Party (PVV) skyrockets amid Europe's largest movement of migrants since World War II, Wilders has his sights set on becoming the next prime minister of the Netherlands in elections due in 2017.

"The only way to deal with it (the refugee crisis) is to regain our national sovereignty and close our national borders," Wilders told AFP in an exclusive interview in the Dutch parliament.
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Where America's immigrants come from: New data reveals largest group of settlers in each state as Asians are on pace to outnumber Mexicans by 2065
Mia De Graaf
Daily Mail, 10 November 2015

Asians are quickly becoming the largest immigrant group in America, census data reveals.

More than a third of the 800,000 people granted citizen status in 2013 hailed from the eastern continent. ...

By 2065, analysts predict, Indian and Chinese settlers will far outnumber Mexicans.
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15,000 benefits claimants in Northern Ireland born outside UK
Adrian Rutherford
Belfast Telegraph, 9 November 2015

Thousands of immigrants in Northern Ireland are drawing state handouts, it has been revealed.

Some 15,000 non-UK citizens are in receipt of benefits, including 2,000 from outside the EU.
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Over 10,000 apply for asylum in Sweden in a week
Sverige Radio, 9 November 2015

Last week, for the first time, over 10,000 people applied for asylum in Sweden in one week.

According to the Migration Agency, 10,201 people applied for asylum in Sweden between Monday and Sunday. The biggest group is people from Afghanistan, 4,333 of them. From Syria came 2,719 people who applied for asylum last week.

On Thursday, the government announced that a limit had been reached and that Sweden no longer can guarantee housing to people coming to apply for asylum. ...

Among last week's asylum seekers were just over 2,800 unaccompanied minors, which also is the highest number reached in a week, TT reports.
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Germany To Lower Educational Standards For Benefit Of Migrants
Oliver Lane
Breitbart, 9 November 2015

The German interior minister has announced his intention to drop educational standards in the country to help migrants get into school or find a training place.

One of the greatest barriers to integration for new migrants is access to jobs, which in highly developed Germany requires a qualified workforce – something which newcomers almost entirely are not.

To counter this problem federal interior minister Thomas de Maizière has said the standards long exacted at state run schools will have to be dropped, as the system struggles to provide for the tens of thousands of new, unplanned-for pupils.

Rapidly growing class sizes as Germany's young population balloons and the number of teachers and classrooms available fails to catch up are now officially accepted as a fact of life by the German government. Former staff are to be brought out of retirement to teach German to migrants, and present staff are being asked to work extensive unpaid overtime, reports
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Half a MILLION failed asylum seekers living in UK due to Government funding row
Nick Gutteridge
Sunday Express, 8 November 2015

More than half a million failed asylum seekers have been allowed to remain in Britain indefinitely because Government cuts mean cash-strapped immigration courts cannot afford to hear their appeal cases, can reveal today.

A vast backlog of asylum appeals has built up with many cases unlikely to be heard for up to a year and possibly longer because of a "farcical" funding dispute between Theresa May's Home Office and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

As a result the majority of those immigrants will be granted leave to stay in the UK when they finally come before the courts - even if their initial arguments were weak - because during the drawn out proceedings they are allowed to stay in Britain and build up the strength of their human rights cases.

Many will simply have children, meaning they cannot be deported because of their right to a family life.

The absurd situation has arisen because swingeing Government cuts to justice have left immigration courts unable to process the huge numbers of asylum appeals being sent their way.

A high placed source within the immigration courts system said that "at least half" of the courtrooms at each hearing centre have been shut in a bid to meet George Osborne's savings targets.

In turn the Home Office, itself under budgetary pressures, is merely deferring any applications to stay in Britain which it believes could result in an appeal.

The senior whistleblower told that the result is a vast 500,000-strong back log of cases, which is rapidly expanding because both departments are "more interested in protecting their budgets than administering justice". ...

Each case relates to at least one person but can concern a number of individuals, meaning more than half a million immigrants are living in the UK today despite the Home Office ruling that they have no right to be here.

Our highly placed source said that immigration judges have been left to "sit idle" as the petty dispute escalates. ...

"The Government are 'saving' money by closing courts and spending far more than the amount saved on supporting failed asylum seekers and their families.

"Removing these people from the UK, thousands of whom have appealed on fatuous grounds, would make room for genuine refugees.

"I can no longer remain silent and hope that you can expose the truth to the British public."

The revelations will further dent the Home Secretary's reputation for being tough on immigration, which sources within the justice system have blasted as little more than a political facade.

Mrs May initiated a supposed crackdown on abuse of the immigration appeals system last year when the Tories passed new laws in parliament.

The 2014 Immigration Act was intended to reduce the number of appeals by restricting the circumstances in which immigrants can dispute visa refusals.

But official reports from within the court system show that the legislation has been an abject failure which has heaped more pressure on the overstretched judiciary.
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Migration crisis: EU gambles on sweeteners for Africa
Matthew Holehouse and Tim Ross
Sunday Telegraph, 8 November 2015

European ministers have devised a dramatic plan to solve the migration crisis, offering a series of sweeteners in exchange for sending illegal migrants back to Africa.

They will provide cash and visa deals to persuade African countries to take back some of the 800,000 people who have flooded across the Mediterranean into Europe this year.

But in return, the proposed deal will give thousands of African students, doctors and entrepreneurs an open door to move into the European Union.

Officials are preparing to justify the highly controversial arrangement by saying only professionals who will contribute to society will be allowed into the EU. ...

Under the plan, a leaked draft of which has been seen by The Telegraph, students, doctors and entrepreneurs from African states – who represent the elite of society – will be given language training, visas and job offers to entice them to travel to Europe.

Officially, the plans are intended to undermine the multi-billion pound illegal smuggling industry by offering migrants legal routes to Europe, meaning fewer people risk death at sea.

However, a leaked draft of the text confirms that the scheme is essentially a carrot to encourage African leaders to take back tens of thousands of illegal migrants whom European countries want to deport. ...

The EU will offer £1.3 billion in aid under what is being called a "trust fund" for countries including Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya to address the "root causes of irregular migration". The money is to be used to persuade countries to accept failed asylum seekers.

The plan proposes "promoting legal channels for migration and mobility from and between African countries". ...

Migrants should be given language training before they travel, while African college qualifications for "one or more professions" should be recognised by European countries. That could, for example, allow teachers, doctors or accountants trained in Kenya to find work highly-paid work in Germany or France.

The blueprint says visa rules should be relaxed, administration fees abolished and relatives of migrants should be allowed to join them once they have reached Europe. Tellingly, it suggests the visa arrangements for the holders of African diplomatic passports should be revised. ...

The plan would not have a direct impact on the UK because Britain is not a member of the Schengen common migration zone within the EU, where border checks have been scrapped.
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EU leaders offer Africa a grand bargain over migration with no bearing on the real world
David Blair
Sunday Telegraph, 8 November 2015

The grand bargain that European Union leaders will offer their African counterparts over migration can be summarised as follows. Take back your huddled masses – and send us instead your students, researchers and entrepreneurs. And if you ask why on earth you should agree, the answer is that we will give you lots more money - plus the chance to go shopping in European capitals.

This might be a crude precis of the 14-page "Action Plan" that EU and African leaders will consider in Malta on Wednesday, but it captures the air of desperation about the whole idea. As they grapple with the migration crisis, European governments have been driven to a point where they will consider almost any proposal, however divorced from reality. ...

But African leaders will no doubt be given incentives to pretend to agree to most of the package. The EU will offer a "trust fund" of €1.8 billion (£1.3 billion) to countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya in order to address the "root causes of irregular migration". ...

There is a still deeper problem with the whole idea of summits and diplomacy providing a solution to the migration crisis. The countries which produce the greatest number of refugees often have the most poisonous relations with the Western world. ...

The truth is that European governments are largely powerless to cope with the forces unleashed by global migration. Rather than admit their impotence, they hide behind the platitudes of an "Action Plan" that can never be actioned.
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European Council President Donald Tusk calls on Germany to help secure EU border
Deutsche Welle, 8 November 2015

EC President Donald Tusk has called for Germany to do more to secure the EU's external borders due to the migrant crisis. ...

Tusk suggested in an article for the German newspaper "Welt Am Sonntag" that Berlin may need to play a leadership role in ensuring the EU's external borders are properly protected. His message to Chancellor Angela Merkel was that the EU's security needs may be different from Germany's.

"I understand if Germany, for historical reasons has difficulty, implementing a strict regime on its (own) borders," he was quoted as saying.

But the EU Council President said "Germany's leadership responsibility within the EU also requires it to protect the external European borders decisively if necessary, in accordance with pan-European unity."
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Norway launches anti-refugee Facebook page
The Local [Norway], 8 November 2015

Norway's government has taken its campaign scare away potential asylum seekers onto Facebook, launching a new page 'Stricter Asylum regulations in Norway' on Friday.

In its first post on Friday afternoon, the page trumpeted the government's plans to:

• slash benefits for asylum seekers by 20 percent;

• increase the wait for permanent residency from three to five years;

• send people home if situations improve in their home countries;

• and work with the Iraqi and Eritrean authorities to send asylum seekers back to those countries. ...

Norway is not the first country in the region to have attempted to reduce numbers of asylum seekers using negative advertising.

Denmark's foreign ministry in September published advertisements in four Lebanese newspapers warning Syrian refugees that the country had recently halved the level of benefits received by refugees.

The strategy appears to have had some success. Of the 13,000 refugees who passed through Denmark in September, only 1,500 applied for asylum.
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Germany is 'overwhelmed' with false asylum seekers' Syrian passports as forgery experts admit they can't spot fakes
Nick Fagge
MailOnline, 7 November 2015

Authorities in Germany are powerless to halt the asylum claims of tens of thousands of migrants using fake Syrian documents, MailOnline can reveal.

Officials registering applications have been overwhelmed by the 500,000-plus refugees who have streamed into the country since the beginning of the year.

A huge number of claims for asylum that are supported by passports and identity cards that appear to be false, a police forensic expert has revealed. ...

Police forgery expert Joerg Aehnlich told MailOnline: 'I know their documents are false but I cannot give evidence in court that they [the asylum seekers] are not Syrian because I cannot prove it.

Migrants are using documents stolen from Syrian refugees, identity cards manufactured to order or simply papers borrowed from friends and relatives to support their asylum application, Mr Aehnlich, of the Lower Saxony Criminal Forensic Institute has revealed.

This means applications for refugee status have been allowed to proceed because the authorities cannot prove they are fake.

He told MailOnline: 'Some of the passports contain the false personal information in fake documents, some passports contain genuine personal information in fake documents and some passports contain genuine personal information in genuine documents. But we cannot prove which ones are genuine and which are false.'

Mr Aehnlich is one of just a handful of forgery experts in Germany that are called upon to provide expert opinions on documents in contested asylum application cases. ...

The largest number of migrants are refugees escaping the war in Syria, some 38 per cent, followed by Eritrean fleeing the brutal dictatorship in the tiny Horn of African state.

But there are also people from Balkan countries such as Kosovo and Albania – as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and North Africa, who are exploiting the situation to seek a new life in Europe.

This has led to a roaring trade in fake Syrian documents, which are used to support asylum claims, Mr Aehnlich claims.

He told MailOnline: 'Syrian documents have become very valuable because they can be used to claim asylum here [in Germany].

'Refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria are robbed when they cross the border into Turkey and their documents are sold.

'Forgers are manufacturing fake passports, identity cards and other papers to order in Turkey – for the right price.'

However Syrians who have lost their legitimate documents are also replacing them with forgeries as they are extremely difficult to replace, due to the civil war that has divided the country. ...

Frontex, the EU border agency, has reported an increase in the seizure of Syrian passports for sale although they admit they as yet have no idea of the size of the problem.
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DR MAX: Alas, poor Benedict Cumberbatch is guilty of double standards
Dr Max Pemberton
Daily Mail, 7 November 2015

I'd taken Mum to see Hamlet at the Barbican, and we'd been spellbound.

But then Benedict Cumberbatch launched into an on-stage rant about why Britain's offer to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees was – in his view – hopelessly inadequate.

I now know he's been doing this after every performance. ...

Of course, he could get away with this because he's a celeb. ...

But perhaps Cumberbatch is right. Maybe we should take in more refugees. Maybe there is enough slack in the system to accommodate 30,000 or 40,000 Syrians, or even 100,000.

I don't know, because I haven't done an analysis of our resources, the impact it would have on schools, policing, housing and the NHS.

But I rather suspect Cumberbatch hasn't done that, either.

I also suspect he hasn't seen the reality of health care as close up as I have, and witnessed how the poorest and most vulnerable in society are already being failed.

Day in, day out, I see how the NHS is stretched gossamer-thin.

I know the extra pressures that immigration can place on communities, and that it's those people on the lowest rungs who pay the price.

I know the psychological traumas refugees suffer, and the language and cultural problems that make helping them especially time-consuming and costly.

And I don't think it's uncaring to worry if we can cope.

What frustrates me is that whatever we do, it won't affect the gilded life of people like Cumberbatch. ...

About 500 yards away is University College Hospital, ...

But like most of the NHS, it's cruelly overloaded. And it clearly wasn't good enough for Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter.

They are perfectly entitled to go private, and I wouldn't mention it if Benedict hadn't decided to start lecturing others.

How can he say we should be doing more for refugees, while dodging the system the rest of us have to use and which open borders would place under ever greater strain?

He and his wife didn't wait in line to see a midwife, did they? They weren't told there was no bed available when her labour started, were they?

That's the thing about liberals who lecture the rest of us: when the chips are down, they forget their rhetoric and nip off to the private sector.

But to be fair to Cumberbatch, he's far from the worst offender.

Some time ago, I received a phone call from a GP who explained he had a 'VIP patient' who would like to see me. My hackles rose because as far as I'm concerned, there aren't VIP patients, just patients.

It turned out this individual was a high-ranking MP. I won't reveal their name, their sex or their party, but they're very well known.

The GP explained that this MP would like to see me privately. I was slightly baffled as I'd seen the politician on BBC Question Time, singing the praises of the NHS.

I explained that I don't see patients privately, but was happy to make an NHS appointment.

'Ah,' came the reply. 'They don't want to wait.'

I nearly burst a blood vessel at the hypocrisy. Especially when this same MP later had the audacity to attack David Cameron when he announced the 20,000 limit for refugees.

Yes, it's easy to be outraged when you won't be the one bumped down the waiting list, isn't it?
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Kenya: Africans Treat Each Other Worse Than Immigrants Are Treated in the West
Maina Kiai
AllAfrica / Daily Nation, 7 November 2015

It can be frustrating travelling on an African passport.

Many countries demand all sorts of assurances and proofs that we will be returning to our countries, apparently afraid that we will melt into the cracks and become "undocumented migrants." ...

The process of getting a visa can be harrowing.

However, nothing quite beats the stories by Africans about how hard it is to travel to Kenya and South Africa.

I cringe when Cameroonians say that they would rather go to Europe than to Kenya because of our policy of blanket suspicion against Cameroonians.

This blanket suspicion is what many Kenyans and Africans – outside Africa – suffer, and yet we turn around and do the same thing to our fellow Africans! ...

African leaders talk loudly about pan-Africanism and African solutions.

But the way they deal with ordinary African citizens speaks volumes.
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Pew: Muslims, Hindus Most Pro-Immigration Groups in U.S.
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 7 November 2015

A new report by the Pew Research Center reveals that views on immigration vary considerably according to religious affiliation, with Muslims and Hindus topping the charts of those who say that increased immigration into the U.S. represents "a change for the better."

A majority of both Muslims (51%) and Hindus (61%) view expanding U.S. immigration favorably, with figures that are nearly double the percentage of Americans taken as a group. On average, only 26% of U.S. citizens see a greater influx of immigrants as a change for the better, while 35% consider the presence of more immigrants to be a change for the worse.

Only 15% of Muslims and 10% of Hindus consider the trend toward more U.S. immigration to be a change for the worse.

The only group of religious affiliation to compete with Muslims and Hindus in their appreciation for the presence of more immigrants is the category of self-identified atheists, of whom nearly half (47%) believe that a growing immigrant presence is a positive adjustment in U.S. society. Only 14% of atheists believe the presence of more immigrants in America to be a negative thing. ...

Christians in general look askance at a growing immigrant presence in the U.S. population, with 39% considering the trend to be negative and only 22% viewing the change positively.
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Hungarian PM says Europe 'cannot build its future on immigration instead of families' and says leaders must make it easier for parents to have children 'for the survival of our civilization'
Kieran Corcoran
MailOnline, 6 November 2015

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has again spoken out against the influx of migrants into Europe, saying it will not solve the continent's problems.

The outspoken leader said that efforts should be made instead to encourage European families to have more children who can help the region prepare for the future.

Orban, who has characterized this year's migrant crisis as a deliberate left-wing conspiracy designed to erode European identities, said that bringing in new immigrants won't help with Europe's ageing populations and economic stagnation.

Speaking at a conference on Thursday in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, Orban said: 'Europe cannot build its future on immigration instead of families.' ...

He said: 'Europe has been betrayed, if we don't stand up for it, the continent will no longer be for those citizens living here.'

Mr Orban also added how it was 'hard to imagine' that large European states with 'huge well-functioning intelligence services' were not prepared for the influx of several thousand refugees to Europe each day.

Hungary has said it plans to challenge the EU's mandatory quota plan for refugee relocation, and not take in any asylum-seekers or migrants sent back from western Europe.

'Who in Europe voted to allow people to arrive illegally in their millions and then be distributed?" Orban asked during a radio interview.

'What is happening today has no democratic basis," he said, adding that the EU was moving from organisation and legality to 'anarchy.'

'The people of Europe are beginning to wake up, they have realised that immigration is a cultural question, our identity is at stake,' he said.
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Czech President Miloš Zeman: The refugees are criminals
Britské listy, 6 November 2015

It is correct to detain refugees in the prison-like detention centres in the Czech Republic because "they are criminals", says Czech President Miloš Zeman in an interview for a controversial, tabloid, highly popular Czech server Parlamentní listy. "They are criminals because they have broken Czech law by gatecrashing onto the territory of the Czech Republic and by breaking international law. The refugees are infringing the Dublin Regulation according to which a refugee is required to apply for asylum in the first safe country. The Czech Republic certainly is not the first safe country which these refugees have entered," said President Zeman.
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Peter Hain warns the Syrian refugee crisis may be 'only the beginning'
David Williamson
Wales Online, 6 November 2015

The Syrian refugee crisis may not be a one-off but may be "only the beginning" as the impact of climate change and food and water shortages are felt around the world, former Welsh Secretary Lord Hain will warn in a speech today.

The former Neath MP and veteran anti-apartheid activist will warn: "The world will require fully 50% more food and water by 2030 and the same amount of extra energy – in part to source the extra food and water."

This, he argues, could "trigger mass migration northwards from the southern hemisphere to Europe, directly impacting upon Britain."

Stressing the need for political solutions to a range of "crises" that have sent people fleeing from their homes, he will tell his audience at the University of South Wales: "Today there are humanitarian crises not just in Syria, but in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia, Nigeria and Ukraine... Only political solutions can address the root causes of these conflicts, and therefore the number of refugees they generate."

The former Neath MP will state that with the rise of globalisation 200 million people are now on the move each year – up from 70 million in 1970.
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The opportunities and risks of a more diverse Britain
Chris Murray
Left Foot Forward, 6 November 2015
[Chris Murray is a research fellow at IPPR]

Waves of immigration over the past twenty years have brought people from almost every corner of the world to Britain, from economic migrants from Europe to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa.

The number of local authorities with no ethnic majority is growing fast: by 2031 more than 45 local authorities England, Scotland and Wales will no longer be majority white British.

Despite the government's focus on bringing the net migration figure down, this process is not going to stop. Even without immigration, the face of Britain will keep changing: over a quarter of births in 2013 were to mothers born outside the UK. Communities with their origins in the Caribbean, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are now well into their third and fourth generations.

Given our birth rate and migration patterns, Britain is in the midst of a period of significant demographic change that looks sure to continue for decades into the future.

As Britain diversifies, so too do experiences of diversity. Historically ethnic mixing was confined to the inner cities. That has changed. Some local authorities, particularly in London, have a long history of migration and are now 'super-diverse', home to huge varieties of ethnic groups. Other parts of the UK have retained their ethnic homogeneity and still see very low levels of migration.

In between, different areas are changing at different speeds: some have seen very rapid immigration from one country, others like Slough and Luton have become more plural, while towns like Bedford have experienced successive waves of migration.

Everyone knows that immigration and diversity can pose challenges as well as bring benefits. So we should look to those areas where change is already underway to learn the lessons.

A report by IPPR and Coventry University published this week looks at the different models of diversity springing up across Britain. It finds that in towns that have experienced high levels of migration over several decades, diversity becomes 'normalised' over the years. Focus groups with residents show that people come to feel at ease with diversity and see immigration as a fact of life.

The development of infrastructure that caters for a diverse population, along with greater contact between residents as communities put down roots, leads people to see diversity more as an asset than a liability. ...

This tells us that immigration is a process, and one that people can adapt to. That becomes harder when the pace of change is rapid and public services do not keep up. ... ...

The trend of diversity is one of Britain's greatest opportunities. Not only because it can enrich our culture and bring new talent and energy to our towns and cities. ... ...

Immigration and growing diversity bring huge opportunities for Britain. But the social change we are experiencing – which is not going to stop – brings risks too. We need to face up to the reality of greater ethnic diversity and higher rates of migration and respond to the challenges and tensions it can pose.

Get it right, and Britain can minimise the challenges a changing population can bring while exploiting the opportunities. Get it wrong, and communities will feel powerless and angry.
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Diane Abbott: economic migrants and refugees deserve equal sympathy
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 6 November 2015

Economic migrants coming to Britain should be treated with the same sympathy as refugees fleeing war, Diane Abbott has said.

The shadow international development secretary also said it is wrong and racist to claim, as some of her colleagues in the Labour party had done previously, that eastern European immigrants were the cause of wage cuts for English workers.

Abbott was speaking on Thursday at an event to welcome refugees in north London also attended by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. ...

She said the migration crisis had been caused by problems such as climate change and instability, but "above all there are issues with a series of ill-fated western interventions in Libya, Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East". ...

Without naming any individual, Abbott also criticised "those in the Labour party that seem to want to argue that immigrants are in some sense the cause of our economic woes". ...

She argued that some people, including members of the Labour party, wrongly contend that the current debate about immigration is not about race by pointing to the fact that eastern Europeans are white. ...

Speaking at the event, Corbyn said his success in the Labour leadership election showed "the politics of me, not we, are over". "It was a victory not for me, but for all those that want to see a different, better and more peaceful world," he said.

He called on Britain to "hold out the hand of humanity and not brutality to refugees. I do not use the language of swarm and swamp and all those things. I look at those people as fellow human beings, just like you, just like me, just doing their best to survive in a cruel and dangerous world". ,,,

He said: "Refugees should not be treated as a problem, a threat, a difficulty and somehow or other to be confronted and kept out.

"The problem across Europe will not be solved by the construction of razor-wire fences around countries, by having gun boats in the sea and by having electronic surveillance and tagging of people all across the world that are trying to achieve a place of safety."

The solution lay "in greater equality and above all by ending the series of wars that have disfigured this century so far," Corbyn added.
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To take on Ukip, the left needs to do more than champion the abstract idea of immigration
Owen Jones
New Statesman, 6 November 2015

The problem for the left is that /.../ clamping down on immigration is a burning priority for millions. Over the summer – as Labour's ranks were swelled with Corbynistas – immigration became the number one concern of most voters. ...

If a generally positive approach to immigration is your thing, the polling evidence is rather sobering. /.../ The British Social Attitudes Survey in 2013 found that 77% of people wanted immigration "reduced a lot" or "reduced a little": "reducing it a lot" was chosen by over half of those polled. Among those pollsters regard as working-class – the left's key base – the level of hostility to current levels of immigration is even higher. /.../ For those with migrant heritage whose parents were born in Britain, according to the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey, 82% want immigration reduced; among first and second generation migrants, the figure is significantly less, but still a very decisive 60%.

The polling is pretty conclusive: on economic issues, UKIP voters are frequently to the left of the British public as a whole, but their policy grievances above all else focuses on immigration. ...

The left has failed comprehensively to offer a convincing story on immigration. It is little noted, but it is one of the few issues that the Blairite right and Corbynite left largely agree on. Both emphasise the economic benefits of immigration, not least given EU migrants tend to be younger tax-paying workers who claim fewer benefits and depend less on public services. Both extol the cultural benefits, too, particularly the community enrichment of metropolitan urban centres. ...

Some regard anti-immigration sentiments as evidence of straightforward prejudice, to be tackled under the general umbrella of anti-racism campaigning. Another explanation is the pernicious role of the media. ...

But my view is that the role of the media has become a crutch for the left, a convenient deflection from our own failure to convince and persuade. ...

Whatever the arguments, the evidence is overwhelming and compelling: the left have disastrously failed to persuade the large majority of the British public on immigration. As a consequence, the left fails to get a hearing on a whole range of other issues, too.

Privately, there are some left MPs and trade union leaders who want a debate over freedom of movement. But Labour's electoral coalition over immigration is, to say the least, unwieldy. ...

... Could it be, he suggests, that the "inconvenient truth" is Labour's electoral coalition represents "voters with divergent and perhaps irreconcilable opinions on the impact of immigration." This goes some way to explain Labour's tortured recent positioning on immigration, as the party is buffeted between the pro-immigration and anti-immigration wings of its coalition. ...

The left is long overdue a debate on its strategy to immigration, starting with an acknowledgement that its current approach has self-evidently failed. ...

At the same time, though, is it really healthy that we are recruiting one in four nurses abroad because of cuts to nurse training places? Is stealing nurses from poorer countries who need them far more desperately than we do a good thing? I don't think so.
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Schäuble: If Europe does not control its borders, it will be destroyed
Protothema, 6 November 2015

If Europe fails to control its external borders, it will be destroyed, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said stressing that safeguarding EU borders is necessary to safeguard the free movement of people within Schengen Agreement.

Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Mr. Schäuble referred extensively to the refugee issue stressing that Europe needs to regain control of its external borders.

"If Europe fails to solve the problem and gain control of its external borders, the Europe of free movement and open borders will be destroyed", said German Finance Minister.
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Adventures in Immigration Non-Enforcement
Mark Krikorian
National Review, 6 November 2015

The Obama administration may not give a fig about the real Bill of Rights, but it seems determined to adhere to every emanation and penumbra of a new "bill of rights" for illegal aliens – or, as the promoters would have it, for "undocumented Americans." It's basically just planks from next year's Democratic platform – illegals must not be deported because they have the right to be here, they all deserve citizenship, in the meantime they should all be given work permits and access to taxpayer-funded health care.

Recent evidence of the administration's fealty to these principles comes from two sources. The investigative unit of the Indianapolis NBC affiliate (suggested motto: "Doing the job national media won't do") reports that "the IRS is a knowing accomplice to millions of cases of identity theft while keeping victims in the dark." ... ...

"Borrow" is the actual term used in the IRS manual for illegally using someone else's Social Security number to get a job. And parts of the IRS employees' manual that are hidden from the public (and provided by whistleblowers) warn IRS workers "Do not disclose to the taxpayer that ... their SSN was reported on an ITIN return". (ITIN is Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which the IRS issues to illegal aliens so they can file returns and get refunds.) ...

Investigative reporter Bob Segall is to be commended for his zeal and is persistence – he's the one, after all, who a couple of years ago exposed the IRS's improperly giving illegal aliens billions in tax credits and refunds.

The other recent example of Obama's facilitating illegal immigration came from a piece by Law360 /.../. They report that audits of employers' personnel records intended to make sure they're not employing illegal aliens have declined dramatically, "the downward trend doesn't appear to be slowing".
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Migrant crisis: Three million expected to reach EU by 2017
BBC, 5 November 2015

Three million migrants are likely to arrive in Europe by 2017 as the record influx via the Mediterranean continues, the European Commission says.

The EU's executive arm said the influx would have a "small but positive" effect on EU economic output, raising GDP by 0.2-0.3%.

The influx will raise the EU population by 0.4%, the Commission forecasts, taking account of failed asylum claims. ...

The flow of refugees and other migrants from Turkey to Greece is expected to continue at a rate of 5,000 daily this winter, the UN refugee agency UNHCR says. ...

The Commission said the figure of three million was an assumption rather than a prediction and included those who had already arrived in 2015.

UN refugee officials say more than 750,000 migrants have arrived in the EU by sea this year, up from 282,000 in total in 2014.
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Europe's migrant crisis likely to last for 20 years, says International Development Secretary
Colin Freeman and Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2015

The migrant crisis engulfing Europe is likely to last for 20 years, the government minister in charge of Britain's international response warned on Thursday.

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development, said the humanitarian crisis in Syria was such that many refugees would be unlikely to return home in two decades.

It came as the European Union predicted that the worst of the crisis is yet to come, with three million people arriving by the end of 2017. It said the economic boost many had hoped for is likely to be negligible. ...

The European Commission said that another 1.5 million people could be expected to arrive in 2016, compared to one million this year, plus a further 500,000 in 2017 – increasing Europe's population by 0.4 per cent. ...

In the short-term, handling the arrivals will have a cost to the public purse of as much as 0.5 per cent of GDP in the most affected countries such as Sweden, greater than the immediate economic dividend.

Overall in Europe, the influx could increase the size of the continents' economy by a quarter of one per cent. However, this is smaller than the population increase, "implying a small, negative impact on GDP per capita throughout the period".

In Germany, growth is expected to increase by 0.5 per cent to 2020, against a population increase of one per cent "reflecting also stronger downward pressure on real wages."
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The refugee crisis is actually having 'sizable' economic benefits in European countries, EU says
Jon Stone
The Independent, 5 November 2015

The refugee crisis is actually having a "sizeable" positive economic impact on some EU countries, European Commission figures suggest.

Economists at the EU's executive agency say the large influx of people to the bloc from Syria and other conflict zones is likely having a positive effect on growth, employment rates, and long-term public finances in the most affected countries.
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Mass immigration is on the verge of DESTROYING Europe
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 5 November 2015

Several millennia were required to build European civilisation but its impending destruction has been the work of just a few years, carried out by a cadre of irresponsible, unpatriotic and deluded politicians led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Dressing up their vandalism as compassion and their cowardice as moral superiority, these leaders have created an immigration crisis so profound that the very existence of our European culture and heritage is under mortal threat.

The tragic paradox of the obsession with free movement and the abolition of national identities is that Europe in any meaningful sense will probably cease to exist this century.

As the social revolution accelerates traditional values of democracy, freedom and solidarity will be replaced by conflict, sectarianism, oppression and intolerance.

Increasingly Islamified, barbaric and poverty-stricken, Europe will become indistinguishable from large swathes of North Africa and the Middle East.

Even the stupendously high levels of mass immigration over the past two decades are now dwarfed by the colossal flood of new arrivals that has occurred since the early summer when Merkel made her woefully illconceived pledge that Germany would welcome anyone claiming to be a refugee. ...

The potential influx is almost limitless. The United Nations says that globally there are at least 60 million people classified as refugees while more than 1.2 billion live in dire poverty. But the numbers are already proving catastrophic.

A mood of fear hangs over disintegrating Europe. In southern Spain there have been attacks on churches by Islamists, including damage to an ancient sanctuary and Arabic graffiti sprayed on walls.

Ultra-liberal pro-immigration Sweden has seen some Muslim neighbourhoods in its cities turned into no-go areas, while Malmo has one of the highest rates of rape in the world.

The fraught scenes of chaos in Eastern Europe are replicated at points on the British border, such as Calais, where the vast 6,000-strong migrant camp descends into even greater squalor and tension.

But 95 per cent of the squatters there are not refugees but are tough, fit young men mainly from Africa who have no right to be in Europe at all. If our politicians had any guts they would close down the camp and deport its freeloading residents.

But instead the British taxpayer is being asked to fork out £3.6 million a year for improvements at the camp, which will only attract more. ... ...

... The scale of this political treachery is almost incomprehensible.
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800,000 'illegal entries' to EU in 2015: border agency chief
EUbusiness, 4 November 2015

Migrants have made some 800,000 "illegal entries" to the European Union so far this year, the head of the bloc's border agency Frontex said in an interview with German newspaper Bild published Wednesday.

Warning that the influx of migrants has probably not yet "reached its peak", Fabrice Leggeri called for European states to detain unsuccessful asylum seekers so they can be "rapidly" sent back to their countries of origin.

"EU states must prepare for the fact that we still have a very difficult situation ahead of us in the coming months," added Leggeri.

Last month, Frontex said that 710,000 migrants had entered the EU in the first nine months of the year but cautioned that many people had been counted twice.

The agency said on October 13 that "irregular border crossings may be attempted by the same person several times".

"This means that a large number of the people who were counted when they arrived in Greece were again counted when entering the EU for the second time through Hungary or Croatia," explained the agency.

According to the most recent figures from the UN refugee agency, more than 744,000 people have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, the majority to Greece.
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Cut migrant cash? No chance, says Britain's top civil servant: Sir Jeremy Heywood claims Cameron is 'very unlikely' to get significant welfare reform from Brussels
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 4 November 2015

Britain's most senior civil servant has told David Cameron he is very unlikely to get significant welfare reform from Brussels, it was reported last night.

The Prime Minister has said he wants to see a four-year delay before an EU migrant can claim benefits in this country.

But last night, BBC2's Newsnight reported that Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, has warned him he is unlikely to get much more than a ban on claiming tax credits for a few weeks or - at most - a few months.
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Leftie Lords demand all migrants treated as refugees, which would 'BANKRUPT BRITAIN'
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 4 November 2015

Leftie Lords have been attacked over an outrageous claim that all European migrants should be classified as refugees in a move which would 'BANKRUPT' Britain.

Left-wing peers issued a stunning rebuke to the Government today for its use of the word 'migrant', insisting all new arrivals should automatically be given refugee status.

In another astonishing outburst /.../ they effectively demanded David Cameron decriminalise illegal immigration.

It could mean throwing open Britain's borders to tens of thousands of migrants and refugees.

The peers also insisted the Government should sign Britain up to EU relocation quotas and help establish "legal" routes into Europe's free movement zone which would allow unlimited numbers of migrants to enter the continent.

The explosive demands were contained in a report by the House of Lords' EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee assessing the EU's action plan to target migrant smuggling.

The 12-strong committee - which is dominated by Labour and Lib Dem peers - delivered its findings in a stunning document published today. ...

The stunning Lords' report even calls for sweeping changes to EU law which would stop member states from policing their own borders by effectively decriminalising illegal immigration. ...

Amazingly, they even suggested "legal routes" should be created which would allow unlimited numbers of refugees to stream into Europe.

The report states: "One effective way of addressing the root causes of irregular migration, and of reducing the need for large numbers of refugees to turn to smugglers, would be to create safe and legal routes for refugees to enter the EU. Greater priority needs to be given to this."
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UK taxpayers pay £550,000 a YEAR to help turn Calais migrant camp into mini town
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 4 November 2015

British taxpayers are forking out a staggering £550,000 a year on improvements to a notorious migrant camp in Calais - and could be about to be hit with a bill for MILLIONS more, can reveal today.

The Government has spent the colossal sum on giving migrants at the violence-ridden Jungle II camp "advice and support" as part of a deal struck with French officials.

Huge amounts of cash have been spent on trying to improve the lives of some 6,000 migrants living in Calais despite the fact that almost all of them are making nightly bids to reach Britain.

And the burden on the taxpayer is set to get even worse after a judge ordered the French government to overhaul conditions at the squalid camp, where violence and rape are said to be rife.

Britain could be expected to contribute up to half of the cost of the improvements under a cross-Channel deal signed between Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve.

Charities had launched legal action against French president Francois Hollande asking him embark on a huge project of improvements which would include providing hot meals for all of the Jungle Camp's inhabitants.

They also wanted to see 24 water points, 50 toilets and showers, 15 dumpsters and increased access to medical care at nearby Calais hospital for migrants.

Today a judge in Lille ruled in favour of the campaigners, agreeing that the French government is acting illegally with its "permanent violation of fundamental freedoms". ...

It also emerged today that taxpayers have already splurged £550,000 on humanitarian aid to the Calais migrants in the last year alone.

The shocking figure was revealed by immigration minister James Brokenshire, who also said that Britain is signed up to a further £7.2 million of spending over the next two years. ...

"The 2015 Joint Declaration also commits the UK to a further financial contribution of £3.6 million per year for two years to support the French Government in a range of activities to reduce the numbers of migrants in Calais and the incentives for them to stay there." ...

The Government has spend just under £12 million on security improvements at Calais in the last 12 months.

But despite the extra measures the lawless port town is enduring one of its most violent ever periods, with thousands of migrants making nightly bids to reach Britain.

Lorry drivers have spoken how they live in constant fear of being attacked and are now arming themselves with tasers and pepper spray to fend off increasingly violent migrants.
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Refugee crisis could spark WAR if Austria closes border with Germany, Merkel warns
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 4 November 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned of fresh conflicts in Eastern Europe if countries fail to properly manage the refugee crisis.

Ms Merkel said Balkan states could be plunged back into war - the first time since the 1990s - if Germany closed it border with Austria.

She told members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union party that erecting a fence to stem the unrelenting flow of migrants would "lead to a backlash".
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Refugee crisis: 700 children a day now claiming asylum on European soil
Jamie Merrill
The Independent, 3 November 2015

Up to 700 children a day are now claiming asylum on European soil, as new figures reveal that twice as many child refugees are arriving this year compared to 2014. ...

In a new report, seen exclusively by The Independent, Unicef UK reveals that between January and September this year, more than 190,000 children sought asylum asylum in Europe, compared to 98,000 in the same period last year. The charity says conflict across the Middle East is forcing families to make the increasingly perilous journey to Greece and across Europe.

One in 10 of the world's children are now growing up in a conflict zone – some 230 million children, while in Syria one in five children are forced to cross a conflict line to take exams or get to school, according to the report.
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Libya warns it could flood Europe with migrants if EU does not recognise new self-declared government
Colin Freeman
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2015

Libya has issued a veiled threat to send "hundreds of thousands" of extra migrants to Europe if Brussels does not give official recognition to its self-declared government.

Officials say they could hire boats to send large numbers of African migrants across the Mediterranean, massively adding to the numbers already reaching Europe's borders.

The warning was made by a spokesman for Libya's General National Congress.
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Billionaire EU supporter tells Europe to take in 'at least a MILLION' refugees every year
Jake Burman
Daily Express, 3 November 2015

European Union supporter George Soros has claimed Europe should take "at least a million" refugees every year and let them choose where they want to live.

The human rights activist, who is a notable backer of the European Union, called on the EU to accept more refugees and cover the cost of housing health care and education for each refugee for the first two years.

The billionaire businessman was last week accused by Hungary's prime minister of deliberately encouraging the migration crisis.

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban claimed that activists like Mr Soros are partly to blame for the current crisis.

He said: "This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other hand by those activists who supper everything that weakens the nation-state."

"This Western mindset and this activist network is perhaps best represented by George Soros."

Mr Soros - a funder of pro-migration groups all over the world - released a statement in return to the comments, arguing his beliefs "uphold European values".

In the statement Mr Soros called on the EU to create a new border control, whereby it "has to accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually for the foreseeable future". ...

Mr Soros also said that it is important to "place refugees where they want to go".
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'European values' won't last long without national borders
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 3 November 2015

Fascinating events in Hungary where Prime Minister Viktor Orban continues to come under fire from other EU member states for trying to maintain what we used to call 'borders'.

This has now led Orban into direct confrontation with Hungary's richest export – billionaire financier George Soros. Orban identifies Soros as being one among a number of 'activists' whose organisations share part of the blame for encouraging migrants to come to Europe and for lobbying Europeans to regard borders and sovereignty as things of the past.

Soros has now responded in a most illuminating manner, confirming that the many groups he funds are indeed working for precisely the ends Prime Minister Orban described. In an email to Bloomberg, Soros says that his foundation is trying to 'uphold European values' while Orban is trying to 'undermine those values'. Making it clearer, Soros writes of Orban:

'His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle. Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.'

Putting aside Soros's depiction of the hundreds of thousands of people coming into Europe as 'refugees' rather than – more accurately in most cases – 'economic migrants', perhaps in the next round the Hungarian Prime Minister can point out to Mr Soros that without national borders those 'European values' he seems so keen on will be blown away like so much sand.
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Most refugees in Denmark want to stay
Copenhagen Post, 3 November 2015

The vast majority of refugees who have arrived in Denmark in the wake of the conflict in the Middle East want to stay permanently, according to a new survey conducted by TV2 News.

The survey showed that 82 percent of refugees want to remain in Denmark even after the perils in the region subside.
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The damning truth about foreign aid: British millions meant for Syrian refugees are squandered by the UN on administration and staff costs
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 3 November 2015

Up to half of British taxpayers' cash meant for Syrian refugees has been wasted on United Nations red tape.

Instead of providing food, medicine and shelter in camps, much of our aid money is going on administration, overheads and staff costs.

And a UK official in the region told investigators the UN relief effort was 'at best mediocre'.

Britain has given £1 billion to help Syrians fleeing the twin menace of Islamic State and dictator Bashar Al-Assad. Dwarfing the donations of other European countries, it is the UK's biggest ever response to a refugee crisis.

Around £600 million has been handed to three UN bodies – the World Food Programme, children's fund Unicef and refugee agency UNHCR.

But much of the cash is not accounted for, with Unicef failing even to give a breakdown. Shockingly, the UNHCR has spent £7 million on its press office. ...

The investigation by Radio 4's File on Four programme found that a lack of financial transparency at the UN made it extremely difficult to discover how much was being spent and on what. ...

The UNHCR received £116 million from the UK and the World Food Programme £227 million.

But the only detailed WFP project budget available was a £16 million breakdown for food vouchers for three months in 2012. ...

Unicef was given £120 million by Britain but there was no breakdown of how it was spent, said investigators.
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Almost 220,000 migrants, a record, reached Europe by sea in October - U.N.
Reuters, 2 November 2015

A monthly record of 218,394 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea in October, up from 172,843 in September, Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, said on Monday.

"That makes it the highest total for any month to date and roughly the same as the entire total for 2014," he said. The UNHCR puts 2014 arrivals by sea at about 219,000.
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Tens of thousands of new homes in greenfield areas to get automatic planning permission
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2015

Tens of thousands of new homes in greenfield areas in England will be given automatic planning permission amid fears that communities will have inappropriate developments forced on them.

Ministers have quietly given developers the right to be granted "planning in principle" in areas that are earmarked for new housing schemes.

Rural campaigners said the new powers will restrict the rights of council planning officers to ensure that the design, density, size and location of homes is in keeping with local areas. ...

Ministers have quietly expanded the scope of this "planning in principle" power in recent weeks from brownfield sites to areas earmarked for development in local plans.

Just three weeks ago David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that the new "planning in principle" changes would apply to brownfield sites like former car parks and industrial areas.

However Government documents said the new power will apply to "housing identified in local plans and neighbourhood plans" which include greenfield areas.

They said that 'planning in principle' will give "upfront certainty" for developers on the location, use and size of the new development.

Councils will be able to vet unspecified "technical" details on developments, but will be denied the outright ability to block housing schemes they consider inappropriate. ...

Whitehall forecasts say the new plans could be used to give approvals to homes on 7,000 building sites a year.
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EU moves to manage migrant crisis
Yahoo! News / Associated Press, 2 November 2015

The European Union's struggle to staunch the flow of hundreds of thousands of people across its borders represents the continent's biggest refugee emergency in over half a century.

But far from being insurmountable, many of the EU's challenges are self-inflicted, the bloc's own chief executive admits. Ambitions exceed capabilities and promises are broken. On the ground, there is chaos, willful obstruction or just plain incompetence.

EU nations are "moving slowly at a time when they should be running," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently told lawmakers.

"The gap between the pledges and what is on the table must be reduced," he said. "Otherwise we are losing all kinds of credibility." ...

The vast amounts of money that the EU often throws at its challenges are being grudgingly mustered – but cash and policy changes have so far proved woefully inadequate. ...

Faced with little likelihood that the flow of migrants will ease, Germany has notified the EU that it plans to extend border checks on people until at least Nov. 13.

Berlin has also warned that it may continue to do so using a new legal mechanism which could allow controls for up to two years. It is feared that such checks could undermine Europe's open borders project.

In terms of financial aid, EU nations promised to provide an extra 2.3 billion euros a month ago. So far 86 million euros has been pledged. ...

More broadly, the plan to move tens of thousands of refugees out of Greece and Italy has barely advanced. So far 86 people have been shared among EU partners. Thirty more were due in Luxembourg soon.

"Nine member states have let us know that they can soon relocate 700 people," Juncker said. "But let's not forget that we have a decision to relocate 160,000 refugees."
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Right-To-Buy Extension Could Hand Cheap Homes To Immigrants, Labour MP Tristram Hunt Warns
Graeme Demianyk
The Huffington Post, 2 November 2015

Homes could be bought with a significant discount by migrants that have been in the UK for just three years under the Government's Right-to-Buy programme, a Labour MP has warned.

Tristram Hunt, formerly the party's Shadow Education Secretary, blogs for The Huffington Post UK that the Conservative election pledge to extend Margaret Thatcher's 1980s flagship policy to 1.2m housing association properties could "exacerbate concern about immigration".

The Housing and Planning Bill will be debated in the House of Commons later today, and if passed will allow tenants to buy their homes at a reduction of up to £100,000.

Mr Hunt says he has been told at least one in ten homes go to people from outside the UK at one housing association in his Stoke-on-Trent constituency.

The MP says against the "ill-considered" plan the Government "must be sensitive to the potential effects" of migrants getting homes amid long housing waiting lists.
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There's plenty more space for humanity on this 'tiny' island
Zoe Williams
The Guardian, 2 November 2015

By 2039, the Office for National Statistics expects the UK population to be 74.3 million, an increase that is accounted for, in almost exactly equal parts, by immigration and natural growth (more births than deaths). Its estimates of net migration are 256,000 next year, 232,000 the year after, dropping below 200,000 in the 2020s. Given that net migration was over 300,000 last year, and the average over the past decade has been 250,000, the real story here is that the ONS expects migration to decrease. ...

The ONS has said two things, in other words: first, that migration is expected to go down; second, that population trends half-spring from the invigorating human propensity to cling to life, and create life, wherever it can. And these messages have been ignored or turned on their heads to become, this TINY island is being SWAMPED by foreigners.

Upon this false premise is built an entire cathedral of nonsense. Nowhere, not even in the debate about renewable energy, is misinformation distributed so liberally and shamelessly by reputable people, MPs and commentators, who don't even have the excuse of illiteracy.

There is no shortage of space on this island. It may be tiny, especially when you place it atop Sweden, and it may seem improbable, trying to visually conceive its geographical limits, that 74 million people could squash themselves on to it. But there's really no need for that bogus exercise, when perfectly good data exists on how much of the UK is urbanised – 10.6% of England, 1.9% of Scotland, 3.6% of Northern Ireland and 4.1% of Wales. When you add in parks, gardens and other open spaces within the built environment, the proportion of "developed" England drops to 2.3%. There may be too many of us for the things we can be bothered to build – houses, schools, hospitals – but there are not too many of us for the space that we have, nor will there be in 2025.
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Sorry Benedict Cumberbatch, but you're wrong about politicians
Boris Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2015

And yet the truth is that there are many millions now on the move, not because they are necessarily in immediate fear for their lives, but because they are in search of economic betterment for themselves and their families. That is a noble ambition. No one can be faulted for seeking a better future. The question is, how many should we take – bearing in mind the impacts both on the countries of destination, and the countries of origin, which are being steadily denuded of talented workers. ...

The truth is that good people are capable of two inconsistent desires in their hearts. They are perfectly capable of being simultaneously indignant at the slowness of politicians to take more migrants fleeing Middle Eastern war zones, and alarmed at the failure of politicians to cope with the consequences of the rapid and unforeseen growth in UK population. As we learnt last week, the population of this country is set to grow by another 4.4 million just in the next 10 years. It is going to hit 74.3 million by 2039 – 80 million by 2050.

That is an astonishing change, when you consider that Britain was only about 54 million when I was born. This boom is in many ways a compliment to this country – the most dynamic economy in Europe, the place people want to be, where ambitious and energetic people can see a future for themselves. And yet you could not argue that this fundamental change represents the settled will of the British people – and especially not when 51 per cent of that demographic expansion is to be caused by immigration.

The reason people get so aerated about this issue is that they feel politicians have somehow tricked them. First there was the Labour Party that decided in the late 1990s to take the brakes off immigration, and to turn a blind eye to illegals, for the utterly cynical reason that they believed that immigrants were more likely to vote Labour. That conspiracy, for obvious reasons, was not explained to the public at the time, though some Labour people have since fessed up.

Then there has been the general failure of government since to get a grip on the numbers – in spite of repeated promises to do so. It is a painful truth that we said we could cap immigration in the "tens of thousands"; and yet this year alone we have had net immigration at 330,000. It is no wonder, when you have your natural fecundity rate turbo-charged in this way, that we have been struggling to catch up with the homes and the transport infrastructure that we need.

Now, I am not remotely pessimistic about our future, and with care and imagination we should be able to find the space. ...

But it feels at the moment as if there is a giant plot – abetted by big business and tacitly supported by the forecasters in the Treasury – to use the excuse of EU rules to keep immigration beyond democratic control, so that the numbers keep rising, and so British companies get the skills they need; and all the while politicians can limply claim there is nothing they can do, except perhaps for some misguided and counter-productive restrictions on student visas. It won't wash. There may be a case for immigration; there is no case for a lack of control. Cumberbatch was right to bash us politicians – but not for the reasons he gave.
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Still the refugees are coming, but in Europe the barriers are rising
Emma Graham-Harrison
The Observer, 1 November 2015

The hundreds of thousands of travellers who arrived in Greece without documents since the start of this year almost all want to travel north to countries they believe offer a better chance of safety and a new life. So officials in countries along the way have focused on helping them travel as quickly and safely as possible, providing food, shelter, medical help and transport before handing them across borders towards their final destination.

But the cracks in that strategy are starting to show as Germany reconsiders its welcome for refugees, and the onset of cold weather has brought not the expected fall in the number of travellers but an increase in desperate journeys.

Governments have replaced talk of closer cooperation with threats of a more visible separation, warning that they are considering blocking off their borders in a region meant to be growing closer under the EU, not pulling apart.

The tiny republic of Slovenia was the latest to give notice that it was considering a border fence, after more than 110,000 refugees and migrants streamed across its borders in two weeks. That is equivalent to about 5% of the country's entire population, and 20 times the size of its police force. Camps set up to handle a few hundred people were suddenly struggling to provide food and shelter for 10 times as many.
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Germany: "20 Million Muslims by 2020"
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 1 November 2015

Germany's Muslim population is set to nearly quadruple to an astonishing 20 million within the next five years, according to a demographic forecast by Bavarian lawmakers.

The German government expects to receive 1.5 million asylum seekers in 2015, and possibly even more in 2016. After factoring in family reunifications – based on the assumption that individuals whose asylum applications are approved will subsequently bring an average of four additional family members to Germany – that number will swell exponentially. This is in addition to the 5.8 million Muslims already living in Germany.

According to the president of the Bavarian Association of Municipalities (Bayerische Gemeindetag), Uwe Brandl, Germany is now on track to have "20 million Muslims by 2020." The surge in Germany's Muslim population represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that will change the face of Germany forever, "but we are just standing by, watching it happen."

Addressing an expo in Nuremburg on October 14, Brandl warned that untrammeled migration will entail heavy costs for German taxpayers and may also lead to social unrest. He said:

"A four-member refugee family receives up to 1,200 euros per month in transfer payments. Plus accommodation and meals. Now go to an unemployed German family man who has worked maybe 30 years, and now with his family receives only marginally more. These people are asking us whether we politicians really see this as fair and just."

Brandl said this also applies to the electronic health card, which provides asylum seekers with the same benefits as Germans who have paid into the health insurance system for many years. To criticize this as unfair has "nothing to do with racism or right-wing extremism." ...

After months of attacking critics of Merkel's immigration policies as right-wing xenophobes, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier conceded that the migration crisis risks tearing German society apart. In a joint essay published by Der Spiegel, the two wrote: "We cannot indefinitely absorb and integrate more than one million refugees each year." ...

Former Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) described Merkel's immigration policy as an "unprecedented political blunder" that will have "devastating long-term consequences." He said the job of politics is to think beyond the present and make decisions for the future. In view of the massive flows of migrants into Germany without any police checks, Friedrich concluded: "We have lost control."
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Hungary's Orban warns of 'democracy crisis' in Europe over migrant quotas
Krisztina Than
Yahoo! News / Reuters, 30 October 2015

The mandatory quota system for distributing asylum seekers among EU member states was decided without respect for public opinion and this could cause a "democracy crisis" in Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. ...

"Who authorised Europe's leaders, or some of its leaders, to conduct this kind of policy? This is a democratic continent," Orban told Hungarian public radio in an interview.

"When and who voted for admitting millions of people who entered illegally, and distributing them among EU member states? What's happening lacks democratic foundations."

Orban said the proposed quota system was unreasonable, unlawful and unfair. Hungary also refused to receive any migrants expelled from western Europe since those migrants - who come mainly from war- and poverty-stricken parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa - had first entered the EU via Greece.

"And now ... there is an even bigger threat that the quotas could become a permanent legal measure, with those arriving automatically distributed, and we do not accept that." ...

"When the EU veers off the path of legality then it could sink into anarchy very quickly ... and now we are falling off the cliff," Orban said.
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Migrants to outstrip Scottish births by nine to one
Jody Harrison
Herald Scotland, 30 October 2015

The population of Scotland is expected to grow to a record five and a half million people within the next ten years with the vast majority coming from immigration into the country.

The number of new arrivals is predicted to outstrip the number of Scots born by nine to one, with more than half coming from outside the UK. ...

Of the people arriving in the country, 57 per cent are expected to come from abroad 32 per cent will come from cross-border migration with the rest of the UK.
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In twenty years, our fear of Middle Eastern immigration will look asburd
AA Gill
New Statesman, 30 October 2015

Today, my neighbours are a Russian by way of China, a Vietnamese, Spanish, an American, an Armenian and a Colombian. I hadn't thought about that until just now, because I know where they're from: they're from next door. The amazing thing about refugees is not their difference but how quickly they're folded in to become us – hyphenated, perhaps, for a couple of generations, but how many Huguenots do you know? How many identifiable descendants of Cold War Hungary, how many Depression-era Italians or Salazar-defying Portuguese?

The sanguine truth is that in 20 years the fear about Middle Eastern immigration will be thought of, if thought about at all, as absurd Little English xenophobia, the phantom pain of a long-lost imperial limb.
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Level of concern about housing is highest in 40 years though immigration still dominates
Ipsos MORI, 30 October 2015

The October Economist/Ipsos MORI Issues Index shows that, as has been the case since August, over half (52%) of the public mention immigration as among the most important issues facing Britain. For a third (34%) it is the single most important issue. This is a drop of four percentage points since last month, though concern remains at a historic high.

Concern is higher amongst Conservative voters – two thirds (65%) mention this issue, compared with just under half (47%) of Labour supporters. It is, however, the most important issue across supporters of both parties. Concern is most keenly felt by C2DES aged 55+, 59% of whom mention it compared with 41% of ABC1s aged 18-34.

This month, we have asked an additional question of all those who mentioned immigration. Amongst those who say it is important to them, half (49%) feel that 'there are too many immigrants coming to Britain – we need to reduce immigrant numbers" and 19% because they are "worried about the refugee crisis and want Britain to do more to help". A further quarter (27%) give both reasons as to why it is important to them.
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Call for visa system for entrepreneurs to be overhauled
John McDermott and Kalendra Withanaarachchi
Financial Times, 30 October 2015

Theresa May's immigration advisers have called on the home secretary to overhaul the visa system for entrepreneurs, in the latest criticism of the government's policies towards skilled people seeking work in Britain.

The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on Thursday said it had "found substantial evidence of low-quality businesses" established by entrants under the UK's Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa programme.

The committee said that industry experts rather than civil servants should help select the entrepreneurs admitted to Britain, adding that Ms May should also consider a specific visa for those wanting to establish a start-up. ...

Sir David Metcalf, MAC chairman, said this month that the dedicated Tier 1 route for investors who bought at least £2m of British assets was "absolutely not fit for purpose", and now he has turned his fire on the entry route for entrepreneurs.

That route is open to non-European Economic Area nationals who can prove that they have a total of £200,000 to invest in a UK business, although this can be lowered to £50,000 under certain circumstances.

Since 2008, 13,746 individuals have been granted Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visas, but according to the MAC report, only 1,580 active companies have been set up by those granted visas.

The MAC found that the route for "graduate entrepreneurs" – those just out of university who want to set up a business – works well.

"By contrast, the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route has a long tail of low-quality projects which contribute little or nothing to UK plc", said Prof Metcalf.

"There is considerable scope to reform the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route," he said, arguing that government should be more selective about which entrepreneurs to admit under the scheme.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "We have taken steps to clamp down on abuse in the Tier 1 routes, but we note that the report shows that there is more to do.

"We will consider the MAC's recommendations carefully and will respond fully in due course."
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Swedish politician says country 'facing collapse' due to mass influx of refugees
RT, 30 October 2015

A leading Swedish politician says the country is facing a refugee catastrophe, which will lead to the "country collapsing." The bold claims were made by Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who adds the EU needs to do more to take the strain off Stockholm.

The northern European country expects to accommodate around 190,000 by the turn of the year, but this is putting a strain on the country both economically and socially. Wallstrom says that Stockholm needs more help and intends to put pressure on European Union member states to take a greater share of the burden the continent is facing from the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Africa.

"I think most people feel that we cannot maintain a system where perhaps 190,000 people will arrive every year – in the long run, our system will collapse. And that welcome is not going to receive popular support," said Wallstrom, who is also a member of the Social Democrat party.

However, not everyone in Europe is wanting to follow Sweden's lead, while along with Germany, the Scandinavian nation is one of the most popular destinations for refugees, due to its generous benefits system.
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UK population expected to rise by almost 10 million in 25 years
Nadia Khomami
The Guardian, 29 October 2015

The UK's population will rise by almost 10 million over the next 25 years, according to official estimates.

The number of people living in the country is projected to rise from 64.6 million in mid-2014 to 74.3 million in 2039. More than two-thirds of this is due to assumed net migration and the indirect impact of people arriving on the birth rate, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The ONS stated: "Of the 9.7 million projected increase in the population over the full projection period to mid-2039, 4.7 million (49%) is due to projected natural increase (more births than deaths) and 5.0 million (51%) is due to assumed net migration."

The population is projected to reach 70 million by mid-2027, while it will rise by 4.4 million over the next decade, it added. The population in England is projected to increase by 7.5% by mid-2024, Northern Ireland is projected to increase by 5.3%, and Scotland and Wales are both projected to increase by 3.1%.

The average annual growth rate of 440,000 in the first decade means the population of the UK will rise by more than the number of people currently living in Dorset each year. ...

Simon Ross, chief executive of Population Matters, the UK's leading charity concerned with population and sustainability issues, claimed that natural resources could not indefinitely sustain the number of people in this country or on the planet.

He said: "It is imperative that we address the factors contributing to increased numbers. We are all affected adversely by the rapid population growth of recent decades – from pressures on housing and public services to the environment and climate change.

"It's time we addressed the population problem, by improving sex education and family planning provision and by increasing public awareness of the strains population and consumption growth place on us. If we are to live sustainably and happily in the long-term, population growth is an issue that cannot be ignored."
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Experts warn on UK no-go 'GHETTOS' as refugee crisis begins to bite
Felicity Cross
Daily Star, 29 October 2015

Mass immigration is creating ghettos in major cities, it was claimed last night.

Some are now so diverse it has caused extreme "residential segregation", say experts.

Neighbourhoods and communities boundaries lay shattered as "alienated and poor" ghettos have been created.

Experts at the International Organisation for Migration have pointed to the mass influx of refugees.

Introducing the group's annual World Migration Report, Dr June Lee said: "Urban life in many cities today is characterised by the presence of immigrant groups or long-standing ethnic and racial differentiations, often accompanied by inequality and segregation."

The report says London has some 2,998,264 people thought to be foreign-born, 37% of the city.
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Nigel Farage: Foreign HIV patients should pay up or get out
Adam Bienkov, 29 October 2015

The UK should force migrants suffering from life-threatening diseases to pay for their own treatment or be expelled from the country, Nigel Farage insisted today.

Asked if he would "bolt the door" on migrants and refugees suffering from HIV and other illnesses, the Ukip leader replied that he would.

"You either say 'we're sorry we don't want this' or they say 'It's fine. I've got the money and I can pay for the treatment" he told LBC.

Farage said long-term residents should get priority for treatment.

"When it comes to our public services in this country and the feeling that many families have paid in for generations then it's a question of priorities in terms of who you treat," he said.

"The first duty of government is to protect its own citizens and when you increasingly see cancer drugs being withdrawn from people because they're too expensive... my argument is that it is our job to look after the people of our own country first."
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Sorry, but Australia's Tony Abbott is right about immigration - and turning back boats
The Spectator, 29 October 2015
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Tony Abbott, the former Prime Minister of Australia, ... Delivering the Margaret Thatcher lecture at the Guildhall, Abbott, who left office in September, explained what so few European policy-makers seem able to grasp. Yes, the rich world has a moral duty to help people fleeing for their lives. But that duty requires tough action – as well as targeted help – to prevent a genuine flow of refugees developing into an uncontrolled flood of migrants. ...

... The migration crisis today is not due to an outbreak of war and poverty: we're living in an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. In fact, this is what is driving the migration – people who had been too poor to consider emigrating now have enough cash to make the journey. They have smartphones, and know about life abroad. The sheer speed at which global poverty is being reduced has put millions on the move.

Study after study shows that emigration starts in earnest when very poor countries grow richer; it only stops when countries are rich enough not to be classified as 'poor'. This process typically takes a couple of generations. So the wave of migration we are witnessing in Europe is not just a response to the Syrian war; is a phenomenon that will be with us for decades.

With migrant boats landing from North Africa, European countries could have learned lessons from the Australian experience. Instead, they have flapped around making things worse.
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Million more refugees will leave Syria due to Russian strikes, Turkey warns Europe
Richard Spencer, Raziye Akkoc and Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2015

Turkey is expecting more than a million more Syrians to pour across their borders, many of which could travel on to Europe, following Russia's decision to begin air strikes in support of the Assad regime.

A senior government official told The Telegraph that Ankara expected the worsening crisis would displace another two million people in northern Syria. The authorities were working on the assumption that at least half would cross into Turkey.
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Germany to apply more stringent refugee policy
Kate Connolly and agencies
The Guardian, 29 October 2015

Germany has announced a tightening of its refugee policy, saying it is "not acceptable" that many refugees coming to the country are from Afghanistan and not Syria.

The German interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, said on Wednesday that, of the thousands of refugees and migrants arriving every day, the second highest number came from Afghanistan. ...

The government is under increasing domestic pressure to reduce the numbers coming to Germany, which it is estimated could reach 1.5 million by the end of the year. On Monday alone, a total of 11,154 refugees and migrants were picked up by German police, more than in the entire month of October so far.
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More Immigration Means Less Integration
David Goodhart
Standpoint, November 2015

... Yet it blithely ignores the fact there is such a thing as society. Societies are not just random collections of individuals who happen to live in physical proximity and into which millions of people from elsewhere can be easily transplanted.

Successful societies are based on habits of cooperation, familiarity and trust and on bonds of language, history and culture. And if our European societies – so attractive to millions of refugees banging at the door – are to continue flourishing they need to retain some sense of mutual regard between anonymous citizens, which means keeping inflows to levels that allow people to be absorbed into that hard-to-define thing called a national culture or way of life. ...

This ought to be common sense, especially to the sort of politically engaged people at my conference who were mainly on the Left. Yet when it comes to immigration the Left abandons its normally communitarian instincts and becomes Thatcherite in its individualism. Why not another 500,000 desperate people? After all what is there to integrate into? We are all human beings, are we not? The universalism of the Left – based on its historic commitment to race equality – meets the "there is no such thing as society" individualism of the liberal Right.

But not only do we know that there is such a thing as society, we also know that good societies are characterised by high levels of trust and what social scientists call social capital. If immigration rises too sharply the result is likely to be reduced trust and familiarity, especially when the people arriving come from distant cultures; absorbing 100,000 Australians is very different to doing the same for 100,000 Afghans.

A less generous society is another danger. I first became interested in issues of race and immigration more than 10 years ago when I wrote an essay in Prospect, the magazine I then edited, entitled "Too Diverse?", in which I pointed to the potential tension for the Left between its commitment to solidarity and community, on the one hand, and diversity and difference on the other. ...

There are two separate explanations for this, though they both have the same outcome. One is that migration has produced an "Americanisation" of European welfare by making poorer people less likely to support left-wing pro-redistribution parties (even though they benefit economically) because of concerns about culture and values often related to rapid ethnic change.

The second argument set out in a recent paper by David Rueda of Nuffield College, Oxford, challenges that account in favour of the claim – based on analysis of 15 European countries – that better-off people simply show less redistributive altruism in more ethnically diverse societies. That means poorer people from the ethnic majority have an economic interest in resisting too much diversity.

Such evidence underlines just how important it is to think clearly, and long-term, about the issues of integration – something barely mentioned in the current refugee debate.
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Angela Merkel will survive – but will the soul of post-war Germany?
Hans Kundnani
The Spectator, 29 October 2015

Anger is growing at Merkel's handling of the migration crisis. Germany, which has only recently reconciled itself to the idea that it is a 'country of immigration', must now integrate vast numbers of asylum seekers, beginning with the million who are expected to arrive this year. ...

Germans like to believe that they have moved beyond nationhood in the classical sense; that they have developed a post-national identity based on 'constitutional patriotism'. In other words, Germany has developed a civic (as opposed to ethnic) nationalism based on a liberal political culture and embodied in the Basic Law, the Federal Republic's constitution.

This identity was in large part informed by a sense of responsibility and contrition for the Nazi past and the Holocaust. As the leading advocate of the idea of 'constitutional patriotism', the philosopher Jürgen Habermas, once wrote: 'In Germany it was only after Auschwitz – and in a sense only because of the shock of this moral catastrophe – that democracy began to take root.' This implied that there was no sense of national identity available to Germany other than one based on the lessons of 1945.

In reality, German post-war identity is more complex than this account allows. For a long time the embryonic 'post-nationalism' that developed in the Federal Republic from the 1960s onwards co-existed uneasily with a rather regressive citizenship law based on the principle of ius sanguinis, or 'citizenship by blood', which went back to 1913. Until the law was reformed by Gerhard Schröder's 'red-green' government in 2000, Germany continued to define itself in ethnic terms. Even second- or third-generation Turkish immigrants were officially 'foreigners'. It has only been during the last decade or so that Germany has come around to the idea that it is a multi-ethnic society – and many Germans are still uneasy about that idea, as shown by the sudden emergence of the anti-immigrant movement Pegida. Germany is post-national more in theory than in practice.
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Tony Abbott tells European leaders to turn back asylum seekers or risk 'catastrophic error'
Melissa Clarke
ABC [Australia], 28 October 2015

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has used a speech in London to call on European leaders to close their borders to asylum seekers or risk imperilling their nations. ...

He urged regional leaders to act by "turning around boats [and] denying entry at the border for people with no right to come".

"It will require some force, it will require massive logistics and expense; it will gnaw at our consciences," Mr Abbott said.

"Yet it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity surging through Europe and quite possibly changing it forever."

He outlined his concern that "misguided altruism" was "...leading much of Europe into catastrophic error".

"No country or continent can open its borders to all comers without fundamentally weakening itself," he said.

He cautioned, "too much mercy for some necessarily undermines justice for all".
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Germany's fast-tracked deportations hit trouble
Ben Knight
Deutsche Welle, 28 October 2015

The German government cannot get its brand new "Asylum Acceleration Law" into force quick enough. ...

And yet, even as speculation about a sudden spate of mass deportations circulated in the German media, it turned out that German bureaucracy cannot be shifted out of its normal pace so easily, ... ...

Though there will certainly be more deportations because of the new rules, they are not likely to affect the vast majority of refugees coming to Germany ...

Indeed, German regional leaders have already been warning that the new measures will not bring relief to the impasse at the overburdened public authorities. "Deportations won't solve the problem," Berlin Mayor Michael Müller told news agency dpa. "There are far too many asylum seekers coming en masse."

The statistics bear this out. According to the interior ministry, there are some 193,000 people in Germany whose applications have been turned down - but some 140,000 of them have "tolerated" status, which means that a deportation can't be carried out - for whatever reason, often health-related. The 50,000 migrants that could theoretically be deported immediately represent only a fraction of the 800,000 refugees expected to submit asylum applications this year.
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Distinguishing Minors From Adults in a Tide of Young Migrants
Katrin Bennhold
New York Times, 28 October 2015

Newly arrived migrants were lining up at the train station in this border town for their first registration one recent evening. In a group of young Afghans traveling on their own, Matin, from Kabul, said he was 17 years old.

A police officer laughed. "Yes, you and all your friends are 17," he said. "You know how often I hear that every day?"

One of the hardest challenges in processing unaccompanied teenage migrants is to determine whether they are still minors. Their legal situation changes radically on their 18th birthday.

Migrants under 18 are considered "children first and refugees second," giving them the same rights as German children, said Johanna Karpenstein of B-UMF, a Berlin-based charity focused on unaccompanied minor refugees across Germany. That means where possible they are fast-tracked into youth housing, German lessons and schools. Perhaps the biggest prize: If they are granted asylum, their families are allowed to join them in Germany.

The age assessment happens early on. When a migrant claims to be a minor, a youth worker is assigned to determine if the claim is credible. ...

Few have documents. But one of the more common birth dates the police have recorded for migrants arriving this fall has been Jan. 1, 1999. "The smugglers tell them," said the police officer at the Passau train station.
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Migrants are using children 'as human shields for men with iPhones' to justify arriving in Europe, says Czech Republic's president
Sara Malm
MailOnline, 28 October 2015

The President of the Czech Republic has accused migrants and refugees 'with iPhones' of exploiting their children to get asylum in the EU.

President Milos Zeman claimed that migrants are not in desperate need, but are economically wealthy and are using their children in order to gain sympathy from Europe. ...

'Those hiding behind the children ... in my opinion, do not deserve any compassion,' added the outspoken veteran leftwinger.
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Alarm over rise in dubious Indian refugee claimants
The Standard, 28 October 2015

Hong Kong has asked India to take steps to combat what it says is a rising trend of "fake" refugees coming to work illegally in Hong Kong.

The Secretary for Security, Lai Tung-kwok, told the Legislative Council that officials have held multiple meetings with India's consul-general and highlighted that Indian asylum seekers may be involved in serious crimes in Hong Kong while they wait for their claims to be processed.

Media reports have said agents in India have been arranging for people to go to Hong Kong, where they would file "non-refoulement" claims upon arrival. These are requests for legal protection under a United Nations convention that prohibits the immediate return of people to their home countries where they face persecution. ...

The Security Secretary also said officials are dealing with a backlog of some 10,000 refugee claims, where 80 percent of the applicants are from Southeast Asian countries, with Indians alone accounting for 20 percent of the total.
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Leak: 81 Per Cent of Migrants To Germany Are Unskilled, Government Predicts 400,000 New Welfare Claimants
Oliver Lane
Breitbart, 28 October 2015

Germany will import 1.2 million completely unskilled migrants this year, many of whom will go straight onto unemployment benefits, according to a leaked government document.

The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA) October migration estimates document outlined a number of key statistics previously not in the public domain.

Among the revelations is that fact over 80 per cent of migrants have no qualifications, the majority are under the age of 45, and the agency expects 400,000 new benefit claimants next year to be migrants.

Leaked to the German weekly anti-establishment paper Junge Freiheit this week, but ignored by the national mainstream media, the document optimistically insists that despite the enormous cost of migrants to the country it was good news. Writ-large across the last slide of the presentation, they claim: "The integration of refugees is a chance for BA and society as a whole. But all must stand shoulder to shoulder".

The golden opportunity for BA to turn the migrant crisis to its advantage may be one reason for their optimism. As the document explains, the sheer number of new unemployment benefit applications that will need processing and managing means the agency will have to employ 3,500 new staff.

The new claimants and the staff come with a cost, estimated to stand at €855 million next year (£620 million) in addition to the €35 billion already budgeted for 2016. The additional cost includes €640 million for benefit payments and €65 million for new staff – convenient empire building for the agency at a time of national crisis. ...

Just eight per cent of migrants have any kind of academic qualification, while 81 per cent have none at all. If Germany received 1.5 million migrants, as the present – if rapidly ascending – figure has it, that means some 1.2 million people will arrive in the country without a level of education even as high as a school leavers certificate.
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Over 700,000 migrants reached Europe's shores in 2015: UN
Yahoo! News / AFP, 27 October 2015

More than 700,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe's Mediterranean shores so far this year, amid the continent's worst migration crisis since World War II, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

Some 562,355 people desperately fleeing war and misery – mainly in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – reached Greece's shores, while some 140,000 arrived in Italy this year, bringing the total to more than 705,200.
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The migrant crisis worsens and the EU is falling apart
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 27 October 2015

We don't often hear from Slovenia's prime minister Miro Cerar but yesterday his blunt remarks echoed around Paris and Berlin: either the EU finds a solution to the migrant crisis - and quick - or it will start falling apart. ...

If there ever was a role for the EU in promoting cross-border co-operation surely it is now with the migrant crisis. With thousands of refugees, mixed with many more economic migrants, trying to enter Europe the EU needed a coherent response, not to try to pass the problem from member state to member state. ...

All we have had is magnanimous gestures that quickly collapse into bickering. One week Germany was welcoming migrants with open arms and imploring others to do the same, the next week it was fencing off its border in breach of the Schengen Agreement it had previously cherished. ...

Countries such as Poland, which was keenest to promote free movement throughout the EU when its citizens were travelling to work opportunities abroad, but has turned into the staunchest opponent of free movement when it sees the prospect of migrants moving to its own land. ...

And yet all the while the UN Food Programme, trying to feed millions of Syrian refugees in and around Syria, has been forced to cut back rations for want of donations from European governments. The European response has been the wrong way about.

What is going on in Syria should be treated as a humanitarian crisis, with the EU's enormous aid budget spent on relieving it. ...

Limited numbers of Syrians from the camps should be granted residence in European countries, vulnerable and persecuted people including Christians, whom it emerges have been targeted in some camps.

European countries should be giving opportunities too for medical and engineering students to continue their studies - these are the people Syria will need to rebuild the country when the crisis ends. ...

We should save lives when we can but we shouldn't give those we save a free ride to the EU - they should be returned whence they came. Traffickers should be arrested and jailed.

There is a rational response to the migrant crisis if only EU leaders could see it. Unfortunately it doesn't look as if they can.
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Germany 'importing Islamic extremism' Angela Merkel is warned
Umberto Bacchi
International Business Times, 27 October 2015

Germany's unprecedented migrant influx is fuelling extremism which threatens to undermine the country's future stability, security and intelligence agencies have warned. Attacking Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal refugee policy, experts argued Berlin was importing Islamic extremists and forcing upon its population unwanted high levels of immigration.

The claim was made in a security paper leaked to Welt am Sonntag. The newspaper said the document circulating among high-ranking government officials underscored concerns in the security and intelligence communities about Merkel's handling of the refugee crisis. "We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding," the unsigned document read.
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Britain next? Doctor's outrage at 'refugees pushing German hospitals to breaking point'
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 27 October 2015

A doctor working in German hospitals has revealed the horrifying chaos which could face the NHS if thousands of migrants from the Middle East manage to reach Britain.

The female anaesthetist said the German health service has been completely overwhelmed by the influx of Muslim asylum-seekers who are REFUSING to be treated by female medics.

In a furious outburst the experienced doctor said hospitals simply cannot cope because so many of the migrants require treatments for diseases long since eradicated in Europe.

She also shockingly claimed migrant parents are abandoning their children at pharmacies across the country after being told that they have to pay a prescription charge for lifesaving drugs. ...

"Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.

"Many migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we, in Europe, do not know how to treat them.

"If they receive a prescription in the pharmacy, they learn they have to pay cash.

"This leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children.

"They abandon the children with pharmacy staff with the words: 'So, cure them here yourselves!' So the police are not just guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also large pharmacies." ...

And she added that the burden on the country's failing health service will only get worse because at least one in ten of the women arriving are pregnant.

She said: "Even the professor who heads our department told us how sad it makes him to see the cleaning woman, who for 800 Euros cleans every day for years, and then meets young men in the hallways who just wait with their hand outstretched, want everything for free, and when they don't get it they throw a fit.

"For now, the local hospital staff has not come down with the diseases they brought here, but, with so many hundreds of patients every day – this is just a question of time."
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Fears the banlieues could burn again
Hugh Schofield
BBC, 27 October 2015

It is exactly 10 years since the start of France's banlieue riots - the three weeks of violent street protest in the high-immigration suburbs, sparked by the accidental deaths of two teenagers after a police chase.

Plenty of money has been pumped into the banlieues - but has anything really changed?

It is with a depressing sense of familiarity that one reads this week the 10-year post-mortems on France's 2005 riots.

Everyone concedes that after the shock a lot was done to regenerate the "lost" neighbourhoods of Clichy, Grigny, Bobigny, et cetera.

Some 48bn euros has been spent in the past decade alone to rebuild housing and smarten up the "urban fabric".

To this can be added a further 100bn euros spent since the start of the 1980s, when the problem of disaffected suburban zones was first identified.

But by now everyone also agrees that money is quite evidently not the answer. If it was, this crisis would have been solved long ago.

For the depressing fact remains by just about every recognised criterion, the banlieues (or to be clear the large areas within city suburbs where populations mainly of north African and sub-Saharan origin live in blocks of council flats) are today in the same sorry state as before. If not worse. ...

But there is one area, of course, in which the past 10 years have seen a big change in the banlieues - and that is religion.

When the riots broke out in October 2005, there was near universal agreement that the root of the problem was social: poverty and discrimination were the causes.

To say otherwise - to imply there might also be a cultural element linked to colonialism, Islam and an inherited rejection of France - was to risk accusations of racism.

Ten years on, the debate on this issue is much more open - and furious.

What has happened during that decade is the emergence of Islam as a larger factor in determining how people behave.

Mostly, the signs are of a quietist, pietist nature: dress-codes on the street, higher attendance at mosques.

But there has also been the growth of Islamist attacks.

From Mohamed Merah in Toulouse to the Kouachi brothers and Ahmedi Coulibaly and the hundreds who have gone to Syria - these are French citizens willing to attack France out of a higher loyalty.

The militants are a tiny minority - and not all are from the banlieues - but most are indeed from the same poor, crime-ridden milieu. ...

So 10 years on, could the 2005 riots happen again?

It would be foolhardy to argue otherwise. ...

Ten years ago - after the riots - the historian Georges Bensoussan edited a book called The Lost Territories of the Republic.

The book has just been reissued, prompting this observation from the author in an interview:

"I was struck by how, for many of the people I spoke to recently, the words 'civil war' - which they would have laughed at 10 years ago - were now a phrase they were prepared to use.

"I am talking about police, medical workers, local politicians, people of the banlieue. The feeling that there are two peoples being formed, side by side, looking at each other with hostility - that feeling is shared by many."
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We are watching the death of open frontiers in Europe
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2015

It is hard to comprehend the stupefying naivety of those, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who thought it a good idea to send out an utterly self-serving signal a few weeks ago inviting anyone who could make the journey to head for Europe. This was ostensibly aimed at Syrians who had fled the civil war in their homeland; but the exodus has been swelled by migrants from many other countries looking for a better life – and who can blame them?

... But having encouraged people to move, the Europeans are now pulling up the drawbridge because they have found dealing with the influx overwhelming. Where were the preparations? ...

At an ill-tempered summit in Brussels on Sunday, European leaders belonging to the borderless Schengen area blamed each other for the crisis before finalising a 17-point plan to be foisted upon countries that don't agree with it. Since the opponents comprise more than a dozen of the 28 member states, the scope for serious disagreement is clear, not least because the process for sharing out migrants was imposed by majority voting. ...

... Sooner or later, the million or so new migrants will be allowed to move around Europe and many may want to come here.

In the early stages of this crisis, the rationale ascribed to Germany's policy was that they need people because of a falling birth rate and dwindling population. Britain, by contrast, is growing rapidly. This will be confirmed by population projections this week which have been circulating in Whitehall and alarming all who have seen them. "They are hair-raising", said one insider. These figures are produced to help government departments prepare for the number of children who will need schooling, workers who will require transport and sick and infirm who have to be treated and cared for.

The last projections showed the population – now around 64 million – increasing to more than 70 million within 12 years. Yet during the 1970s, planning was predicated upon a static population. Even as recently as 15 years ago, projections were anticipating that the 64 million we have today would not be achieved until 2031, whereupon it would fall. In fact, the population has grown by eight million since 1980 and another 10 million will be added in the next 25 years. Is it any surprise we have too few houses, schools, hospitals and trains to cope? ...

This, then, is the context within which Britain's policy towards the great European migration crisis must be seen. No government staring at these population figures could possibly do what the anarchist idiots besieging St Pancras station's Eurostar terminal at the weekend demanded and remove all borders. Indeed, on the continent, the era of open frontiers is drawing to a close amid political acrimony and human misery.
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Immigration - The State vs. the People
John Dietrich
American Thinker, 27 October 2015

Members of the elite, the people who make public policy, are generally above average intelligence. They are generally well informed. Why would they promote a policy that is clearly not in the best interests of their nation? Their stated reason for encouraging immigration from the third world is to replace workers that are absent due to demographic decline. Immigrants are expected to finance the retirement of aging Americans and Europeans. This is a questionable proposition. What other motive could they possibly have? Perhaps it was supplied by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI: "There is a self-hatred in the West that can be considered only as something pathological. The West attempts in a praiseworthy manner to open itself completely to the comprehension of external values, but it no longer loves itself; it now only sees what is despicable and destructive in its own history, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure there."

It is not uncommon for member of the intellectual elite to criticize Western civilization. However, few members of the political elite have been as frank as former British Home Secretary Jack Straw, who allegedly said, "The English as a race are not worth saving." Straw was part of the British administration that opened "up the UK to mass migration." When asked "what is Swedish culture," Mona Sahlin, former leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party replied, "I can't figure out what Swedish culture is. I think that's sort of what makes so many Swedes jealous of immigrants. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that binds you together." This might be described as oikophobia, an aversion to home surroundings.

Healthy people have a natural affection for their family, community, and nation. Citizens of some of the worst hellholes on earth can be fiercely patriotic. This affection needs to be cultivated, however, and should not be defamed. Theodore Dalrymple writes about his experience with burglars, muggers, blackmailers, kidnappers, rapists, and murderers. He talks about their, "utter indifference or even hostility to the achievements of the past." He explains, "Nor is this indifference or hostility spontaneous; rather, it has been programmed into them by indoctrination that the past is nothing but the slave trade and the oppression of women." This indoctrination can be traced back to the "Father of American Anthropology," Franz Boas. /.../ The problem in the West is not the opinions of burglars, muggers, rapists, and murderers. It is the fact that a large portion of the elite have adopted these beliefs. ...

The multicultural doctrine is based on the belief that all cultures are equal. To deny this fact is to be labeled a Nazi. Multiculturalism is ordained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007. It states, "that all doctrines, policies and practices based on or advocating superiority of peoples or individuals on the basis of national origin or racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences are racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust." This nonsense is not even believed by the migrants. Haitians bypass Cuba, Muslims transit through Turkey and other migrants pass through half a dozen countries to reach the narrowminded, oppressive West.
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France simply 'lacks will' to solve Calais crisis
The Local [France], 26 October 2015

Aid groups who believe France lacks the will and desire to solve the refugee crisis in Calais have taken the unprecedented step of taking the government to court to force them to act. ...

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve paid his seventh visit to Calais recently and once again promised measures to help improve conditions for the thousands of migrants camped out in the mud in the "New Jungle".

The minister's visit came as aid groups confirmed migrant numbers in the slum-like camp had doubled to 6,000, most of whom hope to make it to the UK.

With winter around the corner, the French government has been criticized for not doing enough for those living in conditions which have been described by various NGOs as worse than a refugee camp you would see in a war zone.

France's latest attempts at warding off those critics will see capacity at an accommodation centre for women and children doubled to from 200 to 400, with heated tents to be provided for others.

Other refugees will be offered accommodation for a month in different parts of France, while France will make a concerted effort to persuade those migrants in Calais to seek asylum in France, with 2,000 places up for grabs. ...

Jean-François Corty, a doctor who heads the relief efforts for the humanitarian group Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde) welcomed the latest promises but believe they once again fall short and simply don't reflect the "reality" of the crisis. ...

Despite growing pressure from French rights groups and celebrities, France's policy towards Calais still seems to be dictated by a fear that if it improves the situation for migrants, more will simply head to the northern port town.
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EU to open 100,000 new places at refugee welcome centres
ITV, 26 October 2015

An extra 100,000 migrants and refugees will be taken in to welcome centres in a bit to ease the crisis, after a deal agreed by European and Balkan state leaders during an emergency summit.

The deal will see Greece open reception centres with enough room for 30,000 migrants by the end of the year, while the United Nations' refugee agency, UNHCR, will provide 20,000.

A further 50,000 spaces will be added in reception centres in Balkan countries, through which thousands of migrants have travelled in a bid to reach countries in northern Europe including Germany and Scandanavia.
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Hungary's PM Orbán Expounds On Refugee Crisis
XpatLoop, 26 October 2015

If the EU does not know how to defend its own borders in Greece, which is the "eastern gateway" to the Balkans, then it should do it at the "western gate" of Hungary and Slovenia, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a speech to the congress of the European People's Party in Madrid on Thursday. Orbán underlined that Turkey is an important strategic partner, but warned that the continent could become helpless if it always expects others to find a solution.

Stating that the migration crisis could destabilise governments, countries and the entire European continent, he said frank talk is needed to solve the problem, "political correctness must be thrown away and a debate must begin without sanctimoniousness or hypocrisy".

Orbán reiterated his view, recently expounded at the UN General Assembly in New York, that "what Europe is up against is not a refugee crisis" but an influx of economic migrants, refugees and foreign fighters in an uncontrolled and unregulated process.

While everyone is entitled to the right to human dignity and security, he continued, free choice of domicile is not a basic right. Those who leave their home and leave for Europe are victims, "but this cannot mean that we shall make ourselves victims as well," he said.
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Rise in 'phantom voters' leading to benefits fraud
Sunday Telegraph, 25 October 2015

Slack rules on registering to vote are being exploited by criminals and fraudsters, a Government review has found. Sir Eric Pickles, the anti-corruption champion, said there was "growing evidence" that people who falsely join the electoral register go on to commit benefit fraud.

The former cabinet minister said: "Taxpayers are being ripped off. The crime by phantom voters may be invisible but everyone is paying for it."

He called for reforms so that people register to vote by providing proof of identity. However, new laws introducing individual registration are opposed in the House of Lords by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
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More than 56,000 migrants arrive in Greece in one week, the highest total of 2015
Richard Spencer and David Lawler
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2015

More migrants and refugees have braved the Mediterranean crossing from Turkey to Greece so far this week than ever before, despite worsening weather conditions, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced yesterday (Friday).

In the last six days, more than 56,000 people, mostly Syrians, were recorded arriving on Lesbos, Chios and other Greek islands, the highest weekly total of the year. ...

Meanwhile, the prospect of the flow of refugees heading across southern and eastern Europe in ever greater numbers is worsening European Union arguments about how to manage them.

Germany's chanceller, Angela Merkel, who caused shock-waves by guaranteeing asylum to Syrians who made it there, has authorised a tougher new policy starting from today (Saturday).

Those from other countries adjudged to be economic migrants will be deported much more quickly, while those from countries considered safe, including Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro, will be rejected automatically.
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EU scheme for 160,000 refugees finds places for less than a thousand
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2015

European countries will face legal action unless they take their share of refugees, Jean-Claude Juncker's office has warned, as new figures show less than a thousand places have been offered for a flagship migrant scheme.

A month after EU leaders voted to relocate 160,000 people around the bloc to relieve pressure on Greece and Italy, just 86 refugees have so far been move in three airlifts.

Places for another 854 people have been volunteered from nine countries.

Belgium has pledged 30 spots, Finland 200, France 40, Germany 10, Lithuania 4, Luxembourg 90, Portugal 130, Spain 50, and Sweden 300.

It means the scheme has hit just 0.5 per cent of its target, and without a radical increase in pace it risks being a humiliating failure for Mr Juncker, who with Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande drove the scheme through in the face of resistance from eastern European governments.

Britain did not take part in the scheme. Critics argue the EU has wasted a summer arguing over a badly-conceived scheme instead of tackling the influx of refugees that are arriving into Europe at a rate of up to 10,000 people a day.

Margaritis Schinas, Mr Juncker's spokesman, said states would be forced to take part. ...

Officials admit that the scheme is stalling in part because asylum seekers determined to reach Germany are refusing to board planes to prosperous countries such as Luxembourg.

Mr Schinas conceded the European Commission is "struggling with agencies and member states on all fronts".
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Heading for Britain: ISIS sends ASSASSINS into UN refugee camps to murder Christians
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 24 October 2015

Islamic State (ISIS) assassins are infiltrating refugee camps and MURDERING Christians in their beds, it was claimed today.

The fanatical jihadis are sending teams of trained killers into camps disguised as refugees to kidnap and kill vulnerable Christians.

But refugees are terrified to report many of the killings in case they are targeted next, according to aid workers.

The horrifying tactic emerged after one terrorist got cold feet and renounced jihad after witnessing Christians helping out other refugees within the camp.

He then revealed that he had been sent with an Islamist hit squad to eliminate Christians as part of the hate group's ideological drive to wipe the religion off the map. ...

An aid worker at a United Nations (UN) run camp in Jordan, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals, revealed that the jihadis are also kidnapping young refugee girls to sell on as sex slaves. ...

Britain has pledged to take 20,000 people in from such camps in the last five years.

But there are fears that hundreds of jihadis could disguise themselves as refugees in a bid to reach the UK, where they will plot terror attacks on our streets.

The aid worker told the Christian Post: "The last time I went inside a camp, I had a policeman with me.

"The camps are dangerous because they have IS, Iraqi militias and Syrian militias. It's another place for gangs.

"They're killing inside the camps, and they're buying and selling ladies and even girls." ...

The Archbishop of Aleppo, in Syria, recently warned that Christianity could be wiped out in the region in just five years if Islamist fanatics including ISIS are allowed to carry on their campaign of persecution unchecked.
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Muslim men having '20 children each' because of polygamy, peer claims
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2015

Muslim men in some communities are having up to 20 children each because of polygomy and the rise of "religiously sanctioned gender discrimination" under Sharia Law, peers have warned.

Baroness Cox, a cross-bench peer, highlighted a series of "shocking" examples of the impact of Sharia law on Muslim women in Britain as she called for them to be given greater protection under equality legislation.

She disclosed one case in which a 63-year-old man tried to divorce his 23-year-old wife and arrange her marriage to a Pakistani man who needed a visa. ...

In other examples, Baroness Cox revealed that Muslim men divorce their wives by simply saying or writing "I divorce you" three times.

She added: "My Muslim friends tell me that in some communities with high polygamy and divorce rates, men may have up to 20 children each.

Clearly, youngsters growing up in dysfunctional families may be vulnerable to extremism and demography may affect democracy."
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Migrants' back door into Britain: As refugees land at RAF base in Cyprus, MPs warn it could be new stepping stone to UK
Larisa Brown and Inderdeep Bains
Daily Mail, 23 October 2015

A British military base could be used as a 'Trojan horse' by a flood of illegal migrants seeking a back door into Britain, MPs warned last night.

Ministers said they feared RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus could become a refugee camp as the migrant crisis escalates.

More than 100 refugees who landed at the base in two boats on Wednesday remained there last night as a diplomatic row continued over which country should take responsibility for them.

British taxpayers could be forced to foot the bill to house, feed and provide medical assistance for months – or even years if the migrants choose not to claim asylum and are not sent home. ...

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said he would not allow a new route to open up to Britain – but Cypriot officials said they did not have to accept any asylum seekers who arrive on British soil.

The row came as it emerged that:

. Military officials raised concerns weeks ago that RAF Akrotiri could become a target for migrant boats wanting to gain asylum in Britain – but there was no plan in how to deal with them;

. Twenty-one refugees who landed at the base 17 years ago and remain on British territory have been able to claim 70 euros a week in benefits – costing British taxpayers about £1million;

. The 21 – Iraqi and Syrian Kurds who have been given free housing and medical care – are fighting a legal battle to come to the UK, which could set a precedent for thousands more to follow. Defence sources said they had remained on UK soil as they were 'milking the system' and 'didn't want to work'; ...

Last night there were fears that the ease at which refugees can reach British territory – and UK benefits – could spark a huge new influx.
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Migrants CAN send child benefit back to their home country, say Euro judges
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 23 October 2015

Migrant workers can claim child benefit even if their children live in a different country, the European Union's top court ruled yesterday.

In a possible set-back to David Cameron's renegotiation of the UK's EU membership, the European Court of Justice confirmed that parents living in one member state are entitled to claim the welfare payments and send them to their children living in another.
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No more! says council swamped by child asylum seekers as it reaches breaking point
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 23 October 2015

Besieged council bosses struggling with a huge surge in the number of children seeking asylum are to tell the Home Office they cannot take in any more.

More than 1,000 unaccompanied child refugees are being cared for by Kent social services – a 260 per cent rise since April. The crisis has left the council with an £8 million shortfall in its budget which is putting staff under severe strain. ...

The report said the council had been forced to hire 23 extra social workers on temporary contracts, mostly from agencies.
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A new migration route - cycling from Russia into Norway
Nick Holland
BBC, 23 October 2015

Hundreds of migrants have cycled into Norway from Russia after finding a new route into Europe that avoids the deadly Mediterranean crossing. They are not allowed to cross the Arctic border on foot, so a lucrative trade in bicycles has opened up, with migrants buying bikes and pedalling the final few metres.

... In the whole of 2014 just seven asylum seekers crossed over the Storskog border crossing. In October alone there have been 1,100. Some are from Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon but most are from Syria.

They need a bicycle because the Russian authorities don't let people cross the Russian border on foot. Under Norwegian law, it is illegal for a driver to carry people into the country without the proper papers. ...

All the asylum seekers are temporarily housed in the small nearby town of Kirkenes, which is hastily having to build a new reception centre to accommodate 500 more people.

The authorities take them from the border to the town by bus, so the bicycles get left behind at the border. ...

The authorities here believe the numbers coming over can only grow.

Although the cold, wet landscape couldn't be more different than from the ones the migrants left behind, this Arctic road stays open, even in winter.
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Only FOUR PER CENT of failed asylum seekers are sent home by France
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 23 October 2015

Tens and thousands of migrants are wrongly allowed to stay in Calais so they can sneak into Britain, it has been warned.

The alarming revelation comes as official figures revealed that only FOUR per cent of failed asylum seekers were sent back to their home countries by French authorities.

Shocking figures show that just 1,432 of 40,206 migrants refused asylum in France were deported by the Government. ...

The scathing report also found that the two year process to assess asylum claims took longer than any other European country.

But French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the deportation figure did not include people who voluntarily left or those who successfully appealed the decisions.

The French Government has insisted that the total number for those who have left after having their claim rejected is in fact around 20 per cent.
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Europe shouldn't use force to stop people smugglers - UN investigator
Michelle Nichols
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 October 2015

Europe should not use force to stop people smugglers in the Mediterranean, a U.N. investigator said on Friday, suggesting the European Union could team up with the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to resettle two million refugees.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, said the U.N. Security Council was mistaken to authorize European Union naval operations in the high seas off Libya to seize and dispose smugglers' vessels.

Earlier this month the council approved the EU operation, which aims to help stem the flow of migrants and refugees as Europe faces its biggest migration crisis since World War Two. Crepeau warned that the crisis could last decades.

"Force is not going to do anything to stop the migration crisis. It's not going to work ... the Security Council is mistaken and the EU is mistaken," Crepeau said. ...

"Do for the Syrians and the Eritreans and maybe the Afghans what we have done almost 40 years ago for the Indochinese - resettlement programs, massive resettlement programs from transit countries over many years," Crepeau said.

"If Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand got together with Europe and said ... 'let's divide up all those refugees from the Middle East and do this over five, six, seven years' ... we come to very small numbers in the end," he said.
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Theresa May: police forces are 'too white'
Vikram Dodd
The Guardian, 22 October 2015

Theresa May will publicly criticise claims made by Britain's most senior police officer that a rise in knife crime is linked to falls in stop and search, branding them as a "kneejerk reaction" and "false".

In a combative speech on Thursday May will also criticise the race record of the police in England and Wales, saying they are too white, with not one of the 43 forces looking like the communities they serve.

Her remarks on stop and search are a direct challenge to Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of the Metropolitan police. He said a rise in knife crime in London can be connected to large reductions in stops and searches from his officers.

Addressing the conference of the National Black Police Association, the home secretary will say: "Properly targeted, stop and search will actually help reduce knife crime. It will save police time to focus on prevention and work with gangs, and it will improve the relationship between the police and the public on which all of your work rests.

"We must not jettison all that good work for the sake of a kneejerk reaction on the back of a false link." ...

The issue is wrapped up in race, with ethnic minorities more likely to be stopped than whites and very few leading to detection of a crime – meaning tens of thousands of innocent people every year, especially ethnic minorities, were being targeted. An official report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found in 2013 that one in four of stops may be unlawful.

The home secretary believes the disproportionate use of the power against ethnic minorities can poison community relations. ... ...

May's speech will also say that four forces have no black officers and 11 have no ethnic minorities above the rank of chief inspector. Despite forces agreeing in 1999 after the Macpherson report to look like the communities they serve, May will say not one force has the same proportion of ethnic minority officers in their ranks as the area they police. The four forces referred to by May are Cheshire, North Yorkshire, Dyfed-Powys and Durham.

In London, one in ten officers is from an ethnic minority, in a city where 40% of the population are. Some senior officers have privately wondered about a gap in "legitimacy" as a result.
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EU chief Tusk blasts "naive", divided European leaders
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 22 October 2015

EU Council chief Donald Tusk rebuked fellow European leaders on Thursday by calling arguments over how to accommodate refugees "naive" as long as Europe fails to stop them surging over its borders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was at a gathering in Madrid where Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, criticised fellow conservatives over the handling of the migration crisis. Others present included Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Tusk, who chairs summits of EU national leaders, named no names but his blunt language offered a glimpse of what diplomats say is an increasingly testy debate behind the scenes between those like Tusk who stress the urgency of tightening Europe's borders and others including Merkel pushing for states to show "solidarity" and share responsibilities for refugees among them.

"We can no longer allow solidarity to be equivalent to naivety, openness to be equivalent to helplessness, freedom to be equivalent to chaos. And by that, I am of course referring to the situation on our borders," Tusk said in a 5-minute speech. ...

Addressing the European People's Party, an alliance of centre-right movements, Tusk said the leaders present must not "abdicate" their "primary duty" to protect their territory. "If you want to help others, you need to first be able to take care of yourself and your loved ones," he said, praising host Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for curbing illegal migration to Spain. ...

Critics say Merkel, Europe's most influential leader, risks distracting the EU from efforts to stem the inflow and may even encourage more immigrants by emphasising a need to welcome them. Her allies are sceptical that people can be kept out and want Europe to be organised to cope with new arrivals next spring.

Tusk, whose role is to build consensus among EU leaders but who often makes little secret of his personal views, called for an end to "this completely unnecessary argument between the proponents of protecting external borders and the advocates of solidarity and openness", and for a "rational hybrid" of both.

Noting both camps were in the audience, he balanced his call for more border security by calling arguments against relocation "shameful" and warning against "populism and xenophobia". Those are charges commonly levelled at Orban, who has fenced Hungary's borders and speaks of a Muslim threat to European culture.

Tusk said: "Our political aim should be to strengthen Europe against right-wing extremists, and not to become like them."
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Hungary's Orban urges EU migration debate, sees threat to democracy
Yahoo! News / Reuters, 22 October 2015

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged European leaders late on Wednesday to change their immigration policies and involve voters in a debate about the continent's future, saying they would otherwise face a political crisis and a threat to the democratic order. ...

Orban, who was due to address the European People's Party congress in Madrid on Thursday, told the state television channel m1 that European leaders had no mandate to let hundreds of thousands of migrants enter the EU with little or no control.

"This destabilises European democracies," he said. "We need to start the debate about the future of our continent honestly, without the muzzle of 'political correctness', without pretence, talking straight."

"We need to listen to the people and incorporate their views in our politics. If we can't do that, we'll have a political crisis on top of our migrant crisis."

He said Hungary's border fence had been meant to turn migrants back from Europe, not divert them along a different path to Germany, and that he had asked Hungary's Balkan neighbours to help send the migrants back.

"The right thing to do is not to ensure their passage into Europe but to take them back to the refugee camps they started out from," he said.

"The further they come from their troubled countries, the more difficult it will be for them to return. Therefore these people must remain (in their region) and humane conditions must be created for them (there)."
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Migration group says world must be ready for more diversity
Associated Press, 22 October 2015

The head of the International Organization for Migration says leaders must prepare the world for more diversity as aging societies in the developed world and endemic youth unemployment in the developing world drive demographic trends.

Speaking at a meeting on migration in Cairo on Wednesday, IOM Director-General William Lacy Swing says northern societies need workers while "we have a youthful, largely unemployed global south, with young people needing jobs."

He says the world is bound to become more diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity and religion.

He says, "Leaders who are not preparing their people for this, through public education, public information, and awareness-raising campaigns, just may not be doing their job."
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Britain hands out a residence permit every MINUTE in 2014, giving more migrants the right to stay than any EU country
Matt Chorley
MailOnline, 21 October 2015

Britain handed out more residence permits than any European country last year, new figures show.

As the migrant crisis rages and European leaders clash on how best to deal with it, the UK gave permission to more half a million people from outside the EU to settle here.

Data watchdog Eurostat said it meant that one in four of all permits issued in the whole of Europe was granted in the UK.

Residence permits are given by European countries to allow a foreign national from outside the EU to stay legally. ...

In the whole of 2014, some 567,806 permits were granted in the UK out of a total of 2.3 million across the EU.

With 177,000 study permits issued, the UK was the primary destination in the EU for education related reasons.

A further 116,707 were granted for people coming for work and 96,501 came for family reasons.
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'Right to Rent' scheme tracks down more than 100 illegal immigrants
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2015

More than 100 illegal immigrants were tracked down by a pilot scheme which required landlords to check up on their tenants, it has emerged, as ministers announced the scheme will go nationwide.

The programme – which allows landlords to be fined up to £3,000 if they fail to carry out checks on potential tenants before letting out a property – will roll out across England from February.

The Home Office said a six-month pilot of the "Right to Rent" programme led to 63 illegal immigrants being identified who officials had never previously encountered.

Another 46 were also located who had disappeared after being previously identified previously by immigration teams.

Of the 109, nine have already been removed from Britain and five are pending removal, for example in a detention centre or through the assisted voluntary returns process, which offers money and other benefits to go home.

Another 40 cases are being "progressed", 28 had "outstanding cases such as asylum applications" and nine were granted leave to stay in the UK.

Another nine of the illegal immigrants were ordered to report to immigration enforcement officers "but had failed to do so".

In six cases no action could be taken because of a lack of details provided under the scheme.
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Many refugees walking across Europe are 'fit young men looking for work', says Philip Hammond
Matt Chorley
MailOnline, 21 October 2015

Thousands of refugees filmed walking across mainland Europe are actually 'fit young men' trying to find jobs, Philip Hammond claimed today.

The Foreign Secretary said TV pictures showed that many of the people trying to reach wealthy EU countries were economic migrants.

He insisted that Britain wanted to help the most vulnerable people in trapped in camps in war-torn countries and not those simply looking for a better life. ...

Labour MP Stephen Twigg asked how the government would ensure that the 20,000 refugees promised help by Britain 'includes some of the most vulnerable, for example children, disabled people, women who may have faced sexual violence'.

Mr Hammond said it was an 'excellent point'. He added: 'This is exactly the Prime Minister's point that many of the people we see on our television screens walking down railway lines are fit young men coming to Europe to look for work. And that's fine.

'But there are also many extraordinarily vulnerable individuals in displaced persons camps who are simply not able to try to make that difficult and dangerous crossing into Europe.

'We will take those people asking the UN to prioritise the most vulnerable.'

However, Labour MP Mary Creagh criticised the Foreign Secretary for turning his back on victims of the Syrian conflict.

The former shadow international development secretary said: 'Some of those fit young men that he talks about are actually fleeing the conscription of Assad's regime because they don't want to kill their own people.' ...

But Mr Hammond rejected the plea: 'No, we will not reconsider that decision. We judge that the best contribution we can make is to take some of the most vulnerable.

'I'm not saying that the fit young men don't have a reason. What I'm saying is we must focus on the most vulnerable people who do not have that option.'
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Surge of illegal children, families accelerates
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 21 October 2015

The surge of children and families crossing the southwest border illegally accelerated again in September, leaving fiscal year 2015 the second-worst on record, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Border Patrol.

Agents caught 4,476 children traveling without parents on the border last month and 5,273 parents and children traveling as families – both of those nearly twice the level of September 2014, suggesting that smugglers have once again stepped up their efforts to entice Central Americans to make the crossing. ...

Border Patrol officials in Washington blamed violence and poor economic conditions in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras for pushing illegal immigrants to flee their homes and head north, but agents on the ground said the problem is lax U.S. enforcement, which entices migrants to make the dangerous journey, assured that they will be allowed in the U.S. rather than turned away at the border.

"We're talking about the rule of law in other countries; we're not enforcing the rule of law in this country," Chris Cabrera, an official with the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union for line agents, testified to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.

Central American families and children caught at the border are given papers setting court dates but are then released into the U.S. The government calls those documents "notices to appear," but the illegal immigrants regularly refer to them as "permisos," or free passes, because they give tentative permission to be in the country while they await their court appearances.

"In Border Patrol circles, that paperwork is now known as the 'notice to disappear' – 80 percent, 90 percent of those folks will not show up for that hearing," Mr. Cabrera testified.

Illegal immigrants have even begun posting photos of their permisos on social media, telling friends and family how easy it is to gain access to the U.S., investigators told Congress. ...

In fiscal year 2015, border agents caught nearly 40,000 children, down from 68,541 the previous year. Another 40,000 parents and children, down from 68,445 in 2014, were caught traveling together.
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France urged to clear Calais of migrants as notorious Jungle camp DOUBLES in size
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 20 October 2015

France has been urged to completely clear Calais of migrants hoping to reach Britain after it emerged the town's biggest camp has DOUBLED in size.

Eurotunnel bosses said president Francois Hollande should send in police to clear the notorious Jungle II camp, which is now home to more than 6,000 people.

Their dire warning came as one French official admitted his government does "not know what comes next".

The Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, is so worried she has demanded the French Government provides a permanent army presence in her besieged town. ...

UKIP MEP Mike Hookem said: "The Jungle exists as a camp for people who are planning to break the law by getting illegally into Britain - this wouldn't be allowed for any other crime so why are we allowing it in Calais?

"The camps are dominated by criminal gangs and we know that Islamic State fighters have infiltrated the camps, ready to spread their hatred and violence in Britain.

"On top of that, crime in Calais and other northern towns has gone up, I know from experience that there are guns in these camps and the reports about the sexual abuse of women there is shocking."

And French official Fabienne Buccio admitted: "I do not know what comes next, but 6,000 is the most we can take." ...

There are currently around 750 French police officers stationed in Calais trying to keep the peace, but they are routinely overrun by the sheer numbers of migrants.
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French spend £1 million a year to fly migrants away from Calais... then let them come straight back!
Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 20 October 2015

France is spending more than £1 million a year 'clearing' UK-bound illegal migrants from Calais via private jet – but then allows them to come straight back again.

The scandal throws new light on farcical policies that have pushed the port town to breaking point.

There are 6,000 migrants sleeping rough in the Calais area as they try to board trains and ferries to Britain – almost twice as many as three weeks ago. ...

Hired privately at a cost of £2,500 an hour, the aircraft land at a small airfield in Calais, and take ten migrants at a time to other parts of France. ...

After spending a few hours at a centre, the migrants are free to go, and almost always return to Calais, because it is the best staging point to get to Britain.
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Migrant crisis: Dutch alarm over child brides from Syria
Anna Holligan
BBC, 20 October 2015

... the problem that the Netherlands faces in providing asylum for girls who married in Syria but are below the Dutch age of consent.

The government in The Hague is rushing to close a loophole in the asylum law which has so far allowed child brides to be reunited with their husbands in the Netherlands.

The practice has inflamed debate about how the Netherlands is responding to the refugee crisis, with some arguing it is condoning paedophilia. ...

"A 12-year-old girl with a 40-year-old-man - that is not a marriage, that is abuse", says opposition Labour politician Attje Kuiken. ...

The age of sexual consent in the Netherlands is 16 but migration minister Klaas Dijkhoff has told the BBC that the country currently recognises marriages involving young teenagers, as long as they are officially registered in their country of origin. ...

The amendment means that family reunification applications will only recognise marriages if both partners are over the age of 18. ...

More than 36,000 people entered the Netherlands this year. Former prisons, empty government offices and sports halls are being hastily modified to accommodate the surge in numbers.

Earlier this month, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem announced that the treasury's original predictions of €300m (£220m) to cover the cost of the new arrivals in 2015 was a vast underestimate.

They are now looking at a bill of approximately €1bn.
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Jeb admitted in his own book that 'leaky' immigration policy led to 9/11 – exactly what he said was 'pathetic' after Trump blasted his brother for failing to prevent it
J. Taylor Rushing
Daily Mail, 20 October 2015

A new battlefield has emerged in the war of words between Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and the man he deposed in July, and this time it's Jeb Bush's own words that are coming back to haunt him.

The former Florida governor wrote a book in 2013, 'Immigration Wars,' in which he wrote that the airplane hijackers who attacked New York City and Washington D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001 were allowed into the U.S. under 'leaky' immigration policies presided over by his brother, President George W. Bush.

Trump and Jeb Bush have been publicly feuding ever since Trump last week noted in an interview that the 2001 terrorist attacks occurred on Bush's brother's watch as president.

Jeb Bush's own 2013 book noted that 'in addition to the Mexican drug cartels, the fact that several of the 9/11 terrorists entered the country lawfully under a leaky immigration system has heightened national security concerns.'

The Trump-Bush feud has its roots in the Sept. 16 Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where Trump accused Bush's brother George of failing as a president.

In response, Jeb Bush said, 'You know what? As it relates to my brother, there's one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe.'

Trump responded at that debate, 'Do you feel safer? I don't feel safer.'

In a Bloomberg interview last week, Trump went further, saying that the 2001 attacks occurred during George Bush's presidency - to which Jeb Bush responded on Twitter that Trump's comment was 'pathetic.'

On 'Fox News Sunday,' Trump doubled down on his remarks and pledged that he would be 'extremely tough' on illegal immigration.

'I'm not blaming anybody, but the World Trade Center came down. So when he said we were safe, that's not safe. We lost 3,000 people, it was one of the greatest – probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country.

'I believe if I were running things, I doubt those people would have been in the country... I'm not blaming George Bush, but I don't want Jeb Bush to say, "My brother kept us safe," because September 11th was one of the worst days in the history of this country.' ...

A National Review investigation in 2002 discovered that Jeb Bush's own words were strikingly true about the 9/11 hijackers. All of the 19 terrorists had immigrated into the U.S. on federal visas issued in Saudi Arabia, and four of them were living in the country on expired visas.'
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Migrant crisis: Arrivals to Greece top 500,000
BBC, 20 October 2015

The number of migrants who have arrived in Greece this year has topped half a million, the United Nations said.

The rate of people arriving has risen to 8,000 a day, the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees said, with many hoping to beat winter weather.

Most migrants then head north from Greece, but bottlenecks are forming in some Balkan states.

Slovenia has deployed its army to its border after being overwhelmed by numbers entering from Croatia. ...

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says more than 650,000 arrived so far this year, compared with 280,000 last year.
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Why is everyone surprised that migrants can be racist, too? Prejudice isn't that straightforward
Rachel Shabi
Independent - voices, 20 October 2015

These days, it seems we're a bit shocked – or concerned, at least – over the idea that white people don't have a monopoly on prejudice.

It might come as a surprise, because non-bigotry, empathy and compassion for the plight of others are, it turns out, pretty unpredictable. /.../ There's an assumption that first or second generation British migrants might be more sympathetic to the thousands now fleeing war and persecution and risking death to get to Europe. ...

If only it were that straightforward. You could argue that minorities cannot be racist, because racism is prejudice plus power: so someone without power, someone who isn't part of the majority culture, has no capacity to be racist. But even if you accept this definition – not everybody does – it doesn't by any means make minorities immune to the prejudice or bigotry that informs racism, or somehow not susceptible to the biases that permeate societies.

Our tolerances and sympathies are cut up and messed up by so many different factors – class, poverty, insecurity, status, lack of power, life experiences and exposure to differences, as well as race and gender – that it's impossible to premise the potential for tolerance of others on skin colour or minority status. ...

With wall-to-wall media hysteria over migrants coming to Europe and supposedly bleeding it dry, anyone dealing daily with low wages, precarious employment or housing instability might start to be affected by the panic-mongering – and that obviously includes minorities. Plus, of course, there might be a social factor: that xenophobia and hostility to migrants could be a ways to show yourself to be integrated, a part of the majority group.

I'd like to think that being a migrant makes me more welcoming of other migrants, but I know it isn't true, that I share this sentiment with scores of people whose family lines are firmly in the UK.
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Syria refugees to cost 'up to £23k each' in first year in UK
Simon Dedman
BBC, 19 October 2015

Each Syrian refugee is set to cost the taxpayer up to £23,420 in the first year of their relocation to the UK, figures seen by BBC News suggest.

The Home Office has confirmed the figures, contained in a briefing document from an Essex local authority, are accurate.

An adult benefit claimant from Syria costs up to £23,420, or £10,720 if they were able to work, the document said.

The government has pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

It has also provided £1bn in aid to Syria, with an extra £100m given to charities to help thousands displaced by the conflict. ...

The Home Office document suggests the cost to the taxpayer of taking in Syrian children ranges from £10,720 for under-threes to £16,220 for those between the ages of five and 18.

The cost per Syrian refugee to local councils is estimated to be £8,520 per person, along with costs of £12,700 for benefits and £2,200 for medical care to be funded by central government.
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Eurotunnel stops trains after hundreds of migrants storm terminal in France
Danny Boyle
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2015

Cross-Channel travellers from Britain have been hit with long delays after hundreds of migrants stormed the terminal and platforms in France.

Eurotunnel was forced to suspend services in both directions on Monday morning, forcing passengers to wait for almost four hours in Kent. ...

It emerged at the weekend that the number of migrants living in makeshift camps outside Calais has now reached 6,000.
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Church of England bishop who preaches about allowing Syrian refugees into Britain... but won't take any into his six-bedroom house
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 October 2015

One of the 84 Church of England bishops who publicly pressed David Cameron to allow more Syrian refugees into Britain last night said he would not take any into his own six-bedroom mansion.

The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Rev David Walker, urged ordinary people to welcome asylum seekers from the war-torn country and said it would be 'a sad reflection' on society if they did not.

He claimed, however, that it would be wrong for a refugee family to move into his own recently refurbished house because of the language barrier and their 'alien culture'.
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Public faith in Angela Merkel at all-time low
Stephan Haselberger
EurActiv, 19 October 2015
[Translated by Samuel Morgan]

For the pollsters it's clear: for the first time ever, a majority of Germans are now critical of Angela Merkel. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

The numbers speak for themselves: Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party have lost a great deal of public confidence due to their handling of the refugee crisis. ...

The cause of the German public's rapid loss of faith in its government is clear to the pollsters: Federal refugee policy has been met with increasing voter scepticism. ...

Angela Merkel has acted as a lightning rod for criticism. Her approach to the refugee crisis, symbolised by her "We can do it" and "The right to asylum knows no borders" soundbites, has cost the previously lauded queen of the polls dearly. ... ,,,

Werner J. Patzeit, a researcher at Dresden's technical university, said that "up until now, Germans have had almost blind faith in Angela Merkel. Now is the first time that a majority of the population are against her. Many people are of the opinion that Merkel is no longer doing the right thing".
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Survey: Slovaks are least supportive of migrant redistribution within EU
Slovak Spectator, 19 October 2015

Slovaks are the least supportive of the redistribution of migrants among citizens of European Union-member states, according to a Eurobarometer survey whose results were presented by the European Parliament Information Office in Slovakia on October 16.

The results showed that an average of 78 percent of the EU population thinks that asylum seekers should be redistributed among EU-member states. The most supportive of this idea are Germans (97 percent), while Slovaks are the least supportive (31 percent). ...

When asked whether their country needs legal migrants, and in economic sectors in the current context in particular, Slovakia was also placed last. Only 19 percent of Slovaks agree with this statement, while, for example, 77 percent of Swedes and 72 percent of Germans agreed.

A similar outcome was produced when people were asked whether the presence of citizens from other EU-member states is advantageous for the economy. Slovakia along with Cyprus occupied last place with only 31 percent of answers in the affirmative. The EU average was 56 percent. The countries which take the most positive view of other EU nationals on their territory are Sweden (79 percent), Luxembourg (77 percent), Germany (72 percent), and Denmark (71 percent). In five countries, however, there is an absolute majority who do not consider it desirable to have nationals of other Member States, the figures being 66 percent for Cyprus, 60 percent for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 58 percent for Greece, and 56 percent for Hungary, the "Parlemeter" poll found.

Concerning the presence of nationals of other EU-member states and cultural diversity, at the EU level 66 percent of respondents think that the presence of nationals of other member states enhances their country's cultural diversity. However, at the national level the same distinctions are apparent. Support for the above idea is strongest in Sweden (88 percent), Luxembourg (84 percent), and Denmark (83 percent). Conversely, the countries least in favour are the Czech Republic (33 percent), Slovakia (39 percent), Bulgaria (42 percent), and Hungary (49 percent).

With respect to making decisions concerning migration, an average of 66 percent of the respondents said that such decisions should be made at the European level, rather than at national levels. Cyprus, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg were the countries supporting this idea the most (79-81 percent). Conversely, the figure was only around 40 percent in Estonia, Poland and Slovakia.
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UK border FARCE: More than 20,000 illegals arrested after sneaking into Britain
Nick Gutteridge
Sunday Express, 18 October 2015

Britain's border chaos was laid bare today as it emerged that police have arrested more than 20,000 people who successfully smuggled themselves past immigration guards in the last three years alone.

Tens of thousands of migrants are evading feeble security patrols by stowing away in the backs of lorries and cargo containers, with many making it into the heart of England before being discovered.

Overwhelmed cops have arrested an astonishing 20,806 people on suspicion of illegal entry in just three years - enough to fill a town the size of Market Harborough.

But that is just a tiny fraction of the overall number arriving, as most will manage to successfully ghost into the country before disappearing into the untraceable black market.

And the evidence suggests that record numbers could be caught this year, with some areas seeing huge increases in arrests in the first six months of 2015.
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Exclusive: UK kicked out 1,800 foreign offenders last year - but some were allowed to stay
Tom Batchelor
Sunday Express, 18 October 2015

Almost 2,000 foreign rapists, murderers and paedophiles have been booted out of the UK over a 12 month period - but HUNDREDS of those have launched eleventh-hour legals challenges to reverse their deportation at a huge potential cost to the taxpayer.

The audacious bid by more than 400 dangerous crooks to remain in the UK, despite having carried out heinous crimes on British soil, could have cost the public purse thousands of pounds in administration and legal fees.

Shockingly, more than a dozen foreign national offenders have still been granted to the right to stay in the UK on human rights grounds, despite committing despicable crimes. ...

Home Office figures quietly released this week and seen by show a total of 1,780 foreign-born criminals were deported between July 2014 and August this year.

Of those, 426 appealed against their deportation, while 13 were successful.

The figures cast a spotlight onto the new 'deport first, appeal later' rules that came into force last summer.

Once a decision has been taken to deport a foreign criminal, the offender must lodge any appeal from outside the country.

The Home Office says the rules are intended to stop the delaying tactics employed by some foreign criminals.

Ministers said previously it was "commonplace for criminals to submit to the court reams of new, unconsidered 'evidence' creating legal delays while government lawyers studied the new paperwork".

Home Office minister James Brokenshire hailed the new figures showing just 0.7 per cent of appeals were successful, saying the new rules allowed officials to kick out foreign offenders "more quickly and more efficiently than ever before". ...

Yet still, as many as 12,000 foreign criminals are still thought to be living in the UK.

Figures published for the first time in 2014 showed there were more than 700 murderers and 500 rapists living in the country, with the top home nation being Jamaica.

Close to 1,000 Nigerians and more than 600 Poles are also living in Britain on a criminal record.

In January, a report from MPs on the Committee of Public Accounts warned that more than 150 violent foreign offenders were allowed to continue living in Britain, despite the tough new rules.

It also found more than 700 foreign criminals were on the run in the UK, with MPs branding the "dysfunctional" system a "complete failure".
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Syria refugees: Bishops urge David Cameron to do more
BBC, 18 October 2015

Eighty-four Church of England bishops have revealed that they wrote to David Cameron last month urging him to accept at least 50,000 refugees from Syria.

The UK's decision to accept 20,000 by 2020 was not adequate and most people wanted to offer more help, they said.

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, said it was "disheartening" they had not had a "substantive reply".

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said "nobody is doing more" than the UK "to help the refugees in their camps".

In addition to offering to accept 20,000 refugees from camps bordering war-torn Syria, the government has provided £1bn in aid to Syria, with an extra £100m given to charities to help thousands of people displaced by the conflict. ...

Downing Street said the government wanted to tackle "the causes and consequences" of the refugee problem and that the UK was the second biggest donor in the world towards helping refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
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Germany must build border fence, says police union chief
Deutsche Welle, 18 October 2015

Germany's police union chief has called for a fence to be built along the country's border to stem the flow of migrants. Rainer Wendt told the "Welt am Sonntag" newspaper that other countries would then follow suit.

In an interview with the Sunday newspaper "Welt am Sonntag," Wendt insisted that tough measures - like the construction of a fence along the border with Austria - were vital for the country "to carry out serious border controls."

He said the move would trigger a chain reaction in other European countries which have seen hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and elsewhere flood over their borders.

"If we close our borders in this way, Austria will also close the border with Slovenia. That's exactly the effect we need," Wendt, the chairman of the German Police Union (DPolG), is quoted as saying. ...

In a warning to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Wendt said Germany was facing "social unrest" due to the large number of migrants entering the country.

"Our internal (law and) order is at risk... Someone needs to pull the emergency brake now," he cautioned.
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Refugee crisis still in its initial stage: Bulgarian scientist
Focus, 18 October 2015

"Refugee crisis is still in its initial stage," said Associate Professor Dragomir Genov, PhD, head of the university department of political sciences in the second-biggest city Plovdiv, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv.

In his view, Europe is struggling to tackle the symptoms of the crisis but is not directed to the reasons for its arising.

"Until a strategy is formulated for dealing with these reasons, the refugee crisis will resume periodically and in various forms," the scientist warned.

Associate Professor Genov believes it is high time Europe woke up and realised what is actually taking place and happening to it for the processes that are underway and are gaining momentum will likely lead to nothing good.
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Cameron should listen to Syrian bishops, not the Anglican ones
Melanie McDonagh
Spectator blog, 18 October 2015

Well, it's something, I suppose, that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York didn't sign that ill-advised letter last month from 84 CofE bishops to the PM calling for the Government to take in 50,000 more Syrian migrants


Quite the most devastating critique of that letter came, in fact, from a man who was rather grateful for them for their "love and their charity". It was the Archbishop of Aleppo (the Melkite Greek Catholic one), Jean Clement Jeanbart, who is in London for the launch of the annual report from the charity Aid to the Church in Need – which I may say, makes sobering reading.

He was, naturally grateful for the CofE bishops taking an interest. "Love-wise, Christian feelings-wise, it is a good move", he said of the letter on today's Sunday Programme on Radio 4. From the perspective of what actually works, however, he intimated it was pretty well the opposite of what Christians in Syria want. "We suffer that our people would leave the country", he said. So, not so keen on encouraging the exodus.
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Islamic State hatches new scam by corrupting bank staff so they can move cash offshore from the UK
Charles Miranda
Daily Telegraph [Australia], 17 October 2015

ISIS terrorists have recruited corrupt bank staff in the UK to issue bogus loans so they can move cash offshore to fund terrorist strikes, Britain's Home Office has found.

But just how broad the terrifying scam is remained unknown with the UK's first national risk assessment of money laundering and terror financing identifying "an intelligence gap" in high end money fraud.

Published jointly by the Home Office and Treasury, the report found terrorists were using bogus identities to open bank accounts then use corrupt bank staff to facilitate fraudulent loan applications to flush their fraud accounts with cash.

"Individuals can use cash machines/ATMs to withdraw funds in neighbouring countries where there is a formal banking sector and then carry funds into Syria," the report found.

"This is a significant issue given the threat posed by foreign fighters travelling to Syria to engage in fighting and returning to their country of citizenship/residence."

The greatest threat in relation to terrorist financing is assessed to be from groups including al Qaida and Islamic State.

Despite the threat British intelligence found there were other more well known funding streams. ...

"There is evidence of abuse of the UK charitable sector, student loans, money service businesses and cash couriering to move funds out of the UK. UK nationals have also raised and moved funds using these methods to enable them to travel and engage in fighting in Syria and Iraq."
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Britain facing a new £260 MILLION bill from Brussels as part of a deal to get Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into Europe
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 16 October 2015

Britain could face a £260 million bill as part of a deal to get Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.

European Union officials yesterday reached a provisional agreement with the country that could offer up to 3 billion euros (£2.2bn) of funding.

Eased visa restrictions will also give Turkey's 75 million population immediate access to the EU's border-free Schengen Zone as soon as next year.

In return the country will strengthen its border controls including working more closely with Brussels officials and those in neighbouring Greece.

It will also agree to take back failed asylum seekers deported from the EU after entering from Turkey and eventually give the two million Syrians living in refugee camps there the right to work.

The draft deal, which was agreed in Ankara, will be discussed by EU leaders at a future before it is finalised.

EU leaders have admitted that they need to get the Turkish on side in order to control the migrant crisis.

In the first nine months of this year only 50,000 of the 350,000 people who left Turkey heading for Greece were stopped by Turkish authorities. ...

Last night it was unclear how the 3billion euros would be funded and over what period it would be paid. If it was sourced from general EU funds, Britain would contribute £260 million share.
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Hospitals to hire hundreds more foreign nurses from the Philippines, India and Pakistan after Government U-turn on immigration in wake of staffing crisis
Ian Drury and Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 16 October 2015

Hospitals will be able to hire hundreds more foreign nurses following a Government U-turn on immigration rules.

Ministers said they will lift restrictions on the recruitment of nurses from outside of Europe amid concerns of a staffing crisis on NHS wards. ...

Home Secretary Theresa May said nurses would be temporarily added to the Government's Shortage Occupation List – an official register of jobs which cannot be filled by UK residents.

It means that hospitals will now be able to hire an unlimited number of nurses from outside the EU, largely the Philippines, India and Pakistan. ...

Earlier this year the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's independent immigration advisers, recommended against adding nurses to the shortage occupation list.

But Whitehall insiders said the panel had been given insufficient information by the Department of Health about the looming crisis. ...

The nursing shortage has been caused partly by the Government cutting the number of training posts by 15 per cent since 2010, so there are far fewer coming up from university. ...

Statistics reveal that 8,183 overseas nurses were recruited by the NHS and private sector in 2014/15, almost twice as many as two years ago.

Many are hired from within the EU, mostly Spain and Portugal, and are not governed by the same visa restrictions.
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Home Office defends decision to deport asylum seeker via private jet
Chris Johnston
The Guardian, 16 October 2015

The Home Office has defended chartering a private jet to deport one man back to Morocco.

The removal of the convicted cyberterrorist Younes Tsouli earlier this year on a chartered flight was deemed to be the safest way to remove him from Britain, a government spokesperson said. ...

The Home Office said that charter flights were used to remove individuals who posed a risk to the public or had previously tried to resist being deported.

Some 2,418 people were deported on chartered flights in 2014 out of a total of 12,627 who were removed.

The total government bill for removing people who did not have the right to be in the UK in 2014/15 was £29.6m. That figure included the costs of tickets on scheduled flights, as well as charter flights and ticket contract management costs.

Many comply with an order to leave the UK, but others have to be forcibly removed. ...

In September last year a 265-seat plane was used to transport 29 Afghans, who were accompanied by 70 staff. In April 2014 26 Albanians were deported on an aircraft that could seat just over 200 people.
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Officials spend £14m on PRIVATE JETS to send illegal immigrants home – and YOU'RE paying
Scott Campbell
Daily Express, 16 October 2015

Fifty-four private jets have been used to deport almost 3,000 people in the 18 months to June this year.

One trip carried just one Moroccan, while a flight to Kabul in Afghanistan had 11 people on board.

Separately, a 265-seat plane took 25 Nigerians home according to figures released under Freedom of Information laws.

It comes just days after a Home Office contractor was forced to apologise for transporting a party of asylum seekers within the UK in a stretch limo.

The Home Office said charter flights are used in cases where illegal immigrants are being flown to destinations which have little availability on scheduled routes, and are generally used to deport those who pose a risk to the public.
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Angela Merkel rejects criticism of open-door refugee policy
Kate Connolly
The Guardian, 16 October 2015

Angela Merkel roundly rejected criticism of her open-door refugee policy as she pressed for EU solidarity before a Brussels summit on the crisis.

Speaking in the Bundestag in the run-up to a vote on a package of measures intended to tackle the crisis, the German leader called it a "historic test" that could not be solved by shutting out refugees.

"It's no exaggeration to see this task as a historic test for Europe," she told a packed Bundestag, adding that to "slam the door ... is an illusion in the internet age of the 21st century". ...

Horst Seehofer, the head of Merkel's Christian Democrats' sister party, the Christian Social Union, who in recent weeks has become her fiercest critic, hit out at the chancellor again. He accused her of risking German and European stability by continuing with her policy of keeping the country open to refugees, even though they continue to arrive at a rate of thousands a day.

"Without restrictions on immigration, Germany and all of Europe will collapse spectacularly," he told an audience in Munich, repeating his claim that the government had no specific plan to deal with the crisis, and that Merkel had lost control. ...

On Thursday the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, overwhelmingly approved a package of measures intended to help reduce the number of migrants coming to Germany. The details of the bill included adding Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo to the category of safe countries so that people from those lands can be turned back, and replacing monetary payments with material goods with the aim of dissuading those suspected of coming for financial gain.
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Seeing double? How the EU miscounts migrants arriving at its borders
Nando Sigona
The Conversation, 16 October 2015
[The author is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham]

Frontex, the border agency charged with European external border management, has released data claiming 710,000 migrants entered the EU between January and September this year.

According to the agency, this represents an "unprecedented inflow of people", offering as a comparison data from last year, when 282,000 entries were recorded in total. ...

The numbers thrown out by Frontex are not only a noticeable increase on 2014 figures. They are also significantly higher than data published recently by the UN and the International Organization for Migration on the number of people entering the EU irregularly by the sea. These showed 590,000 estimated arrivals.

These figures are immensely important. They have a profound impact on the public debate about the refugee and migration crisis. They are quickly picked up by the media – especially when they change dramatically. Anti-immigrant politicians looking for definitive confirmation that the EU is being invaded are just waiting for figures like these to come along to bolster their arguments about closing the borders.

I have been concerned for some time about how Frontex collects, collates and presents data from different sources. I have been worried that the agency conflates the number of border crossings with the number of people actually entering the EU.

The two are not necessarily the same, especially if one considers the land route from Greece via the Balkans. People who arrive in Greece are counted by Frontex as crossing EU external borders. The very same people, however, then leave the EU into countries such as Albania, Macedonia and Serbia, only to reenter via Hungary or Croatia in order to reach their preferred destination (such as Germany). If for any reason an EU country returns the people to a transit country (as Hungary has been doing with neighbour Serbia) and make another crossing into the EU, they appear in Frontex data for the third time.

With this in mind, I decided to probe Frontex's claim via Twitter. ...

Frontex eventually issued a "clarification" about these numbers. It added a paragraph to the end of its press release stating:

Frontex provides monthly data on the number of people detected at the external borders of the European Union. Irregular border crossings may be attempted by the same person several times in different locations at the external border. This means that a large number of the people who were counted when they arrived in Greece were again counted when entering the EU for the second time through Hungary or Croatia.

Despite this clarification and its admission that a "large number" of people have been double counted, the headline of the press release remained the same – continuing to imply that 710,000 had entered the EU.
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Simon Schama's use of the word 'suburban' on Question Time was very revealing
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 16 October 2015

The things people say in anger are generally the most revealing things of all. So it was on last night's Question Time when a clearly very angry Simon Schama confronted Rod Liddle of this parish on the question of migrants.

I'm sure Rod himself will have something to say about this, but I thought it very striking that in a debate over whether the UK should take in millions more economic migrants and asylum seekers, Simon Schama chose to level two insults in particular at Rod.

The first was that Rod is a 'hack' who writes for the newspapers. ...

But the other word was even more revealing. In berating comrade Liddle, Professor Scribble denounced him for turning 'your suburban face away from the plight of the miserable.' ...

In that use of 'suburban' Schama showed something a lot of us had suspected – which is that for a certain type of globe-trotting international celebrity, any concern for borders, national identity and cultural continuity are not just beneath them, but actively 'common'. Of course, like so many other advocates of mass immigration, Simon Schama can probably live pretty much where he wants. And if the area around him goes somewhat downhill because the neighbours all start to come from the rougher corners of Eritrea then Simon Schama can move. And he will probably move to a very nice area. But of course not everybody has that choice. And one thing we can all be certain of is that Simon Schama will probably never choose to live in Bradford, Malmo or any of the (dare I say it) 'suburbs' outside Paris. Yet all the time he will urge other peoples' neighbourhoods to more closely resemble those great success stories, and look down at people from an ever-loftier height when they dare to object.
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Europeans Most Negative Toward Immigration
Neli Esipova, Anita Pugliese and Julie Ray
Gallup, 16 October 2015

Well before the flow of migrants into Europe reached crisis proportions this year, a Gallup study of attitudes toward immigration in 142 countries found people in Europe, on average, were the most negative in the world toward immigration. The majority of residents (52%) said immigration levels in their countries should be decreased. ...

These findings are among those featured in the International Organization for Migration's new report, How the World Views Migration, which is based on Gallup World Poll interviews with more than 183,000 adults across 142 countries between 2012 and 2014. ...

While Europe overall may be the most negative region in the world in regard to immigration levels, it's important to note that the regional average is largely affected by countries with large populations such as the United Kingdom and Russia, where 69% and 70% of their respective publics want immigration levels to decrease.

Britons and Russians are not alone in their attitudes, but they do not speak for all of Europe. Of the 40 countries included in the larger European region, residents in less than half (17 countries) are more likely to want immigration levels decreased than the other two options combined.

In fact, the majority of adults in nearly all of the 10 Northern European countries – except the United Kingdom, Latvia and Lithuania – would like the levels of immigration to stay the same or increase.

Elsewhere in Europe, sentiment is negative, if not more so, in many Mediterranean countries that historically have been the entry points to the continent for many migrants. In fact, adults in Greece – one of the main countries of first arrival on the Eastern Mediterranean route – are among the most likely in the world to want immigration levels decreased, with 84% expressing this view. This sentiment is shared by 56% of residents in Spain, 67% of those in Italy and 76% of those in Malta.

Negative and positive opinions toward immigration exist in every region and every country; however, certain characteristics are consistently associated with favorable or opposing attitudes toward immigration. The study finds that adults with a university degree are typically more likely than those with lower levels of education to want to see immigration kept at its present level or increased in their countries.

Generally, in Europe, those with the highest level of education (university degree) are more likely to be positive toward immigration than those with less education (secondary or lower education). However, among those with university degrees, opinions are divided, with 46% favoring increased or stable levels of immigration and an equal 46% favoring decreased immigration. In contrast, Europeans with secondary or lower education are solidly more likely to favor decreasing immigration than to favor increasing it or keeping it the same.

Europe is interesting because three different scenarios play out across the four major subregions and the profiles of those who are more positive or negative toward immigration look different. In Eastern Europe, for example, those with university degrees are more negative than those with primary education or lower. This is largely driven by attitudes in large countries such as Russia and Ukraine, as there are few differences in opinion by education in most of the other countries in the region.
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Police Killings of Blacks: What the Data Says
Sendhil Mullainathan
New York Times, 16 October 2015
[Sendhil Mullainathan is a professor of economics at Harvard]

Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. Michael Brown. Each killing raises a disturbing question: Would any of these people have been killed by police officers if they had been white?

I have no special insight into the psychology of police officers or into the complicated forensics involved in such cases. ...

As an economist who has studied racial discrimination, I've begun to look at these deaths from a different angle. There is ample statistical evidence of large and persistent racial bias in other areas – from labor markets to online retail markets. So I expected that police prejudice would be a major factor in accounting for the killings of African-Americans. But when I looked at the numbers, that's not exactly what I found.

I'm not saying that the police in these specific cases are free of racial bias. I can't answer that question. But what the data does suggest is that eliminating the biases of all police officers would do little to materially reduce the total number of African-American killings. Police bias may well be a significant problem, but in accounting for why some of these encounters turn into killings, it is swamped by other, bigger problems that plague our society, our economy and our criminal justice system.

To understand how this can be, let us start with the statistics on police killings. According to the F.B.I.'s Supplementary Homicide Report, 31.8 percent of people shot by the police were African-American, a proportion more than two and a half times the 13.2 percent of African-Americans in the general population. ...

The data is unequivocal. Police killings are a race problem: African-Americans are being killed disproportionately and by a wide margin. And police bias may be responsible. But this data does not prove that biased police officers are more likely to shoot blacks in any given encounter.

Instead, there is another possibility: It is simply that – for reasons that may well include police bias – African-Americans have a very large number of encounters with police officers. ...

Arrest data lets us measure this possibility. For the entire country, 28.9 percent of arrestees were African-American. This number is not very different from the 31.8 percent of police-shooting victims who were African-Americans. If police discrimination were a big factor in the actual killings, we would have expected a larger gap between the arrest rate and the police-killing rate.

This in turn suggests that removing police racial bias will have little effect on the killing rate. ...

If the major problem is then that African-Americans have so many more encounters with police, we must ask why. ...

But this is too large a problem to pin on individual officers.

First, the police are at least in part guided by suspect descriptions. And the descriptions provided by victims already show a large racial gap: Nearly 30 percent of reported offenders were black. So if the police simply stopped suspects at a rate matching these descriptions, African-Americans would be encountering police at a rate close to both the arrest and the killing rates.
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We need to stop believing the myth that our economy needs migrants
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 15 October 2015

Imagine how Britain would be if the great immigration betrayal of the past two decades had never occurred.

Without the colossal influx of foreigners, now running at more than 630,000 new arrivals a year, our country would be a very different place. Living standards would be higher, unemployment lower.

There would be far less pressure on the NHS, the education system, the transport network and the supply of housing. In a far more cohesive society we would largely be free of domestic terrorism, Islamic radicalisation, predatory sex gangs, sharia law and the burka.

The Union Jack would be seen as a source of pride rather than a cause for offence. We would not have to endure an endless media debate about "British values" because the overwhelming majority of the population would be British, with an instinctive understanding of our heritage, culture and language. But today we live in the midst of a social revolution for which none of us ever voted. Our sense of solidarity has been eroded and our national identity undermined.

Understandably, as the demographic transformation accelerates, many Britons now feel like aliens in their own land. ... ...

... As the numbers grow remorselessly so the welfare burden increases, public services become overstretched and the social fabric frays. Effectively the British people are now being forced to underwrite the destruction of their own country.

While they are told to bend over backwards to support the migrants, their own needs are increasingly ignored and neglected by the state. Yesterday it was revealed that in the past financial year, 61 per cent of housing association properties went to eastern European migrants. In the same vein 75 per cent of all new jobs in the economy go to immigrants, with the result that too many Britons are now thrown on the economic scrap heap.

The fanatical pro-immigration brigade dismisses all such talk, claiming that the vast foreign influx boosts prosperity. ...

They like mass immigration because it means access to cheap labour thereby lowering wages but it is the British people who pay the price. In any case it is a myth that all foreign nationals come here to work. Huge numbers live off our welfare system.

Even the Government's statistics show the majority of new migrants do not join the labour market. That truth is inadvertently revealed by Left-wing campaigners who continually bleat about unemployment and welfare dependency in migrant communities.

According to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), just 29 per cent of Somalians and 36 per cent of Afghans here have any sort of job. The CPAG might think it is exposing racism. What it is revealing is parasitism. In fact the CPAG admits that "fear of losing benefits and social housing" is one of the barriers to work for these migrants.

Even most of the immigrants who take low-paid jobs are a burden on the public since they have to be paid tax credits and housing benefits while they get additional cash if they have families. To be a net contributor to the Treasury, an individual must earn at least £27,000 a year, far beyond the threshold of most migrants' pay.

Contrary to the propaganda of the metropolitan elite, few are skilled engineers, surgeons and financiers. ... ...

Support for mass immigration is a form of national selfloathing dressed up as progress.
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Europe's police see new migrant trafficking links in established crime networks
Lori Hinnant
The Republic, 15 October 2015

Organized crime networks are making new connections as they jump into the lucrative business of smuggling migrants, the operations chief for Europe's top law enforcement agency said Thursday.

Fighting them has become a major preoccupation for European investigators, said Wil van Gemert, Europol's deputy director for operations.

"In trying to transport people from one place in southern Europe to the north of Europe ... organized crime groups are linking to each other. Part of them are responsible for the first transfer into, let's say, Germany, and then onwards to Sweden," van Gemert told The Associated Press. ... ...

Advertising on social networks and web links, the networks promise safe passage to Austria, Germany, Sweden and Norway, said Gerald Tatzgern, head of Austria's federal unit combatting human trafficking. ...

The syndicates from throughout Europe, with backgrounds in drugs, money laundering or other illicit trade, cooperate in moving people northward. And, with no political agreement in Europe on how to cope with the human tide, the refugees see few options.

"They are so many that the human smugglers just open doors of cars for example, or lorries, and say 'If you don't pay me enough, go away. I have hundreds of thousands willing to be smuggled,'" Tatzgern told AP.
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French rail network is accused of helping people smugglers after announcing it will allow migrants heading to Calais to travel for FREE
Peter Allen
MailOnline, 15 October 2015

France's national railway has sparked outrage by allowing groups of illegal migrants - including many heading for Britain - to travel free. ...

SNCF, France's national rail operator, has issued an advisory note to staff to waive fees for migrants if they turn up in large groups.

It is quite common for large gangs of men, some with families, to attempt to board trains in cities such as Marseille and Paris. ...

But after news of the note was published by Le Figaro newspaper, politicians said SNCF's free migrants transport policy was a national disgrace, especially as many poor French people still had to pay their fares. ...

An SNCF spokesman told AFP, France's national news agency: 'There are no free tickets. What's been put in place is possible free booking to attribute numbered seats to (migrants) so they remain grouped together and to avoid any risk of conflict between passengers if (migrants) take seats reserved by others.'

The spokesman added: 'These people are controlled like anyone else, they must have a ticket like anyone else, and can be fined like anyone else.'

However, he admitted staff had been told to be 'understanding' in dealing with migrants without tickets.

'For us, these are not cheats looking to exploit the system. These are people very often in an exceptional situation of distress and fatigue. It is normal to handle them with humanity,' he said.
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UK Border Force chief quizzed over migration crisis
Winnie Agbonlahor
Global Government Forum, 15 October 2015

British border control staff have stopped almost as many attempts by people entering the UK from the French border in three months as it did over the whole previous year, the chief of Britain's Border Force has said.

Sir Charles Montgomery, director-general of the Border Force, said that "in three months between April and July we have already intercepted 30,000 attempts", compared to 40,000 people "we had prevented from making the journey across to the United Kingdom at the end of the last year."

This represents a three-fold increase from an average monthly figure of around 3,300 last year to 10,000 this year.

Vast numbers of migrants and asylum seekers have made their way across the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015, with the International Organization for Migration estimating that more than 350,000 migrants were detected at the EU's borders between January and August 2015, compared with 280,000 detected for the whole of 2014. The figures do not include those who got in undetected.

Speaking during a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing last month on the migration crisis, Montgomery said that the increase in interceptions had been down to "a combination" of more people coming through and Montgomery and his team getting better at their job. ...

Asked by Vaz how many of the 30,000 people had been "'retreads' – people who have tried and therefore come back again", Montgomery said he could not give an accurate figure, because his staff are tasked only to "make these interceptions and to return them to the police and the French authorities." But he added that "we do see on a daily basis, regular reattempts from any one individual."

Vaz also asked Montgomery if he would like to see the system which sees "people, who you have done so much work on, suddenly disappear, presumably to offend again", changed.

Montgomery responded that, "in all these circumstances, I naturally want people who have offended to be brought to justice," but added that this "has not happened so far."
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Peter Snow Returns to the Future: Steve Jones
Steve Jones
BBC Radio 4, 15 October 2015

Geneticist Professor Steve Jones boards Peter Snow's time travelling DeLorean on a journey to the past and the future to explore the origins of the red head and the future of the human race.

Snow: But here comes our farmer. Now that's interesting. Instead of that freckly red-head we've got an olive-skinned 24th-century farmer. Now has the make-up of this part of the world really changed that much in 300 years?

Jones: I would think pretty much so. /.../ People in different parts of the world have very different patterns of reproduction. In western Europe, since 2015, the locals have scarcely managed to keep the population up at all. The average family size in most of Europe is fewer than two, OK. In Africa, for much of that time, since then, the average family size was then five - it may have gone down a bit - and that inevitably means, whether you like it or not, whatever the politicians say, whatever causes it, whether it's legal or illegal, people are going to move from the overcrowded, hungry parts of the world to the uncrowded and well-fed parts of the world; and that has happened, dramatically, over the past three centuries, and we see the effects with our very healthy-looking olive-skinned Scot here.

Snow: But that's the effect of inter-marriage and inter-partnership and sexual relations, if you like.

Jones: It is indeed ...
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Britain will need to build three cities the size of Birmingham by 2020 unless action is taken to tackle migrant crisis
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 14 October 2015

Britain will be forced to build three cities the size of Birmingham within five years to cope with current levels of immigration, experts warned last night.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of think-tank MigrationWatch UK, said the population could increase by a staggering 3 million by 2020 – adding strain to the country's creaking public services. ...

Lord Green said that if net migration – the number of people coming into the country minus those leaving – and the natural population increase continued at today's rates, it would mean a typical rise of around 600,000 a year.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, he said: 'On current levels of net migration, we are going to have to build three cities the size of Birmingham within five years. That just can't be done.'

Birmingham, the UK's second largest city, has a population of just over 1 million, according to the 2011 census.

Lord Green said it would be 'very difficult' for the Government to hit its 100,000 migration target but he opposed axing the figure, arguing that it 'focused' bureaucrats and public opinion.

'Unless some action is taken to reduce the inflow from European countries, it will not be possible to bring levels of migration down to levels that people in this country will accept,' he said.

However, Boris Johnson has warned Britain that low immigration can lead to Japanese style economic stagnation.

Despite being the world's third largest economy the country has suffered from a lack of growth and the population size is falling, the mayor said on a trade visit to Tokyo.

'Britons must think about the consequences of curbing the number of people from overseas that move to the UK,' he insisted. ...

"They have got demographic problems. One of the questions that people in Britain might think about is obviously that they have very, very low immigration and very, very low, in fact negative, population growth, they have got a shrinking population.

'That has, of course, contributed to the long period of economic stagnation they are going through.' ...

Meanwhile, Labour voted against tough new immigration rules last night in a sign the divided party is out of touch with voters.

Home Secretary Theresa May's Immigration Bill included a crackdown on illegal foreign workers, restrictions to bank accounts and driving licences and proposals to dock the wages of migrants caught working unlawfully.

It also included a controversial requirement for landlords to check the immigration status of tenants – raising fears it could lead to discrimination, a claim Mrs May dismissed.

But the measures passed their first Commons hurdle by 323 to 274, a majority of 49.
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African students and entrepreneurs to be encouraged to migrate to EU
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2015

Thousands of skilled workers, entrepreneurs and students will be helped to move from Africa to Europe in response to the migration crisis, under plans to be discussed by European Union leaders.

Africans will be given language training and their academic qualifications recognised by European employers as part of measures to help people to migrate legally to the continent.

Thousands of students and academics will be given help through expanded scholarship schemes, according to leaked proposals.

The plans are contained in a draft action plan for a summit of heads of government to take place in Valletta, Malta, next month.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU president, has called for legal migration routes to be opened up to put people traffickers out of business, and to offset the demographic decline that risks devastating the continent's living standards.

However, European leaders may be reluctant to increase migration as they struggle to cope with the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Britain would have an opt-out on the plans.

Frontex, the border agency, said 710,000 migrants entered the EU in the first nine months of this year, of whom 350,000 came through the Greek islands.

The plan calls on leaders to "step up efforts to promote legal migration and mobility". ...

It also suggests that migrants should be given greater help to claim social benefits, saying leaders should "facilitate the portability of social rights of lawfully residing migrants".
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What's truly 'nasty' is the meltdown in our maternity care
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2015

It must have been minutes after Theresa May's Conservative party conference speech before the N-word was mentioned.

"Theresa May once warned the Tories not to be nasty," said a Radio 4 presenter, indicating that the Home Secretary was now the nasty one, with her claims about the problems caused by mass immigration.

Really? Is it nasty, for example, to point out that UK maternity units are presently in complete crisis, mainly due to a soaring birth rate that has been caused by recent arrivals having larger families?

The Royal College of Midwives has warned that a staggering 42 per cent of maternity units have had to close their doors in the past year because they had no spare beds or too few midwives. ...

Across the European Union, the number of babies being born has dropped since the financial crash. Almost uniquely, the British birth rate has shot up, even though a quarter of our female graduates are not having children.

More than one in four babies born in England and Wales are from mothers who arrived in Britain from other countries. In 2014, there were 695,000 births, of which 188,000 were born to foreign mothers, the majority from Poland, Pakistan and India.

That rate has doubled since Tony Blair launched his 1997 open-door immigration policy, which one former New Labour minister has called "a spectacular mistake". At the census of 2001, just 16 per cent of births were to foreign-born mothers. ...

Sir Michael Wilshaw says that teachers are struggling to cope with the influx of migrant children because they lack the resources and the capability, but what would he know? He's only the Chief Inspector for Schools. ...

... But the link between our collapsing maternity services and uncontrolled migration isn't a figment of some English Defence League thug's imagination. It's a fact. A fact that is putting both mothers and babies in danger.

To call people who point this out "nasty" is itself repugnant. ... ...

All of the above is perfectly plain to the three-quarters of British people who favour reducing immigration. Not because they are nasty – though some may well be – but because they feel, really quite strongly, that the country's priority must be to provide health care, schools and houses for the existing population.

Perhaps I should add that, among my friends, the two people who hold this view most vociferously are both the daughters of immigrants.
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Refugee Crisis Mishandled by European Union, Italy's Renzi Says
John Follain
Bloomberg, 14 October 2015

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that for much of this year the European Union mishandled the biggest influx of refugees since World War II, changing tack in reaction to events rather than adopting a long-term strategy.

Addressing the parliament in Rome before Thursday's EU summit, the premier referred to the loss of some 700 lives when a rickety boat carrying refugees sank off the Libyan coast in April.

"Six months on from the extraordinary EU summit of April after the terrible tragedy involving 700 of our brothers and sisters, we can say with much clarity that on the issue of migration Italy was right, and the rest of Europe was not," Renzi said. ...

"From the first day, we have said it was time to change EU policy on these issues," Renzi said, while many friends and allies "changed position on the basis of individual events, moments which were also very moving" instead of adopting a long-term strategy.

For six months, Italy's EU partners denied that the Dublin accord, which stipulates that asylum-seekers must seek refuge in the country of arrival, must be overhauled, he said.

"Today we see after six months that a simple principle which was always denied is now authoritatively supported by Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel at the European Parliament: the Dublin agreement is dead," Renzi said, referring to the French president and German chancellor. "It isn't technically, but it is politically."

The EU's border-management agency Frontex said on Tuesday that the number of migrants who arrived in the bloc in the first nine months of 2015 reached more than 710,000, compared with 282,000 during the whole of last year.
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Majority say Germany can't 'manage' refugees
The Local [Germany], 14 October 2015

A poll published on Tuesday showed that a majority of Germans think that there are too many asylum seekers in the country and that Chancellor Angela Merkel is wrong to say "we'll manage this".

The YouGov survey found that 56 percent of people thought that there were too many refugees already in Germany for the country to be able to take on any more.

That represented a 10 percent rise on the number giving the same answer just one month ago, in mid-September.

Meanwhile, only 19 percent thought the country definitely could take in more refugees, down from 28 percent a month ago.

The survey also showed falling confidence in Chancellor Angela Merkel's repeated insistence that "we'll manage this", with 32 percent of the respondents agreeing with her – down from 43 percent at the beginning of September.

With 64 percent now disagreeing, Merkel has a tough battle to stick to the course she has chosen in the crisis.

As recently as Sunday the Chancellor declared that she would not be turned aside by opinion polls or discontent within her own party ranks.
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How immigration makes income inequality worse in the US.
Ping Xu, James C. Garand, Ling Zhu
LSE USAPP blog, 14 October 2015

The past three decades have seen a substantial rise in income inequality in the United States. Since the 1970s, the income gap between the rich and the poor has escalated rapidly and exceeded that of most other industrial democracies. Among the political and economic determinants of inequality, immigration has been one of the most controversial. ... ...

Our findings suggest that immigration contributes to the increasing economic disparity among members of society and that this is a non-trivial effect. Such an effect is a result of relative disadvantages that immigrants have in marketable skills, as well as laws, politics, and policies that differentiate immigrants from native-born Americans. /.../

Moreover, our findings that low-skill immigrants raise income inequality while high-skill immigrants lower income inequality for certain selective income pairings point to the importance of considering the values that undergird American immigration policy. One possible way to mitigate the effects of immigration on income inequality is to see changes in immigration policy that result in a change in the mix of immigrants admitted to the United States. An immigration policy that shifts the focus toward admitting more high-skill immigrants and fewer low-skill immigrants may reduce the effect of immigration on income inequality.
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More horrible than rape
David P. Goldman
Asia Times, 14 October 2015

The body of a 20-year-old Syrian woman, "Rokstan M.," was unearthed from a shallow grave in the small Saxon town of Dessau last week. Her father and brothers stabbed her to death on her mother's orders, after she was gang-raped by three men. The rape left her "unclean" and the mother allegedly demanded the killing to restore the family's honor. German police are seeking the father and brothers. That by itself is not newsworthy; what is newsworthy is the news itself, which appeared in not one of Germany's major daily newspapers or websites. ...

... Her story deserves a line or two in the quality press. But it's one of many that German leaders want to ignore.

Political leaders in Germany – which may absorb 1.5 million migrants this year – are struggling to respond to reports of a sex crime epidemic among newly-arrived Muslims. ...

Germany's elite knows perfectly well that the migrants bring social pathologies, because they have already seen the world's worst sex crime epidemic unfold in Scandinavia. ...

Even in liberated, feminist, gender-neutral Sweden, there is something more horrible than rape, something horrible enough to persuade the political elite to sacrifice the physical and mental health of tens of thousands of Swedish women. That is the horror of social disintegration in the Muslim world. ... ...

The incidence of rape in Sweden has tripled in the past ten years as the country became Europe's premier destination for Muslim immigrants. Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard observe,

Since 2000, there has only been one research report on immigrant crime. It was done in 2006 by Ann-Christine Hjelm from Karlstads University. It emerged that in 2002, 85% of those sentenced to at least two years in prison for rape in 2002 were foreign born or second-generation immigrants.

A 1996 report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention reached the conclusion that immigrants from North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) were 23 times as likely to commit rape as Swedish men. The figures for men from Iraq, Bulgaria and Romania were, respectively, 20, 18 and 18. Men from the rest of Africa were 16 times more prone to commit rape; and men from Iran, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, 10 times as prone as Swedish men.

A new trend reached Sweden with full force over the past few decades: gang rape – virtually unknown before in Swedish criminal history. The number of gang rapes increased spectacularly between 1995 and 2006. Since then no studies of them have been undertaken.

Sweden not only stands by while large number of its women are raped, but outlaws public discussion of the causes. ...

Why should Sweden inflict such damage upon itself and criminalize dissent against the policies which caused it? Ideology can't be the whole explanation. Sweden is committed to a postmodern multicultural ideology, to be sure, but other ideologies have a voice, feminism. Yet the feminists are mute on the subject of Sweden's rape epidemic. That is not because feminists condone rape, but because they believe that there is something even more horrible than rape.
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Calais migrant crisis costs Britain £100,000 a day – that's £200 MILLION in just five years
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 13 October 2015

Cash-strapped Britain is spending nearly £100,000 a day tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, the Daily Express can reveal.

Official figures show for the first time how securing the besieged port town and surrounding region is proving a huge drain on taxpayers.

Since 2010 almost £200 million has been spent trying to repel those looking to sneak into the UK.

The sum lays bare the scale of the migrant threat just 20 miles off the English coast. ... ...

The outlay includes £7 million on fencing to surround the Eurotunnel terminal, a £2 million upgrade of detection technology and boosting Border Force's dog searching capability by £1 million.

The amount spent over the past five-and-a-half years could have funded 8,000 nurses.

Lured by the prospect of jobs, benefits and free healthcare stowaways were stopped at the border at a rate of 153 a day in the first six months of the year, the Home Office said.

There were 27,755 attempts to sneak into Britain illegally between January and June.

This compares to 12,980 in the first six months of 2014 and 6,238 in 2013.

It means the number risking their lives for the chance of a new start jumped 350 per cent in just two years. ...

But the true scale of the burden on the public purse emerged after the Conservatives' Lord (John) Patten demanded to know the cost of the British commitment in northern France.

In response, Home Office Minister Lord Bates said: "Since 2010 the Government has spent £196 million in Calais and the surrounding locations to secure the border, which includes day-to-day activity such as carrying out passport checks on all passengers, searching for illicit goods, as well as stopping and deterring illegal migration.

"Part of this figure includes the recent investment to reinforce security through infrastructure improvements at Border Force's controls in northern France."
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Dramatic rise in Eastern European social housing
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2015

The proportion of typical social housing in England being let to Eastern Europeans has trebled over the last eight years, provisional figures have found.

According to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), councils and housing associations let a total of 9,128 homes in England to tenants from 'EU accession countries' - all of which are in eastern Europe - during 2014/15. In 2007/08, this figure stood at 2,800.

By contrast, the percentage of social housing let to UK nationals fell from 94% to 91% over the same period.

Housing associations are also letting a bigger chunk of their stock to people from these EU accession countries. In the last financial year, more than six in 10 (61%) homes went to nationals from accession countries, up from 54% in 2007/08.

This could reflect the decline in the overall number of lettings by councils in England, which are at their lowest level since records began.

Just over 116,000 homes were let by councils during the 2014/15 financial year, which was 7% lower than the previous 12 months and 20% lower than in 2007.

Accession countries are those which have joined the EU in the last decade.

In 2007 this group comprised the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Bulgaria and Romania joined the list in 2008/09, while Croatia was added in 2014/15.

These figures do not include supported housing and refer to general needs lettings - the majority of properties made available by councils and housing associations to private tenants.
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Do lawyers have the right to question Tory asylum policy?
Michael White
The Guardian, 13 October 2015

Just by coincidence, a lawyer friend was sounding off within earshot a few hours before 300 lawyers and retired judges published their letter complaining that the government's response to the Syrian refugee crisis is "too low, too slow and too narrow". So it is. But is it the job of retired judges to tell David Cameron so? ...

Either way it seems to me inevitable that there will be more clashes between the judicial, legislative and executive branches of administration in a world which is becoming increasingly complex. ...

The law is there to protect us all from illegal or over-mighty behaviour (and to punish miscreants). When it expands its remit there is bound to be trouble. MPs do not always stay on their side of the line. ...

Alas, there are few top-flight lawyers in modern politics. ... ...

The lack of lawyers is one reason why so much current legislation is sloppy and warrants judicial correction leading to revision. But does that give lawyers the red light to sign lofty letters telling the government what to do on one of the most sensitive political issues of the day? I struggle to think it does, however well intentioned.

The lawyers and elderly judges are entitled to point out that the system that evolved after the second world war has not adapted well to the modern world of cheap flights, transcontinental lorry routes and mobile phones, all of which facilitate mass movement. ...

That the system needs fixing is obvious. Both the Dublin and the Schengen agreements (the latter allows unimpeded access across most EU borders) are tottering, while EU leaders struggle, not very successfully, to adapt their rules and ensure all members states take their fair share.

Where I take issue is in the lawyers' final paragraph where they specifically condemn the government's amended target of taking 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020: "too low, too slow and too narrow", they say. That's highly political, even if they were disinterested citizens in this debate, which they are not. Lawyers are active participants in this process at almost every stage, some acting gallantly from noble motives, others making a handy few bob.

But ministers have to look at the bigger picture and be held responsible for the consequences, as the average senior judge rarely is when he or she makes a blunder in law, sentencing or comment, formal or otherwise. Britain's 20th-century record on accepting asylum seekers as refugees is patchy but honourable enough. We did badly by Kenyan Asians under Labour in 1968, better by their expelled Ugandan cousins under the Tories' Ted Heath. It is inherent in the situation that a state and its citizens can easily be accused in hindsight of not doing enough.

But what has made the current crisis hard is context, the context in which the population of the UK – mostly south-east England – has increased by about 5 million in the past 15 years or so, mostly driven by immigration and migrant birth rates. ...

No wonder many voters are nervous. /.../ We are a multicultural society, as Cameron's speech to the Tory party conference (and even Theresa May's) acknowledged last week.

But the burdens of migration of all kinds are not shared evenly.
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Keep your noses out of this most sensitive and controversial issue facing Britain, M'Luds...
Max Hastings
Daily Mail, 13 October 2015

Although the argument about immigration has raged for years, what is new, and to some to us deeply dismaying, is that the authors of this open letter are not politicians, clerics, lobbyists or showbusiness luvvies.

Instead, they are lawyers, headed by some of the most high-profile retired judges in the land, including Lord Phillips, former president of the Supreme Court.

Admittedly, they no longer sit on the bench. But by choosing to adopt such a strident position on one of the most sensitive and controversial issues facing Britain today, they cast aside the historic tradition of judicial non-partisanship, of lofty abstention from the political process. There seems no surer way for the judiciary to forfeit this precious commodity than by wading into such a battle as this.

Granted, several of the letter's signatories are well-known for their commitments to liberal causes over many years, including Sir Nicolas Bratza, former president of that pernicious body the European Court of Human Rights.

Catriona Jarvis, another co-author, has been for some time been an avowedly feminist judge in the upper chamber of the immigration and asylum court. The letter is also signed by three ex-law lords.

Sir Stephen Sedley, a former appeal court judge, said yesterday: 'Since refuge from persecution and war is a universal human right... our Government's present offer to take no more than 20,000 Syrian refugees is wholly inadequate. As a stable and prosperous country, we can do better than this.'

Sedley's words damage the reputation of the bench, because they beg the question of how a man capable of such sloppy thinking could have risen to such heights in his profession.

For it is mistaken to assert that refuge from war is a 'right'. It is nothing of the sort. It is merely a human aspiration which is extraordinarily difficult to fulfil, because mankind around the globe repeatedly resorts to violence to fulfil his political, tribal or religious ends.

It seems grotesque to suggest that Britain, or indeed the civilised and peaceful Western world, can or should accept an absolute responsibility to admit to our shores all fugitives from want, persecution, or violence. ...

This, of course, touches another delicate point about the lawyers' open letter.

All of its signatories live privileged upper-middle class lives, unlikely to be in the smallest degree affected by the arrival of refugees even in millions.

Their children's and grandchildren's schools will be unaffected; they have no personal need of the social-services departments and local infrastructure, which in many urban areas have been struggling to cope with the number of immigrants, even before the latest crisis.

A fundamental moral flaw in the lawyers' letter, it seems to me, is its assumption that the interests of refugees from far-flung corners of the world deserve equal weight to those of the established people of Britain.

The writers are indifferent to the fact that most of us are deeply unhappy about the huge population increase which is already projected, and deplore the notion that millions more should come.
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[Judges and QCs]
Colin Bullen
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – One wonders how many judges and QCs – as opposed to unskilled workers – are waiting in Calais migrant camps. It is easy to be generous with other people's jobs when yours are not at risk.
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Clark Cross
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has said that Scotland will take in 2,000 refugees every year.

There are now 4,896 children and their parents living in temporary accommodation across Scotland; yet refugees will get priority over them.
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Germany extends border checks to halt refugees
The Local [Germany], 13 October 2015

Germany, facing a record migrant influx, will extend temporary border controls until the end of October, with a special focus on the Austrian border, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Berlin, which started to implement the controls on September 13th, has told the European Commission it will maintain them until October 31st as "the situation at the border is such that we cannot do without them", a ministry spokeswoman told news agency AFP.

"We need to return to an orderly handling of refugee policy."

In the passport-free Schengen Area of 26 European countries, members can temporarily reinstate border controls with other member states if they cite a security threat or exceptional circumstances.

Members can reinstate the border controls for ten days and then maintain them for "renewable periods" of up to 20 days, for a maximum total of two months.
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From fingerprints to facial scans: Why the French want biometrics on all EU travellers
Liam Tung
ZDNet, 13 October 2015

France has proposed requiring biometric data from all travellers as they enter the EU's Schengen area.

The French proposal could mean that everyone, including EU citizens, will need to supply fingerprint or facial biometric data to support Europe's Smart Borders systems.

EU civil liberties watchdog Statewatch published the French proposal, which outlines a call to the EC to broaden "the scope of the Smart Borders package for all travellers, also including European nationals".

The letter dated 25 September was sent to the EU's Working Party on Frontiers and was, according to EUobserver, discussed at an interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg on October 8.

The EC proposed the Smart Borders package in 2013 to improve control at the external borders of Schengen member states, which includes most EU states, some non-EU states such as Norway and Switzerland, but not the UK.

As the EC outlines, Smart Borders in conjunction with an entry-exit system and registered traveller programme, would aim to stifle irregular immigration and help flag overstayers and facilitate border-crossing for pre-vetted frequent non-EU nationals travelling to the region. ...

According to France, expanding the biometric program to include EU nationals would improve the return on investment on control systems already in place, since non-EU citizens only account for 43 percent of border crossings.

But the main motivation is the threat from terrorists in the Schengen area and nervousness about the influx of refugees to the EU - as well as about EU nationals who join terror groups such as IS.
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Popularity of skin-bleaching skyrockets in Africa
Christin Roby
Washington Times, 13 October 2015

Ms. Kouman isn't alone. In fact, she's part of a large and growing population of "tchatchos," an untranslatable Ivory Coast term for people who bleach their skin using products with names like Fair and White, Glow and Nature White despite a ban on them passed by the Ivorian government earlier this year.

It's a ban widely ignored despite what the government says are the good intentions behind it.

"This declaration to regulate cosmetics and personal care products is to protect Ivorians from depigmentation, one of the major causes of destruction of their health," Minister of Health and the Fight Against AIDS Raymonde Goudou Coffie said in a statement.

Though no official numbers are available on the number of Ivorian "tchatchos," skin-bleaching is prevalent throughout West Africa and around the world.

According to the World Health Organization, roughly 75 percent of Nigerian women, 27 percent of Senegalese women and 33 percent of South African women regularly use skin-lightening products. In India, over half of all cosmetic products sold there are skin-lightening products. ...

The creams don't work on feet, knuckles and elbows, making it easy to spot tchatchos. The treatments also dry out the skin, giving some users a tough, leathery-like complexion and posing other health risks. ...

Fueling demand for the whitening locally is the widespread belief in the Ivory Coast that deep-dark skin is dirty. ...

Rosine Ako, who owns a hair salon in Abidjan, blames men for the popularity of skin whitening. Competition among Ivorian women for partners is intense, she said.

"Women do this because it's what men like," Ms. Ako said. "Here in Ivory Coast, every woman wants to be seen as beautiful by men with the hopes of getting married."

She added, "If you do not wear the straight hair, and have what men think to be beautiful skin, they will leave you to find what they are looking for elsewhere. I have had many brides-to-be come to me to find whiteners for them to lighten their skin before their wedding."

But Ivorian men like taxi driver Marc Akinba, 42, disagree. He and others blame the media and foreign entertainment industry for warping the country's beauty standards.

"Women see music videos or they see celebrities from the United States, for example, and they do everything in their power to be like them," Mr. Akinba said. "It's the women who themselves decide what is beautiful and then try to become like that."
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Revealed: How a third of the 3 million EU migrants living in Britain have arrived since David Cameron became Prime Minister
Matt Chorley
MailOnline, 12 October 2015

One in three European migrants in the UK has arrived since David Cameron became Prime Minister, it can be revealed.

Of the 3 million EU nationals living here in 2014, almost a million entered the country after 2010, including 240,000 last year alone. ...

Analysis of data produced by the Office for National Statistics for MailOnline shows how tens of thousands of people have settled in the UK in recent years.

In 2014 there were 2.25 million EU migrants living in the UK who arrived between 1990 and 2013.

It included 743,000 people from Poland, 134,000 from Lithuania, 118,000 from Italy and 108,000 from Ireland.

The data shows that the single largest group of EU migrants were Poles who arrived in 2006 - a total of 134,000. ...

Separate figures show that last year alone some 240,000 EU nationals settled in the UK, equivalent to 8 per cent of the total number of people from elsewhere on the continent.

It includes 118,000 from the EU15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden).

A further 72,000 came from countries in the EU8 grouping, including Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia. There were also 46,000 people from Romania and Bulgaria.

A further 198,000 EU nationals had first arrived in 2013, 207,000 in 2012, 161,000 in 2011 and 175,000 who have been here since 2010 when Mr Cameron became PM.

It means that in total, 981,000 EU nationals living in the UK have arrived since 2010 – 33 per cent of the 2.9 million total.
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Our nation is at stake
Nick Ferrari
Daily Express, 12 October 2015

However, depressingly, yet again a call for a true examination and assessment of the impact of immigration has been drowned out by the wholly predictable cries of racism.

If you TRULY have a problem with this country examining the issue of mass immigration that saw more than 300,000 people arrived here last year according to the official net migration figures – and the highly likely prediction that figure will be matched or bettered this year – then look away now.

If, however, you agree that everything from jobs to water and hospitals to housing is affected by this then welcome to the real world.

Home Secretary Theresa May tried to talk about that at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester last week. ...

The suggestion made by Mrs May that social cohesion in Britain is harmed by mass migration is true.

Yes; you read that correctly.

It is true that mass migration harms the nation's social cohesion.

And anyone who denies or ignores this is putting in jeopardy everything this nation has stood for down the years.

It is simply not acceptable to continue peddling the lie that this nation should still open its arms to anyone and everyone who wants to get here.

Sit in a busy A & E unit in any city or major town and see how quickly you get attended to.

Try fighting your way to the top of any housing list in the same area.

Or have a quick scan of the school lists in the area and realise just how many places we need to fill.

We are thousands behind where we should be regarding school places and tens of thousands of places behind where we need to be to help provide people with the means by which they can put a roof over their heads. ...

Can anyone tell me where the slightest problem lies with the Home Secretary's assertions that the large numbers of people arriving in this country put extraordinary pressure on schools, hospitals and housing?

Is it so wrong for her to suggest it has the potential to ensure building a cohesive society becomes nigh impossible?

Where's the problem with her saying the employment prospects of so many of our young people could be blighted by the continuing rises in the level of immigration?

When did it suddenly become a crime to look after our own?

That is, predictably, the saddest part of this whole debate.

We have somehow managed to get to a point at which it is seen as a racist act to stand up for the people of Britain. ...

It is palpably insane that a Home Secretary who has served for more than five years would choose to give the sort of speech that could be expected of someone who has just got the job.

This was the conference equivalent of " not me Guv!"

However, the issues she tried to tackle are deserving of the closest examination.
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Migrants could cost you election, poll guru warns PM: Lynton Crosby cautions against dismissing electorate's fears over immigration
Gerri Peev
Daily Mail, 12 October 2015

The Conservatives risk losing the next election if they fail to cut immigration, David Cameron's election strategist has warned.

Lynton Crosby, the Australian campaign guru credited with helping the Tories win a majority in May, cautioned ministers against dismissing people's fears over migration.

After conducting a poll, he said it was the policy area people most wanted Mr Cameron to address.

In the weeks after the General Election, 2,000 people were asked why they voted for the Tories, according to a new book about the election campaign published today. ...

Nearly four in ten of those surveyed – 39 per cent – said tackling immigration topped priorities such as increasing NHS spending, delivering a referendum on EU membership and clearing the deficit.

The book, Why The Tories Won – The Inside Story Of The 2015 Election, by journalist Tim Ross, says Mr Crosby told ministers that to win the election in 2020 they had to fulfil their pledge to 'control and reduce immigration'.
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Chinese network of people smugglers dismantled with Europol's support
Europol, 12 October 2015

Eighty-nine arrests have been made in a coordinated operation led by the Spanish National Police and supported by Europol. Operation 'TIJA' targeted a Chinese organised crime group specialised in smuggling people into Spain, as a transit country on the way to the UK, Ireland, Canada and the United States of America by using forged identity documents or travel documents belonging to someone else. ...

After a preliminary investigation, Spanish law enforcement officers uncovered a very active organised group of Chinese and Pakistani criminals based in Barcelona. Having first smuggled the migrants into Spain, the facilitators lodged them in safe houses until the next stage of the journey was arranged (booking the flight, receiving the travel documents from China). Once in Spain, the migrants were provided with various options to illegally enter their favoured destination country: land routes through Turkey and Greece, direct or indirect flights, and ferries.
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Refugee crisis: Surge of sympathy for refugees in Britain 'likely to be fleeting,' study says
John Rentoul
The Independent on Sunday, 11 October 2015

The surge of sympathy for refugees in Britain is likely to be "fleeting", according to a new study of the response of the public to similar news stories last year.

After the publication of a photo of a dead boy on a Turkish beach, and the welcoming stance towards Syrian refugees taken by the German government, many British people demanded that their government should take a greater share of refugees, and many even offered to take refugees into their own homes.

But the study, by YouGov and academics at the universities of Essex and Exeter, suggests that any increase in support for taking more refugees is influenced by the perceived generosity of other countries and will be short-lived.

The survey, carried out last year, divided people into three groups. They were all told – as was the case at the time – that the EU was asking member states to take a share of 30,000 refugees. The first group was asked, without any further information, how many Britain should take. The most popular answer, apart from "None" (28 per cent), was between 500 and 5,000 (23 per cent).

A second group was told that Germany would be taking 10,000 refugees. The researchers commented that "there was an uptick in the percentage of Britons who wish to take what then was a large number of refugees (5,000 or more)", rising from 14 per cent to 23 per cent. But a third group was told that France would be taking 500 refugees, and those respondents wanted Britain to take the fewest refugees. The percentage that wanted Britain to take 500 or fewer rose from 16 per cent of the control group to 34 per cent.

Tom Scotto, who led the research, said that British attitudes are influenced by the policies of other countries, but are likely to be more strongly influenced towards a less "generous" stance in line with neighbouring states that are less welcoming towards asylum-seekers.

However, any effect on opinion is likely to be temporary. A follow-up question asked later in the survey found no significant difference between the three groups in their attitudes towards the generosity of foreign aid.

After the publication of the photo of the body of Aylan Kurdi last month, David Cameron pledged that the UK would take 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Jeremy Corbyn joined a "Solidarity with Refugees" march a week later, on the day he was elected Labour leader.

Professor Scotto said: "The overt activism we're seeing on the streets in the form of protests demanding Britain do more are attitudes expressed by an engaged segment of the British population. Views of the rest of the public are generally more sceptical of aid and the desirability of Britain housing more refugees."
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Let in 2,000 Christian refugees from Syria, urges MigrationWatch cofounder
Caroline Wheeler
Sunday Express, 11 October 2015

A leading campaigner for tougher immigration controls has called for Britain to take at least 2,000 Christian refugees from Syria over the next five years.

MigrationWatch UK chairman Sir Andrew Green claims Britain must "play fair" by the Christians fleeing Syria and help save them from the barbarians of the Islamic State.

Last month the Sunday Express revealed how scores of Christians have already been murdered by IS and thousands forced to leave ancient communities in north-eastern Syria and western Iraq as the extremists demand they either convert to Islam, pay an extortionate rate of tax or face execution.

More than 700,000 of Syria's population of 1.1 million Christians have already had to leave as jihadists moved into the north-west of the country and it is believed there are now no more than 250,000 Christians in Syria.

Now Lord Green has become the latest to add his voice to a powerful lobby, which includes the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Jewish peer Lord Weidenfeld, who was saved from the Nazis in Austria in 1938.

Last night Lord Green, who co-founded the MigrationWatch pressure group, said: "We must play fair by the Christians fleeing Syria but the Government seems to be ducking the issue. They are selecting families from the UN refugee camps but many of the Christians have been driven out of the camps so special arrangements must be made.

"Christians comprised about 10 per cent of the population of Syria so they should comprise a similar proportion of the refugees we take – that is 2,000 over the next five years.

"Otherwise the Government's talk about non-discriminating in favour of any group will result in discrimination against Christians. "That would be unacceptable to many people in Britain."

Lord Green has now pledged to take up the plight of the Syrian Christians in the House of Lords.
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New wave of super-size secondary schools planned
Hannah Richardson
BBC, 10 October 2015

Councils across England are planning a new wave of "super-size" secondary schools of between 12 and 16 form groups for each year, a report says.

At least 17 local councils will have these 2,000-plus pupil schools, the Times Educational Supplement found from Freedom of Information requests.

The schools are planned for both urban and rural areas, when pupil numbers reach a peak in the next few years. ...

The new figures show schools are being planned all over the country, as councils try to find more than 80,000 extra secondary places which they say will be needed in the next four years.
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How 150 migrants try to sneak into Britain EACH DAY
Giles Shelrick
Daily Express, 10 October 2015

As many as 150 migrants are being caught each day trying to sneak into Britain, figures show.

Thousands of immigrants, lured by jobs, benefits and healthcare, are massed along the French coast in record numbers. Latest figures obtained by the Daily Express show 27,755 attempts to enter Britain illegally were stopped between January and June this year.

This compares with 12,980 in the first six months of 2014 and 6,238 in 2013. In only two years, the numbers have risen by almost 350 per cent. Critics said last night the Home Office statistics proved the EU's "open door policy" had produced a crisis that was out of control.

The border figures emerged as it was revealed that the number of migrants arriving on Greek islands near Turkey had surged to about 7,000 a day over the past week.
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Calais is just a side show for the real refugee crisis
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 10 October 2015

But coming from a country which by our standards is very poor and which does not enjoy the full democratic rights that we do does not automatically qualify you for asylum. If it did, the majority of the world's population would have the right to settle in Europe.

The way to help the world's poor is through economic development, with aid targeted at the victims of natural and man-made disasters, not by taking in a lucky few who have managed to make it to Calais. ...

The tragedy of the Calais situation is that it has distracted from the genuine refugee crisis.

While warm-hearted Britons have been driving their transit vans to Calais, the UN Food Programme has been forced, through lack of resources, to cut rations it has been providing for refugees in countries around the Syrian border and for those who have been displaced within Syria itself.

The 5,000 migrants camped in Calais are nothing but a sideshow. The vast majority of Syrian refugees haven't even left Syria. There are 6.5 million who have been forced to flee their homes now living in other parts of the country.

A further three million are living in neighbouring countries. It is a scandal that the UN programmes to help these people are short of money. Resources go so much further when we help refugees close to the problem they are seeking refuge from.

The maximum spent by the World Food Programme is $14 (£9.16) per person per month – a tiny fraction of what it costs to put up asylum-seekers in British hotels. Failing properly to support refugee camps in and around Syria encourages people to try to travel further afield.

Not only that, it helps to dissipate Syria's population and starve it of the talented people it will need to rebuild if the civil war ends. ...

While refugees in and around Syria get basic aid, those who make it to Britain are lavished with benefits.

We could and should be sending any who arrive from Calais back to France and telling them to claim asylum there – the rules on asylum demand that those seeking it do so in the first safe country they reach, not shop around for the one in which they most fancy living.

Many choose to try to make it to Britain because we have a more dynamic economy which makes it easier for them to work illegally, we have a more generous benefits system and because we don't have identity cards.

Britain is the perfect environment, in other words, for economic migrants to disguise themselves as refugees.

And because we don't send them back to France they only have to be lucky once. The most ridiculous headline I have read all year concerned a group of migrants who walked through the Channel Tunnel and, so it was said, "failed" to reach Britain because they were caught a mile short of the coast.

No, they didn't fail. They were picked up by police and brought to Britain. All the police patrol did was to save their legs the last mile's walk.
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Migration minister: 'speed up deportations'
The Local [Sweden], 10 October 2015

Forced deportations of asylum seekers who have been refused entry to Sweden must be intensified, Swedish minister for migration, Morgan Johansson, told Swedish Radio on Saturday.

Johansson pointed out that approximately 6,000 people with deportation orders are still living in Sweden.

"You must surely start with them. The space is needed for newly arrived asylum seekers," Johansson said.

Since 2011 between 3,000 and 4,000 people have been deported annually. ...

The more long-term work is, according to Johansson, finding and reject those who have deportation orders but who live hidden "in a shadowy existence", often exploited by unscrupulous employers who take advantage of their situation. ...

An increasing proportion of refugees due to be deported from Sweden are instead disappearing. Last year Migrationsverket decided to expel more than 20,000 people. But the proportion of those leaving the country voluntarily after the expulsion order was reduced to 41%.

That left 11,112 set for police investigation. Some of those were forcibly deported, but in most cases the refugees went underground.

According to Migrationsverket, the vast majority of the "disappeared" are Dublin Regulation cases.

Under the Dublin Regulation, refugees are deported back to the first EU country they entered, often Italy or Greece, which have the worst welfare provision. But if refugees can delay their re-applications by 18 months, they may be able to stay in Sweden, hence the motivation to go underground.
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Over a third of babies born in the UK are no longer white British: More than 10% come from other Caucasian backgrounds mirroring increased migration from Europe
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 9 October 2015

Fewer than two in three babies born last year were officially classified as white British, figures showed yesterday.

The first ethnic breakdown of births showed that 65.3 per cent were born to mothers who put the ethnicity of their child as white British.

The proportion is much lower than the white British population as a whole, which was recorded as just over 80 per cent at the 2011 national census.

The decline in births among the majority background is a fresh indicator of the impact of large-scale immigration over the past 15 years. ...

Among the third of babies said to be members of ethnic minorities, 10.3 per cent were recorded as 'white other'. The relatively high proportion appears to mirror increased immigration from Europe.

The group includes children born to mothers from Poland and other Eastern European countries as well as Ireland, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and South Africa.

The analysis was published by the Office for National Statistics and recorded that 4.3 per cent of babies were Pakistani, 3.3 per cent Indian and 1.5 per cent Bangladeshi. A further 3.5 per cent were registered as black African, while the smallest ethnic category was black Caribbean, at 0.9 per cent.

The remaining 11 per cent of babies – recorded as 'all others' – included those whose mothers said they were from Far East countries including China, or from the Middle East. ...

The ethnicity of a baby is not recorded on the birth register. However, midwives are required to record it during the birth notification – an NHS process that provides the baby with an NHS number and begins the child's medical records. Midwives set down ethnic identity as given to them by the mother.

The 34 per cent of babies said to be from ethnic minorities is a much higher figure than that commonly given.

The usual figure is the count of babies born to mothers who were themselves born abroad, and who are regarded by the ONS as immigrants.

In 2014, some 27 per cent of babies in Britain had foreign-born mothers, up from 26.5 per cent the year before.
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EU in crisis as Slovakia threatens to leave over controversial refugee quota
Jake Burman
Daily Express, 9 October 2015

Slovakia's prime minister has threatened to leave the European Union over quotas to accept refugees fleeing war-torn countries.

Robert Fico warned that his country will head for the exit if the EU fails to impose a policy to deal with the influx of refugees entering Europe.

The EU is currently confused on how to deal with the record numbers of refugees, with policy makers left undecided on how to best tackle the situation.

The fed-up prime minister claimed he is ready to propose "a discharge of his country from the European Union" if they are forced to keep taking refugees from the Middle east.

Mr Fico - who has grown weary of being forced to accept refugees as an EU member state - said he "could not accept compulsory admission quotas, since it is completely uncertain what they mean in practice".
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Theresa May did not oppose immigration
Randhir Singh Bains
The Guardian, 9 October 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

Gary Younge got it all wrong (Opinion, 7 October). Theresa May did not oppose immigration, but merely claims that immigration is good only when taken in small sips, not in large gulps, as Britain did under New Labour. There is enough statistical evidence to show that when you allow a massive influx of new immigrants within a short space of time, the society on the receiving end becomes balkanised and conflicted, depleting the very glue – social cohesion – that keeps it intact. Citizens in general can be comfortable with cognitive diversity, ie diversity of outlooks, but not so with cultural diversity, especially when such diversity is allowed to increase beyond its critical mass, thereby pushing the country on the receiving end of immigration one step nearer to becoming a cleft country.
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Germany's Jewish community claim Angela Merkel's refugee policy is allowing 'sworn enemies' of Israel to settle in the country
Allan Hall
MailOnline, 8 October 2015

Germany's Jewish community has voiced fears over Angela Merkel's refugee policy allowing 'sworn enemies' of Israel to settle in the country.

The Central Council for Jews in Germany warn of growing anti-Semitism as a result.

'Among the people who seek refuge in Germany are many from countries where Israel is the enemy,' said Josef Schuster, leader of the group.

'These people have grown up with this hostility to Israel and often transfer their resentment to Jews in general.'

He added that it was imperative that the newcomers were instructed in a German 'community of values' as swiftly as possible.

Last year anti-Jewish hate crimes in Germany rose to 864 reported cases, a rise of ten percent over 2013.

Experts have long warned of rampant anti-Semitism, especially among Arab youth, in Germany. The country's intelligence services estimate at least 700 young Germans have left the country in the past year to fight with terror groups in the Middle East.

On Wednesday Chancellor Merkel, whose popularity ratings have slipped since it was announced the country will absorb over a million refugees this year, went on TV to defend her policies and said there was no going back on them.

'The situation is here now and there's no going back,' she said.
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Refugee crisis: Germany creaks under strain of open door policy
Kate Connolly
The Guardian, 8 October 2015

The realities of shouldering Europe's refugee crisis are coming home to Germany, amid daily reports of clashes in asylum seeker homes; bureaucrats overwhelmed by a backlog of registration claims and deep divisions within chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative ranks over how to manage the enormity of the challenge.

Just weeks after Merkel responded to the refugee crisis with the declaration: "Wir schaffen es – We can do it" – the euphoric mood that dominated has been replaced by a more sober response and a creeping sense of realism that the newcomers are here to stay, with all the consequences that entails.

School authorities are calling for at least 25,000 new teaching recruits to cope with the large numbers of new pupils, police officers are being brought out of retirement in their thousands, and the nation is being scoured for suitable accommodation as winter approaches. ...

Arson attacks on refugee shelters continue on an almost daily basis. ... Latest estimates, so far unconfirmed by the government, are that Germany might expect as many as 1.5 million refugees by the end of the year, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. There are no signs the numbers will let up in the near future, with one government minister warning this week that many women and children can be expected to follow the males who made up the majority of those making the journey first. Merkel's decision last month to "open the doors", particularly to Syrian refugees, has attracted growing criticism even within her own party as an estimated 10,000 people continue to arrive every day. ...

... But appearing on a television chat show on Wednesday night, Merkel insisted she would not try to limit the influx. "How should that work?" she asked the presenter. "You cannot just close the borders." ...

Reports of a youth community project having to move out to make way for an asylum seeker shelter, or a woman living in local authority housing being forced to downsize so that her flat could be used by refugees are regularly making the headlines and stoking resentment. "The message needs to reach the top, as to where the problems lie, and that we've reached a limit," Wolfgang Rzehak, of the Greens, who heads Bavaria's regional council recently told the daily TAZ. ...

Amid all the upheaval and uncertainty, Merkel has dismissed accusations that she reacted on a whim when she actively welcomed Syrians in particular to come to Germany. ...

The underlying message the government has sought to spread in the hope of keeping the debate on a positive trajectory is that Germany desperately needs migrants to fill a growing skills shortage in the workplace amid its own pending demographic crisis, owing to an ageing population and a chronically low birthrate.

The average immigrant in Germany is a startling 29 years younger than the average German, who is 46. But, as Naika Foroutan, a social scientist and deputy head of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM), warned in the TAZ, "the narrative that's being propagated that 'we need immigrants in order to secure our pensions', is too utilitarian. It will quickly crack at the first sign that immigrants are not in fact so useful according to our performance indicators. But they'll still be there – the children, the ageing, the traumatised, and what do we do with them then? Deport them?"
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Watch: How Smugglers Are Profiting From the Migrant Crisis
Francesca Trianni and Simon Shuster
Time, 8 October 2015

Nothing quite captures the scale of this summer's migration crisis in Europe like the fields of deflated boats and life jackets scattered along the eastern islands of Greece. The beaches where tourists would normally sunbathe are practically coated with these items, sometimes stacked in mounds that could fill an Olympic swimming pool. Stare at them long enough and it's hard to avoid an unsettling thought: someone is making a fortune on selling these things.
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EU pledges fast removal of failed asylum-seekers
Associated Press, 8 October 2015

The European Union has committed to speeding up and intensifying the deportation of people who do not qualify for asylum.

A statement of the meetings said: "Increased return rates should act as a deterrent to irregular migration."

A meeting of EU interior ministers agreed that the Frontex border agency set would start the organization of return flights and promised more staff for the organization to deal with the crisis.

It said detention could be used as a measure of last resort to make sure failed applicants actually go back and insisted enough pre-departure detention centers should be available.

At the same time most member states backed proposals to reinforce the EU's porous external borders.
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HSBC just nailed the one thing everyone gets wrong about the refugee crisis, in five simple sentences
Lianna Brinded
Business Insider, 8 October 2015

HSBC just published a note that sums up in five short sentences the one thing everyone is getting wrong about the European refugee migration crisis: This is going to be a great thing for Europe.

Most people think the "crisis" is a problem, of course. It's the biggest refugee movement since World War II. The 28-nation bloc is expected to receive around 1 million asylum applications in 2015 and a similar amount in 2016, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

They will all need jobs and places to live in their new countries. Initially, that might be expensive.

It will also be disruptive. For instance, 30,000 residents of the Swedish town of Sodertalje (pop. 92,000) are now Arab Christians who have fled the Middle East. Sodertalje has taken in more refugees on its own than the whole of the UK. The Syrian community is so large there that local Syrians can go days without having to speak Swedish or even meet a native-born Swede.

This, understandably, is frightening for a lot of people. ...

And here is the split between politicians and economists, which HSBC nails. Politicians (and many of the people they represent) think immigration is a bad thing. But economists know it is a good thing. ... ...

This isn't some political "opinion." It's a non-controversial fact.
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Boris Johnson calls for UK illegal immigrants amnesty
Alix Culbertson
Daily Express, 8 October 2015

Boris Johnson is calling for an amnesty for illegal immigrants who have been in Britain for more than 12 years.

The London mayor revealed he is "pro-immigration" and said it was a "shame" illegal migrants can only earn money on the black market as they then cannot pay taxes. ...

He told LBC radio: "I'm the great-grandson of Turkish immigrants - where would my family be if London hadn't given sanctuary to my great-grandfather?

"So I'm totally in favour of people being able to make their lives in another country."

But he admitted concerns over the number of illegal immigrants coming to Britain were warranted and he had "sympathy" with "some of the things" Home Secretary Theresa May said following her warning about the dangers of mass migration. ...

He suggested the idea of an amnesty for illegal immigrants in 2008 and reiterated yesterday it was "not a bad idea" after estimating there were up to 750,000 illegal migrants in the UK - with 500,000 in London alone. ...

Criticising the Government, he said there was an "inertia on our ability" to deport illegal migrants and it is impossible for the Home Office to restrain numbers from the EU.
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Identity cards can solve Britain's migrant crisis
Leah Fisher
Shout Out UK, 8 October 2015

The world is currently facing an immigration crisis with economic migrants. Every day, thousands of people are risking their lives by escaping from places like Africa in a bid to secure a better future within the European Union. ... ...

... Something must be done to stop economically driven migrants from settling in the UK illegally.

First and foremost, immediate assistance must be given to African countries to help them become more prosperous. This will then create less of a need for individuals to enter the UK for economic purposes.

However, this does not address the problem currently facing the UK. In 2006, the Identity Cards Act was passed but subsequently repealed. Ten years on, I suggest that the notion of identity cards should be revisited.

There are many advantages to identity cards, namely helping to identify illegal immigrants more efficiently and discouraging people from illegally entering the UK.

According to some human rights lawyers, identity cards are a violation of human rights, particularly Article 8 (right to a private life) and Article 14 (right to non-discrimination) of the European Court of Human Rights. However, identity cards are fairer than the introduction of strict laws, many of which have caused the government to be labelled as acting in a 'morally reprehensible way'.

Identity cards do not violate human rights. Regarding Article 8, identity cards do not present an invasion of privacy. Although information in the UK is not stored in one place, the state has the power to obtain all of our information. An identity card would not provide the state with any information it does not already have access to. Therefore, there is no actual invasion of any privacy, as there is no privacy to be invaded. ...

Regarding Article 14, discrimination will not occur if sufficient safeguards are put in place and identity cards are used for their correct purpose. If a person is illegally in the UK for pure economic reasons, it would not be a violation of human rights to remove them from the country and identity cards will help spot such illegal immigrants.

Of course technical details would need to be carefully discussed before such a scheme is implemented, but logically identity cards could solve a number of current issues. Other countries work well using identity cards and so there is no reason why the UK should not follow suit.
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Europe's refugee crisis will last for years: Juncker
EUbusiness, 8 October 2015

Europe's refugee crisis is expected to rumble on "for years", European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, following a visit to a migrant reception centre on Germany's border with Austria.

"This refugee crisis will last a few years. I have no illusion that what we're experiencing now will soon belong to the past," Juncker told a conference at the border town of Passau.

"We have to tell people that this is not a temporary situation, but something that we will have to live with for years," he said.
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Dominic Grieve claims electoral fraud growing in immigrant areas
Randeep Ramesh
The Guardian, 7 October 2015

Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, has said fraud at elections is a "growing phenomenon" in Britain that is taking place in communities "in which there is a tradition of electoral corruption and fraud in their home countries".

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Conservative party's annual conference, the senior Tory warned that although it had affected Labour mainly, as his party became more successful it too would be blighted. Grieve said electoral fraud is found "where there are high levels of inhabitants from a community in which there is a tradition of electoral corruption in their home countries". ...

Grieve wants Northern Ireland-style checks to be brought in to combat fraud – which would mean voters having to produce identification papers to register their intention to vote by post and having to justify their decision to the authorities.

He said: "I am puzzled why there is so much resistance in the political class for these changes. I know we want to maximise the number of people who vote. I am all in favour of that. But there is no point in creating a fake participation that masquerades as the real thing."

Although in the past he apologised for singling out the British Pakistani community, Grieve said it was not about any one group. He cited evidence from the electoral commission earlier this year that said all the main political parties had been accused of exploiting networks within British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities to harvest votes. ...

Grieve said a victim culture was at the root of the problem, where communities felt they could overcome society's "disadvantage" to get political power.

This, he said, was at the "very root of electoral corruption. It is the belief that you can only by using a 'favours culture' and manipulating the system get the outcome which reflects your status as a group within a community. That is why it is so important that, as politicians in a democratic society, we should speak out against it because it is insidiously corrupting. Once you get into the habit of this then another group will say they are disadvantaged unless they start behaving in a similar manner."
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EU chief: Migrant influx is 'campaign of hybrid warfare' by neighbours to force concessions
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2015

Migrants are being sent to Europe as a campaign of "hybrid warfare" in order to force concessions to its neighbours, EU president Donald Tusk has claimed.

An influx of hundreds of thousands of people is a "weapon" and a "political bargaining chip" used by the EU's neighbours who want to harm the continent, Mr Tusk said.

He made the incendiary comments as the European Union announced it would give an extra one billion euros in aid, and dangled the offer of visa-free travel, to Turkey as part of a charm offensive to encourage the country to close its borders as a major transit route for migrants.

Sources said Mr Tusk's remarks were not aimed specifically at Turkey but that he was thinking of leaders across the region, including the late Libyan dictator Gaddafi who threatened to turn Europe 'black' unless it handed over billions in aid.

However, there is mounting frustration in Brussels at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's refusal to seal Turkey's coasts and border wit Greece. Police have stopped just one in seven of the 350,000 people who have crossed since January on a major transit route for those fleeing Syria for the EU, and European leaders are convinced he could easily do more.

Mr Tusk, the president of the European Council, told MEPs that "many of our neighbours look with satisfaction at our troubles", and were prepared to extract favours in exchange for halting the flow.

"For us, refugees are specific people, individuals, who expect our help. There are forces around us however, for whom the wave of refugees is just dirty business or a political bargaining chip.

"We are slowly becoming witnesses to the birth of a new form of political pressure, and some even call it a kind of a new hybrid war, in which migratory waves have become a tool, a weapon against neighbours. This requires particular sensitivity and responsibility on our side."
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UK charity considers cutting off aid for the 'Jungle' at Calais after visiting the camp and deciding most migrants had no real reason to leave their home country
Chris Brooke and Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 7 October 2015

A crisis relief charity chief is set to pull the plug on aid to the Calais 'Jungle' camp after discovering most people there are economic migrants 'without any reason' to leave their home country.

The Bradford-based Human Relief Foundation has been running a project to help the 'refugees' at the makeshift camp and previously claimed they were all 'fleeing war and significant atrocities.'

But a visit by a team led by Kassim Tokan, the HRF deputy chief executive, discovered a totally different picture on the ground, with unwanted clothing and food being 'dumped and burnt' by the migrants.

Instead of vulnerable families fighting for survival he found the camp – dubbed the Jungle – was '95 to 97 per cent' adult men.

The discovery has prompted the charity – which sends relief aid to people in desperate need around the world – to change its aid policy in respect of the Calais camp where around 4,000 people are living. ...

Interviewed by ITV's Calendar News, Mr Tokan admitted he was surprised by what he found. Asked if his charity would withdraw support for the camp's inhabitants, he said: 'Most likely, yes.'

He said it would be better to help people in genuine need in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey rather than 'healthy people here.'

The charity's own 'Path of Mercy' project stated on its website that 'most of the refugees in the camp are highly vulnerable people' fleeing war. Adding: 'Due to the conflict, many people have faced and continue to face injury, disability, torture, starvation, neglect and poor mental health.'

However, after inspecting conditions at the Calais camp and being shown around by an aid staff on site, Mr Tokan came to a very different conclusion.

Mr Tokan, who heads the international charity's global orphan and family programmes, said many migrants in Calais had no 'valid' reason for going to the UK and should have stayed at home. ...

Politicians and other commentators on both sides of the Channel have long argued that the illegal Calais camps are mainly populated by economic migrants.

France's former employment minister Xavier Bertrand is one of many who said Britain's 'black jobs market' was the goal of the mostly young men with mobile phones, rather than desperate families fleeing war and persecution.

A volunteer aid worker attached to one of the major charities working in Calais told the Mail yesterday that the migrants were primarily interested in getting hold of 'phones, cash and any practical equipment which will make their journeys to Britain easier'. ...

The Human Relief Foundations has offices in eight locations around the world. It is a member of the Muslim Charities Forum and has an annual income of around £3m a year.
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Is EU immigration to blame for missing the net migration target?
Sam Ashworth-Hayes and Conor James McKinney
Full Fact, 7 October 2015

"We set a target; we haven't achieved that target not least because there's been a lot of migration from inside the European Union"


"I want to see immigration come down. That's why we've taken all the steps we have. It hasn't worked so far because of the large numbers coming from inside the EU"

David Cameron, 7 October 2015

The Prime Minister's words about the impact of the European Union on the government's immigration policy are familiar. But EU immigration is not the cause of the government failing to meet its net migration target.

Net migration of non-EU citizens alone has been consistently above the overall target set by the government in every year since it was announced.

This government, like the Coalition before it, has said that it wants to reduce annual net migration – the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and the number leaving in a given year – to tens of thousands. This has been variously phrased as an "ambition" or a "target" over the years.

Whatever it's called, it's not been met. The government's own impact assessments as far back as 2011 suggested as much. Net migration was 330,000 in the year to March 2015, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

It's been higher than 100,000 in every year since 2005.

When the net migration figures were last updated in August, the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, said that the government had been "knocked off course by EU migration".

The Conservative general election manifesto, published in April, also laid the blame at the collective feet of EU immigrants, while in November 2014, Theresa May said that meeting the net migration target was unlikely "because we have seen increasing numbers of people coming from across Europe".

Immigration from the EU has driven most of the recent rise in net migration, and this may well be related to the UK's relatively strong economic performance.

But net migration of non-EU citizens alone is above the target for all net migration. It's almost 200,000 in the latest estimates. It has never been below 100,000 since 2005. ...

If EU net migration had been zero, the government still wouldn't have hit its target.
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Theresa May: Mass immigration making 'cohesive society' impossible
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2015

Mass immigration is forcing thousands of British people out of jobs and is making it "impossible" to build a "cohesive society", Theresa May will say.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, the Home Secretary will say that there "is no case in the national interest for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade".

Mrs May, considered a potential successor to David Cameron as Tory leader, will warn that current levels of migration into the UK are unsustainable as she calls for a system "that allows us to control who comes to our country".

Managing the consequences of immigration "comes at a high price" and means building new homes and creating school places for foreigners, Mrs May will say.

And she will attack the "open-borders liberal left" as she reaffirms the Government's bid to reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands". ...

Mrs May's intervention will be seen as a sign that the government is preparing further policy aimed at addressing public concern over rising migration.

In a significant hardening of the Government's rhetoric, Mrs May will warns that "not all of the consequences" of mass migration "can be managed".

"When immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it's impossible to build a cohesive society," Mrs May will say. "It's difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope. And we know that for people in low-paid jobs, wages are forced down even further while some people are forced out of work altogether."

The Home Secretary will add: "Now I know there are some people who say, yes there are costs of immigration, but the answer is to manage the consequences not reduce the numbers. But not all of the consequences can be managed, and doing so for many of them comes at a high price.

"We need to build 210,000 new homes every year to deal with rising demand. We need to find 900,000 new school places by 2024. And there are thousands of people who have been forced out of the labour market, still unable to find a job."

She will cite the migrant crisis engulfing continental Europe and will say that people "conflate refugees in desperate need of help with economic migrants who simply want to live in a more prosperous society".

"Their desire for a better life is perfectly understandable, but their circumstances are not nearly the same as those of the people fleeing their homelands in fear of their lives," she will say.

"There are millions of people in poorer countries who would love to live in Britain, and there is a limit to the amount of immigration any country can and should take. While we must fulfil our moral duty to help people in desperate need, we must also have an immigration system that allows us to control who comes to our country."

In a controversial move, the Home Secretary will say that the "net economic and fiscal effect of high immigration is close to zero".
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Judges rule UK immigration laws can be BYPASSED by Britons ADOPTING foreign kids
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 6 October 2015

Britain's border controls were thrown into farcical mayhem today after top judges ruled people can simply bypass immigration law by ADOPTING people from other countries.

The Government's ability to control immigration from outside the European Union was dealt a hammer blow by the ruling, which effectively means ministers now have no say over how many children enter the UK.

It also means no youngster under the age of 18 can be deported from Britain - even after they become an adult - if it would not be in their best interests to leave. ...

A panel of top judges admitted Home Secretary Theresa May would be "concerned" by their decision, but said the only way to reverse it would be for parliament to change the law. ...

The ruling came when a panel of top judges were deciding a verdict of the case of an 18-year-old Pakistani youth who the Government had been trying to deport.

The youngster arrived in Britain for what was billed as a family visit in 2012 after his parents split up.

He went to live with his 44-year-old aunt and her two sons, but in a "flagrant breach" of immigration controls he outstayed his visitor's visa and refused to return to Pakistan.

When border police tried to deport the boy his aunt applied to adopt him so that he would become a British citizen.

Her application was refused by a senior judge, who ruled the child's father had brought him to Britain under the false pretence of a family visit specifically "for the purposes of adoption".

The youngster lost his appeal against that decision today, but judges made it clear this was only because he had turned 18 by the time his case got to court and was therefore no longer a minor.

And in a ruling set to strike fear into the hearts of Home Office staff they made it clear that, had the boy still been 17, he would have been granted adoption and indefinite leave to remain in Britain.

Lord Justice Sales agreed the boy's continued presence in Britain was a "flagrant breach of immigration controls" but said the law requires family judges to focus exclusively on the welfare of children throughout their lives.

That means legal teams could successfully argue that a youngster facing deportation should not denied adoption because they may face hardship in their country of origin at any point over the course of their life.

Pointing to the "practical benefits" of British citizenship, the judge said acquiring it automatically on adoption would clearly "promote the welfare" of many immigrant children.

He ruled: "It will not be appropriate for a court to refuse to make the (adoption) order as some sort of indirect means of reinforcing immigration controls.

"I can readily see that the Secretary of State for the Home Department might be concerned by this result.

"But if she wishes the courts to have the ability to give greater weight to considerations of immigration policy in the context of deciding whether an adoption order should be made, she will need to persuade Parliament to change (the law) to allow that to happen."
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Theresa May's immigration speech is dangerous and factually wrong
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2015

It's hard to know where to start with Theresa May's awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible speech to the Conservative Party conference today. ...

And as ministers rightly tell us, the economy is indeed strong right now. In other words, the government's own assessment is that immigrants are not forcing people out of jobs as Mrs May says.

The government's own assessments in other documents say other things too. The Treasury, for instance, says immigration means annual GDP growth is .25 percentage points higher. The OBR, meanwhile, says immigration means the deficit is smaller because of the taxes immigrants pay. And then there are studies from the OECD and the rest showing immigration makes Britain richer and British public services more sustainable.

Then there's Mrs May's other contention, that immigration makes it "impossible to build a cohesive society."

That's a more subjective issue, less about statistics than judgements. I'd suggest that Mrs May is wrong and that Britain is actually, after a period of high immigration, a remarkably cohesive and tolerant society, largely and happily free of the nasty and even violent nativism seen in many European countries of late. See Fraser Nelson's gloriously positive assessment for more.

I'd also wish that politicians like Mrs May would celebrate that success (and sound like they actually like modern Britain) instead of talking up tensions.

But I'm not naive. I know a lot of people won't agree with me. Many British people are indeed worried about immigration and the effects it has on their communities and lives. ...

If, as Mrs May argues, immigration makes British society less cohesive, leaves groups of people less unable to get along, isn't that at least partly the result of politicians pandering to ignorance and prejudice and wilfully distorting the evidence to persuade people to be angry and afraid?

The Home Secretary says she's worried about immigration social cohesion. If she really wants to help, she could start by abandoning this cheap and nasty speech and the politics behind it.
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US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade
Alicia A. Caldwell
Yahoo! News / Associated Press, 6 October 2015

The Obama administration deported the fewest number of immigrants in the past 12 months since 2006, according to new government figures obtained by The Associated Press.

The figures also show that deportations of criminal immigrants have dropped to the lowest numbers since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally.

The overall total of 231,000 deportations generally does not include Mexicans who were caught at the border and quickly returned home by the U.S. Border Patrol. The figure does include roughly 136,700 convicted criminals deported in the last 12 months. Total deportations dropped 42 percent since 2012. ...

Roughly 11 million immigrants are thought to be living in the country illegally.

Obama has overseen the removal of more than 2.4 million immigrants since taking office, but deportations have been declining steadily in the last three years. Removals declined by more than 84,000 between the 2014 and 2015 budget years, the largest year-over-year decline since 2012.
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Theresa May pledges asylum reform and immigration crackdown
BBC, 6 October 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May has unveiled a reform of the UK's asylum rules during an uncompromising speech to the Conservative Party conference.

Mrs May pledged to reduce the numbers claiming in Britain while taking in the "most vulnerable" refugees from conflict zones around the world.

She also said high migration made a "cohesive society" impossible.

Her speech was criticised by business groups, with the Institute of Directors attacking its "irresponsible rhetoric".

Net migration into the UK currently stands at a record high, reaching 330,000 in the year to March. ...

Addressing the party conference in Manchester, she said the main way of claiming asylum - by people already in the country - had failed, and rewarded "wealthiest, the luckiest and the strongest".

The UK would not adopt a common EU policy "in a thousand years" she said, promising a "new British approach", including tougher treatment for people who have travelled to the UK from other safe countries.

People who have "spurned the chance to seek protection elsewhere" will not have an automatic right to stay in the UK, she said.

Instead, priority will be given to "helping the most vulnerable people in the world's most dangerous places", she pledged.

The first ever "annual asylum strategy" will be published next year, along with a register of people and organisations able to accommodate refugees.

The overhaul also includes a new system of "safe return reviews" so asylum seekers can be returned home when their country is assessed as being safe, and the use of alternative ID documents to remove failed asylum seekers who do not have their own passports. ...

"But even if we could manage all the consequences of mass immigration, Britain does not need net migration in the hundreds of thousands every year." ...

She said evidence showed that "at best the net economic and fiscal effect of high immigration is close to zero" and that there was "no case, in the national interest, for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade". ...

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Cameron said he agreed with Mrs May's comments on the subject, saying integrating new arrivals was "more difficult if you have excessive levels of migration".

The PM also said he was "incredibly proud" the UK had built one of the "most successful multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracies anywhere in the world".
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Euphemism du Jour: "Spontaneous Arrivals"
Mark Krikorian
Center for Immigration Studies, 6 October 2015

An indication of the unpopularity of the anti-borders position is the ubiquity of euphemism. Immigration being an Up vs. Down issue, rather than the conventional Right vs. Left, anti-borders elites have to use their cultural sway to transform even the utterance of certain ungood words into crimethink.

For example, the National Council of La Raza concluded from focus-group research that Mexican President Vicente Fox should avoid the word "amnesty" during his September 2001 visit to Washington to confer with President Bush about their joint push for amnesty. The replacements they suggested to him for the normal, universally used word for letting illegal immigrants stay were "regularization" or "legalization." Other euphemisms used over the years have been "normalization," "earned adjustment," and "comprehensive immigration reform."

Likewise with "illegal alien." Jimmy Carter's INS director, Leonel Castillo, mainstreamed the adjective "undocumented" to replace "illegal" regarding aliens. Now even "illegal immigrant" is verboten in the Legacy Media. The AP stylebook entry on the subject says, in part, "use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant."

Now, even "illegal immigration" is being stigmatized. The new euphemism out of Europe is "spontaneous arrival," as in "The [UK] government has gone to great lengths to reduce spontaneous arrivals, such as spending millions on fences and sniffer dogs at the French port of Calais." I haven't seen it used yet with regard to the United States in the general-interest media, but you'll know the euphemism has arrived if and when Josh Earnest refers to the Central American illegal aliens still being waved across the border into South Texas as "spontaneous arrivals from Central America."

Confucius says: "If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things." Amen, brother.
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One in Five U.S. Residents Speaks Foreign Language at Home
Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, October 2015

Newly released Census Bureau data from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) shows that a record 63.2 million U.S. residents five years of age and older speak a language other than English at home. The number is up 3.6 million since 2010. The largest percentage increases from 2010 to 2014 were for speakers of Arabic and Urdu (Pakistan's national language). As a share of the population, more than one in five U.S. residents now speaks a foreign language at home.
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German authorities accused of playing down refugee shelter sex crime reports
Reuters, 6 October 2015

Germany's police union and women's rights groups accused the authorities on Tuesday of playing down reports of harassment, sexual assault and even rape at refugee shelters because they feared a backlash against asylum seekers. ...

But police union chief Rainer Wendt said he believed that authorities in Germany's federal states, which are responsible for housing asylum seekers, were playing down the problem of assaults on women in the shelters.

"It is understandable that there is the desire to calm things down politically," Wendt told Reuters. But he, along with women's groups, believed that ignoring the problem would be counterproductive. "There is a lot of glossing over going on. But this doesn't represent reality," he said. ...

However, Barbara Helfrich of the charity Paritaetischer Bund in the central state of Hesse, said some women had come forward. "We have several trustworthy reports on sexual violence and assaults from victims, as well as advisory groups and NGOs," she told Reuters.
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Germany expects up to 1.5 million asylum seekers in 2015, says report
The Guardian, 5 October 2015

German authorities expect up to 1.5 million asylum seekers to arrive in Germany this year, the Bild daily said in a report to be published on Monday, up from a previous estimate of 800,000 to 1 million.

Germany's top-selling newspaper cited an internal forecast from authorities that it said had been classed as confidential.

Many of the hundreds of thousands of people pouring into Europe to escape conflicts and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and beyond have said they are heading to Germany, Europe's largest economy.

Bild said the German authorities were concerned about the risk of a "breakdown of provisions" and that they were already struggling to procure enough living containers and sanitary facilities for the new arrivals.

"Migratory pressures will increase further. We now expect seven to ten thousand illegal border crossings every day in the fourth quarter," Bild cited the report as saying.

"This high number of asylum seekers runs the risk of becoming an extreme burden for the states and municipalities," the report said.

The authorities' report also cited concerns that those who are granted asylum will bring their families over to Germany too, Bild said.

Given family structures in the Middle East, this would mean each individual from that region who is granted asylum bringing an average of four to eight family members over to Germany in due course, Bild quoted the report as saying.
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Political scientist: Refugee wave cannot stop by itself
Prague Daily Monitor, 5 October 2015

The refugee influx will not stop by itself, but it will have to be stopped, and even violence will have to be used, Czech political scientist living in Germany, Petr Robejsek, said in an interview issued by daily Pravo on Saturday.

"An unknown but considerable part of the migrants, let's say at least one fourth, poses a risk of varied intensity. From 'sleepers' sent by terrorist organisations to those who won't succeed in Europe and will lapse into religious radicalisation or simply crime," he said.

Robejsek said most of the migrants will have to come to terms with low-paying jobs or even with living on welfare in Germany, which will not meet the expectations they had, and they will either get reconciled with the situation or react negatively in some way.

Given the insidious war waged by the terrorist against the Western civilians, one should be more than careful: it seems better to have more mistrust than is necessary than to lose one's life due to one's carelessness, he said.

He said the rather decadent Western society will not be able to pacify and assimilate the foreign cultural influences and it will be further destabilised by them. ...

When asked about radicalisation of the Western societies and extremist actions of its citizens, he said the cause and effect should not be forgotten. It is first of all the migrants themselves who bring violence to Europe, he said.

"The European governments did not meet the duty of securing their territories. The secret services of the Western countries have warned about the risk of a migration wave for a long time," Robejsek said.
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Productivity is a key part of the immigration debate
James Winpenny
Financial Times, 5 October 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, Martin Wolf has exposed the fallacy of the economic case for continuing high levels of immigration into the UK (Comment, September 30). He refers to the "huge" increase in immigration that would be required for any significant lowering of Europe's dependency ratio. Such a massive increment of population (on UN models, 154m between 1995 and 2050, with "far more thereafter" to deal with the immigrants' own ageing) would clearly be unacceptable to most existing citizens.

Mr Wolf does not, however, dwell on another key factor. High levels of immigration have sustained a low-wage economy in the UK. Employers in many sectors have become used to taking on an effectively unlimited supply of labour at unchanging real wage rates. This, combined with our "flexible labour market" should cause no surprise that productivity levels remain low, compared to those of our trading rivals. Why should employers invest in labour-saving equipment, or reorder their production methods, in these circumstances?

If we have to adjust to a shrinking active workforce due to ageing, we will have to make radical adjustments to our lifestyle and production methods. Immigration is not part of the solution, indeed, it is part of the problem.
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Cause of EU migrant crisis is in the EU treaty
Christopher Booker
Sunday Telegraph, 4 October 2015

So visible is the impotence of the EU in knowing what to do about the ever rising flood of refugees that the media are spoiled for choice in knowing what detail to pick on next. That some of those 800,000 asylum-seekers Angela Merkel wants to welcome to Germany are being "housed in the former Dachau concentration camp" was irresistible, although they are not living in the death camp itself but only in an adjacent barracks.

This is not really any more symbolic than that the EU's police agency Europol was originally housed in the former Gestapo headquarters in the Hague – or that the Council of Europe is run from the wartime HQ of the Wehrmacht.

What is really at the heart of this shambles, however, is in the Lisbon Treaty's Charter of Fundamental Rights: "The right to asylum shall be guaranteed with due respect for the rules of the Geneva Convention of July 28 1951 and the Protocol of January 31 1967 relating to the status of refugees and in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community."

What this means in plain English is that the EU is issuing an open invitation to anyone claiming to be a refugee from anywhere in the world and that the "member states" must let them in. No one signing up to that in 1951 or even 2008 when it was enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty could have imagined that their numbers might swell to millions.

The inevitable consequences we now witness every day. As the nations erect ever more aggressive fences to keep them out, there is nothing they can really do to solve the problem, so long as that open invitation remains in the Treaty, stemming from a well-meaning UN Convention designed for a very different and long-vanished world.
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Refugees shouldn't be forced to register: Nordic leaders
Global Times, 4 October 2015

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofvenon said on Saturday that refugees should not be forced to register if they do not want to seek asylum in a country.

"You can not force people to seek asylum in a country if they do not want to," Lofvenon said at a press briefing after a joint Nordic leaders meeting hosted by Denmark.

"Therefore, there are people who have come to Sweden but further proceeded to Finland," Lofvenon added. ...

The Nordic countries have seen a tense situation due to the streaming in of refugees and migrants.
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Candidly Speaking: Jews, Islamophobia and compassion for refugees
Isi Leibler
Jerusalem Post, 4 October 2015

It would be inhumane not to react with compassion to the tragic and harrowing depictions of the suffering of refugees. ...

In this context, it is ironic that the most generous assistance to refugees emanates from the Germans, /.../ Many attribute this to a guilt reflex and atonement for Germany's iniquities during the Holocaust.

It is also not surprising that many Jewish communities in Europe, North America and Australia are currently in the vanguard of those calling on governments to be more liberal and accept greater numbers of refugees.

We also hear passionate calls from rabbis and Jewish lay leaders citing religious and ethical teachings that oblige us as Jews to provide haven for refugees. ... ...

The Jews who found refuge from the Nazis integrated into their host societies and never sought to impose their Jewish values – in stark contrast to the tensions created in Europe over recent decades by Islamic migration of elements who seek to impose anti-democratic values, restrict freedom of expression and promote the equivalent of Sharia law. In fact, the Jews became the most committed advocates for strengthening democracy and made major contributions to the economic and cultural enrichment of the countries that gave them haven.

Nor can one point to a single example of a second-generation Jew transformed into a terrorist by extremist rabbis, while this has been the case with many Muslim migrants. Indeed, the idea of Jews engaging in terrorism in Western countries is simply inconceivable.

That European Union bureaucrats are pressuring European countries to absorb refugees indeed reflects commendable humanitarian intentions. But there is a need to act rationally and appreciate that a growing flood of Muslim migrants to Europe could lead to disaster and even ultimately undermine West European civilization.

That may sound hysterical and, in the current climate, such observations automatically provoke accusations of Islamophobia and lack of compassion.

But the reality is that the overwhelming majority of these "refugees" not only originate from Muslim countries other than Syria, but 70 percent are estimated to be men of military age. That is to say that the majority of this "refugee" population are not traditional families seeking sanctuary, but men seeking economic enhancement.

Furthermore, these large numbers will act as a magnet which could result in profound demographic changes, with tens of millions of Muslims seeking to escape Arab countries for better lives in Europe. Taking account of their high fertility rates in a continent with declining birth rates, Islam could yet conquer Europe by demographic means, despite being vanquished militarily hundreds of years ago on the battlefield.

Most European countries already face major problems integrating existing Muslim communities, all of which include substantial extremist elements promoting objectives incompatible with Western values and creating major social upheavals and conflicts.

We should be under no illusions. Most emigrants from Muslim countries have been nurtured with hatred of Western values, contempt for democracy and vicious anti-Semitism. Ironically, Germany's concern to demonstrate its severance from its evil Nazi past by hosting large numbers of these "refugees" will inevitably strengthen the growing Islamist anti-Semitism in Germany and throughout Europe.
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Why the Arab States won't take in Syrian refugees
Mohammad Ahmad
USA Today, 4 October 2015

However, many people are perplexed that the Arab states, despite their geographical proximity, historical links and shared religion and language with Syrian refugees are not making any significant contribution to the resettlement of those refugees in their lands. ...

... The wealthiest Arab countries have formally taken in no Syrian refugees, arguing that doing so would open them up to the risk of terrorism.

To placate citizens who feel compassion for the Syrian refugees, Arab governments point to the money they have given to help Syrian refugees. Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait have been among the world's largest donors to Syrian refugees, via United Nations agencies and private charities.

While aid through the U.N. and its agencies is verifiable, the portion given through private charities is not. While Kuwait has provided $784 million through the U.N. since 2012 and the UAE more than $350 million, these amounts are still less than the almost $800 million from Britain or the $3 billion the U.S. has provided.

The Arab states' argument about the risk of terrorists entering their lands is a lame one. Any significant movement has been in the reverse direction. The Syrian resistance has had the tactical support of the Arab states, which share the resistance leaders' doctrinal agenda. These pseudo-Islamist leaders have little interest in destabilizing the Arab States that are funding them, especially when their most important immediate goal is a victory in Syria. The threat of state-sponsored terrorism by Syria's Assad government is also far-fetched since Syria's ruler has his hands full fighting for his survival.

The real reason for this inhuman blocking of Syrian refugees is different. The Syrians have lived under secular governments far too long for the comfort of the Arab states. While Syrian rulers may have been undemocratic, they did protect religious freedom for most groups. As a result, many Syrians accept religious plurality and are more inclusive than exclusive. This does not fit in with the doctrinal rigidity of the ruling Arab elite.

That the Syrians share a common language makes them dangerous in the eyes of some Arab rulers. They fear that refugees could dangerously pollute the minds of subjects who are kept under strict religious monitoring although even the Quran says, "Admonish thou then; thou art but an admonisher. Thou art not over them a warden."

Additionally, figures in some of these Arab states have made inflammatory statements about Syrian refugees, many of whom are Alawites, Christians or Druze. Given how things operate in these states, it is difficult to assume that these have been made in contradiction to government policies.

A sermon delivered by the pseudo-Islamist Saudi cleric Sa'ad Ateeq al Ateeq in Doha's state-controlled Grand Mosque called for the destruction of the faithful of other religions: "Allah, strengthen Islam and the Muslims, and destroy your enemies, the enemies of the religion," he said. The preacher went on to say, "Allah, destroy the Jews and whoever made them Jews, and destroy the Christians and Alawites and the Shiites." Not very long ago, Saudi Arabia's highest Islamic authority, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah, called for the destruction of "all the churches in the (Arabian peninsula)."
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Migrants try to enter Channel Tunnel, disrupt cross-channel trains
Reuters, 3 October 2015

Around 200 migrants tried to get into the Channel Tunnel in France overnight, clashing with staff and police and forcing the suspension of rail services, a spokesman for Eurotunnel said.

The disruption was the latest in a series of incidents involving migrants who are camped around the northern French port of Calais in the hope of reaching Britain.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel said around 200 migrants broke into its French terminal and got onto the tracks. Their effort was coordinated and highly organised, forcing the company to call for police reinforcements, he said.
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Politicians challenge Merkel's refugee policy pleading 'nearly exhausted resources'
Deutsche Welle, 3 October 2015

Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer has voiced renewed criticism towards Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy amid the ongoing migrant crisis. Meanwhile, a reluctant Merkel has begun to address Germany's limitations.

Bavarian state leader Horst Seehofer attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing refugees to freely enter Germany via Austria last month after Hungary had closed its borders at the end of August, hindering refugees to move anywhere else in the European Union.

Merkel had decided in early September to welcome thousands of refugees stuck in Hungary without having them register in Hungary as their first point-of-arrival within the European Union - as was stipulated by EU accords.

Seehofer, whose Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria forms the sister-party to Merkel Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and therefore constitutes part of Germany's coalition government, said Merkel's handling of the crisis had been a mistake, resulting in Germany attracting further refugees. ... ...

But even on Germany's national public holiday there appeared to be growing dissent within Chancellor Merkel's grand coalition between CDU/CSU and SPD. The SPD's parliamentary leader, Thomas Oppermann, said Merkel had to realize and clearly communicate Germany's limitations.

"The chancellor has a great responsibility and must show leadership," said Oppermann. "That means she has to say clearly that 1 million refugees this year will leave our resources nearly exhausted."

But Chancellor Merkel has only begun to entertain the idea of her country's limitations. In her weekly video message, she said that whoever needed protection would get protection in Germany, while stating that Germany could not accept those who arrived in the country "for purely economic reasons."

"We have to be firm about this," Merkel said, for the first time publicly reinforcing statements that Germany could not take in all migrants who wanted to enter the country.
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How Pinoys with children can secure status in London, Paris
Gene Alcantara
ABS-CBS News, 3 October 2015

One of four siblings in Iloilo, Ulysses "Yul" Hechanova, 31, completed his Bachelor of Arts in the Philippines. He worked in Manila until he came to the UK in 2010 to study for his Master of Business Administration or MBA at Cardiff Metropolitan University. After this, he obtained a 2-year visa under Tier 1 Post Study Work (PSW) scheme.

When his PSW visa ended, Hechanova was hired by Century Properties International as an Operations Specialist and was granted Tier 2 General sponsored employment or work permit. If things go well, Hechanova should obtain his Indefinite Leave to Remain in 2019.

In London, he met his wife Cindy Kristie Cal, an only child from Bohol who also came to the UK in 2010, completed her MBA, and obtained a 2-year PSW visa. They got married in June 2015 and she was able to obtain a dependent spouse visa in July 2015. They are now expecting their first baby. ...

Being pregnant in the UK has its benefits. Everything is free, including ante-natal checks, dental treatment, and of course, delivering the baby.

"Actually, there are many advantages here, compared to a public hospital in the Philippines. Everything is free until the baby is one year old, including medications, even the ante-natal process, scans, delivery. It is really amazing. They really prepare you because in ante-natal classes, I learnt a lot from the discussions," she said.

They hope that their child will help them obtain their visa one day. But whatever happens, the couple has started to dream for the future of their child.

"With all the recent changes in the rules in immigration, we still remain hopeful of becoming citizens in the UK. We want to become citizens because there are more opportunities in the UK based on our experience. /.../ We enjoy life here in the UK," he said.

Christian Capin, better known as Stian Calvin, 33, hails from Albay and worked at Reyes Salon and Bench in the Philippines prior to being accepted as a hair stylist and massage attendant on a cruise ship which sailed to Europe and the United States.

When their ship docked at the French harbor of Le Havre, Calvin decided to jump ship in November 2013. From there, he took a taxi straight to Paris, two and hours away, and went to a friend's residence.

He quickly became familiar with the Filipino community ...

After a few months, he met Mae Tubera, 30, an Ilocana, who became his partner and the mother of their child. Although both undocumented, the two lived quite well until Tubera gave birth in January 2015.

When their baby, Tiane-Tiane was born, they did not have to spend much money because of France's medical aid.

"When Mae gave birth, we only paid a little. About 95% was paid for by the 'aide medicale'. That is what's nice in Paris," Calvin said. ...

Calvin does not worry about his status as undocumented. He expects his partner Mae to get her papers first because she is a nanny working for French employers. And according to his friends, he would be able to get papers once his child starts going to school.

Even though he wants to get legal papers, this is not Calvin's priority, because anyway, when you have papers, you have a lot of expenses too, including taxation.
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German poll notes rise in fears over refugee influx
Deutsche Welle, 2 October 2015

A poll conducted on behalf of public broadcaster ARD and several German newspapers found a change in German attitudes towards the refugee crisis, with a rise in the number of people afraid that too many refugees are entering the country.

An ARD-DeutschlandTrend survey carried out at the end of September found that 51 percent were worried, compared with 38 percent a month earlier. Meanwhile there was a decline in the number saying they were not concerned, from 59 percent to 47 percent. ...

Pollsters also found a rise in skepticism over immigration in general, with 44 percent of participants now saying that immigration brought with it more disadvantages than advantages. Previously 33 percent held such a view, according to the survey. ...

The poll found a steep drop in Merkel's personal poll rating in the past month, down 9 percent to 54 percent. ...

Notably, CSU leader Horst Seehofer, who has been a vocal critic of Merkel's refugee policy, saw a rise in popularity to 39 percent, compared with 28 percent at the end of August.

Meanwhile, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel called for an open discussion of the issue of refugees in Germany to address the fears of some among the German population. "There must not be an atmosphere in which anyone who has concerns is regarded as xenophobic or a right-wing extremist," he said.

Extremists sought the opportunity to exploit people's fears, said Gabriel. "They will not be successful if we speak openly about problems," he added.

However, Gabriel admitted there were "practical limits" to the number of refugees Germany could accommodate.

"Many places in Germany are already overwhelmed," he said in comments published Friday on the website of Der Spiegel news magazine. "We are approaching the limits of capabilities at a phenomenal rate."

In neighboring Austria, the Freedom Party recently made striking gains in regional elections amid fears over the migrant crisis.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Friday said that some 30 percent of refugees entering the country and claiming to be Syrians were in fact from other places.

"We're seeing fake Syrian passports, and there are signs of people claiming to be from Syria who don't speak a word of Arabic," said de Maiziere.
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50 Years Ago, Immigration Changed in America [part 1]
Kenneth T. Walsh
U.S. News & World Report, 2 October 2015

Immigration is one of the hottest topics in the 2016 presidential campaign, generating angry debate over whether to deport millions of people who entered the U.S. illegally or grant them some form of amnesty, and whether to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But the history of the current furor goes back 50 years, to one of the most far-reaching laws ever enacted in the country: the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. A review of that law and its impact provides many lessons for today, notably that substantial change can be a very lengthy process and "reform" can have huge, unforeseen consequences.

The Immigration Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago on Oct. 3 and took full effect three years later. It ended a long-standing quota system based on national origin that heavily favored Western Europeans such as the English, Irish and Germans. The law created a new approach aimed at reuniting immigrant families and bringing skilled workers into the U.S. And over time, this dramatically transformed the demographic makeup of the country, as immigrants came increasingly from Latin America, Asia and Africa, rather than from Europe. ...

The consequences have been immense. The U.S. Census Bureau notes that the non-Hispanic white population in the U.S. declined from 85 percent in 1965 to 62.2 percent in 2014, and the forecast is for the percentage of non-Hispanic whites to fall to 43.6 percent in 2060. Hispanics will increase from 17.4 to 28.6 percent, the Census Bureau estimates. African-Americans will go from 13.2 percent to 14.3. Asians will increase from 5.4 to 9.3.

In cultural and political terms, such dramatic changes could cause whites to grow increasingly insecure and resentful that their majority status is eroding and will soon end. ...

Another result could be damaging the prospects of Republicans in presidential elections, where the turnout of minority voters is crucial. Many minority voters are reliably Democratic, which could mean that the increase in those pro-Democratic populations will make it more difficult for the GOP to win the White House.

And there is an additional lesson for policymakers and the country at large: One never truly knows how a major change in national policy will turn out. Few policymakers 50 years ago thought the Immigration Act would have such profound consequences. In signing the bill into law, Johnson, who loved to claim big ideas and big programs as his stock in trade, said, "This bill we sign today is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not restructure the shape of our daily lives."

LBJ was wrong.
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50 Years Ago, Immigration Changed in America [part 2]
Kenneth T. Walsh
U.S. News & World Report, 2 October 2015

"Though the act had the noble goals of eliminating racism and prejudice from the U.S. immigration system, it was enacted without a clear understanding of how and why people migrate to the United States from particular countries, or how the anticipated congressional action might affect those patterns," Princeton sociologist Douglas C. Massey writes for The Washington Post. "And so, one unintended consequence of the well-intentioned 1965 immigration reform was an unprecedented rise in illegal migration. This in turn set in motion a cycle of border enforcement that produced more, rather than fewer, undocumented migrants living north of the border – not to mention the toxic politics around the issue." ...

"The shift away from ethnic selection in U.S. immigration policy was primarily a response to foreign policy pressures emanating from the growing number of independent Asian, African, and Latin American countries that sought to delegitimize racism through the United Nations and other, particularly Pan-American, multilateral institutions," immigration scholars David S. FitzGerald and David Cook Martin write for the Migration Information Source journal. "World War II and Cold War national security concerns amplified the pressure on the United States to end the national-origins immigration system. The Allies in World War II and the West during the Cold War risked losing support from Third World countries whose peoples were excluded by openly racist immigration laws." ...

In 1952, President Harry Truman created the Commission on Immigration and Naturalization, and its report, "Whom We Shall Welcome," became the basis for the 1965 law. It urged Congress to end the national-origins quotas, especially what the report called "racist provisions" discriminating against Asians and Caribbean blacks. The report's arguments were based on the "democratic faith of our own Declaration of Independence in the equality of all men," and the conclusion that "the best scientific evidence available today" shows that "the basic racist assumption of the national origins system is invalid." ...

The new law banned discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas based on "race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence," with some major exceptions. It imposed an annual limit of 170,000 visas for immigrants from the Eastern Hemisphere, with no country in that hemisphere allowed more than 20,000 visas. It also imposed a new limit on immigrants from independent countries in the Western Hemisphere of 120,000 visas annually. But spouses, minor children and parents of adult U.S. citizens were exempted from the new limits.

The results were dramatic. The European and Canadian share of legal immigrants declined relatively quickly from 60 percent in the 1950s to 22 percent in the 1970s, according to the analysis by scholars FitzGerald and Martin. The Asian share of legal immigrants increased from 6 percent in the 1950s to 35 percent by the 1980s and 40 percent in 2013. "The demographic diversity of the U.S. population today in many ways is the direct result of the 1965 legislation," the analysis says. This includes projections that the U.S. population will no longer include a white, non-Latino majority by the middle of this century – which would be one of the most profound effects of any legislation in U.S. history.
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UK Deeply Divided Over Letting In Refugees
Afua Hirsch
Sky News, 2 October 2015

Britain is deeply divided about how the nation should respond to the crisis in Syria, with the majority concerned about the impact of refugees coming into the UK.

Exclusive survey results by Sky News have found that 47% of British people favour taking in fewer refugees. When the same question was asked using the term "asylum seeker", that figure was 57%.

Meanwhile, 61% think Britain's resources can't take the strain of more refugees.

The findings come after the Government's decision to accept 20,000 refugees from camps neighbouring Syria, but none who have already travelled to Europe, sparked intense debate about the appropriate response to the refugee crisis.
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Immigration is Cameron's biggest challenge
Matthew Goodwin
Prospect, 2 October 2015

Cameron and his party have lost control of the number one issue in British politics: immigration. This is not just about the numbers, which in 2015 saw net migration surge past the 300,000 mark to become the highest figure on record. Rather, it is about the perceived competence and image of Cameron's party on an issue that has not only surged to the top of the list of priorities for voters, but will also profoundly shape the upcoming referendum on Britain's EU membership.

In Britain, and Europe more widely, amid the refugee crisis and the lingering aftermath of the financial crash, there is a gathering storm of unresolved and intense public anxieties over migration and its effects, a feeling of cultural insecurity that often combines with harsh deprivation and inequality. These trends are fuelling a growing dissatisfaction with the perceived inability of established elites to demonstrate the most basic functions of government – to control.

Since Cameron's victory, public concerns over immigration have risen to new and record heights. Over the past two months, pollsters have recorded how nearly three in five voters now rank migration as a top issue. Reflecting the changing terrain is the fact that concern over migration is now almost twice as high as concern over the economy. ...

Cameron lost his party's historic ownership over this issue. Back in 2010, nearly 50 per cent of all voters thought the Conservative's were the "best" party on this issue, more than twice the figure for their closest competitor, Labour. But the situation in 2015 follows a parliament that saw Cameron over-promise on net migration and then underdeliver. By 2015, a large majority of voters felt that Cameron's Coalition government had handled immigration badly. The number of voters who prefer the Conservatives on immigration had almost halved. Only 8 per cent thought it had been handled well.

The British people not only blame Cameron and his party for the perceived problem, alongside past Labour governments, but many believe that the Conservative Party is neither interested in, nor willing to resolve, the actual issue. Data in the British Election Study tells us that, by 2015, only one in three voters thought that immigration was important to the Conservative Party. For the first time in British history, "other" parties – namely Ukip – had pushed ahead, assuming control over an issue that is at the very forefront of the public mindset. In the British Election Study data, nine in ten voters thought immigration was important for Ukip. Less than one in five thought that Cameron and his party could actually achieve reductions, compared to three in five for Ukip. ...

This will be a major challenge going forward. At first glance, entrenched and rising concerns over immigration and threats to identity are a major reason why, in the polls, Ukip has still not evaporated. Its average has remained above 10 per cent. In recent days YouGov put the party on 17 per cent, its highest rating by that pollster since March. ...

But this is about so much more. The referendum is rapidly closing in and there is ample evidence in Britain and elsewhere that immigration concerns are a powerful driver of Euroscepticism.
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Migration is now a major fear for over half of Britons: Issue of shoring up borders sees six point rise in a month
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 1 October 2015

Concern about immigration has reached record heights after a summer of chaos across Europe, a poll reveals.

Some 56 per cent of the public say shoring up our porous borders is among the most crucial issues facing the UK – a six point rise in a month.

Some 40 per cent believe it is the single biggest concern – dwarfing the NHS, which was in second place on 9 per cent.

The survey by Ipsos MORI followed a dramatic summer involving the crisis at Calais, the unprecedented influx into Europe of refugees fleeing war and poverty, and net migration into the UK at a record high. ...

The poll, published yesterday, found that concern over immigration was the highest for any issue since 2012 – when 56 per cent of people expressed worries about the economy. Three-quarters of Conservative voters listed immigration among the most significant issues, as did almost half (49 per cent) of Labour supporters.

Of those aged 65 and over, immigration was a significant issue for 64 per cent and it was the biggest concern in all parts of the UK except London.

Last night Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said: 'These are extraordinary figures.

'They are yet further evidence of the common sense of the British people. Not only is our population increasing at the fastest rate for nearly a century, but public services are coming under enormous strain and in parts of our country, society is changing far more rapidly than many people wish to see.' ...

Ukip's immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: 'This poll number reflects badly on those amongst our country's leaders who do not see how mass uncontrolled immigration is damaging the fabric of our nation.

'The people of this country do because they have the common sense to see that mass migration changes nations.'
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'Shouting statistics at people won't change their minds on migration'
Tamsin Rutter
The Guardian, 1 October 2015

Debate around migration is rife with misconceptions. Britons overestimate the number of immigrants living in the UK, the numbers claiming benefits and the scale of the migration problem for Europe. So if those who believe in honest debate arm themselves with accurate data and go forth to spread it in the public domain, would the misconceptions disappear?

Not exactly.

"These misconceptions are reflective of people's preferences," said John Curtice, a research consultant to the National Centre for Social Research, kicking off a panel discussion hosted by the Guardian and the British Academy this week in Brighton.

In other words, some people prefer not to welcome foreigners into their country, and their perceptions are warped by this preference. ...

... "We overestimate the extent to which simply shouting statistics at people will actually change their minds," he said.

The discussion, a fringe event to the Labour party conference, was about official migration statistics - whether they are accurate or adequate, and how far they are misrepresented by the press and politicians, and misconstrued by the public.

Labour MP Keith Vaz said the public shouldn't necessarily believe official statistics, which politicians often use to justify a certain political position. He accused the government of sometimes tampering with its own data, or at least its methods of recording it. ... ...

For one thing, there is no single official source for migration data, and the statistics that do exist are a pretty shaky. The main source for the government's net migration figures is still the International Passenger Survey, which was designed in the 1960s to find out how much tourists were spending in Britain and has major flaws, particularly with its estimates on the numbers of people leaving the UK. ...

One of the strongest themes to emerge from the discussion was around recasting migration as a positive British tradition. This was well received by members of the audience, but one attendee pointed out that she found it difficult to know what to say to Brits who complained about the pressure an influx of migrants placed on schools, hospitals and the job market.

But Vaz said that only a tiny number of EU migrants are on benefits, and he called for more research into how migrants are wealth creators for Britain.

He challenged his party to get a policy on immigration that's rooted in Labour values, adding that former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown's phrase, "British jobs for British workers", sounded like something lifted from the BNP website. "The problem with the Labour Party is that we have not really had an immigration policy," said Vaz. "We don't know what we are debating about, we are only reacting."
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New Labour split over migrant crisis: Party out of touch on immigration warns Burnham as Corbyn describes influx as 'an opportunity'
Jason Groves and James Slack
Daily Mail, 1 October 2015

Mass immigration is 'nothing but a plus' for Britain, Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday as he opened up a fresh split with his own MPs.

The Labour leader said the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants each year was 'not necessarily a problem' and should be seen as an opportunity.

But hours later his Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham warned Labour was 'out of touch' on immigration and called for a tougher line to win back supporters who have defected to Ukip.

Mr Corbyn, who has previously said Britain should 'celebrate' record levels of net migration, had failed to mention the issue in his hour-long conference speech on Tuesday.

And yesterday Labour's new leader insisted that immigration was not an issue people should be concerned about. Mr Corbyn said: 'People that have migrated to this country over many years have made an enormous contribution to our society, helped our economic growth, helped our health service and helped our social services and our education services, so don't look upon immigration as necessarily a problem, it's often a very great opportunity.

'I don't think immigration, as such, has been anything but a plus to our economic development and the diversity of our society and economy.'

Mr Corbyn conceded that there was a need to spend more on housing, schools and hospitals in some areas to ease the pressure on public services in areas of high immigration. ...

A few hours later Mr Burnham used his speech at Labour's conference in Brighton to admit that mass immigration has hit wages and made jobs less secure for British workers.

He told activists: 'For too long, we have argued that free movement across Europe benefits everyone and affects all areas equally. That's just not true.

'In places, a free market in labour benefits private companies more than people and communities. Labour hasn't faced up to that and that's why we look out of touch. ...'
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Burnham set to open up major split at top of Labour by admitting mass immigration has hit wages and that the party is 'out of touch' with the public
James Slack
Daily Mail, 30 September 2015

Andy Burnham will today open up a major new split with his party's hard-Left leader by admitting mass immigration has hit wages and made jobs less secure for British workers.

The defeated leadership candidate says Labour is 'out of touch' with the public and must change course to win back voters lost to UKIP.

The shadow home secretary will warn: 'For too long, we have argued that free movement across Europe benefits everyone and affects all areas equally. That's just not true.'

His comments put him sharply at odds with Jeremy Corbyn, who described Labour's election pledge to impose greater controls on immigration as 'appalling'.

During yesterday's hour long speech, the leader avoided mentioning immigration altogether, apart from references to refugees.

But he has consistently spoken out in favour of mass immigration and said Britain should 'celebrate' the fact net migration is now running at a record 330,000.

Mr Burnham, by contrast, will today insist that 'to win back the voters we lost to UKIP', Labour must change its approach to immigration.

He is expected to tell delegates in Brighton: 'In places, a free market in labour benefits private companies more than people and communities. Labour hasn't faced up to that and that's why we look out of touch.

'The truth is that free movement on the current rules is widening inequality. It has built the economic power of the big cities and that is good.

'But it has made life harder for people in our poorest communities, where wages have been undercut and job security lost.' ...

He will add: 'We welcome people here to work, as we always have. But let's make it work for everyone with new EU rules to stop under-cutting, protecting the 'going rate' for skilled workers.'
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Bassingbourn Libyan sex-attack soldiers 'seeking asylum'
Sally Chidzoy
BBC, 30 September 2015

Three Libyan soldiers jailed for sexually assaulting women while stationed at an Army base are seeking asylum in the UK, police have said.

Khaled El Azibi, Ibrahim Naji El Maarfi and Mohammed Abdalsalam fled Bassingbourn Barracks and carried out the attacks last October.

Cambridgeshire Police said the men have been released from prison and were at secure immigration units. ...

The cadets, who were among 300 being trained to support the newly-formed Libyan government, stole bicycles and rode into Cambridge city centre on 25 October.

During the early hours of the next day they were involved in attacks on three teenagers near Corn Exchange Street.

They each received sentences of between 10 and 12 months and have since been released from prison.

Two other cadets were convicted of raping a man in the city on the same night and were jailed for 12 years. ...

The attacks led to the UK government cancelling the training and sending the troops back to Libya.
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The benefits of migration are questionable [part 1]
Martin Wolf
Financial Times, 30 September 2015

I am the child of refugees. My parents came to the UK to escape Hitler. Their arrival saved their lives. More passionate patriots cannot be imagined. It is not surprising that I believe Europe has a moral obligation to protect refugees. But what should one think about immigration more broadly?

Globalisation is not just for goods, services and capital. It is also for people. High-income countries are not only richer, but also less corrupt and more stable, than others. Nothing is less surprising than the desire to emigrate to the west.

Yet little is more contentious. Migration is the touchstone of rightwing populism. Think of Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen or Donald Trump.

A few argue that gaps in real wages across the world are the biggest of all economic distortions. Movement of people, they say, should be seen as identical to trade; humanity would benefit from the elimination of barriers. The movement of people might be vast and the impact on high-income economies, with only one-seventh of the world's population, correspondingly huge. But it would maximise wealth.

Yet such cosmopolitanism is incompatible with the organisation of our politics into self-governing territorial jurisdictions. It is incompatible, too, with the right of citizens to decide who may share the benefits of living alongside them.

If countries are entitled to control immigration, the criterion for immigration becomes the benefits to existing citizens and their descendants. Benefits to would-be immigrants, which are the bulk of those generated by migration, count for less.

What then are the benefits of immigration to citizens and their descendants? The arguments divide into those relating to the numbers and, more importantly, those relating to the differing characteristics.

Is it important to increase population? The answer surely is no. Merely increasing the population of a prosperous small country, such as Denmark, would not increase the standard of living of its citizens. But it would impose sizeable investment and congestion costs. The argument for size can only be that it makes defence cheaper.

The argument cannot be from the numbers but from the characteristics of immigrants. So proponents of the benefits of large-scale immigration argue that immigrants are younger, cheaper, better motivated and valuably different. Opponents counter that the young also age, while diversity brings disadvantages as well as advantages.

Immigrants are indeed relatively young. Immigration is soon be the only source of population increase for the EU. In the past 10 years, immigrants represented 47 per cent of the increase in the workforce in the US and 70 per cent in Europe, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This is not surprising, since the rate of natural increase has been falling in high-income countries for decades ...
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The benefits of migration are questionable [part 2]
Martin Wolf
Financial Times, 30 September 2015

Thus immigrants lower the ratio of the retired to those of working age (the old-age dependency ratio). But the impact on dependency, at least with current levels of immigration, is modest. To lower it substantially requires enormous inflows.

In 2014, there were 29 dependants aged 65 and over for every 100 people of working age. According to the UN, keeping this ratio below a third would require immigration of 154m between 1995 and 2050, with far more thereafter: immigrants age, too, after all.

Consequently, a big reduction in dependency ratios demands huge inflows. One might argue that a continent with so few children must accept such a transformation of its population.

Consider other possible economic impacts. The OECD looked at the fiscal impact of cumulative waves of migration in the past 50 years in member countries, and concluded it was on average roughly zero. The precise impact depends on the skill and other characteristics of immigrants and the flexibility of labour markets. Much the same is true of immigrants' other impacts: are they complementary to current workers or substitutes; and, if substitutes, for whom?

What, then, can one say about the economic impact? First, the immigration needed to have big effects, notably on dependency burdens, would be huge. Second, immigration has significant impacts on investment needs (in housing and other infrastructure) and congestion, particularly in already densely populated countries – though these are similar to those caused by natural increase.

Finally, the main beneficiaries are always the immigrants themselves.

Yet migration is not just about economics. Immigrants are people. They bring in families, for example. Over time, large-scale immigration will transform the cultures of recipient countries in complex ways.

Immigrants bring diversity and cultural dynamism. At the same time, as Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling notes, substantial segregation might naturally emerge. People might then live quite separately, without many shared loyalties.

Immigration has economic effects. But it also affects the current and future values of a country, including its concern for foreigners. People may legitimately differ on the correct policies.

Our countries will end up neither closed nor totally open. Striking the balance is hard. In doing so, it is perfectly reasonable for countries to argue that their own citizens always come first.
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Fringe Report: Labour and Immigration
Steve Ballinger
British Future, 30 September 2015

Suzy Stride's report back from the doorsteps of Harlow was something of a rude awakening for much of the audience assembled in St Paul's Church, Brighton for How should Labour talk about immigration?, a fringe event from British Future and Christians on the Left, writes Steve Ballinger.

Labour simply didn't have answers to these challenges, she said, which had all been heard time and time again while campaigning for Labour in the 2015 General Election campaign.

This failure helped UKIP take votes from Labour in many of the areas that they really needed to win in May, she added. While Labour needs the right policies, even more important was a simple ability to listen and engage with people's concerns about immigration, she said.

Stephen Beer of Christians on the Left wanted to understand why the issue of immigration – an important one for voters – makes Labour politicians and activists so uncomfortable. "We believe in fairness, justice and equality so we're acting in good faith," he said. But a lot of Labour activists are so worried about mis-speaking, he added, or making some Freudian slip that could be misconstrued as racist or xenophobic, that they find it particularly hard to talk about.

But talk about it they must. Labour has 'traveled nowhere' on the issue in the last 10-15 years, Stephen said, while the country has changed. ...

Lord Glasman said that Labour had suffered from a lack of attention, kindness and generosity to people who feel threatened by immigration. The party didn't try to understand their worries and didn't listen to them, he said.

It's wrong to think these aren't compassionate people, he said. But they didn't agree with Labour on what constitutes a compassionate response to those seeking to make a better life in the UK. The party didn't hear their concerns and, what's more, it didn't seem to like them. "People can smell it, when you don't like them," he added, rather pointedly.

Lord Glasman went on to highlight people's sense of powerlessness over Britain's borders, suggesting that without power and agency, it's harder for people to be compassionate. The answer, he felt, was to consider leaving the EU – not a view that gained much support from the audience, it has to be said. ...

Matthew Rhodes spoke last, underlining British Future's analysis of the "anxious middle", the 60% of voters who are not anti-immigration but do have worries about its impacts on jobs, housing and public services. By engaging this group, Labour is not compromising its core principles, he said – it is simply (and rightly) taking people's concerns seriously and offering a response. This doesn't always have to be a technocratic policy response, he added – public anxiety is equally rooted in softer questions of identity, culture and belonging, topics that Labour currently struggles to get to grips with. ...

Much of this was not news that the audience wanted to hear. There were some tough questions from the audience and some lively disagreement. It's a subject that Labour seems to find difficult to talk about.
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How a 1965 law changed the faces of America
The Economist, 30 September 2015

... a new report on immigration published by the Pew Research Centre. /.../ The report finds that over the last five years net unauthorised immigration has been zero because the number of illegal arrivals was offset by the number of undocumented immigrants leaving the country. ...

... the findings of the report show how much America was changed (and improved, in the eyes of many) by the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which abolished an immigration system that favoured white northern and western Europeans and severely restricted immigration from all other parts of the world. It also predicts how the country's racial and ethnic make-up will continue to evolve in the next 50 years, though not in the way depicted by Mr Trump, who worries that Mexican illegal immigrants are bringing drugs and crime and that "they are rapists".

Mexico is still the country that provides most legal immigrants every year, says Jeffrey Passel, one of the authors of the Pew report, who points out that the rate of incarceration among both legal and illegal immigrants is lower than that of the general population. Today 47% of immigrants in America are Hispanic, but as immigration, especially from Mexico, has slowed in recent years and is forecast to continue to decline, the share of foreign-born residents who are Hispanic is predicted to fall to 31% by 2065. Meanwhile Asian immigrants, mainly from China, India, Korea and the Philippines, are projected to become the largest group of immigrants by 2055 and account for 38% of the foreign-born population by 2065.

By 2055 no racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of the American population. Non-Hispanic whites will account for less than half of the population compared with 62% today and 84% in 1965. The Pew report shows that without any immigration after the 1965 Immigration Act, America's population today would be 75% white, 14% black, 8% Hispanic and less than 1% Asian.

This shift in America's ethnic make-up is a huge change for a country that was mainly populated by white immigrants from Europe until 1965. But as Mr Passel points out, each wave of new immigrants was initially eyed with suspicion by America's residents. ...

Even so, a sizeable chunk of the population is witnessing the changes with great trepidation. Roy Beck, the founder and boss of NumbersUSA, a lobby group pushing for immigration to be restricted, argues that population growth, which is mainly driven by immigration, is the problem. In the past America admitted about 250,000 legal immigrants every year, he says, but now the number has ballooned to 1.2m annually, which does not include undocumented immigrants. "This was not the intent of the Immigration Act of 1965," says Mr Beck who wants to protect his country's wide-open spaces and argues that America's infrastructure cannot cope with the millions of newcomers. In his view, Americans should at the very least be asked whether they want to become a country of 400m or even 500m. (Today the population stands at 320m.)

... Half of Americans of all parties surveyed say that immigrants are making the economy and crime rates worse while only 28% say they make the economy better and just 7% think they improve crime. But 49% think they make food, arts and music better. Fully half of Americans surveyed say that immigration should be decreased.
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Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees
Justin McCurry
The Guardian, 30 September 2015

Japan must improve the living standards of its own people before it can consider accepting Syrian refugees, the prime minister, Shinzo Abe said, as he announced $1.6bn in new assistance for Syrians and Iraqis caught up in conflicts in the Middle East.

Abe's consistent refusal to consider allowing even a modest number of refugees to relocate to Japan has prompted criticism of the country's strict policy on asylum: last year, it received a record 5,000 applications but accepted just 11 people.

Speaking at the UN general assembly in New York, Abe insisted Japan must first tackle crises posed by its falling birth rate and an ageing population, and continue its push to boost the number of women in the labour market.

"It is an issue of demography," Abe told reporters after his speech to the UN general assembly. "I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees, we need to have more activities by women, elderly people and we must raise our birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants." ...

Japan's latest aid package includes $810m for refugees and internally displaced people fleeing fighting in Syria and Iraq – three times the amount it provided last year – and $750m to fund peace-building efforts in the Middle East and Africa. ...

Japan's population is expected to fall dramatically in the coming decades, with experts predicting a serious strain on the economy from a shrinking workforce and rising pension and social security costs. But few politicians have broached immigration as a possible solution.

"To publicly broach mass immigration – and the multicultural adjustments in Japanese life that it would necessarily entail – as a means of solving the country's looming demographic crisis is something that verges on sacrilege," said MG Sheftall, a professor of modern Japanese cultural history at Shizuoka University. "For an important national figure to do so would be an act of political suicide."

While he did not mention any country by name, the EU council president, Donald Tusk, appeared to round on the "hypocrisy" of Gulf states criticising European nations for not taking in enough refugees, while refusing to accept any themselves.
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Cost of migration crisis means nothing to us, says top EU official
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2015

The EU's leaders "do not care about the political cost" of their handling of the migration crisis because they do not have to face election, one of its top officials has admitted.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commissioner for migration whose controversial plan to relocate 120,000 refugees badly split the EU last week, said national leaders should "stop thinking about" the backlash they face over migration.

The relocation policy is deeply unpopular in eastern Europe, but without the threat of re-election this "means nothing", Mr Avramopoulos said. ...

Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic were outvoted on the scheme last week, after arguing it simply will not work because migrants will refuse to be moved from Greece and Italy to poor countries, and quickly flee to Germany if they are.

Hungary has claimed the plan is an "invitation" to Muslim economic migrants who threaten the country's "Christian identity".

The Polish government's decision to split with the Visegrad group of central European neighbours and back the German-driven plan was met with fury at home, just a month before a general election.

But Mr Avramopoulos, the architect of the policy and a former Greek defence minister, told national governments to shrug it off.

"The Commission does not take the blame because it does not care about the political cost," he said. "The Commission is here for five years to do its job and we did it with vision, responsibility and commitment. Because what is driving us is not to be re-elected. That is why for us the political cost means nothing."

European leaders, he said, should be follow suit. "This is the message I would send all around Europe: stop thinking about the so-called political cost," he told Politico, a Brussels-based news website. ...

Ashley Fox MEP, the leader of the Conservative Party in Europe, said: "This shows what's wrong in the EU: powerful people who feel no need to account for their actions. Sometimes politicians do need to take unpopular or long-term decisions, but they also have to stand and justify those decisions every few years."

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, added: "This unspeakable arrogance is the result of a corrupt political system where unelected EU bureaucrats have power without responsibility or accountability to a national electorate."

"Eurocrats aren't even bothering to go through the democratic motions any more," said Dan Hannan, a Tory MEP.

It came as a Right-wing populist party in Austria made huge gains in regional elections on the back of the migrant crisis.
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Migrant crisis fuelled by 1,000 British people smugglers orchestrating operations
Martin Bagot
Mirror, 29 September 2015

Around 1,000 Brits are involved in the people smuggling networks that are fuelling the migrant crisis.

The chief of staff at Europe's joint police force revealed the figures involved after London gangsters were seen driving in a Dunkirk migrant camp last month.

The Brits involved range from low-level fixers to masterminds orchestrating operations from London. ...

Mr Donald's intervention reveals for the first time the number Brits thought to be in smuggling gangs raking in hundreds of thousands of pounds a week.

He said: "We have 30,000 nominals on our database relating to facilitating illegal immigration who have had questions asked of Europol because of suspicions they are involved.

"There are somewhere around 1,000 from the UK (involved in people trafficking)."

Between April and June 213,000 people claimed asylum in EU countries and tens of thousands are currently marching across the continent to northern Europe. ...

"There's a lot of work being done on the 10,000 estimated EU nationals who have either gone to fight or left in circumstances that suggests they have gone to fight.

"Everyone is doing checks to see if they can pick up returning fighters. This is not a problem that will go away any time soon."
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'Refugees don't leave their conflicts behind'
Dagmar Breitenbach
Deutsche Welle, 29 September 2015

Following reports of aggressive incidents in German refugee shelters, authorities are looking for ways to calm the situation. Suggestions include separate housing for Muslim and Christian asylum-seekers.

There are no official statistics, but aid organizations, social workers and volunteers note that ethnic, social, cultural and religious tensions are on the rise in Germany's overcrowded refugee shelters. ...

But insults, threats, discrimination and blackmail against Christian asylum-seekers in particular are a regular occurrence, according to the Munich-based Central Council for Oriental Christians (ZOCD). ...

Overcrowding isn't the main issue anyway, Jacob argued - it's merely the trigger: "People bring with them the conflicts that exist in their native countries, Christians and Muslims, Kurds and extremists, Shiites and Sunnis - they don't leave them behind at the border." ... ...

Not just local authorities are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and tasks - German police feel overburdened, too.

"The police are at their limits," said Jörg Radek, deputy chief of Germany's police union GdP. ...

"We have to do everything in our power to prevent further violence in the shelters," Radek said - and urged housing people of different religions separately.
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Why migrants are going to great lengths to avoid this EU country
Tania Karas
Reuters, 29 September 2015

Nine months after Fadi, a refugee from Homs, Syria, landed in Cyprus on a boat carrying some 340 smuggled refugees, he still had not applied for asylum. He chose instead to attempt to reach mainland Europe by any means possible.

Fadi's reluctance to plant roots in Cyprus, the European Union country closest to Syria, stems from Cyprus' policy preventing most of those granted asylum from bringing their family members to join them. ...

Of the more than 487,000 refugees and migrants who have reached Europe by sea so far this year, just over half are Syrian. But fewer than 3,000 have come to Cyprus, an island nation of just 1 million people located 60 miles west of Syria.

The situation is worlds apart from that of the nearby Greek islands, which have seen 357,000 arrivals since January alone. And unlike Malta, located in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya, Cyprus is too far from the rest of Europe to be used as a transit country. ...

Reunification rights are particularly important for families like Fadi's, which send fathers, husbands and underage children to Europe alone. If granted asylum, they become a kind of anchor drawing the rest of the family to safety. ...

Migrants also shun Cyprus because it is not yet part of the Schengen Area, the EU's passport-free zone.
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German leadership has left the whole of Europe in crisis says Leo Mckinstry
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 29 September 2015

The EU is essentially a German-led entity with Berlin's politicians now dictating the fate of the continent as surely as if they were in command of occupying armies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is truly the empress of this realm, capable of ruining entire European societies with just a word from her cold lips.

It is a familiar role for Germany. ... ...

The scenes of chaos throughout Europe are a monument to the appalling vanity of Merkel and large sections of the German public.

In their mix of shortsightedness and smugness they are the architects of this present catastrophe.

It was Merkel who opened the floodgates by declaring last month that Germany would take in more than 800,000 migrants this year alone.

That was a clear invitation for thousands to venture across the Mediterranean from north Africa and the Middle East, most of whom are neither Syrian nor refugees. ...

... What we have really witnessed is not genuine compassion but German triumphalism in a new form. Here was a chance for Germany once again to parade its moral superiority over other nations.

Indeed Merkel wallowed in self-congratulation when she declared her open door policy "painted a picture of Germany which can make us proud of our country". ...

But far more importantly, the remorseless flood of migrants is now tearing apart the very fabric of the European order.

Even the shrillest virtue-signaller in Germany is beginning to wake up to the nightmarish error that Merkel has made.

As the demographic wreckage intensifies Berlin's government has two responses, both straight out of the classic German playbook.

The first is to start bullying other countries, demanding that they take "their fair share" of refugees.

But why should other nations have to deal with the fall-out from Merkel's recklessness? As Victor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary, put it, "The problem is not a European problem. It is a German one."

Nor is there any end in sight to the flames of crisis that Germany ignited. How many migrants does she think the EU should take?
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Muslim immigration and European Jewry
Charles Bybelezer
Jerusalem Post, 29 September 2015

In the prevailing climate of political correctness, policies are too often driven by emotional arguments rather than sober analysis, a reality currently playing out in the debate over the mass influx into Europe of migrants from the Middle East and North African (MENA).

While the issue strikes a deep humanitarian chord, over the past two decades Europe has failed miserably at integrating these populations. Nevertheless, the EU is now doubling down on a failed strategy, promising to take in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people over the next few years, many of whom are, in actuality, asylum-seekers – with no intention of returning to their home countries – or economic migrants.

Yet nobody seems to be asking the question: Is this good for the Jews? The answer is a resounding "no."

European Jewry is currently enduring the most intense wave of anti-Semitism to sweep the continent since World War II, and the cold, hard truth is that Muslim immigrants and their poorly-assimilated offspring are fueling it.

In France – which already has Europe's largest Muslim population, and whose government has vowed to take in an additional 25,000 – more than 500 anti-Semitic acts were recorded over the first five months of 2015 (of which 23 percent were classified as violent), an increase of 84% over the corresponding period last year. ...

The trend holds across of much of Europe, including the UK, which has promised to take in an additional 20,000 MENA migrants. In Britain, anti-Semitic incidents rose by more than 50% in the first half of 2015 compared to last year; this, on top of the more than 100% increase (to 1,168 acts) in 2014.

It is tragic, then, that Jewish leaders in Europe are not raising the alarm. To the contrary, many are advocating on behalf of those who are liable to hurt their communities.

Take the greatly respected former chief rabbi of Britain, Jonathan Sacks, who last week penned a moving albeit short-sighted article in support of the EU's decision to absorb hundreds of thousands of additional people.

"Now is a unique opportunity to show that the ideals for which the European Union and other international bodies such as the United Nations were formed are still compelling, compassionate and humane," Sacks contended.

While these words resonate profoundly with many Jews (themselves essentially refugees for more than 2,000 years, exiled from their land), they do not take into account the predictable fallout for Europe's Jewish community.

Sacks justifies his position by quoting the biblical axiom, "Love the stranger because you were once strangers," but ignores another commandment which overrides all others: Pikuach Nefesh, which demands that no policy be enacted which endangers life. And make no mistake, support for mass immigration from war-torn, destitute, traditionally anti-Semitic countries places Jewish lives at risk. ... ...

This is why comparisons to the Holocaust are invariably blanketed by emotional fluff – "wars that cannot be won by weapons can sometimes be won by the sheer power of acts of humanitarian generosity," according to Sacks. But taking in millions of migrants will not end the war in Syria or anywhere else; by contrast, it will simply import the root causes – Islamic fundamentalism and tribalism – to the West. ...

Moreover, it is wishful thinking that those pouring into Europe can be properly vetted.
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Migrant crisis: Middle classes on the move
Lyse Doucet
BBC, 29 September 2015

It is still startling to see the human river now coursing across Europe, streaming through fields, surging over borders or halting at formidable metal barriers. ...

"It's a tragedy to see people moving from border to border, never knowing which border will be open tomorrow," says Antonio Guterres, head of the UN's refugee agency, when we meet in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

"Five thousand people are arriving every day," he says, with palpable frustration over Europe's failure to move on longstanding pledges to establish proper reception and screening centres in Greece and Italy, at the first points where people arrive. ...

UN reports say an estimated 5,000-7,000 Syrians now arrive in Lebanon every week from Syria en route to a Mediterranean crossing. ...

And it's not just Syrians who want to escape life's hard limits in harsh lands.

On the railway lines in northern Greece, I met three generations of a large family of Afghans from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. ...

Everyone has a reason to leave. Everyone believes they have good reason to be given a chance at a better life - no matter where they come from.

"This uncontrolled movement creates opportunities for people who are not refugees to try to have their chance," admits the UNHCR's Guterres.

"Europe has to realise it will take a massive capacity to assist people when they arrive, to grant them their dignity, to verify their stories, to ensure that when people say they come from Syria, they haven't come from somewhere else."
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German president warns of limits to number of refugees
Reuters, 28 September 2015

Germany's president has warned that there are limits to how many refugees his country can absorb as it prepares for as many as 800,000 arrivals this year.

The comments from the head of state, who has a largely ceremonial role but whose words carry moral authority, were set to fuel a raging debate about how so many newcomers can be integrated into German society.

"We want to help. We have a big heart. However, there is a limit to what we can do," President Joachim Gauck, a former rights activist in communist East Germany, said in a speech on Sunday evening.

"Our ability to take in people is limited, although we don't know yet where those limits are," he added. ...

Merkel's popularity has dropped sharply over her handling of the refugee crisis, two polls showed at the weekend, indicating a shift in the mood in the Europe Union's most populous country.
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Study: Asians expected to become largest US immigrant group
Jesse J. Holland
Yahoo! News / Associated Press, 28 September 2015

In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new immigration study. ...

An increase in Asian and Hispanic immigration also will drive U.S. population growth, with foreign-born residents expected to make up 18 percent of the country's projected 441 million people in 50 years, ...

Today, immigrants make up 14 percent of the population, an increase from 5 percent in 1965. ...

By 2065, no racial or ethnic group will hold a majority in the United States, with whites holding 46 percent of the population, Hispanics at 24 percent, Asians at 14 percent and blacks at 13 percent. Currently, the country is 62 percent white, 18 percent Hispanic, 12 percent black and 6 percent Asian. ...

Americans also said immigrants are likely to make the United States better, with 45 percent agreeing with that statement and 37 percent saying they make the country worse. Eighteen said they don't have much of an effect one way or the other.
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Hungarian Deportation Orders Unenforceable
XpatLoop, 28 September 2015

Verdicts ordering the deportation of refugees found guilty of entering Hungary from Serbia illegally cannot be enforced, Népszabadság observes, as Serbia refuses to take them back. To date, criminal proceedings have been launched against fewer than 250 people. A strange situation has evolved on the southern borders, Népszabadság adds, as refugees arriving from Serbia will be expelled from Hungary for one or two years, whereas refugees arriving across the Croatian border can walk across to Austria comfortably.

On Saturday more than 8,000 migrants arrived at the Austrian border by train from Gyékényes and Zákány.
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Smartphones are the secret weapon fuelling the great migrant invasion
Dominic Lawson
Daily Mail, 28 September 2015

It has already been pointed out how the smartphone is the most vital asset for the migrants in the actual act of leaving North Africa or the Middle East for the Mediterranean shores of the European Union.

They use it to share vital information about where traffickers' dinghies are situated at any particular time, and which of these crooks charge the lowest prices. They use its GPS system to find their way. Once at their destination, they use its camera function to take selfies, to prove to their relatives that they are arriving safely.

Yet it is the possibilities provided by this technology after the migrants have arrived which I believe is the most significant in encouraging people to take the decision to leave their homelands. For if there is one thing more terrifying than the journey they have made, it is the loneliness which they might otherwise experience when in a strange land.

Of course, they will make friends – they will be making the journey with others of their own language and background. But that is rarely enough, if you are still completely cut off from those you love.

With the smartphone, emigrants can even play a day-to-day practical role in the lives of the family they have left behind. For example, a friend of mine employs a Bulgarian woman as a nanny for his children (this is a completely legal migrant, since Bulgaria is part of the EU, and therefore its citizens can come here as part of the freedom of movement enshrined in the Single European Act).

But what startled my friend is that this nanny to his children in England was also able to baby-sit the children of her own sister back in Bulgaria, via Skype, while her sister was at the cinema. The phone's 'eye' was fixed on the babies' bedroom – and she would ring her sister if she noticed anything amiss.

There is another less endearing way in which modern telecommunications makes the emigrant feel still part of the country he or she has left behind.

When those of my great-grandfather's generation came to this country, the only media they could access would be British newspapers and, in later years, the BBC on their radios. In this way they became completely integrated within their new homeland and with their neighbours. There was a sort of common culture, and a common language.

Now, however, via their smartphones, the new migrants can remain linked umbilically to the media of the nation they left behind. If they want to get the news only in Arabic, then they can. Their world-view can remain entirely as it was: only their geographic location will have been altered.

Of course, when migrants came from Russia, for example, in the 19th century, they might read émigré newsletters. But this would be a minor act of nostalgia within a wider context of assimilation. Modern telecommunications, paradoxically, enable people more easily to bypass the culture into which they have moved, and to remain somehow isolated from it. ...

Yet the German Chancellor seems to have completely underestimated the sheer scale of the consequences. The number of those who might wish to come to Europe from troubled countries in Africa or the Middle East, runs into the tens of millions. It is a flow of humanity which could change Europe in a way for which we are completely unprepared both logistically and psychologically.
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7 reasons why some progressives don't get population [part 1]
Simon Ross
openDemocracy / OurKingdom, 28 September 2015

We all live on the same planet.

However, not everyone quite realizes that. Let's make that the first of seven reasons why some progressives don't get population. ... ...

The second reason for ignoring population is idealism, i.e. living in the world of ideas. Marx based his analysis on an understanding of the material world. By contrast, some progressives, then and now, are more interested in moral condemnation than practical solutions, or fear contaminating 'rights-based' campaigns with real world problems. Ignoring reality does make it easier to preserve one's values and avoid distasteful compromises. But it doesn't make it go away - the physical world doesn't take account of what people think. /.../ Similarly, it is no coincidence that conflict ridden regions are characterised by competition arising from limited water (and hence food) supplies and rapid population growth. Thus, the population of Syria and Iraq has risen seven fold since 1950.

A third reason is some progressives' desire for simplicity. They need a slogan: 'One solution, revolution' or 'It's consumption, not population'. The world is more complicated. Population Matters was launched in 1991, not because we thought that addressing population was the only solution, but because it was the only one being ignored. ...

... Many progressives, indeed, work hard in development to increase the consumption of the world's poorest, somewhat undermining their argument that such communities can be relied upon to remain poor. Encouraging migration from poor to rich countries has a similar effect. There is, too, the argument that once communities become prosperous, they will have smaller families, so there's no necessity to intervene in this blissful progress. Of course, by the time this prosperity arrives, if it does, populations will be several times larger than currently and total consumption will be vastly higher. ...

This leads me to the fourth reason why progressives don't get population and that is migration. Migration is running at unprecedently high levels and is the British public's greatest concern. People can see the impact of one of Europe's highest levels of population density and population growth, particularly in London and the south east – a growing insufficiency of affordable housing, conveniently located education, responsive healthcare and comfortable transport. These all hit the poorest hardest. However, progressives typically consider themselves internationalists, with a hearty welcome for others, and so would rather not address the issue. /.../ In the longer term, directing development aid to improve family planning provision and women's empowerment in the poorest countries, as recommended by UK parliamentarians, is the only sure way of reducing migratory pressures. ...
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7 reasons why some progressives don't get population [part 2]
Simon Ross
openDemocracy / OurKingdom, 28 September 2015

Another kind of idealism, in the sense of being guided by ideals rather than self-interest, is the fifth reason. Succouring the poor, like the Good Samaritan, is meritorious. We, too, think the poor should be helped. However, providing most people with a state subsidy for every child, no matter how many they have, sends the wrong signal in a world where rising numbers increase everyone's cost of living and lowers their quality of life. That's why we, like the public, think phasing in a two child limit to child benefit, while maintaining support for poorer families, is right, particularly in the UK, which has one of Europe's highest proportions of large families. ...

A six reason is some progressives' lack of comfort with sexual and reproductive health and rights – a very British response. Progressives, especially feminists, are vocal about allegations of forcible sterilization. It doubtless occurs; human rights abuses do, though many far more common abuses receive vastly less publicity. However, forcible sterilization is universally illegal and condemned by all international and civil society organizations, including ourselves. Unsurprisingly, it is rare. Conversely, deaths and disability from pregnancy, especially when frequent or occurring at a young age, and from abortion in unsafe circumstances, are all too common in resource poor settings. ... ...

The seventh and final reason is lack of foresight. It is only human but hardly prudent to think only about the here and now. /.../ And there are annually 80 million more to feed as people live longer, as the number of mothers increase, and as birth rates decline only slowly. Resources will become scarcer and those with the least will suffer most. ...

There is a real danger from wishful thinking and comforting platitudes and it is this: that needful action is not taken and that, consequently, future generations have to deal with the consequences of human numbers several billions greater than the world can provide for.
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Muslim Inbreeding Has Corrupted Islam's Psyche – And The Results Are Alarming! [part 1]
Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
Right Side News, 28 September 2015
[Col. Snodgrass was an adjunct professor of military history for ten years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona]

... interview with Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who has worked in his government's in-prison psychology programs to determine why so many juveniles from the Muslim immigrant community populate the Danish penal system. ... ...

Nicolai ... Seven out of ten inmates in the Danish youth prisons have immigrant backgrounds, and almost all of them are Muslims. ...

I decided to publish a book on my experiences, "Among Criminal Muslims. A Psychologist's Experiences from the Copenhagen Municipality", which was well received in both the official Psychologists Union's magazine and the newspapers. ...

... I also contributed a chapter to the Dutch book Islam: Critical Essays on a Political Religion, along with Raymond Ibrahim, Hans Jansen, Michael Mannheimer, Ibn Warraq, Bat Ye'or and other renowned critics of Islam and Muslim immigration. ...

RSN: You have written extensively about inbreeding among Muslims, would you please explain how Islamic culture figures into their criminality?

Nicolai: ... Around 70 percent of Pakistanis, 45 percent of Arabs and 25-30 percent of Turks are children of blood-related parents, usually first-cousin marriages. These are staggering numbers and the impacts on intelligence, sanity, health and society among Muslims are enormous. ...

Out of a professional interest as a psychologist I have studied Islam and Muslim culture for more than a decade, and I have counselled hundreds of Muslims. And I would say there are several, religious reasons for this very unhealthy practice. One reason is that Muhammad simply allows it. This is done in the Quran's sura 4 – which by the way also legalizes sex slaves. /.../ One third reason is that Muhammad himself married one of his cousins, and emulation of Muhammad is a central part of Islamic practice. ...

Inbreeding among cousins are connected with long list of risks. Among them are still births, infant death, low intelligence, physical diseases and handicaps and psychiatric problems. There also seem to be a clear connection between the negative effects of inbreeding and terrorism. ...

Thus inbreeding, especially if it happens through several generations, increases the risks of handicaps and disorders, that in one way or another can decrease one's ability to function in a modern world. ...

The high expenses on special education for slow learners consumes one third of the budget for the Danish schools. ... ...

... Western culture, with our freedom of speech, democracy and equality of women is opposing Islam and Muslim culture on so many central areas, that integration would mean apostasy to many Muslims. ...

On top of these things comes the mountains of hate speech against non-Muslims and our way of life in the Quran and the hadiths, which makes it very unnatural to befriend and trust non-Muslims. ...

The result you see today all over the West, where Muslims tend to group in Muslim areas. Many of these areas are today de facto no-go zones. Here secular authorities are regularly threatened and even attacked, while fundamentalist imams, patrolling Muslim father groups and home made sharia courts are safe to rule.
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Muslim Inbreeding Has Corrupted Islam's Psyche – And The Results Are Alarming! [part 2]
Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
Right Side News, 28 September 2015

According to the above mentioned study from Germany, 85 [percent] of Muslims in Germany declare themselves to be religious or very religious. A cross-European study showed that 75 percent of Muslims in Europe think that the Quran can not be interpreted ambiguously – that it has to be taken literal. Many other studies reach similar conclusions. ...

That is why it is so important to ensure, that mosques in our Western countries actively, publicly and consistently reject the many verses in the Quran and the Hadiths telling Muslims to persecute, harm or even kill non-Muslims. If we do not ensure this, mosques and religious authorities will contribute to the radicalization of Muslims. Unfortunately this has already happened, and now Europe has a deadly serious problem with homegrown jihadis. 80 percent of young Turks in Holland see "nothing wrong" in waging Jihad against non-Muslims. 27 percent of all young French and 14 percent of all young British under 25 sympathize with the genocidal terror organization Islamic State. This includes most probably the vast majority of young Muslims in these two countries. ...

The interesting thing is that Islam is the only religion in the world, where people become more violent, the more they practice and study their religion. So when it comes to Islam, more religion means more violence. ...

... Islam is opposed to Western, liberal values on so many areas, that you can not really call yourself a real Muslim if you also integrate. You might call yourself a "relaxed" Muslim or a "moderate" Muslim, but you can not both claim that you support Free Speech, democracy and the equality of women and non-Muslims, and at the same time say that you follow the Quran and the example of Muhammad. ...

The Islamic view on marriage, which is often not completely voluntarily, shows a wide acceptance of forced sexual intercourse, also called rape. Combined with the Islamic view on non-Muslim women – whom Muslim men are allowed to rape according to the Quran – this has led to an epidemy of rapes all over West Europe. Sweden, Holland and UK is hit hardest. Authorities in England estimates that "up to a million" children may have been victims of primarily Pakistani rape gangs. According to one report, Muslim men are 200 times more prone to rape children than non-Muslim men. ...

But you have to understand that Muslim ghettos are different from other ghettos. This is because, and this is what Europe learned at such great costs, that Islam is a political religion. It is not just about inner states of mind, inner beliefs, inner values. Islam is also about how society must be aligned with Islamic law, the Sharia. And more important is that Islam condones any mean in order to create these changes. These means include violent jihad and jihad through abusing the legal system. It also includes so-called taqiyya, which means lying in order to further the cause of Islam, and so called hijrah, which means migration in order to populate non-Islamic land in order to conquer it in the long run, block by block if necessary.
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Hungary to EU: migrant quotas will repeat Western Europe's 'failed' attempts at multiculturalism
Colin Freeman
Sunday Telegraph, 27 September 2015

Hungary has defended its opposition to Brussels' plans for compulsory migrant quotas, saying it did not wish to repeat the West's "failed experiments" in multiculturalism.

In a defiant rejection of diktats from Europe's high command, the country's right-wing government said it was not interested in "lectures" from the European Union about taking in Middle Eastern refugees.

The comments were a direct challenge to remarks last week by one of the EU's most senior figures, who criticised Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, for opposing the quotas plan and for fencing off its borders to migrants trying to reach Europe.

Frans Timmermans, the Dutch vice-president of the European Commission, said that "diversity was the future of the world," and that Eastern European nations would just have to "get used to that."

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Orban's spokesman, Zoltán Kovács, responded by saying that integration in much of Western Europe had been at best a limited success. Hungary, he said, felt neither the wish nor the obligation to follow suit.

"Contrary to Mr Timmerman's vision, we can't see into the future," Mr Kovács said. "But we are aware of the past, and multi-culturalism in Western Europe has not been a success in our view. We want to avoid making the same mistakes ourselves." ...

While critics accuse Mr Orban of racism over his comments that "Christian Europe" is now under threat, Budapest insists that ex-Communist states have neither the money nor the cultural history to host large numbers of non-European migrants. The prescriptions from Brussels bureaucrats on what constitutes the make-up of an ideal society has also revived memories of Soviet rule from Moscow.

"Mr Timmermans is right that we have not had the same experience as Western Europe, where countries like Holland, Britain and France have had mass immigration as a result of their colonial legacies," added Mr Kovács. "But we would like to deal with our problems in a way that suits us.

"And we especially don't like it when people who have never lived in Hungary try to give us lectures on how we should cope with our own problems. Calling us racists or xenophobes is the cheapest argument. It's used just to dodge the issues." ...

Mr Orban, who has accused Germany of "moral imperialism" over its insistence that Hungary should take its share of migrants, does not appear to have paid a domestic political price for his stance. A poll conducted earlier this month showed that some 82 [per cent] of Hungarians favoured tighter immigration controls, reflecting how for many Hungarians, being a "monocultural society" is seen as a source of pride rather than concern.

"Homogeneity is seen as a value, and this is difficult to understand in the West," said Konstanty Gebert, an expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank.
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Millions more refugees heading for Europe, UN warns – as British asylum claims soar
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 26 September 2015

Millions more refugees are set to arrive in Europe as the humanitarian crisis spirals out of control, United Nations officials have warned.

More than 8,000 people are thought to be reaching the continent daily after fleeing war and persecution – and the numbers are only set to grow, according to experts.

Amin Awad of the UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, claimed the group's warnings about the scale of the crisis had not been taken seriously by European officials.

He said: "I don't see it abating, I don't see it stopping. If anything, it gives an indication perhaps that this is the tip of the iceberg."

Another UN official, Dominik Bartsch, said 10 million people are expected to need humanitarian support in Iraq by the end of the year.

The organisation is expecting 500,000 to leave Mosul, the country's capital, if Iraqi forces try to recapture it from Islamic State terrorists.
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Six-year high for asylum claims as more than 4,300 refugees reached Britain in a single month
Daily Mail, 26 September 2015

The number of migrants claiming asylum in Britain has hit the highest total for more than six years, an analysis showed yesterday.

There were 4,305 applications in July, more than in any month since figures began to be compiled in 2009.

The total, published by the EU's Eurostat statistics arm, compares with 7,470 asylum claimants over the previous three months.

It points to an increase in asylum claims connected to the European migration crisis that threatens to push numbers towards the record levels recorded in the early 2000s. ...

The figures show that despite pressure on Greece, Croatia and Austria, Britain was still the fourth biggest EU destination for asylum seekers in July. Germany recorded more than 37,500 asylum claims, Hungary 31,285, and Sweden 8,060.
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Refugee crisis: Many migrants falsely claim to be Syrians, Germany says as EU tries to ease tensions
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2015

Germany estimates that 30 per cent of incoming migrants claiming to be citizens of war-torn Syria are in fact from other countries, an interior ministry spokesman said Friday.

"It's an estimate based on the observations of officials on the ground, especially the federal police, the Office for Migration and Refugees and (EU border protection agency) Frontex," he said.

The spokesman stressed that Germany keeps no official statistics on asylum-seekers believed to be misstating their nationality.

Germany is Europe's top destination for people fleeing war and misery amid Europe's greatest migrant influx since the Second World War and expects between 800,000 and one million newcomers this year.

Numbers have surged since Germany declared it would admit Syrians, even if they technically should have applied for refugee status in the first EU country they set foot in on their way to Germany.

A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU, Fabrice Leggeri, the head of Frontex, said earlier this month.
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Germany in a state of SIEGE: Merkel was cheered when she opened the floodgates to migrants. Now, with gangs of men roaming the streets and young German women being told to cover up, the mood's changing
Sue Reid
MailOnline, 26 September 2015

Atif is well-dressed and speaks perfect English. He used to be a transport manager at Karachi airport and is from a well-to-do family. Between mouthfuls of curry, he adds: 'But there is violence between political gangs in Karachi. Lots of people are leaving for Europe. The trafficker decided that Germany was the place for us because it is welcoming refugees.'

Yet the raw truth is that Atif is not fleeing war or persecution. He is one of thousands of economic migrants getting into Germany as the EU's immigration crisis grows bigger each day. ...

Mrs Merkel's offer last month to accept all refugees from war-ravaged Syria opened the floodgates. More than a million migrants are expected this year alone, the bulk of them far from genuine asylum seekers. There is now deepening disquiet in this Christian country, dotted with churches, that it is being overwhelmed by people of a different religion and culture.

Yesterday, the Mail reported how social workers and women's groups in Giessen wrote a letter to the local state parliament claiming that rape and child abuse were rife in the refugee camp. The allegations were corroborated by Atif over his curry. 'The camp is dangerous,' he agreed. 'Men of different nationalities fight and women are attacked.'

The letter says the camp, far from being a peaceful haven for those fleeing war, is a dangerous melting-pot, where there have been 'numerous rapes and sexual assaults, and forced prostitution'. ...

Locals in Giessen are appalled by the rape allegations. But many are also increasingly worried about the effect of the migrants – some 6,000 Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Kurds, Eritreans and others are housed in the camp, which was expanded last year – on their everyday lives. ...

At a former U.S. military base housing some 2,000 migrants in Bayernkaserne, on the outskirts of Munich, women's rights groups say there is forced prostitution and rape every day. ... ...

In other parts of the country, Germans are being told to adapt their lifestyles when migrants arrive. ...

Meanwhile, the migrants keep arriving. Many have deliberately thrown away their passports on their journey through Europe, so they can pretend to be Syrian refugees rather than economic migrants.

The authorities, now being urged by both the EU and Germany's leaders to return those who aren't genuine, are completely overwhelmed.
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Schools migrant crisis: Britain needs 1,600 new primaries to cope
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 26 September 2015

The influx of migrants is putting Britain's primary schools under unprecedented pressure, a study reveals.

Nearly 38,000 children under 10 arrived here last year alone.

Experts say an extra 1,600 schools will be needed to cope with the soaring demand.

The huge number of foreign pupils is a staggering 160 per cent increase on the 14,400 who came to the UK in 2011. ...

Nick Timothy, director of thinktank New Schools Network, which uncovered the statistics, said: "It's clear that England urgently needs more new schools to address this record level of demand.

"Simply expanding existing schools is not the answer.

As long as EU freemovement rules apply, net migration is not likely to come down at any point soon.

"There will also soon be a knockon effect on secondary school places where already three-quarters of the local authorities with the highest net migration are in desperate need of new places." ...

The New Schools Network study looked at government figures to find the number of children who came to Britain last year and were likely to need a primary school by this September.

It found 37,975 migrants aged three to 10 entered the UK in the year to June 2014.

There are already 101,000 children being taught in classes bigger than the limit of 30.
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Migrant arrivals unlikely to bring major changes to Europe
Mike Corder and Karl Ritter
Yahoo! News / Associated Press, 26 September 2015

Inside the strip mall in Stockholm's Rinkeby neighborhood, a string of Swedish flags hangs over a coffee shop offering Swedish cinnamon buns and Middle Eastern pastry.

In Rinkeby, Swedish culture has long lived side by side with traditions from the Middle East and Africa, but the Swedish influence has waned as more and more immigrants move in and Swedes move out.

"This is not Sweden, it's Mogadishu," said Saud Mohammed, 75, a Moroccan who lives in the neighborhood where nine out of 10 residents are first or second-generation immigrants, mainly from Somalia, Iraq and Turkey. "Before it used to be mixed. But the Swedes have run away."

There's no doubting that immigration transforms neighborhoods and towns, and that this year's wave of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in their homelands will have the same effect.

Experts say, however, that there's virtually no chance that the newcomers will radically change the demographics or cultural makeup of the continent – as many populist leaders have contended. ...

Hungary's hard-line Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who built a razor-wire fence along the border with Serbia to stem the flow of migrants, argues that he wants to protect Europe's traditionally Christian culture from becoming "a minority interest in its own continent."

Demographers say such fears are unfounded although projections of numbers of migrants may need to be updated.

"It is impossible that Christians will become a European minority in the foreseeable future," said Ruth Mueller, a demographics expert at the Berlin Institute for Population and Development.

"Even though the number of asylum-seekers as well as residence permits has strongly increased, the demographic effects will be rather modest," she said.

Another key reason why no major demographic shift is expected is that Europe already is home to millions of migrants. ...

To many Swedes, Rinkeby has come to symbolize failed integration policies, even if the problems are not as bad as in the worst neighborhoods of major U.S. cities.

Rinkeby has had problems with crime for decades and, in recent years, with radical Islamic groups recruiting jihadi fighters. ... ...

... German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes her country is up to the task of absorbing the new wave of immigrants.

"Because what we're experiencing now, that's something which will continue to occupy our country in the coming years, changing it," Merkel said recently. "And we want it to change for the better. And we think we can do this."
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What it looks like when a bank goes out of its way to avoid minorities
Emily Badger
Washington Post, 26 September 2015

According to federal prosecutors, Hudson City Savings Bank opened few branches in black and Hispanic neighborhoods around the New York and Philadelphia regions where it does much of its mortgage business. It placed few of its loan officers in these communities. It worked with hardly any mortgage brokers there, either. And its marketing was mostly elsewhere, too.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau jointly ordered the bank to pay about $33 million to make amends for these patterns, in one of the largest "redlining" settlements the government has ever reached.

The case, though, is notable not just for the size of the bank – Hudson City has assets of more than $35 billion – or its location, centered around the largest housing market in America. Hudson City, unlike several other banks recently accused of discrimination, wasn't charged with denying loans to qualified minorities, or jacking up their interest rates. In a subtle but more insidious claim, the government says it was "structuring its business so as to avoid majority-Black-and-Hispanic neighborhoods."

Hudson City, in other words, was set up to ensure that few borrowers in minority neighborhoods ever even applied in the first place, according to prosecutors. ...

In the consent order announced Wednesday, Hudson City admitted no liability and said it believed it had treated all of its customers fairly. The bank agreed to a settlement, it said, "solely for the purpose of avoiding contested litigation." It agreed to pay $25 million in loan subsidies to borrowers in minority neighborhoods and to invest in advertising and outreach there. The bank also must open two new branches in minority neighborhoods. And it will pay a $5.5 million penalty to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Civil Penalty Fund.

Justice officials treated the case as an illustration of a broader practice of banking discrimination – and of the government's intent to crack down on it. DOJ officials said the agency has more open redlining investigations now than at any time in the last six years.

"Redlining is not a vestige of the past," said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. "Banks continue to build and structure their lending operations in a way that avoids or fails to really meaningfully serve communities of color."
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Risk of extreme Right surge if migrant crisis not dealt with, says EU Commission vice-president
Mathew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2015

Europe must deport failed asylum seekers and close its borders to smugglers or the extreme right parties will surge, including in the United Kingdom, one of the European Union's most senior officials has warned.

An influx of refugees and migrants is raising fears about the "identity, future and cohesion" of European states, said Frans Timmermans, the First Vice President of the European Commission.

He said a failure by frontline states – Greece and Italy – to swiftly process migrants [was] giving illegitimate asylum seekers the means to disguise themselves as Syrians. ...

In a provocative move, Hungarian troops began to lay spools of barbed wire along its border with Slovenia – a crossing that falls within the Schengen free movement zone. Its previous fences with neighbours Serbia, Croatia and Romania have been condemned by EU leaders, but tolerated on the grounds that they are external borders of Schengen. ...

After weeks of condemnation over the border fence, EU officials now appear to concede that Viktor Orban has a point. Mr Timmermans said that Hungary's neighbours must understand that it has "no experience of diversity" after decades under Soviet rule.

"We have to patrol our borders better. We have to make sure that those countries where people arrive are better placed to make sure people are registered, that people who don't have the right to asylum are returned swiftly," he told BBC radio.

"This has an impact on every single member state. If we're not able to tackle this issue, if we're not able to find sustainable solutions, you will see a surge of the extreme right across the European continent." ...

... He said Mr Orban should show leadership and explain to voters that all countries will in time become more diverse.

At a summit in Brussels, leaders agreed early this morning that special reception centres will be set up for migrants in Italy and Greece by the end of the November – more than two months away.

They also agreed to increase spending for the EU's Frontex and Europol forces, and to offer more help from Greece and Italy to identify and fingerprint migrants.

"We see that because people are not registered on arrival quickly enough they share stories, they buy false papers and say they are from Syria when they are not because they know if they are from Syria they will probably get asylum," Mr Timmermans said.

Mr Tusk warned that "millions" of refugees will reach European shores and the external border must be secured to save the Schengen system.

"Recently I visited refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan and heard only one voice: we are determined to get to Europe," he said.

"It is clear the greatest tide of refugees and migrants is yet to come. So we need to correct our policy of open doors and windows. Now the focus should be on proper protection of our external borders."
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France says it won't host more than 30,000 refugees
Yahoo! News / Reuters, 25 September 2015

France will not welcome more refugees than the 30,000 it has pledged to host within the next two years as part of a broader European Union plan, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday.

"It won't be more," Valls said on France 2 television. "We cannot welcome to Europe all those who flee Syria's dictatorship."

The 28-country EU plans to take a total 160,000 refugees.

"Immigration has always been an opportunity for our country (...) but all this must be mastered, organised," Valls said.

He said that France was already welcoming 200,000 citizens a year through family reunification, student programmes and economic migration.

On Monday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned Europe could expect a record one million people to request asylum this year as refugees flee war Syria and Iraq. Almost half of that million will likely qualify for asylum, it said.

In what appeared to be efforts to counter concerns over immigration and criticisms by the far-right National Front party, Valls said that refugees who wouldn't be granted asylum would have to leave France.

"Those (whose applications) are rejected have to be escorted back to the border," Valls said.
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Immigration is serving Europe's capitalist agenda
PJ Walsh
Belfast Telegraph, 25 September 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

For 25 years after the Second World War growth rates were high in the capitalist economies. Real income rose, as did the consumption of goods. However, multiple economic recessions in the mid-1970s ended this.

To control costs business began to migrate to areas of low-cost labour such as the Pacific Rim and Far East. Business tackled the problem of well-paid labour in the core capitalist economies with "liberalisation of the labour market", whereby low-cost labour was imported.

This was rebranded "freedom of movement" for public consumption, especially in states like Germany, where pay rates had been frozen for 10 years.

It was in this spirit that Angela Merkel called for more foreign workers to come to Germany to take up low-paid jobs, especially in retirement homes to look after the ageing population. Immigrants grow old, too, of course, but business needs come first and any criticism is castigated.

With this background the commitment of EU navies to patrol the Mediterranean for refugees has been a boon to people traffickers who now only need to drop their cargo a few kilometres from shore.

The purpose of immigration everywhere has been to provide a cheap servant class and keep pay rates down for all.

Survey evidence for the decline of societal well-being with large influxes of newcomers is long-established and incontrovertible, though not often mentioned.

The human collateral of the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq is a separate issue and we should not encourage the talent of these regions to abandon their homeland for Western business needs, because they are its future and what chance does it have without them?
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Britain faces £150m cost for EU migrant crisis
Matthew Holehouse and Matthew Day
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2015

Britain faces paying tens of millions more to the European Union to fund a controversial new scheme to deal with the migrant crisis on the continent, it emerged on Wednesday night.

Jean-Claude Juncker demanded that countries including Britain "put their money where your mouth is" as he announced the EU will spend an extra €1.7 billion (£1.25 billion) on emergency support to European countries, EU police officers and humanitarian aid.

Britain faces having to pay as much as £150 million to the EU despite repeatedly making it clear it does not wish to take part in common schemes to address the migrant crisis, according to an analysis by Open Europe, the think-tank. ...

The warning that Britain would have to pay extra was issued by Kristalina Georgieva, the EU budget commissioner, who said she would increase overall spending to its limit, "budgeting up to the margin and using emergency aid reserves to the maximum".
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Refugee crisis: EU divided as Hungary attacks migrant quota as 'unrealisable and nonsense'
Dan Nolan
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2015

The EU migrant quota plan to relocate thousands of migrants across the continent is "unfeasible, unrealisable and nonsense", Hungary's foreign minister said, as Europe's east-west division was laid bare on Wednesday.

As EU leaders meet in Brussels on Wednesday to approve a plan to relocate 120,000 attacked by eastern European countries, Péter Szijjártó called the quota scheme a waste of time.

Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against the plan to take in refugees and migrants from Italy and Greece but it was forced through on Tuesday.

Under the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker's plan, Hungary would receive 1,294 of the 120,000 to be shared by the EU countries. ...

Budapest suggested that the EU should then fund refugee camps for Syrians and finance new camps if required.

Mr Szijjártó described the plan as a waste of time and said: "The plan is unfeasible, unrealisable and nonsense."

He added: "This is the beginning of a new world order; we are not talking about a refugee crisis, but about a wave of mass migration."

He listed Hungary's three proposals for a solution to the problem: "We must establish a joint EU force that is capable of protecting Greece's borders, EU funding must be provided to existing refugee camps, and transit countries must be given financial assistance.

"One of the many reasons the compulsory quota system is unsatisfactory is that many more people have entered the European Union since the original debate on the distribution of 120,000 immigrants." ...

The Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban accused German chancellor Angela Merkel of "moral imperialism" and of trying to impose her vision of an open EU on the rest of the bloc.

"The most important thing is that there should be no moral imperialism," he said during a visit to the southern German state of Bavaria. ...

He later said Germany could choose to take refugees but it should be a sovereign decision: "I don't doubt Germany's right to define its moral obligations for itself. They can decide if they accept every refugee or not ... (but) that should only be compulsory for them," Mr Orban said.

The divide between western European countries and their eastern counterparts grew as opponents of the plan expressed their anger.

Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico said he would challenge in EU courts Tuesday's rare majority-vote decision. "We have been refusing this nonsense from the beginning, and as a sovereign country we have the right to sue," Mr Fico said.
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We're doomed: EU chief fears union will COLLAPSE over migrant crisis
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 24 September 2015

The European Union has lost control of its borders and risks total collapse if they are not sealed, a senior Brussels diplomat has warned.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, warned the EU was now facing a "critical point" and that the migrant crisis hadn't even reached its peak.

As he chaired an emergency meeting of EU leaders in Brussels last night Mr Tusk painted a bleak picture of the EU's future, saying the 28-member bloc was on the verge of breakdown with "recriminations and misunderstanding" pitting nations against one another.

The future of free movement was at stake, he said, as the continent had lost control of its borders as well as a "sense of order".

He added: "The most urgent question we should ask how to regain control of our external borders.

"Otherwise, it doesn't make sense to even speak about common migration policy."

He appeared to lay much of the blame with Germany, accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel of exacerbating the problem by sending the signal to desperate Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland that Germany had no limit on the number of migrants it would accept.

He added: "We need to correct our policy of open doors and windows.

"Today we are talking about millions of potential refugees trying to reach Europe, not thousands.

"It is likely that more refugees will flow towards Europe, not less. Especially as almost all of them feel invited to Europe."
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Is Merkel a recruiting sergeant for French right?
Hugh Schofield
BBC, 24 September 2015

The mass movement of people into Europe from Syria and elsewhere has put a new spring in the stride of France's far right. ...

It does not take an advanced degree in political science to conclude that the biggest movement of people into Europe in recent history was bound to be good electoral news for the FN.

Even many of the party's most vociferous opponents have expressed fury at Angela Merkel for - in their view - acting as a recruiting sergeant for Marine.

Far from lauding the German chancellor for her humanity in welcoming refugees, many ruling French socialists felt she was being grotesquely irresponsible.

Malek Boutih, who used to head the anti-racist group SOS-Racisme, accused Merkel of selfishly opening the doors in order to make up Germany's demographic deficit - without any thought for the consequences on countries like France.

"In effect Madame Merkel has become the political ally of Madame Le Pen," he said.

"Her policy on immigration is so ill-thought-out it is sowing consternation across our country."

When even socialists admit that too much immigration is a dangerous thing, it is evident that all the FN has to do is sit back and say: "We told you so."

Which is exactly what Marine Le Pen did when I asked on the boat how the dramatic recent events would affect French politics.

"If anyone had listened five, 10, 15 years ago to what we have always been saying, then we would not be in this mess today," she said. ...

The latest opinion polls make Marine Le Pen favourite to win the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region - a victory that would give her big momentum ahead of the presidential race in early 2017.
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How many migrants are coming to Europe and the UK?
Sam Ashworth-Hayes
Full Fact, 24 September 2015

As the EU reached a decision on relocating 120,000 migrants within its borders, national newspapers once again focused their attention on immigration and asylum, with a number of claims being made about the number of people arriving in Europe and the UK – and where they were coming from.

One million asylum applications are expected in Europe this year, and the EU border was crossed illegally 500,000 times between January and the end of August. But the 300,000 migrants arriving by sea are already included in the 500,000 figure given.

The 558,000 people the UK 'took in' is the total number of foreign nationals that moved to the UK in 2014, not just asylum seekers, and not just people from developed countries.

The report referenced in the Sun's article – published annually by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – predicted that up to one million asylum applications would be made in Europe in 2015. The number of people it expects to be granted refugee (or similar) status, and so get to stay, is in the region of 350,000 to 450,000.

This figure is just for asylum applications, not total migration into the EU. As the OECD notes, humanitarian reasons are a small factor in people moving to rich countries.

These estimates are uncertain, and Germany alone expects to receive 800,000 asylum applications in 2015.

The OECD states that more than 500,000 illegal border crossings were recorded by the European border agency (Frontex) from January to the end of August, more than double the total number for the whole of 2014.

The number of illegal border crossings isn't necessarily a good measure of the number of people arriving. Frontex states that some migrants are counted crossing the EU's border twice; once when they enter Greece from Turkey, and then again when they cross into Hungary from Serbia. Tens or hundreds of thousands of people could be double counted in this way. We might be better off looking at the separate figures for people first landing in the EU by sea.

The OECD says that 330,000 migrants have arrived by sea. The Sun has added these to the 500,000 border crossings to imply that over 800,000 people have already come to Europe, but as the OECD confirmed to us, those people are already included in the 500,000 total.f

The OECD seems to be relying on Frontex for the number of arrivals by sea, although more recent estimates from other sources are closer to the half a million mark.

The 558,000 people arriving in Britain in 2014 weren't just from developed countries. That figure is for all non-British nationals moving into the UK in 2014, not just people from developing countries.

The total number of people arriving in the UK would be higher, as some British people would have returned from overseas. But at the same time, large numbers of non-British nationals left the UK in 2014.

The Office for National Statistics data for 2014 shows that net migration, counting people of all nationalities (British and foreign), was about 312,000.
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Treaty change is only way to end the migrant crisis
Daniel Hannan
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2015
[Daniel Hannan is a Conservative MEP]

The European project is crumbling. Deeper integration had rested upon two pillars: the euro and the Schengen Zone – the common