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Merkel defends open-door refugee policy, says Islamist terrorism is Germany's greatest threat
Lara Rebello
International Business Times, 31 December 2016

The chancellor said she plans to implement new security laws in the wake of the deadly terror attack in Berlin.

Calling 2016 a year full of "severe tests", Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Islamic terrorism was by far the most difficult one – what with the country witnessing a string of terror attacks in Würzburg, Ansbach and most recently, Berlin. ...

Merkel said that it was "a bitter reckoning - and a despicable one" that these attacks were carried out by individuals "who came here ostensibly to seek safe haven and then received help and support".

She, however, continued to defend her open-door refugee policy, saying that Germany made the right move by allowing those in need to seek asylum in the country.
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Italy to seek to track down and deport migrants with no right to stay
Steve Scherer
Reuters, 31 December 2016

Italy will seek to deport more migrants who have no right to be in the country and will open new detention centres to hold them before their expulsion, according to a written directive and a ministry source.

Police chief Franco Gabrielli sent a two-page directive to stations across the country on Friday ordering them to increase efforts to identify and deport migrants a week after Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri was shot dead near Milan.

The directive, seen by Reuters, says police should take "extraordinary action" before the "growing migratory pressure in an international context marked by instability and threats" to "control and remove irregular foreigners." ...

Of the more than 27,000 expulsion orders handed out in Italy in 2015, fewer than 5,000 were deported, according to Eurostat figures.
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Jeremy Corbyn REJECTS calls for Labour to back immigration controls despite warnings from his party's northern councillors that they face being wiped out by Ukip
Matt Dathan
MailOnline, 30 December 2016

Jeremy Corbyn defied warnings from northern Labour councillors today by rejecting calls for imposing controls on immigration after Brexit.

He repeated his support for the EU's free movement rules despite voters expressing clear concerns in June's Brexit vote.

The Labour leader insisted immigration brought net economic benefits to Britain and claimed there was a 'level of exaggeration' about its negative impact. ...

But his comments flew in the face of warnings from his party's councillors in northern England who are under threat from a resurgent Ukip under its new Liverpudlian leader Paul Nuttall. ...

But in interviews with the Financial Times more than two dozen Labour councillors warned that Labour is heading for disaster at the next general election if Mr Corbyn refuses to back down on his enthusiastic support for immigration.

Kathy Graham, a Labour councillor, told the newspaper: 'A lot of locals aren't going to vote for me because of Jeremy Corbyn. Mention Jeremy Corbyn and they all go mad.' ...

Peter Chand, a councillor in Dagenham and Rainham east of London, said: 'The feeling on the doorstep is mainly about migration.'
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Merkel Allies Propose Sending Rescued Boats Back to Africa
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 30 December 2016

The Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has proposed a new policy for migrants crossing the Mediterranean: turn the boats around and send them back to Africa.

The CSU, under the leadership of Horst Seehofer, continues to push away from the migrant policies of their coalition allies the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) led by Chancellor Merkel. A new report, written largely in response to the Berlin Christmas Market massacre which was carried out by a Tunisian asylum seeker, calls for stricter asylum and migrant policies.

Among the proposals are the ability to send rescued boats in the Mediterranean back to Africa, reports Tagesschau.

The report, entitled "Security for our Freedom" contains a list of demands by the party which has become increasingly hard line on mass migration over the course of the past year. ...

The largest and most controversial demand is to send rescued boats back to their countries of origin in Africa rather than the current policy which is to bring them to Italy or Greece.
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'A very dangerous business' - terrorism legislation adviser raises alarm over Government clampdown on extremism
Josh May
PoliticsHome, 30 December 2016

The terrorism legislation watchdog has hit out at the Government's "dangerous" plans to clamp down on non-violent extremism.

In this year's Queen's Speech, the Government announced plans for a new "civil order regime to restrict extremist activity" as part of the new Counter Extremism and Safeguarding Bill.

Extremism was defined in the document as "the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs".

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said measures such as social media bans or limitations on movement and association could be used as part of a "silence coerced by law".

The Government is yet to come forward with its detailed proposals, but Mr Anderson said the plan ran contrary to free speech.

"Freedom of speech is notoriously a value that everyone subscribes to in theory but in practice it very often depends on the views that are being expressed," he told Radio 4's World at One programme.

"I think silence coerced by law, as an American judge once put it, is a very dangerous business – particularly when you're looking at something as vague as extremism. I've not met anyone who can really define it in a satisfactory way...

"It may be one thing to have a policy of opening people's eyes and making sure that they know about critical thinking and they can approach the internet in a critical manner, but to start applying the force of the law to people who oppose certain values I think is a really difficult and dangerous line to go down."

Silencing proponents of unpalatable views was "not the way" the UK has dealt with challenges to liberal values in the past, he added.

"We didn't ban Communism during the Cold War and I think we should be strong and robust enough to argue back," Mr Anderson said.

Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights delivered a scathing verdict on the Government's proposals in the summer.

The cross-party group of MPs and peers said the Government had not yet defined extremism, and warned that its plan could lead to people informing upon law-abiding citizens.
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Why birth tourism from China persists even as U.S. officials crack down
Frank Shyong
Los Angeles Times, 30 December 2016

Even as middle class incomes in China enjoy explosive growth, and 96% of Chinese people in a recent Pew Research poll say their lives are better than their parents', an unknown number of "birth tourists" /.../ cross oceans each year to have their babies in America.

And in America's Chinese enclaves, they find a cottage industry of Chinese midwives, drivers and doctors who accept cash and "maternity hotels" – apartments or homes run as hotels for the women during their pregnancies. ...

Anyone who lies about the purpose of their visit to the U.S. can be charged with visa fraud, but birth tourism per se is not illegal. ...

Critics, however, blast the practice as a way to gain citizenship for children by unfairly gaming the immigration system. And spurred in part by those complaints, U.S. officials at every level are exploring ways to crack down on maternity hotels. ...

In 2015, the State Department issued 2.27 million visas to Chinese tourists. It does not track what proportion of visas are issued to birth tourists. ...

But other federal officials have handled the issue differently, acting on suspicions that the practice involves large-scale visa fraud.
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DMV licensed 800,000 undocumented immigrants under 2-year-old law
Tatiana Sanchez
Mercury News, 30 December 2016

On the day that California officials implemented a controversial law that allows undocumented residents to obtain driver's licenses, DMV offices throughout the state were packed with immigrants looking to take advantage of the opportunity.

Two years after the implementation of AB 60 on Jan. 1, 2015, an estimated 806,000 undocumented residents have received driver's licenses, according to Department of Motor Vehicles statistics this month. ...

California lawmakers have vowed to protect the rights of all immigrants, no matter their legal status.
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Tories have missed chance to quell cosseted mouthpiece of the Left
David Keighley
Conservative Woman, 30 December 2016

The BBC heads into 2017 almost unchanged – and unscathed.

Yet again during a cycle of so-called Charter renewal, the Corporation has repelled all boarders in terms of meaningful reform.

In effect, its partisan position as a political advocate of the liberal Left, facilitated by its self-serving concept of 'due impartiality', has been cemented. ...

The Corporation's defence of uncontrolled immigration and unmodified multiculturalism - and in tandem with this, the systematic re-writing of British history and values to accommodate its visceral hatred of Western values - remains bloody-mindedly resolute.

Evidence of this plethora of bias, before, during and after the June 23 Brexit vote can be found in abundance on the News-watch website, and, of course, on TCW, itself. ...

The year-end balance sheet is that the Corporation still enjoys a guaranteed income, of billions. ...

Politicians (in the Conservative Party especially) should hang their heads in shame about this. Despite their parliamentary majority, they have allowed, in effect, the Corporation to continue to poison national debate, and to rubbish and undermine those with whom it disagrees.
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More migrants will come to UK than entire EU populations if Britain stays in single market, warns think tank
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2016

More migrants will come to Britain than the entire populations of Bulgaria, Latvia and Lithuania combined if the UK stays in the Single Market after Brexit, a think tank has warned.

A new analysis by Migration Watch found that unless free movement is curbed after Brexit more than 12 million people will come to Britain over the next 25 years, putting an ever increasing strain on public services.

It warned that the scope for a "significant reduction" in the level of migration is "extremely limited" if Britain remains a member of the single market and is subject to free movement rules. ...

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: ""This research spells out the very serious consequences for our society of net migration continuing at its present scale with membership of the single market resulting in a relentless increase in our population.

"An increase of anything like 12 million in just 25 years is, quite simply, unacceptable to the British public and certainly not what they voted for in the referendum." ...

The report found that the UK's minimum wage remains three times higher than that of Poland, five times higher than in Romania and six times higher than in Bulgaria.

Migrants will also continue to be attracted to Britain because of the high rates of youth unemployment in southern Europe.
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Number of migrants leaving Germany voluntarily rises in 2016
Erik Kirschbaum
Reuters, 29 December 2016

Nearly 55,000 migrants who were not eligible for or were likely to be denied asylum left Germany voluntarily in 2016, up by 20,000 from the number who left of their own volition in 2015, the government said on Wednesday.

"That's a considerable increase from last year," Interior Ministry spokesman Harald Neymanns told a news conference, saying the 2016 figure had climbed to 54,123 through Dec. 27. "The increase is welcome. It's always preferable when people leave the country voluntarily instead of being deported."

A Finance Ministry spokesman said the government would boost funding slightly to 150 million euros in 2017 to support efforts to encourage people to leave Germany.

Germany has toughened its stance on immigration in recent months, prompted by concerns about security and integration after admitting more than 1.1 million migrants from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere since early 2015. ...

Most of those leaving in 2016 returned to their homes in Albania, Serbia, Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iran, Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said earlier. Those leaving are eligible for one-off support of up to 3,000 euros that is supposed to help support finding employment at home.

Separately, German security officials told Reuters the number of those deported after their asylum requests were rejected rose to almost 23,800 from January to November - up from almost 20,900 in all of 2015.
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Syrian migrant numbers in Germany 'SET TO DOUBLE' following family reunification laws
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 29 December 2016

Germany could soon be home to half a million additional Syrian migrants after a senior government figure warned the country's family reunification laws could place an "extraordinarily great challenge" on local authorities.

Johannes Singhammer, vice president of the Germany's parliament (known as the Bundestag), warned: "The burden of family members' immigration could be higher in the immediate future than the burden of newly arriving Syrian refugees.

"According to my information from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees [BAMF], each recognised Syrian refugee will bring at least one family member."

He claimed this could result in a crisis for German local authorities, adding: "There may not be enough living space, teachers, and educators at some point." ...

Earlier this year, BAMF estimated the rules could bring an extra 500,000 Syrian migrants to Germany.
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Next Pope warns EU to BLOCK migrants as Christians being PUSHED OUT by 'Islamised' Europe
Daily Express, 29 December 2016

The Archbishop tipped to be the next Pope has warned that Christians face being pushed aside by a growing Islamisation of Europe and wants to put a stop to accepting new refugees.

According to 71-year-old Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who is the Archbishop of Vienna, a whole rethinking of the refugee question is needed.

He spoke of an overburden on society.

Shoenborn said: "We have had to learn: This goes beyond our capacities and possibilities."

While in the beginning Schoenborn also used the same infamous words as German Chancellor Angela Merkel "Wir schaffen das" ("We will manage it") when talking about refugees, over time he felt overpowered by the "unbelievable number of refugees" like many others in society. ...

Cardinal Schoenborn had earlier warned before that Muslims wanted to eradicate Christians and conquer Europe. ...

The Cardinal said, according to the Archdiocese of Vienna: "Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at its end."

He asked God to have mercy on Europe and to show mercy to its people, which he said "are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage".
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Denmark has been paying benefits to dozens of Isis fighters
Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Independent, 28 December 2016

Denmark's government is attempting to recover thousands of pounds' worth of benefit money from dozens of people who have fled the country to join Isis in Syria.

At least 34 people who are understood to have left Denmark to join Isis as fighters have continued to receive unemployment benefit, according newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

The newspaper filed a Freedom of Information request to Denmark's employment ministry and found that 34 of the fighters had received the state unemployment benefit known as 'kontanthjælp'. Two people had been recipients of 'dagpenge,' a private unemployment benefit that is heavily subsidised by the state. ...

The Ministry for Employment is demanding repayment from 29 of the Isis fighters and attempting to recover a total of 672,000 Danish Krone (£77,095). The ministry has not indicated why it is not seeking refunds from seven of the individuals. ...

In May last year a total of 32 people were identified by Denmark's Security and Intelligence Service (PET) as having received unemployment benefits while joining the terrorist group.
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Salon swoop: 100 arrested by modern slavery police in crackdown on nail bars that employ illegal immigrant staff
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 28 December 2016

Nearly 100 people have been arrested in a crackdown on illegal foreign workers in nail bars.

Some 97 men and women were seized during a blitz on salons that employ non-EU citizens who do not have permission to be in Britain.

More than a dozen of those rounded up during a series of swoops were suspected of having been trafficked by organised gangs into modern slavery.

A total of 68 businesses were warned that they face fines of up to £20,000 for every illegal worker.

The majority of people arrested were Vietnamese. Others came from Mongolia, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and India.

A spate of recent cases have also shown how Vietnamese gangs use nail bars as a convenient legal 'front' for their activities including prostitution and cannabis cultivation.

Ministers ordered the raids to send a message that the estimated 1.1 million illegal immigrants will be tackled. ...

In the five years to 2013, more than 90 nail salons across England and Wales, owned by people with Vietnamese names, were fined nearly £700,000 for employing illegal immigrants.
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ISIS plot to radicalise migrants ALREADY in Europe to carry out attacks
Charlie Peat
Daily Express, 28 December 2016

Islamic State jihadis are attempting to radicalise and arm migrants who have already entered the European Union in order to carry out horrific terror attacks on the continent, European Union security officials have warned.

EU border chiefs fear they "must be ready" to face a new wave of attacks following a host of devastating atrocities carried out by the demonic death cult in 2016.

Executive director of Frontex, EU border and coast guard agency, Fabrice Leggeri made the chilling warning prior to the deadly attack on the Berlin Christmas market by jihadi Anis Amri, which left 12 dead. ...

It comes after a report by Europol, the police agency for the Brussels bloc, admitted it is "indisputable" that ISIS fighters have entered Europe posing as war-ravaged refugees and they will target Britain.
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North France turns into huge migrant camp as SIX 'mini Jungles' pop up after Calais closes
Cyril Dixon
Daily Express, 28 December 2016

Six new migrant camps have emerged near Calais following the destruction of the notorious "jungle" holding centre.

The new sites are said to be scattered across countryside surrounding the French Channel port. Although they are much smaller than the "jungle", reports say they are attracting dozens of newcomers each week.

The revelation is bound to reignite fears of migrants massing in a bid to cross the Channel into Britain. It also comes a week after the Daily Express revealed that up to 200 former "jungle" residents had returned to the site of the flattened camp.
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Nearly Half of Young Tunisians Considering Move to Europe
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 28 December 2016

More than 45 per cent of young Tunisians want to migrate illegally to Europe according to a new study, and an estimated 35,000 have already done so in the last few years.

Despite the study finding that 75 per cent of young Tunisians are aware of the problems faced by illegal immigrants in Europe, it revealed that 45.2 per cent between the ages of 18 and 34 want to make the journey. Forty-one per cent of respondents said they are aware of Tunisia's laws on the topic of illegal migration, in particular that emigrating illegally is a criminal act. ...

The survey, carried out by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), was conducted with a sample of 1,168 young Tunisians, 53 per cent of whom were men and 47 per cent of whom were women. ...

Of the Tunisians surveyed, 24 per cent said they know smugglers in their neighbourhoods and 15 per cent said they have already been in contact with traffickers.
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What does a good, 21st-century immigration policy look like?
Rowan Williams
News Statesman, 28 December 2016
[A review of two books by Rowan Williams who was archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012]

Reece Jones's practical suggestions are wildly ambitious and somewhat disconnected from anything that looks like political reality, ...

David Miller, in sharp contrast, offers a detailed refutation of the idea that there is a universal and uncontestable "right" to migrate. What he calls "strong cosmopolitanism" – the idea that everyone is endowed with the right to live and work wherever they choose by virtue of their right to have equal access to social and economic goods – is, he claims, unsustainable. The sheer variety of societies and local resources is such that global equality of opportunity is too abstract an idea to have any moral purchase. ...

Miller is generous about refugees but makes a strong case for limiting migrant numbers. It is clear to him that refusing migrants entry on the basis of race is immoral and illegal, but he stoutly denies that capping numbers is inherently unjust. On the contrary, he states (echoing a point made forcefully by Paul Collier in recent years) that a policy of unreserved welcome exacerbates deprivation in a "sending" country, because it steadily strips that nation of professional skills and long-term working commitment: the "brain drain" argument.

He adds a point of his own which is seldom heard – increasing the population of a crowded and high-energy-consuming state such as the UK will potentially intensify the environmental strain on the planet. Miller's overall case is based, as he says, on a "communitarian" vision: societies work when they are able to support collaboration within their own boundaries. ...

This is not only an issue about a brain drain; mass migration produces a weakening of ordinary civic solidarities. ...

In that respect, Miller's is an adult view of political choices: there is a diverse range of responsibilities to be honoured and we shan't manage to do justice to all of them, so let us think hard about them so that we don't let ourselves down too lightly, or simply ignore the seriousness of various factors and arguments. There are areas where many will disagree: some of what he has to say about the cultural impact of diversity needs scrutiny; some of his discussion of what counts as severe infringement of human dignity or liberty may sound rather minimalist. But he contributes more to the discussion of migration as a legal and moral question than nearly any other contemporary writer in English, not least in his careful and fair-minded treatment of those who disagree with him.

Jones, by contrast, is a fierce polemicist who finds almost nothing good to say about the institutions of the state. His nomadic, implicitly anarchistic migrants are curiously rootless and anonymous. It is as if, as in so many capitalist philosophies, people's actual hinterland – familial, cultural, religious, linguistic – were irrelevant to their strictly political identity. He gives no evidence that migrants would accept this nomadic definition of their own identity or goals. ...

Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones is published by Verso (224pp, £16.99)

Strangers in Our Midst: the Political Philosophy of Immigration by David Miller is published by Harvard University Press (240pp, £27.95)
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Fix Immigration. It's What Voters Want.
Tom Cotton
New York Times, 28 December 2016

Donald J. Trump smashed many orthodoxies on his way to victory, but immigration was the defining issue separating him from his primary opponents and Hillary Clinton. President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers.

Yet many powerful industries benefit from such immigration. They're arguing that immigration controls are creating a low-skilled labor shortage. ...

These same industries contend that stricter immigration enforcement will further shrink the pool of workers and raise their wages. They argue that closing our borders to inexpensive foreign labor will force employers to add benefits and improve workplace conditions to attract and keep workers already here.

I have an answer to these charges: Exactly.

Higher wages, better benefits and more security for American workers are features, not bugs, of sound immigration reform. For too long, our immigration policy has skewed toward the interests of the wealthy and powerful: Employers get cheaper labor, and professionals get cheaper personal services like housekeeping. We now need an immigration policy that focuses less on the most powerful and more on everyone else.

It's been a quarter-century since Congress substantially reformed the immigration system. In that time, the population of people who are in this country illegally has nearly tripled, to more than 11 million. We've also accepted one million legal immigrants annually – and a vast majority are unskilled or low-skilled.

Some people contend that low-skilled immigration doesn't depress wages. ...

After all, the law of supply and demand is not magically suspended in the labor market. As immigrant labor has flooded the country, working-class wages have collapsed.
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Voters will have to show passports to combat voter fraud in 'vulnerable' areas with large Muslim populations
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2016

Voters in towns and cities with large Muslim communities where there are concerns about election fraud will have to show their passports or driving licences before casting their ballot.

The Government has announced that voters will have to produce identification to vote to reduce the risk of "endemic corruption" and protect the democratic process.

The voter ID scheme will be trialled in 18 areas which have been identified by police and the Electoral Commission as being "vulnerable" to voting fraud, including Bradford and Birmingham. The pilot schemes will be implemented during local elections in May 2018 before they are rolled out nationwide. ...

The Government is also considering checking people's nationality to prevent immigrants who are not entitled to take part in UK elections from voting. ...

Pilots will also take place in Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Bristol, Burnley, Calderdale, Coventry, Derby, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Luton, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Walsall, and Woking. ...

The move comes after Sir Eric Pickles, a former Conservative Cabinet minister, warned earlier this year that election fraud had been allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of "political correctness". Sir Eric said that the authorities were in a "state of denial" and were "turning a blind eye" to election fraud.
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Changing face of Britain: Immigration 'to fuel 52 per cent of population growth by 2021'
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 27 December 2016

Britain is facing "irreversible cultural disunity" because of a surge in immigration which will account for 52 per cent of all population growth within five years, a leading think-tank warned today.

Experts released analysis projecting that, of the 5.5 million people expected to be added to the UK population between now and 2021, 2.8 million will either be immigrants or babies born to mothers from overseas.

High levels of immigration, which the Bow Group predicted will rise to 724,000 a year at the end of the decade, will boost Britain's population to a staggering 74.3 million by mid-2039.

But only 541,000 babies are expected to be born to UK mothers in 2021, meaning British births will account for just 48.3 per cent population growth that year. ...

The Bow Group, a Conservative supporting think-tank, warned such numbers will have an "extremely significant cultural impact" on the UK and urged the Government to rethink its border policy. ...

The think-tank's report quotes ONS data which shows that, of the 9.7 million increase expected in the UK population by 2039, more than half (51 per cent) will be attributable to net migration alone.

Amazingly the same report concluded that a staggering 83 per cent of population growth between 2001 and 2012 was due to the direct and indirect effects of migration.

And the numbers of people arriving in the UK from overseas rose by an astonishing 91 per cent between 1991 and 2015 - up from just 329,000 a quarter of a century ago to 631,000 last year.

The Bow Group said the Government's insistence on publishing net migration statistics, which deduct the number of expats leaving the country from the level of migrant arrivals, is obscuring the true impact of immigration on Britain.

That is because the biggest contingent of emigrants is made up of British born people - they accounted for 43 per cent in 2014 - meaning that the proportional impact of immigration on the population is understated by net migration figures. ...

The think-tank argues that gross statistics also give the public a more complete picture of the potential future growth of the migrant population, which has a fertility rate of 2.08 children per woman, rather than the UK-born rate of 1.76.

Bow Group chairman, Cllr Ben Harris-Quinney, told "For at least 20 years the UK government, of both major parties, has ignored the huge level of public concern over immigration policy.

"Much of this concern has been over the sheer numbers of people coming into the country, and the extent to which British society can acclimatise to the significant majority of its population growth being from immigration, without losing our distinct sense of nationhood, culture and unity."

He added: "These concerns are not those of fruitcakes, racists and lunatics, but of 77 per cent of the British populace. They are valid concerns, and they relate not just to wage depression and pressure on infrastructure, but also to the scale and pace of the cultural shift that has occurred.

"The cultural impact of that level of immigration to the United Kingdom will be extremely significant, and a government of any colour will not abate public concern over migration until that very real issue is recognised front and centre of their immigration policy."
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Christian worship plummets in Britain as Muslim following rockets by 72 per cent
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 26 December 2016

A Government report has revealed that Christianity is on the wane in Britain dropping to record lows while the number of those following the Muslim faith has rocketed by 72 per cent. ...

The Casey Review published earlier this month shows that Islam is now the largest non-Christian religious population in the UK. ...

The Casey Review report states: ...

"Among faith groups the number of people identifying themselves as Muslim grew most significantly, by 1.2m people.

"This 72 per cent increase is higher than for any other religious group and Muslims make up the largest non-Christian religious population in the UK at 2.8m in total, compared with 0.8m Hindus, 0.4m Sikhs, 0.3m Jews and 0.3m Buddhists."

While the Brierley Consultancy report says: "The UK Church membership has declined from 10.6m in 1930 to 5.5m in 2010, or as a percentage of the population; from about 30 per cent to 11.2 per cent.
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Priti Patel is wrong: mass migration is a sign of rising prosperity, not poverty
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 26 December 2016

Perhaps the worst excuse for Britain's massive international aid budget is that the cash will stem immigration pressures because richer countries emit fewer emmigrants. As economists can tell you reverse is true: emigration is an expensive journey and when the poorest countries become wealthier, more people can afford to make it. ...

Failure to grasp the relationship between wealth and immigration is a mistake politicians make all the time. When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she also claimed that third-world development will somehow mean fewer migrants. In a Daily Telegraph article, she argued that:-

'We must help African countries to develop economic and social opportunities so that people want to stay.'

Give aid, not shelter, runs the argument – and it has been an error that has trapped politicians for years. 'As the benefits of economic growth are spread in Mexico,' Bill Clinton once assured Americans, 'there will be less illegal immigration because more Mexicans will be able to support their children by staying home.' When José Manuel Barroso led the European Commission, he made the same argument, saying that third world development would tackle the 'root causes' of migration. ...

When a poor country starts to become richer, its emigration rate soars – until it's a middle-income country, like Albania. Only then does extra wealth mean less migration. ...

... Let's consider our own recent history. In 1948, the UK government passed the British Nationality Act allowing all 600 million of Commonwealth subjects to live and work in Britain. ...

Indeed, hardly anyone took up this offer; even during the partition of India, which claimed a million souls and displaced ten times as many, there was no clamour to seek refuge here. The Indians and Pakistanis were far, far poorer than they are today – but that's the point. They were so poor that not many could afford to come to Britain, not many had means of finding out that a better life was available. ...

In 1951, the UK signed the UN Refugee Covention saying that we'd shelter anyone – anyone! – with a well-founded fear of persecution. Such offers were easy to make, then, because no one really had been showing up: the famous influxes were tiny by today's standards: 50,000 Hugenots, for example. After the war we offered 200,000 Poles the right to live in Britain, rather than face the Soviets: about 162,000 did /.../ – a fraction of today's Polish population. Even in the early 1990s, immigrants were arriving at about 150 a day.

Now, it's 1,500 a day. Globalisation has kicked in, global poverty has halved over 25 years. The poor world is becoming richer, so people are on the move. War acts as a catalyst; far more of those affected by violence have the means and inclination to flee. But globally, there is less war and less poverty than at any time in our history. The Great Migration should be understood as the flip side of the greatest triumph of our age: the collapse in global poverty.

Study after study shows this to be the case. ...

In other words, the Great Migration will be with us for decades to come.
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Czech president links Europe attacks to migration wave
Belfast Telegraph, 26 December 2016

The Czech president has linked recent attacks in Europe to the continuing influx of migrants escaping war-torn, poverty-stricken countries.

Milos Zeman told Czechs in his annual Christmas speech on Monday that "today almost no-one doubts the connection between the migration wave and terrorist attacks". ...

Mr Zeman said he has nothing against helping migrants "on their territory, or on neighbouring territories", or helping Italy and Greece, but "placing Muslim, hardly compatible migrants on our territory would mean creating a breeding ground for potential terrorist attacks".
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Berlin attack: Europe's open borders are putting Britain's security at risk, former police chief warns
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2016

Europe's open borders are putting Britain's security at risk, former police chiefs have warned after it emerged that the terrorist behind the Berlin Christmas market attack travelled unhindered through three countries before being killed in Italy.

Anis Amri, the most wanted man in Europe, travelled from Berlin to the French Alps and then onto Italy without being stopped at any point on his 1,000 mile journey.

It was only after a chance encounter outside a suburban station at 3am that he was shot dead by a rookie Italian police officer who recognised him.

Counter-terrorism experts and Tory MPs on Friday warned that the Schengen Area, which enables passport-free travel across the European Union, is being "routinely exploited by Isil".

Richard Walton, a former head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, told The Telegraph: "Schengen poses a huge risk of terrorism, porous borders across mainland Europe are continuing to be exploited by Isil.

"They have a clear strategy and have set out to carry out attacks across mainland Europe. Europe's weakness is our weakness, it is a concern for us because if you're neighbours are insecure by definition.

"We need European countries to get their act together. Sooner or later they are going to get across the Channel." ...

There were mounting concerns that Amri was returning to his jihadi handlers in Italy, where he is believed to have been radicalised. He entered the country illegally in 2011. ...

Amri, 24, claimed asylum in Italy in 2011 after fleeing Tunisia following a violent robbery. He pretended to be a child migrant, even though he was 19, but then rioted inside his detention centre. He was jailed for four years but released after serving just two.

Italy was unable to deport him because Tunisia did not want to take him back and Amri fled Italy via the Alps for Germany.
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How 2017 will see a civil war for the soul of Labour over immigration
Peter Oborne
Daily Mail, 24 December 2016

The truth is mass immigration has not only driven down wages, but has created unemployment blackspots in our former industrial heartlands.

And Labour's deliberate, yet secretive, policy of mass immigration is one of the main reasons that Copeland, even though it contains far fewer migrants than many northern constituencies, voted by a large majority to leave the EU in June's referendum.

It is also why so many traditional Labour voters have deserted the party in recent elections – many of them to Ukip.

As a result, Labour is at a crucial crossroads.

It can either allow itself to wither in the north of England in the same way it has in Scotland. Or it can seize the moment and try to regain its position as the champion of Britain's working classes. Faced with such a stark choice, I am convinced that it will take the second path. And central to this will be a dramatic change of direction, with Labour switching from being a party that supports mass immigration to one that backs sensible border controls.

Indeed, I predict that this will be the most important political story of 2017. ...

The stakes are huge. Labour will not be able to survive as a mass party if it continues to turn its back on its long-established supporters. ...

It is, of course, deeply ironic that controlled immigration has become the battle cry of the anti-Corbyn faction within Labour. Yvette Cooper, Ed Balls and Andy Burnham were all senior members of the Blair and Brown governments which pushed through a mass immigration policy.
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Anis Amri's unchecked passage across Europe is nothing short of a scandal
Nicholas Farrell
Spectator blog, 24 December 2016

That the Tunisian terrorist who slaughtered 12 people in Berlin on Monday was even in Europe, let alone able to move about Europe with ease, is a scandal. It shows that the policy of the European Union and its member nations on the migrant crisis is a complete and dangerous failure. The collective refusal of the European liberal elite to face up to this fact promises further disaster.

Anis Amri, 24, had no legal let alone moral right to be in Europe, and yet he had been here since 2011 when he arrived in a migrant boat on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. ...

Even this week, once Amri had become the most wanted man in Europe, he was able to travel back from Berlin – it is still unclear how, or by which route – to Chambery in France, according to police (despite France being a country supposedly in a state of emergency) and from there by train to Turin in Italy; and then to Sesto San Giovanni, on the outskirts of Milan. ...

This year, 180,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea, which is a new record. Packed into unseaworthy open boats, these people knew that they would be picked up by vessels whose mission is to ferry them to Italy and other European countries – and hence into the EU. Such a policy is madness. It would be cheaper to provide a regular free charter flight service. And – as everyone knows – it is also based on a lie: we are ferrying these migrants into the EU – so the argument goes – to save their lives and to send back all except genuine refugees which, certainly in the case of Italy, means the overwhelming majority as nearly all are from sub-Saharan Africa. But hardly any of them – as everyone also knows – ever do get sent back.

Last year, 153,000 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Italian courts issued 30,000 migrant expulsion orders, but only half that number were actually enforced. Of those who stay, few claim asylum in Italy. The rest? They disappear. Many head north, as Amri did, to countries such as Germany, or Britain, where there is more work and more welfare. Amri was not merely a false refugee but also a fugitive from justice. He did a runner from Tunisia during the Arab Spring to escape jail for a string of crimes. ...

The failure by both the EU and successive Italian governments to stop the flood of boat people into Italy is causing Italians to become ever more hostile to all three.
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Labour rebels told to 'isolate' themselves from Jeremy Corbyn if they want to save their seats
Ben Riley-Smith
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2016

Labour rebels have been told to "isolate" themselves from Jeremy Corbyn and take their own positions on immigration if they want to save their seats, ...

More than 20 moderate MPs including former shadow cabinet ministers have been secretly briefed on a new "lifeboat" strategy to save themselves from Corbyn's "sinking ship". ...

The advice was contained in a 16-page briefing document from James Morris, Ed Miliband's former top pollster, which has been circulated to moderate Labour MPs this month.

The document – seen by this newspaper – reveals how toxic Mr Corbyn's Labour Party has become with the public and advises MPs to become more independent to save their seats. ...

Sitting Labour MPs under threat from Ukip are warned not to suggest that free movement of EU immigrants could continue after Brexit in return for lower tariff barriers.
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White Britons Least Likely To Socialise With People From Different Racial Backgrounds
The Huffington Post, 23 December 2016

White Britons are the least likely of all ethnic groups to socialise with other races, a new survey has revealed.

The study by the social integration charity, The Challenge, has found that segregation is getting worse and that fewer people across all races are mixing together outside work than even two years ago.

The research in the latest British Integration Survey shows that black Britons socialise with each other nearly eight times as much as the researchers expected given the ethnic mix of where they live.

Asian Britons socialise with other Asian Britons more than 5 times as much as the researchers expected given the ethnic mix of where they live.

Those categorised as in socio-economic groups A and B - those in professional occupations - are more likely to socialise with different ethnic groups to their own than those in unskilled or manual labour jobs.

The research, conducted by IpsosMORI and which makes a comparison to a similar study from 2014, follows Dame Louise Casey's recent report on growing segregation in cities across the UK.

But it appears to underline criticism of the Casey review by Professor Eric Kaufman, who said that "white British avoidance" is a "principal driver" of segregation, a factor covered only "lightly" by her report.

A key finding of the British Integration Survey is that white Britons are the least likely ethnic group to take the opportunity to mix socially with those from a different ethnic background to themselves, when compared to the demographics of where they live.

The researchers found white people take up just 38% of the opportunities to socialise with those from a different ethnicity to their own, given the demographics of where they live, and that this percentage has dropped from 40% in 2014.

The survey also shows that black Britons take up just 42% of the opportunities open to them to mix socially with a different ethnicity to themselves given the demographics of where they live. This has fallen sharply from 2014, when the figure was 52%.

Asian Britons only take up 41% of the opportunities open to them to mix socially with a different ethnicity. ...

The study found that racial segregation appeared to be worse in areas with the highest proportion of minority ethnic communities.
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If the left doesn't seek to control immigration it will be ignored
John Denham
New Statesman, 23 December 2016
[John Denham was a Labour MP and is Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics at Winchester University]

All populists claim to speak for the people who are being ignored. Labour's battle lines on immigration were re-drawn again this week, but with too little thought about minimising the populist appeal.

Hilary Benn and Andy Burnham both insist on curbing free movement. As Yvette Cooper takes her Select Committee out on tour, she won't be expecting to hear many calls for open borders. But sensible and realistic though this may be, it won't be enough to convince voters Labour has listened. Their worries are not just about numbers, but very fundamental questions of values and what is meant by fairness.

Most people who worry about immigration don't see themselves as racist, even if that's how Labour's leadership sees them. But many do see the issues as the rights of one group over another. The worry is that newcomers unfairly pre-empt existing rights and the established order, particularly when it is believed that migrants enjoy greater rights than the settled.

... Unless the left can turn this around, promising controls on migration - however necessary -won't reduce the appeal of the populist right.

White people rarely if ever face discrimination because of their skin colour. But listen more carefully and we can hear the drip drip of issues that make poorer white communities feel they are at the bottom. /.../ And, as Rachel Burgin wrote recently: "The current diversity narrative lacks reciprocity. Diverse means African, Indian, Japanese, Middle Eastern. But it doesn't mean Cumbrian." ...

If the left doesn't engage with ways of controlling immigration it will be ignored. But unless it also engages the underlying arguments about fairness the door will still be open to the populists. ...

Much anger stems from being shut out of the discussion, not from the belief that the answers are simple. ...

A constructive national and local debate would address four related themes. In one part it should be rebuilding a contributory approach to welfare, so that paying in over time does bring enhanced rights. In a second, if the UK does re-gain some control over immigration policy it would deliver a transparent and staged process through which new migrants earned full access to the welfare system in turn for contribution. The third part would thrash out the common minimum standards that civilised, humane, proud country wants to guarantee to every single person here. And finally, it could change the way public policy is delivered. Top of this list means regular publication of national and local population projections, showing how growing need would be met and managed. If high speed rail and airports can be planned 30 years ahead, schools and housing can be too.

If we were brave enough to take on this debate, few people would feel they weren't being listened to. No principled ground would be conceded by the constructive left but the populists would be denied their audience.
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Islamofascism and appeasement are the biggest dangers facing the West
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 23 December 2016

... 'Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism', by François Fillon, the centre-right candidate in France's presidential election. ...

It's a fight on two fronts, explains Fillon, against the Islamists themselves, and against the left, whom he damns for their 'imbecilic sophism', adding that they are 'ideologically blind' and suffering from a 'paranoia of Islamophobics'. He makes no apology for drawing parallels between Nazism and Islamic extremism and vows to extinguish the 'Spirit of Munich' that he says permeates much of left-wing ideology. 'Because let there be no mistake', he writes, 'these are the same people who bleated for pacifism and collective security in the 1930s when Hitler began re-arming a Germany still weak. These are the same people who cowardly celebrated the sinister Munich Agreement and claimed that peace had been saved'.

Fillon writes also that the time for accepting the unacceptable is over. After each new outrage, 'we go through the same sadly familiar and repetitive scenario with the president and the politicians lighting candles to commemorate the massacre and observing the rituals of compassion'. ...; incomprehensible were the words of a German journalist who tweeted that the best response to the massacre was 'patience, empathy and humanity'.

Patience for what? Until it's our turn to be shot, knifed, blown up or run over by the Islamists? Speaking days after the attack in Nice last July that left 86 people dead, the then Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, said:

'I need to tell the truth to the French: Terrorism will be part of everyday life for a long time.'

That statement confirmed to the French that their government prioritised political correctness above their protection. Terrorism need not be a part of everyday life if Europe controls its borders, outlaws Salafism, expels hate preachers, deports illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers, imprisons all returning IS fighters and, above all, stops tolerating the intolerance of Islamic extremism, whose objective regarding Europe is conquest not cohabitation. ...

... Islamofascism is the clear and present danger. In the past two years its foot soldiers have killed 250 people in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, and Copenhagen. While its ideological warriors have made big advances, under a creeping barrage of 'Islamophobia', against democratic free speech so that now only the bravest dare stick their head above the parapet of political correctness. ...

This age of appeasement must come to an end, and François Fillon in 2017 has the opportunity to redefine Europe's attitude towards Islamism. 'Fatalism is no way to fight fanaticism', he writes in his book, adding that a more forceful approach is urgently required to prevent a third world war.
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The predictable Muslim 'good news stories' have arrived
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 23 December 2016

The self-proclaimed anti-hate group 'Hope Not Hate' is appealing for funds to sue Farage for comments he made about the group. I will have more to say about this group in due course. But in the meantime it is worth mentioning that last year the Jewish Chronicle described this group's work as, 'not merely shoddy', but 'dangerous'. The Jewish Chronicle went on to describe the group's 'targeting' of Jewish commentators as 'deeply disturbing.' It concluded that 'Hope Not Hate is now, it seems, engaged itself in the politics of hatred.' ...

Various papers who made the mistake of trusting 'Hope Not Hate' have now had to un-publish their stories or print corrections. Perhaps they won't trust the group again.
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Is Kosovo a breeding ground for Islamists?
Adelheid Feilcke
Deutsche Welle, 23 December 2016

Almost 2 million people live in Kosovo. Since 2012, 316 people - including women and children - have left the country to join the so-called "Islamic State" terrorist militia. Of those 316 people, 58 have been killed and 117 have returned to Kosovo, said Baki Kelani, spokesman for Kosovo's ministry of the interior. According to Kelani, 237 people are being investigated for planning and taking part in terrorist attacks outside Kosovo and also for recruiting, supporting and funding terrorists. Since 2013, 127 of the suspects have been arrested, including an alleged ringleader.

There is no doubt that radical Islam is a growing problem in the predominately-Muslim Balkan country, especially because Kosovar authorities have little control of the situation despite international support. ...

According to figures from security experts, 50,000 Kosovars are now members of conservative Islamic groups. The vast majority of the population is Muslim: Albanians, Roma, Turks and Bosniaks. ...

In the summer of 2016, the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED) published a study about the influence of religion on Kosovar identity. According to Lulzim Peci, author of the study, 57 percent of Muslim Albanians feel Albanian and 32 percent defined themselves as Muslims first and then as Albanians. ...

The Islamization of Albanians gradually began after the end of the Kosovo War. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Islamic nations invested massively in the reconstruction of the country and the building of mosques. They sent preachers to Kosovo and helped the needy.

Today, there are 742 mosques in Kosovo, along with other Muslim buildings, such as Quran schools. But with the money and the preachers came a different kind of Islam, previously unknown in the country. ...

... Germany has close ties to Kosovo because of the 400,000 Kosovar immigrants in Germany.
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'This was VANITY!' Ex-Cameron aide SAVAGES 'irresponsible' Merkel for open-border legacy
Oli Smith
Daily Express, 22 December 2016

A former aide to David Cameron has ripped into Angela Merkel's disastrous open-door migrant policy as a selfish "personal vanity" project which has put the West in peril.

Steve Hilton, who worked at No 10 while Mr Cameron was Prime Minister, launched an extraordinary attack on Angela Merkel following the Berlin terror attack.

The Brexit campaigner said the German chancellor's open-door policy was "incredibly irresponsible" for the whole world.

Mrs Merkel welcomed millions of migrants to Germany from the Middle East during the migrant crisis. ...

Mr Hilton told Fox News Mrs Merkel opened up Germany's borders in order to boost her own image and legacy as a compassionate leader, instead of protecting her own country.

He added that this short-sighted and selfish ploy had completely backfired, with a spate of terror attacks and an EU in utter meltdown.

"People said Merkel's response to refugee was generosity," the former Conservative strategist said.

"Merkel was not being generous. She was being vain. The reason she did this was personal vanity.

"She wanted to be seen as a great compassionate leader atoning for Germany's past sins. It was all for her own legacy.

"It was incredibly irresponsible not just for Germany but for Europe and for the world."
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Immigration appeal delays 'shocking' as backlog reaches 63,000
John Hyde
The Law Society Gazette, 22 December 2016

MPs have said the immigration appeals system is on the verge of a crisis as delays continue to plague the process. Hackney South MP Meg Hillier has told the Gazette that the number of people reporting problems with the immigration appeals process has reached record levels. ...

The Gazette reported in October that immigration appeal hearings were being put back by up to nine months and that HM Courts and Tribunals Service had drawn up a list of 'priority' cases to ensure the most urgent issues were dealt with.

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice earlier this month reveal the caseload in the First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber was 62,900 at the end of September – an increase of 20% compared to the same time in 2015.

The tribunal disposed of 18,000 appeals from July to September this year – down 13% on the same period in 2015.

The mean age of a case at disposal in the FTTIAC was 48 weeks in the third quarter of 2016 – 15 weeks longer than last year.

Hillier, who is chair of the commons Public Accounts Committee, said she was sympathetic to the complexities of the immigration appeals system but the current state of the system was 'shocking'. ...

The government says the increase in average time taken for cases to be cleared is due to an increased proportion of more complex cases which require more court time.
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'White power' is to BLAME for rise of Islamist attacks, Sweden's new anti-terror boss says
Daily Express, 22 December 2016

The "white power movement" is to blame for the rise in Islamist terror operations, according to Sweden's newly appointed anti-terror tsar.

Anna Carlstedt, 45, went on Swedish Radio merely hours after being appointed as the co-ordinator against violent extremism at the Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

Responding to a question about why she thought the country had the most jihadists per capita travelling to the Middle East to fight with the terrorist cause, she replied: "I think there are several different types of hotbeds of extremism. What we see is that there is an interaction between them.

"It is true that Islamic extremism is growing, but this also results from the extreme right-wing white power movement." ...

Ms Carlstedt has also come under fire as the former President of the Swedish Red Cross had no experience in the field of terrorism or extremism before her appointment.
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Theresa May gets into spat with Labour's Yvette Cooper as she pledges again to slash net migration after Brexit
Alain Tolhurst and Natasha Clark
The Sun, 21 December 2016

Theresa May got into a heated spat with Labour MP Yvette Cooper today as the PM gave evidence on her plans for Brexit. ...

In a tense exchange with Ms Cooper, who is the chair of the influential Home Affairs select committee, the PM refused to answer when she would release new Government plans for controlling migration. ...

"As you will know... looking at immigration numbers is not an exact science," she went on. "You can't look at it in the way you are suggesting we look at it." ...

Mrs May also used her appearance to once again pledged to slash the numbers of EU migrants coming to the UK after Brexit, promising to get the numbers down to the tens of thousands.

"This Government will retain its aim of bringing net migration down... we believe the sustainable levels are in the tens of thousands," she said today.

"The vote [showed] people wanted us to have control on immigration from people coming from the EU."

She also praised officials for shutting down 900 bogus colleges in the UK which were using the schools as a way to get people into the country "through the back door".

Mrs May dismissed calls for international students to be taken out of the targets, and said that they were included to meet an international definition of migration.
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'We need to know who is coming in!' British diplomat demands EU security shake up
Oli Smith
Daily Express, 21 December 2016

Julian King insisted that Europe needed to know more about the people coming in from outside the EU in the face of terrorist attacks.

Sir Julian, who heads up the Brussels' bloc security commission, has promised to shake up Europe's lax borders and take back control.

As EU Commissioner for Security, he has pledged to make Europe more secure, if countries manage to work together. ...

Speaking to France24, the EU security chief said: "In order to know more about who is coming in and out of Europe, we've reinforced controls at our borders.

"We have also launched this pre-clearance system, like the US, for people from third countries who don't have a visa. It'll cost you five euros to get into the EU.

"We're doing it so that we know a little more about those people coming in from outside the EU, and that seems like a good idea to me.

"We face challenges from the terrorist threat, from those who aim to do us harm. That's what we'll focus on." ...

He also highlighted the fact that there are more than 80 million illegal firearms flowing across borders in Europe as a major concern for terrorism.
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Terror expert SLAPS DOWN Merkel for 'importing jihadis' during migrant crisis
Oli Smith
Daily Express, 21 December 2016

A terror expert condemned German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "inviting" jihadis into Europe following last night's Christmas market horror in Berlin. ...

Angela Merkel herself has admitted the government "assumed" they were dealing with a terror attack. ...

And a US counterterrorism expert today said the German Chancellor only has her own policies to blame for the horrific attack.

Jim Hanson said Mrs Merkel has been "importing jihadists in massive numbers".

In an appearance on Fox News, he said Germany was at higher risk of terror because of the Chancellor's decision to accept waves of migrants from Africa and the Middle East.

During the refugee crisis last year, Germany became the beacon for millions of migrants travelling across Europe. ...

However, Mr Hanson said the German government was now paying the price for their open borders. ...

The terror expert added that it was extremely dangerous to bring in people from hotbeds of extremism, especially when there was no way to properly vet those arriving.
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MERKEL'S GERMANY: Senior Taliban leader flew into Frankfurt to 'claim asylum' with family
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 21 December 2016

An Afghan migrant who arrived in Germany to claim asylum with his family has been revealed to be a senior member of the Taliban, police have discovered.

The man flew into Frankfurt Airport from Raid, the capital of Saudi Arabia, but was stopped at customs as officials believed he was travelling on a fake passport.

When federal police realised he wasn't who he claimed to be, the man then apply for asylum for himself and his family.

However after a through police investigation, the man was revealed to be Abdul Rauf Mohammed, Afghanistan's health minister during the Taliban rule in the 1990s. ...

After the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) rejected his German application, Mohammed was returned to Riyadh, and he was reportedly since travelled back to Afghanistan.

German officials declined to comment on the case, saying Taliban members had the same right to privacy as everybody else.
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Hope Not Hate's Own Spin Doctor Admitted Their Tactics Are 'Dirty, Underhand, Low down, Unscrupulous'
Raheem Kassam
Breitbart, 21 December 2016

A former Hope Not Hate communications adviser has admitted the group trying to take Nigel Farage to court uses "dirty, underhand, low down, unscrupulous" tactics in their efforts to crush political opponents.

Writing for the Labour Uncut website in 2011, paid Hope Not Hate activist turned Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges admitted to how the group operates.

"I started working with Hope not Hate on the media campaign for the 2009 Euro elections," he writes, before going on to describe how his organisation went toe-to-toe with the socialistic British National Party (BNP):

"It was no-holds-barred, bare knuckle, PR. We used every dirty, underhand, low down, unscrupulous trick in the book. Then when the book had been used up, we tore it to shreds, set it on fire, and stuffed it down Nick Griffin's underpants"

This approach taken towards a racist, ethno-centric party like the BNP could be legitimised. But questions can be asked as to whether or not the George Soros-funded group – which found itself without raison d'etre following the BNP's collapse – should be applying the same tactics to the UK Independence Party.

Indeed the group asked the question of itself just three years ago as it faced irrelevance. ...

The author of the article accompanying the question, director Nick Lowles, even admitted at the time: "I really don't know what we should do. As an anti-fascist, UKIP is outside my remit".
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European meltdown threatens Jews
Isi Leibler
Jerusalem Post, 21 December 2016

Diaspora Jewish communities are suffering severe trauma as they experience erosion of the acceptance and security they enjoyed over the past half century. Whether it be in Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Melbourne or any city with a Jewish community, antisemitism expressed as feverish hatred of the Jewish state – incubated over the past decade by a witches' brew of Muslim, far-left and traditional antisemitism – is again transforming many Jews into pariahs.

However, the epicenter is undoubtedly Europe, where the situation has been aggravated over the past year as a consequence of the immigration of huge numbers of migrants from Syria and North Africa, enabled by the open-door policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Many are not refugees but able-bodied young Muslims seeking to improve their standard of living and they include supporters and, in some cases, activists of global jihad. They are dramatically destabilizing the social cohesion and security of countries harboring them. ...

Setting aside the 1,750 European jihadists who, according to an EU report, have returned from Syria with orders to engage in terrorism in their own countries, the aggressive demands, violence and criminal activities of the "refugees" have already impacted every community in which they reside. Regrettably, in a futile effort to minimize tensions, governments and the media understate and even cover up the extent of their damage to the social fabric.

With the indigenous population shrinking and the Muslim birthrate alarmingly high, unless the flow of migrants is stemmed, there is every possibility that by the end of the century the foundations of European civilization will be destroyed. ...

It is the Jews who are the primary targets for terrorists and proportionately suffer the greatest number of casualties.

Yet, ironically, many liberal Jews are at the forefront of campaigns to open the door to wide-spread immigration of Muslim "refugees" and even make ridiculous bleeding-heart analogies to the plight of Jews during the Holocaust.

In so doing, they are facilitating the entry into their communities of hordes of embittered antisemites who have been brought up to consider Jews as the "offspring of apes and pigs."

They also enrage many of their neighbors who loathe these "refugees" and fear that this flood of immigration will destroy their way of life. Many Europeans are not merely outraged by the accelerating crime levels but deeply resent the government censorship imposed in the futile efforts to avert Islamist violence by acts of appeasement. ...

Moreover, Muslims have far greater power in numbers, which will enable them to intensify their antisemitism with their leftist allies. The situation for Jews is therefore likely to deteriorate.
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Berlin Christmas Market Was Target of Terrorist Attack, Angela Merkel Says
Alison Smale and Joanna Berendt
New York Times, 20 December 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said that the Berlin Christmas market where 12 people died Monday night was the target of a terrorist attack, and that the authorities were investigating whether it was perpetrated by a migrant or refugee.

"We must assume at the current time that it was a terrorist attack," Ms. Merkel said on Tuesday. "I know that it would be particularly difficult for all of us to bear if it would be confirmed that this deed was carried out by a person who sought protection and asylum in Germany."

Ms. Merkel, dressed in black, made a brief appearance before reporters, saying that she was "horrified, shaken and deeply sad."

It will be punished "as severely as our laws demand," Ms. Merkel said, clearly conscious that her policy of admitting refugees by the hundreds of thousands is likely to come under scrutiny even from allies, and heavy criticism from the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany party.
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The terrorist attack on Berlin's Christmas market ended my leftie fantasy about Germany
Philip Maughan
Independent, 20 December 2016

Since Britain voted to leave the EU in June and the US elected Donald Trump to be its 45th president, I have been pompously reminding people in Berlin that we are living on an island, part of an archipelago of liberal values around which the sea is rising fast. As the news spread over Monday night – 12 people are now known to have died and 48 were injured after a 32-tonne goods lorry careered off the road and ploughed into a busy Christmas market – I tried to answer texts and worried phone calls, some of which quite honestly seemed a little OTT, until I discovered that one of my friends was unaccounted for and started doing exactly the same thing.

I was in shock. I felt a sickening panic not so much from my proximity to such a violent and upsetting loss of life, but because it meant accepting I'd been wrong. It meant the end of a kind of leftie fantasy: of safety, of special status, of an island sanctuary from the nastiness growing so rapidly elsewhere. ...

Berliners famously relish their freedom but the city's significance extends far beyond those who call the German capital home. /.../ It has been exemplary in welcoming refugees from war. Most people I know here have been involved somehow in making provisions, whether by teaching, cooking, or helping people settle, for those arriving from the Middle East – a distinction with Britain that is now being castigated but in fact encouraged my decision to move out here.
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A New Guidebook Aims to Inform Refugees About Europe
Olivier Laurent
Time, 20 December 2016

Thousands of refugees have come to Europe in recent months and years, escaping war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, each with his or her own story. Safi's is one such story published in Europa, a new book developed by Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak with the help of various organizations such as Cortona on the Move and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the leadership of Jessica Murray and the Al-liquindoi organization. Europa isn't a photobook; it's an "illustrated introduction to Europe for migrants and refugees" written in four languages – French, English, Farsi and Arabic and available at no charge to NGOs, refugees and migrants. The book brings together facts about Europe's history, especially its migratory past, with current information about how European countries welcome refugees and migrants. ...

... That's when the book's authors pivoted to a historical and sociological guide to Europe, says Alia Malek, the book's content editor. With the new focus, they could use archive images from Magnum's members alongside photographs shot during the current migration crisis. The targeted audience: migrants and Europeans alike.
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Impress Regulators Seek to Financially Ruin Three Papers
Media Guido, 19 December 2016

The second instalment of MediaGuido's Impress File reveals attempts by the state-endorsed press regulator to financially ruin three newspapers. Several senior figures at Impress support the so-called Stop Funding Hate (SFH) campaign to boycott advertising in the popular press. SFH's stated aim is to "take on the divisive hate campaigns of the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express by persuading advertisers to pull their support". It wants to prevent newspapers from "making money by publishing these headlines". SFH is bullying advertisers to censor or bankrupt the three centre-right newspapers read by millions of Britons.

Impress CEO Jonathan Heawood is a vocal supporter and campaigner on behalf of SFH. He has promoted social media posts from SFH aggressively targeting Boots and HSBC into removing ads from MailOnline. ...

... Impress actively campaigns to bankrupt three newspapers – how can it possibly be a fair and balanced regulator of the press?

... SFH is an cabal of so-called 'liberals' trying to shut down the right-of-centre popular press. This raises serious questions for the government: how can Impress possibly be a fair and even-handed regulator when key figures within Impress are campaigning to ruin several newspapers? Regulators would not be allowed to behave in this way in any other industry...
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MAPPED: The new migrant route police fear has seen HUNDREDS sneak into UK
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 19 December 2016

Hundreds of illegal migrants have sneaked into Britain on a sparsely monitored route, police claim after snaring a human trafficking gang.

The route has come under the spotlight after two human traffickers were jailed for trafficking migrants into Britain via the northern port of Ouistreham.

Police believe they could have helped hundreds of illegal immigrants enter the UK.

The traffickers, aged 26 and from Iraq and Iran, would pick up migrants from camps in Calais and Dunkirk, then drive them to Ouistreham, 250 miles (400km) from Calais, then helping them gain access to lorries bound for Portsmouth.

François Coudert, the local prosecutor, said: "Ouistreham port is the new gateway into the UK." ...

The two men, who were both migrants themselves, have been jailed for four years and banned from French territory, officials said.
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Christian schools are 'being picked on by Ofsted after Trojan Horse scandal', headteacher claims
Lydia Willgress
Daily Telegraph, 19 December 2016

Christian schools are being picked on by Ofsted for failing to promote British values so the regulator can prove it is "even-handed" after the Trojan Horse scandal, a headteacher has claimed.

Nine out of 10 schools linked to the Christian Education Europe network were deemed inadequate or said to be requiring improvement in their latest visit by the regulator in October, despite most receiving positive feedback previously. ...

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said those that were not "following the political ideology of Ofsted are now liable to be punished". ...

Ofsted added that it was "perfectly legitimate for schools to hold firm to a particular set of values and beliefs".

"However, they also have a responsibility to prepare pupils for life in multifaith Britain and are expected to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which teaches respect and tolerance towards those from cultures and faiths that may not be represented within the school," it said.
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1.2 MILLION migrants arrived in Germany in two years: just 34,000 or 2.8% have found a job
Allan Hall
Daily Express, 19 December 2016

Only 34,000 refugees out of 1.2 million who have arrived in Germany over the past two years have managed to get a job.

The government's Institute for Labour Research (IAB) also said that of the employed, nearly a quarter are on temporary contracts.

The numbers apply to refugees mostly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

"If we manage to get 50 percent of them into work which pays for their lives in five years, that'd certainly be a success," said Joachim Möller, director of the IAB. ...

This means the burden of feeding, housing and caring for them will continue to soar into the billions and fall upon the German taxpayer. ...

Mr Möller believes that the full impact of the refugee influx will only be properly gauged in five or six years time.

"It probably won't lead to us making money, but diversity can have positive effects," he added.
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Top German minister calls for benefits paid to migrant parents to be slashed
Rebecca Flood
Sunday Express, 18 December 2016

A top German minister has demanded benefits intended for children of EU migrants be slashed in the bizarre policy which sees cash doled out even if the kids do not live in the country.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, has called for the government to change its policy regarding handouts for parents.

All migrants from the EU in Germany receive a stipend for their children - even if their children live abroad.

Germany's official government website details that from January 1 2017 parents or carers will receive €192 (£160) for their first child, plus an extra €198 (£198) for their second and third child, and a staggering €223 (£186) for a fourth child and any more.

And even those who do not work are entitled to the benefit, paid out each month and up until the child's 18th birthday, or 25th if they are in education, training or doing an internship.

Mr Gabriel, from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), called for the gravy train to stop, claiming it is susceptible to abuse.

He said that for the children of EU migrants, the allowance should be paid "at the level of the home country." ...

Last year the Federal Agency for Labour estimated 120,000 families of migrants whose children lived abroad - and who did not have German citizenship - were being paid the allowance.
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EU Accuses MSF, Major Charities of Working with Criminal Gangs to Import Migrants
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 December 2016

The European Union's (EU) border agency Frontex has accused major charities of colluding with criminal gangs to bring migrants into Europe.

Frontex put its concerns about charities working in the Mediterranean in a confidential report written last month, and seen by the Financial Times. The document said migrants had been given "clear indications before departure on the precise direction to be followed in order to reach the NGOs' boats."

Frontex was more explicit in its concern over non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the Mediterranean in another report last week, which stated: "First reported case where the criminal networks were smuggling migrants directly on an NGO vessel."

The border agency also said migrants rescued by charities' boats often refused to cooperate with debriefing experts, with some claiming "that they were warned [by NGOs] not to co-operate with Italian law enforcement or Frontex".

Frontex figures show the number of rescues triggered by a distress signal fell from around two-thirds of all incidents in the summer to barely even one in 10 in October.

This shift coincided with a massive increase in NGO activity in the central Mediterranean, with so-called charities accounting for 40 per cent of rescues in October compared with just five per cent at the start of this year. ...

MSF "humanitarian adviser" Aurelie Ponthieu slammed the EU for even looking into the issue, saying: "It is not about whether there is collusion between NGOs and smugglers: the issue is why so many people die, which is what Frontex should be focusing on.

"They should be looking at their own actions," she added.

The pro-mass migration Daily Beast spoke to a rescue worker with one of the charities operating in the Mediterranean, who admitted that most aid agencies actually have contacts on the ground in North Africa who tell them when vessels are sent out to sea.

"That's hardly colluding", the source said of the act, adding: "What it does is give us a heads-up so we can try to save people." ...

In September, the head of Austria's anti-human trafficking force warned that much of the profit of people smugglers in the Middle East and North Africa goes to Islamic State, and is now the terror group's primary source of funding.
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Andy Burnham: Labour wrong to put single market ahead of immigration
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 17 December 2016

Andy Burnham, Labour's candidate to become the mayor of Greater Manchester, has accused his party of getting its priorities over Brexit wrong by placing single market access at the top of the list ahead of controlling immigration.

The former shadow home secretary suggested the referendum result was not about putting the economy first, as the party leader, Jeremy Corybn, and a string of senior Labour colleagues have suggested, but instead a clear vote in favour of ending free movement across Europe.

Writing in the Guardian, Burnham said Labour's "collective failure" to tackle concerns over jobs, wages, housing and schools linked to migration had contributed to the loss of the referendum.

But he claimed that politicians were still scared to speak out over the issue because, even in the wake of the Brexit vote, they knew they might face a hysterical reaction.

"Accusations of 'pandering to Ukip', xenophobia or even racism are thrown around quite freely.
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Union boss backtracks on 'controlled' migration call & insists he's 'in line' with Corbyn
Greg Heffer
Daily Express, 17 December 2016

Top union boss Len McCluskey has backtracked on his apparent call for "controlled" immigration and insisted his views are perfectly "in line" with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Unite general secretary, dubbed 'Red Len', had seemed to put himself at odds with Mr Corbyn position on EU free movement rules as he launched his bid to be re-elected to his £130,000-a-year-role.

Mr McCluskey, often dubbed Labour's kingmaker due to Unite's bankrolling of Labour, insisted politicians must "listen to the concerns of working people". ...

Appearing on Sky News, Mr McCluskey - who backed Mr Corbyn's re-election as Labour leader this summer - insisted it's "not true" he's calling for the scrapping of free movement.
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SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY: Swiss referendum to END mass migration from EU is IGNORED
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 17 December 2016

Swiss politicians have sparked outrage after ignoring a historic referendum vote to end freedom of movement.

A majority of voters backed a proposal to cap immigration from EU member states in the landmark poll, held two years ago.

But MPs today defied the will of the people by voting against placing any cap on EU migrants.

It came after fears the country, which is part of the European Free Trade Association, could lose its access to the single market.

They have instead agreed that unemployed domestic workers should have an advantage over EU nationals when applying for jobs.

But the Swiss People's Party attacked the compromise, calling it an "unprecedented breach" of the country's constitution.
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What are they hiding? Home Office blocks Express bid for TRUTH on illegal migrant figures
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 17 December 2016

The Home Office was last night accused of trying to cover up the true scale of illegal migration to Britain.

It is refusing to release data on numbers seized at our borders – despite a six-month battle by the Daily Express. ...

We have repeatedly asked under Freedom Of Information laws for figures on the number of migrants intercepted at the UK border on the Continent in the first six months of this year.

Our request was made at the height of a summer of migrant chaos in northern France.

It should have been answered within 20 working days – but four months later we are still waiting for a response.

The case has now been taken up by the Information Commissioner's Office.

It has confirmed that the department is in breach of the Freedom of Information Act. ...

Earlier this year the Daily Express revealed the number of people caught trying to sneak into the UK in 2015 was 84,088, or one every six minutes.

The number seized – equivalent to 230 a day or nearly 10 an hour – was more than double the number caught in 2014.

Now we are seeking to establish the number of clandestine entrants successfully intercepted at British border controls in France and Belgium during the first six months of this year. ...

The Daily Express is also waiting for replies to two other requests. One was due on October 26 and the other on November 15.

The ICO is to start formal action compelling the Home Office to respond to our requests within 35 days. ...

The Home Office said: "We take our responsibilities under the Act very seriously."
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A supposed outpouring of online hatred against Jo Cox, a murdered MP, was exaggerated
The Economist, 17 December 2016

Hope Not Hate, a charity that combats extremism, published a report on November 28th purportedly revealing a mass outbreak of online hate-speech after the murder of Jo Cox, a Labour MP, a week before the Brexit referendum in June. In the month after the killing at least 25,000 people sent more than 50,000 tweets celebrating her death or praising her murderer, Thomas Mair, Hope Not Hate said.

Britain's largest newspapers leapt to publish the shocking findings. The story was shared far and wide. ...

Yet the story was wrong. An investigation by The Economist has found that Hope Not Hate misrepresented the findings of its own report when first releasing it to the press. The report itself gave a confusing impression of the number of tweets that celebrated Ms Cox's murder. We estimate that, in reality, of hundreds of thousands of tweets mentioning the MP by name, the number that celebrated her death was at most 1,500, and probably much lower.

Although press coverage of the story appeared to misread the report, that is not entirely the fault of journalists. The claim that 50,000 tweets celebrated Ms Cox's death or praised her killer comes from the first paragraph of a press release sent out by Hope Not Hate ahead of the report's publication. ...

Hope Not Hate admitted that its initial press release was incorrect and said that it was later changed. The charity referred us to the study's authors, Imran Awan of Birmingham City University and Irene Zempi of Nottingham Trent University. Mr Awan agreed that newspaper headlines had oversimplified the study's findings. Even so both authors retweeted articles repeating the press release's false claim.
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Pregnant women 'sought out for sham marriages to exploit human rights law'
Daily Express, 16 December 2016

Pregnant brides are increasingly being used to take part in sham marriages as part of attempts to exploit human rights laws, a new report suggests.

Officials tasked with rooting out non-genuine couples have noticed a pattern of preparing for claims under the right to family life.

Men from outside Europe were said to be seeking pregnant brides or those who already had a child, apparently with a view to a potential human rights claim. ...

A report from the immigration watchdog said: "One team reported a new trend for non-EEA (European Economic Area) men paying extra for a sham bride who was already pregnant.

"While detailed inspection of trafficked and vulnerable persons involved in shams was out of scope for this report, one representative told inspectors that their team had seen 'more vulnerability than ever before'." ...

Inspectors were also told that, before attending an interview, some non-EEA nationals made multiple new applications for leave to remain. An outstanding application, even one with no realistic chance of succeeding, can act as a barrier to removal from the country.

Concerns were raised about "displacement" of sham marriages to other countries.

"By marrying overseas rather than in the UK, the non-EEA national in question was able to avoid notifying their intention to marry and the possible IE (immigration enforcement) investigation and instead seek entry to the UK via the family permit system," the report said. ...

Figures published in 2013 estimated that between 3,000 and 10,000 applications to stay in the UK per year were made on the basis of sham marriages.
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Unite general secretary Len McCluskey calls for EU hiring restrictions
Jon Stone
Independent, 16 December 2016

The general secretary of Britain's biggest trade union has called for restrictions on the free movement of people moving between Britain and the European Union to work.

Len McCluskey, who is seeking re-election to his post in a contest to be held next year, said at the launch of his campaign that there should be "safeguards" against a competitive race-to-the-bottom.

"Unions understand that workers have always done best when the labour supply is controlled and communities are stable. While we must reject any form of racism, and help refugees fleeing war, we must also listen to the concerns of working people," he wrote in an article for the Huffington Post website.

"They understand that the free movement of labour means downward pressure on wages, in some sectors at least.

"That's why I have called for new safeguards that would ensure any employer recruiting from abroad must be covered by a proper union or collective bargaining agreement, stopping companies cutting costs by slashing workers' wages and transforming a race-to-the-bottom culture into a rate-for-the-job society." ...

Labour, whose biggest single donor is Unite, is split on the issue of freedom of movement, with Mr Corbyn and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott supportive of its continuation and some MPs critical of it.
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Labour will 'lose the debate' on immigration without a free movement crackdown, academic says
Dan Bloom
Mirror, 16 December 2016

Labour will "lose the debate" on immigration if it does not accept voters want to control free movement, an academic has said.

Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, spoke out as researchers claimed Brexit was fuelled by poorer voters who felt they had lost trust in politicians and control over their lives.

A study today said of all major issues facing society, people by far felt they had the least control over immigration. ...

Prof Goodwin said the "populist right" would beat left-wingers who fail to look past hard economic arguments.

And if politicians continue backing free movement, he said: "The left in British politics will lose that debate quite heavily."

He added: "There's absolutely no question - every single piece of research you look at, immigration was front and centre of the Leave vote.

"We should accept that most people want limited or controlled immigration policy, in my view.

"That is the new post-referendum reality of British politics and that is why in particular, I would suggest, the Labour Party is getting hammered repeatedly on this issue.

"Because adhering to what voters perceive to be an open doors policy is exactly what many Labour voters do not want to see."
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Labour Opposes Clamp Down on Illegally Working Immigrants' Bank Accounts
Guido Fawkes, 16 December 2016

Labour MPs were whipped on Wednesday to oppose a measure which the government says will make it easier for banks and the Home Office to track the financial activity of illegal migrants. The Immigration Act 2014 (Current Accounts) (Excluded Accounts and Notification Requirements) Regulations 2016 orders banks to pass on customer information through a secure computer system to the Home Office if accounts are held by "disqualified persons" – migrants who have exhausted all rights of appeal and are liable to be removed from the United Kingdom. Banks must also report if disqualified persons are in receipt of regular payments of £200 or more. ...

Guido understands there were murmurs of despair in the division lobby as it dawned on Labour MPs that they would be seen as going soft on illegally working immigrants trying access financial services.
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DfE had agreement to share pupil nationality data with Home Office
Freddie Whittaker
Schools Week, 16 December 2016

The Department for Education (DfE) did have an agreement in place to share pupil nationality data with the Home Office for immigration purposes, Schools Week can exclusively reveal.

However, documents finally seen by the paper after a several month freedom of information battle, show the policy has been overturned and no nationality information about any pupil will now be shared with the Home Office.

From September, schools were asked to collect the nationality and birth country of each pupil as a compromise won by the DfE to curb stricter proposals from Theresa May. ...

A timeline in the document suggests the nationality data was added to the data-sharing agreement last year following the compromise, but confirms it was not removed until the latest version was created on October 7.
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Key Merkel ally vows to run AGAINST German Chancellor unless she slashes migrant numbers
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 16 December 2016

A powerful ally of German leader Angela Merkel has threatened to run against her unless she agrees to cap on migrants entering the country.

Horst Seehofer, the head of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), said his party would stand in opposition to Mrs Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) if she did not implement new limits next year.

Mr Seehofer said: "Without an annual threshold of 200,000 migrants allowed to enter Germany, the Christian Social Union will refuse to be part of the next government. The CSU would run as an opposition party."
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'They were JUST INTERESTED in you' Prosecutors' outrageous dismissal of migrant sex attack
Jon Rogers
Daily Express, 16 December 2016

Prosecutors dealing with a sex attack on two young women by a mob of migrants in Germany dismissed the claims as being merely the gang's way of showing "they were interested in you". ...

The 20 and 21 year olds, from the Lower-Saxony region in the north-west of the country, appeared on the German show 'The Hot Chair' to describe their ordeal. ...

The show unearthed an even bigger scandal when they published the reply of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Oldenburg.

During their investigation, they wrote to the victims: "It is quite conceivable that the young men just wanted to show in this way they were interested in you."

The TV show also featured controversial author and former politician Thilo Sarrazin, who warned about Angela Merkel's immigration and integration policies even before the Cologne sex attacks. ...

He said: "Whoever is looking for protection in Germany must also behave like this: criminals must be consistently deported.

"If a million young men come into the country, without access to girls and women, that is a problem.

"Muslim men are simply more violent than other men of the same age."
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Jihadists are 'hiding in plain sight' among migrants, head of the Armed Forces says
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 15 December 2016

Foreign jihadists fleeing from Isil's shrinking caliphate are "hiding in plain sight" in migrant flows, the head of the Armed Forces has warned.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said he was concerned about the global reach of Isil's ideology and the prospect that internet radicalised copycat terrorists could pop up around the world. ...

He said the fact that China had admitted it had a problem with jihadists underlined the global nature of the threat.

He also restated warnings from Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, that there is a threat from "a potential network of combat experienced terrorists".

He said: "They are losing territory rapidly, foreign fighters are being killed and displaced but they are moving in migrant flows, hiding in plain sight."

"How we manage identity in a world where people are deliberately trying to destroy their identity documents and move in migrant flows is a very important subject."
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TERROR FEARS: Islamist crook helps 'ISIS jihadis travel to UK on £12,500 fake passports'
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 15 December 2016

National crime agency officers are on the hunt for hundreds of illegal immigrants who have flooded the UK on fake passports they bought from a Greece based gang.

And a number of those suspected to have travelled to the UK are thought to have terror links and could belong to ISIS. ...

A total of 24 people have so far been arrested in Glasgow, Manchester and Northampton as well as Athens as investigators try to understand the scale of the issue.

They have also arrested 33 suspects who are accused of helping to facilitate the travel of immigrants from Iran to Europe. ...

According to reports, there are credible claims that one of the men believed to be behind the crime syndicate is an Islamic terrorist giving rise to security fears.

And it is thought that some of the people who accessed the UK on the fake documents are linked to Islamic State. ...

Chris Hogben of the National Crime Agency said "hundreds of Iranian migrants" have arrived into Britain.

Up to 1,100 migrants in total may have used the gang to enter Europe.
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Fraud gang are convicted of rigging English language tests for more than 800 bogus overseas students after charging to read out answers and providing substitutes to sit exams
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 15 December 2016

Four fraudsters who rigged English language tests for more than 800 bogus overseas students in a vast immigration scam are behind bars today.

The gang charged 'very large sums of money' to read out the answers to multiple-choice tests or provided substitutes to sit in the language exams on behalf of candidates.

The 'industrial scale' fraud was first uncovered by an undercover BBC Panorama sting in 2014 which triggered a police investigation.

Three firms involved also provided forged bank statements and academic records for Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi migrants trying to illegally extend their stay in the UK.

The companies ran tests devised by one of the world's largest language testing firms, Educational Training Services Global (ETS), Southwark Crown Court heard.

Today Harinder Kumar, 31, Talal Chowdhury, 30, Shaheen Ahmed, 33, and Mohammad Hasan, 37, were found guilty of plotting to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law between 17 October 2012 and 10 February 2014. ...

Six other alleged fraudsters named on the indictment fled the country before they could be charged. ...

Prosecutor David Walbank said: 'What the police inquiry revealed was a well-practised operation involving the wholesale exploitation of the student visa system and fraud on a truly industrial scale.
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Taxpayer foots £200k bill for jailed illegal immigrant's 14-year stay
Express & Star, 15 December 2016

An illegal immigrant, whose 14-year stay in the UK has run up an estimated cost of over £200,000 to the taxpayer, has been jailed.

Jamaican national Duhane Hall arrived in the UK on September 22, 2002 after being granted leave to enter on a visa that allowed him to stay until March 2003 on the condition that he could not be employed or try and gain access to public funds.

However, he has remained in the UK ever since, repeatedly making applications for leave to remain status which were then rejected, before making appeals that were subsequently rejected.

In an application to Sandwell Council in March 2005, Hall handed in a forged letter stating to be from the Home Office claiming he had been given indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Hall pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by false representation, using a false instrument and using fake identity documents at Wolverhampton Crown Court. ...

Mr Jackson said that on top of the estimated £180,000 cost of tenancy fraud, Hall was also responsible for losses of £17,312 in housing benefits, £1,972 in council tax benefits and £7,622 in JobSeekers Allowance.

While applying for the benefits, Hall stated he had a right of abode in the UK when he didn't and also stated that he was British. He also used a forged UK passport to support the application.
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Brexit 'fuelled by feeling of powerlessness over immigration'
The Herald [Scotland], 15 December 2016

Brexit was fuelled by an overwhelming feeling among voters that they had no control over immigration, new research has found.

Nearly three in four people, 72%, felt powerless about migration, analysis by the National Centre for Social Research, which was carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, revealed.

The feeling was similar across social barriers, with 71% of higher income earners saying they "can make no difference" to immigration, while 76% of people on lower incomes felt the same way, according to the study which was conducted before the EU referendum campaign began.

Brexit was the culmination of a decades long cycle in which the views of a large section of society on immigration were ignored, researchers said.
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Bafta's new diversity requirements might have barred James Bond hit
Tom Ough
Daily Telegraph, 15 December 2016

For the UK's flagship film awards body will, from 2019, require entrants to satisfy diversity requirements of which a Bond film might foul.

The regulations, adopted from the British Film Institute, are intended to reduce under-representation of groups such as women, disabled people, gay people, those of lower socio-economic groups and people of black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

There are four standards, of which each film must satisfy two. Three of the standards refer to areas invisible to cinema-goers: the diversity of the film-making team, the presence of work experience and development opportunities, and the quality of the production group's outreach to under-served audience groups.

The other standard – Standard A – asks that films include "meaningful representations of diversity" in areas such as their main protagonists and antagonists, their themes, and their setting. ...

Charles Thompson, the founder of Screen Nation, an annual TV and films awards event for Britons of African heritage. ...

"It's a very positive move," said Simon Albury, the chairman of the Campaign for Broadcasting Equality, of the new Bafta rules. He said that black and minority ethnic people are underrepresented on screen and that the new standards might help redress that imbalance.
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Pro-EU think-tank says Russia and Syria could be orchestrating migrant sex attacks to swing the upcoming German elections
Dave Burke
MailOnline, 15 December 2016

Russian and Syrian secret services may be encouraging refugees in Germany to carry out orchestrated sex attacks, in a bid to oust Angela Merkel from office, it is claimed.

The extraordinary assertion was made by an expert from the European Council on Foreign Relations, who said the foreign powers could collude to destabilise Germany ahead of next year's election.

Gustav Gressel, a Russian expert at the think-tank, said small numbers of refugees with links to the Kremlin and Syrian security services could be mobilised to sway public opinion against the Chancellor. ...

Merkel is widely viewed as hostile to Russia, and this week recommended extending EU sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict.
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Yvette Cooper: Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott are wrong on immigration
Kevin Schofield
PoliticsHome, 15 December 2016

Yvette Cooper has called on Labour to make a "progressive argument" for ending freedom of movement as she became the latest big Labour name to clash with Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott on immigration.

The former minister said she took "a different view" from the Labour leader and the Shadow Home Secretary and said the party must not be afraid to talk about limiting migrant numbers. ...

"I think it's possible to be positive about what the economy needs and also talk about reform at the same time. Ukip are never going to do that, but equally that doesn't mean that we should just ignore the issue or just say that people don't have real concerns, because they do."
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REVEALED: Germany home to more than 10,000 'SAUDI-BACKED' Islamic extremists, report says
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 15 December 2016

At least 10,000 Islamic extremists living within Germany are being supported by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, a shock new report has claimed.

The number of fundamentalists swearing allegiance to the Salafi group in Germany is on rise and Gulf countries have been accused of increasing their support to the terror cell.

German media claimed Berlin's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) have accused Saudi Arabia and Kuwait of funding religious groups and conversion groups, as well as financing the building of mosques and backing hardline imams.
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Campaign begins to counter 'all white' Christmas
Jane Martinson
The Guardian, 15 December 2016

A new campaign that aims to counter images of an "all white" Christmas is to be launched on Thursday to increase the number of black and ethnic minority families portrayed enjoying the festive period.

A series of images of black and ethnic minority families doing things such as wrapping Christmas presents or decorating a tree will be made available on social media platforms under the hashtag #ChristmasSoWhite in a bid to increase the diversity of holiday images.

Nadya Powell, an advertising consultant, was inspired to start the project when looking for images for a school website project on favourite things at Christmas. ...

"She was not seeing anything that looked like her and I realised she never did. This beautiful little girl is growing up in a world where on a daily basis she doesn't see people like her in any media, where a perfect Christmas is a white Christmas."

Powell believes that Christmas has somehow become linked with the idea of white people and snow. Online searches for families wrapping presents or throwing snowballs produce results that are almost entirely white models. ...

The campaign has been financed so far by eight large media and marketing groups including Google, MediaCom, Saatchi & Saatchi and Edelman. In an email Karen Blackett, chairwoman of MediaCom, said: "This campaign is long overdue and is so needed."
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Haulage chiefs slam British-funded 'Great Wall of Calais' built to stop migrants trying to board lorries bound for Kent as work ends on £2.3m barrier
Tom Pyman
Kent News, 14 December 2016

Construction of the 4m-high concrete structure, nicknamed the 'Great Wall of Calais' along the main motorway to the port in northern France finished on Friday, a spokesman from the Calais prefecture said.

It comes around six weeks after the refugee and migrant camp known as The Jungle was demolished, with thousands of its residents taken by bus to temporary accommodation centres across France. ...

However, Kate Gibbs, of the Road Haulage Association, said it had had reservations about the wall since it was first proposed.

She said: "It has cost a great deal of money, money that could have been spent on increased numbers of security personnel.

"It is in the wrong place, in as much as, since the camp was demolished, there are fewer migrants at Calais, but they are moving to other areas.

"It has cost too much and it is too little too late."
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£2 million 'anti-migrant wall' funded by British taxpayer is completed in Calais - only for French to immediately call for it to be demolished
Peter Allen
MailOnline, 14 December 2016

A £2 million 'anti-migrant' wall funded by the British taxpayer has finally been built in Calais – as the French port's mayor called for it to be torn down.

Natacha Bouchart said the 14ft structure was a ludicrous white elephant that was made redundant following the clearance of the so-called 'Jungle' shantytown.

Some 6,000 UK-bound migrants living there were sent to other parts of France at the end of October, as their tents and huts were burnt and bulldozed to the ground. ...

But Mrs Bouchart said Calais was now effectively a migrant-free zone, and told an administrative court in nearby Lille that it would stay that way.


In turn, the administrative judges said the flow of migrants would not completely 'dry up' in the short tem, and that the wall could still 'prevent possible intrusion attempts'. ...

Jean-Marc Puissesseau, head of Calais port, meanwhile said: 'It is an extremely important tool, it shows the motorway is secure.'
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Abandon net migration target, says CBI
Simon Jack
BBC, 14 December 2016

The employers group, the CBI, is calling on the government to abandon an immigration target which was set by David Cameron and which then proved part of his undoing.

Net migration measures the number of people coming to Britain, minus the number of people leaving.

Given that it's pretty hard to control the number of people leaving, it's arguably a dangerous thing on which to pin your political career.

But that's what the former prime minister did when he pledged to get the number down to the "tens of thousands" from over 300,000 a year. ...

Britain's biggest business group is attempting a very difficult balancing act.

The CBI needs to acknowledge public concern over immigration while at the same time warning about looming labour shortages in key industries like agriculture, care and construction.

Its answer - abandon the net migration target in favour of a more nuanced measure. ...

In its report, the CBI argues that, although polling after the referendum showed that the public looks on unskilled migration unfavourably, when asked about care workers and construction workers, 75% and 60% respectively said that the numbers of migrants should stay the same or be increased.

That, says the CBI, is evidence that we need a better way of measuring the cost and benefits of immigration.

In one sense, the CBI has a strong case.

Unemployment is at an 11-year low of 4.8% and there are a record number of people currently in a job.

There's little evidence that immigration has pushed UK nationals out of a job.

And without the EU nationals already here, many industries would face crippling labour shortages.

The CBI also insists that immigration has had little impact on wages, particularly in low-skilled areas.

But privately, many bosses acknowledge that immigrants, who often sleep several to a room, and often leave their families back in Eastern Europe, are prepared to work for lower wages.

And that depresses wages at the bottom of the pay scale.

A Bank of England study found that although small, there was a "statistically significant" negative impact on wages in some unskilled occupations which had high concentrations of immigrant workers.

The impact may be small, but it plays big when amplified by other social concerns.
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Criminals gaining route into UK 'by weaker Irish Republic immigration checks'
The Herald [Scotland], 14 December 2016

Weaker immigration checks in the Irish Republic are providing a route for international criminals to enter the UK, Northern Ireland's police chief has told MPs.

George Hamilton said controls in the Republic of Ireland did not have the same "resource or focus" as those operating in Northern Ireland.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chief constable was being questioned by members of a Westminster committee as part of its inquiry into the future of the Irish border post-Brexit.

Mr Hamilton told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that a growing number of criminals operating on the island of Ireland were from abroad.
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We are entering a new epoch: the century of the migrant
Thomas Nail
Aeon, 14 December 2016
[Thomas Nail is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Denver]

In order to manage and control this mobility, the world is becoming ever more bordered. In just the past 20 years, but particularly since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the US, hundreds of new borders have emerged around the world: miles of new razor-wire fences and concrete security walls, numerous offshore detention centres, biometric passport databases, and security checkpoints in schools, airports and along various roadways across the world. ...

This preoccupation, however, runs through the history of Western civilisation. In fact, civilisation's very expansion required the continual expulsion of migrant populations. These include the territorial techniques of dispossessing people from their land through miles of new fencing (invented during the Neolithic period); political techniques of stripping people of their right to free movement and inclusion with new walls to keep out foreigners (invented during the Ancient period and put to use in Egypt, Greece and Rome); juridical techniques of criminalisation and cellular confinement (invented during the European Middle Ages); and economic techniques of unemployment and expropriation surveyed by a continuous series of checkpoints (an innovation of the Modern era). ...

This is the century of the migrant because the return of these historical methods now make it clear for the first time that the migrant has always been a constitutive social figure. /.../ Territorial societies, states, juridical systems and economies all required the social expulsion of migrants in order expand. The recent explosion in mobility demands that we rethink political history from the perspective of the migrant.

Take an example from ancient history: the barbarian (the second major historical name of the migrant, after the nomad). ...

Some of the same techniques – and their justifications – of ancient political expulsion are still in effect today. ...

If this connection seems outlandish, then consider how migrants are described in recent media. /.../ Even the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has described the recent refugees with the same 'dangerous waters' and military metaphors used by Romans to depoliticise barbarians: refugees are a 'great tide' that has 'flooded into Europe' producing 'chaos' that needs to be 'stemmed and managed'. 'We are slowly becoming witnesses to the birth of a new form of political pressure,' Tusk claims, '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 will be the century of the migrant not just because of the sheer magnitude of the phenomenon, but because the asymmetry between citizens and migrants has finally reached its historical breaking point. /.../ The only way forward in the long march for migrant justice and social equality is status for all.
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British Muslims Gather in Show of Strength to Demand Caliphate
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 14 December 2016

Over a thousand British Muslims took to the streets of London on Tuesday in a show of force, blocking off a central London square to call for a caliphate while the crowd chanted 'Allahu Akbar'. ...

Eschewing an alternative demonstration in support of Syria taking place outside Downing Street on the grounds that they did not support the British government, the protesters heard speeches by Moazzam Begg of CAGE, editor of 5Pillars Dilly Hussain, and Hizb ut-Tahrir member Ibtihal Bsis among others. ...

But Haitham al-Hadad, a Saudi-trained Salafist Muslim, congratulated last night's crowd on drawing together to rapidly and in such large numbers. "This gathering today – in a matter of a few hours, hundreds of brothers and sisters coming together – is a sign of positivity and revival, and a sign of victory for Allah," he said.
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Immigration WAS the key issue for Brexiteers in the historic EU referendum battle, according to huge analysis of social media comments
James Tapsfield and Matt Dathan
MailOnline, 13 December 2016

Immigration was the key issue for Brexiteers in the historic EU referendum battle, according to a huge analysis of social media.

A groundbreaking study of nearly three million tweets by a team at the University of Sheffield shows control of borders came up far more than sovereignty or the NHS.

It was mentioned 66,000 times by Leave supporters between June and November - with the overwhelming majority of the references coming before the vote on June 23.

By contrast Remain backers talked about the issue just 40,000 times. ...

The research, highlighted by BuzzFeed News, identified 41,443 Leave supporters and 41,445 who were in favour of Remain based on their use of campaign hashtags.

The team then tracked the Brexit-related issues those users tweeted about every day for six months.

The Leave backers sent twice as many messages about immigration as they did about sovereignty, laws, or the NHS.
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MERKEL'S SHAME: Map reveals shocking extent of migrant sex attacks on women and children
Patrick Christys and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 13 December 2016

The terrifying scale of migrant sex attacks in Germany has been laid bare in a new map detailing the thousands of locations where women and children have been raped and abused in 2016 alone.

Shocking figures show 2,125 people were sexually assaulted, 199 were raped and and 380 were molested in swimming baths by a combination of refugees or non-German nationals this year.

There were also 319 murders and attempted murders committed by foreign nationals and migrants in 2016, 14 of which were committed against children.

Migrants were responsible for 59 terror offences in Angela Merkel's country since the start of the year and 112 incidents of arson.
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Swiss parliament reaches agreement on EU immigration
The Local [Switzerland], 13 December 2016

After nearly three years, the Swiss parliament has finally decided how to deal with the February 2014 'against mass immigration' referendum, even if its solution bears little resemblance to the text of the initiative voted for by the public back then.

Following years of speculation and uncertainty, and several weeks of intense debate, on Monday parliament hammered out the detail of its 'light' solution, agreeing rules that will see unemployed domestic workers given preference over EU nationals for jobs in Switzerland.

The agreement is still subject to a final vote on Friday, however that is simply a formality, reported news agencies. ...

The new rules agreed on Monday diverge hugely from the constitutionally-binding referendum, after the Swiss parliament decided – to outcry from some – that it was not willing to sacrifice its relationship with the EU.

Rather than imposing strict limits on EU immigration, parliament has agreed new rules on unemployment which should limit the impact of foreign workers on the domestic job market.

Employers will be obliged to advertise vacant positions to job centres and invite selected Swiss job seekers for interview. If they don't, they will risk a 40,000 franc fine.

This obligation will only apply in professions, job sectors or regions where unemployment is above average. ...

However, despite what some see as the Swiss parliament's "capitulation" on the issue, there is still no guarantee that the EU Commission will accept this Swiss national preference in the job market.
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Report: Migrant-Heavy French Suburbs No-Go Zones for Women
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 13 December 2016

Women are invisible in public spaces and are unwelcome in cafés and bars in France's migrant-heavy suburbs, a shocking report broadcast on France 2 last week revealed.

Reporting from Saint-Denis, a commune where 36 per cent of residents were born overseas, journalist Caroline Sinz narrates: "The café terraces and the streets have something in common: women seem to have been erased. In some neighborhoods, men occupy public places and women suffer." ...

Brigade of Mothers activists, who speak out against Islamic extremism, told Ms Sinz that conservative Muslim men took hold of heavily migrant suburbs in France following urban riots in 2005. ...

The France 2 journalist then travels to a neighbourhood in Lyon, where the streets are apparently shown to be occupied almost solely by Muslim men. A young, white woman who works as a childminder says she wouldn't dream of wearing a skirt or make-up outside in the area, and that she does her best to go unnoticed. Asked why, she tells the programme: "Simply, we are afraid".

Secretary of State for Digital Affairs and Innovation, Axelle Lemaire, said the newscast shows "intolerable" examples of "discrimination against women". On Sunday night Labour Minister Eric Woerth said scenes uncovered in the report "plant a dagger in the heart of the Republic", and urged new Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to take action.
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Hundreds of Muslim 'No-Go' Zones Take Root in Europe
Edmund Kozak
LifeZette, 13 December 2016

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz recently encountered the all-too-real brutality to be found in a Muslim "no-go" zone in Sweden.

... Horowitz painted a vivid picture of the extent of the danger of Muslim no-go zones in Sweden – even the police fear them, he said.

"The rules of engagement are if [police are] chasing a subject, no matter what this guy did, once they cross that threshold [into a Muslim area], they stop pursuit, and if they want to actually go in they have to call an entire armed convoy," Horowitz said. "There used to be a police station in Rinkeby [another no-go neighborhood that Horowitz visited], and they had to get rid of it," he noted.

Horowitz recently recounted his whole story in an op-ed published by The Hill.

"While there has been debate regarding the existence of what have been dubbed 'no-go areas,' I personally discovered the corporeality of these enclaves when I stepped into the Stockholm neighborhood of Husby," Horowitz wrote.

As Horowitz noted, liberals love to pretend that Muslim no-go zones – Muslim neighborhoods to which even the authorities are afraid to venture and in which Sharia law is the rule and non-Muslims are attacked on sight – are little more than a figment of paranoid conservative imaginations. But as Horowitz would find out for himself, they are very much a horrifying reality. ...

While it is nearly impossible to gauge the full extent of the no-go zone problem, it is safe to say there are hundreds of no-go areas scattered throughout Europe. ...

In France alone, where no-go areas are euphemistically referred to as "zones urbaines sensibles" – sensitive urban zones – the government counts over 750 such zones. In Sweden, the number could be "as high as 50, [but] the police who I spoke with ... estimated there to be about 20-30," Horowitz said. ...

"Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car and where, even initially, only with the personnel carrier," Bernhard Witthaut, then-head of Germany's police union, said during an interview with Der Westen newspaper in 2011.

"The reason is that our colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos, and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: In these areas, crimes no longer result in charges. They are left to themselves. Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture." ...

No-go zones "are a very significant and serious problem, especially after the recent rush of refugees to Europe from Syria and other parts of the Muslim world," Dr. Tawfik Hamid, senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and expert on radical Islam, told LifeZette. "They are bringing a culture that is very different from the traditional Western culture and with these numbers it is a very serious issue," Hamid noted.
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EU migrants who arrive after triggering of Article 50 should not stay permanently, says report
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2016

Any EU citizen travelling to the UK after Theresa May triggers Article 50 should not be allowed to permanently stay in the UK after Brexit, a major inquiry concludes today.

Amid growing fears of a "surge" of EU migrants travelling to the UK to take advantage of an expected amnesty, a major report by British Future calls for a "cut-off date" to ensure people coming to the UK do not simply "expect to stay after Brexit".

The inquiry, which includes both Remain and Leave MPs, calls for the three million EU migrants already here to be given an amnesty and offered permanent residence with the same health, social and educational rights as British citizens.

Theresa May has so far refused to guarantee the rights of EU citizens already living in the UK, insisting that she will not do so until she has agreement from European leaders that they will do the same for British ex-pats.

Around 1.2 million British nationals live in other EU countries.

The report found that setting the date that Article 50 is triggered as the cut-off point would be fair and legally watertight, but would not lead to a surge in migration from across the bloc and European Economic Area nations. ...

Just 3 per cent of European citizens living in Britain are unemployed, with 51 per cent classed as employees, 9 per cent self-employed, 4 per cent students and 7 per cent retired, while 17 per cent are children, according to the report.
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Germany admits Schengen zone nations MUST bring back border check because terrorists pretending to be refugees are moving freely across the continent
Allan Hall
MailOnline, 12 December 2016

Germany has admitted Schengen zone nations must bring back border checks amid fears terrorists pretending to be refugees are moving freely across the continent.

Minutes from a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels suggest introducing a 'filter function of the external borders', according to reports in Germany.

Although free movement is allowed within Europe's Schengen area, some member states have brought passport border checks back in. ...

According to Der Spiegel, minutes from the ambassador's meeting suggest Germany wants to extend the controls following a tip-off over terror suspects trying to enter the country disguised as asylum seekers. ...

Brussels commissioners want a return to the Schengen agreement - no frontier controls - as soon as possible after agreeing a suspension last year at the height of the refugee crisis. ...

If Europe fails to give a green light on the issue German media report that federal and state officials are ready to defy the EU and keep the checks on the border with Austria anyway. ...

The BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency, said that ISIS was training its agents how to apply for asylum and answer questions from officials that did not betray their true intentions.

Intelligence officials estimate hundreds of Isis Jihadists have infiltrated into the country in the refugee wave, waiting for orders from the middle east to carry out attacks.
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Sham marriage gang jailed for bringing 'fake' partners from Hungary
BBC, 12 December 2016

Two men who orchestrated a series of sham marriages have been sentenced to a total of nine years in jail.

They were two of five people sentenced for an immigration scam organised through an internet café in Leicester.

They paid strangers to fly to the UK for the fake weddings.

Leicester Crown Court heard that Martins Okoko, 31, a Nigerian national, and Wilson Odume, 45, a Cameroonian national, set up the marriages to bypass immigration rules. ...

Odume, of Aikman Ave, Leicester, had taken part in a fake marriage of his own in order to gain residency in the UK. ...

Two fake brides and a fake groom involved in the weddings were also sentenced for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.
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Hilary Benn deepens Labour immigration row with call for free movement controls
Emilio Casalicchio
PoliticsHome, 12 December 2016

Labour splits over immigration burst to the fore again this morning after another senior MP said there should be border controls with the EU after Brexit.

Hilary Benn, the chair of the Brexit Select Committee and former frontbencher, argued the 52% who voted to leave the EU "sent a message" about ending the free movement of people.

It comes amid a brewing Labour war on the issue, with leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott opposed to curbing immigration from the EU.
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Europe: Illegal to Criticize Islam
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 12 December 2016

Finland is the European country most recently to adopt the way that European authorities sanction those who criticize Islam. According to the Finnish news outlet YLE, the Pirkanmaa District Court found the Finns Party politician, Terhi Kiemunki, guilty of "slandering and insulting adherents of the Islamic faith" in a blog post of Uusi Suomi. In it, she claimed that all the terrorists in Europe are Muslims. ...

Kiemunki issued a press release after the verdict, in which she said:

"I am still of the view that declaring statistical facts or even sharing an opinion is not a crime if someone doesn't like it... I wrote that I don't want our country to be overtaken by a culture and law based on a violent, intolerant and oppressive religion."


While prosecuting and sanctioning people who criticize Islam is becoming more common in Europe, this practice used to be reserved only for Muslim countries officially governed by sharia law, such as Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, where it is forbidden to insult Islam.

It is a pity that European courts and other state bodies have begun taking their cues from Islamic law. Apparently, European judges and politicians are no longer capable of appreciating the immense freedoms that used to be the norm on the continent, and which they seem all too willing, of their own free will, to abolish.
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Europe on the brink: Streets 'will become war zones' as continent descends into crisis
Rachel O'Donoghue
Daily Star, 11 December 2016

European leaders are said to be preparing for mass civil unrest as multiple catastrophic problems engulf the continent.

It comes after months of warnings from experts – including top military brasses – that massive economic issues, mass immigration, and terrorism will lead to a full-scale crisis.

They have predicted this will affect the entire continent, eventually leading to civil war on the streets.

In December 2015, one of the most apocalyptic warnings came from André Blattmann, the Swiss head of the armed forces.

Blattmann, who left his job just weeks later, said the combination of hybrid wars, the economy, and the refugee crisis would have "unforeseen dimensions".

He then claimed social unrest was something Europe's leaders and armies had to be prepared for.
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Syrian-born political scientist says migrants see German women as 'fair game' to be raped
Katie Mansfield
Sunday Express, 11 December 2016

German women are seen as "prostitutes" and "fair game" by migrants, a top political scientist has warned.

The 72-year-old warned women will be raped by migrants with tensions set to escalate between Germans and immigrants as integration remains a huge problem. ...

Professor Tibi, who moved to Germany from Syria when he was 18, says the current trend is likely to continue. ...

Professor Tibi said: "Hundreds of young Muslim men treated women as objects to hunt down. They know what they do is prohibited by law.

"But they also think German women are sluts. And in addition they know their actions have no consequences. The German police do not fear the refugees, they fear to be branded as racist when dealing with them."

Professor Dr Michael Guenter, the medical director of a psychiatric clinic in Stuttgart, has been examining child migrants who have become criminals.

He claims there are several ways how youngsters can develop into sex offenders.
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Diane Abbott escalates Labour's immigration civil war in car-crash TV interview
Mikey Smith
Mirror, 11 December 2016

Diane Abbott revealed conflict and confusion in Labour's Brexit and immigration policies in an exceptionally awkward interview this morning.

The Shadow Home Secretary exposed rifts between the Shadow Cabinet and the party's regional leaders, as she denied the party would "dump" support from freedom of movement. ...

"It would be wrong," she said, "to put the economy anything other than first."

She said it was "misleading" to suggest the party would "dump" freedom of movement.

Last week, Andy Burnham, who is Labour's candidate for Manchester Mayor said: "The freedom of movement of people has been defeated at the ballot box. It is no longer an option".
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Berlin's New Secretary of State is Pro-Sharia Law Conservative Muslim
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 11 December 2016

The daughter of Palestinian immigrants is to be the Berlin senate's secretary of state for coordinating federal and state affairs, but attention has focused on her recent remarks in support of Sharia law.

Berlin state senate member, former deputy speaker for foreign affairs and Muslim rising star of German politics Sawsan Chebli is to get a new cabinet post. The appointment by the Red-Red-Green coalition government has caused concern after a recent interview in which she expressed her view that Sharia law was perfectly compatable with secular German society. ...

As reported by Breitbart London, Berlin's SPD faction and Mayor Muller have proven extremely friendly towards migrants, with the city conspiring to prevent deportations of predominantly Muslim illegals ordered by the federal government.
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Theresa May slammed after British citizenship figures and asylum claims ROCKET
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 10 December 2016

Individuals given British Citizenship has jumped by 36 per cent in just a year as people scramble to secure their status ahead of Brexit. ...

According to Home Office figures there were 171,807 British citizenship decisions in the year ending September 2016, 38 per cent more than the previous 12 months to 124,927.

And those granted British citizenship increased by 36 per cent were up by 41,351 to 157,066 on the previous year.

The UK Government has come under increased pressure to clamp down on immigration but appears to be giving more people than ever before the right to have a British passport.

And they've reiterated that anyone from the EU who has been living in the UK for five years have been granted automatic citizenship ahead of Brexit. ...

Asylum applications in the UK from main applicants increased by 14 per cent to 33,380 in the year ending September 2016.

The report states: "In the year ending September 2016, the largest number of applications for asylum came from nationals of Iran, followed by Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Bangladesh.

"Most applications for asylum are made by people already in the country, 89 per cent of applications in the year ending September 2016, rather than immediately on arrival in the UK at a port."
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Labour's contradictory message on immigration is to blame for its Sleaford by-election defeat
Andrew Grice
Independent, 10 December 2016

Sir Keir Starmer, impressing as shadow Brexit Secretary, was previously the party's immigration spokesman, when he went on a "listening tour" to find out what the country thinks about the issue. He concluded that immigration should be "reduced." He said: "There has been a huge amount of immigration over the last 10 years and people are understandably concerned about it." ...

Whether Labour likes it or not, the country voted for control of immigration in the EU referendum. There is little point in Labour accepting the result if it remains in denial about what many of its natural supporters think about immigration. Andy Burnham, Abbott's predecessor as shadow Home Secretary, told MPs on Wednesday: "The status quo – full free movement – was defeated at the ballot box and therefore not an option. We need to make the argument for an immigration system that allows for greater control, reduce the numbers coming here, but does so in a fair way."
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Italy blasted over migrant intake as experts claim 80 per cent have NO RIGHT to asylum
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 10 December 2016

Eighty per cent of migrants in Italy have become illegal immigrants who are not eligible for asylum in the country, politicians have claimed. ...

A new report has found Prime Minister of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, is directly benefiting from the migration from his country to Europe.

The research has suggested 300 million euros per year are generated from human trafficking and that amount represents the most substantial revenue to the cities controlled by Sarraj.

Admiral Enrico Credendino, the commander of the mission Eunavfor Med, and author of the report said the smuggling of human beings guarantees a turnover of between 275 and 325 million euro per year.

Mr Credendino concluded the migration is a constant income for the Libyan leader while it remains a great strain on Italy.

He said: "As long as we continue accepting everyone arriving on boats, Sarraj will continue receiving money from criminal groups that push migrants to our shores." ...

The majority of migrant arriving in Italy are not from Syria, but from countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Senegal, Gambia and Mali, experts have said.
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Refugees housed by YOUR CASH have 'burnt down homes, attacked staff and grown drugs'
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 10 December 2016

Asylum seekers housed by the taxpayer have trashed and burnt down the properties and attacked or abused support staff employed to look after them, without facing any punishment, it has been claimed. ...

G4S is currently housing 18,639 asylum seekers and says only a minority are causing the serious problems. ...

G4S revealed the arson and assault problem in written evidence to an ongoing Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the standard of asylum seeker accommodation funded by taxpayers. ...

"So far in 2016, 14 properties have been seriously damaged by service users - usually through fire damage - rendering the property unusable and increasing the use of hotels.

"There were 162 cases of anti-social behaviour so far in 2016." ...

The report added: "G4S reports each incident to the Home Office and or to the local police. In most cases no sanction is applied."
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Turkey Accused of 'Dissolving' Camps as Migrants Flood Greece
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 10 December 2016

Hundreds of migrants arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos have claimed that they came from a "dissolved" migrant camp in north-west Turkey, and Greek port authorities allege the Turkish coastguard that monitors the Aegean Sea border has "disappeared".

On Friday 200 migrants, mostly originating from Africa, travelled across the Aegean Sea and landed on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos. In addition, the European Union (EU) border agency Frontex picked up 66 migrants off the coast of Chios. On Saturday morning, a further 330 arrived on the both islands. ...

The Greek Ministry of Migration confirmed the increased number of migrants arriving on the islands adding that they are observing the phenomenon closely. ...

These reports come less than a fortnight after Greek intelligence had disclosed that the Turkish government plans to allow 3,000 migrants to leave their shores every day to head for Greece.
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New asylum surge on way: Millions will be spent providing housing, says Home Office
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 9 December 2016

Britain is making plans to house record numbers of asylum seekers, the Home Office revealed last night.

It has ordered accommodation providers to improve and increase their stock to meet an increase in demand.

Ministers want those who arrive in the UK, many illegally, put up in "suitable properties" while their claims are processed.

The move could see Britain's asylum bill, currently costing taxpayers £546.8 million a year – or £1.5 million a day – rocket.

Fresh details of the UK's border crisis emerged after Home Office officials extended contracts with three asylum accommodation providers.

It comes as figures showed the number of applications, including dependents, increased by a third to 41,563 in March, the highest level since 2004. ...

The department refused to reveal how much the deals would cost taxpayers but the previous G4S contract, signed in 2012, saw it paid between £600-£700 million to provide accommodation for as many as 18,000 asylum seekers in 4,500 homes mainly in the North-east of England.
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Labour's immigration policy will drive voters to Ukip, says party's Welsh leader
Tom Peck
Independent, 9 December 2016

The Labour Party's leader in Wales says Jeremy Corbyn's policies on immigration will drive Labour voters to Ukip.

Both Corbyn and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott have argued in favour of free movement of people provided by the EU. ...

Jones said the party's policy, "Does not reflect the UK. It reflects one unusual, large city in the UK. We have to make sure there are more authentic voices around the UK within the party who people feel are addressing them in their own language and using their own accents."
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Labour's immigration civil war escalates as Yvette Cooper demands curbs on freedom of movement
Byben Glaze
Mirror, 9 December 2016

Labour 's civil war over immigration has deepened as a second former Shadow Home Secretary demanded curbs on freedom of movement.

Yvette Cooper's latest call for restrictions echoed Andy Burnham, who succeeded her in the frontbench home affairs brief.

And Labour's second most powerful UK politician, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, also backed tougher controls. ...

Her call for restrictions follows outspoken interventions by a host of senior Labour MPs, including Shadow Cabinet Member John Healey, and prominent backbenchers Andy Burnham, Frank Field and Dan Jarvis.

Former Shadow Home Secretary Mr Burnham told the Commons June's referendum underlined the scale of opposition to uncontrolled migration. ...

"The truth is that unlimited, unskilled migration has destabilised some of our poorest communities.

"There is nothing socialist about a system of open borders that allows multinationals and agencies to treat people as commodities and move them around Europe to drive down labour costs, undermine wages and create a race to the bottom."
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Don't compromise on border controls - this is about SURVIVAL
Frederick Forsyth
Daily Express, 9 December 2016

IF there is a single issue likely to prove a deal-breaker to a smooth UK departure from the EU it is likely to be freedom of movement.

This is code for the absolute right of anyone born or naturalised into any of the other 27 members to up sticks and emigrate without let or hindrance into any other member country and stay for ever. For Brussels and all other member countries it is crucial but for one country, ours, it is a huge and growing burden.

How did this come about? Were there no warning signs? Actually there were two but no one took any notice. ...

But sooner or later we are going to have to say, "We are bursting at the seams, we cannot take limitless numbers, plus the second tidal wave from Africa and Asia. It is nothing to do with race, colour or creed. It is about survival." That is why we have to leave our present thraldom to the EU and its rules as fast as we can.
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'Don't touch me!' Shock video of Cologne sex attacks emerges as police DROP half of cases
Katie Mansfield and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 9 December 2016

Dramatic footage of the Cologne New Year's Eve sex attacks has been released as police drop half of the cases.

In a night of terror hundreds of women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed by men described as of North African and Arab appearance in the German city. ...

As of December 1 2016, six people have been brought to justice after 333 people were identified as suspects.

They have been handed suspended jail sentences of between six and 21 months.

Of the 509 "sexually motivated activities", 369 investigations were suspended, including 211 prosecutions for sexual coercion or rape.

Many of the cases were either stopped because the prosecutor's office could not provide enough evidence or because the suspect could not be found.
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Autograph launches photo agency specialising in race and cultural diversity, working with Magnum and Getty
Jenny Brewer
It's Nice That, 9 December 2016

A new photography licensing agency specialising in all aspects of race and cultural diversity has launched in London. Working with Magnum Photos, Getty Images and Africa Media Online, Autograph Media, states its remit as covering "a wide range of subjects, from the abolition of slavery to the recent refugee crisis" as well as images depicting "politics, social justice, music, film, sport, TV and youth culture".

The agency was founded by former Getty director Steve Blogg and Mark Sealy, director of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers.

According to the agency there is "a growing demand for high quality images of our culturally diverse society", which it hopes to cater for.
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MPs launch inquiry seeking public views on immigration
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 8 December 2016

A committee of MPs has announced a new and far-reaching inquiry into the public's view on immigration in the wake of Brexit, in which members will tour the country to seek views directly from the people affected.

The investigation by the home affairs committee was being formally launched on Thursday by its chair, the Labour MP Yvette Cooper.

In advance of the event, Cooper said the inquiry was needed to look into what sort of approach to immigration might be needed as the UK prepared to leave the EU.

"Immigration is one of the most important issues facing our country and will be central to the Brexit deal," Cooper said in extracts from a launch speech released in advance.

"Britain voted for change, especially on free movement, but there has been very little debate about what kind of reforms or immigration control that should now mean or how we get the best deal for the country.

"Successive governments have failed on immigration and public concern has grown. Yet too often the polarised nature of the debate makes it hard to get consensus over what should be done instead. If there is no consensus behind the most important parts of the Brexit deal, in the end it will unravel."

Cooper said the committee's response was "a different kind of inquiry, looking outward at the country, not inward at the government".

She said: "Instead of just taking evidence in Westminster, we will be travelling round every region and nation, holding public meetings, bringing local people together for debates and discussions, citizen juries and online consultations."

The committee will also seek to inspire other organisations to run events and debates, including community and faith groups, councils and thinktanks.

She said: "We want to hear people's views both about immigration and about how they believe that common ground can be found to stop this issue dividing the country."
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Mass migration is challenging our national security, says PM
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2016

Thesea May has said that mass migration is one of the biggest "global challenges" facing Britain's security.

Unveiling a report wnich revealed that 222 terrorism-related arrests were made in the UK in the past year, Mrs May said that Britain's biggest security challenges remained threats from states such as Russia, from extremism and terrorism and from cyber attacks. The Government's first annual defence and security strategy review also noted that the threat from terrorism was "more acute and more complex than ever before".

It said that extremism and terrorism were major dangers to Britain's national security, with the biggest threats coming from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists and allies. ...

The Cabinet Office review revealed that of the 222 terrorism-related arrests in the 12 months to June, 63 had led to people being charged. So far 24 of those have been prosecuted and all of them convicted.
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Brexit could see net migration from the EU fall by 150,000 a year and give pay boost to low-income workers – major new report
Michael Wilkinson
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2016

Annual net migration to the UK from European Union countries could fall by as much as 150,000 as a result of Brexit, while low-income workers would get a pay boost, according to a new study.

A reduction in foreign workers would boost pay for UK nationals in low-income jobs by as much as 0.5 per cent by 2030, found the report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr).

The research suggests that a large drop in migrant workers would have a lost-lasting damaging effect on the economy, reducing GDP per capita in 2030 by up to 5.4 per cent below what it would otherwise have been. ...

Niesr's research estimates the possible impact on EU migration of limitations on the right to free movement to live and work in the UK, which Prime Minister Theresa May has put at the top of her list of priorities for Brexit.

Its central estimate anticipates a fall of 91,000 a year in net EU migration in the years to 2020, rising to 150,000 if rules are tightened more severely.
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No WONDER our politicians banned age tests: Majority of child refugees checked are ADULTS
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 8 December 2016

British ministers are facing serious questions about their decision to ban scientific age tests for 'child' refugees after officials in Denmark revealed THREE QUARTERS of those posing as minors are actually adults.

Officials in Copenhagen used dental X-ray checks - which have been blocked in Britain because they are 'inhumane' - to rumble hundreds of adult migrants trying to clinch asylum by claiming they were children.

Immigration officers referred 800 refugees who they suspected of lying about their ages to specialist scientists, who discovered that at least 600 were far older than they had told authorities.

And the figure could be even higher because officials built in plenty of leeway and gave borderline cases the benefit of the doubt to make sure no genuine under-18s were denied their rights under international law.

The revelations will heap yet more pressure on the Government over the issue of immigration, after it came under fire for refusing to carry out dental checks on unaccompanied minors brought over from Calais. ...

But ministers stood firm, insisting that such tests were too "intrusive", meaning that instead each refugee will undergo a simple interview with a council official, who assesses their appearance and demeanour to confirm their age. ...

Integration Minister Inger Støjberg said the large number of cheats being caught showed voters could have confidence that politicians would take action to ensure Danish hospitality was not being abused.

She told Jyllands-Posten: "The Danish Immigration Service makes a major effort to expose those who are cheating and is also working on how it can happen even faster." ...

There are a number of advantages to being granted asylum as a minor rather than an adult in Denmark, including the ability to bring over close relatives such as parents to live with you.
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'Really British' shop owner selling souvenirs accused of racism by neighbours
Jamie Bullen
Evening Standard (London), 8 December 2016

The owner of a novelty gift shop in north London says he has been accused of racism for selling British-themed wares.

Shopkeeper Chris Ostwald, 54, said his 'Really British' store on Muswell Hill Broadway has provoked a barrage of complaints from well-heeled locals since it opened on November 26.

He said some angry residents had threatened to stage boycotts and organise protests over his goods, which include nick-nacks painted with Union Jacks, Kinks memorabilia, and socks favoured by Prince Charles.

Mr Ostwald today said it was "mad" that he was facing such criticism and said the shop is a "British-themed shop celebrating British products".
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Revealed: Government misses out on £120m in fines for firms employing illegal immigrants
Sebastian Whale
PoliticsHome, 7 December 2016

The Government has failed to collect more than £120m in fines imposed on British firms over the past six years for employing illegal immigrants, PoliticsHome can reveal.

Figures released by Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill show that penalties worth £179.1m were issued to companies from 2009/10 through to September of this year for employing people here illegally.

Some £57.4m was collected by the Government during this period, meaning £121.7m, or two-thirds, of the fines have not been paid.

The Government stressed that the penalties levied at the initial decision stage "may be reduced, cancelled, increased or reissued at the objection or appeal stage".

In a written parliamentary answer to Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Mr Goodwill added: "Please also note that the collection figures are not cohort based statistics and therefore do not represent payment against penalties issued in a particular year." ...

In 2015/16, £46.2m of penalties were initially issued to firms for employing illegal immigrants, whereas only £12.5m was collected.

For the current financial year to September, a total of £24m in fines have been imposed, with £8.5m collected. ...

Overall, there were 15,115 penalties issued from financial year 2009/10 to September 2016 for firms employing illegal immigrants.

PoliticsHome understands that fines can be reduced for firms who cooperate with Home Office investigations or for those who pay early.
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Hundreds of terrorists could be claiming benefits in Britain, expert fear
Martin Evans, Steven Swinford and Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2016

Hundreds of terrorists could be using British benefits to fund their extremist activities after the Government admitted it did not know the true scale of problem.

There have been calls for a thorough investigation into the issue after two men were convicted of channelling thousands of pounds of fraudulent housing benefits to the Islamist fanatics beind the Paris and Brussels terrorist outrages.

With more than 850 Britons thought to be currently fighting in Syria, counter terror experts believe large amounts of taxpayers' money is ending up in the hands of jihadists desperate to wage war on the West.

Birmingham City Council last night apologised and vowed to review its systems after it emerged that it had paid more than £5,400 to a Belgian man while he was fighting in Syria.

Anouar Haddouchi moved to Birmingham from his native Brussels in 2009 along with his wife, Muslim convert Julie Maes, and their two children.

They lived in private rented accomodation and despite being foreign nationals, were legally entitled to child, housing and council tax benefit. Haddouchi even boasted to his friends how he was able to live "very comfortably" on the money he received from the British state.

Friend, Azzedine Kaddour, told police that Haddouchi had managed to bank a large amount of cash from his benefit payments and had used the money to fund his journey to Syria where he joined Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

He said: "Anouar Haddouchi financed his trip with money he had in his bank account. In essence he emptied his account to go to Syria. A good chunk of that came from the benefits he received in the UK."

In an extraordinary blunder Birmingham City Council continued to pay his housing benefit directly into his Lloyds TSB Islamic bank account for 11 months after he had left the country, even though his landlord wrote to officials to say he was no longer living at the address. ...

Two years ago the Metropolitan Police warned that terrorists were increasingly turning to fraud to fund their activities and were especially targeting the benefits system and student loans.

In 2015 it emerged that three sisters from Bradford who had travelled to Syria and were suspected of joining Isil were still claiming benefits. ...

Earlier this year a judge criticised hate preacher and convicted terrorist supporter, Anjem Choudary, who had urged followers to claim benefits, telling his followers "take Jihadi Seeker's Allowance".

When he was sentenced earlier this year it was revealed that the trained solicitor and father of four had claimed up to £500,000 from the state, during a lifetime on benefits. ...

But Professor Anthony Glees, director of Buckingham University's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies said the case should be a "wake-up call" about the use of fraud, including benefits scams for terrorism, adding that it was an enormous problem. ...

David Videcette, a former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer said: "Benefit fraud has been a well known source of income for terrorists for many years. Like all criminals they see the system as providing an easy source of income and much more needs to be done to tackle it at source."
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Home Secretary Amber Rudd reveals three million EU citizens living in Britain will need ID after Brexit
Joe Watts
Independent, 6 December 2016

Three million EU citizens living in Britain will be required to have some form of documentation following Brexit, under a plan that could hit Government finances for £100m.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the idea, slammed by critics in the House of Commons, would be introduced with a "phased approach".

The Liberal Democrats claimed that as well as the large cost, the process may require another 3,000 Home Office staff, while academic experts suggest it would be a "formidable task" that could amount to the equivalent of 140 years of extra work.
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Report buried Trump-related 'hate crimes' against white kids
Paul Sperry
New York Post, 6 December 2016

At least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president. But the group that surveyed the teachers didn't publish the results in its report on Trump-related "hate crimes."

The Southern Poverty Law Center partnered with the American Federation of Teachers, which formally endorsed Hillary Clinton, to circulate the questionnaire among its 1.6 million mostly Democratic members. The survey was sent out to K-12 teachers and administrators who subscribe to its "Teaching Tolerance" newsletter.

The SPLC's widely cited report – "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation's Schools" – reported that 40 percent of the more than 10,000 educators who responded to the survey "have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation."

The takeaway was that Trump-supporting white kids have been harassing minorities at the nation's schools. And SPLC's schools report, along with a broader report on alleged Trump-inspired hate crimes – "Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election" – sparked breathless coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post and other major media.

The reports also triggered a statement Friday from the US Commission on Civil Rights, which expressed "deep concern" that "prejudice has reared its ugly head in public elementary and secondary schools." The panel called for more federal funding to prosecute "hate crimes."

But the SPLC didn't present the whole story. The Montgomery, Ala.-based nonprofit self-censored results from a key question it asked educators – whether they agree or disagree with the following statement: "I have heard derogatory language or slurs about white students."

Asked last week to provide the data, SPLC initially said it was having a hard time getting the information "from the researchers." Pressed, SPLC spokeswoman Kirsten Bokenkamp finally revealed that "about 20 percent answered affirmatively to that question." ...

"They left that result out because it would not fit their ideological narrative," former Education Department civil rights attorney Hans Bader said. "It was deemed an inconvenient truth." ...

Bader pointed out that most of the anti-minority "hate crimes" and "hate incidents" cited by SPLC do not legally constitute hate crimes, and many involve constitutionally protected speech.

"It is simply ridiculous that SPLC treats 'build the wall' as hate rhetoric," he said. The center counted people mentioning "build the wall" as 467 incidents of hate.
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The rise of the Muslim ghetto amounts to an alarming social revolution
Rev Jules Gomes
Conservative Woman, 6 December 2016

Dame Louise Casey's review into integration is not about integrating Indian Hindus or Punjabi Sikhs or Polish Catholics or Sri Lankan Buddhists or Chinese Taoists or Afro-Caribbean Anglicans or Jewish Haredi into British society. It has to include these nationalities and religions for the sake of political convenience. But once you see through the window dressing and strip down the padding, The Casey Review: A review into Opportunity and Integration, published yesterday is really about the failure to integrate Muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh. ...

In stark contrast, it is Bangladeshi and Pakistani Muslims who have the highest numbers with poor English language proficiency compared to Chinese, Asian, Arab, or African groups. Again, it is the Muslim population with the highest numbers of adults who cannot speak English well or at all, compared with Hindu and Christian immigrants, says the Casey report. ...

'When we spoke to members of the white community in the area, they felt they were unable to express any concerns about the growth in the number of mosques because they would be accused of being racist and ignored by the authorities,' Dame Casey candidly reports. Welcome to the real Britain not the leftist make-believe pie in the sky inter-faith utopia!

'I wanted to consider what divides communities and gives rise to anxiety, prejudice, alienation and a sense of grievance...' Casey writes. She certainly has opened a can of worms. No wonder the Muslim Council of Britain has lambasted the report as being championed 'by those who pursue a divisive agenda and a hostile attitude towards Muslims.'

But there is good reason for concern, as demographically, the exponential growth of Muslims is the most significant – a staggering 72 per cent increase of 1.2 million people, making up the largest non-Christian religious population in the UK, compared to Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and Buddhists. ...

I read through the 199 pages of the report, which became more distressing as it got to the section detailing genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour killing and about 30 to 85 Shariah courts in Britain 'that have been supporting the values of extremists, condoning wife-beating, ignoring marital rape and allowing forced marriage' with '100,000 sharia marriages in the UK, many of which are not recognised under UK laws and leave women without full legal rights upon divorce.' Any feminists visiting Bradford or are they all partying in Islington? ...

Britain has been fast asleep through the most significant revolution in centuries. Dame Casey's review is a wake up call.
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Casey review raises alarm over social integration in the UK
Anushka Asthana and Peter Walker
The Guardian, 5 December 2016

Governments have failed for more than a decade to ensure that social integration in the UK has kept up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" and have allowed some local communities to become increasingly divided, a major review has found.

At the end of a year-long study of community cohesion in Britain, Dame Louise Casey has branded ministerial attempts to boost integration of ethnic minorities as amounting to little more than "saris, samosas and steel drums for the already well-intentioned".

Accusing the government of serious failings in its approach to social cohesion, the government's integration tsar said efforts had been squeezed since 2010, with leaders "falling well below the stated ambition to 'do more than any other government before us to promote integration'". ...

Her report recommends a major new strategy to help bridge divides in UK towns and villages, with an "integration oath" to encourage immigrants to embrace British values, more focus on promoting the English language, encouraging social mixing among young people, and securing "women's emancipation in communities where they are being held back by regressive cultural practices".

It also says children should be taught British values in schools.

The study, which was commissioned by then prime minister David Cameron and Theresa May when she was home secretary, is likely to trigger controversy. Among the findings, Casey claims:

• That the scale of immigration has felt too much for some local communities as the economy hit a downturn, and concerns about public services increased.

• That while segregation has reduced over the population as a whole, in a number of local areas ethnic or migrant groups have become increasingly divided.

• That fears of being labelled racist have prevented society from challenging sexist, misogynistic and patriarchal behaviour in some minority communities.

Casey pointed to census data that showed there were 682 electoral wards with over 40% non-white British residents in 2011 – with 17 where the figure was 90% – up from just one a decade earlier.

In one borough of Sheffield, she was told of more than 6,000 people of Roma or eastern European heritage, of which more than half were under 16, living predominantly in one ward.

She also claimed that integration rates were being undermined by high numbers of second-generation immigrants marrying spouses from their country of origin. Calling it "first generation in every generation", she cited one northern town in which all except one of the Asian councillors had married a wife from Pakistan.

And she pointed to research by Demos that found 50% of non-white students were in schools where ethnic minorities were a majority. ...

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Casey said people should be able to discuss such issues without being "worried about being called racist or Islamophobic". ...

She said: "Every time there's a terrorist attack people automatically blame a person that's called a Muslim. That's wrong. Muslims are no more responsible for terrorist attacks than I am for the IRA."
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Dutch prime minister says migrant boats should be sent back to Africa, 5 December 2016

Prime minister Mark Rutte has called for migrant boats intercepted off the coast of Italy to be towed back to safe countries in northern Africa.

Speaking at a conference of European Liberal parties in Warsaw on Saturday, Rutte said: 'European ships currently pick up migrants and bring them to Italy. That is a ferry service. We have to pick them up and bring them back to Africa.' ...

In 2012, the European Court in Strasbourg banned the return of boats to northern Africa without an individual assessment of each migrant.

Rutte also told the conference that European politicians need to start listening to their citizens again. 'Too often, the elites in Europe say "the people don't understand". But that is not the case,' broadcaster NOS quotes him as saying. 'You don't understand.'
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Labour confusion over immigration as Diane Abbott rules out caps and changes to freedom of movement
Jason Beattie
Mirror, 5 December 2016

Labour's policy on migration was thrown into confusion yesterday after Diane Abbott put herself at odds with a string of senior colleagues.

The shadow Home Secretary ruled out any changes to freedom of movement or a cap on immigration numbers.

Her comments came as Labour's shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said there needed to be a discussion on changing the rules on freedom of movement.

"I think we should look at a restriction that is on free movement of workers and I think looking for work is a category that needs to be tightened," he said.

And leading Labour MP Dan Jarvis said he would like to see a cut in immigration numbers.

But Ms Abbott said "targets never work" and said those calling for changes to freedom of movement were "not facing the fact" that access to the single market was dependent on the right of EU citizens to live and work in member state.
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Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America? [part 1]
Jonathan Bronitsky
Tablet, 5 December 2016

Where does American Jewry stand on the Obama administration's admittance of 10,801 Syrian refugees to the United States in fiscal year 2016? A poll hasn't been conducted, ostensibly because the mere conception of one would convey an improper presumption that Jews, by virtue of being Jews, should feel differently than other Americans about a predominantly Muslim wave of Middle Easterners arriving in the country. The Jewish community, though, has made it clear that opening America's doors to Syrian refugees is one of its defining priorities. The recent attack at Ohio State University, however – perpetrated by a refugee who lived in Pakistan for seven years after leaving Somalia – is a sobering reminder of the unprecedented challenges informing a responsible 21st-century immigration policy.

On Nov. 17, 2015, four days after the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, 11 of America's leading Jewish organizations tacked their names to a letter to Congress urging it to follow through on the then-plan to accept Syrian refugees. Among those that signed were HIAS, the ADL, the AJC, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of Reform Judaism, which is by far the largest Jewish denomination in America. ...

What's more, Jewish Americans – as expected, given their liberal proclivities – broke heavily in the presidential contest for Hillary Clinton, who vowed to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees, a 550 percent increase from the current level. ...

Some Jewish Americans, on the other hand, have already suggested that backing Syrian resettlement in the U.S. is at variance with combating anti-Semitism, a sworn task of practically every Jewish organization in America. Morton A. Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, for instance, has rebuked Jewish organizations for "supporting dangerous Syrian immigration" because "Syrian immigrants pose a grave danger to all Americans–and especially to American Jews and homosexuals."

In response, nearly every Jewish organization that has supported Syrian resettlement has reflexively rolled out a Euclidean-like rejoinder, invoking Deuteronomy and the Hebrew prophets, which goes like this: "The Jewish tradition stresses compassion for 'the stranger, the orphan, and the widow' because they are the most vulnerable in society. And any society in which one is under threat, Jews too are necessarily under threat."

OK, but what if the stranger, the orphan, or the widow hates you? Jewish liberals (and others on the left) have similarly programmatic retorts to that question, expressly with respect to the resettlement of Syrians. "How do you know that most Syrians (i.e., Muslims) are dangerous? How do you know that their outlook is so contrary to our own?" Well, we know that the overwhelming majority of Middle Easterners are anti-Semitic because the ADL tells us so. And what better authority to trust than "the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism"?

The ADL, a tax-exempt nonprofit, expended a significant amount of its time and money to produce the (slick and interactive) "ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism." ...
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Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America? [part 2]
Jonathan Bronitsky
Tablet, 5 December 2016

As for the prevalence of anti-Semitism in Syria, it's reasonable to assume we can get a fairly accurate picture based upon the ADL's comprehensive findings from bordering countries.

• 92 percent of Iraqis, or 15 million individuals out of an adult population of 16.2 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

• 81 percent of Jordanians, or 3.1 million individuals out of an adult population of 3.8 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

• 78 percent of Lebanese, or 2.4 million individuals out of an adult population 3.0 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

• 71 percent of Turks, or 35 million individuals out of an adult population of 49.1 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

Given this information, it's not farfetched to speculate that perhaps 80 percent of Syrians harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. Yet the ADL has been a steadfast proponent of Syrian resettlement in the U.S. and Europe. ...

... While Syrian Christians have a legitimate claim to being targets of ethnic cleansing by radical Islamist groups like ISIS, they make up the one group of Syrian refugees that is pointedly not being resettled in America, with estimates in the low double-digits. ...

What would a sensible "Jewish" immigration policy look like – meaning a policy that took both the welfare and the values of the Jewish-American community into account? It's difficult to say, because there are today innumerable ways of defining Judaism. But the policy of "letting in more refugees" is hardly the necessary outcome of serious moral or ethical reasoning. ...

... Those who genuinely need help must genuinely be offered a chance to be helped. But setting a random target in advance for resettling a specific group of people in the U.S. within a specific span of time will invariably lead to an authority – in this case, the federal government – modifying the definition of who needs help in order to hit the target. That's just the way quotas work.

The truth is that Syrian refugees can and ought to be aided abroad, in their own region, or in any of the 50 Muslim-majority countries, through a plethora of nongovernmental organizations. These organizations are able to and should also be supported by the U.S. government as well as by private organizations, including Jewish organizations. Yet resettling tens of thousands of poorly-vetted Syrian refugees in America by political fiat, in order to demonstrate moral virtue, isn't a requisite or constructive policy choice; it's the product of personal and political vanity.

Most Americans who have endorsed Syrian resettlement have muddled intentions. But one thing is clear: Those concerned about preserving and strengthening the values of liberal democracy need to take to heart the reality that all refugees are not created equal. The emotionally-driven yearning to demonstrate one's own selflessness and righteousness is no excuse for jeopardizing the principles our civilization most cherishes, or endangering the lives of one's fellow citizens. For dogmatic tolerance of dogmatic intolerance is not virtuous; it's foolish.
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Soros-Linked Think Tank Says Border Control Causing Hate Crimes
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 December 2016

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has released a report in which it claims that policies to control immigration have caused a "rapid rise in racial violence".

The Soros-linked think tank, whose director Liz Fekete attacked "anti-racist" group Hope Not Hate for discussing Pakistani grooming gangs, argues border control and efforts to crack down on illegal immigration are responsible for a wave of "hate crimes" across Britain.

Advancing the narrative that Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) unleashed an "explosion of racist violence", the paper's foreword states that "whatever else Brexit means or does not mean, it certainly means racism". ...

The document notes that the government has been active in opposing "hate crimes" and developing programmes to crack down on "hate", but argues that by enforcing border control and cracking down on illegal immigration, the government is itself responsible for "hate crimes". ...

Fgure 2 of the document shows policies and comments made by politicians that the author believes legitimised "hate crimes". These include requirements to check legal immigration status of workers, the Prevent counterterrorism strategy, and a statement made by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 which condemned "Islamist extremism". ...

In the paper, which is titled "Racial Violence and the Brexit State", it is implied that any kind of border controls at all encourage racist attacks, asserting that: "A nation state, which is ... defined specifically to divide those who rightfully belong from those who do not, will by definition enshrine racism." ...

The organisation also produces "educational materials" for teachers designed to stir up resentment against white people. ...

Racism, and by implication white people, are responsible for all problems faced by ethnic minorities in Britain including with "employment, housing, education, policing and law enforcement" according to the IRR's teaching resources.
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37% of Britons say immigration has meant that where they live doesn't feel like home any more
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 5 December 2016

With a new report raising questions about the integration of immigrants into British society, YouGov's authoritarian populism study finds significant numbers of people in Britain and across Europe say that immigration has meant they no longer feel at home

... As part of YouGov's ongoing research into authoritarian populism (AP), people from 12 European countries have been asked how far they agreed with a series of positive and negative statements, one of which was:

"There are so many foreigners living round here, it doesn't feel like home any more".

... The extent to which many people in some of Europe's most important countries agree with this statement highlights the wellspring of support such groups might be able to tap into.

In Italy more than half of people (52%) agree with the statement, making them the nationality most likely to do so. French and German people are also highly likely to agree with this statement, at 47% and 44% respectively.

Here in Britain – where a new report has raised questions on how far migrants are integrating into British society – 37% of people agree with the statement. This is the fifth highest rate among the 12 countries, although more British people actually disagree with the statement (39%) than agree.
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More than 50 languages found on signs in Manchester
ITV, 5 December 2016

More than 50 different languages have been identified on signs in Manchester.

Urdu, Chinese, Arabic and Polish make up the majority after English, reflecting the size of the populations that speak these languages.

But Kurdish, Persian, Czech and Somali signs are increasing in numbers due to new businesses being set up by people from these backgrounds.

In a sample of more than 1,000 items, a team from the University of Manchester counted 51 different languages written in 16 different alphabets on signs including posters, billboards, and leaflets. ...

Manchester is one of the country's most diverse cities, where 37% of schoolchildren speak another language in addition to English, according to the university.

It is estimated that more than half of the city's adult population is multilingual, with about 17% declaring on the 2011 Census that their main language was something other than English.
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Terror suspect dodges deportation by refusing to reveal his real identity for 23 years
Robert Mendick and Robert Verkaik
Sunday Telegraph, 4 December 2016

A foreign-born terror suspect has won the right to stay in Britain by keeping his name secret for 23 years.

The man, despite being twice ruled a threat to national security, has defeated repeated attempts to deport him by illegally keeping his true identity secret.

Incredibly, the courts have even granted him anonymity even though his actual identity is not known.

The man has used at least two false names, "Nolidoni" and "Pierre Dumond", since illegally entering the UK in 1993 and claiming asylum. Court documents refer to him only as suspect "B".

The Home Office first took action to deport him after the security services found that in 2000, while living in the UK, he was supporting terrorism abroad. In 2002 he was detained for three years in a British prison over allegations of terrorism.

But the suspect told lawyers to use the Human Rights Act to argue that he faced torture if sent to Algeria, where he claims to be from.

During his case he has refused to comply with a series of court orders requesting him to disclose his real name. He has previously been jailed for four months for contempt of court.

Now the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) has rejected the Home Office's bid to strike out his legal claim to stay in the UK. Home Office lawyers have conceded that the Secretary of State "cannot procure the removal" of B. ...

The case is a serious blow to the Home Secretary's pledge to deport foreign terror suspects. ...

It is understood that the authorities cannot circulate his picture to find out who he really is as this would breach his human rights and break the anonymity order.
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Isolated British Muslims are so cut off from the rest of society that they see the UK as 75 per cent Islamic, shock report reveals
Mail on Sunday, 4 December 2016

Muslims in some parts of the country are so cut off from the rest of society that they believe the majority of Britons share their faith, according to a shock new report.

The major review by the Government's integration tsar Dame Louise Casey has found that thousands of Muslims live in enclaves with their own housing estates, schools and television channels. ...

The new review says Muslim enclaves are concentrated in northern areas such as Bradford, Dewsbury and Blackburn, according to reports in The Sunday Times.

The newspaper quotes sources saying the report will send 'shock waves' through the system by attacking the Government, and particularly the Home Office, for failing to manage the consequences of mass migration and promote integration.

It said the report will criticise the police for 'pandering' to ethnic minorities and say some institutions are so politically correct that they are playing into the hands of the far Right.

Dame Louise reportedly had her review delayed by the Home Office because of concerns over its critical tone.
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Theresa May under pressure from cabinet ministers to let in low-skilled EU migrants after Brexit
Ben Riley-Smith
Sunday Telegraph, 4 December 2016

Theresa May is under pressure from cabinet ministers to let in tens of thousands of low-skilled EU immigrants every year after Brexit amid growing fears of labour shortages.

Around half a dozen cabinet ministers are understood to have concerns that tighter immigration controls after Brexit could deprive industries of essential EU workers.

Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, has concerns about making it harder for EU builders to move to Britain while Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has similar fears about care workers.
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Former UK PM Cameron says fight against racism is never entirely won
Hindustan Times, 4 December 2016

The rise of populist and extremist political forces in the West and racist attacks can be countered by addressing the concerns of the people who feel they did not benefit from globalisation, former British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday.

Cameron acknowledged he had lost his job because of a "populist upsurge" in Britain, and said the struggle against racism and intolerance is "never entirely won" and has to be fought by every generation.

"I think the answer is you have to condemn the racism, the xenophobia, the discrimination, but you have to take away from the populists the mainstream issues that give them a proper platform," he said at the second and final day of the 14th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Then, he said, "these people are left only with their unpleasant and discriminatory views". ...

Despite these incidents, Cameron held up Britain as a successful example of a multi-cultural society.

"You can see role models in every aspect of British life, from India or Pakistan or East or West Africa or the Caribbean. I think we have a real claim to be a genuine multiracial success story," he said.
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Something Strange Is Taking Place In The Mediterranean
Blacklisted News, 4 December 2016

For two months, using, we have been monitoring the movements of ships owned by a couple of NGOs, and, using data from We have kept track of the daily arrivals of African immigrants in Italy. It turned out we were witness of a big scam and an illegal human traffic operation.

NGOs, smugglers, the mafia in cahoots with the European Union have shipped thousands of illegals into Europe under the pretext of rescuing people, assisted by the Italian coast guard which coordinated their activities.

Human traffickers contact the Italian coast guard in advance to receive support and to pick up their dubious cargo. NGO ships are directed to the "rescue spot" even as those to be rescued are still in Libya. The 15 ships that we observed are owned or leased by NGOs have regularly been seen to leave their Italian ports, head south, stop short of reaching the Libyan coast, pick up their human cargo, and take course back 260 miles to Italy even though the port of Zarzis in Tunis is just 60 mile away from the rescue spot.

The organizations in question are: MOAS, Jugend Rettet, Stichting Bootvluchting, Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, Proactiva Open Arms,, Sea-Eye and Life Boat.

The real intention of the people behind the NGOs is not clear. Their motive can be money, we would not be surprised if it turned out to be so. They may also be politically driven; the activities of the Malta-based organisation, MOAS, by trafficking people to Italy is the best guarantee that migrants will not show up on the Maltese shore. /.../ It is also possible that these organisations are managed by naive "do-gooders" who do not understand that offering their services they are acting like a magnet to the people from Africa and thus they are willy-nilly causing more fatalities, not to mention that their actions are destabilizing Europe. ...

Brussels has created particular legislature to protect people traffickers against prosecution. In a dedicated section of an EU resolution entitled On Search and Rescue, the text states that "private ship masters and non-governmental organisations who assist in sea rescues in the Mediterranean Sea should not risk punishment for providing such assistance."

During the two months of our observation, we have monitored at least 39,000 Africans illegally smuggled into Italy, which was done with the full consent of the Italian and European authorities.
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Isil have 'several dozen' operatives in Europe and could strike with car bombs, Europol warns
Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2016

Isil is believed to have "several dozen" operatives in Europe and may soon try to bring car bombs and other tactics from the battlefields of the Middle East to the streets of European cities, the EU's police agency has warned.

Europol issued a new report saying that the jihadist group was changing its tactics as it lost ground in Syria and Iraq but remained determined to strike against Britain and other European countries taking part in the anti-Isil coalition.

The agency said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) operatives would most likely stick with methods that worked successfully in their attacks in Paris and Belgium, where squads of fighters armed with suicide vests and automatic weapons were able to inflict mass casualties.

But Europol said Isil may also try to import tactics from Syria and Iraq. "Modi operandi employed in Syria and Iraq, such as the use of car bombs, extortion and kidnappings may be employed as methods of attack in the EU," the report said.

The agency said that European jihadists may begin trying to return to their home countries in large numbers as Isil loses territority in the Middle East.

"Those who manage to enter the EU will pose a potential security risk for the Union. Given the high numbers involved, this represents a significant and long-term security challenge."
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Mass EU immigration UNCOVERED: Millions of Ukrainians on their way to Europe
Jon Rogers and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 3 December 2016

Around two million Ukrainians are believed to have moved to the European Union - with the encouragement of the eastern European countries.

The Visegrád group of countries - Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - have reportedly been encouraging Ukrainians to move to those countries as they try to solve their labour shortage problems.

According to leading German paper Die Welt, the countries have been encouraging immigration from the Ukraine as a way of not having to take in asylum seekers from the Middle East.

Around 100,000 Ukrainians are now living in the Czech Republic and one million in Poland. ...

Around 230,000 Ukrainians were reported to be in Italy at the end of 2014, around 130,000 in Germany, almost 100,000 in Spain and some 40,000 in Portugal.

In the UK, which is not part of the Schengen area that allows free movement of people, the Ukrainian Embassy says there are 30,000 of its countrymen and women living here.
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Man avoids deportation by convincing Administrative Appeals Tribunal he is gay
Natasha Bita
Daily Telegraph [Australia], 3 December 2016

A foreign drug dealer who married an Australian woman for a visa has ducked deportation by convincing a tribunal he's gay.

The federal government tried to deport the sexually confused crim after he was jailed for "substantial drug dealing'' in cocaine and ice.

But he used taxpayer-funded Legal Aid to fight deportation – and won.

The criminal claimed he would be persecuted in his Muslim homeland for his homosexuality – even though he had already married his Australian girlfriend and applied for a spouse visa.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is considering an appeal against the Administrative Appeals Tribunal's shock decision to let the cocaine dealer stay. ...

When the couple married in 2002, the new groom applied for a spouse visa. ...

One of the man's friends told the hearing that "the marriage to Mary was part of a show for the benefit of the immigration authorities so (he) would qualify for a spouse visa''.

But the man "expressly denied the relationship was a sham''.

Immigration officials refused to give the man a spouse visa – so he changed his story and told them he was gay.

He was given a protection visa "on the basis he would be persecuted because of his sexuality if he returned home".
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Libya's coastal cities are 'making millions from people smuggling'
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 2 December 2016

Libya's coastal cities are making up to €325m (£272m) in revenue each year from people smuggling, the commander of a EU military task force in the Mediterranean Sea says in a confidential report.

In a report to the EU's 28 nations, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino warns "migrant smuggling, originating far beyond Libyan borders, remains a major source of income among locals in Libyan coastal cities".

The report, which was issued to EU member nations on Wednesday and seen by The Associated Press, provides no details as to how the figure was calculated. ...

Mr Credendino also notes that Islamic extremist groups are among those involved in the smuggling business, which sometimes begins far south in Africa's Sahel zone.

"Al-Qaida and al-Qaida AQIM [al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb], aligned with the Tuareg tribe in southwestern Libya, are assessed to be financially exploiting these smuggling routes," he says. ...

Last week, authorities in Italy they had recorded a record number of arrivals by sea this year, with one month still to go in 2016.

Over 171,000 migrants have arrived, which beats the previous annual record of 170,100 from 2014.
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Isis recruiters targeting refugees in Europe, say counter-terror experts
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 2 December 2016

Islamic State recruiters are targeting vulnerable refugees in Europe to radicalise them in an effort to further polarise the European Union population, counter-terror experts have warned.

Europol, the law enforcement agency of the EU, said it was in the interests of Islamic State to inflame the migration crisis and to turn EU citizens against refugees seeking asylum.

A number of jihadis are already travelling through Europe for this purpose and German authorities were aware of about 300 recorded attempts to recruit refugees trying to enter Europe by April 2016, Europol said in its report, Changes in Modus Operandi of IS revisited. ...

However, Europol said the extent of such infiltration was unknown, making the subject susceptible to exaggeration and exploitation by populist factions and extreme rightwing parties.
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SHOCK POLL: Four in ten British Muslims want some aspect of Sharia Law enforced in UK
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 2 December 2016

More than four in ten British Muslims want to see at least some aspects of Sharia Law in force in the UK, an opinion poll revealed last night.

Forty-three per cent of followers of the religion living in the country believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea.

Researchers also found "deeply worrying" levels of belief among British Muslims in conspiracy theories such as blaming the US government or "Jews" for the 9/11 terror attacks on America.

The findings were revealed last night in one of the biggest surveys of opinion among Muslims ever carried out in the UK. Data from the polling firm ICM showed very similar views to the rest of the UK population on a range of key issues including the NHS, unemployment and immigration.

But the research commissioned by the Westminster-based think tank Policy Research found stark differences with other sections of society on the issues of Sharia Law and some aspects of the terrorist threat.

The findings were set out in the report "Unsettled Belonging: Britain's Muslim Communities" published by Policy Exchange last night.

More than 3,000 Muslims living in Britain were quizzed for the research.

When asked whether "particular aspects" of sharia law should be introduced "instead of British law" in the survey, 16 per cent of respondents "strongly" supported the idea while 25 per cent said they "tend to support" the idea. ...

When it came to 9/11, 31 per cent of Muslims quizzed in the survey thought the US Government was to blame while 7 per cent blamed "the Jews".

In contrast, only 4 per cent thought the terror group Al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York Twin Towers and other targets. ...

Dr Martyn Frampton, co-author of the report, and Head of Security and Counter Extremism at Policy Exchange, said the evidence of belief in "conspiracy theory" was "deeply worrying". ...

"Unlike the general population, nearly a third of British Muslims believe the American government was responsible for the attacks on the Twin Towers, while a surprisingly tiny number attributed blame to al-Qaeda." ...

The report said found that 26 per cent of Muslims did not believe in extremism and 48 per cent would not turn to the police if someone close to them became involved with people linked to Syrian terrorism.

It found 93 per cent of respondents had a fairly strong or very strong attachment to Britain and more than half wanted to fully integrate with non-Muslims in all aspects of life.

More Muslims condemned terrorism than the rest of the population - 90 per cent to 84 per cent - and 55 per cent wanted to see extra police on the streets.

The report found that the Muslim Council of Britain enjoys little support in the community, with just 9 per cent of respondents backing it.
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British borders are weakened by poor information at ports, the terror watchdog has warned
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2016

British borders are weakened in the fight against terror because ports do not receive good enough advance information about passengers, a watchdog has warned.

David Anderson QC's damning report concluded that port staff are "impaired" in their ability to fight terrorism and block people who should not be coming into the country because of poor records kept by travel firms.

The Independent Reviewer of Terror legislation said that passenger lists, which help police and border force officers identify people who should be stopped on entering or leaving the UK, are often incomplete and are provided too late.
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To restore Britain's faith in the immigration system, we need statistics we can trust
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2016
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How many people come to Britain from other countries to work? How many leave to live elsewhere? The Office for National Statistics says the balance of those two figures in the year to June was 335,000, a figure almost laughably far from the "tens of thousands" ministers have promised since 2010 but never delivered.

The consequences of that failure are profound, and not just for the communities and public services left to accommodate large numbers of newcomers. Failure on immigration has corroded trust in the political system as a whole. ...

The data on which this whole debate rests are beset with problems. The figures for people leaving the UK are based on a very limited snapshot survey of airport passengers; scandalously, Britain does not count people departing. Worse, there may be serious discrepancies between the number of EU nationals recorded entering the UK and the number of National Insurance numbers granted to Europeans, a statistical gap that suggests Europeans are undercounted in migration figures.
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How Algeria could destroy the EU
Stephen Pollard
The Spectator, 3 December 2016

It is more than possible that before any Brexit deal is discussed, let alone concluded, the EU will have effectively collapsed. And the key factor could be the demise of Algeria's leader of 17 years. ...

... Among people who know Algeria well, there is little doubt that he is severely incapacitated and does not have much time left. That means that his regime does not have much time left either. The consequences of that will stretch far beyond Algeria.

When Bouteflika goes, Algeria will probably implode. The Islamists who have been kept at bay by his iron hand will exploit the vacuum. Tensions that have been buried since the civil war will re-emerge. And then Europe could be overwhelmed by another great wave of refugees from North Africa. ...

It was only 24 years ago that 150,000 died in an Algerian civil war between the Islamists and the state. This time, things will be far more bloody, not least because of the development of armed Islamism over the past few years. ...

An Algerian civil war would create huge numbers of refugees. One analyst told me he expects 10 to 15 million Algerians will try to leave. Given Algeria's history, they would expect to be rescued by one nation: France. In its impact on the EU, even a fraction of this number would dwarf the effect of the Syrian civil war. ...

... An Algerian civil war and the ensuing refugee crisis would shake France to the core.
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The lesson of 2016 is that identity matters – even for white people
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 2 December 2016

How do white people feel about being white? It's a difficult question. ... For most of the 20th century, to be white in Britain was to be utterly unexceptional. In many places, it still is: Worcester, where I grew up, is 92.4 per cent white. There, white people are just people.

Second, for pollsters there is a huge roadblock when it comes to surveying our attitudes to race: "social desirability bias". Before answering the question, we do a mental check. Will this make me sound racist?

Yet we must investigate majority identities, simply because so many of those who hold them do feel under threat. The election of Donald Trump was powered by white voters who were concerned about immigration, about jobs going overseas and about becoming a minority in the US by 2045. The places in Britain with the strongest concerns about immigration are those where the demographics have changed most quickly. ...

Enter YouGov. The polling company offered to work with me on questions that would tease out attitudes to race, and asked them of 1,632 adults (online, to reduce social desirability bias to a minimum).

In total, 46 per cent thought Britain was a "Christian country", against 35 per cent who did not. /.../ The numbers grew with age, from 19 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds to 65 per cent of over-65s. There was no real class, gender or geographic divide.

The figures for whether Britain is a "white country" told a similar story: 40 per cent overall said it was, while 42 per cent said it wasn't. ...

YouGov also asked respondents how important eight factors were to their identity: job, parents, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion and where they lived. The most important were parents and nationality: 88 per cent of Ukip voters said the latter was very important or quite important. Other results were more surprising. "Ethnicity is a more important part of people's identity than religion, with 54 per cent saying it is very or fairly important," says the researcher Chris Curtis. ...

Looking at the figures, it becomes apparent that older voters are much more socially conservative than Generation Z, and they have a stronger feeling that Britain is a white, Christian country. Because their turnout rates are so much higher, that matters. Any party that wants to win over older voters will need to speak to their sense of patriotism and national identity. ...

The lesson of 2016 is that even those with majority identities now feel under threat – and, as a result, they experience those identities more keenly. And if more white people feel white, that changes politics.
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How was a gay Islamist porn star able to penetrate Germany's intelligence agency?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 2 December 2016

Anybody who has observed Germany in recent years may have noticed that the country's politicians have gone a bit nuts. For instance, it isn't just Chancellor Merkel but a broad swathe of the German political class, who believe it wise to invite an additional 1-2 percent of the population into the country in a year and only wonder afterwards whether this was a good idea. ...

So the news that the BfV has been penetrated by an Islamic extremist who planned to blow up the agency's headquarters is not reassuring. ...

Had he not plotted to blow up the country's intelligence HQ, a German Muslim with a gay porn star past would ordinarily be hailed as a great integration success story. But anti-climactically it seems that the whole thing carries few lessons for the integration industry. The retired porn-star jihadi is not only a convert to Islam but also of Spanish descent, and thus cannot present a viable integration strategy for all the young African and Middle Eastern males who Angela Merkel has chosen to make up the next generation of Germans.
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UK visas: YES to radical Islamists, NO to Christian archbishops
Barnabas Fund, 2 December 2016
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It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world's attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK's first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria.

Last week saw great celebrations as St Thomas Cathedral in London was consecrated by the worldwide head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. HM the Queen sent a personal message, while Prince Charles was the guest of honour and addressed the congregation. The service was attended by senior UK church leaders including the Bishop of London, while the UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, sent a letter to be read out to the congregation. ...

Yet that welcome did not extend to either Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul or to Timothius Mousa Shamani, the Archbishop of St Matthew's (which covers the Nineveh valley in northern Iraq) who were refused UK visas to attend the cathedral's consecration in London. The UK also refused to grant a visa to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, the Archbishop of Homs and Hama in Syria. In his case the British Embassy told him that they would not waver from their policy of not granting visas to anyone in Syria. The diocese of each of these three archbishops has been taken over by Islamic State (IS) with Christians executed, enslaved, or forced to accept dhimmitude and pay jizya. Churches there have been either destroyed or converted into mosques. The Archbishop of Mosul was in fact the last senior churchman to leave Mosul in July 2014 when IS seized it. His cathedral is now a mosque.

Yet despite this, both these very senior church leaders whose church members are experiencing genocide were denied visas to attend the consecration of the UK's first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, which provides spiritual care for some of their flock who have managed to obtain refuge in the UK. ...

The refusal to grant a few days' UK visa to these very senior church leaders is symptomatic of a deeper problem in the UK Home Office. ...

Yet, at the same time this is happening, radical Islamist leaders are being told they can have visas – even though they represent organisations or movements that incite violence and persecution against Christians. For example, we have previously reported that the UK Home Office recently issued guidance stating that there should be a presumption that senior members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood should be granted asylum in the UK – despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly incited violence against Egyptian Christians, leading to around 80 churches being burnt down since 2013, and has declared a violent jihad against the Egyptian government. In July this year visas were granted for a tour of UK mosques by two Pakistani Islamic leaders who have been prominent campaigners to "honour" the murder of anyone opposed to Pakistan's blasphemy laws and who also called for the immediate killing of Christians accused of blasphemy, such as Aasia Bibi.
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Immigration to UK hit record levels in run-up to Brexit vote, latest figures show
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 1 December 2016

Immigration to Britain hit its highest ever annual level of 650,000 in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, new official figures have revealed.

But the latest official figures show that since the Brexit vote in June new national insurance registrations by workers from the European Union have fallen, with the largest drop – 17% – among workers from Poland and other east European countries.

The latest quarterly figures show that annual net migration to Britain in the 12 months to June 2016 continued at a record level of 335,000, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The figures show that level of net migration from the European Union is also at historically high levels and now matches net migration from outside the EU.

The record 650,000 level of immigration in the year to June 2016 was made up of 284,000 EU citizens coming to live and work in Britain, 289,000 coming from outside Europe and 77,000 Britons returning to live in the UK. The most common reason they came to Britain was to work.
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70 per cent of newborns in London have at least one foreign parent - and the figure is 33 per cent across the rest of England and Wales
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 1 December 2016

Seven out of every ten children born in London last year had at least one foreign-born parent, official figures reveal, with the figure as high as 86 per cent in some suburbs.

The number of children born in England and Wales with at least one parent born overseas has soared to a record 33 per cent – up from just 21.2 per cent in 2000, when Tony Blair's government was opening the gates to mass migration from Eastern Europe. ...

In the eastern borough of Newham, the proportion was 86.4 per cent – or 5,378 out of 6,226 babies. Brent, in North-West London, came next with 86.2 per cent, followed by Westminster (83.5 per cent) and Kensington and Chelsea (83.2 per cent).

In only four of 32 London boroughs were fewer than half of births to non-British parents. The figures were revealed by National Statistician John Pullinger in a letter published by the House of Commons.

The data is a striking illustration of the way mass migration is changing the face of the country – and placing additional pressure on public services, including hospitals, clinics and education services. ...

In the latest set of figures, published in August, net migration totalled 327,000 in the year to March – before Britain voted to leave the EU. That was down slightly on the record 336,000 recorded a year earlier.
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Registering all 3.3m EU migrants living in the UK is a 'FORMIDABLE' task, expert warns
Zoe Efstathiou
Daily Express, 1 December 2016

Registering more than 3.3 million EU nationals living in the UK prior to Brexit to establish who can remain in Britain could prove a "formidable task", a migration advisor has warned.

Jonathan Portes, a research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, warned that logging the details of all EU nationals who have lived in the UK prior to Brexit would prove a "formidable logistical, bureaucratic, administrative and legal task" for Government.

The former chief economist at the Cabinet Office rejected a "cut off date" proposal raised by David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, who suggested that rather than examining the individual details of each migrant's case, all EU nationals living in the UK on the date of the referendum should automatically be allowed to remain.

Mr Portes said: "There is no definition of resident, no proof of residence, for people who have been here. What about the Polish shopkeeper who went home on 23 June? We do not know who was in the country."

Instead, Mr Portes advised the Government to consider how urgent and important it is to register EU migrants.

He also raised concerns about the impact on the economy of ending the free movement of low-skilled workers from the EU, which he claimed could lead to businesses shutting down, food price hikes and cuts to social care.
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EU immigration has Britain at BREAKING POINT and Brexit must put a stop to it, blasts Lord
Patrick Christys
Daily Express, 1 December 2016

Immigration at its current level will see Britain's population rise by half a million people a year, most of them from the European Union, and Brexit must put a stop to it, says a prominent member of the House of Lords.

Lord Andrew Green, former British Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia, has said a Brexit deal with Brussels that ties Britain into the free movement of people would be "immoral" and shake public confidence in the political system.

Lord Green, who founded the think tank Migration Watch UK, said the inability to control Britain's borders was a major factor in people voting to leave the European Union and he is adamant the current level of immigration is unsustainable.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Bruges Group in London, he said: "As for the immigration chapter of the Brexit negotiations, I submit that the situation had become untenable.

"With one hundred million people in Eastern Europe at a standard of living of a third or a quarter of our own, a continuing substantial inflow was a racing certainty.

"Meanwhile, massive levels of youth unemployment in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are likely to be a push factor for a considerable period.

"Our estimate is that net migration from the EU would have continued at about 150,000 a year well into the medium term."

He added: "The prospect that is hanging over the entire Brexit negotiation is that immigration is at 330,000 a year for the foreseeable future.

"A population increase that will require us to build the equivalent of a huge city the size of Liverpool every year, and 90 per cent of it is in England alone.

"The general public can now see very clearly that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed, and without their consent."
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'Not Only Is Immigration Out Of Control, But Brexit Won't Stop It'
David Mellor
LBC, 1 December 2016

The horrendous record immigration figures just published of 650,000 in the last 12 months suggests that not only is immigration out of control, but also that exiting the European Union won't necessarily stop it.

Or at least, not, in the immortal words of Tommy Cooper "Just like that!"

There's a serious prospect that Brexit will happen, and we will leave the EU, and immigration won't fall.

How can that be? Well, just like this.

Immigration from the EU won't necessarily stop, because the terms of the Brexit deal will almost certainly force us to retain some free movement. ...

For many people, a failure to cut mass migration after Brexit will be the biggest political betrayal in decades. And one that will have a profound impact on public confidence in politics and politicians. ...

The really staggering figure, that gives us no grounds for confidence at all that mass migration will end with Brexit, is the one that shows migration from outside the EU, that theoretically we are able to control. It was 289,000 last year, more than EU migration, which we can't control, which was 285,000.

This 289,000 is immigration we could stop, but choose not to.

And of course, a lot of this in-flow is of largely unskilled people from Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

Which is, uncomfortable truths to tell, the migration most resented by the majority of people who are concerned about immigration, as opposed to those nice Polish barmaids, waitresses and building workers.

If the British government can't (or won't) stop non-EU migration now, why are we naïve enough to imagine they will do so after Brexit? And the present uncontrollable flow from this source is equivalent to the population of Nottingham, each and every year.

Various commitments down the years have been given to long term migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, allowing them to bring in family members, other dependants, and, of course spouses.

Unless a future government is prepared to abolish these longstanding arrangements, migration will remain, in the eyes of many voters, unacceptably high, Brexit or no Brexit.

This is the prospect that stares us in the face; we will leave the EU, and mass migration will continue. What a thought. But it's probably the truth.
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Machines could easily replace EU migrants working in coffee shops, says leading economist as he says it's 'certain' Britain will adapt to Brexit
Matt Dathan
MailOnline, 1 December 2016

EU migrants working in coffee shops and similar industries could easily be replaced by modern machinery, a leading economist said.

This is one of a number of ways British businesses will adjust to a reduction in immigration after Brexit, according to Jonathan Portes, a former chief economist at the Cabinet Office and principal research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

He suggested Britain's vote to leave the EU will make companies more efficient, with firms choosing to invest in labour-saving machinery.

Mr Portes said it was 'certain' that the economy would adjust to lower levels of migration and dismissed concerns over the impact Brexit will have on the economy.

But he warned that the reduction in cheap labour from eastern Europe could lead to some UK firms going out of business or could lead to higher prices for consumers as employers are forced to employ British workers on higher wages.

This could lead to an increase in our reliance on foreign imports, Mr Portes told a House of Lords committee on the EU today. ...

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said the number of EU nationals in the UK could be as high as 3.9 million - higher than the 3.3 million currently estimated to be living in the UK.
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Islamists who exploit the language barrier
Nigel West
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2016

The news that the German security service, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), may have been penetrated by an Islamist terrorist organisation will come as no surprise to Western counter-intelligence analysts. In fact, it will serve only as an unpleasant reminder of the vulnerability of such agencies when entrance and vetting standards are compromised in an effort to acquire language skills.

At the heart of the continuing challenge of countering "hostile penetration" is the balance that has to be struck in the acquisition of intelligence staff with foreign dialects – who are essential if a security apparatus is to monitor the communications of terror suspects speaking in their own patois, or to maintain physical and technical surveillance on extremists from the Middle East. ...

However, in the rush to embrace native-speaking interpreters and even case officers, many Western security services have reduced their standards and limited their background screening of candidates. ...

Most security authorities acknowledge the problem – which was graphically illustrated by Nada Prouty, who infiltrated the FBI and then the CIA. ...

A review by MI5 revealed a similar problem, as the then director-general, Eliza Manningham-Buller, conceded. When the FBI and CIA reported more than 40 attempts at "entryism" by suspicious applicants, MI5 acknowledged that it had experienced the same problem, but declined to give the precise number uncovered.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber warns of diversity crisis in British theatre
Dalya Alberge
The Guardian, 1 December 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he fears for the survival of British theatre unless it reflects the diversity of the nation's population, referring to the industry as still 'hideously white'.

The award-winning composer of hits including Evita, Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar sounds the warning in a diversity report he commissioned to address the lack of non-white performers and backstage staff.

In its introduction, he writes: "I passionately believe that the stage needs to reflect the diversity of the UK population or it risks becoming sidelined."

The report, published on Thursday, warns: "If the situation continues, there is real danger that, not only will black and Asian young people stay away from the theatre as a profession, they will stay away as punters. And without them in the audience, theatres will become unsustainable, as they are forced to compete for a dwindling ageing, white, middle-class audience." ...

Lord Lloyd-Webber said he was alarmed by the findings of the report, Centre Stage: The Pipeline of BAME Talent. ...

The report's authors, Danuta Kean, an arts, media and publishing analyst, and Mel Larsen, an arts consultant, say "white middle classes still dominate audiences" and that "even in London, where the BAME population is now 44%, audiences outside specialist theatres and theatre groups remain overwhelmingly white". ...

The report says the problem is even greater backstage, with only a handful of BAME senior executives, while makeup artists are not trained to deal with black skin.
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'You're COMPLETELY losing touch' Farage issues warning to establishment over radical Islam
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 1 December 2016

Nigel Farage has urged the European media to reconsider its coverage of the "big issues" – such as immigration, radical Islam and the European Union.

The former Ukip leader claimed some outlets have grown "out of touch" with the consensus of the majority of people in their nations.

The Brexiteer, who was a catalyst in the effort to take Britain out of the EU, accused journalists at a media event in Denmark of not daring to cover the real feelings of the British people when it comes to subjects such as immigration.

Speaking at the News Xchange annual conference, Mr Farage said: "There are some big issues that you guys need to think very hard about. ...

"I think in terms of immigration, I still think many of you are covering this subject in a way that anyone who dares to raise the issue, somehow has malevolent intentions underneath – which in the vast majority of cases simply isn't true.

"I think the coverage of radical Islam is another area where you are completely losing touch with vast swathes of your own population.

"In fact, it happens in politics too. Dear Hillary [Clinton] couldn't even bring herself to say radical Islam – she couldn't even use the term. ..."
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Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military
Damian Carrington
The Guardian, 1 December 2016

Climate change is set to cause a refugee crisis of "unimaginable scale", according to senior military figures, who warn that global warming is the greatest security threat of the 21st century and that mass migration will become the "new normal".

The generals said the impacts of climate change were already factors in the conflicts driving a current crisis of migration into Europe, having been linked to the Arab Spring, the war in Syria and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency.

Military leaders have long warned that global warming could multiply and accelerate security threats around the world by provoking conflicts and migration. They are now warning that immediate action is required.
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Study calls for strategy to fight multidrug-resistant TB in migrants
Manufacturing Chemist, 1 December 2016

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is widespread globally with almost half a million cases documented in 2014. Although rare in European countries, the risks posed by the current migrant crisis makes MDR-TB an important and urgent public health priority.

A study just published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection documents that the rate of infection with MDR-TB is higher among migrants than in the general population, particularly in those born outside Europe and in those forced to leave their home country as asylum seekers and refugees.

The data, reviewed by Hargreaves et al., shows that 100% of the MDR-TB cases diagnosed in Austria, the Netherlands and Norway occurred in migrants to those countries. A high proportion of MDR-TB cases were also apparent in migrants to other European states – 90% in the UK, 89% in France, 87% in Italy and 94% in Germany.
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Huge backlog as EU citizens rush to secure British residency
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 1 December 2016

EU citizens worried about their right to remain in Britain have inundated the Home Office with applications to secure their UK residency, leading to an official backlog that has trebled since the summer of 2015. ...

The number of outstanding applications from European citizens to secure their residency status in Britain went from 37,618 in June 2015 to almost 100,000 "currently in progress" in early July 2016, including those seeking permanent residence cards and documents for non-EU family members of European citizens.
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A third of babies have at least one parent born outside the UK
Full Fact, 1 December 2016

The proportion of babies registered with a parent born outside the UK rose from just under 30% in 2008 to about 33% in 2015. So in plain English, that's more like 'just under a third' to 'about a third'. ...

On the other hand, it's correct that the proportion has come up from about 21% in 2000. ...

63% of babies are recorded as having both parents born in the UK, so just under two-thirds. The remaining 4% of babies are registered as having a mother born inside the UK, but their father isn't registered.

The Office for National Statistics told us they don't collect data on parents' nationalities. The data on parents' place of birth comes from the information you have to bring when you register a birth. Although parents can bring a passport as ID, they don't have to. ...

Across London, about 69% of babies have at least one parent who was born abroad.
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There are plenty of problems with a "transitional" EU arrangement – but immigration is by far the greatest
Mark Wallace
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2016

Much like the temporary introduction of income tax during the Napoleonic Wars, or the thrice-cursed Barnett Formula, things that are meant to only last a short while tend to stick around for perpetuity, bedevelling any and all attempts to move on to what was meant to be the permanent state of affairs.

This should give us pause for thought before steaming into a supposedly temporary bridging arrangement with Brussels. Not only could the reality be longer-lasting than the theory, but voters would be justifiably sceptical and entitled to wonder if the contents of such a deal really do what it says on the tin.

As is so often the case, this would be particularly awkward on the topic of immigration. ...

A transitional arrangement wouldn't – couldn't – do anything to change the situation on immigration one iota, though. Free movement would remain in place, and our borders would remain open.

The prospect of entering a long-lasting "transitional" limbo is unappealing enough. Leave voters would be justifiably angry at what would amount to a fudge at best. But consider the continued loss of control over immigration as well, and it becomes clear that it wouldn't be tenable at all.
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Ministers want controls on skilled and unskilled EU workers, say sources
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 30 November 2016

The British government wants to implement an immigration regime under which controls would be applied to both skilled and unskilled European workers, the Guardian understands.

Ministers have told colleagues they want a tough system that is profoundly different to the one that currently exists, with restrictions at all levels.

But sources have suggested that they and officials are now looking at a regime in which European citizens would be treated preferentially to migrants coming to the UK from the rest of the world.

Theresa May wants free movement to be a red line in Brexit negotiations and has been reported to support the idea of EU citizens being able to travel freely for holidays, to study or to marry, but with a robust visa scheme for those wanting to work.

The Guardian understands that there have also been discussions about a second, more liberal immigration system under which free movement would stay but with an "emergency brake" if immigration levels became unacceptably high.

The system, which would have a registration system for EU nationals, goes beyond what David Cameron proposed in his renegotiation but is in line with concepts that have been used by other countries with access to the single market.

However, May has told cabinet colleagues that while the emergency brake scheme should be kept on the table, it is not her preferred option as it does not provide an adequate shift from what already exists. ...

Ministers also favour controls in place at all skill levels despite calls from some politicians and business figures to allow free movement of more qualified workers. ...

The campaign group Open Britain has advocated an emergency brake because it is a concept that has been used for non-EU countries that are still part of the European Economic Area and so have access to the single market. ...

But Brexit-supporting MPs said it was right to put in place restrictions, even for skilled workers. Peter Lilley, a Tory MP on parliament's Brexit committee, argued that access to cheap skilled labour had allowed British employers to "put training on the backburner".

He argued that the result was that countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Sweden had four times the proportion of technically and vocationally skilled workers, which he said was a disaster in Britain's education system.

He also said it was important to cut back on migration levels because of shortages of housing. However, he was not supportive of any better treatment for European citizens over those in other parts of the world.

"Our current system is racist and would continue to be racist if we had a system with preference for EU."
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Boris Johnson calls for illegal immigrants to be granted amnesty after Brexit
Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2016

Boris Johnson has called for illegal immigrants to be granted the right to stay in Britain after Brexit, according to reports.

The Foreign Secretary has suggested that offering amnesty to those who have avoided detection for 10 years would be economically beneficial. ...

Mr Johnson first argued for an amnesty in 2008 and he repeated the politically controversial idea during his time as Mayor of London.

He raised the issue again during the referendum campaign and argued that offering amnesty would be "the humane thing to do."

One senior minister told the Sun: "It's an insane idea and would make ordinary Brits furious.

"A lot of us round the table couldn't believe Boris is still going on about this. Privately, Boris is still the most pro-immigration member of the Cabinet." ...

A Home Office spokesman said: "We are not looking afresh at an amnesty for illegal migrants, and will not be".
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Five-year ban on benefits for EU migrants: Plan would mean people arriving from Europe would have to wait as long as non-EU residents for access
MailOnline, 30 November 2016

EU citizens in post-Brexit Britain will be banned from accessing benefits for five years, under plans published today.

The blueprint – being considered by ministers – would mean migrants from the European Union would have to wait as long as non-EU nationals before being able to receive housing and income benefits.

The plans would also allow a small number of low-skilled EU workers into the UK after Brexit as the economy is weaned off cheap labour.

The 'key worker' scheme could apply in care homes and other sectors heavily reliant on foreign labour.

The numbers would be 'tapered off' in order to give employers time to train more British workers.

The policy, from think-tank MigrationWatch UK, is similar to the final package ministers are expected to draw up.
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Five reasons to question the UK's immigration figures
Helen Warrell, Alan Smith and Keith Fray
Financial Times, 30 November 2016

The statistics underpin government policy but there are five reasons why the numbers, calculated from a passenger survey, may not be completely accurate.

The International Passenger Survey main measure of migration was not designed to do this job ...

In a review of the survey carried out three years ago, the ONS said: "Of some 800,000 people interviewed by IPS staff at ports each year, under 5,000 are identified as migrants. Whilst this sample size does allow estimates of migration at the UK level to be made, these estimates are subject to relatively wide margins of uncertainty."

The ONS says that, despite these deficiencies, the IPS is still "the best available source to measure migration" and that the survey is "fit for this purpose". MPs conducted an inquiry into the IPS three years ago and disagreed, calling it "little better than a best guess".

The survey is hampered by practical constraints

Travellers are questioned for the IPS only between 6am and 10pm so it takes no account of overnight flights. ...

The ONS says that it weights the survey to compensate for the missing data. ...

The data become less reliable the more detail you look for

Official statistics are published with confidence intervals that express the margin of error. In the case of the IPS, these intervals become proportionally larger for more detailed estimates – such as the numbers of workers, or students – because they are based on much smaller samples than the headline net migration figure. ...

Emigration is especially hard to measure

The ONS review of IPS methodology states that estimating emigration – including overseas students returning home – is "problematic" and contributes to "substantial uncertainty" in the net migration figures. ...

People's plans change

This is especially relevant for data on overseas students, whose plans are likely to be fluid: for instance, those leaving the UK after their course has ended may say they expect to return shortly but never do, meaning they are not counted as emigrants. Similarly, someone who came in on a student visa may leave after a year of employment, telling survey staff that they were in the country to work rather than study.

Another glitch is that students on masters courses may arrive intending to stay for more than a year but then leave after just 11 months, meaning they are counted as "long-term" migrants when they arrive but not when they leave.

As a result, estimates of how many students overstay in the UK after their studies vary wildly.

According to the passenger survey, about 93,000 non-EU international students are overstaying in Britain after the end of their studies. This has prompted Home Office proposals for further curbs to student visas.

But the Annual Population Survey suggests that only 30,000-40,000 non-EU migrants who came as students are still in the UK population after five years. Government visa data suggest the figure is about 40,000.

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Oxford Migration Observatory, says it is "clear" that "we just don't know what the net migration of non-EU students is".
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'Tech migrants' are invading Europe – and many are heading for the UK
Victoria Woollaston
Wired, 30 November 2016

On the face of things, Europe and its tech hubs seem to pale in comparison against the US, but figures from the second Slush report suggest this is far from the truth.

By studying data from LinkedIn, Stack Overflow and Meetup, as well as surveys with industry leaders, the report has found there are now more professional developers in Europe (4.7 million) than across the US (4.1 million).

And the number one destination for international tech talent is the UK. ...

Looking across Europe, the top developer hubs are London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Amsterdam. London's developer population is now bigger than New York, while the total professional developer population in London, Paris and Berlin outnumbers that in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area.

As a result, many of the people coming to work in tech jobs in Europe come from outside the continent or are moving between countries.

A quarter of these so-called 'tech migrants' who move into Europe head for the UK. Germany (12 per cent), France (nine per cent) and Spain (seven per cent) follow. The UK is also the top destination for people from both outside and inside Europe.
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£200 MILLION: Cost of 60,000 migrants who began claiming Carers Allowance on arrival in UK
Daily Express, 30 November 2016

The number of migrants who have come to the UK and then started claiming Carers Allowance benefit has DOUBLED in the last six years pushing the annual bill to almost £200 million.

Latest figures from the Government show there were 60,000 people claiming the benefit who have come here from abroad - a massive 10 PERCENT of all claimants.

It means the bill for these foreign-born claimants of the £62.10-per-week benefit is £3.7 million every week. ...

The figures show that the numbers of migrant claimants of this benefit in the UK has risen from 29,370 in 2010 to this year's figure of 60,000.

During the same time period the number of claimants born in the so-called EU-10 nations behind the old Iron Curtain has quadrupled from 1,770 to 8,910. ...

The figures show that the top ten nations whose inhabitants are claiming the benefit: 1. Pakistan (11,510) 2. Bangladesh (5,020) 3. India (4,650) 4. Poland (3,760) 5. Somalia (2,880) 6. Turkey (1,690) 7. Iraq (1,620) 8. Ireland (1,150) 9. Iran (1,080) 10. Holland (1,030).
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Employee of German intelligence agency uncovered as Islamist extremist planning Isis-inspired terror attack
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 30 November 2016

A German national security agent has been arrested on suspicion of being an Islamist and disclosing sensitive information as part of a possible Isis-inspired terror plot.

The 51-year-old was a full-time employee of the Bundesamtes für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) – the German equivalent of MI5 – when he allegedly started using extremist chat sites under a fake name.

Security sources told Die Welt he was planning a bomb attack "in the name of Allah" on the intelligence agency's headquarters in Cologne until he was discovered by a BfV informer who came across the internet threads last month.

The German suspect, who has a family and formerly worked at a bank, has been engaged in gathering intelligence on Islamist networks in Germany since April.

He converted to Islam two years ago and had made a pledge of allegiance to the Austrian Isis fighter Mohamed Mahmoud, Der Spiegel reported.
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Border Patrol agents warming burritos, babysitting for illegals, chief says
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 30 November 2016

Border Patrol agents have been reduced to "professional child care providers" for illegal immigrants, warming burritos and babysitting the families and unaccompanied children who are surging across the border at an increasing rate, the agents' frustrated chief told Congress on Wednesday.

Chief Mark Morgan, who was tapped to lead the agency in June, said he has had to pull hundreds of his agents from patrolling against drugs and illegal border crossers in Arizona and California and shipped them to Texas, where they would be manning what amounts to day care holding centers, stocking baby powder and placing requisition orders for baby wipes.

"Agents, one of their jobs during the day, is to make sure the burritos that are being provided are being warmed properly," he told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. ...

Contradicting his political bosses, Chief Morgan said lax U.S. policies are encouraging the latest surge from Central America and that a tougher policy of fast deportations could cut the rate. ...

The Obama administration has struggled to handle the surge of 68,445 people traveling as families and another 68,541 unaccompanied children – those traveling without parents – jumping the U.S. border in 2014. The numbers dipped in 2015 but surged back in fiscal year 2016, with 59,692 unaccompanied minors and a record 77,674 family members. ...

... Smugglers teach the migrants what to say, Chief Morgan said.

"We know that they're coaching individuals on specifically what to say when they come here. They just rattle off and they memorize the magic words that they need to say so they'll fall within the statute of credible fear," the chief said.

He said the way to stem the flow is to convince would-be migrants that they will be stopped and deported – what he called a "consequence delivery system."

"The reality is they come to the borders and they are being released. What that does is it sends a strong message to those folks in the country that if you get to the United States border, we're going to let you in," he said.

He said "basically 100 percent" of the children and families his agents are catching are being released into the U.S.
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Labour MP warns party ALL its seats are at risk amid failure on immigration & Ukip threat
Greg Heffer
Daily Express, 29 November 2016

A top Labour MP has warned his party all their 231 seats are at risk at the next general election amid the threat posed by Ukip in their traditional heartlands.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis insisted Labour can no longer take any of their seats for granted as he expressed fears Labour has attracted the "toxic" view it "looks down on people" with immigration concerns.

Mr Jarvis, who has been touted as a future Labour leader, outlined how Ukip could sweep away his party in many areas of Britain as he challenged his fellow MPs to respond. ...

Mr Jarvis highlighted this summer's Brexit vote as an "opportunity to reset" Labour's immigration policy.

Commenting on the influx of EU migrants over the last decade, Mr Jarvis said: "The rate of change has been quite rapid.

"The concern that people have about us as a political party is that either we don't see it, or we don't care about it."

Insisting it is "not racist to express concerns about immigration", Mr Jarvis added: "It is very damaging that there are people who can either suggest that we think that it is racist, or who somehow convey that impression." ...

Expressing fears Labour looks out of touch with voters, Mr Jarvis declared the party must have someone thinking about immigration "when they get up in the morning".

In a challenge to Mr Corbyn, he added it would be "helpful to us if we accepted that basic principle" of a limit to immigration.
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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall: Europe facing immigration of 'biblical proportions'
ITV, 28 November 2016

The new leader of Ukip, Paul Nuttall, has told ITV News that Europe is facing immigration levels of "biblical proportions" with "millions of people from the Middle East and North Africa" making their way to the continent. ...

He added that in his opinion the rise of Islamic extremism was "the greatest threat to the world in the 21st Century."
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How Theresa May could win back the public's trust on immigration
Thom Brooks
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2016
[Thom Brooks is Head of Durham Law School and author of Becoming British (Biteback 2016)]

Since 2010, the Tories have pledged to reduce net annual immigration to only tens of thousands. Their record thus far has been a failure: the Office for National Statistics confirms net migration hit new highs after David Cameron became Prime Minister, reaching over 330,000 a year.

PM Theresa May continues to back this pledge, but without some change in how it is achieved, it's difficult to see how she can ever meet it: further damaging public trust on this important issue. ...

The Government is committed to reducing net migration - but this is the wrong target. "Net migration" is the number of all persons entering and leaving the UK for a year or more, including about 80,000 fellow British citizens returned from a gap year or temporarily working abroad over the last year alone.

By using net migration, the Government is not just committing to trying to keep non-UK citizens out; it could help meet its target by encouraging more British citizens to leave. This isn't border control, but borderline nonsense.

Mrs May's government should focus on a measure that excludes fellow citizens. British immigration must not be about keeping Britons out of their home country.

The public's concerns about immigration are not satisfied by keeping Britons out of their home country or by closing the door on legitimate students. Only 1 per cent overstay their study visas. Removing British citizens and foreign students cuts full net migration by nearly half, providing a more realistic picture of non-British migrants.

Immigration officers tasked with curbing human trafficking are so under-resourced that they are unable to tackle illegal working and sham marriages. Instead, the Government is putting the burden of border control increasingly on the public. Private landlords must now verify their tenants are in the UK legally, as must employers. The Government still has a responsibility to ensure that these checks are being made and those found here illegally are exposed for deportation. Yet too little guidance is available, much of it is incomplete and the Government moves too slowly to remove persons who are in the UK unlawfully. Effective border control comes at a price the Government must be willing to pay - and it should start coughing up. ...

... Reducing net migration alone won't remove the worries some have about immigration. We need to look beyond numbers to the societal impacts and listen to voter concerns.

Theresa May can achieve this by starting a national conversation about what it means to be British and what we should expect from new citizens and long-term residents.
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Another Arab awakening is looming, warns a UN report
The Economist, 29 November 2016

The UN's latest Arab Development Report, published on November 29th, shows that few lessons have been learnt. Five years on from the revolts that toppled four Arab leaders, regimes are ruthlessly tough on dissent, but much less attentive to its causes.

As states fail, youth identify more with their religion, sect or tribe than their country. In 2002, five Arab states were mired in conflict. Today 11 are. By 2020, predicts the report, almost three out of four Arabs could be "living in countries vulnerable to conflict".

Horrifyingly, although home to only 5% of the world's population, in 2014 the Arab world accounted for 45% of the world's terrorism, 68% of its battle-related deaths, 47% of its internally displaced and 58% of its refugees. War not only kills and maims, but destroys vital infrastructure accelerating the disintegration.

The Arab youth population (aged 15-29) numbers 105m and is growing fast, but unemployment, poverty and marginalisation are all growing faster. The youth unemployment rate, at 30%, stands at more than twice the world's average of 14%. Almost half of young Arab women looking for jobs fail to find them (against a global average of 16%). ...

... Though much of the region just a century ago under Ottoman rule was a common market, it is often easier to get business or student visas to Europe than between the array of insecure Arab states.
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Mother who took her toddler son to Syria to fight for ISIS was given £132,000 taxpayers' cash in legal aid
Mark Duell
MailOnline, 29 November 2016

The first British woman convicted of joining Islamic State received £132,000 of taxpayers' cash to help fight her case in court, it was revealed today.

Tareena Shakil, 26, fled to Syria two years ago with her toddler son to join the terror group before being arrested on her return at London Heathrow Airport.

The Morrisons supermarket worker used her £400 student loan to fund the trip with her child before crossing over the border from Turkey.

She was later found guilty of joining ISIS and encouraging acts of terror following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court and was jailed for six years in February.

Now figures have revealed Shakil received £132,703 to pay for her solicitor and barrister through the taxpayer funded legal aid system.

A total of £72,875 was paid to her solicitor, £53,918 to her barrister and there was £5,909 to cover disbursements.
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Refugees REFUSE to live in eastern Europe: EU relocation programme branded a FARCE
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 29 November 2016

Migrants who have settled in Lithuania under the European Union relocation plan are fleeing over claims they will starve to death in the Baltic.

Since August 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees have entered the EU, many fleeing conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Thousands entered Italy or Greece hoping to carry on to wealthy western Europe where most want to settle and build a new life.

But instead of making their way to Britain, Germany or Scandinavia, hundreds of refugees from the Middle East were sent to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, among the EU's poorest countries, under bloc rules.

The failure of the EU relocation programme has been laid bare as it emerges 72 out of 90 Iraqis and Syrians sent to Lithuania and granted refugee status have left.

More than half of the 63 refugees given asylum in Latvia under its EU quota have also fled, according to an estimate by the Latvian Red Cross. ...

Under EU rules, refugees are forbidden to work or claim refuge in other member states.

Some destroy their identity documents after leaving the Baltics, in the hope of claiming refugee status anew in richer countries like Germany. ...

The European Union is struggling to implement its 2015 agreement to share 160,000 refugees across 28 member states.

Only about 7,500 have been resettled so far. Poland has refused to accept its quota of 7,000 and Slovakia has called for the scheme to be scrapped.

Hungary has also rejected the EU plans.
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Police smash terror cell 'smuggling ISIS jihadis to Europe posing as migrants'
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 28 November 2016

Spanish police have arrested four suspected people traffickers accused of helping to smuggle Islamic State jihadis into Europe.

Spain's interior ministry said ISIS was using the group to sneak fanatics into Europe via Turkey among migrants fleeing Syria's civil war.

Officials also said they may have links to the Paris terror attacks last November. ...

Few details of the detainees have been released although officials said two are residents of the north-west Spanish region of Galicia while the other two operated in the southern province of Andalucia. ...

Since 2015, when the Ministry of the Interior raised the terrorism threat to level four (the second highest level), security forces have arrested a total of 168 jihadis in Spain.

Spanish police have carried out a string of arrests in the past few weeks as the security services try to get a handle on the burgeoning terror threat from extremists.
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Senior Labour MP Dan Jarvis: Brexit deal must control immigration
ByBen Glaze
Mirror, 28 November 2016

Ministers should "secure greater control over immigration" as they negotiate Brexit, a senior Labour MP says today.

In a coded warning to party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Dan Jarvis says the thorny issue is "a crucial test" for Labour. ...

He adds: "Any attempt to 'out-UKIP UKIP' won't work. ...

"Our task is not only to listen, but to provide the answers. That includes on immigration because the (EU) referendum result means that a further public debate on this is now inevitable."

The Government "must bring forward proposals to secure greater control over immigration, while securing the brightest economic future which supports jobs and investment", he says.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry told the BBC the UK has too many people coming in because Britain "has a skills shortage" and "we're not training enough people in this country".
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2016 sets new record for asylum seekers reaching Italy by boat
Patrick Kingsley
The Guardian, 28 November 2016

More asylum seekers have now reached Italy by boat in 2016 than in any previous year on record.

Nearly 171,000 people have arrived in Italy from north Africa since the start of the year, according to statistics compiled by the UN refugee agency and the Italian government. As of Monday, the total had surpassed the previous record of 170,000, set in 2014. ...

European navies, including Britain's, have focused on a military-style response, sending frigates to arrest smugglers in international waters.

Libyan smugglers have responded by sending passengers aboard inflatable dinghies that are piloted by migrants themselves, reducing smugglers' exposure to arrest and allowing their business to continue as normal.

The Libyan civil war has weakened the country's law enforcement agencies, some of whom are complicit in the smuggling, leaving European governments without viable Libyan partners in their fight against migration.

The chaos there also gives migrants more incentive to leave for Europe; in previous years they could more easily find work and stability in Libya.

Pressure on transit countries in the Sahara desert, through which many African migrants pass before reaching Libya, has had no effect. Flows through Niger, the country to Libya's south, increased in 2016, despite Niger introducing new anti-smuggling laws at the request of the EU.

Displacement in north-east Nigeria, where 1.4 million people have been forced to flee Boko Haram, may contribute to sustained levels of migration towards Europe in the future. ...

The majority of Italy-bound migrants are fleeing poverty, wars and dictatorships in Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan and Gambia. Syrians no longer use the Libyan route.
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Minister plots to send 500,000 migrants to detention centre in EGYPT
Allan Hall
Daily Express, 28 November 2016

A top German politician has drawn up a Draconian plan to deport 500,000 refugees next year to a repatriation centre he wants to build in Egypt.

Currently the system of booting out migrants whose asylum applications are rejected is painfully slow with thousands fighting their deportations with taxpayer-funded lawsuits and human rights groups assisting them.

The interior minister of the wealthy south German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Thomas Strobl of the governing CDU conservative party, wrote in a newspaper on Sunday he wants to increase dramatically the deportation and expulsion of rejected asylum seekers in Germany.

He said: "In the year 2017 there will be probably half a million foreigners in Germany who have no right to be here.

"Here is where we need a national effort! We cannot tolerate 500,000 foreigners without the right to remain in our country. We require urgent new instruments for repatriations and deportations. Otherwise we undermine the public confidence in our rule of law." ...

He also proposes to set up a German repatriation Centre in Egypt to receive not only shipwrecked refugees from the Mediterranean, but also rejected asylum seekers from Germany.
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Ringleaders of 'Trojan Horse' plot to impose Islamic regimes in state schools are BACK in the classroom despite being banned from teaching
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 28 November 2016

Two teachers banned from teaching after being named as ringleaders in the 'Trojan horse' education scandal have returned to the classroom.

Tahir Alam and Razwan Faraz were part of the 'Park View Brotherhood' of teachers, which exchanged some 3,000 messages in a WhatsApp group, including offensive comments about British soldiers, the Boston Marathon bombings and the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

Mr Faraz, a former deputy headteacher of the Trojan-horse linked Nansen Primary School, is under an interim teaching ban, while Mr Alam was banned from any involvement with schools by the Department for Education (DfE).

However it has now been revealed Mr Faraz has been running classes under a different name, and Mr Alam has been teaching children in informal classes.
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'Fleeing War' Yet Only 7 Per Cent of Asylum Seekers Would Actually Return After Conflict
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 28 November 2016

Only seven per cent of newly arrived asylum seekers in Sweden intend to return to their homeland, even if the situations in their homelands are significantly improved, a new report has found.

Despite the fact these migrants claim to be fleeing war, researchers who surveyed asylum seekers across 18 centres found that the majority intend to stay in Sweden. ...

Despite the insistence of both politicians and officials in Europe that the people arriving on the continent, with its long-fought-for welfare systems, are desperately fleeing immediate danger, the survey found 84 per cent of "refugees" chose Sweden because they hope to make the country their long-term home.
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WHERE IS THE JUSTICE? Just SIX convicted for 500 Cologne sex attacks nearly year on
Jon Rogers
Sunday Express, 27 November 2016

Almost one year after the Cologne New Year's Eve sex attacks just SIX people have been brought to justice, despite more than 1,200 crimes reported.

The world was outraged after migrants went on the rampage in Cologne along with other European cities to target women to rob, assault and sexually assault them in a night of horror.

In Cologne, more than 1,200 crimes were reported, including 500 sexual attacks. ...

The figures have come to light due to a request from the Free Democratic Party (FDP) to the Ministry of the Interior which were published on Friday.

Of the 509 "sexually motivated activities", 369, were suspended because no offender could be identified, including 211 prosecutions for sexual coercion or rape.

The trials against 52 accused people, whose names were known, who were charged with offences against sexual self-determination or insults on a sexual basis, were also dropped.

Against 49 of them, there was no sufficient suspicion, of the other three the exact whereabouts could not be determined. ...

The Cologne court imposed sentences that ranged between six months and one year and nine months, on the six people that have been sentenced.

Most of which were suspended. One verdict is still outstanding.
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Labour urged by British businesses to make Theresa May guarantee EU citizens future in UK
Alex Morales
Independent, 26 November 2016

The UK's biggest business lobbies are seeking the help of the opposition Labour Party to make a positive case for immigration as Britain prepares to pull out of the European Union.

The Confederation of British Industry and the British Chamber of Commerce have urged Labour to put pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to guarantee that EU citizens can remain after Brexit, according to two party officials with knowledge of the discussions.

Businesses are also anxious that they maintain access to skilled and unskilled workers from the continent, the officials said.

May has been accused of making EU workers bargaining chips in the coming Brexit negotiations by refusing to guarantee their right to carry on living in the UK unless there is a reciprocal deal for Britons living in other European countries. ...

"We'll work with anyone and we speak with politicians of all stripes all of the time," the BCC said in a statement. A spokesman confirmed the organization has had meetings with Labour officials, and that there is "common ground" on immigration issues, including student visas and the rights of EU nationals.
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French government offers refugees and migrants €2,500 to 'voluntarily' deport themselves
May Bulman
Independent, 26 November 2016

The French government is offering €2,500 to refugees who "voluntarily" leave and return to their own countries if they do so before the end of the year.

The Office for Immigration and Integration in France (OFII) has presented the offer as "a form of compensation" for refugees and migrants who have made the journey to Europe, saying they are eligible for the payment if they leave the country before 31 December.

The offer, branded as an "incentive" by immigration officials, reportedly comes with a series of added benefits including a paid-for air fare and the opportunity for some refugees to be granted up to €10,000 of financial aid in setting up employment when they return.

Didier Leschi, general director of OFII, told French TV channel BFM: "This measure will help people who express a need or desire to go back to the countries they came from. Between 4,000 and 4,500 or 4,700 people have benefited from this initiative in the past. ..." ...

When Mr Leschi was asked why such "enormous sums" were being offered to refugees drawn from state funds, he said it worked out cheaper than carrying out "forced" deportations, saying: "A forced deportation is far more expensive for taxpayers and the state. ...

OFII originally introduced an "aid package" in October to facilitate the return of foreign nationals - who they describe as being in an "irregular" situation - to their original countries. The sum started at €350, but has since increased to €650, then €1,850 and now the most recent sum of €2,500 if they leave before then end of 2016.
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Lily Allen REFUSES to say whether she's welcomed migrant into home – month after promise
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 26 November 2016

Lily Allen is refusing to say whether she has taken in a migrant into her home - more than a month after she vowed to do just that.

The popstar's representatives remain tightlipped over over whether Ms Allen had offered sanctuary to a young asylum seeker or had in fact had any plans to do so when approached by

Their silence comes more than a month after the 31-year-old singer said that she would "of course" take a displaced refugee in to her London home after crying at the sprawling Jungle camp.
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UK: Two Systems of Justice
Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute, 26 November 2016

So farewell, then, Anjem Choudary. For two and half years at least. On September 6, the radical cleric was sentenced by a British judge to five and a half years in prison for encouraging people to join the Islamic State. If he behaves himself in prison he could be out in half that time, although whenever he emerges, it is unlikely that it will be as a reformed character. ...

It is now seven years ago that a young British man from Luton going by the name of Tommy Robinson formed the English Defence League (EDL). ...

Whatever its legitimate grievances when it began, the EDL did undoubtedly cause trouble. Protests often descended into thuggery, partly because of some bad people attracted to it and partly because "anti-fascist" counter-demonstrators often ensured that EDL protests became violent by starting fights with them. But through most of the time that Robinson led the EDL, there did appear to be – confirmed by third-party observers including independent journalists – a sincere and concerted effort to keep genuinely problematic elements out of the organisation. ...

In 2013 Robinson left the group he started, and in the years since, has engaged in a range of activities, including authoring a book. The book chronicles, among other things, a campaign by the state of harassment, which began from the moment Robinson formed the EDL. His own house and those of his nearest relatives were repeatedly raided by police, and computers and other materials taken away for examination. ...

Since his release, as before, Robinson has been repeatedly assaulted in the streets, including by Luton Muslims who have faced no subsequent charges for their attacks, even when caught on camera. In February of this year, he was hospitalised after being assaulted upon leaving a nightclub in Essex. ...

There will be those who think that such harassment of Robinson is correct - - that in order to keep the peace it is necessary to keep an eye on anybody who may have any effect to the contrary. But if that is true, it is curious that such measures were not routinely used on Anjem Choudary in all his years living freely in the community. ...

But of course the very comparison is unfair and in many ways lazy, because Tommy Robinson has not been – as Choudary was – at the heart of a nexus of terrorists and terrorist-supporters going back years. /.../ He is a white working-class man who, it appears, can thus not only be harassed by certain authorities with impunity, but can find few if any defenders of his rights among the vast panoply of people in our societies who are only too keen to defend the rights of Islamists.

Civil liberties groups such as "Liberty'" which are so stringent in protecting the rights of Islamist groups such as "Cage," are silent on the case of Tommy Robinson. To consider why this is so is to see to the heart of a problem that Britain has been going through in recent years and which seems destined to continue for many years to come.
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British benefits payments used to fund Paris and Brussels attack suspects' campaign of terror, court hears
Martin Evans and Lexi Finnigan
Daily Telegraph, 25 November 2016

The jihadists suspected of carrying out the bomb and gun attacks in Paris and Brussels used British benefits payments to fund international terrorism, a court has heard.

Mohamed Abrini - who became known as the "man in the hat" following the deadly attack on Brussels airport in March, was handed £3,000 by two men in Birmingham before flying to Paris and disappearing. ...

Zakaria Bouffassil, 26, from Birmingham is accused of handing over the cash which had been withdrawn from the bank account of Anouar Haddouchi, a Belgian national, who had been claiming benefits while living in the West Midlands with his wife.

Kingston Crown Court heard how thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money continued to be paid into Haddouchi's bank account, even after he had left Britain for Syria and had begun fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).

Mr Bouffassil, 26, who is also originally from Belgium is accused of giving Abrini a large amount of cash during a secretive meeting in a Birmingham park last July.

He was accompanied by Mohamed Ali Ahmed, who has already admitted the charge.

On the opening day of their trial, jurors heard how some of the most notorious and wanted terrorists in Europe had used British taxpayers' money to fund their activities in Syria and elsewhere.
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Net migration to be 80,000 a year lower after Brexit, OBR says
Ben Riley-Smith
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2016

Britain's net migration will be 80,000 a year lower after leaving the EU, the country's independent forecaster has said.

The Office of Budget Responsibility [OBR] said net immigration will be 185,000 a year rather than the 265,000 a year that was expected.

The news was welcomed by Eurosceptics who argued it "vindicated" their calls during the referendum that leaving the EU would help curb migration.

There will however be knock-on effects to the economy, with an extra £16bn of borrowing estimated to be needed until 2020 to cover the drop.

Despite the reduction in immigration, the Tories are still forecast to miss their target of lowering net migration to below 100,000 after Brexit.

Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, has admitted that a "longer time frame" than five years was needed to hit the target. ...

... Without the Brexit vote net migration was expected to drop to 265,000 a year beyond 2020. Instead it will fall to 185,000 a year. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of Migration Watch, said: "If the main reduction in immigration is achieved by cutting out low paid immigrants from the EU, as we have proposed, there is no reason to think that there will be a significant reduction in revenue because these workers pay little or no tax."
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My shocking encounters with health tourists who exploit NHS
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 24 November 2016

A maternity unit at St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, was used by around 900 pregnant health tourists last year, costing the taxpayer more than £4 million in unpaid medical bills. ...

In an uncomplicated delivery, where a mother and baby stay in hospital for a few days, the bill can still reach £5,000, according to Meirion Thomas, a leading surgeon who is campaigning against maternity tourism. ...

One woman from West Africa was recently found to have flown to the UK five times to have each of her babies on an NHS ward before staff realised she was a serial fraudster.

An official at a leading London hospital told me this week that staff hesitate to ask mothers for payment in case 'they run away from the hospital to avoid the bill, leaving us with their babies'.
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Europe jam-packed with 'ghost migrants' as EU authorities LOSE failed asylum seekers
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 24 November 2016

So-called 'ghost' migrants are roaming around Europe after authorities have failed to keep track of the whereabouts of failed asylum seekers.

In Italy alone it is believed 100,000 who crossed border illegally during the crisis have gone missing in just two years.

Figures released by the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on Migration show there are tens of thousands unaccounted for.

Around 33,000 of that number were so-called "missing expulsions" or immigrants stopped by the police without the proper papers and who were not expelled because the process is too expensive.

Those labelled ghost migrants are the asylum seekers who have been through the court system but had their application rejected.

In two years, 85,401 applicants were denied international protection and 56 per cent lost at appeal.

About 50,000 people were given an expulsion paper to leave, but it is now believed the majority stayed.

In June 2015 the Italian Interior Ministry admitted they had lost control of at least 50,000 migrants.

And now the number has increased to a staggering 90,000. ...

From January to October 2016, there were 160,000 arrivals, mostly from boats launched off Libya, and of these only 953 came from war-ravaged Syria.

The majority arrived from Nigeria, Gambia and Guinea - and the majority are male.
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'The facts are indisputable': Immigration Minister Peter Dutton defends comments linking Lebanese Muslim immigration with terrorism - after a wave of criticism
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 24 November 2016

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says he has evidence on his side linking Lebanese Muslims with terror offences, as a result of 1970s immigration policies. ...

'The facts here are indisputable, which is why I feel comfortable where I am,' Mr Dutton told Sydney radio 2GB's Ray Hadley on Thursday.

'I'm on safe ground because I've relied on the facts.

'If people don't understand the history, then they will make the same mistakes into the future.

'The point that I was making is that we should call out the small number within the community – within the Lebanese community – who are doing the wrong thing.' ...

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim said the advice the minister had about the background of people facing charges was undoubtedly correct.

'But just because something is fact doesn't mean that it's reasonable or productive to talk about it,' he told Sky News, accusing the minister of harming national security interests.
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New UN Boss Tells Europe Migration Unstoppable, Says Politicians Should Ignore Voters
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 November 2016

The incoming Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) told a room of policymakers in Europe on Wednesday that "migration is not the problem but the solution", and said politicians should ignore voters.

Speaking in Lisbon at the Vision Europe Summit, António Guterres said European nations have no right to control their borders and that they must instead take in floods of the world's poorest people.

"The idea that management of migration is a matter of national sovereignty is extremely limited. The truth is that in the meantime, the real controllers of international mobility are the smugglers and criminal organisations. It must be recognised that migration is inevitable and will not stop", the socialist told the crowd of policymakers and researchers.

Regarding priorities for the UN, when he takes over from South Korean Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General, Guterres said he already has "several items to put on the discussion table to drive positive developments" with regards to the goal of making Europe accept more migrants. ...

Guterres insisted that every European Union (EU) nation must be forced to "share the burden" of mass migration.

Despite having used the word "burden" to describe giving residence to large numbers of aliens, the 67-year-old went on to declare: "We must convince [Europeans] that migration is inevitable and that it is the multiethnic societies which are multicultural and multireligious who are building wealth."

The UN's next head acknowledged he is "not convinced that it will be easy, given the state of [public] opinion". Calling for politicians to put "tolerance" and "reason" at the heart of their decision making, Portugal's former prime minister urged lawmakers to prioritise "values" over respecting voters' wishes. ...

The research of University College London psychology professor Dr. James Thompson shows Europe is being harmed by mass migration from poorer countries, as on average the newcomers' intellectual competence is much lower than that of natives.

Partly as a result of their culture and partly due to genetics, he notes that the difference in intelligence results in migrants having "lower status, lower wages and higher resentment at perceived differences.

"On the latter point, if the West cannot bear to mention competence differences, then differences in outcome are seen as being due solely to prejudice," Thompson warns.
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France on the Verge of Total Collapse
Guy Millière
Gatestone Institute, 24 November 2016
[Dr. Guy Millière is a professor at the University of Paris]

France is in turmoil. "Migrants" arriving from Africa and the Middle East sow disorder and insecurity in many cities. /.../ Violence is commonplace. France's 572 "no-go zones," officially defined as "sensitive urban areas", continue to grow, and police officers who approach them often suffer the consequences. ...

France today has six million Muslims, 10% of its population, and the percentage is growing. Polls show that one-third of French Muslims want the full application of Islamic sharia law. They also show that the overwhelming majority of French Muslims support jihad, and especially jihad against Israel, a country they would like to see erased from the face of earth.

The leading French Muslim organization, the Union of Islamic Organizations of France, is the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement that should be listed as a terrorist organization for its open wishes to overthrow Western governments. ...

Jews are leaving France in record numbers, and these departures do not stop. ...

The rest of the French population clearly sees the extreme seriousness of what is happening. Some of them are angry and in a state of revolt; others seem resigned to the worst: an Islamist takeover of Europe. ...

Three years ago, the French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut published a book, The Unhappy Identity (L'identité malheureuse), describing the dangers inherent in the Islamization of France and the major disorders that stem from it. ...

Since the publication of Alain Finkielkraut's book, other pessimistic books have been published that became best-sellers in France. In October 2014, columnist Eric Zemmour published The French Suicide (Le suicide français). A few weeks ago, he published another book, A Five-Year Term for Nothing (Un quinquennat pour rien). He describes what he sees happening to France: "invasion, colonization, explosion."

Zemmour defines the arrival of millions of Muslims in France during the last five decades as an invasion, and the recent arrival of hordes of migrants as the continuation of that invasion. He depicts the creation of "no-go zones" as the creation of Islamic territories on French soil and an integral part of a colonization process. ...

Another book, Will the Church Bells Ring Tomorrow? (Les cloches sonneront-elles encore demain?), was recently published by a former member of the French government, Philippe de Villiers.

Villiers notes the disappearance of churches in France, and their replacement by mosques. He also mentions the presence in "no-go zones" of thousands of weapons of war (AK-47 assault rifles, Tokarev pistols, M80 Zolja anti-tank weapons, etc). He adds that weapons will probably not even have to be used – the Islamists have already won.
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Sweden 'must build whole NEW CITIES' to cope with migrant crisis, MP urges
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 23 November 2016

A Swedish MP has said the government needs to build whole new cities to house the country's growing migrant population.

Johan Edstav, a Green Party MP in charge of planning sustainable neighbourhoods, said: "The sky is the limit, you could say in this area. The need is of course very large.

"There is no limitation in my mission to see how big these resorts can be."

Following an investigation into Sweden's potential for sustainable housing, Mr Edstav has suggested constructing new cities and resorts, which would each house around 50,000 people.

Housing Minister, Peter Eriksson, has described the prospect of building new cities is "very exciting".
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Dutch Caribbean group still dominant in crime statistics
The Daily Herald, 23 November 2016

First generation "Antillean" youngsters, as they are called in the 2016 Integration Report of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published this week, are five times more often a crime suspect than persons with a native Dutch background.

Dutch Caribbean youngsters ages 12 to 25 who have been born in the Netherlands, the so-called second generation, are four times more likely to be a crime suspect: six per cent of the second generation Dutch Caribbean youngsters is registered as a crime suspect. ...

The figures for youngsters of Moroccan descent, ages 18 to 25, another group in Dutch society that is over-represented in crime statistics, are even worse: one out of every ten Moroccan youngsters is registered as a crime suspect. ...

The Netherlands has 17 million inhabitants of whom 3.8 million have a migration background. Either they were born abroad, or their parents were born elsewhere. ...

One in every eight persons in the Netherlands, or 2.1 million, has a non-Western background. Almost half of the persons with a non-Western background is of the second generation and born in the Netherlands.
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A passport for NHS treatment is one step away from an identity card
Frank Field, MP (Lab)
Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2016
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – The Government is on to a winner with its plans to counter health tourism ("Show your passport if you want to use the NHS, patients could be told," report, November 22).

Requiring patients to produce identification, so that entitlement to treatment, and eligibility for it, can be determined is a necessary first move. But it should be only a first move.

A second, equally important move, and one that counters the risk of fake identification documents being produced, is for the Government to bite the bullet on identity cards.

The advantages to national security are clear. But ID cards could also be designed to define entitlement to welfare. In respect of the NHS, a system of ID cards carrying patients' citizenship and National Insurance records would help the Government deliver a truly National Health Service, rather than an international one. Herein lies a useful way of bolstering our country's post-Brexit borders.
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Labour Must Stop 'Obsessing' About Diversity, Says Stephen Kinnock
Ned Simons
The Huffington Post, 23 November 2016

Labour must stop "obsessing" about diversity if it is to get the support of white working class votes needed to win an election, Stephen Kinnock has said.

The Labour MP said the party needed to stop practicing "identity politics" and "understand the role of the state is to manage immigration".

Speaking at the London School of Economics on Monday evening, Kinnock said Labour should learn from Hillary Clinton's defeat to Donald Trump.

"We have been a party that has been increasingly associated with standing up for certain groups in our society and not standing up for all in our society," Kinnock said.

"We've been obsessing about diversity," he added.
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Refugees coming to the UK aren't escaping the troubles they leave behind, says Tory MEP
Shehab Khan
Independent, 23 November 2016

A Conservative MEP has said refugees "are not escaping those things they want to leave behind" when coming to Europe, and Britain "should definitely not" be accepting any more.

Geoffrey Van Orden, the MEP for the East of England region, said he believed the UK had not demonstrated that it had the capabilities to give refugees a "fresh chance".

The 71-year-old, who is the Conservative's spokesman for Defence and Security policy at the European Parliament, told The Independent that immigration was "the root of many of the difficulties" across the continent. ...

"The trouble is too rapidly many of them are drawn back into a culture within our country which is sustaining the problems they had before. In other words, they are not escaping those things they want to leave behind they are finding exactly the same things in parts of our own country as well."

When asked if we Britain should take more refugees, Mr Van Orden, who is a former senior British Army officer, replied "definitely not".

"We only have to look at some of the difficulties that we have in many of our societies now on the whole migration issue. ...

"What we are finding is that large numbers of people coming from cultures and societies which are not only economically very disparate but also culturally very separate.

"We cannot go on like that. It is the root cause of many of the difficulties that we had in many European countries at the moment and we are seeing a revolt against that," he added.
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EU's poor migrant policies will spark a NEW WAVE of ISIS jihadis, top terror expert warns
Vincent Wood and Maria Ortega
Daily Express, 23 November 2016

A new generation of Islamic State jihadis will emerge from refugee camps due to the EU's poor handling of the migrant crisis, according to a terror expert.

Loretta Napoleoni, a political analyst and expert in the methods of the vile terror group, has claimed in her sensational new book that the jihadi death cult indirectly made more than £400,000 a day in 2015 from the refugee crisis by taxing human traffickers who passed through their lands.

But while refugees were not armed or trained by ISIS as they passed through the so-called caliphate, she claims that the poor conditions of EU refugee camps will radicalise a new wave of ISIS jihadis.

Mrs Napoleoni said: "The EU does not care about human trafficking.

"It wants a quick and short-term solution that is not a humanitarian solution and that does not work either.

"In the long run, the new generation of jihadists will emerge from those people that we put in concentration camps now."

"I believe that terrorists enter Europe with the refugees, but I do not think the Caliphate sends them.

"It is people who come to Europe, where the situation with immigrants is very serious and negative, so they decide to become jihadists here.

"Some turn into jihadists even though they are not at first."
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NHS passport checks have tripled income recouped in first scheme
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2016

Passport checks on patients before treatment can almost triple the amount of money the NHS can recoup from health tourists, new figures suggest. ...

But doctors' unions attacked the idea, saying that the money lost to health tourism was a "pinprick" of a problem for the NHS, while Labour said medics must not be treated as "border guards." ...

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation trust said it is now recouping 95 per cent of the money owed by overseas patients, after requiring patients to bring passports and proof of residency in order to receive free care.

In the last year, the trust recouped £250,000 in charges from overseas patients - almost all of the money owed. ...

The proposals are part of plans to attempt to recoup at least £500m a year from overseas patients without an entitlement to free NHS care. ...

Mr Wormald told the public accounts committee the Government was considering rolling out plans which were "controversial" and would mean a significant change to the culture of the health service.

The committee heard that Britain has paid £4.3 million towards treatment for Britons in Poland – but received just £1.5 million for the cost of treating Poles in NHS hospitals.
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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: A £2 billion 'pinprick' the NHS cannot afford
Daily Mail, 23 November 2016
[Leading article]

This paper is sad that, for the first time in the history of the NHS, patients needing hospital treatment are being asked to produce passports or other documentation proving their entitlement to free care at the point of delivery.

But much has changed since the foundation of the service in the 1940s. And in this age of mass migration and cheap air travel, it is hard to think of practical alternative ways of tackling the modern scourge of health tourism. ...

True, nobody knows exactly how much the NHS spends on treating patients from overseas (a fact which, in itself, exposes the hopeless inefficiency of our GP practices and hospital trusts).

What we do know is that Whitehall estimates the figure at a monstrous £2 billion a year – rather more than Dr Porter's pinprick, as anyone who cares about the long-term viability of the NHS must surely agree.

We also know that we pay out nine times more to foreign governments for treating Britons abroad than they pay us for treating their nationals.
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Italy Report: 'More Immigrants = More Crime'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 23 November 2016

There is a direct correlation between the number of immigrants entering the country and the rise in the crime rate, according to a report published Wednesday by the Italian daily, Il Giornale.

In its front page report titled "More Immigrants = More Crime," the newspaper cited results from a recent study conducted by the Confcommercio group on the statistical connection between crime and immigration.

The report found that in a determined area, if the number of immigrants increases by 1 percent, the crime rate in the same area goes up by 0.4 percent.

Moreover, the study revealed that among Italian citizens there are 4.3 convicted criminals per 1000, while among legal immigrants the rate is nearly double, at 8.5 criminals per 1000. More alarming still, among illegal immigrants the crime rate soars to more than 50 percent (148 criminals out of every 247 persons). ...

Including loss of revenue, costs for personal injury, insurance and expenses for defense systems, crime has cost Italian businesses 26.5 billion euros in 2016, according to the study. In particular, illegal itinerant vendors account for 8.1 billion, dining in restaurants without paying 5.6 billion, counterfeiting 3.5 billion and shoplifting 3.6 billion, the study noted.
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Germans are 'strangers in their own country' due to 'Muslim infiltration', study reveals
Alix Culbertson
Daily Express, 22 November 2016

A third of Germans feel they are strangers in their own country due to an "infiltration by Muslims", a new study has revealed.

An increase in violence, polarisation and a strong mistrust in democracy is taking over Germany, the Friedrich Elbert Foundation's right-wing extremist attitudes researcher Mitte-study found.

A new survey found 34.7 per cent of Germans completely or slightly agree with the view "because of the many Muslims, I sometimes feel like a stranger in my own country".

The same numbers says there are "too many foreigners in Germany".

A total of 15 per cent demanded the government stops granting citizenship to Muslims, the 'Divided middle-hostile conditions' report found. ...

A majority of Germans (52.9 per cent) want a limit on refugees coming into the country, compared to 44 per cent in 2014.

However, 55.5 per cent think it is great Germany has taken in so many refugees and 86.1 per cent agreed with the statement: "People who flee from wars should be taken into Germany."
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'There was a mistake made': Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says 66 per cent of terror suspects are Lebanese-Muslims and too many were allowed in
Freya Noble
Daily Mail Australia, 22 November 2016

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has claimed allowing Lebanese-Muslim refugees into Australia was a 'mistake'.

Last week Mr Dutton stated that the Fraser government 'did make mistakes by bringing some people in' to the country during the 1970s.

When pressed on who he was referring to during question time on Monday, Mr Dutton pointed the finger at Lebanese-Muslim immigrants. ...

'The advice I have is that out of the last 33 people who have been charged with terrorist-related offences in this country, 22 of those people are from second and third generation Lebanese-Muslim background,' the Immigration Minister told the House of Representatives on Monday.
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Free Movement Has Failed - Labour And The Unions Must Recognise It
Paul Embery, Regional Secretary (London), Fire Brigades Union
The Huffington Post, 21 November 2016

EU law providing for free movement of people was never the progressive instrument many believed it to be. It is one of the 'four freedoms' enshrined in the rules of the Single Market, along with the free movement of goods, services and capital. In other words, workers are categorised not as human beings, but explicitly as commodities, to be bought and sold like copper and coffee according to the laws of supply and demand.

Naturally, this commodification of workers is very popular with big business, enabling, as it does, bosses to take advantage of highly-diverse economies by shunting workers across borders and playing them off against each other, thus driving down wages. It is like outsourcing in reverse: no longer are firms forced to relocate abroad in an effort to save on labour costs; free movement laws allow them to do it while staying put.

This type of social dumping uproots workers and their families, atomises society, and militates against settled communities and the sense of place and belonging desired by all human beings. All in the name of greater profits.

Yet, to many in the Labour party and trade union movement, free movement (in reality, forced movement) is seen as an advance for working people, to be defended against all comers. For them, it's a building block to greater class solidarity and another step on the path to their vision of a borderless world. The actual impact on working people, migrant and native, is secondary.

Unprecedented levels of immigration into the UK have led to a substantial rise in cheap labour (causing downward pressure on wages), tested social cohesion like never before, and increased the strain on public services. ...

Likewise, the refusal of trade union leaders to take seriously the concerns over open-door immigration, and to instead resort to trite and superficial sloganeering, is an abdication of their responsibilities to those whose interests they were elected to serve, and has ensured that the movement is as disconnected from working people as it has ever been.

We trade unionists must of course stand with migrants and challenge any attempt to attach personal blame to them for the failings of government or the actions of unscrupulous employers. /.../ Immigration, properly managed, is a good thing. ...

To be opposed to unlimited immigration out of concern for the impact on wages and social cohesion is not to be opposed to migrants, any more than to oppose unemployment for the same reasons is to be opposed to the unemployed. ...

Poll after poll has demonstrated that unlimited immigration is a major concern for the working-class. /.../ But their good faith has been abused. That's why the tactic employed by some on the Left of deflecting genuine concerns over unlimited immigration by accusing opponents of 'blaming migrants' and 'pandering to the bigots' is insulting and wrong.

Few things have corroded the relationship between working-class people on the one hand and their leaders in the Labour party and trade union movement on the other than the obstinate refusal of those leaders to treat concerns over unlimited immigration with the legitimacy they deserve, and to instead resort to boilerplate and patronising slogans.
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Immigration? Blame The UK, Not The EU
Richard Bird
The Huffington Post, 21 November 2016

Immigration was and is a big issue in the Leave campaign.

I have been reminding everyone for a long time that even within existing EU rules the UK has powers to limit immigration which the Government has simply not used. So don't blame the EU, blame the Government. ...

The FoM (Freedom of Movement) directive allows for the "old" countries to restrict the rights of migrants from "new" countries for up to 7 years. The powers vary from stopping migration completely or allowing only for selected categories of work on a work permit basis. In 2004 the UK choose not to use this option at all, when the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined. The UK was one of only 3 of the original EU members (UK, Sweden and Eire) to choose not to apply transitional restrictions on these eight countries.

... After 3 months in the UK EU migrants need to be either working, have a member of the family working or have sufficient funds to live (and have full sickness insurance). If not then they can be returned to their home country.

The UK does not register migrants as they arrive and as such has no way of knowing how long they have been in the UK. There are no efforts to track or control this movement. This once more allows the EU-skeptics to portray the FoM as "uncontrolled migration".

The EU gave further confirmation of existing rights to limit free movement in the package given to D. Cameron in February 2016: 'Whereas the free movement of workers under Article 45 TFEU entails the abolition of any discrimination based on nationality as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment, this right may be subject to limitations on grounds of public policy, public security or public health. In addition, if overriding reasons of public interest make it necessary, free movement of workers may be restricted by measures proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued.'

Why the HELL did Cameron not make more of all this in the campaign? So now we are possibly exiting the EU due to basic ignorance and failures by the Government. Is this a comedy or a tragedy? Should we take note that Theresa May was the Home Secretary dealing with Immigration since 2010?
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Beauty and the Beast 'promotes domestic abuse,' claims controversial school lesson plan
Jack Shepherd
Independent, 21 November 2016

With Emma Watson starring as Belle in Disney's latest live-action adaptation of a classic animated film, the moral ambiguity of Beauty and the Beast is once again being widely discussed.

One teacher has attempted to bring the discussion into schools, causing outrage after producing a lesson plan that tells pupils the story 'promotes domestic violence'. ...

Other Disney characters are also used to illustrate the point, including The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin's Princess Jasmine, and Snow White.

The plan - titled "Racism/Sexism in Disney" - was uploaded by an unknown teacher to the Times Educational Supplement website, targeted at RE classes. ...

Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, Chris McGovern, said in a statement: "These lesson plans represent an ignorant, insidious and covert attack on family values and on the ancient wisdom of fairy tales.

"They are part of a deliberate strategy to pull apart the ties that bind our society together. Fairytales, including the Disney versions, allow children to make sense of the world whilst alerting them to its dangers.

"Like much literature and art, they use stereotypical characters to demonstrate the battle between love and hatred, goodness and evil, honesty and deceit.

"By undermining and subverting that support and tradition these model lessons are cruel to children and they are, also, dangerous to their well-being and to their mental health.

"Many parents will be appalled at the way children are being brain-washed by the promotion of politically correct fanaticism in the classroom."
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Paddington sex traffic gang who made £15,000 a month 'exploiting women' is jailed
Francesca Gillett
Evening Standard, 21 November 2016

A central London sex traffic gang which earned thousands of pounds a week by pimping out prostitutes has been jailed.

The traffickers raked in more than £15,000 a month and even submitted their accounts to HM Revenue and Customs to hide their criminal activities.

The Paddington gang of two men and two women "callously manipulated" prostitutes and gave them "very little" of the money they made, police said. ...

Aliona Pislaru, 39, was in charge of a group of prostitutes who she advertised online and arranged for them to be delivered to addresses for sex. ...

Police also found Janina Nuta, 39, at the house with paperwork and price lists for the prostitutes.

Two others, 30-year-old Vlad Harzoparu and 34-year-old Ilie Melinte, were also caught by police and arrested for controlling prostitution. ...

The gang, who were Romanian nationals, were caught after an investigation by the Met Police's slavery and kidnap unit.
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Home Office ADMITS 119,000 illegal migrants have disappeared
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 19 November 2016

The Home Office has admitted it is unable to say what has happened to more than 119,000 illegal migrants arrested since 2011.

The department was asked in a parliamentary question whether those arrested had been deported, were still in custody or had been released to remain in the UK.

It answered that the only way it could find out would be to examine the records in each individual case. ...

Labour peer Lord Temple-Morris had demanded to know how many illegal immigrants had been arrested in each of the past five years.

He also wanted to know how many arrests there had been for immigration offences and what had happened to those held.

The Home Office insists it has the information requested but it would be too time-consuming and costly to collate.

It did confirm there had been 119,730 arrests for immigration offences between 2011 and 2106.

Lord Temple-Morris said: "I find the Home Office answer very unsatisfactory.

"It is the clear duty of a Government department to give information to the people on something about which there is such widespread concern."

A Home Office spokesman said: "The specific figures requested were not provided as doing so in the format requested would incur disproportionate cost to the taxpayer."
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Justin Welby: It's time to stop saying Isil has 'nothing to do with Islam'
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2016

Claims that the atrocities of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have "nothing to do with Islam" are harming efforts to confront and combat extremism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted. ...

He argued that unless people recognise and attempt to understand the motivation of terrorists they will never be able to combat their ideology effectively.

It follows calls from a series of high profile figures for people to avoid using the term Islamic State – also known as Isil, Isis and Daesh – because, they say, its murderous tactics go against Islamic teaching and that using the name could help legitimise the group's own propaganda.

But the Archbishop said that it was essential to recognise extremists' religious motivation in order to get to grips with the problem.

He also said it was time for countries across Europe to recognise and rediscover the "Judaeo Christian" roots of their culture to find solutions to the mass disenchantment which led to the Brexit vote in the UK and the rise of anti-establishment leaders in the continent and beyond. ...

He said a series of terrorist atrocities, notably in Paris where he was speaking, showed how there was an urgent need for people across Europe to understand religion. ...

"This requires a move away from the argument that has become increasingly popular, which is to say that Isis is 'nothing to do with Islam', or that Christian militia in the Central African Republic are nothing to do with Christianity, or Hindu nationalist persecution of Christians in South India is nothing to do with Hinduism.

"Until religious leaders stand up and take responsibility for the actions of those who do things in the name of their religion, we will see no resolution."
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Diane Abbott accused by Labour MP of pursuing 'disastrous' electoral strategy over immigration stance
Ashley Cowburn
Independent, 19 November 2016

Diane Abbott, the shadow Home Secretary, has been accused of pursuing a "disastrous" electoral strategy over her immigration stance by one of her own parliamentary colleagues. ...

But in a scathing response to her article, Ian Austin, the Labour MP for Dudley North, said "not for the first time" Ms Abbott was attempting to prevent her colleagues engaging in a discussion about immigration by accusing them of trying to "outdo Ukip".

"It isn't just offensive nonsense – it is a disastrous electoral strategy too," he added, claiming it is easy to "sneer and condemn" the debate on immigration but the party needed to listen.

Also writing in LabourList, he continued: "One of the reasons we lost the last election is that many people thought Ed Miliband was an out-of-touch member of London's elite who hadn't got a clue what ordinary people in the rest of Britain thought about issues like immigration or welfare. Diane's strategy will make the drubbing he got last year look like a resounding triumph."
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The Trump revolution is doomed to fail
Martin Vander Weyer
Spectator blog, 19 November 2016

Sunday brunch at Hugo's, a bustling Mexican restaurant with a mariachi band and a multi-ethnic clientele: at the next table, a big Latino family with a happy baby in a high chair. This is a true picture of Houston: only a third of its citizens are white, and only 22 per cent of under-20s; the Latino population has risen from 6 to 41 per cent in two generations, its birth rate boosted by a culture of family support that tends to produce healthier babies. What's significant about this, according to sociologists at the city's Rice University, is that by 2050 all of the US will look like Houston today, with a majority of minorities in all age groups below 60.

Which means that what Donald Trump has been threatening – halting immigration, building a wall on the Mexican border, deporting 'undocumented' immigrants – cannot possibly achieve his objective of rebalancing the economy in favour of the older, white, non-college-educated working class who are his core supporters, because the societal change he and they so dislike is already irreversible. In Houston, immigration peaked in 2007: the continuing shift of population pattern is all about birth rates. The Trump revolution is an attempt to turn back history, and it must surely fail.
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The West Is Finally Fighting Back against Militant Islam
Rev. Peter Mullen
Breitbart, 19 November 2016

General Michael Flynn has been offered the post of national security adviser in Donald Trump's administration. ...

He is on record as having said, "It's rational to fear Muslims." On the BBC's Today Programme, the presenter Nick Robinson described Flynn's statement as "controversial."

So that's the BBC's assessment of what counts as controversial!

How so when for decades Muslims have been shooting, bombing, dispossessing and otherwise terrorising people in large numbers on three continents?

But the left wing establishment – that politically correct amalgamation of politicians, senior churchmen and huge sections of the media – insists that we shouldn't notice the slaughter. As a priest in the Church of England, I wish we would adopt the attitude and policies of some of our best forebears. ...

Islam, the famous "religion of peace and love" has got a CV. Here is a summary of its imperialistic incursions and attempted conquests over the last 1300 years: ...

There is no doubt that militant Islam's current aggression will have to be firmly suppressed if the character of Europe as we know it is to survive. If the European powers cannot bring themselves to act firmly, then the continent will be dominated by the Islamic ideology within a generation, with the resulting loss of all our freedoms – and of course the loss of countless lives.

The character of Islam has long been understood by some of the finest minds in Europe. One of the most outstanding philosophers of the 20th century, R.G. Collingwood in his The New Leviathan (1942) described Islam as "a barbarism." And the great poet Samuel Coleridge had this to say in his On the Constitution of Church and State (1830):

"That erection of a temporal monarch under the pretence of a spiritual authority, which was not possible in Christendom but by the extinction or entrancement of the spirit of Christianity, this was effected in full by Mahomet, to the establishment of the most extensive and complete despotism that ever warred against civilisation and the interests of humanity."

Winston Churchill wrote:

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy."

World War III is not something that belongs to the future: it has been going on for a long time. The strategy of Islam is what it has always been, and that is to defeat, subdue and rule the west. Yes, there is a war on. The trouble is only one side is fighting it. Let us hope that, under the guidance of General Michael Flynn, this policy of appeasement and defeatism is about to change.
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Asylum claims across European Union pass the one million mark and the final tally for this year is set to top 2015's record figure
Rachael Burford
MailOnline, 19 November 2016

The number of asylum claims lodged in the EU this year has passed a million, official figures indicate.

Provisional data updated on Friday shows that at least 1,003,635 asylum applications were registered in the 28 member states as of October this year.

The actual total is thought to be even higher, as only a handful of countries have submitted data for last month.

It is the second consecutive year that the number has reached seven figures - after a dramatic surge in 2015 amid the international migration crisis.

The findings emerged in Press Association analysis of figures on asylum which are compiled and regularly updated by the EU's statistical body.

Main applicants and any dependants such as children are counted in the headline tally - which could include repeat applications, so should not be read as one million separate individuals.

Separate figures show that 965,850 claims have been made by first-time applicants this year - equivalent to 96% of the total.

Germany continues to receive the lion's share of asylum applications, recording nearly two thirds of the total number, while just under 3% have been made in the UK this year.

Comparisons with counts for previous years give an indication of the extraordinary influx of people into Europe in 2015 and 2016, in what has been described as the largest mass movement of people since the Second World War.

For example, the total number of applications recorded for the whole of 2013 stood at less than half a million, while it was below a quarter of a million in 2008.

Some 1.3 million asylum claims were made last year, the highest figures since comparable records started eight years ago.

On current trends, the final total for 2016 could be even higher.
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Who is Chinese? - The upper Han
The Economist, 19 November 2016

Ethnicity is central to China's national identity. It is the Han, 1.2bn of them in mainland China alone, that most people refer to as "Chinese", rather than the country's minorities, numbering 110m people. Ethnicity and nationality have become almost interchangeable for China's Han, says James Leibold of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. That conflation is of fundamental importance. It defines the relations between the Han and other ethnic groups. By narrowing its legal labour market almost entirely to people of Han descent, ethnicity is shaping the country's economy and development. And it strains foreign relations, too. Even ethnic Han whose families left for other countries generations ago are often regarded as part of a coherent national group, both by China's government and people. ...

Race became a central organising principle in Republican China. Sun Yat-sen, who founded the Kuomintang, China's nationalist party, and is widely seen as a "father" of the Chinese nation, promoted the idea of "common blood". A century on President Xi Jinping continues to do so. One reason for his claim that Taiwan is part of China is that "blood is thicker than water". In a speech in 2014 he set his sights even wider: "Generations of overseas Chinese never forget their home country, their origins or the blood of the Chinese nation flowing in their veins."

Many Chinese today share the idea that a Chinese person is instantly recognisable – and that an ethnic Han must, in essence, be one of them. ...

China today is extraordinarily homogenous. It sustains that by remaining almost entirely closed to new entrants except by birth. Unless someone is the child of a Chinese national, no matter how long they live there, how much money they make or tax they pay, it is virtually impossible to become a citizen. Someone who marries a Chinese person can theoretically gain citizenship; in practice few do. As a result, the most populous nation on Earth has only 1,448 naturalised Chinese in total, according to the 2010 census. ...

Although many of China's citizens are not treated as equals, Han Chinese with foreign passports are welcomed and accorded a special status. Anyone with Chinese ancestry has legal advantages in getting a work visa; foreign-born children of Chinese nationals get a leg-up in applying to universities. ...

... Yet being a member of the "Chinese family", as Mr Xi puts it, carries expectations too. At a reception in San Francisco last December for American families who had adopted Chinese children, China's consul reminded them that "you are Chinese", citing their "black eyes, black hair and dark skin"; he encouraged them to develop a "Chinese spirit". ...

China's Han-centred worldview extends to refugees. /.../ Non-Chinese seem just as beguiled by the purity of Han China as the government in Beijing. Governments and NGOs never suggest that China take refugees from trouble spots elsewhere in the world. ...

China's iron immigration and refugee policy attracts little attention probably because few have sought to immigrate.
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Brits are stupid! Europhile peer behind Article 50 sparks fury after he says we need MORE migrants because we're not intelligent enough
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 18 November 2016

The peer who co-wrote the legal mechanism by which Britain will leave the EU sparked fury last night after arguing that the country needed immigration because 'we native Brits are so bloody stupid'.

Lord Kerr said the UK needed an influx of intelligent foreigners to keep us on the right path. ...

At the event, hosted by the Institute for Government, he said the influx of migrants was a 'good thing'.

He said: 'There's a much deeper argument to have – and that is about whether immigration is good for you or bad for you. In my view, immigration is the thing that keeps this country running.

'We native Brits are so bloody stupid that we need an injection of intelligent people, young people from outside who come in and wake us up from time to time.'

The peer blamed the referendum result on David Cameron's 'disastrous off-the-cuff "no ifs no buts" commitment' to keep net migration to less than 100,000 a year.

In fact, he said, the Government would not have met the target even if all immigration from the EU had stopped overnight. ...

He added: 'In Wales and the North East there is a perception of an immigration problem. No political party in Britain is having the guts to address that issue.'

Lord Kerr, a former ambassador to both the EU and the US, said the civil service was opposed to leaving the EU. He said Theresa May's insistence that the UK should be able to limit immigration as part of a future deal with the EU meant that 'we are heading for a very, very hard and unpleasant Brexit'.

'And why? Because it rests on a fundamental preconception which none of the three parties were brave enough to address.

'That's the principal problem: not the reality of immigration, which is a good thing; but the perception of immigration in the country and that pusillanimity of politicians.'
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The EU will COLLAPSE if Germany and France do not begin to listen to people's concerns on immigration and Islamist terrorism, says French PM
Reuters and Julian Robinson
MailOnline, 18 November 2016

The EU will collapse if Germany and France do not begin to listen to people's concerns on immigration and Islamist terrorism, the French Prime Minister has warned. ...

Valls said the two countries, for decades the axis around which the EU revolved, had to help refocus the bloc to tackle an immigration crisis, a lack of solidarity between member states, Britain's looming exit, and terrorism. ...

Immigration was one of the main drivers of Britons' vote to leave the EU, and Valls said the bloc, which more than a million migrants entered last year, had to regain control of its borders.

He said the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's election victory showed how important it was to listen to angry citizens, and that politicians scared of making decisions were opening the door to populists and demagogues.
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What democracy? Dutch voters BETRAYED as EU rubber stamps visa-free access for Ukraine
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 18 November 2016

Brussels trampled over the result of a Dutch referendum on freedom of movement today as it rubber stamped visa-free access for 40 million Ukrainians. ...

In April the Dutch people voted to reject a deal between Brussels and Kiev which will allow all Ukrainians to visit the Schengen zone without applying for a visa.

But senior EU officials immediately stated that they would simply ignore the referendum result and force through what they wanted anyway.

And today they did precisely that as EU states agreed to waive visas for Ukrainians in a move bound to infuriate Dutch voters and boost support for eurosceptic parties. ...

Under the agreed scheme Europe will be opened up to 40 million Ukrainians who will be able to make "short visits" to the bloc.

The only caveat added to the plan was that it could only come into force once Brussels has beefed up its mechanism for suspending visa-free agreements if they provoke security issues.

The decision is a massive slap in the face to the Netherlands, which saw more than 60 per cent of voters reject a deal for closer ties between the EU and Ukraine in a referendum in April. ...

But despite the approval, the agreement will not take effect until the mechanism allowing it to be suspended is put in place, a condition also imposed when the bloc decided last month to waive visas for citizens of a smaller former Soviet state, Georgia.

A German government source said: "We want the snap back mechanism, then it works."
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CBI's all-white leadership challenged on diversity call
Sarah Gordon
Financial Times, 18 November 2016

The UK's leading business lobby faces accusations of hypocrisy after failing to follow its own recommendations to improve ethnic diversity in British business.

The Policy Exchange, a think-tank, said the CBI did not have a single non-white senior director at a national or regional level, despite urging its members to broaden the diversity of their directors.

The CBI has 16 people on its leadership team, as well as seven on its board and 13 UK regional directors, all of whom are white. The criticism forms part of research by the exchange that shows only 1.5 per cent of the FTSE 100's 1,087 directors are British-born non-whites – a total of 17. Ethnic minorities make up 14 per cent of the UK population.

David Goodhart, head of the exchange's integration and immigration unit, said: "It is incumbent on organisations which represent British business such as the CBI to lead by example. It came as a bit of a surprise that the organisation that talks such a good game on diversity doesn't practice what it preaches."

The CBI said it was "completely committed" to promoting diversity.

The lobby group said more than a quarter of all new CBI appointments in the past six months were from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background, while half were female. It added: "But of course, there is still more to do."

The exchange's research found that the representation of Britain's ethnic minorities in some professions, such as law and medicine, had increased substantially, in particular from British Indian and Chinese backgrounds.

One in 10 law firm partners are non-white, up from 6 per cent a decade ago, although the proportion at big firms in the City of London is 5-6 per cent.

There is now a greater percentage of the ethnic minority population in senior managerial roles than of the white population – 12 per cent compared with 11 per cent. In 2002, only 7 per cent of people with an ethnic minority background were in senior management roles.

About a third of doctors, consultants, pharmacists and dentists are non-white. But despite the rapid rise in non-white consultants, less than 6 per cent of NHS board-level directors are non-white.
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'Had Lord Kerr said immigrants were stupid, police could have charged him', says Peter Lilley MP
Luke Dolan
talkRADIO, 18 November 2016

Peter Lilley MP has condemned Lord Kerr for calling native British people "stupid".

Speaking at a thinktank event, Lord Kerr, a pro-EU peer who wrote Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, insisted that the UK needs intelligent migrants because the native British public are "so bloody stupid."

In response, Mr. Lilley, the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden who was at the event, walked out in disgust.

In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer, he labeled the comments "disgraceful" and pointed out that if he'd said "immigrants were bloody stupid with inferior intelligence to the native British, the police would have potentially charged him with a hate crime."
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Council of Europe Recommends British Press NOT Report when Terrorists are Muslims
Yves Mamou
Gatestone Institute, 18 November 2016

According the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) – part of the Council of Europe – the British press is to blame for increasing hate speech and racist violence. On October 4, 2016, the ECRI released a report dedicated only to Britain. ...

The ECRI report establishes a direct causal link between some tough headlines in British tabloids and the security of the Muslims in the UK. In other words, the British press is allegedly inciting readers to commit "Islamophobic" acts against Muslims:

ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fueling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.


So, according to the ECRI and scholars of Teesside University, when Muslim jihadists murder people and the press reports that killers are Muslims, the press, and not Islamists, is encouraging "Islamophobic incidents" in Britain. According to ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, "It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians."

For the ECRI, the biggest problem is:

"... where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators' motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations."

The report does not explain what could be "alternative explanations." But we can find examples in French press: when a Muslim attacks a soldier and tries to take his gun, he is not an Islamist terrorist, but a "lunatic." Such attacks by "lunatics" are very common in France.

The French press downplays attacks by deciding not to name Muslim perpetrators: incriminating a "Mohamed" could, in the minds of French journalists, incite retaliations against Muslims. In another example, Muslim gangs cannot be connected to any form of violence, so they become "youths." In France, Muslim terrorists are never Muslim terrorists, but "lunatics", "maniacs" and "youths."

But that is France. In Britain, tabloids are not so polite, and they understand perfectly the intentions of the ECRI report: to ban the word "Muslim" when it is associated with "violence or terrorism."
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White flight! UK more segregated than ever
Jon Gaunt
Talk2MeRadio, 18 November 2016

You are not a racist if you don't want to live in an area where white people are the minority! But a new study shows whites are leaving towns like Leicester, Birmingham and Luton in record numbers as a direct result of mass immigration. In Slough in Berkshire, the white population between 2001-2011 dropped from 58.3 per cent to 34.5! I'm not afraid to say it, I don't want to live in a majority Muslim area! Our communities are changing too quickly!

My guest today probably never has to deal with the consequences of the last Labour government's open-door immigration. He was Professor Ted Cantle, Founder of the Institute of Community Cohesion. I rowed with him because he wouldn't accept that recent levels of Muslim immigration is damaging our country. I remember when we all used to rub along together! Today I feel a stranger in my own home town of Coventry.
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Give us back our borders! Major study finds immigration controls are the key Brexit demand of voters with nearly three quarters urging a visa system
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 17 November 2016

Curbing immigration is the public's key demand in the Brexit negotiations but they would also prefer to stay in the EU single market, according to a major study.

Some 70 per cent want to see limits on numbers coming from the EU - and nearly three quarters suggest there should be visa-style work permits similar to those required from the rest of the world.

A majority of both Leave and Remain voters believe the issue needs to be addressed in our new relationship with the Brussels club.

However, there is a deep divide over whether ending 'free movement' rules should be prioritised over maintaining free trade.

The figures emerged in research by the respected NatCen think-tank published today - the most detailed so far into the public's attitude to the looming talks with the EU.

It found that some 90 per cent supported staying in the European single market - with Brexit voters almost as keen as those who wanted to maintain full EU membership.

But seven in 10 think the UK should be able to limit the number of people from the EU who come here to live and work.

The figure rises to 85 per cent among Brexit supporters - but 55 per cent of Remain supporters agree.

Some 74 per cent believe that potential EU migrants should apply to come here in the same way as those from outside the bloc - raising the prospect of visa-style work permits. ...

Around 70 per cent of Remain voters think the UK should 'definitely' or 'probably' allow unfettered immigration for EU citizens if that is the only way to keep free trade.

But the same proportion of Leave voters say the government 'definitely' or 'probably' should not strike such a deal.

Overall voters are split 49 per cent to 51 per cent - with a narrow majority thinking controlling immigration is more important.
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Migrants rush to come to Britain for UK jobs before Brexit
Aletha Adu
Daily Express, 17 November 2016

Foreigners make up 95 per cent of Britain's new workforce, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

The expansion of the European Union in 2004 dramatically pushed Britain's levels of employment to an all-time high of 31.9 million employed adults between July and September this year, 5.5 million of which are foreign-born. ...

The presence of foreign-born workers in Britain have increased by 430,000 over the last year, while almost one half of those were born in one of the eight eastern European states that joined the EU in 2004. ...

Since Britain voted to leave the EU, 50,000 more migrants have entered from the eight Eastern EU countries, the highest level over the last three months.
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Diane Abbott sparks Labour backlash by ruling out tougher stance on immigration
Nicholas Mairs and John Ashmore
PoliticsHome, 17 November 2016

Diane Abbott has sparked a fresh Labour split by declaring the party will not try to "out-UKip Ukip" by taking a tougher stance on immigration.

The Shadow Home Secretary said the party would alienate many of its own voters and should instead be trying to woo those who currently back the SNP, Lib Dems and Greens.

Ms Abbott rejected claims that Labour should try to win back voters who have switched to Ukip and the Tories in it its traditional heartlands, and insisted most of its supporters have a "favourable" attitude to immigration. ...

Her comments came a day after PoliticsHome revealed that Labour would not be appointing a Shadow Immigration Minister because Ms Abbott wants to control the brief herself.

But former Labour frontbencher Michael Dugher accused his party colleague of being "wilfully naïve" and said Labour must try to reflect the concerns of its traditional voters.

The Barnsley East MP said: "To ignore the fact that immigration is a major and legitimate concern for many traditional Labour voters - and importantly those we would like to vote Labour in future - is out of touch.

"People like Diane just need to get out more. Having fair but tough controls on immigration, plus having policies that protect workers at home and abroad from exploitation, is entirely consistent with our values. ...

... But this 'no compromise with the electorate' attitude is the political equivalent of the charge of the Light Brigade and it can only bring disaster for Labour."

Another Labour MP told PoliticsHome: "If Diane thinks we can deal with the threats facing our society simply by continuing to shout the same thing we've been shouting the last 20 years and just shout it louder I think she's got the wrong end of the stick." ...

A report carried out by Labour MP John Cruddas into Labour's 2015 defeat found the party's approach to immigration was "toxic" among voters in the north, many of whom switched to Ukip.
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Criminal who provides bogus ID cards to illegal immigrants and brokers sham marriages is caught in undercover sting as he barters over £10,000 price tag for fake Romanian bride
Stephanie Linning
MailOnline, 17 November 2016

A criminal who makes thousands of pounds by arranging sham marriages has been exposed trying to offer up a bogus bride on a petrol station forecourt.

The conman, known only as Anton, was caught on camera as he introduced the Romanian woman to an undercover reporter posing as a criminal middleman.

For £10,000, Anton claimed he could provide a woman willing to marry a stranger who was desperate to remain in the UK after entering the country on a visitor visa. He promised the groom would have 'the rights, the passport, the whole thing.'

Anton also revealed he runs another lucrative illegal business: flogging Romanian identity cards to illegal immigrants. The documents, made using the names of dead Romanian citizens, allow an individual to stay and work in the UK and can be used to travel abroad, Anton boasted.

Asked whether the card would be of a good enough quality, Anton said: 'I am working with the same ID. I come from Romania only with ID. No passport.'

He has been exposed by investigative journalist Paul Connolly as part of a five-part Channel 5 documentary series, Undercover Criminal.

In a bid to uncover those facilitating illegal immigration, Connolly posed as a criminal looking to bring people into Britain and help them disappear once they are here.

After months of undercover work, the journalist was introduced to Anton, who revealed he not only operates a trade making Romanian identity cards for illegal immigrants but also has a sinister side business brokering sham marriages.

The problem is widespread. The Home Office estimates that 4,000 to 10,000 applications a year to stay in the UK are made on the basis of sham marriages.
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'We will multiply our numbers' Muslim migrants aim to outbreed Christians, translator says
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 17 November 2016

A translator living in Germany has revealed that Muslim migrants believe the country "should be Islamised", according to a new report.

After working in migrant centres Germany for several years, the translator claims a number of the Muslim migrants she has spoken to have revealed a hatred for Christians and are determined to destroy the religion.

The 39-year-old translator revealed that despite her Christian beliefs she is often presumed to be Muslim and – as a result – Muslim migrants often confide in her and tell her about their dislike towards Christians.

She said: "Christians are oppressed, intimidated and harassed by Muslim refugees. This is normal.

"Some women told me, 'We will multiply our numbers. We must have more children than the Christians because it's the only way we can destroy them here'."
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Police Boss Backs Campaign to Destroy Right Wing 'Hate Rags'
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 17 November 2016

The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner has backed a campaign aiming to put right wing papers out of business because of their reporting on mass-immigration and Brexit.

Arfon Jones, a member of the Welsh nationalist Plaid Cymru party, called red tops "hate rags" and said it was "pathetic" for firms to continue placing advertisements in them.

He made the comments in support of Stop Funding Hate, an online campaign pressuring businesses into withdrawing advertising from newspapers, such as the Daily Mail, until they fold or move their editorial line in a left-wing direction.
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Tiny Isle Near France Offers U.K. Post-Brexit Migration Idea
Joe Mayes
Bloomberg, 17 November 2016

For clues on how U.K. immigration policy might work after Brexit, try looking at a small island just off the northern coast of France. ...

Jersey, which is outside the EU, allows free movement of the bloc's nationals yet controls population flows by limiting the availability of work, housing and welfare to new arrivals. Its 228 billion pound ($284 billion) funds industry enjoys EU market access, and the island itself is just 31 kilometers (19 miles) from the French coast. ...

Access to work, housing and welfare in Jersey is restricted for those not born there to put a brake on migration. Workers must be licensed if they have been on the island for less than five years and the right to buy a house is reserved for those who have lived there for more than 10 years.

"We have limited availability of space," said Senator Paul Routier, who is responsible for Jersey's population policy. "We use our mechanism of controlling people's access to housing and to work to keep things in balance."
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Yes, the principle of free movement is a 'total myth'
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 17 November 2016

On their way to building the new superstate the Eurofanatics use mass immigration as a weapon to destroy traditional nationhood.

As these ideologues know, a nation without any control over its own borders is not a nation at all.

The majority of Britons recognise this fundamental truth but the unelected, unaccountable oligarchs of Brussels could not care less what Britain feels.

All that matters to them is the ultimate triumph of their federalist dogma.

... The Europhile zealots treat open borders as a kind of sacred principle that cannot be violated.

In the same theological vein the pro-EU brigade tells us solemnly that unrestricted migration is one of the "four freedoms" at the heart of the European project, along with free movement in capital, goods and services. ...

There is nothing remotely sacrosanct about the principle of the free movement of people across Europe. Nor does it have any basis in history.

It was not even an objective when the founding fathers of the EU set up the European Economic Community, better known as the Common Market, in the 1950s.

That point was rightly made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson this week. In an interview with a Czech daily newspaper, Boris rightly dismissed as "a total myth" the idea that free movement was one of the EU's founding principles.

"Everybody now has it in their head that every human being has some fundamental Godgiven right to move wherever they want. It's not true. That was never the case," he said. ...

But Boris was absolutely right. It is his detractors who are deluded. The relevant clauses in the 1957 Treaty of Rome do not refer to free movement of people. On the contrary they only cover free movement of "workers".

Under Article 48 staff could only move freely from one member state to another "to accept offers of employment actually made". ...

It was always illogical to lump together the free movement of citizens with the other three freedoms of capital, goods and services, for people are in a completely different category. Fridges or investment bonds do not have children, or get sick or need education or require social security or become involved in crime.
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Reaction of Geert Wilders to Penal Demand of Public Prosecutor
Geert Wilders
Gatestone Institute, 17 November 2016
[Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV)]

I just heard the penal sentence demanded by the Public Prosecutor: a penalty of 5,000 euros.

Speaking about one of the biggest problems of our country – the problem with Moroccans – is now punishable, according to the elite. And, hence, we are slowly but surely losing our freedom of speech. Even asking a question is no longer allowed. Even though millions of people agree. And Moroccans have suddenly become a race. So if you say something about Moroccans, you are now a racist. Nobody understands that. It is utter madness. Only meant to shut you and me up. ...

I was elected by nearly a million people. That number will be even higher on March 15th next year. And it is my duty to talk about the problems, even when the politically-correct elite led by Prime Minister Rutte prefers not to mention them. Because looking away and remaining silent is not an option.

I have to say it like it is.

What is the use of political cowards who no longer dare to speak the truth? Who are silent about the problems in our country? Who pander to the government? Who cowardly look the other way?

Nothing at all! Putting one's head in the sand is cowardliness.

And if you must keep quiet about problems, because simply asking a question has become punishable, the problems will only grow bigger. Then, the Netherlands will become a dictatorship of fearful and cowardly politicians.

I will never accept that. I will continue to fight for a free and safe Netherlands. That is why Islamic terrorists have been trying to kill me for 12 years. Today, these terrorists rejoice. Wilders is going to be punished. The Public Prosecutor has made himself their ally today.
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Tasers and acid used by child-grooming drugs gangs
ITV, 17 November 2016

Children as young as 12 are being ruthlessly groomed and exploited by organised gangs who are using stun guns and acid to control the drugs market, an official report has found.

Violence, incidents of kidnap and use of weapons are becoming common place in the organised crime groups operating in England and Wales, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. ...

The NCA has identified an emerging trend in the behaviour of drugs gangs, who operate in a distribution model knows as "county lines".

It typically involves urban gangs travelling to locations such as a county or coastal town to sell heroin and crack cocaine. ...

Eighty per cent of police forces in England and Wales reported the exploitation of children, with 71% reporting established county lines activity within their area.

Other findings include the dominance of London gangs, which were reported in 85% of areas.

More than a third of areas reported the presence of Somali gangs from London.
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Extremist group with links to 140 Isis fighters active in UK
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 17 November 2016

Members of an extremist group banned in Germany for inspiring more than 140 Isis fighters with its "violent" ideology are active in the UK and seeking to recruit followers in Britain's largest cities, The Independent can reveal.

Police launched almost 200 raids across Germany at mosques, offices and homes linked to Die Wahre Religion (DWR) movement, meaning "The True Religion", this week but British security forces remain powerless to stop the same group's activities.

Announcing the prohibition on Tuesday, the German interior minister said members were spreading "hate and anti-constitutional messages, seeing young people radicalised with conspiracy theories" under the cover of a Quran distribution campaign.

"After taking part in DWR activities, more than 140 young individuals so far have travelled to Syria or Iraq to join in the fighting by terrorist groups," Dr Thomas de Maizière said. ...

The interior ministry said the group was stirring up "militant and aggressive attitudes" among its predominantly young audience, including calls to wage jihad and reject democracy in favour of the DWR's Salafist interpretation of Islam. ...

Members were running a stall in London's busy Oxford Street as recently as Sunday and have posted footage of events in towns and cities including Leicester, Nottingham and Blackburn. ...

British security services encountered similar problems with Al-Muhajiroun, a banned British jihadi organisation also known for handing out extremist material in UK high streets that underwent several name changes in attempts to evade authorities.
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Almost half of young offenders from black or ethnic minorities – highest rate since 2001
Daily Express, 16 November 2016

Forty-seven per cent of boys held in youth offender institutions are from a black or ethnic minority background, according to a watchdog's survey.

The disclosure emerged in a report released by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, which has published an annual summary of responses from those in YOIs since 2001/2002.

Findings in 2015/16 showed the proportion of boys from a black or ethnic minority background was at 47 per cent.

This was the highest rate recorded since 2001, the report said.

It added that those with experience of the local authority care system (37 per cent), Muslim boys (22 per cent), disabled youths (19 per cent) and those from a gypsy, Romany or traveller background (7 per cent) "continued to be disproportionately over-represented" across the YOI estate when compared with the population as a whole.

Survey findings for secure training centres, another type of custodial facility for children, showed the proportion from a black or minority ethnic background was 41 per cent.

The number of children in custody fell by 53 per cent between 2010-11 and 2015-16.

As of April, there were 906 under-18s being held in England and Wales.
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More than 1,300 foreign criminals, including killers, rapists and paedophiles have used human rights laws to stay in the UK
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 16 November 2016

More than 1,300 foreign criminals have avoided being booted out of Britain because it would infringe their human rights.

Many who committed heinous offences, including killers, rapists and paedophiles, won permission to stay in the UK because their family live here, the latest figures show.

But the number of convicts who used the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to evade deportation has plummeted since a shake-up by the Home Office. Since Theresa May, when she was home secretary, introduced a 'deport first, appeal later' system for foreign criminals, those who won their human rights appeal fell from 356 in 2012/13 to just 11 last year.

Mrs May also introduced new rules spelling out to judges that Article 8 of the ECHR, which safeguards family life, was not 'absolute' after it was exploited by foreign criminals.

The number of foreign crooks using the ECHR, which was brought into UK law in 1998 by Labour's controversial Human Rights Act, to avoid deportation rose every year from 2006/7 until its peak of 356 in 2012/13.

This fell to 123 in 2013/14, 38 in 2014/15 and just 11 last year. ...

But there are 5,000-plus foreign offenders living in the community awaiting removal. Instead of being locked up until they are thrown out, they are freed to protect their 'human rights', and so could abscond or potentially put the public in danger. Nearly a third – 1,865 criminals – have been loose for more than five years.

The Home Office said it removed a record 5,810 foreign national offenders in 2015/16. The number of appeals against deportation plunged from 2,351 in 2013/14 to 1,440 last year.
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Our immigration system should be based on permits and have a cultural compatibility test
Alex Morton
ConservativeHome, 16 November 2016

Alex Morton was a member of David Cameron's Downing Street Policy Unit

Liberal conservatives have long struggled to shape an immigration policy that works. But to defeat populists on the right, we must show that immigration, like globalisation, benefits this country and its people, rather than start from the nonsensical premise that nations are irrelevant. ...

It is not particularly liberal to say countries don't matter. Nationhood might be an accident of birth, but so is higher IQ or inherited wealth. It is not the job of government to dismantle such a misfortune. Being born in a poor country is a misfortune, it is not an injustice. ...

In general, people want less immigration for three broad reasons. The first is that it places a strain on public services and housing. The second is that is places a strain on cultural integration where the migrants hold different values to ours. The third is that it lowers wages. I would argue the cultural issue is the most valid reason, with some truth about low skill worker wages being depressed if immigration is allowed at very high levels. ...

... People are very focused on the cultural issue in immigration. Race seems much less important (i.e: Japan beats Argentina, and India is well above Pakistan).

However, we cannot just assign numbers based on polling that will fluctuate and is subjective. To capture this cultural context, which immigration policy must do in order to retain public support, a four-part test could be created. This four-part test would focus on:

Basic Freedoms and Women's rights. Religious freedom, legality of homosexuality, and women's rights.

Functioning Democracy. States with a history of a functioning democracy and free speech.

Income levels. The levels of income in a country.

English speaking. If a country has near universal English usage as a primary language.

Countries that achieve all four could have open borders. For each other country, we would score them and allocate similar scoring countries a limited number of permits based on an auction – with the permit system based on that proposed by Nobel winning economist Gary Becker. ...

The net effect of this would be that we would probably have the same levels of immigration as now, but we would have more high-skilled, English-speaking workers who integrate and pay more tax than they ever receive in state benefits, while low skill workers would be from culturally similar English speaking countries (which also receive migrants back from the UK). ...

It is sometimes argued we have an obligation to accept those suffering in other countries as part of a moral immigration system. But immigration is not about humanitarian obligations. There are roughly 60 million displaced people globally. On top of that, hundreds of millions, if not billions of people, have a legitimate claim to asylum. Women, gay/bisexual people, ethnic and religious minorities across most of Africa and the Arab world would be legitimate.

We should have an aid budget and use it to help refugees, to support human rights groups working with religious and sexual minorities, to support women (e.g. as I have argued before on access to contraception). But we need to be vigorous in making the common sense case that mass immigration is not, and cannot, be part of our humanitarian obligations.
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NGO: Just 13 Per Cent of Migrants in Europe Actually Fleeing War
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 16 November 2016

Just 13.7 per cent of migrants in Europe say they are fleeing war, with most admitting they are economic migrants, a new study by Doctors of the World (MDM) has revealed.

The NGO found that the majority of nearly 10,000 migrants they spoke to admitted they moved to Europe for economic reasons. Examining access to healthcare, the report looked at migrants across 30 cities, just under half of whom are staying in Europe illegally.

The study, which was published Tuesday in Brussels, discloses that 53.1 per cent of migrants surveyed reported emigrating for economic reasons, 20.5 per cent for political reasons and just 13.7 per cent said they moved to escape war.

MDM are demanding that migrants get full access to all aspects of national health services across Europe, and argue that their survey showing only 3.1 per cent migrate solely for healthcare bolsters the case for this. ...

As well as demanding governments of countries in the European Union (EU) grant "full access to [all aspects of] national health systems for all", the organisation wants Europeans to arrange full transport to the continent for anybody and everybody who wants to migrate. ...

The study also condemns the Dublin Agreement, arguing that it's essential migrants be allowed to select the European country in which they reside.
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Labour will not appoint Shadow Immigration Minister
Emilio Casalicchio
PoliticsHome, 16 November 2016

Labour will not appoint a separate immigration spokesperson because Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott wants to cover the brief herself, PoliticsHome has learned.

Ms Abbott's office confirmed immigration was an issue "she cares deeply about" and insisted she had the "skills and experience" to stay on top of it alone. ...

A spokesperson told PoliticsHome: "Diane will be covering the role. It's an issue she cares deeply about.

"She feels confident that she has the skills and experience to hold the Government to account over the increasingly toxic narrative around immigration."

A source close to the Shadow Home Secretary added: "That's how seriously Diane takes it - she wants to do it herself." ...

Elsewhere, Shadow Business Secretary Clive Lewis yesterday broke ranks with the leadership on the issue of immigration when he said the free movement of people "hasn't worked" for everyone in Britain.
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Stop Funding Hate: a nasty, elitist campaign for press censorship
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 16 November 2016

Intolerance wears a progressive mask in the 21st century. Students hound political undesirables off campus in the name of 'protecting diversity'. /.../ And now assorted leftists and tweeters are seeking to punish tabloid newspapers, to starve them of big revenue, in the name of promoting tolerance. Yes, intolerance – in this case of the redtop press and its right to say what it wants – is tolerance.

Stop Funding Hate is a new campaign aimed at getting big businesses – like Lego, John Lewis, Walkers Crisps, Virgin – to stop advertising in what are referred to as 'hate newspapers': that is, tabloids, primarily the Daily Mail. /.../ Let's curb the euphemisms and all the talk of promoting tolerance – this is a sly, sinister effort to chill and tame the press; a marshalling of capitalist power to punish newspapers and force them to change. It's a stab at censorship, not a cry for tolerance.

Stop Funding Hate is primarily concerned with the tone of the tabloids since the EU referendum. It doesn't like what some of these apparently low, rude papers have said about immigration. Or judges. ...

I'm sorry, but when you plead with Virgin and Lego and huge stores to deprive the rabble-rousing press of funds because they are pro-Brexit, anti-judge and not in favour of mass migration, then you are engaged in naked political censorship. You are agitating for the rich to try to stop mass newspapers from saying what they think. The campaigners are actually open about this. ...

SFH's footsoldiers fancy themselves as liberal, hilariously, but actually they're following in the steps of others in history who likewise sought to tame papers through de-funding them or depriving them of advertising. ...

SFH's agitation to pull ads from newspapers is not some simple, good, happy-clappy act of consumer caring. It's the attempted use of financial power to whack tabloid freedom in a similar way to how the FBI and African dictators once sought to harm the radical press. /.../ This is elitist, repugnant and illiberal, as are all attempts at press censorship.
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The huge political cost of Blair's decision to allow Eastern European migrants unfettered access to Britain
Erica Consterdine
The Conversation, 16 November 2016
[The author is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Immigration Politics & Policy, University of Sussex]

To understand why Britain became so opposed to migration from the EU, it's key to understand a decision made by the Labour government in 2004, which has had lasting political repercussions.

In May 2004, the EU welcomed ten new member states – the majority from Central and Eastern Europe – in what was the largest expansion in the history of European integration. ...

At the time, Labour's decision was largely uncontroversial and met with bipartisan support in parliament. Yet this was to be perhaps Tony Blair's greatest unintended legacy and ultimately a contributor to his party's electoral defeat in years to come.

Although ten countries became EU member states in 2004, attention focused on the "A8 countries". These were Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

While the number of migrants from Central and Eastern Europe into the UK was predicted to be in the region of 5,000 to 13,000 on the assumption that other member states would also open their labour markets, most didn't. And the flows turned out to be over 20 times the upper end of this estimate.

In 2004 and 2005, 129,000 migrants from the A8 countries entered Britain, according to research by migration researcher John Salt that takes into account various ways of measuring immigration.

Labour's wider managed migration programme was expansive, a package of reforms designed to expand labour migration routes and above all embrace the positive economic benefits of immigration from around the world. But these reforms paled in significance to this single decision, with 112,000 A8 nationals entering the UK in 2007 alone. ...

So why did the Labour government take such a politically risky decision back in 2004? For a decision which had such large ramifications both politically and on Britain's population, there was a surprising lack of debate. There were two reasons for this. ...

In Germany, Austria, France and Italy, months of public debate led to the imposition of transitional controls, largely because of fears over job displacement, and in turn pressure from trade unions. ...

Yet the main rationale for this decision had very little to do with immigration per se, but rather diplomacy.
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EU free movement has not worked for millions of Britons, says Clive Lewis
Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 16 November 2016

The free movement of people across the EU "hasn't worked" for millions of Britons, and employers who bring in staff from overseas should be obliged to negotiate with a trade union to ensure that the wages of local workers are not being undercut, according to shadow business secretary Clive Lewis. ...

"We have to acknowledge that free movement of labour hasn't worked for a lot of people. It hasn't worked for many of the people in this country, where they've been undercut, who feel insecure, who feel they're not getting any of the benefits that immigration has clearly had in our economy," he said. ...

"It will have an impact on the number of people coming to this country, if you make it more difficult for employers to bring people in, to undercut people."
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Migration Observatory looks at coverage of immigration in the British press
Electronic Immigration Network, 15 November 2016

An interesting recent report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford examines how the subject of immigration has been covered in British newspapers over the past decade. ...

Overall, the report finds that press depictions of migrants have focused on concern about high levels of net migration, and particularly EU migration.

According to the report, the number of press articles mentioning immigration showed a trend of decline from 2006 to 2011, but rose significantly from 2012 onwards, coinciding with the coalition government's measures to reduce net migration.

"Notably, the average month in 2014 – the last year in the dataset with a full year for comparison – contained over twice as many articles mentioning immigration than in 2011," the report notes.

The Migration Observatory found that the most common word to describe immigration in the British press over the past decade was 'mass'. The four most common modifiers after 'mass' were 'net', 'illegal', 'European' and 'uncontrolled'.

When it comes to describing immigrants as people, the term most used by the press was 'illegal', with the term accounting for a full 30 per cent of all modifiers used for 'immigrants' or 'migrants' since 2006. However, the report adds that the prevalence of 'illegal' as a way of describing immigrants has declined, as the emphasis shifts instead to scale and numbers.

The report found that the second most frequent way that the press described immigrants was with the terms 'EU' or 'European'. Coverage of EU migration has tended to focus on the scale of migration. ...

The six key trends identified by the report were as follows:

• A tendency for journalists themselves to play the role of framing problems in the migration debate, rather than simply reporting on others' (such as politicians,' think-tanks,' or academics') analysis. This highlights the key role played by journalists and media organisations in shaping the UK migration debate.

• A tendency to blame politicians for the scale of EU migration, while in discourse about 'illegal' immigrants, migrants themselves are often blamed. Economic arguments dominated the discussion of problems related to both EU and illegality. ...
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Belgium Minister: Europe Must Prepare for 5,000 Returning Islamic State Jihadists
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 15 November 2016

The Belgian interior minister has said a "wave" of between 3,000 and 5,000 Islamic State jihadists from Europe could return to the continent as the terror group rapidly loses territory in Iraq and Syria.

Speaking to state broadcaster RTBF on Sunday, Jan Jambon said: "We see that the Islamic State is under pressure in with the attacks in Mosul and Raqqa.

"Belgian fighters are there helping defend the IS strongholds... but we must be mindful of the fact that there are not only 200 of our countrymen there, but between 3,000 and 5,000 Europeans.

"All the intelligence agencies are trying to monitor the situation and exchange information. If the wave comes, we must be ready." ...

Over the course of the conflict in Syria and Iraq sparked by the Arab Spring in 2011, a total of 20,730 foreign fighters are thought to have joined Islamic State's ranks.

11,000 came from the Middle East, around 1,200 have left from France, and 600 from both the UK and Germany, according to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR).
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Theresa May says Donald's Trump's victory shows why Britain needs to control immigration
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2016

Donald Trump's shock victory shows that the Government must deal once and for all with the "overlooked" communities that have been transformed irrevocably by immigration without the "permission" of British voters, Theresa May will say. ...

Speaking at the Guildhall in London on Monday evening, Mrs May will refer to Mr Trump's victory and say that it – and the Brexit vote in Britain – show that "change is in the air".

She will warn that the desire to promote globalisation has led to voters on low incomes being "overlooked".

And she will warn that immigration must be tackled in the wake of the Brexit vote to show communities across the country that politicians are willing to "respond" to their concerns.

The Prime Minister will say: ...

"These people – often those on modest to low incomes living in rich countries like our own – see their jobs being outsourced and wages undercut. They see their communities changing around them and don't remember giving their permission for that to be the case."
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Migrants and people smugglers adopt Mediterranean-style tactics for illegal entry in UK
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 14 November 2016

People smugglers bringing illegal migrants into the UK are using similar tactics to those wreaking havoc in the Mediterranean – where thousands of people have died trying to reach Europe – it was claimed today.

Lucy Moreton of the Immigration Services Union revealed that asylum seekers desperate to reach Britain are boarding "larger, more secure vessels" to cross the Channel and then carried to within miles of the coast.

They are then dumped into smaller boats and left to reach land on their own.
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Donald Trump's immigration plans: start by deporting 3 million 'criminals'
Martin Pengelly and Alan Yuhas
The Guardian, 14 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to deport as many as 3 million people once he accedes to the Oval Office, and that fencing will form part of his promised wall on the border with Mexico.

In an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, set to be broadcast Sunday, Trump said: "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate."

"But we're getting them out of our country, they're here illegally."
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REPORT: 3 MILLION Votes in Presidential Election Cast by ILLEGAL ALIENS, Non-Citizens
Brian Hayes
Top Right News, 14 November 2016

Three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal aliens and/or non-citizens, according to Greg Phillips of the organization.

If true, this would mean that Donald Trump still won the contest despite widespread vote fraud, and almost certainly won the popular vote.

"We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens," tweeted Phillips after reporting that the group had completed an analysis of a database of 180 million voter registrations.

According to current indications, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 630,000 votes, although around 7 million ballots remain uncounted. ...

Vote fraud using ballots cast in the name of dead people and illegal alien voters was a huge concern before the election.

On the morning of the election there were 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls.

Some states require some form of ID before voting. But the following states require NO ID whatsoever before voting... ...

And thanks to Bill Clinton's 1993 Motor Voter Act, no proof of citizenship is required to register to vote. Just a checkbox asking if they are legal. No ID, no checks, no penalties enforced.

Hillary Clinton "won" Nevada – a state with a very large illegal alien population – by only 26,000 votes. And populous blue states like California, New York and Illinois have run up Clinton's popular vote totals. Again, with no proof of ID to vote.
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Leading Islamic charity told by watchdog to distance itself from those who condone 'violent extremism and acts of terrorism'
Camilla Turner
Sunday Telegraph, 13 November 2016

A leading Islamic charity which penned an open letter criticising The Sunday Telegraph's reports about its extreme speakers and filed numerous complaints to the press regulator has been warned by the Charities Commission it must distance itself from individuals who condone "violent extremism and acts of terrorism".

Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) was investigated by the charities watchdog amid allegations that its leaders promote anti-Semitism and have called for homosexuals and female adulterers to be stoned to death.

The inquiry, which lasted almost three years, concluded that trustees must do more to prevent associating with organisations and individuals who "encourage or support terrorism and/or extremist views".

The charities watchdog also criticised iERA over its partnership with Islamic University Online, an organisation founded by Dr Bilal Philips, who was banned from the UK for his extremist views by Theresa May in 2010 while she was Home Secretary. ...

It said that iERA must step up procedures to prevent organisations and individuals "who seek to encourage or support terrorism and /or extremist views from taking advantage of the charity's status, reputation, facilities or assets".
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Honour Based Violence Reports To Police Reveal Only Minority Of Alleged Crimes Result In Charge
Kathryn Snowdon
The Huffington Post, 13 November 2016

Worrying new figures from police forces across Britain have revealed that in some areas just 3% of reported incidents of so-called 'honour' based violence result in charges.

The data, uncovered by a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to 43 forces by The Huffington Post UK, suggests that despite the all-encompassing nature of the honour based abuse, police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are poorly equipped to deal with it.

The abuse is often used as a means of control, with violence beginning when victims are children and continuing into adult life, campaigners say. Compounding the despair of victims, disobeying is seen as an insult and brings perceived shame to not only relatives, but to entire communities.

The figures reveal that some incidents were simply logged as "unresolved", while others were deemed to have insufficient evidence, and in some cases the victim withdrew their complaint. ...

Professor Marianne Hester, criminologist and chair in gender, violence and international policy at the University of Bristol, says there have been some improvements in the way police investigate domestic violence and rape cases, but there remains a lack of understanding regarding honour based abuse. "They still don't really understand what it is about," Professor Hester says.

The FOI request asked each police force how many reports of honour based violence they had received between January 2011 and August 2016.

Of the 42 forces that responded and provided figures, it was revealed there had been 7,048 reports to police, with most incidents recorded as assaults, threats to kill and kidnap. ...

The Met police arrested and charged 181 people (8%) over the five-year period. In 376 instances there was not enough evidence to proceed and in 174 cases victims were unwilling to prosecute.

Of the 857 incidents reported to Greater Manchester Police, 143 were deemed a crime, but just 23 (3%) resulted in a person being charged. Thames Valley Police refused to provide a breakdown of the outcomes of reports.

By comparison, Home Office records show that 13% of all reported crimes in the UK between April 2015 and March 2016 resulted in a charge or summons being issued.
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Shame on Sharia: Women beaten, robbed and raped. A chilling expose of how BRITISH females are being sentenced to lives of misery by Muslim courts
Gita Sahgal
MailOnline, 13 November 2016

The Commons Home Affairs Committee has begun an investigation into the spread of Islamic law.

Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, chairman of the new UK Board of Sharia Councils, told the committee that British Muslims have the right to use sharia courts. They have no legal force but are regularly used by Muslim families to adjudicate on personal matters, including religious marriages and divorces.

Dr Al-Dubayan's colleague said that Islamic law allows polygamy, but the sharia judges and 'regulators' denied that they were promoting the practice.

To me this sounded like double-speak from the very organisation that aimed to standardise procedures and prevent abuses which could be perpetrated by the scores of self-appointed 'courts' operating around the country with no regulation.

In other words, they were the good guys who should be trusted to tame the extremists who might flourish if sharia law was driven underground.

The truth, however, is far more sinister. As an activist and documentary film-maker who has spent more than two decades investigating religious fundamentalism in Britain, I can reveal that sharia courts seek to undermine British law, subject women to humiliation, subjugation and the risk of physical harm, and apply a version of Islamic law that is far more extreme than that used in Muslim countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The most prominent sharia councils are also the fundamentalist ones.

At the heart of their existence is a deliberate lie. The overwhelming majority of cases heard by sharia courts are divorce suits brought by women who are told that a British civil divorce does not count in the eyes of Islam.

Any woman who embarks on a new relationship will, they say, have committed adultery – a crime only equalled in their eyes by apostasy [abandoning Islam] and blasphemy.

Yet the courts in, for example, Bangladesh and Pakistan, are perfectly happy to accept a civil divorce certificate from Britain as evidence of the end of a marriage, which in the Muslim tradition is a civil contract rather than a sacrament. In those countries, the contract must be registered to count as a legal marriage.

But, here in Britain, there are many unregistered marriages. ...

The most sickening thing is that the spread of sharia law has been aided and abetted by the British state, which sees acceptance of these shadowy courts as a way to appease what they regard as 'non-violent' extremists.
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Gang of 115 arrested across Europe for 'smuggling 6,000 Ukrainians into Britain through Ireland using fake Polish passports'
Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 12 November 2016

Police have smashed a gang said to be responsible for smuggling thousands of illegal immigrants into Britain through Ireland.

More than 100 people including the alleged gang leaders have been arrested as part of the pan-European operation, Spanish police say.

Officers in Madrid announced the crackdown today as they claimed the people smugglers had trafficked around 6,000 Ukrainian immigrants using mostly fake Polish travel documents.

The favoured route into Britain involved a flight to Dublin from Belgium, France or Spain followed by a ferry to the UK.
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Experts say foreign students who refuse to pay back their university loans should be ARRESTED
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 12 November 2016

Foreign students who refuse to pay back their loans should be arrested at the border as every £1 spent on prosecuting them will claw back £22 for the taxpayer, experts say.

Proposals submitted to the government suggest millions of pounds of lost public money could be retrieved by investing in a crackdown on loan defaulters when they try to re-enter the country.

The plans are aimed at tackling the thousands of European Union students who have borrowed public money for their studies in the UK and returned home with no intention of paying.

There are also a large number of British graduates who work abroad and do not repay their loans.

The Higher Education Policy Institute, a think tank which drafted the proposals, want failure to repay student loans to be criminalised in the forthcoming higher education bill.

They have sent a policy paper to universities minister Jo Johnson, urging him to treat defaulters in the same way as 'tax evaders and benefit cheats'. ...

Those from the EU currently owe a record £1.3 billion of the English student loan book – up 36 per cent from 958 million this time last year, according to the latest statistics.

Around 8,600 – or 11 per cent – of former EU students are currently in arrears after graduation because there is no way of forcing those who move abroad to pay.
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CPS 'blinded by political correctness' dropped sex-selective abortion case, government aide reveals
Hannah Summers and Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2016

The Crown Prosecution Service failed to secure what could have been the first conviction for sex-selective abortion after dropping a case amid fears of "political correctness", a government aide has revealed.

Mandy Sanghera, a human rights activist who advises the government on how to tackle honour-based violence, told the Daily Telegraph how prosecutors failed to pursue a case involving an Asian woman whose family forced her to have an abortion, for fear of being labelled racist. ...

Had the CPS taken up the case, from 2014, it could have led to the first prosecution for sex selective abortion in Britain. ...

Ms Sanghera said: "There is a fear of not wanting to be accused of being racist. People are so scared about being political correct that they are blinded. They have lost their moral compass and their ability challenge cultural norms that have no place in 21st century Britain."
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Lego "not planning any future promotional activity" with Daily Mail amid protests at recent coverage
William Turvill
City A.M., 12 November 2016

Lego is "not planning any future promotional activity" with the Daily Mail, in an apparent protest at its editorial content.

Stop Funding Hate, a group campaigning for companies like John Lewis and Waitrose to pull advertising from certain tabloid newspapers, has claimed the move by Lego as a victory. ...

The toy company also announced the news to Stop Funding Hate, going further to say it was "not planning any future promotional activity with the newspaper".
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'Fool-proof' biometric testing needed to keep borders safe, says anti-terror cop
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2016

Everyone entering Britain should be subject to "fool-proof" biometric testing to prevent terrorists sneaking in, a police chief has said.

Neil Basu, the new senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said border checks should include fingerprint and iris scans, while passports had to be made tamper-proof.

Speaking a year on from the atrocities in Paris, Mr Basu, who is a Scotland Yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said the attacks were a "sit up and think" moment for those defending the country from terrorists.

He said: "The terrorist tactics are very different now. They are not interested in negotiation, they are not interested in warnings. They are very interested in the maximum amount of terror, damage and economic and physical and emotional carnage."

Mr Basu said much more needed to be done to protect Britain's borders amid heightened concern over the number of guns getting into the country. ...

"Everybody's identity should be checked as they come through a border in a way that is fool-proof. Fingerprints, iris scans, the documents need to be tamper-proof. What we need is a debate about what border security really means."

The attacks in Paris last November, which left 130 people dead, were carried out with terrifying simplicity and left UK anti-terror officers reviewing their approach. ...

"So this is a psychological change in policing in this country, to be able to cope with what would be a battlefield or a war scenario."
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More than 100 arrests in major international migrant smuggling operation
Europol, 11 November 2016

On 21 October 2016, the Spanish National Police, together with the Polish Border Police, joined forces with Europol's European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in Operation Kolso to dismantle a transnational criminal organisation implicated in the smuggling of Ukrainian citizens into the United Kingdom and Ireland.

... In 2016, the operation concluded with more than 100 individuals being arrested for forgery of administrative documents and the facilitation of illegal immigration.

In March 2016, a major blow was delivered to the criminal network when one of the main leaders was apprehended in Spain and more than 100 ID cards and original Polish passports were seized from his apartment. ...

The migrants entered Poland using tourist visas, and travelled on to other countries using forged documents such as Polish ID cards and Baltic-country passports.
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Migrant sex attacks against children in Sweden could escalate, officials warn
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 11 November 2016

Migrant sex attacks against children in the Swedish city of Malmö could increase following a spate of incidents in broad daylight, police have warned.

Records show an increasing number of sexual assault cases in the city and Ewa-Gun Westford, a Police spokesman for the region, has warned there could be more.

She said: "Some cases concern rapes while in other cases it's sexual molestation, and we think [this situation] could escalate.

"We do not want to create a rancorous atmosphere among the public but want to tread carefully."

She added: "The information we have leads in a certain direction, but it is very sensitive and [these are] difficult issues for the vulnerable." ...

Most of the victims are young girls and a specialist team of 15 police officers has been established in order to investigate the situation.
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The penny finally drops in France! PM says Trump win shows French MUST tighten borders
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 11 November 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls admitted France must tighten its borders to migrants as Donald Trump's US election win finally sees the political elite wake up to the wave of discontent sweeping the globe. ...

Acknowledging France could see its own Brexit effect, Mr Valls said: "Trump's victory has cast a spotlight on several pressing issues: we must tighten border controls and curb the influx of refugees flowing into Europe, and we must defeat Islamic totalitarianism.

"France is swerving towards populism, meaning we must do more to protect the forgotten lower-middle class and encourage the redistribution of wealth to stop populist anti-immigrant parties from taking over the reins of power."
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REVEALED: Migrant numbers in Italy exceed 5 MILLION costing state billions
Jon Rogers
Daily Express, 11 November 2016

The number of migrants living in Italy has exceeded five million, costing the country more than two billion euros, official figures have revealed.

Asylum applications looks set to surpass the figure of 84,000 made last year. ...

On January, 1 2016 the number of official 'foreigners' in the southern European country stood at 5,026,153, according to ISTAT, a rise of 12,000 compared to 2014.

The figure represents 8.3 percent of Italy's total population which compares to France's 6.6 percent and Germany with 9.3 percent.

Of those five million people, four million - 70 percent - come from outside the EU but have a regular residence permit.

According to Alleva, the number of foreigners living in the country increased by five times since 1998, which is the largest growth of any country in Europe.

The cost to the Italian nation was put at 2.093 billion euros, according to the President of the Commission Federico Gelli.
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Sweden says extends temporary border controls
Reuters, 11 November 2016

The Swedish government has decided to extend temporary border controls for another three months, citing security concerns, the interior minister said on Friday.

Sweden made an abrupt U-turn last year on decades of generous immigration policies, introducing border controls and tough asylum rules after 163,000 people applied for asylum in 2015.

"The threats to our internal security at the time we took the initial decision still remain," Anders Ygeman told Swedish Radio.
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Dangers lie ahead as politics of anger wrests power from an out-of-touch elite
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Irish Independent, 11 November 2016

No civilisation lasts forever. The first sign of breakdown is that people stop trusting the ruling elite. They are seen as having failed to solve the major problems facing the nation. They are perceived as benefiting themselves, not the population as a whole.

They are out of touch and surrounded by people like themselves. They underestimate the depth and breadth of popular anger. That happened in both Washington and Westminster. ...

We need to rebuild our social ecology. When a civilisation is in good order it has institutions that provide support and hope in hard times. In the West these have traditionally been families and communities. Neither is in a good state today. Their breakdown led two of the most important thinkers in America, Charles Murray on the Right and Robert Putnam on the Left, to argue that, for large sections of the population, the American dream lies broken beyond repair.

We need to recover a strong, inclusive sense of national identity if people are to feel that those in power care about the common good. The West is still suffering from the damage done by multiculturalism, living proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unless we can restore what George Orwell called patriotism as opposed to nationalism, we will see the rise of the far-Right, as is happening already in Europe.
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Six of the Jihadis Involved in Paris Attacks Entered Europe as 'Refugees'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 November 2016

Surviving Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam helped at least 10 Islamic State fighters enter Belgium as "refugees" through the Balkan route, local media reported Friday.

Of these, six went on to participate in the terror attacks which struck Paris last November, and four were involved in the coordinated suicide bombings that hit Brussels in March. The two attacks left 215 people dead, and wounded hundreds more.

According to a programme set to air on the Flemish VTN television station on Sunday, Abdeslam personally brought at least 10 jihadis to Belgium in a rental car.

Picking the terrorists up in Hungary, where they had arrived from Syria amid hordes of "refugees" during the height of last year's migrant crisis, Abdeslam drove the extremists to Western Europe. ...

On top of the six Islamic State fighters known to have been escorted by the Belgium-born terrorist, Reuters yesterday reported that 90 more Syria-trained jihadis are thought to have entered Europe via the refugee route. ...

Earlier this year, the French government was accused of covering up the jihadis' barbaric torture of victims of the November attacks. Critics claimed that information, which suggested the terrorists castrated, disembowelled, beheaded, and gouged the eyes out of victims, was suppressed so as to minimise public outrage.

Contrary to claims made by Western politicians and commentators during the height of the migrant crisis that securing Europe's borders is "what ISIS wants", police believe Nice attacker Mohamed Bouhlel was involved in "No Borders" activism on Italy's border with France. Earlier this year it emerged that the Islamist, who drove a truck into a crowd killing 85 people, regularly travelled to Italy to help migrants entering Europe.
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EU agrees to extend border controls inside Schengen zone
Reuters, 11 November 2016

The European Union agreed on Friday to extend temporary border controls inside the bloc's free-travel zone for another three months to help cope with the migration crisis.

Last month, the European Commission, which proposes legislation, recommended that Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and non-EU Norway be allowed to continue carrying out border checks beyond Nov. 15, when the checks were due to end.

All of the countries are members of the Schengen zone where passport checks are not required. The internal controls were re-imposed to halt the flow of undocumented migrants through Europe after landing in Greece or Italy.
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Crackdown on Illegal Migrants Cancelled After Complaints People Felt 'Uneasy'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 November 2016

A promised crackdown in Sweden on illegal migrants has stalled, as police have agreed to stop asking landlords and communities to help track illegals in hiding following complaints that border control emails made people feel "uneasy".

A police spokesman admitted the U-turn, after several municipal housing facilities in Blekinge received emails asking for help in detecting migrants who are staying in Sweden illegally, reports Göteborgs- Posten. ...

Attempts at border control through the years have been hampered by Sweden's staunchly-enforced culture of political correctness. ...

The government is aware of the fact that many of the people whose asylum is rejected refuse to respect the state's decision and instead go underground and fears that tens of thousands of those refused asylum last year will act in the same way, Avpixlat reported.

The number of Swedes telling polls they want fewer "refugees" has doubled in just a year, with 60 per cent now wanting to see slashes to the level of migration to the Nordic country.
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Why Germany and Other EU Countries Can Now Deport Tens of Thousands of Afghans
Mirren Gidda
Newsweek, 10 November 2016

On October 2, after months of negotiations, the EU and Afghanistan signed a migration deal, known as the Joint Way Forward, which allows member states to deport an unlimited number of Afghan migrants back to their home country, unless they have permission to remain in Europe. ...

EU countries were already able to deport Afghan asylum seekers before they signed the agreement, but they required the cooperation of the Afghan government to do so. That often delayed the process and effectively limited the number of Afghans the EU countries could send back home. Under the terms of the deal, member states will be able to deport migrants faster and in larger numbers. The agreement even says that the EU and Afghanistan will together "explore the possibility to build a dedicated terminal for return in Kabul airport." (The EU will also develop and fund reintegration programs for the deported Afghans.)

Days after Afghanistan and the EU signed the deal, they co-hosted an international conference in Brussels with the goal of raising funds for Afghanistan. During the summit, the EU and its member states pledged to give $5.6 billion in aid to the country over the next four years, prompting Amnesty International to criticize the bloc for apparently paying off Kabul to take back its migrants. ...

... Germany was one of the main countries pushing for the agreement, partly because it is struggling to house and process the influx of refugees it has received over the past few years. In 2015, 1.1 million asylum seekers entered Germany, of which some 154,000 came from Afghanistan.
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Germany's £13.7 BILLION migrant bill: Huge amount is revealed as report shows Merkel's government spends £10,500 on EACH of their 1.3m arrivals over 18 months
Allan Hall
MailOnline, 10 November 2016

Every single refugee costs the German taxpayer £10,519 a year to look after, according to the government.

That is the average expenditure to feed and clothe each person, provide language lessons and schooling and the care of unaccompanied minors.

It does not include training courses or the costs to the taxpayer to deport failed would-be migrants.

The calculation was provided to The Left party in the German parliament after it made an official request for a breakdown.
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Exposed: The 'fixer' who makes thousands selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants for £600 a time
Emma Glanfield
MailOnline, 9 November 2016

A 'fixer' who makes thousands of pounds selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to help them stay living in Britain has been caught in an undercover sting.

The conman, known only as Adil, has been exposed for selling fake residency cards to immigrants in Birmingham – and charging up to £600 per ID card.

He boasted that he can supply 'top quality' fake versions of a biometric residence permit - which holds a migrant's name, date and place of birth, alongside a photograph, fingerprints and immigration status in the UK.

The cards, which are supposed to be issued only by the Home Office, allow an individual to stay, work or study in the UK and can be used as ID when opening a bank account, applying for work or benefits, or getting a domestic flight. ...

He has been exposed by investigative journalist Paul Connolly for a new Channel 5 documentary - Undercover Criminal: The Great British Fake Off.

It comes amid growing controversy around Britain's immigration policy, with the use of biometric visas put in the spotlight today when Prime Minister Theresa May said she wants India to take back overstayers based on biometric data alone, rather than piles of paperwork. ...

Highlighting how easy it is for fraudsters to replicate the biometric documents in the UK, investigative journalist Connolly briefed a fellow undercover reporter who visited Adil's run-down office in Birmingham city centre pretending to be a contact of an illegal immigrant in need of some identification.
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Women, children being 'trafficked from Pakistan, forced into begging' in Europe
Qaiser Butt
The Express Tribune, 9 November 2016

Powerful gangs of organised criminals are trafficking hundreds of women and children from different parts of the country through Iran for labour and beggary in Europe and the Middle East, The Express Tribune has learnt on the authority of senior officials.

Investigations by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) reveal that among those smuggled through the Iran route more than 8% are women and children. ...

"In most cases, women and children are smuggled along intending pilgrims who are issued valid visas for pilgrimage of holy sites in Iran," he added. "However, from there, women and children are smuggled to European states via Turkey." ...

"Iran deports 20,000 to 26,000 illegal Pakistani immigrants every year through its immigration office near the border with Balochistan," Khan told The Express Tribune quoting from official figures. "An overwhelming majority of these people pay hefty sums in the hope human smugglers would take them to Europe."

Human smugglers promise unsuspecting parents that their children would get decent and lucrative jobs in Europe – but instead the children are subjected to forced labour in domestic servitude.
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Council chief reveals the 'huge strain' asylum seekers are putting on services
ByIan Johnson
Gazette Live [Teesside], 9 November 2016

Middlesbrough Council's top boss claims asylum seekers are putting an "enormous strain" on the town's poorest schools.

Interim chief exec Tony Parkinson also claims asylum seekers benefit applications are leaving the council out of pocket.

And specialist GPs have been brought in to deal with growing asylum seeker populations.

The claims are made in an open letter by the council chief to the Government's Home Affairs Committee Inquiry into Asylum Accommodation.

And he's slammed the "inadequacy" of how migrants are dispersed around Britain, a policy which has seen Middlesbrough have the highest number of asylum seekers per head in England. ...

He wrote:

"The current asylum contract and the propensity to place families in low value housing in the north is placing enormous strain on schools in already deprived areas.

"In Middlesbrough... this has seen enormous turnover of pupils, limiting the ability of schools to meet their performance targets and presenting challenges in terms of language and translation as well as socialisation and integration.

"In some central town schools the 'churn' is extreme, with some schools seeing more than 100 children joining a cohort during the primary years and a similar number leaving before the end of Year 6.

"School and LA staff are stretched to provide care support and learning to children and their families."

"One authority in our region has conducted an audit of asylum seekers accessing their TB screening services and found that 50% of asylum seekers seen had not registered with GPs.

"This severely undermines public health and well-being strategies for local authorities. It can also have consequences and costs for emergency services and for those presenting inappropriately and for health services aiming to deliver early preventative services at less cost. ..."
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'Europe needs to end Muslim immigration'
Arutz Sheva, 9 November 2016

Former Mossad agent and MK says Europe inviting terrorism by opening borders to masses of Muslim immigrants.

Legendary Mossad agent and former MK Rafi Eitan told a European audience that the European Union (EU) should halt Muslim immigration into Europe.

Eitan, one of the agents who captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichman, was invited to speak in Austria by the populist Freedom party. He spoke of the dangers of open borders and the growing terrorist threat that is the consequence of letting masses of Muslims immigrate without being able to integrate them.

"The Muslim world is markedly different from Western culture," he said. "When there are Muslims, now, in every European country, we must expect violence and terror."

He warned that Germany and Austria would become Muslim countries if present policies of welcoming Muslim refugees continue. ...

Eitan was joined in Austria by the former head of the Herut party in Israel, Michael Kleiner, who also called on European countries to change their immigration policies.

Kleiner said of the terrorist threat crisis that "You cannot kill thousands of mosquitoes. You have to drain the swamp. He added that Austria cannot simply deal with individual terrorists but must be aware of the global terrorist threat."
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Nearly 1,000 'Child' Migrants Caught Lying About Age
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 November 2016

The Austrian government has been medically assessing 'underage' migrants if they are suspected to be lying about their age. So far, 951 migrants who claimed to be children were found to be adults.

The Federal Office for Foreign Affairs and Asylum (BFA) has had reason to believe that more than 2,200 migrants who had claimed to be under 18 were lying about their ages. Using medical tests, the authorities were able to confirm that almost half of those they suspected were in fact over the age of 18 – some of them being over 30, reports Austria's Kurier.

Many migrants in Austria and other countries in Europe have stated that they are underage because not only do host countries provide better accommodation and more resources to minors, but 'child migrants' are almost impossible to deport. ...

The medical tests cost approximately €1,000 per migrant, with total costs in the range of two million euros which is in addition to the already large budget for migrants in Austria. If the tests are inconclusive, the migrants are labelled as minors. ...

Of the 88,151 migrants who entered Austria last year, an estimated 9,331 claimed to be minors. Of those, 951 who were found to be lying – the vast majority, 691, were from Afghanistan.
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CPS 'afraid to tackle honour crimes for fear of causing unrest in Asian communities'
Hannah Summers and Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2016

The Crown Prosecution Service is failing to prosecute honour crimes for fear of causing "unrest" in Asian communities, a Scotland Yard whistleblower has alleged.

Det Sgt Pal Singh disclosed that "apathy" by prosecutors led to the collapse of what could have been the first conviction for forced marriage in England.

He said that the CPS dropped the case despite pleas from the police that "a forced marriage trial would send a strong message to the community".

Det Sgt Singh has been commended three times by the force for his work in the area over the past year. ...

But Det Sgt Singh says he is speaking out now because he is witnessing what he perceives to be serious miscarriages of justice – despite figures showing that the number of forced marriage cases being referred to the CPS by the police has doubled in the past five years.

"The way I see it is that victims are being denied justice," he said. "It is in the public interest that I speak out."

He added: "There appears to be an apathy from the CPS when prosecuting cases where Asian women are victims of honour-based violence. A conviction could lead to unrest in the affected community but if they discontinue a case they know most victims won't complain due to their vulnerability." ...

Last year Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary published a report into the police response to honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

It found that only three of the country's 43 police forces were prepared to tackle honour-based violence.
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'7 years of persecution' Muslim who converted to Christianity forced to flee Bradford home
Jon Rogers
Daily Express, 8 November 2016

A Christian and his family have been forced to flee their home under armed guard having suffered "seven years of persecution" after converting from Islam.

Nissan Hussain, 50, who took part in a Channel 4 documentary about the mistreatment of Muslim converts, suffered a brutal assault last year by two men.

Mr Hussain suffered a smashed kneecap and a broken hand in the attack which was captured on CCTV.

The father-of-six, who converted to Christianity 20 years ago, had been planning on leaving his home town of Bradford in west Yorkshire but armed police arrived on November, 3 as Mr Hussain had already started packing the family's possessions, and moved him to a safe place.
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How the Somme's boy soldiers shame today's 'child' migrants
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 8 November 2016

Later this week we will be commemorating the sacrifice of those who fought for Britain. This year is particularly poignant because it marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest encounters of World War I.

On the first day alone, British forces suffered 57,000 casualties. Many of the dead and wounded soldiers were teenagers, some as young as 16.

Between 1914 and 1918, more than 250,000 boys under the age of 18 served in the British Army, many having lied about their age to join up. ...

Hundreds of thousands of young men crossed the Channel to join the bloody fray because it was considered the patriotic thing to do. These days the passage of men of military age is all in the opposite direction as 'refugees' flood across Europe trying to enter Britain. ...

Now we learn hundreds of Albanian men arrived here illegally last year posing as child refugees. Half of them had their asylum applications accepted and were placed with foster parents. ...

What kind of madness is this? Set aside the fact that we shouldn't be taking in anyone from Albania, unless they have a job requiring special skills and are capable of supporting themselves financially. ...

What kind of man runs away to safety, leaving the women behind?

And why should we be expected to give them house room, full board and lodging and pay for their education until they are 25?

Even to ask these questions is to be labelled a heartless racist by the hand-wringing classes. But that doesn't make the problem go away, nor does it provide an adequate answer. Imagine if during the two world wars, most of the able-bodied young men in Britain had turned tail and boarded the first boat to America, demanding asylum. ...

Now grown men are lying about their age, pretending to be children, and travelling across continents so they can seek a safe haven in Britain.

And, more fool us, we're letting them get away with it.

If the teenage heroes of the Somme could see what kind of insane society our nation has become, they'd wonder what the hell they had been fighting for.
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Germany finally realises we need to STOP the migrant boats in the Med, says ROSS CLARK
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 8 November 2016

If there were a Nobel Prize for naivety, Angela Merkel would have won it last year for her open invitation to migrants to come to Germany.

Anyone who cares for the fate of refugees ought to have seen straight away that her initiative was going to tempt many more migrants to make lethal journeys across the Mediterranean. Already this year 4,000 people have died after being enticed by people smugglers into unseaworthy boats.

This week the German government has belatedly realised that Europe's handling of the migrant crisis has been costing more lives than it has saved. The interior ministry has called on Brussels to stop ferrying migrants to Europe. ...

The ministry said in a statement: "The elimination of the prospect of reaching the European coast could convince migrants to avoid embarking on the life-threatening and costly journey in the first place." How true and how awful that it has taken so long to realise this truth.

Needless to say, Germany's Left has already accused the government of callousness. ...

Obviously we should do whatever we can to prevent people drowning and the search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean must continue. But offering migrants a free ferry ride to Italy once they have been saved is just making things worse. ...

If we want to help the greatest number of people we – and indeed all European countries – should formulate a policy which revolves around dealing with the problem as close as possible to the wars or natural disasters from which people are fleeing.

According to the charity War Child it costs the equivalent of about £25,000 a year to feed, clothe and provide educational opportunities for each Syrian refugee in Germany. By contrast it costs just £2,500 a year to provide the same help in Lebanon.

In other words we can help 10 times as many people for the same price if we rush help to the scene of an emergency rather than waiting for them to come to us.

Cost aside, such a policy helps all refugees, ensures that European generosity is not being exploited by economic migrants and discourages people from making long and dangerous journeys. ...

We should allow opportunities too for students whose studies have been interrupted. In exchange we should expect them to agree to return home once they have completed their qualifications and the crisis is over. They are exactly the people who will be needed to rebuild their home countries.

Sadly it has proved so difficult to come up with lucid policies to help refugees because too much of the debate has been conducted on a purely emotional level.
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To seriously tackle immigration, the Government must first use the right numbers
Chris Murray
ConservativeHome, 8 November 2016
[Chris Murray is a research fellow on migration at IPPR]

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that international students contribute some 90,000 to the net migration figures every year, as students come to study in Britain and then don't leave at the end of their course. New evidence suggests that number is way off.

... New analysis by IPPR compared the ONS estimates with other sources, such as estimates of former students in the general population and surveys of where students end up. We found the ONS statistics to be significant outliers, and discovered problems with the ONS's methods.

Our conclusions were backed up a few weeks ago by an exclusive story in The Times. This suggested the Home Office's internal data showed a massive disparity with the ONS data. When May was Home Secretary, she ordered the Home Office to start collecting 'exit check' data on when people left the country, as well as when they arrived. According to the Times story, these numbers suggest only around one per cent of international students overstay.

Last weekend, the former home affairs adviser to David Cameron revealed in the Telegraph that Number 10 have long been aware that the statistics are dubious, and that they are a poor foundation for government policy. ...

This Government says it takes immigration numbers seriously – so it needs to show equal discipline about getting immigration numbers right.

Firstly, the Home Secretary should institute a wide-ranging review into the exit check data, to see if it tallies with the ONS estimates. Secondly, she should refer the issue to the Migration Advisory Committee, the independent body of experts who advise the government on migration policy. Thirdly, the ONS data should be scrutinised by the UK Statistics Authority, who should be directed to produce a report on this issue. Fourthly, the chair of the House of Commons' Public Administration Committee, Bernard Jenkin , should summon the ONS and the UK Statistics Authority to explain why the government's statistics are at such variance with everyone else's.
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Austria says EU's Turkey deal a 'stop-gap measure'
Beata Stur
New Europe, 7 November 2016

Austria's Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil has warned that the European Union's migrant deal with Turkey is dead and that the block needs to stem the flow of migrants by strengthening its external borders.

"I have always said that the EU-Turkey deal should only be a stop-gap measure until the EU is in the position to effectively protect its external borders and thereby stem the flow of migrants," the minister told the German daily "Bild" in an interview.

According to Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster, Doskozil's comments come as the EU-Turkey migrant deal, which went into effect in March, has encountered a number of stumbling blocks even as it has reduced the number of migrants arriving in Greece.

According to DW, political developments in Turkey have also cast the deal into doubt for two reasons. The first is that EU officials have questioned whether Turkish citizens should obtain visa-free travel to the bloc (which is part of the deal) in view of the deterioration of democracy in Turkey. The second is that the security situation and instability in Turkey has cast doubt over whether it is a "safe country" to return migrants.

Absent visa-free travel, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned last week that his country would pull out of the deal by year's end.

Meanwhile, Vienna has allied itself with the Visegrad group – Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – against the EU's migrant policy.
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'DON'T COME HERE!' Merkel migrant U-turn as Germany orders EU to SEND BACK boats to Africa
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 7 November 2016

Angela Merkel today performed an extraordinary U-turn on mass migration as Germany ordered the EU to begin turning back boats full of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean.

Her interior ministry said Brussels should send out patrols to intercept smugglers' vessels and escort them back to north Africa, marking a massive shift in Germany's official migration policy. ...

In a statement the ministry said: "The elimination of the prospect of reaching the European coast could convince migrants to avoid embarking on the life-threatening and costly journey in the first place."

It added that the EU should adopt a new policy of intercepting refugee boats at sea and returning them to Africa noting that this would "save migrants from the life-threatening journey" and "remove the basis for people-smuggling organisations."
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Swiss against Islam as an official religion, 7 November 2016

Almost two-thirds of people living in Switzerland do not think Islam should be recognised as an official Swiss religion, according to a survey. A similar proportion believes there is no place for Islam in the country.

Asked whether Islam should be granted the same official status as Christianity and Judaism, 61% of 15,617 respondents said "no" or "probably no" in what the Swiss News Agency reports was a representative survey carried out by the Tamedia publishing house. ...

Of those who were open to a third official religion, 19% said "yes" and 20% "probably yes".

Almost two-thirds (62%) said there was no place in Switzerland for Islam. In addition, 80% thought Christian values were part of the Swiss identity. ...

Some 5% of Swiss residents aged over 15 are Muslim, according to Federal Statistical Office figures for 2012-2014; 38% are Roman Catholic, 26.2% Protestant and 22.2% say they have no religious affiliation. Switzerland's 20,000 Jews make up around 0.25% of the resident population.
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Survey Highlights Popularity of Immigration Enforcement
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 7 November 2016

Using neutral language, a new poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted November 1-3 by Pulse Opinion Research for the Center for Immigration Studies shows that the public wants immigration laws enforced, and the level of legal immigration reduced. Unlike many other polls, which give the public the false choice of mass deportation or a "path to citizenship", this poll asked respondents if they support causing illegal immigrants to leave the country by enforcing the law. A majority of the public supported this approach; and a majority or plurality supported it among almost all demographic groups, including Hispanics. Moreover, a majority of Americans want a level of legal immigration significantly lower than the current level; few want the kinds of increases contained in the Gang of Eight bill from 2013.

This poll helps explain why Donald Trump has remained as popular as he has, despite many missteps, insensitive comments, and other revelations. Trump's emphasis on enforcement clearly resonates with Americans, even if he has sometimes been careless in discussing the issue.

Among the findings:

• Most Americans (54 percent) believe there has been "too little effort" to enforce immigration laws; just 12 percent think there has been "too much effort", and 20 percent think efforts have been "just right". ...

• The popularity of enforcement can also be seen when people were asked what they thought should be done first about illegal immigration: 58 percent of respondents said that we should first "require employers to verify the legal status of their workers". Only 35 percent responded we should first "give them work permits and put them on a path to citizenship".

• Of likely voters, 56 percent of likely voters support causing illegal immigrants to return to their home countries by penalizing employers, getting cooperation from local law enforcement, and denying welfare benefits. Only 30 percent were opposed to this approach. ...

• On legal immigration, when asked how many legal immigrants should be admitted, 54 percent of respondents picked 500,000 a year or fewer as the level they would prefer – about half the number currently allowed into the country. Just 11 percent wanted the current level of immigration of one million a year; and another 11 percent wanted more than one million a year.
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Hundreds of Albanian migrants who are illegally sneaking into Britain by posing as child refugees are putting school pupils and foster families at risk
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 6 November 2016

Albanian migrants who illegally sneak into Britain posing as child refugees are putting school pupils and foster families at risk, shock official reports reveal.

Documents uncovered by The Mail on Sunday show that head teachers have been forced to take 'disciplinary measures' against asylum seekers feared to be adults.

One report said some schools had 'rejected children' over suspicions they were older than they claimed.

Another study revealed Albanian youths have been removed from foster families because of 'their behaviour towards female carers', with social workers blaming it on 'the gender assumptions of Albanian males'.

The shocking developments come weeks after controversy over the age of some of the 300 migrants arriving in Britain from the demolished Jungle camp in Calais last month, with widespread calls for them to undergo dental X-rays to establish how old they really are.

But an investigation by this newspaper shows this is the tip of the iceberg.

Almost 500 Albanians arrived in Britain last year claiming to be lone children – entitling them to a school place, a foster family and support until they are 25 – but close to half had their applications rejected.

We can also reveal how the abuse of the system is so great that the Home Office set up a secret operation to check the real ages and family backgrounds of hundreds of rejected claimants with the authorities in their Balkan home country. ...

The problems caused by Albanian Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) are exposed in detail by a number of Croydon Council reports and meetings over the past two years.

There are currently 433 child refugee claimants in the South London borough – 214 Albanians but just 11 Syrians. ...

Officials said they had been involved in 'a variety of offences' including affray and theft. Overall the number of people coming to England illegally and registering as UASC has doubled in two years to reach 3,253 in 2015.
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Migrants have been 'lying about their age for benefits for YEARS'
Rehema Figueiredo
Sunday Express, 6 November 2016

A whistleblower has revealed that dozens of migrants have been lying about their age in order to receive benefits and cheap education.

The woman, who works at a busy job centre in a large English city, said she has dealt with numerous people who she said are clearly lying about their age.

The whistleblower, who has specialised in dealing with 18 to 24 year olds and worked as a job adviser for 20 years, said one woman from Somalia even had the audacity to admit to her that she had lied. ...

Job Centre Plus workers are trained to report suspected fraud cases.

The job adviser explained that many of those who conceal their true ages have their date of birth listed as January 1st of the year they claim to have been born.

She believes many of those arriving in Britain claiming to be unaccompanied minors are lying about their age because there is far more help on offer for those aged between 18 and 24.

She said: "It seems unfair. The reason that they do it is because if they come as an unaccompanied minor then social services have an obligation to look after them, so they get put into foster care. One they leave foster care at the age of 18 they are then a 'care leaver', so social services have to be their parent until the age of 25. They then get a council flat at a very young age, often at the age of 18 and social services help to pay for education for them. The government's been putting a lot of focus into 18 to 24 year olds so we have all these special schemes. There's basically a lot more work and training opportunities that are available for this age group." ...

She added: "This has been going on for years."

The job adviser said she is certain many migrants she deals with from countries as varied as Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia are older than they say because there is a marked difference between them and the young people she deals with.
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Lives lost as 2,100 migrants are rescued from Mediterranean
Raf Sanchez
Sunday Telegraph, 6 November 2016

More than 2,100 migrants and refugees were saved from the Mediterranean yesterday during several hours of frenetic rescue operations. ...

Meanwhile, Italian police said they had found a "direct link" between people traffickers and al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.

Police arrested a Syrian man in September 2014 for helping to smuggle migrants across the Mediterranean. But a closer investigation of his phones and documents revealed that he was also a member of the al-Qaeda-linked group.

"Today's operation is one of the few investigations which establishes a direct link between people who plan trafficking of migrants and Islamist terrorist organisations," the police said in a statement on Saturday.
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German ministry wants migrants returned to Africa - report
Reuters, 6 November 2016

The German Interior Ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe's Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.

In what would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum policies, the ministry says the European Union should adopt an Australian-style system under which migrants intercepted at sea are sent for processing at camps in third countries.

"The elimination of the prospect of reaching the European coast could convince migrants to avoid embarking on the life-threatening and costly journey in the first place," the paper quoted a ministry spokeswoman as saying.

"The goal must be to remove the basis for people-smuggling organisations and to save migrants from the life-threatening journey."

The ministry's proposal calls for migrants picked up in the Mediterranean - most of whom set off from conflict-torn Libya - to be sent to Tunisia, Egypt or other north African states to apply for asylum from there.

If their asylum applications are accepted, the migrants could then be transported safely to Europe. ...

The ministry said there were no concrete plans or discussions at EU-level about the proposal, but opposition politicians condemned the plan. ...

The International Organization for Migration said last week that 159,496 people had reach Italy by sea this year and 4,220 died trying - a sharp increase from 3,777 in the whole of 2015.
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ANOTHER MERKEL BLOW: German police blame crime increase on Chancellor's migrant policy
Laura Mowat
Daily Express, 5 November 2016

Angela Merkel's open door immigration policy has been given yet another blow as police blame it for crime increasing by one third.

The police believe that crime increasing by 31.6 per cent to 436,387 offences last year is because the Chancellor is allowing too many migrants live in the country. ...

The report has claimed that Syrians are the biggest migrant group who illegally enter the country with 73,920 cases last year.

There are also high numbers of Afghans with 38,750 illegal entries, as well as Iraqis with 22,394 illegal entries.
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'Germany made a grave mistake' French PM says Merkel's open-door immigration was 'wrong'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 5 November 2016

Angela Merkel has been blasted by France's Prime Minister who said she was "wrong" to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants.

Manuel Valls said France's "strict" immigration policy was far more efficient than the German Chancellor's approach to immigration.

The 54-year-old said government officials were right to tighten immigration laws and step up border controls to stem the tide of migrants streaming into France last year.

He said: "Angela Merkel was wrong to take in hundreds of thousands of refugees. It's not even an option for France, we simply wouldn't cope.

"We will take in as many migrants as we possibly can, but not that many. And we will look after the people we welcome well."
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20 Islamist infiltrators exposed in German army – reports
RT, 5 November 2016

The German military has uncovered dozens of soldiers with Islamist leanings that joined the army to receive rigorous training in weapons systems and tactics in hopes of using it for future terror attacks, both at home and abroad, local media report.

Germany's Military Counterintelligence Service, MAD, has identified 20 active-duty soldiers as Islamists, and 60 others were put on a surveillance list for having extremist views, Die Welt reported on Saturday. ...

Recruitment offices across the country have reported "individual inquiries from applicants who are eager to join the Bundeswehr [the German military] for only a few months and are explicitly interested in intensive weapons and equipment training," MAD noted. ...

Hans-Peter Bartels, a Social Democratic Party (SPD) MP responsible for oversight of the army, said in April that, while "Islamism isn't the main problem of the Bundeswehr... it represents a real danger that we have to take seriously."
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German Federal Police: Rise in Crime Is Due To Migrant Crisis
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 November 2016

The German Federal Police have released new statistics that show that the massive increase in crime in Germany was a result of Merkel's open door policy during the migrant crisis.

The report, whose release was delayed from July, and again in September, was finally published in November. It records a total of 436,387 crimes over the past year – a dramatic 31.6 per cent increase on the year before, reports Die Welt.

The German Federal Police are tasked primarily with the protection of railway stations, airports, and borders. Most of the recorded thefts occurred at either railway stations or on trains with 44,800 cases reported – up 25 per cent from the year before. In total, thefts have risen 11.9 per cent to 57,146 cases.

The report blames much of the crime on organised migrant gangs, many of them originating from the Balkans. The largest increase in crime by far, however, involves migrants and the violation of asylum laws including illegal immigration and people smuggling, with an increase of 151.6 per cent totally 171,477 violations over the past year.
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COMING TO YOUR TOWN? ALL councils could be forced to house asylum seekers as numbers swell
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 5 November 2016

EXCLUSIVE: EVERY council in England could be forced to take in a share of asylum seekers, because of the demand being placed on existing providers, a Government contractor has claimed.

G4S, one of three COMPASS companies contracted by the Home Office to provide asylum seeker accommodation up and down the country, has revealed its employer is considering making it mandatory for councils to help resettle refugees.

Currently, it is down to a local authority if they chose to accept asylum seekers into their area, and the majority refuse to take part. ...

G4S is the largest provider of asylum accommodation and transport in the UK, currently housing over 18,000 vulnerable asylum seekers. ...

Of the 135 local authority areas in the Midlands, north-east, Yorkshire and Humberside, and the east of England, where G4S is contracted to provide housing for asylum seekers, only 37 local authorities currently do so.
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Councils foot MASSIVE bill for more than 5,000 migrant children
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 4 November 2016

Cash-strapped councils are being forced to plug million-pound black holes left by the gap between what child migrants cost and what the Home Office provides. ...

A report by the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has revealed councils are being forced to spend out on supporting teens after the Government's decision to take on more children from Calais.

According to the report the number of lone child migrants in England has more than doubled from 2,050 in March 2014 to 4,210 in March 2016.

The revealing dossier showed among the 106 authorities which responded to the ADCS, 5,673 children were supported by local authorities in England in 2015/16.

Currently, 92 percent of the migrants being looked after in England are male, and 76 percent are aged 16 or 17.

The news comes as many of the migrants arriving from Calais appeared to be older than they claimed.

Last year, there were 789 age disputes, compared to 318 in 2014.

Councils told the ADCS the number of migrants lying about their age is rising.

Of this number two thirds were considered to be over the age of 18 when an assessment request was raised.

And the cost for the councils just keeps on rising. ...

The report said: "The increasing number of new arrivals, when added to those already looked after, indicates a significant and cumulatively growing cohort.

"The most common way children end up in certain areas is what is referred to as the 'lorry stop lottery'."
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The Chinese in Britain: Raise the red lantern
The Economist, 5 November 2016

Alan Mak ... becoming the first MP of Chinese origin. Whereas there are about a dozen black MPs and about twice that many of South Asian descent, Britain's Chinese have long been a silent minority, in politics and wider society. That is now changing, spurred on by a new mindset among British-Chinese and changes in China itself.

The 2011 census recorded 390,000 ethnic-Chinese in Britain. Jackson Ng, a second-generation Chinese barrister and one of about ten other Chinese to stand for Parliament last year, believes the real number could be more than 600,000. "Many people don't engage with the census," he says.

The Chinese have in many ways been a model minority as well as a silent one. ... Only 7% of Chinese 16-year-olds receive free school meals, compared with 12% of whites and 24% of Pakistanis.

Chinese children are Britain's cleverest. In GCSE exams, taken at 16, last year 77% achieved five good grades, slightly more than Indians (72%) and streets ahead of the national average of 57%. Even more impressive, among those on free school meals 74% achieved the same standard; the national average was 33%. Unsurprisingly, Chinese students' entry rate to university, at 58%, is the highest of all ethnic groups.
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Police evacuate Paris migrant camp that grew after Calais
Matthias Blamont and Cyril Camu
Reuters, 4 November 2016

French police started evacuating thousands of migrants on Friday from an illegal camp in northeastern Paris where numbers soared after the closure of the large "Jungle" camp in the port city of Calais last week.

Police moved in at daybreak, Reuters reporters at the scene said. They escorted migrants to dozens of buses from the sprawl of tents and mattresses where numbers living rough surged in recent days to as many as 3,000. ...

In the case of Calais, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said around 85 percent of migrants were expected to qualify for refugee status and asylum.
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Child refugees will cost Britain £150k a year EACH
Andrew Jameson
Daily Star, 4 November 2016

Child refugees from the Calais Jungle could cost the UK £150,000 each every year they are here.

Figures released by the country's biggest resettlement programme included care in private residential homes.

Unaccompanied children have been sent to the UK from the dismantled refugee camp on the French border.

Coventry City Council acknowledged that a shortage of foster carers meant it had to use homes for some children.

The total taxpayer bill for rehousing the refugees will be almost £2.5 million in Coventry alone.

French officials last week demanded that Britain takes 1,500 children from the Calais Jungle.

Coventry has made the biggest commitment to house the refugees and will re-home an estimated 53 children. ...

In Coventry, the council is receiving grants of £37,000 per child but is being left to pick up the rest of the tab.

A council spokesman said he could not specify what the £150,000 had been spent on because the costs depended on the needs of each child.
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Preston drugs ring worth £17m jailed
2BR, 4 November 2016

A Preston drugs circle worth more than £17m have been sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

Mohammed Yahya Khan, Mohammed Wasaf Baig, Junaid Anwar, Yousef Ghafoor, Junaed Alam, Mohammed Umar Patel and Benjamin Langford were jailed for a total of 25 years.

The group was sentenced as part of Operation Nexus, led by Lancashire Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU). ...

Detectives estimate the drugs recovered had a street value of £17m.

More than a dozen members of the group were sentenced at earlier hearings.
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Pew: 8 million illegal immigrant workers in the U.S. in 2014
Joseph Lawler
Washington Examiner, 4 November 2016

There were about 8 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. workforce in 2014, a number that didn't change significantly since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, according to the Pew Research Center.

But as a share of the overall labor force, illegal immigrants have declined slightly from 2009 to 2014, from 5.2 percent to 5 percent. ...

Before the crisis, especially as the housing bubble inflated, the share of unauthorized labor soared, from below 3 percent of the labor force in the 1990s to 5.4 percent just prior to the crash. ...

About 10 percent of the illegal immigrant workforce has been protected from deportation, according to Pew, by executive orders from President Obama. Hillary Clinton has said that she will expand on those orders.
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Claim: Researchers Covering Up Relationship Between Immigration and Crime
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 November 2016

Author and lecturer Karl-Eirik Kval says Swedish researchers are deliberately concealing the relationship between immigration and crime.

Writing in Norway's Dagbladet, the political scientist addressed different ways in which Sweden's criminology establishment obscures the facts around migrant criminality. He argued that as a result of this, authorities are denied the chance to learn from their mistakes and work to prevent further rises in crime.

Exemplifying what is referred to in the piece as the "denial and cloaking culture" engaged in by researchers in Sweden, Kval points to prominent criminology professor Jerzy Sarnecki. A former chief investigator at Sweden's National Crime Prevention Council (BRA), Sarnecki is frequently called on by the media as an expert on crime.

One of the main reasons the political scientist argues the claims of Sarnecki and other criminologists should be taken "with a large pinch of salt" is that they refuse to disclose any of the data they work with.

Kval quotes Tino Sanandaji, a Swedish-Iranian economist, who called it a "democratic scandal" that "the government and criminologists refuse to disclose taxpayer-funded data while using the darkness they have created to deny that migrants are overrepresented". ...

The biggest problem caused by the conspiracy to hide the backgrounds of violent criminals, the political scientist argues, is that no one is able to "undertake serious analysis that would allow them to learn from their mistakes".

Illustrating this, Kval points to how authorities have responded to the fact gun violence and explosives are a growing problem in (migrant-heavy) southern Sweden but "virtually unknown in the north". The police's chief analyst, Emma Hedenvind, says the police "do not know" why this is the case.
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London knife crime: Most stabbings in the capital go unsolved, new figures show
Justin Davenport and May Bulman
Evening Standard, 4 November 2016

More than three in four knife crimes in London are going unsolved, according to alarming new figures.

Statistics show that a total of 8,147 violent incidents involving a sharp instrument went "undetected" in the capital last year - nearly 80 per cent of the total 10,238 cases.

The figures also show that the rate of unsolved cases of knife crime has increased by six per cent in the past two years. ...

Today Tom Isaac, manager of Oasis Youth Support, a service that offers youth support to victims of violence in the emergency department of St Thomas's Hospital in Southwark, said young victims were often unwilling to speak to police.

Mr Isaac said: "You think it's always the obvious thing to tell the police, but it's often more complicated than that.

"Young people who have been stabbed when they come in here often won't give full statements or press charges, because they know it could put them in more danger of revenge and retaliation when they leave the hospital. It happens all the time."
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MP blasts 'soft-touch' migrant policy as Denmark struggles with 31 ghettos
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 3 November 2016

Immigration minister Inger Støjberg has blasted Denmark's 'soft-touch' approach to migrants, with more than 30 ghettos currently in operation in the Scandinavian nation.

Denmark has attempted to throttle the culture of unemployment and criminality for 30 years, however a shocking report by the Kraks Fund for Urban Research has revealed the situation has only worsened.

When the deprived neighbourhoods emerged three decades ago the main issue facing the community was people living on or below the poverty line, unemployment and criminal thugs wrecking havoc.

And now, despite major efforts from the government to crack down on the lawless zones, 31 ghettos still remain and show no signs of disappearing as immigration without proper integration has increased.

At the time just 10 per cent of the people living in the ghettos were migrants – a figure which has increased to 50 per cent as immigration to Denmark rises.

Ms Støjberg said one of the problems was the increased level of migrants living in the country, who are refusing to adhere to Danish society.

Speaking to, the politician said: "[The report] shows that the integration in Denmark has failed.

"In my opinion it is because we have been too scared to set out clear demands to the people coming to Denmark.

"We have not dared to say that we expect and demand that they provide for themselves and their families, and that we expect them to adjust to Danish values."
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UK Institutions Have 'De Facto Blasphemy Law' Protecting Islam, Claims Secular Critic
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 3 November 2016

The National Secular Society (NSS) has said Muslims are creating a "special category" to protect Islam from criticism in the UK, and the press and British institutions have "internalised [a] de facto blasphemy law" after a gymnast was banned from competition after "mocking" the religion.

"We need to challenge this cultural taboo against mocking religion – but let's be clear, I say religion, but really Islam is trying to put itself into a special category – that's what the problem is," the communications officer for the NSS, Benjamin Jones, told talkRADIO.

"Other religions broadly in the country, particular Christianity, accept the hard fought wins of the enlightenment, that religion is not in a special category that can not be criticised or mocked," he added. ...

However, the Louis Smith incident is "just one episode in a much bigger problem that we have", he added, pointing to an ICM poll release this year, showing that 78 per cent of British Muslim believe there should be no right to publish images of Muhammad in the UK.

"There is a fundamental divide between this large number of Muslims and the rest of society," he said. "I think Islamists have realised that they can not have an outright blasphemy law... so instead they're trying to have their next best thing, which is a cultural taboo.

"And unfortunately, we're seeing institutions like British Gymnastics helping them with that project."
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Call for action to tackle growing ethnic segregation across UK
Anushka Asthana and Nazia Parveen
The Guardian, 2 November 2016

Politicians must urgently tackle the increasing ethnic polarisation of many of Britain's towns and cities, according to a senior academic, as he revealed figures showing how rapidly the white British population had dwindled in urban "pockets" across England.

Prof Ted Cantle, who first authored a report into community cohesion after a series of race riots in 2001, said his new study showed that in the most extreme cases the white British population had more than halved in two decades.

Cantle, who co-authored the report with Prof Eric Kaufmann at Birkbeck, University of London, told the Guardian that white British families should be encouraged to remain in ethnically diverse areas to reduce the trend.

He warned that segregated societies "breed intolerance and prejudice", adding: "And we know the opposite is true – there is a huge amount of research that shows any form of contact does break down stereotypes."

The leading academic said he would not describe the trend as white flight because that indicated that people were moving because of ethnic mixing, while this research only established the facts and not necessarily the causes. ...

But he said interviews he had carried out in recent years as part of the study had highlighted a sense among some white British people that an area they had lived in was "no longer for them". ...

The research looked at two existing studies and drew from census data from 1991, 2001 and 2011 – examining the figures in a way that has not been done before. ...

Some of the largest declines were in Slough, where the white population fell from 58.3% to 34.5%, in Birmingham, where it went from 65.6% to 53.1% and in Leicester, where it decreased from 60.5% to 45.1%.

In one London borough, Newham, the figure was just 16.7% in the latest data set.

But the study found even more marked changes when it examined the figures at ward level. In one part of the Blackburn and Darwen authority area 7.8% of the population was white British, down from 42.3% in 1991.

Smaller council areas in Birmingham saw similar declines, from 40.4% to 11.2% in Small Heath and from 30.7% to 7.2% in Handsworth. The trend was repeated in parts of Bradford, Luton and across London boroughs.

Green St East in Newham had a white British population of 31.6% in 1991. Twenty years later is had declined to just 4.8%. While Southall Green, in Ealing, went from 18.9% to 4.6% in the same period. ...

Cantle called for "salesmanship" of the positive benefits of mixed areas, including the cultural choices, and activities.
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Somali gang jailed for the systematic rape and abuse of vulnerable schoolgirls in Bristol
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2016

A gang of Somali refugees have been jailed for their part in the systematic rape and abuse of teenage girls who were failed by police and told their "lifestyle choices" were to blame for their ordeal.

Victims, as young as 14, were given drugs and repeatedly pestered for sex by the men, who were part of a wider gang based in Bristol.

Three men - Sakariya Sheikh, 23, Mohammed Dahir, 24, and Abdirashid Abdulahi, 23 - were convicted of 14 charges relating to four girls, following a third trial into the sexual exploitation of vulnerable schoolgirls.

It takes to 13, the number of men convicted of the "chilling" abuse which occurred in Bristol between 2009 and 2013.

But a report into the abuse found that many of the victims had been let down by social services, doctors and the police, whose failure to launch an investigation immediately meant the gang were free to abuse the victims for another six months. ...

The trial, codenamed Operation Button, was the third in a series of prosecutions of Somali men for child sexual exploitation and drugs offences.
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Sharia law being administered in shop basements, MPs told
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2016

Unofficial and unregulated Sharia law bodies are operating "everywhere in the country" preforming marriages and handing out divorces, the head of a body set up to standardise the administration of Islamic law in the UK has told MPs.

Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, chairman of UK Board of Sharia Councils, based in Regent's Park Mosque in London, said it was impossible to know how many so-called sharia "councils" are operating in Britain.

But in some cases self-styled sharia authorities are operating out of small shops "maybe hidden in the basement or somewhere", he said.

One widely-quoted think-tank report, published seven years ago, estimated that there are at least 85 sharia bodies in the UK but Dr Al-Dubayan said the true extent is unknown.

He was addressing members of the Commons Home Affairs Committee as it began an inquiry into the operation of bodies administering sharia law.
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Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 2 November 2016

Sweden is on the brink of becoming a lawless state as the police force is losing the battle against unprecedented levels of crime and violence amid a growing migrant crisis.

The Scandinavian country is facing an existential crisis with on average three police officers handing in their resignations a day.

If the alarming trend continues, and police officers continue to resign more than 1,000 officers will have quit the service by New Year.

Since the migrant crisis began last summer, Sweden has been hit by a series of brutal crimes and violent incidents.

In 2015 alone Sweden, with a population of 9.5 million, received over 160,000 asylum applications and the country is expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or two per cent of the population, by the end of 2016. ...

In February a report from Sweden's National Criminal Investigation Service announced there were 52 areas where officers would not cope with the levels of crime being committed. ...

In September, Swedish officials were forced to add another three areas to the list. ...

On Monday, reported a number of the arsonist attacks in the city of Växjö, in Götaland, had been committed by frustrated migrants.

Currently there are more than 6,000 suspected crimes that are unsolved in the area and 400 of these cases are suspected to be rapes, murder or attempted murder.
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Angela Merkel under more pressure over refugee policy as it is revealed migrants committed 142,500 crimes in Germany during the first six months of 2016
Julian Robinson
MailOnline, 2 November 2016

Migrants in Germany have committed 142,500 crimes in just six months, police figures have revealed.

This was the equivalent of 780 crimes a day - an increase of nearly 40 percent over 2015, according to data from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office. ...

A separate report from late last year by the Federal Criminal Office found that migrants registered as living in Germany committed more than 200,000 crimes over the whole of 2015 with two-thirds involving theft counterfeiting and financial crimes.

According to the Gatestone Institute, an international policy council, police in some parts of the country fear they are being stretched to the limit amid climbing crime figures.

Their report said: 'During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40 per cent over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.

'Migrant crime statistics for all of 2016, when they become available, are likely to show a significant increase over the 2015 numbers. One reason for this is that thousands of migrants who entered the country as 'asylum seekers' or 'refugees' have gone missing.'
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Police fear terrorists using UK black market to buy weapons for Paris-style gun attack
May Bulman
Independent, 1 November 2016

Police have revealed half of extremist terror plots foiled by British police in the past two years have involved a plan to buy guns, amid a surge in gun seizures in the UK.

The revelations have prompted fears that links between street gangs and terrorists could give extremists access to weapons and risk the type of mass shootings most recently seen in the Paris attacks.

At least 10 terrorist attacks have been foiled by British security services and police in the past two years, five of which have involved guns.

It comes as the head of MI5 issued a warning that there are about 3,000 potentially violent extremists in the UK, and most of them are British. ...

The NCA and police seized a total of 884 firearms last year, which were sent to the National Ballistics Intelligence Service for forensic analysis.

There are estimated to be about 750 organised crime gangs in the UK who are involved with guns. ...

Since March there has been an increase in gun crime in London, with the Metropolitan Police recording 202 firearms discharges in July and August, compared with 87 in the same months last year.
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Nearly TWO THIRDS of the public believe migrants are not fitting in well to British society, according to a poll
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 1 November 2016

Nearly two thirds of the public believe that migrants are not integrating well into British society, according to a poll.

Research by YouGov found concern over how arrivals were fitting in rose to 79 per cent among those who voted for Brexit in the historic EU referendum.

By contrast, among people who supported Remain the figure was much lower at 38 per cent.

The results of the survey, conducted for social integration charity The Challenge, underline the importance of immigration in the referendum result.

They emerged as the government prepares to publish an official review of integration.

The study by Dame Louise Casey is said to criticise ministers for failing to manage immigration better, tackle extremism and help minorities fit in.

The assessment has apparently been ready for months but its publication was delayed after Home Office officials expressed 'unhappiness' about its content. ...

The poll, carried out earlier this month, found 58 per cent believe migrants are not integrating well into British society.
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'We are losing control of the streets' Merkel's Germany descends into lawlessness
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 1 November 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing catastrophe over her failed migrant policy, according to a new report.

During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office.

And the country has been hit by a spate of horrendous violent crime including rapes, sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking.

Adding to the country's woes is the fact that thousands of people have gone missing after travelling to the country on invitation from the country's leader. ...

According to Freddi Lohse of the German Police Union in Hamburg, many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behaviour, says the report.

He said: "They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries.

"They have no respect for us."

Meanwhile a female police officer has admitted that officers are under attack and that the courts are a "joke."

In a new book, Tania Kambouri, a German police officer, said: "For weeks, months and years I have noticed that Muslims, mostly young men, do not have even a minimum level of respect for the police.

"When we are out patrolling the streets, we are verbally abused by young Muslims.

"There is the body language, and insults like 's*** cop' when passing by.

"If we make a traffic stop, the aggression increases ever further, this is overwhelmingly the case with migrants.

"It cannot be that offenders continue to fill the police files, hurt us physically, insult us, whatever, and there are no consequences.

"Many cases are closed or offenders are released on probation or whatever.

"Yes, what is happening in the courts today is a joke."

Migrants committed 208,344 crimes in 2015, according to a confidential police report leaked to Bild.

This figure represents an 80 per cent increase since 2014 and is equivalent to 570 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 23 crimes each hour, in 2015 alone.

The report added: "The growing sense of lawlessness is substantiated by an October 24 YouGov poll which found that 68 per cent of Germans believe that security in the country has deteriorated during the past several years.

"Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said they fear for their lives and property in German train stations and subways, while 63 per cent feel unsafe at large public events."
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Austria spending BILLIONS on migrants as cost of refugee crisis shoots up
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 1 November 2016

Austria will spend around £2 billion dealing with migrants next year, according to country's institute for economic research (WIFO).

The figure tallies with the government's 2017 budget proposals which came in much higher than most predictions.

Ministry of Finance officials released figures which show Vienna spent £538 million on asylum seekers in 2014 and saw it rise to nearly £1bn in 2015.

The new figure is double but is also based on a proposed 37,500 ceiling for migrants. ...

Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling, of the conservative Austrian People's Party, said £793m would be solely dedicated to homes for asylum-seekers and primary care for migrants, £124m for processing asylum claims and £119m for integration and language courses for migrants.

Also included in the total figure was £387m which is to be spent on the Austrian armed forces as the military has taken over from police in many areas including patrolling and securing the borders.
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One in three view refugees, Muslims and East Europeans negatively
BBC, 1 November 2016

Around a third of adults in Wales have admitted to having unfavourable attitudes to refugees, Muslims and Eastern Europeans, according to a poll.

In the YouGov/Cardiff University survey, 28% of respondents suggested they had a negative view of Muslims.

For refugees the figure was 33%, while 29% took an unfavourable view of East Europeans who come to live in Wales.

The research was conducted in March, before the assembly election campaign and the EU referendum took place.

In the survey, part of the Wales Election Study, people rated their feelings on different groups of people on a scale of zero to 10.

These figures relate to respondents who gave scores of zero to four.

Some 44% said they had a favourable view of Muslims - giving an answer between six and 10.

41% said the same for Eastern Europeans, while 39% said they had a positive view of refugees.
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Je suis Louis Smith: why we must be free to mock Islam
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 1 November 2016

If you thought the public shaming and punishment of people for ridiculing religion was a thing of the past – a dark past when you'd be put in the stocks, or worse, for failing to bend your knee to certain gods and beliefs – then think again. Just look at the treatment of Olympian gymnast Louis Smith. Since a video of him taking the mick out of Islam was leaked in October, he's been pilloried in the press, pressured to recant his heretical humour, dragged on to TV to repent before the Loose Women (the new guardians of public morality, apparently), and now he's been suspended from his job for two months. All for having a laugh about a religion. ...

Smith's suspension follows some pretty extreme harassment. He's been demonised online. He's received death threats. Media people have grilled him with questions like 'What were you thinking?', as if he'd shot someone rather than having made a joke. The saddest thing is that Smith has been encouraged to believe he deserves all these threats and flak. /.../ So intense is the modern PC stricture against mocking Islam, against being 'Islamophobic', as it's always called, that Smith has come to think that the hatred coming his way is warranted. /.../ Job done: a bad man's mind has been tamed, his humour neutered, and the rest of us have been implicitly instructed that disrespecting Islam will land us in hot water. What an intolerant, censorious, nasty spectacle.

British Gymnastics has done something very stupid: it has implicitly sided with Smith's harassers and in the process it has surely emboldened their backward belief that no criticism of Islam should go unpunished. This is what it comes down to: should people be free to mock religion, including Islam, without losing work or being cast out of decent society or being punished in any other way? I say yes, we must be free to do this.
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The London hospital used by Nigerian mums flying in for free maternity care
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 31 October 2016

Nigerian women are flying to Britain to have their babies at a south London hospital because they know there are NO checks on nationality or eligibility.

The problem is so acute that bosses are FINALLY considering introducing passport checks on women who have no right to treatment in British hospitals.

Health chiefs have long warned of an 'escalating' problem with women flying to Britain to have their children knowing they will get free top notch care, courtesy of the British tax payer.

And a high proportion of expectant foreign mothers who have no right to access the NHS maternity services continue to target St George's Hospital in Tooting.

There is growing evidence that this deliberate UK health tourism has become a commoditised business in Nigeria.

Now bosses are proposing ID checks and the Home Office is said to be keen to support the proposed pilot scheme with a view to potentially rolling the system out across the country.

Under the proposals every pregnant woman would be expected to show a photo ID and utility bill when they arrive for a scan to prove they are entitled to free NHS care.

Those unable to prove eligibility will be referred to the Overseas Patient Team for further investigation with the backing of the Home Office.

Managers at St George's said Nigerian women were using the south London hospital as an international health service. ...

Four in five overseas patients at St George's flee before paying for their care with the hospital losing approximately £4.6 million a year from health tourists. ...

The hospital, which serves a population of 1.3 million, treated at least 6,000 overseas patients last year.
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Migrant dad-of-eight 'lands plush four-bed detached property worth £425,000' – and YOU PAY
Charlie Bayliss
Daily Express, 31 October 2016

A family-of-ten have successfully wrangled themselves a property worth £425,000 after moaning their current house was too cramped.

Arnold Sube and his wife Jeanne - both from Cameroon – with his eight children have reportedly cost the taxpayer £238,000 since arriving in Britain in 2012.

Now Mr Sube and his wife have been given a dream home in leafy Milton Keynes, Bucks. ...

Mr Sube and his wife collect £44,000-a-year in benefits and have collected a total of £238,000 in benefits since their arrival from Paris in 2012, the Sun reported.

Neighbours labelled the hand-out "unfair" when they heard the family did not pay anything towards the £1,200-a-month rent. ...

Back in September, Mr Sube revealed he had £15,000 saved up from his job at a warehouse in Paris - but stopped work when he moved to Luton in 2012.

He spent his savings trying to keep up the lavish lifestyle he lived in Paris but soon ran out of cash and footed the bill to taxpayers instead.
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It's farcical for the French to lecture us on immigration
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 31 October 2016

Paris has long been known as the City of Light, a testament to its beauty, elegance and civilisation.

But now tragically parts of the French capital have been transformed into sprawling, squalid migrant camps.

Many central Parisian streets are lined with rows of filthy tents, put up by young men from Africa and Asia who think that Europe owes them a living.

This mess is a symbol of the deepening immigration disaster inflicted on the continent by treacherous, unpatriotic politicians.

The EU has made a fetish of open borders and multiculturalism. Now in the Paris makeshift settlements we can glimpse the destructive consequences of that ideology. ...

Yet what has been so intolerable about this saga has been the instinct of French politicians and pro-immigration groups to blame Britain for the shambles.

The Jungle campers were on French territory and had been waved through to Calais by French officials. Yet somehow, in the mindset of some Gallic buck-passers, it was our fault simply because the migrants had expressed a wish to live in England.

In the aftermath of the camp's closure French leaders are at it again with claims that Britain must take in 1,500 "unaccompanied minors" who were living at the camp when it was closed.

In a phone call to Theresa May on Saturday President Francois Hollande said that our Government must "play their part in subsequently welcoming these minors to the United Kingdom".

His demand was echoed by other figures such as Xavier Bertrand, the president of the Calais regional council who argued that "we now need the British Government to implement and accelerate the juvenile transfer process to the UK. It is a question of dignity and humanity".

From Paris more than 100 Left-wingers sent a pompous letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd that stated: "We ask you to take your responsibilities and assume your moral duty by immediately organising their arrival."

All this Gallic emotional blackmail is as offensive as it is absurd. ...

Just as importantly, none of this is any business of ours. No matter how many times the phrase "my uncle in Birmingham" is heard, most of these migrants have absolutely no connection with Britain.

If there really have been so many unaccompanied children at the camp then how on earth did they get there and why have the French done nothing about them until now? ...

The French political class has treated its own people with contempt, refusing to defend the integrity of the nation or the fabric of society. ...

It used to be held that the right to claim asylum was based on a genuine fear of persecution or death.

Now the fashionable definition of a refugee is so ridiculously wide that it is applied to anyone "fleeing poverty".
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I've seen first hand how easily our asylum system can be abused – and there's no real way to stop it
Andy Jones
Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2016

... processing maintenance payments for Birmingham social services in the early 2000s ...

I was just an admin worker, and it was not my job to process asylum claims. But I did see first hand both how awful these young men's lives were and how easy it was for them to lie and get away with it.

Back then the trouble spots were Iraq and Somalia, and the UK would take refugees from these places if they were aged under 18. Because of this, many Iraqi and Somali men (there were typically less than 20 per cent women at the centre) would claim they were 17 when they were clearly in their mid twenties or thirties. ...

This is not simply a matter of wasting taxpayers' cash. As I saw in Birmingham, lies about age can lead to hellish social problems. These men would be put into shared homes with genuinely young, vulnerable people, sometimes – as regular police visits to our offices testified – manipulating them into crime or stealing from them. They would be arrested and prosecuted on the assumption they were adults, only to face lesser penalties as "children". Most worrying of all, they would even go to colleges alongside 16-year-old children.

Today I am a journalist, and I have been to the Calais "Jungle". Most people I met were civil, kind, decent and genuine – truly ashamed to be living as they were and grateful to accept gifts of food and socks and hats. But most were also young men: in two days there the only person I met who was definitively under 16 was a 15-year-old boy taking the "night walk" to the Channel Tunnel entrance. Many, too, were economic migrants from the Horn of Africa or "safe" states in the Middle East. We should still help these people – if we can send aid to India with its space programme, we can afford it. But we should not be naive enough to let everyone in on a whim.

The problem is that there is no sure way to sort those who pass our criteria from those who are attempting to game them. ...

This leaves us with an awful dilemma. If we err on the side of caution, we will reject some genuinely deserving cases. If we err on the side of kindness, then cheaters will take advantage.
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Refugees aren't the problem. Europe's identity crisis is
Natalie Nougayrède
The Guardian, 31 October 2016

Immigration is likely to remain an overarching theme in European politics. And for a long time yet. ...

A record 3,800 people have perished in the Mediterranean since the beginning of this year, according to the United Nations. ...

The migration issue has shaped political discourse in Europe, and is likely to continue to shape it. On one side are liberal internationalists attached to fundamental asylum principles or to the dream of a borderless world; on the other are xenophobic fence-builders who see migration as a modern version of barbaric invasions threatening culture and civilisation. The latter, alas, tend to hold sway. ...

The essential narrative of bigots is that our European world is collapsing under the onslaught of mass arrivals from cultures that we cannot possibly mingle with. In France, a theory called the "great replacement" has spread to large parts of the right and certainly the far-right. It states that, as a result of immigration, the nation's core population is set to be replaced by non-European outsiders who will wreck the country's identity. There are also echoes of this in Germany's Pegida movement, whose full name is "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the west".

Debunking these myths can be hard work. Hatred and passions overtake rational approaches and documented facts get swept away. It is even harder when Europe's long history of almost constant population movement and mixing of cultures is ignored, untaught or forgotten. ...

The 2015 refugee crisis has held up a mirror to Europeans: it's forced them to ask themselves who they are, how they define themselves and their actions. The 1.3 million people who reached the continent last year represented only 0.2% of the EU's total population. It should have been manageable. Germany alone took in roughly 800,000. That's equivalent to 1% of its own population, and is the same number it absorbed in 1992 when people fled the Balkan wars and ethnic Germans left the former Soviet Union.

If there was a crisis in 2015, it had less to do with the refugees – who knew what they were fleeing and where they wanted to go – and much more to do more with European governments and societies who did not all step up to the plate. In fact, Europe isn't confronted with a refugee and migrant crisis. It's the refugees and migrants who are confronted with a crisis of Europe. The scandal is that, in the Mediterranean, they have been paying with their lives. ...

Historically, Europe exported its population, whether to distant colonial possessions for conquest and domination, or to the New World as a consequence of poverty, persecution or war. Now, it has become the foremost magnet and refuge for those who seek safety and a better life. We are simply much richer and more stable than many other parts of the world.

And our diversity is set to grow, but not in the "great replacement" scenario. Europe needs immigration as an injection of youth and dynamism if in the decades to come it wants to address its workforce and pension problems.
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Why do migrants and asylum seekers want to come to the UK?
Full Fact, 31 October 2016

There are two questions here. Is the UK really a top destination for people crossing the Mediterranean compared to other European countries? If so, why?

The UK isn't particularly high up the league table of countries by number of asylum seekers. Last year it had the eighth highest number of new applications in the 28-country EU, or the 17th highest in terms of existing population.

There isn't much direct evidence to suggest that the UK is disproportionately favoured by asylum seekers.

The International Organisation for Migration carried out over 4,000 interviews with migrants earlier this year. It found that 6% of migrants "interviewed along the Central Mediterranean route" from North Africa to Italy said they intended to reach the UK. ...

That said, there will be variation depending on nationality. More Eritrean citizens travelling via Italy nominated the UK than any other country in the IOM research, and a smaller December 2014 survey found that the UK was the most popular destination for Iranians preparing to emigrate.

Many people fleeing conflict will stay a lot closer to home. Only 40% of Syrians expressing a wish to emigrate in January 2015 said that Europe was their preferred destination, according to a Gallup poll. The UN refugee agency notes that "the majority of those who have fled the conflict is hosted in Syria's neighbouring countries".

"This being the real world, there is no easy answer to the question 'why?'", as immigration lawyer Colin Yeo points out.

A report for the Refugee Council in 2010 found that two thirds of the 43 asylum seekers and refugees interviewed hadn't originally intended to come to the UK.

It found that agents arranging clandestine travel were an important factor in determining where people end up. That echoes the finding of a Home Office study from 2002 that's still cited in discussion of migrants' motivations. ...

Researchers say that, where people can choose, factors such as colonial and historical links, the presence of family members, general reputation as a safe country and language are relevant factors.

There's mixed evidence on whether people choose between countries based on their knowledge of its asylum system, according to Professor Heaven Crawley, a former head of Home Office asylum research. Some studies suggest that asylum seekers are drawn to countries with a more generous asylum regime, whereas others point to little or no knowledge about how the system works.

But economic opportunities, particularly being able to get a job, do play a role. As this suggests, there's not necessarily an easy dividing line between 'genuine refugees' fleeing conflict on the one hand, and 'economic migrants' seeking new opportunities on the other. A person can easily be both.

It seems unlikely that the benefits system is relevant. Professor Crawley writes that "there is no statistically significant relationship between the level of social and welfare benefits and asylum applications".
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EU REFUSES to send officials to 'dangerous' Greek islands despite migrant promise
Vickiie Oliphant and Monika Pallenberg
Sunday Express, 30 October 2016

The Greek islands are allegedly too dangerous for European Union officials after the bloc refused to send asylum experts over - despite their promise to Turkey.

Security in the Greek Aegean Islands, where currently more than 15,000 migrants are being housed, is "extremely unstable" according to the European Council.

Just days ago, about 70 migrants - mostly from Pakistani and Bangleshi origin - stormed temporary EU offices in Lesbos in an arson attack.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was quickly brought under control, but the offices have been destroyed in the attack.

Now the EU has a difficult decision to make, as it works out whether to stick to its agreement with Turkey or put its officials in danger by sending them to the islands.
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Narcissistic guilt in the West is creating the lawless chaos of the migration crisis
Janet Daley
Sunday Telegraph, 30 October 2016

The august bodies in which so much hope and idealism were invested, the United Nations and the European Union, with their high-flown rhetoric about global accord and delivering the populations of the world from war and want, have been almost entirely useless. Nothing has slowed, or even adequately dealt with, the millions displaced by war, and the further millions who are, as they say, just "seeking a better life". ...

What is the desirable end result? Do we believe that it is an unalloyed good thing to encourage huge tranches of poor or endangered people to abandon their own countries and settle, almost certainly permanently, in the rich parts of the world? Given that these migrants are likely to be among the strongest, healthiest, most highly motivated individuals in their unfortunate home countries, wouldn't it be plausible to describe the diaspora as an abandonment of those who are most disadvantaged? Because the truth is that the men – and there is a great preponderance of young men – who arrive on Europe's shores with smartphones having had enough cash to pay the people traffickers are not generally the most deprived or the most deserving of compassion. ...

It is precisely because the rich Western nations, awash in their narcissistic guilt about the visible crisis, have had no rational plan or discussion that those hapless people have been left out of the equation almost entirely. When Britain proposed taking families from the refugee camps on the Syrian border rather than illegally trafficked migrants from Greece and Italy, this was roundly condemned in the European Union as pure cynicism and a refusal to meet our obligations.

What they meant was that it was unhelpful to the EU, whose chaotic handling of uncontrolled mass migration had got completely out of hand. In all the breast-beating and mutual recrimination, there has been almost no consideration of the consequences of this movement of the able-bodied and relatively affluent (with enough money to pay for their transport) out of what used to be called the Third World. What will become of those left to their fate among marauding warlords? It might be argued that we in the West have a greater responsibility for them since it was often our interventions that destabilised their countries.

There has not even been the universally agreed global action on the people-smuggling industry that should, by rights, be comparable to the slave trade in international ignominy.

In fact, dreadful as it is to have to say this, the charities whose ships wait just off the coast of Libya to pick up the smugglers' desperate passengers could be described as aiding and abetting the crime. Stamping out this wicked trafficking in human life should be among the top priorities in the migrant crisis. At the very least, one would have expected the UN and the EU to have agreed on an effective programme of action for eliminating it, rather than simply "condemning" it and then picking up the detritus left in its wake. ...

It is imperative that decisions are made – and stuck to – about what "dealing with migration" should mean: about what we want the end result to be. Otherwise it will remain a brutal fight to the front of the queue for those who may not be most deserving, and a collapse of trust in government and the rule of law which could undermine the most compassionate intentions.
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Integrate Into Migrant Cultures To Make Newcomers Welcome, Germans Told
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 30 October 2016

A sociologist in Germany has blamed Germans for the lack of progress in integrating new migrants to the country claiming that the Germans themselves need to integrate into migrant cultures.

Sociologist Annette Treibel has a message for Germans when it comes to the problems of integrating the huge amount of migrants who have flooded into the country: it's probably your fault.

Posing the question of why migrants would want to integrate into Germany when Germans refuse to learn their culture and language, Dr. Treibel claims that it is Germans who need integration courses into migrant cultures, not migrants who should adapt to Germany reports Die Welt.

At a discussion in Dusseldorf Treibel pushed the narrative that Germany is an "immigration country" meaning that there is no overarching dominant culture in Germany, but rather the country is a mosaic of different cultures. This academic idea, that Germany has no dominant culture, has been promoted by several German academics like political scientist Ulrike Guérot who, along with Islamist expert Kurt Edler, have advocated for migrants to be given their own cities rather than expect them to integrate.
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UK border gaps could let jihadist weapons in
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2016

Britain's borders are too porous to prevent jihadi terrorists smuggling weapons into the country, a major review of counter terrorism arrangements has found.

Marauding Paris-style gun attacks are now the "new normal" for Islamic State terrorists plotting against Europe and there are "real concerns" about how easy they may find it to get guns into Britain, the independent study found.

Lord Toby Harris of Haringey was asked by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to carry out an independent review of the capital's readiness to deal with a major terrorist incident in the wake of atrocities in Brussels and Paris.

The 62-page review found Britain's borders "are not as secure as they should be and much greater efforts should be made to prevent the illegal transportation of weapons and people into the country".

"It would be naive in the extreme to assume that would-be terrorists will not attempt to exploit any such weaknesses."

It remains more difficult for criminals to get weapons in Britain than on the continent, Lord Harris found.

But he said there were "real concerns about how potentially easy it might be for terrorists (or, for that matter, organised crime groups) to bring firearms into the UK."

He said the London mayor needed assurances routine screening and searching of cars and freight at border ports was being "significantly enhanced".

Despite the UK's police and intelligence agencies being among the best in the world, a serious attack is "a matter of not if, but when", according to the report.

The official threat level for international terrorism in the UK currently stands at severe - meaning an attack is "highly likely". ...

Fifty of the 73 highest risk crowded places across the country are in London, with any attack in the capital likely to have a significant impact on the national economy, according to the report.

It suggested that the potential cost of a Paris-style attack in the capital could top £1 billion.
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Brexit has reversed the long decline of post-imperial Britain. Even Tony Blair can't spoil that
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2016

The foundation documents of Islamist extremism were written in Egypt and in the Indian sub-continent under the shadow of the British Empire. Some of their followers now try to live – and a few to die – by these writings in the country they declaredly hate. It is no fun for the rest of us.

The half-memory of empire supplies a narrative of grievance which long outlasts our actual rule. Who in the 1950s would have imagined that the Labour Party would become Britain's chief repository of anti-Semitism today? Yet under Jeremy Corbyn, it is so. The cause which binds his socialism together is not the advancement of the workers but the belief that any exertion of white Western power is wrong. In this account, bolstered by angry Muslims, the state of Israel is not a pioneer, egalitarian nation, but a tool of imperialism. In fevered imaginations, the Jews play the part of scheming tricksters which anti-Semitism has always assigned to them.

The wider Western civilisation to which Britain belongs is looking weaker too. Dr Henry Kissinger, now 93, believes that, for the first time in 400 years, Europe has become marginal in global strategic calculations. Its history and culture, he laments, are no longer taught systematically to its citizens.

In the 1960s, Kenneth Clark presented the most famous television series about art and culture ever made. It was called Civilisation and was almost solely concerned with the classical and Christian West. No mainstream channel would dare commission such a thing today. Pride in our traditions and achievements has been gradually redefined as racism. ...

So Britain today is a not very powerful island on the edge of a not very powerful and increasingly geriatric continent. Instability and terrorism are imported by mass migration.
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Blue-chip boards set 2021 target for ending all-white status
Mark Kleinman
Sky News, 29 October 2016

FTSE-350 boards should have a non-white director by 2024, according to the findings of a report next week obtained by Sky News.

Britain's leading public companies should have at least one non-white director by 2021, a Government-backed report will demand next week.

Sky News has learnt that a review lasting nearly two years chaired by Sir John Parker, the City grandee, has concluded that FTSE-100 boardrooms are insufficiently representative of their workforces, customer bases and supply chains.

The report will contain the most significant recommendations so far aimed at bolstering the ethnic diversity of British companies.

Insiders said on Saturday that in addition to the target for FTSE-100 companies, it will urge the next 250 largest public companies to appoint at least one board member of colour by 2024. ...

A person familiar with Sir John's report, known as The Parker Review, said it would highlight the fact that while 14% of the UK's population is non-white, that statistic fell to just 8% of the nearly 1100 directors of FTSE-100 boards.

Only 1.5% of FTSE-100 directors are both not white and are UK citizens, reflecting the fact that some companies in the index - such as India's Vedanta Resources - have boards dominated by directors who hold foreign, rather than British, passports. ...

Sir John was commissioned to undertake the review by Sir Vince Cable, the then Business Secretary, in 2014.
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NHS hit squads to collect payment from health tourists
Laura Donnelly and Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2016

Hit squads of debt collectors are to be sent into hospitals to collect payment from health tourists after a report revealed the NHS recoups less than half the money it spends on treating overseas patients.

NHS Trusts collected just £255m of at least £500m spent providing treatment to foreign patients last year, according to a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

The report reveals that the NHS is failing to claim back money from foreign patients because half of doctors and a quarter of nurses do not think it is their job to ensure payments were made.

The damning report reveals that eight trusts failed to collect payment from a single overseas visitors who received free treatment, to which they had not been entitled.

Now the Daily Telegraph understands that the Government is preparing to send in teams of expert 'debt collectors' into such trusts.

And, in a bid to drive up the amount of money recouped from overseas visitors, the Government is preparing a further crackdown.

Ministers are drawing up plans to introduce charges for overseas patients who use Accident & Emergency departments, ambulance services, maternity units and GPs.

Currently charges are only recouped for non-urgent care.

Last night Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said he was determined to strengthen measures to ensure the NHS was not "abused".

He said: "We consulted earlier this year on extending the charging of migrants and visitors using the NHS to other areas of healthcare. We will set out further steps in due course to ensure we deliver on our objective to recover £500 million a year by the middle of this Parliament." ...

Two years ago, the Government introduced a cost recovery programme to recoup costs spent treating patients who are not resident in the UK and not entitled to free care.

Ministers set a target to recoup £500m a year from foreign visitors by 2017-2018.

But the NAO report says that last year, health services attempted to charge just £289m for such costs – and only managed to reclaim £255m of this. ...

The NAO report said the target to claw back £500m in 2017-18 will be missed by more than £150m. ...

Earlier this month a London trust was revealed to be running a Home Office pilot scheme, which demands that women hand over passports before they give birth.

St George's Hospital in south London drew up the scheme, which may form the basis of the national plan, after uncovering a scam which saw con-men charging Nigerian women who flew to the NHS to give birth.

Officials said the unit was used by around 900 pregnant health tourists last year – with deliveries from non-EU mums accounted for a fifth of all births.
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UK lets in more workers than any other EU nation: Britain handed out a visa every 50 seconds last year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 28 October 2016

Britain gave out more residence permits than any other country in the European Union last year – equivalent to granting one every 50 seconds.

Despite growing concerns about mass migration, the UK allowed a staggering 633,017 people from outside the EU to live here – a quarter of the 2.6 million permits issued in Europe.

It was followed by Poland with 541,000, France with 226,000 and Germany with 194,000, according to the EU's statistics arm Eurostat.

Britain was the main destination in the European Union for non-EU citizens enrolling in education, handing out 229,097 study visas – 43 per cent of all those handed out in the 28-nation bloc.

Another 118,080 came for work and 89,936 for family reasons. ...

In the year to March, net migration – the difference between those arriving in the UK minus those leaving – totalled a near record 327,000. ...

Residence permits allow non-EU nationals to stay in a country legally.

But because Britain does not have an official residence permit system, Eurostat uses UK visas as the nearest comparison - including work, study and family visas, but excluding visitors' visas.

Home Office officials point out that visas do not indicate an individual wishes to stay in Britain, only how long the specific permit is valid for. This covers those who intend to reside for a few weeks to those arrivals coming for several years.

Most EU countries in the border-free Schengen zone, which Britain has opted out of, usually issue permits aimed at long-term residency.

The Eurostat figures showed Britain issued the fifth highest level of visas by population - 9.7 per thousand people. ...

Some 32 per cent of permits handed out by Britain were given to US citizens – 201,040 – while 80,724 went to Chinese nationals and 71,651 were given to Indians.

A Home Office spokesman said: 'The UK does not issue residence permits so these figures cannot be accurately compared, as Eurostat say themselves.'
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Just ONE year for Kurdish people trafficker smuggling 2,000 illegal migrants to Britain
Daily Express, 28 October 2016

Three Kurdish human traffickers have been sentenced to between one and three years in jail for helping more than 2,000 migrants illegally cross the Franco-British border in Calais.

But all three told a court they were just minnows working for a MASSIVE BRITISH people smuggling operation.

A Court of Appeal in Reims, a city in north-eastern France, sentenced one man – who was said to be the most heavily implicated in the illegal trade – to three years in prison. He has also been barred from re-entering French territory "indefinitely".

The two other smugglers both received a one-year jail sentence, and, once they are released, will not be able to come back to France for another 10 years.

Aged between 22 and 24, the men were based in and around the now mostly demolished Jungle shanty town in Calais, but received orders from members of a people smuggling ring based in the UK. ...

In the space of five months, the traffickers helped smuggle anything between 1,500 and 2,000 illegal Jungle immigrants into the UK.

Each migrant was ordered to pay £800 for a one-way ticket to Britain.

The men would drive the migrants from the Jungle tent camp to a motorway service area bordering the A26 highway in Reims.

The migrants would then be told to hide inside a second van bound for Britain.

Human trafficking rings tend to operate closer to the Franco-British border in Calais – police officials have smashed 29 people smuggling rings and arrested more than 500 traffickers in northern France since January – but many smugglers have started taking more discreet routes in order to bypass security checks and avoid arousing suspicion from investigators.

As a result, illegal networks have mushroomed across southern France, near the Franco-Italian border.
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The British anarchists stoking migrants' defiance: Left-wing activists in Calais plot how to stir up hatred against authority
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 27 October 2016

As a hazy dawn broke over Europe's biggest migrant camp yesterday, the British anarchists who encouraged residents to lob stones and flaming logs at riot police had disappeared. ...

Scuffles continued to break out among angry migrants, squabbling among themselves as they queued for coaches waiting to remove them from the squalid Jungle camp to new living quarters dotted about France.

The most disgruntled refused to get on the coaches at all.

Hundreds simply walked out to the town's bus stop to travel along the Channel coast to Dunkirk, where yesterday I saw a second camp already breaking at the seams with 1,000 Afghans, Iranians, and Iraqis waiting to get to Britain.

But if the whiff of tear gas used to quell the riots has evaporated as the Jungle is cleared of its 10,000 inhabitants during the French government's three-day operation, the migrants' dreams of reaching the UK have not.

Because what is perfectly clear is the utter futility of this latest push: When I talked to dozens of migrants about their plans they mentioned 'Dunkirk'.

And no one is more pleased about that than the Left-wing 'No Borders' activists, who were thrown out of the Jungle on Sunday night by police, but still hope to block the evictions.

Last night scores had set up home in squats throughout Calais, according to the French government, and, in middle-class accents in the ferry port's pubs, were plotting how to fight on.

'It is now our job to keep these anarchists out of the Jungle and away from the migrants who they stir up into hatred against all forms of authority,' a riot police officer outside the Jungle told me yesterday.

'Most come from your country and are only here to cause trouble,' he said. ...

And a British passport official echoed the same fears as I entered France by train on Sunday night. The Jungle, he said, 'will just spring up elsewhere near Calais, whatever the French try to do to stop it, because the migrants only want to reach Britain'. ...

At the overcrowded bus stop I found a family of four Iranians also hoping to get to the Dunkirk camp, some 20 miles up the coast.

Set in a suburb of the town, the camp was set up by the local mayor and charity Doctors Without Borders, a move condemned by the French government for encouraging more migrants to the coast. ...

Yesterday Didier Leschi, head of the French immigration office, said: 'We have yet to convince some people to accept our hospitality and give up their dream of Britain. That's the hardest part.'

The truth is those dreams are stoked by activists. ...

Recently, a senior official in the Calais region, Fabienne Buccio, said 80 per cent of the No Borders protesters in the Jungle are British, accusing them of 'manipulating and misleading' a 'hard core' of migrants to be troublemakers.
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Child protection officers SCARED to challenge migrant 'children' over real ages
Daily Express, 27 October 2016

Child protection officers are AFRAID to challenge the age of "young" migrants, it has been revealed, over fears they will end up in court.

Industry insiders have told the Express they often meet migrants posing as children who are permitted to stay in the country because challenging them can put their career at risk.

The revelations came after the arrivals of "child" migrants from Calais - who appeared to be much older than the teenage years they had claimed. ...

But, speaking to Express Online a social worker who asked not to be named has revealed the REAL struggles faced by those in the industry.

According to the specialist THREE professionals are assigned to the first meeting with a migrant who claims to be a child.

And senior child protection officers are at their wits' end.

He said: "So a social worker is assigned the case. The social worker attends the assessment and because the asylum seeker is claiming to be under 17 (to come under the children's Act) an appropriate adult is also in attendance and so is an interpreter.

"Usually they enter the room and they see this asylum seeker is well over 17. It is that obvious.

"After they have done the process three times all three social workers have to come to a consensus on the estimated age of the asylum seeker - so let's says all three say this asylum seeker is well over 17 or 18 years old. You would think that would be the end of the process, but not so.

"They tell their managers of their decisions and then the manager tells them 'If that's your decision then okay but the asylum seeker will now be assigned a solicitor to challenge your opinion and you are likely to be cross examined in court'.

After this phase of the investigation is complete, if a social worker chooses to challenge the age, they are reportedly met with anger and abuse.

Many, he claims, have received calls calling them "racist" and have had complaints made against them.

Those put in this position have said they "cannot afford" to fight it.

One said: "I just sign and say he's under 17 years because it's not worth the hassle."

Social workers and child protection experts have called the system "broken" in Britain.
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Somalian rapist branded a "danger to the community" wins human rights battle to stay in UK
Greg Christison
Daily Express, 27 October 2016

A Somalian refugee who raped two women and sexually assaulted two others will remain in the country following a decision by Scottish judges.

The decision comes despite Abdalla Ali Hemed being described as being a "danger to the public". ...

Then-Home Secretary Theresa May launched a legal bid to have the 52-year-old removed from Britain in 2013.

However, he successfully appealed the move on human rights' grounds claiming his life would be in danger if he was forced to return to Somalia and its capital, Mogadishu because he is from a minority ethnic group. ...

At the time of his conviction, the Home Office wrote to Hemed informing him that he would be deported because he had been convicted of a "particularly serious crime and constituted a danger to the community of the United Kingdom".
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Feds: 275,000 born to illegals in one year, would fill city the size of Orlando
Paul Bedard
Washington Examiner, 27 October 2016

Moms in the United States illegally gave birth to 275,000 babies in 2014, enough birthright U.S. citizens to fill a city the size of Orlando, Florida, according to an analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The data showed that newborns to illegals accounted for 7 percent of all births in 2014, according to the analysis from the Pew Research Center.

"In 2014, about 275,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in the U.S., accounting for about 7 percent of all U.S. births, and 32 percent of all U.S. births to foreign-born mothers," said Pew's newly released report. ...

The analysis also found that the growth in the birthrate of America is entirely driven by immigrants.
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World facing biggest mass extinction since dinosaurs - with two thirds of animals wiped out in 50 years
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2016

The world is facing the biggest extinction since the dinosaurs, with seven in 10 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles wiped out in just 50 years, a new report warns.

The latest Living Planet report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) estimates that by 2020 populations of vertebrates will have fallen by 67 per cent since 1970.

Extinction rates are now running at 100 times their natural level because of deforestation, hunting, pollution, overfishing and climate change.

The largest ever analysis of 14,152 populations of 3,706 species of vertebrates from around the world showed a 58 per cent fall in animals between 1970 and 2012 - with no sign that the average two per cent drop in numbers each year will slow.

"For the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we face a global mass extinction of wildlife," said Mike Barrett, director of science and policy at WWF-UK.
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Matteo Renzi: Italy cannot take in 155,000 migrants again next year
The Guardian, 26 October 2016

The Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has said that the country cannot handle the same number of migrant arrivals next year that it has seen in 2016, calling on other European countries to do more.

In an interview with RAI state television, Renzi repeated a threat to veto the disbursement of European Union funds to countries that refuse to help Italy and Greece, who have taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past three years.

"Italy cannot take another year like the one we've just had," Renzi said during the recording of a talkshow. He said the flow of arrivals must be curbed by March, without saying what would happen if it was not limited.

From Friday until Sunday, Italy's coastguard coordinated more than 6,000 sea rescues, bringing arrivals so far this year to almost 155,000, which was the total for all of 2015. In 2014, there were 170,000 arrivals.

Another 500 people were rescued from four different boats on Tuesday, the coastguard said in a statement.
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Brussels lets countries KEEP border controls - but insists it's not the end of Schengen
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 26 October 2016

Brussels bureaucrats today caved in to the clamour from elected governments to keep internal EU border controls, but insisted the move was not the end of the Schengen zone.

The EU Commission conceded that member states should be allowed to extend the emergency measures brought in to bring the migrant crisis under control because it is still "not ready" to reinstate freedom of movement.

The frank admission from Jean-Claude Juncker's department comes as divisions continue to grow between the EU27 over the best way to solve the refugee chaos gripping the continent.

Under the new recommendation, put forward by the Commission today, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway will all be allowed to keep border checks introduced at the beginning of this year, and designed to limit the flow of irregular migrants. ...

The length of time that has passed, and the lack of any sign that the migrant crisis is significantly abating, will heighten the prospect that the EU will never fully restore the free movement zone which is seen by many eurocrats as its crowning achievement.

Senior Brussels bureaucrats today tried to put a positive spin on the move, insisting that they were protecting Schengen by not bringing it back too soon and risking further chaos.
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'They claim benefits and housing - all we get is a wall': Calais mayor tells Britain to stop 'provoking' France with its soft immigration policies
Peter Allen
MailOnline, 26 October 2016

The deputy mayor of Calais today called for Britain to stop 'provoking' France with its soft immigration policies and to toughen up as it approached Brexit.

Philippe Mignonet was speaking as demolition workers continued to tear down the Jungle refugee camp in his port town.

He said the decision to raze the squalid shantytown was the kind of hardline policy that Britain should adopt as it prepared to leave the European Union, rather than attracting new comers with generous benefits and free housing.

The UK government says it does not want any more migrants but never expels migrants who get there,' said Mr Mignonent.

'They claim benefits and housing, and all we get is the British funded wall,' he added, referring to a £2m structure going up next to the Jungle.

It is meant to stop migrants climbing aboard UK-bound lorries, but Mr Mignonet said it was largely redundant now that the Jungle was disappearing.

Some 4,000 Jungle residents have now been transported to other parts of France, and it hoped that another 4,000 plus will be gone by the end of the week.
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THE NEW JUNGLE: Migrants on mission to get to Britain head from Calais to new Dunkirk camp
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 26 October 2016

Migrants kicked out of the Calais Jungle are heading just a few miles further north along the coast to continue to try to reach Britain, it emerged last night.

A sprawling camp in GrandeSynthe, near Dunkirk, is becoming the new focus of the fight against illegal immigration. ...

It is already home to about 1,000 mainly Kurdish refugees. But the site is now being flooded with those displaced by the clearance of the Calais Jungle by French police. ...

Those inside the camp yesterday told the Daily Express how they had paid fixers several thousands of pounds to be smuggled to the UK.

There are now fears the growing human trafficking trade will simply shift 30 miles up the northern French coast to the Dunkirk area.
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British anarchists travel to Calais to 'FIGHT police officers trying to clear Jungle camp'
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 26 October 2016

British anarchist groups and anti-border protesters have threatened to attack police officers to halt the demolition of the Calais migrant camp.

Anti border activists, including the Anti-Raids Network and the No Borders group, met to discuss travelling to the French port town to stop the camp being dismantled.

A member of one group promised that "lots of us will be going down", while others handed out literature calling on meeting goers to "fight the raids".

A flyer handed out by the Anti-Raids Network featured masked activists holding clubs and rocks as they smashed a police van.

It also had advice for people heading to the jungle imploring them to "cover your face" and "avoid sending compromising messages on your phone".

The Anti-raids Network has previously ambushed immigration workers, slashing the tyres of border force vehicles who were trying to catch illegal migrants in the UK.
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Andrew Green: Others shouldn't be blamed for Cameron's renegotiation failure on immigration
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 26 October 2016
[Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK]

Daniel Korski, the former Deputy Director of David Cameron's Policy Unit, has published an illuminating account of the Government's approach to the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. Writing about David Cameron's renegotiation seeking agreement to restrict welfare payments to new migrants, he recalls being told in Brussels by European counterparts that many more migrants were going to Germany than Britain, that migrants paid more tax than they consumed in public services and that Britain merely needed to redistribute more resources to areas facing challenges.

He continues: "We were never able to counter these arguments. To be honest, we failed to find any evidence of communities under pressure that would satisfy the European Commission... There was no hard evidence." This is a remarkable admission from someone whose job it was to gather evidence for policy and to foresee challenges to it. ...

Some commentators are now using this as "evidence" that immigration has had no impact on local communities. For example, a recent report in the Times (£) runs with the headline 'Migration had "no effect" on services'. However, since 2010 the non-UK born migrant population in the UK has increased by 1.4 million, and just under 940,000 children have been born in the UK to foreign-born mothers. It would be extraordinary if this had had no impact on communities up and down the UK.

The work of those outside government is fundamentally limited by the availability of data published by government – especially in respect of migrants use or benefit from publicly-provided services. For example, no information at all is published on country of birth or nationality of users of the NHS. ...

That said, some matters are clear from data in the public domain. For example:

Our population, driven by migration, is projected by the Office for National Statistics to grow by half a million a year, the fastest rate for nearly a century and equivalent to a city the size of Liverpool.

• We need to build a new home in England every five minutes for the next 25 years just to keep up with demand from future migration.

• The Department of Health has reported 650,000 new migrant GP registrations each year for the past five years.

• One in four births in England and Wales are to a foreign-born mother.

• By 2018, 60 per cent of primary schools are projected by the Local Government Association to have a shortfall in places.

• Nearly half of social housing in London is headed by a foreign-born person.

Korski should have been aware of statistics like these regularly made public by Migration Watch.
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Parliament is eroding freedom of speech and equality under the law
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2016

In seeking to create a more open-minded society that accepts previously illicit predilections, we have merely replaced one set of intolerances with another. In particular, we have abandoned two of the fundamental principles that underpin our democracy and our liberties: freedom of expression and equality under the law. When I say "we", I mean the governments that have brought forward ill-considered and illiberal legislation and the parliaments that have voted it through. MPs and peers, the supposed custodians of our liberties, have connived to diminish them. ...

In this particular case, Ashers bakery of Northern Ireland was convicted of direct discrimination against a gay rights campaigner because it refused to make a cake supporting same sex marriage. ...

If they baked cakes for other people carrying messages, they could not then pick and choose which ones to provide based upon their own personal preferences. "Anyone who applies a religious aspect or a political aspect to the provision of services may be caught by equality legislation," the court declared.

But is this really true? If I went to a Muslim bakery and asked for a cake depicting the Prophet Mohammed and the shop declined to provide it, or if I asked a gay printer to produce a poster denouncing homosexuals and he refused, would the businesses be prosecuted? Far more likely, given that I have no minority status, is that I would be charged under separate "hate crime" legislation of seeking to cause distress to others because of their religious or sexual orientation.

Moreover, the judges said putting a slogan on a cake did not amount to approbation of the message. A Hallowe'en cake with a witches design did not mean the bakers supported witchcraft. Really? Imagine, for instance, that they had iced a racist slogan or a swastika on the cake: would the courts let them off if they maintained they did not mean it? Would it really then have been the customer's responsibility and not the baker's? ...

... Some, it would appear, are now more equal than others. As the veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said, the law against discrimination was meant to protect people with differing views, not to force upon others opinions to which they conscientiously object.

Our legislators seem to have forgotten to ensure equality of treatment when making the law, just as they blithely disregard the importance of free speech.
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What is the best way to check the age of child refugees?
The Economist, 26 October 2016

Over the past two years tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have turned up in European cities. Last year 35,000 lone children sought refuge in Sweden. As of September there were 51,000 in Germany. Britain receives many fewer, but the numbers are growing: in the year to September 2015, 2,564 unaccompanied children applied for asylum there, 50% more than the year before.

No standardised procedure exists to work out the age of these youngsters. And their age can make a big difference to their fate. On arrival in Greece, some minors claim to be over 18 to avoid being put in detention centres. In Sweden, by contrast, being under 18 means that an asylum-seeker gets a place in a special home and, in some cases, better access to lawyers.

In Britain some MPs suggested that the Jungle children should be subjected to dental checks to determine their age ("Tell us the tooth," roared the front page of the Sun). There was outrage at the uncharitable tone of the demand. Yet Britain is relatively unusual among European Union countries in not using dental X-rays as part of its age assessments (such tests are generally used as a last resort in those countries that do practise them). Instead, in Britain child refugees are interviewed by social workers, while the Home Office checks European records to see whether the children have been processed earlier in their journey across Europe and, if so, what age they gave at the time.

Dental checks are in fact of limited use. By the time people are in their late teens there is a "huge range" of development, says Judith Husband of the British Dental Association. Such tests therefore have a margin of error of about four years. The result should also be compared with a reference group of the same ethnicity or nationality, which European governments may lack. And it will differ if the subject is malnourished or has had chronic diseases.

Though it takes a miserly number of refugees compared with many European countries, Britain's age-verification system is more rigorous than most, thinks Taimour Lay, an asylum lawyer. Of the 574 asylum-seekers who underwent age checks in the year to September 2015, 65% were found to be over 18, despite having claimed to be children.
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'Vast' EU immigration was a 'MISTAKE', admits multiculturalism expert
Ajay Nair
Daily Express, 25 October 2016

An expert on multiculturalism and Remain voter has admitted it was a "mistake" to let "vast quantities" of European immigrants into the UK.

But Dr Varun Uberoi, a senior lecturer at Brunel University, believes Brexit now presented a chance to "learn from our mistakes".

The issue of freedom of movement for EU citizens was a central component of the referendum, with Brexiteers arguing leaving the EU was the only way to control immigration.

Dr Uberoi said: "I felt that certain things could have been handled differently with regards to the EU, so for example, I think it was a mistake to let so many central and eastern Europeans come in, in the vast quantities that they did.

"But that isn't a reason to exit the EU, that's a reason to learn from certain mistakes, certain pressures placed on resources, which are often scarce.

"Learn from our mistakes, don't repeat them and try to deal with the difficulty – but not use a sledgehammer to crack a nut."
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Britons Happy to Sacrifice Trade for Fewer Foreigners, Poll Says
John Ainger
Bloomberg, 25 October 2016

Britons are more concerned with controlling immigration than maintaining access to the single market, according to a survey published Tuesday, adding further evidence that Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy is in line with the prevailing mood of the country.

As Britain prepares to exit the European Union, over half of adults polled cite an influx of foreigners as more worrisome than losing EU trade benefits, said the poll conducted by Survation Ltd for ITV plc. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they approve May's handling of the divorce, with only a quarter saying that they disapproved. ...

Not all surveys of public opinion are favoring May's read of what Britons want. A poll released last week, for example, found that the balance tipped in favor of single market access rather than immigration limits.
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Britain picks up £36 million bill for closure of the Jungle - money comes on top of £80million to pay for security guards in French ports
Vanessa Allen, Glen Keogh and Mario Ledwith
MailOnline, 25 October 2016

Britain is footing a £36 million bill for the closure of the Jungle migrant camp in Calais.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the UK would help pay for the evacuation that began on Monday and for measures to keep the site shut.

The UK has already pledged £80 million to pay private security firms to patrol ports in northern France for three years.

And a few weeks ago the British government agreed to fund the £2 million 'Great Wall of Calais' to stop stowaways sneaking across the Channel.

It means British taxpayers face a total bill of £118 million to secure the Jungle site and the French ports over the next three years, despite charities warning many migrants will inevitably return. ...

She said: 'The UK Government will be contributing up to £36m to maintain the security of these controls, to support the camp clearance and to ensure in the long term that the camp is kept closed. This funding will also be used to help keep children safe in France.

'This contribution is not made unconditionally, and we will continue to work with the French Government to ensure that the clearance operation is full and lasting.'

The Home Secretary said British officials were only given access to the camp to begin interviewing children last week.
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France blocked Britain from taking child refugees out of 'Jungle', Amber Rudd tells MPs
Tom Morgan
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2016

France blocked Britain from taking child refugees from the "Jungle" camp amid fears it would further fuel the crisis in Calais, the Home Secretary has disclosed.

UK border officials interviewed 800 youngsters at the camp in the last seven days alone, but will be ordered not to accept any more who return after the bulldozers clear the site. ...

As French authorities begin bussing thousands of migrants out of the squalid camp, UK officials have faced a race against time to identify children with a legal right to live in Britain.

Mrs Rudd added: "My officials were only given access to the camp to interview children in the last week and similarly we have only recent received agreement from the French government that we could bring Dubs [amendment, which grants refuge to the most vulnerable] cases to the UK.

"Before this we worked closely with the French behind the scenes but without their agreement it was not possible to make progress on taking non-family cases from Calais." ...

Some 3,000 children are being taken in from camps in the Middle East, while some who have made it as far as mainland Europe are also being resettled in Britain if they have close family links.
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Why the Calais Jungle need never have sprung up
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 25 October 2016

One has to feel for the celebrities. With the removal of the Jungle camp in Calais no longer will they be able to pop across the Channel to earn virtue points by posing with migrants and weeping before the cameras.

... Celebrities aside, we can all be pleased that this insanitary shanty town is finally being cleared and its inhabitants dispersed elsewhere in France. ...

The squalor has given the Left ammunition for its claim that Britain is a heartless country which doesn't give a fig for refugees. That analysis is utterly wrong. Since 2011 Britain has spent more than £1 billion helping Syrian refugees – far more than any other European country.

But in contrast to Germany, which briefly opened its borders to all migrants last autumn, we have chosen to provide help in a way which ensures the greatest support gets to the greatest number of people.

This means pouring money into refugee camps close to the Syrian border where we can help 10 times as many people for the same money as by resettling them in Britain. ...

The shame is that the Jungle camp would never have formed in the first place had the EU's rules on asylum applications been properly observed. The Dublin Regulation, so named because it is based on a convention negotiated in the Irish capital in 1990, is clear: anyone who wants to make a claim for asylum should do so in the first "safe" country they reach.

Every EU country is regarded as being safe. Therefore there should be no case ever for granting asylum in Britain to someone who has travelled here from France. That doesn't mean that asylum seekers who first land in other countries should not be allowed to reunite with relatives in Britain – one of the reasons many give for wanting to come here.

The rules stipulate that if someone registers for asylum in France but has family in Britain then the decision on their application should be made by Britain. The regulation was framed in this way precisely to prevent economic migrants trying to take advantage of the asylum system. ...

No one who is genuinely fleeing for their lives would object to having to make an asylum application in the first safe country they reach. That migrants continue to travel all the way across Europe and are prepared to risk their lives jumping on trains and lorries travelling to Britain is a sign that their motives are something other than protecting their lives. ...

What we also need to do is systematically return any migrants who have travelled here illegally from another safe country.
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'You can't have TWO laws!' Former Bishop BLASTS Government for even considering Sharia law
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 25 October 2016

A Government inquiry into Sharia law in the UK has been blasted as a politically correct whitewash by an expert called to the investigating committee.

The Right Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, blasted the Government's ongoing inquiry into the Islamic law system.

He warned Sharia law is COMPLETELY incompatible with the British justice system and that the Government is wasting its time investigating its legitimacy.

In written evidence to the Commons Home Affairs committee he said the investigation, put forward by Prime Minister Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary, could even jeopardise the entire justice system in the UK.

Part of the committee's investigation looks at the possibility of running a twin-track justice system – with Islamic Sharia law sitting alongside the existing British justice system.

But Dr Nazir-Ali said: "It asks whether the 'application' of Sharia is incompatible with English law, when it should be asking whether Sharia itself is incompatible with English law.

"If Sharia is recognised in any way in terms of the public law, it will introduce a principle of contradiction in the body of the law, which will cause enormous problems." ...

Dr Nazir-Ali also criticised the make-up of the investigation panel, which does not include any non-Muslim experts on Islam.
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UN report finds no evidence migration causes terror attacks and warns anti-refugee laws could worsen risk
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 25 October 2016

A United Nations investigator has warned that moves to crackdown on migration may worsen the risk of more attacks in Europe while breaching refugees' fundamental rights.

Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, found "little evidence" that Isis and other terror groups use refugee flows or that asylum seekers are prone to radicalisation. ...

Mr Emmerson's report found that policies to "criminalise irregular migration", build fences and carry out push-back operations are driving covert movements and people smuggling that "may ultimately assist terrorists and lead to increased terrorist activity".

Analysts have previously warned that moves to turn away or detain refugees from Syria and other countries feeds into extremist propaganda that seeks to portray the West as a violent and oppressive enemy of Muslims.

Several European countries have tightened border controls over the past year in response to security concerns related to the refugee crisis, with the EU signing a controversial deal with Turkey seeing all asylum seekers arriving in Greece detained under the threat of deportation.

The crossing over the Aegean Sea was used by Isis to transport members of the cell that carried out the Paris and Brussels attacks back to Europe, using fake Syrian passports. ...

Mr Emmerson acknowledged the link but said there was "little evidence" that terrorists systematically exploit refugee flows to carry out atrocities, while research shows that very few asylum seekers are responsible for attacks.

The finding was echoed in Europol's 2016 European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report, which acknowledging a small number of known cases.

But the fear of further attacks has driven a growing link between anti-terror measures and immigration policy that is "analytically and statistically unfounded, and must change," Mr Emmerson said.

"Even with ongoing attempts to reach resolution in the Syrian conflicts, we are likely to see a continued flow of refugees beyond the current record levels," he told the UN General Assembly. ...

The report warned that the UK's provisions to revoke refugee status for extremist or "unacceptable" behaviour by applicants or their dependants "go beyond what is permitted" by a 1951 convention.
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Sooner or later, the Calais 'Jungle' will be back – and the British left can't wait
Nicholas Farrell
Spectator blog, 25 October 2016

The massive operation by 1,200 French riot police and gendarmes to bus the migrants in the 'Jungle' at Calais to reception centres elsewhere in France and to raze the illegal camp to the ground has begun. Allelujah.

You might think that the destruction of this crime-ridden and rat-infested shantytown, where up to 10,000 mainly African and Afghani migrants live in shacks and tents without running water or mains electricity, was good news. At last, those poor migrants will have a decent roof over their heads while they finally get round to applying to the French government for asylum, as nearly all are required to do by the law. But no.

Instead, the British left and the French right, joined in unholy alliance, are outraged: How dare François Hollande do such a thing! Britain, not France, must take the Calais migrants – they insist – because 'that is where they want to go'.

But wanting to get to Britain is not yet a human right. And the law – based on the right of a real refugee to refuge in a safe country – is clear. Aspiring refugees must apply for asylum either in the first EU country they reach or, if they have not applied for asylum after five months in the EU, the country where they are currently. In the case of many of the 'Jungle' migrants that means Italy, Greece – or France. Not Britain.

There are a couple of exceptions: under the latest version of the EU's Dublin Regulation, those with family connections in an EU country can apply for asylum there from another EU country. But they must stay in that country until their application is approved. Nor is it enough to say that they have an uncle in Birmingham. They must prove it. In addition, the Government has vowed to take in more unaccompanied migrant children.

But this group of unaccompanied minors are only a small minority of the total. And to get all 10,000 of those living in the 'Jungle' across the Channel, the Islington red rinse set and their imperial blue allies in France (Nicolas Sarkozy and Alain Juppé) need the camp to stay put for a while – at least until the Presidential elections next spring. Without this high viz symbol of 'our' callous indifference within sight of the promised land, their cause is doomed. ...

A group of charities even challenged the legality of clearing the 'Jungle' in a French court. While Saira Grant, chief executive of The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, says that 'focusing exclusively' on the children in the 'Jungle' 'creates an artificial distinction which suggests that all the others who fled war, atrocities and persecution are not worthy of our help because they are adults.' ...

Two thirds of them – according to a recent aid charity survey – say that they will refuse to leave the 'Jungle'. About 200 British anarchists from 'No Borders' have arrived to lend them a hand, according to the French police. So far, there has been little violence. But it is early days.

Those who refuse to leave the 'Jungle' will be arrested, say the police, but no migrant remains in jail for long. They also say that once in the reception centres, the migrants must claim asylum within an as yet unspecified period. Or else, they will be deported. Few ever are.
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Three ILLEGAL immigrants caught every hour trying to enter Britain
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 24 October 2016

Three migrants have been caught trying to reach Britain illegally every hour since 2010.

The true scale of the border threat is laid bare in Home Office figures showing how the problem has worsened over time.

Data released under Freedom of Information guidelines provides a snapshot of the crisis under Labour and the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition.

On average, 74 "clandestines" were stopped at British border controls on the Continent each day between 2010 and 2015.

Six years ago 8,517 attempts were made, but 10 times that number tried last year. ...

The previously unpublished information chronicles the number of failed attempts to bypass border security year by year.

It is thought most attempted to sneak into Britain through Calais but the statistics include "clandestine entry attempts" through Dunkirk and Eurotunnel terminals in Coquelles, Brussels, Lille and Paris.

In 2011, the first full year that Theresa May was Home Secretary, 9,981 were stopped at the border. But last year the figure stood at 84,088.

In June, when she was still in charge of the Home Office, Mrs May admitted the migrant crisis "shows no sign of easing".

However, the problem is thought to be much worse than the figures show as they do not include those who managed to make it here illegally.

Experts estimate that for every migrant caught at least two are successful.

If true, between 2010 and 2015 Britain's underground population rocketed by 327,276 – more than the size of the city of Nottingham.

Between January and March this year, the latest figures available, there were 9,946 attempts or 110 a day.

The Home Office refused to disclose the number trying to gain entry to Britain on forged documents.
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'They seek to cause chaos and misery' Tory MP urges government to ban militant group planning to fight French cops trying to close the Calais Jungle
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 24 October 2016

A militant group planning pitched battles today with police trying to close down the Calais Jungle camp should be banned, says a Tory MP.

MP for Dover Charlie Elphicke has accused No Borders of being a secret anarchist front wanting only mayhem.

The Home Office should look at outlawing them, he demanded last night.

The call came after an investigation by The Sunday Times yesterday revealed members of No Borders have been plotting violence in the French town for weeks. ...

He added: "If No Borders are guilty of any violence towards the authorities in Calais it's right that the French authorities should prosecute them.

"The Home Office should consider proscribing this hard-Left anarchist sect."
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Jungle camp may disappear but migrants will still head to Calais - charity boss
Daily Express, 24 October 2016

The Jungle is likely to re-emerge despite its demolition, according to the British founder of a Calais refugee crisis charity.

Clare Moseley believes that migrants will still make perilous journeys to the northern French port city in spite of the camp's dismantlement. ...

The founder of Care4Calais, who has drawn parallels between the treatment of migrants in France with that of persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany, said: "I think people will still come. With refugees, deterrents don't matter because a refugee by definition is fleeing something.

"In February, they demolished over half of the camp and yet here we are seven months later, with a camp bigger than it's ever been."
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Do 74 people try to enter the UK illegally every day?
Claire Milne
Full Fact, 24 October 2016

Between 2010 and 2015 nearly 164,000 attempts at "clandestine entry" to the UK were detected at border controls in Brussels, Calais, Coquelles, Dunkirk, Lille and Paris.

That works out at around 75 attempts a day on average, according to Home Office figures.

However, these attempts weren't evenly spread across the six years so the average isn't all that helpful. Most of the attempts in those six years happened in 2015 when 84,000 were made.

These numbers come with a health warning: they haven't got the status of "Official Statistics" or "National Statistics". They come directly from a Home Office operational system.

The Express says "experts estimate that for every migrant caught at least two are successful". Experts at the Migration Observatory at Oxford University told us they don't know of any studies which support this figure.

Even if it's accurate, it isn't possible to simply multiply the Home Office figures on clandestine entry attempts by two to come up with a number of people illegally entering the UK.

The key word here is "attempts". One person might try to enter the UK a number of times and be counted each time they do. It doesn't mean that 164,000 individual people tried.

The head of the UK's Border Force estimated last year that around 6,000 migrants managed to enter the UK without being detected by the Border Force. But this is just the figure for those who later admitted to having entered the country clandestinely.

It's notoriously difficult to get a fix on the number of people who might be in the country without permission. As the Migration Observatory has put it in the past, estimates are:

"inadequate, vague, contested and out of date. Any efforts to estimate the number of irregular migrants in the UK or in other countries are automatically limited by the simple reality that this is a set of people who, by definition, do not wish to be found or counted".

The most recent study estimated that somewhere between 417,000 to 863,000 irregular migrants and their children were living in the UK at the end of 2007. The majority were thought to be living in London. But this was based on data from the 2001 census – there's been another since – and no major formal studies have been done more recently.

Most of those in the UK illegally are likely to have overstayed an existing visa or not stuck to the exact conditions of one, rather than snuck into the country.
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Revealed: The missed warnings over child refugees
Ben Riley-Smith, Robert Mendick and Rory Mulholland
Sunday Telegraph, 23 October 2016

The Home Office was under intense pressure over its handling of age checks for child migrants as it emerged they failed to act on a series of warnings.

This week the Government faced questions over its ability to check the age of new arrivals into Britain as some appeared to be far older than 18.

With hundreds more child refugees expected to arrive in the UK this week, it has emerged that:

• Councils offered to send social workers to Calais to carry out age checks in August but were ignored

• Ministers feared David Cameron's promise to take more refuges in May was undeliverable

• The Chief Inspector of Borders warned that adult migrants were posing as children three years ago

• MPs on a powerful parliamentary committee are demanding an "urgent" inquiry into the child refugee process

A national debate over the country's child migrant policy was triggered this week as photographs of new arrivals from Calais led to claims some were actually adults.

UK officials are unable to carry out finger prints in France and often struggle to check ages because many refugees have little documentation after fleeing civil war or persecution.

They are interviewed about their background and checks can take in "physical appearance and demeanour", but the Home Office rejected calls this week for dental checks to be undertaken.

Seventeen EU countries use dental checks to help establish age, according European Asylum Support Office, though the body representing British dentists' said this week it is "vigorously opposed". ...

This newspaper has uncovered fresh evidence that calls for more to be done to ensure those coming here were children were not acted on.

A delegation from the Local Government Association [LGA] met with Home Office ministers and officials in August, requesting they send experts in age identification to France. ...

It has also emerged that ministers were warned three years ago that adults were posing as child refugees by John Vine, then the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. ...

Mr Vine added that the speed with which a child's asylum application is approved had "created an incentive for adults to claim to be under 18". ...

Some 3,000 children are being taken in from camps in the Middle East, while some who have made mainland Europe are also being resettled in Britain if they have close family links.

David Cameron also agreed in May to take in more unaccompanied child refugees from continental Europe after political pressure from Lord Alf Dubs, the Labour peer.
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Calais children: Children without UK links among 70 new arrivals
BBC, 23 October 2016

The first group of unaccompanied children without family ties to the UK has arrived in Britain from the migrant camp in Calais.

They came under the "Dubs amendment" rules which allow particularly vulnerable children - such as girls and those under 13 - refuge in the UK.

They were among 70 boys and girls to be taken to London from the "Jungle" camp. ...

The Dubs amendment was passed following the efforts of Labour peer Lord Dubs who successfully campaigned for an amendment to the Immigration Bill in April.

It allows for unaccompanied child refugees to be brought to the UK where they do not have family links but are considered to be particularly at risk.
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'Age tests are ETHICAL' Sweden demands dental checks on migrants as Britain refuses policy
Lizzie Stromme
Sunday Express, 23 October 2016

Migrants seeking asylum in Sweden as minors will have to prove their age with dental checks after a state watchdog ruled it ethical, the Government has announced.

Kjell Asplund, the Chair of the Swedish National council on Medical Ethics, has said it is acceptable to carry out tests on young asylum seekers if there are reasonable grounds to doubt their claimed age.

Mr Ashland added the best scientific method should be used, but warned against it becoming a routine measure. ...

The decision to implement dental checks on minors whose age is in question comes as the British Government ruled it out as being too "intrusive".
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Piers Morgan Suggests Deporting 'White Trash Racists' To Make Room For Refugees
Chris York
The Huffington Post, 23 October 2016

Piers Morgan has suggested the way to make room for Syrian refugees in the UK is to "deport all the white trash racist scum".

The journalist and presenter was adding to the debate around calls for dental checks to determine the age of child refugees when he lamented the political climate of Britain.
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We can't keep them out... we can't send them home: The damning verdict of an asylum judge who has spent 16 years sifting 'cheats and chancers' from the deserving
James Hanratty
Mail on Sunday, 23 October 2016

The sight of youngsters arriving in Britain from the squalid 'Jungle' camp in Calais should be a matter of satisfaction, not bitterness. Surely it is our duty to help genuine refugees displaced by war.

But as the television footage has made startlingly clear, not all of them are the defenceless children we believed we were welcoming.

It turns out we are far from certain who they are, or where they come from, let alone how old they are.

This spectacle brings the whole asylum system into disrepute. It fuels an impression that our borders are too porous, that immigration is out of control.

And as an immigration judge of 16 years standing, sorting the deserving from the cheats and the chancers, I have to tell you this is precisely the case.

I speak as a man who believes that controlled migration is good for this country. Yet it is also essential that Britain control its borders.

The scale of the problem is overwhelming. The latest statistics show that 282,000 migrants from outside the EU arrived on our shores in the single year to March 2016. Our immigration courts are not a soft touch, as some claim, but they are not geared up to cope with the increased workload.

In fact, some 40,000 people were denied permission to remain in this country last year alone. Yet the devastating truth is this: the vast majority of those the courts have decided to remove are still here.

The row over the Calais 'children' is in many ways a microcosm of the dilemmas we face. Migration is overshadowed not just by human suffering, but by organised crime, fear and deception. There is a huge industry out there of people-smugglers, agents and bent legal advisers.

So dishonesty and deception, some of it comical, are all too frequent – as I saw time and time again. ...

If somebody is to be removed from Britain, he or she will be interviewed by his claimed country of nationality before a travel document is issued. The temptation to make up false details is obvious.

The foreign embassy will then, with relief, refuse to take him back. Others deliberately destroy their travel documents.

I recognise the UK Border Agency is overwhelmed, but that cannot excuse incompetence.

In 2006 a junior Home Office official opened a rusty lock in one of its warehouses to find 450,000 files – a decade's worth of applications that had found themselves in the 'too-difficult in-tray' at the Home Office. When officials began to wade through these files, they found people had either disappeared or were settled here.

A recent report by the chief inspector of borders found the Home Office had lost more than 12,000 failed asylum seekers and a further 30,000 failed asylum seekers had not been removed over two years after all appeal rights had been exhausted.

My feeling is that these figures are an underestimate. ...

I believe that immigration –especially of hardworking and skilled people – is vital for our economy, especially the National Health Service. But the system is not working.
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Officials only challenge age of child refugees if they look over 25
Steven Swinford, Robert Mendick and David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2016

Officials are only challenging the age of child migrants if they look like they are over 25, The Daily Telegraph has learned as it emerged some of those claiming to be under 18 have already been proven to be adults.

Home Office guidance states that asylum seekers should only be challenged about their age if they are found to be "significantly over 18 years of age".

Staff have been instructed that the policy should only be used with "extreme caution" and that they should only verify their age if their appearance suggests they are "at least 25 years old".

It came as a minister revealed that one in 10 of those are claiming to be children in the Calais camp have been found to be adults. ...

A report by the Chief Inspector of Borders in 2013 disclosed that staff only challenge child migrants about their age if they look like they are aged over 25.

The report states: "We found from staff interviews and our observation of a trainer, that staff were encouraged to use this option in the guidance when perceiving an applicant to be at least 25 years old. "One stakeholder report advocated using this policy 'with extreme caution', and we therefore found the Home Office's use of an eight-year age gap to be reassuring as an example of safeguarding."

David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association's asylum, refugee and migration task group, said the age guidance had been in use for some time.

He said: "In a supermarket, if a person doesn't look over the age of 25, the shop worker will ask for ID before selling them alcohol. But in the case of border control, it works the other way around. They are told to err on the side of trusting that the person is telling the truth unless they look over 25."

The head of the French charity working with the Home Office in Calais yesterday disclosed that 95 per cent of the 1,290 unaccompanied children in the camp want to come to the UK. ...

He said that 95 per cent of the 1,290 unaccompanied minors in Calais wanted to go to Britain. "Forty per cent of them, which means about 500, say they have relatives in the UK."
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Migrant crisis isn't under control EU admits: Schengen's internal borders here to STAY
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 22 October 2016

Schengen countries should be allowed to continue internal border controls until the European Union can establish control over the migrant crisis, Brussels leaders have concluded.

During a Summit on Thursday, EU leaders admitted the checks implemented in countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Germany could still be necessary, as a large number of migrants on the Continent remain unregistered.

The strict border controls were implemented last year after a mass influx of asylum-seekers placed huge strains on public services.

According to the so-called Schengen Borders Code, member countries can impose temporary border controls within the otherwise borderless Schengen area for up to two years.

However the countries must apply for extensions from the EU if they want to continue the border checks, as it could threaten the "right to freedom of movement".
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Farce of child migrant family checks: Home Office under fire for allowing youths into UK without being sure they have home to go to
Gordon Rayner, Steven Swinford and Robert Mendick
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016

The Home Office is failing to verify whether child refugees have family members in the UK capable of taking care of them before they are brought here from Calais, the Telegraph has learnt.

Local authorities who are ultimately responsible for the children's welfare have complained that in some cases minors arrive in London without any proof that their relatives exist.

The job of checking that family members can provide the migrants with a suitable home is left to councils, who often have to place them in the care system after discovering they have no-one here who can take them in. ...

Having faced criticism earlier in the week that it was bussing in "child refugees" who appeared to be well into adulthood, the Home Office was accused of a "literal cover-up" yesterday as new arrivals who appeared older had blankets over their heads, while younger ones were not covered.

The number of refugees coming to the UK from Calais is expected to increase over the weekend ahead of the closure of the camp, scheduled for Monday. ...

It also emerged that the Home Office planned to introduce a pilot scheme four years ago to check the age of asylum-seekers using dental x-rays, only to scrap the scheme after being told they had not sought the relevant ethical approval. ...

Refugees arriving in the European Union are required to claim asylum in the first EU country they reach, but unaccompanied child refugees are granted an exemption if they wish to join relatives in another EU country, such as Britain.

All of those who have been brought to the UK Asylum Intake Unit in Croydon, south London this week have claimed to be minors with relatives living here, but the Local Government Authority says the Home Office is not managing the scheme effectively, meaning the youngsters are arriving with no guarantee that they have anywhere to go.

David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's asylum, refugee and migration task group, said: "The Home Office are saying that they have carried out checks that family members exist but in fact local authorities are being asked to check out the relatives when the children arrive.

"Even if the child has named a relative here, they could be lying or the relative could be lying about their ability to look after them. They might say they have a spare bedroom but then it turns out that uncle is actually sharing a bedroom with five other people above a shop.

"If they can't look after the children they will go back into the system as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

"The local authority then becomes responsible for their care, accommodation and education until the age of 25, under the Leaving Care Act. That means the local authority also has to pay their university fees in full, because as foreigners they aren't entitled to student loans."

Mr Simmonds said the situation was placing a huge financial burden on local authorities at ports of entry, such as Hillingdon, where he sits as a councillor, and which includes Heathrow. ...

Lord Blencathra, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, says today that he and fellow parliamentarians "assumed that we were talking about vulnerable little boys and girls under age 12-14" when the Government agreed to take them in. He said it was "vital" for the Home Office to introduce effective age tests to prevent border officials being "conned".
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[X-ray of hand]
Dr Ben Timmis
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016
[Letter to the Editor]

Skeletal maturity bears a close linear relationship to chronological age in developing children, and X-ray departments are routinely asked to assess "bone age" in children, by the simple, cheap and low-dose means of an X-ray of the hand. The image obtained is compared with standard published images, and a fairly accurate chronological age can thus be assessed.

The technique is applicable from the newborn to 18 years. Imaging the teeth is more difficult, involves a higher radiation dose, and is less reliable.
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Are dental checks for 'child' migrants unethical? No, they're already being done by the Home Office
Ian Drury, Jason Groves and Sam Greenhill
Daily Mail, 21 October 2016

Dental tests are already being used to assess the age of migrants, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The Home Office is under fire for ruling out tooth X-rays for youngsters coming to the UK from The Jungle camp in Calais.

Ministers claimed such checks were 'inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical'.

But last night it was revealed that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), the Home Office agency responsible for asylum claims, already accepts dental checks as proof of age, if provided by the migrant.

Guidelines said officials should give 'considerable weight' to reports from dental consultants who have assessed arrivals. ...

Citing guidance from the British Dental Association, the Home Office claimed dental X-rays were not accurate enough because they carried a margin of error of at least two years.

But UKVI documents titled Assessing Age For Asylum Applicants showed that officials used such tests to check on some asylum seekers who were trying to prove they were children.

Critics said this torpedoed the Home Office's claims that the tests were unethical, although Whitehall officials pointed out that the migrants involved were voluntarily taking the test to prove they were under 18. ...

A Home Office spokesman admitted that UKVI did recognise dental records as a valid indicator of age in some cases, but insisted it did not seek them proactively.
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Muslim civil war on streets of Britain: Islam divide carries 'death warrant', says expert
Laura Mowat
Daily Express, 21 October 2016

Muslim divide has caused civil war on the streets of Britain, according to the chief executive of a counter-extremism think tank.

The chief executive of the Quiliam Foundation, Haras Rafiq, has claimed that civil war has spread onto the UK's streets. ...

He said: "The last three killings of Muslims to be picked up by the media have been carried out by those who have decided that their victims 'are not Muslim enough'."

Mr Rafiq said that the Salafi version of Islam excommunicates Muslims who are not the same as them and under Sharia law, this means that these people can be killed. ...

The chief executive of the think tank said that "not being the right kind of Muslim now carries a potential death warrant on our streets."
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Four in 10 new nurses are from overseas, amid warnings NHS faces 'perfect storm' post-Brexit
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016

Four in ten new nurses have come from overseas – the highest level in more than a decade, according to a new report warning of a "perfect storm" about to hit the NHS.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said hospitals are on the brink of a major staffing crisis.

Half of British nurses could retire within a decade, while services are increasingly reliant on foreign workers, who could leave post-Brexit, its report says.

Last year, 11,261 nurses who registered to work in the UK came from overseas – a rise from 8,183 the previous year, official statistics show.

In total, four in 10 of last year's entrants trained abroad, with the vast majority coming from within the EU. Six years ago, overseas nurses made up just one in 10 new entrants. ...

The union has previously warned that the NHS was spending "ludicrous" sums poaching foreign nurses while rejecting two thirds of British applicants for training.
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Anger among French police grows as Hollande vows talks
The Local [France], 21 October 2016

President François Hollande has vowed to meet police union leaders after a fourth night of unprecedented protests in Paris and across the country.

Hundreds of police took to the streets of Paris for a fourth night of demonstrations calling for reinforcements and stiffer penalties following a string of attacks on officers.

Protests also took place in other French cities on Thursday night despite the government's efforts to contain growing anger among police as the issue of safety of law enforcement officers enters the presidential race. ...

With security at its highest possible level, officers have been up in arms over attacks on police during patrols in tough suburbs and during street demonstrations.
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Home Office admits checks on 'child refugees' in Calais are limited and hampered by French law
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2016

The Home Office has admitted it carries out only limited checks on the ages and identities of "child refugees" in Calais before they are allowed into the UK.

Dozens of supposed unaccompanied minors have been brought to Britain this week from the so-called "Jungle" camp in the French port, but some appear to be well into adulthood, with stubble and even crow's feet around their eyes.

It has led to calls for more rigorous checks to be carried out, such as dental examinations, which are used in some other countries to check applicants' ages. The Home Office dismissed the idea out of hand, insisting it already had rigorous procedures in place in Calais.

But it emerged that accepted guidelines on determining asylum seekers' ages, known as the Merton test, are not followed until applicants arrive in the UK, nor can they be fingerprinted in France because it contravenes French law.

Because so many applicants have no documentation to prove their age, Home Office workers who interview them in Calais alongside their French counterparts have to rely on physical appearance and demeanour to decide how old they think they are.

It means that adult men who should have claimed asylum in other EU countries could reach Britain before they are found to be lying about their age.

Once applicants arrive in the UK, they are fingerprinted and re-interviewed by the Home Office, and may then face a Merton test from the local authority where they intend to live, which involves lengthy questions about the applicant's activities during the previous few years. The interviewers must also "ask questions designed to test the applicant's credibility".

Two-thirds of child refugees screened by the Home Office to the year September 2015 were later found to be adults.

Afghan refugees at the Jungle told The Daily Telegraph it was commonplace for young men desperate to enter the UK to lie about their age.

Bashir Ahmad, from Spin Boldak, south of Kandahar, said: "People are lying about their ages. This is not good when there are real children here. I am 26, I tell everyone the truth."

Looking at pictures of some of those who had arrived in Britain, Mr Ahmad said: "He looks 25, he looks 30, he looks maybe 40."

The Conservative MP David Davies said the UK "should not be naïve" about refugees pretending to be minors to get into the UK. ...

He said dental checks should be introduced to determine a migrant's true age, dismissing suggestions it would be intrusive or immoral and claiming they are used by 18 other countries. ...

The Home Office said it would not be introducing dental checks, citing the British Dental Association's assessment that they would be "inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical".
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Child refugee checks in Calais have descended into CHAOS, admits migrant charity chief
Charlie Bayliss
Daily Express, 20 October 2016

The process of separating legitimate child refugees from adults trying to con British border controls has "descended into chaos", a leading migrant charity worker has admitted. ...

The row over new age of the migrants has grown increasingly bitter after Home Office officials admitted that two-thirds of "child" refugees questioned about their age last year were revealed to be adults.

Beth Gardiner-Smith – from British charity Citizens UK, which oversees the safe passage of child refugees into Britain – told Newsnight the process has become a "bit of a muddle" and "shambolic".

She added: "In the camp, you've had people with megaphones, walking around calling for children to come forward and register themselves on separate lists [of UK charities seeking to help them]." ...

Ms Gardiner-Smith said there are "discrepancies" between the lists the Home Office and her charity has obtained.
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Man on Yesterday's Sun Front Page is NOT an Interpreter
Media Guido, 20 October 2016

Yesterday a rumour went round Twitter virtue signallers that a man the Sun reported is a supposed child refugee is in fact a Home Office interpreter. It was too good for the tabloid-bashers to resist, soon hundreds of people had tweeted it without checking, as if it was fact. Including some very famous types like Gary Lineker, David Schneider and Caroline Criado Perez. Guido has asked the Home Office, who confirm the man in question is NOT an interpreter. They say they do not comment on minors, all but confirming he is a refugee claiming to be a child. As reported by the Sun.
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Ex-Home Secretary Jack Straw Backs Dental Checks On Calais Child Refugees
Steven Hopkins
The Huffington Post, 20 October 2016

Dental tests to determine the age of child refugees from the Calais "Jungle" camp have been backed by Labour former home secretary Jack Straw.

Calls from Tory MP David Davies to perform such procedures to ensure Britain's "hospitality is not being abused" by refugees who "don't look like children" provoked a firestorm of backlash.

Straw insisted he would not have ruled out the move when he ran the Home Office as he insisted that the asylum effort would be undermined if it turned out people had been lying about their age in order to gain entry to Britain.

"Officials made a judgment, we have to accept that judgment, but if there is a case for dental checks, I would certainly not as home secretary have ruled that out," he said. ...

"So having tests, providing they are not too intrusive and invasive, is actually a sensible thing to do for everyone concerned. ...

"Part of the problem with the issue of whether they are children is you have got to test their age because you will understandably always get quite a lot of people who, knowing that it's easier to get in because they are younger, will pretend they are under 18 when they are not.

"Some of those who are at Calais are genuine refugees but an awful lot are economic migrants," Straw told the Daily Mail. ...

Campaigners including Citizens UK, which said it has reunited 60 children from Calais with relatives in Britain since March, claim to have identified hundreds of children in the camp who have a right to come to the UK - either because they have family ties here under the so-called Dublin regulations, or through the Dubs amendment.
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How 'child' migrants are straining the care system - and British children are paying the price
Harriet Sergeant
Daily Mail, 20 October 2016

Yesterday, I talked to a worker in a residential home in Kent for children in care. Speaking on condition of anonymity, she told me that half of the children in care there are unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

... Yet she told me that in her estimation more than half the migrants are not children at all, but in their 20s.

'They can be quite frightening at times,' she said. 'They are aggressive and have an attitude problem. Many have no respect for women because of their culture.

'No one is giving consideration to the risks they pose, not just to staff but to the other children in the home. Because they are older, they have a lot of influence on the youngsters, who are very vulnerable. They introduce the children to alcohol and get them into crime like street robberies. It is a serious problem, which those in authority are not tackling.' ...

According to Eurostat, in 2015 3,045 unaccompanied minors claimed asylum here, of whom 91 per cent were male and only 8 per cent were under 14. ...

Other councils are seeing dizzying rises. A Freedom of Information request by Community Care Magazine revealed numbers of unaccompanied children being looked after by local authorities, excluding Kent, increased by an average of 55 per cent from 2013-14 to 2014-15. ...

Many of the youngsters whose families pay for them to come here – who may well be in their 20s but claim to be teenagers – are sent on flights into Britain and are instructed to say they are orphans so they are taken into care.

As one immigration officer with 20 years' experience explained to me: 'Ninety per cent of them are not orphans. Their coming here is very well worked out. Their families have paid the people-traffickers to bring them here,' he added. 'The intention is for the families to follow shortly after. For the most part, they are not fleeing for their lives.

'For years, we have had adult Pakistani males arriving in this country maintaining they are Afghan teenagers. They claim to be 13 or 14 but they are clearly over 20, with good facial hair.' ...

The immigration officer explained that thorough age-checks no longer take place at British airports.

'There was a time,' he said, 'when we had a doctor stationed at the port health office in the airport, who could make an age-assessment by looking at the claimant's teeth and face.'

But such doctors no longer exist. 'They were removed a few years ago, just as the increasing numbers of asylum kids kicked off,' he added.

'Now we just call a social worker, but there is nothing they can do [in terms of deciding what to do] until the young person has had a scientific age-assessment.' And, inevitably, that takes time to organise. So, instead of the migrant being detected as 'over-age' from the point they arrive in Britain, the social worker will place the 'child' with a temporary foster family or a care home. 'They abscond almost immediately, often within the hour,' said the immigration officer.

Sometimes, the migrants who say they are teenagers are accompanied by their traffickers on the flight. These men charge a high price for the service.

The immigration officer knows many of them by sight. They are often young men who mysteriously are able to travel ten times a year from Britain to Dubai and Africa. But since they have British or EU passports, immigration officials can do nothing about them.
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London borough council admits social house waiting time has hit 50 YEARS
David Maddox
Daily Express, 20 October 2016

A council chief in London's poorest borough has admitted that the waiting time for social housing is now 50 years in the latest evidence that immigration levels have got out of control.

In a BBC documentary - No Place to Call Home - broadcast today, Maureen Worby, the Labour councillor in charge of social care for Barking and Dagenham, told local people asking about council housing: "Do you know what – it's not a 10-year wait, it's a 50-year wait."

The shocking admission appears to be an indictment of open door immigration policies which has seen areas like Barking and Dagenham take the brunt of waves of immigrants.

Official figures show that the population of the borough is expected to be 223,185 up 36 per cent from 165,610.

The huge increase in population comes despite the British white population falling by 30 per cent while the black African population rose 20,000 between 2001 and 2011 and "other [non-British] white" by about 10,000.
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Jamaican drug-dealing killer CANNOT be thrown out of the country because his parents aren't married and it would violate his human rights say judges
Stephanie Linning
MailOnline, 20 October 2016

A drug-dealing killer who was jailed for manslaughter cannot be deported as it would violate his human rights, the Supreme Court ruled.

Eric Johnson was sentenced to nine years in prison for killing David Williams, 30, by hitting him with a piece of wood and stabbing him in his flat in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, in 2007.

Then Home Secretary Theresa May said he should be deported to Jamaica, where he was born to a British father and Jamaican mother out of wedlock.

Because he was illegitimate he was not entitled automatically to become a British citizen on birth and then did not apply before he was 18.

Johnson argued he should not be deported as it would amount to discrimination.

He lost his case in the Court of Appeal earlier this year but secured a victory at the Supreme Court today.

Five judges said that to remove Johnson would be to punish him for 'the accident of his birth outside of wedlock' as he would have been entitled to British citizenship if his parents had been married. ...

He could not apply for citizenship in his own right at the age of 16 as he had run up a string of convictions and was therefore not considered to be of 'good character'. ...

Upholding Johnson's appeal, Lady Hale ruled deporting him simply because of the accident of his birth outside wedlock would be unlawfully discriminatory.

Johnson was in no way responsible for his parents' unmarried status and there could be 'no justification' for deporting him.

The requirement that a person in his position must also be of good character to qualify for citizenship was also 'incompatible' with human rights, she said.
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Two-thirds of child refugees screened by officials found to be adults, Home Office figures show
Peter Dominiczak and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016

Nearly two-thirds of "child" refugees who officials questioned about their real age were found to be adults, Home Office documents show.

Figures show that in the year to September 2015, 65 per cent of the child refugees who had their age disputed were found to be over 18.

It comes after Conservative MPs raised questions about the ages of 14 refugees who were brought to the UK this week from the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais. ...

In the year ending September 2015, 590 asylum applicants had their age disputed and of those, 574 recorded as having an age assessment.

Of the 574 refugees checked, 371 were found to be adults.

Since 2006 there have been 11,121 age disputes. Of those, 4,828 were found to have been adults.
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Europe should prepare for fresh wave of Isil jihadists fleeing Mosul as Iraqi army moves in, warns EU
Josie Ensor
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016

Europe must prepare for a fresh influx of Isil jihadists fleeing Mosul as the army moves in on their last Iraqi stronghold, the EU's security commissioner has warned.

"The retaking of the IS's northern Iraq territory, Mosul, may lead to the return to Europe of violent IS fighters," Julian King said. 'This is a very serious threat and we must be prepared to face it."

Some 2,500 EU nationals are currently fighting alongside Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), he added, and that if even a handful return it would pose a "serious threat that we must prepare ourselves for". ...

Analysts say that even with the loss of its last-remaining stronghold in Iraq, it will not mark the end of the group and that its loss of its so-called caliphate could see devastating consequences for the West.

The group is "entering a new phase," said Chris Phillips, managing director of counter-terrorism consultancy Ippso, adding that as the group loses its "caliphate", "it would force them into more guerrilla or terrorist actions".

With the retaking of Mosul, "I think we will see a growth of terrorist attacks across North Africa and the West," he said, adding that fighters could take cover in the routes used by refugees to slip in.
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The best cure for anti-Semitism in the UK is to stop pretending we're all guilty of it
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016

The Commons Home Affairs select committee has just produced a report entitled "Anti-Semitism in the UK", ... ...

We have always had a hard-core of anti-Semites in this country, even after the mass murder of Jews in Europe showed the horrific consequences of such attitudes. But reading the select committee report, the question that jumped out was: why has it got worse in recent years? And the only answer that makes any sense is immigration.

The groups most likely to hold anti-Semitic views are Muslims and eastern Europeans, where the religious and cultural roots lie deep. A survey cited in the report says that a significantly higher proportion of Muslims endorsed anti-Semitic statements than the rest of the country. The report's conclusion, therefore, that "there is a real risk the UK is moving in the wrong direction on anti-Semitism" needs to be placed in context.

Without even seeing the irony, MPs say this "should be a wake-up call for those who value the UK's proud multicultural democracy". Yet it is precisely our past indulgence of multiculturalist nostrums that allowed the prejudiced views of one religious minority against another to flourish. ...

Despite evidence of a particular problem within the Muslim community, the committee simply sidesteps the implications. Why? Perhaps it is too difficult to come to terms with the fact that anti-Semitism is being perpetrated by another minority community that is also subject to prejudice, or perceives itself to be.
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Classical music must tackle diversity or die
Hannah Furness
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016

Classical music must do more to address the diversity of its composers or it will become "irrelevant", the controller of BBC Radio 3 will warn today.

Alan Davey will say there has been too much talk and not enough action to tackle the lack of diversity in the genre, and that more black and ethnic minority voices deserve to be heard.

Speaking at a BBC-led conference at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he will demand the sector tackles the "big issues" to keep it alive for a new generation. ...

The speeches at the Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference are due to be matched by a week of programming on Radio 3.
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Polyglot USA: One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fastest growing language
Daily Mail, 19 October 2016

A record amount of Americans now speak a language other than English at home, with dramatic increases in the number of Arabic speakers.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey, analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, there are now 64.7 million Americans over the age of five who speak at least one language other than English. That's one in five Americans.

The amount is staggering compared to 1990, when less than half that amount (31.8 million Americans) reported speaking a second language. And the number of foreign language speaking Americans today is triple the number back in 1980.

The percentage of second-language speakers is even higher among today's youth. According to the census data, it's closer to one in four public school students who are at least bi-lingual in the U.S. ...

Between 2010 and 2015, the languages that saw the largest percentage increase in speakers included Arabic (up 34 percent); Hindi, an Indian language (up 33 percent); Urdu, the national language of Pakistan (up 24 percent); Chinese (up 19 percent); French Creole, spoken in Haiti (up 16 percent); Gujarati, another Indian language (up 14 percent); and Persian, the national language of Iran (up 13 percent).

When it comes to total speakers however, Spanish continues to reign supreme with now more than 40 million American speakers. That's up 3.1 million from 2010.

The other most popular second languages in the U.S. include Chinese (3 million), Tagalog (1.7 million), and French (1.26 million). ...

Among these second-language speakers, 44 percent were born in the United States. However, 40 percent reported that they spoke English 'less than very well'.
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Illegal immigration soars by 24% with more than 400,000 people stopped at the border while trying to enter the US
Afp and Chris Summers
Daily Mail, 19 October 2016

More than 408,000 illegal immigrants were detained on the Mexican border last year - up from about 331,000 - but the number of Mexicans trying to get into the U.S. has gone down.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the 24 percent rise was due to the increasing number of Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. ...

The rise in numbers on the border in 2015 followed a fall in the previous year. ...

The number of unaccompanied children illegally entering the United States across the border also jumped by 49 percent.

The DHS said 56,692 children traveled without adults, compared with 39,970 the previous year.
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Christians Face 'Unbearable' Situation in German Refugee Camps; Official Admits 'Underestimating Role of Religion'
Hazel Torres
Christian Today, 19 October 2016

An apparently contrite Germany has admitted a grievous mistake, resulting in an "unbearable" situation for Christian refugees in the country.

"We have underestimated the role of religion," said Germany's Home Secretary, Thomas de Maizière, at a conference last month, World Watch Monitor reported. He was referring to the "integration experiment" approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel where Christian and Muslim refugees were "mixed" in refugee centres.

Thomas said the "experiment" was agreed upon based on the "widespread belief" in Germany that the importance of religion and faith has decreased globally. He said that presumption proved to be wrong.

Now, a group of German NGOs, led by Open Doors Germany, is calling on the German government to end this experiment. ...

Two surveys conducted by the German NGOs among asylum-seekers in German refugee centres this year detailed the minorities' accounts of intimidation by Muslim refugees, according to World Watch Monitor.

The surveys showed that 743 Christian refugees reported various acts of intimidation. Of this number, 617 of them (83 percent) reported multiple assaults; 314 (42 percent) death threats; 416 (56 percent) violent assaults; and 44 (6 percent) sexual assaults.

Ninety-one percent (674) of the Christian respondents said the assaults were committed by Muslim refugees, 28 percent (205) by Muslim guards and 34 percent (254) by "other parties."

The German NGOs' report says the testimonies of the refugees clearly show that the assaults are religiously motivated and that such attacks on minority refugees in shelters occur all over Germany.
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Up to 90 percent of failed asylum seekers 'not deported'
The Local [Austria], 19 October 2016

Up to 90 percent of failed asylum seekers are not being deported from Austria because their countries of origin will not agree to readmit them, according to Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ).

He said the problem was particularly acute with migrants from African countries.

"At the moment, it doesn't make much difference whether someone gets a negative or positive decision on their asylum application because we are unable to implement any decision in between 80 and 90 percent of cases," Doskozil said. He added that the issue is pressing as it's estimated that the population of Africa will "double by 2050", and people will continue to try and flee poverty and persecution.

Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) agrees with him: "We will have to live with this migration issue... maybe for years, or decades."

Sobotka supports the resettlement model, which would allow EU countries to select refugees from UNHCR camps in conflict regions and relocate them in Europe. The resettlement system is used by Australia, the USA and Canada.

In July 2015 EU member states agreed to resettle 22,000 refugees directly from conflict areas within two years. At the time, Austria said it would accept a further 400 refugees through this system, but so far not a single person has arrived in Austria this way.

After the migrant crisis reached a peak last year, EU member states became reluctant to accept more migrants and some began imposing restrictions. Austria received the bloc's second-highest number of asylum requests on a per-capita basis last year, and has capped applications for this year at 37,500.
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WHAT ARE EU WAITING FOR? Cabinet row erupts as ministers try to delay introduction of tough new immigration system until 2024
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 18 October 2016

A fresh Cabinet row has erupted over a bid to delay the full introduction of Britain's tough new immigration system until as late as 2024.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has drawn up plans for a new visa-based system that will block unskilled workers from the EU.

But Ms Rudd is allying with Chancellor Philip Hammond to also insist it could only be brought in gradually.

The "soft Brexit" duo fear a sudden end to British businesses' access to cheap new foreign workers could deliver a hammer blow to the economy.

Instead, the Chancellor and Home Secretary are pushing for a gradual transition into the new visa-based system – debated by the Cabinet's Brexit sub-committee last week – that could last as long as five years. ...

Britain will not leave the EU until 2019 at the earliest, meaning the country faces eight more years in total of a big influx from Eastern Europe.

But the proposal has angered prominent Leave campaigners in the Cabinet, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Development Secretary Priti Patel, who are insisting on delivering their referendum pledge to slash numbers as soon as possible.

Immigration campaigners also spoke out in anger at the plan and instead insisted firms should start preparing for work force changes now.

Migration Watch UK chairman Lord Green: "A transition period is completely unnecessary.

"It's not as if all three million EU workers already here are going to disappear in a puff of smoke.

"There numbers will gradually decline, thus allowing time for employers here to make the necessary changes.

"For a start, they could increase the pay and conditions for British workers in these low paid occupations."

Migration Watch UK is also releasing a paper today calling on farmers to look at boosting their wages so they can employ some of the 1.6 million Brits out of work instead of migrants.
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Rotherham: eight men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls
Helen Pidd
The Guardian, 18 October 2016

Eight men have been found guilty of sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham.

The men, who include two brothers and four cousins, all raped or indecently assaulted the same girl when she was as young as 13, a jury at Sheffield crown court found on Monday. Some of them had abused two other girls as far back as 1999, the jury ruled.

The main complainant, who is now 27 and a campaigner against child sexual exploitation, said her abusers threatened to "gang-rape" her mother if she did not submit to their sexual abuse, which took place largely in an alley behind a branch of Boots in Rotherham town centre, in a local park and in bushes near a museum.

Her family were so afraid of her alleged abusers that they moved to Spain after their complaints to the police, social services, their MP and the home secretary went unresolved, the court heard.

The jury believed her when she said that Sageer Hussain, 30 – who is of British Pakistani origin, along with all but one of the other men in the dock – first raped her behind Boots when she was 13 and later called her a "white slag" when she tried and failed to stop him. ...

His older brother, Basharat Hussain, 40, was found guilty of indecently assaulting her. Six further men, including two cousins of the Hussain brothers, were found guilty of abusing her or helping others to do so.

After the majority verdicts were returned in this trial on Monday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was separately investigating more than 11,100 lines of inquiry relating to non-familial child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2003.

So far 38 people have been designated "suspects" with many more under investigation, according to the NCA, which is carrying out the independent investigation at the request of the chief constable of South Yorkshire police.

NCA staff have been talking to 133 victims and survivors and have so far recorded 163 crimes in relation to their experiences. They have identified 17 distinct investigations under the overall inquiry. ...

The operation began after the publication in August 2014 of the Jay report, which said at least 1,400 children in Rotherham had been sexually exploited over a 16-year period from 1997.
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How old are they REALLY? Concern as 'hulking' all-male refugee children arrive from Calais
Nick Gutteridge and Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 18 October 2016

Questions have been raised over the real ages of refugee children arriving in Britain from Calais after it emerged that immigration officials have no way of verifying how old they are.

Tory MPs have expressed concern that the UK's hospitality may be being abused after pictures of the first group of "hulking", all-male teenagers to cross the Channel were published yesterday.

Fourteen youngsters, who officials insist are between the ages of 14 and 17, arrived in the UK from the infamous Jungle camp as part of a fast-track scheme to get children out before it is demolished. ...

Home Office mandarins insisted they have "verified" the ages of all of the refugees who arrived yesterday, saying that every single one of them was aged between 14 and 17.

However, many asylum seekers living in Calais do not have identity papers. Some lost them, but others deliberately destroy their passports and birth certificates to conceal their real ages and nationalities and improve their chances of being granted asylum.

In instances where refuges have no official documentation, Home Office protocol states that a screening officer can certify them as a child based on their "physical appearance" or "demeanour".

Whitehall documents state that refugees "should be treated as an adult if their physical appearance/demeanour very strongly suggests that they are significantly over 18 years of age".

However, the guidelines also say that "all other applicants should be afforded the benefit of the doubt and treated as children".
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Germany's birthrate hits 33-year high after arrival of 900,000 refugees
Harriet Agerholm
Independent, 18 October 2016

An influx of refugees last year helped boost Germany's birthrate to its highest level in 33 years, according to data released by the country's Federal Statistics Office. ...

Almost 900,000 refugees sought asylum in Germany in 2015, with some 70 per cent of them Muslim, according to Reuters. Muslim families tend to be larger than secular European-born citizens – one reason why the influx of refugees has helped increase the average number of children.

Stephan Sievert, Head of the Department for Migration and Labour market at the Berlin Institute for Population and Development told The Independent the increased rate was promising for the German economy. ...

He added that the "large majority" of the rise was driven by births to foreign-born women.
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Muslim Rape Gang Victim Talks to Breitbart: Girls Still Targeted Because Police Refuse to Act
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 18 October 2016

Muslim men who groomed and violently abused young girls in a quiet English town have been left to carry on raping girls, despite being named to the police, one of their victims has told Breitbart London.

Kaitlyn (not her real name) suffered years of abuse at the hands of hundreds of men in her home town, and in locations across the UK. Yet despite handing a list of more than 80 names to the police for investigation, her attackers are still working as taxi drivers, businessmen, and even on the local council. And she says they are still abusing young vulnerable girls in her town.

Kaitlyn's ordeal began when she was thirteen when an "olive skinned" man came to her house telling her he was going to take photos for a modelling portfolio. ...

Over the next decade Kaitlyn was systematically abused by hundreds of men who would line up to await their turn with her. On average, she says, she would be raped by eight at a time, one after the other.

"My mum called the police when I was 15. I didn't tell her, she found out another way. This big tall black officer [came to the house]; he was pacing the room. He was really impatient."

Rather than take the complaint seriously, the officer told Kaitlyn's mother that she was a known prostitute. "He told my mum to leave me to it, that I would stop when I'm ready. And he told me that they couldn't offer protection if I gave a statement." ...

As none of her abusers ever used protection she has contracted numerous STDs and has been pregnant eleven times. Many of the pregnancies ended in abortion, but she has two young daughters, both fathered by her abusers.
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The left's reasons for ditching freedom of movement are profoundly wrong
Michael Chessum
New Statesman, 17 October 2016

The idea that mainstream politics has failed to talk enough about immigration has become an idea so entrenched in British political life that it is almost impossible to challenge. ...

Now, the left is a growing force in British politics. The Labour leadership is committed to massive public investment. Everything should be different. So what is alarming is that, post-referendum, the left in general seems to be squeamish about the idea of defending free movement. /.../ Even on the Labour left, unlikely people can be found saying that freedom of movement is simply part of a wider deregulatory globalisation that "hasn't worked" for many people in Britain. ...

In terms of the principle, free movement of people ought to be a no brainer for entire progressive political spectrum – far beyond the radical left for whom it is a first step to a borderless world. ...

The temptation for Labour to abandon free movement of people as a goal in the Brexit negotiations is underpinned by a sense of realism which is profoundly misplaced. To win elections, Labour must redefine the immigration debate, not simply feed it. ...

Ultimately, the dilemma being posed by Brexit is about the future of the left. One path leads to a rehashed version of the post-war social democratic settlement. The other is difficult – it will require the creation of a whole new way of talking about migration, identity and international solidarity – but it is the only path that will allow the left to grasp and define a process of globalisation which is, at present, tearing both it, and the communities it once represented, apart.
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Why Is Xenophobia Still An Acceptable Form Of Bigotry?
Beth Leslie
The Huffington Post, 17 October 2016

It is a quirk of democracy that the achievement of power often diminishes your ability to speak freely. Luckily I am neither famous nor dependent on the votes of those who disagree with me, and so I can say what Gordon Brown could not: if you blame your inability to access services on an influx of Eastern Europeans, you are a bigot. ...

Such statements should be self-evident, yet the protection - and therefore validation - of bigoted views is worryingly in vogue. If you are a British Brexiteer harping on about 'taking back control' of my country from iniquitous immigrants and venal Europeans then Theresa May is right to say that I "find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal". But her decision to designate liberal voices like mine as the villain in this exchange is heart-breaking.

Like all good persecutors, the anti-immigration brigade has developed a victim complex. It centres around accusations of racism, which they term unfair for a group who care not about the colour of your skin so much as the colour of your passport. They are technically correct - prejudice against people from a different country is called xenophobia, not racism. But now we've got our semantics straightened out, let's move onto Prejudice 101: discrimination against any social group is morally wrong. So why are xenophobes allowed to vent their prejudice freely, with support from media and politicians alike?

Common answer: it's not prejudice, it's a justifiable concern for lack of space / resources / jobs. Except that when you choose to allocate assets based on the assumption that one social group is more deserving than another, that is prejudice. Being born on a particular patch of land is as much of a choice as being born with a particular skin colour or a particular set of genitals. Assuming that any of these accidents of birth should entitle you to priority over another in the sharing out of the world's wealth is the definition of arrogant selfishness.

To be clear, I am advocating free-market policies, not socialist ones. I am not suggesting that those born in a rich country should have their luck stripped from them. What I am saying is that if you agitate for laws and policies specifically aimed at stopping a certain category of people from even attempting to achieve the same things you covet - a job, a house, a life in Britain - then that is unjustifiable and immoral. ...

Instead, I find myself fielding trite complaints about the disintegration of British culture (although, oddly, never in regards to American films, German cars, or Indian food). Let's be clear: the proportion of our country who are non-British is a mere 8.7%. Within that, a huge diversity of different cultures is represented. The idea that any single group would have the numbers or the influence to fundamentally reshape British culture is ludicrous scaremongering.

... If you think Britain should be for the British alone then I for one will tell you straight: you are selfish, you are bigoted, and you are wrong.
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Denmark's had it with Brussels: Borders will REMAIN until EU 'gets control over crisis'
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 17 October 2016

Denmark's borders will remain CLOSED until the European Union can reestablish control over the migrant crisis and make the continent safe again, a minister has declared.

Immigration and integration minister, Inger Støjberg, has announced she is set to tell the EU that Denmark will continue the internal border checks, despite being a member of the Schengen Zone. ...

Ms Støjberg said Denmark's position would be presented to the EU in a joint letter from other Schengen countries which have also implemented temporary checks.

The politician said: "We are working to get sent a joint letter.

"It will say we want an extension of border controls on the basis that there is no control of the external borders and that there are still unregistered refugees and migrants in Europe.

"And to a great extent, the terrorist threat is real and so we must control who comes to Europe."

Ms Støjberg added: "I consider it a necessity that we extend now. I can only say that we must have the internal border as long as needed."

European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoaulos, who will decide whether or not Denmark will be granted an extension, said Denmark would only obtain the continued control if it was "justified".
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Sex Attacks, Brawling, Theft: Far Left Youth Club Admits Migrant Outreach Failed
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 October 2016

A far-left political club and youth centre in Leipzig has issued a statement admitting its outreach efforts with migrants resulted in a huge increase in sex attacks, brawling, and theft.

Women began avoiding dance nights as a result, nightclub Conne Island revealed in their statement which condemns the tendency on the left to trivialise migrant sex attacks on the basis that they are a "marginalised" group. ...

To help migrants integrate, Conne Island organised skateboarding and bicycling workshops along with German lessons to "promote integration". As a further encouragement to participate, the group set a fee of just 50 cents for migrants to visit the club.

The number of sex attacks and violent confrontations at dance nights soared as a result of the decision. Consequently, female guests began to avoid the club. ...

One security guard reported that whenever they tried to throw migrants out, left-wing activists would yell at door staff, calling them racist. Foreign troublemakers then took to accusing security of racism each time they were challenged.

Conne Island admits: "It's a very difficult situation for us to express all of this because we don't want to play into the hands of the Alternative for Germany and Christian Democratic Union party's racism.

"However, the situation is so tense and stressful for many victims and also Conne Island staff that avoiding talking about the facts no longer seems appropriate."

Arguing there "should be no double standards" when it comes to sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, the statement condemns the tendency of left-wing activists to excuse, conceal or trivialise migrants' bad behaviour.
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Europe pressing harder on countries to take back deported migrants
Michael Birnbaum and Annabell Van den Berghe
Washington Post, 17 October 2016

As Europe reels from a historic rush of migrants, leaders are searching for new ways to reverse the flow by stepping up deportations.

The quest led to a deal with Afghanistan that envisions a whole new terminal at the Kabul airport to take deportees. It sent German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week on a whistle-stop tour of African capitals, where she promised an influx of euros in exchange for willingness to take back migrants. And it resulted in an agreement with Turkey that critics say means European nations are biting their tongues about Ankara's human rights abuses to halt the flow of refugees to Greece. ...

"We had to find ways to stop illegal migration," Merkel said during a trip to Ethiopia, where she balanced criticisms of a fresh government crackdown on the opposition with bargaining over doing more to stop migrant flows to Europe. "That is why we said, 'We must speak to Turkey,' because many of these people came from there. We also have to speak with African countries to bring about legality."
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Illegal immigrants given £2,000 to leave as UK faces colossal migrant crisis
Siobhan McFadyen
Sunday Express, 16 October 2016

The UK Government is giving £2,000 of taxpayers' cash to illegal immigrants to get them to leave the country amid the publishing of new figures which show the UK border's are at crisis point.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who was responsible for immigration until she assumed responsibility for running the country, is facing mounting pressure to bring the situation under control as it's revealed asylum claims are at their highest level in 12 years.

Each day immigration officials are forced to deal with queues of thousands of people desperate to secure their status in the country.

And to tackle it the Home Office has confirmed illegal immigrants are now being offered £2,000 each to leave as well as a flight home paid for by British taxpayers.

The Government confirmed they have made "assisted return" payments to a total of 529 people since they developed the strategy which was implemented in January of this year.

They say the money is offered on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum value of £2,000 per person.

The assistance, the Government says, is to help those returning to "find somewhere to live, find a job or start a business in their home country".

According to the latest figures there's been a 41 per cent jump in the amount of asylum claims in the past year with people flooding in from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Syria respectively. ...

Most applications for asylum are made by people already in the country who have made it past border control, the Government has confirmed.

And they say 90 per cent of applications in the year ending June 2016 were claimed after they'd arrived in Britain, rather than immediately on arrival in the UK at a port.

In addition there has been a 17 per cent increase in family visas meaning a further 47,000 non-EU nationals immigrated long-term to the UK to accompany or join others after they were granted leave to remain.

While in the year ending March 2016, the Office for National Statistics estimates there were 71,000 non-EU long-term immigrants for work, an increase of nine per cent or 6,000 compared with the previous 12 months.
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Group that claimed Jihadi John 'wouldn't hurt a fly' licensed to bring foreign workers into UK
Gethin Chamberlain
Sunday Mirror, 16 October 2016

The group that defended Isis terrorist Jihadi John and a religious cult have been licensed by the Home Office to bring foreign workers into the UK.

Advocacy group Cage and notorious sect the Moonies are among thousands of organisations still licensed to sponsor UK visas, despite Tory pledges to crack down on immigration.

The official register of licensed companies also includes male strippers, a closed Chinese takeaway, an immigration advice company that went out of business last year and a non-existent polo team. ...

But a Sunday Mirror investigation casts doubt on the Home Office's own vetting procedure for organisations that have brought thousands of foreign nationals into the UK since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

The list of 30,000 companies licensed to bring in overseas workers to fill jobs includes many of Britain's biggest businesses, along with Conservative Party HQ and some of the largest government departments.

It is intended to guarantee that only carefully screened organisations can sponsor visas for foreign nationals. But the Sunday Mirror investigation found glaring holes in the vetting process.

The list includes Cage, which hit the headlines last year when its spokesman Asim Qureshi claimed Isis murderer Mohammed Emwazi 'wouldn't hurt a fly'.

"He was such a beautiful young man, the most humble young person that I knew," Qureshi said in an interview.

Boris Johnson described the group as "apologists for terror" and Philip Hammond accused it of carrying a "huge burden of responsibility" for the actions of terrorists.

Yet at the time it was registered as a sponsor for work visas and it remains on the official register.

The most striking recent addition to the list of registered visa sponsors is the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, which is another name for the Unification Church - better known as the Moonies. ...

The cult was best known for bringing together complete strangers from different countries and marrying them at huge mass weddings to create "pure" families.

Despite this track record, it was added to the official Home Office register of visa sponsors within the last 12 months and can sponsor renewable one year visas for voluntary workers.

Foreign citizens granted visas under the scheme can bring their families with them and extend their stay once in the UK.

Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 - and Theresa May became Home Secretary - more than 900,000 work visas have been issued.
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Revealed: The father of the Jungle boy who made Lily Allen cry is an ex-Islamist fighter who sneaked into Britain in a lorry, claimed asylum from the 'terror' of Afghanistan - and then went back there on holiday
Ross Slater, Simon Murphy and Ian Gallagher
Mail on Sunday, 16 October 2016

The father of the migrant boy controversially championed by Lily Allen sneaked into Britain in the back of a lorry to claim asylum – then returned to the country he fled in terror for a three-month holiday after being given the right to stay here.

Hazrat Gul Sherin, whose son Shamsher appeared with the tearful pop star last week as she 'apologised' on behalf of Britain for bombing his country and putting him 'in the hands of the Taliban', came to the UK illegally in 2005, having fled war-torn Afghanistan.

His decision to flee the country was prompted not by the Taliban but because as a leading supporter of a brutal Islamist warlord – and an officer in his private army – he was afraid of the US and UK-backed Northern Alliance.

After seven years, Sherin was given indefinite leave to remain in the UK, then promptly returned to Afghanistan to visit his family.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the 49-year-old was a commander in the Islamist group Hezb-e Islami, led by the Butcher of Kabul, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. ...

... Sherin now lives in Birmingham and is hoping that 13-year-old Shamsher will be able to join him from Calais soon. ...

Yet the boy's father, from Jalalabad, revealed the startling truth behind his journey to the UK in an interview with The Mail on Sunday. To reach Britain, he hiked across eight countries before being stowed away by traffickers in a fruit lorry.

He spent seven years living on benefits in Birmingham before his claim for asylum was accepted in September 2012. He then went back to Afghanistan, flying in via Pakistan, for the first of two three-month visits to the very country that had put him in fear of his life.

After 11 years in the UK, he can barely speak English.
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UN told EU to accept 1.3m MORE migrants EVERY YEAR or face population crisis
Rebecca Flood
Sunday Express, 16 October 2016

The United Nations told Europe to accept even MORE migrants as a way of CONTROLLING the continent's declining population.

The radical report, titled 'Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Ageing Populations?' advocates an influx of immigrants as a means of supporting an ageing population.

It projects that over the next 50 years the population of several western countries, including the UK, Germany, France and Italy, will steadily decline unless measures are taken to reverse the trend.

Penned in 2001, the report has resurfaced in the wake of the migrant crisis sweeping Europe. ...

The two regions the report focusses on is Europe and the European Union.

When breaking down migration into the European Union, it hypothesised the EU would need an extra 612,000 people per year between 2000-2025, and 1.3 m per year from 2025-2050 to prevent the overall population declining.
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EU migrants will ONLY be offered visa if they have skilled job - to reduce numbers by 100k
Simon Osborne
Sunday Express, 16 October 2016

Immigration from the European Union (EU) will be reduced by 100,000 under new plans to only offer visas to those offered a SKILLED job in Britain, ministers have pledged.

UK borders will be brought back under control with tens of thousands of low-skilled migrants being refused entry each year, under the new plans proposed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Officials expect the EU to impose a visa scheme in return which means Britons will need a permit to work in Europe and will be limited to skilled jobs.

If there are labour shortages in a particular occupation, such as agriculture, a seasonal worker scheme could be introduced allowing people to enter the UK for a fixed period. ...

Around 80 per cent of EU workers who have arrived in Britain in the past ten years are in low-skilled employment.
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Foreign Crime Doubles In Six Years
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 October 2016

A new report from the national commissioner of police in Denmark states organized migrant criminal gangs have become more numerous, more specialized and pose a greater threat than ever before.

A large police operation in February of 2015 in the region of Zealand and Lolland-Falster in Denmark led to the search of over 60 addresses by over 400 officers. the raid revealed the largest smuggling ring in the history of the country and consisted primarily of foreign migrants.

Charges against foreign criminals have more than doubled since 2009 and police worry that they are to blame for rising crime rates as domestic offending is declining, reports Danish paper Berlingske. ...

By far the biggest section of foreign criminals come from Romania according to the National Police Commission, who said that most of the crimes committed are simple retail theft, computer fraud, credit card scams and home burglaries.
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Whitehall employs THOUSANDS of foreign workers - despite calls for firms to use Brit staff
Ben Glaze
Mirror, 15 October 2016

Thousands of foreign workers are employed across Whitehall – despite Ministers urging companies to use British staff. ...

However, we can reveal Government departments already collect data on their foreign staff.

At least 7,660 workers are from abroad, according to the independent House of Commons Library.

But the total is likely to be more as a third of workers did not declare their nationality in the latest survey.

Last week Mrs Rudd vowed to toughen up the "resident labour market test" which requires companies to advertise a job in the UK for 28 days before recruiting from abroad.
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Germany has taken in too many migrants - now Europe needs to PROTECT itself, warns expert
Jon Rogers
Daily Express, 15 October 2016

A leading expert on migration has warned that Germany has taken in too many migrants and that Europe must protect itself from taking in more.

Head of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development Dr Reiner Klingholz warned in an interview that while some immigration, within limits, was useful there were dangers of accepting too many.

He said: "Germany needs workers. But if we let everything run its course, too many people will come.

"We have already experienced it in Germany; if we accept as many refugees as last year, the government is threatening to lose its ability to act."

If Germany continued to take in yet migrants, Mr Klingholz predicted, it ccould see more extreme parties that have "simple answers" gaining power.

Mr Klingholz described his approach to the growing problem of migration from Africa and the Middle East as "realistic".
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Are New Zealanders becoming more racist?
Phil Taylor
New Zealand Herald, 15 October 2016

Just how racist are we? It's a question New Zealanders don't like to discuss but a new website is changing that.

That's Us was launched last month. Produced by The Human Rights Commission, it includes accounts of everyday casual racism.

Recent news reports suggest there is much to talk about. ...

The ethnic mix has changed. New Zealand is ranked internationally as "super diverse", one of the most ethnically varied nations in the world. The 2013 Census identified 213 ethnic groups, the five largest being New Zealand European, Maori, Chinese, Samoan, and Indian.

Academic studies tell us we like multiculturalism but we want immigrants to do all the adapting. And we aren't so keen on the practical stuff such as providing policy and resources to support diversity. ...

Victoria University's Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research found that though New Zealand has come a long way in accepting diversity and cultural difference the changes were largely only in theory. The country may have "symbolic biculturalism" while Pakeha New Zealanders were still, to some extent, unwilling to redistribute their resources.

The percentage of European New Zealanders is expected to drop from 75 per cent to 66 per cent by 2038. Predictions by Statistics New Zealand are for the proportion of Maori to grow from 16 per cent in 2013 to 20 per cent, Asians from 12 per cent to 21 per cent and Pacific Islanders from 8 per cent to 11 per cent.
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Secondary schools are being 'crippled' by a baby boom fuelled by migration as applications for places soar by 50 per cent
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 15 October 2016

More than half of England's secondary schools are now oversubscribed as they are 'crippled' by a baby boom fuelled by high migration, new figures show.

The proportion of secondaries with more applications than pupil places rose to 50 per cent this year for the first time in a generation, according to research by the FindASchool website. ...

Rob McDonough, headteacher of the West Bridgford School in Nottinghamshire, told the Times Educational Supplement that the costs of being oversubscribed were 'extraordinary'.

He said: 'What's crippling me is funding the pupil expansion. That's worrying me now because [the reserves are] gone.'
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National push needed in Germany to deport migrants with no right to stay - Merkel
Reuters, 15 October 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany needed to make a national effort to deport migrants who do not have the right to stay in the country.

After an influx of almost 900,000 migrants last year, some Germans fear their country is being overrun by foreigners. ...

In the past, when smaller numbers of asylum seekers arrived, those who were not granted the right to stay were not deported rigorously enough and that needs to change now, given the high number of refugees and migrants, Merkel said.

"We need a national push to deport those who are rejected. That's indisputable and we're working hard on that at the moment," Merkel told a conference of the youth wing of her conservatives in Paderborn. ...

Deporting those migrants was only one element of Germany's refugee policy, Merkel said, adding that the integration of those who are granted protection must be expedited.
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Foreign criminals avoid deportation because police fail to carry out immigration checks, report warns
Christopher Hope and Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2016

Tens of thousands of foreign criminals in Britain illegally are avoiding deportation because police are not carrying out immigration checks, a damning report has warned.

A report from the border inspectorate found that police are simply accepting claims made by foreign criminals that they are from the European Union and not carrying out proper checks.

Between 2014 and 2015 up to 193,000 foreign nationals were arrested in this country.

However the independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration found huge variations across the country about whether front line officers were passing on details of suspected illegal immigrants.

The report found that some foreign nationals "misrepresent themselves as UK citizens or as nationals of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA), with the hope of evading immigration checks".

In London, the Metropolitan Police were passing on details to the Home Office of "nearly all arrested or encountered foreign nations" from inside and outside the European Union.

However, this was not the case elsewhere in the UK. In the west Midlands the report found it was likely the local force "was not identifying all foreign nationals" to the Home Office.

It added that when immigration officers "were able to check lists of people in custody, they routinely found that five to 10 per cent of the foreign nationals detained had not been referred".

It said: "Both EEA [European Economic Area] nationals and those self-declaring as UK citizens were likely to be missed." ...

New figures have also revealed that nearly 10,000 driving licences were earmarked to be cancelled last year as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt examined powers to refuse or revoke a UK driving licence and prevent the opening of a bank account in the first assessment of "hostile environment" measures introduced in the Immigration Act 2014.

His inspectors found only a small proportion of revoked licences were surrendered, while the Home Office was accused of failing to fully exploit intelligence it was receiving under the scheme.
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Britain is the country most worried about mass immigration, survey shows
James Slack
Daily Mail, 14 October 2016
[The online survey was of adults aged under 65]

Britain is the country most worried about mass immigration, a survey of 25 major nations reveals today.

The study by Ipsos MORI found more than 42 per cent of Britons put immigration in the list of issues which most concerns them.

By contrast, it did not figure in the global list of top five worries.

The findings are likely to prove helpful to Theresa May in her Brexit negotiations – emphasising the fact that one of the major reasons Britain voted Out was to regain control of our borders.

They also come at a time when big business is putting pressure on the government not to impose tough new restriction on EU immigration.

Based on the findings, business leaders and MPs arguing that Britain should continue to allow free movement of migrants in return for access to the single market are significantly out of touch with the rest of the country.

Britain's figure of 42 per cent of people being concerned about immigration is even higher than in Germany (41 per cent) and Sweden (33 per cent) – which have been worst affected by the migration crisis.

Out of the 25 countries, Britain is also the most concerned about the rise of extremism, with 28 per cent citing this as a worry.

Also in the top five worries in the UK are healthcare (34 per cent), terrorism (31 per cent) and poverty and social inequality (29 per cent).
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Most Britons do not see foreign students as immigrants, survey shows
The Guardian, 14 October 2016

Foreign students are not viewed as immigrants by the majority of the British public, according to a survey.

The poll conducted for Universities UK found that less than a quarter of adults think of international students (24%) or EU students (23%) coming to study in this country as immigrants. ...

The question of whether those arriving in Britain to study should be removed from the official net migration figures has repeatedly come under scrutiny.

The survey of 2,018 British adults found that 18% of respondents would like to see the number of international students in the UK increase, 44% said it should stay the same, while 21% supported a reduction.

Two-thirds said that international students have a positive impact on the local economies of the towns and cities that they study in, and three in five (59%) agreed that their economic contribution helps create jobs.

The poll also indicated that seven in ten adults believe it is better if international students use their skills here and work in the UK for a period of time in order to contribute to the economy rather than returning immediately to their home country after completing their study.

Almost half (47%) of those polled believed there should be no limit on how long international students should be able to stay and work in the UK after they have completed their study, providing they are employed and contributing to the economy.
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It's time to shoot down the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 14 October 2016

Has there ever been a crime panic as flimsy, as see-through, as explicitly designed to make political mileage as the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria? /.../ This is a moral panic, plain and simple: a naked example of the kind of 'crime construction' by the powers-that-be that liberals and leftists might once have critiqued, back when they were more questioning. ...

For months now, politicians and the media have been telling us that Brexit unleashed an 'epidemic' of violent spite. ...

Yesterday, the Home Office issued its annual report on hate crimes. It says there was a 'sharp increase' in hate crime after the referendum. In July there were 5,468 hate crimes – 41 per cent higher than the number of hate crimes in July last year. But again, we need scepticism – a lot of it. These 5,468 alleged incidents – I know it's evil to use the word 'alleged' these days, but some of us still believe in due process – have not been investigated, far less tried in a court of law, and therefore there is no hard proof of what happened or whether it happened. This is because these 'crimes' (the police and Home Office have given up on the word 'allegations') are simply things that have been told to the police, often through their phone or email hotlines. And then the police instantly – instantly – record them as hate crimes, with no need for questioning or investigation of any kind. Every single person who phones a hate-crime hotline is believed. Again, this isn't science.

For a flavour of how flabby the definition and recording of 'hate crimes' has become, consider this stipulation from the Operational Guidance for police forces dealing with such crimes: 'For recording purposes, the perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor in determining whether an incident is a hate incident... The victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception. Evidence of hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident.' Got that? In order for an alleged incident to be recorded as a hate crime – that is, for a phoned-in claim to become a hard fact – the victim or any other person simply has to say it was a hate crime and the cops will not challenge them for evidence. ...

The alleged post-Brexit spike in hate crime is likely to be down to both this highly relativistic recording of such crimes and also to officialdom's active trawling for such crimes. ...

... Rarely has the political motivation behind spreading a crime panic been so obvious, so shrill, as this.

And yet no one on the left or in liberal academia is criticising this madness. This is an extraordinary turnaround. In the 1970s and 1980s, left-leaning sociologists and criminologists devoted much intellectual energy to exposing crime and moral panics. /.../ They recognised that the authorities' handwringing over certain kinds of crime – football hooligans, black muggers, glue sniffers – was often fuelled more by fear than facts. And they argued that such panics were often deployed for explicitly political purposes, to demonise a 'deviant' section of society and make the case for the introduction of more authoritarian measures.
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Home Office censors report into immigration, integration, and radical Islam
Tim Dieppe
Christian Concern, 14 October 2016

Dame Louise Casey was commissioned by the government to lead a review into opportunity and integration in some of our most isolated communities last year. The review was aimed, among other things, at preventing a repeat of the so-called Trojan horse school scandal in Birmingham, where a group of Muslim leaders were allegedly plotting to take over a group of schools. This week, the Sunday Times reported that The Home Office is trying to censor her report. The report is said to have been ready for months, and to be highly critical of the government's "failure to manage the impact of mass immigration, integrate minorities, and tackle extremism." The report is understood to criticise the government for allowing some areas to operate as if they are Muslim-only zones, where state schools close for Friday prayers. ...

Earlier this year, Casey said: "It is not racist to say that the pace and rate of immigration has created a lot of change in Britain and for some people that feels too much... Not talking about this and the issues that arise from it only creates more tensions, rather than resolving them." She has also criticised councils for "over worrying" about causing offence among minority groups. Attitudes like this have resulted in officials turning a blind eye to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham by Pakistani background men, she said.

The review has also been reported as saying that British laws and traditions, such as the celebration of Christmas, are threatened and need to be vigorously defended in order to stop ethnic segregation dividing society. ...

Casey says: "I have become convinced that it is only the upholding of our core British laws, cultures, values and traditions that will offer us the route map through the different and complex challenge of creating a cohesive society." I hope that the plural in "cultures" here was a mistake. Otherwise this clashes with her strong endorsement of one law for all and her implied criticism of multiculturalism.

As if to underline what Casey is saying, there were several stories this week that served to highlight the growing influence of Islam in the UK. ... Casey is right to diagnose that our culture and heritage are under threat and, although she may not name it explicitly, it is clear that she understands the growth of radical Islam to be the primary threat that we face. Former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips would agree. He said earlier this year that "the integration of Muslims will probably be the hardest task we've ever faced."
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London's population has been growing by 100,000 a YEAR as immigration and high birth rate turn the capital into a 'megacity'
James Tapsfield and Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 13 October 2016

The population of Greater London has been growing by around 100,000 a year as it pushes towards 'megacity status'.

This is despite young families leaving the city at an alarming rate as property prices continue to soar, an official analysis reveals.

The number of children and teenagers is dropping by more than 30,000 a year as parents in their 30s fail to cope with London's sky-high housing costs, the Office for National Statistics found.

However, immigration is helping push the capital's overall population up by almost 120,000 a year.

As well as a high birth rate immigration has driven the growth of the capital over the past five years.

According to ONS estimates, an average of nearly 100,000 people from overseas moved to the capital every year between 2011 and 2015, helping increase the population by nearly 5 per cent.

But the full impact of immigration is greater still. More than half a million babies were born in London between 2011 and 2015, and a majority were born to immigrant mothers.

In 2015, 58 per cent of babies born in London were children of mothers who were themselves born abroad.

The experts examined population data relating to London and the next 10 most populous city areas.

All saw an increase in inhabitants, with the total population across the 11 regions rising by 3.4 per cent, or 885,000 in four years, to reach almost 27.2 million in 2015.

Greater London saw the sharpest jump in population, with an increase of 5.7 per cent, or nearly 500,000 residents, from 8.2 million in mid-2011 to just under 8.7 million in mid-2015. It is expected to hit 'megacity' status - a population of more than 10 million - in a little over a decade. ...

'London's attraction to immigrants no doubt reflects its status as a major employment centre and international hub,' the study said.

'With its high ethnic minority population it may prove especially attractive to people wishing to join family or others from that cultural background.

'In addition, for people heading to the UK, London is somewhere they are more likely to have some pre-existing awareness of than other parts of the country - perhaps because of previous visits, but also simply because it has a higher profile as the UK capital.' ...

The children's flight from London meant 31,700 more under-18s left every year to live elsewhere in Britain than arrived. They departed alongside a movement of 33,600 people aged between 30 and 44 out of London each year. ...

There were also over 90,000 more people of 45 and older who left each year than arrived, many choosing to retire in distant towns or the countryside.
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Arrivals to Italy now main concern of migration crisis, says EU border guard
Gabriela Baczynska
Independent, 13 October 2016

Refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Italy are now the main problem faced by the European Union in its efforts to stem mass immigration, the head of the bloc's border agency has said.

Italy has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe, figures from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) show.

More than 144,000 people have reached Italy so far this year, compared to the nearly 154,000 arrivals in the whole of 2015. Arrivals to Greece fell sharply after the EU struck a deal with Turkey to prevent departures from its shores. ...

Some 90 per cent of arrivals in Italy began their voyage on smugglers' boats in Libya, though there has been an increase in refugees and migrants arriving from Egypt in recent weeks, EU officials say.

But nearly all those who reach the Italian coast arrive on EU rescue vessels, having been plucked from the sea or saved from overcrowded, unsafe dinghies, according to officials.

They say a rise in the number of rescues may have been inadvertently caused by the EU stepping up its naval Sophia mission in the Mediterranean to go after arms traffickers and train the Libyan coast guard.

"Smugglers started putting even more people on even less reliable boats as now they only have to be able to travel for a shorter period of time before they get to where we are and call for help," a senior EU official said on condition of anonymity.

"Since we are obliged to rescue people in such situations, we have been fishing more out and bringing more to Italy."

Another senior EU official said: "This is not a 'natural' phenomenon, it's engineered by the smugglers."

The EU says the vast majority of migrants who reach the bloc are not eligible for asylum and will be sent back, though deportations often prove difficult in practice. ...

UNHCR data shows Nigerians make up nearly a fifth of the arrivals in Italy, followed by the nationals of Eritrea at 13 per cent and then Sudan, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Somalia, Mali, Senegal and Bangladesh.

Despite Italy's woes, total arrivals to the EU this year are expected to be way below the record 1.3 million refugees and migrants registered in 2015.
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A secret report shows that Theresa May massively overstated immigration numbers
Thomas Colson
Business Insider, 13 October 2016

Only 1% of international students break the terms of their visa and fail to leave after their course ends, according to a leaked government report obtained by The Times.

The government has suggested in the past that tens of thousands of students are overstaying their visas every year – but the figure is closer to 1,500, according to the report. ...

The government study looked at data from exit checks, which were reintroduced last year. Exit checks provide details of travellers leaving British borders, and allow the government to determine exactly who has left, and who is still in the country.

The checks are detailed enough to allow the government to know exactly how many international students have left on time, and how many have overstayed.

A source told The Times that while some students applied to switch visa categories – to a skilled work visa, for example – only about 1% of non-EU students overstay their visas. Based on past estimates of international students that number is around 1,500.

The Home Office has denied that the data is conclusive and said the study was "not completed."
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German government approves strict limits on EU migrants claiming benefits
Kate Connolly
The Guardian, 13 October 2016

The German government has approved a draft bill intended to dramatically reduce European Union citizens' access to the country's social welfare system.

Under the proposed law, EU citizens would be forbidden from drawing benefits for their first five years in Germany.

The labour minister, Andrea Nahles, a Social Democrat member of Angela Merkel's coalition government, has been working on the draft bill for months, following a ruling by the federal court that EU citizens had a right to benefits after living in Germany for just six months.

Nahles argued the ruling would only encourage "social welfare tourism" and said municipalities who were responsible for paying unemployment benefits were unfairly burdened by the estimated €800m (£720m) a year spent on the 130,000 EU citizens currently registered as jobseekers.

Her proposal goes considerably beyond the four-year moratorium controversially argued for by the former British prime minister David Cameron before the UK's EU referendum.

The law would not exclude EU citizens currently in employment from entitlement to welfare payments, or those who have rights to payments because they have worked. ...

The bill now goes to the Bundestag, where it is widely believed that it will gain enough approval to pass into law.
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Germany, Austria say emergency EU border checks must stay
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 13 October 2016

Germany and Austria said on Thursday emergency border checks imposed within Europe's free-travel zone during the migrant crisis must be extended beyond the mid-November deadline.

In a blow to European integration, the European Union partly suspended the so-called Schengen free travel zone last year as countries struggled with a chaotic influx of about 1.3 million people, most of whom trekked from Greece to Germany after crossing the sea to flee conflict in the Middle East and Africa. ...

Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Austria have the emergency border checks in place and Brussels-based diplomats from several EU member states have said in recent days they did not expect to fully restore free movement yet. ...

A report by non-governmental organisation RAND commissioned by the European Parliament estimated one-off costs of re-establishing borders inside Schengen at up to 20 billion euros, with annual operating costs at up to 3 billion euros thereafter.

Disruption to tourism and trade mean the overall cost to the EU economy would be much higher, though difficult to estimate.
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Africa's population boom fuels 'unstoppable' migration to Europe
Tim Cocks and Edward McAllister
Reuters, 13 October 2016

As long as population growth in African countries outstrips their ability to educate, house and employ their citizens, large numbers of people will continue to brave the deserts and seas to escape.

"You can't resolve this by just paying money," said Owoeye Olumide, a demographer at Bowen university in southwest Nigeria, one of the world's most densely populated regions. ...

Niger, a vast, largely desert nation to the north of Nigeria, presents the starkest example of Africa's challenges.

With an average of 7.6 children born to each woman, its population is projected to more than triple to 72 million by 2050, from about 20 million now, according to the latest U.N. figures. By then, Africa will have more than doubled its population to 2.4 billion, the United Nations says. ...

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) expects migration through the Agadez region this year to reach 300,000, more than twice the 120,000 it estimates came through in 2015. ...

In 2013, Niger's corruption investigators did a study on smuggling that was never published, but which Reuters has seen. It said Niger's security forces make almost half a million CFA francs ($850) from every round trip by a smuggling truck – just from migrants alone, not including payoffs from the gangs. ...

And despite predictions, economic growth hasn't significantly cut birth rates in most African countries.

Yet even if Africa is 'rising', says Renaissance Capital's Charles Robertson, himself an optimist, migration will remain "pretty unstoppable".
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REVEALED: Calais migrant chaos has cost UK taxpayers more than £90 MILLION over two years
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 12 October 2016

UK taxpayers have forked out more than £90 million in just two years tackling the migrant chaos in Calais, it has emerged.

The astonishing figure on securing the besieged port town works out at £123,287 a day.

And Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised that Britain would continue to contribute towards the spiralling cost even after the notorious "Jungle" camp is cleared.

The revelation comes just days before bulldozers were set to flatten the shantytown which is now home to 10,000 UK-bound refugees.

Evictions will start after the Home Office has finalised plans to bring nearly 400 unaccompanied children from Calais.
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MIGRANT RELOCATION FARCE: EU fails to move 160,000 migrants from Italy & Greece
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 12 October 2016

The European Union's failure to relocate 160,000 migrants from Greece and Italy has been laid bare in a shocking report, with critics blasting the deal as FARCICAL.

It has been a year since the European Commission reached a deal to ease pressure on the besieged southern European states by resettling hundreds of thousands of Syrian, Eritrean and Iraqi migrants arriving on their shores in other European countries over two years.

But it has now emerged a mere 5,953 people have been moved to other member states, despite Brussels bureaucrats hailing "significant progress" in the deal. ...

Official figures show more than 420,000 migrants and refugees from Syria and other countries have landed in Italy since the start of 2014. ...

Greece, which is hosting more than 58,000 migrants and refugees, has repeatedly appealed to the EU to speed up the programme to no avail.
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What is Labour's immigration policy?
George Eaton
New Statesman, 12 October 2016

"We don't know what you stand for." That was the lament Labour MPs frequently heard from voters during Ed Miliband's leadership. The party's nuanced policies on immigration and the deficit rarely translated into clear messaging.

Under Jeremy Corbyn, the expectation was that this would change. Unlike Miliband, the Labour leader rarely agonises over policy stances. But the party's position on immigration has recently been defined by confusion. ...

... The tension lies between those who believe that reduced immigration should be an explicit policy aim and those who regard it as a potential byproduct of other measures (such as tougher employment regulation).

Corbyn himself stated the latter position in response to the Conservative conference: "They [ministers] should stop the abuse of migrant labour to undercut pay and conditions, which would reduce numbers," he said. As one might add, would a Brexit-induced crash.

But the fine distinction between believing immigration will be reduced and that it should be is one interviewers are likely to repeatedly exploit.
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Take back control? Our Border Force is in no fit state to do its job
Polly Toynbee
The Guardian, 11 October 2016

May missed all her targets when she was in charge of immigration as home secretary, so she knows better than anyone the impossibility of cutting net migration down to "tens of thousands". She knows UK border controls are inadequate: police find 10,000 people each year who have entered ports in the backs of lorries, and Dover's Tory MP Charlie Elphicke claims many more, never detected, step straight into the arms of traffickers.

Public sector cuts have not spared the service that is supposed to security-check all arrivals at a time of a raised terror threat. ...

Had she asked staff about their workloads, they probably wouldn't have told the truth, governed as they are by a regime of terror and targets. I spoke to some Border Force staff, on condition of strictest anonymity, meeting them miles away from Heathrow for fear of disciplinary action if they were caught talking to a journalist. With no culture of transparency, this service punishes whistleblowers.

Here's what they told me: after the public row over gigantic queues before the 2012 Olympics, strict targets were set: non-EU passengers must queue for no more than 45 minutes, EU for 25 minutes, and fast-track first class just 15 minutes. These targets must be met 95% of the time.

At present, they are met 70% of the time, and staff shortages mean that civil servants brought in from elsewhere get just a few days' training. "All they can do is a basic passport scan," say these whistleblowers. "Training and experience matter. We can feel whether something is wrong about who they say they are, where they've been, for how long and how often. We notice their demeanour, their nerves." It takes experience to spot children being trafficked. E-gates detect fewer suspicious cases. ...

With everyone manning the desks, paperwork piles up behind the scenes: asylum claims are rising again and people stopped can wait hours to be checked. Staff are taken off customs: "Guns and drugs don't matter as much as queues," one officer says. ...

Visa checks on people from non-EU countries are weaker, they claim, now visa offices abroad have been closed. "There are no standard interviews for student or visitor visas now. But you can't rely on written references and qualifications," says one officer who has worked overseas. "You need to see applicants to detect people who are not what they say they are." During the present "surge", there is only one forgery specialist each shift, instead of two or three: "They're run off their feet." ...

Passenger numbers have risen by 20% since 2010 and are set to continue rising by 2% a year, while Border Force funding is cut: spending per passenger is down 25%. Some technology is 14 years out of date, while £1bn was wasted on a failed e-borders system. Last year's National Audit Office report warned that the Advance Passenger Information System was collecting only 86% of arrivals. The system cannot check them all "in sufficient time to prevent high-risk travellers from starting their journey to or from the UK," the report said. That leaves 16.5 million people a year unchecked before arrival.
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Widow of scientist killed by psychotic knifeman days after charges are dropped demands inquiry into failings
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 11 October 2016

The widow of a renowned scientist, stabbed to death by a cannabis-addicted psychotic, has slammed Britain's health and legal system for allowing her husband's killer to wander the streets.

Dr Jeroen Ensink, 41, a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was killed by Nigerian born student, Femi Nandap, on December 29 last year, just days after his wife, Nadja, gave birth to their baby daughter. ...

Despite attacking a police officer in May last year and then being caught in possession of two kitchen knives, Nandap was twice given bail, before prosecutors decided to drop the charges against him.

Six days later he attacked and killed Dr Ensink, telling police who tried to intervene that he was the "black messiah". ...

The prosecution admitted that the decision to drop the charges six days before the fatal stabbing had been wrong.
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It's absurd to compare Amber Rudd's immigration speech to Mein Kampf
Ed West
Spectator blog, 11 October 2016

The Tories want to turn us against migrants by dividing people between 'us' and 'them'; well, let me tell you about another bunch of guys who believed in 'us' and 'them' – the Nazis. Radio presenter James O'Brien made near enough this exact parallel when he quoted from Mein Kampf to show the eerie similarities between Amber Rudd's speech and the former German chancellor's words.

Of course, Mr O'Brien didn't need to quote Hitler. He could have cited the former Labour leader, Ed Miliband, who had the same idea; he might be a less famous figure, but he's marginally more relevant to British politics in 2016. Or instead of reminding us of Nazi Germany as a precedent, Mr O'Brien – or any of the hundreds and thousands of people referencing the Third Reich – could have cited the USA, which already publishes data on H1B visa reports.

I'm not sure how useful such information would be; companies that excel in poor wages and working conditions will most likely have a large number of overseas workers, but so too will very highly skilled, elite firms. Immigrants tend to be disproportionately represented at both extremes in employment (as they are in every other measure, whether it's wealth, educational outcomes etc etc).

But the collective hysteria that followed shows what happens when Nazi Germany crowds out all other history. The poverty of peoples' collective memory and imagination is such that the first minute any politician strays from the path of universalism, commentators reach for the most shocking (and only) historical comparison they can think of. ...

When the Prime Minister says that: 'If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere,' she is paraphrasing Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, who stated that 'if the whole world is my brother, then I have no brother'. This is the language of particularism. There is no right answer to this, just two different visions of the world; on the one hand those who prefer the comfort and stability of people like themselves, and on the other those who prefer the sensation and openness of diversity and churn, the mixture of languages and cuisines and fashions.

The latter group are heavily found among the creative classes and the well- educated, and so wield disproportionate power; they were almost uncontested for many years but despite this have never converted more than at most a quarter of the population, and probably never will. (A quarter of the population in western Europe. Outside of the West the proportion of globalists is in single figures, if not a matter of decimal places). And when an idea fails to break a certain threshold then it is clear it has run out of steam.

Immigration concerns are mostly not about economics. It just suits both sides to use this as a proxy debate for the far more troubling social issues, namely the natural human affinity for living around people like ourselves. This doesn't make you Hitler – just a human being.
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Why the government should offer an amnesty to the UK's illegal immigrants
Rob Whiteman
The Guardian, 11 October 2016
[Rob Whiteman was chief executive of the Border Agency from September 2011 to September 2013]

The next five years will see considerable work for Home Office staff managing our border, immigration and passport systems.

Knowing that change is impending for EU nationals, the UK will see additional applications for visas, citizenship and passports from people already living here or hoping to live here. For example, the complex rules on marriage between EU and non-EU partners will be on the minds of many couples, who may now marry sooner rather than later. This will need additional staff and ongoing policy changes for any unintended consequences as a post-Brexit settlement beds down.

But it's doubtful the Home Office, even with more staff, will easily cope with the new workload unless a line is drawn on much of the historic caseload, often going back for many years.

There are no official figures on UK illegal migration. Some academic studies estimate there may be as many as 500,000 people while Migration Watch thinks it could be more than 1 million people. I think the latter is more likely and that the number will continue to grow as the total of people overstaying visas, being concealed through ports, entering on forged documents or absconding from contact will exceed the number leaving voluntarily or deported.

Tackling this caseload is massive. Scant resources are rightly focused on higher risk individuals, such as foreign-national offenders who are deported on expiry of their sentence. Over the past six years, the government has made real progress on reducing abuse, including closing the loophole of bogus colleges that saw thousands admitted without really studying. But better control now cannot reverse the fact that the system has been abused and some people are still here after many years. The vast majority of cases of illegal migration are not active and staff resources could not cope if they were.

An appropriate amnesty would make our post-Brexit system manageable, optimise resources to focus on new cases and also strengthen border control around our lengthy coastline. Replacing antiquated systems is also best achieved by closing legacy cases.

As we have seen in the US, this type of amnesty is controversial. Arguments against include that it may send the wrong signal to future would-be illegal entrants, and regularising through visas many people here may lead to their dependents overseas then applying too, if the rules allow, thus increasing net migration. And where is a line drawn to allow many to remain and the remainder to still face potential deportation?

But the prize of taking a bold step will be considerable. It could shift the public mood, with people here because they are allowed to be here, and would enable the government to tackle higher risk cases and improve its post-Brexit border operations.
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EU has allowed 'WOLVES' who threaten the West into Europe, Syrian nun warns
Charlie Bayliss
Daily Express, 11 October 2016

A Syrian nun has warned that Europe's immigration policy has allowed Islamic "wolves" into the continent who pose a threat to Western civilisation.

Sister Hatune Dogan claimed European leaders have "admitted the wolves" while "the sheep are still" in Syria and Iraq.

Sister Hatune, who worked for 26 years helping Christians and the persecuted Yazidi group, clarified the "wolves" were Muslims who refused to live by European values.

She added the persecuted Christian and Yazidi minorities were were being left behind.

Sister Hatune said: "I do not think that people who live [by the values of the Koran] can be good for us. Seventy-nine verses alone call for infidels to be killed."

The respected nun said women in Islamic culture "have no value" and are "just there for the pleasure of the man, and even more so if they are unbelievers". ...

Sister Hatune said: "The door must remain open to genuine refugees, but not for those who want to revolutionise our society. If we remain silent, our entire future will be ruined."
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Academic Who Investigated UK Sharia Courts: 'Useful Infidels' Helping Fundamentalists Islamise West
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 October 2016

A reformed "liberal left-winger" academic whose research prompted Theresa May to launch an investigation into Sharia courts, has warned that liberals are enabling Muslim fundamentalists to Islamise the West.

Dutch political scientist and legal scholar Machteld Zee said that by stifling criticism of Islam, "useful infidels" are helping conservative Muslims isolate Islamic communities and encourage them to be more religious and insular.

Zee gained unprecedented access to Sharia courts in the UK while researching for her Ph.D. in law. After sharing her findings, the then-Home Office chief Theresa May ordered an independent inquiry over concerns the courts discriminate against women.

The researcher at the University of Leiden was interviewed recently in Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad about her new book, Holy Identities: On the Road to a Sharia State. An analysis of the problems of the Netherlands's multicultural society, Zee was driven to write the book after spending time in Britain's Sharia courts.

"If you compare the Netherlands in the 1980s with today", she said, "You will see the increased influence of Islam everywhere. Saudi Arabia and other countries have flooded the world with thousands of imams, Islamic text books, mosques and a lot of money."

Interviewing the political scientist, Dutch journalist Wierd Duk noted that in Holy Identities Zee argues Islamic fundamentalists who share the Saudi regime's goal of Islamisation are being helped by "useful infidels" – non-Muslim intellectuals, politicians, and opinion-shapers who don't want to cause offence.

Zee replied: "Yes, leading multiculturalists actually believe that Muslims should be shielded from criticism because it would inflict psychological harm. Although there are many Muslims who find this view idiotic, others use it to call those who criticise Islam 'Islamophobes' and 'racists'."

The Algemeen Dagblad journalist noted that since her work on Sharia courts Zee went from being a self-described liberal left winger, to warning the world "against a lack of knowledge and lack of resistance to advancing radical Islam".

The academic said her research in Birmingham and London opened her eyes to a "parallel society" where "sharia law trumps secular law". "I object to it because these practices are contrary to the rights of women", Zee stressed.

It's important that people learn about Islamisation, she asserted, because the Muslim Brotherhood is handsomely funded by fundamentalists and aims for world domination. Sharia courts are a part of this, the researcher believes.

Zee said: "Authors that I studied for my investigation were generally benevolent towards sharia courts. But guess what? None of them had ever attended a session of such a court. They don't know what is happening there.

"Now they ask me to tell them all about it. Judges in these courts tell women to accept polygamy and not to report domestic violence to the police. Violent fathers are given custody of their children. I get the impression that as these facts become known, the tide of the public debate is turning. I hardly hear anyone pleading in favour of sharia courts now." ...

"I think I set things straight. I note that influential Western intellectuals discourage any criticism of Islam, which helps fundamentalists to isolate Muslim communities and 'Islamise' them. ..."
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In defence of Africa's economic migrants
Emmanuel Akinwotu
New Statesman, 11 October 2016

If refugees are seen as a liability to Western countries reluctant to take them, economic migrants – now overwhelmingly from Africa – have become an additional, unnecessary problem in the eyes of the world.

More and more, the newly ramped-up populist anti-immigration rhetoric depicts these noble instincts – of leaving in search of greater life chances – as somehow immoral or resistible, even though the majority of us share them. ...

Africa's population is set to double by 2050 to become by far the most populous continent in the world according to the UN. Nigeria, already Africa's most populous nation, is projected to grow from 170 million to 400 million. Nigerian politicians often wrongly interpret these alarming statistics as an achievement. Population growth is eclipsing the pace of development and infrastructure growth. The collapse in the price of oil and global commodities has set Africa's biggest nations back further, with the continent projected by the World Bank to grow at its slowest rate for over 20 years.

Africa's challenges are also stark for Europe – its wary neighbour. Twenty per cent of African migrants who leave their home countries travel outside of the continent. As Africa's population grows, so does the fear of African migration to Europe.

It's fair for European politicians to be concerned about the growing number of migrants arriving in Europe. African population growth over the next few decades, and by virtue of that, migration from Africa, is a significant policy challenge for the international community. But the reaction and commentary that these fears often legitimise are not acceptable. ...

The language of immigration too readily accommodates the wild narrative of an immigrant "invasion", bringing "pressure" on public services and communities, at odds with the facts that show their significant economic contribution.
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Europe's criminals prove easy converts to "gangster jihad" for ISIS
CBS News / Associated Press, 11 October 2016

The lines between terrorism and criminality are becoming blurred as an increasing number of former criminals join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and create a "gangster jihad," according to a British report released Tuesday.

Nearly 60 percent of European jihadists studied by researchers had been jailed previously, in essence creating a "super-gang," said the report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London.

Once recruited by ISIS, these people easily transition to committing violence for a different cause, making the group different from other Islamist organizations such as al Qaeda, which often radicalized students, intellectuals or other previously non-violent individuals to carry out its violent aims, the report said.

"They are the perfect fit," Peter Neumann, the center's director, said of the criminals bolstering ISIS' ranks.

"Islamic State doesn't require any intellectual sophistication. It doesn't ask you to study religion. It makes it all like a computer game."

The researchers said the welcome from ISIS offers criminals a perceived chance at "redemption" without requiring a change in behavior.

With recruits who are already accustomed to violence, it is less difficult to persuade them to go further. They are also familiar with weapons and are adept at "staying under the radar" and at logistical planning.

While past efforts to stop extremist attacks focused on tracing the complicated international bank transactions that financed militants, ISIS attacks don't necessarily require huge sums of money. The center estimated that some 40 percent of such plots in Europe are now being financed in part by street crime like selling drugs or counterfeit goods.
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How much diversity do Canadians want?
Margaret Wente
The Globe and Mail, 11 October 2016

Justin Trudeau has made diversity and inclusion the cornerstone of his brand. "Diversity is Canada's strength," he tells the world. There's a lot of virtue in this. We are among the most successful immigration countries on Earth – one of the rare places where high rates of immigration are not contentious, and where anti-immigrant rhetoric has no respectable place in public life.

But the Prime Minister wants us to go way beyond tolerance for cultural differences. He wants us to love and celebrate them. Which can be a stretch. Should we really be celebrating women who wear the niqab? I don't think so. ...

The CBC and Angus Reid did their own recent polling on this subject. The results disconcerted many. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said "minorities should do more to fit in with mainstream society rather than keep their own customs and languages." (According to the survey, long-time immigrants agree.) So much for decades of official multiculturalism. ...

... According to a recent Ipsos poll, only one in three Canadians think immigration has been generally negative for Canada – a proportion that has remained steady for a decade, despite immigration levels that are among the highest in the world.

But the Liberals' aggressive immigration strategy will surely test Canadians' goodwill. In the past year, the government brought in 320,932 immigrants and refugees – one-third more than the year before. It's the largest influx of people to Canada since the West was settled in the early years of the last century, and Immigration Minister John McCallum wants to keep it up. He says we need all these people to make up for demographic decline and to boost the economy of stagnant regions.

These arguments are largely spurious. ...

Yet in liberal discourse, any resistance to immigration on any grounds makes you a racist, and any questions about immigration policy are perceived as illegitimate. People get frustrated by that. They're also frustrated by a narrative that, in their view, only goes one way. They feel they're constantly being harangued by their betters that it is they who must accommodate the newcomers. No one ever talks about what the newcomers should do to accommodate them. ...

Many progressives (including, I suspect, Mr. Trudeau) hold a romantic view of immigration as a sort of global social-justice project, which obliges us to share our good fortune with as much of the rest of the world as possible, while declaring that every other culture is just as good as ours is.

Thankfully, most Canadians don't share this woozy notion. They pride themselves on their tolerance. But they're also hard-headed pragmatists. They think immigration policy should serve our national interests, and that our leaders should not forget it.
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Some EU countries have migration controls within single market, says MEP
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 10 October 2016

A prominent Brussels politician has said that a number of European countries have been allowed to put in place tougher immigration measures than the UK while retaining access to the single market.

Vicky Ford, a Conservative MEP who chairs the European parliament's committee on the internal market, said in one case a country had even set an "upper break" on migrant numbers without losing economic ties.

The comments suggest Theresa May could be able to hit back at the uncompromising positions being taken by her European counterparts in a bid to retain single market access while reducing immigration. ...

"If you look at a country like Liechtenstein, in the EEA, they have access to free movement of goods within the single market [but they] have an absolute cap on the number of people given residency a year – and it is only 90 people," she said.

Ford, who is the East of England MEP, argued that the "Liechtenstein solution" might not be perfect for the UK, but said it was an important precedent that a country with a population of 37,000 was given such a low limit.

"We have towns of 30,000 – that is the size of Wisbech, but some years it has had over 1,000 people [arrive]," she said.

Ford said that the numbers of migrants in some British towns had been equivalent to the quota of 1,200 refugees for the whole of Hungary, which has caused huge controversy.

"The ability to put an upper break is a concept that has been adopted by EEA members and they have been given access to the single market," she said.

Ford, who has expertise on the single market as a result of her role at the helm of a key Brussels' key committee on the issue, said even EU countries went further on immigration than the UK.

"Look at a country like Belgium," she said. "To live in Brussels you need to have a social security card, you need to be registered with your local area. And you have to have an employer who is committed to pay your social security benefits – or to be able to prove that you've got substantial private funds.

"In practical terms it is not possible go and live in Belgium and access public services without a job ... Without your social security card you can't get housing, education, healthcare, rent a property." ...

And she said other ideas were being considered as well: "In Switzerland [in the single market] they are introducing a rule that jobs have to be advertised locally and when I talk to colleagues across European countries they think that is a perfectly reasonable thing to be looking at."
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Keir Starmer calls for immigration to be reduced
Rajeev Syal
The Guardian, 10 October 2016

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit minister, has said immigration is too high and called for it to be reduced as Britain leaves the EU, despite Jeremy Corbyn ruling out any cap on arrivals.

In his first interview since being recruited to the shadow cabinet on Friday, the former director of public prosecutions appeared to disclose a different approach to migration controls to that proposed by the Labour leader in recent weeks.

The MP for Holborn and St Pancras, who has been touted as a future Labour leader, said the number of migrants should be reduced by tackling a skills shortage. "There has been a huge amount of immigration over the last 10 years and people are understandably concerned about it," he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

"I think it should be reduced and it should be reduced by making sure we have the skills in this country that are needed for the jobs that need to be done."

Asked if he accepted that limits on immigration would mean an end to free movement and therefore a departure from the EU's tariff-free single market, Starmer said: "We have to be open to adjustments of the freedom of movement rules and how they apply to this country. We have to be shrewd and careful."
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Britain to push post-Brexit UK immigration controls back to Irish border
Henry McDonald
The Guardian, 10 October 2016

Britain is seeking to shift the frontline of immigration controls to Ireland's ports and airports to avoid having to introduce a "hard border" between north and south after the UK leaves the European Union, the Guardian has learned.

The Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire, has told the Guardian that London and Dublin will work to strengthen Ireland's external borders in order to combat illegal migration into the UK once it leaves the European Union. ...

"We have put in place a range of measures to further combat illegal migration working closely with the Irish government," Brokenshire said. "Our focus is to strengthen the external border of the common travel area [CTA], building on the strong collaboration with our Irish partners."

The CTA is a unique arrangement that allows for full freedom of movement between people from Ireland and Britain on both islands. ...

The measures will be aimed primarily at non-Europeans seeking entry into the CTA. Politicians on all sides of the divide on the island of Ireland have expressed concern that Irish border towns such as Dundalk could become the "new Calais" if people-traffickers trying to send migrants into the UK target the Irish Republic as a "jump-off point" into Northern Ireland.

Precedents already exist for this Anglo-Irish collaborative model: Indian and Chinese visitors are subject to a system whereby they apply for a single visa, valid for travel in both Ireland and the UK.

The joint Anglo-Irish border procedures will not be able to stem the arrival of EU nationals, as they will retain the right to free movement to live and work in the Irish Republic. However, this point is seen as moot: officials believe few EU citizens will want to come and work illegally in the UK after Brexit. "The numbers would be very small," said one diplomatic source familiar with Brexit discussions.
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Government plans to make UK firms list migrant workers STILL 'ongoing' despite backlash
Alison Little
Daily Express, 10 October 2016

The Government yesterday insisted it remains committed to cutting migration amid claims it has gagged a critical report into its record on integration and extremism. ...

The Home Office has been accused of trying to censor a hard-hitting report by its "integration tsar" Dame Louise Casey. Casey is said to have found that the Government did not move quickly enough to get a grip on the speed of immigration and its impact on public services. ...

She also warned that "liberal tolerance" and political correctness have gone too far.

The Government wrongly let some areas operate as if they were Muslim-only zones, leaving state schools to close early for Friday prayers, she found.

Dame Louise is said to have voiced frustration at a failure to defend the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme from false claims that it is an attack on Muslims.

Anti-extremist professionals have reportedly been told to expect the findings of the review - which was ordered by then Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May - to be watered down.

Earlier this year Dame Louise urged the Government to stand up more for Britain's laws and values and insisted it is "not racist to say that the pace and rate of immigration has created a lot of change in Britain and for some people that feels too much".

This latest report was reportedly finished months ago but is understood to be still under wraps as officials consider whether it focuses too narrowly on Islamist extremism at the expense of examining other forms.

A Home Office spokesman said: "Louise Casey was commissioned in 2015 to review what more we can do to create more cohesive communities in England.

"The report will be published in due course."
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Brexit must mean the RETURN of our border controls
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 10 October 2016

The Determination to regain control of immigration was central to the triumph of Brexit in the June referendum.

While the metropolitan progressives extolled the EU's open-door policy, a clear majority of voters felt only despair at the loss of our national identity, the growing pressure on our public services and the erosion of our social solidarity.

The electorate's disillusionment was recognised by Theresa May in her brave speech to the Tory Party conference last week, when she denounced those arrogant, self-righteous elitists who find "patriotism distasteful" and "concerns about immigration parochial".

Yet the anti-Brexit brigade still clings to the belief that Britain must accept freedom of movement. Even after the referendum their instincts are to collude with Brussels. That attitude shines through their attempts to smear any tougher line on immigration as a form of bigotry and intolerance. ...

A particular target for concocted outrage was the plan, announced by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, for companies to disclose the proportion of foreign workers they employ.

... Despite talk of watering down the plans from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon yesterday, there is nothing remotely oppressive about a possible requirement to report foreign staff.

Indeed, it is standard practice throughout most of the world, including in France and Germany. Those who now shriek hysterically atshould consider that in 2012 the former Labour leader Ed Miliband advocated a very similar initiative, whereby firms would be surveyed to find out the numbers of foreign staff they have.

Any employers "with more than 25 per cent migrant workers", declared Miliband, would be reported to the Department of Work and Pensions to identify any recruitment problems and ensure that British workers have "a fair crack of the whip". ...

Most British people understand that free movement is the problem, not the solution. The CBI might welcome cheap labour but the reality is that many EU arrivals are a significant drain on the state, with more than 40 per cent of them claiming some sort of welfare benefits.

In 2013-14, British taxpayers forked out more than £2.5 billion in tax credits and child benefits for low-paid EU migrants working here, plus £900 million in payments for jobless EU citizens, none of which includes the NHS and education costs. ...

Moreover, national control of immigration will also mean far greater security, giving us back the ability to deport extremists, criminals and illegal migrants without reference to alien judges or bureaucrats.

A country without borders is not a country at all, which is why the EU is so in favour of mass immigration. Free movement is not about economics at all, it is a weapon to smash traditional national identities, creating in their place a new European citizenship as part of the federal superstate.
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The mental-health crisis among migrants
Alison Abbott
Nature, 13 October 2016

Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. Last year, more than 1.2 million people applied for asylum in the European Union – and those numbers underestimate the scale of the problem. Germany, which has taken in the lion's share of people, reckons that it received more than a million refugees in 2015, tens of thousands of whom have yet to officially apply for asylum. Most came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock, upheaval and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health. ...

What hasn't been widely discussed is the enormous burden of mental-health disorders in migrants and refugees. Clinical psychologist Thomas Elbert from the University of Konstanz in Germany is conducting a local survey of refugees that suggests "more than half of those who arrived in Germany in the last few years show signs of mental disorder, and a quarter of them have a PTSD, anxiety or depression that won't get better without help". ... "It is a public-health tragedy – and it's a scandal that it is not recognized as such, as a physical epidemic would be," says epidemiologist James Kirkbride of University College London. ...

... A 2005 meta-analysis of studies performed mostly in northern Europe showed that first-and second-generation migrants were at much greater risk of schizophrenia than non-migrants – and that those from developing countries were more at risk than those from developed ones. ...

Those who stand out most seem to be particularly vulnerable. The 2005 meta-analysis showed that black migrants in a mostly white population had an almost fivefold increased risk of psychotic disorders. And the risk is higher for migrants living in neighbourhoods with a low proportion of residents from their own ethnic group compared with those surrounded by many of their own ethnicity.
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Companies will not be forced to publish list of foreign workers, Cabinet ministers insist
John Ashmore
PoliticsHome, 9 October 2016

Companies will not be forced to publish lists of non-British workers on their books, two senior Cabinet ministers said this morning.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd unveiled plans earlier this week to force firms to compile data on how many foreigners they employ, leading some critics to suggest companies would be "named and shamed".

David Cameron's former adviser Steve Hilton called the proposals "repugnant" and "insanely bureaucratic".

But ministers Michael Fallon and Justine Greening said today there were no plans to make any data public, saying it would only be used to identify areas with skills shortages.

"That is really about collecting the right evidence we will need if we're going to be able to respond to skills shortages of employers... this is not data that will be published, there will be absolutely no naming and shaming," Ms Greening told ITV's Peston on Sunday programme. ...

Ms Greening also played down reports that foreign academics had been banned from helping the Government on the Brexit negotiations.

The controversy emerged after an assistant professor at the London School of Economics said she had received an email saying she and other foreign colleagues "no longer qualify" as advisers.

But the Education Secretary insisted overseas advisers were welcome to assist the Government.

"Absolutely and there's been no change in the policy and we'd always, of course, have the necessary security checks... there's been no change in the policy. I'm pleased you raised it because it gives me the opportunity to clarify that," she said.
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UNTOUCHABLES Just two in 453 foreign lags are booted out of the UK despite Government promising a crackdown
David Wooding and Ryan Sabey
The Sun, 9 October 2016

Hundreds of foreign cons are still being let loose on our streets despite a No10 pledge to boot them out.

Figures show just two out of 453 offenders freed in a three-month period were deported.

Many continue to claim benefits and run up legal aid bills while fighting to stay.

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said: "It is incredible that out of 453, just two were deported.

"Deportation should mean out of prison, out of Britain."

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has promised to change the law to make it easier to deport rapists, killers and other criminals once they have served their sentence.

But figures for April to June this year show how they play the system to avoid removal.

They reveal that 451 out of 453 non-EU offenders released from jail were still in Britain at the end of the quarter.

More than half of deportations were prevented by legal or removal issues, according to Home Office data.

But the full toll of criminals who stay is even higher as it does not include those from EU nations who cannot be deported.

The figures show 5,928 foreign offenders are still living in Britain years after being released from prison.
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Andrew Green: The EU and migration. Work permits are the way forward
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 9 October 2016
[Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK]

The fundamental principle should be that movement between the UK and Europe should be disrupted as little as possible. As Boris Johnson put it, we are leaving the EU but we are not leaving Europe. We have a huge network of social, business and historical ties which must be preserved as far as possible. For this reason, there is surely no need to impose any restrictions whatever on tourists, students, those who are self-sufficient and genuine marriage partners coming from the EU. Member states should have the same interests in these respects.

It is the very large numbers of low-paid or low-skilled workers whose numbers must be reduced if the outcome of the referendum is to be respected. Fortunately, the facts are rather helpful in pointing a way forward – assuming, of course, that those already here as well as British citizens in the EU will be allowed to stay on.

First of all, about 70 per cent of EU migrants to the UK come here to work or to seek work, so this must be the target for any significant reduction in numbers. No less significant is the fact that 80 per cent of those EU workers who have arrived in the last ten years are in low skilled employment. This suggests that the introduction of a work permit scheme that confines EU migration to skilled employment would achieve a significant reduction in net migration from Europe. Indeed, our own calculation is that it would reduce net EU migration by approximately 100,000 a year.

This outcome could be achieved by bringing EU migrants into our existing work permit scheme for non-EU skilled workers. This scheme is not "Australian" and is not really "points based" but it already exists, it works reasonably well and it is familiar to employers who already have to check the entitlement to work in the UK of every new employee. It would be for consideration as to whether a formal cap should be applied. Our own estimate is that we would need to grant something like 30,000 work permits a year to EU citizens so as to maintain the current stock of skilled EU workers in Britain and meet the future needs of business. ...

... There would also need to be provision for the self-employed but hedged around to prevent its exploitation by car-washers and magazine-sellers as has happened in the past.

... If all this sounds slightly technical, it is. When it comes to immigration, the devil is always in the detail, but I sketch this outline to indicate that there is, indeed, a way forward which could produce a satisfactory outcome for British business while also respecting the clearly expressed wishes of the British public.
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Almost 400 ISIS jihadis trained in Iraq and Syria are now at large on Britain's streets... as it's revealed just 14 fighters who have returned to the UK have been jailed
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 9 October 2016

Just 14 battle-hardened ISIS fighters who returned to Britain after waging war in Syria have been jailed, the Government has admitted.

The shock figure is far lower than Ministers previously claimed and means almost 400 jihadis trained in Syria and Iraq are at large on Britain's streets.

Experts told The Mail on Sunday they could use the deadly skills with automatic weapons and bombs that they honed on the battlefield to plot atrocities such as the Paris and Brussels attacks in the UK, massacring hundreds.

Figures slipped out in Parliament reveal that the Home Office believes 850 Britons have travelled to fight for the Islamic State terror group and although many have been killed by drone strikes and in battle, about 400 have sneaked back into the UK.

Any of them could be prosecuted as it is a crime to attend terrorist training camps and also to be a member of a banned group such as ISIS.

But Ministers admit that only 14 people who have fought for Islamic State have been convicted, despite mistakenly claiming the number was 54 earlier this year. ...

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, who believes thousands of Britons have travelled to Syria and Iraq, said: 'It is a tiny number who have been prosecuted and it's absurd to say this is any form of success.

'If they know who they are, they should be prosecuted but the police and security services don't have the resources to do that.'

Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, told The Mail on Sunday that the 'minuscule' number of prosecutions was 'very disturbing'. ...

Former Security Minister Lord West of Spithead said: 'We know that people who have been abroad and radicalised are extremely dangerous.

'Clearly we need to be able to keep a handle on that and make sure they are properly monitored. If we're not doing that, we are letting the public down.'
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EXPOSED: Thousands of illegal migrants easily sneak through Britain's 'porous' borders
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 8 October 2016

The catastrophic state of our border security is exposed today.

Former borders chief Rob Whiteman said that thousands of illegal migrants had simply vanished without trace.

Asylum seekers had also disappeared in their droves. Mr Whiteman, chief executive of the UK Border Agency from 2011 to 2013, said failures were unchecked because of scant resources.

He revealed illegal migrants and asylum seekers were disappearing in the UK in tens of thousands as staff focused on "high-risk" serious criminals. He said National Insurance numbers were being issued to migrants with false identity documents. ...

Mr Whiteman is the first senior former official to come clean about the scale of illegal immigration and the ease with which people can sneak into Britain.

Last year 84,088 people caught trying to reach Britain illegally from the Europe. It is believed at least another 170,000 made it.

He said resources were being targeted on high-risk foreigners. Those who arrived undetected or claimed asylum and subsequently absconded were largely ignored. ...

Mr Whiteman, now head of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, said: "It is not unreasonable to assume that the number detected is only a proportion of the number trying.

"I would have thought the number caught is at best half.

"The number of illegal migrants reaching the country is far greater than the rate at which we are deporting people.

"Either we have to put considerable new resources and policies into removal, including holding more people in detention, or accept there are a large number of people living in the country who are not allowed to live here but neither are they facing deportation.

If you have come here on false documents with a false identity you may well now have a National Insurance number.

"A lot of illegal migrants may be working here legally. An Italian ID card is enough to give you an NI number.

"If the public is ever going to be reassured we have to talk about the fact that there is a large amount of illegal migration that is not being dealt with.

Either the Home Office needs more staff or we accept the situation isn't going away." ...

"We don't know the true illegal migration figures but I do think it is more in the region of a million."
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Every EU migrant can stay in UK after Brexit: all 3.6 million to have residency rules or get amnesty
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2016

All EU nationals currently living in Britain will be allowed to stay following Brexit, after the Home Office discovered that five in six could not legally be deported.

There are around 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK, more than 80 per cent of whom will have permanent residency rights by the time Britain leaves the union in early 2019, official research has concluded.

The remainder – more than 600,000 people – will be offered an amnesty, with several Cabinet ministers telling The Telegraph that those citizens will be offered the right to stay permanently, in a policy that may prove controversial.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has refused to guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK, saying she believes that the Government must not "reveal its hand" ahead of Brexit negotiations, which will begin when she triggers Article 50 next year.

Once an EU citizen has been in the UK for more than five years, they are given permanent residency rights. ...

Although Cabinet ministers are privately giving assurances that they will all be allowed to stay in the country after Brexit, the Home Office is still working on a way to identify the exact number of Europeans living in the UK and establish how long they have been here. The amnesty plan is in its infancy and will raise fears that EU migrants could begin travelling to the UK in large numbers before Brexit.

Some officials believe the Government will, therefore, have to announce a cut-off date for new arrivals after which the amnesty would not apply. ...

As many as 1.6 million EU citizens resident in the UK come from the so-called EU14, those nations that were part of the EU before 2004, followed by 1.5 million from the eight Eastern European nations that joined 12 years ago.
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Theresa May is following Enoch Powell – by actually listening to what British people want
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2016

Many will recall the conflict in the Conservative party in the late 1960s and early 1970s between its then leader, Ted Heath, and its great ideologue, Enoch Powell. Powell took issue with Heath on various points, and two resonate today.

One was mass immigration, in those days from the Commonwealth rather than Europe, which had happened without the British people being consulted, and which Powell saw from his perspective as an MP in Wolverhampton was causing tension and unhappiness. ...

It was hardly surprising that, as I listened to Theresa May's speech last Wednesday, I was reminded of Powell. ...

Even during the Thatcher government, when it sought to return power from the all-knowing state to the individual, there was still a coterie of ministers who thought they really did know best. Powell understood the feelings of the people: it made him, in the eyes of his opponents, a dangerous politician and rival, which was why they rushed to accuse him (falsely) of racism for his warnings about the unpopularity of mass immigration and of Little Englandism for his views about Europe. Mrs May seems to have learned from this – and, as prime minister, is in a strong position to invite those in her party who disagree with her to defy her if they dare. ...

Not every aspect of her conference speech was so admirable, though. ...

... It has taken almost 50 years to learn Enoch's lessons about accommodating the will of the people, but better late than never.
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Labour needs a clear line on immigration or we could lose some of our best MPs to the Tories and UKIP at the next election
Mike McLaughlin
LabourList, 8 October 2016

The Brexit vote shone a light on the dark recesses of the disconnect between a London Labour party and our voters in the rest of the country. A pro-EU Labour grouping in the capital is comfortable with the scale of migration and the UK's place in a globalised world can be contrasted with that of the North and Midlands, which for a while voiced concern on these topics – but have felt unheard. What this light has revealed is painful, but utterly predictable. What is of concern is the deafening silence of recognition. ...

The PM may seek her mandate for her Brexit conclusions via a snap general election which would mean Labour having to take a line on immigration. We tried this before with Ed Miliband's proposal for "controlled immigration" but it was scoffed at by a certain cohort of Labour members. The party is going to have to find the middle path that recognises the discontent with immigration outside London, but satisfy pro-immigration Labour members, and keep both in the tent. Labour failed to talk about immigration for over a decade and created a vacuum of debate. While UKIP initially filled that vacuum, the Conservatives seek to occupy that space and talk directly to people who were our core voters.

A third way on immigration is possible. It is not the easiest argument to make, but it is the right one for the country, and for those from abroad already here contributing. Immigration is the lifeblood renewal of our ageing nation. Labour need to be articulating the benefits of immigration, but recognise its problems and be the author of the solutions.

At the next election the Tories and UKIP have the potential to be more in tune with working class communities on immigration than Labour. But these communities are served least well by the right-wing political parties. Labour must not get this wrong.
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Migrant quotas DON'T work, we need an alternative NOW: Slovakia PM orders Brussels to act
Daily Express, 8 October 2016

Slovakia wants the EU to drop a proposal to distribute asylum seekers and start working on an alternative plan, Prime Minister Robert Fico said, repeating his view that a permanent quota system was politically dead.

The current EU President, who took on the rolling presidency, proposed in May to reform the so-called Dublin system of EU asylum rules based on a "fairness mechanism" under which each member state would be assigned a percentage quota of all asylum seekers in the bloc, aiming to ease the load on states like Greece and Italy.
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Angela Merkel will BAN EU migrants from claiming unemployment benefits for five years as her open-door policy continues to hit Germany
Hannah Al-othman
MailOnline, 8 October 2016

EU migrants who move to Germany could be banned from receiving unemployment benefits for five years after arriving under proposed new laws.

Angela Merkel's cabinet is due to agree the plan next week amid a wider debate in Germany about high levels of immigration that threatens the Chancellor's hopes of re-election next year. ...

The proposal would have a similar impact to one the UK government demanded ahead of the EU referendum. ...

Germany is allowed to press on with its own reforms to stop EU migrants claiming benefits because the system in the country is partly based on claimants having made earlier contributions through taxation.
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EXCLUSIVE: America's enemies within - SIXTY-TWO ISIS attackers and 'plotters' in just a year and more than half of them are immigrants or their children
Freya Berry
Daily Mail, 8 October 2016

The growing scale of ISIS activities inside the United States is revealed in a analysis.

A total of 62 people - overwhelmingly men - have launched attacks or been accused of taking part in the Islamic terror group's activities in just over a year.

The 62 were responsible for 48 attacks or alleged ISIS-inspired activities - from mass stabbings to attempts to send money and munitions to Syria.

The analysis of public records shows that six ISIS-inspired attackers have died and 54 have been arrested.

The figures also show that 34 of those ISIS attackers and alleged plotters were either immigrants or the children of immigrants.

They included six people who came to the U.S. as refugees from countries including Palestine and Somalia.

The number of people taken in as refugees and then accused of turning against the country which gave them sanctuary could be higher, as it was not possible to ascertain exactly how many of the alleged ISIS attackers or plotters entered America.

In total 64 people have been murdered and at least 121 wounded in the U.S. by ISIS-inspired attackers.

The analysis shows that 13 people linked to ISIS by the federal authorities were the children of immigrants from countries including Palestine and Pakistan.

And at least 13 were Americans who converted to Islam and took up its most extreme form. ...

Earlier this month FBI director James Comey warned that as ISIS is purged from its home territory in Syria and Iraq, a 'terrorist diaspora' could spread across the globe.
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Hungarian Intelligence Expert: Migration 'Military Operation' to Destroy Nation States
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 8 October 2016

Former intelligence chief László Foldi has said that forces conspiring to open Europe's borders are using the tactics of "fourth generation warfare" to turn the continent multicultural.

Former Director of Operations at the Hungarian Intelligence Services Foldi says the media, so-called humanitarian organisations, and Brussels work together to undermine Europe's borders.

Speaking on Kossuth Radio, the intelligence expert says that following the country's referendum in which 98.5 per cent of voters rejected Brussels's plans for mandatory migrant quotas he expects to see a "serious attack" on Hungary from three directions.

"One of them will be a formal political attack from Brussels, another one an informal attack with the help of the mainstream media, which will be a significant portion of the Western media outlets, but also the local media which are financed from outside of Hungary."

The security expert says the third prong in the offensive is a "concrete attack" on the country's borders, in which "civilian organisations" mobilise migrants to the Hungarian border.

Mr. Foldi highlights how hundreds of migrants suddenly set off from Serbia to Hungary holding signs written in English and chanting demands for open borders following the referendum this week.

A television crew learned, before the migrant crowds left, that unidentified groups of Europeans had made a number of visits to Serbia's camps to tell migrants Hungary's borders will open after the vote, allowing them to enter Western Europe.

The spreading of such "outrageous lies", Foldi asserts, are "not a random occurrence". He reports that the episode is just the latest in a pattern of so-called humanitarian groups spreading false information to mobilise migrants. ...

Questioning why a so-called humanitarian organisation would want to move migrant masses to the Hungarian border, Mr. Foldi says they are acting as part of a "well-established system, built years ago".

"What we seeing every day here is a fourth generation military operation against Europe. Not using traditional weaponry to enforce a strategy, but using economic and social infrastructure, and one element of that is the actions carried out by civilian humanitarian organisations," he explains. ...

Stating that Brussels's goal "is to convert Europe into a multicultural system, a system which is above nations", Mr. Foldi argues that the EU is forcefully attacking Hungary because the country has taken concrete action to protect itself from being forced into multiculturalism.

He concludes: "This is well-coordinated; it is not separate that Brussels wants something, the MSM wants something, and the civilian organisations want something, too. But this is a very well-coordinated effort, where it is only that tasks are divided between the branches of the same attack force."
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'More than 24,000 extra classrooms needed' as school population booms
Charlotte Santry
TES, 7 October 2016

More than 2,000 new schools are needed within the next four years to cope with rising pupil numbers, according to an analysis published today.

The projections are based on Department for Education figures showing pupil numbers are set to increase by 8.6 per cent in primary schools and 12 per cent in secondaries by 2020.

Today's report says that this means that local authorities will have to find space for 12,209 additional primary classrooms, equating to 1,744 single-form entry primary schools with 30 pupils per class.

A further 12,078 secondary classrooms, or 378 new secondary schools, will be needed to match the rising numbers, claims the report by construction firm Scape Group. In total, this means 24,287 classrooms and 2,122 schools are required, it says. ...

The picture is slightly less stark when the figures are rebased to reflect the average school sizes contained in separate DfE statistics published in June.

The DfE figures show the average primary school has 275 pupils, suggesting 1,331 extra schools are needed.

The average secondary school has 939 pupils, which would suggest another 385 schools were needed, without existing buildings being extended or refurbished to absorb the projected increase.
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Public backs plans to make firms release list of foreign workers, YouGov poll suggests
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 7 October 2016

A majority of the British public back Home Secretary Amber Rudd's plan to make businesses reveal how many foreign workers they employ, according to a YouGov poll.

Overall, 59 per cent of people say they either strongly or somewhat the proposals, more than double the 26 per cent who said they somewhat or strongly oppose them.

Ms Rudd said firms should declare the percentage of foreign workers they employ as part of a drive to employ more local people.

The policy also garnered favour among Labour voters, with 51 per cent supporting the proposals.

Some 86 per cent of Ukip voters support the policy along with 73 per cent of Tory voters, while 48 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters supported it compared to 37 per cent who opposed it.

SNP voters were split, with 46 per cent in favour and 46 per cent against.

YouGov asked 5,875 UK adults the extent they supported or opposed the Government's proposals to report how many foreign workers they employ. ...

The Labour party said her speech would "fan the flames of xenophobia and hatred in our communities".
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We in Labour must dare to defend freedom of movement
Chi Onwurah
The Guardian, 7 October 2016

Some years ago I joined a delegation of Labour MPs to the European parliament. A member of the EU commission gave us some of his valuable time. "The British people are just going to have to learn to put up with freedom of movement," he said as he sat down.

Everyone around me agreed. ...

That consensus is now breaking down. ...

It's not only in the UK. Across Europe the rise of the right has made comrades question the appetite for freedom of movement. While the tone and actual proposals differ, the message is often similar. The white working class has been ignored for too long. We need to check our privilege and check out of Europe. ...

This is toxic territory. It does not lend itself to "triangulation" – particularly by those who have little familiarity with the working class they claim to represent. ...

And even if we could triangulate it to try to win more votes, we should not. ...

Ultimately no matter how many soundbites we drop, Labour is not going to be believed as the party that is tough on immigration.
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Radically increasing immigration? There couldn't be anything more Conservative
Tom Ough
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2016

All this could give the impression that the soul of Toryism is hostile to immigration. But while the Conservative party is a famously broad church, it can be most true to its principles not by curbing the influx, but by encouraging it – indeed, by massively relaxing the current controls.

The first and most obvious point is libertarianism. If the modern Tory credo is that people should be able to make a success of their lives if they work hard enough, then it is difficult to make a moral case for restricting an individual's freedom based on the dumb luck of having been born one side or other of a border.

And if, like Mrs May did yesterday, you advocate a "Great Meritocracy", then it rings rather hollow if you are blind to class, gender, race, sexuality, disability, but not nationality. ...

Fortunately, the decision is made rather easier by the strong economic case for liberalised immigration. Joseph Carens, a political scientist at the University of Toronto, argues that the world would double its GDP if it dissolved its borders. Several others posit similar leaps. ...

So there is the economic case; how is it Tory? The answer is that immigration is a far more effective remedy of poverty than conventional aid. ...

There is a better way of alleviating poverty than shoring up India's space programme, and it is commerce – again, a Tory totem. Remittances – money sent home by migrants, small amounts in the West but fortunes abroad – already vastly outweigh the total direct investment in developing countries, and don't have to be funnelled through government.

Migration also encourages the spread of skills and expertise, since those who leave a country are likely to stay in touch and contribute to further trade. Its use as a tool to vastly accelerate development is less a brain drain than a no-brainer.

So far, so metropolitan Tory. What's in it for the Shires? First, it is well-established that immigrants, because they tend to be younger, make a net contribution to our economy. We all benefit from this. There will be concerns that increased immigration will dilute British culture; Sam Bowman, the executive director of the Adam Smith Institute, is persuaded enough of this point to advocate significantly expanded rather than unlimited immigration. ...

Convincing the electorate that large-scale immigration is good will take dexterity, courage, and years. It would be best done by a party which has only just begun its term in office, is all but assured of a second, has suddenly been gifted control of immigration and, above all has all the right economic and libertarian credentials.
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US Muslim preacher 'who advocated beheading of gay men allowed to lecture in the UK'
Siobhan Fenton
Independent, 7 October 2016

A US-based Muslim preacher who allegedly advocated killing gay people is giving a lecture series in London after being allowed to enter the UK.

The Home Office has been urged to retract the visa of Hamza Sodagar who is giving a series of lectures in the capital city between 3 October and 12 October.

Mr Sodagar appeared in an online video recorded in 2010 in which he details ways in which gay people can be 'punished' for their sexuality, including being beheaded or thrown off a cliff. ...

LGBT rights activist Peter Tatchell called on the Home Office to revoke Mr Sodagar's visa. He said: "In a free society, Hamza Sodagar has a right to believe that homosexuality is sinful but not to preach about ways to kill lesbians and gay men. Many people with far less extreme views, who have never advocated violence, have been banned from entering the UK. Calling for death to LGBT people crosses a red line.

"The Home Office was wrong to grant him a visa and should now revoke it. The cleric should be ordered out of the country."

His lectures are being facilitated by the Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission at the Islamic Republic Of Iran School in London. ...

The Mission have defended their decision to host Mr Sodagar, saying his comments did not mean he endorsed murder of gay men and had been taken out of context.
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How Sweden became an exporter of jihad
Yalda Hakim
BBC, 7 October 2016

Sweden is a peaceful democratic state that has long been a safe haven for those fleeing conflict. Yet many young people whose families took refuge there are now turning their back on the country. More than 300 people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one of the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe. ...

Gothenburg is where much of the recruitment for jihad is taking place. ...

It's one of Sweden's most diverse cities. A third of the population are from immigrant backgrounds, many of them Muslim, and in the north-eastern suburb of Angered, the proportion rises to more than 70%. ...

Angered has become a tough area to police.

Parts of it are classified as "vulnerable", which in Swedish police terminology indicates a breakdown of law and order, among other things, and the emergence of a parallel society.

I am told that religious enforcers attempt to control the community to ensure Sharia law is adhered to. They allegedly harass and intimidate people - mainly women - for the way they dress and for attending parties where there is music and dancing, which they consider haram. ...

Suburbs like Angered have become pressure cookers of discontent.

You see this built-up resentment mainly with the second-generation "non-ethnic Swedes", as they're known here.

... Many young people I spoke to said they felt disconnected from the country where their parents came from - but didn't feel they were Swedish either. ...

Only in April was the law changed to make it illegal to travel abroad with the intention to commit acts of terrorism. ...

Why would someone raised in Gothenburg want to leave one of the most peaceful and progressive countries in the developed world to join a violent extremist group in the Middle East?

With so many of them saying they don't feel Swedish, perhaps the bigger question is: has integration and Sweden's experiment with multiculturalism failed?
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Barely half of illegal border crossers caught
MailOnline / Associated Press, 7 October 2016

Immigration authorities caught just over half of the people who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico last year, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security that offers one of the most detailed assessments of border security ever compiled.

The report found that 54 percent of people who entered illegally between border crossings got caught in the 2015 fiscal year. That's much lower than the 81 percent success rate that Homeland Security cited publicly using a different counting method.

The 98-page report was completed in May, and Homeland Security officials have declined to release it, despite urging from some members of Congress. The Associated Press obtained a copy from a government official involved in border issues who acted on condition of anonymity because the department has not made the report public. ...

In terms of people, 170,000 eluded capture during the 2015 fiscal year, 210,000 the previous year, and 1.7 million in 2005. The number of people who eluded capture is larger when including those who escaped detection at border crossings or who entered by sea, which is the responsibility of Homeland Security agencies outside the Border Patrol. Adding those, 200,000 people got away last year, 260,000 in 2014, and 1.9 million in 2005.

The huge drop in illegal entries over the last decade coincides with major increases in border security spending, which has reached $14 billion annually.
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Revealed: Nearly Half The Adults In Britain And Europe Hold Extremist Views
Alberto Nardelli
Buzzfeed, 7 October 2016

Almost half of the adults in 12 European countries now hold anti-immigrant, nationalist views, according to major new research that reveals the spread of fringe political views into the mainstream.

BuzzFeed News has been given exclusive access to new data from YouGov, which polled more than 12,000 people across the continent to measure the extent of what it termed "authoritarian populist" opinions – a combination of anti-immigration sentiments, strong foreign policy views, and opposition to human rights laws, EU institutions, and European integration policies. ...

In Britain, the poll found authoritarian populist attitudes were shared by 48% of adults, despite less than 20% of the population identifying itself as right-wing. ...

In France, a clear majority of people surveyed – 63% – held authoritarian populist views, while in Italy the figure was 47%. In Germany, it was 18%, which appears low by comparison but, given the country's history and the extreme nature of its far-right groups, is regarded by analysts as surprisingly high.

The highest levels of authoritarian populist views were recorded in Romania and Poland, where they were held by 82% and 78% of adults respectively. In Lithuania, by contrast, the poll did not did not detect any evidence of the authoritarian populist phenomenon at all. ...

Like Germany, Denmark has also seen a shift in the tone of political debates. According to the YouGov data, a quarter of Danes who identify themselves as centrists nevertheless hold authoritarian populist beliefs – a similar proportion to those on the right-wing of the country's political spectrum.

"There is a move towards more authoritarianism, discrimination based on ethnicity," said Karen Melchior, a diplomat and candidate with the liberal Radikale party. "It is not a left-versus-right issue. It is like a cold war with competing visions of Europe."

In recent policy discussions about introducing a tougher citizenship test and the appropriateness of segregating classrooms on the basis of ethnicity, even parts of the Social Democratic party held "discriminatory" views, Melchior claims. ...

The rise of nationalist, anti-immigrant views has been strongest in central Europe, with Polish adults scoring the highest in the YouGov survey, taking into account all the measures polled.

In nearby Hungary, the "cultural counter-revolution" that central European leaders pledged in the wake of Brexit is even more stark.
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Huge Spike in 'New French': Report Suggests Govt Rushing Citizenship Before 2017 Election
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 7 October 2016

The number of people given French citizenship this year is likely to soar 45 per cent from 2015's figure, with the vast majority of "new French" from North Africa. The spike follows a concerted push by the ruling Socialist Party to naturalise 100,000 people a year.

In an investigative report, monthly journal Causeur notes that the sharp uptick in naturalisations far exceeds previous patterns and asks whether agencies' rush to grant citizenship to more "new French" is a coincidence against the backdrop of presidential elections in 2017.

In 2012, as Interior Minister, the now-Prime Minister Manuel Valls took a wrecking ball to the previous centre-right government's naturalisation criteria, abolishing the multiple choice tests on French culture and values and the need for candidates to be employed on a permanent contract.

Branding the previous government's policies on naturalisation the result of a "France that doubts, looks at the world with suspicion", Valls declared that he wanted to see 100,000 people a year given French citizenship. The Socialist politician also said he hoped a further 20,000 spouses of French citizens would be naturalised each year through marriage. ...

According to a 2012 survey of 10,000 voters, 93 per cent of Muslims in France voted for the Socialist Party president, who is the most unpopular head of France in modern history.

In his successful presidential campaign, Hollande promised an amnesty to all of the estimated 400,000 Muslims illegally in France.

Now a huge, and growing, electoral bloc, commentators have observed that Muslims in France decided the election. An estimated 1.7 million of them voted for Hollande in 2012, who beat incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy by just 1.1 million votes.
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The Tory Foreign Worker Transparency Plan Makes Sense - And Could Reduce Racism
Colin Cortbus
The Huffington Post, 6 October 2016

This week's Conservative Party plan to make some companies disclose how many foreign workers they employ may be controversial. But is a positive step forward for transparency, and could take the wind out of the sails of those peddling racist myths about immigration. Britain should learn from the Philippines, where radical transparency around foreign worker permits is already a legal requirement. ...

The mandatory list, published in widely circulated newspapers as a classified ad by authorities, contains not only the names of the foreign nationals applying for the right to work in the Philippines. It also shows who their prospective employers are and gives some quite specific details about the work they are going to be doing. There are only a tiny number of corporate, educational and diplomatic work exceptions where this transparency requirement does not apply.

And the information isn't just being provided for passive public consumptions. Local workers can get actively involved in the system - and have their fair say: If anyone spots an illicit permit application in the public list, they have 30 days from publication to file an objection with employment authorities. If they can prove Filipino workers are willing and able to do the job applied for by the foreign national, the permit can still be revoked to protect local jobs. ...

In the absence of easy access to accurate, balanced information about immigrant workers, people become vulnerable to large-scale misinformation from far-right hate peddlers, and self-interested clickbait journalists. ...

London's chatting classes may use this as a disingenuous reason to discount the opinions of the rest of the country: But if people are never provided with full, factual information because the political elite are afraid of people power, who can blame them for accepting xenophobic propaganda at face value? ...

A Philippines-inspired, transparent foreign work permit system would give people back trust in the fairness of the immigration system. They could see, with their own eyes, irrefutable proof in their local newspaper that foreign worker numbers locally are in fact not as high as the far-right rabble rousers purport. Reading the job descriptions, they would realise that most foreign workers are in fact doing vital, community-sustaining jobs in sectors, such as healthcare, where there is a dire shortage of skilled professionals. ...

Real transparency around work permits would finally bring democratic decision making authority about immigration where it belongs: To ordinary people in local communities across the UK, rather than over-paid Whitehall bureaucrats with multiple postgrad degrees in law and jurisprudence. The Tory plans are a step in that direction, but more action is needed.

It's time to give people their voice back. In a democracy they are owed nothing less.
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How dare these Eurocrats call Britain racist while the Far Right's marching in their own backyard
Daniel Hannan
Daily Mail, 6 October 2016
[Daniel Hannan is a Conservative MEP]

Across parts of Germany, running battles between immigrants and neo-Nazis are becoming so frequent that they no longer lead the news.

In France and Belgium, Jewish schools and synagogues require armed guards. In Toulouse, a mosque has been burned to the ground. In Sweden, neo-Nazi thugs warned of a 'year of violence' against immigrants.

Racist violence across much of Europe is now becoming almost routine.

So which country has the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe decided to accuse of 'anti-foreigner sentiment'? You guessed it. The European Commission on Racism and Intolerance, which reports to the Council, says it is alarmed at the 'intolerant political discourse in the UK, particularly focusing on immigration'.

Seriously? Political discourse in the UK? Let's compare how politicians talk here with what passes unremarked in other EU states. Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka says: 'To be honest, we don't want a large Muslim population here.' His Slovak counterpart, Robert Fico, is just as blunt: 'Islam has no place in Slovakia.'

In France, Nicolas Sarkozy calls Islamic dress 'a provocation', and promises laws against it. (And, of course, a ban on the wearing of burkas on French beaches sparked huge rows over the summer.)

In Britain, by contrast, Theresa May was cheered by her party members yesterday when she said: 'I want us to be a country where it doesn't matter where you were born.'

By what measure is ours an intolerant country? To be sure, we have our bigots, as every nation does. But against whom are we being so harshly judged?

Look at the strength of authoritarian, anti-immigrant parties across Europe. ...

Nativist parties – that is, ones that argue for the rights of established inhabitants of a nation over immigrants – are polling solidly in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and many post-Communist states. Here, though, the British National Party barely registers. It has never come close to winning an MP, and currently has just two councillors.

We keep being told, usually by Remainers, that our EU referendum was 'all about immigration'. In fact, the polls showed throughout that the top issue for Leave voters was democracy and the supremacy of the British Parliament. ...

Of course, to say that other places have a worse record than ours is hardly a knockout defence. Any racial abuse is shameful, and Britain has its share of dunderheads, just like anywhere else.

Still, be honest: does the Council of Europe's report match your experience? Do you, in your daily life, see evidence of what the BBC has taken to calling an 'epidemic' of racism? ...

Ours is a tolerant, comfortable, multi-racial society, which is one of many reasons that migrants prefer to come here.

What is it based on, this idea that we are in the grip of some new xenophobia unleashed by the referendum? Much of it comes from people's determination to see what they want.
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Exclusive: Why Are There So Few Christian Refugees From Syria In The UK?
Ruth Gledhill
Christian Today, 6 October 2016

Faith leaders and aid workers have spoken out against the tiny proportion of Christian refugees admitted to Britain under the Government scheme to help the suffering people of Syria.

Under two per cent of Syrian refugees admitted to Britain since the scheme began are Christian, compared to 97.5 per cent that are Muslim.

Before the war began, an estimated 10 per cent of the population of Syria was Christian. Even now that so many have fled and been displaced, there are still 772,000 Christians in Syria, more than four per cent of the population of 1.86 million.

David Cameron, then Prime Minister, pledged in September last year to take 20,000 Syrian refugees to Britain.

The faith of refugees admitted under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettleent Scheme (VPR) has not previously been made publicly available but Christian Today obtained the figures via a Freedom of Information Request.

Home Office records show that between September 7, 2015 and June 30 this year, 2,659 individuals were resettled under the VPR scheme.

These included 2,592 Muslims and just 51 Christians, four of whom are identified as Eastern Orthodox. There are also three Druze and 13 Yazidis.
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Forcing businesses to declare how many foreigners they employ is an awful and clumsy idea
Mark Wallace
ConservativeHome, 6 October 2016

As usual, Twitter got the wrong end of the stick and therefore over-reacted to Amber Rudd's proposal that businesses should report the number of foreign workers they employ. The misunderstanding that the Home Secretary proposed to make companies list such workers by name appears to have come from The Times' headline "Firms must list foreign workers". Within half an hour people were wondering if the Government might insist on Nazi-style coloured badges for foreigners.

... What she was proposing, though, was that companies should be compelled to publish a tally of their foreign employees – along the lines of previous proposals to publish pay disparities between men and women, for example. ...

There are myriad problems with the idea. For a start, it's another bit of meddling red tape which will add new costs for businesses. Worse, the adoption of a 'name and shame' approach rests on an unpleasant assumption that the public would wish to punish companies deemed to have too many foreign employees. That assumption is either incorrect, in which case the policy would have no effect at best, or accurate, in which case it plays to instincts which ought not to be indulged by the Government. Doing so would effectively mean penalising existing foreign workers in the UK for the sin of being foreign – effectively encouraging their employers to find ways to get rid of them. We should not want modern Britain to become a society which does such things.

... Who would know from a raw number if the people involved were employed as labourers or specialist technicians, office cleaners or financial analysts? /.../ Rudd's attempt would be the equivalent of scrutinising the problem through the wrong end of a telescope.
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Firms will be forced to reveal how many foreign staff they employ under tough new immigration reforms that can be brought in BEFORE Brexit, Amber Rudd promises
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 5 October 2016

Companies will be forced to reveal what proportion of their work force are foreign under new immigration rules that can be brought in before Brexit, Amber Rudd promised today.

The Home Secretary outlined tough new rules on foreign students and taxi drivers in her main speech to the Tory conference in Birmingham.

Ms Rudd has launched a consultation on new powers today as the Government works to outline its Brexit plans. ...

She announced plans to crack down on the 'generous' arrangements for students from abroad, saying they could be blocked from jobs if courses are not high enough quality.

Immigration checks will also be mandatory for taxi drivers, while landlords who rent to illegals could face jail sentences.

New measures forcing companies to reveal how many 'international' staff they employ will effectively name and shame firms which bring in foreigners rather than invest in talent at home. ...

From next autumn banks will have to do regular checks to ensure they are not providing 'essential banking services' to illegal migrants.

But Mrs Rudd said while immigration had 'brought benefits to the nation', wider steps needed to be taken to control numbers.

'This is why I want to reduce net migration while continuing to ensure we attract the brightest and the best,' she said.

'Because it's only by reducing the numbers back down to sustainable levels that we can change the tide of public opinion so once again immigration is something we can all welcome.'

Mrs Rudd said that meant looking across 'work and study routes'.

'This will include examining whether we should tighten the test companies have to take before recruiting from abroad,' she said.

'The test should ensure people coming here are filling gaps in the labour market, not taking jobs British people could do.

'But it's become a tick box exercise, allowing some firms to get away with not training local people. We won't win in the world if we don't do more to upskill our own workforce...

'So I want us to look again at whether our immigration system provides the right incentives for businesses to invest in British workers.'

Mrs Rudd said the government would also look for the first time at whether immigration rules for students should be 'tailored to the quality of the course and the quality of the educational institution'. ...

Mrs Rudd said the government would push ahead proposals to overhaul legislation to make it easier to deport foreign criminals. ...

The Home Secretary confirmed that the government would be following through on a manifesto commitment to set up a new £140 million Controlling Migration Fund – designed to ease the pressures on public services in areas of high migration.
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Damning report condemns rising 'racist violence and hate speech' by politicians and press in post-Brexit UK
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 5 October 2016

David Cameron and Nigel Farage are among the British politicians and institutions accused of fuelling rising xenophobia in the UK as debate continues to rage over Brexit, the refugee crisis and terrorism.

A report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found a "number of areas of concern" over political discourse and hate speech, as well as violent racial and religious attacks.

Police statistics have shown a sharp rise in Islamophobic, antisemitic and xenophobic assaults over the past year, amid growing tensions in Britain and across Europe.

"It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians," said ECRI chair Christian Ahlund. ...

Government figures have recorded a sharp increase in hate crime but the true scale of the problem may be far higher than recorded, with the Crime Survey for England and Wales estimating that of 106,000 hate-motivated crimes every year, only a quarter are recorded as such by police.

In a report spanning the period from 2009 and March this year, the ECRI noted positive steps with the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 and legislation against racism and racial discrimination in the UK, as well as the government's new hate crime action plan.

But the commission noted "considerable intolerant political discourse in the UK" particularly focusing on immigration, discrimination against Roma, gypsies and travellers, and a spike in online abuse and violent racist incidents.

It singled out statements made by Mr Cameron during his tenure as Prime Minister as examples of degrading terms towards refugees that "contribute needlessly to an increase in xenophobic sentiment".
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'Would you say that word in a Chinese takeaway?': schools fight racism head-on
Fran Abrams
The Guardian, 5 October 2016

Show Racism the Red Card, which works with professional footballers, runs schools workshops around the country. These have taken on a new significance since the Brexit debate, says the charity's education team manager for the north, Laura Pidcock. "Since the vote, there's a sense that we will now start to control our borders," she says. ...

Figures published by the Department for Education show that primary schools are experiencing first-hand the changes in Britain's ethnic makeup. Almost a third of primary pupils in England – 31% – are classified as being from ethnic minority backgrounds. In 2006 the figure was about 20%.

Population statistics show that while the birth rate fell among women born in the UK last year, the rate among women born elsewhere has risen – last year more than a quarter of live births were to women not born in Britain. So primary schools' intakes are becoming more ethnically mixed.
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Anna Soubry Hits Out At Anti-Immigrant Hypocrites Who Eat Chicken Tikka Masala
Owen Bennett
The Huffington Post, 5 October 2016

Tory MP Anna Soubry today launched a passionate defence of immigration as she hit out at those who want to end free movement to the UK.

The Remain-backing MP is refusing to shift from her pre-referendum position that leaving the EU would be bad for the UK economy, and claimed the British public has been duped by "myths" from Leave campaigners.

The former Business Minister held nothing back at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference as she argued immigration was good for the UK, and it was an unfounded fear of migrants that fuelled the Brexit vote. ...

Soubry waded in on the issue at the Bright Blue fringe event on whether the UK's immigration system is working for British businesses, and said: "I would take students out of the figures, it is the stuff of complete nonsense, ordinary people when they talk about migrant workers they don't think students and I welcome overseas students.

"I would almost have unfettered numbers of overseas students because they go home full of great goodwill for our country and that helps us to trade with them in the future." ...

"Some of these people are the ones who say: 'I don't like all that foreign muck, what are we having for tea tonight? Chicken tikka masala' and then go off for an Italian, but then say: 'We don't want all these foreigners'."
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Thousands of failed asylum seekers to be returned to Afghanistan after it signed an EU deal to take back its migrants
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 5 October 2016

Tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers will be sent back to Afghanistan after it signed a deal with the EU to take back an unlimited number of its migrants.

A new terminal will be built at Kabul airport to handle at least 80,000 people who will start being deported on flights immediately.

Afghanistan signed the agreement to readmit any Afghan citizen not granted asylum in Europe ahead of an aid summit tomorrow in Brussels where the EU is set to pledge 1 billion euros (£888 million) a year in support.

EU officials yesterday claimed the aid money was not dependent on the deportation deal, but leaked documents showed they pushed for it to be signed ahead of the donor conference 'to maximise leverage'.

Afghans are the second-largest group of arrivals into Europe with 196,170 lodging asylum claims last year. ...

The EU will meets the costs of travel for Afghans as well as funding a 'reintegration programme' that includes helping to find jobs for those deported. ...

Britain already has its own bilateral agreement with Afghanistan to send back failed asylum seekers.
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Georgia gets green light for EU visa-free travel
Eszter Zalan
EUobserver, 5 October 2016

EU states have agreed to grant Georgian nationals visa-free travel to the Schengen zone, once new safeguards are in place to suspend the deal in case of abuse.

"The council takes the view that the entry into force of visa liberalisation for Georgia should be at the same time as the entry into force of the new 'suspension mechanism'," they said in a statement on Wednesday (5 October).

The news comes ahead of parliamentary elections in Georgia on 8 October and could give a bump to pro-European parties in the poll.

The "suspension mechanism" is a European Commission proposal that will, in future, allow EU states to "snap back" visa restrictions more easily in case of mass-scale overstays or bogus asylum claims by any non-EU country.

Details of the mechanism are still subject to EU states' negotiations with MEPs.

Those talks are expected to conclude by the end of the year, meaning that Georgian people should be able to visit the 25 Schengen states (22 EU states plus Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland) without permits before 2017. ...

Berlin had previously blocked Georgia's path over complaints about a crime wave by Georgian nationals in Germany.

Germany and France had also called for the snap-back arrangements to soothe popular concern over immigration in the context of the refugee crisis.

The Georgia deal is part of broader EU plans to open up to visitors also from Kosovo, Ukraine and Turkey. ...

Prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2014, the EU had also been in advanced talks on visa-free travel for Russian nationals, but those negotiations were put on hold as part of Europe's sanctions regime.
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Student doctor numbers to rise by 25%
Nick Triggle
BBC, 4 October 2016

The number of medical school places will increase by 25% from 2018 under plans to make England "self-sufficient" in training doctors.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce an expansion in training places from 6,000 to 7,500 a year. ...

About a quarter of the medical workforce is trained outside the UK, but the impact of Brexit and a global shortage of doctors could make it harder to recruit so many in the future.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC: "We want to see the NHS able to recruit doctors from this country. We want to see more British doctors in the NHS."
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Theresa May says she WILL deliver 'tens of thousands' immigration promise thanks to Brexit
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 4 October 2016

Theresa May has vowed to deliver her promise to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands - and praised Brexit for giving Britain the "control" to carry out the task.

The Prime Minister said the policy "hasn't been watered down" but refused to offer a date when she will achieve the goal because she is "constantly working" to close immigration loopholes.
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Britain will not wait for Brexit to cut migration, Amber Rudd to say
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2016

Britain will not wait until Brexit to begin cut level of migration, the Home Secretary is expected to say as she unveils a crackdown on people coming to the UK from outside the EU.

Amber Rudd is expected to use her conference speech to announce plans to limit the number of non-EU migrants in a bid to cut the level of net migration in the run up Brexit.
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Google promotes controversial claim it's NOT possible for ethnic minorities to be racist against white people
Jasper Hamill
The Sun, 4 October 2016

Google is promoting the idea that ethnic minorities CANNOT be racist toward white people.

The tech giant's search results appear to foreground left-leaning answers to this highly controversial question, rather than giving a view which reflects the fact there is debate over this contentious issue.

America is currently locked in a passionate argument about whether some supporters of groups like Black Lives Matter are actually racist towards white people, with people from different sides of the political spectrum offering varying views.

However, Google's search facility offers a rather one-sided solution to this thorny and divisive question.

We searched Google using several terms similar to the phrase: "Can you be racist towards white people?"

Google showed us an explanation which appears to be taken from the Huffington Post.

"Any person can be racist, regardless of their own race," Google's search rankings explained.

"WRONG no they can't racism requires power and prejudice. white people have power to oppress black people because they control the system and ecnomic [sic.] structure in society."

We also asked if a black person be racist against a white person and were told: "The usage of the word racist relative to a hate speech by blacks on blacks or whites is incorrect. A subjugated group cannot be racist – they can only be prejudicial." ...

A Google spokeswomen said: "Google does not endorse or select responses manually. This content comes from the third-party sites that we do not control. The feature is an automatic and algorithmic match to the search query. ..."
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More than half favour immigration controls over trade, poll reveals
Sky News, 3 October 2016

More than half of Britons think having complete control over immigration policy is more important than access to the EU single market in Brexit negotiations, a Sky Data Snap Poll reveals.

Some 52% prioritise controlling immigration while 40% think access to the single market is more important - 7% answered "don't know".

The findings come as Theresa May hit the headlines with a conference speech seen as focusing on a "hard Brexit", insisting "we will decide for ourselves how we control immigration". ...

As with the EU referendum vote itself, the Sky Data poll revealed a marked divide in opinion by age.

Those aged 18-34 would prioritise the single market 57% to 38%, while those aged 55 or older prioritised border control 65% to 27%. ...

Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,003 Sky customers by SMS on 30 September 2016. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.
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Majority of Paris attackers used migration routes to enter Europe, reveals Hungarian counter-terror chief
James Rothwell
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2016

The majority of the Isil extremists who carried out the November 13 Paris attacks entered Europe while posing as migrants, Hungarian security officials have disclosed.

Seven of the attackers, who killed 130 people and left more than 360 others injured, slipped through Hungary's borders while posing as migrants.

It is understood that ten extremists in total were closely involved in planning and carrying out the massacre.

A handful of them are also understood to have taken part in the Brussels attacks last March, which claimed 32 lives.

According to Hungary's centre for counter-terrorism, the group of fanatics set up a "logistics hub" in the country in the summer of 2015 and began using the so-called Balkans route of eastern European countries to move fighters trained in Syria into Europe. ...

Speaking to the Sunday Times, deputy counter-terror chief General Zsolt Bodnar said they made the discovery after a close examination of the suspect's mobile phones.

He revealed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian-Moroccan terrorist who died after the Paris attacks, had sent scout to "map out" the migrant route in July 2015.

The scout, named as Bilal C, then used social media networks such as Facebook and Whatsapp to send reports back to Abaaoud and his co-plotters.

Many of the suspects were born in Europe and then travelled to join Isil in Syria after being radicalised.

Though their names were registered in counter-terorism databases across Europe, they appear to have taken advantage of the mass migration to make their way back from Syria.

Many of them posed as Syrian refugees, were carrying fake Syrian passports, and had been trained in covert communications, Gen. Bodnar said.
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Hungary PM claims EU migrant quota referendum victory
BBC, 3 October 2016

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has declared victory in a referendum on mandatory EU migrant quotas, despite a low turnout that appeared to render it invalid.

Nearly 98% of those who took part supported the government's call to reject the EU plan.

But only 43% of the electorate voted, short of the 50% required to be valid.

A government spokesman said the outcome was binding "politically and legally" but the opposition said the government did not have the support it needed. ...

Ferenc Gyurcsany, leader of the opposition Democratic Coalition, said the low turnout showed that most people did not support the government. ...

But a government spokesman said the result could not be regarded as invalid.

"The government initiated the referendum, so both politically and legally the outcome is binding," he said.

"The 50% would have made a difference because parliament could have no alternative but to make a decision. But parliament is behind the government regarding the decision. This is a reinforced mandate for the government."
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'SEND THEM BACK!' Fuming Czech leader orders Brussels to DEPORT economic migrants
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 3 October 2016

Economic migrants arriving in Europe should be immediately deported from the continent in a tough new crackdown on the refugee crisis, a fuming EU leader demanded today.

Furious Czech leader Milos Zeman ordered Brussels to send all failed asylum seekers to "empty places" in North Africa or "uninhabited Greek islands" to deter further mass migration to Europe.

The outspoken president said EU nations should provide refuge to people fleeing war and persecution in Syria, but insisted anyone found to be an economic migrant should be sent home. ...

Mr Zeman also echoed the comments of other eastern European leader, like Hungary's Viktor Orban, in linking the influx of migrants from the Middle East to a rise in the terror threat to Europe.

He told the Financial Times: "I am sure there is a strong connection between the wave of migrants and the wave of jihadis... and those people who deny this connection are wrong."
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'A HUGE MISTAKE' Ex-No10 spin doctor Sir Craig Oliver blasted by Remain donor Roland Rudd for 'gagging' campaign over immigration
Harry Cole
The Sun, 3 October 2016

Top Remain donor Roland Rudd has launched a blistering assault on ex-No10 spin doctor Sir Craig Oliver, accusing him of gagging the pro-EU camp from talking about immigration.

Corporate lobbyist Roland Rudd, who was a central figure in the campaign to Remain in the EU, has said allowing No10 to "dictate" their referendum messaging was "a huge mistake."

He claimed: "There was sort of shut down from No10 that no one was to talk about immigration and that was a huge mistake."

In a direct attack on live TV, Mr Rudd claimed "our biggest mistake" was to "allow the dead hand of Downing Street to really dictate the campaign".
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Air pollution could be to blame for hundreds of traffic accidents, warn researchers
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2016

Air pollution could be responsible for hundreds of car accidents a year, according to the London School of Economics.

A study looking a five years of data showed that when levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) rise just one microgramme per cubic metre, the number of collisions rises by two per cent.

Although it might seem that effect could be explained by more traffic on the roads, and therefore more pollution and more accidents, the researchers found that the increase remained even when adjusting for the extra traffic.

Instead, they believe that the toxic air impairs driver fitness, while watery eyes and an itchy nose could also be distracting for motorists.

A recent study found that air pollution inside a car can be more than double that on the outside because the NO2 builds up in a small space. ...

However other experts were more sceptical about the link between air pollution and accidents.

AA president Edmund King said: "If you think about areas which are high in air pollution they are a lot busier, with taxis and buses and lorries and where you have a greater mix of traffic you tend to have more accidents. ..."
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Five Reasons Black Lives Matter Failed in the UK
Sarah Peace
The Huffington Post, 3 October 2016
[The author is an Art and Politics postgraduate student at Goldsmiths]

The 'Black' in Black Lives Matter: That is, the question of which blacks are represented in BLM. Blackness as an identifier may have been ascribed by Arab and European imperialists but today seems most resonant among Americans. Africans see their identities primarily through a tribal lens than a racial one - beyond that, as citizens of their home nations; and lastly, as Africans, before black, which makes it difficult to apply the implication of race across a universal category. An attempt to stage a BLM protest in Senegal in July was banned. Black antislavery activists in Mauritania continue to be imprisoned for challenging the Arab enslavement of blacks in Africa, but similarly to situations where non-whites perpetuate violence, this does not appear to be a priority for BLM. ...

African women for the most part still see their domestication as a source of power, not powerlessness and to be a stay-at-home married mother remains an aspiration, even for the most well-read women. Women desperately require legislation to combat gendered violence - but it is necessary to highlight the contrast between the world of the African immigrant to Britain and the imported American Black Lives Matter movement and its failure to resonate with black Africans. ...

Decolonisation: The most pertinent factor is the premise on which BLMUK and contemporary anti-racist movements are built: the insistence on looking at the world through an 'oppressed' and 'privileged' binary, where descriptors such as 'underprivileged' have come to be synonymous with anything other than white. The embracing of intersectionality and identity politics as a means to decolonise the world has pushed BLMUK to a position whereby it fails to recognise that it exists partly because the world it inhabits is already free. Albeit a starkly unequal one, but a free one nonetheless, making organising around decolonisation akin to kicking down open doors.

While young activists in the west have adopted a vocabulary of phrases such as 'oppression,' 'marginalisation' and 'crisis', African immigrants often have first-hand experiences of what these words can mean, and as such, are less hesitant to throw them around unwarranted.

BLMUK's flirtation with communism and caliphates, while demonstrating disdain for capitalism and the west is at odds with the experience of African migrants, many of whom escape from failed states in order to realise dreams made possible by the very factors which are undermined by BLMUK.

While Africans would unanimously support the original aims of BLM, few are convinced by their actions and rhetoric. Indeed, there are urgent challenges faced by African migrants to the UK but many doubt that BLMUK is competent enough to attend to any of those, given its juvenile tactics and campaigns based on exaggerated figures, which have served to alienate, rather than capture the hearts and minds of the UK's black African populace.
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Revealed: Whitehall's plan to rid the country of foreign criminals
Ben Riley-Smith
Sunday Telegraph, 2 October 2016

Thousands of foreign criminals "free-riding" on Britain's prisons face being sent home in the coming years as part of a new deportation drive being planned across Whitehall. ...

Ministers hope the UK's generous aid budget and the political access it brings can be used to convince countries to repatriate more citizens when they break the law in Britain. ...

In its most extreme form, nations that receive large amounts of foreign aid but repeatedly fail to improve the quality of their prisons could be threatened with future cuts. ...

There are close to 10,000 foreign nationals in Britain's prisons, according to a recent House of Commons briefing, with each space costing the taxpayer around £40,000 a year. ...

David Cameron made repeated efforts to try to improve the government's record at deporting foreign criminals, including helping to fund new prisons in other countries.

But, in what proved to be the final months of his premiership, Mr Cameron admitted before a Commons select committee that he "should have done better" on the issue.
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'We need BULLDOG SPIRIT' Top general calls for Marines to defend Channel from migrants
Marco Giannangeli
Sunday Express, 2 October 2016

One of Britain's most respected military generals last night backed calls for the Royal Marines to defend the English Channel against illegal migrants making the crossing by boat.

Maj General Julian Thompson, a former Royal Marine who led British ground forces in the retaking of the Falkland Islands in 1982, warned that the Government "can no longer afford to delay" taking action to halt the increasing number of unauthorised dinghies washing up on British shores. ...

Gen Thompson said indications by presidential hopeful Nicholas Sarkozy that he would push Britain's border with France back from Calais to Dover would "only exacerbate the problem".

"We have only five Border Force cutters to patrol our entire coastline. But one is in the Aegean Sea while another is usually in dry dock for maintenance. That leaves just three to patrol the 700 miles between Cornwall and East Anglia, let alone the whole 11,000 miles of Britain's coastline," he said.

"The EU will not and cannot stop these smugglers."

Urging Teresa May to adopt the "Falklands Spirit" he said Britain could not afford to wait until next year for promised additional vessels. ...

"Key to the Falklands Victory was the use of STUFT Ships: "Ships Taken Up From Trade" – merchantmen of all sorts.

"We need STUFT Ships now. We could requisition a dozen fast, twin-engined civilian sea-going motor cruisers, and equip them with gun mountings, military radars and communications systems. The RN or Royal Naval Reserve can crew them. ...

"We need to do this next week, not next year."

To enhance Channel traffic Control radars, six Britten Norman Islander aircraft, fitted with electronic surveillance equipment, should also be bought or leased, along with pilots, he added.

Aerostat balloons, cheaper than helicopters or drones and able to scan 37 miles to the nearest French ports and beaches, could used to plug gaps in maritime surveillance.
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Alastair Campbell: New Labour helped sow seeds of Brexit vote
Daniel Boffey
Guardian / Observer, 2 October 2016

Alastair Campbell has admitted that his newly published diaries show clearly how New Labour sowed the seeds of the UK's vote to leave the European Union by failing to respond to growing concerns over immigration.

The former Downing Street director of communications said he feared the party became complacent on the issue due to Tony Blair's electoral success, allowing the debate to shift in favour of a pro-Brexit vote in the EU referendum years later. ...

"I think deep down we always felt despite the difficulties we would be able to persuade people of the benefits of immigration and the benefits of the EU. We did to a large extent but where we are now, on both issues, suggests that we did not cement the political views we were putting forward."

The diaries, Campbell's fifth volume and available from Thursday, record Blair's pollster Philip Gould raising immigration as a key factor in loss of support for Labour as early as 2004.
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The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla review – racial identity in the UK
Sukhdev Sandhu
The Observer, 2 October 2016

And so, crowdfunded in just three days (including a pledge of £5,000 from JK Rowling), comes this collection of 21 essays: "a document of what it means to be a person of colour now".

Small-town memoirs, critiques of the cultural assumptions of children's books, sociological accounts of the impact of caste on diasporic communities, speculative histories about white T-shirts being imported to this country via Somali and Yemeni dockworkers in the early 20th century: the voices here are younger rather than older, mostly English, those of digital natives or at least those comfortable flexing their identities across the shifting terrain of social media.

There are a number of fine essays. ...

The soft power of US popular culture has had an impact on many of the book's contributors. /.../ The reality of Britain is vibrant multiculturalism, but the myth we export is an all-white world of Lords and Ladies. Conversely, American society is pretty segregated, but the myth they export is of a racial melting pot solving crimes and fighting aliens side by side." Leaving aside counterexamples (Luther, the far from monocultural Lewis), it may be that a totem of post-1980s cultural studies – the link between media representations of social groups and their political representation – has been oversold. ...

Reading The Good Immigrant, it's hard to imagine that after the second world war many Poles, Ukrainians and Hungarians moved to the UK. The lives and loves of Irish settlers and of the Roma are far less documented than those coming from South Asia or the Caribbean. Today a good number of immigrants are from eastern Europe: they often take up low-paid manual jobs, are accused (not infrequently by black people and Asians) of being parasites and thieves, and are – post-Brexit – increasingly liable to be attacked. The idea, tacitly promoted by this essay collection, that their whiteness confers on them any kind of distinction, privilege or cultural centrality is unsustainable.
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Jeremy Corbyn could heal Labour's immigration divide. Sadly, he's doing the opposite
Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian, 1 October 2016

In this haze of obfuscation, Jeremy Corbyn shines bright as a beacon of clarity. /.../ but on the intimately related issue of free movement he made his position crystal clear this week. In so doing, he confirmed that immigration has emerged as the defining dividing line in his fractious party.

Corbyn's stance is admirable and principled. ...

It is a noble case, a rare defence of migrants, a group routinely maligned. The trouble is, Corbyn's stance is directly at odds with large swaths of his own party: those who would think of themselves as Labour realists. /.../ They are united in believing that the verdict of the electorate is now unmistakable. The voters want immigration controlled, they declared that loud and clear on 23 June and they can be ignored no longer.

I confess I find myself deeply torn on this most radioactive of topics. ...

And yet, I cannot ignore what Rayner, Reeves and the rest are saying. None of them is a racist. None hates migrants. None of them would, I believe, be calling for increased controls on immigration if they could see another option. But they are simply listening to what has become the settled will of the people they represent.

This divide goes deeper than just immigration. It touches on class and geography too. ...

... For many, free movement is the price that has to be paid for the prize of single market membership. Corbyn's position is: let's give up the prize, but keep paying the price. At a stroke, he angers both Labour's remainers and its leavers, depriving both of what they cherish most. Whatever the opposite of a political sweet spot is, Corbyn has found it. ...

... What if it's not just the strain on services and pressure on pay that makes people fear immigration? What if it's actually more nebulous, and more toxic, questions of culture and identity that lie at the heart of this matter?

Easing the shortage of homes or GP appointments and boosting wages would certainly draw some of the sting from the immigration question. Government should take those steps. But it's optimistic to imagine that such action would dispel all the rage MPs such as Reeves are encountering every day. It amounts to telling voters that they don't understand their own feelings, that their concern over the changing face of their communities is simply an error, a case of false consciousness that will recede with a sufficient injection of public cash.
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Mass migration lowers wages by £450 and 'DOES NOT work for British people'
Laura Mowat
Daily Express, 1 October 2016

An MP has lashed out about the UK's desperate need to control EU immigration as he reveals it lowers wages by £450 for the working class and has called for a "renaissance" for the towns and regions of Britain.

The MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, was speaking in the House of Commons to bring in a bill to implement the withdrawal of the UK from the EU when he said that British people "are deeply concerned about the level of uncontrolled EU immigration".

He added: "They were told, and it was pledged in manifestos, that net migration would be brought down to tens of thousands, but last year the figure was 330,000."

The 45-year-old politician said that research conducted by the Resolution Foundation shows that mass migration has caused wages to be about £450 lower for the hard working classes of Britain.

He said: "According to the foundation, if we did succeed in bringing migration down to tens of thousands, they would have a pay rise."

He also referred to work by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which states that mass migration "does not benefit the people of Britain or those in the rest of the world".
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Sex slavery: 12,000 Nigerian women hit Italy by sea in two years
Larry Nwabuoku
OnlineNigeria, 1 October 2016

... one of around 12,000 Nigerian women who reached Italy by sea over the past two years, official data shows.

That is a six-fold increase over the previous two-year period. Young, exhausted and vulnerable, many victims report being told that prostitution is the only way to repay hefty debts ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 euros ($28,000-$112,000) to their traffickers, Italian charities say. ...

... With numbers of Nigerians rising in Sicily, prostitution is a thriving business, campaigners say though nobody knows exactly how many women end up plying their trade on the streets. ...

More than 13,500 unaccompanied minors – some from Nigeria – were "reached" by social workers in 2013 and 2014, with around 9,200 taken into Italian state care, according to a report commissioned by the interior ministry. ...

The number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy has almost doubled in the past year, surpassing 6,300 in the first eight months of 2016, up from 3,400 for the same period last year, according to the IOM. Unaccompanied children from Nigeria – some as young as 10 or 11 – have also flocked to Italy. Around 1,700 arrived in the first eight months of this year, while 1,000 came during the whole of 2015, the IOM data shows.
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Assimilation and the immigration debate: shifting people's attitudes
Eric Kaufmann
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 1 October 2016
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London]

In a hard-hitting piece in a recent Fabians' report by senior Labour figures, Facing the Unknown, pollster James Morris writes that Labour must engage with the genuine concerns many ordinary Britons have about immigration. However, Labour's leaders continue to deflect concerns onto the comfortable terrain of public spending and local planning. /.../ Unfortunately, academic research suggests these policies will have little or no effect on the public's view of immigration.

The consensus from scholarly research across the West is that cultural, not economic, motivations are central for those who want lower immigration. Immigration strips away the hazy illusion in the minds of many White Britons that their group is more or less the same thing as Britain. This ethnicises the majority, notably those who cherish their cultural traditions, myths and memories.

In response, politicians from Gordon Brown to David Cameron have articulated a centralised Britishness based on common values and institutions. But the question politicians need to be asking is not, 'What does it mean to be British,' but rather 'What does it mean to be White British' in an age of migration. This is not racist, but reflects the fact that all ethnic groups – including the majority – want their community to have a future.

One liberal way groups perpetuate themselves is by assimilating others who wish to join. ...

Having written about this following UKIP's ascent in 2014, I was curious whether knowing these facts might change the way White British people think about immigration. To find out, I conducted a survey, but split it into three random groups. All answered questions about immigration, but two of the groups were assigned to read a short passage about national identity. ...

... When White British respondents read a story about change and diversity, this made them slightly more worried about immigration than when they read no passage. But when they read about how immigrants are assimilating into their ethnic group, they became noticeably more relaxed. ...

It's also the case that national identity is not monolithic but in the eye of the beholder: some members of minority groups may prefer to see Britain as ever-changing while conservative white Britons consider it a timeless river. It's up to politicians to reach out to both with a different message, secure in the knowledge there is no single way of perceiving the nation.
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Archbishop of York says EU countries are 'shunting migrants' towards UK
The Guardian, 30 September 2016

The archbishop of York has accused European countries of pushing migrants towards Britain and warned that the UK should not be regarded as a "soft touch".

John Sentamu said the refugee camp in Calais only existed because the Schengen free-travel zone allowed migrants to move from the Middle East or Africa through Europe to the edge of the Channel without passport checks.

The Church of England's second-highest cleric told the Henley literary festival that the countries in the Schengen area should "own up to what they have created".

"I think it should be that, wherever the asylum seekers arrive in that particular place, you have a responsibility for their care, their love," the Daily Mail reported him saying.

"Schengen countries have not done that with the 'Jungle' and I, for one – as much as I am sympathetic and I feel sorry for the number of people genuinely seeking asylum – I think really the issue lies with the Schengen countries and they cannot see Britain as a soft touch."

Sentamu, who fled Idi Amin's regime in Uganda in 1973 for the UK, visited the Calais camp in June.

He said the UK could not be held responsible for the camp because it had never been part of the visa-free zone. ...

"Every nation is shunting them and shunting them and shunting them in the hope that they will end up in the UK." ...

The archbishop praised David Cameron's policy of giving aid to Middle Eastern nations to help refugees stay in their home countries.

In comments that could spark criticism from refugee groups, Sentamu said that Britain should begin naval patrols of the Libyan coast to prevent people smuggling.

"What I never understood is, given the ability and the number of British ships we've got, why aren't they patrolling the coast around Libya to stop people getting into boats?" he asked.
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Arrests of illegal immigrants HALVES - but ministers insist they are tackling problems
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 30 September 2016

The number of illegal workers arrested in the UK has almost HALVED in just two years, despite repeated promises from the Home Office to tackle the problem.

Shocking figures show the number of foreigners found to be working in the UK illegally has declined by 41 per cent.

Between 2013 and 2014, 8,143 illegal immigrants were found to be unlawfully employed in the UK.

In stark contrast, just 4,814 were uncovered between 2015 and 2016.

A drop in the number of illegal workers sent back home also emerged in results from a Freedom of Information Request.

During 2013 and 2014, the Home Office booted out 3,400 illegal immigrants.

But this had slumped by 27 per cent with 1,295 caught by 2015 and 2016. ...

Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of the MigrationWatch campaign, said: "These figures simply show that the response to illegal immigration has fallen woefully short.

"While the government's latest legislation has led to welcome new measures to tackle the problem, it will be just as important for those enforcing the immigration rules to have the resources they need to do the job."
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Child asylum numbers in UK soar to RECORD HIGH
Daily Express, 30 September 2016

The number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children being looked after in the UK has jumped by more than half in the space of a year.

A total of 4,210 children claiming asylum were reported as being in the care of local authorities as of March 31 2016.

This was up 54 per cent on the previous year, according to new figures from the Department for Education.

It is also the highest total since current records began in 2004.

Roughly nine in 10 of the children were male, while three in four were aged 16 or over.
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Migrant child brides put Europe in a spin
BBC, 30 September 2016

Should a 14-year-old married girl who migrates to Europe be viewed as a child - or a spouse?

The issue has put European governments in a spin: forcing a policy U-turn in Denmark, new legislation in the Netherlands and an agonised debate in Germany. ...

The question is one of rights and protections - but which? When authorities stop minors cohabiting with their older spouses, are they combating child abuse or breaking up (often already traumatised) families? ...

Denmark's response has swung first one way and then the other. ...

The policy was reversed earlier this week - with children as young as 14 reunited with their husbands - after the issue was raised with the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) by lawmaker Josephine Fock. ...

In the Netherlands, policy has shifted in the other direction - with the government moving swiftly last year to close a legal loophole which allowed child brides to live with older husbands in asylum centres. ...

The issue takes on much broader significance in Germany, which has greeted some 1.2 million migrants since last year under Chancellor Angela Merkel's "open-door" policy.

Here the authorities' response has been inconsistent and, some claim, confused.

Data suggest that in Germany there are at least 1,000 marriages where one or both parties are under the legal marriage age of 18, of which more than half are in the southern state of Bavaria. ...

And the issue only threatens to become more pressing, despite the efforts of global campaign groups to eliminate child marriage - which they claim in many cases is in fact forced marriage.

Unicef figures from the vast Syrian refugee camps in Jordan suggest the proportion of registered marriages where the bride was under 18 rose from 12% in 2011 (roughly the same as the figure in pre-war Syria) to 18% in 2012, and as high as 25% by 2013.

And Jordan's Chief Islamic Justice Department was recently quoted as saying child marriages represented about 35% of all marriages of Syrian refugees in 2015.
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Historian: Crooked School Lessons Present Islam as Peaceful, Demonise Christians
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 September 2016

A historian has slammed the double standards employed in French schools which present Muslim conquerors as peaceful and brilliant, and Christians as backwards oppressors.

Against the backdrop of terror attacks and rising Islamic extremism worldwide, teacher and author Barbara Lefebvre contends that education on Islam has "never been more necessary". But the historian, who has published several books on the Holocaust, argues that textbooks' sanitisation of Muslim conquests and their presentation of an Islamic supremacist version of history is completely unhelpful.

The historian says textbooks focus on the "peaceful coexistence" of Muslims and Christians and that official guidelines tell teachers not to study "events that tend to emphasise the warlike contacts".

She draws attention to the fact that, incredibly, books use the term "resuming control" when describing Mohammed's conquests of previously non-Muslim areas. This presents as legitimate "reconquests" the warlord's bloody takeovers of regions that were never previously Muslim, nor his territory.

This directive is ignored, she notes, when it comes to the Crusades, as prominent textbooks title their chapter on the subject of Christian self-defence "Violent Holy Wars". This period of history, and the Spanish people's reconquest of their own country, is told through a series of bloodthirsty "crimes", Lefebvre notes.

The focal point of peaceful cooperation between the two religions is exemplified by trading relations in the French curriculum. However, Lefebvre observes that even this narrative follows a Muslim supremacist agenda as textbooks "unanimously describe Islamic civilisation as 'brilliant'" and claim that all the West is hugely in debt to Arabic science. ...

The professor describes as "disconcerting" the fact that textbooks rely entirely on Muslim sources for accounts of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

As a result, pupils in French classrooms are taught that non-Muslims welcomed being conquered and invaded as "a blessing". ...

By focusing on an idealised image of "peaceful coexistence" under Muslim rule, Lefebvre blasts the narrative French schools project by completely neglecting to clarify the conditions under which non-Muslims were forced to live. ...

Further, she argues that to summarise the life of non-Muslims living under Islamic rule as being protected in return for a tax is completely dishonest. ...

Lefebvre notes that while textbooks devote whole pages to crimes committed by Europeans, Arab crimes are completely omitted. A clear example of this, she points out, is that textbooks neglect to mention Muslims' 13 centuries-long enslavement of Africans. ...

The professor argues that it's wrong that the issue of Islamic slavery is completely absent from classrooms when children learn that the suffering of Africans throughout the centuries "comes down to the Transatlantic Slave Trade".

Furthermore, she brings up the fact that it's impossible to find any history of Arab Muslims opposing slavery, "unlike Europeans who fought for the abolition of this inhuman trade against their slave contemporaries".
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New poll challenges assumption majority of Brits want to end freedom of movement
Demos, 30 September 2016

A new poll published today by Demos think tank and ComRes shows Britons may hold more favourable attitudes towards freedom of movement than is sometimes believed. ...

The results showed only 20 per cent would back continuing the current arrangements of freedom of movement. But respondents were divided between continuing the principle of freedom of movement, while restricting access to welfare for four years and access for those with criminal records (41 per cent), and those who wanted to restrict free access by default and introduce a new 'Australian-style' points-based system or similar (39 per cent).

This means that 61 per cent of Britons would prefer to maintain some freedom of movement as the default position, with or without reform, compared to the 39 per cent who would like to scrap freedom of movement in favour of a points-based system or similar.

Reflecting three likely immigration options on the table for the Government in its Brexit negotiations, the poll did not offer respondents the option to choose to completely end all immigration.

However, the relatively low support for continuing the status quo, shows that a significant portion of all British voters were also hoping for the system to be reformed – suggesting that immigration was in fact an issue in both Leave and Remain camps.
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Bulgaria bans full-face veils in public places
Angel Krasimirov
Reuters, 30 September 2016

Bulgaria's parliament on Friday banned the wearing of face veils in public in a move supporters said would boost security after Islamist militant attacks in Europe, but which drew criticism from Amnesty International. ...

According to the law, clothing hiding the face may not be worn in government offices, schools, cultural institutions and places of public recreation, but exceptions are allowed for health or professional reasons. ...

Muslims make up about 12 percent of Bulgaria's 7.2 million population and most belong to a centuries-old community, largely ethnic Turks.

Muslim women in the country traditionally do not wear niqabs or burqas, except for a small group in the Roma community who have recently started, sparking tensions in the city of Pazarzhik.

Many Bulgarians are concerned that the migrant inflows into Europe may pose a threat to their predominantly Orthodox Christian culture and help radicalize part of the country's long-established Muslim minority.
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Migrants Bringing Rare Diseases Strain Health Service
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 30 September 2016

Incoming migrants are bringing long-eradicated diseases to Germany and are putting the medical system under extreme stress.

As well as bringing a rising tide of crime and attitudes towards women that many consider incompatible with modern European values, the over one and a half million migrants who flowed into Germany last year have also brought unheard-of and rare strains of diseases to the continent. The new arrivals and their illnesses are putting pressure on the German health care system, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...

Gastrointestinal and liver diseases, scabies, and tuberculosis (TB) are common amongst migrants. Henning Mothes from the Jena University Hospital in Hamburg said that German doctors are struggling to diagnose TB as the symptoms that the migrants are displaying are not typical, and the disease often goes undiagnosed. ...

Another illness common in the Arab world, but unheard of in Europe, is a parasite found in foxes and dogs that can be transmitted to humans. The parasite can cause severe damage to the liver, forming large cysts that are difficult to diagnose and only a skilled specialist is able to operate on them. ...

Many of the diseases that migrants carry are fortunately not contagious to the general population but there have been several cases in the past year of highly-contagious diseases being spread among the migrant population.
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Does "uncontrolled mass migration" push down wages?
Full Fact, 30 September 2016

Research suggests that immigration has a small impact on the average wages of existing workers, but certain groups of people are affected differently. For example, low-wage workers lose out while medium and high-paid workers gain.

The group most likely to see a reduction in wages because of immigration to an area are resident workers who were originally migrants themselves.

If an area sees a 10% increase in the proportion of immigrants working in semi-skilled or unskilled service jobs, average wages in those sectors decrease by around 2%, according to one particular study by the Bank of England.

But between 2004/06 and 2012/14 the ratio of foreign born to UK born workers across the whole of the UK only rose by 8% in low-skilled and semi-skilled service jobs, so this is a relatively small effect. Other sectors looked at in the report saw smaller increases.
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How tragic that Corbyn has learnt nothing from my government's mistakes over immigration
Jack Straw
Daily Mail, 29 September 2016

By 2014 nearly 800,000 Poles had settled here.

Overall there are now 5.5 million UK residents who are foreign nationals, and more than eight million who are foreign born. ...

Well, 100,000 people live in my former constituency of Blackburn.

It's neither racist nor xenophobic to point out that three times the total population of this fine town had to be absorbed in Britain last year, on top of numbers not much smaller in previous years.

The UK has one of the highest and best-enforced minimum wages in the EU – which can act as a magnet to people who live on the Continent. ...

It's certainly the case that many employers give jobs to East Europeans because they don't believe they can recruit indigenous workers.

But that is not the perception of many lower-income British voters.

I have met too many people, as decent and hard working as anyone – who complain bitterly that their living standards and their opportunities have been adversely affected by mass migration – to dismiss their concerns as fabricated.

These were and are traditionally seen by Labour as 'our people' – not in a condescending way, but because my party came into existence precisely to improve the lives of the working classes (or whatever euphemism we may use today).

But 'our people' have tragically been deserting my party. ...

But it's a mistake to assume that concerns about unrestricted migration are confined to white voters.

I met plenty of people while I was canvassing for Remain in the EU referendum who were first or second generation immigrants who were also very worried.

How on earth, they asked me, can this country accommodate net migration of up to 300,000 a year, on top of natural growth in our population, without this straining public services and living standards?

No doubt many of those people voted for Brexit back in June. ...

In his conference speech yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn half-acknowledged these uncomfortable truths about our lost voters.

He counselled against 'patronising or lecturing' those who voted Leave: 'We have to hear their concerns about jobs, about public services, about wages, about immigration, about a future for their children.'

But 'hearing' is one thing. 'Listening and learning' is quite another – and tragically for my party, as well as the country, Mr Corbyn showed no sign he is proposing to act on what he has heard.

Quite the opposite – for it seems to be his stated position this week that he does not want to restrict immigration at all.

That, he says, would only fan the 'flames of fear'. ...

It's curious, too, that Mr Corbyn has manoeuvred himself to defend a situation – huge net migration into Britain – that was never the policy objective of any political party, still less ever endorsed by voters.

When did the Labour Party ever commit itself to that, Jeremy? Never, is the answer. ...

Overall, as I witnessed in my former constituency, which now has more than a third of its population of Asian heritage, we Brits have shown remarkable readiness to adapt to new neighbours from abroad.

But what voters want, and the country needs, is a government getting a grip, clearly taking steps to control who comes into this country.

Almost every Labour MP I know wants that.
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Andy Burnham Warns Labour Not To 'Patronise' Brexit Voters Who Want Immigration Control
Owen Bennett
The Huffington Post, 29 September 2016

Andy Burnham today warned Labour must listen to the millions of its voters who voted for Brexit as he announced he was quitting the Shadow Cabinet to focus on his bid to be Manchester Mayor. ...

Burnham used his final speech as Shadow Home Secretary to urge Labour to learn the lessons from Brexit, in particular around immigration.

Speaking from the conference stage this morning, he said: "This party must fully face up to this fact: millions of lifelong Labour supporters voted to leave the EU and - let's be honest - voted for change on immigration.

"We haven't yet even begun to show to them that we understand why.

"I don't want to hear this party make the patronising argument that people didn't understand their Referendum vote. They understood it very well. ..."
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'We either protect Europe or we LOSE it' Hungary PM would deport all illegal migrants
Agnes Kegl
Daily Express, 29 September 2016

"We either protect our home Europe or we are going to lose it completely," Hungary's prime minster said today as he ramped-up anti-migrant rhetoric ahead of the weekend referendum.

Sunday's vote is essentially to decide whether Hungary's borders are controlled by the national parliament or by the EU. ...

Mr Orban said: "By a successful referendum we can possibly succeed in fights with those who want to weaken Europe by uncontrolled migration.

"We should deport all of those who entered Europe unlawfully. We either protect our home, Europe, or we are going to lose it completely."
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Daily Express Attacked For 'Wholly Incorrect' Claim That Thousands Of Asylum Seekers Have 'Vanished'
Louise Ridley
The Huffington Post, 29 September 2016

A Daily Express front page has been branded "wholly incorrect" by the Home Office and "dangerous" by a charity, after it claimed 12,000 asylum seekers in Britain have "vanished" and are "on the run".

The newspaper's lead story on Wednesday said that thousands of asylum seekers have "skipped their first meeting with border chiefs and vanished" after "giving authorities the slip".

But its claim has been dismissed by the Home Office, which says the data it gave The Express provided no evidence that anyone disappeared.

The Express based its claim on the Home Office's most recent 'Asylum Transparency Data' which says that one in six asylum applicants fail to attend their first asylum appointment - the equivalent of 11,988 current cases.

It claimed the "shocking statistic" had "emerged" after it obtained the information under Freedom of Information laws, but the figure was in fact publicly available on the Home Office website over a month ago.

The Express story, headlined online as: 'REVEALED: immigration crisis laid bare' claimed thousands of asylum seekers had "disappeared from under the noses of immigration officials", including migrants who had tried to "sneak into the UK". ...

But the Home Office said there was no evidence to support the claim that asylum seekers have vanished, and that the one in six figure the Express used only reflected "the proportion of people who simply didn't attend a first interview".

That figure includes people who have attended subsequent meetings after missing their first appointment and doesn't mean people have dropped off the radar, it explained.
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'Th' sound to vanish from English language by 2066 because of multiculturalism, say linguists
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2016

Visitors expecting to hear the Queen's English spoken on the streets of London in 50 years may need to "fink" again.

By 2066, linguists are predicting that the "th" sound will vanish completely in the capital because there are so many foreigners who struggle to pronounce interdental consonants - the term for a sound created by pushing the tongue against the upper teeth.

Already Estuary English – a hybrid of Cockney and received pronunciation (RP) which is prevalent in the South East – is being replaced by Multicultural London English (MLE) which is heavily influenced by Caribbean, West African and Asian Communities.

But within the next few decades immigration will have fundamentally altered the language, according to experts at the University of York. ...

Other changes likely to become widespread by 2066 include a habit known as "yod dropping" in which the "u" sound is replaced with an "oo". It means that "duke" becomes "dook", "news" is pronounced "nooze" and "beauty" changes to "booty".

Consonant "smushing" is also predicted where two sounds collapse together completely so that "wed" and "red" will soon be indistinguishable.

Likewise the "l" at the end of words will be dropped so that the words "Paul", "paw" and "pool" all sound the same. Similiarly, "text" will lose the final "t" to become "tex".

And, the glottal stop pronunciation of "t" – a brief catch in the throat when the tongue tip closed against the roof of the mouth – will be the default pronunciation.
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How Jeremy Corbyn can solve the immigration conundrum
Alex Balch
The Conversation, 29 September 2016
[Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool]

The post-Brexit eruption of anti-foreigner hatred has opened up an opportunity for opposition politicians to assert moral leadership over immigration. As he delivered his leader's speech to the annual party conference in Liverpool, Jeremy Corbyn attempted to step up.

But for all the talk of needing a new approach on immigration, the prospect of uniting his party around a policy seems unlikely. And given how toxic this debate has become, perhaps the moral position is to talk about immigration less, not more.

It is exceedingly difficult to deliver a convincing formula on immigration with wide appeal. It's something Labour has struggled with since well before Corbyn's time. ...

However, Corbyn has tied himself in knots by promising to listen to the concerns of those who voted for Brexit while also claiming that talk of cutting immigration numbers would "sow division" and "fan the flames of fear".

History is littered with previous attempts by Labour politicians to resolve the issue. In the 1960s, Roy Hattersley came up with the liberal equation of tougher controls alongside new integration measures – ie. "race relations". More recently, David Blunkett, home secretary under Tony Blair, resorted to a Jekyll and Hyde approach. "Good" immigrants were traded off against "bad". Some should be let in and others not.

The conundrum for Corbyn is even more complex. For a start, his own support base is divided on the issue. ...

It is unfashionable to say it, but there needs to be less focus on immigration because it distracts and obfuscates.
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Science centres must engage with more diverse audiences or risk becoming 'obsolete'
Tom Anstey
Attractions Management, 29 September 2016

Linda Conlon, chief executive of Newcastle's International Centre for Life, has said science centres need to engage with more diverse audiences, particularly refugee and migrant groups.

Echoing some of the sentiments of Elizabeth Rasekoala, who said during her keynote speech at this year's Ecsite conference that 'Eurocentric' science centres were hindering education in STEM for black youths, Conlon said that science centres need to engage with refugees and migrants or risk becoming "obsolete". ...

"Migration of people in and out of countries has produced an emotional backlash against immigration, refugees and indeed the entire idea of globalisation. Starkly put, economic issues affect the head, identity issues hit the heart," said Conlon, speaking at the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC) annual conference in Tampa, Florida. ...

"There will come a point, sooner for some of us than others, when the current core audience becomes the minority. When that tipping point inevitably occurs - we need to be ready," said Conlon.
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Survey finds white workers less enthusiastic about diversity quotas
David Hutchison
The Stage, 29 September 2016

White arts workers are less likely than other ethnic groups to favour quotas and penalties as a way to improve the diversity of the sector, according to a new survey.

It also found that four out of five in the sector said better diversity in the workforce was either a "top strategic priority" or "important".

The survey by ArtsProfessional asked more than 500 workers about diversity in the arts and ways it can be improved.

Financial incentives for employees and organisations proved popular with both white and BAME respondents, with more than 60% in both groups saying each idea would definitely or probably help.

But when it came to stricter measures, such as employment quotas, financial penalties for poor diversity or "naming and shaming", there was a much bigger split.

Just 21% of white arts workers said quotas should definitely or probably be implemented, compared with 45% of BAME workers.

Half of the BAME respondents said organisations with low diversity should be named and shamed, compared with just under a quarter of white workers surveyed.

Financial penalties for non-diverse organisations were also more popular among BAME workers, with half saying they should definitely or probably be implemented, next to 24% of white respondents.

The survey also found that 61% agreed that "a shallow pool of diverse candidates for work opportunities" was a barrier to their organisation to improving diversity.
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Mass Immigration Is Correlated To Higher Levels Of Crime, But Not Causal
Science 2.0, 29 September 2016

It is common to equate high levels of immigration with increases in the crime rate because there are increases in the crime rate according to every statistic, but the opposite can be true, according to University of Huddersfield criminology lecturer Dr. Dainis Ignatans, who carried out statistical analysis of UK communities.

His latest article, in the International Review of Victimology, analyzes the changed distribution of crime by offenze type and is based on data extracted from a total of almost 600,000 respondents to the Crime Survey for England and Wales between 1982 and 2012.

What do police not think is worth very much? Asking people on surveys about crime, especially when actual crime is different than what people claim on surveys.

"My research shows that areas with very high concentrations of immigrant populations tend to have much lower police recorded crime rates than areas with low or medium concentrations of immigrants," Ignatans said.

Confounder: People in high immigration areas tend to be insular and won't call the police.

The data from The British Crime Survey was presented by Ignatans at conferences in the UK and overseas. "I have been looking at patterns across England and Wales which demonstrate that regions which have very strong clustering of immigrant populations consistently have much lower recorded crime rates – regardless of the crime type," he said, and added that the reductions took place both within and outside the immigrant populations. "There is no specific point at which the good effect kicks in. It depends on the distribution of the people."

Explanations for the crime drop could include the fact that concentrated immigrant communities have felt a sense of home and belonging and the positive features of their culture have led to communal improvement.

Integration and assimilation

Ignatans argues for an important distinction between the concepts of "integration" and "assimilation". Immigrants can integrate successfully with the wider community even if they do not assimilate culturally, he contends. "If we permit immigrants to demonstrate the best of their culture, we can all benefit from it and districts with high levels of migrants will improve greatly over time. "But if we create lots of districts where those cultures are oppressed or where cultures are forcibly mixed – such as council estates where people from all backgrounds are put together – then those areas are very high in crime and tend not to do particularly well."
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Labour MP Rachel Reeves: Riots could sweep streets of Britain if immigration isn't curbed after Brexit
Caroline Mortimer
Independent, 28 September 2016

Former Shadow Cabinet minister Rachel Reeves has warned that Britain could "explode" into rioting if immigration is not curbed after Brexit.

The former Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary warned that there were "bubbling tensions" over immigration that could spill over into violence if the deal agreed with the rest of the EU did not include an end to freedom of movement.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon, the Leeds West MP said the party must listen to voters' concerns.

She said: "We have got to get this right because there are bubbling tensions in this country that I just think could explode.

"You had those riots in 2011... If riots started again in Leeds and bits of my constituency - it's like a tinderbox." ...

In an essay for a collection released by the Fabian Society earlier this month, she wrote: "Immigration controls and ending free movement has to be a red line post-Brexit – otherwise we we will be holding the voters in contempt.
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Now Corbyn's in La La Land on migrants: Labour leader defies Brexit vote to back unlimited EU immigration
Jason Groves and Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 28 September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn will today defy the Brexit vote by committing Labour to unlimited EU immigration.

Ruling out curbs on free movement, he will tell his party's annual conference: 'We will not sow division or fan the flames of fear.'

Instead he will unveil plans for a 'migrant impact fund' to build schools and hospitals in under-pressure areas.

And, bizarrely, he wants to harmonise wages across Europe to make moving to a different country less attractive. ...

Labour sources said the size of the migrant impact fund would be based on need – with no limit on the demands imposed on taxpayers.

'It is not an objective to reduce the numbers,' said Mr Corbyn's spokesman.

'It is to reduce the issues caused by immigration.'

Asked if Mr Corbyn wants curbs on free movement as part of the Brexit deal, he replied: 'No, not at all.'

In a round of broadcast interviews last night, Mr Corbyn said: 'What I would do about immigration is try to bring about a degree of coterminosity, a degree of equality of work conditions and wages across Europe.

'Post-Brexit, I have been talking to colleagues in socialist parties all across Europe about how we bring in harmonisation of wages and working conditions, which would help reduce the numbers of people flowing each way.'
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Britain's immigration crisis laid bare as 12,000 asylum seekers VANISH
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 28 September 2016

Britain's immigration crisis is laid bare today as figures reveal that up to 12,000 asylum seekers are on the run.

An investigation has shown that of 77,440 asylum cases in progress, one in six skipped their first meeting with border chiefs and vanished.

The 11,988 include migrants seized and held while trying to sneak into the UK but who have subsequently given authorities the slip.

A rise in numbers trying to cross the Channel from northern France has seen border security stretched to breaking point.

Many of those intercepted are thought to have been set free to join illegal immigrants already here.

The alarming Home Office statistic released to the Daily Express under Freedom of Information laws may even be the tip of the iceberg. ...

The UK's booming black economy is estimated to be worth £150 billion, supporting at least 1.1 million people who could be here illegally. ...

MigrationWatch UK's Alp Mehmet said: "While illegal immigration continues to be a huge problem, the resources devoted to dealing with it remain inadequate.

"The number of enforced removals has barely changed for 15 years.

"The Border Force and enforcement teams must have the budgets, support and political backing to deal with illegal immigration."

Asylum claims rose by 38 per cent to 34,687 last year.

Most came from Iran, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Syria. Including dependants, the number stood at 41,563.

Asylum cost the UK £546 million last year. ...

A Home Office spokesman denied that almost 12,000 asylum seekers were missing but could not provide a figure on how many there were.

He said: "The figure includes asylum seekers who simply did not turn up for their first interview. Therefore the figure includes individuals who attended subsequent meetings.

"Prior to 2009, there was no mechanism in place to trace absconders. We now have a dedicated national absconder tracing team which works closely with the police, other government agencies and commercial companies."
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Migrant quotas WILL be axed says EU president as millions flock to Europe
Rehema Figueiredo
Daily Express, 28 September 2016

Migrant quotas imposed by the EU are to be dropped according to its current President Robert Fico, who has vowed to fight the wave of illegal immigration into Europe.

The Slovakian Prime Minister said the idea that Brussels could force countries to take in a certain number of migrants is "politically finished". ...

Several eastern European countries have fought the policy adopted last year that would force all EU countries to take in some of the hundreds of thousands of people seeking asylum in the bloc.

Slovakia and Hungary have both challenged the quotas at the European Court of Justice.
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'Grant immigrants the right to vote', say researchers
University of Bristol, 28 September 2016

National election results in the UK could look vastly different if all immigrants had the right to vote, which they should, according to new research.

The researchers, from the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, found that if all of England and Wales' estimated 2.3 million adult immigrants had been able to vote in the 2015 general election, up to 95 parliamentary seats could have been won by a different party.

They argue that all 'legally resident aliens' (i.e. immigrants) who contribute to the UK economy and are directly affected by the decisions of the UK government ought to have the right to vote. Under the current status quo, some immigrants can vote in UK national elections but others cannot.

Dr Sean Fox, lead author of the study, said: "This inequality of access to political voice is inconsistent with the core principle of equality that underpins democracy, as is restricting the right of any legal resident alien to vote in UK general elections." ...

Dr Fox said: "After losing a legal challenge, the 2.15 million adult EU citizens living and working in Britain at the time of the election were not able to vote in the EU membership referendum. The Leave campaign won by 1,269,501 votes... a significant margin, but one that could easily have been reversed if resident EU citizens had been granted the right to vote in a referendum in which they had a clear, direct and personal interest. Their exclusion is in direct conflict with the underlying principles of democracy."
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Swedish churches are AIDING migrants hiding from authorities amid asylum crack down
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 28 September 2016

Swedish churches have admitted to aiding migrants who have gone into hiding from the authorities after having their asylum-applications denied.

New figures show that more than 12.000 failed asylum applicants are wanted by the police after disappearing of the radar.

And astonishingly, the churches are helping the in-hiding migrants with food and medicine, according to SVT.

Deacon in Linköping, Anna Ramén, said she estimated that 500 to 1000 failed asylum-seekers have gone under ground in her area alone. ...

"The help we can offer is not enough [because] there are so many." ...

It is illegal for any foreigner to remain in the country after having an application from asylum denied.
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ISIS INVASION: Thousands of jihadis headed for Europe as spooks predict wave of terror
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 27 September 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) is set to unleash a wave of terror on Europe as thousands of jihadis head back to the continent from Syria and Iraq, security chiefs have warned today. ...

And now the EU's counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove has warned that thousands more trained, violent and mentally unhinged jihadis are heading home from the Middle East with the intention of wreaking havoc on Europe's streets. ...

Mr de Kerchove, who is the EU's senior anti-terror official, told MEPs: "The terrorist threat has never been so high in the last 20 years.

"We fear that Daesh might step-by-step move to other modus operandi. Car bombs might be one. We know how much they learn how to build vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. And there is a concern as well on the use of chemical weapons." ...

More than 5,000 EU passport holders are believed to have travelled to conflict areas in Syria and Iraq, and it is feared many of them will come back and launch attacks at home now that the dream of an Islamic Caliphate has all but vanished.

Mr de Kerchove said: "A serious issue is the returnees, the exodus of the fighters, not if because we are sure that it will happen, but when the Caliphate will collapse.

"How will we handle not hundreds but thousands of fighters who will either want to go to another hotspot – Libya is probably the most obvious one but there are many others where they can hide – or they may want to get back home? ..."

The anti-terror chief also warned of a worrying side effect of an EU-wide drive to stop Europeans from travelling to join ISIS in the Middle East, which has meant they have stayed at home and become radicalised online instead.

He said: "We have fewer and fewer Europeans going to Syria because it is more difficult to reach Syria these days, but we have more and more people inspired."

And Mr de Kerchove warned that ISIS recruiters are in particular targeting Syrian refugees arriving in Europe, who are seen as easy prey for radicalisation.
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Iraqi crime lord dubbed the 'Godfather of traffickers' made £364,500 a MONTH smuggling migrants into the UK from France
Sam Tonkin
MailOnline, 27 September 2016

An Iraqi crime lord dubbed the 'Godfather of traffickers' and king of the Calais Jungle made £364,500 a month smuggling migrants into Britain from France.

Twana Jamal, 36, was busted after fed-up migrants turned on him and tipped off the authorities about his illegal cross-Channel operation.

UK police are now working to smash the British arm of his smuggling empire by tracking down fellow gang members and seizing Jamal's cash.

His personal fortune includes more than £1 million made from charging migrants £4,500 a time to bring them to Britain, according to The Sun.

The money is said to have been funnelled through criminal 'bankers' in London's Kurdish community and laundered under the guise of car washes and restaurants.

Jamal was also reported to be the 'go-to' guy for getting to the UK from other camps along the French coast, ferrying lorry loads of migrants at a rate of 80-a-month.

Police estimate the operation netted £4 million this year alone – but that is feared to be the tip of the iceberg in a trade worth £3.5 billion a year. ...

He has since been jailed for five years.

Jamal's gang was one of more than 200 busted by French authorities so far this year.
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Parents urged to boycott schools' requests for non-white pupils to prove they're not asylum seekers
Rachael Pells
Independent, 27 September 2016

Parents are being urged to boycott a request to disclose their children's country of birth to schools amid fears it could be used by the Home Office for immigration enforcement.

More than 20 organisations and representatives have backed a campaign calling on Education Secretary Justine Greening to abandon plans to collect the data on every child aged two to 19 in England.

The campaign comes in response to fears the information, which will go into the national pupil database, could then be accessed by immigration officials, in effect, turning school administrators "into border guards". ...

Under the new expanded census, schools are, for the first time, asking parents to say which country their child was born in.

Disclosure is not compulsory, but a report last week found many schools were misinterpreting government guidance and demanding copies of non-white British pupils' passports to determine whether or not they were asylum seekers.

Gracie Mae Bradley, from Against Borders for Children, which is leading the campaign to have the policy overturned, branded the new government guidance "risky and unnecessary".
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Migrant madness: Non-EU citizens get freedom of Europe because Brussels can't agree a plan
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 27 September 2016

Brussels has delayed plans to introduce emergency restrictions on the free movement of non-European Union (EU) citizens.

The EU recently granted visa-free travel to all countries hoping to join the bloc - meaning Turkish, Albanian, Serbian, Albanian, Macedonian and Montenegrin citizens can travel without restriction despite not being member states.

Special dispensation was also given to Georgia and Ukraine, meaning their citizens can also benefit from the free movement agreement. ...

Critics called for an emergency suspension on the free movement of non-EU citizens, to be introduced if too many people overstayed the policy's three month limit for remaining in another country.

Spanish MEP Agustín Díaz de Mera Was said: "We will grant visas but today we have taken a step to include in legislation an urgent procedure to remove visa-free travel for non-EU countries which do not meet European criteria."

The plan was initially approved but the introduction of such a restriction has now been delayed after MEPs refused to sit down together and finalise the issue.

A source within the European Council told MEPs are "reluctant" to discuss the issue - a particularly worrying revelation.
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'THEY WANT LESS FOREIGN-LOOKING PEOPLE' Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Diane Abbott brands the 17 million voters who backed Brexit as racists
Lynn Davidson
The Sun, 27 September 2016

Labour's Shadow Health Secretary branded the 17 million voters who backed Brexit racist yesterday.

Diane Abbott declared that anyone who complains about the EU's freedom of movement simply wants "less foreign-looking people on their streets".

During a Brexit: Unite against Racism and Hatred event at Labour party conference she discussed immigration and freedom of movement insisting it makes "political and economic sense".

Moaning she could not understand why fellow Labour MPs were discussing proposals to restrict immigration, she declared: "The people that complain about the freedom of movement will not be satisfied because what they really want is to see less foreign looking people on their streets." ...

A clutch of moderate Labour MPs including Chuka Umunna, Stephen Kinnock, Jonathan Reynolds, Rachel Reeves and Emma Reynolds who all supported Remain have now called for an end to free movement in a post Brexit deal.
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Migrants desperate to get to UK because they KNOW they are not welcome in France
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 27 September 2016

Migrants in France are desperate to get to Britain because the French are known to be very anti-immigrant, an expert said today. ...

In 2015, out of the 315,000 asylum claims made by Syrian refugees in Europe, only 5,000 applied to France.

According to migration expert Frédéric Pennel, the reason why so many refugees risk their lives to get to the makeshift Jungle tent camp in Calais is not because they want to stay in France and be French, but because they want to get out of France, and start a new life in the UK.

France is known for its anti-migrant ways and its unwelcoming population, he warns.

Mr Pennel explained that most French people say that they do not believe migrants can integrate into their culture and society.

He also said that only 11 per cent believe that immigration has a positive impact on society, compared to 35 per cent of the British.
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'Muslims pose a threat to society': Most Australians wouldn't want a relative to marry a follower of Islam
Freya Noble
Daily Mail Australia, 27 September 2016

A new survey has revealed that 60 per cent of Australians would not want a member of their family to marry a Muslim.

The research, which is part of an ongoing Deakin University study into attitudes towards Islam, also found more than one third of people thought Muslims should be more closely scrutinised at airports.

This comes just a week after a similar poll revealed half of all Australians would support a complete ban on Muslim immigration.

In the Deakin survey, a quarter of respondents said they would be comfortable if all anti-terror efforts focused solely on Muslims.

It showed that Australians have significantly more negative views towards Muslims, and while 60 per cent would be concerned if a Muslim married into their family, 33 per cent would be similarly unhappy over a Jewish fiancé.

Just 8.1 per cent of people would be upset if a relative was marrying a Christian. ...

Co-author of the paper Dr Matteo Vergani, who is a Research Fellow at Deakin's Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, said education was the key to combating these attitudes towards Islam.
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Hillary's Debate Lies
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 27 September 2016

Hillary Clinton repeated her incessant lie last night that the criminal justice system is infected with "systemic racism." Race "determines" how people are "treated in the criminal justice system," she said. Blacks are "more likely [than whites] to be arrested, charged, convicted and incarcerated" for "doing the same thing." Such a dangerous falsehood, should Clinton act on it as president, would result not just in misguided policies but in the continued delegitimation of the criminal justice system. That delegitimation, with its attendant hostility and aggression toward police officers, has already produced the largest one-year surge in homicides in urban areas in nearly a half-century.

Criminologists have tried for decades to prove that the overrepresentation of blacks in prison is due to criminal-justice racism. They have always come up short. They have been forced to the same conclusion as Michael Tonry in his book, Malign Neglect: "Racial differences in patterns of offending, not racial bias by police and other officials, are the principal reason that such greater proportions of blacks than whites are arrested, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned," Tonry wrote. In 1997, criminologists Robert Sampson and Janet Lauritsen reviewed the massive literature on charging and sentencing. They found overwhelming evidence establishing that "large racial differences in criminal offending," not racism, explained why more blacks were in prison proportionately than whites and for longer terms. ...

Clinton reiterated her call for "implicit-bias" training for officers. The premise of such training is that police officers are shooting black males out of such bias. Yet, four studies have come out this year alone that demolish this charge. They show that if there is bias among police officers in their shooting decisions, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. "Implicit-bias" training, based on a lie, is a grotesque waste of resources at a time when officers are desperate for more hands-on tactical training that will help them make those crucial shoot/don't shoot decisions in the field, or avoid being put into such an excruciating situation in the first place. ...

... Law and order are breaking down in inner cities; officers are surrounded by hostile, jeering crowds when they get out of their squad cars to conduct an investigation. Resistance to arrest is up, increasing the chances of an officer's own use of force. And race riots are returning to American cities. The current mendacious narrative about policing and race has to change or we can expect to see further violent-crime increases and further racial violence. It is clear, however, that Hillary Clinton will continue to enflame racial tensions through a set of lies about the criminal-justice system.
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Four in Ten Brits Would Sacrifice EU Trade If It Meant Drop In Immigration
Owen Bennett
The Huffington Post, 26 September 2016

More than four in ten Brits would be prepared to lose trade with the EU if it meant a drop in migration from the continent, an exclusive poll for HuffPost UK reveals.

A BMG opinion poll released today reveals 43 per cent of voters agree that a reduction in trade with the EU is a "price worth paying" for getting back control of immigration.

Just 26 per cent disagreed.

Unsurprisingly, Ukip voters are the most prepared to make the sacrifice, with 75 per cent of those who support the anti-EU party willing to accept less trade for more immigration control.

Among Tory voters, 59 per cent support the compromise, as do 32 per cent of Labour voters. ...

Today's opinion poll findings come as an increasing number of Labour figures admit that scrapping freedom of movement is preferable to the UK staying in the Single Market.

Last week, Rachel Reeves, Emma Reynolds and Stephen Kinnock all backed calls for free movement of EU citizens to the UK to be abolished, while in an interview with the HuffPost UK Jonathan Reynolds said some voters had "genuine emotional concerns" over high levels of immigration.

Even Chuka Umunna – a prominent Remain campaigner and chair of Vote Leave Watch – admitted he would sacrifice Single Market membership in exchange for ending current rules on free movement.
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Testing of foreign nurses gets easier: Hospital trust relaxes rules after just eight out of 220 applicants passed the English language exam
Colin Fernandez
Daily Mail, 26 September 2016

A hospital has relaxed language tests on foreign nurses after fewer than one in 20 passed the test.

The English exams are a safeguard to ensure patients are protected from staff who may not fully understand what they are saying or communicate properly.

In June the Nursing and Midwifery Council announced it was watering down tests to make them easier to pass.

Now an NHS hospital trust has taken advantage of the new rules and decided to make the tests easier.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust was prompted to try the new measures after just eight out of 220 Filipino nurses passed the exam. ...

Critics of the IELTS point out that it does not include medical jargon – so does not go far enough to ensure medical staff are proficient in the sort of English they will encounter in a hospital.
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Donald Tusk issues order: 'Close the Balkan migrant trail to richer EU nations for good'
Sofia Delgado
Daily Express, 26 September 2016

Donald Tusk has called for the Balkan route used by million of migrants trying to reach wealthier EU countries to be closed.

The European Council President has demanded reassurances that an effective control would be put in place throughout the Balkan countries.

European leaders met at the Vienna EU summit to discuss solutions to the out-of-control migrant crisis. ...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called for the EU to be better prepared in case the deal with Turkey collapses.

Mr Orban said: "We must have a second plan for the eventuality that the EU-Turkey deal, for whatever reason, collapses.

"When the migrants descend on us and trouble arrives it will be too late to reach for blueprints, for fences, for physical barriers, for new police and soldiers."
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'Germany has done enough' Merkel demands REST of Europe step up and take MORE migrants
Alix Culbertson
Daily Express, 26 September 2016

Angela Merkel has demanded the rest of Europe steps up efforts to alleviate the migrant crisis as she said Germany has done its fair share.

The German Chancellor said other European Union (EU) members need to accept refugees at a faster rate to reduce the backlog of people stuck in countries in the southeast of the bloc.

Speaking in Vienna at a meeting with nine other heads of government, she said: "In view of the many refugees who are already with us, other EU countries will have to jump in."
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Migrants Are Racist to Blonde Women, Swedish Ethics Professor Says
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 26 September 2016

Professor of Ethics Ann Heberlein has argued that blonde people in Sweden are subjected to racist abuse and violence from "people with a non-European appearance".

Ms. Heberlein, who appears regularly on Swedish Radio's "Thoughts for the Day" and "Philosophical Room", says blonde and Swedish victims of this racism choose to stay silent because "anti-racist" left wingers say that as a "privileged" group, ethnic Swedes have no right to complain.

The professor at Lund University describes the racist abuse hurled at white women in Sweden, with phrases like "Svenne (meaning ethnic Swede) whore" and "bloody racist whore" shouted at them by people with migrant backgrounds.

Ms. Heberlein notes that when Swedes answer back to these "unwelcome overtures", they're met with further "abusive epithets and sometimes physical violence". ...

Professing that, while always shaken after receiving anti-blonde abuse, she had "so far chosen to remain silent" on the issue, Ms. Heberlein recounted people's reactions when she decided to post about the incident with the passing car on Facebook.

While "it turns out other blonde women recognise themselves, tragically" in her account, she noted, the angry reaction from "anti-racists" served to remind her why Swedish victims of racism don't speak out. ...

After arguing that all "all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political opinion" should have a right to respect and safety in public, Ms. Heberlein was told by these "anti-racists" it is impossible for her to be a victim of racism because, as a white woman, she is "privileged".
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'Bribed' to go home: Illegal migrants given hugely generous packages to persuade them to leave UK
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 25 September 2016

Thousands of illegal immigrants are being offered bribes to leave Britain with 'tailored packages' that include free flights, money to start up businesses and help with finding schools for their children.

The Home Office is also offering failed asylum seekers and those who overstay their visa an amnesty from arrest if they attend meetings to discuss their return.

And they are promising that anyone who leaves voluntarily could be allowed back into the UK in as little as two years, whereas those forcibly deported are banned from returning for a decade.

In an astonishing example of the official drive to effectively 'pay' illegal immigrants to leave, a senior immigration official has even appeared on a spiritual guru's TV show to promote the new measures.

But critics say the generous terms of the Voluntary Returns Scheme amounts to a bribe that sends out the message that it is OK to be in the UK illegally.

Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said: 'This looks like a bribe for people who have already committed a criminal act by being here illegally. And it could act as an incentive for more people to come illegally.'

Conservative MP Philip Hollobone added: 'If people surrender themselves, it may be an arrest is not required but we should continue to arrest illegal immigrants.'

It is estimated as many as a million illegal immigrants may be living in Britain, either having overstayed their visas or having smuggled themselves into the country.

Experts admit that the Government does not have the resources to find and deport all of them. ...

Surgeries are being held at Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu temples, mainly in North and West London, to agree travel plans. ...

The Home Office has paid failed asylum seekers and those whose visas have expired to return home since 1999. However, the latest figures show the numbers taking this up have fallen, from a high of 6,200 in 2006 to just 1,635 last year.

In 2012-13, the most recent year for which detailed figures are available, £8.8 million was spent on the scheme including £2.1 million on flights and £37,000 on travel documents, with much of the rest going on help for the returnees to start new lives back home. Each individual can get up to £2,000.

A Home Office spokesman said the new system aims to save £5 million a year, adding: 'Enforced returns cost the taxpayer several thousand pounds. Helping those depart voluntarily costs much less.'
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British business must stop 'mainlining' immigrants like a 'drug' Boris Johnson claims as he warns the PM she must trigger Brexit by May
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 25 September 2016

Boris Johnson today warned British business it must stop 'mainlining' immigration as the UK quits the EU.

The Foreign Secretary said he was in favour of skilled foreign workers coming to the UK but said the Brexit vote was about 'control' over numbers to ensure British youngsters had a fair chance of work.

Mr Johnson said unlimited immigration from Europe for the past 25 years had left firms addicted to cheap labour from abroad. ...

Mr Johnson told the BBC's Andrew Marr: 'I want skilled and talented people to come to the UK if they want to fulfill their dreams in our country - I have no problem with that provided we have control.

'In the last figures we had, 333,000 people came net from around the world. That's a huge sum, 175,000 net from the EU, in an uncontrolled way.

'Most people in our country would say that is too high.'

He added: 'We have got to invest in our own young people, we have also got to build up the skills of this country.

'For 25 years UK business and industry have been mainlining immigration like a kind of drug without actually investing enough or caring enough about the skills and the training of young people in our country.'
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Mexico sees surge of migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia
MailOnline / Associated Press, 25 September 2016

Mexican immigration authorities said Saturday they have been hit by a surge of almost 5,000 Haitian, African and Asian migrants entering by the southern border in just a few days.

Recent experience suggests the 4,749 migrants entering through Mexico's Tapachula immigration center on the Guatemalan border will soon try to reach the California border, with many expected to apply for asylum. ...

That would mark a huge increase over the number seen so far this year. The institute said a total of 7,800 Haitian migrants entered Mexico through Guatemala between Jan. 1 and Sept. 21, as well as 1,701 migrants from Africa and 3,753 from various Asian.

The institute said that none of these Haitian, African or Asian migrants have requested permission to stay in Mexico. "Up to this moment, the institute has not received any requests from these foreigners for refuge, asylum or regularization, because they have expressed that their desire is to reach the United States."

The migrants cannot be sent back to their home countries, so Mexico gives them 20-day temporary visas so they can cross the country and get to the U.S. It said the Africans came mainly from the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria. ...

Mexico said that in Baja California alone, about 1,230 Haitian, African and Asian migrants are waiting for asylum in the United States, in many cases at border crossing gates or bridges.

The institute said Mexico was trying to provide the asylum seekers with food and water while they waited for a U.S. response.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana testified in Congress that other governments told her on a recent trip to Central America that 40,000 Haitians were on their way and called it an "emergency situation" on California's border.
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What If Muslim Immigrants Don't Want to Be "Like Us"?
Leon Hadar
The National Interest, 25 September 2016

So it was perhaps not surprising that while some of the leaders of the much-derided anti-immigration movement in nineteenth-century America known as the "Know-Nothings" were actually opposed to slavery, and supported extending more rights to women, they were also opposed to the immigration of Catholics into the country, believing that the followers of the pope and his illiberal traditions could end up halting the march towards progress.

The notion of a progressive or a liberal calling for restricting immigration would today sound mind-bending, if not a contradiction in terms. ...

... Presumably the same economic, social and cultural pressures that eventually helped Anglicize the Catholics and the Jews in this country would do magic for today's Muslim immigrants. And those who don't share that expectation are part of the reactionary past: angry old white men who cannot come to terms with the changing demographics of the country. ...

But wait a minute. Why do things seem to be happening in reverse in the case of many young Muslim immigrants in Europe and the United States? Their grandmothers, growing up in the 1950s in, say, Alexandria, actually looked "like us," wearing the latest European fashion and a spiffy swimsuit on the beach. It's their granddaughters who are now wearing veils, the hijab and the burkini to make sure that they don't look "like us." ...

So while the liberal West has been opening its doors to Muslim immigration, shrinking Christian communities in the Middle East are being decimated and its members, facing a radical Islamic assault, are forced to leave countries where their ancestors had resided before the Arab invasion.

Liberals who adhere to the Whig interpretation of history face a dilemma. They cannot accept the idea that many Muslims living in the West, not unlike members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel and the United States, don't want to be "like us," and if anything detest the liberal and secular values that prevail in the United States and Europe. ...

And as multiculturalism becomes a form of secular religion in the West, many liberals also try to deal with their cognitive dissonance by insisting on the preservation, if not the celebration, of regressive Muslim traditions, like the hijab. Liberal intellectuals, who spend much of their time denigrating evangelical Christians and warning of their plans to challenge the rights of women and gays, become apoplectic if someone dares to criticize Muslim traditions. Islamophobia!

Demonstrating the challenges liberals have in trying to keep their progressive narrative intact, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a self-styled feminist and a leading global promoter of multiculturalism, appeared recently at a gender-segregated event in a mosque, singing the praise of Islam on the main floor where only men were permitted, while women were watching Trudeau from the balcony.

"Right now we have these political leaders – ironically, politically liberal leaders – who are just putting blinders on their eyes about their values," Asra Nomani, a liberal Muslim, told Canada's National Post. ...

Perhaps not such an irony. As liberals like Trudeau discover that Muslim immigrants are not ready to become "like us," they conclude that they are left with only one choice: to become more like them.
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EU faces NEW migrant crisis: Brussels scrambles to stop huge inflow of refugees from Egypt
Jonathan Owen and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 24 September 2016

Brussels bureaucrats are scrambling to avert a fresh migrant crisis amid fears that a massive influx of asylum seekers from Egypt is imminent.

EU parliament chief Martin Schulz has called for an immediate deal with Cairo to close down the possibility of a sudden and massive rush for Europe. ...

And he threatened to pull the plug on aid funding to the impoverished North African country if it refuses to play ball and help the EU dig itself out of its migration hole. ...

More than 3,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year, while some 300,000 people have got into Europe by sea, according to the International Organization for Migration (IoM).

There is growing concern over people coming from Egypt, and Flavio di Giacomo, an IoM spokesman in Rome, said: "The Egyptian route is used mainly by migrants coming from Eastern African countries – Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan – and some coming from the Middle East."
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Calais Jungle volunteer who raised alarm over 'sexual exploitation' of refugees publicly names himself
May Bulman
Independent, 24 September 2016

Brendan Woodhouse, a former rescue worker who makes frequent trips to Calais to deliver aid, said a new "task force" had been set up to investigate allegations that volunteers, particularly women, were engaging in potentially exploitative sexual relationships with refugees in the camp. ...

Mr Woodhouse, 40, from Derbyshire, added that it would be a complex process to bring an end to the wide-ranging abuse, explaining that "there are a lot of complicated issue to deal with when tackling this." ...

There was a mixed response to the article on the Calais People to People Solidarity Facebook group, with some expressing outrage at the fact that the issue had been exposed to the public, while others saying it was a "relief" the issue was now being openly addressed.
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Email shows feds are racing to give citizenship to as many immigrants as possible BEFORE the election – and paying workers overtime to do it
Geoff Earle
Daily Mail, 24 September 2016

An internal Obama administration memo reveals a push by an immigration field office to swear in as many new citizens as possible because of election year concerns.

An explosive memo from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office head last summer urges an all-hands-on deck approach 'due to the election year.'

To keep the new citizens – and potential new voters – moving through the line, an unnamed government official was encouraged 'to take advantage of the OT if you can,' meaning overtime, in order to get processing done using overtime hours.
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Four men jailed for arranging sham marriages to mail order brides
Rochdale Online, 24 September 2016

Four men, based in Rochdale, have been sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for committing fraud by arranging sham marriages. ...

Shilpa Chauhan, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "The four men, who originated from Pakistan, facilitated sham marriages to young Roma Slovakian women.

"Shahid Mahboob and Nasir Khalil, who had over-stayed their permission to be in the UK and Hammed Khan who had only a temporary student visa, married their young brides in Gretna Green.

"The women who were from very poor backgrounds had been brought into the country in a mail order type scenario. They had been in Britain a very short time before they were married, some of them only a matter of days.

"Muhammad Farhan assisted Hammed Khan to arrange his sham marriage.

"Nasir Khalil also deceived a girl into marrying him as soon as she turned 16.

"This was a complex investigation and prosecution involving multiple strands of evidence.

"The men involved this criminal enterprise showed utter disregard for the welfare of the women they used in order simply to secure permission to stay in the UK. Mahboob and Khalil went so far as to father children with their wives. ..."
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Hollande says Calais migrants to be dispersed around France
Reuters, 24 September 2016

French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that thousands of migrants living in the shanty town near Calais known as the "Jungle" would be dispersed across the country, in an attempt to quell criticism of his handling of Europe's migrant crisis. ...

The migrants will be split into groups of 40 to 50 people for a limited period of three to four months, Hollande said. Those who fit the asylum criteria will be allowed to stay in France, while those who do not will be deported, he said.

"There should be no camp in France," the French president said, adding that the goal was to dismantle it completely.
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Hungary PM says Europe should process refugees in Libya
Marton Dunai
Reuters, 24 September 2016

The European Union should set up a "giant refugee city" on the Libyan coast and process asylum claims there from refugees arriving from other African countries, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday.

Mr Orban, speaking in Vienna after a summit of European and Balkans countries on the refugee crisis, gave few details and said that his own influence in such matters was small. But he insisted that the European Union's external borders should be under "total control" - including the Mediterranean border, in which Libya was instrumental.
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The great Brexit hate crime myth: How claims of an epidemic of race crimes since the referendum are simply false [part 1]
Guy Adams
Daily Mail, 24 September 2016

A fully-loaded gravy train clattered into the Grange City Hotel in central London on Thursday morning, when around 50 smartly dressed men and women shuffled across deep-pile carpets into its air-conditioned conference centre.

The group – or rather their employers – had each paid between £359 and £575 to attend the day-long event.

Some of these people were civil servants, others charity workers and academics. A handful worked in the private sector, though rather more appear to be employed by the taxpayer, via local councils, British police forces, and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The event bringing this eclectic and well bankrolled crowd together was the sixth annual Tackling Hate Crime Conference – an expensive and painstakingly organised shindig staged each autumn by the £6.5 billion FTSE 100 corporation Capita.

Its purpose, according to promotional literature, was to provide a forum to discuss how best to 'respond to the surging growth of hate crime' in the UK, which (the same literature breathlessly insisted) has 'risen 57 per cent since the EU referendum vote'. ...

'There is more hate crime in London than in the whole of the United States,' claimed a 'keynote' speaker called Mark Hamilton, who is Assistant Chief Constable of Northern Ireland. ...

All very sobering. Or so you might think. But behind the lurid rhetoric, not everything was quite as it seems. Take, for example, the conference organiser's headline claim: that hate crime has 'risen 57 per cent since the EU referendum vote'.

This eye-catching figure has certainly done the rounds in recent months, regularly bandied about by liberal commentators, the BBC and Left-wing newspapers.

Yet dig into its provenance and things soon start to smell distinctly whiffy. For the '57 per cent' number was actually plucked from a single press release issued by the National Police Chief's Council on June 27, four days after the EU ballot took place.

The document in question specifically stated that police forces had recorded 'no major spikes in tensions' since Britain went to the polls.

However, its footnote added that 85 people had logged hate crime 'incidents' on True Vision, a website that records unverified allegations of such behaviour, during the four days in question, up from 54 during the corresponding period a month earlier.

What exactly did this mean? The police press release made things clear. 'This should not be read as a national increase in hate crime of 57 per cent but an increase in reporting through one mechanism' over a single 96-hour period.

Fast forward three months, however, and the number was being used very differently.

As we have seen above, organisers of the Tackling Hate Crime Conference were using it to allege that hate crime had risen by 57 per cent across Britain during the entire period since the Brexit vote.

This is demonstrably untrue. Or, to put things another way, Capita was shamelessly promoting its £600-a-head event by falsely representing unverified raw data that had been collected over the internet during a single four-day period in June.

When the Mail put this to Capita, the firm instantly deleted the 57 per cent claim from its promotional literature, describing its inclusion as 'an innocent error'. ...
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The great Brexit hate crime myth: How claims of an epidemic of race crimes since the referendum are simply false [part 2]
Guy Adams
Daily Mail, 24 September 2016

For the more you investigate, the more it turns out to be a deeply cynical industry where dishonesty and hysteria reign, truth has been replaced with Left-wing dogma, and verifiable facts no longer count for very much at all. ...

Surveys by the respected and politically neutral think-tank Pew Research, along with the prestigious British Social Attitudes Survey, show racial prejudice in long-term and perhaps terminal decline.

Yet despite such trends, we are routinely described as being in the grip of a hate crime 'epidemic' where a few high-profile incidents – such as the appalling recent murder of a Polish immigrant on the streets of Harlow (which may or may not eventually prove to be race-related) – are said to represent the tip of a sinister iceberg, and where the number of hate offences seems to grow year by year.

(In 2014/15, police recorded 52,528 of them. The previous year, the number was 44,471. In 2012/3, it was 42,255.)

So how can we explain the disconnect? Let's start with another pressing fact: that hate crime also happens to be one of the great political buzz-phrases of the moment. To this end, virtually the first thing new Home Secretary Amber Rudd did after taking office was to launch a 'hate crime action plan'. ...

Elsewhere, universities such as Leicester and Sussex employ academics in 'centres' for 'hate crime studies'. The taxpayer hands over six-figure grants to charities which seek to 'combat' or 'monitor' hate crime.

Police forces employ staff to log it. Councils such as Kensington and Chelsea now have a 'community support officer for hate crime'.

The Crown Prosecution Service has a 'hate crime co-ordinator' in all 13 regions, plus 'area-based Equality, Diversity and Community Engagement Managers' who 'contribute to the delivery of the Hate Crime Assurance Scheme'.

These people, whose leading lights spent Thursday at Capita's conference, often owe their jobs, status and mortgages to the fashionable perception that hate crime is somehow spiralling out of control.

That, in turn, has led to two distinct trends. The first is a relentless pressure to widen the number of people able to describe themselves as 'victims' of such crimes. ...

In such a febrile environment, where almost anyone seems to be a potential victim, should we really be surprised if reported 'hate' incidents are on the rise?

Of course it should be stresse