IMMIGRATION CONCERN

NEWS AND VIEWS - BY SUBJECT
From 1 January 2019, except recent items

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ASYLUM

Asylum – Syrians
Will we have a country left after Brexit?
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 21 March 2019

My main reason for coming to the region is to speak in Doha for the newly revived 'Doha Debates'. After my speech, a more than usually aggressive interviewer demands to know why Britain and other European countries have not taken in more Syrian migrants. The Emir's sister and others are in the audience and I cannot pass up the opportunity to poke my hosts in the eye. I ask how many Syrians have been made citizens by Qatar. There is a terrible silence, followed by some giggling and a small amount of applause which is afterwards said to have come from the foreigners in the audience.
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Asylum – numbers
Migration statistics: How many asylum seekers and refugees are there in the UK?
Georgina Sturge
House of Commons Library, 18 March 2019

There are a few different ways to quantify the number of asylum seekers in the UK. The first is the number of people who apply for asylum each year.

In 2018, 37,453 people applied for asylum. This number has been roughly constant over the past five years and is substantially lower than in 2002, when the number of applications peaked at 103,000.

Another approach is to look at the Home Office's administrative statistics, which show there were 88,848 asylum cases 'in progress' at the end of June 2018. This takes into account all pending applications and cases in which the application has been refused but the applicant has not yet left the country or has secured leave to remain via another route.

A third indicator is the number of people receiving Section 95 support, which is a weekly stipend given to asylum seekers who do not have independent means.

At the end of December 2018, there were 44,258 asylum seekers receiving government support.

Around one third of asylum applications receive an initial decision within one year. Anyone seeking asylum can appeal an initial decision and, if this is unsuccessful, can request a judicial review. This means the whole process can continue over several years.

For this reason, comparing the number of grants of asylum in one year against the number of applications does not give us an accurate indicator of the 'success rate' of applications.

The Home Office has started producing analysis of the final outcome of cases, by annual cohort based on the year of initial application. The most recent cohorts have a high proportion of 'outcome unknown' cases but if we look back to, say, cases which began between 2010 and 2014, we can map their final outcomes as follows:

Syrian refugees are a special case within the statistics. Although many have applied for asylum through the UK's in-country asylum process (919 in 2018), the majority of Syrian refugees in the UK have been resettled directly from refugee camps.

From 2014 onwards, the UK began resettling Syrians under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), with the aim of resettling 20,000 by 2020. The current number resettled in the UK is around 15,000.

Resettled people are granted refugee status or another form of humanitarian protection by the UK while abroad and then brought to live in the UK.

While in refugee camps, people's refugee status is determined by officials from UNHCR and the UK Government then selects who will be offered resettlement in the UK.

Given the scale of the VPRS (and other resettlement schemes in place), resettled people made up just over one quarter (27%) of those granted asylum in the UK over the last five years (2014-2018).

In 2018, at least 20,000 people were granted asylum in the UK, including resettled people. This is around half the number granted in 2001 – at least 48,000 – the year with the most grants in recent decades.

'Asylum' is used here in a broad sense and includes those granted refugee status, humanitarian protection, and discretionary leave to remain on humanitarian grounds.

The present number is boosted by around 5,000 per year under resettlement programmes, the largest among them via VPRS.
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Asylum – politics, chain migration
MPs Demand UK Govt Speed Up Pro-Chain Migration Bill
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 March 2019

Dozens of MPs in Britain are demanding the Home Office speed up progress on a bill that would slash chain migration restrictions.

A total of almost 70 MPs urged Home Secretary Sajid Javid to end "delays" over the refugee family reunion bill, in a letter declaring it "important" that his ministry act quickly because migrants from the third world are missing out on spending holidays like the Muslim festival of Eid with family members in Britain. ...

The proposed law, which is backed by a long list of open borders-supporting NGOs and international bodies including Amnesty International, the UNHCR, and Help Refugees, would change migration rules to expand the definition of family for reunification purposes, along with reintroducing taxpayer-funded legal aid to assist third world migrants in applying to have family members brought into the United Kingdom.

Critics argue the measures will encourage people in the Global South to send their children on dangerous journeys to Britain, as so-called unaccompanied minors who broke into Britain illegally would be allowed to import family members under the proposed rule changes.
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Asylum
Britain urged by MPs to accept twice as many refugees
Nigel Morris
i News, 6 March 2019

Ministers have been urged to double to 10,000 the number of vulnerable refugees resettled each year in Britain – with one-quarter allocated to African asylum-seekers.

MPs have accused the government of doing too little to support the global response to the mass movement of people in war-torn African nations such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 20m Africans, half of whom are children, have lost their homes, but the International Development Committee (IDC) said their plight is consistently low on political leaders' agenda.

It called for the annual number of the most vulnerable refugees offered resettlement in Britain to be increased from 5,000 to 10,000.

And it argued that 2,500 places should be reserved for people from sub-Saharan Africa. ...

It renewed its call for an easing of the restrictions on refugees taking jobs while their cases are considered. ...

The committee said it was "not good enough" that only 448 refugees came to the UK from Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017-18.

The United Nations refugee agency has called for Britain to resettle at least 10,000 refugees a year, which it described as a "meaningful but realistic increase over the current commitment".

A government spokesman said: "The UK is at the forefront of responding to refugee crises around the world and reducing suffering and exploitation of refugees and migrants. ...

"At home the UK has a proud history of granting leave to those who need international protection and since 2010 we have granted asylum, resettlement or an alternative form of protection to over 100,000 people."
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Asylum – children, costs
Local councils forced to drastically increase spending on child refugees as ministers accused of 'paying lip service'
May Bulman
Independent, 21 February 2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that children who have made dangerous journeys to the UK are being left in limbo as councils struggle to provide support when faced with unprecedented funding pressures and growing demand.

Government figures show local authorities spent more than £152m on unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in 2017/18 – an increase of 95 per cent on the £77m spent in 2014/15. The number of asylum-seeking children and young people in care in England under 18 has meanwhile risen from 2,760 to 4,480.

An inspection report last year found that an unaccompanied minor costs a local authority approximately £55,000 a year – of which the Home Office provides £41,610 for children under the age of 16, and £33,215 for those aged 16 or 17.

Cllr David Simmonds, chair of the LGA's asylum, migration and refugee task group, said councils were being driven to a position of having to choose between providing for refugee children and other duties such as caring for the elderly. ...

There is also mounting concern about the regional variation of child refugee intake, as figures show the annual net expenditure on this group varies from £3,000 in Cumbria and £32,000 in Durham to £8m in Kent and £24m in Croydon.
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Asylum – European Union
EU asylum applications fall to below half crisis peak
Clare Roth
Reuters, 13 February 2019

The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union fell for a third straight year in 2018 to less than half the peak during the 2015-2016 migration crisis, data released on Wednesday showed.

The bloc's asylum agency reported 635,000 applications in 2018, still more than double the figures typical before the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings spread war and instability across North Africa and the Middle East.

The 2018 figure was slightly below 641,000 asylum applications filed in 2014, the last year before a surge in arrivals by the Mediterranean sea created a high-profile humanitarian and political crisis.

The asylum figures peaked at 1.4 million and 1.3 million in 2015 and 2016. One of the main sea routes used by asylum seekers to reach Europe - from Turkey to Greece - was largely shut in 2016, and another - from Libya to Italy - was sharply curbed last year.

Before the "Arab Spring", around 300,000 people typically sought asylum in the EU each year. ...

Asylum approval rates are falling in the EU, with rejections outnumbering approvals two to one last year, the report by the bloc's asylum agency EASO showed. In 2015, more than half of applications were successful.

The highest number of applicants still came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq last year, although there was a sharp spike in the number of Colombians and Venezuelans applying.
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Asylum – children, local councils
Why councils can't cope with the huge numbers of children seeking asylum in London
Talia Shadwell
My London, 6 February 2019

There are so many young immigrants coming to London seeking asylum that literally every council in the capital has reached its limit for looking after them.

One council is even warning that some of these children are already recorded as missing as the system struggles to cope.

Kensington & Chelsea Council is among those calling for help from the government as it warns councils outside London are refusing to take on the extra arrivals. ...

Council staff told the family and children's services scrutiny committee on Monday (February 4) that every council in London reached their quota caps in November for the number of asylum-seekers they are required to care for.

A voluntary Home Office national transfer scheme is meant to allocate arrivals to regional local authorities around the UK to relieve pressured border arrival hotspots in the south-east and central London.

However staff told councillors some regional councils are refusing to take on more of the young asylum-seekers, although they did not say why, with one saying: "It's just not working." ...

Following the meeting, Home Office did not clarify which areas were declining to take asylum-seekers and why. ...

"Since we launched the National Transfer Scheme in July 2016, it has transferred 790 unaccompanied children to local authorities who have offered placements to care for them.

"We are currently reviewing the funding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in partnership with local authorities."

It added that a funding review was ongoing, but the Government was providing local authorities with £41,610 a year for under-16s and £33,215 a year for those aged 16 and 17, as well as £200 per week for former UASC who go on to attract leaving care support. ...

Nationwide, there has been a boom in the numbers with 1,950 UASC counted in the UK in 2013, rising to 4,560 in 2017.
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Asylum – Iranians, UK, France
Proof Britain IS a soft touch for migrants: We let 63 per cent of asylum seekers from Iran IN...while France keeps 69 per cent OUT
Abul Taher and Peter Allen
Mail on Sunday, 13 January 2019

Britain was last night branded a 'soft touch' for accepting far more Iranian asylum-seekers than France does.

Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday show the UK grants refugee status to almost two-thirds of those who arrive from Iran. By contrast France takes in only one in three.

And even those refused asylum in Britain are highly unlikely to be kicked out, analysis of official data shows. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The British asylum system is less stringent than the one in France and this is partly why people are trying to come through Calais into Britain and not apply in France.'

An analysis of Home Office data by Migration Watch found that about 2,500 Iranians applied for asylum in the UK each year between 2008 and 2017, ...

In the past year, 63 per cent of the cases ended with claimants being granted asylum, discretionary leave or humanitarian protection. Only 37 per cent were rejected. ...

For the past five years, an average of only about 100 failed applicants have been forcibly removed or chosen to leave per annum – less than four per cent of the total.

Refugee groups say that once an Iranian loses a bid to remain on appeal, they often abscond and work in the black economy or their lawyers submit a fresh asylum application which could take years to process.

The asylum rejection rate for Iranians is much higher in France – the country where all of the Calais migrants could have applied for asylum.

Latest figures from Eurostat, the EU statistical body, show that in 2017, France rejected 63 per cent of Iranian asylum seekers at first decision and ordered them to leave the country. In the first three quarters of 2018, that rose to 69 per cent.

A French government source said the rejection rate for Iranians is similar to the overall rate for all asylum seekers in France, which stands at around 70 per cent.
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Asylum – illegal immigration, deportation
Only one in three failed asylum seekers end up leaving Britain as the others vanish into the 'black economy', damning report reveals
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 11 January 2019

Only one in three failed asylum seekers gets removed from Britain in a system 'rife with abuse', a damning report has revealed.

Not only does this 'corrode' trust in the rules, but it also provides an incentive to migrants to try to reach the UK illegally, a former Home Office chief warned.

David Wood, head of immigration enforcement until 2015, sets out his findings today in a 74-page report for the think-tank Civitas. ...

After analysis of Home Office figures, Mr Wood said that between 2010 and 2016, 80,813 people were refused sanctuary or withdrew their asylum applications. Of these, only 29,659 were deported – just 36 per cent.

There was also a growing backlog of cases where people waited longer than six months – more than tripling from 4,081 at the start of the decade to 14,306 in 2017.

... Mr Wood said: 'Once migrants reach the UK they are usually here to stay whether they have a valid claim to be here or not.

'This means that these numbers add to an ever-growing number of migrants in the country who have no lawful entitlement to be here.

'Furthermore, the failure to deal with this situation provides an incentive to further attempts to come to the UK by people who have no right to be here.' Under the 1951 Refugee Convention, those seeking refuge from war or persecution can be granted asylum. UK rules allow unsuccessful applicants to appeal.

Guidelines say that failed asylum seekers should be detained only if deporting them is a realistic prospect. But Mr Wood said more should be done to speed up processing applications and to boost removals of those who are declined sanctuary.

He said the initial decision-making process should be streamlined, rather than subjecting every applicant to a lengthy interview. For instance, if it is established that someone is fleeing a warzone, they would automatically be entitled to asylum, leaving officials free to work on more complex cases.

Applicants should be made to take lie detector tests to quickly identify areas of their story that might be fabricated, he suggested.

More failed asylum seekers should be detained if travel documents can be obtained from their home country, he added, meaning they do not escape. If a nation is refusing to provide paperwork, the failed refugee should simply be put on a flight there to be dealt with by UK consular staff.

Mr Wood said: 'It is an important principle that people fleeing persecution should be given refuge by countries in a position to offer it. But where asylum processes are being used as a way of facilitating economic migration it is essential to be able to quickly and efficiently distinguish between the two, in order to ensure those entitled to help receive it quickly, and to ensure that UK citizens do not lose faith and support for a system that is rife with abuse.'
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Asylum – illegal immigration
Reality Check: Who rescues migrants in the Channel?
BBC, 6 January 2019

In 2018, the Home Office says 539 people attempted to travel to the UK on small boats. Of these, 434 (around 80%) made their attempts in the last three months of the year.

Of the 539, 227 (42%) were intercepted by the French before they made it to the UK.

Now, a Royal Navy patrol ship has been sent to deter them - but when people do cross, who is responsible for rescuing them?

A country's territorial waters stretch for 12 miles off its coast. After that, you're into international waters.

If a boat carrying people is found within national waters it's fairly clear-cut - that country has a duty to rescue them to a place of safety.

In international waters, it's slightly less clear and may vary on a case by case basis. But there is still a legal obligation to rescue those in distress and take them to a place of safety.

The stretch between Dover and Calais (the narrowest point) is entirely covered by territorial waters on either side but further down the Channel where it widens out, the waters outside of the two countries' territories are divided up into French and English search-and-rescue zones. ...

... In reality, if people are in danger, any boat nearby will have a duty to rescue them.

Those picked up in the UK zone will be taken to an English port and those in the French zone to a port in France.

The French authorities told the BBC that they had stepped up patrolling in their zone since migrant crossings began to increase in October last year. ...

Under international law, people have the right to seek asylum in whichever country they arrive. There's nothing to say you must seek asylum in the first safe country.

However, under EU law there is a provision to allow asylum applications to be transferred to another member state.

The Dublin Regulation states that a person's asylum claim can be transferred to the first member state they entered.

In 2017 - the last year we have figures for - 461 people were transferred to the UK from another EU country under the Dublin rules, and 314 were transferred out of the UK.

The UK grants refugee status to those who are unable to live in their own country for fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or other factors such as sexual orientation. A successful application usually allows someone leave to remain for five years with the opportunity after that to apply for indefinite leave to remain.

Entry into the original EU country must be proven - so if someone has travelled through mainland European without being fingerprinted and doesn't appear in the shared European fingerprint database, then they cannot be sent back.

If someone already has an asylum claim underway in another country, there will be a dialogue between those two countries about who is responsible.

If an asylum claim in another EU country has already been unsuccessful, the claimant has to prove that this decision was made unfairly or that their circumstances had changed since the decision was made.

Migrants coming from Calais, for example, are likely to have already made an application there according to immigration lawyer, Marcia Longdon.
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BIAS

Bias – BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 12 February 2019

The BBC and ITV were too scared to tackle the 'taboo' subject of immigration in news bulletins, John Sergeant has claimed.

The former political correspondent, who has worked on both channels, said TV news tended to avoid the issue as it is too 'controversial'.

This led to a lack of serious debate on the topic as 'sensible discussion' was shelved for fear of provoking outcry.

'In my years [at] the BBC and ITV, I was fully aware of the immigration taboo,' he wrote in Radio Times. 'There is an old journalistic rule that says 'if in doubt, leave it out' and, looking back, we were guilty of not encouraging more serious debate on this subject.'

The veteran journalist, 74, warned that British democracy will suffer for years to come unless the topic is discussed openly.

He said of introducing a new immigration system: 'I am not suggesting that this can be done without a high level of controversy. That is inevitable.

'But at least we could try to reduce personal attacks on the integrity of those who put forward the case for a proper system of immigration control. It is not racist to talk openly about this subject.

'It is yet another difficult issue that we have to grapple with. And if we fail to do so, this country and our democracy will suffer for many years to come. But as with all serious political issues, brushing it under the carpet is also dangerous and it leads to widespread misunderstandings that we fail to address at our peril.' ...

Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two years.
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BORDER CONTROLS

Border controls – illegal immigration
Beef up immigration laws to beat villains
Sunday Express, 27 January 2019
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Revelations that Albanian drug lords are using our soft borders with the EU to return to Britain after being expelled are of enormous concern.

If there is one story in this newspaper today that highlights why Remainer MPs need to be defeated this week in their last-ditch bid to scupper Brexit, this is it. When Vote Leave ran on the slogan Take Back Control in 2016, many of us believed that control of immigration policy needed to be top of that list. ...

But what is also clear is that Britain's immigration rules are not tough enough.

It is shocking that 42-year-old Baksim Bushati, for instance, was deported three times between 2005 and 2013 for battery and having false documents - yet he returned to the UK each time.

So whatever happens, we need to keep these malignant people out of Britain.
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Border controls – walls
In defence of walls
Patrick West
Spiked, 25 January 2019

A favourite pat slogan, spoken and heard ever since the 1960s, has been 'build bridges, not walls'. It's been repeated by every student, woke pop star and pope ever since. Its appeal has not diminished till this day, owing to Israel's wall designed to keep out Palestinians and Donald Trump's extended wall to keep out Mexicans.

These walls are offensive in a superficial way. Yet one might as well equally repeat Rodney King's famous exhortation: 'Can we all just get along?' But it's also understandable that this phrase emerged in the 1960s, the decade which saw the erection of that monstrous edifice, the Berlin Wall, which literally kept people imprisoned in a state on pain of death.

But as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of that wall's demolition this year, isn't it time to reconsider this naive and trite phrase? Because sometimes walls are good.

The Berlin Wall was detestable because it was designed to keep people in, rather than to keep undesirables out. This has been the traditional function of walls. This was the point of Hadrian's Wall and the Great Wall of China, both constructed to prevent invasion by disruptional Picts and Mongols. This was also the aim of the Roman and medieval city wall, built with the view of protecting citizens from bandits and marauders.

The logic today is that the less we erect walls, literally or in spirit, the more unsafe or unsure our countries become. Ironically, as Douglas Murray has pointed out, there are walls of bollards on bridges in Europe today, due to the threat posed by terrorists. ...

Walls protect us. That's why our houses have them. If you believe walls and barriers are really that bad, I expect that you leave your front door open all the time.
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Border controls – English Channel
UK starts returning cross-Channel migrants to France
BBC, 24 January 2019

The UK has begun returning migrants, who cross the Channel in small boats, to France in a bid to deter others from doing the same, the Home Office said.

On Thursday, a small number of failed asylum seekers, who landed on UK shores in October, were sent back to France.

The Home Office said it wanted to provide "a strong deterrent against the dangerous crossings".

The move is part of a new plan agreed by France and the UK which will see the UK spend an extra £3m on security.

It is understood fewer than five were returned to France on Thursday morning. ...

Previously, the UK announced an extra £44.5m would be spent on strengthening Channel border security.

The home secretary has agreed now to spend £6m (of which £3m is new) on CCTV, night goggles and number plate recognition capability.

Extra security cameras will be placed at French ports and areas where migrants embark from, with a live feed viewable in the UK-France Coordination and Information Centre, in Calais, which is staffed by British and French agencies.

The Home Office said there would also be increased surveillance of the Channel by air and boat patrols, and more foot patrols on beaches and coastal areas.

Last week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron signed the Sandhurst Treaty which committed them to reducing the time taken to process migrants.

It means it would take one month, rather than six, to process a migrant hoping to come to the UK from Calais - and 25 days to process children.
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Border controls – English Channel
Boats assigned to Channel to stop migrant crossings STILL moored in the Mediterranean
Joe Duggan
Daily Express, 22 January 2019

Sajid Javid faces mounting criticism after it was revealed Border Force boats he ordered back to the UK to patrol the English Channel after a surge in migrant crossings remain moored in the Mediterranean.

The Home Secretary told the House of Commons the cutters would not return until early February.

In December, Mr Javid declared a "major incident" after migrant attempts to cross the Channel from mainland Europe became a near daily occurence.

He said two Border Force vessels would be redeployed to Britain to assist in defending the border after a spike in migrants trying to reach Kent in small boats.

But Express.co.uk has found HMC Seeker was still in Gibraltar and HMC Protector in Malta as Mr Javid gave a Commons speech yesterday.
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Border controls – walls
Donald Trump claims 77 major border walls have been built around the world with 800 miles of barriers across Europe
Charlie Parker
The Sun, 18 January 2019

Donald Trump tried to beef up his argument for building a wall along the 1,933-mile US-Mexico border by claiming similar structures have already been erected across the globe.

The president tweeted that 77 major border walls currently exist and that 800 miles of barriers "stop crime" in Europe.

He also tweeted that 45 countries were in the process of "planning or building walls". ...

The tycoon wrote: "Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015.

"They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop the crime at our Southern Border!"

Trump appears to be basing his claims on analysis by USA Today, who cited the UN Refugee Agency for statistics on border walls across the globe. ...

It added that since Europe's migrant crisis erupted in 2015, "at least 800 miles of fences have been erected by Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovenia and others".
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CITIZENSHIP

Citizenship – removal
Britain 'strips two more IS brides of citizenship'
ITV, 10 March 2019

Two more jihadi brides being held with their children in Syrian refugee camps have been stripped of their British citizenship, it has been reported. ...

According to The Sunday Times, two women, who between them have five boys under the age of eight, had their UK nationality removed after marrying into a terror cell linked to the murder of western hostages. ...

The paper quoted legal sources, naming the women as Reema Iqbal, 30, and her sister Zara, 28, whose parents are originally from Pakistan.

It reported that the sisters left for Syria in 2013.
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Citizenship – self-hate
Shamima Begum is the product of a country that no longer believes in itself
Daniel Hannan
Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2019

To see the extent of the rift between the tweeting classes and the rest of the country, consider their attitudes to British nationals who joined Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The consensus in newspapers, on TV discussion programmes and on social media is that UK citizenship is an entitlement. Yet, by a margin of 78 per cent to 15, voters back Sajid Javid's decision to remove citizenship from Shamima Begum, the jihadi bride now in Kurdish custody.

The gap reflects differing ideas of what citizenship means. ...

For the 78 per cent, though, citizenship is not primarily a question of legal status. Rather, it is about bonds of allegiance, shared affections, common loyalties. ...

Most of us regard living in Britain as a privilege. We don't see our nationality simply as a label on our passports. We resent it when people in positions of authority evidently despise our values.

The distaste that opinion-formers feel for British patriotism has played an inadvertent part in radicalising youngsters like Begum. For half a century or more, the United Kingdom has been derided and traduced by its own intellectual elites, who have systematically associated this country with colonialism, slavery and all manner of evils. As the British brand is tarnished, the peoples of the constituent nations grope back towards older patriotisms, identifying increasingly as English or Welsh or Scottish. ...

... Those well-meaning multi-culti outreach workers on local councils may unintentionally be creating precisely the feelings of alienation they hope to quell. How many more children are being taught, through their interactions with the British state, to despise it? This isn't just their tragedy; it's ours.
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CRIME

Crime – tax fraud, terrorism
Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden
Tom Harper
Sunday Times, 31 March 2019

For years a UK gang infiltrated government agencies and funnelled cash to al-Qaeda but the watching HMRC kept MI5 in the dark

Gangsters have stolen billions of pounds of British taxpayers' money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, according to police and intelligence files.

A network of British Asians based in London, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades and made further gains from mortgage and credit card fraud targeting banks and individuals. The group netted an estimated £8bn in public money alone.

The gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died, is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.
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Crime – jail
Knife Crime Britain: Thug let off 21 times for carrying a knife, and one arrested for 17 separate assaults on police - and only sent to prison for the 18th
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019

Criminals are being spared jail despite committing dozens of offences involving violence or weapons, according to shock new figures.

One dangerous offender was convicted 21 times for possession of a knife without being sent to prison. Another committed 33 assaults before being jailed for his 34th.

The disturbing examples of 'soft justice' come amid fears that the approach is fuelling Britain's epidemic of violence and knife crime.

Last night, a senior police representative said the figures showed criminals were 'laughing at the justice system'. Other critics predicted that the scandal would only worsen under Government plans to axe short jail sentences.

The statistics were published by the Ministry of Justice last week in response to questions by Tory backbench MP Philip Davies. ...

Career criminals with 15 previous cautions and convictions for burglary and robbery were eventually jailed after reoffending in 2018, and a sex predator accumulated eight previous convictions for sexual assault before a jail term.

The biggest number of let-offs was accrued by a shoplifter who had an astonishing 70 previous cautions and convictions for theft before being jailed in 2016. Last year, another career criminal totted up 65 previous convictions for theft before being locked up.

Another offender committed 30 drug crimes before his 31st saw him put away, while a fraudster was convicted of 53 separate scams before finally being imprisoned for yet another. ...

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said last night: 'We are clear that sentencing must match the severity of a crime. However, sentences should also rehabilitate. There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending.'
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Crime – fraud, theft
How Eastern European gangs fly into UK on 'fraud holidays' to steal thousands of bank details from cash machines before going home 'millionaires'
Emma Pietras
The Sun, 21 March 2019

Eastern European gangs are flying into Britain to steal thousands of bank account details from our cash points before returning home "millionaires", according to police.

One criminal gang alone harvested details worth more than £3 million in the space of a few days after cloning card and pin numbers with a skimming device.

This shocking scale of fraud is revealed in a new ITV documentary, Fraud: How They Steal Your Bank Account, as it follows detectives from a specialist police unit in a bid to tackle Britain's fastest growing crime.

Detective Superintendent Perry Stokes says: "They are basically coming over for a very short period of time, a couple of weeks, to commit wholesale ATM fraud. It's almost like a fraud holiday."

Detective Sergeant Phil Elms adds: "You have these guys coming over into the UK for a week and can go back millionaires, effectively." ...

Detective Constable Andy Lovett says: "It's over £3 million of estimated losses and this is just from one criminal gang. There's several of these gangs all over the country that are operating so this barely touches the surface of what's happening in the UK."
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Crime – knife crime
More than 500 offenders with multiple knife crime convictions escape jail
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2019

More than 500 offenders with multiple convictions for knife crimes escaped jail last year despite laws requiring prison, Ministry of Justice figures reveal.

Some 577 knife offenders with three or more previous convictions were let off by courts without immediate prison sentences and were instead given fines, cautions, discharges, community sentences or suspended jail terms.

The figures fly in the face of a "two strikes and out" crackdown promised by David Cameron. His Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 demanded "minimum custodial sentences" for anyone convicted of second or subsequent offence of possession of a knife or threats with a weapon.
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Crime – knife crime, political correctness
Ex-police chief blames senior politicians' 'political correctness' over stop and search for surge in knife crime
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 14 March 2019

Knife crime and violence has surged because a "contagion of political correctness" among senior politicians drove them to sharply reduce stop and search, a former Met Police commissioner says.

Sir Paul Stephenson also suggested some politicians have been more concerned with avoiding blame than "accepting responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in our mortuaries."

Although Sir Paul did not identify any politician by name, Theresa May, when Home Secretary, oversaw a big decline in stop and search, falling from 23 per 1,000 people in 2009/10 to five per 1000 in 2016/17 amid concerns that it was being disproportionately against black communities.

Describing knife crime as a "scourge" that is "afflicting our young people", he said: "Let no one peddle the nonsense of simple 'go to' solutions – there aren't any. Let no one tell you that we haven't been here before – we have.

"Let no one tell you that the dramatic reduction in stop-and-search activities by police officers, driven by naivity, a refusal to listen, arrogance and the contagion of unanalysed political correctness by senior politicians hasn't contributed to the shameful problem confronting us.

"And am I alone in suspecting that recent statements on this matter by some senior politicians owe more to avoidance of blame and self-justification than they do to acceptance of responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in our mortuaries and effective policy making?"
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Crime – Albanian gangs
The inside story of how brutal Albanian gangs rose from the UK's premier sex traffickers to kingpin cocaine dealers
Jake Ryan
The Sun, 11 March 2019

The devastating Balkan Wars had brought a swathe of Kosovans claiming asylum to Britain's shores.

Immigration officials, unable to cope with the surge in the late 90s and early 2000s, simply waved the refugees through to begin their new lives in the UK.

Among them were many Albanians claiming to be Kosovan in what has since been described as "the biggest case of nationality switching" in recent UK immigration history.

They included a small, hardened band of war veterans keen to make their mark in Britain. ...

For police officers on the ground it was the Albanians' ability to use brutal violence, especially against their own trafficked women, which shook the underworld sex trade.

Paul Holmes, a former police inspector and head of Scotland Yard's sex trafficking unit, described how the Albanians' brutality shocked his team of officers. ...

"It was with increasing speed they started to takeover large swathes of the London sex business, both central and suburban. ...

The brutally violent criminals, trading on their reputation as veterans of the Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people to guns and drugs into the UK.

In Europe they became allies of the Turkish and Italian gangs as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin from Afghanistan.

Then they began dealing cannabis by growing "potent strains" of the drug - even using slave labour here in the UK.

Police sources have described how in the early 2000s in London they fought against Jamaican and Chinese drug gangs for control of the illegal market.

Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK's £5 billion cocaine trade - from an army of dial-a-drug street dealers to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern Europe. ...

Police sources have warned that Albanians illegally flooding into the UK have provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the crime groups.

Known as the Mafia Shqiptare, the fiercely loyal and vengeful groups work by their traditional codes of "besa" - to keep promises - and "kanun" - the ancient blood feud laws.
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Crime – knife crime, Somalis
Mothers send sons to Somalia to avoid knife crime
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 10 March 2019

British teenagers are being sent by their parents to Somalia, itself recovering from a series of terror attacks, because of concern that the police cannot protect them from knife crime.

Representatives from north London's Somali community say hundreds of children have been flown to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya because of rising concerns over drug gangs and county lines, the criminal networks that use children to transport drugs from cities to the provinces.

In a series of interviews, Somali mothers who arrived in London after fleeing their country during its 1990s civil war told the Observer that many of their sons had asked to leave the UK because of drug gangs and the threat of violence.

Rakhia Ismail, Islington deputy mayor, said: "Sending them away has become the only way they can be safer. This issue of safety has been repeatedly raised by the community but nobody has listened. So many children have gone abroad. Two weeks ago, there was a stabbing and a child was taken back home two days later." ...

The high levels of violence facing parts of British society are evident in the testimony of Islington's sizeable Somali community. Representatives say 50-70% have been directly affected by county lines and knife crime.

Sadia Ali, treasurer of Islington Somalia Forum and founder of Minority Matters, said: "Hundreds of youngsters have been taken to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya, some taken all the way to the rural areas. Parents feel they have no choice if they want their son to be safe."

Ali, a mother of seven, sent her 15-year-old son to Somalia to protect him from gangs and said many of her friends now have children on two continents.
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Crime – violence, murder, race, BBC
We desperately need to be honest about the links between race and gang violence
Trevor Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2019

Anne Longfield's report, published yesterday, into childhood violence and vulnerability asserted that some 27,000 under-19s identify themselves as gang members. More than 300,000 admit to knowing someone who is in a gang. In the past week alone, nine boys have died in English cities, mostly from stab wounds after vicious, coordinated attacks. NHS officials report that the number of non-lethal assaults of this kind is now running into the thousands. ...

Longfield's report is based on detailed examination of data from the ONS's British Crime Survey, backed by a wealth of other research. She points out that children sucked into the spiral of violence are more likely than average to come from homes where parents are violent towards each other and to their families; where adults take drugs and allow their children to copy them; and where others have been involved in criminal activity. Many have been excluded from school and placed in units where they are preyed upon by criminals.

To her credit, Longfield goes beyond the usual hand-wringing by linking her analysis to that of another, equally formidable public servant Dame Louise Casey, author of an uncompromising 2016 report into the grooming scandals in Rotherham, Rochdale and elsewhere. Casey told us what everyone knew but no one wanted to say: that the sexual crimes against hundreds of children, mostly white girls, were (and probably still are) being carried out by mostly British Pakistani Muslim men – but no one would ever point the finger at the perpetrators for fear of being denounced as racists and Islamophobes. Truth was sacrificed on the altar of racial tranquillity.

Though Longfield does not say so in terms, the evidence shows that the wave of killings and maimings we are seeing are assassinations of black children by other black children, all too often directed by adult drug dealers. And it pays to read the small print in her report. The technical appendices tell us that, in effect, race is the best predictor of being in a gang, being a victim of knife crime or of being a killer.

Among children who are not involved in gangs, more than 81 per cent are white and just 7 per cent black; but among those identified as gang members by social work practitioners the figures are 48 per cent white and 31 per cent black. Worse still, among those in greatest trouble – the "extensive offending group" in the jargon – black youngsters make up 37 per cent of the population compared to 39 per cent whites.

In essence, black boys are more than 20 times as likely to be involved in serious attacks compared with their white peers. ...

Yet, to read our newspapers and to listen to our media, you would imagine that race played no part in this issue at all. The BBC in particular is guilty of whitewashing the truth. Its defence is that race should only be reported where it is relevant. Yet it has no qualms about routinely describing stop and search by police in racial terms. ...

The daily parade of dark faces in items about knife crime tells its own story. And the routine appearance of such individuals as "Olu from Brixton" in radio interviews would provoke howls of "racist dog-whistling" around Broadcasting House were the BBC's own journalists not so deeply complicit in the silence.
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Crime – knife crime
Bloodbath in Britain's cities: Police chiefs warn of 'national emergency' as nine teenagers are stabbed to death in London and Birmingham in two weeks
Darren Boyle
MailOnline, 28 February 2019

Police chiefs have urged the government to provide them with more funds to cope with the current knife crime epidemic.

In Birmingham, three teenagers have died in knife attacks over the past two weeks in what the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is describing as a 'national emergency'.

In total, there have been 269 reported knife attacks across the region. ...

He continued: 'Certainly we've got a very high level of knife crime here, there's no escaping that - and they've got a real problem in parts of London.' ...

Chief Constable David Thompson said: 'In my mind this has become a real emergency this week in terms of the work we need to do as the police.

'Resources are an issue but they should not get in the way of the police response to an emergency issue that this is.' ...

Mr Thompson told reporters the rate of knife crime was increasing across all major cities. ...

Police are fighting a knife crime crisis on the streets of London after the number of homicides in the capital reached 135, last year.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
'I was nothing but a toy to play with': Victim of Bradford sex abuse gang who plied her with drink and raped her when she was 14 speaks out as they are jailed for more than 130 years
Terri-ann Williams and Joe Middleton
MailOnline, 28 February 2019

The victim of a Bradford sex abuse gang who plied her with drink and raped her when she was 14-years-old has spoken out - as the depraved group are jailed for more than 130 years.

The group of nine men were jailed this afternoon at Bradford Crown Court with the Judge Durham Hall saying the girls were 'sexually abused following grooming' and 'violence'. ...

In his sentencing remarks this afternoon, Judge Durham Hall added 'no court in England and Wales seems to have escaped grooming by groups or individuals of grown men of vulnerable young persons.' ...

Saeed Akhtar was jailed for 20 years. ...

Naveed Akhtar was jailed for 17 years, Parvaze Ahmed was jailed for 17 years, Izar Hussain was given a 16 year sentence.

Kieran Harris was jailed for 17 years, he was described by one of his victims as 'an evil, pixie-faced man'.

Fahim Iqbal was jailed for 7 years for aiding and abetting rape.

Mohammed Usman, found guilty of two counts of rape, has been jailed for 17 years. ...
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Crime – burqa
Man wearing burqa and dress steals £7k Rolex watch in knifepoint robbery
Maia Snow
Leicestershire Live, 11 February 2019

A man who robbed a shop at knifepoint while wearing a dress and made off with a Rolex watch worth thousands has been jailed.

Imtiaz Patel appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (February 11) following an incident on January 5 this year in which he threatened a shop worker in Haymarket, Leicester city centre.

The 42-year-old entered the shop at 9.40am wearing a dress, a burqa and with a scarf across his face.
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Crime – knife crime, London
Children and teenagers behind half of London knife crime, police figures reveal
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 6 February 2019

Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark illustration of the scale of youth violence in the capital.

The police statistics show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife crimes across London's boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.

Another 8 per cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to 14, in a further sign of how carrying and using blades has become part of life for a minority of troubled young people.

The new figures came as a Scotland Yard chief warned that attacks in the capital were also becoming "more ferocious" as offenders who were "more and more young" tried to kill or injure by "getting up close and stabbing someone several times". ...

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, the head of the Met's Violent Crime Task Force, added that police were striving hard to tackle the problem and "making some progress" by upping stop and search and using other tactics, including the deployment of "embedded" plain clothes officers to work with uniformed counterparts in the worst hit communities to help police intervene before stabbings occurred. ...

Another 17 per cent were aged between 20 and 24, meaning that the under-25s account for two thirds of all knife crime in the capital.

On ethnicity, Mr Adelekan said that 73 per cent of knife offenders and 53 per cent of victims were from a black or ethnic minority background.
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Crime – youths, jails
More than half of young people in jail are of BME background
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 29 January 2019

More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people in England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting warnings that youth jails have hit "American" levels of disproportionality.

About 51% of boys in young offender institutions (YOIs) – prisons for boys aged 15 to 17 and young adult men aged 18 to 21 – identified as being from a BME background, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found.

In addition, the inspectorate found 42% of children in secure training centres (STCs) – prisons for children up to the age of 17 – were from a BME background.

The proportion of BME boys and men behind bars in YOIs in England and Wales is nearly four times the 14% BME proportion of the wider UK population.

David Lammy MP, who published a review into the treatment of and outcomes for BME individuals in the criminal justice system in 2017, said he was shocked by the figures, which have rocketed since he released the report, when the BME proportion in YOIs and STCs was just over 40%. ...

Lammy's review said prosecutions against some BME suspects should be deferred or dropped to help tackle the bias against them in the criminal justice system.

He said allowances should also be made for younger defendants' immaturity and criminal records should be sealed to help former offenders find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination was worse than in the US in some cases.

The inspectorate found that the proportion of boys who identified as being from a BME background varied depending on the establishment, from one in five (21%) at the Keppel unit in West Yorkshire, to nearly three-quarters (71%) at Feltham in west London.

The percentage identifying as being from a BME background also varied between STCs, from 33% at Oakhill in Buckinghamshire to 55% at Medway in Kent.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Oxford grooming gang who plied lonely, friendless 14-year-old girl with drink and drugs before raping her when she was comatose are all jailed for life
Joel Adams
MailOnline, 22 January 2019

A gang of three man who groomed and raped a vulnerable schoolgirl in a horrific campaign of child sex abuse have been jailed for life.

Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar befriended the 'lonely, friendless' 14-year-old girl and began grooming their victim by taking her to parties and giving her alcohol and drugs before making demands for sexual acts. ...

Police said their predatory behaviour in Oxford came to an horrific head when the men put the victim in a state of being comatose, using a cocktail of drugs and drink at a party.

She woke up with terrible injuries and realised that she had been viciously attacked and raped by the gang, a police spokesman said. ...

A jury took just five hours and three minutes to find them all guilty by a unanimous verdict, following their trial at Oxford Crown Court which ended in December.
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Crime – violence
Meet the gang behind the worst violent attack a judge has seen in 25 years
Tommy Wathen
EssexLive, 19 January 2019

An Essex judge has sentenced seven men for violent break-ins across Tilbury and Horndon-on-the-Hill that she described as the 'the worst she has seen in 25 years'. ...

During sentencing at Basildon Crown Court on Friday (January 18), Her Honour Justice Leigh said: "Your evidence at times was laughable had the offending not been so serious.

"The offence at Saffron House is the worst I have seen in 25 years.

"You are cold, callous, violent young men devoid of emotion." ...

Following an extensive investigation, seven men were arrested and charged in relation to the attacks. They are:

Salih Bulbuller, ... Mark Bonsu, ... Ayomide Ijelu, ... Emmanuel Ijelu, ... Jeremiah Johnson, ... Barry Douglas, ... Wesley Williams, ...

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Steve Nelson, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: "These men terrorised their victims subjecting them to brutal attacks, including an ordeal described in court as 'torture'.

"Their victims were a young family and a vulnerable elderly man.

"The six that stood trial refused to take responsibility for these attacks and have shown no remorse at any stage.

"The level of violence of these attacks is shocking and horrifying. ..."
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Crime – fraud
Gang jailed for credit card scam after £1m designer shopping spree in West End
Anthony France
Evening Standard, 17 January 2019

A gang who went on a £1 million spending spree in the West End during a credit card scam have been jailed.

Marcus Carter, 38, and his co-accused splashed out on Rolex and Cartier watches and kitted themselves out in Burberry, Gucci and Prada.

They browsed for luxury goods on mobile phones and tablet devices worth £126,000 and dined at restaurants such as Gaucho and the Dorchester Hotel.

Carter along with Jeffrey Spencer, 35, and Frank Allan, 33, used details of old companies to secure huge lines of credit, then maxed out their American Express and Barclays cards. ...

Between 2014 and 2016 Carter, Spencer and Allan posed as directors of lucrative companies to convince credit card chiefs they were doing business with big-time players.

They then supplied phoney accounts to Companies House to make it look like they were successful traders, Southwark crown court heard last Friday.

Carter, also known as Marcus Boahene-Coabbina, was sentenced to seven years and two months after admitting conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Spencer, aka Victor Templar-Quarshie, of South Norwood, and Allan, aka Frank Templar-Quarshie, also of South Norwood, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to acquire criminal property and failing to disclose the PIN to their phones.

They were jailed for nine years and seven years and nine months respectively. ...

The prosecution is seeking Proceeds of Crime Act orders to remove any financial benefit the gang gained during the fraud.
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Crime – Albanians, cocaine
Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 13 January 2019

How Albanians came to conquer the UK's cocaine market is a lesson in criminal savvy; the value of making friends with the world's most dangerous mafias; and the absolute threat of violence.

It began with a business model that was simple in concept, but sufficiently bold to subvert the existing order. For years cocaine's international importers worked separately from its wholesalers and the gangs. ...

The Albanians ditched the entire model. They began negotiating directly with the Colombian cartels who control coca production. ...

Tony Saggers, the former head of drugs threat and intelligence at the National Crime Agency, who has spent 30 years analysing the rhythms of the global narcotics economy, said: "What they have done very intelligently is say: 'OK, we've got these margins to play with and we're going to give a good slice of that to the customer.'"

The Albanian effect has profoundly shaped the use, production and economy of cocaine. The drug is at its cheapest in the UK since 1990 and purer than it has been for a decade, which has caused record fatalities. The UK has the highest number of young users in Europe. More broadly, far bigger and more frequent shipments of the drug have been seized entering the UK as cocaine production in south America has hit record levels - up 31% on 2016. ...

Yet for the Albanians' model to truly work it required control of Europe's ports. For that the Mafia Shqiptare needed to collaborate with the 'Ndrangheta, the most powerful and globalised of the Italian mafias, which controls mainland Europe's cocaine trade.

There is considerable evidence that not only are the Albanians working with the 'Ndrangheta, but that they have formed the tightest of alliances. ...

Collectively, the Belgian and Dutch ports employ 240,000 people, a cohort of whom, police intelligence indicates, work for the 'Ndrangheta and Mafia Shqiptare. ...

Anna Sergi, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Essex who specialises in mafia relationships, confirmed Albanians and the southern Italian crime group have joined forces.
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Crime – Nigerians, Republic of Ireland, Europe
Nigerian gangs trafficking children into Ireland for sex
Cormac O'Keeffe
Irish Examiner, 12 January 2019

Highly organised Nigerian gangs are earning "extremely high profits" from trafficking children into 12 European countries, including Ireland, for prostitution, according to the EU police agency. ...

The Europol report on the trafficking and exploitation of underage victims said southern EU countries, such as Italy and Spain, are the main entry points for trafficked Nigerians.

It said victims are then forced into prostitution in both the two entry countries and 10 other member states, including Ireland.

It said Nigerian organised crime gangs pose a "great challenge" to EU law enforcement. It said they were well organised, but not structured like most other crime networks. ...

The report said the cellular structure makes it easy to move victims and that if one cell is dismantled by police, the other cells can continue operating.

It said: "Nigerian networks generate extremely high criminal profits, as each victim is forced to pay back the organisation usually between €30,000 and €60,000."

It said most victims of Nigerian gangs were aged between 15 and 17, though the reports documents children aged 11-15 and some aged six-10 and even under five.

The girls were often promised well-paid jobs. The gangs often involved family relatives to persuade the girls to move and in other cases use voodoo rituals.
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Crime – vehicle collisions, insurance fraud
Crash-for-cash gang 'plagued Luton's roads' causing 80 collisions and scamming £1.2m from insurers
Stewart Carr
Luton Today, 7 January 2019

The ringleader of a Luton gang behind a £1.2m crash-for-cash scam operation has been jailed for six years.

Raja Mehmood, 35, of Sherd Close, Luton, was the ringleader of an organised crime group believed to be behind around 80 collisions between 2013 and 2015.

15 other members of the group were also sentenced after a three-day hearing at St Albans Crown Court concluded today (Monday).

Eight people in total were jailed for nearly 33 years, with others receiving suspended sentences. ...

Fellow gang members included:

Steven Seaton, ... Mita Mistri, ... Naveed Khan, ... Nadeem Khan, ... Ataf Hussain, ...

The investigation uncovered around 80 collisions in total that could be directly linked to the group. Another 10 people were also involved in the fraud, including family members and partners of the OCG members, either helping to stage the accidents or making false insurance claims and collecting the illegal pay outs. ...

"Mehmood was the ringleader at the centre of the gang who plagued Luton's roads before fleeing the country, instead of owning up to his crimes, leaving other gang members to take the fall. ..."
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Diversity – lawyers, Canada
Lawyer threatend with suspension over 'diversity' mandate quits
WND, 24 March 2019

A Canadian law society's requirement for "diversity and inclusion" is forcing a lawyer who has been practicing for 30 years to quit.

Murray Klippenstein said he has always worked to advance social justice and is "horrified" to see what his own professional regulator was imposing, the Christian Institute said.

In reaction to a disputed report charging "systemic racism" in the legal profession, the Law Society of Ontario made lawyers abide by a "Statement of Principles."

The statement requires lawyers to acknowledge "their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally."

Lawyers also must "demonstrate a personal valuing" of those concepts, the law society said.

Klippenstein said the law society "was demanding that lawyers and paralegals draft and then obey a set of specific political ideas – both in their personal and professional lives – as a condition of their license."

He said he would not be told what to say or what to value, so he's refusing to comply.

And he's joining a lawsuit against the moral code.

"Today, we are being told to promote 'equality, diversity and inclusion.' But once this line has been crossed, the content doesn't matter. And tomorrow, we might be asked to pledge allegiance to some other ideological doctrine," he warned.
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Diversity – discrimination
The (straight white) man in the street no longer stands a chance
Will Jones
Conservative Woman, 19 March 2019

Someone I know who used to work in HR for a major European construction company was telling me the other day how the company would handle promotions. It may not surprise you to learn that it wasn't by application and it wasn't by merit. He says that the HR department prepared profile cards on each member of staff and organised them according to sex, ethnicity and sexuality. The bosses would use the cards to select people for promotion based solely on these characteristics. Many sub-par people were promoted this way and many good people were passed over. But that didn't deter the bosses because they cared more about appearance and ticking the right diversity boxes than about respecting fairness and ensuring competence.

This was standard practice at the company and it wouldn't surprise me if it was standard practice across the corporate world these days, with all the obsession there is with diversity. How else are they going to meet the equality targets demanded by the Government? Blatant discrimination (however 'positive' it might be deemed) is illegal in this country, of course, as it is in most countries, but is that stopping companies from engaging in it behind closed doors, particularly with the inherent contradictions between what is and is not permitted under 'positive action'?

It was gratifying to see last month a straight white man who had been turned down by the openly discriminatory recruiting practices of a UK police force winning his tribunal case against them. But the truth is that after more than five decades of political correctness, the problem is endemic in our public and corporate culture. ...

We are all losers from this double-speak about discrimination. But the statistics indicate that those most at the receiving end of the new diversity discrimination are straight white men – who are at the bottom of the Left's intersectional pile of victimhood. ...

This modern obeisance to diversity is at the expense of common sense, fairness, and respect for ordinary people, their choices and their views. It leaves us with an identity-based patronage little better (in some cases worse) than old-fashioned nepotism; symptomatic of a culture that has lost its confidence in itself and lost its mind. We need a new way of thinking which treats merit and fairness as sacred, disdains neither individual choice or judgment and leaves the path to work and success open to the ordinary bloke in the street.
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Diversity – universities
Universities are accused of failing working-class white males as number of black and ethnic minorities students soars
Julie Henry
Mail on Sunday, 17 March 2019

Universities have been accused of failing working-class white boys as the number of students from black and ethnic minorities soars.

A drive to increase the number of non-white teenagers in further education has paid off, with figures spiralling 15 per cent in just three years.

But the statistics have fuelled fears that white males have been left behind as the number from that background fell by 7,600 to 590,765.

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that BAME – black and minority ethnic – students are now in the majority at more than 20 universities in England.

And nationally, non-white students are vastly over-represented in some subjects. For example, 60 per cent of ophthalmics degrees were awarded to Asian students in the last academic year.

Chris Millward from the Office For Students, said: 'White British men from disadvantaged backgrounds are among the groups least likely to access higher education.

'We fully expect universities to target white working-class males as part of their work on access and participation.'

Nick Hillman, the director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, added: 'The challenge we must all now grapple with is ensuring that a focus on some disadvantaged groups doesn't leave others behind. There are many groups that fall behind, including white working-class boys.'

The new figures show that the number of British BAME university undergraduates rose from 377,220 in 2014/15 to nearly 437,000 last year.

Over the same period, the number of UK white students fell marginally, down by 725 to 1,417,860, but the intake of white males dropped significantly.
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Diversity – apprenticeships
Unfair share of trainee places is given to white boys, warns report
Jamie Doward
The Observer, 3 March 2019

Employers need to reserve places on apprenticeship schemes for young women, disabled people and ethnic minorities to create a more level playing field, the country's equality body has said.

The government has pledged to create 3 million apprenticeships in England by next year. But almost 90% of apprentices aged 16-24 are white, compared with 82% of the population. ...

With National Apprenticeship Week starting on Monday, the Equality and Human Rights Commission says firms need to take steps to get more people from minority groups into trainee schemes, favouring them against other similarly qualified candidates if necessary. ...

But the commission warns that too many companies "are hesitant about using positive action because they're worried about inadvertently discriminating against others". ...

The report calls on employers to reserve places for certain groups and provide mentoring to them. It also wants a candidate from a minority group favoured if there is a "tie-in" with a candidate from a non-minority group.
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Diversity – universities
Universities in dark over diversity drive
Izzy Lyons
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019

Universities spend hundreds of millions of pounds every year trying to improve diversity "without understanding what works", a regulator says.

The Office for Students (OFS) reports that around £800 million goes on programmes dedicated to broadening intake, but few universities measure the results.

The OFS revealed the figures as it set up an "evidence and impact exchange" to help understand what improves outcomes for disadvantaged students while giving better value for money. ...

Exeter University spend £14 million a year on recruiting more black and minority ethnic and working-class students. Its measures include a social mobility programme and bursaries. ...

Chris Millward, director for Fair Access and Participation at the OFS, said that little is known about whether these approaches are working.
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Diversity – business, directors
FTSE 100 told by business minister Kelly Tolhurst to improve ethnic diversity on boards
Tommy Stubbington
Sunday Times, 24 February 2019

Big companies have been told they are failing to promote ethnic diversity in the boardroom and need to step up their efforts.

In a letter to FTSE 100 chairmen seen by The Sunday Times, the business minister Kelly Tolhurst said progress in appointing directors from ethnic-minority backgrounds had "been negligible" or had even "fallen back".
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Diversity – cinema, films
The diversity agenda is killing cinema
David Cox
Spectator blog, 22 February 2019

The film world is atoning for its crimes against diversity. On screen, strong women are supplanting Disney princesses. Superheroes, once uniformly white and male, are turning multicultural. Gay intrigue is edging out heterosexual romance. Away from the camera, bankable stars force studios to employ minority personnel by adding 'inclusion riders' to their contracts.

Film-makers must repent ancient mis-speaks, beg forgiveness and denounce peers accused of transgressions. ...

Unsurprisingly, the current awards season reflects these rectifications. Of the eight nominations for best picture Oscar, six boast diversity credentials. ...

The industry's pride in its redemption is prodigious, even by its own unparalleled standard of self-satisfaction. Nonetheless, a scintilla of doubt can just occasionally be encountered. Might conformity to the unbending requirements of the bien-pensant establishment have exacted a price? Films may be more virtuous, but are they as good?

The official line is that embracing the stories of hitherto neglected minorities can only enrich and enhance cinema's offering. Yet away from the awards razzmatazz, it is sometimes admitted that this year's crop of films is far from vintage. Polished acting and smart production design are burnishing some fairly lame material – unsubtle, manipulative and thin. ...

Flying the right-on flag enables film-makers to get away with lazy, superficial and unconvincing drama. ...

These flat characters' stories turn into predictable parables rather than complex and illuminating narratives. ...

We should not be too surprised. To fill quotas, even unofficial ones, you have to lower standards. ...

This is not the first time that cinema has subordinated aesthetic endeavour to promoting the ideology of the ruling elite. Yet now it is not supporting the war effort, or plugging the GPO's mail service. It is insidiously advancing identitarian attitudes that threaten to deepen social division. For that, it deserves no awards.
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Diversity – universities, degrees
Universities should be punished for giving black students lower grades
Steven Spier
The Guardian, 21 February 2019

Steven Spier is the vice-chancellor of Kingston University

The government has recently announced that it plans to improve how black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students perform at university, putting the spotlight back on an issue that has blighted the higher education sector for far too long.

The stark fact is that, according to the latest figures, just 66% of BAME students achieved a first or 2:1 degree in 2016-17, compared to 79.6% of white students. This is an issue affecting all universities, and requires a deep understanding of the factors involved and a genuine commitment to addressing the gap. There is no quick fix.

If we truly want universities to have a meaningful impact on society, a handful doing the heavy lifting around access and attainment is simply not enough. We need universities to make this a strategic commitment. This means ensuring inclusivity is used as a measure of the quality of our courses.

And if we're really going to close the BAME attainment gap, then we need incentives from the government. ...

The Office for Students has vowed to use sticks to drive progress in these areas. In a higher education market driven by academic reputation, the measures by which we assess good performance should also focus on how well we are contributing to a more equal and diverse society. ...

At Kingston, we have adopted a whole-university drive to address the BAME attainment gap. /.../ If one of our courses doesn't hit our target for BAME attainment, we immediately step in to rectify it.
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Diversity – multiculturalism
Time to introduce the Tory diversity warriors to Thomas Sowell
Alistair Miller
Conservative Woman, 19 February 2019

In a letter to the Sunday Times in December, supporters of the 'Banknotes of Colour' campaign argued that ethnic minority representation on the new £50 note would 'send a message that the contribution of ethnic minorities to Britain's history, culture and economy is recognised and valued'. Now, according to Saturday's Telegraph, it seems that Treasury minister Robert Jenrick and Conservative party vice-chairman Helen Grant have joined the campaign and urged the Bank of England not to choose a white scientist but 'ensure wider diversity is represented on our currency' (Grant).

... The premise lurking behind these pronouncements, as in all calls for equality of outcomes and the positive discrimination that would bring them about, is that the lack of ethnic minority representation is a social injustice. It is the result of discrimination; or if not active discrimination, then a system which perpetuates white privilege, the hegemony of a dominant class – white, male and heterosexual. But is there any evidence for this?

Perhaps it is just as well that the most eloquent proponent of the counter-argument is black and therefore cannot be accused of being either a racist or a white supremacist. In Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell argues that disparities in the achievements of different socio-ethnic groups at different times can be explained by the simple fact that their cultures are, for a host of historical and geo-political reasons, differently conducive to the attainment of economic prosperity, social and political stability, and cultural achievement. /.../ Likewise, inter-group differences in educational achievement in Britain today have their origins in cultural factors, not racism. One need only consider those who come out bottom – white working-class males; and those who come out top – the Chinese.

But where does this leave the argument for enforced diversity? Basically, it is a campaign fuelled by hatred and resentment, and large public subsidies, whose purpose is to destroy the historic inheritance of our national culture – all in the name of diversity and multi-culture. ...

The resentment arises because the history and culture of Britain did not begin in 1948 with the embarkation of the Empire Windrush but stretches back over a thousand years. It is, moreover, a culture founded not on diversity but on a remarkable degree of homogeneity – genetically speaking, the English of 1940 were ninety per cent the English of 940. The only significant migrations were those of the Huguenots and the Jews, both of whom assimilated and because they assimilated went on to make remarkable contributions to our national life. Which explains why ethnic minorities have indeed done nothing, or next to nothing, of significance in our history up to the past fifty years. The point is that a settled way of life and a distinctive national culture – English culture – was able to develop. ...

But enforced diversity comes at a terrible cost. /.../ Do the useful idiots of the modern Conservative party, who, for lack of conservative principles spout fashionable slogans, have any notion of the forces they are unleashing?
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Diversity – universities
'Oh my God' – Meghan takes aim at male, pale and stale universities
Sian Griffiths
Sunday Times, 17 February 2019

The Duchess of Sussex has supported a campaign by black academics and students to "decolonise the curriculum" and confront the legacy of empire and racism on university campuses in her first apparently political intervention since joining the royal family.

The movement to add black and female thinkers and writers – rather than focusing heavily on "male, pale and stale" ones – has been hugely controversial since campaigners tried to topple a statue of the Victorian imperialist and slave owner Cecil Rhodes at Oxford three years ago.

When the Duchess of Sussex visited City University in London on one of her first outings as patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) this month, her enthusiasm for change became clear.
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Diversity – banknotes
Govt Pressuring Bank of England to Put Ethnic Minority on New £50 Note
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 16 February 2019

Government ministers in Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip "Remainer Phil" Hammond's department are pressuring the British central bank to make an ethnic minority the face of the new £50 note.

The Bank of England had committed to putting a scientist on the new banknote, but Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to Her Majesty's Treasury under Chancellor Hammond (and a fellow Remainer) has urged the 325-year-old institution not to select a white person for the honour as it would send a "damaging message that ethnic minorities are invisible", the Telegraph reports.

Tory party vice-chairwoman Helen Grant MP had previously complained that the Bank's decision to feature an outstanding scientist was "problematic" insofar as it would make it harder to find an ethnic minority candidate for the role, given Britain's non-white population was vanishingly small up to the 1950s and produced few people who would meet the criteria.
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Diversity – Islamophobia, free speech
My diversity targets for the BBC
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 February 2019

Meanwhile, I have written to Lord Hall, the director-general of the BBC, to demand that the corporation introduces targets to ensure that Britain's Islamophobic community is adequately represented on air. /.../ But I will concentrate my efforts at first on gaining justice for the UK's beleaguered Islamo-phobes, such as myself. We face the most appalling discrimination, the latest of which comes from Oxford City Council.

The council has unanimously passed a motion outlawing all forms of Islamophobia. This includes, but is not confined to, anyone who propagates 'the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic "threat" posed by Muslims or of a "Muslim takeover"'.

Well OK, I might quibble about the word 'unique' – I think 'remarkable' or 'vibrant' might fit better in that sentence. But otherwise, they've got me down to a tee. The next one prohibits people from 'accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia'. I think I'm off the hook on that one as I don't believe that Islamophobia exists at all: it is instead a rational response to a singularly belligerent ideology. And then comes these two little nuggets:

'Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the "Ummah" (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.'

'Denying Muslim populations, the right to self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.'

So people in Oxford are no longer to say of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary that he is more loyal to the Muslim Ummah than he is to his own country – when that is precisely what Anjem Choudary would tell you, unequivocally, if you asked him (and perhaps thousands of other Muslims in the UK would say the same). In other words, speaking the truth is verboten in Oxford. ...

But in fairness, Oxford City Council is merely following the path taken by other city councils, enjoined to do so by the All Party Parliamentary Group's definition of what constitutes Islamophobia. A few years ago the Metropolitan Police decided that merely to criticise Islam was to be found guilty of Islamophobia. This conjecture was based upon an earlier definition of Islamophobia from the reliably deranged Runnymede Trust, which insisted that to describe Islam as 'sexist' or 'separate' was also Islamophobic, as was venturing to suggest that from time to time – just occasionally – the religion has been used to justify acts of terrorism. To suggest that your own Christian faith was superior to Islam is Islamophobic – a bizarre conclusion, because presumably if you elect to follow a faith, you surely believe it to be superior to all the other faiths out there in the great faith marketplace.
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Diversity – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dutch City: Street Names Too White, Will Be Made More Diverse
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 February 2019

The local government of Rotterdam has decided to name all new streets in the city after women and minorities after complaints by some local politicians that the current names are too male and too white.

The Dutch city's government announced that it would be accepting the proposal to make the city's street names more "diverse" a year after the initiative was put forth by left-wing party Democrats 66 (D66), the GreenLeft, and the Labour party, Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reports.

Councillor Nadia Arsieni, of the D66 party, was the one to initially recommend the proposal and said she was happy the local government had accepted it saying, "A sample showed that a large number of the streets were named after men of Western origin. That does not fit in the Rotterdam of today."

Deputy Mayor Bert Wijbenga explained that diversity was the main motivation for the move and said, "In order to give substance to more cultural diversity, the policy rules stipulate that the attribution of names of women and other underrepresented groups from society should be preferred for personal names," and added, "diversity is at the forefront."

Wijbenga also announced that there were no intentions to rename existing streets stating that, "there will always be room for the great men of Rotterdam."
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Diversity – racism, employment, Republic of Ireland
Guinness Sorry for 'Racist' Ad Linking Ancestry to National Pride
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 February 2019

Guinness has dropped a number of rugby sponsorship adverts in Ireland after complaints that they could cause "offence or confusion" to immigrants.

The world-famous dry stout company, which is a sponsor and the official beer of the Six Nations rugby tournament, apologised for any "offence or confusion" caused by the billboards, which read: "You Don't Pick A Side. Your Grandparents Have Done That Already."

Guinness announced it would remove the adverts, which were placed around Dublin ahead of Ireland's rugby match against England, following outcry from the Immigrant Council of Europe, which complained that the campaign "doesn't celebrate the strength of the Irish team (& wider society) or the huge benefit our diversity brings".

Commenting that "Irish society is richer in its diversity," chief executive of the taxpayer-funded NGO, Brian Killoran, added the slogan seemed like "a misstep in Guinness' advertising".

A spokesman for drinks company Diageo, which owns Guinness, said the campaign "was meant to show the competitive nature of the Guinness Six Nations", and that the company "regret if the billboard caused offence or confusion". ...

Asserting that "diversity and inclusion are core values of our business", and pointing to its partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland on so-called 'diversity programmes', the spokesman added that Diageo was grateful for the feedback. ...

Guinness, whose world-famous product originated in a Dublin brewery in 1759, was hailed by the United Nations' (UN) refugee agency last year for its work employing and holding training programmes for asylum seekers at its iconic Storehouse headquarters in the Irish capital.

The managing director of the Guinness Storehouse, Paul Carty, was highly supportive of rule changes allowing asylum seekers to work, telling local media last March that staffing was "going to be the biggest challenge" for the hospitality sector in the coming years.
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Diversity – free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 4 February 2019
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of understanding truth. And yet, stories of speakers being No Platformed have continually made headlines in recent years.

... To this end, the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.

Yet the detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is much easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...

The discourse of diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on campus. ... ...

But those who identify with the politics of diversity see it differently. They know that by making a fuss they can readily persuade a university that they have been offended, shocked or disturbed. They claim, with the force of law, that if the speaker is not banned or the debate is not cancelled then the university may be breaching its legal duties. Forthright individuals and robust institutions may seek to tough it out. But the force of law is always there pushing gradually and incrementally in the same direction. By constantly pushing in favour of diversity, the Equality Act exerts a powerful influence against those who would seek to raise challenging issues.

The guidance also suggests that the Equality Act may require student organisers to timetable a series of speaker events so that they do not fall during Islamic Friday prayers. Fairly obviously, if Muslims are empowered by law to influence when debates are scheduled, then the same law gives them even greater rights over the content of debates that they consider to be offensive or shocking.

... On each occasion, the protesters can claim legal backing. They connect with a protected characteristic such as being trans, gay, female, black or Muslim and claim that speech must be curbed in favour of the greater good of diversity. ...

Asking the Equality and Human Rights Commission, an organisation created to promote equality law, to draft guidance to protect free speech was never going to work. But at least it has advised faithfully on what the law actually requires. It sends a clear message that free speech on campus must yield to the politics of diversity. And until the law is changed, those who hold views that bien pensants on campus find 'unfashionable and controversial' will need considerable fortitude to express them.
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Diversity – BBC
BBC announces new programmes celebrating British diversity, including a collaboration with Sir Lenny Henry
Chris Edwards
Digital Spy, 13 January 2019

BBC 4 has announced a series of new programmes that will celebrate British diversity.

The new programmes will explore the secret tribes and communities that have helped shape modern British history.

They'll air across February and include programmes such as A Very British History, a new series exploring the untold stories of communities across the UK, and a series of monologues produced in collaboration with Sir Lenny Henry Henry and The Young Vic, titled Soon Gone: A Windrush Chroniclal.

There's also Windrush: Movement Of The People by Phoenix Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance piece celebrating the first large arrival of Caribbean migrants to the UK.
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Diversity – USA
University Spends $10.6 MILLION A Year On Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Salaries. Is It Working?
Ashe Schow
Daily Wire, 7 January 2019

The University of Michigan (UM) spends about $10.6 million a year on the salaries of 82 employees who have something relating to diversity in their title.

Mark Perry, an economics professor at the university and an American Enterprise Scholar, compiled data on publicly available salaries searching for the terms "diversity," "equity," and "inclusion." He found 82 employees with some combination of those words in their title and added up their salaries for the total. The highest paid employee with a variation of this title is the school's vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer (that's his full title), who is paid $407,653 a year. ...

"The University of Michigan Has At Least 82 Full-Time Diversity Officers at a Total Annual Payroll Cost of $10.6M. That Would Support Full In-State Tuition for 708 Students," Perry wrote in a tweet about his data.
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Diversity – universities
Against Diversity Statements
Jeffrey Flier
Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 January 2019
[Jeffrey Flier is former dean of Harvard Medical School]

The goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion enjoys overwhelming support across the academy. ...

... In the process, fresh issues arise: Have the terms retained their original meanings, or acquired important new connotations? Have the programs changed their goals to adapt to current realities? ...

My attention was drawn to these question by the University of California at Los Angeles's recent announcement of a new policy requiring faculty members to document activities in support of diversity in dossiers used to evaluate all appointments and promotions. ...

As a supporter of the original goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, my skepticism toward this policy surprised a number of friends and colleagues. But it is entirely inappropriate to require diversity statements in the process of appointment and promotion. Such requirements risk introducing a political litmus test into faculty hiring and reviews.

Many faculty and administrators regard the new policy as a healthy, consciousness-raising signal to promote support for diversity, a perspective that I understand. ...

During nine years as a medical-school dean, I oversaw nearly a thousand professorial reviews assessing the research, teaching, service, and reputation of senior members of the faculty. ...

.. Since progressive/left identifications are dominant in the academy, especially in the humanities and social sciences (as well as in administration), politically influenced litmus tests could easily arise in that sphere.

... But the key terms – diversity, equity, and inclusion – are rarely defined with specificity, and their meaning has been subtly shifting. That's a serious problem, especially if diversity efforts are to be a criterion for faculty evaluation. The term "equity," for instance, can imply equality of opportunity or equality of outcome – two quite different things with distinct policy implications. ...

One way to understand the problem is to examine the academic literature regarding equity and inclusion today. This literature, though not uniform, often incorporates key elements of a theoretical corpus known as "critical race theory," little known to many academics outside of the social sciences and the humanities. It emphasizes structural racism, white privilege and supremacy, microaggressions, economically driven power relationships, and intersectionality. At the level of policy, it favors "race conscious" rather than "color blind" approaches to remedies.

My goal here is not to critique or evaluate the precepts of critical race theory. But it is obvious that these ideas and policy frameworks are not politically neutral. Rather, they map onto the left/progressive wing of the political spectrum, and their claims are arguable and highly contested. This ideological context is hardly subtle, but many academics appear not to appreciate its pervasiveness. The resulting ambiguity makes it difficult to debate proposed policies, which are portrayed as reflecting common decency even as they are increasingly linked to a particular leftist ideology.
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Egalitarianism – universities, degrees
Govt: Universities Must Close Ethnic Achievement Gaps or Face Sanctions
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 February 2019

The Government has ordered British universities to achieve equality of outcome between ethnic groups, warning of sanctions for institutions which fail to make "good progress" towards this goal.

Ministers announced that universities would be held to account on disparities in academic attainment between different ethnic groups after data showed gaps in the proportion of students awarded top grades for their degrees.

The latest figures show that 79 percent of white students received a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) degree in 2015/26, compared to 72 percent of Chinese students, 71 percent of Indian students, 62 percent of Pakistani students, and 51 percent of "Black Other" students.

New powers given to universities watchdog the Office for Students (OfS) will see institutions forced to publish data on admissions and attainment, broken down by ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background, in order to "shine a spotlight on those making good progress and those lagging behind" on equality of outcome between different demographics.

The government did not mention possible causes behind disparities, but the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which published the figures, placed responsibility on universities rather than students to correct the supposed problem, stressing that "action needs to focus on institutional barriers and inequalities, rather than 'improving' or 'fixing' the student."

"Traditionally the language of the attainment gap has focused on students' underachievement or lack of attainment, whereas it should focus on the institutional culture, curriculum and pedagogy," it added. ...

Measures announced by ministers this week came as part of the Government's 'Race Disparity Audit' – an initiative commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to measure differences between ethnic groups in a range of areas, from stop-and-search and arrest rates to home ownership levels, with a promise to bring in measures which would stamp out differences. ...

Professor Edward Byrne, President of King's College London, where Mr Skidmore launched the initiative this week, appeared to contradict the minister's claim that equality measures are a bid to ensure universities reflect the demographic make-up of the United Kingdom, stating he was "proud" that 49 percent of undergraduates at the institution in the previous academic year "were from black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds" – which is actually far above their share of the general population.

Breitbart London previously reported how non-white students are now a majority at 23 higher education institutions, and data shows white school pupils were significantly less likely to go on to higher education than those from other ethnic backgrounds.

With the lowest entry rate of all ethnic groups, just 29 percent of white pupils commenced higher education in 2017, with figures revealing young white people from the most wealthy socio-economic group were less likely to attend university than Chinese pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
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Emigration – Africa, Nigeria
Nigeria groans as medical professionals' emigration worsens
Joseph Onyekwere and Ngozi Egenuka
The Guardian, 30 March 2019

Nigeria is among the top 13th African countries that their citizens want to emigrate to Europe and other nations on account of poverty and or hardship with 31 percent rate, says a survey conducted by Afrobarometer. While migration can have positive effects –filling labour gaps in destination countries and producing remittances to help families back home –it can also have negative consequences. Analysts have pointed to its drain on emerging economies and populist movements in the West have decried immigration as a threat to domestic employment, security, and national culture.

Recently, it was reported that no fewer than 5,405 Nigerian-trained doctors and nurses are currently working with the National Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom (UK). The figure, released by the British Government, revealed that Nigerian medics constitute 3.9 per cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside British doctors and nurses.

In search for better conditions, medical professionals leave the country and this development has worsened the physician-patient ratio in Nigeria from 1:4,000 to 1:5,000, contrary to the WHO recommended 1:600. The physician-patient ratio in the U.K. is 1:300. Economic loss due to emigration of doctors shows that approximately 18,960 medical doctors from 14 African countries work in developed countries.

About 54.2 percent of them work in the United Kingdom, 28.3 percent work in the USA, 10.3 percent work in Canada, 4.8 percent work in Australia, 1.4 percent work in Portugal and 1 percent work in Germany. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) the regulatory body for nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses throughout the United Kingdom, recorded that about 18,349 nurses from the African region were registered with the NMC between 1989/90 and 2004/2005.
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Emigration – Nigeria, Africa
Is Nigeria about to become the next Venezuela? The signs are not good
Jeremy Warner
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2019

Nigeria may be a country of nearly 200m, ...

Well, perhaps, but the fact is that even as Western populations age and decline, Nigeria's, like much of the rest of Africa, is on an explosive growth path. On the present trajectory, Nigeria's population is expected to more than double over the next 30 years, reaching a scarcely credible 750m by 2100, according to projections by the Census Bureau of the United States. That's plainly not going to be sustainable, and therefore quite unlikely to occur in practice, but even if only half right, it creates, in the absence of extremely rapid per capita economic growth, myriad problems for the West.

The challenge of mass migration from Sub-Saharan Africa we see today threatens to turn into an exodus of positively biblical proportions. However vigorous, conventional border controls would struggle to prevent it. It is therefore very much in the West's interests that Africa follows Asia into rapid economic advancement.

But here's the paradox. Experience suggests that migration from the developing world peaks when national income reaches the £4,500 to £5,500 per capita range. Much below that, and only the middle classes and the enterprising have the wherewithal to make the break. Once income reaches that level, however, it provudes the means for mass migration.
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Employment
Migration from India soars as businesses plan for life beyond Brexit
Francis Churchill
People Management, 11 March 2019

The number of migrants from south Asian countries including India who started work in the UK increased 30 per cent last year as businesses began looking beyond the EU for talent – at least in sectors such as healthcare and IT.

The number of migrants from the region – which includes India, Pakistan and the Philippines – who registered for national insurance (NI) numbers reached 68,381 in the year to December 2018, up from 53,594 over the same period in 2017.

India alone saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of registrations, to more than 45,000, making it the third largest source of new migrants.

The figures suggest businesses are gradually beginning to adjust their talent strategies to compensate for a reduction in available skills after Brexit. However, there were still twice as many EU nationals beginning work in 2018 as non-EU nationals, and the 28,010 increase in non-EU nationals joining the workforce was dwarfed by a 78,409 fall in EU nationals. ...

Romania (which is part of the EU but not part of the EU8) and Poland remained the first and second largest sources of new labour despite seeing a drop of 13 and 26 per cent respectively. There were 134,492 new registrations from Romania, almost three times the number from Poland. ...

Karendeep Kaur, senior immigration consultant at Migrate UK, said her firm had also seen an increase in the number of intra-company transfers from Asia. ...

"I think we're finding that although [Brexit has] stopped a lot of EU nationals coming to the UK, it hasn't stopped the rest of the world." ...

"While many employers will rightly be concerned about the migration restrictions that are due to be introduced that will affect EU nationals, what perhaps has not been acknowledged is the positive changes that have been suggested for recruiting non-EU nationals," said Davies, citing plans to lower skill requirements and scrap the resident labour market test, both of which were outlined in the government's post-Brexit immigration plan.
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Employment – robots
How robots will end mass-immigration policies and make workers happier
Lawrence Solomon
Financial Post, 8 March 2019
[Lawrence Solomon is policy director of Toronto-based Probe International]

U.S. robot use, up by a whopping 16 per cent last year, is at record highs; U.S. unemployment, meanwhile, is at 50-year lows with people abandoning welfare for work. American wages are rising too. And all of this is happening largely for the same reason. President Donald Trump's tariffs, opposition to multilateral trade and immigration policies have tightened labour markets, letting workers bid up wages while spurring industry to find alternatives to the low-cost migrant labour it has relied upon in decades past.

Robots are not yet leading to mass unemployment and social instability as predicted, and are unlikely to ever do so. Because humans have insatiable, ever-changing wants, there will always be limitless demand for workers to satisfy those wants, no matter how many low-skill and routinized jobs in future go the way of elevator operators and bank tellers. Robots need not be feared for another reason, too. Rather than being the dreaded economic disruptor many label them as, robots are more likely to be a force for social stability. They have the potential to counter one of the main sources of conflict in the western world today: cheap-labour-driven globalization and the reaction to it – demands to promote nationalism by restricting mass migration.

Big business in the Western world – whether represented by the Koch brothers on the right or the EU model on the left – has been the most powerful force arguing for mass migration. Its argument in this alliance – that migrants from Mexico, Turkey and other poor countries are needed because Westerners aren't willing to do menial work – has been persuasive, undercutting those in the broad middle class who felt they weren't sharing in the economic growth.

But the persuasion only lasted so long. After some four decades of little or no growth in median incomes, the backlash against the so-called "one per cent" became potent, electing Donald Trump as president in the United States, fostering Brexit and numerous other exit-EU movements in Europe, and raising animosities between the globalists and the nationalists to destructive levels.

Robots could soon become peacemakers. Once Western big business recognizes that it doesn't need to import cheap labour to turn profits, it can stop pushing immigration policies that affect workers who must compete for wages in the job market. ...

... American workers today have no reason to fear the robot. The robot is their friend.
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Employment – numbers
Number of non-EU workers in UK soars by 100,000 to a record high
Hayden Smith and Max Channon
Plymouth Live, 19 February 2019

The number of non-EU nationals working in the UK has jumped by more than 100,000 to a record high, official figures have revealed.

This contrasted with a fall in EU workers, prompting suggestions a reduction in labour supply from the bloc has resulted in higher levels of migration from the rest of the world. There were an estimated 1.29 million employees from countries outside the EU in the last three months of 2018. This was an increase of 130,000 compared with the equivalent period 12 months earlier, and the highest number since records started in 1997.

The non-EU total comprises 277,000 workers from Africa, 593,000 from Asia, 299,000 from America and Oceania, and 126,000 from European countries that are not members of the EU.

Year-on-year rises were seen across all of these groups, including an 85,000 increase in the Asia category.

Figures for specific nationalities show the non-EU workforce included 194,000 Indians, 107,000 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, 96,000 Americans, 71,000 Australians and New Zealanders, and 64,000 South Africans.

The number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by around 61,000 year-on-year to 2.27 million in October to December. ...

The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show 869,000 people working in the UK in the latest quarter were from EUA8 states - the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

This was down 89,000 compared with 12 months earlier, and 184,000 fewer than the record high of 1.05 million in July to September 2016, just after the EU referendum. ...

In October to December, there were just over a million nationals of 14 long-term EU member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France, as well as 370,000 Romanians and Bulgarians, working in the UK.

In both cases the numbers were up slightly compared with the previous year.

Employment levels by country of birth showed a similar picture to nationality statistics.

The number of EU-born people working in the UK in the last three months of 2018 fell by 76,000 year-on-year, to 2.30 million.

There were 3.35 million workers born outside the bloc, a rise of 159,000 compared with a year earlier.
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Employment
Employment study debunks migrant worker myth
Adam McCulloch
Personnel Today, 14 January 2019

Immigrants have been among the main beneficiaries of the employment boom but not at the expense of workers born in the UK, and London is not the main driver for the boom.

These are among the findings of Setting the Record Straight, a Resolution Foundation analysis which, using ONS statistics, looks into the reasons behind the record 75.7% employment rate, up more than two percentage points from the rate in 2008. ...

Migrants, the study finds, have accounted for two-thirds of the increase in employment since 2008 (in part because they have grown as a share of the population) but in the same period the employment rate for people born in the UK has risen by more than two percentage points to a record high of 75.8%.

The report does not support those who suggest employment growth is London-centric or that urban centres outside the capital have been "left behind". Rising employment, it finds, has been driven by parts of the country with relatively low-employment catching up.
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Employment – inequality
Mass Immigration And The Growth Of Inequality
James Wickham
Social Europe, 8 January 2019

The claim that immigration is economically beneficial appears to be an article of faith amongst those who consider themselves progressive. However, mere changes in total GDP often mean little in terms of the lived reality of society. Much more important is whether or not mass immigration changes the social structure and the pattern of economic inequality.

Economic inequality (in the distribution of income and wealth) has been growing in virtually every developed society. It is clear that there is no single cause, but one important driver is changes in the occupational structure. In some countries, but especially in the UK and the USA, occupational growth has polarised: there are more well-paid high-skilled jobs, there are more low-paid jobs, but there are fewer moderately well-paid secure jobs in the middle.

A growing social science research suggests that the reason for the existence of low-paid jobs has been precisely the availability of a large pool of immigrant labour. Low-paid jobs have expanded simply because there are people prepared to do them. If this labour supply did not exist and, crucially, if there was no alternative labour supply, then the jobs would not exist. The argument that immigrants are 'needed' to fill existing jobs takes the existing jobs and hence the occupational structure for granted; furthermore, it accepts that immigrants are the only possible source of additional labour.

In some sectors enterprises' business model depends upon paying low wages. The transformation of agriculture in the USA and more recently in the UK has involved a shift to forms of production and even to crops that are only viable because of low wages. ...

Until the 1980s domestic servants were declining in numbers. Today professionals and managers expect to employ domestic labour to clean their houses, mind their children, etc. These jobs are overwhelmingly taken by immigrants who are often illegals. ...

This relationship between mass immigration and occupational change cannot be generalised to all periods and places. The mass European migration in the second half of the 19th century to the USA and other areas of new settlement did not have this result, nor in fact did the mass immigration to Western Europe in the post-world war period. It is, however, clear that today those who call for 'open borders' – the unrestricted entry of unskilled workers into the EU – are facilitating a more polarised occupational structure, more low paid workers and greater social and economic inequality.
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EXTREMISM

Extremism – Islam, Sweden, France
Study Claims Western-Born Muslims More Likely to Be Radicalised
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 March 2019

Muslims born in the West are more prone to Islamic extremism due to a perceived sense of being "disadvantaged," according to a study from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

The study claims to have compared western-born Muslims with migrants, saying that those born in Europe or North America were much more likely to see themselves as primarily Muslims first and become angrier over perceived anti-Muslim injustice, a press release from the University of Uppsala states.

"The most important finding, however, was that Muslims born in the Western world admitted a greater willingness to use force to defend Muslims around the world," researchers said.

The main cited reason for the differences between the two groups of Muslims is that Muslims in the West have "a stronger experience of being disadvantaged compared to the majority population in which they live." ...

The study's researchers also stressed that although they may be more prone to extremism, Western-born Muslims are not any more violent than their foreign-born counterparts.

The research follows a similar study that was conducted in France of known jihadists that found most had a background in petty crime, came from migrant backgrounds, and lived in the poverty-stricken suburbs of various cities.

Not all academics believe that poverty or alienation is the leading cause of Islamic radicalisation. French sociologist Olivier Galland conducted his own research of young people and found that Muslims were more likely to be radicals and blamed it on Islam itself.

"We find a divergence and the existence of a cultural divide between young Muslims and their comrades. For them, religion dominates the secular world: this is what we have called 'religious absolutism'," Galland said.
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Extremism – survey
White British people 'twice as likely to hold extremist views as people of Pakistani descent'
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 15 March 2019

White Britons are twice as likely to hold extremist views as people of Pakistani descent, research has suggested.

The government vowed to fight all forms of radicalisation after academics at Queen Mary University of London warned of an "undue focus on Islamic fundamentalism".

When asked whether they supported actions including suicide bombings and terror attacks as a "form of political protest" or to "fight injustices", 15 per cent of white Britons were classed as sympathisers, compared with 8 per cent of Pakistani-origin respondents.

When divided by religion, 18 per cent of Christians and 8 per cent of Muslims were sympathisers, while 59 per cent of Christians and 68 per cent of Muslims condemned the statements.

Professor Kam Bhui CBE said: "British counter-terrorism policy has had an undue focus on Islamic fundamentalism, with white British extremism normally considered as a lesser problem.

"The fact that those who are white British are approximately twice as likely to have extremist sympathies as those of Pakistani heritage will therefore come as a surprise.

"This raises concerns about right-wing extremism and suggests that a focus on tackling Islamic fundamentalism is flawed, and we need to consider extremism more generally."

Official statistics published last week showed that 43 per cent of suspected terrorists arrested are white, compared to 32 per cent who are Asian.

Three quarters of suspects gave their nationality as British, compared to 4 per cent Pakistani last year. ...

Assistant commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK counterterror policing, previously told MPs that around 80 per cent of investigations by police and MI5 were into jihadis and 20 per cent "other", including a "significant proportion from the right wing". ...

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, used a survey of 618 men and women living in Blackburn, Darwen, Bradford and Luton.

In total, 341 (61 per cent) condemned violent protest and terrorist actions, 144 (26 per cent) were neutral, and 73 (13 per cent) were sympathisers of violent protest and terrorism. ...

The research also found that depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress were associated with having extremist sympathies.
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Extremism – Islam
Britain is not to blame for Shamima Begum's radicalisation
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 23 February 2019

Of all the points made on the case of Shamima Begum, the most relevant has been utterly absent. ...

In recent days the government's own extremism commissioner, Sara Khan, has made an uncommon set of interventions. ...

Anyway, in her various interventions the usually admirable Khan has insisted that there are two aspects to the Begum case which must be addressed. The first is the internet. /.../ Throughout her piece Khan presents Begum as a poor victim of forces beyond her control. ...

The second thing that Khan suggests we need is 'a whole society response' to extremism, including 'cohesive and resilient communities'. Tackling this issue is apparently 'a responsibility that falls on us all.' /.../ But this is the comfortable counter-extremism argument of our time in Britain. Let us blame huge forces – the internet, society as a whole – so that the answers we can propose are so broad and flabby as to be meaningless.

One problem of this spreading around of blame is that it allows people who may actually to be to blame to get off the hook. ...

Then there are the families. I wrote about the family of one of the Bethnal Green schoolgirls in this place four years ago. Some readers will remember that back then the father of one of the three girls – Mr Abase Hussen – appeared in front of Keith Vaz's Parliamentary Committee and blamed the police for not stopping his daughter going out to join ISIS. ...

Except that then some footage emerged of Mr Hussen at a demonstration in London in 2012. Not a demonstration calling for global peace and love, but a rally organised by Anjem Choudary to burn American flags and more. /.../ Where can Mr Hussen's daughter have picked up her radical ideas? In the home, or in a generalised way from the failings of all of British society?

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Let's look at some more apportioning of blame. A good signifier of what the families of the Bethnal Green jihadis themselves believe could be said to have been confirmed by the lawyer that they selected to represent them. This is one Tasnime Akunjee, who has been back in the media in recent days urging Britain to view poor Shamima as a victim of 'grooming'. Dastardly internet and all that. Which conveniently makes you and me – dear reader – at least as culpable for Islamist extremism as Mr Akunjee. Which probably suits him nicely.

Back in 2015 Akunjee also publicly and repeatedly berated the British police for their 'failures'. But then we learned that he too is an extremist, with links to – among others – the extremist group 'Cage'. ...

I understand very well why the leadership at East London Mosque, the families, lawyers and friends of the schoolgirls who went to join ISIS should wish to spread the blame around to every household in Britain and to the internet. What baffles me is why the government's extremism commissioner – a person appointed to speak truth – should start playing the same game, loosely and emotively spreading blame across the entire population in one of her rare interventions in the national debate.

... But there is a wider societal reason why this sort of avoidance game must be avoided. When blame is spread around this thinly then nothing gets done.

Personally I'd rather we took a different approach. The people who do bear some responsibility should be called out, prosecuted, punished, deported or imprisoned. That is what a sane society would do.
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Extremism – costs
Britain spent £200,000 protecting welfare of extremist Muslim hate preacher Abu Qatada after he was deported to Jordan in 2013
Joe Middleton
MailOnline, 4 January 2019

Britain has spent nearly £200,000 protecting the welfare of extremist hate preacher Abu Qatada.

Qatada, claimed asylum in Britain in 1993, but was deported to his native Jordan in 2013 to face terrorism charges.

When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she played a key role in the decade long-battle costing more than £1.9 million, to deport the cleric.

But his meetings with doctors and human rights workers were funded by taxpayers for three years, as reported by The Times.

The payments were agreed by Mrs May despite her telling Parliament in 2013 that costs relating to Qatada were 'not acceptable to the public and not acceptable to me.'

These visits were to ensure Qatada was not being tortured after his removal from the country, a freedom of information request showed.

The Home Office spent £66,000 on monitoring Qatada, with the money going to the Adaleh Centre for Human Rights Studies.

While the Foreign Office spent £57,509.92 doing the same.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION

Fraud and corruption – citizenship
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in Britain
Josh White
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019

Migrants are paying fixers to help them cheat in citizenship tests to win the right to stay in Britain.

Undercover footage shows how lax security lets criminals feed their 'customers' the right answers via tiny earpieces.

The scam, exposed by BBC London News, is the latest in a string of frauds designed to help migrants pass the much-maligned Life In The UK test.

Critics of security at test centres say elaborate schemes may have allowed thousands to fraudulently win British citizenship. ...

In the exposé, broadcast tonight, an undercover reporter meets with Abdul Reza Masud, director of the Ideal Learning Academy in east London. Instead of offering tuition to pass the test, Masud is seen asking the reporter for £2,000 to help him cheat.

Handed a tiny earpiece, the undercover reporter is not searched before he sits the multiple-choice test in a west London centre. Once inside, he is allowed to choose whether he reads the questions, or listens to them via headphones. He picks the latter option – and his small earpiece then picks up the sound from the headphones, relaying the questions to the waiting accomplice. This allows them to tell the reporter which answers to choose. ...

Former immigration officer Jay Sudra told the BBC: 'The Home Office need to look into this urgently. How many citizens do we have in the UK that have fraudulently obtained a test certificate? It potentially runs into thousands.

'You have to question the security of the entire process.

'For them to get to a stage where they obtain permanent residency, where they obtain a British passport, it's truly, truly shocking.'
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Illegal immigration
Kent Police search for 'migrants who came ashore'
BBC, 22 March 2019

A search is under way for a group of migrants reported to have come ashore in Kent.

Police officers were called to St Margaret's Bay, Dover, at about 07:00 GMT following the reported sightings.

They are "assisting Border Force to locate the individuals", Kent Police said. ...

In a second incident, the force was made aware of a vessel with suspected migrants aboard near Dungeness.

The vessel was intercepted by Border Force, just after 07:15 GMT.

HM Coastguard confirmed it has been assisting Border Force with two incidents off the Kent coast.

It said it was "only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities."
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Illegal immigration – people smuggling
Romanian man who tried to smuggle 10 Vietnamese nationals including eight children into Britain in an adapted fridge in his lorry is jailed for more than four years
Luke Andrews
MailOnline, 8 March 2019

A Romanian man has been jailed for more than four years after trying to smuggle eight Vietnamese children and two men into the UK in an adapted fridge.

Ciprian Scorteanu, 45, was stopped at the Port of Hull on October 27 last year so that his cargo of used tyres could be searched. ...

The Vietnamese men found in the fridge were refused entry to the UK and removed to Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The eight children were taken into the care of social services.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
French firemen try to get migrants down from ferry funnel after 100 stormed Calais port perimeter to board ship on its way to UK
Joe Middleton
MailOnline, 4 March 2019

French firemen were battling to bring a group of 100 migrants down from the funnel of a ferry today after they stormed the vessel in Calais in a bid to reach the UK.

British holidaymakers were left stranded on ferries after the dozens of immigrants breached security at the French port late on Saturday and scrambled aboard the Danish-operated ship.

The fire brigade spent Sunday morning talking the last remaining migrants down from the ship's chimneys until it was finally given the all-clear to head to Dover.

Another four immigrants were also found hiding on the upper deck of the DFDS Seaways-owned MS Côtes des Dunes this morning, according to local media. ...

At least 46 migrants were thought to have been arrested.

A source said that 'hundreds' of immigrants set on coming to the UK had stormed the French port at around 8.30pm, will ferries ordered 'not to dock' while the situation was dealt with. ...

Passengers on board ferries to Calais said they were told by the captain that more than 100 immigrants had stormed the port.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
Labour's culture war threatens our immigration system
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019

In the 1980s, Liverpool's hard-Left council defied the government, broke the law, and set an illegal budget. Today, Labour councils threaten the rule of law by blocking the removal of illegal immigrants from Britain. Last week, Lewisham's mayor kicked out a Home Office official embedded with the council whose job it was to identify illegal immigrants. Southwark expelled their embedded official last year, and Haringey kicked out theirs the year before.

"Their job is to enforce government-made laws, not help people," complained a Labour source. "It is not the responsibility of Labour councils to inform on vulnerable migrants when they come to us seeking shelter and support."

Yes, you heard that right. It is not the job of labour councils to uphold the law. Instead, the source said, councils should grant emergency funds to illegal immigrants without notifying the Home Office. /.../ For the hard-Left, the credo is clear: illegal immigration good, law enforcement bad.

After their victories in Lewisham, Soutwark and Haringey, Left-wing activists are taking the battle elsewhere. /.../ And matters will not rest there, because several Left-wing groups are leading the fight on this new front in Britain's emerging culture war. ...

Not content with that campaign, David Lammy, the Labour MP, wants ministers to suspend chartered flights too. The loss of chartered flights or cooperation from commercial airliners would leave Britain unable to remove most illegal immigrants and foreign criminals. But that is what Lammy and these campaign groups want.

Labour has already promised policies that would make the enforcement of immigration law very difficult. It wants to let asylum seekers work, which would encourage more bogus applications. It wants to overturn the laws that prevent people from getting bank accounts and driving licences, renting houses and finding work while living here illegally. And they say they will end the "disastrous immigration detention system" for illegal immigrants.

Identifying and arresting illegal immigrants is difficult enough with Britain's lightly regulated labour market, non-contributory welfare system and public services that are free at the point of use. Detaining and deporting them is harder still with asylum and human rights laws that give illegal immigrants countless opportunities to delay their removal. /.../ But the Left's latest campaign will make it even harder to do what the public expects and enforce the law.
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Illegal immigration
Migrants call 999 for lift as warm weather encourages Channel crossings
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019

The warm weather is prompting a surge in brazen migrants crossing the Channel, with some so confident that they are calling 999 from their boats to get a lift to Britain, say police chiefs.

Stephen Rodhouse, director general of operations with the National Crime Agency (NCA), told MPs migrant crossings will be an "enduring challenge" as the summer brings more warm weather. ...

MPs were told the migrants were deliberately seeking to get caught by British officials because they had no fear Britain would return them to France. ...

A report published last month claimed fewer than half of failed asylum seekers are removed from the UK. ...

The numbers attempting the crossing fell from around 250 in December to approximately 90 in January, which Mr Rodhouse partly attributed to poor weather. However, migrants crossing the Channel accounted for just 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent of all 35,000 illegal attempts to enter the UK, he added.
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Illegal immigration – English Channel
More cross-Channel migrants arrive in UK
BBC, 25 February 2019

Two more small boats containing migrants trying to reach the UK have been intercepted off the Kent coast.

The Home Office said 15 men were taken by Border Force staff to Dover, where 11 of them, all identifying as Iranian, were passed to immigration officials.

The other four were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into the UK.

Their arrival follows the discovery on Sunday of a family of seven in Kingsdown, on the Kent coast. ...

It takes the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK via the English Channel in 2019 to more than 100.

The total number arriving since last November is now more than 350. ...

Until now, coastguard rescue staff have helped with blankets, tents and medical assistance when new migrants arrive.

But now the volunteers will intervene only in emergencies.
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Illegal immigration – boat
Gang that smuggled Vietnamese illegal immigrants into Britain across the Channel in a £2,100 inflatable speedboat not realising the police were watching are found guilty
Faith Ridler
MailOnline, 23 February 2019

A criminal gang who transported four Vietnamese men into Britain on an inflatable speedboat have been found guilty of a conspiracy to smuggle illegal immigrants.

The traffickers had navigated four men across the English Channel on August 3 when officers on surveillance heard the sound of a boat engine at sea near Deal in Kent.

The men then 'walked from the sea' and entered a silver Audi when they were stopped by undercover police who had recorded their trip, St Albans Crown Court heard.

The three smugglers - Thomas Mason, 36, Hoa Thi Nguyen, 49, Chi Tan Huynh, 41 - had made trial runs in the £2,100 speedboat for several months as they conspired to bring the migrants to Britain illegally. ...

The three men will be sentenced by Judge Robert Winstanley next Wednesday. ...

The four passengers - male Vietnamese migrants who could not speak English - were taken into custody as illegal immigrants. ...

Nazmi Velia, 32, Egert Kajaci, 35, Erald Gapi, 27, and Wayne Lee, 46, had already pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy.
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Illegal immigration – employment, fines
The Home Office Is Still Owed Most Of The Fines It Issued To Employers Using Undocumented Migrants
Emily Dugan
BuzzFeed, 21 February 2019

At least half – and potentially more than two thirds – of fines owed to the Home Office by employers using undocumented workers have gone unpaid in the last five financial years.

Many of these employers will have exploited undocumented workers as a way to pay far below the minimum wage. The introduction of more stringent fines was part of Theresa May's "hostile environment" strategy when she was home secretary.

More than £170 million in illegal working fines were handed out by the Home Office since March 2012, yet just £55 million has been collected in that time, new data shows. The figures were given out following a Freedom of Information request by the legal blog Free Movement.

The Home Office insists the numbers are not directly comparable because companies are incentivised to pay early with a 30% discount. But even in the unlikely event that every civil penalty was paid early, that would still leave £64 million unaccounted for. ...

David Wood, who was director general of Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, said the uncollected fines showed it was "just a failed system".

Wood, who worked at the Home Office for nine years after more than three decades at the Metropolitan Police, said many of the affected businesses are limited companies that simply change their name to evade a fine while others just refused to pay.

"Lots are limited companies that then just change their name quite frankly. A lot is just people saying they can't pay and the following up and taking to court doesn't happen because it's seen as not cost effective. So it's just a failed system really."

Employers who pay the fine within 21 days can get a discount. Some are reduced on appeal or given payment plans of up to 36 months, which could account for a small lag in the statistics.

But Wood said he thought non-payment was the biggest factor. "It doesn't work as a deterrent. Anyone that knows the system knows thy can evade it because they know they haven't got to pay." ...

The collection of employer fines peaked at £16.5m in 2016/17. By last year this was down to £14.1 million and in the most recent quarter, just £3.6 million was collected.
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Illegal immigration – fake passports
How Sri Lankans are getting into UK illegally revealed
Lisa Holland
Sky News, 16 February 2019

A Sri Lankan community leader has told Sky News the vast majority of illegal immigrants arriving in Britain from the country are coming on fake passports.

Ambihai Seevaratnam, who works in human rights and is chairperson of Croydon temple in south London, says it has become much more difficult to get visas to come to the UK and that Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka are turning to agents to buy fake Sri Lankan passports and fake visas.

"I would probably say 80 to 85% of people arriving from Sri Lanka are coming on fake passports," she said. "The only means is through fake passports. It's big business and a risky business."
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Illegal immigration – Ireland, UK
Photos illustrate some of the 900 attempts by migrants to stowaway on Ireland-bound ferry foiled by Spanish police
Owen Conlon and Ann Mooney
Irish Sun, 3 February 2019

These are the photos which illustrate some of the 900 attempts by migrants to stowaway on an Ireland-bound ferry which were foiled by Spanish police.

Cops in the northern port of Santander say they have intercepted an average of 130 illegal boardings on lorries since the sea-link to Cork opened last May. ...

The vast majority of those caught are Albanian – authorities in both countries believe the bi-weekly Brittany Ferries service was specifically targeted by trafficking gangs seeking a back door to the UK via the North.

There is no suggestion of any involvement on the part of Brittany Ferries or its staff.

The gangs charge those seeking to use their 'service' a minimum of €3,000 per person.

A source said: "The detection rate on the Spanish side has resulted in small numbers arriving in Ireland. Since the service began about 20 illegal immigrants have been found.

"The main nationality trying to gain entry in this way into Ireland is Albanian but they only see Ireland as their route into Britain so they don't contact the immigration authorities here because they want the British to be their first point of contact when seeking asylum."
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Illegal immigration – fake documents
Crooks selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to land care jobs working with elderly and vulnerable
Jake Ryan
The Sun, 1 February 2019

Crooks are providing illegal immigrants with fake passports and documents to land jobs caring for the vulnerable in a plot exposed by The Sun.

The criminals were able to supply our investigators with a "full package" of bogus documents under a false name – including a Kenyan passport, UK residency permit, National Insurance letter and utility bills – for just £400.

A staff member at Reliable Care Services, based in Chadwell Heath, East London, acted as a fixer – supplying our investigator with details of cohorts who could provide the dodgy documents.

The agency supplies staff to charities and organisations including Mencap, homeless group St Mungo's, housing body Metropolitan Thames Valley and The Westminster Society, which supports those with learning disabilities. The scam means their vulnerable clients could have been cared for by staff whose criminal backgrounds were unchecked.

And it could mean workers who arrived in the UK illegally were able to dodge spot checks by Immigration Enforcement officers with their bogus paperwork. ...

The Sun's probe into staff at RCS began six months ago following an anonymous tip-off.

Posing as a migrant without papers, one of our investigators visited the firm having been promised a staff member would explain how to create a fake ID.

He was introduced to consultant Julius Muturi, 32, who said: "It costs about £400-500 to get the papers we can use. Once we get the papers done we can help each other." ...

As well as the passport, the package included a Jobcentre National Insurance letter and a UK residency permit, plus BT and Scottish Power bills registered to the address we provided.

Muturi then got in touch and asked for money to be transferred to RCS to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check – which would come back clean under the new, fake name.

"James" was then booked in for two days training with RCS before starting work as a carer, but did not attend.

Our investigator also spoke to RCS carer Kennedy Njoroge, who admitted working for the company under false documents.
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Illegal immigration – visas, fake colleges
Grinning 'bogus college' scam boss poses in bed with £65,000 in cash - all made on the back of illegal immigration
Andrew Bardsley
Manchester Evening News, 1 February 2019

Posing on a bed full of cash, at least £65,000 worth, it looks like Muhammad Babar Bashir was celebrating a lottery win as he boasted of the wealth he had created for himself.

Police also found about £90,000 in cash hidden in the loft of his co- defendant, Tashina Nayyar, and a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.

But this was not wealth created by an honestly run business - they were making money on the back of illegal immigration.

Now Bashir is on the run, a fugitive who failed to show up for his sentencing hearing. Nayyar has been jailed.

Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton; and another man, Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, were running 'bogus colleges'.

These fake colleges had nothing that you would expect from a legitimately run institution.

There were no books, equipment or teachers giving lessons.

Instead, they were ran as a way of profiting from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK, who were otherwise ineligible.

Their 'cash for visas' scam clearly proved to be lucrative.

It worked by taking over failing further education colleges, which were previously legitimately run, and using them as a cash cow. ...

People would hand over cash to the pair in exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study (CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa. ...

The majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but used it as a way of securing their immigration status.

The scam saw £2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further £856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College, both over a two year period.

In total 955 'students' were granted a CAS letter through St John College, with 352 at Kinnaird.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 29 January 2019

Drug lords from Albania are making a mockery of our deportation system by returning to commit more crime after being booted out. Anyone deported from the UK is placed on a watchlist and banned from re-entering the country.

However, a Sunday Express investigation found several cases where deported Albanian criminals, including high-end drug dealers, have resurfaced in the UK, sometimes within a year of being kicked out and in other cases multiple times. One serious criminal officials hope will not return is Albanian Alek Dauti, 31, the ringleader of a people smuggling network that tried to get hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK. He was extradited to Belgium on Friday to serve a 10 year jail sentence he received in his absence in December.

Dauti's gang used corrupt truck drivers to smuggle men, women and children into the UK, sometimes using refrigerated lorries.

Last week police in Blackpool said two Albanian men were facing deportation and another was on the run, after they raided a cannabis factory in the town.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA: Comment
Alp Mehmet
Daily Express, 29 January 2019

The fact that convicted Albanian and other criminals are re-entering the UK after deportation may not surprise many, but it should ring alarm bells in the Home Office.

If we can't keep out even those we have thrown out as baddies, what hope is there for dealing with illegal immigration generally? This calls attention to the Government's failures over the monitoring and removal of foreign criminals - of whom there are 9,000 in UK prisons and thousands more at large.

According to the National Crime Agency many of those who re-enter the UK, after being deported, do so with false EU identity papers.

With free movement set to end after Brexit, the Government must ensure border officials are better able to check that suspicious people are the rightful holders of any passport.

As funding for border functions has been cut by a quarter since 2012, is it any wonder criminals are getting in? So, what is to be done?

Having entered the New Year talking tough about migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies - only a small proportion of the 70,000 illegal immigrants annually joining over a million already here - Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip Hammond could begin by boosting the border control budget.

Seventy seven per cent of the public consider illegal immigration a serious concern. And Mr Javid could start to restore some of the public's lost faith in our immigration system by getting a grip of the Albanian villains cocking a snook at our border controls.
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Illegal immigration – lorries
Channel migrants: Lorries still favoured route, border officers say
BBC, 27 January 2019

The number of migrants entering the UK in lorries is far greater than those crossing the Channel in dinghies, immigration officers have reported.

Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Services Union, said preventing "lorry drops" was still the "day-to-day grind" for officers. ...

Ms Moreton said: "The numbers coming over in small boats are only a small proportion compared to the number coming across in lorries.

"There is a lot of focus on small boats, but the day-to-day grind is still the lorries."

A BBC investigation has found that migrants trying to enter the UK by lorry are spreading their efforts from Calais to ports across Europe.

"We know there are large numbers massing in other ports," Ms Moreton said.

The number of so-called "lorry drops" - where migrants get out of an HGV after arriving in the UK - is not known.

More than 1,800 people were apprehended after making "clandestine entries" into the country through south coast ports in 2017/18, according to Home Office figures.
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Illegal immigration
Destination UK: Following illegal migrants for a week, through four European ports
BBC, 26 January 2019

Migrants attempting to enter the UK illegally used to focus their efforts on the French port of Calais.

But following a crackdown there, they have spread their efforts out to ferry ports across Europe, as far afield as northern Spain.

BBC correspondent Colin Campbell spent a week visiting four different European ports to follow their trail.

Many of the people trying to get to the UK are economic migrants.

But an internal Home Office document seen by the BBC shows asylum claims have risen.

"Asylum intake for October, November and December 2018 hit the highest levels since October 2015", said the leaked document.
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Illegal immigration – English Channel
3,000 migrants desperate to cross Channel will not be deterred by Border Force patrols, say charities
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2019

Some 3,000 migrants are in northern France and Belgium "desperate" to get to the UK and will not be deterred by Britain's Navy and Border Force patrols, refugee charities have told MPs.

Clare Moseley, Founder of Care4Calais, told the Home Affairs Select Committee the French policy of dispersing migrants from Calais had failed to stop thousands continuing to seek to get to Britain with many saying they would "do anything" to cross the Channel.

The appalling conditions, with many sleeping out in the open after persistent police raids on any makeshift camps, was driving more to Britain rather than deterring them, she said. ...

She added: "We were told the closure of the camps would stop people coming to Calais, trying to cross the Channel. It hasn't."

Maddy Allen, field manager of Help Refugees, said the Border Force patrols and deployment of HMS Mersey were "not acting as a deterrent".
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Illegal immigration – politics
Dinghies of migrants are small part of 'significant wedge' of illegal migration, says Director of Migration Watch UK
Holly Pyne
talkRadio, 22 January 2019

Neil Anderson, Executive Director of Migration Watch UK has said that reports of illegal migrants attempting to cross the Channel in dinghies are a "small front-end of a significant wedge".

A further 23 migrants were intercepted by the Border Force in the English Channel on Sunday, bringing the weekend total for arrivals to almost 40.

Mr Anderson told talkRADIO's Mike Graham: "In terms of immigration and illegal migration, a lot more needs to be done.

"It is very easy to concentrate on migrants coming over in dinghies and we are hearing about a few dozen being picked up but this is very simply a very small front-end of a significant wedge." ...

Mr Anderson added that there had been no "political will" to invest in resources at the UK border.

"One thing we can say for certain is that there are serious resource issues with the border force," he said.

"Basically there has to be the political will and willingness to invest in the appropriate resources in order to address this very serious problem."
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Illegal immigration – boats
16 suspected migrants caught attempting to enter UK on dinghies after crossing Channel
Jamie Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 21 January 2019

Sixteen suspected migrants on three separate vessels have been picked up by British authorities after crossing the English Channel on Sunday morning, as fears mount that more people will try to reach the UK this week.

Two of the dinghies made landfall on the Kent coast, at Kingsdown and Warren, with a total of eight men presenting themselves as Iranian or Iraqi.

A third boat, carrying eight men was intercepted by Border Force officials heading towards Dover and was escorted by CPV Speedwell into the port. ...

But despite this extra effort, questions have been asked of border officials on both sides of the Channel as to how these small dinghies continue to cross the sea undetected.

There is a worry that more crossings will be attempted this week as low winds, calm seas and slightly higher temperatures are expected in the Channel. ...

The MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke said: "The best way to stop these crossings is for migrants and traffickers to know they won't succeed in entering the UK.

"That's why there needs to be round the clock aerial surveillance to ensure the French authorities are alerted to any small craft leaving the French coast so they can be helped safely back to France.

"Only yesterday we saw a terrible tragedy in the Mediterranean. Only by taking a strong stance can we ensure tragedy is avoided in the English Channel."

The incident in the Mediterranean saw a boat carrying 120 people, including a baby, a child and a pregnant woman, sink off the coast of Libya.
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Illegal immigration – border security
How to deal with immigrant crisis
Frederick Forsyth
Daily Express, 12 January 2019

Border Force and Government have been driven to distraction by a sudden influx of small boats trying to cross from Calais to Kent bearing entire families of immigrants claiming to be refugees from persecution and even death. ...

Technically all seekers after sanctuary should register with the authorities of the first safe eU country where they make landfall. But they don't. They keep pressing on north-west, through Greece, Italy or France, with local help and encouragement (thanks, partners) until they reach a point on the French coast facing their true Mecca – us. Then the repeated attempts to cross that 21-mile strip of water.

Thence the quandary. We have a noble tradition of allowing sanctuary to real refugees fleeing real persecution – from the Huguenots to the Jews to those of today. But there is such massive and pandemic persecution in the world that we simply cannot take them all or even a small fraction of them.

Nor do we know whether they are lying to us – real escapers from terror and death or freeloaders looking for a cushy billet within our generous system? Are Italy and France dictatorships? No. So why not register there and then ask to come here? There is a possible solution.

We establish on French soil with their cooperation a vetting office, staffed with linguists. It would cost, but not as much as turning the Channel into a war zone. Those who have deliberately destroyed their Id papers must be presumed liars. Those lying about where they really come from are also refused. In our expanding economy, likely to further expand when we are free of the EU, we need the educated, talented, willing to work.

If we could check them out in France, we could allow in the cream of the cream and make plain to the fraudsters they were never coming here legally and only deportation awaits. We could also by then have a record of all those turned away. It may sound harsh but segregation into categories is the only practical way. Those deliberately avoiding our vetting office would have declared their non-qualification.
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Illegal immigration – boats
Migrant boats are now landing in northern England in a change of tactic by people smugglers
Jane Wharton
Metro, 12 January 2019

Migrants making the perilous journey over the seas into the UK are changing course to avoid capture, it has emerged.

Unscrupulous smugglers are sending people in small boats on 200-mile journeys to land in more sparsely populated areas further up the coast.

Metro.co.uk can reveal there have been at least two incidents of men landing in Lincolnshire in the last two months in a noticeable change of tactic.

It is thought they are exploiting the fact that Border Force patrols are so heavily focused on patrolling the English Channel around Kent that they can slip in unnoticed.
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Illegal immigration – smuggling
I've smuggled 300 migrants into UK boasts Afghan trafficker who has been booted out of the country TWICE himself
Oliver Harvey
The Sun, 9 January 2019

A people smuggler has boasted to The Sun of getting 300 migrants across the Channel.

The Afghan fixer named Anam, 28, told our team that he helps set up speedboat crossings to the UK for £6,000 per person.

He said in Calais, France: "If police catch you, they never send you back. It's secure to go, no danger."

The National Crime Agency is investigating our findings.

Smugglers in Britain are sneaking migrants across the Channel with payments sent to a backstreet curry house.

The scam is being orchestrated by the Afghan "Mr Fix It" already booted out of the UK twice.

Anam charges would-be migrants £6,000 for a speedboat crossing and £2,500 to go in a three-metre dinghy.

The Calais-based fixer, who uses a UK mobile phone to run the illegal operation, claims to have helped 300 migrants get into Britain.

He boasted to undercover reporters how easy it was to get from Calais to Folkestone, Kent – and they would stay in the UK even if caught. ...

If the dinghy plan failed he could even guarantee arrival by lorry – claiming he smuggled nine people that way in the fortnight before Christmas.

Anam said he pays East European truck drivers £3,000 a migrant. He smirked: "In Romania and Poland people can work for £800 two months. For £3,000 for each person they all jumping, dancing for it."
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Illegal immigration – politics, anti-racism
How immigration makes us all irrational
Dan Hannan
Washington Examiner, 7 January 2019

Some 300 men – they are almost all men, and seem to be mainly from Iran – have tried to reach Britain in small boats since November. That number is not large when we consider that around 7,500 people claimed asylum in the UK during the same period. Still, dinghies make good photographs, and news is slow at this time of year, so British tabloids were quick to proclaim a "crisis." ...

Immigration makes all sides irrational. To redeploy Royal Navy vessels to the Channel, as Britain is now doing at a cost of $25,000 a day, is an absurd over-reaction. If the UK truly wanted to reduce illegal immigration, it would spend an equivalent sum of money on ensuring that deportation orders were properly enforced. ...

Every bit as irrational is the reaction of the virtue-signaling Left. Most of us agree that a measure of controlled and legal immigration can benefit a country. Left-wingers are perfectly within their rights to argue that immigration policy should be guided by compassion rather than GDP growth – that we should, in other words, count poverty and desperation as qualifications rather than just economic utility. But how, on those grounds, can you possibly justify a system that allows a handful of would-be settlers to jump the queue by paying people-smugglers?

If anything, the Channel crossing belongs in a Darwinian science-fiction novel. Some futuristic dystopian state might seek to improve its genetic stock by closing its borders, knowing that only the shrewdest, hardiest and most determined migrants would attempt the sea journey. How have progressives now come, in effect if not in intention, to support such a policy? How have they reached the point where they want to contract out immigration policy to criminal gangs?

The answer, I suspect, has to do with changes on the Left since the late 1960s – in particular the elevation of anti-racism as the supreme virtue, the card that trumps feminism, free speech, secularism and everything else. There are people in Britain, as in the United States, who struggle to see past the color of the would-be migrants' skins. A few of these people are white supremacists. Many more are well-meaning liberals who are so determined not to give succor to racists that they end up backing idiotic policies from a tribalism of their own. In Britain, this means agitating to admit the boat people. In the United States, it means arguing that a gang of Hondurans who pitch up at the border should be allowed to elbow aside those who have applied properly and legally.

People-smuggling is a huge industry, and it grows larger every day. Rising aspirations and improved technology – notably smartphones with both a GPS function and the ability to transfer credit – are triggering mass movements of peoples. Wealthy countries need to work out how to deal with migratory pressures never before encountered in peace-time.

They need to accept that human institutions are necessarily imperfect and that, under any conceivable system, some rogues will get in while some deserving applicants are kept out. That is not an argument for abandoning all your rules. On the contrary, it is an argument for enforcing them properly.
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Illegal immigration
Why those few desperate people in dinghies really are a danger to Britain...
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 6 January 2019

It is continuity, stability, peace, mutual understanding and long-accumulated experience that make civilisations. Without them, the most vital ingredient of human society – trust – cannot develop or flourish.

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Nobody can blame the migrants for seeking better lives elsewhere, but if they all do so, they will destroy the very thing they are seeking.

There has been nothing like it in modern times. If we do not check it, it will transform Europe into somewhere else in two generations.

Britain is far better-placed than other countries, thanks to the sea which surrounds us. But salt water alone will not do the job. We have to patrol it and turn back the uninvited. If we do not, the sea becomes an open door, with every beach a port of entry.

A lot of people are currently mocking the idea that the migrants making their way across the Channel are an important issue. They say the numbers are small. They were small, too, when they first began to arrive in Greece, in Spain, in Sicily and Malta.

Then word spread that those seas were open. And the numbers quickly stopped being small.

People-smugglers are not fools. They can quickly see and exploit any opportunity.

If I had anything to do with it, I would tow them all back to free, democratic France on sight and tell the French (correctly) it was for their benefit too. After all, if they knew they couldn't get into Britain, most of them wouldn't come to France in the first place.

And the fact they don't want to stay in France proves they are not refugees, but migrants.

But if that doesn't work, perhaps we could copy Australia, and pay (say) Greenland to take them in, unless they agreed to go home, with an absolute guarantee that nobody who arrived here illegally, or was caught trying to do so, would ever be allowed to stay here.

Or we can do nothing much, and say goodbye to Britain.
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Illegal immigration – crime
Albanian illegal immigrant who snuck into UK under a lorry was arrested for drug dealing but bailed to roam free... until he was finally caught with an AXE and MEAT CLEAVER six months later
Sebastian Murphy-bates
MailOnline, 5 January 2019

An illegal immigrant smuggled into Britain under a lorry was allowed to roam the streets for months even after police arrested him for suspected drugs offences, a court heard.

Albanian Arsen Spahiu was arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine and heroin but later released on bail despite having entered the country illegally.

Spahiu, 25, then roamed free for six months as he disappeared off police's radar until officers finally caught up with him when he was discovered with an axe and a meat cleaver.

A court heard authorities cannot even precisely pinpoint when the Albanian entered the country, believing he arrived at some point between 2015 and early 2018. ...

Spahiu, of Southampton, admitted one charge of having a fake Italian driving licence, two of possessing a bladed article and one of entering Britain without leave.
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Smugglers are using Facebook groups called 'immigration to Britain' to lure migrants illegally into the UK on overcrowded boats for £10,000
Arthur Martin And Dora Allday
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019

Smugglers are brazenly using Facebook to offer migrants illegal routes to the UK for up to £10,000, it emerged yesterday.

The traffickers boast how they can help people from Africa and Asia reach Western Europe without being caught.

The Daily Mail found a range of illegal activity on Facebook – just hours after the tech giant said it had improved its security measures. ...

Facebook has become a magnet for migrants who are willing to place their lives in the hands of organised crime networks to reach the UK.

One of the pages found is called 'illegal immigration from Libya to Italy' and offers places on poorly maintained fishing boats to cross the Mediterranean. It features a picture of a boat packed with migrants.

Another is called 'immigration to Britain' and contains pictures of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. There is a picture of a wad of banknotes under a discussion about reaching the UK from the Middle East. ...

One trafficking group appears to be operating from the Iranian capital Tehran. The Facebook page states: 'We can help people who want to migrate through legal or illegal means to claim asylum. People who don't have a passport or don't want to travel on their own passports can be provided with another one.'

It offers a list of countries to which it can take migrants, with a price alongside each one. The group offers travel to the UK for £6,000.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Migrant farce is making Britain look like a soft touch
Chris Hobbs
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is coming under increasing political pressure to get a grip on the recent surge in migrant boats crossing the English Channel. ...

Yet, as a former police officer who spent much of my career in border enforcement, I have to say that I feel a large degree of sympathy for the Home Secretary.

It would be profoundly unfair to heap all the blame on him for the present mess. The reality is that Sajid Javid inherited a toxic legacy when he took over the Home Office last summer because the Border Force simply does not have the capacity to do its job properly.

That is glaringly obvious when it comes to our territorial waters, where the Force has a total of just five cutters to cover 7,723 miles of coastline, whereas Italy has around 600 patrol boats to combat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The situation is even more stark in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping routes, where just one cutter has been operating recently – and even that has reportedly been in dock in Ramsgate since Saturday.

It is little wonder that people smugglers and organised crime networks sense they have little to fear from the grossly overstretched British agencies. Every new picture of a boatload of migrants being ushered ashore in Kent reinforces the impression that Britain is a soft touch.

An immigration free-for-all cannot be allowed to develop further, especially not in the Channel.

For a start, further impotence on the part of the authorities would dramatically escalate the crisis, making a humanitarian tragedy inevitable.

Indeed, without a crackdown, the traffickers would spread their theatre of operations beyond the Kent coast, using bigger vessels to reach Sussex, Hampshire, East Anglia and even Lincolnshire. So, robust action is needed.

In practice, that means beefing up the Border Force through more patrol boats, more staff and more resources to tackle the organised gangs. ...

But any increase in the Border Force's capability will achieve nothing without a radical change in strategy.

At present, the enforcement patrols – along with Royal National Lifeboat Institution vessels which have also been deployed – tend to pick up the migrants from their boats, then bring them back to England.

Far from acting as a kind of deterrent, this approach is actually an incentive for more illegal migration because the British appear to be acting as a 'taxi service'.

What needs to happen is for the British Government to negotiate deals with our European partners for the rescued migrants to be returned to the Continent instead of being ferried to our shores. ...

It is too simplistic to argue that our Navy should act unilaterally to take these migrants straight back to the Continent. That would be wholly impractical and a major breach of international law.

Britain would not tolerate French military ships sailing into our southern ports to leave groups of illegal migrants on the quayside.

But with more imagination, flexibility, resources and sheer willpower, along with an international accord, our Government can overcome the current problem in the Channel before it spirals out of control.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Theresa May should have solved this 'migrant crisis' back in 2016
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 1 January 2019

Not that there's anything minor about the current cross-Channel traffic in illegal immigrants coming ashore on the Kent coast in increasing numbers. Since the story exploded on a slow news day over Christmas, the Government has gone into full headless chicken mode. ...

None of this would be necessary, of course, had the Government not ignored the problem of illegals crossing the Channel when it first surfaced more than two-and-a-half years ago.

It's not as if they didn't know it was happening. Between March and May 2016, there were at least eight recorded incidents of Border Force officials intercepting attempts to enter Britain by boat, via beaches in Kent and Sussex. ...

... And still they kept coming, unhindered, throughout the summer. In September 2016, the Mail's Sue Reid hired a small inflatable boat in France and sailed across the Channel to Dover. She passed a French coastguard vessel, a naval patrol and landed safely without anyone challenging her or asking to see her passport.

Six days earlier, a group of illegal immigrants had jumped off a private boat near Felixstowe, in Suffolk, and simply vanished.

In November 2016, I returned to the subject, when a man who claimed to be Iranian, but probably wasn't, was found rowing towards Britain in an inflatable kayak. ...

... Part of Javid's new emergency plan to halt the flow is to rely on increased co-operation from the French. Good luck with that.

One thing we've learned over the years is that our French 'partners' can't be trusted.

If they were serious about stopping immigrants heading for Britain, they would turn them back at the border when they attempted to enter France.

Under international law, migrants allegedly fleeing oppression are supposed to seek asylum in the first safe country in which they arrive. In this latest case, that means Serbia. None of them should have any right to settle in Britain.

But the reason this country remains their No 1 destination is the same as it ever was. We're not just perceived as a soft touch, we are a soft touch.

In Calais last week, Sue Reid spoke to a 33-year-old Iranian, who told her: 'My friend reached England from here in a boat and is now in a three-bedroom flat in Birmingham. He likes it very much.'

I bet he does. What's not to like? There are plenty of people born and bred in Birmingham who have been on the council waiting list for years and would just love a three-bedroom flat. Yet an Iranian can jump out of boat on a beach in Kent, make his way to Brum and move in straight away.

While we roll out the welcome mat, immigrants will continue to make the dangerous Channel crossing, secure in the knowledge that, once they set foot in Britain, the chances of them being deported are less than zero. ...

Sajid Javid may be taking the flak right now, but he wasn't Home Secretary in March 2016, when this problem first came to light.

What he has inherited is merely the culmination of more than two-and-a-half years of incompetence, indifference and inaction.

So who was Home Secretary back then? Let me think . . .
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Illegal immigration – border security
The crisis will grow if we assist the smugglers
David Wood
Daily Telegraph, 1 January 2019
[David Wood is a former director general of immigration enforecement at the Home Office]

The rise in the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK via the English Channel in small boats and dinghies is a worrying trend. ...

The French authorities have never effectively policed the organised crime and illegal immigration issues surrounding the Channel crossings. Migrants seeking access to the UK are inavariably also illegal entrants to France but little or no action is taken. They do not investigate the criminals involved, which leads to open advertising for migrant customers by crime groups in the Calais area.

That is not to say there haven't been failings on the UK side. ...

Border Force also used to have mobile border officers who visited small ports and airports; austerity has seen these resources greatly reduced, too.

Once intercepted, the migrants are brought to the UK where practically all will claim asylum. If the resources are available, a short screening interview takes place and the migrants are asked to report to an Immigration Centre. That interview will not necessarily be adequate to detect the risks posed by the migrant and there is no certainty that the details provided are correct.

While some migrants will follow the asylum process through, others will just disappear. Moreover, whether successful or not in their application, they are very unlikely to be deported, and, if Iranian, will certainly not be as the Iranian government refuses to document their nationals for returns. All will have destroyed their documentation.

Furthermore, the majority of migrants attempting to cross the Channel will not be fleeing persecution or war. They will have paid substantial sums to make the crossing and are more likely to be economic migrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. ...

Deploying more rescue ships may therefore be counter-productive unless accompanied by an agreement with the French to return the migrants to France.
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Immigration – public opinion
Concern about crime and immigration increase, while worry about Brexit remains high
Ipsos MORI, 29 March 2019

As MPs continue to debate the nature of Britain's exit from the European Union, the March Issues Index shows that public concern about Brexit remains at historically high levels. Sixty-eight per cent of the public mention Britain's departure from the EU as a big issue for the country, close to last month's tally of 71%. ...

While the NHS continues as the second-biggest worry for Britons, there has been a significant fall in the proportion mentioning it: 32% this month, a nine-percentage point decrease from February.

Public concern about crime has risen substantially this month: 29% of the public say that issues related to crime are one of the biggest problems for the country, up from 21% in February. This is the highest level of worry about crime since the riots in England in 2011 (31% in August 2011). There has also been an increase in concern about immigration, which has risen to 21% from 15% last month.
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Immigration – students, employment
Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 16 March 2019

International students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.

The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation.

Announcing the strategy, the Department for Education (DfE) said: "There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and master's students, and a year for doctoral students."

The announcement said the government would also consider "how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment", hinting at another possible change in policy.

Alongside the extended visas, the DfE and the Department for International Trade are to unveil an international education strategy with a 30% increase in overseas students in UK higher education during the next decade.
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Immigration – public opinion, 18 countries
Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 14 March 2019

Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world's migrants.

In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a strength rather than a burden. Among them are some of the largest migrant receiving countries in the world: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia (each hosting more than 7 million immigrants in 2017).

By contrast, majorities in five countries surveyed – Hungary, Greece, South Africa, Russia and Israel – see immigrants as a burden to their countries. ...

Meanwhile, public opinion on the impact of immigrants is divided in the Netherlands. In Italy and Poland, more say immigrants are a burden, while substantial shares in these countries do not lean one way or the other (31% and 20% respectively). ...

Attitudes are mixed on immigrants' willingness to adopt the destination country's customs or wanting to be distinct from its society. A median of 49% among countries surveyed say immigrants want to be distinct from the host country's society, while a median of 45% say immigrants want to adopt the host country's customs and way of life. ...

In several immigrant destination countries, large majorities say immigrants are not more to blame for crime than other groups. This is the case in Canada, the U.S., France and the UK. Among other countries surveyed, only in South Africa, Sweden and Greece do majorities believe that immigrants are more to blame for crime than other groups.

In the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Germany, opinions are split on the impact of immigrants on crime. ...

In seven countries, majorities believe immigrants do not increase the risk of terrorism in the host country. These include all surveyed countries in North America (Mexico, Canada and the U.S.), as well as South Africa and Japan. Publics in France and Spain, two European countries that were not at the center of the 2015 refugee crisis, also hold this view.

By contrast, majorities in seven European nations – Hungary, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands – believe immigrants increase the risk of terrorism in their countries.

Views on the topic are divided in the UK, Australia and Israel. ...

In seven of the 10 EU countries surveyed, majorities support the deportation of immigrants living in their country illegally. In 2007, between 1.7 million and 3.2 million unauthorized, or irregular, migrants were estimated to be living in the 10 EU countries surveyed. ...

Similarly, majorities in Russia, South Africa, Australia and Japan also support deporting immigrants living in those countries illegally.

In the U.S., public opinion is divided on the issue. About half (46%) of the public supports deporting immigrants residing there illegally, while the other half (47%) opposes their deportation. The Center estimates 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2016, which represented less than a quarter (23.7%) of the U.S. immigrant population. ... In Mexico, fewer than half (43%) say they support the deportation of immigrants living there illegally.
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Immigration – public opinion
Voters will accept migrants from Canada but not India
Richard Ford
The Times, 11 March 2019

Britons are unwilling to accept large increases in immigration in exchange for trade deals with key nations after Brexit, according to a poll.

Only about a third of people were prepared to accept higher levels of immigration from countries such as India and South Korea that have been singled out as offering economic opportunities for Britain. A majority supported more migration from Canada, Australia and the US but from nowhere else.

Official figures show net migration from outside the EU rising to the highest level for 14 years.
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Immigration – public opinion
Immigration from India is unpopular in UK: study
Vidya Ram
The Hindu, 7 March 2019

Britons don't want higher levels of immigration from India and many other non-EU countries even if it comes at the price of not securing a free trade agreement, new research in the U.K. has found.

Only higher levels of immigration from the U.S., Canada and Australia would be tolerated in exchange for trade arrangements, polling carried out on behalf of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-Conservative think tank, found. ...

Opinion polling conducted in early January, suggested that just 9% of the public were willing to accept significantly higher levels of immigration from India, with just 26% willing to accept slightly higher levels, according to the research. The same applies to a range of countries from South Africa, to China to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as to the EU and individual member states such as France, Germany and Italy. ...

While Britain is overhauling its immigration regime to bring in a system based on the skills set of the person wanting to come to the U.K. rather than on their origin, it has been adamant that its fundamental approach has been welcoming of the "brightest and the best." Last year in evidence to a parliamentary committee, Britain's foreign office insisted that India accounted for the largest number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally.
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Immigration – public opinion
Has Britain really learned to stop worrying and love immigration?
Bobby Duffy and Kully Kaur-Ballagan
New Statesman, 5 March 2019

A new Ipsos MORI survey for the BBC's Crossing Divides season has shown a remarkable turnaround in attitudes to immigration in Britain.

In 2011, 64 per cent of the British public said that immigration had a negative effect on the country – but by the end of 2018, this more than halved, to just 26 per cent. ...

The key question is, why? ...

Another study by Ipsos MORI suggests it's not that simple. The survey followed up people who said they'd become more positive about immigration, asking them why, focusing on the two most likely explanations – whether the change was driven by "reassurance" or "regret".

The first is the idea that people feel they can now say that immigration has positive aspects, because numbers are coming down, or they believe numbers will be lower in the future. ...

Regret, on the other hand, could be driven by a better understanding of what we're losing from lower immigration: as warnings of skills shortages and economic impacts increase, and as we think more about what we lose from decreased diversity, the extent to which the country benefits from immigration becomes more obvious. ...

So we simply asked people who'd become more positive which of these types of reasons explained why they'd changed their views. ...

And /.../ at 39 per cent and 41 per cent, there is almost perfect balance between the two explanations, with around four in ten citing each of "regret" or "reassurance" reasons.

As with so much about immigration attitudes, there is no one clear answer or view, and therefore no single indication for future policy and political direction. The very real trends of increased positivity actually give much less of a clear steer than it first seems.

This interpretation is backed up by other trends in immigration attitudes that have changed much less. For example, the majority of people still want to see immigration reduced: 56 per cent would like lower immigration, only slightly down on 62 per cent in 2015. ...

There is, however, one more hopeful lesson from the shift – that talking about immigration is much healthier than ignoring it. In fact, one of the very few unifying attitudes about immigration in the early 2000s was we weren't talking about it enough: two-thirds agreed with this, and very few disagreed. This has reversed since, as immigration has become a more mainstream topic.

There is a case that Brexit was partly a result of ignoring immigration concerns, trying to avoid discussion, rather than either acting to reassure people on control, or challenge their views with a more compelling story on the benefits. Leaving a void in political discussion was the worst possible approach.
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Crossing Divides: Has the UK changed its mind on immigration?
BBC, 4 March 2019

Almost half the people in the UK believe immigration has been positive for the country, a poll for the BBC's Crossing Divides season suggests.

Just over a quarter of nearly 1,500 people who took the Ipsos-Mori online survey felt it had a negative impact.

The findings are in line with other surveys suggesting Britain has changed from being generally negative about immigration before the Brexit vote.

In 2011, 64% of Britons told Ipsos-Mori immigration had been bad for the UK.

The results emerged as part of an international poll of nearly 20,000 people across 27 countries, between 26 November and 7 December last year.

It was undertaken as part of the BBC's Crossing Divides season, which is bringing people together across lines of ethnicity, class, faith, politics and generation.

Prof Rob Ford, who researches immigration trends at the University of Manchester, said such positivity surrounding migration into the UK would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

He said the reasons behind the trend remained unclear but that it mirrored what he had seen in other data.

"It's at odds with what we've seen about [sentiment towards] migration in the past because immigration levels are still very high, so it's not that the public is seeing more control over numbers," he said.
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Immigration – numbers
UK migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU
BBC, 28 February 2019

Net migration to the UK from countries outside the European Union has hit its highest level for 15 years, the Office for National Statistics says.

Figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018 - the highest since 2004.

In contrast, net migration from EU countries has continued to fall to a level last seen in 2009. ...

And separate figures released by the Home Office show the number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship hit an all-time high last year, rising by 23% to about 48,000.

In December, the prime minister said the government was sticking to its longstanding ambition to bring net migration down to the "tens of thousands".

In the year to September, a total of 627,000 people moved to the UK and 345,000 people left the UK - a net migration of 283,000, ONS figures show.
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Immigration – emigration, culture
Closed mind of the UN's open borders champion
Chris Morrison
Conservative Woman, 25 February 2019

What news of the UN special rapporteur Tenayi Achiume, who visited these shores last year (chief tour guide D Lammy MP) to tell us we were all more racist after Brexit? Ms Achiume is of the opinion that Britain's xenophobic immigration policy operates from a 'baseline of entitled exclusion'. ...

Ms Achiume's latest work seems to go even further. 'First World nation states have no right to exclude Third World peoples, and creating a world that reflects this fact requires a complete reimagining of national borders and the institutions of political inclusion,' she writes.

Of course Ms Achiume says nothing about the consequences of sudden mass migration, notably cultural clashes and rises in violence. No species on earth can survive a territorial free-for-all. ...

Ms Achiume plies her regular trade at the University of California where she is a professor of law as well as picking up 'human rights' jobs as a UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia. But her views are dangerous almost beyond measure. Far from being concerned with human rights, she seems interested only in taking rights away from humans.

The first set of rights to go, of course, are those of populations that wish to protect the settled communities they live in, along with their cultural and economic aspirations. ...

Ease of travel and communication makes migration from the developing world all the more attractive and possible, thus depriving many countries of the talent they desperately need for their own economic development. This is not just an economic issue but a moral one as well.

The next time Ms Achiume treats us to a lecture, perhaps the following could be put to her: is it right to cripple developing countries by removing their productive labour force and talent, in favour of benefiting businesses in the developed world by reducing their labour costs? Does it matter that, simultaneously, this places the burden of meeting new arrivals' needs on the poorest in the host societies who bear the brunt of sharing limited resources of housing, hospitals, schools and transport?

I suspect this is the last line of questioning you are likely to hear from the BBC the next time this global social justice warrior steps our way.
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Immigration – Brexit
EU citizens 'could travel to UK and stay illegally under no-deal Brexit' using e-gates
David Millward and Edward Malnick
Sunday Telegraph, 17 February 2019

EU citizens could travel to the UK and remain in the country illegally under a no-deal Brexit because of a decision by ministers to allow them to continue to use electronic gates at airports, immigration officers have claimed.

Lucy Moreton, the general secretary, of ISU, the union representing border staff, said that if the country leaves without a deal EU citizens will still be able to pass through e-gates, which keep no formal record of an individual's entry into the country.

She raised concerns that they could then stay beyond the three month period for which they will be allowed to stay - or falsely claim that they entered the country years earlier, ...
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Immigration – civilisation, Hungary, Europe
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 8 February 2019

A specter is haunting the European Union – the specter of Eastern Europe. ...

... The glossy French center-right weekly Le Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán "outlines the shape of another Europe." ...

It might be difficult to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale. /.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring dictator.

Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe, those that richer countries are loathe to hear.

... The government has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West is inconceivable. ...

Of course, the other half of the demography subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":

The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance." ...

... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North Africa. ...

Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists' aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
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Immigration – exploitation, Africans
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 7 February 2019

The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another were well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the two deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that had helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa – France most importantly among them – should be penalized. France, he said, was still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was hardly surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent. ...

The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a considerable number of development economists – Raúl Prebisch, Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them – who influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time, usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason: it has no right to resist.
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Immigration – family reunions, chain migration
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 5 February 2019

The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to relax family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.

Current immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents, parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.

In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family members.

MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus MacNeil.

This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes. ...

Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
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Immigration – numbers, GP registrations
How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?
Grace Rahman
Full Fact, 4 February 2019

A post claiming that according to the Lancet medical journal, 6.5 million migrants have registered with GPs in the last 10 years, has been shared almost 29,000 times on Facebook.

That's correct looking at the number of GP registrations in England and Wales where the person's previous address was probably outside the UK.

But this is not a very good way of measuring how much the population has grown because of immigration.

For most of the period it covers, this measurement could have double counted some immigrants who registered at one GP, moved homes within England and Wales, and then registered at another. But NHS Digital, which collects the figures, doesn't know the extent of that double counting and the figure doesn't factor in how many of these registrations will be from people who only stayed for a short period.

And it doesn't come from the Lancet, it comes from data collected by NHS Digital and published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

There were 6.5 million GP registrations between 2007 and 2017 in England and Wales, where the person's previous address was recorded as being outside of the UK and it was the first time they were registering for a GP here.

But those records don't always accurately show whether someone's previous address was outside the UK.

The records of these GP registrations have something called a "flag 4" attached. ...

NHS Digital told us that until March 2016, "it was possible for a patient to be registered in one area as flag 4 then move to another area and be registered again as a flag 4", so migrants who moved around may have been double counted.

NHS Digital also told us that until 2016 if a UK citizen had left the UK for more than three months then came back and registered with a new GP in England and Wales, they would also be counted as a flag 4.

The ONS says: "A person may register with a GP if they are staying in the UK for at least three months and so flag 4s may include some short-term migrants, which are not included in the population estimates." Short-term migration is defined as between a three and 12 month stay for work or study.

Because of that, this measure is not a very good way of finding out how much the population has grown because of immigration.

Looking at long-term migration, if you add up the difference between the estimated number of non-British people who arrived in or left the UK in the ten years ending June 2018, it's about three million. Although because of issues with the data up to 2011, that figure is likely to be an underestimate.

This is a completely different measure to GP registrations, and looks at a larger area (the UK, rather than England and Wales) and a slightly different time period (the ten years up to June 2018 rather than the ten years up to 2017), than the GP registrations figure did. ...

A different measure also makes the 6.5 million figure look too steep. Looking at the UK population by nationality, the number of non-British residents has grown by an estimated 2.2 million between 2007 and 2017. This figure comes from a survey of UK households, and there's also reason to think this may be a slight underestimate.
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Immigration – public opinion, Israel
Most Israelis don't want non-Jewish migrants, even if they are highly skilled
Melanie Lidman
Times of Israel, 23 January 2019

The majority of Israelis don't support non-Jewish immigration to the country, even when the immigrants are highly trained or have advanced degrees, according to a new Pew Research Center report released on Tuesday.

The Pew poll found that 51 percent of Israelis oppose high-skilled immigration of foreigners moving to the country with a bachelor's degree or higher. The Pew poll focused on immigration of those not entitled to Israeli citizenship under the law of return, which applies to anybody with at least one Jewish grandparent.

Out of the 12 economically advanced countries surveyed, only Israel and Italy had the majority of the population oppose high-skilled immigration.

In contrast, most of the other countries surveyed supported high-skilled immigration. In the US, 78% of the public supports high-skilled immigration. In the United Kingdom, 85% of the population support high-skilled immigration.

More than three out of four adults in Sweden, Canada, Germany, and Australia also support high-skilled immigration, the Pew poll found.

Even among people who would like to see overall immigration reduced, half or more of the respondents in all the countries support high-skilled immigration, except for the Netherlands, Israel, and Italy.
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Immigration – public opinion
Most Brits think immigration is good for the UK
Abigail Fenton
Yahoo News, 20 January 2019

New figures suggest the majority of Brits think new immigrants are good for the UK and co-operation between nations is extremely important – but most of Europe doesn't agree.

In a global opinion poll of over 10,000 people published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of Davos 2019, a large majority of people from all over the world rejected the notion that national improvement is a zero-sum game, and said that immigrants benefit their adopted country.

Notably, against a global average of 57%, 60% of UK respondents said they believe new immigrants are mostly good for their nation – even though anti-immigrant was a "major" factor in the Brexit vote, according to a the 2017 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey by social research institute NatCen.

On the whole, only 46% of those living in Western Europe and 40% of those living in Eastern Europe responded in this way – making Europe the only continent where people view immigrants as "mostly bad." ...

When asked how important it is that countries work together towards a common goal, a global majority of three-quarters (76%) said they believed it was either extremely important or very important.

However, regional viewpoints differ. People from South Asia and sub-Saharan African felt most strongly that co-operation between nations was important, with 88% sharing that view. At the other end of the scale, 70% of North Americans and 61% of Western Europeans agreed.

These findings mark a stark contrast to the negative coverage of immigration that has often topped the news agenda across Europe, North America and elsewhere, the WEF noted. ...

The research was commissioned for the WEF's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on 22 to 25 January.
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Immigration – case for open borders, USA
There's Nothing Wrong With Open Borders
Farhad Manjoo
New York Times, 16 January 2019

I'm talking about opening up America's borders to everyone who wants to move here.

Imagine not just opposing President Trump's wall but also opposing the nation's cruel and expensive immigration and border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace. Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you'd be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to Maine.

There's a witheringly obvious moral, economic, strategic and cultural case for open borders, and we have a political opportunity to push it. As Democrats jockey for the presidency, there's room for a brave politician to oppose President Trump's racist immigration rhetoric not just by fighting his wall and calling for the abolishment of I.C.E. but also by making a proactive and affirmative case for the vast expansion of immigration. ...

... My family came to the United States from our native South Africa in the late 1980s. After jumping through lots of expensive and confusing legal hoops, we became citizens in 2000. ...

But why had I deserved that chance, while so many others back home – because their parents lacked certain skills, money or luck – were denied it?

When you see the immigration system up close, you're confronted with its bottomless unfairness. The system assumes that people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than those inside. My native-born American friends did not seem to me to warrant any more dignity than my South African ones; according to this nation's founding documents, we were all created equal. Yet by mere accident of geography, some were given freedom, and others were denied it.

"When you start to think about it, a system of closed borders begins to feel very much like a system of feudal privilege," said Reece Jones, a professor of geography at the University of Hawaii who argues that Democrats should take up the mantle of open borders. "It's the same idea that there's some sort of hereditary rights to privilege based on where you were born."

I admit the politics here are perilous. ...

People worry that immigrants will bring crime, even though stats show immigrants are no more dangerous than natives. People worry they'll take jobs away from native workers, even though most studies suggests that immigration is a profound benefit to the economy, and there's little evidence it hurts native workers. And if we worry that they'll hoover up welfare benefits, we can impose residency requirements for them.

But these are all defensive arguments, and when you're on defense, you're losing. For opponents of the president's xenophobic policies, a better plan is to make the affirmative case for a lot more immigrants.

Economically and strategically, open borders isn't just a good plan – it's the only chance we've got. America is an aging nation with a stagnant population. We have ample land to house lots more people, but we are increasingly short of workers.
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Immigration – economic and social costs
We MUST control immigration and its costs both economic and social
Iain Duncan Smith and Neil MacKinnon
Sunday Express, 13 January 2019

For many, a key plank of the support for Brexit at the referendum was the impact of uncontrolled immigration into the UK.

Voters worried about the resulting negative impact on their access to public services provision in terms of housing, GP appointments, educational provision, social care and effects on jobs availability. It has long been an article of faith for supporters of free movement that all migration increases economic well being. However, studies apparently supporting this view have conflated the economic effects of skilled, better-educated and more highly-paid migrants with that of unskilled migrants.

The UK spends about £4 billion a year providing housing and other social benefits to EU migrants.

Economists for Free Trade (EFT) research has shown that it is uncontrolled, unskilled migration that imposes costs on the UK's public purse, as well as on local communities.

This research estimates that the cost in supporting EU unskilled migrants is about £3500 per year per adult migrant.

In effect, the taxpayer provides a wage subsidy of about 20 per cent to the average unskilled EU migrant.

There is no dispute about the positive impact of skilled labour in contributing to the UK economy.

Furthermore, these effects increase in areas of dense migrant population.

Local communities hosting large EU and non-EU immigrant populations face higher costs without compensation, as well as declining housing, health and educational standards.

For example, EFT research found that in a region like Leicester, which has the densest immigrant population in the UK, the burden of unskilled immigrants per head in the local community costs £287 annually, or about £6 per working week.

This equates to around 1 per cent of average UK household disposable income per head.

In addition, there is evidence of differential impacts across different UK-born groups with more negative effects for those with lower levels of education.

Similar effects are found on the earnings of UK lower-skilled workers.

A 1 percentage point increase in the EU-born working age population ratio can reduce UK-born wages for the lower-skilled by up to 0.8 per cent.

Thus, uncontrolled immigration is a key economic issue, never mind a political one.

An equally important aspect of the economic issue is that UK industry now has one of the poorest records for investment in training, technological innovation and automation.

Such has been the effect of uncontrolled migration in the UK that Centre for Social Justice research shows that only 15 per cent of those who start work in entry level jobs will progress past that level in their working lives.

Similar effects exist even amongst skilled jobs. ...

The UK has the highest percentage of foreign-trained doctors of any European country – about three-times that of France, Germany, or Spain.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 1]
Juan España
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019

Renaud Camus, writer and president of the National Council of Resistance, is known for popularizing the notion of the 'Great Replacement', a call to fight the civilization and cultural change that, according to this author, is already in process in Western societies. We talked with Camus to know in greater detail his positions on this phenomenon.

You are known for making popular the notion of the 'Great Replacement', what does this notion mean concretely? It is a negative idea and how did you arrive at it? Also, what encourages you to maintain this struggle and not fall into pessimism?

It is a very negative idea indeed. Great Replacement, the change of people, which implies the change of civilisation, is the crime against humanity par excellence (if one dares say...) of the XXIst century. In the words of the communist Carribean poet Aimé Césaire, mayor of Fort-de-France, in Martinique, it is a genocide by substitution. Césaire was of course speaking of something else, the replacement of Carribbeans in Martinique by people from France, French civil servants mostly. But his strong phrase applies even more to the replacement of Europeans by Africans in Europe.

Pessimism would be logical, of course. Ethnic substitution is already very advanced, and we are fighting against very strong adversaries, not only the colonisers but people who want and organise the colonisation, and control the media, the schools and the tribunals, that is: people's minds. However the very horror of what is happening is a very strong enticement not to give up. No people can accept that: its own obliteration.

What are the factors or causes that make this 'Great Replacement' possible? Is it a phenomenon that occurs only in France, western countries or the whole globe?

The replacement of population occurs mostly in Western countries, Europe and North America, even though there are immigrants' moves all over the world. ...

To-day Replacism is one of the two giant totalitarianisms competing for the mastery of the world – the other one being of course Islamism. Those two are rivals but there is between them, for the time being, a kind of monstruous temporary alliance, a sort of long German-Soviet pact, like the short-lived non-agression pact between Hitler and Stalin in 1939. Replacism and Islamism both think they can use the other to their own interests, and indeed they do, even though on both sides there are adversaries to the pact. ... ...

The tragedy in Western Europe is not the influx of citizens from the former Soviet Bloc. It is the permanent pouring out on one continent of the population of another, namely Africa, be it Muslim North Africa or Black Africa.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 2]
Juan España
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019

I understand that a solution you propose to solve this dilemma is the reemigration or change of migratory flows, exactly how would this work and wouldn't this procedure be a burden for the native taxpayers? ...

There is no other solution to the invasion, colonisation and foreign occupation of Europe that the reversal of invasion, decolonisation, the departure of the occupying forces. No colonisation has ever ended without the departure of the coloniser. And what we are experiencing in Europe, whatever denials notwithstanding, is very much colonisation. Europe is infinitely more colonised by Africa that it ever colonised it itself. And the colonisation of Europe by Africa is much more serious and profound that the former colonisation of Africa by Europe because it is demographic: it implies massive transfers of population, which the former colonisation did not. There is no other issue that Remigration. And even if it cost a fortune to the native taxpayers it would have to be done because it is a matter of life and death for the very existence of the nation as a nation, of the civilisation as civilisation, already half destroyed. But it would not cost a fortune. /.../

Occident [the West] is the first civilisation in the history of humanity which is paying a fortune to engineer and realise its own conquest, its own subjection and destruction. Moreover, saving the taxpayer money would be the biggest inducement to remigration. If the replacers were not given a lot of money to make children in Europe, were not paid just to be there, not offered a lot of legal, judiciary and financiary privileges which are denied to the replacees, the indigenes of Europe, they would not come in the first place and they would not stay. Cutting the money supply would be enough to start remigration.

When referring to the 'Great Replacement', would not we be talking about a demographic change? /.../ Or should we fight this trend even if it could be unavoidable?

Of course there have been demographic changes throughout history. But great civilisations have flourished when Man or a people have decided to oppose and interrupt, at least for a time, the cycle of violence, conquest, ethnic substitution, replacement. The population of France has been remarkably stable between 600 A.D. and 1900, or even 1970. ...

How you differ from Marine Le Pen or more radical groups with anti-immigration or even racist positions?

Marine Le Pen and other right wing leaders or political parties say they are opposed to the continuation of immigration, or that they want to control it better. That does not make any sense at all. There is no point in saying that an invasion must stop when it has already taken place. /.../ When Algeria became independent from France in 1962, it immediately decided it would not be real independence if ten per cent of the population was alien to its culture, language, religion. The French colonisers had to leave, often after five or six generations. I certainly do not advocate the horrible brutality of the process (it was realised in a few weeks, not without never mentioned massacres), but I agree with the necessity. We have to get out once and for all of the colonialist period of the history of humanity.
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Immigration – Iranians
Iran's boat people – and why they're coming to Britain
Sohrab Ahmari
The Spectator, 3 January 2019

When the migrant crisis started, about three years ago, it was seen as a mainly Syrian affair. /.../ But as we now know, that analysis was wrong. Or rather, it was only one facet of the historical migration phenomenon that was unfolding then and still is today.

As a reporter, I hit the migrant trail, following the new arrivals by foot, bus, train and ferry through the Greek islands and the Balkans. I heard many languages besides Arabic, among them Pashto, Urdu, Bengali and even French (spoken by a Congolese family I encountered at the Serbian-Hungarian border). But the language that really made my ears perk up was my own: Persian, including the Dari variant of Afghanistan as well as the urban dialect spoken by my own kin, the Tehrani middle class.

Britain is now confronting the hitherto invisible reality of Iranian migration. /.../ At first glance, this might seem odd. Iran is not afflicted by a war, famine or other humanitarian disaster. ...

For three years now, Iranians have topped the league tables of nationalities seeking asylum in the UK with more than 4,000 applications lodged in 2016 and nearly 2,600 the following year, according to Home Office statistics. Only a tiny minority attempt to cross illegally into England aboard unseaworthy vessels, but this is happening far more frequently. Why?

Iran has been miserable ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from his Parisian exile to usher in his total Shiite state. It's a suffocating place, with Islamic conformity enforced on pain of flogging, jail and death, and a lousy, mismanaged economy made worse by US sanctions. For all its ancient civilisational glories, Iran is also a cruel, spiritually deracinated land. I increasingly struggle to decide where the blame lies: with the present regime or some deeper ailment in the national soul.

It's why my own family has largely left. /.../ But all this has been going on for four decades. It doesn't explain the latest wave, its size and timing. The answer lies elsewhere.

To wit: modern human-smuggling networks have perfected the business of transporting people from point A to point B, across national frontiers, for the right price. Information technologies, not least cheap smartphones with astonishing GPS capabilities, make it possible to blaze ever-new trails. /.../ Entire Persian-language Facebook groups are devoted to helping Iranian (and Afghan) 'travellers' – the term migrants use to refer to themselves – cross into Europe. ...

Unlike the Afghans, Iranians can't claim to be fleeing war and the Taliban. So they either pretend to be Afghan (not difficult) or they cite persecution on account of being Christian converts. (Liverpool Cathedral has reported converting Iranians at the rate of one a week.) There are many sincere Iranian converts who risk their lives to follow the Nazarene; but there are also some like the young man I met on Lesbos who asked me if it would be better for his asylum case if he were a Christian, a homosexual 'or maybe both'. I told him to pick one or the other.

A few years ago, these trafficking options were not open, even to those who had the money. But the past few years have seen people-trafficking become a vast global industry, reaching from Tehran to Calais and now Kent.

So why do the Iranians come? The answer is simple: because they can.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, illegal immigration, USA
US struggling with growing number of asylum seekers
MailOnline / Associated Press, 31 March 2019

Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major expansion of a top government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said Saturday.

It was the latest attempt to ease a straining immigration system that officials say is at the breaking point. Hundreds of officers who usually screen cargo and vehicles at ports of entry were reassigned to help manage migrants. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asked for volunteers from non-immigration agencies within her department, sent a letter to Congress late this past week requesting resources and broader authority to deport families faster, and she met with Central American and Mexican officials. ...

Right now, about 60 asylum seekers a day are returned to Mexico at the San Ysidro, Calexico and El Paso ports to wait out their cases, the official said. They are allowed to return to the U.S. for court dates. The plan was announced Jan. 29, partially to deter false claimants from coming across the border. With a backlog of more than 700,000 immigration cases, asylum seekers can wait years for their cases to progress, and officials say some people game the system in order to live in the U.S.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
US-Mexico border official says migrant crisis 'at breaking point'
BBC, 28 March 2019

The US-Mexico border has reached "breaking point", US officials say, amid an "unprecedented" surge in migrant numbers.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said it is "a matter of time" before tragedy strikes at one of their facilities.

In El Paso, Texas, officials have over 13,000 migrants in custody this week, he said.

Most of the migrants entering the US are families or unaccompanied children.

"On Monday and Tuesday, CBP started the day with over 12,000 migrants in our custody," Mr McAleenan said at a news conference on Wednesday.

"As of this morning, that number was 13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000. 13,000 is unprecedented."

During previous immigration surges, many of those seeking entry were single adults, the commissioner said.

But because these are family units and children, they cannot be easily repatriated and instead, are "almost guaranteed to be released to remain in the US indefinitely".

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still do not have the capacity to detain families and children, officials said.

Mr McAleenan said his agency expects 40,000 children to enter CBP custody in March after entering the US unaccompanied, "in the hands of violent and callous smugglers". ...

The agency has now redirected 750 agents from their roles at ports of entry to instead support the "humanitarian mission".

"We have in some sectors an average of 40% of our Border Patrol agents all fully engaged in just the care, transport, and processing of migrants." ...

Mr McAleenan has also asked for immediate legislative action from Congress so the agency can detain families together. as well as for the government to fix issues in the legal process for asylum seekers.

He noted that it often takes two to five years for asylum seekers to see a judge, and only around 10 to 15% of migrants actually have a legitimate claim.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, France
Furious Paris Mayor attacks Emmanuel Macron for worsening of 'alarming' migrant crisis
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 28 March 2019

Paris's left-wing mayor, Anne Hidalgo, sound the alarm bell over the worsening migrant problem in the French capital on Wednesday.

... "I do not understand why the government is allowing indignity and chaos to prosper on the capital's doorstep," Mrs Hidalgo said in a statement, in which she also called for an "emergency plan" to rehouse the thousands of people sleeping rough on Paris' streets. "The migrant crisis in north-eastern Paris is becoming more and more alarming," she warned, before expressing her "cold anger" at the government's inaction.

"Between 700 and 1,200 migrants are sleeping rough on the streets – in makeshift camps, under bridges, on ring road embankments ... where they are forced to live in inhumane conditions," Mrs Hidalgo added.

Stressing "hundreds" of new migrants were arriving in Paris each day, she warned the migrant camps would inevitably grow in size and the health situation would "irrecoverably continue to deteriorate" if the government continued to turn a blind eye to the problem.

These people, Mrs Hidalgo insisted, are "waiting" for the Macron's government's help. ...

France has repeatedly cleared migrant camps in Paris and along its northern coast, but most are quickly rebuilt. The Porte de la Chapelle camp, for example, was cleared by police as recently as January.
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92 percent of illegal immigrant families ignore deportations, Lindsey Graham says
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 28 March 2019

Nearly every illegal immigrant family slated for deportation over the last six months has ignored those orders, according to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A staggering 92 percent of family members failed to appear at their deportation hearings in the months since September, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.

He said he obtained those numbers from Ron Vitiello, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The revelation came a day after Kevin McAleenan, head of Customs and Border Protection, said the border had reached a "breaking point," with more than 100,000 illegal immigrants projected to be nabbed this month alone.

He said things are so bad that the Border Patrol has had to reinstitute catch-and-release of illegal immigrants newly nabbed at the border.

Those who aren't held usually disappear into the shadows, and Mr. Graham's new numbers show they rarely turn up for their eventual court cases and deportations.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Return of 'catch-and-release': A 50% year-on-year surge of migrants at the Southern U.S. border is stretching the limits of ICE and immigration courts, data shows
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 27 March 2019

The number of immigrants trying to enter the U.S. – legally and illegally – at the Southern border is still rising dramatically despite efforts by the Trump administration to stem the flow, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

Officials track the number of immigrants arrested between border points, as well as how many are legally seeking asylum at official ports of entry. Those combined numbers swelled to 76,103 in February – a 30 percent increase compared to the 58,295 seeking to cross just a month prior, data shows.

The flow of immigrants also represents a 50 percent increase compared to the 50,437 who crossed the border during the same month last year. ...

The high influx of people is putting the government in a 'difficult position,' said Leon Fresco, an immigration attorney who worked in the Obama administration and is now a member of a Homeland Security advisory committee formed by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. ...

'There's so many people, they're literally just being apprehended, checked for terrorism and the watch list and released into the interior,' he added. 'Then there's about a 5-6 year backlog in the immigration courts.'

Trump has pledged to end such a 'catch-and-release' policy, but has so far been stymied by the sheer volume of migrants flowing across the border.

Leon said that migration patterns will likely self-perpetuate, with news that U.S. facilities and officials are overwhelmed only expected to attract more Central American migrants to cross the border.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, asylum, Germany
Germany risks having two parallel societies if it does not demand integration from migrants, expert warns
Tim Stickings
MailOnline, 25 March 2019

Germany will become two 'parallel societies' if it does not demand integration from migrants, an expert has warned.

Professor Horst Opaschowski said Germany had 'become a country of immigration overnight' and said the refugee issue was likely to occupy German society for the next 20 years.

Mr Opaschowski, who describes himself as a 'futurologist' and political consultant, said the refugees and migrants who have arrived in Germany in recent years were likely to remain there.

Writing in Bild, he said the German government had to do 'everything possible' to ensure integration.

He said he did not regard immigration as a bad thing in itself but called for more 'honesty' from political leaders.

The number of asylum applications, at more than 150,000 a year, was 'as many as a whole city,' the professor said.

He wrote: 'Germany has become a country of immigrants in the middle of Europe overnight. Immigration will change Germany - but it's not yet clear how.

'But if the state doesn't do everything possible to integrate migrants and demand integration from them, the project will fail.

'There is a danger that two parallel societies will come about.' ...

It has also emerged that only 35 per cent of migrants arriving in Germany are eligible for asylum.

Hans-Eckhard Sommer, the head of the government office for migrants and refugees, said 'too many people come without a valid asylum reason'.

Almost two-thirds of the 162,000 applications processed last year were accepted, he said.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
No surprise as EU declares UN Migration Compact legally binding
Free West Media, 22 March 2019

Brussels is planning to incorporate the controversial UN Migration Compact into the EU's legal framework "through the back door" both Austria and Hungary have warned. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been insisting that the document is non-binding.

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl voiced her government's opposition to a report by the European Commission's Legal Service declaring that the UN Compact ought to be legally binding for every EU member state including those which withdrew from the agreement.

The Compact describes mass migration as "inevitable, necessary and desirable". Merkel's government has in fact been the main architect of the Compact. ...

Thus, given these repeated assurances from Merkel, Kneissl said she was "astonished" to learn that the new document showing the Commission had apparently reversed its previous stance that the Compact was non-binding. ...

Austria has rejected the Legal Service's conclusions on the basis that "UN General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding and you can not declare parts of them binding".

Hahn dismissed Kneissl's concern as a "storm in a teacup", according to the Kronen Zeitung, He said that the position of the European Commission remained that the so-called UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was not legally binding. ...

On Monday, Kneissl's Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, described the Commission report as "tangible proof" that the EU was planning to make the UN compact mandatory.

At a press conference in Brussels he explained that the Legal Service had formulated "lengthy and devious" legal grounds for making the agreement legally binding.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts
Kim Parker, Rich Morin and Juliana Menasce Horowitz
Pew Research Center, 21 March 2019

When Americans peer 30 years into the future, they see a country in decline economically, politically and on the world stage. While a narrow majority of the public (56%) say they are at least somewhat optimistic about America's future, hope gives way to doubt when the focus turns to specific issues. ...

The public also has a somewhat more positive view – or at least a more benign one – of some current demographic trends that will shape the country's future. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that, by 2050, blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other minorities will constitute a majority of the population. About four-in-ten Americans (42%) say this shift will be neither good nor bad for the country while 35% believe a majority-minority population will be a good thing, and 23% say it will be bad.

These views differ significantly by race and ethnicity. Whites are about twice as likely as blacks or Hispanics to view this change negatively (28% of whites vs. 13% of blacks and 12% of Hispanics). And, when asked about the consequences of an increasingly diverse America, nearly half of whites (46%) but only a quarter of Hispanics and 18% of blacks say a majority-minority country would weaken American customs and values. ...

Overall, 56% of all adults say they are either very optimistic (12%) or somewhat optimistic (44%) about the U.S. in 2050. But more than four-in-ten (44%) see the country's future more darkly, including 13% who say they are very pessimistic and 31% who are somewhat pessimistic about America in 30 years.

Black and Hispanic adults are among the most optimistic about the country's future. Seven-in-ten blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics feel hopeful about America's future. In contrast, about half of all whites (51%) are as confident.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, Australia
Multicultural programs get $71m investment
MailOnline / Australian Associated Press, 20 March 2019

The federal government is putting $71 million towards ensuring multiculturalism blossoms across Australia.

Immigration Minister David Coleman announced the scheme on Wednesday as part of the government's migration plan.

The money will go towards various programs to "promote, encourage, celebrate multicultural Australia", the minister said.
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Immigration abroad – immigrant costs, Finland
A single Somali migrant costs the Finnish State almost 1 million euros during their lifetime
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 20 March 2019

A pioneering survey by the think tank Suomen Perusta linked to the Finns party has estimated lifetime costs associated with Iraqi and Somali migrants, who constitute the largest groups of so-called "humanitarian immigration" to Finland, Sputnik News reports.

Using government-generated statistics, Suomen Perusta calculated that an average Iraqi migrant moving to Finland between the ages of 20 to 24 is expected to cost Finland €690,000 ($783,000).

A Somali migrant of the same age was estimated to be even more expensive, burdening the Finnish state with €951,000 ($1.08 million).

If child-related issues are included, the costs rise to €844,000 ($957,000) and €1,343,000 ($1.5 million) respectively. For the sake of comparison, the reference mean value for native-born Finns was set at 0 Euros.

The second-generation of migrants who have grown up in Finland were found to have a rate of social and economic exclusion and income support 6-8 times higher than native-born Finnish young adults, despite having received basic education in Finland.

A total of 49 and 50 percent of 22-year-old Iraqi and Somali migrants were income support recipients, as opposed to only 11 percent of their Finnish peers, the report found. ...

According to Finland's Migration Board (Migri), almost 5,000 Iraqi and just under 3,000 Somali asylum seekers received a positive decision last year alone.

If Suomen Perusta's calculation is true, they will set Finland back €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion) and €2.9 billion ($3.3) respectively, the newspaper Iltalehti reported.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, illegal immigration, Canada
Canada cracks down on asylum seekers crossing U.S.-Canadian border
David Ljunggren
Reuters, 19 March 2019

Canada said on Tuesday it planned to spend an additional C$1.2 billion (£678.9 million) over five years to stem the flow of irregular migrants from the United States, which has become a political threat to the Liberal government ahead of an October election.

Some 57,000 asylum seekers from Nigeria, El Salvador, Honduras and other nations crossed the U.S. border into Canada last year, in some cases citing a fear of persecution by the government of U.S. Donald Trump.

They are allowed to stay until their cases have been heard. Given Canada's clogged judicial system, that could take years.

Canada began prioritising the deportation of asylum seekers who walked across the border last year, in a bid to tackle the politically sensitive issue. ...

Most arrive in the populous provinces of Ontario and Quebec, which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars taking care of the newcomers. Critics complain that Ottawa is not doing enough to deter the migrants and Liberals concede the issue is hitting the party's popularity.

According to the budget, the government will start spending the C$1.2 billion in the 2019-20 fiscal year to strengthen the border and speed up the asylum process.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Why aren't we deporting illegal aliens who already have deportation orders?
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 19 March 2019

We are told by the legal profession that nothing can be done to block bogus asylum-seekers from entering our country en masse, obtaining catch-and-release, and remaining here pending the outcome of a court decision that may be years in coming. But why is the DHS not at least deporting those who already went through this tedious process and have been ordered to be deported? Doing so would not only help eliminate public charge and potential gang members and drug runners for MS-13, it would deter the current and future wave waiting at the "conveyor belt" through Mexico from making the trip north.

According to new data obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) via a FOIA request, there are 644,488 illegal aliens remaining in our country who have already been served final deportation orders. And those are just from the top four countries of origin – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. /.../ The total number of illegal aliens who remain in the country despite final deportation orders is 1,009,550.

In addition, there are roughly 1.1 million others from those four counties who have "pending final orders" and are close to receiving deportation orders. Those with pending final orders are usually individuals who have already been ordered deported by immigration judges but are appealing their case to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the DOJ's administrative immigration courts.

That is a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America with final or near-final orders of deportation. Those numbers are as of June 2018, right before the largest surge in Central Americans began over that summer and intensified in the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The total number of those ordered deported or with pending deportation orders for nationals of all countries of origin is 2.55 million. ...

If we prioritized both DOJ adjudicative resources and ICE deportation resources for these people more than for anyone else, it would immediately send the signal back to the next wave in Central America that we actually enforce our laws, according to Thomas Homan, former ICE associate director in the Obama administration. "ICE should do a nationwide operation to locate, arrest, and remove those who have entered the U.S. illegally, including family units, who have had their due process, lost their cases, and have been ordered removed by a judge, said Homan in a statement to CR. "If a final order issued by a federal judge doesn't mean anything and it isn't executed, then there is no integrity in the entire system."

Of course, in general, it makes sense for ICE to prioritize the deportation of the two million known criminal aliens. But it is well worthwhile to divert resources for a few months to deport those who are fueling the current boundless migration. ...

How is it that, in 1954, President Eisenhower directly and indirectly removed over one million illegal aliens in just a few months without any lawfare, yet we don't have the resources to remove the million with final deportation orders or the two million known criminal aliens, and certainly not both? Where there is a will, there is a way.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Nigeria
Nigerian Muslim Militants Kill 120 Christians in Three Weeks
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 16 March 2019

The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with this week's slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.

The Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday, destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.

The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault included women and children.

Monday's incident followed an attack the day before in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru, where 17 Christians were killed and dozens of homes were burned.

In the first week of March, Muslim extremists massacred more than 30 Christians in Karamar village, setting fire to several houses and a church. The terrorists reportedly shot at families trying to escape the fire, killing 32. ...

In late February, militants attacked the Maro village, killing 38 Christians and torching homes as well as a Christian church.

The Christian Post reported that Fulani militants killed thousands of Christians in 2018 alone in what many are calling a Christian genocide in Nigeria's Middle Belt.
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Immigration abroad – Syrians, Netherlands
75 Percent of Syrian Migrants Say They Will Stay in Netherlands for Life
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 14 March 2019

A survey has revealed that around three-quarters of the Syrians who travelled to the Netherlands as asylum seekers have no plans to ever return to their country.

The survey of 848 Syrian nationals residing in the Netherlands was taken by current affairs television programme EenVandaag and found that the vast majority said they would not consider returning due to the danger and insecurity in the country, WNL reports. ...

The 75 percent said that regardless of what happens to Syria in the future they have no plans to ever go back and wish to remain in the Netherlands for the rest of their lives, arguing that they have better access to work and to freedom of expression.

Despite having better access to work, the vast majority of refugees in the Netherlands remain without jobs according to the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) which revealed last year that a mere 15 percent of refugees allowed to work actually held a job.

By far and large, most refugees in the Netherlands have lived and continue to live off of welfare, some for at least two and a half years.
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Immigration abroad – Denmark
Denmark in a State of Unreported Collapse
Ole Hasselbalch
Gatestone Institute, 14 March 2019
[Ole Hasselbalch is a professor of law at Aarhus University, Denmark]

The following breakdown illustrates that rather than being more relatively free of the consequences of mass migration than other European countries in general, and Scandinavian countries in particular, Denmark is in a state of societal collapse. ...

In 2016, Statistics Denmark projected that the country will have 507,000 "non-Western" immigrants by the year 2060, and 342,000 "non-Western descendants."

"Descendants", however, include only the first generation after the person who migrated. So the official figures do not show the real picture. ...

If the population statistics continue to follow this pattern, ethnic Danes – whose birthrate is far lower than that of non-Western immigrants – will become a minority sometime around the year 2065. This is in fact quite likely to happen, as immigrants defined as "refugees" continue to enter the country; and others, such as arrivals of family members and "walk-ins," are rarely able to be returned to their countries of origin.

According to a 2017 report by Statistics Denmark, only about half of non-Western immigrants between the ages of 16 and 64 are employed (53% of men and 45% of women). When broken down into countries of origin, however, major differences among migrants were revealed – with the employment rate being particularly low among those hailing from Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Syria.

Analyzing Statistics Denmark data, the Danish Employers Confederation revealed that in 2016, 41.5% of non-Western immigrants were on welfare, while only 17.5% of ethnic Danes were supported by the same benefits. In 2017, a third of all the people provided for by Denmark's basic social-welfare system were immigrants, which constitutes a rise of 82% in a mere seven years.

These figures show that the public expenses connected to immigration will, in the long run, bring the welfare state to an end. ...

According to a February 2018 Danish Finance Ministry report, the government's net annual expenditure on non-Western immigrants in 2015 was 36 billion Danish kroner – approximately $5 billion USD. As there are approximately 5 million ethnic Danes, the taxpayer cost borne by each individual, in effect, came to $1,000 per year, or $4,000 for a family of four.

That figure, however, only refers to public budgets directly related to immigrants. It does not include the additional indirect public funds spent on law enforcement, schools, social security administration and other ancillary matters, due to the presence of non-Western immigrants. ...

According to the Statistics Denmark report, the crime rate among in 2017 was 35% higher among non-Western male immigrants and 145% higher among male descendants of non-Western immigrants than in the Danish male general population. It should be noted that the figures are misleading, since third-generation descendants of immigrants are counted as Danes also in this context. Male descendants of immigrants from Lebanon - many of whom were, according to the report, stateless Palestinians – followed by male descendants of immigrants from Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, Morocco and Syria - - rated the highest for crime.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Data: 1.7M Central American, Mexican Illegal Aliens Living in U.S. Despite Deportation Orders
John Binder
Breitbart, 12 March 2019

There are more than 1.7 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico who have deportation orders or pending deportation orders that have yet to be deported from the United States.

Documents obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) reveal that there are roughly 1.74 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico that continue living in the U.S. despite orders to be deported.

The federal data found that there are nearly 645,000 illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico who have final orders for deportation and about 1.1 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico with pending deportation orders. ...

From Mexico, alone, there are about 194,000 illegal aliens living in the U.S. who have been ordered deported and 381,000 Mexican illegal aliens who are living in the country while their deportation orders are pending.

"The illegal immigration problem in America is bursting at the seams," IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox said in a statement. ...

Experts now project that illegal border crossings for this calendar year will be more than three times what they were in 2017 and nearly double last year's total crossings. The projection predicts there to be more than 840,000 illegal border crossings this year, though Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen predicts about 900,000 crossings for the year.

Today, the majority of the U.S.-Mexico border remains open. At the same time, the U.S. has continued funding border walls and border security programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Lebanon.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, European Union
Foreign Minister: Brussels's 'Greatest Lie' Revealed
Hungary Today, 11 March 2019

A recent document by the legal service of the European Commission has "revealed the greatest lie by Brussels", Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said and insisted that the document, recently obtained by public television M1, suggests "secret efforts to make mandatory the UN Migration Compact" in all EU member states.

Speaking at a press conference, Szijjártó said that during the debate on the package "all pro-migration politicians" had insisted that the compact would not be made mandatory.

The Hungarian government "calls on the European Commission to stop making secret plans to make the UN compact mandatory and publish all relevant documents completed so far", Szijjártó said.

He added that the government would call on the EC to report on "any such secret plans" at a foreign affairs council session on March 18.

Citizens of the European Union have the right to know "what secret plans the European Commission is making behind their backs to further undermine the continent's security", Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told public Kossuth Radio on Monday.

He insisted that it was "well-known" that "Brussels would cram the United Nations' Migration Compact down the throat of each European country".

He noted that Hungary was the first EU member to reject the document, while 8 other countries followed suit.

Before the UN vote on the compact, "Brussels kept pulling the wool over our eyes saying that it would not be legally binding", Szijjártó said, adding that "still, the word obligation is used 80 times in the document passed".
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Immigration abroad – crime, gangs, multiculturalism, Germany
Researcher Blames Multiculturalism for Rise of Arab Clan Gangs in Germany
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 March 2019

German Islamic and migration researcher Ralph Ghadban has blamed multicultural ideology for the rise in power of Arab clan gangs, saying there are now no-go zones in Berlin.

The Lebanese-born researcher claimed that there are now several "no-go areas" in the German capital, listing the areas of Cottbusser Tor, the Tiergarten, and Neukölln, saying they were "dangerous areas, so-called no-go areas, in which Arab clans have the upper hand," Augsburger Allgemeine reports. ...

Ghadban noted that while Arab clan groups have been around in Germany for decades, it has been the multicultural ideology that has allowed them to flourish and rise to the power they enjoy today.

"When we talk about clans, we refer in most cases to Mhallamiye Kurds, who came during the mid-seventies as civil war refugees from Lebanon to Germany," he said, and noted that these clans were different from other organised crime groups.

"In organised crime, criminals come together voluntarily to jointly plan and carry out crimes. There is a possibility of leaving; in addition, the group can be infiltrated by police.

"But you are born into the clan, you have no choice. The kinship creates a clan solidarity, the members cover each other. Everyone keeps silent in court," he explained. ...

Several days ago, the head of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, warned that newly arrived North African migrants could also form their own clans if police did not focus on them.

Ghadban echoed these remarks, saying that clan structures also exist "among the Chechens, the Albanians, and the Kosovars. These are family structures that have been brought from home and have demonstrated their efficiency in the criminal sector using the Mhallamiye [clan] as an example. The danger of imitation is thus a given."
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Immigration abroad – USA
Border at 'Breaking Point' as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month
Caitlin Dickerson
New York Times, 5 March 2019

The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration's aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States.

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high and a strong sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing violence and poverty.

"The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point," Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told reporters in announcing the new data on Tuesday.

The nation's top border enforcement officer painted a picture of processing centers filled to capacity, border agents struggling to meet medical needs and thousands of exhausted members of migrant families crammed into a detention system that was not built to house them – all while newcomers continue to arrive, sometimes by the busload, at the rate of 2,200 a day.

"This is clearly both a border security and a humanitarian crisis," Mr. McAleenan said. ...

More than 50,000 adults are currently in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, the highest number ever.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Russia
Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts
Moscow Times, 5 March 2019

Around 30 percent of the Russian population will practice Islam within the next 15 years, Russia's grand mufti has predicted, citing demographic trends.

Russia's Muslim-majority regions, including republics in the North Caucasus and the republic of Tatarstan, are known to have the highest birth rates in the country, reflecting similar trends worldwide. Various estimates place the current Muslim population in Russia at between 14 million and 20 million people, or between 10 to 14 percent of Russia's total population of 146.8 million in 2018.

"According to experts, Russia's [Muslim] population will increase to 30 percent in a decade and a half," said Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the Council of Muftis, a religious group representing Russia's Muslim community.

The changing demographics mean that "dozens" of new mosques will need to be built in Russia's largest cities, Gainutdin said at a forum hosted by the State Duma on Monday.

Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, an official in Russia's Orthodox Church, agreed with Gainutdin's forecast and predicted that "there won't be any Russians left in 2050."

"It's too late," he told the Govorit Moskva radio station when asked if the demographic trend could be reversed.
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Immigration abroad – USA
No Relationship Between Homicide Rates in Central America and Illegal Border Crossings
Matthew Sussis
Center for Immigration Studies, 4 March 2019

One of the most common arguments from advocacy groups with regard to the influx of Central American migrants is that these migrants are fleeing violence. Groups such as the ACLU and SPLC cite "gang brutality", "gang violence", and fear of murder as reasons why the number of illegal, border-crossing migrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) has soared in recent years.

As such, one might expect that, as the murder rate rises in those countries, the number of border-crossers would correspondingly go up, and vice versa. But the data show no obvious relationship between Central American homicide rates and the number of Central Americans apprehended illegally crossing our border in a year.

In Honduras, murder rates have fallen by over half since 2011 – from 86.5 per 100,000 to 42.8 per 100,000 in 2017. During that same time, the annual number of apprehensions of Hondurans at the U.S.-Mexico border quadrupled, albeit with fluctuations.

Guatemala saw a very similar trend, with murder rates falling from 38.6 per 100,000 to 19.0 per 100,000 between 2011 and 2017. At the same time, the annual number of Guatemalan apprehensions more than tripled – from approximately 18,000 to 66,000. ...

There are a range of push-and-pull factors responsible for migration, and for some migrants fleeing violence may well be a legitimate factor.

But as far as push factors go, economics is likely more important than fleeing violence. According to a government poll of Guatemalans, 91 percent are migrating to the United States for economic reasons, and fewer than 1 percent say they are fleeing gangs or violence.

As for the pull factors, loopholes in our asylum laws create strong incentives for migrants to come to the United States – especially with their families. /.../ Credible fear standards ensure that aliens can simply tell asylum officers that they fear persecution in their home countries in order to avoid deportation. ...

Despite what advocacy groups will tell you, these cracks in our asylum laws create far stronger incentives for Central Americans to travel to our southern border than fear of violence.
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Immigration abroad – Antwerp, Belgium
Historic European City Antwerp Now Majority-Minority
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 27 February 2019

Antwerp will soon be "lost" to the hope of any future conservative government, local media said as data showed only a quarter of the city's young children are Belgian natives, and studies revealed migrant background voters overwhelmingly supporting left-wing parties.

"That's it – Antwerp now has more non-natives than natives," claimed a headline in French-language news weekly, L'Express, over new figures which revealed that 53.2 per cent of residents in the city /.../ are now of immigrant origin. ...

With the proportion of non-Belgians in the city having grown from 46 per cent in 2014, L'Express notes that the major demographic shift "obviously has consequences" for politics in Antwerp, which has been led since 2013 by Mayor Bart De Wever, who heads the conservative New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party.

To illustrate this, the magazine pointed to a University of Antwerp study which found that almost 90 per cent of the city's voters with Moroccan or Turkish origins voted at last October's elections for left-wing parties, with 31 per cent opting for the extreme left Workers' Party of Belgium (PVDA).
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Immigration abroad – crime, violence, Oslo, Norway
Men with immigrant background healthily represented for acts of violence in Oslo
Gerard Taylor
Norway Today, 27 February 2019

Men with an immigrant background are over-represented among people convicted in the Oslo District Court for the most serious acts of violence, reported TV 2 news.

TV 2 went through all judgments where someone had been convicted of serious bodily injury and gross bodily harm in Oslo from the beginning of 2018 until today. A total of 140 people have been sentenced in the past year.

There are a great majority of men among the convicted. TV 2's review also showed that of the 140 perpetrators, 70% had an immigrant background.

According to Statistics Norway, persons with an immigrant background make up 33% of Oslo's population. The definition of "immigrant background" is that one has either immigrated oneself or have two parents who were born abroad.

Violence researcher, Ragnhild Bjørnebekk, at the Police College, said she is not surprised. She believes that one of the reasons is that many come from cultures where violence is more prevalent.

"They are more vulnerable, they have experienced more trauma. Some of them come from violent cultures, and they take it with them. And then there are some of those who are not Oslo citizens, who come from other countries and only stay here for a few months," said Bjørnebekk to TV 2.
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Immigration abroad – repatriation, Denmark
Denmark to focus on repatriation instead of integration under new law
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 27 February 2019

The Danish Parliament Folketinget recently voted through a legislative package that is said to be a "paradigm shift" for Danish migration policy.

The migration policy now being introduced represents a whole new way of looking at migration.

In the future, the focus will be on sending migrants back to the third world – instead of "integrating" them. ...

The settlement also means that criminal migrants will be placed on a deserted island, that the so-called integration subsidy is reduced, that the number of family reunions for migrants will be limited, that residence permits as a rule becomes temporary and that it will be easier to withdraw permits and refrain from extending them. ...

According to the Danish Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen, Denmark will no longer have a system in which "refugees become immigrants".
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Immigration abroad – Africans, European Union
African Union seeks to kill EU plan to process migrants in Africa
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 25 February 2019

The African Union is seeking to kill off the EU's latest blueprint for stemming migration, claiming that it would breach international law by establishing "de facto detention centres" on African soil, trampling over the rights of those being held.

A "common African position paper" leaked to the Guardian reveals the determination of the 55-member state body, currently headed by Egypt, to dissuade any of its coastal states from cooperating with Brussels on the plan.

The EU set plans for "regional disembarkation platforms" in motion last summer to allow migrants found in European waters to have their asylum requests processed on African soil.

Brussels has a similar arrangement in place with Libya, where there are 800,000 migrants, 20,000 of whom are being held in government detention centres.
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Immigration abroad – immigrants' skills, USA
Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders
Jason Richwine
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 February 2019

While the percentage of immigrants who arrive with a college or advanced degree has risen over the past decade, the extent to which foreign education translates into useful skills here in the United States is an open question. Based on English-language tests of literacy, numeracy, and computer operations administered by the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this report finds that, among test-takers with at least a college education, U.S.-degree holders out-score foreign-educated immigrants by a wide margin.

... Policy-makers should therefore be cautious in treating foreign degrees as evidence of "high-skill" immigration.

Other key points:

• Among immigrants in the United States whose highest degree is either a bachelor's ("college") or a master's or Ph.D. ("advanced"), about 40 percent received their highest degree in a foreign country – meaning they are "foreign-educated".

• On both literacy and computer operations, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform so poorly that they score at the level of natives who have only a high school diploma.

• On numeracy, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform closer to the level of natives who have some college education, but not a bachelor's.

• Despite their reputation for specializing in STEM fields, about one in six foreign-degree holders score "below basic" in numeracy.

• The skill gap between foreign and U.S. degree holders persists even among immigrants who have had at least five years in the United States to learn English.
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Immigration abroad – asylum seekers, deportation, Germany
Germany fails to deport nearly every second asylum seeker
Reuters, 24 February 2019

Germany failed to deport 27,000 rejected asylum seekers last year, nearly half of the total 57,000 cases, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Sunday, adding that the government would step up efforts to get those migrants out of the country.

Seehofer, a member of the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, is one of the sharpest critics of her decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders to more than 1 million refugees. ...

Seehofer told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the 27,000 rejected asylum seekers could not be deported because they had no travel documents or police could not find them. Some resisted deportation at the airport, he added.

The government plans to restrict the rights of failed asylum seekers who lied about their identify or who are deemed a security threat, by establishing a new form of "preparatory detention" before deportation, Seehofer said.

Those migrants would have to report regularly to police and they could face further restrictions such as having to wear a locator device, the minister said. The cabinet is expected to pass the law before the summer holidays.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Australia's immigration level soars to a record high in 2018 - with 832,560 new arrivals calling the country home - after the Government promised cuts
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 19 February 2019

Australia's immigration levels have soared to a new record high - months after Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to slow down the rate of population growth.

In 2018, a record 832,560 permanent and long-term migrants decided to call Australia home, marking a 7.1 per cent increase compared with 2017.

With the number of people leaving Australia for good taken into account, the nation's annual net immigration rate stood at 291,250, the highest in four-and-a-half years.

The vast majority of new arrivals settled in already overcrowded Sydney and Melbourne. ...

Net immigration numbers soared above 100,000 in 2002 when John Howard was Liberal Prime Minister and surpassed the 200,000 mark in 2012 under Labor's Julia Gillard.

In August last year, Australia's population surpassed the 25 million milestone, 22 years earlier than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report of 2002.

The 2018 permanent migration intake of 832,560, before long-term departures were factored in, dwarfed the 539,000 intake for the 2016-17 financial year, which was then a record.
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Immigration abroad – Greece, European Union
'Mass evictions' in Athens as government offers golden visa incentive to Airbnb investors from Russia and China
Yannis-Orestis Papadimitriou
Sunday Telegraph, 17 February 2019

A Greek government scheme that grants visas to non-EU citizens in exchange for €250,000 (£219,000) property investments is leading to mass evictions, with renters removed from their homes to make way for AirBnB properties, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

In an echo of the AirBnB 'epidemic' in cities such as Barcelona, homes are increasingly being bought and converted into AirBnB properties, primarily by Chinese investors, under the Golden Visa scheme being actively promoted by the Greek government.

A new report has found that there are whole areas of Athens and other Greek cities where AirBnB now amounts to 81-95 per cent of the overall rentals. In the last two years, the number of AirBnB properties in Greece have soared from 9,000 to 129,000, thanks to Golden Visas, real estate sources claim. ...

The visas are the cheapest in the EU – the UK equivalent are £2 million – and allow non-EU investors to live and do business in Greece, give them visa-free travel in any EU country and even the right to apply for EU citizenship.

Most Golden Visas are acquired by Chinese investors, followed by Russians and Turks, lured by their relative low cost.
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Immigration abroad – crime statistics, Germany
German police is hiding facts about migrant crime statistics "to preserve civil peace"
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 16 February 2019

The German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine recently raised the question if violent crime statistics are tweaked in the country.

A state police officer is quoted saying: "There is no lying, nothing is hushed, but things are deliberately left out."

"There are orders to use our latitude of interpretation to preserve civil peace."

The journalist Dieter Wonka met with the police officer, and now he knows specifically how the statistics are tweaked.

In a short video clip he states the following: "There is no written instruction to falsify the statistics. There are certain terms, for instance honour killings or sexual offenses, that if possible should not appear in reports."

"In the case these terms do appear in police reports, from what I have understood, the police chief will make a written note on the report which says: 'Please review this'."

This is a signal to alert the police officer who wrote the report to remove certain terms which are provocative and could have a negative influence on the statistics.

In these statistics you will find the term assault instead of sexual assault without any further specification.

This means that the statistical accumulations are differently weighed and presented differently as what the clear insights in detail would reveal."
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Immigration abroad – America, USA
Some 42 million Latin Americans say they want to move to the US - and 5 million plan to do so WITHIN 12 months, new poll shows
Ariel Zilber
Daily Mail, 11 February 2019

Some 42 million Latin Americans want to migrate to the United States, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey was taken to gauge the opinions of some 450 million residents of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Of those who participated in the survey, 27 per cent said they would like to permanently move to another country if they could.

The 27 per cent represents about 120 million people, according to Gallup.

When the respondents were asked where they would like to move, 35 per cent - or 42 million - said they preferred to come to the U.S.

Gallup also found that 5 million people from Latin America and the Caribbean say they would like to relocate to America within the next 12 months.
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Immigration abroad – European Union, Turkey
When Angela Merkel upset Donald Tusk over immigration
Vanessa Thorpe
The Observer, 10 February 2019

Donald Tusk was enraged when Angela Merkel held private talks with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the European Union, warning the plan would be "a catastrophe", a new documentary reveals.

"I couldn't believe it was true. These were my closest partners," Tusk tells a BBC2 documentary, Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil, about the migration crisis to be aired on Monday.

The controversial deal was stitched together at an unofficial Sunday night meeting in 2016 held between Merkel, the German chancellor, Holland's prime minister Mark Rutte and the Turkish premier, Ahmet Davutoglu, ahead of an EU summit in Brussels.

It saw Turkey agree to take back Syrian refugees in exchange for the doubling of financial aid and a renewed chance to be considered for membership of the EU.

Rutte explains his decision to go to the source of the people-smuggling problem when negotiations about EU migration quotas stalled. ...

Merkel and Rutte agreed nearly all the items of Davutoglu's wishlist, the programme reveals. "I regarded it as a win-win deal," the former Turkish premier explains. ...

An official deal with Turkey was signed two weeks later.
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Immigration abroad – Islamism, Canada
Will Canada be the battleground between 'progressives' and Islam?
Karen Harradine
Conservative Woman, 9 February 2019

The Islamic Party of Ontario registered last year for the province's elections and advocates a theocracy for Canada governed by Sharia law. ...

Islamist political parties in the West are not a new phenomenon. The Islamic Party of Britain, which advocated Sharia law and the death penalty for homosexuals, was operative from 1989-2006.

Respect – the lovechild of Islamism and socialism – managed to get George Galloway elected to Parliament before it too disbanded in 2016 after a misogyny scandal. The Australian Muslim Party lasted only a year before its founder was arrested for fraud.

But this was before Islamism became all the rage in Western Left-wing political circles. /.../ How much of a success the Islamic Party of yet to be seen. It certainly has competition not only from the socialist NDP but also from the Liberals. During his tenure Trudeau has approved policies and made decisions that would make the most vehement Islamist proud. ...

... The notorious M-103 motion, passed by Canada's House of Commons in 2017, makes criticism of Islam illegal and outlaws 'Islamophobia'. Sponsored by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103 makes no mention of any other faiths despite claims that it protects against all forms of religious discrimination. Worryingly, Islamophobia is now illegal in Canada but a political party promoting destructive Sharia law is accepted.

A phobia denotes an irrational fear. There is certainly nothing to fear from most Muslims, but there is something to fear from Islamists given that they are the greatest perpetrators of terrorism in the world today. ....

Seemingly Canada is another Western country with an out-of-touch and weak leader who is paving the way for Islamism to thrive. /.../ The fight for the survival of the West's Enlightenment values may well take place in Canada when the seemingly unstoppable force of progressive intersectionality finally meets the immovable object of Islamism.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Switzerland
Foreigners Make Up 80 Percent of Swiss Prison Inmates
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 February 2019

The number of prisoners in Switzerland has soared in the last 30 years with foreigners now accounting for 80 per cent of the prison population, according to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

The study shows the rate of incarceration has gone from 72 per 100,000 residents in 1988 to 82 in 2017, Radio Télévision Suisse reports.

During the 30-year period, Switzerland saw its prison population increase from 4,621 to 6,907, a 50 per cent increase overall.

In the first decade from 1988 to 1998, Swiss citizens made up around 31 per cent of the prisoners compared to 28 per cent who were foreigners living in Switzerland and 41 per cent who were foreigners residing overseas. In 1989, Swiss citizens made up as much as 44 per cent of prisoners.

During the next two decades, the number of Swiss citizen prisoners fell to only 20 per cent, with foreigners residing in Switzerland going up to 37 per cent in the second decade and back down to 28 per cent in the third.

Foreign prisoners who live overseas rapidly grew in the third decade to where they now account for over half of the prisoners in the Swiss prison system.

The statistics come only months after it was revealed that Switzerland had deported 1,000 migrant criminals in 2017, including 348 from the Balkan region and 250 from Africa.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Louis Farrakhan calls for separate state for Black Americans, says that's 'what God wants'
Lukas Mikelionis
Fox News, 2 February 2019

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a separate state for Black Americans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, saying that's "what God wants" while those opposed he described as "slaves." ...

"That's not just my goal. That's what God wants. Most of our people don't want it here," Farrakhan said. "You love your enemy. You want to stay with your enemy. You're in love with his wealth. I understand the fascination, slaves. I understand that. But God has something else for us."

The preacher went on to reiterate that neither he nor his group has changed its goal of a separate state since its creation in the 1960s. ...

"Black Power. Black Power to do what? To integrate a lunch counter? Black Power to build a nation for 40 million – now near 50 million – black people," he added.

Farrakhan's post appears to be a clip from an interview on "The Rock Newman Show" in 2015. It remains unclear what prompted him to post the video again.
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Immigration abroad – fence, Pakistan
As Trump Wall Stalls, Pakistan Builds 2,600-km Border Fence
Joseph Hammond
AMI Newswire, 1 February 2019

While President Trump is having trouble adding a few miles of fence to America's incomplete border with Mexico, Pakistan is busy building one of the world's longest border fences.

Climbing over some of the world's toughest terrain, Pakistan's border fence will stretch more 1,800-miles and ascend more than 12,000-feet above sea level. ...

Built to divide Pakistan from Afghanistan, the logistical difficulties of the wall are enormous. ...

Despite the perils and pains of construction, a frozen few are working through the winter months to complete the border fence. Pakistan's fence is projected to be completed in the coming year.

The border fence is supposed to stop terrorists from carrying attacks in one country and fleeing to safety in the other. In the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the terror attacks flow both ways.

... Pakistan projects completion of the long-delayed project, which has cost an estimated $550 million, by the end of 2019. Last year despite the Trump administration's move to cut some military funding to Pakistan, Islamabad reportedly appealed to the Trump administration for more funding to finish the ambitious project.

Nations as diverse as Estonia, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, and Spain (around its small African enclaves) have thrown up border walls to slow illicit migration. Though none are as long as Pakistan's or involve conquering such inhospitable terrain. ...

... When completed the chain-link fence anchored in concrete, is largely meant to slow intruders long enough for border guards or soldiers to arrive.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU risks IMPLODING over migrant crisis warns Macron as Italy refuses to soften stance
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 31 January 2019

The European Union risks "imploding" because of its failure to solve the migration crisis, exacerbated in recent months by Italy's refusal to offer humanitarian ships safe port, French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

"Europe could implode because it is lagging behind in finding solutions to the problems," and because it has not yet found a fair "burden-sharing" arrangement, Mr Macron said at the close of a southern European summit in Cyprus. He said "humane solutions" to handle sea rescues were needed "more than ever". ...

France abides by three principles, the 41-year-old centrist said: respect for humanitarian rights in maritime matters, disembarkation at the nearest safest port and re-distributing the migrants.

These standards should become a permanent mechanism, he continued, insisting France had pledged to take its fair share of migrants rescued at sea.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, jihadists, France
France 'to repatriate 130 suspected Isil members from Syria' over security concerns
Josie Ensor and David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2019

France is reportedly planning to repatriate more than 100 French Isil suspects from Syria amid fears they could lose track of them after US troops withdraw from the war-torn country.

Some 130 Islamic State suspects being held in custody by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in prisons across northern Syria are to be brought back within the next few weeks, according to French channel BFMTV.

"All those who will return to France will be entrusted to the judges. The judge will decide that it will be necessary to put them in prison," Christophe Castaner, France's Interior Minister, told BFMTV.

"The Americans are disengaging from Syria... There are now people in prison who are being held because the Americans are there and who are going to be released... They'll want to return to France."

Among those in SDF custody are a number of senior French Isil leaders including Adrien Guihal, a Muslim who was part of the infamous Artigat network that masterminded several attacks in France, including one in Nice which killed 87 people.

Asked if the government was already planning such an operation, an official told the Telegraph: "None of the practical details are fixed so far, nor the nature of any operation to bring them back, nor the exact number of those who would be concerned, nor a possible date."

The plan provoked outrage on the Right. Eric Ciotti, a conservative MP from the main opposition party, The Republicans, said: "The place of jihadists who betrayed our nation and fought our civilisation is no longer in France. Let them be judged in Iraq or Syria for their crimes and barbarity."

Marine Le Pen, the far-Right leader, also took exception to a remark by Mr Castaner that those in Syria and Iraq "are jihadists, but they were French first."

"Non @CCastaner They are jihadists, they should no longer be French," she tweeted on Tuesday. ...

Thousands of other foreign Isil members in SDF detention remain in limbo, including six British male Isil suspects, seven women and 12 of their children.
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Immigration abroad – fraud, Australia
Brother and sister MARRY each other in India to con their way into Australia - and immigration authorities are powerless to stop them
Max Margan
Daily Mail Australia, 30 January 2019

A brother and sister married each other in India so they could con their way into Australia - as authorities investigate a string of similar immigration scams.

The siblings convinced a court to register their union in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, with the woman using documents belonging to her cousin, who held an Australian visa.

The pair, using the falsified documents and fake passports, then travelled as husband and wife to Australia, where they were granted a spousal visa, The Australian reported. ...

A spokesman for the Department of Home Affairs said: 'All identity documentation provided with visa applications is thoroughly checked... and, where necessary, verified with relevant authorities in the issuing country.'

The Department said it had no control over genuine overseas passports which had been obtained using fraudulent documents. ...

In the past four years, about 1,500 foreign nationals have had partner visas rejected after they were caught out cheating the system.

Most individuals were found to be providing misleading information, using fake passports or forged marriage and birth certificates.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU Parliament Boss: Efforts to Prevent Mass Migration From Africa a 'Betrayal of Europe'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 January 2019

Italian efforts to block migrant boats from Africa is a "betrayal" of Europe and of its citizens, EU Parliament boss Antonio Tajani has alleged, insisting Brussels must put in place a permanent mechanism which would spread third world migrants throughout the bloc.

Ahead of a visit to the Aosta Valley, a region of Italy home to a number of ski resorts, the 'centre-right' politician branded it "unacceptable" that EU nations had chosen to "turn away from what is happening in the Mediterranean".

"In so doing, they betray the European project and citizens' expectations. Immediately approve the accord on mandatory distribution voted by the European Parliament," stated Tajani, according to reports from the news wire service, ANSA, on Tuesday. ...

Meanwhile, media outlets on Tuesday said the socialist government of Spain is planning to try and punish Rome for its having largely put a stop to the flow of boats across the Mediterranean, with prime minister Pedro Sanchez set to tell Brussels to cut funding to any nation opposed to Europe welcoming and sharing across the bloc every third world migrant who manages to reach the continent's shores.
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Immigration abroad – voting, noncitizens, USA
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote
Rowan Scarborough and Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 30 January 2019

A top Pennsylvania lawmaker called on the state Wednesday to immediately expunge the names of 11,198 noncitizens whom the state confirmed are registered to vote, despite not being eligible.

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican and former chairman of a House government oversight panel, said the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, belatedly acknowledged the large number of noncitizens in communications over the past two months.

"I believe that we need to take action and have those people removed immediately from the rolls," Mr. Metcalfe told The Washington Times. "They were never eligible to vote."

Just days earlier, officials in Texas announced they had found nearly 100,000 noncitizens on the state's voter rolls. ...

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley used state driver's license records, which include immigration status, and compared those with voter rolls. He found that about 95,000 people whom the state says weren't citizens were among the 16 million registered voters.

Of those, about 58,000 had voted at some point since 1996.

State officials followed a similar process in Pennsylvania after admitting that a glitch in state motor vehicle bureau computers allowed noncitizens to register to vote easily. They, too, matched driver's license records with voter rolls and came up with nearly 11,200 names. ...

No state requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. A U.S. District Court judge last year struck down a law championed by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require citizenship documentation. Kansas took the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

The noncitizen debate reached the national level in 2014 when Jesse T. Richman, a professor at Old Dominion University, and two colleagues began publishing estimates of thousands and perhaps millions of illegal voters.

Mr. Richman based his numbers on the comprehensive Cooperative Congressional Election Study conducted by YouGov polling and a consortium of colleges. It is one of the few polls that attempts to find noncitizen voters.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
With no EU policy forthcoming, Spain gets tougher on immigration
Lucía Abellán
El País, 29 January 2019

In June of last year, a newly formed government in Spain sought to give the world a lesson by welcoming the Aquarius, a humanitarian rescue ship with 629 migrants aboard that had been refused entry by Italy and Malta.

But a lack of common European immigration policy and record migrant arrivals are causing Spanish authorities to review their own rules.

Humanitarian rescue ships are now being denied departure permits, while the government keeps pressuring Brussels to listen to demands by Morocco, which is the main departure point for undocumented migrants going to Spain.

The goal is to avoid pressure from mass arrivals at a time when immigration has become a relevant issue on an election year. Spain will hold local, regional and European elections in May. ...

Data from Frontex, the European border and coast guard agency, shows nearly 57,000 migrants arrived on southern Spanish shores in 2018, twice the figure in Italy and nearly the same to have arrived in Greece. The Spanish Interior Ministry places that figure at upwards of 64,000.

And with Italy keeping up its closed-port policy, Spain has decided that some kind of action is required.

"This is not a retreat. We are under enormous migratory pressure, and the rules are not being applied in the Central Mediterranean. We need a lasting solution for everyone," said a source at Spain's Interior Ministry. ...

In the meantime, Spain has dropped the open-arms policy that enabled several rescue ships to dock in Spanish ports in recent months. ...

There are other little telltale signs that the Socialist government does not want right-wing parties to use immigration as a weapon against the executive. Salvamento Marítimo, Spain's sea rescue services, has stopped providing information on its Twitter account about the migrant boats it assists on a daily basis.

And very little information is emerging about the efforts to send migrants back to Morocco, the departure point for most arrivals: over 3,000 people in the first two weeks of January, almost three times as much as the same period in 2018, according to official Spanish figures.
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Immigration abroad – disease, USA
Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Anna Giaritelli
Wsshington Examiner, 27 January 2019

Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours since October driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations, according to newly released Department of Homeland Security data.

Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas between border crossings, has "seen an increase in the numbers of apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance."

A total of 2,224 migrants, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, have been hospitalized due to health issues that could not be treated on site in the last month alone, according to a CBP statement.

The department said the spike in illnesses among migrants is forcing federal law enforcement to spend less time focused on serious threats because they are facilitating hospital and urgent care trips. It's also affecting communities that are trying to help with medical emergencies but are severely short-staffed.
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Immigration abroad – Japan
No. of foreign workers in Japan triples in decade to record 1.46 million
Japan Today, 26 January 2019

The number of foreign workers in Japan tripled over a decade to a record-high 1.46 million as of October, official data showed, as companies continue to struggle with a labor shortage.

As of Oct 31, there were 1,460,463 foreign workers in Japan, up 14.2 percent from a year earlier, marking the 11th straight year of increase, according to the data released Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

The figure, the highest since comparable data became available in 2008 when it stood around 486,000, is almost certain to rise in the years ahead as Japan has decided to ease visa restrictions and accept more foreign workers starting from April. ...

By nationality, Chinese accounted for more than a quarter of the total foreign workforce at 389,117, up 4.5 percent from the previous year, followed by Vietnamese at 316,840, up 31.9 percent, and Filipinos at 164,006, up 11.7 percent. ...

Under the new visa system starting in April, Japan will accept up to 345,150 foreign workers over five years in 14 sectors including construction, farming and nursing care.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Norway
Muhammad is the top name in Oslo again - for the 11th year
TRT World / Turkish Radio and Television, 26 January 2019

Norway's fertility rates have reached all-time lows, risking the country's economic stability. Muslim immigrants are keeping the labour force alive, as the country undergoes demographic changes.

Muhammad was the most popular name among male children in Oslo in 2018, for the 11th year in a row, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the Norwegian Statistics Department.

The name, with its many variations, surpassed Oscar, Aksel and Jacob as it maintained its lead.

Mohammad has been the most popular name in Oslo since 2008, reflecting a strong and growing Muslim community in the large city.

In 2017, 8.7 percent of Oslo's population identified as Muslims, with their largest communities originating from ethnic Pakistanis, Somalis, Iraqis and Morrocans. ...

Oslo is home to the largest immigrant population in the country. Out of Oslo's 624,000 residents, almost 190,000 are immigrants or born to immigrant parents, making up nearly 31 percent of the city's population. ...

The statistics department also found evidence of demographic change underway, with fewer traditional Norwegian surnames ending with "sen", as with as Jensen, Hansen or Andersen. Today, "sen" surnames make up only 14.7 percent of the population, compared to 22.4 percent in 1995.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, USA
U.S. to start returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday
Frank Jack Daniel and Mica Rosenberg
Reuters, 25 January 2019

The U.S. government will return the first group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States to the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Friday, U.S. and Mexican officials said, marking the start of a major policy shift by the Trump administration.

The policy dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and first announced on Dec. 20 will return non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait in Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in U.S. immigration courts. ...

The program will apply to arriving migrants who ask for asylum at ports of entry or who are caught crossing illegally and say they are afraid to return home.

Children travelling on their own and some migrants from "vulnerable populations" could be excluded on a case-by-case basis, the Department of Homeland Security said in a fact sheet. ...

Last year, about 93,000 people sought asylum at the southern border, up 67 percent from 2017, according to U.S. government data.

Asylum seekers are typically granted the right to stay in the United States while their cases are decided by a U.S. immigration judge, but a backlog of more than 800,000 cases means the process can take years.

Now, the U.S. government says migrants will be turned away with a "notice to appear" in immigration court. They will be able to enter the United States for their hearings but will have to live in Mexico in the interim. If they lose their cases, they will be deported to their home countries.
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Immigration abroad – EU, Hungary
EU steps up legal procedure against Hungary for criminalising support for migrants
Reuters, 24 January 2019

The European Commission said on Thursday it was taking its legal procedure against Hungary to the next step after Budapest criminalised support for migrants, moving the case closer to a possible ruling by the European Court of Justice. ...

The EU says Hungary's tough stance has breached EU law, a charge that Budapest denies, defending what it calls its sovereign right to determine its own immigration policy. Hungary also says its tough position ultimately defends Europe. ...

Brussels says the Hungarian authorities have failed to provide effective access to asylum procedures for migrants and holds asylum seekers in "transit centres" for longer than the maximum four weeks mandated under EU law. ...

Orban, in power since 2010, has led eastern European resistance to EU plans to share out some of the large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants, who he says threaten Europe's Christian civilisation.
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Immigration abroad – law, USA
Skipping Court
Mark Metcalf
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 January 2019

American immigration courts consistently have the highest failure to appear (FTA) rates of any state or federal courts in the country. From 1996 through 2017, 37 percent of all aliens free pending trial disappeared. From the 2,680,598 foreign nationals that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released on their own recognizance, 1,320,000, received deportation orders, 75 percent of them (993,593) for failure to appear. Only 25 percent of this group – some 324,402 people altogether – actually tried their cases. This dynamic, first reported at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on June 17, 2010, eventually prompted heated denial by the Obama Justice Department but it is not solely a problem of Democrat administrations. Administrations of both parties have failed to effectively address it.

Immigration trial courts issued three times more deportation orders for failure to appear in court than deportation orders for cases that were actually tried (993,593 ÷ 324,402) over the last 22 fiscal years. ...

Indeed, those who dodged court in 2017 did so with identically the same frequency under Donald Trump as they did in 2015 when Barack Obama sat in the Oval Office.11 Over the past three years, an average of 42 percent of all aliens free before trial failed to appear, with 113,753 people out of 272,440 skipping their court dates. /.../ This chronic failure loudly echoes the broader themes of disorder that have plagued these federal tribunals since their inception in 1983.

Never in 22 years of reporting has EOIR (i.e., Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Justice Department agency that manages the courts) squared with Congress and given an accurate description of failures to appear. Since 1996, it has dramatically understated FTA rates in its annual reports. In 2017, EOIR stated the FTA rate for all cases was 28 percent, never mentioning this number includes aliens whose trials occurred in detention facilities. ...

EOIR's misleading failure to appear rates leave Congress and the public ignorant of both dysfunction in the courtroom and risks that too often end badly. One fact stands out above all the rest: Aliens flee court in greater numbers now than they did before September 11, 2001. From 1996 through 2000, 34 percent of all aliens free before trial – 251,309 out of 730,453 – disappeared. After 9/11, these numbers climbed. From 2002 through 2017, 39 percent – 699,641 people out of 1,808,449 – failed to keep their court dates. On either side of 9/11, EOIR never provided candid numbers to alert policy-makers to this problem.
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Immigration abroad – Mexico
Thousands of caravan migrants trek and hitch-hike across Mexico after hundreds were allowed in with no border checks and are now headed for the US
Chris Pleasance
MailOnline, 22 January 2019

Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed into Mexico at the weekend, joining a group of 1,000 who entered last week and are now heading towards the US.

Some of the migrants, who are largely from Honduras, said they were waved through Mexican immigration without any checks or being issued a wristband indicating that they still need to register with authorities.

Meanwhile a much larger group are coming up behind them as part of the latest caravan trying to reach America in search of a better life for themselves and their families. ...

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged a 'humanitarian' approach by allowing migrants access to Mexico, but providing jobs and opportunities for them in his country to stop them reaching America.
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Immigration abroad – Czech Republic
Remigration: Czech Republic to Pay Non-EU Migrants to Go Home
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 21 January 2019

The Czech Republic is launching a programme to pay non-EU migrants to go home, noting that funding the scheme would cost taxpayers "far less" than if migrant groups remained in the country.

With an information campaign set to be put out on social media and with leaflets and posters from April, the Czech Interior Ministry said it hopes the first migrants participating in its new programme, titled 'Návraty' (Returns), will be processed in the third quarter of 2019.

With a particular focus on migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam, the programme will offer foreign nationals up to 4,000 euros' financial assistance towards transportation costs, setting up accommodation in their homelands, and purchasing livestock.

"The project should focus on all categories of foreigners, whether they are in the Czech Republic in an illegal situation or an asylum seeker," Interior Ministry spokesman Hana Malá told Tiscali.cz. ...

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has said Europe must "send a clear signal that illegal migration has ended" by turning migrant boats back and deporting bogus asylum seekers, arguing that the European Commission's preferred solution – creating a permanent mechanism to share newcomers across EU states – was the "road to hell", and would only exacerbate the problem.

Czechia was one of only five countries to vote against the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration at the UN General Assembly in New York City last month, where 152 countries signed up to the agreement and a dozen abstained.

The document, which claims migration is "inevitable, necessary, and desirable", poses a threat to the nation's sovereignty and security by defining the movement of people as a "human right", stated Babis, who has previously branded mass immigration from the Global South a "threat to European civilisation".
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
Largest single group of migrants EVER burrows UNDER border wall: 376 Central Americans - including 200 minors - squeeze through seven tiny holes and immediately request asylum
Keith Griffith
Daily Mail, 19 January 2019

A group of migrants said to be the largest ever has illegally tunneled under the southern U.S. border fence and surrendered to Border Patrol to request asylum.

The group of 376 Central Americans 'inundated agents' after crossing the border through a series of hasty tunnels near Yuma, Arizona on Monday, Customs and Border Protection said.

The agency said 200 of the group were minors, and that nearly all the rest said they were their parents, meaning that they will likely be released into the U.S. as their asylum claims are processed.

It is believed to be the largest single group to cross the border illegally to request asylum. The Border Patrol has said that smugglers transport large groups to the border and then instruct them to cross and turn themselves in.

Officials said that most of the group entered the U.S. through seven small openings burrowed under the border barrier.

The crossings took place at a remote stretch of border where old fencing is about 12 feet high and the ground is sandy. Stretched thin, CBP has only three agents patrolling the 26-mile section of border.

President Donald Trump's administration had tried to forbid migrants from requesting asylum after crossing the border illegally, but that move was struck down by a federal judge in November.

'The only thing that solves that problem is a change in the law,' CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik told ABC News.

'The only reason they're trying to say that they're family units is that they know if they're a family unit, they're going to be released within 20 days,' Porvaznik said. ...

One man in the group told the network that he left Guatemala eight days ago and made most of the trip by bus along with his 12-year-old daughter, paying a coyote $5,000 to get them to the border. ...

On Wednesday, a separate group of 247 people illegally crossed into the U.S. near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico.

The group, which included many juveniles, surrendered to authorities for processing and most requested immediate medical care. ...

Last month, CBP said it took 20,000 juveniles into custody after illegal crossings, including both unaccompanied minors and those traveling with parents.

The vast majority surrender immediately upon crossing to claim asylum. ...

One recent study, by the New York-based Center for Immigration Studies, estimated that in 2017 more people entered the U.S. illegally by overstaying temporary visas than by crossing the border illegally.
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Immigration abroad – France
MACRON CRISIS: Desperate leader considers migrant quota as Yellow Vest protest rage on
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 16 January 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron has been branded "irresponsible" for suggesting the introduction of "annual quotas" on migration as a topic for part of the three-month national debate aimed at mollifying yellow vest protesters.

In a sweeping letter to the French pubic, Mr Macron said he had heard the public's anger and shared its impatience for a "more prosperous country and a fairer society". He then mentioned the possibility of introducing annual immigration quotas, saying it would not apply to asylum status. He said: "As regards immigration, once our asylum obligations have been met, would you like us to be able to set annual quotas defined by Parliament?"

Mr Macron then referred to the "tensions and doubts linked to immigration and the failings of our integration system". ...

But the possible imposition of quotas floated by Mr Macron has sparked outrage – and confusion – as curbing immigration is not one of the core demands of the yellow vests, which include a higher minimum wage, a more participative democracy and Mr Macron's resignation. ...

Mr Macron's letter explains how he is addressing the anti-establishment movement's concerns through a national debate in local meetings around the country and on the internet.

The French now have eight weeks to respond by contributing thoughts on a mix of subjects in an initiative Mr Macron hopes will generate policy ideas and help build a new "contract" with the nation. Four weeks after that, in April, the government will share its conclusions.

The debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy.
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Immigration abroad – Norway
Norwegian elite support immigration
Nancy Bazilchuk
ScienceNordic, 16 January 2019
[Based on an article by Bård Amundsen]

The future of the Norwegian welfare state largely depends on support from the country's elite, says Trygve Gulbrandsen, a social scientist at the University of Oslo's Institute for Social Research (ISF). ...

His latest research has been collected in a new book, "Elites in an Egalitarian Society: Support for the Nordic Model".

Gulbrandsen has conducted two recent studies of the Norwegian elite.

These studies were based on two comprehensive surveys carried out in 2000 and 2015, where 1710 and 1352 people respectively with top positions in Norway were asked about their ideas and opinions. The surveys included business executives, heads of ministries, generals, bishops, editors and heads of universities and cultural institutions.

Gulbrandsen has found that Norway's elite differ from the rest of the population in one very significant way (aside from the fact that they have more money): the elite are far more supportive of making it easier for foreigners to immigrate to Norway.

"It's interesting to see that there are also differences in Norway between the average person and the elite when it comes to issues related to the nation's borders," Gulbrandsen said in an interview posted on the ISF website. ...

At the same time, Gulbrandsen's data suggest that the elite are much more likely than the rest of the population to vote for political parties that are more extreme. ...

A large proportion of voters among the elite supported right- or left- leaning parties in the 2013 election, while few voted for more centrist parties, he said.
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Immigration abroad – Canada
Don't ever question mass immigration or you'll be instantly racist
Barbara Kay
National Post, 16 January 2019

The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is eroding public confidence in immigration. ...

This past weekend, The Globe and Mail's senior political columnist, John Ibbitson, published a buoyant endorsement of the government's current immigration policy (continuing high rates) headlined, "Immigration's benefits are a matter of fact." ...

I asked Herbert Grubel, professor of economics (emeritus) at Simon Fraser University, and senior fellow of The Fraser Institute specializing in immigration, for his opinion about Ibbitson's conclusion. ...

Grubel notes that the average income taxes paid by immigrants since 1986 have been about one-half of those paid by non-immigrant Canadians. Yet immigrants absorb the same value of government services (not more, as some people would have you believe), so the difference between what immigrants pay in and take out amounts to not less than $5,000 a year per person, he calculates. Do the collective math and Grubel estimates that it comes to an annual $30 billion payout.

Neither Grubel nor I nor any reasonable Canadian believes immigration is a bad thing in itself. We're all for it. ...

But what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the country's ability to absorb them? It isn't orderly immigration that sets many Canadians' teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year. In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.

I recognize that even raising any "cultural" factor like that is a red flag to those progressives who insist that culture is a construct of privilege and trying to protect the culture we have is an act of bigotry. But discussing it shouldn't be off-limits. People all over the world desire to live in Canada because of its stability, prosperity, gender equality, excellent quality of life and respect for the law. All of these national qualities are downstream from culture. It is perfectly legitimate to worry that high rates of immigration to Canada could undermine the very tenets of equality, freedom and justice, those products of our own culture, that attract so many in the first place. Of course, even the words "our own culture" are in themselves divisive: to many progressives they are a shibboleth for oppression; to me and my more conservative friends they are, relative to all other cultures, words that evoke pride, yet we feel anxiety saying them.

Often, we also feel like stooges of politicians who claim to be focused on immigrants' value to Canada, but who are really focused on immigrants as voters. And we feel frustrated because rational discussion of immigration does not seem possible when any and all objections are met with mantras like "diversity is our strength" at the top. And because we are not allowed to talk about these things without incurring charges of racism.
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Immigration abroad – Denmark
Denmark: "In One Generation, Our Country Has Changed"
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 16 January 2019

Turkey has been extremely active in ramping up its activities in Denmark, apparently as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan of strengthening Islam in the West. Denmark already has around 30 Turkish mosques out of approximately 170 mosques in total as of end of 2017. In 2006, there were 115 mosques in all of Denmark – an increase of nearly 50% in little more than a decade.

A recent government study, "Analysis of children of descendants with a non-Western background", shows that there continue to be huge problems with assimilating immigrants into Danish society. ...

Today, there are roughly 500,000 immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark. The cost to the Danish state is 33 billion Danish kroner per year ($5 billion or 4.4 billion euros), according to the Danish Ministry of Finance. It is estimated that in 2060 there will be nearly 900,000 immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark, according to Denmark's official statistical bureau, Danmark's Statistik. Denmark currently has a total population of 5.8 million people. If the lack of integration persists in the next generation of descendants of immigrants, Denmark is looking at a significant societal problem to which no one appears to have a solution.

Least of all, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In his New Year's speech, he said that things are "going well" in Denmark. /.../ "When I was in high school, he also said, "there were around 50,000 people with a non-Western background in Denmark. Today, there are almost half a million. In one generation, our country has changed". The country did not just "change". Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Finland
'It is unacceptable that people granted asylum here have brought evil': Finnish President expresses his 'disgust' at migrant grooming gangs as country's child sex scandal escalates
Sara Malm
MailOnline, 15 January 2019

The President of Finland has expressed his 'shock and disgust' after police identified more suspects in connection with a foreign grooming gang targeting children in a town in the north of the country.

Police suspect 16 foreign-born men of rape or other sexual abuses of girls aged between ten and 15 in Oulu, northern Finland, adding another four men to the investigation today.

In addition, police in the capital Helsinki said on Sunday they had arrested three foreign-born men on similar charges.

In a statement released on Monday, President Sauli Niinistö said the crimes in Oulu 'shocked us with their inhumanity'.

He added: 'The right to integrity is one of the values on which our society is based, and one which must be respected by everyone here.

'It is unacceptable that some asylum seekers, and even those who have been granted asylum, have brought evil here and created insecurity.' ...

A citizens petition to withdraw asylum from people convicted of sex crimes received 62,000 signatures over the weekend, breaking the 50,000 barrier needed to force parliament to consider the issue. ...

Statistics Finland says around 1,200 cases of sexual abuse of minors are reported to the police each year, and that foreigners were involved in 18 percent of the cases that came to trial last year.

Of Finland's population of just over 5.5 million, some 321,500 people are born in a foreign country, nearly six per cent.
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Immigration abroad – doctors, employment, European Union
EU may need rules to stop doctors emigrating: German minister
Reuters, 13 January 2019

The European Union should consider regulating to stop member states from poaching each other's doctors and other professionals, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said. ...

"I can understand them. Switzerland is a beautiful country. But what is clear is that there is a shortage of these professionals in Germany. And then Polish doctors work in our country, and in turn there is a shortage of them in Poland," he told Swiss tabloid Blick am Sonntag.

"That cannot be right. We should therefore think about whether we need to create new regulations on the luring away of people with certain professions within the EU, and without fundamentally calling into question the freedom of movement within Europe," he was quoted as saying.

Spahn added that there were currently such agreements within the World Health Organization that could serve as a model, but he did not spell out what those were or how they might be applied within the EU.
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Immigration abroad – child brides, USA
Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws
Colleen Long
AP News / Associated Press, 12 January 2019

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that person's spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.

And in weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee's home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2017 and compiled into a report. ...

Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions. ...

There are no nationwide statistics on child marriage, but data from a few states suggests it is far from rare. State laws generally set 18 as the minimum age for marriage, yet every state allows exceptions. Most states let 16- and 17-year-olds marry if they have parental consent, and several states – including New York, Virginia and Maryland – allow children under 16 to marry with court permission.

Reiss researched data from her home state, New Jersey. She determined that nearly 4,000 minors, mostly girls, were married in the state from 1995 to 2012, including 178 who were under 15.

"This is a problem both domestically and in terms of immigration," she said. ...

The country where most requests came from was Mexico, followed by Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen.
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Immigration abroad – religion, India
Is India Becoming a Hindu Pakistan?
Mihir Sharma
Bloomberg, 11 January 2019

India is, and has been since independence in 1947, a liberal secular democracy. ...

Till now. For the first time, India's leaders have sought to redefine the country effectively as a home for South Asians that aren't Muslims – and they're enshrining the distinction into law. That's the underlying message of a bill that was passed this week by the lower house of India's Parliament, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has a majority.

The new law amends the religion-blind Citizenship Act written in the early years of Indian independence "to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh." Calling them "persecuted migrants," the government minister who introduced the amendment said "they have nowhere to go but India."

Sadly, that may well be true. Many of India's neighbors have a far worse record dealing with their religious minorities than India has with its own. And India must certainly welcome them.

Yet, in spite of its claims, India's government is not in fact acting purely on humanitarian impulses. After all, at the moment the most persecuted minority on India's borders are the Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar; being Muslim, they're very obviously not welcome. Neither are the Shias and Ahmadis who are the focus of everyday violence in Pakistan – or, for that matter, the atheist bloggers of Bangladesh that have been threatened by machete-wielding extremists. As one commentator put it, the amendment could be summed up in one phrase: "No Muslims please, this is India."
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Ex-Jihadist Reveals Network Smuggling Islamic Radicals to Europe as Migrants
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 January 2019

After receiving information from a former jihadist, Italian police have arrested 15 suspects alleged to be part of an organisation that helped smuggle radical Islamic terrorists into the country as illegal migrants and asylum seekers.

The arrests were made in the cities of Palermo, Trapani, Caltanissetta, and Brescia this week with the 15 suspects facing various criminal charges from forming a criminal association for the purposes of illegal immigration and smuggling to terrorism-related charges, newspaper Il Giornale reports.

The former jihadi blew the lid on the Islamist fighter-smuggling operation, saying to the police: "I'm telling you what I know because I want to prevent you from finding an army of kamikaze in Italy." ...

Prosecutors added that the organisation, which largely smuggled jihadists from Tunisia, "constitutes a current and concrete threat to national security because it is able to provide several illegal immigrants with a hidden, safe, and fast maritime passage." ...

The arrests come after Tunisian authorities seized a boat of illegal immigrants heading for Italy last August that was revealed to have been more than half-full with radical Islamists, with nine of the 15 people on board linked to terror.

The seizure followed an Interpol warning in February of last year that claimed up to 50 Tunisian Islamic radicals had made the voyage to Italy as illegal migrants.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Australia
African gangs in Melbourne are a problem, police admit, as Victorian Government defends strategy
Brad Ryan and Guy Stayner
ABC News, 9 January 2019

Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the problem.

Police Minister Lisa Neville on Tuesday defended the Government's handling of youth crime after the Federal Government on Monday said "African gang crime" was out of control in Melbourne because of lenient state policies. ...

Just days after Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he did "not accept for a minute that we do have gangs", Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said there were African street gangs in Melbourne.

"We have for a significant period of time said that there is an issue with overrepresentation by African youth in serious and violent offending as well as public disorder issues," Acting Commissioner Patton said.
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Immigration abroad – political violence, Germany
German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in 'Assassination' Attempt
Breitbart, 8 January 2019

German member of parliament for the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) Frank Magnitz was brutally attacked Monday evening in what some are labelling an assassination attempt. ...

... He was taken to a local hospital soon after the attack with the AfD claiming that the police were investigating the matter as an act of politically-motivated violence. ...

The brutal attack comes less than a week after an office belonging to the AfD in the city of Döbeln was bombed in what is also believed by the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) to have been a politically motivated attack.

The AfD say they keep track of attacks against their officers, members, and their homes, and gave statistics to Breitbart London which showed that attacks have risen from only four in 2014 to well over 600 in 2017.

Alt-left extremist Antifa violence has also become more violent and more pronounced in Germany over the last several years, with members of the extremist organisation releasing terror manuals encouraging attacks on the AfD.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, cost, USA
Can a Wall Pay for Itself?: An Update
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 8 January 2019

When asking whether a border wall can pay for itself, the key questions are the cost of each illegal immigrant, and the number of illegal crossers, vs. the cost of a wall. Making reasonable estimates of these factors allows us to calculate what share of future illegal border-crossers the wall would have to stop or deter from trying to enter in order for the wall to be cost-effective. This updated analysis indicates that to pay for the president's $5 billion wall request, a wall would have to prevent about 60,000 crossings – or 3 to 4 percent of expected illegal crossers in the next decade. If we make much more conservative assumptions about both the cost of illegal immigrants and future flows, it still shows that a wall would have to stop or deter only a modest percentage of illegal crossings to pay for itself. ...

To estimate the fiscal cost of illegal immigrants in our prior analysis we applied the average net fiscal impact (taxes paid minus costs) of immigrants by education from a NAS study to the education level of illegal border-crossers. Based on that analysis, we estimate that each crosser creates a net cost of $74,722 (taxes paid minus costs) during his or her lifetime, excluding costs for their U.S.-born children. The figures from the NAS study are in 2012 dollars; converting them to 2018 dollars would raise them to $82,191. This estimate means that for every 100,000 illegal immigrants prevented from crossing illegally, it would save taxpayers $8.2 billion over the illegal immigrants' lifetimes.

As we discussed at length in our prior analysis, the primary factor driving these costs is the low education level of such a large share of illegal crossers. There is agreement among researchers that illegal immigrants overwhelmingly have modest levels of education – most have not completed high school or have only a high-school education. There is also agreement that immigrants who come to the United States with modest levels of education create significantly more in costs for government than they pay in taxes.
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Immigration abroad – France
Yves Cochet: to save the planet, we must "limit our births" and "better welcome migrants".
Ouest-France, 8 January 2019
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In an interview with L'Obs, former Environment Minister Yves Cochet proposes measures to encourage people to have fewer children in order to limit the ecological cost of the population and to be able to welcome more migrants. ...

"Let's reverse our policy of encouraging the birth rate!" In an interview with L'Obs magazine on January 3, Yves Cochet unveils radical solutions to save the planet in the face of climate change. ...

In concrete terms, the former Minister of the Environment under Lionel Jospin, proposes "to reverse the logic of family allowances" ... He added:"Not having any more children is the first ecological gesture." ...

However, he denies that he is "racist or elitist" and states: "I am not targeting the poorest countries, which have more children than others. On the contrary. Rich countries are the first to have to decrease demographically." He added that limiting births would allow us to "better welcome the migrants who are knocking on our doors".
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Immigration abroad – criminals, Australia
Violent and sexual offenders stripped of Australian visas
Liberal, 7 January 2019

More than 800 non-citizen criminals were stripped of their visas for serious crimes in 2018.

One hundred had their visas cancelled for committing child sex offences or for involvement in child exploitation and pornography, 53 were stripped of their visas for domestic violence as were 34 rapists or other sexual offenders

About 500 criminals who committed violent offences are among those stripped of their visas, including 13 for murder, seven for manslaughter, 125 for assault and 56 for armed robbery.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the Government is committed to protecting our communities and keeping Australians safe.

"There's no place in our country for people who come here and harm Australians," Mr Dutton said.

"We welcome people from all round the world, but those few who think they can live in Australia and be involved in criminal actions need to know they won't be staying long."

Under the previous Labor Government, in the five years between 2009 and 2013, just 582 visas were cancelled under the character provisions in s 501 of Migration Act 1958.

Since 2014, the Coalition has cancelled a total of 4150 visas – more than seven times that of Labor.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Clueless EU: Expert warns migration crisis 'an untreated festering wound' for Brussels
Aurora Bosotti
Daily Express, 5 January 2019

The European Union has been warned the migration crisis has remained a "festering wound" which could threaten the continuity of the bloc if left untreated.

European policy expert Rem Korteweg identified migration from non-EU countries as a key risk factor for the unity of the European Union. Brussels has been facing increasing pressure to completely reform the current migration policy within the bloc, with countries such as Italy threatening to cut payments to the bloc unless cooperation in processing arrivals is implemented. Mr Kortaweg insisted the reforms proposed so far have been "hardly a sustainable solution," and warned the bloc about more conflict emerging between Brussels and national governments in EU countries.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, the European policy expert said: "The four horsemen, as far as I saw it, were the eurozone crisis, the migration crisis, Brexit and Russia.

"If you go by those four, we haven't talked about the migration crisis which I think is still very much a festering wound inside the European Union." ...

He continued: "How to set up a fair and durable system of dealing with migrants from non-EU countries? It's not migrants, but refugees rather. That really came to the fore in 2015.

"The numbers have come down since then but the issue is very much politically sensitive. No steps really have been taken.

"The only step that has been put on the table is to increase the EU's border control capacity – which is hardly a sustainable solution."
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Immigration abroad – USA
22,000 migrant children illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in December
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 4 January 2019

Some 22,000 minors illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in December, a number that government officials say bolsters the argument for building the president's promised border wall.

Of those 22,000 minors, roughly 5,000 were unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.

'Vulnerable populations are embarking on the dangerous journey north in record numbers putting themselves and minors in harm's way,' said Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition, more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border in the first three months of federal fiscal year 2019 – which began October 1, 2018.
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Immigration abroad – Europe, Spain
Spain replaces Italy as Europe's main destination for migrant crossings
Reuters, 4 January 2019

Spain has replaced Italy as the destination of choice for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, according to European Union estimates published on Friday.

The border and coast guard agency Frontex said around 150,000 people entered the EU through irregular crossings in 2018, the lowest number in five years and far below the peak of more than a million recorded in 2015.

Arrivals in Spain doubled to 57,000, making the route from Morocco to the Iberian Peninsula the most active in Europe and putting immigration in the spotlight in Spain ahead of a spate of elections this year.

The number who reached Italy, which has taken measures to prevent rescued migrants landing, fell 80 percent to around 23,000, the fewest since 2012.

Arrivals in Greece and Cyprus through the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route rose to 56,000, most coming from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Germany entices illegal migrants to leave with bribes – free rent for a year back home
Lizan Nijkrake
National Post, 4 January 2019

Germany has been flooded this holiday season with billboards offering illegal migrants a bribe to leave – free rent for a year at home.

"Your country. Your future. Now!" displayed in seven languages, jumps off nearly 2,500 screens in 80 cities.

A series of flags corresponding with the top-destinations – Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Russia – shapes a zigzagging road to a fictional horizon.

The "ReturningfromGermany" ad campaign is the latest tactic by the German government to boost departures and deter migration, in a reversal of Angela Merkel's controversial welcoming policy of 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. The campaign is the brainchild of interior minister Horst Seehofer, Merkel's rebellious right-wing rival, who forced a coalition crisis over Germany's asylum policy last summer.

While arrivals have normalized since three years ago – when Germany got 700,000 asylum requests – rejected asylum claims have piled up. The billboard campaign is mainly targeting the 235,000 persons who are still required to leave the country, the interior ministry says.

So why haven't they left? The large majority of asylum seekers simply cannot be sent back – their claims have been rejected, but they cannot be returned because their country of origin is too dangerous, they lack documentation papers or suffer from illness. It's a deadlock acknowledged by the German government itself: These 170,000 people are given special status – duldung (or tolerated) – to stay on temporarily. The others – those who are eligible for deportation according to the German yardstick – frequently don't show up for their deportation. More than 20,000 airport repatriations were scrubbed this year; half of all scheduled. Every second person went missing in the run-up to departure.

So Seehofer took to the streets with his billboard campaign – aiming to push for voluntary departures. What's he offering? A gift capped at 1,000 euros for a single person, 3,000 for families – to provide for basic facilities. Offering financial incentives to leave isn't new. ...

Depending on their nationality, asylum seekers can receive 1,200 euros if they return before the asylum procedure is completed; which drops to 800 after a rejected claim. But the 800 still beckons if they decide to depart voluntarily within 30 days.

The backlash against the billboards and the campaign has swollen quickly. Many have been painted over with one-liners such as "All migrants welcome".
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Immigration abroad – Canada
Ottawa to spend $113 million on pre-arrival services for new immigrants
Yahoo News / CBC, 3 January 2019

The Trudeau government has announced $113 million in new money to improve pre-arrival services for future immigrants to Canada.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement this morning at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Immigrant Settlement and Integration Program office in Vancouver. ...

The Vancouver-based program is one of four operations that provide information, orientation and referrals to prospective economic and family-class immigrants nationwide. The $113 million sum will fund 16 service providers, most of them operating locally. Canada has provided pre-arrival help to new immigrants for 20 years. ...

The money will come from the immigration settlement portion of the government's 2018 budget, a spokesperson for Hussen's office confirmed. The federal Liberals set aside $875 million over six years to fund their multi-year immigration plan.
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Immigration abroad – Israel
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2019

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days.

They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries.

If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.

The UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and Israeli laws.

The Israeli government says their return will be humane and "voluntary".

The order exempts children, women, parents of dependent minors and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

A spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention facilities.

Israel uses the term "infiltrators" to describe people who did not enter the country through an official border crossing.

Many of the migrants - who are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as economic migrants.
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Immigration abroad – South Korea
Protests in South Korea against Muslim refugees: We don't want to become like Europe
Voice of Europe, 2 January 2019

Around 520,000 South Koreans signed a petition against their government's refugee friendly migration policy. Most of them are worried about Muslim refugees from Yemen and economic exploitation by migrants, DW news reports.

"It has become really bad in recent weeks and it is all because Jeju introduced a program that enabled people from 186 countries to come here without a tourist visa," says Hank Kim, owner of the Core Travel Agency.

Kim continues: "Local people here are worried, we have all read about the problems that immigrants have caused in Europe – in Germany and France in particular – and we do not want that to happen here." ...

The unrest was caused by 1,000 Yemeni refugees using the visa programme to enter South Korea's Jeju resort island.
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Immigration abroad – world, public opinion
Anxiety About Immigration is a Global Issue
Remi Adekoya
Quillette, 1 January 2019
[Remi Adekoya is a Ph.D. student researching group identity at Sheffield University]

What do Nigerians, Indians, Turks and Mexicans think about migrants coming to their countries? This we don't hear much about.

Two recent surveys on the issue provide interesting results. Pew Research queried respondents in 27 nations across six continents, asking whether they felt their countries should let in more immigrants, fewer, or about the same as they do at present. ...

The percentage of people wanting fewer or no more immigrants coming to their country was higher in South Africa (65 percent), Argentina (61 percent), Kenya (60 percent), Nigeria (50 percent), India (45 percent), and Mexico (44 percent) than it was in Australia (38 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) or the U.S. (29 percent). In all 27 countries surveyed, less than a third of respondents said their country should let in more immigrants. A 2017 Ipsos MORI survey on global "nativist" trends painted a similar picture. When asked if they thought their country would be "stronger" if it "stopped immigration" altogether, more Turks (61 percent) and Indians (45 percent) answered in the affirmative than Brits (31 percent), Australians (30 percent), Germans (37 percent) or South Africans (37 percent). On the question of whether they felt like "strangers in their own country" – another indicator of hostility towards immigration – more Turks (57 percent), South Africans (54 percent), Brazilians (46 percent) and Indians (39 percent) answered yes than Germans (38 percent), Brits (36 percent) or Australians (36 percent). Finally, when asked whether employers should "prioritize" hiring locals over immigrants, 74 percent of Turks, 64 percent of Peruvians, 62 percent of Indians and 60 percent of South Africans agreed, compared to 58 percent of Americans, 48 percent of Brits and 17 percent of Swedes.

The idea that so-called "nativism" or hostility towards immigration is confined to white Westerners is a fallacy; it is a global phenomenon that is often stronger in non-Western countries. Of course, I wouldn't hold my breath for a spate of articles in international media on the worrying trend of "nativism" in India or condemnations of Kenyans for wanting fewer immigrants in their country. The moral outrage of many white progressives and most intellectuals of color in the West on this subject is solely reserved for white societies; if black or brown people share exactly the same sentiments that white people are being lambasted for, it will either be greeted with silence or with all sorts of justificatory rationalizations. ...

... In a 2017 survey of six African nations–Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania–43–75 percent of the citizens said they would move elsewhere given the opportunity. This translates to well over 200 million people from these six countries alone who would emigrate if the opportunity arose, presumably to one of the world's rich countries. This is the reality that Western governments cannot afford to ignore. The fact that so many Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans would like to emigrate elsewhere but don't want immigrants coming into their country is a testament to our universal human capacity for expecting from others what we ourselves are not ready to give.
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Miscellaneous – policing
Half of children shot by police stun guns are from BAME groups – report
Damien Gayle
The Guardian, 13 March 2019

Half of the children shot by police with stun guns, and a third of those restrained using spit hoods, in England are black or from other minority ethnic groups, according to figures obtained by children's rights campaigners.

The data, compiled from freedom of information requests, showed that in the first nine months of last year police across England used electronic stun guns 839 times on people aged under 18, compared with 879 uses on children in the whole of 2017.

Researchers also found a sharp rise in the use of spit hoods against children, with 114 incidents in the first nine months of 2019, more than double the 47 uses in the whole of 2017.

The findings are published in a report on Tuesday by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), which pointed to an extreme disproportionality in the use of both weapons against children of colour, particularly in London.

Of the children who had stun guns used against them in England, 51% were from a minority background, rising to about 70% in London – where black children alone accounted for 54% of incidents. Across England, 34% of children bound with spit hoods were from ethnic minorities. In London this figure rose to 72%.

Stun-gun use includes any occasion in which the weapons are drawn or their laser sights are pointed, as well as incidents in which the device is fired or activated.
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MULTICULTURALISM

Multiculturalism – integration, Islam
Dutch professor: "No Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims"
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 7 March 2019

Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and assimilation, Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant groups.

Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims.

"Muslims are much worse at integration than other groups of migrants, and there is no doubt that in most other groups of migrants, we see great progress from one generation to the next. Although it's not completely absent in Muslims, the change is much slower," he told Danish newspaper Berlingske recently.

Around 65 percent of the Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the country in which they live.

Muslims consider themselves separate from other non-Muslim groups, and refrain from broader interaction with those outside their religion.

The fundamentalist interpretation of the Quran, which is prevalent among Muslims, prevents them from being integrated into Western countries.

And up to 50 percent of Muslims in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs. By contrast, the proportion of fundamentalists among Christians is much lower, at less than 4 percent, according to Koopmans' data. ...

"The main problem is how many Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century."

"Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace. Secondly, it prevents integration," Koopmans concluded.
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Multiculturalism – treason
Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 1 March 2019

In liberal circles, a wave of empathy is building for the "foreign fighters" of ISIS who desire to return to their Western lives. The tip of this iceberg is the very publicized case of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old former Londoner who flew from Gatwick four years ago with two other girls her age to join the Islamic State. ...

Treat her "with compassion," urges the liberal Guardian. Naturally, her attorney describes her as a "victim." ...

... So paradoxically /.../ the more Britain and other Western countries flagellate themselves over their historical misdeeds and purported racism, the less able they are to attract the loyalties of ethnic outsiders. So long as multiculturalism means, as it now does in the contemporary West, that every ethnic group is supposed to find cultural power and meaning and self-esteem in promoting its roots and heritage, and so long as the assigned role for whites is to wallow in the sins of their ancestors, radical hate-the-West groups will appear compelling to minorities.

Reading through some of the personal accounts of other Western jihadis, one shouldn't doubt the appeal of radical doctrine. ...

At bottom, it's a question of attitude. Young people are attracted to societies and organizations that exhibit faith in their own legitimacy and are willing to sacrifice for it. Whatever one might say about Shamima Begum and her cohorts, they aren't cowards and they aren't snowflakes. Their reappearance now raises the question of whether the West believes in itself sufficiently to punish its traitors and rally those who want it to have a future. The verdict is still out on that.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, public opinion
Third of people in UK view Islam as a threat to the British way of life in wake of 2017 terror attacks, poll finds
Faith Ridler
MailOnline, 18 February 2019

Islam is seen as a threat to the British way of life by more than a third of people in the UK, a report by anti-racism group Hope not Hate has found.

The group's annual State of Hate review found that 35 per cent of 10,000 people quizzed believe Islam is generally a threat to the country's culture.

Around 49 per cent of those who voted Conservative in the 2017 general election thought it was generally incompatible. This compares to 22 per cent of Labour supporters.

Polling conducted in July 2018 also found 32 per cent of those asked believe there are 'no-go' areas in Britain where sharia law 'dominates and non-Muslims cannot enter'. ...

Hope not Hate found young people were far more likely to see the benefits of multiculturalism than their parents and grandparents.

Some 76 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds felt that diversity was integral to British culture - less than half of those aged over 65 agreed.

The organisation also found that fears about immigration have shifted to anti-Muslim prejudice over the past eight years. ...

The report stated that attitudes towards Muslims in Britain had improved between 2011 and 2016 - but the spate of terror attacks in the UK in 2017 had a lasting impact on public perceptions. ...

Britain suffered five terror attacks over the year at Westminster, Manchester Arena, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green.
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Multiculturalism – moral relativism
Shamima Begum is something worse than a criminal
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 February 2019

To see how broken the cultural elite's moral compass is, simply compare their response to the Covington schoolboys with what they've been saying about Shamima Begum since she was discovered in a refugee camp in Syria last week.

Their fury over the Covington boys was instant and unhinged. The boys did nothing wrong – unless you think it is a crime to sing sporty songs in response to mad verbal abuse from religious extremists, as the boys did when members of the Black Hebrew Israelites hurled epithets at them outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. And yet these boys were made into global hate figures, denounced as white supremacists, their likenesses reproduced everywhere as 21st-century demonic images that every good person had a duty to be horrified by.

In stark, alarming contrast, the same sections of the opinion-forming set that raged against those boys have treated Ms Begum with sympathy and charity. This despite the fact that she absolutely has done something wrong. Beyond wrong, in fact. She travelled thousands of miles to join a neo-fascistic cult that massacres Kurds and Iraqis and Syrians, beheads dissenters, executes homosexuals, treats women as imbeciles, and inspires its Western backers to carry out barbaric attacks on men, women and children across Europe. She betrayed her nation in the most grotesque way. She is, in every meaning of the word, a traitor. And yet what do the chattering classes give her? The benefit of the doubt. The promise of redemption. She's a victim, they say, who was groomed and brainwashed, and now we must bring her home and remake her.

Teenage boys were denounced for nothing. Begum is talked about sympathetically despite having made herself the willing supplicant of a movement that massacred Britain's own children, in Manchester, alongside revellers and shoppers everywhere from London Bridge to Berlin to Nice. This chasm-sized disparity between the animus heaped upon those innocent boys and the excuse-making afforded to Ms Begum demands an explanation. For no normal or good society condemns the innocent while extending the hand of understanding to those who support a barbaric foreign army that dreams of destroying said society. So what has happened?

Partly it is down to the politics of identity. /.../ The things being said about Begum – that she was groomed, that she's a victim – would never be said about a 15-year-old white boy who ran off to join a neo-Nazi movement that executed thousands of people for the crime of being non-white. There is an implicit racism and sexism in the idea that Begum has less moral culpability than a white male of her age would have.

But more broadly, the confused moral debate over Begum's fate, which has now morphed into a debate about what should become of the hundreds of other Brits who ran away to join ISIS, speaks to the institutional cowardice of the 21st-century West and particularly of the British state and Britain's elites. ...

... Our societies have seriously lost their moral bearings, their very sense of themselves as nations with values and ideals and rules. And it is this that fuels both the new rash judgementalism and the tyranny of non-judgementalism.
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Multiculturalism – terrorism
This isn't your home anymore, Shamima
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 14 February 2019

To see the staggering narcissism and sense of entitlement that exists among certain sections of British youth today, look no further than the comments made by Shamima Begum. This is the young woman from London who ran away to join ISIS. Who turned her back on liberal democracy in favour of life in a 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Who rejected Britain and ran into the arms of a vicious and backward movement that despises Britain and everything it stands for. Who turned her back on her family, her community and her nation and shacked up with a fundamentalist army that has massacred British citizens, whether by slitting their throats in the Syrian desert or killing their children with homemade bombs packed with nails and screws. And yet there is Ms Begum today, on the front page of The Times, saying she wants to come 'home'. Well, I'm sorry Shamima – this isn't your home anymore.

... Begum says she just wants to 'come home and live quietly with my child' (she is reportedly nine months pregnant) and she says she's confident her and her child will be 'taken care of'. There's the casual, implicitly arrogant assumption that it is absolutely fine that she holds values that run directly, violently counter to British values. She says she has no regrets about joining ISIS and that the sight of severed human heads in dustbins 'didn't faze me at all', seemingly unmoved by the fact that the vast majority of Britons will find such views morally and dangerously repellent.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019

YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of Elders to conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the West and Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Shaikh Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.

The research included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ...

As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents in the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in their country.

This included nearly half of respondents in France (46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the alternative statement – that Islam is generally compatible with the values of society in their country – including 22% in France, 20% in Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.

In a separate survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...

Nearly half of French respondents (49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13% unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9% unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.

53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other religions listed.

The United States and Britain showed a similar trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam (37% and 32% respectively).

Clear majorities of Western respondents in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
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Multiculturalism – Australia, Western civilisation
Western Civ: it's not just for white people anymore
Salvatore Babones
Spectator Australia, 19 January 2019

When the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation generously offered to fund 'Western Civ' courses at Australian universities, critics at the ANU and University of Sydney inevitably expressed their gratitude with accusations of racism. They say that Western Civ. has no place in a multicultural society. Teaching Western Civ. is somehow construed as an insult both to indigenous and immigrant Australians, which, when you think about it, really includes just about everyone.

Racism doesn't seem to be such a problem for the University of Wollongong, which has agreed to host the first Ramsay Centre degree, to be called the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation). In fact, it will create a new school within its faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts just for the occasion. That's right: to find Western civilisation in Australia, head to Wollongong.

But the idea that Australians of Chinese, Indian, or Aboriginal backgrounds are somehow congenitally non-Western is itself racist. The idea that Chinese, Indian, and indigenous students of any nationality would not want to enrol in a Western civilisation course is worse than racist – it's patronising.

There's nothing racist about teaching an Australian medical student of Chinese descent Western medicine instead of traditional Chinese medicine, Australian law instead of Chinese law. A course in Western civilisation is no different. It's not racist to offer Western Civ. It's racist not to offer it – if multiculturalism is offered as the excuse. ...

Australian universities certainly should celebrate Australia's – and the world's – many cultures. Everyone should study a foreign language, admire the world's artistic heritage, travel a bit, and sample as many as possible of the world's distinctive cuisines. Australia is blessed to be a country of many cultures, and they are all worth experiencing. But our universities should teach our own civilisation, first, foremost, and perhaps even exclusively. After all, it's the only civilisation we have.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, USA, Europe
Rep André Carson Predicts Sizable 'Muslim Caucus' By 2030. Is He Correct, And Will It Matter?
Scott Morefield
Townhall, 14 January 2019

Democratic Rep. André Carson made news last week by predicting that there could be as many as 30 to 35 Muslims in Congress and possibly even a Muslim president or vice president by the year 2030.

Speaking to attendees at a "Community Congressional Reception" hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday, the Indiana congressman welcomed newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - both of whom were in attendance and spoke later - and celebrated the likelihood that their election victories were just the tip of the iceberg that's to come.

"It's more than just about having three Muslims in Congress," said Carson. "I think symbolically it has great value, but I won't rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress; 2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about 30, 35 Muslims in Congress." ...

... PEW Research predicts the Muslim population in the United States could reach 8.1 million by 2050. If so, it would comprise 2.1 percent of the total population, almost twice the current 1.1 percent share. Sounds reasonable. However, the same article acknowledges that the Muslim population "has been growing rapidly" from its originally small base due to "higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S." ...

Thanks to its physical proximity to Muslim countries so many are desperate to leave, Western Europe is in an entirely different situation. According to PEW Research, the share of Muslims on the continent grew from 19.5 million to 25.8 million (from 3.8 percent to almost 5 percent) from 2010 to 2016 alone. "By 2050, the share of the continent's population that is Muslim could more than double, rising to 11.2% or more, depending on how much migration is allowed into Europe," writes PEW, adding that even if migration were "permanently halted" (something we all know probably won't happen anytime soon), the "relative youth and high fertility rates" of Muslims currently living in Europe would still cause the population to rise to 7.4 percent.

Some countries project even higher in 2050, should migration continue at current rates - Germany at 19.7 percent, UK at 17.2 percent, France at 18 percent and Sweden at 30.6 percent.

What isn't projected, and what isn't generally spoken of in polite circles, is where things go from there. ...

Yes, most individual Muslims are doubtless good people who, like most immigrants, simply want the best for themselves and their families. But you can do your own research and come to your own conclusions on the virtues and drawbacks of Muslim majority countries. (I will ask this though - If they are so great, why are so many people itching to leave them?)

You can also decide for yourself whether or not you want to live in one.

For now.

Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, on the other hand, may not be so fortunate.
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Multiculturalism – segregated schools, USA
'I Love My Skin!' Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools
Eliza Shapiro
New York Times, 8 January 2019

"I love myself!" the group of mostly black children shouted in unison. "I love my hair, I love my skin!" When it was time to settle down, their teacher raised her fist in a black power salute. The students did the same, and the room hushed. ...

It was a typical morning at Ember Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an Afrocentric school that sits in a squat building on a quiet block in a neighborhood long known as a center of black political power.

Though New York City has tried to desegregate its schools in fits and starts since the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the school system is now one of the most segregated in the nation. But rather than pushing for integration, some black parents in Bedford-Stuyvesant are choosing an alternative: schools explicitly designed for black children. ...

"Some of us are pro-integration, some of us are anti- and others are ambivalent," said Lurie Daniel Favors, a member of Parenting While Black, a newly formed group of Brooklyn parents. "Even if integrated education worked perfectly – and our society spent the past 60-plus years trying – it's still not giving black children the kind of education necessary to create the solutions our communities need."

Children of any race may apply to an Afrocentric school, though they are overwhelmingly black. Some have sizable numbers of Hispanic students – Ember, which goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and is about a third Hispanic, incorporates Spanish into the students' morning affirmation – but the schools typically have few or no white applicants. ...

With the city's approval, any principal can adopt a black-centric curriculum – with black teachers, and a focus on black culture in literature, history and art classes – as long as the school complies with state educational standards. ...

And though a recent study found that some Afrocentric charter schools are low-performing, they remain popular among parents and many educators. Milwaukee and Chicago both have prominent black-centric charter schools. /.../ New Afrocentric public schools and programs have recently sprouted in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif.
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Multiculturalism – diversity
Where Tories fear to tread
Alistair Miller
Conservative Woman, 3 January 2019

What Conservative politicians have long ceased to stand for are recognisably conservative principles in any shape or form. ...

... But the globalists' failure to define the nation in any substantive sense other than by appeal to vacuous 'British values', or to acknowledge the existence of a national culture, renders sovereignty a hollow shell. 'Global Britain', that multicultural microcosm of the wider world, an economic black hole into which migrant labour and foreign capital flow freely, an international business park in which people count only as factors of production to be shunted around, is devoid of meaning or sense to true conservatives.

Here are the sorts of question to which conservatives ought to have answers: /.../ Do the English people have a distinctive national culture? Does 'English civilisation' exist? If it does exist, is it worth preserving and transmitting to future generations? Should it be transmitted to newcomers, who would thereby be assimilated? Is there anything to distinguish mass immigration, or immigration without assimilation, from colonisation? Is Britain still 'a Christian country'? Are 'multiculture', 'diversity', 'inclusivity' and 'tolerance' necessarily goods to be encouraged and celebrated – or is 'multiculturalism' simply a recipe for segregation? Is the 'white flight' of the English from the cities and suburbs to the counties, which Ed West described in The Diversity Illusion as 'perhaps the biggest shift westwards since the Anglo-Saxon invasion', a cause for concern?

These are awkward questions to raise in a multicultural society where 'diversity' has been elevated to the status of a moral imperative. For modern-day conservatives belonging to the political and media class, it seems they can be passed over in silence. So long as newcomers whose culture and way of life is alien to our own sign up to concocted 'British values' ('diversity', 'inclusivity' and 'tolerance'), we can rest assured that they will play their full part in a vibrant diverse multicultural society. ...

But the problem remains: in a multicultural society, it is the indigenous English who are deprived of their identity. One need only consider the outrage that would greet plans to establish a school for English children transmitting English culture, beliefs and traditions. For the dominant majority, whose culture has been condemned as colonialist, oppressive and constitutionally racist, the only remedy is immersion in multiculture, through which their crimes, their white guilt, can be purged. Throw in the perverse paraphernalia of identity politics (the natural accompaniment to multiculture) – 'hate crime', the censorship of free speech, 'no platforming', 'safe spaces', 'micro-aggression', diversity quotas, 'cultural appropriation', 'Islamophobia', 'transphobia' and so forth – and the destruction of the old culture is complete.

... But for the predominantly white English of the cities and northern towns, who increasingly feel they are strangers in their own land, who would rather share their culture, their ways, their memories with old or new neighbours, the celebration of 'diversity' is not an option. To them, what is going on seems more like cultural suicide.

Their anger is growing. But who will speak for them?
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Multiculturalism – secular religion
The great awokening
Toby Young
The Spectator, 3 January 2019

Is the social justice movement that's sweeping British and American universities a secular religion? /.../ No doubt the same could be said of most political ideologies, but there's one aspect of left-wing identity politics in which it reveals itself as more cult-like than other belief systems. I'm thinking of its magical component.

This was brought to my attention by the psychiatrist and blogger Scott Alexander. In a post entitled 'Devoodooifying Psychology', he compared the concept of 'stereotype threat' to a voodoo hex. Stereotype threat holds that if a person is expected to perform badly in a test because she's a member of a particular group, she will perform badly. It is invoked by the social justice left to explain the under-performance of women in Stem subjects, as well as other group discrepancies. Alexander means two things by this. First, that the effect of stereotyping someone, according to the theory, is similar to that of a voodoo curse, negatively affecting their performance. Second, that the effect isn't real. Stereotype threat is one of the casualties of the 'replication crisis' afflicting psychology, with researchers unable to replicate this finding.

Another example Alexander gives is 'unconscious bias'. This is the idea that people, particularly straight white men, are influenced by biases they aren't aware of that lead them to discriminate against women and minorities. Informing people of their biases, usually by making them take an implicit association test, is one of the key elements of diversity training, which has become an $8 billion-a-year industry in the US even though study after study has shown it doesn't work. A belief in unconscious bias isn't confined to members of the intersectionality cult, but they have latched on to it, partly because it enables them to claim racism and sexism are responsible for a host of outcome discrepancies in spite of the evidence that bigotry and prejudice have declined significantly in the past 30 years while many outcome discrepancies have remained stable. Again, there is something deeply irrational about this: a belief in an unseen force that is responsible for many of society's ills.

In Psychology Today, the sociologist Jason Manning expanded on this theme, pointing out that blaming stereotype threat and implicit bias for the underperformance of certain groups has something in common with the belief in the 'evil eye'. /.../ As with stereotype threat and unconscious bias, the 'evil eye' is believed to be capable of having this effect even if the jealous person doesn't intend it to. ...

The same belief in magic reveals itself in the claim that certain words or ideas associated with 'white privilege' are a form of 'epistemic violence', capable of wreaking untold psychological damage on women and minorities. /.../ In this context, the 'safe spaces' that have been created in universities, in which students are protected from the harmful effects of these spells, are a bit like churches – holy places where evil cannot penetrate.

What's distinctive about members of the social justice left is not that they don't believe in magic – they clearly do – but that the supernatural forces that govern their universe are all malevolent. Theirs is a religion bereft of a divine being. There are only white Devils.
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POLITICS

Politics – crime
Shamed politician's daughter has job looking after Rotherham abuse victims
Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 15 March 2019

The daughter of a disgraced politician who was implicated in the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal has been placed in charge of a support service for the town's abuse victims.

Norsheen Akhtar runs child sexual exploitation (CSE) programmes for Rotherham Rise, a charity that receives most of its funding from the council. Her father, Jahangir Akhtar, resigned as the council's deputy leader in 2013 after he was implicated in the scandal.

He brokered a deal under which one of his relatives agreed to hand a missing 14-year-old girl to police at a petrol station after receiving an assurance that he would not be prosecuted.
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Politics – political left, Europe
Europe's anti-immigration left
Daniel Pipes
Washington Times, 7 March 2019
[Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum]

With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But developments in Europe suggest this near-unanimity could one day shatter.

Since the end of World War II, Europe's left has overwhelmingly seen the free movement of labor and immigration as the best ways to challenge corporate interests; in the words of progressive writer David Adler (on whose article, "Meet Europe's Left Nationalists," I have relied here), these "hastened the pace of history and heightened capitalism's contradictions."

Accordingly, the left helped build the European Union and then pass the 1985 Schengen Agreement (that virtually eliminated internal borders among 26 European countries with a population of more than 400 million). It also enthusiastically welcomed non-Europeans, an approach that culminated in 2015-16 with Angela Merkel (a leftist in conservative disguise) taking in a million-plus migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who were met in Germany by a Willkommenskultur, or welcoming culture.

That massive influx, and especially the Islamists among them, stimulated a backlash among the left's historic base, the workers, leading them to desert it in favor of once-marginal anti-immigration and anti-Islamization parties, the ones I call civilizationist. These parties, with their mix of generous social benefits and strong border controls, are gaining throughout Europe to the point that they wield real power in five governments (those of Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Austria and Italy).

Getting elected, leftists increasingly realize, means making what Mr. Adler calls a "momentous turn" away from both the single European labor market and migration from outside Europe; this doublet, they recently discovered, "encourages exploitation, erodes community, and denies popular sovereignty." Left nationalists criticize the free movement of labor for several reasons: Economic (jobs lost, wages undercut), cultural (loss of solidarity, xenophobia) and political (an elite project not endorsed by the masses).

In a startling turn-around, open borders are now seen as harming working-class interests while strict border controls assure workers' rights. The nation, long seen as a bourgeois project, has become a shield for workers against the perils of globalism. ...

Mr. Adler notes that 40 percent of Democrats in the United States want yet higher levels of immigration than at present, in contrast to just 5 percent of Labor voters in the United Kingdom.
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Politics – equality, free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 4 March 2019

On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of understanding truth. ...

The government would no doubt like to be seen to be doing something to reverse the worst excesses of free-speech restrictions, which, beyond the cloistered world of some students' unions, are simply embarrassing. To this end, the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.

Yet the detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is much easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...

The discourse of diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on campus. ...

'Disadvantaged groups' are defined in the Equality Act as those with 'protected characteristics', such as those who identify on the basis of gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, race or religion. And as the free-speech guidance points out, universities have a legal duty to 'encourage good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not'. In the context of the Equality Act, these words are regularly invoked to silence those who question moral and political views associated with the politics of identity. Can a man become a woman? Should gay people adopt? Is Islam compatible with liberal democracy? These questions are challenging, but in a free society they need to be asked, even if they offend, shock or disturb others.
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Politics – racism, identities
As immigration from outside Europe rises, hucksters foment racial hatred
Nick Cohen
The Guardian, 3 March 2019

If you want to understand the future, look at an experiment conducted at Manchester University on whether wealth should be redistributed from rich to poor. A majority thought it should and showed robust support for the proposition that money should be spent on educational opportunities for working-class children. ...

But mark the sequel. After asking whether working-class children should receive a leg-up, the researchers rephrased the question. Should black and Muslim citizens, who are overwhelmingly working class, be the beneficiaries of affirmative action? Support for assistance targeted at the working class remained high – 70-80%. However, support for identical policies targeted at black Britons ranged from 17-29%, while support for assistance targeted at Muslims ranged from 7-14%.

America is no longer an aberration. America is our future. When Tony Blair was elected in 1997, 60% of the English population was white and had left school without A-levels. When Theresa May lost her majority in 2017, that proportion had fallen to 40%. Over the same period, the share of the English population who were university graduates, members of an ethnic minority group or both went from 17 to 40%. In Britain, as in the US, progressive politics will be drawn to appeal to minorities and the educated, while rightwing politics will be drawn to appealing to "the whites".

Research published last month by Maria Sobolewska and Robert Ford showed British and US attitudes were converging and white identity politics was growing. ...

As European countries become immigrant nations, identity politics is inevitable. Who am I to say that it is less real than the old politics? If you are a woman confronted with a justice system that fails to prosecute rapists, or a black or Asian businessman who wants to vote Conservative but can't because the party cannot acknowledge the racism you have experienced, or a Jew staring at the leader of the Labour party as he endorses "art" straight out of Nazi iconography and says you don't understand "English irony", or a white, working-class boy who listens to the demands to promote women and minorities and wonders what modern Britain offers you, your concerns aren't frivolous.
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Politics – Conservative Party
May hails surge in non-EU migration to 15-year high as evidence of strong economy - despite pledge to drastically reduce it
Rob Merrick
Independent, 1 March 2019

A big leap in immigration from outside the EU is evidence of the strength of the UK economy, Theresa May says.

The prime minister appeared relaxed about the increase – to its highest level for 15 years – while insisting she remained committed to slashing numbers to "the tens of thousands".

The latest figures show 283,000 more people moved to the UK than left the country in the year to last September – almost three times the government target of 100,000.

The rise was fuelled by 261,000 non-EU arrivals, the highest figure since 2004, outweighing a fall in EU net migration to the lowest level since 2009. ...

However, asked for a response, her official spokesman said: "What the figures show you is that the UK is continuing to attract and retain highly-skilled workers, including more doctors and nurses, while talented international students are benefiting from our world-leading universities and boosting our economy."
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Politics – local authorities
Immigration check outcry sees officers removed by councils
Mattha Busby
The Observer, 24 February 2019

Labour councils are removing Home Office immigration officers embedded within local authorities after calls from party members and councillors to stop enabling policies that lead to a "hostile environment" for migrants.

Embedded officials sit in on meetings between councils and vulnerable migrant families and ensure the Home Office is made aware of each person that registers for emergency funds. They can also pass information to immigration enforcement officers, and have been accused of encouraging undocumented migrants to leave the UK voluntarily and of providing poor advice that could damage applications to stay in the country. ...

Damien Egan, the mayor of Lewisham, said the south-east London council was removing its embedded official "to reassure vulnerable migrants that Lewisham will support them".

Another London council, Southwark, scrapped its embedded Home Office official last year. ...

Public bodies are often required to check the status of people who use their services, as part of what Theresa May described in 2012 as a "hostile environment" for undocumented migrants. Egan, who said he was elected last May after pledging that Lewisham would become a sanctuary borough for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, said: "It is now time for Theresa May to scrap her government's 'hostile environment' policy which has done so much to scapegoat and harm migrants, and to give councils the funding they need to support their communities." ...

The officials are often put in place to ease the growing costs facing the council, amid unprecedented cuts to council budgets since 2010, worsened by what a Lewisham council spokesperson admitted was "a chaotic immigration system".

"The council had been left facing a bill of millions of pounds in supporting residents with irregular immigration status, while also suffering funding cuts running to tens of millions of pounds, which have left local government at breaking point," the spokesperson said.

Although Southwark's agreement with the Home Office came to an end on 31 September, the council chose not to publicise the decision. It follows a similar move by Labour-run Haringey council in 2017.
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Politics – free speech
University suspends student, 19, who sparked outrage by saying the NHS should not be free to immigrants and complained about the 'Islamisation' of Britain during class discussions
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 22 February 2019

A student who claimed the NHS should not be free to immigrants and lamented about the 'Islamisation' of Britain has been kicked out of his university.

Sebastian Walsh expressed his controversial opinions during class seminars and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) decided to suspend him after they received several complaints about his behaviour. ...

The self-proclaimed 'free speech advocate' complained being struck-off from university was a violation of his human rights. ...

The University of Central Lancashire told Mr Walsh he could return to his social work studies in September if he signed a good conduct agreement and undertake a diversity training course.

However the first-year student from Wigan, Lancashire, is refusing to bow down.

Mr Walsh, a Ukip member, said: 'Freedom of speech is a human right and I am determined to stand by this.

'I will be fighting the university's decision on this to make sure others aren't punished for their opinions in future.'
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Politics – Conservative Party
Retraction of our paper on post-Brexit migration levels
Migration Watch UK, 13 February 2019

We have decided to withdraw the paper issued today on post-Brexit migration levels. There was an error in the calculations which was unfortunately overlooked at the final stages of preparation. We apologise for the error and will rectify it in the course of producing a revised version.
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Politics – Conservative Party
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019

"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"

Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group


Key Points:

• On Monday 28th January 2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".

• Both a Bow Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over 80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.

• For the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3 concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue to be the most important.

• Gross migraton figures into the UK have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.

• In the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to "cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all of which they have been elected to government.

• Despite the commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the pledge seriously.

• The Governmnet has created a situation with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill, & Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...

We call on the Government to:

1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000 over a 10 year period.

2. Use gross rather than net figures when tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of people entering the country to live and work.

3. Clarify that they will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU students & their families.

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The Home Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did they vote for it"

Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The Bow Group
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Politics – Labour Party, Brexit
Tony Blair triggered Brexit with CRAZY policy on unchecked immigration - Brexiteer
Aurora Bosotti
Sunday Express, 10 February 2019

Tony Blair "propelled Britain out of the European Union" with his failure to create a regulated immigration system after the bloc extended freedom of movement rights to new member states, Brexiteer Patrick Minford claimed.

Patrick Minford suggested former Prime Minister Tony Blair contributed to the Brexit vote with his decision not to fall in line with other EU member states and regulate migration from new bloc members. During Mr Blair's tenure, the European Union extended freedom of movement rights to 10 new member states in what is to date the largest single extension of the union. The Brexiteer economist argued the British Prime Minister failed to create an appropriate migration policy in a deliberate bid to lure EU newcomers into the Labour Party.

... Prof Minford said: "The Blair Government let in all people from Eastern Europe straight away and this was a terrible mistake.

"It certainly was a contributing factor to the Brexit debate. There's not much more to be said other than Blair should not have done this and he was crazy to do it. He had an agenda." ...

Prof Minford continued: "The reason he did it was he thought they would all be Labour voters and so he thought, politically, it was a smart thing to do.

"Get a lot of new immigrants into the UK, all of whom would change the demographics of the vote. This was an irresponsible and foolish thing to do. Of course, what it did is propel us out of the EU."
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Politics – Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn wanted 'unrestricted immigration' when he first arrived as a new MP at Westminster in 1983 and believed anyone who disagreed with him was racist, book reveals
Tom Bower
Mail on Sunday, 10 February 2019

Dressed in a dirty jacket and creased trousers, Jeremy Corbyn arrived in Westminster as a new MP in the summer of 1983.

He immediately told friends that Parliament was 'a waste of time' with no relevance to his Islington constituents, especially the immigrant communities.

To meet them, he set up offices in the Red Rose Centre in Holloway where his door was always open to a tide of human misery: Cypriots, Jamaicans, Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans, South Americans, Somalis, West Saharans and Kurds all sought his help.

The procession of petitioners reinforced his conviction that Britain should allow unrestricted immigration – and offer the world's destitute an open invitation to share our wealth.

In his opinion, all immigrant communities were victims of white imperialists, and the British state owed them a financial obligation. Anyone who disagreed was racist.

Four years later Corbyn was back in Westminster for another first day of the new Parliament.

To celebrate a new era, Britain's first three black MPs – all Labour – marched into the Commons chamber together.

Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott and Bernie Grant, together with the Asian Keith Vaz, each dressed in their parents' national costumes, created an unprecedented spectacle as they walked towards the Speaker to take the oath.

Acting as part-supplicant and part-valet, Corbyn walked immediately behind, pleased to have a place as the honorary white man for the black caucus.

'Look at Jeremy,' said Brian Wilson, a new Scottish MP, to George Galloway, who had also been newly elected. 'He would black up if he could.'
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Politics – Labour Party
Labour Backing Free Movement After Brexit Would Be A Betrayal Of Our Voters And Principles
Brendan Chilton
HuffPost, 8 February 2019
[Brendan Chilton is general secretary of Labour Leave]

During the 2017 election, Labour made a specific manifesto commitment was given to end freedom of movement. This week's intervention by Sir Keir Starmer signals a change in the Labour leadership's stance. Sir Keir's comments suggesting Labour ought to explore "qualified free movement" after Brexit is at odds with existing Labour party policy and the manifesto which secured us the endorsement of almost 13 million voters.

It is widely accepted that the issue of immigration was at the forefront of the referendum campaign in 2016. The reasons for this are plain to see for anyone who understands the concerns of working-class communities. For years unmanaged immigration exclusively from the EU into the UK did fundamentally change the makeup of communities and increase pressures on the employment market and public services. Free movement is a policy which works solely for the interests of large multinationals and corporations providing them with an endless supply of cheap labour.

The Labour Party has always championed an internationalist immigration policy over a regionalist one. ...

Labour has always been a radical force in the world that has campaigned with other international liberation movements to advance the lot of peoples from the developing world. How the Labour movement ever managed to find itself in a position where it supported a structure of white privilege is beyond comprehension. What is more astonishing is that there are still those within the Labour and trade union movement who wish to see this neo-imperial model continued even after we have left the European Union.

Taking back control was the overarching message of the Leave campaign. Leaving the EU means the British government is once again in a position to determine our immigration policy. Maintaining qualified free movement from the EU will not allow a future Labour government to develop a policy that is truly inclusive and fair to all nations. ...

The primary objections to the current immigration arrangements are that people do not feel their government is able to control our borders. There is nothing racist or xenophobic about wanting to be able to determine the numbers of people arriving in your country, whatever Chuka Umunna or Anna Soubry tell us.
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Politics – universities, free speech
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Camilla Turner
Sunday Telegraph, 3 February 2019

Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on campuses in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has warned, as he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened children" and take a stand.

Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National Union of Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s, said that it is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...

This week the Government published guidance for universities on free speech, which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just because they "offend, shock or disturb" students.

It is the first time in 30 years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of unfashionable views.

It says that universities have a legal duty to uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely blamed on students.

"It is weakness of faculties and university authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand up for higher education values," he said. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime - and that's where we have got to on some campuses".

He said: "The debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly threatening."
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Politics – population
Wishful thinking over immigration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2019

In his article in Conservative Home on Monday, Tory MP Steve Double wrote that Theresa May had incorrectly read the public mood with regard to immigration, and that perceptions of immigration had become more favourable since the Brexit vote. To support his assertion, he cited the National Conversation on Immigration (NCI). ...

Polling by Ipsos MORI last spring /.../ did indeed find that a fifth of the public had become more positive about immigration, but that was because nearly half believed (EU) numbers were falling, or would fall, as a result of Brexit. ...

In fairness to Mr Double, a more recent poll has shown immigration to be of relatively less concern to the public than it has been for some years, which he has attibuted to people recognising the benefits of immigration, as well as having faith in the government keeping its promises to reduce net migration. Really? A 2018 YouGov poll found that nearly two-thirds of voters think immigration levels have been too high over the past decade. Another one by Deltapoll, conducted over the summer, found that nearly three-quarters of the public (equivalent to 38 million) want the Government to honour its promises to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.

Mr Double also appears to have missed the findings of the open survey produced as part of the 'National Conversation on Immigration' exercise, organised by British Future and 'Hope Not Hate', which showed that a larger share of the public believe that immigration has had a negative impact on the UK than those who believe the opposite ...

The 'National Conversation' asked a lot of questions, which elicited answers that suggested participants had a nuanced view of migrants and their contributions, but this is hardly a revelation. ...

The problem we at Migration Watch UK had with the 'National Conversation' wasn't so much the questions that were asked but those that were not. While it did ask people if they thought it should be a priority to reduce overall numbers as well as whether the target should be kept or replaced with multiple targets, there was no reference in the polling section to the current and recent scale of immigration or any question about whether participants considered this to be too high or whether it should be reduced.

It is clear that a great deal of time and effort by the 'National Conversation' organisers went into talking to a large body of people. However, what they appear not have done was to listen to those they conversed with. In one section, the paper suggests that one of the Government's tasks is to 'secure public consent' for immigration (p7). ...

Brexit, of course, has no bearing on immigration from outside the EU, and this is now at its highest since 2004. Non-EU net migration constitutes three-quarters of all non-British net inflows. ...

The government and many MPs (Steve Double is far from a lone voice) seem intent on glossing over the public's deeply felt concerns about the serious challenges posed by unabated immigration. ...

Meanwhile, the resulting rapid rate of population growth, 80 per cent of which has been due to direct and indirect immigration since 2001, adds huge pressures on infrastructure and public services. Mr Double and his colleagues may choose to brush aside public disquiet at such a state of affairs but the truth is that they are either engaging in wishful thinking or they are woefully out of touch. Perhaps both.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Britain has a good news for Indians who want to migrate to UK
Economic Times, 17 January 2019

An unlimited number of highly-skilled Indian workers will be able to migrate to the UK under new proposals that could come into effect in 2021, with a senior British minister on Wednesday saying that in the new system the country will be open to the "best and brightest" from India.

The UK also wants to ink a pact with India similar to the one New Delhi has with France, treating each other's academic degrees as equivalent for higher studies and jobs, sources said.

The post-Brexit visas and immigration strategy, set out in an immigration White Paper, was tabled in the House of Commons last month by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It proposes removal of cap on highly-skilled migrants from anywhere in the world and improves the post-study work offering for international students.

The UK officials on Wednesday visited New Delhi for the Migration Dialogue with the Indian government about a month after the British government unveiled its post-Brexit visas and immigration strategy that seeks to remove cap on highly-skilled migrants.

The discussions signalled a new phase of cooperation and acted as a forum to discuss opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship, a statement said.

"The UK is committed to building relationships across the globe which is why officials visited New Delhi and met the government of India today," UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes was quoted as saying in a British High Commission statement.

The UK already issues more skilled worker visas to Indian nationals than to the rest of the world combined, she said.

"Under the new system, operating from 2021, we will always be open to the brightest and best from India, who wish to come to live and work in the UK," Nokes said. ...

These proposals will mean that there would be no limit on the number of skilled people, such as engineers, doctors and IT professionals, who can come to live and work in the UK, the statement said.
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Politics – Conservative Party
EU 'Conservative' Leader: Europeans 'Must Open Hearts' to Mass Migration
Breitbart, 14 January 2019

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) leader Syed Kamall has slammed policies to limit mass migration from the third world, blasting EU nations' "hypocrisy" for refusing to open the border to Africa while their own citizens move abroad.

"We must learn to open our hearts to genuine asylum seekers – people who are fleeing persecution," the UK Conservative MEP told delegates at the 'Africa Summit 2019' at EU Parliament last week.

Opening the ECR-sponsored conference, which was promoted as an opportunity to exchange best practice between the EU and African nations, Kamall complained, "Some [European countries] have not even managed to make the distinction between asylum and immigration." ...

Though the leader of a staunchly conservative parliament grouping, Kamall appeared in a leaked document of MEPs considered "allies" of the globalist George Soros network and has often campaigned for mass migration in his political career. ...

But in a statement, the London MEP explained that his decision to support Brexit was based primarily on his desire to see Britain welcome much more third world migration, a policy goal he described as being "incompatible with our membership of the EU". ...

Denouncing a "shocking" lack of ethnic diversity in Brussels, Kamall was a leading figure in campaigns blasting the EU as "too white" last year, alongside his fellow UK 'Conservative' MEP Sajjad Karim, who claimed the European Parliament "has been pale, male and stale for far too long" and that this must change in order for the body to "actively oppose Islamophobia" and populism.
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Politics – Parliament, UN Global Compact on Migration
Parliament REFUSES Petition to Reject UN Migrant Pact: 'Already Been Agreed'
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 11 January 2019

The British Parliament has refused to debate a petition to reject the UN compact on migration as it "has already been agreed by the UK Government."

The petition, which has nearly 130,000 signatures, called on the Government to follow countries like the United States, Hungary, and Australia and reject the United Nations Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the first attempt at the "global governance" and institutionalisation of migration.

"The Committee has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition because the UN Global Compact on Migration has already been agreed by the UK Government," said the response.

"The final text of the Compact was agreed by the UK Government in July last year. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December," it added, before claiming that the compact is "not legally binding and cannot compel the UK Government to change its own immigration policies" despite legal experts warning that the agreement exists in a legal "grey area" and could be used to interpret national immigration law.

While Britain committed to the agreement at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10th, the minimum number of signatures needed to trigger Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to consider it for a full debate – 100,000 – had been reached a week before then, with Parliament only rejecting the debate Wednesday.
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Politics – abuse, political correctness
The politically correct tactics of the mob outside parliament
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 11 January 2019

People are talking about the ugly protests outside parliament as if they are a new and strange phenomenon in British politics. The rough bellowing at politicians. The hollering of the word 'Nazi!' at people who clearly aren't Nazis. The attempt to shout down politicians and journalists who simply want to make a political point. It is all so shocking and strange and un-British, commentators claim. Really? To me, the protests look and sound incredibly familiar. They look like another expression of the nasty, censorious, violent-minded political correctness that has been growing for years in this country. These protests aren't fascism in action – they're political correctness in action.

All the elements are there. The branding of your opponents as fascists and Nazis. 'Anna Soubry is a Nazi!', the self-styled 'yellow vest' mob hollered on College Green while Soubry was being interviewed by the BBC. The casual flinging about of the 'fascist' slur is par for the course these days. Corbynistas do it. Online virtue-signallers do it, in particular against anyone who voted for Brexit. Campus warriors against 'offensive' speech do it all the time. To them, anyone who isn't 100 per cent trans-friendly and in favour of mass immigration is basically Goebbels reincarnated.

There's the protesters' attempts to drown out people's voices. Their use of the heckler's veto to silence those they disagree with. They've done that to Sky reporters, MPs, Guardian columnists. This is very familiar too. It's been happening on campuses for years. Witness the ugly barracking of Maryam Namazie by those who dislike her criticisms of Islam. Or the fact that Julie Bindel can't set foot on a campus without 50 snowflakes screaming for her to be silenced. Or the way Jacob Rees-Mogg and virtually anyone who is to the right of John McDonnell can expect to be greeted at universities by protesters determined to heckle them into oblivion.

Those stupid people in College Green might be hard right, but they are using tactics that were developed by the left. The tactics of intolerance, of censorship-by-shouting, of historically illiterate accusations of 'fascism' against anyone who isn't completely on their side. ...

I've seen it all before. I've seen pro-Israel speakers on campuses being branded scum, fascists, murderers. I've seen humanist critics of Islam like Maajid Nawaz being branded fellow travellers of the hard right.
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Politics – public opinion, Scotland
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
Hamish Macdonell
The Times, 10 January 2019

Nicola Sturgeon's desire to secure control of immigration in Scotland has been dealt a blow by a survey showing that most Scottish people oppose the idea.

The first minister launched a fresh bid this week for Scotland to take charge of its own borders policy, arguing that the country was in desperate need of boosting its working-age population with migrants from the EU.

However, a survey for Britain's leading independent social research institute has shown not only that Scots do not share this view but they are also sceptical about allowing freedom of movement to continue from Europe after Brexit.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Andrew Green: The new Immigration White Paper. Not just damaging, but a disaster – both for control and the Conservatives
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 4 January 2019

As MPs gather next week to resume their debate on Brexit, they will need to turn their attention to immigration – a major issue in the EU referendum.

Unfortunately, the Immigration White Paper, slipped out just before Christmas, is not just a set-back for immigration control, it is a disaster. Indeed it will, in future, be seen to have been extremely damaging for public faith in the political system trust in politicians and the Conservative Party especially.

Why? Because, despite all their promises over eight years – not just promises but manifesto commitments – the Conservatives have given up any serious attempt to reduce immigration. If the proposals in The White Paper are implemented, immigration will be far more likely to increase still further and could well spin out of control.

How could that be? Consider this. Until now, highly skilled immigration (that is at degree level or higher) has been open for EU citizens but capped at 20,700 for non-EU entrants. According to the new policy, there will be no cap on either. Furthermore, employers will no longer be obliged to advertise a job in Britain before recruiting from overseas: how will British staff feel about that? There is even talk of abolishing the system of sponsorship so that anyone could bring in a worker, perhaps even a relative, as long as they said that they would be paying a salary of £30,000 a year. Yet the Government's own Advisory Committee, mainly pro-immigration economists, has admitted that salary levels can be fiddled, for example by including other elements such as accommodation.

For anyone who has followed immigration matters for some years (in my case 18 years), this is sheer foolishness, but that is not the half of it. There is also to be a new route for those with much lower qualifications – put simply, "A level" or equivalent – which will be open to the whole world and also uncapped. Given that these routes will lead to settlement there could be waves of applications, from all over the world, including from people willing to take a pay cut to get on a track for permanent residence and eventual British citizenship.

There is more. There is also to be a route for unskilled workers from "low risk" countries. ...

Amazingly, this last route will also be uncapped and will be open to visitors from these countries to find and take up a job while they are here. The clear implication is that all EU countries will be included amongst the "low risk" countries, so Romanians and Bulgarians, still arriving in considerable numbers, will continue to flow in. ...

Even that is not the end of it. ...

It is beyond question that immigration was a major issue at the referendum. Its salience has declined somewhat since then, at least partly because people thought that it was all in hand.

The White Paper contains a great deal of talk about the "control" of immigration, but the reality is that new routes will be opened, some temporary – but the Government's record in removing overstayers is lamentable. Meanwhile, the public are clear that they want to see an actual reduction. They are aware, no doubt, that immigration has been adding one million to our population every three years since 2001. They may also know that, at current rates of immigration to England, we shall have to build a new home for immigrants every six minutes, night and day.
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Politics – populism
Face it, you elitists, populism is here to stay
Michael St George
Conservative Woman, 4 January 2019

'Populism' is now the anti-democratic, globalist, 'Liberal-Progressive' oligarchy's preferred term of disparagement for the growing politics of pluralist mass democracy, based on self-governing nation-statehood which rejects rule by unelected and unaccountable supra-national technocracy.

It's about this movement that political scientists and academics Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell have written in their book National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, trying to explain its origins, its central tenets, and its prospects.

Contrary to the assumptions of its contemptuously dismissive opponents, the movement isn't new. ...

Nor is it, as its detractors lazily claim, a movement composed solely of old white men. ...

Goodwin and Eatwell identify what they call the Four Ds – the historic shifts, the long-term trends which are a growing cause of concern for millions and are driving the movement and which, being structural, are unlikely to fade or dissipate, or be assuaged, in the near future.

First, Distrust – the way in which the elitist nature of Liberal-Progressive democracy, ever seeking to minimise the opportunities for meaningful participation by the masses, has promoted distrust of politicians and institutions by millions who feel they no longer have a voice in the national discussion.

Second, Destruction – particularly the perception that culturally 'liberal' politicians, unaccountable supranational bureaucracies and global corporates are eroding not only traditional communities, but also national identity and societal cohesion, especially via promoting mass immigration, while politically-correct agendas strive to silence any expression of opposition.

Third, Deprivation – the growing conviction of many, fuelled by rising inequalities of income and wealth, as well as the perception of cultural discrimination against them by the Liberal-Elites, that they are losing out relative to others, and that the future for themselves and their children is not only diminished, but actually bleak.

Fourth, De-alignment – the burgeoning gap, and therefore weakening bond, between rulers and ruled, between the traditional mainstream political parties and the people they purport (or no longer bother even to pretend) to represent: manifesting itself in a much more fragmented, volatile and unpredictable politics.

Goodwin and Eatwell also show that, again giving the lie to the dismissive prejudices of its critics, the populism movement is not anti-democratic. Rather, it opposes aspects of Liberal-Progressive democracy as it has evolved to date, and actually wants more democracy: more referendums and more-listening politicians who will devolve power to the people to be exercised democratically instead of vesting it in what too often are unelected and unaccountable, bureaucratic and technocratic, economic and political elites.
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Population – social cohesion
If only my wife had been Hungarian... our four sons would have slashed the family tax bill
Tom Utley
Daily Mail, 15 February 2019

For as long as I can remember, Conservative politicians have paraded as champions of marriage and the family, proclaiming these to be the most precious of all institutions and swearing to uphold and support them.

They have a mighty funny way of showing it. Indeed, throughout my 65 years on this Earth – almost two-thirds of them under Tory-led governments – state support for traditional families has been steadily whittled away. ...

If you don't believe me, go to the Government's own website and feed the figures into its child benefit calculator.

No wonder so many mothers these days feel forced to go out to work – including many whose every instinct tells them they'd be far happier bringing up their own children at home, instead of handing them over each morning to (fantastically expensive) child-minders. ...

Today I ask you only to compare Whitehall's attitude to the family with the remarkable policies announced this week by Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.

Under plans he outlined in his state of the nation speech, mothers who raise at least four children will get a lifetime's personal exemption from income tax. But that's only the start of it.

Families with three or more children will also qualify for a subsidy of 2.5 million forints (£6,900) towards buying a seven-seater vehicle. ...

With all 28 countries in the EU now experiencing fertility rates below the level needed to balance deaths with births (in Hungary, 131,00 died in 2017, while only 94,000 were born), you don't have to be an Orbanista to see that migration is in many ways an unsatisfactory solution.

Like it or not, it is simply a fact of life that homogeneous nations – whose people share a language and loyalty to a common culture, history and traditions – are easier to govern than more diverse populations.

Indeed, the paradox is that the more liberal an immigration policy, the more illiberal a government has to be to maintain law and order.

Speaking for myself, I don't care a jot what colour my fellow subjects happen to be, or what creed they profess, as long as they respect our laws and system of government, try to learn our language and don't foment hatred of our way of life.

The great majority of migrants to this country fulfil all these criteria, making a hugely valuable contribution to our society. But there's no denying that many don't.

All right, I grant you that being born in the UK is no absolute guarantee of loyalty to Britain. ...

But the citizenship we are born with is as good a start as we can get to feeling patriotic affection for our country and its people. That aside, the self-reliant family is the most cost-effective and humane welfare system known to man.

For the sake of Britain's future, let's have more babies – and fewer abortions.
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Population – demography, ethnicity
Demography has become the biggest story on the planet
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 31 January 2019
[Review of Paul Morland's "The Human Tide"]

The author has a moderate bent, and doesn't claim that population – its surging, contraction and migration – explains all of human history. But it comes awfully close. ...

... Since the 1960s, writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high fertility rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers confer power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that 'ethnicity matters politically'. He spells out that 'nations and ethnic groups are real' and 'they matter in history'. ...

... According to Morland, 19th-century Europeans managed to project power, exert influence and claim territory as a consequence of mushrooming domestic populations whose excess these countries could afford to send all over the globe. If Great Britain, as the historian Timothy Snyder claims, 'made the world', it did so, Morland explains, 'by exporting people'. Ergo, people to spare made the British Empire possible.

The Human Tide shies from this risky inference, but it's worth asking: if Europe's sending its extra population abroad projected power, exerted influence and claimed territory, isn't mass migration from developing nations to the West not currently doing the same thing? /.../ One plausible explanation for the rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly into voice and clout.

For at the same time the West has now reached 'the second transition' – below-replacement fertility – many developing countries, modernised much later, continue to grow, and on a scale that makes the population of burgeoning 19th-century Britain look like a poorly attended cocktail party. Because the primary instruments of lower mortality and expanded life expectancy were initially of western invention, the West has inadvertently engineered its own diminishment.

I have only one serious criticism of this excellent book, and that's a matter of proportion. Thus far, Africa has failed to get with the programme. Although its fertility rates have come down, they haven't plummeted nearly as quickly as they were supposed to. Consequently, UN estimates for the global population at which we're meant to level off, once heading steadily downwards, now go up every year. By 2050, Africans may total 2.5 billion, and 4.5 billion by 2100. Given demographic momentum, to a degree these numbers are baked in. /.../ Morland devotes a scant eight pages to this crucial continent, and dubiously Pollyanna pages at that.

The author isn't always so demure. He forcefully discounts a popular mantra of British multiculturalists: 'It may often be said that England has always been a land of immigration, but this is simply untrue.' Until very recently, England and Wales have absorbed a tiny, demographically incidental handful of Huguenots and Jews. The rise of the population that does not consider itself white British from 2 per cent in the 1960s to nearly 20 per cent in 2011 is 'historically unprecedented'.

... White Britons are expected to become a minority in Britain circa 2060 or so. Starting in 1980, white Europeans in California fell from 70 per cent to 40 per cent in a mere 30 years.
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Population – employment
A declining population may not always be bad for the economy
Matthew Lynn
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2019

Trade wars. Currency movements. Trade balances. Normalising interest rates. Combating climate change and poverty. Year after year, the G-20 discusses the same narrow range of issues, never agrees on very much and follows up on even less with any real action. But this year might just be different. The Japanese are taking the chair and, to their credit, they have decided to put something that genuinely matters at the top of the agenda, namely demographics.

Even more strikingly, they are challenging a cosy consensus of the last couple of decades. Most mainstream economists and policymakers take it for granted that a declining population is bad for the economy and we need to do all we can to reverse it. But the Japanese are starting to argue that it may not be true. Technology might mean that we need fewer people, while all the services required by the elderly might actually stimulate demand. If true, policies to combat an ageing population might be a big mistake. ...

Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan, kick-strated the debate with a sppech that had the not-completely snappy title Demographic Changes and Macroeconomic Challenges. ...

... It's possible, he argued, that an ageing population could be completely fine. Rapid progress in technology, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, means that we might need far fewer workers than in the past, while improving productivity (indeed, slightly oddly, at the same time as we worry about not having enough workers, we also worry about what to do about mass unemployment created by robotics). In fact, a shortage of workers will put pressure on companies to improve productivity. ...

... The conclusion? A falling population is not necessarily as bad for the economy as usually assumed. More provocatively still, ageing nations might be able to outperform younger ones.

That is of course especially relevant to Japan, where the working age population peaked in 1995 and its total population in 2008. Unlike just about every other major country, Japan has not tried to stem its declining numbers through immigration, remaining relatively closed to outsiders.
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Population – local statistics
Use Facebook to improve migration data, says think-tank
Robert Wright
Financial Times, 9 January 2019

Government statisticians should consider acquiring data from social media companies such as Facebook to improve the UK's often vague estimates of how many immigrants live in each area, a think-tank has recommended.

The proposal was made in the Social Market Foundation's All Immigration is Local report, which looks at how to ensure the benefits of immigration are broadly shared across the UK and how newcomers contribute to local economies.

The report, published on Wednesday, said current official statistics, which rely heavily on extrapolating from market research-style surveys, provided so little certainty that it was hard to assess the population of many towns.

It cited the example of Boston, Lincolnshire, which according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has a migrant population of 21,000. The report said the statistics had a "confidence interval" of 10,000, meaning the town might have anything between 11,000 and 31,000 migrants. The potential error could mean the town had anything between 58,000 and 78,000 inhabitants.

Such uncertainty complicated efforts to help areas cope with the impact that immigrants had on schools, hospitals and other public services, the research said. The government seeks to alleviate such pressures mainly through its controlling migration fund, which makes grants to local authorities to strengthen public services.

The lack of good data also made it hard for local authorities to publicise the benefits their areas accrued from immigrants' spending, taxes and other economic activity, the report said. ...

The foundation also examined the shortcomings of government efforts to mitigate the strain on some small towns and rural areas from rapid increases in immigration.
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POPULATION PRESSURE

Population pressure – water supply
England could run short of water within 25 years
Damian Carrington
The Guardian, 19 March 2019

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.

The country is facing the "jaws of death", Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country's rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change.

However, this could be avoided with ambitious action to cut people's water use by a third and leakage from water company pipes by 50%, he says, along with big new reservoirs, more desalination plants and transfers of water across the country.

"Around 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the 'jaws of death' – the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to change things," Bevan told the Guardian, before a speech on Tuesday at the Waterwise conference in London. ...

The most controversial change needed to increase supply is building new mega-reservoirs, such as that proposed near Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
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Population pressure – school places, Middlesbrough
Immigration revealed as single biggest factor behind Middlesbrough school places crisis
James Cain
Teesside Live, 5 March 2019

Immigration was the largest single unexpected factor that led to dozens of children not receiving an offer for a secondary school place, it can be revealed.

Middlesbrough Council told parents of more than 100 Year 6 pupils last week that they had not been offered a place at one of the town's schools.

The authority said schools were full due to "unprecedented demand".

It has now emerged that the demand was a result of a number of factors - the largest being international new arrivals. ...

Of approximately 2,000 Year 6 children who applied to go to a secondary school in Middlesbrough this September, the council was unable to offer a place to 4.7% of them.
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Population pressure – schools, Conservative Party
They have no intention of cutting immigration
Conservative Woman, 2 March 2019

Net migration figures released by the ONS this week for the year ending September 2018 are serious cause for concern. Still running at nearly 300,000 a year, the figures showed an overall 627,000 people arriving in the year, including 85,000 Brits, 202,000 EU migrants and 340,000 non-EU migrants.

Non-EU net migration is the highest it has been since 2004, with 261,000 more non-EU migrants coming to the UK than leaving. Non-EU student immigration is at its highest level since 2011. /.../ A total of 57,000 more EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018.

Though being nowhere near its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands, promised for years, the Government remains remarkably sanguine. ...

... as Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, has pointed out: 'Non-EU net migration has risen still further to more than a quarter of a million even before the government has implemented its proposals to loosen the work permit system.' ...

Just two days after the publication of the latest migration figures, it was reported that record numbers of children will be missing out on their preferred secondary schools. And why is that? Quite simply because of an acute shortage of school places. This is the sixth consecutive year that demand for places has risen, a situation that is about to become even more challenging. The number of pupils in secondary schools is expected to increase by 428,000 over the next seven years, that's on top of the extra 825,000 school places created since 2010.
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Population pressure – housing
England 'needs millions of homes to solve housing crisis'
BBC, 8 January 2019

Three million new social homes must be built in England over 20 years to solve the "housing crisis", a report says.

Housing charity Shelter said 1.2 million homes are needed for younger families who cannot afford to buy and "face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private renting".

Existing schemes like Help to Buy are a less effective use of taxpayers' money, the report claims. ...

Shelter's report claims 1.3 million homes are needed to house those in greatest need - including homeless people and those living with a disability. ...

The report was authored by 16 independent commissioners, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, TV architect George Clarke and Grenfell survivor Ed Daffarn.
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RACISM

Racism – discrimination, right to rent property
The High Court's 'right to rent' decision is a travesty
Richard Ekins
Spectator blog, 2 March 2019
[Richard Ekins is associate professor at the University of Oxford]

The political campaign against the UK's immigration laws secured an important victory yesterday, with the High Court denouncing sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014 as racially discriminatory – not by discriminatory intent or design but "indirectly", by side effect. Those "right to rent" provisions make it unlawful for private landlords to rent property to persons unlawfully in the UK and so require landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. Introduced on a trial basis in the West Midlands, the scheme was extended across England from February 2016. The Government's intent has been to exercise its powers in the 2014 Act to extend the scheme across the entire UK.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, with support from the Residential Landlords Association and Liberty, persuaded the High Court that the legislation discriminates on the basis of race and nationality. The Court exercised its powers under the Human Rights Act 1998 to declare the legislation incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It also declared that it would be irrational and thus unlawful for the Government to extend the legislative scheme across the rest of the UK without further evaluating its effectiveness and discriminatory effect. This was and is an incredible judgment which should be reversed on appeal and/or by legislation. ...

But the central question the Court had to decide, as so often in human rights law cases, is the unavoidably political one of whether the right to rent scheme was justified, all things considered. Here the Court's reasoning is particularly problematic. ...

... There is a very strong case for this ruling to be overturned on appeal or reversed by legislation. It is for ministers accountable to Parliament to decide how to exercise the powers of commencement conferred on them by Parliament, to decide when and where legislation is to be brought into force. In trying to take over this power, the Court demonstrated still further its hostility to Parliament's policy, the merits of which should be for Parliament itself to decide, free from the distortion caused by litigation of this kind.
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Racism – discrimination, police
At last! Straight white men have discrimination law on their side
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019

In September 2017, Matthew Furlong applied for his dream job as a police officer. Why would Cheshire constabulary pick him? All Matthew had to offer was intelligence, a particle physics degree, a commitment to law and order, good character, an able body, strong test results, first-class preparation and a family history of service in the force. I mean, why would you want to recruit a lad like that?

Matthew was rejected. Not because he wasn't good, but because he seemingly had the considerable handicap of being "a white, heterosexual male without disability".

In fact, so desperate was the force for recruits with "protected characteristics" – that means gay, transgender, disabled, black or from other ethnic minorities – that it rejected 34 white male, non-disabled candidates while other candidates were waved through. ...

This was the first case of its kind in the UK and I'm happy to report that the force was well and truly hoisted by its own PC petard. Judge Clare Grundy found Cheshire Police guilty of discrimination against Matthew on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and gender. ...

I'm afraid this is yet another case that reveals the huge gap between public services committed to imposing a politically fashionable agenda, whether or not it works in practice, and the actual public who still quite like the thought of strapping, smart chaps like Matthew protecting them from the bad guys.

Brainwashing the police into an alarmingly biased groupthink is not confined to recruitment. ...

We need the best possible officers. It's a sign of these warped times that that should even need saying. Dumbing down entrance requirements just to tick the relevant box and feel chuffed about inclusivity is undoubtedly a great step forward. For criminals.
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Racism – prejudice, UK, EU
UK no more biased against migrant workers than other EU nations
Jo Faragher
Personnel Today, 26 February 2019

Around 15% of people in the UK would object to having immigrants as neighbours, and most Brexiteers would welcome foreign workers, according to a new academic paper.

A study by Professor Mariah Evans of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), analysed major public surveys of human beliefs and values in the UK and other EU nations.

Published in the journal Frontiers in Sociology, the study found that prejudice against migrant workers was perhaps rarer in the UK than in other countries, despite media focus on some UK citizens' apparent prejudice against immigrants.

"In the media turmoil surrounding Brexit, many pundits have seized on the prejudice angle, but these data demonstrate that is not actually what makes the UK different from the Continent," argued Prof Evans. ...

Researchers looked at responses to the World and European Values Surveys, which have around 500,000 combined respondents, as well as other quality of life surveys. ...

Professor Evans added: "We found a high level of tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity is typical of prosperous European and Anglophone nations, whereas ethnic and religious prejudice is much more common in poor countries." ...

The researchers describe the UK's level of prejudice as being "stock standard" for a country of its wealth. "Just like their wealthy EU peers, around 15% of Britons would object to having immigrants as neighbours, around 10% would object to neighbours of a different race, and 10% would rather not have neighbours of a different religion," she explained.

The analysis also showed that across all nations, prejudice tends to be either against all minority ethnic and religious groups or against none.
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Racism – hate crime, hoax, victimhood culture, fraud
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
Quillette, 22 February 2019

This week Chicago police charged television star Jussie Smollett with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29, but in the days before the arrest it became clear that police believed Smollett had hired two men to attack him. ...

But people make all sorts of things up, even things like that. More baffling to us than a hate crime hoax is that people would find such hoaxes baffling. Lying is hardly uncommon in our species, and false claims of victimhood, like other lies, become more common when they provide some advantage to the liar and when they're likely to be believed. That hate crime hoaxes seem strange or the motives unclear might simply be due to a lack of familiarity with them and with their social context. If you want to understand them better, here are three things to know.

First of all, hate crime hoaxes aren't new or unusual. In our book The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, we discuss a number of cases of people falsely reporting or even staging hate crimes. ...

More recently, after Donald Trump was elected president, major newspapers published a number of stories about what were apparently Trump-inspired hate crimes, but many of these also turned out to be hoaxes. ...

Why aren't such cases more widely known? We're not the only ones who've written about them. ...

Even fairly incompetent hoaxes might therefore succeed, which brings us to our second point: Hate crime hoaxes aren't hard to pull off. ...

Real hate crimes happen, of course. We're not arguing that all or even most alleged hate crimes are hoaxes. But the ones dominating the headlines in recent years have often been false or misleading, possibly because fake cases are better designed to push the buttons of drama and partisanship. ...

That the hoaxes act as simple morality tales illustrating an outgroup's evil, or that they flatter the hoaxers, are part of what makes them attractive to the hoaxer's audience. /.../ Political polarization means that hoaxes that tap into one side's fears and biases are likely to be believed.

Long term cultural trends matter, too, and the third thing to know is that hate crime hoaxes thrive in a culture of victimhood. We use the term victimhood culture to refer to a new moral framework that differs from the older cultures of honor and dignity. /.../ Its morality revolves around a narrative of oppression and victimhood, with victimhood acting as new kind of moral status, much like honor was a kind of moral status in many traditional societies. ...

... Right now the police don't automatically "believe the victim" in such cases, but that could change if victimhood culture continues to spread.
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Racism – hate crime, fraud
Why it's cool to be hated
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 21 February 2019

Here's the thing about the Jussie Smollett case: it feels both strange and familiar. Strange because, as observers have pointed out, Smollett has a successful music and acting career, most notably in the Fox hip-hop soap opera Empire, and yet here he is risking it all by inventing a mad tale about having been semi-lynched by a couple of MAGA racists. And yet it also feels familiar, creepily familiar. After all, we live in a society in which it is positively cool to suffer from 'structural oppression'. In which campaigners actively covet hatred, constantly trawling for evidence that their group, their identity, their tribe is more loathed and wronged than any other. ...

Smollett's story has gripped the US media. He claimed that in January he was subjected to a racist and homophobic attack by two men (he is gay). He said the men jumped him, bombarded him with racist and anti-gay insults, poured some kind of chemical substance on him, tied a rope around his neck, and said: 'This is MAGA country.' Not only was his story instantly believed by much of the media and by many 'progressive' politicians and celebs – it was also weaved into a broader narrative about how horrific life has become for minority groups in Trump's America. ...

Some people started to raise doubts. Smollett's story doesn't add up, they said. They were shouted down as alt-right and uncaring. Yet now we know that these doubters, these sceptics, these people who refused to do what we are all expected to do in this witch-hunty era – instantly believe every accusation of racist or sexual violence – were right. Smollett's story has fallen apart. The Chicago Police denied for weeks that they had any suspicions about his tale. Perhaps they didn't want to be seen to be questioning the claims of a gay, black man, or casting doubt on an accusation of hate crime – such is the self-silencing induced by the censorious, racially charged, racially guarded culture of identitarianism. Yet now the cops have charged Smollett with filing a false report. ...

What we have here is a man orchestrating an attack on himself. A self-hate crime, if you will. It sounds alarming yet, as the journalist Andy Ngo recently documented, there have been many cases in recent years where 'hate attacks' on property or people that were thought to have been carried out by white racists were in fact executed by members of minority groups and sometimes simply made up. ...

Indeed, it is striking how swiftly Smollett was believed and how swiftly his story was held up as proof of something rotten in the states of America. ...

The more that our society valorises the victim, the more it attaches social capital to the experiences of pain and trauma, the more it validates weakness over autonomy, then the more it incites people to play up their victim status and even to invent victim status. ...

The twisted thing about all this is that it fractures society and generates real tension, and real hatred, far more than two MAGA-shouting racists ever could (especially when those two people didn't exist in the first place). Because what this cult of the victim encourages is a misanthropic view of society as full of hate.
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Racism – politics, cultural identity
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 1]
Eric Kaufmann
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]

The politics of national populism are not, as critics claim, simply and only cloaks for fascistic voters and governments' pursuing policies of racial discrimination – though some obviously are. But other iterations of this are instead natural expressions of community – a perfectly uncontroversial idea that was indeed once conventional wisdom. Those of us interested in moving beyond flame-throwing – and into a useful conversation about how to create meaningful and effective public policy that benefits the most people – would do well to return to it.

"The distinctiveness of cultures and groups depends upon closure," wrote Michael Walzer, in his magisterial Spheres of Justice (1983). "If this distinctiveness is a value, as most people ... seem to believe, then closure must be permitted somewhere." From a different angle, the Marxist philosopher, Gerald Cohen, in his essay "Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value," adds that conservatism is primarily about valuing how things are in the present and seeking to preserve this particularity. This orientation encompasses causes dear to the left, such as the conservation of nature, species, architecture, and folk traditions, as well as enthusiasms of the right such as the preservation of national character and ways of life. The tension between these contradictory impulses is captured by the British writer James Meek who notes the dilemma of his fellow left cosmopolitans who value local particularity among the working-class cockneys of the East End of London, but not the locals' anti-immigration and Brexit orientation.

Social psychology further reinforces the insights of communitarian political philosophy with experimental evidence that people's deep values are between a third and a half inherited. ...

Two overlapping value orientations underpin the new cultural axis of politics: One is what social psychologist Karen Stenner describes as authoritarianism – a preference for order over difference; the other is status quo conservatism, which the political philosopher Cohen characterized as a preference for maintaining things as they are. This is what anchors the divide between nationalists and globalists, between people attached to ascribed ethnic and national identities, and those who identify with their portable credentials and achievements. Insofar as this crucial divide stems from psychology, it is highly resistant to social learning. Indeed, as Stenner showed, trying to convince someone who prefers order to embrace diversity tends to produce a backlash. ...

There are two key aspects of the new culture war. First, conservative and order-seeking voters respond differently to diversity than liberals. For instance, U.K. data shows that, at a local level, ethnic diversity lowers conservatives' trust in neighbors and attachment to locality but leaves that of liberals unaffected. In Europe, voters who value safety tend to vote for populists more than those who aren't concerned about it, but only in more diverse countries like France or the Netherlands. /.../ Second, as conservatives express their discontent with diversity and change, liberals mobilize against them in the name of anti-racist morality. ...
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Racism – politics, cultural identity
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 2]
Eric Kaufmann
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]

The partisan divide over whether majority-group interests are racist is stark. When I ask Americans whether a white woman who wants less immigration to help maintain her group's share of the population is being racist or "acting in her racial self-interest, which is not racist," 36-39 percent of Americans, depending on the survey, respond that this is racist and 61-64 percent say it isn't. In most West European countries, 20-25 percent claim this is racist against 75-80 percent who say it's an expression of white group interest, which isn't racist. ...

The difference turns on whether attachment to being white, and being willing to act in the majority interest, is racist. /.../ Many white liberals acknowledge that identities are not zero sum: Just 18 percent of white Clinton voters in my sample consider a Latino who wants more immigration from Latin America to "boost her group's share" to be racist. Yet when a white person who is also attached to her group acts defensively to restrict immigration to achieve the same ends, she is deemed racist by nearly three-quarters of the same people. ...

When people of any racial background try to slow the rate of ethnic change in their home nation, they do so because it is, in Cohen's phraseology, an existing value for them. ...

Here again, we find different ethical yardsticks used to measure majority and minority groups, despite the lack of a consistent principle justifying this distinction. As Yael Tamir remarks in her 1993 book Liberal Nationalism, "If national claims rest on theoretically sound and morally justified grounds, one cannot restrict their application: They apply equally to all nations, regardless of their power, their wealth, their history of suffering, or even the injustices they have inflicted on others in the past." ...

The mischaracterization of people's attachment to a majority ethnicity or demographic status quo as racist hostility is a powerful source of resentment in many Western societies. ...

Since there is a taboo on majority-group ethnicity and ethno-traditional nationalism, these sentiments are expressed in sublimated form. Ostensibly "civic" national laws like language and residency requirements for spousal migration are designed to limit immigration – and such limits are justified on the grounds of state interests.

The desire to reduce the speed of ethnic change gets rationalized as the need to control immigration for material reasons. This could be to halt the flow of drugs and terrorists (Trump), to reduce pressure on the welfare state or housing, safeguard jobs (Bannon), protect secularism, gays or Jews from Islam (Le Pen and Wilders) or to reassert British sovereignty against Brussels (Farage). These rationalizations matter, but are secondary drivers. ...

White majorities will gradually become "beige," in Michael Lind's terms, because intermarriage produces a logarithmic rise in the mixed population. In America and Western Europe, those of mixed race will become the majority in a century or so. However, it's important that on the way there, people are able to travel at a pace that allows moderate conservatives to maintain a sense of continuity while enough change takes place to satisfy moderate liberals.
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Racism – hairstyles, discrimination, New York City, USA
New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
Stacey Stowe
New York Times, 18 February 2019

Under new guidelines to be released this week by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the targeting of people based on their hair or hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination.

The change in law applies to anyone in New York City but is aimed at remedying the disparate treatment of black people; the guidelines specifically mention the right of New Yorkers to maintain their "natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state."

In practice, the guidelines give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed, threatened, punished, demoted or fired because of the texture or style of their hair. The city commission can levy penalties up to $250,000 on defendants that are found in violation of the guidelines and there is no cap on damages. The commission can also force internal policy changes and rehirings at offending institutions.

... (The new guidelines do not interfere with health and safety reasons for wearing hair up or in a net, as long as the rules apply to everyone.) ...

To date, there is no legal precedent in federal court for the protection of hair. ...

But New York City's human rights commission is one of the most progressive in the nation; it recognizes many more areas of discrimination than federal law, including in employment, housing, pregnancy and marital status. Its legal enforcement bureau can conduct investigations, and has the ability to subpoena witnesses and prosecute violations. ...

There has long been a professional toll for those with certain hairstyles. Almost 18 percent of United States soldiers in active duty are black, but it is only in recent years that the military has dropped its prohibitions on hairstyles associated with black culture. The Marines approved braid, twist and "lock" (usually spelled loc) hairstyles in 2015, with some caveats, and the Army lifted its ban on dreadlocks in 2017.

And certain black hairstyles are freighted with history. Wearing an Afro in the 1960s, for instance, was often seen as a political statement instead of a purely aesthetic choice, said Noliwe Rooks, an author and professor at Cornell University whose work explores race and gender. Dr. Rooks said that today, black men who shave designs into their hair as a stylistic choice may be perceived as telegraphing gang membership. ...

Chaumtoli Huq, an associate professor of labor and employment law at City University of New York School of Law, said that attitudes will change as black politicians, like Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor of Georgia, and Ayanna Pressley, who represents Massachusetts in Congress, rise in prominence.
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Racism – preferences, discrimination, dating
'Why is it OK to ban certain races on your dating profile?'
Jessie Tu
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2019

Lately, my single, female friends have been telling me about the extraordinary messages they receive on sites like Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge.

I image the scenario playing out like this: the messages are written on cardboard signs which men hold up – like this actual line on the profile of a sun-kissed Liam Hemsworth lookalike: "Looking for love. Pls no foreigners."

Or this: "Only keen on Aussie chicks". Or this: "No Blacks or Asians". ...

You'd never find a job ad that discriminates against applicants based on race. That's against the law. Why is it okay, then, to announce a ban against engaging with a race of people on your dating profile?

Some openly announce "NO ASIANS/ NO BLACKS". I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black person, to see this regularly – how this might diminish our self-hood and dignity. ...

People are entitled to date whomever they want. Could it be possible, though, that the "sign holders" have received cultural signals that "black people are undesirable and possibly even dangerous", "Asians have nothing interesting to say", and those whom English is a second language can't offer anything of value?

Our sexual preferences are shaped and altered by forces we seem, on the whole, to be very reluctant to critique. ...

The recently-appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, told me, "Online, as in all other aspects of life, racism and racial discrimination is never acceptable.

"Dating apps must reflect the same standards of non-discrimination as those expected in the broader community. I urge them to act quickly to remove users who do not comply with these guidelines and to effectively resolve complaints where racism is brought to their attention." ...

William Ward, a lawyer who specialises in discrimination law at Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers, says, despite the existence of racial vilification laws, when it comes to dating apps there's a difference between stating a preference, and vilifying a race. An individual user would need to express racially vilifying, offensive statements to breach these laws. ...

I wouldn't like to judge someone based on these imagined ideas. They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.

I'd want to grant a stranger the dignity to be treated as an individual.
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Racism – football
Is it society's job to stop people singing racist jokes?
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 2 February 2019

Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? ...

This was the question posed, in an extremely offensive truncated form, by a minuscule sub-section of Millwall supporters during the side's otherwise heroic victory over Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday. ...

That it was a vanishingly small minority singing what used to be, until comparatively recently, a very familiar chant does not seem to matter to them. A certain hyperbole takes over. An Everton fan was slashed in the face with a Stanley knife during the same game, but this outrage gained far less coverage. ...

There remain a few isolated pockets of people who wish to express themselves in a racially offensive manner at football matches, and I'm not sure that it is society's job to tell them that in reality there could be nothing better, more enriching, than having a provenance in Lahore or Sefton. ...

The game has to a large degree been gentrified now, but reservoirs of enormously vituperous and socially unacceptable spite remain, and I suppose it discombobulates the middle classes when these are brought to light. We thought that had all gone! No, not quite, not yet. But it will.
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Racism – India
Esha Gupta: Has Instagram exposed everyday racism in India?
BBC, 1 February 2019

Up until Monday, Esha Gupta was just a Bollywood actress with a passion for Arsenal football club.

That changed after the actress decided to share a screengrab of a WhatsApp conversation in which a friend mocked the team's Nigerian star, Alex Iwobi, as a "gorilla" and "Neanderthal" who "evolution had stopped for".

"Hahaha," wrote the actress, who helped Arsenal unveil its 2017 away kit, as she shared the screengrab with her 3.4m Instagram followers. ...

Gupta apologised quickly, but the post hints at a long-known - but little acknowledged - problem of racism towards people of African descent in Indian society. ...

You don't have to look far to see examples of prejudice towards people of African descent in India: just look at how Bollywood treats its black characters. ...

But it is not just black people who find themselves being judged for the colour of their skin in India. Darker skinned Indians also find themselves struggling against prejudice.
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Racism – Islamophobia
These 9 things are 'officially Islamophobic' after UK councils adopt new definition
Lancashire Telegraph, 30 January 2019

Councils across the UK are starting to adopt an agreed list of examples of Islamophobia.

However, so far, just three local authorities have adopted the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) definition of Islamophobia. ...

Oxford City council has this week become the latest in the UK to officially recognise the APPG definition which states:

"Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness."

The two other councils to adopt the definition are in London.

The list below states examples of Islamophobia that the councils now deem as unacceptable: ...

• Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics, government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic 'threat' posed by Muslims or of a 'Muslim takeover'. ...

• Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against Muslims.

• Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the 'Ummah' (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

• Denying Muslim populations, the right to self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour. ...
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Racism – multiculturalism
Book Review: Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain by Mohan Ambikaipaker
Priyanka deSouza
LSE Review of Books, 23 January 2019

How do we understand the relationship between sustained institutional racism and the everyday violence experienced by the black community in Britain over time? To theorise this in Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain, Mohan Ambikaipaker reflects on his experience as an unpaid caseworker (2005-06) and longtime associate of the Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), fighting against the failure of the British liberal state to provide justice to victims of racism. ...

The reason I found this book so powerful was in large part due to Ambikaipaker's choice of methodology. He refuses to be a disengaged observer, but instead opts for an 'activist anthropology' approach with NMP. He does this because he recognises in his book that conducting interviews with the police force would privilege the performance of white informants in adjudicating whether or not institutional racism is real. Instead, he chooses to work with NMP, an organisation firmly committed to a racial analysis of British liberal governance, informed not only by local and national events in Britain but also black consciousness movements around the world. ...

Ambikaipaker was drawn to the borough of Newham for his research because of its dynamic, cosmopolitan nature and its diversity: although the white British population was the majority in 2006, there was a large population of multiple black communities living side-by-side in the borough. NMP had a strong presence in the neighbourhood. /.../ Each of Ambikaipaker's chapters starts by situating the ensuing stories he tells in a critical race theory/postcolonial framework.

A note here about Ambikaipaker's use of 'blackness'. Although Ambikaipaker refers to all non-white communities as 'black', he does so in a political sense, not a cultural one. He explains at length why he does so in Chapters Six and Seven of his book: he does not essentialise blackness, but instead shows that although the experience of black communities is different, they are all victims of the racial hierarchy in Britain. NMP thus uses political blackness as a rallying strategy to build solidarity between communities to create a 'mosaic of unities' to fight injustice together. ...

... And in his chapter on the Muslim community in Britain, Ambikaipaker shows the evolution of the state's approach to 'managing' the black community. He details how the language of multiculturalism and community cohesion, which have obscured the true root of racism in the British state, have been replaced by the coded language of counter-terrorism, which has served to particularly target the Muslim community. By doing so, he shines a light on the unchanged racist intentions of the state and its evolution in form.
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Racism – white identity, politics, USA
The Disturbing, Surprisingly Complex Relationship Between White Identity Politics and Racism
Isaac Chotiner
New Yorker, 19 January 2019

In her new book, "White Identity Politics," the Duke political scientist Ashley Jardina examines the increasing relevance of white identity in America. Drawing on data from American National Election Studies surveys and her own research, Jardina finds that about thirty to forty per cent of white Americans say that white identity is important to them, and she adds an interesting twist – that this group only partly overlaps with the group of white Americans who hold racist views. According to Jardina's analysis, about thirty-eight per cent of white people who highly value their white identity are at or below the mean level of racial resentment, while forty-four per cent of white people who say their racial identity is less important are at or above that level. ...

I recently spoke with Jardina by phone. ...

How do you come to the conclusion that white identity tends to experience spikes when there is a change in the country, or when politicians wield ideas of whiteness or racism, without all the survey data we would like? ...

I think we social scientists were looking for white identity in the wrong places. One of the distinctions I make in the book is between the ideas of identity and prejudice. This is the distinction between in-group attitudes and out-group attitudes. For good reason, a lot of work on whites' racial attitudes in the U.S. has focussed on racial prejudice. We want to understand where discrimination and bigotry and all these things come from, and what the consequences are.

But there was a tendency to think about white identity as just another manifestation of prejudice. ...

How much of a connection is there between strongly identifying with whiteness and racist attitudes?

Not as strong as you might think. It's certainly the case that there are some people who identify as white and who are also racist. But it's not a one-to-one relationship. The connection is fairly weak, and that's for two reasons. One is that there are a lot of white people who are more racially prejudiced who do not identify as being white, and the converse is true. Then there are a number of white people who feel strongly attached to their group but who aren't particularly prejudiced. ...

You say there's not the connection we might expect between emphasizing white identity and racism, but you also say that white identifiers care especially about immigration. How do you understand the connection between caring about immigration and racism?

For people high on white identity, opposition to immigration doesn't necessarily come as a result of disliking Latinos. It is rooted in something different, which is that they think immigration is threatening American culture, but a particular flavor of American culture, one which is defined by Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, which is very much defined by whiteness. Somebody might just be opposed to immigration because they dislike Latinos. But there's a different component to this that's going on in the minds of a lot of white people. It's not, "I dislike Latino people." It's, "I don't like the idea that the country that I envision, the country that I grew up in, the place that is defined by this Anglo-Saxon culture, is somehow threatened by this new group.
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Racism – Islamophobia, free speech
We must be free to criticise Islam
Hardeep Singh
Spiked, 4 January 2019

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims is calling on the government to establish a legally binding definition of 'Islamophobia', akin to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. Last November, the APPG launched its landmark Islamophobia Defined report, offering the following definition: 'Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.' To tackle what it calls Islamophobia, the report calls for 'appropriate limits to free speech' and for the policing and regulation of matters 'far beyond what can be captured as criminal acts'.

Hatred towards Muslims has certainly resulted in some horrendous crimes, like the Finsbury Park van attack, where an innocent worshipper was murdered. Women in hijabs are also vulnerable to attacks, particularly following major terror events, due to their visibility as Muslims.

Nevertheless, there are serious problems with the APPG's definition of Islamophobia, and indeed with the term Islamophobia itself. It is far too vague and it conflates attacks on Muslims (and non-Muslims) with criticism of Islam and of the behaviour of a minority of Muslims.

The charity I work for – the Network of Sikh Organisations – provided written and oral evidence to the APPG for the report. We argued that non-Muslims can also be victims of what is called Islamophobia. Sometimes this is because of race. ...

But 'Islamophobia' is not always rooted in racism. For a start, racism cannot adequately describe discrimination against either white converts to Islam or European Muslims like Bosniaks, Kosovars and Albanians.

Moreover, there have been a number of so-called mistaken-identity attacks since 9/11, where turbaned and bearded Sikhs have been targeted (and even killed) as they were mistaken for Muslims. ...

According to freedom-of-information disclosures I obtained from the Metropolitan Police, crimes against British Jews, Sikhs, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and agnostics have all been recorded as 'Islamophobic' hate crimes.

One major problem with a term like Islamophobia is that, even with a working definition, it is inherently subjective. When it comes to speech, who judges what is sufficiently 'offensive' to constitute a phobia? Who adjudicates what is permissible within the boundaries of free speech and what strays into forbidden, 'phobic' territory? Legitimate criticism of aspects of Islam could be silenced under the proposed definition of Islamophobia, or criminalised as 'hate speech'.

For example, according to the APPG report, 'claims of Muslims spreading Islam by the sword or subjugating minority groups under their rule' may be 'Islamophobic'. But that could censor discussion of historical facts, such as the gruesome aspects of the Mughal and Ottoman Empires or the Moor conquests, not to mention the crimes of modern-day ISIS. ...

Those Muslims who put their head above the parapet to criticise Islam often face extreme prejudice from other Muslims. For instance, Britain's counter-extremism czar, Sara Khan, writes in the Huffington Post of the 'increasing anti-Muslim hatred' that she receives 'from fellow Muslims'. 'It is contradictory and unjust to recognise non-Muslim perpetrators yet ignore Muslims who engage in active hostility, abuse, hatred and discrimination against other Muslims', she writes.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION

Repatriation/deportation
Majority of immigration removals called off amid concerns thousands of people wrongly targeted
May Bulman
Independent, 27 March 2019

More than half of deportations from the UK are called off, The Independent can reveal – raising concerns that thousands of people are being unfairly targeted for forcible removal.

Figures obtained through freedom of information law show that of the 24,674 removal directions issued last year, 15,200 were cancelled. Of these, more than two-thirds were called off within a week of the scheduled removal and 45 per cent within just one day.

Lawyers and campaigners said the cancelled removals were a waste of public money and a "damaging" symptom of the Home Office's "detain first, ask questions later" approach.

The most common reason for cancellation was because legal representations had been submitted (34 per cent), with other reasons given including "administrative", "disruptive behaviour" and "medical".

It comes after the High Court ordered the Home Office to stop using a controversial "no warning" tactic, which means a person can be told that at any point during the subsequent three months they may be given between three and seven days' notice that they will be removed. ...

Celia Clarke, director of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), said the figures were "shocking" and accused the Home Office of serving removal directions "for its own convenience". ...

The Independent has reported on numerous cases in the past year whereby people have been threatened with removal, but following intervention by their solicitor or their MP – as well as media coverage – their departure has been cancelled. ...

Immigration lawyer Colin Yeo said the high number of cancellations and declining number of removals suggested a "detain first, ask questions later" approach, which he described as a "waste of public money as well as being very distressing to those affected".

Mr Yeo added: "It also suggests something is wrong with Home Office information on who is removable and who is not."
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Repatriation/deportation – legal aid
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
Nick Parker
The Sun, 11 February 2019

Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1 million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.

The four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.

Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in order to deport them breached their human rights.

They were granted legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed – who made girls he raped call him "Daddy" – was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights from jail.

The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat" Muslims. He lost.

Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.

Aziz, Khan and Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to strip them of citizenship.

But they and Ahmed have so far received £1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests reveal.
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Repatriation/deportation – legal aid
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
Dominik Lemanski
The Sun, 11 February 2019

Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received almost £800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.

Rangzieb Ahmed, 43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.

Ahmed, said to have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was found with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in invisible ink.

He was also suspected of having contact with extremists behind the failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.

Rochdale-born Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.

He was the first person convicted in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist organisation.

Yet he has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday freedom of information request found.

It includes £589,667 to pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus £121,892 for a failed appeal against conviction in 2011.

He also got £60,435 towards a civil action against police as well as a further £306 for "legal help".

He has a parole hearing next month and MP David Davies branded the payments "an outrage".

He said: "He shouldn't be walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts of taxpayers' money in order to enable him to do so."
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Repatriation/deportation – illegal immigration
Illegal immigrant could be deported for third time after he was caught driving Mercedes at 130mph
Laura FitzPatrick
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2019

An illegal immigrant who drove a Mercedes at 130mph could be deported for the third time.

Ahmed Ali, 23, has already been deported from the UK twice for motoring offences and is disqualified from driving, but he came back to Britain illegally before committing another offence in the early hours of December 30.

Ali, who was born in the Netherlands to Somalian parents, raced a white Mercedes on the A38 in Derby at 12.35am and was stopped near Findern. ...

Ali's lawyer, Theo Addae ...

Mr Addae said that in terms of his immigration status, and following the latest offences, Ali will now be subject to a Home Office review as to whether he will be deported again.

Ali, who originally came to the country aged five, pleaded guilty to entering the UK in breach of a deportation order, driving while disqualified, without insurance and obstructing a police officer by giving false details as to his identity.
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SOCIAL COHESION

Social cohesion – national identity
Identity is just as important as wealth. Why don't economists get that?
Rory Sutherland
The Spectator, 5 January 2019

It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting, as evidence of 'resurgent nationalism' – implicitly suggesting a visceral hatred of foreigners and a desire to set the clock back to the glory days of racial homogeneity and casual homophobia. We should be wary of accepting this media trope: for one thing it may arouse far more fear than is warranted.

But apart from the needless fear it generates, it is also slightly dubious to suggest that it is the gilets jaunes or the Five Star Movement or the supporters of Brexit or even Donald Trump who are acting intemperately. It is perfectly possible to argue that these movements are a sensible, overdue reaction against governments that have imposed economic globalisation on the world at a pace that is entirely inconsistent with the human lifespan and the speed at which we can adapt to change. The free movement of people, the euro, large-scale immigration, the dissolution of the nation state – for that matter the admission of China to the WTO... all were imposed on the world by ideologically motivated elites with little public consultation. Regardless of whether you think they are good or bad, there is a perfectly sensible secondary question to be asked about whether they were too much too soon. Remember, such decisions are usually made by economists, who do not really understand either time or scale.

Nor does conventional economics take into account the importance of identity. Eighteen years ago, rather presciently, George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton suggested that economics is far too individualistic in its conception of human motivation. Identity Economics, as they call their theory, holds that people's pride in their collective identity can be considered as a parallel form of wealth, which people seek to grow and protect every bit as much as the balance of their bank accounts. When you strip people of their identity, the reaction is no different than if you deprive people of their earnings.

Given the fact that we have evolved as a social species, this theory should hardly surprise us. After all, the one quality most likely to ensure survival over the past million years was proudly to belong to one or more defined, excludable groups with a shared allegiance born of common bonds and obligations. It would be odd if this instinct were not every bit as powerful as the urge to acquire wealth. And to disparage this fellow feeling as though it were necessarily a malign force is nonsense: it is a large part of what makes society work.

Economics is obsessed with the gains arising from scale. But identity does not scale neatly or quickly. ...

This, incidentally, is one principled argument for a hard Brexit, even if at some economic cost. It is to make the perfectly valid point that in a democracy the government should do what people want, not what economic theory says is good for them. Quite simply, economics is anthropologically tone-deaf: it has far too narrow a conception of what people really care about to justify the influence it carries.
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TERRORISM

Terrorism
Terrorism fears as 3,000 UK children a year go to 'jihadi' schools in Pakistan, secret government report reveals
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019

A secret Government report has warned that more than 3,000 British children are being taken to Pakistan each year and enrolled in extremist summer schools.

The chilling Home Office study says courses at madrasas teach a 'glorified version of jihad', according to a source.

Officials fear some youngsters will be radicalised and return to the UK with a warped ideology and pose a terrorism risk.

'It is highly likely that this education in Pakistan, even for short periods of time, increases the risk of exposure to extremism for British-Pakistani children,' the source told The Mail on Sunday.

'Enrolment at madrasas poses the greatest risk of exposure to more serious forms of religious extremism.'

Two of the 7/7 bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, enrolled on madrasa courses in Pakistan a year before they launched their deadly attack in 2005, which killed 52.

But the security services have established that some Pakistani parents take their children back to their native homeland during summer holidays under the pretext of visiting extended family.

In reality, they sign them up for lessons at some of Pakistan's estimated 20,000 madrasas.

The report says some of those madrasas receive funds raised in Britain and that UK-based imams have established seminaries in their ancestral homeland.
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Terrorism – double standards
New Zealand's ghoulish opportunists
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 March 2019

The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those people who they think 'laid the ground' for this atrocity. And it apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about radical Islam. ...

What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of Islamist terror. Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in recent years – whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester Arena – the instruction from our betters has been the same every time. Don't get angry, they say. Don't exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they counsel. And don't dare suggest that any book or idea, whether it is the Koran itself or pamphlets handed out at more questionable mosques, contributed to this attack. 'These killers have nothing to do with Islam', as the tiresome, silencing mantra goes. Our role after Islamist terror is to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go back to our everyday lives. 'Don't look back in anger', as the anthem went after Manchester.

This time the response could not be more different. Now we are actively invited to feel anger. Now we are told we must look for the source material that inspired this hateful individual and then condemn it and censor it. Now we are told that we must organise against the new fascism. After Islamist terror the key instruction from the self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget politics and just grieve. ...

The first striking thing about this blame game is how much its morbid practitioners sound like McCarthyites and other 20th-century authoritarians. Just as that old breed of tyrant would respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as 'facilitators' of the new hate and the new barbarism. ...

The second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years. /.../ The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years. ...

Why this double standard? Why is New Zealand 2019 fascism, but Paris 2015 was not? Why should this rally us to action, but Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Turku, Manchester and London should not? Why is this evidence of a new hatred we must confront, but the slaughter of 22 mostly young people in Manchester was not?
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Terrorism – New Zealand, France
French writer behind The Great Replacement – the immigration conspiracy theory New Zealand mosque killer named his manifesto after – denounces 'idiotic terrorist act'
MailOnline / AFP, 16 March 2019

The French writer who popularised a theory that European populations are being supplanted by immigration, alluded to by the gunman who killed 49 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, denounced an 'appalling' act by someone who had failed to understand his work.

Renaud Camus published in 2011 The Great Replacement, which the Christchurch gunman used as the title of a 74-page 'manifesto' uploaded to the web before storming the mosques.

'I am totally non-violent,' the 72-year-old Camus told AFP, saying the arrested 28-year-old Australian suspect had committed 'appalling, criminal, disastrous and idiotic terrorist acts'.

'If he wrote a pamphlet titled "The Great Replacement" it's blatant plagiarism... of a phrase that doesn't belong to him and he doesn't understand,' said Camus. ...

But Camus, while defending the theory, rejected suggestions that his writings could have encouraged the gunman.

'What worries me the most in what I call "The Great Replacement" is precisely the extent to which it encourages violence, all kinds of violence, either in everyday life or, obviously, in terrorist attacks,' he said.

'At the centre of my work is the concept of innocence, which is to say, of non-aggravation, non-violence,' he added.

Camus suggested instead that the killer might have taken inspiration from the wave of attacks carried out by self-proclaimed Islamic jihadists in France over recent years.

'His crime most resembles the terrorist attacks committed in France,' he said.

'I don't see why he would be more inspired by me than by the attacks which directly resemble the one he committed,' he said.
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Radical Islamic Terrorism Accounts for 91 Percent of European Terror Victims
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 7 March 2019

The newly released Black and White Book of Terrorism in Europe has revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91 percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000.

The book is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018, Le Figaro reports.

The report also examines European victims of terror globally, revealing that a further 1,115 people including tourists and military personnel had also been victims of terrorism during the same period.

In total, 91 percent of the victims were killed by radical Islamic extremists, 20 percent of whom were murdered by suicide bombers.

Political terror casualties have been far lower, with far-left extremists and far-right extremists each murdering 13 people. ...

In terms of EU countries, Spain has seen the most terror-related deaths, with 268 victims, closely followed by France with 263. ...

In 2017, Europe faced an estimated 205 separate terror plots according to Europol with 107 of the plots being reported by the United Kingdom.
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Why have we made it so easy for British Jihadis to travel abroad?
Chris Hobbs
TLE (The London Economic), 27 February 2019
[Chris Hobbs is a retired Met police officer]

When Shamima Begum and her companions Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, walked unimpeded through Gatwick's passenger security search area, the trickle of UK jihadis travelling to join ISIS had already become a flood.

Despite this, there were no obstacles placed in the way of those wanting to join in the atrocities perpetrated by one of the most brutal movements in the annals of world history.

The Home Secretary during this period was Theresa May who would have been kept fully briefed as to the increasing number of the UK's travelling jihadis yet cynics may well hold the view that she was more intent on eviscerating both the police and border force rather than securing her country's borders.

It was patently clear that not only would the UK's fanatical Islamists be a danger when they were absorbed into the ISIS killing machine, but would potentially pose a major threat to the UK's security if they decided to return. – And returning they are.

In June and July 2014, I wrote articles for security magazines warning it was 'a walk in the park' for jihadis to leave the UK. ...

I shared the concerns of counter-terror and Special Branch police together with UK Border Force officers working on the frontline at our air and sea ports.

Yet Theresa May as Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers simply sat on their hands.

So, what could have been done by a Home Office which has, time and time again, borne witness to its own total incompetence? ...

Home Secretary Jack Straw, against the advice of numerous agencies including the police, abolished formal embarkation (departure) controls at airports back in 1998. ...

Thus, the three 15-year-olds were simply able to walk through 'security' and board a direct flight to Turkey.

Eventually some additional scrutiny was given to direct flights leaving for Turkish airports. But British jihadis simply travelled via other European hub airports purchasing their tickets in separate segments.

Arguably the most critical failure of all was the failure to deploy British police officers to Turkish airports in order to assist Turkish law enforcement in monitoring arrivals from the UK. ...

Home Office neglect and incompetence has now resulted in the head of MI6, Alex Younger, warning that returning jihadis present a real threat to national security.
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Report: Huge Cost of Monitoring Returned Jihadists Means Majority Roam Free in Britain
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 21 February 2019

British government security orders that can be placed on known extremists are so expensive to enforce they are hardly ever used, leaving the majority of returning jihadists to "roam free".

The arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former London schoolgirl who defected to the Islamic State in 2015, who now wants to come to Britain to raise an ISIS fighter's son.

While the British government has stripped 19-year-old Shamima Begum of her citizenship in a bid to prevent her from returning to the United Kingdom, Breitbart London has previously reported how a large number of extremists have already arrived – and continue to arrive – from foreign warzones.

Despite assurances from the police that those returning will be subjected to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs), a report by British newspaper The Times reports that only a small minority are actually monitored in this way.

Nikita Malik of the Henry Jackson Society told the paper that, due at least in part to the great expense of putting TPIMs in place, only a small number have actually been activated, speaking of only a "handful" of the estimated 400 returned fighters and extremists being subjected to them.

"The rest have been put under surveillance. TPIMs are for the highest level because they are so costly," Malik explained.

The report revealed Home Office figures showing nearly £5 million had been spent controlling just 23 individuals, with legal bills of £1 million a year and accommodation costs of £70,000 a year per individual. Other costs, including tagging suspects, travel costs, and policing to enforce restrictions, are counted separately, piling up on top of the Home Office figures.

The government disputes the claims of the Henry Jackson Society, and insists the use of TPIMs is not considered on cost grounds.
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Revealed: At least 12 MORE British women besides ISIS bride Shamima Begum have arrived at Syrian refugee camps in the past week
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 20 February 2019

Twelve other British jihadi brides have arrived at Shamima Begum's refugee camp since she started her campaign to return to Britain, it emerged today.

The dozen-or-so women have also fled ISIS' final battle in Baghuz and arrived at the al-Hawl settlement in northern Syria.

The Home Office will be forced to make a decision on whether they too should have their British citizenship taken away like Begum.

These British women have run away as the caliphate crumbles with their husbands either killed or captured.

Britain could be forced to take back dozens of these other jihadi brides fleeing their collapsing caliphate.

Last week it emerged that 'tens' more jihadi brides are poised to come back to Britain as their medieval caliphate is finally driven into the ground. ...

BBC correspondent Quentin Sommerville, who has interviewed Begum, revealed that the British jihadi brides have arrived in force.

He said: 'This whole issue of what to do with these IS women and other IS supporters isn't going to go away.

'We know that in the last week alone, 12 British women have arrived at displacement camps here in northern Syria. So for the British Government, this headache of what to do doesn't end with Shamima Begum.'
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800 ISIS jihadis ready to unleash terror on home soil in the West if UK and allies don't lock them up, US officials warn
Charlie Parker
The Sun, 17 February 2019

Senior US officials have warned 800 ISIS jihadis will unleash terror across Britain and Europe if they are not locked up and put on trial.

The rare intervention from across the pond comes amid divisions in Westminster over what to do with Brit jihadis found abroad.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said yesterday that the UK could be powerless to stop 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum returning home after she was tracked down in Syria.

He said: "We can't make people stateless".

But his comments clashed with other senior members of the government including Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted he would "not hesitate" to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations.

Security minister Ben Wallace also vowed that Britain would not assist Begum in returning home.

He said her "actions have consequences" and that British lives would not be risked trying to save her from the Syrian refugee camp she ran away to. ...

Most of the captured fighters are being held by US-backed Kurdish forces, who had demanded Britain and her allies take the jihadis off their hands.

US government officials told the Sunday Telegraph Britain's refusal to take back their homegrown terrorists was a policy of "leave them at large and hope they don't find a way back".
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Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Kim Sengupta
Independent, 16 February 2019

Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the last enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to attempt vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of MI6 has warned.

Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming back from the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate about Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged 15, and now wants to return to Britain.

Speaking to journalists at the annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis members could be very dangerous.

Asked about the security threats to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous."

They also, he said, experienced extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
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UK's 'most dangerous extremist group' regenerating after terrorist prisoners released
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 16 February 2019

Britain's "most prolific and dangerous extremist group" is regenerating following the release of several convicted terrorists from prison, it has been suggested.

Supporters of Anjem Choudary's al-Muhajiroun group carried out atrocities including the London Bridge attack, 7/7 London bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, and many have fought for Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.

Choudary is among several activists released from prison in the past six months, as well as men who canvassed support for Isis on Oxford Street and members of a terror cell that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.

The head of national counterterror policing said officers were working to disrupt terrorist activity by al-Muhajiroun, which has shown itself to be adept at surviving past crackdowns. ...

Chief executive Nick Lowles told The Independent: "The release of some of their more prominent activists, albeit on strict controls, appears to be galvanising some younger supporters into re-establishing street stalls and other public activities.

"While a mere shadow of its former self, al-Muhajiroun still has the potential to cause havoc." ...

Dr Kenney, author of The Islamic State in Britain, predicted some recently released extremists will restart their activities when licence conditions expire.
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Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
Ken Dilanian
NBC News, 6 January 2019

The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services, according to a new report by a global security think tank.

Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities, according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News.

The figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

The statistics are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute and imprison those who pose a threat. ...

"The main issue throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.

Of 78 people suspected of carrying out the attacks, 49 percent had previous criminal convictions, including 19 percent who were repeat offenders, the report said.
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