IMMIGRATION CONCERN

NEWS AND VIEWS - BY SUBJECT
From 1 January 2018, except recent items

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ASYLUM

Asylum – holidays
Refugees go on holiday to their 'dangerous homelands' mostly funded by taxpayer's money
Voice of Europe, 31 July 2018

Already 115 refugees were caught by Belgian authorities in just the first six months of the year, travelling to their country of origin, and now risk losing their Belgian residence permits, newspaper HLN reports.

The number of refugees taking holidays in their 'dangerous homelands' is increasing. Compared to 2016 the number has doubled, the number already nearing the total number of cases in 2017, which was 134.

Migrants, registered as refugees, receive residence permits as they are in danger in their home countries. People returning could lose those residence permits, according to HLN. ...

The holiday phenomenon is not new. In the Netherlands dozens of cases were registered and in Switzerland and Sweden it was seen as well.

As a large majority of migrants are unemployed the trips are mostly funded with taxpayer's money. In Belgium, 66 per cent of refugees won't have a job by 2020.

For other countries the numbers are even worse. Nearly 90 per cent of refugees in the Netherlands are unemployed and similar figures in Switzerland are seen as well.
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Asylum – tensions, Sunderland
Sunderland MP Julie Elliott slammed over calls to halt asylum seekers being house in the city
Sean Seddon
ChronicleLive, 1 July 2018

An MP has come under fire for demanding a halt to asylum seekers being housed in her city.

In a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott called for a temporary clampdown to alleviate "tensions" in the city. ...

Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Michael Mordey, has previously lobbied the Government to take a similar course of action.

He previously stated: "As a council we have written direct to the Home Secretary to demand that he immediately halts the Government dispersal policy, that has created the issues in this particular local community."

But Liberal Democrat opposition leader Niall Hodson slammed Ms Elliot's hard-line stance.

He said: "Julie Elliott's comments are straight out of the far-right playbook.

"It is appalling to see a Labour MP sinking so low and making statements which only serve to make the tensions in Sunderland worse. ..." ...

Asked to comment on the letter, Ms Elliott MP said: "The Home Office needs to act on my letter as soon as possible in order to allow local services to deal with serious issues which are currently affecting some of my constituents.

"It is important that whilst Sunderland remains a welcoming and diverse city, we also have safe communities where everyone can feel at ease in their neighbourhood and homes."
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Asylum – children, adults
How many child asylum seekers are found to be adults?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 24 April 2018

It's correct to say 65% of assessed children applying for asylum are found to be over 18, but most children going through the asylum process who say they are under 18 are not challenged about their age in the first place.

One in eight is an overestimate for the proportion of children applying for asylum who are later found to be adults. It only takes the number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum found to be 18. ...

In 2016 the Home Office received around 9,800 applications for children seeking asylum in the UK. In the same year it decided around 580 cases where the age of a child was disputed (as they were thought to be over 18) and in 370 (61%) it was decided that the child seeking asylum was over 18.

The 65% figure quoted in the media comes from a report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration which says:

"Home Office data indicated that between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 it had received 2,952 applications for asylum from unaccompanied children.

"In the same period, it had raised 705 age disputes, roughly 1 in 4.

"Of the 705, 618 had been resolved. In 216 (35%) of these 618 cases, the Local Authority assessed the claimant to be under 18, and in 402 (65%) cases they were assessed to be over 18 (an adult)."

The Chief Inspector's office confirmed to us that 65% refers only to assessed unaccompanied children. The Home Office figure for all assessed children found to be adults in 2016 (the last year for which we know the total number of children seeking asylum) is similar – 61%.

There are some health warnings attached to the quality of these data sources, and their comparability.

Firstly, the 61% figure is indicative, not precise. ...

Asylum applications from unaccompanied children made up around one third of all asylum applications involving children in 2016.
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Asylum – family members, EU, UK
Child refugees have right to bring family, EU court rules
The Week, 13 April 2018

Child refugees who arrive in Europe alone must be allowed to apply for family members to join them, the EU's top court has ruled.

The decision, handed down by the European Court of Justice on Thursday, also applies to young refugees who reach adulthood before the end of the asylum process.

The right for young refugees to be reunified with their families "is not at the discretion of the member states," the court said.

The case centred on a teenage girl from Eritrea who applied for asylum in the Netherlands and turned 18 during the process, according to Deutsche Welle.

After it was granted, she sought to bring her family members to the country, but her application was denied by local authorities.

Yesterday's decision "could impact tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum within the bloc," the German broadcaster says.

The situation in the UK

Currently, only adult refugees are allowed to be reunited with their family members. Child refugees who have travelled to the UK alone are not permitted to bring parents or siblings to join them. ...

Last month, MPs backed proposed legislation to enable refugee children to sponsor applications for close relatives to settle with them in the UK.
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Asylum – ages
Truth about child refugees: Two-thirds quizzed about their age are found to be ADULTS, official report reveals after almost 3,000 people claiming to be unaccompanied minors apply for asylum in a year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018

Nearly two-thirds of 'child' refugees who were questioned about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official report has found.

In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.

The report, by immigration watchdog David Bolt, revealed that the Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children in the year to June last year.

Out of these there were 705 age disputes – around a quarter of the total – where officials suspected the individual was lying about their age. Of these, 618 cases were resolved and 402 – or 65 per cent – were found to be adults.

If these asylum seekers had been treated as children it would have left councils and local taxpayers facing a care bill of millions of pounds a year. ...

Home Office figures reveal that there have been 12,942 disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, with 5,965 – around 46 per cent – found to be over 18 in this period. ...

Reacting to the figures, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons home affairs select committee, said: 'This has been a problem for some time. We have been a soft touch in too many cases for asylum seekers who abuse our hospitality by elaborating their credentials. It is right we give a safe haven to those who are in danger but too often we have been too trusting.' ...

Ministers have ruled out using medical tests, including dental checks, to assess the age of migrants. Citing guidance by the Dental Medical Association, they say tests of teeth are 'inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical'.

But Britain is one of only three EU countries not to use medical checks to verify the age of child asylum seekers. The others are Ireland and Cyprus.
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Asylum – families, risk
Tory MP blasted for claiming letting the families of child refugees come to the UK will put the country at risk of Cologne-style mass sexual assaults
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 16 March 2018

A Tory MP has been blasted for claiming that letting the families of child refugees come to the UK will put the country at risk of Cologne-style mass sexual assaults.

Ranil Jayawardena faced cries of "shame" after he warned of the "potential to face similar issues'" that Germany had if they backed a so-called '="Good Samaritan Bill".

The draft legislation put forward by SNP backbencher Angus MacNeil would allow minors to sponsor their close relatives to join them in Britain. ...

The Conservative member for North East Hampshire referenced the shocking events in Cologne on New Year's Eve 2015 as he called on colleagues to "do what is best to keep control of our system" and protect the "silent majority" in the United Kingdom.

He said "up to a million refugees and migrants" entered Germany that year, and brought up the fact a "failed asylum seeker from Tunisia plough a truck into a Christmas market stand in Berlin, leaving 12 dead".

But to shouts of discontent from his fellow MPs, Mr Jayawardena said: "Perhaps no event was more disgusting, more disgraceful, than the events on New Year's Eve 2015 in Cologne where the BBC reported that more than 1,000 criminal complaints were filed, hundreds of them alleging a sexual assault.

"An officer with the federal police put in his report about that night saying that 'women, unaccompanied or not, had to run a literal gauntlet of heavily intoxicated masses of men of a kind that it is impossible to describe - the situation we were confronted with, chaos, could have led to serious injuries or death'." ...

He said: "The UK has the potential to face similar issues."

But the MP, who was speaking against the Refugees (Family Reunion) (No 2) Bill, was heckled by the SNP throughout his speech. ...

His attempt to get the bill thrown out failed however, after a vote to move it onto the committee stage was passed by 129 votes to 42.
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Asylum – deportation
Just one in ten asylum seekers who come to Britain are sent back to the country they first arrived in due to 'completely useless' EU rules
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 March 2018

Britain is benefiting 'very little' from a Brussels deal to send asylum-seekers back to the country where they first set foot in Europe.

A damning report says the rules known as the Dublin Regulation are 'virtually useless' amid concerns that other members of the bloc are exploiting Britain.

Migrants are supposed to claim asylum in the first member state they arrive in. Those who fail to do so can be returned there if they later travel on to another EU country.

An analysis by the Migrationwatch think-tank shows Britain asked its European partners to take back 4,237 asylum-seekers in 2016 on the grounds they had arrived elsewhere in Europe. But just 355 were transferred that year – fewer than one in ten.

The figures also reveal that for the whole of 2016 and 2017, only 676 asylum-seekers were sent back to Europe under the rules, fewer than one a day.

This is despite thousands making their way here via Calais. Over the same period, the UK accepted 1,019 asylum-seekers from other countries under the Dublin Regulations.

Migrationwatch, which campaigns for tighter borders, says the UK is gaining little advantage from the agreement. ...

In the last year, 26,350 people claimed asylum in Britain while thousands a month are being detected at ports on both sides of the Channel, indicating that huge numbers are trying to sneak in. ...

These regulations have been especially exploited by France, which claims it is not responsible for migrants coming to the UK from Calais.

Home Office officials say their hands are tied if a country refuses to take back asylum-seekers as it is difficult to establish exactly where an individual first arrived in Europe. EU countries have also been accused of failing to fingerprint stowaways they seize at their border so the asylum problem passes onto other countries.

Under the convention, any country which fingerprints an immigrant has to take responsibility for them.
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Asylum – asylum system
'A lottery': asylum system is unjust, say Home Office whistleblowers
Kate Lyons and Kirstie Brewer
The Guardian, 12 February 2018

The British asylum process is a lottery and many asylum interviews are rushed, biased and resolved by "cut and paste" decisions by overworked Home Office staff, whistleblowers have told the Guardian.

Former staff employed in deciding asylum claims said some colleagues had a harsh, even abusive, attitude towards applicants, mocking them to one another and employing "intimidation tactics" during interviews.

As a result, the whistleblowers said, the asylum system was in effect a lottery, depending on the personal views of the decision-maker who picked up the file. They said some staff took pride in rarely, if ever, granting asylum. ...

The latest revelations come a month after Home Office staff told the Guardian that the asylum directorate was in a "constant state of crisis" because of overworked staff and a huge backlog of around 50,000 cases.

The Guardian spoke to three former decision-makers or caseworkers. Each was employed at different regional offices and stopped working in these roles in 2016 or 2017.

All said they had tried to do their jobs fairly but struggled owing to productivity targets that one described as "ridiculously unrealistic".

Decision-makers are required to complete 225 interviews or decision reports a year.

"It affects the quality of the decisions," said one whistleblower. "By the time you have been through the photos, the file, the news reports, it's three o'clock and then you have to draft a report [a decision on someone's claim, which can often be more than 20 pages long]. Can you do that in two hours?" ...

The high turnover rate among staff made work difficult, all three told the Guardian.

A report published in November by the chief inspector of borders and immigration in November said the number of asylum decision-makers had fallen from 319 in January 2016 to 228 in July 2016. Numbers increased back to 352 by March 2017, but the report said more than a quarter of staff had quit over a six-month period.
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Asylum – UN policy
The United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in, claims David Miliband
Alessandra Scotto di Santolo
Daily Express, 2 February 2018

David Miliband called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take in more refugees and share the burden with the rest of the EU following UN recommendations, claiming the United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in. ...

LBC's Iain Dale asked the former Labour politician if Britain was accepting enough refugees in the country.

Mr Miliband replied: "No. The Cameron Government said it would take 4,000 a year, which equates to more or less six per parliamentary constituency." ...

"We did a calculation. We looked at the UN figure and the UN say that the western world should take over five years about eight percent of the world's refugee population.

"If you make that for Europe that's 540,000 and if you then do a calculation over five years it's 108,000 a year."

He added: "If you look at the UK, you're looking between 20,000 and 30,000 a year, rather than the 4,000 or 5,000 that the Cameron administration said.

"So I would be saying six per parliamentary constituency is not going to overwhelm you.

"If there is a fair sharing of the burden, Britain will be taking about 25 per parliamentary constituency."
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Asylum – fraud, illegal immigration, USA
U.S. asylum system facing rampant 'fraud and abuse' from illegals
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 31 January 2018

Homeland Security has reached a "crisis" in the asylum system with illegal immigrants gaming the system, the department said Wednesday, announcing new changes to try to speed things up so undeserving applicants can be deported.

The backlog reached 311,000 cases as of Jan. 21, "making the system increasingly vulnerable to fraud and abuse," said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency within Homeland Security that handles legal immigration.

To try to make headway, USCIS said it will prioritize the latest applications for the fastest review.

"Delays in the timely processing of asylum applications are detrimental to legitimate asylum seekers," said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. "Lingering backlogs can be exploited and used to undermine national security and the integrity of the asylum system." ...

Those who are applying for asylum are granted work permits, giving them a foothold in the U.S. while they await cases that can take years to complete. ...

The asylum program has become strained in recent years as illegal immigrants, coached by smuggling cartels and relatives who've already made it to the U.S., have learned the "magic words" to game the system.

The situation is so extreme that illegal immigrants are now coached to cross into the country and actively seek out a Border Patrol agent, to whom they can make their asylum claims.
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Asylum – European Union
Commission: Mass Third World Migration Central to EU Values, Refusing Quotas 'Unacceptable' - Breitbart
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 25 January 2018

Refusing refugee quotas is "unacceptable", Brussels has said, stating that migration from Africa and the Middle East is "directly linked" to values on which the European Union (EU) was built.

Migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said asylum seekers arriving in Europe must be shared out across the bloc, and dismissed the idea that nations opposed to compulsory quotas could show "solidarity" with financial contributions and means other than resettling third world migrants within their borders. ...

The Greek commissioner said the refusal of some countries to take in African and Middle Eastern migrants on Brussels' orders threatens to tear the bloc apart. ...

AFP reported Avramopoulos was "unrepentant" over comments made in December when he denounced European Council chief Donald Tusk's call for Brussels to scrap the "ineffective" and "highly divisive" migrant quota scheme as "anti-European".
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Asylum – statistics
Asylum Statistics
Oliver Hawkins
House of Commons Library, 23 January 2018

Asylum seekers were around 6.0% of immigrants to the UK in 2016.

The number of asylum applications to the UK peaked in 2002 at 84,132. After that the number fell sharply to reach a twenty year low point of 17,916 in 2010, before rising again to reach 32,733 in 2015. The number fell in 2016, to 30,747.

The percentage of asylum applicants refused at initial decision reached its highest point at 88% in 2004. After that, the percentage of applicants refused at initial decision fell to 59% in 2014, before increasing to 66% in 2016.

In the period from 2004 to 2016, around three-quarters of applicants refused asylum at initial decision lodged an appeal, but only around one quarter of those appeals was allowed.

In 2016, 37% of asylum applicants were nationals of Asian countries, 29% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 23% were nationals of African countries, and 7% were from Europe.
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Asylum – France, UK
Emmanuel Macron's migrant demands to UK are indefensible
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 16 January 2018

It is reported that the French President is determined to use talks with Theresa May as an opportunity to try to persuade Britain to take migrants from the Jungle camp in Calais.

If we agree, it's been suggested, France will back Britain's case for a favourable free trade deal between Britain and the EU.

It is clear that the Jungle camp has been a headache for French authorities. It has already been cleared once yet that hasn't stopped migrants continuing to gather there.

But what makes Emmanuel Macron or anyone else think that the problem will go away if Britain gave in and agreed to accept migrants?

On the contrary, nothing would better guarantee the arrival of even more migrants in Calais. ...

Some migration is good but uncontrolled flows of people around the world create havoc with social policy, undermining welfare systems.

It is for this reason that the asylum system has rules, foremost of which is the demand that anyone wanting to claim asylum does so in the first "safe" country in which they arrive. ...

It follows that unless refugees are fleeing from persecution by the Macron regime – which I suspect applies to very few – there is no excuse for trying to reach Britain before claiming asylum. ...

Two years ago Bradford-based charity Human Relief Foundation withdrew from its work in Calais after coming to the conclusion that most migrants there had "no valid reason" for leaving their home countries other than the search for a better life. ...

According to the charity War Child it costs at least 10 times as much to feed, clothe and house a refugee in Britain than it does to help one living in a camp close to that country's borders. In other words, for every economic migrant who plays the system and makes it to Dover we could have helped 10 people genuinely fleeing for their lives.
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Asylum – children, costs
Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach 25
Ian Drury and Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018

Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly £70,000 a year – with the bills continuing to land until they reach 25.

The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.

Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a year. The Home Office provides £3.35 million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4 million.

When a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they came forward. ...

It costs £67,634 per year to care for each of them, according to the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

That includes £50,716 for residential placement and linked care costs, £4,805 for education, £3,915 for healthcare and £3,826 for social workers.

For each lone child migrant, councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates, £480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on doctor registration.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS

Benefits and costs – EU migrants' benefits
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
Edward Malnick
Telegraph, 11 March 2018

EU migrants claim more than £4 billion a year in benefits, according to a new report.

The amount, in a paper produced by former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, came as Mr Duncan Smith set out proposals for post-Brexit rules preventing EU migrants from entering Britain unless they have already secured a job, and imposing a five-year delay before they are allowed to claim income, family or housing benefits.
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Benefits and costs – EU migrants' benefits
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
David Wooding
The Sun, 11 March 2018

EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4 billion a year in benefits.

Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare than the average UK citizen – and paid less income tax.

In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were not available.

But the cost of open doors migration has now been revealed.

Data from the Department for Work and Pensions, taxman and Treasury shows EU workers received more than £2.2 billion in tax credits and housing benefits, £1.1 billion in out-of-work payments and £700 million in child benefit.

There is a stark contrast between Western and Eastern Europeans.

Nearly half the personal taxes paid by migrants from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Poland went straight back in tax credits and child benefit.

DWP figures were not broken down by country.

But if they followed a similar distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age benefit.
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Benefits and costs – National Health Service
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished – not tinkered with
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 9 February 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers". This week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute rescue plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure of its Cost Recovery Programme.

... a report commissioned by the Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...

But, of even greater risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance policy. ...

I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access NHS care. ...

In response to this policy failure, last June's Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to £600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as £470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI in 2013. Really?

In truth, neither of these estimates is evidence-based. ...

By April, the IHS will have been law for three years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of British citizens travelling abroad.
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Benefits and costs – National Health Service
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2018

Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under plans which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the health service.

Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.

Ministers will today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...

"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra £220 million a year to support the NHS."

Ministers have pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.

Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had limited success.

Latest figures show £358 million was collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the immigration health surcharge.

The surcharge is paid when immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...

The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge payers.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Health tourist racks up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS bill after saddling hospital with £530,000 debt
Abe Hawken
MailOnline, 8 January 2018

A health tourist has racked up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS bill after leaving a hospital with a debt of more than £530,000.

The unnamed patient, who is from outside the EU, received treatment from a Manchester hospital last year.

It comes as health tourism continues to cost the NHS around £2 billion a year after doctors up and down the country provide treatment for non-EU residents.

The latest incident means the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was left with a debt of £532,498.

Freedom of Information laws has revealed that the figure is £30,000 more than the previous highest health tourist debt.
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Benefits and costs – National Health Service
As Britain's Health Care System Nears Collapse One Brave Doctor Speaks Out About the Real Reason: Migrants Gaming the System
Katie Hopkins
Hopkins World, 4 January 2018

Britain's nationalized Health Service, the NHS, is close to collapse. You've seen the headlines over recent days – the service is desperately sick. ...

They blame the elderly. They talk about how the population is ageing, and of the increasingly complex needs of the ageing (which, of course, is perfectly true). ...

The brutal truth is this: uncontrolled immigration is killing our NHS. ...

Is it any wonder? If you invite the Third World to the U.K., expect your emergency rooms to fill up with the world's waifs and strays.

The left championed welcoming refugees and open borders and now refuse to acknowledge that sheer numbers are the issue. Pro-migration news channels refuse to even challenge the medical establishment consensus that pensioners are to blame and staff have been bullied into silence by the hard left and the politics of health.

But one brave GP is determined to speak out. Deluged by new patients, inundated with demands for sick notes, threatened with physical violence, his service used shamelessly to game the welfare and healthcare system, he has had enough of the silencing.

He speaks to me in confidence, refuses a photo; he tells me if his peers identify him they will force him from his job.

We will call him Jo.

We've been working together over the last few months. He has helped me unravel what it is that is crippling our NHS, and diagnose the sickness that the BMA, the Royal College of General Practitioners, senior medics and political insiders refuse to acknowledge.

On the front line of healthcare, frustrated by his daily routine, this general practitioner sees a very different truth to the one that is publicly peddled. He is overwhelmed by new arrivals and their demands.

Not in a medical sense. He stresses repeatedly, if anyone is sick he is there to treat them, no matter what. ...

Jo is overwhelmed by the fact that new arrivals into the UK have worked out the welfare and immigration system in advance, and shamelessly use GPs to play it.

He looks at his work diary, filled back-to-back with people demanding sick notes formalizing reasons they cannot work. These people are clear about the time-period the note must cover and quick to anger if Jo fails to comply.

He tries to limit these sick notes to three months, but most insist on longer and refuse to leave until he gives them what they expect – permission not to work, or look for work.

He tells me he has been threatened repeatedly, both inside and outside work. ...

Jo tells me this kind of story is repeated in doctors' offices up and down the country wherever migrants live.

Migrants are gaming the immigration system by logging illnesses and conditions. They believe the more illnesses they accumulate on file, the stronger their claim to residence in the UK and the less likely they are to be turned away.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free treatment
Nick Mcdermott
The Sun, 3 January 2018

Record numbers of health tourists are flying into Britain to have their babies delivered for free on the NHS, a Sun investigation has found.

At least 2,631 ineligible women gave birth on English maternity wards last year then failed to pay, leaving a bill of £10 million.

Cases are up more than a fifth in the past 12 months, from 2,167.

Only 84 trusts that provide maternity services responded to our Freedom of Information request – around two in three. It means the real figure may be closer to 4,500 and NHS losses £16 million. ...

Ministers claim stricter checks are helping to detect more ineligible patients. ...

The biggest NHS trust, Barts in London, is seeking 438 mothers for unpaid maternity care totalling £1.75 million. Trusts admitted most would be written off.

Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: "These figures prove the NHS is clearly seen as a soft touch."
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 3 January 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

The true cost of health tourism is unknown, but on 1st February 2016, during a House of Lords debate, Lord Bates, then Secretary of State at the Home Office, estimated that according to 2013 figures, the total cost to the NHS of treating visitors and migrants in England alone was £2 billion per year.

The Government's flagship Cost Recovery Programme, effective from April 2015, was meant to collect a modest £500 million annually from health tourists by 2017-2018, but the National Audit Office report to the Public Accounts Committee in October 2016 predicted that only £346 million would be recovered by this target date.

This deficit prompted the Department of Health to issue a revised policy. /.../ As of 23rd October 2017, all NHS Trusts in England would have a statutory obligation to identify health tourists and to demand payment upfront before any investigation or treatment was started. ...

... Vital infrastructure is not in place to support the new policy.

Despite these facts, the lack of intent by the Department of Health is best displayed in paragraph 13.80 of the Guidance: "If a patient does not have sufficient funds, can they pay by instalments?" The answer given is "yes", despite confirmation from previous research commissioned by DH that of invoices raised to health tourists, only 16 per cent are paid.

The new 2017 policy, however, does have some good points. For the first time NHS staff, including doctors, will have the responsibility to report patients they think may not be entitled to free NHS care. Also of great importance, the guidance makes it clear that NHS staff facilitating health tourism may be committing fraud. Nevertheless, overall, the policy is flawed.

The British taxpayer continues to contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led) governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the NHS from health tourism abuse.
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BIAS

Bias – free speech
University withdraws job offer because of candidate's 'abhorrent' right wing views
Marco Ferrari
Falmouth Packet, 28 March 2018

An anti-immigration party co-founder has accused Falmouth University of "intolerant, anti-English dogma" for withdrawing an offer of employment after finding out about his anti-Muslim views.

In February, Dr George Whale was offered a job as a research fellow in the field of digital creativity, but last Friday the university's HR department withdrew the offer when they found out about his political activities online.

Dr Whale said: "You have a situation here where an employer is looking at the history of what you do in your own time and saying 'we don't want you to work here',

"Even if people don't like my opinions, freedom of speech demands that unpopular opinions be heard." ...

In an email sent to Dr Whale, Mark Smalley, the university's head of human resources, said: "During our pre-employment checks we have undertaken a search of the world-wide web and have found publicly available (and readily accessible) information associating you with anti-Islamic and anti-migrant views that, both in terms of the views themselves and the way they are expressed on-line, are incompatible with the values and policies of the university, particularly those pertaining to equality, diversity and inclusion."

He went on to say that: "If the university were to become publicly associated with this material by employing you, ... there is a high risk of serious reputational damage to the university." ...

Dr Whale holds a PhD in Creativity and Cognition, an MA in Computing and Design, and a BA in Fine Art, and as well as his political writings has published numerous academic works about digital design.

He has held research positions in universities such as the University of Westminster, and Queen Mary, University of London, but says he has been unable to find work in academia over the last few years because of his political beliefs.
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BORDER CONTROLS

Border controls – walls
Mass immigration has destroyed hopes of a borderless society
Tim Marshall
The Spectator, 30 June 2018

What kind of a president would build a wall to keep out families dreaming of a better life? ...

Those who denounced as crazy Trump's campaign promise to build a wall did not appreciate how popular such a policy would be, nor how common. Nation states have started to matter again, and people care about borders – not just on the Texan side of the Rio Grande. Today more than 65 countries now wall or fence themselves off from their neighbours – a third of all nation states. And this is no historical legacy. Of all the border walls and fences constructed since the second world war, more than half have been built this century. ...

At the turn of the century migration sped up and that began to tear down hopes of a borderless world. We've grown used to the new barriers that European nations have erected – between Greece and Turkey, for instance, or Serbia and Hungary, or Slovenia and Croatia – but many more are being built. To the east, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are working on defensive fortifications on their borders with Russia. These measures are more to do with a perceived Russian military threat than with mass migration, but they are part of the overall trend – reinforcing the physical boundaries of the nation state – and contribute to the hard border which runs from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

Saudi Arabia has fenced off its border with Iraq. Turkey has constructed a 700-mile concrete wall to separate it from Syria. The Iranian/Pakistan border, all 435 miles of it, is now fenced. In Central Asia, Uzbekistan, despite being landlocked, has closed itself off from its five neighbours.

On the story goes, through the barriers separating Brunei and Malaysia, Pakistan and India, India and Bangladesh and so on around the world. The India/Bangladesh fence is instructive in showing us how the era of wall-building is not just about people in the developing world moving to the industrialised nations. The barrier runs the entire length of the 2,500-mile frontier and is New Delhi's response to 15 million Bangladeshis moving into the Indian border states this century. This has led to ethnic clashes and many deaths. ...

The headlines afforded Trump's 'anti-immigrant' stance detract from the bigger picture. It is easier to have the big bad wolf to huff and puff against than it is to see him as part of a global phenomenon. Concentrating on the Donald's evils allows the Mexican government to quietly get on with deporting far more Central Americans from its country each year than does the United States. Granted, the US assists Mexico in this, but last year Mexico deported 165,000 central Americans, while the US expelled 75,000. The tales of hardship crossings, exploitation and human rights violations on the almost ignored Mexican/Guatemala border are, if anything, more harrowing than those on the border 900 miles to the north.
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Border controls – missing passports
400,000 UK passports go missing every year: Britons take 73 days to report it, many are sold on the black market and loopholes may let terrorists in
Ian Drury, Tom Kelly and Glen Keogh
Daily Mail, 27 June 2018

A staggering 400,000 British passports are reported lost or stolen each year, the Home Office said last night. ...

The Home Secretary acted to try to halt the rise in unrecovered and unreported passports which enables terrorists and hardened criminals to travel to the UK.

The Mail exposed this week how gangs roaming Western Europe stealing British passports spirit them back to Turkey and Greece where they are sold for £2,500 each. But despite the 'severe consequences' of missing documents falling into unscrupulous hands, the Home Office said people wait an average 73 days before alerting the authorities about a missing passport.

An international trafficking kingpin operating in Istanbul told the Mail that some passports are sold by their owners to people smugglers with the agreement they will not report them missing for several months – by which time they have been sold on and used by imposters.
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Border controls – airports
Who is coming into Britain? Airports failed to check the passports of 11,000 passengers after they were sent the wrong way at arrival gates
Arthur Martin
Daily Mail, 1 June 2018

Airport blunders have allowed up to 11,000 passengers over the last five years to enter Britain without going through passport control, figures show.

Each year around 2,000 people bypassed border controls after they were sent the wrong way upon arrival at UK airports.

Airlines and airports are responsible for directing all travellers on international commercial flights towards immigration desks. ...

Figures released by the Home Office show that 2,328 were misdirected last year – an average of six a day. This represents an increase of 70 per cent on the 1,364 in 2016.

The Home Office said some of the passengers who are misdirected are sent back to border control to show their passports. But it admitted that some are able to leave airports without being checked.
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Border controls – officials
Migrants smuggled into UK past "sleepy" border officials
BBC, 24 April 2018

A convicted people smuggler and an illegal migrant have told the BBC they gain access to the UK by taking advantage of over-worked officials who "don't care".

Criminal networks charge up to £12,000 for fake travel documents, which they say are often poorly checked by "tired and sleepy" border officials in France and the UK.
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Border controls – exit checks
No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 29 March 2018

Theresa May's long-promised system of "100% exit checks" at Britain's borders is so unreliable that it contains no departure records for more than 600,000 people who should have left the country in the past two years, a watchdog has revealed.

A report by David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, said that the system also contains a growing "unmatched pot" of more than 201,000 records of departures of people for whom there is no Home Office record that they ever entered the country.

Bolt quoted Home Office staff complaining that they had been "mis-sold the programme", that it was "rushed" and "flawed" and that inside the department there had been no comprehension of the vast and complicated nature of the data and the patterns it showed.

"Because it was not possible to to be certain about a person's movements they could not rely on it as evidence of immigration (non) compliance," the chief inspector said.

Industry representatives quoted by Bolt were far more scathing, describing the introduction of the exit check programme as "shambolic" with persistent issues about data quality, gaps and threats of sanctions against airlines that didn't comply. ...

May, during her time as home secretary, had repeatedly promised to introduce a full exit check programme through the e-borders system by the 2015 general election on the pledge of keeping track of everybody coming in and going out of Britain.

The chief inspector said that by June 2017, despite the promise of 100% coverage, gaps still remained in collecting data on those arriving by sea, ferries, for rail journeys in and out of Britain and travel to and from Ireland within the common travel area. ...

However, Bolt's investigation has established that as of March 2017 there were 88,134 visa nationals – from outside Europe – whose visas had expired within the previous two years but there was no record of departure. "At the same time, there was no record of departure for 513,000 identified non-visa nationals," he added. ...

The chief inspector noted that the system relies on airline records as passports are not swiped on departure from Britain. ...

The Home Office said it had rejected Bolt's key recommendation to re-establish the exit check programme, which oversaw its introduction to drive the needed improvements.
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Border controls
UK border and immigration system unprepared for Brexit - report
Reuters, 14 February 2018

Government delays, uncertainty and under-resourcing have left the British borders and immigration system unprepared for Brexit, according to a parliamentary report on Wednesday.

Lack of clarity over immigration intentions is creating anxiety for EU citizens in the UK and putting already overstretched immigration officials in an impossible position, it added.

"The government does not seem to appreciate the immense bureaucratic challenge they are facing or how much time and resources they need to plan on Brexit," it said.

The report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee criticised delays in publishing a so-called White Paper outlining the government's post-Brexit immigration plans. ...

Failure to set out detailed plans for the registration of foreign nationals and the transition period soon will make it impossible for immigration and border officials to do their job properly, it warned.
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Border controls – Hungary, European Union
EU court bars 'gay test' for asylum seekers
Reuters, 25 January 2018

Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday. ...

The man based his claim on the fact that, as a homosexual, he faced persecution in his home country.

The EU court ruled: "The performance of such a test amounts to a disproportionate interference in the private life of the asylum seeker." The Luxembourg-based judges noted that the EU executive has disputed the reliability of such tests. ...

In responding to the Hungarian court which referred the case, the ECJ said it was acceptable to seek expert opinion but this must be obtained in ways consistent with human rights and should not be the sole basis of a ruling.
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Border controls – Brexit
Guy Verhofstadt claims UK will not be able to fully take back control of its borders until 2021 at the earliest
James Crisp
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2018

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, today insisted that Britain will not be able to take back control of its borders until 2021 at the earliest.

Mr Verhofstadt warned there could be no limits on the free movement of EU citizens into Britain during the proposed transition period, meaning an extra two years of unlimited EU immigration.

Warning that the transition period would not allow "cherry-picking", Mr Verhofstadt said any changes to immigration rules "would only apply after the Withdrawal Agreement and the transition period."

That would push back the cut-off date for EU citizens to qualify for special residency status allowing them to live and work in Britain indefinitely to just under two years after 29 March 2019.

The former Belgian prime minister's comments backed demands made by EU-27 diplomats in draft instructions for Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.
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Border controls – cost
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 19 January 2018

British taxpayers have forked out more than £360 million since 2010 tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, it can be revealed today. The £850,000 every week has been spent trying to stop tens of thousands sneaking into the UK from northern France.

The eye-watering total includes the £44.5 million Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday gifted French President Emmanuel Macron to beef up security at UK border controls on the Continent.

But critics said the figure was actually a gross underestimate of the UK's financial contribution to solving a problem created by the EU's open border Schengen zone.

Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: "This is an absolute disgrace. The UK has gifted £360 million but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

"The real cost of the UK's contribution to protect the EU's borders is much higher.

"We have contributed millions of pounds to programmes in Greece and Italy to protect the borders there, and we have given millions more to Turkey to resettle economic migrants."

The overall cost to the UK is likely to be double or even quadruple the £850,000-a-week on the Calais crisis, he said.

Home Office figures obtained by this newspaper reveal Britain stumped up £111.7 million to secure the border at the height of the chaos in Calais in 2015-16, up from £48.8 million in 2014-15. ...

In addition, since October 2015, the UK has allocated more than £175 million of humanitarian assistance, including a three-year £75 million programme to meet the "urgent humanitarian needs of migrants".
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CITIZENSHIP

Citizenship – EU citizens, residence
UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme
Lisa O'Carroll and Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 22 June 2018

The government has promised to fast-track the registration process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, with decisions on applications to remain in the country reduced from six months to "a matter of days".

Unveiling details of the "settlement scheme" for EU citizens, the Home Office promised that the application process would be "short, simple and user friendly" with a default position of accepting rather than rejecting applications. ...

Applications will cost £65 per adult, with children half price. EU citizens will be issued with an ID number, but not a physical card, which they will be required to use for public services such as the NHS and possibly employment and property rental checks. ...

It has been estimated that the Home Office will have to process up to 4,500 applications a day to get through 3.2m applications before the programme closes in June 2021. However, numbers could be even higher, with the Home Office saying there could be anything from "3.2m to 3.8m" EU citizens eligible for the scheme. ...

Anyone with a criminal record involving a jail sentence of more than 12 months is at risk of being rejected. Checks on the national police database and watch lists will be automatic but past crimes in the rest of Europe will not be automatic. ...

It will remain open for two and a half years, with EU citizens who arrive in the country eligible to apply right up until the end of December 2019, the proposed end of the transition period.

Those in the country for less than five years will be granted "pre-settled status" which can be swapped for a full "settled status" ID after five years.

The new status will also be considered a route to British citizenship, ending the need for EU citizens presently in the country to go through the permanent residency process.

Close family members, defined as "spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild or dependent parent or grandparent living overseas" will be allowed to join those with settled status under a "lifetime right" of EU citizens already in the country.
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Citizenship – EU citizens, residence
3.8 million EU migrants are allowed to stay here after Brexit: That's 600,000 more than estimated – and they can bring their families
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 22 June 2018

Nearly 4 million EU migrants will be allowed to live permanently in Britain after Brexit – and bring their families with them. ...

Any EU migrant who has lived in Britain lawfully for at least five years will be granted this 'settled status' – giving them full access to schools, hospitals, pensions and benefits. Applicants will face only three questions: to prove their ID, whether they have criminal convictions and whether they live in the UK.

However, international criminal record checks will not be routinely carried out, meaning violent criminals could get the right to live here.

Even if an EU citizen has a criminal record in Britain, they might not be considered for deportation.

Officials said that if an offence such as rape had been committed many years ago, it might not meet the threshold to deport someone. Successful applicants will also get the right to bring their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, children and partners to join them – even if they are not EU nationals.

Officials revealed they were planning for 3.8 million applications – about 600,000 more than previously expected. It is because officials do not know exactly how many EU migrants are living here.

Applicants' names will be screened against only UK police and security databases, unless there is 'good cause' to suspect a person has a hidden criminal history abroad. ...

Tory MP Philip Davies expressed concern about the 'lax' checks on criminal databases, adding: 'Migrants who commit crimes here should be deported unless there are extenuating circumstances. The Government seems to be taking the view that unless it is a very serious crime, they are okay to stay, which is the wrong way round.' ...

Lord Green of Deddington, of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said: 'The effect of these arrangements is that EU citizens who arrive during the transition period will have the right to stay on for five years. They would then acquire rights to bring in spouses, parents and grandparents that were greater than those of British citizens.'
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Citizenship – criminals
Thousands of Foreign Gangsters Awarded British and EU Citizenship
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 12 May 2018

Thousands of foreign gangsters being monitored as organised crime syndicate members have been awarded British citizenship, figures suggest.

Data obtained by The Times shows the National Crime Agency are monitoring 2,083 gangsters, human traffickers, and drug dealers linked to organised crime syndicates who have British citizenship but were born abroad.

Comparing figures for birth nationality and current nationality for the gangsters, the newspaper found that a large number of dangerous criminals from Pakistan, Somalia, India, Poland, and Kosovo, in particular, appear to have acquired British or EU nationality.

New Home Secretary Sajid Javid has the power to deprive such individuals of their British citizenship – as predecessors have done or have attempted to do in a small number of cases related to terrorism and child sexual exploitation – raising questions about why his department appears to be turning a blind eye to the situation.
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Citizenship – patriotism
Patriotic Britons afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ABUSE
Gillian Crawley
Daily Express, 21 April 2018

Patriotic Britons are increasingly afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ridicule or abuse, a study has found.

It reveals many believe national pride is on the wane, with the younger generations placing less importance on patriotism than ever before.

One in four believe we are living in the least patriotic decade ever. ...

According to the report, 79 per cent of people consider themselves patriotic and almost 90 per cent say they are proud of their birthplace.

But 22 per cent fear they would be made to feel ashamed of their patriotism if they were to air their views in public. ...

Generally, older Britons feel more patriotic than younger generations, with 40 per cent aged 55 and over describing themselves as "very patriotic", compared to just 18 per cent of those aged 18 to 24.

Younger people are also more likely to feel ashamed of expressing their patriotism, with 29 per cent feeling this way, compared to 19 per cent of those aged 55 and over.

And a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds think patriotism does not really matter in modern society, compared to 15 per cent of over 55s. ...

And 72 per cent agree that people are less patriotic than they used to be.
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Citizenship – numbers, EU, UK
New statistics show almost one million people were granted EU citizenship in 2016 as Theresa May recommits to net migration target
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2018

Almost one million people were granted European Union citizenship in 2016, giving them the right to live and work in the UK.

Approximately 995,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU member state in the year of the Brexit referendum, a significant increase on 2015 when the figure stood at 841,000.

Meanwhile, the total number of people who were granted British citizenship stood at approximately 150,000 - an increase of almost 30 per cent on 2015.

Freedom of movement rules dictate that citizens of the EU are allowed to live and work in any of the member states. ...

The data showed that just over 10 per cent of the 995,000 people who acquired EU citizenship in 2016 were former citizens of another EU country while the vast majority came from non-EU countries or were stateless.

Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made up the three largest groups. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500 people from Albania and 41,700 from India acquired EU citizenship. Citizens of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of UK citizenship.
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Crime – robbery
Lithuanian gang flew into UK posing as migrant workers to stage terrifying £1 million armed raid at family-run jewellers
Tom Payne
Daily Mail, 28 July 2018

A gang of Lithuanian thugs travelled to Britain with the sole purpose of raiding a family jeweller in Cornwall, a court heard.

Armed with crowbars, pepper spray and a gun, they stole £1 million worth of gems from the shop.

The day before, four of the men flew to the UK, posing as migrant workers. They told passport control staff they were going to work for a clothing recycling firm owned by Gytis Inokaitis, who had spent three months planning the raid with mastermind Andrius Buinevicius. ...

Haroldas Ivanovas, 20, Rogertas Slekaitis, 25, Saulius Mickus, 28, and Tomas Bakierskis, 24, were convicted at Truro Crown Court last week of conspiracy to rob and using an imitation firearm with the intent of causing fear of violence. ...

Buinevicius, 41, from Lithuania, and Inokaitis, 35 from Plymouth, were also found guilty of conspiracy to rob and sentenced to a total of 29 years in prison after a two-week trial.
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Crime – acid attacks, cost
Acid attacks menace set to cost Britain £500m by 2020
John Twomey
Daily Express, 26 July 2018

Acid attacks have trebled in three years and threaten to cost Britain £500 million by 2020, research revealed yesterday. As victims suffer the long-term physical and psychological impact from appalling injuries, taxpayers are facing a mounting bill for increased spending on medical, police, prison and legal services.

More than half the attacks were committed in London, leading some to label it the acid attack capital of the world. ...

Former Scotland Yard detective Mick Neville warned yesterday: "Corrosive substances are becoming a weapon of choice for gangs. I fear it will get worse."

Research carried out for Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) has revealed the wider costs behind the shocking crime.

Last year alone, taxpayers forked out £60 million – around half of it in London where there were 470 attacks.

That represents a four-fold rise in just three years. ...

Across Britain, the number of acid attacks increased from around 300 in 2014 to nearly 1,000 last year.

ASTI, which campaigns for the rights of survivors, commissioned research from consultants Frontier Economics, which estimated each acid attack costs Britain at least £63,000.

It is the first time such research has been carried out and puts the total annual cost at around £60 million. ...

Nationwide, young women make up more than half of acid attack victims.

However, the trend is reversed in London where two thirds of the those targeted are young men.

Experts say the higher proportion of young male victims in the capital reveals the increased use of acid by gangs.
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Crime – anti-racism, Labour Party
The persecution of Sarah Champion
Ieuan Joy
Spiked, 26 July 2018

You would think that when a female Labour MP was physically threatened that commentators and many within the Labour Party would rush to her support. Since the murder of Jo Cox by a neo-Nazi terrorist, many have been vocal about the need for MPs to be protected. However, Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, seems to be the exception to this concern for female politicians' security, and the reason is because Labour is in part responsible for her current predicament.

Champion has been advised by Scotland Yard's counterterror unit to accept increased protection in light of the death threats made against her. The reason for these threats is because Champion has taken a stand against large-scale child abuse in Rotherham by Pakistani men, most notably in an article for the Sun last year.

In the article, she made clear that the majority of child abuse takes place within the family setting and most convictions for this crime are against white men. However, she still got in trouble, and was purged from her post as a Labour equalities spokesperson, because she pointed out in plain and honest language that the vast majority of gang-related sexual exploitation is due to Pakistani men.

Labour made her a pariah over her honest stance, forced her to step down from the shadow cabinet, and since then she has been made fair game for ridicule and abuse. The charity Just Yorkshire said Champion is responsible for 'industrial-scale racism'. That's the problem with Labour today: it would rather ignore industrial-scale child abuse than be accused of so-called industrial-scale racism.

The truth is that thousands of young white working-class girls were sexually abused by mostly Pakistani gangs. The scale of it was enabled by the authorities, who lacked the moral courage to do their duty and intervene, for fear of being labelled racist. The abusers were aware of this fact and exploited it for their own evil ends.

When Labour shushes and even demonises any discussion of this scandal, it legitimises those who would use threats to shut down the debate. Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, Telford – in all these communities white working-class girls were abused by gangs of Muslim men. How many more have to suffer before Labour is willing to have an open, honest discussion about cultural tensions in 21st-century Britain?
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Crime – violence, murder, London
'This war won't end': London gang murders on the rise
Andy Hughes
Sky News, 25 July 2018

Young black men in London are being murdered at a rate unlike anywhere else in the UK, as gang wars rage on in the capital.

Sky News has spent months speaking with London's fiercest gangs as part of an investigation into this year's increase in gang-related violence.

Our freedom of information requests reveal almost half of murder victims and murder suspects in the capital are young black men - way out of proportion to London's population, in which 13% are black.

This is a stark contrast to everywhere else in the UK, where the racial and age profile of murder victims and suspects reflects the demographic in those areas. ...

There were 80 London murders in the first half of 2018, with more than 1,300 stabbings. The overwhelming majority of these are gang-related. ...

Metropolitan Police figures released last week show there has been a 16% rise in knife crime in London and at least 51 people have been stabbed to death.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Labour MP Sarah Champion has been given beefed-up security after publicly condemning Asian child abuse gangs
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 25 July 2018

A Labour MP who condemned Asian child abuse gangs has been given boosted security amid fears she is being targeted by Muslim and hard-left opponents.

Sarah Champion received death threats after warning in The Sun last year of "a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls" in her Rotherham constituency.

Her comments triggered a major backlash from far left activists and Pakistani community groups in her constituency. They accused her of "industrial-scale racism" for pointing out that the sexual predators had a common "ethnic heritage".

Allies of Ms Champion have claimed they are trying to ruin her reputation in a bid to force her out of Parliament and replace her with a Muslim member of the local council.

In correspondence seen by The Times the ex-deputy leader of Rotherham Council described her as an "ogre". Jahangir Akhtar warned: "If Labour wants to keep her seat, they need to get rid of her pretty quick."

The newspaper reports that a leading figure of the local hard-left Momentum group Taiba Yasseen is being lined up to replace Ms Champion if she quits.

She has condemned Ms Champion for "betraying an entire ethnic group".

The criticism of Ms Champion has been orchestrated by a local racial justice charity, whose main donor is the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The Quaker organisation was condemned in 2015 for donating hundreds of thousands to Cage, a human rights group that described Isis monster Jihadi John as a "beautiful young man".
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Crime – fraud
Bilston forger built mansion in Zimbabwe while raking in thousands from fake marriages and benefits scam
John Scott
Express & Star [Wolverhampton], 19 July 2018

Clemence Marijeni has been locked up for 17 years after producing fake documents for two huge West Midlands fraud rackets.

The master forger behind one of the West Midlands' largest sham marriage scams and a £720,000 maternity allowance fraud has been jailed for a total of 17 years.

Clemence Marijeni produced fake documents for the money-spinning rackets, which ran simultaneously for almost four years, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

The Zimbabwe-born 44-year-old father of two completed a law degree at Wolverhampton University after coming to the UK in 2006 and claimed to earn £30,000-a-year from his role in a shipping business.

But the graphics expert pocketed more cash by selling forged paperwork to others involved in the two frauds while using eight bank accounts under false names to collect at least £55,000 from bogus maternity allowance claims for himself.

Meanwhile he and his Zimbabwean wife, Poula Chikuhwa, aged 37 – also part of the swindle – had a mansion built in their home country. ...

Henry Bazra, the alleged brains behind the operation, was interviewed by investigators but fled the country before he could be arrested and is now thought to be in Malawi. ...

Marijeni was a key player in the bogus marriage fraud, creating fake histories in a bid to help at least 45 West Africans to stay in the country illegally through bogus weddings. Czech and Slovakian people allegedly working and living in the UK were paid to tie the knot. ...

Personal details of almost 30 people working with one of the gang were used on fake benefit claims which were laundered through the bank accounts of others among the dozen people convicted of involvement in the fraud.
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Crime – fraud
Fraudster who built a mansion in his native Zimbabwe using British cash from £450,000 maternity benefit and sham marriage scams is jailed with 11 others for a total of almost 50 YEARS
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 19 July 2018

The head of a gang who conned £450,000 in maternity payments before building himself a mansion in his native Zimbabwe has been jailed.

Clemence Marijeni, 44, was at the centre of a 12-person fraud ring who claimed taxpayers' cash meant for mothers of young babies. ...

Ten others were jailed for their parts in the fraud; Liberty Masunda, 43, Tinashe Sagomba, 38, Toad Tagarira, 50, Kudakwashe Mhembere, 37, Faith Mavis Tagarira, 41, Tiwone Dowoke, 38, Walasungu Ngwira, 39, Patience Kanjira, 19, Casper Mawoko, 36, Tapiwa Madziwa, 37.
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Crime – slavery
Number of modern slaves estimated 'hidden' in UK rises tenfold to 136,000
Kieran Guilbert
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 19 July 2018

Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday - a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said.

About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the crime affects 40 million globally.

The government estimated in 2013 that only about 13,000 people in Britain were modern-day slaves - trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - while the police have said there are likely to be tens of thousands. ...

Forced labour is believed to be rife across Britain's building sites, nail bars, car washes, factories and farms, while a rising number of children are being used by gangs to carry drugs between cities and rural areas, according to police.
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Crime – fraud
Sisters among latest to be locked up over £720k Black Country benefits fraud
John Scott
Express & Star [Wolverhampton], 19 July 2018

Two sisters of the missing mastermind behind a £720,000 maternity allowance swindle were each starting six-year jail sentences for their part in the racket today.

Tiwone Dokowe, aged 36, and Walusungu Ngwira, 39, had each been sent to prison in June 2012 for 16 months after being convicted of a carbon copy fraud, Wolverhampton Crown heard.

They were locked up for 16 months and 20 months respectively in June 2012 for illegally pocketing £58,000 worth of maternity allowance, as well as housing and council tax benefits totalling around £17,000.

But when freed on early release the following year, both quickly got involved in the swindle reportedly organised by their brother Henry Baza, who was interviewed by investigators but fled the country before he could be arrested and is now believed to be in Malawi. ...

Pay roll manager Tapiwa Madziwa has also been locked up.

He provided a list containing the personal details of fellow workers at the firm where he worked and 26 of those were used by the gang to make bogus maternity allowance claims. He also allowed them to launder money through his bank accounts.

The 37-year-old economics graduate from Rightwell East, Peterborough, made a bid to escape when the trial was due to start but was detained at Heathrow Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Ethiopia. He was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Tinashe Sagomba, aged 38, of Dereham Road, Thetford, who had almost £40,000 paid into three bank accounts used by him after making multiple false maternity allowance claims, was given a five-year sentence.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Oxford Rape Gang Which Abused Young Teenage Girls in 'Sh*g Wagon' Jailed
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 13 July 2018

Six men have been jailed for the historic grooming and rape of six Oxford teenage girls in crimes against children the convicting judge called "sinister" and "predatory".

The rape gang operated in Oxford, preying on six "vulnerable" teens, then aged 13 to 17, from 1998 to 2005 and subjected them to "hundreds of episodes of sexual abuse", according to Judge Peter Ross.

Prosecutors described it as "sexual exploitation on a massive scale", with Judge Ross saying at the defendants' convictions in March: "Systematic and widespread grooming, that is what this case has revealed." ...

Victims told the court of the sexual and mental abuse suffered, with one describing being used as a "sexual object" by Assad Hussain, who was sentenced to life imprisonment. The judge described Moinul Islam, who was jailed for 15 years and nine months, as having one child "completely at his mercy".

Muslim, Pakistani-origin rapes gangs operating in Rochdale, Rotherham, and Telford targetting mostly-white girls are well-documented and receive some level of media attention; however, this is not the first reported rape gang to have been convicted in Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires' and home of one of the world's top universities.

In 2013, seven members of a rape gang were found guilty of grooming and raping vulnerable women and girls, some as young as 11, the sentencing judge saying on occasions that "the depravity was extreme".

The convictions resulted in a 2015 case review which found that some 370 "white British girls" may have been exploited, raped, and abused from 1999 to 2014 in Oxfordshire.
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Crime – child sexual abuse by gangs
Free Speech Week: Sarah Champion tells the truth about grooming gangs
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 11 July 2018

Today we remember the case of the Labour MP for Rotherham and shadow minister for women and equalities Sarah Champion, who had to quit after writing an article in the Sun following the convictions of 18 people in Newcastle over a sex grooming network.

The headline, which Champion will not have written, was too hot for the Labour Party to handle, so Champion was 'forced to resign'.

It states: 'British Pakistani men ARE raping and exploiting white girls . . . and it's time we faced up to it.' It goes on: 'Labour MP for Rotherham and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities comments on a horrific trend in grooming and sexual abuse by gangs.'

Well, as you can imagine, the outrage machine got in full gear over this. Goodness, if only the Leftists would police child rapists as closely as they do our language then perhaps we would have less child rape.

Champion begins the piece: 'Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?'

She continues: 'For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.

We have to have grown-up conversations, however unpalatable, or in six months' time we will be having this same scenario all over again.

'The irony of all of this is that, by not dealing with the ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness has actually made the situation about race. The perpetrators are criminals and we need to deal with them as such, not shy away from doing the right thing by fearing being called a racist.

'I'm writing this as I don't know what else to do to try and protect our children from grooming and sexual abuse by gangs.' ...

'Our children deserve better.'

Indeed they do deserve better, but sadly many people who should know better are prepared to look the other way for fear of being called racist. Sarah Champion is not one of them.
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Crime – violence, murder
'Feral' knife attacks where victims stabbed multiple times driving up London murder rate, police warn
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 28 June 2018

"Feral" knife attacks in which victims are stabbed multiple times with vicious weapons including machetes are driving up London's murder rate, police have warned.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said that stabbings are becoming increasingly violent in the capital, where more than 70 people have been murdered so far this year. ...

Mr Hewitt said that weapons including zombie knives, hunting knives, and machetes are being used more often, prompting a proposed ban on possessing some of the most dangerous weapons in public or private.

Over the last week alone, police in London have seized six guns, 135 knives and other weapons including CS spray. ...

"I have large numbers of officers now all over London who are routinely administering what you would call trauma medicine on the pavement and on the street in London to people who have been stabbed. And then the work obviously of paramedics and the doctors and everybody else that comes in.

"But the more violent the offences, the more chance there is that somebody is going to receive a fatal wound and I think that is part of why we have ended up where we are with the murder rate." ...

Knife crime in England and Wales has rocketed by 22 per cent across in a year and robberies by a third.

Scotland Yard's latest statistics show a 5 per cent rise in violence across London in the year to April, while knife crime is up 18 per cent, muggings up 30 per cent and youth homicide up a quarter in the same period.
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Crime – sexual trafficking
'Voodoo' nurse Josephine Iyamu guilty of sex trafficking
BBC, 28 June 2018

A British nurse has been convicted of trafficking five Nigerian women into Germany to work as prostitutes after subjecting them to voodoo rituals.

Josephine Iyamu forced the women to swear oaths to hand over money to her during "juju" ceremonies.

Iyamu, 51, formerly of Bermondsey, was convicted of five counts of arranging or facilitating travel for sexual exploitation at Birmingham Crown Court. ...

Iyamu, who was born in Liberia, will be sentenced on Wednesday.
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Crime – passports, terrorism
All passports that get stolen get sold... and the British one is a strong passport': Mail investigation reveals how gangs are selling UK passports for £2,500 - allowing criminals and terrorists to sneak in
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 25 June 2018

A disturbing trade in stolen British passports is exposed today by the Daily Mail.

Swiped by criminal gangs in Western Europe, they are flown to Istanbul or Athens for sale by people smugglers.

Security experts said owning a genuine British passport was like 'winning the lottery' for jihadis and criminals – allowing them to slip across borders undetected.

In response to the Mail's findings, MPs called for action to address Britain's 'shocking vulnerability' to potentially dangerous illegals. ...

The Mail bought a UK passport for £2,500 from Abu Ahmad, a people-smuggling kingpin in Turkey. It had been stolen from a Milton Keynes man working in Brussels. ...

He is on bail while he appeals against an eight-year sentence for spiriting thousands of migrants into Europe, including suspected jihadis. At its peak, his 'business' was bringing in £110,000 a month.

Europol, an EU police agency, warned yesterday that people smugglers operating in Turkey and Greece were 'frequent' offenders in the trade in black market documents, which is an 'important enabler' of organised crime.

Ahmad said all the passports he sold were genuine – otherwise they would be no use at border control.

They are either stolen or sold by their owners, who agree not to report them as missing for a few months, by which time they have been used by Ahmad's customers.

He said: 'Most British passports are stolen. Except if the passport was in the name of someone Arabic or Pakistani or something, that could have been sold.' ...

Interpol, an international police agency, has a stolen and lost travel documents database, known as SLTD, which it says was searched more than 1.2 billion times in the first nine months of 2016, providing 115,000 'hits'.

But on its website, it admits: 'Interpol is not automatically notified of all passport thefts occurring worldwide, and the SLTD database is not connected to national lists of stolen or lost passports.

'Despite the potential availability of the SLTD database, not all countries systematically search the database to determine whether an individual is using a fraudulent passport.'

In 2014, the head of the agency said just four in ten passports used for international flights were checked against the database. ...

David Lowe, a former Special Branch counter-terrorism officer now based at Leeds Beckett University, said: 'For terrorists and criminals getting a new passport is like winning the lottery.

'It's a significant concern with fighters coming from Islamic State or returning British fighters. Once you get in with somebody else's passport you are very difficult to trace.'
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Lithuanian deported from Sweden four times strolls into UK - and goes on £500k luxury car part theft spree
Julia Roberts
Mirror, 19 June 2018

A thief who came to the UK after being deported FOUR TIMES from Sweden has been jailed for stealing £500,000 worth of steering wheels, onboard computers and parts from luxury cars in just three months.

Ernestas Lukosevicius was repeatedly booted out of the country where it was said he had developed the necessary 'skills and expertise' to carry out such car crime.

By April last year, the Lithuanian had racked up his eighth conviction for 23 offences, was jailed for nine months and handed his fourth deportation order.

A court heard he is currently banned from returning to Sweden until February 2027. ...

The court was told there was no record of when he came to the UK, and Recorder Matthew McDonagh said he could not make the same recommendation for deportation as ordered in Sweden.
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Crime – deportation
Foreign criminal thrown out of UK for shoplifting four years ago walks back into the country to continue his one-man crime wave
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 19 June 2018

A foreign thief who was deported from the UK for shoplifting waltzed back past border guards and resumed his life of crime, a court has heard.

Eriks Gindra - who has racked up convictions in Nottingham, Doncaster, Leeds, Barnsley and Huddersfield - was kicked out of Britain four years ago. ...

In an unusual move, Gindra did not give his nationality in court, replying only 'gipsy'. But he used a Russian interpreter, suggesting he is from one of the Baltic states. ...

Gindra - who has 25 convictions for 49 offences in the UK - was arrested again in April and jailed him for eight weeks by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates last week.

It is expected he will deported again at the end of his jail term.
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Crime – violence, knife crime
Ex-head of Met Police calls for more stop and searches and claims migration is fuelling knife crime
Steven Swinford
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018

Police should increase the use stop-and-search to tackle soaring tackle knife crime and violence in London, the former head of Scotland Yard who oversaw a huge decline in the use of the powers has said.

Lord Hogan-Howe, the head of the Metropolitan Police between 2011 and 2017 when Theresa May was Home Secretary, believes that the surge in violence means "we now need to increase the amount of stop and search again".

Nearly 50 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the start of the year, while the overall number of knife offences in the capital rose by more than 20 per cent last year to 14,680.

He also linked migration and higher birth rates in parts of London to increased violence because it means that there are growing numbers of young men.
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Crime – asylum
'Hate-filled asylum seeker' stalked police and gathered weapons and bomb chemicals at Yorkshire home
Yorkshire Post, 13 June 2018

A hate-filled asylum-seeker who "stalked" police officers, a district judge and a female solicitor as he amassed a potentially lethal haul of explosive substances and weapons at his Yorkshire home has been given a 20-year extended prison sentence.

A judge added an extra five-year licence period on top of 33-year-old Askhan Ebrahimi's 15-year prison term because of the danger he still posed to his intended targets. ...

The court heard during his trial how Ebrahimi, who is understood to have come to the country from Iran in 2009, turned his flat in Oak Lane, Halifax, into "the hub" of his hate campaign against those in authority who he felt had wronged him.
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Crime – violence, blacks
Tory MP risks sparking fury for suggesting police should carry out more stop and searches on ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crimes'
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 11 June 2018

A Tory MP has risked sparking fury by suggesting police should stop and search more ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crime'.

Philip Davies said black people are more likely to be murderers - and be murdered themselves - on Britain's streets. ...

Speaking in a parliamentary debate, he said: 'When it comes to the most serious offence of all – murder – it is clear that black people, and in particular black males, are far more likely to be victims.

'They are also more likely to be murderers.'

He added: 'It is also a fact that black people are more likely to use a knife or a sharp instrument to kill. ...

He said official figures from the criminal justice system show that from 2013 to 2016 four times more black people - at 32 victims per million people - were killed compared to white people at 8 victims per mission people.

Mr Davies, MP for Shipley, said: 'Why are more black people being stopped?

'If the uncomfortable truth is that they commit more of the crimes for which they are stopped, we need to accept that and deal with it. If that is not the case, we need the evidence to show what the issue is.

'The Prime Minister said that institutions should explain or change. I say that this evidence needs an explanation, and it may well be that it should result in a change to the recent policy on stop-and-search, and that stop-and-search should be used more.'

His remarks are likely to spark anger among some who say that police stop and search powers have unfairly targeted ethnic minorties.

As Home Secretary, Mrs May announced a crackdown on the use of the powers, which she warned had bred resentment between officers and the communities they were sent to police.

But the move has proved hugely controversial after a surge of violent crimes in the years that followed.

There have been 70 killings in London this year - many of them stabbings - and at one point the capital's murder rate was higher that New York's for the first time.

In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in just one week where 283 people, many of them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
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Crime – knife crime, London
London Crime Wave: Nearly 90% of Knifepoint Robberies Go Unsolved
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 7 June 2018

Just one in ten London knife robberies was solved by police last year, data has shown, as leftist Mayor Sadiq Khan finally speaks up on the problem, begging the public to help police the city.

The new statistics, from London's Metropolitan Police force, shows there was a fall in all cases of knife crime successfully investigated in the capital last year, as the number of recorded attacks shot up.

The so-called "sanction-detection rate" for knife robbery crimes, those that end in some form of sanction or conviction, has been falling since 2015, with Mr. Khan taking over in early 2016.

In 2015, 32 per cent of cases of violence against the person involving a knife was acted on, dropping to 27 per cent in 2016, and 23 per cent in 2017, a Freedom of Information request by Conservative London Assembly Members (AM) revealed.

However, for robberies involving a knife, police acted on just 11 per cent of cases last year. This plummeted from 20 per cent of cases in 2015, and 14 per cent in 2016. ...

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the head of Territorial Policing for the Met, conceded there had been a "very significant increase" in violent crime last year and there was "far too much knife violence", but argued the crime wave was "stabilising".
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Rape Gangs: A Story Set in Leafy Oxfordshire
Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute, 3 June 2018

What price has been paid, is being paid, or might be paid at some stage, by all those public officials who tacitly or otherwise allowed these modern-day atrocities to go on, doing nothing to stop them? The policemen, politicians, council workers and others who were shown to have failed time and again. They have never been sentenced to prison for any of their oversights – and perhaps criminal charges (not even charges of criminal negligence) could never be brought against them. It is worth asking, however, if any of these people's lives, career paths, or even pension plans were ever remotely affected by their proven failure to confront one of the greatest evils to have gone on in Britain. That is the mass rape of young girls motivated by adults propelled by (among much else) racism, religiosity, misogyny and class contempt. ...

... the many people in the UK who for years turned a blind eye to the mass rape of young girls in their area. But of course these people are not in prison. They are rarely if ever vilified or even mentioned in the national press. They have not had their lives turned upside down. /.../ If Britain is to turn around the disgrace of its culture of 'grooming gangs' it should start by changing the risk-reward ratio between those who identify these monstrous crimes and those who have been shown to have covered them up.
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Crime – child sexual exploitation
Child Grooming Gangs: Government Accused of 'Letting Victims Down'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 May 2018

A group of 20 MPs have called for concrete action to be taken against "sickening" grooming gangs, as the government was accused of "letting down" thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation in the UK.

In a letter to the Home Office noting "alarming" similarities in how the gangs of mostly Pakistani-heritage men operate across Britain, the cross-party group called for government research into why the abuse is taking place. ...

Speaking with Sky News, Ms. Champion said: "It's absolutely sickening that child abuse can take place on an industrial scale and more isn't being done about it. It's a national scandal that this is even happening at all – it's not just in Rotherham, it's right across the UK. It's time the government stepped up and stopped this once and for all."

The letter came as Jayne Senior, the whistleblower awarded an MBE for services to child protection for her part in bringing the Rotherham abuse to light, blasted the government's record on helping victims of CSE.
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Crime – drugs, Albanians
How Albanian drug lords and their knife-wielding goons are exploiting Europe's porous borders to unleash a murder spree on Britain's streets that's seen 67 slain in London alone this year
Richard Pendlebury
Daily Mail, 26 May 2018

For this restaurant is the 'legitimate' business flagship of a local tycoon named Klodjan Copja. ...

Nine months ago, he was jailed for 17 years at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey for serious drugs offences.

It is estimated that he and his ultra-violent gang of fellow Albanians from Elbasan had imported as much as £150 million of cocaine into the UK. ...

Gangs like those run by Copja employ low-level operatives who have been using knives to maim and murder on our streets and housing estates. ...

Undoubtedly, Copja's incarceration is a success for British law enforcement.

But he and his cohorts are just one of many groups involved in a serious organised crime wave of Albanian-dominated Class A drug smuggling, the consequences of which has seen the dramatic spike in murders on the streets of Britain, 1,200 miles away. ...

A National Crime Agency league table of more than 4,000 UK criminal gangs also showed that Albanians had overtaken Romanians to rise to third place in the league, behind only Britons and Pakistanis.
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Crime – feminism, violence, political correctness
The anti-woman violence feminists are afraid to confront
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
New York Post, 25 May 2018

The debate that has bucked this trend is the #MeToo campaign, which has successfully cut across party lines, wealth divides, race and religion. This powerful campaign has focused on taking down anyone who has exploited power and fame for sex, not just stereotypical members of the patriarchy in the form of rich, white males.

We've seen Bill Cosby, John Conyers, R. Kelly, Tavis Smiley, Tony Mendoza and Tariq Ramadan publicly shamed along with bastions of liberal values like Eric Schneiderman.

The #MeToo campaign has shown that sexual exploitation is not the purview of only some ethnicities or political parties.

Unfortunately, liberal feminists pick and choose which types of violence against women are worthy of this studiously nonpartisan approach. For example, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honor violence seem not to be considered egregious enough to be taken up by the broader women's movement. Instead, these barbaric violations of human rights don't make it onto progressives' radar. Rather, they're excused or ignored by feminists because the perpetrators inflicting the violence tend to have brown skin. ...

The right of women and girls to be free of abuse has been sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.

Analysis done by my organization, the AHA Foundation, shows that legislators in 24 states hesitate to ban FGM despite evidence of girls at risk in their state. ...

Intersectionality entrenches victimhood and prevents men of color from being held accountable for patriarchal attitudes and behaviors, laying the blame entirely on white men.

We must depoliticize women's rights. We don't have to agree with each other's political views but protecting individual human rights must be a given.
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Crime – sexual exploitation
Oxford men guilty of sexual exploitation 'on a massive scale'
BBC, 24 May 2018

Seven men have been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing teenage girls "on a massive scale" in Oxford.

The gang was convicted of more than 20 offences including rape and indecent assault between 1998 and 2005.

Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said they carried out the "routine, cynical and predatory sexual exploitation" of vulnerable girls who were groomed with alcohol and drugs.

The five victims were aged between 13 and 15 when the offences started. ...

Assad Hussain, ... Kameer Iqbal, ... Khalid Hussain, ... Kamran Khan, ... Moinul Islam, ... Raheem Ahmed, ... Alladitta Yousaf

Det Ch Insp Mark Glover said the convictions were only possible because of the "incredible bravery" of the gang's victims.

He said: "This group of men subjected them to an almost unimaginable level of cruelty and sexual abuse over a significant period of time. ..."
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Crime
Threat from organised crime 'growing', agency says
BBC, 14 May 2018

Organised crime affects more people in the UK than any other security threat, says the National Crime Agency.

It warns the scale and complexity of organised crime groups is growing, driven by global movements of people and new technologies like encryption.

It estimates there are 4,629 crime groups in the UK, with many offences under-reported.

It says that more firearms have been arriving as gangs work across borders to smuggle them from Europe. ...

The NCA also warned the UK remains a "prime destination" for money laundering from Russia, Nigeria and Pakistan - with the London property market being regularly exploited. ...

The UK's 3,000 air fields also presented "opportunities" for groups smuggling in both people and drugs.
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Crime – drug gangs, violence
London crack cocaine gang violence threatens to spread to every UK town
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 14 May 2018

As London's armed gangs branch out of the capital and take over drug running, human trafficking and child exploitation, police warn that they are preparing for a massacre of the middle classes. ...

Middle-class havens like Cambridge are seeing Yardie-style gangsters threatening rivals with guns and acid attacks to seize control of trade.

Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield has said that youngsters from every midsized town could get sucked into drug dealing. She warned about the menace of "county lines" where gangs set up drug-dealing operations away from their usual areas. ...

Det Insp Billy Bremner of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "County lines is a massive scourge on society. It involves human trafficking, child exploitation and grooming." ...

Home Office statistics reveal knife crime in London has risen by 20 per cent since 2014, but there has been a 180 per cent increase in Warwickshire, 150 per cent in Hertfordshire and 102 per cent in Hampshire. Forces have had to work closely to tackle the menace.

Det Insp Bremner has told how about 40 per cent of county line dealers travel into his area by train and said: "They are predominantly black males of Somali or Afro-Caribbean origin aged 14 upwards."
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Crime
Per Capita Crime Statistics: Immigration and Crime in the UK
Defend Europa, 13 May 2018

As of May 6th 2018, there had been 62 murders in London alone. The victims were either shot or stabbed. Across the UK, gun crime has risen by 20% since 2014 and knife crime is up 23%. You need only look at the names of the unfortunate victims to realise that they were not from the UK, either by birth or otherwise. Overall, crime had risen 13% in the year leading to June 2017.

The last UK census was taken in 2011, when 'White British' accounted for 87.2% of the population. There is no doubt that this has decreased significantly over the last 7 years. At the end of 2016, 12% of the prison population was Black, despite them only making up 3% of the UK population, which shows they are four times as likely to commit crimes. The Asian prison population was 8%, against a national population of 7% and 'Mixed' was 4%, double their population nationally. ...

Not only are non-Whites more likely to commit crime, they are more also more likely to be victims as well. ...

Japan has a population of 127 million people and a murder rate of 3.97 per million people. The UK has three times the amount at 11.97 murders per million, with a population of just 65 million.

Import third world people, import their values too. We need to take a leaf out of the countries that have learnt to say no and in turn, protected their people AND their culture.
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Crime – violence, murder, London
It's time to get real about gang violence in London
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 12 May 2018

Given this demographic, you might be surprised that the campaigning organisation Black Lives Matter UK has been silent about this epidemic, leading many of us to suspect that BLMUK thinks black lives matter only when whitey is doing the killing and that otherwise it's nothing to write home about. But by the same token, the rest of us have not become too animated, have we? Our city's murder rate so far has overtaken that of New York's and is approaching Detroit's. Some 62 people have been bumped off since the start of 2018 and in the year to September 2017 there were 37,443 recorded knife crimes and 6,694 recorded gun crimes. ...

But then simply to point out these crimes have been exclusively, or almost exclusively, by ethnic minorities is to be cast as a racist by the usual crew of idiots. ...

The delusions begin in the home, of course. The latest dead kid is Rhyhiem Barton, aged 17. As you might have probably guessed, Rhyhiem was an aspiring architect. That's how his mum, Pretana Morgan, described him, as well as being good as gold and definitely not a gang member. /.../ We also know, from other sources, that the boy was actually a member of the Moscow17 drill crew and it is believed he was shot by members of a rival gang. ...

So there's that delusion, which we might pass over because Mrs Morgan is a grieving mother. The other delusions are rather less easy to forgive. ...

... But then it's part of the wider delusion, that the murders have nothing whatsoever to do with the culture of the ethnic minorities who both commit them and are victims of them, because white people are capable of murder too. ...

There is, patently, a problem of gang membership and violence among young men within some of our ethnic minorities. Which is why the police would tend to frisk some blinged-up black kid rather than a nice little white old lady called Betty. None of this is to suggest that any but a small minority within these communities are criminally inclined.
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Crime – benefits fraud, forged identities
Jailed: Failed asylum seeker who used five IDs to claim £370k in state benefits
Tony Palmer
Evening Standard, 9 May 2018

A failed asylum seeker who used five bogus identities to claim £370,000 in state handouts has been jailed for five years.

Said Boudemagh, 41, spent eight years submitting fraudulent benefits claims from his Upper Holloway council flat.

The Algerian hijacked the identity of a mother-of-two living in France for the scam and pretended that one of his aliases had illnesses including a disabled finger in order to deceive the authorities, Blackfriars crown court heard.

Boudemagh used a forged French identity card to enter the UK illegally in March 2000, and later had two bids for asylum rejected. He eventually secured British residency by marrying a UK national, starting to claim benefits as soon as he secured a National Insurance number.

However, by June 2007 Boudemagh, a father-of-one, had begun defrauding the state on a large scale. He used a fake passport to claim more than £175,000 in benefits in the name of Jamel Bensaid, and even asked for £16,798 in carer's allowance to look after a non-existent friend. ...

Jailing him for five years, Judge Jane Sullivan said he had shown no remorse.

The court heard that the only repayment of the stolen money will come from deductions to benefits after his release.
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Crime – child sexual abuse, Newcastle
Operation Sanctuary: More than 500 child sex groomers face deportation
Jerry Lawton
Daily Star, 8 May 2018

Up to 550 child sex groomers from the same city are to be kicked out of Britain.

Police have passed their details to the Home Office after smashing a giant sex ring run by taxi drivers in Newcastle.

They face deportation for posing a high risk of causing harm.

The astonishing figure includes sex groomers, human traffickers, modern slave masters and other high risk foreign cyber crime and domestic abuse offenders.

Not all have been convicted. Some are merely suspects.

Officers found eight separate crime gangs running child sex rings across the city.

All 18 members of one were jailed after girls as young as 14 were plied with booze and drugs and forced to have sex with multiple partners. ...

Police have issued 220 child abduction notices warning suspects still at large they will be arrested if they approach youngsters.

Police said 60 taxi drivers suspected of "sexual exploitation" had been suspended. ...

A police and crime panel report into the operation said: "It is difficult to overstate the positive impact of Sanctuary."

But it said sex gangs were still operating in the area.
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Crime – child sexual abuse, legal aid
Telford child sex monsters handed almost £2.5 MILLION in legal aid
Geraldine McKelvie
Mirror, 29 April 2018

Legal aid for Telford child sex monsters came to nearly £2.5 million.

It was spent defending seven culprits who were brought to justice after a police investigation which identified a potential 200 suspects.

Now – after a Sunday Mirror investigation last month found up to 1,000 youngsters may have been abused – victims are furious over the amount they say would have been better spent helping survivors.

Killer Azhar Ali Mehmood, who murdered 16-year-old sex abuse victim Lucy Lowe and her mum and sister in the Shropshire town, was granted £130,000 for his defence at his 2000 trial which ended in a life sentence.

He never faced abuse charges, but almost 10 years later a police investigation into the Telford grooming scandal was launched which led to convictions of seven abusers in 2013.

They included rapist Ahdel Ali whose legal aid cost £470,812, his brother Mubarek (£424,228), Mohammed Islam Choudhrey (£350,000), Mohammed Ali Sultan (£398,205), Mohammed Younis (£269,387), Mahroof Khan (£443,732).

Abdul Rouf (£329,469) walked free, but the judge ordered a child prostitution charge should lie on file.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Institutions Prioritised 'Reputation of Political Leaders' over Child Welfare, Warns Sex Abuse Inquiry
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 27 April 2018

Institutions are putting their reputations above the safety of vulnerable children who are being sexually exploited, an inquiry has found.

"The inquiry considers that all too often institutions are prioritising the reputation of political leaders or the reputation of their staff, or avoiding legal liability, claims or insurance implications, over the welfare of children and tackling child sexual abuse," an interim report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has found. ...

The interim report, published Wednesday, found that many respondents to the Inquiry's Truth Project said they have "frequently stated that institutions deny responsibility for, or knowledge of, the abuse they suffered". ...

The interim report also found that, like with victims of Muslim grooming gangs in Telford, Rotherham, and Rochdale, victims were sometimes considered complicit in their own abuse and even called prostitutes. ...

The IICSA interim report was published the same day that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced that they had identified "potential misconduct" into South Yorkshire Police's response to allegations of child abuse and Muslim grooming gangs in Rotherham and were overseeing 98 separate investigations.
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Crime – racial murders, political correctness
Racial murders: nearly half the victims are white
Antony Barnett
The Observer, 22 April 2018

Nearly half of all victims of racially motivated murders in the last decade have been white, according to official figures released by the Home Office.

The data, released under Freedom of Information legislation, shows that between 1995 and 2004 there have been 58 murders where the police consider a racial element played a key part. Out of these, 24 have been where the murder victim was white.

The disclosure will add to the intense debate over multiculturalism in British society. The figures also overturn the assumption that almost all racial murders are committed against ethnic minority victims.

Senior police officers have admitted that 'political correctness' and the fear of discussing the issue have meant that race crime against white people goes under-reported. ...

Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Cheshire and a spokesman on race issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said it was a fact that it was harder to get the media interested where murder victims were young white men.

The political correctness and reluctance to discuss these things absolutely does play a factor', he said. 'A lot of police officers and other professions feel almost the best thing to do is try and avoid it for fear of being criticised. We probably have all got ourselves into a bit of state about this.

'The difficulty in the police service is that the whole thing is being closed down because we are all afraid of discussing any of it in case we say the wrong thing - and that is not healthy.' ...

Fahy also warned of caution in over-interpreting the figures. He said that the 24 white victims also included those who were Jewish, 'dark-skinned' Europeans or gypsies. In addition, seven of those were killed by white attackers, four by black, six by Asian, with seven whose racial background was not identified. ...

Overall, there have been 10 black victims and 16 Asian victims. Of the 58 race murders, 18 have been where a white attacker has killed a black or Asian individual and another 14 where one member of a minority group has murdered another for racial reasons.

'This shows the complex society we are policing,' said Fahy. ...

Three years ago Phil Woolas, MP for the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, who is now Minister for Community Cohesion, said 'political correctness' was stopping racism against white people from being condemned. As a result, he said, attacks on whites by black and Asian people are not criticised by politicians and could harm race relations in Britain.
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Crime – slavery
The evil faces of modern day slavery: Roma gang who exploited EU laws to traffic victims from Slovakia to Newcastle present a damning picture of 2018 Britain
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 21 April 2018

Because what is now known is that those men and women living in the £225,000 property in Newcastle were held there against their will.

Vulnerable individuals, they had been trafficked from Slovakia and the Czech Republic by a family of Roma migrants living in Britain. Bought and sold for as little as £300 each, their passports were then confiscated and they were sent out to work.

Any wages they earned were taken from them. Back at the house, they were also expected to wait on their captors hand-and-foot and perform back-breaking labour to bring in extra money. ...

That something like this could happen, over a period of seven years, in a modern city in 21st century Britain is hard to believe. ...

Because once the three generations of the Rafael family had arrived in this country, they set about abusing the welcome they had been offered in pretty much every way possible.

They applied for – and were granted – benefits not just for themselves but for their victims, too. ...

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pounds were pocketed in claims made using their victim's names. In short, the Rafaels were running a business – a business built around slavery.

The suffering and the scams only came to an end when one of their victims escaped and went to the police.

The Rafaels were arrested and charged with slavery, trafficking and money laundering. Seven of their number were convicted or pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court. ...

In total, the UK's Roma population is today put at somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000. They are drawn from countries across Eastern Europe, the vast majority having arrived since the expansion of the EU in 2004, their numbers boosted following the admission of Romania and Bulgaria.
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Crime – child sexual exploitation
Four Burton men are jailed for total of 17 years for exploiting young girls
Helen Kreft
BurtonMail, 20 April 2018

Four Burton men who sexually exploited young girls to satisfy their own adolescent lust have been sent to a young offenders' institute for a total of 17 years.

They abused five girls who were aged just 13 and 14 at the time. The four men had pleaded guilty to a total of 22 offences at a previous court hearing in February.

Taiyab Hussain, 19, and Mohammed Hizar Rizwan, 18, picked the girls up by car on two occasions before getting them to perform sex acts. ...

Shaheem Ratyal, 19, later abused one of the victims, and Sohail Raja Ali, 19, abused a fourth victim, who was just 13 at the time.
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Crime
Gang behind huge multi-million pound network of cannabis farms run by 'Albanian mafia' are jailed
Neal Keeling
Manchester Evening News, 18 April 2018

An investigation into a £6m network of cannabis farms controlled by the 'Albanian mafia' has led to 26 people being jailed.

Police launched Operation Tisdale in March 2016 to dismantle a large organised crime group who conspired to grow, package, and sell the drug on a huge scale nationwide.

Eighteen of those jailed are from Greater Manchester and Cheshire. ...

The operation was controlled by organised criminals from Albania - whose 'mafia' gangs have become significant players in the UK drugs trade in recent years. ...

Twenty-six people were arrested, charged and convicted of offences including conspiracy to supply class B drugs, money laundering and false documentation.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Members of Oxford child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another are jailed for total of 20 years
Jessica Green
MailOnline, 17 April 2018

Two men on the periphery of a twisted child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another were jailed for a total of 20 years today.

The victims of Raheem Ahmed and Kamran Khan, of Bolton, said they thought the abuse was normal. ...

Judge Peter Ross heard at Oxford Crown Court how the girls were left permanently scarred by the abuse.
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Crime – cost
Foreign offenders in Leicestershire cost Government £7.7m last year
Amy Orton
Leicester Mercury, 13 April 2018

Referring foreign national offenders in Leicestershire to the Home Office for deportation cost the criminal justice system around £7.7 million last year.

Foreign national offenders are classed as any offender who is not a UK citizen. Their offences could have been committed overseas or in the UK.

For those who committed offences overseas, those crimes might not come to light until the individual is brought to the attention of police in this country, sometimes for minor offences. ...

During 2017, 110 offenders who passed through Leicestershire Police custody suites were referred to the Home Office.

The Office for National Statistics estimates the cost of dealing with such criminals to be about £70,000 per offender.

The figures were revealed as Detective Sergeant Gary Bee and Pc Tony Andrews from Operation Advenus gave a presentation on their work to the Leicestershire Safer Communities Strategy Board at a County Hall meeting. ...

Det Sgt Bee said: "The misconception is that there is an application process, but that is not the case.

"The reality is that people [from the EU] with convictions, and often very serious convictions, can move to the UK with an entirely clean slate.

"It is startling, but this is the situation we face.

"The worrying thing is that often the first time we come into contact with these people is often when we get them in custody." ...

An average of 120 foreign national offenders pass through Leicestershire Police's custody suites per month. The 110 offenders referred to the Home Office in 2017 were able to be referred for deportation because of the severity of their criminal backgrounds. ...

Pc Andrews said: "These costs mentioned are just to manage offenders who are referred to the Home Office.

"If we were talking about [dealing with] a murder or a stranger rape, then the costs are unquantifiable."
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Crime – drug smuggling
Corrupt baggage handlers who smuggled hundreds of kilos of cocaine into Heathrow by switching bags to domestic pick-up carousels were caught after one of them was busted passing drugs under a table in a Burger King in Kings Cross
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 13 April 2018

Mark Agoro was part of a 12 strong gang based in the UK involved in a 'phenomenally lucrative' plot that saw hundreds of kilos of cocaine pass through Heathrow Airport.

Drug laden suitcases were flown into Heathrow Airport from Brazil and were moved from the international arrivals carousel to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks. ...

The court heard one of the ringleaders Joysen Jhurry, 41, was a baggage handler working at Heathrow and was helped by his brother-in-law, Preetam Mungrah, 44, and other crooked handlers at Terminal 5 including Damion Goodhall, 30, and Wilfred Owusu, 30.

Owusu organised couriers including Danovan Bull, 45, and Moses Awopetu, 38, and Agoro to fly in and collect the luggage and walk away without any customs checks, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Michael Sutherland, 48, was also 'high up' in the plot, organising couriers and 'therefore involved in the onward distribution of cocaine'.

Leiona Townshend-Bartley, 32, Francisca Archer, 26, Aziz Abdul, 37, and Mohammad Ali, 41, had lesser roles as couriers or helpers.
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Crime – machete crime
One machete crime every 90 minutes on Britain's streets as police try to deal with thugs carrying out murders, rapes and burglaries
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 13 April 2018

Machete attacks are taking place every 90 minutes on our streets, figures reveal.

Criminals are increasingly picking the jungle blades as their weapons of choice to instill terror in victims and rival gang members.

Police forces are dealing with rising numbers of machete-wielding thugs carrying out murders, rapes, robberies and burglaries. ...

Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests show that in the last two months of 2017 police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day – or one every 90 minutes.

London saw 425 of the attacks, with 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

It represents a dramatic rise from just three years before, when the deadly blades were used in only 100 crimes a month over the same period.

The machete was originally intended as a tool used to cut undergrowth or sugar cane in Latin America and Africa. ...

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the year to September 2017 the police recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument – a 21 per cent increase on the previous year, and the highest since records began seven years ago.
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Crime – human trafficking
Romany family who bought destitute slaves from Eastern Europe for £200 a head then kept them in cellars and swindled benefits in their names are found guilty of trafficking
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 12 April 2018

Five members of a Romany family have been found guilty of trafficking homeless people from eastern Europe into Britain to work as slaves.

The group, based in Newcastle, bought and sold their victims for as little as £200, and forced them to live in cellars and sleep in cramped rooms.

The Rafael family picked them up off the streets of central Europe and then used them to claim benefits by arranging National Insurance numbers for them, but pocketed the cash themselves, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Headed by Roman Rafael, the gang, from Slovakia, were convicted of charges including forced labour, money laundering and conspiracy to traffic with a view to exploitation.

Victims were picked up from Slovakia and the Czech Republic and offered flights to the UK and work, but were then enslaved and sent to work in food packaging factories, the court heard.

Their lack of English and any documentation, as well as little access to money, effectively left them trapped.
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Crime – racism, discrimination
Theresa May 'got it wrong' on stop-and-search, says ex-Scotland Yard chief
Justin Davenport
Evening Standard, 11 April 2018

Former Scotland Yard police chief Lord Stevens today said Theresa May had "got it wrong" when she ordered a reduction in stop-and-search tactics, which were an "incredibly effective tool" in tackling street crime.

Lord Stevens, Met commissioner from 2000 to 2005, told LBC's Nick Ferrari programme there needed to be strong political leadership to tackle the rise in violence in London. ...

Mrs May reformed stop and search powers in 2014 as home secretary, saying the tactic discriminated against young black men. The number of stop and searches fell hugely. Lord Stevens said: "All of us came out and said this was the wrong decision. It has to be intelligence-led and when you stop people treat them with respect but the bottom line is you have to have stop and search, it is the most incredibly effective tool and we have to get back into it."
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Crime – culture, multiculturalism, community cohesion
Immigration and crime, is there a link?
Dainis Ignatans, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Huddersfield
The Conversation, 10 April 2018

Bold newspaper headlines either blame immigrants for a whole host of issues or portray them as saintly helpers in the struggle for economic well-being. ...

The reality is that as researchers, we know little about the relationship, if any, between immigration and crime. This is in part because lowbrow journalistic obsession with immigration and crime has made it somewhat a taboo topic for research. As evidenced by the limited academic literature available, a consensus simply does not exist. ...

Research also shows that immigrants who come from culturally similar backgrounds to their new area, are likely to commit fewer crimes than the native population. Research on Los Angeles, for example, found that a higher number of Latino immigrants who were from culturally similar regions to the current residents, reduced the rates of violence in the area.

Similarly, research in Spain showed that Spanish speaking immigrants had a much more benign impact on crime than those of other origins. Such immigrants undoubtedly have an easier time moving to a new country where the culture reflects something like their own.

And yet, people from ethnic minority groups in Western countries are disproportionately likely to be arrested and imprisoned for most crime types. And asylum seekers are over-represented in the crime figures in Germany and Denmark. ...

Immigrant populations tend to be very concentrated, with people tending to reside in areas with existing communities. My recent research shows that throughout England and Wales, areas where immigrants from one single background make up a significant majority of the immigrant population, tend to be low in crime. Nearly as low in crime as the areas with small immigrant populations.

It doesn't make a difference what the background of the immigrant population is, what appears to be key is that there is a cultural similarity among the immigrant population within an area. My research also found that areas with very high numbers of immigrants that are low in crime – or below the nation's average – tend to be areas with either European or African immigrants.

But my research also showed that areas where two or more cultures (other than that of the indigenous population) are prevalent, tend to be very high in crime. This is specifically the case in areas with the highest proportions of immigrants from Asia and Europe. In these areas violent crime is 70% higher, property crime is 92% higher and vehicle crime increases by 19% compared to national average.

The research I have carried out shows the need to view culture as invaluable in the examination of the impact immigration has on crime. ...

Social housing and other affordable housing initiatives must also be thought through carefully to avoid creating cultural clashes where possible.
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Crime – race, police
Ex-race chief makes controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence and says 'it's not white boys in Surrey who are being stabbed'
Simon Walters
Mail on Sunday, 8 April 2018

A controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence has been made by the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality.

In a move that is bound to provoke a fierce debate, lifelong community relations campaigner Trevor Phillips takes political leaders to task for failing to acknowledge that rising knife crime in London involves race. ...

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mr Phillips said: 'We have to be

honest and say the central issue is not white boys in Surrey being stabbed or stabbing other people. The victims and perpetrators are mainly from a narrow range of backgrounds, and we should not be afraid to say so. They are usually from black, Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.'

Mr Phillips, whose parents came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s, said police 'stop and search' powers, curbed by Mrs May as Home Secretary, must be deployed in a 'more concentrated and intelligent way'.

There was no reason they should not use different methods in different parts of the country, he argued, giving Tottenham and Maidenhead as an example.

'In areas like Tottenham where I grew up and where large numbers of black children are attacking other black children, there is a case for policing them differently to places like Maidenhead where this is not the case.'

Anticipating criticism from a 'vocal minority,' he added: 'I realise some might say it is racist to use different methods of policing for areas based on their ethnic make-up, but I disagree. It is only racist if you believe all of today's policemen are idiots: I don't. And in my experience, far from being opposed to such measures, ethnic minorities are usually the ones most in favour of such action because it is their young who are being killed and beaten.' ...

... He said: 'One of the main problems we face is that nobody has had the courage to stand up and tell the truth. Unless we are honest enough to acknowledge the real nature of the problem, and in particular the fact that it has racial and cultural dimensions, all we are doing is flapping our lips and virtue signalling.' ...

Mr Phillips, 64, was head of the Commission for Racial Equality from 2003 to 2006 and took over its successor, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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Crime – illegal immigration
Home Office official was the ringleader of £6 million conspiracy which allowed 437 illegal immigrants into Britain
Christian Gysin
Daily Mail, 4 April 2018

A Home Office official was at the centre of a £6 million conspiracy which allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country.

Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his 'trusted' position to falsify records for at least 437 people.

Yesterday all four men involved in the scam were found guilty following a trial and will now be sentenced at a hearing next week. ...

The potential loss to the taxpayer was assessed by Home Office statisticians as £56 million, based on the amount the 437 illegal immigrants could have falsely claimed in benefits over the six years of the fraud.

However, exactly how many immigrants were given 'ghost' identities may never be known.

The conspiracy netted the gang themselves more than £6.18 million, with much of the money spirited back to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Dubai, where the criminals have strong links.

When ringleader Iqbal was arrested investigators found bank accounts containing more than £1 million in cash. ...

A senior Home Office source told the Mail: 'The bottom line is that we may never know the true number of people this gang helped stay in the country.

'There could be literally hundreds more on their books that we simply haven't found.

'The deception that has been allowed to go on for years is highly embarrassing to the Home Office.

'Some of those given new identities could even be potential terrorists. Many of them have simply melted away meaning we will never trace them.'

Iqbal's co-accused were Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, legal case worker Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and worker Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 48.

Usman is a qualified lawyer of Pakistani origin who worked at a number of firms in London. British citizen Hussain, who was born in Pakistan, and Ali, who came to Britain from Bangladesh aged 12, both worked at solicitors' practices in London.
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Crime – knife crime
London cops 'scared' to stop and search as city's murder rate passes New York, says Met Chief
David Wooding
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018

Britain's top cop admits PCs are too scared to stop and search suspects, despite an eight-year high in knife crime that has seen London overtake New York for murders.

Cressida Dick said officers feared breaching rules on harassing ethnic minorities.

The Met chief said: "Cops probably did lose confidence. They were fearful they might get into trouble or might not be supported if they had a complaint."

So far this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14 in New York. ...

Blades killed 215 in England and Wales in the past year and crimes top 100 a day.

Ms Dick hinted at a rise in checks. ...

"So it's one thing you'll see in the next year. We won't be held back by political correctness. But it will be fair and irrespective of race."
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Crime – knife crime
Untie the hands of the police, PM, and let them end scourge of knife crime
Sir Mike Penning
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018

Britain is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic – and it is spreading far beyond our inner cities. ...

But carrying blades is no longer restricted to youths in the capital.

The routine carrying of weapons has infected leafy market towns and shire counties across the nation. ...

Last year, 37,443 offences in England and Wales involved a knife or a blade – that's equivalent to 102 EVERY DAY. ...

Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest level since 2011.

There were 215 deaths involving a knife or other sharp instrument in the year to March, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And police say the overwhelming majority have absolutely no links to gangs.

It is no coincidence the record rise in knife crime comes as there is a dramatic fall in the use of police stop and search powers.

Random spot checks have plunged 80 per cent in less than a decade, from 1.5 million a year to 303,000.

Officers tell me that frisking a youth in the street has become too big a risk in these politically correct days. ...

For years, stop and search was a key tool in the policy armoury. ...

Officers have told me that unless they can see a weapon, they will not even consider stopping a suspect.

It is not only knife crime that can be detected using stop and search.

Acid attacks are also on the rise and there has been a sharp rise in masked moped gangs carrying knives and corrosives to steal smartphones from pedestrians.

Cops are petrified of using stop and search because it could destroy their careers. ...

The real expectation of being caught and sent to prison will make young people think twice about leaving home carrying a deadly weapon.

So I urge the Prime Minister to untie the hands of the police and let them use one of their best preventative weapons.

I urge you to reverse this politically correct nonsense issued by the police college and others in high office.
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Crime – secrecy
A culture of secrecy is undermining our police and criminal justice system
Rory Geoghegan
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2018
[The author is Head of Criminal Justice, The Centre for Social Justice]

If nothing else is learnt from the Worboys debacle, let it be the need for less secrecy across policing, the criminal justice system and public services generally. There is a bias against sharing information even between public bodies, never mind with the public itself. ...

Nor is it right that those living in high-crime areas have the Data Protection or Human Rights Acts cited as reasons they cannot find out what happened on their steet the night before. ...

Secrecy breeds mistrust. Even as knife crime rises, most stabbings go unreported: the lack of transparency, in part, preventing the issue from becoming one of widespread and public outcry. ...

It's not just the public who find themselves shut out from knowing what is going on. The judiciary rarely – if ever – discover what happened to those they sentence, having little or no insight into the effectiveness of the punishments they dish out, or whether deportation orders for serious foreign national offenders are ultimately fulfilled.
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Crime – sham marriages
Sainsbury's gang who made over £500,000 by arranging sham marriages between Asian immigrants and Eastern European brides face jail
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 28 March 2018

A sham marriage gang who pocketed more than £500,000 by setting Asian immigrants with Eastern European brides so they could stay in the UK are facing jail.

The group arranged at least 13 fake weddings to get round Home Office restrictions on international students. ...

The group was led by Sainsbury's workers Ayaz Khan, 32, and his Lithuanian wife Jurgita Pavlovskyte, 25.

He ran the groom side of the business, while she was responsible for finding the brides.

The pair, together with Muhammad Saqlain, 32, and Diana Stankevic, 26, were all convicted of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration following a trial at the Old Bailey. ...

Twelve of the fake brides were from Lithuania and one was from the Czech Republic.
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Crime – slavery, people-smuggling
From child drug mules to migrant smuggling, reports of slavery soar in Britain
Lin Taylor
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 March 2018

From children being forced by gangs to carry illegal drugs, to migrants smuggled into Britain and trapped in exploitative work, reports of slavery in Britain have surged as authorities crack down on the crime, according to data released on Monday.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it received 5,145 reports of suspected slavery victims in 2017 across Britain, an increase of more than a third from 3,804 in 2016.

Those involved were commonly British, Albanian and Vietnamese, said the NCA, which is dubbed Britain's FBI, warning that criminal networks were heading online to sexually exploit people, especially through adult services websites.

"What this report reinforces is that we are now dealing with an evolving threat," NCA director Will Kerr said in a statement. "Particularly concerning to us is the rise in young people being exploited for sexual purposes or drug trafficking." ...

There were also increased crossovers between smuggling rings, that transport vulnerable migrants into Britain, and slavemasters, who force them into exploitative work, Kerr said.

Kerr said the figures "almost certainly" represent an underestimate of the true scale of slavery and trafficking in Britain.

At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of modern slavery - trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say the true figure is likely to be in the tens of thousands.
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Crime – sexual abuse of children
Child sex gang of seven 'predatory' men who abused girls as young as 13 in a 's*** wagon' with number plate ending 'SHG' are convicted after jury took 24 DAYS to reach their verdict
Bridie Pearson-Jones
MailOnline, 25 March 2018

A sex gang of seven 'predatory' men have been convicted of abusing young girls.

The group of seven men aged between 37 and 47 were described as 'predatory and cynical' by a judge after being convicted on Friday following a five-month trial, at Oxford Crown Court. ...

A jury of four women and seven men took a record-breaking 107 hours and 31 minutes, over the course of 24 days, to reach their verdict. ...

During the trial, Oxford Crown Court heard accounts from the victims, all of whom were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, who said they were plied with drink and drugs and took part in sex parties. ...

The lengthy trial saw seven defendants convicted - Raheem Ahmed, Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf and Assad Hussain.
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Crime – drug gangs, Albanians
Surge in drug gangs triples number of Albanians in our jails with 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 23 March 2018

Drugs gangs from Albania have fuelled a tripling in the number of criminals from the country in British prisons.

Ministry of Justice figures reveal there were 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year – up from 267 in 2013.

Many have been convicted of murder, drug dealing, sex offences, money laundering, people smuggling and death threats. ...

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant threat', using increasingly ruthless tactics to protect their business.

Organised crime groups from the country, which has a population of just 2.9 million, now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the UK. ...

But thousands of Albanians allowed into the UK are suspected of adopting bogus identities from neighbouring Kosovo, claiming persecution during the regional conflict 18 years ago. Imposters are suspected to be fronting drugs and prostitution rings.
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Crime – sexual abuse of children, Islam
As a Rotherham grooming gang survivor, I want people to know about the religious extremism which inspired my abusers
Ella Hill
Independent, 18 March 2018
[Ella Hill is a pseudonym]

I'm a Rotherham grooming gang survivor. ...

As a teenager, I was taken to various houses and flats above takeaways in the north of England, to be beaten, tortured and raped over 100 times. ...

They made it clear that because I was a non-Muslim, and not a virgin, and because I didn't dress "modestly", that they believed I deserved to be "punished". They said I had to "obey" or be beaten.

Fear of being killed, and threats to my parents' lives, made it impossible for me to escape for about a year. The police didn't help me. ...

However big or small the problem of grooming gang crime is, it is big enough to warrant national concern, not only because of the severity of crimes, but because of the degree of terror and threats to life involved. This really does devastate lives, families and communities. ...

Religious indoctrination is a big part of the process of getting young men involved in grooming gang crime. Religious ideas about purity, virginity, modesty and obedience are taken to the extreme until horrific abuse becomes the norm. It was taught to me as a concept of "othering". ...

All the major world religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, have also at some time been associated with extreme human rights abuses against men, women and children.

I experienced horrific, religiously sanctioned sexual violence and torture – so I definitely believe that we need to be aware of religious extremism as something potentially harmful, so that we can protect people from it.

But for Tommy Robinson and his followers to focus on an entire religion, based on the cruel interpretations of some scriptures by some people, is unhelpful, to say the least. ...

Most grooming gang survivors I know absolutely condemn anti-Islamic hate, and we're uncomfortable with English Defence League protests. We certainly don't want random attacks on "all Muslims".
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Crime – sexual abuse of children, Telford
Telford abuse: MP 'inundated' with child grooming reports
BBC, 16 March 2018

More victims of child grooming in Telford have been coming forward in the wake of reports about the scandal, an MP has said.

Conservative Lucy Allan said she had been "inundated" with reports since speaking about the issue in Parliament.

Police said they were currently working with about 46 people who were at risk.

One local project working with young abuse victims said it had received 2,000 calls for assistance in the past two years. ...

West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner said he had "sought clarification" on reports that a memo by the force in 2013 said some child sexual abuse victims had "consented". ...

Since her speech in Parliament, Ms Allan told the BBC she had been "inundated with e-mails saying, 'This has happened to me'".

She said: "I have also spoken to a consultant psychiatrist who has had many patients who have experienced this issue and are dealing with the mental health consequences of this terrible crime.

"It is clear this has been going on for many years and a significant number of girls have been affected."
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Crime – sexual abuse of children, Telford
Police 'victim blame' Telford sex abuse victims as young as 11 with internal memo telling officers 'in most cases the sex is consensual'
Anthony Joseph and Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 15 March 2018

Police have been accused of 'victim blaming' the children who were abused by grooming gangs in Telford.

Officers investigating the Telford sex abuse scandal, in which some of the victims were just 11, were reportedly sent an internal message saying 'in most cases the sex is consensual'.

Child abuse lawyer Dino Nocivelli slammed West Mercia Police for the way they investigated the case. ...

Yesterday, West Mercia Police Supt Tom Harding has 'significantly disputed' claims that 1,000-plus children may have been groomed over four decades in the Shropshire town.

He said: 'I don't believe Telford is any worse than lots of places across England and Wales'. ...

According to Home Office figures, Telford, a town of 170,000 people, has the third highest number of child sexual offences recorded in the UK, after Blackpool and Rotherham.
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Crime – sexual abuse of children, hypocrisy
Telford girls: the wrong kind of victims
Joanna Williams
Spiked, 13 March 2018

It's been six months since the #MeToo movement first took off. For half a year now we've had a regular drip-feed of stories drawing attention to the apparent suffering of women at the hands of men. So when this weekend's Sunday Mirror revealed the shocking abuse experienced by hundreds of women and girls in Telford we might have expected the outrage to find a new focus. The news that girls, some as young as 11, were drugged, beaten and raped by gangs of mainly Muslim, Asian-heritage men could have provided further fuel to campaigners. We might have expected shows of solidarity, reminders of the importance of believing the victim, and offers of financial support.

But no. The abuse in Telford is estimated to have involved over 1,000 girls stretching over 40 years. Young girls in the town were groomed, fed drugs and raped. They were passed between abusers like commodities. Some got pregnant, had abortions and were raped again on multiple occasions. Three women were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the abuse. Yet these shocking events have received relatively little coverage. ...

The very same newspapers that covered, at length and over many days, news that Kate Maltby's knee may or may not have been touched by Damian Green or that Michael Fallon attempted to kiss Jane Merrick, were unable to muster up the same level of outrage for young women in Telford.

The lack of comment on the Telford abuse scandal exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of the #MeToo movement. High-profile campaigners announce time and again that they are not driven by self-interest, but from a desire to help women less fortunate than themselves. ...

Time's Up, the celebrity #MeToo spin-off, launched a fundraiser to pay legal fees for victims of sexual harassment and assault seeking justice. /.../ More than $16.7 million was raised in less than a month. /.../ Only, it seems, some women are more deserving of solidarity than others; ...

So why have there been no outpourings of sympathy or expressions of outrage for the girls of Telford? ...

Or perhaps the Asian men accused of grooming, rape, drug-dealing, murder and paedophilia are simply the wrong kind of perpetrator. ...

Celebrities and journalists speaking for the #MeToo movement talk of believing the victim and helping other women find a voice. But, tragically, as far as working-class girls in Oxford, Rotherham, Newcastle and now Telford are concerned, not all women are equal. The #MeToo movement demonstrates a nauseating degree of hypocrisy. Worse, it distracts time and resources away from genuine victims of abuse. Last week the MP for Grimsby, Melanie Onn, led a debate in parliament calling for wolf-whistling and catcalling to be classified as misogyny and punished as hate crime. Crusaders like Onn prefer to focus on random whistlers than confront the more difficult issue of gangs of Muslim men targeting working-class girls.
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Crime – sexual abuse of children, Telford
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Nick Sommerlad and Geraldine McKelvie
Sunday Mirror, 11 March 2018

Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain's worst known abuse scandal - where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.

The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town - Telford - went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal. ...

Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still ongoing.

THREE people were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal. ...

The Mirror's 18-month investigation reveals abuse on unprecedented levels. We found:

• Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe

• Council staff viewed abused and trafficked children as "prostitutes" instead of victims, according to previously unseen files

• Authorities failed to keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of "racism"

• Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened

• One victim said cops tried to stop her finding out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would talk to us

The scale of the abuse uncovered in Telford – population 170,000 – is feared to be the most brutal and long-running of all. ...

Specialist child abuse solicitor Dino Nocivelli, of Bolt Burdon Kemp, said: "These children were treated as sexual commodities by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse.

"The survivors deserve an inquiry. They need to know how abuse took place for so long and why so many perpetrators have never been brought to justice." ...

Documents which will be passed to the Home Office reveals authorities knew of the horrors a decade before investigating – and shows how they tried to hamper our probe.

We presented our findings to Professor Liz Kelly, from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.

She helped estimate the number of victims based on figures gathered by our investigators.

Prof Kelly said: "We are acting as if we didn't know about child sex abuse rings. We have an unfortunate capacity to choose to forget."
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Crime – thoughtcrime
Is it now a thoughtcrime to hate Islam?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 8 March 2018

Is it a crime now to be hostile to the Muslim faith? Reading some of the media reporting of the jailing yesterday of Britain First leaders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding for religiously aggravated harassment, it would seem so. Fransen and Golding were sentenced to 36 weeks and 18 weeks respectively at Folkestone Magistrates' Court for a leafleting and online-video campaign in which, among other things, they yelled at Muslims going about their daily business in Kent, wrongly accused some people of being suspects in a Kent gang-rape case involving Muslim migrants, and caused distress to young people, young Muslims, who witnessed their behaviour. Horrible. Media reports inform us that they have now been imprisoned because, in the words of the judge, 'they "demonstrated hostility" to Muslims and the Muslim faith'.

Demonstrated hostility to the Muslim faith? Our response to that should be: so what? In a free country, you should be perfectly at liberty to 'demonstrate hostility' to the Muslim faith. And any other religion, or creed, or god, or ideology. Indeed, the right not to believe, the right to blaspheme, the right to 'demonstrate hostility' to religion, are hard-won liberties. People died for this. The fact that the media this morning – including the Telegraph, the Guardian and the BBC – are all using the exact same formulation of 'demonstrated hostility to Muslims and the Muslim faith' to describe why Fransen and Golding are going to jail, and the fact that this isn't ringing any alarm bells in public discussion, is a terrifying indicator of how thoroughly we now accept that people's views on religion ought to be a matter for state control and possibly state repression.

The judge's actual words were that Fransen and Golding had 'demonstrated hostility' to 'people of the Muslim faith' in their harassing, obsessive campaign around that Kent rape case. That is, to Muslims. But it is not surprising in the least that the media have reported this as 'hostility to the Muslim faith', nor that much of the media think it is acceptable to punish people for demonstrating such hostility, because the trial absolutely was concerned with Fransen's and Golding's views on Islam. That is clear from the fact that they were convicted of 'religiously aggravated harassment'. That is, they weren't merely punished for harassing people. They were also punished for what they were thinking as they harassed these people, in essence for what they believe: that Islam is bad and Muslims are dangerous. They weren't only punished for what they did but also for what they thought. There's a word for that: thoughtcrime.
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Crime – EU citizens
EU citizens in Bristol will use 'tick-box' to say if they are criminals or not
Patrick Daly
Bristol Post, 7 March 2018

Home Office officials have confirmed to a Bristol MP that EU citizens wanting to secure permanent status after Brexit will use a "self-declaratory tick-box" to state whether they are criminals.

As part of the divorce deal with Brussels, the Government will allow EU citizens who have lived in the UK for more than five years by the Brexit deadline to be able to register with the Home Office, giving them the same access rights as British citizens to healthcare, education and other services.

Those who have not lived in the country for five years will be able to register once they reach that milestone, as long as they moved to the UK before March 29, 2019.

But as part of the registration process, ministers confirmed to Bristol North West MP Darren Jones that no criminal record checks will be conducted into whether any of the three million EU citizens currently residing in the UK had previously committed crimes elsewhere. ...

EU nationals registering with the Home Office online will instead be asked to "make a declaration" about whether they have been convicted of a crime in the past, the European Scrutiny Committee was told last week.

... Glyn Williams, director general of the Border Immigration and Citizenship System at the Home Office, ...

Mr Williams confirmed full criminal record checks would not take place for every application.

"They will not have to go to the Disclosure and Barring Service," said the senior civil servant.

"They will be asked as part of the application process to make a declaration, and the Home Office will run checks against its own and police databases." ...

Tory minister Ms Nokes, answering a later question, said the Government was not ruling out including free movement of labour as part of a possible free trade with the EU.

She said the "movement of labour with EU countries" was "absolutely part of the negotiations".
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Crime – fraud, medicine
Hospital trust which hired rogue surgeon in huge pay-out to families of five dead patients
Jeanette Oldham
Birmingham Mail, 2 March 2018

A hospital trust which employed rogue surgeon Sudip Sarker has paid huge compensation settlements to families of FIVE of his patients who later died.

The crooked consultant was jailed for six years earlier this month for fabricating his surgical experience to land a key role at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Cash-strapped Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust previously confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that it had paid damages to 19 of his patients, totalling £1,970,574.

But the Mail has discovered that five of those patients had died after surgery involving Sudip Sarker – with their families understood to have received six-figure settlements for clinical negligence. ...

Sarker was convicted of fraud after a trial at Worcester Crown Court. A jury heard he had lied about his medical experience to land a £100,000-a-year job as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon after being interviewed by a selection panel at the trust. ...

Yet the Trust only went public by launching a helpline for patients in June 2013 – after the Birmingham Mail exposed the scandal.
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Crime – sexual exploitation, children, adults
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been BEHEADED in his homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018

Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking report revealed yesterday.

Efforts to stop the exploitation have been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.

The author of a report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders, predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.

The inquiry into gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:

The authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;

. One abuser – an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain – denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the availability of sex and drugs;

. The abuse of vulnerable victims is still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable adults are at risk'

The serious case review by barrister David Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary, which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...

The Government promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted, groomed and exploited'.

His report also highlighted that the men responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly 'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not known'.

Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry 'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...

Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the report revealed.

There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...

Mr Spicer criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted the failure to collect physical evidence. ...

The report also detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...

Prosecutors have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was 'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
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Crime – sexual exploitation
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018

Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says.

David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle.

He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults.

The operation identified about 700 victims in total across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...

In the Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
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Crime – child sexual exploitation
Rotherham child sex abuse: Inquiry finds 100 more potential victims
BBC, 20 February 2018

The number of potential victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has risen to more than 1,500, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

A report published in 2014 estimated 1,400 children were abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

The NCA, which is carrying out an independent inquiry, said the figure had risen to 1,510 and that at least 1,300 were female.

It said it had identified 110 suspects and six trials were listed for 2018.

The inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, is being conducted at the request of South Yorkshire Police. ...

At a briefing, NCA senior investigating officer Paul Williamson said his team was actively engaged with more than 260 victims, and 144 officers were working on 34 distinct investigations.

Mr Williamson said he hoped to increase his team to up to 250. ...

To date, four people have been convicted in relation to Operation Stovewood, the latest being former taxi driver Asghar Bostan, who was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl.
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Crime – children
'We must act before another child is killed': Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in UK
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 19 February 2018

Thousands of children could be abused because relatives believe they are witches or possessed by evil spirits in Britain, it has been warned.

Experts fear another child will be murdered if efforts to prevent abuse linked to faith and belief are not urgently stepped up, following the horrific deaths of young victims including Kristy Bamu and Ayesha Ali.

The first ever Government statistics on the issue showed that witchcraft and possession were linked to almost 1,500 potential abuse cases across the UK in a single year but the figure is thought to be an underestimate.

"These beliefs are very real and on occasion people are going to take this to extremes where a child can be murdered," said Inspector Allen Davis, who leads the Metropolitan Police's response to the issue.

"There are a number of ways that an adult will try to rid the child of the evil they believe is within them.

"They might try to burn it out, cut it out, strangle it out, drowning can be involved, or starving and beating." ...

Insp Davis warned that abuse related to witchcraft and demons was being "hidden in plain sight" because it is not properly understood.
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Crime – acid attacks, London
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Sam Sholli
Daily Express, 27 January 2018

There has been a record number of acid attacks in London in 2017, Metropolitan Police data has revealed after a freedom of information request, as street gangs are increasingly using acid to target people.

Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years.

The figures show that there were 465 acid attacks in London recorded in 2017, up from 395 the previous year. ...

Police data from the first 11 months of 2017 also shows that the acid attacks are predominantly a problem among young males.

More than 75% of suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10 and 29.
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Crime – fake documents
Gang sold fake British passports and University degrees for up to £800 each
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018

Seven men were jailed yesterday for making fake British passports and degrees which they sold for up to £800 each.

The gang were selling the counterfeit documents to immigration offenders to help them live illegally in the UK, a court heard.

But the racket unravelled after an undercover officer placed orders with gang leader Steven Kanaventi, 39. ...

From late 2015 to June 2017, Immigration Enforcement officers uncovered the wide-scale manufacture and distribution of the fake documents by the London and Midlands gang. ...

Abdul Azeeza, an ex-professional footballer, was sentenced to four years in jail after the court heard the documents were made at his home. ,,,

Alfred Adekoya, 47, also of Walworth, was sentenced to 40 months and two weeks after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a fake document.
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Crime – bias, politics, racism, police
Theresa May ignored the evidence on stop-and-search. The effect has been criminal
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2018

A few years ago, Theresa May set out to make a hard-hitting speech about how too many law-abiding black men were being stopped and searched by the police. Her officials got to work on it, but soon hit a problem: the only in-depth study showed that, if anything, white men were the ones being singled out. There was no evidence to suggest any kind of racial discrimination.

It was all a bit embarrassing, so reference to this study was removed from the draft of the speech – and the then home secretary went ahead anyway with her spirited j'accuse. Black men, she said, are up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched. It cannot continue.

Politically, the speech was a great success. It was a potent charge, and it helped to establish Mrs May as a reformer with a social conscience. Her figure was technically correct: when compared with the general population, young black men are far more likely to be searched. It's just that if you look at those on streets of an evening (as the Home Office had done), the bias vanishes.

Not that the police dared point this out: they heard and obeyed. The number of stop-and-searches conducted by police more than halved, but this raised an awkward question: what effect would this have on knife crime?

The latest figures arrived yesterday. Recorded knife crime rose 21 per cent in the last year across England; the number of murders in London rose 19 per cent. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has admitted that her officers might have become fearful of stopping and searching suspects. They wonder whether, if accused of racism, they'd be supported by their bosses. ...

Peter Neyroud, a former chief constable now at Cambridge University, has been working with officers in 40 forces to develop a "harm index". The aim is to judge crime by the harm done, rather than adding up all kinds of offences to make a misleading total. He says this index, now being used by forces to help focus on the worst crimes, has been rising fairly steeply for the past two years in many forces. ...

Now and again, out politicians talk about "evidence-based policymaking" where facts, not ideology, shape the agenda. But Tories are beginning to look guilty of policy-based evidence-making: using whatever statistics suit them politically.

It was wrong of Mrs May to pretend that the police were singling out ethnic minorities for stop-and-search – and it would be wrong for Mrs Rudd to be in denial about rising crime now.
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Crime – brothels
Police so swamped with Romanian trafficked prostitutes they close 'one brothel a week'
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 20 January 2018

Prostitution has become so rife in one London borough, that police are having to close down around one brothel per week, it today emerged.

Redbridge, in east London, has become a magnet for vulnerable young women illegally trafficked by organised crooks, largely from Romania and other eastern European countries, who are then forced to sell their bodies on the streets and in "pop-up" brothels.

Parked vehicles with mattresses in the back have even been used as mobile brothels, police said. ...

Prostitutes from Romania have become a major problem across UK towns and cities, with brothels raised up and down the country.
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Crime – costs
Problem of over population
Derek Hunnikin
Chichester Observer, 19 January 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

The UK does not have a shortage of housing. Our country is, however, grossly over-populated. ...

Not widely disclosed to the public is a report issued by the University College, London, that, between 1995 and 2011, immigrants cost the UK taxpayer between £144 billion and £159 billion. With the huge increase in the number of immigrants since 2011 the financial burden on taxpayers must have increased proportionately.

No doubt, many immigrants do contribute to the nation's wealth and sustain, for example, the NHS but, on the downside, immigrants have brought us terrorist attacks, a massive rise in crime and the sight of armed police on our streets.

In London, where the indigenous population is now below 50 per cent, the year on year crime rate rose by 27.1 per cent. Youth homicides increased by 70 per cent. Serious youth violence is up 19 per cent. Robbery is up 33.4 per cent, while home burglaries rose by 18.7 per cent. Thefts increased by over 10,000 incidents in a year, up 33.9 per cent, Alarmingly, there were more than 4,000 additional knife crime incidents, a rise of 31.3 per cent. Rape in the capital rose by 18.3 per cent, and there were 2,551 incidents of gun crime, a rise of 16.3 per cent on the previous year.
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Crime – allegation
Home Office worker 'was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay': Employee is accused of falsifying records that could have seen hundreds benefit
Christian Gysin And David Churchill
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

A gang including a Home Office worker masterminded a conspiracy to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country, a court has heard.

Shamsu Iqbal was allegedly the lynchpin of the group that used his 'trusted' Home Office position to falsify documents – with investigators identifying 437 potential cases over five years.

The 61-year-old changed the records of migrants who had permission to stay in the UK, giving their identities to people who were in Britain illegally, jurors heard.

Iqbal's co-accused – lawyers Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 47 – would then allegedly contact the Home Office to 'straighten out' the status of 'impostors' who had taken on another identity.
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Disease – misuse of antibiotics
Global antibiotic consumption soars feeding spread of UK 'super-bugs'
Claire Newell, Callum Adams and Paul Nuki
Daily Telegraph, 27 March 2018

Drug-resistant superbugs are rising in the UK because of lack of regulation of antibiotics in developing countries, experts have warned.

One of the biggest studies of antibiotic use around the world has established that while antibiotic use in Britain has slowed, global consumption jumped by 65 percent, to 34.8 billion daily doses between 2000 and 2015. ...

Resistant infections already kill an estimated 5,000 people in Britain each year. ...

The report's authors say that economic growth is driving the trend in the developing world but conclude that the "decline of antibiotic effectiveness represents a major threat to human health." ...

The latest study was published on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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DIVERSITY

Diversity – Armed Forces
Britain's Armed Forces branded 'too white' after failing in pledge to hire more black and Asian officers
David Wooding
The Sun, 22 July 2018

Britain's armed forces have been branded "too white" after failing in their pledge to hire more black and Asian officers.

New figures reveal not a single person from with an ethnic background has joined the senior ranks – despite a drive to make the top brass more diverse.

All 132 of the most senior military jobs – including generals, admirals and air chiefs – are held by white officers.

It is believed the highest non-white service personnel are an Air Commodore in the RAF, a Commodore in the Royal Navy and a Colonel in the Army. ...

Ministers have set a target of taking at least ten per cent of all new recruits from a non-white background by 2020. ...

Across the whole of the military, 7.6 per cent of all staff are recorded as being from an ethnic minority.

But in the officer ranks, they account for just 2.4 per cent.
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Diversity – children's books
Children's books must have more black characters, Arts Council funded report says
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2018

Children's books must have more black characters, a study funded by the Arts Council has said.

Only 4 per cent of books published last year aimed at primary school children featured a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic character, according to research commissioned by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

When analysing how many children's books had a main character who was from an ethnic minority background, researchers found that the proportion dropped even further down, to one per cent.

Meanwhile, almost a third (32.1 per cent) of pupils in primary schools in England are from minority ethnic backgrounds, the latest official figures show. ...

The study was funded by the Arts Council, which is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The CLPE urged publishers to use more characters from ethnic minorities in children's literature, not as a "tick box exercise" but as a "meaningful and accurate representation of the interconnected, diverse society".

Ethnic minority characters should not be defined by their "struggle, suffering or 'otherness'" the report said and should not just feature in the "margins" of the plot. Instead, they should be "central" to narratives, and should be "authentically portrayed".

Of the 9,115 children's book published in the UK in 2017, just 391 featured an ethnic minority character, researchers found.

Last year, the best selling children's author Anthony Horowitz said he was warned off creating a black protagonist.

The author of Foyle's war and the Alex Rider series of teenage spy novels said that an editor told him it would be "inappropriate" to draw from experiences other than his own.

He told Event magazine: "This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters.

"That it is actually not our experience and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought, disturbing and upsetting."
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Diversity – children's books
Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters – UK study
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 17 July 2018

In a research project that is the first of its kind, and funded by Arts Council England, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) asked UK publishers to submit books featuring BAME characters in 2017. Of the 9,115 children's books published last year, researchers found that only 391 – 4% - featured BAME characters. Just 1% had a BAME main character, and a quarter of the books submitted only featured diversity in their background casts.

This compares to the 32.1% of schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the Department of Education last year.

"It is a stark and shocking figure when you see it in print," said Farrah Serroukh, who directed the project for the CLPE and presented it to publishers on Monday.

The researchers also analysed the quality of the representation, as well as the quantity of BAME characters. They found that more than half the books featuring a BAME character were classed as "contemporary realism", and 10% contained "social justice" issues, such as war and conflict. Only one children's book featuring a BAME character was defined as comedy. ...

"To redress imbalances in representation is not an act of charity but an act of necessity that benefits and enriches all of our realities," the report adds.

Author Nikesh Shukla, who has been a major force behind the push for diversity in UK publishing, sat on a steering committee for CLPE's report.

"I do feel the industry is getting better but a report like this is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done – and a stark reminder of our readers, and how our readers are not getting what they need," he said. ...

Serroukh said that the CLPE had plans to work with publishers to help them improve. Recommendations include increasing investment in authors from a range of backgrounds, looking for stories where main characters are BAME, and ensuring that they are not "predominantly defined by their struggle, suffering or 'otherness'". ...

Serroukh writes in the report's foreword: "We know that those who work in all areas of children's books and literacy recognise that there is work to be done. We want to channel the momentum to ensure that this isn't reduced to an awkward footnote or 'trend' in the history of UK children's publishing because something as integral as a person's identity and sense of self deserves to be recognised, respected and valued now and always."
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Diversity – Birmingham
British white people set to become a minority in Birmingham, says report
Carl Jackson
Birmingham Mail, 27 June 2018

British white people are soon to become the minority in Birmingham while nearly 50,000 residents in the city cannot speak English, according to a new report.

There are thought to be residents from nearly 200 countries living in Birmingham which has been described as 'super diverse' in the city council's new cohesion strategy.

But while there are recognised benefits to a multi-cultural society such as trade links, the city's varied ethnicity has also been identified as major factor in social segregation and community 'tension'.

The draft policy, which is due to be tabled before the council's cabinet today (Tuesday, June 26), states that 42.1 per cent of people in Birmingham classified themselves as non-white British in the 2011 census.

That was an increase of 12 per cent from the 2001 survey and if the rate continues by the time of the next census in 2021 more than half of the city's 1.2 million-plus population will be from an ethnic minority.

This is already the case for under 18s with 60 per cent coming from a non-white British background in the last poll. ...

Equalities chief Cllr Tristan Chatfield said: "Birmingham faces a number of difficult social issues that have an impact on cohesion; whilst

these are not unique to our city, we cannot assume that national government policy will address them.

"These are complex challenges and they are also rapidly evolving. ..."
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Diversity – blood, stem cells
We must end the silent crisis around BAME blood, stem cell and organ donations
Mohammad Yasin MP
PoliticsHome, 27 June 2018
[Mohammad Yasin is Labour MP for Bedford]

I first became aware of the issues with blood, stem cell and organ donation within BAME communities in England when I met Poonam Shah, a woman who works in my constituency whose husband, Rakesh died from a blood disorder at the age of just 35.

Due to Rakesh's Indian heritage, he struggled to find a donor with the 10 matching genes that would help ensure his body would accept the donor's cells. ...

And the reality is that unfortunately, many patients will not receive the stem cell transplant they need either because there is no donor available or because a donor cannot be found quickly enough.

Only 20% of BAME patients receive the best possible match, compared to 69% of white northern European patients.

This disparity urgently needs to be addressed and therefore I welcome the timely review of BAME blood, stem cell and organ donation chaired by Labour MP Eleanor Smith.

The problem of insufficient blood, stem cell and organ donation is fundamentally one of supply and demand. According to the review, fewer than 5% of donors who gave blood in the last year were from BAME communities, although the BAME group makes up around 14% of the total UK population. Currently, only 1% of people who give blood in England are black.

BAME people are disproportionately affected by this as they are subject to a higher demand and shorter supply than other groups. ...

I hope that this timely review which recognises the scale of this 'silent crisis' is enough to spur the Government to assist communities with a more co-ordinated approach because this blatant inequality must end.
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Diversity – national identity, public opinion
Britain lags behind Canada and the U.S. in new Inclusiveness Index
Ipsos MORI, 25 June 2018

A new Ipsos survey which compares countries' acceptance of social and cultural diversity shows that Canada and the United States have the most inclusive definition of nationality, followed by South Africa, France, and Australia. These countries score highest on an Inclusiveness Index reflecting social acceptance of diversity as it applies to religion, immigration, sexual orientation and gender identity, political views, and criminal background. Britain ranks 10th in the overall index.

The Overall Inclusiveness Index is based on the findings of an Ipsos Global Advisor survey of over 20,700 men and women aged under 65 in 27 countries online. Respondents were asked about as many as 28 types of people and for each type, they were asked if they consider such a person to be a "real" national (e.g., "a real Briton" in Great Britain., "a real American" in the US, etc.) or not. ...

Six in ten of the British public (59%) think of themselves as a 'real Brit' but less than two in ten (17%) do not. Globally, Britons rank lowest on this measure against an average of 84%. Younger people are less inclined to consider themselves real Brits, with 22% of under 35s saying they do not consider themselves a real Brit compared to just 12% of those aged over 50. ...

On immigration, Britain is slightly more inclusive than the global average. Half of the public (52%) think that an immigrant who has become a citizen of the UK can be considered a real Brit compared with one in five (22%) who do not. But for immigrants who have lived most of their life in Britain and not taken citizenship, the public is split; 35% think they are real Brits and 35% think not. ...

The ability to speak English is also seen as real marker of being a true Brit. Over half (56%) of the public think that immigrants who have become citizens and are fluent in English can be considered Brits. This falls to three in ten (30%) for those are not fluent in English. Similarly, marrying someone British does not necessarily make someone be seen as a real Brit – 34% think it does and the same proportion thinks it does not. Just one in four (23%) think that someone who is an illegal immigrant but has lived in the country most of their life can be considered a real Brit compared with 46% who think they can't.

On second generation inclusiveness, around six in ten people in Britain say that second generation citizens - whose parents immigrated from outside the UK - can be considered real Brits regardless of where their parents immigrated from.
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Diversity – identity politics, intellectual freedom
Make no mistake, we are living under a diversity dictatorship
Zoe Strimpel
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2018

Those who cry repression and oppression – racism, sexism, transphobism – have become judge, jury and executioner.

We've seen countless times in the past year or so how anyone accused of an outrage against identity will immediately pay the price, from classicist Mary Beard, accused of racism and mauled on Twitter as a result, to Germaine Greer, ceaselessly attacked for her unorthodox views on transsexual women and #MeToo.

If the obsession with identity politics had remained a matter for vitriol and silliness only on Twitter, or in Left-wing newspapers and journals, things wouldn't be so bad. But they've seeped, with chilling consequences, into absolutely all aspects of life, with our institutions now as obsessed as their American counterparts with dictums for promoting "diversity and inclusion" at the cost of just about everything else.

This means, with catastrophic consequences guaranteed, that the once highly prized notions of merit, creativity, and freedom of thought and speech are being systematically tossed on the bonfire of all things Potentially Un-PC.

And what a week it was for the country's diversity warriors. ...

Job discrimination, whether based on sex or race, is wrong and illegal. It is crucial that employers aren't allowed to refuse promotions on these grounds. But the idea that "diversity" comes down to tabulating the number of skin colours in any given management tier, room or discussion, is idiotic, pretty racist itself, and (shiuld be) insulting to everyone's intelligence. ...

The noxious effects of what I can't help but call the ever-strengthening "diversity dictatorship" is particularly dispiriting in once-irreverent domains like comedy. Shane Allen, the former head of comedy at the BBC, said last week that Monty Python wouldn't "stand a chance" of being broadcast on the Beeb these days. Nor would Hugh Laurie or Stephen Fry, because they are "Oxbridge white blokes". ...

Nassim Taleb, the Lebanese-American scholar and statistician, put beautifully on Twitter last week the sinister nature of all this diversity-mongering. "The more you institutionise rules of ethical behaviour that should be voluntary (say, anti-racism, anti-sexism)," he tweeted, "the more they will be used as a cover for unethical actions."

Unethical, absolutely – and plain lunatic, too. ...

Meanwhile, amid all the "inclusive" quotas and pledges and sackings, the bias trainings, the shamings and the relentless jargon, our society is losing its creativity, humour and intellectual freedom.
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Diversity – BBC
BBC to boost diversity by ending shortlists with no black candidates
Adam McCulloch
Personnel Today, 22 June 2018

The BBC plans to increase the proportion of black and ethnic minority staff with its announcement that all shortlists for posts, above certain grades, will include at least one non-white candidate.

The new protocol will apply above the broadcaster's band E – to middle and senior-ranking posts – including editors, producers and presenters. The organisation's executive committee and divisional leadership teams will also have at least two people from ethnic minority backgrounds by 2020.

Currently there are no black people filling the 96 highest ranked leadership roles at the BBC.

All leadership and development programmes will be expected to have considerable ethnic minority representation as part of their overall cohort and accountability for diversity and inclusion targets, and ethnic minority career progression will be included in senior leadership team objectives and progression reviews. ...

Cultural awareness training will be made mandatory for all team managers, says the report, on top of the current compulsory unconscious bias programme. ...

The BBC already has a diversity and inclusion policy in place that includes 15% targets for the percentage of black and ethnic minority staff in leadership roles by 2020.
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Diversity – employment
CBI boss wades into diversity debate again
Christopher Williams
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018

The new head of the CBI has backed companies to favour women and ethnic minorities over equally capable white men as a way of improving diversity in the upper ranks of business.

John Allan, who is due to be confirmed as CBI president at the lobby group's AGM this week, said in a Sunday Telegraph interview that he was "quite a long way" from advocating positive discrimination that would mean less capable women and ethnic minorities are awarded senior roles.

But he added: "I'm absolutely unashamed in saying that if I had two candidates for a particular role on the board of equal merit and one of them would help us get further down the path in terms of diversity than another then I would choose them.

"I'd regard that as being a perfectly satisfactory reason for favouring one candidate over another."
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Diversity – equality
We're now confusing diversity and equality. Which is our priority?
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 17 June 2018

What do we mean by diversity? And why is it good – or not?

For all the myriad debates about diversity today, such questions are rarely addressed in any depth. The latest hoo-ha was generated by a Lionel Shriver column in the Spectator, which questioned publisher Penguin Random House's pledge to make the company more diverse. ...

"Drunk on virtue," Shriver wrote, "Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books." ...

Mslexia, a magazine for women's writing, dropped her as a judge for its annual short story competition. Although it welcomed "open debate", Shriver's comments were "not consistent with Mslexia's ethos' and mission". So, an open debate, but only with the right views – the importance of diversity but not of a diversity of views.

... For both sides, "diversity" has become less an issue to debate than a symbol, of virtue for the one, of vice for the other.

Penguin Random House aims to make the company as diverse as Britain with respect to "ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability". (I assume "social mobility" is a euphemism for "class" – it's obviously a category that no longer speaks its name.)

But Britain is diverse in many other ways too – by religion, age, occupation, regional affiliation, politics and so on. It's unlikely that any institution would ever be representative in all these categories (especially political viewpoint). Here "diversity" means being representative in a few chosen categories, and only in those categories.

PRH's categories represent some of the groups that, historically, have faced discrimination, and been excluded from positions of power and privilege. From this perspective, the drive for greater diversity is a push for greater equality, and an attempt to dismantle barriers of exclusion.

But equality and diversity are not synonymous. There are many reasons for a workforce or institution not to be representative of society. Consider the recent debate about admissions to Oxford University. Black people make up around 3% of the UK population, but only 1.9% of Oxford's intake. Labour's David Lammy damned the university as a "bastion of entrenched wealthy, upper-class, white, southern privilege".

But, as Channel 4's Fact Check pointed out, black students both disproportionately apply for the most competitive courses and are more likely to miss their predicted A-level grades. Taking this into account, Oxford, according to Fact Check, "was very slightly more likely to offer a place to black candidates". ...

If the argument in favour of diversity is not as straightforward as it seems, neither is the critique. ...

In a review of novels about immigration, Shriver makes the valid, and necessary, point that most stories about migration are written from the viewpoint of immigrants, rarely from that of "host communities". She goes on, however, to talk about immigration as a form of inappropriate cultural invasion. ...

Diversity is, of itself, neither good nor bad. The real issue is about how we engage with diversity. But that means engaging with all the issues for which "diversity" has become a proxy: equality, identity, class, immigration, racism, ideas of belonging and home. In this context, neither unthinkingly celebrating diversity, nor reflexively rejecting it, makes much sense.
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Diversity – political correctness
Tyranny of the minorities: We live in an age of mob rule by minorities in which anybody who disagrees with them is censored and freedom of expression is something only THEY enjoy....
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018

... this week when our so-called liberal Left went into convulsions of illiberality after author Lionel Shriver mocked the latest diversity madness. ...

The forces of political correctness impose their unyielding views everywhere. ...

Supposedly apolitical charities try to thrust correctness down the gullets of their staff. The National Trust instructs country house guides to wear gay pride badges. The RNLI sacks long-serving lifeboatmen for using tea mugs with risque images of women.

Theatre companies are left in no doubt that they will not be given Arts Council subsidies unless they cast a number of 'non-traditional' actors – i.e., women playing Shakespearean kings or Afro-Caribbeans as English Regency fops.

Firms ban employees wearing crosses in case they offend non-Christians or atheists (but it's fine to wear a burka). ...

'Diversity' is now a booming employment sector and it offers hefty salaries. More insidiously, others exploit it for political ends and furtherance of their own ambitions. ...

Lionel Shriver was swiftly condemned this week by people who pretty clearly had not read her article and were interested only in hurting her. ...

There is a profoundly worrying problem with this tyranny of the minorities. By insisting every minority has preferential rights, you end up denying the majority their rights. ...

A few months ago, I had an experience like Ms Shriver's when I criticised the Royal Shakespeare Company for what I felt was some clumsy, minority-quotas casting in a Restoration comedy. I asked if the RSC was being leaned on by the Arts Council (which places inordinate store by its diversity policies). Did it fear that unless it cast black actors in historically white roles it might not be given such big dollops of public cash? ...

The RSC denounced me as a racist and numerous blowhards in the subsidised theatre world pretty much compared me to Satan. Behind the scenes, senior theatre practitioners told me they completely agreed with me – but feared that if they said so in public, their careers would be damaged.
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Diversity
'It's not fair to accuse me of racism'
Ed Cumming
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2018

Lional Shriver was vilified this week for criticising a publisher's diversity policy. ...

"It's wilful misrepresentation," says Shriver, ..."opinions are being imputed to me, and to that column, which neither I nor the column profess. It's malicious. I was amused and concerned by the letter from Penguin Random House because it seemed to me they were aiming for diversity quotas. They deny it, saying it was an aspiration, but that's just semantics. If you're aiming to mirror the proportions of [minority] groups in the UK, that's a quota. We've got to the point where diversity is sacrosanct, and you can't say anything even in the vicinity of that word that is short of worshipful.

"Diversity is a laudable goal, and I've never said anything else, but it shouldn't be the primary goal if your company is meant to be doing something else. ..."
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Diversity – radio broadcasting
Radio industry needs to reflect UK's diversity – media regulator
Jim Waterson
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

Ethnic minorities, disabled people and women are all under-represented in the UK's radio industry, according to a new report, prompting warnings that its output may be out of step with what modern British audiences want to hear.

According to research by the media regulator Ofcom just 6% of staff in the sector are non-white, far below the UK population average of 14%. ...

The figures show that the radio industry is well behind television when it comes to ethnic diversity, although radio does employ a higher proportion of people with disabilities.

The study of nearly 9,000 staff focused on the UK's three biggest broadcasting groups: the BBC; Global, which owns Capital and Classic FM; and Bauer, which runs stations including Absolute and Magic.
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Diversity – publishing
When diversity means uniformity
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 9 June 2018

I'd been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague's forwarded email has set me straight. /.../ The email cites the publisher's 'new company-wide goal': for 'both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.' /.../ 'This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability.' ...

The accompanying questionnaire for PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. ...

And check out the ethnicity pull-down. 'Asian or Asian British' may specify 'Indian,' 'Bangladeshi, 'Chinese', or 'Pakistan'; the correct adjectival form of the latter nationality seems to be mysteriously unprintable. 'Black or Black British' may identify as 'Caribbean' or 'African'. 'Mixed' allows for the options 'White and Black African', 'White and Black Caribbean', and 'White and Asian', but any other combo is merely 'Mixed: Other'. As for us crackers, there's 'White: British', 'White: Irish', and 'White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller', but the rest can only tick 'White: Other'.

Let's unpack that pull-down. If your office is chocka with Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Germans, Danes, Finns, Bosnians, Hungarians, Czechs, Russians, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis, Argentines, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Romanians who aren't travellers and South African Jews – I could go on – together speaking dozens of languages and bringing to their workplace a richly various historical and cultural legacy, the entire workforce could be categorised as 'White: Other'. Your office is not diverse.

I see two issues here. First: diversity, both the word and the concept, has crimped. It serves a strict, narrow agenda that has little or nothing to do with the productive dynamism of living and working alongside people with widely different upbringings and beliefs. Only particular and, if you will, privileged backgrounds count. ...

Second: dazzled by this very highest of social goods, many of our institutions have ceased to understand what they are for. Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books. Rather, the organisation aims to mirror the percentages of minorities in the UK population with statistical precision. Thus from now until 2025, literary excellence will be secondary to ticking all those ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preference and crap-education boxes. ...

In the news last week, we find the ultimate example of this fatal confusion over what is your actual job. Will Norman, London's 'walking and cycling commissioner', bemoaned the fact that too many cyclists in the city are white, male and middle-class. 'The real challenge for London cycling,' he declared, 'is diversity.' As opposed to building more cycle lanes for everybody, or fixing potholes lethal to everybody's wheel rims, Norman regards his principal function as increasing black and minority ethnic ridership. /.../ For a cycling commissioner to define his primary remit as 'diversity' is no less ludicrous than for Transport for London to turn a blind eye to the chronic tailbacks along the Embankment, just so long as the requisite number of Koreans is stuck in them.
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Diversity – universities
Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have tuition fees cut, regulator warns
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 8 June 2018

Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have their tuition fees cut by a third, the new university regulator has warned after Oxford and Cambridge were in the spotlight over admissions.

Sir Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students, said he is "interested in results, not just plans" in boosting student diversity at the most selective institutions in the UK. ...

In an article for The Daily Telegraph, Sir Michael warned that he would use his powers to reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000 if a university did not increase its intake of students from diverse backgrounds. ...

This week Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, said Oxford and Cambridge's failure to take in more students who are black or from less privileged backgrounds was "staggering".

He criticised the elite institutions for not doing enough and warned they could be fined by the new higher education regulator if they do not meet admission targets.
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Diversity – USA
University of Florida gets new $280k-per-year diversity officer
Daniel Payne
The College Fix, 5 June 2018

The University of Florida recently hired a new diversity official to oversee its campus diversity initiatives, a position that will cost the public university $280,000 per year.

Antonio Farias will assume the position of chief diversity officer at the school this July, according to a recent press release from the university. ...

Farias, who holds degrees in comparative literature, comparative ethnic studies and fine arts, will join a university that already employees thirteen diversity employees, including five staffers of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, two in Black Affairs, and two in Lesbian, Ga, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Affairs.
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Diversity – culture
The campaign to decolonise culture in Britain
The Economist, 1 June 2018

Calls to revisit historical narratives in museums to make room for the perspectives of those who were colonised have grown louder in recent years. Groups of activists seek to identify the Western bias involved in cultural heritage and shame institutions into redressing it. As such, the activists ask provocative questions about who owns culture.

These debates spurred a group of young museum professionals from different minority and immigrant groups to form Museum Detox in 2016. Their aim is to build awareness around diversity in cultural organisations, to build a network and to help members achieve leadership positions. Their inaugural event, in October that year, was a flash mob at the Museum of London. It saw some 60 black and minority-ethnic museum workers disrupt "Punk.London", an exhibition marking 40 years of punk and its legacy. The flash mob fittingly caused anarchy by raiding the show with cards and texts about African and Caribbean culture. ...

The previous day gal-dem, a collective of ethnic-minority women, had also staged a cultural coup at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... Scrutiny of the canon is extending to universities, too. Non-Western academics and thinkers are sharing their "decolonising syllabi" and discussing the subject online. Last year undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge petitioned to diversify their English-literature curriculum with non-Western voices. At Cambridge, in an open letter to the head of the English faculty, students said they want to change a syllabus which they feel "elevates white male authors at the expense of all others". They stated that while strides had been made to include women writers, "the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks perpetuating institutional racism." Students suggested more post-colonial authors in exam papers, more diversified speakers at the university and "a zero-tolerance policy on the dismissal of race as a subject worthy of discussion/enquiry in essays".
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Diversity – blackness, culture
University students offered course on Black Lives Matter movement
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 30 May 2018

Students will be given the chance to study Beyonce and Kendrick Lemar as part of the Britain's first degree course focusing on the Black Lives Matter activist movement.

The University of Hertfordshire module, which is part of a MA degree in Literature and Culture, will examine contemporary texts linked to the social justice movement against violence and racism. ...

Christopher Lloyd, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, hopes the new course will boost the numbers of black and minority ethnic (BME) students at the institution. ...

Dr Lloyd told The Independent: "We want to put blackness and racial identity at the forefront and we want to attract more BME students. We hope it will encourage some of our undergraduate students to come back as it speaks to their identity." ...

On the new module, which starts in September, Dr Lloyd said: "Learning about black culture, rights and social justice is vital to our understanding of the contemporary world.

"The university is committed to both international perspectives and addressing the BME attainment gap in higher education. We see this module as part of that larger project."
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Diversity – universities, cost, USA
The Diversity Staff at the University of Michigan Is Nearly 100 Full-Time Employees
Jon Miltimore
Intellectual Takeout, 30 May 2018

Year after year, media note and sometimes bemoan the ballooning cost of higher education.

There is no doubt that the human costs of this rise are severe: Some 44 million Americans currently carry nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and the delinquency rate is 11 percent.

There are various reasons for surging costs, but the primary one is the remarkable expansion of university administration in recent decades. ...



1. The University of Michigan currently employs a diversity staff of nearly 100 (93) full-time diversity administrators, officers, directors, vice-provosts, deans, consultants, specialists, investigators, managers, executive assistants, administrative assistants, analysts, and coordinators.

2. More than one-quarter (26) of these "diversicrats" earn annual salaries of more than $100,000, and the total payroll for this small army is $8.4 million. ...



If you fell out of your chair upon realizing that the University of Michigan has a full-time diversity staff of nearly one hundred employees, one of whom earns more than the president of the United States, you can be forgiven. I nearly did too.
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Diversity – cycling, London
London cyclists too white, male and middle class, says capital's cycling chief in vow to tackle diversity 'problem'
Tom Batchelor
Independent, 29 May 2018

Too few women and people from ethnic minority groups cycle in London and more must be done to promote diversity among a largely white, male and middle class biking community, the city's walking and cycling commissioner has said. ...

He said he was considering setting diversity targets for London's cycling population to ensure progress was achieved.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups account for about 15 per cent of the city's cycle trips – around two-thirds less than Transport for London estimates it could be.
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Diversity – Oxford University
No, Oxford University is not racist
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 29 May 2018
[The author is a barrister]

Oxford is one of the world's great universities. ...

Yet for several years now, academic merit has been challenged by the politics of diversity. The Labour MP David Lammy has championed the view that demographics – particularly of ethnicity, social class and geography – are relevant to student admissions. Last October he accused Oxford of 'social apartheid', stating the student body 'is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain'. And last week, in response to Oxford publishing its annual admissions data, he renewed his attack, describing the university as 'a bastion of white, middle-class, southern privilege'.

This is where merit and diversity clash. Academic ability in 18-year-olds is not randomly distributed. Nature and nurture play a role. Some children are born into environments that stimulate academic curiosity. Some grow up wanting to emulate the educational successes of their parents. Some attend more academic schools which have teachers better at enthusing them to excel. Some are more able to devour onerous Oxford lecture notes. Each of these variables is more common in certain demographics than others. And if students were selected solely on the basis of merit, then Oxford would necessarily reflect those demographics.

In 2016, the percentage of A-level students achieving three A grades or better was 13. But for Chinese students the figure was 24 per cent. At the other end of the scale were black Caribbeans (three per cent). In the mid-point were white and mixed-race communities (each 11 per cent) and Asians (10 per cent), although within the Asian category students of Indian heritage did better (14 per cent).

This ethnically based differential in A-level achievement carries forward into degree performance. ...

In fact, Oxford has a disproportionately high number of black students, although you wouldn't know this from the comments made by Lammy and others last week. ...

In any case, Oxford should only admit black students who meet its minimum academic requirements – three A grades or better at A-level. But across all UK universities, only 1.8 per cent of black students achieved this minimum requirement. And yet the percentage of black students admitted to Oxford is 1.9 per cent. Accordingly, when allowance is made for grade attainment, black students fare better than white students. ...

Far from discriminating against black students, Oxford, by making allowances for grades and course choices, discriminates in favour of black students. ...

... Lammy now fronts a form of diversity politics that has become a mainstream concern for almost the entire political class. /.../ Last week there was scarcely a politician or academic who was prepared to defend a meritocratic system.

... An easier place at Oxford may be good for children from 'the 20th floor of a tower block estate', if they don't mind being patronised, but it certainly isn't good for Oxford.
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Diversity – NHS
NHS 'must do more to tackle white privilege', trust chief says
Paul Kelso
Sky News, 29 May 2018

The NHS must do more to tackle "white privilege" and increase black and minority ethnic (BAME) representation among senior managers and directors, a leading hospital trust chief executive has told Sky News.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Trust, says she will no longer sit on any interview board panel that does not include a BAME member, after figures for her own trust revealed ethnic minority candidates were less likely to succeed at interview.

Across NHS England as a whole, 18% of the 1.2 million staff are from a BAME background, but just 5% of very senior managers are non-white, compared to 27% of the lowest paid support staff. ...

The co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, Joan Saddler, welcomed the Birmingham initiative and said change at senior levels is decades overdue.
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Diversity – poetry
Ode to whiteness: British poetry scene fails diversity test
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 25 May 2018

The British poetry world is "failing to meet even the most basic measurements of inclusivity", according to a new report which highlights the "systemic exclusion" of poets and critics of colour from UK and Irish poetry magazines.

Collecting data from 29 magazines and websites including PN Review, Poetry Review, the Guardian and Oxford Poetry, the study found that between 2012 and 2018, 9% of almost 20,000 published poems were by poets of colour. Of the 1,819 poems, 502 were published in a single magazine, Modern Poetry in Translation; if this is taken out of the equation, only 7% of poems were by poets of colour. The studyPDF, conducted by poetry reviewer and blogger Dave Coates for Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics, points out that in contrast, at the 2011 census, 12.9% of the UK population identified as black and minority ethnic (BME). ...

... Sandeep Parmar, who commissioned the report. ...

... She pointed to the effect of a 2005 report which found that less than 1% of poets published by a major press in the UK were black or Asian; following the launch of diversity mentoring scheme The Complete Works, that figure now stands at almost 10%.

... When I arrived 15 years ago poetry was extremely white, in magazines, criticism and published collections. That's changed a lot, and it is to do with forward-thinking people."
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Diversity – academia
Nearly one in five Oxford students now BME as university announces diversity drive in the wake of public backlash
Harry Yorke
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

Nearly one in five students enrolling at Oxford are now either black or an ethnic minority, figures show, as the university announces a new diversity drive in the wake of mounting political pressure.

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford's vice chancellor, has admitted change has come "too slowly to meet public expectations" and that works remains "to be done" if the university is to reflect modern Britain. ...

The report shows that last year the number of students classed as black and ethnic minority rose to 17.9 per cent, up from just 13,9 per cent four years ago.
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Diversity – academia
Oxford receives Race Equality Charter bronze award
University of Oxford, 18 May 2018

Oxford University has received a Race Equality Charter bronze award from Advance HE. It means Oxford is one of only 10 UK universities to hold this award. ...

The award recognises the University's efforts and commitment to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.

The process of submitting for an award required the University to consult widely and systematically investigate the main issues related to equality and diversity at Oxford.

These issues include the diversity of appointments to senior staff positions, and of undergraduate admissions to the University.
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Diversity – Scout Association
Rebranded Scouts will teach young people how to do their best to get a job
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2018

Tying knots and wild camping are not directly relevant to most people's careers.

But the Scouts say they can teach young people how to get a job.

The organisation's new "contemporary" rebrand is designed to convince black and minority ethnic parents that joining up is worthwhile. ...

Matt Hyde, the chief executive of the Scout Association, ...

He said that the organisation was trying to become more diverse and that he hoped "selling the benefits" to minority communities would challenge Scouting's image as overwhelmingly white, middle-class and male.

It has also launched a simpler logo with a "more contemporary look and feel" in order to attract more diverse recruits. ...

He added that Muslim children were one of the "fastest-growing areas" for Scouting, prompted partly by changes to the uniform to allow for "cultural sensitivities".

Scouting launched a new uniform for Muslim girls in 2012, incorporating long sleeves and a "hoodie dress".
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Diversity – bias, Scouting Association
Christian sues the Scouts after being ejected over Islam complaint
Alex Williams
Premier, 12 May 2018

A man from Bristol whose membership to the Scout Association was cancelled is taking legal action, claiming he has been discriminated against on account of his Christian faith.

Brian Walker says his membership was unfairly taken away after he expressed fears the organisation was increasingly promoting Islam and moving away from its Christian roots. ...

Mr Walker wrote to the Scout Association's official magazine on 18th March 2017 to warn the organisation was also increasing promoting political correctness and interfaith issues above Christian values.

He was sent a letter four days later by the local District Commander, informing him he was no longer a member of the organisation.

Mr Walker, who lives in the Brislington area of Bristol, was told that he views did not reflect the inclusive nature of Scouting.
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Diversity – Bristol
City of opportunity: 200 new apprenticeships for people from a BAME background are opening up in Bristol
ByJack Pitts
BristolLive, 11 May 2018

A campaign has begun to find apprenticeships for 200 people from black and minority (BAME) backgrounds by 2020, as Bristol becomes one of the UK's five Apprentice Diversity Hubs.

The news comes as the Bristol begins a 'Year of Change' which will feature a series of events aimed at making the city's streets less racially segregated. ...

According to council data, Bristol is becoming increasingly diverse, with more than 45 religions, 91 languages and people from 180 countries walking its streets. The proportion of the population which said they are not 'white British' increased from 12 per cent in 2001 to 22 per cent in 2011.
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Diversity – Army, armed forces
Army officers told promotion will depend on 'inclusiveness'
Joel Adams
Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2018

Army officers could be passed over for promotion if they have not done enough to improve "inclusiveness and diversity" in their units. ...

An MOD spokesman said the requirement is "an intrinsic part of the behaviour we expect from everyone across Defence." ...

In November of 2016 a new objective was added to the checklist under the authority of then Chief of Defence People, General Richard Nugee.

Under the heading "Diversity and Inclusion" it says officers, warrant officers and NCOs should: "Promote an inclusive culture within area of responsibility, working to increase understanding and engagement through education and initiative."
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Diversity – discrimination, employment, heritage
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Brits of English Heritage Banned from Paid Training Postsà at English Heritage
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 8 April 2018

Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving England's heritage, is advertising paid training placements for itself, the National Trust, English Heritage and other bodies which are not open to white people. ...

"If you're interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below."

The 'background' section of the advert explains how the Tory government published a Culture White Paper in March 2016 which "challenged Historic England and other nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving workforce diversity."

It explains how, "In response, Historic England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several strands of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage Training Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage."

The result is that the paid training placements – which are being offered not only at Historic England but also other public bodies including the National Trust, the Heritage Alliance, and English Heritage – are not actually open to applicants of English heritage.
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Diversity – theatre
Lusty revival has two waggy stars
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 6 April 2018

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon)

Two gorgeous lurchers nearly steal the show in a largely forgotten 1700 comedy by Mary Pix. ...

Jo Davies's Royal Shakespeare Company production opens with four female saxophonists jamming away in period garb. ...

Was Mr Wringer cast because he is black? If so, the RSC's clunking approach to politically correct casting has again weakened its stage product.

I suppose its managers are under pressure from the Arts Council to tick inclusiveness boxes, but at some point they are going to have to decide if their core business is drama or social engineering.
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Diversity – Scout Association
Scouts to rebrand because current fleur-de-lis logo is 'old-fashioned'
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2018

The Scout Association is to rebrand its old logo having decided that the current fleur-de-lis is "old-fashioned" and "means little" to a modern audience.

In a blog post published on Friday UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd said the "current, highly traditional Fleur-de-lis" is outdated and seems "from another time". ...

Mr Kidd added that its new look was particularly popular with mothers and with parents from black and minority ethnic communities, who said they would be 44 per cent more likely to volunteer and 69 per cent more likely to send their children to Scouts.

"That's potentially a huge step forward for us as a movement committed to inclusivity," he said.
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Diversity – Ofcom, BBC
BBC audit to ensure gay and black screen talent
Matthew Moore
The Times, 1 March 2018

The proportion of gay, ethnic minority and disabled people appearing on BBC programmes will be assessed by the media regulator Ofcom for the first time as part of a diversity drive.

The analysis will cover all genres of programming including drama, comedy, news and current affairs, with a focus on primetime BBC One and BBC Two schedules. ...

The project represents the first official attempt to evaluate the on-screen diversity of the national broadcaster.
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Diversity – teachers, Canada
Teacher education must rise above political correctness
Rodney Clifton and Alexandra Burnett
Times Higher Education, 22 February 2018

Increasingly, Canadian universities seem to be more concerned about political correctness than educating students. ...

A less well known but arguably much more serious example is the increasing tendency for Canadian faculties of education to use admissions criteria that are unrelated to the characteristics and skills needed by effective classroom teachers. At the University of Windsor, for example, special consideration is being given to candidates who reflect "the ethno-cultural and social diversity of Ontario's schools". And, last September, the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba went even further by aiming to admit 45 per cent of incoming teacher candidates on the basis of their self-identification as members of marginalised groups, such as indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ, minority ethnic or socially disadvantaged.

These admission policies are being implemented so that teachers increasingly represent the ever-changing social demographics of provinces. There is some merit to that aspiration, but there are several serious problems. One is that such self-identities are difficult to verify and, consequently, are potentially easy to "game". A second is that such policies are not useful for identifying and admitting candidates who actually have the potential to become effective teachers, which is the most important reason for having faculties of education at universities.

Parents, students and even school administrators already know that there are substantial differences between the most and least effective teachers. A number of excellent studies have shown that the top 25 per cent are able to effectively teach 18 months' worth of curriculum content in a year, while the bottom 25 per cent are able to teach only about six months' worth. In short, the best teachers are three times more effective than the worst teachers. Addressing this unacceptable disparity should be the most important priority among Canadian faculties of education.
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Diversity – managerialism
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]

Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a country.

Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference and to manage it. ...

While the rapid spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s, this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never flagged among elites. ...

Justice Powell argued that "a diverse student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples." ...

Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan' as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered Corporate America.

The country's managerial elite now rarely misses an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...

... In 2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as "business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly diverse." ...

Business would have us believe its embrace of diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. ...

But is there really a business case for diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well, academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ... ...

... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...

Thus managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
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Diversity – USA
University to spend $121 million on diversity efforts – and maybe more in two years
Christian Montoya
The College Fix, 7 February 2018

Last fall, Columbia University pledged to spend an extra $100 million on diversity efforts over five years.

Not content to play second fiddle on diversity spending, American University is spending even more, even faster.

The private university in Washington, D.C., plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on its "Plan for Inclusive Excellence."

That includes a mandatory full-year course for all freshmen starting this fall, The American University Experience. ...

AUx is part of a pot of $7 million in funding for fiscal year 2018 that also covers academic centers, faculty development and programs "specifically designated to advance access, equity, and inclusion," according to the plan.

The other $53 million this fiscal year will go toward diversity-oriented institutional scholarships. Next fiscal year's $61 million is less specified. The plan simply says it will cover "investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion." ...

Beyond AUx, the curriculum goal includes the ongoing work of the new Antiracist Policy and Research Center /.../ and the buildout of the new African American and African diaspora major.
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Diversity – USA
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
Jason Richwine
National Review, 6 February 2018

In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration, David Brooks writes:



What about the rise of social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost social solidarity.



Putnam made the same "distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year. It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day problems).

To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data – although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics – and he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether "diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity, with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a "valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term – no hard evidence, just speculation.
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Diversity – USA
Identity U.
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 1 February 2018

The diversity bureaucracy has finally swallowed an entire college. San Diego State University has just named to its presidency a vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity, hired from the University of California, Davis. The new SDSU president, Adela de la Torre, is a peerless example of the intersection of identity politics and the ballooning student-services bureaucracy.

As vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity at UC Davis, de la Torre presided over a division made up of a whopping 28 departments – not academic departments, but bureaucratic and identity-based ones, such as ...; the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Center for Chicanx and Latinx Student Success; the Native American Academic Student Success Center; the Middle Eastern/South Asian Student Affairs Office; ... This gallimaufry of identity-based fiefdoms illustrates the symbiosis between an artificially segmented, identity-obsessed student body and the campus bureaucracy: the more that students carve themselves into micro-groups claiming oppressed status, the more pretext there is for new cadres of administrators to shield them from oppression. ...

The American university is becoming an appendage of the identity bureaucracy and identity studies. If the mission of higher education is no longer knowledge, but social justice, an emphasis on diversity, and indoctrination in "anti-racism," then SDSU has made the ideal hire.
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Diversity – engineering
Engineering giants pledge to attract more diverse staff
Christopher Williams
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2018

A group of Britain's biggest employers of engineers, including the bosses of BP, Shell, BAE and Rolls-Royce, has pledged to tackle the profession's lack of diversity.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a coalition of major technical employers said "we must address a lack of diversity in a workforce that is currently 92pc male and 94pc white".

The signatories include BP chief executive Bob Dudley, Shell's UK chairman Sinead Lynch and BAE's new chief executive Charles Woodburn. The call, led by Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan, is also backed by the heads of Network Rail and Transport for London, amid mounting concern that Britain is not training enough engineers to renew infrastructure. "It is crucial to the country's success that more people – and a more diverse group of people – join the profession," their letter said.
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Diversity – ideology
Italian Archbishop: Uncontrolled Immigration Will 'Crush' European Society
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 9 January 2018

Immigration must be "rational," says the fiery Italian archbishop Luigi Negri, because uncontrolled immigration leads to the "crushing and extermination of our society."

"You can't just open the doors, as if it were a party," Negri states in an interview with Italian media Tuesday. It is essential to "highlight the economic, human and cultural costs of immigration," since failing to do so means caving into "ideology."

"I am a Catholic and therefore I believe in welcoming diversity," said Negri, the recently retired archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio and a close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, "but this cannot be unmeasured because otherwise it leads to a crushing and extermination of our society."
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EMIGRATION

Emigration – foreign aid
Expert Warning That Foreign Aid Payments Are Fuelling Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 May 2018

While many politicians in Europe have argued for more aid to Africa and other regions to solve mass migration, some experts believe current aid policies may be having the opposite effect.

U.S. economist Michael A. Clemens has claimed in a recent study, which he authored for the Bonn Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), that current aid policy may be encouraging mass migration rather than preventing it, Die Welt reports.

According to Clemens, current aid policies "only strengthen economic growth, employment and security up to a certain limit".

The economist added: "Almost all the poor countries that have become rich have experienced large outflows. Rising household income went hand in hand with rising emigration."

"Higher incomes mean improved ability to pay for direct costs of emigration, but also to invest in things that invite and facilitate migration – such as Internet access, foreign language skills, business connections abroad, or tourist travel," Clemens added.
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Emigration – North Africa
One in Three North Africans Want to Migrate Permanently, Number Rising
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 April 2018

The proportion of North Africans who want to permanently migrate has reached a record high, with almost half of young people wanting to move country if they get the chance.

Just under one in three (32 per cent) of 5,030 North African respondents to the Gallup World poll for 2017 said they would like to move abroad – a figure up from 28 per cent the previous year.

The desire to migrate was found to be strongest among younger North Africans, with the proportion of 15- to 29-year-olds jumping from 40 per cent in 2016 to 46 per cent the following year.

Almost a third (30 per cent) of people in the 30 to 49 age bracket said they would like to permanently migrate, rising from 24 per cent of those interviewed in 2016 by the pollster, which surveyed people living in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.

The most desired destination for North Africans who said they would like to migrate permanently was France, with the number who named the EU country rising to 19 per cent from 13 per cent the previous year.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were in second and third place in desired destinations, respectively, but Gallup noted that the two countries "are more popular among potential migrants from Egypt than among those from other North African states, who are substantially more focused on Europe".

At the beginning of 2018, the Open Society European Policy Institute predicted a number of geopolitical changes would take place in North Africa this year which would enable many more migrants to travel to Europe.
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Emigration – Europe
European Union – the biggest people-trafficking scam in history
Moshe Forman
The Times of Israel, 24 March 2018

Unrestricted immigration is a disaster for the poorer countries of Europe; it arrests their development and, not surprisingly, has the most detrimental effect on the poorest. It's great for the British that they have all these people to staff the NHS, but does anyone give a damn that in Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and elsewhere, their health services are collapsing form a shortage of doctors and nurses? I would argue that the EU policy of free migration has become the biggest people-trafficking scam in history.

This is how this new imperialism works; the poor countries of the Balkans spend their scarce resources on training health and other professionals, who then leave, tempted by the salaries of the more developed nations of Europe. The UK gets ready-trained health staff on the cheap, and the Bulgarian health service, for example, already struggling to overcome the devastation of the communist years, suffers from ever dropping ratio of medical staff to patients.

There are several academic investigations into the effect of this economic migration from the poorer to the rich countries. ...

Families are split apart and the negative impact on children means the damage will be carried over to the next generation. ...

The elderly are particularly vulnerable: ...
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Emigration – Romania
Exodus from Romania: How free movement looks at the other end of the EU
Stephen McGrath
Prospect, April 2018

Between 2007, when the country joined the EU, and 2017 around 3.4m Romanians emigrated, two-thirds of them aged 18-39. ...

Poverty in rural Romania can be striking. On the fringes are scores of Roma families living in tiny makeshift houses. Many are collapsing. According to the World Bank, 70 per cent of Romania's rural population – which makes up almost half of the country's roughly 19m people – live below the poverty line. ...

... An estimated 350,000 economic orphans have parents who live abroad. There are far-reaching implications. Doctors, nurses and teachers have left in droves which has dramatically lowered the quality of education and healthcare. ...

Corruption in Romania is rife but the left-wing Social Democrat (PSD) government is hell-bent on reversing hard-won measures that would undermine the country's longstanding crackdown on graft.
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Emigration – Africa
Pew: Sub-Saharan Africa Is Fastest Growing Region for 'Exporting' Migrants
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 13 March 2018

Emigration from countries of Sub-Saharan Africa has risen dramatically in recent years and the region currently accounts for eight of the 10 fastest growing international migrant populations, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

Analyzing the latest United Nations data on the number of people living outside their country of birth, Pew found that the rate of emigration from these eight African nations – South Sudan, Central African Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Botswana, and Burundi – grew by more than 50 percent, and in some cases as much as 200-300 percent. The number rises to 9 of the top 10 if Sudan – much of which is sub-Saharan – is included.
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EMPLOYMENT

Employment – Europe
Surge in refugees hits young Germans' job prospects, warns OECD
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2018

Refugees run the risk of damaging the job prospects of low-skilled young men in Germany, Austria and Sweden as more people compete for jobs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

In parts of Germany refugees make up more than 15pc of the unemployed, putting pressure on vulnerable parts of the existing workforce. These new job seekers pose the greatest competition to young men with few qualifications, who are already most likely to struggle.
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Employment – doctors, nurses
It may be controversial to say it but it's true – lifting the immigration cap for the NHS is a bad idea
Mary Dejevsky
Independent, 14 June 2018

It probably had to happen. All the stars were aligned: the perennial shortage of qualified medical staff in the NHS; the advance planning for next winter's "crisis"; a loud chorus of special pleading led by the great and the good; frightened politicians, and a new home secretary keen to set a fresh tone on migration following the (totally unrelated) Windrush scandal.

And so the government will announce that it is abolishing the "cap" for recruiting nurses and doctors from outside the EU – and presumably, post-Brexit, from inside the EU, too. ...

... Even with an entirely graduate profession of nurses and the long training required to produce a doctor, the NHS could have had four years' worth of extra nurses by now and two years' worth of new junior hospital doctors, with a new crop of fully trained GPs, surgeons and other specialists in the pipeline. Numbers of training places have increased a bit, but at nothing like the necessary rate. ...

But the biggest reason for the NHS to demand more imported medics is surely the same as it has always been: that bringing in fully, or nearly, qualified medical staff is a lot easier, more flexible, and above all cheaper than training them yourself. So here we go again. Whether the cash savings in the longer term are as great as they seem in the short term, however, may be less clear-cut.

Language competency requirements may have been increased, but I know from experience that there can be quite severe communications problems. Doctors trained abroad are more likely to be struck off than those trained in the UK (though many argue this may reflect inbuilt discrimination in the cases that are brought).

More significant, perhaps, were the findings of a peer-reviewed 2015 study, which concluded that "the use of non-UK-educated nurses in English NHS hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses from abroad to substitute for domestically educated nurses may negatively impact quality of care."
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Employment – NHS, doctors, nurses
Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration
Migrationwatch UK, 30 May 2018

We are frequently told that the NHS would collapse without immigration but:

• The UK's health service is UK is more reliant on overseas doctors and nurses than most comparable healthcare systems in the developed world.

• Reliance on overseas-trained medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to plan for the training of the medical staff we need.

• It is immoral to be taking medical professionals from countries where medical needs are far greater.

– A report by NHS Providers has found that the NHS imports significantly more doctors and nurses than Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the US, Sweden and the Netherlands.

– Only Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and Australia are more reliant on foreign-trained staff than the UK.

– In the Netherlands (which has one of the top five healthcare systems in the world) the percentage of doctors who were foreign-trained was 2.6% in 2013, compared to 28.7% for England. ...

As the Royal College of Physicians has noted: "The long-term focus needs to be developing the homegrown healthcare workforce." Yet the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has criticised the government for failing to maintain the supply of UK-trained nurses. Britain is also not training enough doctors. ...

– The MAC said in 2016 that the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places in England by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013.
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Employment – fruit picking
The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't
Lucy Hooker
BBC, 25 May 2018

With strawberry picking season well under way - but migrant labour in short supply in several countries - we look at the various robots being developed around the world to help producers harvest this most popular fruit. ...

Harvesting soft fruit mechanically represents a huge challenge - each berry needs to be located, even if it's behind a leaf, assessed for ripeness and then harvested and boxed with enormous care to avoid bruising.

But recent developments in visual sensor technology, machine learning and autonomous propulsion have brought the goal within reach. ...

Robots can operate at all times of the day or night - harvesting during the chillier night hours can dramatically lengthen shelf life and avoid bruising.
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Employment
Big business 'ignoring millions of Brits looking for full-time work because they have EU migrants on tap'
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 17 May 2018

Big business was slammed for ignoring up to four million "underemployed" Brits – because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap. ..

It claimed record job figures were masking a huge problem of Brits working part-time but wanting full-time roles, or those on shifts desperate for longer hours or overtime.

There are nearly 1.5 million unemployed Brits looking for work and available for work, but a further 2 million who want more hours.

Another 214,000 want a second job to earn more cash while 274,000 want a new job with more hours.

Migration Watch chair Lord Green said: "For far too long employers have been getting away with claiming that they cannot find British workers.

"The truth is that they are simply not adjusting their working practices to meet the genuine needs of British workers because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap."
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Employment – robots
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in Cornwall
Joe Pinkstone
MailOnline, 7 March 2018

The vegetables you eat with your Sunday roast may soon be picked by a robot.

Farmers in Cornwall are testing a machine invented using European funding that picks cauliflowers from the field without bruising them. ...

The GummiArm robot is believed to be a answer to any migrant staff shortages that may arise when the UK leaves the EU.

The robotic cauliflower-picking arm is the work of Dr Martin Stoelen at the University of Plymouth. ...

Currently, farmers harvest fields all at once, in a practice known as slaughter harvesting.

But this method leads to up to 60 per cent of the crop being wasted, because it is either wonky or inedible. ...

Mr Simmons said: 'Harvesting costs can be up to 40 per cent of the costs of production of brassicas and skilled labour to do the harvesting is getting increasingly difficult to obtain, especially with Brexit fast approaching.

'In a very competitive market place where our customers demand cheap food, the cost of harvesting is continually rising.

'Robotic harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the costs.'
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Employment – wages, racism, politics
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 2 March 2018

Back in November, Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University, penned an excellent article in Project Syndicate which, among other things, explained why never-ending mass immigration pushes down wages growth: ...

This analysis followed an empirical study by the Bank of England, which found that immigration into the UK had pulled down average wages: ...

With the above analysis in mind, The Telegraph in January reported that UK wages were expected to lift following curbs on immigration, which have tightened the labour market: ...

And now, the Financial Times has reported that UK wages are finally rising as employers try to fill so-called labour shortages ...

More from Bloomberg: ...

It is basic economics that if you stem the flow of foreign workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This was explained beautifully by The Australia Institute's chief economist, Richard Denniss, last year when he noted that the very purpose of foreign worker visas is to "suppress wage growth by allowing employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with Australian workers". That is, in a normal functioning labour market, "when demand for workers rises, employers would need to bid against each other for the available scarce talent". But this mechanism has been bypassed by enabling employers to recruit labour globally. "It is only in recent years that the wage rises that accompany the normal functioning of the labour market have been rebranded as a 'skills shortage'".

Sadly, Australian economic commentators like The Guardian's Greg Jericho cannot bring themselves to even acknowledge these basic facts when discussing wages, because to do so would somehow be 'racist':



Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate – must be treated with extreme care by politicians and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable. The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their fires of hate.



When will the Fake Left (including Labor and The Greens) stand up for ordinary Australian workers and commit to lowering Australia's reckless 'Big Australia' immigration program, which is not only lowering workers' wages but also raising their cost of living via housing as well?

It's precisely because of the Fake Left's failure to rationally discuss immigration that ordinary Australians are being pushed to "the inherently racist parties" that Jericho hates so much.
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Employment – wages, economy
U.K. Wages Pick Up as Fewer Foreign Workers Take Jobs
Brian Swint
Bloomberg, 21 February 2018

Pay for workers in Britain picked up in the fourth quarter and productivity gained as fewer jobs were filled by foreign nationals in the last year.

Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the most since December 2016, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday. The overall employment rate rose to 75.2 percent, close to a record. ...

"Rising employment this past year was largely driven by U.K. nationals" as fewer eastern Europeans and non-EU nationals were working than a year earlier, ONS statistician Matt Hughes said. ...

Output per hour gained 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter following a 0.9 percent gain in the previous three months, which was the most in six years.
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Employment – City of London
Number of European workers in the City hits highest level on record
Helen Cahill
City A.M., 29 January 2018

The number of European workers in the City has hit its highest level on record.

Data from the Office for National Statistics, published by the City of London Corporation, shows nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of the City's workers came from the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2016, the highest ever recorded.

The City of London requested the data to inform its response to the government's consultation on immigration.

The data shows the proportion of EEA workers in the Square Mile has more than doubled in the 10 years to 2016. Europeans made up just eight per cent of the workforce in 2006.
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EXTREMISM

Extremism – racism, Islam
Danish Imam calls for the final solution: 'Jihad necessitates the Muslim invasion and conquest of Europe'
Voice of Europe, 30 July 2018

Imam Mundhir Abdallah, of the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque in Copenhagen is calling for a new Islamic conquest of Al-Andalus, the Balkans, and Rome, to fulfil the promise of the Prophet Muhammad.

"Jihad Necessitates the Muslim Invasion and Conquest of Europe", Abdallah told his followers "the final solution to the problem of the Levant – after the establishment of the Caliphate and the elimination of the Jewish entity – will be through the conquest of Europe."

Jews "are hastening their own annihilation by their rampaging, their filth, and their vileness, which reflect the immutable nature of the Jews." The Imam added that he is "not a racist" but that this "has to do with the Jewish character and psyche, with that sick Jewish mentality."

The video message was released in 2017 but has now been made public and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) a week following his being charged with hate speech for calling to kill Jews.

In the video, he lays out a plan whereby Muslims can conquer Europe entirely and deliver a final blow to the "vileness" of the Jewish people.

... The Iman, who lives in Lebanon and has family in Denmark, claims the charge of hate speech is a conspiracy and that he is innocent.
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Extremism – Islam
Radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts
Jake Wallis Simons
MailOnline, 8 July 2018

A radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts, MailOnline can reveal.

Dr Imran Waheed, 41, a psychiatrist working for the NHS and Bupa in Birmingham, offers his services as an expert witness in a range of civil and criminal cases assessing defendants' psychological reliability.

For many years he was a key figure in the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which campaigns for an Islamic state run by Sharia law. In an interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's... I don't care for the law of any man.'

The disclosure has sparked fears that the justice system is vulnerable to Islamist entryists who wish to 'take control from within'.

Dr Waheed told MailOnline that he had since left the group and changed his views.

But in November he appeared in the organisation's official internet broadcast extolling the virtues of a caliphate.

According to his website, Dr Waheed gives British courts psychiatric assessments of a defendant's 'dangerousness', fitness to hold a firearm licence and fitness to stand trial. ...

In a BBC interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's, so I don't care about the law to be honest... I care for the law of Islam. I don't care for the law of any man.'

When questioned by MailOnline he said that these statements were 'not reflective of his current views'. ...

Despite claiming to be no longer 'affiliated' with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Dr Waheed preached on the organisation's official broadcast in November alongside three of its most senior British leaders.

In the sermon he reiterated his longtime demands for a caliphate and said he aimed to 'liberate man from enslavement to man and the systems of man', calling into question his role in the British justice system.

When questioned about this by MailOnline he claimed he was speaking 'in the context of the occupation of Palestine'. ...

While working for the NHS Dr Waheed compiled a list of military attachés working in the embassies of Arab countries in London and distributed it to fellow extremists.
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Extremism – deradicalisation, Islam
Why Britain's Deradicalization Programs Are Failing
A. Z. Mohamed
Gatestone Institute, 30 June 2018
[A. Z. Mohamed is a Muslim born and raised in the Middle East]

The vast majority of deradicalization programs in the UK are at best ineffective and at worst counter-productive, according to a recent study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT, also known as the "nudge unit"), a social purpose company partially owned by the UK government, but that works in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

As the Times reported recently, BIT examined 33 deradicalization programs across Britain, in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes. Most of these are part of Prevent – a strategy presented in 2011 to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department – designed to keep vulnerable citizens from becoming terrorists or supporting any form of violent extremism inspired by radical Islamist or right-wing ideologies. BIT found that only two of the programs have been successful.

The main reason for the failure of the other 31 programs, according to the Times' report on the study, is:



"...that facilitators were uncomfortable dealing with sensitive topics and would often refuse to engage if they were brought up. BIT found that teachers in particular were afraid to bring up matters of race and religion with their students without appearing discriminatory, often causing them to refuse to talk about these topics entirely."



The two effective initiatives, according to the Times, were "one defying political correctness and tackling difficult issues head-on and the other directly addressing extremism in religious [Islamic] texts."

In Britain, the majority (82%) of the 228 people in custody for terrorism- related offenses espouse Islamist extremism. In August 2017, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said that the UK has more radicalized Muslims than any other European country. He added that Britain "has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals. Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention." ...

For deradicalization programs – and counter-terrorism initiatives – to work, they must first defy political correctness, tackle the root causes of Islamist extremism and address all related sensitive issues, including those which appear in Islamic texts. British Muslims should not only participate in this endeavor, but be on the front lines, monitoring early signs of radicalization and ceasing to show sympathy for or to rationalize violence.
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Extremism – terror threat
Jihadis free to roam the UK: Concerns over tracking dangerous extremists as only 40 out of 400 British fanatics returning from Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 13 June 2018

Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted on their return home.

At least 360 battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too little evidence to convict them.

The figures, disclosed by security minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.

Police chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing Britain – particularly from those who have been radicalised by fighting abroad.

John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for the release of the figures, said: 'It's no wonder the Government tried to keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British jihadis returning from Syria.

'It is an affront to our country that the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to slaughter British civilians.'

He said it should be made illegal to travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. ...

The last time the Home Office revealed the number of returning foreign fighters taken to court was in 2016. Then it stood at 14. ...

The 40 figure refers to successful prosecutions. More will have faced charges that did not stick. ...

Around 850 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq and at least 15 per cent of them are thought to be dead. ...

Ministers are yet to agree on what to do with captured foreign fighters.
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Extremism – Islam
95% of UK's PC Islamic 'deradicalization' programs fail
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com, 7 June 2018

A government report revealed that the United Kingdom government's "deradicalization" initiatives have a failure rate of greater than 95 percent – which is blamed on their politically correct delivery because instructors are too scared to use a "religious extremist" context and resort to discussing "Islamophobia," instead of Islamic terrorism.

"More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent program," the UK daily The Times divulged. "The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalization in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes."

Only a miniscule fraction of the programs were assessed to do what they intended because timid teachers repeatedly resort to using "unoffensive" rhetoric. ...

It was discovered that instructors' reticence to directly tackle the topic – and their personal fear to address it – was the main obstacle impeding their ability to get the message across to students.
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Extremism – deradicalisation
Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing
Fiona Hamilton
The Times, 6 June 2018

More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent programme.

The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools, youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.

The study found that only two programmes were effective and that some projects were counterproductive.
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Extremism
HOPE Not Hate Identified in Swedish Military Report on Left Wing Extremist Violence
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 24 May 2018

Far-left group HOPE not Hate (HnH) have been identified in a new research paper on far-left extremist violence alongside Antifa and other violent groups by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) for their "infiltration and research" of political opponents.

The research paper lists the group, which has previously received funds from left-wing billionaire George Soros, as a facilitator of information for far-left extremists alongside the Swedish Expo Foundation, also funded by Soros, which objected to being included in the report earlier this week.

The FOI report states that the far-left scene often requests information on right-wing opponents, "that they want to hold to account in some way (for example by visiting people's homes with threats and harassment) and sometimes they want information, names and pictures, to publicly identify those involved in nationalist movements", and that organisations like Expo and HnH provide this information. ...

HnH has, in addition to receiving funds from George Soros's Open Society Foundations, received funding from the UK government as well. ...

There has been at least one recent instance of HnH providing private information to the public that was read by Antifa extremists who committed acts of violence.

Last month HnH tweeted out the private location of the conference being held by the anti-mass migration Generation Identity activist group which was then read and republished by the Antifascist Network account. Not long after the release of the address, Antifa extremists arrived at the location and engaged in violence, with one of their number being arrested by the police.
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Extremism – Islam, Labour Party
Three Labour Lewisham East Candidates Promoted Extremist Imam
Guido Fawkes, 16 May 2018

Three of the Labour candidates on the Lewisham East shortlist promoted a radical imam who the High Court ruled "clearly promoted and encouraged violence in support of Islam and espoused a series of extremist Islamic positions".

Shakeel Begg is the imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre. In 2016 he lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled he had promoted violence. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said "he has shed the cloak of respectability and revealed the horns of extremism". ...

Lewisham Islamic Centre is one of the most controversial mosques in Britain. ...

Despite these extremist links, Labour's candidates in Lewisham East have repeatedly promoted Shakeel Begg and the Lewisham Islamic Centre.
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Extremism – Islam
Isis trying to foment a wave of migration to Europe, says UN official
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 27 April 2018

Islamic State commanders fleeing Syria are conspiring with extremist groups in Africa to foment and infiltrate a new migration wave destined for Europe, the head of the UN World Food Programme has said.

David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, said Europe needed to wake up to the extremists' strategy in the Sahel region.

Those forced out of Syria were uniting with local terrorist groups to use a lack of food as both a recruitment tool and a vehicle to push millions of Africans towards Europe, he said.

Speaking to the Guardian during a visit to Brussels for a two-day Syria summit, Beasley said: "You are going to face a similar pattern of what took place years ago, except you are going to have more Isis and extremist groups infiltrating migration.

"What we are picking up is that they are partnering with the extremist groups like Boko Haram and al-Qaida to divvy up territory and resources and to continue to infiltrate and destabilise in the hope of creating migration into Europe where they can infiltrate and cause chaos.

"My comment to the Europeans is that if you think you had a problem resulting from a nation of 20 million people like Syria because of destabilisation and conflict resulting in migration, wait until the greater Sahel region of 500 million people is further destabilised. And this is where the European community and international community has got to wake up."
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Extremism
Soros's HOPE Not Hate Sees Massive Backlash over Book Ban List
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 March 2018

The far-left activist group HOPE not Hate (HnH) received a widespread backlash on social media, including from prominent anti-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz, after they released a list of books they campaigned to get banned from UK retailers.

The group unveiled a new campaign earlier this week to pressure book retailers, including Amazon and WH Smith, to remove a list of books deemed "Nazi" and "far-right" by the organisation. HnH tweeted out a link to the campaign and within 24 hours saw an overwhelmingly negative response from users equating the group to promoting book burnings.

The tweet garnered a mere 87 likes but more than a thousand comments, the vast majority of which were highly critical of the far-left organisation.

One reply, which has over 1,000 likes on the platform, saw user Bil Irving write: "Cannot support this. There is nothing good to be had from banning books, no matter how much you disagree with them. Quite frankly, it's a Nazi tactic, and I'm genuinely surprised at HNH for even suggesting this."
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Extremism – political correctness
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of innocents
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 21 March 2018

If Ahmed Hassan had got his way, September 15 2017 would be the date of one of the worst massacres in British history. About 50 people sustained burns or minor injuries ...

An asylum seeker who actually told Home Office officials he had been "trained to kill" by Islamic State in Iraq was not only allowed to enter our country. He was given generous financial aid and a foster place ...

You will have to forgive my tone of mild incredulity, but there has been ample evidence in the past fortnight that the Home Office is perfectly capable of keeping out undesirables. Lauren Southern, a far-right Canadian journalist, was detained in Calais and banned from entering the UK. /.../ A Home Office spokesman said: "Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good." ...

Personally, I wouldn't choose to have Ms Southern round for Easter lunch, but at least nothing in her history suggests she might try to detonate a bomb on a train carrying children to school. The same goes for Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement, and his girlfriend, Brittany Pettibone, an American writer who calls immigration "white genocide", who were also denied entry. ...

Are we to deduce that our government believes ultra-conservative provocateurs are "not conducive to the public good" whilst Islamist asylum seekers are perfectly fine? ...

After the grotesque revelations last week from Telford of yet more mass rape, even murder, committed by men of mainly Pakistani origin, are the authorities perhaps scared they are losing control of the multicultural "narrative"? Do they privately fear that the views of Sellner and his ilk might chime with members of the population who have lost faith in a liberal elite that appears to put political correctness and enforced "tolerance" before the safety of white working-class girls? ...

And what if our instincts tell us it's wrong to keep out far-Right speakers, who can do us no physical harm, while admitting aggrieved Muslim teenagers from war-torn areas who well might?

Let me tell you what is "not conducive to the public good". It's having a Home Office whose moral sense is so perverted that it puts the human rights of jihadist Hassan before the right to life of British men, women and children on the District Line.
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Extremism – politics
Britain's flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 21 March 2018

Can anyone else see the problem here? The British state currently has to find a reason to explain why saying 'Allah is gay' is a fundamental assault on British values, but admitting to being a trained member of Isis is not. It has to explain why approaching the borders legally can lead to expulsion but breaking into the country illegally cannot.

Of course what this is is the enforcement of what one might call 'Rowley-ism', after the Metropolitan Police's former assistant commissioner Mark Rowley. It was he who last month embedded the idea that the UK faces an equally balanced challenge: Islamist extremism on the one side, far-right extremism on the other. In order to sustain this equation it appears that for the time-being one must draw a moral equivalence between Muslims who blow things up and non-Muslims who do not, but have mean views. And an equivalence between Muslims who call for murder and non-Muslims who do not. Officials (retired and serving) at the borders, in the police force or in Parliament, who think that this will prove a formula for societal security and harmony can have no idea of the trouble they are storing up for some later date.
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Extremism – free speech
The 'patriotic' thought police came for Corbyn. You are next
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018

Is THIS a warning? In the past few days I have begun to sense a dangerous and dark new intolerance in the air, which I have never experienced before. An unbidden instinct tells me to be careful what I say or write, in case it ends badly for me. How badly? That is the trouble. I am genuinely unsure.

I have been to many countries where free speech is dangerous. But I have always assumed that there was no real risk here.

Now, several nasty trends have come together. ...

I expect, as time goes by, I will be accused of being an 'appeaser' and of being against 'British values'. And then what? An apparatus of thought policing is already in place in this country. By foolishly accepting bans on Muslim 'extremists', we have licensed public bodies to decide that other views, too, are 'extremist'.

Because the authorities are terrified of upsetting Islam, nothing much will happen to Muslim militants. But conservative and Christian views such as mine will suffer.

Christian and Jewish schools, especially ones which have conservative views on marriage and sex education, increasingly find themselves in trouble. Even mainstream Catholic and C of E schools are under stealthy attack, with attempts made to stop them 'discriminating' in favour of pupils from Christian homes.

Ofsted now says that 'all schools' have a 'duty to actively promote fundamental British values', which sounds totalitarian to me. This includes so-called 'mutual respect and tolerance of values different from their own'. Actually, there is nothing mutual about it. The sexual revolution fanatics demand submission, and offer no tolerance in return. Now the freedom to educate children at home, always a barometer of liberty, is being seriously threatened for the first time in our history. ...

There's no real spirit of liberty left in this country.

Yes, I am scared, and I never have been before. And so should you be.
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Extremism – nationalists, free speech
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 18 March 2018

Martin Sellner is a nasty piece of work. The Austrian is a leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement and of Defend Europe, an organisation that tries to stop NGO boats from saving migrants drowning in the Med. His partner, the American Brittany Pettibone, is a writer and vlogger who sees immigration as "white genocide". Lauren Southern is a Canadian journalist who moves in far-right circles. Hitler, according to Southern, "was just an SJW [social justice warrior] who happened to get freaky amounts of power".

Over the past two weeks, all three have been barred from entering Britain. Their views, they were told, were unacceptable and their presence in Britain not "conducive to the public good".

Sellner, Pettibone and Southern are all odious characters. I loathe their anti-immigrant rhetoric. I despair of their tirades against Muslims. But I also think that all three have the right to be as loathsome and obnoxious as they wish to be. Even scumbags should not be barred for thought crimes.

Anti-racists in particular should be wary of such bans. Censorious laws that some applaud when applied to the far right inevitably get turned on to the left and anti-racists. The 1965 Race Relations Act introduced Britain's first legal ban on the incitement of racial hatred. Among the first people convicted under its provisions was the black power activist Michael X.

The 1936 Public Order Act, brought in to control Oswald Mosley's fascists, became used after the war to target trade unionists – most notoriously during the miners' strike of 1984-85 – and anti-fascist demonstrations in the 1970s and 1980s.

If we allow the state to define the limits of acceptable speech, it will not just be speech to which we object that gets curtailed.
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Extremism – free speech
Britain Says 'Yes' to Jihadists, 'No' to Free Speech
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 12 March 2018

This letter shames Britain.

It's illiterate ("Your boyfriend have in his possession" and "insight" where it means "incite"), it's at once pompously officious and sloppily amateurish, and it's written by someone who clearly has no grasp of basic details like when and when not to use capital letters ...

Yet on this barely educated jobsworth's say-so, author and activist Brittany Pettibone has – with her boyfriend, Austrian Identarian Martin Sellner, and, subsequently, Canadian citizen journalist Lauren Southern – been declared persona non grata in the U.K.

Clearly, this jobsworth was only obeying the orders of someone well above his pay grade. Presumably, responsibility for this decision goes right to the top – at least as far as Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

If so, Amber Rudd has some serious questions to answer. ...

Current U.K. immigration policy appears to work like this:

It's apparently okay to let an estimated 425 ISIS terrorists back into the country after their jaunts to the killing zones of Iraq and Syria.

But it's apparently not okay to let in three campaigners whose only crime is to speak out on behalf of the silent majority, which has had just about enough of all this cultural enrichment and who would like their governments to do more to protect them from it:

And isn't there something deeply sinister about that phrase claiming that Pettibone, Southern, and Co. "bear a serious threat to the fundamental interests of society"?

Not so long ago, it used to be considered "fundamental" to the "interests of society" that Britain was a country which defended freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. That's why, for example, we have this place mentioned in the letter called Speakers' Corner, where anyone can go to have their say, however "right" or "wrong" their opinions.

No more, apparently.
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Extremism – Islam
Christian refugee returns to Syria because Europe is flooded with ISIS supporters
Voice of Europe, 9 March 2018

Spiro Haddad is a Christian refugee who returned to Syria from Austria. In an interview with a German TV broadcaster in Syria, he tells how his life was in danger in Austria and why he made the decision to return.

Haddad says he reached Austria by spending €3,000 on smugglers. At first he wanted to stay there, but he changed his mind after he saw how many refugees pledged to terrorist groups like Al-Nusra and ISIS.

As a Christian he didn't feel safe among them in Austria and he had to keep his faith a secret or it could cost him his life. Haddad says extremists wanted to change churches into mosques and he had to talk like them to survive.

After he contacted the Austrian authorities about it, they didn't take him seriously. That was the moment he decided to leave and now he lives in Syria again.

Haddad warns Europe and says "it's not good that Europe is open to all". "ISIS and Al-Nusra want to destroy everything, even with you. If you do not understand that, I'm pessimistic for the future of Europe," he says.
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Extremism – Islam
Parsons Green bomb suspect admitted being 'trained to kill' by Islamic State, court hears
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 8 March 2018

The man accused of planting the Parsons Green Tube bomb was "trained on how to kill" by Islamic State, a court has heard.

Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan, 18, who came to Britain illegally in the back of lorry in 2015, told immigration officials that he had been forced to join IS after they threatened to kill members of his family.

Interviewed at an immigration centre in Croydon in January 2016, Mr Hassan, said: "They trained us how to kill. It was all religious based."

He said he had trained alongside around 1,000 other fighters in Iraq and would spend three or four hours a day in the mosque. ...

Hassan arrived in Britain in the back of a lorry via the Channel Tunnel in October 2015. He had no identity documents and claimed asylum, saying he was born in June 1999.
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Extremism – Islam
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior – wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5 March 2018

After witnessing a female aid worker being dragged by her hair to a toilet by so-called refugees, and herself being attacked five times by Arab men, the celebrated asylum activist gave up. /.../ Filled with regret, she is now fighting for a Europe free from Islam. "I have been forced to realize that the Muslims despise us, and that is something that won't change. The hatred is too strong", she says.

It's not one isolated incident. It's not one rotten egg. It's time and again facing the same kind of contempt from Muslim asylum seekers, that made well-known asylum activist Rebecca Sommer understand that Islam is a political ideology for ruling nations. ...

Rebecca Sommer is a well-known German asylum activist, and a familiar face in German media. Among other actions, she created an organization with 300 members which welcomed asylum seekers during the migrant crisis in 2015-2016. She is also an artist and film-maker whose works were repeatedly praised in leftist media all over the world – until she recently shocked mainstream journalists across the globe. ...

It is her personal experience that has led to her political U-turn. After years of working with Muslim asylum seekers she has realized that their attitude is completely different from what she first thought. ...

... They view themselves as superior, they laugh at European men and think western women are whores. And the more we adapt to them, the more convinced they become that they are right.

However, she has not changed her opinions on human rights. She is still a deeply engaged activist, and considers herself a "world citizen". She has helped people in Central America and Asia, as well as tribes in Africa. But after meeting the Arab men, who during the migrant storm flooded Europe, claiming to be refugees fleeing for their lives, she has had to "make an exception in her humanism". She emphasizes that that she doesn't think that all Muslims are bad, only "most of them".

In this interview she tells about the painful awakening, the incidents that changed her mind, and her fight to warn Europe about islamization and mass-immigration – things she used to welcome. "We wanted to get to know them – and we did". ...

In what way is that a problem?

– I am a human rights activist and I still want to help refugees. My problem is Islam, and people who are brainwashed by this ideology. It is called a religion, but it is really a political ideology to rule over nations, in which they [Muslims] are seen as higher beings, and we as lower. I have always known that it's a different culture, but I thought that they, just like the rest of us, can change their values and ideas when met with hospitality. But through the years I've learned that apart from very few individuals, they're impossible to change. In most of them "the hijab in the head" is impossible to remove.

Integration is doing the exact opposite to what people imagine – Muslims are often open and humble in the beginning, but later turn dominant and arrogant when they start feeling safe and at home.
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Extremism – politics
The word 'extremist' has lost all meaning
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 3 March 2018

You might be said to have extremist views if you object to same sex marriages or gay adoptions, or if you think we should halt immigration. By the same token, an opinion poll published last year revealed that almost 40 per cent of the population think it is extremist to believe that global warming is happening and 36 per cent think it extremist to hope that Britain leaves the EU. In other words, 'extremism' has simply become one of those words which has lost almost all of its meaning and is used simply as an insult to hurl at one's opponents. /.../ We should be clear about the need to treat Islam as a singularity, given the very singular threat it poses both to our country and indeed to the rest of the world, a creed we have imported and with which we are not entirely comfortable, rather than packaging it up with stuff which deluded and self-flagellating white liberal bien-pensants can call 'extremist'.
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Extremism – charities, Islam
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector
Henry Jackson Society, 25 February 2018

The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from the Henry Jackson Society.

The report's case studies are illustrative – so £6 million is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The money is enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers – but instead, it is being handed over to individuals some of whose involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the early 2000s.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector finds that, despite more than a decade of attempts to improve regulations, a concerning number of UK-registered charities continue to fund and support extremism.

Figures from across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while masquerading as representatives of 'true' Islam.
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Extremism – Islam
Death of Democracy? - Part II
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 12 February 2018

A blanket refusal to listen to serious concerns about Islam as an ideology and political enterprise stems from what is in many ways the most dangerous, yet unwitting, position taken by the middle ground. One loses track of the number of Western politicians and church leaders who blithely maintain that "Islam is a religion of peace" or who, when faced with jihadi terrorism, maintain that it "has nothing to do with Islam". A sort of paralysis engendered by a fear of being thought an "Islamophobe" makes it hard if not impossible for people in the public eye to admit that there is another truth, that has, unfortunately, been well known for centuries. ...

It is time for some home truths. Islam has been at war with the West for some 1,384 years, with very little respite. When Muslim Arab armies invaded Syria in 634, went on to destroy all but a rump of the Christian Byzantine empire (which it finally defeated when the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453), took control of Spain, Portugal, Sicily and other lands on the north Mediterranean coast, it was the start of endless jihad wars. These wars did not end during the centuries of the Barbary slave trade during which Christians were routinely snatched by Muslim pirates and sold in markets in Algiers and elsewhere on the North African coast. ...

Unfortunately, concluding that modern terrorism "has nothing to do with Islam" or that "Islam is a religion of peace" visibly contradicts the historical record. ...

Over the past three decades, Western societies have been rendered all but impotent in the face of ideologies that challenge their most basic values. ...

... Yet here we go, led by a politically correct intelligentsia, churches, and political parties, effectively handing over our civilization to people who hate it. ...

... If we are ever to save Western civilization and democracy, we must urgently rally our forces to stand up to all those who seek to trash it.
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Extremism – Islam, Europe
Lessons from the East for the West
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 February 2018

Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against the West and Me. ...

... In Hungary, there are barely any signs of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...

... I originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out, even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the courage to publish it.

A German publisher, who was interested, backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...

Islam – not Islamism but Islam itself – preaches the political submission of the whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.

The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse 8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...

... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20% Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.

This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our army.
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Fraud and corruption – earnings
Migrants caught lying over pay in effort to stay in UK
Richard Ford
The Times, 2 July 2018

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants trying to stay in the UK permanently have been found abusing the system, according to the immigration minister.

Migrants who had been denied leave to remain were found to have exaggerated their earnings on applications to the Home Office when the figures were checked against their tax records.

In almost 90 per cent of the cases reviewed, the applicants had amended their records with HM Revenue & Customs by increasing their earnings by more than £10,000, Caroline Nokes told MPs.

Ms Nokes said that the migrants were most likely to have inflated their earnings so that they could claim enough points to stay in Britain, or to have substantially under-reported their salaries to evade tax.
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Fraud and corruption – earnings
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants are lying about how much they earn to try and stay in UK permanently
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 2 July 2018

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants have been lying about how much they earn to try and stay in the UK permanently.

The Home Office said in 90 per cent of cases the reviewed applicants had increased their earnings by more than £10,000 to reach the threshold needed to qualify for long-term residence.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes told MPs some of the applicants had amended their records with HMRC to under-report their wages in to evade tax.

The review was ordered by Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, after concerns people were being refused 'leave to remain' due to minor tax issues.

But the appraisal of 281 postal applications that were refused on character and conduct grounds revealed a pattern of apparent attempts to abuse the immigration system, the Times is reporting.

The Home Office is now looking at applications made in person to see whether similar attempts were made to try and enable skilled migrants to stay in the UK who failed the strict qualification tests.

The review found many migrants trying to live here permanently under the 'Tier 1' system had earnings lower than the threshold required, but had been topped up by claims of self-employed pay which were not real.
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Fraud and corruption – university applicants
Black applicants make up half of cheats, says Ucas
Nicola Woolcock
The Times, 31 May 2018

More than half of students submitting fraudulent applications for degree courses are black, the university admissions body said yesterday.

Black candidates make up 52 per cent of all applications flagged despite comprising only 9 per cent of applicants, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) said. The figures triggered a race row with politicians and student leaders who said Ucas should offer a better explanation for the findings. Applications can be considered fraudulent for several reasons, including plagiarism of the personal statement, falsifying exam results, sending false documents, using fake identities, or making multiple applications at once.
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Fraud and corruption – health tourism
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 15 January 2018

A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million a year.

Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free healthcare across Europe – with Britain picking up the bill.

A probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then claim the cost back from the UK government.

The NHS has paid out more than £1 billion over the past decade – an average of £20 for every card issued.

Around £200 million, the cost of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.

The health service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.

We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Figures show that the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.

But according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.

He said he had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not to waste time on checks. ...

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
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Heritage – nationalism
Of all the things we could celebrate, St George's Day is the worst possible choice
Sirena Bergman
Independent, 22 April 2018

Every year there are also calls to turn St George's Day into a bank holiday. I see it as laziness masquerading as patriotism. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more time off work, but bearing in mind that 20 April is just a few days before – when many people celebrate marijuana – perhaps that should be the day we all get off work? ...

There is a reason why the St George's flag and not the Union Jack has been coopted time and time again by nationalist and white supremacist groups – it represents the idea that this tiny island is superior by virtue of once having stolen other people's territory. The irony of a symbol of xenophobia and racism being a flag named after a Roman soldier is not lost on me, but it's not amusing enough to overcome the darkness of it. ...

... If you want a day to celebrate, then for goodness sake pick something – anything – less outdated and offensive.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Illegal immigration – ID scheme, border security
EU citizen ID scheme proposed by think tank in UK immigration crackdown after Brexit
Alison Little
Daily Express, 30 July 2018

A citizen ID registration scheme should be considered for everyone in Britain, as part of a package to strengthen border controls after Brexit, a think tank has suggested. It said a proposed scheme to register EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit should be used as a test bed for a system that could be rolled out across the country.

It would prove people's entitlements to be here and to access services and jobs, while also making it harder for illegal immigrants to continue operating, said the report for centre right think tank Policy Exchange.

It should not need people to carry a physical ID card, it stressed, but instead govern citizens' interactions with the state via a digital system based on unique personal reference numbers.

There are also safeguards that can now be built into the central storage of information, to protect them from misuse. ...

The Government plans for the estimated 3.6 million EU citizens already in the UK to join a registration scheme if they want to stay beyond the end of the proposed transition period, December 31, 2020.

People will acquire a unique "EU Citizens Number" based on the document with photographic and biometric data which they used to register, that will secure them rights and access to public services, with layers of digital security woven into the system to protect their data. ...

The authors suggest it could initially be rolled out to UK citizens on a voluntary basis, with more people persuaded to take them up as they observed the benefits of easy access to services.

It would also make it much harder for illegal immigrants to "remain in limbo", said the report. ...

They want rail and ferry operators to be required to provide more advance information about passengers, as airlines already do.

A single authority should be in charge of coastline border security, and Britain should work more closely with Irish authorities to stop the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area being exploited for illegal entry.
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Illegal immigration – internal border security
How do we cut illegal immigration? By policing Britain's internal border
David Goodhart
Sunday Telegraph, 29 July 2018

Britain is a country that wants to remain open but does not want its population to change too fast. It is a delicate balancing act for the UK border infrastructure. And despite the refrain of being "not fit for purpose" – either too laissez faire for not deporting enough illegal immigrants, or too draconian for harassing legitimate residents caught up in the Windrush scandal – we are edging in the right direction.

It is seldom recognised that most of our immigration is now temporary, mainly students and workers who return home. Annual net immigration is running at over 250,000 a year but the number granted permanent residence (excluding EU citizens) is just 60,000 a year. ...

In any case, having spent months talking to dozens of people from top to bottom of the Home Office for a report published tomorrow for the think tank, Policy Exchange, I come away reassured that the border is working far better than 10 years ago. The visa flows (there are 2.6 million visas granted every year) are under tighter control; since 2008, more than one million non-EU citizens have happily used a biometric residence permit (an ID card) to regulate their rights; the UK is a world leader in E-gates, helping to keep queues down; exit checks of a kind have been reinstalled; the number of new illegal immigrants is rising at its lowest level for two decades (just 15,000 to 20,000 a year by my calculation). ...

The Windrush scandal was an error of over-zealous control, and my report has suggestions for avoiding a repeat of this egregious mistake, but Windrush must not lead to a radical watering down of the so-called "hostile environment". Because the correct term for the hostile environment is simply the internal border. In a country like Britain, which has tens of millions of annual arrivals, most without the right to stay or work (a figure that will rise after Brexit to include EU citizens), not having strict internal controls – subcontracted in part to employers, landlords, public service staff and so on – is equivalent to not having a border at all.

For various reasons to do with the lack of ID cards, the English language and an open labour market, the UK has long been a magnet for illegals, and there are probably at least 500,000 in the country now. And if we want to stop this number crreping ever higher, a national ID system for both temporary immigrants and citizens is the long-term answer. Putting this back on the agenda is the one good thing to come out of Windrush.

... Illegal immigration is corrosive. It makes inner-city Britain less law-abiding and most negatively impacts recent legal immigrants. Action against it should be more confidently linked to minimum wage enforcement, private landlord licensing and action against modern slavery.

We can deport more people (only 6,000 people left involuntarily last year, excluding prisoners) but that is not the only way to reduce the illegal population. A general amnesty is undesirable but we should consider regularising those who have been here, living in the mainstream, for more than 10 years (rather than 20 as at present).

And why not pay people to leave? It costs 10 times more to remove an illegal against their will than to persuade someone to go voluntarily.
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Illegal immigration – government data sharing
Home Office pauses data sharing with other departments in wake of Windrush scandal
John Johnston and Tamsin Rutter
Civil Service World, 12 July 2018

The Home Office has announced a three-month pause to "pro-active data sharing" between government departments to prevent members of the Windrush generation getting caught up in policies aimed at curbing illegal immigration.

Home secretary Sajid Javid said there would be a freeze in the so-called "hostile environment" immigration policy, including a pause in data sharing between HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, DVLA and the Home Office.

Ministers have been fiercely criticised over the Windrush scandal, which saw British citizens of Caribbean descent stripped of their rights to work, denied access to public services and threatened with deportation.

Javid, in an update of Home Office work in relation to Windrush provided to Home Affairs Select Committee chair Yvette Cooper on 10 July, said: "We have paused pro-active data sharing with other government departments and delivery partners on data for all nationalities over 30 years old for a period of three months. This covers HMRC, DWP and the DVLA."

He added that the department had "significantly restricted pro-active data sharing with banks and building societies via Cifas (the specified anti-fraud authority), to persons subject to deportation action due to criminal activity".

These measures have been introduced to ensure that members of the Windrush generation are not "erroneously impacted by compliant environment measures".
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Illegal immigration – cost
Taxpayers forked out thousands for foster care of Vietnamese 'teenager' trafficked into Britain but who was in fact 22
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 12 July 2018

Taxpayers stumped up the £500-a-week costs of keeping a Vietnamese woman in foster care before she was exposed as being a 22-year-old illegal immigrant.

Duong Trinh was picked up as part of an immigration raid on a nail bar in Cheadle, Staffordshire and claimed she was 16 years old.

The local council was therefore duty-bound to take her into foster care and she spent months in a foster home until her real age was uncovered.

She has now been jailed for eight months but could still avoid deportation due to sentencing rules. ...

She made an application for asylum in the UK after being put into costly foster care by Staffordshire County Council.

But a tip-off led police to contact Vietanese authorities, who provided fingerprints and a photograph that showed Trinh is in fact 22.

She has now pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice and was jailed for eight months this week. ...

Judge Glenn added: 'The sentence will not trigger automatic deportation. That will be a decision for other people in due course.' ...

Staffordshire County Council said it had no reason to believe Trinh was older than 16 when they were informed of her case.
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Illegal immigration
'Italy has caused a MELTDOWN' 700,000 migrants waiting to cross into Europe from Libya
Jon Austin
Sunday Express, 8 July 2018

A bottleneck of 700,000 migrants is waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the National Crime Agency has said. The number – greater than the population of Leicester – highlights the difficulties facing the EU in controlling migrants seeking a new life in Europe.

Senior members of the NCA, dubbed Britain's FBI, revealed the figures as they detailed the increasingly tough battle they face to stop people smugglers.

NCA directors warned of a sharp rise in attempted illegal sea crossings from Africa to Europe this year, with 300 people drowning last week.

Migrants are then crossing Europe and using increasingly devious ways to evade detection, including hiding in "coffin-sized" secret compartments in vehicles.

Migration across the Mediterranean from Africa is a critical issue for the EU, with member states arguing over the best way to deal with it. ...

Tom Dowdall, NCA deputy director of organised immigration crime, said the problem was growing. Attempted crossings to Greece and Turkey are up by 47 per cent on last year, with those to Spain and Italy up by 75 per cent. ...

Chris Hogben, NCA head of operations for organised immigration crime, said rescue boats manned by non-governmental organisations were inadvertently aiding people smugglers.

The NGOs are supposed to rescue people once they are more than 12 miles from the Libyan coast, but come in much closer, he said.

He said: "They make it easier for the crime groups who now send a boat with not enough fuel on purpose as they know they will be picked up."

The details emerged at a briefing on Project Invigor, a joint NCA, Home Office, Coastguard, Border Force and Crown Prosecution Service operation, costing £14 million a year to run.

Around 140 officers make up the squad which has 250 live investigations into organised gangs trying to sneak people into the UK and those forging documents to aid them and keep illegal immigrants here.

The main sources for migrants into Europe are Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Niger and Afghanistan. Mr Dowdall said that smugglers collectively make up to £6 billion a year charging would-be migrants.
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Illegal immigration
Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2018

The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective.

Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the "soft" border with Northern Ireland and then make their way to the British mainland.

Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the NCA said the people traffickers were seeking to exploit the border arrangements between Northern Ireland the Republic.

He said: "The level of border controls, or requirements of border controls, are different to that from others travelling on from other countries.

"We have seen some evidence of that being abused.

"Migrants are smuggled by organised crime groups into the Republic of Ireland sometimes by air, from Eastern Europe and Asia.

"Sometimes it will be by the sea through the Irish sea ports, then flying in to the UK." ...

But he also warned that people smugglers were increasingly using Belgium as an easy route to get migrants into the UK. ...

Mr Dowdall also said there was evidence of Eastern European lorry drivers being increasingly complicit in smuggling migrants through the traditional Channel tunnel route from Calais to Dover for a fee. ...

The people smuggling industry is believed to be worth around £6 billion annually, with migrants paying gangs at least £6,000 for passage to Europe.

The National Crime Agency's Operation INVIGOR has seen an overall reduction of illegal immigrants since it was set up two and a half years ago, but said that this year has seen an increase year-on-year.
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Illegal immigration – asylum, social cohesion, Europe
Liberals have lost the argument on the migrant crisis. Now Europe needs to get tough
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018

Europe's migration crisis – sparked by Merkel's government three years ago – has quickened the populist advance across the continent. ...

Immigration is not the only factor in this worrying trend, but it is an important one.

In 2015, when the migration crisis began, more than 1.8 million people were detected crossing Europe's borders illegally. Italy has had more than 471,000 people land on its shores as the crisis has gone on. Germany received 1.1 million asylum applications in 2015 alone.

Those who think the crisis is abating are mistaken. While the numbers attempting to reach Europe are not as high as last year, and are far lower than in 2015, they are still a worry.

Last week, more than 500 migrants arrived in Greece; nearly 900 reached Italy; and almost 1,200 arrived in Spain. And the authorities must now house, educate and integrate the many people who reached Europe in the last three years. By 2020 the German government will have spent an estimated £74 billion dealing with the domestic costs of the crisis. ...

To maintain social cohesion, you need to control immigration. To control immigration, you need strong borders. And to have strong borders, you need to be prepared to adopt tough policies. ...

And why should we continue an asylum model that favours the strong over the weak, the young over the old, and men over women? Three quarters of asylum seekers in Britain are men and the majority are in their early twemties.

Too often, with today's system, the vulnerable get left behind.

The immigration debate is changing. In Europe, mainstream politicians are advocating "regional disembarkation platforms", where asylum claims are processed outside the EU. This is a model that has worked in Australia, but it will only succeed if migrants are barred from claiming asylum in Europe itself.

Time will tell if Europe's leaders will be tough enough to do that. But they need to be. If the migration crisis taught us anything, it is that virtue signalling is not a policy: the only policy with virtue is one that works.
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Illegal immigration – deception, deportation
Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Morgan Meaker
Wired, 2 July 2018

Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp.

Now, governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them.

Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that specialises in extracting a smartphone's messages, location history, and even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the phone owners themselves. ...

Admittedly, some refugees do lie on their asylum applications. Omar – not his real name – certainly did. He travelled to Germany via Greece. ...

If Omar's phone were searched, he could have become one of them, as his location history would have revealed his route through Europe, including his arrival in Greece.

But before his asylum interview, he met Lena – also not her real name. A refugee advocate and businesswoman, Lena had read about Germany's new surveillance laws. She encouraged Omar to throw his phone away and tell immigration officials it had been stolen in the refugee camp where he was staying. ...

When sociology professor Marie Gillespie researched phone use among migrants travelling to Europe in 2016, she encountered widespread fear of mobile phone surveillance. "Mobile phones were facilitators and enablers of their journeys, but they also posed a threat," she says. In response, she saw migrants who kept up to 13 different SIM cards, hiding them in different parts of their bodies as they travelled.

This could become a problem for immigration officials, who are increasingly using mobile phones to verify migrants' identities, and ascertain whether they qualify for asylum. (That is: whether they are fleeing countries where they risk facing violence or persecution.) In Germany, only 40 per cent of asylum applicants in 2016 could provide official identification documents. In their absence, the nationalities of the other 60 per cent were verified through a mixture of language analysis – using human translators and computers to confirm whether their accent is authentic – and mobile phone data. ...

The smartphone has become the essential accessory for modern migration. Travelling to Europe as an asylum seeker is expensive. People who can't afford phones typically can't afford the journey either.
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Illegal immigration – schools
Schools no longer required to record pupils' nationality
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 29 June 2018

Schools in England will no longer be asked by the government to collect information on pupils' nationality and place of birth, the latest significant climbdown in the suite of "hostile environment" policies targeted at immigrants living in the UK.

The low-key announcement, confirming earlier reports, came in the form of a technical document for schools from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding its school census for 2018-19.

Under the heading Discontinued Items, the technical specification lists "pupil country of birth" and "pupil nationality", with a note that they are "no longer required by the department and, as such, it is removed from the school census collection from autumn 2019 onwards.

"Schools must no longer request this information from parents, or retain the data within their system, for purpose of transmitting to the department via the school census," the document states.

Two years ago the department added a requirement for schools to ask parents for the information, along with a question on proficiency in English, apparently under pressure from the Home Office under Theresa May.
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Illegal immigration – amnesties
The economics of immigration amnesties
Alessandra Casarico, Giovanni Facchini and Tommaso Frattini
Vox, 28 June 2018

Illegal immigration is widespread in OECD countries. The recent, unprecedented surge in the number of asylum seekers in Europe /.../ and the high likelihood that their claims will be rejected will increase the stock of undocumented foreign nationals in many destination countries /.../. In an environment in which repatriations are difficult to implement, policymakers have few options available to handle a growing problem.

... In 2016, irregular migrants made up 3.4% of the total population in the US, or about a quarter of the total foreign population. In Europe, the figures are significantly lower, but exhibit substantial variation across countries. The phenomenon is virtually absent in Denmark or Sweden, very small in countries like Austria and Germany, but sizeable in Greece, Belgium, Portugal, and the UK. The legal status of migrants clearly reflects the policy stance of the destination country, both in terms of the ex-ante controls introduced to discipline the flows and the ex-post measures taken to grant legal status to existing undocumented foreigners.

Used as a tool to give legal status to a broad set of immigrants who satisfy pre-defined conditions, amnesties have been the focus of much attention, and much controversy. ... some countries have never resorted to amnesties (e.g. Germany and the UK), whereas others have made use of them very frequently, especially before the 2008 crisis. ...

What trade-offs does a government face in the decision to implement an immigration amnesty? Under what conditions is it more likely that a government will resort to this instrument to deal with the presence of irregular migrants? ...

European countries have recently experienced an extraordinary inflow of asylum seekers. Many of them will not be granted refugee status but are unlikely to be repatriated. Thus, policy makers will have to deal with large stocks of undocumented foreigners in the near future.
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Illegal immigration – people smuggling
People smugglers make billions: UN report
MailOnline, 14 June 2018

People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.

The report, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people-smuggling rings earned some $7.0 billion ... in 2016 – an amount, it noted, equal to US and EU humanitarian aid that year.

The figures are the latest available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia but they quite likely understate the extent of the problem, according to the report.
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Illegal immigration – politics
What kills migrants on boats? The left's good intentions
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 June 2018

You will remember the shrieking from the left a few years back when the first wave of migrants set sail from the North African coast. 'These are people, we must do something,' the liberals demanded, insisting that the rest of us were callous bastards. The thing they wanted was more patrols in the Med, to scoop the refugees out of the water once their boats had, inevitably, capsized.

It seemed plain to me and to many others that if we did this, many more people would be encouraged to come, and many, many more would die attempting to achieve landfall. And that is exactly what happened: the death rate increased almost exponentially – in the first six months of 2017 some 2,000 migrants died. But those of us who predicted this were castigated by the 'But these are people' brigade – in fact this was their only response to suggestions that stepping up the patrols would cost more lives. I remember the columnist David Aaronovitch saying that if we did not 'do something' to help these people then the government would be directly accountable for the deaths which occurred.

Given that many more people have died because we did indeed do something, are those subsequent deaths not on Mr Aaronovitch's hands? And on the hands of the rest of the dense, squawking liberals? Even more so, are they not the responsibility of the various NGOs and charities which now openly connive in the trafficking of these people, thus encouraging still more to come? If the NGOs really wished to do something useful, they would fish the survivors out of the sea and take them straight back to where they came from.

Another outcome the lefties did not see was the effect these mass migrations would have on the nations of Europe. One by one, populist governments deeply opposed to immigration have been elected and the European Union is now a much more fissiparous and fragile entity. ...

... You can't beat good intentions for causing misery, deaths and political upheaval.
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Illegal immigration – European Union
EU to triple spending to €5bn a year targeting illegal migration
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

The EU will establish a 10,000-strong standing corp of guards to patrol its land and sea borders under plans that will see the bloc triple its spending to €5bn (£4.4bn) a year on targeting illegal migration into the bloc, it has announced.

The building of new border infrastructure including scanners, automated number plate recognition systems, and mobile laboratories for sample analysis, will also be prioritised, along with the establishment of teams of sniffer dogs.

Announcing its €34.9bn spending plan for 2021 to 2027, the European commission insisted, however, that it would not fund the installation of fences on the EU's borders. ...

While the earmarking of extra funding is widely approved by the EU's member states, they remain deeply fractured over their migration and asylum policies after two years of disputes.
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Illegal immigration – Irish border
Cross-Channel migrants 'targeting UK via Irish border'
Colin Campbell and James Dunn
BBC, 5 June 2018

Migrants are bypassing tougher cross-Channel security to get into the UK via Ireland, the BBC has discovered.

Smugglers are taking migrants from Calais and Dunkirk and flying them to Dublin, from where they cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London. ...

An Iranian who made the journey said there were fewer checks in Ireland.

Hamid - not his real name - paid smugglers £10,000 to make the journey. He said the Irish route drew less police attention than entering the UK via London or Kent.

To board the flight to Dublin, Hamid used a genuine Greek passport that had been fraudulently obtained by the smugglers. ...

He said at no point did he show any identification after leaving Dublin. ...

Former director general of immigration enforcement Dave Wood said the new migrant route exploited weaknesses at Ireland's ports and airports.

He said: "If there are weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish airports, they will exploit them and use them, because once you're into Ireland, effectively you're into the UK.

"There's nothing stopping people once you're in Ireland travelling north to Northern Ireland and then to the wider UK." ...

The Irish border is about 310 miles long with as many as 275 crossing points and, apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per hour, there is no physical infrastructure to see.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
Three in five Britons support a 'hostile environment' for illegal immigrants, poll shows
Josh Wilson and Ashley Kirk
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2018

Three in five people want the Government's immigration policy to make it as "difficult as possible" for illegal immigrants to remain in the UK, according to a new poll.

But the Ipsos MORI research also shows that, in the wake of the Windrush scandal, three in five of us believe that priority should be given to ensuring that people who do have the legal right to remain are not wrongly forced to leave.

The research makes it clear that, despite opposing illegal migration, the majority of the British public believe those with the legal right to live in the UK should be prioritised "even if this means some illegal immigrants are not deported".
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Illegal immigration – fake documents
Sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain is smashed by police in Albania
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 19 May 2018

A sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain has been smashed by police in Albania.

The illicit operation, run by people smugglers, was churning out almost 'perfect' counterfeit travel documents.

Investigators believe the ring produced more than 1,000 bogus papers, of which up to 800 are thought to have been used. ...

Undocumented migrants paid up to £20,000 for the counterfeit documents, which they used to travel openly to the UK by plane, train and bus.

The National Crime Agency has warned that fake identity documents that allow hardened crooks to slip into the country undetected are a 'key enabler' of crime in Britain. ...

They specialised in Bulgarian passports – which provide entry to the UK because it is in the EU – on the basis that British border staff would not know the difference between anyone speaking Albanian and Bulgarian. ...

An Albanian police source said the fake documents they created were 'almost 100 per cent perfect' and apparently fooled border guards. ...

It was one of four fake passport laboratories used by the gang discovered in Albania. Another seven were found in Greece, where several of the suspected gang members operated.

Illegal migrants were mostly sent first to countries including France, Germany, Italy, Norway or Greece, before flying to the UK, US or Canada using their fake documents to gain entry. Others travelled overland to France, where they met up with another people-smuggling cell, who arranged for them to take buses, cars, trains or trucks.
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Illegal immigration
It's not racist to be concerned about a weak immigration policy
Peter Hill
Daily Express, 16 May 2018

Following the Windrush scandal the NHS says that its records will no longer be used to track down illegal immigrants.

This rips another hole in the leaky net that has swollen Britain's population, increasing the load on public services, among them the NHS.

Very few people were affected by Windrush but it is being used as a justification by guilt-tripping liberals to allow people with no right to be here to stay indefinitely and potentially to admit hundreds of thousands more.

The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism, E Tendayi Achiume of the University of California, says there has been a growth of "explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance" in Britain.

I suggest she is seeing what she wants to see. It is not racist to be concerned about insupportable levels of immigration and it is not xenophobic to love your country and want to protect its life and culture.

The whole of Europe is worried sick about immigration. Voters are rebelling against their governments' weak-kneed response to the endless inflow of mainly economic migrants.
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Illegal immigration – legalisation, wages
Understanding the effects of legalising undocumented immigrants
Joan Monras, Javier Vázquez-Grenno and Ferran Elias
VOX, 15 May 2018

Many countries host large numbers of undocumented immigrants. Leading the pack is the US where, according to the Pew Research Center, there were as many as 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in 2014, representing 26% of all immigrants in the country. The US is not alone in hosting undocumented immigrants. Migration Watch UK estimated the undocumented immigrant population in the UK to be 1.1 million in 2010, representing more than 13% of all immigrants in the country. Clandestino (2009) estimates that, in 2008, there were between 1.9 and 3.8 million undocumented immigrants in the EU27, representing between 7% and 13% of the total immigrant population. ...

However, we still know relatively little about how the mass legalisation of immigrants affects the overall host economy. In a recent paper, we address this gap in the literature (Monras et al. 2018).

In the early 2000s, Spain experienced an incredible boom in immigration. The share of immigrants in the working-age population increased from less than 2% in 1995 to around 10% in 2004. Many of these newly arrived immigrants lacked work permits. By 2004, there were close to 1 million undocumented immigrants in a country of around 43 million inhabitants. ...

On 14 March 2004, voters in the Spanish general election had to determine whether the Popular Party would continue in power or be replaced by the Socialist Party. ...

... As a result, the Socialist Party came to power, and one of the first policies it implemented was the legalisation of nearly 600,000 immigrants already living (and working illegally) in Spain. ...

In sum, the evaluation of this unexpected mass legalisation of undocumented immigrants reveals two important insights. First, it uncovers important public revenue losses derived from not granting work permits to immigrant workers already in the host country. Second, it also highlights that these policy changes are likely to have distributive consequences for other workers in the economy: native workers who share characteristics with undocumented workers face tougher competition, while native workers with other skills may gain as a result of the policy.
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Illegal immigration – identity cards
Majority of Brits support introducing ID cards
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 12 May 2018

Given that such policies are often pitched to combat a range of issues – ID cards were lauded as tools to tackle fraud, terror and benefits entitlement – we split the sample into three groups of approximately 1,600 respondents each to see whether the way that the policies are pitched affects the level of public support. ...

The first group saw control questions which pitched the policies in isolation, while the second and third groups saw the same questions with additional context. So, for instance, the first group were asked "Would you support or oppose the government keeping a record of every British citizen's DNA?", among the second group the question was appended with "...for the purposes of tackling crime?" while the third group's questions ended with "...for the purposes of combatting terrorism?"

The survey reveals that most people would support the compulsory carrying of ID cards, with 57% support among the control group and 61-63% among those who were asked the crime/terrorism variants.

In fact, ID cards were the second most popular of the policies we tested. The only suggested policy more popular is the monitoring of all public spaces in the UK with CCTV cameras, which is supported by 58% of the control group, 62% of those asked the crime question, and 67% among the sample asked the terrorism questions.

The survey examined support for another policy the Labour government was pitching it the mid-noughties: a national DNA database with a record of every British citizen's DNA. Half (50%) of Britons would support introducing such a database, with 57-59% support among those asked the crime or terrorism question.

A database for all British citizens' fingerprints sees slightly higher levels of support – 53% of those asked the control question, 61% of those asked the crime question and 64% of those asked the terrorism question.
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Immigration lawyers using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court says
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2018

Immigration lawyers are using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court judges have said.

Law firms are "buying time" by filing endless "hopeless" appeals and applications "with a view to generating new Home Office decisions" and keeping the process going for longer, two senior judges said.

"The longer the case goes on the more scope there is for an applicant to begin to develop an Article 8 'private life' claim, for example by getting married (sometimes through a sham process) or having (or claiming to have) children," they added.

They warned that courts were used as a "continuing game played between applicants and the Home Office" and judges were "distracted dealing with abusive cases" leading to long waits for "genuine and important disputes" to be heard. ...

In a ruling published on Thursday Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Green criticised three law firms for a "serious and persistent failure to adhere to proper standards" and referred them to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
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Illegal immigration
Steve Haynes
Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

The quoted figure of 700,000 illegal immigrants residing in Britain (report, April 25) is in itself staggering, but given the Home Office's persistent record of understating its own incompetence, this is almost certainly an underestimate.

We have in Britain a woeful level of prevention, an inability to detect and apprehend those already here illegally, and now a Foreign Secretary who holds out the prospect of citizenship to anyone reaching these shores by whatever means, as long as he or she keeps their head down. What more encouragement do economic migrants and their traffickers need?
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Illegal immigration – border security
Immigration crisis laid bare as 27,000 illegal immigrants arrested in Britain over four years
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 25 April 2018

The scale of the illegal immigration crisis is laid bare today as figures reveal at least 27,000 migrants have been arrested in the past four years after sneaking into the UK.

A total 28 police forces from the Met in London to Gwent in Wales, Thames Valley and North Yorkshire, have picked up migrants without "leave to enter".

They were likely arrested after 'lorry drops', raids or found to be illegal after being nicked for committing low level crime.

The figures – from Freedom of Information Requests – show that across the 28 forces, an estimated 27,109 illegal immigrants have been arrested since the start of 2014.

A further 1,144 people have been nicked for "conspiring" to help someone breach UK immigration law - such as gangmasters. ...

Lucy Moreton of the ISU union for borders, immigration and customs workers said: "These figures aren't really a surprise. There isn't the odd hole at the border, it's like a colander.

"People coming in on the back of a lorry, under a van and that's before you think about the small ports and private airfields.

"If the Government wants the Border Force to pick up more people at the border, detain and deport them it needs to invest."

The real figures are likely to be even higher given only 28 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales replied to the FOIs.
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Illegal immigration – amnesty
May and Boris in Cabinet clash over immigration amnesty
James Forsyth
Spectator blog, 24 April 2018

At Cabinet today, ministers discussed the fallout from the Windrush scandal. I understand that Boris Johnson made the point that there needed to be a broader immigration amnesty for long-standing Commonwealth immigrants. /.../ Obviously, this amnesty wouldn't apply to those with a criminal record. I'm told that Theresa May then rather acidly remarked that Boris had previously called for an amnesty for all immigrants, which he did first in 2008 and then again in 2016 when he privately proposed one for those who had been here for over a decade.
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Vietnamese people smugglers face jail
Eryl Crump
Daily Post North Wales, 21 April 2018

Four Vietnamese people were today facing jail after being found guilty of people trafficking in North Wales.

Described as an organised group, they used valid passports in a bid to get other people through immigration.

Thi Lien Nguyen was found guilty of conspiring with others to breach immigration law following an 11-day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. ...

The case concerned the United Kingdom end of an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of Vietnamese nationals into the UK.
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Illegal immigration – identity checks
Why Windrush scandal demonstrates the importance of technology to political decision-making
Bryan Glick
Computer Weekly, 20 April 2018

Tony Smith, the interim director general of the UK Border Force between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4 this week that the major flaw in Theresa May's "hostile environment" immigration policy as home secretary came down to one thing.

"You need an identity management strategy if you are going to have a hostile environment. You can't have one without the other," he said. ...

Why didn't we have exit checks? Well, they were scrapped by Tony Blair in 1998, and – in theory – reintroduced in 2015, although a report last month by the chief inspector of borders and immigration said the exit check programme was not delivering what was promised.

Without exit checks, an identity management system for immigration is worthless, so the government never bothered with one – although Labour wasted millions on its identity card programme which was scrapped in 2010 as soon as David Cameron became prime minister.

"It is about getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties," home secretary Theresa May said at the time.

Today, we have the troubled Gov.uk Verify identity management programme, which continues to under-perform and under-deliver, despite lofty ambitions to have 25 million users by 2020. But even if Verify works, it's not linked to exit checks, and its federated design means it can't be used to prove UK residence in support of immigration issues.

If the UK had a working identity management system in place – with suitable privacy and data protection controls, of course – that proved who you are and your right to be in the country, how different might the policy landscape be today?
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Illegal immigration – identity checks
How and why I failed to deport illegal immigrants as a minister at the Foreign Office
Denis MacShane
Independent, 20 April 2018

Denis MacShane was a minister at the Foreign Office from 1997 to 2005

I had always assumed that as long as we let people enter Britain without a visa – today 56 countries worldwide plus all of Europe have that "privilege", just as we have the right to travel to scores of countries without first getting a visa – some would abuse the system and start working cash-in-hand.

Well before the formal enlargement of the EU in 2004, London was home to half a million or more Polish people and other Eastern Europeans who came as tourists and stayed to earn money. Brazilians also featured in their number, and now and then were picked up in raids on restaurants and other workplaces where the informal networks in London could find their friends jobs in exchange for a small payment. ...

May had already abolished Labour's ID cards scheme – introduced far too late just before the 2010 election – which would have begun the process of knowing who was in Britain and who was a visitor; without an ID card, the idea went, no one could have got a legal job.

As a South Yorkshire MP, I dealt every week with the problem of Kashmiri families who had invited a relative in on a visitor's visa and then allowed the visitor to "overstay", in the jargon, and work in a restaurant, a corner shop, as a taxi driver and marry a cousin.

That converted me to the need for proper registration and ID cards, but it took 12 years after 1997 before the unfit-for-purpose Home Office could work out how to do ID cards.

They are neuralgic for many across the political spectrum – even if we give far more information to Google, mobile phone firms and any internet-based company or social media outfit.

A halfway house might be to bring a "citizens registration system" like in the Netherlands, where everyone, Dutch or foreign alike, has to be registered and have a Citizen's Access Number to get a job, healthcare, access to education or a passport.

If we had such a system, the Windrush generation and all other legitimate immigrants to Britain would have been registered and enjoyed full legal rights which never could have been questioned.
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Illegal immigration – repatriation
Home Office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment against illegal migrants
David Goodhart
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2018

The Home Office, like any organisation, makes mistakes. Home Office mistakes, however, can be existential for the people involved. It evidently made a big mistake in being unaware of the "Windrush anomaly" – children of first-wave Caribbean immigrants who had been granted permanent residence in 1971 but in many cases had never acquired proper documentation.

As the Government, rightly, tries to bear down on the corrosive, anti-social phenomenon of illegal immigration, many of those British Caribbeans got caught up in the "hostile environment" (better name, please) campaign against illegals and found themselves unable to prove their right to be here. ...

But we should recall why the hostile environment was introduced and why it should not suffer collateral damage from this example of Whitehall's tin ear.

Britain has an illegal immigration problem. It has been overshadowed by arguments about historically high levels of legal immigration. But there are probably close to 1 million people living in the UK illegally and they are being added to at the rate of 70,000 or 80,000 a year – a combination of visa over-stayers (40,000 to 50,000), people smuggled in on lorries (10,000) and people refused asylum who nevertheless stay (about 20,000). ...

Although enforcement costs £500 million a year and employs 5,000, only about 12,000 people were removed against their will last year and half were criminals. Another 18,000 people left voluntarily but that is probably less than half the number that is being added to the illegal total each year.

Why is it so hard to remove people? Partly because human rights law gives people an incentive to spin out the asylum process in the hope that they can then qualify under the right to family life. There is now only one right of asylum appeal but many claimants will then put in for judicial review. Other problems include too few detention centres and non-cooperation of countries of origin.
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Illegal immigration – NHS patients, public opinion
Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS
Richard Staines
pharmaphorum, 16 April 2018

The NHS has responded to criticism of its policy of sharing patients' names and addresses with immigration officials, citing a survey showing that the majority of the public support it.

The House of Commons Health and Social Committee has been investigating arrangements allowing NHS Digital to share patients' records with immigration officials. ...

The latest report repeats the committee's conclusion last year that NHS Digital should withdraw from the MoU until a review of the NHS Code of Confidentiality is complete.

In response, NHS Digital published a survey of 2,000 people it commissioned to gauge public opinion on the policy.

In the survey, 72% of respondents supported sharing patients' address details with the home office to trace people suspected of an immigration crime.
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Illegal immigration – costs
Kids of illegal immigrant parents facing boot from UK receiving £300-a-week of taxpayer cash – while living in Africa
Tom Wells
The Sun, 12 April 2018

The children of two illegal immigrants facing the boot from Britain are getting a £300-a-week from taxpayers – while living in Africa.

The UK-born pair – a boy, seven, and girl, one – moved in with their aunt last month after a court ruled their parents were unfit to care for them.

The family's county council, thought to be in Southern England, has agreed to pay £15,600-a-year to the children over the next nine years, until the eldest turns 16.

The youngest will be supported for six more years at around £150 a week – another £46,800.

By the time she is 16 in 2033 the total bill will top £187,000.

Tory Andrew Bridgen blasted: "This case lays bare the cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers."

A Family Court judgment revealed the mum, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa from Africa in 2004.

She then switched to a student visa until 2012.

But when she applied for UK residency a year later she was turned down.

The woman then applied for asylum, claiming she was a sex abuse and trafficking victim. Both claims were exposed as fake.

The dad, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa in around 2004.

He was convicted of possessing a fake passport and jailed for six months. ...

Mr Justice Moor said the allowance would ensure the children have a comfortable and secure life.
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Illegal immigration – crime
International strike hits people smuggling network, NCA arrest suspected head
National Crime Agency, 6 April 2018

An international law enforcement operation has disrupted what is believed to be one of the most significant people smuggling networks operating between Iraq and the UK.

National Crime Agency (NCA) officers arrested three suspected members of the group yesterday in the North West of England and Staffordshire. ...

These arrests, for suspected immigration offences, coincided with the arrests of two men in the Ghent area of Belgium following several months of joint operational work between the NCA and Belgian Federal Police. ...

The operation followed arrests made last month in Germany and Romania, coordinated by Europol and Eurojust.

The suspects, all from or with links to the Kurdish community, are believed to be part of a network of smugglers, couriers and complicit lorry drivers stretching from Iraq to the UK.

The NCA believes the network are behind the smuggling of almost three thousand migrants into Europe in a three month period last year. Many were trying to reach the UK.
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Illegal immigration – identity documents
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
Noor Nanji
The National, 29 March 2018

Identity cards are needed to address the problem of illegal migration, according to Tony Blair, former prime minister of the UK.

A new report on Thursday from his Institute for Global Change recommends "a system of digital identity verification" which could help manage the flow of new arrivals and pick out those who have entered illegally. ...

However, the debate about identity cards has now moved on thanks to advances in technology, argues Harvey Redgrave, senior policy fellow for immigration at Renewing the Centre, who authored the report.

"Frankly, it's a very different debate compared with ten years ago," Mr Redgrave, who is also managing director of Crest Advisory, told The National. ...

"Many of the things that people were worried about last time, about having a giant centralised government database where all of your data gets stored, no longer needs to be worried about. In a digital world, this stuff could be stored on a phone, in an app, in a digital wallet. ...

... Mr Redgrave points out that 25 out of 28 European Union countries already have some sort of ID scheme. ...

Mr Redgrave also pointed out that the scheme wouldn't necessarily involve physical ID cards at all, thanks to new technology. ...

With the flow of people across borders steadily increasing and now at record levels, the paper says it is critical for governments to develop a credible policy agenda on immigration.

"Most people... want reassurance that the flow of new arrivals is properly planned for and managed, and that the laws are fairly enforced, with illegal migration tackled rather than tolerated. These are not unreasonable demands," Mr Redgrave says.
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Illegal immigration – landlords
Landlords still house illegal immigrants with impunity
TCW Whistleblower
Conservative Woman, 26 March 2018

The government says it wants to be tough on illegal immigration. /.../ As a part of this, the Immigration Act 2014 brought in the 'Right to Rent' regulations. These oblige anyone renting out a home or part of their home to make sure their tenant has a legal right to live in the UK.

Landlords aren't expected to be immigration experts and the checks they should make on a prospective tenant are straightforward. There's official advice online and a genuinely useful helpline if support is needed. ...

... However the problem is that the regulations seem to be barely enforced. There are large areas of the country with high populations of illegal immigrants where arrests and detentions may be happening, but no prosecutions or punitive action of any sort is being taken against those who deliberately and illegally provide them with housing. Why?

... It should then be easy to establish that the owner of that accommodation didn't take the right steps to comply with 'Right to Rent' rules and should be considered for prosecution.

But that just isn't happening. According to the leading trade organisation, the Residential Landlords Association, only 91 landlords were prosecuted in the first year that the rules were in fully in place. It's difficult to match this figure precisely against the number of people arrested for immigration offences who have been in the country longer than the few days necessary to procure at least some sort of roof over their heads. People you can therefore assume have a landlord who is acting illegally. There must be thousands in this category. Surely there should be some sort of correlation between the number of people detained and the numbers of landlords prosecuted for housing them? But there isn't.
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Illegal immigration – Albanians
Five steps to reach Britain (for a £10,000 fee): Route revealed as police smash the people-smuggling gang that sneaked 750 Albanians into the UK
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 24 March 2018

An international police operation has smashed a network smuggling Albanians into Britain.

The operation unearthed more than 50 people making millions by sneaking migrants across 17 countries to reach the UK, US and Canada.

Thirty-nine suspects operating in ten countries including Britain are accused of smuggling around 1,500 illegal migrants who each paid up to £20,000 to escape Albania. Another 12 remain on the run. ...

Half of the migrants smuggled by the criminal network – around 750 – ended up in Britain, with henchmen here helping to arrange each trafficking operation. ...

Initially the route to the UK went through Italy and France, but after crackdowns by police in these countries they started to take a circuitous route through Montenegro, Serbia, Germany and northern Spain, from where they would be helped on to ships heading to the south coast.

The police operation was launched after the Daily Mail revealed last year the shocking scale of Albanian illegal immigration to the UK, with many young migrants openly taking 'stowaway selfies' of themselves laughing and joking while hiding in British-bound lorries. ...

Albanian national police chief Ardi Veliu said seven criminal groups were involved in the human trafficking ring, operating in Albania, Bulgaria, Spain, France, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Britain, Ireland and the US.
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Albanian police arrests 39 suspected human traffickers for illegally smuggling 1,000 people into Britain and the United States
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 18 March 2018

Albanian police have arrested 39 people in a crackdown in crime rings illegally sending around 1,000 Albanians into the UK, the United States and Canada.

National police chief Ardi Veliu confirmed authorities had identified seven criminal rings in ten different countries which allowed Albanians to move illegally by 'falsifying travel and identity documents of European Union countries'. ...

Despite the 39 arrests, 12 wanted fugitives are still at large, including two Bulgarians.

'Every person paid at least 7,000 pounds ($9,764) to get to the United Kingdom and from $24,000 to $30,000 to reach the U.S. and Canada,' Veliu told reporters.

Each of the people smuggled paid between $9,750 to $30,000 for the forgeries.

He said the gang forged passports for those travelling and helped them reach their destinations travelling through other European countries, or through the Dominican Republic or other countries in South America.
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Illegal immigration
Police smash human trafficking ring smuggling people into UK for £17,500 each: 155 arrests
Gerard Couzens
Daily Express, 13 March 2018

Police in Spain have arrested 155 people and smashed an international Chinese human trafficking gang that smuggled people into Britain and Ireland. Officers say gang chiefs charged migrants a flat fee of £17,500 (€20,000) each for getting them to their final destination with fake passports. ...

The illegal operation was smashed after five migrants entered a witness protection programme in exchange for giving evidence against gang bosses. ...

A spokesman for Spain's National Police confirmed: "National Police officers have dismantled an international organisation specialising in the smuggling of people from China into the UK and Ireland. ...

"The operation has resulted in the arrest of 155 mostly Chinese people, including the four alleged leaders of the organisation. ...

"After reaching Schengen territory, the migrants were taken to different municipalities in the province of Barcelona and put up temporarily in safe flats where the travel documents they had used to get to Europe were taken from them while they waited for new documents to arrive.

"The passports were created in China and sent to Spain using courier firms. Once they arrived, the organisation bought air tickets with budget airlines the same day of the flight."
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Illegal immigration – Belgium, UK
Belgian citizens shelter 500 migrants each night. Police could soon start raiding their homes.
Quentin Ariès and Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post, 12 March 2018

Every day, a massive effort to help migrants here starts with complex choreography at a park in the heart of the city.

... Migrants, almost all of them men, many of them from sub-Saharan Africa, chat with each other in a mixture of Arabic, Swahili, English, French and Italian. Organizers divide the men into loose lines and then pair them with people offering rides, who in turn shuttle them to additional volunteers who have pledged beds and food. ...

"We aim to create a model, a humanitarian hub that can be helpful for migrants," said Medhi Kassou, 34, who quit his job in marketing to coordinate the volunteer effort, which recalls an ant hive in its nightly routine.

Collectively, the group has provided 55,000 nights of accommodation for migrants since last summer. More than 36,000 people have joined its coordination group on Facebook. ...

Most of the migrants helped by the volunteers hope to continue to Britain, where they think they can find better-paying jobs and a more welcoming community. For that reason, few of them apply for asylum in Belgium; applying would limit their ability to move on.
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Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018

Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.

Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship status.

Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).

At the end of March last year, it was dealing with 2,906 cases – an increase of 202 in six months. Of these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the in-tray for more than a year. ...

Mr Bolt found the Home Office's efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by bureaucrats in other departments. ...

... It is understood the most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs – which hold information on employment and tax records – and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Illegal immigration
Homeless former model who died yards from Parliament 'returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country TWICE'
Sarah White, Sebastian Murphy-Bates and Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 18 February 2018

The homeless man who died yards from Parliament returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country, it was claimed today.

The former model from Portugal died in freezing temperatures just yards from the entrance to Parliament.

The man, named in his home country overnight as 35-year-old Marcos Amaral Gourgel, was a regular at an emergency shelter run by central London homelessness charity The Connection.

Portuguese government officials confirmed Marcos, who was of Angolan origin, had been deported in 2014 and 2016. ...

It was not made clear how the dead man, who is understood to have had dual Angolan and Portuguese nationality, managed to return to the UK.
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Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds illegally helping asylum seekers enter UK
Charlotte Paxton
Birmingham Mail, 14 February 2018

A Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds by illegally helping Iranian asylum seekers enter the UK using bogus papers. ...

On Tuesday Mahmoodi-Esfanjani, from Birmingham, was jailed for three years at Newport Crown Court.
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Illegal immigration – human trafficking, Calais, France
Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron's immigration deal branded 'a gift for human traffickers'
James Murray
Sunday Express, 28 January 2018

Rioting youths bringing terror to Calais could soon be heading for Britain as a deal struck between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron was branded "a gift for human traffickers".

Full-scale riots broke out on an industrial estate near the site of the so-called Jungle camp last week with more than 100 migrants pelting police with rocks and stones.

The violence has raised tensions in the French port after residents felt the situation had been brought under control.

This week social workers and agencies trying to care for the migrants are expected to start selecting youngsters who will be sent to Britain under the deal worked out between French President Macron and Mrs May this month.

However, Philippe Mignonet, the deputy mayor of Calais, says the new arrangement has made the situation much worse on the ground.

Under the deal the British Government will give £44 million towards improving security at Calais and has agreed to take an unspecified number of young migrants.

Mr Mignonet said: "What they said has been a gift for the human traffickers and criminals in Calais. They are now saying to those in their networks to bring more migrants to Calais because eventually you will go to England.

"We think hundreds more have arrived since the two leaders met and hundreds more are on the way. This has not been a deterrent – it is encouraging more to come to Calais."

After the jungle camp was razed to the ground, numbers dropped dramatically with migrants spreading out across northern France.

Many young migrants came to Britain two years ago but questions were raised because some of the "children" looked more like men in their 20s, even early 30s.

Numbers of migrants in Calais, many from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, are expected to reach 1,000 by the end of February. ...

Mr Mignonet said pro-migration group No Borders has been encouraging migrants to camp there: "They think they are helping but they are not because they are making the situation worse."
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Illegal immigration – morality
We've a moral obligation not to let in Calais migrants
George Maggs
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2018

The reality is that the exact opposite is true: we have a moral obligation not to accept individuals from Calais. Leftist open-door policies do nothing but produce death and misery. ...

... Admitting migrants from France creates perverse incentives and 'moral hazard' in a number of different ways.

It encourages African parents to send their 'children' (who frequently turn out to be adults) to Britain in the hope that the whole family may be granted residency. ...

By admitting Calais migrants, we essentially ask would-be immigrants to run a death-defying obstacle course which only the fittest and wealthiest could possibly hope to complete. Not only is this fundamentally unjust, it also means those left behind are in an even worse position as the world's poorest countries become bereft of their most economically active citizens. The Third World will never lift itself out of poverty if its best and brightest are allowed to flood into Europe.

Immigration into Britain also impacts the least well-off in this country far more than it affects the champagne socialists petitioning for their entry. ...

Moreover, a recent study also found that our huge immigration numbers have fuelled a 23 per cent rise in rent prices. This has made it almost impossible for people on low incomes to save to buy a home. Figures show that 33 per cent of all renters in the UK are now foreign-born. The 'housing crisis' therefore may just as accurately be termed the 'immigration crisis'. ...

But of course, the Left aren't actually interested in helping the poor. They just want to make themselves feel morally superior to everyone else.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
May's £44 million migrant deal 'will NOT fix Calais crisis' as migrants strive to enter UK
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 23 January 2018

Theresa May's £44 million new deal on Calais will have no effect on the crisis across the Channel as refugees refuse to be processed by immigration officials, campaigners in the region have claimed.

The Prime Minister vowed to pay the huge sum to improve security around the port while taking in more child refugees to ease the numbers of people displaced following the dismantling of the 'jungle' migrant camp.

But experts have claimed it will do nothing to help solve the situation as hundreds of refugees refuse to be processed through official channels in France. ...

Some 75 percent of the 500 refugees in the region reportedly refuse to be processed in immigration centres according to French government figures – leaving constant police evasion or desperate and dangerous attempts to enter Britain as their only options.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
Immigration SCANDAL: French border guards are 'turning off migrant monitors' at Calais
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 22 January 2018

Highly sensitive equipment for detecting migrants hiding in UK-bound trucks has been deliberately turned off by French border guards in Calais, it was claimed last night.

Security insiders said heartbeat monitors, which can identify stowaways in seconds, had not been used at the port for up to six months.

The revelation has sparked accusations that French officials are deliberately passing the buck and have no intention of apprehending immigrants heading for the UK. ...

Richard Burnett of the Road Haulage Association said: "The French don't want migrants to stay in France. They don't want to provide asylum – in fact, they don't want to deal with the issue at all.

"It is hard to justify spending another £44.5 million to boost security at Calais when we have it on good authority the heartbeat monitors already in place... are not even switched on." ...

A source at the French interior ministry confirmed it was "entirely at the discretion of officials" when to use heartbeat monitors, adding: "Not everybody can be checked – that would be an impossibility."
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Illegal immigration – people smuggling, Mediterranean
Britain's strategy to target smugglers sending migrant boats across Mediterranean doomed to fail, study suggests
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 22 January 2018

Britain's strategy to tackle people smugglers sending migrants across the Mediterranean is doomed to fail, a new Cambridge University study has suggested.

Wiretapped telephone conversations between gangs show there are no "kingpins" who can be removed and that arrests only cause other groups to take control of the lucrative human market.

The study, entitled Out of Africa: The organisation of migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean, concluded that UK-supported sea operations to push refugee boats back to Libya will be ineffective.

The author, Dr Paolo Campana, said the crisis cannot be stopped without addressing the demand driven by conflict, instability and poverty in African countries. ...

Dr Campana called for sea operations to be replaced with a wider set of policies to "reduce the demand for smuggling services".

"The adoption of schemes that resettle refugees directly from conflict zones would be a step in this direction," he added. ...

Widespread conflict and lawlessness since the UK-backed ousting of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the ensuing civil war have led to a thriving human trade culminating in open-air slave markets.

Libyan gangs have linked up with groups in Niger, Chad and Sudan to the south to create trafficking networks stretching across Africa.

Dr Campana's study found that on the other side of the Mediterranean, they also extended to the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and countries including Israel, Canada and Turkey. ...

The research, published in the European Journal of Criminology, found that each stage of transnational migration routes via Libya had "independent and autonomous" smugglers, militias and kidnappers competing over vulnerable migrants.
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Illegal immigration – UK, France
UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 18 January 2018

Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or any other Channel port, Theresa May is to announce.

The extra cash will go towards fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais and other ports, possibly including Dunkirk. It will also be used to help relocate migrants from the port towns to other parts of France.

To be announced as part of the Anglo-French summit at Sandhurst military academy on Thursday, the money brings total British funding for security and policing in Calais since the "Jungle" camp was bulldozed in 2016 to more than £150m. ...

As well as pressing for an increased contribution to such costs, the French government has been urging the UK to set up a joint operation to process asylum seeker claims in Calais. ...

Under the new, legally binding treaty, Britain will agree to accelerate procedures for accepting legitimate asylum seekers currently blocked in Calais, including unaccompanied children and those seeking to join their families in the UK, and will pay more for transport, security and border maintanence in the port.
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Illegal immigration – number, public opinion
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the country, a report claimed last night.

MPs said fears about the impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a lack of official information.

They said many perceive the 'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference' on a matter of huge public interest.

Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the issue is being taken seriously.

In a wide-ranging report, they said illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and nature' of the problem is identified.

And they called for exit data and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers who have breached immigration rules.

They also stressed the importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
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Illegal immigration – bank accounts
Theresa May could REMOVE 6,000 illegal migrants who 'break the rules' using bank checks
Joseph Carey
Daily Express, 12 January 2018

Theresa May could be about to remove 6,000 illegal migrants who "break the rules" as banks have begun checking immigration statuses of account holders, The Home Office declared.

The Home Office has declared that an estimated 70 million accounts will be subject to checks.
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Illegal immigration – bank accounts
Home Office gets banks to check immigration status of account holders
The Guardian, 12 January 2018

Banks and building societies have started immigration checks on holders of millions of current accounts under a government crackdown.

... It requires banks and building societies to check the immigration status of all current account holders against details of known illegal migrants held by authorities.

Where an illegal migrant is found to be operating an account, this will be flagged to the Home Office. After checks, officials will instruct the bank or building society on what action to take, which could include shutting the account.

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said the measures would "make it more difficult for people with no right to live or work in the UK to remain here." ...

The Home Office said it was only sharing details of illegal migrants who are liable for deportation from the UK, or who have absconded from immigration control.
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Illegal immigration – crime
'None of this should have happened': Judge lashes Home Office for failing to deport illegal immigrant, 53, who swindled £32,000 in benefits after using a fake letter to stay in the UK for 16 years
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 12 January 2018

A judge has criticised the Home Office for failing to deport an illegal immigrant who entered the UK on the back of a lorry and illegally claimed £32,000 in benefits.

Kerim Koroglu pocketed handouts he was not entitled to collect for more than six years after he sneaked into the country in a lorry on 30 August 2002.

The 49-year-old used a fake 'leave to remain' letter to swindle £32,549 in housing and council tax benefits from Hackney Council.

The false document, described by prosecutor Will Martin as 'very convenient', purported to grant Koroglu asylum in 2004, enabling him to claim the welfare and bring his wife and two children over from Turkey. ...

But he was convicted of benefit fraud by an Old Bailey jury and jailed for 30 months.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Abigail Morris
Daily Express, 10 January 2018

Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais, Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.

There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016, Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...

He said: "What we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road, even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.

"In order to create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...

"We set up a helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five or six attacks.

"We know the numbers are far higher than that and the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis as well."

Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
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Immigration – proposals
Here's an immigration plan that would help to make a success of Brexit
Lord Green of Deddington
The UK in a Changing Europe, 24 July 2018

There is no question that immigration was a massively important issue in the referendum but, strangely, the government have been ducking and weaving on the issue ever since.

As J Van Reenen, the Director of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance wrote in August 2016: 'There are multiple reasons for the Brexit vote, but by far the most important one can be summarised in a single word: immigration.'

Restoring sovereign border control was pivotal for many of the majority who voted to leave, but so also was a desire to see the scale of EU immigration reduced. It is true that net migration from the EU declined in 2017 to just over 100,000 from its record high (189,000) in the year to June 2016.

However, the number of EU citizens arriving to take up a definite job remained the same in 2017 as in 2016. Meanwhile, 70% of UK voters still want EU immigration to be cut, according to a poll published by Channel 4 last month. Interestingly, this includes 60% of Remain voters. ...

So here are some concrete proposals. Their fundamental objective is to enable businesses to recruit the top talent and skills from the EU, to preserve our many personal and cultural links with Europe and to honour the referendum result by delivering a substantial reduction in net migration from the EU.

We propose an expansion to highly skilled EU nationals of the Tier 2 work permit system, which currently applies to highly-skilled non-EU workers. 80% of EU workers who arrived in the decade until 2016 were in jobs that would not have qualified for such work permits.

On this basis we estimate that there is scope for a very substantial reduction in the inflow from Europe, of the order of 100,000 per year from the peak levels that were seen in 2015 and 2016. ...

The Shortage Occupation List, which provides a priority route for key workers, would also need review to ensure it provides a robust but responsive system to dealing with genuine shortages. ...

To preserve our wider links with Europe, there should be a minimum of formalities for EU citizens travelling to the UK for business, tourism, study and family purposes. For similar reasons the youth mobility scheme that is currently in place for eight countries such as Australia, Japan and South Korea should be expanded to incorporate young people from the EU.

We may also need to re-introduce a seasonal agricultural workers scheme such as New Zealand's, which has been recognised as 'best practice' by the World Bank and which includes robust safeguards against both overstaying and the undercutting of local workers.

Finally, there could also be a case for temporary arrangements for people like construction workers, but there should be an annually increasing fee for employers using this route in order to encourage them to train UK workers.

This outline is intended to meet the perfectly legitimate needs of employers but there are also other important factors. Considerations of congestion, quality of life, and the cohesion and stability of society are just as important as the usual economic metrics. ...

Nor should we overlook the point that cutting immigration into lower-skilled work could have social benefits given that training for UK workers has been simply abysmal over the past decade or so. We are in 25th place in the OECD for intermediate skills.
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Immigration – numbers
Immigration from outside the EU is still a problem
Tim Newark
Daily Express, 18 July 2018

Brexit appears to be already working in that the number of EU migrants coming to the UK is slightly down from previous years. But more immigrants from the rest of the world are still flocking to our country.

In fact, a city the size of Nottingham or Sunderland was added to our population thanks to net migration last year.

And yet non-EU migration is the one issue we can control.

The Government that once pledged to get net migration down to the tens of thousands is still failing to control immigration from the rest of the world.

Brexit is about taking control of our borders but we don't seem to be doing that when it comes to the near quarter of a million more people coming to the UK from countries outside the EU in 2017.
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Immigration – EU migrants, Brexit
UK could lose track of thousands of EU migrants after Brexit, warns report
Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Independent, 16 July 2018

The UK could lose track of tens of thousands of EU migrants as they lose their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, according to a new report.

It warned that unless the Government develops a way of measuring the number of EU nationals who have received "settled status", those who never apply could fall through the gaps.

The paper from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that based on currently available statistics, it will not be easy to calculate exactly how many miss out unless the numbers are very large.

"This is because we do not have precise figures on how many EU citizens are living in the UK and plan to stay," the report said.

"It is possible that tens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK could lose their legal status without this being clear from the data."

It comes just days after the Government announced it would launch a new online application for EU nationals to apply for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Ministers have set aside some £300m to operate the system to redefine the status of EU citizens who currently have full rights to stay here anyway, but insiders admit the costs could rise even higher. ...

The Migration Observatory has previously raised concerns that thousands of EU citizens could inadvertently become illegal residents in the UK after Brexit despite meeting the required criteria to stay.
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Immigration – EU migrants, number
EU immigration figures may have been under-counted by half a MILLION since 2004, report claims
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 16 July 2018

Immigration from the European Union may have been under-counted by half a million since 2004 – a think tank claims today.

Migration Watch urged Theresa May to stand by her "red lines" as it claimed a huge discrepancy between official figures collated by the Office for National Statistics.

It said population figures show a 2.21 million increase in the number of EU born citizens living in the UK between 2005 and 2017.

But official immigration figures – based on thousands of surveys at airports and docks – suggest EU net migration rose by 1.7 million from 2004 to 2016.

Migration Watch co-chair Alp Mehmet said the difference equated to 508,000 – equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield.

He said: "Our paper suggests that Brexit could be an even more effective means of reducing immigration than previously thought.

"This underlines the importance of taking a firm line, so far absent, on lower skilled migration from the EU."
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Immigration – numbers
UK migration stabilises in 2017 after decline following Brexit vote
Camilla Hodgson
Financial Times, 16 July 2018

Around 282,000 more people came to the UK than left in 2017, as net migration continued to add to the UK population but remained at a "broadly stable" rate, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics on Monday.

Of those people coming to the UK in the year to December 2017, around 240,000 were from the European Union while around 311,000 were non-EU citizens.

The net number of EU migrants to the UK was at a similar level to that seen in 2013 – with around 101,000 more arriving than leaving. This was a similar figure to that seen in 2016, a stabilisation after the net number of EU migrants fell sharply following the UK's Brexit vote, the ONS said.

Overall, "net migration fell following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been broadly stable since. ...

While the total number of immigrants in the year changed little, the number of people leaving the UK has gradually increased since 2015. ...

In the year to March 2018, there were also 14,166 grants of asylum.
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Immigration – rich investors
Huge jump in number of super-rich immigrants applying for UK investor visas
Caitlin Morrison
Independent, 16 July 2018

The number of millionaires and billionaires applying to move to the UK as part of a special visa programme aimed at attracting rich immigrants rose 46 per cent last year.

In the 12 months to 30 March, 405 high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals applied to come to the UK on a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants for the visa, which allows people to stay in the country for three years, must have at least £2m to invest in the UK.

Investor visas are often seen as a fast-track process for wealthy foreign nationals to acquire British citizenship.

Of the total applications, 123 came from China, up from 98 the year before, with 52 coming from Russia, up from 34, and 24 from Turkey, compared with 13 in the preceding 12 months.
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Immigration – numbers, EU immigrants, non-EU immigrants
UK: Non-EU Migration 'Highest in 13 Years', EU Migrants 'Undercounted'
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 16 July 2018

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show non-EU net migration is at its highest for 13 years, according to Migration Watch UK, which also claims EU net migration may have been undercounted by half a million since 2004.

The ONS bulletin notes that non-EU net immigration, at +227,000, was twice the level of EU net migration at +101,000 – meaning that even if immigration from the EU was eliminated entirely, the Tories would be nowhere near achieving their 2010, 2015, and 2017 manifesto pledges to bring net immigration down to "the tens of thousands".

With new Home Secretary Sajid Javid relaxing immigration controls, it is unlikely the target will ever be met – lending further credence to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's claims that the Tories never seriously intended to bring immigration down.

Commenting, Chairman of Migration Watch UK Lord Green of Deddington said: "These are very disappointing figures. Migration from the EU is still adding 100,000 a year to our population and non-EU net migration is the highest level in a calendar year for 13 years. It's time for the Government to get serious about reducing immigration instead of caving into every demand of the immigration lobby."

Claims of a supposed 'Brexodus' of EU migrants from the United Kingdom since the people voted to Leave the European Union in June 2016 are common in the mainstream media, but as the ONS itself notes: "Much has been written about EU citizens leaving the UK, but the fact is there are still more people coming to the country from the EU than leaving it. In fact, the last quarter shows that around 100,000 more EU citizens are coming to the UK than leaving."

In fact, Migration Watch believes the true figures for EU immigration could actually be far higher than the ONS figures – based on traveller surveys which some critics have derided as "little more than guesswork" – as there is a significant discrepancy between immigration estimates and population growth estimates.

Migration Watch co-chairman Alp Mehmet said the difference worked out at around 508,000 – roughly equivalent to the population of Sheffield, Britain's fourth-largest city.
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Immigration – culture
Donald Trump says Britain is 'losing its culture' because of immigration
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 13 July 2018

Britain is "losing its culture" because of immigration, Donald Trump says.

The wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is permanently changing Europe for the worse, the 72-year-old president argued.

And he claimed the situation pains him personally as the son of two EU countries. ...

But he added: "I think what has happened to Europe is a shame.

"Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way.

"So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.

"I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago."
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Immigration – Brexit
Next up after today's Chequers summit – immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 6 July 2018

Crunch time for Brexit policy is fast approaching and immigration will be a key part of it. ...

Siren voices in Britain are suggesting conceding the continuation of free movement with the minor tweaks of an "emergency brake" or requiring a job offer. Apparently Number Ten is saying that these are not the intention but, so far, the UK has caved in to virtually every EU demand on immigration matters.

So let us be clear why both are hopeless. They would do virtually nothing to reduce the impacts of EU migration on population, housing, health services and education which are especially strong in particular parts of England. Furthermore, either would amount to an abandonment of the government's pledge to control immigration, let alone to reduce it, which many believe that they were promised. A recent Channel 4 poll found that 70 per cent of voters want a reduction in immigration from the EU. ...

As for free movement for those who have a job offer, it is surely obvious that this would simply lead to a boom for employment agencies who already advertise widely in Eastern Europe – to say nothing of all those who could arrange a job offer through relatives already working in Britain. Any such outcome would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.

The fact that such suggestions are even being discussed may be because the debate is being largely conducted by those, including some ministers, who have very little knowledge of how the present immigration system actually works. In practice, there are substantial aspects of our existing visa system which could perfectly well be adapted to our new situation as a non-member of the EU.

For a start, it would be very much in the interests of both sides for there to be visa free access for almost all purposes – except, of course, work. For work, we should treat EU applications in the same way as those from the rest of the world. This means restricting entry to those who come for higher-paid, highly skilled work or to work in shortage occupations as identified by the independent Migration Advisory Committee. This is no different in principle from the "blue card" system which the EU themselves offer to third-country nationals so they have little reason to object.

This would enable numbers to be capped at a level reflecting the genuine needs of the UK rather than the wishes of individuals from abroad. It would also be important to cater for international companies wishing to deploy their senior and specialist employees flexibly. These routes are already known to business so the necessary adjustments would not be beyond the wit of man. ...

It is high time that policy discussion and, indeed, our negotiations with the EU are concentrated on practical matters of this kind from which a perfectly workable solution should evolve. The editorial in last week's Sunday Times had it right: "Control of migration is not an option – it is a necessity."
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Immigration – dispersal
Home Office Told to Expand Programme Importing Refugees to Every UK Town, Village
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 July 2018

George Soros-funded NGO Citizens UK has launched a campaign demanding the Home Office extend the refugee resettlement scheme to every corner of Britain.

The left-leaning new Home Secretary Sajid Javid was urged to "take a brave stand with refugees and show the world once again Britain is a country of welcome", at a campaign launch in London on Friday.

According to the group's press release, "200 civil society leaders from mosques, churches, schools and other organisations" attended the event in support of extending beyond 2020 the government's programme transporting 20,000 mostly Syrian migrants over five years into homes in UK councils.

Citizens UK, which claims to be a "community organising group", pointed to council figures showing migrants have been distributed across every part of Britain – including many rural areas – as a demonstration of the scheme's "success". ...

Because of the 'Dubs amendment', which forced Britain to import so-called unaccompanied minors from the third world who had illegally migrated to Europe, Citizens UK's Safe Passage website states that "over 1,700 children are now safely in the UK thanks to the safe and legal routes we have opened".

"Mainly from France, we have also brought children from Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Syria, Belgium and Sudan," the NGO boasts, adding it also helps "vulnerable adults" enter the UK "wherever possible", and that the group is working to "expand and make family reunification possible widely across Europe and the world".

With polls consistently demonstrating immigration to be overwhelmingly unpopular in Britain, Citizen UK claims that "Community Organising is about returning power to people".
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Immigration – Government, Brexit
Time for clarity on government's EU immigration plans
Migrationwatch UK, 27 June 2018

With nine months to go until Brexit, there is an urgent need for clarity about how the government plans to adapt immigration rules for EU citizens who are not already resident here.

A Migration Watch UK paper (MW447 - Brexit and immigration: the way forward) calls for visa free movement to and from the EU for tourists, family and business visitors.

There must, however, be limitations on those whose intention is to work so the paper proposes an extension to EU nationals of the current system of highly-skilled work permits – a system with which business is already familiar.

The EU should have no grounds for objecting to such an offer since their Blue Card policy - in the process of being expanded – is on very similar lines.

This, alongside an expansion of the Tier 2 cap to accommodate these highly-skilled EU workers together with temporary transitional measures for construction or agricultural workers, would allow businesses to continue recruiting the talent they need while providing the incentive to train British replacements.

Current arrangements for the transfer of senior international staff (ICTs) should also be extended to EU citizens.

Furthermore, by cutting lower-paid migration which has accounted for about 80% of EU migration over the past decade or so, these proposals would help to deliver a considerable long-term reduction in immigration from Europe.

They would also encourage businesses to raise wages, improve working conditions and invest more in training for UK recruits.

Securing unhindered movement for tourists and business visitors in both directions would be of clear benefit to all sides, especially in their service sectors. It would also be compatible with the maintenance of the very long standing Common Travel Area with Ireland.

Delivering a reduction in immigration is vital to honouring the referendum result. As a major academic study has found, high immigration was the 'key' issue on voters' mind when they voted in June 2016. Polling reported by Channel 4 News last week found that 70% of the public want to see a reduction in immigration from the EU.

It is crucial, therefore, that the red line of reducing immigration from the EU is kept separate from the trade negotiations. Attempting to secure trade concessions by compromising on the manifesto commitment to end freedom of movement would seriously undermine the credibility of the government.
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Immigration – economy
Immigration fears are more economically rational than the urban liberals pretend
Paul Ormerod
City A.M., 27 June 2018

For the metropolitan liberal elite, immigration is unequivocally a Good Thing. They are on the side of the angels. Whether it is President Trump attempting to control entry into America, or – in the latest twist – the Italians turning away boats, all are to be condemned.

Ironically, almost all of these cosmopolitans accept the right of "oppressed" peoples, such as the Palestinians, to a homeland and identity. But they regard such aspirations as illegitimate when expressed by the historic majorities of Europe. ...

It is often said that immigration helps to raise the rate of economic growth, so it does not make sense to have strict restrictions on numbers.

In the mainstream model of economics, growth depends upon three things: the speed at which new technology is adopted, increases in the amount of capital used in producing goods and services, and the growth of the labour force.

Immigration does indeed increase the growth rate, though its impact on growth per capita is at best marginal. A larger labour force arising from more immigration boosts growth, but there are more people around to share in the growth.

In order to make the economic case for immigration, it would have to be shown that either immigrants adopt new technology faster and more effectively, or that they are inherently more productive than the typical worker. There is a good case for allowing relatively small number of skilled people into the country on these grounds, but not for mass immigration.

Advocates of large-scale immigration argue vigorously that it provides a young workforce to support an ageing population – not only in the UK but throughout the west.

The trouble with "replacement migration" as a solution is that immigrants themselves grow old. They have to be supported by the next generation of workers.

To rejuvenate the population through immigration requires not just a once-and-for-all influx of foreign workers, but a continuing flow of new immigrants.

A few years ago, the Oxford demographer David Coleman calculated how much net immigration would be needed each year to preserve even the existing age structure of the populations of western Europe. At present, the estimate is around six million net immigrants a year. ...

A further assertion is that immigrants do jobs which native British workers are unwilling to take. But this rather gives the game away. Without mass immigration, employers would be obliged to raise the real wage rate to induce these people to take the jobs. Large-scale immigration thus increases inequality.

There is no doubt that part of the opposition to immigration is driven by prejudice and fear of the unknown. But there are very rational grounds to be wary of it on a mass scale. EU leaders need to recognise the validity of these arguments.
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Immigration – public opinion
Revealed: two years after Brexit vote, public still supports tough immigration targets
Channel 4 [television], 22 June 2018

Almost three quarters of British adults still back Theresa May's tough stance on reducing immigration, a Deltapoll survey for Channel 4 News reveals. ...

Two years after the EU referendum, support for the government's tough immigration targets is widespread across the country and political allegiances, according to the poll.

Most people want the number of immigrants coming to Britain to be reduced to "tens of thousands" per year after Brexit – although many believe there should be some flexibility.

Strikingly, the majority of Remain voters would like to see numbers of immigrants go down. Some 23% of Remainers want a "big reduction" in EU immigration, while 35% want a small reduction. ...

However, many people remain positive about the overall impact that immigration to the UK has had over the last few decades.

Half of UK adults believe it has been mainly beneficial, compared to around 40% who said it had mainly been detrimental.

Other recent surveys have suggested attitudes towards immigration may have softened after Brexit.

But the survey by Channel 4 News shows that 42% of UK adults want to see a big reduction in EU immigration after Brexit. And a further 28% would be happy with a small reduction.

Only 14% of people want EU immigration to increase. And just 15% oppose the government's target to reduce immigration to "tens of thousands". ...

And most Conservative voters still support the "hostile environment" policy – compared to around four in ten Labour voters. ...

Between different age groups, the Conservatives' policy to bring immigration levels down to "tens of thousands" is least popular among young people, aged 18-24. However, the majority of young people still support it, according to the poll. ...

In response to the poll findings, Ken Clarke MP told Channel 4 News: "I don't think freedom of movement has done us any harm at all myself. We live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national society. And if you think that has gone too far already, I think as far as my grandchildren are concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet." ...

Deltapoll interviewed 2,063 adults between 8th June – 11th June, 2018.
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Immigration – Europe
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray - review
David Sexton
Evening Standard, 21 June 2018

On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe became a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. It's rare that a book of such seriousness, cogency and pessimism finds so many readers.

Murray announces quite simply in his introduction: "Europe is committing suicide." He predicts within the lifespans of most people currently alive "Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home".

Murray puts forward two simultaneous causes. The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe post-war, making it into "a home for the entire world". The second is the way Europe itself "has lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy". ...

Murray surveys the history of migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments and how little serious public discussion has been permitted – even when, for example, the 2011 census revealed the enormous changes that have taken place, in London especially. ...

He traces the way new parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so determinedly ignored by mainstream parties. "There is an ongoing effort to make European publics not believe the evidence of their own lives," he says, quoting poll after poll, showing how out of step with public opinion governments have become. In 2010, 47 per cent of Germans said they did not think Islam belonged in Germany. By 2015, that figure had become 60 per cent. Now it is higher again.

In a new Afterword for the paperback, after surveying the events of the last year, Murray says he had anticipated criticism. "Yet none of the many facts in this book were able to be refuted and nobody of any consequence has even tried to contest or deny them." The Strange Death of Europe is essential reading, just as much for those who would dispute its analysis as for those who will find here lucidly set forth what they already intuit.

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, £9.99)
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Immigration – students, visas
Tens of thousands of foreigners will be allowed to study at UK universities without having to prove that they can speak English
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 17 June 2018

Tens of thousands of foreign students will be allowed to attend universities in Britain without having to prove they have the right qualifications.

The Government has also scrapped rules requiring them to provide evidence they have enough funds to live here and can speak English.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday simplified the process of securing so-called 'Tier 4' visas for students from countries it considers a 'low risk' of abusing the system. ...

In the latest shake-up, the Government added 11 countries to its 'trusted' list for the purpose of student visas. The additional countries – China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Bahrain, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Maldives and Macau – bring the list to 30. Overseas students from these nations will benefit from a streamlined application process, which means they will have to provide fewer documents when applying for visas.

Controversially, they will no longer need to submit evidence showing they meet the requirements for living costs of up to £1,265 a month, previous qualifications or evidence they can speak English fluently. ...

However, the Migrationwatch think-tank warned of a 'slippery slope', saying: 'The last time the student visa system was loosened in 2009 it took years to recover from the massive inflow of bogus students, especially from India.' ...

Countries already on the student visa trusted list are Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, the US and Taiwan.
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Immigration – visas, doctors, nurses
Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses
BBC, 14 June 2018

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK.

On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.

The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year. ...

NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February. ...

The proposed change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up thousands of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching, even if the 20,700 total didn't change.
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Immigration – public opinion, European Union
Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans: poll
Jan Strupczewski and Julia Echikson
Business Insider / Reuters, 14 June 2018

Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed.

The Commission's twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU's 510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered in countries were immigration is minimal – Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single terrorist attack in recent years – Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia. ...

The survey showed that more than eight in 10 respondents supported the free movement of EU citizens with the right to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU.
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Immigration – doctors, nurses, NHS
Staffing the NHS properly requires more training – not endless immigration
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 11 June 2018

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer

The immigration lobby are asking us to believe that raising (or even abolishing) the cap on skilled migration would solve so many problems at a stroke. We could have all the doctors and nurses that we need, and industry could have all the skilled people that they demand. Problem solved. Really?

Is the Government unaware that nearly two thirds of the population wish to see a significant reduction in immigration? Have the Conservatives missed the fact that 84 per cent of their supporters take this view? ...

Only recently, a Demos poll found that 73 per cent of those sampled believed that immigration had made the communities where migrants had settled more divided, reaching 78 per cent in areas that have experienced large-scale migration in recent years. ...

Of course, if you ask the public whether they think that a particular category of skilled workers should be granted visas they will say yes – but that is subject to their overall concern about numbers.

Part of the immediate pressure is about medical staff. First, we should recognise that certain medical skills have already been identified by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as shortage occupations, which are not only granted visas, but are given clear preference over other applicants. Indeed, the government estimates that around one third of the 20,700 permits issued every year go to the NHS.

So what about other doctors? We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany, and about three per cent for The Netherlands. It has been obvious for decades that we have failed to train the staff that we need.

The real solution surely has to be to reduce this reliance on those trained overseas and to train our own. ...

As for nurses, the former chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf, said in 2016: "There is no good reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems to be an automatic presumption that non EA skilled migration provides the health and care sector with a get out of jail free card." They also pointed out that in 2016 the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013. Indeed, until 2014 over 30,000 UK applicants for nursing courses were turned away every year. ...

So here we are again with the NHS management once again blaming immigration control for their failure to train British workers, indeed for turning them away in their thousands in past years. It is time that we had a different conversation. For a start, any concessions should be time limited and should steadily diminish.
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Immigration – numbers, births
One born every minute? How many migrants arrive in the UK and how many children do they have?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 4 June 2018

Around 775,000 children were born in the UK in 2016 – the latest year for which data is available. Of those children, 210,000 were born to mothers not born in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. ...

Around 580,000 immigrants came to the UK in the year ending September 2017 – according to estimates for the latest year figures are available for. ...

And that's the total number arriving. The net figure (i.e. the number arriving minus the number leaving) is around 245,000, or two every five minutes.

The migration figures used here are collected by interviewing people leaving and arriving in the UK at airports, ferry terminals and other routes in and out of the UK. Broadly speaking, if someone plans to come and live in the UK for more than a year they are counted as an immigrant, if they plan to live outside the UK for more than a year, they are counted as an emigrant.

From these interviews the Office for National Statistics estimates the level of immigration and emigration to and from the UK, but the figures have a wide margin of error. The ONS says that they are confident the true level of net migration will fall within 42,000 of the reported headline figure of 244,000 (they're 95% confident the correct figure lies somewhere between 203,000 and 286,000).
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Immigration – public opinion
Most Brits believe that migration has harmed communities and fear the nation's culture and traditions are being lost, Left-leaning think-tank claims
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 30 May 2018

Most British people are united around the view that immigration has harmed communities, a report from a Left-leaning think-tank said yesterday.

There are also fears among many that the nation's culture and traditions have been neglected.

The report said that the great majority of Britons think the arrival of migrants has left towns and cities more divided – and that this feeling is strongest in areas that have seen large-scale immigration over recent years.

But the report from the Demos think-tank also said Britons do not want to turn the clock back and, unlike contemporaries in France and Germany, they remain suspicious about nostalgia and optimistic about the future.

Based on a British poll, as well as on views taken from focus groups across Britain, Germany and France, the report said nearly two-thirds of people in the UK believe life was better when they were growing up.

But it added: 'Despite the widespread critiques of contemporary British society, and anxieties about the future, many citizens remain both resilient and begrudgingly optimistic – a point that sets them apart from participants in our French and German focus groups.'

The report also said that alongside the concern that the country is in a 'state of decline', British people are united by the belief that immigration has had a negative impact and that 'the nation's cultures and traditions are not being sufficiently defended and promoted'.

Large numbers of people, it said, are 'particularly incensed by cultural pluralism, seen to be favoured over British values and traditions, and political correctness, regarded as taxing and repressive'. ...

The Demos poll, which saw more than 1,000 Sky TV subscribers questioned, found that while 43 per cent thought immigration into Britain had been positive, 44 per cent thought it had had a negative impact instead.

Nearly 71 per cent thought immigration had divided communities where migrants have settled. This rose to 78 per cent in 'areas that report having experience large-scale migration in recent years'.

Nearly half, 47 per cent, felt that protecting British values should take priority over multiculturalism.

And 55 per cent said the Government is doing too little to promote traditional British values.
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Immigration – public opinion
Attitudes towards Immigration after Windrush
Ipsos MORI, 26 May 2018

A new survey by Ipsos MORI conducted online among British adults aged 18-75 on 11-14 May finds that:

• Attitudes towards immigration remain more positive than pre-Brexit vote but over half still want overall numbers reduced

• Levels of dissatisfaction with how the government is dealing with immigration have increased - up to 60% from 53% February of this year and have returned to similar levels under David Cameron's government

• One in five people say they have become more positive about immigration since the Brexit vote whereas one in four say they have become more negative.

• Among those who have become more positive, there are roughly two equal reasons for this - either because people feel more positive about the contribution immigrants make or that with Brexit they are reassured that there is, and will be, a reduction in immigration

• Six in ten (60%) people support an immigration policy that is designed to make it as difficult as possible for people who do not have the right to be in the UK to stay here

• But almost two-thirds (64%) also prioritise that people who have the right to be here are not forced to leave, even if this means that some illegal immigrants are not deported

• The majority of the public (63%) say they are ashamed of how Britain has treated the Windrush generation and six in ten (61%) agree that the Windrush scandal is mainly a result of government incompetence rather than the rules on immigration ...

One in ten people (10%) say they are satisfied with the way the current government is dealing with immigration compared with three in five (60%) who are dissatisfied. ...

People hugely overestimate the proportion of foreign born citizens in Britain - the average guess is 27% when it's actually only half that number 13.5%.
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Immigration – numbers
Romanian becomes second most common non-UK nationality
BBC, 24 May 2018

People with Romanian nationality have become the second most common non-British population living in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics says the total number of Romanian nationals rose by 25% from 2016 to 2017, reaching 411,000.

Of the 65,176,000 residents in the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals - up by 4%.

The number of people living in the UK but born abroad was up by 3% from 2016 - 9.4 million of the total population.

A problem with the collection of statistics means there is no overall net migration figure. ...

The figures show that 61% of the non-UK nationals number - or 3.8 million - are from the EU.
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Immigration – European Union
European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 May 2018

The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent of legal residents in the European Union – over 90 million people – are first- or second-generation migrants.

The Court estimated that around 4 per cent of the population – 21 million people – were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform receiving nations beyond the initial influx.

It issued its extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on "integration", which conceded the bloc faces the significant "challenges" integrating the many newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees.

However, the briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in the EU without EU citizenship – 39 per cent – has established itself through chain migration via family reunion. ...

Individual EU member-states – including the United Kingdom, at least until after Brexit goes through and the mooted Brexit 'transition' period ends – would have difficulty restricting family reunion-based chain migration on their own initiative, as the European Council deems it a "right" under EU Directive 2003/86/EC.

It should be noted that the briefing paper does not appear to consider the migrant-descended population beyond the second generation, which is considerable in countries such as Britain, France, and Germany, which have been bringing in large numbers of migrants from North Africa, South Asia, and Asia Minor for decades.

The briefing paper explicitly does not consider the migrant population which is resident in the European Union illegally, which is also considerable – with the illegal migrant population of Britain alone estimated at over a million by David Wood, former Director-General of Immigration Enforcement.
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Immigration – progressive case
The gap remains wide on the impact of immigration
Colin Hines
The Guardian, 21 May 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

Accusing the vast majority who want controls on immigration as being anti-migrant and racist is unacceptable. As is denying that the rapid increase in immigration has made it more difficult to cope with stresses on social infrastructure and that it will continue to do so even when austerity is swept away. Also worrying was the anti-internationalist acceptance of continuing to take Indian doctors and skilled eastern Europeans "educated at someone else's expense".

For the left to regain credibility it must rethink migration and make a progressive case for limiting "new, large-scale, permanent migration". New makes it clear that curbing future levels of migration involves no changes for those already legally resident in the country, such as the Windrush generation and those from the EU. Permanent has the caveat that foreign students are welcome to study here and workers fill vacancies here, but only for a specified period. Crucially, the UK must train its own population to prevent the shameful long-term theft of doctors and nurses from the poorer counties which originally paid for their education. There will also be the need for some exceptions, such as genuine marriage partners, civil partners or reunited family members.
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Immigration – public opinion
There's a remarkable change in the air – our hostility to migrants is on the retreat
Robert Ford
The Guardian, 20 May 2018
[Robert Ford is professor of politics at Manchester University]

The conventional wisdom in many liberal circles holds that Britain has turned in on itself, encouraged by a Leave victory that has legitimated chauvinism and xenophobia. Yet the public opinion evidence consistently shows the opposite – the British are more open to migration than ever, a trend that Brexit has encouraged, not reversed.

Only around a quarter of survey respondents saw migration as good for the economy in 2002, before the admission of new EU members produced a surge in European migration. By 2014, with support for Ukip at its peak, the figure had risen to four out of 10. It has risen further since. More British people also think of migration as enriching British culture now, after 20 years of unprecedented migration inflows, than felt this way in the early 2000s, when the current wave of migration was just beginning.

The public today is also less likely to name migration as a political priority. This "salience" measure is a powerful predictor of voter behaviour – ...

For more than 15 years, between a quarter and a half of poll respondents have spontaneously named immigration as among their biggest political concerns. Yet since Brexit, complaints to pollsters about immigration have collapsed. More than 40% of respondents in Ipsos Mori polls named it as a key issue in the run-up to Brexit. That figure has slumped since and now stands at under 20%, a 15-year low.

This collapse in concern about migration is puzzling, as there have been no major changes in migration policy since Brexit, and though migration levels have fallen, the decline has been modest. It is perhaps just as surprising, given the conventional wisdom that the British are intrinsically hostile to immigration and Brexit has exacerbated this, that positive views about the effects of migration are steadily rising – a rise which Brexit has not reversed but accelerated.

The role of fairness offers one possible resolution to this puzzle. ...

Steadily growing recognition of the economic and cultural benefits of migration makes the case for opening Britain to the world's best and brightest students and workers easier to make. The public demand for fair treatment of settled migrants can be channelled into new proposals to entrench their political and social rights. There is very broad support for this – large majorities from all walks of life favour giving settled migrants who play by the rules full political and social rights after between three and five years – including majorities of those who are most sceptical about migration in general.
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Immigration – hostility
A 'hostile environment' towards immigrants? It's not hostile enough
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 15 May 2018

Let's agree the treatment of the Windrush generation was a national disgrace. They are British citizens, living here perfectly legally, handled abominably by the bureaucracy. ...

Thankfully, this scandalous miscarriage of justice is now being addressed. But that hasn't stopped the open borders crowd exploiting it ruthlessly for their own purposes.

They have been allowed to pretend that the hostile environment for illegal immigrants – instigated by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary – applies to all immigrants, legal or otherwise. It's a blatant lie which has been swallowed opportunistically by Rudd's successor Sajid Javid, who has promised to take a much more 'compassionate' approach to migrants in future.

Of course, we want to welcome those from overseas who come to Britain to contribute to society. But we shouldn't buy the myth that all immigrants are law-abiding cancer surgeons, care workers and skilled construction staff.

We've more than our fair share of foreign gangsters, terrorists, fraudsters and assorted layabouts.

If there really has been a hostile policy towards migrants, it doesn't seem to have deterred anyone from coming here. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Official estimates put the number of illegal immigrants at one million, so you can probably double that figure as a basis for negotiation. The Government admits there is virtually no chance any of them will be deported.

If this is hostile, I'd hate to see soft. ...

Aliou Bah, jailed twice for sex attacks since arriving here in 2007, won a payout of £110,000 after a judge ruled he had been held in detention for too long awaiting deportation. Since 2015, he has been living in a council house in Southampton. Of course he has.

Bah is just one of more than 1,800 foreign criminals still here years after they should have been booted out.

Far from the absurd claims of the open borders crowd, Britain remains the softest of soft touches. It's why millions of people from all over the world are desperate to move here.

They keep on coming in their hundreds of thousands every year because they know once they set foot in Britain the likelihood of them being removed is virtually non-existent.

Yet still the Left claim laughably that this country operates a policy of hostility towards all migrants.
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Immigration – national identity register
Britain needs a national identity register
The Economist, 3 May 2018

There is little to like about Mrs May's migration policy. The state-led hounding of thousands of law-abiding British citizens was a side-effect of the "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants that she created as home secretary. ...

For all its shortcomings, Mrs May's approach does contain one idea that is worth preserving: enforcement should happen inland, not just at the border. Most of Britain's half-million or so illegal immigrants did not enter the country illicitly but have overstayed their visas. Furthermore, from the camps of Calais to the Mediterranean sea, there is plenty of evidence that fortifying borders does not stop lots of people continuing to try to cross them. The result is migrants' suffering, extra cost to taxpayers and a bonanza for people-smugglers.

The Windrush debacle highlighted that Britain has no easy way of carrying out this inland enforcement. The government's guide for landlords who need to verify tenants' migration status is 35 pages long. ...

The scandal has rightly provoked calls for an overhaul of migration enforcement. Any rethink must get to the root of the problem. This is not that Britain checks the status of migrants, as any country must if it values the rule of law. The real shortcoming is that Britain, rarely among advanced countries, lacks a simple, non-discriminatory way to check the identity of its population. Under Mr Javid it should get one.

Liberals, including this newspaper, have argued against national identity registers on the basis that they invade privacy and aid oppression by the state. But the balance of this trade-off has changed. /.../ Countries like Britain that lack an ID register rely on other proofs – bank statements, tax records, phone bills – that are even more intrusive. As for the risk of oppression, the Windrush affair shows that it is not just all-knowing states that have the power to persecute their citizens. It was precisely the opacity of information that the Home Office exploited in order to pursue many thousands of people who had a right to be in Britain.

Setting up an identity register would not be cheap or easy. /.../ But Brexit is forcing Britain to think hard about matters of migration and citizenship. Taking back control of who enters the country is one of the biggest prizes advertised by Brexiteers. To do that, Britain must first have a better idea of who is already there.
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Immigration – public opinion
Poll shows British public overwhelmingly favours 'hostile environment' immigration policy after Windrush fiasco
Andy Wells
Yahoo News, 2 May 2018

The Windrush fiasco may have resulted in the resignation of the Home Secretary but a new poll has found that attitudes to immigration have not changed in Britain.

A YouGov survey has found that while voters think the Government has not handled the plight of the Windrush generation well, they still support tough policies.

One such policy – often described as the 'hostile environment' – still has overwhelming public support, with 71% of Brits supporting people being forced to show documents proving their right to be in Britain for work or to live.

The survey found that just 15% of voters oppose the policy, while 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job.

Some 79% think documents must be shown before registering with a GP while 74% believe they should be shown before being able to rent a home.

The survey also found that attitudes towards immigration in general remains negative, with 63% believing immigration into Britain in the last 10 years has been too high.

While this represents a 7% drop, the proportion that believe immigration is bad for Britain has remained the same.

However, over 70% of Brits are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, while 73% are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities.
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Immigration – public opinion
Where the public stands on immigration
Anthony Wells
YouGov, 27 April 2018

Overall public opinion towards immigration remains negative: 63% of people think that immigration into Britain in the last ten years has been too high and by 32% to 24% they think it has been mostly bad for the country. While hostility to immigration has softened a little since 2016, the changes are comparatively small - the proportion thinking the number of people coming to the UK s too high is down seven points from 70% to 63%, while the proportion thinking it is bad for Britain has barely changed at all.

However, beneath these headline figures attitudes towards immigration are – and have always been – rather more nuanced. If you ask about different types of immigration, or immigration from different parts of the world, it suggests that there are many sorts of immigration that the British public are quite relaxed about, or even that people positively welcome.

Over 70% of people are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, almost three quarters (73%) are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities, and 57% are happy with the same number of or more people fleeing persecution or war coming here. Additionally, nearing four in ten (38%) are happy with the current number of immigrants coming to work in the NHS and the same proportion (38%) would like to see more.

Public opposition to immigration only rises in two circumstances. Either when it comes to familial immigration (people coming to join family members already in the UK) where 42% want to see less of this type of migration, or low skilled immigration – here a majority (57%) want to see either less of this type of immigration or no immigration at all. ...

However, the approach that has led to such problems for the Windrush generation – the policy often described as the "hostile environment" – still has overwhelming public support. In principle, seven in ten (71%) support a policy of requiring people to show documents proving their right to be in Britain in order to do things such as taking up employment, renting a flat, or opening a bank account. Just 15% oppose this. Asked about specific situations, 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job, 79% before registering with a GP and 74% before renting a home.
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Immigration – integration
63% of Germans think migrant integration hasn't worked, 73% in Sweden
Westmonster, 27 April 2018

The integration of immigrants has been overwhelmingly unsuccessful in key EU nations, according to a survey by the European Commission.

In Germany, only 31% of people think integration has gone well, 63% think it's unsuccessful.

And in Sweden it's even worse – 24% think it's gone well, a whopping 73% think it's gone badly.

In France, which is currently being led by Mr EU himself, Emmanuel Macron, 64% of people think immigration has been unsuccessful.

And in Italy as well, people don't think integration has been successful, 63% to be exact.

Britain's slightly more on board with the integration of immigrants, but 36% of people still don't think it's worked, which is a significant number.
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Immigration – government target
The net migration target was never likely to have been met
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 20 April 2018

It's correct that governments since 2010 have set a target to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and this target has never been met. Net migration actually rose to more than three times the target at one point and latest figures for the 12 months to September 2017 estimate it at 244,000. ...

In order to meet the target the government would have had to reduce non-EU immigration heavily, because it can't control the scale of EU (including British) immigration to the UK due to the EU's rules on free movement. It made some early progress towards this in 2012 and 2013, but the numbers have risen back to roughly 2010 levels again.

So even without any EU net migration, the target would only have been met in parts of 2012 and 2013.

The government actually looked unlikely to meet the target as early as 2011, when its own impact assessments of its policies suggested reductions to non-EU immigration wouldn't be enough to meet the target.
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Immigration – politics
Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History
Mark Steyn
Steyn Online, 20 April 2018

Powell's speech on race and the future of Britain was prescient, although not always adequately so. As my old boss Charles Moore wrote last year about Douglas Murray's book on The Strange Death of Europe:



One telling point he makes is how even the most 'bigoted' predictions of demographic change have been exceeded by reality. Suppose, says Murray, that Enoch Powell, in his incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968, had predicted that, in the 2011 census, in 23 of London's 33 boroughs, people describing themselves as 'white British' would have been in a minority. He would have been pilloried for his alarmism. Yet it is so.



My own Enoch out-Powelled example comes from the arresting statistic that 57% of Pakistani Britons in the UK are married to their first cousins - and in the city of Bradford it's 75 per cent. ...

Powell was old-fashioned even then, at least by comparison with the usual modish twerps hailed as the coming men. But perhaps you needed to be "old-fashioned" to discern that the death of a great nation was possible and very quickly.

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Immigration – integration
Enoch Powell's Immigration Speech, 50 Years Later
Douglas Murray
National Review, 19 April 2018

The fact that the speech, which (although the phrase itself does not occur) became known as the "rivers of blood" speech, remains strangely alive in Britain was demonstrated again last weekend when the BBC chose to broadcast a program to reflect on the half centenary of the speech. The program included critical analysis, contextualization, and reflection. ...

Of course, if anybody had stopped for a moment, they might have realized that the catatonic fury that Powell and his speech still provoke is itself highly suggestive. ...

... Because while some of Powell's claims have been proven wrong and some have proven to be exaggerated, other aspects of what he said are clearly with us still. And not because of his words, but because some of the issues he raised – however well or poorly – remain so pregnant.

As I wrote in my latest book, imagine you had been a speechwriter for Enoch Powell in 1968, or an adviser or friend. And imagine if you had said to him then, "I have an idea, Enoch. Why not use your speech to say that if immigration into the U.K. goes on at these rates, then in 2011 the official census will reveal that people who identify as 'white British' will be a minority in their capital city of London." Had this been said, Powell would most likely have dismissed the person as an inflammatory madman. Yet that was indeed one of the things that the 2011 census showed. And the news came and went as though it was just another detail on just another day.

... It is not due to fear of being tarred a Powellite that consecutive governments failed to deport people who had broken into the country illegally. These and many other factors came about because generations of politicians found it more restful to avoid the subject and leave the consequences for their successors (as Powell predicted they would) rather than tackle an issue that has consistently been shown to be of greatest concern to the British public.

And we are worrying about it still – even if our politicians daren't address it. Particularly the issue of "integration." ...

There is just one aspect of Powell's speech that makes it such an ongoing open wound. In Britain (as across the rest of Western Europe) in recent decades an uncomfortable, "acceptable" consensus has been arrived at. It recognizes that if a British person were to go to another country (say India, or China) – and especially if they were to go in their hundreds of thousands, or even millions – they would not be regarded as Indian or Chinese. At best they would be incomers in these places. At worst they would be branded "colonialists." Perhaps that will be for a while longer (though not necessarily limitlessly) the fate of post-colonial Europeans. Yet at the same time we also hold to the dogma that anybody from anywhere in the world who makes it to our countries becomes part of our country and to say otherwise is to be racist. To demand integration is "racist." To deprecate any lack of integration is to be "racist." And in any case, there is no penalty paid by any immigrant (nor any immigrant group) that shows no desire to integrate nor any intention of integrating.
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Immigration – population growth, Africans
Macron: Europe Entering Age of 'Unprecedented' Mass Migration, 'Shares Destiny' with Africa
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 April 2018

'Bombshell' population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an "unprecedented" age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents' destinies are "bound".

"The migratory phenomenon we are facing will be historic," declared the French president in a television appearance Sunday night, when he announced that "great poverty", "climate change", and "geopolitical conflicts" will see Africans flooding into Europe "for many years to come".

To back up his point, Macron pointed to "bombshell" population growth across the third world continent, which he added has been "tremendously well described" by French-American journalist and professor Stephen Smith in a recent book. ...

Smith, the Africa expert to whom Macron referred during his appearance on BFMTV, estimates that the number of Africans living in Europe will grow from nine million to between 150 million and 200 million within the next 30 years.

In The Rush to Europe, the Duke University professor describes a massive, unprecedented population transfer still in its infancy, which he explains will – "paradoxically" – be triggered largely as a result 0f Western aid money financing would-be migrants' journeys from Africa.

Asserting he set out to provide a "dispassionate" expert view on how Africa's demographic explosion will affect Europe, Smith in his book has outlined a number of different scenarios he believes could emerge from the situation.

"The most optimistic" of these – according to Le Figaro – is "Eurafrica", which would see mass migration create a 'welcoming', multicultural Europe, which "would fully embrace being a 'mixed-race land of immigration and interbreeding'".

This scenario would see the end of welfare states in Europe however, Smith said, pointing to the incompatibility of large-scale immigration and generous social programmes.

Another possible scenario, 'Fortress Europe', is one which involves "a battle generally considered unwinnable, or even shameful" but which Smith points to as the case which strongly "has its reasons and its chances to succeed", noting the effectiveness of EU deals with Libya and Turkey in stopping the influx.
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Immigration – welfare benefits, East Europeans
The EU nationals earning THREE TIMES as much on UK benefits as working at home
Ciaran McGrath
Daily Express, 14 April 2018

The shock figures give a clear indication as to why people from countries including Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria are so keen to move to this country rather than face a life of toil for a fraction of the money they can expect to receive should they move over here.

Using the turn2us benefits calculator recommended by the Government's own gov.uk website, Express.co.uk calculated that an average family of four living in London could expect to receive benefits totalling £1,842.45 a month.

According to tradingeconomics.com, this is significantly higher than the average monthly manufacturing wage for Lithuania (£768), Poland (£936), Latvia (£642), Slovakia (£906), Romania (£773) and Bulgaria (£500).

Statistics published on tradingeconomics.com also reveal that the national minimum monthly wage in Lithuania is just £458 – barely a quarter of what they could expect to receive in benefits in the UK.

In Bulgaria, this figure is £115, amounting to one-sixteenth.

All of which may help to explain why, as of 2015, the Office for National Statistics estimated the UK to be home to 831,000 Poles, 220,000 Romanians, 151,000 Lithuanians, 94,000 Latvians, 85,000 Slovakians and 80,000 Bulgarians. ...

The situation is such that the UK is now home to numerous recruitment agencies which specifically target workers from Eastern Europe to work over here.
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Immigration – schools, nationality data
Schools no longer have to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 11 April 2018

Schools will no longer be made to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth, following a series of court challenges by campaigners.

The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped the controversial categories from the school census just two years after the policy was introduced. ...

Schools Week reported that the DfE would write to schools, telling them they will no longer be required to fill out the nationality category of school census forms. ...

The DfE declined to comment.
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Immigration – schools, nationality data
Schools 'to drop gathering nationality data'
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 9 April 2018

Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop the controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about pupils' nationality.

The Against Borders for Children protest group had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status of pupils.

Campaigners hailed it as a "victory" after a boycott and legal challenges.

The Department for Education would not confirm reports of the policy change.

A report in Schools Week says schools will be told in the next few weeks they no longer have to collect the data.

But the Department for Education has declined to deny or confirm that it is about to shift its position.

Privacy campaigners, civil liberties groups and teachers' unions had criticised the introduction in 2016 of a requirement for schools to gather data about pupils' nationality and country of birth.
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Immigration – Europe, UN, public opinion
UN Easter Message: Migration Is 'Inevitable – Desirable – Necessary'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 3 April 2018

The United Nations migration agency (IOM) has posted an upbeat Easter message celebrating international migration as not only inevitable, but also necessary and "desirable."

The UN message – which seems to echo the position of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations – follows hard on the heels of a Europe-wide survey on immigration, which found that a striking 78 percent of European citizens want tighter control of Europe's external borders. ...

Europeans expressed anxiety over the prospect of Africans migrants arriving en masse into Europe over the next decade, with 68 percent of those polled saying they either "strongly fear" or "moderately fear" such a scenario.
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Immigration – politics, Enoch Powell, public opinion
Fifty years after Rivers of Blood, Powell's legacy is increased immigration
Margaret Ashworth
Conservative Woman, 3 April 2018

Who has done most to push up immigration and advance multiculturalism and political correctness in this country? ...

It is none other than J Enoch Powell, still the bogeyman of British politics 50 years after his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham on April 20, 1968 which catapulted him to a special position in the liberal Left's chamber of horrors.

Powell, the MP for Wolverhampton and shadow defence minister, gazed into the future and warned about the dangers of large-scale immigration from other cultures, urging repatriation. ...

... His speech was denounced as 'evil' by The Times.

Beneath the chorus of disapproval from the Establishment, a Gallup poll found that 73 per cent of the public agreed with the speech. The white working class were particularly supportive of Powell: dockers and meat porters marched to have him reinstated. (The white working class compounded their sin by voting Thatcher, and have been held in contempt ever since by the Left, which set about destroying their habitat and culture, not least by allowing mass immigration. They are collateral damage of Powell's showboating.) ...

It is worth remembering that Powell's speech was aimed at the Labour government's Race Relations Act 1968, which helped immigrants to get council housing without having lived in an area for any length of time. Its consequences were far-reaching. Decades of resentment about council housing have followed it. ...

He clearly fancied himself as a seer, and any serious consideration of life in modern Britain must conclude that he was at least correct in predicting trouble ahead. Britain is now an angry, divided country. Towns and cities have been radically altered and often ghettoised. Multiculturalism is officially a failure: Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, has said on numerous occasions that the doctrine is a failure and a 'racket'. The director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, made a rare public appearance last year to warn the public about the serious and growing problem of Islamist terror. Yet the liberal Left establishment are not minded to admit there is anything wrong with our 'vibrantly diverse' society. It makes you wonder just how much blood would have to be spilled before they would admit error.

Powell started and finished his speech with two sentences which indicate that he felt it his bounden duty to tell the truth as he saw it: 'The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.' 'All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.'

Alas, by making a speech that was both highfalutin and offensively redolent of the public bar ('piccaninnies', 'negroes') the show-off Powell closed down an important debate. Serious public discussion of mass immigration was virtually impossible for decades afterwards – surely not what he had hoped to achieve. The speech ruined his own career. It energised and baited the May '68 generation, who went on sedulously to institute and enforce political correctness and multiculturalism throughout British institutions.
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Immigration – EU migrants
Immigration BETRAYAL: UK to make it EASIER for EU migrants to stay in Britain after Brexit
John Thalassites
Daily Express, 2 April 2018

Brexit will make it easier for EU migrants to stay in the UK, despite the government's promises to "take back control" of our borders, an immigration document has revealed.

The sensational policy paper suggests the government wants to remove requirements dictating permanent residency applicants must show they have sickness insurance and work that is "genuine and effective".

Now Theresa May plans to enact "a presumption to grant rather than refuse" settled status in the UK - and officials expect immigration numbers to rocket as a result.

Meanwhile leaked Home Office documents warn ministers that any dilution of border controls post-Brexit could be "targeted by organised criminality, fraudulent or abusive applicants". ...

Officials believe there will be "large spikes in applications" during the 20-month Brexit implementation period from March 29 2019 to December 31 2020, dubbed 'New Year's Leave'. ...

In fact the government has also refused to spell out how a new visa system for EU migrants might work - and refuses to guarantee that EU citizens will not get a special deal at the end of the implementation period.
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Immigration – German view
Major German Newspaper: 1960s Anti-Immigration Firebrand Enoch Powell Was Right
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 31 March 2018

German establishment newspaper Die Welt (The World) has published a sympathetic article about former British Conservative politician Enoch Powell – a hero of anti mass migration campaigners often vilified by the political left – in a reflection on the migration crisis. ...

Reporting the classical source of his now infamous 'Rivers of Blood' speech – the Roman poet Virgil – the column by German historian Michael Stürmer said no one in British politics had been "punished" so "mercilessly" as Powell for stepping out of line.

Entitled 'Powell's Early Warning on Mass Migration', the piece opens by quoting the book of Ecclesiastes from the Bible, that "Everything on earth has its own time and its own season", appealing to the idea that Powell himself was ahead of his own time, and crucified politically for it.

Remarking that Powell's message was not just "against the political correctness of the 1960s", it also offended the interests of British industry which wanted to import cheap labour. Pursuing that goal, the editorial contends, Britain like Germany did not at the time give attention to "the idea of long-term consequences" and so suffers today.
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Immigration – Migration Advisory Committee report
Immigration: how much is too much?
Douglas Fraser
BBC, 28 March 2018

So when the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) speaks, it needs close attention. Amid all the claims, counter-claims, petty prejudices about Johnny Foreigner and justifiable concerns about jobs and wages, this is the outfit that feeds real hard evidence into government thinking - or so you would hope.

It was commissioned last July by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to take an in-depth and wide-ranging look at the UK's continuing economic and demographic requirement to attract a continued flow of European Union immigrants after Brexiting.

This is to help shape the UK's new immigration policy from 2021, though being commissioned by Ms Rudd it could also be seen as a helpful source of evidence to back up the soft Brexit end of Cabinet divisions on Brexit.

The interim report, published on Tuesday, is big on the opinion of business, acknowledging that the final report will have to balance that with other voices.

"What is best for an employer is not necessarily what is best for the resident population, which is the criterion the MAC uses when evaluating migration policy," it states.

In general, but particularly in London and Scotland, business told the MAC that it likes to recruit from the biggest possible pool of labour. No surprise there. ...

The interim report also dips a toe into the controversial question of whether migrant workers depress wages.

They've got more work to do on that, says the MAC. But for now, they note very different stories for those born in older EU members (such as France and Germany), who on average earn 12% above the British-born average. They tend to do more highly skilled jobs.

Those born in the newer EU members (from the Baltic states to Bulgaria) are typically in lower skilled, lower-paid roles and paid 27% less than the British-born average (note: that is not for the same work).

The evidence is patchy, but suggests that average pay has not been much depressed by migrant workers. ...

What they're clearer about is that employers are getting a higher level of skill and qualification for the same money that will buy an hour of native British worker's time. ...

When employers say they simply can't get home-grown Brits to come and work at some jobs, the Committee has another unsympathetic response: of course they will - you just have to offer them enough pay to make it worthwhile. ...

It highlights the huge differences between most of the country and London. The capital's population is 37% foreign-born. Some 11% of the total are from EU countries.

The West Midlands has the next highest share, at one in eight, and for Scotland, it's one in 12. For north-east England and Wales, it is one in 18. ...

"Migration is rarely the only policy available to deal with a problem and always needs to be compared with alternatives," writes the MAC chairman, Sir Alan Manning.

The final report will have more to say on those alternative.
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Immigration – European Union
Europe All Inclusive: Understanding the Current Migration Crisis
Gatestone Institute, 28 March 2018
[Václav Klaus is the former president and former prime minister of the Czech Republic]

Europe All Inclusive, a book by former Czech President Václav Klaus, co-authored by the Arab-speaking economist Jirí Weigl, recently published by Hungary's Századvég School of Politics Foundation, has already been translated into six languages.

The following are excerpts of a speech, "Is Our Membership in the EU a Real Blessing?", delivered by Václav Klaus at the Corvinus University of Budapest on February 22, 2018:



I came to Budapest to participate in the launching of the book about the recent mass migration to Europe. Its formal launching took place yesterday in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Our ambition in writing the book was to contribute to the refutation of the false and misleading interpretations of the current European migration crisis. They have been promoted and propagated by the European political and intellectual elites with their progressivist, multicultural, politically correct views and attitudes. Their thinking is based on the untenable assumption that the mass migration is a positive social phenomenon. We strongly disagree. It is not a positive phenomenon, it destabilizes Europe, it endangers the peaceful and quiet developments in individual European countries.

History teaches us that any mass migration creates considerable cultural, social and political conflicts, shocks and tensions. Its costs have always been much higher than its benefits. We see it in Europe these days. ...

There are plenty of arguments suggesting that the contemporary migration crisis is connected with the post-democratic character of the EU: it is a by-product of the already long-existing European crisis; systemic errors and misconceptions of European policies; built-in defects of EU institutional arrangements, and the ideological confusions and prejudices of European multicultural political elites. ...

In the communist era, our dream was to be free citizens, not just inhabitants of our non-free states. Regarding mass migration, the issue of citizenship has become crucial again. Citizenship reflects that one belongs to a particular political community.


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Immigration – public opinion, Conservative Party
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration – and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing it
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 26 March 2018

It is now clear that the Government have dropped the ball on immigration. An urgent rethink is needed if they are to avoid paying a heavy price at the next election. There is no doubt about public concern. Immigration remains one of the top three issues on which voters say they will base their choice in 2022 or before, while nearly two-thirds want to see a major reduction in immigration levels.

It is also clear that immigration was a major factor in the outcome of the referendum. Indeed, it was the top issue of voter concern on the eve of polling day in June 2016, according to Ipsos MORI. Some suggest that voters' main motivation was about control of immigration rather than its reduction, but that ignores many years of consistent concern about the number of immigrants and their impact on all our public services.

The Government has clearly lost its way. The transition agreement is useless from the point of view of reducing immigration. Free movement for EU citizens is to continue for nearly three years from now. Worse, all those who come in that period will have the right to claim permanent residence here. Even less acceptable, it appears that they will have rights to bring in partners, and possibly future partners, that are greater than the rights enjoyed by British citizens.

... Meanwhile, net migration from outside the European Union has risen to over 200,000 per annum, /.../ The present Government have done nothing to reduce it despite a number of useful recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

It seems that the Government feels under very little pressure on immigration. Certainly, the Home Secretary has shown no interest at all in concrete steps to reduce immigration. /.../ Meanwhile, in 2014/15, the working age benefit bill for EU migrants in the UK was over £4 billion or about £12 million per day – a huge sum. ...

... Overall, net migration still stands at around a quarter of a million a year – close to the average of the last ten years, and enough to ensure that the UK's population grows by the equivalent of Birmingham every two to three years. ...

Meanwhile, the public have been repeatedly promised control over immigration – which they have rightly interpreted as a reduction. The public have had enough of excuses. Failure to deliver will severely shake public confidence, certainly in the Conservative Party, but also in our political system as a whole.
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Immigration – public opinion
Attitudes to immigration have softened since referendum but most still want to see it reduced
Ipsos MORI, 26 March 2018

Just under half (44%) say that migration has had a positive impact on Britain according to a new Ipsos MORI survey among British adults aged 18-75. Three in ten (30%) say migration's impact has been negative on the country while one in five (20%) say its impact has been neutral. ...

Despite opinion towards immigration becoming more positive in recent years a majority (54%) still want it to be reduced. However, the proportion of people wanting immigration reduced 'a lot' has fallen over the last 18 months from 37% to 30%. Three-quarters (77%) of Leave voters want immigration reduced compared to 38% of Remain voters. ...

Perceptions about the current Government and immigration

. Most (53%) are dissatisfied with the way the current Government is dealing with immigration (12% are satisfied). ...

. Seven in ten (69%) are not confident that even by leaving the EU, that the Government will reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands" in the next few years (21% are confident).
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Immigration – numbers, East Europeans
The migrant map of Britain: Figures reveal where more than 2million former Eastern Europeans have settled in the UK
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 24 March 2018

Towns and regions with the highest influx of Eastern European migrants have been identified in government figures.

Data from the Office for National Statistics has shown the areas in the UK with the biggest proportion of settlers from the Eastern bloc.

In total there are now an estimated 2.03 million people now living in the UK who are nationals of the ten Eastern European EU nations.

By far the biggest number of settlers come from Poland, with the ONS statistics showing 1 million from that nation now living amongst the 65 million population of the entire UK. ...

The next biggest group of Eastern Europeans are Romanians, who along with Bulgarians, were first allowed free access to the UK to live and work in 2014.

Some 358,000 have settled in the UK since then. ...

Lithuanians are the next largest group to have settled in the UK, with 212,000 making the trip here.
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Immigration – Europe, public opinion
Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 24 March 2018

One of the presumptions of democracy is that leaders listen to the public. But as poll after poll in Europe shows, this presumption breaks down around the subject of migration. On that – and the numerous issues surrounding it – mainstream politicians consistently ignore the public. And not only ignore them but berate them and act against their concerns.

This month sees the publication of the latest poll by Project 28, whose 2017 poll of public opinion I wrote about here last summer. Once again, the Századvég Foundation has polled opinion from 1,000 respondents in each of the 28 countries of the EU. And once again, the findings are startling. Any politician should consider them; a wise politician would listen to them.

What is most striking once again is that there is such extraordinary unanimity around the question of immigration. ...

For instance, in response to the question of EU border protection, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of EU citizens believe that the external borders of Europe should be better protected. /.../ Not only do 78 per cent of all Europeans think that illegal immigration into their countries is a problem, in every single European country more people think that it is a serious problem than think it is not a problem or not a very serious problem.

... Asked whether immigration brings problems including crime and terrorism, the majority of Europeans believe that it does. While 82 per cent think it is very or somewhat likely that a terrorist attack could happen in their country, 62 per cent also think that immigrants bring an increase in crime. Of course this remains a subject which, if uttered by a mainstream politician, could end their political career. And yet it is not only a majority opinion, but provable. Research commissioned by the German government and published in January found that there had been a large increase in crime in Germany in recent years and that more than 90 per cent of that crime could be attributed to young male migrants. ...

Fully 81 per cent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped in their own countries, with almost half (48 per cent) saying that the EU should provide 'substantial financial support' to the countries where they are currently residing, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The public are also supportive of temporary migration, with two-thirds of Europeans agreeing that immigrants should be sent back to their home countries after the war in Syria ends. ...

Crucially, the public are aware of something about which their politicians have been blithe. Which is that migration on the scale Europe has seen in recent years is not just a problem for this generation but for succeeding ones. A frightening 50 per cent of Europeans believe that their children will have a worse life than them. /.../ Specifically, 70 per cent of the European public believe that the 'rapid population growth of Muslims' is either a 'somewhat serious' or 'very serious' threat to Europe.
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Immigration – sub-Saharan Africans
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 22 March 2018

International migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa has grown dramatically over the past decade, including to Europe and the United States. Indeed, most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe, and lawful permanent residents and refugees in the U.S.

... In the case of Europe, the population of sub-Saharan migrants has been boosted by the influx of nearly 1 million asylum applicants (970,000) between 2010 and 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, Europe's statistical agency. Sub-Saharan Africans also moved to European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland as international students and resettled refugees, through family reunification and by other means.

In the U.S., those fleeing conflict also make up a portion of the more than 400,000 sub-Saharan migrants who moved to the States between 2010 and 2016. According to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. State Department, 110,000 individuals from sub-Saharan countries were resettled as refugees over this seven-year period. An additional 190,000 were granted lawful permanent residence by virtue of family ties; nearly 110,000 more entered the U.S. through the diversity visa program.

... According to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey in six sub-Saharan countries that have supplied many of the region's migrants to the U.S. and Europe, many say they would move to another country if the means and opportunity presented themselves. And in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they actually plan to migrate in the next five years. ...

In terms of destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries: the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal (360,000). ...

Between February and April 2017, Pew Research Center surveyed in six of the 10 countries that have supplied many of the sub-Saharan immigrants now living in the U.S. ...

The survey asked respondents whether they would go to live in another country, if they had the means and opportunity. At least four-in-ten in each sub-Saharan country surveyed answered yes, including roughly three-quarters of those surveyed in Ghana (75%) and Nigeria (74%). ...

... People planning to migrate in the next five years tended to identify destinations where they already had friends or family. This finding is generally consistent with studies showing that personal connections influence the decision and likelihood of migrating.

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About 420,000 more sub-Saharan African migrants lived in Europe in 2017 (4.15 million) than in 2010 (3.73 million). And an estimated 1.55 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the U.S in 2017, an increase of about a 325,000 from 2010, when an estimated 1.22 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the country, according to the United Nations.
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Immigration – 15-year-olds
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from immigrant backgrounds, international think tank reveals
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 20 March 2018

Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from an immigrant background, new data from an international think tank reveals today.

The figure is higher than the EU average of 21 per cent but similar to both France, at 26 per cent, and Germany, at 28 per cent. The figure is higher in Ireland and Belgium.

It includes second generation immigrants, natives of mixed heritage, first generation immigrants and people returning after being born abroad.

The study, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), also shows immigrant children who arrive in the UK aged 12 or older are less likely to do well at school and to feel like they belong, according to a study. ...

The study is based on an analysis of the OECD's 2015 PISA tests which are taken by 15-year-olds across 35 nations and economies.

Compared with PISA tests taken in 2003, the percentage of immigrant students in the UK rose by nine percentage points, compared with an OECD average of around six percentage points and an EU average of around seven percentage points.
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Immigration – politics
Immigration: Who should we let in after Brexit?
Nick Robinson
BBC, 7 March 2018

Amidst all the talk about Brexit - about borders and about trade - ministers have said almost nothing about how immigration will be controlled after the UK leaves the EU. They have not yet come up with the answer to a fundamental question - who should we let in?

The promise to take back control of our borders was the headline of the leave campaign. Yet almost two years on, there has been little public debate about how that will be done, or what our immigration system should look like once free movement of EU citizens in and out of Britain has ended.

The Home Office originally promised to publish its plans for a new immigration policy before Christmas. Then it said the spring. Now ministers say it'll be in the autumn. ...

Why the delay? Very likely it's because they're caught in the middle, between the demands of British business and the expectations of many of the voters who backed Brexit.

Pressure is now mounting on Theresa May from a growing number of businesses who fear that they will not be able to find the workers they need after we leave the EU. ...

But the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told me that the government's target was "completely bogus". She says, "it's just a way of the Tories talking an anti-immigrant narrative".

When asked twice whether immigration could go up under Labour, she did not rule it out.

"We can't say what is going to happen to levels of migration, because migration flows are subject to all sorts of international pressures. With increased emphasis on training and skills, the need for people's specific skills from overseas may well decline." ...

It is thought the Cabinet has had only one high-level discussion about immigration recently, and it is said to have argued about whether preference should in future be given to workers from the EU - Poles, Spanish and French - or whether there should be a level playing field for immigrants wherever they come from.

Brexiteers like Jacob Rees Mogg back the latter approach.

"I can see no reason to give preference to people from the EU after we've left. Why should we discriminate against our Commonwealth friends, against our American friends, the very large Indian population in this country? Surely we should prioritise members of their family against people from the EU with whom we have no connection?"

But this is one more subject that looks set to get included in those endless complex Brexit negotiations. The more trade we want, the more open our borders may have to be.

One well-placed source told me that the first thing countries want to export is their people. That, incidentally, applies to India or China as well. ...

The truth is the debate on immigration has scarcely begun.
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Immigration – EU citizens
EU nationals who arrive in Britain after Brexit are offered the chance to stay for good if they live here for five years, Home Office says despite May's promise to end free movement
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 1 March 2018

EU nationals who move to Britain under after Brexit will be allowed to apply for permanent rights to stay, the Home Office proposed today.

Brussels has demanded free movement rules continue to apply in Britain during the transition period after Brexit takes place in March 2019, even after the EU laws implementing them are scrapped.

Britain has insisted those who arrive after Brexit will not be allowed to claim permanent 'settled status' in the same way as EU nationals who moved here before the UK leaves the EU.

But a Home Office policy statement today opened the door to those who arrive in transition getting 'permanent leave to remain' instead of settled status. The statement is a negotiating position from Britain and has not been agreed yet.

It means thousands of EU nationals could qualify for the permanent right to live in Britain even if they arrive after Brexit.
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Immigration – problems
Immigration is the cause of our problems not the solution
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 26 February 2018

The metropolitan elite likes to claim that mass immigration is an engine of social progress, bringing vibrancy to our culture and prosperity to our economy. In reality, the vast annual foreign influx achieves the opposite.

Profoundly reactionary in its consequences, this demographic revolution has weakened solidarity, worsened living standards, and intensified pressure on our public services. As cohesion frays, our once gentle, well-ordered society is awash with violent crime and poisonous identity politics.

A classic example of liberal doublethink on immigration came yesterday from Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a newspaper article, he trumpeted the need for a "generous" border policy.

"Welcoming strangers to our country and integrating them is important," he declared, adding stridently that "we must never crush the new diversity".

The prattling prelate has certainly had his wish in recent years.

"Generous" might be one word for the Government's approach to immigration.

"Criminally lax" and "institutionalised suicide" might well be others.

Last week, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that 578,000 migrants settled here in the year to September 2017. ...

... He wails that "the most important building blocks of our nation have been undermined", but refuses to admit that the cause is the systematic demolition of our national identity and heritage by the obsession with diversity.

In the same contradictory vein, he moans about a lack of "common values" in Britain. Well that's due to the pro-immigration doctrine he so blindly espouses. ...

In large swathes of urban England, Britons are now aliens in their own land.

Welby's hollow contribution is so typical of the dishonesty that grips British progressives.

Instead of facing up to the heavy economic costs of mass immigration, including rising welfare bills and strains on the civic infrastructure, they pretend that Britain could not possibly survive without the import of millions of foreigners.

This attitude was summed up by former diplomat Lord Kerr, who said recently that "native Britons are so bloody stupid" that we "need an injection of intelligent people from overseas".

That kind of self-loathing is absurd, given Britain's historic record as a powerhouse of industry, democracy and invention. But it is also based on the fallacy that migrants are far more diligent and dynamic than British people.

"They come here to work," is the favourite mantra of the progressives.

It is untrue.

According to last week's ONS report, less than half of all immigrants arrived here to work, and just 32 per cent had definite jobs to go to. ...

The negative impact of immigration can be seen all around us, bringing sharia courts, ballot box fraud, primitive misogyny, racial divisions and the erosion of free speech.

Amid a surge in violent crime, almost a quarter of the entire prison population belongs to ethnic minorities, with the figure rising to 47 per cent in young offender institutions.
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Immigration – border controls
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018

You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures. They show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to the UK was down to 90,000. ...

But that's just one side of the coin.

Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU countries rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.

Around half of that number are students and there is an argument as to whether they should be included in the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after their studies.

But even taking that into account, along with the fall in EU migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual migration of 244,000.

In other words, last year alone saw the equivalent of an entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in Britain.

As has happened year after year after year after year after year... you get the picture. ...

The need to take control of our borders again was one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June 2016.

But as these latest figures show, it's not just EU immigration that matters.

Even after we regain control of migration policy when we leave the EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of immigrants from outside the EU.

Because in theory we already have control over them today. ...

I should point out now that according to Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have mentioned any of this marks me – and, if you also think that immigration needs to be controlled, you – as racist. ...

Let's simply consider the outrageous slur and contempt in which she clearly holds many of her own Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit, driven in large measure by the feeling that the political establishment was ignoring their concerns.

Because even if you put to one side the sheer scale of immigration and the burden that the annual influx of the equivalent of vast new cities puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the immediate concern is surely the scale of illegal immigration. ...

We do not yet have a clue what immigration policy the Government intends to implement after we leave the EU.

And as for illegal immigration: the situation is getting worse, not better.

I've been using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal immigration but that's simply a commonly accepted estimate.

The Home Office has its own estimate but won't even admit it has such a figure, let alone publish it.

Last summer David Wood, the former director general of immigration enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate (based on a raft of sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year. ...

The sheer scale demands action but instead the authorities are doing next to nothing.

According to Mr Wood, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

The idea we are now in control of our non-EU borders is a fantasy.

And the idea that we will regain control of our EU borders when we leave is a fantasy.

What we need is honesty about the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.

And action to ensure that border control means precisely what it says.
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Immigration – statistics
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008.

Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.

Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures - was 90,000, the lowest for five years.

The figures also show that more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.

Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for "work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...

By contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to early 2014.

Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the 12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.

This gives a net increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.

Overall, net migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same period.

This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...

The ONS figures also show that in 2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
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Immigration – statistics
Net immigration RISES to 244,000 a year and is still more than DOUBLE the PM's target but numbers from the EU drop below 100,000 for first time since 2013
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 February 2018

Net immigration has risen to 244,000 a year in a reminder of the scale of the task facing the government to curb numbers.

The net flow to the UK in the year to September was up from 230,000 in the 12 months to June.

The increase was driven mainly by a rise in arrivals from outside the EU, with immigration from the bloc slipping sharply, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Net migration from the EU was 90,000 in the year ending September 2017 - the first time it has fallen below 100,000 since 2013.

The net figure from the rest of the world was 205,000, up from 173,000 in the year to June. ...

The year to June 2017 saw the largest decrease in net long-term migration in any 12-month period since records began in 1964.
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Immigration – population growth, Africa, Middle East
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018

... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the world's population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On average, African countries look like doubling their populations very quickly indeed. Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million population today is expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.

Add to this a similar trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates elsewhere in the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are entering an age in which most of the youngest and poorest people in the world will live close to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current political paralysis was largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a million refugees, and that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people in Africa and the Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications. If we don't think ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and ethnic tensions across Europe in response to what is potentially the greatest migration humanity has ever known. That would severely affect Britain, even after we leave the EU.

Effective development aid is not the whole answer to this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial part of it. The near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare, vaccination, and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good education and a strong role for women in work and society can have a similar effect. These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
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Immigration – registration, EU citizens
Home Office chiefs fear they can't create a new immigration system by March 2019 as Theresa May overrules officials to insist free movement ends on Brexit day
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 12 February 2018

Home Office chiefs fear a new immigration system to track EU citizens for the first time will not be ready by March 2019.

The alarm comes after Theresa May overruled officials to insist free movements ends on Brexit Day.

The decision means that after March 29, 2019, the Home Office must be able to both register EU citizens already here for permanent residency and separately track new arrivals during the Brexit transition period.

Sources admitted to The Times the work on the new system had 'barely begun' and would 'almost certainly' not be ready in 14 months time. ...

Unpicking how to guarantee the status of three million people who already live in Britain before Brexit takes place has been a major headache in Whitehall.

In the negotiations, Britain has promised anyone who wants to stay will be allowed, subject to the same offer to Britons in Europe.

Last year the Home Office managed to issue 164,000 work visas to non-EU nationals. This figure will have to rise to around 400,000 when EU citizens need visas.
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Immigration – deterrence
UK plans video campaign to deter African migrants
Ben Quinn
The Observer, 11 February 2018

A viral video campaign using the testimonies of migrants in Libya to discourage others from making the perilous journey to the north African country – and then on to Europe – is to be launched by the Home Office as part of official attempts to tackle migration from "source" countries.

Vox pop interviews with migrants from countries including Eritrea, Nigeria and Sudan will be filmed in Libya before the material is used at events in east and west Africa and distributed online.

The UK's foray into using this tactic follows the example of Denmark, which placed advertisements in Lebanese newspapers aimed at deterring potential migrants, and Germany, which paid for billboards in Afghanistan with a similar message.

However, an expert on migration at the UK's leading development thinktank said evidence suggests that "awareness campaigns" have little or no impact on the decision-making of would-be migrants and are more about being able to tell voters at home: "We are doing something."

"The information just does not filter through because people decide on the basis of what they hear from family and friends – people they trust – rather than foreign governments," said Jessica Hagen-Zanker, research fellow for migration at the Overseas Development Institute. ...

She said that a better approach would be to make the journeys safer and open up paths for legal migration. ...

More than 180,000 people attempted the crossing to Europe from the Libyan coast in 2016, representing 50% of all attempted crossings. Although numbers fell back to 120,000 in 2017 there has been a sharp rise in numbers since the new year.
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Immigration – public opinion, Anglicans
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018

Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration than the general population.

But those who describe themselves as Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly, are more negative about the current levels of immigration.

New research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK should be reduced.

According to the research, from an analysis of British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number is 86 per cent.

This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no religion who think immigration should be cut.
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Immigration – housing
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018

A record one in 10 families given council or housing association homes last year were foreign nationals, according to new figures yesterday.

The numbers showed that of just under 200,000 heavily subsidised family homes in England allocated to new tenants, 19,197 went to a household headed by a non-British citizen.

The share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since the mid-2000s, when foreign nationals took up around six in 100 new lettings, and Labour MPs in some cities began to register concern over discontent among long-established local voters. ...

Among people moving into social housing for the first time – as opposed to those moving from another council or housing association home – 12 per cent were foreign families. ...

There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
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Immigration – Brexit, liberals, public opinion
Why Brexit has made us more relaxed about immigration
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 28 January 2018

What impact did the Brexit referendum have upon attitudes to immigration? When Manchester University academic Rob Ford polled his Twitter followers, most were pessimistic, fearing attitudes had hardened.

The reality, as Ford pointed out, is that on almost every measure, people have become more positive. The number who think immigration is the most important political issue has fallen since the referendum and is at its lowest level since the 2008 crash. ...

One of the strongest predictors of views on immigration is education level – those with more qualifications tend to be more open. This is still the case. But people have become more positive about immigration, whatever their educational attainment. The same is true of Leavers or Remainers. This, as Ford observes, raises a number of questions. What has made people more positive? And why do many liberals seem reluctant to accept that the public has become less anxious about the issue?

Those more critical of immigration may feel that they have won the argument. It may also be that, before the referendum, politicians were more eager to finger immigration as a social ill. Today, there seems less need to stir such anxieties. The second question is probably easier to answer. There is a widespread perception among liberals that those who voted Leave were mainly bigots. The referendum result led many to fear that the bigots have been let off the leash and many cannot see beyond that fear.

Ah, the irony: liberals often claim that those hostile to immigration ignore the facts. But many of the same liberals seem equally unwilling to accept the facts when they contradict their perceptions (even prejudices) about why people feel anxious about immigration.
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Immigration – politics, public opinion
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric Kaufmann
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018

The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus, was released earlier this week. It makes many helpful suggestions, including the idea of an annual migration report, streamlined immigration processing and the importance of balancing competing interests. However, it draws misleading conclusions about public opinion and policy due to its reliance on focus-groups, which suffer from social acceptability bias.

As a result, it makes two assumptions. First, that citizens who oppose immigration do so mainly because of their perceptions of its effects on prosperity or public services. If so, immigration is an issue that can be addressed by the traditional approach of directing financial resources to areas affected by migration and detailing the economic contribution immigrants make. The second assumption is that voters are primarily concerned about control, not numbers. If they are reassured that things are under control, and migration is being connected to economic needs, they will be content with higher numbers.

Yet, as behavioural economists repeatedly caution, 'people aren't rational, they rationalise'. So too with immigration attitudes. The reasons people say they oppose immigration are those they are aware of, or they feel to be socially acceptable. This is doubly the case in focus groups, where peer pressure is strong. ...

Now, however, work by British Future, which is widely cited in the Committee's report, indicate that skills are the most important consideration for people when they think of a desirable immigrant. ...

... As we show, people are sensitive to the skill level of the immigrant intake, but this is trumped by their concern for the cultural impact of a larger inflow.

To illustrate, we draw on data from a new Yougov-Birkbeck-Policy Exchange survey of 1,643 individuals from 5-6 November 2017, of which 1,450 are of White British ethnicity. ...

This shows that a majority of White British respondents want reduced immigration even if skill levels fall, but when the question is worded, /.../ as new skilled immigrants coming from 'outside Europe' and when the decline in White British share is not mentioned, it's possible to get almost 45 percent of White Britons to back the high skill mix-with-high levels of immigration option. Mention 'Asia and Africa' as the source for new skilled immigrants and support slips ten points to 35 percent. More importantly, mentioning the ethno-cultural impact of higher numbers on the long-term share of White Britons in the population drops support for current immigration levels by 17-22 points to just 18-25 percent. ...

To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
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Immigration – UK, France
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake up
Larissa Brown
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018

Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the French.

Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to wait for six months.

Children will see their waiting time slashed from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...

A Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...

France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children.
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Immigration – EU migrants, Brexit
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 January 2018

Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle in Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands, a report warned last night.

Research from the population pressure group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.

A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the UK's departure from the bloc.

They want EU citizens to continue to be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the transition period.

The status would give European migrants the right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This EU demand is absolutely absurd.

"We will have left the EU - that must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...

In the past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
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Immigration – economy, wages
Drop in foreign workers may drive up wages but dampen productivity, says BoE's Saunders
Anna Isaac
Daily Telegraph, 18 January 2018

Record low unemployment may start to drive wage growth as companies are increasingly becoming less able to hire foreign workers amid Brexit, according to the Bank of England.

In a speech on Wednesday, Michael Saunders, a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, said that a fall in immigration levels seen since the vote to leave the EU and the resultant fall in the value of sterling, may soon lead companies to raise workers' pay.

Mr Saunders, a former economist at Citibank, said that easy access to foreign labour may have, until recently, limited "the extent to which pay growth responds to low UK unemployment".

His remarks come as wage growth has failed to keep pace with inflation, putting pressure on households incomes.
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Immigration – concerns, Brexit
Numbers alone don't explain the British obsession with immigration
Seamus Nevin
New Statesman, 16 January 2018
[Seamus Nevin is head of policy research at the Institute of Directors]

In the build up to the EU referendum, as questions about immigration took over the airwaves and newspapers, I asked the Labour MP Margaret Hodge what she had done to tackle anti-immigrant sentiment that had engulfed her constituency just a decade previously. ...

So why have the concerns she faced in her constituency become so prominent across Britain today? ...

As Hodge's experience shows, for most Britons, the concern is not with immigration in itself, but with successive governments' failure to adequately prepare public services for the effects this may have. ...

Poor planning by successive governments can also, ironically, translate into higher immigration. Cuts to domestic training budgets, for example, mean we need more workers to come from abroad. ...

The best way to reduce British businesses' need to recruit staff from overseas is to increase the supply of British workers willing and able to do the jobs those employers are creating. ...

More stringent visa rules and a wider number of nationalities that are subject to them will automatically increase resource requirements. Yet, despite being just 14 short months away from leaving the European Union, the signs are that government has still not put in place measures to build the infrastructure or recruit the estimated 7,400 staff we will need to manage immigration and customs at our ports and borders.

Better monitoring of inflows and outflows is also needed, and will be crucial to ensuring government policy remains timely and responsive to future population changes.

... The government may have begun planning to leave the EU, but it has yet to start seriously planning for what comes after.
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Immigration – debate, Enoch Powell
Newspaper to stage debate marking 50 years since 'Rivers of Blood' speech
David Sharman
HoldTheFrontPage, 11 January 2018

A regional daily is set to hold a debate on the legacy of Enoch Powell to mark the 50th anniversary of the controversial politician's 'Rivers of Blood' speech.

The Express & Star, Wolverhampton, will host the event later this month, with former Birmingham Post editor Nigel Hastilow among the panelists.

Nigel was selected as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in 2007, but resigned his candidacy following criticism of a column he wrote for the Express & Star in which he suggested Mr Powell had been correct to warn that uncontrolled immigration "would change our country irrevocably."

Nigel wrote at the time: "He was right. It has changed dramatically." ...

Also on the panel will be UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, Labour MP Eleanor Smith, who holds Mr Powell's former Wolverhampton South West constituency, historian Dr Shirin Hirsch, political commentator Nick Jones and Wolverhampton-born political activist Patrick Vernon. ...

Readers are being asked to submit their questions for the discussion, which will be held during the second annual Wolverhampton Literature Festival on 27 January.
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Immigration – public opinion, Scotland
Majority of Scots want to end freedom of movement post-Brexit
Tom Peterkin
The Scotsman, 10 January 2018

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a separate Scottish immigration system has been dealt a blow by a poll showing that most people in Scotland believe in a common policy across the UK.

Research for the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) report also found a majority Scots would prefer to see an end to freedom of movement.

The report by Sir John Curtice was conducted for NatCen's What UK Thinks project.

Out of 859 Scots surveyed, 63 per cent thought that, post-Brexit, the rules on immigration should be the same in Scotland as in the rest of the UK. ...

A majority appeared to reject freedom of movement, with 59 per cent of voters in Scotland believing that potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply to come here.

That was slightly behind the 64 per cent of voters across Britain who thought potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply.

But 63 per cent of people in Scotland would accept free movement if it were the price that had to be paid for free trade, compared with just 53 per cent across Britain as a whole.

The Scottish leg of the survey was done in parallel with a similar exercise done with 2,168 people across Britain.
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Immigration – societal catastrophe
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]

No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...

Indeed, the central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages. But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and finally a torrent – to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from 48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point, received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.

Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides, argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.

As British journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real, or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own countries." ...

A key point of the book, reinforced through anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent. ...

Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces. There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime against humanity." ...

Reading Murray's book, one gets an understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation. Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a "pathology." ...

Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal." ...

... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
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Immigration – students, statistics
Theresa May left isolated in Cabinet and facing Commons defeat over counting students as immigrants
Rob Merrick
Independent, 2 January 2018

Ministers are braced for a defeat that would force Theresa May to abandon her much-criticised policy of counting foreign students as immigrants in official statistics.

A new Immigration Bill to be brought forward this year will allow MPs to force – and almost certainly win – a vote on the controversy, the Home Office believes. ...

The Independent and Open Britain, which is pressing for a soft Brexit, are running a Drop the Target campaign against the policy of reducing overall annual immigration to "tens of thousands", which includes calling for overseas students to be omitted from the statistics.

There are about 438,000 foreign students currently studying in the UK, so changing the policy could make a significant difference to the headline immigration numbers.
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Immigration – fraud, children, deportation
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
Alexander Robertson
MailOnline, 2 January 2018

Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age in a bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been revealed.

Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an 'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.

However, only 580 of these people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a bid to cheat their way into the UK.

Statistics for 2017, from January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.

The investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.

Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006 males and 170 females made such applications.

Figures for 2016 showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.

Tony Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth taking for migrants.
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Immigration – students, statistics
Foreign students 'will be cut' from immigration figures by ministers despite opposition from Theresa May
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 1 January 2018

Minsters are preparing to take foreign students out of the immigration figures, despite opposition from Theresa May.

The Prime Minister has blocked the move for years, arguing it would undermine confidence in the UK's immigration statistics.

But Home Secretary Amber Rudd has warned Mrs May that growing support for the measure in Parliament means it is now 'inevitable'. The Home Office believes there is no way of preventing MPs from forcing a parliamentary vote on the issue when the new Immigration Bill is brought forward this year. ...

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying here. Removing them from the statistics could make a significant difference to headline immigration figures. ...

Miss Rudd is now asking the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to back a change in the definition of immigration, which would exclude most foreign students.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Almost HALF of all newborns are now the children of immigrant mothers - with the number of babies with Australian-born parents at record lows
Nicole Pierre
Daily Mail Australia, 30 July 2018

More than 40 per cent of newborn babies are born to foreign mothers in one Australian state, as the numbers of children born to immigrants rise across the nation.

New statistics reveal 41 per cent of of babies are born to immigrant mothers in Western Australia - the highest number in Australia.

In New South Wales, 38.2 per cent of babies are the children of foreign- born women.

The two most popular migrant mothers giving birth in Australia are those of Indian and Chinese descent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ...

While the number of children born to immigrant parents has increased, this figure has dropped for Australian women giving birth. ...

Social analyst David Chalke believes differences in culture explains the fertility rate between Australian and foreign-born mothers. ...

ABC's Four Corners revealed earlier this year that immigration is the primary driver of population growth in the nation.

In 1997, it was estimated that Australia would reach a population of 25 million in 2050. Yet the nation is set to hit that figure in just days.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Spain to invest 30 million euros in initial costs of migrant influx
Isla Binnie
Reuters, 30 July 2018

Spain aims to invest 30 million euros (£26.7 million) in an emergency plan to manage its new status as the main destination for seaborne migration from Africa, the government said.

During two months in office, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has asserted his liberal credentials by offering to receive hundreds of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, as the European Union struggles to agree on how to handle them.

The money will go towards covering the initial costs of managing arrivals on the beaches, from staff to hand out blankets and food to managing the process of identification and determining whether people qualify for asylum, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister's office said. ...

On Monday, Madrid opened a temporary reception centre in the Andalusia region which is separated from Africa by the Strait of Gibraltar, just 14 km (nine miles) at its narrowest point.

Visiting the centre, which has space for up to 700 people to stay around 4-5 days each once their identities have been processed by police, Labour Minister Magdalena Valerio said immigration was an "unstoppable phenomenon".

"Migration policy needs to be shared, all European countries need to get involved," she added.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, France
Powder Keg Paris: As a devastating report reveals 300,000 illegal migrants are living in one French suburb...
Andrew Malone
Daily Mail, 28 July 2018

Yet this is not an exotic, far-flung destination. This is France. Moreover, this is Paris and only six miles from the Eiffel Tower. ...

The area in question is called Saint-Denis in the north-east of the city, where the Basilica holds the resting places of many French kings and queens.

Recently, it was reported that this sprawling district now holds as many as 300,000 illegal immigrants, many of whom rely on crime or the 'black economy' to make money. The official legal population in Saint-Denis is estimated at 1.5 million.

Not only that, according to French parliamentarians in a new report that's causing much anguish across the nation, as many as 420,000 legal residents here are living 'below the official poverty line'.

The scale of the problem grows each day. An estimated 80 migrants arrive in Paris every 24 hours – 550 a week.

Many head for Saint-Denis because of its closeness to transport links, including the railway lines heading towards the North coast, and Britain. ...

There are an estimated 135 different nationalities in Saint-Denis, most extremely poor, including an estimated 600,000 Muslims from North African or sub-Saharan African backgrounds. ...

Having spent several days in Saint-Denis, it's clear to me that the area is already lost to France – to the rule of French law, equality, religious freedom, and even access to the streets by the police themselves. ...

People bought and sold drugs openly. What law there is takes place inside Sharia courts, where Islamic leaders dispense the same forms of justice practised in the countries from which many here fled.

And where, as I discovered, other faiths and religions are being driven from the area. ...

Police have reportedly admitted the area is a 'no-go' zone, and will only drive through the areas armed and four to a vehicle. ...

There are around 350 known jihadists living in Saint-Denis, while 1,700 are believed to have returned to France after fighting for IS in Syria, with 15,000 terrorism suspects in France.

In Saint-Denis itself, there is a record number of mosques – 160 official ones, and many more unofficial – compared with 117 Catholic churches and 60 Protestant. Yet it is the unauthorised mosques – set up in basements and garages – that the authorities fear the most. ...

Much of the money-raising activity comes from drug-dealing by gangs, many of them Muslim. At one high-rise block of flats not far from where I was staying, the scale of the operation was evident.

Like a department store, different drugs are sold on different floors. ... Most blocks seemed to have the same operation, with youths guarding the front doors, 'spotters' on the streets opposite for signs of police or other gangs, and the drugs held and sold inside.
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Immigration abroad – Ceuta, Spain
Hundreds storm border fence into Spain's north Africa enclave of Ceuta
Sam Jones
The Guardian, 27 July 2018

About 800 people have tried to enter Europe by storming a border fence that separates Morocco from Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta, according to Spanish police.

The incident on Thursday morning followed renewed warnings about Spain's ability to cope with the rising number of migrants and refugees who have been arriving on its southern coast. ...

Spain's Guardia Civil said 800 people from sub-Saharan Africa rushed the fence at Ceuta at 6.35am, using shears and hammers to smash the high, razor wire-topped barriers, and attacked officers.

"In an attempt to stop the Guardia Civil getting close to the break-in area, the migrants ... [pelted] officers with plastic containers of excrement and quicklime, sticks and stones, as well as using aerosols as flame-throwers," it said.

The force said 602 people had succeeded in reaching Ceuta, of whom 586 had been taken to a temporary reception centre, while 16 were being treated in hospital. Fifteen police officers were also hurt, it added.

Although Spain has been praised for taking in the 630 people onboard the rescue ship Aquarius after it was turned away by Italy and Malta, it is finding it much harder to deal with the thousands of people crossing from north Africa.

According to the International Organization for Migration, 19,586 people have arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, more than in Italy (17,981) or Greece (15,351).

Town councils, police unions and NGOs in southern Spain have complained that they simply do not have the resources to deal with the number of people arriving. ...

Carmen Velayos, the secretary general of the United Police union in Cádiz, said the region's infrastructure had been "overwhelmed" by the rise in arrivals.

"Migrants are sleeping wherever they can: the police stations are full, the converted sports centres are full and the reception centres are full," she said. ...

Others point out that large-scale arrivals are hardly a new phenomenon on Spain's southern shores. In 2017, almost 22,000 migrants and refugees arrived by sea – almost four times as many as arrived the previous year.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
How a record 539,000 immigrants moved to Australia in the last year - and 75% ended up in crowded Sydney and Melbourne
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 27 July 2018

More than half-a-million immigrants moved to Australia in the last year - setting a new record.

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed 539,000 immigrants moved to Australia in the 2016-17 financial year, an all-time high.

The net annual immigration pace was 262,489, factoring in people moving overseas. ...

The revelation came a week before the Australian population was set to surpass the 25 million milestone, 22 years earlier than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report of 2002. ...

With very few migrants moving to regional areas, that meant 74 per cent of them moved to Sydney and Melbourne, which were already congested. ...

Of the 539,000 people who migrated to Australia in 2016-17, 315,000 of them arrived on a temporary visa, including 150,000 international students, 50,000 working holiday makers, and 32,000 workers on temporary skilled visas.

During 2016-17, 276,000 people moved overseas.

That left 262,489 who immigrated to Australia, with 104,478 of them moving to New South Wales followed by another 90,009 going to Victoria.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Australia
'There is a problem': Tony Abbott questions all African immigration amid gang violence debate
Michael Koziol & Melissa Cunningham
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2018

All African immigration into Australia has been called into question by former prime minister Tony Abbott amid the debate over Sudanese "gangs" in Melbourne.

Mr Abbott, speaking on 2GB radio in Sydney, argued that "we store up trouble for ourselves" by letting in people who are "difficult to integrate".

The sensational remarks followed Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's declaration at the weekend of a "major law and order problem in Victoria" due to Sudanese "gangs", which he linked to the death of 19-year-old South Sudanese woman Laa Chol.

Mr Abbott said Sudanese-born people in Victoria constituted less than 0.1 per cent of the population, but were responsible for "well over" 1 per cent of all crimes committed in that state, and were 57 times more likely to commit aggravated robbery than the general population. ...

But in comments that went further than those of Mr Dutton - and focused on Australia's immigration intake rather than Victoria's bail laws - Mr Abbott called into question the integration of all African migrants.

"I guess the big question though is: why do we store up trouble for ourselves by letting in people who are going to be difficult, difficult to integrate?" he asked. ...

The statistics cited by Mr Abbott were sourced from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency and have been seized on by federal ministers such as Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge as evidence of a "very significant" crime problem in Melbourne, as well as a "weak" state government and legal system.
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Immigration abroad – USA
New study shows that 22 per cent of US citizens do not speak English as their first language at home and that the number of foreign-born Americans is at its highest level ever with approximately 44 million
Daily Mail, 25 July 2018

Nearly a quarter of American households do not speak English as their first language, a new study published on Tuesday has found.

The Migration Policy Institute discovered that 22 per cent of the US population prefers to speak another language at home, with the highest concentrations located in Nevada and Florida.

'Spanish was the top non-English language spoken at home in the country overall and in the 15 fastest-growing states with one exception: Alaska, where Eskimo – Aleut and other Native American languages predominated,' the report found.

The Washington, DC-based think tank also noted in their study that the number of foreign-born US citizens is at its highest level ever, with approximately 44 million immigrants calling America home.

The number translates into 13.5 per cent of the population. ...

And while the number of immigrants between 2010 and 2016 increased by nine per cent, the foreign-born population surged 15 percent or more in 15 states: North Dakota, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Indiana, Florida, Nevada.

'Approximately nine million immigrants, or one in every five, reside in these 15 states,' with Mexicans and Cubans dominating the influx followed by those from India and China, the MPI reported. ...

The report also notes that in 2014, 'about 84.2 babies were born per 1,000 immigrant women ages 15 to 44, compared to 58.3 births per 1,000 U.S.-born women in 2014, according to Pew Research Center estimates.'
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Immigration abroad – demographic revolution, USA
'Browning' of the US is a battle Trump has lost
Irish Examiner, 24 July 2018

There is a demographic revolution in America and the president, Donald Trump, seems determined to impede it. Yet all the signs are that he has already lost the battle. ...

Trump has been aware of this demographic revolution for some time and is determined to halt it, political observers say, citing a series of hardline immigration policies. Thousands of immigrants are being deported and others are being barred from entering the country.

Yet it is a battle the president looks to have already lost because, in about two decades, America will no longer be a country of white-majority voters. ...

The US Census projects that, by 2045, whites will comprise 49.9% of the population, in contrast to 24.6% for Hispanics, 13.1% for blacks, 7.8% for Asians, and 3.8% for multi-racial populations. But the figures also suggest political change could come sooner. For those under 18, minorities will outnumber whites in 2020, and for those aged 18-29 – members of the voting-age population – the tipping point will occur in 2027. ...

But while Trump is battling to slow this march to a more diverse America, Democrats should be confronting him and lay out their own vision for this new America, says Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and author of Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. ...

The main driver of diversification is the native-born Hispanic population, which grew by about 5m from 2010 to 2016, just as the native-born white population shrank by about 400,000 over the same period, according to Census Bureau data. ...

"By greatly slashing the number of Hispanic and black African immigrants entering America, [the president's immigration proposals] would reshape the future United States," says Michael Clemens, an economist at the Center for Global Development.

But Trump's moves are too late, Clemens says, because the demographic revolution has already happened and a new, multi-racial America is fast evolving.

"His attempts to make America whiter are doomed to fail, because the demographic revolution is now irreversible," says Clemens.

"The driving force of the browning of America is no longer immigration, but birth and death rates. A majority of babies being born are of colour, and a majority of people dying are white. Whites are already a minority of all children under age five.

"So, if all immigration ceased tomorrow, the country is still inexorably on a path to a new multi-racial reality."
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU offers to pay countries €6,000 per person to take in migrants rescued from Mediterranean
Jon Stone
Independent, 24 July 2018

The European Commission has offered to pay countries €6,000 (£5,346) per person to host migrants in secure centres in their territory, as part of a plan to break the deadlock in Brussels over migration policy.

The EU's executive said on Tuesday it would shoulder the cost of taking in the people crossing the Mediterranean on boats from the bloc's common budget, as well as cover the cost of specialist personnel to process them.

The proposal is the latest in a string of policies designed to resolve the issue, which has leapt up the political agenda in recent months after the election of far-right parties in countries such as Italy and Austria – despite a sharp fall in the number of people trying to travel to Europe.

Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has previously closed Italy's ports to the boats, but the country's government softened its line this week, saying it would temporarily lift the embargo over August while the bloc worked out a new policy. ...

But there was little detail agreed regarding what form the processing centres should take, and some countries, including France, Germany and Italy said they had no intention of hosting them. ...

The current multi-year EU budget is being negotiated by member states, and the commission has already proposed to set aside billions for a contingency fund to deal with unforeseen costs related to migration.
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Immigration abroad – television media bias, USA
Study: TV's War Against Trump's Immigration Enforcement Agenda
Rich Noyes and Bill D'Agostino
NewsBusters, 24 July 2018

During the 18 months of the Trump presidency, immigration has received more airtime on the three broadcast evening news shows than any other policy topic. ...

... Our methodology considers all explicitly evaluative statements (excluding neutral comments) from reporters, anchors and non-partisan sources such as experts or ordinary citizens. This ensures that we are measuring the editorial choices made by the news organizations, apart from the back-and-forth of partisan politics.

Using this measure, 92% of the evaluative comments about Trump's immigration policies have been critical, vs. a mere eight percent that have been supportive. ...

The negative tone is a consequence of journalists' decision to frame nearly all of their coverage around the plight of those adversely affected by the administration's enforcement program, rather than those harmed by illegal immigration or those who support enforcing existing law. We tallied each individual soundbite in these immigration stories, and found a heavy preference for the personal anecdotes of those seen as victims of the Trump policies: illegal immigrants and their families, or banned travelers and their families.

Those groups, along with their lawyers, accounted for 478 of the 1,087 soundbites from non-partisan sources aired on these newscasts, or nearly 44% of the total. An additional 163 soundbites came from protesters opposed to the administration's immigration policies (individuals or plainly understandable chants), plus 85 soundbites from activists associated with liberal groups.

On the other side, these newscasts aired 83 soundbites from law enforcement, 13 soundbites from U.S. citizens identified as border residents (three of whom were opposed to Trump's policies), and five soundbites from friends and family members of those who died because of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. There were only four soundbites from activists associated with groups committed to enforcement of immigration laws.
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Immigration abroad – child marriage, multiculturalism, Sweden
Sweden struggles over child marriage
Nathalie Rothschild
Politico, 23 July 2018

Although Sweden is known for its commitment to child welfare, it is failing to extend those same protections to its immigrant population, activists and lawmakers say. Opponents accuse the government of being overly cautious in order to avoid being seen as culturally insensitive. ...

Still, marriages between underaged partners are recognized – and not annulled – if carried out abroad. The government has come under pressure to close that legal loophole and invalidate all marriages that involve minors. ...

"People see young girls as their sons' tickets to Europe," said Zubeyde Demirörs, a 45-year-old social worker who runs a shelter for victims of honor-based violence and oppression. ...

When it comes to forced marriage, the summer is the worst period of the year, said Demirörs.

"This time of year my phone just doesn't stop ringing. May, June, July – that's when many girls are taken back to their parents' home countries, mostly to rural parts of the Middle East and Africa."
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Immigration abroad – Europe
UN already had plans to replace Europeans with 159 million migrants 18 years ago
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 23 July 2018

In a report dated 2000, the UN stated that 159 million migrants should come to Europe as a replacement for ageing Europeans. ...

It was made by so called "experts", claiming to have the solution for a rapidly ageing European population; replace Europe's indigenous population with migrants.

"Experts" in the United Nations report, titled "Replacement Migration: a solution to an ageing population decline", state that the EU countries should welcome 159 million migrant workers by 2025.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Revealed: The top 10 immigrant groups moving to Australia permanently - with one nationality entering the country at a rate of 50 people a day, and most buying property
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 19 July 2018

More immigrants settling permanently in Australia since the turn of the millennium were born in India than anywhere else, and a majority have bought their own homes.

New Census data has revealed almost 300,000 permanent migrants arrived from India between 2000 and 2016, making them the largest overseas-born group.

A total of 291,916 permanent migrants born in India who arrived between 2000 and 2016 were living in Australia as of Census night, followed by 247,202 from China.

Permanent migrants from England made up the next largest group at 221,187, the majority of whom had become Australian citizens.

Those born in the Philippines were next, numbering 116,992, then came South Africa, with 91,579, and Vietnam on 54,523.

The data released on Wednesday revealed most of the 1,910,711 arrivals since 2000 either owned their own homes outright or owned them with a mortgage. ...

Most Indian migrants - a total of 234,395 - were on skilled visas, followed by 56,402 on family visas and 1,097 on humanitarian visas.

Among the top ten countries, permanent immigrants from Vietnam had the highest proportion of people on family visas.

Iraq had the highest number of migrants in the humanitarian visa stream - 37,751 out of a total of 45,816.
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Immigration abroad – national identity, Israel
Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill
BBC, 19 July 2018

Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law characterising the country as principally a Jewish state, fuelling anger among its Arab minority.

The "nation state" law says Jews have a unique right to national self-determination there and puts Hebrew above Arabic as the official language. ...

Called The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People, the legislation essentially defines Israel first and foremost as a Jewish state.

Among its 11 provisions, it describes Israel as "the national home of the Jewish people" and says the right to exercise national self-determination there is "unique to the Jewish people". ...

Israel has no constitution but instead passed over time a series of Basic Laws which have constitutional status. The nation state law is the 14th such basic law. ...

Israeli Arabs, many of whom identify as or with Palestinians, comprise about 20% of the country's nine million-strong population.

They have equal rights under the law but have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens and say they face discrimination and worse provision than Israeli Jews when it comes to services such as education, health and housing.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary
Hungary's Orban tells Israel that Jews in his country can feel safe
Jeffrey Heller
Reuters, 19 July 2018

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a nationalist whose policies have raised concerns among Jews in his country, said on a visit to Israel on Thursday they should feel safe under his government.

Paying a reciprocal visit to Israel a year after hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Budapest, Orban reaffirmed that Hungary would show "zero tolerance" for anti-Semitism.

"All of the Jewish citizens in Hungary are under the protection of the government," Orban said, according to a Hebrew translation of his remarks to reporters in Hungarian at the start of talks with the right-wing Israeli leader.

"We are proud that in Hungary, self-identifying Jews, who celebrate and preserve Jewish tradition can feel safe." ...

But greeting Orban on Thursday, Netanyahu called him "a true friend of Israel".
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Immigration abroad – USA
Government says parents of nearly HALF of kids younger than 5 taken at the border can't have them back because they're child abusers, kidnappers and murderers – and others aren't actually parents
David Martosko
Daily Mail, 13 July 2018

The Trump administration said Thursday that nearly half of the children ages 5 and under who were separated from grown-ups at the U.S. border can't be reunited with their parents, mostly because many of the adults are violent criminals – and some lied about being the minors' parents.

President Donald Trump had claimed Tuesday that illegal immigrants and human traffickers were 'using children' to manipulate America's immigration system and make it easier for adults to enter the U.S. without papers and remain there.

Of the 103 minors in the youngest age group, the administration has reunited 57 with parents, but the other 46 are 'ineligible,' the Justice and Homeland Security Departments reported.

Eleven of the adults have 'serious criminal histor[ies],' the agencies announced, including charges or convictions for child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, domestic violence and narcotics-related crime.
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Immigration abroad – United Nations
UN countries agree on pact to manage mass global migration
Ellen Wulfhorst
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 13 July 2018

The United Nations agreed on Friday on wide-ranging ways to cope with the millions of migrants moving from country to country, overcoming "mistrust" and "difficult" issues to draw up the first-ever migration pact, officials said.

The non-binding agreement, approved by all 193 member nations except the United States that pulled out last year, aims to make migration safe and orderly amid issues of national sovereignty and international cooperation, U.N. officials said. ...

The official Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration addresses why people migrate, how to protect them, how to integrate them into new countries, means of returning them home and other issues. ...

Formal adoption is set for December in Morocco.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Africans, Australia
THREE MORE BRUTAL CRIMES BY AFRICAN GANGS
Andrew Bolt
Herald Sun, 12 July 2018

ABC reporters such as Andy Park savaged Channel 7 for reporting this week on African crime in Melbourne. ...

There are actually at least three important reasons for mentioning race in these crimes, despite the clear risk of making some African Australians feel under suspicion and collectively tainted.

• We can't pretend - as police once did - that there is not a very big crime problem in this specific group. In fact, police statistics last year showed the Sudanese-born, for instance, are an astonishing 128 times more likely than other Victorians to commit violent robberies and 68 times more likely to stage home invasions. What we don't describe will not get addressed.

• We can't pretend - as many politicians keep doing - that importing refugee groups from tribal war-torn Third World areas and from cultures very different to ours does not put Australians here in danger. It is just not fair to those who then become victims of crime.

• We need descriptors to help catch perpetrators.

Then there is this: the now-notorious reluctance of police and many media outlets to describe perpetrators, especially in violent robberies and home invasions, causes many Victorians to lose faith in both. Worse, it leads to people suspecting that every violent crime where the perpetrators aren't described was committed by Africans, when many are not.

But bottom line: the reason some people don't want racial descriptors use is because they don't want you to know there is a very real and alarming problem with some communities we let in. You might draw an obvious conclusion.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
The Immigration Scandal No One Is Talking About
Mark Metcalf
Daily Signal, 12 July 2018

Among the least talked about scandals in Washington is how immigration officials spent decades misleading Congress about the number of migrants evading court. I discussed that scandal at length in my last article.

In advancing this decadeslong effort, no accounting trick and no false narrative was out of bounds. Never in any year did these officials tell the real story of a court system in crisis. Brave rhetoric and bleached numbers consistently camouflaged the courts' disarray. ...

... While nearly a million people ran from court over the last 22 years – meaning 37 percent of all those free pending trial failed to appear for their hearings – no alarm was sounded by those in charge. ...

But gaming failures to appear in court was just one dynamic that officials suppressed to the point of dishonesty. Others, like unexecuted deportation orders, received scant official mention, but got out anyway.

"All should be troubled," wrote immigration appeals Judge Edward Grant in 2006, "by the fact that only a small fraction of final orders of deportation ... are actually executed."

Records confirm this. Of the 1,254,152 aliens who were ordered deported from 1996 through 2016, 76 percent of them – 953,506 to be exact – remained in the U.S. They not only remained, but grew.

From a total of 557,762 unexecuted removal orders in 2008 were added 395,744 through August 2016 – a 71 percent increase in less than eight years. ...

None of this is new – yet nothing has been done. Failures to appear in court have predicated evasion of removal orders for years and are chronic symptoms of an immigration system turned upside down.

A 1989 Government Accountability Office audit on immigration courts foreshadowed today's extremes. It concluded that "aliens have nothing to lose by failing to appear for hearings" and noted that over the preceding 30 years illegal entry into the United States increased by 2,200 percent – from 45,000 in 1959 to 1.2 million in 1989 – and, as illegal entry grew, so did failures to appear in court.
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Immigration abroad – France
MACRON CRISIS: Shock poll reveals two-third of citizens believe 'FRANCE IN DECLINE'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 11 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron's reign in France continues to lurch from crisis to crisis after a new poll revealed two-thirds of citizens believe the country is "in decline". ...

The annual survey on "French divisions" by pollster Ipsos Sopra-Steria for the daily Le Monde showed that 53 per cent of French people think that their country's European Union membership is "a good thing," compared to 31 per cent who think it's "a bad thing". ...

Some 63 per cent of those interviewed told pollsters they "disapproved" of the EU's immigration and asylum rules.

The poll also showed that two-thirds of French people think there are "too many immigrants living in France," while 62 per cent said that most immigrants "showed no interest in integrating into French society". ...

Some 70 per cent of those polled said France was a country "in decline," while 24 per cent said this decline was "irreversible".

The annual Ipsos Sopra-Steria poll of 998 French people aged 18 and over was carried out online between June 27 and July 2.
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Immigration abroad – children, USA
Judicial Watch: New HHS Documents Reveal that 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed During Obama Years Included Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers, and Human Traffickers
Judicial Watch, 10 July 2018

Judicial Watch today released 224 pages of documents containing nearly 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports (SIRs) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that "Unaccompanied Alien Children" (UAC) processed during the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers.

The documents, from the HHS Administration for Children and Families reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), are for the approximate six-month period May to November 2014. They were produced to Judicial Watch after a three-year delay in response to a November 12, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking: ...

The resulting documents show that, in fiscal year 2014, there were 24,680 Significant Incident Reports filed with Office of Refugee Resettlement. ...

Judicial Watch began investigating this matter in 2014 when a wave of "Unaccompanied Alien Children" swamped the southwest border. At that time, the controversial HHS contract with Baptist Children and Family Services to provide shelter to children at two military facilities came to light. Through that investigation, Judicial Watch learned that BCFS was providing consumer electronics as "essential" items to the children. Since that time, Judicial Watch has been investigating incidents of violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other criminal activities, as well as whether innocent children were being abused while in U.S. shelters.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Spain emerges as EU's new weak link for Africa migration
Sonya Dowsett, Ahmed Eljechtimi and Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 7 July 2018

Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa, an influx that European Union officials fear could exacerbate political tensions across the region over migration.

Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Spain in the first five months of this year, almost as many as arrived there in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.

The surge has intensified in recent weeks as Italy's new government shut its ports to most asylum-seekers, rescue officials say.

With the EU struggling to contain dissent over migration policy, some officials in Brussels say they worry that Spain could become a new flash-point, even as overall numbers of arrivals into Europe from Africa are in sharp decline.

"We must not let it blow up," an EU diplomat said.

He said the Morocco-Spain route had been kept under control for years. "It's not dramatic for now, but we are keeping an eye on this one." ...

The asylum-seekers are arriving in mostly inflatable boats each week, often without enough fuel for the crossing, straining Spain's coastguard. ...

People-smugglers in Morocco use a rights activist to contact the coastguard, advising it when boats set off for Spain, said coastguard official Oriol Estrada.

"The people traffickers know that the lifeguards are going to come for them," said Estrada, whose vessel has rescued around 1,200 people so far this year, more than 80 percent of its total for 2017." They call to say that a certain boat has left such-and-such a coast at a certain time with however many people. They even give the names of those aboard."

A similar situation developed off Libya before Rome's recent crackdown, prompting Italy's ruling League party to accuse rescue ships of running a "taxi service". ...

A Spanish government spokesman told Reuters the arrivals trend started more than a year ago and was not a result of any one factor. He added Spain is pushing for policy in Europe to be harmonised, however.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Paris, France
Illegal migrants in Paris suburb soar to 400,000 as hundreds of migrant children sleep on streets
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018

Illegal immigrants, now estimated to make up a fifth of the population of Seine-Saint-Denis, north-east of Paris, are severely straining public services and creating social tensions, according to a parliamentary report.

Seine-Saint-Denis has long been the French department with the highest proportion of immigrants, but the report warns that the number of illegal migrants may have risen as high as 400,000. ...

Police, schools, courts and other public services are struggling to cope, while the presence of undocumented foreign nationals is blocking the implementation of effective policies by the authorities, argue the two MPs who wrote the report.

Rodrigue Koukouendo, from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, and François Cornut-Gentille from the centre-Right Republicans, are urging the government to review France's ban on gathering data on the ethnic makeup of the population so that immigrant numbers can be better monitored and regulated.

"To identify urban phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic statistics is raised," the report says.

French law prohibits the collection of data based on race, ethnicity or religion, a rule intended to guarantee equal treatment, but critics argue that it is outdated and leaves minorities vulnerable.

The report argues that urgent plans must be made to combat poverty, high unemployment, the emergence of a parallel economy in some areas, and trafficking of people and drugs which it says have taken over some districts. ...

Campaigners also claim that hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children are being left to sleep on the streets of Paris because of flawed age assessment procedures.

Last year France's child welfare system took more than 25,000 underage migrants into care, but Human Rights Watch argues that under-18s are often wrongly classified as adults.

An estimated 550 migrants arrive in Paris each week.

Most cross the border from Italy, where there are no systematic border checks under the Schengen agreement.
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Immigration abroad – Africans, European Union
Macron says migrant centres will only work if African nations take lead as EU immigration crisis deepens
David Chazan, Justin Huggler and Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron acknowledged on Wednesday that EU plans to open migrant processing centres in North Africa can only work if the host countries lead the process.

Speaking to the BBC during a visit to Nigeria, the French president said many African countries were concerned that such centres would act as a magnet for greater numbers of migrants.

No African country has so far agreed to host the centres, planned as part of a compromise deal on the migration crisis during a tense EU summit earlier this month.

Mr Macron said the idea "can fly, just if some African countries decide to organise it." Mr Macron said migration would pose problems for Europe for decades because of unplanned population growth in African countries.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, Italy
Salvini's anti-migrant pledge 'practically impossible' to fulfil
Angela Giuffrida
The Guardian, 5 July 2018

... Matteo Salvini ...

... But one legally complex and hugely expensive election promise – to "send home" 500,000 illegal immigrants already in Italy – may not be so easy to keep. ...

The first anomaly in Salvini's rhetoric is the figure of 500,000.

"There is no credible statistic on the number of people in the country at this time without a valid residency permit," said Christopher Hein, a professor of law and immigration policies at Luiss University in Rome. ...

Hein said that a vague indicator of how many illegal immigrants might be in Italy could be gleaned from data on the numbers who had requested asylum. About 130,000 applied in 2017, with about 50,000 being turned down.

However, many of those who are rejected gain protection after appealing through the courts.

Italy's deportation procedure is messy, costly and for the most part unworkable. When an illegal immigrant receives a deportation order, they are first given the choice to return home voluntarily, a procedure that is usually organised by NGOs. But few use this option, with just 1,500 expected to take it up in 2018.

If they do not go home voluntarily, they are given a deadline to leave the country: failing to do so is a criminal offence. At this stage, it is also up to the immigrant to obtain travel documents and fund their journey home.

For immigrants detained in one of the five centres for identification and expulsion (CIE), then it is up to Italian authorities to obtain travel documents from the countries of origin – an often insurmountable challenge given that the relevant authorities in their home countries often do not exist or function in an efficient way or do not want their citizens back – and fund their return.

Italy has bilateral deportation agreements with only Nigeria, Tunisia, the Gambia, Sudan and Egypt. It is against EU law to return people to countries at war or where they could be subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhumane conditions. ...

Last year, 31,624 undocumented foreigners were detected in Italy, of which 6,514 were repatriated, according to interior ministry figures.

"Failure to cooperate with the country of origin means that it is impossible to repatriate an irregular migrant, unless the latter is in possession of a valid identity document," the ministry said.

A person can only be held in a CIE for 90 days, although in some cases stays last a year or more, with conditions regularly criticised as inhumane. If Italy fails to deport someone, then they are released with an order to leave the country of their own accord within a week. But the majority simply disappear. ...

The other main impediment to Salvini's plan is the massive expense. On top of the cost of identification, detention, legal hearings and flights, each deported migrant has to be escorted to a plane by two police officers at a cost of about €3,000 (£2,650). The total repatriation cost for one person is estimated to be between €6,000 and €15,000. ...

Salvini said he would use money currently spent on hosting asylum seekers to pay for mass deportations. He told voters that the previous administration's reception policy cost €50bn.
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Immigration abroad – South Korea
Half a million South Koreans sign petition against immigration policy
Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard, 3 July 2018

Nearly half a million South Koreans have signed a petition against their government's refugee friendly migration policy.

520,000 people have signed a petition asking their government to "put Koreans before refugees" and are seeking to revoke the Yemenis refugee application.

Hank Kim, owner of Core Travel Agency, has posed that people are worried about how immigrants have lived in Europe.

He said: "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."

He added: "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."

There was also a protest in Seoul's City Hall, on Saturday, where people gathered to march against the visa-waiver program.

The protest was staged against the Jeju Provincial Government's (JPG) so-called "friendly" refugee policy, which is believed to allow "fake refugees" to enter the country.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Europe's migration fiasco: Brussels plan to build EU migrant centre descends into farce as leaders queue to say 'not in my back yard'
Mario Ledwith and David Churchill
Daily Mail, 30 June 2018

A Brussels plan to build EU migrant detention centres descended into farce last night as European leaders lined up to refuse to host them.

The proposal was billed as an attempt to alleviate pressure on frontline Mediterranean countries, where the vast majority of migrants arrive.

But French president Emmanuel Macron said he would not host one of the 'controlled centres' and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz mocked the prospect of one being built in his country.

The detention centre proposal was part of a strategy agreed by EU leaders on Thursday night with the aim of ending a brewing immigration row. But key aspects of the plan unravelled within hours of being agreed.

EU diplomats last night poured scorn on the migration deal. One said: 'It has kept everybody happy, but parts of it are an obvious fudge.'

Another said: 'This is a bit of paper that will never become reality. It is a mess and will discredit the EU because it is unworkable and everyone knows it is unworkable.' ...

But in their joint conclusions from the meeting, the EU leaders acknowledged that the camps could create an unwanted 'pull factor' by attracting asylum seekers who could apply there.
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Immigration abroad – murder, Jamaica
Retirees returning to Jamaica face extreme murder risk, say police
Josh Halliday
The Guardian, 30 June 2018

Jamaican expats who retire there after decades in the UK face an "extreme risk" of murder, a former police chief on the Caribbean island has said, as official figures revealed that at least 85 Britons, Americans and Canadians have been killed in the country since 2012.

Senior police figures told the Guardian that returning residents were seen as soft targets by criminals and needed much more protection following the murders of three British retirees on the island in as many months. ...

Percival Latouche, the president of the Jamaica association for the resettlement of returning residents, said he had counted more than 200 British, American and Canadian expats murdered in the country since 2000 and had attended 165 funerals in that time. ...

Jamaica experiences twice as many murders in an average year than Britain, even though the UK has a population 20 times higher. Last year the country recorded 1,616 murders, the highest in six years and equivalent to 31 a week, as the homicide rate rocketed by 20% in just 12 months. So far in 2018 there have been more than 600 killings, mainly linked to gang activity, yet only 44% of homicides result in arrests.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Papering over cracks, EU leaders claim summit victory on migration
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 29 June 2018

European Union leaders on Friday claimed success in reaching a hard-fought agreement to control immigration but it faced instant criticism as vague, hard to implement and a potential threat to human rights.

Irregular migration has fallen steeply since 2015, when more than a million people entered the EU, but polls show it is still a top concern of the EU's 500 million citizens. ...

They agreed to tighten further the EU's external borders and spend more money on projects in Africa intended to deter migration. But the wording of their joint statement was highly convoluted - a result of their diverging priorities. ...

The chairman of EU summits since 2014, Donald Tusk, said it was one of the most difficult rounds of talks of his career.

"It is far too early to talk about a success. We have managed to reach an agreement," Tusk told a news conference. "But this is in fact the easiest part of the task, compared to what awaits us on the ground, when we start implementing it." ...

The summit agreed any relocation of people across the bloc would only be voluntary, a welcome breakthrough for the easterners. Some diplomats said the compromise made the migration agreement contradictory and weak. ...

At the summit, EU leaders agreed to look into setting up sites around the Mediterranean - both inside and outside the EU - to handle asylum claims and send back those whose requests fail.

EU officials insist such places would not amount to "camps".
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Immigration abroad – Malta
Malta says it will allow no more migrant rescue boats to dock
Reuters, 29 June 2018

Malta said on Thursday it would allow no more migrant rescue boats run by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to enter its ports, as a European Union summit meeting began in Brussels with immigration top of the agenda.

On Wednesday Malta let the charity ship Lifeline dock in Valletta with 230 migrants on board, after it was stuck at sea for almost a week after Italy closed its ports to NGO rescue vessels.

However, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the gesture was a one-time "ad-hoc" resolution to the crisis.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Immigrants' residential choices and their consequences
Christoph Albert and Joan Monras
Vox, 29 June 2018

There are fundamentally two views on where immigrants decide to live within host countries. On the one hand, it is well understood that immigrants tend to settle in cities or regions that are thriving. One reading of this evidence is that immigrants may be particularly important for 'greasing the wheels' of the labour market and for arbitraging away labour market opportunities across locations (e.g. Borjas 2001, Cadena and Kovak 2016). At the same time, this has also been the most important concern when trying to estimate the effect of immigration on labour market outcomes (e.g. Altonji and Card 1991, Borjas et al. 1997, Monras 2015). If the primary motive for immigrants choosing particular cities or regions is that they are thriving economically, this likely creates a spurious correlation between labour market outcomes and immigrant settlement patterns.

On the other hand, many authors have noticed that immigrants tend to move to where previous immigrants have settled. Immigrant networks are recognised as key for the migration experience (Munshi 2003). Former immigrants likely help newer ones both in migrating and in finding jobs and suitable neighbourhoods for their new life in the host country.

In recent research, we provide a new look at immigrant location choices that, as we argue, has profound implications on how we think about the consequences of immigration for host economies (Albert and Monras 2018). Immigrants tend to spend large fractions of their income in their home country. Many send remittances to their families, plan on returning home (at least eventually), or simply spend their leisure/vacation time with their families and old friends. This means that they care not only about the prices of the city or location where they live, but also about the prices in their home countries. We argue that this affects immigrants' residential choices, which, in turn, has important consequences for the distribution of economic activity across locations.
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Immigration abroad – Toronto, Canada
Toronto cannot take any more asylum seekers, mayor warns
Guardian / Reuters, 27 June 2018

Canada's biggest city is unable to accommodate any more asylum seekers, Toronto's mayor has warned, after temporary resettlements used to house them reached near full capacity.

"We have exhausted our available sites, our resources and our personnel," Mayor John Tory said on Tuesday, as he sought help from provincial and federal governments to resettle new arrivals.

This comes after Toronto activated an emergency contingency plan in May to shelter refugee claimants as it was bracing for an influx of migrants over the summer. ...

Toronto is currently housing more than 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers in city hotels and college dormitories, Tory said. ...

The mayor stressed Toronto's long history of welcoming newcomers and the city's support of the Canadian government's policies regarding refugees and asylum seekers.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Border surge: The number of people in families crossing the southern U.S. border rose 435% year on year, while crossings are up 11% overall
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 27 June 2018

The number of families crossing the southern U.S. border more than quadrupled in May compared to the same month one year prior - and the number of unaccompanied migrant children more than tripled in the same period, according to federal data. ...

Overall, 339,987 migrants entered the U.S. via the southern border through May of fiscal year 2018 – a nearly 11 percent increase compared to the same period in fiscal year 2017 when 306,793 migrants entered the country. ...

Nearly three quarters (74 percent) crossed illegally between official border crossings, a slight uptick in the ratio, compared to 73 percent during the same period the year before.
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Immigration abroad – politics, violence, Sweden
Sweden's far-right eyes election gains as gang violence rises
Simon Johnson and Johan Ahlander
Yahoo News / Reuters, 26 June 2018

A surge in gang violence has stirred anti-immigration sentiment before an election in Sweden, putting a far-right party on course for big gains in one of Europe's most liberal countries.

Dozens of people have been killed in the past two years in attacks in the capital Stockholm and other big cities by gangs that are mostly from run-down suburbs dominated by immigrants. ...

Opinion polls put the Sweden Democrats on about 20 percent support, up from the 13 percent of votes they secured in the 2014 election and the 5.7 percent which saw them enter parliament for the first time in 2010.

The Sweden Democrats' rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.
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Immigration abroad – European Union, Hungary
'It's a GAME CHANGER': Hungarian foreign minister COMMENDS Italy's EU migrant backlash
Joe Gamp
Daily Express, 26 June 2018

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has defended his country's tough stance on immigration and lent his support to Italy's new eurosceptic government after it unveiled its own hardened position.

Speaking at Chatham House in London, Mr Szijjarto said his country "looks at migration as an issue with a huge security component". ...

Speaking frankly and openly, Mr Szijjarto told Chatham House how Hungary – part of the Visegrad four comprising of Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland – wishes to move in the opposite direction of Emmanuel Macron's pro-union France.

On Sunday, Mr Macron vowed to punish EU member states with fines if they refuse to open their floodgates to a surge of migrants. ...

And Mr Sziijjarto, referring to the recent furore created by Italy, told how Hungary is opposed to the EU's lax immigration policy, saying: "There are countries that act that migration is the best answer regarding a better market.

"We respect that. But please, don't put that on us. We don't think the same in Hungary." ...

"Sometimes, someone has to answer the question: how was it possible to let one million come to the European Union without knowing who they are, without knowing their plans, without knowing their affiliations that could threaten Europe?"
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Immigration abroad – welfare state, taxes, Sweden
Now Even Swedes Are Questioning the Welfare State
Amanda Billner, Rafaela Lindeberg and Niklas Magnusson
Bloomberg, 26 June 2018

Paying some of the world's highest income-tax rates has been the cornerstone of Scandinavia's social contract, with the political consensus in Sweden to save money for when the economy is less healthy. Yet the country is showing strains all too familiar in other parts of Europe with nationalists gaining support and Swedes increasingly questioning the sustainability of their fabled cradle-to-grave welfare system.

Resentment has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years, many from war-ravaged countries like Afghanistan and Syria, a huge number for a country of 10 million people.

There are also soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity. The number of people waiting longer than 90 days for an operation or specialist treatment has tripled over the past four years.

"The Swedish social contract needs to be reformed," a dozen entrepreneurs including Nordea Bank AB Chairman Bjorn Wahlroos and Kreab Founder Peje Emilsson wrote in an op-ed in the Dagens Industri newspaper on May 31. "Despite high taxes, politics isn't delivering its part of the contract in important areas. We get poor value for money." ...

Sweden provides heavily subsidized health care, free education and more than a year of paid parental leave. If people get sick or lose their jobs, the premium they have paid into the welfare system via their taxes is returned in benefits. ...

The total tax burden in Sweden rose to 44.1 percent of gross domestic product in 2016, from 42.6 percent at the end of the previous government's tenure in 2014. That's the fifth-highest level among 35 OECD countries.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Lifeline: Spain refuses docking to migrant rescue boat as bad weather looms
Deutsche Welle, 25 June 2018

Spanish Economic Development Minister Jose Luis Abalos said on Monday that his country would not offer docking to a NGO boat carrying some 230 migrants rescued at sea, saying Spain could not "become the sea rescue organization for all of Europe."

His remarks come after the boat, operated by German NGO Mission Lifeline, was turned away by both Italy and Malta, with German lawmakers who have visited the stranded vessel speaking of worsening conditions on board and a possible humanitarian emergency as weather conditions deteriorate. ...

In his comments to Cadena Ser radio, Abalos said Spain could not "take on this responsibility alone."

He said Spain's acceptance of the Aquarius had aimed to draw attention to the problem of rescued migrants, but that a political solution was now needed.
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Immigration abroad – politics, USA
Respecting borders doesn't make you a Nazi
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 25 June 2018

The truth is that attempting to illegally break into a country was once seen as a serious matter until the Leftists thought it was time for open borders. When the American electorate made it clear by electing Trump that they were not on board for all of South America to enter the United States, he implemented a policy that all democratic governments implement against their own citizens when they break the law – he prosecuted them. This is called the rule of law and it is pretty important.

If an adult enters the criminal justice system they are separated from their children. Trump has now said that families will be kept together while the adults are prosecuted but this is limited to 20 days by the decision of the Ninth Circuit. You see the impasse here – keeping families together is unconstitutional and separating them is inhumane. It is not clear what will now happen after the 20-day limit. You see what a mess the Americans are in? ..

... We should not be calling voters who want national borders Nazis. We should not be calling voters who want controlled immigration racists. It is not acceptable to call people or politicians who disagree with you on immigration policy a racist and/or a Nazi.

Media outlets using fake news to demonise law-abiding citizens who believe parents taking their children on dangerous journeys to illegally enter America (when they can claim asylum at a legal point of entry) is disgusting and anti-democratic.

And the extreme Leftists who want open-border anarchy, who literally want no laws to apply to those entering countries illegally, are playing a dangerous game. They are encouraging people-trafficking, child traffic and child rape, destroying their own country, betraying their fellow citizens and feeding nationalist extremism.
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Immigration abroad – Republic of Ireland
Ireland to take more refugees in show of 'solidarity'
Shona Murray
Irish Independent, 23 June 2018

Ireland is willing to do more on migration including taking more refugees and giving financial support, said the Taoiseach.

Speaking ahead of next week's June summit where the migration issue could trigger a major political earthquake in Germany and across the EU, the Taoiseach committed Ireland to giving more as a way of repaying the solidarity Ireland has received over Brexit. ...

Mr Vardakar defended immigration, saying: "On balance migration is a good thing; Europe needs migration.

"We've a shortage of skilled labour to staff our economy and run our health service. It enriches our cultures and societies."

But, he said, "it does need to be managed; it can't be uncontrolled and the fact that it has been uncontrolled has given rise to far-right and nationalist/populist forces across Europe and that has to be a bad thing".
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Immigration abroad – USA
Migrant families separation poster girl not taken from mum
BBC, 22 June 2018

A little girl who became the public face of US migrant family separations was not taken away from her mother at the US border, says her father.

A photograph of the Honduran toddler sobbing in a pink jacket was snapped at the scene of a border detention.

Time magazine has used the image for its latest cover, depicting President Donald Trump looming over the girl with the caption: "Welcome to America".

But thousands of other child migrants have been taken from parents in the US. ...

The photo helped secure $17m (£13m) in donations from hundreds of thousands of people on a Facebook fundraiser for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a Texas-based non-profit organisation. ...

Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez verified Mr Valera's version of events to Reuters. ...

Mr Valera said Ms Sanchez and their daughter had left the Honduran city of Puerto Cortes without telling him or the couple's three other children.

He said he believed she went to the US in search of better economic opportunities. ...

He told the Daily Mail he understands Ms Sanchez paid $6,000 to a smuggler to get her across the border.
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Immigration abroad – Spain, France
'Almost half' of rescued Aquarius migrants want asylum in France, NOT Spain
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 20 June 2018

Nearly half of the 630 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean who arrived in Spain at the weekend want to claim asylum in France, Spanish officials said on Monday. ...

France said it would welcome some of the migrants and help Spain deal with asylum applications following criticism of President Emmanuel Macron's initial silence on the plight of the rescue ship.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Majority of Australians say there is TOO MUCH immigration for the first time, study reveals
Brooke Rolfe
Daily Mail Australia, 20 June 2018

For the first time in history the majority of Australians believe there are too many immigrants entering the country, according to social research figures.

Nearly 55 per cent out of 1200 people thought the number of migrants coming to Australia was 'too high', in data collected by Social Research Centre in Melbourne. ...

Debate was recently sparked by New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley who controversially highlighted a 'white flight' trend bought about by migrant families.

He was referring to low-income migrants forcing Anglo families out of affordable housing areas in Sydney's western suburbs. ...

Nearly three quarters of Australians think the government has allowed too much investment from China, up from just 56 per cent in 2014.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
The EU is facing an existential crisis – but it is migration, not Brexit, that will be its undoing
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2018

Alongside sunburnt Brits, they are one of the modern staples at Southern Europe's popular tourist spots: Arab and African men selling tourist tat. These men (and occasional woman) come from many places. ...

If they can raise enough cash and get a spot on a boat crossing the Mediterranean, their odds of getting to Europe are high – 98 per cent make it. That is why people keep trying. ...

The migration surge has been fuelled by technology and growing wealth, which have for the first time brought the means to flee conflict and migrate economically within the reach of millions. The EU hasn't created this situation, but with its migration policies, it has removed from national governments the means to address it and, with its legal structure, it has neutered Brussels' ability to step in instead, since national politicians can't agree on an approach. And the more pro-EU politicians try to collectivise policy, the more they fan the flames of populist revolt. ...

... What's not clear is whether national governments will have any more success than Brussels in slowing the demographic tide.
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Immigration abroad – Belgium, European Union
Belgian minister: Europe needs Australian approach to migration
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli
Politico, 17 June 2018

Belgium's right-wing immigration minister, Theo Francken, has suggested Europe should follow Australia's example and only accept asylum claims via the United Nations.

"Aren't there any safe ports in North Africa? Those who come to Europe should lose their right to asylum," Francken, who leads the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), said in an interview with Flemish daily Nieuwsblad published Saturday.

Europe, he added, should only accept refugees who ask for asylum via U.N. camps in conflict zones and send back those who arrive on its shores by boat.

"This illegal migration must stop," Francken told the Flemish daily. ...

Francken – who consistently polls as the most popular politician in Flanders – was one of few European ministers to express support earlier this week for Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decision to close the country's ports to a vessel carrying more than 600 migrants. ...

The Flemish right-wing politician is not alone in calling for a tough response to migration in Europe. Austria's conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has called for an "axis of the willing against illegal migration" between Italy, Germany and his own country, and pledged to make fighting illegal immigration a top priority for Vienna's presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2018.
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Immigration abroad – Italy, European Union
EU elite must tackle traffickers to end migrant crisis
Bill Carmichael
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2018

When the German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw open Europe's borders to over a million migrants three years ago – without a single security check – she didn't consult with all of her EU counterparts, even though her decision would have disastrous consequences throughout the continent.

It was a classic example of the European political elite taking decisions without the slightest regard for the thoughts, feelings or welfare of the 500 million people they are supposed to represent. ...

But despite blame for the crisis being firmly laid at Merkel's door, Germany did not suffer the worst of it. The impacts on countries closer to the migrant routes to northern Europe, for example Greece and Italy, were far more serious.

For example, since 2013 an estimated 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy by NGO 'rescue ships' and EU vessels. This placed huge pressure on a country already racked by high levels of debt, stagnant growth, and high unemployment, particularly amongst the young.

But Italy's desperate pleas for help from the EU fell on deaf ears. ...

When politicians stop listening to voters, we shouldn't be surprised when the people vote for someone who will.

The hypocrisy of the French President is staggering. As Salvini pointed out, the French agreed to accept 9,816 migrants to relieve the pressure on Italy as part of a 2015 EU redistribution scheme. So far in three years they have accepted just 640.

Salvini also argues that migration across the Mediterranean is part of a huge moneymaking racket run by ruthless people-smuggling gangs operating out of Libya. The NGO and charity ships are simply operating a naval taxi service by picking up these paying customers a few miles off the Libyan coast and transporting them to Italy. ...

The charities tell us the people on the board the ship are "desperate", but not so desperate that they would seek refuge in the nearest safe port – in Tunisia. They have paid hard cash to get into Europe and they expect to get what they paid for.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Macron and Italian PM Conte back EU 'asylum centres' in African nations
BBC, 15 June 2018

Italy and France have jointly expressed support for EU "asylum centres" to be set up in countries where many migrants begin their journeys to Europe.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron met in Paris after a days-long row over the fate of the rescue ship Aquarius. ...

Mr Conte and Mr Macron have now agreed the current system must be reformed.

Mr Macron proposed building migration centres in countries of departure, including Libya, from which many people attempt a dangerous sea crossing to Europe - an idea he has raised in the past.

He said many of those attempting the journey had "no possibility of obtaining asylum in Europe", but die in the attempt - or spend months living in poor conditions only to be sent home.

Processing asylum claims in applicants' home countries could avoid those problems, he said.

Mr Conte, the head of Italy's new populist coalition government, agreed with the plan, calling for widespread reform of the current system.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Angela Merkel's political near-death experience in Bavarian brawl
Matthew Karnitschnig
Politico, 15 June 2018

Merkel's refusal to endorse a plan by her Bavarian interior minister to turn back some refugees at the German border set the stage for a showdown that, barring a last-minute compromise, could bring down her government. ...

The dispute ostensibly revolves around the question of whether Germany should turn back refugees who have applied for asylum in other EU countries. Merkel opposes the policy on the grounds it could hasten the collapse of Europe's system of open frontiers by forcing Germany's neighbors to re-impose border controls.

The root of the dispute has less to do with that narrow question, however, than with Merkel's broader refugee policy, which the CSU has resisted from the beginning. ...

Even as Merkel vowed to stand her ground, the leaders of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) dug in their own heels. ...

Meanwhile about two-thirds of Germans agree with the CSU's position on turning away refugees at the border, according to a separate poll released Thursday.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Germany fires head of scandal-hit asylum agency
Reuters, 15 June 2018

Germany's interior minister has dismissed the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which is mired in a scandal over irregularities in making asylum decisions, a spokesman said on Friday.

The decision by Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU), comes at the height of dispute over immigration that threatens to splinter Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc. ...

BAMF chief Jutta Cordt had come under criticism after an internal review by BAMF of 4,568 asylum rulings had found that the Bremen branch knowingly and regularly disregarded legal regulations and internal rules.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Boat carrying over 900 migrants docks in Italy
MailOnline, 13 June 2018

An Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 900 migrants was allowed to dock in Sicily Wednesday, after Italy controversially turned away a separate foreign vessel with rescued migrants on board.

The Diciotti ship arrived at the port of Catania and the migrants began to disembark, an AFP photographer saw.

They were saved during several rescue operations off the coast of Libya. An official in the Catania coastguard told AFP there were more than 900 migrants.
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Immigration abroad – police, USA
Is There Evidence of Racial Disparity in Police Use of Deadly Force? Analyses of Officer-Involved Fatal Shootings in 2015–2016
Joseph Cesario, David Johnson and William Terrill
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13 June 2018

Abstract

Is there evidence of a Black-White disparity in death by police gunfire in the United States? This is commonly answered by comparing the odds of being fatally shot for Blacks and Whites, with odds benchmarked against each group's population proportion. However, adjusting for population values has questionable assumptions given the context of deadly force decisions. We benchmark 2 years of fatal shooting data on 16 crime rate estimates. When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects. Multiverse analyses showed only one significant anti-Black disparity of 144 possible tests. Exposure to police given crime rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal police shootings for Blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to be conclusive.
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Immigration abroad – Mediterranean, Italy
Italy's Salvini shuts ports to rescue boat carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants
Crispian Balmer
Independent, 11 June 2018

Italy is refusing to let a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600 refugees and migrants to dock at its ports, but has instead asked Malta take them in.

Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, ...

The move by Italy's new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the anti-immigrant League, represents an opening gambit to make good on his electoral promises to halt the flow of migrants into the country.

"Malta takes in nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons," Mr Salvini wrote on Facebook. "From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration." ...

However, Mr Salvini does not have authority over the ports and it was not immediately clear if his line would hold. The mayor of Naples, who has repeatedly clashed with the League leader, said he would welcome in the humanitarian boat. ...

Charity boats operating off the Libyan coast have played an increasingly important role in rescuing migrants who often put to sea in flimsy inflatable boats not designed for the open sea. ...

Mr Salvini has accused the charities of acting as a "taxi service" for the migrants.
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Immigration abroad – Mediterranean, Italy
Matteo Salvini's decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment
Nicholas Farrell
Spectator blog, 11 June 2018

The refusal by Italy's new 'populist' coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to allow an NGO vessel with 629 African migrants on board to dock in Italy is an historic moment. ...

Salvini announced on Sunday that he had refused to allow the NGO vessel – the MV Aquarius operated by SOS Mediterranée and Médecins Sans Frontières and registered in Gibraltar – to dock in Italy. ...

Now Spain's new Socialist government has agreed to allow Aquarius to dock in the port of Valencia. It will be interesting to see how many more migrants Spain is prepared to take in from Libya as the summer migrant season now begins to kick off in earnest. Maritime law stipulates that those rescued at sea should be taken to the nearest safe port which in the case of those rescued off the Libyan coast is either Tunisia, or else Malta. But it never happens.

... And so, since 2013 more than 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy either by NGO rescue ships or EU naval and coastguard vessels. Nearly all are young men from sub-Saharan Africa and so, even according to the UN, few are genuine refugees. But once on terra terma in Italy, fewer still ever get deported. Last year for example Italy deported 6,340.

At any one time, there are 180,000 migrants in Italy's state-financed hostels who have applied for asylum. Their applications take at least two years to process. And if rejected they too just disappear. These hostels cost the Italian taxpayer 5 billion euro a year. ...

All other migrants just disappear. Nearly all want to get out of Italy where there is no work and no welfare – north – to EU countries like Britain, Germany and Sweden where there is. But in 2015 France abandoned Schengen at its frontier with Italy and will not let them through. ...

This is why Salvini is so popular in Italy.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Austria
Austria to close seven mosques and expel dozens of foreign-funded imams amid massive crackdown on 'political Islam'
Erica Doyle Higgins
The Sun, 9 June 2018

Austria's government has said it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on "political Islam" and foreign financing of religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.

The actions by the government are based on a 2015 law that prevents religious communities from getting funding from abroad.

Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said the residence permits of around 40 imams employed by ATIB, a group that oversees Turkish mosques in Austria, are being reviewed because of concerns about such financing. ...

Chancellor Kurz told reporters: "Parallel societies, political Islam and tendencies toward radicalisation have no place in our country."
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Immigration abroad – Germany
A Girl's Killing Shakes Germany's Migration Debate
Katrin Bennhold
New York Times, 8 June 2018

It was a gruesome murder: A 14-year-old girl was raped and strangled, her body buried under brushwood in a secluded area near the railway tracks near her hometown in western Germany.

But the fact that the chief suspect is an Iraqi asylum seeker has turned a terrible crime into political dynamite.

On Friday, the case dominated the German news media and became the latest cudgel for Chancellor Angela Merkel's opponents and, some predicted, a potential turning point in the migration debate in a country where some 10,000 asylum seekers still enter every month. ...

The killing comes on top of a deepening scandal and calls for a full-blown parliamentary investigation over allegations that civil servants may have granted asylum to as many as 1,000 migrants in exchange for money – and that some of those migrants may have been criminals or even terrorism suspects. ...

Rainer Wendt, head of one of Germany's biggest police unions, said the murder was emblematic of something larger.

"People feel that the state has lost control," Mr. Wendt said. "There are thousands of people in the country and we don't know who they are. That is an enormous security risk." ...

Susanna was not the first German teenager to be murdered by an asylum seeker in recent years. In March, an Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering a university student. In January, a 17-year-old high school student was stabbed to death by another Afghan teenager.
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Immigration abroad – politics, Denmark
Social Democrats go it alone in break with allies over immigration
Michael Barrett
The Local [Denmark], 5 June 2018

Denmark's Social Democrats will not seek to form a coalition government with erstwhile ally the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party in the event that the current opposition wins the next general election.

Mette Frederiksen, leader of the Social Democrats, confirmed the change in policy regarding her party's traditional ally on Monday. ...

"I do not wish to be a the forefront of a Denmark that does not have immigration [udlændingepolitikken, ed.] under control," Frederiksen said.

According to Jyllands-Posten's report, Frederiksen sees strict immigration rules and the introduction of further, even stricter laws on migration as more important than any other political issue.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Germany: Corpus Christi procession canceled due to inability to provide safeguards against jihad attacks
Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch, 31 May 2018

Danke, Merkel!

There will be much, much more of this: Europeans curtailing their activities and sacrificing elements of their culture in order to guard against Islamic jihad massacres. ...

Islamic law forbids Christians to make any public display of their faith, including processions. So this cancellation is exactly what Islamic jihadists were hoping for and striving for: the voluntary acceptance of dhimmitude and Sharia by a non-Muslim population.

"Celebration of Corpus Christi: Procession in Bergkamen canceled," ...

... The city two weeks ago surprisingly issued a requirement to set up additional barriers with two guards and truck barriers at key points. "We could not implement that in such a short time," said Pastor Thorsten Neudenberger on Thursday to the German Press Agency...
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Immigration abroad – Hungary
Hungary to penalise NGOs that aid illegal immigrants
Krisztina Than
Reuters, 29 May 2018

Hungary's government will submit a new version of its "Stop Soros" bill to parliament on Tuesday, imposing criminal penalties on groups accused of supporting or financing illegal immigration, a senior government politician said.

The legislation is part of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban government's campaign against Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. financier known for funding liberal causes.
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Immigration abroad – Austria, European Union
Austria's Populist Vice-Chancellor Slams EU Border Agency as 'People-Trafficking Organisation'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 26 May 2018

Austrian vice-chancellor and leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache slammed the European Union border agency Frontex, labelling it a "people-trafficking organisation".

Vice-chancellor Strache, who has been consistently outspoken against mass migration, made the comments following a meeting in Brussels in his role as Austrian Minister for Sport, slamming Frontex and saying the agency was "anything but a border guard", Kronen Zeitung reports. ...

He also argued against the EU's compulsory migrant quota system, which has already been slammed by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, saying migrants would likely just move to the EU country of their choice anyway.

"The problem can only be solved by closing the external borders," Strache insisted. ...

Mr. Strache's comments also come only a year after Frontex themselves had warned about migrant rescue NGOs providing a shuttle service for human trafficking, and alerted the political bloc of the dangers of jihadist extremists entering Europe posing as asylum seekers in 2016.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU: How to Stop Mass-migration from Africa? Bring Everyone to Europe!
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 25 May 2018

"Migration is a priority for all of us here" said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, at the recent Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Marrakesh at the beginning of May. ...

... The Second Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Paris (2008) decided that "organised labour migration ... represents a source of cultural and social enrichment through the human and economic exchanges it generates" and that dialogue should be centered around the following priorities: Organizing legal migration, fighting against illegal migration and focusing on the synergies between migration and development. ...

Then again, Avramopoulos does not consider his job to stop migration. "We cannot and will never be able to stop migration", he wrote in late 2017. "At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly".
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Immigration abroad – France
Will Macron meet his match in Marion Maréchal?
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 23 May 2018

The declaration from the incoming Italian coalition government that they intend to deport half a million illegal immigrants from their shores will send a shiver through the Élysée Palace. How many will wait to be rounded up and repatriated? And how many will flee towards France, adding to the already desperate situation in Paris and Calais?

... Immigration almost certainly equals more Islamic terrorism in the eyes of millions of French, who point to the last seven months and the deadly attacks perpetrated by men of Moroccan, Tunisian and Chechen origin. On Friday, the government announced that an Egyptian had been arrested in Paris on suspicion of plotting a chemical gas attack.
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Immigration abroad – France
France has lost the fight in drug-ridden suburbs, admits Emmanuel Macron
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

France has "lost the fight against drug trafficking" in many suburbs, warned Emmanuel Macron as shocking images of masked gunmen opening fire in Marseille and a brutal daylight murder highlighted the uphill task he faces.

Amateur footage of police clashing with Kalashnikov-wielding gangsters in the southern port city came as Mr Macron unveiled new measures for the country's most deprived districts, many in "banlieues" or suburbs ringing major cities with high unemployment and high-immigrant populations.

Local officials in some of these say they are at loss at how to tackle poverty, drug running and Islamic fundamentalism - many homegrown terrorists have come from such districts - with some mayors making waves in recent months by resigning saying their job had become too tough.

In a much-awaited speech on the "banlieues", Mr Macron expressed "deep concern" about events in Marseille, where masked men in black armed with assault rifles were filmed opening fire on Monday. ...

In another shocking incident, police in the southern city of Pau are investigating the murder of a 32-year-old man in another poverty-ridden, high-immigration area, who was beaten to death by a gang of teenagers. ...

Mr Macron confessed that Islamic radicalism had also "won" in some neighbourhoods and was "in the process of winning" in others.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Italy
As Italy has shown, the euro is a far bigger threat to Europe than Brexit
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2018

Talk to any Italian who is not part of the old parties or the financial elite and they are now incensed beyond measure by uncontrolled migration. As in elections in other parts of Europe and our own referendum, this then affects their attitude to everything else.
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Immigration abroad – Paris, France
Paris migrant camps 'spiralling out of control', Macron accused of 'giving up'
Westmonster, 21 May 2018

A huge row is brewing in Paris over what to do about the soaring number of migrants living on the streets.

According to reports, there are an estimated 3,000 people living in makeshift camps along the banks of the Saint-Denis canal, with at least 80 more arriving every day.

Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo has accused Macron's government of "giving up the city of Paris." ...

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb responded to the accusations by saying Hidalgo, a supporter of mass immigration, was responsible for the "salubrity and cleanliness of public spaces" in the French capital. ...

Earlier this month, organisers of the Grand Paris race announced they would be cancelling the annual event because of thousands of migrants camping out along the route.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Germany sets aside £68bn to fund immigration amid fresh attack on Merkel policy
Simon Osborne
Sunday Express, 20 May 2018

Germany will spend around £68.2bn on migration-related issues over the next four years, according to a leaked document from the country's finance ministry.

The figure includes £27.1bn package of measured aimed at tackling the issues that cause people to leave their homes and make their way to Europe in the first place.

The leaked report, published in Der Spiegel magazine, estimated federal spending of around £61.2bn plus an extra £7bn the federal government agreed to transfer to states and local communities to cover their costs through 2021.

Social payments to migrants in Germany are projected to account for about £18.3bn through 2022, with another 11.3bn to be spent on language courses and other measures promoting better integration.

Processing, registration and accommodation for refugees will cost in the region of £4.5bn, according to the estimate.
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Immigration abroad – Netherlands
Almost 1,400 minor girls abused by mostly migrant pimps in the Netherlands
Voice of Europe, 20 May 2018

An investigation by Dutch newspaper "Algemeen Dagblad" exposes the horrible reality behind the world of young pimps or 'loverboys'. Young men, who are mostly from migrant backgrounds, blackmail and abuse hundreds of minor girls in the Netherlands every single year.

The newspaper contacted social workers, the police and experts on the subject. The newspaper writes that the young pimps are mostly Moroccans, Turks, Antilleans or Romanians. Quickly earning money and power are their main goals. ...

Marijke van Overveld of the Dutch police says: "We are talking about almost 1,400 minor victims yearly." Overveld mentions the process of seducing and blackmailing the girls has shortened from months to two weeks or less.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
78 Per Cent of 9,000 Afghan 'Children' Allowed To Remain in Sweden Are Really Adults
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 May 2018

A proposal to allow some 9,000 young Afghan migrants to stay in Sweden has been controversial among voters, as a new report shows that at least 78 per cent are really adults.

Last month, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his government announced a plan to allow some 9,000 "underage" Afghan migrants to stay in the country after a wave of protest against deportations to Afghanistan.

The issue has remained a highly controversial topic ahead of this year's national election, but now it has been revealed that the vast majority of the migrants were not underage Expressen reports.

The newspaper conducted a study with a portion of the 9,000 migrants and found that none of the men had valid identification documents when they entered Sweden and that a significant number, almost half, had lived in Iran for at least a year before heading to the Scandinavian country.

Additionally, 99.4 per cent of them are male.
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Immigration abroad – border security, illegal immigration, USA
Arizona Border Ranchers Live in Fear as Illegal Immigration Crisis Worsens
Judicial Watch, 17 May 2018

More than half a million illegal immigrants of several dozen nationalities have been apprehended on John Ladd's sprawling cattle ranch in southeastern Arizona. /.../

The property shares a 10½-mile border with Mexico, making it a popular route for human and drug smugglers evading a meager force of Border Patrol agents in the mountainous region. "As big as that number sounds, many more got away," said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd of the hundreds of thousands arrested on Ladd's parcel. ...

A 60-foot wide dirt road, known as a federal easement, separates Ladd's ranch from Mexico. Some portions have an 18-foot iron fence along the border that Ladd says illegal immigrants "easily climb with a pack of dope." Other sections have a laughable wire fence that has been repeatedly penetrated with vehicles speeding through from Mexico. /.../ He estimates that around 70% of the traffic that comes through his ranch is human smuggling and 30% is drug smuggling. /.../ Ladd has traveled to the nation's capital seven times to bring attention to the crisis in Sierra Vista, but Washington bureaucrats have failed to take any action.

Instead, the federal government has placed ineffective or faulty surveillance equipment in the region that smugglers easily evade. /.../ The government spent $1.3 million on the useless equipment and never bothered to study the terrain's impact on the technology.
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Immigration abroad – politics, Islam, France
The French far left's common cause with Islamism
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 14 May 2018

The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who identity more with Islam than the Republic: 'Islamo-Gauchiste', a term coined by the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff, who explained in 2017 that many on the far-left regard jihadism as:



"... a legitimate social revolt... they look at jihadists through a distorting lens of victimhood. This compassionate approach sees Islamic terrorists only as lost children, abandoned or rejected by unwelcoming and hostile countries, victims of 'institutional' or 'systematic' racism".



The symbiosis between the Western far-left and Islamism has been ongoing for decades, and stems from the left's realisation of their failure to win the hearts and minds of the white working-class. In his book 'Radicalisation', the French-Iranian professor, Farhad Khosrokhavar, described how one of the major influences of the 1979 Iranian Revolution was Ali Shariati, who:



"... called for a revolutionary Shia movement, which would realise the dream of Marx and al-Mahdi (the twelfth hidden imam, the Shia Messiah) by mobilising the masses. What secular revolutions had been unable to achieve, revolution in the name of Islam would finally bring about".



Karl Marx once described religion as the "opium of the people" but Islamism is more a political movement than a religion. This enables the far-left to identify with Islamists in the way an earlier generation did with the Red Brigade, Action Directe and the Red Army Faction, because they see it as the best means to overthrow the capitalist West.

A 2014 report stated that 23 per cent of France's 1,132 jihadists fighting in the Middle East were converts, most hailing from a left-wing milieu. "Jihadism is the current format of radicalisation," explained the political scientist Olivier Roy. "In the 1970s they would have been drawn to Maoism or one of the other extreme-left groups".
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Pope Francis wants us to welcome migrants. But we cannot ignore the shocking statistics
Thomas Williams
Catholic Herald, 13 May 2018

An entire "archipelago" of immigrant ghettos has sprung up along the length of the Italian peninsula, home to a significant portion of the hundreds of thousands of mostly African migrants that have streamed into Italy over the last three years.

... But rather than integrating into Italian society, these hundreds of thousands of migrants have congregated in "camps" and neighbourhoods that bear a striking resemblance to the ghettoes that Pope Francis has warned against.

And the dangers of ghettoes are not limited to the very real threat of crime or violence that some migrants pose for citizens. They are also a serious danger for the migrants themselves, who often become victims of exploitation, violence and even slavery.

In their 2016 book, Ghetto Italia, Yvan Sagnet and Leonardo Palmisano documented in horrifying detail the situation in which thousands of ghettoised migrants currently live in Italy, where their most basic human rights are routinely trampled upon and where integration into the native population is not really an option.

Consider the countries they are coming from. Nigeria plays a key role in supplying prostitutes to Italy, often through deceit and threats of violence. Currently, half of the prostitutes working in Italy are Nigerians and roughly 80 per cent of Nigerian women who migrate to Italy wind up in prostitution. From 2014 to 2016, more than 12,000 Nigerian girls and women arrived in Italy; of these, four out of five wound up in prostitution. ...

It is not easy to know where to start, but one thing is for sure: we cannot afford to ignore the grim statistics.
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Immigration abroad – crime, France
East European gang made €1 MILLION a year sending children out to pickpocket tourists in Paris
Peter Allen
MailOnline, 12 May 2018

A Bosnian gang including an embassy official made almost £3 million sending migrant children on to the streets of major French cities including Paris to steal, prosecutors revealed today.

They released details of the scam after charging eight alleged ringleaders with a range of crimes including human trafficking, forging documents, money laundering, bribery and theft.

In a shocking example of the EU's porous borders, the defendants were able to transport the children to France effortlessly, even though none of them had passports. ...

According to evidence shown to the news agency AFP, a former employee of the Bosnian embassy in Paris is among those who have been sentenced after pleading guilty to his part in the scam.

Despite this, none of the newly charged eight have yet been arrested or indicted.

Roma gypsies from countries such as Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria are regularly blamed by the French authorities for carrying out the majority of street crime in Paris.
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Immigration abroad – asylum 'industry', deportation, Germany
The 'asylum industry' debate: who is profiting from the refugee crisis?
The Local [Germany], 11 May 2018

A senior member of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) sparked a heated discussion this week when he claimed that Germany has an "anti-deportation industry." Did he have a point? ...

In an interview with Bild, Alexander Dobrindt, the vocal head of the CSU in the Bundestag, decided to aim his fire at NGOs and lawyers, who he accused of holding up deportations by dragging appeals through the courts for their own profit.

Germany has an "aggressive anti-deportation industry," the goal of which is "to intentionally sabotage the rule of law," Dobrindt said.

He also accused pro-refugee NGOs of supporting appeals by migrants with criminal records and thus "not working for the right to asylum, but rather against societal stability." ...

It is indisputable that having one's asylum request turned down in Germany in no way means that one has to leave the country. At the end of 2016 over half a million people were living in the Bundesrepublik who had been turned down for asylum.

Compared to that number, the deportation figures are tiny. In 2017, some 24,000 migrants were deported, a slight drop on the number for 2016.

There are many reasons for why people are not deported. Illnesses that can't be adequately treated at home, or the home country failing to provide identity papers are just two common reasons why a deportation cannot be carried out. ...

Another reason that people stay after their case has been rejected by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is that they appeal the decision in court. The courts have been overloaded with cases in recent years. By September last year there was a backlog of 283,000 cases.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Belgium
Less than 20% of Flemish see Muslim and Western values as compatible: study
Gabriela Galindo
Politico, 8 May 2018

Only 18 percent of native Flemish Belgians consider Muslim values to be compatible with their way of life, according a survey on integration released Tuesday.

The study – commissioned by Flemish politician Liesbeth Homans, a member of Belgium's largest party, the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), and a Flemish vice minister-president – surveyed close to 4,500 Flemish and Brussels residents with Belgian, Turkish, Moroccan, Polish, Romanian and Congolese backgrounds.
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Immigration abroad – Schengen area, European Union
Italy and Greece Accused of Waving 'Irregular Migrants' Through Borders
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 4 May 2018

Italy and Greece have failed to properly log and register around two-thirds of the irregular, illegal, and asylum seeker migrants pouring over their borders, the Dutch have claimed.

The systematic shortfalls have undermined the European Union's (EU) open borders Schengen system and acted as a massive pull factor, the Netherlands migration minister, Mark Harbers, has said.

In a letter seen by The Times, he questioned the claim of the European Commission that "the registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".

"Ninety-five per cent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen states," he wrote.

"Only one third have been registered previously. This means about two thirds still manage to enter and travel through other member states undetected and unregistered, despite all measures taken to improve registration."

The failure to register such migrants, who go on to claim asylum in other nations, has left the Netherlands unable to follow the EU's Dublin agreement rules and return them to the country via which they first entered Europe.

"The Netherlands ends up granting protection to large numbers of asylum seekers who consciously refuse to apply for protection in the member state of first arrival," Mr. Harbers added.

"Giving asylum seekers this de facto choice of which member state they want to settle in is in itself a pull factor."
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Immigration abroad – Schengen area, European Union
Italy and Greece 'let migrants slip in'
Bruno Waterfield
The Times, 3 May 2018

The Dutch government has accused Italy and Greece of failing to register two thirds of the migrants who arrive on their shores.

The serious shortcomings create a pull factor for illegal immigration, the Netherlands said, and undermine the European Union's border-free Schengen travel zone.

In a letter seen by The Times, Mark Harbers, the Dutch migration minister, challenged the assurances given by the European Commission that "the registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".

He said: "Ninety-five per cent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen states. Only one third have been registered previously. ..."
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Immigration abroad – Africa, Europe
Hungary rejects Euro-African declaration on migration
MailOnline / Afp, 3 May 2018

Hungary on Wednesday refused to sign a declaration recognising the advantages of migration, despite its adoption by more than 50 European and African countries at a Morocco conference.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijarto slammed the declaration for portraying migration as "a phenomenon that is necessarily only good and favourable and which obviously contributes to the global development".

"We think this is a unbalanced approach and we disagree with it," he said. ...

The Morocco declaration called for an "approach based on human rights" and the "protection of migrants in vulnerable situations" as well as efforts to tackle racism and discrimination.

It also covered illegal immigration and ways to help migrants return home, key talking points for European nations which have seen an influx of migrants in recent years.

It was signed by representatives from 27 European and 28 African countries at a conference on migration and development in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. ...

But Hungary's foreign minister said the focus should be "on how to stop illegal migration and not how to encourage it".

"We should not and must not deny that migration has very serious security aspects, it is unacceptable that such an aspect is totally left out from an international document," Szijarto said. ...

Morocco will host a United Nations migration summit in December, aimed at reaching a global accord.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
Illegal immigration surges 230 percent in April on southwest border
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 3 May 2018

Illegal immigration along U.S.-Mexico border surged 230 percent in April compared to last year, according to new numbers released Thursday that experts said expose major loopholes in American immigration law.

Chief among the loopholes is the de facto "catch-and-release" policy that sees most illegal immigrants caught at the border quickly put back out on the streets, with the hope that they'll return to be deported later.

Perhaps 75 percent of all migrants caught by Border Patrol agents are given catch and release, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents line agents. Knowing they'll be released rather than quickly deported has served as an enticement for more illegal immigrants to make the journey, he said. ...

April's numbers continue a months-long trend of worsening illegal immigration.

The Border Patrol says it nabbed 38,234 illegal immigrants during the month, while Customs and Border Protection Officers encountered 12,690 more people who tried to come through the official ports of entry without permission. ...

Children and families are two groups that particularly benefit from catch-and-release, thanks to court rulings that have set strict limits on how long children can be held in detention. Releasing them virtually guarantees they don't show up for their deportations, security experts say.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Australia's Immigration Policy: Political And Economic Lessons For Europe
Iyanatul Islam
Social Europe, 1 May 2018

The current regime of dealing with illegal arrivals seeking asylum in Australia is built on two very contentious elements: turning back 'boat people' who seek to reach its shores by sea; running offshore detention centres in poor island states for illegal, sea-borne arrivals at vast expense.

Such a harsh approach is seen by both the current Australian government and the Labour Opposition as the unfortunate, but necessary, price to pay for deterring those who seek to enter illegally. Its advocates contend this approach has been successful in preserving popular support for Australia's relatively modest Refugee and Humanitarian Program.

Despite being the object of international opprobrium, successive Australian governments – both centre-right and centre-left – have maintained this rather misguided and morally dubious regime of dealing with 'queue-jumping' asylum-seekers. The message seems to be: if you wish to seek asylum in Australia join the queue and have the patience to be processed through the normal channels. Both Malcolm Turnbull, the current Australian Prime Minister, and Tony Abbott, his nemesis and predecessor, are united in seeking to promote this policy as worthy of emulation by rich countries of the West. These countries, especially in Europe, are feeling besieged by a huge surge in refugees seeking to escape impoverishment and conflict from various parts of the world. ...

Australia's bipartisan approach to skilled immigration has been a key instrument of enhancing cultural diversity. Conservative politicians in Europe ought to be reminded that the current Australian Prime Minister is not merely keen to advocate a muscular approach to border protection but fond of saying that Australia is 'the most successful multicultural society in the world'.

Should European policy-makers accept this as fact or as an antipodean version of post-truth politics? It turns out that Turnbull can appeal to salient facts that lend support to his proclamations, but Australia has some way to go before it merits that title. Despite this caveat, Turnbull should be commended for invoking multicultural cohesion as a key measure of societal success. ...

The 2018 Australian government report on 'Shaping a Nation' compiles some impressive statistics. In recent years, permanent migration intake has been set at 190,000 annually, with 70 per cent of this skilled migration. There are now 11 Asian countries, with China and India in the lead, among the top 20 source countries for migrants – a far cry from the heyday of 'White Australia' policy that was characterised by UK, Irish and other European migrants.

In the 2000s, migration has accounted for just over 50 percent of Australia's population growth, most notably in its state capital cities, ranging from 32 percent (Hobart) to 63 per cent (Sydney). The migrant share of the population in the state capital cities now average 30 percent. Furthermore, 49 percent of Australia's population is either a migrant or a child of one.
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Immigration abroad – homosexuality, Europe
European Court of Justice Bans Homosexuality Tests for Asylum Seekers
Junteng Zheng
EJIL: Talk!, 1 May 2018
[Blog of the European Journal of International Law]

Asylum seekers in European Union countries will no longer be subject to psychological tests to prove their homosexuality, according to a decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 25 January 2018. ... the ECJ declared the illegality of the use of psychological reports based on projective personality tests in determining sexual orientation of asylum seekers. ...

The ECJ ruled that EU law does not prohibit authorities or courts from ordering the production of an expert report to help assess the facts and circumstances relative to an asylum seeker's claim, but only if the production of the report is consistent with human rights law and the report is not relied upon solely or conclusively.
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Immigration abroad – sham marriages, Republic of Ireland
Gardai investigating over 900 marriages of foreign nationals as part of probe into fake nuptials
Gavin O'Callaghan
Irish Mirror, 30 April 2018

Gardai are investigating 970 marriages among foreign nationals that they believe could be sham arrangements.

The operation comes as officers smashed an elaborate criminal network that had organised around 2,100 fake marriages between non-Irish EU citizens and mostly Asian men between 2011 and 2015.

Gardai have now been put at the spearhead of a European investigation as they try to put a stop to criminal groups using vulnerable women to sell EU residencies.

Detectives are working with the UK and EU states as they trace hundreds of 'grooms' coming mainly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Around 500 of the EU women involved come from Portugal while many others have come from Latvia, Estonia, and Slovakia.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau has estimated that 16 Irish-based criminals made around €20 million from the fake marriages with each one costing around €17,000.

The women involved were paid around €3,000 with many of them arriving in the country for the ceremony before leaving the next day, according to The Sunday Independent. ...

Last week, a student garda resigned from the Garda College after he was found to be in a sham marriage to get citizenship.

The 31-year-old man who was originally from Bangladesh began training in Templemore last year after passing through the selection process.
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Immigration abroad – Canada
Canada wants U.S. cooperation in turning back asylum seekers
Anna Mehler Paperny
Reuters, 30 April 2018

Canada wants to change a bilateral agreement to allow it to turn back thousands of asylum seekers walking across the border but the United States is not cooperating, according to a Canadian official with knowledge of the discussions.

Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, or STCA, asylum seekers who arrive at a formal Canada-U.S. border crossing going in either direction are turned back and told to apply for asylum in the first country they arrived in.

Canada wants the agreement rewritten to apply to the entire border.

More than 26,000 people have illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. border to file refugee claims in the past 15 months, walking over ditches and on empty roads along the world's longest undefended border. ...

The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing Canada's proposal and has not yet made a decision, a spokeswoman said.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
German Police Study Finds Africans Most Criminally Prone Asylum Seekers
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 26 April 2018

A study conducted by the German Federal Police (BKA) on migrant crime has found that African asylum seekers are far more prone to criminality than their Middle Eastern counterparts.

The study shows that migrants from countries which are far less likely to receive a positive asylum claim are also far more likely to engage in crime while in the country, Stuttgarter Zeitung reports.

Tunisian migrants, who make up just 0.2 per cent of recognised asylum seekers since 2015, account for 2.2 per cent of crimes committed by recognised asylum seekers. The statistics are even more dramatic for Moroccans who account for a mere one per cent of asylum seekers yet are 7.6 per cent of asylum seeker suspects.

Rainer Wendt, head of the German police union, said that the reason for the higher rates of criminality is that migrants who have less of a chance of gaining asylum or residency status have "nothing to lose".

Syrians, Afghans, and Iraqis, who make up around 62 per cent of recognised asylum seekers, account for 34 per cent of crimes in which asylum seekers are suspects with their most common crimes being physical assault, shoplifting, and drug offences. ...

Between January and September of 2017, 70 people were murdered by asylum seekers, 45 of them being asylum seekers themselves.
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Immigration abroad – Israel
Israel abandons plan to forcibly deport African migrants
Reuters, 24 April 2018

The Israeli government said on Tuesday it had abandoned a plan to forcibly deport African migrants who entered the country illegally after failing to find a willing country to take in the migrants.

The government had been working for months on an arrangement to expel thousands of mostly Eritrean and Sudanese men who crossed into Israel through Egypt's Sinai desert. ...

The migrants will again be able to renew residency permits every 60 days, as they were before the deportation push, the government said.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Swedish woman who accompanied two Afghans to prove that xenophobes are wrong, is raped and abused
Voice of Europe, 24 April 2018

A middle-aged Swedish woman was raped and abused by two Afghan asylum seekers in their asylum accommodation, Fria Tider reports. The woman, who was a member of a Facebook group against migrant deportations, tried to prove that xenophobes are wrong about the fact that Afghans are dangerous.

The woman was raped and harassed on 26 December last year.
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Immigration abroad – France
France to boost security on Alps border with Italy after far-Right 'block' migrant route
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 24 April 2018

France's interior minister has pledged to beef up security on the country's Alpine borders with Italy after a far-Right "commando" blocked access to migrants seeking to cross a key snowy pass, and pro-migrant groups stormed another entry point. ...

Late Saturday and early Sunday, a group of around 100 activists from the small far-Right group Génération Identitaire - reportedly including Britons - launched a high-profile attempt to shut off the col de l'Echelle, a 1,762m-high pass some six kilometres (almost four miles) from the Italian border.

They erected makeshift barriers at the "strategic point for illegal immigrants" and unfurled a banner in English which read: "Closed border. You will not make Europe your home. No way. Back to your homeland."

Pro-migrant groups responded to the operation by forcing a passage at the nearby Montgenevre Pass, taking around 30 migrants with them from Italy to France after scuffles with French border police. Two pro-migrant activists were arrested on Monday.

Denouncing both actions, Gérard Collomb, the French interior minister, said that both sides had turned the mountain passes into a stage for "provocation" and "gesticulation".

"Faced with these unacceptable actions," the minister announced that "significant police and gendarme reinforcements" would be deployed.

The extra security forces would "ensure absolute respect for the control of the border," he added.

After France reinserted border controls with Italy in the wake of the Paris 2015 terror attacks, migrants sought to cross in the Ventimiglia-Menton area on the coast. But as police cracked down on border controls last spring, the migrants moved North, looking for less policed but riskier ways in.

More than 2,000 have crossed since then, and the flow has not stopped despite freezing conditions.

Most of those crossing the Alps in recent months have been from Guinea or Ivory Coast, both former French colonies. Considered economic migrants, these nationals have very little hope of being granted asylum. ...

While the number of asylum seekers in Europe was halved between 2016 and 2017, France saw the number of applications hit a record 100,000 last year.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU to Cut Funds to Patriotic Nations, Allocate Cash on 'Values' Basis, Including Accepting Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 April 2018

Brussels is set to divert tens of billions of euros in EU cash away from patriotic eastern and central states under budget reform plans that would link funding to the bloc's 'values' which include mass migration.

According to proposals seen by the Financial Times, the European Commission is planning to shift the criteria for distributing cohesion programme funds away from GDP per capita towards so-called 'EU values'.

Under the post-2020 EU budget laid out in the draft document, the €350bn funding pot aimed at developing the bloc's weaker economies in the bloc, appears under a new title of "cohesion and values". ...

Top Brussels figures have repeatedly insisted that importing huge numbers of third world migrants must be a core feature of belonging to the bloc, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have both previously suggested the distribution of EU funds should be linked to the number of asylum seekers.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared last year that the union will be "lost" without a huge population transfer from Africa to Europe, during an interview in which he hinted there are plans for the two continents to merge in some way.

Meanwhile in January, migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos commented: "It is not economic problems that have endangered the European project, but the migration and refugee crises."

Explaining that the resettling of third world populations throughout the continent is "directly linked to the principles and values on which Europe is based", he blasted as "unacceptable" the idea that any nation could escape taking part in the EU migrant quota scheme.
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Immigration abroad – Australia, New Zealand
Should we be copying New Zealand? More than HALF of Australians think we take in too many migrants - while NZ PM Jacinda Ardern starts to slash their intake
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 23 April 2018

A majority of Australians believe immigration levels are too high at a time when our trans-Tasman neighbour New Zealand begins slashing its intake of foreigners.

The Newspoll survey of 2068 people, published in The Australian on Monday, had 56 per cent of respondents declaring Australia's annual intake of 190,000 was too high with just 28 per cent saying it was about right.

Both major parties in Australia are committed to an all-time high permanent immigration level as New Zealand's minority Labour government, led by Jacinda Ardern, embarks on a promise to slash net immigration by more than 40 per cent. ...

Former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott is the highest profile proponent on the Coalition side of slashing Australia's immigration intake - despite his own record as PM - with no current Labor politicians echoing his call.

'We're adding a city the size of Adelaide to our population every five years and I think that we should very significantly scale it back, at least until infrastructure, housing starts and integration have caught up,' he told Sydney radio 2GB's Ray Hadley on Monday morning.

However, Dick Smith said the conservative side of politics was more swayed by the business lobby's push to maintain high immigration levels in order to boost demand and suppress wages growth. ...

'Overpopulation will destroy Australia.'
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Belgium
Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 22 April 2018

The French acronym of Belgium's ISLAM Party stands for "Integrity, Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality". The leaders of the ISLAM Party apparently want to turn Belgium into an Islamic State. They call it "Islamist democracy" and have set a target date: 2030.

According to the French magazine Causeur, "the program is confusingly simple: replace all the civil and penal codes with sharia law. Period". ... The effect of this new party, according to Michaël Privot, an expert on Islam, and Sebastien Boussois, a political scientist, could be the "implosion of the social body". ...

The ISLAM Party knows that demography is on its side. Ahrouch has said, "in 12 years, Brussels will principally be composed of Muslims". ...

"The European capital," wrote Le Figaro, "will be Muslim in twenty years".



"Nearly a third of the population of Brussels already is Muslim, indicated Olivier Servais, a sociologist at the Catholic University of Louvain. "The practitioners of Islam, due to their high birth rate, should be the majority 'in fifteen or twenty years'. Since 2001... Mohamed is the most common name given to boys born in Brussels".



The ISLAM Party is working in a favorable environment. According to the mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, all the mosques in the European capital are now "in the hands of the Salafists".
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Immigration abroad – Greece
Greece opens the doors for more migrants to enter Europe: Court rules asylum seekers cannot be forced to stay in the country while being processed
Reuters and Alastair Tancred
MailOnline, 20 April 2018

A top Greek court ruled on Wednesday that migrants landing on Greek islands should no longer be held there while asylum claims are assessed.

The ruling has raised alarm among EU officials in Brussels who fear it could undermine EU efforts to discourage people from leaving Turkey.

The judgement comes two years after a controversial deal with Turkey shut down the Balkan migration routes. ...

Asylum-seekers have been prohibited from travelling beyond five Greek islands since March 2016, when the EU deal with Ankara to seal the sea route was negotiated.

It provided cash to improve conditions for Syrians staying in non-EU member Turkey. ...

More than 15,000 asylum-seekers are living in five island camps, more than double their capacity, according to government data. ...

The ruling, effective immediately, applies to new arrivals only and not to asylum-seekers who are already on the islands. ...

The Greek government is keen to reduce tension on the islands, especially as the busy tourist season is about to begin.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, European Union
10,000 refugees from Middle East, North Africa to resettle in Germany
Euronews, 19 April 2018

Around 10,000 refugees from North Africa and the Middle East will be granted passage to Germany, the European Commission has confirmed. ...

In September, the Commission announced it would pay member states to settle 50,000 refugees from Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, and Sudan by 2019 as part of efforts to stabilise the flow of migration from across the Mediterranean.

Up to €500 million had been set aside for the scheme, meaning some €10,000 would be paid out for each person settled.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, European Union
EU gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017 - stats office
Reuters, 19 April 2018

The European Union gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017, its statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, with Germany taking in more than 60 percent.

The number was still down by about a quarter compared with 2016, and followed a major surge of migration in 2015 which has strained the bloc's asylum system and caused political wrangling over how to deal with the influx.

Syrian citizens accounted for about a third of successful asylum cases in 2017, Eurostat said, followed by Afghans and Iraqis.
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Immigration abroad – violent crime, Sweden
Sweden's deadly problem with hand grenades
BBC, 18 April 2018

A stark rise in incidents involving hand grenade explosions has become emblematic of the wider rise in violent crime in Swedish cities, report James Clayton and Caitlin Hanrahan for BBC Newsnight. ...

The number of explosions caused by hand grenades has increased in Sweden in recent years. There were fewer than five in 2014 but at least 20 in 2017, and a further 39 grenades were seized by police.

The devices are easily obtained, says Reine Bergland of Stockholm police. They can be bought from gangs for just a couple of hundred Swedish kroner (about £20).

"Sometimes when they buy weapons they get grenades as part of the deal. They throw in a couple of hand grenades, so to speak."

The rise in possession of hand grenades - mainly unused stock from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s - has come to symbolise Sweden's heated debate about violent crime as it heads towards an election in September. ...

There were 306 shootings last year, which left 41 people dead. In 2011, there were 17 fatalities.

The violence has turned some parts of Stockholm into "no-go zones" for paramedics, says Henrik Johansson, former head of Sweden's paramedics union.

"People who live in these areas are very scared to call the police or get help from ambulances. They are scared about consequences for them and their families."

Police have acknowledged 60 or so "vulnerable areas" but reject the description of "no-go zones", a highly loaded term in Sweden.

After all, violent crime in Sweden and who is to blame for it has become an ideological battlefield. ...

A self-proclaimed humanitarian superpower, Sweden took in the highest number of asylum seekers per capita during the migrant crisis of 2015. Many were refugees fleeing war and abuses in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

There is very little evidence that the migrants are to blame for a rise in violent crime. But Sweden - so often the place that countries have looked to follow on social policy - has not been so successful at integrating migrants over the past 20 years.
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Immigration abroad – France
'France can't take in all the misery' Defiant Macron vows to tighten asylum rules
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 17 April 2018

Emmanuel Macron warned France cannot take in "all the misery in the world" as he defended the country's tough new immigration and asylum laws. The French President stressed France could not offer sanctuary to all those seeking to escape unemployment and extreme poverty.

He said: "France cannot take in all the misery of the world.

"In France, the right to asylum is unconditional, it is constitutional, and we have a duty to take in people whose lives would be at risk if they were forced to return home.

"That said, people who are not eligible for asylum must be dealt with as quickly as possible and sent back to their home countries as quickly as possible."

Mr Macron warned the unprecedented migration crisis is several years old now, and shows no sign of abating.

The controversial new bill, which was presented to parliament in February, was designed to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in migrant reception centres, and speed up deportations. ...

In January, the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) said that more than 100,000 people had applied for asylum in France in 2017, a "record" number and an increase of 17 per cent on the year before.

Border police officials, for their part, said that an estimated 85,000 migrants had been stopped from entering France in 2017.
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Immigration abroad – violent crime, Sweden
Sweden's violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image
Paulina Neuding
Politico, 16 April 2018

The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by taboos.

To understand crime in Sweden, it's important to note that Sweden has benefited from the West's broad decline in deadly violence, particularly when it comes to spontaneous violence and alcohol-related killings. The overall drop in homicides has been, however, far smaller in Sweden than in neighboring countries.

Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country's parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.

Shootings in the country have become so common that they don't make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading about such incidents is considered part of daily life. ...

In response, the Swedish government has launched an international campaign for "the image of Sweden" playing down the rise in crime, both in its media strategy and through tax-funded PR campaigns. ...

But the reality is different for those on the ground: The head of the paramedics' union Ambulansförbundet, Gordon Grattidge, and his predecessor Henrik Johansson recently told me in an interview that some neighborhoods are definitely no-go for ambulance drivers – at least without police protection. ...

Since crime is intimately linked to the country's failure to integrate its immigrants, the rise in violence is a sensitive subject. When the Swedish government and opposition refer to the country as a "humanitarian superpower" because it opened its doors to more immigrants per capita during the migrant crisis than any other EU country, they mean it. This has resulted in some impressive contortions.

In March, Labor Market Minister Ylva Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases "is going down and going down and going down." In fact, the opposite is true, which Johansson later admitted in an apology.

Similarly, in an op-ed for the Washington Post, former Prime Minister Carl Bildt described the country's immigration policy as a success story. He did not elaborate on violent crime. ...

Sometimes it takes an outsider to put things in perspective. A recent piece by Bojan Pancevski in London's Sunday Times put a spotlight on immigration and violent crime. The article caused a scandal in Sweden and was widely seen as part of the reason why the British and Canadian foreign ministries issued travel advice about the country, citing gang crime and explosions.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, free speech, Sweden
Sweden's War on Free Speech
Judith Bergman
Breitbart, 14 April 2018

Apparently, turning in fellow Swedes to the authorities for alleged "hate speech" is now viewed in Sweden as "heroic".

"One can criticize fascism or Nazism, but why not Islam? Why should Islam have any protection status?" – Denny, a 71-year-old pensioner, on trial for "incitement to hatred".

Instead of using its limited resources to protect its citizens from the violent onslaught against them, Sweden is waging a legal war on its pensioners for daring to speak out against the same violent onslaught from which the state is failing to protect them.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
More Than Half of German Welfare Recipients Come from Migrant Backgrounds
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 13 April 2018

A report from the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) has shown that more than half of the recipients of the Hartz IV welfare income benefit come from migrant backgrounds, with Syrians the largest group in the country.

The report lists a 69 per cent increase in welfare recipients from non-German backgrounds since 2010 for a total of 2.1 million individuals, while the overall number of German Hartz IV recipients has fallen by 20 per cent over the same period, Die Welt reports.

Syrians represent the highest number of beneficiaries with 584,000 Syrian nationals living on benefits with Turks coming in second with 259,000 individuals living off the German taxpayer.

The figure does not include asylum seekers who have yet to receive a final decision on their asylum claim as they are given money under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act. While most failed asylum seekers do not receive Hartz IV benefits, those who have failed the asylum process but are allowed to stay in Germany as "tolerated" persons do have access to the programme.

Around 32.1 million people in Germany are in jobs that require them to pay social security contributions; of those, only 157,000 taxpayers come from countries approved for asylum claims like Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and Somalia. ...

In Austria, which also took in tens of thousands of migrants in 2015, former Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka admitted that up to 90 per cent of asylum seekers end up on benefits.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, France
Islamic Extremist Caught with USB Containing Identities of 2,626 French Intelligence Officials
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 12 April 2018

A female Islamic extremist has been caught by police in possession of a USB key that contained the identities of 2,626 intelligence officials from France's Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI).

The woman, identified as Mina B., was already known to the country's intelligence services and had been placed on the terror watch list known in France as the S-File, Le Point reports. ...

Radical Islamic sympathies within the French police are not unknown. Last year, Breitbart London reported that a man who was on the terror watch list managed to become a police officer despite being an S-File member.
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Immigration abroad – Poland
EU Head Juncker Slams Poland for Taking in Ukrainian Migrants But Not Muslims
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 April 2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Poland should not choose which refugees to admit and should accept Muslims and other groups.

President Juncker said that Poland did not show the proper 'solidarity' with the rest of the political bloc because it has only allowed in large numbers of Ukrainian migrants and not Muslims, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports. ...

Around one million Ukrainians have arrived in Poland recently as part of a six-month work visa programme introduced by the government. While some Ukrainians in Poland do not consider themselves to be refugees, a few hundred Ukrainians have been granted asylum status.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Israel
Israel cancels UN deal to resettle African migrants
Bethan McKernan
Independent, 4 April 2018

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is cancelling yesterday's agreement with the UN to relocate thousands of African asylum seekers to Western countries. ...

Israel has faced intense criticism over new plans to make 37,000 African migrants and asylum seekers choose between deportation to either Rwanda or Uganda, or face an unspecified amount of jail time.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR stepped in on Monday with an offer to resettle around half of the adult male immigrants, who are mostly Sudanese and Eritrean. The other half were to be allowed to stay in Israel.

Women, children and the elderly are supposed to be exempt from all deportation plans.

While no states were named, the prime minister suggested Germany, Canada and Italy were destinations. ...

Despite initially praising the deal at a news conference in Jerusalem, the prime minister announced he was suspending its implementation a few hours later. ...

The UN itself has urged the Israeli government to reconsider the U-turn.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Migrant caravan heading to U.S. border puts Mexico in tough spot with Trump
Delphine Schrank and Mica Rosenberg
Reuters, 3 April 2018

In some of the Mexican towns playing host to a "caravan" of more than 1,200 Central American migrants heading to the U.S. border, the welcome mat has been rolled out despite President Donald Trump's call for Mexican authorities to stop them.

Local officials have offered lodging in town squares and empty warehouses or arranged transport for the migrants, participants in a journey organized by the immigrant advocacy group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. The officials have conscripted buses, cars, ambulances and police trucks. But the help may not be entirely altruistic. ...

Trump railed on Twitter against the caravan on Monday, accusing Mexico of "doing very little, if not NOTHING" to stop the flow of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally. ...

Pueblo Sin Fronteras has helped coordinate migrant caravans for the last several years, though previously they had a maximum of several hundred participants.
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Immigration abroad – Republic of Ireland
'Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming' - Kevin Sharkey calls for 'open dialogue' on immigration
Sean Nolan
Irish Independent, 2 April 2018

Prospective Presidential candidate Kevin Sharkey has called for an honest, open dialogue on immigration as he outlined some of his views on the subject in a television interview. ...

When Mr D'Arcy put it Mr Sharkey that his stance was somewhat ironic considering his own background, Mr Sharkey replied: "My father was an immigrant, there are a lot of positive aspects to immigration but it is going to end up coming down to one thing and that is numbers. ...

"We should have an honest open dialogue about it without being shut down and called racist. ...

"I've seen the effect of the good and the bad sides of immigration, you know, how it helps a country to grow and develop. And also how sometimes it puts a strain on the resources. We are a very small country and I have spent a long time wondering at what point do we say 'we need to start looking after Irish people as a priority'.

"People talk about the housing crisis in Ireland. I don't think it is so much of a housing crisis, I think it is a priority crisis.

"The armed forces are underfunded, the hospitals, the housing situation... it is very difficult to explain to people why you are not in a priority position if you are Irish. Why we are seen, more and more, as a go-to destination." ...

"It matters to me very much that in 200 years, Ireland is still Ireland. I think they way we are at the moment I worry that that is not going to be the case." ...

"What I have concluded is what is really going on is Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming. They are not going to end up in Dublin 4.

"If we don't protect our future, if we don't protect what we have, what has made us Irish, we won't be Irish in 200 years."
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Immigration abroad – Antwerp, Belgium
Almost 75% of young children in Belgium's second largest city have migrant backgrounds
Voice of Europe, 31 March 2018

An increasing number of children in Belgium's Antwerp have migrant backgrounds. While the number of native Belgians is decreasing, the number of people with a migrant background is surging.

Statistics from the city office show that in the group of children aged between 0 and 9 years, 74.10% have migrant backgrounds. In the group aged between 10 and 19 years the number of children with Non-Belgian backgrounds is at almost 70%.

The numbers show a rapid change in the city's population. An ever increasing number of inhabitants of Belgium's second largest city are of foreign origin. At this moment 58% of people living in the city have a migrant background. Most of which are North Africans.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Horror on streets of Germany: State of emergency declared as 80 men brawl with MACHETES
Rob Virtue
Daily Express, 30 March 2018

A horrifying street battle between 60 men armed with machetes and metal pipes forcing a state of emergency to be declared in Duisburg. ...

Police said they were spat at and had objects hurled at them.

Around 50 people were arrested and onlookers captured the brutality in shocking photos.

Those arrested refused to explain what sparked the fight and 30 people were later released.

A police official told the newspaper Der Westen: "There are three rival groups. It may be a conflict between Turks, Lebanese and Kurds.

"Unlike with a demonstration of that size, we do not have a contact person, nobody wants to talk to the police." ...

Betwwen 20 to 30 people were on each side of the fight in Monday night's incident and police said the majority of those arrested were from a Lebanese background.
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Immigration abroad – USA
A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Is Stopping Them
Adolfo Flores
BuzzFeed News, 30 March 2018

For five days now hundreds of Central Americans – children, women and men, most of them from Honduras – have boldly crossed immigration check points, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

Organized by a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, not only bypassing authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.

Organizers like Rodrigo Abeja hope that the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them. ...

When they get to the US, they hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally. ...

... Pueblos Sin Fronteras counted about 1,200 people on the first day.
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Immigration abroad – language, integration, Denmark
Danish minister tells migrants: Learn the language or YOU pay for an interpreter
John Thalassites
Daily Express, 27 March 2018

A Danish minister has told migrants who come into the country: "Learn the language or pay for your own interpreter".

Foreign Minister Ingr Støjberg will make immigrants who have lived in Denmark for more than three years pay for translation services when visiting doctors or consulting authorities.

Writing for Danish daily newspaper, BT, Ms Støjberg said that her constituents have been "naive" in the face of migrants unwilling to integrate.

Ms Støjberg was responding to the provision of free language services for migrants in Denmark - which strains the public purse and disincentives language-learning.

She said: "In our naivety, we have willingly provided a lifelong publicly paid interpreter.

"And in doing so, we keep wondering why it is that people don't learn the language." ...

She added: "Unless we dare to make demands on foreigners, we will fail to address the serious problem of parallel societies in Denmark, where people neither work, nor speak the language, nor share Danish values."
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Immigration abroad – extremism, schools, Germany
ISIS beheading videos increasingly popular among migrant school children in Germany
Voice of Europe, 27 March 2018

The problems at Germany's migrant majority schools are spiralling out of control, The President of Germany's Teachers Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, tells BILD newspaper.

In an interview, Meidinger says that the number of attacks on teachers at migrant majority schools is increasing and several schools already need private security. Several children also possess knives and 'gas sprays'.

When the Teachers Association President is asked if the circulation of an ISIS beheading video at a Berlin school is an isolated case he says:

"Unfortunately, these are no longer individual cases, not even among very young students at elementary schools. Such incidents now exist at many schools in Germany. One thing is certain: Cruel violent videos in social networks have long since arrived in student life. In chat forums like WhatsApp, movies like the described ISIS beheading video are spreading like wildfire."
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Germany
Germany struggles with rising number of rejected asylum seekers without papers
Reuters, 26 March 2018

The number of failed asylum seekers who could not be repatriated from Germany because they lack valid documents jumped 71 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Around 65,000 failed asylum seekers were granted temporary permission to stay in the country in 2017 because they could not be repatriated due to their lack of identity papers, a ministry spokesman said, up from 38,000 in 2016.

Germany has been trying to speed up such repatriations since Anis Amri, a Tunisian awaiting deportation, killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016. Amri's deportation had been delayed because he had no valid passport.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
Asylum seeker who claimed to be a child refugee jailed for rape and murder
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Metro, 22 March 2018

An asylum seeker claiming to be from Afghanistan was Thursday sentenced to life in jail in Germany for the rape and murder of a student that stoked a public backlash against a mass influx of migrants.

Hussein Khavari, of uncertain age and origin, was found guilty of the deadly night-time attack on medical student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the university town of Freiburg.

Khavari pushed her off her bicycle as she was riding home alone from a party, then bit, choked and repeatedly raped her and left her on the bank of a river where she drowned. ...

Khavari arrived in Germany, without identity papers, in November 2015, near the peak of the refugee influx, as an unaccompanied minor claiming to be 16 or 17 years old and hailing from Afghanistan. ...

It emerged only after his arrest that he had already committed a violent crime in May 2013 in Greece, where he pushed a woman off a cliff on the island of Corfu, leaving her badly injured.

He was sentenced there in February 2014 to 10 years jail for attempted murder but was granted a conditional release from Greece's overcrowded jails in October 2015.
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Immigration abroad – Israel
Netanyahu says African migrants worse threat than jihadists
France 24, 20 March 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that an electronic fence along the Israel-Egypt border has saved the Jewish state from jihadist attacks or what he believes would be worse – a tide of African migrants.

"Were it not for the fence, we would be faced with... severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa," Netanyahu's office quoted him as telling a development conference in the southern Israel desert town of Dimona. ...

Netanyahu said a tide of non-Jewish immigration would threaten the very fabric of Israel.

"We are talking about a Jewish and democratic state, but how could we assure a Jewish and democratic state with 50,000 and then 100,000 and 150,000 migrants a year," Netanyahu said.

"After a million, 1.5 million, we might as well shut up shop," he added. "We did not close down, we built a fence."
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Immigration abroad – sexual crimes, Germany
Germany: Migrant Rape Crisis Still Sowing Terror and Destruction
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 20 March 2018

Germany's migrant rape crisis continues unabated. Preliminary statistics show that migrants committed more than a dozen rapes or sexual assaults every day in 2017, a four-fold increase since 2014, the year before Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed into Germany more than a million mostly Muslim male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. ...

The actual number of migrant-related sex crimes in Germany, however, is believed to be far higher than the official number. ...

The director of the Criminal Police Association /.../ estimates that up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany do not appear in the official statistics. ...

"There is a strict order by the authorities to not report on crimes committed by refugees," a high-ranking police official in Frankfurt told Bild. "Only specific requests from media representatives about such acts are to be answered." ...

Germany's migrant sex-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient legal system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for sex crimes are immediately released after questioning from police.
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Immigration abroad – Canada
How Trump's policies made Canada spend $131 million more on border patrols after its refugee system was inundated
Anna Mehler Paperny
Business Insider, 19 March 2018

So few asylum seekers crossed the U.S. border illegally over the years that Canada didn't consistently track the numbers.

That has changed dramatically over the past 14 months. ...

More than 20,000 people, including thousands of Haitians and Nigerians and hundreds of Turks, Syrians and Eritreans, have crossed the border into Canada illegally over the past year in search of asylum, many fleeing in fear that Trump would deport them to their home countries.

This unexpected northward migration has overwhelmed Canada's system for processing asylum claims, leading to the worst delays in years. ...

The Canadian government was forced to set aside C$173 million in its latest budget to pay for extra patrols at border crossings to cope with the influx, as well as security screening and processing of refugee applications. ...

Aid agencies who are at the forefront of dealing with the influx say they are struggling and need more funding, a comprehensive long-term plan and better coordination with Ottawa. ...

The influx shows no signs of abating. More than 1,500 asylum seekers walked across the border in January. Those working with refugee claimants say this is no blip: It's the new normal. ...

All refugee claims are supposed to be processed within 60 days. Increasingly, the board has failed to meet those targets. ...

Asylum seekers are walking across the border into some of the tightest housing markets on the continent. ...

The federal government says it won't give cities more money for asylum seekers, who are barred from accessing a C$762 million federal fund that is for permanent residents or people who have already been granted refugee status. ...

"There is an expectation the numbers will go up ... as the weather gets better," said a source familiar with the Canadian government's thinking.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Germany
Survey: Three Quarters of Germans Say Islam Does Not 'Belong' in Germany
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 17 March 2018

Asked whether Islam belongs in Germany, some three quarters (74 percent) of Germans polled answered "absolutely not" or "probably not," in direct opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In their responses to a poll by the Civey institute, published Friday by FOCUS, 54.6 percent of Germans said that Islam was "absolutely not" a part of Germany, with an additional 19.7 percent answering "probably not."

Only 6.4 percent responded that Islam "definitely" belongs in Germany and another 14.9 percent answered, "probably yes." Of those polled, 4.4 percent abstained.

Chancellor Merkel ignited a debate on the subject in August, 2016, when she emphatically declared that "Islam belongs to Germany," in the midst of Europe's migrant crisis. ...

As Robert D. Kaplan explained in his ground-breaking 2016 Atlantic article "How Islam Created Europe," Europe – unlike other continents – was ultimately defined by its Christian identity, in opposition to Islam. While other continents were defined by rivers, seas, oceans, and mountains, Europe's identity was essentially religious, determined by the borders of Christendom.

As the expression "Christian Europe" suggests, Europeans came to see themselves as part of an entity that was, like the Islamic world, defined in religious terms. Quoting the 1957 book, "Europe: The Emergence of an Idea," Kaplan noted that "European unity began with the concept ... of a Christendom in 'inevitable opposition' to Islam." ...

As FOCUS points out, however, the question "Does Islam belong to Germany?" is imprecise and leaves considerable room for personal interpretation.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Islam doesn't belong to Germany, new interior minister says
Reuters, 16 March 2018

New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam did not belong to Germany, in an interview published on Friday, setting him on a collision course with Chancellor Angela Merkel who has stressed the need to integrate Muslims. ...

"Islam does not belong to Germany," Seehofer told mass-selling Bild newspaper, contradicting former German president Christian Wulff who fuelled a debate over immigration in 2010 by saying Islam was part of Germany. ...

"Of course the Muslims living here do belong to Germany," Seehofer said before going on to say Germany should not give up its own traditions or customs, which had Christianity at their heart.

"My message is: Muslims need to live with us, not next to us or against us," said Seehofer, who was sworn in as interior minister on Wednesday.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Australia's immigration jobs myth: Population expert says migrants aren't fixing skill shortages and are making it HARDER for people to get jobs – and he has the numbers to prove it
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 14 March 2018

One of Australia's most respected population experts has busted the myth that immigrants are filling skills shortages.

Bob Birrell, who heads the Melbourne-based Australian Population Research Institute, said the nation was importing migrants who couldn't find work as engineers, accountants and IT technicians.

However, few skilled migrants with trades qualifications were moving to Australia despite the shortage of plumbers, builders and electricians.

'The claim that it is attracting scarce skills is a myth,' Dr Birrell said in a research paper published on Tuesday, called Scarce Skills Not Required. ...

The sociologist, who has researched population growth since the 1960s, said both sides of politics had relied on the flawed advice of big business and public service bureaucrats, who cared more about economic growth than social harmony.

'The Treasury, Reserve Bank and much of the big end of town understands that population growth is the most important overall factor in driving our GDP,' he said.

'The Coalition, Labor and Greens effectively have prioritised these ends above the concerns of Australians living in the metropolitan areas.

'They have been left to put up with the loss of urban amenity, high dwelling prices and the costs of providing the additional infrastructure needed to accommodate population growth in their cities.'
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Immigration abroad – USA
The U.S. will become "minority white" in 2045, Census projects
William H. Frey
Bookings Institution, 14 March 2018

New census population projections confirm the importance of racial minorities as the primary demographic engine of the nation's future growth, countering an aging, slow-growing and soon to be declining white population. The new statistics project that the nation will become "minority white" in 2045. During that year, whites will comprise 49.9 percent of the population in contrast to 24.6 percent for Hispanics, 13.1 percent for blacks, 7.8 percent for Asians, and 3.8 percent for multiracial populations. ...

Among the minority populations, the greatest growth is projected for multiracial populations, Asians and Hispanics with 2018-2060 growth rates of 175, 93, and 85 percent, respectively. The projected growth rate for blacks is 34 percent.* The demographic source of growth varies across groups. For example, immigration contributes to one-third of Hispanic growth over this time span, with the rest attributable to natural increase (the excess of births over deaths). Among Asians, immigration contributes to three quarters of the projected growth. ...

* Growth rates for multiracials, Asians and blacks pertain to non-Hispanic members of those groups.
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Immigration abroad – Berlin, Germany
Hatred against Germans is increasing in Berlin, says city's interior minister
The Local [Germany], 7 March 2018

Andreas Geisel, Berlin's interior minister, said on Wednesday that hatred towards Germans was on the rise in the capital, but cautioned that it was still far from the norm.

"I have heard that [reports of hatred against Germans]. It is not the norm but it is becoming more common - to keep quiet about it would be wrong," Geisel told daily newspaper Tagesspiegel.

"What can we do about it? It is clear that we need to intensify our efforts to integrate people. That includes German and ethics courses for refugees, optimally for all of them," the Social Democrat added.

The interior minister was responding to a long report published by Tagesspiegel on Tuesday which asked whether Berlin was becoming "a place of fear."

The newspaper reported on the individual experiences of various Berliners who had contacted the newspaper to argue that the city was becoming a place of "increased aggression and and an intensified feeling of fear. And this feeling has something to do with the arrival of refugees."

Tagesspiegel spoke to Berliners from several walks of life - including refugee helpers - who spoke of their growing sense of insecurity.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Housing report says migration may need to be cut to preserve quality of life
Gareth Hutchens
The Guardian, 5 March 2018

One of Australia's most respected thinktanks has weighed into the population growth debate, saying the federal government needs to develop an explicit population policy that defines the "appropriate" level of migration, and it may need to reduce the migrant intake to improve wellbeing. ...

But it says the Turnbull government needs to take seriously the degree to which major cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne, are struggling to cope with high population growth.

It says if state governments continue to fail to increase the supply of housing and infrastructure necessary to keep pace with rapid population growth, then the federal government may have to reduce the migrant intake so the quality of life of residents in New South Wales and Victoria – and other states – does not get worse. ...

House prices have more than doubled in real terms over the past 20 years, with the strains most acute in Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2012, house prices have risen 50% in Melbourne and 70% in Sydney.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, crime, Germany
Angela Merkel's real legacy is the lawless no-go areas that police fear to patrol where half of the locals have foreign roots and the German tongue is a rarity
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018

Half the 20,000 residents in this suburb have foreign roots, many arriving thanks to a border-free EU and German chancellor Angela Merkel's offer of welcome to the world's refugees.

The outcome of Europe's biggest migration crisis since the Second World war has been disastrous for Marxloh.

Many of the newcomers are jobless and so rely on state benefits, and hang around with nothing worthwhile to do.

A leaked police report says the streets are controlled by drug dealers and robbers who 'view crime as their leisure activity'.

As for the Germans who remain here, some are frightened to go out after dark because of 'conflicts between foreigners', claiming that tram journeys through the area in the evenings are 'nightmarish'. ...

'This is a dangerous place that Mrs Merkel has tried hard to forget.'

That was until last week, when she conceded for the first time that areas like Marxloh had become lawless no-go areas where locals, and even police, fear to tread.

Facing the end of her career if she failed to stitch together a loveless 'grand coalition' of political opposites, the 'no-go' admission was a dramatic climbdown for the German leader, who has welcomed more than a million new faces to her country in three years, while irritating an increasingly sceptical German public with the mantra 'We can do it'. ...

Loud Arabic music floats out into the air from shoddy apartment blocks, there are wild gatherings of Roma with cans of lager, and flash cars with young men at the wheel suddenly zoom into sight and roar away again.

Marxloh is one of 40 problem areas cited in the German media as struggling to cope with large migrant concentrations, urban decay, high unemployment and chronic welfare dependency, which have become, they claim, 'incubators for anarchy' as well as drug-dealing and crime.

In an article called 'Ghetto Report Germany' the respected newspaper Bild – which described those 40 areas – labelled them as parallel societies, no-go areas and 'burgeoning ghettos'.

Official police reports given to another respected newspaper, Der Spiegel, said spiralling levels of violence in Marxloh (and other places like it) show officers are losing control, and public order 'cannot be guaranteed over the long term'.

'There are districts where immigrant gangs are taking over streets for themselves,' said the resulting account in Der Spiegel.

'Native residents and business people are being intimidated and silenced. Policemen, and especially policewomen, are particular victims of a high level of aggression and disrespect.'

It doesn't sound like the Germany of old. Marxloh, a 20-minute tram ride away from central Duisburg in western Germany, used to be a place for German families to visit on a Saturday afternoon for shopping, a picnic in the park, or a coffee and beer at the pavement cafes.

Not many outsiders visit here now, or dare to. ...

According to the locals, Marxloh's streets serve as boundaries between ethnic gangs guarding their drug-dealing turf. One is called 'Kurdish road', another 'Romanian Road'.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Sweden
Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden's Middle Class
Ellen Barry and Christina Anderson
New York Times, 4 March 2018

Manufactured in great numbers for the Yugoslav national army, and then seized by paramilitaries during the civil war in the 1990s, the grenades are packed with plastic explosives and 3,000 steel balls, well suited for attacks on enemy trenches and bunkers. ...

Weapons from a faraway, long-ago war are flowing into immigrant neighborhoods here, puncturing Swedes' sense of confidence and security. The country's murder rate remains low, by American standards, and violent crime is stable or dropping in many places. But gang-related assaults and shootings are becoming more frequent, and the number of neighborhoods categorized by the police as "marred by crime, social unrest and insecurity" is rising. ...

Part of the reason is that Sweden's gang violence, long contained within low-income suburbs, has begun to spill out. In large cities, hospitals report armed confrontations in emergency rooms, and school administrators say threats and weapons have become commonplace. Last week two men from Uppsala, both in their 20s, were arrested on charges of throwing grenades at the home of a bank employee who investigates fraud cases. ...

The influx of heavy weapons has caught Sweden's criminal justice systems unprepared.

... The police are struggling to gather information in immigrant neighborhoods, and clearance rates for gun homicide cases have fallen steadily since the 1990s. ...

"It's odd," said Manne Gerell, a lecturer in criminology at Malmo University. "I don't know of any Western country with a similar use of hand grenades. Our hypothesis is that they are used to send a message. Not so much as a weapon, as a tool for intimidation. You don't need perfect aim. You are not trying to kill a particular person." ...

"Crime is increasing and increasing, and they aren't doing anything about it," Mr. Garrido said. "It's denial. Swedes are very good people and they want to change the world. They want the rest of the world to be like Sweden. And the reality is that it's completely different."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Italy
Italian election: Italy's Trump Matteo Salvini IS serious about migrant crackdown - expert
Ciaran McGrath
Sunday Express, 4 March 2018

Matteo Salvini - regarded by many as Italy's answer to Donald Trump - is serious in his statement he wants to deport 500,000 immigrants living in the country illegally, a top expert in Italian politics has said in the run-up to Sunday's general election. ...

Loughborough University's Professor Nicola Chelotti said while it was difficult to put an accurate figure on the number of illegal immigrants living in Italy, the 500,000 figure was "roughly accurate", with another 5.4 million overseas nationals living there legally, plus 200,000 more who are classified as asylum seekers.

Deporting asylum seekers would be difficult for Mr Salvini, given Italy would need to tear up treaties with the EU in order to do so, said Mr Chelotti.

However, he suggested Mr Salvini might have more success when it came to the people living in the country illegally.

He said: "Italy has experienced in the last few years quite a dramatic increase of economic (or illegal) immigrants, especially from the sub-Saharan continent.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Former Minister: Italy Must Be Guided in Its 'Change of Population' Due to Immigration
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 3 March 2018

Prior to Italian national elections, the country's first black cabinet minister told Swiss radio that due to massive immigration, Italy needs to be guided in "the change in the composition of the population" that is the fruit of immigration.

An immigrant herself from the African nation of Congo and Italy's former minister for integration, Cécile Kyenge said the present situation in Italy is "surreal" because of the level of hostility toward immigration found among several political parties. ...

She also said that "racism exists" and Italy needs to be "guided in this change, I can say, this change of population, the change in the composition of the population" brought about by immigration. ...

In 2017, Italy had more than five million foreigners living as residents, a growth of 25 percent above 2012 levels and a remarkable 270 percent above 2002. At that time, foreigners made up just 2.38 percent of the population, while fifteen years later, the figure has nearly trebled to 8.33 percent of the population.
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Immigration abroad – emigration, South Africa
Thousands Sign Petition Asking Trump to Let White Farmers in South Africa Migrate to U.S. After Country Votes to Force Them Off Land
Chantal Da Silva
Newsweek, 2 March 2018

More than 10,500 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. after the country voted to strip white farmers of their land without compensation.

The petition calls on the U.S. leader to "take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States." Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, who are also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.

The petition suggests that Trump should stop admitting refugees from Somalia and the Middle East, claiming they "cannot be properly vetted," and allow white South Africans into the country instead. They "can be easily vetted and also possess skills that make them compatible with our culture and civilization," the petition says.

A similar petition, calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May to allow white South Africans into EU countries, has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.

South Africa's parliament voted to remove white South African farmers from their land in a landmark vote on Tuesday. In addition, the country's constitution could be amended to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without any offer of compensation.

Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of seeing land stripped from white farm owners, with the motion passing 241-83, according to News.com.au. ...

Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters opposition party, introduced the motion. He said the time for reconciliation in South Africa "is over," News.com.au reported. "Now is the time for justice," he said, adding, "We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land."

Malema has been a strong supporter of confiscating land from white farmers, saying in 2016 he was "not calling for the slaughter of white people – at least for now."

The creators of the petition demanding that Trump admit white South Africans into the U.S. as refugees claim that the "increasing murder rate, along with the campaign to dispossess whites of their history, culture, farms, property and jobs, will inevitably lead to a complete genocide of South Africa's white population" if the U.S. does not "intercede."
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Immigration abroad – Czech Republic
New Czech PM Stands Firm Against Migrant Quotas: No Way Will Brussels Dictate Who Lives Here
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 March 2018

Andrej Babiš has said there is 'no way' the Czech Republic will agree to Brussels' demand that the nation accept a quota of migrants from the third world.

Speaking in the country's parliament on Thursday, the recently elected Czech Prime Minister slammed the European Union's (EU) mandatory quota scheme as "ineffective" and divisive.

"It is certain that we will not accept anyone, and we are fundamentally against anyone dictating to us who should live and work in our country," local media reported him saying.

"We consider it absurd that the European Commission sues us for something that is nonsense," Babiš added, regarding the EU's decision to sue the Czech Republic alongside Poland and Hungary over their refusal to take part in the quota scheme.
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Immigration abroad – politics, Italy
Italians aren't fascists. They're angry about immigration
Nicholas Farrell
The Spectator, 3 March 2018

Amid relentless propaganda about Italy being in the grip of fascism, Italians go to the polls on Sunday. It will be an attempt to produce their first elected prime minister since 2008, when Silvio Berlusconi won. Since his resignation in 2011, Italy has had four unelected leaders.

Italy's migrant crisis has dominated these elections, especially after the discovery of the chopped-up remains of an 18-year-old Italian girl in two suitcases by the side of a road in the picturesque hilltop city of Macerata in Le Marche. ...

What happened in Macerata transformed Italy's migrant crisis, already a big factor, into la questione numero uno of the election campaign, despite massive efforts inside and outside Italy to use it instead to talk only about fascists.

The Italian left and a largely supportive global media are doing their best to brainwash Italians into thinking that a vote for the right is a vote for fascism. But neither Italy's right, nor the Italians, are fascists. What they are is fed up with the floods of illegal migrants coming into Italy, where they represent what Berlusconi has described as a 'social bomb about to explode'.

Italians are angry at the failure of successive governments and of the EU to stop NGOs and the navies of EU countries picking up migrants just off the Libyan coast and ferrying them 280 miles to Italy, where they claim asylum or disappear, and are virtually never deported. This is despite the fact that, as the UN admits, the overwhelming majority are not refugees but economic migrants. ...

To win a majority in parliament, a party or coalition must get at least 40 per cent of the vote. Only the coalition of the right looks to have any chance of doing so.

This, for a British newspaper like the Guardian, reeks of fascism. The paper has been running hysterical headlines such as 'Fascism is back in Italy' and 'Italy is being driven into the arms of fascists'. The New York Times and the BBC have done similar.

... The truth is that fascist parties in Italy attract minimal support. The most successful – CasaPound (named after the American poet Ezra Pound) – is polling at around 2 per cent.

... Yes, Fratelli d'Italia is post-fascist and with 5 per cent of the vote will win seats (in fact, it has them already), but if it is fascist then Tony Blair's a commie. Even Italy's left-wing Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, an ex-communist ergo professional anti-fascist, admitted in the wake of the Macerata shootings: 'Fascism in Italy is dead for ever.'
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Immigration abroad – repatriation, Germany
Voluntary Repatriation: 10,000 Migrants Joined German Subsidised Deportation Scheme in 2017
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 1 March 2018

Since February of last year, the German Federal government has allowed failed asylum seekers to voluntarily return to their countries and receive cash incentives with 10,000 migrants taking part in the scheme. ...

The scheme allows those who have failed in their asylum application to receive 800 euros per adult in two separate payments or 1,200 euros for those who chose to go back to their country before their asylum decision.

One of the stipulations to be eligible for the scheme requires migrants to renounce any claim to dispute their asylum decision. Legal cases against negative asylum decisions have put enormous strain on the German court system.

Around 100,000 court cases were decided last year out of the 273,000 that were filed. Among them, some 44 per cent of the cases were overturned and the migrants were given some form of asylum status.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
'Germany changed the rules' Why Eastern Europeans are FURIOUS at Angela Merkel
Harvey Gavin
Daily Express, 27 February 2018

The European Union's newest members in Eastern Europe are furious with German leader Angela Merkel over her handling of the refugee crisis, a political scientist has revealed.

Ivan Krastev said countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic enjoyed a brief honeymoon period after joining the EU but now feel like they have been taken advantage of.

The Eastern Europe expert said Mrs Merkel had "suddenly changed the rules" during the 2015 migrant crisis, a decision which led to poorer nations in the east being forced to take their share of new arrivals.

And he warned the EU's failure to agree a long-term solution to rehoming refugees and asylum seekers was only making the situation worse.

In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Mr Krastev said: "The Eastern Europeans are now feeling like the biggest losers." ...

After more than one million more people applied for asylum in 2016, Brussels warned Eastern European counties they would be stripped of EU funding if they refused to take their fair share of arrivals under the bloc's controversial quota system. ...

He said: "We were asked to accept a relatively small number and to show solidarity after having experienced solidarity ourselves.

"The refugee crisis is causing a massive dispute between Western and Eastern Europe."

Mr Krastev added Mrs Merkel had become a symbol of an EU which has become an enemy in the eyes of many Eastern Europeans. ...

He added: "During the euro crisis, Germany had made everyone commit to keeping the rules if they wanted to preserve Europe.

"Now it suddenly changed the rules."
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Immigration abroad – USA
Feds Provide Almost $2 Billion in Subsidies to Hire Alien Grads Rather than U.S. Grads
David North
Center for Immigration Studies, 27 February 2018

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, in which the American government pays American employers to discriminate against American workers has grown rapidly in recent years, and during FY 2017 it used nearly $2 billion swiped from trust funds for the elderly to favor 240,000 alien college grads over an equal number of U.S.-resident grads.

It is hard to believe, but true; employers of foreign students who have a degree from a U.S. institution are given an 8.25 percent tax break if they hire an alien, rather than a U.S. college grad with the same skills, and paid at the same salary, ... ...

... It is now clear that in FY 2017 the total subsidies came to something like $1.98 billion, or close to $2 billion.

The program, as we noted earlier, has had silent but bipartisan support; it was created by the Bush II administration without any congressional authorization, was subsequently expanded by the Obama administration, and has been tolerated by the Trump administration.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
'You have to call it by name': Merkel publicly admits 'no-go areas' in Germany
RT, 27 February 2018

Speaking with RTL, Merkel acknowledged that there are areas in Germany where people cannot feel safe. She also made it clear that it's time for the authorities to do something in order to ensure public safety.

"It's always a point to me that [ensuring] domestic security is the state's obligation, the state has the monopoly of power, the state has to make sure that people have the right to it whenever they meet and move in a public space," Merkel argued.

She then took aim at "no-go areas," which gained notoriety all across Europe during the refugee influx that reached its peak in 2015. Merkel bluntly dismissed the claim that 'no-go areas' are non-existent in Germany, stressing instead that "there are such spaces, and you have to call that by name and you have to do something about it." ...

While the chancellor refrained from touching upon the subject of rising violent crime among refugees, her interview came several weeks after a government-sponsored study showed a drastic increase in violent crime committed by male migrants aged 14 to 30. The massive influx of asylum seekers led to a spike in violent criminal acts, the study, which was conducted by a group of criminologists and forensic experts, stated.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Merkel Finally Acknowledges German "No-Go" Zones, Vows To Eliminate
Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge, 27 February 2018

... German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down with Germany's RTL Aktuell where she discussed a number of policy positions - including an acknowledgement of Germany's growing "no-go" zones, and the need to do something about them. ...

Following the dramatic influx of primarily North African migrants, several German publications have documented the growing problem of "no-go" zones - areas in which it is unsafe for non-Muslim citizens to travel.

The newspaper, Bild, and the newsmagazine, Focus, among others, have identified /.../ more than 40 "problem areas" (Problemviertel) across Germany. These are areas where large concentrations of migrants, high levels of unemployment and chronic welfare dependency, combined with urban decay, have become incubators for anarchy.

In an article entitled "Ghetto Report Germany," Bild describes these areas as "burgeoning ghettos, parallel societies and no-go areas."
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"In Berlin or in the north of Duisburg there are neighborhoods where colleagues hardly dare to stop a car – because they know that they'll be surrounded by 40 or 50 men." These attacks amount to a "deliberate challenge to the authority of the state – attacks in which the perpetrators are expressing their contempt for our society," said Rainer Wendt, President of the German Police Union.
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Immigration abroad – Republic of Ireland
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 February 2018

The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.

Unveiled by the government last week with a commitment to spend €116 billion, the document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population by another million using mass migration.

The government's strategic communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.

Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote its scheme "ethically dubious".

"The blurring of the lines is genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.

"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael politically."

Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers' expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population. ...

Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.

The criminal youths are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly weapons such as large knives." ...

Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their homes".

Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to "cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the offenders.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, European Union
Merkel's list of failures is only getting longer
Marian L. Tupy
CapX, 23 February 2018

Angela Merkel has a new plan to bring the rebellious Central European states to heel. According to the press reports, the German government will seek to divert future structural and cohesion funds away from the poorer European Union members and toward those EU states that host large numbers of non-European migrants. ...

Finally, Merkel insisted on maintaining her open-door policy vis-à-vis non-European migrants who poured into Europe in 2015 – long after it became obvious that her welcoming attitude was intensifying the flow of migrants and wreaking havoc in Central Europe. In addition to putting the entire Schengen Area at risk, Merkel set the stage for a show-down with the new EU members over the question of migrant resettlement. Spooked by the unexpectedly large number of migrants and growing domestic opposition, the Chancellor asked ex-communist countries to share Germany's burden of housing and processing the newcomers. Evidence shows that Central Europeans are more xenophobic than their Western counterparts. But that is only one of the reasons why the governments in that region refused to help Germany. They saw the failure of assimilation of non-European immigrants in Western Europe and did not wish to repeat the same mistake in the East.
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Immigration abroad – France
Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority
Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander
Reuters, 21 February 2018

Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.

The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal migrants can be detained and shorten deadlines to apply for asylum, and it will make the illegal crossing of borders an offence punishable by one year in jail and fines.

The government says it wants to be both firm and fair on immigration, and the bill will also make it easier for minors to get asylum and will aim to cut by half the time it takes for authorities to process any asylum request. ...

... A BVA opinion poll earlier this month showed that 63 percent of French voters consider there are too many immigrants in France.

The number of people filing asylum requests in France hit a record in 2017, topping 100,000.

That is still well below the 186,000 arrivals of asylum seekers registered that same year in Germany, even if arrivals in Germany have dropped sharply since reaching 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.
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Immigration abroad – Africans, Australia
'Tribal divisions' delay African gang taskforce
Pia Akerman
The Australian, 21 February 2018

A taskforce of African community leaders set up to help Victoria Police deal with Melbourne's youth crime problem is yet to choose its members because of tribal divisions, according to the chief commissioner.

The African-Australian Community Taskforce was announced by Victoria Police last month following a spate of crimes involving African youth. It has been charged with providing information to police on emerging issues and hot spots, allowing officers to act swiftly, and establishing a more efficient channel for police to engage with community leaders and receive advice on preventing youth crimes and antisocial behaviour.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today said that although the taskforce had met a few times, it was yet to finalise its membership due to "internal political issues".

He agreed there was concern growing within Victoria Police that tribal divisions between Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups had caused delays in formally establishing the taskforce.

"It's been a number of weeks now, we want to try to get those issues settled as soon we can so we can get the maximum benefit out of it," Mr Ashton told 3AW.

"We've got issues with African youth offenders, it's been an ongoing problem for us for quite some time. ...".
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Immigration abroad – France
France considers jailing illegal immigrants for up to five years for fake ID
Rory Mulholland
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2018

France could reportedly jail illegal immigrants caught using fake identity papers for up to five years, and those entering the country without using a recognised border crossing could get one year, under proposed new laws. ...

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants currently work in restaurants, factories, and building sites across France, many of them using fake or borrowed ID. If caught by authorities, few go to court, and if they do they often get only a suspended sentence and a request to leave the country.

Article 16 is just one of many in the planned law that is likely to be hotly disputed. Another is the plan to make entering the country without using a recognised border crossing point an offence carrying a maximum one-year prison sentence and a fine of €3,750.
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Immigration abroad – schools, France
French Children Taught Migration Is a Human Right, 'We're All Africans'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 20 February 2018

France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a 'lifetime of open borders', while mass migration is a "universal right", according to literature being handed out in French classrooms.

Intended for distribution to children between the ages of eight and 16, the new booklets are produced by 'Secular Solidarity', an organisation which receives around half of its funding from French taxpayers, in conjunction with other groups including SNUIPP-FSU, the major teachers' union in France.

"Immigration is a fundamental human right" that is about more than survival, according to the taxpayer-funded body's document, which tells that children "mass migration is the very essence of humanity", and argues they have no right to secure the French border because "the most recent research shows the first humans were all from Africa".
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 20 February 2018

The European Union's southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

Nearly 119,000 Africans were caught trying to get to the EU last year on smugglers' boats departing from Libya, more than 42,000 from Turkey to Greece and another 23,000 heading from Algeria and Morocco to Spain, Fabrice Leggeri said.

"The pressure, the irregular migration pressure on our southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very high level (in 2018)," Leggeri told a news conference.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Tony Abbott repeats claim immigration cut will improve quality of life
Paul Karp
The Guardian, 19 February 2018

Tony Abbott has seized on Peter Dutton's claim that Australia needs to cut its migration intake and signalled he will renew his push to do so by linking migrant numbers to quality of living issues.

On Monday the former prime minister said he would make the case for cutting migration to improve "stagnant wages, unaffordable housing and clogged infrastructure" in a speech in Sydney on Tuesday. ...

Abbott said that immigration had averaged 110,000 a year for most of the life of the Howard government and since 2006 "it's been running at double that rate".

"That means every five years we are adding – by immigration alone – a city the size of Adelaide to our population."

Abbott said the level of immigration was "very, very high", "absolutely unprecedented by historical standards" and "on a per capita basis, vastly higher than any other developed country".

According to the parliamentary library, an average of 107,000 permanent migrants and people on humanitarian visas entered Australia a year between 1996 and 2006 compared with 190,000 a year from 2006 to 2016.

However, the average in the Howard government was weighed down by low results in the early years. By 2006-07, 161,217 people came to Australia on permanent or humanitarian visas, almost as high as during the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments and Abbott and Turnbull Coalition governments, when it ranged up to 200,000.

The net overseas migration figures were 114,000 a year between 1996 and 2006, and 220,000 a year from 2007 to 2015.

However, from 2006 onwards, estimates for net overseas migration included people who stayed in Australia for 12 months or more, who were added to the population. This means the figures after 2006 are boosted by temporary migrants who later become permanent residents or citizens.
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Immigration abroad – Japan
Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year despite almost 20,000 applications
Alina Polianskaya
Independent, 17 February 2018

Japan has been accused of turning its back on asylum seekers, after it emerged that it accepted just 20 applications from a record 19,628 last year.

This is even less than 2016, despite the number of applicants continuing to rise. Then, 28 were successful from the 11,000 that applied for asylum.

For some time, asylum seekers with valid visas were able to work in Japan while their applications for refugee status were reviewed.

But the country's justice ministry, which oversees refugee recognition, has said people were taking advantage of the system.

Claiming people were applying for asylum just so they could work in the country, it changed the rules in January.

The alterations meant that only those considered to be bona-fide refugees were allowed to work. ...

The ministry said that the changes have led to a drop in applications for asylum, with the number of daily applicants falling by around 50 per cent from December to January. ...

In Japan, immigration is a controversial issue with many reluctant to accept immigrants as many pride themselves on cultural homogenity. Less than two per cent of the population are born outside of Japan – compared to around 20 per cent in the UK.
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The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan
Mark Schreiber
Japan Times, 17 February 2018

Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy's Dec. 18 issue devoted a four-page article to "Research into Vietnamese." Why Vietnamese? And why now?

"Their numbers in Japan have drastically increased," the magazine rationalizes. Up fourfold from five years ago, they grew by a remarkable 36.1 percent between 2015 and 2016. The Vietnamese population of 232,562 (as of end June 2017) has shot past Brazil to make them the fourth-largest nationality, and they may soon overtake the Philippines (251,934) for third place. ...

While not dwelling on negative aspects of immigration, Weekly Playboy doesn't pull any punches, noting that Vietnamese are already the Japan's top minority in one unenviable statistic: During 2015, their 2,556 violations of the criminal code exceeded the 2,390 cases by Chinese. ...

According to government figures, the number of legal foreign residents in Japan last year reached 2.47 million, or 1.95 percent of the total population. ...

It seems that while the government maintains the position that Japan is not open to immigration, according to definitions in use by some organizations, an immigrant is simply "a person who has resided in a foreign country for one year or longer." If that's the case, then according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, during 2015 Japan admitted approximately 400,000 immigrants – in substance if not in name – placing it fourth overall among advanced economies, behind Germany, the U.S. and the U.K.
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Immigration abroad – Jews, Muslims, France
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Guy Millière
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018

In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.

Most are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart. Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...

Graffiti on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's head. ...

... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...

Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.

Those who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means, move to safer neighborhoods. ...

The French Jewish community may still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of extinction. ...

Without the Jews of France, France would no longer be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not do anything.

Recently he said that he had done his best, that he could not have done more. ...

He added that in France, for at least two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no exception. ...

In France, telling the truth about Islamic anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.

French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure that no one can criticize Islam.

A new edition of a public school history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the claim. ...

Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...

Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014, they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural centers.

Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...

Recently, journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods, Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...

Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
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Immigration abroad – Italy, Spain
Mediterranean migrant crossings to Italy double in a month
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 14 February 2018

The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy doubled in a month to reach 4,800 in January, latest figures show.

Fighting near departure points in North Africa and poor weather were blamed for a dip in people-smuggling activities in December.

But the overall rate of arrivals is now in line with last year.

Data on "irregular border crossings" released by European border agency Frontex yesterday revealed Eritreans made up the largest group of migrants on the route, followed by Pakistanis and Tunisians. ...

In Spain the 1,300 arrivals detected last month was more than 20 per cent higher than a year ago.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Swedish pro-migration party admits: Costs of migrants are too high and will skyrocket
Voice of Europe, 14 February 2018

Sweden's Moderate Party wants a survey on the costs of immigration as they seem to spiral out of control.

The party, known for its pro-migration ideas, implicitly admits the costs are too high: "We have had a tendency not to talk about immigration costs. However, we wouldn't let another area increase in costs so dramatically without following up on it," Moderate Party member, Elisabeth Svantesson, said to Dagens Nyheter.

Sweden's total immigration costs for 2018 are estimated at 40 billion Swedish crowns (€4 billion). That's more than double the amount it spends on culture (€1.5 billion) and an amount close to how much the country spends on its military (€5.4 billion).

Svantesson said the costs of immigration could skyrocket in the future because the country's migrants have a "lower level of education".

Earlier Sweden's Moderate Party strongly supported migration. Sweden's former prime minister and then leader of the party, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said last year that immigration is "one of the best things that has happened to Sweden".
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Immigration abroad – Chinese, USA
The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US – and that Americans must step up to defend themselves
Michal Kranz
Business Insider, 13 February 2018

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday reiterated a commonly held view among US intelligence officials that China is seeking to become a global superpower through unconventional means – but he framed it as both a governmental and a societal threat to the US.

Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US intelligence agencies, Wray said that to undermine the US's military, economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was using methods relying on more than just its state institutions.

"One of the things we're trying to do is view the China threat as not just a whole-of-government threat, but a whole-of-society threat on their end," Wray said. "And I think it's going to take a whole-of-society response by us." ...

Wray pointed to China's use of unconventional intelligence sources as an example of its reach.

He said "collectors" – what the intelligence community calls people who collect intelligence on behalf of agencies or governments – had infiltrated US universities. ...

"They're exploiting the very open research-and-development environment that we have, which we all revere, but they're taking advantage of it," Wray said, adding that there was a "naiveté" among academics about the risks posed by foreign nationals at US universities.

The Institute of International Education found that US universities admitted more than 1 million international students in the 2015-16 school year, nearly 329,000 of which were Chinese students.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Migrant ghettos will become 'a nuclear bomb in the future' a top EU official warns
Danyal Hussain
MailOnline, 12 February 2018

A top European Union official has warned that migrant ghettos could become a 'nuclear bomb' of unrest and has urged the European Union to tackle the problem.

The EU has a war chest of £310 billion to spend by 2020 on its so-called cohesion policy as it tries to reduce inequality across the union.

European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu says that the money is crucial to stop the segregation of migrants in harsh and dangerous ghettos.

Despite decades of spending on infrastructure in the poorer parts of Europe, the European Union is aiming to reduce inequality by pumping more money into countries in eastern and southern Europe.

Ms Cretu said that this is important for 'social integration'.

She told the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 'Social integration will be crucial in the years to come.

'If we allow ghettos or segregation of migrants, this will become a nuclear bomb in the future.'
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Immigration abroad – Germany
'Unaccompanied Minor Refugees' Costing Germans $70,000 Per 'Child' Annually
Dan Lyman
NewsWars, 12 February 2018

The monumental costs of providing for migrants in Germany who claim to be 'unaccompanied minors' have been revealed in a new report by Welt - just months after the German government admitted that nearly half of these so-called children are actually adults.

According to federal figures, the expense per 'child' migrant averaged approximately €50,000 ($61,000) nationally in 2017, with social services agencies in certain regions detailing that they had invested much more - over $70,000 per case. ...

It should be noted that the federal government, which has transformed Germany into a veritable beacon for economic migrants from the Third World under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, only covers a small portion of these expenses, leaving states and municipalities to come up with the lion's share. ...

The German government has disclosed that nearly half of 'unaccompanied minors' admitted into the country are actually over the age of 18. ...

"The term 'unaccompanied minor refugee' used for young migrants should not be taken literally; 43 percent are already grown according to official information," Leubecher reports. ...

The vast majority of migrants remain unemployed, and the German Federal Employment Agency recently admitted that at least 74% of 'refugees' are only fit for 'menial labor,' having no formal training or professional experience - or ability to communicate in German. ...

Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration told the Financial Times that he expects three-quarters of migrants to remain unemployed for at least five more years, and "for many others we will need up to 10."
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Italy
Vast Majority of Under-35 Italians Now Oppose Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 February 2018

A poll has revealed that 65 per cent of Italians under the age of 35 are against mass migration with some wanting to limit the number of migrants flowing into the country while others want the rate reduced to zero.

The poll, conducted by polling firm Ixè, shows that Italian youth are less and less positive about mass migration into the country with only 35 per cent saying they approved of it. Forty per cent of the respondents said that they wanted much stricter controls on migrant flows while 20 per cent claimed to want migration stopped entirely, La Stampa reports.

President of Ixè Roberto Weber said that the results in the older age groups are even more starkly against mass migration.
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Immigration abroad – murder, Netherlands
Price tag on Amsterdam assassinations as low as €3,000: police chief
Janene Pieters
NL Times, 8 February 2018

The Amsterdam police are very concerned about the type of perpetrators involved in assassinations in the city. They often involve young amateurs, who will kill someone for as little as 3 thousand euros, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to local broadcaster AT5 while discussing a recent shooting in which 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed at a community center on Grote Wittenburgerstraat.

"In the 80's and 90's, professional hitmen from abroad came here for 50 thousand euros. In recent years we see young boys from Amsterdam. And that could well be the case in this case." the police chief said. "We sometimes now hear amounts of between 3 thousand euros and 5 thousand euros for an assassination. And with that, the amateurism, the uncontrollability and the brutality of the violence are a new concern for us." ...

Aalbersberg also said that gang-related assassinations take up a lot of the Amsterdam police's capacity, leaving them little time for other cases. "We are dealing with assassinations for 60 to 70 percent, and for the rest mainly with radicalization and terrorism investigations."

This leaves little time for tackling large-scale drug trafficking, for example.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Sweden
Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?
Paulina Neuding
The Spectator, 10 February 2018

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. ...

For Swedes, this has become a familiar theme. Gun violence is on the rise, with daylight shootings and without regard for bystanders. In the past nine years, reported and attempted murders involving guns have almost doubled. According to Swedish police, hand-grenade attacks (which were virtually unknown until a few years ago) are without parallel in countries not at war.

... Stockholm police recently put a figure on it: less than £890 can buy you five automatic weapons and ammunition with 64 hand grenades as a sweetener. ...

Yet it's still hard for Swedish authorities to be frank about what's going on. It's widely known that gang members are mainly first- and second-generation immigrants, and problems are rampant in what police euphemistically refer to as 'vulnerable areas'. Thus the gang wars serve as a constant reminder of Sweden's failed migration and integration policies. This is a problem for the government (and even the opposition) in a country that prides itself on being a 'humanitarian superpower'. And yet politicians, in government and opposition, seem particularly concerned that violence in immigrant suburbs is a PR problem, a threat to the image of Sweden, and that the remedy is spin. ...

Paramedics and firefighters are not the only ones who have to take precautions before entering 'vulnerable areas'. The Stockholm suburb of Tensta had free parking for months, after the area was deemed too dangerous for traffic wardens to enter. The Swedish Postal Service has for periods of time not been delivering packages to a crime-ridden neighbourhood in central Malmö. A number of public libraries have had to reduce their opening hours or even close temporarily in response to harassment by gangs of youths. ...

The Prime Minister's wavering shows what happens when you fail to integrate immigrants and instead tolerate the creation of a society within a society: the police are unable to protect or to gather proper knowledge of these new communities full of people who tend not to speak the language. ...

... Dan Eliasson, departing head of the national police, complains that investigations are made difficult because no one will talk to the police. The kind of social contract between state and society that leads citizens to help the authorities is not working in those parts of Sweden where police are seen as the enemy.
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Immigration abroad – heritage, Isdlam, Sweden
Sweden Appoints Pakistani Muslim Head of National Heritage Board
Robert Spencer
FrontPage Mag, 7 February 2018

Qaisar Mahmood, a Muslim born in Pakistan, is the new head of the Swedish National Heritage Board. This is an extremely anomalous appointment, since he readily admits that he has not read anything about Sweden's cultural heritage. But his new job is not really about preserving and protecting Sweden's cultural heritage and historical sites at all.

... He says he doesn't want simply to alert people to Viking artifacts and the like, but to use Sweden's history to "create the narrative" that will make Muslim migrants "part of something."

We have already seen how that works. Remember the fake news story about the Viking burial cloth bearing the word "Allah"? ...

The "Allah" Viking burial cloth propaganda offensive was one manifestation of what Qaisar Mahmood and others like him are doing. ...

Qaisar Mahmood, as a Pakistani, of course has no Swedish heritage of his own. His admitted lack of knowledge of Swedish heritage and history ought to have disqualified him from his position, but this is how Sweden is obliterating itself and committing cultural and national suicide. ...

It also must be remembered in connection with Qaisar Mahmood's role as head of the Swedish National Heritage Board that the Qur'an suggests that ruins are a sign of Allah's punishment of those who rejected his truth: ...

This is one of the foundations of the Islamic idea that pre-Islamic civilizations, and non-Islamic civilizations, are all jahiliyya – the society of unbelievers, which is worthless. Obviously this cuts against the idea of tourism of ancient sites and non-Muslim religious installations such as are found all over Sweden.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Former Italian PM Berlusconi calls immigration a 'social bomb ready to explode in Italy' as he pledges to deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he's re-elected
Alex Green
MailOnline, 6 February 2018

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he is re-elected.

Warning of a 'social time bomb ready to explode', the 81-year-old said in a TV interview his centre-right coalition would remove those who 'do not have the right to stay'.

'Immigration has become an urgent question, because after years with a leftwing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don't have the right to stay,' he said.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Germany
Former open-border activist denounces mass immigration
Free West Media, 6 February 2018

In 2015, Rebecca Sommer "wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress", she told the Polish weekly magazine Do Rzeczy.

The refugee aid association Arbeitsgruppe Flucht + Menschen-Rechte (AG F+M) [Working Group Asylum + Human Rights] she founded in 2012, had almost 300 volunteers who were giving German courses to the new arrivals in 2015.

..."I thought their medieval view was going to change with time... but after having seen these situations occur repeatedly and observing what was happening around me, as a volunteer, I have had to recognise that the Muslim refugees have grown up with values that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our values. Worse, they regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance."

She also speaks of her great disappointment when she realized how a group of "refugees" she had personally helped and believed to be her friends practiced taqqiya with her. ...

Sommer says she is not the only one confronted with the open-border reality, and said that many other volunteers also ultimately had to face the obvious.

There are now far fewer volunteers ready to work with the new arrivals in Germany. She warned that these Muslim immigrants posed a threat to the German way of life, and that this will get worse with family reunification as it would further inflate their numbers.

According to her, many Germans she knows, now want to emigrate to Poland because they had have enough. ...

In her interview for euroislam.pl, the former pro-refugee activist says that contempt for Western lifestyles and for women are not expressed only by practicing Muslims, but the majority of those who grew up in Muslim culture. ...

Political Islam is present everywhere, including in the government, in political parties, in the police and schools, she complained.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Italy
Italian right's election promise to deport migrants will be hard to keep
Steve Scherer
Reuters, 6 February 2018

The leaders of Italy's right-wing parties have pledged to deport hundreds of thousands of migrants if they win the March 4 parliamentary election, a promise that may win votes but will be hard to keep.

A centre-right coalition that includes former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) and the anti-immigrant League is leading in opinion polls, in part because of their hardline on immigration.

Surveys show Italians are increasingly uneasy after more than 600,000 migrants reached Italian shores by boat in four years. ...

But the reality is that deportations are expensive, time consuming and complex.

It would take years to repatriate those irregular migrants already living in Italy and thousands continue to arrive each month, mostly by boat from North Africa. ...

"If we wanted to repatriate 600,000 irregular migrants, and we could send 200 per working day, it would take more than 15 years," said Senator Luigi Manconi, a member of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) who next month will take charge of the country's anti-racism office.

The cost of deportations is high. Forced returns require that migrants be put in detention centres before departure, planes must be chartered and wages paid - two guards for each migrant.

In 2016, the repatriation of 29 Tunisians from Italy cost 115,000 euros (£102,049). On average, repatriations conducted jointly with EU border agency Frontex cost 6,500 euros each, an EU observer study found last year.

Italy has bilateral agreements with 24 non-European countries allowing for returns, but migrants often avoid being identified or countries refuse to recognise them as citizens.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Germany
German Politicians 'Alarmed' at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 February 2018

Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm, as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100 attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.

Published by the Funke media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97 cases.

At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the BKA to record "anti-Christian crimes" separately for the first time.

Ansgar Heveling, interior policy spokesman for Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, called the figures "alarming" and argued that the state "has a responsibility to punish these attacks severely and consistently... [as] anti-Semitic attacks are rightly being tackled". ...

Berthold Löffler, a political science professor at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, ...

Stating the BKA figures are likely "only the tip of the iceberg" with regards to the number of anti-Christian attacks taking place in Germany, Löffler writes: "One can confidently assume that the mainstream media would much rather report on Islamophobic incidents and xenophobic crimes committed by ethnic Germans."
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Border treaty blamed for Calais migrant surge that has led to violence
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 4 February 2018

A sudden surge of refugees arriving in Calais is stoking new tensions between migrant communities and led to the mass brawl and multiple shootings that shocked France last week.

There has been a 25% increase in the number of migrants heading for the French port, placing pressure on food handouts and increasing competition for routes into the UK.

Migrants and charities blamed the rapid increase on a recent border treaty between France and the UK, which raised "false hopes" that it would be easier to reach Britain.

The treaty, signed by President Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May a fortnight ago, promised to accelerate the processing of migrants in the port city and was heralded as "a more humane approach". ...

Griffiths said that following the border treaty announcement the charity recorded the arrival of 200 migrants entering Calais from surrounding locations in northern France and Paris, bringing the total within the port to around 800.

François Guennoc, vice-president of the Calais charity L'Auberge des Migrants, said the UK-France border agreement had caused chaos.
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Immigration abroad – Belgium
Belgian Senator: Multiculturalist Elites Manipulated Stats to Transform Society with Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 February 2018

Elites brought about a "profound transformation" of Belgian society without any public debate by manipulating immigration figures as more than one million migrants poured in, a liberal senator has alleged.

Writing in Le Figaro, Alain Destexhe said the realities of demographic change are being concealed across Europe by "the multiculturalist lobby which dominates universities, NGOs, public institutions and the media".

"Like France, Belgium has changed dramatically in a relatively short time, and was transformed into a mass immigration nation without any public debate," he said, noting that its population rose from 10.2 million to 11.3 million in a relatively short period as a result of mass migration. ...

"Yet this statistical reality has been concealed from the population," writes Destexhe, a doctor who spent a decade serving regions struck by war and natural disaster, and was appointed Médecins Sans Frontières's first secretary-general. ...

In his essay for the French broadsheet, the Reformist Movement senator details a number of methods by which he says immigration data is manipulated to keep Belgians in the dark, and thereby prevent any open debate over the "exponential consequences" migration is having on the small country's demographics.

"Even Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency, blithely mixes data and ideology," he said, pointing to its annual immigration reports, which claim mass migration is "good for Europe" and that the continent needs more of it. ...

Already one of Europe's most densely populated nations, Belgium's population is set to grow by another couple of million in the coming decades – yet this phenomenon is never publicly linked to mass migration, Destexhe points out, asserting it is only ever presented as a "demographic boom". ...

Declaring it urgent that Europeans "at least become aware of the gravity of the situation", Destexh ends his essay with a call for "the unvarnished presentation of statistics and a debate on their consequences".
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Immigration abroad – violence, Calais, France
Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl
BBC, 2 February 2018

At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say.

A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a critical condition.

Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK. ...

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the violence had reached a new level and accused gangs that try to smuggle migrants to the UK of instigating the violence.

This is the worst outbreak of violence between migrants in Calais for months, and the use of firearms is a worrying escalation of the tensions, the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.

The cause is not yet clear but an initial fight on the city's southern outskirts broke out on Thursday afternoon, where migrants had been queuing for food handouts.

Around 100 Eritreans and some 30 Afghans were caught up in the violence, which lasted almost two hours after the shots were fired.

The four critically injured were shot in the neck, chest, abdomen and spine, AFP news agency reported.

A second melee erupted shortly afterwards at an industrial site around 5km (three miles) away, when between 150 and 200 Eritreans armed with iron rods and sticks clashed with about 20 Afghans, the local prefecture said.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
REVEALED: Why Angela Merkel REALLY opened the borders to Germany - and Europe
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 1 February 2018

Angela Merkel welcomed more than one million refugees into Germany during the European migrant crisis to save Berlin from losing millions of euros from a Greece bail out deal, a politics expert has claimed.

Bremen-based political scientist Philip Manow said "cheesy ideas of Merkel's Mother Teresa moment" live on, but Germans should not be fooled.

He said the real reason for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's widely-criticised open-door refugee policy was to save Germany from losing billions if its eurozone neighbour collapsed into economic ruin.

Writing for German newspaper FAZ, Mr Manow said: "The opening of the border was the almost inevitable protection of the Greece deal."

Germany invested tens of billions in the rescue of its eurozone neighbour Greece in the face of bankruptcy.

At the same time, after the closure of the Balkan route, Greece was overwhelmed by a growing number of asylum seekers entering its country.

Mr Manow warned billions from the EU countries might have been lost had the institutions in Greece collapsed. ...

He said bailing out Greece "would quickly have become obsolete if Greece had in fact been left to its own devices with the refugee crisis because of the domino effect of the border closures of Hungary, via Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Macedonia".
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Immigration abroad – Italy
In new EU sea mission, ships not obliged to bring migrants to Italy
Steve Scherer
Reuters, 1 February 2018

The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.

Italy has repeatedly lamented a lack of EU solidarity in managing immigration. The previous Frontex operation, called Triton, required all those rescued at sea to be brought to Italy even if another EU country, such as Malta, was closer. ...

Since Italy coordinates the vast majority of sea rescues between North Africa and its southern coast, the new rule is unlikely have a large impact on arrivals, though it does send a political message to Mediterranean neighbours like Malta. ...

With more than 600,000 migrants landing on Italian shores in the last four years, a popular backlash is building ahead of a March 4 national election, and the centre-left government is under pressure to show it has the situation in hand. ...

The one-year mission will be re-evaluated every three months and will, unlike Triton, include Italy's southern Adriatic coast.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, public opinion, Israel
Poll: Majority of Israelis back deportation of African migrants
Middle East Monitor, 31 January 2018

A majority of Israelis back the planned deportation of non-Jewish African migrants, according to a new poll conducted by Israel Hayom and New Wave Research.

As reported by Arutz Sheva, 58 per cent of Israelis polled agreed that Israel needs to deport Eritrean and Sudanese migrants, compared to 23 per cent who disagreed.

The poll also found that 51 per cent of respondents believed the migrants to be "job seekers", while 37 per cent believed them to be asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, 59 per cent of Israelis do not believe that Israel has a "moral obligation" towards the non-Jewish African migrants, compared to 24 per cent who believe Israel does.

The Israeli authorities' policies towards African migrants have attracted widespread international condemnation, with criticism that the policies are motivated by a desire to protect Israel's Jewish majority.
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Immigration abroad – USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018

If you didn't know anything about our immigration system – an accurate description of our political class – you'd think that we take in few immigrants from the Third World or from anywhere outside Europe and that our "racist president" wants to stamp out the last vestiges of the few brave and unique immigrants coming from subpar conditions, yearning for freedom and American values. This distortion could not be farther from the truth.

Here is a list of the top 30 countries of origin among the immigrants who received green cards in 2016. These 30 countries supplied 76 percent of our immigration pool: ...

A couple of immediate observations are in order:

• Notice how Mexico dominates our legal immigration system in addition to sending us most of our illegal immigrants. Mexican nationals were the recipient of twice as many green cards as the second country on the list. And this has been the case pretty much for every year over the past few decades. Indeed, since 1965, 50 percent of all immigrants came from Mexico and Latin America, 29 percent from Mexico alone. ...

• Not a single European or western country is among the top 20. ...

• Seven Islamic countries, several of which are on Trump's moratorium list, are on this list, and they've been moving higher every year.

• From watching the trends over the years and having some background on this issue rather than solely from the chart numbers, it's clear that the top source countries of our immigration are not dictated by merit, but primarily by chain migration, diversity lottery, refugees, asylum, and quasi-amnesty policies that allow certain illegal immigrants to obtain green cards. This is not the immigration system America voted for; nor is it the one that was promised to us in 1965, 1980, and 1990. ...

If nothing is changed, our country will be flooded with millions of chain migrants that are coming here solely based on family ties, doubling down on the existing backward system. As of November 2017, there were 4.367 million people on the visa waiting list, 97.5 percent of whom are applying based on family ties to existing immigrants, who themselves largely came here based on family ties. ...

The solution to all of this is to immediately move to a merit-based system in which we bring in only people who love America, won't be a security problem, speak English, and will not be on welfare – irrespective of country of origin. ...

This used to be part of the commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly, demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important, policy issue of our time.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Arizona, USA
Illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native-born: Study
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 26 January 2018

The crime rate among illegal immigrants in Arizona is twice that of other residents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday, citing a new report based on conviction data.

The report, from the Crime Prevention Research Center, used a previously untapped set of data from Arizona that detailed criminal convictions and found that illegal immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state's population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population.

And the crimes they were convicted of were, on the whole, more serious, said John R. Lott Jr., the report's author and president of the research center. ...

Among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions, undocumented immigrants accounted for nearly 13 percent – significantly higher than their percentage of the population. Legal immigrants, by contrast, were less than 1 percent of convicts. ...

Undocumented immigrants also accounted for five times the rate of convictions for money laundering and kidnapping, and were three times more likely to be convicted of drive-by shootings.

The data covered from 1985 to 2017.
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Immigration abroad – Greece, Italy, European Union
Greece and Italy demand EU takes more immigrants and gives aid in 'Marshall Plan' for Africa
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 25 January 2018

EU members must share migrants and refugees, rather than expecting the Mediterranean nations to deal with the influx alone, the Prime Ministers of Italy and Greece have insisted in a forceful presentation to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Richer nations should also address the root cause of the migrant crisis by committing to a major development aid programme in the form of a Marshall Plan for Africa, Paolo Gentiloni and Alexis Tsipras said. ...

The Italian leader predicted that it may take decades to improve the African economies, which will reduce the flow of migrants, and that an important first step is to shift migration from smugglers and into legal routes. ...

"It is absolutely possible. You have to disrupt the networks of criminals, to strengthen structure of the almost-failed African states which are not able to control their own territories, and to gradually accept - through human corridors and systems of quotas - a regular flow of migrants from Africa to Europe."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, Italy
Italian politician pledges to kick out half a million illegal migrants if elected prime minister
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2018

A Right-wing politician who hopes to be the next prime minister of Italy has pledged to expel half a million migrants if his party wins the coming election.

Matteo Salvini, the head of the Eurosceptic Northern League, said he aimed to repatriate 100,000 migrants in his first year in power, followed by another 400,000 during the rest of his five-year term in office.

"There are half a million irregular migrants in Italy. All of them need to be sent home," Mr Salvini told La Repubblica newspaper. ...

Mr Salvini dismissed suggestions that his party was xenophobic, arguing that he was trying to prevent the rise of racism by tackling the problem of illegal immigrants.

"The only antidote to racism is to control, regulate and limit immigration. There are millions of Italian in economic difficulty. Italians are not racist, but out-of-control immigration brings with it far from positive reactions. We want to prevent that," he said.

Whether the League, even if it won power, would be able to expel so many migrants is open to question, given the legal and logistical difficulties that past governments have wrestled with.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Oslo, Norway
The Islamization of Oslo
Bruce Bawer
City Journal, 24 January 2018

... Groruddalen is home to more than a quarter of Oslo's population. /.../ For a few decades now, the valley has been associated in the Norwegian mind with Islam. ...

... From 2008 to 2010, more than 6,000 ethnic Norwegians moved out of Groruddalen, while almost twice that number of immigrants – mostly Muslims – moved in. In 2009, fully 67 percent of the children born in Stovner, a borough at the far eastern end of the valley, had non-Western mothers. ...

In 2011, Aftenposten broke the prevailing media silence on the topic by reporting on the experiences of ethnic Norwegians living in Groruddalen. "It has been difficult to be an ethnic Norwegian in Groruddalen," ... a schoolteacher who had lived in the valley all his life, told the newspaper. "It's about huge language problems, plus a pressure to adapt to norms that feel totally alien to those of us who have a Western lifestyle and mind- set." Åserud said that at some schools in the valley, "children are threatened with beating for having salami in their packed lunches. Girls are harassed for being blond, and dye their hair to fit in. ...

Two years later, in 2013, a remarkably candid SSB report acknowledged that 1,000 ethnic Norwegians were leaving Groruddalen annually, with an equal number of non-Western immigrants moving in to replace them. During that year alone, muggings in Groruddalen rose by nearly 80 percent. The great majority of perpetrators arrested were teenagers with immigrant backgrounds and Muslim names ...

In 2015, sociologist Halvor Fosli published Fremmed i eget land (A Stranger in One's Own Country), a book based on interviews with 20 ethnic Norwegian residents of Groruddalen. /.../ In short, a place where people had once lived without fear and treated one another with respect and friendliness had become charged with tension, dread, and bigotry – not anti-Muslim bigotry, mind you, but anti-Norwegian bigotry. ...

On March 11, 2017, to many viewers' surprise, the nightly news program on government-run NRK television ran an honest segment on the dramatic rise in crime in East Oslo, with a focus principally on Groruddalen – where, as journalist Anders Magnus reported, about 50 percent of the population now had non-Western immigrant backgrounds. Twelve-year-olds were selling drugs; 15-year-olds were carrying guns, knives, and baseball bats; Muslim youth gangs were assaulting adults in the open street; ...

... But the fundamental problem remains the traditional Scandinavian approach to crime: seeking out root causes, treating offenders as victims of society, and seeing compassion as a cure for criminality. This approach may work with some wayward ethnic Norwegian youths, but it makes no headway with their Muslim counterparts, whose cultural conditioning leads them to see such kid-glove treatment as a sign of weakness – and to exploit it. ...

In August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did, too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
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Immigration abroad – Belgium
How to Manipulate Migration Data? Take Belgium...
Alain Destexhe
Gatestone Institute, 24 January 2018

It should probably not come as a shock that statistics can be, and often are, presented and manipulated by elites. In Belgium – and in all of Western Europe except Austria – they form an informal multiculturalist lobby, which dominates universities, NGOs, public institutions and the media, in order to promote a pro-migration agenda.

In a relatively short time, Belgium has changed dramatically. Without any public debate, it has become a massive migration state. In just 15 years, Belgium has seen an increase of one million in its population – from 10.2 million in 2000 to 11.3 million in 2015. ...

From 2000 to 2010, net immigration was nine times greater than in the Netherlands; four times greater than in France or Germany and even greater than in the United States, a country historically open to immigration. ...

With the help of official forecasts, the media regularly note that the Belgian population is growing, and that this increase will continue. However, no one seems to be linking this rise in population to migration, even if, since 2000, that has been the driving factor. ...

This projected increase in population is never emphasized or presented in relation to the number of Muslims in Belgium, which is expected to double (to 1,250,000, meaning 11.1% of the population) or even triple (to 2,580,000, meaning 18.2% of the population) before 2050, according to the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life. ...

... Social issues are prominent. For instance, 90% of the people claiming social welfare benefits in Brussels have a migrant background. /.../ Moreover, the related costs are never debated or addressed. Those topics are just swept away as if they were totally disconnected to migration. ...

In Belgium, around 50% of immigration is linked to family reunification. That number represents a higher level than those of our European neighbors and more than for most of Europe, even though all of western Europe has been hit by mass migration. /.../ There are marriages in name only, polygamy, marrying only within one's community for many Turkish and Moroccan weddings, and apparently often fraud.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Italy
Video shows migrants in Italy expelled - but only in writing
Reuters, 22 January 2018

A video shot over the weekend on the southern coast of Sicily shows some 50 North African migrants who have been expelled from Italy instead joining Europe's army of irregular migrants as authorities look on. ...

On Saturday, the migrants were put on a ferry bound for Porto Empedocle on the Sicilian coast. Upon arrival, asylum seekers were bussed to shelters, while those not seeking asylum were given an expulsion order requiring them to leave the country within seven days, and then sent on their way.

While the procedure is in line with Italian law, it has rarely been documented. Unable and unwilling to return home, most migrants simply ignore the expulsion order and move on towards their destination, often in Northern Europe. ...

In the video, the migrants are seen carrying their expulsion order in one hand as they are handed a packed lunch. Then police watch them as they set off walking down a busy road. ...

Almost a half million irregular migrants are estimated to be living in Italy, while in 2016, almost a million irregular migrants were found to be living illegally in the European Union. The actual number is likely to be much higher since irregular migrants seek to avoid being identified.

Italian political leaders of all stripes say that irregular migrants should be immediately sent back home, but this is difficult to put into practice.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, USA
Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 22 January 2018

A Harvard-Harris poll taken in the run-up to the shutdown found Americans strongly support granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant Dreamers. But they also back Mr. Trump's three demands for a border wall, limits to the chain of family migration and an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery.

Most striking of all is the public's demand for lower overall legal immigration – a position that has little traction on Capitol Hill but one that is overwhelmingly popular across the country.

The poll found that most Americans want annual legal immigration capped at 500,000 a year or less – far lower than the current annual rate of 1.3 million.

Those findings challenge what many lawmakers say is the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that while illegal immigration is to be discouraged, high levels of legal immigration are necessary for the nation's image and its economy. ...

The public may see the issue differently, according to the Harvard-Harris poll of American adults, taken Jan. 17-19.

The survey asked respondents what level of overall legal immigration they would like to see.

A stunning 35 percent said the level should be fewer than 250,000 a year, while another 19 percent said it should be 250,000 to 500,000. Combined, they make up a majority looking for a cut of at least 50 percent over current annual levels. Another 18 percent said they want to see 500,000 to 1 million.

Just 19 percent of respondents said they want an increase over 1 million.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Islam, Belgium
7 out of 10 Belgians say they are living through the "Muslim conquest of their country"
Pamela Geller
Geller Report, 22 January 2018

Belgians know it, but do nothing about it. They know it, but elect the same politicians who sold them down the river. ...

On a side note, the statistic concerning Judaism reflects a bit on their ignorance and antisemitism. I am just so sick of everyone dumping on the Jews. 38% of Belgians say that Judaism is intolerant. How so? They never kill in the cause of Hashem or force non-Jews to convert. ...

... A study, published last week and carried out at the initiative of RTBF and the newspaper Le Soir, concluded that seven out of ten Belgians have the impression of living through the Muslim conquest of their country.

This poll, carried out on a panel of 4734 people, indicates that 74% of the people questioned consider Islam to be an intolerant religion (compared to 38% for Judaism and 14% for Catholicism). 71% judge it to be incompatible "with the values of [their] society".

... Two-thirds of Belgians feel "more and more invaded" and think "there are too many immigrants". By contrast, only 13% see the Muslim community as "a cultural enrichment factor" for their country.
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Immigration abroad – wages, Germany
German wage STAGNATION: EU immigration to blame for low level, top banker claims
Rebecca Pinnington
Daily Express, 20 January 2018

Germany's top banker has blamed immigration from the European Union for wage stagnation, suggesting the national economy would otherwise be stronger.

German unemployment levels are at their lowest since reunification, leading to skills shortages that would ordinarily push wages up in many industries.

However, wages are barely rising above long-term averages, in part due to wage pressure from immigration, the head of the Bundesbank has said.

The president of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, has pointed to the institution's research suggesting that "migration from other EU member states partially accounts for dampened wages pressures in Germany".
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, France
French Leftists Complain Their Children Cannot Succeed in 'Diverse' Paris District Schools
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 January 2018

Leftist parents living in the heavily-migrant populated 18th arrondissement of Paris are finding themselves conflicted, as they want "diversity" yet complain that the schools in their "diverse" district are failing.

For many years, leftist couples have moved from the expensive centre of Paris to the heavily-migrant populated district, and now that they have children they have found the "mixed" schools in the areas to be substandard.

Indeed, schools in the area have become known as "ghetto schools" and many French now attempt to move their children elsewhere, French newspaper Liberation reports.

The paper, which conducted an investigation into the issue, claims that leftist parents do not want to "sacrifice" their child to their beliefs and many parents are putting the success of their children above their multicultural ideals.

Julien Grenet, a teacher at the Paris School of Economics, said: "You cannot blame them for saying no. What is shocking is that some parents, very intellectually armed, are blind and deny segregation with false arguments." ...

Grenet said that the segregation of schools along cultural and ethnic lines is unlikely to change. "We have reached such a gap between some schools, it is difficult to go back and reintroduce the mixture," he said.
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Immigration abroad – unemployment, Germany
Even refugees with a university degree have an IQ of only 93
Voice of Europe, 20 January 2018

The EU and mainstream media said Europe's ageing population needed migrants to rejuvenate its workforce.

If their statement was correct, then the results of the migrant crisis would've been great: Hundreds of thousands of migrant should have been gainfully employed by now.

The reality, however, is totally different. For example in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands between 80 and 99 percent of migrants are unemployed after sometimes more than a year.

A lot of migrants don't have the skills required to compete in Europe's modern workforce. But according to Professor Rindermann of the German University of Chemnitz there is also a problem of intelligence.

Professor of Psychology Heiner Rindermann, already caused a minor controversy when he stated in Oktober 2015 that refugees (migrants) have a lower average intelligence than Germans and gave evidence for his claim. ...

Rindermann went on to claim that the often cited "language problem" is only partly to blame for this discrepancy and more important are weaknesses in basic skills. He adds that the problem is exacerbated by the "more frequent consanguineous marriages (i.e. first cousin marriages) in Muslim communities and in Africa with [their] corresponding impairments".
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Soldiers in Swedish Streets?
Eric Sof
Special Ops Magazine, 19 January 2018

The spread of violent crime and gangland violence in Sweden's numerous no-go zones has become so dramatic that even Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, a staunch defender of the so-called "Swedish model," suggested that using the military to uphold law and order in the Nordic nation's most troubled areas may be necessary. ...

"This is not my first-hand action, but we need to see additional authorities collaborating to crack down on crime," Löfven told the Aftonbladet daily.

However, Löfven's stance received no support from party colleagues. Justice Minister Morgan Johansson argued that army support in the fight against gangland crime was not relevant, maintaining that the police's forces were sufficient. ...

Jerzy Sarnecki, a professor of criminology and the country's leading expert on crime, argued that the deployment of military personnel into Swedish suburbs could mean a form of civil war no less. ...

The initiative, however, was welcomed by Czech-Swedish writer and debater Katarina Janouch, who made national headlines last year after speaking about the rampant crime in Swedish ghettos on Czech TV. ...

Following the public outcry, however, Löfven backtracked and clarified in a Facebook post that the armed forces should not take over the police's duties, but rather opt for an enhanced cooperation between the authorities.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Italy
Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution
Business Insider / Reuters, 18 January 2018

Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution, and drugs and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.

The group's base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile industry where many factories are owned and run by Chinese, police said in a statement.

But the network had members in other parts of Italy and across Europe, with arrests sought in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid and Neuss, Germany, the statement said. ...

Italy has a long history of home-grown organized crime, including the Sicilian Mafia and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, but immigration to Europe has opened the way for foreign crime groups to take root, including the Nigerian and Chinese mafias.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Belgium
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 18 January 2018

The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.

This sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and refugees to an invasion.

Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did before [mass migration]".

Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017, the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.

Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is growing "increasingly xenophobic".

"The results raise many questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.

Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo "permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has taken on a pathological dimension".

According to 74 per cent of people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of enrichment" for Belgium. ...

"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the 400 Muslims surveyed in the study.

These included 33 per cent of Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and 34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system inspired by the Quran".
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Immigration abroad – crime, Melbourne, Australia
'African gangs' debate polarises Australia
BBC, 18 January 2018

Melbourne is a place of stunning architecture, celebrated laneways and tree-lined boulevards, of major cultural and sporting events. ...

For many months, and particularly in recent weeks, this reputedly serene city has witnessed sporadic eruptions of so-called gang violence involving youths. Many of those involved have been Australians of African descent. ...

Last October, a parliamentary inquiry on migrant settlement heard from Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency (VCSA) that around 1.4% of criminal offenders in the state were Sudanese-born, though Sudanese and South Sudanese communities comprised just 0.14% of the state's population. ...

On charges of riot and affray, people born in Sudan comprised 6% of offenders. ...

Mr Monoah, a member of Victorian Police's new taskforce, said the issue had to be addressed in a responsible way, "without obviously mixing them with politics or without mixing them with any other messaging".

Fellow community leader Richard Deng also criticised politicians for using the term "African gangs", saying: "The majority of these kids are born here, they're bloody Australian. Let's call them that way."
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Immigration abroad – party politics, USA
Hostility to immigration used to be found in both parties
The Economist, 18 January 2018

In both parties, fundamental forces have shaped this political change. Only a decade ago, Republican leaders such as George W. Bush enthused about immigration. Yet they were out of touch with the nativism of many Republican voters. That sentiment, which Mr Trump divined and has exacerbated, has now infected the party to such a degree that hostility to immigration is the surest indicator of Republican support. The arrival of many Hispanics in Republican states which had previously seen little recent immigration, such as Alabama and Arkansas, is one reason for this. Another is the electoral migration of working-class whites from the Democrats – bringing with them the left's traditional fear for the effect of immigration on native workers' wages. In addition, Republicans' fears are driven, opinion polling and Mr Trump's rhetoric suggests, by ethnocultural anxiety which, in a country turning rapidly browner, cannot easily be assuaged.

Meanwhile, the Democrats, who until a decade or so ago were similarly divided on immigration, are now all for it. In 2006, 40% of Democrats were in favour of a border wall; now less than 10% are. This is in part because the party has to some degree replaced its lost whites with Hispanic voters. It also represents a more profound cultural shift, driven by a cosmopolitan relish for diversity and zeitgeisty aversion to chauvinism, such that even white Democrats now feel markedly less chary towards immigration than they did. To be pro-immigrant is becoming even more inherently Democratic than to be agin immigration is Republican.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
A Girl's Killing Puts Germany's Migration Policy on Trial
Katrin Bennhold
New York Times, 18 January 2018

The death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because both the suspect and the victim were only 15 years old and went to the local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl was German. ...

But the case of the two teenagers, Abdul D. and Mia V., has struck a special nerve because the killing happened in such a quiet and provincial setting and the two people involved were so young. ...

When Abdul arrived in Germany in April 2016, he said he was 14, and apparently none of the officials registering him raised serious doubts about his age. ...

There is an incentive for migrants to be listed as under 18. Government benefits, access to German lessons and job opportunities are better for minors. In Saarland, more than a third of the migrants who were tested appeared to be over 18.
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Immigration abroad – politics, France
The Jungle camp is a squalid monument to France's cowardice and Europe's failed border policy
Leo Mckinstry
Daily Mail, 17 January 2018

The Jungle camp at Calais is a squalid monument to Europe's failed border policies. ...

There was a much-trumpeted clearout in 2016, but, all too predictably, many are back, in swelling numbers. ...

In the absence of anything like a sufficiently resolute approach, French politicians have resorted to their traditional strategy of heaping the blame on Britain. ...

But the French government's demands are not only profoundly unjust, they are also unworkable. Britain has poured a fortune into beefing up security at Calais – more than £120 million in the past three years.

Moreover, any transfer of the border to southern England would do nothing to stop the migrant problem at Calais. ...

The truth is that the Calais nightmare has been allowed to fester because of France's political cowardice. ...

The Calais farce is a metaphor for a wider lack of political will to defend Europe's borders or the traditional concept of nationhood. The result is that ordinary people throughout Europe are becoming deeply worried about migration's effect on their culture, heritage and nationhood. ...

The migration-fixated, diversity-obsessed cadre of the EU, epitomised by Macron, have no answers to the problem of migrants.
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Immigration abroad – politics, Italy
Immigration thrust to fore of Italy's election campaign as politician says 'white race' could face extinction
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2018

Immigration has been thrust to the fore of Italy's election campaign after a politician from a right-wing party warned that "the white race" was in danger of dying out. ...

Attilio Fontana, a prominent politician from the Right-wing Northern League, said the "white race" in Italy could face extinction unless the number of migrants entering the country was drastically reduced.

"We have to decide if our ethnicity, if our white race, if our society continues to exist or if it will be canceled out," said Mr Fontana, who is the League's candidate to become the next governor of Lombardy, the wealthy northern region that includes Milan.

An unwillingness to take in "all" migrants was not "a question of being xenophobic or racist, but a question of being logical or rational," he said.

His remarks were condemned by the centre-Left, but he received the endorsement of Matteo Salvini, the leader of the National League, who said that Islam and the migrant "invasion" posed a grave threat to Italian society.

"We are under attack. Our culture, society, traditions and way of life are at risk," Mr Salvini said. "The colour of one's skin has nothing to do with it, but the risk is very real. Centuries of history risk disappearing if Islamisation, which up until now has been underestimated, gains the upper hand." ...

Matteo Renzi, former premier and the head of the ruling Democratic Party, accused the Northern League of pandering to racism and whipping up fear of migrants.

"We look to the future, not to fear," he said.

Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, who is also from the Democratic Party, said that opposition parties who said they would stop the influx of migrants entirely were giving false promises.

"The issue is how to manage flows, because our country will need these people," he said last week.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, Germany
German asylum numbers fall, but still too high, minister says
Riham Alkousaa
Reuters, 16 January 2018

The number of new arrivals in Germany seeking asylum fell 33 percent on the year to 186,000 in 2017, data from the Federal Interior Ministry showed, down from 280,000 the previous year and 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.

Immigration is one of the most sensitive topics in the talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) on renewing the 'grand coalition' that governed Germany from 2013 to 2017.

In a deal signed on Friday, the two camps agreed a soft target of 180,000 to 220,000 immigrants a year, to be achieved not via a formal cap but by interventions to manage flows. ...

But, presenting the new figures on Tuesday, interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the number of asylum seekers was still too high, adding that Germany still had much work to do to integrate new arrivals into society and address higher levels of criminality among asylum seekers.

"So far it is still the case that those who decide whether someone will come to Europe or to Germany are criminal people smugglers. This is the most inhuman selection committee," de Maiziere said on Tuesday. ...

... De Maiziere, a conservative, said that while family reunification could help refugees integrate, it could also encourage more people to send their children on the hazardous journey to Germany.
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Immigration abroad – extremism, prisons, Framce
'We risk our lives for €1.5k a month': French prisons on edge over radicalised inmates
The Local [France], 16 January 2018

Assaults by inmates linked to Islamic extremism prompted a second day of strikes by prison guards across France on Tuesday, casting a spotlight on the challenges of handling radicalised prisoners.

The attacks come as French officials test a range of preventive measures after a string of jihadist attacks over the past two years that have left more than 240 people dead.

Some of those responsible were involved in Islamist networks in jail. ...

"The thing that keeps coming up is, 'We're putting our lives on the line for 1,500 euros a month'," said Martial Delabroye, a Force Ouvriere union official at the Reau prison near Paris.

France's prisons house about 500 people charged with terrorism activities, and about 1,200 inmates are identified as having extremist views.
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Immigration abroad – Afghans, repatriation, Pakistan
Afghan refugees in Pakistan face mass deportation
Masood Saifullah and Riaz Sayed
Deutsche Welle, 16 January 2018

There are now an estimated 2.7 million registered and undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Afghanistan's failure so far to emerge as a stable and peaceful country means there is no safe place for these refugees to return to.

Notwithstanding the security situation in its volatile neighbor, the Pakistani government wants to accelerate refugee repatriation. At the start of January, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's cabinet decided to extend Afghan refugees' stay in the country only for 30 days.

This is the sixth extension given to the refugees by the government. ...

The decision comes as surprise for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), which is undertaking a repatriation program for 1.4 million Afghans, most of them living in Pakistan since their country was invaded by Soviet Russia in 1979.

There are also hundreds of thousands of undocumented Afghans residing in the country. ...

"Unfortunately the issue of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is being politicized from time to time," said Abdul Hamid Jalili, an Afghan consulate official in Peshawar.

Everybody understands, Jalili stated, that deporting over two million Afghan refugees in less than a month will not be possible, but the deadline is still set to create a mechanism for all Afghans to return.
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Immigration abroad – Melilla, Spain
Police attacked as 200 migrants storm Spanish border to claim EU asylum
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 15 January 2018

More than 200 African migrants stormed the Spanish border in a bid to claim asylum, regional officials have said.

The migrants breached the gates leading into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the border of Northern Morocco. ...

The 209 migrants who managed to make it across the barrier have since been taken to a migrant detention centre.
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Immigration abroad – citizenship, Republic of Ireland
100,000+ New Irish Citizens
Chinedu Onyejelem
Metro Éireann, 15 January 2018

More than 100,000 immigrants have naturalised in Ireland following the introduction of citizenship ceremonies in June 2011.

According to the Department of Justice, the number includes over 79,000 adults who took part in 128 citizenship ceremonies and over 21,000 minors, who are not obliged to attend the ceremonies often held during school hours.

Justice said the new Irish citizens since 2011 come from 178 different countries, and that half of the top 10 nationalities are from Asia: India, the Philippines, Pakistan, China (including Hong Kong) and Bangladesh.

The remaining five nationalities include two from the African continent, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as three from eastern Europe – Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

In an end-of-year review published by his department, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was "delighted to congratulate the 6,850 new Irish citizens who were formally conferred with citizenship over the course of 2017.
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Immigration abroad – walls, USA
This town is proof that Trump's wall can work
Paul Sperry
New York Post, 13 January 2018

When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply "won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas. ...

In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to just 12,251.

They hit a low of 9,678 in 2012, before slowly ticking back up to a total of 25,193 last year. But they're still well below pre-fence levels, and the Border Patrol credits the fortified barrier dividing El Paso from Mexico for the reduction in illegal flows.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, police, Germany
Germany: Berlin's Police Problem
Stefan Frank
Gatestone Institute, 12 January 2018

Berlin's local government has come under fire after reports of frequent, habitual and sometimes criminal misconduct by Berlin's police cadets. According to the reports, such misconduct, especially by those with a migrant background, is rampant in the Berlin-Spandau police academy. ...

At the same time, it emerged that Berlin's police commanders and the Senate had been aware of problems with cadets "of migrant background" long before this exposé.

The newspaper Die Welt quoted from the leaked minutes of a high-level police meeting, according to which the staff of the police academy complained about problems that "developed in the course of hiring officers with a migrant background (currently 30%)." ...

He also spoke of conflicts between different ethnic groups within the police. "It is only a question of time until someone fires the first shot at a colleague," he said.

Finally, the LKA official warned about the danger of criminal clans infiltrating the police and administration: "This has already begun".
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Immigration abroad – politics, Germany
Lead Europe? Berlin can't even lead Germany
Jens Bastian
politics.eu, 11 January 2018

It was only recently that Germany seemed like a rock of stability in an otherwise unpredictable world, a country to which other EU members turned desperately for leadership and direction.

Today, things couldn't be more different. /.../ Never mind trying to lead Europe. It's not clear that Berlin can even lead Germany. ...

Meanwhile, the only thing on which the winners and losers of the September 2017 election can truly agree is that "business as usual" can't go on. ...

The outcome of the elections was strongly influenced by the twin issues of refugees and migration. As is increasingly becoming apparent, the "welcome culture" of mid-2015 has been replaced with debates about limiting the number of arriving refugees, curtailing family reunification and expediting deportations, as well as linking crime statistics to refugees and migrants.

... And indeed, Germany's judicial system, municipal administrations and regional authorities are at breaking point. They do not have the capacity to handle the sheer volume of asylum seekers.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Nima Gholam Ali Pour
Gatestone Institute, 11 January 2018

While many Swedes are eager to expose celebrities who have sexually assaulted or sexually harassed women, Sweden is still a country where sexual assaults and rapes by newly arrived and illegal migrants is denied and concealed in the most vicious ways by parts of the official establishment. ...

If you are sexually assaulted by an illegal migrant in Sweden it is hard to say "Me too": there are many activists and supporters of migrants who will accuse the victim of lying – even when the victim is only 14-years-old and needs all the support she can get.

That Swedish media conceal sexual assaults by migrants is not exactly a secret; it has happened quite a few times. ...

The main narrative of official Sweden declares that all migration enriches Sweden.

Another part of this official narrative is that Sweden is filled with racists. ...

... Sweden is, after all, a country where rapists often get away with their crimes. In September 2017, the Swedish media reported that the police have no time to investigate rape cases because of the many murders.
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Immigration abroad – free speech, Germany
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018

Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it deems "hate speech". ...

Reconciling these two convictions – for free speech and against hate speech – is becoming harder, particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by 50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom of expression is tricky.

The most prominent example of the balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20 things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a social-media firm has 24 hours – extended to a week in complex cases – to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a €50m ($60m) fine. ...

Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of censorship. ...

Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers is also opposed. ...

All of which points to a broader truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since 2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented country.
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Immigration abroad – crime, USA
Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 10 January 2018

Many immigration advocates argue that immigrants have much lower crime rates than natives /.../. While there are other issues, the biggest problem with studying immigrant crime is that states and localities do not systematically track the country of birth, citizenship, or legal status of those they arrest, convict, or incarcerate. But the federal government does track the citizenship of those it convicts. New data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens – 21.4 percent, if immigration crimes are excluded. In comparison, non-citizens are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4 percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, France
Emmanuel Macron is tightening immigration rules
The Economist, 10 January 2018

In 2017 a record 100,000 people asked for asylum in France. /.../ A surge of applicants, led by Albanians, Afghans, Haitians and Sudanese, is putting fresh pressure on the processing system – and on the unity of President Emmanuel Macron's governing party.

... Yet in office he seems to have hardened his line. A new immigration and asylum bill, designed to tighten the rules, is due to be unveiled next month. ...

Edouard Philippe, France's centre-right prime minister, says that the bill will help to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in reception centres and "strengthen the efficiency" of rules on illegals. ...

... If asylum-seekers are to be treated humanely and efficiently, says the government, it needs to sift out the bogus ones and enforce the rules. In a new-year message, Mr Macron spoke of France's "moral and political duty" to act as a land of refuge for those fleeing persecution. But, he added, "we cannot welcome everybody."
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Immigration abroad – unemployment benefits, Germany
Tens of Thousands of Migrants in Germany Unable to Read or Write
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 January 2018

The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has released new figures showing that around 43,000 individuals engaged in integration courses are unable to read or write at all.

The 43,000 migrants were placed into special courses meant to help them learn how to both read and write but many have been totally unable to learn how to speak German in the language component of the courses, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reports. ...

Less than a fifth, or 17 per cent, of the migrants, engaged in the programme were able to speak German at an intermediate level which is required for basic labour jobs. ...

A vast majority of the migrants who arrived during and since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 are unemployed with a report from late 2016 claiming that only three per cent had managed to find work.

As a result of not being able to find a job, many migrants have ended up on the German benefits system. Last year the German Federal Agency for Employment (BA) announced that there were half a million asylum seekers living on state handouts.
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Immigration abroad – anti-white racism, USA
Our Kids Are Being Taught They're Flawed if They're White
Ed Brodow
MomZette, 9 January 2018

In my new book, "Tyranny of the Minority," I warn that "a Hillary Clinton victory might have placed us closer to a political inquisition in which conservatives would be given the chance to confess and recant. In that scenario, unrepentant conservatives would be deported."

Is that so far-fetched? I don't think so. Why? Because an inquisition aimed at white people is already underway. ...

The school in West Bend is brainwashing adolescent children to confess they are flawed if they happen to be white and male. If this is not an inquisition – what is? ...

"The Left," says author Ben Shapiro, "wants to portray America as 'an incurable mass of bigoted whites.'"

One of the most popular forms of anti-white discrimination is the "indoctrination" forced by many colleges on white freshmen. The purpose, says Greer, is to make whites feel badly about their skin color. Whites should "sit down, shut up, and allow their moral superiors to berate them." ...

The payoff for the Left's diversity and multicultural agenda is stoking racial discord. Minority special-interest groups are using the banners of "equality," "diversity," and "social justice" as a power grab. The intention is to impose their agenda on the white majority. It is a fight for equality only in the Orwellian sense. /.../ We are observing a grab for power by vocal minority groups that want to be more equal than others. Look out. If they succeed, they will institutionalize the inquisition.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018

Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.

The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to help manage the flow. ...

The process is referred to as "humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to their home country. ...

The plan resembles the one adopted by Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if the media covers the topic correctly. ...

Merkel's attempt to quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
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Immigration abroad – EU, Czech Republic
Czech president BLASTS EU migrant policy & warns 10 million refugees could come to Europe
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 8 January 2018

More than 10 million refugees could come to Europe from Africa if the European Union fails to change its migrant policy, Czech President Milos Zeman has warned. ...

He also claimed an influx of refugees from Muslim countries posed a threat to European culture.

Mr Zeman said: "If the European Union does not reach the courage to strengthen its external borders, for which it constantly chatters but does nothing, we will have 10 million refugees from Africa in the course of several years.

"The culture of these refugees is not compatible with European culture, which is what immigrants themselves understand."

The Czech president is a longstanding opponent of accepting refugees and said the EU should provide financial aid to the countries from which the refugees travel.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, France
France registers record asylum requests in 2017
Reuters, 8 January 2018

France registered a record number of asylum requests in 2017, when Albanians topped the list despite far slimmer prospects of obtaining refugee status than people from war-torn places such as Syria or Afghanistan.

... Official asylum requests rose 17 percent to exceed 100,000, the highest "in at least four decades", according to Pascal Brice, head of France's refugee office (Ofpra). ...

Asylum requests from Albanians rose 66 percent from 2016 but the acceptance rate was low, at just 6.5 percent, Ofpra figures showed.

By comparison, the acceptance rate was 95 percent for Syrians, 85 percent for Afghans and 59 percent in the case of people from Sudan, Ofpra said. ...

The new French number – precisely 100,412 asylum requests in 2017 - compares to 140,000 asylum requests recorded in the first nine months of 2017 in neighbouring Germany, where limits on the inflow are one key issue in talks where Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to forge a governing coalition.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Mass Migration: The European Commission's New "Norm"
Alain Destexhe
Gatestone Institute, 8 January 2018

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, recently published a startling opinion, advocating for more immigration as an inescapable reality to which European citizens should just adapt without any further discussion. ...

It is very clear, from survey after survey, Eurobarometer after Eurobarometer, election after election, that a huge majority of European citizens are not only worried about immigration but want – if not to stop it – to reduce it drastically, and regain the lost control over borders and over who is allowed to get inside Europe and who is not. ...

In a normal democratic process, every country should, ideally, be able to decide, through national parliaments, its migration policies. At a European level, the willingness of the majority of citizens should be taken into account. But Avramopoulos could not care less. According to this unelected Greek Commissioner, this is because "at the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm". ...

... In his book Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World, Oxford Professor Paul Collier explains that he has reviewed all the major scientific articles supporting the claims that migrants will be able to pay for the social benefits of aging Europeans, only to conclude that he was absolutely not convinced at all. First of all, many of the migrants are not qualified; and second, they receive social benefits, so there is little or no incentive for them to work. ...

But what about the almost four million young unemployed citizens already inside the European Union? The unemployment rate for them has actually been between 15-20% in recent years.

Alain Destexhe is a Senator in Belgium, Former Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières and Former President of the International Crisis Group.
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Immigration abroad – marriage ban, Bangladesh
Bangladesh court upholds Myanmar Rohingya marriage ban
BBC, 8 January 2018

A court in Bangladesh has upheld a law which bans Rohingya Muslims from getting married in the country.

The 2014 law forbids registrars from officiating at unions with Bangladeshi nationals and between Rohingya couples, after the government said it was being abused to obtain citizenship.

More than half a million Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017. ...

Explaining the law in 2014, government officials said they believed wedding certificates were being used to try and claim legal documents including Bangladeshi passports.

Under it anyone found to have married a Rohingya can be sentenced to seven years in prison.
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Immigration abroad – politics, votes, USA
LEAKED MEMO: DREAMers Are 'Critical' To Dems 'Future Electoral Success'
Michael Bastasch
Daily Caller, 8 January 2018

The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age – so-called "Dreamers" – a "critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success."

The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to "refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them." ...

CAP Action's memo says protecting DACA is not only a "moral imperative" for Democrats, it also key to getting votes.

"The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success," reads Palmieri's memo, obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

"If Democrats don't try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats' electoral chances in 2018 and beyond," reads the memo.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary
Hungary's Orban tells Germany: 'You wanted the migrants, we didn't'
Rebecca Staudenmaier
Deutsche Welle, 8 January 2018

In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended his country's refusal of an EU-wide refugee resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are "Muslim invaders." ...

"We don't see these people as Muslim refugees. We see them as Muslim invaders," he told the German daily Bild newspaper. ...

"We believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite," Orban told the paper.

"Multiculturalism is only an illusion," he added. ...

When asked by a Bild reporter why it was fair that Germany accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary accepted none, Orban responded: "The difference is, you wanted the migrants, and we didn't."
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Immigration abroad – Melilla, Spain
More than 200 migrants storm Morocco-Spain border
MailOnline / AFP, 7 January 2018

More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured.

A total of 209 people from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to get to Europe forced their way across the fence in the afternoon, the central government's representative office in Melilla said in a statement. ...

Spain is increasingly targeted by people desperate to reach Europe from Africa, with the number of migrants reaching the country in 2017 hitting a record high of nearly 22,900, according to EU border agency Frontex.

This was more than double the previous record set in 2016.
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Immigration abroad – Muslims, USA
No denying U.S. Muslim population explosion
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 7 January 2018

A recent study reveals that migration and high birthrates are increasing America's Muslim population by 100,000 annually, with nearly 3.5 million Islamic adherents currently residing in the United States.

Even though some figures show that only 1.1 percent of the total U.S. population is currently Muslim, Pew Research Center notes that the 3.45 million Muslims in the U.S. – up from 3.31 million in 2016 – is quickly surpassing and catching up to other religious groups. ...

Since around the time pro-Muslim/pro-immigration former President Barack Obama took office a decade ago, the Muslim population in the U.S. has grown by leaps and bounds. ...

One American Muslim organization that has been reported to have deep ties to Islamic terrorism, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argues that the numbers provided by Pew greatly underrepresent America's actual Muslim population, which it claimed – nearly three years ago – was twice (6-8 million) Pew's current estimate. ...

It is also reported that as the Muslim population increases in any nation, so does anti-Semitism.

"France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. have all seen increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and Jewish properties since they began importing mass numbers of Muslim migrants," WND's Leo Hohmann reported. "It has gotten so bad in France and Germany that many Jews have been quietly migrating out of those countries in recent years." ...

"Another indicator of the rapidly increasing U.S. Muslim population is the explosive growth in the number of mosques being built," Hohmann added. "There are more than 3,200 mosques now in the U.S., and more than 70 percent of them have been built since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Australia
More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living under the radar in Australia - most of whom are tourists and students refusing to leave the country after overstaying visas
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 4 January 2018

More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living Australia, the vast majority of whom are visa overstayers.

Officials from the new Department of Home Affairs are calling for tougher screening to enable them to detect people living in the country illegally.

Home Affairs staff believe illegal migrants view the department as 'toothless', and are demanding harsher fines and better visa screening. ...

Three quarters of the 62,900 illegal migrants entered the country on tourist visas, and another 15 per cent were students.

One third of the total have been hiding out for at least 10 years, and 18,750 have been living in Australia for 15 year or more.

China or Malaysia account for a quarter of the illegal migrants, and there are 5170 Americans and 3680 from the UK.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
The acting ICE director said politicians who run 'sanctuary cities' should be charged with crimes
Michelle Mark
Business Insider, 4 January 2018

The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that politicians in so-called "sanctuary cities" should be charged with harboring and smuggling unauthorized immigrants.

He said he has asked the Department of Justice to look into whether such jurisdictions are violating federal law. He added that the local officials should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by immigrants living in the US illegally. ...

Homan also vowed in his interview with Fox News to ramp up immigration enforcement in California, which recently implemented a statewide "sanctuary" law limiting police cooperation with ICE and forbidding officers from asking people about their immigration statuses.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
Germany: Migrants 'may have fuelled violent crime rise'
BBC, 3 January 2018

Migrants may be responsible for most of a recent rise in violent crime in Germany, research commissioned by the government suggests.

The study used data from Lower Saxony, a state where more than 90% of the rise was attributed to young male migrants.

The researchers say the findings are not surprising because many migrants who arrived in Germany in recent years are single males aged 14-30.

This group is most likely to commit crime, irrespective of nationality.

The researchers also said that migrants were twice as likely to be reported to police for alleged violent crimes as German nationals. ...

It also said that migrants with little hope of being giving asylum in Germany were much more likely to commit violent crime than those from war zones like Syria whose asylum was guaranteed.
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Immigration abroad – Italy, Europe
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018

In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000 migrants and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who were transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...

The Navy rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six ships to rescue migrants. ...

Commenting on the latest figures, Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.

The former Chief of the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue people in danger.

'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their efforts, which must continue.

'But the aim of Operation Sophia was to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to do.'

He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the southern coast of Europe.

'They can now just push them out to sea in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will rescue them and take then onwards.'
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Immigration abroad – Europe
Facebook helps the African exodus to Europe
GEFIRA, 3 January 2018

In Europe, social media like Facebook and Twitter are removing posts and blocking authors opposing mass migration from the Third World as hate speech. The hostile attitude to literally hundreds of thousands of Africans from Nigeria, Morocco or Ghana flooding Italy, Sweden or Germany is considered extremist behaviour by them. At the same time Facebook and Twitter are instrumental in the biggest human exodus in modern history. Social media have not been limited to a communication or marketing function for a long time. /.../ Social networks have also become a channel that helps to organize the transfer of Africans to Europe.

In 2017 a quarter of the people on the Earth have a Facebook account, of which 68% are under 35 years of age. Also in North African countries, this portal is very popular among almost half of the population, above all among people below 35 years of age. ...

Facebook has become the smugglers' channel for reaching out to people interested in getting from Africa to Europe. How does it happen? Firstly, smugglers create accounts and pages on Facebook where they advertise their services and give their phone number, as well as recommend contacting them by WhatsApp application, which guarantees the encryption of messages. Secondly, in order to authenticate their message, they publish pictures showing preparations for the journey. Thirdly, they publish photos and reports of people who made it to European countries, which is supposed to build trust on the side of potential clients. Important information is also contained in comments under posts. ...

The ads inform about the participation of battleships or NGO vessels in "rescue" actions. Several times there was also information that the only thing smugglers had to do was reach the place where the navy ships would appear in a few hours. Such messages leave many questions about the involvement of NGOs or naval forces of European countries. ...

People smugglers, the European Union, NGOs and Frontex are making a mockery of the law of the sea, and for that they should be held responsible. The massive transport operation that already brought six hundred thousand people from Libya to Italy since 2014, promoted and coordinated by modern communication tools like Twitter and Facebook, can hardly be regarded as genuine rescue operations.
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Immigration abroad – Assam, India
Indian state leaves 13 million citizens off register
MailOnline / AFP, 2 January 2018

Around 13 million people living in northeastern India's largest state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released Monday by authorities, who are under pressure to identify and expel illegal immigrants.

Assam has long struggled to curb immigration from neighbouring Bangladesh and is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens.

The latest draft list includes only 19 million of the state's more than 32 million residents. It was prepared on the orders of the Supreme Court, which is hearing a series of claims to Indian citizenship from undocumented residents of the state. ...

Political leaders have vowed to deport anyone staying in the state illegally, although it is far from clear that Bangladesh would accept them.

The BJP won elections in the state in 2016 after promising to root out illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh and protect the rights of indigenous groups.

Migrants have long been accused of illegally entering the state from Bangladesh and taking land, causing tensions with local people and sporadic outbreaks of communal violence.

Anyone living in Assam must now prove that their forebears appeared either in the state's only previous register of citizens, compiled in 1951, or on any electoral roll published before March 1971 to be eligible for citizenship.
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Immigration abroad – Netherlands
Netherlands population rises to 17.2 million on immigration, Dutch re-patriation
Zack Newmark
NL Times, 2 January 2018

The population of the Netherlands hit 17.2 million officially registered residents at the turn of the new year, an increase of 100 thousand from a year earlier. That gain is similar to figures released at the beginning of 2017, government office Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Tuesday.

About 82 thousand more people settled or re-settled in the Netherlands last year than the 139 thousand people who left the country. Roughly ten percent of the 220 thousand people who immigrated to the Netherlands in 2017 had a Dutch passport at the time of registration, according to a data table provided by the CBS. ...

The remaining population growth came from natural population increase calculated by the number of births against the number of deaths.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
'Saving lives is not a crime' - the Spanish activist taken to court for rescuing migrant ships
Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 2 January 2018

The rafts arrive daily now, in fair weather or foul, dozens of migrants crammed on to small inflatable dinghies more suitable for a pleasure lake than the open sea. ...

Arrivals to Spain by sea almost tripled in 2017, making the so-called Western Mediterranean route from Morocco the fastest growing gateway to Europe, as the EU clamps down on entries elsewhere.

The arrivals have left Spain's holding centres overflowing. ...

... a prominent Spanish refugee activist, Helena Maleno Garzón, who since 2012 has worked with migrants through her Tangier-based NGO, Walking Borders. The Spanish coastguards work so closely with Ms Maleno that she has become their primary alert system for departing boats. ...

Embarrassed and under pressure, Moroccan authorities have set their sights on Ms Maleno. Next week, amid outrage from human rights groups, she will appear in court in Morocco to face allegations that she is collaborating with people traffickers. ...

By December 20, 21,468 people had arrived in Spain on migrant boats, compared with 7,490 in 2018 and 4.408 in 2015.
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Immigration abroad – Israel
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2018

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. ...

The order exempts children, elderly people, 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. ...

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could threaten Israel's Jewish character.
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Miscellaneous – free speech, universities
The new blasphemies on campus
Tom Slater
Spiked, 5 February 2018

Today spiked launches the Free Speech University Rankings 2018, our fourth annual analysis of campus censorship in the UK academy, and it makes for grim reading: 55 per cent of the 115 universities and students' unions we survey are this year ranked Red under our traffic-light rankings system, meaning they actively censor speech and ideas.

This marks a dip in Reds from last year. But policies dictating what can and can't be said on campus are still becoming more severe in many areas. ...

... We also found that 48 per cent of institutions have policies which warn against insulting faith groups or offending religious sensibilities. ...

What's more, when it comes to who is being censored on campus, it isn't even just provocateurs, coming to campus to stir up controversy – it's students themselves. ...

The fracas at the University of the West of England in Bristol on Friday night, in which anti-fascist protesters tried to disrupt a speech by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, shouting 'no platform for fascists' and scuffling with his supporters, reminds us that student activism remains thoroughly intolerant.
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Multiculturalism – Netherlands
Peaceful multicultural societies don't exist, Dutch FM says
Janene Pieters
NLTimes, 18 July 2018

There are no peaceful multicultural societies and it is genetically determined that man can not connect with "unknown people", Minister Stef Blok (VVD) of Foreign Affairs said during a private meeting with Dutch who work for international organizations last week Tuesday, which current affairs program Zembla has footage of.

"Give me an example of a multi-ethnic or multicultural society where the original population still lives (...) and where there is a peaceful society. I don't know of one", he said. According to the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister, every society has boundaries when it comes to taking in immigrants. He called it "very nice" to have a Turkish baker around the corner, but added that there can be "some side effects". "If you live in the middle of it, you will suffer enormously." ...

One of the other meeting attendees noted that Suriname is an example of a peaceful multicultural society. But Blok responded that Suriname is a failed state, partly because its political parties are divided along ethnic lines. Singapore is also not a good example, according to Blok. "Singapore is indeed a mini-country, extremely selective in its migration (...) They do not allow poor migrants. Yes, eventually, possibly for cleaning", he said.

Dutch parliamentarians are shocked by these statements.
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Multiculturalism – Birmingham
How Brum can do multiculturalism even better - according to an expert
Carl Jackson
Birmingham Mail, 30 June 2018

An education expert say Birmingham schools can help boost the city's super-diversity and says all pupils should be taught the history of immigration.

Dr Karamat Iqbal declared that schools have a major role to play in improving cohesion between people of different racial backgrounds in the city.

It comes after the city council's new cohesion strategy revealed that white British people are soon to become an ethnic minority in Birmingham. ...

The council's new cohesion strategy is aiming to tackle the issues caused by segregation in Birmingham.

It also revealed that nearly 50,000 residents in the city are unable to speak English.

Dr Iqbal called on the authority to do more in terms of adult education and the provision of English language lessons, perhaps even making them free for those who could not afford it.

But he also believes there would be greater harmony between ethnic groups if British youngsters were encouraged to learn the more prevalent languages in Birmingham, such as Urdu.
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Multiculturalism – schools
Super-sized classes at highest level on record
Camilla Turner and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2018

Super-sized classes are at the highest level on record, official figures show, as secondary schools begin to feel the effects of a migrant-fuelled baby boom.

Eight per cent of secondary school classes now have over 30 children, which is the highest proportion since the Department for Education (DfE) started collecting figures for its annual school census in 2006. ...

The average secondary school class size in 2018 was 21.2 students, the new data shows, which is the largest since 2007. There is now the equivalent of one extra pupil in each class, compared to five years ago.

Overall, there are now 66,000 more children in the nation's schools compared to the same point last year. While some of this increase was in primaries, most was in secondaries, which have seen numbers rise by 35,400 in just a year. ...

The latest DfE statistics, which look at the make-up of the school population across England, also reveals that one in three of the nation's primary school children are from a minority ethnic background.

More than one in five primary-age children do not speak English as their first language.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
More than 140,000 Muslims gather at 'Europe's largest Eid celebration' in Birmingham as millions of around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan
Connor Boyd and Jordan Barnes
MailOnline, 16 June 2018

Birmingham hosted Europe's largest event to signal the end of Ramadan earlier with more than an estimated 140,000 worshippers attending prayers at Small Heath park earlier.

It was the biggest gathering yet for organisers Celebrate Eid, in its seventh year, with 106,000 Muslims attending the event last year.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, police
Non-Muslim police officers take part in 18-hour Ramadan fast to 'gain a better understanding' of the local community
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 15 June 2018

Non-Muslim police officers have taken part in an 18-hour fast for Ramadan to help boost relations with the Islamic community.

Northamptonshire Police said the move was to 'show unity' and 'gain a better understanding' of the local community during the Muslim holy month.

PSCO's were this week pictured at the Headlands Mosque in Northampton, joining in with the evening iftar meal having fasted from sunrise to sunset.
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Multiculturalism – nostalgia
Nostalgia should not be dismissed
Andrew Rumsey
Church Times, 15 June 2018
[The Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey is Team Rector in the Oxted Team Ministry, in Southwark diocese]

Nostalgia (as the old quip goes) isn't what it was. A new report by the think tank Demos, At Home in One's Past: Nostalgia as a cultural and political force in Britain, France and Germany, is a timely recognition that, far from being mere sentimental indulgence, nostalgia is now driving populist politics across Europe.

This insightful piece of research pays particular attention to the impact of nostalgic attitudes on the 2016 EU referendum campaign, remarking how both Leave and Remain campaigns sought to "outplay" the other's nostalgic discourses to demonstrate their status within the national story.

Refining its focus from general impressions – that, for example, 63 per cent of British citizens believe that life was better when they were growing up (fairly constant in all eras, one suspects) – the report homes in on more sensitive questions around "traditional values" and the perceived benefits or threats of a multicultural society. Among the more striking statistics, it finds that 78 per cent of people in British communities that have experienced large-scale immigration in recent years believe that this transition has made them more divided.

The report is significant for at least two reasons: first, in its acknowledgement, through careful qualitative analysis, that political life today is shaped as much by our felt senses of belonging and tradition as the more familiar categories of economic prosperity or party allegiance.

The second is its emerging from a progressive culture that has hitherto either downplayed such sympathies, or dismissed them as reactionary. Accepting that nostalgia tends to be employed as a "liberal slur", it concludes that, if this term reflects citizens' genuine experience, "we cannot dismiss nostalgia itself as irrational, hyperbolic, or feeble."
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Multiculturalism – Islam, Conservative Party
Our new moves to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination within the Conservative Party
Brandon Lewis
ConservativeHome, 15 June 2018
[Brandon Lewis is Chairman of the Conservative Party, and is MP for Great Yarmouth]

As Muslim families gather today to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, they will be joined by neighbours of different faiths and none to celebrate this happy day. This is a wonderful reminder of how much Muslims contribute to the community and culture of British life.

Britain would be a poorer place without British Muslims. We are lucky to have a rich tapestry of faiths and different communities in the United Kingdom. It is one of the things that makes this nation strong. As a Party we are strongest when we reflect the diversity of backgrounds and experience of wider society in our membership. ...

Yesterday, I met with TellMAMA, an organisation doing tremendous work to support and protect Muslims in Britain. They recognise that the Conservative Party has acted swiftly in disciplining members who have expressed unacceptable attitudes towards Muslims, but we should always be looking to do more to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination of any kind.

So I am taking the following steps:

. First, the Conservative Party will work closely with TellMAMA to give local associations tailored advice, support and guidance to deal with abuse and bigotry robustly.

. Second, I will make diversity training available to all members and association officers to improve awareness of discrimination and promote inclusion.

. Third, I will be writing to local associations to remind them of the standards of behaviour expected from representatives of the Party and to stress the importance of promoting tolerance and inclusivity.

. Finally, I will ask all local associations to report back to CCHQ about how they have dealt with locally reported complaints.
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Multiculturalism – Denmark, Sweden
Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?
Mahama Tawat
LSE Religion and Global Society blog, 12 June 2018

In 2006, ...

That year, in a book titled Beyond Stereotypes: Immigrants and Integration in Denmark and Sweden, the Swedish political scientist Bo Petersson stated that "in Sweden the image prevails of Denmark as a den of intolerance, racism, and xenophobia, whereas Sweden is depicted in Denmark as a land of multiculturalism and political correctness, where people's real opinions about immigration and integration are not allowed to be articulated." His co-editor, the Danish historian Ulf Hedetoft, meanwhile asked how academics could better "understand the relationship between traditional divergence and a possibly greater actual convergence between Denmark and Sweden". ...

The multicultural question is where this common trajectory diverges. Broadly speaking, multiculturalism is defined as the equal recognition of cultures in contrast to assimilation which gives predilection to the majority culture. Sweden formally adopted multiculturalism in the mid-70s. It was argued that the multiplicity of cultures was necessary for the well-being of minority communities, but also for enriching the national Swedish culture.

... It is not until the late 1990s that the divergence with Sweden became apparent and Danish policy was established as assimilation. ...

In a systematic comparison of both countries' immigrant cultural policies as expressed by their respective ministries in charge of culture from 1960, I found that, in essence, Swedish policy has amounted to the celebration of difference, the idea that immigrants' happiness depends on the possibility of enjoying their cultures (cultural embeddedness) and that ethnocultural diversity is enriching for the majority culture. To this end, the Swedish government has encouraged and funded immigrant cultural associations since the 1970s but more so in the 1980s. In the 2000s, it implemented diversity plans throughout state cultural institutions and in 2006 declared a Year of Multiculturalism whereby all state institutions including embassies abroad were to showcase multiculturalism. ...

By contrast, Danish policy has amounted to toleration with its main characteristics of (1) preference for the majority culture, (2) the avoidance of any form of coercion and (3) privatization, or the possibility for immigrants to practice their culture in the private sphere. Concretely, successive Danish governments have favoured the national culture in the public sphere, emphasising the Danish language and Christianity as its pillar.
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Multiculturalism – integration, cost
£19 million funding for councils to boost integration
GOV.UK, 8 June 2018
[Press release]

From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Councils across England will receive a share of a further £19 million to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne announced today (8 June 2018).

This latest allocation from the Controlling Migration Fund includes more than £16 million for 38 projects. Local authorities have developed plans to ease local pressures on housing, education and health services arising from recent migration providing benefits to the whole community.

The announcement today includes £1.75 million of funding to help new refugees into work and integrate into their new communities after their asylum decision is made. ...

This latest allocation brings the total funding to £73.5 million since the Fund's launch.
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Multiculturalism – education
Curriculum 'must cover more than dead, white men' - Bousted
Helen Ward
tes, 7 June 2018

Speaking at the Bryanston Education Summit, Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, said England was "hurtling forward to a rosy past" with its emphasis on knowledge. ...

"As an English teacher, I have no problem with Shakespeare, with Pope, with Dryden, with Shelley," she said. "But I knew in a school where there are 38 first languages taught other than English that I had to have Afro-Caribbean writers in that curriculum, I had to have Indian writers, I had to have Chinese writers to enable pupils to foreshadow their lives in the curriculum."

She also added that the canon tended to exclude black writers and women writers.

"If a powerful knowledge curriculum means recreating the best that has been thought by dead, white men – then I'm not very interested in it," she said.
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Multiculturalism – religion, ethnicity
Religious differences a huge source of tension say nearly half of Brits
Humanists UK, 24 April 2018

Religion is seen as more of a source of tension in Britain than in almost every country in the world, a new global survey conducted by Ipsos Mori has revealed. 47% of Britons believe that tension exists 'between different religions', second only to the perceived tension 'Between immigrants and people born in Britain' (50%). ...

Asked by pollsters which differences they considered to be the greatest sources of tension in society, divides related to immigration and religion came out on top in Britain, with ethnicity third (41%) and political views fourth (23%). Of all the countries surveyed, just two considered religion to be a greater source of division – Belgium with 50% and India with 48%. Australia was tied with Britain on 47%, while no other country topped 38%.
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Multiculturalism – politics, diversity, Conservative Party
On diversity, Conservatives are losing the generation game
Andrew Cooper
CapX, 24 April 2018
[Andrew Cooper, Lord Cooper of Windrush, served from 2011 to 2013 as Director of Strategy in the Prime Minister's Office under David Cameron]

The arrival of the Windrush started a process that would change the UK forever. The proportion of the UK population that isn't white, just 0.2 per cent in 1951, had reached 13 per cent by the last census in 2011; from one in 500, to more than one in eight. In the seven decades since 492 Jamaicans and Trinidadians disembarked from the Windrush, the UK has become ever more diverse – our society, economy, culture and outlook broadened and enriched, our country changed for the better by immigration.

For much of this period, though, the Conservative Party has struggled to come to terms with the growing diversity of Britain and has even, at times, been overtly hostile towards it. The Conservative Party, extraordinarily, opposed the 1965 Race Relations Act – the first attempt to give legal protection against racial discrimination. Every subsequent UK law advancing equality of ethnic minorities has been introduced by a Labour government, while the Conservative Party's consistent priority, by contrast, has been the tightening of immigration law. ...

In 2017, for the second election running, the Tories lost ground among non-white voters while increasing its support in the country as a whole. Not being white remains, shamefully, one of the strongest demographic predictors of not voting Conservative – in a country where the proportion of the electorate that is not white is set to keep increasing. Thirteen per cent of the total population is non-white, but among children under five that proportion is closer to 30 per cent. The whiteness of the Tory Party's appeal means that it struggles to win in constituencies where the BAME population is 30 per cent or higher: it currently holds just one such seat. Before 1987 there were no constituencies with more than 30 per cent BAME population. By the next general election, it is projected that there will be more than 120 such seats. Unless something changes, before long there just won't be enough white voters in the electorate for the Conservative Party to be able to win.

It is striking that people who were alive when the Windrush docked, or who lived through the first phase in the UK's transition from a white country to a diverse one, predominantly now think that immigration has changed Britain for the worse and that multiculturalism has weakened us. But it is surely more significant that the generations who have only ever know a country that is ethnically diverse and multicultural feel, by bigger margins, that immigration has been – and remains – a good thing; that diversity has strengthened us and that increasing diversity will strengthen us more.
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Multiculturalism – public opinion
Multiculturalism has failed, believe substantial minority of Britons
Mark Townsend
Observer, 15 April 2018

Fifty years after Enoch Powell's notorious "Rivers of Blood" speech, a large minority of Britons appears to believe that multiculturalism has failed and different communities generally live separate lives.

A YouGov poll of 5,200 people to be released tomorrow and commissioned by anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate, found that 43% predicted relationships between different UK communities will deteriorate over the next few years compared to 14% who feel things will improve. More than two-thirds of Conservative Leave voters said they believed multiculturalism wasn't working.

Nick Lowles, chief executive of Hope Not Hate, said: "There is clearly much work to do. Powell's speech led anti-racism campaigners to mobilise – the anniversary of the speech must do the same."

The YouGov poll does offer grounds for optimism, with almost half of respondents describing Britain as a successful multicultural society, although that sentiment is mostly shared among Remain voters and Liberal Democrat supporters. ...

A Gallup poll conducted weeks after the 1968 speech found 74% of the British population agreed with the "Rivers of Blood" speech, in which Powell strongly criticised levels of immigration to Britain, particularly from the Commonwealth. ...

The YouGov survey found that 40% felt his warning has proved well-founded – compared to 41% of respondents who believe Powell's gloomy view of race relations was wrong.

A narrow majority of 51% worried that immigration was increasing the pressure on hospitals and schools. More than one-third of all respondents see Islam as a threat to the British way of life, fractionally more than the proportion who view the Muslim faith and the British way of life as compatible.

The vast majority of respondents – 81% – said they felt happy in their communities and almost one-third of people said that they or a family member has been in relationship with someone of a different ethnicity to themselves.

A majority of people – 59% – believe that having a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds is part of British culture, a proportion that has steadily increased since Hope Not Hate first posed the question in 2011, when 49% of people agreed with the statement.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 2 April 2018

"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together", according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of the Islamic preachers who now lead "Londonistan", as the journalist Melanie Phillips has called the English capital. No, Rizvi is not a right-wing extremist. Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate for Literature, was less generous; he called the UK "a cesspit for Islamists".

"Terrorists can not stand London multiculturalism", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said after the recent deadly terror attack at Westminster. The opposite is true: British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English Christianity.

... Not only buildings are converted, but also people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled; often they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster. ...

... Given the current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.

In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many jihadists live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates the sky. ...

Most important cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). /.../ In Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. ...

According to Innes Bowen, writing in The Spectator, only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. ...

... The British cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists in accepting their demands. ...

... The British ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis.

What will be next?
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Multiculturalism – national identity
Fake British Citizens
Myles Harris
The Salisbury Review, 28 March 2018

When the BBC smugly announced that two 'British' Jihadists with Arabic names accused of torturing, crucifying and beheading unarmed civilians had been captured in Syria, many British listeners were enraged. What could be less British? What would foreigners think we as a nation had come to?

This type of slap in the face is intentional, frequent and part of the left's postmodern project to deconstruct our way of life. If you tell a people they no longer have any say in who lives in their country, you will destroy their idea of nationhood. A country that does not feel itself to be a nation has no borders.

... Patriotism burns deeply in many an Englishman's heart, and to be told a medieval killer with an Arab name who spits on the idea of our country is British is the equivalent to a blow in the face.
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Multiculturalism – hyper-liberalism
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 2]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018

That modern politics has been shaped by secular religions is widely recognized in the case of totalitarian regimes. ...

While liberals have been ready to acknowledge that totalitarian movements have functioned as corrupt religions, they resist any claim that the same has been true in their own case. ...

Hyper-liberals will reject any idea that what they are promoting is an exorbitant version of the liberalism they incessantly attack. Yet the belief persists that a new society will appear once we have been stripped of our historic identities, and switched to a system in which all are deemed different and yet somehow the same. In this view, all identities are equal in being cultural constructions. In practice some identities are more equal than others. Those of practitioners of historic nationalities and religions, for example, are marked out for deconstruction, while those of ethnic and sexual minorities that have been or are being oppressed are valorized. How this distinction can be maintained is unclear. ...

... In the past, liberals have struggled to reconcile their commitment to liberty with a recognition that people need a sense of collective belonging as well. In other writings Mill balanced the individualism of On Liberty with an understanding that a common culture is necessary if freedom is to be secure, while Isaiah Berlin acknowledged that for most people being part of a community in which they can recognize themselves is an integral part of a worthwhile life. These insights were lost, or suppressed, in the liberalism that prevailed after the end of the Cold War. If it was not dismissed as atavistic, the need for a common identity was regarded as one that could be satisfied in private life. A global space was coming into being that would recognize only universal humanity. Any artefact that embodied the achievements of a particular state or country could only be an obstacle to this notional realm. The hyper-liberal demand that public spaces be purged of symbols of past oppression continues a post-Cold War fantasy of the end of history.

Liberals who are dismayed at the rise of the new intolerance have not noticed how much they have in common with those who are imposing it. Hyper-liberal "snowflakes", who demand safe spaces where they cannot be troubled by disturbing facts and ideas, are what their elders have made them. Possessed by faith in an imaginary humanity, both seek to weaken or destroy the national and religious traditions that have supported freedom and toleration in the past. Insignificant in itself and often comically absurd, the current spate of campus frenzies may come to be remembered for the part it played in the undoing of what is still described as the liberal West.
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Multiculturalism – hyper-liberalism
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 1]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018

For liberals the recent transformation of universities into institutions devoted to the eradication of thought crime must seem paradoxical. In the past higher education was avowedly shaped by an ideal of unfettered inquiry. Varieties of social democrats and conservatives, liberals and Marxists taught and researched alongside scholars with no strong political views. Academic disciplines cherished their orthodoxies, and dissenters could face difficulties in being heard. But visiting lecturers were rarely disinvited because their views were deemed unspeakable, course readings were not routinely screened in case they contained material that students might find discomforting, and faculty members who departed from the prevailing consensus did not face attempts to silence them or terminate their careers. An inquisitorial culture had not yet taken over.

It would be easy to say that liberalism has now been abandoned. Practices of toleration that used to be seen as essential to freedom are being deconstructed and dismissed as structures of repression, and any ideas or beliefs that stand in the way of this process banned from public discourse. Judged by old-fashioned standards, this is the opposite of what liberals have stood for. But what has happened in higher education is not that liberalism has been supplanted by some other ruling philosophy. Instead, a hyper-liberal ideology has developed that aims to purge society of any trace of other views of the world. If a regime of censorship prevails in universities, it is because they have become vehicles for this project. /.../ In institutions that proclaim their commitment to critical inquiry, censorship is most effective when it is self-imposed. A defining feature of tyranny, the policing of opinion is now established practice in societies that believe themselves to be freer than they have ever been. ...

However, indifference to facts is not confined to the alt-right and the hyper-liberal Left. It is pervasive among liberals who came of age at the end of the Cold War. ...

Liberals who rail at populist movements are adamant that voters who support them are deluded or deceived. The possibility that these movements are exploiting needs that highly individualist societies cannot satisfy is not seriously considered. In the liberalism that has prevailed over the past generation such needs have been dismissed as atavistic prejudices, which must be swept away wherever they stand in the way of schemes for transnational government or an expanding global market. This stance is one reason why anti-liberal movements continue to advance. Liberalism and empiricism have parted company, and nothing has been learnt. Some of the strongest evidence against the liberal belief that we learn from our errors and follies comes from the behaviour of liberals themselves. ...
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Multiculturalism – religion, Islam
Atheist Richard Dawkins Warns Christianity Could be Replaced by 'Something Worse'
Amy Furr
Townhall, 26 March 2018

In reaction to a recent article, well-known atheist and author Richard Dawkins Tweeted Wednesday that we should not rejoice over the death of Christianity in Europe because we do not know what might replace it. ...

In previous comments, Dawkins has said he recognizes the danger Islam poses to European Christianity.

"There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death," he said. ...

During a speech at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dawkins said that Islam poses a worse threat than any other religion.

"It's tempting to say all religions are bad, and I do say all religions are bad, but it's a worse temptation to say all religions are equally bad because they're not," he said.

"If you look at the actual impact that different religions have on the world it's quite apparent that at present the most evil religion in the world has to be Islam," he concluded.
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Multiculturalism – religion
Islam Poised to Pass Anglicans as Preferred Religion of Britain's Young Adults
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 25 March 2018

Islam has been gaining on Christianity for years in Great Britain and is now only one percentage point behind Anglicanism among the share of the population aged 16 to 29.

An astonishing new report out of St. Mary's University in Twickenham has revealed that only seven percent of young adults in the UK self-identify as Anglicans, compared to six percent who say they are Muslims. If current trends continue, Islam will soon pass the Church of England, despite the latter's privileged status as the official religion of the state. ...

Moreover, the UK has a significant gap in fertility rates between Muslims and non-Muslims, with Muslim women having an average of 2.9 children compared to the 1.8 had by non-Muslims.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Kurdish Afrin Falls to Turkey
Uzay Bulut
Gatestone Institute, 19 March 2018
[Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist born and raised in Turkey. She is presently based in Washington D.C.]

Yesterday, while many Europeans are still pilloried for viewing mass migration from Muslim-majority countries as a threat to Western culture – and are still accused of "xenophobia," "Islamophobia" and "fear-mongering" – the city of Afrin, in the Kurdish area of Syria, fell to Turkey.

At the same time, a prominent Turkish government official has been openly and proudly declaring that the demography of Europe is changing in favor of Muslims.

MP Alparslan Kavaklioglu, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the head of the parliament's Security and Intelligence Commission, recently stated:



"/.../ But Europe has this problem. All of the newcomers are Muslim. From Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Those who come from these places are Muslim. It is now at such a level that the most popular name in Brussels, Belgium is Mohammed. The second most popular name is Melih [Malih] and the third one is Ayse [Aisha]."



According to Kavaklioglu, if this trend continues,



"the Muslim population will outnumber the Christian population in Europe. This... has increased the nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-Islam rhetoric there. Hence, marginal, small parties have started to get large numbers of votes... But there is no remedy for it. Europe will be Muslim. We will be effective there, Allah willing. I am sure of that."



Kavaklioglu is not the first Turkish official to stress the importance of population growth. ...

In 2017, Erdogan called on Turks residing in Europe to have even more children:



"/.../ Make five children – not just three. For you are the future of Europe."


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Multiculturalism – segregation
Cambridge college holds dinner for 'self-defining black and ethnic minority students' to allow non-white people to 'reclaim space'
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 17 March 2018

A Cambridge University college held a formal dinner for 'self-defining black and minority ethnic students' that excluded white people.

Trinity College Students' Union claimed the segregated dinner, which it boasted was 'the first ever held in the college', was a way for non-white people in the college to 'reclaim some space'.

But last night critics accused the students of imposing 'a new apartheid'.

This is the latest race row at the university, where activists have demanded that academics 'decolonise' courses by putting more ethnic minority authors on reading lists and a student play was cancelled after complaints about its lack of black actors. ...

Last night after the Daily Mail contacted the university, the Facebook page advertising the event was taken down.
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Multiculturalism – segregation
We are sleepwalking into an increasingly segregated country – it's time to ignore 'racism' fears and act to stop Britain falling apart
Dame Louise Casey
The Sun, 14 March 2018

It has been more than a year since I published my report on opportunity and integration, in which I warned the Government we were sleepwalking into an increasingly segregated country.

I was then the Integration Tsar and what my study – commissioned by David Cameron and Theresa May – discovered was a country drifting apart. ...

I told how attempts to tackle integration had been feeble – nothing more than "saris, samosas and steel drums for the already well-intentioned". ...

So it is welcome news the Government is finally taking this seriously, and will today publish its Integrated Communities Strategy green paper – partly in response to my review of 2016. ...

We must talk about Sharia law. It is a core British value that you are free to live how you choose as long as you respect our democracy and rule of law. But tiptoeing around issues or turning a blind eye to abuse gets us nowhere.
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Multiculturalism – English language
Sajid Javid: 770,000 people in England unable to speak English well
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 14 March 2018

Sajid Javid has revealed that 770,000 people living in England speak no English or hardly any, in a personal interview in which he described his own experience as a "six-year-old interpreter" for his Pakistani mother.

The communities secretary promised to expand the teaching of English for immigrants as he warned that up to 70% of those unable to speak the language were women, and most of them were from Pakistani or Bangladeshi communities. ...

He said the government wanted to use Wednesday's consultation document to tackle segregation by also: acting against cultural practices "not compatible with the British way of life" such as polygamy; tackling disproportionately low take-up rates of free childcare by Asian women; and using the roll-out of universal credit to help target ethnic minorities and help them to integrate better.

In the green paper, the government says that over three quarters of a million people in England speak the language poorly or not at all. ...

The paper is, in part, a response to the review of social integration by Dame Louise Casey. who criticised successive governments for failing to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" that had left some communities increasingly divided.

She also highlighted "deeply regressive religious and cultural practices, especially when it comes to women".
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Multiculturalism – diversity
Gorgeous Portraits Show Britain's Diverse Future
Kate Bubacz
Buzzfeed, 7 March 2018

Photographer Olivia Arthur's newest series "Children of Europe" looks ahead to the future of Britain, beyond Brexit and through the current debates over identity and immigration. ...

"I see this as the beginning of something, looking at the way that our society is changing in the UK and our national identity crisis. This is part of a bigger picture and how the count