From 1 January 2017, except recent items

Quotations of news and views by subject

At the end of this page there is a list of subjects, with links to the relevant sections

Within each section of this page the more recent items are shown first. However, extracts can, if preferred, be read in chronological order by using the "Up" link to go to the start of the item next above the one just read.

Authors expressing their own views are indicated in bold. The names of reporters are in normal type.


Alien species – racism
People call me racist for shooting grey squirrels
BBC, 7 July 2017

Since the 1950s, the number of native British red squirrels has fallen from around 3.5 million to an estimated 140,000.

This is due to competition and disease from grey squirrels, which were imported into the UK from North America in the 19th century.

Andrew Hodgkinson and Julie Bailey are among several red squirrel enthusiasts in the UK who shoot grey squirrels in an attempt to protect the native species. The approach is controversial and has led to accusations of racism and xenophobia.

However, supporters say they are promoting sustainability. Culled grey squirrels are sometimes used for clothing - and even stews and curries.
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Asylum – children, cost
Number of lone child refugees cared for by English councils doubles in four years amid spiralling migration crisis
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 29 September 2017

The number of lone child refugees cared for by English councils has more than doubled in four years because of the spiralling migration crisis.

There were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013, said a report.

The total is still rising despite the closure of the Calais Jungle camp last year and the arrival of more than 300 child migrants in Britain.

Council chiefs have warned they are struggling to cope because of the massive influx of young refugees without parents or carers who have travelled across the Channel to the UK.

If a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they are discovered.

One in 16 children being looked after by Town Halls are now unaccompanied asylum seekers, compared to 1 in 33 in 2013 – almost double the rate.

A report from the Department for Education (DfE) said: 'After a large rise in numbers last year, the number of looked after children who were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children continues to increase in 2017.' ...

In total, more than three quarters – 78 per cent – of youngsters seeking sanctuary were at least 16. ...

Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a year with the Home Office providing £3.35 million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4 million, a report found last year.

Most came from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Albania, Iran, Vietnam, Iraq and Syria.
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Asylum – morality, realism
How Europe's 'Headless Hearts' Made Refugee Crisis Worse
David Jimenez
American Conservative, 27 September 2017

Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World, Alexander Betts & Paul Collier, Oxford University Press, 288 pages.

To fully grasp the confusion gripping Europe over the refugee crisis, consider recent messages from the Catholic Church. Pope Francis repeatedly chastises the hardening European heart to refugees and migrants. Tougher enforcement, according to an August Vatican statement, should be shunned, as states must "always prioritize personal safety over national security." But progressive Cardinal Reinhard Marx called last year for "a reduction in the number of refugees," saying that Germany cannot "take all the world's needy." France's premier Catholic political philosopher, Pierre Manent, warns "we invite catastrophe when we confuse the obligation to rescue a person who is drowning with that person's right to become a citizen of our country. We invite catastrophe when, in the name of charity or mercy, we require old Christian nations to open their borders to all who wish to enter."

Similar confusion plagues all European leadership, from Angela Merkel to Sweden's political class. But can it be overcome? /.../ Two Oxford economists, Alexander Betts and the more widely known Paul Collier, have perhaps found a breakthrough in aiding the world's 21 million refugees and 65 million displaced persons. ...

Collier and Betts build a substantive framework of moral responsibility to the displaced. But their plight does not establish an inalienable right to "unrestricted global mobility or the ability to choose a destination country." Our duty is rescue from the immediate danger of violence and extreme destitution and to guarantee opportunities for work, autonomy, and community alongside the eventual hope of return. Refuge shows no patience for demands for fluid, weak borders. ...

Most delightfully, Refuge provides deliverance to readers exhausted by endless tributes to Angela Merkel as the saving rock of liberal democracy. We instead find less "an angel of mercy" than a politician acting with a "headless heart." Merkel's 2015 "welcome" to Syrians and repudiation of the Dublin Agreement sparked a "huge ensuing expansion in the people-smuggling business," leading to the deaths of thousands at sea. ...

... By absorbing "around half of all Syrians with a university education," Europe deprived Syria – and its surrounding diaspora – of pivotal human capital for rebuilding.

... As the authors never cease to point out, there is a ratio "of about $135 spent on a refugee in the developed world to every $1 spent on a refugee in the developing world." As National Review's Reihan Salam wrote in June 2016, Norway's per-capita yearly spending on one refugee – $126,000 – "could support as many as 26 Syrian refugees annually" in Jordan. Sweden manifested this paradox in 2015, when it cut foreign aid by half due to the strain of new migrants. ...

... Friends of the nation-state and opponents of mass immigration have exposed the unrealistic sophistry of much first-world humanitarianism. But the refugees trapped in the degrading camps of Dadaab and Za'atari, or the slums of Beirut and Istanbul, still cry out for justice. Responsible populists and sovereigntists can find in Refuge a reconciliation of their moral duties to the particular – defined, rooted communities and nations – and the universal, or the inescapable dignity of every human person.
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Asylum – cost, numbers
Refugee housing contractor call
Rhiannon Bury
Sunday Telegraph, 6 August 2017

The Government has begun the search for a private contractor to take on the next £600m phase of its beleaguered asylum seeker housing contract, after previous providers G4S, Serco and Clearsprings were hit by spiralling costs. ...

The contract has proven extremely problematic, particularly for G4S and Serco. The number of asylum seekers who needed to be housed jumped dramatically from 25,200 people when the contract began, to 39,389 at the end of 2016.
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Asylum – government plan
Government commits to resettling an extra 3,000 refugees from Africa and Middle East
Independent / Press Association, 23 July 2017

UK ministers say they are committed to resettling up to 3,000 children and families from the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

Local authorities across the country are currently supporting more than 4,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, they said.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: "We are committed to fulfilling our commitment under the Dubs scheme as soon as possible and ensuring that children arrive in the UK safely. This is just one aspect of a much wider response. We have committed to resettling 23,000 people directly from regions of conflict and last year we granted protection, or another form of leave, to over 8,000 children. ...

"We believe the most vulnerable children are in the conflict zone around Syria and the best way to help them is by resettling refugees directly from the region. This is how we can stop traffickers and smugglers from exploiting vulnerable people and children."
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Asylum – deportation
Over 100 asylum seekers won the right to stay in the UK despite having been previously deported in past five years
Mike Hamilton
The Sun, 16 July 2017

More than 100 asylum seekers who returned after being kicked out of the UK have now won the right to stay.

In the last five years 113 people who came back after being returned to their homeland succeeded at the second attempt.

One Ethiopian who was flown home returned to the UK within a month to launch a second successful asylum bid.

The "boomerang migrants" land the taxpayer with a double bill – paying for the initial deportation and then the cost of homing when the second asylum attempt succeeds.

Statistics unearthed by The Sun on Sunday show that these second-time lucky asylum seekers come back to the UK from all over the globe.

Claimants have been deported to African countries including Libya, Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea and Ethiopia – before defying the ruling to return to the UK.

Last year 21 boomerang asylum seekers won the right to stay here.

There were 19 cases in 2015 and 20 the year before. In 2013, 26 returned and were allowed to stay and there were 27 cases in 2012.
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Asylum – Australia
The map that lays bare Australia's overcrowding crisis: Astonishing graphic shows how the population is focused in just a handful of cities
Nic White and Hannah Moore
Daily Mail Australia, 11 July 2017

Australians are increasingly moving to overcrowded capital cities with badly planned infrastructure buckling under the strain, experts warn.

A startling map shows how the country's more than 23 million population is concentrated in a handful of cities along the east coast. ...

Australia has a more centralised population than any other country, with 70 per cent of people living in cities of more than 750,000 people, according to data from 2000. ...

The figures are likely more stark now with population in capital cities growing 10.5 per cent since 2011, double the 5.7 per cent of everywhere else, according to the 2016 census. ...

Immigration was also a key factor in disproportionate growth in big cities as new migrants want to live in established communities near people of their nationality.

The percentage of people born in Australia dropped from 69.8 per cent in 2011 to 66.7 per cent in 2016, showing immigration increasingly shapes Australia.
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Asylum – book review
Book Review: Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier
Gayle Munro
LSE blog, 22 May 2017

Few would deny that the response to the increasing numbers of those seeking refuge across Europe in 2015-16 has been disastrous. Betts and Collier present their take on the impact of the 'refugee crisis' across Europe in Chapter Three, a very engaging summary, weaving together as it does a number of different strands. Throughout the book, Germany and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are the main protagonists, with Schengen as a supporting character in a narrative of blame. /.../ Instead of highlighting the relative inaction of many European states, Germany, and Chancellor Merkel in particular, is criticised for a 'headless heart' which, according to the authors, resulted in chaos across the Schengen area, an exodus of educated and skilled Syrians at a loss to the future of Syria and increasing numbers of deaths of refugees attempting the dangerous journey.
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Asylum – European Union
More than 63,000 migrants applied for EU asylum claiming to be unaccompanied minors in 2016 - five times the average - with two thirds of them males 'aged 16 or 17'
Gareth Davies
MailOnline, 12 May 2017

More than 63,000 migrants who applied for European Union asylum claimed to be unaccompanied minors in 2016.

The figure, released by the EU's statistical agency, revealed that of the tens of thousands to enter Europe last year, two thirds said they were 16 or 17-year-old men.

More than half of the 63,000 flooding into mainland Europe to flee war in their home nations came from Afghanistan and Syria. ...

It said the number was a third down from the previous year but still five times higher than the annual average.
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Asylum – United Nations
UN Demands UK Take 10,000 More Refugees a Year, Open Family Reunion Floodgates
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 9 May 2017

The UN has demanded the next UK government commit to taking at least 10,000 refugees a year directly from camps on top of the thousands of illegal migrants granted asylum in Britain each year. ...

The intergovernmental body's refugee agency (UNHCR) urged political party leaders to promise Britain will resettle 10,000 people a year from camps in conflict-affected areas, a demand the organisation claimed is "relatively modest". ...

In 2015, the UK granted asylum to 18,000 migrants, an increase of 26 per cent from the previous year. This worked out at approximately 50 people per day having been given leave to remain.
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Asylum – European Union
Revealed: How EU is expanding scope of Britain's Brexit bill to include refugees in Turkey
Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 28 April 2017

Europe is expanding yet further its demands for Britain's Brexit financial settlement to include "political" commitments, such as the UK's share of a £2.5bn fund to help refugees in Turkey, The Telegraph can disclose. ...

The EU source said it was impossible to calculate how much "political commitments" might entail, although the Facility for Refugees in Turkey is currently €3 billion, with contracts already signed for 46 projects worth over €1.5 billion, out of which €777 million has been spent.

In practice, Britain's share of the Turkish fund would be a relatively small sum of money, but the decision on the EU side to include it points to the increasingly expansive nature of the EU's demands and the risk that negotiations could stall, or even founder, on the question of money.
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Asylum – refugee children
UK to take 130 more lone refugee children in Dubs scheme climbdown
Alan Travis and Amelia Gentleman
The Guardian, 27 April 2017

Britain is to take an extra 130 unaccompanied child refugees from within Europe under the Dubs scheme after ministers blamed "an administrative error" for not taking up all the offers of places pledged by local councils.

The admission by ministers that they could have taken more children under the scheme is particularly embarrassing as they strongly resisted calls, including from the archbishop of Canterbury, to increase the number in the face of evidence that local authorities had more places than the official limit of 350.

The announcement by the immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, means the number of unaccompanied child refugees in France, Italy and Greece who will be brought to Britain under the Dubs scheme will be increased from 350 to 480 children.
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Asylum – deportation
Our asylum failure: Number of rejected claimants UK kicks out hits record low as backlog nears 27,000
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 17 April 2017

Removal of failed asylum seekers has collapsed to a record low - adding to concerns that Britain is failing to get a grip on its borders.

Latest figures show the number of unsuccessful refugees booted out of the country has plunged by two-thirds since 2010, when the Tories came to power.

The figures will be an embarrassment for Prime Minister Theresa May, who pledged during six years as Home Secretary to tackle the growing problem.

Even though there was an official backlog of more than 26,000 failed asylum seekers – deemed 'subject to removal action' – at the end of December, just over a tenth of that number were actually deported in 2016.

Critics said the damning statistics showed too many illegal immigrants were deliberately 'playing the system' to avoid being kicked out of the UK despite not having permission to be here.

Experts have also warned that the number officially awaiting removal is just the tip of the iceberg. Analysis by the Migrationwatch think-tank has estimated there are up to 1.1 million foreign people living in Britain illegally.

The Home Office figures will further erode public confidence in a failing asylum system that is supposed to take a strict stance against those caught living in the UK unlawfully. ...

Data released by the Home Office, which dates back to 2004, showed that last year only 3,446 failed asylum seekers were removed from Britain. This compared with 18,220 in 2006 when Labour were in power and 10,394 when the Tory-led Coalition came to power in 2010, itself equating to a 66 per cent drop.

Yet in 2016 alone, a total of 21,059 claims for sanctuary were refused – meaning they were eligible for being kicked out immediately.

The Government says the number who are 'subject to removal action' is 26,879. But this does not count thousands who are embroiled in appeals against rejection – some often launched as they are being put on a plane home.

Two years ago, it was claimed that a staggering half a million failed asylum seekers were in Britain indefinitely because Government cuts meant cash-strapped immigration courts could not afford to hear their appeal cases.

The number of forced removals of failed asylum seekers dropped from 10,881 in 2006, to 6,174 in 2010 and then 2,062 last year. Over the same time period, the number of voluntary removals plunged from 7,399 to 4,220 and down to 1,834. ...

... The National Audit Office looked at costs of forcibly removing failed asylum seekers in 2005 and found that the average cost was £11,000. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of think-tank Migrationwatch, which campaigns for balanced migration, said only half of the 50 per cent of people who were refused asylum were ever removed from the UK.

He said: 'Clearly there has not been enough focus on this problem and not enough resources dedicated to it. As long as anyone who claims asylum has a 75 per cent chance of staying in the UK, legally or otherwise, there will continue to be queues in Calais.

'Public confidence in the whole asylum system will be severely undermined.'
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Asylum – discrimination
UK discriminates against Christian refugees from Syria, claims former Archbishop of Canterbury
Charlotte England
Independent, 13 April 2017

The British government is failing Christian refugees from Syria, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed.

Lord George Carey alleged that "politically correct" officials were "institutionally biased" against Christian refugees, who are not being resettled in the UK at the same rate as Muslim refugees.

According to the retired Anglican bishop, minority groups find it more difficult to access UNHCR-run camps in countries bordering Syria, which means they are less likely to be included in official schemes which would bring them to the UK.

The 81-year-old said a failure to address this amounted to potentially unlawful discrimination by the British government, which would be legally obligated to act if it admitted Christians in the Middle East were facing genocide.

In a letter published in full by the Telegraph, Lord Carey said: "It is distressing beyond belief to know that the steady 'crucifixion' of Middle East Christians continues.

"In the run-up to Easter British taxpayers will be appalled by this institutional bias against Christians by politically-correct officials."

He suggested government workers have a "politically-correct phobia of avoiding any risk of being perceived as anti-Muslim".

He added: "The Muslim victims of the conflict in the Middle East deserve the same compassion as the minority victims. But at the moment they are receiving greater support than the minorities which are targeted by Muslim extremists".

Official figures show that less than 1 per cent of Syrian refugees resettled under a flagship Government scheme in the third quarter of last year were Christians – in real terms that amounted to just 13 of 1,583 refugees accepted – despite the minority group making up around 10 per cent of the Syrian population before the civil war began in 2011. ...

But Lord Carey said Muslim officials "invariably" ran UN camps, which prevented Christian refugees from seeking help there.
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Asylum – housing
Our treatment of asylum seekers isn't a scandal – it's sensible
Tim Worstall
CapX, 10 April 2017
[Tim Worstall is senior fellow at the Adam Smith Institute]

The latest thing we have to abnegate ourselves over is this idea that asylum seekers are only being offered the cheap seats in British society. According to the usual sources this is a matter of shame. So I hope we all do feel suitably ill at ease with ourselves?

The actual complaint is, according to an investigation by The Guardian, that five times as many asylum seekers live in the poorest third of the country as in the richest third. This is something which seems terribly sensible to me, but for The Guardian it is front-page news which MPs have denounced as "a deeply unfair shambles".

Just so that everyone's clear what an asylum seeker is, it is someone who has a well-founded fear of death, mutilation or oppression if they stay at home. At least that's what a successful asylum seeker will be, once we've weeded out those who are just economic migrants. ...

But do note what our duty is. It is to take in and care for asylum seekers. All of this happens at our expense. We can, as we do, decide upon status at some point after the initial claim is made and it is certainly possible that we could be a bit more efficient at that. For, once their claim of asylum is accepted, people can go out to work in the normal economy and provide for themselves. But until then bed and board is, as it should be, on our tab.

At which point why they're in the cheap areas of the country rather than the expensive should be obvious. We're not going to put them up in Eaton Square, are we? ...

So, yes, of course people are going to be shunted off into those cheap seats. Why would we even dream of paying for rent in London when we could house 10 times the number of asylum seekers in Rochdale for the same sum?
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Asylum – politics
Refugees deserve better than the Dubs scheme and Theresa May was right to end it
Spectator blog, 27 March 2017
[Leading article]

The argument over the recently-abandoned Dubs scheme for refugees encapsulates what is wrong with the debate about what is, perhaps, the worst humanitarian crisis of recent years. The actor David Morrissey was on the Peston show this morning saying he was "devastated" when Theresa May decided to stop plans to take a limited number child refugees from Europe and instead focus on settling 20,000 straight from the Middle East. Except, of course, her policy wasn't framed in that way on Peston's show. It never is, anywhere. We have heard the same point, made by well-intentioned people like Morrissey, for weeks. But no one mentions what the Prime Minister proposes instead. To anyone serious about tackling one of the gravest problems of our times, this matters.

As Oxford's Paul Collier argues in the cover article of this week's magazine, the West is letting down refugees by an inability to think properly about their fate – and about what kind of help would work best. As Prof Collier says, there's lots of heart – but it's "headless heart". About 18 months ago, Rod Liddle made a similar point on Question Time: he referred to the "Dianification" of the refugee debate. If you play the people traffickers' game and resettle those who make it to Calais, he said, then you encourage the abominable industry of people smuggling and "more and more will die" as a result. So it has proved. An extraordinary 525 perished in the Mediterranean in the first ten weeks of this year, a significant increase on the first ten weeks of last year. So after all of these offers of asylum things are getting better, not worse. How many more have to die before we rethink the policy? ...

... accommodating refugees in Britain can cost 50 times as much as doing so in Jordan, where Britain is doing a great deal. ...

Ministers need to stop being caught on the defensive and continue the development of a policy aimed at helping the maximum number of Middle Eastern refugees while minimising the evil human trade that is causing so many deaths in the Mediterranean.
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Asylum – children
Child asylum seekers may have been illegally detained, rules court
Diane Taylor and agencies
The Guardian, 10 March 2017

The government could be found to have illegally detained many child asylum seekers after a landmark ruling in the court of appeal said immigration officers could not simply disbelieve the stated age of refugees.

The Home Office on Thursday lost its challenge against a ruling that an unaccompanied asylum seeker was entitled to damages after his claim to be "a child" under 18 was not believed by an immigration officer.

The teenager from Sudan, who arrived in the UK in the back of a lorry, was deprived of his liberty because the officer said he "reasonably believed" he was over 18 and not a child exempt from detention.

A judge at the high court ruled last year that the policy of relying on the "reasonable belief" of immigration officers was legally flawed and declared that age assessments in unaccompanied minor cases must be determined as "an issue of objective fact".

In a ruling with wide ramifications, Sir Stephen Silber declared on Thursday that the claimant – previously referred to as AA but now named as Abdul-Muttalab Ali – was entitled to damages for the whole of his detention period.

The appeal court judges unanimously confirmed the previous judgment by the high court, which ruled last June that someone's age is a matter of "objective fact" and cannot be based on physical appearance or demeanour. ...

Five years ago the government paid out £2m for unlawfully detaining 40 child asylum seekers as adults yet the practice has continued.
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Asylum – lost children
'We don't know where they are!' EU chief admits over 10,000 child migrants ARE MISSING
Belinda Robinson
Daily Express, 8 March 2017

European authorities have lost track of over 10,000 refugee children who fled war torn countries and arrived on the doorsteps of the EU, an MEP has admitted.

Swedish Liberal MEP Cecilia Wikström told a press conference at the European Commission today that at least 9,000 children were missing from Germany and another thousand from Sweden.

But worryingly, she said that the number is probably even higher as authorities have no clue where the children have gone, who may have taken them, or what is being done to them. ...

Ms Wikstrom, Chair of the European Parliament Petitions Committee, admitted that thousands of adult asylum seekers also "go missing" each year once they arrive in Europe.

Last year, Germany admitted that it had lost tack of over 130,000 asylum seekers, according to its Government's figures. ...

Meanwhile, the UK is also grappling with the loss of hundreds of child refugees, according to The Independent.

It reported the government does not know where at least 360 vulnerable children are. More than 200 have been missing for two years or more.

It claimed that over the past five years 9,287 children came to England as an "unaccompanied minor" alone, without a parent or guardian.
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Asylum – refugees, numbers
Refugees in the UK
Full Fact, 6 March 2017

People sometimes use the terms "refugee" and "asylum seeker" interchangeably. But they're different.

The UK government accepts someone as a refugee if he or she has fled their own country because of a "well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion". ...

The government also allows people to stay in the country to keep them safe without granting them refugee status as defined by the Geneva Convention. When we refer to "refugees" or "asylum grants" in this article, we're including these other forms of asylum, such as Humanitarian Protection or Leave Outside The Rules for human rights reasons.

An asylum seeker is someone who has applied to the Home Office for refugee status or one of those other forms of international protection, and is awaiting a decision on that application.

In 2016, there were around 39,000 applications for asylum in the UK. That's including dependant family members of the main applicant. ...

Many of those applications are rejected. Last year 21,000 people were turned down by the Home Office at the initial stage of the asylum process.

The annual success rate is more complicated than dividing 21,000 by 39,000, because of the time lag in making decisions, and because people can appeal the initial decision.

But we can say that over the past few years, excluding unknown outcomes, around half of asylum applications have ultimately been successful and the other half withdrawn or rejected.

Refugees will generally get a residence permit for five years, and apply to settle in the UK permanently after that.

There were 33,000 asylum applications pending at the end of 2016, again including the dependants of applicants.

There may also be asylum seekers whose claim has been rejected that join the "irregular migrant population", as immigration policy experts refer to it. Others might call them "illegal immigrants". It's hard to get a handle on how many failed asylum seekers are still here without permission, let alone the entire "irregular" population.

There's no official figure for the number of refugees in the UK.

It partly depends on who you consider a "refugee", given that people's residence status can change over time after being granted asylum. They may start on a time-limited residence permit, move to permanent residence, through to British citizenship. ...

The UN does publish annual estimates of the refugee population, which it's previously told us are based the number of successful refugee applications in the previous 10 years – the assumption being that after a decade, a refugee will have become a citizen and no longer needs international protection.

On this fairly uncertain method, there were an estimated 123,000 refugees in the UK in 2015. That's around 0.2% of the population.

Almost 90% of asylum seekers came from Asian or African countries in 2016. The top five nationalities for UK asylum applications were Iranian, Pakistani, Iraqi, Afghan and Bangladeshi.

In terms of asylum grants (before any appeal), Syrians topped the list, followed by Iranians, Eritreans, Sudanese and Afghans.

These figures don't include over 5,000 people resettled from other parts of the world, as distinct from coming to the UK to apply for asylum (you can't do so from another country). The vast majority of those have been Syrians.
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Asylum – children
Only ten of 750 child migrants taken into UK from Calais last year were from Syria, says Amber Rudd
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 4 March 2017

Just ten of 750 child migrants taken into the UK from Calais last year were from Syria, the Home Secretary has revealed.

Furious Amber Rudd launched a fierce defence of the Government's refugee policy by saying asylum seekers in Europe were not the "most vulnerable".

And she said critics of the Home Office's approach were doing a "disservice to the UK's big heartedness and goodwill" so far in helping thousands whose lives have been turned upside down by the brutal Syrian conflict.

She said of the 750 child asylum seekers given emergency refuge in December last year when the French demolished the Calais Jungle, only 10 were from Syria.

Others were from countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

And Ms Rudd said continuing to take children from Europe only fuelled the horrific trade of the illegal people smugglers in the Med – while failing the most at need in camps on the Syrian border. ...

The blast comes just days after 20 Tory MPs backed calls for the Government to take in hundreds more child refugees already in Europe under the so-called Dubs Scheme.

The Home Office sparked fury last month by closing it down and saying it would instead focus on hitting its goal of helping Syrian refugees in camps around the war-torn country. ...

... The Government has invested £2.3 billion in the camps, with aid charities in Syria and the wider region.
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Asylum – children
These comparisons with the Kindertransport are crass
Nick Ferrari
Jewish News, 1 March 2017

When an issue as charged and explosive as to how Britain should react to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe comes along, it's hardly surprising it provokes great swathes of emotion, howls of protest and deep soul-searching.

However, the narrative that has been allowed to spring up that the decision by the government to restrict the number of migrant children coming into this country to 350 is akin to bolting the door in the face of children at the time of the Kindertransport shows a love of hyperbole and a lack of historical context.

Under an amendment to the Immigration Act of last year proposed by the well-meaning and nobly motivated veteran Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs, Britain appeared to be ready to welcome 3,000 unaccompanied migrant children, who are currently left stranded in camps in Europe. ...

The government's reasoning behind limiting the numbers? It fears a higher number serves as a magnet and therefore aids the trafficking gangs. In reality, the problem should be dealt with at source.

Meanwhile, a raft of celebrities including Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Benedict Cumberbatch (come on, you didn't think for a second he'd miss out, did you?) wrote an open letter in which they said the restriction was "completely unacceptable." ...

This shows just how crass and uninformed their take on history is and, disappointingly, some prominent rabbis have joined in the chorus of disapproval. But the comparison just doesn't hold. The Nazis' loathsome final solution was an attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish people. While the Syrian civil war and unrest in surrounding areas is unutterably pitiful, it cannot be likened to the Holocaust.

Also, it's worth remembering there were no migrant or refugee camps anywhere in Europe before or during World War II. Families were being rounded up and herded off to their near certain deaths. Also, all those decades ago the entire continent was going up in flames, so the children hadn't crossed a number of safe countries that could accept them before arriving in camps in France. ...

You would need a heart of stone not to have sympathy for genuine child victims and there is an argument for helping those of a much younger age. However, using the Holocaust as a comparison demeans the millions of victims from that horrific time.
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Asylum – children
Home Secretary Amber Rudd: Dubs amendment 'encourages people traffickers'
John Ashmore
PoliticsHome, 9 February 2017

A scheme designed to bring unaccompanied child refugees to the UK is being scrapped partly because it 'encourages people traffickers', the Home Secretary said this morning.

The Government announced yesterday that only 350 children would be coming to the UK under the scheme put forward by Labour peer Lord Dubs, far fewer than the 3,000 he had asked for.

Ministers accepted an amendment to the Immigration Bill last year, although then Prime Minister David Cameron never made a firm commitment on numbers.

Yesterday's statement from Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said the reason the scheme was being stopped was that councils had told him they only had space for 400 children, of whom 200 have already arrived in the UK.

But this morning Amber Rudd suggested another reason was that the French authorities had urged her not to make the Dubs scheme open-ended as it encourages people to make the dangerous journey to Europe.

Answering an Urgent Question from Labour MP Yvette Cooper, she said: "I am clear that when working with my French counterparts, they do not want us to indefinitely continue to accept children under the Dubs amendment because they specify and I agree with them that it acts as a draw, it acts as a pull, it encourages the people traffickers." ...

But a Downing St spokesman rejected the idea the Government was only taking in 350 children, arguing that the Dubs scheme was "just one element" or seven or eight different mechanisms for resettling refugees.

"It isn't 350. In the past year alone we've brought in 8,000 vulnerable children," he said.
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Asylum – secrecy, justice
How the British public are now banned from knowing the identity of asylum seekers - even when their stories are patently bogus
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 28 January 2017

Of course, anonymity is important to protect people from potential harm or for reasons of national security, but the creeping number of anonymised hearings in our overwhelmed asylum and immigration appeals system is a scandal. For without transparency, the truth about who is being let into this country and why is hidden from the public.

I was told recently by a whistle-blower who works at Taylor House that secrecy is becoming the norm.

Even foreigners with blatantly bogus stories, criminal records, or pose a potential danger to society can stay under the radar.

Automatic anonymity is now given in all asylum-seekers' appeals. In other immigration cases, where asylum is not a factor, a migrant can simply download a form from a government website requesting anonymity.

The result is that thousands of foreigners appealing to remain in this country are actively encouraged to do so secretly.

Two immigration lawyers at Taylor House confirmed that it was now common practice for the Home Office not to challenge anonymity requests. ...

Not only are identities never known, but the public is never told the judges' rulings – which are issued privately a few weeks after the hearing ends.

Disturbingly, the Ministry of Justice admitted this week that it does not publish how many non-asylum immigration appeals are heard in this secretive way.

However, official figures last month showed that almost 63,000 foreigners were awaiting appeals – an increase of 20 per cent on a year ago.

More specifically, the number of asylum-seekers claiming refuge in Britain because of their sexuality has rocketed by 450 per cent in five years. These include 1,115 people who argue that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender means they would face discrimination if they returned to their home country. Most were from Pakistan but they also came from Jamaica, Nigeria and Ghana. ...

This closed-doors culture betrays the principle that justice must not only be done but be seen to be done. It certainly runs counter to pledges from senior judges.

Recently, the Supreme Court Justice Lord Reed said that as most people get their information about court proceedings through the media, 'it follows that the principle of open justice is inextricably linked to the freedom of the media' to report on them. ...

Sir Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury, said: 'This is a clear example of European human rights laws creating a change in part of our justice system. Secretive hearings are completely contrary to this country's long-held principles of open justice.' ...

One Home Office official at Taylor House told us the system is widely exploited. He pointed out a recent rise in the number of people claiming to be gay.

This, he said, was because sexuality is hard to prove, as European human rights laws prohibit intimate questioning of asylum-seekers on such matters. Last year the Home Office issued a 40-page directive warning its staff.

The official said: 'The British judicial system is being laughed at. This country is an easy place to come and say the "right thing" – for instance, that you are gay and from a homophobic nation – so you get to remain here.'
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Council SAVAGED for allowing care home to be transformed into huge asylum seekers' hostel
Chris Riches
Daily Express, 18 January 2017

Furious campaigners today blasted a council for allowing a greenbelt care home to be transformed into a huge asylum seekers' hostel.

In 2015, the Lilycross Care Centre in Widnes, Cheshire, was emptied after health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) branded it "inadequate".

But despite thousands petitioning against the plans, Halton Borough Council has now given the green light for it to become an hostel for 120 asylum seekers.

On Monday night 150 furious locals raged as a council planning meeting ignored a 4,000-strong petition, including a Labour MP as a signatory, and approved the hostel. ...

The petitions even include objections from local Labour Cllr Andrew McManus and even Labour's Halton MP Derek Twigg. ...

Only 11 people contacted the council to support the asylum hostel plan.

Yet instead building owner Abid Chudary successfully won approval to turn it into an asylum seekers' centre to be run by Serco, on behalf of the Home Office.
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Asylum – homosexuality
Migrants granted asylum in UK because they're gay rockets 450 PER CENT
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 16 January 2017

The number of migrants claiming asylum in Britain because of their sexuality has rocketed 450 per cent in just five years, with MPs claiming it is difficult for the Home Office to prove they are genuinely gay.

Figures have risen by a staggering amounts as refugees claim they would be in danger if they were not given sanctuary.

In 2014, 1,115 people claimed refuge in Britain due to their sexuality.

However in 2009, it was as few as 200 claimants who claimed their sexuality could lead to death if they were sent back to their homeland.

Conservative MP David Burrowes linked the rise to a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 which stopped the Home Office rejecting claims over its view that sexuality could be kept hidden.

He told the newspaper: "The challenge for the Home Office and asylum seekers is having to prove your sexuality." ...

The shocking figures come after it emerged posters displayed in the sprawling Calais Jungle encouraged desperate migrants to lie about their sexuality in order to help their asylum claims. ...

The majority of claimants were from Pakistan, which will be handed £441 million in British foreign aid this year.

Between 2007 and 2014, 748 Pakistani nationals claimed asylum because of their sexuality.

In the same period, 343 Nigerians, 112 Jamaicans and 88 Ghanaians gave being gay as a reason to stay.
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Asylum – children, fraud
Those man-child migrants? Some were as old as 29: Social workers discover hundreds of adult asylum seekers have lied about their age in order to enter Britain 'as teenagers'
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 1 January 2017

A 29-year-old is among the hundreds of adult asylum-seekers in Britain who lied to officials and posed as children, according to newly released official figures.

Official age assessments carried out by social workers across the country revealed that a staggering number of those claiming to be lone refugee children were far older than they pretended to be.

In some cases they were close to 30 and could have posed a risk to school pupils or foster families had they not been checked.

The revelation comes after concerns were raised that some of the refugees allowed into Britain from the Jungle camp in Calais were no longer teenagers.

Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday from 50 local authorities across England show that social workers carried out 2,028 age tests between 2013-14 and 2015-16. Over these three years, almost one in four of the claimants – 465 – were found to be over 18.

Detailed figures provided under the Freedom of Information Act to this newspaper show that the eldest was found to be almost twice as old as he had claimed. ...

Overall, the number of people arriving in Britain and claiming to be lone refugee children has almost tripled in recent years, Home Office figures reveal, from 1,125 in 2012 to 3,253 in 2016.
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Benefits and costs
We are importing huge numbers of welfare claimants
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 21 August 2017

According to the fashionable Left-wing propaganda, mass immigration is a vast engine of prosperity.

The cheerleaders for open borders continually tell us that without a colossal influx of new arrivals every year our economy would collapse.

In this narrative of migrant success, newcomers are lavished with praise for their skills, diligence and self sacrifice while Britons are denigrated for supposed idleness and ignorance.

Typical of this mentality was the repugnant sneer from the liberal commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, where she lambasted working-class Britons for being "too lazy" and "too expensive".

Continuing her attack, she declared that "tax-paying immigrants past and present keep indolent British scroungers on their couches drinking beer and watching TV".

In the same vein, Henrietta Moore of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College, London, condescendingly wrote that "Britain needs immigrants to do the jobs we don't want to" – words that have become conventional wisdom among metropolitan elitists.

But such claims have always been a myth designed to prop up the globalist ideology.

The truth is that non-European immigrants are much more likely to be workless and welfare dependent than Britons.

Now this reality has been confirmed by a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics, which reveals that more than one in five unemployed is an immigrant. ...

"They come here to work" is one of the favourite mantras of the free movement brigade yet that is patently untrue.

The Government's latest official immigration report, published in May, shows that of the 588,000 migrants who arrived here last year, just 47 per cent of them – less than half – came to work. Incredibly, just 180,000, barely 30 per cent, had a definite job offer.

It is the economics of the madhouse for Britain to be importing unemployment on such a scale.

The last thing this country needs is a growing army of foreign welfare claimants who have never paid any taxes here but are all too eager to exploit our benefits system. ...

The generosity of the system is also one of the prime reasons why so many young African, Middle Eastern and Asian men gather on the northern coast of France, determined to reach our shores. ...

Then there are the tremendous costs from worsening social dislocation caused by the import of alien cultures. Whether it be intelligence to counter jihadism, police work to tackle sex gangs, or educational initiatives to promote de-radicalisation, all this takes time and money which would not have to be spent if Britain were a more cohesive society.

Just as damaging has been the fall in living standards caused by competition from cheap imported labour. ...

The idea that we cannot survive without dependency on foreigners is an indicator of institutionalised self-loathing.

It has to stop if we are to regain control of our national destiny.
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Benefits and costs – government fund
Harrow Council wins £400,000 bid to help immigrants settle in the borough
Katherine Clementine
GetWestLondon, 24 July 2017

Hundreds of thousands of pounds has been awarded to Harrow borough to ensure "migrants continue to be a positive and welcome part of Harrow's community".

Harrow Council was successful in its bid for government cash from The Controlling Migration Fund, set up to support local areas facing pressures linked to recent immigration.

Harrow's local authority will spend its £400,000 slice of the cash on free courses, community care and English lessons to hundreds of new arrivals to the area.

The Home Office has set aside £25 million a year between 2016/17 and 2019/20 to "mitigate negative impacts on the provision of local services linked to recent migration". ...

Cllr Sachin Shah, leader of Harrow Council, said: "Harrow is proud to be one of the most diverse places in the country. ..."

The Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) was launched last November, and is divided into two parts, with £100m to help English local authorities and £40m for direct enforcement action against people in the UK illegally.
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Benefits and costs – illegal immigrants
Stowaways raise cost of goods
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2017

The price of imported goods is set to rise, hauliers have said, as figures show stowaway migrants from Calais are costing the industry £8 million a year.

Penalties of up to £2,000 per migrant were imposed on drivers or their employers at the rate of more than 10 a day during the 2016-17 financial year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous 12 months and a total cost of £7.8 million.

Rod McKenzie, director of policy for the Road Haulage Association, warned the cost of fines would be added to consumer goods. "If I'm a haulier and I've been hit with fines, I've got to recover my costs or I'll go out of business, so I've got to pass on my costs," he said.
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Benefits and costs – students' debts
Scandal of foreign students who've SCARPERED owing Britain £1.2 BILLION in student loans
Paul Baldwin
Daily Express, 23 June 2017

Almost 80,000 foreign students have scarpered abroad leaving the British tax payer facing a £1.2 BILLION bill in unpaid student loans.

The Student Loans Company (SLC), which is charged with tracking down former university students who haven't paid off their loans, has admitted that 78,700 former students who owe money have now left the UK, which means it has to reach across the globe in an attempt to claw back the unpaid debts.

These students, who between them owe the Government an average of £15,000 each, are scattered all over the globe with outstanding accounts registered as far away as Malawi, Pakistan, Uganda, Iraq and Argentina.

And experts fear the situation is only going to get worse with total outstanding student debt estimated to reach a staggering £1 TRILLION (£1,000,000,000,000) by 2035. ...

It is estimated that around 400 students disappear abroad every month owing on average a combined £8.5 million.
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Benefits and costs – migrants' remittances home
Migrant workers will send home $450 billion this year
Rishi Iyengar
CNN, 15 June 2017

Nearly half a trillion dollars.

That's how much money migrant workers send back to their home countries each year, according to a new report by a United Nations agency.

Global remittances were worth more than $445 billion in 2016, representing an increase of 51% over the past decade, the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said.

That total is expected to rise by another $5 billion this year, when IFAD predicts one in seven people globally will either send or receive money earned abroad.

Around 200 million migrant workers currently support 800 million family members back home, the report said. ...

India is the biggest beneficiary of overseas remittances, receiving $63 billion in total last year.

The South Asian nation overtook its neighbor, China, which had previously held the top spot. China received $38.5 billion to India's $37.2 billion in 2007, but Chinese workers sent back $2 billion less in 2016. ...

Pedro de Vasconcelos, the report's lead author, said the demand for migrant labor in developed countries will likely keep growing as their populations continue to age.
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Benefits and costs – housing
Every Flat in a New South London Development Has Been Sold to Foreign Investors
Andy Jones
Vice, 13 April 2017

When Elephant and Castle's Heygate Estate was eventually torn down in 2014, many tenants were forcibly evicted from their homes, given compensation at less than 40 percent of the market value. In its place, Londoners were promised a shiny new development that would provide affordable, accessible homes for key workers desperate to get on the property ladder.

As the first properties hit the market, a report claims that 100 percent of those sold so far have gone to offshore foreign investors.

Heygate, while a home for 3,000 Londoners, also had a bad reputation. ...

Eventually, Southwark Council decided it would tear the estate down and start again. In 2002, the council – which sold the land for just £50 million, yet spent almost as much on forcing through the development itself – announced that the new site of around 2,530 homes would host 500 social housing units. Yet by the time successful bidder, Lendlease, unveiled its final plans, just 82 were put aside for the people they'd turfed out. ...

Terry Redpath, a former Southwark housing officer, lived on the estate for nearly 50 years. He told a BBC documentary at the time, "I have been forced to give up my home to accommodate the building of homes for overseas investors."

Four years on, Mr Redpath has been proven right.
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Benefits and costs – housing
Now foreigners buy up the North: They nab 94% of new Manchester tower block where 282 flats were supposed to help locals get onto housing ladder
James Tozer and Charlie Moore
Daily Mail, 8 April 2017

With 282 flats, Manchester's 'landmark' tower was supposed to help locals taking their first step onto the housing ladder.

But with all but 11 of the flats sold, 93.9 per cent of buyers at the 29-storey One Cambridge Street development are from overseas.

In an extraordinary United Nations of ownership, they come from 18 countries including Slovenia, Zimbabwe, Bahrain and Malaysia.

And while some flats are rented out, many are thought to be lying empty as investments that buyers hope will enable them to cash in on the UK property market.

Critics say the block is just one dramatic example of how foreigners are increasingly pricing locals out of the property market, a trend which they warn will eventually turn Britain into 'a nation of tenants'. ...

Now campaigners are calling on ministers to place restrictions on foreign investors buying UK property, following the example of countries including Australia, Italy and Singapore. ...

Research in 2014 found that 51 per cent of prime Central London property had been sold to overseas buyers over the past 12 months, rising to 80 per cent for prime new-build properties in the capital.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Pregnant Eastern Europeans dash to Britain to give birth & claim benefits, top doc warns
Aletha Adu
Daily Express, 22 February 2017

Eastern European pregnant migrants flock to Britain before their due date so they can give birth on the NHS and claim benefits before heading back home, a top doctor has warned.

Joseph Meirion Thomas, a former cancer surgeon, reportedly told the Commons Health Committee that women would register for child benefits after they gave birth so they could go back to Eastern Europe and receive the payments electronically.

Speaking to the MPs, Mr Thomas said: "What I'm told is people fill out the child benefit form, they get the child benefit, and then they go back to Eastern Europe where that child benefit will be paid for a long time."

Hospitals in East Anglia were described as a hotspot, as Mr Thomas claimed migrants headed there to obtain a National Insurance number, before giving birth in local hospitals. ...

Using the European Health Insurance Card scheme, EU travellers receive the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.
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Benefits and costs – unskilled immigrants
Why Brexit MUST bring new visa rules: Unskilled migrants 'cost UK taxpayers £3,500 EACH'
Lana Clements
Daily Express, 18 February 2017

Unskilled migrants to Britain drain thousands of pounds more from the country than they contribute, according to a group of economists backing the end of uncontrolled immigration after Brexit.

Each person coming to the UK without any skills costs taxpayers an average £3,500 each year in welfare and support, research by Economists for Free Trade (EFT) has said.

On the other hand, skilled migration helps boost the economy.

The lobby group is arguing for a post-Brexit visa system, which promotes the immigration of skilled workers.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Why this feeble cure for health tourism won't work
Max Pemberton
Daily Mail, 11 February 2017

Legislation would be put in place, we were told, to stop our wonderful, free-at-the-point-of-delivery health service being taken advantage of. ...

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said this week the law will change in April to ensure that overseas patients made a 'fair contribution'. Great, about time.

But all the new legislation says is that NHS trusts will have to charge patients who are not UK residents upfront for non-urgent treatment such as knee replacement surgery, or a cataract op. ...

But the obvious problem is what happens if someone simply can't pay for their treatment then and there? So the new plan is that hospital staff can decide whether to take payment from an overseas patient on the spot, or ask them to sign a form to agree to longer-term payment.

A form? Really? Is that the best they could come up with?

Maybe I'm being cynical, but aren't most people – when confronted with a bill for thousands of pounds for a treatment they desperately want, but may not be able to afford – going to sign the form and worry about payment later? Leaving us with the same old problems of having to track them down and make them pay. ...

Under the new plans, GPs are also going to be given extra cash to identify patients who turn up at their surgeries and are not eligible for NHS treatment – and to pass this information on to hospitals. They will be given £5 million to help with the administrative cost.

On the face of it, using GP surgeries as gatekeepers looks fairly sensible. However, the reality will be rather different.

The British Medical Association – the doctor's union – has long complained that doctors shouldn't act as 'border guards'. So the deal they have agreed with the government will see patients 'self declare' their residency.

And so actually, all that is going to happen is a GP (or more likely the receptionist) is going to hand anyone who crosses the surgery threshold a form and ask them to tick whether they are eligible for NHS treatment or not.

I can't believe I'm the only one who can see the flaw here. There's almost a wilful naivety in the plans. When it comes to healthcare, people are desperate and will lie.

Why on earth would anyone who has come here to get free healthcare tick 'no', knowing that it will land them with a massive bill?

So what should the Government do instead? I touched on this in my column last week. My ideas are simple: everyone coming into the country would have to demonstrate they had medical insurance to cover the cost if they fell unwell. This would be part of immigration checks at border control, and those who failed to do this would be sent back.

Second, those who leave the country without paying an NHS bill are banned for life from returning unless they settle their debt. ...

The government has utterly failed to protect the NHS with this flimsy, ineffectual legislation. This was an open goal and yet our politicians have managed to miss it entirely.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
'Migrants are pushing NHS to breaking point': Top cancer doctor warns health tourists are bleeding hospitals dry with demand for treatment
James Slack
Daily Mail, 9 February 2017

The NHS has been left 'on its knees' by uncontrolled migration from the EU, a leading cancer expert will warn tomorrow.

Professor Angus Dalgleish, the principal of the Cancer Vaccine Institute, says the NHS is being bled dry of resources by health tourists denied care at home.

Cancer treatment can cost £200,000 and, under Brussels rules, Britain has to offer it to all EU nationals.

Professor Dalgleish says this partly explains the NHS's £3 billion deficit. He will also claim the Government has hindered progress into key disease areas 'by blindly adhering to EU directives'.

'Our membership of the EU is putting an intolerable strain on our NHS,' Professor Dalgleish, a melanoma expert of global renown, will tell a conference. ...

'Britain is attracting thousands of health tourists from across the EU who cannot get certain drugs or treatments in their home country so come to Britain and demand them as EU citizens.

'Cancer treatment can cost £200,000 a year per patient and while we remain in the EU, Britain has to offer treatment for any EU citizen who comes here so as to not discriminate.

'The Health Service is being bled dry – this is why our NHS faces a £3 billion deficit.'
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Upfront charges for NHS foreign patients in England
BBC, 6 February 2017

NHS hospitals in England will have a legal duty to charge overseas patients upfront for non-urgent care if they are not eligible for free treatment.

From April this year, foreign patients could be refused operations unless they cover their costs in advance.

NHS Improvement, which oversees the trusts, said hospitals would no longer have to chase money they are owed.

Emergency treatment will continue to be provided and invoiced later. ...

Hospitals are already supposed to charge patients living outside the European Economic Area for care such as hip operations or cataract removal, but this can be done by invoice, rather than upfront.

Details of treatment given to visitors from EEA countries should be forwarded to the Department of Health so the costs can be recouped from their governments.

But earlier last week, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee said the system for recovering costs from foreign visitors was "chaotic".

Mr Hunt said: "We have no problem with overseas visitors using our NHS - as long as they make a fair contribution, just as the British taxpayer does."

The health secretary said the aim was to recover up to £500m a year by the middle of this Parliament to reinvest in the NHS. ...

Dr Meirion Thomas, a former cancer surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital, told Radio 4's Today programme that the plan was a "smokescreen".

"It is not going to work because there are not trained people to identify and charge overseas visitors upfront," he said, highlighting an example where there was one overseas visitor manager - who identifies those who do not qualify for free NHS healthcare - for three hospitals in London.

"Anyone going into any of the Schengen countries, when they apply for a visitor's visa, they have to prove that they have 30,000 euros worth of health and travel insurance and that is the cure for this problem in this country."
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Nigerian woman, 43, racks up £500,000 NHS bill after giving birth to IVF quadruplets in London hospital after going into labour on flight to Heathrow - hours after she was turned away from the US
Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 1 February 2017

One of the largest hospitals in the country is chasing a bill of more than £500,000 from a Nigerian woman who gave birth to quadruplets.

The 43-year-old, named only as Priscilla, went into labour three months early shortly after landing at Heathrow airport in November. ...

Staff estimate that the total bill for the highly complex birth and the care of the babies is already more than £500,000. ...

Her case is revealed tonight in the BBC 2 documentary Hospital, which exposes the pressures of health tourism on the trust. ...

Mr Facey is also chasing a bill of £59,000 from a 56-year-old woman from the Philippines who underwent heart surgery. ...

Mr Facey says other patients frequently 'disappear into the community' before he has the chance to hand them an invoice. ...

The responses from 90 hospitals revealed that 13,077 overseas patients were treated in the UK in 2015/16, including 3,066 pregnant women who flew in and had babies.

These women were responsible for some of the highest debts, the figures showed, and a significant number are understood to have come from Nigeria.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism, NHS
If the NHS needs more money, why not collect from health tourists?
J. Meirion Thomas
The Spectator, 28 January 2017

For weeks now, we have been reading about a crisis in A&E – a symptom, we're told, of a funding crisis in the National Health Service more generally. ...

... Because of my specialist interest, I had become increasingly aware that I was being personally targeted by people who came to the UK with a pre-existing illness whose sole purpose was to claim free NHS care. When I encountered such cases, I would bring them to the attention of senior managers at my hospital. They'd ring a Department of Health helpline, and every patient was waved through.

The laxity of NHS checks had evidently become famous throughout the world. ...

For NHS doctors who believe in the service, this misuse is troubling – but the inability of politicians to do anything about it is more so. It does raise questions as to how safe the NHS is in their hands. To treat health tourists, sometimes at the expense of postponing eligible patients, in the knowledge that every ineligible case encroaches on the depleted resources of the NHS, is extremely frustrating for doctors.

In the four years since I blew the whistle, the massive gaps in our system have persisted. ...

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has promised to crack down on all this and collect £500 million a year by three methods: getting better at recovering costs from EU governments and two surcharges – an extra 50 per cent on the NHS tariff for all visitors, plus a flat-rate charge for non-EU ones. This is to incentivise hospitals to identify, charge and collect from patients who are ineligible for free NHS care. As things stand, only £1 in every £6 invoiced is retrieved.

Hunt's plan, alas, is failing. The National Audit Office recently found that barely half of the £500 million target was raised last year, and only £350 million will be found next year. There are three reasons for this failure.

The Immigration Health Surcharge, for non-EU citizens, is set at £150 for students and £200 for migrants (per family member and per year) – far below the government's estimate of true cost. The failure to retrieve the cost of healthcare means this NHS surcharge remains the cheapest health insurance on the planet, and is costing the British taxpayer a fortune. Or, more accurately, denying the NHS a fortune.

The second problem is the European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) system. ... Finally, the 50 per cent surcharge imagines that the NHS has the same instincts about cost control as the rest of the country. This is not so.
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Benefits and costs – cost, health tourism
Nigerian mother racks up £350,000 bill in NHS hospital after flying to Britain to give birth to twins
Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 16 January 2017

A hospital is chasing a £350,000 bill racked up by a Nigerian mother who flew to Britain to give birth to twins. ...

The Government has been accused repeatedly of failing to clamp down on health tourism, which is thought to cost up to £280 million a year.

Patients face fewer checks on eligibility for free treatment than in other countries. ...

The case at Luton was uncovered through a series of freedom of information requests sent by the Mail to all hospitals in England.

A spokesman confirmed the hospital was owed £348,683 by the Nigerian mother who gave birth to twins in 2015. ...

The responses from 90 hospitals revealed that 13,077 overseas patients were treated in the UK in 2015-16, including 3,066 mothers who flew in to have their babies.

These women were responsible for some of the highest debts and a significant number are understood to have come from Nigeria. ...

Nigerian women and their husbands swap tips on how to give birth in NHS hospitals in an online discussion forum called Nairaland.
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Bias – YouTube
YouTube pulls down 'immigration and Islam' video featuring Nigel Farage amid growing censorship row
Jasper Hamill
The Sun, 12 September 2017

YouTube has once again been accused of censorship after allegedly pulling down a video featuring Nigel Farage talking about "Islam and immigration".

The controversial film ... features excerpts from the UKIP founder's speeches along with nostalgic views of British castles, landscapes and cultural icons.

It also features details of the growing number of Muslims living in the UK as well as shocking newspaper headlines about terrorism and images depicting the migrant crisis.

In the film, Farage is quoted from speeches in which he talks about polls which indicate the British public's disquiet with the level of immigration over the past decades.

He also slams Merkel's migrant policy and discusses sharia courts in Britain.

It was made by a UKIP supporter and Farage is not believed to have been involved in it. ...

"Immigration and Islam are still quite taboo subjects - the blanket term of 'hate speech' is cleverly used to silence dissent," he told The Sun Online. ...

The video is now available on alternative video sharing sites including BitChute. ...

YouTube has been accused of censorship after introducing a controversial new policy designed to reduce the audience for videos deemed to be "inappropriate or offensive to some audiences".
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Bias – crime
Barnardo's under fire for using photo of a white girl in campaign against female genital mutilation
Paddy Dinham
MailOnline, 9 August 2017

Children's charity Barnado's has come under fire for using a photo of a white girl to publicise a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).

An estimated 20,000 girls suffer in the UK a year at the hands of FGM, but a disproportionate amount of these are from African or Middle Eastern families.

The group tweeted: 'FGM is particularly prevalent during school holidays. Here are some signs a girl may be at risk' and linked to an article about the horrifying subject.'

However, the group was forced to backtrack into an apology after it chose to use a picture of a causasian girl to accompany it. ...

Five days after the original tweet, after some of the criticism had begun to attract attention, Barnardo's tweeted an apology, but also warned it is also an issue for white girls.
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Bias – judges, police
Judges' ideologies
John Wood
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

In delivering a custodial sentence to a viscount last week for sending threatening e-mails, a senior district judge stated that we are "lucky" to live in a multiracial society.

While many may or may not agree with the judge in her opinion on the social make-up of our society, it is alarming that, increasingly, judges and senior police officers are making public statements which, in tone, are highly ideological.

Surely, for the public to have confidence in our law enforcers and the procedure of the law, we need to know that the law is applied without influence of the personal political opinions of those in whom we must place our trust to act without prejudice.
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Bias – BBC
BBC admits it spends £139,000 a year on buying the Guardian - that's 1,300 copies a week
Liz Dunphy
MailOnline, 6 July 2017

The BBC has opened itself up to accusations of left-wing bias after it was revealed that it buys more than 1,300 copies of the Guardian every week.

The Corporation ordered 69,212 copies of the left-leaning newspaper, which has a relatively small circulation and is free to view on the internet.

Although the Guardian has a small circulation among the public, the paper was the second most ordered by the Beeb and cost the Corporation a total of £139,260 last year.

The full figures reveal that the BBC spend more than £40,000-per-year more on the Guardian than any other newspaper. ...

The newspaper buying figures were released by the BBC under Freedom of Information Act laws.
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Bias – Full Fact
Foreign Influence? Soros & Co. Drop $500k On UK 'Fact Check' Org
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 July 2017

UK fact-checking group Full Fact has been given a large cash injection by the Open Society Foundations, and Omidyar Network to produce two new tools to counter what it calls "misinformation".

Full Fact announced the $500,000 (£386,000) donation on Thursday, explaining that the money is to build and launch 'Live' and 'Trends', automated tools which the charity hopes will make their 'fact-checking' findings much more influential. ...

Documents leaked last year revealed that the Hungarian financier spent $6 million (£4,644,000) to influence the 2014 European Parliament elections, his Open Society Foundations hoping to "mitigate the feared populist surge" and "limit the damage" it believed was caused by "xenophobic" and Eurosceptic campaigns.
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Bias – fact checking
Commons library fact-checking body funded by Left-wingers and Remainer
Camilla Tominey
Sunday Express, 2 July 2017

An "independent" fact-checking body used by the House of Commons library is part funded by Left-wing trusts and ardent Remainer Lord Sainsbury.

Former chancellor George Osborne used Full Fact to check general election claims in his paper while the Commons library has offered placements to its researchers.

But the charity received money from the Left-leaning Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and socialist group 38 Degrees.

Full Fact is in the same building as the Institute for Government, which is bankrolled by David Sainsbury.

His Gatsby Charitable Foundation gave the institute a grant of £3.5 million for 2016-17.

The Labour life peer gave £4,250,000 to Remain. ...

Full Fact's website states: "We're independent of government, political parties and the media."
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Bias – BBC
BBC spins fruit farms migrant labour 'shortage'
Craig Byers
News-Watch, 25 June 2017

A couple of mornings ago Today sent a reporter to a fruit farm in Godalming and brought back a large punnet of Brexit-related gloom. Nick Robinson introduced the report with these words:

There's a warning today from Britain's berry growers that Brexit could crush the industry.

Zoe Conway's report included various hard-working, efficient migrant workers (as she portrayed them) worried about their future, plus farm managers fearing the collapse of their business. One farm owner was asked if he regretted his Leave vote, especially if it leads to what Zoe called a "hard Brexit". No contrasting views featured in Zoe's report.

That's par for the course, of course. But tied in with that piece was the reporting that very same morning of the results of a survey among soft berry producers – a survey the BBC itself had commissioned (for reasons known only to itself but guessable by others).

The main BBC News website report on the survey (by Emma Simpson) is striking for the way it tries to spin its own findings. The BBC's spin is deeply negative about Brexit and conducive to advancing arguments in favour of retaining free-movement:

UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don't know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops.

Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers' earning power, as well as uncertainty over Brexit, according to a BBC survey.

The results themselves, cited later in the article, are strikingly at odds with the mood music of the report as a whole: ...

These results say to me that only 3% of the surveyed farmers are seriously alarmed about "migrant labour shortages'. Another 18% are a bit worried. And what the other 79% /.../ Well, they either say they have have enough seasonal workers or aren't sure if they've got enough. In other words, that 79% don't sound alarmed about the situation, despite the BBC's alarmist headline.

I think this is a clear case of BBC bias (conscious or unconscious).

And it's far from being the first time that the BBC has spun its own surveys in a favoured direction.

Who can forget the particularly blatant way the BBC spun its own survey on the attitudes of British Muslims back in 2015? While many other media outlets led with the astonishing finding that 27% of British Muslims expressed some sympathy with those who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre the BBC heavily pushed the "Most British Muslims 'oppose Muhammad cartoons reprisals'" angle.

Plus there was some very dodgy reporting by the BBC's News at Six and the BBC website into young people's concerns, also in 2015, where both the TV bulletin and the website article omitted all mention of the third biggest concern of the polled young people – immigration. And it was another BBC poll to boot. ...

As you'll note, all of the above have immigration as a running theme, whether directly or indirectly. And all of them were spun by the BBC in the same way – the pro-immigration way.
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Border controls – national identity
In praise of borders
Peter Hitchens
First Things, October 2017

Borders are a substitute used by less fortunate lands for the sea and the mountains behind which happier countries shelter. No great civilization has grown and endured except behind the shield of ocean, mountain, or desert. ...

If a country has no sea, it must come up with a substitute. And that substitute is the guarded border. ...

Why, then, do so many speak darkly of borders as unnecessary and undesirable? Enthusiasts for "free movement of peoples," the type who can be found in revolutionary Marxist sects and in the offices of liberal capitalist organs such as The Economist, claim to believe that the absolute equality of all humans is violated by the idea of frontiers. The Bolsheviks believed that humanity is infinitely malleable and that class and education determine changeable human nature. The economic liberals simply think that open borders bring greater general prosperity by keeping labor costs down. In most cases, such people live remotely from the areas most directly affected by the large-scale migration they say they support.

In practice, they will take a slightly different view if too many people act according to their vision. ...

Even on those who in general accept their usefulness, borders have a paradoxical effect. Precisely because they guard us from straying into a different culture, we long to do so. ...

Even if we could somehow construct a world where borders were not necessary for peace and security, could we really be happy without them? There is a joy in crossing from one place into another that we are robbed of by any effort to make all places one. ...

... A world without differences would be a world without any true character or any true freedom, since the planet is far too big a community for people to be effectively unselfish in it. Without borders, we would dwell in a global parking lot. A reasonable love of where you live, its customs, landscape, language, and humor, is the basis for all other communal loves.

.. How can the U.S. reasonably ask people such as me, from law-governed, civilized nations, who have no plans to stay, to submit to fingerprint checks and intrusive questioning at airports, if it simultaneously allows countless persons from who-knows-where to walk straight into the country, vanish for years – and then apply for and be granted citizenship on the grounds that it is too much trouble to do anything else? If you want to have a country, you have to decide who can come into it. If you don't, won't, or can't, it's not a proper country.
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Border controls – passport fraud
British passports sold to migrants for just £500: Undercover investigation reveals how the cost has plunged - sparking fears ISIS jihadis could find it even easier to reach UK
Arthur Martin
Daily Mail, 7 September 2017

Criminal gangs are selling genuine British passports for less than £500 to migrants in Europe, it can be revealed today.

The price of a stolen passport has dropped dramatically from £2,000 a year ago, after more than 20,000 identity documents flooded on to the black market.

It raises fears that Islamic State fanatics intent on committing terror attacks in the UK are finding it easier than ever to reach our shores.

A senior police chief described the illicit trade as 'one of the fastest growing problems' in Europe.

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, raised deep concerns that current border controls are unable to cope with 'sophisticated counterfeit criminal syndicates'.

He said terrorists were 'exploiting' the surge of migrants into Europe to move about undetected.

Meanwhile, two current UK Border Force officials warned that thousands of black market passports may have been used to enter Britain in the past year.

The whistleblowers expressed grave concerns about our national security and suggested that 'border security is non-existent'.

And the Border Force admitted it had seized more than 6,500 illegal documents at passport control in the past three years. That figure is double the 3,000 passports seized during the three previous years. ...

Concerns over the supply of fake documents were laid bare by the EU's border agency earlier this year.

It said there were 11,000 migrants living in Europe with forged documents – a figure than has almost doubled in six months.
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Border controls – landing cards
Landing cards are an essential tool for controlling our borders
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 9 August 2017

Anyone who arrives in the UK is given a landing card if they're not from the EU. They have to fill out their name, date of birth and address in the UK, as well as how long they plan to stay. ...

So it's sensible and appropriate for the Government to be planning to move to a digital system that would be easily scannable and easily referenced by the authorities. But when it comes to governments and computer software nothing is ever straightforward. ...

This time round the problem isn't useless software: it's that we haven't even got to the stage of having any software up and running. Because although the Government is consulting on a new digital system nothing is ready. Yet it has already announced that it is planning to scrap landing cards and will do so more or less now. ...

The Home Office, which administers landing cards, says it will save just £3.6 million a year. ...

But as Tim Loughton, the former acting chairman of the Home Affairs select committee puts it:

"It defies logic at a time when so much effort is being put into improving border security to remove a longstanding tool like this without a proper replacement and for what is a relatively small saving." Yes we need a new and better system than landing cards but scrapping them until we have that system is simply mad.
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Border controls – landing cards
Plans to scrap landing cards for millions of non EU travellers 'threaten to undermine border security', Government is warned
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 8 August 2017

Plans to scrap landing cards for travellers arriving from non-EU countries threaten to undermine border security, a former immigration official warned last night.

David Wood, former director general of immigration at the Home Office, said the cards were a 'useful intelligence tool'.

He told the Times: 'It seems the most incredible haste to abandon the system of landing cards. We could access them to find out where someone was staying or where they had stayed if we were carrying out an investigation.'

About 16 million visitors and migrants fill in landing cards when they arrive at ports and airports across the UK.

But the cards are set to be scrapped later this year, to save millions of pounds a year and speed travellers through passport control.

At the weekend ministers said the system of cards - which was introduced in 1971 was outdated and would go from October to be replaced by a digital system.

However, a consultation document yesterday suggested the new digital system might not be up and running until the end of the year.
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Border controls – security
Ready on Day One to take back control of immigration
Charlie Elphicke
ConservativeHome, 8 August 2017
[Charlie Elphicke is MP for Dover and Deal]

Post Brexit, free movement will end. This means we will need to extend our full border control systems from the current 12.5 million to a further 25.5 million visitors to the United Kingdom. Until now, travellers from the EU have been subject to the same border checks as UK citizens. Post Brexit, this will change. ...

So how can we be ready on day one to take back control of our borders? As things stand, we are behind the times in gaining valuable information and raising the money to pay for it. /.../ Charging visitors £10 a time would raise a lot of cash. For example, 25.5 million EU visitors a year paying £10 would provide about £255 million. Given the Borders budget is currently some £550 million, moving into line with what other nations are doing would fund a 50 per cent increase in the Borders budget.

Along with money, a visa waiver system provides a wealth of information. Information we could use to strengthen our wider security and intelligence effort. ...

Ending uncontrolled EU immigration will allow us to take back control of our jobs market too. /.../ We should not be afraid to challenge big business to invest more in people.
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Border controls
Britain is HELPLESS to stop migrants sneaking in – and we need 3,000 more guards to secure our borders properly
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 4 August 2017

Britain is helpless to stop migrants sneaking into the UK – and needs 3,000 more Border Force guards for Brexit, it was claimed last night. ...

Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Borders, Immigration and Customs Union, said London City Airport was the only entry point in the UK with no Border Force vacancies.

And she warned there were nowhere near enough staff to respond to DAILY reports of lorry drops – where immigrants are spotted jumping out of a truck or van on the roadside.

She said a big investment programme was necessary if Britain was to be ready for extra demands of Brexit in 18 months' time. ...

She said: "We don't have enough staff to respond to all the small vessels spotted. We don't have enough cutters to intercept small vessels at sea.

"We don't have enough people to response when there are lorry drops. More often than not we can't get there."
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Border controls
Britain's border controls in crisis 'because of seasonal workers'
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 31 July 2017

Britain's border controls are slipping into a crisis because budget cuts are forcing bosses to rely on seasonal workers to carry out passport checks, experts fear.

Despite demands for greater control over UK borders being a key factor behind the Brexit vote, fears are growing criminals, terrorists and illegal immigrants will find it easier to sneak into the country because the immigration service is overstretched, it was claimed.

The Home Office was last night accused of "papering over cracks" with temporary staff manning passport control desks to meet key performance targets and keep queues down in UK airports.

The Border Force's budget has dropped to £558.1 million in 2016/17 from £617 million in 2012/13 and staffing levels last year hit a five year low.

This is despite passenger numbers at UK airports rising to 251.5 million in 2014 from 220.6 million in 2012.
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Border controls – illegal immigration
No checks at small ports allow illegal immigrants to enter Britain
Jon Rogers
Daily Express, 13 July 2017

Illegal immigrants can easily slip into the United Kingdom unchallenged as there are no checks at nearly half of the small ports in the east of England, a report has revealed.

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt has exposed the lack of checks in an explosive report published today.

It revealed that officials failed to carry out checks at 27 of the 62 small ports along the east coast between February 2015 and June last year.

The report said that the lack of checks meant that there is no "visible deterrent" for people trying to smuggle illegal immigrants and illicit goods into the UK.

It also revealed that the number of illegal immigrants caught near major ports nearly doubled between 2014-15 and 2015-16, rising from 233 to 423. ...

The report also found that border officials at Harwich in Essex, one of the UK's biggest ports, were failing to carry out checks on cars arriving on ferries from Holland. They instead relied on "pre-departure" checks by Dutch authorities.

The report says: "They [the checks] are not a guarantee that no-one has managed to conceal themselves in a vehicle after embarkation."

The investigation raised concerns that illegal immigrants are increasingly stowing away on lorries coming into the UK.

It reads: "Home Office records of the vehicles involved with clandestine arrivals are not complete, but they do show that soft-sided freight is overwhelmingly the vehicle of choice. They can be entered by cutting a flap in the roofing, which is not visible from the ground and which leaves any customs seals intact. ..."

The report found only five drivers have been arrested for smuggling illegal immigrants, with only one of them being jailed.
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Border controls – Europe
'If you have money, there is a way': Asylum seekers fly into Europe using fake IDs raising fresh concerns for border security
Josie Ensor
Sunday Telegraph, 2 July 2017

Fresh concerns have been raised about Europe's ability to protect its frontier after a Telegraph investigation found asylum seekers are managing to enter the Schengen zone undetected and fly on fake ID cards.

Syrian, Iraqi and other nationals are walking across Turkey's land border with Greece, where they are buying fraudulent documents which have been accepted on commercial flights to western Europe.

By doing so they are getting around a deal the European Union agreed with Turkey to take back all refugees and migrants arriving on Greek shores.

The Telegraph spoke to three Syrians who made it to the Netherlands this way this year, as well as an Iraqi citizen who reached Belgium.

However, Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, admitted the problem was much wider.
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Border controls – false identity
Is it THAT easy? London Bridge terrorist entered Britain using FALSE name and age
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 29 June 2017

One of the killers responsible for the deadly London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack entered Britain using a false name and date of birth, an inquest has heard.

Southwark Coroner's Court was told Rachid Redouane, who was one of three terrorists responsible for the June 3 slaughter, arrived in the UK using false details.
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Border controls – crime
Judge hits out at border controls after alleged mastermind of Britain's biggest ever banking fraud flees despite no passport
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2017

A judge has hit out at UK border controls after a tycoon suspected of masterminding Britain's biggest ever banking fraud was able to flee to Pakistan despite having no passport and whilst wearing an electronic tag.

Multi-millionaire Shaid Luqman, 48, flew out of Manchester Airport in 2011 - along with millions of pounds in allegedly stolen cash - after he left a trail of debt over the collapse of his £300m business empire.

Although his British and Pakistani passports had been confiscated and he was subsequently hauled into court for fraudulently attempting to get another one, Luqman - known as "Lucky" - sneaked passed airport security officials just two weeks after he was tagged and given a suspended jail term.

Despite a warrant being issued for his arrest, he remains on the run six years later and is apparently living the high life - having brazenly opened a shopping mall in Lahore, started his own fashion boutique and appeared in series of glossy magazine photo shoots.

This week Judge Angela Nield expressed surprise at how Luqman was able to escape during a review hearing over the arrest warrant in which no mention was made as to whether the authorities had made any progress in bringing Luqman back to the UK to face justice. Britain does not have an extradition treaty with Pakistan. ...

Luqman's younger brother, Waheed, is also said to be in Paksitan and is also wanted by police in the UK having been jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence for fraud in January 2013.
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Border controls – cost
Britain pays £1 million a week on Calais crisis
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 4 May 2017

British taxpayers are forking out a million pounds a week to tackle the migrant crisis in Calais, the Daily Express can reveal.

Our investigation exposes how trying to stop refugees sneaking in to the country from northern France has become a "shocking" drain on the public purse.

Since 2010, £315.9 million has been spent dealing with the threat of illegal immigration on Britain's doorstep, Home Office figures show.

The sum, revealed for the first time today, equals about £150,000 a day – averaging £52.5 million a year over the past six years.

Critics last night questioned why the UK is effectively paying the French authorities to solve a problem created by the EU's border-free Schengen Area. ...

Figures show at the height of the chaos in 2015-16 Britain stumped up £111.7 million to secure the border from those trying to cross the Channel illegally, up from £48.8 million in 2014-15. ...

Separate data shows that 24,800 people were seized attempting to enter the UK illegally in the first six months of last year.

In 2015 the figure was 84,008, a rate of one every six minutes.
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Border controls – criminal
UK Border Force officials let 'Most Wanted' Albanian killer BACK into the UK and banned crook runs a car wash and lives nearby
Nick Pisa and Tom Wells
The Sun, 13 February 2017

An Albanian murderer kicked out of Britain sneaked back in under the noses of the bungling Border Force to run a car wash firm.

Selami Cokaj, 43, once on Interpol's Most Wanted list, was deported in 2009 and banned from returning. ...

Officials kicked Cokaj out of the UK in 2009 after discovering he was a fugitive from a 20-year jail term in Albania.

But he somehow slipped past bungling Border Force officials and is now openly living here with his family under his real name – and runs two car valeting firms that are raking in £40,000 a year. ...

It is unclear when or how Cokaj arrived but he is doing nothing to hide his identity. ...

Cokaj, once on Interpol's Most Wanted list, first arrived here in 1999 using the alias Valton Gashi and posing as a refugee from the Kosovan conflict.

In fact he was a violent Albanian criminal who had been jailed in 1994 for a knife murder.

He was sentenced to 15 years, later increased to 20 for a further armed robbery conviction.

But after three years he escaped.

Within months of coming to the UK he was living in Mansfield, Notts, had set up a car wash firm and met his future wife.

His past caught up with him in 2006 and after a three-year extradition process he was deported.

But under Albanian law too much time had elapsed since his original sentence and he was freed in 2012.
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Border controls – Calais, France
UK-bound Dunkirk migrants 'taking buses to Calais port'
BBC, 6 February 2017

Hundreds of migrants are trying to reach the UK from Calais three months after the camp known as the Jungle closed, the BBC has learned.

Migrants are taking buses to Calais from Dunkirk. Kent MP Charlie Elphicke has called for the buses to be stopped.

The boss of the Port of Calais also said about 200 people were still being found each week in lorries.

Jean-Marc Puissesseau said more than 2,000 a week used to be detected, so the figure was down by more than 90%.
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Border controls – slavery victims
UK Border Force 'failing to identify thousands of modern slavery victims'
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 3 February 2017

The UK Border Force is "missing thousands of victims of modern slavery at our borders" and identified and convicted only one trafficker last year, according to a damning inquiry report by two official watchdogs.

The "significant failings" by Border Force uncovered by the investigation was published just a day after the prime minister, Theresa May, told MPs the introduction of the first law to tackle modern slavery was one of her proudest achievements in government.

The joint report by David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders, and Kevin Hyland, the anti-slavery commissioner, says there were 3,266 potential victims in 2015, 94% of whom came from outside Britain. Yet Border Force identified just 265 potential victims at the border during six months last year and only 57 of them were given official help.

"There is a strong chance we are missing thousands of victims of modern slavery at our borders," said the anti-slavery commissioner.

"We must urgently improve our response, regardless of how challenging it is. If Border Force identified 265 potential victims at the border between April and November last year, as outlined in the report, and yet only 57 entered government funded support, what happened to the remaining 208?" ...

With an estimated 13,000 victims in the UK, the inspectors say Border Force's annual targets to identify victims at the border have been modest "while the number of suspected traffickers identified and referred for investigation have been low by any standards".

The report says that Border Force had identified and convicted just one suspected trafficker in 2014 and one in 2015/16.
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Border controls – loophole
Terrorists' fast train to Britain: Mail exposes shocking security flaws that allow ANYONE to get to the UK on Eurostar without a passport
Glen Keogh
Daily Mail, 23 January 2017

Terrorists and criminals can travel to Britain on the Eurostar without any form of identification, a Daily Mail investigation reveals.

The extraordinary flaw in our border security means anyone can arrive in the heart of London without a passport for as little as £2.60 – the price of a cup of coffee.

The shocking loophole takes advantage of the open-borders Schengen Agreement that allows people to travel across Europe without showing a passport.

Britain is not part of the agreement and travellers are expected to show passports when they board the Eurostar to come here.

But the loophole allows passengers to board the Eurostar without identification in Brussels with a ticket to the French city of Lille – and to simply remain on the train when it heads to London. ...

The 'Lille loophole' was supposedly closed after it was revealed in 2011 that 330 migrants tried to use it to reach the country in just 18 months.

The Border Agency has no figures for the number caught since because it insists the route is closed and the journey 'cannot be done' without a passport. ...

One commuter said: 'There is absolutely no security on the peak service. There is never a passport check in Brussels.

'In more than 200 trips on the Eurostar to London, I have only been asked to show my passport about five times.' ...

Lord Paddick, a former top Metropolitan Police officer, added: 'This is an extremely worrying lapse in security that must be urgently addressed.

'There is supposed to be a secure border between France and the UK and for anyone to cross it unchecked and without documentation is completely unacceptable.'
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Border controls – cost
Eurotunnel migrant breaches 'stopped 20,000 times'
BBC, 20 January 2017

More than 20,000 breaches of security by migrants at the Channel Tunnel terminal in France were thwarted in 2016, Eurotunnel has claimed.

Spokesman John Keefe said increased surveillance had reduced "what was a disruption every night, down to no disruption to services for 18 months".

Eurotunnel said it was now spending 20m euros (£17.2m) a year on security.

However, Border Force union officials said staff reported that attempts to breach security remained high.

That figure has doubled from previous years despite the dismantling of the Calais jungle. ...

Kevin Mills, from the PCS union which represents Border Force staff, said his staff were not reporting the number of attempts to get through controls had fallen.

He said: "Everything we are hearing is that the numbers of attempts are high, if not higher than before."
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Border controls – airfields
Judge says small UK airfields are 'defenceless' against people traffickers as he jails Lithuanian pilot for smuggling in three illegal Albanian immigrants
Joseph Curtis
MailOnline, 10 January 2017

A judge warned that small airfields in the UK were 'defenceless' against people smugglers as he jailed a pilot for trying to smuggle in three illegal immigrants today.

Algirdas Barteska, 60, was caught after Border Force officials acting on a tip off were lying in wait for him as he landed his Albanian passengers at a remote airfield. ...

Judge Holt added: 'In my judgement there are dozens of small airfields in East Anglia which are extremely vulnerable to this sort of people smuggling.

'There are people on duty at the major ports, but hat is the problem. There cannot be people on duty at every single small airfield and that makes them vulnerable.'
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Border controls – terrorism
Britain's small ports and marinas are wide open to returning ISIS fighters because they are not policed, warns terror tsar
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 4 January 2017

Small ports, marinas and beaches across the UK could give terrorists an easy route into Britain because they are not policed, a major report has warned.

David Anderson, the terror laws watchdog chief, said jihadists could attempt to sneak across our porous border at hundreds of remote locations because of the absence of stringent checks.

He expressed concerns that 'foreign fighters' returning from Syria and Iraq could breach the country's security checks using small boats and planes.

Mr Anderson, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, revealed his fears as Home Secretary Amber Rudd was handed a paper demanding a huge boost to frontier security.

Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke said Parliamentary figures showed the Border Force's budget had been slashed by £120 million in just three years - from £617 million in 2012-13 to £497 million in 2015-16.

In an analysis submitted to the Home Office, he suggested EU citizens visiting Britain post-Brexit should pay a fee for a visa waiver to boost the agency's finances by £250 million a year.

It would also allow counter-terror and immigration officials to gain valuable information on who is travelling to the UK – a crucial weapon in the fight against terrorism, child sex abusers and human traffickers. ...

Mrs Rudd has been told that organised criminals are already exploiting gaps in the largely unprotected eastern coastline using private boats to smuggle in illegal drugs, migrants and weapons.
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Oxford professor: Leap in citizenship applications shows different post-Brexit attitudes
Michael Race
The Oxford Times, 26 August 2017

An Oxford Academic has said EU citizens have responded in different ways to the Brexit vote.

It comes as official statistics revealed the number of European nationals applying for British citizenship nearly doubled since the poll in June 2016.

There were 28,502 applications for citizenship from EU nationals in the year ending in June 2017 - up from 15,871 in the previous 12 months.

The rise is in contrast to a general downward trend in the overall numbers seeking citizenship, with total applications falling by eight per cent to 135,912. ...

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said: "Faced with the uncertainty of Brexit, it appears that EU citizens have responded in different ways - some have been trying to solidify their rights to remain in the UK, while others have been voting with their feet and leaving."

Those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation are generally required to have lived in the UK for at least five years.
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Citizenship – EU migrants
EU nations where migrants may have to ditch citizenship to stay in UK after Brexit
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 29 July 2017

Thousands of Europeans could be forced to ditch their nationality to stay in Britain for good after the UK unshackles itself from the European Union (EU).

EU nationals are faced with the prospect of losing their original identity to instead apply for a British passport because their countries have banned dual citizenship.

This means people from Austria, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Norway, Estonia, Poland and Slovakia living in the UK would be forced to renounce their original citizenship. ...

Earlier this year, the prime minister said she would let 3.2 million EU citizens stay in Britain after Brexit. The deal allows EU nationals who have lived in Britain for five years to apply for 'settled status'.

However, despite a lengthy process, a number of Europeans living in the UK are considering applying for British nationality to secure their future after March 2019.

It comes after the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned people that taking a British passport meant they would give up their Dutch passport, with the Government launching a campaign to explain the risk to citizens living abroad.
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Citizenship – Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, EU
Citizenship rights granted under Belfast Agreement could return to haunt the EU as birth tourism
Chris Agee
Belfast Telegraph, 26 April 2017

A key clause of the Belfast Agreement - of high importance to Irish nationalists and republicans - was the future granting of both Irish and British citizenship to anyone born in Northern Ireland.

The subsequent enabling legislation in Irish nationality law has several clauses, including that any child born "on the island of Ireland on or after 1 January 2005 ... is entitled to be an Irish citizen if at least one of his or her parents is ... a British citizen". Other parental criteria for birth-citizenship are of course Irish citizenship and permanent legal residence without time-limit within either the Republic or Northern Ireland.

Little remarked upon after the Belfast Agreement was the fact that Northern Ireland had become a de jure multinational territory with a written Irish-British constitutional treaty text lodged at the UN - in dramatic contrast to Great Britain, with its unwritten constitution and single birth-nationality. Northern Ireland is possibly the only such jurisdiction in the world where all births are now automatically bi-national.

The aforementioned "British-citizen clause" was clearly a quasi-symbolic gesture of national exclusiveness by the Dail directed toward the indigenous Northern Irish of unionist outlook. In 2005, this clause had no impact on the question of possessing an EU passport. But that has changed dramatically with Brexit.

Since last June, incredibly, this massive loophole has not even been remarked upon publicly by politicians or the media in either Ireland or Britain. Month after month, one might have expected that this major issue would be flagged up with the seriousness it merited, especially apropos the post-Brexit future - but nothing at all, after 10 months.

The general oversight no doubt flows from the fact that "British Brexit Birth Tourism to Northern Ireland" - as it might be called - is rooted in Irish law ("Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act," 2004), rather than anywhere in British law. According to the husband of a Belfast midwife known to this writer, it is already happening.

Thus, in theory, any of the approximately 750,000-800,000 babies born annually in the UK could for generations be entitled to an Irish/EU passport if the birth-venue is switched to Northern Ireland. That this is Irish law has been confirmed by Bernard Ryan, Professor of Migration Studies, Leicester University, as well as the Republic's Department of Justice.

In effect, any British citizen in Great Britain (as mother or couple) who now wants an EU passport for their new-born can travel to Northern Ireland for the birth. The result is a huge unintended and overlooked "Remainer" loophole flowing from the complete absence of consideration of Irish impacts during the mainstream referendum campaign in GB.

Such "British Brexit birth tourism" will be of extreme concern to the EU especially. It raises the clear long-term possibility that, even after Brexit, there is a permanent massive route to EU citizenship for new generations of British births, so long as they occur in Northern Ireland - whereas the reverse cat-flap would not operate. And this in addition to the many British citizens already entitled to Irish passports via the traditional and well-known route of blood ancestry (estimated at up to five million). ...

Where a citizenship right or loophole exists, it will be used - and used hugely. Especially now.
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Citizenship – EU immigrants
The bureaucratic nightmare facing the Home Office
The Economist, 11 March 2017

Yet many Tory MPs sympathise with at least one of those amendments, to instruct the government to guarantee the right to remain of over 3m EU nationals resident in Britain. The bipartisan Commons Brexit committee has just unanimously endorsed this suggestion. ...

Two-thirds of the 3m-plus EU nationals will have been in Britain for five years before Brexit, so they should qualify automatically. The bigger concern is the bureaucracy involved. A first problem is lack of information. Britain has no identity cards, no register of EU nationals and no checks on who comes and goes. ...

A second issue is the cut-off point for EU nationals who want to stay. Some have proposed June 23rd 2016, the date of the referendum, but this has no basis in law. Others are arguing for when Britain actually leaves, probably in March 2019, but that could encourage a last-minute surge. A report in December from British Future, a think-tank, floated a compromise of the day when Mrs May triggers Article 50 later this month.

Third and most problematic is the administrative burden of securing permanent residence, a necessary step towards citizenship. Last autumn Oxford's Migration Observatory noted that, at current rates, it would take 140 years to process all those eligible. In the six months since the referendum the number applying rose to over 135,000. Many more are to come. The Home Office does not have enough staff to cope. ...

And this is all before, fourth, a new migration regime is put in place.
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Sharp rise in the number of foreigners arrested in Britain with child-sex convictions
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 25 September 2017

The number of foreigners arrested in Britain and found to have child-sex convictions has increased almost four-fold in two years.

Chilling data from the UK's criminal records office Acro shows the figure rose from 34 in 2014 to 164 in 2016.

Meanwhile, the number with murder or manslaughter convictions in their native countries trebled in the same period.

Statistics show 298 non-British killers were arrested in the UK in 2016 – up from 91 two years earlier.

And the number of foreign rapists caught jumped from 133 in 2014 to 237 last year.

Most of the convicted killers came to the UK from other EU nations.

They were able to slip in unchallenged with their murky past only coming to light when they were caught breaking the law here. ...

The Acro statistics also reveal the nationalities of foreign criminals arrested in Britain.

In the past three years 175 Romanian, 64 Polish and 55 Lithuanian killers have been arrested here.

During the same period 181 Romanian, 153 Polish 53 Lithuanian rapists were held by British police for other offences.
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Illegal immigrant seeking asylum in UK was crack and heroin dealer
Mike Lockley
Birmingham Mail, 24 September 2017

The son of a murdered Afghan policeman, who was smuggled out of the country when he was just nine, has been jailed for drug dealing.

Ali Nadiri was caught dealing crack cocaine in Marc, and then dealing from his home in Leamington four months later, Warwick Crown Court heard. ...

Rashad Mohammed, defending, said his client was a user of class A drugs, and was buying them to use and to sell to fund his own addiction.
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Crime – sexual abuse, slavery
Asian sex gang victim says she was raped by THOUSANDS of men in terrifying ordeal that started when she was 14
Emily Retter
Mirror, 21 September 2017

Over 15 years, from the age of 14, Caitlin Spencer was raped by thousands of men. ...

Now, she is bravely telling her horrific story for the first time. Hers is undoubtedly one of the very worst cases of UK child trafficking at the hands of a predominantly Asian sex gang heard to date. And, shockingly, Caitlin – whose real name we are protecting for her safety – says the vast gang, which includes a local politician, is still at large.

She wants to name names to protect other potential victims, but legally she can't. Although she found the courage to make an official police report two years ago, her case was dropped.

Predominantly Asian sex gangs are no strangers to the headlines now. Three weeks ago, an 18-strong group was convicted in Newcastle of grooming and raping girls as young as 13. Police said there were 278 victims.

The case – which included men of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish backgrounds – followed similar convictions in Rochdale, Oxford, Bristol, Aylesbury and Peterborough. But Caitlin says this barely scrapes the surface of the network of abusers she believes exist. ...

Referring to the Newcastle case, she says: "There is no way the gangs are that small, I can guarantee that. I would be taken to places across the country. I cannot count how many men raped me, but I believe it runs into thousands." ...

By September 2014, the then National Crime Agency's Human Trafficking Centre officially deemed Caitlin a victim of trafficking. It warns that the problem is on the rise, and underestimated.

Will Kerr, the NCA's Director of Vulnerabilities, said: "Modern slavery has rightly been made a priority across law enforcement, but it is a hidden crime so the onus is on us to seek it out.

"The more that we look for modern slavery, the more we find the evidence of widespread abuse of the vulnerable."

He adds: "The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought. The intelligence we are gaining is showing that there are likely to be far more victims out there, and the numbers of victims in the UK has been underestimated."
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Crime – burglary
Chilean crime gang who travelled to Britain to steal £60,000 in jewellery and cash in a series of raids on country homes are jailed for a total of 21 years
Nick Enoch
MailOnline, 16 September 2017

A Chilean crime gang has been jailed for a total of 21 years after travelling to Britain to target large country homes - stealing more than £60,000 in jewellery and cash in the process. ...

Luis Rojas, 35, Francisco Montecinos, 32, and Julio Galdamez-Rodriguez, 20, made off with tens of thousands of pounds in cash, expensive jewellery, iPad tablet computers, passports, driving licences, clothes, and caused thousands in damage by smashing their way inside.

Rojas had previously been deported from the EU in 2005 for theft while he lived in Spain, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

But he was allowed to come to London in January this year where he teamed up with his countrymen - and restarted his crimes.
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Crime – Albanians
Fifty Albanian thugs are being arrested every week in Britain following a surge in drug-related gang warfare
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 12 September 2017

Police are facing an Albanian crime wave with 50 thugs arrested each week amid a surge in drug-related gang warfare.

New figures revealed thousands of people from the tiny Balkan state are being detained in the UK for murder, sex offences, drug dealing, money laundering, people smuggling and death threats. ...

Police chiefs said organised crime groups from the former Communist country now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the country – and were willing to inflict serious violence to protect their lucrative illegal market.

In total last year, police arrested Albanian crime suspects 2,781 times – up 8 per cent on the 2,578 held in 2015. ...

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 now fronting a drugs and prostitution scandal on Britain's streets. ...

The damning figures were uncovered in answers from 37 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

There were 649 Albanian inmates in jails at the end of June, making them the third largest foreign group.
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Crime – drug gangs
Albanian drug gang are jailed for 17 years after being caught with blocks of cocaine and £178,000 in cash
Thomas Burrows
MailOnline, 8 September 2017

Albanian gangsters who conspired to flood the streets of London with Class A drugs have been jailed for a total of 17 years.

Algert Lami, 23, Roland Vasija, 20, and 22-year-old Orjon Uku were held when police raided their den in Stratford, east London, and found blocks of cocaine and wads of cash.

Earlier this year police chiefs warned gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant threat' on Britain's streets.
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Crime – racism
Newcastle grooming gang 'did not target white girls because of their race', judge rules
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 6 September 2017

A grooming gang that preyed on vulnerable girls and young women in Newcastle did not target their victims by race or religion, a judge has ruled.

The former director of public prosecutions, Lord McDonald, claimed the abuse of white women by predominantly Asian men was a "profoundly racist" crime after the scandal was revealed last month.

But while sentencing members of the gang at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Penny Moreland said they picked out their victims "not because of their race, but because they were young, impressionable, naive and vulnerable".

She added: "This is extremely serious offending against vulnerable members of society and that is the basis on which I intend to sentence."
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Crime – child sexual abuse, responsibility
Rotherham child sexual abuse: 'No-one's fault at council'
BBC, 6 September 2017

No legal or disciplinary proceedings should be brought against any current or former senior officers at Rotherham Council over its handling of child sexual exploitation, a report has said.

The failure to tackle the problem was "not the fault of any one person" but was the result of "multiple and systemic failures", the report found.

Its author Mark Greenburgh said it was "more cock-up than conspiracy".

More than 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town from 1997 to 2013.

Six reports have been published by the council in response to the Jay Report's findings.

The independent investigations, carried out by solicitors Gowling WLG, covered areas including the performance of senior employees, taxi licensing in the town and reviews of how individual cases were handled. ...

Regarding ex-officers, including former chief executive Martin Kimber and former head of children's services Joyce Thacker, the report said it had found "no culpable behaviour" to justify any legal action or regulatory involvement.

On current employees it said: "We have not identified that disciplinary and/or capability proceedings are warranted in respect of any senior manager currently in post at the council."
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Crime – deportation
Five foreign criminals a day are freed on to UK streets: Killers and rapists are then living here for years instead of being booted out
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 31 August 2017

Five foreign criminals a day are being freed on to Britain's streets instead of being booted out of the country, figures reveal.

Some 1,885 offenders – including sex attackers, killers, robbers and drug dealers – were released in the year to June after finishing their sentences. ...

Guidelines say that criminals who have completed their sentences should be detained only if deporting them is a realistic prospect.

In reality thousands are released to be 'managed in the community' – and are then at risk of absconding and potentially putting the public in danger.

In total, 5,728 foreign-born criminals due to be deported are living in Britain. Nearly a third – 1,870 – have been loose for more than five years. A further 2,246 have dodged being booted out for more than 12 months but have yet to reach the five-year mark.

Of the 484 offenders freed between April and June alone, only two were deported. Another eight were given permission to stay.

The rest were challenging their deportation orders, many using controversial human rights or asylum laws, while others did not have travel documents and could not be removed immediately. ...

David Spencer, research director of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank, said: 'There is simply no excuse for putting the British public at risk like this. Until they can be deported, foreign nationals who have committed criminal offences must be locked up, either in prison or an immigration centre.

'It would be interesting to see how many of those set loose have gone on to commit further offences. This is something the Government urgently needs to get to grips with and hopefully Brexit will finally afford them the powers to do so.' ...

The Home Office said that in 2016-17 it removed more than 6,340 foreign national offenders - the highest number ever. More than 37,000 have been removed since 2010.
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Crime – Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival should be banned for police officer safety, suggests Met Police Federation
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 30 August 2017

Notting Hill Carnival should be banned after the "disgrace" of police officers being attacked with blood and bottles, the chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation has suggested.

Ken Marsh, who leads the rank-and-file group, asked: "What other event would be allowed to carry on regardless with so many police colleagues under attack?"

The Bank Holiday weekend event in west London saw 28 police officers injured, with bottles and other objects thrown at them, blood spat at them and a potentially acidic substance thrown at them.

Mr Marsh said he suspected the true figure of officers injured on duty during the two-day carnival will end up being more than 28 - the number released by the Metropolitan Police on Monday night. ...

Some 313 arrests were carried out as of 10pm on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said, many relating to drugs and offensive weapons.

More than a third of the arrests - 112 - were for drugs offences, while there were 58 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon or knife/blade, 37 public order arrests and 17 common assault arrests.

Some 14 arrests for sexual offences were also carried out, while 17 arrests were made for assaults on police officers.
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Crime – priority, police
Non-English speaking victims of crime to be given priority, police chief suggests
Danny Boyle
Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2017

Victims of crime who do not speak English could be given priority by the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has suggested.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that callers might be denied a personal visit from police unless they are deemed to be sufficiently "vulnerable".

He said it is "absolutely feasible" that "face-to-face" visits by officers could be reserved for the "vulnerable" - giving examples as those for whom English is not a first language, the elderly and people with learning difficulties.

Mr Mackey said that crimes such as vehicle thefts are the types of offences that officers might not be sent to in person unless the victim was assessed to require one under a new triage system.
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Crime – police officers
Crooked police officers plotted to steal drugs from dealer to sell to organised crime gang
Amardeep Bassey
Birmingham Mail, 23 August 2017

Two crooked West Midlands Police officers plotted to use a marked police car to stop a drug courier and rob him of his consignment of thousands of pounds worth of contraband.

Constable Wahid Husman, 48, and his award-winning colleague Tahsib Majid, 36, intended to sell the drugs they stole to an organised crime network to distribute to its street dealers.

Both men, who were based at Perry Barr police station, were today convicted of conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply, misconduct in public office and conspiracy to steal. ...

Majid was also convicted of unlawfully disclosing personal information while Husman admitted a series of conspiracies to commit misconduct in public office by accessing secure police systems for the benefit of drug dealers.

Five other men, who are not police officers, admitted offences including possession of drugs, conspiracy to supply drugs and conspiring with Husman to benefit from his access to sensitive police information. ...

Akeesh Rasab, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

Imaan Haidri, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Imran Rehman, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, conspiracy to steal (x2), conspiracy to possess a Class B drug with intent to supply and conspiracy to possess a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Aasam Qayum, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, conspiracy to steal (x2), conspiracy to possess a Class B drug with intent to supply and conspiracy to possess a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Shahzad Mushtaq, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply (x2).
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Crime – Notting Hill Carnival, London
Police make 300 arrests during raids ahead of Europe's biggest street festival Notting Hill Carnival
Hatty Collier
Evening Standard, 22 August 2017

Police made more than 300 arrests in a proactive operation ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street festival.

Scotland Yard said officers had made 316 arrests for a range of offences and recovered 190 knives and 18 firearms in the last 12 days.

Two million people from around the world are expected to attend the festival which takes places over the August Bank Holiday weekend. ...

Officers executed 29 warrants and arrested 26 people during the intelligence-led operations that began at about 4am. ...

The majority of offences involved gang crime, drug supply and weapons, Scotland Yard said. ...

There were more than 450 arrests at last year's carnival, the highest number since 2010. The policing operation cost £8 million. ...

Four people were stabbed so seriously at the festival in 2016 that they almost died.
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Hammer attacker Jamshid Piruz wins appeal against sentence
BBC, 22 August 2017

A police federation has criticised the judiciary after a murderer who launched a hammer attack on officers won an appeal against his sentence.

Jamshid Piruz lashed out at constables Jessica Chick and Stuart Young with a claw hammer during a West Sussex break-in on 7 January 2016.

He was jailed for life with a minimum of five years, but at an appeal hearing this was reduced to three years. ...

He previously served six years in the Netherlands for locking his female tenant in a room and then slitting her throat. ...

Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, said: "I'm appalled the court of appeal has reduced the sentence. He's an Afghan national with Dutch residency who had been in the country just days and had already assaulted check-in staff at Gatwick airport.

"Regardless of how long he serves, once released he needs to be immediately deported from this country."
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Crime – child sexual abuse, race, Islamophobia
Of course race matters in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. Until we admit that, we can't tackle the problem
Muna Adil
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2017
[Muna Adil is a researcher at Quilliam International]

Labour MP Sarah Champion has been forced to step down after speaking out about the growing epidemic of sexual grooming in this country. Champion was the MP for Rotherham, a constituency that, between 1995 and 2013, saw 1,400 children raped, abused, trafficked and tortured by gangs of South Asian men. Champion's crime was to simply state the facts as they are: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls."

Critics, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and fellow colleague Naz Shah, claimed that Champion's article in The Sun included "statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities."

While the Left's desire to gloss over hard evidence and facts where minorities are involved is, by now, expected, what is incredibly disturbing is a new debate that seems to be emerging from the ranks. One particularly disturbing line of argument taken by Sean O'Grady in his Independent article titled "Let's not feel sorry for Sarah Champion – she knew exactly what she was doing", seems to openly dismiss the importance of empirical evidence and scientific, academic research. In his article, O'Grady makes several statements, including:

• "The real point though is this. Even if you agree that there is a problem with some Pakistani men, what are supposed to do with this insight?"

• "Saying that there is a problem with some men of Pakistani origin doesn't actually get us anywhere with these crimes, or force a single arrest or rescue a single girl."

• "We don't actually need a racially focused debate about this any more than we need one about shoplifting or corporate corruption, because it misses the point."

Not only is this line of argument ridiculous, it is factually incorrect. If a certain crime file indicates that one sub-section of society is over-represented in the offender profile, it is our academic inclination, human interest, and most importantly our moral duty to investigate the common denominator, whatever it may be.

And in fact, our research at Quilliam has shown the exact opposite of O'Grady's argument: race is a central factor in this crime profile, not only when it comes to the offenders but also as it relates to the victims who largely belong to the same demographic of young, white and female. ...

An upcoming Quilliam report will look to shed more light on the issue, but here a glimpse of what we have found so far: Asians or British Asians make up 6.9 per cent of the UK population, yet they're found responsible for almost half, 46 per cent of child sexual exploitation (CSE) crimes.

Yet a Home Affairs Select Committee report into localised grooming claimed that "the vast majority of convicted child-sex offenders in the UK are single white men." ...

Over 60 per cent of the British Pakistani population is from the Mirpur District of Kashmir, a largely rural area of Pakistan where regressive attitudes towards women, sex, and relationships still persist today. ...

The phenomenon of "gangs" further confirms that these offenders gravitate towards each other based on a shared ideology, separate from their collective criminal leanings.
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Crime – Islam, Islamophobia
I was treading on eggshells as I described the very specific problem of 'some' Muslim men and their attitude to white Western women
Trevor Kavanagh
The Sun, 17 August 2017

Some Sun readers may have missed the concocted explosion of Labour and Islamic hysteria over a column I wrote on Monday about Muslim sex gangs. ...

My offence was to write about the attitude of predatory Muslim men towards white women – what I called "the Muslim Problem".

I was instantly denounced for fomenting a Nazi-style "Final Solution" comparable only with the Jewish Holocaust. It was a ludicrous, offensive and perverse distortion of the truth.

A letter calling for my dismissal signed by 105 cross-party MPs was led by Labour's Naz Shah, the Bradford MP suspended last year for anti-Semitism. ...

So, as ever when writing about Islam this week, I was treading on eggshells as I described the very specific problem of "some" Muslim men and their attitude to white Western women.

The article followed the trial and imprisonment of 17 mainly British-born men from the Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities who groomed, raped and abused scores of vulnerable young, mainly white, girls over many years.

They were among many gangs operating in Britain but police and local authorities turned a deliberate blind eye. It was left to the courage and tenacity of Times reporter Andrew Norfolk to bring them to book.

I cited Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion who bravely broke ranks and identified the problem everyone else on the Left had shied away from. ...

Presumably got at by Corbynistas, she has subsequently sought to distance herself from her own article and has now resigned for her "poor choice of words".

On Monday, I paid tribute to Sarah's courage, saying: "Thanks to ex-Equalities chief Trevor Phillips and Labour MPs like Rotherham's Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than cultural problem." ...

The abuse of women by Muslims, says Trevor Phillips, is "on an industrial scale".

"What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. It is not Islamophobic to point this out."

My mistake, apparently, was to describe this as "the Muslim Problem". ...

This fake outrage is more than simply a personal attack on me or upon the Sun newspaper. It is a pernicious attempt to stifle and smother free speech.

The letter from the MPs fails to pinpoint a single mistake or error of fact in my article. It even concedes there are no grounds at all for referring this to Ipso for adjudication. It infringes none of the Editors' Rules of Conduct.

The letter is nothing less than an attempt to gag not just me but anyone else who dares to venture an opinion which contradicts their narrow point of view.
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Crime – child abuse, racism
Rochdale child abuse cop says PC posturing protected sophisticated network of Asian abuse
James Fielding
Daily Express, 14 August 2017

The former detective who helped expose the Rochdale child abuse scandal has accused the Government of doing "too little, too late" and of allowing Asian grooming gangs to "evolve" over the past 15 years.

Maggie Oliver said a sophisticated network of abusers from predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds had grown unchallenged because the authorities feared being labelled racist.

Her comments follow the conviction last week of an 18-strong gang in Newcastle upon Tyne who sexually abused girls as young as 13. ...

Home Secretary Amber Rudd waded into the row and said that "political and cultural sensitivities" should not deter work aimed at uncovering child abuse.

However, former detective constable Ms Oliver said the Home Office had been aware of the issue since 2004 during a probe into grooming gangs in Manchester.

The former Greater Manchester Police officer said the Home Office was in contact almost daily during Operation Span, the investigation into Rochdale six years later, and was fearful of the racial connotations.

She said: "Amber Rudd's words are too little too late. She is jumping on the bandwagon and playing to public outrage at what has been allowed to evolve over 15 years."
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Crime – child abuse, racism
Racist rapists handed lower sentences because their victims were WHITE
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 12 August 2017

Asian rape gangs who target white teenagers are not handed longer jail sentences because of political correctness and fear among the judiciary, the Government's senior legal advisor has said.

Young, white girls have been brutally raped and sexually abused by extensive gangs of Asian men in towns and cities across Britain - yet when it comes to sentencing - the race aspect has been largely ignored, he claimed.

Now legal experts are calling for British judges to properly defend the girls who are targeted because of their skin colour. ...

Robert Buckland Solicitor General has said racism should always be considered in the type of organised sex attacks which have blighted Britain.

Mr Buckland said sex attacks based on race "cuts all ways" and that the race of those involved should be "front and centre" when it is clear a certain race has been actively targeted - whatever that race may be. ...

Mr Buckland blamed the PC brigade for putting political correctness and fear of being labelled racist over the rights for sex victims.

He said there was "institutional reticence" when it comes to Asian men abusing white girls.
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Crime – sexual abuse, Asian gangs, white girls
Some communities are not doing enough to tackle Asian grooming gangs, warns Chief Constable
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2017

There is not enough shame and stigma attached to child sexual exploitation in some communities, a senior police chief has said, as an Asian grooming gang was found guilty of drugging and abusing vulnerable girls in Newcastle upon Tyne.

As the final five members of an 18 strong gang were convicted of a string of appalling abuse against white girls, Chief Constable Steve Ashman, of Northumbria Police, described tackling such exploitation as the "challenge of our generation".

He said until such behaviour was considered socially unacceptable in all communities, the problem would never be completely eradicated.

Newcastle is the latest city in which the activities of an Asian grooming gang has been exposed, following on from Rochdale, Oxford, Rotherham and Derby.

During a series of trials, which can only now be fully reported, it emerged that the gang, which was made up of men from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, abused girls after luring them to parties where they were plied with drink and drugs, ...

The gang operated in the west end of Newcastle, ferrying the same group of at least 22 victims between addresses where they were barricaded in rooms with furniture and subjected to degrading ordeals.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how many of the gang members had "contempt" for white women, illustrated when one of the men launched a tirade against a female ticket inspector on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. ...

Speaking after the final guilty verdicts were delivered, Mr Ashman said: "We have thrown the kitchen sink at this - a team of 50 officers have worked on this inquiry for almost three and a half years and continue to do so.

"There has been no political correctness here. These are criminals and there has been no hesitation in arresting them and targeting them using all the means at our disposal."

But he said while many of the communities across the city had been appalled by the offending and had helped the police, it was clear there was still a problem in getting some to take it seriously.

He said: "The sexual exploitation of vulnerable people is in my opinion the challenge of our generation. It is a huge task that we are faced with."

He went on: "Given the number of men that we have arrested, 461 in total, clearly somewhere along the line something has gone wrong if it has become acceptable to entice, through alcohol, drugs or just through bullying and violence, vulnerable people into sex.

"This behaviour can never be tolerated... It has to become socially unacceptable in every community to behave in this way."
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Crime – slavery, EU, UK
Migrant crisis triggers heightened risk of slavery in EU supply chains, say analysts
Karen McVeigh
The Guardian, 10 August 2017

The migrant crisis has increased the risk of slavery and forced labour tainting supply chains in three-quarters of EU countries over the past year, researchers have found.

Romania, Italy, Cyprus and Bulgaria – all key entry points into Europe for migrants vulnerable to exploitation – were identified by risk analysts as particularly vulnerable to slavery and forced labour. ...

Countries outside Europe, such as North Korea and South Sudan, were judged to be at the greatest risk of modern slavery, but the researchers said the EU showed the largest increase in risk of any region over the past year. ...

It found that even the EU's largest economies were not immune. The UK, which introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2016, has experienced a slight negative shift in its scores, moving from low risk to medium.
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Crime – Vietnamese, slavery, drugs
Revealed: How Vietnamese gangs are using UK nail bars to traffic women
Paul Gallagher
i News, 10 August 2017

Avon and Somerset police would not reveal any details of the nationalities of those arrested, but Southmead is the same area where, in November 2013, police tracked down a 16 year old Vietnamese girl brutalised and trafficked into sex work. ...

That case was one of many that persuaded the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, to announce plans for a Modern Slavery Bill, which became law on 26 March 2015. ...

However, the Government's subsequent approach to modern slavery has left many people scratching their heads.

Last December, 97 women working in nail salons were arrested for immigration offences. The majority were Vietnamese nationals, but the number also included suspected immigration offenders from Mongolia, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and India. ...

In its 2014 report, Trafficking for Forced Criminal Exploitation in Europe, researchers led by Anti-Slavery International showed that Vietnam is the single largest source country for child victims of trafficking, mainly for cannabis cultivation. Profits can be worth millions, and are often laundered through other businesses owned by the criminal organisation, such as nail bars, before being physically moved as cash back to Vietnam. ...

The true scale of MSHT within the UK is unknown. In 2014, the Home Office estimated that there were between 10–13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK – a range the NCA says remains the most robust quantitative assessment available.
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Crime – knife crime, stop and search
Met police chief says more stop and search may help reduce knife crime
Matthew Weaver
The Guardian, 9 August 2017

The Metropolitan police commissioner has defended the use of stop and search in tackling rising knife crime and spoken of her determination to fight the perception that it is disproportionately used against black and Asian communities.

Speaking to BBC Asian Network, Cressida Dick said many frontline officers believed a decrease in stop and search was a contributory factor behind the recent rise in knife crime.

In answer to a caller from the West Midlands, where there has been a spate of fatal stabbings, Dick said: "We have probably had a 20% increase [in knife crime in London] in the last year and that is not acceptable to me, so I am encouraging my officers to do stop and search as one of many things that will help to bring this number down." ...

Figures show black people are still four times more likely than white people to be stopped. Race relations experts warned Dick that any increase in stop and search would further alienate communities.

But Dick insisted that police were using the tactic fairly, saying: "In London about one in three stop and searches result in something being found. That shows we not just doing random work."

Asked about concerns that people are being searched because of the colour of their skin, Dick said: "We need to fight that perception; we are absolutely not doing that. It has no place in modern policing. Our outcome rate, one in three positive, is the same whether you are black or white, or whoever you are.

"The perception might be that we stop lots of, for example, young black men and we don't find anything. We do. I'm sorry to say we find the same rate among people of colour and the people not of colour that we stop. That is not disproportionate, that shows fairness in terms of our activity."
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Benefits cheat carried out six-year £100,000 scam to pay for daughters to go to posh private school
Dan Sales
The Sun, 7 August 2017

A benefits cheat scammed £102,000 over six years to pay for her daughters to go to a private school.

Somali-born Shukri Yusuf, 45, posed as a struggling single mum to claim income support, housing benefit and council tax cash.

But investigators found she was married to bus driver Omar Tarab.

Yusuf arrived in Britain in 1999.

She carried out her con in Southall, West London, from June 2008 to April 2014 and used some of the cash to buy a car. ...

Judge Jonathan Perkins jailed her for six months, suspended for two years, and ordered her to complete 175 hours of community work.
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Crime – checks, EU citizens
As EU tells UK NOT to run criminal checks on 3m migrants seeking citizenship we examine 10 horrifying cases that show how dangerous this could be
Richard Wheatstone
The Sun, 25 July 2017

EU officials want to stop the UK running criminal checks on 3 million Europeans hoping to stay in Britain after Brexit.

Britain wants to vet EU citizens before allowing them residency once Brexit is finalised in early 2019.

But Brussels chiefs claim "systematic" checks breach EU laws and have warned Britain it will move to stop such background searches against EU citizens as part of any agreement.

EU rules say previous criminal convictions cannot 'in themselves' be a barrier to free movement and citizens are not subject to background checks like non-EU nationals.

The rules are likely to change in Brexit Britain but the EU's demands would stop retrospective background checks.

This is despite a number of recent examples of migrants with a history of violent offences entering the UK and going on to commit sickening crimes.
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Crime – acid attacks, Muslims, London
The Acid Attacks of London's Muslim No-Go Zones
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 17 July 2017

Things are going smashingly well in Londonistan. ...

Gun control has worked so wonderfully well that gun crime in London rose 42%. When gun control advocates insist that we should be more like the UK, London's 2,544 gun crime offenses probably aren't what they have in mind.

But gun control does work in London after a fashion. Those gang members who can't lay their hand on a firearm must make do with a sharp blade. Knife crimes in London rose 24% to 12,074 recorded offences. 60 people were stabbed to death last year. ...

Acid attacks in London rose from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year. There have already been 199 acid attacks this year. Five acid attacks just happened in London in the space of little more than an hour.

And so the obvious new solution is drain cleaner control. ...

It's easy to blame and ban inanimate objects. And it avoids any discussion of the perpetrators.

Newham is the London borough with the highest number of acid attacks. It also has the second highest percentage of Muslims in the UK. 398 acid attacks occurred in 5 years in the area named as "the most ethnically diverse district in England and Wales". 33% of Newham consists of non-UK passport holders.

But surely that's some sort of random coincidence.

Except that the place with the third highest number of acid attacks is Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets is a Muslim no-go zone. It has one of the smallest native British populations in the country. 35% of the population is Muslim. Most of those are Bangladeshis with a healthy sprinkling of Somalis.

There were 84 acid attacks in what has been dubbed "The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets".

Also, entirely by coincidence, Bangladesh has the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. ...

The second highest acid attack location in London was Barking and Dagenham, a growing Muslim enclave which elected its first Muslim mayor whose plans include holding an Islamic festival "for the whole community – regardless of religion". ...

The native British population made up 80% of Barking in 2001. Now it's fallen to less than half. ...

Fifth on the acid list is Redbridge where the native British population fell by 40,844 in a decade. ...

Pakistan has one of the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. It lags behind Bangladesh. But fortunately Redbridge boasts a diversity of both Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. And acid attacks. ...

At 14%, Islam is the second largest religious group in Hackney. The indigenous British population has fallen to 36%. That's down from 44% in 2001. And, according to officials, it's "reflective of Hackney's increasing diversity which currently marks it out as the 6th most ethnically diverse borough in London after Newham, Redbridge, etc..."

Sixth in diversity and sixth in acid attacks. ...

London is experiencing a splash of the acid test of diversity. ...

Immigration from violent societies prone to terrorism is the acid that is eating away at Europe.
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Crime – diversity, acid attacks
"Diversity" is Why London has Acid Attacks
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 14 July 2017

Why does the UK have acid attacks?

Acid attacks are ubiquitous in certain Third World countries. They were not previously a staple of life in the UK. Then they became a staple of life.

All the shocked media coverage of the latest acid attacks in London carefully tiptoe around the obvious issue. Acid attacks tend to involve immigrants or the children of immigrants. They're a horrifying tactic that has been imported to the UK.

Acid attacks are one of those enriching benefits of diversity.

Instead of dealing with the obvious, the proposals push for "Drain cleaner control". As if you can seriously prevent people from getting their hands on chemicals that don't go well with the human face. After the triumphs of gun control and knife control, now it's onward to drain cleaner control.

Acid attacks in London have climbed from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year.

We could talk about immigration. Or we can try to ban drain cleaner.
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Crime – acid attacks
Acid attacks: What has led to the rise and how can they be stopped?
George Mann
BBC, 14 July 2017

Assaults involving corrosive substances have more than doubled in England since 2012, police figures show.

The vast majority of cases were in London. ...

The National Police Chiefs Council lead for corrosive attacks, Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton, told the BBC Asian Network that reported acid attacks had seen a significant rise in percentage terms, but that compared with knife crime the number of incidents were "tiny". ...

Metropolitan Police figures obtained by the BBC show men are twice as likely to be victims of acid attacks in London than women after being linked to a number of gang crimes.

The vast majority of cases never reach trial.
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Crime – sexual assaults, Afghans, Europe
I've Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe's Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling
Cheryl Benard
The National Interest, 11 July 2017

In 2014, when waves of refugees began flooding into western Europe, citizens and officials alike responded with generosity and openness. ..

This was a honeymoon that could not last. ...

But there was one development that had not been expected, and was not tolerable: the large and growing incidence of sexual assaults committed by refugees against local women. These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up – no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans.

Actually Afghans should not even have been part of the refugee tide, at least not in significant numbers. /.../ But it quickly became obvious that something was wrong, very wrong, with these young Afghan men: they were committing sex crimes to a much greater extent than other refugees, even those from countries that were equally or more backward, just as Islamic and conservative, and arguably just as misogynist.

This is not an article that has been fun for me to write. I have worked on issues related to refugees for much of my professional life, from the Pakistani camps during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan to Yemen, Sudan, Thailand, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Lebanon, Bosnia, Nicaragua and Iraq, and have deep sympathy for their plight. ...

It took a while for the pattern to be recognized because, until recently, western European media deliberately refrained from identifying an assailant's refugee or asylum status, or his country of origin. Only when the correlation became so dramatic that it was itself newsworthy did this policy change. At that point, it became clear that the authorities had known about, and for political reasons had deliberately covered up, large-scale incidences of sexual assault by migrants. ...

... According to Austrian police statistics, Syrian refugees cause fewer than 10 percent of sexual assault cases. Afghans, whose numbers are comparable, are responsible for a stunning half of all cases. ...

This brings us to a third, more compelling and quite disturbing theory – the one that my Afghan friend, the court translator, puts forward. On the basis of his hundreds of interactions with these young men in his professional capacity over the past several years, he believes to have discovered that they are motivated by a deep and abiding contempt for Western civilization. To them, Europeans are the enemy, and their women are legitimate spoils, as are all the other things one can take from them: housing, money, passports.
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Crime – rape gangs, scandal, cover-up
Betrayal of girls is one of our biggest scandals
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2017

Recently, I was asked if I would take part in a project to try to count the number of girls who have been victims of Pakistani grooming gangs. You know what, let's stop using the word "grooming". At least we can honour the young women who have been through that grotesque ordeal by using the correct term. Rape gangs is what they were, and still are.

The ex-policeman who contacted me said that preliminary findings suggest we could be looking at a figure as high as 40,000. ...

The Betrayed Girls on BBC One, on Monday night, showed us how child sexual abuse on an unimaginable scale was allowed to continue unchallenged for years. Following the devastating drama Three Girls, the programme talked to women whose youthful testimony was ignored or traduced by police and social services.

Sara Rowbotham, a doughty heroine who managed the Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team, fought furiously to get police protection for her frightened teenage clients. She was ignored. So was Ann Cryer, then Labour MP for Kieghley. When Cryer approached Muslim leaders with a list of perpetrators, they admitted they knew the men but "it's got nothing to do with us". Some of her Labour colleagues found it more comfortable to whisper that Cryer was a racist than address the despicable attitudes towards white females in the Labour-voting Pakistani community. "I was rocking the multicultural boat," said Cryer.

Detective Constable Maggie Oliver, formerly of Greater Manchester Police, explained that Operation Augusta gathered evidence to bring one Pakistani gang to trial. Maggie was aghast when she discovered that Augusta had "died a death". After the terrorist attacks of July 7, did the forces of law and order really conclude that turning a blind eye to the rape of 13-year-old girls was a price worth paying for "community cohesion"? If so, it's as big a cover-up as Hillsborough and we need a public inquiry.

I'm sorry to say that the shocking denial still goes on. ...

Meanwhile, the latest "grooming" cases come to trial in Oxford in September. And the counting of victims goes on.
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Crime – child slavery and exploitation
More than 1,200 children are rescued from slavery in a year: Warning that shock figure for England is the 'tip of the iceberg'
Sarah Harris
Daily Mail, 4 July 2017

More than 1,200 children were rescued from sexual, domestic or labour slavery in England last year, a report reveals today.

They were identified by police, charities and welfare experts as potential victims of so-called modern slavery, which includes human trafficking and forced labour.

But the figure could merely be the 'tip of the iceberg', with many more unreported cases, the study by the Children's Commissioner for England warns.

Anne Longfield has urged politicians to stamp out the 'horrendous exploitation' of youngsters by adults. ...

Her report cites the latest figures from the Government's national referral mechanism (NRM), the official framework for identifying and helping victims of slavery and trafficking.

Some 1,204 children aged up to 17 were referred to the NRM last year for suspected domestic servitude, labour or sexual exploitation in England – an increase of a third, from 901 in 2015.

British nationals were the biggest group at 247, with 209 of them feared to have been caught up in sexual exploitation.

They were followed by 223 Albanian youngsters, of whom 150 were referred for potential labour exploitation. The third highest source of referrals were 200 Vietnamese children, with 101 of them feared trapped in forced labour. ...

The problem is a long-standing one. In 2014, a report commissioned by Rotherham Council revealed that at least 1,400 children in the town, some as young as 11, had been subjected to appalling sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013.
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Crime – child abuse
FGM: More than 5,000 new cases in England
BBC, 4 July 2017

The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals.

Almost half involved women and girls living in London, NHS Digital found.

A third were women and girls born in Somalia, while 112 cases were UK-born nationals.

The practice is illegal in the UK and it is compulsory for family doctors, hospitals and mental health trusts to report any new cases in their patients. ...

Most of the cases were spotted by midwives and doctors working in maternity and obstetric units.

The majority had originally had FGM done to them abroad and as a young child.
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Crime – knife attacks
How London's knife culture is being fueled by jargon, social media and music
David Cohen
Evening Standard, 4 July 2017

Young men caught up in knife culture have a coded way of communicating that most of us do not understand. ...

In the wake of the recent surge in knife crime – 31 people, including 10 teenagers, stabbed to death in London so far this year, a rise of 30 per cent on the same period last year – the Standard sought to delve deeper into how knife culture takes hold. ...

Did Wayne, who is black British, think you have to be more aggressive today than in the past to earn your stripes? "In the last 10 years, since the Somalis and the Congolese came to London, they taught us a whole new level of violence," he said. ...

The language of knife culture is also spread, he added, via music videos posted on YouTube. The "drill" genre in particular tends to glamorise knife culture by making it seem cool. Such videos used to be niche but today their popularity is shocking.

YouTube posts by south London gangs have racked up millions of views. The videos are slickly produced but their message is unrelentingly hyper-masculine and violent. ...

Sheldon Thomas, chief executive of Gangsline, a consultancy that trains professionals to understand gang mentality, said: "It used to be that only black estate teenagers listened to drill music, but it has crossed over and now white and middle-class teenagers listen as well. Not only them but also black kids as young as 10. When you see how many millions watch these videos, and how influential they are, it gives you an idea of the reasons behind the spread of knife culture." ...

The situation is compounded by the absence of fathers, Wayne said. "In some households you got boys aged 13 or 14 who say, 'I'm da man of the house.'
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Crime – fear of racism
Maajid: We're In Denial That Child Sex Abuse Is A 'Sickness' In British Pakistani Muslim Communities
LBC, 2 July 2017

In a powerful speech on LBC, Maajid Nawaz says there is a sense of "denial" that the problem exists in certain communities for fear of appearing racist.

After Nazir Afzal, a prosecutor in the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal, called upon Muslim communities to stop blaming the victims of the abuse, Maajid Nawaz has confessed that there is a sense of denial about the problem in the Muslim communities.

In a powerful speech on his LBC show, Maajid said that there is a sense of "denial" about the problem in certain communities and that the "problem is getting worse". ...

"The situation is being made worse by do-gooders who are attempting to brush it under the carpet for fear of appearing racist."
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Crime – fraud
Indian-origin immigration adviser banned for deception in UK
The Tribune [India], 30 June 2017

An Indian-origin consultant licensed by the British government to work as an immigration adviser has been banned indefinitely for "deception" and "reprehensible conduct" after he used false certification on UK visa applications.

Alpesh Patel, of London-based Aaryas Careers Ltd, was also directed to repay a total of 172,600 pounds to complainants and 7,460 pounds by way of a penalty to the UK's Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC).
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Albanian gangs 'controlling' UK drug trafficking market
BBC, 29 June 2017

Violent Albanian criminal groups are exerting "considerable control" over the drug trafficking market in the UK, a law enforcement report has said.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was increasingly concerned by what it called the Albanians' "high-profile influence within UK organised crime".

The remarks are in the agency's annual assessment of the nature and scale of serious and organised crime in the UK. ...

Among those to emerge as a "significant threat" were Albanian gangs - which the agency said had particular influence on the cocaine market.

Officials said the gangs were characterised by their readiness to resort to serious violence.

London is their "primary hub", the report says, but they are established across the UK. ...

The report also said that Serbian and Turkish crime groups "dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics", while Turkish and Pakistani groups "continue to dominate heroin trafficking to the UK".

The report said corruption among staff working at ports and airports was a "key vulnerability", because it made it easier for gangs to smuggle in drugs and bring in illegal immigrants.
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Crime – fraud
Gang of Nigerian fraudsters face jail for using the identities of MPs, judges and police officers to con the taxpayer out of more than £10m
Alex Matthews
MailOnline, 28 June 2017

A gang of Nigerian fraudsters are facing jail for for using the identities of MPs, judges and police officers during a £10 million scam.

The crew stole personal details from the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC), to make fraudulent claims over a four-year period.

Member lists were 'stolen to order' from CSSC and used to place orders for tax credit starter packs used in fraudulent claims over a four year period.

The gang managed to get away with nearly £2,500,000 before staff at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs spotted the 'extraordinarily high rate' of claims being made by civil servants. ...

CSSC events manager Adedamola Oyebode, 30, stole membership lists and passed them on to her brothers-in-law Oluwatobe Emmanuel Odeyemi, 34, and Oluwagbenga Stephen Odeyemi, 39, who ran the fraud with Kayode Sanni, 38. ...

Emmanuel Odeyemi, Gumbs and Adedamole Oyebode have already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced with Sanni at the Old Bailey on 6 July. ...

Jurors were told that two of the gang, Stephen Odeyemi and his wife Oluwatumininu Banjo, 40, have fled to Nigeria and are wanted abroad.
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Crime – stabbings, schools, London
Knife checks to be offered at every London school as stabbings soar
Pippa Crerar
Evening Standard, 27 June 2017

Every school in London will be offered a "knife wand" metal detector to tackle soaring numbers of stabbings.

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime will supply the handheld devices to headteachers at the capital's 484 state secondaries. Schools could also be provided with dedicated police officers if there are particular concerns about pupils carrying knives on the premises. About a third of London secondaries have dedicated officers on site but only a dozen use knife wands. Just a handful use knife arches.

... The biggest take-up is anticipated in boroughs with the worst knife crime problems, including Lambeth, Southwark, Haringey and Newham.

There was a 24 per cent increase in the number of stabbings in the 12 months to April. ... Twenty-four people under 25 have been fatally stabbed in the capital this year.
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Crime – human rights
Human rights: the friend of foreign criminals
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 22 June 2017

Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favour of two foreign criminals seeking to resist deportation to their countries of citizenship. ...

If rights were determined democratically, then the Immigration Act 1971 would have concluded the Supreme Court case in favour of then home secretary Theresa May. This act, passed by the people's representatives in parliament, empowers the home secretary to deport a foreign criminal if he is a non-British citizen convicted of a serious criminal offence. In the two appeals before the Supreme Court, these conditions were satisfied. The appellants are non-British citizens: Kevin Kiarie is a Kenyan citizen and Courtney Byndloss is a Jamaican citizen. And each had committed serious offences which warranted prison sentences of two and three years respectively. Since the statutory conditions were satisfied, the home secretary should have been entitled to deport them.

If rights were determined democratically then the case would never have gone to court, since the principle that the home secretary relied on had been settled law for over a hundred years: the power to deport a non-British citizen (then referred to as an 'alien') was contained in the Aliens Restriction Act of 1914. ...

But in recent years, the democratic nature of rights has been challenged. The Human Rights Act 1998 made the European Convention on Human Rights an integral part of domestic law. This ushered in two competing models of rights determination: one based on democracy and the other based on human rights. The former draws its power from the democratic arms of the constitution (parliament and government, empowered by the people), while the latter draws its power from the legal arm of the constitution (the judiciary, empowered by law). A constitutional conflict for supremacy between democracy and human rights results.

The deportation of foreign criminals illustrates this constitutional conflict. ...

... This conflict between democracy and human rights will always be resolved in favour of the latter, until parliament repeals the Human Rights Act and re-establishes the democratic model of rights determination. ...

In the ongoing conflict between democracy and human rights, the Supreme Court has resolved the latest skirmish in favour of the latter. It is easy for human-rights law, empowered by the Human Rights Act, to side with foreign criminals by treating citizens and non-British citizens as essentially the same. /.../ The conflict between democracy and human rights goes on.
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Crime – fraud, money laundering
Fraudster who made more than half a million pounds bringing 188 migrants into UK illegally by claiming they were religious workers is jailed for nine years
MailOnline, 21 June 2017

A fraudster banked nearly £600,000 by duping the Home Office into allowing 188 'religious workers' into the UK illegally.

Shopkeeper Malkeet Singh Rathod, 48, was jailed for nine years yesterday after a judge told him his five-year deception undermined the public's trust in the immigration system.

Rathod charged people thousands of pounds for acting as their licensed sponsor to gain them entry into the UK from India, posing as religious workers who were needed in the Sikh community. ...

Jailing him, Judge Christopher Batty said: 'This was a fraud that goes to the very heart of the immigration system in this country.

'The sponsorship system is based on trust, and the conduct of people like you undermines the confidence the public has in that system. It raises suspicion against those who have come to this country legitimately and those who provide a genuine service to citizens of this country.' ...

Judge Batty said the immigrants who were admitted through Rathod's fraud had access to public services they would not otherwise have been entitled to. People can come to the UK on a visa specifically for carrying out religious work, but must have a sponsor. They can then legally live and work in the UK for two years.

Rathod came to the UK as a religious migrant in 1999 and after initially obtaining leave to remain as a member of a religious order, he became a naturalised citizen in 2007. ...

His wife Manpreet Rathod, 44, was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

His sister-in-law Saroj Kaur, 44, was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
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Crime – deportation
Supreme court rules UK system for deporting foreign criminals unlawful
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 15 June 2017

The Home Office's "deport first, appeal later" policy for removing foreign criminals has been ruled unlawful by the supreme court.

More than 1,100 foreign criminals have been removed from Britain under the system, which was introduced in July 2014. It was a Conservative manifesto pledge and denies foreign criminals the right to launch an appeal against deportation while they are in the country.

But lawyers say that the ruling handed down on Wednesday was expected to "very heavily limit, if not entirely curtail" the routine use of the controversial power. ...

The lawyers said that the home secretary had certified 1,175 foreign national offender deportations as "deport first, appeal later" cases between 2014 and 2016. Only 72 of those individuals had filed a notice of appeal with the tribunal from abroad by the end of 2016.
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Crime – deportation
More twisted justice: A day after Mail reveals terrorist got £250,000 in legal aid, judge rules it would be 'unfair' to deport Zimbabwean sex offender who attacked 13-year-old girl
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 14 June 2017

A refugee convicted of a serious sex offence with a 13-year-old girl cannot be sent back to his home country because deportation was 'not fair' on him, Appeal judges have ruled.

They said that Wilfred Mosira can stay in Britain despite his crime and even though there is no threat to his safety or freedom in his native Zimbabwe.

Three Appeal judges accused Home Office lawyers of confusion over Mr Mosira's status as a refugee and of acting too late in the saga of the long-running case when they finally put forward proper arguments for his deportation.
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Crime – general election
Election 2017: Armed Police to Guard Polling Stations After London Attack
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 6 June 2017

Armed police are to be deployed to patrol polling stations Thursday, and exclusion zones to prevent voter intimidation are to be established in some areas when Britain votes to select their next government.

Firearms officers are to be deployed to polling stations in Essex and Cleveland Thursday, as local forces deploy security assets to defend citizens while they exert their democratic right in the wake of a number of terror attacks. In Tower Hamlets in East London, "almost all" polling stations will have uniformed officers and exclusion zones to protect voters. ...

Police are also being deployed to polling stations elsewhere in the country following the nation suffering three terror attacks in nine weeks, two of them within the campaigning period of the general election.
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Crime – visas
College pair 'helped fake English exam results for foreign students', court hears
Tom Powell
Evening Standard, 31 May 2017

A college principal helped fake English language exam results so that hundreds of foreign students could fraudulently apply for visa extensions, a court has heard.

Wahida Sultana and Hemant Kumar, the director of an immigration advisory centre, were allegedly involved in a plot to supply overseas nationals with bogus certificates to extend their stay in the UK for further education.

A gang forged academic records needed for visa extensions and rigged language tests required by the Home Office, Southwark Crown Court was told.

Invigilators overseeing exams at an east London college simply read out answers, or the gang arranged for someone else to sit the tests instead of the students.

The scam saw some of those desperate to extend their visas charged almost £4,000 for the bogus paperwork, a plot prosecutor Martyn Bowyer described as a "large-scale fraud upon the UK immigration system".

The conspiracy was uncovered after an investigation by the BBC's Panorama programme in which journalists posed as students wanting to make use of the services on offer, secretly filming the fraudsters at work in early 2013.

Jurors were told that four people admitted charges over the conspiracy during a trial last year.

Another had already pleaded guilty, while four others fled the country before they could be brought before the courts.
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Crime – drugs
Drug trafficking gang who posed with wads of cash, flash watches and cars as they supplied 300 dealers with crack and heroin are jailed for 42 years
Paddy Dinham
MailOnline, 31 May 2017

Six drug traffickers who posed with wads of cash, flash watches and cars have been jailed for a total of 42 years.

Kenechi Ochereobia, 25, and brother Oluchi, 22, supplied vast amounts of crack and heroin to nearly 300 drug dealers from their bases in Hackney, east London and Cardiff. ...

Following a seven week trial the gang leader, Kenechi Ochereobia, received 12 years jail for conspiracy to supply heroin while Oluchi was handed eight years, after he took over running of the operation last August.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
The Rochdale horror goes on: Abuse is STILL rife 10 years after 50 under-age white girls were groomed and raped by a Pakistani gang - and police remain hidebound by political correctness
Paul Bracchi
Daily Mail, 27 May 2017

Nearly 50 under-age girls were groomed, raped and in some cases gang-raped at the Tasty Bites takeaway.

The victims were white, working class and predominantly from broken or chaotic homes.

All but one of the perpetrators were originally from Pakistan. Most were married with children, respected in their community. ...

Just one disturbing question remained ...: could this kind of abuse still be happening in Rochdale?

Shockingly, according to our own inquiries in the former mill town over the past tragedy-filled week, the answer is 'yes'.

Experts we spoke to in child protection confirmed what many have suspected for some time. But, even now, they remain fearful of going 'on the record'.

After all, the levels of official denial that race or culture played any part in the Rochdale case run deep.

Police have always insisted the girls were targeted because they were vulnerable, not because they were white.

They deny any accusations that, to quote former Labour MP Ann Cryer at the time, they were too 'petrified of being called racist' to pursue the likes of individuals such as the odious Shabir Ahmed.

A recent report commissioned by the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner gives little cause for optimism.

The number of child sexual exploitation offences ('grooming') in Greater Manchester increased fivefold from 146 in 2013 to 714 in 2016, the study revealed.

Some 1,732 youngsters are currently identified as victims of exploitation or at risk of grooming – almost treble the figure from 2015.

But those figures don't tell the whole story. Despite the rise in offences, the report acknowledges, grooming remains under-reported. ...

Meanwhile, no details of ethnic backgrounds of offenders are given. The topic of race, in fact, is largely avoided, dismissed in a few sentences. ...

There have been at least 14 major trials, such as the ones in Rochdale and Rotherham; in Oxford, Derby, Leeds, Aylesbury, Telford, Banbury, Middlesbrough, Dewsbury, Carlisle, Burnley and Blackpool.

The prosecutions resulted in the conviction of 66 men, many from a Pakistani background.

But even this figure does not reflect the true scale of a problem that liberal commentators are still shamefully reluctant to confront.

The ongoing inquiry in Rotherham alone – which is expected to run until 2018 – has already identified 300 'predominantly' Asian suspects. ...

The judge who presided over his trial said one of the reasons white girls were targeted was because they were not part of their 'community or religion'.
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Crime – voting fraud, Conservative Party
No photo ID, no vote: why this cynical Tory plan will suffocate democracy
Maya Goodfellow
The Guardian, 19 May 2017

Nestled among a raft of Ukip-esque anti-immigration policies in the Tory manifesto is a plan to force people to show identification when they vote. No passport, no driving licence? No vote. The Tories say this would stop electoral fraud, but statistics suggest they're interested in making it harder for people to vote.

According to data from the government's own report of the 51.4m votes cast in all elections in 2015, there were a mere 130 allegations of voting fraud in 2015. That amounts to 0.00025% of votes. Now, these figures can't be taken as exact; some of the allegations might be untrue, some go unnoticed. And as the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) pointed out, the report largely relies on "anecdotes and self-professed claims to have witnessed (or even just heard about) electoral fraud". But even when taking all of this into account, you'd be hard pressed to make the case that voter fraud is in any way a significant problem in the UK.

What this means is the Conservatives have decided that if they win on 8 June, they'll enshrine voter ID in law to deal with a problem that's far from widespread. What's more, the ERS says that voter ID wouldn't stop vote-buying or coercion, even if it were a major problem. What it will do is make it more difficult for everyone else to vote. In fact, the Electoral Commission estimated that 3.5 million voters (7.5% of the electorate) would have no acceptable piece of photo ID – never mind the people who forget their ID or lose it just before an election. ...

It's likely that this change would mean that lower-income voters would find it more difficult to vote. /.../ Voter ID wouldn't make our democracy more secure; it would make it less accessible. ...

The Tories will say that voter ID is about making democracy more robust. This couldn't be further from the truth. It's hard to see how this is anything but an attempt to further reduce turnout, and to undermine Labour.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Former detective Margaret Oliver says arrests of Rochdale grooming gang is 'tip of iceberg'
Rochdale Online, 18 May 2017

Former detective Margaret Oliver, who played an integral role in bringing about the prosecution of a Rochdale grooming gang has spoken out, saying the arrests of the gang were 'the tip of the iceberg'.

She is portrayed by Leslie Sharp in the BBC drama 'Three Girls', which is based on the true stories of young victims of sexual abuse.

Nine men of Pakistani and Afghan origin were found guilty of child sex charges after targeting vulnerable girls in Rochdale and Heywood. The girls, aged between 13 and 17, were plied with alcohol, food and money for sex and were beaten if they didn't agree to have sex. On other occasions, the victims were so drunk they didn't know what was being done to them and they were 'passed around for sex' between the gang.

All of the victims were under-age white British girls, and accusations were made that the authorities had failed to thoroughly investigate the issue amid fears of being accused of racism.

Speaking to the BBC, the former detective said: "I was left with the sense that this was a box the police didn't really want to open, but they couldn't keep the lid down for long and now the secret is out. A crime that had been contained and swept under the carpet for years can no longer be ignored." ...

She recounted countless times she'd worked with victims of "horrific rapes" and had seen cases go nowhere, even with solid evidence.
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Crime – racism
'I was made to feel like I was racist': Rotherham sex gang victim says authorities told her not to mention her attacker's ethnicity when she reported being raped at just 13
Alex Matthews
MailOnline, 16 May 2017

A victim of the Rotherham paedophile ring said the authorities made her feel like she was being 'racist' when she reported her rape as a teenager.

The woman, called Emma, said she was 'silenced' when she gave her traumatic account to police as a 13-year-old and was eventually forced to leave the country in fear of reprisals from her attacker.

Emma made the startling revelations during an interview with Katie Hopkins on her LBC radio show. ...

Mother-of-one Emma, who was a victim of multiple rapes, claimed she was 'specifically told not to comment' on the ethnicity of her attackers.
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Crime – knife crime
Met chief orders more stop and search to fight rise in knife crime
Tom Harper
Sunday Times, 14 May 2017

Cressida Dick, the new Metropolitan police commissioner, has increased the use of stop-and-search powers in an attempt to combat soaring levels of knife crime in London.

She has made tackling violent crime her top priority after the deaths of 12 people from knife-related attacks in the past three weeks. ...

As home secretary, Theresa May reformed the use of stop and search, which she said had to be intelligence-led rather than random. May was concerned by data showing black people were seven times more likely than their white counterparts to be stopped by police.
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Crime – knife crime
Curbing knife crime
John Fisher
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

The apparent rise in the number of young people carrying weapons (report, May 12) can be traced back to the publication of the 1982 Scarman and 1999 Macpherson reports into the use of "stop and search" powers. Since then, several generations of young people have grown up secure in the knowledge that they are most unlikely to be stopped and searched by police.

They therefore barely need to think twice before pocketing a gun or knife. At the same time a generation of police officers, many now in positions of seniority and influence, know of no other approach than one of extreme caution regarding the use of stop and search. Important interpersonal and "street-craft" skills are no longer being passed on to succeeding officers.
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Crime – weapons, schools
More than 2,000 weapons seized from schools
BBC, 12 May 2017

Samurai swords, axes and air guns are among the 2,579 weapons seized from schools in England and Wales, Freedom of Information requests have shown.

Press Association analysis of data from 32 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales said the weapons had been found in two years to March 2017.

Police chiefs said there had been a "worrying" increase in young people carrying knives.

There are about 25,850 schools in England and Wales. ...

In 2016-17 alone, 1,369 weapons were found - a rise of almost 20% on the previous year.

A fifth of the overall incidents related to knives or swords.
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Crime – fraud
Wrangling about scale of fraud at Chambers solicitors in Bradford delays sentencing of three men convicted over it
Rob Lowson
Telegraph & Argos, 12 May 2017

The sentencing of three men, including a principal solicitor, who formed a fictitious agency to claim hundreds of thousands of pounds in interpreter's fees has been delayed until next month.

Mohammed Ayub, 55, principal solicitor at Chambers Solicitors, his brother Mohammed Riaz, 49, and Neil Frew, 49, Chamber's immigration manager who was also a partner at the firm, were found guilty last November following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Between September 2010 and October 2014, the trio conspired together to create a sham company – known as Legal Support Services (LSS) – to claim expenses from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), a Government body that administers the legal aid system. ...

During the trial, the jury heard that almost £600,000 had been paid into LSS accounts over a four-year period, but the company, run by Riaz, had no records of ever paying any corporation tax, VAT, or utility bills.
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Crime – knife crime, gangs
Knife crime up 14% because gang warfare is becoming 'embedded in our culture'
Peter Walker
Sunday Telegraph, 30 April 2017

Violent gangs are now "embedded" in our culture, experts have warned after six people were stabbed to death in the capital in seven days.

The comments come after figures released this week show knife crime increased by 14 per cent year on year in 2016 to levels not seen since 2011. ...

"Without any shadow of a doubt, gangs have always been present in the periphery as a phenomenon of our culture," said award-winning professor David Wilson.

"But I would say they are now very much embedded in the culture in our towns and cities." ...

Mr Wilson, a criminology professor at Birmingham City University, who is also a former prison governor and an author, added: "Without a doubt, we are seeing a lot more young people using knives in the context of gangs and organised crime." ...

Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Met Police Federation and a serving constable of more than 25 years, said: "The increase is also down to the impunity of people who feel they can walk around with a knife and not feel challenged.

It's the norm and that is wholly wrong." ...

The Met Police also earlier this month reported a 24 per cent increase in knife crime.
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Crime – benefit fraud
Wealthy Pakistani couple who swindled £40,000 a year in benefits after they claimed political asylum in Britain are jailed six months apart so their children aren't taken into care
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 26 April 2017

Wealthy Pakistani asylum seekers with £250,000 in savings who claimed asylum in Britain before taking £40,000-a-year in benefits have been jailed six months apart to prevent their children going into care.

Syed Zaidi, 41, and his wife Rizwana Kamal, 40, claimed they were being persecuted at home so flew to Britain with their family begging the Home Office to give them food and shelter.

The couple, who have three children, were given free accommodation and other welfare payments worth £150,000 over four years at taxpayers expense despite having more than £250,000 saved in seven different bank accounts.

They then bought two cars and moved in a Victorian terraced house in Denton, near Manchester, but were prosecuted after a whistleblower called the Home Office.

Zaidi and Kamal won the right to stay in the UK in 2012 before claiming benefits until 2016.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester Judge Bernard Lever jailed the couple for ten months jail each. ...

It is thought the couple arrived in the UK on Kamal's student visa. They claimed asylum seekers benefit, child tax and working tax credits and child benefits for their three children - as well as free accommodation because of the asylum seeker status. ...

The court heard the pair had paid back £4,000. Kamal was ordered to pay 5,560 pounds in prosecution costs.
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Crime – illegal immigration
Illegal immigrant who tried to rape teenager as she walked home alone on footpath at 2am is jailed after she filmed him during the assault
Joe Sheppard
MailOnline, 25 April 2017

An illegal immigrant, who tried to rape a teenager as she walked home on a deserted footpath at 2am, has been jailed after she filmed him during the assault.

Bangladesh-born Ashraf Miah, 34, was so desperate to rip off his 18-year-old victim's clothes, he didn't realise she was filming him during the attack in Thanet, Kent.

The film was handed to police who managed to track his face.

They traced Miah, who has been living in Britain illegally for ten years, to London and arrested him. ...

Mr Alcock said Miah, who had been working in restaurants in Ramsgate, Kent, had come to the UK in 2006 and had been given permission to work for a year but became 'an overstayer'.
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Chinese crime gangs using Britain as soft gateway for huge trade fraud
Sean O'Neill
The Times, 25 April 2017

The Chinese black market organisations running this huge and complex fraud have settled on Britain as the least risky place for them to operate. From here they have immersed themselves in four main types of criminality: customs duty fraud, which has cost the EU budget €2 billion since 2013; widespread VAT evasion causing losses to member states of €3.7 billion; smuggling of counterfeit goods; and large-scale money laundering.

Olaf, Europe's anti-fraud office, has mapped the illicit trade routes, devised software to identify suspect cargos, identified suspect companies and individuals, and regularly briefed HM Revenue & Customs on the problem.

Yet, while the other 27 EU member states have dramatically cut suspect imports, the trade through Dover and Felixstowe is growing. Among customs investigators across the EU, there is anger that Britain is turning a blind eye to a significant crime. ...

Ernesto Bianchi, head of investigations at Olaf, said that the illicit importers had tried several countries before settling on Britain. ...

The suspects behind the scheme are of Chinese origin but investigators believe they must be supported by lawyers and accountants in Britain and other EU countries. Mr Bianchi said: "This fraud scheme requires very good legal advice on the systems in each of the member states where this network operates. Totally professional advice." ...

As imports into the rest of the EU fell away, in Britain they grew. The EU analysis, seen by The Times, says that Britain imported 593 million kg of textiles and footwear from China in 2013, 32 per cent of which was "below the lowest acceptable price" and therefore likely to be fraudulent. Last year the same imports from China to Britain had increased to 807 million kg and just over 50 per cent were "below the lowest acceptable price". Of these suspicious goods (407 million kg) 87 per cent were re-exported to other EU countries. ...

The criminals focus next on evading VAT. The tax is paid only in the named destination country but the syndicate uses "shadow companies" to avoid paying anything.
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Crime – Wales
FGM: 123 victims treated in Wales last year, figures show
BBC, 22 April 2017

A case of female genital mutilation was discovered every three days, on average, by maternity staff in Wales last year.

New figures obtained by BBC Wales show 123 victims of FGM were found by midwives or maternity doctors in 2016.

A further 44 children under the age of 18 were highlighted as vulnerable to the practice. ...

Welsh Women's Aid said data on FGM in Wales was "hard to come by" but it was estimated 2,000 women in Wales are living with FGM.

"This suggests that the number of cases identified by the seven Welsh health boards are only the tip of the iceberg," the charity said in a statement. ...

It has been illegal to carry out FGM in the UK since 1985, but there has not been a single successful prosecution.
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Crime – fraud
Somali fraudster, 34, who travelled around the country sitting examinations for refugees to help get them visas or British citizenship is jailed for 32 months
Steph Cockroft
MailOnline, 19 April 2017

A Somali fraudster who travelled around the county taking British Citizenship tests on behalf of refugees has been jailed for 32 months.

Ahmed Ali, 34, went along to four examinations at Life in the UK test centres in Liverpool, Slough, Croydon, Ilford in just one year.

He used bogus UK travel documents and a dodgy Somali passport to sit the tests for refugees seeking visas or British citizenship.

The jobless father of five, who came to the UK as a refugee in 1994, used different identities in the scam, Croydon Crown Court heard.

The convicted fraudster failed the first three tests and was arrested after authorities became suspicious.

But while on bail Ali was caught trying to take a test for a fourth person with yet another false identity document. ...

Ali, who has three previous convictions, has five children aged between one and 11 and his wife speaks very limited English, the court heard. ...

Judge Daniel Flahive praised the work of the staff at the test centres for stopping four people illegally obtain citizenship. ...

Judge Flahive said Ali was 'not the mastermind of the clearly organised action' and was taken various places and told what to do. ...

He was jailed for a total of 32 months.
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Britain hit by surge in violent crime: senior officers criticised for ignoring basics as gun and knife offences soar
Gordon Rayner, Kate McCann and Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 13 April 2017

Britain is in the grip of a sudden surge in violent crime, Scotland Yard warned yesterday, amid criticism of senior officers.

Following years of decline in gun and knife crime, the Metropolitan Police reported a leap in recorded offences in the capital, with gun crime rising by 42 per cent year on year and knife crime up by 24 per cent.

Sex offences, robberies and assaults also increased.

The force said the pattern was being repeated around the country and referred to "significant reductions in resources" in its official explanation of the figures. ...

Meanwhile, an official report published by HM Inspector of Constabulary yesterday said the Met's approach to dealing with serious and organised crime was "not as effective as it could be". ...

Colin Sutton, a retired detective chief inspector who solved some of the Met's most notorious cases, said a decision to reduce "stop and search", as well as mis-spent resources, was the real reason for the crime wave. He said: "The priorities seem to have gone a little bit awry in recent years. Things that do not impact the lives of the majority of people have been given too much emphasis."
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Crime – violence, forced marriage, London
Revealed: girl aged six among victims of 'honour crime' in London
David Churchill
Evening Standard, 7 April 2017

Children younger than 10 are among hundreds of suspected forced marriage and "honour" crime victims in London.

The tally, in police statistics obtained by the Standard, paints a detailed picture of the scale of so-called "honour" crimes in the capital, the range of violence inflicted and the backgrounds of victims and their abusers.

It can be revealed that reports of "honour" violence soared more than 40 per cent over the past five years, with 1,081 made to Scotland Yard. Those relating to forced marriages doubled in the same period, with 367 in total.

Women and girls overwhelmingly form the majority of reported victims, with more than half coming from Asian backgrounds. ...

Politicians and charity leaders today called the findings "troubling", "shocking" and "abhorrent". ...

Detective chief inspector Sam Faulkner, of the Met's Community Safety Unit, said the crimes stem from communities using "cultural and/or religious justifications for male violence against women and girls and other people", often based on traditions whereby "an individual, family and community's honour is weighted on women and girls". ...

The majority of victims were aged between 10 and 40, but 17 were under 10.
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Crime – bias, USA
Crime Is the New Black Entitlement [part 1]
Colin Flaherty
American Thinker, 4 April 2017

Crime is the new black entitlement.

As long as black people are permanent victims of relentless white racism, cops should not chase them, juries should not convict them, judges should not sentence them, schools should not punish them, and white victims should not complain about the black crime and violence so wildly out of proportion.

This is what a growing number of lawmakers, professors and, of course, reporters are prescribing as a way to "improve the way our system serves justice."

The latest came on NPR a few days ago when Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler broke it down for the racially unenlightened:

"If you go to criminal court in D.C., you would think that white people don't commit crimes," Butler said. "White people don't use drugs, they don't get into fights, they don't steal, because all you see are African American people." ...

And yes, professor, black criminality is just as wildly out of proportion in Washington as it is in the rest of country. Even more so.

Butler says there are two justice systems in America, one for white people and one for black. ...

To make his case, Butler trotted out some information from the National Institute of Health which he says proves that black people and white people use drugs in the same amount, but black people are arrested and convicted many times more than their drug-using white counterparts.

QED: Courtroom racism is rampant and if you do not see that, well, you know what that makes you.

That is part of the greatest lie of our generation and here is why.

The National Institute of Health – and everyone else who repeats that bogus claim – are using info gathered from the Census Bureau: Instead of filling out a questionnaire, sometimes the Census Bureau will go into a home and ask the occupants a series of other questions, including if they use illegal drugs.

When they do, black and white people basically give the same answers in the same amounts.

That is called self-reporting and it boils down to this: can we depend on drug users to tell the truth about their drug use? Short answer: No. Long answer, when you actually test people, doctors find there are two determinants of whether the person was actually telling the truth about their drug use: One, were they recently released from prison?

Two, are they black?

Yes, they actually say that. ...

This is hardly new: ask a cop what happens when they pull over a black person for anything from a routine traffic stop to investigating a murder. '99 percent tell us we are only doing that because they are black,' said dozens and dozens of active and retired cops to me over the last five years.

What Butler wants, many cities already have: they are called Bronx juries – where black people tend not to convict black defendants. ...
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Crime – bias, USA
Crime Is the New Black Entitlement [part 2]
Colin Flaherty
American Thinker, 4 April 2017

The over-policing thing was a hot topic on the Democrat presidential campaign trail last year. Berry and Hillary each tried to outdo the other with the sympathy for the plight of the black criminal: Hillary talked about why more black people are in prison than white people "for no good reason." And Bernie loved talking about the racist over-policing of black people as well. ...

Let's head over to Philadelphia to hear from Judge Wayne Bennett, who writes a blog called the "Field Negro." Bennett had just read one of the columns from the Great Thomas Sowell where he talked about the modest contributions of your humble correspondent to the field of black criminality and journalistic denial.

Sowell wanted to know how crime as the new black entitlement could happen. Bennett supplied a popular rationale: White people deserve it.

"No matter how violent young black punks are towards white people, it will never make up for all the violence against people of color throughout this nation's history."

This judge could have been channeling the former President of the United States and thousands of those who worked for him and made black on white racial hostility mainstream.

One of the most active fronts in this fight for crime as the new black entitlement are the schools. For eight years, the Obama administration warned school officials throughout the country that there is no reason to believe there is any difference between white and black children when it comes to behavior and grades.

So any difference in discipline and academic performance can be the result of one cause only: White racism.

That caused schools around the country to stop calling police for criminal offenses such as drug use and assault. And replace it with "restorative justice," which involves lots of talking and lots of promises to never do it again. ...

The reason is known to every teacher and administrator in America: Black students are victims of white racism in the classroom that causes teachers to pick on them for no reason whatsoever. Thus resulting in lower grades and more suspensions.

No more.

The list of public officials calling to make crime the new black entitlement is long and growing. Out in Kansas City, they liked their mayor Emmanual Cleaver so much they named a freeway after him.

Now he's a congressman where he serves as an enthusiastic member of the Black Caucus: every member of that caucus at one time or another has agreed: Black people and white people commit the same amount of crime, but the only reason black people are arrested more often is because of too many police in black neighborhoods.

'Take the police out of black neighborhoods and put them in white neighborhoods and you would have the same amount of crime,' they say, over and over and over.
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Crime – Romanians
Romanian crime gang who amassed £3 million from 11 'meticulously planned' jewellery store raids across the UK are jailed for 47 years
Harvey Day
MailOnline, 18 March 2017

A Romanian crime gang set up camp and cycled to jewellers across the country armed with sledgehammers and set cars alight to block police in a string of burglaries where they stole more than £3 million worth of property.

Six men were jailed for 47 years today for offences, including a £644,900 raid on a store in Milton Keynes, committed between November 2015 and September 2016. ...

Detective Chief Inspector Ricky Fields said the group could be linked to the notorious Romanian Crime Academy as several of the members came from the same region of the country and employed similar strategies.
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Crime – fake weddings
Gang jailed for flying Lithuanian brides into UK in immigration scam
Crown Prosecution Service, 13 March 2017

A gang who flew Lithuanian brides into the UK as part of an immigration scam have today (10 March) been sentenced to more than 14 years' imprisonment in total by Croydon Crown Court.

Ringleaders Lina Kezelyte, 33, and Mohemmed Jemaldeen, 33, 'match-made' the brides and their grooms, who were men from south Asian and west African countries who had tried and failed to get visas to remain in the UK by other means.

By paying the gang to arrange for them to marry women from Lithuania, an EU nation, they could claim residency in the UK.

Altogether the gang saw 26 Lithuanian brides wed to grooms from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria and Nepal, making an estimated £315,000.
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Crime – police
Black and mixed race people in London more likely to be Tasered
Liam O'Hare and Damien Gayle
The Guardian, 18 February 2017

Black and mixed-race people in London have been on the receiving end of more than 40% of police Taser use since 2014, despite accounting for less than one in six of the capital's residents, the Guardian can reveal.

Figures obtained by a freedom of information (FoI) request show police are disproportionately targeting people of black or mixed white and black ethnicity with the electric stun guns, raising fresh concerns of racism in the force.

... According to the 2011 census, people from those groups comprise 15.6% of London's population. ...

The Met's figures include all the times that officers drew, aimed or fired Tasers while on duty, although the weapons were only discharged in 13% of cases. They correspond with a FoI request by the BBC from 2015, showing that across England black people were three times more likely to be Tasered than white people. ...

The Met defended its policies for Taser use, insisting that "the ethnicity of the person is completely irrelevant" when officers consider whether to use force.
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Crime – statistics
The police forces who ignore thousands of serious crime victims: 60,000 calls were not dealt with because of staff blunders or lack of training
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 February 2017

Police are failing to record tens of thousands of crimes, including victims' reports of rape and serious violence.

Almost 60,000 calls are being ignored every year by four forces, through either blunders or a lack of training for officers.

Shockingly, some police and staff dismiss reports of crime received from victims who they believe are suffering from mental health issues.

The scale of the problem is revealed today by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). The police watchdog said forces were routinely under-recording rape, sexual offences, attacks and modern slavery.

Inspectors raised concerns after scrutinising four forces previously rated 'inadequate' for accuracy of crime recording – Merseyside, Northumbria, Devon and Cornwall, and Avon and Somerset. In total, they found a total of 57,600 offences were ignored by the constabularies or recorded as 'no crimes' – meaning victims were being denied justice.

The true figure will be much higher because there are 39 other forces in England and Wales. The watchdog carried out new inspections after discovering three years ago that 19 per cent of reported crimes were dismissed by constabularies across the country. ...

The four forces are the latest to come under scrutiny as part of rolling inspections looking at forces' crime data 'integrity'.
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Crime – multiculturalism
Timidity as girls still suffer barbaric FGM
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 8 February 2017

A case of FGM is treated every hour in England, and a new instance is recorded every hour and a half, according to the charity Plan International UK.

Between April 2015 and March 2016, doctors assessed 8,656 existing cases of FGM and recorded thousands of new ones. This utterly barbaric mutilation of terrified girls – children, really – has been illegal in the UK since 1985. And, so far, there has not been a single successful prosecution.

That's going well, isn't it? Good to see the law of the land acting as a deterrent and teaching immigrants to adopt the ways of this country, or else.

I know I'm not alone in thinking that institutional cowardice, and fear of causing offence, lies behind this abject failure to protect innocent youngsters. We have already seen the harm that mindset caused in Rotherham and other towns where gangs of Pakistani origin were allowed to treat young girls as easy meat.

Have the authorities learnt their lesson? Until prosecutions for FGM are brought, it's possible to end up in jail for smacking a child, but get away with cutting and maiming her. Enough.
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Crime – brothels
Over 30 'pop up' brothels open each week in Swindon as police warn foreign prostitutes are being trafficked by eastern European gangs
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 6 February 2017

More than 30 "pop up" brothels each week are being opened in Swindon, with foreign prostitutes renting properties for a few days before moving on.

Wiltshire Police said that every week, as many as 40 sex-workers, most of whom are eastern European, were advertising their services in the town. It is the latest in a spate of reports across the country of temporary brothels, where rooms are rented for just a few days before women are swiftly moved on to evade detection.

The majority of the prostitutes are "transient", with many of the brothels thought to be linked to organised crime gangs which traffic women from Poland and Romania.

Earlier this month Devon and Cornwall police said they had discovered at least 14 "pop-up" brothels in the past six months in the seaside resort of Newquay, a popular destination for surgers as well as stag and hen parties.

Inspector Dave Meredith, Newquay's most senior police officer, said that his force expected to discover more pop-up brothels in the town this summer. ...

"The evidence that we have indicates that the majority in Newquay are coming from eastern Europe. We've got a victim-centred approach although it is an offence to operate a brothel. A lot of the women are vulnerable."

Last year police said hotels and guest houses in the Lake District were also being used as brothels, offering prostitutes during weekend stays. Crime gangs trafficked refugees to use as illegal sex workers and block-booked hotel rooms in Barrow and across the south lakes, Cumbria police said at the time.

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has said that the issue of short-term brothels at properties rented online was widespread.
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Crime – cost
Foreign criminals and illegal immigrants are handed £4 million of YOUR money after complaining they were locked up for too long
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 5 February 2017

Foreign criminals were handed a staggering £2 million in compensation last year after complaining they were locked up for too long.

Official figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that the Home Office made payouts to hundreds of crooks who should have been deported or released sooner.

Another £2 million was given to illegal immigrants who claimed they were unlawfully detained. ...

Last night, Conservative MP Philip Hollobone, who has tabled bills that would see more offenders deported, said: 'It shows under our crazy rules that crime does pay for foreign criminals.

'It's yet another reason why we need to reform human rights legislation in this country. And we need to have protocols in place so countries take back foreign criminals when they offend in this country.'

Details of the payouts were obtained by this newspaper after an eight-month battle with the Home Office.

Officials repeatedly delayed sending the information, originally requested on June 10 last year, until the Information Commissioner watchdog warned them they were breaking the Freedom of Information Act.

The figures showed that the Home Office made compensation payments totalling £2.1 million to Foreign National Offenders for unlawful detention in 2015-16, up from £1.5 million the previous financial year.

Total compensation including payments made to illegal immigrants as well as criminals came to £4.1 million, up from £4 million the previous year, but down from £5 million in 2012-13.

The Home Office said it was unable to say how many cases had been settled nor what the highest individual payment was.

A report by MPs in 2015 suggested the average award was £27,000.
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Crime – rape gang
Facebook rape gang who wooed girls online then plied them with drink and drugs before attacking them is jailed for 44 years
Alex Matthews
MailOnline, 27 January 2017

A Facebook rape gang who wooed girls online before plying them with drink and drugs have been jailed for 44 years.

The vile crew targeted a number of girls in Coventry, striking between 2015 and 2016.

Waqaar Khan, 24, Marcus Woolcock, 22, Kadeem Bourne, 23, Keenan Kelly, 18, and Zahid Chaudhary, 20, were convicted of 18 offences at Warwick Crown Court.

They included rape, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Khan was jailed for 14 and a half years and Bourne 13 and a half years, while Kelly was handed a 10-year sentence.

Woolcock was jailed for two years and Chaudhry was sentenced 18 months.

The gang were convicted of attacking two teenagers, but six others, five of whom were under the age of 16, gave evidence at earlier hearings. ...

'Our investigation into Waqaar Khan's network is still on-going and we are continuing to sift through thousands of texts to identify further potential victims and their abusers.

'I hope that these convictions will give others the courage to come forward.'
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ROTHERHAM SEX GANG: Five men guilty of sex offences on two girls raped and held hostage
Daily Express, 26 January 2017

Five men including three brothers have been found guilty of 21 historic sex offences on two young girls who were raped and held hostage.

The men abused two young girls aged between 12 and 14, from 1999 to 2001 in Rotherham, south Yorkshire, a court heard.

Basharat Dad, 32, from Rotherham was found guilty of six counts of rape, five counts of indecent assault and one count of false imprisonment.

Nasar Dad, 36, also from Rotherham, was found guilty of rape, inciting indecency with a child and false imprisonment.

Tayab Dad, 34, from Sheffield, South Yorks, was found guilty of one count of rape.

Mohammed Sadiq, 40, and Matloob Hussain, 42, also from Rotherham, were each found guilty of one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13.
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Crime – police
Metropolitan Police accuses honour crimes whistleblower of gross misconduct
Hannah Summers
Daily Telegraph, 14 January 2017

A Scotland Yard whistleblower who claimed the Crown Prosecution Service is failing Asian female victims of honour crimes has been served a formal notice alleging gross misconduct for talking to the press by his employers at the Metropolitan Police.

Det Sgt Pal Singh is facing possible disciplinary sanctions and even dismissal after disclosing to The Daily Telegraph that he believes "apathy" by prosecutors led to the collapse of what could have been the first conviction for forced marriage in England.

He claims his treatment is "indicative of state censorship" and shows "public institutions are more concerned about their reputations than the victims of crime".

In an article on Nov 8, 2016, he raised concerns that a "politically correct" CPS was failing to pursue convictions over honour crimes for fear of causing "unrest" in Asian communities. After the article appeared, the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, made inquiries into the alleged failings by the CPS.

His comments were supported by charities and Theresa May responded by insisting there was "no honour in so-called honour crimes".

Now Det Sgt Singh, who believes he should be protected by whistleblower legislation, has been informed he must attend a misconduct hearing.
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Crime – motorists
Fears over uninsured drivers after record numbers fail to show ID
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 13 January 2017

Record numbers of motorists are failing to supply valid documents after being stopped by the police, amid mounting concern over the number of uninsured or unqualified foreign drivers on British roads.

In the past five years more than quarter of a million motorists have refused to disclose their identities after being challenged to do so by officers.

When a driver is stopped by police, they can be asked to provide on the spot identification such as a driving licence, insurance certificate or MOT certificate.

If the driver fails to do so, they must supply the correct ID information at a police station within seven days or risk being convicted. ...

Figures from the Ministry of Justice have revealed that in the past five years 280,000 drivers have failed to provide valid documents, with 73,000 in 2015 alone. ...

Transport experts believe the dramatic rise in the offence could be down to an increase in the number of uninsured drivers and foreign motorists who do not have the necessary qualifications to drive on British roads.
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Crime – border security
Why wasn't foreign killer turned away at the UK border? Afghan who beheaded Dutch woman is allowed into Britain... where he assaulted a Gatwick staff member and two police officers with a HAMMER
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 5 January 2017

A convicted murderer from Holland was able to walk through Britain's porous borders without any checks and went on to attack two police officers with a claw-hammer.

Afghan-born Jamshid Piruz was allowed to enter the UK unchallenged despite being sentenced to 12 years in jail for slaughtering his female tenant in cold-blood after watching a Taliban beheading video.

Fury erupted after it emerged that the jobless 34-year-old was the latest in a string of foreign criminals to commit horrific offences in Britain after exploiting EU free movement rules.

MPs condemned the shocking lack of checks on offenders from the EU which left gaping holes in UK border controls.

European countries have no obligation to alert the UK about convictions of murderers or sex offenders, meaning many are able to travel to the UK unhindered.
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Disease – hepatitis B
ALL newborns will be given a hepatitis B jab after health watchdog says 96% of cases are among immigrants
Stephen Adams and Martyn Halle
Mail on Sunday, 9 July 2017

All babies are to be vaccinated against a deadly cancer-causing virus which experts fear is becoming increasingly common due to immigration.

They will be inoculated against hepatitis B, which can trigger liver cancer, in a new jab that will also protect against five other diseases.

Every baby born from August 1 will receive doses of the 'Hexa' jab at four, eight and 16 weeks.

Historically, infection rates of the blood-borne virus have been so low in Britain that it has not been a major issue. But there is now serious concern that the number of cases is rising, due largely to immigration from developing countries.

In some sub-Saharan African countries, one in seven is a carrier. East Asia and parts of Eastern Europe are also hotspots. ...

In 2012, PHE reported that 19 out of every 20 antenatal women testing positive for hepatitis B in London were born abroad. Of those, nearly half were born in Africa.

It concluded: 'Long-term infections in migrants are estimated to account for around 96 per cent of all new long-term hepatitis B infections in the UK.'

More than 500,000 people moved to Britain last year, half of whom came from outside the EU. A quarter of mothers giving birth on the NHS are now foreign-born. ...

Treatment costs for those with long-term infection can exceed £10,000 a year.
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Disease – cost, taboo, Pakistanis
The brave daughter who is tackling an ethnic taboo that costs the NHS millions: Aisha refused to marry a cousin, so great were her fears over rising numbers of disabled children
Jo Macfarlane
Mail on Sunday, 7 May 2017

There is fresh and growing evidence that marriage between relatives within the Pakistani community may be to blame – in part at least – for a dramatic rise in the number of children with genetic disorders being treated in British hospitals.

Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday under Freedom of Information laws reveal a huge challenge, not only for such communities, but also for the Health Service. And it comes with vast financial implications.

The figures show that up to 20 per cent of the children treated for congenital problems in cities such as Sheffield, Glasgow and Birmingham are of Pakistani descent, a figure significantly greater than the background populations, which can be four per cent or lower.

Birmingham Children's Hospital alone has seen the number of Pakistani children treated for genetic disorders increase by as much as 43 per cent since 2011.

Officials admit it is impossible to calculate the cost of treating these problems, but there is no doubting the extraordinary scale of the expense, which even in 2004 was estimated at £2 billion a year. ...

Scientific studies over at least three decades have linked first-cousin unions to an increased risk of genetic disease.

Yet it remains discussed only with extreme reluctance. Medical professionals fear being labelled racist, while individuals among the groups most affected are reluctant to be seen as disloyal. ...

Two per cent of the population in the UK is Pakistani or British Pakistani, according to the 2011 Census – just under one million people. Estimates suggest half the marriages are 'consanguineous' – between blood relatives – a largely cultural tradition aimed at keeping wealth and property within families. Such marriages are also common in Arab countries and North Africa. This means a disproportionate number of children from these backgrounds are stillborn, die during childhood, or live with lifelong genetic disabilities.

Hundreds of such conditions, many of them so rare they have never before been seen in Britain, are now being diagnosed at children's hospitals. ... The trend is clear. They show that in Sheffield, for example, 20 per cent of affected children are of Pakistani descent compared with a background population of four per cent. In Glasgow, the proportion is about 18 per cent, even though Pakistanis account for 3.8 per cent of the local population. ...

Dramatic as this picture is, the true overall figures could be higher still, as our data does not include statistics from London's Great Ormond Street, which deals with some of the most complex cases.

The number of children treated there for genetic disorders has jumped by a third in five years. The hospital does not routinely record patient ethnicity but a clinician, who declined to be named, confirmed a significant number of the cases involve first-cousin marriages. ...

So great is the fear of being branded racists, most of the hospitals and local authorities approached to talk about the issue refused to do so. ...

A groundbreaking study, Born In Bradford, successfully raised the issue in 2013. It found cousins who married were twice as likely to have a disabled child compared to those in non-cousin marriages. Such unions also accounted for nearly a third of all birth defects in babies of Pakistani origin.
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Diversity – USA
Focusing on Diversity Will Destroy America
Daniel Lattier
Intellectual Takeout, 15 September 2017

The common wisdom today in most of America's governmental, corporate, and educational institutions is that we should focus on diversity.

It's believed that an emphasis on multiculturalism is the only way to unify Americans of different backgrounds and prevent the evil of racism from spreading. Assimilation is now considered a form of violence. It is best, so the thinking goes, to simply celebrate ethnic differences among Americans and avoid any sort of push for ideological or cultural conformity.

But if history is a reliable witness, a focus on diversity will ultimately be the downfall of America.

After all, it was for the Roman Empire, which is arguably the best historical parallel to contemporary America.

In an article last year, Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson argued that "emphasizing diversity has been the pitfall, not the strength, of nations throughout history," and used Rome as his chief example: ...

According to former Harvard professor Christopher Dawson, Rome's supposed unity was always tenuous, and fell apart when it could no longer maintain it through administrative prowess and force: ...

Dawson's less sanguine opinion of Rome is shared by University of Washington professor Rodney Stark:

"Chief among these miseries [in the Roman Empire] was the cultural chaos produced by the crazy quilt of ethnic diversity and the blazing hatreds entailed thereby. In uniting its empire, Rome created economic and political unity at the cost of cultural chaos... People of many cultures, speaking many languages, worshipping all manner of gods, had been dumped together helter-skelter."

Genuine, deep unity among diverse peoples is based upon their sharing in a coherent narrative that colors how they view the world and how they operate in their daily lives. It's interesting to ask whether America ever had this kind of unity. In other words, was there ever a coherent narrative that was capable of creating true unity among its diverse citizens, or was America always a mere "artificial union" that has been held together through war, a centralized bureaucracy, material self-interest, and now, propaganda spread through modern technology?

I don't know the answer to that question. But one thing I am certain of is this: an America that focuses on diversity is laying the groundwork for its own destruction.
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Diversity – charities
British Red Cross 'Too White', Chief Exec Calls Words 'British' and 'Cross' a 'Challenge'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 10 September 2017

British Red Cross chief Mike Adamson has claimed the charity struggled to deal with the Grenfell disaster because staff and volunteers are too white.

"There is a risk that in a very diverse community like Grenfell, an organisation with the words 'British' and 'Cross' in its title is confused with a Christian establishment organisation," he wrote, in a blog for the New Philanthropy Capital think tank.

Though stating that the charity is "completely impartial" in its work, Adamson added: "There is no escaping the fact that with shining exceptions, such as our refugee services, we are nowhere near as diverse as we need to be in our volunteer base, our staffing or our leadership."

Announcing that he is "personally leading" the charity's "inclusion and diversity strategy", Adamson said the British Red Cross is "changing massively to be relevant to the world of today and tomorrow."
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Diversity – advertising
Big brands shun straight, white Britain in their adverts
Andrew Ellson, Neil Johnston and Sophia Siddiqui
Sunday Times, 27 August 2017

Advertisers are so worried about being accused of racism or homophobia they are shying away from using images of white people and straight couples.

Marketing departments are even putting diversity above relevance to their target audience to avoid accusations of bigotry, a survey of 500 companies has found.

A third of advertisers questioned said they had used fewer white models and heterosexual couples over the past year. More than a third of these said they were taking this approach to "prevent perceived discrimination".

The findings are likely to trigger accusations of political correctness but show a marked change in attitudes in the advertising industry, which has until recently had a reputation for under-representing ethnic minorities.
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Diversity – absurdity, USA
Diversity is Becoming a Form of Worship
Jon Miltimore
Intellectual Takeout, 11 August 2017

Diversity is a good thing. We have to say that today, but the truth is I actually believe it. My personal experiences confirm the cliché. ...

I genuinely believe the friendships I made and the perspective I received offered me a richer, fuller picture of the human experience. That said, I believe our culture's obsession with diversity is getting a little out of hand.

From Google's cult-like worship of the Idea to the ridicule heaped on Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk (too white!) to the purging of intellectuals who do not embrace the dogmas, it seems like our culture is getting a tad carried away.

A recent local example: A Minneapolis writing conference was canceled because of the lack of diversity of the presenters. Via the Star Tribune:

The lineup of speakers for the Loft Literary Center's conference on writing for children and young adults was stellar. /.../

Other than Alexander, who is Cuban-American, every writer who agreed to speak was white. And so, just days after announcing it, the Loft in Minneapolis canceled the Oct. 20-21 conference. ...

... An almost all-white lineup in Minneapolis? Then I read a little further. ...

The venue had invited "more than 10" non-white writers to attend but the writers, for whatever reason, had declined. So the event had to be canceled. ...

The Loft, of course, has the right to do whatever it wishes. But I find our culture's hyper-focus on diversity a little troubling – and, quite frankly, a bit weird. ...

It seems to me that, for many in our culture, diversity is not just a virtue to be sought but a tenet of faith, one that must be observed at all times and cannot be questioned.
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Diversity – police
It's PC madness! Chief Constable of VERY white Cheshire force says he wants to break the law to raise the number of black officers
Luke Barnes
MailOnline, 30 July 2017

The chief constable for Cheshire police considered breaking the law in order to hire more officers from ethnic minorities.

Simon Byrne wants new legislation introduced to allow his police force to hire one black officer from every white one.

The chief constable's force was one of four criticised by Home Secretary Theresa May in 2015 for having no black officers.

Three years and an outreach programme later, it now employs three. ...

According to the UK Census approximately 3,264 'black or black British' people live in Cheshire, out of a total population of 1,027,709.
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Diversity – population change
Philly Archbishop: Europe's Future Has the Face of 'Young Muslim Immigrants'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 28 July 2017

"If you want to see the face of Europe in 100 years, barring a miracle, look to the faces of young Muslim immigrants," Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a group of Catholics Thursday.

Speaking at an annual conference of the Napa Institute in California, Chaput tied the future of civilization to a willingness to have children – an area where Muslims lead every other group.

"Islam has a future because Islam believes in children," Chaput said. ...

"Christian" Europe, on the other hand, languishes under a loss of hope in the future, illustrated by a birthrate well below replacement levels, which is offset only by its uncontrolled mass immigration.
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Diversity – faith schools
The knives are out for Christian faith schools
Damian Thompson
Spectator blog, 28 July 2017

As The Sunday Times reported:

Ministers are expected to drop plans to allow Christian, Jewish and Muslim state schools to admit all their pupils from one faith after warnings that the move could heighten community divisions in Britain.

A U-turn would jeopardise dozens of new free schools planned by faith groups, some to cope with the influx of Catholic families from Poland and other east European countries.

Catholics said this weekend they would not open new state schools if they had to reserve half their places for children of other faiths, raising new school funding problems for the government.

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, told The Sunday Times that she was "uncomfortable" about allowing more single-faith schools and hinted that manifesto proposals – due to be confirmed this summer – would be dropped.

"Admission 100% on faith leads to increased levels of segregation within communities," she said. "I am uncomfortable with anything that leads to increased segregation."

Increased segregation – in Catholics schools? No, I don't think that's what Ms Spielman had in mind. But she's not allowed to say, even if she wanted to, that damaging segregation is primarily a Muslim problem.

Most faith schools in England are Catholic or Church of England. This U-turn would mean that the Prime Minister was breaking her promise to them.
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Diversity – schools
Legislation is needed to stop one ethnicity taking over a school, says Bradford superhead
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2017

Legislation is needed to stop one ethnicity taking over schools, a Bradford superhead has said.

Sir Nick Weller, the executive principal at Dixons Academies which runs a chain of schools in the west Yorkshire city, said that introducing a new law is the "only answer" to prevent children being segregated along ethnic lines.

He said that it is "unhealthy" for a city like Bradford to have two communities living "separate lives" and for the children to be educated at different schools. ...

Mr Weller said that rather than sending children to the closest school, parents prefer to send them further away to a school where the majority of children are from the same ethnic background. ...

Asked if there was a "tipping point" where the proportion of one community becomes for high in a school that others are deterred from sending their children there, he said: "I think once you get to sort of 70 to 80 per cent, once you get that, then yes."

He said that bringing in new legislation to prevent the dominance of one ethnic group at a school would be the "only answer", but added that the legal implications of doing so would be "very high".
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Diversity – university
Top UK university replaces busts and portraits of bearded white scholars with ethnic minorities and women
Luke Mintz and Harry Yorke
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

King's College London must replace busts and portraits of some of its founding fathers with ethnic minorities amid pressure from students, a dean says.

The plans to move portraits of former faculty staff from the main entrance wall and replace them with more BME scholars are being implemented by the world famous Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, following concern among academics that current teaching is too "intimidating" for ethnic minorities.

The proposals were unveiled by Professor Patrick Leman, the Institute's dean of education, who said that the faculty should not just be filled with "busts of 1920s bearded men" but rather more modern, diverse scholars so that the Institute feels less "alienating".

Founded in 1924 as a hospital medical school, the Institute owes its existence to a donation from Dr Henry Maudsley, a pioneering British psychiatrist, and neurologist Sir Frederick Mott, who drew up plans for university courses for training in the field of psychiatry in 1896.

Their busts, which are believed to be the subject of Professor Leman's remarks, were placed in the Institute in recognition of their work. ...

Professor Leman, who describes himself as "tribal Labour" in blogs, added that portraits lining the main entrance are "almost entirely white middle-aged men" and will be replaced with a "wall of diversity". ...

Meanwhile, teaching materials, such as diagrams of the human anatomy, will be changed to feature a "range of ethnic groups", rather than just the "standard white male".
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Diversity – teachers, schools
BBC: Schools Must Hire 70,000 Extra Non-White Teachers to Reflect Pupil Demographics
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 14 July 2017

The BBC has said in a report the Department for Education (DfE) should recruit an extra 68,000 teachers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds so as to reflect England's pupil demographics.

"Just 13% of state-funded schools' teachers are currently from a BME background, compared to 27% of pupils," laments BBC News, reporting that its analysis of DfE figures for 2016 "found the number of BME teachers would need to double to accurately reflect the ethnic make-up of the state school pupil population in England". ...

A spokesman for the DfE said the proportion of teachers with minority ethnic backgrounds has steadily increased, adding: "We also provide a range of support to teachers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds such as the Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund." ...

The exams regulator Ofqual and schools watchdog Ofsted came under fire this week after new research blasted the lack of racial diversity on their boards. ...

While it is frequently claimed that ethnic and gender diversity has a positive effect on how business and companies function, experts Alison Reynolds and David Lewis said their research found that it's cognitive – not identity-based – diversity that improves a team's performance.

"Received wisdom is that the more diverse the teams in terms of age, ethnicity, and gender, the more creative and productive they are likely to be," the pair noted earlier this year, writing in Harvard Business Review.

"But having run the execution exercise around the world more than 100 times over the last 12 years, we have found no correlation between this type of diversity and performance."

In their research, Reynolds and Lewis said they found "significant correlation between high cognitive diversity and high performance."

Explaining that cognitive diversity "has been defined as differences in perspective or information processing styles," the pair said the phenomenon "is not predicted by factors such as gender, ethnicity, or age."
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Diversity – racism, bias
The trouble with diversity training? It's complete hokum
Toby Young
The Spectator, 8 July 2017

Is diversity training snake oil? According to its proponents, women and minorities are not competing with white men on a level playing field when it comes to career advancement because of the 'unconscious bias' of their white male colleagues. The solution, if you're the CEO of a large company, is to pay a 'diversity consultant' to train your managers to recognise and eliminate this bias. In America, it's an $8-billion-a-year industry, yet a recent study in Australia suggests that, whatever is holding back women and minorities, it isn't unconscious bias.

The Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian government has just published the results of a randomised control trial involving 21,000 employees of the Australian Public Service to see if the introduction of 'blind recruiting' would help promote gender equality and diversity. The employees were asked to shortlist candidates for a managerial position, with half of them being given their names and other identity markers and the other half not. If these public servants were suffering from unconscious bias, you would expect the 'blindfolded' group to be more likely to shortlist female and minority candidates and less likely to shortlist white men. In fact, the reverse happened.

The participants in the study were 2.9 per cent more likely to shortlist female applicants and 3.2 per cent less likely to shortlist male applicants when their identities were made clear. Minority males were 5.8 per cent more likely to be shortlisted and minority females 8.6 per cent more likely when their identities were known, and candidates who were lucky enough to be both female and from a minority background were virtually guaranteed a job.

The APS employees were suffering from bias all right, but it was bias in the other direction. It was only when the participants were forced to judge the job applicants on their merits, rather than gender or skin colour, that the white males got a fair shout.

Is this study an outlier? Surely, an $8 billion-a-year industry couldn't be based on complete hokum, could it? Unconscious bias, also known as 'implicit bias', was first detected 20 years ago by two psychologists who developed the 'implicit association test'. Versions of this are used in nearly all diversity training courses, but the original, which has its own shrine on Harvard University's website, has been taken more than 17 million times. Trouble is, it falls short of the standards that widely used psychological tests are expected to meet – and that's a pretty low bar in a field teeming with snake-oil salesmen. ...

I'm getting some of this info from a brilliant article in New York magazine by Jesse Singal entitled 'Psychology's favourite tool for measuring racism isn't up to the job'. Next time your boss suggests you undergo diversity training, tell her to read it.
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Diversity – arts, funding
NPO 2017: Arts Council boosts diversity in new portfolio
Georgia Snow
The Stage, 27 June 2017

The number of diverse-led organisations funded by Arts Council England has almost doubled in its latest funding round, as the body commits to making its portfolio more representative of contemporary society.

Existing national portfolio organisations with a focus on diversity, including Eclipse Theatre Company, Deafinitely Theatre and Tiata Fahodzi, all received significant uplifts in funding. ...

Following the publication of ACE's Creative Case for Diversity in 2015, the funding body had promised to improve the diversity of the organisations it supports. ...

Diverse-led organisations are those where 51% or more of the board of senior management team are black, Asian or minority ethnic, disabled, female or LGBT. Organisations can also self-define as diverse-led based on who is making their key strategic decisions.

In the new portfolio, announced today (June 27), 351 diverse-led organisations will be funded for the next four years, an increase of 168 on the previous number.

In total, 831 organisations will be funded for the 2018-2022 period.

This includes 96 BAME-led organisations, 35 disability-led organisations, 44 LGBT-led organisations and 257 female-led companies. ...

London's Bush and Tricycle Theatres, both led by BAME artistic directors, have also received increased subsidy.
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Diversity – London
London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity
MailOnline / Associated Press, 11 June 2017

The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police says the nationalities of the eight victims in the terrorist attack on London Bridge tell a proud story of London's unique makeup.

"It's desperately sad and poignant but among those who died is someone who's British, there are French, Australian, Canadian, Spanish," Cressida Dick told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.

"In terms of our witnesses that we've spoken to so far, out of the 300-odd people, there are about 20 different countries of origin. And the London British population comes from all kinds of backgrounds and every kind of faith and ethnicity."

She said longtime Londoners value this international aspect of the British capital.

"We believe of course that that's what makes our city so great," she said. "It's a place where the vast majority of time it's incredibly integrated and that diversity gives us strength."
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Diversity – MPs
More black and minority ethnic MPs than ever, despite slow progress
Henry Bodkin
Sunday Telegraph, 11 June 2017

The general election has returned more black and minority ethnic MPs than ever before, however critics have lamented the "glacial" pace of change.

The House of commons now has 52 BME MPs, amounting to eight per cent of seats, a two per cent increase on 2015. ...

While both Labour and the Conservatives have adopted official programmes to increase their proportion of women candidates, the drive to boost BME representation has been less formal and driven from the parties' head offices, said Dr Jennifer Hudson, from the Constitution Unit at University College London.

She said the snap election meant political parties had been better able to imposed BME candidates on local party associations in 2017.

Labour has the most BME MPs - 32 - with the Conservatives second with 19. ...

The Sikh community is also celebrating the election of Britain's first turban-wearing MP, as well as the first female Sikh MP, after Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Preet Kaur Gill were both successful for Labour.
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Diversity – New Sikh MPs
UK Elections: Historic Day for New Sikh MPs as Labour Fights Back
Kamalpreet Kaur
The Quint, 9 June 2017

Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi has made history by becoming the first turbaned Sikh to have been elected as a Member of Parliament to the House of Commons in Britain. He won from Slough constituency as a Labour candidate ...

"Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal", the Sikh call of victory reverberates at the counting station for Birmingham Edgbaston, where dressed in red top and a black suit, a beaming Preet Gill accepts her victory with an enthusiastic team of Labour supporters and becomes the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British Parliament. ...

Meanwhile, it's Bhangra time in Ealing Southall, with Virendra Sharma retaining his constituency seat for the Labour Party for yet another term ...

Hugs, smiles and handshakes abound for Seema Malhotra as the returning officer for Feltham and Heston announces her victory. She has retained her seat for the Labour Party. The losing Tory candidate is also a Punjabi, Sameer Jassal, who lost by over 15,000 votes.
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Diversity – general election candidates
At 56, Indian-origin candidates in UK polls hit new high
India Tribune, 7 June 2017

If a record number of 10 Indian-origin candidates were elected to the British Parliament in 2015, the 2017 snap polls have an impressive number of 56 Indian-origin candidates contesting.

Defending comfortable margins are the Indian-origin veterans, including Priti Patel, Alok Sharma, Keith Vaz, Virendra Sharma and Shailesh Vara, all well-known MPs with sizeable majorities. Though Vaz was embroiled in a prostitution and drugs scandal last year, he is expected to retain his seat with a large majority.

Candidates to watch on the night are Paul Uppal, 49, Conservative nominee in Wolverhampton South West. He needs to overturn the 2015 majority of just 801 votes to return to the House of Commons as MP. It will be Labour candidate Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi's first time as MP if he manages to keep the Slough seat, held by Labour's Fiona Mactaggart since 1997. Another Sikh with chances of winning is Kuldip Singh Sahota, 66, a Labour local councilor contesting in Telford. A win in Birmingham Edgbaston will make Labour's Preet Kaur Gill the first Sikh woman MP in the House.

Among interesting debuts is Rohit Dasgupta's, who moved to the UK in 2009 from his native Kolkata. The Labour nominee is running in East Hampshire, a Tory safe seat. The five Indian-origin candidates standing for UKIP are not expected to win any seats as most party supporters are expected to vote Conservative. The Green Party is also not expected to take any seats. ...

Rakib Ehsan at Royal Holloway University who specializes in ethnic minority political attitudes, says that for British Indians, it's a two-party race between Labour and Tories. ...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's criticism of Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots and on Kashmir has also apparently created the impression that Corbyn was "promoting the victimization of Muslims in India," says Ehsan, noting that there's a "feeling that Labour is not taking Islamist extremism threat seriously as they're reliant on Muslim votes in inner cities."

British Indians are able to swing the vote in many marginal seats, he says, a view echoed by Jasvir Singh, founding chair of City Sikhs. "The ethnic minority vote is greater than the majority's in 50 of the most marginal seats and could make all the difference," Singh said.
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Diversity – Liberal Democrats
Anti-Brexit party fields 14 Indian-origin candidates in UK election
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, 22 May 2017

The Liberal Democrats – the third pole in British politics after Conservative and Labour – hope to win the support of the large number of people who voted to remain in the European Union, and 14 Indian-origin candidates are part of its anti-Brexit appeal. ...

The party had also fielded 14 Indian-origin candidates in the 2015 election. The Conservative party has fielded 13 Indian-origin candidates for the June 8 election, while Labour has 14 from the community, which had voted largely to remain in the EU.

Positioning itself as the party of "Remainers", it has also held out the prospect of reinstating the post-study work visa that was popular with Indian students. The visa allowed Indian and other non-EU students to work for two years after completing studies, but was abolished in 2012.
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Diversity – politics
UK poll: Conservative party nominates 13 Indian-origin candidates, Labour names 14
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, 17 May 2017

The upcoming June 8 election in the United Kingdom has been referred to as the "most boring" in recent years – no standout quote or image so far – but as the cut-and-thrust quickens with Labour's manifesto on Tuesday, the Indian contingent is showing more diversity.

Many Indian-origin candidates in the Conservative and Labour parties are professionals – doctors, lecturers, businessmen. Most of them are born in Britain, such as Navendu Mishra, whose parents hail from Uttar Pradesh. Others were born in India and moved to the UK for work.

The Conservative party has nominated 13 Indian-origin candidates, down from 17 in the 2015 election, while Labour has named 14, the same number as in 2015.

Both parties had five Indian-origin MPs in the last Parliament. ...

It was only after 1987 that the parliament saw a substantial number of non-whites being elected. The number spiked since the 2010 election – from 27 in 2010 to 41 in 2015.
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Diversity – London marathon
Revealed: London to host new Half Marathon race in bid to change the face of the race
David Cohen
Evening Standard, 28 April 2017

The greatest marathon in the world is too white and middle-class and needs to evolve to reflect the ethnic and social diversity of London, the organisers of the London Marathon said today.

Hugh Brasher, event director of London Marathon Events, revealed to the Evening Standard that a new race will be held next year to begin to change the demographic.

A half-marathon scheduled for the first Sunday of March 2018 – called The Big Half – will seek to transform the face of the London Marathon over the next five years and will partner with the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and the sports development charity Sported to foster new running communities.

Mr Brasher said: "Our aim is to inspire hard-to-reach groups to get involved and to create new running communities so that the demographics (currently just 16 per cent black and minority ethnic) mirror the demographic of London (37 per cent BME).
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Diversity – schools, data
NUT urges parents not to give details of children's nationality and birthplace
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 18 April 2017

Parents are being told not to supply information on their children's nationality and birthplace being demanded by the government, amid fears that the information could be used to enforce immigration laws.

The National Union of Teachers' annual conference passed a motion condemning the Department for Education's attempts to record pupils' nationality and country of birth in the national pupil database (NPD), with delegates told that the details could be passed to the Home Office and police. ...

Since September 2016, the DfE has asked parents to supply the nationality details of individual pupils enrolled in state schools in England, as part of the termly school census. ...

The motion passed by the NUT conference in Cardiff requires the union to challenge the government's use of the data, and help schools inform parents "that they are not required to provide census information even though the schools are required to ask for it".
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Diversity – education, USA
Universities require scholars pledge commitment to diversity
Kate Hardiman
The College Fix, 14 April 2017

Universities are increasingly relying on "diversity statements" for faculty hiring and promotion, according to a new report from the Oregon Association of Scholars.

These statements have strong ties to liberal ideology, such as the assumption of group victimization and claims for group-based entitlements, effectively making them "partisan litmus tests" to "weed out non-left wing scholars," the association states in its report. ...

A focus on "racial oppression, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and other commonly recognized forms of oppression" has also been outlined as good fodder for diversity statements, according to a column in Inside Higher Ed.

More than 20 colleges have a stated requirement that faculty must show their commitment to the ideals of "diversity, equity, and inclusion," reports the Oregon Association of Scholars. The actual figure is likely much higher, however. A quick google search of a school's name and "diversity statement" reveals that many institutions require such statements for entrance into PhD programs or application for faculty positions.
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Diversity – democracy, authoritarianism
In Search of a Good Emperor
Ross Douthat
New York Times, 5 April 2017

One of the hard truths of human affairs is that diversity and democracy do not go easily together. In the Middle East today as in Europe's not-so-distant past, the transition from authoritarianism to popular sovereignty seems to run through ethnic or religious purges. Worldwide, many of the models of successful democratic government are effectively ethno-states, built on past cleansings or partitions or splendid isolation. And in the West in recent years, both mass immigration and cultural fragmentation have brought authoritarian temptations back to life.

This pattern runs deep in our species's history. A new paper from the economists Oded Galor and Marc Klemp finds a strong correlation between diversity and autocracy in pre-colonial societies, with a legacy that extends to today's institutions as well. The authors suggest that authoritarianism emerges from both bottom-up and top-down pressures: A diverse society seeks strong central institutions for the sake of cohesion and productivity, and internal division, stratification and mistrust increase "the scope for domination" by powerful elites.

Here in the United States we like to think of ourselves as exceptions to this rule – and, notwithstanding the fate of the Indian tribes and the legacy of chattel slavery, we have been more successful at combining republican self-government with racial and religious diversity.

But at the same time we aren't exactly governing ourselves via New England town meeting anymore. As America has become larger, more diverse and lately more fragmented, power has grown ever more centralized in Washington, and the face of that central government, the presidency, has accrued more and more authority. ...

This means that in understanding the challenge facing Western leadership, it's worth pondering the ways in which the world's authoritarian regimes interact with ethnic and religious diversity – exploiting it, managing it, or both. ...

If we're going to have an imperial presidency, we should want a president who thinks less like a party leader and more like a good emperor – who doesn't just divide and conquer, but who tries to make all his empire's many peoples feel like they're safe and recognized and home.
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Diversity – fiction, comics
Marvel executive claims comic readers 'don't want diversity'
Rhian Daly
NME, 2 April 2017

An executive for Marvel has claimed that its readers "don't want diversity" in the range of characters included in the stories.

Over recent years, the publisher has made an effort to expand the type of role included in its comic books, including a female Thor, Pakistani-American superhero Kamala Khan and more featuring on covers.

According to the company, sales have declined since taking these actions and David Gabriel, vice president of sales at Marvel, is now saying the two are linked. "What we heard was that people didn't want any more diversity," AV Club reports he said. ...

Gabriel later clarified those comments, pointing out that non-white, non-male characters are still some of the brand's most popular and promised they wouldn't stop using those figures in the near future.
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Diversity – Church of England
Church of England creates new bishop to reach out to ethnic minorities because the church is seen as too 'quintessentially English'
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 28 March 2017

The Church of England will appoint a new bishop to reach out to ethnic minorities because it is seen as too "quintessentially English".

The new Bishop of Loughborough, based in the Diocese of Leicester, will have a specific focus on creating new churches which reflect the "cultural changes" in the area, according to the Bishop of Leicester Martyn Snow.

It will be the first brand-new post created since 1987, when the See of Brixworth was established.

It is also the first ever to have a focus on ethnic diversity. The role includes responsibility for "enabling greater representation and engagement of BAME Christians" as well as "building relationships with other faith communities". ...

Leicester has a population which is almost 50 per cent non-white and 37 per cent Asian. ...

Membership of non-Church of England Christian denominations has been increasing because of growing immigrant and non-white communities.

Figures from researcher the Brierley Consultancy show that Nigerian church The Redeemed Christian Church of God grew by 64 per cent between 2008 and 2013, and smaller Pentecostal churches grew by 23 per cent. ...

At the end of last year the Church appointed its first-ever national minority ethnic vocations officer with an aim of encouraging more non-white clergy.
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Diversity – strength not weakness
Diversity Is London's Greatest Strength, Not Its Weakness
Banseka Kayembe
The Huffington Post, 25 March 2017
[The author is a law graduate]

There are people who are thirsting and drooling at the mouth to say that diversity and our differences do us harm and that a city like London must inevitably be subject to such horror because we are all too eager to embrace those who are different to us; those of a different colour, different religion, different culture. ...

But diversity is London's source of strength, not its weakness. The population of London is 45% white British. A further 15% are from other white nationalities. An estimated 3.1 million people living in London are born outside the UK, from India, Poland and Pakistan just to name a few. /.../ The think tank Oxford Migration Observatory has found that opposition to immigration is significantly weaker in London, precisely because the majority of its citizens are able to get on with another.
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Diversity – politics, terrorism, Islam
Smug, craven politicians in thrall to notions of 'diversity' sowed the seeds of the terror we're now reaping
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 24 March 2017

Every time there is a terrorist atrocity, either here or abroad, the politicians go through the same old motions, mouthing platitudes about never surrendering to evil. But by their actions they betray their hollow rhetoric and the rest of us have to live with the consequences.

It is the political class who have fostered the conditions which allow Islamist fundamentalism to flourish in Britain.

They encouraged the pernicious doctrine of 'multiculturalism' – which is just a fancy word for apartheid and has created vast, monocultural Muslim ghettoes in our great cities.

One-tenth of all convicted jihadis come from a single, small area of Birmingham.

The politicians have opened the floodgates to mass immigration without insisting on integration.

They pretend every culture, no matter how medieval and barbaric, is worthy of equal respect. They permitted foreign hate preachers from cruel theocracies to set up shop here, peddling their doctrine of violence and division.

In pursuit of votes, they are in thrall to self-appointed 'community leaders' who take our money but reject our freedoms. As a result, it is possible to spend your entire life here without ever subscribing to one of our traditional values, such as tolerance of those with different religious beliefs. Many young Muslims grow up hating the country that gave them everything. ...

They lavish welfare benefits on the scum of the earth and refuse to deport them even when they are convicted of serious offences or are quite clearly hell-bent of doing us harm. ...

Security 'sources' regularly say there are some 3,000 active would-be jihadists living here. Of course, we accept that it is absurd to paint all Muslims as terrorists.

But those terrorists who want to carry out mass slaughter on the streets of Britain all subscribe to an extreme form of Islam, which has no place here but is commonplace in some parts of the world.

The authorities, however, want to pretend terrorism is nothing to do with Islam, in any shape or form. Scotland Yard's assistant commissioner Mark Rowley couldn't even bring himself to use the word, saying only that the Westminster attacker was inspired by 'international' terrorism. ...

The Westminster killer may have been flying solo, but he is part of a global terror movement which aims to destroy the West and anyone who doesn't subscribe to their particular strain of Islam. ...

In the Nineties, the political class took the view that provided the Islamists didn't commit any acts of terror on British soil, they were welcome to operate with impunity. All that achieved was to allow the merchants of death to establish deep roots here, with utterly predictable consequences.

Smug, craven politicians, in thrall to notions of 'diversity' and multiculturalism, sowed the seeds of the terrorism we are now reaping.
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Diversity – ethnic segregation, schools
Quarter of English state primary schools are 'ethnically segregated'
Sally Weale
The Guardian, 23 March 2017

The government is being urged to tackle segregation in schools after research claimed that more than a quarter of all state primary schools across England and four in 10 state secondaries were ethnically segregated.

The study, which uses a new measure of segregation, also claims that 30% of primary schools and 28% of secondaries are split by socio-economic background.

It says there were "significant falls" in the percentage of white British children attending local schools between 2011 and 2016 in some areas, with primaries becoming more ethnically segregated in the past five years in more than half of the 150 areas analysed. ...

The research, Understanding school segregation in England: 2011 to 2016, was published on Wednesday by the social integration charity The Challenge, the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) and the education data analysis company SchoolDash.

Prof Ted Cantle, iCoCo's founder, said the findings were deeply worrying and that bridges were being slowly dismantled between communities.

The race equality thinktank the Runnymede Trust, however, expressed reservations about the methodology used to measure segregation and said the findings may have been unnecessarily alarmist.

The study, which is based on analysis of Department for Education data for more than 20,000 state schools, defines an institution as segregated if the proportion of minority ethnic pupils or pupils on free school meals is very different to those at neighbouring schools.

Omar Khan, the Runnymede Trust's director, said: "We agree there are concerns about integration in schools. However we are unfamiliar with this indicator and there's a real danger that this is an exaggeration of the extent to which schools are ethnically segregated.

"All the best measures that we have on segregation show that segregation is decreasing in Britain. White British people and ethnic minorities are much more likely to live near and know people of other backgrounds than they have been at any time in our nation's history." ...

Cantle said: "...

"We cannot do very much about residential segregation – people cannot be moved from one area to another. So schools are our best chance for integration. ..."
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Diversity – employment
Taxi drivers, chefs and pharmacists are UK's most ethnically diverse occupations
Cathryn Newbery
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 13 March 2017

New analysis of Office for National Statistics labour market data has revealed the most and least ethnically diverse professions in the UK.

According to the analysis from think tank Policy Exchange, the most ethnically diverse occupation is taxi drivers, where 53.8 per cent of all workers are minority ethnic. It's followed by dental practitioners (50.4 per cent), packers and bottlers (55.2 per cent) and medical practitioners (43.7 per cent). Chefs, security guards, pharmacists and legal professionals (excluding solicitors and barristers) also feature in the top 10 list.

The least diverse profession in the UK is farming, where only 1.4 per cent of workers have a minority ethnic background. Other occupations in the bottom 10 include police officers at sergeant rank and below (5.8 per cent), engineering technicians (5.9 per cent) and purchasing managers and directors (6.9 per cent).
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Diversity – businesses
Firms urged to publish ethnic breakdown
John Moylan
BBC, 28 February 2017

A government-backed review has called for many firms to publish a breakdown of their workforce by race and pay.

The report by Baroness McGregor-Smith said the economy could receive a £24bn annual boost if businesses stamped out ethnic inequality.

It found that people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds were still often disadvantaged at work.

But the government has ruled out legislation on such a breakdown, opting for a voluntary approach instead.

"The time for talk on race in the workplace is over, it's time to act", said Baroness McGregor-Smith, whose report was commissioned by the former business secretary Sajid Javid. ...

One of her main recommendations was legislation to make firms with more than 50 workers publish a breakdown of their workforce by race and by how much they are paid.

"If we don't see a surge of people taking that up because they have too many other priorities well then fine, we'll legislate," she said. "That's my recommendation".

Firms should draw up five-year diversity targets and nominate a board member to deliver them, she said.

She also wants to see diversity as part of public procurement guidelines.

And her report claims that tackling barriers to progression could boost GDP by 1.3%. ...

Baroness McGregor-Smith was one of the first Asian women to lead a FTSE 250 company. ...

Business minister Margot James said: "Outdated attitudes or lack of awareness about ethnicity in the workplace must be challenged."
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Diversity – apprenticeships
Ethnic minority target for apprenticeship diversity group
Alix Robertson
FE Week, 26 February 2017

A new employers' network designed to promote diversity in apprenticeships was launched this week, and it's put good practice and dispelling myths at the top of its list of priorities.

The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network is chaired by Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, and is made up of 23 employers, including Rolls Royce, the BBC and BAE Systems, alongside other small- and medium-sized employers.

One major focus for the new group will be to help the government achieve its commitment to "increase the proportion of apprenticeship starts by people from BAME backgrounds by 20 per cent by 2020", which was first spelled out in a document called 'English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision', published last December.
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Diversity – actors
'It's racist in reverse': Actor Brian Cox calls for white actors to be cast in black roles as he insists diversity cannot be 'one way'
John Dingwall
Mail on Sunday, 26 February 2017

He is now one of our most respected actors. In his latest movie, Churchill, due for release in June, he plays the wartime Prime Minister.

Now, on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Brian Cox has entered the ongoing Oscars 'diversity' debate by calling for white, not just black and Hispanic, actors to be given more varied roles in Hollywood. ...

He added: 'It's kind of racist in reverse to say if you are a white man, you can't possibly play a black man. ...

But Cox insisted diversity cannot be 'one way', adding: 'It has to go across the board.' ...

Hollywood moguls, Cox said, should now take matters further and give white actors the chance to depict non-white characters.
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Diversity – multiculturalism
At last the Jo Cox Great Get Together gives us a street party worth having
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
The Guardian, 24 February 2017

On Wednesday Jamie Oliver and the Duchess of Cornwall launched the Great Get Together, a series of street parties, bake-offs and picnics. ...

... Which is why the Great Get Together provides the perfect opportunity to attend my first street party. Its message of cohesion and inclusivity is just the kind I can get on board with.

It feels somehow taboo to say you like multicultural Britain right now. Say you embrace immigration and diversity, or that the notion there are streets in Britain you can walk down and not see a single white face is not something that keeps you up at night, and you'll be told you're ignoring the "left behind", that you live in a bubble. ...

It's a fitting tribute to a woman who understood that the diversity of this nation is something to be celebrated.
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Jo Cox always loved a good party. Let's honour her with a massive celebration of Britain's diversity and unity
Brendan Cox
Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2017

Put simply, we are asking communities to come together to celebrate all that we have in common. How they chose to do this will be entirely up to them. It might be a street party, a shared barbecue, a bake-off competition or a simple picnic in the park.

We're calling it The Great Get Together and the hope is that millions of people will take part in some way over the weekend.

Already the number and variety of organisations backing the idea reflects all that is best in our great, diverse and exhilarating country.

Those who have already pledged their support range from the Women's Institute to the RNLI, with the Scouts and Guides movement, the Royal British Legion, Glastonbury Festival, the Countryside Alliance, the TUC, football's Premier League, Amnesty International and the RSPB.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has also given the project his blessing. The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, will be attending our launch today at Clarence House (the London residence of the Prince of Wales).
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Diversity – firefighters
Minister Attacks Fire Brigade for Being Too Male and Too White
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 8 February 2017

Citing figures that show firefighters in England are 96 per cent white and 95 per cent male, a Home Office minister slammed fire services over a "woeful" lack of 'diversity'.

Speaking in London on Tuesday, minister for policing and the fire service Brandon Lewis said workplace demographics should resemble the surrounding community, and demanded the fire and rescue services "spring into action" to increase 'diversity'. ...

The Home Office minister said that any attempt to blame the lack of diversity on a reduction in recruitment "isn't good enough", and demanded a "culture shift". ...

Praising police forces in Britain for hiring lower proportions of white men than ever before, but warning that it "still has a way to go" on this front, Lewis called for the fire service to follow their example.
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Diversity – politics
MA publishes Manifesto for Tolerance and Inclusion
Geraldine Kendall Adams
Museums Association, 6 February 2017

The manifesto reiterates the ethical values that museums should seek to uphold regarding inclusion, equality, diversity and tolerance. ...

"The MA has recently discussed the additional values that it will use to guide its work as a campaigning membership body and these include: being passionate about diversity and equality; having the courage to say what we believe and working collaboratively, inclusively and ethically.

"We believe strongly that our ethics and values can help guide our work as individuals and institutions in the challenging times in which we live."

The manifesto also outlines some of the practical actions museums can take in the course of their work to support and promote these values.

The manifesto urges museums to ensure they are welcoming to all, and says the sector should use its "diverse collections to tell the rich stories of immigration from and to the UK, and the role it has played in shaping place, community and culture".

It calls on museums to "use our trusted spaces for debate and discussion and to challenge ignorance, intolerance, prejudice and bigotry; engage proactively with refugee and immigrant communities and the groups and organisations that represent them; [and] engage in contemporary collecting with our diverse communities to ensure that we tell the widest range of stories". ...

Finally, the manifesto calls on museum professionals to demonstrate "support and solidarity for colleagues who are living and working in the United States or those who want to travel there, who might be subject to discrimination", as well as demonstrating "support for staff and colleagues in the UK who might be affected by the travel ban, either professionally or personally".
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Diversity – children's books
Why children's books that teach diversity are more important than ever
BJ Epstein
The Conversation, 6 February 2017
[The author is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Public Engagement, University of East Anglia]

Despite knowing how important it is for diversity to be represented in our day-to-day lives, many children's books are still littered with white, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, cisgender, nominally Christian characters. And research suggests that over 80% of characters in children's books are white – which clearly doesn't reflect the reality of our world.

All of these reasons are why the We Need Diverse Books movement was set in motion in 2014, stemming from a discussion between children's books authors Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo. The movement aims for more diverse children's books to actually be created and for these works to be available to young people. And while we need people to actually write them, we also need publishers to produce them, and bookstores, libraries, and schools to stock them.

As someone who researches children's literature, I think we'd have fewer conflicts in the world if we all read more diverse literature and lived more diverse lives.

I like to think that if we had more diverse children's books, featuring a broad range of characters in many different jobs and situations, as well as more diverse role models in the media, young people would feel empowered, and they'd believe that when they grow up, they could be anyone and do anything they wanted. ...

With this mindset present, issues such as race or religion wouldn't even play a subconscious role. And it would mean that within a generation or two, we wouldn't read articles about appalling and depressing statistics, and we wouldn't need campaigns to increase diversity in literature, academia, or anywhere else. ...

Along with the increased worries today about immigrants, refugees, and general "otherness", some societies seem to be headed towards a sense of false nostalgia about a time when the world was controlled by whites.

Given this is not how the world is or should be, we owe it to young readers to show them reality in the books they're reading.
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Emigration – Indian students
Study abroad: Why Indians prefer to go overseas to pursue UG courses
Indian Express, 12 August 2017

Studying abroad is a common dream among many Indian students such that the number of students applying for universities in other countries has been on the rise with every passing year. This hype can be observed with reports like the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange which has pointed out that international students at US colleges have surpasses one million in the academic year of 2015-16.

... Meanwhile the Indian Students Mobility report, 2016 noted that about 85 per cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. ...

The second reason why students want to go abroad is because they think that their future is outside India. They believe that by pursuing an undergraduate degree in a foreign country they can get a job there and eventually land the country's citizenship. Settling down in USA, UK, Australia and some other such countries is attractive to many.
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Emigration – Nigeria, India, Congo, Sudan, Bangladesh, China
India has second highest number of adults planning to migrate: Report
Economic Times, 14 July 2017

India has the second highest number of adults planning to migrate to other countries with the US and the UK among the most favoured destinations, according to a report by the UN migration agency.

The UN migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in its report 'Measuring Global Migration Potential 2010-2015', which analyses people's migration intentions globally for the period 2010-2015, noted that globally 1.3 per cent of the adult population or 66 million people said they were planning to migrate permanently within the next 12 months. ...

Half of those planning to migrate live in just 20 countries, led by Nigeria and followed by India, Congo, Sudan, Bangladesh and China.

At 4.8 million people, India has the highest number of adults planning and preparing to migrate - 3.5 million people who are planning and 1.3 million who are preparing.

For Nigeria, the number stands at 5.1 million people, Congo 4.1 million, and China and Bangladesh at 2.7 million each.

The findings by IOM's Global Migration Data Centre (GMDAC) shows that less than half a per cent of adults worldwide or 23 million people are actively making preparations to migrate abroad. One in three adults surveyed plans to migrate to a developing country.
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Emigration – Albanians, EU passports
Albanians Mass Migrate to Bulgaria for EU Passports, 'Gateway to England'
Briseida Mema and Vessela Sergueva
Breitbart, 9 July 2017

Trebisht in northeastern Albania looks like a ghost village, emptied of its residents by a rush to get Bulgarian passports that open the door to the European Union. ...

But according to the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, which helps in obtaining a passport, Bulgarian families have been settled in Albania since the 5th century and their descendants are part of its diaspora.

No statistics are available, but Bulgarian organisations in Albania estimate that there are around 100,000 of these descendants. ...

Since Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, its citizens have been able to work and reside wherever they want within the bloc, with all the restrictions lifted in 2014.

Albania, as a whole, is a nation of mass emigration, spurred by an average wage of 340 euros ($388) and an unemployment rate affecting nearly one in three young people.

So it does not matter that Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU. Seen from Trebisht, it is the gateway to Germany, England or some other promised land. ...

"The only interest of these people is to obtain a passport allowing them to move freely in the European area," said Albanian historian Pellumb Xhufi.
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Emigration – Brexit
Brexit: More than one million foreign workers preparing to leave UK within five years
Noor Nanji
Independent, 27 June 2017

More than a million foreign workers are preparing to ditch Britain, adding to fears that the country is facing a Brexit brain drain, new research shows.

The survey by accountancy giant Deloitte shows that 36 per cent of non-British workers currently in the country say they are thinking about leaving by 2022, with 26 per cent planning to move even sooner, by 2020.

This figure represents 1.2 million jobs out of 3.4 million migrant workers in Britain, underscoring the severe jobs crisis facing the country as it begins the process of extracting itself from the European Union.

Highly skilled workers from EU countries are the most likely to consider leaving, with 47 per cent thinking about upping sticks in the next five years.
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Emigration – World
Number of Potential Migrants Worldwide Tops 700 Million
Neli Esipova, Julie Ray and Anita Pugliese
Gallup, 8 June 2017

After cooling off in the wake of the Great Recession, worldwide, people's desire to migrate permanently to another country showed signs of rebounding between 2013 and 2016. Gallup found 14% of the world's adults – which translates to nearly 710 million people – saying they would like to move to another country if they had the opportunity. ...

Gallup's latest findings on adults' desire to move to other countries are based on a rolling average of interviews with 586,806 adults in 156 countries between 2013 and 2016. ...

... And in sub-Saharan Africa, where residents remain the most likely worldwide to express the desire to migrate permanently, desire hovered near 30%. ...

The U.S. continues to be the most desired destination country for potential migrants, as it has since Gallup started tracking these patterns a decade ago. One in five potential migrants (21%) – or about 147 million adults worldwide – name the U.S. as their desired future residence. Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Saudi Arabia appeal to at least 25 million adults each. ...

The United Kingdom, on the other hand, lost some of its appeal as a desired destination, as immigration became one of the driving forces behind the country's eventual "Brexit" in mid-2016. Approximately 35 million potential migrants named the United Kingdom as a desired destination between 2013 and 2016, down from about 43 million between 2010 and 2012.
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Emigration – Europe
The European countries where up to 40 per cent of the population have moved abroad (and yes, they're almost all in the East)
Abe Hawken
MailOnline, 2 February 2017

A new map of Europe has revealed where huge swathes of a country's population have decided to move and live abroad.

European countries including Portugal, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Moldova have seen more than a fifth of their population emigrate.

Meanwhile, the detailed map shows how almost five million people who were born in the United Kingdom had left to move to other countries by the end of 2015.

Figures from the population division of the UN show the percentage of people who have left the country they were born in.

In Ireland, 18.8 per cent of those born in the country have left to move to another.

The highest number of people to leave was in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Around 1.6 million people born in the country were living overseas by 2015.

This was the equivalent of 43.3 per cent - five per cent more than the next country, Albania. ...

The United Kingdom was the most popular destination for those who were born in Lithuania, Ireland and Cyprus.

And the figures of 4.97 million Brits living overseas is the highest in the European Union, followed by Poland with 4.4 million people.

The number of Poles living in other countries was 11.5 per cent of its population in 2015 - a higher percentage than the UK.

Germany had 4 million people leave the country by the end of 2015 - or 5 per cent - while Italy had 2.9 million - equating to 4.9 per cent.
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Emigration – UK citizens, EU citizens
Fewer Britons living in EU than previously thought, study finds
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 28 January 2017

About 900,000 British citizens are living in other European Union countries – fewer than the previous widely quoted estimate of 1.2 million, according to research by the Office of National Statistics.

The new lower estimate is likely to have implications for the forthcoming negotiations between Britain and the EU over the future residency rights of the 3.15 million EU nationals living in the UK and British citizens in the rest of the bloc. ...

The ONS research confirms that Spain is home to the largest number of British citizens in the EU, at 308,805. A third of them – 101,045 – are aged 65 or over. The next most popular countries for British citizens living abroad are France, with 157,062, Ireland, 112,090 and Germany, 96,200.

An age breakdown of the figures show that 189,000 of the 890,000 Britons living in the EU are aged 65 or over, with the bulk of them presumably retired. ...

The ONS figures, based on Eurostat data from 2010-11 national censuses, estimates there were 890,299 British citizens living in other EU countries in 2011. The figures cover only those citizens resident in a country for more than 12 months.

The official statisticians believe their estimate is more authoritative that the previously widely quoted United Nations statistics, which showed there were 1.22 million British people living in other EU states.

The UN figures are based on country of birth rather than nationality, which means that many UK-born Irish and Polish citizens are included, while British citizens born overseas are excluded. "We believe it is better to use the more detailed census data in order to estimate the number of British citizens living abroad," said the ONS.
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Employment – English language test, nurses
Nurses who failed English test aimed at curbing immigration set for a reprieve
James Tapper
The Observer, 24 September 2017

Language rules introduced to curb immigration are set to be relaxed after they prevented native English-speaking nurses from working in the NHS.

The NHS has a shortage of 40,000 nurses and recruiters and NHS employers have been lobbying for looser language requirements so that thousands of nurses from countries such as Australia, India and the Philippines can work in Britain.

In June, the Observer uncovered evidence that Australians and other native English-speaking nurses were being turned down because they could not pass the International English Language Testing System test. Now the Nursing and Midwifery Council will consider a measure on Wednesday to allow other measures such as the Occupational English Test.

Nurses with a recent qualification that was taught in English and nurses who have worked for two years in a country where English is the native language would also qualify. If patient organisations and NHS bodies also agree to the proposals, the changes could be introduced next month.
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Employment – skills, wages
Reliance on cheap foreign labour 'damages economy': Experts warn Britain's unskilled workers are being neglected in trend which damages productivity
Claire Ellicott
Daily Mail, 18 September 2017

Neglecting Britain's unskilled workers and relying on cheap labour from abroad have damaged productivity, a report warns today.

The country's sluggish rate of growth is due to a lack of training of the bottom 20 per cent of unskilled workers, the Centre for Social Justice says.

Report author Iain Duncan Smith warned that the UK's reluctance to invest in training a generation of British workers had led to an over-reliance on cheap labour.

The former work and pensions secretary called on the Government to invest in training or face no rise in living standards. ...

The report by Mr Duncan Smith, economist Gerard Lyons and several top business leaders, found the bottom 20 per cent of the workforce had suffered most. It said a lack of investment by business and poor education had prevented British workers, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the most of their natural abilities.

Mr Duncan Smith warned that while many unskilled workers still had jobs, wages had barely increased in the past ten years.
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Employment – racism, fascism
'British jobs for British workers' is back, a fascist incursion into mainstream politics
Rachel Shabi
The Guardian, 9 September 2017

Thanks to leaked proposals we now know that the guiding principle of the government's post-Brexit immigration plan is to put British workers first. This much is clear in the statement that: "Wherever possible, UK employers should look to meet their labour needs from resident labour." ...

Post-referendum, our discussions over immigration are often wrapped in verbal cotton wool, for fear of upsetting anyone by suggesting that we have veered into ethno-nationalism and racism – apparently a greater misdeed than any actual racism. So it is that the shocking terminology running through this government's leaked plans has not met with enough scrutiny. ...

Labour MP Owen Smith appeared on the Daily Politics show to pronounce he had "no problem with British jobs for British workers as an aspiration". Time and again this phrase reappeared, permeating our national conversation rather than being challenged for what it is: a xenophobic slogan with fascist roots.

Gordon Brown, appallingly, used the term while Labour prime minister in 2007 but he did not invent it. As was highlighted in parliament by the then Conservative leader David Cameron, such slogans could be found in leaflets from the National Front and the British National party. ...

In any case, as journalist and author Daniel Trilling notes, what counts as a British worker or, in a globalised economy, a British job?

Who gets to define "British" here and on what basis: birthplace, citizenship, residence, skin tone? Stripped of absolute meaning, it is clear that this slogan has no purpose but to serve as xenophobic signalling.
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Employment – business, Brexit, wages, productivity
Big business shouldn't complain. They brought Brexit upon themselves with their use of cheap foreign labour
Jeremy Warner
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2017

Had no-one at Number 10 noticed that global business was vehemently opposed to Brexit, and indeed continues to regard it as an historic mistake, for which Britain will pay a high economic cost? ...

They might nevertheless try a little self reflection. In no small measure, it was their own behaviour which led directly to today's state of affairs.

I say this as someone who is both generally sympathetic to the interests of business and the City, and who supported Remain. If the vote for Brexit was, at least in part, a backlash against globalisation and mass immigration, then these lobbies have much to answer for.

Companies have been only too happy to avail themselves of the benefits of cheap foreign labour and goods. In so doing, many of them have shamefully neglected their wider social responsibilities. Why recruit and train locally when it is possible to hire the necessary skills at a fraction of the cost from overseas? ...

The effect has been distinctly unhealthy. For almost a decade now, growth per capita has been at a virtual standstill. Real wage growth has been similarly non-existent.

As I say, this cannot all be blamed on immigration. ...

But business leaders would not be facing the challenge of Brexit had they been a little more responsive to the socially unsettling downsides of globalisation and mass migration. ...

One of the first rules of business is that you try not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. By embracing free movement and borderless trade so enthusiastically, many firms have done precisely that, and thereby brought Brexit on themselves.
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Employment – wages
The economic incongruity of unlimited immigration
Yugo Kovach
Financial Times, 8 September 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, The government proposes to limit the annual inflow of unskilled EU migrants /.../ and there is an immediate outcry. Are the protesters in favour of a living wage? If so, how do they propose squaring the circle? They could try abolishing the law of supply and demand.
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Employment – unemployment
One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official figures reveal for the first time
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2017

One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official figures have revealed for the first time.

The figures show that 317,000 migrants are unemployed, including 98,000 who were born in the EU and 219,000 born outside the EU.

The proportion of EU migrants who are unemployed is 4 per cent, while the proportion of migrants from outside the EU who are unemployed is 6.2 per cent. The overall unemployment rate of migrants is 5.3 per cent.

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by a third over the past year to a record 362,000 in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. ...

The figures show that arrival of Romanian and Bulgarian workers pushed up the overall level of EU migrants from 2.33 million to 2.37 million.

However the number of migrants coming the 14 earlier members of the EU including France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, has fallen slightly from 995,000 between April and June of last year to 972,000.

The number from the eastern European nations which joined the EU in 2014, including Poland, has also fallen from 995,000 to 972,000.
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Employment – NHS, nurses
Exclusive: NHS to recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead of paying expensive agency staff
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2017

The NHS will recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead of paying expensive agency staff under plans being considered by ministers.

Officials in the Department of Health are drawing up a new workforce plan to create thousands of posts for home-grown nurses amid concerns that fewer medical professionals will come to the UK after Brexit.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, wants to slash the £3 billion bill for agency staff on the NHS amid concerns that some hospitals are paying locum nurses £2,000 for a single shift.
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Employment – EU migrants
EU migrants make up over 20% of labour force in 18 British industries
Jamie Doward and Harry Robertson
The Observer, 30 July 2017

A unique and detailed analysis has revealed which sectors of the economy would suffer most from a radical reduction in EU migration to Britain.

According to a study by the Office for National Statistics, in at least 18 specialist industries EU workers constitute more than 20% of the labour force. And many others would be left almost as bereft if their number declined. ...

It shows that nearly half – 47.6% – of employees in the fruit and vegetable "processing and preserving sector" are from EU countries. A similar proportion – 44.4% – are involved in meat processing. More than a third – 37.6% – of those processing fish, crustaceans and molluscs are EU migrants.

In agriculture, just under 35% of workers employed in what the ONS describes as the "growing of nonperennial crops" are EU citizens, along with more than a quarter of workers involved in the manufacture of prepared animal feed. And just under a quarter involved in the "manufacture of bakery & farinaceous [starch] products" are EU workers.

Many specialist sectors heavily reliant on people from other EU countries employ only a few thousand workers. Just over 1,000 EU nationals are employed in "the cutting, shaping and finishing stone industries". But they constitute 22% of the workforce.

... They make up almost 230,000 of the 1.7 million people working in the hotel and catering industry – 13.5% of the total. ...

EU nationals comprise almost a third – 32% – of the 24,000 people employed in translation services.
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Employment – EU migrants, lack of data
Home Office volunteers no data on EU migrants in work
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 19 July 2017

A Home Office minister has refused to say whether the British government has ever made use of EU-wide immigration rules that allow people to be expelled from a country if they are not working or actively seeking employment.

Lady Susan Williams admitted that the UK's interpretation of the European directive governing the free movement of workers was "more than generous" in comparison with other European countries.

She suggested that her department did not hold data that would allow it to know whether European immigrants in the UK had secured jobs or not.

The admissions came in the answers to two separate parliamentary questions on the issue from Labour peers, who are frustrated that the government blames the EU for its failure to hit the tens of thousands migration target.

Lord Richard Rosser asked the minister what Britain's net migration figure would be if the government had chosen a stricter approach on immigration – in line with EU countries such as Belgium.

Williams said there was no data to prove whether EU nationals were seeking work or not – which would be needed to take action. ...

Rosser hit back, claiming the lack of information from the government "smacks of incompetence, at worst a cover up". ...

He added: "The government has spent years telling voters they want to reduce immigration to 'tens of thousands', then blaming the EU for their failure to deliver on that promise. After saying they had applied EU rules more generously than they needed to, we now hear they've also failed to keep track of how many EU migrants to the UK are not fulfilling their employment obligations."

A second question on the issue came from Peter Hain, who is a passionate supporter of Britain remaining in the EU and believes the government could take more action on immigration under the EU rules.

He asked Williams how many EU nationals had been removed under the rules – which say that people who are not seeking work or who are homeless can be sent home. "I am sorry but the data requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost," she replied.
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Employment – GPs
NHS will recruit 2,000 foreign GPs to meet staff targets, says health chief
Jane Kirby
Independent, 18 July 2017

The National Health Service will recruit around 2,000 more GPs from abroad to meet its staffing targets, said Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England.

The figure is in addition to the 500 already planned, with Mr Stevens saying an "industrial scale" foreign recruitment programme was needed to alleviate staffing pressures.
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Employment – teachers
Government to spend £10m to recruit 600 foreign teachers
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

The Government plans to spend £10 million on hiring 600 foreign teachers, it emerged last night, as it launches one of the biggest ever overseas recruitment campaigns.

A tender published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), reveals how the Department for Education seeks to address the "acute" shortage of teachers in Maths, Physics and Modern Languages.

The cost to the taxpayer of recruiting each teacher will be over £16,000 – before they have even stepped foot in a classroom.

The Government blamed the growth in pupil numbers, improvements in the economy, a shrinking graduate pool and greater competition in the labour market for its failure to recruit enough teachers within the UK. ...

Despite initially allocating £4.1 million for the scheme – just £6,800 per teacher – the government has now admitted the project will cost between £6 million and £10 million.
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Employment – English language, nurses
Relax English language test for foreign nurses, say hospital execs
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2017

Hospital bosses have called for the English language test for foreign nurses to be relaxed after just three of 118 Filipino applicants at one NHS trust passed.

Managers at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands said their chronic staffing shortfall could be solved "overnight" if watchdogs slackened standards, however patient safety campaigners have demanded the existing pass mark remain in place.

The complaint was made as it emerged executives from the trust made two trips to the Philippines last year in an attempt to recruit more staff.

Under Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) rules, all foreign nurses must pass an International English Language Testing System exam, which comprises listening, reading, writing and speaking assessments. ...

The trust has had unfilled vacancies for more than 100 registered nurses for more than a year, part of a 600 nurse shortfall across the Black Country, according to Ms Overfield.

In May the NMC indicated it might introduce easier language tests, admitting it was embarking on a "stocktake" of standards following lobbying from senior managers and recruitment agencies. ...

The NMC said the English language test for foreign nurses is on a par with equivalent assessments in Australia, Ireland and Canada.
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Employment – economy
Drop the Target: May's 'tens of thousands' immigration cap would cut labour supply and deepen existing shortages, report says
Andrew Grice
Independent, 19 June 2017

Theresa May's post-Brexit plan to slash immigration will have a devastating "double whammy" impact on the British economy, according to the most detailed study of EU nationals to date.

The new report seen by The Independent reveals how the Prime Minister's stubborn refusal to dump her "tens of thousands" cap on net migration would not only cut off a vital supply of labour, but deepen existing shortages in key sectors.

The impartial consultancy behind the study is urging the Government to base future immigration policy on "economic need" instead of an arbitrary numerical target like that maintained by Ms May.

It comes amid deep cabinet divisions over how to approach immigration during Brexit talks, with the Government's position still in question despite the start of negotiations on Monday.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is using his new clout to push the Prime Minister to adopt an economically minded "jobs first" approach, but Brexiteer ministers are demanding she maintain her tough stance on immigration. ...

RepGraph concluded that a "blanket approach to reducing migration" focusing on low-skilled workers could have "a doubly negative impact" by both withdrawing a critical labour supply and compounding existing skills shortages.

Laying waste to arguments for a system that only allows highly qualified individuals in, the report instead underlines the desperate need the UK economy has for low-skilled employees.

"Low-skilled migrants are filling gaps in the workforce where the need is greatest," the report concludes. ...

RepGraph, which analysed Office for National Statistics data, found that the 2.1 million EU citizens make up a small proportion of the UK workforce, some 7 per cent, but only a fifth are in highly skilled jobs – with most employed in London and the South-east, and fewest in the North-east and Wales. ...

EU workers are almost four times as likely to be found in a low-skilled job in industry with acute shortages than in a high-skilled post without such problems. ...

The report, commissioned by the Business With Europe group, was seized on by the campaigning organisation Open Britain, which said it showed hitting the Government's arbitrary target would have a crippling impact on the economy.
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Lower-skilled immigration brings the UK no benefits
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
Financial Times, 16 June 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, The bald statement in your editorial "Britain's chance to open serious debate on Brexit" (June 12) that "free movement of labour has been much to Britain's benefit" requires serious qualification.

Limited highly skilled immigration does benefit Britain but mass lower-skilled immigration (whether from the EU or elsewhere) does not. Gross domestic product per capita (surely the only true measure of success) hardly changes. Meanwhile the settled population (of whatever race, religion or ethnic background) finds job opportunities limited and remuneration held down. All this before calculating the cost (economic and environmental) of constructing the houses, hospitals, schools and infrastructure required to support the increase in population.

Of course British business supports an "open door" policy – it is to their economic advantage to do so. But treating immigration as "the default option" must surely over time pose serious threats to our social cohesion in an era when our country appears unusually divided.
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Employment – working harder
Migrants stop working harder than Brits after two years, study finds
Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2017

Migrants stop working harder than British people after they have been in the country for two years, research has shown.

A study by the University of Bath found Central and Eastern Europe migrants' tendency to take fewer absent days from work than British workers may be nothing more than a temporary phenomenon.

When their attendance rates were measured over two to four years they were more than three times less likely to be absent from work than native UK workers.

But after this period their absences from work increased to similar levels recorded for native UK workers. It means native UK workers may be unfairly overlooked for jobs because employers have a preconception that migrants are harder workers.

Employment experts suggested migrants were making a special effort to avoid sick days in the initial stages of their UK employment to prove that they were worth hiring over UK workers and to make up for their lack of language skills.

Dr Chris Dawson, senior lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Bath, said: "Our work backs up managers' perceptions that Polish and other Central and Eastern European migrants are harder working than UK employees, but importantly only for around two years from their arrival in the UK. ..."
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Employment – politics, Conservative Party
George Osborne's Evening Standard claims no senior cabinet members back Theresa May on migration pledge
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 18 May 2017

George Osborne's newspaper has claimed that Theresa May's target of cutting net migration to tens of thousands is not backed by anyone in her Cabinet on the eve of her manifesto launch.

Mr Osborne, the Editor of the London Evening Standard, published a scathing editorial which said the target of reducing net migration to tens of thousands is "economically illiterate". ...

New figures published yesterday revealed that foreign-born workers accounted for all the net 385,000 rise in employment last year, while the number of British-born workers fell by 1,000.

The Office for National Statistics also disclosed that the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain has risen by 80,000 over the past year to 311,000. Net migration is currently 273,000.
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Employment – numbers
ONS: Workers Born Abroad In United Kingdom Hits 5.64 Million
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 17 May 2017

New labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of people working in Britain who were born abroad now stands at 5.64 million – greater than the entire population of Scotland. ...

Of those 5.64 million, the number of non-British nationals is slightly lower at 3.55 million, because the larger figure includes British nationals born abroad and immigrants who have subsequently acquired citizenship.

Overall, the proportion of all people working in Britain accounted for by non-British nationals since records began 20 years ago in 1997 has more than trebled, increasing from 3.5 per cent to 11.1 per cent.

The statistics further indicate that, between January to March 2016 and January to March 2017, the number of EU nationals working in the UK increased by 171,000 to 2.32 million – despite claims of the Brexit vote "squeezing employers' ability to find workers".

The increase in the number of non-British workers from outside the EU rose by a more modest 35,000, taking the total to 1.23 million.

Overall, the number of non-British nationals working in Britain over the period has increased by 207,000, easily outstripping the increase in the number of British-born people entering the workforce, which stands at 179,000.
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Employment – wages
Mass immigration threatens the UK's booming economy
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 14 April 2017

Unemployment is at its lowest in absolute terms for a decade.

But there are still 1.56 million working age Britons – between 16 and 64 – who are not in work.

Now consider this: the latest figures show that one in nine workers is a migrant.

Last year, 3.4 million of the 30.3 million workforce were born abroad with 2.2 million of them coming from the EU.

That is double the number from just six years ago in 2010, when 1.1 million workers came from the EU.

Back then 2.2 million of our 28.2 million employees were migrants.

And the numbers and the scale of increase are startling.

In 1997, when Tony Blair first won power, about three per cent of the workforce came from overseas.

And that was unusually high compared with previous decades.

Today, the ONS figures show that 11.2 per cent of people working in Britain are foreign nationals. ...

If wages are depressed because of politically mandated over-supply of labour, workers will struggle.

They won't then be able to spend enough to drive growth.

It is just as rational for the EU nationals who move here but who do not have a job.

The same ONS figures show that one in seven EU migrants to the UK of working age does not work.

In other words, of the 2.73 million EU nationals here aged between 16 and 64, 390,000 are what is termed "inactive".

They are eligible to apply for jobseekers' allowance, child benefit, child tax credits and sickness benefits.

The European Court of Justice has held that all they need to do is show that they are looking for work. But while it is perfectly rational for them it is anything but for us.

In other words, the unending supply of foreign labour means that employers know they can pay low wages because there will always be someone desperate enough to take the job. ...

As Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, put it last year, the level of foreign migration is dampening wages across the economy, threatening the very economic growth that has created the jobs they are taking in the first place.

The extra workers from the EU had "contained wage growth in the face of robust employment growth...

A key risk to the economy is that these subdued growth rates continue".

And so we will all suffer. (And that's without even considering the impact of large-scale immigration on public services.) ...

The key point is the damage done by unfettered immigration.
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Employment – EU migrants, unemployment
EU migrants without a job make up city the size of Bristol
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 13 April 2017

EU migrants of working age living in the UK who do not have a job account for a city the size of Bristol, new figures have revealed.

One in seven of the 2,733,000 EU migrants aged 16-64 - a total of 390,000 - are unemployed or "inactive".

A survey by the Office for National Statistics does not give a breakdown of how many claim benefits, but those who are unemployed will be eligible for jobseeker's allowance and may also claim housing benefit and child benefit. People who are "inactive" include those claiming disability benefits.

Brexit campaigners said the figures showed the need to freeze migration for unskilled workers after Britain leaves the EU. ...

The survey is the first time the ONS has compiled comprehensive figures on unemployment among migrants. ...

A total of 3.4 million people working in Britain last year were from abroad, equating to 11 per cent of the total workforce. They comprised 2.2 million EU nationals and 1.2 million non-EU nationals.
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Employment – National Health Service, English language
It's not racist to want NHS nurses to speak English
Dr Max Pemberton
Daily Mail, 8 April 2017

There's no doubt that without foreign workers the NHS would collapse. ...

In fact, just over 25 per cent of the NHS medical workforce is from outside the EU – countries such as India – compared with the 10 per cent from the EU.

But why is the UK so reliant on staff from overseas in the first place? What happened? ...

The current situation in which the NHS needs to recruit staff from all over the world, while celebrated by some of the liberal elite as evidence of how 'inclusive' and 'tolerant' we are as a nation, makes me profoundly uncomfortable.

Why is it celebrated that we effectively steal the best medical staff from impoverished, struggling countries? Why is it that we have to import staff – who may not fully understand the language, culture or practices of our country – as a matter of routine?

A House of Lords committee has now waded into the issue, saying that the NHS is 'too reliant' on foreign staff and blamed successive governments for failing to plan. It argues that our reliance on foreign workers is the biggest threat to the NHS.

I completely agree. I've seen this myself in psychiatry. In some areas of the country, nearly half of posts are unfilled simply because there aren't the staff for them. This means trusts increasingly have to recruit from abroad.

Things are so dire that they will employ people who, frankly, I wouldn't trust to look after my goldfish. ...

In one hospital where I worked, they recruited health care assistants (HCAs) from outside the EU. The interview was conducted in local dialect by a local recruiter, and one of the HCAs arrived not being able to speak a word of English. Not a word. ...

How could she be expected to take blood pressure readings, record the results and then tell me if there was a problem? How could she reassure anxious patients if she could not even speak to them?

Recently, a wholly unhelpful sensitivity has sprung up around talking about this, yet it has to be said: many of these recruits struggle with English, have limited written communication skills and are from different cultures with different attitudes and beliefs. Why is it considered racist to be concerned that patients can't understand the nurse trying to explain something to them? ...

Rather than giving ourselves a self-satisfied pat on the back that we employ staff from all over the world, we should acknowledge that the reason we do this is because of our own ineptitude at workforce planning and hang our heads in shame.
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Employment – National Health Service
Our reliance on foreign nurses is the biggest threat to the NHS, say peers: Committee says ministers have no strategy for ensuring there are enough workers in the future
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 5 April 2017

The NHS is 'too reliant' on foreign staff and has failed to train enough British doctors and nurses, peers warned last night.

Ministers have no strategy to ensure the health service will have the workers it needs over the coming decades, a Lords committee said.

They say this failure is the 'biggest internal threat to the sustainability of the NHS'.

Peers said Britain could not continue to rely on overseas health and social care workers after it leaves the EU, when tougher immigration controls are expected to be put in place. ...

The report went on: 'Workforce strategy has been poor with too much reliance on overseas recruitment. Our conclusion could not be clearer. Is it sustainable as it is today? No, it is not. Things need to change.'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted: 'I would say that workforce planning is an area where we have failed, and successive Governments have failed, to get this right. Brexit will be a catalyst to get this right, because we are going to be standing on our own two feet and we will have to start thinking much harder without the automatic access to the European labour pool that we have taken for granted for many years. That is an area where we need to be much more strategic than we have been.'
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Employment – importing labour
Why does the UK Import Labour?
Neil Wilson
Modern Money Matters, 25 February 2017

Why is the UK having to import labour? It's relatively straightforward. The British Labour market suffers from the 'British disease' – a vestige of Imperialism. We find it easier to steal resources from other countries than to create our own.

In the last quarter of 2016 there were 1,597,000 people officially unemployed, 2,191,000 people inactive but wanting a job and 1,118,000 people who had part time jobs but wanted full time jobs.

This is about 10% of the working population unutilised in the workforce one way or another. ...

None of these match the 751,000 vacancies on offer.

They don't match for several reasons:

• The job role demands a skill set that is not available at the price offered.

• The job is in the wrong geographical location from the people who could do it

• The job has physical requirements that are not available at the price offered

So the process of filling a job goes something like this:

• business advertises for a person to work very long hours for a pittance, often somewhere ridiculous like London

• nobody appropriate applies for it

• business goes running to nanny shouting 'skill shortage' and demands visas

• government gives in to business because businesses are treated like pets, not cattle

• the job is advertised abroad

• foreign nations, exporting their people like cargo, welcome the visas and encourage people to leave rather than sort the social problems out at home

So the elite class in both countries get what they want.
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Employment – low-skilled EU migrants
UK not about to 'shut the door' on low-skilled EU migrants, says David Davis
The Guardian, 22 February 2017

The UK is not about to "suddenly shut the door" on low-skilled EU migrants, Brexit secretary David Davis has reiterated.

Davis said in a press conference in Riga, Latvia, that Britain wanted control over immigration but that it would only restrict free movement of people when it was in the "national interest".

He said that it was not plausible that British citizens would immediately take jobs in the agriculture, social care and hospitality industry once the UK had left the EU and repeated comments made in Estonia on Monday that immigration restrictions would be phased in.

He said: "It will be a gradual process. That will take some time; yesterday I said it will take years.

"Don't expect just because we're changing who makes the decision on the policy, the door will suddenly shut: it won't," Bloomberg quoted Mr Davis as saying in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Monday.
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Employment – numbers
Reports on employment figures are accurate, but not the whole picture
Full Fact, 16 February 2017

Several media outlets reported the most recent set of employment figures this morning, and the Daily Express featured the story on its front page. The figures reported are correct, but there's a lot of uncertainty around some of the latest changes.

The good news is we haven't seen anyone make the kind of mistakes we've seen in the past when it comes to reporting employment figures.

As the Office for National Statistics says prominently, these statistics don't tell us how many people have lost jobs or how many people have got a new one, they just tell us the final change in the headcount of people who have jobs.

The UK had 431,000 more foreign-born workers at the end of 2016 than it had a year beforehand, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Meanwhile, its estimate for the number of workers born inside the UK dropped by 120,000.

So foreign-born workers rose in number while British born workers fell? Not quite.

The difference between these two changes is that the first is big enough for us to be confident it's genuine, the second isn't.

The estimates are based on a survey, so there's a grey area around the ONS' best estimate for the numbers of different groups of workers.

The estimate for UK-born workers and UK nationals in work would have to change by more than 200,000 for us to be reasonably confident that we were seeing a genuine change in the real world.

That may sound like a surprisingly big margin. But remember: there are an estimated 26 million UK-born workers or 28 million UK citizens in work. A change of less than 200,000 is difficult to detect with a lot of confidence, based on these figures.
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Employment – non-UK employees
Number of British-born workers falls as non-UK employees increase by almost 450,000 in a year
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2017

Nearly 450,000 more migrants are working in the UK while the number of British-born people in work has fallen by 120,000, according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics disclosed that the number of migrants working in Britain has increased by 431,000 to 5.4 million over the past year.

Over the same period the number of British people in work has fallen to 26.37 million.

The report said: "For October to December 2016, there were 5.54 million people born abroad working in the UK, but the number of non-UK nationals working in the UK was much lower at 3.48 million."

The number of EU-born citizens working in the UK rose by 190,000 to 2.24 million, the Office for National Statistics found.

It also found that the number of non-UK nationals working in the UK increased from just over 1 million to 3.48 million and that the proportion of non-UK nationals working in the UK increased from 3.8% to 10.9%.

The ONS concluded: "This increase in non-UK nationals working in the UK reflects the admission of several new member states to the European Union."

The figures are also thought to reflect the retirement of older UK-born citizens. ...

More than 31.8 million adults have a job - 300,000 more than a year ago - after a quarterly rise of 37,000, while unemployment fell by 7,000 to just under 1.6 million. ...

The proportion of people working in the UK accounted for by non-UK nationals has increased from 3.8% to 10.9% since 1997.
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Employment – Brexit
BREXIT BOOST: Bosses optimistic about hiring UK staff after Britain leaves European Union
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 15 February 2017

British bosses are confident about recruiting qualified staff after Brexit despite currently relying on foreign workers to fill around 30 per cent of available jobs, according to a new poll.

The City and Guilds poll asked 500 large-scale employers across a range of sectors including construction, education and the financial industry about the issue.

It found 26 per cent felt Brexit would not have any impact on their ability to find and hire competent employees while 42 per cent said they expected it to have a positive effect on recruitment.

This is despite 18 per cent of respondents admitting relying on EU staff for more than half of their present workforce and almost nine out of 10 (87 per cent) agreeing they have trouble finding the right staff to fill vacant positions.
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Employment – Brexit, EU citizens
Why there will be no Brexit cliff edge for EU employees in Britain
Lord Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK
ConservativeHome, 14 February 2017

The pace is quickening as the Brexit negotiations approach. Employers who rely on East European workers are voicing concern that they face a "cliff edge" for their workforce when the UK leaves the EU. Research published today by Migration Watch UK suggests that such an outcome is very unlikely.

For a start, EU workers already here will almost certainly be allowed to stay. /.../ In any case, as Paul Goodman has pointed out here, nearly 85 per cent will be entitled to Indefinite Leave to Remain by the time Brexit occurs.

Despite this, there is concern that some EU nationals already in the UK will decide to go home and that future controls on EU migration would mean that the existing work force could not be maintained, leading to shortages of labour in a number of sectors.

If the past is any guide, there is no reason to think that this will happen. ...

In any case, do we seriously imagine that large numbers will up sticks and go home the day that Brexit is declared? Most of them have been here for years, some will have settled with their families, they will have learnt English and will be earning three or four times what they might earn in their home countries. They are surely far more likely to stay on.

That said, there is a very important distinction between East European members of the EU and the original fourteen member states. Seventy per cent of the former are in low skilled and low paid work, while 70 per cent of those from the EU14 are in highly skilled roles. This means that expanding the current work permit system to EU workers (as we recommend) would bear much more heavily on East European migrants. Overall, we estimate that it would reduce net migration from the EU as a whole by about 100,000 a year.

Looking ahead, Brexit provides us with an opportunity to make the most of the human capital and talent that we already have in this country. For too long employers have relied on a ready supply of workers from abroad rather than training existing workers. A major study by Baroness Wolf found that the number of employees attending training sessions away from the work place declined from 180,000 in 1998 to just 20,000 in 2014. She concluded that the availability of labour from the EU had contributed to this decline.

Brexit is an opportunity to correct this trend. And let us not forget the 1.6 million unemployed people (including 450,000 aged 18 to 24) who could be helped into work and the 1.1 million people who are in part-time work but are looking for more hours. The Government must not be rushed into making exceptions. Employers will have time to adjust their pay and conditions, their working methods and so on, and they should be encouraged to do so.
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Employment – safety, nurses, doctors
Lack of checks on overseas nurses putting public safety at risk, says watchdog
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2017

Public safety is being put at risk because the health service is not allowed to carry out checks on soaring numbers of nurses coming to work here from EU nations, watchdogs have warned.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) urged ministers to use Brexit to close gaping loopholes in regulation, amid a tripling in the number of nurses coming to Britain from the Continent.

The plea comes ahead of a Parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, at which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be questioned about the impact of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Regulators said the current system was unsafe, forcing watchdogs to automatically register nurses and midwives from Europe as safe to work, without any checks – even if they had not practised for decades.

"We believe that this poses a public protection risk," the watchdog states, in a damning submission to the Commons Health Committee.

Official figures show that in 2015/16, 9,388 nurses and midwives registered to come work in the UK from other EU countries – compared with 3,137 registrations in 2011/12. In total, more than 38,000 nurses and midwives working here are estimated to have received their training elsewhere in Europe.

The watchdog urged ministers to use forthcoming negotiations to address the safety risks, and ensure nurses' skills can be tested, wherever they come from. ...

The regulator for doctors has issued a similar plea.

In its submission to the inquiry, the General Medical Council (GMC) calls for rules on medics to be rewritten, to close such loopholes for doctors coming here from Europe. ...

More than 30,000 doctors working in Britain received their training in other EU countries, the submission states – around one in 10 of all medics on the register.
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Employment – cap on work permits
Curbs on non-EU migration have 'no impact' claims campaign group Migration Watch UK
The Sun, 4 January 2017

Curbs on a key non-EU migration route have had "virtually no impact" on the ability of firms to recruit overseas talent, a campaign group claims.

An annual cap on work permits available for skilled staff from outside Europe has not been reached in five years since it was introduced in 2010, according to Migration Watch UK.

It accused business lobby groups of "crying wolf" over the effect of the restrictions on Tier 2 general visas.

This is the main immigration route for nationals from outside the European Economic Area to apply to work in the UK.

Migrants arriving through the scheme must have a job with a yearly salary of at least £20,800, and Tier 2 is subject to an annual limit of 20,700 posts.

In the first three years of operation the cap did not bite at all, with just 54% of available certificates of sponsorship being used, according to analysis by Migration Watch UK, which campaigns for tighter immigration controls.

In 2014/15, there were 20,087 certificates issued out of 20,700 available, while 235 certificates were returned due to non-use, the report said.

It added that in the following year 22,037 certificates were issued – more than the cap – but almost 2,800 were returned unused or reclaimed. ...

The paper said that "on an annual basis, no employer has been prevented from bringing in a skilled worker since the economic cap was introduced, although some employers might have had to wait a month before they could obtain a certificate for their prospective employee".

It added: "The cap of 20,700 has therefore been sufficient to meet the needs of business for skilled workers."

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "The business lobby have been crying wolf for years about the impact of the cap on business but it has now become clear that the annual cap has never been breached.

"The very same lobby is now claiming that a reduction in migration from the EU for low skilled work will be a disaster but, with their record, the public will not be convinced."
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Extremism – Islam
Students invite radical Islamic speakers to over 110 events in a year despite the Government's terror crackdown
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 29 September 2017

Radical Islamic speakers have been invited to more than 100 events hosted by student societies over the past year despite a government crackdown.

A new report reveals the speakers were invited to speak to undergraduates at elite institutions including Oxford, Warwick and Manchester.

In total, guests with a record of preaching extreme views were given access to students on 112 occasions – and in most cases no effort was made to provide any balance to their statements.

In one case, a preacher who had previously advocated wife-beating and claimed that 'Islam is not compatible with democracy' was allowed to speak to students of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

In another, Oxford University students heard a speech by the director of Cage, the group which once described IS killer Jihadi John as a 'beautiful young man'.

The data, gathered by the Henry Jackson Society think tank, follows a string of terror attacks this year in Manchester, London Bridge and Parsons Green. ...

Universities whose student societies invited extreme speakers also included King's College London and Queen Mary London.

In every case, the universities themselves were not involved in the invitations as the events were organised by individual student groups – mostly the unions or the Islamic societies.

Often they were held on venues off campus, with Facebook and Twitter used to publicise them. ...

At a university level, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) played host to the most events – 14.
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Extremism – fascism, anti-fascism
Political intolerance is again becoming normal in Europe
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 8 September 2017

Anyway, I pointed out back in 2013 that the left appeared to be priming itself to extend their definitions of 'fascism' because they hope to be able to win a political battle and recognise that attacking everyone they disagree with as 'fascist' might bring some short-term political gain. ... Political intolerance is once again becoming normal in European politics. Of course political violence and extremism can come from almost any political direction. But only the actions of self-described 'anti-fascists' continue to be treated with a kind of leniency if not approval by large swathes of the media and political establishment in Europe. Until that changes, and chunks of the 'anti-fascist' left are recognised for what they truly are, then all of this will get a lot worse.
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Extremism – terrorism, Islam, Salafism
It's time Europe got serious about Islamic supremacists
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 7 September 2017

In January this year, Germany's vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel gave an uncharacteristically candid interview for a European politician. 'Salafist mosques must be banned, communities dissolved, and the preachers should be expelled as soon as possible', he told Der Spiegel. 'If we are serious about the fight against Islamism and terrorism, then it must also be a cultural fight.' ...

One wonders what, if anything, will spur the West into confronting Salafism, because to Berlin, Manchester, Borough Market and Barcelona one can also add Madrid (2004), Toulouse (2012), Paris (2015) and Brussels (2016). That's an awful lot of dead at the hands of one ideology. ...

Salafism has inspired the global jihad that has killed tens of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims this century; it was espoused by Osama Bin Laden, who was schooled in its ideology by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of Al-Qaeda.

Many Salafists are neither violent nor political and live their lives as if they were companions of the Prophet Mohammed in the Seventh Century. Known as Quietests, they denounce Islamist attacks in Europe ...

... But what the literature doesn't mention is that Salafism seeks to purify Islam of Western influence. Europeans are regarded as heathens and Muslims who don't subscribe to their ancient interpretation of Islam are deviants. ...

Quietests are Salafism's missionaries and their puritanical proselytising in Europe is poisoning thousands of impressionable young Muslims. Gilles Kepel, an Islamic scholar in France, first identified the emergence of Salafism in Europe 20 years ago and in his 2004 book, The War for Muslim Minds, he described what happened when a non-violent Salafist Imam arrived in a French inner-city mosque. ...

The problem has worsened in recent years and a book published last month in France showed the extent of the Islamification within some French schools. In Principal or Imam, a former headmaster in Marseille describes how swimming lessons, dress codes, the theory of evolution and school dinners have all become contentious issues since the turn of the century. ...

But the greatest menace to be found in European mosques are the 'Jihadists', the new breed of Salafist whose prominence within the movement has grown on the back of Al-Qaeda's exploits. ...

Also at danger from the Jihadists are other Muslims because Salafists are in effect Islamic Supremacists; those who interpret their religion differently are regarded as heretics, like the Shiite imam in Brussels, killed by a Salafist in 2012, or the elderly imam in Rochdale who was bludgeoned to death in 2016 by two British Salafists for being 'a magician'. ...

Its surge in popularity in recent years is staggering. There are now 120 Salafist mosques in France, 79 in Catalonia and well over 100 in Britain ...

Sigmar Gabriel's warning about Salafism has so far gone unheeded, partly because secular Europe can't fathom religious fanaticism in the 21st century. Instead, the continent closes its eyes and covers its ears and hopes that an ideology antithetical to everything it stands for will eventually reform.

It won't. So before long Europe will have a choice to make: either get serious with the Islamic supremacists or submit to them.
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Extremism – Islam
Islamist Preacher Who Called for Destruction of Britain Coming to Parliament
Guido Fawkes, 1 September 2017

Heads up Special Branch – a notorious Islamist hate preacher who called for Britain to be "destroyed" is due to meet MPs in parliament this month. Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, a former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and current Imam of the city's Al-Aqsa Mosque, will visit Britain as part of a delegation organised by pro-Palestinian group EuroPal. Provided he isn't stopped at Heathrow...

Sabri stated in a 2001 radio sermon: "Allah, destroy the U.S., its helpers and its agents. Allah, destroy Britain, its helpers and its agents. Allah, prepare those who will unite the Muslims and march in the steps of Saladin." Furthermore, Sabri:

. Denied the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust, telling Italian newspaper La Repubblica in 2000: "Six million Jews dead? No way, they were much fewer. Let's stop with this fairytale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity."

. Praised child martyrdom, saying in a 2001 sermon: "The younger the martyr – the greater and the more I respect him... They [mothers of martyrs] willingly sacrifice their offspring for the sake of freedom."

. Was removed by from office by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas because of his extremist views

. Was banned from entering France by the French government in 2012

. Said in a New York Times Magazine interview: "If the Jews want peace, they will stay away from Al Aksa... This is a decree from Allah. The Haram al-Sharif belongs to the Muslim. But we know the Jew is planning on destroying the Haram. The Jew will get the Christian to do his work for him. This is the way of the Jews. This is the way Satan manifests himself. The majority of the Jews want to destroy the mosque. They are preparing this as we speak."

An email sent to MPs announced the details of Sabri's visit and offered meetings in parliament with the EuroPal delegation between Monday 11th and Friday 15th September.
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Extremism – Islam
UK: Still Welcoming Jihadis
Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute, 11 August 2017

The British Prime Minister's June declaration, that when it came to terrorism in the UK, "enough is enough", already looks like little more than rhetoric. ...

At almost precisely this time last year, two clerics from Pakistan toured the UK. Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman are well-known clerics in their native country. Not the least of the reasons for their fame – or notoriety – is that they took a particularly strong line on the issue of Mumtaz Qadri. /.../ In January 2011, Qadri murdered the man he was employed to look after.

Qadri's action were hugely divisive both in Pakistan and in the global Pakistani diaspora. After a trial that same year, Qadri was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death – a sentence that was carried out in February 2016.

That event brings us back to the two clerics, Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman and Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman. After Qadri's conviction, on at least one occasion Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman delivered a hysterical speech supporting the murder of Taseer, while his fellow cleric, Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman, looked on approvingly from the platform. The video of this occasion has now been removed from YouTube, where it had previously been hosted. ...

... Nevertheless, on their visit to the UK last summer, the two clerics were allowed to talk at mosques up and down the UK, including in Prime Minister Theresa May's own constituency. By way of explanation, as the imam of the Madina Mosque and Islamic Centre in Oldham, Zahoor Chishti, said of the two clerics, "They have got hundreds of thousands of followers in the UK." ...

On that occasion it was perhaps possible to claim that the UK government were ignorant about whom they were allowing into the UK. ...

What excuse is there in a country which has now seen and suffered the effects of Islamist terror so many times, a country that the Prime Minister has claimed has had "enough" of this terror, for precisely the same two clerics to return to the UK for another tour? /.../ another tour of the UK and Europe – this one lasting up until August 27.

Last year, members of the British government could have claimed to have been ignorant of the views of these two clerics. They could have pretended that they did not know that they were allowing into the UK two men principally known for encouraging the murder of apostates. They could have pretended to have been ignorant of the beliefs of two men who like to whip up crowds to praise murderers. They could have been unaware that such people were going to speak to thousands of UK Muslims. But they cannot be unaware this year. So what are the excuses for letting them in? Are there any?
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Extremism – Islamists
Study: Radical Islamists Actually Have Extensive Knowledge of Islam
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 4 August 2017

An Islamic theologian at the University of Vienna has conducted a study of radical Islamists proving that many have an extensive knowledge of Islam despite mainstream claims that radical Islamists have little understanding of their own religion.

In his new 310-page study of 29 radical Islamists, Islamic theologian Ednan Aslan claims religion plays a far larger role in the actions of jihadists than economic factors and frustration with society, Die Welt reports. ...

The study, which was financed by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also warns of the effect of radical Islamist Salafist groups which it says provide support and logistics for jihadists. "Persons with a higher theological knowledge function as authorities and play a central role in the spread of ideology," according to the study. ...

"The radical groups and individuals see themselves as the only true Muslims," the report states. The Salafists see Western civilisation as the enemy of the Muslim world and regard it as a decaying society.

A similar German study recently came to a different conclusion saying that many Islamists did not know much about Islam and that their radicalisation had more to do with traumatic events in their life like deaths in the family or drug use. The study, done by the University of Bielefeld, examined the WhatsApp chats of known Salafists to come to their conclusions.
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Extremism – abuse
The problem with the government's proposed 'extremism commission'
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 22 July 2017

The Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was once invited to speak in this country – and the row which developed as a consequence was both entertaining and instructive. Many people said he shouldn't be given a visa because of his 'extremism'. ...

So who was right? /.../ Within the world of Islam, Qaradawi is indeed a moderate and relatively pacific voice. And yet his views, seen from over here, would appear to be those of a bigoted, foaming maniac.

There are two points to draw from this. First, that many people in this country delude themselves about the Islamic world and its fervent hatred for Jewish people, its subjugation of women and gays, its viciousness in dealing with those who renounce the faith etc. And second, that the term 'extremist' is not only stupid and virtually meaningless, but endlessly contingent. Who has the right to decide what is an extreme view and what isn't? ...

I have mentioned Qaradawi's visit before because it was a beautiful example of liberal delusion being smacked in the face by the real world. I mention it again now because the government is setting up something called an 'extremism commission', which it intends will root out 'extremism' and, in the hideous vernacular of our time, 'build partnerships with those opposed to extremism'.

My suspicion is that this is every bit as Orwellian as it sounds. /.../ A slightly warped sense of 'fair play' and the mental shriekings of the left will ensure they broaden their scope. No, they will tell us, with great pride, we are not merely picking on Muslims. We are on the warpath against all extremism and, since you asked, we will decide what extremism is.

Already a little worried by the whole business, the Evangelical Alliance commissioned an opinion poll from ComRes about this strange and ephemeral thing, extremism. The first thing they found was that a very clear majority of the British people thought pretty much as I suggested above – that labelling something or someone extremist was stupid and, when it comes to framing debates, 'not helpful'. But the pollsters also asked people a whole bunch of political questions and asked them to adjudicate on whether they were 'extremist' or not. So, for example, 36 per cent said that wishing to leave the European Union was 'extremist'. On what we might call the other side of the coin, some 40 per cent reckoned it was 'extremist' to believe in the idea of man-made climate change.

In other words, both halves of the country believe that the other half is 'extremist'. And yet of course the word is simply an insult to be flung at someone whose views we hate or despise. ...

I will bet that quite a few things in which I believe – and probably what the Evangelical Alliance believes too – would be deemed 'extremist' by this extremism commission. ...

... And the excuse given will be they are trying to stop us being blown up, or stabbed to death on London Bridge. That's my worry too – that in order to placate the sensitivities of the adherents of a recently imported culture, the beliefs of indigenous people will be proscribed. When there is not the remotest comparison between them.
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Extremism – Islam
Report calls for public inquiry into Gulf funding of British extremism
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 5 July 2017

Foreign funding for extremism in Britain primarily comes from Saudi Arabia, but the UK government should set up a public inquiry into all Gulf funding sources, a report has said.

The report by the Henry Jackson Society also calls for the government to consider requiring UK religious institutions, including mosques, to be required to reveal sources of overseas funding.

The findings come as Theresa May faces pressure to publish the government's own report into foreign funding of terrorism. The Home Office-led report was completed six months ago, and No 10 says ministers are still deciding whether to publish. MPs nervous of upsetting strategic relations in the Gulf have also decided not to publish a separate Foreign Office strategy paper on the region.

Saudi Arabia is likely to be angered by the findings since its dispute with Qatar has largely been based on the accusation that its Gulf rival is both the primary funder terrorism overseas and harbours terrorists that support the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas.

The report claims: "Saudi Arabia has, since the 1960s, sponsored a multimillion-dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the west.

"In the UK, this funding has primarily taken the form of endowments to mosques and Islamic educational institutions, which have in turn played host to extremist preachers and the distribution of extremist literature. Influence has also been exerted through the training of British Muslim religious leaders in Saudi Arabia, as well as the use of Saudi textbooks in a number of the UK's independent Islamic schools." ...

It claims in 2007 Saudi Arabia was estimated to be spending at least $2bn (£1.5bn) annually on promoting Wahhabism worldwide. By 2015 that figure was believed to have doubled.

The impact of this increased spending may well have been felt in Britain: in 2007, estimates put the number of mosques in Britain adhering to Salafism and Wahhabism at 68. Seven years later, the number of British mosques identified with Wahhabism had risen to 110.
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Extremism – jihadists, Islam
Thousands of veterans march against extremism and offer to form unarmed 'Home Guard'
Marco Giannangeli
Daily Express, 3 July 2017

Thousands of Armed Forces veterans have formed a campaign group aimed at tackling the threat from jihadists in Britain.

Veterans Against Terrorism, which already boasts 8,500 members, will press the Government to take firmer action against the 3,000 suspected Muslim extremists living in Britain when they present a petition to Downing Street on August 5.

They will then stage a 30,000-strong march through Westminster to Trafalgar Square.

The group staged a similar march last month in Manchester.

Members last night told of their "sheer frustration" after fighting jihadist groups overseas to find on their return that radical Muslims on security watch lists are roaming free.

They offered to form an unarmed "Home Guard" to support the police. ...

The group will also campaign for more funding to be given to front-line services such as police. ...

Co-organiser Sean Smart, a Yorkshire Regiment veteran, said: "Some of us have served just two years while others, like myself, served for 24 years to defend both our country and Europe from terrorism.

"The whole point was to keep this stuff away from Britain, but despite our best efforts we are seeing attacks like Manchester and London.

"I feel we could be utilised here at home. We could act like eyes and ears, and use our skills. It's not vigilantism.

"We don't want to use weapons. I mean a Home Guard without weapons or uniform so we can integrate."

Former SAS hero Phil Campion, the group's official spokesman, said: "We aren't racial, or political – our interest is the safety of the people of the United Kingdom."

The group has been backed by other veterans associations including the British Army Muslim Association, with tens of thousands of members.
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Extremism – Islam
Blind, bovine hope will get us nowhere – it's time to change our response to Islamic extremism
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 2 July 2017

Last Sunday, I appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics to discuss the aftermath of the Manchester attack. ...

In a short film preceding the studio discussion, I mentioned that countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have very little Islam and very little Islamic terror. By contrast, France has a great amount of Islam and a great amount of Islamic terror. /.../ Of course some people don't want to accept this fact. Not least because informed choices might result. For instance, it might help us weigh up the ongoing cultural benefits of large-scale Islamic immigration versus the down-side of dozens of obliterated lives every now and then. ...

But so it is that various Muslims and Muslim groups who have spent recent years urging British Muslims not to cooperate with the UK authorities on counter-terrorism are now keenly urging Muslims to complain about me to any and all authorities. A telling set of priorities, I would say. ...

... It's the same everywhere: Don't look back in anger, just forward in blind, bovine hope.

For instance, still nobody wants to ask what responsibility should be apportioned to Salford University where the Manchester bomber was recently a student. There seems very little interest in the fact that the Vice Chancellor when Abedi entered the university (Martin Hall) was vocally opposed to the UK government's only counter-extremism strategy, which encourages people to report signs of radicalisation among students /.../ Nor does anyone seem very interested in the fact that the current President of the Student Union – Zamzam Ibrahim – has a very interesting set of views. And not just that she has spent her time 'representing' Salford's students by campaigning against the government's only counter-extremism strategy.
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Extremism – Islam
Student union president sparks controversy by saying she would like to 'oppress white people', everyone should read the Koran and that men and women must not be friends
Darren Boyle
MailOnline, 1 July 2017

A Muslim student union leader has claimed she would like to 'oppress white people' and has suggested there would be an Islamic takeover if more people read the Koran.

Zamzam Ibrahim, who was elected President of Salford University's Student Union in March, also suggested friendship between men and women is un-Islamic and is opposed to the government's anti-radicalisation strategy.

The Swedish-Somali student officer also described the government's Prevent strategy as 'disastrous' and 'racist'. ...

Ms Ibrahim was also recently elected to the National Union of Students Block of 15 committee.
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Extremism – free speech
Government to establish 'Commission for Countering Extremism' – Be afraid. Be very afraid
Archbishop Cranmer, 23 June 2017

"A commission for countering extremism will be established to support the government in stamping out extremist ideology in all its forms, both across society and on the internet, so it is denied a safe space to spread," the Queen announced in her speech this week to the assembled Commons and Lords and the State Opening of Parliament. And following the recent spate of terrorist atrocities in Manchester and across London, there is manifest virtue in the proposal. But there is also danger. Everyone knows that the real problem is Islamic extremism (aka Islamism), but for every 50 of those attacks we seem to get deflected by the odd 'neo-Nazi' stabbing of an MP to death, or a 'right wing' ploughing of a white van into a crowd of Muslims. It's all extremism, so there must be absolute equivalence. Hence the government's focus is not on Islamic extremism, but on extremist ideology "in all its forms". That's nice and equitable; less Islamophobic and prejudiced. ...

Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, believes that Brexit-supporting Conservatives are basically Nazis, and there ought to be no place for such right-wing extremism in our tolerant, respectful liberal democracy. ...

Intelligent and thoughtful 'right-wing' journalists and authors such as Douglas Murray and Melanie Phillips are routinely demonised by the 'love must overcome hate' community. Speaking on the BBC, Miqdaad Versi, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, called Murray a 'hate preacher' who should not be allowed to speak in public; there is no place for such Islamophobe extremists on the BBC. The BBC then went on to interview Massoud Shadjareh of the Islamic Human Rights Commission. He, too, called Murray (along with Maajid Nawaz) a 'hate preacher' who must be silenced. Neither was in the studio to defend themselves against the defamation: Murray was given no right of reply.

The BBC subsequently apologised for the slander. ...

Theresa May has form which ought to concern us greatly, from her proposed Investigatory Powers Bill to her impulse to establish a National Register of Faith Leaders. The state orthodoxy of 'British values' is likely to form the basis of the definitional touchstone by which extremist ideology is discerned, and so anything that is judged to be 'intolerant' or 'disrespectful' becomes extremist, no matter how peaceful and moderate the author or speaker may be.
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Extremism – hate crime, Islamophobia
No British problem with Islamophobia says UKIP's Hamilton
BBC, 20 June 2017

Britain does not have a problem with Islamophobia and there are no reliable statistics on hate crime, UKIP assembly group leader Neil Hamilton has said. ...

Mr Hamilton also suggested that "firm control" of immigration would "at least" alleviate problems of fundamentalist terrorism. ...

Asked if Britain has a problem with Islamophobia, Mr Hamilton told a press conference: "No I don't, actually.

"The overwhelming majority of the British people are tolerant and welcoming.

"Inevitably there is a minority that is prepared to resort to violence and abuse. That's not acceptable."

He added: "There are no reliable statistics on hate crime for example."

Mr Hamilton added: "There isn't a general problem with Islamophobia in the United Kingdom or Wales". ...

But he added: "We have to get our border control system fit for purpose and we have to be more alert to the need to scrutinise the background of those who are coming here."

"This is a composite problem, which goes way beyond the immigration problem", he said.

"A firm control of immigration and in particular a proper appraisal of asylum seekers qualifications is an essential part - it will not solve the problem completely no doubt - but at least alleviating the problems of fundamentalist terrorism."
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Extremism – Islamophobia
Islamophobia how about Christianophobia?
Myles Harris
Salisbury Review, 19 June 2017

Should 'Islamophobia' be added to the diagnostic handbook of the American College of Psychiatrists? Words ending in the syllables 'phobia' or 'phobic' indicate an irrational fear over which patients have no control. This of course is how an increasingly radicalised BBC wishes the population to view anybody who objects to mass Islamic immigration. Medicalising political dissent however can lead to terrible consequences. ...

It is unlikely that we would stoop to such extreme methods. Ours will be a more British approach. In the next few weeks it is likely that the government will publish emergency regulations to prevent civil disorder. Magistrates faced with dissidents under such regulations would have powers to sentence people to compulsory 'Islam Awareness' courses, or in extreme cases long sessions of counselling and restrictions on their movements. For example not to enter premises where Muslims are to be found.

But what about the other side? There is no equivalent diagnosis for Muslims holding dangerously radical opinions about white western society.

May I suggest 'Christianophobia' ? An irrational fear of white civilisation?
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Extremism – Islam
Muslims should take to Facebook to condemn extremism, retired police chief suggests
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2017

British Muslims should use Facebook and WhatsApp to denounce extremism because the public no longer believe Imams when they condemn terror attacks, a former police chief has said.

Mak Chishty, who retired last week as Britain's most senior Muslim police officer, said people have "had enough" following the London Bridge attacks, adding that it was time to stop "skirting around the issues" and have some "very difficult conversations". ...

Mr Chishty said community leaders were always quick to denounce acts of terror, but sadly their condemnation was no longer being taken seriously because the recent attacks had marked a turning point.

Speaking to an audience at the think tank, Reform, in central London, he said: "It has been a turning point because people have had enough. I don't agree with that but I understand it."

He added: "When leaders stand up and say we condemn this, the change has been, 'we do not believe you, you always do this, where are your deeds, we hear your words, but what have you done to change this?'"

The former police chief urged all British Muslims to reclaim social media - which has often proved a fertile recruiting ground for extremists - and use popular sites to articulate their revulsion. ...

Mr Chishty said there had been a sharp increase in hate crimes against Muslims since the Manchester and London Bridge attacks and social media could be used to challenge that. ...

The former police leader said even though he had now retired he wanted to use his profile to continue to challenge "menace" of extremism that "lurks within Muslim communities".
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Extremism – Islamism
Theresa May talks tough, but her track record on tackling Islamism is woeful
Stephen Pollard
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2017

But the question has to be asked: who was Home Secretary for the six years from 2010? Mrs May appears to have had a Damascene conversion on this, because as Home Secretary she acted as the most important blockage in Whitehall against a serious attempt to deal with that precise problem: the hold of Islamism across parts of the public sector and across society.

She was certainly firm in her support for Prevent. She did deport the likes of Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza. And she was incensed by the Human Rights Act acting as brake against further deportations.

But for all that, her record in understanding exactly the issue she raised yesterday – dealing with extremism before it develops into full-on plots – is lamentable. ...

In 2014, the then education secretary, Michael Gove, determined to act when allegations first surfaced. At a meeting of a Cabinet committee, the Extremism Task Force, Mr Gove is said to have argued that Whitehall had for years been institutionally soft on extremism and started dealing with Islamists only once they had embraced violence.

Mr Gove wanted Whitehall to adopt a wider definition of extremism that took in Islamism itself. Mrs May challenged this, arguing for a far narrower definition. Mrs May won – ensuring that the very attitude within Whitehall that the Prime Minister attacked yesterday continued.

Mrs May's chief counter-terrorism adviser was the then director general of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office, Charles Farr. Some argue that he was a one-man obstacle to serious action against Whitehall's links with Islamism. Mr Farr has had a new role since 2015. Remarkably, he is now chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

The row between Mr Gove and Mrs May became front-page news and, to keep the peace, Mr Gove was forced to apologise both to her and to Mr Farr for his criticisms. But he was right.

The briefings at the time from Mrs May's Home Office were clear – it was outrageous of Mr Gove to allege there was any issue of Islamism being tolerated within Whitehall or the public sector and that he had a black-and-white attitude to an issue that was really shades of grey.

Which brings us to now. Mrs May is Prime Minister rather than Home Secretary but almost nothing else has changed.

Quite rightly, she said yesterday that "we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed". But we do.

Look at another area of the public sector: prisons. The evidence is overwhelming that prisons are some of the most fertile breeding grounds for Islamists and radicalisation. And yet there is a huge block within Whitehall against serious action to tackle the issue. Within the Ministry of Justice there are officials who are said, at worst, actually to sympathise with Islamism and, at best, still maintain that the right approach is to engage with it – and fight any departure from that.

It is all well and good Mrs May delivering a fine speech. But unless she is a very different Prime Minister from Home Secretary, it will be meaningless.
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Extremism – Islam
Blind, bovine hope will get us nowhere – it's time to change our response to Islamic extremism
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 4 June 2017

Last Sunday, I appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics to discuss the aftermath of the Manchester attack. I said what I thought, and various Muslim groups promptly went bananas.

... Rather they objected to my simple two-word suggestion that we could all do with 'less Islam'.

In a short film preceding the studio discussion, I mentioned that countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have very little Islam and very little Islamic terror. By contrast, France has a great amount of Islam and a great amount of Islamic terror. /.../ Of course some people don't want to accept this fact. Not least because informed choices might result. For instance, it might help us weigh up the ongoing cultural benefits of large-scale Islamic immigration versus the down-side of dozens of obliterated lives every now and then. ...

But so it is that various Muslims and Muslim groups who have spent recent years urging British Muslims not to cooperate with the UK authorities on counter-terrorism are now keenly urging Muslims to complain about me to any and all authorities. A telling set of priorities, I would say. ...

... If a group of men fly planes into the Twin Towers all the leaders of the free world rush to the local Islamic centre to extol the wonders of Islam. When a group of British Muslims blow up the London transport system the city's police chiefs wave away the smoke and immediately extol the peacefulness of Islam. And when a suicide bomber in Manchester blows up 22 young people as they leave a concert, the one thing nobody must say is that there is any connection whatsoever with Islam. ...

... It's the same everywhere: Don't look back in anger, just forward in blind, bovine hope. ...

All of which points to many specific questions and one overriding one: Why don't we want to know? /.../ Has our society got zero interest in working out what might produce people like Abedi? The fact is – once again – that we may ask the question but we don't want to hear the answer. Because if what all these things suggest is true then we could be in serious trouble. Perhaps we are.
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Extremism – Islam
'Very Sensitive' Government Inquiry into Saudi Arabian Funding of Jihadi Groups May Never Be Published
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 1 June 2017

An investigation into the foreign funding of jihadi groups in Britain said to focus mainly on the support provided by Saudi Arabia may never be published as the findings are "very sensitive", the Home Office has admitted.

The inquiry was authorised in 2015 by former Prime Minister David Cameron in exchange for Liberal Democrat support for the extension of British airstrikes against Islamic State into Syria.

The Home Office's extremism analysis unit had been directed by Downing Street to investigate foreign funding of extremist groups in the UK and for findings to be shown to then-Home Secretary Theresa May and Mr. Cameron.

However after 18 months, the Home Office has confirmed the incomplete report might not be published, calling the contents "very sensitive", reports The Guardian.

A decision on the future of the investigation would be taken "after the election by the next government", a Home Office spokesman said.

It is thought the report focused on Saudi Arabia, which ascribes to a hardline, Wahhabist branch of the Islamic faith. ...

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has also urged Saudi Arabia to stop supporting Islamists in Germany, saying: "Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities."

Noted followers of Wahhabism include Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo, shoe bomber Richard Reid, 7/7 ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, and hate preacher Anjem Choudary. ...

Two weeks prior to the Bastille Day Nice attack in France, a Saudi-funded mosque opened in the city. The owner is the Saudi Arabian Minister for Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh.

Saudi money also funded the Islamic Society of Boston mosque believed to have radicalised Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Associate Director of The Henry Jackson Society Douglas Murray estimates there are "thousands" of Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosques across Europe, with the Saudis paying for the buildings and appointing clerics.

"In 2007 it was estimated that there were around 70 Wahhabi mosques in Britain. By 2015 the number had risen to 110," with the amount of money flowing into these mosques at a "record high", Mr. Murray wrote in a commentary for The Sun.
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Extremism – civilisation
An Arab Muslim's Prediction About the Fall of Western Civilization
Timothy Furnish
FrontPage Mag, 30 May 2017

In the last 2 ½ years alone – from Charlie Hebdo to Manchester – there have been 20 Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, killing a total of 381 people. The vast majority of terrorists convicted in the US since 9/11 have pledged allegiance to Islamic groups: ISIS, al-Qaeda and their ilk. Over 70% of the US State Department's designated foreign terrorist organizations are Muslim in ideology and goals. Muslim "grooming gangs" have roamed the UK for years, setting girls and young women up to be sexually used. Over a thousand women were sexually assaulted in Germany on New Year's 2016, largely by "foreign nationals." Sexual crimes against women are increasing in Sweden, largely as a result of the massive influx of young Muslim men.

Yet how do most Europeans, and far too many Americans, respond to this civilizational assault? With sorrow and tears, "love trumps hate" and candle-lighting. ...

Western civilization may or may not be sick – but it's certainly become spineless. This happens to many cultures, eventually – as described first, ironically, by the great 14th century North African Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun in his work The Muqaddimah. Ibn Khaldun, based on his study of ancient, Islamic and Christian history, ascertained a cyclical pattern of rise-and-fall among what he termed "dynasties" which, mutatis mutandis, is applicable to our culture as well. All of them go through three phases:

[1] The first is the one which establishes the society: "its members are used to privation and to sharing their glory with each other; they are brave.... sharp and greatly feared. People submit to them."

[2] Following that is the stage in which the society moves "from privation to luxury and plenty" and "the vigour of group feeling is broken.... People become used to lowliness and obedience. But many of the old virtues remain" and the people "live in hope that the conditions that existed in the first generation may come back, or they live under the illusion that those conditions still exist."

[3] The final generation "has completely forgotten the period of... toughness, as if it had never existed.... because they are so much given to a life of prosperity and ease. They... are like women and children who need to be defended. Group feeling disappears completely.... When someone comes and demands something from them, they cannot repel him."

The fourth phase, then, is the conquest of the civilization by another that is still in the robust, determined and, yes, dangerous phase.
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Extremism – legislation, free speech
Conservative 'Extremism' Plan to Crack Down on Free Speech Both On and Offline
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 20 May 2017

Conservative Party plans to crack down on "extremism" could lead to the dangerous censorship of public debate, the Christian Institute has warned.

The Party's manifesto pledges that a Conservative government will "establish a Commission for Countering Extremism to identify examples of extremism and expose them," but concerns have been raised that the definition of extremism is so vague, it may be used as a fig leaf to persecute those with unfashionable opinions.

Colin Hart, Director of The Christian Institute, said "The word 'extremist' has been robbed of all meaning by activists who use it against anyone who disagrees with them. We've already seen a series of witch-hunts against people with traditional views.

"This Commission on extremism might make a bad situation a whole lot worse.

"You can't have [...] this Commission for Countering Extremism denouncing people for not holding the 'correct' views."

"We will consider what new criminal offences might need to be created, and what new aggravated offences might need to be established, to defeat the extremists," the manifesto reads. ...

Mr Hart warned: "using the vague concept of 'extremism' on its own as a basis for taking away freedoms is a serious risk to civil liberty.

"People labelled extremists in their own day include Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Wilberforce and the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

"Today, people like Germaine Greer and Dame Jenni Murray are vilified for 'extreme' views on transsexualism that actually represent the views of the great majority of people."

The policy is particularly troubling as the manifesto also sets out plans to apparently redesign the internet to filter out unwanted or undesirable communications. ...

Buzzfeed News has reported that senior Tories have confirmed the government "intends to introduce huge restrictions on what people can post, share and publish online."
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Extremism – Islam, Denmark
Copenhagen imam accused of calling for killing of Jews
BBC, 11 May 2017

A video of an imam appearing to call for the murder of Jews in a sermon during Friday prayers at a Copenhagen mosque has caused outrage in Denmark.

Mundhir Abdallah was reported to police after being filmed citing in Arabic a hadith - a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad - considered anti-Semitic.

The hadith says the Day of Judgement "will not come unless the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them".

A Jewish community leader said his words were a "thinly-veiled" threat.

Videos of the sermon were posted on YouTube and Facebook by the Al-Faruq Mosque on Sunday, although Mr Abdallah reportedly gave it on 31 March.

A part of the 30-minute address was later translated by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).

In the video, Mr Abdallah is seen standing in front of a black flag with the Shahadah written on it, similar to those used by jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda.

He declares there will soon be a "caliphate" - a state governed in accordance with Islamic law, or Sharia - that will wage jihad to unite the Muslim community and liberate the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem "from the filth of the Zionists".

Then, he says, "the words of the Prophet Muhammad will be fulfilled" and cites the hadith.
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Extremism – Islam, Islamophobia, UKIP
Ukip MEP's 'death cult' remarks spark new Islamophobia row
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 8 May 2017

Ukip is facing renewed criticism over its attitudes towards Islam after it emerged that one of its senior MEPs said non-Muslims should have a "perfectly rational fear" of the faith, which he described as a "death cult" steeped in violence.

The Liberal Democrats and Greens described the comments, written in a blogpost by Ukip's Brexit spokesman, Gerard Batten, as "hateful" and "the gutter of British politics".

Asked twice about the issue at the launch of Ukip's election campaign on Friday, the party's leader, Paul Nuttall, declined to say whether he agreed with Batten's views.

Ukip's stance towards Islam has been in focus since Monday, when the party announced what it terms an "integration agenda", including a ban on full-face veils and compulsory medical checks for girls seen as at risk of female genital mutilation. ...

In the post on his personal blog written after last month's terrorist attack in Westminster, Batten said Islam should be referred to as "Mohammedanism – the cult of Mohammed – because that is what it is".

He continued: "It is a death cult, born and steeped in 1,400 years of violence and bloodshed, that propagates itself by intimidation, violence and conquest."

Batten wrote: "The terrorists are the vanguard of Mohammedanism. They set out to cow the non-Mohammedan population, so that the 'moderate Muslims' can get on establishing sharia courts, forcing halal food in school and works canteens, and making the authorities look the other way regarding criminal activities for fear of being called racist and Islamophobic."

Saying that a phobia was a fear without a rational base, Batten said: "A normal non-Mohammedan should have a perfectly rational fear of 'Islam'."
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Extremism – Islam
Warning over Islamist threat inside prisons
Daily Telegraph, 5 May 2017

Islamist extremism is such a growing menace inside British prisons that it now represents a "clear and present danger" to national security, a former governor has warned.

Ian Acheson, who led the Government's review into the issue, has concluded that unless there was a change in the way prisons were run, a terrorist incident was likely at a jail.

Mr Acheson said it was important to separate a small hard-core of Islamist ideologues but prison staff were not able to spot or confront extremism.
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Extremism – terrorism, deportation
Why Do We Have To Tolerate Extremists? Kick Them Out
David Mellor
LBC, 21 April 2017

A terrible event occurred last night in Paris's best known tourist street. The assailant, now dead, turns out to be a well known extremist. Bad enough, of course, but what would be more troubling is if he was either someone not on anybody's radar, or who had come in from nowhere.

This follows a pattern. All of the lorry/car killers, including our own Westminster Bridge one, were well known to the authorities. The authorities had merely taken the view that they were not dangerous, and had let them slip off the radar. Anyway, let's be frank, keeping tabs on several hundred known extremists isn't easy, takes a huge amount of time and manpower, and there's always the risk that the predictability assessment is wrong.

So, here's the deal. We have to expect a further attack in the UK. The chances are that attack will come from someone already known to the police or MI5.

So why not pre-empt that. If a known, potentially dangerous, radical who has entered this country either as a refugee, or has been given citizenship, or leave to remain, is engaged in radical religious/political/terrorist activities, why do we have to wait for him/her to commit a crime before we move them out?

Being given British Citizenship is a privilege not a right. Being granted asylum used to mean you could not engage in political activity. That went by the board ages ago. But maybe it should come back.

In short, what I am saying is that in order to protect the British people, we should no longer give the benefit of the doubt to extremists we have let in to what was once known as Londonistan, because there are so many of them. ...

There are hundreds of people in this category who are, day in day out, violating our hospitality, polluting young minds with dangerous ideas, and doubtless hoping those people go off and do dreadful things, whilst these guys remain above and beyond the reach of the law. ...

The sooner we start chucking them out, the safer we will all be.
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Extremism – free speech, universities
Free speech on campus? Only for extremists: Top academic says demand for 'safe spaces' is leading to double standards
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 6 April 2017

Students are allowing extremists on to campus while denying free speech to moderate speakers, a leading academic says.

Professor Anthony Glees said undergraduates were happy to demand 'safe spaces' to avoid old-fashioned thinking while giving free rein to hardliners.

He said the phenomenon represented a double standard whereby free speech is afforded to only some groups in today's universities. ...

His comments follow incidents in which students have sought to ban individuals or events they disagree with. ...

Professor Glees said: 'Student views as reflected in the news and the social media show they are deeply and horrifyingly confused when it comes to the concept of free speech.

'On the one hand they don't want to hear from anyone who might challenge what they see as their libertarian and relativist values. ...

'Yet when it comes to the fundamental values of liberal democracy and its survival at a time of extremism and terrorism, all of a sudden the boot is on the other foot.'

He pointed out that a former Guantanamo inmate who has refused to condemn the stoning to death of adulterous women has spoken to 13 universities.
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Extremism – Islam, Islamophobia
People who read the news more likely to be Islamophobic, study finds
May Bulman
Independent, 4 April 2017

People who read the news are more likely to feel angry towards Muslims, a new study has found.

Whether liberal or conservative, researchers found more avid news consumers showed both increased anger and reduced warmth towards members of the Islamic faith.

The findings, based on responses from 16,584 New Zealanders from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS), were published in leading international science journal PLOS ONE. ...

The fact that the study was was based on New Zealanders, who are generally "highly tolerant", made it particularly poignant, the authors said. ...

The reports co-author, Professor Joseph Bulbulia of Victoria University of Wellington, added: "Sadly, there may be real-world consequences for Muslims in this country, people who encounter prejudice across their daily routines, at the workplace, and in their children's schools.

"Though un-making prejudice is difficult, we hope these results challenge the media to present fairer representations of Muslims."
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Extremism – Islam
We must be able to criticise Islam without fear of being branded Islamophobes
Matt Ridley
The Sun, 29 March 2017

While I completely accept that the sins of extremists should never be visited on the vast majority of moderate believers, I am increasingly uneasy about how we handle the connection between religion and extremism.

The ideology to which Khalid Masood was converted in prison may indeed be a perversion of Islam, but it is a version of it.

We should not shy away from saying so. ...

The terrorists in London, Paris, Brussels, Nice, Munich, Berlin, Würzburg, Ansbach, Orlando, San Bernardino, Sydney, Bali, New York, Bombay and many other places have been white, black and brown, rich, poor and middle class, male and female, gay and straight, immigrant and native, young and (now) older.

The one thing they have in common is they had been radicalised by religious preachers claiming to interpret the Koran.

Moreover, while a few sick individuals find within Islam justification for murder and terror, a far larger number find justification for misogyny and intolerance. ...

But I think that, rather than there being good religion and bad religion, there is a spectrum of religious belief, from virtuous morality to politicised violent terror.

At one end are people inspired by faith to think only of how to help those in need.

At the other are people who kill policemen and tourists, throw homosexuals off buildings, carry out female genital mutilation and throw acid in the faces of women who have stood up against the male code (there were 431 acid attacks in Britain last year).
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Extremism – Islam
Islam; The Coming Universal Religion ?
Edo Pivcevic
Salisbury Review, 25 March 2017

It has become commonplace for Moslems who recoil in horror from the Isil-Daesh atrocities to insist that Islam is a 'religion of peace'. Even a British Prime minister has described it as such in the British House of Commons. No doubt they all earnestly desire it to be so. But if 'peace' means being ready to allow space for beliefs contrary to one's own to be expressed and flourish, then this is difficult to reconcile with the ferocious diatribe in the opening chapters of the Koran against the 'unbelievers' – meaning principally Jews and Christians – ...

... Admittedly God is also 'compassionate and merciful', but his mercy and compassion, it seems, extends only to those who are prepared to repent and submit to his will. The unbelievers who decline to do so will become 'the fuel of Hell'. This in particular applies to Jews and Christians, who are the 'vilest of creatures' (98:1). They are 'servants of Satan' and the duty of all believers is to be 'ruthless' to them, while being 'merciful to one another' (48:29)

Note that 'being ruthless' here is meant literally, not just as a figure of speech. 'Believers' – God, through his prophet, tells the faithful – 'make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous' (9:121). This is an essential part of the message, and is a duty no-one can shirk. For '...if you do not go to war, he [God] will punish you sternly, and will replace you by other men' (9:37). Appealing to conscience is not an option. One should put aside any qualms one might have about killing recalcitrant unbelievers. ...

In other words, there can be no 'fraternisation' with non-Moslems. Indeed the Holy Book explicitly warns believers against making friends with infidels. 'Believers do not make friends with those who are enemies of Mine [God's] and yours.' (60:1). /.../ 'Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number' (5:51) – and joining their ranks is virtually the same as apostasy, which is a 'treason' punishable by death.
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Extremism – Islam, Prevent
When it comes to Prevent don't mention the Islamists
TCW Whistleblower
Conservative Woman, 25 March 2017

No stereotypes here. It's a Prevent training session, for mental health staff in a London NHS trust. Gloria and 40 about other practitioners have taken an afternoon away from patient care to learn how to identify and respond to people at risk of extremism. Attendance is compulsory, and with the perpetual risk of terrorist attacks, this needs little justification. But there was a large elephant in the room.

Prevent is part of the government's anti-terrorism strategy. Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, schools, universities and health services are among organisations with a duty to prevent people being led astray by jihadi or other causes. Mental health care is particularly relevant to Prevent, because it is known that many terrorists have a psychiatric history, and that vulnerable patients are targeted by Islamist groups.

Commentators on the Left and Muslim activists have attempted to discredit Prevent as institutionalised Islamophobia. However, the Government has emphasised a broader scope, with extremism defined as 'vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs'. ...

Much is spoken of the decent Muslim majority, but that's not the problem. Ordinary worshippers have nothing to do with hotheads, but hundreds of British citizens have been persuaded to join Islamic State in Syria, and it only takes one man to carry a rucksack bomb into a crowded shopping mall. In healthcare you would expect an evidence-based approach, focusing on the minority at risk; doctors and nurses can't treat cancer by comforting themselves in the fact that most people don't have the disease.

... There is a clear pattern of black recidivists in prison converting to Islam, particularly in its aggressive Wahhabi form, and they are over-represented in the demography of terrorists. We know this, but the facts are suppressed. ...

To have no Islamist example in this training was absurd, given the reason why Prevent exists. Sensitivity about targeting Muslims has led to an impotent, politically correct package that is not fit for purpose. ...

While white supremacists should not be overlooked, it is vital that Prevent focuses primarily on Islamist terror. To do otherwise is a subversion of priorities from saving lives to protecting the reputation of a religion.
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Extremism – Islam, Labour Party, Birmingham
How pandering PC Labour councillors helped create the UK's jihadi breeding ground: One in ten convicted Islamic terrorists come from a tiny area of Birmingham. But the cause may be even more disturbing...
Paul Bracchi
Daily Mail, 20 March 2017

Leicester, with a significant but more widely dispersed Muslim population, has bred only two convicted terrorists over the past two decades compared with the 26 from in and around Sparkbrook, which is more than 70 per cent Muslim.

But the sweeping social and demographic changes in the heart of Birmingham down the years are only part of the story.

The Labour-controlled administration on Birmingham City council, Europe's largest local authority, has been consistently accused of turning a blind eye to extremism.

The council itself admitted in the aftermath of the Trojan Horse Scandal – when militant Muslims attempted to infiltrate state schools to impose an Islamic agenda – that it had shied away from the problem out of a 'fear of being accused of racism'.

Others, including a former head forced out of her school by hardliners, are convinced there was another reason for the council's inaction: that most Muslims and ethnic minorities in general tend to vote Labour.

This culture of acquiescence – and in some cases blatant pandering – has been exacerbated by many leading Muslim councillors. ...

This kind of political leadership has, it seems, done little to deter the spread of Islamic militancy in Birmingham – especially in Sparkbrook.

A university analysis identified Sparkbrook as one of two areas outside London with more than 30 per cent of people not born in the UK. A significant number of Sparkbrook inhabitants do not speak English.
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Extremism – Islam, Labour Party
Man Who Helped Run 'Trojan Horse' School Now at Heart of Birmingham Labour
Guido Fawkes, 20 March 2017

A man at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' schools scandal is helping to run the Labour campaign machine in Birmingham, Guido can reveal. Mohammad Ashraf was a governor at Golden Hillock School, which was placed into special measures after it emerged it had segregated boys and girls, banned the teaching of some subjects and taught pupils: "Islam is the true religion, not like those Christians and Jews". ...

Yet Guido can reveal that, in spite of his past actions, Ashraf remains heavily active in Labour Party politics. This month he acted as a referee for the Labour council candidate Alison Gove-Humphries, who was deselected on Saturday after Guido revealed her posts linking Israel to ISIS. Ashraf was pictured in Stoke campaigning for new Labour MP Gareth Snell. He is listed on Birmingham Labour's website as the party's contact in Hall Green. This man helped run a Trojan Horse school, now he is helping run Labour's campaigns in Birmingham...

... Today's Daily Mail runs an investigation showing how Birmingham Labour councillors turned a blind eye to Islamist extremism in the city. Birmingham Labour is a rotten borough, not ideal for Sion Simon's "This is England" campaign for West Midlands mayor...
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Extremism – Islam
Books promoting ISLAMIC JIHAD sold openly in Birmingham
James Fielding
Express, 13 March 2017

Books encouraging Muslim parents to teach their children jihad and referring to Jewish people as "evilminded" are being sold openly in one of Britain's terror hotspots.

Extremist literature which also advocates the death penalty for adulterers and promotes hatred of the gay community, is on sale in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

The predominantly Muslim suburb is a small corner of the city that has produced 10 per cent of all the UK's convicted terrorists, according to a report published last week. ...

The Sunday Express visited the Madina Book Centre just off the bustling Alum Rock Road, which falls into the Washwood Heath ward, and bought a copy of the 440-page Bringing Up Children In Islam for £5.

In what is intended to be a thorough guide to creating the perfect Muslim family, the book encourages parents to "keep alive in the children the spirit of jihad". ...

The book rallies against cinema and theatre, arguing they are the work of "evil-minded" Jews before warning of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
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Extremism – Islam
London-based Islamic preacher linked to Tunisia attacks has his benefits cut after a Mail exposé cast doubt on his claim to be severely disabled
Paul Bentley
Daily Mail, 11 March 2017

An Islamic preacher linked to the Tunisia beach massacre is being investigated by police on suspicion of benefit fraud after being exposed by the Daily Mail.

Fanatic Hani al-Sibai has also had his benefits cut after photographs taken by the Mail cast doubt on his claim to be severely disabled.

Al-Sibai, who lives in a £1 million house in West London, is described as a 'key influencer' of Ansar al-Sharia, the group believed to have recruited the gunman who killed 30 UK tourists in June 2015. ...

Al-Sibai, 56, who is from Egypt, arrived in the UK in 1994.

He had his asylum claim thrown out four years later due to his involvement with the terror group Egyptian Islamic Jihad. But he has managed to stay in the country on human rights grounds. He has been given £123,000 in legal aid.

The preacher was called a 'key influencer' of Ansar al-Sharia in a 2013 report by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, based in The Hague.
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Extremism – Islam, totalitarianism
Geert Wilders: Islam Is Not a Religion, It's a Totalitarian Ideology
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 28 February 2017

Islam is a totalitarian ideology, not a religion, and therefore a Dutch constitutional commitment to freedom of religion shouldn't apply to it, Geert Wilders has said.

In a wide-ranging interview recorded in January and broadcast at the weekend, the populist politician and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) said that although Islam has many of the trappings of religion, it shares more in common with totalitarian ideologies such as communism and fascism and should be treated as such.

"Not only is the Quran more full of anti-Semitism than Mein Kampf – another terrible book – ever was, but one token of proof of totalitarianism is that you are not allowed to leave. That's the proof of totalitarianism," he said.

"Islam as an ideology does not allow freedom. Look at almost all the countries in the world where Islam is dominant – you see a total lack of civil society, of rule of law, of freedom for journalists, women, Christians, or even somebody who wants to leave Islam, an apostate.

"You are allowed to leave Christianity or Judaism and become an atheist or the follower of another religion; you are not allowed to leave fascism, you are not allowed to leave Communism. And still today in Holland, in Germany, in the Arab world, the penalty is death if you want to leave Islam.

"That kind of thinking, that kind of violence within an ideology is something that we should not import."

Conceding that his view was a minority view, and that the Netherlands' constitution was unlikely to change should his party be victorious in upcoming elections, he clarified that his objection was to Islam as a body of ideas, not to Muslim people.

"I believe that Islam and freedom are incompatible. I'm not talking about people.

"I was many times in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan, and I found very friendly, nice and often very interesting people. So I don't have a problem with Muslims, as some people believe.

"But I believe that the Islamic ideology is very dangerous." ...

He added: "Most political leaders are not only multiculturalists but are cultural relativists – people who believe that cultures are equal."
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Extremism – USA
Leader of anti-Trump women's march is Palestinian TERRORIST who BOMBED British consulate
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 27 February 2017

One of the organisers behind the next women's march against President Donald Trump has been revealed as a Palestinian terrorist who took part in two deadly bombings in Israel.

Rasmea Yousef Odeh was convicted in 1970 for her role in the two terror attacks, one of which killed two students while they were out doing their food shopping.

After spending ten years behind bars, she then became a US citizen and even took up a job working as a navigator for Obamacare.

But in 2014, the activist was convicted for immigration fraud after it was revealed she failed to declare her role in the 1969 attacks on citizenship papers.

Now Odeh has been discovered to be the brains behind the Day Without A Woman protest due to go ahead on March 8.

Earlier this month eight women - including Odeh - penned a feminist manifesto, published in the Guardian, which called for a "new wave of militant feminist struggle." ...

Others behind the lengthy piece include Angela Davis, a university professor who is also known as being a long-time supporter of the Black Panthers. ...

While a third author Tithi Bhattacharya previously praised Maoism in an essay, in which she noted supporters are "on the terrorist list of the US State Department, Canada, and the European Union," which she called an indication that "Maoists are back in the news and by all accounts they are fighting against all the right people."
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Extremism – Islam
The myth of the militant Muslim minority is a placebo
Rev Jules Gomes
Conservative Woman, 27 February 2017

The most common argument used to support immigration from Muslim-majority countries is that the vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving and those who support violence in the name of Islam are only a tiny minority. That's what we are told.

But how small is that minority? That's what no one is telling us. Finally, after years of fudging, a migration expert has the courage to trash this claim because it lacks a sound empirical basis. Professor Ruud Koopmans debunks the myth of the militant Muslim minority by supplying the numbers. Koopmans is Professor of Sociology and Migration Research at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Director of the Research Unit at the Berlin Social Science Centre.

The results of his research are startling. Of the 1.5 billion adult Muslims in the world, more than 50 million Muslims are willing to sanction violence. /.../ His estimate concurs with the Pew Report of 2013, which found that in a majority of Muslim countries, only half of Muslims said they were concerned about religious extremism. A 100 million Muslims believe the 9/11 massacres of Americans were completely justified. ...

Koopmans team undertook extensive research on 9,000 immigrant Muslims in Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, and Sweden coming from Turkey and Morocco. He also cites the Muslims in Germany study commissioned by Germany's Ministry of the Interior in 2007, which revealed that eight per cent of German Muslims agreed with using violence against unbelievers.

In the Netherlands, the 2010 study Salafisme in Nederland, found that 11 per cent of Dutch Muslims agreed with the statement, "There are situations where it is acceptable for me, from the point of view of my religion, that I use violence." A Pew Report from 2013 exposed 14 per cent of Muslims saying that suicide attacks against civilians are justified to defend Islam.

Putting together vast amounts of data, Prof Koopmans concludes: 'I am very conservative with my estimate of 50 million violent Muslims.' He insists that there is nothing Islamophobic or ideological about making factual claims. Rather, denying the results of empirical research is ideological.
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Extremism – far right, fascism, jihadism
The far-right panic: a distraction from jihadism
Neil Davenport
Spiked, 17 February 2017

'Growing threat of far-right extremism in Britain', warned a London Evening Standard's front page this week. Normally, statistics related to the government's Prevent Strategy, under which people are reported to the police for expressing extreme views, are met with suspicion and criticism. Not this time. Apparently, 25 per cent of Prevent cases now deal with people expressing far-right views, an increase from last year's 15 per cent of cases. David Anderson QC said the large numbers being identified as far-right sympathisers, among adults and children, illustrated the growing danger posed to Britain by the far-right.

But is this really the case? Youths have always aired obnoxious views to wind up adults, and this could well account for part of these figures. In any case, mouthing off is still a world away from actively organising and campaigning on far-right issues. That kind of mobilisation is completely absent today. The British National Party has disintegrated, its local council presence all but wiped out. Street-based protest groups such as the English Defense League and Britain First can barely mobilise a few hundred people for their rallies in car parks. We're not witnessing a return to 1970s levels of far-right activity, let alone the 1930s, as one commentator recently claimed. ...

Even before Brexit, warnings of a far-right resurgence have routinely appeared in the press in recent years. Whenever there has been a terrorist atrocity carried out by jihadists, the elite response has been to raise concerns about a 'far-right backlash', even though none has emerged. In this way, obsessing about the far-right has become a displacement activity, a refusal to recognise that a significant minority of young Muslims are estranged from British society.

... Chasing phantom fascists may help score a few points against ordinary Brexit voters, but it's not going to confront the crisis of values and cohesion in British society.
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Extremism – Islamophobia, Islam
A Justified Intolerance of Islam
Paul Pauker
American Thinker, 16 February 2017

Progressives and liberals do not tolerate beliefs or actions they consider unjust, yet they demand conservatives do so. Nearly every criticism of Islam is met with a chorus of condemnation from Democrats (and distress from some Republican "moderates"). This is not only wrong, but highly irresponsible.

Opposition to Islam is no different than opposition to communism, or fascism, or any other belief system that seeks to control human conduct. Every American (indeed, every human being on Earth) has basic human rights – the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property – and every belief system with principles that violate these rights is unjust. ...

Nevertheless, Progressives and liberals personally attack the critics of Islam, vilify them, and falsely accuse them of "Islamophobia." Clearly, this accusation is nonsense. Opposition to the beliefs held by an individual or group is not a phobia, nor is opposition to the actions of an individual or group, including the customs followed by people.

Progressives and liberals, though, insist that opposition to Islam is based on fear, or hate, or both. Again, this is nonsense. Opposition to Islam is based on knowledge, not fear or hate. ...

As for Islam, the Koran instructs Muslims to violate the most basic of human rights. ...

With regard to relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, the Koran instructs Muslims to engage in jihad, which imposes a duty to fight nonbelievers (see Koran 2:216; 4:76; 9:5), and to continue fighting until Islam is supreme (see Koran 8:39; 9:29; 61:9). Consequently, after the Koran was revealed in the 7th century, Muslims spread Islam with violence – by waging "holy war" against nonbelievers – throughout the Middle East, northern Africa, and southern Europe. (For holy war, see Sahih Muslim 19:4294 and Sahih al-Bukhari 53:392.)

Furthermore, the Koran promises Muslims eternal paradise for killing, and being killed, in the fight against nonbelievers for Islamic supremacy. (See Koran 9:111.) This promise is a key source of the Islamic terrorism plaguing the world today. ...

There was a time when some on the political left understood the dangers of Islam. For example, Samuel P. Huntington, a highly-respected political scientist and lifelong Democrat, served in the administration of President Jimmy Carter. In his 1996 book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Huntington wrote, "Some Westerners, including President Bill Clinton, have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamic extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise." He added, "The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam."
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Extremism – Islam, public opinion, USA
CBS Poll: Most Democrats Think Christianity Is as Violent as Islam
Justin Holcomb
Townhall, 6 February 2017

Only one-in-seven registered Democrats in America believe that Islam is more violent as a whole than Christianity, according to a new CBS poll.

Catastrophes such as September 11th, the War on Terror, and recent attacks throughout the world were not enough to make a difference between Christianity and Islam for some. ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban were also overwritten.

Republicans had a much different perspective on the matter however. Over six-in-ten believe that Islam is more violent in nature than other religions.
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Extremism – Islam
Not the religion of peace and love...
Peter Mullen
Salisbury Review, 7 January 2017

Information from Pew Research reveals that 27% of all Muslims polled across the world believe that any Muslim who wishes to leave the faith should be executed. That adds up to 237 million people in favour of the death penalty for anyone who decides to change his religion. 29% of Muslims believe that so called "honour killings" are justified. 36% of British Muslims age 18-29 believe that suicide bombings against civilians are also justified. ...

Islam, the famous religion of peace and love, has got a CV. ...

There was that other 11th September – 1683 when Christian armies under Jan Sobieski arrived at the gates of Vienna and defeated the last substantial Muslim incursion: the last, that is, before the one which we face at present.

Moreover, Muslims do not merely slaughter Christians and members of other religions or none in very large numbers, they also slaughter fellow Muslims. As soon as Mahomet died, there was a war over the succession between Shia and Sunni, and this war has continued unabated for 1400 years.

But you don't want to take my word for it. Winston Churchill wrote:

"The religion of Islam above all others was founded upon the sword. Moreover, it provides incentives to slaughter and in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men filled with a wild and merciless fanaticism."

The great English poet and philosopher S.T. Coleridge (author of The Ancient Mariner) wrote in 1828:

"Mahomet established the most extensive and complete despotism that ever warred against civilisation and the interests of humanity."

... Similar judgements on the true nature of Islam have been made over the centuries by hundreds of eminent scholars and statesmen including G.K. Chesterton and the 6th US president (1825-29), John Quincy Adams. ...

... How about a statement of intent directly from one of its most fervent supporters? Here is a proclamation from the most powerful and barbarous Muslim of modern times, Ayatollah Khomeini, dictator of Iran from 1979 until his death ten years later:

"Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of other countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world."

There is no doubt that militant Islam's current aggression will have to be firmly suppressed if the character of Europe as we know it is to survive. If the European powers cannot bring themselves to act firmly, then the continent will be dominated by the Islamic ideology within a generation, with the resulting loss of all our freedoms – and of course the loss of countless lives.
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Extremism – multiculturalism, Islam
UK Puts 15-Year-Old Burqa Opponent on Anti-Terror Programme
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 4 January 2017

A 15-year-old British schoolboy, who thought "Muslim women shouldn't be allowed to wear the niqab", was identified as a potential terrorist and put through the government's most strict de-radicalisation programme.

Channel is part of the Prevent scheme and is reserved for the most serious cases of radicalisation, targeting "individuals at risk of being drawn into violent extremism" and terrorism.

The unnamed boy, who comes from a predominantly white area, was required to spend time with an imam as well as visit mosques and a "multi-faith project", where he was signed up as a volunteer.

The workings of Channel are usually kept secret, but authorities made the unusual decision to publicise the targeting of the white schoolboy after activists claimed Prevent was "racist" and "unfairly targets Muslims".

Police told The Yorkshire Post that the boy was dragged in after he made comments in school about Muslims "trying to take over the country" and was "vocal in his views around what Muslim people should or shouldn't be allowed to wear".

Full face coverings are banned or restricted across much of continental Europe, and a poll last September found that that British public back a ban on burkas by two to one. ...

Sources insist the schoolboy's case is "fairly typical" of the work of Prevent, and as of last month, one in ten referrals had links to the "far-right" nationwide. In Yorkshire, "far-right" referrals account for nearly 50 per cent of their caseload and 30 per cent of the caseload in the East Midlands.
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Extremism – Islam
Trojan Horse school witnesses fear for safety as names released
Andrew Gilligan
The Sunday Times, 1 January 2017

The former police chief who led the official inquiry into the "Trojan Horse" schools scandal has accused the government of "betrayal" after it decided to give the alleged leaders of the plot the names and testimony of his confidential witnesses.

Sources who were promised anonymity received emails last month informing them that their identities and the full transcripts of their private evidence would be released to five of the alleged Trojan Horse ringleaders on Tuesday and made public.

The five are accused of conspiring to impose an "intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos" on several Muslim-majority schools in Birmingham. They could be banned from teaching if the allegations are upheld.
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Fraud and corruption – medical treatment, illegal immigration
Doctors conspire to fleece the taxpayer
Andrew Tettenborn
Conservative Woman, 24 April 2017

If you are paid by the taxpayer and you find out that someone is out to bilk the State, what do you do? Easy: help them do it, take steps to stop the government finding out, and then claim Brownie points as a man or woman of principle.

A bad joke? I'm afraid not – at least for some right-on Guardian-reading medical professionals. Earlier this year the news broke that NHS Digital, a record-keeping arm of the NHS, had passed on to the Home Office the names and addresses of suspected illegal immigrants who had registered to receive NHS services from GPs' surgeries and other NHS organisations. Not, be it noted, any clinical information: just the names and addresses of those who for the most part had registered to receive free treatment to which they had not the slightest entitlement. Nor yet was there any attempt to deprive these people of genuine emergency treatment; under the NHS everyone, however undeserving, gets that anyway with no questions asked.

The result? Outrage. Liberty, Doctors of the World and the National Aids Trust screamed that confidentiality was being trodden under foot: that it was quite wrong to use any NHS information in connection with immigration: and it was outrageous to do this without consulting the doctors first. Indeed, they went further. They published a so-called "toolkit" and distributed it to UK doctors to enable them to prevent such information reaching the Home Office. This charming document suggested (for example) that patients should be advised to refuse to give any address, or give their address as that of the surgery. ...

One point is obvious, if painful. In so far as those responsible for these actions knew that many of the registrants they were encouraging were not in fact entitled to free treatment on the NHS, what they did comes perilously close to aiding and abetting fraud. ...

In sum, as is the way with fashionable Left-liberals, they are only doing what comes naturally to them: taking the credit for being virtuous and principled, while at the same time passing the cost on to somebody else, in this case the hard-pressed UK taxpayer. As the expression goes, that's nice work if you can get it.
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Fraud and corruption – electoral fraud
Nearly half of election fraud claims since 2012 relate to Tower Hamlets
David Churchill
Evening Standard, 28 January 2017

A total of 455 allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice have been made in London in the past five years, figures reveal today.

The allegations reported to Scotland Yard are about local and national elections since 2012, and nearly half (224) relate to Tower Hamlets.

Of these, 164 were in relation to the election of Lutfur Rahman as the borough's mayor in 2014. The figures also show that Scotland Yard passed 13 files to the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to last year's EU referendum and London mayoral election. ...

111 allegations were received in 2015 over the general election (63) and the Tower Hamlets mayoral by-election (48), triggered that year after Rahman was found guilty of corruption and illegal practices by an election court.

208 allegations were made in 2014 in relation to local and European elections and the Tower Hamlets mayoral election (164) won by Rahman. ...

Since 2014, 23 people have been interviewed under caution, eight received "warning letters", 25 people were given "words of advice" and four were arrested.

Just three people have been convicted since 2014 – two cautions and one court conviction. ...

The figures, obtained by City Hall's police and crime committee, prompted criticism of Scotland Yard's record on electoral fraud. Since 2014 less than one per cent of allegations have led to convictions.

Labour Assembly member Andrew Dismore said: "If there is substantive evidence we ought to be investigating cases properly. I feel they [the police] are reluctant to investigate these things when it involves politicians."

Tower Hamlets councillor Peter Golds, who leads its Tory group, said police had "repeatedly ignored overwhelming evidence of fraud and malpractice, or officers have done a tick-box exercise without taking any action".
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Fraud and corruption – corrupt countries
The 46 most corrupt countries in the world
Nathan Giannini
Yahoo Finance, 24 January 2017

Somalia received the dubious honor of most corrupt country in the world for the 10th straight year in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 released on Wednesday.

The index, which is published by Berlin-based Transparency International, aims to rank nations "based on how corrupt a country's public sector is perceived to be." ...

The group estimates that "corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion, cost developing countries US $1.26 trillion per year." ...

In total 122 of the 176 countries ranked finished with a score below 50, which Transparency International identifies as having a "serious corruption problem." ...

The countries at the top of the list are generally clustered in Central Asia and Africa. Several war-torn nations, such as South Sudan, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq are ranked in the top 10. ...

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Denmark (90 points) was ranked as the least corrupt nation in the world for the fifth straight year. New Zealand tied for the top spot, while Finland, Sweden and Switzerland round out the top five.
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Fraud and corruption – refugees
Exposed: The lies of the 'refugee' who had an affair with a married charity chief. He wasn't Syrian, he came for a wealthy family, and, most staggering of all, he already had a BRITISH wife
Barbara Davies
Daily Mail, 21 January 2017

To those who crossed his path in the Calais Jungle, he cut a sympathetic figure as a young Syrian refugee hoping to cross the Channel to start a new life free from fear and persecution.

With his easy charm and near-perfect English, Mohamed Bajjar bridged the yawning gap between the refugees and the British volunteers trying to help them.

Before long, the 27-year-old had become a leading light within one charity, Care4Calais, and a near-constant presence at the side of its married founder, Clare Moseley.

Their relationship, it was reported this week, became romantic and he and 46-year-old former accountant Mrs Moseley embarked on a year-long affair while he worked as her translator and bodyguard.

The liaison, which is said to have ended acrimoniously this month ...

For the Mail can reveal that not only is Bajjar not a Syrian refugee, but he was married to another British woman at the time of his affair with Mrs Moseley.

Actually a Tunisian market-stall trader, Bajjar embarked on an epic journey from his homeland to France's northern coast – taking in detours to Italy, where he visited his sister, Germany, where he claimed asylum-seeker's allowance, and Poland, where he worked in a factory.

His odyssey sheds a disturbing light on the ease with which economic migrants wanting to reach the UK can pose as refugees to cross borders.

Bajjar's long-suffering British wife Carol Hutchings, who bears a startling resemblance to Clare Moseley, told me this week that she warned both Care4Calais and Mrs Moseley more than a year ago that her cheating husband was tricking them.

'I was ignored,' she says. 'I messaged Clare Moseley online and I could see she'd read my message but I got no reply. Volunteers I contacted on Facebook blocked me. No one wanted to know.' ...

But of course, Bajjar was no real refugee. His middle-class family owns a souk in Sousse, the Tunisian resort near where a terrorist gunman shot dead 30 British tourists in 2015. His parents are currently building a large multi-storey property in the city.

According to his wife Carol, a 54-year-old mother of two from Manchester: 'He's very ambitious and is happy to use women to get what he wants. Foolishly, I only realised that after I married him.' ...

Care4Calais is now advertising for a £40,000-a-year operations manager to work with Mrs Moseley.
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Heritage – multiculturalism, diversity
Europe signs its own death warrant
Douglas Murray
The Sunday Times, 30 April 2017
[Extract from The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray, to be published on Thursday]

Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide. Whether the European people choose to go along with this is, naturally, another matter. ...

I mean that the civilisation we know as Europe is in the process of committing suicide and that neither Britain nor any other western European country can avoid that fate, because we all appear to suffer from the same symptoms and maladies.

As a result, by the end of 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.

Europe today has little desire to reproduce itself, fight for itself or even take its own side in an argument. Those in power seem persuaded that it would not matter if the people and culture of Europe were lost to the world.

There is no single cause of the present sickness. The culture produced by the tributaries of Judaeo-Christian culture, the ancient Greeks and Romans, and the discoveries of the Enlightenment has not been levelled by nothing. But the final act has come about because of two simultaneous concatenations – sets of linked events – from which it is now all but impossible to recover.

The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe. In all western European countries this process began after the Second World War due to labour shortages. Soon Europe got hooked on the migration and could not stop the flow even if it had wanted to.

The result was that what had been Europe – the home of the European peoples – gradually became a home for the entire world. The places that had been European gradually became somewhere else.

All the time Europeans found ways to pretend this influx could work. By pretending, for instance, that such immigration was normal. Or that if integration did not happen with the first generation then it might happen with their children, grandchildren or another generation yet to come. Or that it didn't matter whether people integrated or not.

All the time we waved away the greater likelihood that it just wouldn't work. This is a conclusion that the migration crisis of recent years has simply accelerated.

Which brings me to the second concatenation. For even the mass movement of millions of people into Europe would not sound such a final note for the continent were it not for the fact that (coincidentally or otherwise) at the same time Europe lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy.

More than any other continent or culture in the world today, Europe is deeply weighed down with guilt for its past. Alongside this outgoing version of self-distrust runs a more introverted version of the same guilt. For there is also the problem in Europe of an existential tiredness and a feeling that perhaps for Europe the story has run out and a new story must be allowed to begin.
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Heritage – museum
New museum shows migration is 'everyone's' story
Vincent Dowd
BBC, 26 April 2017

From this week London gets a new Migration Museum. It's starting out in a temporary home but the hope is that within a couple of years it will move to a permanent base. The director is a former immigration judge, who says almost all of us have a migration story somewhere in our family background. ...

It can't quite claim to be London's first. In Spitalfields, East London, 19 Princelet Street contains a museum of diversity which gets more than 10,000 visitors a year. And there are also plans for a museum of migration in Liverpool.
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Illegal immigration – asylum, refugees
Not refugees, not children
Harriet Sergeant
The Spectator, 28 September 2017

A counter-extremism expert told me: 'There is nothing in the system to stop a 26-year-old Isis fighter coming here, stating he is 17 and claiming asylum.' ...

The problem is sorting myth from fact. The first myth, emphasised over and over again, is that these are vulnerable children. ...

Only 8 per cent of unaccompanied minors who arrived in the UK in 2015 were, in fact, under 14. This is according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Instead, over half were aged 16-17. Nor was there a balance of boys and girls. Some 91 per cent were male. ...

Why are the majority of refugee children in fact teenage boys? Here we come up against another myth: that refugees somehow find their own way to the UK. The truth is, nobody arrives in this country without the help of a people trafficker. This means it is the people traffickers who control our immigration system – not the Home Office. It is they who dictate who comes here. Refugees who cannot afford to pay never make it. If we really want to help the vulnerable, we should be taking children directly from refugee camps. ...

As one immigration officer at a busy UK airport with 20 years' experience of dealing with refugee children explained to me: 'Ninety per cent of them are not orphans. Their coming here is very well worked out. Their families have paid the people traffickers to bring them here. The intention is for the families to follow shortly after. These are cash-rich young people.' For the most part, in his opinion, 'They are not fleeing for their lives.' In other words, they are economic migrants and therefore not entitled to asylum.

His view is backed up by the actions of the traffickers themselves. As Save the Children warns, the agent will instruct the young person to lie about their nationality and age and destroy all identity documents. ...

The third myth is that every child refugee is speaking the truth. Actually we have no way of knowing. ...

The immigration officer explained: 'For years now we have had adult Pakistani males arriving in this country maintaining they are Afghan teenagers. They tell me they are 13 or 14, but they are clearly over 20, well developed and with good facial hair.' In 2015 the second largest number of claimants came from Afghanistan.

The co-operation between traffickers and extremists is a new and alarming threat to our national security, points out Rosalind Ereira of Solidarity with Refugees. ...

The immigration officer is frustrated because he knows by sight many of the 'facilitators' or people traffickers. These are often young men on benefits who appear mysteriously able to travel ten times a year to Dubai and Africa. They charge a high price for a personalised service in which they accompany the young migrants on the plane before leaving them at the terminal. But the traffickers have British or EU passports. ...

Despite the security threat, few in authority appear willing to tackle the problem. ...

When Norway insisted on a dental examination of arriving refugee children, they discovered nine out of ten were, in fact, over 18. ...

It is time to overhaul a system that is corrupt, dangerous and fails to help the most deserving.
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Illegal immigration
Number of migrants trying to sneak in on ferries from Spain soars: More than 1,250 have been caught so far in 2017
Daily Mail, 25 September 2017

Officials said 1,251 had been caught trying to board ferries from Bilbao in northern Spain to Portsmouth in the first eight months of this year.

That compares to 436 in the whole of 2016.

Brittany Ferries, which runs the ferry route, has called on port security in Spain to be tightened to stop offenders repeatedly trying to board ships.

A company spokesman said most of those involved are young, male Albanians who are 'well-organised' and repeatedly target the port's perimeter in Bilbao. ...

Portsmouth City Council is looking after more than 40 asylum-seeking teenage boys who arrived unaccompanied. ...

Portsmouth City Council leader Councillor Donna Jones said: ...

'The council has the responsibility to look after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children so any entering the country illegally, without a genuine need for asylum, place an additional burden on our already limited financial resource.'
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Illegal immigration – Albanians, via Spain
Albanian mafia's new way to smuggle migrants into Britain - and under Spanish law they're not committing any offence
Patrick Hill
Mirror, 10 September 2017

The Albanian mafia have opened up a new route to smuggle migrants into Britain through a busy Spanish port, a Sunday People investigation has found.

Gangsters charging up to £2,500 per person are successfully trafficking those desperate for a new life – including refugees from the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria – aboard ferries from Bilbao.

Police in the northern Spanish city are struggling to cope with the surge in migrants in the last three months.

In two years there has been a tenfold increase in people caught trying to get into lorries or containers at the port.

But under Spanish law they are committing only a civil offence – so police can only take their details and free them.

Hundreds more camping out waiting to seize their chance can also not be touched – as they carry tourist visas.

Our probe found that after handing the huge fee to Mafia bosses, migrants are given a phone, along with £700 in cash to smuggle to fixers in Britain.

Lured with the promise of illegal jobs in car washes and on building sites in London, they are unaware they will finish up at the mercy of callous gang masters.

Arriving in Bilbao, our investigators found more than 100 people in tents and under motorway bridges at the port perimeter. ...

In 2015, police made 119 stops of migrants trying to sneak through Bilbao's port. In 2016, that figure rose to 380. This year, it is already at a record 1,200.

Those caught included 60 Iraqis, 45 Afghans and 25 Pakistanis. By far the most – 950 of them – came from Albania. ...

... The UK, with 20,000 Albanians legally living here, is their most popular destination.
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Illegal immigration – public opinion
Four out of five Britons demand action as a million illegal immigrants 'go missing'
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 1 September 2017

Britain is probably home to more than one million illegal immigrants who may never be found, experts warned last night.

The number includes those who were smuggled into the UK or entered on false papers, those overstaying their visas and failed asylum seekers who disappear.

Eight in 10 people believe the Government should take stronger measures over illegal migration, according to a British Social Attitudes poll.

Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, said: "We have long pointed to the likelihood of something in excess of a million illegal immigrants here. We have no reason to change that view.

"Indeed, it is a figure that has been supported by a former head of the UK Border Agency as well as the former head of Home Office enforcement."

Until 2005 the Government insisted no estimate was possible.

But a year later a Home Office report estimated there were 430,000 in the UK.

In 2009 the London School of Economics suggested it totalled 618,000.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
At least 200 illegal migrants sneak their way into Britain every day, official figures reveal
David Wooding
The Sun, 27 August 2017

Illegal immigrants are making a mockery of Britain's border controls, it was claimed last night.

At least 200 people are entering the country unlawfully every day, according to shock new figures.

And the government admits that most of those caught are allowed to stay – because it's too much trouble to boot them out.

Home Office stats show illegal immigration has risen every year since 2012 and is on course for a further rise.

More than 74,300 enforcement papers were issued against migrants in 2015 – up from 48,727 in 2012.

But these are only the illegal entrants the authorities were able to track down and the real figure will be much higher.

The number of illegals caught sneaking into Britain through ferry ports hit 1,868 last year – a 50 per cent rise on the previous year.

And nearly 50,000 non-EU visitors failed to leave the country after their visas expired last year. ...

In its response, the Home Office said: "On conclusion of their case they may be granted permission to stay or be detained... for removal.

"There is a presumption in favour of release and individuals are encouraged throughout the process to depart voluntarily from the United Kingdom when they no longer have permission to remain or if their circumstances change such that they cannot adhere to any conditions attached to the leave they hold.

"Detention for removal is used as a last resort and can only be authorised if there is a belief that the person may be liable for removal and that removal can be achieved within a reasonable time frame."
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Illegal immigration – non-EU students
How many non-EU students are staying in the UK illegally?
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 25 August 2017

For the first time this week, the Home Office also published data on exit checks – gathering information on people as they leave the UK. That data has told us a lot we didn't previously know about how long people stay in the UK before leaving. In turn, the ONS has published a detailed analysis of what this and other new data can tell us about non-EU student migration.

Non-EU nationals are thought to make up about 70% of student immigration to the UK, and they're subject to immigration controls. Students from EU countries don't currently need a visa to come to the UK, so we have less data about what happens to them.

Even so, before this week we didn't actually know how many international students returned home after studying in the UK. The available evidence was contradictory.

On the one hand, ONS figures were telling us that relatively few former student immigrants actually seemed to be emigrating abroad after finishing their study. On the other, Home Office visa data indicated that most were likely to be leaving.

This week's exit checks figures firmly took the Home Office's side. The vast majority of students here on a visa seem to be returning home.

That, in turn, has raised new questions about how useful the ONS estimates are, and how they can be improved in future.

In the last year, most international students have been leaving the UK once their visas have expired. In other words, non-EU students usually comply with the terms of their visas.

69% of students who previously came to the UK on a long-term visa left once that visa expired in 2016/17. Another 26% extended their visas to remain in the UK, and the rest either fell off the radar or appeared to leave after their visa had expired.

Not all of those people will have left permanently. Data from the previous year – 2015/16 – shows that 21% of those departing the UK returned next year on a short or long-term visa. Most, however, had not returned to the UK.
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Illegal immigration – Internet
Facebook Hosts People Smuggling Ads and Illegal Migration Groups
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 25 August 2017

Facebook is hosting people smuggling advertisements, with gangs offering to take migrants to Europe and America, make them fake passports, and traffic them across the European Union (EU).

A large number of public posts exist on the platform, often in Arabic, offering to take migrants across the Mediterranean by boat for up to $5,000 per person. Documents and passports go for around $1,000 and flights and road trips can be arranged for just a few hundred dollars.

People smugglers administer entire pages and groups, often disguised as "travel agencies", to update potential migrants of trips and share videos of those making the crossing.

Breitbart London was easily able to find the pages and posts by searching relevant words and phrases in Arabic on Facebook. Conversations where potential migrants negotiate with people smugglers were clearly visible.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Border police foil 56,000 migration attempts to Kent
BBC, 24 August 2017

Border Forces foiled an average of 153 attempts by migrants trying to get to the UK from France every day last year.

More than 56,000 attempts were made by people trying to get into Kent from French ports and terminals in 2016.

The government figures, released under freedom of information, are the second highest in seven years, despite dropping by 25,000 compared to 2015. ...

The statistics include people stowing away in vehicles at Calais and Dunkirk ports as well as Eurotunnel and Eurostar terminals.

They also showed the number of illegal immigrants who were found in UK ferry ports increased last year. There were 1,868 detected in 2016, compared with 1,305 in 2015. ...

The Home Office said the number of attempts included instances where the same migrants had repeatedly tried to gain entry on different days. ...

The Road Haulage Association said violence at French points of entry has increased in recent weeks and drivers were refusing to make the trip.

Spokesman Rod McKenzie said: "Our members are terrified and angry. Gangs of marauding migrants, often armed with iron bars are attacking their vehicles.

"The police are heavily outnumbered and it's clear that they can no longer cope with the ever increasing numbers trying to make the crossing to the UK.

"We hear of drivers refusing to make the journey between Dover and Calais while many hauliers are rerouting their vehicles around the Port at a cost of many thousands of pounds."
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Illegal immigration – Europe
Economic migrants have 73% chance of staying in EU even if asylum claim is rejected
Westmonster, 24 August 2017

The EU's failure to return migrants to their home country once they've been refused asylum is fuelling the migrant crisis, senior Brussels diplomats believe.

Figures seen by The Times show an economic migrant has a 73% chance of remaining in the EU even if they've been served with an order to leave.

One EU diplomat working on migration said: "The inability of EU governments to enforce deportations is the biggest pull factor. If people know that as illegal immigrants they have a 70 per cent-plus chance of being able to stay, even if ordered to leave, then it is hardly surprising people get into the boats."

David Wood, former director-general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office, said: "In reality the vast majority stay here, regardless of the merits of their application."
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Illegal immigration – European Union, deportation
EU Admits Failure to Deport Fake Asylum Seekers 'Pull Factor' for Illegal Migrants
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 24 August 2017

The European Union's (EU) failure to deport the vast majority of illegal migrants arriving by boat is a "pull factor", encouraging the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean, a Brussels official has conceded. ...

Since the beginning of the migrant crisis, there has been a surge of migrants from relatively safe nations, overtaking those from war-torn nations such as Syria, who were initially encouraged to come by the EU.

"The inability of EU governments to enforce deportations is the biggest pull factor," a Brussels diplomat working on migration blasted. Speaking to The Times, he added:

"If people know that as illegal immigrants they have a 70 per cent-plus chance of being able to stay, even if ordered to leave, then it is hardly surprising people get into the boats."

The European Commission records a "rate of effective return" to non-EU countries of just 36.4 per cent, which falls to 27 per cent when returns to the western Balkans are taken out.
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Illegal immigration – arrests
Shocking moment two hundred illegal migrants are arrested in a crackdown on houses packed with foreign workers by dodgy landlords
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 19 August 2017

Two hundred illegal migrants have been arrested in a crackdown on houses packed with foreign workers by dodgy landlords.

More than 250 properties were raided during the blitz on the often squalid accommodation used by migrants who do not have permission to be in Britain.

Many of those arrested were Indian nationals, but there were also workers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Albania.

They were offered support if they chose to leave the country voluntarily, or told they faced deportation if they refused.

Some 24 landlords caught in the six-month operation were fined up to £3,000 for every illegal worker found living in their houses. ...

In the series of swoops, codenamed Operation Magnify, officers raided 253 properties across the country between January and June. ...

Of the 200 people arrested, most had overstayed their visas but some had also entered the UK illegally.
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Illegal immigration – crime, Europe
The reality of Europe's migrant crisis
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 11 August 2017

So here's an interesting thing. Footage so striking that even the BBC has run with it. This is the film of a migrant boat landing on a beach in the south of Spain. In recent years for a whole variety of reasons, Spain has avoided the worst of the migrant crisis. Perhaps that's why these images have broken through where the daily images from Italy this summer have not.

Anyway, it's hard to think of a more vivid encapsulation of the ongoing suicide of our continent than this one. ...

... These young men from a range of sub-Saharan African countries have come to Europe for a hundred different reasons and they will stay in Europe. Most will try to move northwards. And along the way the only employment most of them will find will be working with illegal gangs made up of people from their countries of origin.
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Illegal immigration – Netherlands
Dutch port cities increasingly struggle with Albanian stowaways: report
Janene Pieters
NL Times, 11 August 2017

Dutch harbors with ferries to England are increasingly faced with Albanians trying to secretly cross to the United Kingdom, according to the Volkskrant. Over the past few months, hundreds of Albanian stowaways were caught in IJmuiden, Hoek van Holland, Europoort and Vlissingen. ...

... The stowaways from Albania are trying to reach England because they have a better there to be granted asylum or to find work as an undocumented migrant.
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Illegal immigration – politics, Conservative Party
'It isn't achievable!' Expert bashes Theresa May over pledge to clamp down on immigration
Ajay Nair
Daily Express, 10 August 2017

A former Home Office speechwriter has hit out at Theresa May over her pledge to slash net migration in the UK to under 100,000 a year, insisting it "isn't achievable".

Alasdair Palmer said the Prime Minister was wrong to keep the Tory pledge and said Britain did not have the "immigration infrastructure" to clamp down on people entering the country.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett, he said ultimately it would be up to those from other countries to decide they did not want to live in the UK.

He said: "I think she probably was [wrong], realistically it isn't achievable unless there is some major change in terms of the desire of immigrants from poor countries to come to the northern Europe in order to better their lives, you can't blame them for that.

"But we simply don't have the immigration infrastructure, the capacity really, to prevent people from coming who want to come."

Mr Palmer slammed the Government, which he said "doesn't talk about" illegal immigration and how to reduce it.

He said: "There's also illegal immigration which may be what people are most worried about.

"According to polls, it is what people are most worried about but the Government doesn't talk about it at all.

"But the Home Office certainly knows about it, it produces its own estimate... they felt that it was running between 150,000 and 250,000 every year.

"The Government doesn't talk about it because the Government doesn't know what to do about it."
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Illegal immigration – border security
Migrants make 30,000 illegal bids to get into the UK from Calais this year despite costly security measures around the port and Channel Tunnel
Mario Ledwith and Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 9 August 2017

Migrants have made 30,000 attempts to reach Britain from Calais this year despite costly security measures.

The French interior ministry logged 17,867 efforts to break into the fortified zone around the port and Channel Tunnel.

Asylum seekers also tried 12,349 times to stow away on UK-bound lorries. ...

A direct comparison with figures from last year is not available. But previous estimates from the French authorities suggested there were between 25,000 and 28,000 attempts to breach border security around Calais from January to August 2016.

All the statistics relate to individual attempts to find a way into Britain and may represent multiple efforts by the same people. It remains unclear how many migrants have sneaked into Britain this year through Calais.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Calais migrants try to enter Britain 18,000 times this year
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 4 August 2017

Calais migrants tried to cross the Channel and enter Britain almost 18,000 times this year alone despite the Jungle camp being cleared.

The former French president Francois Hollande demanded the shanty town be torn down in October last year - with around 8,000 migrants from countries including Eritrea, Sudan, Syria and Iraq being dispersed around France.

However within weeks of the demolition, many gradually returned to the site.

And now around 1,000 migrants are believed to be sleeping rough in the area a year on.

An estimated 600 people, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan, have returned to Calais but a further 400, mostly from Iraqi Kurdistan, are sleeping in woods in Grande-Synthe - 25 miles to the east.

So far this year, the groups have made 17,867 attempts to get into the ferry port at Calais or into Eurotunnel's site, according to French police.
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Illegal immigration – crime gang
Spain police bust huge Iran-UK immigration ring
BBC, 3 August 2017

Police in Spain say they have broken up a large immigration ring that smuggled Iranians as young as five into the UK.

The gang allegedly supplied fake Spanish passports to Iranian nationals so they could fly into the UK.

More than 100 people were arrested across Europe, including the suspected ringleader, who was apprehended at London's Heathrow airport.

The operation involved Spain's federal police, London's Metropolitan Police, and European crime agency Europol.

Europol said the group, operating from Malaga in the south of Spain, charged the migrants about €25,000 (£22,500) each for fake Spanish passports, travel documents, transfers and accommodation. ...

Dozens of Iranian nationals were also arrested at European airports, after being found carrying the forged passports.
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Illegal immigration – crime, deportation
'I will kill the English' Illegal migrant escapes deportation after storming church
Paul Jeeves
Daily Express, 22 July 2017

A drunken illegal immigrant has escaped jail even after he threatened to kill churchgoers.

Despite living in the UK for nine years, Iraqi Zana Hassan boasted how much he hated the English before storming into a Methodist church during Sunday service.

After police arrested him he shouted: "I will ******* kill you and kill all the English ********."

This prompted magistrates this week to ask the Crown Prosecution Service to review the case to decide whether he should face more serious charges.

However, CPS lawyers deemed the offence "low-level disorder" and declined the request.

That enabled Hassan, 29, who sneaked into the UK in 2008, to escape with just a conditional discharge ordering him to stay 100 yards away from the church. He walked free after Home Office officials failed to take the opportunity to seek a deportation order.

Last night Ukip MEP Mike Hookem demanded Hassan, of Bishop Auckland, be deported.

He said: "Do we really need this sort of person in our country? Families will have been attending church and in the current climate would be absolutely terrified by this man rushing in making threats.

"He caused terror and distress so of course there should have been a more serious charge than public order.

"It's ridiculous. He's been here all this time and I doubt the authorities know anything about him but hopefully now he will at least be kicked out." ...

Mitigating, Ben Pagman revealed Hassan had been in the UK since 2008 but was "effectively here illegally without permission to remain". ...

Handing down the conditional discharge, bench chairman Nick Edger said: "With regards to sentence, our hands as a bench are tied."
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Illegal immigration – crime, employment
Restaurants doing a runner from bills for employing illegal immigrants
Andrew Penman
Mirror, 20 July 2017

Laughing in the face of the justice system seems to be routine for one category of company bosses – the ones who employ illegal immigrants.

They avoid paying penalties issued by the Home Office by the simple tactic of shutting down their firms.

Take Kaher Zaman, 48, who lives in a detached mansion in the pretty West Sussex village of Storrington.

In 2013 the Home Office issued a £25,000 civil penalty after five illegal workers were discovered at one of his Indian restaurants.

He resigned as a director of Zaman & Co (UK) Limited, which was taken over by Sofik Miah, 46.

The following year another four illegal workers were discovered at the restaurant, resulting in an £80,000 penalty. And, by the by, Miah got done for fiddling housing benefit and was given 120 hours' unpaid work by Worthing magistrates.

Then, in 2015, the company was put into liquidation, with both Home Office penalties unpaid.

Two weeks ago, Zaman was banned from being a company director for five years, but has continued in the business regardless.

The chain of three restaurants now operates under a new company name, IndoBangla Cuisine Limited, with a relative who lives with him as director – Momotaz Zaman. ...

Sadly, there are plenty more cases like this. ...

In 2015-16, the latest year for which figures are available, 2,594 penalties were issued for employing illegal workers.

The total came to £46.2 million, of which just £12.5 million was paid.
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Illegal immigration – fraud
Sikh gang who 'completely undermined' the immigration system by sneaking Afghan asylum seekers into Britain using their relatives' passports are jailed for a total of 19 years
MailOnline, 15 July 2017

Three men who 'completely undermined' the immigration system by sneaking Afghan asylum seekers into Britain using their relatives' passports have been jailed for a total of 19 years.

Daljit Kapoor, 41, his cousin Harmit Kapoor, 42, and Davinder Chawla, 44, provided passports belonging to British Sikhs to lookalikes who donned turbans themselves to get through passport control.

Border Officials had difficulties distinguishing between the illegal immigrants and the real Sikh passport holders, who are allowed to wear turbans and beards in their passport photos.

The gang were paid more than £9,000 for each family they got into the UK, smuggling nearly 70 people into the country in the £620,000 scam. ...

Passports were used multiple times to transport 69 people to the UK, 59 of whom failed to apply for asylum and whose whereabouts are unknown, the court heard.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Shocking scale of migrant problem: One caught every 10 minutes sneaking into UK
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 26 June 2017

Migrants were caught trying to sneak into Britain at a rate of one every 10 minutes last year.

Previously unseen figures reveal 56,132 attempts to enter the UK illegally were made as the crisis in northern France unfolded.

The "shocking" statistics show how many illegals were intercepted by Border Force but no one knows how many made it here undetected.

Most tried to slip into the UK through Calais where hundreds have returned to try their luck again this summer.

The scale of illegal immigration through northern France can be revealed after the Daily Express won a lengthy battle with the Home Office to publish the data.

It shows on average 4,317 attempts to cross the Channel illegally were made each month between January 2016 and January 2017 – equal to 139 a day or six an hour.

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK said: "Illegal immigration has been a problem for many years and remains scandalously high.

"It is perfectly possible to deal with it, all that's required is the political will and the necessary resources."

The figures relate to entry attempts at British border controls in Calais, Dunkirk, Lille, Paris, Brussels and Coquelles. ...

The number seized at the border in 2016 was three times the 16,008 caught in 2013 but less than 84,088 in 2015.
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Illegal immigration – amnesty
Amnesty for illegal Grenfell Tower residents 'might lead to slippery slope' , says immigration lawyer
Luke Dolan
talkRadio, 22 June 2017

An immigration lawyer has said granting amnesty to any residents of Grenfell Tower illegally resident in the UK could lead to a "slippery slope."

A fire erupted in the tower last week, and at least 79 people have either been confirmed dead or remain missing.

The authorities believe a number of people in the building at the time were living in the UK illegally or were being illegally let their apartments, which is deterring them from coming forward to assist the inquiry and help to narrow down the possible casualties.

Theresa May made a promise in Parliament that immigration checks would not be carried out on those who came forward. Meanwhile the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, backed a call for illegal immigrants who were resident in Grenfell Tower to receive amnesty.

Harjap Singh Bhangal claimed there were some who believed this was a "slippery slope" in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

He said: "Let's understand what amnesty is. It's being touted around by the politicians, but it's different in nature.

"An amnesty is a free-for-all. What they're talking about here is they won't prosecute you or put you in detention and try to deport you.

"Khan is indicating they should be given residential status, which other people have pointed out might lead to a slippery slope.

"What I would suggest - don't give them indefinite leave, don't incentivise it like that.

"Do it on a yearly basis. Say 'if you earn this much, you can stay here.'"
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Illegal immigration – numbers, secrecy
The truth is that illegal immigration is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 17 June 2017

Here's quick question: do you know how many people came to settle here last year? The official figure for net migration (the number of people settling in the UK minus the number leaving) was 327,000 for the year March 2015-March 2016.

But it's a trick question because that's the official figure.

It's not the actual figure. It's more of an educated guess than anything else.

It's not – despite what you might think, what with it being the official figure – an accurate count of the number of people arriving at or leaving through our border controls.

The Office for National Statistics, which compiles the figures, does not use the data from either entry points or "e-borders" exits in its statistics.

It uses all sorts of other methods but not that one obviously accurate measure. That's because the Home Office does not release those figures.

If you think that is bonkers, here's the second reason why the official migration statistics are so misleading: they take no account of illegal immigration. It is of course more difficult to compile an accurate figure for illegal immigration but it is far from impossible.

You can look at visas granted, at entrance and exit through border controls, at national insurance numbers issued and at other indicators of the numbers of people staying here without permission. It would be sensible, you'd think, for the Home Office to try to come up with a figure for illegal immigration so we have as accurate as possible an idea of just how many people there are in the UK.

The Home Office does come up with an estimate for illegal immigration but it doesn't admit it and doesn't publish it (more accurately, it hasn't published a figure since 2005 when the total number of illegal immigrants was estimated to have been 430,000). And so until now we've had no idea of that Home Office estimate.

But this week a report has been published by the Civitas think tank, co-written by David Wood, former director general of immigration enforcement. In it Mr Wood reveals not only the existence of the Home Office's estimate but the figure itself.

It turns out that the Home Office estimates that around 150,000 illegal immigrants arrive every year. ...

It's little wonder that the figure isn't published given how it exposes the official statistics as being almost entirely useless. ...

Successive governments have failed miserably to control immigration. Illegal immigration is literally out of control.

Last year Rob Whiteman, the former head of the UK Border Agency, said that there could be one million illegal immigrants here.

No wonder when, according to the report, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

As the report shows, if only one person in 100 overstays their visa time limit there would be 20,000 illegal immigrants every year.

Taken together with other forms of illegal immigration (such as being smuggled in a lorry) there would on a conservative estimate be 60,000 a year. And the real figure is likely to be far higher – as we have seen, the Home Office itself estimates that the number is more than double. ...

We cannot begin to take control of our borders without first having a realistic estimation of how many people arrive in and leave the country.

The time for honesty is long overdue.
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Illegal immigration – numbers, border security
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants drop off radar in the UK every year according to secret figures
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2017

Up to 250,000 people drop off the radar and end up as illegal immigrants in Britain every year, according to secret Home Office figures, amid warnings that border controls are completely ineffective and will only get worse after Brexit.

David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, said that more than 1.2 million illegal immigrants are currently living in Britain, predominantly after overstaying their visas.

People are not aware of the scale of the problem because official figures are not published and Home Office estimates for illegal immigrants are kept secret by ministers because they are "embarrassing", according to experts.

In a highly critical paper for Civitas, written with Alasdair Palmer, a former Home Office speechwriter, Mr Wood disclosed that the Home Office has privately estimated that between 150,000 and 250,000 foreign nationals fail to return to their home country when they should.

They include people who come to the UK illegally in the back of lorries, those who are refused asylum (around 26,000 last year) and students and others who overstay visas.

But the true numbers are not recorded officially because the Government's new e-borders system does not share data with the Office for National Statistics and others, leading to inaccurate figures that are as good as "guesses", they said. ...

They warned that because Government policy does not take into account the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the UK: "Not only does it fail to reduce the number of foreign citizens settling in the UK, it also ensures that a very high proportion of them will not pay taxes and will be involved in illegal activity".

The researchers, both highly experienced Home Office staff, added it is "obviously wrong not to release the estimate of the number of illegal immigrants to the public".

They said: "They are a critical element in the debate on immigration. Keeping them secret may save ministers from embarrassment. But it makes proper policy planning impossible." ...

The authors warn that Brexit could lead to a surge of illegal immigrants unless the Government does more to tackle the issue.
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Illegal immigration – students
University bosses who fail to make sure foreign students return home after their courses have finished should have their pay slashed, senior MP says
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 2 May 2017

University bosses who fail to make sure foreign students return home after their courses have finished should have their pay slashed, a senior MP said last night.

Frank Field, the Labour co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Balanced Migration, said it would help restore public trust in the numbers of student migrants.

He also argued universities should face multi-million pound fines if international students try to stay in Britain unlawfully.

If universities helped ensure student migrants left after finishing their studies they could be allowed to take even more, he said.

Higher education institutions have argued for lucrative international students to be taken out of net migration figures so they do not count towards the government's target of cutting it to the tens of thousands.

But critics say student visas have become a back-door route into Britain.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Don't waste time quizzing migrants, border staff are told: Staff are ordered to concentrate on extremists arriving from Europe
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 30 April 2017

Border guards at Heathrow Airport have been secretly told not to waste their time interrogating potential illegal immigrants – because terrorists from Europe pose a greater threat.

A leaked memo, seen by The Mail on Sunday, reveals that extremists arriving from the Continent are the 'number one' priority.

It comes as huge numbers of foreign fighters, including Britons fleeing the crumbling Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, attempt to return to the EU via Turkey. ...

The Home Office insisted '100 per cent of scheduled passengers are checked when arriving in the UK' and visa holders are subject to 'extensive mandatory checks'.
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Illegal immigration – USA
The Hidden Costs the Rest of Us Pay for Illegal Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson
Yahoo! News, 6 April 2017

The arguments for ignoring illegal immigration are as well-known as the self-interested motives that drive it. ...

More concretely, an array of vested interests sees advantage in dismantling the border: employers in hospitality, construction, food processing and agriculture prefer hard-working low-wage immigrants, whose social needs are often subsidized by the government and who are reluctant to organize for higher wages.

The Democratic Party welcomes in impoverished immigrants from Latin America and Mexico. It hopes to provide generous social welfare assistance and thereby shepherd new arrivals and their offspring into the salad bowl of victimization and identity politics – and thereby change the electoral map of key states from red to blue.

La Raza activists see unchecked illegal immigration as useful in maintaining a large pool of unassimilated and poor foreign nationals who look to group leaders, thereby ensuring the continuance of what has become an industry of ethnic activism and careerism. ...

Yet lost in this conundrum are the pernicious effects of illegal immigration on the idea of citizenship in a consensual society. In the Western constitutional tradition, citizenship was based upon shared assumptions that were often codified in foundational constitutional documents.

The first pillar of citizenship is the idea that the nation-state has the sole right to create and control its own borders. ...

Borders are not normally artificial or post-colonial constructs, but natural boundaries that usually arise to reflect common bonds of language, culture, habit and tradition. These ties are sometimes fragile and limited, and cannot operate on universal terms; indeed, they become attenuated when borders disappear and residents not only have little in common, but lack the mechanisms or even the desire to assimilate and integrate their migrant populations.

When borders are fluid and unenforced, it inevitably follows that assimilation and integration also become lax, as society loses a sense of who, or even where, their residents are. ...

In sum, there are several reasons to put a stop to illegal immigration. But among the most important and forgotten is the insidious destruction of what it means to be a citizen.
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Illegal immigration – employment
Illegal workers still a huge problem, reveals poll
Construction Manager newsletter, 30 March 2017

More than a third of the construction industry believes illegal workers may have been present at an existing or previous employer, while more than 90% think illegal working could be better tackled.

These were the findings of new research carried out by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) as part of its "Spotlight on... illegal workers" campaign, which hopes to "increase understanding of the risk posed by illegal construction workers and identify what can be done to tackle the problem".

The poll found that 93% agreed illegal working could be better tackled in the construction industry, while 81% believed illegal working had been on the rise in the past 15 years.

Nearly a third (30%) of those polled agreed that illegal workers posed the greatest threat to health and safety, while 61% admitted they had not received – or rarely received – information on illegal working.
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Illegal immigration – chain migration
Campaigners Demand UK Allows Unaccompanied Minors to Import Families
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 March 2017

Pro mass migration campaigners are demanding the government allow 'unaccompanied minors' who arrive in Britain illegally to import their families. ...

Amnesty International and Student Action for Refugees (STAR) presented ministers with a petition ...

While campaigners complain "children are the only refugees in our system denied the right to sponsor family members to join them in the UK", the government has explained that giving young migrants – who have entered Britain illegally – the chance to bring family members over would create "perverse incentives". ...

"It would play into the hands of criminal gangs who exploit vulnerable people and goes against our safeguarding responsibilities."
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Illegal immigration – NGOs, Italy
EU Border Control Accuses NGOs of Providing Shuttle Service for African Migrants
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 18 March 2017

In a remarkably blunt analysis of the massive migration from North Africa to Italy in 2016, the European Frontex agency has denounced human traffickers' exploitation of NGOs to efficiently transport African migrants from Libya to Italy.

The NGOs, the report suggests, whether knowingly or not, have become accomplices to people smugglers by providing a reliable shuttle service for migrants from Africa to Europe, lowering smugglers' costs and improving their "business model."

The assistance by NGOs has virtually eliminated the need for traffickers to procure seaworthy vessels capable of making the dangerous voyage across the southern Mediterranean, the report notes, since traffickers need only transport their passengers a few miles off the Libyan coast where they will be picked up by "rescue" vessels. It also allows traffickers to operate without fear of arrest by law enforcement.

Frontex, the European agency in charge of control of the EU's borders, has identified a major shift in maritime rescue operations from military vessels to NGOs, a shift intentionally orchestrated by traffickers. ...

During the first period, "smuggling groups instructed migrants to make satellite phone calls to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome to initiate targeted rescues on the high seas," the report states. More than 50 percent of all search and rescue (SAR) operations were initiated in this way, and the missions were mainly undertaken by Italian law-enforcement.

As of 2016, however, satellite phone calls to MRCC Rome decreased sharply to 10 percent and the military began playing a significantly diminished role in rescue operations.

Since June 2016, the report continues, a significant number of boats have been intercepted by NGO vessels "without any prior distress call and without official information as to the rescue location."

These rescues did not occur somewhere out in the Mediterranean, but extremely near the Libyan coast, and sometimes even in Libyan territorial waters. "NGO presence and activities close to, and occasionally within, the 12-mile Libyan territorial waters nearly doubled compared with the previous year," Frontex states, and as a result, "the overall number of incidents increased dramatically."

According to statistical data, criminal networks, particularly Libyan-based smugglers, have relied heavily on SAR missions, as well as humanitarian assistance efforts, "turning it into a distinct tactical advantage," the report states, adding that "the scope of the problem is alarming."

Frontex delicately adds that "all parties involved in SAR operations in the Central Mediterranean unintentionally help criminals achieve their objectives at minimum cost, strengthen their business model by increasing the chances of success." ...

All in all, in 2016, the Central Mediterranean "saw the highest number of migrant arrivals ever recorded from sub-Sahara, West Africa and the Horn of Africa," totally 181,459 migrants, or an increase of 18 percent over the previous year.
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Illegal immigration – Sikhs
Hundreds of Afghan migrants get to UK disguised as Sikh relatives as turbans hide identity
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 15 March 2017

Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers came into the UK using the genuine passports of British Sikhs because of the turbans on their identification photographs.

Border officials are said to have difficulty distinguishing between illegal immigrants and genuine passport holders because Sikh men are allowed to wear turbans in their ID documents.

Three Sikh men, Daljit Kapoor, 41, Harmit Kapoor, 40, and Davinder Chawla, 42, have admitted running a scam providing Sikhs from the war-torn country with passports of family members who most looked like them so they could pass themselves off as British citizens.

Around 30 people from the same Afghan Sikh community are said to have successfully claimed asylum after paying the trio £12,000 per family to enter the UK.

But immigration authorities believe there may be hundreds more as the scam is thought to have gone on for a number of years undetected.

The three will be sentenced at Inner London Crown Court later this month for their part in the people-smuggling racket. ...

In February 2011 Chawla, along with four other men was jailed for five years for also helping illegal immigrants enter the country as part of an identical conspiracy.
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Illegal immigration – migrant smuggling, European Union
Migrant smuggling is now worth £5 billion to criminal gangs and is comparable to the illegal drugs market, report warns
Rachael Burford
MailOnline, 10 March 2017

Migrant smuggling has expanded dramatically and is so prevalent in Europe it is now comparable to the illegal drugs market, a new report has warned.

Criminal gangs have allegedly raked in huge sums of money amid the surge in refugees and migrants attempting to reach the continent.

A report from Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, describes people smuggling as a 'highly profitable and widespread criminal activity'. ...

Figures suggested networks offering 'facilitation services' to either reach or move within the EU generated an estimated 4.7 billion euro to 5.7 billion euro in profit in 2015, equivalent to between £4.1 billion and £5 billion at current exchange rates.

These profits dipped last year, falling by nearly two billion euro, or £1.7 billion at today's rates, according to the assessment.

It said: 'This development is in line with the overall decrease in the number of irregular migrants arriving in the EU and as a result of a fall in the prices for migrant smuggling services following the peak of the migration crisis in 2015.'

Migrant smugglers originating from over 122 countries were involved in facilitating the journeys of irregular migrants to the EU, according to the study, while gangs relied heavily on social media to advertise their services. ...

It revealed that more than 5,000 international organised crime groups were under investigation in the EU.
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Illegal immigration – Libya, Europe
UK aid money 'helping Libyan people smugglers'
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2017

A watchdog has said that British aid money could be helping traffickers bringing migrants to Britain from Libyan detention centres.

A report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact found that almost £9m in UK aid money, which is spent on the Libyan Coastguard and detention centres, could be increasing the number of people detained in Libya who are then trafficked to Europe.

Aid money helps the coastguard pick up more migrants from the Libyan coast and bring them to detention centres.

Libyan officials are suspected of trafficking migrants from the same detention centres, raising the risk that British aid money is providing them with a ready supply of migrants to be smuggled to Europe. ...

In total the UK Government spent £8.8m on migration-related programmes in Libya in 2016-17. The report said the Government had "some difficulty" putting together a comprehensive list of these.

Last month the EU agreed to give the Libyan government £171m to strengthen the coastguard and intercept people making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

Charities condemned the plan, saying that sending people back to Libya would undermine their human rights.

But according to this report, that money could also be helping the people smugglers who are sending migrants into Europe.
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Illegal immigration – France
The new Jungle: France grapples with fresh wave of migrants just four months after Calais camp was demolished
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 4 March 2017

France is struggling to cope with new waves of migrants desperate to reach Britain barely four months after the sprawling Calais "Jungle" shanty-town was bulldozed in an effort to end the crisis.

More than 1,500 migrants, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan, are crammed into unheated, waterlogged chipboard huts at a state-funded camp beside the nearby port of Dunkirk, less than 50 miles from Dover. Its population has more than doubled from about 700 before the Calais camp was closed.

Hundreds of other migrants are sleeping rough in muddy woodlands on the fringes of Calais, where the mayor has banned food handouts to try to deter migrants from congregating in the area and setting up new camps.

About 200 migrants arrive in Paris each week from Italy after crossing the Mediterranean in small boats, joining more than 1,000 already in the French capital. Most will head north, lured by people-traffickers offering to smuggle them across the Channel for about £2,000. Gilles Debove, a police union spikesman, said about 300 migrants a day are being turned back at the ports of Dunkirk and Calais, and at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.

"A lot of them are minors and many are released. To be honest, we no longer know what to do with them," Mr Debove said. ...

Mr Debove, the police spokesman, said some charities were deliberately straining limited police resources.

"Some charities are sending underage migrants to police stations to overload us with people. We have to register them, then we book taxis to take them to centres for processing, but after a few kilometres they tell the taxi to let them out."
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Illegal immigration – Europe
Child refugees face death and sexual violence in Libyan jails as number trying to reach Europe doubles in a year
Tom Batchelor
Independent, 28 February 2017

The number of refugee children trying to reach Europe by boat has doubled in the last year, with thousands now attempting the deadly Mediterranean crossing every month, Unicef has warned.

More than 25,000 youngsters - nine out ten of whom were unaccompanied - made the perilous journey in 2016.

On the deadliest sea route, between Libya and Italy, an estimated 4,579 people died, including more than 700 children.
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Illegal immigration – European Union
NEW SMUGGLER CRISIS: 17,000 Traffickers 'using Facebook to smuggle 90% of migrants to EU'
Fraser Moore
Daily Express, 25 February 2017

Thousands of social media accounts are being used to offer "package deals" to desperate migrants looking to enter the EU, a top migration watchdog has revealed.

Europol revealed up to 17,400 new migrant smugglers use Facebook to advertise "attractive and unrealistic offers" including fake passports, work permits, sham marriages and sea crossings.

A report from the crime-fighting agency's European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) also uncovered that a shocking nine out of ten migrants reaching Europe have used paid gangs.

While just 148 Facebook accounts attempting to recruit migrants were detected in 2015, this year's investigation has uncovered a jaw-dropping 1,150 users in 2016.

The startling paper also repeated warnings that gangs of ISIS jihadis could be lurking in the EU's borderless Schengen zone undetected. ...

The agency's British boss, Rob Wainwright, said: "Over 90 per cent of all migrants that reach the EU have used the facilitation services of a migrant smuggling network.

"These crime networks are taking mass profits from mass migration."

The industry is worth an eye-watering £3 billion, according to Mr Wainwright.
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Illegal immigration – Conservative Party
Immigration cheat who owed £30,000 to Home Office poses with Theresa May and Richard Harrington
Watford Observer, 23 February 2017

Theresa May neglected to collect £30,000 owed to the Home Office immigration department when she met the debtor face-to-face on a visit Watford on the 2015 General Election campaign trail.

Saiful Alam, who owns the Prince of Bengal restaurant in Langley Way, was recently disqualified from being a company director for six years for employing two illegal workers.

On inspecting the premises of Nuha Limited in December 2014, Home Office Immigration Enforcement officials found two illegal workers, slapping Alam with a penalty of £30,000.

Embarrassingly for the then Home Secretary, she was photographed alongside Alam and Conservative election candidate Richard Harrington just a month after the restaurant went into liquidation and with the owner still owing the full amount to Mrs May's Home Office.

Payment of the penalty was due by 21 April 2015 but Mr Alam, 46, decided to place the company into liquidation before this and so the penalty remained unpaid.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Britain's Border Chaos: Illegal Migrants Not Escorted, Asked to Make Own Way to Processing Centre
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 20 February 2017

Illegal migrants found stowed away in lorries are frequently told to make their own way to a processing centre more than 50 miles away, the general secretary of the Immigration Services Union has revealed.

Lucy Moreton also admitted authorities "have no way of knowing" the identities of individuals entering the UK in an interview that laid bare the laxity of Britain's border controls – which have produced a system in which would-be migrants know that if they get in, they'll be allowed to stay.

Ms Moreton told BBC Essex: "The sad fact is there simply aren't enough staff to attend every single lorry drop because there really are quite a number of them.

"Sometimes it's simply isn't possible to reach them, if it's thought to be low risk, if there are no obvious needs, if there's nobody injured or there's no children involved.

"Then unfortunately there can be times when the police are asked just to signpost them to Croydon and ask them to go there to obtain the documents they need to access benefits and the like in the UK."

Noting that the journey from Essex to Croydon is far from straightforward, presenter Sadie Nine said that even many people who are local to the area "would find it difficult to get to Croydon".

"It's not always possible for individuals to get to Croydon", Ms Moreton conceded, and admitted that no statistics are kept on the percentage of stowaways who actually make it to the processing centre in south London.

The union boss also revealed that it's "really rare" for stowaways to have any identification documents, telling BBC Essex that authorities have no way of knowing who migrants entering the country illegally are.

"It's very common for people to say that they are from a country which it's known you are likely to get asylum, particularly if you come from a country where you're not"

"We just have to take it on trust that they are who they say they are," she added.

Shocked by the effective lack of any real checks of migrants entering Britain illegally, Ms Nine said it's "no wonder" so many migrants crowded into Calais, wanting to take their chances on breaking into the UK.

"We're saying to human traffickers if you get them over here, we will keep them," she added.

Agreeing with the BBC presenter that the shortcomings in the system make Britain a gift to criminal traffickers, Ms Moreton said: "If they can get on the back of a lorry and get to the UK then they are likely to be able to stay, at least for a short period of time." ...

A report last year by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration said authorities were being overwhelmed by the problem of stowaway migrants.
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Illegal immigration – driving licences
Driving licences of thousands of 'illegal immigrants' revoked
BBC, 16 February 2017

A crackdown on illegal immigrants in the UK has seen almost 27,000 drivers have their licences revoked since 2014.

The figures also found a 22% rise in voided licences in 2016, compared to the year before.

Some people caught had entered the UK illegally, but most obtained a licence while on a legitimate visa and had then illegally overstayed. ...

The Home Office gave the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) the powers to revoke licences in July 2014.

That month more than 3,500 licences were revoked. In 2015 it was 9,700 and in 2016 that number rose to 11,900, the figures released under the Freedom of Information Act to BBC South East show.

The driving licence is the second most recognised form of ID after the passport, so can be used by illegal immigrants to secure work, open bank accounts or sign tenancy agreements.

To make it harder for them to do any of these things, the UK Immigration Act 2014 created "hostile environment" measures for migrants in the UK. ...

In 2015, five times more people had their licences revoked in the UK on medical grounds than those suspected of being illegal immigrants. ...

Chris Hobbs, a former special branch officer in border controls, said: "How likely is it for that driver to be stopped bearing in mind the number of traffic police has been hugely reduced? There are all sorts of issues around stopping vehicles and asking for details, you have to have a valid reason to do that."

Asked why, on having the person's address, immigration enforcement officers did not doorstep them instead of waiting for police to pick them up during routine checks, the Home Office has yet to respond.

In the most recent report from David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders, he raised concerns over the measures.

He criticised the small number of deportations as a result of the crackdown - of the thousands who had their licences revoked, 583 people left the UK in the 2015-16 tax year.

Mr Bolt also said the small number of people physically surrendering their licences "undermines" the new system.

Since then, the Home Office has announced plans to allow police and immigration officers to search for and seize these documents.
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Illegal immigration – asylum
Migrant dad gets to Britain after 13 attempts and paying £18,000 to people traffickers
Giles Sheldrick
Sunday Express, 12 February 2017

A migrant family told last night of the desperate journey they made to reach Britain illegally after 13 attempts.

The Iraqi Kurds paid a total of £18,000 to people traffickers before succeeding in crossing the Channel. ...

The family immediately claimed asylum and are now being housed and fed in refugee accommodation in Cardiff. Jubilant father Hawkar Salah declared: "We made it. This is my dream, of course. We want to build a new life here and we want to stay forever." ...

Their youngest child was not even born when Hawkar, a Sunni Muslim, and his wife Hozan, now 26, made their way from Iraq into Europe. They were intent on coming to the UK but people smugglers they had paid £5,000 took them to Norway instead.

They claimed asylum in Scandinavia but were rejected and after 11 months headed to northern France, arriving in September of last year. But Hawkar refused to claim asylum in France, saying he would rather risk the lives of his family trying to reach Britain. ...

Sources say it is extremely unlikely the family will be removed as they have two young children. Even if they are refused asylum, they can appeal, a process that could keep them here for years. The family has been given Home Office identification cards indicating they are one of 77,440 active asylum cases. ...

They have no idea where they will be rehoused but want to live in Bradford to join lawyer Hozan's sister and cousin who live there after they also made it into the UK illegally and claimed asylum.
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Illegal immigration
Weak approach to illegal migration has to change
Daily Express, 10 February 2017
[Leading article]

At the height of the Calais crisis last year 200 migrants a day were caught trying to smuggle themselves into Britain.

This shocking figure highlights the severity of the illegal migration problem facing this country and the desperate need to give the Border Force the funding and resources it needs.

Given the cutbacks they have suffered, border security agents deserve credit for the number of migrants they managed to catch.

However, nobody will believe that they are stopping any more than a fraction of the total number who are trying to come here.

The official statistics represent only the tip of the iceberg and the systematic grinding down of the Border Force must be addressed.

But preventing people from crossing our border undetected is only half the battle.

The Government must also make more effort to ensure that people who are living in this country illegally are deported. People arrested for entering the country illegally are routinely allowed to go free.

Instead of being put in custody, they are just asked to check in with officials every now and again.

How many of the 200 migrants caught every day last summer will have taken advantage of this foolhardy system and simply absconded?

After all, there is next to no chance of the authorities going to the effort of finding them.

Even those who do go through the system have a good chance of eventually being told they can stay.

Should their asylum claim be rejected they can still exploit absurd human rights laws to stave off deportation.
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Illegal immigration – numbers
Albanians caught entering UK illegally more than any other nationality
Helen Pidd
The Guardian, 8 February 2017

Twice as many Albanians have been caught as stowaways at UK ports than any other nationality, new government figures reveal.

Some 981 Albanian "clandestine migrants" were discovered at UK entry ports from 2008 until spring 2016, according to Home Office statistics released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

These included a group of more than 50, including a pregnant woman, discovered in a lorry at the Humber sea terminal at Killingholme near Grimsby in June 2015. Albania is not part of the European Union, but borders Greece, an EU country, and its mafia are known to UK police as ruthless people traffickers and drug smugglers.

Afghans formed the second biggest cohort, with 425 port detections during the same period, followed by Algerians (424), Iranians (348), Indians (322), Palestinians (129) and Vietnamese (124). These include clandestine migrants found at UK Eurostar terminals and airports as well as ports and harbours. ...

As the refugee crisis took hold in 2015, there was a big rise in Iranians, Syrians and Iraqis caught entering the UK illegally. ...

Most illegal immigrants are caught before they arrive in the UK, with lorries at Calais and other continental European ports x-rayed for stowaways. Yet the new figures show that hundreds each year still make it onto UK soil before they are detected. ...

The Home Office appeared reluctant to release the information, only partially submitting to the Guardian's request after they were ordered to comply with the FoI act by the information commissioner. ...

Information about clandestine migrants can fall into one of three categories: (a) those stopped at the juxtaposed controls (where checks take place on certain cross-channel routes before boarding, rather than disembarkation), (b) those stopped at UK ports and (c) those picked up in-country.

The latest figures released to the Guardian only cover monthly port detections of clandestine migrants in the UK.

Most clandestine migrants are discovered trying to board boats and trains bound for the UK, rather than on UK soil.
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Illegal immigration – numbers
How many illegal immigrants are in the UK?
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
New Statesman, 7 February 2017

There's a difficulty in working out the number of illegal immigrants in the UK for obvious reasons. They exist largely as an unregistered collective, and if there was some way to universally register them, well, they'd all get deported. The Office for National Statistics does not collect estimates on the number of illegal immigrants, stating in response to a FOI request last year that "[b]y its very nature it is impossible to quantify accurately the number of people who are in the country illegally." ...

The most recent number comes from 2005. That year, the Government assessed methods other countries used to estimate their level of illegal immigration, and applied those techniques to the UK. Creating an estimate for 2001, they predicted the number at 430,000. In 2007, the London School of Economics produced a report estimating the number of 'irregular' migrants at 533,000.

The government does, however, collect "Immigration Enforcement Data" including information such as number of visits based on tip-offs, number of people refused entry and number of offenders deported. For example, the number of enforcement visit arrests from information in Q2 of 2016 was 941. The The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford put the number of deported immigrants at 40,896 in 2015, but it also does not make an estimation of number of 'irregular' immigrants.
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Illegal immigration – NHS records
NHS hands over patient records to Home Office for immigration crackdown
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 25 January 2017

The confidential patient records of more than 8,000 people have been handed over by the NHS to the Home Office in the past year as part of its drive to track down immigration offenders.

A memorandum of understanding, published for the first time on Tuesday, makes clear that NHS digital is required by law to hand over non-clinical patient details including last known addresses, dates of birth, GP's details and date registered with doctor.

The latest figures show that the number of Home Office requests have risen threefold since 2014 as the government has stepped up Theresa May's drive to "create a hostile environment" for illegal immigrants in Britain. ...

Department of Health figures show that the Home Office made 8,127 requests for patient details in the first eleven months of 2016, which led to 5,854 people being traced by immigration enforcement. ...

The disclosure of the scale of the use of NHS records for immigration enforcement follows a similar agreement between the Home Office and the Department for Education to share the details of up to 1,500 pupils a month to trace potential immigration offenders. ...

The requests involve potential offenders whom the immigration authorities have lost contact with and have failed to comply with reporting restrictions, absconded or escaped from immigration detention or have overstayed their visa time limit. ...

... NHS Digital may refuse a request for information from the Home Office if it is not satisfied that the request is in the public interest". However the latest figures show that only 69 requests out of 2,244 were refused between September and November last year.
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Illegal immigration
Number of migrants caught trying to sneak into Britain in trucks from Holland has more than DOUBLED in a year
Rachael Burford
MailOnline, 25 January 2017

The number of migrants caught trying to sneak into trucks and boats crossing from the Netherlands to Britain is on the rise, according to the Dutch government. ...

... The total number for 2016 was 1,280 people - more than double the 500 people caught in 2015.

The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice said that Albanians make up 56 per cent of all the migrants caught attempting to cross from the Netherlands to Britain.

The reason for the increase in the number of people being found appears to be intensified Dutch surveillance and a step up in the checks of vehicles. ...

In 2015, 55 per cent of the migrants trying to illegally cross to Britain were caught by authorities on the Dutch side.

Last year, some 83 percent of migrants were caught by the Dutch before they left for Britain. ...

In November 2015 the UK signed an agreement with Belgium and the Netherlands on 12 November to strengthen port security and tackle organised immigration crime.
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Illegal immigration – fraud
Thousands use 'fake life' scam to get into the UK
Paul Grant
BBC, 17 January 2017
[File on 4: Breaking into Britain is on BBC Radio 4, 17 January at 20:00 GMT]

Thousands of people are faking living in Ireland to get family members into the UK, a BBC investigation has revealed.

The scam involves UK nationals who want to bring in close relatives from outside the European Economic Area.

Police said immigration advisers, lawyers and accountants were behind the multi-million pound fraud.

The UK government is warning it is a growing industry that exploits European free-movement rules.

The scam uses the so-called Surinder Singh route, named after a historical immigration court case.

If a UK national lives and works in another European country for a period of time, they can be considered under EU rather than British law on their return.

That means that if they have been joined by a non-EEA spouse, they are allowed to bring them into the UK without having to meet certain immigration requirements that apply to Britons.

This route has grown in popularity since 2012, when the government introduced a minimum income a UK citizen had to earn before they could bring a spouse from outside the EU into the UK.

Each year, about 20,000 non-European family members come into the UK this way.

The fraudsters are charging thousands of pounds to create a fake life so it looks like someone has genuinely moved to a European country - in most cases Ireland - while in fact they have stayed in the UK. ...

Det Supt Courage said police were examining cases from the past three years and had already identified 600 where they believed someone had obtained EU treaty rights illegally.
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Illegal immigration – rented homes, deportation
Illegal immigrant crackdown scheme sees JUST 31 people deported, officials admit
Daily Express, 11 January 2017

A checking system designed stop illegal immigrants from renting homes in the UK has seen just 31 offenders deported.

The 'right to rent' scheme, requires landlords and agents to check the immigration status of prospective tenants ahead of them moving in.

But figures released by the government show that just 75 landlords were fined for breaking the law on rent.

And, while there were 7,806 calls made to the Home Office's helpline for landlords between July 1st 2015 and June 30th last year - only 654 of those cases led to investigations.

Baroness Lister of Burtersett called the low figures into question asking for more information on the number of illegal immigrants deported and the penalties incurred under the polices.

Baroness Williams said: "From 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016, 75 initial civil penalties were issued to individual landlords of tenants who do not have the right to rent in the UK. ..."

She added: "The Home Office does not hold information about the overall numbers of illegal migrants found in private rented accommodation."

The Government introduced the right to rent scheme in February last year under the Immigration Act 2014. Its aim was to ensure that illegals would not flout the law.

On December 1, last year, breaking the law on rent rules became a criminal offence.
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Immigration – EU citizens
EU citizens will not be fingerprinted or need ID cards, say officials
Lisa O'Carroll
The Guardian, 26 September 2017

The Home Office has sought to reassure EU citizens that they will not be fingerprinted or need ID cards after Brexit just weeks after a leaked immigration document suggested new registration rules would apply.

Senior officials also told activists who head the3million campaign group that EU citizens already in the UK will not have to meet a minimum income threshold or have private health insurance to stay in the country after Brexit. ...

They were told this was the Home Office position on EU citizens already in the UK and not post-Brexit migrants. ...

The Home Office has indicated to the3million that the new registration system would result in a "digital" document and not a card to be carried around.

It has also pointed to agreement with the EU Brexit negotiators in the August round of talks that fingerprints would not be used for ID.
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Immigration – Arabs, public opinion
Survey reveals scale of hostility towards Arabs in Britain
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 25 September 2017

The scale of hostility in Britain towards Islam and Arabs is revealed in a YouGov survey showing most UK voters believe Arabs have failed to integrate themselves into British society, and their presence has not been beneficial.

The survey also shows that most voters back security policing based on assumptions about the likelihood of races to commit crimes – so-called racial profiling.

Only 28% believe migration from the Arab world has been beneficial to the UK, and 64% believe Arabs have failed to integrate.

The survey also shows most voters believe the number of refugees entering the UK from war-torn Syria and Iraq has been too high.

The three characteristics most closely associated with the Arab world by British people are gender segregation, wealth and Islam, with extremism and a rich history the next two identified characteristics. The degree of association with innovation or forward thinking is miniscule.

The poll, commissioned by the Council for Arab-British Understanding and the Arab News newspaper, ...

... The published results exclude "don't knows".

... A total of 55% of voters regard it as right for the police to use racial profiling against Arabs or Muslims for security reasons. Only 24% disagree. Racial profiling allows the security services to police on the basis of working assumptions about the likelihood of ethnic, religious or national groups to commit offences in the UK. Support for racial profiling among Conservative voters reaches 72%. ...

Asked if migration from the Arab world has been beneficial to the UK, only 23% agree, 41% say it has not been beneficial and 32% say it has been neutral.
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Immigration – public opinion, world
We've got too many migrants: survey
Kalina Oroschakoff
Politico, 16 September 2017

Migration has grown at a worrying level, according to a global survey, with citizens of Turkey, Italy, Sweden and Germany the most concerned about rising levels.

Three-quarters of those who took part in the Ipsos Institute poll said the number of migrants in their country had grown too much over the past five years. ...

Turkey topped the list of countries with concerns about migration, with 78 percent of respondents saying the increase was too large, followed by Italy (74 percent), Sweden (66 percent) and Germany (65 percent). In France, 58 percent said they felt immigration had increased significantly.

According to the findings, an overall 21 percent of people consider immigration to have had a positive impact on their country. However, that figure was just 14 percent in France (a slight increase on the 2016 figure of 11 percent) and 18 percent in Germany, which goes to the polls on September 24.

The British have a more upbeat view of immigration, according to the poll, with 40 percent seeing the positive side. Canada and the U.S. had similar results, with 38 percent and 35 percent saying migration had benefits.

People in most countries still "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" with the suggestion that there are terrorists in their country who claim to be refugees, according to Le Figaro.

The survey was carried out among 18,000 people in 25 countries.
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Immigration – public opinion, world
New global study reveals unease about immigration around the world
Bobby Duffy
Ipsos MORI, 14 September 2017

The survey, conducted among online adults aged under 65 in 25 countries world-wide, finds that at least half of people in each country believe that the number of immigrants coming into their country has increased in the last five years. ...

• One in five (21%) on average say that immigration has had a positive effect on their country compared with two in five (42%) who say it has had a negative impact. Saudi Arabia, India, and Britain are the most positive countries where two in five or more say immigration has had a positive impact. Turkey, Italy, Hungary and Serbia are most negative with at least three in five (58%) saying it has had a negative impact.

• Britain and the United States are the two countries which have had the largest positive change since 2011. In Britain, two in five (40%) now say immigration has had a positive impact (up from 19% in 2011) while 35% in the US say the same (up from 18% in 2011). Sweden has seen the largest movement of people becoming more negative, with a quarter (25%) now saying immigration has been positive compared with 37% in 2011.

• Half (48%) on average think that there are too many immigrants in their country. Turkey has the highest number of people thinking this (83%), followed by Italy (66%), South Africa (62%), and Russia (62%).

• Just under half (44%), on average, say that immigration is causing their country to change in ways that they do not like. Again, those in Italy and Turkey were most likely to say this (77% and 63% respectively) while people in Brazil and South Korea were the least likely (23% and 24% respectively).

Most countries are concerned about immigration placing pressure on public services. ...

• On average half (49%) think that immigration has placed too much pressure on public services in their country, while just one in five (19%) disagree. Britain and Australia have seen the biggest decrease in the proportion of people agreeing to this since 2011 – down 20 points in Britain (now at 58%) and down 13 points in Australia (now at 51%). The largest increase is seen in Turkey – now at 73% (up from 45% in 2011), and in Sweden – at 56% (up from 40%).

• When considering the economy 28% overall agree that immigration has had a positive impact (no change from 2016 or 2011). People in Saudi Arabia (50%), Britain (47%), and New Zealand (47%) tend to be most positive, while those in Serbia (8%), Russia (9%), and Hungary (9%) are least positive. Turkey (78%), Russia (64%), and South Africa (58%) are most likely to agree that immigrants have made it more difficult for people their country to find jobs, with those in Sweden (21%), Serbia (21%), and Japan (26%) the least likely to agree to this. Overall two in five (40%) say they agree priority should be given to immigrants with higher education and qualifications (no change from 2016). People in New Zealand (58%), Saudi Arabia (56%), and Britain (55%) are most likely to want to prioritise educated immigrants.

• Only three in ten (31%) globally believe immigrants make their country a more interesting place to live, with the highest scores seen in Britain and New Zealand (both 49%). Britain has seen a significant change since 2011 (up 16 points), becoming much more positive. Serbia (8%), Russia (10%), and Hungary (10%) are the countries with the fewest people showing positive attitudes towards immigration's cultural impact.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
The Strange Death of Western Europe and why is Eastern Europe different?
PVEWOOD, 10 September 2017

I am currently reading, am deeply depressed and alarmed by and am lost in wonder at Douglas Murray's new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. ...

The opening sentence is:

Europe is committing suicide.

and he continues

By the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place we had to call home.


In his last chapter Douglas Murray concludes

By the middle of this century, while China will probably still look like China, India will probably still look like India, Russia like Russia, and Eastern Europe like Eastern Europe, Western Europe will at best resemble a large-scale version of the United Nations. ... This place where international cities develop into something resembling international countries will be many things. But it will not be Europe anymore.

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Immigration – goods
Migration is complicated. Don't pretend it's not
Rory Sutherland
The Spectator, 9 September 2017

Goods are not like people. Goods only move wherever they are needed. They don't come laden with an attachment to a homeland or a social network. ...

So, looked at dispassionately, the principle that the free movement of goods is somehow linked with the free movement of people is quite an odd idea. Goods don't mind emigrating; people often do. ...

Yes, people value freedom of movement, but they value the freedom of non-movement too. ...

'Free movement of labour' rests on the normative economic assumption that people, just like goods, should be happy to move countries on the basis of economic expediency alone. But if you assume this, you end up extending privileges towards the few (mostly young) people who can and will emigrate – at the expense of the majority who can't or won't. Migration is a highly uneven way of spreading wealth.

Unfortunately, the rootless 'Anywheres' of David Goodhart's new 'Anywhere-Somewhere' tribal divide do not understand attachment to place at all. ...

The only strong opinion you can sensibly hold on migration is 'it's complicated'. ...

So allow me to propose a useful experiment. A natty trick to play when a debate has become morally charged is to ask a parallel question which has many of the same features of the other debate, but which has acquired none of the same shibboleths or signalling baggage. At your next dinner party, for instance, try asking this closely related but morally neutral question: 'Do you think that, with 500 million people set to join the global travel market in the next decade, some cities will have to impose limits on tourism?' The very same people who would start frothing or sobbing in any debate on migration will give thoughtful, nuanced and intelligent answers. I wonder why this is.
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Immigration – discrimination taboo
Do we really want restriction on German immigration?
Ed West
Spectator blog, 7 September 2017

A generation who will probably never know what it's like to visit a museum without having their bags searched or enjoy a major city space without anti-vehicle barriers, or be able to travel on public transport without the fear in the back of their minds that someone is intent on murdering them – a terror threat that is almost never going away, and indeed will mostly likely get worse. A generation who will just accept that this is part of life – perhaps it has always been like this – because that's what they have been taught.

For which a great deal of thanks must go to Tony Blair's government, and all those who played a role in its immigration policy. ...

Nineteen winters later and that policy to radically alter the make-up of British society most certainly played a big part in the country's dramatic decision to leave the EU, a victory that would not have been possible without the issue of migration (whatever Leave campaigners might say or wish). And yet the paradox is that the British public came to vote on the least disruptive and contentious of migration flows – that of other Europeans – partly because of taboo. Now, if a leaked document to the Guardian is to be believed, the government is going to 'deter' EU immigrants from settling after Brexit, confident in the belief that this is what the public desires. ...

Yet the fact that European migration is seen as the issue reflects the fact that the taboo is still strong. Average outcomes between immigrant groups vary hugely, and the social cost of migration from neighbouring countries is far lower than those with hugely different cultures.

Indeed, since one of the major predictors of anti-immigration sentiment is anxiety about crime, crime rates among different nationalities vary to a great deal and – contrary to the idea that the public are woefully misinformed on the subject – this correlates with opposition to immigration from those countries.

That's why a numbers target makes no sense, and a far more logical solution would be to have a three or four-tier system, with free movement from other rich countries, some restrictions on developing and middle tier nations (which would include a few EU countries, such as Romania and Bulgaria, but probably no longer Poland) and strict rules regarding poorer states, from where the vast bulk of the economic and social costs of migration arises.

This is politically difficult because we have to pretend that race, religion and culture are not relevant factors, that it is simply about numbers, so that migration from Poland or Hungary is no different to that from Pakistan or Somalia, with all the same consequences, the same divisions and upheavals, the same crime and poverty rates.
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Immigration – politics
Tough plan to cut migration is just what Britain needs
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 7 September 2017

The intellectual dishonesty of the liberal elite would be laughable were it not so damaging to our country.

In their mix of preening superiority and ideological delusion these self-appointed champions of progress continually prattle about the need for mass immigration yet they blindly refuse to face up to the disastrous consequences of the revolution that they so eagerly support. ...

By coincidence, just as the IPPR Commission was issuing its woolly report yesterday, a far more sensible document had been made public.

This was a leaked copy of a draft strategy paper from the Home Office which set out a potential approach to post-Brexit immigration controls. ...

The Home Office plan is exactly what the majority of the country wants. ...

The chief concern is that the scheme will be drastically watered down by the soft political establishment.

In reality the Government should move in precisely the opposite direction by applying these provisions to the entire immigration process, including those from beyond Europe. After all, out of the 588,000 migrants who arrived in Britain last year the majority were from outside the EU.

This is the pattern that has been followed for years, storing up enormous difficulties for the economy and social fabric of our nation.

For a start the overall welfare costs are phenomenal, since 22 per cent of all the unemployed in Britain are migrants and just 46 per cent of new arrivals come here looking for work.

In their politically correct cowardice the progressives avoid such facts. They like to pretend that the unceasing tidal wave represents an unalloyed gain for our society.

Their enthusiasm for free movement has been twisted into a form of loathing for the British people, as typified by a disgraceful remark from the diplomat Lord Kerr when he said last November that "immigration is the thing that keeps this country running. We native Brits are so bloody stupid that we need an injection of intelligent people".
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Immigration – Government proposals
Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants
Nick Hopkins and Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 September 2017

Britain will end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers under detailed proposals set out in a Home Office document leaked to the Guardian.

The 82-page paper, marked as extremely sensitive and dated August 2017, sets out for the first time how Britain intends to approach the politically charged issue of immigration, dramatically refocusing policy to put British workers first. ...

It proposes measures to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants – offering them residency for a maximum of only two years, in a document likely to cheer hardliners in the Tory party. Those in "high-skilled occupations" will be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years.

The document also describes a phased introduction to a new immigration system that ends the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants – and places tough new restrictions on their rights to bring in family members. Potentially, this could lead to thousands of families being split up.

Showing a passport will be mandatory for all EU nationals wanting to enter Britain – and the paper proposes introducing a system of temporary biometric residence permits for all EU nationals coming into the UK after Brexit for more than a few months. ...

The Home Office paper, entitled the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the European Union, makes clear the proposals within it have yet to be endorsed by ministers, and are "subject to negotiations with EU". ...

It is understood the document, which has been circulated around senior officials and ministers, has already provoked rows between cabinet ministers, who are trying to balance the demands of British businesses wanting to retain free movement, and the views of hardline Brexiters.
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Immigration – public opinion
Scots and English hold similar views on immigration - poll
Tom Peterkin
The Scotsman, 4 September 2017

Scottish and English people have broadly similar attitudes to immigration, according to a new poll conducted for a report suggesting Scotland adapt to a UK-wide approach to immigration.

The ICM poll for independent think-tank British Future surveyed 3,657 adults across the UK including a sample of 1,052 from Scotland.

The results will be published this week in a report "Time to get it right: Finding consensus on Britain's future immigration policy". The vast majority (87 per cent) of Scots would like the number of skilled EU migrants coming to the UK to either increase or stay the same – similar to the English figure of 86 per cent.

Seventy-eight per cent of Scots would also prefer the amount of student migration to remain the same or increase. Their English counterparts recorded 76 per cent when it came to those in favour of student migration to remain the same or increase.

In Scotland, 63 per cent would like low-skilled EU migration to be reduced, rising to 69 per cent for low-skilled immigration from outside the EU. Those figures are very similar to the English "reduce low-skilled migration" findings of 64 per cent (EU) and 67 per cent (non-EU).
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Immigration – students
Statistics chief criticises leak of Home Office student migration report
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 1 September 2017

The Home Office has launched a leak inquiry into how a "seriously misleading" account of an official report into student migration appeared in the press on the morning of the report's publication.

The UK Statistics Authority chair has written to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, voicing strong concerns over the partial leak of the report to the Daily Telegraph last week, pressing her to ban the release of their official statistics to ministers and officials in advance of publication.

Sir David Norgrove told Rudd that the Telegraph report, which claimed 97% of international students left the UK after their studies and that there were tens of thousands fewer immigrants in the country than previously thought, was seriously misleading.

"The main leak was to the Daily Telegraph. Whoever spoke to the journalist seems only to have half understood the data or inadequately communicated them. The result was seriously misleading, creating confusion where clarity was important," he said.

"But a more accurate leak would still have been misleading, because it would have been partial (in all senses), and left the journalist and the public lacking context. The leak was the more damaging in view of the sensitivity of migration data."
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Immigration – public opinion
England is now more pro-immigrant – but it's more Islamophobic too
Phil McDuff
The Guardian, 1 September 2017

Reading through Hope Not Hate's latest report on their surveys of English attitudes towards race and immigration, one comes away with a mix of optimism and pessimism. Those of us who are what the organisation describes as "confident multiculturals" – or what the tabloids would describe as out-of-touch liberal elitists – can be heartened by what seem to be an increase in our ranks. We now make up 22% of the sample, up from 8% in the first survey in 2011. The two most pro-immigrant groups now make up 39% of the overall total.

At the other end of the spectrum, those who are "hostile" to immigration have remained consistent, but with a shift from those who are most fiercely opposed – down from 13% to 5% since 2011 – to the group described as "latently hostile," up to 17% from 10% in the same period. This indicates that even those people harbouring anti-immigrant views are more likely to engage with the political process than to resort to direct violence themselves or support it in others.

However, the report also details a significant rise in anti-Muslim sentiment. 42% of people said that the recent terrorist attacks have increased their suspicion of Muslims in Britain, including many of those in the more liberal groups. Around 50% of people would be willing to see relaxation of human rights protections to "help fight terrorism," and a similar proportion see Islam itself as "a threat to the west".

Only 10% of the population see themselves as being "similar" to Muslims. This baseline perception of fundamental difference seems to reinforce the stereotype that immigrants fail to integrate and also, ironically, opposition to wanting them to do so.
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Immigration – population, diverity, business
New Strategy Briefing – Economic and Business Effects of Ethnic Diversity in Western European Cities
Iryna Sychyk
Euromonitor International, 1 September 2017

Throughout the last decade, migration has been growing in Western Europe. Foreigners have been flocking mainly to major cities of key economies in the region and thus shaping both their demographic composition and consumer markets. The New Strategy Briefing published by Passport Cities provides an overview of cities which were impacted the most by international immigration and what role it had in city growth. ...

Additionally, we have identified key major patterns how migration is impacting metropolises in Western Europe. These include:

International migration has been boosting Western European cities' population: During 2006-2016, 20 out of 32 leading metropolises in Western Europe were growing population-wise predominantly due to net migration. Furthermore, an influx of foreign citizens has been especially high in 11 out of those 20 cities.

The number of foreign citizens is up across the region's key metropolises: The number of foreign citizens in Western Europe's 33 major cities rose from 10 in 2006 to 14 million in 2016. In the majority of the metropolises foreign citizens make up less than 15% of the local population as of 2016.

Foreigners as consumers present worthwhile business opportunities: Migration, in addition to its impact on overall city affluence, has direct business implications. The case study showcases specific examples of how companies in London, Vienna and Barcelona took advantage of market opportunities created by the presence of foreign nationals.
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Immigration – Europe
The Guardian view on migration to Europe: changing routes, unchanged principles
The Guardian, 29 August 2017
[Leading article]

Migration remains at the heart of Europe's political and social crisis. Instability in Africa and elsewhere, wars, persecution, poverty, demographic trends and the ancient human urge to seek a better life in safer, more prosperous regions, all mean that this reality is not about to change. Two years after more than a million people made their way to Europe in the largest arrival of migrants from outside the continent in its history, European institutions and governments still struggle to find solutions. Even when sound policies are crafted, such as relocation sharing, to alleviate the pressure on "frontline" states, implementation lags far behind. ...

The only genuinely sustainable and humane solution would be to create safe, legal pathways for asylum seekers, but this has been largely shunned by nervous politicians, as is happening in Italy. Helping to stabilise and develop countries that are haemorrhaging their youth for lack of economic opportunity or basic security unquestionably requires a long-term effort. But stemming the movement of people by trying to build more barriers means that Europe's policies are failing to match its stated values.
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Immigration – importing wives
Families of disabled British Pakistanis are importing wives from abroad, says Labour MP
Josh Robbins
International Business Times, 28 August 2017

A Labour MP has criticised some British Pakistani families for 'importing' wives from abroad for their disabled sons. Jess Phillips said the practice, described as a "hidden problem" by researchers, was symptomatic of the community's wider disregard for women's rights.

The Birmingham Yardley MP said she was aware of "a lot of cases" in the British Pakistani and Bangladeshi community where the parents of men with learning disabilities were "going and getting a wife from abroad". ...

Research by UCL published in 2014 found that arranged and forced marriages involving people with intellectual disabilities were most prevalent in the Pakistani community.

Disabled charities point out that the practice is also an affront to the rights of the men involved, who may not have the capacity to resist the wishes of their parents. ...

Phillips made the comments with reference to the wider problem of attitudes towards women in certain south Asian communities in Britain. ...

The issue of arranged marriages involving disabled people also exposes a loophole in British immigration law.

Most British citizens who want to bring a foreign spouse into the UK must have a minimum annual income of £18,600, according to legislation passed in 2012.

However, that requirement does not apply to cases where the Briton is disabled. This caveat can be exploited by people wishing to game the immigration system.

The Home Office has vowed to review the exemption.
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Immigration – open borders, terrorism
An Argument Against Open Borders and Liberal Hubris
Ben Sixsmith
Quillette, 27 August 2017

No one except a militant nativist would deny that some level of immigration is beneficial and should be accepted. After that, we face a question of scale. There are those, however, on the opposite end of the spectrum, who believe that no level of immigration should ever be denied. These are advocates of "open borders"; an idea as strange as that of the nativist – yet more dangerous for being considered respectable.

The liberal Economist magazine contains an essay promoting open borders. It imagines a world in which people are free to live and work wherever they please. It is an astonishingly biased and unreflective piece, which illuminates dangerous extremes of progressive utopianism: ...

But what of proposed merits of open borders? A consistent failure of the Economist's article is a reluctance to distinguish between different migrants. ...

The author keeps on his rose-tinted spectacles as he considers negative effects of immigration. "A study of migration flows among 145 countries between 1970 and 2000," we are told, "Found that migration was more likely to reduce terrorism than increase it." The year before 2001 is a strange time to stop considering data on terrorism, and besides, the actual study found that terrorism was reduced only where they migrated from, not where they migrated to.
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Immigration – unsustainable
Migration may be down but it is still unsustainable
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 26 August 2017

Because more people also left the UK than ever before, the overall figure for net migration fell to 246,000 – the lowest level in three years.

You might well think the fact that we increased our population by the equivalent of a city the size of Southampton would be something worthy of comment.

And it has indeed been widely commented on since the figures were published on Thursday.

But not, as you might expect, because there is consensus among commentators that such a level of migration remains unsustainable – even if it is a smaller increase than we have been used to in recent years. Oh no.

According to one columnist, any suggestion that there might be an issue with such levels of immigration and that we need to control it in some way, "is not simply to promote economic quackery, but to insult human dignity".

So my apologies but I am now going to insult your dignity – unashamedly.

It's just a statement that we cannot carry on having in effect to build a city the size of Southampton every year, simply to cater for those who choose to come and live in the UK.

Which is why we should not overreact too positively to this week's figures. ...

Because no matter how often the advocates of uncontrolled immigration say otherwise and how sneering they may be when they dismiss any opposing view, uncontrolled immigration at the levels to which we have become used is unsustainable.

This is not a criticism of immigrants. It is not an attack on their dignity.

In many ways those who come here are thoroughly admirable, simply taking advantage of an opportunity to better their lot.

It's not even a judgment on the merits or otherwise of a relatively flexible immigration policy.

But the trend in recent years has been very much towards high and increasing immigration and one should be wary of reading too much into just one period.

And the level of immigration remains unsustainable.
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Immigration – statistics
'Answers may not be right' Migration figures could be SKEWED by fake data, expert warns
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 25 August 2017

An expert has challenged the immigration figures, suggesting the data could be skewered by people deliberately giving false information to those carrying out surveys.

Jonathan Portes, a public policy and economics expert, suggested the International Passenger Survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics was not a reliable method for calculating net migration.

On Thursday, it was announced net migration had dropped by a quarter, according to figures released by ONS.

The figures are 81,000 lower than the 327,000 recorded in March 2016, which Professor Portes claimed was because the UK is "less attractive" to European Union citizens.

However, speaking to BBC Newsnight, the professor of economics at King's College warned the methods for data collection could be easily skewed by its participants.

He said: "The reliability of the International Passenger Survey depends crucially on whether people answer accurately to questions on 'why you are coming here?' and 'Do you intend to stay for longer than a year?'

"For many people, especially students, those answers may not be correct or, indeed, known to the person at the time they are asked the question."

The Home Office has ordered an official review of the figures released on Thursday, challenging the method of data collection.
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Immigration – public opinion
Immigration into Britain hasn't fallen much at all. It still endangers our security, culture and well-being
Douglas Murray
UnHerd, 25 August 2017

In Britain, like every other Western country, immigration is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – concern of the general public. Like publics across Europe, poll after poll shows that the British public want immigration to be reduced. And yet in recent years the government has either been unwilling or unable to satisfy that desire of the people. Of all the issues that have caused a breakdown in trust between the public and the politicians, the political inability to get more control of immigration is the most fundamental. ...

In recent years, while travelling across Europe to study migration and its effects, I have come across the same story in each Western European country. In every one there is an apparently unbridgeable divide. On the one hand there is the popular cry that 'we aren't allowed to debate immigration'. On the other there is the almost equally common reply, 'what are you talking about? We are forever talking about immigration'. Through my travels and conversations with publics and policymakers I stumbled on the reason why these two apparently irreconcilable arguments co-exist.

The simple fact is: we do not have the immigration debate that people want. ...

For the general public the concerns over immigration start with the realisation that the external borders of Europe are so porous that boatloads of people from sub-Saharan Africa can just land on a crowded beach in southern Europe /.../ and walk right in.

It extends after that to the knowledge that there are immediate security risks caused by such laxity, a risk that in the last year has seen recent migrants carry out suicide attacks across the continent in Ansbach, Wurzburg and Stockholm, to name just three cases.

It then leads to the knowledge that people like the Barcelona cell – who managed to kill 13 people in a single day last week and had plans to kill many more, as well as destroy major monuments of European civilisations – are in our continent for no good reason.

From there the concerns spill outwards. They are cultural – the feeling that Europeans are losing their place in the world and that in an era in which the world is being invited to join us, the peoples of Europe are being edged out. And from these existential questions it circles around once again to the mundane and the everyday.

For instance, in Britain there is a serious and growing problem of house prices – a problem which is seeing the younger generation edged out of any realistic hope of ever having a place on the property ladder. Politicians are keen to talk about all sorts of aspects of this problem other than the most obvious one – which is that the number of houses which need to be built each year in the UK corresponds almost exactly to the number of people who are added to the country by net migration.

It gets worse. Whenever somebody does make this connection (as the former Conservative MP Julian Brazier recently did on Channel 4 News) they are treated with incredulity. ...

... Even if recent migration to the UK was halved to around 155,000 a year it would /.../ still mean importing a population larger than that of Slough each year. Are the benefits of immigration at the current rate so clear that the British public would support their countryside having a brace of Sloughs added to it every twelve months?

This is the immigration debate that people want to have.
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Immigration – Scotland
Church Minister Wants to Settle Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants in the Scottish Highlands
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 25 August 2017

An eminent Church of Scotland minister has added his voice to the Kirk's campaign to open Scotland's borders to "refugees" with a proposal to build two new migrant towns in the Highlands.

Rev. Dr Rory MacLeod ministers in the Isle of Skye – which has a population of only a little over 10,000 itself – and made the proposal in a letter to Church of Scotland magazine Life and Work, reported by The Scotsman. ...

Like politicians arguing for Wales to be turned into the world's first "nation of sanctuary" for migrants, Rev. MacLeod believes that a massive influx of foreign nationals would be an economic boon.
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Immigration – statistics
Net migration to UK drops to lowest level for three years
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 24 August 2017

Net migration to the UK has fallen to its lowest level in three years, as significantly more EU citizens left the country in the wake of the Brexit vote, official statistics have shown. ...

The headline net migration figure of 246,000, which is the difference between immigration and emigration, was 81,000 lower than the 327,000 recorded in the March 2016 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The change was driven by a marked fall in net migration of EU citizens to the UK, as more left the country and fewer arrived in the months after the country voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, statisticians said.

However, two complementary reports released at the same time by the ONS and Home Office have cast doubt over previous estimates of international students who remain in the UK once their studies are completed, contrary to previous suggestions that tens of thousands were illegally remaining.

The Home Office paper on "exit checks" data – a proper count of all people who are actually known to have left the UK – found 176,317 – 97.4% – of 181, 024 international students from outside the EEA left on time.

Meanwhile, the ONS found "strong evidence" that the current methodology used is likely to "underestimate student emigration" and therefore figures on the contribution that students make to net migration is likely to be an overestimate.
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Immigration – students
Britain to study effect of foreign students on economy
Britain commissioned a report on Thursday on the economic impact of foreign
Reuters, 24 August 2017

students, part of an increasingly heated debate over whether they should be included in the government's target of reducing migration to the tens of thousands. ...

"There is no limit to the number of genuine international students who can come to the UK to study, and the fact that we remain the second most popular global destination for those seeking higher education is something to be proud of," interior minister Amber Rudd said in a statement.

"We understand how important students from around the world are to our higher education sector, which is a key export for our country, and that's why we want to have a robust and independent evidence base of their value and the impact they have." ...

International students make up around a quarter of total immigration, according to official figures.
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Immigration – public opinion, world
World's most and least welcoming countries for migrants
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 24 August 2017

Iceland and New Zealand are the most accepting countries for migrants in the world, according to a Gallup poll.

The least accepting countries are Macedonia, Montenegro and Hungary. ...

The index grades countries based on whether survey respondents said it was a good or bad thing for immigrants to live in the country, become their neighbour or marry one of their close relatives.

The UK came in at 38th on the list of 138 countries.

Of the 10 countries scoring the lowest, nine were formerly part of the Soviet bloc, and most are located along the Balkan route once travelled by asylum seekers from Greece to Germany.

A majority of people, 54 per cent, said immigrants living in their country was a good while, while half said an immigrant being their neighbour is a good thing, and 44 per cent said an immigrant marrying a close relative is a good thing.
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Immigration – politics, housing, national identity
The debate on immigration in Britain puts GDP ahead of people
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 24 August 2017

When I arrived in the Home Office with Theresa May as her adviser in 2010, we discovered that official impact assessments – the Government's process of weighing up the pros and cons of policy – had long been skewed in favour of higher immigration. Because a larger population meant a larger economy, and the assessments assumed that was what Britain needed, they failed to consider the economic effects of immigration on a per-person basis. And they excluded costs like the impact on existing workers' wages, infrastructure, and public services.

When we commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to review these assessments, their findings surprised even us. Examining non-European immigration between 1995 and 2010, they found that for every 100 foreign-born workers employed, 23 British workers had been displaced from the labour market. ...

After reading numerous academic analyses, my conclusion is that mass immigration makes little economic difference overall. ...

In truth, the research confirms what most of us feel intuitively about mass immigration. Those of us earning high salaries benefit – in the form of cheaper plumbers and waiters in nice restaurants – but our fellow citizens with lower wages can lose out.

This is not an argument for zero immigration. /.../ The diversity of our cities, especially London, is an intangible benefit that contributes to their dynamism and appeal.

But immigration needs to be controlled, because when it is not it can cause problames. /.../ But immigration is behind more than a third of new demand for for housing in England, making homes harder to come by and increasing housing costs.

Immigration and high birth rates among migrant mothers are also driving the soaring demand for school places. ...

As any young family knows, these costs are real. Yet they are never factored into the Government's impact assessments. Neither are the social reasons for controlling immigration taken into account. Perhaps this is because the very topic turns many politicians squeamish, but most members of the public see no reason for embarrassment.

This is because people value the communities they live in, and they do not want them to change rapidly, if indeed they want them to change at all. And they value the solidarity made possible by by national identity and common norms.

There is nothing shameful about this. It is innate to human nature that we will do things for our compatriots that we would not do for foreigners, just as we will do things for relatives that we would not do for strangers. This solidarity is what causes us to risk our lives for one another during wartime, or pay taxes to fund services for others at times of peace.

In Britain, national identity and citizenship are civic, not ethnic.
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Immigration – numbers, forecast
Non-EU migrants 'will stay at 155,000 a year': Report says immigration is 'unlikely to fall significantly' unless ministers introduce tougher measures
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 23 August 2017

Mass immigration from outside Europe is 'unlikely to fall significantly' unless ministers introduce tough new measures, a report warns today.

The scope to tackle migration from non-EU nationals will be limited unless the Government takes 'further and determined action', according to a respected think-tank.

MigrationWatch said net migration from outside the Brussels bloc - those people arriving minus those leaving – was likely to run at 155,000 a year until 2021.

That would be the equivalent of more than the population of Slough – 146,000 – arriving from the rest of the world every 12 months for the next five years. ...

Until Britain finally quits the EU, controversial freedom of movement rules mean it is a requirement to let in the European citizens.

However, the Home Office does have the power to control the numbers coming from the rest of the world. ...

But an analysis by MigrationWatch, which campaigns for controlled borders, predicted that between 2016 and 2021 net migration from non-EU citizens would average 155,000 annually. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'Migration Watch UK has a remarkable record in estimating future migration.

'We now say that, unless determined action is taken, it is extremely unlikely that non-EU migration will fall significantly in the next five years.

'This should be a wake-up call for the government to take further action if overall net migration - after subtracting British emigration - is to be brought down to sustainable levels. Brexit should help considerably but further action on non-EU migration is essential.'
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Immigration – case for open borders
The economic and moral case for global open borders
George Eaton
New Statesman, 21 August 2017

Even Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has followed the rightward drift. Its general election manifesto promised to end free movement, and Corbyn recently complained of the "wholesale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe".

Among economists, however, a diametrically opposed conversation prevails. They argue that rather than limiting free movement, leaders should expand it: from Europe to the world. Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, likens the present system to leaving "trillion-dollar bills on the sidewalk".

Economists estimate that allowing migrants to move to any country they choose would increase global GDP by between 67 and 147 per cent. A doubling of GDP (a $78trn increase) would correspond to 23 years of growth at 3 per cent. By contrast, the International Monetary Fund estimates that permitting the entirely free movement of capital would add a mere $65bn.

The moral case for open borders is similarly persuasive. As the Dutch historian Rutger Bregman writes in his recent book Utopia for Realists: "Borders are the single biggest cause of discrimination in all of world history. Inequality gaps between people living in the same country are nothing in comparison to those between separated global citizenries." An unskilled Mexican worker who migrates to the US would raise their pay by around 150 per cent; an unskilled Nigerian by more than 1,000 per cent. ...

But research shows that host countries gain, rather than lose, from immigration. Migrants are usually younger and healthier than their domestic counterparts and contribute far more in tax revenue than they claim in benefits. ...

In a world of open borders, the right to move need not be an unqualified one (the pollster Gallup found that 630 million people – 13 per cent of the global population – would migrate permanently). Under the EU's free movement system, migrants must prove after three months that they are working (employed or self-employed), a registered student, or have "sufficient resources" (savings or a pension) to support themselves and not be "a burden on the benefits system" – conditions that the UK, ironically, has never applied. ...

At present, in a supposed era of opportunity, only 3 per cent of the global population live outside the country of their birth. As politicians contrive to ensure even fewer are able to do so, the case for free movement must be made anew.
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Immigration – culture, assimilation
Cultural Assimilation Ought To Be an Imperative, Not Elective, In Immigration
Saurabh Malkar
Modern Diplomacy, 20 August 2017

The other issue is that of a subliminal sort; one that can't be easily measured or monitored and the effects of which take a long time to manifest. A country is a sum total of its cultural values and principles that it holds dear. Other attributes like quality of life, standard of living, wealth, opportunities, political stability, and economic growth all flow from culture.

Immigration affects not only the economy, but also the culture. The degree of and type of effect depends upon the extent of assimilation, which in turn boils down to the native culture of the immigrants. ...

It is very plain that people sharing common cultural threads like social mores, dietary practices, religion, folklore, and heritage will find it easy to socialize with one another and enter the melting pot. Asian, African, and Middle Eastern immigrants on the whole, have radically different cultures, histories and heritage, dietary practices, and religious affiliations – all of which raises deep concerns about assimilation. ...

The past few decades have seen the mushrooming of ethnic enclaves across European and North American nations, where immigrants, older and recent arrivals, huddle together to create societies that resemble the ones they left behind. The UK is a great example of 'enclavi-fication,' where Muslims immigrants, predominantly, from Pakistan and Bangladesh have turned, what used to be quaint English towns, into mini-South Asia.

These self-styled Islamic settlements that dot the landscape of many western countries, are not only cosmetically abstracted from the host norms, but they also function differently from host societies. ...

Some immigrants and second-generation native-born individuals from these radically different cultures seem unfit to live in western societies, where values like free speech, religious tolerance, separation of church and state, and equality are the norm. ...

Immigration is a very decisive and game changing tool in the culture, politics, and economy of a country. A prudent immigration policy will make sure that the host country benefits economically from immigration, without undermining its cultural and social values and norms. A need to integrate and assimilate should not be a preferable outcome, but an imperative of the immigration process.
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Immigration – border security, Ireland
UK position paper on Irish border 'throws up even more questions'
Henry Mance and John Murray Brown
Financial Times, 17 August 2017

The UK reiterated its commitment to an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic on Wednesday, as it softened its position on a range of Brexit-related issues. ...

The border is one of the toughest puzzles for Britain to solve in its negotiations with Brussels. UK prime minister Theresa May is trying to reconcile conflicting priorities – asserting Britain's sovereignty while not disturbing the fragile peace settlement in Northern Ireland.

Her government has made a commitment to controlling immigration after Brexit, but ruled out introducing any physical infrastructure, including passports checks and cameras, at the 310-mile Irish land border. ...

This would effectively allow people to cross into the UK illegally – something Open Britain, a think-tank campaigning for a "soft" Brexit, says "fundamentally undermin[es] the argument that leaving the EU would involve taking back control of immigration".

But the position paper says immigration could be regulated by "controlling access to the labour market and social security" and that the "no-checks" proposal should be seen in the context of "wider plans for the future immigration system in the autumn".
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Immigration – Europe
Here's Why Europe Really Needs More Immigrants
Kenneth Rapoza
Forbes, 16 August 2017

If Western Europe wants to keep its social benefits, the countries of the E.U. are going to need more workers. No place in the world has an older population that's not into baby making than Europe. No wonder policy planners are doing what they can to encourage immigration.

Even Eastern Europe is getting old, and surely older than the U.S., which has a median age of around 37. The U.K.'s median age is approaching a mid-life crisis, currently at 40.5. With fertility rates expected to hit zero in Europe in the next decade, the only way the European Union can keep fight elderly poverty and maintain its expensive entitlement programs is to increase immigration. Another option is to provide incentives to convince 20 and 30-something-year-olds to have more than one baby. ...

This puts Europe in a pickle. The idea of opening its borders to eastern Europe was a way to expand European capital and labor markets. They increased the labor pool, driving down wages in working class manufacturing towns to come on par with that of Poland and the Czech Republic. They also got an educated workforce who had a long history of European customs. The one thing they did not get from the old Warsaw Pact nations was youth.

Poland's median age is 40.3. Czech Republic is 41.7. New euro zone member Lithuania in the Baltics is even older: 43.4, according to the CIA World Factbook. ...

Today's migrants into Europe are coming from countries where Europeans spent most of the last two generations... destroying. /.../ The median age in Iraq is 19. In Libya, 24. The average European country is importing their future children.
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Immigration – public opinion
Even Remainers now back a 'hard' Brexit: Most Brits want to regain full control of our borders and to become free of meddling EU judges, survey reveals
Claire Ellicott and Kate Ferguson
Daily Mail, 12 August 2017

Most Remain voters now back a Brexit that gives Britain a clean break from the EU and control back of our borders, a major study has found. ...

The survey of 3,293 people by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford University found that when questioned in detail about their views, many favoured the elements of a so-called 'hard Brexit'. ...

The issue of EU citizens' rights after Brexit was found to be the most divisive in the poll, with Remain voters strongly supporting those already in the UK staying indefinitely - something Leavers strongly oppose.

On immigration, neither group supports continuing free movement, although Remain voters feel less strongly about the issue than Leavers.

The most popular scenarios for both voters give the UK full control over its borders, with Remainers supporting immigration but Leavers favouring few to no arrivals.
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Immigration – conversations, public opinion
Seeking balance: Ipswich National Conversation on immigration
British Future, 9 August 2017

Most people in Ipswich take a 'balanced' view on immigration, according to the first-ever detailed research on public attitudes in the town on this issue. Majorities in three research groups said that migrants made a contribution to the economy but voiced concerns about numbers and the pace of change in parts of Ipswich, as well as the draw of benefits and pressures on public services.

Ipswich is one of 24 towns and cities across the UK that has so far been part of the National Conversation on Immigration, the biggest-ever public consultation on the issue, which will visit a total of 60 locations by spring next year. People in the area are invited to have their say in an online survey at and national opinion polling will also form part of a final report to the Home Affairs Committee in 2018.

The findings of the National Conversation feed into the Immigration Inquiry run by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, providing an opportunity for members of the public to have their say on immigration policy after Brexit in a way that will be heard by decision-makers. Two citizens' panels were held in Ipswich as part of the survey – one male, one female – as well as a stakeholders meeting including representatives from local businesses, universities and civil society organisations. ...

Made possible by funds raised by the public in memory of Jo Cox MP after her tragic murder last year, the National Conversation on Immigration is coordinated by British Future and anti-prejudice campaigners HOPE Not Hate and takes place in a different town each week, in every region and nation of the UK. As well as the citizens' panel, the organisers meet local organisations, councillors and business leaders in each location to hear their views.
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Immigration – characteristics, statistics
House of Commons Library publishes briefing on the migrant population of the UK
Electronic Immigration Network, 8 August 2017

The House of Commons Library last week published a usefully concise and factual look at the migrant population of the UK over the last decade. ...

In the 24-page briefing paper, the House of Commons Library examines the trends in the EU and non-EU migrant populations living in the UK since 2007, and it provides an overview of the characteristics of migrants living in the UK, including ethnicity, religion, age structure and employment. ...

The briefing paper distinguishes between the 'foreign born' and 'foreign national' population, though the House of Commons Library notes that both definitions have limitations as measures of the migrant population.

Some of the key points from the briefing are:

• The number of foreign born people living in the UK increased from around 6.3 million in Q1 2007 to 9.3 million in Q4 2016. The proportion of the population born abroad grew from 10.4% to 14.3%.

• The number of foreign nationals increased from 3.8 million (6.4%) to 6.0 million (9.3%). The difference between the two groups largely reflects the number of foreign born people who have obtained British citizenship over time.

• EU and non-EU migrants display different patterns of change over the period. The number of non-EU born people (5.7 million in 2016) has remained higher than the number of EU-born migrants (3.5 million in 2016).

• In contrast, the number of non-EU nationals increased from 2.3 million in 2007 to 2.5 million in 2016, compared with EU nationals who more than doubled over the period (from 1.5 million to 3.5 million). ...

• The migrant population is not distributed equally across the countries and regions of the UK. London is the region with the highest proportion of migrants: foreign born people comprised 38% of all residents, while foreign nationals made up 23%.

• A higher proportion of people born in non-EU countries live in London, relative to EU-born residents. ...

• A larger proportion of migrants are of working-age (16-64), compared with the UK population as whole. In Q4 2016, 81% of foreign born people were of working-age, compared with 63% of all people living in the UK.

• In Q4 2016 around 50% of the foreign born population was White, compared with 86% of the UK population as a whole. ...

• In Q4 2016 there were around 5.6 million foreign born people in employment (18% of the total). As a whole, foreign born people were less likely to be in work than UK-born people. Employment rates for migrants, however, vary considerably among country groupings. The employment rate for EU-born people aged 16-64 (80%) was higher than for UK-born people (75%). Among non-EU countries, migrants born in countries in Oceania had the highest employment rate (87%) and migrants born in the Middle East and Central Asia the lowest (46%).

• A smaller share of EU-born migrant were employed in high skilled occupation than non-EU migrants. 21% of EU migrants were employed in elementary occupations, compared with 8% of non-EU migrants.
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Immigration – students, numbers
How many international students leave after studying in the UK?
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 8 August 2017

"Most students return home after study."

Diane Abbott, 12 December 2016

We don't know how many students return home after studying here, so there's no clear evidence for this claim. In the words of the Office for National Statistics (ONS): "There are no official figures that show how many students do not emigrate and remain in the UK after their studies."

At the moment, the available evidence is contradictory. Most student immigrants come from outside the EU on a temporary visa, and a minority still have the right to remain after a few years. Diane Abbott's office pointed us to figures showing this via a Universities UK report, as well as a Times article showing that a small minority of students overstay their visas.

At the same time, figures showing how many former international students emigrate are much lower than the figures for students immigrating to the UK. If accurate, that indicates many more students are remaining in the UK than the visa figures would suggest. ...

Even though we can't be sure of all the figures, we do know that student immigration is adding to the UK population overall. Not all students who come to the UK return home. The challenge is measuring how many do so, and explaining what's happening to those who don't.

We don't have precise answers to either question. ...

In 2016, an estimated 588,000 people immigrated to the UK – that is, they intended to stay here for at least a year. Of those, 136,000 said the main reason they came was to study. At the same time, about 63,000 former student immigrants left the UK.

We can't just compare 136,000 to 63,000 here. They're actually from slightly different sets of data, but more significantly they're not the same people: those 63,000 people will have been immigrants from previous years.

But that gap has been fairly consistent over the past few years. In every year since 2012 around 100,000 more student immigrants have arrived than former student emigrants have left. And each year the emigration of former students has accounted for less than half of student immigration.
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Immigration – Albanians
Hundreds of Albanians who pretended to be from Kosovo to win asylum in Britain may escape deportation following landmark legal test case
Chris Greenwood and Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 3 August 2017

Hundreds of Albanians who lied to win asylum in Britain could escape deportation.

In a landmark legal test case, a violent criminal and two other men are claiming that the Home Secretary was wrong to remove their citizenship.

If the Supreme Court allows their costly appeal, it will mean up to 300 Albanians who gained entry to Britain by pretending to be Kosovan cannot be kicked out.

Dinjan Hysaj, 40, obtained asylum in July 1998 by falsely claiming to be a child refugee from war-torn Kosovo.

In 2011 he was jailed for five years after he glassed a man in a pub in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Agron Bakijasi, 44, was exposed in 2007 when his partner returned to Albania in an attempt to apply for legal immigration status.

Luan Kaziu, 35, arrived in the UK in 1998 but his claims were exposed as a sham nine years later, when his wife applied to stay.

Details of the legal fight came as it was revealed that the Government allowed one Albanian, Ermal Alijaj, to stay after he lost an asylum bid using fake Kosovan ID but reapplied under his real name years later. ...

A Home Office investigation into their cases – and hundreds more similar bogus applications – was started in 2007.

But even since their lies were exposed, they have remained in the UK and fought an extended court battle, funded by legal aid, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In the meantime, the Home Office has suspended other hearings to strip citizenship from those who exploited the same ruse to claim asylum in the 1990s.

In the case of Alijaj, 37, officials decided that the nine years he spent illegally in the UK bolstered his case because of the roots he put down.
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Immigration – public opinion
Majority of British public support free movement of citizens anywhere in the EU, new survey suggests
Ashley Cowburn
Independent, 3 August 2017

A majority of the British public support the free movement of citizens to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU, according to a new survey mapping public opinion across Europe. ...

But the barometer of public opinion – commissioned by the EU Commission – appears to contradict the commonly held view that British people are not in favour of free movement.

The survey suggests that up to 70 per cent of those interviewed in the UK said they were for the statement: "The free movement of EU citizens who can live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU". Just 9 per cent replied "don't know" while 21 per cent disagreed. ...

While Italian participants viewed free movement the least favourably out of all the member states a majority, 69 per cent, were still for it.

The major survey by the EU Commission was conducted through face-to-face interviews in May 2017 and a total of 33,180 people participated across the member states. ...

Just 4 per cent cited immigration as an issue facing them personally.
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Immigration – politics, border controls, exit checks
Britain doesn't need to 'take back control' of immigration. We already have it
Karan Bilimoria
The Guardian, 31 July 2017
[Karan Bilimoria is a crossbench peer]

Concern over immigration was one of the most important factors for those who voted for Brexit, yet we already have the power to take back control of the free movement of EU citizens to the UK – we just aren't using it. Both major political parties' front benches, and even cabinet members, are divided when it comes to whether Britain should remain in the single market, which entails allowing free movement of people within the EU. But the reality of immigration in Britain today is a far cry from the public's perception.

We lost control over our borders almost two decades ago. In 1998, Tony Blair removed exit checks. Nobody checks your passport once you have gone through security at an airport, as they do in virtually every other country in the world. As a result, we have no robust way of knowing exactly who has left this country. The government cannot even provide figures for illegal immigrants in the UK who are not detained to the nearest quarter of a million. ...

The government reintroduced exit checks in 2015 – but these fall well short of the physical, visible checks after security, which are airport-enforced. And the government refuses to release any statistics from these checks for one reason: they would demolish the anti-immigration stance taken by this government, the prime minister and the home secretary. ...

The "tens of thousands" figure itself was plucked out of thin air with no regard for what the country actually requires. We have virtually the lowest level of unemployment – 4.5% – and the highest level of employment on record. Without the immigration that we have, we would have a labour shortage, both skilled and unskilled.

There is a perception that immigrants are mostly taking unskilled jobs and lowering wages for the domestic population, but the evidence points firmly in the other direction. At Russell Group universities, up to 39% of academic staff are foreign; over 26% of our NHS doctors are non-British; and the heads of many of our leading companies are immigrants, including the chief executives of Jaguar Land Rover (Ralf Speth) and Reckitt Benckiser (Rakesh Kapoor).

But the biggest deception is this: we could easily have taken back control of our borders already under European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC, which allows EU member states to repatriate EU nationals after three months if they have not found a job or do not have the means to support themselves. In this month's debate on the House of Lords EU subcommittee report on EU migration, I challenged the government on why we were not availing ourselves of this directive – and I got no response.

Other countries, such as Belgium, regularly repatriate thousands of individuals based on this directive.
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Immigration – death wish
Europa, Eurabia and the Last man
Ted Malloch
Breitbart, 30 July 2017

Trends in immigration suggest what can only be termed, a self-imposed European death wish.

Look at any demographic map, preferably an interactive one.

Of the 7.5 billion people presently on this earth, the vast majority, mostly in the Southern hemisphere, and who are generally poor and backward, are trying to get to the Northern hemisphere, where there are greater opportunities and overly generous welfare states. In recent polls 7 out 10 people from these lands say, given the chance, they want to flee their plight. ...

Human trafficking is big business. ...

The numbers are astounding and only increasing. Some 5,000 new migrants arrive on the shores of Italy alone every day. ...

Europe will change. This will happen... is happening, in our lifetimes, with globalist elites endorsing it as benign or even laudatory. ...

If present trends continue, and every evidence – from Merkel to Macron, from Sweden to Canada suggests it will (Trump excluded) – the migrants will not abate. ...

Make no mistake this is nothing less than the utter and complete transformation of Europe into Eurabia, a cultural and political appendage of the Arab and Afro/Muslim world. This Eurabia is fundamentally anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.
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Immigration – Brexit
Amber Rudd vows no post-Brexit 'cliff edge' on migration
Nicholas Mairs
PoliticsHome, 28 July 2017

Amber Rudd has assured migrants and businesses there will be no "cliff edge" on the UK's immigration system on the day it quits the EU.

The Home Secretary made the comments after her junior Brandon Lewis made the surprise announcement that free movement would officially end on the day the UK quits the EU in March 2019.

She said EU nationals will instead go through a "registration and documentation" process if they want to come to the UK under its transitional post-Brexit immigration arrangements.

Mr Lewis told the Today programme that an entirely new system would be in place by the time Britain is due to withdraw fully from the bloc, despite previous assertions from cabinet colleagues that free movement would continue until 2022. ...

Ms Rudd insisted yesterday that an "implementation phase" would be in place and that the "full, new EU immigration policy" would only come into force after a transitional period.
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Immigration – EU migrants, analysis
Amber Rudd asks for analysis of EU migration – a year after referendum
Jessica Elgot
The Guardian, 27 July 2017

The government is to launch its first major investigation into migration from the EU in order to lay the foundations for a new immigration system, though critics have questioned why the work has begun more than a year after the EU referendum.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, is to commission the independent Migration Advisory Committee to carry out a detailed analysis of the economic and social contributions and costs of EU citizens in Britain.

Announcing the study, Rudd also said the government would seek a transitional arrangement, likely to involve the continuation of free movement, to ensure there would be no "cliff edge" for employers or EU nationals in the country.

However, the study will not report back until September 2018 – seven months before Britain is set to formally exit the EU in March 2019. ...

The MAC's chairman, Prof Alan Manning, has been asked to produce interim reports to guide Home Office officials attempting to draw up a post-Brexit immigration regime that will bring an end to free movement but will not cause economic damage or vital skills shortages. ...

Official statistics show net long-term immigration by EU citizens – the balance between arrivals and departures – was running at an estimated 133,000 last year, a fall of more than a quarter on 2015.
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Immigration – students, misleading statistics
UK's student migration data 'potentially misleading'
Simon Baker
Times Higher Education, 27 July 2017

Estimates of the number of overseas students who leave the UK after studying are painting a "potentially misleading" picture of net migration and should be treated with caution, the country's statistics watchdog has warned.

In a report published on 27 July, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) warns that the estimates – based on a survey of people entering and leaving the country – need to carry a warning due to the potential for error.

The data, published each quarter by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have consistently suggested that far fewer overseas students are leaving the UK than arriving, leading to speculation that a major factor was students overstaying their visas. ...

But in a letter accompanying the new report, the director-general of the OSR, Ed Humpherson, says that the "former-student emigration estimate does not bear the weight that is put on it in public debate".
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Immigration – public opinion
Brexit: Eight out of 10 Britons want full control of Britain's borders, says survey
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 26 July 2017

Eight out of 10 Britons want to take back full control of immigration, a new survey reveals.

Research carried out by respected pollsters Ipsos Mori showed 81 per cent said it was "essential, very or fairly important" to gain control during ongoing Brexit talks. ...

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics said the direct effect of net migration had grown the population by more than 251,000 people on average every year between 2004 and last year, up from 240,000 a year between 2004 and 2014.
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Immigration – rights, economics, culture
Why supporting free trade and controlled migration is not a contradiction in terms
Alex Morton
ConservativeHome, 26 July 2017

Britain will face colossal pressure to accommodate tens of millions of people during the next few decades. A handful of free marketers argue that backing free movement of goods and services also means backing free movement of people. A key assumption of those proposing open borders is that people have a right to enter the UK; that to treat people in other countries differently to those here is racist and nativist, and that to protect our borders is no better than other protectionist measures.

This is quite wrong. Trade is inanimate objects and people are people. The impact of a cheaper furniture piece and a newly arrived migrant are obviously distinct. ...

The first key point is that people do not have the right to enter the UK. You are born into a nation, just as you are born into a family. /.../ You have no more right to walk into another country and demand residence than you do in the UK to walk into a richer person's home and demand to live in it.

Like a family, you should be free to leave at any time once you are an adult. But other countries, no more than other families, are not required to take you in. /.../ We may choose to let people in, but this is a privilege, not a right. ...

If migrants have no right to enter the UK, who we accept becomes a question of economics and culture. In terms of the economics, the evidence is clear – what might be termed the economics of agglomeration and addition. Agglomeration is the very clear evidence that high skilled workers benefit from the presence of other high skill workers, and if this generates an overall increase in wealth large enough it increases average incomes. /.../ Addition, meanwhile, what happens when you simply add workers of average to low skills to an existing labour pool. In this case, it is a simple case of supply and demand – more workers means lower wages (though employment is not impacted). ...

When migrants enter the UK, they rarely discard their cultural worldview. There is not only a purely economic cost, but a cultural cost to migration. The very institutions and culture that have generated the wealth and freedom in our society, or any society, do not exist in some vacuum or textbook. ...

So in general, we should welcome high skilled, culturally similar migrants, and few low skilled, culturally distinct migrants. And we should not be embarrassed about making the case for doing so.
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Immigration – politics, Brexit
On immigration, we need no implementation, no transition post-Brexit. Just an immediate start in cutting numbers
Christopher Howarth
ConservativeHome, 25 July 2017
[Christopher Howarth is a senior researcher working in the House of Commons]

The UK has, by accident or design, followed a policy of economic growth driven by migration-fuelled population growth. EU free movement supplemented by a taxpayer subsidy for employers to take on low paid workers – in-work benefits – has been a dominant feature of our economy for the last 15 years.

So all established companies that have a secure market benefit from a growing economy, while those who find it easier to import skills rather than invest in domestic skills or automation get a double benefit. Whether individual domestic workers and taxpayers have benefited is another question.

It should therefore be no surprise that organisations who represent these companies – the CBI, the IoD and so on – are now in panic mode at the prospect of the withdrawal of their cheap labour drug. These addicts are playing for time, clinging to an EU free movement "transition" as a heroin addict clings to methadone. But their shrill cravings should be resisted. ...

You may ask why the Cabinet is discussing a "transition" before it has agreed what we are transitioning to? ...

This leads to the conclusion that what is being discussed internally is simply keeping our present immigration policy after we leave the EU. ...

What the Government needs to do now is give a clear sense of direction. There is cross-party agreement that free movement within the context of EU membership should end. /.../ Michael Forsyth, who chairs a Lords Committee looking into this issue, has summed the situation up well:

"Some firms will need to raise wages to attract domestic workers. In other sectors, where migrant workers may not easily be replaced by domestic workers, firms will need to change their business models or increase capital investment in automated processes." ...

... Business and government should not waste time asking for extensions and complaining the task is too big for them – but get on with it now.
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Immigration – Brexit, EU migrants
Now even arch Brexiteer Gove admits EU migrants will keep coming to the UK for up to FIVE years as Ukip warns the deal 'betrays' the referendum
Tim Sculthorpe and Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 22 July 2017

Michael Gove today endorsed a transitional exit from the EU that could leave Britain's borders open for up to five years.

The Environment Secretary insisted immigration rules would be overhauled and the referendum result honoured.

It emerged today that the Remainers in the Cabinet had won a battle to secure agreement for a transitional deal that could last until 2022 - three full years after Brexit officially takes place and five from the start of the Article 50 process.
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Immigration – statistics
UK unprepared for cap on migration – and cannot count it properly, warn Lords
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2017

Britain is "in the dark" over immigration numbers because the current system for counting movement into and out of the UK is inadequate, a committee of Lords has warned.

Companies across the country are also unprepared for a sharp drop in immigration, meaning that the flagship policy to reduce net immigration to below 100,000 per year "runs the risk of causing considerable disruption".

"The Government must have reliable statistics on migration before it formulates new policy, otherwise it will be making crucial decisions – of vital importance to the country's businesses – in the dark," said Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee.

Peers noted that there is not even a single definition of what a migrant is, with official statistics varying between counting those born abroad, those with foreign nationality, and those who have changed their country of residence.

They propose that the Government use data from sources including tax records to work out how many migrants are in the UK, the time for which they stay, the proportion who are in work, and the type of work they carry out.

The current system, which largely relies on surveys, is particularly inadequate in counting the number of foreign students who are in the UK and who stay on after graduating.
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Immigration – Brexit
Free movement of people to continue for at least two years after Brexit - media
Reuters, 21 July 2017

The free movement of European Union citizens to Britain will continue for at least two years after Brexit as part of a transitional deal, British media reported on Friday. ...

Some senior members of Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, have been pushing for a transitional period designed to protect the economy and reassure businesses.

As part of Hammond's plans, EU citizens would still be able to move to Britain for up to two years, The Times newspaper reported on Friday. The Guardian newspaper cited a senior cabinet source as saying free movement could last for up to four years.
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Immigration – Brexit
Five more years of EU migration: Cabinet Remainers' victory after agreeing 'soft-landing' transition period that will delay UK getting its borders back
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 21 July 2017

The Cabinet has agreed to pursue a 'soft-landing' transition from the EU that could see free movement continue in all but name until 2022.

A senior government source told the Daily Mail that Remainers had declared victory in their battle for a lengthy transition period, despite fears it will slow the process of taking back control of Britain's borders.

The source claimed leading Brexiteers such as Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have now signed up to the idea of a substantial 'implementation phase' after the UK leaves in 2019, in order to give business and government time to adjust to departure from the EU.
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Immigration – students
How many students have been granted settlement in recent years?
Migration Watch UK, 21 July 2017

A major Home Office study carried out over seven years has established migrants' journeys through the immigration system. They have taken those granted settlement and traced their journey back through the system to establish the routes under which they originally arrived.

The analysis reveals that over the period 2009-2015, 191,000 non-EU migrants who originally came through the student route were granted settlement. An average of 23,300 non-EU migrants who originally arrived on a student visa and 4,000 who arrived on a student dependant visa were granted settlement in each year. ...

The Migrant Journey statistics show that settlement was granted to almost 200,000 non-EU citizens who originally arrived in the UK as a student or the dependant of a student.
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Immigration – students
Students have added 200,000 to the permanent population in the last seven years
Migration Watch UK, 21 July 2017
[Press release]

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has called on the government to improve the statistics on the number of students who leave the country and then for them to be removed from net migration 'for public policy purposes'.

This is despite the fact that a report issued today by Migration Watch UK reveals that in the last seven years almost 200,000 grants of settlement were made to non-EU citizens who originally arrived through the student route.

The report is based on the findings of official Home Office analysis of migrants' journeys through the immigration system which established that an average of 27,000 grants of settlement were made to people who arrived as students or student dependants in each of the years 2009-2015.

There is no doubt that the statistics on the number of students who remain in the country should be improved and the government should make use of the available exit check data. However, once we have an accurate picture of the contribution of students to net migration, they should remain in the target. Students have, after all, comprised half (600,000) of all non-EU inflow in the last five years, which has totalled 1.18 million.
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Immigration – free movement, public opinion
Most Leave voters back free movement – you just have to explain it
Michael Chessum
New Statesman, 20 July 2017

The argument during the referendum was never about free movement, but about immigration in general.

This week, a piece of YouGov polling flipped on its head a widely held belief about the public's attitude to immigration in the context of Brexit. The headline question was:

"In negotiating Britain's departure from the European Union, do you think our government should offer EU citizens the right to travel, work, study or retire in Britain, in exchange for EU countries giving British citizens the same rights?"

Of the respondents, 69 per cent, including 60 per cent of Leave voters, responded that they should.

The poll has been overlooked by the bulk of the press, for whom it contradicts a very basic assumption – that the end of free movement, and the implicit acceptance of the narrative that high net migration had strained services and wages, was an electoral necessity for any party wanting to enter government. In fact, the apparent consensus against free movement after Brexit owes much less to deeply-rooted public opinion, and much more to the abject failure of progressives and mainstream Remain campaigners to make the case for it. ...

Perhaps most importantly, free movement makes British workers more secure. Migrants will come to the UK regardless of whether or not free movement agreements are in place; without the automatic right to work, many will be forced to work illegally and will become hyper-exploited. Removing migrants' access to public funds and benefits – a policy which was in the Labour manifesto – would have a similar effect, forcing migrants to take any work they could find.
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Immigration – Brexit
Brexit talks must not lose sight of immigration issue
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 18 July 2017

Something seems to have gone missing from the Brexit negotiations. ...

While Theresa May in her manifesto renewed David Cameron's vow to bring net migration down to 100,000 a year we have scarcely heard a thing on the subject since the election.

There has to be a suspicion that the Government is preparing for a climbdown, that it is opening the way for a deal in which Britain would remain partially in the single market with EU citizens free to travel to Britain, to look for work here and to claim benefits here much as before. ...

Any slippage on free movement matters because it undermines one of the main reasons for people voting to Leave the EU: the desire to establish a controlled migration policy where we continue to welcome people who are going to add to our economy but where we cease to be under obligation to take in those who will be a burden on our welfare state and public services. ...

Free movement was a harebrained idea which the EU's leaders never properly thought through.

It has strained Europe's economy - depopulating parts of the East as well as causing overpopulation in the West.

The Government, in doing a Brexit deal, must not contemplate allowing it even partially to remain.
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Immigration – public opinion
Poll commissioned by Tony Blair says Britons DO want Hard Brexit and demand fewer migrants, demolishing the ex-PM's claims that the country doesn't want to leave the EU
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 17 July 2017

Tony Blair has insisted voters are changing their minds on Brexit – despite his own opinion poll showing overwhelming support for leaving the EU. ...

In addition, 75 per cent said they believe Britain's immigration policy is too open, compared with just 4 per cent who said it is too closed. ...

The poll was conducted for Mr Blair's institute by research firm Luntz Global Partners between May and June. ...

Mr Blair said he had opened Britain's borders to Eastern European countries after they joined the EU in 2004 'for very good reasons ... in a completely different economic situation'.
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Immigration – Brexit
A soft Brexit would mean mass immigration – of over 100,000 people a year net until the late 2030s
Lord Green (Andrew Green)
ConservativeHome, 17 July 2017

Talk of a "soft" Brexit, sometimes dressed up as a "Brexit for jobs" or for "prioritising the needs of the economy" is thoroughly misleading. In practice it can only mean continued membership of the Single Market. ...

There is a great deal at stake: namely, the continuation of massive levels of immigration from the EU into the foreseeable future. There is no sign that the incentives of higher wages and the greater availability of employment in the UK, which have led to record levels of EU net migration, have diminished. Romania's minimum wage is still a fifth of the level of the UK's, and the OECD predicts that there will be no convergence of UK and East European wages in the next 20 years. We could be looking at continued net inflows from the EU of well over 100,000 a year until the late 2030s.

In this case, overall net migration could well continue at around the ONS population projection's high migration scenario of 265,000 a year. That would mean the UK's population growing by just over 11 million by 2039 – two thirds of which would be the result of the direct and indirect effects of immigration. An increase on that scale would be the equivalent of adding a population nearly the size of the city of Birmingham every two years.

Even these huge numbers take no account of the recent revelation by their former Head of Enforcement that the Home Office have kept secret their estimates of illegal immigration which range from 150-250,000 per year, many of whom will have entered illegally and will therefore add to net migration.

We are now at the point where the whole scale and even nature of our population risks spinning out of control.
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Immigration – Romanians, Bulgarians
Worries as 171,000 Romanians and Bulgarians enter UK in three years
Lara Keay
Daily Express, 17 July 2017

More than 100 Romanians and Bulgarians have arrived every day since the European Union relaxed restrictions three years ago, figures show.

The number of immigrants from the two eastern European countries has risen by 171,000 from 129,000 in January 2014 to nearly 300,000 in March.

It equates to an average of 120 Romanians and 20 Bulgarians entering every single day. ...

Conservative MP for Monmouth David Davies said: "This is very worrying because we don't know how many of these people are actually finding work and how many are claiming things like housing benefit.

"These figures show the importance of controlling our immigration rules and that's precisely what we will be able to do once we leave the EU."
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Immigration – students
Thousands of foreign students unaccounted for, report says
AOL / PA, 13 July 2017

Thousands of foreign students remain unaccounted for after the Home Office showed a lack of urgency in tracing them, according to an inspection report.

The immigration watchdog warned last year that there was no process in place to monitor individuals in a category which had more than 70,000 cases, meaning the number who have stayed in the country illegally was unknown.

The figure has been reduced since the issue was first highlighted by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt.

But following a re-inspection, it emerged that around 16,000 overseas nationals have still not been located by immigration authorities.

Mr Bolt acknowledged that "data matching and cleansing" has substantially reduced the figure.

However, his assessment said there had been no directly related enforcement activity, adding: "I believe that the Home Office's approach has lacked urgency, a view that the Home Office strongly disputes.

"The Home Office's case would be helped if it were to set a clear timescale for the completion of this work." ...

Many of the 71,601 CNP decisions recorded in the two years to April 2015 may have departed the UK or been granted leave to remain on other grounds, but the true position was not known, the initial review said.

The latest report also highlighted the size of the "work in progress" caseload, with nearly 25,000 tier four curtailment notifications waiting to be considered.
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Immigration – emigartion, poverty, overseas aid
Why Priti Patel is wrong about overseas aid and immigration
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 9 July 2017

The Empire for International Development has a tough job justifying its deeply unpopular budget. In recent years, it has made out that development aid will stem the flow of migration. The following line appears in a piece that Priti Patel, the DFID Secretary, writes for the Sunday Telegraph today.

We are taking immediate steps to protect our borders and tackle people smuggling. But the only way to resolve this crisis in the long term is to address the root causes. We need to create jobs across Africa and provide its growing population with a route out of poverty where they are.

... But this idea about development quelling immigration is the opposite of the truth. ...

Emigration is a sign of development, not poverty, /.../ The only people who join the Great Migration are those who have the money – often thousands of dollars – that it costs. They seek better jobs, a better life. ...

Bill Clinton had an excuse when he repeated the 'development means emigration' trope: he was speaking a generation ago, before scholars had assembled the massive database of census data which today allows us to compare a thousand censuses from hundreds of countries. /.../ When a poor country starts to become richer, its emigration rate soars – until it's a middle-income country, like Albania. And only then does extra wealth mean less migration.

And for emigration flows, the same relationship holds.

Michael Clemens, the American development economist /.../ explains it thus:-

'In all years, there is no hint of a negative relationship between income and emigrant stock between PPP income per capita of roughly $600 (that of today's Niger or Ethiopia) and about $7,500 (today's Albania or Colombia). In this range of income, in fact, the relationship is positive. The rise in emigrant stocks associated with higher income levels in this range is statistically significant at the 5% level. The magnitude of the positive relationship is substantial. Early in the second half of the 20th century, richer countries in this range on average had emigrant stocks about three percentage points larger than the poorest countries. By the end of the century, this difference grew to nine percentage points, and seems to have continued growing since then.'

It doesn't take too much imagination to work out why. Let's consider our own recent history. ...

... Even in the early 1990s, immigrants were arriving at about 150 a day.

Now, it's 1,500 a day. Globalisation has kicked in, global poverty has halved over 25 years. The poor world is becoming richer, so people are on the move. ...

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

If Africa develops as Ms Patel hopes, then we can expect more rather than fewer immigrants. We'll need a better strategy for dealing with the Great Migration than to hope that it will just go away.
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Immigration – amnesty
Grenfell: 12-month immigration amnesty for survivors announced
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 July 2017

The Home Office has announced a temporary 12-month immigration "amnesty" for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The immigration minister, Brandon Lewis, told MPs the move was in recognition of the fact that some foreign nationals directly affected by the fire did not wish to engage with the authorities because of their concerns about their unresolved immigration status or because their permission to stay in Britain was about to expire.

The announcement means the Home Office will not conduct checks on residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk or those coming forward to provide information to help the authorities in their inquiries. ...

Survivors who contact the Home Office will be given up to a year's temporary leave to remain in Britain outside the immigration rules and with full access to relevant support and assistance. The usual requirement that they demonstrate that they can live without claiming social security benefits or having recourse to other public funds will also be waived. No fees will be charged either.
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Immigration – European Union
EU tells Britain to take in more Med migrants: Thousands could gain asylum as Brussels looks to ease 'unprecedented' crisis in Italy
Mario Ledwith
Daily Mail, 5 July 2017

The UK will be expected to hand asylum to potentially thousands of refugees to ease the 'unprecedented' migration crisis in Italy, Brussels chiefs said yesterday.

As a fierce diplomatic row broke out between European countries over how to deal with the situation, the EU said Britain was expected to open its doors to help the bloc. ...

Britain has previously distanced itself from immigration rules set by Brussels and instead focussed on its own schemes, such as David Cameron's 2015 pledge for Britain to take 20,000 Syrian refugees.

But the European Commission's deputy head Frans Timmermans yesterday said that Theresa May would be pushed to take part in the new programme due to the strain on Italy. ...

As well as bolstering the ability of the Libyan coastguard to prevent packed dinghies from leaving, Mr Timmermans said the EU needed significantly stronger powers to deport those denied asylum.

He said: 'We know that many of the people arriving in Italy, when scrutinised, do not have the right to international protection because they don't flee from war of persecution.

'They seek a better life, which is a noble pursuit, but it does not grant them the right to stay in the European Union.'

The Dutch official said deportation rules made the process 'excruciatingly difficult' and said people were abusing rights offered to refugees under the Geneva Convention for 'economic reasons'.

Pointing to further problems ahead, he said: 'I will tell you this this migration issue will not go away, not today, not tomorrow, not next year, not for a decade, not for two decades.

'This is a global phenomenon that will be with us for generations.'
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Immigration – number, foreign citizens
The number of foreign citizens living in the UK surges from one in 20 to almost one in 10 in just a DECADE, claims report
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 29 June 2017

Almost 10 per cent of the people living in Britain last year were foreign citizens, a major international report revealed today.

Numbers rose by 6.4 per cent to reach 5.95 million between 2015 and 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found.

It means 9.2 per cent of the population are from overseas, the think tank's International Migration Outlook report showed - a surge from 5 per cent in 2005. ...

The study found that asylum applications in the UK fell by 7 per cent to 30,600 last year, the first drop since 2010.

More Iranians, some 4,780, made asylum claims in the UK than any other nationality, followed by Pakistanis (3,701) and Iraqis (3,644). ...

The report highlighted how the UK recorded its highest rate of net migration of 332,000 in 2015 with the number of people arriving at 631,000.

But the number of people being given settlement rights in the same year fell by 12.7 per cent on 2014 to 90,800.

'The fall was entirely owing to fewer grants on the basis of family formation or reunion, 18.5 per cent of the total compared with 32 per cent in 2014,' the report said.

'The number fell by a further 35 per cent in 2016, to 59 000, largely due to fewer work, family and asylum related grants.'
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Immigration – public opinion, EU referendum
Brexit: People voted to leave EU because they feared immigration, major survey finds
May Bulman
Independent, 29 June 2017

Britain's vote to leave the EU was the result of widespread anti-immigration sentiment, rather than a wider dissatisfaction with politics, according to a major survey of social attitudes in the UK.

Findings from the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published on Wednesday show Brexit was the result of widespread concern over the numbers of people coming to the UK – millions of whom have done so under the EU's freedom of movement rules in recent years.

The research, collated by the National Centre for Social Research through a survey of nearly 3,000 British people, states suggestions by politicians and others that the Brexit vote represented a lightning rod for a general disenchantment with politics were "widely off the mark".

Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of those who are worried about immigration voted Leave, compared with 36 per cent of those who did not identify this as a concern, the research found, showing the discrepancy in views about immigration between Remain and Leave voters.

It also reveals that the longer any given voter felt EU migrants should have lived in the UK before qualifying for welfare benefits, the more likely they were to vote to leave the EU.
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Immigration – politics
The establishment will have seen nothing yet if it doesn't tackle immigration
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2017

As Theresa May forms a minority government and our Brexit negotiations finally begin, one very important issue has completely disappeared from view.

... Just last week, the Office of National Statistics issued some figures for the UK's population growth last year. They went largely ignored despite immigration consistently being the top issue for the British public over the last few years.

The figures were truly astonishing and showed the population grew by 538,000 in the year ending 2016. Despite these amazing figures, the BBC made virtually no mention of them and absolutely nobody in what is seen as 'mainstream' politics offered the opinion that these numbers might cause a problem. It was pretty much radio silence.

That is because no one dares to touch this subject. To even discuss immigration goes against their politically correct view of what a nice place the world should be. ...

The fact is that whenever you hear a politician bleating on about a lack of housing, the need for extra NHS cash or the crisis in our transport infrastructure, you would have thought it would not be too difficult join up the dots.

You'd be wrong. During the 2015 televised leaders debate, I made the point that we need to build a new house every seven minutes (it's every four minutes now) in this country just to cope with the current scale of immigration. When I asked if they see a link between immigration and housing and they all said no.

This of course defies logic, but it also demonstrates that our political class have no intention of doing anything about our immigration crisis, even when we finally leave the European Union. Fine words about ending free movement are pretty meaningless as the numbers continue to pour in. The time has come for real action on this and not more hollow words.

Perhaps even worse still was another news story over the past few weeks that gained almost no attention at all. David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, revealed that on a bad year up to 250,000 illegal immigrants either entered the country or overstayed on their visas. Yes thats right – a quarter of a million. ...

This government, albeit a minority one, was elected once again to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands a year. How they could say this with a straight face given the failed 2010 and 2015 manifesto pledges in this area is really quite beyond me.

Unless this issue is gripped, public anger will grow and we'll have seen nothing yet when it comes to political shocks. I say this because 77 per cent of the British people want us to have proper border controls and reduced immigration levels. That isn't going away.

The gulf and the disconnect between the voters and politicians in Westminster has grown wider, not narrower, since the referendum result last year. And however difficult or unpleasant the establishment found it as I campaigned on immigration numbers in the years leading up the referendum, unless something is done about this crisis, something very unpleasant will inevitably emerge.
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Immigration – politics, EU
Theresa May has been very generous to EU nationals. But who will pay the bill?
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2017

Theresa May's offer to confirm the settled status of an estimated 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK is certainly "generous", as the Prime Minister told the Commons on Monday. More so, indeed, than may be appreciated.

It includes access to benefits and extends to the relatives of European nationals already here – parents, siblings, even cousins in some cases. Most people accept this as fair and expect the EU countries where 1.2 million British ex-pats live to respond in kind.

But the two groups are not compatible. Around one third of the Brits in Europe are self-sufficient retirees mainly living in France, Spain and Ireland. It is thought that about 800,000 are workers with families.

By contrast, most EU nationals in the UK are in jobs and many are here with dependants. As they are older on average, the British abroad are more likely to be users of the health services but EU countries charge the NHS for treating them – about £580 million in 2014. The UK received just£12 million from other EU countries for the treatment of their pensioners, suggesting there are far fewer of them.

On the other hand, UK nationals on the continent are far less likely than their EU counterparts in Britain to be consumers of other public services like schools or transport. Moreover, since they are spread around a number of countries, their impact is dissipated. Here, there are at least 2.1 million EU nationals in work, which suggests a million or so are dependants, mainly school-age children. ...

When Migration Watch was set up the population of the UK was 58 million; today it is 7 million higher – and that's without counting an unknown number of illegal entrants. At this rate it will be over 70 million by 2025.

The people who ignored this trend 15 years ago and denounced anyone who discussed it as racist are the same people who today demand that more money is spent on the public services to sustain such a large population. ...

... In the end, it was not the fact of immigration that led to the Brexit vote, but its sheer scale for which our politicians, to their eternal shame, never prepared.
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Immigration – EU citizens
EU nationals in the UK will have to have superior rights than British citizens after Brexit, says Sir Keir Starmer
Tom Peck
Independent, 28 June 2017

Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary has said that EU nationals living in the UK should enjoy greater rights than their British neighbours.

Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC's Today Programme that the controversial £18,600 income threshold for visas for foreign spouses that is currently applied to Brits should not be applied to EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit, which would hand British based EU nationals greater rights than UK citizens.

Sir Keir, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, also indicated that a compromise would have to be found, through which European courts, not UK ones, could preside over the rights of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit. ...

Sir Keir said EU nationals "should not suffer as a result of Brexit and therefore the exact same rights should be available to them in future."

"At the moment EU citizens in this country can bring in a spouse or a family member without any financial threshold," he said.
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Immigration – EU citizens
Families of EU migrants who arrive in UK before Brexit will be allowed to stay, Theresa May reveals
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2017

EU citizens who are given the right to settle in the UK after Brexit will be allowed to bring their family members to Britain, even if they do not currently live in in the country, the Prime Minister has announced.

The deal, offered by Theresa May to EU nations, means anyone who has lived in the UK for five years continuously will be granted settled status and will be free to bring their family from Europe to live in Britain as long as they do so before Brexit.

It has led to claims that many more than the three million EU nationals currently living in the UK will be given the right to live and work in the country after the UK leaves the bloc.

The Home Office will be forced to tackle over 4,000 applications for citizenship every day in order to arrange status for everyone living here, it has emerged.

The process is likely to require extra staff and a new IT system but no costs have so far been announced to account for this. ...

Anyone from another EU nation living in the UK before the cut-off date will be entitled to claim settled status as long as they have lived in the country for five years continuously.

Settled status is essentially the same as indefinite leave to remain, which gives the holder the right to use UK public services and access benefits and education.

It does not give the holder the right to a British passport, but those with six years residency can apply for citizenship and obtain one this way.

Family members of EU citizens with settled status will have the right to come to the UK and build up their five year residency in order to achieve the same status, even if they did not live in the country before the cut-off date - as long as they come before the UK leaves the union.

Family members are generally accepted as dependent children, spouses, parents and could also possibly include cousins, although the detail is yet to be agreed.

But if family members seek to come to the UK to join those with settled status after Brexit they will have to do so under current UK rules, which force migrants to prove they have enough income to support themselves.

Anyone who has not got the full five years needed for settled status but was here before the cut-off date will be allowed to stay in the UK in order to build up enough time to achieve the full rights after Brexit.

There will be a two-year grace period after the UK leaves the union during which time everyone will have to apply and achieve a status in UK law. ...

Those who arrive after the cut-off date may be allowed to apply for settled status, depending on their circumstances. ...

Announcing the plans today Mrs May told EU citizens "we want you to stay" as she vowed that anyone arriving before the cut-off date with five years residence will be free to access benefits, healthcare, pensions and other public services as UK nationals do.
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Immigration – EU immigrants, numbers
Reality Check: How many people are affected by May's offer?
BBC, 24 June 2017

Theresa May told other EU leaders on Thursday that a new "UK settled status" would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years, rights to stay and access to health, education and other benefits.

She said the proposals depend on other EU states guaranteeing UK citizens the same rights. ...

The number of citizens of the other 27 EU countries living in the UK in 2015 was estimated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to be around 3.2 million.

Polish citizens topped the list with 916,000 - more than any other nationality. In 2001, there were only 38,000 Polish nationals living in the UK.

Irish nationals are the second largest EU group in the UK, estimated at 332,000 in 2015.

... There are now 233,000 Romanians living in the UK, making them the third biggest EU group of migrants.

There has been a notable increase in the number of migrants from the older EU member states too: Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

An analysis by the ONS, published in January 2017, suggests that an estimated 900,000 UK citizens are long-term residents of other EU countries.

Spain hosted the highest number of migrants from the UK with 309,000. More than 100,000 of them are aged 65 and over. France was second with 157,062, and Ireland third with 112,090.

These numbers are all estimates, generally based on extrapolations of countries' censuses, which are carried out every 10 years.
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Immigration – EU migrants, free movement
Free movement isn't free: the truth about EU immigration
George Eaton
New Statesman, 22 June 2017

In the Brext negotiations, the government has unashamedly prioritised immigration control over the economy. The UK must leave the single market, ministers say, in order to restrict free movement. For decades, they lament, European immigration has been "uncontrolled", making it impossible to meet the government's target of reducing net migration to "tens of thousands" a year.

It's worth noting that non-EU immigration alone (which ministers can limit) remains more than ten times this level (owing to the economic benefits). But more importantly, liberals and conservatives alike talk of "free movement" as if it is entirely free - it isn't.

Though EU citizens are initially permitted to live in any member state, after three months they must prove that they are working (employed or self-employed), a registered student or have "sufficient resources" (savings or a pension) to support themselves and not be "a burden on the benefits system". Far from being unconditional, then, the right to free movement is highly qualified.

The irony is that the supposedly immigration-averse UK has never enforced these conditions. Even under Theresa May, the Home Office judged that the cost of recording entry and exit dates was too high. Since most EU migrants are employed (and contribute significantly more in taxes than they do in benefits), there was no economic incentive to do so.

For some Brexiteers, of course, a job is not adequate grounds for an immigrant to remain. But even beyond implementing existing law, there is potential for further reform of free movement - even within the single market. ...

Yet with some exceptions, these facts are rarely heard in British political debate. Many Labour MPs, like their Conservative counterparts, support single market withdrawal to end free movement.
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Immigration – public opinion, prejudice, Brexit
Brexit: Anti-immigrant prejudice major factor in deciding vote, study finds
Ian Johnston
Independent, 22 June 2017

Prejudice against immigrants from the European Union was a "major" deciding factor in the Brexit referendum, according to a new study.

But people who actually met foreigners living in Britain tended to have a positive experience and this appears to have helped persuade many people to vote Remain, the researchers found.

The results suggest that the Brexit campaign's emphasis on immigration – dubbed "Project Hate" by the pro-EU camp – was politically astute. ...

The lead researcher of the new study, Dr Rose Meleady, said their findings helped explain an apparently counter-intuitive voting pattern – that areas with low numbers of immigrants were more likely to back Brexit. ...

"Fear of immigration can sometimes drive prejudice rather than its reality." ...

Support for Brexit correlated more closely with dislike of foreigners than several other factors.

Prejudice was found to have a correlation score with voting Leave of 0.51 on a scale from zero, meaning no relationship, to one, meaning the two factors matched exactly.

This was a bigger factor than holding politically conservative views (0.43), having negative contact with immigrants (0.43) and being older (0.15).

In contrast, voting Remain was associated with positive contact with immigrants (0.4) and being more educated (0.17). Gender did not have a statistically significant effect.

Dr Meleady, of the University of East Anglia, said the figures showed prejudice against EU immigrants was a "major" deciding factor in the referendum, but it was unclear whether this would have swayed the result.
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Immigration – immigration target, public opinion
Most Conservative voters want net migration target replaced – poll
British Future, 22 June 2017

71% of Conservative voters think the Government should drop the net migration target and replace it with separate targets for different types of immigration, like skilled and low-skilled workers, according to a new ICM poll for British Future. Just 6% of Conservatives disagree.

Among the public as a whole, nearly two-thirds (63%) think the target should be replaced, with 7% disagreeing. Support for the proposal was strongest among the over-65s – the demographic that has shown the greatest support for the Conservative Party – with three-quarters (75%) supporting separate targets for different types of immigration.

Only 12% of the public – and just 14% of Conservative voters – think that the Government will meet its net migration target in the next five years, while two-thirds of the public (66%) and 62% of Conservatives believe it won't be met.

Business leaders from the Institute of Directors and British Chambers of Commerce emphasized the need for Government now to rethink and conduct a comprehensive review of immigration policy, putting further pressure on the Prime Minister to replace the unpopular target, which has not been met in the seven years since it was announced by former Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Immigration – public opinion. elite opinion
European Establishment and Members of the Public Poles Apart on EU, Immigration, Islam, Confirms Study
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 June 2017

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House, has published research which indicates there is a huge divide between Europe's media-political establishment and ordinary members of the public on the EU, mass immigration, and Islam. ...

The contrast in opinions on mass immigration was equally stark, with 57 per cent of elites convinced it has been good for their country, compared with 25 per cent of the public, and 58 per cent of elites believing migrants have "enhanced cultural life" compared with just 38 per cent of the public.

Elites are similarly out of touch with respect to the impact of immigration on crime and public services, with 54 per cent saying it has not made crime worse and 49 per cent saying it is not been a strain on the welfare state.

Meanwhile, 51 per cent of the public recognised that immigration has made crime worse and 55 per cent recognised it has put strains on the welfare state.

Elites also proved far less concerned about the impact of Islam on Europe than the public, with 56 per cent of ordinary people saying "all further immigration from Muslims states should be halted" compared with 53 per cent of elites who said it should not be.

Fifty-five per cent of ordinary people also agreed that "European and Muslim ways of life are irreconcilable", compared with just 35 per cent of elites.

Curiously, both seemed to be convinced on banning Islamic face coverings in public – 61 per cent of elites, 73 per cent of ordinary people.
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Immigration – diversity
Goa and India fail on diversity
Vivek Menezes
Times of India, 17 June 2017

Across the oceans in the UK, Enoch Powell must be spinning in his grave. In 1968, the late conservative politician gave a histrionic warning, "we must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting" widespread immigration from former British colonies in the Caribbean and East Africa, along with India and Pakistan. In that notorious 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham, he continued, "I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood"... Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal."

Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech was somewhat right on the numbers, because his country's demographics did, in fact, transform radically due to immigration. By 2025, the UK's minority population is estimated to top 20%. But the old Tory was nonetheless on the wrong side of history, and especially public opinion, because the influx was never seriously challenged or (as he would have had it) stanched. The unprecedented results of last week's national elections are a perfect illustration of the positive (though yet incomplete) integration of minorities in the UK, mostly achieved over the course of a single generation. The most diverse parliament in the country's history is now in place. The most delicious irony is Enoch Powell's own seat of Wolverhampton South West was won by Eleanor Smith, an Afro-Caribbean union leader from the Labour Party.
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Immigration – laws, enforcement
Where is the will to enforce laws on immigration?
Alasdair Palmer and David Wood
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2017
[The authors' pamphlet, "The Politics of Fantasy: Immigration policy in the UK after Brexit", is published by Civitas]

Is there political will to enforce immigration law effectively?

This has been in short supply in recent years: the rigorous enforcement of immigration law inevitably gives rise to allegations that the enforcement is heartless, brutal, and inhumane – allegations which no government likes to have made against it, and which are often sufficient to make a government abandon the policy.

An example of the reluctance to enforce immigration law is the fate of the poster campaign which Theresa May, as Home Secretary, instigated in October 2013. ...

... The point is rather that the speed with which Theresa May withdrew the vans is an indication of the lack of political will to take policy decisions relating to the enforcement of immigration policy that generate heavy criticism.

It is hard to see how the enforcement of immigration policy can be made significantly more effective in such a situation – for there can be no doubt that any enforcement of immigration policy that is more effective will generate intense criticism. ...

Whether or not they would successfully reduce the level of immigration, the political will to enforce harsh immigration policies is at present lacking.
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Immigration – culture, Europe
A Masterly Look At Europe
Bruce Bawer
FrontPage Mag, 12 June 2017

"Europe is committing suicide," writes Douglas Murray in the first sentence of his erudite, dispiriting, and indispensable new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. In words that I agree with but that put the matter in a way so stark that they even made me catch my breath, Murray predicts that "by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place the world we had to call home." This cataclysm, in Murray's view, has two causes: mass immigration and Europeans' loss of faith in European "beliefs, traditions and legitimacy." ...

Meanwhile, slightly different versions of the same tragedy (or farce?) were being played out across northwestern Europe. Everywhere, the natives were lied to by their politicians and media: the scale of immigration, they were told, was far lower than widely believed; their country had always been "a nation of immigrants"; immigrants represented a net economic asset; crime statistics were inflated; and, naturally, Islam was a religion of peace. Those who criticized immigration – because they saw their culture disappearing, their secular democracy challenged, their taxes going to support indolent, criminal aliens, and their own access to housing and schools cut off by policies that favored foreigners – were called racists and nationalists, were accused of being fixated on skin color, and were ridiculed for failing to have a sophisticated enough appreciation of the value of cultural diversity. ...

Even as Murray investigates the existential guilt and ennui that enable Western Europeans to buckle under to Islam, he puzzles over the fact that these phenomena are mostly absent in the former Iron Curtain countries. Under Communism, Eastern Europeans retained the "tragic sense of life" that many Western Europeans had long since lost; later, freed from Soviet despotism, they joined the EU only to find themselves being ordered around again – this time, being commanded to open their borders to what they, if not their Western European counterparts, recognized quite clearly as tyranny (though in a form different from the tyranny they had lived under). To these EU diktats they said no, in thunder. Murray ponders at some length, and with no little eloquence, the possible reasons why Western and Eastern Europeans differ so dramatically in this regard. ...

Murray, then, covers a lot of turf, always with knowledge and insight. /.../ There are outrageous quotes, such as the one from former Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who a couple of years ago actually told his people, in a televised speech, that they were themselves uninteresting and that the nation handed down by their forebears for generation after generation belonged more properly to the masses who were currently pouring in from the Muslim world. ...

... More than any other book with which I am familiar, The Strange Death of Europe provides a rich, comprehensive, and haunting portrait of a continent in extremis and an astute, thoroughly credible diagnosis of the social, psychological, and cultural afflictions that have led it to this hour of crisis.
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Immigration – EU immigrants
UK poised to let one million EU temporary migrants stay after Brexit
Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2017

Britain is preparing to grant nearly a million EU citizens the right to remain in the UK even though they have not achieved the five-year residency qualification as part of plans to kick-start Brexit negotiations, the Telegraph can reveal.

The proposal is part of a "generous" package of measures that will offer to guarantee the rights of all the 3m European Union citizens currently in the UK and build positive momentum in the coming talks that could begin as early as June 19.

Cabinet ministers are expected to debate the measures next week as they make final preparations for talks in Brussels where the fate of British and EU expats on both sides of the Channel will be top of the agenda.

Official sources added that the UK will offer to grant EU citizens "full equivalence" with the rights of UK citizens after Brexit Day at the end of March 2019.

In a third olive branch to Brussels, the UK is also preparing to create a "light touch" approach to establishing whether EU citizens are eligible to remain in the UK in a bid to alleviate the EU's concerns over a "hostile" Home Office immigration bureaucracy. ...

To make things even easier for EU migrants affected by Brexit, sources said that a new system would rely on HMRC tax databases in order to establish if someone has been resident much more rapidly and easily.

This would go a long way to meeting the EU demand that EU migrants in Britain should be given residence after Brexit even if they do not actually have documents "evidencing that right".

The Telegraph also understands - subject to political decision to be taken by the new government - that Britain is prepared to compromise over the so-called 'cut off date' when EU citizens should be eligible for full rights. ...

Whatever date is finally agreed upon, figures from the Oxford-based Migration Observatory estimate that there are some 975,000 EU migrants who will be in the UK who have not met the five-year residency test. Even so, this group will be allowed to remain under the plans.
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Immigration – Islam, Europe
Wilders: 'The Bell Tolls for Europe' as Europeans Are in Danger of Being Replaced
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 June 2017
[Geert Wilders, MP, is the leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands]

For Western Europe's ruling elites, protecting the rights of so-called asylum seekers has become more important than protecting their own citizens.

Recently, Germany provided a staggering example of this. An immigrant from Uganda raped a woman, but the German authorities refuse to expel him because the rapist claims to be gay and homosexuals are prosecuted in his home country.

The elites also refuse to defend our own identity, and today's Dutch newspapers contain an example of that. A Protestant church proposes that the official holiday, which the Dutch enjoy for the Christian feast of Pentecost, be replaced by an official holiday on the Islamic feast of Eid-al-Fitr.

With this proposal, the Christian group says, it wants "to do justice to diversity in religion." However, if there is one culture on earth which allows no diversity in religion whatsoever, it is Islam. Just look at Saudi-Arabia, where they do not even allow the construction of a single church.

I have picked these two examples because they pertain to the two most important issues Europe is currently facing: Mass immigration and the surge of Islam. If we do not want to be wiped away, our population replaced and our culture annihilated, it is vital that we start acting forcefully and courageously to protect our citizens and our civilisation.

Mass immigration is the first major issue we need to tackle. Those who think that since 2015 the worst is behind us, are wrong.

The African population is bound to quadruple from its present 1 billion to 4 billion by the end of the century. In the coming 30 years, the number of Africans will grow by more than one billion people. ...

The demographic pressure will be enormous. One-third of the Africans want to move abroad, and many want to come to Europe. Last year, over 180,000 people crossed in shabby boats from Libya. And this is just the beginning. According to EU Commissioner Avramopoulos, at this very moment, 3 million migrants are waiting to enter Europe. How many terrorists, rapists, ISIS sympathisers and welfare abusers will there be among that number?

Michael Moller, the director of the United Nations office in Geneva warns that the migration process is "just going to accelerate. Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as a magnet," he says. Indeed, they can see on their phones that, while fewer than 3% of last year's migrants were legitimate asylum seekers of refugees fleeing warzones, hardly anyone is being sent back. Instead, they are being welcomed with generous welfare benefits, subsidised housing and public healthcare schemes!

And, so, the bell tolls for Europe. If Western Europe continues with its present open door policies, the population of the continent will simply be replaced. The potential arrival of possibly 1 billion Africans will simply dwarf the 700,000 million indigenous Europeans. Moreover, many of the would-be immigrants are Islamic, which brings us to the second big issue we are confronting. ...

Our existence it at stake. If we want to survive as free nations and free peoples and avoid being replaced, we have to act now.
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Immigration – EU and non-EU immigration, public opinion
UK voters, including Leavers, care more about reducing non-EU than EU migration
Simon Hix, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas J. Leeper
LSE, 30 May 2017

Brexit leaders such as Boris Johnson have maintained a narrative that sovereignty, not immigration, was the key motivation behind the Leave vote. Keen to distance themselves from charges of xenophobia, Vote Leave worked hard to dispel the notion that their cause was powered by generalised anti-immigration sentiment. Where immigration was mentioned, the issue, it was claimed, was not numbers but control and fairness. Why should unskilled East Europeans get in ahead of qualified South Asians? ...

Yet academic research raises questions over this interpretation. First of all, immigration was key. Using survey data, Harold Clarke, Paul Whiteley, and Matthew Goodwin show that immigration is by far the strongest predictor of a Leave vote, and anti-immigration folk were more motivated to show up at the polls than others. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Evans and Jon Mellon find that UKIP and Vote Leave were able to successfully link the immigration issue, which voters cared about, to the EU question, which they didn't, generating the electricity needed to put Leave over the top.

Second, and more surprising, is concern over non-European immigration. The problem of unrestricted low-skill European immigration was repeatedly flagged during the campaign, so many assume people voted Leave because they were primarily exercised by the issue of East European immigration. This turns out not to be the case.

We tend to make emotional decisions and rationalise these to ourselves after the fact. American social psychologist Jon Haidt calls our emotions the 'elephant' and our cognition the 'rider'. Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky prefer 'fast' and 'slow' thinking as the metaphor. Either way, our research shows that immigration in general – notably non-EU immigration – is the fast-thinking elephant behind the Leave vote.

Over the past two decades, non-European immigration has usually exceeded European immigration /.../ The share of non-European origin in the population of England and Wales doubled between 2001 and 2011. Yet openly appealing to anti-Asian or anti-African immigration sentiment was tricky due to its racial connotations. As Labour MP Frank Field relates: 'The truth is, I wasn't brave enough to raise it [immigration] as an issue – though I thought it was an issue for yonks – until we were talking about white people coming in. And even then the anger that this was racist was something one had to face.'

In order to assess the importance of non-European immigration we conducted a survey of 3,636 UK residents through YouGov's online panel between 26 April and 3 May 2017. ...

What's striking – and no one is talking about – is that British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants: /.../ This pattern of preferring immigrants from inside the EU to those from outside holds across all social groups in our data. ...

The same pattern holds for Leavers and Remainers, /.../ But Leavers are much more motivated by the immigration issue than Remainers and seek far lower numbers.
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Immigration – terrorism, resignation
The Manchester Attack and the Death of Europe
Michael Brendan Dougherty
National Review, 30 May 2017

A new book by Douglas Murray sheds light on the passivity and exhaustion that characterized the recent terror attack in the U.K.

The terror attack in Manchester had any number of new disturbing elements. The choice of target, a concert full of young girls and their parents was especially heinous. /.../ But what's most troubling is that the public reaction to the attack was one of such passivity, and resignation. It expressed itself in the thousands of faux-serious commentators who counseled people that there was nothing that could be done to stop soft-target terror attacks. It expressed itself in the way that people reached for dumb clichés about responding with "hope, note hate." ...

This frighteningly passive, and frightfully boring, set of responses contrasts with the presence of Douglas Murray's lively new book, The Strange Death of Europe, on the bestseller charts in the U.K. At first blush it looks like the latest in a long series of books with "Islam and immigration" figuring in the subtitle. But Murray's book is informed by actual reporting across the Continent, and a quality of writing that manages to be spritely and elegiac at the same time. Murray's is also a truly liberal intellect, in that he is free from the power that taboo exerts over the European problem, but he doesn't betray the slightest hint of atavism or meanspiritedness.

Yes, Murray is quite good at piling up the numbers that outline the collapse of European populations and the explosion of migration in the past decades and especially over the past two years. He's also quite good at batting down the facile arguments for allowing migration on this scale. ...

Murray is especially pungent when he looks at the doubt-plagued, death-haunted, and deconstructed edifice of contemporary European philosophy. He recalls a conference in which the "full catastrophe of German thought" dawned on him:

A group of academics and others had gathered to discuss the history of Europe's relations with the Middle East and North Africa. It soon became clear that nothing would be learned because nothing could be said. A succession of philosophers and historians spent their time studiously attempting to say nothing as successfully as possible. The less that was successfully said, the greater the relief and acclaim. No attempt to address any idea, history or fact was able to pass without first being put through the pit-stop of the modern academy. No generality could be attempted and no specific could be uttered. It was not only history and politics that were under suspicion. Philosophy, ideas and language itself had been cordoned off as though around the scene of a crime.

... Europe is in a bad way, and I fear that if terror cannot wake it from sleep, neither will elegant books.
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Immigration – novel's "prediction", racism
Modern critics have justified the message of a 1973 novel on mass immigration
K.C. McAlpin
The Hill, 29 May 2017

Since Donald Trump's election as president, an obscure 1973 novel by French author Jean Raspail, "The Camp of the Saints," has received more media attention, often bordering on the hysterical, than at any time since it was published over four decades ago. Why would an aging work of fiction attract such a sudden burst of interest?

For one thing, the book imagines a massive invasion of Western Europe by Third World immigrants that almost exactly predicted the massive wave of Middle Eastern and African refugees and economic migrants that swarmed into Europe over the past two years. ...

... The book has recently been described as "really racist" (The Week), "staggeringly racist" (Slate), "unbelievably racist" (Bustle), "violently racist" (Politico) and "rabidly racist" (Huffington Post). ...

In their December 1994 Atlantic Monthly cover article, "Must It Be the Rest Against the West?" Yale history professor Paul Kennedy and his then-Ph.D. student (now a Columbia professor) Matthew Connelly, described the book as "one of the most disturbing novels of the late twentieth century." They took its message seriously and argued it "will take more than talk to prove the prophet wrong."

"The Camp of the Saints" is not racist, but Raspail mocked those who believed that racism "practiced by whites – heinous and inexcusable, whatever its motives – and that practiced by blacks – quite justified, whatever its excesses" should be able to morally blackmail Europeans to replace its historic population. In the years since its publication, academics have repeatedly redefined racism and come up with concepts like "white privilege" and "intersectionality" to justify this double standard. ...

... And the point of "The Camp of the Saints" was not to dehumanize the Third World, but to criticize Western liberals who were "righteous in their loathing of anything and everything that smacked of present-day Western society, and boundless in their love of whatever might destroy it."
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Immigration – economy
Reducing net immigration to the tens of thousands? It will never happen. And it shouldn't.
Iain Dale
Conservative Home, 26 May 2017

So immigration was down by 84,000 in 2016 compared to 2015. Its net total was 248,880. That's nearly fifteen tens of thousands away from the much-vaunted target.

What those who call for a dramatic fall in net migration don't seem to be able to compute is that most of the people that come here are absolutely vital to the functioning of our economy. Without them – well, we'd be in a lot of trouble.

I'm afraid that anyone thinks that we can reduce immigration to less than 100,000 is either deluded or will be sadly disappointed. It. Will. Never. Happen.
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Immigration – numbers
Net migration to the UK falls to 248,000 in 2016
BBC, 25 May 2017

Net migration to the UK was estimated to be 248,000 in 2016 - a fall of 84,000 from 2015, figures show.

The Office for National Statistics said the change was driven by "a statistically significant" increase of 40,000 people leaving the country.

These were mostly EU citizens - 117,000 emigrated, up 31,000 from 2015. ...

The ONS report for 2016 includes six months of data following the EU referendum.

Its figures for the year estimated immigration at 588,000, with emigration of 339,000. ...

In 2016, the total number of people moving to the UK was made up of 264,000 non-EU citizens, 250,000 EU citizens and 74,000 British citizens. ...

Work remains the most common reason for international migration, with 275,000 people coming into the UK for work in 2016 - down 33,000 from 2015.

The majority - 180,000 - had a definite job, similar to 2015, but fewer people came into the UK looking for work - 95,000, down 35,000 from 2015.

In 2016, more people left the UK with a definite job - 116,000 - than in 2015.

A total of 9,634 people were granted asylum or an alternative form of protection in the year ending March 2017.

In addition, 5,453 people were granted humanitarian protection under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme over the same period.
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Immigration – public opinion
Majority of Britons think minorities threaten UK culture, report says
The Guardian, 25 May 2017

More than half of Britons believe their culture is threatened by ethnic minorities living in the UK, a report says.

A quarter think immigrants take jobs away and a third think they remove more from society than they contribute, this year's Aurora Humanitarian Index survey said.

The survey also found respondents think the UK could be less capable of dealing with the refugee crisis after Brexit. And researchers found an overwhelming lack of confidence in world leaders to address the issue.

Only a minority think the prime minister, Theresa May, is the best person to resolve it. Support for humanitarian action is also in steep decline. The report said: "This year's findings demonstrate an overall decline in the support for humanitarian action based on scepticism in the ability to make an impact and ambivalence in defending social values over self-interest." ...

The 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index surveyed nearly 6,500 people in 12 countries.

In the UK it found:

• 56% of people felt local culture was threatened by ethnic minorities.

• 24% felt migrants took jobs away but half believed their impact was neutral.

• 34% thought migrants took more from society than they contributed.
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Immigration – freedom of movement
Freedom of movement didn't start with the EU - it's the norm for Britain [part 1]
Colin Yeo
New Statesman, 25 May 2017
[Colin Yeo is an immigration barrister]

There was a short period of just 11 years between 1962 and 1973 when free movement of people did not apply in the UK. Other than during that time, businesses and public services have had easy access to workers from other countries. Following Brexit, the UK will be embarking on a similar period. If the full force of UK immigration law is brought to bear on all foreign nationals, this will require major adjustments in economy and society.

One wonders how long the interregnum might last this time.

We often talk casually about "British citizens", but British citizenship is a relatively recent innovation. There has only been such a thing as a British citizen for just the last 34 years, since the British Nationality Act 1981 become law on 1 January 1983. Before that, there were Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, or CUKCs.

Born in Swindon in 1959? You would have been a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies. Born in Swahililand in 1960? You would have been Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies.

Both had the same rights and entitlements and were allowed to live and work anywhere within the territories of the United Kingdom and Colonies. There was total freedom of movement. Not only that, but that right of free movement was extended to all citizens of the Commonwealth as well, a much larger area even than the colonies, particularly as more and more countries gained independence.

This citizenship status of "Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies" was created by British Nationality Act 1948, which came into force on 1 January 1949. It replaced the status of "British subject" which pre-dated it.

After the war, Commonwealth countries decided they had had enough of quite literally being British subjects and decided to establish their own citizenships. CUKC status was the British effort and it applied equally to all within the UK and colonies. But there remained an umbrella status of Commonwealth citizens who retained free movement rights.

In the post-war boom the UK needed immigrants. There was a Royal Commission on Population which reported in 1949 and which stated immigrants "of good stock" would be "welcomed without reserve".

And so they came, from all over. Irish immigration remained high under separate rules. Many Europeans came to the UK in that period as well, as well as migrants from the Commonwealth. Famously working as bus drivers, manual labourers and nurses, these foreign nationals helped the UK rebuild after the trauma of the war.

Enoch Powell, health minister from 1960 to 1963 in the Macmillan government, famously invited Pakistani and Bangladeshi doctors and nurses to come to the UK because of a staffing shortage in the NHS. And 18,000 are reported to have come. By 1971, 31 per cent of all doctors in the NHS were born overseas.

But pressure to restrict immigration grew.

In 1962, a Conservative government passed the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, which for the first time curtailed free movement for citizens of Commonwealth countries and the Colonies.
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Immigration – freedom of movement
Freedom of movement didn't start with the EU - it's the norm for Britain [part 2]
Colin Yeo
New Statesman, 25 May 2017

CUKCs all still had the same title, whether born in Swindon or Swahililand, but some had more rights than others. ...

The UK started withdrawal from the Commonwealth free movement area in 1962 and finished the job in 1968.

This time it was a Labour government which introduced new controls. Under the new Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1968, a CUKC could only live and work in the UK if they, or at least one of their parents or grandparents, had been born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK. This excluded almost all of the East African Asians, leaving them with the empty shell of a useless umbrella citizenship status. The legislation stranded them in countries that would not given them local citizenship.

In short, the 1968 Act explicitly created a two-tier system of citizenship rights based on parentage.

This was further codified in the Immigration Act 1971, which introduced the disturbing language of "patriality" to the right to live and work in the UK.

In 1973, the UK entered a huge new area of free movement of labour and people: what was then called the European Economic Community.

There was no "big bang" for immigration, though. The 1970s and then the early 1980s were a period of significant unemployment in the UK and economic contraction or very slow growth. There was no need for migrants, basically, and no-one would have wanted to come. This was long, long before Cool Britannia.

Inwards migration from the EU was a slow burn to begin with. While immigration gradually rose, emigration broadly kept pace. It was only from 2004 onwards that net migration became significant.

Initially, EU nationals were initially treated the same as other migrants under the same set of laws, but with specific immigration categories which only applied to them. A patchwork quilt of EU regulations and directives enabled specific but wide groups of EU citizens to move around the EU, including workers, the self employed, students and family members from within and without the EU.

When economic growth really got started, migration unsurprisingly rose. This relationship is important. ...

Voters famously chose to "take back control" on 23 June 2016. Politicians have scrambled to promise controls on immigration. But what does full immigration control mean in practice?

Free movement, whether Commonwealth or EU, is by its nature frictionless. A person can simply be employed as long as they hold the right passport, no further questions asked. The UK immigration rules are not frictionless. They have traction. They chaff. They rub. And they are supposed to, because they are intended to make migration to the UK difficult and to keep people out. ...

Debate is needed on the cost of cutting immigration. The fact is that ending free movement and reducing net migration to tens of thousands per year would be disastrous for the UK economy and society. A detailed report published by Global Future suggests net migration of 200,000 is necessary.
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Immigration – future
Why migration from Africa this century will make the refugee crisis look like a dress rehearsal
Stephen King
Sunday Telegraph, 21 May 2017

Just as it has become politically acceptable to discuss immigration, we are looking in the wrong direction. If we are not to be blindsided by mass migration once again, we need to look elsewhere. ...

The utterly impoverished are usually marooned, but a little economic improvement means they can afford the journey to a possibly more fruitful life elsewhere – ...

Today, that means the biggest drivers of migration are likely to be the lower cost of transportation and the demographics in Africa (where populations are increasing at an extraordinary rate) and in parts of the developed world (where populations are declining). Take the contrasting experiences of Nigeria and Italy. In 1950, Nigeria's population was around 38 million; Italy's 47 million. In 2015, Nigeria's stood at 182 million, with Italy's at 60 million. According to UN projections, Nigeria's population will rise to over 700 million by 2100 thanks in part to declining infant mortality, while Italy's will drop back to 50 million thanks to a persistently low birth rate.

For much of this period, Nigeria's population will, on average, be rather young. And young people, unencumbered by family commitments, have a habit of spreading their wings – particularly if, as in Nigeria's case, per capita incomes are less than a tenth of those in, say, Italy (or, indeed, the UK).

Nigeria's story will be replicated in many other parts of Africa, suggesting that the continent's share of the world's population is likely to rise from its current 16 per cent to a remarkable 40 per cent by the end of the century. Yet many African countries are among the most war-torn and politically unstable on the planet. Given half a chance, their citizens will surely be tempted to head elsewhere. As such, the world may be about to enter another period of truly mass migration.

It's already happening. Thanks in part to the activities of Boko Haram, the Italian interior ministry reckons at least 36,000 Nigerians arrived in Italy last year, mostly via Libya. The Syrian refugee crisis may prove to be no more than a dress rehearsal for what may happen in coming decades. How will we cope?

... Do we disregard the plight of people in Africa and elsewhere, turning back boats as they cross the Mediterranean while ignoring the fate that awaits those who are forced back? Do we trade more with African economies in the hope that economic engagement will do more than just entrench the rich and powerful in those countries? Do we offer more in the way of aid, even though we'd never wish to be permanently dependent on handouts ourselves? Or do we, instead, pretend that responsibility for Africa's future lies more with China and other Asian nations, as pre-Columbus economic connections – from Beijing to Zanzibar, from Mumbai to Mombasa – are rapidly re-established?

This last option would, in effect, be an admission that the West's economic power and influence is slowly draining away, consistent with the world's centre of gravity heading eastwards. For some in the West – keen to turn their nations into gated communities – that might be a price worth paying. Yet, given the vast differences in living standards and the small distances involved, it's not difficult to imagine that, whatever the West hopes, those gates will eventually be breached by Africans in search of a better life.
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Immigration – politics, public opinion
Is Europe committing suicide? Controversial book claims elites in UK and the Continent are encouraging mass immigration because they've lost faith in historic Christian values
Dominic Sandbrook
Daily Mail, 20 May 2017

The shadow of Enoch Powell – the Birmingham-born Tory who was cast into the wilderness after his controversial speech in 1968 about 'rivers of blood' (a phrase he never actually used) – still hangs over the debate.

A few years ago, I was at a lunch in London, sitting next to the former editor of a national newspaper and the editor of one of Britain's best-known magazines, both of them highly educated and liberal-minded people. The subject turned to immigration.

'It's gone much too far,' one said. 'You're quite right,' said the other, 'but of course you can't say so.'

The journalist Douglas Murray has no such qualms. ..., he has just hurled a literary hand grenade into the debate about immigration and identity in today's Europe.

Indeed, the opening lines of his new book, The Strange Death Of Europe, could hardly be more incendiary.

'Europe is committing suicide,' Murray writes. 'Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide... As a result, by the end of 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.'

The causes, he thinks, are twofold. First, our political leaders have knowingly colluded in the 'mass movement of peoples into Europe', filling 'cold and rainy northern towns' with 'people dressed for the foothills of Pakistan or the sandstorms of Arabia'.

Second, he believes Europe's intellectual and cultural elites, including those in Britain, have 'lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy'. Crippled with guilt, obsessed with atoning for the sins of empire, they have lost sight of the historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend.

As a result of their deluded utopianism, Murray thinks, Europe is ceasing to be Europe. ...

In case you need reminding, the figures for Britain alone are simply mind-boggling.

Between 1997 and 2010, for example, the last Labour government allowed a staggering 2.2 million people to settle in this country, the equivalent of two Birminghams.

Under David Cameron, the Tories promised to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands. Yet the latest figures show that annual net migration is about 273,000, roughly a city the size of Hull arriving every year.

It is worth noting, by the way, that mass immigration has always been immensely unpopular. When I wrote a history of Britain in the Sixties, I could hardly fail to notice that even back then, at least seven out of ten people were dead against it, as shown by the deluge of approving letters that greeted Enoch Powell's supposedly toxic speech.

Maybe his admirers were wrong; maybe they weren't. But whatever your own view of immigration, there has never been an issue on which the political class has so consistently gone against the wishes of the British people.

At this point in the argument, your standard liberal academic would typically interject to insist that Britain has always been a nation of immigrants. We all come from somewhere else anyway, they say, we are all mongrels, so how dare we close the gates to a few more?

But as Douglas Murray shows, this is a shameless rewriting of our past. For most of our history, we have never been a nation of immigrants. Even the most famous influx in our history, the Norman Conquest, involved a tiny population transfer, the equivalent of no more than 5 per cent or so.
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Immigration – proxy marriages
Migrants win the right to stay in the UK with wedding they don't even turn up for! Ruling after Ghanaian's marriage 3,000 miles away - to a German
Stephen Wright
Daily Mail, 15 May 2017

Foreign nationals can get UK residency by marrying EU citizens in overseas ceremonies which they do not even have to attend, it emerged last night.

Details of the little-known practice have been spelled out in the case of a Ghanaian man, who has fought a four-year legal battle to live in Britain following a 'proxy wedding' 3,000 miles away.

Neither Albert Awuku, 43, or his bride – a German citizen who can live in the UK under EU free movement rules – needed to be present at their nuptials in Ghana in February 2013.

Instead, they are thought to have been represented by their families in accordance with the country's 'customary law' on marriages. ...

Months after the couple tied the knot, their marriage was registered in Ghana and the wedding certificate used in Britain in a bid to win residency rights for Mr Awuku.

As there were no exit or entry stamps from Ghana or the UK on his passport to show he had attended the ceremony, his marriage was considered by the Home Office to have 'taken place by proxy'.

Then-home secretary Theresa May refused his application for residency because she was not satisfied Mr Awuku's 'claimed marriage' was registered in accordance with Ghanaian law. ...

... However, Mr Awuku then went to the Appeal Court to challenge that ruling, claiming that his human right to a family life with his wife – who is of Ghanaian descent – had been breached.

Now after a four-year battle, Mr Awuku – represented by human rights barrister Zane Malik and a London-based solicitor specialising in proxy marriages – has scored a major victory at the Appeal Court which has paved the way for him to be granted residency in the UK.

Lord Justice Lloyd Jones said: 'The law of England and Wales recognises proxy marriage if valid by the lex loci celebrationis (law of the land).

'Accordingly a spouse of an EU national who has concluded such a marriage will qualify as a family member.'

The ruling came after current Home Secretary Amber Rudd apparently 'changed her position' and invited judges to allow the appeal.

It comes three years after a watchdog report said proxy ceremonies – legal in countries including Ghana, Nigeria and Brazil – are becoming increasingly common in immigration applications.
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Immigration – cultural suicide
Mass immigration means cultural suicide
Niall McCrae
Conservative Woman, 12 May 2017

I was reminded of this while reading Douglas Murray's book on immigration, as it had stirred doubts in my then naïve view of a marvellous, exotic melting pot. A highly respected commentator, Murray has produced a tour de force, pulling no punches in describing the overwhelming influx in Britain and Europe as a steady and seemingly irreversible process of cultural suicide. For all who have been exasperated by the pathetically lax response to the biggest demographic change in history, Murray does not console. But he confronts a liberal establishment that continues to encourage this huge transformation of a once-stable society. How much more immigration do they want? Is this merely the beginning, and what is the ultimate destination? Looking at the ethnic mix in schools, it needs neither pessimism nor genius to envisage a white British minority and soon after a Muslim majority.

Murray has carefully recorded those awful Question Time discussions, the sanctimonious drivel by 'progressive' politicians and fêted metropolitan pundits, and the constant insulting of the intelligence and sensibilities of ordinary folk. ...

The book is a polemical but scholarly account, scrutinising the political propaganda and the policy-based evidence from biased research cloaked in academic rigour. ...

The writing is on the wall, yet nothing gets done. With its schema of displacement and denial, liberal Western society appears to be going down the toilet. Don't educated people see the risks for hard-won equality for women and LGBT, for freedom of speech, and for what's left of our 'green and pleasant land'? ...

Our society is not ready to listen to the likes of Murray. Conservatives worry about stable doors and the lateness of the hour, but the liberal establishment dismisses their anxiety. As in the Soviet Union under Stalin, the language of mental illness is used to undermine dissent. We have phobia, and therefore we are incapable of reasoned discourse.
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Immigration – betrayal
Elites betrayed the people over immigration – read Murray's book
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 9 May 2017

Gaby Hinsliff does not like it when people can read good and write proper. That is one of the problems with Douglas Murray, what with his fancy ways and his poisonous pen.

In his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, Murray dares to question the lefty consensus that the open borders of Europe, and the open borders of Britain in particular, have been a most welcome development that can only lead to more fabulousness for this green and pleasant land. ...

Now Murray has gone and written a whole book on the greatest issue of our time – uncontrolled mass immigration imposed by an elite without the consent of the people. ...

Hinsliff asserts: "Murray never quite spells out why it matters so terribly that people should come here from abroad – what is supposedly so awful about black and brown Londoners, including second or third generation immigrants, or indeed white people born overseas."

Yet Murray does. First, there are and will continue to be huge pressures placed on housing, education and health. Secondly, immigration on this scale was profoundly undemocratic, no party, least of all New Labour, had a mandate for it, the public did not support it and once it had happened the public rejected it (fat lot of good it did them.) In one poll 67 per cent of the British public believed that immigration over the previous decade had 'been a bad thing for Britain.'

The response of the ruling elite to the public was: screw you. As Boris Johnson declared 'we need to stop moaning about the dam-burst. It's happened.'

The greatest of Murray's concerns is the question of values and culture. Yes, immigration brings diversity but no culture is perfect, and as he points out 'specific cultural ideas and attitudes that were clearly held by some immigrants' were gravely damaging. ...

The most outrageous part of the review is when Hinsliff alleges that Murray merely asserts, "the evidence suggesting immigration has economic benefits is all either wrong or fiddled by New Labour."

In fact, Murray sets out in detail over a number of pages how the idea that immigration has been a net economic benefit to Britain was trumped up, especially by the media. It was a classic case of fake news (my phrase not his) and the academic paper itself, in its final version, put to rest the idea that mass immigration has been a boon for Britain. In fact, it probably cost Britain more than £159 billion.

Never mind. You will take it and you will like it, declare the elite. ...

At the start of the book, Murray asks three questions: How much longer must all this go on? Are we approaching the end of this transformation? Or is this only the beginning?
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Immigration – public opinion
Does the public like net migration targets as much as Theresa May?
Kully Kaur-Ballagan
Ipsos MORI, 9 May 2017
[Originally written for The Times Red Box]

Concern about immigration shaped the Brexit debate and will now play a big part in the general election. As the shape of the UK's future relationship with the EU is still up for debate, we know that concern about immigration has been high in the British public's mind since the early 2000s. It became the focus of the Brexit debate, with half (48%) mentioning it as the key issue facing Britain in the month of the referendum (a ten-point surge on the previous month). Although it has dropped as a concern over the last year, as the closely related issue of Brexit has risen, our latest Political Monitor shows that it remains in the top 5 issues that will be important to how people vote on 8 June.

When it comes to setting targets, the public combines strong support for having targets - with a long-held scepticism that these will be met! Our latest survey shows that the majority of Britons remain unconvinced that Theresa May will be successful in cutting net migration down to the 'tens of thousands' in the next few years. Two in three (68%) say that it is unlikely that the Conservatives will be able to achieve this target while just 18% think that they will.

Even among Tory supporters, where Theresa May receives such high approval ratings, six in ten (58%) do not think she will be able to meet her manifesto pledge. But the public has always been critical of the government's record on immigration and no one political party is seen as having a convincing policy on it. Prior to the 2015 general election only 15% of the public said their own party's policies completely reflected their views on immigration.
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Immigration – Brexit
No UK clampdown on EU migrants for years after Brexit - report
Reuters, 4 May 2017

Britain may have to allow European Union migrants to come to the country without restrictions for several years after Brexit because of the scale of the challenge of setting up a new immigration system, a think tank said on Thursday.

The Institute for Government, an independent research body, said it was unfeasible for the government to implement a new system by April 2019, when Britain is due to have left the EU.

"The prime minister has recognised that an 'implementation phase' will be required post-Brexit," the institute said in a report. "For immigration, this will require the continuation of free movement, possibly for several years post-Brexit." ...

The Institute for Government said that while Britain would be free to introduce new border controls for EU citizens once it left the bloc, in practice any interim measures introduced while a permanent system was being drawn up would hurt the economy.

"Multiple changes increase the disruption to labour markets and administrative burdens," the report said. "That means free movement will have to continue post-Brexit until the new regime is ready to go live."
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Immigration – multiculturalism
Death of Europe: Europeans are losing the place they call home
Douglas Murray
Daily Express, 4 May 2017

Is our continent on a suicide mission? Over the years of the recent migration crisis I have been travelling across Europe from the most remote southern islands of Italy to the north of Sweden, from the islands of Greece to the suburbs of France.

I have travelled to the places where migrants continue to land and the places where they keep ending up. Everywhere I have gone I have come to the same conclusion: our continent is in the process of self-murder. ...

Over this year's Easter weekend alone about 8,000 people were picked up between the coast of north Africa and the south of Italy.

They were described - as everyone always is - as being "rescued". In fact what happens - what has been happening for years - is that each day boats filled with migrants set out from north Africa. ...

The boats need go only a few miles out to sea before they are collected by European naval vessels and brought into Europe. The smugglers now do the smallest part of that journey. The Europeans do the rest. ...

The governments of countries such as ours failed to get anything right. All their predictions were wrong for decades. They were wrong that people would stay for only a short time. Wrong to think that they would not continue to come in large numbers.

Wrong that they might not want to bring their extended families to join them. And wrong to think that once the tap was turned on anything but very radical action could ever bring the numbers to a controllable level.

In a country such as Britain we are used to politicians promising things on lowering immigration that we know they will never deliver.

Remember the promises to bring immigration down to tens of thousands a year? But even this is just a portion of the big-picture changes occurring across our continent into which millions of people are moving with no end in sight.

During the course of researching The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, I have travelled to see the places where those migrants who arrive on our continent end up. Last year the migrant crisis was widely believed to have slowed down.

But it had not and its effects were still visible everywhere. ...

Still the dream of some Europeans is that the arrivals into Europe will become European. It is more likely that Europe will simply begin to look increasingly Third World.

Part of the reason is that we keep lying to ourselves, or failing to inform ourselves, about what is happening. Even today the Left and Right in Britain and Europe still pretend that the people arriving are refugees.

Yet as I found out for myself most are not. Most of those who arrived in 2015, for instance, are economic migrants. They are escaping economic hardships we are infinitely lucky not to have been born into. But they are not fleeing for their lives.

Open borders campaigners and others deliberately smudge the differences between these groups, massively damaging their own cause but doing their part in the destruction of our civilisation.

Neither is there any workable system to send people who should not be here back to their own countries. ...

... But we should be under no illusions if we continue to avoid this issue. Our civilisation's whole future is at stake.
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Immigration – public opinion
What immigrants in Britain think of immigration
John Wildman, Muhammad Waqas and Nils Braakmann
The Conversation, 3 May 2017

Results taken from UK Citizenship Surveys between 2007 and 2010, suggest that 71% of all respondents were opposed to further immigration – a statistic which rises to 83% for only those who were born in the UK.

When we looked at the position of immigrants, we found that overall nearly 50% were opposed to further immigration. But this proportion rises to 53% for immigrants who have lived in the UK for over five years, and falls to 33% for more recent immigrants.

We found that employment status was not associated with the views of immigrants or natives towards further immigration. While you could expect unemployed people to be more opposed to further immigration than the employed, we found no significant difference between these groups. This suggests that opposition towards immigration is not primarily driven by labour market concerns.

Among recent immigrants, different income groups had different attitudes towards immigration – and the poorest and richest groups were the most supportive of further immigration. Among people born in the UK and earlier immigrants, it was only the richest who were most likely to support further immigration. These complex patterns suggest that views towards immigration are not driven by straightforward economic concerns.

However, being affected by economic shocks seems to be important for determining attitudes towards further immigration. ...

One of our main findings was that immigrants who have been living in the UK for over five years hold views towards immigration that are similar to those held by UK-born people. And that the socio-economic factors associated with the strength of opposition towards immigration are also similar between UK-born people and these established immigrants. ...

Not all anti-immigration sentiment is the same as xenophobia or motivated by concerns about culture.
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Immigration – public opinion
Seven in 10 think Theresa May will not hit target on slashing immigration
Joe Murphy
Evening Standard, 2 May 2017

Nearly seven in 10 people do not believe Theresa May will meet her pledge to cut immigration below 100,000, an exclusive poll for the Evening Standard reveals today.

At the same time, most people think Britain should continue to welcome many European workers whose services are in high demand after Brexit, including care home staff, fruit pickers and software experts.

And 45 per cent believe that prices would go up where firms rely on migrant workers such as taxis, care home places and food if immigration were to be slashed greatly, researchers at Ipsos MORI found.

The findings came as senior business leaders pleaded with to Mrs May not to gold-plate her "tens of thousands" promise by repeating it in the Conservative election manifesto. ...

However, fewer than two in 10 think Mrs May will succeed in cutting numbers this low, found the survey of 1,061 Britons.

The vast majority – some 68 per cent - think she will not deliver.
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Immigration – statistics
One, two, miss a few... Britain's net migration figure is surprisingly dodgy
The Economist, 27 April 2017

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, British politicians' repeated promises on immigration might well be judged to be mad. In 2010 David Cameron vowed to reduce net migration (immigration minus emigration) to the tens of thousands. Theresa May, his home secretary and now successor as prime minister, has intimated that she will stick to this target in her Tory party's manifesto for the forthcoming election. So far the promise has proved impossible to keep. Last year net migration was 273,000, even higher than in 2010.

Debate over immigration and how best to control it has become no less feverish since Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Yet given how politicised the net migration figure has become, the data behind it are surprisingly unreliable.

The statistic is based on the International Passenger Survey. The IPS dates back to 1961, when the government established a travel and tourism survey to gather information about the movement of people. It was not designed to be the basis for measuring immigration but has since become so because Britain does not ask migrants to register after their arrival.

Between 6am and 10pm officials at ports and airports ask travellers questions about themselves, their destination and the purpose of their entry. Between 700,000 and 800,000 interviews are conducted a year (in 2015 foreigners made more than 36m trips to Britain). The data for the net migration figures are extrapolated from 4,000-5,000 interviews of people identified as long-term international migrants. The UK Statistics Authority admits that the margins of uncertainty are wide. ...

The IPS is particularly inaccurate when looking at subsets of migrants, such as students, since the sample size is even smaller. Alternatives to the current measure, such as household surveys, would be more reliable. Determining more accurately how many foreigners arrive in and leave Britain might be a good start to deciding immigration policy – and maybe even coming up with a more sensible one.
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Immigration – students, universities
International students – shifting sands?
Lord Green (Andrew Green)
Conservative Home, 26 April 2017

There are claims that the Government is considering taking foreign students out of the immigration totals. This would certainly be the effect of the first of two amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill will shortly return to the Commons.

There is no dispute about the value that international students bring to our economy, to our universities and to our "soft power" around the world. Indeed, this is the very basis of the Government's policy. There is absolutely no restriction on the number of students who can be admitted to study in Britain provided, of course, that they are genuine. Nor is there any restriction on the number who can stay on to work, provided that they find graduate level work paying £20,700 a year. ...

It is important to be clear that net migration should be largely unaffected by student migration. Students who arrive are cancelled out by previous students who leave. Those who stay on as workers or family members would, of course, add to net migration. At present these two categories amount to about 10,000 a year.

However, students who overstay also show up in the net migration figures. Over the past four years, student net migration has, according to the International Passenger Survey (IPS), averaged 70,000 a year, falling to around 45,000 in the most recent year, but this may be reduced further if reports are confirmed that the exit checks, introduced two years ago, show that larger numbers are, in fact, leaving.

This first amendment calls, in effect, for students to be taken out of the net migration statistics. So, what are the arguments that the government must consider for their continued inclusion? ...

... Net migration is the key element in our projected population growth. Indeed, at current rates, it will account for 75 per cent of our population increase of 12 million over the next 25 years. Students have to remain part of net migration for the simple, but important, reason that if they remain in the country – whether for work, marriage or because they overstay – they add to our population. ...

The second amendment is even worse. It would prevent the Government from any future tightening of the immigration controls now in place for under-graduates, post-graduates or academic staff.

It is perfectly clear that there has been very serious abuse in the education sector in recent years. Many colleges have been recruiting bogus students and, as a result, about 1,000 have been deprived by the government of their right to recruit overseas. India is often quoted as an example of the negative impact of immigration restrictions. However, the reality is that India was a major source of abuse when the Labour government introduced their Points Based System in 2008. Applications surged in North India, Bangladesh and South China following its introduction; later, in 2012, a National Audit Office report concluded that as many as 50,000 students might have arrived just in the first year of the Points Based System "to work rather than to study". ...

... Universities cannot be rendered immune from any future measures to deal with some new form of abuse that might emerge.
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Immigration – statistics, foreign students
May under new pressure from Tory MPs to EXCLUDE foreign students from migration figures
Harry Walker
Sunday Express, 16 April 2017

Theresa May's pledge to slash net migration into Britain could be scuppered by her party after a raft of Tory MPs have threatened a revolt if she does not exclude foreign students from official figures.

Two senior Conservative figures have spoken out and called for Mrs May to reverse plans to include students in the statistics.

Former minister and Remainer Anna Soubry claimed the majority of the British public did not believe students should be included in the figures, and insisted they were a "huge benefit" to the UK. ...

The Boxtowe MP's sentiments were echoed by Tory Education Select Committee chairman Neil Carmichael, who claimed universities were concerned about possible restrictions on attracting overseas students.

He said: "The Education Select Committee, which I chair, took copious evidence from universities on this issue, and I am in no doubt of the value they place on international students coming to study here in Britain.

"Higher education is an export industry for Britain which generates great value from international students, and no Government should seek to make it harder for them to operate.

"The higher education sector has serious concerns about any possible restrictions on the ability of international students to come to the UK. I look forward to a healthy debate when this amendment comes to the House of Commons." ...

MPs will debate the issue next week over an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill passed by the House of Lords last month. ...

Speaking on the matter earlier this month, the Prime Minister said: "Students are in the net migration figures because it is in the international definition of net migration and we abide by the same definition that is used by other countries around the world."
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Immigration – statistics
Immigration could be even higher than official figures show – because migrants arriving at night aren't being counted
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 11 April 2017

Immigration may be even higher than figures show because penpushers aren't picking up all migrants arriving at night – it has emerged.

The Office for National Statistics revealed plans to launch new checks on night-time flights in and out of the UK.

Currently, official migration statistics are based on random samples of passengers arriving into Britain between 6am and 10pm.

This sample is then 'weighted' to try and give a representative figure for the entire day. ...

But Heathrow has 16 flights arriving every day between 4.30am and 6am – largely from south-east Asia. ...

The ONS insisted the numbers "missed" during the night would not change overall migration figures because of the accuracy of its modelling.

But separate figures suggested as many as 40,000 foreign students who arrived in 2015 are 'unaccounted for'. ...

Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics at King's College, London told the Sun the new ONS checks could even show net migration is LOWER than believed – by discovering more students are leaving the country than are currently picked up in the official figures. ...

Migration Watch argues that as many as a half of non-EU students overstay their visas OR end up living in Britain after coming to study – figures fiercely denied by higher education sector.

The ONS said that of the 112,000 non-EU students who came to Britain to study in 2015 – at least 11,000 were granted valid leave to remain or were granted asylum.

It added that some may have left the via "un-sampled ports" via the soft border in Ireland or on "out of hour flights".
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Immigration – Scotland, EU migrants, public opinion
New poll reveals Scottish voters take hard line on immigrants despite SNP claim
Ben Borland
Daily Express, 10 April 2017

Most Scots think jobless EU migrants should be sent back to their home country after Brexit, according to a shock new opinion poll. ...

A survey funded by Brexit campaigner Mev Brown found 45 per cent of voters agreed that EU citizens out of work for six months or more should have to return to their country of origin.

A further 30 per cent think the long term unemployed should have to apply for a visa while 25 per cent think they should be allowed to remain indefinitely.

The BMG poll of 1,041 Scots voters carried out last week also found that 46 per cent believe homeless EU migrants or those living in temporary accommodation should be sent packing after Brexit.

A further 28 per cent think they should have to apply for a visa while 27 per cent think they should be given the right to remain.

When it comes to convicted criminals from the EU, an overwhelming 81 per cent of Scots believe they should have to return to their country of origin.

Only seven per cent believe convicted criminals should be allowed to stay without question, while 13 per cent think they should have to apply for a visa.

EU citizens in full or part time work and claiming in-work benefits should be given the right to remain indefinitely, according to 46 per cent of Scots.

However, 42 per cent believe they should have to apply for a visa in order to stay after Brexit and 12 per cent believe they should return home.

The biggest vote of confidence was for EU migrants in full or part time work who are not claiming any benefits, with 71 per cent backing them to stay.

A further 26 per cent believe this group should have to apply for a visa, while only two per cent think they should be asked to leave Scotland.
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Immigration – public opinion
Tory voters' hard line on immigration gives Theresa May a Brexit headache
Charlie Cooper
Politico, 9 April 2017

Theresa May risks being held hostage by her own voters in Brexit negotiations, according to new polling data that shows Conservative supporters oppose any immigration system that does not lead to a sustained fall in the number of migrants coming to the U.K. ...

However, new polling data from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR), shared exclusively with POLITICO, reveals that a majority of Conservative voters want to see migration fall rather than fluctuate regardless of any mitigating factors – such as a guarantee that migrants have a job in Britain before they arrive – that might form part of a post-Brexit visa arrangement for EU citizens. ...

... Overall, 58 percent of the people surveyed agreed it is "essential" for the immigration system to bring down the number of migrants, against only 18 percent who disagreed. Among Conservative voters, 76 percent said immigration levels must fall. ...

Among Conservative voters, 55 percent want to see immigration levels continue to fall rather than fluctuate, even if migrants have a job or skills, and 62 percent want to see levels continue to fall even if migrants don't receive benefits for several years. ...

Labour voters take a softer stance on immigration, according to the poll.

While 48 percent think it is "essential" that migrant numbers fall from current levels, a majority – 51 percent – would be content to see immigration levels fluctuate if migrants had a job to come to or skills Britain needs.

A majority of Labour voters – 53 percent – would also support immigration continuing to rise and fall, so long as employers were not allowed to undercut the wages of British workers; a policy goal that has been prioritized by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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Immigration – proposed reduction
Unskilled workers should be banned from entering UK for FIVE YEARS say top Brexit think-tank
David Wooding
The Sun, 9 April 2017

Unskilled migrants would be banned from entering Britain for five years, under a Brexit blueprint to be unveiled this week.

It would help the government finally to hit its 2010 election pledge by cutting the annual number of arrivals to 50,000.

The new "fair, flexible and forward-thinking" immigration policy would guarantee all migrants the same rights as Brits after five years.

But they would only be allowed in if they have passed an English language test and have the offer of a job with a salary of at least £35,000.

And they would have to take out a five-year private health insurance policy to prevent dependency on the NHS until they are qualified settlers.

The plan, drawn up by the Brexit think tank Leave Means Leave, has received the backing of several high-profile Tories. ...

MEP Steven Woolfe drew up the proposals in his first major intervention since quitting Ukip. ...

Former Tory Cabinet minister Owen Paterson said: "The overwhelming majority of Britons feel absolutely no resentment towards workers or students from overseas.

"But mass migration at its current level has fostered resentment, depressed wages and place an excessive burden on our public services.

"We have to do more to address the uncontrolled flow of unskilled labour and, in doing so, win back the trust of the British people."
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Immigration – pro-immigration campaign
Pro-EU MPs urge UK government to scrap 'unachievable' flagship immigration pledge
Ian Silvera
International Business Times, 5 April 2017

A cross-party group of pro-EU MPs are making a concerted push to get the UK government to drop its controversial and "unachievable" immigration pledge.

Conservative Anna Soubry, Labour's Pat McFadden, and Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb wrote to ministers on Tuesday (4 March) about the "tens of thousands" net migration target.

The Open Britain supporters warned that the UK could be denied skills, talent and labour if the Conservative general election manifesto pledge is met.

"In today's world, immigration is a fact of life. Thousands of people from inside and outside the EU make a positive contribution to the UK, just as thousands of British people do all over the world," the MPs wrote. ...

This campaign is backed by the Migration Matters Trust, the Royal College of Midwives and HR body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
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Immigration – public opinion, happiness
People who oppose UK immigration are less happy than those who support it, research shows
May Bulman
Independent, 4 April 2017

British people who oppose further immigration to the UK are less happy than those who welcome it, and politicians are part of the reason for this, research shows.

Those who say they would allow "many" immigrants to enter are around eight per cent happier than those who want none to enter, according to a study, prompting researchers to conclude that anti-immigrant discourse in politics is "contributing to undermining the subjective well-being of the natives themselves".

Dr David Bartram, lecturer at the University of Leicester who carried out the research, drew on an analysis of data from the European Social Survey on 5,995 people in the UK to correlate their opinion on immigration with how happy they described themselves on a scale of 0-10.

People who wanted no more immigrants to enter scored an average of 7.16, and those who would allow "many" scored 7.91, signalling an eight per cent difference, the findings showed.

The survey found that six per cent would allow "many" immigrants to enter the UK, 34 per cent would allow "some", 35 per cent would allow "a few" and 25 per cent would allow "none". ...

When people considered immigration from people of the same ethnic group, these percentages changed, with 10 per cent saying they would allow many immigrants to enter the UK, while 48 per cent would allow some, 30 per cent would allow a few and 12 per cent would allow none.
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Immigration – numbers, students
Cut students from migrant total to hit goal, Cabinet tells May: PM facing revolt over refusal to accept change that would slash figures by a third
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 4 April 2017

The Tory pledge to cut net immigration to the 'tens of thousands' will never be met unless foreign students are removed from the numbers, a string of Cabinet Ministers have warned Theresa May.

The Prime Minister is facing a Cabinet revolt over her refusal to countenance the change, which could slash headline immigration figures by more than a third.

At least six Cabinet Ministers are believed to have told Mrs May that Brexit offers a chance to recast the whole immigration debate, including removing students from the figures.

The revelation came as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon refused to rule out the UK remaining part of the EU's free movement rules for several years in order to provide a 'transition period' to help firms smooth the path to Brexit.

Sir Michael said it was 'clear' that Brexit would involve the UK leaving the EU's free movement regime. ...

He said ministers were contemplating a transitional deal that could last for several years in order to avoid a 'cliff edge' and to 'give business the certainty it needs'. ...

Around 200,000 visas a year are granted to students from outside the EU, with about 130,000 students also arriving from EU countries.
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Immigration – EU migrants
Tens of thousands more EU migrants will be able to come to Britain and stay here forever before we finally take back control of our borders after Brexit, Theresa May signals
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 30 March 2017

Tens of thousands more EU migrants will be able to come to Britain and stay here forever, Theresa May signalled today.

Downing Street delayed giving a cut-off date for permanent residency rights for EU migrants – saying the UK would "honour our obligations and commitments" as a member state until Brexit completes.

Just hours earlier Chancellor Philip Hammond all-but confirmed there would be no 'cut-off' for EU citizens.

He told the BBC: "We remain full members of the EU for the next two years subject to all the rules." ...

Tory MPs had called on Theresa May to limit rights of residency entitlement only to those migrants already here when the Referendum was held on June 23 last year.

A separate option had been the date Mrs May triggered 'Article 50'.

Official immigration figures last month showed that while more Poles are starting to go home, the number of annual new arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria has hit a new record level of 74,000 a year.
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Immigration – business, economy, employment
UK business groups 'need to stop lecturing people about benefits of immigration'
Business Matters, 29 March 2017

British business leaders need to stop lecturing people about the economic benefits of immigration and start putting forward positive proposals for the UK economy after Brexit, a new report has warned.

Business groups representing hospitality, construction, finance and many more have been vocal about impending skills shortages if the flow of migrants slows significantly after Brexit, reports the Independent.

Too often, the key weapon in their armoury has been statistical evidence of these shortages, which are used in an attempt to convince people they are wrong to worry about immigration, the report said.

This tactic comes across as a lecture which contradicts many peoples' actual experiences, "leading to mutual misunderstanding and a dialogue of the deaf," the report from think tank British Future and leading global immigration law firm Fragomen, said.

As Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday, the think tank recommended that business groups shift focus towards acknowledging the pressures that immigration can bring and focusing on ways to effectively manage them.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
Islamic Takeover: Why Mass Immigration Signals 'the End of Britain'
Dale Hurd
CBN News, 29 March 2017

It's now a demographic certainty. Someday the white native English will be a minority in their own country, including the native Welsh and the Scots.

It's just a matter of when.

Professor David Coleman is a supernumerary fellow in human sciences and university professor in demography at Oxford. He's has written that uncontrolled immigration could lead to "finis Britanniae."

"Which simply means the end of Britain, and by that, I mean the end of Britain as we know it," Coleman said.

"The point I was making is the change in the number of people and particularly the change in the origins of people, in their religion, in their cultural background, would make Britain unrecognizable compared with the present time," he said.

Immigration can strengthen a nation. But several western nations, including the United States, are debating the wisdom of large-scale immigration from the Islamic world. And experts wonder what will happen as Muslim numbers continue to grow in officially Christian Britain. ...

Professor Coleman, who stressed he is not anti-Muslim but is simply looking at statistics, nevertheless said the changes could be drastic.

"There are strong currents in Muslim society which wish to see Muslim approaches to diet, to marriage and would like to see Sharia Law incorporated formally into British Law or in respect to some extremist groups would like to see Sharia Law replace British Law," he said.

More than a half million non-British citizens immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2016. European Union rules prevented Britain from stopping migration from within Europe, but that brought European migrants.

Coleman says Brexit, Britain's exit from the E.U., will not necessarily stop the influx of immigrants from non-European Islamic nations.
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Immigration – public opinion
The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart - review
Melanie Mcdonagh
Evening Standard, 24 March 2017

Indeed, London is pretty well the capital of what David Goodhart calls the "Anywheres". /.../ They have signs on their desks saying "Refugees Welcome" and not only don't go to church, they don't know anyone who does. The word immigration is, for them, bound to the adjectives "vibrant" and "diverse".

They have, says Goodhart, "achieved identities" rather than inherited ones; they belong to what King's College London professor Vernon Bogdanor calls "the exam-passing classes"; they place a greater premium on individualism and autonomy than "loyalty, authority and the sacred". Why, you may be one of these people yourself.

In that case Goodhart's book The Road to Somewhere won't be easy reading. ...

He has divided the world into Anywheres, that is, citizens of the world, and "Somewheres", people less beautiful (actually, he doesn't say that) and less clever (well, less likely to go to university) than the elite and more likely to live no more than 15 minutes away from their mother. They are more socially conservative, more likely to feel that women should bring up their own children when they're young and, overall, are the losers from large-scale immigration.

... They are Somewheres because they are defined by "group belonging and particular places".

It's always amusing to divide humanity into "them" and "us". Goodhart is a recovering Anywhere – he's the former editor of Prospect magazine – but his scepticism about immigration has moved him to the opposite end of the ideological spectrum from the people he meets at dinner parties.

Indeed, one telling episode he recounts was being seated between Gus O'Donnell, the former top civil servant, and the then director-general of the BBC, Mark Thompson. They cheerfully admitted that they placed a greater premium on global welfare than national welfare if the two should conflict.
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Immigration – public opinion
Seven in ten voters say EU immigration MUST be curbed after Brexit but 60% would accept paying into Brussels coffers
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 March 2017

Britons overwhelmingly want immigration from the EU to be curbed in the impending Brexit negotiations - but they would be willing to pay Brussels to keep some aspects of membership.

The public's hopes for the divorce process, due to be kicked off by Theresa May next week, have been revealed in a major poll.

Some 68 per cent are determined that the principle of free movement has to go - in line with the PM's promise that the UK will regain control of borders.

But 88 per cent are keen to maintain free trade after we leave, according to the study by the NatCen think-tank. Even among Leave voters, 55 per cent would support paying into EU coffers to participate in specific schemes. ...

The majority want to end welfare benefits for EU migrants (77 per cent of Leave voters, 51 per cent of Remain voters).
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Immigration – crime checks
Migrant teachers and nurses face overseas crime checks
BBC, 16 March 2017

Teachers, nurses and social workers from outside the European Union are set to face criminal record checks before being allowed to work in the UK.

From April, migrants from outside the EU will need to provide a certificate with visa applications disclosing whether they have criminal convictions.

Most employers already require people to self-disclose they have no criminal record and they carry out UK checks.

But the Home Office says the move is designed to "strengthen safeguards".

The change, which is subject to parliamentary approval, will apply to applicants from non-European Economic Area countries for a Tier 2 visa to take up jobs which involve working with children and vulnerable adults. ...

An applicant's partner, or a partner wishing to join an existing skilled migrant worker in the same sectors, will also be asked to produce a certificate.

The requirement could be waived where it is deemed not "reasonably practicable" to obtain a certificate, such as if a country or authority does not produce such documents.
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Immigration – diversity
Why we must allay the people's fears about immigration
Simon Jenkins
Evening Standard, 14 March 2017

Tomorrow the Dutch go the polls and "not speaking Dutch" has brought Wilders within striking distance of power. A salient cause is the Netherlands' militant Turks. Almost five million now live in western Europe, occupying a majority of primary school places in some German provinces. And that is just Turks. A million immigrants arrived in western Europe last year, and the same number the year before, almost all of them Muslims with little affinity for European languages or culture.

Lumping together language, religion and country of origin is seldom helpful, but the antagonism towards all forms of immigration has become politically critical. London is still relatively free from this impact. But three million of its eight million citizens do not use English at home, and more than a third were born abroad. The police and 999 services claim to need translators in 150 languages. The extent of this diversity is reflected in London's schools and colleges, cafés and shops, national enclaves and foreign-language newspapers.

Like most Londoners I find this enriching. I love the city's diversity. /.../ I take the world as it comes and accept that just now it is coming to London.

Second and third-generation immigrants constitute a majority of Londoners and I have no doubt they will become ordinary citizens, working, playing, complaining, even voting, like everyone else. ...

But, unlike many Londoners, my neighbourhood is not my world. No foreigners are taking my job or leaving my child isolated at school. They are not demanding, as on the Continent, to be taught in their language rather than mine. I can afford to be broad-minded.

Most Dutch people of my acquaintance are no less tolerant. ...

What went wrong in the Netherlands appears to have been the fallacy of liberal totalitarianism – the view that other people's opinions, fears and insecurities do not matter because we find them intolerant and bigoted. Even the bigoted can vote. As the new politics is showing across Europe and America, people whose opinions are disregarded will eventually hit back. When that happens in the Netherlands of all places, liberals should worry.

Controlling immigration is no longer someone else's problem. It electrifies every corner of European politics. Yet I see no answer to it. Britain is supposed to have strict controls on migrants from outside the EU. Yet more are coming in from outside the EU than from inside. The biggest immigrant group is from India. We also host seemingly unlimited numbers of Somalis, Eritreans, Nigerians, Colombians, Afghans, Koreans and Vietnamese – mostly in London. ...

Newcomers clearly make many Britons feel insecure and alienated.
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Immigration – numbers, prospect
UK Net migration will be 'almost DOUBLE the Government's target by 2020'
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 9 March 2017

Theresa May's plan to reduce UK net migration to the "tens of thousands" has been dealt a fresh blow after the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) suggested figures will be running at almost double the Government's target by 2020.

Experts at the OBR forecasted net migration to be 196,000 at the end of the decade, although it represents a sharp drop from the 273,000 recorded in the year to September 2016.

The OBR said there was still "considerable uncertainty" over migration numbers because the upcoming Brexit negotiations could have a significant impact on Britain's border controls.

However, they conceded that net migration would still be responsible for around half of Britain's population growth over the coming years.

Migrants are also set to account for a 700,000 surge in employment during the next five years.

Net migration is predicted to drop to 232,000 in 2017, with a further decrease to 226,000 in 2018. ...

The news comes after EU chiefs demanded European nationals who arrive in Britain over the next two years are allowed to stay permanently.

Under informal Brexit rules it was expected that the cut-off point would be the date of the referendum.

But pressure is expected from the EU to push the cut-off date to 2019 – which could trigger a huge rush of last-minute EU nationals settling in the UK.
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Immigration – EU migrants, residence
UK faces 'NIGHTMARE' of registering 'MILLIONS of EU migrants post-Brexit', experts predict
Charlie Bayliss
Daily Express, 7 March 2017

Britain could struggle to cope with the "bureaucratic nightmare" of registering millions of EU migrants if they are given the right to stay in the country after Brexit, experts have claimed.

The Government is due to set a cut-off date where EU nationals will not necessarily be entitled to remain in Britain permanently.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has previously admitted the 3.2 million EU migrants living in Britain would need "some sort of documentation". ...

The registering of EU migrants would be the biggest task undertaken by the Home Office since World War Two, where 65,000 enumerators delivered forms to households before returning and checking their documentation.

Professor of economics and public policy at King's College London, Jonathan Portes, told the Times: "It is going to be a bureaucratic nightmare. The Home Office is understaffed: there is simply no way that it could examine, case by case, the documentation of up to three million people.

"There would be huge delays. In the end, yes we can do it if we are prepared for money and resources to be allocated.

"It will be massive and we will make mistakes both in giving people we would rather not have the right to stay here and denying residence to people we would like to be here." ...

More than 137,000 EU citizens applied for a £65 permanent resident certificate in the six months after June 23's vote – a document which is needed by migrants who want to obtain a British passport. ...

The amount of certificates issued by the Government leapt from 18,064 in 2015 to a whooping 65,195 in 2016.
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Immigration – Africans, Europe
African migrants needed in Europe to help 'ageing population', says EU ambassador
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 7 March 2017

Africans migrating to Europe could rescue nations from problems associated with its "ageing population", a European Union (EU) ambassador to Nigeria has claimed.

Legal channels allowing men and women from the continent to travel to the EU should be welcomed as a "good" thing and be opened up, Michel Arrion said.

Ambassador Arrion said Europe "must support properly-regulated immigration from Africa". ...

Tweets from Dr Joe Abah, director general at the country's Bureau of Public Service Reforms, revealed the comments on social media.

"There were more babies born in Nigeria in 2016 than in the entire European Union put together," Mr Abah reported him as saying. ...

Mr Arrion also admitted Nigerians are often being smuggled into the EU. ...

In 2015, Mr Arrion said the EU needed migration - and legal channels should be made easier.

He said the continent needs "fresh blood".
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Immigration – Ending EU free movement
Brexit: Ending free movement will not reduce immigration, peers warn
Tom Peck
Independent, 6 March 2017

Ending the free movement of people from EU countries after Brexit may not result in lower overall migration, a committee of peers has warned.

No details on a new immigration system for EU nationals has been released, but the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee says net migration to the UK from outside the EU remains significantly higher than within it, despite non-EU migration already being covered by restrictions.

The wide-ranging assessment says: "Restoration of national control over EU migration may or may not, therefore, deliver a reduction in overall net migration." ...

Before the referendum, leading figures in the Leave campaign argued for an Australian-style points-based immigration system, though nothing of that nature has been formally proposed or suggested by the Government. The peers' report warns that any immigration system "hedged" with exemptions for particular economic sectors or schemes could produce the "worst of all worlds, failing to deliver a meaningful reduction in immigration while also proving more onerous and costly for employers, prospective applicants, and those charged with enforcement".
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Immigration – world, data
Data on movements of refugees and migrants are flawed
Nature, 1 March 2017

Accurate and timely information on the flow of people is crucial for policymaking and apolitical interpretations. ...

The headline "710,000 migrants entered EU in first nine months of 2015" blared from a press release that year by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Warsaw. Not so, said social scientist Nando Sigona, an expert on refugees and migration at the University of Birmingham, UK. Frontex, he pointed out, had been counting the same people two or three times or more /.../ Frontex has since made this caveat clear in its releases of cross-border data. But it is often the headline numbers that are retained by the media, and by the many populists and politicians who abuse data on refugees and migrants for political ends. We simply do not know the true figure.

Similar uncertainty surrounds data on asylum applications. Around 1.2 million people applied for asylum status in the EU in 2015, but the true total is unknown, because individuals often register in multiple countries across the continent.

Misinterpretation and misrepresentation of data on population movements is rife. Official numbers are often mistakenly taken at face value, when further examination shows the underlying data are a mess. The UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, states for example that the world is "witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record". However, as we outline in a News Feature, that claim doesn't stand up to scrutiny – particularly when global population growth is taken into account. ...

Data on economic migrants have flaws too. ...

Finer analyses of the actual migration flows over five-year periods paint a very different, and often counter-intuitive, picture. Global migration has fluctuated at around 0.6% of the world's population for the past 50 years, peaking at around 0.7% in the early 1990s and falling to its lowest levels from 2010 to 2015. ...

But migrant data is often so sub-standard that no one truly knows the global picture. /.../ Only one in four countries worldwide can provide data on migration flows. And only 10 of 48 countries in Asia could supply flow data for 2005-14.
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Immigration – liberalism, national identity, borders
The progressive case for borders [part 1]
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 1 March 2017
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

Nowadays, those who favour border controls are portrayed as backward. They are dismissed as mean-spirited, small-minded, racist and xenophobic. Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen and other 'populist movements of the right' are put in this camp. On the other hand, those who favour weak borders are portrayed as progressive. They are viewed positively as good-hearted, broadminded, cosmopolitan and tolerant. 'Respectable liberal opinion' puts itself in this camp.

Yet the narrative that motors weak borders is not progressive. For it starts with a one-eyed view of society that allows collective interests to be trumped by individual rights: the individual's right to live in a nation of choice; the individual's right to draw on the collective and historic endeavours of that nation; and the individual's right to avoid the obligations of a home state. This is a view of society that undermines centuries of learned liberal thinking about how to balance individual rights with collective interests.

It is a narrative based on a flawed view of the individual, whom it sees as an undifferentiated member of the human race: a person without ideas nurtured by the education he received as a child; a person without values shaped by the community he grew up in; and a person without political views forged from engaging in the nation's political life. This person has no relevant history, no roots and no sense of belonging to a community. Because the American, the Spaniard and the Somalian are members of the same human race, they are treated as essentially the same. This is a narrative that recognises the commonality of a beating heart but cannot understand the differential of a thinking mind.

It is a narrative based on a flawed view of the nation, which it sees as a collection of cultural differences: Britain, Germany and Nigeria are essentially the same, save for accidents of history that resulted in different lines drawn on the globe. If millions of Germans and Nigerians migrated to Britain (and a similar number went the other way), it wouldn't be a problem because cultural, social and political differences would add to the nation's diversity. ...

It is a narrative based on a flawed view of economics that downplays the political complexity of wealth creation in favour of statistics prepared by experts claiming to show that migrants are hard workers who pay taxes proportionate to the needs they create for health, education and other public services. This is an economics where wealth is a given that must be shared around the globe. ...

The weak-borders narrative is now widespread in Western nations that have absorbed flawed views about society, the individual, the nation and economics. /.../ It also informs the unwillingness of Western nations to remove those who enter or remain unlawfully.

An argument for no borders is rarely made in its purest form, except by libertarians who have abandoned the political arena in favour of market forces. But the antipathy of the European Union towards internal borders is fairly clear and was justified by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, in August when he claimed that national borders were 'the worst invention ever'. Politicians who are answerable to electorates find the weak borders narrative difficult to articulate and defend but the practice of mass migration into Western nations is evident. ...
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Immigration – liberalism, national identity, borders
The progressive case for borders [part 2]
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 1 March 2017
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

Bad arguments can win the day by default if not challenged by better ones. It is necessary for the progressive case for border control to be advanced by recognising the two hallmarks of liberal democracy – namely, liberalism and democracy. Liberalism has always acknowledged the need to balance individual rights with collective interests. The desire to emigrate is an important individual right that liberal states have long since recognised. The problem comes not in recognising the importance of this right but in failing to balance it against the equally important collective interests of a nation.

Liberal states have traditionally also recognised the importance of borders as a means of curtailing immigration according to the collective interests of the nation. /.../ And when people talk of immigration, rather than emigration, it is the collective interests of the nation that should be to the fore.

The second hallmark of liberal democracy is democracy. /.../ The reactionary liberal cry of 'don't trust the people' has informed today's weak-borders discourse, not by openly denying the people a right to control their borders but by using the law to deny them that control by stealth. The British people were never consulted about the desirability of large numbers of Europeans and asylum seekers entering after 1997; and when they voted in 2010 for a government committed to reducing net immigration to an annual rate in the tens of thousands (where it had been for decades until 1998), they soon discovered that the government was unable to do anything about net immigration that was running at an annual rate of over 300,000.

The weak-borders narrative has fettered democracy by capturing institutions that are beyond direct democratic control: the institutions of law, especially those with a supranational character. ...

The issue with all these legal fetters on border control is not whether the right border decision has been taken – it is the fact that the people's right to make that decision through their elected representatives has been removed or curtailed. Supranational institutions such as the UN, the EU and the Council of Europe (which oversees the European Convention on Human Rights) have given judges, particularly in Europe, unprecedented power to remove border control from the democratic arena.

A liberal democracy that fails to address popular and legitimate concerns about levels of immigration forfeits the right to be called a democracy. And a liberal democracy that fails to see the need to balance individual rights with collective interests risks tarnishing the very idea of liberalism. The problem will only be worsened by an elite which, instead of addressing these issues, responds to the unpopularity of its weak borders by calling its critics racist and xenophobic.
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Immigration – cost
EU THREAT TO PENSIONS: Mass migration blamed for £30 billion a YEAR 'economic catastrophe'
David Maddox
Daily Express, 25 February 2017

Mass EU migration is a £30 billion a year threat to Britain's state pension, a new report has warned.

The comprehensive paper - How the £30 billion cost of EU migration Imperils Pensions & Benefits - by the thinktank Global Britain has blown apart claims that the UK needs EU migration to support its pension system.

Instead it reveals that cheap labour flooding in from the continent is causing "an economic catastrophe" for the UK which threatens the pension system.

And the report suggests that leaving the EU and taking back control of British borders will provide the UK with "a £250 billion opportunity" in the next five years. ...

The Global Britain report's author Bob Lyddon, a leading City analyst, points out that the annual net cost of Britain's 3 million EU migrants is £31.5 billion based on official figures which show that the Government spends £10,500 per head.

However, he shows that only 2 million of them work contributing a mere £500 each in tax in average, a total of just £1 billion a year.

This includes negligible levels of National Insurance contributions which underpin the state pension.

He argues that the EU freedom of establishment rule combined with freedom of movement means "tax efficient" multinationals can flood the UK with cheap foreign labour but avoid paying money to the Treasury such as corporation tax.

In a damning indictment he says that the UK taxpayer is subsidising low paid jobs for foreign workers.
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Immigration – inevitability, politics, France, Europe
Le Pen Rival: Whole World Moving to Europe in Coming Decades, Deal With It
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 25 February 2017

"We have entered a world of great migrations and we will have more and more of it [migration]", former investment banker Emmanuel Macron declared during a debate on climate change.

Speaking at a discussion staged for Science and Future magazine, the independent candidate announced that the world has entered an age of mass migration which will be inescapable for Europe.

"In the coming decades we will have migrations from geopolitical conflicts that will continue to play, and we will have climate migrations because the planet is in a state of deep imbalance," he said. ...

Voicing a stance diametrically opposite to that of his rival Marine Le Pen, who wants to close France's borders, Macron said the country's geographical location makes resisting the migrant tide impossible.

"France will not be able to stem it, and Europe will be affected immediately. We will see a migratory phenomenon far greater than what we have seen [with migrants from] Syria."

On Wednesday the sociologist and writer Mathieu Bock-Côté warned that Macron, who stands a good chance of winning the presidential election later this year, embodies "all that France wants to extricate itself from".
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Immigration – numbers
Immigration from Bulgaria and Romania rises to highest level on record following Brexit referendum
Jon Stone
Independent, 23 February 2017

The level of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK has risen to the highest level on record in the months following the Brexit referendum result, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Inward migration from the the so-called "EU2" countries was up 19,000 to 74,000, which the ONS described as the "highest estimate recorded".

The period measured by the statistics includes three months of data following the European Union referendum, though the ONS warned it was "too early to say" what the effect of the EU referendum would be on immigration.

Net migration overall was slightly down but broadly flat in the figures at 273,000 a year, down 49,000. The ONS said this change was "not statistically significant". ...

As a net figure, 65,000 EU citizens came to the UK, 164,000 non-EU citizens came to the UK, and 56,000 British citizens left.
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Immigration – Europe
Leaked Report: Six Million Migrants Want To Enter Europe
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 22 February 2017

A leaked secret report from the German security authorities has revealed that almost six million migrants from countries around the Mediterranean want to enter Europe.

The report, which was obtained by German tabloid Bild, claims that there are at least 5.95 million migrants in countries around the Mediterranean who are seeking to enter Europe. In Turkey alone, the report estimates there to be 2.93 million migrants who have set their sights on the benefits of being an asylum seeker in a western European country like Germany OE24 reports.

Libya, according to the report, is presently home to 1.2 million migrants who want to get to Europe. ...

The German report matches a similar migration report by the European border agency Frontex which was released last year. Frontex said that the level of African migration would rise in the coming years and much of it would be sparked by the economic situation in highly populous west-African countries.

On Tuesday President of the European Parliament (EP) Antonio Tajani backed up the report when he told Italian media, "if the problem of Africa is not tackled – drought, malnutrition – we will have millions and millions and Africans pushing [to enter Europe] and dams and walls will not be sufficient [to hold them back]." ...

The Austrian military intelligence service released a forecast last month with a striking prediction, claiming by 2020 Europe could see an influx of up to 15 million migrants. The Austrians also cited the increase of West-African migrants as a driving force for the increase in numbers.
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Immigration – government failures
A one-time expat's tale: how to control free movement
Stewart Fleming
InFacts, 21 February 2017

One of the mysteries of the Brexit debate ahead of the referendum was why David Cameron and the then home secretary Theresa May failed to point out that the British government has, under EU law, been in a position to "take control" of EU immigration in the same way as other member states have done.

A recent analysis by the Centre for European Reform points out: "No EU citizen has a fundamental, unlimited right to move freely across the EU. To be lawfully resident in another (EU) member state, EU citizens need to be working, studying or able to prove they are self-sufficient. Otherwise they can be kicked out."

The CER also points out that "the European Court of Justice has confirmed the right of member-states to refuse supplementary pensions, unemployment benefits and child credits to non-working EU migrants." As a result "the EU is moving towards less, not more, access to benefits for EU migrants, precisely at the time Britain is leaving."

As an EU citizen who has, without a specific job to go to, crossed the borders of a member state in order to work, I can vouch for the accuracy of this assessment. Moving to Belgium in 2003 without employment, my wife and I were asked by officials whether we already had work in Belgium and, if not, how were we proposing to finance our stay.

We had to show documentation to prove we had an adequate income and so to demonstrate that we would not start trying to claim on the Belgian social security system. We had to get Belgian identity cards. We also had to register with the local commune. A week after renting an apartment we had a visit from the local police who were checking that we were actually living there.

Before being allowed to make use of the (excellent) Belgian health service, we also had to register with the state-sponsored health insurance scheme. When we used it we were required to pay, up front, a significant, income-based fee which was refunded in full only to those deemed too poor to pay. In order to get treatment we had to carry and present at the doctor's, or at a hospital, a social security card, not just a national identity card. The card had a computer chip which showed what contributions we had made and therefore what payments we had to make.

Quite why the British government did not enforce some of these requirements, as other EU countries have, is puzzling. ...

As a result the UK leaves itself open to unmonitored immigration, legal and illegal, from all over the world, not just the EU. ...

The British themselves, governments of both parties, long ago decided not to "take control" of UK borders as EU law allowed them to. They did so in part because they did not want to face up to the political challenge of securing support for the introduction of a national identity card system or to spend the money setting up monitoring systems.
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Immigration – tribunals
Shortage of judges hits immigration tribunals
Monidipa Fouzder
Law Gazette, 20 February 2017

A rapid decline in the number of immigration tribunal judges could herald a crisis, despite the government's insistence that there is sufficient capacity to deal with a growing backlog of work.

Government figures show that in 2012 there were 347 fee-paid and 132 salaried judges in the first-tier tribunal. In 2016 there were only 242 fee-paid and 77 salaried. In the upper tribunal, a headcount of 40 fee-paid and 42 salaried judges in 2012 declined to 35 fee-paid and 42 salaried last year.

Official figures show there were 62,903 outstanding cases in the first-tier tribunal at the end of the third quarter last year, up 20% on the same period in 2015. The age of a case at disposal was 48 weeks between July and September 2016, 15 weeks longer than the same period in 2015.
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Immigration – residence, EU citizens
EU citizens living in the UK could face legal limbo after Brexit
Daniel Boffey
The Observer, 19 February 2017

The EU fears millions of its nationals living in the UK will be left stranded in a legal no man's land after the country leaves the EU because of the weaknesses of the British immigration system, a document obtained by the Observer reveals.

MEPs and senior European diplomats fear that chaos will ensue as the Home Office does not have the information or systems in place to select who can stay, once the UK restricts access to nationals from the other 27 EU member states. It is widely assumed that, at an early stage of the article 50 negotiations, Britain and the EU will agree a cut-off date after which foreigners who have settled in the country will not have an automatic right to remain.

But a leaked document, drawn up by MEPs on the European parliament's employment committee to aid the EU's Brexit negotiations, warns: "The UK has no population register. In practice it would be difficult to determine which EU27 citizens were residing legally in the UK before the Brexit would have taken effect.

"If all 3.3 million EU citizens were to initiate procedures aimed at proving the 'exercise of treaty rights' the administrative system would be overburdened."

An Opinium poll for the Observer published today finds that a large majority of Britons believe EU nationals living in the UK should be given the automatic right to stay. Just 5% said they should be asked to leave, ...

Responding to the Brussels report, one senior diplomat from an eastern European state, said: "It came as a surprise to me that the UK was unable to monitor comings and goings – they will have to find a workable solution quickly."

Tony Blair's government was forced to drop plans for a national ID card and population register in 2007 because of concerns over the security of citizens' data, not least from David Davis, now secretary of state for exiting the EU.

The Cabinet Office advises that EU nationals do not need to register for any documentation in order to enjoy free movement rights and responsibilities in the UK. The government does not track EU nationals as they enter and leave the country. The databases of the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs and the Home Office do not share information.

The government could use the national insurance number system to help distinguish between those who were in the country before and after Brexit, but it would not cover those who neither work nor claim benefits. Allowing the right of residence to anyone who has registered for a national insurance number before a particular date would also give a right to stay to potentially millions of people who are no longer in the country, including those who were in the UK only briefly and have little or no connection to the UK. It would also not deal with the question of the rights of family members of those with national insurance numbers to join their relatives in the country.
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Immigration – birth rates, Europe
Mass immigration is a cure worse than our demographic time bomb
Rob Slane
Conservative Woman, 16 February 2017

Once in a while politicians say something interesting. ...

... It occurred at a conference in Malta, and the one making the comment was the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. ...

"I believe Europeans should understand that we need migration for our economies and for our welfare systems, with the current demographic trend we have to be sustainable."

... But Mrs Mogherini's comment shows that far from EU officials struggling to cope with the destabilising effect of "migrant weaponisation", they actually welcome it as a necessity.

But what is even more fascinating about the statement is what it doesn't say. It mentions the "demographic trend", but says nothing about why this demographic trend exists. So let's help Mrs Mogherini out. She could have gone on to say:

"The reason for this demographic trend is two-fold: firstly, tens of millions of citizens in EU countries have been killed in the process known as abortion over the last few decades, and secondly, Europeans in general have decided that having children is a really bad idea and so have a fertility rate of 1.58 live births per woman, which is well below the generally accepted replacement level of 2.1."

Of course had she decided to say that, she would not now be the EUHRFASP, and that's because you cannot tell such truths in such jobs and remain in such jobs. ...

What is the solution? Mrs Mogherini and her comrades can only possibly contemplate one route: mass immigration. This is not because mass immigration is a sensible solution, but it is purely because she cannot go down the other route. /.../ It would mean having to admit that killing all those babies was not only morally wrong, but is now coming back to bite us. It would mean having to admit that the obsession with getting women to place a higher value on an office desk than raising children is now having enormous civilisational consequences. To say so would involve committing the unpardonable sin of actually telling the truth about how our materialistic, individualistic choices are now coming back to haunt us.


The solution proposed by Comrade Mogherini will lead to the Islamisation of Europe within a few decades. Just do the maths. Muslims are having children while Westerners aren't.
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Immigration – numbers, EU referendum, Brexit
Brexit will cause 'vanishingly small' fall in net migration – report
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 10 February 2017

Theresa May's attempt to reclaim control of UK borders after Brexit could reduce annual migration from the EU by just 50,000 – one-sixth of the current overall annual figure, according to new research.

The projection of a "vanishingly small reduction" is one of the first attempts to estimate how likely labour market demand, and the government's planned new controls, could reduce the number of migrants coming to the UK. Reduction in immigrant numbers has been repeatedly cited in polls as the chief reason voters backed leaving the European Union.

The report by a new thinktank, Global Future, shows total net immigration, which at the latest official estimate was 335,000 in the year to June 2016, could be expected to fall by no more than 15%, to 285,000 a year. Future free trade deals with non-EU countries suggests even this reduction could be wiped out.

Liam Fox, the international trade minister, accepted last week he did not know of any new free trade deal that did not also include liberalisation of migration rules between the two countries signing such agreements. Australia and India have already indicated they will seek preferential access for their workers as part of a free trade deal.

The government has so far refused to produce its own estimate of the cut in migration from Brexit, or precisely how new controls will operate. But the report's estimates, which were formulated by breaking down the different elements of net migration from the EU and examining government commitments to retain skilled labour, students and some seasonal work, represents one of most thorough projections to date. ...

The report starts with the premise that the current true net immigration figure from Europe is 182,700 annually, representing the maximum amount of reduction possible from leaving the EU out of a total immigration figure of 335,000. ...

The report points out 22% of EU migrants are in professional jobs, 22% in skilled occupations and 56% doing unskilled jobs. The UK has already said it will need to keep the professional route open, so the report assumes 50% of existing flow professional workers will still be required.

Ministers have also said they will respond to employer pressure to meet their demand for 80,000 seasonal workers, 90% of whom come from the EU. ...

The report also looks at the number of the EU citizens in the UK returning to the EU, saying the number will fall from 95,000 to 58,000, partly due to fears they will be unable to return to the UK.
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Immigration – politics, conversation
Time for a national conversation on immigration
Steve Ballinger
Yorkshire Post, 9 February 2017
[Steve Ballinger is director of communications for British Future]

Do we need to talk more about immigration? Some people think we talk about little else; others feel they're still not allowed to discuss it without being called racist.

Most people are somewhere in between – keen to keep racism and prejudice out of the debate, while still feeling that decision-makers could do more to listen to what they think about an issue that consistently ranks alongside the economy and the NHS as one that people most care about.

In response, the MPs of the House of Commons' Home Affairs Committee, including Bradford MP Naz Shah, have launched a different kind of inquiry into immigration, one that will travel around the country, hearing what people have to say. A 'National Conversation', co-ordinated by independent think-tank British Future and anti-prejudice campaigners Hope Not Hate, will feed into the inquiry.

This project will hold 120 meetings over the course of this year in 60 towns and cities. The first of those conversations takes place in Bradford today, with events in Hull, Sheffield, Barnsley and Harrogate to follow. ...

The National Conversation has been made possible by funds raised by the public in memory of Jo Cox MP after her tragic murder last year. ...

... The findings of the National Conversation will be published as part of the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into immigration, in a report that the Government has to then respond to.

We'll be regularly updating and sharing the conversations as we travel around the country, including our report from Bradford, at Here you'll also find an online survey so you can make your voice heard too.
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Immigration – Muslims, public opinion, Europe
Most Europeans want immigration ban from Muslim-majority countries, poll reveals
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 8 February 2017

A majority of Europeans want a ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, a poll has revealed.

An average of 55 per cent of people across the 10 European countries surveyed wanted to stop all future immigration from mainly Muslim countries.

The Chatham House study, conducted before US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries, found majorities in all but two of the ten states opposed immigration from mainly Muslim countries.

Only 20 per cent disagreed, while 25 per cent said they did not know.

A ban was supported by 71 per cent of people in Poland, 65 per cent in Austria, 53 per cent in Germany and 51 per cent in Italy.

In the UK, 47 per cent supported a ban.

In no country did more than 32 per cent disagree with a ban.

Of those surveyed, opposition to Muslim immigration was especially intense among older people, while those under 30 were less opposed. ...

The poll backs up other research about attitudes towards Muslims in Europe.

A Pew survey of 10 European countries in 2016 found majorities in five countries had an unfavourable view of Muslims living in their country.

Of those, 72 per cent of Hungarians had a negative view of Muslims, followed by 69 per cent of Italians, 66 per cent of Poles, 65 per cent of Greeks and 50 per cent of Spaniards.

In the UK, only 28 per cent said they had an unfavourable view of Muslims, while in Germany and France 29 per cent said the same.
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Immigration – national identity
What defines a nation's identity
The Economist, 3 February 2017

But pinning down what exactly makes someone truly a national or a stranger is tricky. This is partly because identity is based on a nebulous mix of values, language, history, culture and citizenship.

A new poll by the Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, attempts to unravel the idea of how someone can be judged to be genuinely American, British or German. It asked respondents various characteristics – language spoken, customs observed, religion and country of birth – and how important they were to being a national of their country.

Where you live makes a big difference. On average over the 15 countries surveyed, speaking a state's national tongue is seen as the most important trait. The Dutch rate this higher than anyone, whereas Canadians are the least concerned about linguistic ability, with only half saying that being able to converse in English or French (one of the two national languages) is very important. One reason may be that Canada is divided by language; another is that, along with Australia, it has the largest share of people born abroad among the countries polled, at over 20% of the population.

Recent experiences with immigration appear to affect different countries in different ways. People in Greece and Hungary, which have been transit countries for a large flux of migrants from the Middle East, place strikingly high importance on sharing customs and traditions, and being born in the country (Greeks also care strongly about being Christian). Yet in Germany, the ultimate destination for many of the refugees and migrants, respondents give comparatively little weight to such factors.
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Immigration – control, numbers, targets
'IT'S IMPOSSIBLE' Immigration targets CANNOT be guaranteed, migration boss warns
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 25 January 2017

Immigration levels are out of the Government's control and targets cannot be guaranteed, a migration advisor has warned.

Professor Alan Manning, who chairs the Migration Advisory Committee, said Theresa May could now hit targets to cut net migration to "tens of thousands" when Britain finally leaves the European Union (EU).

However, he admitted the net target is difficult to meet because the Government cannot control the numbers of people leaving Britain each year.

He said: "I don't think it's impossible - but I do think it's impossible to guarantee under our current system.

"If you have a net migration target and you can't control emigration, it's very difficult to control immigration.

"On the immigration side, you would need a lot more caps and quotas than we currently have."

He told the Commons home affairs committee that numbers can be "quite volatile", and are "driven by things that we don't control".
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Immigration – public opinion
Now even REMAINERS support taking back control of British borders, poll reveals
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 24 January 2017

The majority of Remain supporters want to see Britain regain control of EU immigration, a new poll has shown.

Britons support the Government's plan to leave the single market in order to regain control of British borders, with 74 per cent of respondents agreeing Britain must take control over EU immigration - including 54 per cent of Remain voters.

Meanwhile, 57 per cent back Mrs May's plans to leave the single market in search of new trade deals, according to the YouGov poll.
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Immigration – EU nationals
ONE MILLION more migrants to land in UK before Brexit unless May acts NOW, Brexiteer says
Alison Little
Daily Express, 23 January 2017

More than a million extra European Union nationals could move to Britain in the next two years if Theresa May does not act fast to regain border control, a leading Brexit campaigner warned today. ...

Richard Tice, co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave clean Brexit campaign, said his calculations, based on recent years' National Insurance Number (Nino) registrations by EU workers, should be a wake-up call to the Government. ...

"EU citizens are now well aware that freedom of movement will no longer continue but until a cut-off point is set, the British borders are open to everyone in the other 27 member states.

"If freedom of movement for EU citizens continues for the next two years until we leave the EU, we could easily see another one million to 1.25 million extra EU migrants move to Britain."

Mr Tice said that estimate is a conservative one, based on Nino registrations, but is more accurate than the International Passenger Survey which the Government uses for its official migration statistics.

"The IPS survey only samples 0.2 per cent of travellers and only includes people who volunteer that they will stay for more than one year," explained Mr Tice.

"The potential for error and abuse is enormous in the government numbers." ...

... In the year to September 2015, the ONS said some 257,000 EU migrants came to live here while 630,000 Nino numbers were allocated to EU nationals in the same period.

In the year to September 2016, there were 629,000 Ninos issued to EU workers and 195,000 to non-EU workers.

The ONS says the IPS survey is still the best way to measure long-term migration, because Nino registrations include people coming for less than a year.
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Immigration – birth rates, population replacement
Let's talk about the link between immigration and low reproduction rates
William Reville
Irish Times, 20 January 2017
[William Reville is an emeritus professor of biochemistry at UCC]

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto, "A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of demographic extinction". Birth rates have dropped drastically across the developed world and population numbers are being topped up by immigration. If this continues, elementary demographic calculations show that indigenous populations and cultures will vanish. One would imagine this prospect would rival climate change as a topic for heated public debate but, amazingly, almost nobody is talking about it.

... Birth rates are voluntarily declining worldwide and are well below replacement level in economically developed countries. ...

... Longer-term UN projections predict that, if European fertility rates remain at current low levels, half the European countries would lose at least 95 per cent of their population by 2300. For example, Italy (current fertility rate of 1.4) would only have 1 per cent of its population left.


But what about migration and immigration? Well, cross-border immigration presently accounts for much of the population growth seen in developed countries with low fertility rates. Fertility rates among the immigrants are usually significantly greater than indigenous rates in the host states. ...

A certain level of migration is inevitable because of people fleeing wars and natural disasters, and such migration must be accommodated. But there are also powerful incentives motivating people to migrate from poor to developed countries in order to better their lives /.../ However, a continuing high-level of such immigration into developed countries has predictable negative consequences.

Although immigration buoys up population numbers, providing a convenient supply of workers to maintain the economies of developed countries, immigration cannot prop up the indigenous cultures in the host countries. Unless indigenous fertility rates increase sharply, immigration-induced restructuring of many European nation states can be expected to first dilute and eventually replace indigenous cultures and social structures and experience to date predicts troublesome upheaval to accompany this transition. Surely Europe needs to rethink its attitudes to indigenous fertility rates and immigration policies.

Immigration is now an election issue in many countries. The debate usually revolves around fears that immigrants drive down wages, dilute social welfare and take jobs that would otherwise be available to native nationals. But the deeper questions are: how did we lose the will to replace ourselves and, knowing the demographic consequences of losing that will, can we reclaim it? These vitally important questions call for vibrant public debate.
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Immigration – discrimination
Britons aren't actually opposed to free movement. They just don't want it with the EU
Andrew Lilico
Daily Telegraph, 20 January 2017

For decades, the UK has discriminated in its immigration policies, depending upon where the immigrant was from. It has been easier to get into the UK if you were from, say, France than if you were from, say, Somalia. We thus have no deep-seated objection to discriminating between countries.

We are now leaving the EU. There appear to be two broad schools of thought on how our post-Brexit immigration policies should work. According to one idea, we should take the opportunity of Brexit to be completely non-discriminating, treating immigrants from all countries in the same way. According to the other idea, we should continue to give favourable treatment to immigrants from the EU, just not as favourable, relative to other countries, as we have had up to now.

But why are these the only two options? Why couldn't we have more favourable treatment for immigrants from some other countries than the EU? Folk say: "Voters want immigration from everywhere curtailed." But that just isn't true. Specifically, last year the Royal Commonwealth Society conducted a survey of views on whether there should be completely movement between the Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK (the so-called "Canzuk" countries). That found three to one support in the UK, among those with an opinion (58 per cent including those "unsure") for free movement within Canzuk. (Support was, incidentally, even higher among those in the other Canzuk states: five to one in Canada, seven to one in Australia, and eight to one in New Zealand.)

We do not currently have free movement within Canzuk. So, far from UK voters wanting a crackdown on immigration from the Canzuk countries (which, for example, the British government is doing from this April within its £1,000 per worker, per year "immigration skills charge"), voters actually want the rules relaxed!

We seem queasy about saying it, but voters do not regard immigration from all countries as the same. Our policy has not regarded it as the same, either, for decades, if ever. So the question is not really "is it legitimate to discriminate?" The real question is: "which countries do we want to discriminate in favour of?"

Perhaps three easy examples of countries Britons are happy to discriminate in favour of are Man, Guernsey and Ireland. ...

It's clear from the opinion polls that Britons regard Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders qualitatively differently from folk of every other country. ...

Britons don't think of Canzuk countries in the same way they think of any other countries in the world, and they don't want to restrict immigration from these countries.
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Immigration – politics, public opinion
Cutting immigration will not placate British voters
The Economist, 21 January 2017

Theresa May's speech on Brexit lasted almost an hour, but five seconds would have sufficed. She could just have said: "Immigration controls will be imposed at any cost." /.../ So expect drastic immigration cuts when, in 2019, free movement is replaced by a system of work permits.

The prime minister's thinking is not hard to fathom. Immigration was integral to the anti-EU campaign in the Brexit referendum. A poll of Leave voters' motivations commissioned by Lord Ashcroft, a Tory peer, after the vote found that regaining control of borders had been second only to casting off rules from Brussels. Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of the Brexit victory, says: "All focus groups now start with immigration and tend to revert to it within two minutes unless you stop them." One only has to join an MP on a canvassing round to see what he means: door after door, residents raise it when asked what bothers them.

Yet such sessions also make clear that immigration is no monolithic political issue. It contains multitudes. And picking these apart suggests Mrs May should think twice about slamming the door.

That starts with being frank about something politicians use patronisingly tortuous insincerities to describe: some voters just don't like immigrants. These voters are not bad people – they may be pillars of their communities, compassionate and generous to their fellow citizens – but they dislike hearing foreign languages, mistrust cultures other than the native one and assume foreigners are scoundrels and malingerers. This group is a small minority: in 2015 YouGov, a pollster, found that 10% of respondents would mind if someone of a different ethnicity moved next door; 16% if he or she married one of their children. ...

Which is not to say that culture is irrelevant. /.../ Reducing numbers is therefore unlikely to get to the heart of their complaints.

Most of all, however, objections to immigration are material. According to polls by Ipsos MORI, the five most-cited reasons people give when asked why they consider immigration too high are: job shortages, overcrowding, pressures on the state, welfare strains and housing shortages. ...

Even if all this were wrong, and Britons really disliked the people who moved to join them on their islands, would shutting the borders cheer them up? Views about immigration bear only an imprecise relationship to the number of immigrants. ...

To politicians struggling with the subject: there are alternatives. Ditch the constipated talk of "concerns about immigration" (which only looks evasive) and make the honest case for the current, controlled levels. /.../ Before reaching for reckless immigration cuts, pick the low-hanging fruit.
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Immigration – environment
Progressive protectionism - the Green case for controlling our borders [part 1]
Colin Hines
The Ecologist, 13 January 2017

Given that the high watermark of free trade is now over and that resistance to present levels of migration into richer countries is growing rapidly, its time for environmentalists to start to consider what form of protectionism should replace globalisation, now it's on the ropes.

The right with its usual political sure-footedness is already utterly dominating this discussion. The rest of the political spectrum is caught like hares in headlights, with no comprehensive idea of what to do.

It is to fill this vacuum that I have written Progressive Protectionism: Taking Back Control. My new book presents a green, left - and with its emphasis on rebuilding local economies a small 'c' conservative - alternative that could effectively challenge the rise of the extreme right, while giving voters hope for a better future.

It details why progressives should endorse the controlling of borders to people, capital, goods and services - though not as a repeat of the oxymoronic protectionism of the 1930s, when governments attempted to protect domestic jobs while still wanting to compete and export globally at the expense of others.

Progressive Protectionism, by contrast, aims to nurture and rebuild local economies in a way that permanently reduces the amount of international trade in goods, money and services and enables nation states to control the level of migration that their citizens desire.

This approach can return a sense of optimism to the majority through championing policies geared to achieving more job security, a decrease in inequality and protection of the environment worldwide. ...

The huge error made by progressives was their failure around a decade ago to countenance addressing the concerns of the majority in Europe about a rapid and uncontrollable rise in immigration, as millions of workers from the new member states in Eastern Europe came to Western Europe. There were similar sins of omission in the United States. These left the stage clear for the European extreme right and Donald Trump.

Likewise it is time to ditch the tried, tested and failed path of fragmented issue-specific skirmishes which unsurprisingly results in constant defeat. The only way to reverse this trend and to actually defend the people, communities and the environment they purport to want to help is for activists to seriously consider uniting around the overarching alternative of 'Progressive Protectionism'.

... To increase public credibility it is also crucial that the green movement should campaign for controlling population as a priority.

Last year, the world population was estimated to have reached 7.4 billion, rising by approximately 83 million people per year. Because of previously overoptimistic expectations of declines in fertility rates, the UN now projects that world population will reach 11.2 billion by 2100, a staggering one billion more people than was forecast a mere six years ago.
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Immigration – environment
Progressive protectionism - the Green case for controlling our borders [part 2]
Colin Hines
The Ecologist, 13 January 2017

The environment movement has a responsibility to take the lead in campaigning to curb such increases. It was they after all who first drew global attention to the need for population control in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then most of the green groups have fastidiously ignored this topic, particularly in the face of developing countries' activists and leaders saying it was a form of colonialism, racism etc. ...

Most environmentalists are still gutlessly asleep at the wheel over this issue.

As I've said in The Ecologist before, it is also crucial that there is a candid, public recognition by green activists that the present level of migration, though not the cause, makes it much more difficult to tackle all social and environmental problems. Also that it has taken away jobs from the unskilled and that it has rapidly changed many communities in a way the majority oppose.

Not to control such migration is clearly undemocratic given the polls showing the overriding public opposition to present net immigration.

If we don't control migration in the UK more effectively, this will contribute to the population growing by nearly 8 million (virtually a Greater London) in the next 15 years, including stealing skilled professionals from poorer countries.

This will have severely adverse environmental effects in terms of increased resource use, a greater national contribution to climate change and further building on the green belt in a country that has to import nearly half of its food in a world of likely ever increasing food insecurity.

To underscore how correct the average person is to be very uneasy about inadequately controlled migration, an international Gallup poll showed that around two thirds of a billion people from poorer countries would choose to migrate if possible, with over 40 million choosing the UK, the second most popular choice after the US.

It is a complete dereliction of environmentalists' duty to protect the planet to continue to ignore immigration and population growth and not to campaign for their reduction. Without this decrease all solutions to other aspects of ecological and social concern are made far more difficult to deal with. ...

However, today's absence of environmentalists from the public debates about immigration and population makes them appear not to be serious about really tackling global, environmental and social threats. Instead they appear to be trapped in a form of politically correct denial. This must stop.
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Immigration – public opinion
More Britons want greater control of immigration than EU free trade - poll
Reuters, 9 January 2017

Greater control of immigration is more important for Britons than access to free trade with the European Union during negotiations for the UK's departure from the bloc, according to a poll on Monday. ...

Pollster ORB found that 46 percent of Britons agreed that greater control over immigration was more important than access to free trade, while 39 percent disagreed.

That has flipped since November, when 43 percent disagreed and would prioritise access to free trade, compared to 41 percent who agreed. ...

The online survey polled 2,075 people, with fieldwork conducted between Jan. 6-8.
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Immigration – wages, housing
Project Fear Brexit predictions were 'flawed and partisan', new study says
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2017

Predictions by the Treasury ahead of the Brexit vote have been brought into question by a study which says that leaving the European Union will halve net migration, give British workers a pay rise and help to solve the housing crisis.

The report from the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge examined the possible future scenarios following the referendum decision to leave the EU. ...

However the academics' report forecast that if controls on migration from the EU were introduced in the middle of 2019, net migration would fall to around 165,000 from 2020.

The fall would be a 50 per cent drop in net migration – currently running at more than 330,000 a year – but would not deliver the Government's promise of cutting it to tens of thousands a year. ...

Average earnings are forecast to rise by more than 2 per cent a year, partly because of lower levels of migration after Brexit.

The report said: "Our equations for earnings suggest that earnings will rise by more than 2 per cent as employment rates reach a peak in 2017 and especially as migration reduces from 2019."

The report also forecast that house prices will become more affordable for people on lower incomes.
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Immigration – employment, devolution
MPs call for immigration devolution
BBC, 5 January 2017

A cross-party group of MPs has called on the UK government to "seriously consider" handing greater powers over immigration to Scotland.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration said a commission should be set up to examine how a devolved immigration system might work.

It said the current system had "led to friction" between the UK and Scottish governments.

But it acknowledged there would be major challenges to overcome. ...

In its report, the parliamentary group said the UK government should aim to encourage people to move to areas of the country which required higher levels of immigration or did not currently attract a great many immigrants. ...

"The government should appoint an independent commission to explore how a devolved or regionally-led immigration system might work." ...

And it said enabling nations and regions to set regional immigration quotas would give politicians the incentive to actively make the case for immigration in their area.
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Immigration abroad – refugees, European Union
EU to resettle 50,000 refugees from North Africa
James Rothwell and Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2017

The European Union is planning to resettle 50,000 refugees directly from war-torn countries into Europe in its latest bid to stabilise migration to the bloc, it announced on Wednesday.

The European Commission said that it has set aside €500m (£440) to fund the resettlement of refugees from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopa in order to deter illegal migration and reduce the attraction of people- smugglers. ...

The initiative comes as Jean-Claude Junker, the European Commission president, tries to take the lead on addressing the migration crisis amid continued squabbling between EU member states over migration burden-sharing.

A compulsory quota scheme to distribute 160,000 migrants within the EU ended this week in failure and recriminations after just 29,000 migrants were relocated and the Commission promised legal action against Hungary and Poland for refusing to accept the quotas.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, cost, USA
New FAIR Study: Illegal Immigration Costs $116 Billion Annually
Federation for American Immigration Reform, 27 September 2017

Illegal immigration to the U.S. costs federal, state and local taxpayers a staggering net cost of $116 billion a year – an increase of some $16 billion compared to previous estimates – according to a new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The study is the most comprehensive to date on the cost to federal, state and local taxpayers of the nation's 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their 4.2 million citizen children.

The report, "The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers," examines the cost of illegal immigration through a detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that are available to the nation's illegal immigrant population, their U.S.-born children, or accessed via fraud. The study tallies the impact on education, medical, justice/enforcement, welfare and other government programs. The report notes that the $116 billion cost of illegal immigration falls on state and local taxpayers disproportionately – by a ratio of roughly 2 to 1 – with state and local expenditures totaling $88.9 billion and Federal expenditures totaling $45.8 billion, with only approximately $19 billion recouped in taxes.
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Immigration abroad – chain migration, USA
Immigration Multipliers: Trends in Chain Migration
Jessica Vaughan
Center for Immigration Studies, 27 September 2017

Every year, about one million new legal immigrants, or lawful permanent residents, are admitted to the United States. More than 10.6 million immigrants were admitted from 2007 through 2016. According to DHS statistics, in recent years about half of these immigrants have been what are sometimes called "initiating immigrants", or the first in their family to settle permanently in the United States, perhaps after attending college, finding employment, as refugees from persecution, or receiving amnesty after illegal settlement. The other half are not path-breakers, but are joining family members who arrived earlier, in the phenomenon known as chain migration.

This report examines the scale of chain migration and recent trends of family sponsorship over time and across different groups of immigrants. In addition, we examine how an amnesty for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is likely to increase chain migration in the future, as DACA beneficiaries eventually qualify for citizenship and the opportunity to sponsor their parents and siblings, many of whom also have been residing in the United States illegally.

Key Findings:

• Over the last 35 years, chain migration has greatly exceeded new immigration. Out of 33 million immigrants admitted to the United States from 1981 to 2016, about 20 million were chain migration immigrants (61 percent).

• Judging from preliminary administrative data, approximately 1,125,000 legal immigrants were approved for admission in 2016, which is about 7 percent higher than 2015, and one of the highest numbers in the last decade.

• The largest categories of chain migration are spouses and parents of naturalized U.S. citizens because admissions in these categories are unlimited by law.

• According to the most complete contemporary academic studies on chain migration, in recent years each new immigrant sponsored an average of 3.45 additional immigrants. In the early 1980s, the chain migration multiplier was 2.59, or more than 30 percent lower.

• Of the top immigrant-sending countries, Mexico has the highest rate of chain migration. In the most recent five-year cohort of immigrants studied (1996-2000), each new Mexican immigrant sponsored 6.38 additional legal immigrants. ...

• Enacting an amnesty for roughly 700,000 DACA beneficiaries is likely to add double that number in additional immigrants because of chain migration, as the amnesty beneficiaries sponsor their parents and other family members. ...
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Italian TV Broadcasts Alleged Footage of 'Save the Children' Working with People Smugglers
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 26 September 2017

Italian television programme Matrix has shown footage of what they claim is of members of the pro-migrant rescue NGO Save the Children cooperating with people traffickers.

The television programme, which is hosted on Italian network Canale 5, released the footage which shows what they claim are people smugglers helping a large wooden boat of migrants get to the ship chartered by Save the Children, the Vos Hestia, off the coast of Libya. ...

The footage is similar to a case brought against the German NGO Jugend Rettet by the Italian government who are investigating the group for alleged connections to people traffickers. The Italians confiscated their vessel, the Iuventa, in August.

The Italian authorities later released pictures which they claimed was evidence of the NGO workers working with the people smugglers.

The Trapani prosecutor's office has confirmed it is investigating Marco Amato, commander of the Vos Hestia, for people smuggling, according to Italian newspaper Giornale Di Sicilia.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Dozens of children of ISIS jihadists to be resettled in Australia
Yahoo7, 26 September 2017

Some 70 children of ISIS terrorists are to be resettled in Australia following an assessment on any potential security risks.

The Australian government said it plans to bring back children who were either taken with their parents to the conflict in Syria and Iraq or who were born to Australian parents while out there.

The country's justice minister Michael Keenan said that each child would be vetted for any potential risks before being given new homes, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. ...

Security agencies estimate that there are around 110 Australians still fighting with terror groups in Iraq and Syria.
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Immigration abroad – accusations of racism, police, USA
Hard Data, Hollow Protests
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 25 September 2017

The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 today, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend. Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 "black bodies," in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation's population. The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.

Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks. In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The Post categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as "unarmed." That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest. Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers – committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243.

Violent crime has now risen by a significant amount for two consecutive years. The total number of violent crimes rose 4.1 percent in 2016, and estimated homicides rose 8.6 percent. In 2015, violent crime rose by nearly 4 percent and estimated homicides by nearly 11 percent. /.../ Seventy-two percent of the nation's officers say that they and their colleagues are now less willing to stop and question suspicious persons, according to a Pew Research poll released in January. The reason is the persistent anti-cop climate.

Four studies came out in 2016 alone rebutting the charge that police shootings are racially biased. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. That truth has not stopped the ongoing demonization of the police – including, now, by many of the country's ignorant professional athletes. The toll will be felt, as always, in the inner city, by the thousands of law-abiding people there who desperately want more police protection.
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Immigration abroad – diversity courses, USA
UNC Charlotte Offers 345 Diversity and Social Justice Courses
Tom Ciccotta
Breitbart, 25 September 2017

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, offers a staggering 345 courses on the topic of diversity and social justice.

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte released a list of their "Diversity Courses" that spans 21 pages and covers academic disciplines such as Religious Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Languages and Culture Studies, and Africana Studies.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Angela Merkel embroiled in refugee scandal in huge blow days before German election
Allan Hall
Daily Express, 23 September 2017

A leaked internal German government report appears to condemn Chancellor Angel Merkel for opening the country's borders to refugees without first gaining parliamentary approval. ...

The report by the Bundestag Scientific Office - a team of non party political legal experts - stated it is the role of the Bundestag to decide on all "matters of essential relevance to the state".

Experts said the opaque diplomatic language used in it signals parliament should have had the final say on the matter "as the decision led to a change in the proportion of non-Germans to Germans in the country".

Influential news magazine Der Spiegel said: "Bundestag lawyers clearly see an unclear legal situation for the border opening.

"This is an explosive opinion on the refugee crisis shortly before the election."

The story was broken by the Die Welt newspaper.

Merkel opened up the borders in September 2015 after discussing the issue with her cabinet. ...

The internal report says German law states that refugees do not have a right to apply for asylum in Germany if they entered the it through another signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention.

They said, according to German law, asylum seekers should have been turned away at the Austrian border.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Denmark
Danish Prime Minister Warns of the Emergence of Muslim Parallel Societies, No-Go Zones
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 22 September 2017

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has warned that his country may be seeing a rise of Muslim "parallel societies" and no-go zones and has promised to take steps against them.

The Danish prime minister said that the problem has become so prevalent in Denmark that he is considering state intervention in some areas. ...

The move is doubly unusual for Europe, where the normal approach of establishment politicians is to deny the existence of no-go zones altogether. ...

"It's a matter of being realistic about the situation," Rasmussen said, "and there are areas where there is already a different set of rules. Where the gangs are in control and the police can not work. I can not sit and passively let it happen."

"We have tried everything possible, but we just could not solve the problem," Rasmussen said and called on the Danish parliament to "engage us in a different and more robust way".

Rasmussen has called on three ministers in his cabinet to brainstorm ideas on how to better integrate Muslim pupils in schools or solve complex issues in housing estates to prevent the emergence of parallel societies.
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Immigration abroad – politics, multiculturalism, Germany
Why German parties are flyering and advertizing in languages from Russian to English
Nicholas Thomas
The Local [Germany], 22 September 2017

With so many voters apparently still undecided about who to pick on Sunday, parties have taken to advertizing in several languages, desperate for every vote they can get. ...

In a move that is virtually unheard of in the UK and many other European countries, Germany's major political parties are printing adverts, flyers and posters in the languages spoken by the country's immigrants.

It isn't just Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that is employing this tactic. ...

Other major parties are also taking the multilingual route. The Social Democrats (SPD), led at this election by Chancellor-candidate Martin Schulz, have printed election flyers in seven languages (excluding German).

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) has published its manifesto online in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Russian. For them, the decision was about inclusiveness.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, Europe
Viktor Orbán: Christianity and identity versus western liberalism
Visegrad Post, 20 September 2017

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán reiterated strong remarks for the start of the parliamentary year and nailed his strategy for the final months of his current mandate.

Mid-September, Viktor Orbán held two keynote speeches for parliamentary opening after the summer recess. The first speech took place in front of an audience of Christian intellectuals invited to the parliament, among them the Cardinal of Hungary Péter Erdo, who shares the views of the government on migration.

During his speech, Mr Orbán considered that the adoption by Hungary and Central Europe of "western liberalism would mean spiritual suicide for the central Europeans". According to the strong man of Budapest, this would mean for Central Europe to "become mixed societies in our lifetime, thus irreversibly sweeping away our national and Christian identities." ...

A few days later, Viktor Orbán held his second speech for the opening of the parliamentary year, this time in front of the members of parliament. ...

Regarding the migratory waves seen so far, it was only "a warm-up". According to Viktor Orbán, the information provided by NATO indicates that 60 million people in Africa will set out by 2020 to Europe. He therefore accuses Brussels' migration policy of being thus responsible for "terrorist acts that have become weekly, the dramatic fall of public security, and the change visible with naked eye of the demographic, religious and cultural face of Europe".

"This is from what we want to preserve Hungary, Central Europe and, if that is still possible, the entire European Union," said Viktor Orbán. According to the Hungarian Prime Minister, migration policy currently determines two camps within the European Union.

On the one hand, the countries which "invite or even organize the arrival [...] of invasive peoples", became "mixed countries". ...

On the other, countries opposed to immigration, such as Hungary, who are committed to "keep their security, their way of life, their national and religious identities", adding that "we want a Hungarian Hungary, and I add wistfully, that we would also like a European Europe".
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Immigration abroad – Lampedusa, Italy
Mayor of Lampedusa says the Italian island is 'collapsing' because of violence and crime committed by large numbers of migrants
Iain Burns
MailOnline, 19 September 2017

The mayor of Lampedusa has that warned his Italian island is 'collapsing' after 'threats, harassments and thefts' caused by migrants from North Africa.

The tiny island in the Mediterranean has for years been a reception centre for hundreds of thousands of migrants heading into Europe.

It became world famous for its 'welcome culture' as the several thousand locals helped Africans who landed on the island's shore after making the voyage from Libya and Tunisia.

But new mayor Salvatore Martello, who was re-elected in June, has said that Lampedusa 'has to change' its welcoming ways, according to Ansa news agency.

In an open letter, Martello said: 'Threats, harassments, thefts, Lampedusa is about to collapse.'

He said police are 'powerless' and demanded the closure of the island's 'useless' migrant centre.

The mayor also said that - 'unfortunately' - 'asking migrants to respect the same rules that apply to Lampedusans and other Italian citizens, according to some people, means being "racist".'
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Immigration abroad – EU passports, Cyprus
The billionaires investing in Cyprus in exchange for EU passports
Sara Farolfi, David Pegg and Stelios Orphanides
The Guardian, 18 September 2017

A leaked list of names of those who have benefited from Cyprus's citizenship-by-investment programmes represents a detailed insight into the panoply of clients behind schemes providing passports to the super rich.

It also reveals the extent to which interest from the Russian and Ukrainian elite has driven the programme which, according to the Cypriot government, has generated more than €4bn in investment since 2013. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of beneficiaries.

Prior to 2013, Cypriot citizenship was granted on a discretionary basis by ministers, in a less formal version of the current arrangement.

"Golden visa" schemes, whereby countries sell passports or citizenship in exchange for investment, are almost universally carried out in complete secrecy. Only Malta has ever published the names of its applicants. ...

Leonid Lebedev, a former member of the Russian parliament and the sole owner of the Sintez Group, is one of hundreds of Russian nationals named as having acquired Cypriot citizenship.
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Immigration abroad – racism, police, USA
Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare
Philippe Lemoine
National Review, 18 September 2017

According to this narrative, black men are constantly harassed by the police and routinely brutalized with impunity, even when they have done nothing wrong, and there is an "epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men." ...

This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence – and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small. The media's acceptance of the false narrative poisons the relations between law enforcement and black communities throughout the country and results in violent protests that destroy property and sometimes even claim lives. Perhaps even more importantly, the narrative distracts from far more serious problems that black Americans face. ...

First, despite what the narrative claims, it's not true that black men are constantly stopped by the police for no reason. Indeed, black men are less likely than white men to have contact with the police in any given year, though this includes situations where the respondent called the cops himself: 17.5 percent versus 20.7 percent. Similarly, a black man has on average only 0.32 contacts with the police in any given year, compared with 0.35 contacts for a white man. ...

If we look at how often the police use physical force against men of different races, we find that there is indeed a racial disparity, but that this experience is rare across the board. Only 0.6 percent of black men experience physical force by the police in any given year, while approximately 0.2 percent of white men do. ...

Further, physical force as defined by the PPCS includes relatively mild forms of violence such as pushing and grabbing. Actual injuries by the police are so rare that one cannot estimate them very precisely even in a survey as big as the PPCS, but the available data suggest that only 0.08 percent of black men are injured by the police each year, approximately the same rate as for white men. /.../ Moreover, keep in mind that these tallies of police violence include violence that is legally justified.

Now, it's true that there are significant differences in the rates at which men of different races experience police violence – 0.6 percent is triple 0.2 percent. However, although people often equate racial disparities with bias, this inference is fallacious, as can be seen through an analogy with gender: Men are vastly more likely to experience police violence than women are, but while bias may explain part of this disparity, nobody doubts that most of it has to do with the fact that men are on average far more violent than women. Similarly, if black men commit violent crimes at much higher rates than white men, that might have a lot to do with the disparity in the use of force by the police.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Brussels to end mandatory refugee relocation (for now)
Jacopo Barigazzi
Politico, 17 September 2017

The EU's controversial refugee relocation scheme won't be renewed when it runs out at the end of this month – but Brussels will keep on helping member countries that take in refugees, according to senior diplomats.

On September 26, the scheme, which aimed to take 160,000 refugees who had arrived in Italy and Greece and move them across the bloc, will come to an end. However, the scheme fell well short of expectations. As of September 4, just 27,695 refugees had been relocated and some EU members, notably Hungary and Poland, refused to take part even though participation was supposed to be mandatory. ...

The problem for the Commission is how to deal with the refugees who arrive after September 26. A new, permanent mechanism for relocating refugees is being discussed as part of an update to the Dublin rules – which state that the EU country in which asylum seekers first set foot must deal with their applications. But those talks are stalled and the Commission must figure out how to fill the gap.

The plan is to keep on supporting member countries that are willing to relocate but without launching a new relocation scheme. ...

Warsaw is studying every move Brussels makes on migration and seems likely to challenge in court any measure that would extend relocation or make Poland take in refugees, said one of the diplomats.
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Immigration abroad – Schengen Zone, European Union
Germany and France want to 'suspend' open border-rule amid growing terror concerns
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 16 September 2017

German and French officials are pressing for the right to suspend passport-free border rules for up to four years amid growing concern about terrorism and illegal immigration, leaked documents revealed today.

They want to be able to suspend the Schengen rules in "exceptional circumstances" to allow the reintroduction of full checks on travellers crossing borders in mainland Europe.

The demand, from the governments of two of the founding member nations of the European Union, is seen as an indication of growing dissatisfaction with unrestricted free movement in Europe.

It is also a blow to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Earlier this week he called for the Schengen Zone to be extended to include Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. ...

Twenty-six European nations, including 22 of the 28 EU member states, are signed up to the Schengen Agreement. ...

A confidential diplomatic paper today revealed the demand for the right for nations to temporarily suspend Schengen rules for up to four years.

Austria, Denmark and Norway have joined France and Germany in backing the idea. ...

Earlier this week Mr Juncker denied claims that passport-free travel was "an invitation to terrorists".
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Immigration abroad – Austria
90 Per Cent Of Asylum Seekers In Austria End Up On Welfare
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 September 2017

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka is resisting EU efforts to increase his country's migrant quota, claiming that 90 per cent of asylum seekers in Austria end up on welfare benefits and strain the system.

The Austrian Interior Minister once again railed at attempts by the European Union to send more migrants to Austria, saying that the vast majority end up claiming benefits, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Sobotka says "Austria has borne the main load from 2014 to 2017," and "Our system is simply overwhelmed". ...

It was also revealed this week that foreign-born mothers are drastically overrepresented among those who claim child care allowance in Austria, with one-third of all claimants coming from foreign backgrounds.

In the capital of Vienna, foreign-background families account for 55 per cent of claimants, costing taxpayers millions of euros.
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Immigration abroad – racism, free speech, USA
Why The Free Speech Fight Is Really About Smearing The Right As Racists
John Daniel Davidson
The Federalist, 13 September 2017

In the era of Trump, efforts to shut down free speech by force have come almost exclusively from the Left, and are part of a larger project to redefine the boundaries of political discourse in America. Anyone who espouses conservative views or support for the president (or even insufficient opposition to him) can now expect to be labeled a racist, fascist, or white supremacist.

That might sound outrageous to the average American, but it's commonplace in academia.
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Immigration abroad – hate speech, Islam, Germany
Punish Muslims for 'Hate Speech' Against 'Infidels', Says Merkel Ally
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 11 September 2017

A member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has demanded 'hate speech' laws are deployed against Muslims who attack "infidels" in mosques, as well as those who criticise Islam.

Jens Spahn, 37, is a gay Catholic seen as a rising star on the political right of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), who has even been tipped as a possible future chancellor. ...

Germany has some of the western world's harshest hate speech laws that were designed after World War II to prevent the vilification of certain identity groups.

They are frequently used against people who criticise mass immigration and say provocative things about Islam.

In August of this year, a court found a farmer guilty of hate speech after he described migrants as "filthy people" online after some recent arrivals stole his property. Parts of the Quran, routinely read out in mosques, describe non-Muslims as stupid and "cattle".
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Canada
Canada deported hundreds to war-torn countries - government data
Anna Mehler Paperny
Reuters, 10 September 2017

Canada has deported hundreds of people to countries designated too dangerous for civilians, with more than half of those people being sent back to Iraq, according to government data obtained by Reuters.

The spike in deportations comes as Canada faces a record number of migrants and is on track to have the most refugee claims in more than a decade. That has left the country scrambling to cope with the influx of asylum seekers, many crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Between January 2014 and Sept. 6, 2017, Canada sent 249 people to 11 countries for which the government had suspended or deferred deportations because of dangers to civilians.

That includes 134 people to Iraq, 62 to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 43 to Afghanistan, the data shows. ...

The federal government has suspension or deferral designations for countries or regions deemed dangerous but may still deport people to them because of criminality, security risks or human rights violations.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
German aid to migrants creating 'pull effect': minister
The Local [Germany], 10 September 2017

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned Saturday that Berlin's generous offer of benefits for asylum seekers was a siren call for migrants.

"The benefits for refugees in Germany are quite high compared to other EU countries. This is part of the pull effect towards Germany," de Maiziere, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said in an interview with the Rheinische Post regional daily.

Under Merkel's impetus, Germany welcomed more than a million asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016, all of them ushered in by Maiziere's interior ministry. ...

An asylum seeker arriving in Germany has the right to housing and up to €390 euros per month to cover food, clothing and other expenses.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Oslo, Norway
Oslo Police Declare "We Have Lost the City"... Islam Has Taken Over
Alex Leroux
Occupy Deplorables, 10 September 2017

Grønland, a district in the city of Oslo that is said to have "apocalyptic level of culturally-enriched violence." It is only two subway stops from the Parliament, one stop from the Central Station, and fairly close to the government offices that were bombed by Breivik.

No Norwegian has committed a rape in Grønland where the victim and the rapist did not know each other before hand.

The Grønland district of Oslo looks like Karachi, Basra, and Mogadishu all rolled into one. People sell drugs openly next to the Grønland subway station, violence is epidemic, and the police have largely given up. It's not Norway or Europe anymore, except when there is welfare money to be collected.

The police are powerless. Five years ago, Aftenposten, a pro-Islamic leaning publication that is the largest newspaper in the Oslo, stated that there are sharia patrols in this area, and gay couples are assaulted and chased away. "Immigrant Fatima Tetouani says that 'Grønland is more Muslim than Morocco.'" ...

In just the past ten years more than 4,000 people have been robbed in the town center and the area of the Grønland police station [an immigrant ghetto]. Most of them are young men. Sturla Nøstvik was robbery-victim 351 from Grønland just from this year, the same period in which around fifty assault-rapes have been reported in Oslo.
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Immigration abroad – Brussels, Belgium
Brussels finally gets tough on migrants - but only because hundreds set up camp near EU HQ: Officials clampdown on asylum seekers, saying: 'We don't want the Calais Jungle here'
Charlie Faulkner and Julian Robinson
MailOnline, 9 September 2017

Brussels has begun to ramp up its efforts to combat the escalating number of migrants entering the area, after fears the EU capital could become the new 'Jungle'.

Around 50 people were arrested during the Belgian police's first wave of checks carried out on the hundreds of refugees setting up camp in Maximilian Park in Brussels this week. ...

Hundreds of young, mostly Sudanese and Eritreans, migrants have been sleeping in Maximilian Park, near the Gare du Nord station where trains depart for Belgium's North Sea coast.
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Immigration abroad – marriage, Nigeria
Behind the mad rush of young Nigerian men for older foreign women
Hannah Ojo
The Nation [Nigeria], 9 September 2017

Has Nigeria become the target of old European, American and Asian women in need of toy boys? The question is provoked by the increasing number of online pictures of young Nigerian men being joined in matrimony with older foreign women, some with an age difference as wide as 50 years. ...

This year alone, there have been more than 10 leaked photographs of younger Nigerian men who got married to older foreign women at the Ikoyi Registry in Lagos. A trader at the registry, who pleaded anonymity, said the trend has become rampant in recent times, ...
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, European Union
Hungarian PM Orban says will fight after EU ruling on migrant quota
Krisztina Than
Reuters, 8 September 2017

Hungary will not change its anti-immigration stance after the European Union's top court dismissed a challenge against migrant quotas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

The EU's highest court ruled on Wednesday that member states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe, dismissing the challenge by Slovakia and Hungary and re-igniting an east-west row that has shaken EU cohesion. ...

Now that the legal challenge has failed, Orban said he would pursue a political fight to force the EU to change its mandatory migrant quotas.

"The whole issue raises a very serious question of principles: whether we are an alliance of European free nations with the Commission representing our joint interests, or a European empire which has its centre in Brussels and which can issue orders," Orban said.

He said EU countries which let in migrants, unlike Hungary, decided to do so of their own will and now they cannot ask Hungary to take a part in correcting their mistake.

"It is not us Hungarians who question the rules of the club, but the Commission had changed the rules and this is unacceptable," Orban added.
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Immigration abroad – Sardinia, Italy
Italian island of Sardinia alarmed by increase in number of migrants arriving on its shores
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2017

The Italian holiday island of Sardinia has raised the alarm over the increasing number of migrants arriving on its shores from Algeria, in what could be a new route opening up across the Mediterranean. ...

With the right weather conditions, Algerians can reach the southern coast of Sardinia in an overnight crossing. ...

For months, small boatloads of Algerians have been landing on the coastline of Sardinia, but the pace appears to have picked up recently.

So far this year, more than 800 Algerians have crossed in smugglers' boats, compared to 1,100 who arrived in the whole of 2016. ...

But Sardinia says its migrant reception centres are full and it is struggling to cope with the influx.
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Immigration abroad – Bulgaria
Why is Bulgaria's population falling off a cliff?
Ruth Alexander
BBC, 7 September 2017

Bulgaria is projected to have the fastest-shrinking population in the world. It's already lost a fifth of its population since the 1990s. But what does this mean for those who remain? ...

In 1989, almost nine million people lived in Bulgaria. Now, it is a little over seven million. By 2050, that number is projected to be less than 5.5 million. By the end of the century, it could be close to half what it is now.

This exodus contributes to another factor in Bulgaria's dwindling population numbers - in part because a lot of young adults have left the country, the birth rate is low. ...

The government is introducing a number of measures to try to tackle depopulation by increasing the birth rate: offering help with the costs of fertility treatment, giving childcare, and mortgage support.

It is also encouraging ethnic Bulgarians who live abroad to return to the country, but no-one else.

"Bulgaria doesn't need uneducated refugees," says Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, a leader of the United Patriots, an anti-immigrant grouping forming part of the coalition government.

Nor would Bulgarian society accept educated and skilled migrants, Mr Simeonov says.

"They have a different culture, different religion, even different daily habits," he says. "And thank God Bulgaria so far is one of the most-well defended countries from Europe's immigrant influx." ...

According to figures from the European Commission, Bulgaria had taken in only about 50 of the migrants who arrived in Europe from North Africa and the Middle East between 2015 and July 2017.

It is clear that the Bulgarian government does not see immigration as a possible solution to the country's dwindling population.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, European Union
Manfred Weber urges EU to support Hungary to block millions of migrants
Belinda Robinson
Daily Express, 6 September 2017

A senior European politician has urged the European Commission to support Hungary to secure its borders against a deluge of millions of refugees.

Germany's Manfred Weber, the leader of the Centre-right European People's Party group, wants Hungary to receive financial support to help battle the crisis. ...

Hungary fortified its borders with Serbia and EU state Croatia with a fence, police and troops, and says it is protecting the rest of EU from illegal migration. ...

However, he said that Mr Orban would have to play his part by working with other EU states. ...

The refusal by Hungary, as well as its ally Poland, to take in a single asylum-seeker under a 2015 EU scheme has infuriated Brussels, Berlin and Paris, and many other EU states, triggering a broader debate in the bloc about key values.
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Immigration abroad – crime, sexual violence, Sweden
Swedish journalist inquires into rape of 12 y/o girl. Police: 'We can no longer cope with scale of sexual violence'
Vincent van den Born
The Old Continent, 6 September 2017

Joakim Magnus Lamotte is a Swedish journalist and columnist, ...

We link to his story, about a 12-year-old girl who was dragged into a restroom in the centre of Stenungsund, Sweden. The girl was threatened, beaten and raped. She and her mother reported the rape to the police, telling them exactly who the man was. Two months later, the police had still not interviewed the suspect, even though they were told his name and even where he lives.

... Lamotte decided to call the police. He made a video of the call, asking if the police had already interviewed the suspect. ...

"The answer that I got to my question shocked me. It was a cry for help by police investigators, who told me that they don't even have the time to research the rape of 3-year-old children. Watch and listen and share this as much as you can. Make sure every politician in Sweden sees this clip. People have to see with their own eyes, the way the rule of law in our country is dying!"
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Immigration abroad – Poland, European Union
Poland's stance on migrants unchanged despite EU court ruling: PM
Reuters, 6 September 2017

Poland will continue to refuse to accept migrants under a European Union relocation scheme despite a ruling by EU's highest court that Brussels had the right to force member states to take in asylum seekers, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Wednesday.

"I was convinced that such a decision would be made (by the court), but this absolutely does not change the stance of the Polish government with respect to migration policy," Szydlo told reporters on the sidelines of a business conference.

Earlier on Wednesday, the European Union's highest court dismissed complaints by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy.
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Immigration abroad – churches, conversion, Germany
As German police attempt to deport refugees, hundreds of churches are trying to shelter them
Alice Su
Washington Post, 6 September 2017

At the peak of the crisis two years ago, this Lutheran church was holding mass baptisms of more than 200 people at a time, said the pastor, Gottfried Martens. "This church went from just a few hundred members to more than 1,300 Iranians and Afghans," Martens said. "All converts."

When Germany opened its doors to refugees in 2015, churches and church-affiliated organizations played a critical role in the response. ...

... Karimi came in through Italy, so Germany could send him back there under the Dublin Regulation, as it tried to do with 29,507 asylum seekers in the first half of 2017. Yet, only 3,085 of those people were actually deported. One way to avoid deportation is through church asylum, in which people like Karimi live in churches for six months, after which German law allows asylum seekers to process their requests in Germany instead.

There are 351 church asylum locations in Germany, according to Asyl in der Kirche, a network of German parishes offering safe houses. ...

Conversion is both a side effect of church relief and a potential advantage for rejected asylum seekers, who can claim deeper need for asylum if they are at risk of religious persecution in their home country. What's tricky for both authorities and church leaders is determining whether a convert's faith is real.
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Immigration abroad – Pakistanis, deportation
Half a million Pakistanis deported since 2012
Irfan Ghauri
Tribune [Pakistan], 5 September 2017

Name a country, any country, and it will probably have deported Pakistanis.

More than half a million Pakistanis have been deported from 134 countries around the world since January 2012, according to statistics submitted to parliament. ...

In response to a question put forward by Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini, the interior ministry placed before the Senate a list of countries from which Pakistanis have been deported and their annual breakdown from January 2012 till June 30, 2017.

Of the 544,105 Pakistanis deported, 71,723 were expelled in 2012; 79,539 in 2013; 78,409 in 2014; 116,185 in 2015; 111,084 in 2016; and 87,165 in just the first six months of 2017.

Saudi Arabia topped the overall list, followed by the UAE, Oman, Malaysia, the UK, Turkey, and Greece.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, Slovakia, European Union
EU court says Eastern states cannot refuse to take refugees
Michele Sinner
Reuters, 5 September 2017

The European Union's highest court dismissed complaints on Wednesday by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy, upholding Brussels' right to force member states to take in asylum seekers.

In the latest twist to a dispute that broke out two years ago when more than one million migrants poured across the Mediterranean, the European Court of Justice found that the EU was entitled to order national governments to take in quotas of mainly Syrian refugees relocated from Italy and Greece. ...

It is unclear how far Brussels many try to force eastern states to take refugees, many of whom themselves are reluctant to settle in the poorer, ex-Soviet bloc. ...

"The quota system does not work, so the court decision is, perhaps, irrelevant at the moment," Slovakia's Economy Minister Peter Ziga told reporters.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Netherlands
Dutch mosques receive millions from Kuwait: report
Janene Pieters
NLTimes, 5 September 2017

Over the past years charities from Kuwait donated some 10 million euros to Islamic institutions in the Netherlands, NRC reports based on a confidential overview of Kuwaiti gifts that the Gulf State provided to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The gifts went to about 18 Islamic organizations in the Netherlands, including the controversial Al Fitrah mosque in Utrecht. Last year this mosque told the authorities that it has no financial ties with terrorist organizations in Kuwait. But the overview showed that in 2012 a new Al Fitrah mosque was funded by the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, a Kuwait organization that is on the United States' terrorist list, according to the newspaper.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
German Freiburg murder: Migrant posed as 16 in asylum bid
BBC, 5 September 2017

An asylum seeker accused of raping and murdering a student in Germany has told a court he posed as a minor to improve his immigration chances in 2015.

Hussein K says he is from Afghanistan - but has no ID to prove it. For privacy reasons his full name was not given.

Maria L was 19 when she was raped and murdered last October in Freiburg, south-west Germany. Her body was found in a river; she had been strangled.

The case fuelled heated opposition to Germany's welcome for asylum seekers.

Hussein K revealed on Tuesday that he was 18 on arrival in Germany in late 2015 - not 16 as he had claimed at the time. He thought that posing as a minor would get him better treatment in the asylum system.

There was particular anger that he had been jailed for attempted murder in Greece before making his way to Germany.

He had been let free after little more than a year in a Greek jail, under an amnesty.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Italy's alarm at 'second-chance' migrants
Bethany Bell
BBC, 4 September 2017

Four mayors in the northern Italian province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia have appealed for help in dealing with an influx of migrants who have been rejected for asylum in northern Europe.

Usually, the majority of migrants coming to Italy arrive in Sicily, in the country's south. Many then try to make their way north to countries such as Germany or Sweden.

But in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, near the border with Austria and Slovenia, the flow is in the opposite direction.

In a cross-party move, the mayor of Gorizia, Trieste, Udine and Pordenone have joined together to write to Italy's interior minister and express their deep concern. ...

Several thousand of them have come to Friuli-Venezia Giulia this year alone. ...

Adalberto Chimera, who works for Caritas in Gorizia, says most of the migrants are young men from Pakistan and Afghanistan. He says Italy's rules make it easier for them to get documents to stay in Europe.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Special agents posted at international airports are stopping hundreds of terror suspects and organised crime figures entering Australia
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 3 September 2017

Special agents deployed at airports around the world are preventing hundreds of dangerous individuals from entering the country.

Working for the Australian Border Force, Airline Liaison Officers are fighting to identify and stop terror suspects, criminals, extremists and illegal immigrants.

Between July 1 and August 30 this year alone, ALOs mainly stationed in Asian and Middle Eastern air hubs barred 153 dangerous passengers from boarding flights. ...

Since 2013 ALOs have blocked 1043 passengers from boarding overseas flights to Australia.
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Immigration abroad – Poland
Polish PM rejects 'blackmail' on EU migrant quotas
France24, 3 September 2017

Poland's rightwing premier said Sunday that her country would not be "blackmailed" by its "largest" EU partners into accepting thousands of asylum seekers under a quota system for spreading them throughout the bloc.

"We cannot be blackmailed by the threat that part of our EU funds will be cut off as punishment, because we don't agree to the forced relocation of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East," Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said ...

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said in July that Brussels was taking legal steps against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland "for failing to meet their legal obligations on relocation" under the quota program.
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Immigration abroad – extremism, violence, USA
FBI, Homeland Security warn of more 'antifa' attacks
Josh Meyer
Politico, 1 September 2017

Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as "antifa" had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as "domestic terrorist violence," according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.

Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.

Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that "anarchist extremists" were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of "the capitalist system," racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI. ...

In interviews, law enforcement authorities made clear that Trump's inflammatory rhetoric and policies – first as a candidate and then as president – helped to create a situation that has escalated so quickly and extensively that they do not have a handle on it.

"It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them," said one senior law enforcement official tracking domestic extremists in a state that has become a front line in clashes between the groups. "These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people. ... They're using Molotov cocktails, they're starting fires, they're throwing bombs and smashing windows."

Almost immediately, the right-wing targets of the antifa attacks began fighting back, bringing more and larger weapons and launching unprovoked attacks of their own, the documents and interviews show. ...

Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. ...

In their April 2016 assessment, the DHS and FBI said the anarchist groups would likely become more lethal if "fascist, nationalist, racist or anti-immigrant parties obtain greater prominence or local political power in the United States, leading to anti-racist violent backlash from anarchist extremists." ...

In another assessment this past August, DHS warned about the potential for unprecedented violence at Charlottesville.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Trying to block migrants won't work. Europe needs a realistic plan
Sophie in 't Veld
The Guardian, 31 August 2017
[Sophie in 't Veld is a Dutch member of the European parliament]

Instead of trying to buy their way out of a migration "crisis", EU governments should start implementing the framework for asylum and migration we have already, and actually donate the funds they have pledged. In addition, we should focus all our efforts on legal avenues for labour migration, such as the EU blue card, so people who want to work in Europe will no longer have to use the asylum procedure.

Individual EU countries cannot cope with migration flows by themselves, but Europe can. Angela Merkel is right: we can manage and regulate the migration flow very well, if we do it at a European level. The European parliament is working hard to update and upgrade the asylum and migration package – including the "Dublin" allocation mechanism for asylum seekers, and the reception conditions directive.

Migration will not go away, but we can be certain that a Fortress Europe approach will not work. It is a charade, meant to reassure a concerned electorate, not solve problems. Europe is a shrinking and ageing continent. We need migration.
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Immigration abroad – births, USA
Immigrants boost America's birth rate
The Economist, 30 August 2017

Politics and sheer hatred aside, there is no shortage of blind spots in the rationale behind America's mounting restrictions on immigration. Immigrants are a boon to America in many ways. For one, they do plenty of jobs that native-born Americans shun – including what most parents would agree is the ultimate labour of love: having babies.

For decades America's birth rate has been stuck below the level at which a given generation replaces itself. This means that without a steady influx of young migrants down the line there will be fewer working-age people supporting a greater number of retirees. But according to analysis published earlier this week by the Pew Research Centre in Washington, DC, things would have been worse if it weren't for immigrants. They make up 13% of the population but nearly a quarter of births in 2015 were to immigrant women.
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Immigration abroad – Syrians, Germany
390,000 Syrians Eligible To Bring Their Families to Germany in 2018
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 30 August 2017

The German government expects that by 2018 there will be around 390,000 Syrians with approved refugee status making them eligible to make advantage of family reunification rules.

Currently, there are around 267,500 Syrians with approved asylum status who are candidates for the family reunification scheme but the number could rise to as many as 390,000 by next year Focus Online reports.

If each person eligible were to bring only three other family members each, the number of migrants coming to Germany could increase by well over a million in the span of a year.

From January 2015 to June 2017 the German government granted 230,000 family reunion visas, with Syrians and Iraqis making up 103,000 of the approved requests.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU leaders offer support to Libyan coastguards, Chad and Niger to stem migrant flow at Paris summit
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2017

France, Germany, Italy and Spain have offered to support Libyan coastguards and help Chad and Niger with border control to stem migration to Europe at a summit in Paris.

They also agreed on a new policy to grant asylum to vulnerable migrants who apply for protection while in Africa instead of their destination countries. ...

Thy acknowledged a need for initiating in Chad and Niger the process of resettling in Europe "particularly vulnerable migrants", and announced they plan to carry out "protection missions" in the African nations in cooperation with the United Nations' refugee and migration agencies.

The process would allow migrants to immigrate legally to Europe if they are on an eligibility list provided by the UN refugee agency and registered with authorities in Niger and Chad.
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Immigration abroad – Norway
Norwegian Immigration Minister: ECHR makes it difficult to defend citizens
Westmonster, 29 August 2017

Norway's Immigration Minister has hit out at the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), saying it forces them to put the rights of migrants ahead of the safety of their own citizens.

Sylvi Listhaug, who has been Norway's Immigration Minister since 2015, said the ECHR makes it difficult to remove failed asylum seekers, making it even more difficult to defend their citizens.

Speaking to NRK, she said: "We should challenge these conventions. First and foremost, the European Convention on Human Rights is challenging for the possible legitimacy of a single country to defend its citizens.

"Since January 2015, 564 people have been killed by terror attacks in Europe. The majority of attacks are made by ISIS supporters," she added. ...

Listhaug's party, which is seeking re-election next month, has put forward proposals to prevent Norway becoming like Sweden. They include abolishing legal aid for asylum seekers, scrapping permanent residence for asylum seekers and removing welfare payments to anyone the security services believes is at risk of committing terrorist acts.
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Immigration abroad – refugees, Canada
Trudeau forced to backtrack on open invitation to refugees
Ashifa Kassam
The Guardian, 25 August 2017

Justin Trudeau has sought to temper the notion that Canada is a guaranteed safe haven for those fleeing the threat of deportation in the United States, as his government faces criticism that its refugee-friendly messaging has given "false hope" to the thousands of asylum seekers streaming into Canada from the US.

Since the start of the year, more than 11,300 people have crossed into Canada by foot from the US. The pace has picked up in recent weeks, with as many as 250 people a day – many of them driven by fears of Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants – entering the country at remote, unguarded locations. Doing so allows them to skirt a longstanding pact that bars most refugee claimants in the US from applying for asylum in Canada.

As Canadians officials scramble to process and house the new arrivals – turning Montreal's Olympic stadium into a temporary welcome centre, deploying the military to set up a 500-person camp at the border and setting up a temporary tent city in a small Ontario city – Trudeau has set out to tone down the welcoming image his government has cultivated since taking power. ...

While he highlighted that Canada remains an open and welcoming society, his message to those crossing into Canada at unmarked locations along the border was pointed: "You will not be at an advantage if you choose to enter Canada irregularly. You must follow the rules and there are many."
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Immigration abroad – Poland, European Union
'Europe must WAKE UP' Polish MPs launch blistering tirade on EU after Barcelona attack
Nicole Stinson
Daily Express, 23 August 2017

Senior Polish ministers have lashed out at the European Union (EU), claiming its leaders "should wake" on mass migration to the continent following the devastating terror attack in Barcelona.

Poland's interior minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the terrorist attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils, which killed 15 people, showed the EU's system of migrant relocation was wrong.

He added: "It is dangerous. Europe should wake up. We are dealing here with a clash of civilisations." ...

Polish Deputy Minister of Defence Michal Dworczyk echoed Mr Blaszczak's comments, as he said the attack on the Catalonian capital was "another proof that migration policy and security policy must be conducted in a very thoughtful and responsible way".

And he urged EU leaders to "review their ideas on migration policy" in light of the attack. ...

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo controversially claimed that the migration policies of Europe's leaders – especially German chancellor Angela Merkel – "have benefited those who are now sowing death".

Ms Szydlo, who has repeatedly clashed with Brussels over immigration and the rule of law, said EU chiefs "must not be afraid to talk about terrorism" and should "finally replace political correctness with common sense".
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Huge brawls see hundreds of migrants fighting in Calais
Harley Tamplin
Metro, 23 August 2017

As many as 200 people using sticks and iron bars as weapons have been involved in mass brawls in the French city of Calais.

The fighting left 21 migrants and six riot police officers injured, though none were seriously hurt.

Authorities said the five brawls mainly pitted Afghan migrants against men from Eritrea, with 150 people being involved in the last fight alone.
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Immigration abroad – Canada
Canada frets over possible huge surge in asylum-seekers: sources
David Ljunggren
Reuters, 23 August 2017

Canada fears a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States, putting political pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The number of migrants illegally entering Canada more than tripled in July and August, hitting nearly 7,000. Haitians, who face looming deportation from the United States when their temporary protected status expires in January 2018, accounted for much of the inflow.

Two sources familiar with Canadian government thinking said citizens from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, who are slated to lose their U.S. protected status in early 2018, may also head north.

"There is concern we'll see a huge increase, mostly from Central America," said one source. ...

"The government is in a real quandary over this," said a third source familiar with official thinking. ...

A Reuters poll in March found nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing from the United States.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, deportation, Spain
Imam behind Barcelona terror attacks used human rights to fight deportation from Spain
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2017

The imam accused of masterminding the Barcelona terrorist attacks should have been deported at the end of his prison sentence for drug smuggling, but overturned the ruling by arguing it would breach his human rights, it has emerged.

Islamic preacher Abdelbaki Es Satty was told he must comply with an expulsion order when he left jail in April 2014, according to the Spanish daily, El Mundo.

But the 42-year-old Moroccan won an appeal against the decision after arguing his case in front of a judge.

The judge who made the decision is said to have accepted Es Satty's claims his forced removal would be a breach of his international rights.

The preacher followed up his court win by seeking asylum through lawyers in an application filed on November 29 2014, according to El Mundo.

The decision meant that he was able to move freely among the 26 EU countries that form part of the Schengen area.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Spain
Why Barcelona, a tourist paradise, is a 'Salafist city'
Marc Daou
France24, 21 August 2017

Barcelona, a world-renowned tourist destination, has also been an attraction for jihadists on a trail linking European countries such as France and Belgium to Moroccan criminal networks. ...

"It is not surprising to see Spain and Catalonia targeted by terrorism, because this has been a relatively well-known terrain for years, for Islamist networks and jihadist activists," said Jean-Louis Bruguière, France's former top anti-terrorism judge.

"It was to be expected, Barcelona is a city that has long sheltered a form of radicalisation, which for a time embraced the Muslim Brotherhood, Tabligh [a movement advocating a rigorous and literal interpretation of Islam] and then the Salafists," explained Pierre Conesa, a former senior French Defence Ministry official and author of several books on political Islam.

"There is a kind of radical immersion in Catalonia. If London had long been the home of Londonistan [a term coined by French intelligence services for the 1990s Islamist networks in the British capital] Barcelona is a Salafist city, where a nucleus [of Salafist radicalisation] has been formed over time in the image of Molenbeek in Belgium, or Trappes in France," explained Conesa, referring to the infamous district in the Belgian capital that was home to several suspects in the Paris and Brussels attacks and the restive Parisian suburb of Trappes. ...

In recent years, Spanish security services have arrested dozens of individuals suspected of jihadist links, particularly in the Barcelona area. Between 2012 and October 2016, 186 people were arrested in connection to Islamist terrorism, including 63 in Catalonia and 50 in the province of Barcelona, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry.

Several dozen individuals have also been arrested since early 2017.
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Immigration abroad – anti-white racism, USA
Christopher Columbus monument in Baltimore smashed to combat 'white supremacy'
Douglas Ernst
Washington Times, 21 August 2017

A monument to Christopher Columbus that was over 200 years old was smashed with a sledgehammer Monday morning to combat a "culture of white supremacy."

A YouTube channel titled "Popular Resistance" posted footage of men in hoodies destroying a monument to Columbus and his famous voyage in 1492. The individuals carried signs that read "Racism: Tear it down," and "The future is racial and economic justice."
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Immigration abroad – Bavaria, Germany
Bavaria refuses to bow down to EU rules as German state demands border checks remain
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 19 August 2017

Bavaria has refused to listen to European Union demands to withdraw border controversial border checks.

The border controls on the German state's border with Austria were introduced in September 2015 at the height of the refugee crisis.

And the Bavarian government claims the reintroduction has been highly successful in stopping criminals and illegal immigration.

But the European Commission claims there is no longer a threat to the state, and is pushing Bavaria to cease controls from November. ...

According to the police, around 2,100 illegal migrants were found at three motorway border crossings alone between Austria and Bavaria between January and July.

And during that time police also caught 6,200 wanted individuals.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
WATCH: EU Propaganda Video Says Europe 'Needs' Migrants Released on Day of Terror Attacks
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 19 August 2017

The European Parliament has produced a slick propaganda video claiming Europe "need[s] people to come here... to maintain the level of our welfare systems".

The video, put out on Twitter, features liberal and socialist members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who concede migrants often come from a "totally different culture", but say it is the European people's "responsibility" to "foster an atmosphere of integration".

EuroparlTV released the short film on the 17th of August, just hours before terrorists of North African Muslim background murdered 14 people in Spain in an Islamist attack claimed by Islamic State. ...

"The refugees that arrived here in Germany have to adapt. They come from a totally different culture, and they don't know how things are here," says Maryam Salehi of Cologne, Germany. ...

Cecilia Wikström, a liberal MEP from Sweden, adds: "They are here to give their contribution to growth and prosperity for Europe, and that's why it's so essentially important that we open up every possibility for them to integrate into our societies."
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Immigration abroad – Poland
Europe faces 'clash of civilizations', says Polish minister after Barcelona attack
Radio Poland, 18 August 2017

Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told state broadcaster TVP Info that Poland is a safe country, adding: "In Poland we do not have Muslim communities which are enclaves... which are a natural support base for Islamic terrorists."

"Europe should wake up," he added.

Blaszczak said that resettling migrants encourages millions of people to come to Europe. "This ends tragically. We are dealing with a clash of civilizations. This must be said outright and it is a problem for the whole of Europe," he added.

Poland has refused to take part in an EU plan to resettle African and Middle Eastern migrants from camps in Italy and Greece, arguing that the programme did not solve the problem at its origin, and was a threat to security.

Blaszczak said on Thursday: "We will not succumb to this pressure [from the European Commission] , because this is about the security of Poland and Poles."
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants in 24 hours, amid surge in arrivals via Morocco
Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2017

Some 600 migrants attempting to cross from Morocco to Spain have been rescued in just 24 hours, amid a surge in arrivals on what has become the fastest growing sea route to Europe.

The Spanish coastguard said that 593 people had been pulled from 15 rafts on Wednesday, 424 of them in the Gibraltar Strait and 169 near Alborán, an island outpost midway between Spain and Morocco.

A further two rafts - one of them containing six children - were picked up in the Gibraltar Strait in the early hours of Thursday morning. ...

Since the start of 2017, more than 8,000 migrants have used the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain, compared to 2,500 during the same period last year.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Spain lacks capacity to handle migration surge, says UN refugee agency
Sam Jones and Jennifer Rankin
The Guardian, 17 August 2017

Spain lacks the resources and capacity to protect the rising number of refugees and migrants reaching it by sea, the UN refugee agency has said.

The warning from UNHCR comes as the Spanish coastguard said it rescued 593 people in a day from 15 small paddle boats, including 35 children and a baby, after they attempted to cross the seven-mile Strait of Gibraltar. ...

About 9,300 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, while a further 3,500 have made it to two Spanish enclaves in north Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, the EU's only land borders with Africa.

María Jesús Vega, a spokeswoman for UNHCR Spain, said police were badly under-resourced and there was a lack of interpreters and a shortage of accommodation for the new arrivals. ...

UNHCR figures show that most of those arriving in Spain by sea set out from Morocco, although some also embark from Algeria. The majority of the migrants are from Cameroon, Guinea and the Gambia.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Germany
Study: 70 Per Cent of Germans Would Send Mediterranean Migrants Back
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 August 2017

A new study has revealed that the vast majority of Germans do not see the migrants coming across the Mediterranean as legitimate refugees and want to see them deported back to North Africa.

The study, conducted by research institute Civey shows that 69.8 per cent of Germans do not regard the migrants rescued and transported by NGOs in the Mediterranean as legitimate refugees despite claims from the NGOs themselves. ...

Along political lines, a majority of members of all parties support the deportation of Mediterranean migrants except for the left-wing Green party with only 34.7 per cent approving of the idea and 48.8 per cent rejecting the idea.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, Italy
Merkel acknowledges Europe's disastrous migrant policy: '2015 must not be repeated'
Rebecca Flood
Daily Express, 15 August 2017

Angela Merkel has rejected the idea of linking European Union funds to receiving migrants - a policy championed by her rival Martin Schulz. ...

The measure was put forward by her challenger Mr Schulz, former president of the European Parliament, as he also eyes the top job. ...

But the idea was slapped down by Angela Merkel, who rejected EU nations being able to buy themselves out of their obligations.

She said: "That's not how it is.

"This is not the European solidarity that I am imagining." ...

Italy's foreign minister, Angelino Alfano, praised Mrs Merkel's 'open door' policy - widely thought to have been a catalyst for many making the perilous trip to Europe - but said the south European country was at breaking point.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Germany
Court finds defrauding Islamic State is a crime in Germany
Reuters, 14 August 2017

A German court has found a Syrian refugee guilty of attempting to defraud Islamic State, a court spokeswoman said on Monday, granting legal protection to a group viewed as terrorists by the European Union.

A judge in the district court in the southwestern city of Saarbruecken sentenced the 39-year old hairdresser from Damascus to two years in prison for trying to get Islamic State operatives to transfer him up to 180,000 euros (163,674 pounds).

The judge ruled that the man used the false pretence that he would carry out attacks in Germany for Islamic State using explosives. The money was never transferred to the man.

The court rejected the prosecution's argument that the man was guilty of the more serious crime of planning to carry out attacks on behalf of the militant organisation.

Both parties have appealed the ruling to the Federal Supreme Court, the court spokeswoman said. The Syrian refugee was named only as Hasan A. due to German privacy laws.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Stemming economic migration
Times of Malta, 13 August 2017

For the last three years, Italy has borne the brunt of the migration crisis as the central Mediterranean route into Europe has become the chief entry path into the EU. ...

Helpfully, Libya's Prime Minister, who is the head of the UN-backed unity government, has asked Italy to send its navy to help the Libyan coastguard pick up migrants within Libya's 12-mile territorial waters and take them back to shore. ...

Before Italy's recent agreement with Libya, the majority of migrants would sail from Libyan ports into international waters to be rescued by charity boats or the Italian coastguard. Critics have accused the rescue NGOs of operating a "taxi service" for migrants.

The people-traffickers' ploy had been to deliver migrants not to Italy, but just outside the boundary of Libya's territorial waters so they could be rescued by NGO charity boats beyond. Though there can be absolutely no doubt that the charities were – and are – motivated by noble intentions, they were in effect inadvertently aiding the traffickers. ...

As Bill Gates – definitely not a hard-liner on migration – has said: "Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent [of Europe] via the current transit routes." The top three countries of origin of those arriving in Italy in the first quarter of this year were Nigeria, Bangladesh and Guinea.
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Immigration abroad – Mediterranean, Italy
More NGOs follow MSF in suspending Mediterranean migrant rescues
Reuters, 13 August 2017

Two more aid groups have suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean, joining Doctors Without Borders, because they felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard.

Save the Children and Germany's Sea Eye said on Sunday their crews could no longer work safely because of the hostile stance of the Libyan authorities. Doctors Without Borders - or Medecins sans Frontieres - cited the same concern when it said on Saturday it would halt Mediterranean operations. ...

Libyan coastguard boats have repeatedly clashed with NGO vessels on the edge of Libyan waters, sometimes opening fire. ...

"In general, we do not reject (NGO) presence, but we demand from them more cooperation with the state of Libya ... they should show more respect to the Libyan sovereignty," coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Reuters on Sunday.

Tension has also been growing for weeks between aid groups and the Italian government, which has suggested some NGOs are facilitating people smuggling, while Italy is trying to enhance the role of the Libyan coastguard in blocking migrant departures. ...

Immigration is dominating Italy's political agenda before elections early next year, with public opinion increasingly hostile to migrants. Almost 600,000 migrants have arrived in Italy over the past four years.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Merkel to UN: 'European Union Can Take 40,000 More Migrants'
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 13 August 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed UN plans to send more Middle Eastern and African migrants to the European Union, saying the bloc could "cope with" 40,000 more asylum seekers.

Echoing her "wir schaffen das" ["we can do this"] mantra from the beginning of the migrant crisis, where the German premier suspended the Dublin Convention and invited an unlimited number of migrants to northern Europe, she told UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi that Germany was "ready to take its share". ...

The UN high commissioner disclosed the plans in Berlin on Friday which would see the expansion of a two-year scheme for resettling 22,000 Syrian asylum seekers (currently in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan) nearly double to 40,000 relocated annually from 2018.

The plans would also expand the countries from which asylum seekers would be accepted.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Spain could top Greece for 2017 migrant sea arrivals, as video emerges of beach being 'stormed'
Hannah Strange and Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017

Spain could surpass Greece this year as a gateway for migrants entering Europe by sea, international monitors warned on Thursday, as the number of arrivals swells to treble that of 2016.

Amid a crackdown on migration through Libya, more than 8,000 people have turned to the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain this year, compared to 2,500 during the same period in 2016.

On Wednesday, sunbathers on a beach near Cadiz were shocked to see a black rubber dinghy loaded with migrants landing on the shore, its occupants quickly leaping from the vessel and running away.

Jose Maraver, head of the Maritime Rescue centre in nearby Tarifa, told the Telegraph that a second boat had landed on another beach in the area on Thursday while two vessels had to be rescued. This was now a regular occurrence along that stretch of coast, he said. ...

Penny Lawrence, deputy chief executive of Oxfam GB, said that safe routes to Europe must be provided. "Outsourcing the policing of our borders to Libya isn't the solution," she added.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, deportation
Germany under 'great illusion' it can deport failed asylum seekers – senior official
RT, 11 August 2017

A "great illusion" prevails in Germany over the deportation of failed asylum applicants, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer argued, adding it is unrealistic to expel all migrants once they are in the country.

It is much more humane for European countries to protect common borders and decide on the spot whom to allow in than to accept migrants en masse and struggle to deport failed applicants, said Seehofer.

The politician, who also leads the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), told Focus magazine on Friday it was "almost impossible to send back migrants once they are in the country."

"I say this having a nine-year experience as [Bavaria's] prime minister," Seehofer told German magazine Focus. "A great illusion prevails in Germany when it comes to the issue of deportations," the politician said.
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Immigration abroad – Europe
New alarm as 115,000 more boat migrants reach Europe
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 9 August 2017

Europe is in the grip of a new migrant onslaught with more than 115,000 reaching the mainland by sea this year, figures show.

Some 95,215 new arrivals made it to Italy after crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa, with the remainder pouring in through Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

EU officials claimed the bloc had "redoubled its efforts" to stop the flood but last night German intelligence warned that tens of thousands more migrants could arrive via the Balkans. ...

The UN migration agency yesterday said 115,109 made it to Europe between January 1 and August 2.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Refugees welcome' New Calais migrant camp built NINE MONTHS after Jungle demolished
Matt Drake
Daily Express, 7 August 2017

A new Calais migrant camp is being built just 800 yards from the original site – with a new sign declaring 'refugees welcome'.

The migrants – believed to be mostly Ethiopians, Iraqis and Afghanis – have set up shelters while others are sleeping rough in nearby woodland.

France's highest court has ordered the government to fit sanitation and water points to improve the conditions for migrants.

Yet Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart has so refused to implement the orders, saying it puts locals "under the threat of the creation of another jungle". ...

Last Monday, Mr Collomb announced two new reception centres opening in the Calais region. He did not condemn Calais' mayor during the interview, saying: "You have to put yourself in the position of local people."
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Immigration abroad – France
Emmanuel Macron's plan to tackle migrant crisis crushed by his OWN government
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 7 August 2017

Emmanuel Macron's meddling in the Mediterranean migrant crisis has landed him in hot water all over again - this time with his own Government.

European Union leaders were left reeling when the French president unveiled designs to have France solve the mass migration issue between Libya and Italy.

Without consultation with Italy – the main destination for African migrants – Mr Macron announced he would open refugee camps in migrant hotspots in Africa to try and allocate genuine refugees before they make the deadly journey across the Mediterranean.

He wanted to set up clean and safe camps abroad to end the burden on the EU as thousands arrive every week. ...

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said such plans are extremely far off.

He said: "That type of initiative cannot be currently considered in Libya, due to the country's situation." ...

Immigration laws are under review in France as Mr Collomb said those fleeing "war a