Will we have a country left after Brexit?
The Spectator, 21 March 2019
My main reason for coming to the region is to speak in Doha for the
newly revived 'Doha Debates'. After my speech, a more than usually
aggressive interviewer demands to know why Britain and other European
countries have not taken in more Syrian migrants. The Emir's sister and
others are in the audience and I cannot pass up the opportunity to poke my
hosts in the eye. I ask how many Syrians have been made citizens by Qatar.
There is a terrible silence, followed by some giggling and a small amount
of applause which is afterwards said to have come from the foreigners in
Migration statistics: How many asylum seekers and refugees are there in the UK?
House of Commons Library, 18 March 2019
There are a few different ways to quantify the number of asylum
seekers in the UK. The first is the number of people who apply for asylum
In 2018, 37,453 people applied for asylum. This
number has been roughly constant over the past five years and is
substantially lower than in 2002, when the number of applications peaked at
Another approach is to look at the Home Office's
administrative statistics, which show there were 88,848 asylum cases 'in
progress' at the end of June 2018. This takes into account all pending
applications and cases in which the application has been refused but the
applicant has not yet left the country or has secured leave to remain via
A third indicator is the number of people receiving
Section 95 support, which is a weekly stipend given to asylum seekers who
do not have independent means.
At the end of December 2018,
there were 44,258 asylum seekers receiving government support.
Around one third of asylum applications receive an initial decision
within one year. Anyone seeking asylum can appeal an initial decision and,
if this is unsuccessful, can request a judicial review. This means the
whole process can continue over several years.
For this reason,
comparing the number of grants of asylum in one year against the number of
applications does not give us an accurate indicator of the 'success
rate' of applications.
The Home Office has started producing
analysis of the final outcome of cases, by annual cohort based on the year
of initial application. The most recent cohorts have a high proportion of
'outcome unknown' cases but if we look back to, say, cases which began
between 2010 and 2014, we can map their final outcomes as follows:
Syrian refugees are a special case within the statistics. Although
many have applied for asylum through the UK's in-country asylum process
(919 in 2018), the majority of Syrian refugees in the UK have been
resettled directly from refugee camps.
From 2014 onwards, the UK
began resettling Syrians under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme
(VPRS), with the aim of resettling 20,000 by 2020. The current number
resettled in the UK is around 15,000.
Resettled people are granted
refugee status or another form of humanitarian protection by the UK while
abroad and then brought to live in the UK.
While in refugee camps,
people's refugee status is determined by officials from UNHCR and the UK
Government then selects who will be offered resettlement in the UK.
Given the scale of the VPRS (and other resettlement schemes in
place), resettled people made up just over one quarter (27%) of those
granted asylum in the UK over the last five years (2014-2018).
2018, at least 20,000 people were granted asylum in the UK, including
resettled people. This is around half the number granted in 2001 at
least 48,000 the year with the most grants in recent decades.
'Asylum' is used here in a broad sense and includes those granted
refugee status, humanitarian protection, and discretionary leave to remain
on humanitarian grounds.
The present number is boosted by around
5,000 per year under resettlement programmes, the largest among them via
Asylum politics, chain migration
MPs Demand UK Govt Speed Up Pro-Chain Migration Bill
Breitbart, 17 March 2019
Dozens of MPs in Britain are demanding the Home Office speed up
progress on a bill that would slash chain migration restrictions.
total of almost 70 MPs urged Home Secretary Sajid Javid to end "delays"
over the refugee family reunion bill, in a letter declaring it "important"
that his ministry act quickly because migrants from the third world are
missing out on spending holidays like the Muslim festival of Eid with
family members in Britain. ...
The proposed law, which is backed by
a long list of open borders-supporting NGOs and international bodies
including Amnesty International, the UNHCR, and Help Refugees, would change
migration rules to expand the definition of family for reunification
purposes, along with reintroducing taxpayer-funded legal aid to assist
third world migrants in applying to have family members brought into the
Critics argue the measures will encourage people in
the Global South to send their children on dangerous journeys to Britain,
as so-called unaccompanied minors who broke into Britain illegally would be
allowed to import family members under the proposed rule changes.
Britain urged by MPs to accept twice as many refugees
i News, 6 March 2019
Ministers have been urged to double to 10,000 the number of
vulnerable refugees resettled each year in Britain with one-quarter
allocated to African asylum-seekers.
MPs have accused the
government of doing too little to support the global response to the mass
movement of people in war-torn African nations such as South Sudan and the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
More than 20m Africans, half of whom
are children, have lost their homes, but the International Development
Committee (IDC) said their plight is consistently low on political leaders'
It called for the annual number of the most vulnerable
refugees offered resettlement in Britain to be increased from 5,000 to
And it argued that 2,500 places should be reserved for
people from sub-Saharan Africa. ...
It renewed its call for an
easing of the restrictions on refugees taking jobs while their cases are
The committee said it was "not good enough" that
only 448 refugees came to the UK from Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017-18.
The United Nations refugee agency has called for Britain to
resettle at least 10,000 refugees a year, which it described as a
"meaningful but realistic increase over the current commitment".
government spokesman said: "The UK is at the forefront of responding to
refugee crises around the world and reducing suffering and exploitation of
refugees and migrants. ...
"At home the UK has a proud history of
granting leave to those who need international protection and since 2010 we
have granted asylum, resettlement or an alternative form of protection to
over 100,000 people."
Asylum children, costs
Local councils forced to drastically increase spending on child refugees as ministers accused of 'paying lip service'
Independent, 21 February
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that children who
have made dangerous journeys to the UK are being left in limbo as councils
struggle to provide support when faced with unprecedented funding pressures
and growing demand.
Government figures show local authorities spent
more than £152m on unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in 2017/18
an increase of 95 per cent on the £77m spent in 2014/15. The
number of asylum-seeking children and young people in care in England under
18 has meanwhile risen from 2,760 to 4,480.
An inspection report
last year found that an unaccompanied minor costs a local authority
approximately £55,000 a year of which the Home Office provides
£41,610 for children under the age of 16, and £33,215 for those
aged 16 or 17.
Cllr David Simmonds, chair of the LGA's asylum,
migration and refugee task group, said councils were being driven to a
position of having to choose between providing for refugee children and
other duties such as caring for the elderly. ...
There is also
mounting concern about the regional variation of child refugee intake, as
figures show the annual net expenditure on this group varies from
£3,000 in Cumbria and £32,000 in Durham to £8m in Kent and
£24m in Croydon.
Asylum European Union
EU asylum applications fall to below half crisis peak
Reuters, 13 February 2019
The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union fell for
a third straight year in 2018 to less than half the peak during the
2015-2016 migration crisis, data released on Wednesday showed.
bloc's asylum agency reported 635,000 applications in 2018, still more than
double the figures typical before the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings spread
war and instability across North Africa and the Middle East.
2018 figure was slightly below 641,000 asylum applications filed in 2014,
the last year before a surge in arrivals by the Mediterranean sea created a
high-profile humanitarian and political crisis.
The asylum figures
peaked at 1.4 million and 1.3 million in 2015 and 2016. One of the main sea
routes used by asylum seekers to reach Europe - from Turkey to Greece - was
largely shut in 2016, and another - from Libya to Italy - was sharply
curbed last year.
Before the "Arab Spring", around 300,000 people
typically sought asylum in the EU each year. ...
rates are falling in the EU, with rejections outnumbering approvals two to
one last year, the report by the bloc's asylum agency EASO showed. In 2015,
more than half of applications were successful.
The highest number
of applicants still came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq last year,
although there was a sharp spike in the number of Colombians and
Asylum children, local councils
Why councils can't cope with the huge numbers of children seeking asylum in London
My London, 6 February 2019
There are so many young immigrants coming to London seeking asylum
that literally every council in the capital has reached its limit for
looking after them.
One council is even warning that some of these
children are already recorded as missing as the system struggles to cope.
Kensington & Chelsea Council is among those calling for help
from the government as it warns councils outside London are refusing to
take on the extra arrivals. ...
Council staff told the family and
children's services scrutiny committee on Monday (February 4) that every
council in London reached their quota caps in November for the number of
asylum-seekers they are required to care for.
A voluntary Home
Office national transfer scheme is meant to allocate arrivals to regional
local authorities around the UK to relieve pressured border arrival
hotspots in the south-east and central London.
However staff told
councillors some regional councils are refusing to take on more of the
young asylum-seekers, although they did not say why, with one saying: "It's
just not working." ...
Following the meeting, Home Office did not
clarify which areas were declining to take asylum-seekers and why. ...
"Since we launched the National Transfer Scheme in July 2016, it
has transferred 790 unaccompanied children to local authorities who have
offered placements to care for them.
"We are currently reviewing
the funding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in
partnership with local authorities."
It added that a funding review
was ongoing, but the Government was providing local authorities with
£41,610 a year for under-16s and £33,215 a year for those aged 16
and 17, as well as £200 per week for former UASC who go on to attract
leaving care support. ...
Nationwide, there has been a boom in the
numbers with 1,950 UASC counted in the UK in 2013, rising to 4,560 in 2017.
Asylum Iranians, UK, France
Proof Britain IS a soft touch for migrants: We let 63 per cent of asylum seekers from Iran IN...while France keeps 69 per cent OUT
Abul Taher and Peter
Mail on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Britain was last night branded a 'soft touch' for accepting far
more Iranian asylum-seekers than France does.
Figures obtained by
The Mail on Sunday show the UK grants refugee status to almost two-thirds
of those who arrive from Iran. By contrast France takes in only one in
And even those refused asylum in Britain are highly unlikely
to be kicked out, analysis of official data shows. ...
of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The British asylum
system is less stringent than the one in France and this is partly why
people are trying to come through Calais into Britain and not apply in
An analysis of Home Office data by Migration Watch found
that about 2,500 Iranians applied for asylum in the UK each year between
2008 and 2017, ...
In the past year, 63 per cent of the cases ended
with claimants being granted asylum, discretionary leave or humanitarian
protection. Only 37 per cent were rejected. ...
For the past five
years, an average of only about 100 failed applicants have been forcibly
removed or chosen to leave per annum less than four per cent of the
Refugee groups say that once an Iranian loses a bid to
remain on appeal, they often abscond and work in the black economy or their
lawyers submit a fresh asylum application which could take years to
The asylum rejection rate for Iranians is much higher in
France the country where all of the Calais migrants could have
applied for asylum.
Latest figures from Eurostat, the EU
statistical body, show that in 2017, France rejected 63 per cent of Iranian
asylum seekers at first decision and ordered them to leave the country. In
the first three quarters of 2018, that rose to 69 per cent.
French government source said the rejection rate for Iranians is similar to
the overall rate for all asylum seekers in France, which stands at around
70 per cent.
Asylum illegal immigration, deportation
Only one in three failed asylum seekers end up leaving Britain as the others vanish into the 'black economy', damning report reveals
11 January 2019
Only one in three failed asylum seekers gets removed from Britain
in a system 'rife with abuse', a damning report has revealed.
only does this 'corrode' trust in the rules, but it also provides an
incentive to migrants to try to reach the UK illegally, a former Home
Office chief warned.
David Wood, head of immigration enforcement
until 2015, sets out his findings today in a 74-page report for the
think-tank Civitas. ...
After analysis of Home Office figures, Mr
Wood said that between 2010 and 2016, 80,813 people were refused sanctuary
or withdrew their asylum applications. Of these, only 29,659 were deported
just 36 per cent.
There was also a growing backlog of cases
where people waited longer than six months more than tripling from
4,081 at the start of the decade to 14,306 in 2017.
... Mr Wood
said: 'Once migrants reach the UK they are usually here to stay whether
they have a valid claim to be here or not.
'This means that these
numbers add to an ever-growing number of migrants in the country who have
no lawful entitlement to be here.
'Furthermore, the failure to deal
with this situation provides an incentive to further attempts to come to
the UK by people who have no right to be here.' Under the 1951 Refugee
Convention, those seeking refuge from war or persecution can be granted
asylum. UK rules allow unsuccessful applicants to appeal.
Guidelines say that failed asylum seekers should be detained only
if deporting them is a realistic prospect. But Mr Wood said more should be
done to speed up processing applications and to boost removals of those who
are declined sanctuary.
He said the initial decision-making process
should be streamlined, rather than subjecting every applicant to a lengthy
interview. For instance, if it is established that someone is fleeing a
warzone, they would automatically be entitled to asylum, leaving officials
free to work on more complex cases.
Applicants should be made to
take lie detector tests to quickly identify areas of their story that might
be fabricated, he suggested.
More failed asylum seekers should be
detained if travel documents can be obtained from their home country, he
added, meaning they do not escape. If a nation is refusing to provide
paperwork, the failed refugee should simply be put on a flight there to be
dealt with by UK consular staff.
Mr Wood said: 'It is an important
principle that people fleeing persecution should be given refuge by
countries in a position to offer it. But where asylum processes are being
used as a way of facilitating economic migration it is essential to be able
to quickly and efficiently distinguish between the two, in order to ensure
those entitled to help receive it quickly, and to ensure that UK citizens
do not lose faith and support for a system that is rife with abuse.'
Asylum illegal immigration
Reality Check: Who rescues migrants in the Channel?
BBC, 6 January 2019
In 2018, the Home Office says 539 people attempted to travel to the
UK on small boats. Of these, 434 (around 80%) made their attempts in the
last three months of the year.
Of the 539, 227 (42%) were
intercepted by the French before they made it to the UK.
Royal Navy patrol ship has been sent to deter them - but when people do
cross, who is responsible for rescuing them?
territorial waters stretch for 12 miles off its coast. After that, you're
into international waters.
If a boat carrying people is found
within national waters it's fairly clear-cut - that country has a duty to
rescue them to a place of safety.
In international waters, it's
slightly less clear and may vary on a case by case basis. But there is
still a legal obligation to rescue those in distress and take them to a
place of safety.
The stretch between Dover and Calais (the
narrowest point) is entirely covered by territorial waters on either side
but further down the Channel where it widens out, the waters outside of the
two countries' territories are divided up into French and English
search-and-rescue zones. ...
... In reality, if people are in
danger, any boat nearby will have a duty to rescue them.
picked up in the UK zone will be taken to an English port and those in the
French zone to a port in France.
The French authorities told the
BBC that they had stepped up patrolling in their zone since migrant
crossings began to increase in October last year. ...
international law, people have the right to seek asylum in whichever
country they arrive. There's nothing to say you must seek asylum in the
first safe country.
However, under EU law there is a provision to
allow asylum applications to be transferred to another member state.
The Dublin Regulation states that a person's asylum claim can be
transferred to the first member state they entered.
In 2017 - the
last year we have figures for - 461 people were transferred to the UK from
another EU country under the Dublin rules, and 314 were transferred out of
The UK grants refugee status to those who are unable to
live in their own country for fear of persecution because of race,
religion, nationality, political opinion or other factors such as sexual
orientation. A successful application usually allows someone leave to
remain for five years with the opportunity after that to apply for
indefinite leave to remain.
Entry into the original EU country must
be proven - so if someone has travelled through mainland European without
being fingerprinted and doesn't appear in the shared European fingerprint
database, then they cannot be sent back.
If someone already has an
asylum claim underway in another country, there will be a dialogue between
those two countries about who is responsible.
If an asylum claim in
another EU country has already been unsuccessful, the claimant has to prove
that this decision was made unfairly or that their circumstances had
changed since the decision was made.
Migrants coming from Calais,
for example, are likely to have already made an application there according
to immigration lawyer, Marcia Longdon.
Bias BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Daily Mail, 12 February 2019
The BBC and ITV were too scared to tackle the 'taboo' subject of
immigration in news bulletins, John Sergeant has claimed.
former political correspondent, who has worked on both channels, said TV
news tended to avoid the issue as it is too 'controversial'.
led to a lack of serious debate on the topic as 'sensible discussion' was
shelved for fear of provoking outcry.
'In my years [at] the BBC and
ITV, I was fully aware of the immigration taboo,' he wrote in Radio Times.
'There is an old journalistic rule that says 'if in doubt, leave it out'
and, looking back, we were guilty of not encouraging more serious debate on
The veteran journalist, 74, warned that British
democracy will suffer for years to come unless the topic is discussed
He said of introducing a new immigration system: 'I am not
suggesting that this can be done without a high level of controversy. That
'But at least we could try to reduce personal
attacks on the integrity of those who put forward the case for a proper
system of immigration control. It is not racist to talk openly about this
'It is yet another difficult issue that we have to grapple
with. And if we fail to do so, this country and our democracy will suffer
for many years to come. But as with all serious political issues, brushing
it under the carpet is also dangerous and it leads to widespread
misunderstandings that we fail to address at our peril.' ...
Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight
years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two
Border controls illegal immigration
Beef up immigration laws to beat villains
Sunday Express, 27 January 2019
Revelations that Albanian drug lords are using our soft borders
with the EU to return to Britain after being expelled are of enormous
If there is one story in this newspaper today that
highlights why Remainer MPs need to be defeated this week in their
last-ditch bid to scupper Brexit, this is it. When Vote Leave ran on the
slogan Take Back Control in 2016, many of us believed that control of
immigration policy needed to be top of that list. ...
But what is
also clear is that Britain's immigration rules are not tough enough.
It is shocking that 42-year-old Baksim Bushati, for instance, was
deported three times between 2005 and 2013 for battery and having false
documents - yet he returned to the UK each time.
happens, we need to keep these malignant people out of Britain.
Border controls walls
In defence of walls
Spiked, 25 January 2019
A favourite pat slogan, spoken and heard ever since the 1960s, has
been 'build bridges, not walls'. It's been repeated by every student, woke
pop star and pope ever since. Its appeal has not diminished till this day,
owing to Israel's wall designed to keep out Palestinians and Donald Trump's
extended wall to keep out Mexicans.
These walls are offensive in a
superficial way. Yet one might as well equally repeat Rodney King's famous
exhortation: 'Can we all just get along?' But it's also understandable that
this phrase emerged in the 1960s, the decade which saw the erection of that
monstrous edifice, the Berlin Wall, which literally kept people imprisoned
in a state on pain of death.
But as we celebrate the 30th
anniversary of that wall's demolition this year, isn't it time to
reconsider this naive and trite phrase? Because sometimes walls are good.
The Berlin Wall was detestable because it was designed to keep
people in, rather than to keep undesirables out. This has been the
traditional function of walls. This was the point of Hadrian's Wall and the
Great Wall of China, both constructed to prevent invasion by disruptional
Picts and Mongols. This was also the aim of the Roman and medieval city
wall, built with the view of protecting citizens from bandits and
The logic today is that the less we erect walls,
literally or in spirit, the more unsafe or unsure our countries become.
Ironically, as Douglas Murray has pointed out, there are walls of bollards
on bridges in Europe today, due to the threat posed by terrorists. ...
Walls protect us. That's why our houses have them. If you believe
walls and barriers are really that bad, I expect that you leave your front
door open all the time.
Border controls English Channel
UK starts returning cross-Channel migrants to France
BBC, 24 January 2019
The UK has begun returning migrants, who cross the Channel in small
boats, to France in a bid to deter others from doing the same, the Home
On Thursday, a small number of failed asylum seekers,
who landed on UK shores in October, were sent back to France.
Home Office said it wanted to provide "a strong deterrent against the
The move is part of a new plan agreed by
France and the UK which will see the UK spend an extra £3m on
It is understood fewer than five were returned to France
on Thursday morning. ...
Previously, the UK announced an extra
£44.5m would be spent on strengthening Channel border security.
The home secretary has agreed now to spend £6m (of which
£3m is new) on CCTV, night goggles and number plate recognition
Extra security cameras will be placed at French ports
and areas where migrants embark from, with a live feed viewable in the
UK-France Coordination and Information Centre, in Calais, which is staffed
by British and French agencies.
The Home Office said there would
also be increased surveillance of the Channel by air and boat patrols, and
more foot patrols on beaches and coastal areas.
Last week, UK Prime
Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron signed the
Sandhurst Treaty which committed them to reducing the time taken to process
It means it would take one month, rather than six, to
process a migrant hoping to come to the UK from Calais - and 25 days to
Border controls English Channel
Boats assigned to Channel to stop migrant crossings STILL moored in the Mediterranean
Daily Express, 22 January 2019
Sajid Javid faces mounting criticism after it was revealed Border
Force boats he ordered back to the UK to patrol the English Channel after a
surge in migrant crossings remain moored in the Mediterranean.
Home Secretary told the House of Commons the cutters would not return until
In December, Mr Javid declared a "major incident"
after migrant attempts to cross the Channel from mainland Europe became a
near daily occurence.
He said two Border Force vessels would be
redeployed to Britain to assist in defending the border after a spike in
migrants trying to reach Kent in small boats.
But Express.co.uk has
found HMC Seeker was still in Gibraltar and HMC Protector in Malta as Mr
Javid gave a Commons speech yesterday.
Border controls walls
Donald Trump claims 77 major border walls have been built around the world with 800 miles of barriers across Europe
The Sun, 18 January 2019
Donald Trump tried to beef up his argument for building a wall
along the 1,933-mile US-Mexico border by claiming similar structures have
already been erected across the globe.
The president tweeted that
77 major border walls currently exist and that 800 miles of barriers "stop
crime" in Europe.
He also tweeted that 45 countries were in the
process of "planning or building walls". ...
The tycoon wrote:
"Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015.
"They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop
the crime at our Southern Border!"
Trump appears to be basing his
claims on analysis by USA Today, who cited the UN Refugee Agency for
statistics on border walls across the globe. ...
It added that
since Europe's migrant crisis erupted in 2015, "at least 800 miles of
fences have been erected by Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia,
Slovenia and others".
Britain 'strips two more IS brides of citizenship'
ITV, 10 March 2019
Two more jihadi brides being held with their children in Syrian
refugee camps have been stripped of their British citizenship, it has been
According to The Sunday Times, two women, who between
them have five boys under the age of eight, had their UK nationality
removed after marrying into a terror cell linked to the murder of western
The paper quoted legal sources, naming the women as
Reema Iqbal, 30, and her sister Zara, 28, whose parents are originally from
It reported that the sisters left for Syria in 2013.
Shamima Begum is the product of a country that no longer believes in itself
Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2019
To see the extent of the rift between the tweeting classes and the
rest of the country, consider their attitudes to British nationals who
joined Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The consensus in
newspapers, on TV discussion programmes and on social media is that UK
citizenship is an entitlement. Yet, by a margin of 78 per cent to 15,
voters back Sajid Javid's decision to remove citizenship from Shamima
Begum, the jihadi bride now in Kurdish custody.
The gap reflects
differing ideas of what citizenship means. ...
For the 78 per cent,
though, citizenship is not primarily a question of legal status. Rather, it
is about bonds of allegiance, shared affections, common loyalties. ...
Most of us regard living in Britain as a privilege. We don't see
our nationality simply as a label on our passports. We resent it when
people in positions of authority evidently despise our values.
distaste that opinion-formers feel for British patriotism has played an
inadvertent part in radicalising youngsters like Begum. For half a century
or more, the United Kingdom has been derided and traduced by its own
intellectual elites, who have systematically associated this country with
colonialism, slavery and all manner of evils. As the British brand is
tarnished, the peoples of the constituent nations grope back towards older
patriotisms, identifying increasingly as English or Welsh or Scottish. ...
... Those well-meaning multi-culti outreach workers on local
councils may unintentionally be creating precisely the feelings of
alienation they hope to quell. How many more children are being taught,
through their interactions with the British state, to despise it? This
isn't just their tragedy; it's ours.
Crime tax fraud, terrorism
Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden
Sunday Times, 31 March 2019
For years a UK gang infiltrated government agencies and funnelled
cash to al-Qaeda but the watching HMRC kept MI5 in the dark
Gangsters have stolen billions of pounds of British taxpayers'
money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, according to police and
A network of British Asians based in London,
Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and
benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades and made further
gains from mortgage and credit card fraud targeting banks and individuals.
The group netted an estimated £8bn in public money alone.
gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died,
is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in
Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and
other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.
Knife Crime Britain: Thug let off 21 times for carrying a knife, and one arrested for 17 separate assaults on police - and only sent to prison for the
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019
Criminals are being spared jail despite committing dozens of
offences involving violence or weapons, according to shock new figures.
One dangerous offender was convicted 21 times for possession of a
knife without being sent to prison. Another committed 33 assaults before
being jailed for his 34th.
The disturbing examples of 'soft
justice' come amid fears that the approach is fuelling Britain's epidemic
of violence and knife crime.
Last night, a senior police
representative said the figures showed criminals were 'laughing at the
justice system'. Other critics predicted that the scandal would only worsen
under Government plans to axe short jail sentences.
were published by the Ministry of Justice last week in response to
questions by Tory backbench MP Philip Davies. ...
with 15 previous cautions and convictions for burglary and robbery were
eventually jailed after reoffending in 2018, and a sex predator accumulated
eight previous convictions for sexual assault before a jail term.
The biggest number of let-offs was accrued by a shoplifter who had
an astonishing 70 previous cautions and convictions for theft before being
jailed in 2016. Last year, another career criminal totted up 65 previous
convictions for theft before being locked up.
committed 30 drug crimes before his 31st saw him put away, while a
fraudster was convicted of 53 separate scams before finally being
imprisoned for yet another. ...
Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said
last night: 'We are clear that sentencing must match the severity of a
crime. However, sentences should also rehabilitate. There is persuasive
evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more
effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending.'
Crime fraud, theft
How Eastern European gangs fly into UK on 'fraud holidays' to steal thousands of bank details from cash machines before going home 'millionaires'
The Sun, 21 March 2019
Eastern European gangs are flying into Britain to steal thousands
of bank account details from our cash points before returning home
"millionaires", according to police.
One criminal gang alone
harvested details worth more than £3 million in the space of a few
days after cloning card and pin numbers with a skimming device.
This shocking scale of fraud is revealed in a new ITV documentary,
Fraud: How They Steal Your Bank Account, as it follows detectives from a
specialist police unit in a bid to tackle Britain's fastest growing crime.
Detective Superintendent Perry Stokes says: "They are basically
coming over for a very short period of time, a couple of weeks, to commit
wholesale ATM fraud. It's almost like a fraud holiday."
Sergeant Phil Elms adds: "You have these guys coming over into the UK for a
week and can go back millionaires, effectively." ...
Constable Andy Lovett says: "It's over £3 million of estimated losses
and this is just from one criminal gang. There's several of these gangs all
over the country that are operating so this barely touches the surface of
what's happening in the UK."
Crime knife crime
More than 500 offenders with multiple knife crime convictions escape jail
Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2019
More than 500 offenders with multiple convictions for knife crimes
escaped jail last year despite laws requiring prison, Ministry of Justice
Some 577 knife offenders with three or more
previous convictions were let off by courts without immediate prison
sentences and were instead given fines, cautions, discharges, community
sentences or suspended jail terms.
The figures fly in the face of a
"two strikes and out" crackdown promised by David Cameron. His Criminal
Justice and Courts Act 2015 demanded "minimum custodial sentences" for
anyone convicted of second or subsequent offence of possession of a knife
or threats with a weapon.
Crime knife crime, political correctness
Ex-police chief blames senior politicians' 'political correctness' over stop and search for surge in knife crime
Daily Telegraph, 14 March
Knife crime and violence has surged because a "contagion of
political correctness" among senior politicians drove them to sharply
reduce stop and search, a former Met Police commissioner says.
Paul Stephenson also suggested some politicians have been more concerned
with avoiding blame than "accepting responsibility for the mounting toll of
young bodies in our mortuaries."
Although Sir Paul did not identify
any politician by name, Theresa May, when Home Secretary, oversaw a big
decline in stop and search, falling from 23 per 1,000 people in 2009/10 to
five per 1000 in 2016/17 amid concerns that it was being disproportionately
against black communities.
Describing knife crime as a "scourge"
that is "afflicting our young people", he said: "Let no one peddle the
nonsense of simple 'go to' solutions there aren't any. Let no one
tell you that we haven't been here before we have.
one tell you that the dramatic reduction in stop-and-search activities by
police officers, driven by naivity, a refusal to listen, arrogance and the
contagion of unanalysed political correctness by senior politicians hasn't
contributed to the shameful problem confronting us.
"And am I alone
in suspecting that recent statements on this matter by some senior
politicians owe more to avoidance of blame and self-justification than they
do to acceptance of responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in
our mortuaries and effective policy making?"
Crime Albanian gangs
The inside story of how brutal Albanian gangs rose from the UK's premier sex traffickers to kingpin cocaine dealers
The Sun, 11 March 2019
The devastating Balkan Wars had brought a swathe of Kosovans
claiming asylum to Britain's shores.
Immigration officials, unable
to cope with the surge in the late 90s and early 2000s, simply waved the
refugees through to begin their new lives in the UK.
were many Albanians claiming to be Kosovan in what has since been described
as "the biggest case of nationality switching" in recent UK immigration
They included a small, hardened band of war veterans keen
to make their mark in Britain. ...
For police officers on the
ground it was the Albanians' ability to use brutal violence, especially
against their own trafficked women, which shook the underworld sex trade.
Paul Holmes, a former police inspector and head of Scotland Yard's
sex trafficking unit, described how the Albanians' brutality shocked his
team of officers. ...
"It was with increasing speed they started to
takeover large swathes of the London sex business, both central and
The brutally violent criminals, trading on their
reputation as veterans of the Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people
to guns and drugs into the UK.
In Europe they became allies of the
Turkish and Italian gangs as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin
Then they began dealing cannabis by growing
"potent strains" of the drug - even using slave labour here in the UK.
Police sources have described how in the early 2000s in London they
fought against Jamaican and Chinese drug gangs for control of the illegal
Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK's
£5 billion cocaine trade - from an army of dial-a-drug street dealers
to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern
Police sources have warned that Albanians illegally
flooding into the UK have provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the
Known as the Mafia Shqiptare, the fiercely loyal and
vengeful groups work by their traditional codes of "besa" - to keep
promises - and "kanun" - the ancient blood feud laws.
Crime knife crime, Somalis
Mothers send sons to Somalia to avoid knife crime
The Observer, 10 March 2019
British teenagers are being sent by their parents to Somalia,
itself recovering from a series of terror attacks, because of concern that
the police cannot protect them from knife crime.
from north London's Somali community say hundreds of children have been
flown to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya because of rising concerns over drug
gangs and county lines, the criminal networks that use children to
transport drugs from cities to the provinces.
In a series of
interviews, Somali mothers who arrived in London after fleeing their
country during its 1990s civil war told the Observer that many of their
sons had asked to leave the UK because of drug gangs and the threat of
Rakhia Ismail, Islington deputy mayor, said: "Sending
them away has become the only way they can be safer. This issue of safety
has been repeatedly raised by the community but nobody has listened. So
many children have gone abroad. Two weeks ago, there was a stabbing and a
child was taken back home two days later." ...
The high levels of
violence facing parts of British society are evident in the testimony of
Islington's sizeable Somali community. Representatives say 50-70% have been
directly affected by county lines and knife crime.
treasurer of Islington Somalia Forum and founder of Minority Matters, said:
"Hundreds of youngsters have been taken to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya,
some taken all the way to the rural areas. Parents feel they have no choice
if they want their son to be safe."
Ali, a mother of seven, sent
her 15-year-old son to Somalia to protect him from gangs and said many of
her friends now have children on two continents.
Crime violence, murder, race, BBC
We desperately need to be honest about the links between race and gang violence
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2019
Anne Longfield's report, published yesterday, into childhood
violence and vulnerability asserted that some 27,000 under-19s identify
themselves as gang members. More than 300,000 admit to knowing someone who
is in a gang. In the past week alone, nine boys have died in English
cities, mostly from stab wounds after vicious, coordinated attacks. NHS
officials report that the number of non-lethal assaults of this kind is now
running into the thousands. ...
Longfield's report is based on
detailed examination of data from the ONS's British Crime Survey, backed by
a wealth of other research. She points out that children sucked into the
spiral of violence are more likely than average to come from homes where
parents are violent towards each other and to their families; where adults
take drugs and allow their children to copy them; and where others have
been involved in criminal activity. Many have been excluded from school and
placed in units where they are preyed upon by criminals.
credit, Longfield goes beyond the usual hand-wringing by linking her
analysis to that of another, equally formidable public servant Dame Louise
Casey, author of an uncompromising 2016 report into the grooming scandals
in Rotherham, Rochdale and elsewhere. Casey told us what everyone knew but
no one wanted to say: that the sexual crimes against hundreds of children,
mostly white girls, were (and probably still are) being carried out by
mostly British Pakistani Muslim men but no one would ever point the
finger at the perpetrators for fear of being denounced as racists and
Islamophobes. Truth was sacrificed on the altar of racial tranquillity.
Though Longfield does not say so in terms, the evidence shows that
the wave of killings and maimings we are seeing are assassinations of black
children by other black children, all too often directed by adult drug
dealers. And it pays to read the small print in her report. The technical
appendices tell us that, in effect, race is the best predictor of being in
a gang, being a victim of knife crime or of being a killer.
children who are not involved in gangs, more than 81 per cent are white and
just 7 per cent black; but among those identified as gang members by social
work practitioners the figures are 48 per cent white and 31 per cent black.
Worse still, among those in greatest trouble the "extensive
offending group" in the jargon black youngsters make up 37 per cent
of the population compared to 39 per cent whites.
In essence, black
boys are more than 20 times as likely to be involved in serious attacks
compared with their white peers. ...
Yet, to read our newspapers
and to listen to our media, you would imagine that race played no part in
this issue at all. The BBC in particular is guilty of whitewashing the
truth. Its defence is that race should only be reported where it is
relevant. Yet it has no qualms about routinely describing stop and search
by police in racial terms. ...
The daily parade of dark faces in
items about knife crime tells its own story. And the routine appearance of
such individuals as "Olu from Brixton" in radio interviews would provoke
howls of "racist dog-whistling" around Broadcasting House were the BBC's
own journalists not so deeply complicit in the silence.
Crime knife crime
Bloodbath in Britain's cities: Police chiefs warn of 'national emergency' as nine teenagers are stabbed to death in London and Birmingham in two weeks
MailOnline, 28 February 2019
Police chiefs have urged the government to provide them with more
funds to cope with the current knife crime epidemic.
three teenagers have died in knife attacks over the past two weeks in what
the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is
describing as a 'national emergency'.
In total, there have been 269
reported knife attacks across the region. ...
'Certainly we've got a very high level of knife crime here, there's no
escaping that - and they've got a real problem in parts of London.' ...
Chief Constable David Thompson said: 'In my mind this has become a
real emergency this week in terms of the work we need to do as the police.
'Resources are an issue but they should not get in the way of the
police response to an emergency issue that this is.' ...
Thompson told reporters the rate of knife crime was increasing across all
major cities. ...
Police are fighting a knife crime crisis on the
streets of London after the number of homicides in the capital reached 135,
Crime child sexual abuse
'I was nothing but a toy to play with': Victim of Bradford sex abuse gang who plied her with drink and raped her when she was 14 speaks out as they are jailed for more than 130
Terri-ann Williams and Joe Middleton
MailOnline, 28 February 2019
The victim of a Bradford sex abuse gang who plied her with drink
and raped her when she was 14-years-old has spoken out - as the depraved
group are jailed for more than 130 years.
The group of nine men
were jailed this afternoon at Bradford Crown Court with the Judge Durham
Hall saying the girls were 'sexually abused following grooming' and
In his sentencing remarks this afternoon, Judge
Durham Hall added 'no court in England and Wales seems to have escaped
grooming by groups or individuals of grown men of vulnerable young
Saeed Akhtar was jailed for 20 years. ...
Naveed Akhtar was jailed for 17 years, Parvaze Ahmed was jailed for
17 years, Izar Hussain was given a 16 year sentence.
was jailed for 17 years, he was described by one of his victims as 'an
evil, pixie-faced man'.
Fahim Iqbal was jailed for 7 years for
aiding and abetting rape.
Mohammed Usman, found guilty of two
counts of rape, has been jailed for 17 years. ...
Man wearing burqa and dress steals £7k Rolex watch in knifepoint robbery
Leicestershire Live, 11 February 2019
A man who robbed a shop at knifepoint while wearing a dress and
made off with a Rolex watch worth thousands has been jailed.
Patel appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (February 11) following an
incident on January 5 this year in which he threatened a shop worker in
Haymarket, Leicester city centre.
The 42-year-old entered the shop
at 9.40am wearing a dress, a burqa and with a scarf across his face.
Crime knife crime, London
Children and teenagers behind half of London knife crime, police figures reveal
Evening Standard, 6 February 2019
Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even
younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark illustration of
the scale of youth violence in the capital.
The police statistics
show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife crimes across
London's boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.
Another 8 per
cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to 14, in a further sign of
how carrying and using blades has become part of life for a minority of
troubled young people.
The new figures came as a Scotland Yard
chief warned that attacks in the capital were also becoming "more
ferocious" as offenders who were "more and more young" tried to kill or
injure by "getting up close and stabbing someone several times". ...
Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, the head of the Met's Violent
Crime Task Force, added that police were striving hard to tackle the
problem and "making some progress" by upping stop and search and using
other tactics, including the deployment of "embedded" plain clothes
officers to work with uniformed counterparts in the worst hit communities
to help police intervene before stabbings occurred. ...
per cent were aged between 20 and 24, meaning that the under-25s account
for two thirds of all knife crime in the capital.
On ethnicity, Mr
Adelekan said that 73 per cent of knife offenders and 53 per cent of
victims were from a black or ethnic minority background.
Crime youths, jails
More than half of young people in jail are of BME background
The Guardian, 29 January 2019
More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people in
England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background,
the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting
warnings that youth jails have hit "American" levels of disproportionality.
About 51% of boys in young offender institutions (YOIs)
prisons for boys aged 15 to 17 and young adult men aged 18 to 21
identified as being from a BME background, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of
Prisons (HMIP) found.
In addition, the inspectorate found 42% of
children in secure training centres (STCs) prisons for children up
to the age of 17 were from a BME background.
of BME boys and men behind bars in YOIs in England and Wales is nearly four
times the 14% BME proportion of the wider UK population.
Lammy MP, who published a review into the treatment of and outcomes for BME
individuals in the criminal justice system in 2017, said he was shocked by
the figures, which have rocketed since he released the report, when the BME
proportion in YOIs and STCs was just over 40%. ...
said prosecutions against some BME suspects should be deferred or dropped
to help tackle the bias against them in the criminal justice system.
He said allowances should also be made for younger defendants'
immaturity and criminal records should be sealed to help former offenders
find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination was worse than
in the US in some cases.
The inspectorate found that the proportion
of boys who identified as being from a BME background varied depending on
the establishment, from one in five (21%) at the Keppel unit in West
Yorkshire, to nearly three-quarters (71%) at Feltham in west London.
The percentage identifying as being from a BME background also
varied between STCs, from 33% at Oakhill in Buckinghamshire to 55% at
Medway in Kent.
Crime child sexual abuse
Oxford grooming gang who plied lonely, friendless 14-year-old girl with drink and drugs before raping her when she was comatose are all jailed for life
MailOnline, 22 January 2019
A gang of three man who groomed and raped a vulnerable schoolgirl
in a horrific campaign of child sex abuse have been jailed for life.
Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar befriended the
'lonely, friendless' 14-year-old girl and began grooming their victim by
taking her to parties and giving her alcohol and drugs before making
demands for sexual acts. ...
Police said their predatory behaviour
in Oxford came to an horrific head when the men put the victim in a state
of being comatose, using a cocktail of drugs and drink at a party.
She woke up with terrible injuries and realised that she had been
viciously attacked and raped by the gang, a police spokesman said. ...
A jury took just five hours and three minutes to find them all
guilty by a unanimous verdict, following their trial at Oxford Crown Court
which ended in December.
Meet the gang behind the worst violent attack a judge has seen in 25 years
EssexLive, 19 January 2019
An Essex judge has sentenced seven men for violent break-ins across
Tilbury and Horndon-on-the-Hill that she described as the 'the worst she
has seen in 25 years'. ...
During sentencing at Basildon Crown
Court on Friday (January 18), Her Honour Justice Leigh said: "Your evidence
at times was laughable had the offending not been so serious.
offence at Saffron House is the worst I have seen in 25 years.
are cold, callous, violent young men devoid of emotion." ...
Following an extensive investigation, seven men were arrested and
charged in relation to the attacks. They are:
Salih Bulbuller, ...
Mark Bonsu, ... Ayomide Ijelu, ... Emmanuel Ijelu, ... Jeremiah Johnson,
... Barry Douglas, ... Wesley Williams, ...
Detective Inspector Steve Nelson, from the Serious and Organised Crime
Unit, said: "These men terrorised their victims subjecting them to brutal
attacks, including an ordeal described in court as 'torture'.
"Their victims were a young family and a vulnerable elderly man.
"The six that stood trial refused to take responsibility for these
attacks and have shown no remorse at any stage.
"The level of
violence of these attacks is shocking and horrifying. ..."
Gang jailed for credit card scam after £1m designer shopping spree in West End
Evening Standard, 17 January 2019
A gang who went on a £1 million spending spree in the West End
during a credit card scam have been jailed.
Marcus Carter, 38, and
his co-accused splashed out on Rolex and Cartier watches and kitted
themselves out in Burberry, Gucci and Prada.
They browsed for
luxury goods on mobile phones and tablet devices worth £126,000 and
dined at restaurants such as Gaucho and the Dorchester Hotel.
Carter along with Jeffrey Spencer, 35, and Frank Allan, 33, used
details of old companies to secure huge lines of credit, then maxed out
their American Express and Barclays cards. ...
Between 2014 and
2016 Carter, Spencer and Allan posed as directors of lucrative companies to
convince credit card chiefs they were doing business with big-time players.
They then supplied phoney accounts to Companies House to make it
look like they were successful traders, Southwark crown court heard last
Carter, also known as Marcus Boahene-Coabbina, was
sentenced to seven years and two months after admitting conspiracy to
defraud and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.
Victor Templar-Quarshie, of South Norwood, and Allan, aka Frank
Templar-Quarshie, also of South Norwood, were found guilty of conspiracy to
defraud, conspiracy to acquire criminal property and failing to disclose
the PIN to their phones.
They were jailed for nine years and seven
years and nine months respectively. ...
The prosecution is seeking
Proceeds of Crime Act orders to remove any financial benefit the gang
gained during the fraud.
Crime Albanians, cocaine
Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade
The Observer, 13 January 2019
How Albanians came to conquer the UK's cocaine market is a lesson
in criminal savvy; the value of making friends with the world's most
dangerous mafias; and the absolute threat of violence.
with a business model that was simple in concept, but sufficiently bold to
subvert the existing order. For years cocaine's international importers
worked separately from its wholesalers and the gangs. ...
Albanians ditched the entire model. They began negotiating directly with
the Colombian cartels who control coca production. ...
Saggers, the former head of drugs threat and intelligence at the National
Crime Agency, who has spent 30 years analysing the rhythms of the global
narcotics economy, said: "What they have done very intelligently is say:
'OK, we've got these margins to play with and we're going to give a good
slice of that to the customer.'"
The Albanian effect has profoundly
shaped the use, production and economy of cocaine. The drug is at its
cheapest in the UK since 1990 and purer than it has been for a decade,
which has caused record fatalities. The UK has the highest number of young
users in Europe. More broadly, far bigger and more frequent shipments of
the drug have been seized entering the UK as cocaine production in south
America has hit record levels - up 31% on 2016. ...
Yet for the
Albanians' model to truly work it required control of Europe's ports. For
that the Mafia Shqiptare needed to collaborate with the 'Ndrangheta, the
most powerful and globalised of the Italian mafias, which controls mainland
Europe's cocaine trade.
There is considerable evidence that not
only are the Albanians working with the 'Ndrangheta, but that they have
formed the tightest of alliances. ...
Collectively, the Belgian and
Dutch ports employ 240,000 people, a cohort of whom, police intelligence
indicates, work for the 'Ndrangheta and Mafia Shqiptare. ...
Sergi, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Essex who specialises
in mafia relationships, confirmed Albanians and the southern Italian crime
group have joined forces.
Crime Nigerians, Republic of Ireland, Europe
Nigerian gangs trafficking children into Ireland for sex
Irish Examiner, 12 January 2019
Highly organised Nigerian gangs are earning "extremely high
profits" from trafficking children into 12 European countries, including
Ireland, for prostitution, according to the EU police agency. ...
The Europol report on the trafficking and exploitation of underage
victims said southern EU countries, such as Italy and Spain, are the main
entry points for trafficked Nigerians.
It said victims are then
forced into prostitution in both the two entry countries and 10 other
member states, including Ireland.
It said Nigerian organised crime
gangs pose a "great challenge" to EU law enforcement. It said they were
well organised, but not structured like most other crime networks. ...
The report said the cellular structure makes it easy to move
victims and that if one cell is dismantled by police, the other cells can
It said: "Nigerian networks generate extremely
high criminal profits, as each victim is forced to pay back the
organisation usually between 30,000 and 60,000."
said most victims of Nigerian gangs were aged between 15 and 17, though the
reports documents children aged 11-15 and some aged six-10 and even under
The girls were often promised well-paid jobs. The gangs often
involved family relatives to persuade the girls to move and in other cases
use voodoo rituals.
Crime vehicle collisions, insurance fraud
Crash-for-cash gang 'plagued Luton's roads' causing 80 collisions and scamming £1.2m from insurers
Luton Today, 7 January 2019
The ringleader of a Luton gang behind a £1.2m crash-for-cash
scam operation has been jailed for six years.
Raja Mehmood, 35, of
Sherd Close, Luton, was the ringleader of an organised crime group believed
to be behind around 80 collisions between 2013 and 2015.
members of the group were also sentenced after a three-day hearing at St
Albans Crown Court concluded today (Monday).
Eight people in total
were jailed for nearly 33 years, with others receiving suspended sentences.
Fellow gang members included:
Steven Seaton, ... Mita
Mistri, ... Naveed Khan, ... Nadeem Khan, ... Ataf Hussain, ...
investigation uncovered around 80 collisions in total that could be
directly linked to the group. Another 10 people were also involved in the
fraud, including family members and partners of the OCG members, either
helping to stage the accidents or making false insurance claims and
collecting the illegal pay outs. ...
"Mehmood was the ringleader at
the centre of the gang who plagued Luton's roads before fleeing the
country, instead of owning up to his crimes, leaving other gang members to
take the fall. ..."
Diversity lawyers, Canada
Lawyer threatend with suspension over 'diversity' mandate quits
WND, 24 March 2019
A Canadian law society's requirement for "diversity and inclusion"
is forcing a lawyer who has been practicing for 30 years to quit.
Murray Klippenstein said he has always worked to advance social
justice and is "horrified" to see what his own professional regulator was
imposing, the Christian Institute said.
In reaction to a disputed
report charging "systemic racism" in the legal profession, the Law Society
of Ontario made lawyers abide by a "Statement of Principles."
statement requires lawyers to acknowledge "their obligation to promote
equality, diversity and inclusion generally."
Lawyers also must
"demonstrate a personal valuing" of those concepts, the law society said.
Klippenstein said the law society "was demanding that lawyers and
paralegals draft and then obey a set of specific political ideas
both in their personal and professional lives as a condition of
He said he would not be told what to say or what to
value, so he's refusing to comply.
And he's joining a lawsuit
against the moral code.
"Today, we are being told to promote
'equality, diversity and inclusion.' But once this line has been crossed,
the content doesn't matter. And tomorrow, we might be asked to pledge
allegiance to some other ideological doctrine," he warned.
The (straight white) man in the street no longer stands a chance
Conservative Woman, 19 March 2019
Someone I know who used to work in HR for a major European
construction company was telling me the other day how the company would
handle promotions. It may not surprise you to learn that it wasn't by
application and it wasn't by merit. He says that the HR department prepared
profile cards on each member of staff and organised them according to sex,
ethnicity and sexuality. The bosses would use the cards to select people
for promotion based solely on these characteristics. Many sub-par people
were promoted this way and many good people were passed over. But that
didn't deter the bosses because they cared more about appearance and
ticking the right diversity boxes than about respecting fairness and
This was standard practice at the company and
it wouldn't surprise me if it was standard practice across the corporate
world these days, with all the obsession there is with diversity. How else
are they going to meet the equality targets demanded by the Government?
Blatant discrimination (however 'positive' it might be deemed) is illegal
in this country, of course, as it is in most countries, but is that
stopping companies from engaging in it behind closed doors, particularly
with the inherent contradictions between what is and is not permitted under
It was gratifying to see last month a straight
white man who had been turned down by the openly discriminatory recruiting
practices of a UK police force winning his tribunal case against them. But
the truth is that after more than five decades of political correctness,
the problem is endemic in our public and corporate culture. ...
are all losers from this double-speak about discrimination. But the
statistics indicate that those most at the receiving end of the new
diversity discrimination are straight white men who are at the
bottom of the Left's intersectional pile of victimhood. ...
modern obeisance to diversity is at the expense of common sense, fairness,
and respect for ordinary people, their choices and their views. It leaves
us with an identity-based patronage little better (in some cases worse)
than old-fashioned nepotism; symptomatic of a culture that has lost its
confidence in itself and lost its mind. We need a new way of thinking which
treats merit and fairness as sacred, disdains neither individual choice or
judgment and leaves the path to work and success open to the ordinary bloke
in the street.
Universities are accused of failing working-class white males as number of black and ethnic minorities students soars
Mail on Sunday, 17 March
Universities have been accused of failing working-class white boys
as the number of students from black and ethnic minorities soars.
drive to increase the number of non-white teenagers in further education
has paid off, with figures spiralling 15 per cent in just three years.
But the statistics have fuelled fears that white males have been
left behind as the number from that background fell by 7,600 to 590,765.
Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that BAME
black and minority ethnic students are now in the majority at
more than 20 universities in England.
And nationally, non-white
students are vastly over-represented in some subjects. For example, 60 per
cent of ophthalmics degrees were awarded to Asian students in the last
Chris Millward from the Office For Students, said:
'White British men from disadvantaged backgrounds are among the groups
least likely to access higher education.
'We fully expect
universities to target white working-class males as part of their work on
access and participation.'
Nick Hillman, the director of the Higher
Education Policy Institute, added: 'The challenge we must all now grapple
with is ensuring that a focus on some disadvantaged groups doesn't leave
others behind. There are many groups that fall behind, including white
The new figures show that the number of
British BAME university undergraduates rose from 377,220 in 2014/15 to
nearly 437,000 last year.
Over the same period, the number of UK
white students fell marginally, down by 725 to 1,417,860, but the intake of
white males dropped significantly.
Unfair share of trainee places is given to white boys, warns report
The Observer, 3 March 2019
Employers need to reserve places on apprenticeship schemes for
young women, disabled people and ethnic minorities to create a more level
playing field, the country's equality body has said.
has pledged to create 3 million apprenticeships in England by next year.
But almost 90% of apprentices aged 16-24 are white, compared with 82% of
the population. ...
With National Apprenticeship Week starting on
Monday, the Equality and Human Rights Commission says firms need to take
steps to get more people from minority groups into trainee schemes,
favouring them against other similarly qualified candidates if necessary.
But the commission warns that too many companies "are hesitant
about using positive action because they're worried about inadvertently
discriminating against others". ...
The report calls on employers
to reserve places for certain groups and provide mentoring to them. It also
wants a candidate from a minority group favoured if there is a "tie-in"
with a candidate from a non-minority group.
Universities in dark over diversity drive
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019
Universities spend hundreds of millions of pounds every year trying
to improve diversity "without understanding what works", a regulator says.
The Office for Students (OFS) reports that around £800 million
goes on programmes dedicated to broadening intake, but few universities
measure the results.
The OFS revealed the figures as it set up an
"evidence and impact exchange" to help understand what improves outcomes
for disadvantaged students while giving better value for money. ...
Exeter University spend £14 million a year on recruiting more
black and minority ethnic and working-class students. Its measures include
a social mobility programme and bursaries. ...
director for Fair Access and Participation at the OFS, said that little is
known about whether these approaches are working.
Diversity business, directors
FTSE 100 told by business minister Kelly Tolhurst to improve ethnic diversity on boards
Sunday Times, 24 February 2019
Big companies have been told they are failing to promote ethnic
diversity in the boardroom and need to step up their efforts.
letter to FTSE 100 chairmen seen by The Sunday Times, the business minister
Kelly Tolhurst said progress in appointing directors from ethnic-minority
backgrounds had "been negligible" or had even "fallen back".
Diversity cinema, films
The diversity agenda is killing cinema
Spectator blog, 22 February 2019
The film world is atoning for its crimes against diversity. On
screen, strong women are supplanting Disney princesses. Superheroes, once
uniformly white and male, are turning multicultural. Gay intrigue is edging
out heterosexual romance. Away from the camera, bankable stars force
studios to employ minority personnel by adding 'inclusion riders' to their
Film-makers must repent ancient mis-speaks, beg
forgiveness and denounce peers accused of transgressions. ...
Unsurprisingly, the current awards season reflects these
rectifications. Of the eight nominations for best picture Oscar, six boast
diversity credentials. ...
The industry's pride in its redemption
is prodigious, even by its own unparalleled standard of self-satisfaction.
Nonetheless, a scintilla of doubt can just occasionally be encountered.
Might conformity to the unbending requirements of the bien-pensant
establishment have exacted a price? Films may be more virtuous, but are
they as good?
The official line is that embracing the stories of
hitherto neglected minorities can only enrich and enhance cinema's
offering. Yet away from the awards razzmatazz, it is sometimes admitted
that this year's crop of films is far from vintage. Polished acting and
smart production design are burnishing some fairly lame material
unsubtle, manipulative and thin. ...
Flying the right-on flag
enables film-makers to get away with lazy, superficial and unconvincing
These flat characters' stories turn into predictable
parables rather than complex and illuminating narratives. ...
should not be too surprised. To fill quotas, even unofficial ones, you have
to lower standards. ...
This is not the first time that cinema has
subordinated aesthetic endeavour to promoting the ideology of the ruling
elite. Yet now it is not supporting the war effort, or plugging the GPO's
mail service. It is insidiously advancing identitarian attitudes that
threaten to deepen social division. For that, it deserves no awards.
Diversity universities, degrees
Universities should be punished for giving black students lower grades
The Guardian, 21 February 2019
Steven Spier is the vice-chancellor of Kingston University
The government has recently announced that it plans to improve how
black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students perform at university,
putting the spotlight back on an issue that has blighted the higher
education sector for far too long.
The stark fact is that,
according to the latest figures, just 66% of BAME students achieved a first
or 2:1 degree in 2016-17, compared to 79.6% of white students. This is an
issue affecting all universities, and requires a deep understanding of the
factors involved and a genuine commitment to addressing the gap. There is
no quick fix.
If we truly want universities to have a meaningful
impact on society, a handful doing the heavy lifting around access and
attainment is simply not enough. We need universities to make this a
strategic commitment. This means ensuring inclusivity is used as a measure
of the quality of our courses.
And if we're really going to close
the BAME attainment gap, then we need incentives from the government. ...
The Office for Students has vowed to use sticks to drive progress
in these areas. In a higher education market driven by academic reputation,
the measures by which we assess good performance should also focus on how
well we are contributing to a more equal and diverse society. ...
At Kingston, we have adopted a whole-university drive to address
the BAME attainment gap. /.../ If one of our courses doesn't hit our target
for BAME attainment, we immediately step in to rectify it.
Time to introduce the Tory diversity warriors to Thomas Sowell
Conservative Woman, 19 February 2019
In a letter to the Sunday Times in December, supporters of
the 'Banknotes of Colour' campaign argued that ethnic minority
representation on the new £50 note would 'send a message that the
contribution of ethnic minorities to Britain's history, culture and economy
is recognised and valued'. Now, according to Saturday's Telegraph, it seems
that Treasury minister Robert Jenrick and Conservative party vice-chairman
Helen Grant have joined the campaign and urged the Bank of England not to
choose a white scientist but 'ensure wider diversity is represented on our
... The premise lurking behind these
pronouncements, as in all calls for equality of outcomes and the positive
discrimination that would bring them about, is that the lack of ethnic
minority representation is a social injustice. It is the result of
discrimination; or if not active discrimination, then a system which
perpetuates white privilege, the hegemony of a dominant class
white, male and heterosexual. But is there any evidence for this?
Perhaps it is just as well that the most eloquent proponent of the
counter-argument is black and therefore cannot be accused of being either a
racist or a white supremacist. In Intellectuals and Society, Thomas
Sowell argues that disparities in the achievements of different
socio-ethnic groups at different times can be explained by the simple fact
that their cultures are, for a host of historical and geo-political
reasons, differently conducive to the attainment of economic
prosperity, social and political stability, and cultural achievement. /.../
Likewise, inter-group differences in educational achievement in Britain
today have their origins in cultural factors, not racism. One need only
consider those who come out bottom white working-class males; and
those who come out top the Chinese.
But where does this
leave the argument for enforced diversity? Basically, it is a campaign
fuelled by hatred and resentment, and large public subsidies, whose purpose
is to destroy the historic inheritance of our national culture all
in the name of diversity and multi-culture. ...
arises because the history and culture of Britain did not begin in 1948
with the embarkation of the Empire Windrush but stretches back over a
thousand years. It is, moreover, a culture founded not on diversity but on
a remarkable degree of homogeneity genetically speaking, the English
of 1940 were ninety per cent the English of 940. The only significant
migrations were those of the Huguenots and the Jews, both of whom
assimilated and because they assimilated went on to make remarkable
contributions to our national life. Which explains why ethnic minorities
have indeed done nothing, or next to nothing, of significance in our
history up to the past fifty years. The point is that a settled way of life
and a distinctive national culture English culture was able
to develop. ...
But enforced diversity comes at a terrible cost.
/.../ Do the useful idiots of the modern Conservative party, who, for lack
of conservative principles spout fashionable slogans, have any notion of
the forces they are unleashing?
'Oh my God' Meghan takes aim at male, pale and stale universities
Sunday Times, 17 February 2019
The Duchess of Sussex has supported a campaign by black academics
and students to "decolonise the curriculum" and confront the legacy of
empire and racism on university campuses in her first apparently political
intervention since joining the royal family.
The movement to add
black and female thinkers and writers rather than focusing heavily
on "male, pale and stale" ones has been hugely controversial since
campaigners tried to topple a statue of the Victorian imperialist and slave
owner Cecil Rhodes at Oxford three years ago.
When the Duchess of
Sussex visited City University in London on one of her first outings as
patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) this month,
her enthusiasm for change became clear.
Govt Pressuring Bank of England to Put Ethnic Minority on New £50 Note
Breitbart, 16 February 2019
Government ministers in Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip
"Remainer Phil" Hammond's department are pressuring the British central
bank to make an ethnic minority the face of the new £50 note.
The Bank of England had committed to putting a scientist on the new
banknote, but Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to Her Majesty's
Treasury under Chancellor Hammond (and a fellow Remainer) has urged the
325-year-old institution not to select a white person for the honour as it
would send a "damaging message that ethnic minorities are invisible", the
Tory party vice-chairwoman Helen Grant MP
had previously complained that the Bank's decision to feature an
outstanding scientist was "problematic" insofar as it would make it harder
to find an ethnic minority candidate for the role, given Britain's
non-white population was vanishingly small up to the 1950s and produced few
people who would meet the criteria.
Diversity Islamophobia, free speech
My diversity targets for the BBC
The Spectator, 16 February 2019
Meanwhile, I have written to Lord Hall, the director-general of the
BBC, to demand that the corporation introduces targets to ensure that
Britain's Islamophobic community is adequately represented on air. /.../
But I will concentrate my efforts at first on gaining justice for the UK's
beleaguered Islamo-phobes, such as myself. We face the most appalling
discrimination, the latest of which comes from Oxford City Council.
The council has unanimously passed a motion outlawing all forms of
Islamophobia. This includes, but is not confined to, anyone who propagates
'the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and
claims of a demographic "threat" posed by Muslims or of a "Muslim
Well OK, I might quibble about the word 'unique'
I think 'remarkable' or 'vibrant' might fit better in that sentence. But
otherwise, they've got me down to a tee. The next one prohibits people from
'accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or
exaggerating Islamophobia'. I think I'm off the hook on that one as I don't
believe that Islamophobia exists at all: it is instead a rational response
to a singularly belligerent ideology. And then comes these two little
'Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the
"Ummah" (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin,
or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of
their own nations.'
'Denying Muslim populations, the right to
self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent
Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.'
So people in Oxford
are no longer to say of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary that he is more
loyal to the Muslim Ummah than he is to his own country when that is
precisely what Anjem Choudary would tell you, unequivocally, if you asked
him (and perhaps thousands of other Muslims in the UK would say the same).
In other words, speaking the truth is verboten in Oxford. ...
in fairness, Oxford City Council is merely following the path taken by
other city councils, enjoined to do so by the All Party Parliamentary
Group's definition of what constitutes Islamophobia. A few years ago the
Metropolitan Police decided that merely to criticise Islam was to be found
guilty of Islamophobia. This conjecture was based upon an earlier
definition of Islamophobia from the reliably deranged Runnymede Trust,
which insisted that to describe Islam as 'sexist' or 'separate' was also
Islamophobic, as was venturing to suggest that from time to time
just occasionally the religion has been used to justify acts of
terrorism. To suggest that your own Christian faith was superior to Islam
is Islamophobic a bizarre conclusion, because presumably if you
elect to follow a faith, you surely believe it to be superior to all the
other faiths out there in the great faith marketplace.
Diversity Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dutch City: Street Names Too White, Will Be Made More Diverse
Breitbart, 5 February 2019
The local government of Rotterdam has decided to name all new
streets in the city after women and minorities after complaints by some
local politicians that the current names are too male and too white.
The Dutch city's government announced that it would be accepting
the proposal to make the city's street names more "diverse" a year after
the initiative was put forth by left-wing party Democrats 66 (D66), the
GreenLeft, and the Labour party, Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reports.
Councillor Nadia Arsieni, of the D66 party, was the one to
initially recommend the proposal and said she was happy the local
government had accepted it saying, "A sample showed that a large number of
the streets were named after men of Western origin. That does not fit in
the Rotterdam of today."
Deputy Mayor Bert Wijbenga explained that
diversity was the main motivation for the move and said, "In order to give
substance to more cultural diversity, the policy rules stipulate that the
attribution of names of women and other underrepresented groups from
society should be preferred for personal names," and added, "diversity is
at the forefront."
Wijbenga also announced that there were no
intentions to rename existing streets stating that, "there will always be
room for the great men of Rotterdam."
Diversity racism, employment, Republic of Ireland
Guinness Sorry for 'Racist' Ad Linking Ancestry to National Pride
Breitbart, 4 February 2019
Guinness has dropped a number of rugby sponsorship adverts in
Ireland after complaints that they could cause "offence or confusion" to
The world-famous dry stout company, which is a sponsor
and the official beer of the Six Nations rugby tournament, apologised for
any "offence or confusion" caused by the billboards, which read: "You Don't
Pick A Side. Your Grandparents Have Done That Already."
announced it would remove the adverts, which were placed around Dublin
ahead of Ireland's rugby match against England, following outcry from the
Immigrant Council of Europe, which complained that the campaign "doesn't
celebrate the strength of the Irish team (& wider society) or the huge
benefit our diversity brings".
Commenting that "Irish society is
richer in its diversity," chief executive of the taxpayer-funded NGO, Brian
Killoran, added the slogan seemed like "a misstep in Guinness'
A spokesman for drinks company Diageo, which owns
Guinness, said the campaign "was meant to show the competitive nature of
the Guinness Six Nations", and that the company "regret if the billboard
caused offence or confusion". ...
Asserting that "diversity and
inclusion are core values of our business", and pointing to its partnership
with the Immigrant Council of Ireland on so-called 'diversity programmes',
the spokesman added that Diageo was grateful for the feedback. ...
Guinness, whose world-famous product originated in a Dublin brewery
in 1759, was hailed by the United Nations' (UN) refugee agency last year
for its work employing and holding training programmes for asylum seekers
at its iconic Storehouse headquarters in the Irish capital.
managing director of the Guinness Storehouse, Paul Carty, was highly
supportive of rule changes allowing asylum seekers to work, telling local
media last March that staffing was "going to be the biggest challenge" for
the hospitality sector in the coming years.
Diversity free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Spiked, 4 February 2019
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English
and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for
several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the
free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of
understanding truth. And yet, stories of speakers being No Platformed have
continually made headlines in recent years.
... To this end, the
guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions,
including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.
detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is much
easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect
it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly
attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will
have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...
The discourse of
diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour
government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this
legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on
campus. ... ...
But those who identify with the politics of
diversity see it differently. They know that by making a fuss they can
readily persuade a university that they have been offended, shocked or
disturbed. They claim, with the force of law, that if the speaker is not
banned or the debate is not cancelled then the university may be breaching
its legal duties. Forthright individuals and robust institutions may seek
to tough it out. But the force of law is always there pushing gradually and
incrementally in the same direction. By constantly pushing in favour of
diversity, the Equality Act exerts a powerful influence against those who
would seek to raise challenging issues.
The guidance also suggests
that the Equality Act may require student organisers to timetable a series
of speaker events so that they do not fall during Islamic Friday prayers.
Fairly obviously, if Muslims are empowered by law to influence when debates
are scheduled, then the same law gives them even greater rights over the
content of debates that they consider to be offensive or shocking.
... On each occasion, the protesters can claim legal backing. They
connect with a protected characteristic such as being trans, gay, female,
black or Muslim and claim that speech must be curbed in favour of the
greater good of diversity. ...
Asking the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, an organisation created to promote equality law, to draft
guidance to protect free speech was never going to work. But at least it
has advised faithfully on what the law actually requires. It sends a clear
message that free speech on campus must yield to the politics of diversity.
And until the law is changed, those who hold views that bien
pensants on campus find 'unfashionable and controversial' will need
considerable fortitude to express them.
BBC announces new programmes celebrating British diversity, including a collaboration with Sir Lenny Henry
Digital Spy, 13 January 2019
BBC 4 has announced a series of new programmes that will celebrate
The new programmes will explore the secret
tribes and communities that have helped shape modern British history.
They'll air across February and include programmes such as A
Very British History, a new series exploring the untold stories of
communities across the UK, and a series of monologues produced in
collaboration with Sir Lenny Henry Henry and The Young Vic, titled Soon
Gone: A Windrush Chroniclal.
There's also Windrush: Movement
Of The People by Phoenix Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance piece
celebrating the first large arrival of Caribbean migrants to the UK.
University Spends $10.6 MILLION A Year On Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Salaries. Is It Working?
Daily Wire, 7 January 2019
The University of Michigan (UM) spends about $10.6 million a year
on the salaries of 82 employees who have something relating to diversity in
Mark Perry, an economics professor at the university
and an American Enterprise Scholar, compiled data on publicly available
salaries searching for the terms "diversity," "equity," and "inclusion." He
found 82 employees with some combination of those words in their title and
added up their salaries for the total. The highest paid employee with a
variation of this title is the school's vice provost for equity and
inclusion and chief diversity officer (that's his full title), who is paid
$407,653 a year. ...
"The University of Michigan Has At Least 82
Full-Time Diversity Officers at a Total Annual Payroll Cost of $10.6M. That
Would Support Full In-State Tuition for 708 Students," Perry wrote in a
tweet about his data.
Against Diversity Statements
Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 January 2019
[Jeffrey Flier is former dean of Harvard
The goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion enjoys
overwhelming support across the academy. ...
... In the process,
fresh issues arise: Have the terms retained their original meanings, or
acquired important new connotations? Have the programs changed their goals
to adapt to current realities? ...
My attention was drawn to these
question by the University of California at Los Angeles's recent
announcement of a new policy requiring faculty members to document
activities in support of diversity in dossiers used to evaluate all
appointments and promotions. ...
As a supporter of the original
goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, my skepticism toward
this policy surprised a number of friends and colleagues. But it is
entirely inappropriate to require diversity statements in the process of
appointment and promotion. Such requirements risk introducing a political
litmus test into faculty hiring and reviews.
Many faculty and
administrators regard the new policy as a healthy, consciousness-raising
signal to promote support for diversity, a perspective that I understand.
During nine years as a medical-school dean, I oversaw nearly a
thousand professorial reviews assessing the research, teaching, service,
and reputation of senior members of the faculty. ...
progressive/left identifications are dominant in the academy, especially in
the humanities and social sciences (as well as in administration),
politically influenced litmus tests could easily arise in that sphere.
... But the key terms diversity, equity, and inclusion
are rarely defined with specificity, and their meaning has been
subtly shifting. That's a serious problem, especially if diversity efforts
are to be a criterion for faculty evaluation. The term "equity," for
instance, can imply equality of opportunity or equality of outcome
two quite different things with distinct policy implications. ...
One way to understand the problem is to examine the academic
literature regarding equity and inclusion today. This literature, though
not uniform, often incorporates key elements of a theoretical corpus known
as "critical race theory," little known to many academics outside of the
social sciences and the humanities. It emphasizes structural racism, white
privilege and supremacy, microaggressions, economically driven power
relationships, and intersectionality. At the level of policy, it favors
"race conscious" rather than "color blind" approaches to remedies.
My goal here is not to critique or evaluate the precepts of
critical race theory. But it is obvious that these ideas and policy
frameworks are not politically neutral. Rather, they map onto the
left/progressive wing of the political spectrum, and their claims are
arguable and highly contested. This ideological context is hardly subtle,
but many academics appear not to appreciate its pervasiveness. The
resulting ambiguity makes it difficult to debate proposed policies, which
are portrayed as reflecting common decency even as they are increasingly
linked to a particular leftist ideology.
Egalitarianism universities, degrees
Govt: Universities Must Close Ethnic Achievement Gaps or Face Sanctions
Breitbart, 3 February 2019
The Government has ordered British universities to achieve equality
of outcome between ethnic groups, warning of sanctions for institutions
which fail to make "good progress" towards this goal.
announced that universities would be held to account on disparities in
academic attainment between different ethnic groups after data showed gaps
in the proportion of students awarded top grades for their degrees.
The latest figures show that 79 percent of white students received
a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) degree in 2015/26, compared to 72
percent of Chinese students, 71 percent of Indian students, 62 percent of
Pakistani students, and 51 percent of "Black Other" students.
powers given to universities watchdog the Office for Students (OfS) will
see institutions forced to publish data on admissions and attainment,
broken down by ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background, in order
to "shine a spotlight on those making good progress and those lagging
behind" on equality of outcome between different demographics.
government did not mention possible causes behind disparities, but the
Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which published the figures, placed
responsibility on universities rather than students to correct the supposed
problem, stressing that "action needs to focus on institutional barriers
and inequalities, rather than 'improving' or 'fixing' the student."
"Traditionally the language of the attainment gap has focused on
students' underachievement or lack of attainment, whereas it should focus
on the institutional culture, curriculum and pedagogy," it added. ...
Measures announced by ministers this week came as part of the
Government's 'Race Disparity Audit' an initiative commissioned by
Prime Minister Theresa May to measure differences between ethnic groups in
a range of areas, from stop-and-search and arrest rates to home ownership
levels, with a promise to bring in measures which would stamp out
Professor Edward Byrne, President of King's
College London, where Mr Skidmore launched the initiative this week,
appeared to contradict the minister's claim that equality measures are a
bid to ensure universities reflect the demographic make-up of the United
Kingdom, stating he was "proud" that 49 percent of undergraduates at the
institution in the previous academic year "were from black, Asian and other
ethnic minority backgrounds" which is actually far above their share
of the general population.
Breitbart London previously reported how
non-white students are now a majority at 23 higher education institutions,
and data shows white school pupils were significantly less likely to go on
to higher education than those from other ethnic backgrounds.
the lowest entry rate of all ethnic groups, just 29 percent of white pupils
commenced higher education in 2017, with figures revealing young white
people from the most wealthy socio-economic group were less likely to
attend university than Chinese pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
Emigration Africa, Nigeria
Nigeria groans as medical professionals' emigration worsens
Joseph Onyekwere and Ngozi Egenuka
The Guardian, 30 March 2019
Nigeria is among the top 13th African countries that their citizens
want to emigrate to Europe and other nations on account of poverty and or
hardship with 31 percent rate, says a survey conducted by Afrobarometer.
While migration can have positive effects filling labour gaps in
destination countries and producing remittances to help families back home
it can also have negative consequences. Analysts have pointed to its
drain on emerging economies and populist movements in the West have decried
immigration as a threat to domestic employment, security, and national
Recently, it was reported that no fewer than 5,405
Nigerian-trained doctors and nurses are currently working with the National
Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom (UK). The figure, released by
the British Government, revealed that Nigerian medics constitute 3.9 per
cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside
British doctors and nurses.
In search for better conditions,
medical professionals leave the country and this development has worsened
the physician-patient ratio in Nigeria from 1:4,000 to 1:5,000, contrary to
the WHO recommended 1:600. The physician-patient ratio in the U.K. is
1:300. Economic loss due to emigration of doctors shows that approximately
18,960 medical doctors from 14 African countries work in developed
About 54.2 percent of them work in the United Kingdom,
28.3 percent work in the USA, 10.3 percent work in Canada, 4.8 percent work
in Australia, 1.4 percent work in Portugal and 1 percent work in Germany.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) the regulatory body for nurses,
midwives and specialist community public health nurses throughout the
United Kingdom, recorded that about 18,349 nurses from the African region
were registered with the NMC between 1989/90 and 2004/2005.
Emigration Nigeria, Africa
Is Nigeria about to become the next Venezuela? The signs are not good
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2019
Nigeria may be a country of nearly 200m, ...
but the fact is that even as Western populations age and decline,
Nigeria's, like much of the rest of Africa, is on an explosive growth path.
On the present trajectory, Nigeria's population is expected to more than
double over the next 30 years, reaching a scarcely credible 750m by 2100,
according to projections by the Census Bureau of the United States. That's
plainly not going to be sustainable, and therefore quite unlikely to occur
in practice, but even if only half right, it creates, in the absence of
extremely rapid per capita economic growth, myriad problems for the West.
The challenge of mass migration from Sub-Saharan Africa we see
today threatens to turn into an exodus of positively biblical proportions.
However vigorous, conventional border controls would struggle to prevent
it. It is therefore very much in the West's interests that Africa follows
Asia into rapid economic advancement.
But here's the paradox.
Experience suggests that migration from the developing world peaks when
national income reaches the £4,500 to £5,500 per capita range.
Much below that, and only the middle classes and the enterprising have the
wherewithal to make the break. Once income reaches that level, however, it
provudes the means for mass migration.
Migration from India soars as businesses plan for life beyond Brexit
People Management, 11 March 2019
The number of migrants from south Asian countries including India
who started work in the UK increased 30 per cent last year as businesses
began looking beyond the EU for talent at least in sectors such as
healthcare and IT.
The number of migrants from the region
which includes India, Pakistan and the Philippines who registered
for national insurance (NI) numbers reached 68,381 in the year to December
2018, up from 53,594 over the same period in 2017.
India alone saw
a 43 per cent increase in the number of registrations, to more than 45,000,
making it the third largest source of new migrants.
suggest businesses are gradually beginning to adjust their talent
strategies to compensate for a reduction in available skills after Brexit.
However, there were still twice as many EU nationals beginning work in 2018
as non-EU nationals, and the 28,010 increase in non-EU nationals joining
the workforce was dwarfed by a 78,409 fall in EU nationals. ...
Romania (which is part of the EU but not part of the EU8) and
Poland remained the first and second largest sources of new labour despite
seeing a drop of 13 and 26 per cent respectively. There were 134,492 new
registrations from Romania, almost three times the number from Poland. ...
Karendeep Kaur, senior immigration consultant at Migrate UK, said
her firm had also seen an increase in the number of intra-company transfers
from Asia. ...
"I think we're finding that although [Brexit has]
stopped a lot of EU nationals coming to the UK, it hasn't stopped the rest
of the world." ...
"While many employers will rightly be concerned
about the migration restrictions that are due to be introduced that will
affect EU nationals, what perhaps has not been acknowledged is the positive
changes that have been suggested for recruiting non-EU nationals," said
Davies, citing plans to lower skill requirements and scrap the resident
labour market test, both of which were outlined in the government's
post-Brexit immigration plan.
How robots will end mass-immigration policies and make workers happier
Financial Post, 8 March 2019
is policy director of Toronto-based Probe International]
U.S. robot use, up by a whopping 16 per cent last year, is at
record highs; U.S. unemployment, meanwhile, is at 50-year lows with people
abandoning welfare for work. American wages are rising too. And all of this
is happening largely for the same reason. President Donald Trump's tariffs,
opposition to multilateral trade and immigration policies have tightened
labour markets, letting workers bid up wages while spurring industry to
find alternatives to the low-cost migrant labour it has relied upon in
Robots are not yet leading to mass unemployment and
social instability as predicted, and are unlikely to ever do so. Because
humans have insatiable, ever-changing wants, there will always be limitless
demand for workers to satisfy those wants, no matter how many low-skill and
routinized jobs in future go the way of elevator operators and bank
tellers. Robots need not be feared for another reason, too. Rather than
being the dreaded economic disruptor many label them as, robots are more
likely to be a force for social stability. They have the potential to
counter one of the main sources of conflict in the western world today:
cheap-labour-driven globalization and the reaction to it demands to
promote nationalism by restricting mass migration.
Big business in
the Western world whether represented by the Koch brothers on the
right or the EU model on the left has been the most powerful force
arguing for mass migration. Its argument in this alliance that
migrants from Mexico, Turkey and other poor countries are needed because
Westerners aren't willing to do menial work has been persuasive,
undercutting those in the broad middle class who felt they weren't sharing
in the economic growth.
But the persuasion only lasted so long.
After some four decades of little or no growth in median incomes, the
backlash against the so-called "one per cent" became potent, electing
Donald Trump as president in the United States, fostering Brexit and
numerous other exit-EU movements in Europe, and raising animosities between
the globalists and the nationalists to destructive levels.
could soon become peacemakers. Once Western big business recognizes that it
doesn't need to import cheap labour to turn profits, it can stop pushing
immigration policies that affect workers who must compete for wages in the
job market. ...
... American workers today have no reason to fear
the robot. The robot is their friend.
Number of non-EU workers in UK soars by 100,000 to a record high
Hayden Smith and Max Channon
Plymouth Live, 19 February 2019
The number of non-EU nationals working in the UK has jumped by more
than 100,000 to a record high, official figures have revealed.
contrasted with a fall in EU workers, prompting suggestions a reduction in
labour supply from the bloc has resulted in higher levels of migration from
the rest of the world. There were an estimated 1.29 million employees from
countries outside the EU in the last three months of 2018. This was an
increase of 130,000 compared with the equivalent period 12 months earlier,
and the highest number since records started in 1997.
total comprises 277,000 workers from Africa, 593,000 from Asia, 299,000
from America and Oceania, and 126,000 from European countries that are not
members of the EU.
Year-on-year rises were seen across all of these
groups, including an 85,000 increase in the Asia category.
for specific nationalities show the non-EU workforce included 194,000
Indians, 107,000 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, 96,000 Americans, 71,000
Australians and New Zealanders, and 64,000 South Africans.
number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by around 61,000 year-on-year
to 2.27 million in October to December. ...
The figures, published
by the Office for National Statistics, show 869,000 people working in the
UK in the latest quarter were from EUA8 states - the Czech Republic,
Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
This was down 89,000 compared with 12 months earlier, and 184,000
fewer than the record high of 1.05 million in July to September 2016, just
after the EU referendum. ...
In October to December, there were
just over a million nationals of 14 long-term EU member states including
Germany, Italy, Spain and France, as well as 370,000 Romanians and
Bulgarians, working in the UK.
In both cases the numbers were up
slightly compared with the previous year.
Employment levels by
country of birth showed a similar picture to nationality statistics.
The number of EU-born people working in the UK in the last three
months of 2018 fell by 76,000 year-on-year, to 2.30 million.
were 3.35 million workers born outside the bloc, a rise of 159,000 compared
with a year earlier.
Employment study debunks migrant worker myth
Personnel Today, 14 January 2019
Immigrants have been among the main beneficiaries of the employment
boom but not at the expense of workers born in the UK, and London is not
the main driver for the boom.
These are among the findings of
Setting the Record Straight, a Resolution Foundation analysis which, using
ONS statistics, looks into the reasons behind the record 75.7% employment
rate, up more than two percentage points from the rate in 2008. ...
Migrants, the study finds, have accounted for two-thirds of the
increase in employment since 2008 (in part because they have grown as a
share of the population) but in the same period the employment rate for
people born in the UK has risen by more than two percentage points to a
record high of 75.8%.
The report does not support those who suggest
employment growth is London-centric or that urban centres outside the
capital have been "left behind". Rising employment, it finds, has been
driven by parts of the country with relatively low-employment catching up.
Mass Immigration And The Growth Of Inequality
Social Europe, 8 January 2019
The claim that immigration is economically beneficial appears to be
an article of faith amongst those who consider themselves progressive.
However, mere changes in total GDP often mean little in terms of the lived
reality of society. Much more important is whether or not mass immigration
changes the social structure and the pattern of economic inequality.
Economic inequality (in the distribution of income and wealth) has
been growing in virtually every developed society. It is clear that there
is no single cause, but one important driver is changes in the occupational
structure. In some countries, but especially in the UK and the USA,
occupational growth has polarised: there are more well-paid high-skilled
jobs, there are more low-paid jobs, but there are fewer moderately
well-paid secure jobs in the middle.
A growing social science
research suggests that the reason for the existence of low-paid jobs has
been precisely the availability of a large pool of immigrant labour.
Low-paid jobs have expanded simply because there are people prepared to do
them. If this labour supply did not exist and, crucially, if there was no
alternative labour supply, then the jobs would not exist. The argument that
immigrants are 'needed' to fill existing jobs takes the existing jobs and
hence the occupational structure for granted; furthermore, it accepts that
immigrants are the only possible source of additional labour.
some sectors enterprises' business model depends upon paying low wages. The
transformation of agriculture in the USA and more recently in the UK has
involved a shift to forms of production and even to crops that are only
viable because of low wages. ...
Until the 1980s domestic servants
were declining in numbers. Today professionals and managers expect to
employ domestic labour to clean their houses, mind their children, etc.
These jobs are overwhelmingly taken by immigrants who are often illegals.
This relationship between mass immigration and occupational
change cannot be generalised to all periods and places. The mass European
migration in the second half of the 19th century to the USA and other areas
of new settlement did not have this result, nor in fact did the mass
immigration to Western Europe in the post-world war period. It is, however,
clear that today those who call for 'open borders' the unrestricted
entry of unskilled workers into the EU are facilitating a more
polarised occupational structure, more low paid workers and greater social
and economic inequality.
Extremism Islam, Sweden, France
Study Claims Western-Born Muslims More Likely to Be Radicalised
Breitbart, 21 March 2019
Muslims born in the West are more prone to Islamic extremism due to
a perceived sense of being "disadvantaged," according to a study from the
University of Uppsala in Sweden.
The study claims to have compared
western-born Muslims with migrants, saying that those born in Europe or
North America were much more likely to see themselves as primarily Muslims
first and become angrier over perceived anti-Muslim injustice, a press
release from the University of Uppsala states.
"The most important
finding, however, was that Muslims born in the Western world admitted a
greater willingness to use force to defend Muslims around the world,"
The main cited reason for the differences between
the two groups of Muslims is that Muslims in the West have "a stronger
experience of being disadvantaged compared to the majority population in
which they live." ...
The study's researchers also stressed that
although they may be more prone to extremism, Western-born Muslims are not
any more violent than their foreign-born counterparts.
follows a similar study that was conducted in France of known jihadists
that found most had a background in petty crime, came from migrant
backgrounds, and lived in the poverty-stricken suburbs of various cities.
Not all academics believe that poverty or alienation is the leading
cause of Islamic radicalisation. French sociologist Olivier Galland
conducted his own research of young people and found that Muslims were more
likely to be radicals and blamed it on Islam itself.
"We find a
divergence and the existence of a cultural divide between young Muslims and
their comrades. For them, religion dominates the secular world: this is
what we have called 'religious absolutism'," Galland said.
White British people 'twice as likely to hold extremist views as people of Pakistani descent'
Independent, 15 March 2019
White Britons are twice as likely to hold extremist views as people
of Pakistani descent, research has suggested.
The government vowed
to fight all forms of radicalisation after academics at Queen Mary
University of London warned of an "undue focus on Islamic fundamentalism".
When asked whether they supported actions including suicide
bombings and terror attacks as a "form of political protest" or to "fight
injustices", 15 per cent of white Britons were classed as sympathisers,
compared with 8 per cent of Pakistani-origin respondents.
divided by religion, 18 per cent of Christians and 8 per cent of Muslims
were sympathisers, while 59 per cent of Christians and 68 per cent of
Muslims condemned the statements.
Professor Kam Bhui CBE said:
"British counter-terrorism policy has had an undue focus on Islamic
fundamentalism, with white British extremism normally considered as a
"The fact that those who are white British are
approximately twice as likely to have extremist sympathies as those of
Pakistani heritage will therefore come as a surprise.
concerns about right-wing extremism and suggests that a focus on tackling
Islamic fundamentalism is flawed, and we need to consider extremism more
Official statistics published last week showed that 43
per cent of suspected terrorists arrested are white, compared to 32 per
cent who are Asian.
Three quarters of suspects gave their
nationality as British, compared to 4 per cent Pakistani last year. ...
Assistant commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK counterterror
policing, previously told MPs that around 80 per cent of investigations by
police and MI5 were into jihadis and 20 per cent "other", including a
"significant proportion from the right wing". ...
published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, used a survey of 618
men and women living in Blackburn, Darwen, Bradford and Luton.
total, 341 (61 per cent) condemned violent protest and terrorist actions,
144 (26 per cent) were neutral, and 73 (13 per cent) were sympathisers of
violent protest and terrorism. ...
The research also found that
depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress were associated with having
Britain is not to blame for Shamima Begum's radicalisation
Spectator blog, 23 February 2019
Of all the points made on the case of Shamima Begum, the most
relevant has been utterly absent. ...
In recent days the
government's own extremism commissioner, Sara Khan, has made an uncommon
set of interventions. ...
Anyway, in her various interventions the
usually admirable Khan has insisted that there are two aspects to the Begum
case which must be addressed. The first is the internet. /.../ Throughout
her piece Khan presents Begum as a poor victim of forces beyond her
The second thing that Khan suggests we need is 'a
whole society response' to extremism, including 'cohesive and resilient
communities'. Tackling this issue is apparently 'a responsibility that
falls on us all.' /.../ But this is the comfortable counter-extremism
argument of our time in Britain. Let us blame huge forces the
internet, society as a whole so that the answers we can propose are
so broad and flabby as to be meaningless.
One problem of this
spreading around of blame is that it allows people who may actually to be
to blame to get off the hook. ...
Then there are the families. I
wrote about the family of one of the Bethnal Green schoolgirls in this
place four years ago. Some readers will remember that back then the father
of one of the three girls Mr Abase Hussen appeared in front
of Keith Vaz's Parliamentary Committee and blamed the police for not
stopping his daughter going out to join ISIS. ...
Except that then
some footage emerged of Mr Hussen at a demonstration in London in 2012. Not
a demonstration calling for global peace and love, but a rally organised by
Anjem Choudary to burn American flags and more. /.../ Where can Mr Hussen's
daughter have picked up her radical ideas? In the home, or in a generalised
way from the failings of all of British society?
look at some more apportioning of blame. A good signifier of what the
families of the Bethnal Green jihadis themselves believe could be said to
have been confirmed by the lawyer that they selected to represent them.
This is one Tasnime Akunjee, who has been back in the media in recent days
urging Britain to view poor Shamima as a victim of 'grooming'. Dastardly
internet and all that. Which conveniently makes you and me dear
reader at least as culpable for Islamist extremism as Mr Akunjee.
Which probably suits him nicely.
Back in 2015 Akunjee also publicly
and repeatedly berated the British police for their 'failures'. But then we
learned that he too is an extremist, with links to among others
the extremist group 'Cage'. ...
I understand very well why
the leadership at East London Mosque, the families, lawyers and friends of
the schoolgirls who went to join ISIS should wish to spread the blame
around to every household in Britain and to the internet. What baffles me
is why the government's extremism commissioner a person appointed to
speak truth should start playing the same game, loosely and
emotively spreading blame across the entire population in one of her rare
interventions in the national debate.
... But there is a wider
societal reason why this sort of avoidance game must be avoided. When blame
is spread around this thinly then nothing gets done.
rather we took a different approach. The people who do bear some
responsibility should be called out, prosecuted, punished, deported or
imprisoned. That is what a sane society would do.
Britain spent £200,000 protecting welfare of extremist Muslim hate preacher Abu Qatada after he was deported to Jordan in 2013
MailOnline, 4 January 2019
Britain has spent nearly £200,000 protecting the welfare of
extremist hate preacher Abu Qatada.
Qatada, claimed asylum in
Britain in 1993, but was deported to his native Jordan in 2013 to face
When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she played
a key role in the decade long-battle costing more than £1.9 million,
to deport the cleric.
But his meetings with doctors and human
rights workers were funded by taxpayers for three years, as reported by The
The payments were agreed by Mrs May despite her telling
Parliament in 2013 that costs relating to Qatada were 'not acceptable to
the public and not acceptable to me.'
These visits were to ensure
Qatada was not being tortured after his removal from the country, a freedom
of information request showed.
The Home Office spent £66,000
on monitoring Qatada, with the money going to the Adaleh Centre for Human
While the Foreign Office spent £57,509.92
doing the same.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION
Fraud and corruption citizenship
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019
Migrants are paying fixers to help them cheat in citizenship tests
to win the right to stay in Britain.
Undercover footage shows how
lax security lets criminals feed their 'customers' the right answers via
The scam, exposed by BBC London News, is the latest
in a string of frauds designed to help migrants pass the much-maligned Life
In The UK test.
Critics of security at test centres say elaborate
schemes may have allowed thousands to fraudulently win British citizenship.
In the exposé, broadcast tonight, an undercover reporter
meets with Abdul Reza Masud, director of the Ideal Learning Academy in east
London. Instead of offering tuition to pass the test, Masud is seen asking
the reporter for £2,000 to help him cheat.
Handed a tiny
earpiece, the undercover reporter is not searched before he sits the
multiple-choice test in a west London centre. Once inside, he is allowed to
choose whether he reads the questions, or listens to them via headphones.
He picks the latter option and his small earpiece then picks up the
sound from the headphones, relaying the questions to the waiting
accomplice. This allows them to tell the reporter which answers to choose.
Former immigration officer Jay Sudra told the BBC: 'The Home
Office need to look into this urgently. How many citizens do we have in the
UK that have fraudulently obtained a test certificate? It potentially runs
'You have to question the security of the entire
'For them to get to a stage where they obtain permanent
residency, where they obtain a British passport, it's truly, truly
Kent Police search for 'migrants who came ashore'
BBC, 22 March 2019
A search is under way for a group of migrants reported to have come
ashore in Kent.
Police officers were called to St Margaret's Bay,
Dover, at about 07:00 GMT following the reported sightings.
are "assisting Border Force to locate the individuals", Kent Police said.
In a second incident, the force was made aware of a vessel with
suspected migrants aboard near Dungeness.
The vessel was
intercepted by Border Force, just after 07:15 GMT.
confirmed it has been assisting Border Force with two incidents off the
It said it was "only concerned with preservation of
life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore,
where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services
Illegal immigration people smuggling
Romanian man who tried to smuggle 10 Vietnamese nationals including eight children into Britain in an adapted fridge in his lorry is jailed for more than four
MailOnline, 8 March 2019
A Romanian man has been jailed for more than four years after
trying to smuggle eight Vietnamese children and two men into the UK in an
Ciprian Scorteanu, 45, was stopped at the Port of
Hull on October 27 last year so that his cargo of used tyres could be
The Vietnamese men found in the fridge were refused
entry to the UK and removed to Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The eight
children were taken into the care of social services.
Illegal immigration Calais, France
French firemen try to get migrants down from ferry funnel after 100 stormed Calais port perimeter to board ship on its way to UK
French firemen were battling to bring a group of 100 migrants down
from the funnel of a ferry today after they stormed the vessel in Calais in
a bid to reach the UK.
British holidaymakers were left stranded on
ferries after the dozens of immigrants breached security at the French port
late on Saturday and scrambled aboard the Danish-operated ship.
fire brigade spent Sunday morning talking the last remaining migrants down
from the ship's chimneys until it was finally given the all-clear to head
Another four immigrants were also found hiding on the
upper deck of the DFDS Seaways-owned MS Côtes des Dunes this morning,
according to local media. ...
At least 46 migrants were thought to
have been arrested.
A source said that 'hundreds' of immigrants set
on coming to the UK had stormed the French port at around 8.30pm, will
ferries ordered 'not to dock' while the situation was dealt with. ...
Passengers on board ferries to Calais said they were told by the
captain that more than 100 immigrants had stormed the port.
Illegal immigration deportation
Labour's culture war threatens our immigration system
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019
In the 1980s, Liverpool's hard-Left council defied the government,
broke the law, and set an illegal budget. Today, Labour councils threaten
the rule of law by blocking the removal of illegal immigrants from Britain.
Last week, Lewisham's mayor kicked out a Home Office official embedded with
the council whose job it was to identify illegal immigrants. Southwark
expelled their embedded official last year, and Haringey kicked out theirs
the year before.
"Their job is to enforce government-made laws, not
help people," complained a Labour source. "It is not the responsibility of
Labour councils to inform on vulnerable migrants when they come to us
seeking shelter and support."
Yes, you heard that right. It is not
the job of labour councils to uphold the law. Instead, the source said,
councils should grant emergency funds to illegal immigrants without
notifying the Home Office. /.../ For the hard-Left, the credo is clear:
illegal immigration good, law enforcement bad.
victories in Lewisham, Soutwark and Haringey, Left-wing activists are
taking the battle elsewhere. /.../ And matters will not rest there, because
several Left-wing groups are leading the fight on this new front in
Britain's emerging culture war. ...
Not content with that campaign,
David Lammy, the Labour MP, wants ministers to suspend chartered flights
too. The loss of chartered flights or cooperation from commercial airliners
would leave Britain unable to remove most illegal immigrants and foreign
criminals. But that is what Lammy and these campaign groups want.
Labour has already promised policies that would make the
enforcement of immigration law very difficult. It wants to let asylum
seekers work, which would encourage more bogus applications. It wants to
overturn the laws that prevent people from getting bank accounts and
driving licences, renting houses and finding work while living here
illegally. And they say they will end the "disastrous immigration detention
system" for illegal immigrants.
Identifying and arresting illegal
immigrants is difficult enough with Britain's lightly regulated labour
market, non-contributory welfare system and public services that are free
at the point of use. Detaining and deporting them is harder still with
asylum and human rights laws that give illegal immigrants countless
opportunities to delay their removal. /.../ But the Left's latest campaign
will make it even harder to do what the public expects and enforce the law.
Migrants call 999 for lift as warm weather encourages Channel crossings
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019
The warm weather is prompting a surge in brazen migrants crossing
the Channel, with some so confident that they are calling 999 from their
boats to get a lift to Britain, say police chiefs.
Rodhouse, director general of operations with the National Crime Agency
(NCA), told MPs migrant crossings will be an "enduring challenge" as the
summer brings more warm weather. ...
MPs were told the migrants
were deliberately seeking to get caught by British officials because they
had no fear Britain would return them to France. ...
published last month claimed fewer than half of failed asylum seekers are
removed from the UK. ...
The numbers attempting the crossing fell
from around 250 in December to approximately 90 in January, which Mr
Rodhouse partly attributed to poor weather. However, migrants crossing the
Channel accounted for just 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent of all 35,000 illegal
attempts to enter the UK, he added.
Illegal immigration English Channel
More cross-Channel migrants arrive in UK
BBC, 25 February 2019
Two more small boats containing migrants trying to reach the UK
have been intercepted off the Kent coast.
The Home Office said 15
men were taken by Border Force staff to Dover, where 11 of them, all
identifying as Iranian, were passed to immigration officials.
other four were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into
Their arrival follows the discovery on Sunday of a family
of seven in Kingsdown, on the Kent coast. ...
It takes the number
of migrants attempting to reach the UK via the English Channel in 2019 to
more than 100.
The total number arriving since last November is now
more than 350. ...
Until now, coastguard rescue staff have helped
with blankets, tents and medical assistance when new migrants arrive.
But now the volunteers will intervene only in emergencies.
Illegal immigration boat
Gang that smuggled Vietnamese illegal immigrants into Britain across the Channel in a £2,100 inflatable speedboat not realising the police were watching are found
MailOnline, 23 February 2019
A criminal gang who transported four Vietnamese men into Britain on
an inflatable speedboat have been found guilty of a conspiracy to smuggle
The traffickers had navigated four men across
the English Channel on August 3 when officers on surveillance heard the
sound of a boat engine at sea near Deal in Kent.
The men then
'walked from the sea' and entered a silver Audi when they were stopped by
undercover police who had recorded their trip, St Albans Crown Court heard.
The three smugglers - Thomas Mason, 36, Hoa Thi Nguyen, 49, Chi Tan
Huynh, 41 - had made trial runs in the £2,100 speedboat for several
months as they conspired to bring the migrants to Britain illegally. ...
The three men will be sentenced by Judge Robert Winstanley next
The four passengers - male Vietnamese migrants who
could not speak English - were taken into custody as illegal immigrants.
Nazmi Velia, 32, Egert Kajaci, 35, Erald Gapi, 27, and Wayne
Lee, 46, had already pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy.
Illegal immigration employment, fines
The Home Office Is Still Owed Most Of The Fines It Issued To Employers Using Undocumented Migrants
BuzzFeed, 21 February 2019
At least half and potentially more than two thirds of
fines owed to the Home Office by employers using undocumented workers have
gone unpaid in the last five financial years.
Many of these
employers will have exploited undocumented workers as a way to pay far
below the minimum wage. The introduction of more stringent fines was part
of Theresa May's "hostile environment" strategy when she was home
More than £170 million in illegal working fines
were handed out by the Home Office since March 2012, yet just £55
million has been collected in that time, new data shows. The figures were
given out following a Freedom of Information request by the legal blog Free
The Home Office insists the numbers are not directly
comparable because companies are incentivised to pay early with a 30%
discount. But even in the unlikely event that every civil penalty was paid
early, that would still leave £64 million unaccounted for. ...
David Wood, who was director general of Immigration Enforcement at
the Home Office until 2015, said the uncollected fines showed it was "just
a failed system".
Wood, who worked at the Home Office for nine
years after more than three decades at the Metropolitan Police, said many
of the affected businesses are limited companies that simply change their
name to evade a fine while others just refused to pay.
limited companies that then just change their name quite frankly. A lot is
just people saying they can't pay and the following up and taking to court
doesn't happen because it's seen as not cost effective. So it's just a
failed system really."
Employers who pay the fine within 21 days
can get a discount. Some are reduced on appeal or given payment plans of up
to 36 months, which could account for a small lag in the statistics.
But Wood said he thought non-payment was the biggest factor. "It
doesn't work as a deterrent. Anyone that knows the system knows thy can
evade it because they know they haven't got to pay." ...
collection of employer fines peaked at £16.5m in 2016/17. By last year
this was down to £14.1 million and in the most recent quarter, just
£3.6 million was collected.
Illegal immigration fake passports
How Sri Lankans are getting into UK illegally revealed
Sky News, 16 February 2019
A Sri Lankan community leader has told Sky News the vast majority
of illegal immigrants arriving in Britain from the country are coming on
Ambihai Seevaratnam, who works in human rights and
is chairperson of Croydon temple in south London, says it has become much
more difficult to get visas to come to the UK and that Tamils fleeing Sri
Lanka are turning to agents to buy fake Sri Lankan passports and fake
"I would probably say 80 to 85% of people arriving from Sri
Lanka are coming on fake passports," she said. "The only means is through
fake passports. It's big business and a risky business."
Illegal immigration Ireland, UK
Photos illustrate some of the 900 attempts by migrants to stowaway on Ireland-bound ferry foiled by Spanish police
Owen Conlon and Ann Mooney
Irish Sun, 3
These are the photos which illustrate some of the 900 attempts by
migrants to stowaway on an Ireland-bound ferry which were foiled by Spanish
Cops in the northern port of Santander say they have
intercepted an average of 130 illegal boardings on lorries since the
sea-link to Cork opened last May. ...
The vast majority of those
caught are Albanian authorities in both countries believe the
bi-weekly Brittany Ferries service was specifically targeted by trafficking
gangs seeking a back door to the UK via the North.
There is no
suggestion of any involvement on the part of Brittany Ferries or its staff.
The gangs charge those seeking to use their 'service' a minimum of
3,000 per person.
A source said: "The detection rate on the
Spanish side has resulted in small numbers arriving in Ireland. Since the
service began about 20 illegal immigrants have been found.
main nationality trying to gain entry in this way into Ireland is Albanian
but they only see Ireland as their route into Britain so they don't contact
the immigration authorities here because they want the British to be their
first point of contact when seeking asylum."
Illegal immigration fake documents
Crooks selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to land care jobs working with elderly and vulnerable
The Sun, 1 February 2019
Crooks are providing illegal immigrants with fake passports and
documents to land jobs caring for the vulnerable in a plot exposed by The
The criminals were able to supply our investigators with a
"full package" of bogus documents under a false name including a
Kenyan passport, UK residency permit, National Insurance letter and utility
bills for just £400.
A staff member at Reliable Care
Services, based in Chadwell Heath, East London, acted as a fixer
supplying our investigator with details of cohorts who could provide the
The agency supplies staff to charities and
organisations including Mencap, homeless group St Mungo's, housing body
Metropolitan Thames Valley and The Westminster Society, which supports
those with learning disabilities. The scam means their vulnerable clients
could have been cared for by staff whose criminal backgrounds were
And it could mean workers who arrived in the UK
illegally were able to dodge spot checks by Immigration Enforcement
officers with their bogus paperwork. ...
The Sun's probe into staff
at RCS began six months ago following an anonymous tip-off.
as a migrant without papers, one of our investigators visited the firm
having been promised a staff member would explain how to create a fake ID.
He was introduced to consultant Julius Muturi, 32, who said: "It
costs about £400-500 to get the papers we can use. Once we get the
papers done we can help each other." ...
As well as the passport,
the package included a Jobcentre National Insurance letter and a UK
residency permit, plus BT and Scottish Power bills registered to the
address we provided.
Muturi then got in touch and asked for money
to be transferred to RCS to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check
which would come back clean under the new, fake name.
"James" was then booked in for two days training with RCS before
starting work as a carer, but did not attend.
Our investigator also
spoke to RCS carer Kennedy Njoroge, who admitted working for the company
under false documents.
Illegal immigration visas, fake colleges
Grinning 'bogus college' scam boss poses in bed with £65,000 in cash - all made on the back of illegal immigration
News, 1 February 2019
Posing on a bed full of cash, at least £65,000 worth, it looks
like Muhammad Babar Bashir was celebrating a lottery win as he boasted of
the wealth he had created for himself.
Police also found about
£90,000 in cash hidden in the loft of his co- defendant, Tashina
Nayyar, and a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.
this was not wealth created by an honestly run business - they were making
money on the back of illegal immigration.
Now Bashir is on the run,
a fugitive who failed to show up for his sentencing hearing. Nayyar has
Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton;
and another man, Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, were running 'bogus colleges'.
These fake colleges had nothing that you would expect from a
legitimately run institution.
There were no books, equipment or
teachers giving lessons.
Instead, they were ran as a way of
profiting from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK, who
were otherwise ineligible.
Their 'cash for visas' scam clearly
proved to be lucrative.
It worked by taking over failing further
education colleges, which were previously legitimately run, and using them
as a cash cow. ...
People would hand over cash to the pair in
exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study
(CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa. ...
majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but
used it as a way of securing their immigration status.
The scam saw
£2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further
£856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College, both over a two
In total 955 'students' were granted a CAS letter
through St John College, with 352 at Kinnaird.
Illegal immigration border security
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA
Daily Express, 29 January 2019
Drug lords from Albania are making a mockery of our deportation
system by returning to commit more crime after being booted out. Anyone
deported from the UK is placed on a watchlist and banned from re-entering
However, a Sunday Express investigation found several
cases where deported Albanian criminals, including high-end drug dealers,
have resurfaced in the UK, sometimes within a year of being kicked out and
in other cases multiple times. One serious criminal officials hope will not
return is Albanian Alek Dauti, 31, the ringleader of a people smuggling
network that tried to get hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK. He was
extradited to Belgium on Friday to serve a 10 year jail sentence he
received in his absence in December.
Dauti's gang used corrupt
truck drivers to smuggle men, women and children into the UK, sometimes
using refrigerated lorries.
Last week police in Blackpool said two
Albanian men were facing deportation and another was on the run, after they
raided a cannabis factory in the town.
Illegal immigration border security
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA: Comment
Daily Express, 29 January 2019
The fact that convicted Albanian and other criminals are
re-entering the UK after deportation may not surprise many, but it should
ring alarm bells in the Home Office.
If we can't keep out even
those we have thrown out as baddies, what hope is there for dealing with
illegal immigration generally? This calls attention to the Government's
failures over the monitoring and removal of foreign criminals - of whom
there are 9,000 in UK prisons and thousands more at large.
According to the National Crime Agency many of those who re-enter
the UK, after being deported, do so with false EU identity papers.
With free movement set to end after Brexit, the Government must
ensure border officials are better able to check that suspicious people are
the rightful holders of any passport.
As funding for border
functions has been cut by a quarter since 2012, is it any wonder criminals
are getting in? So, what is to be done?
Having entered the New Year
talking tough about migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies - only a
small proportion of the 70,000 illegal immigrants annually joining over a
million already here - Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip
Hammond could begin by boosting the border control budget.
seven per cent of the public consider illegal immigration a serious
concern. And Mr Javid could start to restore some of the public's lost
faith in our immigration system by getting a grip of the Albanian villains
cocking a snook at our border controls.
Illegal immigration lorries
Channel migrants: Lorries still favoured route, border officers say
BBC, 27 January 2019
The number of migrants entering the UK in lorries is far greater
than those crossing the Channel in dinghies, immigration officers have
Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration
Services Union, said preventing "lorry drops" was still the "day-to-day
grind" for officers. ...
Ms Moreton said: "The numbers coming over
in small boats are only a small proportion compared to the number coming
across in lorries.
"There is a lot of focus on small boats, but the
day-to-day grind is still the lorries."
A BBC investigation has
found that migrants trying to enter the UK by lorry are spreading their
efforts from Calais to ports across Europe.
"We know there are
large numbers massing in other ports," Ms Moreton said.
of so-called "lorry drops" - where migrants get out of an HGV after
arriving in the UK - is not known.
More than 1,800 people were
apprehended after making "clandestine entries" into the country through
south coast ports in 2017/18, according to Home Office figures.
Destination UK: Following illegal migrants for a week, through four European ports
BBC, 26 January 2019
Migrants attempting to enter the UK illegally used to focus their
efforts on the French port of Calais.
But following a crackdown
there, they have spread their efforts out to ferry ports across Europe, as
far afield as northern Spain.
BBC correspondent Colin Campbell
spent a week visiting four different European ports to follow their trail.
Many of the people trying to get to the UK are economic migrants.
But an internal Home Office document seen by the BBC shows asylum
claims have risen.
"Asylum intake for October, November and
December 2018 hit the highest levels since October 2015", said the leaked
Illegal immigration English Channel
3,000 migrants desperate to cross Channel will not be deterred by Border Force patrols, say charities
Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2019
Some 3,000 migrants are in northern France and Belgium "desperate"
to get to the UK and will not be deterred by Britain's Navy and Border
Force patrols, refugee charities have told MPs.
Founder of Care4Calais, told the Home Affairs Select Committee the French
policy of dispersing migrants from Calais had failed to stop thousands
continuing to seek to get to Britain with many saying they would "do
anything" to cross the Channel.
The appalling conditions, with many
sleeping out in the open after persistent police raids on any makeshift
camps, was driving more to Britain rather than deterring them, she said.
She added: "We were told the closure of the camps would stop
people coming to Calais, trying to cross the Channel. It hasn't."
Maddy Allen, field manager of Help Refugees, said the Border Force
patrols and deployment of HMS Mersey were "not acting as a deterrent".
Illegal immigration politics
Dinghies of migrants are small part of 'significant wedge' of illegal migration, says Director of Migration Watch UK
talkRadio, 22 January 2019
Neil Anderson, Executive Director of Migration Watch UK has said
that reports of illegal migrants attempting to cross the Channel in
dinghies are a "small front-end of a significant wedge".
23 migrants were intercepted by the Border Force in the English Channel on
Sunday, bringing the weekend total for arrivals to almost 40.
Anderson told talkRADIO's Mike Graham: "In terms of immigration and illegal
migration, a lot more needs to be done.
"It is very easy to
concentrate on migrants coming over in dinghies and we are hearing about a
few dozen being picked up but this is very simply a very small front-end of
a significant wedge." ...
Mr Anderson added that there had been no
"political will" to invest in resources at the UK border.
thing we can say for certain is that there are serious resource issues with
the border force," he said.
"Basically there has to be the
political will and willingness to invest in the appropriate resources in
order to address this very serious problem."
Illegal immigration boats
16 suspected migrants caught attempting to enter UK on dinghies after crossing Channel
Daily Telegraph, 21 January 2019
Sixteen suspected migrants on three separate vessels have been
picked up by British authorities after crossing the English Channel on
Sunday morning, as fears mount that more people will try to reach the UK
Two of the dinghies made landfall on the Kent coast, at
Kingsdown and Warren, with a total of eight men presenting themselves as
Iranian or Iraqi.
A third boat, carrying eight men was intercepted
by Border Force officials heading towards Dover and was escorted by CPV
Speedwell into the port. ...
But despite this extra effort,
questions have been asked of border officials on both sides of the Channel
as to how these small dinghies continue to cross the sea undetected.
There is a worry that more crossings will be attempted this week as
low winds, calm seas and slightly higher temperatures are expected in the
The MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke said: "The
best way to stop these crossings is for migrants and traffickers to know
they won't succeed in entering the UK.
"That's why there needs to
be round the clock aerial surveillance to ensure the French authorities are
alerted to any small craft leaving the French coast so they can be helped
safely back to France.
"Only yesterday we saw a terrible tragedy in
the Mediterranean. Only by taking a strong stance can we ensure tragedy is
avoided in the English Channel."
The incident in the Mediterranean
saw a boat carrying 120 people, including a baby, a child and a pregnant
woman, sink off the coast of Libya.
Illegal immigration border security
How to deal with immigrant crisis
Daily Express, 12 January 2019
Border Force and Government have been driven to distraction by a
sudden influx of small boats trying to cross from Calais to Kent bearing
entire families of immigrants claiming to be refugees from persecution and
even death. ...
Technically all seekers after sanctuary should
register with the authorities of the first safe eU country where they make
landfall. But they don't. They keep pressing on north-west, through Greece,
Italy or France, with local help and encouragement (thanks, partners) until
they reach a point on the French coast facing their true Mecca us.
Then the repeated attempts to cross that 21-mile strip of water.
Thence the quandary. We have a noble tradition of allowing
sanctuary to real refugees fleeing real persecution from the
Huguenots to the Jews to those of today. But there is such massive and
pandemic persecution in the world that we simply cannot take them all or
even a small fraction of them.
Nor do we know whether they are
lying to us real escapers from terror and death or freeloaders
looking for a cushy billet within our generous system? Are Italy and France
dictatorships? No. So why not register there and then ask to come here?
There is a possible solution.
We establish on French soil with
their cooperation a vetting office, staffed with linguists. It would cost,
but not as much as turning the Channel into a war zone. Those who have
deliberately destroyed their Id papers must be presumed liars. Those lying
about where they really come from are also refused. In our expanding
economy, likely to further expand when we are free of the EU, we need the
educated, talented, willing to work.
If we could check them out in
France, we could allow in the cream of the cream and make plain to the
fraudsters they were never coming here legally and only deportation awaits.
We could also by then have a record of all those turned away. It may sound
harsh but segregation into categories is the only practical way. Those
deliberately avoiding our vetting office would have declared their
Illegal immigration boats
Migrant boats are now landing in northern England in a change of tactic by people smugglers
Metro, 12 January 2019
Migrants making the perilous journey over the seas into the UK are
changing course to avoid capture, it has emerged.
smugglers are sending people in small boats on 200-mile journeys to land in
more sparsely populated areas further up the coast.
reveal there have been at least two incidents of men landing in
Lincolnshire in the last two months in a noticeable change of tactic.
It is thought they are exploiting the fact that Border Force
patrols are so heavily focused on patrolling the English Channel around
Kent that they can slip in unnoticed.
Illegal immigration smuggling
I've smuggled 300 migrants into UK boasts Afghan trafficker who has been booted out of the country TWICE himself
The Sun, 9 January 2019
A people smuggler has boasted to The Sun of getting 300 migrants
across the Channel.
The Afghan fixer named Anam, 28, told our team
that he helps set up speedboat crossings to the UK for £6,000 per
He said in Calais, France: "If police catch you, they never
send you back. It's secure to go, no danger."
The National Crime
Agency is investigating our findings.
Smugglers in Britain are
sneaking migrants across the Channel with payments sent to a backstreet
The scam is being orchestrated by the Afghan "Mr Fix
It" already booted out of the UK twice.
Anam charges would-be
migrants £6,000 for a speedboat crossing and £2,500 to go in a
The Calais-based fixer, who uses a UK mobile
phone to run the illegal operation, claims to have helped 300 migrants get
He boasted to undercover reporters how easy it was to
get from Calais to Folkestone, Kent and they would stay in the UK
even if caught. ...
If the dinghy plan failed he could even
guarantee arrival by lorry claiming he smuggled nine people that way
in the fortnight before Christmas.
Anam said he pays East European
truck drivers £3,000 a migrant. He smirked: "In Romania and Poland
people can work for £800 two months. For £3,000 for each person
they all jumping, dancing for it."
Illegal immigration politics, anti-racism
How immigration makes us all irrational
Washington Examiner, 7 January 2019
Some 300 men they are almost all men, and seem to be mainly
from Iran have tried to reach Britain in small boats since November.
That number is not large when we consider that around 7,500 people claimed
asylum in the UK during the same period. Still, dinghies make good
photographs, and news is slow at this time of year, so British tabloids
were quick to proclaim a "crisis." ...
Immigration makes all sides
irrational. To redeploy Royal Navy vessels to the Channel, as Britain is
now doing at a cost of $25,000 a day, is an absurd over-reaction. If the UK
truly wanted to reduce illegal immigration, it would spend an equivalent
sum of money on ensuring that deportation orders were properly enforced.
Every bit as irrational is the reaction of the virtue-signaling
Left. Most of us agree that a measure of controlled and legal immigration
can benefit a country. Left-wingers are perfectly within their rights to
argue that immigration policy should be guided by compassion rather than
GDP growth that we should, in other words, count poverty and
desperation as qualifications rather than just economic utility. But how,
on those grounds, can you possibly justify a system that allows a handful
of would-be settlers to jump the queue by paying people-smugglers?
If anything, the Channel crossing belongs in a Darwinian
science-fiction novel. Some futuristic dystopian state might seek to
improve its genetic stock by closing its borders, knowing that only the
shrewdest, hardiest and most determined migrants would attempt the sea
journey. How have progressives now come, in effect if not in intention, to
support such a policy? How have they reached the point where they want to
contract out immigration policy to criminal gangs?
The answer, I
suspect, has to do with changes on the Left since the late 1960s in
particular the elevation of anti-racism as the supreme virtue, the card
that trumps feminism, free speech, secularism and everything else. There
are people in Britain, as in the United States, who struggle to see past
the color of the would-be migrants' skins. A few of these people are white
supremacists. Many more are well-meaning liberals who are so determined not
to give succor to racists that they end up backing idiotic policies from a
tribalism of their own. In Britain, this means agitating to admit the boat
people. In the United States, it means arguing that a gang of Hondurans who
pitch up at the border should be allowed to elbow aside those who have
applied properly and legally.
People-smuggling is a huge industry,
and it grows larger every day. Rising aspirations and improved technology
notably smartphones with both a GPS function and the ability to
transfer credit are triggering mass movements of peoples. Wealthy
countries need to work out how to deal with migratory pressures never
before encountered in peace-time.
They need to accept that human
institutions are necessarily imperfect and that, under any conceivable
system, some rogues will get in while some deserving applicants are kept
out. That is not an argument for abandoning all your rules. On the
contrary, it is an argument for enforcing them properly.
Why those few desperate people in dinghies really are a danger to Britain...
Mail on Sunday, 6 January 2019
It is continuity, stability, peace, mutual understanding and
long-accumulated experience that make civilisations. Without them, the most
vital ingredient of human society trust cannot develop or
Nobody can blame the migrants for seeking
better lives elsewhere, but if they all do so, they will destroy the very
thing they are seeking.
There has been nothing like it in modern
times. If we do not check it, it will transform Europe into somewhere else
in two generations.
Britain is far better-placed than other
countries, thanks to the sea which surrounds us. But salt water alone will
not do the job. We have to patrol it and turn back the uninvited. If we do
not, the sea becomes an open door, with every beach a port of entry.
A lot of people are currently mocking the idea that the migrants
making their way across the Channel are an important issue. They say the
numbers are small. They were small, too, when they first began to arrive in
Greece, in Spain, in Sicily and Malta.
Then word spread that those
seas were open. And the numbers quickly stopped being small.
People-smugglers are not fools. They can quickly see and exploit
If I had anything to do with it, I would tow them
all back to free, democratic France on sight and tell the French
(correctly) it was for their benefit too. After all, if they knew they
couldn't get into Britain, most of them wouldn't come to France in the
And the fact they don't want to stay in France proves
they are not refugees, but migrants.
But if that doesn't work,
perhaps we could copy Australia, and pay (say) Greenland to take them in,
unless they agreed to go home, with an absolute guarantee that nobody who
arrived here illegally, or was caught trying to do so, would ever be
allowed to stay here.
Or we can do nothing much, and say goodbye to
Illegal immigration crime
Albanian illegal immigrant who snuck into UK under a lorry was arrested for drug dealing but bailed to roam free... until he was finally caught with an AXE and MEAT CLEAVER six months
MailOnline, 5 January 2019
An illegal immigrant smuggled into Britain under a lorry was
allowed to roam the streets for months even after police arrested him for
suspected drugs offences, a court heard.
Albanian Arsen Spahiu was
arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine and heroin but later released on
bail despite having entered the country illegally.
Spahiu, 25, then
roamed free for six months as he disappeared off police's radar until
officers finally caught up with him when he was discovered with an axe and
a meat cleaver.
A court heard authorities cannot even precisely
pinpoint when the Albanian entered the country, believing he arrived at
some point between 2015 and early 2018. ...
Spahiu, of Southampton,
admitted one charge of having a fake Italian driving licence, two of
possessing a bladed article and one of entering Britain without leave.
Illegal immigration smugglers
Smugglers are using Facebook groups called 'immigration to Britain' to lure migrants illegally into the UK on overcrowded boats for £10,000
And Dora Allday
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019
Smugglers are brazenly using Facebook to offer migrants illegal
routes to the UK for up to £10,000, it emerged yesterday.
traffickers boast how they can help people from Africa and Asia reach
Western Europe without being caught.
The Daily Mail found a range
of illegal activity on Facebook just hours after the tech giant said
it had improved its security measures. ...
Facebook has become a
magnet for migrants who are willing to place their lives in the hands of
organised crime networks to reach the UK.
One of the pages found is
called 'illegal immigration from Libya to Italy' and offers places on
poorly maintained fishing boats to cross the Mediterranean. It features a
picture of a boat packed with migrants.
Another is called
'immigration to Britain' and contains pictures of Big Ben and the Houses of
Parliament. There is a picture of a wad of banknotes under a discussion
about reaching the UK from the Middle East. ...
group appears to be operating from the Iranian capital Tehran. The Facebook
page states: 'We can help people who want to migrate through legal or
illegal means to claim asylum. People who don't have a passport or don't
want to travel on their own passports can be provided with another one.'
It offers a list of countries to which it can take migrants, with a
price alongside each one. The group offers travel to the UK for
Illegal immigration border security
Migrant farce is making Britain look like a soft touch
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is coming under increasing political
pressure to get a grip on the recent surge in migrant boats crossing the
English Channel. ...
Yet, as a former police officer who spent much
of my career in border enforcement, I have to say that I feel a large
degree of sympathy for the Home Secretary.
It would be profoundly
unfair to heap all the blame on him for the present mess. The reality is
that Sajid Javid inherited a toxic legacy when he took over the Home Office
last summer because the Border Force simply does not have the capacity to
do its job properly.
That is glaringly obvious when it comes to our
territorial waters, where the Force has a total of just five cutters to
cover 7,723 miles of coastline, whereas Italy has around 600 patrol boats
to combat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.
is even more stark in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest
shipping routes, where just one cutter has been operating recently
and even that has reportedly been in dock in Ramsgate since Saturday.
It is little wonder that people smugglers and organised crime
networks sense they have little to fear from the grossly overstretched
British agencies. Every new picture of a boatload of migrants being ushered
ashore in Kent reinforces the impression that Britain is a soft touch.
An immigration free-for-all cannot be allowed to develop further,
especially not in the Channel.
For a start, further impotence on
the part of the authorities would dramatically escalate the crisis, making
a humanitarian tragedy inevitable.
Indeed, without a crackdown, the
traffickers would spread their theatre of operations beyond the Kent coast,
using bigger vessels to reach Sussex, Hampshire, East Anglia and even
Lincolnshire. So, robust action is needed.
In practice, that means
beefing up the Border Force through more patrol boats, more staff and more
resources to tackle the organised gangs. ...
But any increase in
the Border Force's capability will achieve nothing without a radical change
At present, the enforcement patrols along with
Royal National Lifeboat Institution vessels which have also been deployed
tend to pick up the migrants from their boats, then bring them back
Far from acting as a kind of deterrent, this approach
is actually an incentive for more illegal migration because the British
appear to be acting as a 'taxi service'.
What needs to happen is
for the British Government to negotiate deals with our European partners
for the rescued migrants to be returned to the Continent instead of being
ferried to our shores. ...
It is too simplistic to argue that our
Navy should act unilaterally to take these migrants straight back to the
Continent. That would be wholly impractical and a major breach of
Britain would not tolerate French military ships
sailing into our southern ports to leave groups of illegal migrants on the
But with more imagination, flexibility, resources and
sheer willpower, along with an international accord, our Government can
overcome the current problem in the Channel before it spirals out of
Illegal immigration border security
Theresa May should have solved this 'migrant crisis' back in 2016
Daily Mail, 1 January 2019
Not that there's anything minor about the current cross-Channel
traffic in illegal immigrants coming ashore on the Kent coast in increasing
numbers. Since the story exploded on a slow news day over Christmas, the
Government has gone into full headless chicken mode. ...
this would be necessary, of course, had the Government not ignored the
problem of illegals crossing the Channel when it first surfaced more than
two-and-a-half years ago.
It's not as if they didn't know it was
happening. Between March and May 2016, there were at least eight recorded
incidents of Border Force officials intercepting attempts to enter Britain
by boat, via beaches in Kent and Sussex. ...
... And still they
kept coming, unhindered, throughout the summer. In September 2016, the
Mail's Sue Reid hired a small inflatable boat in France and sailed across
the Channel to Dover. She passed a French coastguard vessel, a naval patrol
and landed safely without anyone challenging her or asking to see her
Six days earlier, a group of illegal immigrants had
jumped off a private boat near Felixstowe, in Suffolk, and simply vanished.
In November 2016, I returned to the subject, when a man who claimed
to be Iranian, but probably wasn't, was found rowing towards Britain in an
inflatable kayak. ...
... Part of Javid's new emergency plan to
halt the flow is to rely on increased co-operation from the French. Good
luck with that.
One thing we've learned over the years is that our
French 'partners' can't be trusted.
If they were serious about
stopping immigrants heading for Britain, they would turn them back at the
border when they attempted to enter France.
law, migrants allegedly fleeing oppression are supposed to seek asylum in
the first safe country in which they arrive. In this latest case, that
means Serbia. None of them should have any right to settle in Britain.
But the reason this country remains their No 1 destination is the
same as it ever was. We're not just perceived as a soft touch, we are a
In Calais last week, Sue Reid spoke to a 33-year-old
Iranian, who told her: 'My friend reached England from here in a boat and
is now in a three-bedroom flat in Birmingham. He likes it very much.'
I bet he does. What's not to like? There are plenty of people born
and bred in Birmingham who have been on the council waiting list for years
and would just love a three-bedroom flat. Yet an Iranian can jump out of
boat on a beach in Kent, make his way to Brum and move in straight away.
While we roll out the welcome mat, immigrants will continue to make
the dangerous Channel crossing, secure in the knowledge that, once they set
foot in Britain, the chances of them being deported are less than zero. ...
Sajid Javid may be taking the flak right now, but he wasn't Home
Secretary in March 2016, when this problem first came to light.
What he has inherited is merely the culmination of more than
two-and-a-half years of incompetence, indifference and inaction.
who was Home Secretary back then? Let me think . . .
Illegal immigration border security
The crisis will grow if we assist the smugglers
Daily Telegraph, 1 January 2019
[David Wood is a former director general of
immigration enforecement at the Home Office]
The rise in the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK via
the English Channel in small boats and dinghies is a worrying trend. ...
The French authorities have never effectively policed the organised
crime and illegal immigration issues surrounding the Channel crossings.
Migrants seeking access to the UK are inavariably also illegal entrants to
France but little or no action is taken. They do not investigate the
criminals involved, which leads to open advertising for migrant customers
by crime groups in the Calais area.
That is not to say there
haven't been failings on the UK side. ...
Border Force also used to
have mobile border officers who visited small ports and airports; austerity
has seen these resources greatly reduced, too.
the migrants are brought to the UK where practically all will claim asylum.
If the resources are available, a short screening interview takes place and
the migrants are asked to report to an Immigration Centre. That interview
will not necessarily be adequate to detect the risks posed by the migrant
and there is no certainty that the details provided are correct.
While some migrants will follow the asylum process through, others
will just disappear. Moreover, whether successful or not in their
application, they are very unlikely to be deported, and, if Iranian, will
certainly not be as the Iranian government refuses to document their
nationals for returns. All will have destroyed their documentation.
Furthermore, the majority of migrants attempting to cross the
Channel will not be fleeing persecution or war. They will have paid
substantial sums to make the crossing and are more likely to be economic
migrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. ...
Deploying more rescue ships may therefore be counter-productive
unless accompanied by an agreement with the French to return the migrants
Immigration public opinion
Concern about crime and immigration increase, while worry about Brexit remains high
Ipsos MORI, 29 March 2019
As MPs continue to debate the nature of Britain's exit from the
European Union, the March Issues Index shows that public concern about
Brexit remains at historically high levels. Sixty-eight per cent of the
public mention Britain's departure from the EU as a big issue for the
country, close to last month's tally of 71%. ...
While the NHS
continues as the second-biggest worry for Britons, there has been a
significant fall in the proportion mentioning it: 32% this month, a
nine-percentage point decrease from February.
Public concern about
crime has risen substantially this month: 29% of the public say that issues
related to crime are one of the biggest problems for the country, up from
21% in February. This is the highest level of worry about crime since the
riots in England in 2011 (31% in August 2011). There has also been an
increase in concern about immigration, which has risen to 21% from 15% last
Immigration students, employment
Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit
The Guardian, 16 March 2019
International students will be given visa extensions of up to a
year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures
to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.
represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay
for just four months after graduation.
Announcing the strategy, the
Department for Education (DfE) said: "There is no limit on the number of
international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK
continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be
extended to six months for undergraduate and master's students, and a year
for doctoral students."
The announcement said the government would
also consider "how the visa process could be improved for applicants and
supporting student employment", hinting at another possible change in
Alongside the extended visas, the DfE and the Department
for International Trade are to unveil an international education strategy
with a 30% increase in overseas students in UK higher education during the
Immigration public opinion, 18 countries
Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 14 March 2019
Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say
immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research
Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world's migrants.
In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a
strength rather than a burden. Among them are some of the largest migrant
receiving countries in the world: the United States, Germany, the United
Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia (each hosting more than 7 million
immigrants in 2017).
By contrast, majorities in five countries
surveyed Hungary, Greece, South Africa, Russia and Israel see
immigrants as a burden to their countries. ...
opinion on the impact of immigrants is divided in the Netherlands. In Italy
and Poland, more say immigrants are a burden, while substantial shares in
these countries do not lean one way or the other (31% and 20%
Attitudes are mixed on immigrants' willingness
to adopt the destination country's customs or wanting to be distinct from
its society. A median of 49% among countries surveyed say immigrants want
to be distinct from the host country's society, while a median of 45% say
immigrants want to adopt the host country's customs and way of life. ...
In several immigrant destination countries, large majorities say
immigrants are not more to blame for crime than other groups. This is the
case in Canada, the U.S., France and the UK. Among other countries
surveyed, only in South Africa, Sweden and Greece do majorities believe
that immigrants are more to blame for crime than other groups.
the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Germany, opinions are split on the
impact of immigrants on crime. ...
In seven countries, majorities
believe immigrants do not increase the risk of terrorism in the host
country. These include all surveyed countries in North America (Mexico,
Canada and the U.S.), as well as South Africa and Japan. Publics in France
and Spain, two European countries that were not at the center of the 2015
refugee crisis, also hold this view.
By contrast, majorities in
seven European nations Hungary, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Russia,
Germany and the Netherlands believe immigrants increase the risk of
terrorism in their countries.
Views on the topic are divided in the
UK, Australia and Israel. ...
In seven of the 10 EU countries
surveyed, majorities support the deportation of immigrants living in their
country illegally. In 2007, between 1.7 million and 3.2 million
unauthorized, or irregular, migrants were estimated to be living in the 10
EU countries surveyed. ...
Similarly, majorities in Russia, South
Africa, Australia and Japan also support deporting immigrants living in
those countries illegally.
In the U.S., public opinion is divided
on the issue. About half (46%) of the public supports deporting immigrants
residing there illegally, while the other half (47%) opposes their
deportation. The Center estimates 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants
lived in the U.S. in 2016, which represented less than a quarter (23.7%) of
the U.S. immigrant population. ... In Mexico, fewer than half (43%) say
they support the deportation of immigrants living there illegally.
Immigration public opinion
Voters will accept migrants from Canada but not India
The Times, 11 March 2019
Britons are unwilling to accept large increases in immigration in
exchange for trade deals with key nations after Brexit, according to a
Only about a third of people were prepared to accept higher
levels of immigration from countries such as India and South Korea that
have been singled out as offering economic opportunities for Britain. A
majority supported more migration from Canada, Australia and the US but
from nowhere else.
Official figures show net migration from outside
the EU rising to the highest level for 14 years.
Immigration public opinion
Immigration from India is unpopular in UK: study
The Hindu, 7 March 2019
Britons don't want higher levels of immigration from India and many
other non-EU countries even if it comes at the price of not securing a free
trade agreement, new research in the U.K. has found.
levels of immigration from the U.S., Canada and Australia would be
tolerated in exchange for trade arrangements, polling carried out on behalf
of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-Conservative think tank, found. ...
Opinion polling conducted in early January, suggested that just 9%
of the public were willing to accept significantly higher levels of
immigration from India, with just 26% willing to accept slightly higher
levels, according to the research. The same applies to a range of countries
from South Africa, to China to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia,
Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as to the EU and individual member states
such as France, Germany and Italy. ...
While Britain is overhauling
its immigration regime to bring in a system based on the skills set of the
person wanting to come to the U.K. rather than on their origin, it has been
adamant that its fundamental approach has been welcoming of the "brightest
and the best." Last year in evidence to a parliamentary committee,
Britain's foreign office insisted that India accounted for the largest
number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally.
Immigration public opinion
Has Britain really learned to stop worrying and love immigration?
Bobby Duffy and Kully Kaur-Ballagan
New Statesman, 5 March 2019
A new Ipsos MORI survey for the BBC's Crossing Divides season has
shown a remarkable turnaround in attitudes to immigration in Britain.
In 2011, 64 per cent of the British public said that immigration
had a negative effect on the country but by the end of 2018, this
more than halved, to just 26 per cent. ...
The key question is,
Another study by Ipsos MORI suggests it's not that simple.
The survey followed up people who said they'd become more positive about
immigration, asking them why, focusing on the two most likely explanations
whether the change was driven by "reassurance" or "regret".
The first is the idea that people feel they can now say that
immigration has positive aspects, because numbers are coming down, or they
believe numbers will be lower in the future. ...
Regret, on the
other hand, could be driven by a better understanding of what we're losing
from lower immigration: as warnings of skills shortages and economic
impacts increase, and as we think more about what we lose from decreased
diversity, the extent to which the country benefits from immigration
becomes more obvious. ...
So we simply asked people who'd become
more positive which of these types of reasons explained why they'd changed
their views. ...
And /.../ at 39 per cent and 41 per cent, there is
almost perfect balance between the two explanations, with around four in
ten citing each of "regret" or "reassurance" reasons.
As with so
much about immigration attitudes, there is no one clear answer or view, and
therefore no single indication for future policy and political direction.
The very real trends of increased positivity actually give much less of a
clear steer than it first seems.
This interpretation is backed up
by other trends in immigration attitudes that have changed much less. For
example, the majority of people still want to see immigration reduced: 56
per cent would like lower immigration, only slightly down on 62 per cent in
There is, however, one more hopeful lesson from the shift
that talking about immigration is much healthier than ignoring it.
In fact, one of the very few unifying attitudes about immigration in the
early 2000s was we weren't talking about it enough: two-thirds agreed with
this, and very few disagreed. This has reversed since, as immigration has
become a more mainstream topic.
There is a case that Brexit was
partly a result of ignoring immigration concerns, trying to avoid
discussion, rather than either acting to reassure people on control, or
challenge their views with a more compelling story on the benefits. Leaving
a void in political discussion was the worst possible approach.
Immigration public opinion
Crossing Divides: Has the UK changed its mind on immigration?
BBC, 4 March 2019
Almost half the people in the UK believe immigration has been
positive for the country, a poll for the BBC's Crossing Divides season
Just over a quarter of nearly 1,500 people who took the
Ipsos-Mori online survey felt it had a negative impact.
findings are in line with other surveys suggesting Britain has changed from
being generally negative about immigration before the Brexit vote.
In 2011, 64% of Britons told Ipsos-Mori immigration had been bad
for the UK.
The results emerged as part of an international poll of
nearly 20,000 people across 27 countries, between 26 November and 7
December last year.
It was undertaken as part of the BBC's Crossing
Divides season, which is bringing people together across lines of
ethnicity, class, faith, politics and generation.
Prof Rob Ford,
who researches immigration trends at the University of Manchester, said
such positivity surrounding migration into the UK would have been
unimaginable just a few years ago.
He said the reasons behind the
trend remained unclear but that it mirrored what he had seen in other data.
"It's at odds with what we've seen about [sentiment towards]
migration in the past because immigration levels are still very high, so
it's not that the public is seeing more control over numbers," he said.
UK migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU
BBC, 28 February 2019
Net migration to the UK from countries outside the European Union
has hit its highest level for 15 years, the Office for National Statistics
Figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than
left in the year ending September 2018 - the highest since 2004.
contrast, net migration from EU countries has continued to fall to a level
last seen in 2009. ...
And separate figures released by the Home
Office show the number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship hit
an all-time high last year, rising by 23% to about 48,000.
December, the prime minister said the government was sticking to its
longstanding ambition to bring net migration down to the "tens of
In the year to September, a total of 627,000 people
moved to the UK and 345,000 people left the UK - a net migration of
283,000, ONS figures show.
Immigration emigration, culture
Closed mind of the UN's open borders champion
Conservative Woman, 25 February 2019
What news of the UN special rapporteur Tenayi Achiume, who visited
these shores last year (chief tour guide D Lammy MP) to tell us we were all
more racist after Brexit? Ms Achiume is of the opinion that Britain's
xenophobic immigration policy operates from a 'baseline of entitled
Ms Achiume's latest work seems to go even further.
'First World nation states have no right to exclude Third World peoples,
and creating a world that reflects this fact requires a complete
reimagining of national borders and the institutions of political
inclusion,' she writes.
Of course Ms Achiume says nothing about the
consequences of sudden mass migration, notably cultural clashes and rises
in violence. No species on earth can survive a territorial free-for-all.
Ms Achiume plies her regular trade at the University of
California where she is a professor of law as well as picking up 'human
rights' jobs as a UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia. But her
views are dangerous almost beyond measure. Far from being concerned with
human rights, she seems interested only in taking rights away from humans.
The first set of rights to go, of course, are those of populations
that wish to protect the settled communities they live in, along with their
cultural and economic aspirations. ...
Ease of travel and
communication makes migration from the developing world all the more
attractive and possible, thus depriving many countries of the talent they
desperately need for their own economic development. This is not just an
economic issue but a moral one as well.
The next time Ms Achiume
treats us to a lecture, perhaps the following could be put to her: is it
right to cripple developing countries by removing their productive labour
force and talent, in favour of benefiting businesses in the developed world
by reducing their labour costs? Does it matter that, simultaneously, this
places the burden of meeting new arrivals' needs on the poorest in the host
societies who bear the brunt of sharing limited resources of housing,
hospitals, schools and transport?
I suspect this is the last line
of questioning you are likely to hear from the BBC the next time this
global social justice warrior steps our way.
EU citizens 'could travel to UK and stay illegally under no-deal Brexit' using e-gates
David Millward and Edward Malnick
Sunday Telegraph, 17 February 2019
EU citizens could travel to the UK and remain in the country
illegally under a no-deal Brexit because of a decision by ministers to
allow them to continue to use electronic gates at airports, immigration
officers have claimed.
Lucy Moreton, the general secretary, of ISU,
the union representing border staff, said that if the country leaves
without a deal EU citizens will still be able to pass through e-gates,
which keep no formal record of an individual's entry into the country.
She raised concerns that they could then stay beyond the three
month period for which they will be allowed to stay - or falsely claim that
they entered the country years earlier, ...
Immigration civilisation, Hungary, Europe
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
American Conservative, 8 February 2019
A specter is haunting the European Union the specter of
Eastern Europe. ...
... The glossy French center-right weekly Le
Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán
"outlines the shape of another Europe." ...
It might be difficult
to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale.
/.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or
technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring
Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with
his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider
good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly
clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe,
those that richer countries are loathe to hear.
... The government
has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the
solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families
or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and
youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear
message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support
for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of
its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West
is inconceivable. ...
Of course, the other half of the demography
subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still
resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":
The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural
disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently
eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its
true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory
for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights
defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are
hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also
one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to
come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing
for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But
those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of
shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance."
... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus,
wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the
migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were
supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of
nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has
likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North
Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the
west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their
own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists'
aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely
revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies
according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
Immigration exploitation, Africans
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
City Journal, 7 February 2019
The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another were
well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the two
deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that had
helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa France most
importantly among them should be penalized. France, he said, was
still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was hardly
surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent. ...
The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be
migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the
source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor
because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is
poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a
considerable number of development economists Raúl Prebisch,
Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them who
influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time,
usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of
thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will
come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to
them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason:
it has no right to resist.
Immigration family reunions, chain migration
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
The Guardian, 5 February 2019
The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to relax
family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.
immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or
civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents,
parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.
In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee
status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family
MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either
through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration
bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus
This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up
pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes.
Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of
Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
Immigration numbers, GP registrations
How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?
Full Fact, 4 February 2019
A post claiming that according to the Lancet medical journal, 6.5
million migrants have registered with GPs in the last 10 years, has been
shared almost 29,000 times on Facebook.
That's correct looking at
the number of GP registrations in England and Wales where the person's
previous address was probably outside the UK.
But this is not a
very good way of measuring how much the population has grown because of
For most of the period it covers, this measurement
could have double counted some immigrants who registered at one GP, moved
homes within England and Wales, and then registered at another. But NHS
Digital, which collects the figures, doesn't know the extent of that double
counting and the figure doesn't factor in how many of these registrations
will be from people who only stayed for a short period.
doesn't come from the Lancet, it comes from data collected by NHS Digital
and published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
were 6.5 million GP registrations between 2007 and 2017 in England and
Wales, where the person's previous address was recorded as being outside of
the UK and it was the first time they were registering for a GP here.
But those records don't always accurately show whether someone's
previous address was outside the UK.
The records of these GP
registrations have something called a "flag 4" attached. ...
Digital told us that until March 2016, "it was possible for a patient to be
registered in one area as flag 4 then move to another area and be
registered again as a flag 4", so migrants who moved around may have been
NHS Digital also told us that until 2016 if a UK
citizen had left the UK for more than three months then came back and
registered with a new GP in England and Wales, they would also be counted
as a flag 4.
The ONS says: "A person may register with a GP if they
are staying in the UK for at least three months and so flag 4s may include
some short-term migrants, which are not included in the population
estimates." Short-term migration is defined as between a three and 12 month
stay for work or study.
Because of that, this measure is not a very
good way of finding out how much the population has grown because of
Looking at long-term migration, if you add up the
difference between the estimated number of non-British people who arrived
in or left the UK in the ten years ending June 2018, it's about three
million. Although because of issues with the data up to 2011, that figure
is likely to be an underestimate.
This is a completely different
measure to GP registrations, and looks at a larger area (the UK, rather
than England and Wales) and a slightly different time period (the ten years
up to June 2018 rather than the ten years up to 2017), than the GP
registrations figure did. ...
A different measure also makes the
6.5 million figure look too steep. Looking at the UK population by
nationality, the number of non-British residents has grown by an estimated
2.2 million between 2007 and 2017. This figure comes from a survey of UK
households, and there's also reason to think this may be a slight
Immigration public opinion, Israel
Most Israelis don't want non-Jewish migrants, even if they are highly skilled
Times of Israel, 23 January 2019
The majority of Israelis don't support non-Jewish immigration to
the country, even when the immigrants are highly trained or have advanced
degrees, according to a new Pew Research Center report released on Tuesday.
The Pew poll found that 51 percent of Israelis oppose high-skilled
immigration of foreigners moving to the country with a bachelor's degree or
higher. The Pew poll focused on immigration of those not entitled to
Israeli citizenship under the law of return, which applies to anybody with
at least one Jewish grandparent.
Out of the 12 economically
advanced countries surveyed, only Israel and Italy had the majority of the
population oppose high-skilled immigration.
In contrast, most of
the other countries surveyed supported high-skilled immigration. In the US,
78% of the public supports high-skilled immigration. In the United Kingdom,
85% of the population support high-skilled immigration.
three out of four adults in Sweden, Canada, Germany, and Australia also
support high-skilled immigration, the Pew poll found.
people who would like to see overall immigration reduced, half or more of
the respondents in all the countries support high-skilled immigration,
except for the Netherlands, Israel, and Italy.
Immigration public opinion
Most Brits think immigration is good for the UK
Yahoo News, 20 January 2019
New figures suggest the majority of Brits think new immigrants are
good for the UK and co-operation between nations is extremely important
but most of Europe doesn't agree.
In a global opinion poll
of over 10,000 people published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of
Davos 2019, a large majority of people from all over the world rejected the
notion that national improvement is a zero-sum game, and said that
immigrants benefit their adopted country.
Notably, against a global
average of 57%, 60% of UK respondents said they believe new immigrants are
mostly good for their nation even though anti-immigrant was a
"major" factor in the Brexit vote, according to a the 2017 British Social
Attitudes (BSA) survey by social research institute NatCen.
whole, only 46% of those living in Western Europe and 40% of those living
in Eastern Europe responded in this way making Europe the only
continent where people view immigrants as "mostly bad." ...
asked how important it is that countries work together towards a common
goal, a global majority of three-quarters (76%) said they believed it was
either extremely important or very important.
viewpoints differ. People from South Asia and sub-Saharan African felt most
strongly that co-operation between nations was important, with 88% sharing
that view. At the other end of the scale, 70% of North Americans and 61% of
Western Europeans agreed.
These findings mark a stark contrast to
the negative coverage of immigration that has often topped the news agenda
across Europe, North America and elsewhere, the WEF noted. ...
research was commissioned for the WEF's annual meeting in Davos,
Switzerland, on 22 to 25 January.
Immigration case for open borders, USA
There's Nothing Wrong With Open Borders
New York Times, 16 January 2019
I'm talking about opening up America's borders to everyone who
wants to move here.
Imagine not just opposing President Trump's
wall but also opposing the nation's cruel and expensive immigration and
border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our
stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace.
Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you'd be free to
live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from
Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to
There's a witheringly obvious moral, economic, strategic and
cultural case for open borders, and we have a political opportunity to push
it. As Democrats jockey for the presidency, there's room for a brave
politician to oppose President Trump's racist immigration rhetoric not just
by fighting his wall and calling for the abolishment of I.C.E. but also by
making a proactive and affirmative case for the vast expansion of
... My family came to the United States from our
native South Africa in the late 1980s. After jumping through lots of
expensive and confusing legal hoops, we became citizens in 2000. ...
But why had I deserved that chance, while so many others back home
because their parents lacked certain skills, money or luck
were denied it?
When you see the immigration system up close,
you're confronted with its bottomless unfairness. The system assumes that
people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than
those inside. My native-born American friends did not seem to me to warrant
any more dignity than my South African ones; according to this nation's
founding documents, we were all created equal. Yet by mere accident of
geography, some were given freedom, and others were denied it.
"When you start to think about it, a system of closed borders
begins to feel very much like a system of feudal privilege," said Reece
Jones, a professor of geography at the University of Hawaii who argues that
Democrats should take up the mantle of open borders. "It's the same idea
that there's some sort of hereditary rights to privilege based on where you
I admit the politics here are perilous. ...
People worry that immigrants will bring crime, even though stats
show immigrants are no more dangerous than natives. People worry they'll
take jobs away from native workers, even though most studies suggests that
immigration is a profound benefit to the economy, and there's little
evidence it hurts native workers. And if we worry that they'll hoover up
welfare benefits, we can impose residency requirements for them.
But these are all defensive arguments, and when you're on defense,
you're losing. For opponents of the president's xenophobic policies, a
better plan is to make the affirmative case for a lot more immigrants.
Economically and strategically, open borders isn't just a good plan
it's the only chance we've got. America is an aging nation with a
stagnant population. We have ample land to house lots more people, but we
are increasingly short of workers.
Immigration economic and social costs
We MUST control immigration and its costs both economic and social
Iain Duncan Smith and Neil MacKinnon
Sunday Express, 13 January 2019
For many, a key plank of the support for Brexit at the referendum
was the impact of uncontrolled immigration into the UK.
worried about the resulting negative impact on their access to public
services provision in terms of housing, GP appointments, educational
provision, social care and effects on jobs availability. It has long been
an article of faith for supporters of free movement that all migration
increases economic well being. However, studies apparently supporting this
view have conflated the economic effects of skilled, better-educated and
more highly-paid migrants with that of unskilled migrants.
spends about £4 billion a year providing housing and other social
benefits to EU migrants.
Economists for Free Trade (EFT) research
has shown that it is uncontrolled, unskilled migration that imposes costs
on the UK's public purse, as well as on local communities.
research estimates that the cost in supporting EU unskilled migrants is
about £3500 per year per adult migrant.
In effect, the
taxpayer provides a wage subsidy of about 20 per cent to the average
unskilled EU migrant.
There is no dispute about the positive impact
of skilled labour in contributing to the UK economy.
these effects increase in areas of dense migrant population.
communities hosting large EU and non-EU immigrant populations face higher
costs without compensation, as well as declining housing, health and
For example, EFT research found that in a
region like Leicester, which has the densest immigrant population in the
UK, the burden of unskilled immigrants per head in the local community
costs £287 annually, or about £6 per working week.
equates to around 1 per cent of average UK household disposable income per
In addition, there is evidence of differential impacts across
different UK-born groups with more negative effects for those with lower
levels of education.
Similar effects are found on the earnings of
UK lower-skilled workers.
A 1 percentage point increase in the
EU-born working age population ratio can reduce UK-born wages for the
lower-skilled by up to 0.8 per cent.
Thus, uncontrolled immigration
is a key economic issue, never mind a political one.
important aspect of the economic issue is that UK industry now has one of
the poorest records for investment in training, technological innovation
Such has been the effect of uncontrolled migration
in the UK that Centre for Social Justice research shows that only 15 per
cent of those who start work in entry level jobs will progress past that
level in their working lives.
Similar effects exist even amongst
skilled jobs. ...
The UK has the highest percentage of
foreign-trained doctors of any European country about three-times
that of France, Germany, or Spain.
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 1]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
Renaud Camus, writer and president of the National Council of
Resistance, is known for popularizing the notion of the 'Great
Replacement', a call to fight the civilization and cultural change that,
according to this author, is already in process in Western societies. We
talked with Camus to know in greater detail his positions on this
You are known for making popular the notion of the
'Great Replacement', what does this notion mean concretely? It is a
negative idea and how did you arrive at it? Also, what encourages you to
maintain this struggle and not fall into pessimism?
It is a
very negative idea indeed. Great Replacement, the change of people, which
implies the change of civilisation, is the crime against humanity par
excellence (if one dares say...) of the XXIst century. In the words of
the communist Carribean poet Aimé Césaire, mayor of
Fort-de-France, in Martinique, it is a genocide by substitution.
Césaire was of course speaking of something else, the replacement of
Carribbeans in Martinique by people from France, French civil servants
mostly. But his strong phrase applies even more to the replacement of
Europeans by Africans in Europe.
Pessimism would be logical, of
course. Ethnic substitution is already very advanced, and we are fighting
against very strong adversaries, not only the colonisers but people who
want and organise the colonisation, and control the media, the schools and
the tribunals, that is: people's minds. However the very horror of what is
happening is a very strong enticement not to give up. No people can accept
that: its own obliteration.
What are the factors or causes that
make this 'Great Replacement' possible? Is it a phenomenon that occurs only
in France, western countries or the whole globe?
replacement of population occurs mostly in Western countries, Europe and
North America, even though there are immigrants' moves all over the world.
To-day Replacism is one of the two giant totalitarianisms
competing for the mastery of the world the other one being of course
Islamism. Those two are rivals but there is between them, for the time
being, a kind of monstruous temporary alliance, a sort of long
German-Soviet pact, like the short-lived non-agression pact between Hitler
and Stalin in 1939. Replacism and Islamism both think they can use the
other to their own interests, and indeed they do, even though on both sides
there are adversaries to the pact. ... ...
The tragedy in Western
Europe is not the influx of citizens from the former Soviet Bloc. It is the
permanent pouring out on one continent of the population of another, namely
Africa, be it Muslim North Africa or Black Africa.
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 2]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
I understand that a solution you propose to solve this dilemma
is the reemigration or change of migratory flows, exactly how would this
work and wouldn't this procedure be a burden for the native taxpayers?
There is no other solution to the invasion, colonisation
and foreign occupation of Europe that the reversal of invasion,
decolonisation, the departure of the occupying forces. No colonisation has
ever ended without the departure of the coloniser. And what we are
experiencing in Europe, whatever denials notwithstanding, is very much
colonisation. Europe is infinitely more colonised by Africa that it ever
colonised it itself. And the colonisation of Europe by Africa is much more
serious and profound that the former colonisation of Africa by Europe
because it is demographic: it implies massive transfers of population,
which the former colonisation did not. There is no other issue that
Remigration. And even if it cost a fortune to the native taxpayers it would
have to be done because it is a matter of life and death for the very
existence of the nation as a nation, of the civilisation as civilisation,
already half destroyed. But it would not cost a fortune. /.../
Occident [the West] is the first civilisation in the history of
humanity which is paying a fortune to engineer and realise its own
conquest, its own subjection and destruction. Moreover, saving the taxpayer
money would be the biggest inducement to remigration. If the replacers were
not given a lot of money to make children in Europe, were not paid just to
be there, not offered a lot of legal, judiciary and financiary privileges
which are denied to the replacees, the indigenes of Europe, they would not
come in the first place and they would not stay. Cutting the money supply
would be enough to start remigration.
When referring to the
'Great Replacement', would not we be talking about a demographic change?
/.../ Or should we fight this trend even if it could be unavoidable?
Of course there have been demographic changes throughout history.
But great civilisations have flourished when Man or a people have decided
to oppose and interrupt, at least for a time, the cycle of violence,
conquest, ethnic substitution, replacement. The population of France has
been remarkably stable between 600 A.D. and 1900, or even 1970. ...
How you differ from Marine Le Pen or more radical groups with
anti-immigration or even racist positions?
Marine Le Pen and
other right wing leaders or political parties say they are opposed to the
continuation of immigration, or that they want to control it better. That
does not make any sense at all. There is no point in saying that an
invasion must stop when it has already taken place. /.../ When Algeria
became independent from France in 1962, it immediately decided it would not
be real independence if ten per cent of the population was alien to its
culture, language, religion. The French colonisers had to leave, often
after five or six generations. I certainly do not advocate the horrible
brutality of the process (it was realised in a few weeks, not without never
mentioned massacres), but I agree with the necessity. We have to get out
once and for all of the colonialist period of the history of humanity.
Iran's boat people and why they're coming to Britain
The Spectator, 3 January 2019
When the migrant crisis started, about three years ago, it was seen
as a mainly Syrian affair. /.../ But as we now know, that analysis was
wrong. Or rather, it was only one facet of the historical migration
phenomenon that was unfolding then and still is today.
reporter, I hit the migrant trail, following the new arrivals by foot, bus,
train and ferry through the Greek islands and the Balkans. I heard many
languages besides Arabic, among them Pashto, Urdu, Bengali and even French
(spoken by a Congolese family I encountered at the Serbian-Hungarian
border). But the language that really made my ears perk up was my own:
Persian, including the Dari variant of Afghanistan as well as the urban
dialect spoken by my own kin, the Tehrani middle class.
now confronting the hitherto invisible reality of Iranian migration. /.../
At first glance, this might seem odd. Iran is not afflicted by a war,
famine or other humanitarian disaster. ...
For three years now,
Iranians have topped the league tables of nationalities seeking asylum in
the UK with more than 4,000 applications lodged in 2016 and nearly 2,600
the following year, according to Home Office statistics. Only a tiny
minority attempt to cross illegally into England aboard unseaworthy
vessels, but this is happening far more frequently. Why?
been miserable ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from his Parisian
exile to usher in his total Shiite state. It's a suffocating place, with
Islamic conformity enforced on pain of flogging, jail and death, and a
lousy, mismanaged economy made worse by US sanctions. For all its ancient
civilisational glories, Iran is also a cruel, spiritually deracinated land.
I increasingly struggle to decide where the blame lies: with the present
regime or some deeper ailment in the national soul.
It's why my own
family has largely left. /.../ But all this has been going on for four
decades. It doesn't explain the latest wave, its size and timing. The
answer lies elsewhere.
To wit: modern human-smuggling networks have
perfected the business of transporting people from point A to point B,
across national frontiers, for the right price. Information technologies,
not least cheap smartphones with astonishing GPS capabilities, make it
possible to blaze ever-new trails. /.../ Entire Persian-language Facebook
groups are devoted to helping Iranian (and Afghan) 'travellers' the
term migrants use to refer to themselves cross into Europe. ...
Unlike the Afghans, Iranians can't claim to be fleeing war and the
Taliban. So they either pretend to be Afghan (not difficult) or they cite
persecution on account of being Christian converts. (Liverpool Cathedral
has reported converting Iranians at the rate of one a week.) There are many
sincere Iranian converts who risk their lives to follow the Nazarene; but
there are also some like the young man I met on Lesbos who asked me if it
would be better for his asylum case if he were a Christian, a homosexual
'or maybe both'. I told him to pick one or the other.
A few years
ago, these trafficking options were not open, even to those who had the
money. But the past few years have seen people-trafficking become a vast
global industry, reaching from Tehran to Calais and now Kent.
why do the Iranians come? The answer is simple: because they can.
Immigration abroad asylum, illegal immigration, USA
US struggling with growing number of asylum seekers
MailOnline / Associated Press, 31 March 2019
Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of
asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major
expansion of a top government effort to address the swelling number of
Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official
It was the latest attempt to ease a straining
immigration system that officials say is at the breaking point. Hundreds of
officers who usually screen cargo and vehicles at ports of entry were
reassigned to help manage migrants. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen
Nielsen asked for volunteers from non-immigration agencies within her
department, sent a letter to Congress late this past week requesting
resources and broader authority to deport families faster, and she met with
Central American and Mexican officials. ...
Right now, about 60
asylum seekers a day are returned to Mexico at the San Ysidro, Calexico and
El Paso ports to wait out their cases, the official said. They are allowed
to return to the U.S. for court dates. The plan was announced Jan. 29,
partially to deter false claimants from coming across the border. With a
backlog of more than 700,000 immigration cases, asylum seekers can wait
years for their cases to progress, and officials say some people game the
system in order to live in the U.S.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
US-Mexico border official says migrant crisis 'at breaking point'
BBC, 28 March 2019
The US-Mexico border has reached "breaking point", US officials
say, amid an "unprecedented" surge in migrant numbers.
Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said it is "a matter
of time" before tragedy strikes at one of their facilities.
Paso, Texas, officials have over 13,000 migrants in custody this week, he
Most of the migrants entering the US are families or
"On Monday and Tuesday, CBP started the day
with over 12,000 migrants in our custody," Mr McAleenan said at a news
conference on Wednesday.
"As of this morning, that number was
13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000. 13,000 is
During previous immigration surges, many of those
seeking entry were single adults, the commissioner said.
because these are family units and children, they cannot be easily
repatriated and instead, are "almost guaranteed to be released to remain in
the US indefinitely".
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still do not have the
capacity to detain families and children, officials said.
McAleenan said his agency expects 40,000 children to enter CBP custody in
March after entering the US unaccompanied, "in the hands of violent and
callous smugglers". ...
The agency has now redirected 750 agents
from their roles at ports of entry to instead support the "humanitarian
"We have in some sectors an average of 40% of our Border
Patrol agents all fully engaged in just the care, transport, and processing
of migrants." ...
Mr McAleenan has also asked for immediate
legislative action from Congress so the agency can detain families
together. as well as for the government to fix issues in the legal process
for asylum seekers.
He noted that it often takes two to five years
for asylum seekers to see a judge, and only around 10 to 15% of migrants
actually have a legitimate claim.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, France
Furious Paris Mayor attacks Emmanuel Macron for worsening of 'alarming' migrant crisis
Daily Express, 28 March 2019
Paris's left-wing mayor, Anne Hidalgo, sound the alarm bell over
the worsening migrant problem in the French capital on Wednesday.
... "I do not understand why the government is allowing indignity
and chaos to prosper on the capital's doorstep," Mrs Hidalgo said in a
statement, in which she also called for an "emergency plan" to rehouse the
thousands of people sleeping rough on Paris' streets. "The migrant crisis
in north-eastern Paris is becoming more and more alarming," she warned,
before expressing her "cold anger" at the government's inaction.
"Between 700 and 1,200 migrants are sleeping rough on the streets
in makeshift camps, under bridges, on ring road embankments ...
where they are forced to live in inhumane conditions," Mrs Hidalgo added.
Stressing "hundreds" of new migrants were arriving in Paris each
day, she warned the migrant camps would inevitably grow in size and the
health situation would "irrecoverably continue to deteriorate" if the
government continued to turn a blind eye to the problem.
people, Mrs Hidalgo insisted, are "waiting" for the Macron's government's
France has repeatedly cleared migrant camps in Paris and
along its northern coast, but most are quickly rebuilt. The Porte de la
Chapelle camp, for example, was cleared by police as recently as January.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, deportation, USA
92 percent of illegal immigrant families ignore deportations, Lindsey Graham says
Washington Times, 28 March 2019
Nearly every illegal immigrant family slated for deportation over
the last six months has ignored those orders, according to the chairman of
the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A staggering 92 percent of family
members failed to appear at their deportation hearings in the months since
September, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.
said he obtained those numbers from Ron Vitiello, acting director of U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The revelation came a day
after Kevin McAleenan, head of Customs and Border Protection, said the
border had reached a "breaking point," with more than 100,000 illegal
immigrants projected to be nabbed this month alone.
He said things
are so bad that the Border Patrol has had to reinstitute catch-and-release
of illegal immigrants newly nabbed at the border.
Those who aren't
held usually disappear into the shadows, and Mr. Graham's new numbers show
they rarely turn up for their eventual court cases and deportations.
Immigration abroad USA
Return of 'catch-and-release': A 50% year-on-year surge of migrants at the Southern U.S. border is stretching the limits of ICE and immigration courts, data
Daily Mail, 27 March 2019
The number of immigrants trying to enter the U.S. legally
and illegally at the Southern border is still rising dramatically
despite efforts by the Trump administration to stem the flow, according to
Department of Homeland Security data.
Officials track the number of
immigrants arrested between border points, as well as how many are legally
seeking asylum at official ports of entry. Those combined numbers swelled
to 76,103 in February a 30 percent increase compared to the 58,295
seeking to cross just a month prior, data shows.
The flow of
immigrants also represents a 50 percent increase compared to the 50,437 who
crossed the border during the same month last year. ...
influx of people is putting the government in a 'difficult position,' said
Leon Fresco, an immigration attorney who worked in the Obama administration
and is now a member of a Homeland Security advisory committee formed by DHS
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. ...
'There's so many people, they're
literally just being apprehended, checked for terrorism and the watch list
and released into the interior,' he added. 'Then there's about a 5-6 year
backlog in the immigration courts.'
Trump has pledged to end such a
'catch-and-release' policy, but has so far been stymied by the sheer volume
of migrants flowing across the border.
Leon said that migration
patterns will likely self-perpetuate, with news that U.S. facilities and
officials are overwhelmed only expected to attract more Central American
migrants to cross the border.
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, asylum, Germany
Germany risks having two parallel societies if it does not demand integration from migrants, expert warns
MailOnline, 25 March 2019
Germany will become two 'parallel societies' if it does not demand
integration from migrants, an expert has warned.
Opaschowski said Germany had 'become a country of immigration overnight'
and said the refugee issue was likely to occupy German society for the next
Mr Opaschowski, who describes himself as a 'futurologist'
and political consultant, said the refugees and migrants who have arrived
in Germany in recent years were likely to remain there.
Bild, he said the German government had to do 'everything possible' to
He said he did not regard immigration as a bad
thing in itself but called for more 'honesty' from political leaders.
The number of asylum applications, at more than 150,000 a year, was
'as many as a whole city,' the professor said.
He wrote: 'Germany
has become a country of immigrants in the middle of Europe overnight.
Immigration will change Germany - but it's not yet clear how.
if the state doesn't do everything possible to integrate migrants and
demand integration from them, the project will fail.
'There is a
danger that two parallel societies will come about.' ...
also emerged that only 35 per cent of migrants arriving in Germany are
eligible for asylum.
Hans-Eckhard Sommer, the head of the
government office for migrants and refugees, said 'too many people come
without a valid asylum reason'.
Almost two-thirds of the 162,000
applications processed last year were accepted, he said.
Immigration abroad European Union
No surprise as EU declares UN Migration Compact legally binding
Free West Media, 22 March 2019
Brussels is planning to incorporate the controversial UN Migration
Compact into the EU's legal framework "through the back door" both Austria
and Hungary have warned. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been insisting
that the document is non-binding.
Austrian Foreign Minister Karin
Kneissl voiced her government's opposition to a report by the European
Commission's Legal Service declaring that the UN Compact ought to be
legally binding for every EU member state including those which withdrew
from the agreement.
The Compact describes mass migration as
"inevitable, necessary and desirable". Merkel's government has in fact been
the main architect of the Compact. ...
Thus, given these repeated
assurances from Merkel, Kneissl said she was "astonished" to learn that the
new document showing the Commission had apparently reversed its previous
stance that the Compact was non-binding. ...
Austria has rejected
the Legal Service's conclusions on the basis that "UN General Assembly
resolutions are not legally binding and you can not declare parts of them
Hahn dismissed Kneissl's concern as a "storm in a
teacup", according to the Kronen Zeitung, He said that the position
of the European Commission remained that the so-called UN Global Compact
for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was not legally binding. ...
On Monday, Kneissl's Hungarian counterpart, Péter
Szijjártó, described the Commission report as "tangible
proof" that the EU was planning to make the UN compact mandatory.
At a press conference in Brussels he explained that the Legal
Service had formulated "lengthy and devious" legal grounds for making the
agreement legally binding.
Immigration abroad USA
Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts
Kim Parker, Rich Morin and Juliana Menasce Horowitz
Pew Research Center, 21 March
When Americans peer 30 years into the future, they see a country in
decline economically, politically and on the world stage. While a narrow
majority of the public (56%) say they are at least somewhat optimistic
about America's future, hope gives way to doubt when the focus turns to
specific issues. ...
The public also has a somewhat more positive
view or at least a more benign one of some current
demographic trends that will shape the country's future. The U.S. Census
Bureau predicts that, by 2050, blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other
minorities will constitute a majority of the population. About four-in-ten
Americans (42%) say this shift will be neither good nor bad for the country
while 35% believe a majority-minority population will be a good thing, and
23% say it will be bad.
These views differ significantly by race
and ethnicity. Whites are about twice as likely as blacks or Hispanics to
view this change negatively (28% of whites vs. 13% of blacks and 12% of
Hispanics). And, when asked about the consequences of an increasingly
diverse America, nearly half of whites (46%) but only a quarter of
Hispanics and 18% of blacks say a majority-minority country would weaken
American customs and values. ...
Overall, 56% of all adults say
they are either very optimistic (12%) or somewhat optimistic (44%) about
the U.S. in 2050. But more than four-in-ten (44%) see the country's future
more darkly, including 13% who say they are very pessimistic and 31% who
are somewhat pessimistic about America in 30 years.
Hispanic adults are among the most optimistic about the country's future.
Seven-in-ten blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics feel hopeful about
America's future. In contrast, about half of all whites (51%) are as
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, Australia
Multicultural programs get $71m investment
MailOnline / Australian Associated Press, 20 March 2019
The federal government is putting $71 million towards ensuring
multiculturalism blossoms across Australia.
David Coleman announced the scheme on Wednesday as part of the government's
The money will go towards various programs to
"promote, encourage, celebrate multicultural Australia", the minister said.
Immigration abroad immigrant costs, Finland
A single Somali migrant costs the Finnish State almost 1 million euros during their lifetime
Voice of Europe, 20 March 2019
A pioneering survey by the think tank Suomen Perusta linked to the
Finns party has estimated lifetime costs associated with Iraqi and Somali
migrants, who constitute the largest groups of so-called "humanitarian
immigration" to Finland, Sputnik News reports.
government-generated statistics, Suomen Perusta calculated that an average
Iraqi migrant moving to Finland between the ages of 20 to 24 is expected to
cost Finland 690,000 ($783,000).
A Somali migrant of the same
age was estimated to be even more expensive, burdening the Finnish state
with 951,000 ($1.08 million).
If child-related issues are
included, the costs rise to 844,000 ($957,000) and 1,343,000
($1.5 million) respectively. For the sake of comparison, the reference mean
value for native-born Finns was set at 0 Euros.
second-generation of migrants who have grown up in Finland were found to
have a rate of social and economic exclusion and income support 6-8 times
higher than native-born Finnish young adults, despite having received basic
education in Finland.
A total of 49 and 50 percent of 22-year-old
Iraqi and Somali migrants were income support recipients, as opposed to
only 11 percent of their Finnish peers, the report found. ...
According to Finland's Migration Board (Migri), almost 5,000 Iraqi
and just under 3,000 Somali asylum seekers received a positive decision
last year alone.
If Suomen Perusta's calculation is true, they will
set Finland back 3.5 billion ($3.9 billion) and 2.9 billion
($3.3) respectively, the newspaper Iltalehti reported.
Immigration abroad asylum, illegal immigration, Canada
Canada cracks down on asylum seekers crossing U.S.-Canadian border
Reuters, 19 March 2019
Canada said on Tuesday it planned to spend an additional C$1.2
billion (£678.9 million) over five years to stem the flow of irregular
migrants from the United States, which has become a political threat to the
Liberal government ahead of an October election.
Some 57,000 asylum
seekers from Nigeria, El Salvador, Honduras and other nations crossed the
U.S. border into Canada last year, in some cases citing a fear of
persecution by the government of U.S. Donald Trump.
allowed to stay until their cases have been heard. Given Canada's clogged
judicial system, that could take years.
Canada began prioritising
the deportation of asylum seekers who walked across the border last year,
in a bid to tackle the politically sensitive issue. ...
in the populous provinces of Ontario and Quebec, which have spent hundreds
of millions of dollars taking care of the newcomers. Critics complain that
Ottawa is not doing enough to deter the migrants and Liberals concede the
issue is hitting the party's popularity.
According to the budget,
the government will start spending the C$1.2 billion in the 2019-20 fiscal
year to strengthen the border and speed up the asylum process.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Why aren't we deporting illegal aliens who already have deportation orders?
Conservative Review, 19 March 2019
We are told by the legal profession that nothing can be done to
block bogus asylum-seekers from entering our country en masse, obtaining
catch-and-release, and remaining here pending the outcome of a court
decision that may be years in coming. But why is the DHS not at least
deporting those who already went through this tedious process and have been
ordered to be deported? Doing so would not only help eliminate public
charge and potential gang members and drug runners for MS-13, it would
deter the current and future wave waiting at the "conveyor belt" through
Mexico from making the trip north.
According to new data obtained
by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) via a FOIA request, there
are 644,488 illegal aliens remaining in our country who have already been
served final deportation orders. And those are just from the top four
countries of origin El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
/.../ The total number of illegal aliens who remain in the country despite
final deportation orders is 1,009,550.
In addition, there are
roughly 1.1 million others from those four counties who have "pending final
orders" and are close to receiving deportation orders. Those with pending
final orders are usually individuals who have already been ordered deported
by immigration judges but are appealing their case to the Bureau of
Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the DOJ's administrative
That is a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens
from Mexico and Central America with final or near-final orders of
deportation. Those numbers are as of June 2018, right before the largest
surge in Central Americans began over that summer and intensified in the
fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The total number of those ordered deported
or with pending deportation orders for nationals of all countries of origin
is 2.55 million. ...
If we prioritized both DOJ adjudicative
resources and ICE deportation resources for these people more than for
anyone else, it would immediately send the signal back to the next wave in
Central America that we actually enforce our laws, according to Thomas
Homan, former ICE associate director in the Obama administration. "ICE
should do a nationwide operation to locate, arrest, and remove those who
have entered the U.S. illegally, including family units, who have had their
due process, lost their cases, and have been ordered removed by a judge,
said Homan in a statement to CR. "If a final order issued by a federal
judge doesn't mean anything and it isn't executed, then there is no
integrity in the entire system."
Of course, in general, it makes
sense for ICE to prioritize the deportation of the two million known
criminal aliens. But it is well worthwhile to divert resources for a few
months to deport those who are fueling the current boundless migration. ...
How is it that, in 1954, President Eisenhower directly and
indirectly removed over one million illegal aliens in just a few months
without any lawfare, yet we don't have the resources to remove the million
with final deportation orders or the two million known criminal aliens, and
certainly not both? Where there is a will, there is a way.
Immigration abroad terrorism, Nigeria
Nigerian Muslim Militants Kill 120 Christians in Three Weeks
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 16 March 2019
The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with
this week's slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the
Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.
jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the
Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi,
Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday,
destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.
The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of
which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the
third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault
included women and children.
Monday's incident followed an attack
the day before in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru, where 17 Christians
were killed and dozens of homes were burned.
In the first week of
March, Muslim extremists massacred more than 30 Christians in Karamar
village, setting fire to several houses and a church. The terrorists
reportedly shot at families trying to escape the fire, killing 32. ...
In late February, militants attacked the Maro village, killing 38
Christians and torching homes as well as a Christian church.
Christian Post reported that Fulani militants killed thousands of
Christians in 2018 alone in what many are calling a Christian genocide in
Nigeria's Middle Belt.
Immigration abroad Syrians, Netherlands
75 Percent of Syrian Migrants Say They Will Stay in Netherlands for Life
Breitbart, 14 March 2019
A survey has revealed that around three-quarters of the Syrians who
travelled to the Netherlands as asylum seekers have no plans to ever return
to their country.
The survey of 848 Syrian nationals residing in
the Netherlands was taken by current affairs television programme
EenVandaag and found that the vast majority said they would not consider
returning due to the danger and insecurity in the country, WNL reports. ...
The 75 percent said that regardless of what happens to Syria in the
future they have no plans to ever go back and wish to remain in the
Netherlands for the rest of their lives, arguing that they have better
access to work and to freedom of expression.
Despite having better
access to work, the vast majority of refugees in the Netherlands remain
without jobs according to the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) which
revealed last year that a mere 15 percent of refugees allowed to work
actually held a job.
By far and large, most refugees in the
Netherlands have lived and continue to live off of welfare, some for at
least two and a half years.
Immigration abroad Denmark
Denmark in a State of Unreported Collapse
Gatestone Institute, 14 March 2019
[Ole Hasselbalch is a professor of law at
Aarhus University, Denmark]
The following breakdown illustrates that rather than being more
relatively free of the consequences of mass migration than other European
countries in general, and Scandinavian countries in particular, Denmark is
in a state of societal collapse. ...
In 2016, Statistics Denmark
projected that the country will have 507,000 "non-Western" immigrants by
the year 2060, and 342,000 "non-Western descendants."
"Descendants", however, include only the first generation
after the person who migrated. So the official figures do not show the real
If the population statistics continue to follow this
pattern, ethnic Danes whose birthrate is far lower than that of
non-Western immigrants will become a minority sometime around the
year 2065. This is in fact quite likely to happen, as immigrants defined as
"refugees" continue to enter the country; and others, such as arrivals of
family members and "walk-ins," are rarely able to be returned to their
countries of origin.
According to a 2017 report by Statistics
Denmark, only about half of non-Western immigrants between the ages of 16
and 64 are employed (53% of men and 45% of women). When broken down into
countries of origin, however, major differences among migrants were
revealed with the employment rate being particularly low among those
hailing from Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Syria.
Denmark data, the Danish Employers Confederation revealed that in 2016,
41.5% of non-Western immigrants were on welfare, while only 17.5% of ethnic
Danes were supported by the same benefits. In 2017, a third of all the
people provided for by Denmark's basic social-welfare system were
immigrants, which constitutes a rise of 82% in a mere seven years.
These figures show that the public expenses connected to
immigration will, in the long run, bring the welfare state to an end. ...
According to a February 2018 Danish Finance Ministry report, the
government's net annual expenditure on non-Western immigrants in 2015 was
36 billion Danish kroner approximately $5 billion USD. As there are
approximately 5 million ethnic Danes, the taxpayer cost borne by each
individual, in effect, came to $1,000 per year, or $4,000 for a family of
That figure, however, only refers to public budgets
directly related to immigrants. It does not include the additional indirect
public funds spent on law enforcement, schools, social security
administration and other ancillary matters, due to the presence of
non-Western immigrants. ...
According to the Statistics Denmark
report, the crime rate among in 2017 was 35% higher among non-Western male
immigrants and 145% higher among male descendants of non-Western
immigrants than in the Danish male general population. It should be noted
that the figures are misleading, since third-generation descendants of
immigrants are counted as Danes also in this context. Male descendants of
immigrants from Lebanon - many of whom were, according to the report,
stateless Palestinians followed by male descendants of immigrants
from Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, Morocco and Syria - - rated the highest for
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Data: 1.7M Central American, Mexican Illegal Aliens Living in U.S. Despite Deportation Orders
Breitbart, 12 March 2019
There are more than 1.7 million illegal aliens from Central America
and Mexico who have deportation orders or pending deportation orders that
have yet to be deported from the United States.
by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) reveal that there are
roughly 1.74 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico that
continue living in the U.S. despite orders to be deported.
federal data found that there are nearly 645,000 illegal aliens from
Central America and Mexico who have final orders for deportation and about
1.1 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico with pending
deportation orders. ...
From Mexico, alone, there are about 194,000
illegal aliens living in the U.S. who have been ordered deported and
381,000 Mexican illegal aliens who are living in the country while their
deportation orders are pending.
"The illegal immigration problem in
America is bursting at the seams," IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox said
in a statement. ...
Experts now project that illegal border
crossings for this calendar year will be more than three times what they
were in 2017 and nearly double last year's total crossings. The projection
predicts there to be more than 840,000 illegal border crossings this year,
though Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen predicts
about 900,000 crossings for the year.
Today, the majority of the
U.S.-Mexico border remains open. At the same time, the U.S. has continued
funding border walls and border security programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Egypt, and Lebanon.
Immigration abroad Hungary, European Union
Foreign Minister: Brussels's 'Greatest Lie' Revealed
Hungary Today, 11 March 2019
A recent document by the legal service of the European Commission
has "revealed the greatest lie by Brussels", Foreign Minister Péter
Szijjártó said and insisted that the document, recently
obtained by public television M1, suggests "secret efforts to make
mandatory the UN Migration Compact" in all EU member states.
Speaking at a press conference, Szijjártó said that
during the debate on the package "all pro-migration politicians" had
insisted that the compact would not be made mandatory.
Hungarian government "calls on the European Commission to stop making
secret plans to make the UN compact mandatory and publish all relevant
documents completed so far", Szijjártó said.
that the government would call on the EC to report on "any such secret
plans" at a foreign affairs council session on March 18.
of the European Union have the right to know "what secret plans the
European Commission is making behind their backs to further undermine the
continent's security", Foreign Minister Péter
Szijjártó told public Kossuth Radio on Monday.
insisted that it was "well-known" that "Brussels would cram the United
Nations' Migration Compact down the throat of each European country".
He noted that Hungary was the first EU member to reject the
document, while 8 other countries followed suit.
Before the UN vote
on the compact, "Brussels kept pulling the wool over our eyes saying that
it would not be legally binding", Szijjártó said, adding that
"still, the word obligation is used 80 times in the document passed".
Immigration abroad crime, gangs, multiculturalism, Germany
Researcher Blames Multiculturalism for Rise of Arab Clan Gangs in Germany
Breitbart, 10 March 2019
German Islamic and migration researcher Ralph Ghadban has blamed
multicultural ideology for the rise in power of Arab clan gangs, saying
there are now no-go zones in Berlin.
The Lebanese-born researcher
claimed that there are now several "no-go areas" in the German capital,
listing the areas of Cottbusser Tor, the Tiergarten, and Neukölln,
saying they were "dangerous areas, so-called no-go areas, in which Arab
clans have the upper hand," Augsburger Allgemeine reports. ...
Ghadban noted that while Arab clan groups have been around in
Germany for decades, it has been the multicultural ideology that has
allowed them to flourish and rise to the power they enjoy today.
"When we talk about clans, we refer in most cases to Mhallamiye
Kurds, who came during the mid-seventies as civil war refugees from Lebanon
to Germany," he said, and noted that these clans were different from other
organised crime groups.
"In organised crime, criminals come
together voluntarily to jointly plan and carry out crimes. There is a
possibility of leaving; in addition, the group can be infiltrated by
"But you are born into the clan, you have no choice. The
kinship creates a clan solidarity, the members cover each other. Everyone
keeps silent in court," he explained. ...
Several days ago, the
head of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch,
warned that newly arrived North African migrants could also form their own
clans if police did not focus on them.
Ghadban echoed these
remarks, saying that clan structures also exist "among the Chechens, the
Albanians, and the Kosovars. These are family structures that have been
brought from home and have demonstrated their efficiency in the criminal
sector using the Mhallamiye [clan] as an example. The danger of imitation
is thus a given."
Immigration abroad USA
Border at 'Breaking Point' as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month
New York Times, 5 March 2019
The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has
once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what
they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration's aggressive
policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States.
More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization
in February, an 11-year high and a strong sign that stepped-up
prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have
not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing
violence and poverty.
"The system is well beyond capacity, and
remains at the breaking point," Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs
and Border Protection, told reporters in announcing the new data on
The nation's top border enforcement officer painted a
picture of processing centers filled to capacity, border agents struggling
to meet medical needs and thousands of exhausted members of migrant
families crammed into a detention system that was not built to house them
all while newcomers continue to arrive, sometimes by the busload, at
the rate of 2,200 a day.
"This is clearly both a border security
and a humanitarian crisis," Mr. McAleenan said. ...
50,000 adults are currently in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody,
the highest number ever.
Immigration abroad Islam, Russia
Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts
Moscow Times, 5 March 2019
Around 30 percent of the Russian population will practice Islam
within the next 15 years, Russia's grand mufti has predicted, citing
Russia's Muslim-majority regions, including
republics in the North Caucasus and the republic of Tatarstan, are known to
have the highest birth rates in the country, reflecting similar trends
worldwide. Various estimates place the current Muslim population in Russia
at between 14 million and 20 million people, or between 10 to 14 percent of
Russia's total population of 146.8 million in 2018.
experts, Russia's [Muslim] population will increase to 30 percent in a
decade and a half," said Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the Council of
Muftis, a religious group representing Russia's Muslim community.
The changing demographics mean that "dozens" of new mosques will
need to be built in Russia's largest cities, Gainutdin said at a forum
hosted by the State Duma on Monday.
Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, an
official in Russia's Orthodox Church, agreed with Gainutdin's forecast and
predicted that "there won't be any Russians left in 2050."
too late," he told the Govorit Moskva radio station when asked if the
demographic trend could be reversed.
Immigration abroad USA
No Relationship Between Homicide Rates in Central America and Illegal Border Crossings
Center for Immigration Studies, 4 March 2019
One of the most common arguments from advocacy groups with regard
to the influx of Central American migrants is that these migrants are
fleeing violence. Groups such as the ACLU and SPLC cite "gang brutality",
"gang violence", and fear of murder as reasons why the number of illegal,
border-crossing migrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala,
and El Salvador) has soared in recent years.
As such, one might
expect that, as the murder rate rises in those countries, the number of
border-crossers would correspondingly go up, and vice versa. But the data
show no obvious relationship between Central American homicide rates and
the number of Central Americans apprehended illegally crossing our border
in a year.
In Honduras, murder rates have fallen by over half since
2011 from 86.5 per 100,000 to 42.8 per 100,000 in 2017. During that
same time, the annual number of apprehensions of Hondurans at the
U.S.-Mexico border quadrupled, albeit with fluctuations.
saw a very similar trend, with murder rates falling from 38.6 per 100,000
to 19.0 per 100,000 between 2011 and 2017. At the same time, the annual
number of Guatemalan apprehensions more than tripled from
approximately 18,000 to 66,000. ...
There are a range of
push-and-pull factors responsible for migration, and for some migrants
fleeing violence may well be a legitimate factor.
But as far as
push factors go, economics is likely more important than fleeing violence.
According to a government poll of Guatemalans, 91 percent are migrating to
the United States for economic reasons, and fewer than 1 percent say they
are fleeing gangs or violence.
As for the pull factors, loopholes
in our asylum laws create strong incentives for migrants to come to the
United States especially with their families. /.../ Credible fear
standards ensure that aliens can simply tell asylum officers that they fear
persecution in their home countries in order to avoid deportation. ...
Despite what advocacy groups will tell you, these cracks in our
asylum laws create far stronger incentives for Central Americans to travel
to our southern border than fear of violence.
Immigration abroad Antwerp, Belgium
Historic European City Antwerp Now Majority-Minority
Breitbart, 27 February 2019
Antwerp will soon be "lost" to the hope of any future conservative
government, local media said as data showed only a quarter of the city's
young children are Belgian natives, and studies revealed migrant background
voters overwhelmingly supporting left-wing parties.
Antwerp now has more non-natives than natives," claimed a headline
in French-language news weekly, L'Express, over new figures which revealed
that 53.2 per cent of residents in the city /.../ are now of immigrant
With the proportion of non-Belgians in the city having
grown from 46 per cent in 2014, L'Express notes that the major demographic
shift "obviously has consequences" for politics in Antwerp, which has been
led since 2013 by Mayor Bart De Wever, who heads the conservative New
Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party.
To illustrate this, the magazine
pointed to a University of Antwerp study which found that almost 90 per
cent of the city's voters with Moroccan or Turkish origins voted at last
October's elections for left-wing parties, with 31 per cent opting for the
extreme left Workers' Party of Belgium (PVDA).
Immigration abroad crime, violence, Oslo, Norway
Men with immigrant background healthily represented for acts of violence in Oslo
Norway Today, 27 February 2019
Men with an immigrant background are over-represented among people
convicted in the Oslo District Court for the most serious acts of violence,
reported TV 2 news.
TV 2 went through all judgments where someone
had been convicted of serious bodily injury and gross bodily harm in Oslo
from the beginning of 2018 until today. A total of 140 people have been
sentenced in the past year.
There are a great majority of men among
the convicted. TV 2's review also showed that of the 140 perpetrators, 70%
had an immigrant background.
According to Statistics Norway,
persons with an immigrant background make up 33% of Oslo's population. The
definition of "immigrant background" is that one has either immigrated
oneself or have two parents who were born abroad.
researcher, Ragnhild Bjørnebekk, at the Police College, said she is
not surprised. She believes that one of the reasons is that many come from
cultures where violence is more prevalent.
"They are more
vulnerable, they have experienced more trauma. Some of them come from
violent cultures, and they take it with them. And then there are some of
those who are not Oslo citizens, who come from other countries and only
stay here for a few months," said Bjørnebekk to TV 2.
Immigration abroad repatriation, Denmark
Denmark to focus on repatriation instead of integration under new law
Voice of Europe, 27 February 2019
The Danish Parliament Folketinget recently voted through a
legislative package that is said to be a "paradigm shift" for Danish
The migration policy now being introduced
represents a whole new way of looking at migration.
In the future,
the focus will be on sending migrants back to the third world
instead of "integrating" them. ...
The settlement also means that
criminal migrants will be placed on a deserted island, that the so-called
integration subsidy is reduced, that the number of family reunions for
migrants will be limited, that residence permits as a rule becomes
temporary and that it will be easier to withdraw permits and refrain from
extending them. ...
According to the Danish Minister of Finance
Kristian Jensen, Denmark will no longer have a system in which "refugees
Immigration abroad Africans, European Union
African Union seeks to kill EU plan to process migrants in Africa
The Guardian, 25 February 2019
The African Union is seeking to kill off the EU's latest blueprint
for stemming migration, claiming that it would breach international law by
establishing "de facto detention centres" on African soil, trampling over
the rights of those being held.
A "common African position paper"
leaked to the Guardian reveals the determination of the 55-member state
body, currently headed by Egypt, to dissuade any of its coastal states from
cooperating with Brussels on the plan.
The EU set plans for
"regional disembarkation platforms" in motion last summer to allow migrants
found in European waters to have their asylum requests processed on African
Brussels has a similar arrangement in place with Libya, where
there are 800,000 migrants, 20,000 of whom are being held in government
Immigration abroad immigrants' skills, USA
Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 February 2019
While the percentage of immigrants who arrive with a college or
advanced degree has risen over the past decade, the extent to which foreign
education translates into useful skills here in the United States is an
open question. Based on English-language tests of literacy, numeracy, and
computer operations administered by the Program for International
Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this report finds that, among
test-takers with at least a college education, U.S.-degree holders
out-score foreign-educated immigrants by a wide margin.
Policy-makers should therefore be cautious in treating foreign degrees as
evidence of "high-skill" immigration.
Other key points:
Among immigrants in the United States whose highest degree
is either a bachelor's ("college") or a master's or Ph.D. ("advanced"),
about 40 percent received their highest degree in a foreign country
meaning they are "foreign-educated".
On both literacy and
computer operations, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced
degree perform so poorly that they score at the level of natives who have
only a high school diploma.
On numeracy, foreign-educated
immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform closer to the level of
natives who have some college education, but not a bachelor's.
Despite their reputation for specializing in STEM fields,
about one in six foreign-degree holders score "below basic" in numeracy.
The skill gap between foreign and U.S. degree holders
persists even among immigrants who have had at least five years in the
United States to learn English.
Immigration abroad asylum seekers, deportation, Germany
Germany fails to deport nearly every second asylum seeker
Reuters, 24 February 2019
Germany failed to deport 27,000 rejected asylum seekers last year,
nearly half of the total 57,000 cases, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer
said on Sunday, adding that the government would step up efforts to get
those migrants out of the country.
Seehofer, a member of the
Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, is one
of the sharpest critics of her decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders
to more than 1 million refugees. ...
Seehofer told Bild am Sonntag
newspaper that the 27,000 rejected asylum seekers could not be deported
because they had no travel documents or police could not find them. Some
resisted deportation at the airport, he added.
The government plans
to restrict the rights of failed asylum seekers who lied about their
identify or who are deemed a security threat, by establishing a new form of
"preparatory detention" before deportation, Seehofer said.
migrants would have to report regularly to police and they could face
further restrictions such as having to wear a locator device, the minister
said. The cabinet is expected to pass the law before the summer holidays.
Immigration abroad Australia
Australia's immigration level soars to a record high in 2018 - with 832,560 new arrivals calling the country home - after the Government promised cuts
Daily Mail Australia, 19 February 2019
Australia's immigration levels have soared to a new record high -
months after Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to slow down the rate
of population growth.
In 2018, a record 832,560 permanent and
long-term migrants decided to call Australia home, marking a 7.1 per cent
increase compared with 2017.
With the number of people leaving
Australia for good taken into account, the nation's annual net immigration
rate stood at 291,250, the highest in four-and-a-half years.
vast majority of new arrivals settled in already overcrowded Sydney and
Net immigration numbers soared above 100,000 in 2002
when John Howard was Liberal Prime Minister and surpassed the 200,000 mark
in 2012 under Labor's Julia Gillard.
In August last year,
Australia's population surpassed the 25 million milestone, 22 years earlier
than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report
The 2018 permanent migration intake of 832,560, before
long-term departures were factored in, dwarfed the 539,000 intake for the
2016-17 financial year, which was then a record.
Immigration abroad Greece, European Union
'Mass evictions' in Athens as government offers golden visa incentive to Airbnb investors from Russia and China
Telegraph, 17 February 2019
A Greek government scheme that grants visas to non-EU citizens in
exchange for 250,000 (£219,000) property investments is leading
to mass evictions, with renters removed from their homes to make way for
AirBnB properties, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
In an echo of
the AirBnB 'epidemic' in cities such as Barcelona, homes are increasingly
being bought and converted into AirBnB properties, primarily by Chinese
investors, under the Golden Visa scheme being actively promoted by the
A new report has found that there are whole areas
of Athens and other Greek cities where AirBnB now amounts to 81-95 per cent
of the overall rentals. In the last two years, the number of AirBnB
properties in Greece have soared from 9,000 to 129,000, thanks to Golden
Visas, real estate sources claim. ...
The visas are the cheapest in
the EU the UK equivalent are £2 million and allow non-EU
investors to live and do business in Greece, give them visa-free travel in
any EU country and even the right to apply for EU citizenship.
Golden Visas are acquired by Chinese investors, followed by Russians and
Turks, lured by their relative low cost.
Immigration abroad crime statistics, Germany
German police is hiding facts about migrant crime statistics "to preserve civil peace"
Voice of Europe, 16 February 2019
The German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine recently raised the
question if violent crime statistics are tweaked in the country.
state police officer is quoted saying: "There is no lying, nothing is
hushed, but things are deliberately left out."
"There are orders to
use our latitude of interpretation to preserve civil peace."
journalist Dieter Wonka met with the police officer, and now he knows
specifically how the statistics are tweaked.
In a short video clip
he states the following: "There is no written instruction to falsify the
statistics. There are certain terms, for instance honour killings or sexual
offenses, that if possible should not appear in reports."
case these terms do appear in police reports, from what I have understood,
the police chief will make a written note on the report which says: 'Please
This is a signal to alert the police officer who
wrote the report to remove certain terms which are provocative and could
have a negative influence on the statistics.
In these statistics
you will find the term assault instead of sexual assault without any
This means that the statistical
accumulations are differently weighed and presented differently as what the
clear insights in detail would reveal."
Immigration abroad America, USA
Some 42 million Latin Americans say they want to move to the US - and 5 million plan to do so WITHIN 12 months, new poll shows
Daily Mail, 11
Some 42 million Latin Americans want to migrate to the United
States, according to a new Gallup poll.
The survey was taken to
gauge the opinions of some 450 million residents of the 33 countries in
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Of those who participated in the
survey, 27 per cent said they would like to permanently move to another
country if they could.
The 27 per cent represents about 120 million
people, according to Gallup.
When the respondents were asked where
they would like to move, 35 per cent - or 42 million - said they preferred
to come to the U.S.
Gallup also found that 5 million people from
Latin America and the Caribbean say they would like to relocate to America
within the next 12 months.
Immigration abroad European Union, Turkey
When Angela Merkel upset Donald Tusk over immigration
The Observer, 10 February 2019
Donald Tusk was enraged when Angela Merkel held private talks with
Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the European Union,
warning the plan would be "a catastrophe", a new documentary reveals.
"I couldn't believe it was true. These were my closest partners,"
Tusk tells a BBC2 documentary, Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil, about
the migration crisis to be aired on Monday.
The controversial deal
was stitched together at an unofficial Sunday night meeting in 2016 held
between Merkel, the German chancellor, Holland's prime minister Mark Rutte
and the Turkish premier, Ahmet Davutoglu, ahead of an EU summit in
It saw Turkey agree to take back Syrian refugees in
exchange for the doubling of financial aid and a renewed chance to be
considered for membership of the EU.
Rutte explains his decision to
go to the source of the people-smuggling problem when negotiations about EU
migration quotas stalled. ...
Merkel and Rutte agreed nearly all
the items of Davutoglu's wishlist, the programme reveals. "I regarded it as
a win-win deal," the former Turkish premier explains. ...
official deal with Turkey was signed two weeks later.
Immigration abroad Islamism, Canada
Will Canada be the battleground between 'progressives' and Islam?
Conservative Woman, 9 February 2019
The Islamic Party of Ontario registered last year for the
province's elections and advocates a theocracy for Canada governed by
Sharia law. ...
Islamist political parties in the West are not a
new phenomenon. The Islamic Party of Britain, which advocated Sharia law
and the death penalty for homosexuals, was operative from 1989-2006.
Respect the lovechild of Islamism and socialism
managed to get George Galloway elected to Parliament before it too
disbanded in 2016 after a misogyny scandal. The Australian Muslim Party
lasted only a year before its founder was arrested for fraud.
this was before Islamism became all the rage in Western Left-wing political
circles. /.../ How much of a success the Islamic Party of yet to be seen.
It certainly has competition not only from the socialist NDP but also from
the Liberals. During his tenure Trudeau has approved policies and made
decisions that would make the most vehement Islamist proud. ...
The notorious M-103 motion, passed by Canada's House of Commons in 2017,
makes criticism of Islam illegal and outlaws 'Islamophobia'. Sponsored by
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103 makes no mention of any other faiths despite
claims that it protects against all forms of religious discrimination.
Worryingly, Islamophobia is now illegal in Canada but a political party
promoting destructive Sharia law is accepted.
A phobia denotes an
irrational fear. There is certainly nothing to fear from most Muslims, but
there is something to fear from Islamists given that they are the greatest
perpetrators of terrorism in the world today. ....
is another Western country with an out-of-touch and weak leader who is
paving the way for Islamism to thrive. /.../ The fight for the survival of
the West's Enlightenment values may well take place in Canada when the
seemingly unstoppable force of progressive intersectionality finally meets
the immovable object of Islamism.
Immigration abroad crime, Switzerland
Foreigners Make Up 80 Percent of Swiss Prison Inmates
Breitbart, 8 February 2019
The number of prisoners in Switzerland has soared in the last 30
years with foreigners now accounting for 80 per cent of the prison
population, according to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.
study shows the rate of incarceration has gone from 72 per 100,000
residents in 1988 to 82 in 2017, Radio Télévision Suisse
During the 30-year period, Switzerland saw its prison
population increase from 4,621 to 6,907, a 50 per cent increase overall.
In the first decade from 1988 to 1998, Swiss citizens made up
around 31 per cent of the prisoners compared to 28 per cent who were
foreigners living in Switzerland and 41 per cent who were foreigners
residing overseas. In 1989, Swiss citizens made up as much as 44 per cent
During the next two decades, the number of Swiss
citizen prisoners fell to only 20 per cent, with foreigners residing in
Switzerland going up to 37 per cent in the second decade and back down to
28 per cent in the third.
Foreign prisoners who live overseas
rapidly grew in the third decade to where they now account for over half of
the prisoners in the Swiss prison system.
The statistics come only
months after it was revealed that Switzerland had deported 1,000 migrant
criminals in 2017, including 348 from the Balkan region and 250 from
Immigration abroad USA
Louis Farrakhan calls for separate state for Black Americans, says that's 'what God wants'
Fox News, 2 February 2019
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a separate state
for Black Americans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, saying that's
"what God wants" while those opposed he described as "slaves." ...
"That's not just my goal. That's what God wants. Most of our people
don't want it here," Farrakhan said. "You love your enemy. You want to stay
with your enemy. You're in love with his wealth. I understand the
fascination, slaves. I understand that. But God has something else for us."
The preacher went on to reiterate that neither he nor his group has
changed its goal of a separate state since its creation in the 1960s. ...
"Black Power. Black Power to do what? To integrate a lunch counter?
Black Power to build a nation for 40 million now near 50 million
black people," he added.
Farrakhan's post appears to be a
clip from an interview on "The Rock Newman Show" in 2015. It remains
unclear what prompted him to post the video again.
Immigration abroad fence, Pakistan
As Trump Wall Stalls, Pakistan Builds 2,600-km Border Fence
AMI Newswire, 1 February 2019
While President Trump is having trouble adding a few miles of fence
to America's incomplete border with Mexico, Pakistan is busy building one
of the world's longest border fences.
Climbing over some of the
world's toughest terrain, Pakistan's border fence will stretch more
1,800-miles and ascend more than 12,000-feet above sea level. ...
Built to divide Pakistan from Afghanistan, the logistical
difficulties of the wall are enormous. ...
Despite the perils and
pains of construction, a frozen few are working through the winter months
to complete the border fence. Pakistan's fence is projected to be completed
in the coming year.
The border fence is supposed to stop terrorists
from carrying attacks in one country and fleeing to safety in the other. In
the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the terror attacks flow both ways.
... Pakistan projects completion of the long-delayed project, which
has cost an estimated $550 million, by the end of 2019. Last year despite
the Trump administration's move to cut some military funding to Pakistan,
Islamabad reportedly appealed to the Trump administration for more funding
to finish the ambitious project.
Nations as diverse as Estonia,
Greece, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, and Spain (around its small African
enclaves) have thrown up border walls to slow illicit migration. Though
none are as long as Pakistan's or involve conquering such inhospitable
... When completed the chain-link fence anchored in
concrete, is largely meant to slow intruders long enough for border guards
or soldiers to arrive.
Immigration abroad European Union
EU risks IMPLODING over migrant crisis warns Macron as Italy refuses to soften stance
Daily Express, 31 January 2019
The European Union risks "imploding" because of its failure to
solve the migration crisis, exacerbated in recent months by Italy's refusal
to offer humanitarian ships safe port, French President Emmanuel Macron on
"Europe could implode because it is lagging behind in
finding solutions to the problems," and because it has not yet found a fair
"burden-sharing" arrangement, Mr Macron said at the close of a southern
European summit in Cyprus. He said "humane solutions" to handle sea rescues
were needed "more than ever". ...
France abides by three
principles, the 41-year-old centrist said: respect for humanitarian rights
in maritime matters, disembarkation at the nearest safest port and
re-distributing the migrants.
These standards should become a
permanent mechanism, he continued, insisting France had pledged to take its
fair share of migrants rescued at sea.
Immigration abroad terrorism, jihadists, France
France 'to repatriate 130 suspected Isil members from Syria' over security concerns
Josie Ensor and David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2019
France is reportedly planning to repatriate more than 100 French
Isil suspects from Syria amid fears they could lose track of them after US
troops withdraw from the war-torn country.
Some 130 Islamic State
suspects being held in custody by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in prisons
across northern Syria are to be brought back within the next few weeks,
according to French channel BFMTV.
"All those who will return to
France will be entrusted to the judges. The judge will decide that it will
be necessary to put them in prison," Christophe Castaner, France's Interior
Minister, told BFMTV.
"The Americans are disengaging from Syria...
There are now people in prison who are being held because the Americans are
there and who are going to be released... They'll want to return to
Among those in SDF custody are a number of senior French
Isil leaders including Adrien Guihal, a Muslim who was part of the infamous
Artigat network that masterminded several attacks in France, including one
in Nice which killed 87 people.
Asked if the government was already
planning such an operation, an official told the Telegraph: "None of the
practical details are fixed so far, nor the nature of any operation to
bring them back, nor the exact number of those who would be concerned, nor
a possible date."
The plan provoked outrage on the Right. Eric
Ciotti, a conservative MP from the main opposition party, The Republicans,
said: "The place of jihadists who betrayed our nation and fought our
civilisation is no longer in France. Let them be judged in Iraq or Syria
for their crimes and barbarity."
Marine Le Pen, the far-Right
leader, also took exception to a remark by Mr Castaner that those in Syria
and Iraq "are jihadists, but they were French first."
@CCastaner They are jihadists, they should no longer be French," she
tweeted on Tuesday. ...
Thousands of other foreign Isil members in
SDF detention remain in limbo, including six British male Isil suspects,
seven women and 12 of their children.
Immigration abroad fraud, Australia
Brother and sister MARRY each other in India to con their way into Australia - and immigration authorities are powerless to stop them
Australia, 30 January 2019
A brother and sister married each other in India so they could con
their way into Australia - as authorities investigate a string of similar
The siblings convinced a court to register their
union in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, with the woman using documents
belonging to her cousin, who held an Australian visa.
using the falsified documents and fake passports, then travelled as husband
and wife to Australia, where they were granted a spousal visa, The
Australian reported. ...
A spokesman for the Department of Home
Affairs said: 'All identity documentation provided with visa applications
is thoroughly checked... and, where necessary, verified with relevant
authorities in the issuing country.'
The Department said it had no
control over genuine overseas passports which had been obtained using
fraudulent documents. ...
In the past four years, about 1,500
foreign nationals have had partner visas rejected after they were caught
out cheating the system.
Most individuals were found to be
providing misleading information, using fake passports or forged marriage
and birth certificates.
Immigration abroad European Union
EU Parliament Boss: Efforts to Prevent Mass Migration From Africa a 'Betrayal of Europe'
Breitbart, 30 January 2019
Italian efforts to block migrant boats from Africa is a "betrayal"
of Europe and of its citizens, EU Parliament boss Antonio Tajani has
alleged, insisting Brussels must put in place a permanent mechanism which
would spread third world migrants throughout the bloc.
Ahead of a
visit to the Aosta Valley, a region of Italy home to a number of ski
resorts, the 'centre-right' politician branded it "unacceptable" that EU
nations had chosen to "turn away from what is happening in the
"In so doing, they betray the European project and
citizens' expectations. Immediately approve the accord on mandatory
distribution voted by the European Parliament," stated Tajani, according to
reports from the news wire service, ANSA, on Tuesday. ...
Meanwhile, media outlets on Tuesday said the socialist government
of Spain is planning to try and punish Rome for its having largely put a
stop to the flow of boats across the Mediterranean, with prime minister
Pedro Sanchez set to tell Brussels to cut funding to any nation opposed to
Europe welcoming and sharing across the bloc every third world migrant who
manages to reach the continent's shores.
Immigration abroad voting, noncitizens, USA
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote
Rowan Scarborough and Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 30 January 2019
A top Pennsylvania lawmaker called on the state Wednesday to
immediately expunge the names of 11,198 noncitizens whom the state
confirmed are registered to vote, despite not being eligible.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican and former chairman of a House government
oversight panel, said the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat,
belatedly acknowledged the large number of noncitizens in communications
over the past two months.
"I believe that we need to take action
and have those people removed immediately from the rolls," Mr. Metcalfe
told The Washington Times. "They were never eligible to vote."
days earlier, officials in Texas announced they had found nearly 100,000
noncitizens on the state's voter rolls. ...
Texas Secretary of
State David Whitley used state driver's license records, which include
immigration status, and compared those with voter rolls. He found that
about 95,000 people whom the state says weren't citizens were among the 16
million registered voters.
Of those, about 58,000 had voted at some
point since 1996.
State officials followed a similar process in
Pennsylvania after admitting that a glitch in state motor vehicle bureau
computers allowed noncitizens to register to vote easily. They, too,
matched driver's license records with voter rolls and came up with nearly
11,200 names. ...
No state requires proof of citizenship to
register to vote. A U.S. District Court judge last year struck down a law
championed by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require
citizenship documentation. Kansas took the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals. ...
The noncitizen debate reached the national
level in 2014 when Jesse T. Richman, a professor at Old Dominion
University, and two colleagues began publishing estimates of thousands and
perhaps millions of illegal voters.
Mr. Richman based his numbers
on the comprehensive Cooperative Congressional Election Study conducted by
YouGov polling and a consortium of colleges. It is one of the few polls
that attempts to find noncitizen voters.
Immigration abroad Spain
With no EU policy forthcoming, Spain gets tougher on immigration
El País, 29 January 2019
In June of last year, a newly formed government in Spain sought to
give the world a lesson by welcoming the Aquarius, a humanitarian
rescue ship with 629 migrants aboard that had been refused entry by Italy
But a lack of common European immigration policy and
record migrant arrivals are causing Spanish authorities to review their own
Humanitarian rescue ships are now being denied departure
permits, while the government keeps pressuring Brussels to listen to
demands by Morocco, which is the main departure point for undocumented
migrants going to Spain.
The goal is to avoid pressure from mass
arrivals at a time when immigration has become a relevant issue on an
election year. Spain will hold local, regional and European elections in
Data from Frontex, the European border and coast guard
agency, shows nearly 57,000 migrants arrived on southern Spanish shores in
2018, twice the figure in Italy and nearly the same to have arrived in
Greece. The Spanish Interior Ministry places that figure at upwards of
And with Italy keeping up its closed-port policy, Spain has
decided that some kind of action is required.
"This is not a
retreat. We are under enormous migratory pressure, and the rules are not
being applied in the Central Mediterranean. We need a lasting solution for
everyone," said a source at Spain's Interior Ministry. ...
meantime, Spain has dropped the open-arms policy that enabled several
rescue ships to dock in Spanish ports in recent months. ...
are other little telltale signs that the Socialist government does not want
right-wing parties to use immigration as a weapon against the executive.
Salvamento Marítimo, Spain's sea rescue services, has stopped
providing information on its Twitter account about the migrant boats it
assists on a daily basis.
And very little information is emerging
about the efforts to send migrants back to Morocco, the departure point for
most arrivals: over 3,000 people in the first two weeks of January, almost
three times as much as the same period in 2018, according to official
Immigration abroad disease, USA
Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Wsshington Examiner, 27 January 2019
Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours since October
driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations,
according to newly released Department of Homeland Security data.
Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas
between border crossings, has "seen an increase in the numbers of
apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance."
A total of
2,224 migrants, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, have been
hospitalized due to health issues that could not be treated on site in the
last month alone, according to a CBP statement.
The department said
the spike in illnesses among migrants is forcing federal law enforcement to
spend less time focused on serious threats because they are facilitating
hospital and urgent care trips. It's also affecting communities that are
trying to help with medical emergencies but are severely short-staffed.
Immigration abroad Japan
No. of foreign workers in Japan triples in decade to record 1.46 million
Japan Today, 26 January 2019
The number of foreign workers in Japan tripled over a decade to a
record-high 1.46 million as of October, official data showed, as companies
continue to struggle with a labor shortage.
As of Oct 31, there
were 1,460,463 foreign workers in Japan, up 14.2 percent from a year
earlier, marking the 11th straight year of increase, according to the data
released Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
figure, the highest since comparable data became available in 2008 when it
stood around 486,000, is almost certain to rise in the years ahead as Japan
has decided to ease visa restrictions and accept more foreign workers
starting from April. ...
By nationality, Chinese accounted for more
than a quarter of the total foreign workforce at 389,117, up 4.5 percent
from the previous year, followed by Vietnamese at 316,840, up 31.9 percent,
and Filipinos at 164,006, up 11.7 percent. ...
Under the new visa
system starting in April, Japan will accept up to 345,150 foreign workers
over five years in 14 sectors including construction, farming and nursing
Immigration abroad Islam, Norway
Muhammad is the top name in Oslo again - for the 11th year
TRT World / Turkish Radio and Television, 26 January 2019
Norway's fertility rates have reached all-time lows, risking the
country's economic stability. Muslim immigrants are keeping the labour
force alive, as the country undergoes demographic changes.
was the most popular name among male children in Oslo in 2018, for the 11th
year in a row, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the
Norwegian Statistics Department.
The name, with its many
variations, surpassed Oscar, Aksel and Jacob as it maintained its lead.
Mohammad has been the most popular name in Oslo since 2008,
reflecting a strong and growing Muslim community in the large city.
In 2017, 8.7 percent of Oslo's population identified as Muslims,
with their largest communities originating from ethnic Pakistanis, Somalis,
Iraqis and Morrocans. ...
Oslo is home to the largest immigrant
population in the country. Out of Oslo's 624,000 residents, almost 190,000
are immigrants or born to immigrant parents, making up nearly 31 percent of
the city's population. ...
The statistics department also found
evidence of demographic change underway, with fewer traditional Norwegian
surnames ending with "sen", as with as Jensen, Hansen or Andersen. Today,
"sen" surnames make up only 14.7 percent of the population, compared to
22.4 percent in 1995.
Immigration abroad asylum, USA
U.S. to start returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday
Frank Jack Daniel and Mica Rosenberg
Reuters, 25 January 2019
The U.S. government will return the first group of migrants seeking
asylum in the United States to the Mexican border city of Tijuana on
Friday, U.S. and Mexican officials said, marking the start of a major
policy shift by the Trump administration.
The policy dubbed the
Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and first announced on Dec. 20 will
return non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait
in Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in U.S. immigration
The program will apply to arriving migrants who ask for
asylum at ports of entry or who are caught crossing illegally and say they
are afraid to return home.
Children travelling on their own and
some migrants from "vulnerable populations" could be excluded on a
case-by-case basis, the Department of Homeland Security said in a fact
Last year, about 93,000 people sought asylum at the
southern border, up 67 percent from 2017, according to U.S. government
Asylum seekers are typically granted the right to stay in the
United States while their cases are decided by a U.S. immigration judge,
but a backlog of more than 800,000 cases means the process can take years.
Now, the U.S. government says migrants will be turned away with a
"notice to appear" in immigration court. They will be able to enter the
United States for their hearings but will have to live in Mexico in the
interim. If they lose their cases, they will be deported to their home
Immigration abroad EU, Hungary
EU steps up legal procedure against Hungary for criminalising support for migrants
Reuters, 24 January 2019
The European Commission said on Thursday it was taking its legal
procedure against Hungary to the next step after Budapest criminalised
support for migrants, moving the case closer to a possible ruling by the
European Court of Justice. ...
The EU says Hungary's tough stance
has breached EU law, a charge that Budapest denies, defending what it calls
its sovereign right to determine its own immigration policy. Hungary also
says its tough position ultimately defends Europe. ...
says the Hungarian authorities have failed to provide effective access to
asylum procedures for migrants and holds asylum seekers in "transit
centres" for longer than the maximum four weeks mandated under EU law. ...
Orban, in power since 2010, has led eastern European resistance to
EU plans to share out some of the large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants,
who he says threaten Europe's Christian civilisation.
Immigration abroad law, USA
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 January 2019
American immigration courts consistently have the highest failure
to appear (FTA) rates of any state or federal courts in the country. From
1996 through 2017, 37 percent of all aliens free pending trial disappeared.
From the 2,680,598 foreign nationals that Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) released on their own recognizance, 1,320,000, received
deportation orders, 75 percent of them (993,593) for failure to appear.
Only 25 percent of this group some 324,402 people altogether
actually tried their cases. This dynamic, first reported at a House
Judiciary Committee hearing on June 17, 2010, eventually prompted heated
denial by the Obama Justice Department but it is not solely a problem of
Democrat administrations. Administrations of both parties have failed to
effectively address it.
Immigration trial courts issued three times
more deportation orders for failure to appear in court than deportation
orders for cases that were actually tried (993,593 ÷ 324,402) over the
last 22 fiscal years. ...
Indeed, those who dodged court in 2017
did so with identically the same frequency under Donald Trump as they did
in 2015 when Barack Obama sat in the Oval Office.11 Over the past three
years, an average of 42 percent of all aliens free before trial failed to
appear, with 113,753 people out of 272,440 skipping their court dates.
/.../ This chronic failure loudly echoes the broader themes of disorder
that have plagued these federal tribunals since their inception in 1983.
Never in 22 years of reporting has EOIR (i.e., Executive Office for
Immigration Review, the Justice Department agency that manages the courts)
squared with Congress and given an accurate description of failures to
appear. Since 1996, it has dramatically understated FTA rates in its annual
reports. In 2017, EOIR stated the FTA rate for all cases was 28 percent,
never mentioning this number includes aliens whose trials occurred in
detention facilities. ...
EOIR's misleading failure to appear rates
leave Congress and the public ignorant of both dysfunction in the courtroom
and risks that too often end badly. One fact stands out above all the rest:
Aliens flee court in greater numbers now than they did before September 11,
2001. From 1996 through 2000, 34 percent of all aliens free before trial
251,309 out of 730,453 disappeared. After 9/11, these numbers
climbed. From 2002 through 2017, 39 percent 699,641 people out of
1,808,449 failed to keep their court dates. On either side of 9/11,
EOIR never provided candid numbers to alert policy-makers to this problem.
Immigration abroad Mexico
Thousands of caravan migrants trek and hitch-hike across Mexico after hundreds were allowed in with no border checks and are now headed for the US
MailOnline, 22 January 2019
Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed into Mexico at the
weekend, joining a group of 1,000 who entered last week and are now heading
towards the US.
Some of the migrants, who are largely from
Honduras, said they were waved through Mexican immigration without any
checks or being issued a wristband indicating that they still need to
register with authorities.
Meanwhile a much larger group are coming
up behind them as part of the latest caravan trying to reach America in
search of a better life for themselves and their families. ...
Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged a
'humanitarian' approach by allowing migrants access to Mexico, but
providing jobs and opportunities for them in his country to stop them
Immigration abroad Czech Republic
Remigration: Czech Republic to Pay Non-EU Migrants to Go Home
Breitbart, 21 January 2019
The Czech Republic is launching a programme to pay non-EU migrants
to go home, noting that funding the scheme would cost taxpayers "far less"
than if migrant groups remained in the country.
With an information
campaign set to be put out on social media and with leaflets and posters
from April, the Czech Interior Ministry said it hopes the first migrants
participating in its new programme, titled 'Návraty' (Returns), will
be processed in the third quarter of 2019.
With a particular focus
on migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam, the
programme will offer foreign nationals up to 4,000 euros' financial
assistance towards transportation costs, setting up accommodation in their
homelands, and purchasing livestock.
"The project should focus on
all categories of foreigners, whether they are in the Czech Republic in an
illegal situation or an asylum seeker," Interior Ministry spokesman Hana
Malá told Tiscali.cz. ...
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis
has said Europe must "send a clear signal that illegal migration has ended"
by turning migrant boats back and deporting bogus asylum seekers, arguing
that the European Commission's preferred solution creating a
permanent mechanism to share newcomers across EU states was the
"road to hell", and would only exacerbate the problem.
one of only five countries to vote against the so-called Global Compact for
Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration at the UN General Assembly in New York
City last month, where 152 countries signed up to the agreement and a dozen
The document, which claims migration is "inevitable,
necessary, and desirable", poses a threat to the nation's sovereignty and
security by defining the movement of people as a "human right", stated
Babis, who has previously branded mass immigration from the Global South a
"threat to European civilisation".
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Largest single group of migrants EVER burrows UNDER border wall: 376 Central Americans - including 200 minors - squeeze through seven tiny holes and immediately request
Daily Mail, 19 January 2019
A group of migrants said to be the largest ever has illegally
tunneled under the southern U.S. border fence and surrendered to Border
Patrol to request asylum.
The group of 376 Central Americans
'inundated agents' after crossing the border through a series of hasty
tunnels near Yuma, Arizona on Monday, Customs and Border Protection said.
The agency said 200 of the group were minors, and that nearly all
the rest said they were their parents, meaning that they will likely be
released into the U.S. as their asylum claims are processed.
believed to be the largest single group to cross the border illegally to
request asylum. The Border Patrol has said that smugglers transport large
groups to the border and then instruct them to cross and turn themselves
Officials said that most of the group entered the U.S. through
seven small openings burrowed under the border barrier.
crossings took place at a remote stretch of border where old fencing is
about 12 feet high and the ground is sandy. Stretched thin, CBP has only
three agents patrolling the 26-mile section of border.
Donald Trump's administration had tried to forbid migrants from requesting
asylum after crossing the border illegally, but that move was struck down
by a federal judge in November.
'The only thing that solves that
problem is a change in the law,' CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony
Porvaznik told ABC News.
'The only reason they're trying to say
that they're family units is that they know if they're a family unit,
they're going to be released within 20 days,' Porvaznik said. ...
One man in the group told the network that he left Guatemala eight
days ago and made most of the trip by bus along with his 12-year-old
daughter, paying a coyote $5,000 to get them to the border. ...
Wednesday, a separate group of 247 people illegally crossed into the U.S.
near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico.
which included many juveniles, surrendered to authorities for processing
and most requested immediate medical care. ...
Last month, CBP said
it took 20,000 juveniles into custody after illegal crossings, including
both unaccompanied minors and those traveling with parents.
vast majority surrender immediately upon crossing to claim asylum. ...
One recent study, by the New York-based Center for Immigration
Studies, estimated that in 2017 more people entered the U.S. illegally by
overstaying temporary visas than by crossing the border illegally.
Immigration abroad France
MACRON CRISIS: Desperate leader considers migrant quota as Yellow Vest protest rage on
Daily Express, 16 January 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron has been branded "irresponsible"
for suggesting the introduction of "annual quotas" on migration as a topic
for part of the three-month national debate aimed at mollifying yellow vest
In a sweeping letter to the French pubic, Mr Macron
said he had heard the public's anger and shared its impatience for a "more
prosperous country and a fairer society". He then mentioned the possibility
of introducing annual immigration quotas, saying it would not apply to
asylum status. He said: "As regards immigration, once our asylum
obligations have been met, would you like us to be able to set annual
quotas defined by Parliament?"
Mr Macron then referred to the
"tensions and doubts linked to immigration and the failings of our
integration system". ...
But the possible imposition of quotas
floated by Mr Macron has sparked outrage and confusion as
curbing immigration is not one of the core demands of the yellow vests,
which include a higher minimum wage, a more participative democracy and Mr
Macron's resignation. ...
Mr Macron's letter explains how he is
addressing the anti-establishment movement's concerns through a national
debate in local meetings around the country and on the internet.
The French now have eight weeks to respond by contributing thoughts
on a mix of subjects in an initiative Mr Macron hopes will generate policy
ideas and help build a new "contract" with the nation. Four weeks after
that, in April, the government will share its conclusions.
debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy.
Immigration abroad Norway
Norwegian elite support immigration
ScienceNordic, 16 January 2019
[Based on an article by Bård Amundsen]
The future of the Norwegian welfare state largely depends on
support from the country's elite, says Trygve Gulbrandsen, a social
scientist at the University of Oslo's Institute for Social Research (ISF).
His latest research has been collected in a new book, "Elites
in an Egalitarian Society: Support for the Nordic Model".
Gulbrandsen has conducted two recent studies of the Norwegian
These studies were based on two comprehensive surveys
carried out in 2000 and 2015, where 1710 and 1352 people respectively with
top positions in Norway were asked about their ideas and opinions. The
surveys included business executives, heads of ministries, generals,
bishops, editors and heads of universities and cultural institutions.
Gulbrandsen has found that Norway's elite differ from the rest of
the population in one very significant way (aside from the fact that they
have more money): the elite are far more supportive of making it easier for
foreigners to immigrate to Norway.
"It's interesting to see that
there are also differences in Norway between the average person and the
elite when it comes to issues related to the nation's borders," Gulbrandsen
said in an interview posted on the ISF website. ...
At the same
time, Gulbrandsen's data suggest that the elite are much more likely than
the rest of the population to vote for political parties that are more
A large proportion of voters among the elite supported
right- or left- leaning parties in the 2013 election, while few voted for
more centrist parties, he said.
Immigration abroad Canada
Don't ever question mass immigration or you'll be instantly racist
National Post, 16 January 2019
The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our
legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is
eroding public confidence in immigration. ...
This past weekend,
The Globe and Mail's senior political columnist, John Ibbitson, published a
buoyant endorsement of the government's current immigration policy
(continuing high rates) headlined, "Immigration's benefits are a matter of
I asked Herbert Grubel, professor of economics
(emeritus) at Simon Fraser University, and senior fellow of The Fraser
Institute specializing in immigration, for his opinion about Ibbitson's
Grubel notes that the average income taxes paid by
immigrants since 1986 have been about one-half of those paid by
non-immigrant Canadians. Yet immigrants absorb the same value of government
services (not more, as some people would have you believe), so the
difference between what immigrants pay in and take out amounts to not less
than $5,000 a year per person, he calculates. Do the collective math and
Grubel estimates that it comes to an annual $30 billion payout.
Neither Grubel nor I nor any reasonable Canadian believes
immigration is a bad thing in itself. We're all for it. ...
what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the
country's ability to absorb them? It isn't orderly immigration that sets
many Canadians' teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in
and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or
interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year.
In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only
drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can
also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents
seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find
very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.
that even raising any "cultural" factor like that is a red flag to those
progressives who insist that culture is a construct of privilege and trying
to protect the culture we have is an act of bigotry. But discussing it
shouldn't be off-limits. People all over the world desire to live in Canada
because of its stability, prosperity, gender equality, excellent quality of
life and respect for the law. All of these national qualities are
downstream from culture. It is perfectly legitimate to worry that high
rates of immigration to Canada could undermine the very tenets of equality,
freedom and justice, those products of our own culture, that attract so
many in the first place. Of course, even the words "our own culture" are in
themselves divisive: to many progressives they are a shibboleth for
oppression; to me and my more conservative friends they are, relative to
all other cultures, words that evoke pride, yet we feel anxiety saying
Often, we also feel like stooges of politicians who claim to
be focused on immigrants' value to Canada, but who are really focused on
immigrants as voters. And we feel frustrated because rational discussion of
immigration does not seem possible when any and all objections are met with
mantras like "diversity is our strength" at the top. And because we are not
allowed to talk about these things without incurring charges of racism.
Immigration abroad Denmark
Denmark: "In One Generation, Our Country Has Changed"
Gatestone Institute, 16 January 2019
Turkey has been extremely active in ramping up its activities in
Denmark, apparently as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
plan of strengthening Islam in the West. Denmark already has around 30
Turkish mosques out of approximately 170 mosques in total as of end of
2017. In 2006, there were 115 mosques in all of Denmark an increase
of nearly 50% in little more than a decade.
A recent government
study, "Analysis of children of descendants with a non-Western background",
shows that there continue to be huge problems with assimilating immigrants
into Danish society. ...
Today, there are roughly 500,000
immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark. The cost to the Danish
state is 33 billion Danish kroner per year ($5 billion or 4.4 billion
euros), according to the Danish Ministry of Finance. It is estimated that
in 2060 there will be nearly 900,000 immigrants and descendants of
immigrants in Denmark, according to Denmark's official statistical bureau,
Danmark's Statistik. Denmark currently has a total population of 5.8
million people. If the lack of integration persists in the next generation
of descendants of immigrants, Denmark is looking at a significant societal
problem to which no one appears to have a solution.
Least of all,
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In his New Year's speech, he
said that things are "going well" in Denmark. /.../ "When I was in high
school, he also said, "there were around 50,000 people with a non-Western
background in Denmark. Today, there are almost half a million. In one
generation, our country has changed". The country did not just "change".
Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it.
Immigration abroad crime, Finland
'It is unacceptable that people granted asylum here have brought evil': Finnish President expresses his 'disgust' at migrant grooming gangs as country's child sex scandal
MailOnline, 15 January 2019
The President of Finland has expressed his 'shock and disgust'
after police identified more suspects in connection with a foreign grooming
gang targeting children in a town in the north of the country.
Police suspect 16 foreign-born men of rape or other sexual abuses
of girls aged between ten and 15 in Oulu, northern Finland, adding another
four men to the investigation today.
In addition, police in the
capital Helsinki said on Sunday they had arrested three foreign-born men on
In a statement released on Monday, President Sauli
Niinistö said the crimes in Oulu 'shocked us with their inhumanity'.
He added: 'The right to integrity is one of the values on which our
society is based, and one which must be respected by everyone here.
'It is unacceptable that some asylum seekers, and even those who
have been granted asylum, have brought evil here and created insecurity.'
A citizens petition to withdraw asylum from people convicted of
sex crimes received 62,000 signatures over the weekend, breaking the 50,000
barrier needed to force parliament to consider the issue. ...
Statistics Finland says around 1,200 cases of sexual abuse of
minors are reported to the police each year, and that foreigners were
involved in 18 percent of the cases that came to trial last year.
Of Finland's population of just over 5.5 million, some 321,500
people are born in a foreign country, nearly six per cent.
Immigration abroad doctors, employment, European Union
EU may need rules to stop doctors emigrating: German minister
Reuters, 13 January 2019
The European Union should consider regulating to stop member states
from poaching each other's doctors and other professionals, German Health
Minister Jens Spahn said. ...
"I can understand them. Switzerland
is a beautiful country. But what is clear is that there is a shortage of
these professionals in Germany. And then Polish doctors work in our
country, and in turn there is a shortage of them in Poland," he told Swiss
tabloid Blick am Sonntag.
"That cannot be right. We should
therefore think about whether we need to create new regulations on the
luring away of people with certain professions within the EU, and without
fundamentally calling into question the freedom of movement within Europe,"
he was quoted as saying.
Spahn added that there were currently such
agreements within the World Health Organization that could serve as a
model, but he did not spell out what those were or how they might be
applied within the EU.
Immigration abroad child brides, USA
Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws
AP News / Associated Press, 12 January 2019
Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent
brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade,
according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case,
a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.
approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set
minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that
person's spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from
overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.
weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by
whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee's home country and
then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner
The data raises questions about whether the immigration
system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be
compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage.
Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most
states allow children to marry with some restrictions.
more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly
3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances,
according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee
in 2017 and compiled into a report. ...
Some victims of forced
marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage
laws are partly fueling the petitions. ...
There are no nationwide
statistics on child marriage, but data from a few states suggests it is far
from rare. State laws generally set 18 as the minimum age for marriage, yet
every state allows exceptions. Most states let 16- and 17-year-olds marry
if they have parental consent, and several states including New
York, Virginia and Maryland allow children under 16 to marry with
Reiss researched data from her home state, New
Jersey. She determined that nearly 4,000 minors, mostly girls, were married
in the state from 1995 to 2012, including 178 who were under 15.
"This is a problem both domestically and in terms of immigration,"
she said. ...
The country where most requests came from was Mexico,
followed by Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen.
Immigration abroad religion, India
Is India Becoming a Hindu Pakistan?
Bloomberg, 11 January 2019
India is, and has been since independence in 1947, a liberal
secular democracy. ...
Till now. For the first time, India's
leaders have sought to redefine the country effectively as a home for South
Asians that aren't Muslims and they're enshrining the distinction
into law. That's the underlying message of a bill that was passed this week
by the lower house of India's Parliament, in which Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has a majority.
new law amends the religion-blind Citizenship Act written in the early
years of Indian independence "to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by
six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists,
Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh." Calling
them "persecuted migrants," the government minister who introduced the
amendment said "they have nowhere to go but India."
Sadly, that may
well be true. Many of India's neighbors have a far worse record dealing
with their religious minorities than India has with its own. And India must
certainly welcome them.
Yet, in spite of its claims, India's
government is not in fact acting purely on humanitarian impulses. After
all, at the moment the most persecuted minority on India's borders are the
Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar; being Muslim, they're very obviously not
welcome. Neither are the Shias and Ahmadis who are the focus of everyday
violence in Pakistan or, for that matter, the atheist bloggers of
Bangladesh that have been threatened by machete-wielding extremists. As one
commentator put it, the amendment could be summed up in one phrase: "No
Muslims please, this is India."
Immigration abroad Italy
Ex-Jihadist Reveals Network Smuggling Islamic Radicals to Europe as Migrants
Breitbart, 10 January 2019
After receiving information from a former jihadist, Italian police
have arrested 15 suspects alleged to be part of an organisation that helped
smuggle radical Islamic terrorists into the country as illegal migrants and
The arrests were made in the cities of Palermo,
Trapani, Caltanissetta, and Brescia this week with the 15 suspects facing
various criminal charges from forming a criminal association for the
purposes of illegal immigration and smuggling to terrorism-related charges,
newspaper Il Giornale reports.
The former jihadi blew the
lid on the Islamist fighter-smuggling operation, saying to the police: "I'm
telling you what I know because I want to prevent you from finding an army
of kamikaze in Italy." ...
Prosecutors added that the organisation,
which largely smuggled jihadists from Tunisia, "constitutes a current and
concrete threat to national security because it is able to provide several
illegal immigrants with a hidden, safe, and fast maritime passage." ...
The arrests come after Tunisian authorities seized a boat of
illegal immigrants heading for Italy last August that was revealed to have
been more than half-full with radical Islamists, with nine of the 15 people
on board linked to terror.
The seizure followed an Interpol warning
in February of last year that claimed up to 50 Tunisian Islamic radicals
had made the voyage to Italy as illegal migrants.
Immigration abroad crime, Australia
African gangs in Melbourne are a problem, police admit, as Victorian Government defends strategy
Brad Ryan and Guy Stayner
ABC News, 9 January 2019
Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African
street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as
the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the
Police Minister Lisa Neville on Tuesday defended the
Government's handling of youth crime after the Federal Government on Monday
said "African gang crime" was out of control in Melbourne because of
lenient state policies. ...
Just days after Victoria Police Deputy
Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he did "not accept for a minute that we do
have gangs", Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said there were African
street gangs in Melbourne.
"We have for a significant period of
time said that there is an issue with overrepresentation by African youth
in serious and violent offending as well as public disorder issues," Acting
Commissioner Patton said.
Immigration abroad political violence, Germany
German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in 'Assassination' Attempt
Breitbart, 8 January 2019
German member of parliament for the populist Alternative for
Germany (AfD) Frank Magnitz was brutally attacked Monday evening in what
some are labelling an assassination attempt. ...
... He was taken
to a local hospital soon after the attack with the AfD claiming that the
police were investigating the matter as an act of politically-motivated
The brutal attack comes less than a week after an
office belonging to the AfD in the city of Döbeln was bombed in what
is also believed by the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) to have been a
politically motivated attack.
The AfD say they keep track of
attacks against their officers, members, and their homes, and gave
statistics to Breitbart London which showed that attacks have risen from
only four in 2014 to well over 600 in 2017.
Antifa violence has also become more violent and more pronounced in Germany
over the last several years, with members of the extremist organisation
releasing terror manuals encouraging attacks on the AfD.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, cost, USA
Can a Wall Pay for Itself?: An Update
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 8 January 2019
When asking whether a border wall can pay for itself, the key
questions are the cost of each illegal immigrant, and the number of illegal
crossers, vs. the cost of a wall. Making reasonable estimates of these
factors allows us to calculate what share of future illegal border-crossers
the wall would have to stop or deter from trying to enter in order for the
wall to be cost-effective. This updated analysis indicates that to pay for
the president's $5 billion wall request, a wall would have to prevent about
60,000 crossings or 3 to 4 percent of expected illegal crossers in
the next decade. If we make much more conservative assumptions about both
the cost of illegal immigrants and future flows, it still shows that a wall
would have to stop or deter only a modest percentage of illegal crossings
to pay for itself. ...
To estimate the fiscal cost of illegal
immigrants in our prior analysis we applied the average net fiscal impact
(taxes paid minus costs) of immigrants by education from a NAS study to the
education level of illegal border-crossers. Based on that analysis, we
estimate that each crosser creates a net cost of $74,722 (taxes paid minus
costs) during his or her lifetime, excluding costs for their U.S.-born
children. The figures from the NAS study are in 2012 dollars; converting
them to 2018 dollars would raise them to $82,191. This estimate means that
for every 100,000 illegal immigrants prevented from crossing illegally, it
would save taxpayers $8.2 billion over the illegal immigrants' lifetimes.
As we discussed at length in our prior analysis, the primary factor
driving these costs is the low education level of such a large share of
illegal crossers. There is agreement among researchers that illegal
immigrants overwhelmingly have modest levels of education most have
not completed high school or have only a high-school education. There is
also agreement that immigrants who come to the United States with modest
levels of education create significantly more in costs for government than
they pay in taxes.
Immigration abroad France
Yves Cochet: to save the planet, we must "limit our births" and "better welcome migrants".
Ouest-France, 8 January 2019
In an interview with L'Obs, former Environment Minister Yves Cochet
proposes measures to encourage people to have fewer children in order to
limit the ecological cost of the population and to be able to welcome more
"Let's reverse our policy of encouraging the birth
rate!" In an interview with L'Obs magazine on January 3, Yves Cochet
unveils radical solutions to save the planet in the face of climate change.
In concrete terms, the former Minister of the Environment under
Lionel Jospin, proposes "to reverse the logic of family allowances" ... He
added:"Not having any more children is the first ecological gesture." ...
However, he denies that he is "racist or elitist" and states: "I am
not targeting the poorest countries, which have more children than others.
On the contrary. Rich countries are the first to have to decrease
demographically." He added that limiting births would allow us to "better
welcome the migrants who are knocking on our doors".
Immigration abroad criminals, Australia
Violent and sexual offenders stripped of Australian visas
Liberal, 7 January 2019
More than 800 non-citizen criminals were stripped of their visas
for serious crimes in 2018.
One hundred had their visas cancelled
for committing child sex offences or for involvement in child exploitation
and pornography, 53 were stripped of their visas for domestic violence as
were 34 rapists or other sexual offenders
About 500 criminals who
committed violent offences are among those stripped of their visas,
including 13 for murder, seven for manslaughter, 125 for assault and 56 for
Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the
Government is committed to protecting our communities and keeping
"There's no place in our country for people who
come here and harm Australians," Mr Dutton said.
"We welcome people
from all round the world, but those few who think they can live in
Australia and be involved in criminal actions need to know they won't be
Under the previous Labor Government, in the five
years between 2009 and 2013, just 582 visas were cancelled under the
character provisions in s 501 of Migration Act 1958.
the Coalition has cancelled a total of 4150 visas more than seven
times that of Labor.
Immigration abroad European Union
Clueless EU: Expert warns migration crisis 'an untreated festering wound' for Brussels
Daily Express, 5 January 2019
The European Union has been warned the migration crisis has
remained a "festering wound" which could threaten the continuity of the
bloc if left untreated.
European policy expert Rem Korteweg
identified migration from non-EU countries as a key risk factor for the
unity of the European Union. Brussels has been facing increasing pressure
to completely reform the current migration policy within the bloc, with
countries such as Italy threatening to cut payments to the bloc unless
cooperation in processing arrivals is implemented. Mr Kortaweg insisted the
reforms proposed so far have been "hardly a sustainable solution," and
warned the bloc about more conflict emerging between Brussels and national
governments in EU countries.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, the
European policy expert said: "The four horsemen, as far as I saw it, were
the eurozone crisis, the migration crisis, Brexit and Russia.
you go by those four, we haven't talked about the migration crisis which I
think is still very much a festering wound inside the European Union." ...
He continued: "How to set up a fair and durable system of dealing
with migrants from non-EU countries? It's not migrants, but refugees
rather. That really came to the fore in 2015.
"The numbers have
come down since then but the issue is very much politically sensitive. No
steps really have been taken.
"The only step that has been put on
the table is to increase the EU's border control capacity which is
hardly a sustainable solution."
Immigration abroad USA
22,000 migrant children illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in December
Daily Mail, 4 January 2019
Some 22,000 minors illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in
December, a number that government officials say bolsters the argument for
building the president's promised border wall.
Of those 22,000
minors, roughly 5,000 were unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
'Vulnerable populations are embarking on the dangerous journey
north in record numbers putting themselves and minors in harm's way,' said
Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition, more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the
border in the first three months of federal fiscal year 2019 which
began October 1, 2018.
Immigration abroad Europe, Spain
Spain replaces Italy as Europe's main destination for migrant crossings
Reuters, 4 January 2019
Spain has replaced Italy as the destination of choice for migrants
crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, according to European Union estimates
published on Friday.
The border and coast guard agency Frontex said
around 150,000 people entered the EU through irregular crossings in 2018,
the lowest number in five years and far below the peak of more than a
million recorded in 2015.
Arrivals in Spain doubled to 57,000,
making the route from Morocco to the Iberian Peninsula the most active in
Europe and putting immigration in the spotlight in Spain ahead of a spate
of elections this year.
The number who reached Italy, which has
taken measures to prevent rescued migrants landing, fell 80 percent to
around 23,000, the fewest since 2012.
Arrivals in Greece and Cyprus
through the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route rose to 56,000, most
coming from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq.
Immigration abroad Germany
Germany entices illegal migrants to leave with bribes free rent for a year back home
National Post, 4 January 2019
Germany has been flooded this holiday season with billboards
offering illegal migrants a bribe to leave free rent for a year at
"Your country. Your future. Now!" displayed in seven
languages, jumps off nearly 2,500 screens in 80 cities.
A series of
flags corresponding with the top-destinations Egypt, Turkey,
Afghanistan, Eritrea and Russia shapes a zigzagging road to a
The "ReturningfromGermany" ad campaign is the
latest tactic by the German government to boost departures and deter
migration, in a reversal of Angela Merkel's controversial welcoming policy
of 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. The campaign is the
brainchild of interior minister Horst Seehofer, Merkel's rebellious
right-wing rival, who forced a coalition crisis over Germany's asylum
policy last summer.
While arrivals have normalized since three
years ago when Germany got 700,000 asylum requests rejected
asylum claims have piled up. The billboard campaign is mainly targeting the
235,000 persons who are still required to leave the country, the interior
So why haven't they left? The large majority of
asylum seekers simply cannot be sent back their claims have been
rejected, but they cannot be returned because their country of origin is
too dangerous, they lack documentation papers or suffer from illness. It's
a deadlock acknowledged by the German government itself: These 170,000
people are given special status duldung (or tolerated) to
stay on temporarily. The others those who are eligible for
deportation according to the German yardstick frequently don't show
up for their deportation. More than 20,000 airport repatriations were
scrubbed this year; half of all scheduled. Every second person went missing
in the run-up to departure.
So Seehofer took to the streets with
his billboard campaign aiming to push for voluntary departures.
What's he offering? A gift capped at 1,000 euros for a single person, 3,000
for families to provide for basic facilities. Offering financial
incentives to leave isn't new. ...
Depending on their nationality,
asylum seekers can receive 1,200 euros if they return before the asylum
procedure is completed; which drops to 800 after a rejected claim. But the
800 still beckons if they decide to depart voluntarily within 30 days.
The backlash against the billboards and the campaign has swollen
quickly. Many have been painted over with one-liners such as "All migrants
Immigration abroad Canada
Ottawa to spend $113 million on pre-arrival services for new immigrants
Yahoo News / CBC, 3 January 2019
The Trudeau government has announced $113 million in new money to
improve pre-arrival services for future immigrants to Canada.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement this
morning at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Immigrant Settlement and Integration Program
office in Vancouver. ...
The Vancouver-based program is one of four
operations that provide information, orientation and referrals to
prospective economic and family-class immigrants nationwide. The $113
million sum will fund 16 service providers, most of them operating locally.
Canada has provided pre-arrival help to new immigrants for 20 years. ...
The money will come from the immigration settlement portion of the
government's 2018 budget, a spokesperson for Hussen's office confirmed. The
federal Liberals set aside $875 million over six years to fund their
multi-year immigration plan.
Immigration abroad Israel
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2019
The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African
migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.
will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90
They will be given the option of going to their home country
or third countries.
If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities
have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.
UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and
The Israeli government says their return will be
humane and "voluntary".
The order exempts children, women, parents
of dependent minors and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC
there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420
were being held in detention facilities.
Israel uses the term
"infiltrators" to describe people who did not enter the country through an
official border crossing.
Many of the migrants - who are mostly
from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek asylum after
fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as
Immigration abroad South Korea
Protests in South Korea against Muslim refugees: We don't want to become like Europe
Voice of Europe, 2 January 2019
Around 520,000 South Koreans signed a petition against their
government's refugee friendly migration policy. Most of them are worried
about Muslim refugees from Yemen and economic exploitation by migrants, DW
"It has become really bad in recent weeks and it is
all because Jeju introduced a program that enabled people from 186
countries to come here without a tourist visa," says Hank Kim, owner of the
Core Travel Agency.
Kim continues: "Local people here are worried,
we have all read about the problems that immigrants have caused in Europe
in Germany and France in particular and we do not want that
to happen here." ...
The unrest was caused by 1,000 Yemeni refugees
using the visa programme to enter South Korea's Jeju resort island.
Immigration abroad world, public opinion
Anxiety About Immigration is a Global Issue
Quillette, 1 January 2019
[Remi Adekoya is a Ph.D. student researching group
identity at Sheffield University]
What do Nigerians, Indians, Turks and Mexicans think about migrants
coming to their countries? This we don't hear much about.
recent surveys on the issue provide interesting results. Pew Research
queried respondents in 27 nations across six continents, asking whether
they felt their countries should let in more immigrants, fewer, or about
the same as they do at present. ...
The percentage of people
wanting fewer or no more immigrants coming to their country was higher in
South Africa (65 percent), Argentina (61 percent), Kenya (60 percent),
Nigeria (50 percent), India (45 percent), and Mexico (44 percent) than it
was in Australia (38 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) or the U.S. (29
percent). In all 27 countries surveyed, less than a third of
respondents said their country should let in more immigrants. A 2017
Ipsos MORI survey on global "nativist" trends painted a similar picture.
When asked if they thought their country would be "stronger" if it "stopped
immigration" altogether, more Turks (61 percent) and Indians (45 percent)
answered in the affirmative than Brits (31 percent), Australians (30
percent), Germans (37 percent) or South Africans (37 percent). On the
question of whether they felt like "strangers in their own country"
another indicator of hostility towards immigration more Turks (57
percent), South Africans (54 percent), Brazilians (46 percent) and Indians
(39 percent) answered yes than Germans (38 percent), Brits (36 percent) or
Australians (36 percent). Finally, when asked whether employers should
"prioritize" hiring locals over immigrants, 74 percent of Turks, 64 percent
of Peruvians, 62 percent of Indians and 60 percent of South Africans
agreed, compared to 58 percent of Americans, 48 percent of Brits and 17
percent of Swedes.
The idea that so-called "nativism" or hostility
towards immigration is confined to white Westerners is a fallacy; it is a
global phenomenon that is often stronger in non-Western countries. Of
course, I wouldn't hold my breath for a spate of articles in international
media on the worrying trend of "nativism" in India or condemnations of
Kenyans for wanting fewer immigrants in their country. The moral outrage of
many white progressives and most intellectuals of color in the West on this
subject is solely reserved for white societies; if black or brown people
share exactly the same sentiments that white people are being lambasted
for, it will either be greeted with silence or with all sorts of
justificatory rationalizations. ...
... In a 2017 survey of six
African nationsNigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and
Tanzania4375 percent of the citizens said they would move
elsewhere given the opportunity. This translates to well over 200 million
people from these six countries alone who would emigrate if the opportunity
arose, presumably to one of the world's rich countries. This is the reality
that Western governments cannot afford to ignore. The fact that so many
Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans would like to emigrate elsewhere but
don't want immigrants coming into their country is a testament to our
universal human capacity for expecting from others what we ourselves are
not ready to give.
Half of children shot by police stun guns are from BAME groups report
The Guardian, 13 March 2019
Half of the children shot by police with stun guns, and a third of
those restrained using spit hoods, in England are black or from other
minority ethnic groups, according to figures obtained by children's rights
The data, compiled from freedom of information
requests, showed that in the first nine months of last year police across
England used electronic stun guns 839 times on people aged under 18,
compared with 879 uses on children in the whole of 2017.
Researchers also found a sharp rise in the use of spit hoods
against children, with 114 incidents in the first nine months of 2019, more
than double the 47 uses in the whole of 2017.
The findings are
published in a report on Tuesday by the Children's Rights Alliance for
England (CRAE), which pointed to an extreme disproportionality in the use
of both weapons against children of colour, particularly in London.
Of the children who had stun guns used against them in England, 51%
were from a minority background, rising to about 70% in London where
black children alone accounted for 54% of incidents. Across England, 34% of
children bound with spit hoods were from ethnic minorities. In London this
figure rose to 72%.
Stun-gun use includes any occasion in which the
weapons are drawn or their laser sights are pointed, as well as incidents
in which the device is fired or activated.
Multiculturalism integration, Islam
Dutch professor: "No Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims"
Voice of Europe, 7 March 2019
Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and assimilation,
Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the conclusion that
Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant groups.
Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to
successfully integrate Muslims.
"Muslims are much worse at
integration than other groups of migrants, and there is no doubt that in
most other groups of migrants, we see great progress from one generation to
the next. Although it's not completely absent in Muslims, the change is
much slower," he told Danish newspaper Berlingske recently.
65 percent of the Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries
consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the
country in which they live.
Muslims consider themselves separate
from other non-Muslim groups, and refrain from broader interaction with
those outside their religion.
The fundamentalist interpretation of
the Quran, which is prevalent among Muslims, prevents them from being
integrated into Western countries.
And up to 50 percent of Muslims
in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs. By contrast, the proportion of
fundamentalists among Christians is much lower, at less than 4 percent,
according to Koopmans' data. ...
"The main problem is how many
Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a
way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken
literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be
the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century."
"Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace.
Secondly, it prevents integration," Koopmans concluded.
Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason
American Conservative, 1 March 2019
In liberal circles, a wave of empathy is building for the "foreign
fighters" of ISIS who desire to return to their Western lives. The tip of
this iceberg is the very publicized case of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old
former Londoner who flew from Gatwick four years ago with two other girls
her age to join the Islamic State. ...
Treat her "with compassion,"
urges the liberal Guardian. Naturally, her attorney describes her as
a "victim." ...
... So paradoxically /.../ the more Britain and
other Western countries flagellate themselves over their historical
misdeeds and purported racism, the less able they are to attract the
loyalties of ethnic outsiders. So long as multiculturalism means, as it now
does in the contemporary West, that every ethnic group is supposed to find
cultural power and meaning and self-esteem in promoting its roots and
heritage, and so long as the assigned role for whites is to wallow in the
sins of their ancestors, radical hate-the-West groups will appear
compelling to minorities.
Reading through some of the personal
accounts of other Western jihadis, one shouldn't doubt the appeal of
radical doctrine. ...
At bottom, it's a question of attitude. Young
people are attracted to societies and organizations that exhibit faith in
their own legitimacy and are willing to sacrifice for it. Whatever one
might say about Shamima Begum and her cohorts, they aren't cowards and they
aren't snowflakes. Their reappearance now raises the question of whether
the West believes in itself sufficiently to punish its traitors and rally
those who want it to have a future. The verdict is still out on that.
Multiculturalism Islam, public opinion
Third of people in UK view Islam as a threat to the British way of life in wake of 2017 terror attacks, poll finds
MailOnline, 18 February 2019
Islam is seen as a threat to the British way of life by more than a
third of people in the UK, a report by anti-racism group Hope not Hate has
The group's annual State of Hate review found that 35 per
cent of 10,000 people quizzed believe Islam is generally a threat to the
Around 49 per cent of those who voted
Conservative in the 2017 general election thought it was generally
incompatible. This compares to 22 per cent of Labour supporters.
Polling conducted in July 2018 also found 32 per cent of those
asked believe there are 'no-go' areas in Britain where sharia law
'dominates and non-Muslims cannot enter'. ...
Hope not Hate found
young people were far more likely to see the benefits of multiculturalism
than their parents and grandparents.
Some 76 per cent of 18 to 24
year olds felt that diversity was integral to British culture - less than
half of those aged over 65 agreed.
The organisation also found that
fears about immigration have shifted to anti-Muslim prejudice over the past
eight years. ...
The report stated that attitudes towards Muslims
in Britain had improved between 2011 and 2016 - but the spate of terror
attacks in the UK in 2017 had a lasting impact on public perceptions. ...
Britain suffered five terror attacks over the year at Westminster,
Manchester Arena, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green.
Multiculturalism moral relativism
Shamima Begum is something worse than a criminal
Spiked, 18 February 2019
To see how broken the cultural elite's moral compass is, simply
compare their response to the Covington schoolboys with what they've been
saying about Shamima Begum since she was discovered in a refugee camp in
Syria last week.
Their fury over the Covington boys was instant and
unhinged. The boys did nothing wrong unless you think it is a crime
to sing sporty songs in response to mad verbal abuse from religious
extremists, as the boys did when members of the Black Hebrew Israelites
hurled epithets at them outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. And
yet these boys were made into global hate figures, denounced as white
supremacists, their likenesses reproduced everywhere as 21st-century
demonic images that every good person had a duty to be horrified by.
In stark, alarming contrast, the same sections of the
opinion-forming set that raged against those boys have treated Ms Begum
with sympathy and charity. This despite the fact that she absolutely has
done something wrong. Beyond wrong, in fact. She travelled thousands of
miles to join a neo-fascistic cult that massacres Kurds and Iraqis and
Syrians, beheads dissenters, executes homosexuals, treats women as
imbeciles, and inspires its Western backers to carry out barbaric attacks
on men, women and children across Europe. She betrayed her nation in the
most grotesque way. She is, in every meaning of the word, a traitor. And
yet what do the chattering classes give her? The benefit of the doubt. The
promise of redemption. She's a victim, they say, who was groomed and
brainwashed, and now we must bring her home and remake her.
boys were denounced for nothing. Begum is talked about sympathetically
despite having made herself the willing supplicant of a movement that
massacred Britain's own children, in Manchester, alongside revellers and
shoppers everywhere from London Bridge to Berlin to Nice. This chasm-sized
disparity between the animus heaped upon those innocent boys and the
excuse-making afforded to Ms Begum demands an explanation. For no normal or
good society condemns the innocent while extending the hand of
understanding to those who support a barbaric foreign army that dreams of
destroying said society. So what has happened?
Partly it is down to
the politics of identity. /.../ The things being said about Begum
that she was groomed, that she's a victim would never be said about
a 15-year-old white boy who ran off to join a neo-Nazi movement that
executed thousands of people for the crime of being non-white. There is an
implicit racism and sexism in the idea that Begum has less moral
culpability than a white male of her age would have.
broadly, the confused moral debate over Begum's fate, which has now morphed
into a debate about what should become of the hundreds of other Brits who
ran away to join ISIS, speaks to the institutional cowardice of the
21st-century West and particularly of the British state and Britain's
... Our societies have seriously lost their moral
bearings, their very sense of themselves as nations with values and ideals
and rules. And it is this that fuels both the new rash judgementalism and
the tyranny of non-judgementalism.
This isn't your home anymore, Shamima
Spiked, 14 February 2019
To see the staggering narcissism and sense of entitlement that
exists among certain sections of British youth today, look no further than
the comments made by Shamima Begum. This is the young woman from London who
ran away to join ISIS. Who turned her back on liberal democracy in favour
of life in a 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Who rejected Britain and ran
into the arms of a vicious and backward movement that despises Britain and
everything it stands for. Who turned her back on her family, her community
and her nation and shacked up with a fundamentalist army that has massacred
British citizens, whether by slitting their throats in the Syrian desert or
killing their children with homemade bombs packed with nails and screws.
And yet there is Ms Begum today, on the front page of The Times,
saying she wants to come 'home'. Well, I'm sorry Shamima this isn't
your home anymore.
... Begum says she just wants to 'come home and
live quietly with my child' (she is reportedly nine months pregnant) and
she says she's confident her and her child will be 'taken care of'. There's
the casual, implicitly arrogant assumption that it is absolutely fine that
she holds values that run directly, violently counter to British values.
She says she has no regrets about joining ISIS and that the sight of
severed human heads in dustbins 'didn't faze me at all', seemingly unmoved
by the fact that the vast majority of Britons will find such views morally
and dangerously repellent.
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019
YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of Elders to
conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the West and
Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith meeting
between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Shaikh
Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.
included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United States,
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ...
As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents in
the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in
This included nearly half of respondents in France
(46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and
Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the
alternative statement that Islam is generally compatible with the
values of society in their country including 22% in France, 20% in
Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.
In a separate
survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents
perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for
Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents
perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for
both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...
Nearly half of French respondents
(49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards
Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13%
unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9%
unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.
53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared
with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other
The United States and Britain showed a similar
trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam
(37% and 32% respectively).
Clear majorities of Western respondents
in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned
about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France
and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
Multiculturalism Australia, Western civilisation
Western Civ: it's not just for white people anymore
Spectator Australia, 19 January 2019
When the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation generously offered
to fund 'Western Civ' courses at Australian universities, critics at the
ANU and University of Sydney inevitably expressed their gratitude with
accusations of racism. They say that Western Civ. has no place in a
multicultural society. Teaching Western Civ. is somehow construed as an
insult both to indigenous and immigrant Australians, which, when you think
about it, really includes just about everyone.
Racism doesn't seem
to be such a problem for the University of Wollongong, which has agreed to
host the first Ramsay Centre degree, to be called the Bachelor of Arts
(Western Civilisation). In fact, it will create a new school within its
faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts just for the occasion. That's
right: to find Western civilisation in Australia, head to Wollongong.
But the idea that Australians of Chinese, Indian, or Aboriginal
backgrounds are somehow congenitally non-Western is itself racist. The idea
that Chinese, Indian, and indigenous students of any nationality would not
want to enrol in a Western civilisation course is worse than racist
There's nothing racist about teaching an
Australian medical student of Chinese descent Western medicine instead of
traditional Chinese medicine, Australian law instead of Chinese law. A
course in Western civilisation is no different. It's not racist to offer
Western Civ. It's racist not to offer it if multiculturalism is
offered as the excuse. ...
Australian universities certainly should
celebrate Australia's and the world's many cultures. Everyone
should study a foreign language, admire the world's artistic heritage,
travel a bit, and sample as many as possible of the world's distinctive
cuisines. Australia is blessed to be a country of many cultures, and they
are all worth experiencing. But our universities should teach our own
civilisation, first, foremost, and perhaps even exclusively. After all,
it's the only civilisation we have.
Multiculturalism Islam, USA, Europe
Rep André Carson Predicts Sizable 'Muslim Caucus' By 2030. Is He Correct, And Will It Matter?
Townhall, 14 January
Democratic Rep. André Carson made news last week by
predicting that there could be as many as 30 to 35 Muslims in Congress and
possibly even a Muslim president or vice president by the year 2030.
Speaking to attendees at a "Community Congressional Reception"
hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday, the
Indiana congressman welcomed newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and
Rashida Tlaib - both of whom were in attendance and spoke later - and
celebrated the likelihood that their election victories were just the tip
of the iceberg that's to come.
"It's more than just about having
three Muslims in Congress," said Carson. "I think symbolically it has great
value, but I won't rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress;
2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about
30, 35 Muslims in Congress." ...
... PEW Research predicts the
Muslim population in the United States could reach 8.1 million by 2050. If
so, it would comprise 2.1 percent of the total population, almost twice the
current 1.1 percent share. Sounds reasonable. However, the same article
acknowledges that the Muslim population "has been growing rapidly" from its
originally small base due to "higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans
as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S." ...
Thanks to its physical proximity to Muslim countries so many are
desperate to leave, Western Europe is in an entirely different situation.
According to PEW Research, the share of Muslims on the continent grew from
19.5 million to 25.8 million (from 3.8 percent to almost 5 percent) from
2010 to 2016 alone. "By 2050, the share of the continent's population that
is Muslim could more than double, rising to 11.2% or more, depending on how
much migration is allowed into Europe," writes PEW, adding that even if
migration were "permanently halted" (something we all know probably won't
happen anytime soon), the "relative youth and high fertility rates" of
Muslims currently living in Europe would still cause the population to rise
to 7.4 percent.
Some countries project even higher in 2050, should
migration continue at current rates - Germany at 19.7 percent, UK at 17.2
percent, France at 18 percent and Sweden at 30.6 percent.
isn't projected, and what isn't generally spoken of in polite circles, is
where things go from there. ...
Yes, most individual Muslims are
doubtless good people who, like most immigrants, simply want the best for
themselves and their families. But you can do your own research and come to
your own conclusions on the virtues and drawbacks of Muslim majority
countries. (I will ask this though - If they are so great, why are so many
people itching to leave them?)
You can also decide for yourself
whether or not you want to live in one.
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, on the other hand, may not be so
Multiculturalism segregated schools, USA
'I Love My Skin!' Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools
New York Times, 8 January 2019
"I love myself!" the group of mostly black children shouted in
unison. "I love my hair, I love my skin!" When it was time to settle down,
their teacher raised her fist in a black power salute. The students did the
same, and the room hushed. ...
It was a typical morning at Ember
Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an Afrocentric school that
sits in a squat building on a quiet block in a neighborhood long known as a
center of black political power.
Though New York City has tried to
desegregate its schools in fits and starts since the 1954 Supreme Court
ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the school system is now one of the
most segregated in the nation. But rather than pushing for integration,
some black parents in Bedford-Stuyvesant are choosing an alternative:
schools explicitly designed for black children. ...
"Some of us are
pro-integration, some of us are anti- and others are ambivalent," said
Lurie Daniel Favors, a member of Parenting While Black, a newly formed
group of Brooklyn parents. "Even if integrated education worked perfectly
and our society spent the past 60-plus years trying it's
still not giving black children the kind of education necessary to create
the solutions our communities need."
Children of any race may apply
to an Afrocentric school, though they are overwhelmingly black. Some have
sizable numbers of Hispanic students Ember, which goes from
kindergarten to eighth grade and is about a third Hispanic, incorporates
Spanish into the students' morning affirmation but the schools
typically have few or no white applicants. ...
With the city's
approval, any principal can adopt a black-centric curriculum with
black teachers, and a focus on black culture in literature, history and art
classes as long as the school complies with state educational
And though a recent study found that some
Afrocentric charter schools are low-performing, they remain popular among
parents and many educators. Milwaukee and Chicago both have prominent
black-centric charter schools. /.../ New Afrocentric public schools and
programs have recently sprouted in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif.
Where Tories fear to tread
Conservative Woman, 3 January 2019
What Conservative politicians have long ceased to stand for are
recognisably conservative principles in any shape or form. ...
... But the globalists' failure to define the nation in any
substantive sense other than by appeal to vacuous 'British values', or to
acknowledge the existence of a national culture, renders sovereignty
a hollow shell. 'Global Britain', that multicultural microcosm of the wider
world, an economic black hole into which migrant labour and foreign capital
flow freely, an international business park in which people count only as
factors of production to be shunted around, is devoid of meaning or sense
to true conservatives.
Here are the sorts of question to which
conservatives ought to have answers: /.../ Do the English people
have a distinctive national culture? Does 'English civilisation' exist? If
it does exist, is it worth preserving and transmitting to future
generations? Should it be transmitted to newcomers, who would thereby be
assimilated? Is there anything to distinguish mass immigration, or
immigration without assimilation, from colonisation? Is Britain still 'a
Christian country'? Are 'multiculture', 'diversity', 'inclusivity' and
'tolerance' necessarily goods to be encouraged and celebrated or is
'multiculturalism' simply a recipe for segregation? Is the 'white flight'
of the English from the cities and suburbs to the counties, which Ed West
described in The Diversity Illusion as 'perhaps the biggest shift
westwards since the Anglo-Saxon invasion', a cause for concern?
These are awkward questions to raise in a multicultural society
where 'diversity' has been elevated to the status of a moral imperative.
For modern-day conservatives belonging to the political and media class, it
seems they can be passed over in silence. So long as newcomers whose
culture and way of life is alien to our own sign up to concocted 'British
values' ('diversity', 'inclusivity' and 'tolerance'), we can rest assured
that they will play their full part in a vibrant diverse multicultural
But the problem remains: in a multicultural society,
it is the indigenous English who are deprived of their identity. One
need only consider the outrage that would greet plans to establish a school
for English children transmitting English culture, beliefs
and traditions. For the dominant majority, whose culture has been condemned
as colonialist, oppressive and constitutionally racist, the only remedy is
immersion in multiculture, through which their crimes, their white guilt,
can be purged. Throw in the perverse paraphernalia of identity politics
(the natural accompaniment to multiculture) 'hate crime', the
censorship of free speech, 'no platforming', 'safe spaces',
'micro-aggression', diversity quotas, 'cultural appropriation',
'Islamophobia', 'transphobia' and so forth and the destruction of
the old culture is complete.
... But for the predominantly white
English of the cities and northern towns, who increasingly feel they are
strangers in their own land, who would rather share their culture,
their ways, their memories with old or new neighbours, the
celebration of 'diversity' is not an option. To them, what is going on
seems more like cultural suicide.
Their anger is growing. But who
will speak for them?
Multiculturalism secular religion
The great awokening
The Spectator, 3 January 2019
Is the social justice movement that's sweeping British and American
universities a secular religion? /.../ No doubt the same could be said of
most political ideologies, but there's one aspect of left-wing identity
politics in which it reveals itself as more cult-like than other belief
systems. I'm thinking of its magical component.
This was brought to
my attention by the psychiatrist and blogger Scott Alexander. In a post
entitled 'Devoodooifying Psychology', he compared the concept of
'stereotype threat' to a voodoo hex. Stereotype threat holds that if a
person is expected to perform badly in a test because she's a member of a
particular group, she will perform badly. It is invoked by the social
justice left to explain the under-performance of women in Stem subjects, as
well as other group discrepancies. Alexander means two things by this.
First, that the effect of stereotyping someone, according to the theory, is
similar to that of a voodoo curse, negatively affecting their performance.
Second, that the effect isn't real. Stereotype threat is one of the
casualties of the 'replication crisis' afflicting psychology, with
researchers unable to replicate this finding.
Alexander gives is 'unconscious bias'. This is the idea that people,
particularly straight white men, are influenced by biases they aren't aware
of that lead them to discriminate against women and minorities. Informing
people of their biases, usually by making them take an implicit association
test, is one of the key elements of diversity training, which has become an
$8 billion-a-year industry in the US even though study after study has
shown it doesn't work. A belief in unconscious bias isn't confined to
members of the intersectionality cult, but they have latched on to it,
partly because it enables them to claim racism and sexism are responsible
for a host of outcome discrepancies in spite of the evidence that bigotry
and prejudice have declined significantly in the past 30 years while many
outcome discrepancies have remained stable. Again, there is something
deeply irrational about this: a belief in an unseen force that is
responsible for many of society's ills.
In Psychology Today,
the sociologist Jason Manning expanded on this theme, pointing out that
blaming stereotype threat and implicit bias for the underperformance of
certain groups has something in common with the belief in the 'evil eye'.
/.../ As with stereotype threat and unconscious bias, the 'evil eye' is
believed to be capable of having this effect even if the jealous person
doesn't intend it to. ...
The same belief in magic reveals itself
in the claim that certain words or ideas associated with 'white privilege'
are a form of 'epistemic violence', capable of wreaking untold
psychological damage on women and minorities. /.../ In this context, the
'safe spaces' that have been created in universities, in which students are
protected from the harmful effects of these spells, are a bit like churches
holy places where evil cannot penetrate.
about members of the social justice left is not that they don't believe in
magic they clearly do but that the supernatural forces that
govern their universe are all malevolent. Theirs is a religion bereft of a
divine being. There are only white Devils.
Shamed politician's daughter has job looking after Rotherham abuse victims
The Times, 15 March 2019
The daughter of a disgraced politician who was implicated in the
Rotherham sex-grooming scandal has been placed in charge of a support
service for the town's abuse victims.
Norsheen Akhtar runs child
sexual exploitation (CSE) programmes for Rotherham Rise, a charity that
receives most of its funding from the council. Her father, Jahangir Akhtar,
resigned as the council's deputy leader in 2013 after he was implicated in
He brokered a deal under which one of his relatives
agreed to hand a missing 14-year-old girl to police at a petrol station
after receiving an assurance that he would not be prosecuted.
Politics political left, Europe
Europe's anti-immigration left
Washington Times, 7 March 2019
[Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East
With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high
levels of immigration; and the American left goes further, calling to
"Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement,
America's border security agency). But developments in Europe suggest this
near-unanimity could one day shatter.
Since the end of World War
II, Europe's left has overwhelmingly seen the free movement of labor and
immigration as the best ways to challenge corporate interests; in the words
of progressive writer David Adler (on whose article, "Meet Europe's Left
Nationalists," I have relied here), these "hastened the pace of history and
heightened capitalism's contradictions."
Accordingly, the left
helped build the European Union and then pass the 1985 Schengen Agreement
(that virtually eliminated internal borders among 26 European countries
with a population of more than 400 million). It also enthusiastically
welcomed non-Europeans, an approach that culminated in 2015-16 with Angela
Merkel (a leftist in conservative disguise) taking in a million-plus
migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who were met in Germany by a
Willkommenskultur, or welcoming culture.
That massive influx, and
especially the Islamists among them, stimulated a backlash among the left's
historic base, the workers, leading them to desert it in favor of
once-marginal anti-immigration and anti-Islamization parties, the ones I
call civilizationist. These parties, with their mix of generous social
benefits and strong border controls, are gaining throughout Europe to the
point that they wield real power in five governments (those of Poland,
Czechia, Hungary, Austria and Italy).
Getting elected, leftists
increasingly realize, means making what Mr. Adler calls a "momentous turn"
away from both the single European labor market and migration from outside
Europe; this doublet, they recently discovered, "encourages exploitation,
erodes community, and denies popular sovereignty." Left nationalists
criticize the free movement of labor for several reasons: Economic (jobs
lost, wages undercut), cultural (loss of solidarity, xenophobia) and
political (an elite project not endorsed by the masses).
startling turn-around, open borders are now seen as harming working-class
interests while strict border controls assure workers' rights. The nation,
long seen as a bourgeois project, has become a shield for workers against
the perils of globalism. ...
Mr. Adler notes that 40 percent of
Democrats in the United States want yet higher levels of immigration than
at present, in contrast to just 5 percent of Labor voters in the United
Politics equality, free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Spiked, 4 March 2019
On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English
and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for
several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the
free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of
understanding truth. ...
The government would no doubt like to be
seen to be doing something to reverse the worst excesses of
free-speech restrictions, which, beyond the cloistered world of some
students' unions, are simply embarrassing. To this end, the guidance states
that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions, including those
that may offend, shock or disturb others'.
Yet the detail of the
guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, makes
clear that given the current legal framework it is much easier for
universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect it. The
right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly
attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will
have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...
The discourse of
diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour
government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this
legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on
'Disadvantaged groups' are defined in the Equality Act
as those with 'protected characteristics', such as those who identify on
the basis of gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, race or
religion. And as the free-speech guidance points out, universities have a
legal duty to 'encourage good relations between people who share a relevant
protected characteristic and people who do not'. In the context of the
Equality Act, these words are regularly invoked to silence those who
question moral and political views associated with the politics of
identity. Can a man become a woman? Should gay people adopt? Is Islam
compatible with liberal democracy? These questions are challenging, but in
a free society they need to be asked, even if they offend, shock or disturb
Politics racism, identities
As immigration from outside Europe rises, hucksters foment racial hatred
The Guardian, 3 March 2019
If you want to understand the future, look at an experiment
conducted at Manchester University on whether wealth should be
redistributed from rich to poor. A majority thought it should and showed
robust support for the proposition that money should be spent on
educational opportunities for working-class children. ...
the sequel. After asking whether working-class children should receive a
leg-up, the researchers rephrased the question. Should black and Muslim
citizens, who are overwhelmingly working class, be the beneficiaries of
affirmative action? Support for assistance targeted at the working class
remained high 70-80%. However, support for identical policies
targeted at black Britons ranged from 17-29%, while support for assistance
targeted at Muslims ranged from 7-14%.
America is no longer an
aberration. America is our future. When Tony Blair was elected in 1997, 60%
of the English population was white and had left school without A-levels.
When Theresa May lost her majority in 2017, that proportion had fallen to
40%. Over the same period, the share of the English population who were
university graduates, members of an ethnic minority group or both went from
17 to 40%. In Britain, as in the US, progressive politics will be drawn to
appeal to minorities and the educated, while rightwing politics will be
drawn to appealing to "the whites".
Research published last month
by Maria Sobolewska and Robert Ford showed British and US attitudes were
converging and white identity politics was growing. ...
countries become immigrant nations, identity politics is inevitable. Who am
I to say that it is less real than the old politics? If you are a woman
confronted with a justice system that fails to prosecute rapists, or a
black or Asian businessman who wants to vote Conservative but can't because
the party cannot acknowledge the racism you have experienced, or a Jew
staring at the leader of the Labour party as he endorses "art" straight out
of Nazi iconography and says you don't understand "English irony", or a
white, working-class boy who listens to the demands to promote women and
minorities and wonders what modern Britain offers you, your concerns aren't
Politics Conservative Party
May hails surge in non-EU migration to 15-year high as evidence of strong economy - despite pledge to drastically reduce it
Independent, 1 March
A big leap in immigration from outside the EU is evidence of the
strength of the UK economy, Theresa May says.
The prime minister
appeared relaxed about the increase to its highest level for 15
years while insisting she remained committed to slashing numbers to
"the tens of thousands".
The latest figures show 283,000 more
people moved to the UK than left the country in the year to last September
almost three times the government target of 100,000.
rise was fuelled by 261,000 non-EU arrivals, the highest figure since 2004,
outweighing a fall in EU net migration to the lowest level since 2009. ...
However, asked for a response, her official spokesman said: "What
the figures show you is that the UK is continuing to attract and retain
highly-skilled workers, including more doctors and nurses, while talented
international students are benefiting from our world-leading universities
and boosting our economy."
Politics local authorities
Immigration check outcry sees officers removed by councils
The Observer, 24 February 2019
Labour councils are removing Home Office immigration officers
embedded within local authorities after calls from party members and
councillors to stop enabling policies that lead to a "hostile environment"
Embedded officials sit in on meetings between
councils and vulnerable migrant families and ensure the Home Office is made
aware of each person that registers for emergency funds. They can also pass
information to immigration enforcement officers, and have been accused of
encouraging undocumented migrants to leave the UK voluntarily and of
providing poor advice that could damage applications to stay in the
Damien Egan, the mayor of Lewisham, said the
south-east London council was removing its embedded official "to reassure
vulnerable migrants that Lewisham will support them".
London council, Southwark, scrapped its embedded Home Office official last
Public bodies are often required to check the status of
people who use their services, as part of what Theresa May described in
2012 as a "hostile environment" for undocumented migrants. Egan, who said
he was elected last May after pledging that Lewisham would become a
sanctuary borough for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, said: "It is
now time for Theresa May to scrap her government's 'hostile environment'
policy which has done so much to scapegoat and harm migrants, and to give
councils the funding they need to support their communities." ...
The officials are often put in place to ease the growing costs
facing the council, amid unprecedented cuts to council budgets since 2010,
worsened by what a Lewisham council spokesperson admitted was "a chaotic
"The council had been left facing a bill of
millions of pounds in supporting residents with irregular immigration
status, while also suffering funding cuts running to tens of millions of
pounds, which have left local government at breaking point," the
Although Southwark's agreement with the Home
Office came to an end on 31 September, the council chose not to publicise
the decision. It follows a similar move by Labour-run Haringey council in
Politics free speech
University suspends student, 19, who sparked outrage by saying the NHS should not be free to immigrants and complained about the 'Islamisation' of Britain during class
MailOnline, 22 February 2019
A student who claimed the NHS should not be free to immigrants and
lamented about the 'Islamisation' of Britain has been kicked out of his
Sebastian Walsh expressed his controversial opinions
during class seminars and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
decided to suspend him after they received several complaints about his
The self-proclaimed 'free speech advocate'
complained being struck-off from university was a violation of his human
The University of Central Lancashire told Mr Walsh he
could return to his social work studies in September if he signed a good
conduct agreement and undertake a diversity training course.
However the first-year student from Wigan, Lancashire, is refusing
to bow down.
Mr Walsh, a Ukip member, said: 'Freedom of speech is a
human right and I am determined to stand by this.
'I will be
fighting the university's decision on this to make sure others aren't
punished for their opinions in future.'
Politics Conservative Party
Retraction of our paper on post-Brexit migration levels
Migration Watch UK, 13 February 2019
We have decided to withdraw the paper issued today on post-Brexit
migration levels. There was an error in the calculations which was
unfortunately overlooked at the final stages of preparation. We apologise
for the error and will rectify it in the course of producing a revised
Politics Conservative Party
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019
"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the
process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"
Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group
On Monday 28th January 2019 Home
Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the
Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of
migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".
Both a Bow
Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over
80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a
foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect
of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.
the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3
concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue
to be the most important.
Gross migraton figures into the UK
have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to
the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.
the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to
"cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has
featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all
of which they have been elected to government.
commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition
to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving
office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the
The Governmnet has created a situation
with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill,
& Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to
up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...
on the Government to:
1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration
at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000
over a 10 year period.
2. Use gross rather than net figures when
tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of
people entering the country to live and work.
3. Clarify that they
will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU
students & their families.
Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't
ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for
compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS
and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future
elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that
the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did
they vote for it"
Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The
Politics Labour Party, Brexit
Tony Blair triggered Brexit with CRAZY policy on unchecked immigration - Brexiteer
Sunday Express, 10 February 2019
Tony Blair "propelled Britain out of the European Union" with his
failure to create a regulated immigration system after the bloc extended
freedom of movement rights to new member states, Brexiteer Patrick Minford
Patrick Minford suggested former Prime Minister Tony Blair
contributed to the Brexit vote with his decision not to fall in line with
other EU member states and regulate migration from new bloc members. During
Mr Blair's tenure, the European Union extended freedom of movement rights
to 10 new member states in what is to date the largest single extension of
the union. The Brexiteer economist argued the British Prime Minister failed
to create an appropriate migration policy in a deliberate bid to lure EU
newcomers into the Labour Party.
... Prof Minford said: "The Blair
Government let in all people from Eastern Europe straight away and this was
a terrible mistake.
"It certainly was a contributing factor to the
Brexit debate. There's not much more to be said other than Blair should not
have done this and he was crazy to do it. He had an agenda." ...
Prof Minford continued: "The reason he did it was he thought they
would all be Labour voters and so he thought, politically, it was a smart
thing to do.
"Get a lot of new immigrants into the UK, all of whom
would change the demographics of the vote. This was an irresponsible and
foolish thing to do. Of course, what it did is propel us out of the EU."
Politics Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn wanted 'unrestricted immigration' when he first arrived as a new MP at Westminster in 1983 and believed anyone who disagreed with him was racist, book
Mail on Sunday, 10 February 2019
Dressed in a dirty jacket and creased trousers, Jeremy Corbyn
arrived in Westminster as a new MP in the summer of 1983.
immediately told friends that Parliament was 'a waste of time' with no
relevance to his Islington constituents, especially the immigrant
To meet them, he set up offices in the Red Rose Centre
in Holloway where his door was always open to a tide of human misery:
Cypriots, Jamaicans, Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans, South Americans,
Somalis, West Saharans and Kurds all sought his help.
procession of petitioners reinforced his conviction that Britain should
allow unrestricted immigration and offer the world's destitute an
open invitation to share our wealth.
In his opinion, all immigrant
communities were victims of white imperialists, and the British state owed
them a financial obligation. Anyone who disagreed was racist.
years later Corbyn was back in Westminster for another first day of the new
To celebrate a new era, Britain's first three black MPs
all Labour marched into the Commons chamber together.
Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott and Bernie Grant, together with the
Asian Keith Vaz, each dressed in their parents' national costumes, created
an unprecedented spectacle as they walked towards the Speaker to take the
Acting as part-supplicant and part-valet, Corbyn walked
immediately behind, pleased to have a place as the honorary white man for
the black caucus.
'Look at Jeremy,' said Brian Wilson, a new
Scottish MP, to George Galloway, who had also been newly elected. 'He would
black up if he could.'
Politics Labour Party
Labour Backing Free Movement After Brexit Would Be A Betrayal Of Our Voters And Principles
HuffPost, 8 February 2019
[Brendan Chilton is general secretary of Labour Leave]
During the 2017 election, Labour made a specific manifesto
commitment was given to end freedom of movement. This week's intervention
by Sir Keir Starmer signals a change in the Labour leadership's stance. Sir
Keir's comments suggesting Labour ought to explore "qualified free
movement" after Brexit is at odds with existing Labour party policy and the
manifesto which secured us the endorsement of almost 13 million voters.
It is widely accepted that the issue of immigration was at the
forefront of the referendum campaign in 2016. The reasons for this are
plain to see for anyone who understands the concerns of working-class
communities. For years unmanaged immigration exclusively from the EU into
the UK did fundamentally change the makeup of communities and increase
pressures on the employment market and public services. Free movement is a
policy which works solely for the interests of large multinationals and
corporations providing them with an endless supply of cheap labour.
The Labour Party has always championed an internationalist
immigration policy over a regionalist one. ...
Labour has always
been a radical force in the world that has campaigned with other
international liberation movements to advance the lot of peoples from the
developing world. How the Labour movement ever managed to find itself in a
position where it supported a structure of white privilege is beyond
comprehension. What is more astonishing is that there are still those
within the Labour and trade union movement who wish to see this
neo-imperial model continued even after we have left the European Union.
Taking back control was the overarching message of the Leave
campaign. Leaving the EU means the British government is once again in a
position to determine our immigration policy. Maintaining qualified free
movement from the EU will not allow a future Labour government to develop a
policy that is truly inclusive and fair to all nations. ...
primary objections to the current immigration arrangements are that people
do not feel their government is able to control our borders. There is
nothing racist or xenophobic about wanting to be able to determine the
numbers of people arriving in your country, whatever Chuka Umunna or Anna
Soubry tell us.
Politics universities, free speech
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Sunday Telegraph, 3
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on campuses
in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has warned, as
he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened children" and
take a stand.
Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National Union of
Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s, said that it
is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...
week the Government published guidance for universities on free speech,
which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just because they
"offend, shock or disturb" students.
It is the first time in 30
years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at
universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of
It says that universities have a legal duty to
uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event
can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...
Mr Phillips, who
is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely
blamed on students.
"It is weakness of faculties and university
authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand
up for higher education values," he said. ...
Mr Phillips, who is
the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said
that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the
Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime -
and that's where we have got to on some campuses".
He said: "The
debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the
loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of
the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly
Wishful thinking over immigration
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2019
In his article in Conservative Home on Monday, Tory MP Steve Double
wrote that Theresa May had incorrectly read the public mood with regard to
immigration, and that perceptions of immigration had become more favourable
since the Brexit vote. To support his assertion, he cited the National
Conversation on Immigration (NCI). ...
Polling by Ipsos MORI last
spring /.../ did indeed find that a fifth of the public had become more
positive about immigration, but that was because nearly half believed (EU)
numbers were falling, or would fall, as a result of Brexit. ...
fairness to Mr Double, a more recent poll has shown immigration to be of
relatively less concern to the public than it has been for some years,
which he has attibuted to people recognising the benefits of immigration,
as well as having faith in the government keeping its promises to reduce
net migration. Really? A 2018 YouGov poll found that nearly two-thirds of
voters think immigration levels have been too high over the past decade.
Another one by Deltapoll, conducted over the summer, found that nearly
three-quarters of the public (equivalent to 38 million) want the Government
to honour its promises to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.
Mr Double also appears to have missed the findings of the open
survey produced as part of the 'National Conversation on Immigration'
exercise, organised by British Future and 'Hope Not Hate', which showed
that a larger share of the public believe that immigration has had a
negative impact on the UK than those who believe the opposite ...
The 'National Conversation' asked a lot of questions, which
elicited answers that suggested participants had a nuanced view of migrants
and their contributions, but this is hardly a revelation. ...
problem we at Migration Watch UK had with the 'National Conversation'
wasn't so much the questions that were asked but those that were not. While
it did ask people if they thought it should be a priority to reduce overall
numbers as well as whether the target should be kept or replaced with
multiple targets, there was no reference in the polling section to the
current and recent scale of immigration or any question about whether
participants considered this to be too high or whether it should be
It is clear that a great deal of time and effort by the
'National Conversation' organisers went into talking to a large body of
people. However, what they appear not have done was to listen to those they
conversed with. In one section, the paper suggests that one of the
Government's tasks is to 'secure public consent' for immigration (p7). ...
Brexit, of course, has no bearing on immigration from outside the
EU, and this is now at its highest since 2004. Non-EU net migration
constitutes three-quarters of all non-British net inflows. ...
government and many MPs (Steve Double is far from a lone voice) seem intent
on glossing over the public's deeply felt concerns about the serious
challenges posed by unabated immigration. ...
resulting rapid rate of population growth, 80 per cent of which has been
due to direct and indirect immigration since 2001, adds huge pressures on
infrastructure and public services. Mr Double and his colleagues may choose
to brush aside public disquiet at such a state of affairs but the truth is
that they are either engaging in wishful thinking or they are woefully out
of touch. Perhaps both.
Politics Conservative Party
Britain has a good news for Indians who want to migrate to UK
Economic Times, 17 January 2019
An unlimited number of highly-skilled Indian workers will be able
to migrate to the UK under new proposals that could come into effect in
2021, with a senior British minister on Wednesday saying that in the new
system the country will be open to the "best and brightest" from India.
The UK also wants to ink a pact with India similar to the one New
Delhi has with France, treating each other's academic degrees as equivalent
for higher studies and jobs, sources said.
The post-Brexit visas
and immigration strategy, set out in an immigration White Paper, was tabled
in the House of Commons last month by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It
proposes removal of cap on highly-skilled migrants from anywhere in the
world and improves the post-study work offering for international students.
The UK officials on Wednesday visited New Delhi for the Migration
Dialogue with the Indian government about a month after the British
government unveiled its post-Brexit visas and immigration strategy that
seeks to remove cap on highly-skilled migrants.
signalled a new phase of cooperation and acted as a forum to discuss
opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship, a statement said.
"The UK is committed to building relationships across the globe
which is why officials visited New Delhi and met the government of India
today," UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes was quoted as saying in a
British High Commission statement.
The UK already issues more
skilled worker visas to Indian nationals than to the rest of the world
combined, she said.
"Under the new system, operating from 2021, we
will always be open to the brightest and best from India, who wish to come
to live and work in the UK," Nokes said. ...
These proposals will
mean that there would be no limit on the number of skilled people, such as
engineers, doctors and IT professionals, who can come to live and work in
the UK, the statement said.
Politics Conservative Party
EU 'Conservative' Leader: Europeans 'Must Open Hearts' to Mass Migration
Breitbart, 14 January 2019
European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) leader Syed Kamall has
slammed policies to limit mass migration from the third world, blasting EU
nations' "hypocrisy" for refusing to open the border to Africa while their
own citizens move abroad.
"We must learn to open our hearts to
genuine asylum seekers people who are fleeing persecution," the UK
Conservative MEP told delegates at the 'Africa Summit 2019' at EU
Parliament last week.
Opening the ECR-sponsored conference, which
was promoted as an opportunity to exchange best practice between the EU and
African nations, Kamall complained, "Some [European countries] have not
even managed to make the distinction between asylum and immigration." ...
Though the leader of a staunchly conservative parliament grouping,
Kamall appeared in a leaked document of MEPs considered "allies" of the
globalist George Soros network and has often campaigned for mass migration
in his political career. ...
But in a statement, the London MEP
explained that his decision to support Brexit was based primarily on his
desire to see Britain welcome much more third world migration, a policy
goal he described as being "incompatible with our membership of the EU".
Denouncing a "shocking" lack of ethnic diversity in Brussels,
Kamall was a leading figure in campaigns blasting the EU as "too white"
last year, alongside his fellow UK 'Conservative' MEP Sajjad Karim, who
claimed the European Parliament "has been pale, male and stale for far too
long" and that this must change in order for the body to "actively oppose
Islamophobia" and populism.
Politics Parliament, UN Global Compact on Migration
Parliament REFUSES Petition to Reject UN Migrant Pact: 'Already Been Agreed'
Breitbart, 11 January 2019
The British Parliament has refused to debate a petition to reject
the UN compact on migration as it "has already been agreed by the UK
The petition, which has nearly 130,000 signatures,
called on the Government to follow countries like the United States,
Hungary, and Australia and reject the United Nations Compact for Safe,
Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the first attempt at the "global
governance" and institutionalisation of migration.
has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition because the UN Global
Compact on Migration has already been agreed by the UK Government," said
"The final text of the Compact was agreed by the UK
Government in July last year. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in
December," it added, before claiming that the compact is "not legally
binding and cannot compel the UK Government to change its own immigration
policies" despite legal experts warning that the agreement exists in a
legal "grey area" and could be used to interpret national immigration law.
While Britain committed to the agreement at the Intergovernmental
Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10th, the minimum number of
signatures needed to trigger Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to
consider it for a full debate 100,000 had been reached a week
before then, with Parliament only rejecting the debate Wednesday.
Politics abuse, political correctness
The politically correct tactics of the mob outside parliament
Spectator blog, 11 January 2019
People are talking about the ugly protests outside parliament as if
they are a new and strange phenomenon in British politics. The rough
bellowing at politicians. The hollering of the word 'Nazi!' at people who
clearly aren't Nazis. The attempt to shout down politicians and journalists
who simply want to make a political point. It is all so shocking and
strange and un-British, commentators claim. Really? To me, the protests
look and sound incredibly familiar. They look like another expression of
the nasty, censorious, violent-minded political correctness that has been
growing for years in this country. These protests aren't fascism in action
they're political correctness in action.
All the elements
are there. The branding of your opponents as fascists and Nazis. 'Anna
Soubry is a Nazi!', the self-styled 'yellow vest' mob hollered on College
Green while Soubry was being interviewed by the BBC. The casual flinging
about of the 'fascist' slur is par for the course these days. Corbynistas
do it. Online virtue-signallers do it, in particular against anyone who
voted for Brexit. Campus warriors against 'offensive' speech do it all the
time. To them, anyone who isn't 100 per cent trans-friendly and in favour
of mass immigration is basically Goebbels reincarnated.
protesters' attempts to drown out people's voices. Their use of the
heckler's veto to silence those they disagree with. They've done that to
Sky reporters, MPs, Guardian columnists. This is very familiar too.
It's been happening on campuses for years. Witness the ugly barracking of
Maryam Namazie by those who dislike her criticisms of Islam. Or the fact
that Julie Bindel can't set foot on a campus without 50 snowflakes
screaming for her to be silenced. Or the way Jacob Rees-Mogg and virtually
anyone who is to the right of John McDonnell can expect to be greeted at
universities by protesters determined to heckle them into oblivion.
Those stupid people in College Green might be hard right, but they
are using tactics that were developed by the left. The tactics of
intolerance, of censorship-by-shouting, of historically illiterate
accusations of 'fascism' against anyone who isn't completely on their side.
I've seen it all before. I've seen pro-Israel speakers on
campuses being branded scum, fascists, murderers. I've seen humanist
critics of Islam like Maajid Nawaz being branded fellow travellers of the
Politics public opinion, Scotland
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
The Times, 10 January 2019
Nicola Sturgeon's desire to secure control of immigration in
Scotland has been dealt a blow by a survey showing that most Scottish
people oppose the idea.
The first minister launched a fresh bid
this week for Scotland to take charge of its own borders policy, arguing
that the country was in desperate need of boosting its working-age
population with migrants from the EU.
However, a survey for
Britain's leading independent social research institute has shown not only
that Scots do not share this view but they are also sceptical about
allowing freedom of movement to continue from Europe after Brexit.
Politics Conservative Party
Andrew Green: The new Immigration White Paper. Not just damaging, but a disaster both for control and the Conservatives
ConservativeHome, 4 January 2019
As MPs gather next week to resume their debate on Brexit, they will
need to turn their attention to immigration a major issue in the EU
Unfortunately, the Immigration White Paper, slipped out
just before Christmas, is not just a set-back for immigration control, it
is a disaster. Indeed it will, in future, be seen to have been extremely
damaging for public faith in the political system trust in politicians and
the Conservative Party especially.
Why? Because, despite all their
promises over eight years not just promises but manifesto
commitments the Conservatives have given up any serious attempt to
reduce immigration. If the proposals in The White Paper are implemented,
immigration will be far more likely to increase still further and could
well spin out of control.
How could that be? Consider this. Until
now, highly skilled immigration (that is at degree level or higher) has
been open for EU citizens but capped at 20,700 for non-EU entrants.
According to the new policy, there will be no cap on either. Furthermore,
employers will no longer be obliged to advertise a job in Britain before
recruiting from overseas: how will British staff feel about that? There is
even talk of abolishing the system of sponsorship so that anyone could
bring in a worker, perhaps even a relative, as long as they said that they
would be paying a salary of £30,000 a year. Yet the Government's own
Advisory Committee, mainly pro-immigration economists, has admitted that
salary levels can be fiddled, for example by including other elements such
For anyone who has followed immigration matters
for some years (in my case 18 years), this is sheer foolishness, but that
is not the half of it. There is also to be a new route for those with much
lower qualifications put simply, "A level" or equivalent
which will be open to the whole world and also uncapped. Given that these
routes will lead to settlement there could be waves of applications, from
all over the world, including from people willing to take a pay cut to get
on a track for permanent residence and eventual British citizenship.
There is more. There is also to be a route for unskilled workers
from "low risk" countries. ...
Amazingly, this last route will also
be uncapped and will be open to visitors from these countries to find and
take up a job while they are here. The clear implication is that all EU
countries will be included amongst the "low risk" countries, so Romanians
and Bulgarians, still arriving in considerable numbers, will continue to
flow in. ...
Even that is not the end of it. ...
beyond question that immigration was a major issue at the referendum. Its
salience has declined somewhat since then, at least partly because people
thought that it was all in hand.
The White Paper contains a great
deal of talk about the "control" of immigration, but the reality is that
new routes will be opened, some temporary but the Government's
record in removing overstayers is lamentable. Meanwhile, the public are
clear that they want to see an actual reduction. They are aware, no doubt,
that immigration has been adding one million to our population every three
years since 2001. They may also know that, at current rates of immigration
to England, we shall have to build a new home for immigrants every six
minutes, night and day.
Face it, you elitists, populism is here to stay
Michael St George
Conservative Woman, 4 January 2019
'Populism' is now the anti-democratic, globalist,
'Liberal-Progressive' oligarchy's preferred term of disparagement for the
growing politics of pluralist mass democracy, based on self-governing
nation-statehood which rejects rule by unelected and unaccountable
It's about this movement that political
scientists and academics Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell have written in
their book National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy,
trying to explain its origins, its central tenets, and its prospects.
Contrary to the assumptions of its contemptuously dismissive
opponents, the movement isn't new. ...
Nor is it, as its detractors
lazily claim, a movement composed solely of old white men. ...
Goodwin and Eatwell identify what they call the Four Ds the
historic shifts, the long-term trends which are a growing cause of concern
for millions and are driving the movement and which, being structural, are
unlikely to fade or dissipate, or be assuaged, in the near future.
First, Distrust the way in which the elitist nature of
Liberal-Progressive democracy, ever seeking to minimise the opportunities
for meaningful participation by the masses, has promoted distrust of
politicians and institutions by millions who feel they no longer have a
voice in the national discussion.
particularly the perception that culturally 'liberal' politicians,
unaccountable supranational bureaucracies and global corporates are eroding
not only traditional communities, but also national identity and societal
cohesion, especially via promoting mass immigration, while
politically-correct agendas strive to silence any expression of opposition.
Third, Deprivation the growing conviction of many, fuelled
by rising inequalities of income and wealth, as well as the perception of
cultural discrimination against them by the Liberal-Elites, that they are
losing out relative to others, and that the future for themselves and their
children is not only diminished, but actually bleak.
De-alignment the burgeoning gap, and therefore weakening bond,
between rulers and ruled, between the traditional mainstream political
parties and the people they purport (or no longer bother even to pretend)
to represent: manifesting itself in a much more fragmented, volatile and
Goodwin and Eatwell also show that, again
giving the lie to the dismissive prejudices of its critics, the populism
movement is not anti-democratic. Rather, it opposes aspects of
Liberal-Progressive democracy as it has evolved to date, and actually wants
more democracy: more referendums and more-listening politicians who
will devolve power to the people to be exercised democratically instead of
vesting it in what too often are unelected and unaccountable, bureaucratic
and technocratic, economic and political elites.
Population social cohesion
If only my wife had been Hungarian... our four sons would have slashed the family tax bill
Daily Mail, 15 February 2019
For as long as I can remember, Conservative politicians have
paraded as champions of marriage and the family, proclaiming these to be
the most precious of all institutions and swearing to uphold and support
They have a mighty funny way of showing it. Indeed,
throughout my 65 years on this Earth almost two-thirds of them under
Tory-led governments state support for traditional families has been
steadily whittled away. ...
If you don't believe me, go to the
Government's own website and feed the figures into its child benefit
No wonder so many mothers these days feel forced to go
out to work including many whose every instinct tells them they'd be
far happier bringing up their own children at home, instead of handing them
over each morning to (fantastically expensive) child-minders. ...
Today I ask you only to compare Whitehall's attitude to the family
with the remarkable policies announced this week by Hungary's Prime
Minister, Viktor Orban.
Under plans he outlined in his state of the
nation speech, mothers who raise at least four children will get a
lifetime's personal exemption from income tax. But that's only the start of
Families with three or more children will also qualify for a
subsidy of 2.5 million forints (£6,900) towards buying a seven-seater
With all 28 countries in the EU now experiencing
fertility rates below the level needed to balance deaths with births (in
Hungary, 131,00 died in 2017, while only 94,000 were born), you don't have
to be an Orbanista to see that migration is in many ways an unsatisfactory
Like it or not, it is simply a fact of life that
homogeneous nations whose people share a language and loyalty to a
common culture, history and traditions are easier to govern than
more diverse populations.
Indeed, the paradox is that the more
liberal an immigration policy, the more illiberal a government has to be to
maintain law and order.
Speaking for myself, I don't care a jot
what colour my fellow subjects happen to be, or what creed they profess, as
long as they respect our laws and system of government, try to learn our
language and don't foment hatred of our way of life.
majority of migrants to this country fulfil all these criteria, making a
hugely valuable contribution to our society. But there's no denying that
All right, I grant you that being born in the UK is no
absolute guarantee of loyalty to Britain. ...
But the citizenship
we are born with is as good a start as we can get to feeling patriotic
affection for our country and its people. That aside, the self-reliant
family is the most cost-effective and humane welfare system known to man.
For the sake of Britain's future, let's have more babies and
Population demography, ethnicity
Demography has become the biggest story on the planet
The Spectator, 31 January 2019
[Review of Paul Morland's "The
The author has a moderate bent, and doesn't claim that population
its surging, contraction and migration explains all of human
history. But it comes awfully close. ...
... Since the 1960s,
writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high fertility
rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers confer
power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that
'ethnicity matters politically'. He spells out that 'nations and ethnic
groups are real' and 'they matter in history'. ...
to Morland, 19th-century Europeans managed to project power, exert
influence and claim territory as a consequence of mushrooming domestic
populations whose excess these countries could afford to send all over the
globe. If Great Britain, as the historian Timothy Snyder claims, 'made the
world', it did so, Morland explains, 'by exporting people'. Ergo, people to
spare made the British Empire possible.
The Human Tide shies
from this risky inference, but it's worth asking: if Europe's sending its
extra population abroad projected power, exerted influence and claimed
territory, isn't mass migration from developing nations to the West not
currently doing the same thing? /.../ One plausible explanation for the
rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in
issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly
into voice and clout.
For at the same time the West has now reached
'the second transition' below-replacement fertility many
developing countries, modernised much later, continue to grow, and on a
scale that makes the population of burgeoning 19th-century Britain look
like a poorly attended cocktail party. Because the primary instruments of
lower mortality and expanded life expectancy were initially of western
invention, the West has inadvertently engineered its own diminishment.
I have only one serious criticism of this excellent book, and
that's a matter of proportion. Thus far, Africa has failed to get with the
programme. Although its fertility rates have come down, they haven't
plummeted nearly as quickly as they were supposed to. Consequently, UN
estimates for the global population at which we're meant to level off, once
heading steadily downwards, now go up every year. By 2050, Africans may
total 2.5 billion, and 4.5 billion by 2100. Given demographic momentum, to
a degree these numbers are baked in. /.../ Morland devotes a scant eight
pages to this crucial continent, and dubiously Pollyanna pages at that.
The author isn't always so demure. He forcefully discounts a
popular mantra of British multiculturalists: 'It may often be said that
England has always been a land of immigration, but this is simply untrue.'
Until very recently, England and Wales have absorbed a tiny,
demographically incidental handful of Huguenots and Jews. The rise of the
population that does not consider itself white British from 2 per cent in
the 1960s to nearly 20 per cent in 2011 is 'historically unprecedented'.
... White Britons are expected to become a minority in Britain
circa 2060 or so. Starting in 1980, white Europeans in California fell from
70 per cent to 40 per cent in a mere 30 years.
A declining population may not always be bad for the economy
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2019
Trade wars. Currency movements. Trade balances. Normalising
interest rates. Combating climate change and poverty. Year after year, the
G-20 discusses the same narrow range of issues, never agrees on very much
and follows up on even less with any real action. But this year might just
be different. The Japanese are taking the chair and, to their credit, they
have decided to put something that genuinely matters at the top of the
agenda, namely demographics.
Even more strikingly, they are
challenging a cosy consensus of the last couple of decades. Most mainstream
economists and policymakers take it for granted that a declining population
is bad for the economy and we need to do all we can to reverse it. But the
Japanese are starting to argue that it may not be true. Technology might
mean that we need fewer people, while all the services required by the
elderly might actually stimulate demand. If true, policies to combat an
ageing population might be a big mistake. ...
Haruhiko Kuroda, the
governor of the Bank of Japan, kick-strated the debate with a sppech that
had the not-completely snappy title Demographic Changes and Macroeconomic
... It's possible, he argued, that an ageing
population could be completely fine. Rapid progress in technology, such as
robotics and artificial intelligence, means that we might need far fewer
workers than in the past, while improving productivity (indeed, slightly
oddly, at the same time as we worry about not having enough workers, we
also worry about what to do about mass unemployment created by robotics).
In fact, a shortage of workers will put pressure on companies to improve
... The conclusion? A falling population is not
necessarily as bad for the economy as usually assumed. More provocatively
still, ageing nations might be able to outperform younger ones.
That is of course especially relevant to Japan, where the working
age population peaked in 1995 and its total population in 2008. Unlike just
about every other major country, Japan has not tried to stem its declining
numbers through immigration, remaining relatively closed to outsiders.
Population local statistics
Use Facebook to improve migration data, says think-tank
Financial Times, 9 January 2019
Government statisticians should consider acquiring data from social
media companies such as Facebook to improve the UK's often vague estimates
of how many immigrants live in each area, a think-tank has recommended.
The proposal was made in the Social Market Foundation's All
Immigration is Local report, which looks at how to ensure the benefits
of immigration are broadly shared across the UK and how newcomers
contribute to local economies.
The report, published on Wednesday,
said current official statistics, which rely heavily on extrapolating from
market research-style surveys, provided so little certainty that it was
hard to assess the population of many towns.
It cited the example
of Boston, Lincolnshire, which according to the Office for National
Statistics (ONS), has a migrant population of 21,000. The report said the
statistics had a "confidence interval" of 10,000, meaning the town might
have anything between 11,000 and 31,000 migrants. The potential error could
mean the town had anything between 58,000 and 78,000 inhabitants.
Such uncertainty complicated efforts to help areas cope with the
impact that immigrants had on schools, hospitals and other public services,
the research said. The government seeks to alleviate such pressures mainly
through its controlling migration fund, which makes grants to local
authorities to strengthen public services.
The lack of good data
also made it hard for local authorities to publicise the benefits their
areas accrued from immigrants' spending, taxes and other economic activity,
the report said. ...
The foundation also examined the shortcomings
of government efforts to mitigate the strain on some small towns and rural
areas from rapid increases in immigration.
Population pressure water supply
England could run short of water within 25 years
The Guardian, 19 March 2019
England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief
executive of the Environment Agency has warned.
The country is
facing the "jaws of death", Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water
demand from the country's rising population surpasses the falling supply
resulting from climate change.
However, this could be avoided with
ambitious action to cut people's water use by a third and leakage from
water company pipes by 50%, he says, along with big new reservoirs, more
desalination plants and transfers of water across the country.
"Around 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines
cross is known by some as the 'jaws of death' the point at which we
will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to
change things," Bevan told the Guardian, before a speech on Tuesday at the
Waterwise conference in London. ...
The most controversial change
needed to increase supply is building new mega-reservoirs, such as that
proposed near Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
Population pressure school places, Middlesbrough
Immigration revealed as single biggest factor behind Middlesbrough school places crisis
Teesside Live, 5 March 2019
Immigration was the largest single unexpected factor that led to
dozens of children not receiving an offer for a secondary school place, it
can be revealed.
Middlesbrough Council told parents of more than
100 Year 6 pupils last week that they had not been offered a place at one
of the town's schools.
The authority said schools were full due to
It has now emerged that the demand was a
result of a number of factors - the largest being international new
Of approximately 2,000 Year 6 children who applied to
go to a secondary school in Middlesbrough this September, the council was
unable to offer a place to 4.7% of them.
Population pressure schools, Conservative Party
They have no intention of cutting immigration
Conservative Woman, 2 March 2019
Net migration figures released by the ONS this week for the year
ending September 2018 are serious cause for concern. Still running at
nearly 300,000 a year, the figures showed an overall 627,000 people
arriving in the year, including 85,000 Brits, 202,000 EU migrants and
340,000 non-EU migrants.
Non-EU net migration is the highest it has
been since 2004, with 261,000 more non-EU migrants coming to the UK than
leaving. Non-EU student immigration is at its highest level since 2011.
/.../ A total of 57,000 more EU citizens came to the UK than left in the
year ending September 2018.
Though being nowhere near its target of
reducing net migration to the tens of thousands, promised for years, the
Government remains remarkably sanguine. ...
... as Lord Green of
Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, has pointed out: 'Non-EU net
migration has risen still further to more than a quarter of a million even
before the government has implemented its proposals to loosen the work
permit system.' ...
Just two days after the publication of the
latest migration figures, it was reported that record numbers of children
will be missing out on their preferred secondary schools. And why is that?
Quite simply because of an acute shortage of school places. This is the
sixth consecutive year that demand for places has risen, a situation that
is about to become even more challenging. The number of pupils in secondary
schools is expected to increase by 428,000 over the next seven years,
that's on top of the extra 825,000 school places created since 2010.
Population pressure housing
England 'needs millions of homes to solve housing crisis'
BBC, 8 January 2019
Three million new social homes must be built in England over 20
years to solve the "housing crisis", a report says.
Shelter said 1.2 million homes are needed for younger families who cannot
afford to buy and "face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private
Existing schemes like Help to Buy are a less effective
use of taxpayers' money, the report claims. ...
claims 1.3 million homes are needed to house those in greatest need -
including homeless people and those living with a disability. ...
The report was authored by 16 independent commissioners, including
former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Doreen
Lawrence, TV architect George Clarke and Grenfell survivor Ed Daffarn.
Racism discrimination, right to rent property
The High Court's 'right to rent' decision is a travesty
Spectator blog, 2 March 2019
[Richard Ekins is associate
professor at the University of Oxford]
The political campaign against the UK's immigration laws secured an
important victory yesterday, with the High Court denouncing sections 20-37
of the Immigration Act 2014 as racially discriminatory not by
discriminatory intent or design but "indirectly", by side effect. Those
"right to rent" provisions make it unlawful for private landlords to rent
property to persons unlawfully in the UK and so require landlords to check
the immigration status of prospective tenants. Introduced on a trial basis
in the West Midlands, the scheme was extended across England from February
2016. The Government's intent has been to exercise its powers in the 2014
Act to extend the scheme across the entire UK.
The Joint Council
for the Welfare of Immigrants, with support from the Residential Landlords
Association and Liberty, persuaded the High Court that the legislation
discriminates on the basis of race and nationality. The Court exercised its
powers under the Human Rights Act 1998 to declare the legislation
incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It also
declared that it would be irrational and thus unlawful for the Government
to extend the legislative scheme across the rest of the UK without further
evaluating its effectiveness and discriminatory effect. This was and is an
incredible judgment which should be reversed on appeal and/or by
But the central question the Court had to decide,
as so often in human rights law cases, is the unavoidably political one of
whether the right to rent scheme was justified, all things considered. Here
the Court's reasoning is particularly problematic. ...
... There is
a very strong case for this ruling to be overturned on appeal or reversed
by legislation. It is for ministers accountable to Parliament to decide how
to exercise the powers of commencement conferred on them by Parliament, to
decide when and where legislation is to be brought into force. In trying to
take over this power, the Court demonstrated still further its hostility to
Parliament's policy, the merits of which should be for Parliament itself to
decide, free from the distortion caused by litigation of this kind.
Racism discrimination, police
At last! Straight white men have discrimination law on their side
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019
In September 2017, Matthew Furlong applied for his dream job as a
police officer. Why would Cheshire constabulary pick him? All Matthew had
to offer was intelligence, a particle physics degree, a commitment to law
and order, good character, an able body, strong test results, first-class
preparation and a family history of service in the force. I mean, why would
you want to recruit a lad like that?
Matthew was rejected. Not
because he wasn't good, but because he seemingly had the considerable
handicap of being "a white, heterosexual male without disability".
In fact, so desperate was the force for recruits with "protected
characteristics" that means gay, transgender, disabled, black or
from other ethnic minorities that it rejected 34 white male,
non-disabled candidates while other candidates were waved through. ...
This was the first case of its kind in the UK and I'm happy to
report that the force was well and truly hoisted by its own PC petard.
Judge Clare Grundy found Cheshire Police guilty of discrimination against
Matthew on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and gender. ...
I'm afraid this is yet another case that reveals the huge gap
between public services committed to imposing a politically fashionable
agenda, whether or not it works in practice, and the actual public who
still quite like the thought of strapping, smart chaps like Matthew
protecting them from the bad guys.
Brainwashing the police into an
alarmingly biased groupthink is not confined to recruitment. ...
need the best possible officers. It's a sign of these warped times that
that should even need saying. Dumbing down entrance requirements just to
tick the relevant box and feel chuffed about inclusivity is undoubtedly a
great step forward. For criminals.
Racism prejudice, UK, EU
UK no more biased against migrant workers than other EU nations
Personnel Today, 26 February 2019
Around 15% of people in the UK would object to having immigrants as
neighbours, and most Brexiteers would welcome foreign workers, according to
a new academic paper.
A study by Professor Mariah Evans of the
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), analysed major public surveys of human
beliefs and values in the UK and other EU nations.
Published in the
journal Frontiers in Sociology, the study found that prejudice against
migrant workers was perhaps rarer in the UK than in other countries,
despite media focus on some UK citizens' apparent prejudice against
"In the media turmoil surrounding Brexit, many pundits
have seized on the prejudice angle, but these data demonstrate that is not
actually what makes the UK different from the Continent," argued Prof
Researchers looked at responses to the World and
European Values Surveys, which have around 500,000 combined respondents, as
well as other quality of life surveys. ...
Professor Evans added:
"We found a high level of tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity is
typical of prosperous European and Anglophone nations, whereas ethnic and
religious prejudice is much more common in poor countries." ...
researchers describe the UK's level of prejudice as being "stock standard"
for a country of its wealth. "Just like their wealthy EU peers, around 15%
of Britons would object to having immigrants as neighbours, around 10%
would object to neighbours of a different race, and 10% would rather not
have neighbours of a different religion," she explained.
analysis also showed that across all nations, prejudice tends to be either
against all minority ethnic and religious groups or against none.
Racism hate crime, hoax, victimhood culture, fraud
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
Quillette, 22 February 2019
This week Chicago police charged television star Jussie Smollett
with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett claimed
to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29, but in
the days before the arrest it became clear that police believed Smollett
had hired two men to attack him. ...
But people make all sorts of
things up, even things like that. More baffling to us than a hate crime
hoax is that people would find such hoaxes baffling. Lying is hardly
uncommon in our species, and false claims of victimhood, like other lies,
become more common when they provide some advantage to the liar and when
they're likely to be believed. That hate crime hoaxes seem strange or the
motives unclear might simply be due to a lack of familiarity with them and
with their social context. If you want to understand them better, here are
three things to know.
First of all, hate crime hoaxes aren't new or
unusual. In our book The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions,
Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, we discuss a number of cases of
people falsely reporting or even staging hate crimes. ...
recently, after Donald Trump was elected president, major newspapers
published a number of stories about what were apparently Trump-inspired
hate crimes, but many of these also turned out to be hoaxes. ...
Why aren't such cases more widely known? We're not the only ones
who've written about them. ...
Even fairly incompetent hoaxes might
therefore succeed, which brings us to our second point: Hate crime hoaxes
aren't hard to pull off. ...
Real hate crimes happen, of course.
We're not arguing that all or even most alleged hate crimes are hoaxes. But
the ones dominating the headlines in recent years have often been false or
misleading, possibly because fake cases are better designed to push the
buttons of drama and partisanship. ...
That the hoaxes act as
simple morality tales illustrating an outgroup's evil, or that they flatter
the hoaxers, are part of what makes them attractive to the hoaxer's
audience. /.../ Political polarization means that hoaxes that tap into one
side's fears and biases are likely to be believed.
cultural trends matter, too, and the third thing to know is that hate crime
hoaxes thrive in a culture of victimhood. We use the term victimhood
culture to refer to a new moral framework that differs from the older
cultures of honor and dignity. /.../ Its morality revolves around a
narrative of oppression and victimhood, with victimhood acting as new kind
of moral status, much like honor was a kind of moral status in many
traditional societies. ...
... Right now the police don't
automatically "believe the victim" in such cases, but that could change if
victimhood culture continues to spread.
Racism hate crime, fraud
Why it's cool to be hated
Spiked, 21 February 2019
Here's the thing about the Jussie Smollett case: it feels both
strange and familiar. Strange because, as observers have pointed out,
Smollett has a successful music and acting career, most notably in the Fox
hip-hop soap opera Empire, and yet here he is risking it all by
inventing a mad tale about having been semi-lynched by a couple of MAGA
racists. And yet it also feels familiar, creepily familiar. After all, we
live in a society in which it is positively cool to suffer from 'structural
oppression'. In which campaigners actively covet hatred, constantly
trawling for evidence that their group, their identity, their tribe is more
loathed and wronged than any other. ...
Smollett's story has
gripped the US media. He claimed that in January he was subjected to a
racist and homophobic attack by two men (he is gay). He said the men jumped
him, bombarded him with racist and anti-gay insults, poured some kind of
chemical substance on him, tied a rope around his neck, and said: 'This is
MAGA country.' Not only was his story instantly believed by much of the
media and by many 'progressive' politicians and celebs it was also
weaved into a broader narrative about how horrific life has become for
minority groups in Trump's America. ...
Some people started to
raise doubts. Smollett's story doesn't add up, they said. They were shouted
down as alt-right and uncaring. Yet now we know that these doubters, these
sceptics, these people who refused to do what we are all expected to do in
this witch-hunty era instantly believe every accusation of racist or
sexual violence were right. Smollett's story has fallen apart. The
Chicago Police denied for weeks that they had any suspicions about his
tale. Perhaps they didn't want to be seen to be questioning the claims of a
gay, black man, or casting doubt on an accusation of hate crime such
is the self-silencing induced by the censorious, racially charged, racially
guarded culture of identitarianism. Yet now the cops have charged Smollett
with filing a false report. ...
What we have here is a man
orchestrating an attack on himself. A self-hate crime, if you will. It
sounds alarming yet, as the journalist Andy Ngo recently documented, there
have been many cases in recent years where 'hate attacks' on property or
people that were thought to have been carried out by white racists were in
fact executed by members of minority groups and sometimes simply made up.
Indeed, it is striking how swiftly Smollett was believed and
how swiftly his story was held up as proof of something rotten in the
states of America. ...
The more that our society valorises the
victim, the more it attaches social capital to the experiences of pain and
trauma, the more it validates weakness over autonomy, then the more it
incites people to play up their victim status and even to invent victim
The twisted thing about all this is that it fractures
society and generates real tension, and real hatred, far more than two
MAGA-shouting racists ever could (especially when those two people didn't
exist in the first place). Because what this cult of the victim encourages
is a misanthropic view of society as full of hate.
Racism politics, cultural identity
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 1]
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics
at Birkbeck, University of London]
The politics of national populism are not, as critics claim, simply
and only cloaks for fascistic voters and governments' pursuing policies of
racial discrimination though some obviously are. But other
iterations of this are instead natural expressions of community a
perfectly uncontroversial idea that was indeed once conventional wisdom.
Those of us interested in moving beyond flame-throwing and into a
useful conversation about how to create meaningful and effective public
policy that benefits the most people would do well to return to it.
"The distinctiveness of cultures and groups depends upon closure,"
wrote Michael Walzer, in his magisterial Spheres of Justice (1983).
"If this distinctiveness is a value, as most people ... seem to believe,
then closure must be permitted somewhere." From a different angle, the
Marxist philosopher, Gerald Cohen, in his essay "Rescuing Conservatism: A
Defense of Existing Value," adds that conservatism is primarily about
valuing how things are in the present and seeking to preserve this
particularity. This orientation encompasses causes dear to the left, such
as the conservation of nature, species, architecture, and folk traditions,
as well as enthusiasms of the right such as the preservation of national
character and ways of life. The tension between these contradictory
impulses is captured by the British writer James Meek who notes the dilemma
of his fellow left cosmopolitans who value local particularity among the
working-class cockneys of the East End of London, but not the locals'
anti-immigration and Brexit orientation.
Social psychology further
reinforces the insights of communitarian political philosophy with
experimental evidence that people's deep values are between a third and a
half inherited. ...
Two overlapping value orientations underpin the
new cultural axis of politics: One is what social psychologist Karen
Stenner describes as authoritarianism a preference for order
over difference; the other is status quo conservatism, which the
political philosopher Cohen characterized as a preference for maintaining
things as they are. This is what anchors the divide between nationalists
and globalists, between people attached to ascribed ethnic and national
identities, and those who identify with their portable credentials and
achievements. Insofar as this crucial divide stems from psychology, it is
highly resistant to social learning. Indeed, as Stenner showed, trying to
convince someone who prefers order to embrace diversity tends to produce a
There are two key aspects of the new culture war.
First, conservative and order-seeking voters respond differently to
diversity than liberals. For instance, U.K. data shows that, at a local
level, ethnic diversity lowers conservatives' trust in neighbors and
attachment to locality but leaves that of liberals unaffected. In Europe,
voters who value safety tend to vote for populists more than those who
aren't concerned about it, but only in more diverse countries like France
or the Netherlands. /.../ Second, as conservatives express their discontent
with diversity and change, liberals mobilize against them in the name of
anti-racist morality. ...
Racism politics, cultural identity
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 2]
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics
at Birkbeck, University of London]
The partisan divide over whether majority-group interests are
racist is stark. When I ask Americans whether a white woman who wants less
immigration to help maintain her group's share of the population is being
racist or "acting in her racial self-interest, which is not racist," 36-39
percent of Americans, depending on the survey, respond that this is racist
and 61-64 percent say it isn't. In most West European countries, 20-25
percent claim this is racist against 75-80 percent who say it's an
expression of white group interest, which isn't racist. ...
difference turns on whether attachment to being white, and being willing to
act in the majority interest, is racist. /.../ Many white liberals
acknowledge that identities are not zero sum: Just 18 percent of white
Clinton voters in my sample consider a Latino who wants more immigration
from Latin America to "boost her group's share" to be racist. Yet when a
white person who is also attached to her group acts defensively to restrict
immigration to achieve the same ends, she is deemed racist by nearly
three-quarters of the same people. ...
When people of any racial
background try to slow the rate of ethnic change in their home nation, they
do so because it is, in Cohen's phraseology, an existing value for them.
Here again, we find different ethical yardsticks used to
measure majority and minority groups, despite the lack of a consistent
principle justifying this distinction. As Yael Tamir remarks in her 1993
book Liberal Nationalism, "If national claims rest on theoretically
sound and morally justified grounds, one cannot restrict their application:
They apply equally to all nations, regardless of their power, their wealth,
their history of suffering, or even the injustices they have inflicted on
others in the past." ...
The mischaracterization of people's
attachment to a majority ethnicity or demographic status quo as racist
hostility is a powerful source of resentment in many Western societies. ...
Since there is a taboo on majority-group ethnicity and
ethno-traditional nationalism, these sentiments are expressed in sublimated
form. Ostensibly "civic" national laws like language and residency
requirements for spousal migration are designed to limit immigration
and such limits are justified on the grounds of state interests.
The desire to reduce the speed of ethnic change gets rationalized
as the need to control immigration for material reasons. This could be to
halt the flow of drugs and terrorists (Trump), to reduce pressure on the
welfare state or housing, safeguard jobs (Bannon), protect secularism, gays
or Jews from Islam (Le Pen and Wilders) or to reassert British sovereignty
against Brussels (Farage). These rationalizations matter, but are secondary
White majorities will gradually become "beige," in
Michael Lind's terms, because intermarriage produces a logarithmic rise in
the mixed population. In America and Western Europe, those of mixed race
will become the majority in a century or so. However, it's important that
on the way there, people are able to travel at a pace that allows moderate
conservatives to maintain a sense of continuity while enough change takes
place to satisfy moderate liberals.
Racism hairstyles, discrimination, New York City, USA
New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
New York Times, 18 February 2019
Under new guidelines to be released this week by the New York City
Commission on Human Rights, the targeting of people based on their hair or
hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered
The change in law applies to anyone in New
York City but is aimed at remedying the disparate treatment of black
people; the guidelines specifically mention the right of New Yorkers to
maintain their "natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs,
cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to
keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state."
In practice, the
guidelines give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed,
threatened, punished, demoted or fired because of the texture or style of
their hair. The city commission can levy penalties up to $250,000 on
defendants that are found in violation of the guidelines and there is no
cap on damages. The commission can also force internal policy changes and
rehirings at offending institutions.
... (The new guidelines do not
interfere with health and safety reasons for wearing hair up or in a net,
as long as the rules apply to everyone.) ...
To date, there is no
legal precedent in federal court for the protection of hair. ...
But New York City's human rights commission is one of the most
progressive in the nation; it recognizes many more areas of discrimination
than federal law, including in employment, housing, pregnancy and marital
status. Its legal enforcement bureau can conduct investigations, and has
the ability to subpoena witnesses and prosecute violations. ...
There has long been a professional toll for those with certain
hairstyles. Almost 18 percent of United States soldiers in active duty are
black, but it is only in recent years that the military has dropped its
prohibitions on hairstyles associated with black culture. The Marines
approved braid, twist and "lock" (usually spelled loc) hairstyles in 2015,
with some caveats, and the Army lifted its ban on dreadlocks in 2017.
And certain black hairstyles are freighted with history. Wearing an
Afro in the 1960s, for instance, was often seen as a political statement
instead of a purely aesthetic choice, said Noliwe Rooks, an author and
professor at Cornell University whose work explores race and gender. Dr.
Rooks said that today, black men who shave designs into their hair as a
stylistic choice may be perceived as telegraphing gang membership. ...
Chaumtoli Huq, an associate professor of labor and employment law
at City University of New York School of Law, said that attitudes will
change as black politicians, like Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor of
Georgia, and Ayanna Pressley, who represents Massachusetts in Congress,
rise in prominence.
Racism preferences, discrimination, dating
'Why is it OK to ban certain races on your dating profile?'
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2019
Lately, my single, female friends have been telling me about the
extraordinary messages they receive on sites like Tinder, OkCupid and
I image the scenario playing out like this: the messages are
written on cardboard signs which men hold up like this actual line
on the profile of a sun-kissed Liam Hemsworth lookalike: "Looking for love.
Pls no foreigners."
Or this: "Only keen on Aussie chicks". Or this:
"No Blacks or Asians". ...
You'd never find a job ad that
discriminates against applicants based on race. That's against the law. Why
is it okay, then, to announce a ban against engaging with a race of people
on your dating profile?
Some openly announce "NO ASIANS/ NO
BLACKS". I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black
person, to see this regularly how this might diminish our self-hood
and dignity. ...
People are entitled to date whomever they want.
Could it be possible, though, that the "sign holders" have received
cultural signals that "black people are undesirable and possibly even
dangerous", "Asians have nothing interesting to say", and those whom
English is a second language can't offer anything of value?
sexual preferences are shaped and altered by forces we seem, on the whole,
to be very reluctant to critique. ...
The recently-appointed Race
Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, told me, "Online, as in all other
aspects of life, racism and racial discrimination is never acceptable.
"Dating apps must reflect the same standards of non-discrimination
as those expected in the broader community. I urge them to act quickly to
remove users who do not comply with these guidelines and to effectively
resolve complaints where racism is brought to their attention." ...
William Ward, a lawyer who specialises in discrimination law at
Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers, says, despite the existence of racial
vilification laws, when it comes to dating apps there's a difference
between stating a preference, and vilifying a race. An individual user
would need to express racially vilifying, offensive statements to breach
these laws. ...
I wouldn't like to judge someone based on these
imagined ideas. They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.
I'd want to grant a stranger the dignity to be treated as an
Is it society's job to stop people singing racist jokes?
The Spectator, 2 February 2019
Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? ...
This was the question posed, in an extremely offensive truncated
form, by a minuscule sub-section of Millwall supporters during the side's
otherwise heroic victory over Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday. ...
That it was a vanishingly small minority singing what used to be,
until comparatively recently, a very familiar chant does not seem to matter
to them. A certain hyperbole takes over. An Everton fan was slashed in the
face with a Stanley knife during the same game, but this outrage gained far
less coverage. ...
There remain a few isolated pockets of people
who wish to express themselves in a racially offensive manner at football
matches, and I'm not sure that it is society's job to tell them that in
reality there could be nothing better, more enriching, than having a
provenance in Lahore or Sefton. ...
The game has to a large degree
been gentrified now, but reservoirs of enormously vituperous and socially
unacceptable spite remain, and I suppose it discombobulates the middle
classes when these are brought to light. We thought that had all gone! No,
not quite, not yet. But it will.
Esha Gupta: Has Instagram exposed everyday racism in India?
BBC, 1 February 2019
Up until Monday, Esha Gupta was just a Bollywood actress with a
passion for Arsenal football club.
That changed after the actress
decided to share a screengrab of a WhatsApp conversation in which a friend
mocked the team's Nigerian star, Alex Iwobi, as a "gorilla" and
"Neanderthal" who "evolution had stopped for".
"Hahaha," wrote the
actress, who helped Arsenal unveil its 2017 away kit, as she shared the
screengrab with her 3.4m Instagram followers. ...
quickly, but the post hints at a long-known - but little acknowledged -
problem of racism towards people of African descent in Indian society. ...
You don't have to look far to see examples of prejudice towards
people of African descent in India: just look at how Bollywood treats its
black characters. ...
But it is not just black people who find
themselves being judged for the colour of their skin in India. Darker
skinned Indians also find themselves struggling against prejudice.
These 9 things are 'officially Islamophobic' after UK councils adopt new definition
Lancashire Telegraph, 30 January 2019
Councils across the UK are starting to adopt an agreed list of
examples of Islamophobia.
However, so far, just three local
authorities have adopted the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group)
definition of Islamophobia. ...
Oxford City council has this week
become the latest in the UK to officially recognise the APPG definition
"Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of
racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness."
The two other councils to adopt the definition are in London.
The list below states examples of Islamophobia that the
councils now deem as unacceptable: ...
mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about
Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially
but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics,
government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity
having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic
'threat' posed by Muslims or of a 'Muslim takeover'. ...
Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or
exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against
Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the
'Ummah' (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin,
or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of
their own nations.
Denying Muslim populations, the right to
self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent
Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour. ...
Book Review: Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain by Mohan Ambikaipaker
LSE Review of Books, 23 January 2019
How do we understand the relationship between sustained
institutional racism and the everyday violence experienced by the black
community in Britain over time? To theorise this in Political Blackness
in Multiracial Britain, Mohan Ambikaipaker reflects on his experience
as an unpaid caseworker (2005-06) and longtime associate of the Newham
Monitoring Project (NMP), fighting against the failure of the British
liberal state to provide justice to victims of racism. ...
reason I found this book so powerful was in large part due to
Ambikaipaker's choice of methodology. He refuses to be a disengaged
observer, but instead opts for an 'activist anthropology' approach with
NMP. He does this because he recognises in his book that conducting
interviews with the police force would privilege the performance of white
informants in adjudicating whether or not institutional racism is real.
Instead, he chooses to work with NMP, an organisation firmly committed to a
racial analysis of British liberal governance, informed not only by local
and national events in Britain but also black consciousness movements
around the world. ...
Ambikaipaker was drawn to the borough of
Newham for his research because of its dynamic, cosmopolitan nature and its
diversity: although the white British population was the majority in 2006,
there was a large population of multiple black communities living
side-by-side in the borough. NMP had a strong presence in the
neighbourhood. /.../ Each of Ambikaipaker's chapters starts by situating
the ensuing stories he tells in a critical race theory/postcolonial
A note here about Ambikaipaker's use of 'blackness'.
Although Ambikaipaker refers to all non-white communities as 'black', he
does so in a political sense, not a cultural one. He explains at length why
he does so in Chapters Six and Seven of his book: he does not essentialise
blackness, but instead shows that although the experience of black
communities is different, they are all victims of the racial hierarchy in
Britain. NMP thus uses political blackness as a rallying strategy to build
solidarity between communities to create a 'mosaic of unities' to fight
injustice together. ...
... And in his chapter on the Muslim
community in Britain, Ambikaipaker shows the evolution of the state's
approach to 'managing' the black community. He details how the language of
multiculturalism and community cohesion, which have obscured the true root
of racism in the British state, have been replaced by the coded language of
counter-terrorism, which has served to particularly target the Muslim
community. By doing so, he shines a light on the unchanged racist
intentions of the state and its evolution in form.
Racism white identity, politics, USA
The Disturbing, Surprisingly Complex Relationship Between White Identity Politics and Racism
New Yorker, 19 January 2019
In her new book, "White Identity Politics," the Duke political
scientist Ashley Jardina examines the increasing relevance of white
identity in America. Drawing on data from American National Election
Studies surveys and her own research, Jardina finds that about thirty to
forty per cent of white Americans say that white identity is important to
them, and she adds an interesting twist that this group only partly
overlaps with the group of white Americans who hold racist views. According
to Jardina's analysis, about thirty-eight per cent of white people who
highly value their white identity are at or below the mean level of racial
resentment, while forty-four per cent of white people who say their racial
identity is less important are at or above that level. ...
recently spoke with Jardina by phone. ...
How do you come to the
conclusion that white identity tends to experience spikes when there is a
change in the country, or when politicians wield ideas of whiteness or
racism, without all the survey data we would like? ...
we social scientists were looking for white identity in the wrong places.
One of the distinctions I make in the book is between the ideas of identity
and prejudice. This is the distinction between in-group attitudes and
out-group attitudes. For good reason, a lot of work on whites' racial
attitudes in the U.S. has focussed on racial prejudice. We want to
understand where discrimination and bigotry and all these things come from,
and what the consequences are.
But there was a tendency to think
about white identity as just another manifestation of prejudice. ...
How much of a connection is there between strongly identifying
with whiteness and racist attitudes?
Not as strong as you might
think. It's certainly the case that there are some people who identify as
white and who are also racist. But it's not a one-to-one relationship. The
connection is fairly weak, and that's for two reasons. One is that there
are a lot of white people who are more racially prejudiced who do not
identify as being white, and the converse is true. Then there are a number
of white people who feel strongly attached to their group but who aren't
particularly prejudiced. ...
You say there's not the connection
we might expect between emphasizing white identity and racism, but you also
say that white identifiers care especially about immigration. How do you
understand the connection between caring about immigration and racism?
For people high on white identity, opposition to immigration
doesn't necessarily come as a result of disliking Latinos. It is rooted in
something different, which is that they think immigration is threatening
American culture, but a particular flavor of American culture, one which is
defined by Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, which is very much defined by
whiteness. Somebody might just be opposed to immigration because they
dislike Latinos. But there's a different component to this that's going on
in the minds of a lot of white people. It's not, "I dislike Latino people."
It's, "I don't like the idea that the country that I envision, the country
that I grew up in, the place that is defined by this Anglo-Saxon culture,
is somehow threatened by this new group.
Racism Islamophobia, free speech
We must be free to criticise Islam
Spiked, 4 January 2019
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims is
calling on the government to establish a legally binding definition of
'Islamophobia', akin to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's
(IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. Last November, the APPG
launched its landmark Islamophobia Defined report, offering the
following definition: 'Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of
racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.' To
tackle what it calls Islamophobia, the report calls for 'appropriate limits
to free speech' and for the policing and regulation of matters 'far beyond
what can be captured as criminal acts'.
Hatred towards Muslims has
certainly resulted in some horrendous crimes, like the Finsbury Park van
attack, where an innocent worshipper was murdered. Women in hijabs are also
vulnerable to attacks, particularly following major terror events, due to
their visibility as Muslims.
Nevertheless, there are serious
problems with the APPG's definition of Islamophobia, and indeed with the
term Islamophobia itself. It is far too vague and it conflates attacks on
Muslims (and non-Muslims) with criticism of Islam and of the behaviour of a
minority of Muslims.
The charity I work for the Network of
Sikh Organisations provided written and oral evidence to the APPG
for the report. We argued that non-Muslims can also be victims of what is
called Islamophobia. Sometimes this is because of race. ...
'Islamophobia' is not always rooted in racism. For a start, racism cannot
adequately describe discrimination against either white converts to Islam
or European Muslims like Bosniaks, Kosovars and Albanians.
Moreover, there have been a number of so-called mistaken-identity
attacks since 9/11, where turbaned and bearded Sikhs have been targeted
(and even killed) as they were mistaken for Muslims. ...
to freedom-of-information disclosures I obtained from the Metropolitan
Police, crimes against British Jews, Sikhs, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists,
atheists and agnostics have all been recorded as 'Islamophobic' hate
One major problem with a term like Islamophobia is that,
even with a working definition, it is inherently subjective. When it comes
to speech, who judges what is sufficiently 'offensive' to constitute a
phobia? Who adjudicates what is permissible within the boundaries of free
speech and what strays into forbidden, 'phobic' territory? Legitimate
criticism of aspects of Islam could be silenced under the proposed
definition of Islamophobia, or criminalised as 'hate speech'.
example, according to the APPG report, 'claims of Muslims spreading Islam
by the sword or subjugating minority groups under their rule' may be
'Islamophobic'. But that could censor discussion of historical facts, such
as the gruesome aspects of the Mughal and Ottoman Empires or the Moor
conquests, not to mention the crimes of modern-day ISIS. ...
Muslims who put their head above the parapet to criticise Islam often face
extreme prejudice from other Muslims. For instance, Britain's
counter-extremism czar, Sara Khan, writes in the Huffington Post of
the 'increasing anti-Muslim hatred' that she receives 'from fellow
Muslims'. 'It is contradictory and unjust to recognise non-Muslim
perpetrators yet ignore Muslims who engage in active hostility, abuse,
hatred and discrimination against other Muslims', she writes.
Majority of immigration removals called off amid concerns thousands of people wrongly targeted
Independent, 27 March 2019
More than half of deportations from the UK are called off, The
Independent can reveal raising concerns that thousands of people
are being unfairly targeted for forcible removal.
through freedom of information law show that of the 24,674 removal
directions issued last year, 15,200 were cancelled. Of these, more than
two-thirds were called off within a week of the scheduled removal and 45
per cent within just one day.
Lawyers and campaigners said the
cancelled removals were a waste of public money and a "damaging" symptom of
the Home Office's "detain first, ask questions later" approach.
most common reason for cancellation was because legal representations had
been submitted (34 per cent), with other reasons given including
"administrative", "disruptive behaviour" and "medical".
after the High Court ordered the Home Office to stop using a controversial
"no warning" tactic, which means a person can be told that at any point
during the subsequent three months they may be given between three and
seven days' notice that they will be removed. ...
director of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), said the figures were
"shocking" and accused the Home Office of serving removal directions "for
its own convenience". ...
The Independent has reported on
numerous cases in the past year whereby people have been threatened with
removal, but following intervention by their solicitor or their MP
as well as media coverage their departure has been cancelled. ...
Immigration lawyer Colin Yeo said the high number of cancellations
and declining number of removals suggested a "detain first, ask questions
later" approach, which he described as a "waste of public money as well as
being very distressing to those affected".
Mr Yeo added: "It also
suggests something is wrong with Home Office information on who is
removable and who is not."
Repatriation/deportation legal aid
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
The Sun, 11 February 2019
Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1
million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.
four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual
offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.
Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and
Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in
order to deport them breached their human rights.
They were granted
legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed who made girls he raped call
him "Daddy" was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human
Rights from jail.
The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his
convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat"
Muslims. He lost.
Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four
were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard
McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.
Aziz, Khan and
Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to
strip them of citizenship.
But they and Ahmed have so far received
£1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests
Repatriation/deportation legal aid
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
The Sun, 11 February 2019
Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received almost
£800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.
43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.
Ahmed, said to
have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was found
with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in invisible ink.
He was also suspected of having contact with extremists behind the
failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.
Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.
He was the first person convicted
in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist organisation.
has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday
freedom of information request found.
It includes £589,667 to
pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus £121,892 for a failed
appeal against conviction in 2011.
He also got £60,435 towards
a civil action against police as well as a further £306 for "legal
He has a parole hearing next month and MP David Davies
branded the payments "an outrage".
He said: "He shouldn't be
walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts of taxpayers' money in
order to enable him to do so."
Repatriation/deportation illegal immigration
Illegal immigrant could be deported for third time after he was caught driving Mercedes at 130mph
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2019
An illegal immigrant who drove a Mercedes at 130mph could be
deported for the third time.
Ahmed Ali, 23, has already been
deported from the UK twice for motoring offences and is disqualified from
driving, but he came back to Britain illegally before committing another
offence in the early hours of December 30.
Ali, who was born in the
Netherlands to Somalian parents, raced a white Mercedes on the A38 in Derby
at 12.35am and was stopped near Findern. ...
Ali's lawyer, Theo
Mr Addae said that in terms of his immigration status,
and following the latest offences, Ali will now be subject to a Home Office
review as to whether he will be deported again.
Ali, who originally
came to the country aged five, pleaded guilty to entering the UK in breach
of a deportation order, driving while disqualified, without insurance and
obstructing a police officer by giving false details as to his identity.
Social cohesion national identity
Identity is just as important as wealth. Why don't economists get that?
The Spectator, 5 January 2019
It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any
civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting, as evidence of 'resurgent
nationalism' implicitly suggesting a visceral hatred of foreigners
and a desire to set the clock back to the glory days of racial homogeneity
and casual homophobia. We should be wary of accepting this media trope: for
one thing it may arouse far more fear than is warranted.
from the needless fear it generates, it is also slightly dubious to suggest
that it is the gilets jaunes or the Five Star Movement or the
supporters of Brexit or even Donald Trump who are acting intemperately. It
is perfectly possible to argue that these movements are a sensible, overdue
reaction against governments that have imposed economic globalisation on
the world at a pace that is entirely inconsistent with the human lifespan
and the speed at which we can adapt to change. The free movement of people,
the euro, large-scale immigration, the dissolution of the nation state
for that matter the admission of China to the WTO... all were
imposed on the world by ideologically motivated elites with little public
consultation. Regardless of whether you think they are good or bad, there
is a perfectly sensible secondary question to be asked about whether they
were too much too soon. Remember, such decisions are usually made by
economists, who do not really understand either time or scale.
does conventional economics take into account the importance of identity.
Eighteen years ago, rather presciently, George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton
suggested that economics is far too individualistic in its conception of
human motivation. Identity Economics, as they call their theory, holds that
people's pride in their collective identity can be considered as a parallel
form of wealth, which people seek to grow and protect every bit as much as
the balance of their bank accounts. When you strip people of their
identity, the reaction is no different than if you deprive people of their
Given the fact that we have evolved as a social species,
this theory should hardly surprise us. After all, the one quality most
likely to ensure survival over the past million years was proudly to belong
to one or more defined, excludable groups with a shared allegiance born of
common bonds and obligations. It would be odd if this instinct were not
every bit as powerful as the urge to acquire wealth. And to disparage this
fellow feeling as though it were necessarily a malign force is nonsense: it
is a large part of what makes society work.
Economics is obsessed
with the gains arising from scale. But identity does not scale neatly or
This, incidentally, is one principled argument for a
hard Brexit, even if at some economic cost. It is to make the perfectly
valid point that in a democracy the government should do what people want,
not what economic theory says is good for them. Quite simply, economics is
anthropologically tone-deaf: it has far too narrow a conception of what
people really care about to justify the influence it carries.
Terrorism fears as 3,000 UK children a year go to 'jihadi' schools in Pakistan, secret government report reveals
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019
A secret Government report has warned that more than 3,000 British
children are being taken to Pakistan each year and enrolled in extremist
The chilling Home Office study says courses at
madrasas teach a 'glorified version of jihad', according to a source.
Officials fear some youngsters will be radicalised and return to
the UK with a warped ideology and pose a terrorism risk.
highly likely that this education in Pakistan, even for short periods of
time, increases the risk of exposure to extremism for British-Pakistani
children,' the source told The Mail on Sunday.
madrasas poses the greatest risk of exposure to more serious forms of
Two of the 7/7 bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan
and Shehzad Tanweer, enrolled on madrasa courses in Pakistan a year before
they launched their deadly attack in 2005, which killed 52.
security services have established that some Pakistani parents take their
children back to their native homeland during summer holidays under the
pretext of visiting extended family.
In reality, they sign them up
for lessons at some of Pakistan's estimated 20,000 madrasas.
report says some of those madrasas receive funds raised in Britain and that
UK-based imams have established seminaries in their ancestral homeland.
Terrorism double standards
New Zealand's ghoulish opportunists
Spiked, 18 March 2019
The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before
various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those
people who they think 'laid the ground' for this atrocity. And it
apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream
newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about
radical Islam. ...
What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of
the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the
way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do
the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of
Islamist terror. Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in
recent years whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne
truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in
Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester
Arena the instruction from our betters has been the same every time.
Don't get angry, they say. Don't exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they
counsel. And don't dare suggest that any book or idea, whether it is the
Koran itself or pamphlets handed out at more questionable mosques,
contributed to this attack. 'These killers have nothing to do with Islam',
as the tiresome, silencing mantra goes. Our role after Islamist terror is
to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go
back to our everyday lives. 'Don't look back in anger', as the anthem went
This time the response could not be more
different. Now we are actively invited to feel anger. Now we are told we
must look for the source material that inspired this hateful individual and
then condemn it and censor it. Now we are told that we must organise
against the new fascism. After Islamist terror the key instruction from the
self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget
politics and just grieve. ...
The first striking thing about this
blame game is how much its morbid practitioners sound like McCarthyites and
other 20th-century authoritarians. Just as that old breed of tyrant would
respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of
literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder
are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as
'facilitators' of the new hate and the new barbarism. ...
second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is
the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We
know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they
ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years. /.../
The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they
never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by
supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years.
Why this double standard? Why is New Zealand 2019 fascism, but
Paris 2015 was not? Why should this rally us to action, but Paris, Nice,
Toulouse, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Turku, Manchester and
London should not? Why is this evidence of a new hatred we must confront,
but the slaughter of 22 mostly young people in Manchester was not?
Terrorism New Zealand, France
French writer behind The Great Replacement the immigration conspiracy theory New Zealand mosque killer named his manifesto after denounces 'idiotic terrorist
MailOnline / AFP, 16 March 2019
The French writer who popularised a theory that European
populations are being supplanted by immigration, alluded to by the gunman
who killed 49 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, denounced an
'appalling' act by someone who had failed to understand his work.
Renaud Camus published in 2011 The Great Replacement, which the
Christchurch gunman used as the title of a 74-page 'manifesto' uploaded to
the web before storming the mosques.
'I am totally non-violent,'
the 72-year-old Camus told AFP, saying the arrested 28-year-old Australian
suspect had committed 'appalling, criminal, disastrous and idiotic
'If he wrote a pamphlet titled "The Great
Replacement" it's blatant plagiarism... of a phrase that doesn't belong to
him and he doesn't understand,' said Camus. ...
But Camus, while
defending the theory, rejected suggestions that his writings could have
encouraged the gunman.
'What worries me the most in what I call
"The Great Replacement" is precisely the extent to which it encourages
violence, all kinds of violence, either in everyday life or, obviously, in
terrorist attacks,' he said.
'At the centre of my work is the
concept of innocence, which is to say, of non-aggravation, non-violence,'
Camus suggested instead that the killer might have taken
inspiration from the wave of attacks carried out by self-proclaimed Islamic
jihadists in France over recent years.
'His crime most resembles
the terrorist attacks committed in France,' he said.
'I don't see
why he would be more inspired by me than by the attacks which directly
resemble the one he committed,' he said.
Terrorism Islam, Europe
Radical Islamic Terrorism Accounts for 91 Percent of European Terror Victims
Breitbart, 7 March 2019
The newly released Black and White Book of Terrorism in
Europe has revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91
percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000.
is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of
the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in
terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018, Le
The report also examines European victims of
terror globally, revealing that a further 1,115 people including tourists
and military personnel had also been victims of terrorism during the same
In total, 91 percent of the victims were killed by radical
Islamic extremists, 20 percent of whom were murdered by suicide bombers.
Political terror casualties have been far lower, with far-left
extremists and far-right extremists each murdering 13 people. ...
In terms of EU countries, Spain has seen the most terror-related
deaths, with 268 victims, closely followed by France with 263. ...
In 2017, Europe faced an estimated 205 separate terror plots
according to Europol with 107 of the plots being reported by the United
Terrorism border security
Why have we made it so easy for British Jihadis to travel abroad?
TLE (The London Economic), 27 February 2019
is a retired Met police officer]
When Shamima Begum and her companions Kadiza Sultana and Amira
Abase, walked unimpeded through Gatwick's passenger security search area,
the trickle of UK jihadis travelling to join ISIS had already become a
Despite this, there were no obstacles placed in the way of
those wanting to join in the atrocities perpetrated by one of the most
brutal movements in the annals of world history.
The Home Secretary
during this period was Theresa May who would have been kept fully briefed
as to the increasing number of the UK's travelling jihadis yet cynics may
well hold the view that she was more intent on eviscerating both the police
and border force rather than securing her country's borders.
patently clear that not only would the UK's fanatical Islamists be a danger
when they were absorbed into the ISIS killing machine, but would
potentially pose a major threat to the UK's security if they decided to
return. And returning they are.
In June and July 2014, I
wrote articles for security magazines warning it was 'a walk in the park'
for jihadis to leave the UK. ...
I shared the concerns of
counter-terror and Special Branch police together with UK Border Force
officers working on the frontline at our air and sea ports.
Theresa May as Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers simply sat on
So, what could have been done by a Home Office which
has, time and time again, borne witness to its own total incompetence? ...
Home Secretary Jack Straw, against the advice of numerous agencies
including the police, abolished formal embarkation (departure) controls at
airports back in 1998. ...
Thus, the three 15-year-olds were simply
able to walk through 'security' and board a direct flight to Turkey.
Eventually some additional scrutiny was given to direct flights
leaving for Turkish airports. But British jihadis simply travelled via
other European hub airports purchasing their tickets in separate segments.
Arguably the most critical failure of all was the failure to deploy
British police officers to Turkish airports in order to assist Turkish law
enforcement in monitoring arrivals from the UK. ...
neglect and incompetence has now resulted in the head of MI6, Alex Younger,
warning that returning jihadis present a real threat to national security.
Terrorism jihadists, costs
Report: Huge Cost of Monitoring Returned Jihadists Means Majority Roam Free in Britain
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 21 February 2019
British government security orders that can be placed on known
extremists are so expensive to enforce they are hardly ever used, leaving
the majority of returning jihadists to "roam free".
arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has
come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former
London schoolgirl who defected to the Islamic State in 2015, who now wants
to come to Britain to raise an ISIS fighter's son.
British government has stripped 19-year-old Shamima Begum of her
citizenship in a bid to prevent her from returning to the United Kingdom,
Breitbart London has previously reported how a large number of extremists
have already arrived and continue to arrive from foreign
Despite assurances from the police that those returning
will be subjected to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
(TPIMs), a report by British newspaper The Times reports that only a
small minority are actually monitored in this way.
Nikita Malik of
the Henry Jackson Society told the paper that, due at least in part to the
great expense of putting TPIMs in place, only a small number have actually
been activated, speaking of only a "handful" of the estimated 400 returned
fighters and extremists being subjected to them.
"The rest have
been put under surveillance. TPIMs are for the highest level because they
are so costly," Malik explained.
The report revealed Home Office
figures showing nearly £5 million had been spent controlling just 23
individuals, with legal bills of £1 million a year and accommodation
costs of £70,000 a year per individual. Other costs, including tagging
suspects, travel costs, and policing to enforce restrictions, are counted
separately, piling up on top of the Home Office figures.
government disputes the claims of the Henry Jackson Society, and insists
the use of TPIMs is not considered on cost grounds.
Terrorism jihadi brides
Revealed: At least 12 MORE British women besides ISIS bride Shamima Begum have arrived at Syrian refugee camps in the past week
20 February 2019
Twelve other British jihadi brides have arrived at Shamima Begum's
refugee camp since she started her campaign to return to Britain, it
The dozen-or-so women have also fled ISIS' final
battle in Baghuz and arrived at the al-Hawl settlement in northern Syria.
The Home Office will be forced to make a decision on whether they
too should have their British citizenship taken away like Begum.
These British women have run away as the caliphate crumbles with
their husbands either killed or captured.
Britain could be forced
to take back dozens of these other jihadi brides fleeing their collapsing
Last week it emerged that 'tens' more jihadi brides are
poised to come back to Britain as their medieval caliphate is finally
driven into the ground. ...
BBC correspondent Quentin Sommerville,
who has interviewed Begum, revealed that the British jihadi brides have
arrived in force.
He said: 'This whole issue of what to do with
these IS women and other IS supporters isn't going to go away.
know that in the last week alone, 12 British women have arrived at
displacement camps here in northern Syria. So for the British Government,
this headache of what to do doesn't end with Shamima Begum.'
800 ISIS jihadis ready to unleash terror on home soil in the West if UK and allies don't lock them up, US officials warn
The Sun, 17 February
Senior US officials have warned 800 ISIS jihadis will unleash
terror across Britain and Europe if they are not locked up and put on
The rare intervention from across the pond comes amid
divisions in Westminster over what to do with Brit jihadis found abroad.
Justice Secretary David Gauke said yesterday that the UK could be
powerless to stop 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum returning home after
she was tracked down in Syria.
He said: "We can't make people
But his comments clashed with other senior members of
the government including Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted he would "not
hesitate" to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist
Security minister Ben Wallace also vowed that
Britain would not assist Begum in returning home.
He said her
"actions have consequences" and that British lives would not be risked
trying to save her from the Syrian refugee camp she ran away to. ...
Most of the captured fighters are being held by US-backed Kurdish
forces, who had demanded Britain and her allies take the jihadis off their
US government officials told the Sunday Telegraph Britain's
refusal to take back their homegrown terrorists was a policy of "leave them
at large and hope they don't find a way back".
Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Independent, 16 February 2019
Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the last
enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to attempt
vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of MI6 has
Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming back from
the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate about
Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged 15,
and now wants to return to Britain.
Speaking to journalists at the
annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis
members could be very dangerous.
Asked about the security threats
to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger
said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us
that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are
likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them
potentially very dangerous."
They also, he said, experienced
extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he
said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult
problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
UK's 'most dangerous extremist group' regenerating after terrorist prisoners released
Independent, 16 February 2019
Britain's "most prolific and dangerous extremist group" is
regenerating following the release of several convicted terrorists from
prison, it has been suggested.
Supporters of Anjem Choudary's
al-Muhajiroun group carried out atrocities including the London Bridge
attack, 7/7 London bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, and many have fought
for Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.
Choudary is among
several activists released from prison in the past six months, as well as
men who canvassed support for Isis on Oxford Street and members of a terror
cell that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
head of national counterterror policing said officers were working to
disrupt terrorist activity by al-Muhajiroun, which has shown itself to be
adept at surviving past crackdowns. ...
Chief executive Nick Lowles
told The Independent: "The release of some of their more prominent
activists, albeit on strict controls, appears to be galvanising some
younger supporters into re-establishing street stalls and other public
"While a mere shadow of its former self, al-Muhajiroun
still has the potential to cause havoc." ...
Dr Kenney, author of
The Islamic State in Britain, predicted some recently released
extremists will restart their activities when licence conditions expire.
Terrorism Europe, France
Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
NBC News, 6 January 2019
The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by
Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services,
according to a new report by a global security think tank.
Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France
since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been
on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities,
according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News.
figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with
long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the
satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and
other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute
and imprison those who pose a threat. ...
"The main issue
throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also
allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good
behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and
managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.
Of 78 people
suspected of carrying out the attacks, 49 percent had previous criminal
convictions, including 19 percent who were repeat offenders, the report